It’s Wrap-Up Time! I actually had #WhatToReadWednesday on my to-do today, but February is a short month, and I’ve got too few Wednesdays to work with, so I’ll do the Wrap-Up.
I read a few books at the beginning of the month, and then I got too busy chasing deadlines to have time to read. But we have a few titles.
Out of Focus by A.L. Lester
I’ve had this a long time but haven’t read it until now. A cute, slow-burn, contemporary story set in A.L. Lester’s Theatr Fach universe. I’ll definitely check out the other stories there!
Alex has never quite believed he’s good enough. Not as a person and not as a lighting technician. He hates that however hard he tries he can’t get his boss, Luke, to like him. In the two years he’s been in the job it’s become a Thing with him and he’s got a huge crush on the man. He needs to move on for his own sanity and his career and he’s just about to accept a job at a bigger theatre when one of the volunteers he’s bedded and dumped pushes him off a ladder.
Luke likes Alex a lot and has done since the day he walked through the door of Theatre Fawr two years ago. He doesn’t date his staff though, or do casual, and Alex is the epitome of casual. So Luke keeps his distance despite Alex’s constant flirting.
Will Alex’s injury give Alex and Luke the push they need to open up to each other? Or will Luke’s inadvertent discovery that Alex has a secret job offer push them further apart?
Blind Space by Marie Sexton
I reread Protection by S.A. Reid for Holly’s ReRead Friday post since The Devil Will Care is an alien prison romance, but since I read a prison romance, I then felt like reading a little sci-fi. This is great! I almost liked it better this time than the first time I read it.
Captain Tristan Kelley enjoys the luxuries of Regency service, as well as the pleasure of his Prince’s bed. It’s an easy life, if not a happy one. When the Prince decides to take a trip through the perilous Blind Space, Tristan must go with him, but somebody in the Prince’s guard is a traitor.
Blind and held prisoner, Tristan finds himself at the mercy of Valero, a pirate who bears no love for the Regency. Valero is determined to seduce Tristan, and Tristan fears his resolve won’t last. His duty is clear, but so is his desire. As the days tick by with no word or ransom from the Regency, Tristan begins to question what loyalty means to his Prince, the Regency he’s sworn to, and to the man who holds him captive. He begins to realize that being a prisoner may actually set him free.
Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts by Lyn Gala
I’m not gonna bore you with more talk about Ondry and Liam. I read Blind Space and was in the mood for aliens, it doesn’t have aliens even though they’re in space, or not aliens-aliens 🙄 and this was on my phone… Awesome, as always.
Liam loves his life as a linguist and trader on the Rownt homeworld, but he has ignored his heart and sexual needs for years. After escaping the horrors of war, he wants a boring life. He won’t risk letting anyone come too close because he won’t risk letting anyone see his deeply submissive nature. For him, submission comes with pain. Life burned that lesson into his soul from a young age.
This fear keeps him from noticing that the Rownt trader Ondry cares for him. Ondry may not understand humans, but he recognizes a wounded soul, and his need to protect Liam is quickly outpacing his common sense. They may have laws, culture, and incompatible genitalia in their way, but Ondry knows that he can find a way to overcome all that if he can just overcome the ghosts of Liam’s past. Only then can he take possession of a man he has grown to respect.
Paranormal Protectors: Atlas by Michelle Frost
I’ve just spent a good chunk of time trying to find you a cover and/or a blurb for this one, and instead, I’ve now ended up frustrated AF. I don’t remember where I got this story, but it’s not available anywhere, so probably some giveaway/newsletter sign-up thing.
I caught Michelle Frost, the author, at a bad time. All my googling/Goodreads searching/Amazon searching has told me they’re in the middle of switching websites.
It’s a cute story about a barista being saved by a mage when someone is trying to take him out because he too can turn into a mage with a little help. It’s an interesting universe, and I wouldn’t mind reading more…if I could find the information.
Protection by S.A. Reid
As I mentioned above, this was my ReRead post over at Holly’s. I love this book, and you can read all about it here.
When Gabriel MacKenna enters Wentworth Prison in 1931, he promises himself two things: never to be buggered and never to turn prison queer. Tough, smart, and ruthless in a fight, he quickly makes a name for himself inside. But Gabriel, saved from the noose by a social crusader, is serving two life sentences. And life is a very long time to endure Wentworth with no comforts but prison food, card games and cigarettes. To survive endless days without the touch of another human being…
Five years after Gabriel’s incarceration, Joey Cooper arrives at Wentworth. Every convict claims imprisonment through a miscarriage of justice, but Joey is truly blameless. Trained at Oxford as a physician, the young doctor is innocent of prison culture and too handsome for his own good. Facing eighteen years behind Wentworth’s towering gates, Joey cannot hope to survive without protection. And protection is just what Gabriel MacKenna offers. At a price…