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My Most Anticipated LGBTQIA Book Releases for July 2021!

Since it’s my birthday month, I thought I’d share with you guys some of the books I’m looking forward to get a hold of this month. Without further ado, here’s are my top picks in no particular order!

Sleight of Hand (The Kings: Wild Cards, #3) by Charlie Cochet

Blurb: Former Special Forces Green Beret, Sacha “Joker” Wilder, is well-versed on the subject of demolitions. As a silent partner of Four Kings Security, Joker spends his days working alongside his brothers-in-arms and his best boy, Chip—a bomb-sniffing Belgian Malinois with sass. Years of military and private security experience have prepared Joker for almost anything, except the explosive attraction between him and Giovanni Galanos.

When Gio returns from his travels abroad, everyone is charmed by the handsome billionaire philanthropist, but in Joker’s experience, anyone who’s too good to be true usually is. Gio is hiding something, but the more time Joker spends around Gio, the more his walls start crumbling, leaving him exposed and at risk of losing his heart, something he swore he would never do. Love is for suckers, and that’s not him.

For years Gio has dedicated his life to his charity work, helping people around the globe, but when things go horribly wrong during one particular trip, Gio decides it’s time to come home for good. The desire for family, and a certain ex-Green Beret with a chip on his shoulder, has Gio eager to restart his life Stateside. For all of Sacha’s blustering and griping, no one makes Gio feel safer. If only Sacha could see how right they are for each other.

Danger lurks in the shadows as someone sets their sights on Gio, and secrets are forced into the light. If Gio and Joker are to have any kind of future together, they’ll have to face difficult truths, because where love is concerned, it’ll take more than sleight of hand to make things work.

The Kings: Wild Cards series is a spin-off of the Four Kings Security series.

Love Springs Eternal (The Beacon Hill Sorcerer #5) by S.J. Himes

Blurb: Apprenticed to the infamous Necromancer of Boston, Daniel Macavoy has seen a lot of upheaval in his life since that fateful day. Rescued from an abusive father and the monster he was once enslaved by, Daniel has struggled with every trauma that scarred his heart and mind.

Yet with the love and support of his found family, Daniel has become stronger than he ever imagined. A capable sorcerer, he’s been entrusted with the ancestral family seat of the Salvatores, the legendary site of the Massacre, the culmination of the centuries long Blood Wars between the Salvatores and the Macavoys. The huge mansion is a testament to old school magic, high sorcery, and comes with a history almost as impressive as the enigmatic fae warrior who calls the gardens home.

Rory Brennan is immortal. A member of the nearly extinct High Court Sidhe, Rory remembers when humans climbed down from trees and learned to stand upright. His long life has been spent hand in hand with his identical twin, Cian, who happens to be locked in prison, sentenced to a thousand years for heinous crimes committed while Rory slept for centuries in stasis, hovering at the edge of death. Rory wakes to a modern world after his resurrection at the hands of the Necromancer of Boston, only to lose Cian to a mortal prison.

Once worshipped as a god, Rory Brennan is learning what it means to exist in a modern mortal world. Rory finds that for the very first time, true love has found its way into his immortal heart.

Daniel and Rory grow closer, love springing to life in the narrowing space between them. Daniel has concerns about Cian, the serial killer twin brother of the man he loves, and the repeated attempts of strangers trying to break into the Mansion. He’s got no idea what these strangers are after, and Rory is certain that Cian is in ever-growing danger locked up in Blackguard Prison.

With the danger increasing from all sides, Daniel and Rory struggle to balance surviving with falling in love. A dragon with a growth spurt isn’t helping matters, and his mentor’s watchful eye makes things both more awkward and potentially lethal.

LOVE SPRINGS ETERNAL is the fifth book in the bestselling Beacon Hill Sorcerer series and should not be read as a standalone.

