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Review of A Family Woman by TB Markinson

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Genre: LBGT, romance

*Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

 

A Family Woman by TB Markinson is the third book in the A Woman Lost series. If you haven’t read the other two books, I recommend doing so before reading this one. You can find her books here. A Family Woman is the latest installment in the journey of love between Lizzie and Sarah. Lizzie and Sarah have just found out they are about to be parents – to twins! As Sarah’s pregnancy progresses, both women realize that family has more value to them than ever before. With this understanding of the importance of family, Lizzie and Sarah work to bring what remains of Lizzie’s family closer together. But Lizzie’s family takes an unexpected turn when her father announces his engagement to his long-term mistress. Can Lizzie and Sarah face the challenges of becoming new parents to twins while undertaking the obstacles of bringing together Lizzie’s family?

 

A Family Woman is a fantastic read, and so far, it’s my favorite in the series (although I have enjoyed all three). Lizzie’s family has always been complicated and difficult, but her family changes in many ways in this book and I loved how the changes have made Lizzie (and even her brother, Peter) grow so much. I love the characters in this series because they are so real. Their flaws are abundant, and I love that although the characters do grow, they don’t lose all of their flaws and they don’t change overnight. The family dynamics are extreme, which makes for a fantastic read, but even though they are more extreme than most, they are still dynamics with which the average person can identify. I love how Markinson captured the essence of being a new parent so well, the sleepless nights, the joy of these strange little creatures, and the way that little ones bring people together, even when those people aren’t so sure they like each other. A Family Woman is a love story that shows us the struggles and joys beyond “happily ever after.” I highly recommend reading it.

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Review of Walking Through Shadows by Sheri Lewis Wohl

 

*I received a review copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Genre: Romance, LGBT, fantasy

 

 

Walking Through Shadows by Sheri Lewis Wohl is a love story that defies time. Molly is a hereditary witch who has put all of her time and energy into her baking business, only to have her shop go up in smoke. When her friends, Angus and Winnie, invite her to go on a hike to take her mind off her loss, Molly reluctantly agrees. Aquene is a Native American woman who leaves her people to journey where the Great Spirit takes her. To save her people, Aqueene must help a strange woman from the future defeat a deadly witch hunter. But the boundaries of time may prove to be insurmountable to Aqueene and Molly’s blossoming love.

 

 

Walking Through Shadows had an intriguing storyline that caught my attention and kept me hooked through the story. I love a good time travel story, and the magic and romance enhanced the plot, which made this a fantastic read. The historical Native American setting was lovely, and one I don’t see enough in romance novels. I did wish there had been a bit more emphasis on the romance. However, the love between Aqueene and Molly was still sweet and enjoyable, and the rest of the plot made this story a great read. All of the characters were good, but I found myself loving to hate the witch hunter. He was so well written that I wanted to jump into the book and go after him! Walking Through Shadows is a fantastic read, and I definitely recommend reading it.

 

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Review of Unexpected by Jenny Frame

Review of Unexpected by Jenny Frame

*I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Romance, LGBTQ

 

Unexpected by Jenny Frame is the story of a woman whose life is turned upside down when her ten-year-old son unexpectedly turns up. Dale McGuire is a woman who likes fast cars and one-night-stands. To finance her business many years before, Dale donated eggs to a fertility clinic. The last thing she ever expected, however, was for the child from that donation to come and find her. Rebecca Harper’s life has taken an unexpected turn when she is forced to quit working because of medical issues with her pregnancy. With little money and a house badly in need of repair, Becca’s stress is already too high. When Dale turns up in her life, she only wants the woman to leave her and the children alone. But Dale refuses to turn her back on people who need her. Can Dale win Becca’s heart, or will the family she never knew she wanted remain out of her reach forever?

 

Unexpected by Jenny Frame is a delightful read. The premise of the story is unusual, which hooked me immediately. From the beginning, I was on the edge of my seat waiting for Dale and Becca to realize they were meant to be together. Becca is a struggling single mom who only wants what is best for her children, and I easily found myself wanting things to get better for her. Dale may seem like a player, but she has a big heart that loves fully, and that made me love her quickly. Both Dale and Becca were easy to love, although there were times when Becca’s behavior felt forced rather than authentic to her character. This complaint, however, did not detract from my reading experience, and I had a hard time putting this book down and returning to the real world. The characters and their unusual situation make this a romance story not to miss.

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Readers and Writers for LGBT Chechens

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You may have heard the news coming out of Chechnya, part of the Russian Federation, where police are kidnapping gay men (and those they perceive to be gay) and taking them to camps for torture. Several state-sanctioned murders have also been reported.

