To say I haven’t read much this month would be a lie. I have read loads, but… I’ve read my own books.
It’s so weird! I don’t know how other authors do, but after the last round of edits, I don’t touch my books. I never read them, never. But I’m in the middle of moving my books to JMS Books and wanted to have a readthrough before sending them in, so that’s what I’ve been doing. Some make me cringe a little, but some have been a joy to revisit.
The Snowflake! I know not many romance readers will touch that book, but man, I’m a genius LOL. I told hubby, it must be a good sign that it still makes me laugh.
I have read books by other authors too, a few.
Hexmaker (Hexworld #2) by Jordan L. Hawk – I love this series! It’s been a long time since I read Hexbreaker, the first book in the series, and I’ve been saving them. It was time, though. I didn’t have the energy to go search for something I would like, so I went with an option I knew I would. Awesome!
A straight-laced policeman. A lighthearted thief. A murdered millionaire.
Fox shifter Malachi steals for one of the biggest crime rings in New York City. But when he witnesses the murder of a millionaire, the only person who can keep him safe is Dr. Owen Yates, forensic hexman for the Metropolitan Witch Police—and Malachi’s witch.
Owen is horrified to discover his familiar is an uneducated thief. Even worse, Malachi threatens to unleash Owen’s deepest desires…desires Owen can’t act upon, as he’s destined for an arranged marriage to secure the Yates family fortune
Their agreement: Malachi will be Owen’s lover as well as his partner, until the day of the wedding. But as their hunt for the murderer carries them from teeming slums to Fifth Avenue mansions, Owens begins to realize Malachi commands his heart as well as his body.
With dark forces drawing ever closer around them, Owen must decide whether to bow to the demands of duty, or to risk everything for the man he loves.
Hexslayer (Hexworld, #3) by Jordan L. Hawk – right after Hexmaker, I continued with Hexslayer. I love this world, witches and familiars, all these handsome Irish men running around in New York. I was about to jump right into the last story in the series after this, but no… I’ll save it for a rainy day 😀
Horse shifter Nick has one rule: never trust a witch.
Nick has devoted his life to making his saloon a safe haven for the feral familiars of New York. So when a brutal killer slaughters a feral under his protection, Nick has no choice but to try and catch the murderer. Even if that means bonding with a handsome Irish witch.
Officer Jamie MacDougal came back from the war in Cuba missing part of a leg and most of his heart. After his former lover becomes one of the killer’s victims, Jamie will do anything to solve the case.
Nick comes to Jamie with a proposal: after making a temporary bond, they will work together to stop the murders. Once the killer is caught, they walk away and never see one another again.
It sounds simple enough. But the passion that flares between the two men won’t be so easily extinguished. And if Nick can’t learn to trust his witch, he stands to lose everything—including his life.
My Enemy Needs Me
My Enemy Needs Me (Dig Deep #1) by J.P. Oliver – I thought this sounded fun, a construction worker and an archaeologist, dinosaur bones and disability. I’ll give it points for having a disabled main character, but both Mark and Ethan annoyed me LOL. It has some entertaining scenes, but you can’t fire someone because of who they’re with, can you? I doubt it would hold up in court.
Keep your friends close…
Construction work isn’t any sort of calling for Ethan Loeb. He gets the job done, cashes his check, and spends his free time volunteering at the retirement home his elderly mother lives in. He knows he comes across as big, gruff, and grumpy, but right now, he doesn’t much care.
…but keep your enemies in your bedroom.
Mark Weaver knows that the construction crew in charge of building a new set of luxury townhouses is more than a bit ticked off that a potential dinosaur find has derailed their tight schedule. They make it very clear that the scientists excavating the site aren’t welcome.
It doesn’t much matter to Mark. Preserving the past trumps new construction any day.
But when Mark’s car dies too far away from the work site for him to walk with his polio-damaged legs, can he accept help from a big, burly construction worker with a secret heart of gold?
Club 669 (House of Witches #1) by Amy Spector – Witches! Who doesn’t love witches?! I love witches. Charlie steals an invitation from a dead body – yup, that’s what anyone would do LOL – and that invitation is the start of a journey into a world of magic. I can’t wait for the next story in this series.
Club 669 (House of Witches Book 1)
Witch’s corpse. Witch’s ticket. Witch’s party.
As a counter-boy at a high-end men’s boutique, Charlie Jessup’s life consists of little more than work and sleep. That, and enough flirting to help guarantee his commission on sales will pay his rent. So when a twist of fate, and some behavior unbecoming that of a Ganymede employee, leaves him in possession of a dead man’s pass to a mysterious Club 669, Charlie has no desire to waste it.
Every seventeen years, the House of Witches throws a party like no other. It’s invitation-only, and for centuries it has helped ensure peace between the covens. It’s the last place Caspian wants to be, but with the death of Queen Avel, and his own imminent rise to the throne, it’s more important than ever that he attends. The stability of the House depends on it.
In four days a new king will be crowned, but when Charlie unintentionally crashes a gathering of the most secretive of all the Great Houses, he sets in motion a series of events that could disrupt the transition of power, and threaten the future of the House of Witches forever.