Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Book Review & GIVEAWAY: In Vino Veritas by Sydney Blackburn

Anthony Beretta inherited the family winery at the tender age of twenty-four. It’s a struggle to keep it up, but he loves it and is determined to make it work even if it kills him. That is, if a motorcyclist doesn’t kill him first. He initially judges the man, attractive as he may be, on the basis of his appearance and apparently limited vocabulary. He soon discovers he’s wrong, but by then Oscar Kennett has already judged Anthony on his appearance.

Oscar thinks Tony Beretta is uptight and snobbish, and Tony’s speech for the charity they’re working on together reinforces that, even when he finds out Tony did it just to push his buttons. His adorable curls and sexy glasses might not be enough to change his mind, but maybe there’s more to Tony than meets the eye.

This is a no-fuss, no muss book with likable characters and low angst. Of course, the characters do have their moments when they let their feelings, rather than logic, overtake them, but all in all, it was very pleasant and enjoyable; a great summer read!

3.5 stars 
I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided my honest review.

~ M

Monday, August 13, 2018

Heaven is a Taste on Earth by alittlebriton

Heaven is a Taste on Earth by alittlebriton

When pastry chef, Alec Lightwood, receives news that he's been commissioned to bake a birthday cake for world-renowned chef, Magnus Bane, his world is turned upside down. Not only does Alec greatly admire Magnus, but he also harbors a small (okay, HUGE) crush on him. There's just one problem. Magnus has a longtime girlfriend.

This is an outstanding story that had me glued to my iPad screen. I adored the universe alittlebriton created and how they portrayed our favorite shadow and downworld characters in this delightful AU. It also doesn't hurt that the author describes the food so eloquently and vividly. I can definitely tell alittlebriton is a fellow foodie.

Malec + Food = AWESOME! 😁

Definitely give this wonderful story a try. You won't be disappointed! The only downside is that I've had Belinda Carlisle's Heaven is a Place on Earth stuck in my head for days! 😆

~ M

photo credit: People Magazine

Monday, August 6, 2018

Riddle Me This, Riddle Me That by candidshot

Riddle Me This, Riddle Me That by candidshot

Magnus and Alec spend a relaxing moment at home, away from the drama and craziness outside.

This is a very quick read, but it gave me that warm and fuzzy feeling when it finished. I loved reading this slice of life story that showed real intimacy between our favorite warlock/shadowhunter couple. It's the kind of thing Malec fans love to see, and I know you'll love it too!
~ M
artwork credit: noksindra

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: The Music of Love by Sandine Tomas

Length: 70,870 words

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Design: Bree Archer

Sometimes the music of love skips a beat….

Paralegal by day, musician by night, Julian has an expiration date stamped on his forehead when it comes to love. No relationship has made it past a year, so Julian avoids romance like the plague and concentrates on his music instead.

Which works fine until gorgeous, smart, and funny Zachary joins Julian’s firm. One look at the man and Julian knows he’s dangerous. No matter what, he can’t fall for Zachary. He has to spare Zachary the pain of dumping Julian at the one-year mark. His brilliant plan? Ask a straight friend to pose as his significant other to keep Zachary away. Not surprisingly, his scheme does little to dampen the attraction—on either side.

When Zachary gives Julian a second chance despite his deception, Julian thinks his curse might be broken. But then he’s faced with the impossible choice between a life with Zachary and living his dream of touring with the band….

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

I ❤️ Yaoi: Happy Yaoi Day...And Happy Birthday, Hazuki Nagisa!

Happy Yaoi Day!!!

Not only is it Hazuki Nagisa's birthday, but it's also National Yaoi Day! Here's a little blurb from Wikipedia explaining why August 1st has this honor: "In Japan, the term yaoi is occasionally written as 801,[22] which can be read as yaoi through Japanese wordplay:[9] the short reading of the number eight is 'ya', zero can be read as "o" (a western influence), while the short reading for one is 'i'.[23]"

Let your fujoshi/fundanshi flag fly today by reading one of your favorite mangas or watching a cool BL anime! Not sure what to read, check out some of my yaoi reviews and recommendations.

Hazuki Nagisa (Free!)
picture credit: Kyoto Animation

~ M

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Slippery Suds by mchotstufff

Slippery Suds by mchotstufff

While spending time with their son, Magnus and Alec are pleasantly surprised by Max's newly acquired abilities.

This is a delightful slice of life story featuring the Lightwood-Bane family. Nothing incredibly extraordinary happens, but it's a sweet read that will warm your heart and make you fall even deeper in love with this adorable family.

~ M

artwork credit: ediewirt

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Savour by irisadler

Savour by irisadler

Alec never particularly paid much attention to what he ate or the art of enjoying good food, but then he met Magnus, who opened up his world, and senses, to the incredible sensuality of food.

As a foodie, I definitely enjoyed this one shot. It's not often that someone takes the time to really describe the nuances of various foods and I really appreciated isisadler taking the time to show Alec, and readers, just how sexy a good meal can be, especially when you share it with someone you love. Give this quick read a try! It'll have your mouth watering in more ways than one. 😉

~ M

photo credit: Freeform