How To Bite Your Neighbor & Win A Wager – Review

Title: How To Bite Your Neighbor & Win A Wager
Author: D.N. Bryn
Series/Number: Guides For Dating Vampires #1
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Age: Adult
Publication Date: October 6, 2022
Themes: Vampires, Bisexual Man Character, Gay Main Character, Mental Illness, Parent Death (off page), Consent, Slow Burn

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Stray – eARC Review

Title: Stray
Author: Lee Colgin
Series/Number: Outcast Mates #3
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Age: Adult
Publication Date: August 25, 2022
Themes: Shifters, Vampires, Goblins, Incubi, MM Romance, Magic, Age gap, Paranormal

Synopsis:

Leonas is a cranky panther shifter set in his ways. He handles security for an exclusive brothel and takes the safety of the staff at The Twig and Berries seriously, to the extent of sacrificing his personal life in favor of work.

When the young vampire messenger Jeno shows up with heart eyes and disturbing news, Leonas is taken aback. Who is this curious youth and why is he hitting on Leonas of all people? More importantly, when is he leaving? Because Leonas has no time for romance.

Though Jeno is running from a dark past, he can’t help but to stop in his tracks for Leonas. The grumpy cat shifter might be prickly on the outside, but inside? Well, Leonas is prickly there too. He needs someone like Jeno to escape the lonely trap of his own making.

Will Jeno escape the snare of Hungary’s notorious opium slingers? Can Leonas break the chains of his past? Together, they stand a chance, but suffering alone is all they’ve ever known.

Thank you to Gay Romance Reviews for an eARC of this title.

I have discovered that I really enjoy low stakes fantasy romances and this was no exception. I really loved reading about Leonas and Jeno and their relationship. There wasn’t a lot wrong with this book, it was light and fun, and sweet in all the right places. There was a bit of a mystery and tension between the characters as their histories and feelings clashed, but it was more soft and sweet than anything. I liked seeing Leonas struggle with his feelings for Jeno and see how the two worked to have a relationship even with their differences.

I would definitely want to read the other books in this series. I really liked how it was a low stakes story that took place in a cool fantasy world. It’s definitely a world that I want to know more about. I really enjoyed the all the little hints of lore and world building. I’m not someone that needs tons of world building in a story if the plot doesn’t focus on the world building or things going on outside of the characters relationships.

Overall, this book was really fun and I would definitely read more in the series. This is the second book I’ve read from Lee Colgin and I would absolutely be reading more in the future.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Moonlight Love and Witchcraft – eARC Review

Title: Moonlight Love and Witchcraft
Author: Vaela Denarr and Micah Iannandrea
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Age: Adult
Publication Date: July 1, 2022
Themes: Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Magic, Friendship, LGBTQ+ rep, Ace rep, Nonbinary rep, low stakes, Romance, Polyamory

Synopsis:

“I love you. And I need you like the blood in my veins. Without you I wouldn’t be me.”

A werewolf and a vampire with an unbreakable bond. A cute witch fleeing her home for a crime she may or may not have committed. A burning desire for something more between them.

Years after becoming a vampire, Logan is finally on track to their goal: Making it big in the music industry with the support of their band and their girlfriend Kay, protector of the local supernatural community. For all its issues, with her by their side, Logan’s life is perfect. But when a new girl comes to town, Nemo, everything abruptly becomes much more complicated and Logan can’t ask Kay for help anymore. Because to do that, they’d have to admit to her that they’ve fallen for someone else…

Nemo, having fled her home for a crime she totally didn’t commit, finds a welcome distraction in Logan’s friendship. But her thoughts quickly become haunted by them and their gorgeous girlfriend…

As Kay realizes that what’s going on between Logan and Nemo exceeds the bounds of friendship, she has to make a choice: Keep her partner all to herself, or encourage them to explore their feelings, and explore her own. To let love make them one, or perhaps tear them apart.

Thank you to the authors for an eARC of this book.

Alright friends, this book was everything. It was soft and warm. It was a cozy sweater and hot chocolate on a cold winter night. It was just adorable. I started it thinking I was getting a low stakes urban fantasy story, and I was not wrong. It was longer than I had anticipated but that wasn’t a downside at all. It was absolutely a slow burn, but I adored watching Logan, Kay, and Nemo interact ang get to know each other. I loved seeing the three of them navigate their feelings for each other and just get into some really cute situations.

This was one of those books that from the very beginning I knew I was going to love it. Sometimes when I’m reading a book I get this weird tingling in my chest. It almost feels like I’m going to cry but I’m not. It’s when a story just hits me so deeply and I just feel so at home in the book that even 20 pages in I know I will love everything about it, or at least it would be very hard for me not to love it. That’s what happened with Moonlight Love and Magic.

I don’t even know what to tell you because it was just so sweet and soft. I loved the way queer identities were normal and completely accepted. I loved the found family vibes and all the ways the friends cared for each other and supported each other.