Out of Character (True Colors #2) by Annabeth Albert

It’s friends-to-enemies-to-friends-to-lovers in this LGBTQIA+ Romance for fans of Red, White & Royal Blue and The Pros of Cons who enjoy:

Ex-best-friends falling in love
• Gaming, conventions, fandom & cosplay
• Nerd culture at its finest
• Learning how to be true to yourself

Jasper Quigley is tired of being everyone’s favorite sidekick. He wants to become the hero of his own life, but that’s not going to happen if he agrees to help out his former best friend turned king of the jocks, Milo Lionetti. High school was miserable enough, thanks, and Jasper has no interest in dredging up painful memories of his old secret crush.

But Milo’s got nowhere else to go. His life is spiraling out of control and he’s looking to turn things back around. Step one? Replace the rare Odyssey cards he lost in an idiotic bet. Step two? Tell his ex-best-friend exactly how he feels—how he’s always felt.

Jasper may be reluctant to reopen old wounds, but he never could resist Milo. There’s a catch, though: if Milo wants his help, he’s going to have to pitch in to make the upcoming children’s hospital charity ball the best ever. But as the two don cosplay for the kids and hunt for rare cards, nostalgia for their lost friendship may turn into something even more lasting…

Wildfire by Toni Draper


Blurb: After a difficult breakup, a wildland firefighter and university professor have parted ways, but neither has moved on. When a life threatening accident reunites them, can a love that once burned so bright be rekindled?

The Mastermind by Amy Lane

Blurb: Once upon a time in Rome, Felix Salinger got caught picking his first pocket and Danny Mitchell saved his bacon. The two of them were inseparable… until they weren’t. Twenty years later Danny returns to Chicago, the city he shared with Felix and their perfect, secret family, to save him again. Felix’s news network—the business that broke them apart—is under fire from an unscrupulous employee pointing the finger at Felix. An official investigation could topple their house of cards. The only way to prove Felix is innocent is to pull off their biggest con yet. But though Felix still has the gift of grift, his reunion with Danny is bittersweet. Their ten-year separation left holes in their hearts that no amount of stolen property can fill.

Body at Buccaneer’s Bay (Secrets and Scrabble, #5) by Josh Lanyon

Blurb: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Mystery Bookshop owner Ellery Page and Police Chief Jack Carson are diving for the legendary sunken pirate galleon Blood Red Rose when they discover an old fashioned diver’s suit, water-damaged and encrusted with barnacles. Further examination reveals the 19th Century suit contains a 21st Century body.

Who is the mysterious diver? No one seems to be missing from the quaint and cozy town of Pirate’s Cove. Was he really diving for pirate’s gold? And if not, what exactly did he do to earn that bullet hole in his skull?

The End Zone (Atlanta Lightning, #2) by Riley Hart

Jeremy
Seeing my best friend West, happy with his fiancé opened my eyes to things I’ve been missing in my own marriage. My divorce, which was amicable, followed. Strangely, at West’s wedding, I find myself confiding in Darren, the straight, confirmed bachelor and star quarterback of the Atlanta Lightning. Darren is a full-steam-ahead kind of guy, and one talk leads to hanging out, swapping phone numbers, and pranking West and Anson while they’re on their honeymoon. When I head back to California, I expect our chats to end, but I couldn’t be more wrong.

Darren
I still can’t say how it happened, how a random decision to strike up a conversation with Jeremy turned into…whatever this is. All I know is, months later, my days aren’t complete until we tell each other good night. Whether it’s on our calls or when he flies to Atlanta, we talk about everything, lying awake together half the night. Jeremy’s got me feeling…different. If it was just my newly discovered bisexuality, that’d be one thing. I’m not one to stress about being into a man for the first time. It’s the other stuff, the way he makes my pulse race and my heart swell, that’s throwing me for a loop.

I didn’t think I was made for relationships, thought something inside me was broken, but I want it all with him. Except, it feels like as soon as we make it past one obstacle, there’s an even bigger one waiting for us. We just have to keep our heads in the game and our eyes on the prize, to make it to the end zone, before one last tackle takes us down for good.

