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AudioBook Review: ‘Treasure Trail’ By Morgan Brice


TitleTreasure Trail
Series: Treasure Trail #1
Author: Morgan Brice
NarratorJohn Solo
Published: June 26, 2019
Audio: September 22, 2020
Publisher: Self-Published/Darkwind Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance; Erotic Romance; Paranormal Romance; Mystery/Thriller; Urban Fantasy
Length: 7 Hours and 12 Minutes/259 Pages
Tags: Gay; M/M; Fated Lovers; Law Enforcement; Paranormal: Ghosts and Witches; Second Chance; Tattoos/Piercings; Wounded Warrior; Audiobook; CW: Abduction, Assault, Violence, Off-Page Murder

Review by Toni at Kimmers Erotic Book Banter

Morgan Brice has a new paranormal mystery series, and Treasure Trail proves to be just as entertaining as the rest of her novels! Fans of Ms. Brice’s Badlands series are going to be happy to see a few familiar characters pop up, but you definitely don’t need to read those books to fully enjoy Treasure Trail.

Both these main characters have recently relocated to Cape May, New Jersey, and they share way more in common than just being newbies in town. Not only do Erik and Ben both have prior experience in law enforcement, each man has supernatural abilities as well! Throughout the entire story these characters’ skills come into play, which puts them on an even playing field and adds an element to their relationship I really enjoy.

Morgan Brice also has a new narrator on board for the Treasure Trail series, and what a great match John Solo is for this style of story! In addition to his skills in the romance genre, Mr. Solo sure knows how to build the tension in a thriller like this one. The pace builds steadily in Treasure Trail, and the climax of the mystery is almost as great as the final (and much anticipated) romantic scene between Erik and Ben.

Morgan Brice has a new paranormal mystery series, and ‘Treasure Trail’ proves to be just as entertaining as the rest of her novels! What a great match John Solo is for this style of story! [He] sure knows how to build the tension in a thriller like this one. 

Ms. Brice always includes interesting tid-bits about the physical locations in her novels, and expertly explores the lore surrounding historic Cape May peninsula. Between notable landmarks, charming tourist haunts, and the quirky townies, we get a real sense of the flavor of this unique and exceptional area.

There are some intriguing supporting characters introduced in Treasure Trail and I hope we see more of them. Plus, I’ve got my fingers crossed we’ll get continual contributions from several of the characters from the Badlands novels. I’m enjoying the direction this series is headed and I’m looking forward to wherever it takes us.

An audiobook copy of Treasure Trail was provided to Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter, by Gay Book Promotions, at no cost and with no expectations in return. We offer our fair and honest opinion on behalf of our readers.

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LGBTQ Author Joshua Whitehead’s Debut Novel Makes ‘Canada Reads’ List

Joshua Whitehead’s debut novel Jonny Appleseed is one of four books on the Canada Reads list that are written by LGBTQ people.

There was something wonderfully queer about the short list of books Canada Reads announced for its 20th edition. After last year’s winner We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib, Canada Reads has continued to prove just how much queer storytelling is leading the field of contemporary Canadian literature. Four of the five books selected this year were written by LGBTQ authors — including Joshua Whitehead’s transcendent and powerful debut novel Jonny Appleseed

Released in 2018 by Arsenal Pulp Press, Jonny Appleseed comes to Canada Reads with a considerable set of laurels already attached to it. It won the Lambda Literary Award, the Amazon Canada First Novel Award and the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction. It was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. It was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. And now it will compete on CBC’s annual battle of the books, with actor and filmmaker Devery Jacobs championing it on the show.

Peter KnegtCBC News

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Book Review: ‘His Compass’ By Con Riley


Title: His Compass
Series: His Contemporary M/M Romance #2
Author: Con Riley
Published: January 14, 2021
Publisher: Self-Published/Figment Ink
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow Designs
Genre: Erotic Romance; Contemporary Romance
Length: 306 Pages
Tags: Gay; M/M; May/December; Angst; Forced Proximity; Maritime; Self-Discovery; Workplace Romance; HEA; Standalone

4-heart Review by Toni at Kimmers Erotic Book Banter

His Compass, by Con Riley, is a heart wrenching and highly emotional tale that took me by surprise and left me so glad I took a chance on a new to me author. Part of the standalone His Contemporary M/M Romance series, this reader will definitely be taking an additional peek! 

