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review 2016-03-07 10:16
ARC Review — Sleight of Heart, by Aisling Mancy
Sleight of Heart - Aisling Mancy

Oh my, I never thought I’d enjoy a vampire book again in my life, and here Mancy goes and steals my heart.


This storyline was fresh, as I’ve never read one about a Rroma man before. I have met many Rroma men and women in my travels, especially in The Camargue, in southern France, and what little they let me understand of their culture, rang true in this book. Of course, theirs is a very secluded culture, so it can be difficult to know what is and what isn’t. Here? It sang loudly of sincere truth.


I must admit, I haven’t met many vampires, though, so my viewpoint may be biased on that one, as I simply loved the lore in this story.


AND THERE’S A DRAGON. Just putting that out there, for future reference, and for some people I know who are interested in these things.


Mancy is the king of purple prose. He makes it fun to read again, and I also had to look up fourteen words in the dictionary while reading this, so that must be considered extra-bonus brownie points.


Personally, there was too much sexy times in this book, but if that’s what you like, here’s where you find it. Instead, I find that the true strength in this story lies in the chapters between the intimate moments, when there is running, and jumping, and fixing, and hoping, and thinking, and pining, and flying, and…and…and…


Whew. What a ride!


And then I realize this is Book 1 in a future series.



There will be more!!!


*happy dance*




I was given a review copy of this book from the publisher, Cool Dudes Publishing.

A positive review wasn’t promised in return.


Release date: March 14, 2016

Source: annalund2011.booklikes.com/post/1354235/arc-review-sleight-of-heart-by-aisling-mancy
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review 2016-02-26 15:44
ARC Review – The Covenant, by M LeAnne Phoenix
The Covenant (The Covenant Series Book 1) - M. LeAnne Phoenix

The story runs, skips, and ducks, and my heart is in my throat most of the time, never thinking the boys will make it out in one piece. But they duck like pros, so there is HEA at the end. **phew**


I have no idea what the author wants to do with these boys going forwards, as this is book 1 in a series. There is, however, a good feeling of completion at the end, so it is certainly a stand-alone book.


All the biblical stuff just swooshed past me, as I am not much of a christian at all, but it was a fun backdrop to the telling of this specific covenant between a David and a Jonathan. It is set in Texas in the early 90s, and that can’t have been an easy time and place in which to be gay. When we get angry about things today, it does us good to look back, just a few years, and see how far we have come, after all.


There were a lot of teenage sexy times in this book. I never really understood how old the boys were, but I surmise underage, even if not by much, which might rub some people the wrong way. It was never explicit, nor exploitative, but quite insistent. Mostly, it was teenage hormones boiling in their blood. That’s good, if you like that kind of thing. For me personally, it got to be a tad too much, but then again, I’m currently off the sexy.


There were a lot of people in the story, and among the very memorable secondary characters, I loved the little boys best—Elijah and Cody were hilarious. They waltzed straight into my heart.


All in all, this is a really cute book, with a good story that made me happy.




I was given a review copy of this book from the publisher, Cool Dudes Publishing. A positive review wasn’t promised in return.

Source: annalund2011.booklikes.com/post/1349607/arc-review-the-covenant-by-m-leanne-phoenix
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