“Hey there, Shortcake.” ❤️🍰
One of my favorite summer reads (and now favorite romance books of all time!) is The Hating Game by Sally Thorne ! I’ve read it twice in the last month (and my favorite parts more than that)—if you love enemies to lovers, this is like THE book to read. I was so excited when ACOBAF said this was going to be the art for the month of August 😆❤️! It’ll be available in their shop as a booksleeve & print in September, so go follow them 💕.
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Once upon a time, I knew his face by heart. I had him memorized.
Jenny Han, P.S. I Still Love You
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WIP INTRO | THE LAST CADENZA
genre | romance, dark ya
status | drafting
Mae has a simple plan for grade eleven: don’t think.
There’s a problem with that. Actually, two problems. The first problem is that as a frequent performer, she’s required to tap into thinking to be any good.
The second problem is Samir Anand. Samir is nothing like Mae expected, and he has a penchant for getting her to say more than she wants to. As Mae and Samir grow closer, and Mae has to hide their blossoming relationship from overbearing parents, it’s clear that Samir is going to make Mae abandon her plan. And then he’s going to make her hurt.
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What’s it like to be a performer when you’re not sure you have the vibrancy you need to come alive on stage? What’s it like to fall in love with a person when you’re not sure you’re in love with being alive? Mae Montgomery, a high schooler struggling with undiagnosed mental illness, has to ask herself these questions. When it comes time to choose between honesty and self-preservation, will she be able to? The Last Cadenza explores the idea that a relationship can’t fix a mental illness, while also emphasizing that people with mental illnesses don’t need to be ‘fixed’ to participate in them.
People are flawed, they make mistakes, and they learn. This is a deeply, deeply personal narrative, covering a range of topics, and Mae’s unreliable narration draws readers into a mess of partial truths, begging the question - will she ever be really honest with herself?
Mae Montgomery. Sixteen. She/her. Too many secrets. Loves to sing but wonders if she might not have what it takes to perform.
Samir Anand. Seventeen. Always around. Too tall to be allowed. Mysterious and a little bit weird.
Amanda ‘Six’ Hefferman. Seventeen. She/her. Mae’s best friend. Too nosy. Loyal to Mae on every level.
The day Samir Anand talks to me for the first time, it doesn’t change everything. My world doesn’t turn on it’s axis.
It’s just a regular Tuesday. There’s nothing about the way he stands staring at the bulletin board with his hands shoved into his pockets to indicate that he’s going to be the most important person I’ve ever met, or that one day I’ll break his heart.
He says, “Hello, Mae.”
There’s a split second where I consider playing the game – sorry, Samir, right? – like I don’t know perfectly well who he is, but I’m too tired for that today. So I just let my backpack sag onto the floor. “Hey.”
warnings* | mental illness, suicide, disordered eating, self harm
*all excerpts will be tagged extensively and appropriately. i will not be sharing the more intense scenes publicly. please - if something is not tagged that should be, please please let me know.
aesthetics | the anxiety of knowing you haven’t tried your best, a fake smile that hurts to put on, keeping secrets from yourself, standing too long under a hot shower, the terror of someone loving the person you’ve become for them, deep exhaustion
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I’m attempting to read a m/f Scottish contemporary romance, and I dunno if I just burned myself out working on this sort of thing at the publishing house, or if I’ve just lost my tolerance for certain heterosexual perceptions of normalcy, but I am heavily side eying a lot of it, including the descriptor of the male love interest being such a manly man he makes all other men look effeminate.
There’s just something off about the phrasing that’s giving me either latent, possibly accidental homophobic vibes and I’m debating reading more to find out if the author doubles down on using certain phrases to let you know that Straight McStraihhterson is so straight you could use him as a ruler, or if it’s just a poor choice of words to let you know the dude is built like a shit brick house.
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Top 10 BLs Out of Korea
(Presented in order of my personal preference.)
Color Rush (2021) - a classic high school set BL with a unique paranormal twist that makes this a pitch-perfect allegory for the queer coming out experience and one of the best BLs of all time (I will fight you on this)
To My Star (2021) - limited use of BL tropes makes this more of a sweet contemporary gay romance between an actor plagued by scandal and the grumpy chef who adopts him, but the gentleness appeals to fans of the genre
Wish You the movie (2020) - similar to the above, only set in the music industry featuring a talented singer and the pianist who falls in love with him (and his music), achingly adorable
Just Friends? (2009) - Korea’s first BL features two high school sweethearts one of whom is now in the military on leave, both of whom are trying to decide on their futures, complicated by coming out
Where Your Eyes Linger (2020) - high school set with a bodyguard trope foundation and a sinister mafia aura that elevates tension
You Make Me Dance (2021) - oddly sweet story of a university student dancer getting involved with a lone shark... in all senses of the word involve
Long Time No See (2017) - hitmen who fall in love not realizing they are on opposite sides, includes violence and some high heat content
Mr. Heart (2020) - sweet sports romance (university marathon team), using traditional yaoi tropes like obsessive crush, comedic confession, and love offerings
Step For You (2018 microfilm) - student reporter is sent to interview rising ballet star, they fall in love, it’s adorable
My Pistachio (2018 microfilm) - boy is in love with another boy from the drama club, has to monologue feelings to win him
Korean BL in Brief
Korea has been in the BL sphere for longer than people realize, second only to Japan. This is probably because it has not been particularly prolific or consistent until Strongberry entered the field in 2017.
Korea is, however, new to the BL series game. Its series still tend to run short, so they can easily be converted into movies, but Korea plays hard ball with tropes (if not setting or age of protags) which has resulted in some of my very favorite BLs like Color Rush, To My Star, and Wish You.
Korea’s first BL-tangential gay film was No Regret in 2006. Which, in keeping with tradition, ended in death and was full of obsession etc. However 2009′s Just Friends? took a huge leap forward dealing with themes of coming out, family acceptance, and mandatory military service. It’s not really BL, it’s queer cinema, and I like it a lot. It ends happy, so give it a try. It has a certain flavor in filming style, honest emotion, and nested realism that you’ll see color all of Korea’s offerings going forward.
Starting in 2017, Korean gay film production company Strongberry started producing HEA microfilms. To date their only full length piece is the excellent Long Time No See (2017), which is a mafia hitman gay romance. Their microfilms lean more BL, all of them featuring university students. Some of them are quite quirky but I enjoy them, and I always look forward to something new from this studio.
Secret Spectacles (2017)
My Pistachio (2018)
Step For You (2018)
My Personal Trainer (2019)
Private Lessons (2020)
Fingers After (2021)
Confidential Coffee Break (2021)
Sweet Curse (2021)
Aside from Strongberry, the first Korean BL series of any length to make waves was Where Your Eyes Linger, which seemed to bridge the gap between Long Time No See’s hitman and true BL by using a bodyguard trope but in a school setting.
