It’s a sorry affair this month. I’ve read quite a lot, but I’ve been rereading smutty MF stories, so not much to report here on the blog, I’m afraid. I think there have only been three MM stories.
Bloodraven by P.L. Nunn
I think it’s the third time I’ve read this, and in my defence for not having read a lot of LGBTQIA2S+ books, this is about 660 pages long, so it should count as at least two LOL.
It’s dark, it’s heaped with trigger warnings, all of which should be heeded, but it’s still awesome. Over at Holly’s, we did a reread post about it, so check that out if you want to know more.
A son of a forest dwelling people, Yhalen knows little of the world outside the ancestral forest, until he is captured by a band of ogres on a slave-taking mission. Only grim tales of the barbaric giants had reached the forest, but Yhalen soon learns that even the darkest fireside story only hinted at the brutality of these Northern warriors. He discovers the meaning of true fear at their hands, and only the awakening of ancient magic saves him from destruction.
Surviving ogre viciousness, he finds himself given to Bloodraven, the half ogre, half human war leader as a slave. Yhalen, refusing to bend, soon pays the price for offending prickly ogre pride.
But Bloodraven is no mindless, violent ogrish beast. Bloodraven has an agenda and Yhalen finds himself drawn in the wake into human and ogre politics, into bloodshed and cruelty and into the forbidden magic that is damnation in the eyes of his own people, but which might mean the difference between death and salvation.
Note: Lulu’s page count of 287 is for the PB (and PDF) versions. But 220,735 words equates to approx 663 pages.
Scarred by J.M. Snyder
This is another favourite of mine that I’ve read several times, and I considered saving it for a reread post at Holly’s, but since I read it now, I’ll include it. It’s a dystopian story set in a world where biker gangs rule the streets. Dae owns a diner. He and his sister live hellish lives and are at the mercy of the bikers ruling their street, but then there is a power struggle, and things change.
I love the way Snyder tells a story – there are no unnecessary descriptions, no overexplaining, no filling the white space to make it easier on the reader. I love it.
Biker gangs known as regulators rule the streets of a war-torn city with hate and pain — their cruelty is etched into every inch of Dae’s battered body. He has never known anything but hurt from the hands of men … until he meets Coby.
When the new regulator rides into town and takes an interest in him, Dae is unwilling to believe that anyone who is a regulator can be a gentle, caring lover.
Is Coby strong enough to protect Dae and his sister Delia when there’s hell to pay in the form of McBane?
Eyeliner and Lace by Ruby Moone
This is a short tale about how one little secret can make someone second guess themselves. Jamie loves Ryan, and when he believes he’s slipping away from him, he tries to be something he’s not because he thinks it’s what Ryan wants him to be.
🎼 Communication breakdown
It’s always the same
I’m having a nervous breakdown
Drive me insane 🎼
– Led Zeppelin
The day Ryan Fulton realises he’s in love with Jamie Holt is the day he knows he’s losing him. With blue-tinted white blond hair, eyeliner, and a personality to match, Ryan knows he’s a bit much. But can he change? Can he tone it down and, if he does, can he live like that? He’d never suspect Jamie of cheating, but maybe his closeted boyfriend decided flamboyant Ryan wasn’t worth the effort.
But Ryan isn’t going to take it lying down. Determined to win Jamie back, Ryan even decides to get rid of the black and blue lace undies he just bought.
Then Jamie comes home and says they need to talk.