As we approach the tail end of the year, and we enter the silly season of parties, celebrations and general busyness, it is more important than ever to kick back, relax and take a little downtime. I relax best with books. And when life gets hectic and I need a little time out, I find losing myself in an engaging story is the cure for most ills.
So here are a few books that I have read recently that are worth exploring. A diverse range of mystery, romance and even a little kink to keep you amused!
“Organic Chemistry” by Andrew Grey
Andrew Grey is a master of creating engaging, relatable, loveable characters that a reader can really latch on to. His “Chemistry” trilogy starts with Organic Chemistry which is a delightful opposites attract story that I have read and reread several times.
Brendon’s entire life revolves around his work. The boy genius, who became a college professor in his early twenties, knows everything – except how to relate to other people. So when the handsome Josh, an assistant football coach, tries to win his heart, Brendon has no idea what to do.
Josh comes from a family of highly successful professionals. Rather than following their dreams of him becoming a doctor or a lawyer, Josh disappoints them by following his own dreams of coaching football. But some of the players aren’t too happy having an openly gay assistant coach. But meeting a shy, nervous, young professor changes everything and brightens up his world.
Can Brendon and Josh overcome their differences, work problems and family expectations – and can such obviously different men find the common ground needed to find love?
A fun, sweet and easy read. Lighthearted and perfect for brightening your day. Highly recommended.
“How To Train Your Dom In 5 Easy Steps” by Josephine Myles
This one is a bit of an oddball entry. Kinky, funny, heartwarming and quintessentially English, How To Train Your Dom In 5 Easy Steps is not your usual romantic tale. Josephine Myles writes the most wonderful books featuring quirky characters, bawdy humour and very British idiosyncrasies. If you haven’t experienced her writing before, this one is a great choice if you don’t mind a bit of kink/BDSM.
Jeff is an amateur Dom, newly single after a long term vanilla relationship, and desperate to find the submissive girl of his dreams. But so far, his search has been going very badly. A mishap during a recent hookup has left him a laughing stock in the local kink community. When his best mate and fellow Dom suggests meeting up with Eddie, a kinky male sub with virtually no limits, to get some practice, Jeff is immediately offended. He’s not gay. But he does need to learn to do things properly. It’s just lessons. That’s not gay, right?
Eddie has accepted that finding Mr Right is never going to happen, and that getting his kicks through a string of casual hookups is the best he can hope for. So when his friend asks if he’d be willing to show a straight Dom the ropes (so to speak) he’s keen. But the rude, gruff and seriously undertrained Jeff is a challenge. And the more time they spend together, the more Eddie feels himself falling for the big lug. But he’s straight. This can’t lead anywhere, can it?
Through weekly meetups, Jeff and Eddie quickly discover a lot about each other and themselves. Things aren’t as simple as either one thought, and both men discover something that neither of them was looking for – and there’s no putting the genie back in the bottle…
This book features graphic kink/BDSM scenes including: bondage, corporal punishment, sadomasochism, electro play etc, so keep that in mind if that’s not your thing. It also includes laugh out loud funny moments, a healthy dose of sarcasm and two wonderfully crafted characters that you will fall in love with. One of my favourites.
“The Mystery Of The Bones” by C.S. Poe
C.S. Poe’s Snow and Winter series comes to a conclusion with Book Four, and it’s a roller coaster ride of mystery, suspense and romance.
Sebastian Snow is officially retired from his amateur sleuthing career. It’s funny how getting shot makes you reassess your priorities. Now he’s only interested in running his antique shop and planning his upcoming wedding to NYPD detective Calvin Winter.
When a psychopath attempts to draw Sebastian into a new mystery by delivering a severed human head to his shop, he manages to resist temptation and leave the sleuthing to the police. But that comes undone when the psycho begins threatening Sebastian’s friends and family.
But when Calvin goes missing, Sebastian has to throw away the rule book, defy police orders and risk everything to save the man he loves. But can he solve the killer’s mysterious puzzle, save Calvin and catch a psychopath without getting himself killed?
The Mystery Of The Bones is a thrilling conclusion to this series, one that I thoroughly enjoyed. If you haven’t read it yet, start with Book One and read the series in order. Easily one of the best series of romance/ mystery novels I’ve read in ages. I can see myself rereading this series over and over. Highly recommended.
Well, people. That’s all I have for this month. For now, I’m getting back to work on my own writing. I’ll post some more recommendations next month, so stay tuned!
Lots of Love