The success of that series rather opened the floodgates. It was followed by Mr Heart and more lighter fare like Wish You. Korea has a marked preference for limited cast, short runs (6-8 eps) that can be cleanly repackaged and cut together into 1-2 hour movies. But they honor these offerings with high production values and talent; great wardrobe, makeup, and lighting; workman-like yaoi influenced cinematography; and excellent sound & music - as one might expect from studios familiar with churning out k-pop music videos. Similarly, they often cast idols in lead roles for roll-over fan appeal.
As far as story is concerned, Korea tends towards:
three act structure
a strong setting
defined character roles & social positions
core concept frameworks
somewhat rushed endings
They really like a slow burn romance and weak seme/uke dynamic (so less heterosexually dysmorphic than Thailand but not as queer affirming as Taiwan). Their narratives tend to be lower heat (Strongberry excepted) with nothing more than a kiss at the end, in keeping with the purity standards of het romance K-dramas.
Nobleman Ryu’s Wedding, was positioned to cause major waves, as it featured most of these narrative elements as well as 3 established BL actors from 3 of their heavy hitter series. Korea was gunning for crossover eyeballs from both BL watchers and Untamed obsessives - then this was the way to do it. Unfortunately Korea has litigious IP and distribution issues around BL, which limited NRW’s international reach, but does stabilize the industry.
All in all, I would call Korea very smart and strategic in their production of BL.
You can watch me lose my tiny mind when they finally gave us the ultimate love triangle (a K-drama speciality) in Light On Me.
This is part of a series on top 10 BLs from each country coupled with a history of BL.
Where to watch it? Korean BL mostly launches in a way that is difficult to find internationally (sometimes you can catch a rip under a half-day time window on YouTube but it rarely lasts long) but it usually ends up on Viki. Strongberry often ends up on Drama Cool. Otherwise check Daily Motion.
(This post’s top 10 is as of early 2021. Noble Ryu’s Wedding & Light One Me would now make the list.)
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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Delilah Green Doesn't Care by Ashley Herring Blake
Exclusive Cover Reveal: Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake
Today on the site I’m thrilled to be revealing the cover of one of my most anticipated rom-coms in the history of literally ever, Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by triple(-category) threat Ashley Herring Blake! This contemporary f/f (bi and lesbian) romance releases February 22, 2022, and here’s what it’s all about:
Delilah Green swore she would never go back to Bright Falls—nothing is there for her…
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So, thought I'd try my hand at fluffy YA ace romance. You know, to challenge myself because neither YA, nor fluffy contemporary romance are my usual tropes. As in, at all.
Obviously that means I decided to start small and write a novel.
This is the first three two chapters. Reckon it works?
Edit: Changed from three, to two, because since posting I’ve already seen a million structural issues with things I want to tweak and fix in Chapter 3. Ayy first drafts. This is why I shouldn’t get ahead of myself...
“What about you, Astra?” Chloe asked. “Who do you like?”
Who do you like? It was one of Astra Sutton’s least favourite questions in the world, and it always seemed to sneak its way into parties. Astra twisted her drink between her fingers and searched for a way to be absorbed in another important conversation.
It was Laura’s eighteenth birthday, and the room was clustered with people, spilling out into the hall and the kitchen. There were plenty of conversational candidates. She didn’t even have to talk to them. She could stand awkwardly and listen, or drain her drink and pretend to get another, or go to the bathroom and hope her friends had moved onto another topic by the time she returned. She had options.
“Astra?” Chloe flicked a popcorn kernel at her. It hit her gently in the middle of the forehead, with an aim that would be impressive in other circumstances, and bounced off.
“Hm?” Astra turned back to Chloe, Ingrid, and Laura.
The three of them were crowded in one corner of Laura’s lounge, a huddle of laughter and secrets that had seemed so much warmer only moments before.
Chloe smiled at her, mischievous and full of curiosity.
“Who do you like?”
“You know me,” Astra said, and tried for deadpan. “I hate everyone. Ew, people.”
Laura snorted, and nearly spilled her a cider with a flamboyant wave of her hand.
“Oh, please,” she said. “C’mon. We all said.”
The three of them stared at her.
Astra swallowed and took another gulp of lemonade to buy herself time. She could feel her face heating, and she could just imagine them taking it for the flustered embarrassment of a girl thinking about her crush. She knew, of course, that ‘who do you like?’ wasn’t the worst question in the world. Her friends weren’t asking to be mean. Nobody was trying to trip her up. It was simply one of the questions that apparently came with being fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, and apparently eighteen too. At seventeen, there was ‘what are you planning to do at uni?’ ‘which uni were you thinking of?’ and ‘who do you like?’
Astra wanted to study Psychology, her top choice could probably be UCL or York, and she liked…
“No one,” she said, and dropped the deadpan. “I don’t like anyone. Not like that.”
Astra had been friends with the three of them for years, in the way that people became friends when they lived in the same small place and went to the same school, day in and day out for about ten years. That made it sound like she didn’t like them – she did. Theirs was a friendship born of the battlefield of secondary school. They might go their separate ways come graduation and never talk again, but should they come to her with a body now, she probably would have buried it with minimal questions asked. With all of that said, she had never seen eye to eye with any of them when it came to dating.
Chloe and Ingrid loved talking about their crushes. When Chloe wasn’t seeing anyone, she liked the fizzing possibility that she could be. Every day was another chance for a meet cute and happily ever after. They’d first bonded over their love of romance novels and the hand touch scene in the Pride and Prejudice movie. Laura didn’t go into the whole dating thing as much, but that didn’t mean she was any less invested in knowing who liked who. Knowing was power.
“You have to like somebody,” Chloe said, more confused than accusing. “We’re not going to judge, or anything.” Her blue eyes were starting to cloud with hurt, with the sense that despite everything, Astra didn’t trust her. Astra could just imagine the internal monologue – Ingrid told us she liked Zoe, so what are you trying to hide? Is it one of us?
“Yeah.” Laura shifted her weight, leaning in. “You can tell us. It’s not like we care if you’re, like, gay or something.”
“I know,” Astra said.
Chloe, Ingrid and Laura exchanged glances. In hindsight, Astra would wonder if it was the glance that did it. It was the kind of glance that people did when someone was being weird. Not bad weird, exactly, just not normal. It made panic rise in her throat. It wasn’t the first time that the four of them had had this conversation. Usually Astra managed to dodge, or they let up with a roll of their eyes and indulgent smiles. Usually, they didn’t look at her quite like that.
