Archive for August, 2009

Ghost Star Night by Nicole Kimberling

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 
Title: Ghost Star Night
Author: Nicole Kimberling
Genre: Fantasy/magic
URL: Samhain Publishing
Price: US $4.50
Other Information/warnings: Violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Thomas Myrdin knows that intrigue is part of life at court, but that doesn’t make his king’s betrayal any easier to take. Yet heartbreak troubles him less than the apocalyptic visions that haunt him. Fiery premonitions that show the world burning in ruins—and the cause, the king’s daughter. Visions and vengeance awaken a strange new power within him, but not even he is sure if he is the kingdom’s savior, the king’s pawn.
Lord Adam Wexley harbors a secret longing for the elegant Thomas, but his duty is to protect the newborn princess. When a sudden threat arises, Adam seeks to procure services of Grand Magician Zachary Drake. Even if it means sacrificing his own soul—and his body.
Drake has seen the worst of kings and courtiers. Now he protects himself with powerful sorcery and the adamant refusal to affiliate with any of the Four Courts. But the grand magician isn’t without weaknesses and Adam may be the one enticement that could draw him to ruin.
In a rising storm of magic with the power to strip away men’s souls, the thread of desire connecting three men could be the kingdom’s last lifeline…

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Hemovore by Jordan Castillo Price

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 
Title: Hemovore
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Genre: Paranormal (vampires), mystery
URL: Samhain Publishing
Price: US $5.50
Other Information/warnings: Gore, violence, explicit m/m, animal abuse
Summary [from the publisher]:
Ten years ago, the Human Hemovore Virus blazed through the world, and left the few victims who survived unable to eat, allergic to sunlight and craving the taste of blood.
Mark Hansen used to think V-positives were incredibly sexy with their pale, flawless skin and taut, lean bodies. Not anymore. Not since he’s been stuck procuring under-the-counter feline blood for his control-freak boss, Jonathan Varga. Why cat blood? Mark has never dared to ask.
It’s not as if he’s usually at a loss for words. He can dish an insult and follow it with a snap as quick as you can say “Miss Thang”. But one look at Jonathan’s black-as-sin gypsy eyes, and Mark’s objections drain away.
So he endures their strange, endless routine: Jonathan hiding in his studio, painting solid black canvases. Mark hurling insults as he buffs the office to a shine with antiviral wipes and maps out the mysterious “routes” he’s required to drive.
Then a blurb in Art in America unleashes a chain of events neither of them saw coming. As secrets of Jonathan’s past come to light, it becomes clear all his precautions weren’t nearly enough.

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Like a Sparrow Through the Heart by Aggy Bird

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Like a Sparrow Through the Heart
Author:Aggy Bird
Genre: Fantasy/shapeshifter
URL: Fiction Index on LJ
Price: FREE
Other Information/warnings: Violence, horrible puns, explicit m/m
Summary [from the author]:
Talon the griffin is broken-hearted – so, can you really blame him for not-quite-accidentally trying to kill a guy? Flit the sparrow sure can. Now the sparrow has taken over Talon’s life, and Talon hates it. But maybe things will turn out all right. If only Flit would stop decorating the place.

My review: My dear friend, distressed moonchild, pointed this out to me, warning me not to start reading it just as I was heading to bed because I wouldn’t be able to stop. Silly me, I ignored her – and she was right.

‘Sparrow’ is huge fun – full of terrible jokes and puns, great snark between Flit, the sparrow shapeshifter (don’t worry – all sex is in human form) who works as an advice columnist, and Talon, an avian law enforcer (think of a feathered Brute Squad), whom Flit has inadvertently offended in more ways than one. Flit is sharp, witty, queeny, and prone to stabbing people with pens who upset him. Talon is thuggish, muscled, and broken-hearted over the loss of his love and best friend – a fact he blames Flit for. But Flit has won two months of personal service and residence in Talon’s house, and somehow this odd couple have to learn to get along. Talon might just kill Flit if Flit doesn’t stop trying to fix him up with blind dates though.

It’s a fast-paced tale of love and angst, and completely absorbing. And hey, free! The writing isn’t as clean as pro level, but I’ve seen less polished stuff actually published, and damn, this could be a hit if she ever tried to sell it.

Don’t miss the prequel and the first chapter of the sequel WIP, all listed on the fiction index page.

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Wicked Hearts by Claire Thompson

Rating: 5/10 ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆ 
Title: Wicked Hearts
Author: Claire Thompson
Genre: Contemporary
URL: Romance Unbound
Price: $5.95
Other Information/warnings: Explicit m/m, bad language, reference to past violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave…”

Reese and Hank are used to taking what they want, just because they can. What begins as a cynical seduction heats into dangerous desire, threatening to shatter more than one heart in this tale of love and betrayal

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