Practise Social Distancing by Reading

Need some more books? Of course, you do! We all have our ways of dealing with this pandemic – I bake and there’s hardly any room left in this house because I’m growing things. How I’ll fit it all in our garden once it’s warm enough to bring the plants outside, I don’t know, but every day I put a few seeds in a pot and I feel like I’m at least doing something. False security at its best.

But, another great way to deal with social distancing is to read. I’ll get there soon, I hope, to that place when I can sit down and relax with a book. Right now I’m in a more frantic state *hysteric laugh-sob*. Nah, it’s not that bad…let’s pretend it’s not that bad.

A couple of weeks ago, JMS did a huge giveaway to help cure the boredom of quarantine. Now, we’re doing it again. It’s different books than in the last giveaway, and last I checked there were 96 titles.

So check it out!

My contribution this time around is Pine Tree Mary.

Pine Tree Mary

Hush slid off the moose, patted her on the flank, and went into the cave where he’d slept the last week or so. He didn’t have much in ways of belongings—a few dresses, a bearskin wrap, deerskin moccasins, and a few other items to keep him warm in the winter.
He chewed on a piece of dried meat, more to have something to do than out of hunger. Food, while nice to consume, wasn’t what kept him alive.
“You need to get rid of him.”
Hush bit his tongue in surprise as Solstice walked into the cave. The coppery taste of his blood mingled with the meat. He swallowed and winced as the too-big piece slid down his throat. He’d believed he’d managed to hide his whereabouts, though Solstice could just as easily tap into the animals’ consciousness as he could, so there was no hiding.
“Petal’s gonna have your head if that man doesn’t stop calling for you. Disturbs the entire forest.”
“He’s here?”
Solstice fluffed her fiery hair and gave Hush a pouty look. “Why isn’t he reacting to us?”
“I don’t know.”
“I think Petal hates that more than the disturbed peace.”
She probably did.
“Is he feeding you, Hush?”
The no was on the tip of his tongue, but he had, hadn’t he? Only a few trickles, but they had been there. “A little.”
She nodded. “Go to him.”
Of his sisters, Solstice was the least terrible.
Hush packed away the meat, grabbed his bag with all his belongings, and went toward the clearing. Solstice melted away between the trees and soon he heard the familiar sound of a moose moving away.
Hush’s heart was thudding in his throat as he neared the clearing. Manning was standing by the tree he’d been tied to. The thorny string was still there.
“We should remove it so no one hurt themselves on it.”
Manning whirled at his words.
“Hush.” His shoulders slumped as if he’d been…worried. Hush’s stomach somersaulted. No one had ever worried about him. It couldn’t be worry. He studied Manning for a few seconds. He was tired. His hair was tousled, the stubble on his cheek deliciously dark, and he looked far more worn out than when he’d left Hush at the police station. He needed energy.
“Come on.” Hush nodded in direction of the city. “You need to eat.” It was how humans recharged, right?
“Eat?” Manning didn’t move. His eyes slid from Hush’s face down his body and up again. A small, almost undetectable drizzle of desire spilled from him.
Hush smiled.


Pine Tree Mary

Detective Quinn Manning wants nothing more than to see Diamond Dace, one of Fagerdal’s most notorious drug lords, behind bars. After years of the man eluding the authorities, when Manning accidentally stumbles onto an opportunity to catch the powerful dealer red-handed, he doesn’t hesitate. But what should be a simple tail, instead drops Manning into a real-life world of myth and legend.

Hush is a hulder, a forest spirit also known as a pine tree Mary. Since the beginning of time, his people have lived in the forest, feeding off the energy they derive from the lust and desires of passing hunters. But Hush is an abomination, the only male of his kind.

After a lifetime of starvation, Hush has struck a deal with a human. A simple trade that will give the human what he desires and keep Hush from wasting away completely.

When Manning saves a young man from Diamond and one of his men, his view of reality is altered forever. And Hush, who has never met anyone like Manning, finds the man’s attraction to him enough to finally stave off his constant hunger.

When together they set out to rescue Manning’s partner, their connection to one another grows. But can a human detective have a future with a creature of the forest, a creature who isn’t supposed to exist?

A – Z | Xavier: Gay Vampire Romance

Xavier by J.S. Morbius and J.D. Morgan

I like reading challenges. One of the reasons I’ve done the shelfaton in the M/M Romance Group on Goodreads a few times is because it gets me reading books I never would’ve read otherwise. I, for example, never browse for BDSM books, but by doing challenges I’ve read some I really like. That’s not always the case, though. The downside of reading challenges… I needed an X, and if I hadn’t needed an X, I would’ve quit this book a couple of pages in.