This strongly character-driven book has so much depth and carefully unravels the personality and history of the protagonists, so it engages and captures the reader’s imagination. You see and feel the development of the relationship along with Nick and Tom.

Tom is our seasoned skipper: used to being on his own and dedicated to his work with his number one golden rule – never to sleep with the crew. A stoic and serious man, he can be relied upon to tell it how it is and to not accept any nonsense.

Con Riley creates a fascinating world on the back of a yacht and one that many readers will thoroughly enjoy, if they like a deeper delve into backstories and motivations behind the actions of their leading men.

Nick needs a chance: he just wants to learn to be a deckhand and be able to contribute. He knows he’s let others down before (Tom included) and he is sure he’ll do so again. But if he can just get Tom’s strong guidance, maybe he’ll learn something this time and be useful.

The slow plot development helps to build layers of emotional sentimentality, critical to making this story such a success. I am enamoured by the complex and deeply woven storylines, with so much invested into each characters’ history. It certainly makes for a gripping read and takes the reader to a deeper level in connecting with the characters.

His Compass has complexity and an engaging plot with mysterious undertones which builds to a hard-to-put-down finale. Con Riley creates a fascinating world on the back of a yacht and one that many readers will thoroughly enjoy, if they like a deeper delve into backstories and motivations behind the actions of their leading men.

A copy of His Compass was provided to Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter, by Con Riley, at no cost and with no expectations in return. We offer our fair and honest opinion on behalf of our readers.

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Queer Fat Characters Featured in These Queer Fat Positive Books

These eight queer books feature queer fat characters in all their glory.

Books about queer fat characters is one topic I can’t believe we haven’t covered yet in Ask Your Friendly Neighborhood Lesbrarian!

Below are eight books — fiction, nonfiction, and one book of poetry — all featuring queer fat characters in all their glory: teen superheroes, fashionista bloggers, bisexual nannies, lesbian home economists, self-deprecating humorists, wannabe K-Pop stars, and more! Genres include contemporary YA, romance, fantasy, performance poetry, literary fiction, and personal essays.

Casey Autostraddle

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Book Review: ‘Fake Friends’ By Saxon James


Title: Fake Friends
Series: Never Just Friends #2
Author: Saxon James
Published: December 28, 2020
Publisher: Self-Published/May Books 
Genre: Erotic Romance; Contemporary Romance
Length: 354 Pages
Tags: Gay; M/M; Pansexual; Friends to Lovers; Second Chance; Coming Out; Fake Relationship; Family Drama; CW: Homophobia; Suicidal Thoughts; Standalone

5-heart review by Toni at Kimmers Erotic Book Banter

Fake Friends isn’t your typical fake relationship trope as it involves a second chance storyline with extra emotional baggage for our two troubled men who are brilliantly written by Saxon James.

If you can enjoy the emotional journey of a man so far out of a deep closet that he may as well be in Narnia, you will find your heartstrings plucked as strongly as mine were. As Rowan’s fragile psychological sense of self builds, it is both heart wrenching and beautiful to read.

And Circus is not without scars either. He is deeply lonely and fills his need for attachment with social media and online interactions, mostly with strangers. He still carries heavy weights from the loss of his parents and hides this burden from his friends.

If you can enjoy the emotional journey of a man so far out of a deep closet that he may as well be in Narnia, you will find your heartstrings plucked as strongly as mine were. 

When Circus needs a second person to fulfill a contract with a clothing company, he runs out of options until Rowan volunteers. After consulting the Magic 8-Ball (who wouldn’t, right?) a series of interactions and decisions made in the heat of the moment build a delicate relationship between the previously close men. To the locals, their friendship is reforming after a separation at the conclusion of school. But behind closed doors both men find themselves questioning their identities and their futures they had thought were clear.

Even though it sounds like Fake Friends would be a heavy read, Saxon James brings levity and fun to the story through clever dialogue and sharp-witted characters. The second title in the Never Just Friends series, this edition easily reads as a standalone.

A copy of Fake Friends was provided to Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter, by Gay Romance Reviews, at no cost and with no expectations in return. We offer our fair and honest opinion on behalf of our readers.

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