Genre: LGBT

ARC Review ~ All the Better Part of Me ~ Molly Ringle

ARC Review ~ All the Better Part of Me ~ Molly Ringle

All the Better Part of Me was a rather heartwarming read. Witnessing Sinter figure out his sexuality and deal with the repercussions was compelling even if I did get frustrated with him at times. He was, in all honesty, doing the best he could given the “tools” he had. Highlights: Characters Sinter immediately captivated me. His love of 80’s music, Shakespeare, and emo-style of dressing felt familiar and comfortable. And his career as an actor made his flair for the dramatic realistic. I adored Sinter’s best friend, Andy. He was such a perfect fit for Sinter…understanding, supportive, all the things a best friend should be. The supporting cast was pretty great as well. From Fiona and Sebastian to Daniel and […]

Posted 18 September, 2019 by Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 4 Comments
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Audio Review ~ Due Diligence ~ Anna Zabo

Audio Review ~ Due Diligence ~ Anna Zabo

Due Diligence was a relevant and engaging listen. Although it’s the thrid in the series, it works as standalone. However, characters from the previous books are present and are interesting enough that I want to know their stories. I did have a few issues but overall my introduction to AZabo and IToma was a good one! What Worked: Characters I liked Fazil and Todd. They’d been involved in high school but broke up when Fazil left for college. Their reunion was unexpected but they definitely still had chemistry. I liked how AZabo demonstrated how their upbringings and their families impacted their personalities. And I admired how she conveyed their flaws and the ways in which they caused problems for themselves […]

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Blogger Wife Chat Review: Home Improvement – Tara Lain

Blogger Wife Chat Review: Home Improvement – Tara Lain

Home Improvement was yet another sweet, hot, and deep story by Ms. Lain, in my opinion. I loved how Gabe and Jerry met. And I loved Ellie even more. What did you think of this one, wifey? OH good golly! I certainly enjoyed this one, wifey! I loved the characters and I appreciated the messages offered, especially the one about being genuine. I’m not sure how Lain does it, but her characters always, always feel so relatable to me. And that’s also something I felt with Home Improvement. Even if they’re all very different from me, I felt connected to them – you know? I know exactly what you’re saying. No, neither of us is a single-dad, gay home improvement […]

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Blogger Wife Chat Review: Cowboys Don’t Samba – Tara Lain (@TaraLain @VivianaIzzo)

Blogger Wife Chat Review: Cowboys Don’t Samba – Tara Lain (@TaraLain @VivianaIzzo)

Cowboys Don’t Samba took a little while to take off for me, wifey, but once it did – it really did! What did you think of the beginning of Maury’s story? I have to say TLain pulled me in from the start, wifey. Maybe because I just knew where she was going with Maury’s story. Whatever it was, I enjoyed Maury from the get-go!   As always, Lain managed to bring more to the story than romance and bull-riding! I loved how different Tristao and Maury appeared at the beginning of the story, and especially the rivalry between Tristao’s older brother and Maury. Which stemmed from stereo-typing and preconception in my opinion. Yes! I admired how TLain incorporated the Latino/Mexican […]

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Blogger Wife Chat Release Day Review ~ Hidden Powers ~ Tara Lain @TaraLain @ViviannaIzzo

Blogger Wife Chat Release Day Review ~ Hidden Powers ~ Tara Lain @TaraLain @ViviannaIzzo

Hidden Powers wasn’t exactly was I was expecting since I didn’t realize it was YA/NA, but TLain exceeded any other expectations I had by taking on another facet of PNR – younger characters. The result was exciting, entertaining, and suspenseful! I didn’t realize that either, but I really loved that it was! Plus, it was nice to see some familiar characters from the Harker pack! First things first, wifey… This is the start of a new series yet it’s a spinoff of TLain’s Harker series. I haven’t read that series and while I did realize these characters had already been introduced but I never felt lost. And it certainly didn’t take away from my enjoyment of Hidden Powers. I believe […]

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New Release Review ~ The Case of the Voracious Vintner ~ Tara Lain

New Release Review ~ The Case of the Voracious Vintner ~ Tara Lain

The Case of the Voracious Vintner proved TLain’s writing prowess as she delivered an entertaining cozy mystery  while also delivering on all the other elements I’ve come to expect from her M/M romances. Highlights: Main Characters Beau Marchand is the epitome of a well-bred Southern gentleman. He’s charming, loyal to family and friends, and would rather live under the misperception he’s a “confirmed bachelor who never met the right lady” than admit to his family he’s gay. That is until he meets Jeremy Aames. Beau and Jeremy met because they’re both vintners who own small wineries. Jeremy is out and proud and although he’s interested in Beau, he thinks Beau is straight. The two of them start spending time together […]

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Review: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

Review: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of the best YA books ever! I loved all the characters, they were so realistic. And I loved the dilemmas Simon and Blue faced with realizing they were gay. This is a book I’m getting for the library at the school where I teach, I think every teenager should read it. Story: I don’t think there’s much I can say about Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda that hasn’t been said before. Simon is just the perfect character in a young adult story. He’s a little awkward. A little obsessed with himself and his own problems – even if he loves his friends and his family. And he’s more than a little […]

Posted 21 February, 2018 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 24 Comments
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Review: Undone By You – Kate Meader

Review: Undone By You – Kate Meader

Undone By You shows a different side of the Chicago Rebels, and none of the sisters is the main character here. That role was Cade and Dante’s. And wow, did they play it well! Story: I loved how we got a hockey player tentatively starting something with the Chicago Rebels’ new GM. Their romance was very realistic, especially in light of Cade wanting to stay in the closet – at least for a while longer. Undone By You shows how two quite different men can feel completely unravelled by each other – whiles till playing their cards very close to the vest. Characters: Dante is comfortable in his own skin, openly gay, ever since he stopped playing hockey and started […]

Posted 14 February, 2018 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 16 Comments
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Blogtour Review : Snow Balls – Tara Lain

Blogtour Review : Snow Balls – Tara Lain

Welcome to my stop on the Snow Balls blogtour! Snow Ball was a delightful story, with a lot of light-hearted situations, albeit with some underlying themes like discrimination as well. Story: As always, Lain grabbed hold of my attention and kept it from start to finish! Snow Balls was such a sweet, but still strong story! About how difficult it can be to come out of that closet. And once that happens, all the heartache and pain that come with it. This made the beginning of a new relationship very difficult, as one of the guys was way out, while the other had more or less crawled back in. Characters: JJ was the kind of character I’d like to have […]

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Review: His Convenient Husband – Robin Covington

Review: His Convenient Husband – Robin Covington

His Convenient Husband is more than a romance, as the story shows how difficult it can be to be in the spotlight. How queer people get dragged into fights they need to fight not just for themselves, but for others as well. Story: I enjoyed His Convenient Husband a lot! There was both sports, art and romance, and I felt a deep connection to Isiah. He had been existing more than living since his husband’s death, and meeting Victor woke something deep inside of him. Raising a son on his own, while playing ball and keeping the team director and sponsors happy was hard already. Once he met Victor, things just became harder. As I said in my grabber, His […]

Posted 13 November, 2017 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 5 Comments
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