Friday Reads | Oleander House

Friday again! But it isn’t a normal Friday, I know that it is to most of you out there, but here in Sweden, it’s a holiday. It’s Midsummer Eve which means you’ll eat pickled herring, strawberries, have a nubbe (shot of vodka) or five, and then everyone will be dancing around a maypole. It’s just the way it is.

Now to the reading! I’ve just started Oleander House (Bay City Paranormal Investigations #1) by Ally Blue. Ally Blue is one of those authors who doesn’t always work for me, and I’m afraid Oleander House has failed to hook me. I’m only three chapters in though so maybe it’ll change.

There is a warning of intense violence and there has already been some hinting at gruesome deaths happening in the house so I’m hoping some evil demon will reach out through the screen and grab hold of me as I go on reading. From what I can see on Goodreads there are 4,900 ratings on this series and most of those readers have enjoyed it, so I’ll keep at it for a bit longer. *

When Sam Raintree goes to work for Bay City Paranormal Investigations, he expects his quiet life to change–he doesn’t expect to put his life and sanity on the line, or to fall for a man he can never have.

Book One in the Bay City Paranormal Investigation series.

Sam Raintree has never been normal. All his life, he’s experienced things he can’t explain. Things that have colored his view of the world and of himself. So taking a job as a paranormal investigator seems like a perfect fit. His new co-workers, he figures, don’t have to know he’s gay.

When Sam arrives at Oleander House, the site of his first assignment with Bay City Paranormal Investigations, nothing is what he expected. The repetitive yet exciting work, the unusual and violent history of the house, the intensely erotic and terrifying dreams which plague his sleep. But the most unexpected thing is Dr. Bo Broussard, the group’s leader.

From the moment they meet, Sam is strongly attracted to his intelligent, alluring boss. It doesn’t take Sam long to figure out that although Bo has led a heterosexual life, he is very much in the closet, and wants Sam as badly as Sam wants him.

As the investigation of Oleander House progresses and paranormal events in the house escalate, Sam and Bo circle warily around their mutual attraction, until a single night of bloodshed and revelation changes their lives forever.

Warning: this title contains explicit male/male sex, intense violence, and graphic language.

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Friday Reads | The Disassembled Life of Duncan Cole

“A shop that would undoubtedly contain people or other equally horrible creatures.”

What can I say, Mister Cole is a man I can relate to. For the last four days, I’ve spent every minute I’ve been able to spare with this copper-enhanced man who growls more than not, shoots first and cleans up the blood later, and needs coffee like normal people need air. As I said, he’s a man I can relate to.

I love The Disassembled Life of Duncan Cole by S. Hart. I can’t believe I’ve had it for two years without reading it. I think it might have been pushed down on my to-read list because it’s steampunk and I don’t normally read that even though I have a thing for men with metal. And since I have a thing for dead men too I’m enjoying the heck out of this one. I don’t know how it ends, have about 20% left, but how can you not love a man whose lover describes him as:

“A man so dense that train couldn’t penetrate his skull, he even refuses to acknowledge that’s he’s attractive because he has some daddy issues, although his issues with his mother seem to be far worse. So stupid that he’s trying to get a man pregnant, I mean, really.”

 Book cover The Disassembled life of Duncan Cole by S. HartIn which we meet Duncan: professional nobody who presents himself to the public as a scowling, smoking pile of contempt. Against his will, he meets Sam: a less than professional coal miner who inspires the worst in men. Together they take on one malicious train and a most insidious re-animator, and along the way Duncan remembers a few things that he’d previously forgotten.


Friday Reads | Picture Us

There is something about cameras… I saw the cover of Picture Us by Shayla Mist and just had to read it. There really should be more photographers in our books, and more cameras on our covers. I can only think of two books apart from this with cameras on the cover – Watching Elijah Fall by Amy Spector and Take My Picture by Giselle Ellis, I loved both.

But now to the story! Picture Us is an M/M Romance novelette about Chance who has been in love with his neighbour forever and Terrance, the neighbour. Chance is a nature photographer who has been away for several years but after having lost the aunt and uncle who raised him in a car accident he arrives home and there is Terrance.

It’s a sweet story about overcoming hang-ups, dealing with grief, and daring to believe in a better future. Light and yet not.

Check it out if you’re in the mood for some camera fun! *

Book cover Picture Us by Shayla MistChance has lost two things in the past year: his only remaining family and his passion for photography. He didn’t expect to get any of them back or to gain anything new, until he finds out his childhood crush, Terrance, is gay. But either Terrance isn’t interested in him or he has a real hang-up about dating younger men. Can Chance make him change his mind?

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