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The Archers Heart by Astrid Amara

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By Astrid Amara
Tags: Fantasy, series, drama, warrior, magic, romance, Amara, August, review, good, intrigue, politics, mm slash, mm romance, new relationship, established relationship, angst
Series: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3 (From what I can tell, this book was broken up into three parts for e-book release. Honestly, I'm not really sure why. I think it would have had a much more complete feel if it has been kept as one volume. The story really is one  continuous narrative.)
Length: 656 pages
Rating: Good

Blurb: In the ancient kingdom of Marhavad, noblemen dominate the lower castes, wielding mystic weapons, known as shartas, against any who oppose them.  For generations the rule of Marhavad’s kings has been absolute. But now the line of succession is divided, and whispers of revolution are heard in even the royal palace.

Keshan Adaru, an outspoken man of unearthly charms, welcomes these changes. All his life he has foreseen an uprising that will shatter the castes and end the tyranny of the old laws.  His visions have driven him but now, at the brink of their fulfillment, he finds himself obsessed with Prince Jandu Paran– a man whose entire family must be destroyed if the kingdom is to be freed.

Tarek Amia would gladly see Jandu Paran brought low. Born the son of a charioteer, Tarek  has no love for the royal princes who have slighted and insulted him all his life. Only Keshan’s philosophies have elevated him from the brutal ranks of common soldiers. Tarek owes Keshan his devotion, but he is a pragmatic man and when he discovers Keshan’s reckless affair he realizes that Keshan may have to be sacrificed for the sake of his own revolution.

Young Prince Jandu Paran has never concerned himself with court intrigue.  His life has been dedicated to the lordly art of archery and mastering the immense powers of the shartas. Handsome and arrogant, he is sure that no man can surpass him and yet Keshan Adaru’s mere touch brings Jandu to his knees. But his desire for Keshan is more than forbidden; it threatens to destroy Jandu’s pride, position and family.  In the midst of this turmoil, an unspeakable event forces Jandu to redefine the meaning of honor and loyalty.

And now, as armies arise to war, each man must decide where his allegiance lies and what he will sacrifice in his heart and on the battlefield.

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The Winds of Chance (Legends 1: The Fall of the Atlantean Empire) windsofchance_400
By Mel Keegan
Tags: Fantasy, mm romance, mm slash, adventure, drama, magic, mythology, prince, hiding, review, august, Keegan, series, good
Length: 175 pages
Rating: Fun
Blurb: In an era of storm and chaos, One will be born who will command the Power, but the ancient magic that flows in his veins like blood is his curse as well as his gift.

In this time of cataclysm and ordeal, the upstart Empire of Vayal has placed a bounty on the heads of all scions of the lineage of Diomedas, for the oracle foretold the doom of Vayal, and it rides on the shoulders of the One.

He lives and breathes already, hiding the old city of Zeheft and in the slowly drowning outlands. He is Faunos Phinneas Aeson, still dangerously young -- and he has one dread: the witchfinders of Vayal, who are charged with the hunting of those like himself.

Twenty years, Faunos has hidden and learned, until the gods of sea, storm and earth destroy Zeheft --and one night destiny brings Vayal's young witchfinder to the camps of the water gypsies, where a youth like Faunos should never have been. Galen lies dying; the City of the Sun is celebrating the coming of age of Soran -- althlete, hunter, beautiful as the night, Vayal's heir and greatest witchfinder ...

The Empire of the Atlantan has one slender chance to survive, and its struggle will begin on this night.

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Black Dog Blues (Kai Graven Series)
By Rhys Ford
Tags: Urban fantasy, fantasy, magic, Sidhe, adventure, drama, bounty hunter, new relationship, review, August, Ford, paranormal, action
Series: Book 1
Length: 227 pages
Rating: Good

Blurb: Ever since he’d been part of the pot in a high-stakes poker game, elfin outcast Kai Gracen figured he’d used up any good karma he had when Dempsey, a human Stalker, won the hand and took him in. Following the violent merge of Earth and Underhill, the human and elfin races were left with a messy, monster-ridden world and Stalkers were often the only cavalry willing to ride to someone’s rescue when something shadowy and dark moved into the neighbourhood.