Astra turned her head away, desperately scouring the room for an out and –
And Cade Wright walked in. He flashed their group a smile, all crooked at one corner, as he passed by.
Astra felt herself calm. She exhaled a breath. She looked back at her friends.
“Cade,” she said. “I like Cade.”
Cade was, probably, one of the most popular guys in their year. There were a few contenders for the spot. Cade was the tall, dark and handsome option. He was handsome, Astra knew that much. He had the cheekbones for it. More to the point, he had the eyes – pale green, and typically filled with some private amusement. He was in her some of her classes, and she’d enjoyed talking to him on the few times they ever had. He was quick. Sharp-tongued. He was, for all intents and purposes, her type. Therefore, if she said that she liked Cade Wright, they would believe her. Cade was the type of person that people had crushes on. No need for further questions, thank you.
Chloe and Laura’s expressions relaxed, that mischievous smile returning to Chloe’s face.
“He likes you too,” Ingrid said.
Astra’s stomach dropped out. All calm vanished.
“What?” Laura rounded on Ingrid. “How do you know?”
“It’s obvious.” Ingrid shrugged. “He was just smiling at you.”
Astra’s brow furrowed. “He was smiling at all of us.”
“He was smiling at you.”
“Lots of people smile,” Astra said. “It’s a friendly thing to do at parties. It doesn’t mean he likes me like that. I mean, god, what if we were all accused of fancying guys just because we smiled at them?”
“I mean,” Laura swigged her cider. “We kinda are. People definitely do that to women.”
“Okay,” Ingrid held up her hand, “I take your point. But, also. He likes you. Do you want to bet on it?”
“No,” the three of them chimed in unison.
Ingrid scrunched up her nose, disappointed.
Astra’s ears buzzed. He didn’t like her, right? He didn’t. People like Cade didn’t fall for people like her, not in real life. Ingrid was reading too much into it.
“Is it just the smiling?” Chloe asked Ingrid, “or do you have other evidence?”
The conversation, mercifully, moved onto whether it was wrong to assume someone fancied you just because they made a habit of smiling at you, and how exactly then one could tell if someone had a crush. Astra let the chatter fill her ears, tucking her knees to her chest. Her temporary calm had vanished again, leaving behind a swirling pit of uncertainty.
It was generally decided that Chloe was the prettiest of their friend group, with her hourglass figure and long red hair. Astra could see the appeal. Chloe was like summer personified in the body of a girl. Ingrid on the other hand leaned more into the androgynous style, blond and lean, with a truly awe-inspiring collection of heeled boots and long swoopy jackets she was rarely seen without. Astra really liked the boots. Laura was cute too. Wholesome looking. If Astra was gay, wouldn’t she have felt a stirring of something when she looked at one of them? She had tried imagining kissing them before once or twice, just to see if that sparked something in her brain, but despite the movie montage reel of possible scenarios it hadn’t clicked. She ended up getting more bogged down imagining the dialogue, the tension and the heartfelt confessions, without any particular face attached at all. Then she felt weirdly guilty for imagining kissing her friends. Like it was a betrayal, or something.
Astra looked across the room to Cade. He was mid-laugh, carding an artist’s fingers through his black hair. He looked so alive, so comfortable in his skin, so lovely that it almost hurt. She waited for a flutter in her chest, for fireworks, for the desperate hope that he would turn around and catch her looking. If he did, maybe she would look down, and pretend that she hadn’t been staring. They would both know, though. The air would crackle. She would busy herself with some other distraction, until it felt safe to look over again. She would find his attention already on her, waiting. He would smile. If she was bold, she would wander over with a quip. Or, maybe, before she looked over the second time, he would appear at her side. He would touch her shoulder, all casual like, and offer something perfectly snarky and charming all at once.
Astra’s chest ached.
He glanced over, catching her staring at him.
The ache vanished, replaced by mortification. She looked away so fast she got a crick in her neck, and caught Ingrid smirking at her.
“You know what,” Laura said, apparently catching Astra’s stare also. “I’m going to do you a favour.”
Astra’s eyes widened as Laura pushed to her feet.
“Wait—” Ingrid began, smirk dimming. “Laur.”
“Are you-?” Chloe began, more gleefully.
“No,” Astra said. Too late. Laura had appeared at Cade’s side while Astra was still pushing numbly to her feet.
Laura tossed her a reassuring, ‘you owe me’ sort of smile. Then she leaned down to murmur something in Cade’s ear as he looked bemused by her sudden presence.
“Oh,” Ingrid said softly. “Crap.”
Astra felt dizzy as Cade’s gaze snapped to her. She didn’t wait to see if he smiled, or laughed, or did anything to indicate what the hell Laura had said to him. She turned on her heel and strode out of the party, into the chill of Laura’s back garden. Her hands were shaking. Why were hands shaking?
Maybe Laura had been teasing. Maybe Laura hadn’t actually told Cade that Astra fancied him. Laura was drunk, she probably thought she was being funny, even when she really wasn’t. What if he thought it pathetic that she liked him? Even if she didn’t, she still didn’t want him mocking her for it.
God. She wished she could have said she was gay, for certain. Or straight. Bisexual. Anything for certain. At least then she could make a decisive stand on the matter. It wasn’t that she didn’t want to have a crush on someone, even an unrequited one would be fine. It was just…she didn’t. At least, not in so far as she could tell. That stupid fantasy of glances across a shared room could have happened to anyone, she’d probably stolen it from a book, it didn’t have to be Cade. It wasn’t about him, not really. So where did that leave her?
Her father said that she had her whole life ahead of her to find someone, to fall in love, that high school was a fish pond. She would find her people somewhere else. Her mother said that sometimes love was learning to love someone, and that the whole love at first sight thing simply wasn’t true. Honey, she said, you have to give people a chance. What happens, Astra, if you meet the love of your life and you don’t even give them a chance? I just don’t want you to regret anything when you look back!
Was giving people a chance supposed to feel so hard? Wasn’t she supposed to just meet someone, hit it off, and know? Her eyes started to grow hot and prickly. She willed herself not to start crying. This was a ridiculous thing to cry about. It could all be so much worse. Her throat grew thicker.
The backdoor swung open behind her, and it was probably Chloe or Ingrid come to check that she was alright. To tell her that Laura had been a bitch, but a well meaning bitch.
“Oh bloody hell, it’s cold.”
That was not Chloe’s voice. Or Ingrid’s. Or Laura’s. It was low and male and a little rough.
Astra whirled around, hastily wiping her eyes.
It was Cade.
