Kria: Prisoner – Megan Derr
A man whom all men fear…
General Dieter von Adolwulf has led the Scarlet Army of Kria to victory for the past decade, holding the infamous field known as the Regenbogen against Kria’s hated enemies—the deceptive Illussor and the ruthless Salharans. War has waged between the three nations for longer than anyone can remember, but no one has held the Regenbogen as well as the notorious Wolf of Kria and his fearsome army.
A man who fears nothing…
Returning home at the end of the year, the Scarlet Army is attacked in the dead of night by a single man who manages to kill hundreds before he is finally captured. A Salharan soldier with no name, no purpose but to kill, he refuses to bend to the Wolf who takes him prisoner and forces upon him a despicable Krian name.
A man with nothing to lose…
When the rest of his army is slaughtered by Illussor soldiers desperately seeking his prisoner, Dieter determines to hold fast—both for answers and in revenge for the men he lost. But answers and revenge are hard to come by when surrounded by secrets and treachery, and the man least likely to kill him is the prisoner who most wants him dead.
I started reading the first few chapter but I couldn’t go on. I got lost and couldn’t figure out what was what so this book lingered on my shelf for months. Then I found the audiobook on Youtube and loved the narrator’s voice. Sean Crisden’s voices for most of the main characters were perfect. I think only Iah’s voice was off since he sounded like an old man.
This is one of the best enemies to lovers stories I have read. I live for Beraht and Dieter. I could listen to them bicker all day. Sol and Iah was kind of meh for me but I like them nonetheless. The female characters are not annoying so yay! Kalan deserves his own story.
The world and the magic of the three countries were equally fascinating. Each country has their own well-defined culture and language. I love the name of the Krian generals (Scarlet, Cobalt, Verdant, Saffron), the curses each nationality use but I wanted to see Illusor magic. Illusor was probably the less defined of the three.
This is probably a 4.5 stars but I would go ahead and give it a perfect score since I really enjoyed the book and I like the cover art.
5 Stars – absolutely perfect
I have a definite opinion on this… I don’t care.Steven Hyde
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Free Punch – Natsume Isaku
1-2) Yamada runs away from home and goes to hang out at the school until things cool down. Unfortunately he runs into his homeroom teacher who takes him home. 3-5) Ikeda moves into his dormitory to find out his room mate Kazuma has a terrible personality. The extra is about the first story.
Mostly average stuff but chapter 5 made me laugh.
The Turner Series: The Lawrence Browne Affair – Cat Sebastian
An earl hiding from his future …
Lawrence Browne, the Earl of Radnor, is mad. At least, that’s what he and most of the village believes. A brilliant scientist, he hides himself away in his family’s crumbling estate, unwilling to venture into the outside world. When an annoyingly handsome man arrives at Penkellis, claiming to be Lawrence’s new secretary, his carefully planned world is turned upside down.
A swindler haunted by his past …
Georgie Turner has made his life pretending to be anyone but himself. A swindler and con man, he can slip into an identity faster than he can change clothes. But when his long-dead conscience resurrects and a dangerous associate is out for blood, Georgie escapes to the wilds of Cornwall. Pretending to be a secretary should be easy, but he doesn’t expect that the only madness he finds is the one he has for the gorgeous earl.
Can they find forever in the wreckage of their lives?
Challenging each other at every turn, the two men soon give into the desire that threatens to overwhelm them. But with one man convinced he is at the very brink of madness and the other hiding his real identity, only true love can make this an affair to remember
This book ticks a lot of boxes: classy cover, adorable dog (hugs to Barnabus!), slim, slender good-looking MC (Georgie reminds me of Locke Lamora only gay), dual POV and lots of humor and fluff. The MCs really brought the best out of each other. Love this book!
5 Stars – absolutely perfect
Moles… freckles ugly cousinCosmo Kramer
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Close Your Eyes – Hidaka Shoko
Love in middle school is a simple, straightforward and exciting thing. Love in high school is a bittersweet thing that makes one anxious and timid. This love is a secret.
Two childhood friends and neighbours suddenly stopped talking to each other after summer break. What could have happened between these best friends who used to be joined at the hip?
Yep, it’s bittersweet alright. Emphasis on the bitter.
We Met in Dreams – Rowan Mcallister
In Victorian London, during a prolonged and pernicious fog, fantasy and reality are about to collide—at least in one man’s troubled mind.
A childhood fever left Arthur Middleton, Viscount Campden, seeing and hearing things no one else does, afraid of the world outside, and unable to function as a true peer of the realm. To protect him from himself—and to protect others from him—he spends his days heavily medicated and locked in his rooms, and his nights in darkness and solitude, tormented by visions, until a stranger appears.
This apparition is different. Fox says he’s a thief and not an entirely good sort of man, yet he returns night after night to ease Arthur’s loneliness without asking for anything in return. Fox might be the key that sets Arthur free, or he might deliver the final blow to Arthur’s tenuous grasp on sanity. Either way, real or imaginary, Arthur needs him too much to care.
Fox is only one of the many secrets and specters haunting Campden House, and Arthur will have to face them all in order to live the life of his dreams.
Really, really not a fan of huge age gaps so it sort of bothered me all through out the book and the ending was a bit of an overkill but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
Most of the events happened in one room but it was never boring. I found myself rooting for Arthur and was so glad that this is a HEA type of book. Fox, I didn’t really care for TBH but he was the kind of support Arthur needed.
Plus this book has the best dedication ever:
“To all those who fight a daily battle that no one sees.
Aaaand…the cover is perfect!! Given how cringe-inducing most M/M book covers are, this one was refreshingly not tacky and the blurb definitely made me start reading it right away.
4 Stars – minor quibbles but I loved it to bits
I’m vain because I’m imperfect.Pete Doherty