There’s actually a lot of releases this month, but they’re mostly part of a series which I have not read or didn’t like that much so here are my current list now!

Book Review: In Other Words…Murder (Holmes & Moriarity, #4) – Josh Lanyon

36546081Published July 13, 2018 by Josh Lanyon
Genres & Themes: LGBTQ+, Mystery, Murder, Romance, Family
Ebook Edition, 215 pages
ISBN13: 9781945802263
Characters: Christopher “Kit” Holmes, J.X. Moriarity

Blurb:
Mystery author Christopher Holmes, now comfortably married to sometimes rival, sometimes nemesis J.X. Moriarity, is starting a new career as a true crime writer when threatening anonymous notes start arriving.

Even worse, Christopher’s ex also arrives–asking for help locating the man he left Christopher for!

It’s life–and death–as usual at Chez Holmes. In other words… Murder.

It’s been ages since I’ve read something from Josh Lanyon and reading the fourth book off her Holmes and Moriarity series made me realized how much I missed her storytelling and it reminded me how much I absolutely loved almost all of her catalogue!

In Other Words…Murder is no exception. I absolutely adore this installment of the series where we see J.X. and Kit being all so domestic with each other, much more the inscrutable and super adorably funny Kit! I could totally picture him being all so awkward, snooty and of all things – romantic!

I totally enjoyed the mystery here. There are three things that are happening at the same time so I was a bit puzzled at first on how the author would tie up all the loose ends and being the awesome Josh Lanyon, ofcourse she’d find a way to do it neatly and I’ve to say that I’m more than satisfied with it.

This is highly recommended for the fans of the series and for those who have not had the chance to read anything from Ms. Lanyon, I suggest you start with this series and you’d definitely won’t regret it!

My only problem about the whole thing is the last page where she said that the next Holmes and Moriarity installment is still in 2020!!! Ugh. That’s like forever!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.

Book Review: Winter Kill – Josh Lanyon

Winter KillIt’s should not come as a surprise how good this one would turn out. I mean, it’s Josh Lanyon and he’s like one of the best writers in the MM genre and shall I say, in general.

Winter Kill centers on Special Agent Adam Darling who is trying to resurrect his career after a high profile case set a dent on his professional record. Now handling a new case with a new partner, Adam finds himself in the midst of a quiet mountain resort in Oregon searching for a serial killer.

He then meets Deputy Sherriff Robert Haskell – the closeted and very efficient cop townie who isn’t too thrilled about the FBI’s involvement despite their initial attraction towards each other. Now, it’s up to them to work well together and bring the case down to a close and their budding romance – well, one has got to give.

Now this one, I really did enjoy to bits. This is only the fourth book I’ve read from Josh Lanyon and I can already tell his style from other authors, which promise so much for me in the future since I am planning to read a lot off  his catalogue!

I just loved the whole feel of the story. There’s this melancholic vibe at the beginning about the guy who got murdered by his (apparently) lover and that angle of the story alone already set a precedent on how the mystery of the story will go about and to discover the reason behind it in the end. Ugh. I’m like, damnittohell! That was totally heartbreaking!

The boys are equally likable. Adam reminds me so much of Ty Grady from the Cut and Run series or maybe it was just a different version of J.X. Moriarity from the author’s Holmes and Moriarity series. I also loved that Rob’s such a *whispers* slut. The term casual sex totally defines his lifestyle. Of course, there’s a turn around with our two MCs who can’t seem to get enough of each other and now I am so thrilled about how it ended because it seems to be that we’ll be getting one more book out of these two! I sure can’t wait to have that one!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Published May 31st 2015 by Just Joshin

About The Author
A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.

