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Brute by Kim Fielding

Brute by Kim Fielding

Title: Brute

Author: Kim Fielding

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Copyright: 2012

ISBN: 978-1-62380-226-4

Format: eBook

Genre: M/M, Fantasy

Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭

Romance Level: ♥♥

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Description: Brute leads a lonely life in a world where magic is commonplace. He is seven and a half feet of ugly, and of disreputable descent. No one, including Brute, expects him to be more than a laborer. But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when he is maimed while rescuing a prince, Brute’s life changes abruptly. He is summoned to serve at the palace in Tellomer as a guard for a single prisoner. It sounds easy but turns out to be the challenge of his life.

Rumors say the prisoner, Gray Leynham, is a witch and a traitor. What is certain is that he has spent years in misery: blind, chained, and rendered nearly mute by an extreme stutter. And he dreams of people’s deaths—dreams that come true.

As Brute becomes accustomed to palace life and gets to know Gray, he discovers his own worth, first as a friend and a man and then as a lover. But Brute also learns heroes sometimes face difficult choices and that doing what is right can bring danger of its own.

 

Review: Brute has been an outcast most of his life. When his parents died at a young age he was taken in by an abusive uncle who didn't want him. When his uncle died he was treated even worse by the townspeople who didn't really know what to do with an ugly giant. He did the work of ten men in his work in labor but a visit from a prince changes his life forever. He becomes a lone guard for a witch and traitor who has dreams of people's deaths. Brute soon learns to be a friend and lover as the people of the palace easily accept him.

Kim Fielding is a brilliant writer who brings us another story of finding love in the most unusual places. Brute is one of the most unique characters I have ever read and his size and ugliness only make him stronger. I find it rare to read romance stories where the two main characters aren't attractive in almost every way and yet Fielding has us fall in love with Brute no matter what he looks like, proving looks can be deceiving and the most important things are on the inside. Her style is diverse and eclectic as she instantly pulls you into the world of a gentle giant.

Brute has a heart bigger than any ordinary man's. He is surprisingly tender and humble despite everything he has gone through. My favorite quote from the book is said by Gray Leynaham, “You're' a giant because an ordinary man's body is too small for what you are.” I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a fairy tale of a giant who should go down in the history books as a classic.

 


Catch of the Day by Lily Sawyer

Catch of the Day Bookcover

Title: Catch of the Day

Author: Lily Sawyer

Publisher: Silver Publishing

Copyright: 2010

ISBN: 978-1-920484-13-2

Format: eBook

Genre: M/M, Merman

Rating: * * *

Romance Level: ♥♥♥♥

Description: Kellan Murphy is a successful car dealer in Chicago, but he isn’t happy with his life. He finds his job boring and wants a change. After the sudden death of his lover he decides to move someplace warm. He sees an ad for the Florida Keys in a magazine and packs everything and moves to the Keys.

Kellan starts his new life as a fisherman and tour guide. He has his own home and boat, but the one thing missing is someone to share his life with. On a rare day off he decides to go fishing and what he finds at the end of his fishing line changes his life forever.

Review: I love mermaids and anything to do with under the sea. I used to watch shark week with my brother and love the planet shows! I also fell instantly in love with The Little Mermaid! So when I found a book out on a merman and a gay romance to boot I couldn’t wait to start reading.

The story takes place in the Florida Keys. Kellan, one of the main characters, is trying to find a reason to live when he has lost everything to live for. He finds some satisfaction in buying a boat and giving tours to the local tourist. During one of his days off he ends up fishing only to find Jaran hooked in his line. Jaran is half man and half fish, a merman, which Kellan had thought only existed in fairy tales.

Told from the point of view of both Kellan and Jaran the story leads us through discovering love in the deepest of oceans. Lily Sawyer takes through a tale of fantasy that keeps changing as we swim deeper in the story. The two main characters are well developed and offer an emotional ride as they fight to stay together. There is also a great message here about the pollution in our oceans and you can tell this is something Lily Sawyer is passionate about.

This was a very interesting story and I enjoyed the struggle with Kellan to try and find love again after he lost the man he loved, Frank. I would like to have seen a more emotional ride when finding out one could lose the other especially when things seemed so easily resolved. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy with mermen and the impact people have made on the environment.


Stasis by Kim Fielding

Stasis Cover

Title: Stasis

Author: Kim Fielding

Publisher: Createspace

Copyright: 2009

ISBN: 9781449924621

Format: eBook

Genre: M/M, Fantasy

Series: Book One in Ennek Series

Rating: * * * * *

Romance Level: ♥

Stasis is a state which only the worst prisoners are put into as suspended animation for the duration of a time, a sentence until they are forgotten. They are then released only to become bond slaves.

Ennek is the son of the Chief, ruler in Praesidium. He is not the heir so there not much is expected from Ennek. He lives brushing the outskirts of the law especially because he is attracted to men, something not permitted in Praesidium. Ennek has nightmares that are becoming worse, especially when he discovers a prisoner, Miner, in stasis and feels an instant connection. But is Ennek’s need enough to save Miner?

