July Recent Reads

Hello Everyone!

This past month has been super exciting for me. The release of my latest book Hearts Unfrozen went off without a hitch, and has actually gone down as my most successful book launch to date. A very big thank you to everyone out there who picked up a copy – I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

I’ve started work on a brand new book. It’s still in the very early stages, but so far I’m having fun with it. It’s going to be the first book in a new series, but it’s also a spin off / continuation of the Men Of Melbourne series. Don’t worry – it’ll make sense eventually. Stay tuned for more news.

In slightly less fun news, the continuing misadventures of my defective spine resulted in me being in a considerable amount of pain this month. I actually ended up having to buy a new bed, which had thankfully helped to relieve some of the pain I’ve been in recently. But all that time “breaking in” my new bed has given me ample opportunity to catch up on my reading. Here are some highlights that I hope you’ll enjoy!

“How To Be A Normal Person” by T.J. Klune

T.J. Klune is quickly becoming my go-to author when I’m in the mood for something quirky and hilarious. This book had me in stitches!

Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.

Gus is not normal. And he’s fine with that. All he wants is to be left alone.

Until Casey, an asexual stoner hipster and the newest employee at Lottie’s Lattes, enters his life. For some reason, Casey thinks Gus is the greatest thing ever. And maybe Gus is starting to think the same thing about Casey, even if Casey is obsessive about Instagramming his food.

But Gus isn’t normal and Casey deserves someone who can be. Suddenly wanting to be that someone, Gus steps out of his comfort zone and plans to become the most normal person ever. After all, what could possibly go wrong?

Brilliantly constructed characters, rapid-fire witty dialogue and an engaging story that makes you say “oh, just one more chapter!” More than a few times! If you loved Klune’s At First Sight series, you’ll love this too! Highly recommended.

“City-Boy” by Beau Brown (Red Sky, Texas Book 3)

Returning to the world of non-shifter MPREG romance, this title comes from a series of standalone novels set in the fictional town of Red Sky, Texas. If you like tough, masculine Alphas, loveable Omegas and mild drama and angst – check it out!

Omega Sawyer Thornburn is having the worst day of his life. His beloved Granddad just died, and the same day he discovers his alpha, Jeremy, is a sneaky, lying cheat.

Alpha Tex Bronston grew up on The Tumbleweed Dude Ranch owned by Sawyer’s Granddad. He remembers butting heads constantly with Sawyer when the younger omega spent his summers on the ranch.

When Sawyer inherits The Tumbleweed Dude Ranch from his Granddad, he flees his cheating ex and high stress job in Los Angeles to start a new life in Red Sky, Texas.

Unfortunately, no one on the ranch wants him there.

I was anticipating a typical enemies-to-lovers story with this one, but instead I got an angsty, slightly dark tale that didn’t go where I was expecting. This is MPREG, so of course there is a HEA including a cute baby, but the journey there takes some unexpected turns…

“A Villain For Christmas” by Alice Winters

Not exactly a Christmas story (despite the title!) this one is set in a world where almost everyone has super powers of varying degrees, leading to an over-abundance of Super Heroes and Super Villains. But what happens when two supposed mortal enemies find themselves falling for each other?

Despite growing up in a family of villains, I’d rather curl up and read than commit crimes. When I get coerced by my brother into helping him rob a bank, I run into August, my childhood crush—also known as Chrono, the city’s greatest superhero. He’s sexy, sweet, and suddenly he’s asking me to Thanksgiving with his parents. It’s probably because he doesn’t realize that I’m Leviathan, a villain with the power of telekinesis. And I can’t tell him because he’d never forgive me and would stop doing things like cooking for me—wait, maybe that would be a good thing, since he’s a terrible cook. It doesn’t help that my parents think they’re the ultimate villains and won’t stop getting in my way, although they can’t even steal toilet paper without getting caught.

But when real supervillains (not the wannabe kind that I grew up with) start targeting August, I might be forced to show everyone who I truly am: a slightly warped and snarky man who’d really rather read a book than save anything… besides August. I’ll tear this world apart just to get another glimpse of him in those glasses and spandex suit. I’ll do whatever it takes to keep him safe, even though it means exposing my true identity. Luckily, August still cares about me, proving that even a villain and a hero can fall in love. Hopefully, we’ll be able to save the world in time for Christmas.

Featuring a bumbling Hero, a snarky Villain and a hairless cat that loves dressing up in wacky costumes – this is the ultimate in Alice Winters chaotic fun. It’s silly, hilarious and chock full of heart. Enjoyable at any time of year!

Well, that’s all from me for this month. Stay safe and feel free to sling a few reading suggestions my way in the comments below!

Lots of Love

Alex Leslie

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