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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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"A Marine Awakening," by Jax Meyer

★ ★

New Adult Lesbian Romance

Okay, my lovelies. This week’s read took a heartfelt dive into the tragic inner workings of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. It showed a beautiful, mostly angst-free romance between two characters I fell hard for, right off the bat. A Marine Awakening by Jax Meyer is the prequel to her debut novel, Dal Segno, and depicts the first love relationship of the hero in both tales, Cam Warren.

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"From the Ashes," by C. M. Valencourt

★ ★

Gay (M/M) Romance

You guys… OMGsh. This book. THIS BOOK. I’m not sure I’m gonna be able to find the right words to describe this experience, but I’m going to try my darnedest. From the Ashes by C.M. Valencourt is one of those books that sends your emotions on a roller coaster ride and demands your undivided attention. From page one. If you think you can plan to just read one chapter… Too bad. It ain’t gonna let you go that easy.

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"Call it a Coincidence," by Nathaniel Scott

★ ★

Gay (MM) Romance

I’m shook, y’all. For real. This week’s read left me feeling some kinda way. Call it a Coincidence by Nathaniel Scott is one of those reads where I found myself at a complete loss for words as I turned off my Kindle. I also went immediately to the author’s Twitter page and found myself heaving a huge sigh of relief when I saw him mentioning a sequel in the works. Because, yes, I need more. Much, much more.

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"Playing Around," by Suzanne Clay

★ ★

LGBTQ+ New Adult Contemporary Romance

Okay, my lovelies. I’mma ‘bout to get real with y’all. This week’s book left me feeling some feelings. Crazy, all over the board feelings. It was intense. Like, had me screaming at my eReader and threatening to throw it to its doom more than once kinda intense. But also the kind where I basically became non-functional at work and had to molest my spouse as soon as I got home. And the kind where I got all weepy and slobbery and… Okay, yeah, maybe I should start by introducing the book, yeah? 🤣 Playing Around by Suzanne Clay is yet another hit-it-outta-the-park release by NineStar Press. (It isn’t just their covers I adore.)

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"8 Souls," by Rachel Rust

★ ★

Young Adult Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance

Welcome to another Off Theme Review, my lovelies! This week’s read was an utterly fantastic Young Adult ghost story from Entangled Teen by one of my Speilburg Literary Agency sisters in arms! As many of you know, YA reads are a bit of a struggle for me. However, Rachel Rust’s 8 Souls was superbly handled. The characters were believable for their age—not overly adult or painfully young—and their interactions and relationships felt true to the high school age group.

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