Cade lingered in the doorframe for only a moment – Astra caught a glimpse of Ingrid and Chloe lurking somewhere behind him in the hallway, surrounded by curious faces, before he stepped out without a backwards glance and shut the door behind him with a quiet click. He leaned against it for good measure, as if to stop anyone from following, and folded his arms.
They stared at each for an excruciating beat.
Astra looked down.
“Sorry,” she said.
“Are you alright?” he asked. His voice was clipped.
Astra exhaled a steadying breath and turned away, to face the garden. She couldn’t see much of it in the dark, but she had been at Laura’s home enough times to be able to imagine the shape and structure of the lawn and plants in front of her. It was better than trying to look at Cade when she felt like such an idiot.
“I’m fine.” She cleared her throat and tried for casual. “You came to check on me? My hero.”
He must have got up almost the second that she’d rushed out, following with only the smallest of hesitations. If that. The thought made something warm rush through her stomach.
“I can leave if you want,” he said. “Send in the cavalry.”
“Thanks.” That sounded like she wanted him to leave. “Wait.” Didn’t she? “No. I mean, I don’t mind. You can be out here. It’s a free country.” Wow.
Maybe not looking at him wasn’t such a good idea, because now she had no idea whatsoever what he was thinking. She turned again, and he was there, having apparently been moving to her side. They both froze, barely a foot between them.
Up close, his cologne filled the air around her, woody and enticing. Up close, those ridiculous green eyes of his were dark with anger or maybe concern. Maybe both. Her breath caught in her throat.
Was that having a crush on someone? Or was that just being glad that someone cared enough to follow? Or did that just mean she enjoyed the feeling of being important? She wanted to knock her head against a wall. Maybe then she’d stop.
“I know I can,” he murmured. “That wasn’t what I was asking.” He studied her face. “You look like you’re about to pass out.”
Oh god, did she?
“And you’re…” he trailed of. “Okay.” He gingerly set a hand on her arm. “Sit down, um—” He looked around the dark garden and alighted on the step. “Sit down.”
“I’m not going to pass out.”
“You’re breathing funny.”
“You sure know how to make a girl feel special, Wright.”
That seemed to startle him out of his admittedly chivalrous efforts of care. His lip twitched, that wicked smile, and the anger in his eyes softened.
She found herself smiling back, despite herself. “I suppose I can forgive you,” she said. “You’re not used to girls hyperventilating in response to having a crush on you.”
And…she shouldn’t have said that. It was a terrible line to blurt out. Probably great if she was trying to flirt with him, because it implied it did have a crush and she could see on his face that it was definitely registering on his face as ‘confession’.
Astra threw herself down on the step, and wished she could fling herself into another kinder dimension at the same time.
He hesitated, before sitting down next to her.
“Judging by your reaction, I’m guessing you…didn’t want me to know.” He cleared his throat, a grimace twisting his mouth. “I’m sorry.”
“It’s not your fault.”
“They shouldn’t have done it if you didn’t want them to.”
“That’s Laura.” Astra tried for a shrug, for a smile. “Natural born matchmaker. Can’t imagine why anyone would keep their feelings to themselves ever.”
He frowned, the anger rushing back to his face. Damn it.
“Sorry,” she said, again.
“It’s not your fault.”
“Are you alright?” She wasn’t entirely sure why he was upset, but it was clearly written across the hard set of his jaw and his shoulders. His hands balled into fists in his lap.
“Me?” He seemed surprised, then he looked down and uncurled his fingers. It did nothing to make his posture radiate annoyance any less, but she supposed she could acknowledge the effort. He released a breath and shook his head. “I don’t like it when people push themselves where they’re not wanted. Your friends are dicks.”
“I’ll get over it. It will be hard, and require lots of therapy, but I’ll struggle through.”
He snorted. Their eyes met again.
Astra tipped her head back to the sky, searching for stars. Something enormous that might clarify her fate and put all of her problems into a proper perspective. It was, regrettably, cloudy. Still, whatever other horrors the night had wrought, it proved at least she had excellent taste in picking crushes. Even if he didn’t like her, he could have been so much more of an asshole about the whole mess.
“If it stops you hyperventilating,” he said, carefully casual, “I like you too.”
It should have been sweet. It almost made her panic again. What the hell was wrong with her? Should she turn around, now, and explain the misunderstanding? She should. If she did that, she would hurt his feelings. If she did that she would be right back to where she started, with the added joy of having to explain why she would have lied about such a simple question.
His hand moved down to her knee. It was the only point of heat in the evening air.
Her eyes flicked down to it, her heart hammering.
What if she did have a crush on him, and simply didn’t realise it? That could happen, right? She must have picked his name out of the hat for a reason. On paper, he was her type. He was perfect. If she had a crush on anyone, it would Cade Wright. Maybe it was like her mother said, and she simply had to give him a chance.
“Oh,” she managed, because she was being silent for way too long. “Cool.”
On the other hand, if he genuinely liked her, it was probably leading him on not to explain everything immediately. She didn’t want to do that anymore than she wanted to hurt his feelings.
“Cade—” She faltered. She didn’t know how to explain. What if the same look crossed his face that had crossed her friends’ expressions? What if he thought she was a freak? No one normal had to make up a crush. What if she scarred him for life, like one of those horrible people who asked people out as a joke?
His brow furrowed, studying her. Probably he was already trying to figure out why she was being weird. God knew why he would have a crush on her anyway. Could people get crushes from having a few debates in class? A few solid conversations? Maybe he was faking it too and would be really relieved if she said this was a game they didn’t need to play.
He could have simply said he didn’t like her, though. Nicely. To spare her feelings.
She looked at him, brain swirling, stomach in a knot. His hand was still on her knee.
This was it. This was the moment in every YA romance movie or novel she had ever read and silently squealed over. She should have been debating if she wanted to lean in and kiss him. No, she shouldn’t have been debating if she wanted to, she should have been plucking up the courage. Happily ever after.
“Right.” He looked away, into the garden. “You didn’t tell me for a reason, probably. Back to your friends being jerks.”
“I do like you,” she said. She was certain of that much. Just…how she liked him felt like much more of a minefield. “I’m being – um. It’s complicated.”
“It’s okay.” He took his hand away.
She reached out and took it, thoughtlessly, squeezing his fingers.
Their eyes met again. He looked hurt, because of course he did. Confused. She wasn’t following the script. She hated it.
She took a breath to steel herself.
“Yes,” she said.
His head tilted.
“Yes, I’d like to go out with you.”
“So formal,” he said. “Especially given I haven’t actually asked you out.”
Her world froze again. Heat rushed her face.
She scowled at him.
“You love me.”
“Pretty sure that’s supposed to be a bigger thing, in like six months, where we agonise if we’re ready to say it.”
“Oh?” He laughed. “You’ve planned it out? And when on your timeline is our first date?”
“What – no – I didn’t mean.” She closed her eyes.
He laughed again. It was a contagious sort of sound, it filled the garden and, despite everything, it was such an easy thing. Cade Wright laughed like he could make you believe that everything was going to be fine. Some of the tension fell from her shoulders.
She was still holding his hand, wasn’t she?
She opened her eyes again, and he was watching her again – amused, curious, like he couldn’t wait to see what she did next. Possibly she should have been offended by it. She was strangely flattered instead. People didn’t, as a rule, look at her like that. A thrill ran through her stomach.
“How’s next Friday, for you?” he asked.
“For our date.”
She wasn’t doing anything on Friday.
“I can do Friday,” she said, and found herself smiling.
That meant she must like him and want to date him, didn’t it? Or did she just want to date someone to see what it was like? She shoved the thoughts away as best as she could, and squared her shoulders. She focused in on him, on the gleam in his eyes that had replaced the annoyance, and the fact that he was interested, and had followed her, and was everything that she always claimed she wanted.
“Friday it is, then.” His head remained tilted, like he was trying to figure something out. He wasn’t radiating annoyance anymore either.
The wind blustered through the back garden, tugging at his hair. He shivered and let go of her hand to wrap his arms around herself.
“Bloody cold,” he muttered. “You ready to go back in there?”
Astra hesitated, and for a second her brain flashed to all of the questions her friends would have. They would want to know exactly what he had said. They would want details and to know why Astra had been so reluctant to just say she liked him.
Her hands were turning blue, without his to hold.
It really was bloody cold.
“Yeah,” she said. “Thanks.”
He gave her an odd look, raising his brows.
She shook her head.
He stood up and offered her his hand.
She took it, and when they headed back into the party, they did so together.
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𝐖𝐄𝐃𝐃𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐅𝐋𝐎𝐖𝐄𝐑𝐒 | Jeong Jaehyun
𝐒𝐘𝐍𝐎𝐏𝐒𝐈𝐒 In between the white and pink wedding flowers, he stands by the alter. Pretty, ethereal, the definition of love personified. Except Jeong Jaehyun, Valentine’s son, has never been in love and never will be in love.
𝐆𝐄𝐍𝐑𝐄 Contemporary | Romance
• inspired by ‘The Wedding Planner’ and Egomaniac by Vi Keeland.
𝐈𝐍𝐂𝐋𝐔𝐃𝐄𝐒 Divorce Lawyer!Jaehyun, Single Dad!Jaehyun and Florist!Y/N.
(warnings will be put in each chapter to avoid spoilers).
𝐍𝐎𝐓𝐄 hello everyone! i’m so excited to announce this new series! i haven’t been working on it for too long, but i was super excited about this that i couldn’t wait. don’t worry! i will still be finishing secrets, as promised and the next chapter for that should be up in a few days. i hope you all will enjoy ‘wedding flowers’! <3
teaser | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | ...
𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐂𝐋𝐀𝐈𝐌𝐄𝐑𝐒 this is pure fiction. the personalities that are displayed are used for entertainment purposes. this writing is mine. please don’t steal, translate, or post anywhere without my permission. thank you & hope that you enjoyed!
© jungsin 2020
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May: Asian American Heritage Month: books to read
Titles that celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh (Editor), Elsie Chapman (Editor)
Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings. These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries.
Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.
Compiled by We Need Diverse Books’s Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, the authors included in this exquisite collection are: Renee Ahdieh, Sona Charaipotra, Preeti Chhibber, Roshani Chokshi, Aliette de Bodard, Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa, Rahul Kanakia, Lori M. Lee, E. C. Myers, Cindy Pon, Aisha Saeed, Shveta Thakrar, and Alyssa Wong.
A mountain loses her heart. Two sisters transform into birds to escape captivity. A young man learns the true meaning of sacrifice. A young woman takes up her mother’s mantle and leads the dead to their final resting place. From fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge, these stories will beguile readers from start to finish. For fans of Neil Gaiman’s Unnatural Creatures and Ameriie’s New York Times–bestselling Because You Love to Hate Me.
We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future by Deepa Iyer
Many of us can recall the targeting of South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh people in the wake of 9/11. We may be less aware, however, of the ongoing racism directed against these groups in the past decade and a half.
In We Too Sing America, nationally renowned activist Deepa Iyer catalogs recent racial flashpoints, from the 2012 massacre at the Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, to the violent opposition to the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and to the Park 51 Community Center in Lower Manhattan.
Iyer asks whether hate crimes should be considered domestic terrorism and explores the role of the state in perpetuating racism through detentions, national registration programs, police profiling, and constant surveillance. She looks at topics including Islamophobia in the Bible Belt; the “Bermuda Triangle” of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim hysteria; and the energy of new reform movements, including those of “undocumented and unafraid” youth and Black Lives Matter.
In a book that reframes the discussion of race in America, a brilliant young activist provides ideas from the front lines of post-9/11 America.
American Dragons: Twenty-five Asian American Voices by Laurence Yep, Kam Mak (Illustrator), Ann Tashi Slater
This collection of poems, stories and one short play includes works by Tibetan Americans, Vietnamese Americans, Korean Americans, Japanese Americans and Thai Americans--known and unknown, young and old--who write about growing up, fitting in, and relating to the older generation. A 1994 ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self by Alex Tizon
Alex Tizon landed in an America that saw Asian women as sexy and Asian men as sexless. Immigrating from the Philippines as a young boy, everything he saw and heard taught him to be ashamed of his face, his skin color, his height. His fierce and funny observations of sex and the Asian American male include his own quest for love during college in the 1980s, a tortured tutorial on stereotypes that still make it hard for Asian men to get the girl. Tizon writes: "I had to educate myself on my own worth. It was a sloppy, piecemeal education, but I had to do it because no one else was going to do it for me."
And then, a transformation. First, Tizon’s growing understanding that shame is universal: that his own just happened to be about race. Next, seismic cultural changes – from Jerry Yang’s phenomenal success with Yahoo! Inc., to actor Ken Watanabe’s emergence in Hollywood blockbusters, to Jeremy Lin’s meteoric NBA rise.
Finally, Tizon’s deeply original, taboo-bending investigation turns outward, tracking the unheard stories of young Asian men today, in a landscape still complex but much changed for the Asian American man.
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Recent mlm reads
Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall - Fake dating, intense fear of emotional vulnerability, domesticity, great group whatsapp banter: chef's kiss. This was an ace contemporary UK romance.
Hither, Page by Cat Sebastian - A sweet little pre-war detective story set in a sleepy English village, this was a short read that made me crave some Miss Marple TV specials.
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune - A lovely found-family romance set in a world where magical creatures are treated like second-class citizens, and magical children are sent to surveillance orphanages. A civil servant who is very loyal to his intricate bureaucracy is sent to review a slightly unorthodox orphanage on an island, run by an eccentric and kind man. He realises there's more to caring for children than ticking all the boxes on a form, and falls in love with the whole island along the way.
The Sugared Game (The Will Darling Adventures #2) by K.J. Charles (review of book 1 here) - A bookseller teams up on a smuggling case with his on-again, off-again hook-up, a government spy who is unwilling to risk his job's secrecy for their relationship. Sparks fly as they investigate mafia nightclubs and high class fashion events. I love this series!
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold - A quiet, contemplative book about two older partners (male and female) in a throuple, coming back together several years after their male partner died. This is set in the far future on another planet, but the sci-fi element takes a back seat here as they find a path towards a happy retirement together.
My own LGBT YA novel was just released! The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker is a paranormal horror about ghosts stuck in the afterlife.
What if death is only the beginning?
When Harriet Stoker dies after falling from a balcony in a long-abandoned building, she discovers a group of ghosts, each with a special power.
Felix, Kasper, Rima and Leah welcome Harriet into their world, eager to make friends with the new arrival after decades alone. Yet Harriet is more interested in unleashing her own power, even if it means destroying everyone around her. But when all of eternity is at stake, the afterlife can be a dangerous place to make an enemy.
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recommending books based on your fav haikyuu character
notes: fantasy and contemporary romance books i wanna recommend you all, these are my fav
warnings: new adult/there are smut in majority of these books (+ research tw/content warnings!!)
# — suna
punk 57 — penelope douglas
corrupt — penelope douglas
# — matsukawa
corrupt — penelope douglas
bad habit — charleigh rose
# — kuroo
vicious — lj shen
the score — elle kennedy
# — akaashi
broken knight — lj shen (my fav from the all saints high series)
song of achilles — madeline miller
the cruel prince — holly black
the spanish love deception — elena armas
# — iwaizumi
scandalous — lj shen
birthday girl — penelope douglas
bad intentions — charleigh rose
the unhoneymooners — christina lauren
athica lane — brynne asher
# — bokuto
from blood and ash — jennifer l armentrout
a court of silver flames — sarah j maas
collided (dirty air series #2) — lauren asher
# — ushijima
the wall of winnipeg and me — mariana zapata (HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE)
# — sakusa
neon gods — katee robert
— and lastly. i recommend six of crows to everyone who’s reading this. you’ll fall in love with it i promise.
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Would also like to just get out ahead on this one and firmly state that Haunting of Bly Manor is not a Bury Your Gays tragedy. That trope refers specifically to when a queer character’s death is either explicitly or implicitly coded as a punishment for their sexuality, and posits that queer folk cannot have a happy world. The trope also precludes that the character’s death serves as little more than a plot device to motivate or redirect the lover they’re leaving behind (for whom their death is also a punishment), or worse. At its most cynical, it’s a cheap, sweeps-week b-plot that can be introduced and discarded quickly, without derailing the story much.
This is not any of that. Dani begins the series already drowning in what she perceives as punishment for her sexuality (Edmund’s ghost). She is freed from that punishment by Jamie. Their love story goes on to take center stage of the entire narrative, and Dani’s death is not a device to move plot along, it’s the culminating means by which the thesis of the show is delivered: that the price of love is loss, and that all ghost stories are love stories.
Bury Your Gays twists diminish and degrade the love stories that came before them. Bly Manor, and the love story at its center, is a contemporary gothic romance. Death, and everlasting devotion to one’s true love long after they’ve died, is the foundation of such a love story, not a betrayal of it.
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Nana Malone’s #brownnipplechallenge and Lyric Audiobooks have joined together to create Audio in Color – a grant program to support BIPOC contemporary romance authors who have not yet released an indie audiobook.
Applications close April 15, 2021.
There are SIX of these grants available of $5,000 in value, so if you fit the criteria, get your applications in!
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Orpheus Girl by Brynne Rebele-Henry
Abandoned by a single mother she never knew, 16-year-old Raya—obsessed with ancient myths—lives with her grandmother in a small conservative Texas town. For years Raya has been forced to hide her feelings for her best friend and true love, Sarah. When the two are outed, they are sent to Friendly Saviors: a re-education camp meant to “fix” them and make them heterosexual. Upon arrival, Raya vows to assume the mythic role of Orpheus to escape Friendly Saviors, and to return to the world of the living with her love—only becoming more determined after she, Sarah, and Friendly Saviors’ other teen residents are subjected to abusive “treatments” by the staff.
Brynne Rebele-Henry weaves a powerful inversion of the Orpheus myth informed by the real-world truths of conversion therapy. Orpheus Girl is a mythic story of dysfunctional families, trauma, first love, heartbreak, and ultimately, the fierce adolescent resilience that has the power to triumph over darkness and ignorance.
Trigger warnings: homophobia, conversion therapy, transphobia, offscreen suicide attempt
Genres: contemporary, romance
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The Gentle Wolf is now available for PRE-ORDER!
About The Gentle Wolf:
Omega Aodhan Donne has buried his past, his life revolves around his chocolaterie, Little Star, a place where he creates sweet and happy memories. Demisexual, and used to being shoved in the friends category by the time he falls for someone, he throws all his energy into creating romantic moments for others in his store, neglecting his needs. His highlight for two years has been the man who visits his shop every Tuesday.
Beta Thomas Wilson is an historian who believes the past should be unearthed, working as the curator at Western Australia’s only shifter museum, educating children and adults about shifter history. Quiet and hard-working, he allows himself to visit Aodhan at Little Star once a week, as a treat.
When Aodhan decides he wants to get know Thomas better, he offers him a window into a complicated history that influenced the lives of shifters in the whole of Australia, and faces the possibility of Thomas learning too much about his dark past.
After deciding to take it slow, their unconventional relationship becomes a whirlwind, sweeping them up together and blowing open the doors hiding their painful pasts. They couldn’t face their truths alone, but if they’re willing to face them together, Aodhan and Thomas may get the love they’ve always yearned for.
