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

Handmade With Love – eARC Review

Title: Handmade With Love
Author: Rochel Bowdler
Series/Number: N/A
Genre: Romance
Age: Adult
Publication Date: February 1, 2022
Themes: Exes to lover, Second Chance Romance, FF Romance, Alzheimer’s, Dysfunctional Family,

Synopsis:

In the Welsh coastal village of Castell Bay, Stevie Turner creates souvenirs with washed-up materials found on the beach for her rustic gift shop, the Little Shop of Driftwood. When old flame, Anna Conway, returns home and moves into the apartment above the shop, Stevie can only offer her ex-girlfriend the cold shoulder.

It’s been eight years since Anna broke things off and vowed to never return to Castell Bay, but with a new job as a city council member, her focus is protecting the home she loves from beach-combing tourists. How could she have known her first bylaw would result in destroying her ex’s business?

Despite the shared hostility, old feelings begin to resurface, and when Stevie father’s health takes a turn for the worse, their past becomes the present. Anna and Stevie must finally face the truth of their breakup and accept first loves can never dwindle, even after eight years.

This charming, humorous small-town romance is a heartwarming beach read that explores the importance of second chances and found family.

Thank you to the author for an eARC of this book

This is another second chance romance and I thought this was a really sweet novella. For starters I really enjoyed the characters and the history. I liked that they both had complicated pasts and histories that they didn’t know about each other. It was really interesting to see how their previous relationship fell apart over time and how neither of them were really doing the work to keep a relationships going.

I think I would have liked this a lot more if it was longer. The meddling aspect, just really didn’t do it for me and I think that it could have been better if the characters had more time to get to know each other again and open up to each other again. I loved the characters so much that I wanted to see more of them talking to each other and trying to reconcile what happened.

I think this was really sweet romance and I will absolutely be reading more from the author going forward because I enjoyed this story so much.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Constitution Check – eARC Review

Title: Constitution Check
Author: Katherine McIntyre
Series/Number: Dungeons and Dating #4
Genre: Romance
Age: Adult
Publication Date: September 20, 2022
Themes: WW Romance, Past Abusive Relationship, Past Death (Off Page), Geeky/Nerdy Characters, Roller Derby, Sports Injury (On Page), One Night Stand to More,

Synopsis:

One night was all Kelly promised. One night was all Tabby offered. And yet one night wasn’t nearly enough…

Kelly Hernandez is on the mend. After the loss of her girlfriend to a car accident, everyone expects her to be destroyed. The worst part is—she isn’t, and the guilt plagues her more each day. All she’s looking for is a little distraction, something to take her away from herself, even if it’s only for a spell.

Tabby Reynolds is on the prowl, searching for her flavor of the night. Everyone sees the roller derby stud, not the geeky accountant who secretly wants a relationship. However, when she spots Kelly by her lonesome at the bar, some flirtation turns into one hot as hell encounter in the back alley.

Except Kelly and Tabby run in the same circles, and all too fast, they see each other again and then again, until they both cave to their desires. Casual and easy—that’s what they agree on. However, when Tabby tears her ACL, taking her out of roller derby, the relationship between them starts to deepen beyond what either of them planned. However, the past trauma Kelly’s running from and Tabby’s growing insecurities might cold snap any chance of something real before it can bloom.

Roll the Dice on Romance at Tabletop Tavern…

Thank you to GayRomanceReviews and the author for an eARC of this book.

This was a really sweet sapphic romance and I really enjoyed it. I am someone who love board game cafes and table top games, so a romance with a main character that works at a board game cafe and a nerdy love interest was everything I hoped for.

I loved seeing Kelly and Tabby as they had a random meeting on New Years Eve, and slowly their time together grew into something else. It was heartbreaking to see Kelly’s inner struggle with her friends and family, while navigating her own complicated feelings. I loved how the information about Kelly’s past, and Tabby’s past, was given to us in small pieces as the story went on and as the two of them got closer to each other.

I would definitely read the other books in this series, but it was so sweet to see this found family group together and how they supported and cared for each other. I really, really liked this story and all the ways that the friends and sports teams supported the people they loved and cared for. It was so lovely to see both Kelly and Tabby grow to accept love from the people around them.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Fangscreen – eARC Review

Title: Fangscreen
Author: Ellen Mint
Series/Number: Holidays of Love #5
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Age: Adult
Publication Date: July 19, 2022
Themes: Exile, Vampires, Tropical Island, Toxic Relationship, Gaslighting, Grumpy/Sunshine Romance, MM Romance,

Synopsis:

Summer bites.

What could be more pathetic than a vampire trapped on a tropical island? Jareth Hale despises everything about his exile to Samaná from the tourists’ necks slathered in sunscreen to the blaring sun overhead. He’ll do anything to return to his vampire castle in the forest until he falls onto Laiken, a sun-kissed beach himbo.

Laiken is sweeter than spun sugar and hotter than Adonis in a Jacuzzi. He’s perfect…except for one tiny thing. He is a vampire hunter—possibly. Jareth isn’t certain. Despite his vampire leader and ex telling him to stay away, Jareth believes flushing out this nest of hunters will earn him back his castle. And, if it keeps him in the orbit of the adorable, golden-skinned Laiken, then all the better.

Unbeknownst to him, Laiken is hiding a secret that will change everything in Jareth’s undeath. All Jareth thought he wanted and deserved was solitude, but Laiken’s opening his eyes to a whole new world. Can an old vampire open his heart and coffin in time to catch this impossible love?

Thank you to Gay Romance Reviews and Ellen Mint for a review copy of this book

Fangscreen caught my attention because it was about vampires and this one didn’t disappoint. For starters I loved how the vampire tropes were being presented in a little bit of a campy way. It plays with the tropes of vampires in a way that felt fresh and not just rehashing the same things over and over. This might be because Jareth is exiled to a tropical island as a result of losing a bet, but either way I loved it.

I really liked Jareth as a character. He is moody and sad, pining over the vampire that turned him who treats him badly, and doesn’t have much of a life. He’s not the charming vampire that a lot of books would make you expect. He’s a bit awkward and doesn’t want to talk to any of the sunscreen covered tourists. I also really liked the discussion of toxic relationships. Vampire books often has these relationships that have a lot of power dynamics, and toxic dynamics. Jareth’s relationship with his sire is toxic and complicated and he’s struggling with it, whether he realizes it’s toxic or not.

I also loved Laiken. It was very much a grumpy/sunshine situation, that I really adore. Laiken is sweet and bubbly and curious. I love that he and Jareth created this friendship about shared interests and experiences, and it eventually developed over time. I think that this book was so lovely in talking about self-acceptance, moving on, leaving toxic relationships, and making your own way in the world.

I really enjoyed this book and I think if you like a campy vampire romance this is definitely the book for you.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars