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Book Review: Lexington Black

πŸ“š Review time! πŸ“š

πŸ“š Lexington Black by Lady Jaguar

πŸ“š My rating: β­β­β­β­β­

🌈 Rob Martyn lives an unassuming life; no kids, working a dead-end job, and caught in a relationship with a woman he barely spends time with, let alone touches. Needless to say, this takes a drastic turn as this story begins, where Rob is locked out of his own home, with a few bags of possessions, and his father’s old grandfather clock. His wife is divorcing him, and he’s forced to reassess his life and what he wants to do.

🌈 And in comes Lexington Black… *swoon*

🌈 Right, so this sounds like an insta-gay moment, but it isn’t. Rob has always felt a bit awkward with women, or sexual experiences in general, long thinking he’s basically been asexual. Well, until he meets Lex, that is. The sexual tiger is unleashed, and there is no going back!

🌈 Now, this story has nothing of the usual, but ALL of the unusual! Main characters who aren’t quite what you think they are – yes, Lex is a rich alpha billionaire, but he’s got a softness and weaknesses, so he’s certainly not perfect. Then Rob, not at all as awkward as you would have thought (considering his new sexual identity), but embraces his new life with confidence (albeit perhaps feigned at times).

🌈 We also have a range of fantastic side-characters: Rob’s supportive and funny sister, the hilarious but warm drag queen Caressa/Peter, and a host of smaller characters, all of whom play an important role in the story as a whole (Lex’s father, Rob’s other siblings, Philip, etc.)

🌈 There are parts of this story that are on the verge of being too good to be true, but to be perfectly honest, I don’t care! And I’m proud to say it! It is a story that weaves together without fault, and it needs to be followed through to the end, for the revelations are excellently presented. I won’t go into detail due to the risk of spoiling, but it was a great end to a fabulous M/M steamy romance. I highly recommend this book!

Book Review: Fall of Wizardoms (books 1-3) by Jeffrey L Kohanek

πŸ“š Review time! πŸ“š

πŸ“š Fall of Wizardoms Box Set (Books 1-3) by Jeffrey L Kohanek

πŸ“š My rating: β­β­β­β­β­

πŸŒ€ Looking for your next fantasy read? Well, look no further!!

Pst! This boxset is on SALE for only $2.99!

Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0993Z6PSL

… Back to the review, lol!

πŸŒ€ These are the first 3 books in Kohanek’s new series, Fall of Wizardoms, and they are all absolutely fabulous! The story is packed with heart-thumping action, hilarious snark and banter, and beautifully fleshed-out characters. It holds a far-reaching, sweeping storyline that grips you from start to finish!

πŸŒ€ And this is no ordinary tale. It is full of twists and turns you won’t see coming, vivid battle scenes, and an intriguing magic system. Top that with some despicable villains, and I would like to ask: What is there not to love?

πŸŒ€ Following the events of Fate of Wizardoms, God King Rising (the 1st book) takes off running, and the story that follows refuses to let up! No matter the comic relief offered by a certain rogue, the tension always lingers in the background as events unfold. And here is a story of high stakes: the entire world is in the balance. This story is truly a heart-wrencher, so do bring some tissues along with you on the ride. I won’t spoil what happens, of course, but consider yourself warned!

πŸŒ€ With its perfect mix of humour, romance, action, and magic, Fall of Wizardoms has something for everyone. I wholeheartedly recommend it!

πŸŒ€ Note 1: Although Fall of Wizardoms works as a new entry point into this world by Kohanek, I believe one gets the best experience by first reading Fate of Wizardoms.

πŸŒ€ Note 2: As I listened to the audiobook, I will also point out that the narrator, Travis Baldree, does an absolutely stunning job. He does different voices for every single character, and I am just blown away at his skills as a voice actor!

Book Review: Eye of Obscurance

πŸ“š Eye of Obscurance (Fate of Wizardoms, book 1) by Jeffrey L Kohanek

πŸ“š My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

πŸŒ€ When the male MC enters the story dressed as a woman, all in the name of his shady trade (and without batting an eyelid, of course), you know it’s going to be good! There are no limits when planning a heist!

πŸŒ€ The story centres around an entertaining cast of characters. Rhoa – a small girl with a big heart and full of fierceness; Jace – a snarky, slightly abrasive but hilarious thief (grapefruits, lol!); Narine – a soft but daring wizardess; Rawk – an innocent, compassionate and loyal maker, and MORE!