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Release: November 13th
The Gentle Wolf by Pia Foxhall (Perth Shifters #2)
- Can be read as standalone! -
Each book in the series focuses on different characters
Queer (gay/demisexual character) m/m contemporary paranormal romance
Set in Western Australia
99,800 words // 252 pages
Cover by TiferetDesign
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Can i ask what are your personal top 5 fav lgbtq books of all times
Oh God, it changes all the time. If I were picking a fave from five different categories, genres, and pairings, I'd probably say:
Adult Fantasy: The Unspoken Name by AK Larkwood (or Gideon - I'm not sure which I loved more tbh, so I might just instinctively go to the one that's a little more under the radar)
YA Sci-Fi: Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer or The Disasters by MK England (I'm allowed to say both because I love very similar things about them, and I think of them as buddies - like the series opener partner to the standalone)
Contemporary Adult F/F Romance: I think right now that's Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur, though it was Casting Lacey by Elle Spencer before that
Contemporary F/F YA: Maaaybe The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake? I don't know that I can be official about it but it's definitely up there, though for rom-coms I'm pretty confident on Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
YA Thriller: Sadie by Courtney Summers, which feels like an unfair pick because she's my favorite author, so I will also mention Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig, and for a mystery that's not a thriller, Echo After Echo by AR Capetta
oh wait I will also answer for YA Fantasy, since I'm pretty firm on that, but also am gonna give three answers:
*Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (standalone)
*Black Wings Beating by Alex London (m/m fantasy series)
*The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski (f/f fantasy series)
Okay, I'll stop now, except to also mention that my favorite Adult standalone thriller is Temper by Layne Fargo and Adult mystery series is Kristen Lepionka's Roxane Weary.
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📚What are your reading plans for this week?
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One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.
But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train.
Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. Jane with her rough edges and swoopy hair and soft smile, showing up in a leather jacket to save August’s day when she needed it most. August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon, she discovers there’s one big problem: Jane doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker. She’s literally displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help her. Maybe it’s time to start believing in some things, after all.
Genres: contemporary, romance
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What’s COMING OUT (pun intended) this week? We love lgbtqia+ books and we want you to find ones you love, too! A lot of books have been moving publication date, so it’s very possible that we missed some. Do let us know!
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When You Come Back to Me (Lost Boys Book 2) Book 2 of 2: Lost Boys | by Emma Scott
The Roommate Deal by Harper Hall
Supernatural Consultant, Volume One by Mell Eight
The Final Decree by Jeffrey Ricker
Moon Rite: Book One Legend of the Ancients (The Books of Locurnia 1) Book 1 of 2: The Books of Locurnia | by Deonne Dane
You Are My Summer by Abigail Tyrrell
Headlines (Prime Time Series Book 3) Book 3 of 3: Prime Time Series | by Ella Frank
The Flaw in Our Design by Monica McCallan
Open Hearts (Stealing Hearts Book 3) Book 3 of 3: Stealing Hearts | by K. Evan Coles
The Prince and the Pencil Pusher: A M/M Superhero Romance (Royal Powers Book 7) Book 7 of 8: Royal Powers | by Kenzie Blades
Taming Dante (Dante’s Infernal Book 1) Book 1 of 1: Dante’s Infernal | by Joel Abernathy
Stealing Jennifer by CC Bridges
Rocking the Boat (CalPac Crew Book 1) by C. Koehler
Fence: Striking Distance by Sarah Rees Brennan , C.S. Pacat, et al.
Under Shifting Stars by Alexandra Latos
Drag Queens, Emo Teens & Big Dreams (Muscles and Mascara Book 1) by Dylan James
A Neon Darkness (The Bright Sessions, 2) Book 2 of 2: The Bright Sessions | by Lauren Shippen
Shards of Ice: An M/M Retelling of ‘The Snow Queen’ (Grim and Sinister Delights Book 9) Book 9 of 15: Grim and Sinister Delights | by R. Phoenix
Bestiary: A Novel by K-Ming Chang
Burning Sugar by Cicely Belle Blain
A Country for Dying by Abdellah Taia and Emma Ramadan
The Love Study Book 1 of 1: The Love Study | by Kris Ripper
Savage West: The Life and Fiction of Thomas Savage by O. Alan Weltzien
Time to Check Out (Stan Kraychik Mystery Book 5) Book 5 of 5: Stan Kraychik Mystery | by Grant Michaels and Mark McNease
Anything, Anytime by JJ Harper, Jay Aheer, et al.
Holding Hans: A Dark, Fairy Tale Retelling Romance (Ever After, New York Book 2) Book 2 of 3: Ever After, New York | by Tara Lain
Fairytale Shifters: The Ugly Duckling Book 5 of 5: Fairytale Shifters | by Sean Michael
Billy & The Beast (Ever After, New York Book 3) Book 3 of 3: Ever After, New York | by Eli Easton
Frost (Reapers MC Book 15) Book 15 of 16: Reapers MC | by Elizabeth Knox , Clarise Tan, et al.
Collecting Stars: An F/F Omegaverse Sci-Fi Romance (The Alpha God Book 4) Book 4 of 5: The Alpha God | by Lexa Luthor
Stolen Justice (The Asylum Fight Club Book 9) Book 9 of 9: The Asylum Fight Club | by Bianca Sommerland and Tibby Armstrong
Forgiving Thayne: A Gay Paranormal Rejected Mate Romance Novel (True Mates Book 2) Book 2 of 3: True Mates | by J.R. Loveless
Street Love: A contemporary standalone hurt/comfort romance by Rhys Everly
Finding You: The Complete Box Set (a contemporary MM romance series) by Ana Ashley
The Issue with Antons: A Celebrity Spin Doctor Novel (Celebrity Spin Doctor Series Book 2) by Celia Mulder
Cosa Nostra 2 by Emma Nichols
Darkwater House by Samuel King
Off Balance: Painted Bay #1 Book 1 of 1: Painted Bay | by Jay Hogan
Avenging Lance (A Warrior’s Redemption Trilogy Book 3) Book 3 of 3: A Warrior’s Redemption Trilogy | by M.D. Grimm
