A LOVER OF LITERATURE WITH A PENCHANT FOR M/M ROMANCE, LGBT FICTION, SCI FI, FANTASY, PARANORMAL ROMANCE, AND PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING THAT IS A BOOK.
A Deceptive Alliance by Sydney Blackburn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was pleasantly surprised by this book by Sydney Blackburn. It was a lovely mix of m/m romance, fantasy, and action.
Kel, Lord Lindere, and his twin sister, the lady Isabel, are wards of their uncle, the king of Karleed. Fraternal twins, they look far too similar and have traded places often, so Isabel could taste the freedom of being 'male' and so that Kel could flirt with handsome men at balls. They were as close as could be, but had always known they would have to make advantageous 'state' matches. So when Isabel is betrothed to Darin, Prince of Pervayne, third son of the ruler, she seemed resigned... until she wasn't and ran away to avoid the marriage.
Kel has no choice but to impersonate his sister until his cousin, the crown prince, locates his errant sibiling. So he dresses in her wedding dress, says her vows in the proxy wedding, and then heads off with the entourage to meet 'her' new husband. The plan is that Kel will play Isabel, his cousin will look for his sister and then race to meet the slow moving caravan so that Kel and Isabel can trade places in the dead of the night with no one the wiser. Except we wouldn't have a story if that happened.
So Kel is forced to spend weeks impersonating his sister and during the voyage falls hopelessly for the servant that Prince Darin has sent to protect his princess. At least the voluminous skirts he's forced to wear as part of his disguise cover Kel's reaction to the servant. But where the heck is his sister, and will he escape this debacle with his heart still in tact?
But what if the servant known as Dare was more than meets the eye? And what if Kel didn't have to hide behind Isabel's skirts and makeup... what would happen then?
This was a lovely, happy read that left me with all the happy feelz. I definitely recommend this book.
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Change for You by Crystal Lacy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hot, sweet, romantic, curmudgeonly and sexy as all get out!
OMG I loved this book. It was a lovely relationship book. There were no car chases, no explosions, no murders or mysteries to solve. What there was was two beautiful souls, one still full of hope and light, the other battle scarred and hiding behind snark, falling in love. A May-December romance in an accounting office. In Honolulu, Hawaii. And it was perfect.
Mr. December, Stephen Webb, is bitter, wounded and has had his ego and his belief in love and happily ever afters trampled by life. He's an accountant, and a damned good one, because it's a safe and secure job; two things that Stephen needs given his rough start at life. His boss is a nasty, cranky douche canoe who won't make him partner even though he deserves it. It's making him become grouchy, sarcastic and a workaholic to the point it cost Stephen his last relationship.
And then intern Minoru 'call me Max' Kamigawa walks into his life and not only makes himself indispensable during the busy tax season when Stephen's department is understaffed thanks to douche canoe, but he brings light and laughter and music back into Stephen's life. Not to mention Max is sexy as all get out and Stephen can't keep his eyes off of him.
But Max's first love is music, not accounting; he's taken the internship out of a need to help his mother and his grandmother and to be practical about life. Music doesn't pay the bills, doing other peoples taxes does. And then there's the fact that Max can't keep his eyes off of the grumpy silver fox either.
What starts as a drunken hook-up becomes so much more. Max falls head over heels for and Stephen despite being warned not to, and Stephen is trying to make partner so becoming involved with his 20 years younger intern is anything but smart. But the heart wants what the heart wants and ultimately Stephen is forced to decide if Max is worth risking his shot at partnership, his job security and changing his curmudgeonly ways for a chance at love. Real love. And maybe even forever.
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