πŸŒ€ Yes, there are more! And I loved every single one of them! The characters are fleshed-out and beautifully written, with clearly defined voices of their own, and they all have a role to play as the story runs its course through Eye of Obscurance.

πŸŒ€ It is easy to get lost in the tale because of its engaging nature, and you find yourself wanting to dig back in as soon as you are forced to put the book down. It’s a real page-turner, exciting from cover to cover, action-packed, high-paced and utterly fabulous!

πŸŒ€ Eye of Obscurance is a great start to what seems an exciting series, and I look forward to reading the rest. I recommend this to everyone who enjoys epic fantasy because this is the genre at its best!

πŸŒ€ Note: I have listened to the audiobook version, and the narrator, Travis Baldree, does a great job at bringing the characters to life, and he keeps you at the edge of your seat as the magic (and action) happens!

Book Review: Fledgling

πŸ“š Fledgling (The Ashen Levels, book 1) by CF Welburn

πŸ“š My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

βš”οΈ A dark, yet fabulous tale about a man called Balagir, Fledgling begins as he awakens without memory of his past. Penniless and lacking any means to defend himself, he resides in a world he knows nothing about. Or does he? Some events spark a memory, but most do not. Balagir is forced to go through trials and riddles, one more dangerous than the next as he tries to uncover what has happened to him.

βš”οΈ Written in most exquisite prose, this tale is expertly told, weaving an intricate web of events as the reader is taken through adventures, world-building and character development. The book gives off an intriguing and creepy, almost fairytale-like, feel (the old kind, mind you) which I found highly entertaining. Everywhere Balagir turns, there is a challenged he must face and it is absolutely fantastic! C.F. Welburn has outdone himself on this one, and I will most definitely continue the series (pst! I already have…)!

βš”οΈ As an extra note: I listened to the audiobook version of Fledgling, and the narrator is insanely good.

βš”οΈ I highly recommend this book!

Book Review: The Adventures of Max & The Captain

πŸ“š The Adventures of Max & The Captain (book 1) by Michael Evan & JMD Reid

πŸ“š My rating: 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

🐼 The Adventures of Max & The Captain is yet another great collaboration between Michael Evan and JMD Reid! Their strange yet awfully funny craziness runs deep into this first instalment of their new trilogy. But this one is a little different, compared to their earlier works. It is more thoughtful and lowkey; most heartfelt yet still hilarious. And I loved every bit of it!

🐼 Jamie – or the Captain, as he’s also known – lives a pretty normal life, until a talking panda ends up his best friend, and a booming voice above makes itself known seemingly from nowhere. This story is short and sweet, but also highlights more serious matters, not in the least, with its focus on mental health.

🐼 I found myself not only sighing throughout the sweet moments, but also laughing out loud, and gaping in shock at the twist towards the end! I’m not going to lie – I was sweating for a moment then, until… Nope, I’m not going to spoil. You will have to read it for yourself!

🐼 For lovers of satirical fantasy, all things whimsical and strange, this one is for you! I wholeheartedly recommend it!

πŸ“š Thanks to Michael for providing me with an ARC!

My Social Media Reads 2020

πŸ“š 2020 is finally behind us! And like so many others, I’ve decided to list some of my reads from the past year πŸ₯°

πŸ“š These are all books I’ve somehow stumbled across through social media, where I’ve connected with the authors, expanding my horizon when it comes to reads β€οΈ

πŸ“š I have mentioned some of these before, but they’re worth noting again, for the authors of these books are absolutely awesome!!

πŸ“š Here is the complete list:
– The Linguist by C F Welburn
– Divinity’s Twilight: Rebirth by Christopher Russell
– Blood of Vengeance by Angel Haze
– Cider for Harborland by Michael Evan & JMD Reid
– Underbelly by Karen Crawford
– Angel’s Nemesis by JC Seal
– Going Down by Lady Jaguar
– The Wrath of Raghnall by Shauna Richmond
– Cool-Shronk: The Tale of the Onion Knight by Joshua Grant

πŸ“š I love you all, my fellow indie authors! β€οΈ

Book Review: Beyond the Shadows

🏹 Beyond the Shadows by Angel Haze

🏹 My rating: β­β­β­β­.5

What a great little short story! Full of action, blood, and gore – just the way I like it! It is fast-paced and packed with interesting creatures. It all makes for a fascinating plot that you end up wanting to know more about. Perfect little teaser for the series, which I will definitely be picking up!

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