This meme was created by Reading Marie. It’s a great meme because it’s nice and easy to do.
Here are the rules:
Take your current read and compare it to what you reading this exact time last year. Which one do you like better? What is different about the books? Any special facts/things you want to make note of or bring attention to
This Year I Am Reading…
How can one man be so incredibly frustrating but so sexy at the same time?
Ryder knows two things. Tragedy can strike at any moment so you have to hold tightly to the gifts life gives you. And, Shay is one of those gifts. To Ryder their fifteen-year age difference is nothing, Shay is the man he wants. Now he just needs an opportunity to plead his case with the sexy lawyer.
He gets his chance when Shay asks him to assist on a case involving a missing person, but the investigation quickly turns perilous. A stomach-churning rollercoaster ride of what the hell is going on, puts both men in danger—but from whom?
Will the two get their chance at love, or will a brutal criminal tear the future from their grasp?
age difference, thriller, Criminal Minds meets Rockford Files, tragic past, medium+ heat, reluctant lover, persistent courtship 4tw.
Real Danger, second in the West Coast Forensics series is a dual POV, age-gap, m/m romantic suspense following Shay and Ryder as they fight for their HEA.
This is a book I’ve been waiting for but I’m slumpy so I’m not enjoying this as much as I should right now. I’m halfway through but might backtrack when I’m in the right frame of mind for proper enjoyment.
Last Year I Was Reading…
Getting into the vampire-only detective unit was the easy part; what’s going to be more difficult is dealing with my new partner, an ancient vampire who keeps threatening to eat me. The unit has never had a human in it, and Marcus—or as I like to call him, Fangy McFangface—would really prefer to keep it that way. He’s grumpy, short-tempered, and broody, but I have a way with words and I know he’s starting to like me, even if he swears he’s not. But what he doesn’t know is that I didn’t join the unit because I was tired of being a homicide detective, I joined because there is someone after me. They’ve already taken enough from me and I’m afraid they’re going to take all of me if I don’t find someone to help. That’s all Marcus was supposed to be, but now, he’s so much more and I can’t imagine my life without him.
The moment the pesky human walked through that door, I knew I had to get rid of him. He’s charming and almost everyone else instantly loves him, but he doesn’t understand how risky it is being part of this unit as a human. But as I get to know the stubborn man, I learn that perhaps he’s not as naive as I once thought. And maybe he’s what I needed to realize there is more to life than just work and my dog. A group arises who is threatening to disrupt the alliance between the humans and the vampires, but Finn is the one who shows me how strong that alliance can be and reminds me why it’s worth protecting. When threats hit closer to home, I realize I would do anything for Finn because he’s brought so much joy to my life—and because he’s mine.
This 105k word book contains: A creative use for undergarments, unintentional splits, a wolfhound who just wants to be a part of things, a vertically challenged human who still manages to wrap every vampire he meets around his little finger, the best date ever, possessiveness, really awkward dancing, some workplace revenge, and just a bite or two. Or three.
This hilarious series opener puts an interesting spin on the usual vampire fare. It’s a book filled with lovable characters and zany antics. The mystery was super intriguing too.
My 4-star review here.
Today is mystery day. We got two flavors. Real Danger is a contemporary romantic suspense set in the small island town of Piedras Island. How To Vex A Vampire is a paranormal/urban fantasy mystery set in a city. Both books have an age-gap romance. Both pairings have the older character trying to resist the younger but eventually succumbs to the inevitable.
The current is between sophisticated, bisexual lawyer Shay Delacombe, and young, chatty hacker Ryder Mann. Shay is an island native who returned to settle in his hometown for good. Ryder is working for West Coast Forensics, a private detective agency. He’s a frequent visitor to the island both for work and personal reasons a.k.a. him crushing on Shay so hard.
The other pairs a 300-year old vampire detective, Marcus Church, with a smol and sassy human counterpart, Finnegan Hayes. The couple had the author’s signature sunshine/grumpy dynamics. Many of the author’s books are a play on this but she was able to make Marcus and Finn stand out.
The current read had a more serious tone, tackling the disappearance of a young Native American woman. This is the second book of West Coast Forensics, part of a various series of books set in the American Pacific Northwest area.
The former is much more humorous, with a lot of ridiculous dialogues that even poked fun at Finn’s disability. This part was done without being disrespectful. The detectives work on the case of a serial killer that was eventually linked to Finn. This is the first book of the two covering Marcus and Finn’s story. It’s part of VCR: Vampire Related Crimes, a series about a unit of vampire detectives.
Danger is the spice of life but the lawful undead had the fierier bite .
I’m ending the post with a book I’m looking forward to reading.
In the business of unfinished business…
Tristan Everett had always preferred the company of the dead because they were quiet and didn’t talk back. As a slightly awkward introvert working as a pathologist at the Hackney Public Mortuary suited him just fine. That is, until a freak accident with a rogue ice cube and suddenly he can see ghosts. No longer content to just lie on the table and let him figure out how they died, they’re now peering over his shoulder critiquing his work and confessing their most lascivious sins before skipping off merrily into the afterlife.
Just when he thought his life couldn’t get any weirder, London’s most infamous drag queen, Miz Dusty Le Frey, is wheeled in with a toe tag and she’s not prepared to go quietly into the light. Not only is she furious at the prospect of spending eternity in last season’s gold lamé, she’s determined that he help her solve her murder.
Suddenly Tristan finds himself thrown into a world of sequins and fake eyelashes, and worse still, he may have developed a bit of a crush on Scotland Yard’s brand new drool-worthy detective, Inspector Danny Hayes, who’s been assigned to Dusty’s murder. Oh, and as the icing on top of a really crappy cake, the killer now wants him dead too…
All he ever wanted was a simple life but suddenly he’s juggling work, a deliciously sexy detective, a stubborn ghost and a relentless murderer… and things have just gotten dead serious….
From author Wendy Saunders writing as Vawn Cassidy comes this hot and funny, slow burn, opposites attract paranormal mm romance.
Continuing the mystery theme with another paranormal. This one takes us to London to meet a cute, introverted pathologist and his dashing Scotland Yard detective.
What were you reading this time last year?
(I hope it’s as riveting as Morticia’s book)