Kim Fielding has created world where class is all that matters but love knows no bounds. She creates characters and a story that makes you want to stand up for what you believe in no matter the cost. This story is told through the third person from Ennek’s point of view. Her writing lets you feel what you want toward the injustice of the reluctant hero and his prisoner/slave without telling you how to feel.

The characters are skillfully crafted with mysticism and uniqueness each pulling Ennek and his values in a thousand different directions. I loved this book, the story line was unique and covered many serious political issues without being pushy.

I highly recommend this book to anyone. This isn’t just a romance book, as a matter of fact the romance is more of a cherry on top of a deep story filled with mystery and intrigue that left me wanting more. I cannot wait to read Flux, the next book in the trilogy!


Race the Sun by Gabrielle Evans

Race the Sun Book Cover

Title: Race the Sun

Author: Gabrielle Evans

Publisher: Silver Publishing

Copyright: 2011

ISBN: 9781920484576

Format: eBook

Genre: Fantasy, Genie in a Bottle

Rating: * * * *

Romance Level: ♥♥♥♥

Ever wonder what you would wish for if you had a genie in a bottle? Well, start rubbing those magic lamps 😉 and start planning those wishes as Jade Blevins and his genie Archias of Thessaly take us on an adventure of romance and betrayal.

When Jade wins a strange bottle in a pool game he doesn’t think twice about it until he makes a wish to fix his truck and Archias suddenly appears out of the bottle to grant his wish. Jade has everything his heart could ever desire, except love but unfortunately Archias can’t grant any wishes for love. Jade soon finds himself falling for the genie in a bottle but time is limited and begins a race against the sun to wish Archias free from his bottle cage.

This is a wonderful take on the story of a genie in a bottle and Gabrielle Evans lighthearted writing gives us a sweet and tangy taste of what it’s like to have a sexy, giant genie in a bottle. Her writing is descriptive and energetic as she takes us through the fantasy adventure of finding love in the most unexpected places.

Race the Sun is a story to please anyone with a wish in their heart. This story is highly recommended by a very satisfied reader who likes the sweet and tangy taste of love in a bottle.


Fate’s Second Chance by A.J. Jarrett

Fate's Second Chance

Title: Fate’s Second Chance

Author: A.J. Jarrett

Publisher: Silver Publishing

Copyright: 2011

ISBN: 97819205013722

Format: eBook

Genre: M/M, Fantasy, Angel,

Series: Book One in Twist of Fate

Rating: * * * * *

Romance Level: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Have you ever felt out of place or like you were living someone else’s life? Well, fate may have just made a mistake. For Marie Carter that mistake may give her a second chance at life.

When taking an early flight home she realized that she was never going to see her sister, Serena, or her best friend, Shawn ever again as the plane crashes down. But her forgetful and boundary crossing angel, Ross has different plans for her. He is throwing her back into life as Marc Carter with the male body she was suppose to have and one chance to win the heart of the man she loves, or I guess now he loves. This story is told from the first person from Marie/Marc Carter’s point of view.

I’m not going to lie, I went into this book hesitant with the thought that a girl coming back as a man was kind of a strange plot but I was wrong, this story was an absolute delight to read. I ended up biting my nails through the entire story, (which was a habit I have been trying to break and this book did not help). I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see if Marc could get Shawn to say I love you.

Author A.J. Jarrett had me laughing and crying with Marc as he fumbled his way through his new life with the mistake making angel, Ross, to help win over Shawn’s heart. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a great read with powerful characters and a great storyline.


Blood Moon, Yellow Sky by A.M. Burns

Blood Moon, Yellow Sky Book Cover

Title: Blood Moon, Yellow Sky

Author: A.M. Burns

Publisher: Mystichawker Press

Copyright: 2011

Format: eBook

Genre: Fantasy, Dragon, Mages

Series: Book 1 in Yellow Sky Coven

Rating: * * * *

Romance Level: @

Then grab your wands and join Tal O’Duirwood and Alexander Carlson to save Yellow Sky, Texas from the vampires and werewolves threatening to destroy the city.

Tal is sent to Yellow Sky to see if Geraldine Beggay and her students are ready to be a part of the Coalition of Magical Creatures. The Coalition was put in place to keep magical creatures like vampires, shifters, witches, fairies, and dragons out of the public’s eye. Anyone who threatened to exposed them was assassinated, which is why Tal is sent to see if Geraldine and her students could handle the vampire situation taking place in Yellow Sky.

Independent author A.M. Burns takes us into the fantasy world where mages rule the elements in both the light and dark sides of magic. The story is told in first person from our main character Tal. He has an instant interest in Alexander when he first sees him in the magic shop in Yellow Sky. The book follows their adventure to save the city from the infestation of werewolves, wererats, and vampires who threaten to expose the magical creatures to the world.

Tal is nearly impossible to kill and we find that his only weakness might be Alexander. Fantasy readers may find this story of interest as this tale isn’t just focused on romance, although the story does focus on Tal and Alexander the main story is finding a way to stop the weres and vampires from taking over the city. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fantasy story with m/m romance interests.


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