Reading Highlights – September 2018

A few days ago, I asked my followers on Twitter if they would be interested in me doing a monthly blog post about what I’ve read and liked each month. Not surprisingly, since most of them are bookish people, they were interested, so here I am!

I haven’t read that many books this month, but what I’ve read I’ve really liked! So here you have some recommendations:

Erik the Pink, by Matthew J Metzger

It wasn’t the first time I read this, since I’d done sensitivity reading for its Spanish main character. I’d already liked the story then, but I LOVED the final version. It’s fluffy, it’s lovely, and it’s full of amazing characters. If you’re looking to read more fiction with trans characters, go pick this one up! Also, Erik is my book husband and I’ll fight you for him if necessary.

Practice Perfect series, by Ruby Lang

This series is just great! I liked the first book, Acute Reactions, then loved the second one, Hard Knocks, but my absolute favourite was the last one, Clean Breaks. The female main characters are all strong, Asian American doctors. I have a soft spot for doctors, nurses and such in my romances, so I was looking forward to reading this series. And it didn’t disappoint!

Eidolon, by E.S. Yu

I finished this book just this morning. One of the main characters is asexual, so I was really excited to read it. And I liked it a lot! It was very engaging, and I just couldn’t stop reading once I was completely involved in the story. So if you’re looking for more reads with asexual characters, pick this one up!

What about you? What have you read and loved this month?

Recommended reads, and more!

This year during Pride month I did a thread on Twitter where I posted one queer book recommendation for each day of June. I tried to stay away from cis gay main characters and recommend more diverse characters: you’ll find asexual, bisexual, transgender and lesbian characters. Sadly, I haven’t read many FF romances I could recommend, so there are only a few of those. But I asked for recs and added a lot of books to my TBR, so I hope to do better next year!

Are you curious about which books I recommended? Check out my thread here.

Now, more news! Are you interested in reading and discussing more books with trans main characters? Then why don’t you join the new Facebook group for Trans Book Reviews? We will have weekly discussions, and I promise we’ll try and make it as fun and interesting for you as possible! You can join us here.

And finally, here’s a sale! My Christmas short story, A Special Delivery, will be on sale for just $0.50 over at Nine Star Press for the whole month of July. It’s nothing but fluff, with two guys forced to spend the night together during a snowstorm. Plus, there’s an adorable doggo!

Just click on the cover and you’ll be taken straight to the publisher.

Book Rec: Half

It’s been a while since that first recommendation, and I thought that maybe it was time for me to push another book on you all. We’re switching genres; from historical to fantasy, and if you did not see my first recommendation, you can do so here.

Here we go:

coverLiving between worlds has never been comfortable, but it’s where I’ve always fit: between human and fey, illness and health, magic and reality.

I’ve spent the last six years looking for a cure for the nameless sickness eating me up. If I believed there was one out there, I would keep searching. But there isn’t, so I’ve come back home, where my past and present tangle. Come home to live . . . and to die.

But my father insists I meet Kin. He’s a healer, and determined to help, even though I’m not so hopeful anymore. But Kin isn’t what I expected, in any way. He sees me, not my illness. He reminds me of what it’s like to be alive. And I can’t help falling for him, even though I know it isn’t fair to either of us.

Kin thinks he has the cure I’ve been looking for, but it’s a cure that will change everything: me, my life, my heart. If I refuse, I could lose Kin. But if I take it, I might lose myself. Continue reading “Book Rec: Half”

Book Rec: The Centurion’s Choice

I solemny swear I won’t abuse this, but I’d like to bring you a book recommendation here and there. These will be books I’ve loved, for whatever reason, and they won’t be reviews, just – this is getting redundant – recommendations.

So here’s the first of them:

coverIt’s 178 AD, and barbarian tribes once again threaten the borders of the Roman Empire. To make matters worse, Lucius’ promotion in his auxiliary cohort has been denied, and instead the governor has appointed a moody, mean-tempered Roman to become the new centurion of the Septem Gallorum — and, incidentally, to trample all over Lucius’ ambitions.

Tall and burly, with massive shoulders and chest, Centurion Caius Florius Corvus might be way too good-looking for Lucius’ peace of mind, but the man has also made it abundantly clear that he doesn’t trust Lucius as his second in command. But as they are swept into war and each has to shoulder his responsibilities, a reluctant respect begins to grow between them, which soon grows into friendship — and, perhaps, more?

This is a truly well-researchad book set in the Roman era, with a bit of humour and a lovely romance that won’t let you feeling indifferent. Sandra Schwab’s writing shines through its pages, making this a great reading experience.

Go on and get it, and if you don’t like it, you can always blame me 😉