Heart, Haunt, Havoc – eARC Review

Title: Heart, Haunt, Havoc
Author: Freydis Moon
Genre: Horror, Romance
Age: Adult
Publication Date: February 14, 2023
Themes: Romance, Horror, Transgender MCs, Body Horror, Animal Death, Murder, Discussion of Racism, Depiction of Dysphoria, Monsters, Demons,
Cover Artist: M.E. Morgan
Pre-Order Link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BR8J8JHD
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/63212777-heart-haunt-havoc
Author Website: https://freydismoon.carrd.co

Synopsis:

Laced with romance, gothic imagery, Catholic mysticism, diaspora, and horror…

When lonely transgender exorcist, Colin Hart, finds himself challenged by an unruly haunted house in Gideon, Colorado, he’s kept awake by ghosts, demons, ghouls, and the handsome nonbinary homeowner, Bishop Martínez.

Unlike the simple hauntings Colin is accustomed to, Bishop’s house is a living beacon, attracting a plethora of inhuman creatures, including a vengeful wolf-headed spirit who might be the key to quieting their sleepless nights.

But as a heartbreaking mystery unravels, Colin comes face-to-face with the past Bishop tried to bury, opens a closet full of bloody skeletons, and trips into an accidental romance.

As paranormally skilled as Colin might be, this particular haunting may be too messy for him to handle…

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A Brighter, Darker Art by Halli Starling – Author Interview

Hello friends,

Today I am excited to bring you my first ever author interview. I have had the absolute pleasure to get to chat with Halli about her newest release A Brighter, Darker Art.

A Brighter, Darker Art is the companion novel to Ask Me For Fire, following Raf who we meet in Ask Me For Fire, and Silvan. The book follows Raf as he has a chance meeting with Silvan in a bar, only to find out that Silvan has been recently let go. Raf desperately needs a marketing manager to help him get the newest of his galleries open and to make the opening perfect so that the illustrations entrusted to him by his best friend, Ambrose and Ambrose’s boyfriend, Barrett are prefectly highlighted. But working with someone you’re attracted to is harder than either Raf or Silvan realized, so they make a deal. Hands off, for now.

Halli Starling is queer librarian, reader, gamer, and author. Halli has always been involved with books, and her love of the written word inspired her to get her MLIS and continue her book career outside of public libraries.

When not writing, she co-hosts The Human Exception podcast, plays D&D, and spends time in the beautiful outdoors of Michigan.

She is available for podcasts, interviews, panels, and book signings.

She can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and at her website: https://hallistarlingbooks.com/

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Book Review – A Brighter, Darker Art

Title: A Brighter, Darker Art
Author: Halli Starling
Series/Number: Ask Me For Fire #2
Genre: Romance
Age: Adult
Publication Date: February 8, 2023
Themes: MM Romance, Age Gap, Low Stakes, Low Angst, The Art World, Father MC, Employer/Employee, Messy Friends With Benefits Situation, Teasing, Relationship Agreements,

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The Rivals of Casper Road – Book Review

Title: The Rivals of Casper Road
Author: Roan Parrish
Series/Number: Garnet Run #4
Genre: Romance
Age: Adult
Publication Date: September 27, 2022
Themes: MM Romance, Halloween, Competition, New To Town, Holiday Romance, Complicated Family Relationships

Synopsis:

He’s in it to win it until he falls under his neighbor’s spell.

Bram Larkspur’s rugged, sexy looks belie his fear of all things horrifying. But as Casper Road’s newest resident, he’s excited to join the annual Halloween decorating contest. The competition is keen, especially from six-time champion, architect Zachary Glass. But when enigmatic Zachary sparks a prank war, it’s game on – until one sizzling kiss turns these rivals into allies. Now only one thing scares Bram: how quickly he’s losing his heart to Zachary.

Thank you to NetGalley for an eARC of this title

I was originally holding off on reviewing this as a result of the HarperCollins Union Strike, but have recently learned that Harlequin titles and it’s imprints are not part of the union and therefore reviewing their books does not cross the picket line. If you would like to know more and support the Union check out their account here.

For starters, I have loved the Garnet Run Series up until now. They have really become some of the most comforting reads since I first discovered them. The Rivals of Casper Road was no different. It was a lighthearted and fun read. I know that a lot of people were expecting some really heavy enemies to lovers vibes, and that wasn’t really the case with the book, but for me that was a bonus.

I tend to have a very hard time believing enemies to lovers, so seeing these two start off with Zachary being a little icy and uninterested, only for them to spend more time together and eventually start a bit of a prank war was nice. I liked watching them get to know each other and learn about themselves and each other. I always enjoy that Parrish talks about character histories, and pasts. It’s nice seeing them support each other through things and but not be magically fixing each other either.

While I don’t think this is my favourite of the Garnet Run series it will definitely still be a comfort read I return to and I look forward to the new things Roan Parrish has coming.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars