Monday, September 18, 2017

We Are Not Our Influences by blushingalec

We Are Not Our Influences by blushingalec

During and argument, Magnus says something out of anger that he instantly regrets, unintentionally adding to Alec's already fragile self-esteem. He knows he needs to make this right, so he sets out, with great determination and love, to comfort his Alexander.

Talk about emotionally gripping! This story will pull you from the very beginning and will have you feeling a gamut of emotions: frustration, anger, sympathy, sadness and joy. Definitely give this beautifully written one-shot a try! I highly recommend it!

~ M

photo credit: Freeform

Friday, September 15, 2017

Book Review & GIVEAWAY: Be My Best Man by Con Riley

~ Will Jason’s third time as a best man lead to first-time love for Vanya?

After fleeing violence in Moscow, student teacher Vanya Petrov winds up lonely in a run-down London hostel. At least visiting the Bond Street store where his roommate works lets him practice his English, but as Vanya's vocabulary expands, so does his isolation, especially when he sees happy couples planning their perfect weddings.

According to Jason Balfour, weddings are a waste of time and money. After all, he’s been best man for his brother twice already. Saying that a third marriage will end in divorce too leads to an angry ultimatum: to save his relationship with his brother, Jason must meet his fiancée, at last, and make a good first impression.

Jason’s need to dress to impress brings him and Vanya together. Language is no barrier to falling in love with the young and fragile Russian, and neither is their age difference. But Vanya’s bruised soul carries secrets that could rip them apart. As the wedding draws near, Vanya must confess, and soon, or risk losing Jason—his own best man in Britain.


I thought this was a beautiful story about a man who escapes the pain and torment of the past and finds solace, not only in a new location, but also through the love and encouragement of a new friend and man in his life. This is not to imply that love is a magic cure-all, but watching the growth and development of Vanya and Jason's relationship was quite nice.


If you're interested in an engrossing read with interesting and complex characters, this is the book for you!

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

~ M

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Last Worthless Evening by connorwalshruinedmylife

The Last Worthless Evening by connorwalshruinedmylife

After suffering a huge tragedy two years prior, Connor's best friends, Michaela and Asher, decide to push him back into the dating scene. They set him up on a blind date with a sweet guy who is everything Connor could ever want at this point in his life. The only problem is that he feels like he's betraying his former love by finding new love with Oliver. Will Connor be able to move forward or will he stay forever locked in grief and memories of love lost?

This is a very enjoyable story that will definitely pull at your heartstrings. Your heart will break for Connor as he deals with his grief and lingering memories, but you will also root for him and his happiness. Oliver, as always, is the sweetest cinnamon roll who is too good for this world. If you're looking for a pretty quick read that will take you on an emotional roller coaster, this is for you!

~ M

photo credit: @shea.renne

Monday, September 11, 2017

Plus One by AlxSteele

Plus One by AlxSteele

After receiving an invitation to his brother's wedding, Alec is saddened by the fact that he doesn't have a "plus one" to name on the RSVP. Even though he's been in love with his best friend and roommate, Magnus, since forever, he can't bring himself to confess his feelings out of fear or ruining their friendship. When Magnus comes up with the idea that they pretend to be in a relationship for the sake of appearance, Alec is both enraptured and scared. He'll finally get to experience many of things he's only dreamed of with Magnus, but at the same time he knows this is all fake. Will he and Magnus be able to make it through the wedding without getting their hearts broken?

I loved every moment of this story! It is a monster of a read, clocking in at over 75,000 words, but I assure you, you will not be bored! This story is full of angst, pining, romance and heat and you'll fall in love with Alec and Magnus all over again. Check it out!

~ M

picture credit: Freeform

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

There's a Tear in My Heart Where Your Lies Left a Mark and Now Nothing is Clear by Madalena

There's a Tear in My Heart Where Your Lies Left a Mark and Now Nothing is Clear by Madalena

Betrayal, anger and insecurity lead Magnus to trust in the Seelie Queen when it's revealed that the Soul Sword is lost. He thought this would be the best option for protecting his people, but soon realizes he made the wrong choice. Through an unfortunate series of events, it's his Alec who suffers because of it. However, in an effort to save the love of his life, he may have unlocked something much greater.

Even though I'm still relatively new to the fandom, I've immersed myself in Malec fanfic, especially since the end of season two. I must say that this is one of the BEST Malec stories out there! Madalena perfectly captures the emotions of all of the characters, so much so that they're palpable; and creates so much tension and suspense that I found myself on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. Definitely give this story a try! I highly recommend it!

~ M

photo credit: Freeform

Friday, September 1, 2017

Book Review: His Manny Omega (Cafe Om #3) by Harper B. Cole

Wyatt's has no interest in confusing his daughter by bringing a female nanny into their house.

The three years since his wife Jen's death, their neighbor has been more than willing to take on the role as Chloe's nanny. But she's ready to move near her own grandchildren, and Wyatt has to find a replacement. The requirements are that they be willing to live in his home, love children, and be male.

Oliver has found fulfillment taking care of other people's children since he can't have his own.

After his alpha broke up with him because he couldn't have children, Oliver found a job at the Omega House, running their childcare program. He finds the job fulfilling, but it's not easy, keeping up his optimism in the constant evidence of the result of evil.

It seems like a perfect match.

Oliver is certain he can keep his attraction for his straight boss under control, but he can't help the way Wyatt and Chloe have captured his heart. Wyatt has never been with anyone but his wife, but it's becoming harder to deny that his thoughts toward Oliver are straying into decidedly dangerous territory.

As for Chloe? She has only one wish: for Oliver to become her daddy.


I don't often read A/B/O or mpreg stories, but this one piqued my interest and I gave it a try. This is a heart-felt story about two men who open their lives and hearts to one another, work through past trauma and insecurities and ultimately find more happiness than they could have imagined. It's relatively uncomplicated and the angst is kept to a minimum. If you're looking for an enjoyable and quick read, this is the one for you!


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~ M

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Time Bring Back to Time by samyazaz


Connor receives news that Oliver has been in an accident. Even though they're not on speaking terms, he's willing to do anything, even fake a relationship, to ensure Oliver is okay and well taken care of.

This fic was written during season one when the Coliver relationship was still very much in the air. I enjoyed taking this step back in time, even with a AU story, and reliving some of the struggles Oliver and Connor endured. Definitely give this story a shot. You won't be disappointed!

~ M
 
picture credit: ABC

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

I ❤️ Yaoi: Two Strip Tease by Tata (Free! Doujinshi)

Hello, yaoi lovers! This week's feature is Two Strip Tease by Tata!

Rei and Nagisa are enjoying their time in college and in their relationship. They're happy, but they also want their best friends, Makoto and Haru to be happy as well. The penguin and butterfly are determined to do their best and make it happen!

This is a really sweet dj. Nagisa and Rei and so adorable that my heart melted. Nagisa's perverted yet innocent nature is a great juxtoposition that made me chuckle on several occasions. I wish more could have been explored regarding Makoto and Haru's storyline, but all in all, this was an enjoyable read.


3.5 stars

Read Two Strip Tease here.

~ M

Monday, August 28, 2017

Oil on Water by MadamPuddifoot9

Oil on Water by MadamPuddifoot9

Magnus and Alec have reconciled, but still have some issues to work through. Alec suggests they take things slowly, but for two people who are so passionate and head over heels in love, is that even possible?

Over the past two weeks, I've read plenty of reconciliation Malec stories, but this one surprised me. Not only does the author explore the realistic feelings, insecurities and regrets both men share, but they also took it to a place that had my heart thundering in my chest. I don't want to give away what that is, but I'm sure you'll feel the same way. *wink*

~ M

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Adventures of the Silver Spyglass Crew by LilacChocolate


Pirate captain Matsuoka Rin kidnaps Prince Nitori Aiichirou of Iwami and starts to fall in love with him. His little servant, Nagisa, is forced to share quarters aboard the ship with navigator and inventor, Rei. Rin's first mate, Makoto, is in a secret relationship with a beautiful blue-eyed mermaid. There must be something in the water.

This is a really sweet, epic story that any fan of Free! would enjoy! All of our favorite characters stay pretty close to their canon personalities, and there is a wonderful mix of adventure, angst, romance, mystery and heat. Check it out!

~ M

artwork credit: aku-usagi.tumblr.com

Monday, August 21, 2017

Alec Lightwood Likes to Quote His Boyfriend by thenovaksisters

Alec Lightwood Likes to Quote His Boyfriend by thenovaksisters

Alec always pays attention and manages to surprise his boyfriend, Magnus, even more by turning his wise words back on him.

*happy sigh* This is nothing but pure fluff that all Malec fans can appreciate. Your heart will swell at all of Alec's sweet gestures and Magnus' words of encouragement and love. Give it a try!

~ M

picture credit: Freeform

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Review: Year One (Would It Be Okay to Love You?) by Amy Tasukada

An robot fanboy. An erotic voice actor. Will their secrets overwhelm their love?

Sato doesn’t get out much. The anime company accountant spends his days at a desk and his nights working on his own small-scale robots. His geeky life is like a dream, but it has just one piece missing…

The world only knows Aoi for his moans. The erotic voice actor has legions of fangirls obsessed with his gasps of simulated ecstasy. And his new boyfriend Sato can barely handle the attention.

As Aoi’s popularity rises and secrets about his past begin to reveal themselves, can the accountant and the voice actor rise above their problems to create something real?


This is a sweet, "slice of life" story about two men traversing through life and their relationship. Both characters are very likeable and there is very little angst. The book basically consists of small moments in their relationship put on display for readers to enjoy. I must admit that I really enjoyed learning about cheese and honey pizza. I never thought about putting honey on pizza before, but after reading this book, I definitely want to try! I felt like the book ended kind of abruptly and left me with questions, especially regarding Sato's parents. Maybe this is going to be a series and we'll find out more in "Year Two".

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

Buy Links
Amazon

~ M

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Date in the ER by fieryphoenix

A Date in the ER by fieryphoenix

Connor and Oliver meet while in the hospital following surgery.

This is a sweet AU one shot that shows Connor and Oliver as they take their first tentative steps towards friendship...and an eventual relationship. I know you won't be able to keep a smile off of your face as you watch their adorable interactions. Check it out!

~ M


picture credit: Conrad Ricamora's Instagram

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I ❤️ Yaoi: Dependence & Coexistence by Junky Crown (Free! Doujinshi)

Good morning, yaoi lovers! This week's feature is the Free! doujinshi, Dependence & Coexistence by Junky Crown!

After some prodding from Nagisa, Haru realizes just how important Makoto is in his life.

This is a short, but sweet dj featuring Makoto and Haru being completely clueless about their feelings for one another. It takes a mischievous friend to open their eyes, but the rewards are totally worth it! Give it a try!


Read Dependence & Coexistence by Junky Crown here.

~ M

Monday, August 14, 2017

Protect by GoldenDaydreams

Protect by GoldenDaydreams

Someone hurts Magnus and Alec makes them pay.

*swoon* All I can say is if you're a Malec fan, you will absolutely ADORE this story! Alec defending Magnus is swoon-worthy and incredibly hot! Check it out! You won't be disappointed.

~ M

picture credit: Freeform

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Boogeyman by I_Still_Believe_In_Heros123

The Boogeyman by I_Still_Believe_In_Heros123

Alec just wanted to have a good life, but outside forces keep pulling him back into a world that at one time served a purpose, but has now become stale and unsatisfying. When tragedy strikes, he is forced to return to his old life to exact vengeance. Along the way, he meets someone who could be the one to heal his heart once and for all.

I absolutely loved this story! If you're a fan of the John Wick movies, you are in for a real treat! Seeing Alec as the most feared and respected assassin in the world is really cool, and, as always, I couldn't help but fall in love with Magnus. Don't underestimate him, though. He just as much of a BAMF, and I loved every moment! Definitely give this one shot a try if you're in the mood for action, suspense, UST and romance!

~ M


picture credit: Freeform

Monday, August 7, 2017

Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: The Crimson Nights Saga by V.L Moon & J.T Cheyanne

   
 
Title: Crimson Storm (Book Three in The Crimson Nights Saga)
Authors: V.L. Moon and J.T. Cheyanne
Genre/s: Gay, Romance, Paranormal
Length: 155K/658 Kindle pages
ISBN: 978-0-9899725-6-7
 

Blurb

As their allies grow and their circle of friends discovers true love, their enemies advance. Shadows watch, waiting in the distance as an age old power threatens to reveal the secrets of a past steeped in sorrow. War is upon them and with its advance comes a force of unity bound by love and sealed by blood. Together, Malachi and Laziel fight to protect those they hold close. When Rome trembles and the bowels of Hell spew forth its spawn, the wolves and the rogue Nephilim join forces with Malachi Denali and his vampires to fight against evil and tip the scales in favor of the just. Fractions divide, lives lay in ruin. Is the call of the wild their only hope of survival? Or will Rome finally fall under the weight of an angel’s untold grief? Read on to assuage your thirst as the Crimson Nights Saga continues.  

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Available on KU
 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: Trust with a Chaser by Annabeth Albert


Title
:  Trust with a Chaser
Series: Rainbow Cove, Book 1
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher:  Annabeth Albert
Release Date: 08-01-2017
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 75,000
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Law Enforcement, Small Town, May/December

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Synopsis

One hot cop. One bar owner out for redemption. One smoking-hot summer fling destined to leave scorch marks…

Mason Hanks has returned to Rainbow Cove, Oregon with one goal in mind: turn the struggling coastal community into a thriving LGBTQ tourism destination. Step one is transforming an old bar and grill into a gay-friendly eatery. Step two? Don’t piss off Nash Flint, the very hot, very stern chief of police who’s not so sure he’s on board with Mason’s big plans.

Nash Flint just wants to keep his community safe and enjoy the occasional burger in peace. He’s not big on change nor is he a fan of Mason’s troublemaking family, especially his rowdy older brothers. But Mason slowly wins him over with fantastic cooking and the sort of friendship Nash has been starving for.

When their unlikely friendship takes a turn for the sexy, both men try to steer clear of trouble. Nash believes he’s too set in his ways for Mason, and Mason worries that his family’s reputation will ruin any future with Nash. Burning up the sheets in secret is a surefire way to crash and burn, and discovery forces a heart-wrenching decision—is love worth the risk of losing everything?

Trust with a Chaser is a 75,000 word stand-alone gay romance with a May/December theme, a hot law-enforcement hero, opposites attract, plenty of sexy times, and one hard-fought, guaranteed happy ending with no cliffhangers.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Priorities by deathdario

Priorities by deathdario

When Magnus and Alec meet each other on the subway while Magnus is trying to entertain his son, sparks fly. They can't deny their chemistry, but Magnus comes with a ready-made family. Is Alec prepared for the responsibility?

I can't even explain how cute and fluffy this story is. I loved the relationship between Magnus and Alec, as well as Alec and the kids. Every interaction will warm you heart and make you fall in love with Malec even more. Check it out!

~ M

photo credit: Freeform

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

On Vacation

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to let you all know that I'll be on vacation until the end of the month, but please feel free to go through the archive for fanfiction, m/m romance and yaoi manga reviews you may have missed, or to rediscover things you loved!!!

~ M

photo credits: SuBLime, ABC, Guilt | Pleasure, Starz, Freeform, MAPPA & Kyoto Animation

Monday, July 17, 2017

Book Review: Up in the Air: Johannesburg by George Loveland

Looking for love is the last thing air steward, James Foster, is thinking about when he swaps flights to save his hung-over best friend’s job. He doesn’t know that fate has other ideas and he would fall for the tall, bearded passenger, Darren Busby, sat in 14D. Up in the air, James finds that the connection he has with Darren is too strong to ignore.

After missing the opportunity to ask for Darren’s number, James' jaw hits the floor when Darren walks into the same hotel he is staying at. Butterflies and nerves take over, but soon give way to excitement as they get to know each other on the ground.

When James' ex, Richard, shows up and begs for forgiveness, James has to decide if going back to the man who broke his heart would be worth it, or if he should finally move on and take a chance on Darren.


This is a pretty quick read, but very sweet and enjoyable. The main characters are both likeable people, and I appreciated the fact that James' friends played integral parts of the story, but didn't take a up a lot of time. The focus was on James and Darren. All in all, I think this would be a great book for a lazy summer afternoon sitting by the pool. I look forward to reading Max's story. His character intrigued me.


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

~ M


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: All In by A.T. Brennan

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Title:
All In 
Author:
A.T. Brennan
Series:
Den Boys #1
Release Date: July 11th 2017
Genre: MM Erotic Contemporary Romance 


1“I learned a long time ago that nothing is free, not even help.” ~ Blaze  

Almost getting killed in a gay bashing should have been one of the worst moments of my life, but with everything I've been through, it was just another day, except for the gorgeous man who stepped in to save me. There is something about Galen that draws me in and makes me want know him, and the more time I spend with him, the more I feel free to be myself. Galen doesn't seem to know what he wants, but I'm a man who stays true to himself, and Galen seems to be someone worth taking a chance on.  

"Then you happened and all you have to do is touch me and I lose myself." ~ Galen 

I never thought I'd stumble on an attempted murder, but that's exactly what happened one night while I was trying to get home. After chasing away the assailants and helping the enigmatic young victim home I tried to put the incident out of my mind, but I couldn't get him out of my head. I might not have ever thought about being with a man before, but the more time I spend with Blaze, the more I learn about who I really am. Blaze has scars that run deep, but as he opens up to me I find myself questioning everything I thought I wanted, and wondering if I'm a good enough man to give him what he needs.  

Purchase: Amazon US | Amazon UK Available on Kindle Unlimited  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Secrets I Hear in Your Song by twinkiecas

The Secrets I Hear in Your Song by twinkiecas

Style Five has become one of the most popular bands in the industry after winning a singing a competition. All seems great except for the fact that Makoto and Haru have to hide their relationship, Nagisa and Rei aren't sure what to call their relationship and Rin finds himself falling for a hot male model.

This is really cute! All of the characters stay pretty true to their canon personalities, and I can't wait to see how their relationships grow and progress. Give it a try!

~ M

artwork credit: むぎ

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

So He Told You About That? by benedrah


Alec is ready to take the next step in his relationship with Magnus. Unfortunately, not all of the passion in the world can prevent a few....mishaps.

I'm relatively new to the Malec fandom, even though I remember when The Mortal Instruments movie came out and was completely enchanted by Godfrey Gao, who played Magnus Bane. So far I've been very pleasantly surprised by what I've seen of the tv show (I originally wrote it off thinking it was just another teenybopper show, but Harry Shum Jr. and Matthew Daddario are really great in their roles) and happily fell down the rabbit hole of Malec love!

This story is adorable! I'm sure everyone was holding their breath when Magnus and Alec first had sex on the show and this one shot gives readers insight into what exactly happened after Alec pushed Magnus into the bedroom (and that shameful fade to black). You will swoon, laugh and everything in between while reading this story. Highly recommended!

~ M

picture credit: Freeform

Monday, July 10, 2017

Physician, Heal Thyself by darwinzfinchez

Physician, Heal Thyself by darwinzfinchez

After witnessing the death of his brother, Agron will never be the same. As a surgeon, Agron saves lives, but how can he move forward knowing that he couldn't save the life of his own flesh and blood? Will a special someone be able to crack the titanium walls Agron built around his heart?

Wow! This story will really tug at your heartstrings! It's still in its beginning stages, but I was completely pulled into the storyline and look forward to reading more. I especially can't wait for the appearance of Nasir. Check it out, but make sure you have a Kleenex or two nearby just in case.

~ M

photo credit: Starz, Inc.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Fine Line Between Love and Hate by A_Small_Nonbinary_Dweeb

A Fine Line Between Love and Hate by A_Small_Nonbinary_Dweeb

Small snippets of life in the Hampton-Walsh household.

This is a collection of one shots that show various situations that occur in Oliver and Connor's relationship. The story is still in its beginning stages, but I look forward to seeing more of what this author creates for our beloved Coliver! Check it out!

~ M

photo credit: Conrad Ricamora's Instagram page

Monday, July 3, 2017

I ❤️ Yaoi: Suenagaku Oshiawase ni! by Kubu

Hello, yaoi lovers! Today's selection is the Free! doujinshi Suenagaku Oshiawase ni! by Kubu.

Makoto and Haru have been dating for a while now, so Makoto plans a very special surprise for the person he loves most in the world.

This is 100% pure sweetness! I loved every moment and I know you will too! The romance is swoon-worthy and the appearance of Haru's elusive smile will make your heart quicken! Please give this beautiful dj a try! You won't be disappointed!




Read Suenagaku Oshiawase ni! here.

~ M

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

For the First Time by shions_heart

For the First Time by shions_heart

How ReiGisa, SouRin and MakoHaru first spoke those three life-changing words.

This is such a sweet story! shions_heart stays pretty true to the canonical behaviors of each of the characters when describing their relationships and conversations. Your heart will warm reading about the sweet things the boys do for one another. Check it out!