If you love some fantasy and magical elements, with soft slow burn romance this is the book for you!

Rating: 5/5 stars

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Just Might Work – eARC Review

Title: Just Might Work
Author: Katia Rose
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Romance
Age: Adult
Publication Date: June 30, 2022
Themes: Roomates to lovers, Enemies to Lovers, Nonbinary MC, Lesbian MC, Fake Dating, Meddling Family Member

Synopsis:

Dane Marner’s aunt is obsessed with soul mates.

As a self-proclaimed ‘cosmically guided matchmaker,’ she’s played every card in the deck trying to set Dane up with the perfect match she’s found.

The problem? The ‘perfect’ match is Evangeline Hudson.

Dane and Evangeline rent rooms in Dane’s eccentric aunt’s house, but that’s where their similarities end. Dane is a drifter who freewheels from one odd job to the next, and Evangeline is an overachieving undergrad with a ten year plan so detailed it reads like an autobiography.

The two can’t even agree on a laundry schedule without feuding, but when Dane’s aunt reveals new tenants ready to take over the lease, they realize they’ll need to play some cards of their own to keep the beautiful old house they both love.

Their plan is simple: fake falling for each other long enough to get some soul mate sympathy—and a lease renewal.

A few lingering glances, some ‘accidental’ touches, maybe some well-timed tiptoeing into each other’s rooms late at night…

It’s a stretch, but it just might work.

Only said tiptoeing starts to heat the house up faster than they can stop it. As their plan begins peeling back the layers between them to reveal more similarities and way more feelings than either expected to find, Dane and Evangeline are forced to toe the line between real and fake—and decide which side they’re brave enough to stand on.

Just Might Work is a New Adult NBLW lesbian romantic comedy featuring a non-binary lead and a cis heroine faking their way into real love.

Thank you to the author for an eARC of this title.

I have to say that I really loved the relationship that developed between Dane and Evangeline. One thing I really loved about this book was that the fake dating scenario felt realistic. The fact that they were roommates who hated each other, but everyone around them say that they probably had feelings for each other, felt like it was something that could happen. I liked that it was so awkward and uncomfortable between Dane and Evangeline because I can imagine that, that would be a difficult situation to actually deal with.

One thing that I didn’t love about this was the meddling family member. I tend to find that meddling friends and family is something that puts me off, because it can make the whole situation feel forced. Also, in real life I think meddling is really frustrating. The saving grace with the meddling situation in this story was that it wasn’t just allowed to happen and ignored. It was at least addressed and that made me feel a lot better about it.

The more romance I read the more I find the tropes and situations that I enjoy. I loved seeing the enemies to lovers have to go through fake dating and realize their feelings for each other. I liked seeing the nonbinary rep in the story too. It was great how Dane and Evangeline talked about it and navigated their relationship together. I really enjoyed this and I think it was a great introduction to Katia Rose and I will definitely be reading more from her in the future.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Imitate the Dawn – eARC Review

Title: Imitate the Dawn
Author: M.A. Grant
Series/Number: The Whitethorn Agency #3
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Age: Adult
Publication Date: September 13, 2022
Themes: Vampires, MM Romance, Violence, Betrayal, Friendship, Secrets

Synopsis:

There’s a thin line between love, hate, life and death in this vampire bodyguard paranormal romance from M.A. Grant, author of The Prince of Air and Darkness.

Cristian Slava and Atlas Kincaid despise each other. At least, that’s what they need everyone to believe. In truth, the charismatic vampire and his fierce bodyguard are more in love than ever. But when a powerful political faction emerges and threatens Cristian’s family, the only way into their enemy’s inner circle is without each other by their side.

From Romania to New York and beyond, though apart, their blood-bond cannot be severed—but it can be used against them. When Cristian sacrifices his life to save his family and save Atlas from having his darkest secrets revealed, only faith in that bond will keep Atlas from utter despair.

And only by facing his past will Atlas be able to accept who he is and finally defeat their most powerful enemy yet… 

Death itself. 

Thank you to Netgalley, Carina Press, and the author for an eARC of this book.

Alright friends, I cannot say much about this book because it is the last in the series, but I can scream about how much I love this series.

This is one of those series that to read it with my eyes or the audiobook, this series is absolutely amazing and it will be a series that I read over and over again. The finale is no different. I don’t even know what to talk about with this book. I was so nervous for what would happen next for Atlas and Cristian and Grant really gave me exactly what I wanted even though I didn’t know what I wanted.

I don’t want to spoil anything, but I loved how this book answered so many questions that book one and two had. There were difficult moments that were tough to read and I just wanted the boys to be happy, but they did the hard work and the ending was absolutely incredible.

All I can say about this book is that you need to read this series if you like vampires and a bodyguard romance.

Rating: 5/5 stars