Harsh, yes, and normally I never would’ve written a blog post about it. Trashing books isn’t my thing. I believe there are readers for every book. A book I dislike, you might love and the other way around – that’s the beauty of books, is it not?

So what about Xavier? Yeah, I have this thing that drives me insane, and that is when the characters speak and throw in the name of the person they’re talking to…in every damn sentence. Now, I know this a pet peeve of mine, and some might not even notice it, but five pages in and I was ready to throw my phone through the window. I took a breather for a couple of days, before diving into the books again.

But never mind that. The story, I missed the point. I don’t mind skirting the edge of consent as long as we’re clear that’s what we’re doing. Stealing someone’s will, keeping them captive, and turning them into a vampire against their will is not a budding romance in my mind. And then it’s followed by love declarations. I mean, like, really? I would’ve staked the bastard, had it been me.

So up until 70% of the books, I was waiting for the ‘real’ love interested to show up. Turns out the MC and I weren’t on the same page LOL.

That’s enough of me being bitch, sorry. I got an X for my A-Z Title Challenge, so that’s great. And I didn’t mean to put you off the book. If you like vampires and a dark edge to your romance, then this might be perfect for you!

books2read.com/XavierGayVampireRomance


Xavier: Gay Vampire RomanceIsaac instantly becomes intrigued with a handsome man he notices across the room at the club. Turns out, this man has certainly noticed Isaac, and has been watching him the entire night. Too bad he’s disappeared before Isaac could make a move.

For the next few weeks the man seems show up everywhere Isaac is, constantly watching him. The more he sees the mysterious stranger, the deeper his interest becomes. Oddly, every time Isaac makes a move toward the mystifying stranger, he disappears from view, almost as if he were a ghost.

Xavier Kane has been searching for centuries for someone just like Isaac. Someone he could spend his life with, share his dreams with, and eventually, continue the bloodline. He sets off a little game of cat and mouse, designed to tempt Isaac into getting to know him. Xavier Kane isn’t an ordinary man, though, and he hides a big secret until the very end.

Will his deception be the end of Isaac and Xavier’s budding love, or will Isaac give in to the promises made for love eternal.

What does the future hold for Isaac and Xavier?


A-Z Title Challenge 2020

A – All I See

B – Bearly Dating

C – Champagne Kisses

D

E

F

G – A Gentle Shove of Human Kindness

H – Howl

I – I Will Meet You at Asphodel’s Pit

J

K

L – Landslide

M

N

O – Out For Delivery

P – Purrfect Harmony

Q

R

S

T

U

V

W – Words

X – Xavier

Y

Z

I started a Pinterest board for M/M books sorter by title, if you need help finding a title on a certain letter.

 

A – Z |Out for Delivery

Out for Delivery by J.M. Snyder. This is one of those stories that I’ve had in the library on my phone forever without reading, but since O still was open in my A-Z Title Challenge, I figured now is the time!

Do you remember a month or so ago when I read Pipe Dreams by J.M. Snyder and said it was a fantasy fit for porn…well, whaddya know? Here we have a pizza delivered to the wrong address. Classic! LOL

An awesome sexy short with likeable characters and an entertaining plot…or you know, that’s pretty much the plot, add some removal of clothes and a cramped car and you have it. But, if you have a few minutes over and are in the mood for a hot delivery guy with a lot of speeding tickets, then give it a go.

books2read.com/OutForDelivery


Out For DeliveryJeremy spends the last night of the weekend finishing an article he needs to submit to his editor first thing Monday morning. When someone knocks on his door, he’s tempted to ignore it but answers anyway, only to find a sexy delivery guy outside with something hot and ready in his hands.

Too bad Jeremy didn’t order the pizza — it belongs to his neighbors.

Still, he’s pleasantly surprised when the delivery guy returns to give Jeremy his number. Paul gets off work in a half hour, and wants to hook up, if Jeremy’s interested.

Suddenly Jeremy’s evening just got a hell of a lot better.


 

A-Z Title Challenge 2020

A – All I See

B – Bearly Dating

C – Champagne Kisses

D

E

F

G – A Gentle Shove of Human Kindness

H – Howl

I – I Will Meet You at Asphodel’s Pit

J

K

L – Landslide

M

N

O – Out For Delivery

P – Purrfect Harmony

Q

R

S

T

U

V

W – Words

X

Y

Z

I started a Pinterest board for M/M books sorter by title, if you need help finding a title on a certain letter.