This month, I haven’t had time. That’s the overall feeling, that I haven’t had time, so I haven’t read as much as I would have wanted to, but this is what I’ve got.
Seventh Son by SenatorBlitz
Ha! I didn’t have many expectations when I started to read this, I just wanted a short story I could finish in one go, but this had me laughing. It’s a bit… incoherent at times, but I was enjoying myself.
This is a Don’t Read in the Closet story, so it’s free, and there is no blurb, only a prompt letter.
Why do these things always happen to me?
I am the youngest son of an English Lord. All my brothers have always been, well, more manly than me. They think my interest in the arts and music makes me weak. But they don’t.
My eldest brother was betrothed to the daughter of a neighboring Lord; one with more money, more power than my father. I was sent ahead of the wedding party to help to get things in order and what happens? Some barbarian from Scotland has kidnapped me, thinking I am my brother.
What do I do now? (And no, I don’t think he’s the most handsome thing I’ve ever seen. I don’t!)
A Matter of Time by Mary Calmes
I reread the first two stories of Mary Calme’s A Matter of Time series, or I guess the first four. I read Volume 1 and 2 and each volume is of two books. If you want to hear me ramble about them more, hop on over to Holly’s.
Vol. 1 (Books One and Two)
Jory Keyes leads a normal life as an architect’s assistant until he is witness to a brutal murder. Though initially saved by police Detective Sam Kage, Jory refuses protective custody—he has a life he loves that he won’t give up no matter who is after him. But Jory’s life is in real jeopardy, especially after he agrees to testify about what he saw.
While dealing with attempts on his life, well-meaning friends who want to see him happy, an overly protective boss, and a slowly unfolding mystery that is much more sinister than he could ever imagine, the young gay man finds himself getting involved with Sam, the conflicted and closeted detective. And though Jory may survive the danger, he may not survive a broken heart.
Vol. 2 (Books Three and Four)
Three years ago, Jory Harcourt changed his name and shut the door on a past full of pain, only to emerge stronger on the other side. He has a new career, a great working partner, and a satisfying life—except for the hole in his chest left behind when police Detective Sam Kage walked out with his heart.
Now Sam’s back and he knows what he wants… and what he wants is Jory. Jory, who doesn’t know if he can survive another break up or losing Sam to his dangerous job, resists returning to the arms of the only man he has ever truly loved. But when a serial killer with a score to settle targets Jory, he will have to decide if love is worth the danger as he tries to solve the case and keep Sam safe.
Spirited Situation by Louisa Masters
I haven’t read anything by Louisa Masters before. I loved this! Who doesn’t love a good ghost story and Ewan is a blacksmith. How often do you get blacksmiths in stories? Awesome, if a tad too much love declaration for me at the end. But now that that’s out of the way, I think this is gonna be an awesome series.
When you can talk to ghosts, things are bound to get spirited.
The ghosts have been there since before I can remember. When I was a kid, they doted on me, but as I got older, they got more demanding. I’ve spent my whole life seeing and talking to dead people and trying to pretend I’m not, because the living just don’t understand. Nobody wants to be around the freak who claims to see ghosts.
Until I go to Mannix Estate.
Once a private country home, then a posh hotel, it was closed after a suspicious incident but is now an immersive historic experience. It’s also haunted AF, and everyone knows it. Finally, I’ve found a place to work and live where I can be useful. Where I’m actually wanted.
There are only two problems: I spent a hot, sweaty, satisfying night with Ewan the blacksmith before I knew we’d have to work together. Everyone knows sex with colleagues is a bad idea, right? Even if he’s the world’s most ripped cinnamon roll.
Plus, the ghosts are keeping secrets. There’s something going on that’s not normal, even for a haunted estate. And I suspect that when the truth comes out, I’m the one who’ll have to deal with it… and it won’t be good.
Black Horse River by Robin Studwick
I ended the month by reading this short little tale about a lord and his stable boy… who’s no boy at all. He happens to be fae. I liked it.
One of my first vivid memories is of his callused hand holding a wooden toy. He was big even at 16, but I was not afraid. He speaks only to the horses, but I’ve heard him whisper, “As you wish, my lord.”
He’s always alone; the others shun him. I hide and watch him strip and bathe in the river. I’m fascinated by the movement of his hard, ropey muscles, his long cock, his dark to my light.
I’m of age to be married, yet I’ve never felt the sensual touch of another. He’s a servant, not my friend; an illiterate peasant, not my equal. He can never be my lover, but I can’t stop this desire from coiling inside me.