Readers & Writers for LGBT Chechens is raising money for organizations working directly with gay men and other persecuted LGBT people in Chechnya and the northern Caucasus.  We do this through direct donations, donating royalties to these charitable organizations, and an online auction that runs through Saturday, May 13, at 12 noon CDT (6 pm BST and 3 am Sunday morning AEST).

 

‘Standing Together Is Important’: Two Voices on Helping LGBT Chechens

At first, Petra Howard of Dragonsfly Edits wasn’t sure how to get involved in fundraising for LGBT Chechens. She’s not an author and so auctioning out autographed copies of books isn’t an option for her, nor is setting aside royalties. Then she realized she could help by donating her services to the auction. She’s offering two services: proofreading and edits for works up to novel-length.

“It breaks my heart that we live in a world where people can’t be who they are, can’t love the people they love openly and freely, and where religion is the underlying reason for why this is the case,” Petra says. “There are very few people who can affect change on their own so, standing together—fusing our voices—is important. Not to say: ‘Look at me, I’m trying to make a point.’ But to say: ‘We will not stand by and let our brothers and sisters think they are alone.’”

Texas author Laura Stone, who donated a set of three signed gay romance novels to the auction, adds, “As both a queer woman and the mother of three LGBT children, gay rights have been at the forefront of my mind, especially as we live in a conservative part of the United States. But that is nothing–nothing–compared to what our LGBTQ friends are being forced to suffer and endure in regimes like Chechnya, Russia. I write stories of love and hope, always with the promise of a family who will love and accept them, and I’m committed to adding that voice to the world with the hope it can one day drown out voices of hate.”

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If you’re an author or artist who would like help out, please sign up at Authors & Publishers for LGBT Chechens. There, you can also find answers to frequently asked questions about royalty donations, the charitable organizations that are helping LGBT Chechens, and more.

 

 

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Laura Stone, novelist, ghostwriter and media blogger, balances her writing life with being a Master Gardener and raising her three LGBT children. She lives in Texas as proof that it’s not completely populated by hard-line right wingers, and because that’s where the good tamales are.

Petra Howard is the owner of Dragonsfly Edits (Twitter: @DragonsflyEdit). Her aim is to get more people, especially children and young adults, to read. Anything and everything in general, but ‘Rainbow Tribe’ literature in specific.

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Review of The Devils Who Would Be King (Book Four: Royal Pains) by Nina Mason

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Disclaimer – This book and review are intended only for those 18 years and older

Today, we are featuring The Devils Who Would Be King, the fourth and final installment in Nina Mason’s historical erotica series Royal Pains. Set in Scotland and England during the Restoration period, Royal Pains follows the political, religious, and erotic exploits of the Duke and Duchess of Dunwoody.

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Here’s the blurb:

Their loyalty, faith, and love will be tested like never before…

Maggie, pregnant and missing Robert like mad, invites Gemma Crosse to help ease her loneliness, only to get swept up in a whirl of naughtiness and heartache. Meanwhile, rebellion is brewing to the north, where her husband is acting as a spy for the king, who grows drunker with power by the day.

Will Maggie and Robert’s love be strong enough to weather the coming storm? Or will the winds of change blow their world apart?

Buy the book now in Kindle or paperback!

 

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Haven’t read the first three books in the series? No worries. You can buy the first book right now for only 99 cents! Check out all four books in the series here: Amazon.com. They’re also available for free through Kindle Unlimited.

 

Here’s an excerpt from The Devils Who Would Be King:

 

When Maggie returned to the bedchamber, she found Robert waiting just inside the door. Before she could say aught to him, he captured her mouth with such passion she fell back against the jamb, needing its support as she reeled under a dizzying rush of desire.

It felt wonderful. Glorious. Better than anything else in the world. She ran her hands slowly up into his hair, over his stubbled jaw, across his hard shoulders, and along his strong arms. Yes, he smelled ripe, but his stink was pure raw male animal musk. She found it far more arousing than offensive. Moving her hands around to his back, she pulled his body firmly against hers, feeling all over again how much she had missed him.

Playing house with Gemma had been all well and good, but her friend was not Robert. No one was, or could ever take his place in her heart or in her bed. Suddenly ashamed of her behavior, she broke from the kiss.

Flushed and short of breath, she said, “Forgive me.”

“For what?” he asked, eyebrows drawing together.

“You were jealous when I went to bed with Juliette. I should have guessed how you would feel about Gemma, whatever you might have claimed to the contrary.”

A strange, unreadable look crossed his face before he stepped away from her and averted his gaze. “How funny that you should bring up Juliette, for I encountered her in my travels.”

“Juliette?” Maggie frowned and furrowed her brow, unsure she’d heard him correctly. “Was she not hanged?”