There certainly were no shortage of monsters or people stupidly willing to become lunch for one.

It was a hard life but one Kai liked. And he was good at it. Killing monsters was easy. Especially since he was one himself.

After an accident retired Dempsey out, Kai set up permanent shop in San Diego, contracting out to the local SoCalGov depot. It was a decent life, filled with bounty, a few friends and most importantly, no other elfin around to remind him he wasn’t really human.

That was until a sidhe lord named Ryder arrives in San Diego and Kai is conscripted to do a job for Ryder’s fledgling Dawn Court. It was supposed to a simple run; head up the coast during dragon-mating season to retrieve a pregnant human woman seeking sanctuary with the new Court then back to San Diego. Easy, quick and best of all, profitable. But Ryder’s “simple” run leads to massive trouble and Kai ends up being caught in the middle of a deadly bloodline feud he has no hope of escaping.

No one ever got rich by being a Stalker. But then hardly any of them got old either. The way things were looking, it didn’t look like Kai was going to be the exception.


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Faire Fugitive by Madeleine Ribbon

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By Madeleine Ribbon
Tags: Fantasy, magic, urban fantasy, modern fantasy, mm romance, suspense, drama, new relationship, Renn Faire, good, review, August, Ribbon, paranormal, more, magical realism
Length: 201 pages
Rating: Good

Blurb: Devin visits the Renaissance Faire with one goal in mind: to pickpocket enough money for another cross-country dash. His would-be killer is on his tail again, and he needs to get the hell out of town. Once inside the gates, he finds himself under the scrutiny of Ezra, the handsome bartender. But Devin is on a mission, and while he relieves the costumed masses of their money, he also steals a magical amulet from a seemingly-abandoned jewelry case.

An amulet that happens to be Ezra's.

Devin's hunter corners him before he can skip town, but Devin escapes with his life and a nasty bullet wound to one arm. He passes out in his car. When he regains consciousness, he finds himself at the mercy of the man he'd stolen from. A man interested in a lot more than the return of his property...


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Zero at the Bone by Jane Seville

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By Jane Seville
Tags: MM slash, witness, protective custody, new relationship, hit man, drama, hurt and comfort, suspense, safe house, new relationship, mystery, angst, review, July, Seville
Length: 308 pages
Rating: Okay

Blurb: After witnessing a mob hit, surgeon Jack Francisco is put into protective custody to keep him safe until he can testify. A hitman known only as D is blackmailed into killing Jack, but when he tracks him down, his weary conscience won't allow him to murder an innocent man. Finding in each other an unlikely ally, Jack and D are soon on the run from shadowy enemies.

Forced to work together to survive, the two men forge a bond that ripens into unexpected passion. Jack sees the wounded soul beneath D's cold, detached exterior, and D finds in Jack the person who can help him reclaim the man he once was. As the day of Jack's testimony approaches, he and D find themselves not only fighting for their lives... but also fighting for their future. A future together.
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Shades of Gray by Brooke McKinley

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By Brooke McKinley (audio)
Tags: Contemporary, adventure, under cover, cops, safe house, new relationship, audio, suspense, drama, violence, fbi, witness, McKinley, review, July, mm romance, mm slash
Length: 310 pages
Rating:  Good
Blurb: Miller Sutton, a by-the-book FBI agent, is starting to see some troubling shades of gray in his black-and-white world. He comes face-to-face with his doubts in the person of Danny Butler, a mid-level drug runner Miller hopes to use to catch a much larger fish: Roberto Hinestroza, a drug lord Miller has pursued for years.

