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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Review: The Desire for Dearborne by V.B. Kildaire

Title: The Desire for Dearborne
Autor: V.B. Kildare
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Historical Gay Romance
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Goodreads Description
  Leander Mayfield is the only surviving son of a poor farmer... or so he believes until the day he learns he is in fact the new Earl of Dearborne. Still recovering from a lingering illness, the sensitive young man travels to Great Britain to claim his estate and embarks upon a bewildering new life. Julien Sutcliffe, the Earl of Blackstone, is suffering from ennui. He's tired and bored with all the finery and wealth and wonders about him. Then he meets this refreshingly naive American Earl, newly arrived in England, and suddenly the world comes alive around him again. Irresistibly drawn to one another, Julien finds himself besotted, and Leander is equally smitten. But just when they think they may have finally found happiness together, Julien and Leander discover that something--or someone--is determined to separate them permanently.
I'm a big fan of gay romance books. And I love historical romances. This book combines these two categories and I was eager to read it.
Leander is a young american who comes into succesion of an english Earldom. He is very young, innocent and insecure. With no friends and a bad health he is not prepared for english high society. He is interested in Julien Sutcliffe, who is well known for his interest in men. They fall in love and everything seems to be fine, when Leander is abducted and his lost older brothers suddenly arrive in London. They are suspicious of Julien who tries to find Leander on his own.
This book was a very nice gay historical romance. Both main characters a very likeble. Leander seems to be the naive young one who falls in love with the older rich aristocrat, who thinks he has seen it all. I enjoyed their bantering. The theme of abduction and Juliens desperate search for Leander added an intersting storyline which ends happily. 

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Review: Sacred Fate by Eresse

Title: Sacred Fate
Autor: Eresse
Publisher: Liquid Silver
Genre: Gay/Fantasy
Series: Chronicles of Ylandre
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Summary (bookreads)
In the dual-gendered realm of Ylandre, the great divide between the high-born True Bloods and the lower-ranked Half Bloods is deemed impassable by most. Rohyr Essendri dared to cross it when he took young Lassen Idana from his provincial town and made him his paramour. Lassen perforce learned how to navigate the intricate byways of life at court. What he never expected, however, was to fall in love with Rohyr, a most inadvisable and impractical thing to do when one’s lover is sovereign ruler of the land. But anything worth having is worth fighting for, both figuratively and, as Lassen discovers, literally speaking. 
First of all I have to say: This book blew me away. Amazing fantasy world with a great "kind-of-gay" storyline.
Most of the fantasy books I read nowadays have a bit of magic/fantasy embedded in our real world. So it was a nice change to read about this completely fictional world/universe of Aisen. Though I had to learn quite a bit of background information I was very much intrigued by this new world. Most of all because there exist no woman. All the "men" in Ylandre are hermaphrodites. That's a motiv you hardly come by in modern literature but is presented in a fascinating way.
The story is about the blue-blood ruler of the country Ylandre, Rohyr, and a simple half-blood boy from one of the outer cities, Lassen. When Rohyr visits Lassen's hometown and sees Lassen for the first time something almost magical happens between them. Rho offers the royal help in exchange for Lassen becoming his mistress. Lassen has to get used very fast to the royal court in the capital and how to deal with his status. Meanwhile there is still the growing bond between the two lovers. But Lassens position doesn't allow for love and when it comes to the decision what is best for the country he has to make a huge sacrifice. 
I loved both main characters immediately. The very young naive and gentle Lassen and the worldly majestic Rohyr which is nevertheless only a man who wants someone to take care of and being taken care of. The relationship their are bilding is described beautifully. I also like the Rho's family. The warm nature between all this cousins added to the overall story. And of course their had to be someone evil. But even the villain or maybe better villains are portrayed in a human way. A fantastic debut novel! Highly recommended.

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Back from my holidays

It's been a while since I posted anything. This is mainly due to the fact that I went on holidays for 3 weeks and then was busy getting back to work.
I have read quite a bit in the meantime and will post my reviews in the next days.

Somehow and I don't know why I went back and started reading some of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter books. I like this series. The only think which irritated's me? Why are some of this books really good and some awfully bad written? Nevertheless I managed to keep up with my favorite New Orleans community.

After reading this sexy urban fantasy books I wanted some change. Nothing better then to get into the books of Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I have read a view of her books ages ago, and like them a lot. She has a great sense of humor and writes amazing dialogues. After reading one of her books I always feel better.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

My summer holiday reads

I haven't gotten arounf posting reviews of the books I read during my 3 weeks holidays.
But at least I can make a list:

1. Simply Shameless - Kate Pearce
2. Simply Insatiable - Kate Pearce
3. Sharon Page - Sin
4. Bee among the clover - Fae Sutherland
5. Dark Mirror - M.J. Putney
6. The Perfect Play - Jaci Burton
7. Any Man of Mine - Rachel Gibson
8. Always - Lauren Dane
9. The Reluctant Vampire - Lynsay Sands
10. Hallowed Bond - Eresse
11. The Goddess Test - Aimee Carter
12. Between two worlds - Shelter Somerset
13. Fierce Radiance - Tymber Dalton
14. The Guardian - Mary Calmes