“No.” When he returned his gaze to hers, she was sure she saw guilt there. “King Louis bribed the judge to release her.”

“King Louis?” she asked, growing uneasy. “Why would he pay to free a Huguenot?”

“Because she is not a Huguenot,” he told her with growing fervor. “She is Romish, like us, and has been working in secret for her king and country. I ran into her in Orkney, awaiting the rebel ships. We joined Argyle’s forces together, posing as man and wife to protect our covers.”

“Man and wife?” she repeated, shocked again. “Did you..?”

“God, no!” He laughed, though nervously. “I was as faithful as the day is long—not that it was easy, given the sleeping arrangements.”

Though relieved he had not cheated on her, Maggie could not let such an inflammatory aside go unremarked upon. “Whatever do you mean by that?”

Before he could answer, someone knocked on the door. Presuming it was the servants with the hot water, Maggie pulled out of Robert’s embrace and went to let them in. After directing them to the bath closet, she went to check on Gemma and wee Jamie. Both, to her delight, were sound asleep. With any luck, they would not stir until morning, giving her hours yet to celebrate her husband’s homecoming.

Returning to the bath closet, she watched the maids fill the tub, offering instructions when necessary. When all was prepared to her satisfaction, she sent them away before returning to Robert’s bedchamber, where she found him seated upon the needlepoint settee in the window alcove, removing his boots and stockings. As he reached around to unfasten his cravat, he looked up to find her watching him.

“Shall I remove the rest?” The wolfish grin he gave her set her blood afire. “Or would you prefer to do the honors?”

“Let me,” she said, excited by the idea of peeling off his clothing, layer by layer. Doing so would afford her the chance to discover his body anew.

He got to his feet and stalked toward her like a predatory animal. When he was only inches away, he spread his arms wide and laughed. “I’m all yours.”

She started with his waistcoat, working the buttons out of their holes in silence. As much as she wanted to inquire further about Juliette and their sleeping arrangements, she wanted him naked even more.

When the waistcoat was off, she tugged his shirttail free of his breeches. Sliding her hands inside his shirt, she relished the feel of his flat belly and muscular chest. Locating his nipples, she gently pinched them between her thumb and forefinger.

Groaning with pleasure, he shut his eyes.

She pressed a kiss to his stubbled chin before unbuttoning the ruffled cuffs on his sleeves. When they were open, he lifted his arms so she could pull the shirt off over his head. Trembling at the sight of his naked chest, she kissed and licked each of his nipples to hardness before moving to his breeches. As she untied the ribbon closures, she did everything in her power to tempt and arouse him. When his breeches fell, she wrapped her hand around his c**k.

“Oh, Rosebud, my sweet seductress,” he breathlessly whispered. “You certainly know how to drive me wild with desire.”

She gave his erection a few ardent strokes before letting go. Yes, she knew how to inflame his passions, but she also knew when to back off to prolong the seduction.

He stepped out of his puddled breeches and kicked them aside before gripping her shoulders. “Now, it is my turn to undress you,” he said with a devilish grin. “For I should like you as naked as a nymph whilst you give me my bath.”

 

My Review:

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*

The Devils Who Would Be King by Nina Mason is the fourth and final book in the Royal Pains series, which follows the love between Maggie and Robert, Duke and Duchess of Dunwoody. Like the previous books, The Devils Who Would Be King is not short on toe-curling romance scenes or political intrigue. While Robert is away on a mission for the king, Maggie finds solace in Gemma’s company. I love how Maggie has become such a confident woman and is able to experiment to find what she truly desires. The women not only enjoy all manner of antics in the bedroom, they also work to have the lives they want despite the time period. One of the things I enjoy about this series is that the women in the book fight, albeit subtly, against the oppressive system of the 1600s. Robert is a man who is easy to fall in love with, and he only becomes more wonderful in this book. He loves his family more than anything, and that makes him a character I couldn’t help but enjoy. The historical characters and political intrigue give this steamy book even more layers to enjoy, making it a book that’s difficult to put down. If you enjoy hot romance (and I do mean HOT) with a side of court intrigue, then this is a series you must read. It is the perfect end to a fantastic series!

 

Here’s more about the author:

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Nina Mason is an incurable romantic who strives to write the same kind of books she loves to read: those that entertain, edify, and educate. She has two series out at present, Royal Pains (historical erotica) and Knights of the Tarot (erotic PNR/UF). She also has published three stand-alone novels: Sins Against the Sea, The Queen of Swords, and The Tin Man. The latter two are not available at this time.

Born and raised in Southern California, Ms. Mason holds a degree in journalism from California State University at Fullerton and currently lives with her family in Woodstock, Georgia. To contact Ms. Mason, email her at ninamasonauthor@gmail.com.