The Case of the Sexy Shakespearean (The Middlemark Mysteries #1) by Tara Lain 5*
BLURB: Dr. Llewellyn Lewis leads a double life, as both an awkward but distinguished history professor and the more flamboyant Ramon Rondell, infamous writer of sensational historical theories. It's Ramon who first sets eyes on a gorgeous young man dancing in a club, but Llewellyn who meets teaching assistant Blaise Arthur formally at an event held for wealthy socialite Anne de Vere, descendant of Edward de Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford-who some believe was the real Shakespeare. Anne wants Llewellyn to prove that claim, even though many have tried and failed. And she's willing to offer a hefty donation to the university if he succeeds.
It also means a chance for Llewellyn to get to know Blaise much better.
Not everyone thinks Llewellyn should take the case-or the money. Between feuding siblings, rival patrons, jealous colleagues, and greedy administrators, almost anyone could be trying to thwart his work... and one of them is willing to kill to do it.
When Anne de Vere turns up dead, the police believe Blaise is the murderer. Only the shy, stuttering professor who has won his heart can prove otherwise...
My Review: I was given a free copy by Enchantress Design & Promo. As most of my regular readers know I can't get enough of Tara Lain's books. They are always excellent in both character portrayal and world building, this one was no different. What was different was the lovely mystery woven within the romance. It reminded me in a small way of Agatha Christie's books, with the subtle twists and turns of the plot and it's ingenious clues and red herrings. Then of course the big denouement to tell all and nab the culprit (and no I am not saying anything else about that) right before the end. Though the end here had another subtle twist in the plot and lots of sweet and sexy romance. I am very glad that this is the first in a new series by Tara Lain as I know I will have more like this excellent book to look forward to.
oh and one more thing before I leave you to go preorder the book (it's out July 31, 2018) and that is, please don't start reading it late at night unless you can have a lie in the next day because, if you're like me, you won't be able to put it down.
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Monday, July 16, 2018
Title: A Mage's Power
Author: Casey Wolfe
Series: The Inquisition Trilogy, Book One
Series: The Inquisition Trilogy, Book One
Heat Level: 2 - Fade to Black Sex
Length: 70800 words
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: July 16, 2018
Genre: Paranormal, mages, witches, shifters, dark, magic
Built on the bones of an ancient city, modern-day Everstrand is where master mage, Rowan, has set up his enchantment shop. When not hanging out with his werewolf best friend, Caleb, or studying, he dabbles in herbology and the controversial practice of blood magic. A prodigy who has already earned two masters, Rowan’s bound and determined to reach the distinction of grandmaster, a mage who obtains a masters in all five Schools of Magic.
Shaw works for the Inquisition, the organization charged with policing the magical races collectively known as magicae. Recently, it has come under scrutiny as magicae begin to disappear and reports of violence increase. With secrets of his own on the line, Shaw is willing to risk everything to find out just what is going on behind all the locked doors.
When Rowan and Shaw are entangled in each other’s worlds, it becomes evident that their hearts are as much at risk as their lives. They must find the truth and stop a conspiracy before it’s too late.
Author of gay romantic fiction, from contemporary to paranormal and everything in between.
For Casey, existence equals writing. History nerd, film enthusiast, music lover, avid gamer, and just an all-around geek. Add in an unapologetic addiction to loose-leaf tea and you get the general picture. Married, with furry four-legged children, Casey lives happily in the middle of nowhere Ohio.
Title: The Dragon's Thief
Author: Riza Curtis
Length: 20,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Riza Curtis
Release Date: 6 July 2018.
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Chester. Magpie shifter, renowned thief.Chester knows better than to get involved when a dragon requests his services. Anyone who steals from a dragon's hoard is not to be screwed with. There's something alluring about Michal though, and Chester's always loved playing with fire...
Michal. Dragon shifter, first-born son.
Michal knows exactly who's taken the centrepiece of his hoard—his estranged brother. The one person he can't touch thanks to family politics. It seems simple enough to hire the little magpie shifter to retrieve what is his. But, Chester is nothing like Michal expected, and in the end he might need to decide whether the last piece of his mother is worth more than the man who could own his heart.
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Riza began writing stories at a young age to the
annoyance delight of anyone she could b ully persuade to read them. Now somewhat older, if not wiser, things haven't really changed.
Riza lives in England where they enjoy adding extra letters to words, tea, and discussing the weather (it's always raining). She has a FdSci in Manufacturing Engineering and is currently working towards her BEng. When she's not writing, studying or doing her day job, Riza is obsessed with target archery and enjoys shooting barebow.
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