Book Review: The Boy With The Painful Tattoo (Holmes & Moriarity, #3) – Josh Lanyon

The Boy with the Painful Tattoo[Book 3 of the Holmes & Moriarity series]

“I’m just not sure if I’d go directly into the third installment. I guess I need to have more motivations to go ahead with this couple… – This was me a month ago. I did get a lot of recommendation to read this book and I finally conceded. Reason being was that though I’m really not a big fan of mystery novels and ‘am not exactly the biggest fan of this couple, I came to really appreciate them over time. It’s nice that Christopher Holmes (Kit) and J.X. Moriarity finally decided to live together. But not without any fuss – both still have some doubts if this would work out and they are also willing to give it their best shot. I think this was definitely a bigger deal for Kit since he’s the one who’s got to sell his house and migrate across the state. The fun though didn’t stop as Kit’s amateur sleuthing was put to a test again when he found a dead body from one of the boxes they packed at the new house. Then there’s the stalker, Miss Butterwith and Mister Pinkerton look-alike neighbors, the cray-cray family and the boy with the painful tattoo (like seriously, that’s just…)

I didn’t think that I’d enjoy this immensely contrary to what I’ve been blabbing about a month ago. I loved the snarky nature of Kit and how J.X. seemed to really try to play it up and make it work.  It is only now that I appreciate how refreshing their partnership is. It’s realistic and there is a sense of vulnerability in it that you can’t help but really root for them to really make it work. This time though, I didn’t really care to guess who the the culprit. I was more focused over the development of Kit and J.X.’s relationship. This one is definitely not the last in the series because it looks like we’re up for more Holmes and Moriarity sleuthing and them dealing with the more pressing issues involving their families and careers. I hope in the next book, it’s the other way around where J.X.’s would be the doing the sleuthing and Kit’s career comes into focus. And yeah, Rachel can also go with Anna Hitchcock…she was a very irritating character… other than these observation, I just want to say that I really enjoyed reading this book NON-STOP and that should tell you something about it…

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: All She Wrote (Holmes & Moriarity, #2) – Josh Lanyon

indexI actually enjoyed this way better than the first book of the series. I thought it was meatier and the couple here is more present. On the downside, I was a bit annoyed with Kit’s character here. What he’s having was like Titanic-major midlife crisis. His insecurities are just too much for me and the age thing!!! I was like, “get the fuck-over with it! He’s like five years your junior so get a grip!” I actually liked him a ton better in the first book. I thought he was quirky, feisty though still self conscious but here he was just a big hot mess. J.X. on the other hand was simply swoon-worthy here. I loved that he cares so much about Kit. I guess what I was saying is that, though I enjoyed the interaction of the couple here I was under the impression that Kit’s characterization was brutally murdered here. It was like J.X. got all the accolades.

On a more positive note, I loved the story development here. I loved the obvious hints throughout the story and this time, I didn’t mind being able to guess that it was that biatch all along manipulating the game.

It was a good read if I may say. I’m just not sure if I’d go directly into the third installment. I guess I need to have more motivations to go ahead with this couple…

Rating: 3.5 out 5 stars

Book Review: Somebody Killed His Editor (Holmes & Moriarity #1) – Josh Lanyon

via goodreads

via goodreads

I’m first to admit that I’m not really a big fan of mystery novels but I do enjoy reading one every now and then. Though I was not entirely sold on the dynamic of this story, I actually liked the couple here. Both are charming and they’ve a great chemistry. I was able to guess the culprit prior to the big reveal and I guess that’s what made me a bit disappointed with the way things panned out with the murder [ala Detective Conan-style] and the route of J.X. and Kit’s relationship. I was maybe looking for more and asking for less suspense. I don’t know, perhaps I’m just not the type to liken mystery themed novels that much. One thing I’ve to say though, even if I didn’t enjoy that much, I still think that Josh Lanyon writes incredibly well. The feel of his technique was there so I’ve to give it to him. I’ve the second and third book of this series and I’d sure scheduled them to be read sooner.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars