"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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"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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