Danny has no interest in being a witness against his boss, both out of a sense of twisted loyalty and because he knows double-crossing Hinestroza is a sure death sentence. But he reluctantly agrees to cooperate, and as he suspects, it doesn’t take long for Hinestroza to figure out the betrayal.

Miller is surprised to discover Danny's not the career-criminal lowlife he expected; at the same time, Danny finds himself helplessly attracted to Miller's innate goodness. They barely begin to explore the sparking attraction between them when Hinestroza's hitman tracks them down, and then they're on the run, both for their lives and for any kind of love.

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Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell

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By Rowan Speedwell
Tags: Contemporary, MM romance, cowboy, ranch, horses, new relationship, hurt and comfort, suicide, angst, drama, romance, Speedwell, review, July, undercover, recovery
Length: 216 pages
Rating: Good

Blurb: Three years undercover with one of the worst gangs in the country left FBI agent Joshua Chastain shattered. Battling nightmares and addiction, he leaves the concrete jungle for New Mexico horse country, hoping to start over on his uncle’s ranch.

Foreman Eli Kelly spends his life rehabilitating abused animals, and Joshua is just another lost soul. But as Joshua slowly begins to put his life back together, Eli realizes that Joshua is a lot more than his newest project.

Joshua’s plan seems to work—maybe a fresh start was just what he needed. Then, just when he has finally found a sense of peace, crime and hatred nearly destroy all his hard work. Forcing him to reevaluate what he wants out his relationship with Eli and his own life.

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The Stolen Luck by Shawna Reppert

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By Shawna Reppert
Tags: MM romance, mm slash, adventure, slavery, elves, fantasy, new relationship, drama, angst, suspense, magic, quest, Reppert, review, July, honor
Length: 211 pages
Rating: Sweet/Good
Blurb: How far will a good man go to save his home and loved ones?
Lord James Dupree must recover his family's stolen Luck, the elven talisman that has protected the Dupree lands for generations. Without the talisman, the Dupree vineyards are failing and creditors are closing in. The Luck is his only hope of saving his home and his family from poverty and ruin.
Despite his abhorrence of slavery, James wins an elven slave in a game of cards. The slave, Loren, provides the only chance to enter the Lands Between and recover the stolen Luck. Despite James's assurances and best intentions, Loren does not trust his new master and James finds it all too easy to slip into the role of slave master when Loren defies him.
As the two work together through hardship and danger, James finds himself falling in love with Loren. And when a hidden enemy moves against them, he must choose between his responsibility to his family and his own soul.

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Oracle by RJ Scott

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By RJ Scott
Series: Oracle, Book of Secrets
Tags: Current, modern fantasy, mythology, mystery, suspense, new relationship, magic, mm romance, soul mates, July, review, Scott, series,
Length: 199 pages
Rating: Okayish
Blurb: Alex Sheridan. An empath with no memory of his early childhood. His body is covered in patterns and scars.

Luke MacKinnon. A professor of ancient languages. The US Army knows he is the person to find answers. Words in an ancient script leading them to a weapon to win the war to end all wars. Others want Luke to find the Oracle for revenge as old as time.

The legend. The power of the Oracle returning after fifty generations, sent by the Gods on Olympus. When Alex and Luke meet there is more than just lust between them.

There is a connection they cannot understand but how can they survive the evil that wants the Oracle?

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Different Senses by Ann Somerville

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By Ann Somerville
Tags: MM romance, mm slash, suspense, mystery, drama, adventure, established relationship, new relationship, angst, short stories, fantasy, review, July, Somerville
Length: 563 pages
Rating: Good

Blurb: Being shot triggered Javen's genetic empathy. As a result, he lost his career and his lover.

Now he has to adjust to losing the job and the man he loved, as well as a unsuspected racial heritage.

Born to privilege, his search for a new career brings him in repeated contact with the despised banis race, and he finds himself drawn towards the people and their concerns.

[Complete Volume-Parts I & II]

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