Imperfect Shot (The Cricket Chronicles Book 2) Book 2 of 3: The Cricket Chronicles | by Ryann Fletcher
Sacred Moon: Book 2 Book 2 of 3: Sacred Series | by Alejandro Marrero
The Cypher by Matti McLean
If I Remember Him Book 1 of 1: The Croy Cycle | by Louis Flint Ceci
The Lyme Letters: Poems (Walt McDonald First-Book Series in Poetry) Part of: Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry (1 Books) | by C. R. Grimmer
Awake to Listen: Words, phrases, and sentences on love, rot, and sleep. by M. Chastain Flournoy
The School For The Extraordinarily by Lovley Cowley
At One End by Jessica K. Baer
Death Comes to Main Street (The Paul Monroe Mysteries Book 3) Book 3 of 3: The Paul Monroe Mysteries | by Felice Stevens and A.P. Eisen
To Love A Ghost (The Ghost Protectors Book 1) Book 1 of 1: The Ghost Protectors | by Annabella Stone
Alpha Hunt: an action/adventure redemption gay romance (J.T’s Bar Book 6) Book 6 of 6: J.T’s Bar | by Sue Brown
The Little in the Window by Laurie Lochs
Acedia (Sins of Mercy Book 8) Book 8 of 8: Sins of Mercy | by Hildred Billings
Dan’s Hauntastic Haunts Investigates: Ivarsson School: A ghostly mm paranormal romance Book 3 of 3: Hauntastic Haunts | by Alex Silver
Regaining Trust by Nell Iris
A Trip to Paris: A Romance Novel by Mariah R. Embry
The Queen’s Blade by Natasja Rose
Hide to Seek (London Lies #2) Book 2 of 3: London Lies | by C F White
Devoted (Internet Famous Collection Book 7) by Jade Royal
Omega on the Run (The New Alphas Book 2) Book 2 of 2: The New Alphas | by Kaydee Robins
Craving Her: Book One in the Galactic Women F/F Alien Abduction Romance Series by Lucee Joie
Body Double (Body Heat Book 3) Book 3 of 3: Body Heat | by J. P. Scott
Clockwork Dragon: Poly/Reverse Harem Steampunk Fantasy by Kaye Draper
Finch: A Forbidden Desires Spin-Off Story by Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly
Blue Awakenings by Mel Bossa
Stroll into Love: A Contemporary Male-Male Romance (Mulligan in Love Book 1) by Sophie E. Russell and Ki Brosius
Playing With Toy Soldiers (The Little Ad(option) Agency Book 3) Book 3 of 3: The Little Ad(option) Agency | by A. Little
Imperfect Shot (2) (Cricket Chronicles) by Ryann Fletcher
Cute Mutants Vol 2: Young, Gifted & Queer by SJ Whitby
Loads of Trouble: An Izzy Izzard Dystopian Thriller by Roo I MacLeod
Kiss Me Deadly by M.A. Church
On the Rugged Hills (The Serpent’s Throne Book 2) by Dan Ackerman
The Trinket: A Halloween Short Story by Erin Wade
It’s All In Your Head (Circle of the Moon Book 1) by Cameron James
knot body by Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch
Unleashing the Shadows: A Paranormal Mystery by Patti Frazee
This Cleaving and this Burning (Guernica Prize Book 2) Book 2 of 2: Guernica Prize | by J.A. Wainwright
Rickeira’s Diary by Rickeira Turner
BE by Kevin Shaun Eaton
Soldier Boy by Cassandra Parkin
Before I Fell: A Few Trips Into the Void by Paul McCreery
The Cyborg Anthology by Lindsay B-e
uneven steven by Kenneth Pobo
Filthy Money by Lissa Brown
Thrown to the Lions: The Complete Series by Kim Dare
Love Finds a Home: Sweet with heat gay romance (Home in Hollyridge Book 3) Book 3 of 3: Home in Hollyridge | by Elle Keaton
Angels of the Night (The Base Book 3) Book 3 of 3: The Base | by H.M. Wolfe and Evera Ellis
Lore and Lust: Queer Vampire Romance Series Book One Book 1 of 1: Lore and Lust | by Karla Nikole
Out of the Ashes (Asheville Arcana Book 1) Book 1 of 1: Asheville Arcana | by Rachel Langella
Tales from the Bottom of My Sole (182) (Essential Prose Series) by David Kingston Yeh
Good as Hell by Clancy Nacht and Thursday Euclid
Diva by Barrett Magill
Deathscape by Adrian J. Smith
Sleepwalker (Tangled Leash Book 2) Part of: Tangled Leash (2 Books) | by Rachel Ember
Land and Sea (The Seafarer and The Soldier Book 1) by Nick Van Der Wateren
A Chequered Romance (The Chequered Romance Series Book 1) by Lawson Brook
Bittersweet Truth (The Patricians Book 3) Book 3 of 3: The Patricians | by R.G. Angel
With Caution: With or Without by J.L. Langley
Living For It: A Why Choose Bisexual Romance (Dark Obsessions 3) Book 3 of 3: Dark Obsessions | by D. S. Dane
Within My Reach: A Sapphic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion by Amy Blythe
The Monster in Blackwood Forest (Mortal Choice Book 1) by Drue M. Scott and Shad Engkilterra
Jonathan’s Letter: An LGBTQ+ Story by Blake R. Wolfe and Taiylor R. Wallace
Garden of Eden (The Elysian Chronicles Book 1) Book 1 of 1: The Elysian Chronicles | by Hellie Heat
The Girl in the Boston Box: A Mystery Times Two by Chuck Latovich
Must Love Silence: A Lesbian Romance by Lucy Bexley
Redemption: Fire & Brimstone Scroll 5 (Gay Paranormal Romance) Book 5 of 5: Fire & Brimstone Scroll | by Nikole Knight
Like Grim Death: A Lake Cliff Adjacent Romance by K. Sterling
The Dinner Party : making life-long love connections (Jimson Murders Book 2) Book 2 of 2: Jimson Murders | by B.L. Wilson , LLPix Design, et al.
Touch of Magic (Mages of Ravenshire, #1): An Urban Fantasy Gay Romance Book 1 of 1: Mages of Ravenshire | by Stella Rainbow
Paid to Pretend (Delphic Agency Book 5) Book 5 of 5: Delphic Agency | by Romilly King
A different form of oxygen (Nerds and Tattoos Book 2) Book 2 of 2: Nerds and Tattoos | by Ashlynn Mills
Waiting on Life Book 1 of 1: Waiting | by Parker Williams and Tricia Kristufek
Queen’s Gambit (QUINN AND ALEXANDRA Book 3) by Catherine Tramell
Flip Turn by Dean Cornwall
The First Morning After (A Sharp Shin Romance Book 1) by Marie Lark
War of Splendor: A Reverse Harem Epic Fantasy (The Peacequeen Series Book 3) Book 3 of 3: The Peacequeen Series | by Eve Bradley
The Red Cape Man: An new version of a classic tale by E. N. Andrade
Songs of the Earth (Sumeria’s Sons Book 2) by Lexi Ander
Kryillos (Ascension Book 7) by Hayden West
The Mounting Block (stable tales) by Darragha Foster
A Vast, Untethered Ocean by Rd Pires
Shiver by Jay Lang
And Then They Were Three (9 Willow Street Book 1) by Nell Iris
His Temporary Manny: An M/M Mpreg Romance (Manny’s Mannies Book 10) Book 10 of 10: Manny’s Mannies | by Lorelei M. Hart
A Mate for Hudson: An MM Mpreg Shifter Romance (Omegas of Animals Book 2) by Lorelei M. Hart
The Cyclist – Second in Series – At His Place: At His Place by Bo Conti
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