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"Luca's Lessons," by Deana Birch & Amelia Foster

★ ★

Contemporary Erotic Romance

I had the pleasure of reading this book as a beta reader, as both the authors are dear friends. However, as I’ve mentioned before, don’t let that fact sway you into believing this review is anything but accurate and true. I’ve been fortunate enough to surround myself with writers of an unbelievable caliber. Together, we’ve all grown and built one another up into what I truly believe is an unstoppable force. Luca’s Lessons, by Deana Birch and Amelia Foster, is just one example of the awesome power of a strong writing group. 💕

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"Power Surge," by Sara Codair

★ ★

YA/NA Urban Fantasy

I feel so insanely fortunate to be given the opportunity to review such a wide array of LGBTQ+ books on a weekly basis. Especially those written by members of the LGBTQ+ community that represent their #ownvoices experiences. This week’s read is a perfect example. Power Surge by Sara Codair is an impressive story with a diverse cast. It’s the kind of positive representation we really, really need out there, especially in the influential YA/NA genres.

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"Meant to be Different," by Amelia Foster

★ ★

Second Chances Contemporary Romance

Okay, my lovelies, unless you’ve been living under a rock you already know how much I love and adore Amelia Foster. As an author, as a person, and as a friend. I feel like one of the luckiest humans alive to call Ms. Foster my bestie, but don’t think I’m writing this review with bias coloring my words. I first read for her long before we developed the friendship we have today, and part of what made me fall in love was her gorgeous knack for the written word. And Meant to be Different is a shining example of her talent.

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"The Battle of Crystal and Water," by Clyde Andrews

★ ★

LGBTQ+ Contemporary Sci-Fi

I’ve been champing at the bit to get my hands on this week’s read for months. Every time I see one of Mr. Andrews covers, I’m constantly itching to pick up my Kindle and read. The Battle of Crystal and Water is Clyde Andrews’ first full-length novel, and also the first of his works I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Be sure to stick around until the end… there’s a special surprise awaiting y’all after all my prattling!

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"Peony Lanterns," by Patricia Correll

★ ★

Historical Horror Romance

This week’s read was a quick and delightful one. Peony Lanterns by Patricia Correll is a novella that serves bite-sized intrigue. Despite its brevity, Ms. Correll displays a masterful skill at both character and world building. I curled up on my couch and almost immediately got lost in the words.

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"Southsayer," by Alia Hess

★ ★

Cozy Literary Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi

I was thoroughly impressed by this week’s read, y’all. I’ve only read a few post-apocalyptic novels in the past, and they’ve been very much hit or miss with me. This one? A definite hit. Southsayer by Alia Hess is book 4 in her Travelers series but it is billed as a standalone that can be used as an entry point into her established series for new readers.

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"The Stars May Rise and Fall," by Estella Mirai

★ ★

New Adult Gay (M/M) Contemporary Romance

Holy crap on a cracker, y’all. This week’s read is just about everything and more. The Stars May Rise and Fall, by Estella Mirai, is a gorgeously crafted mash-up of multiple genres and themes. It isn’t as simple as calling it a romance, because while there’s romance, that isn’t the half of it. It’s a wonderful, inspiring, heartwarming representation of love sprouting where you’d least expect it, paired with about thirty other jaw-dropping ideas.

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