~ M

picture credit: Kyoto Animation

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY: A Way with Words by Lane Hayes


Title:  A Way with Words
Series: A Way With Stories Series
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Self Pub
Release Date: June 22
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 24k approximately
Genre: Romance, Contemporary Romance, Humor, New York City

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Synopsis

Tony De Luca is a simple guy. He works for his uncle’s Brooklyn-based construction firm. And he knows from experience that keeping his head down and doing his job is the best way to deal with the meddlesome family members he sees daily. They think he’s quiet and maybe a little awkward but the truth is more complicated. Tony has a secret he isn’t ready or willing to share. He’s an expert at avoiding familial scrutiny. At least he was until the sexy guitar player showed up.

Remy Nelson is a small-town, free-spirited guy looking for a new life in the big city. He stays busy playing his instrument on a busy Manhattan street corner during the day and bartending at night. Remy is more interested in finding steady employment than a mate, but he can’t deny his attraction to the dreamy construction worker with soulful eyes, a kind heart, and a unique way with words. Falling for Remy wasn’t what Tony expected, but keeping him will require courage. And an end to keeping secrets.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I ❤️ Yaoi: Forever and Ever by Kouryuseki (Free! Doujinshi)

Hello yaoi lovers! This week's feature is the Free! doujinshi, Forever and Ever by Kouryuseki!

Makoto has a nightmare and fears it could be a premonition of the future. He will do everything in his power to ensure that what happened in his dream does not happen in real life.

This is a pretty serious and emotional dj, but it also shows the depth of feeling Makoto and Haru have for one another. The story not only portrays romantic love, but also plantonic love, admiration and friendship in a really beautiful way. Give this dj a try!

Read Forever and Ever here.

~ M

Monday, June 19, 2017

Book Review: So Into You by Remmy Duchene (Intoxication #1)

Alfred Leung’s life is in the crapper. From his gold-digging, racist mother and a cheating ex-boyfriend to his hang-ups about sex—everything in his existence depresses him. Add to it passing his days serving faux French food in a diner. It isn’t how he planned on spending the rest of his life, so the fates have definitely conspired against him. Just out of a relationship, he decides to focus on work and going back to one of the things that makes him happy—photography. Then, in his Armani suit, Darius Stark walks through the door of the diner, and Alfred’s world is about go into a tail spin he never saw coming.

Darius Stark hasn’t been with a man in years. Men see the suit and run screaming in the other direction or they tear-ass toward him because they see dollar signs. He decides to focus on his business, but soon he’s buried himself so deeply in his work that years goes by without someone to love. Finally, he sees Alfred and wants him, but Darius is about to find out not everyone thinks he’s almighty and that some men are flawed.

This is a pretty enjoyable read about a man from humble means discovering love with a handsome, successful and extremely rich man who cherished and adored the ground he walked! I can't help but appreciate that the two main characters are persons of color. Race does play a role in this story, but it has a distinct purpose to the plot and isn't shoehorned into the story for the sake of it. Alfred and Darius are just two men in the world trying to live their lives.

The chemistry between Alfred and Darius is sweet and passionate, and I found myself truly rooting for their happiness. There is one plot line that was kind of left hanging in my opinion, concerning Alfred's mother, but I think readers, overall, will be satisfied with outcome. So Into You is a quick read that will warm your heart and make you think.


Buy Link
Pride Publishing | Amazon

~ M

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Blue Lotus, White Lotus by shions_heart

Blue Lotus, White Lotus by shions_heart

Nagisa, Makoto and Haru are stolen from their homes when they are children to serve under King Matsuoka. As they grow into adults, they face many difficulties, but also discover love, hope, friendship and the true meaning of loyalty.


This is an absolutely FANTASTIC read! I spent two days binge reading this fic and I loved every single moment. It has everything you could ever want from an epic fanfic, and I loved that the author stayed true to the canon characteristics of the Free! characters even though they were in an AU setting. shions_heart  received inspiration from this gorgeous tumblr post:
http://hubedihubbe.tumblr.com/post/122183301415/reigisa-desertau-with-princerin-incomplete

If you're a ReiGisa, MakoHaru and/or SouRin fan, you will love this story! Highly recommended!


~ M

artwork credit: pixiv id 476111

Monday, June 12, 2017

Nagron's Greatest Hits: Travelin' Tonight on a Plane by Blu_Rain


While boarding a plane for work, Agron reminisces about his brother, Duro.

Even though this story focuses more on Agron and Duro's relationship, I thought it was beautifully written. Blu_Rain did an incredible job conveying the disappointment, grief and determination behind Agron's actions. Give this one-shot a try! You won't be disappointed.

~ M