Timekeeper by Tara Sim

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5stars

“You’re everything. You’re… You’re chaos and order and everything between. Like sunshine kept back by clouds. Like the entire world’s imploded inside you, but all I see are the stars are sewn into your skin. You’re filled with soft, dark music. I hear it all the time. Your music.”

Title: Timekeeper
Author: Tara Sim
Series: Timekepper #1
Number of pages: 448 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The story was compelling and the characters likeable.
Bad things about this book: There were some confusing points that in my opinion needed more explanation.
Do I recommend it? I do!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I remember buying this book because of the steampunk setting and the lgbtqia+ main couple, and I remember buying it knowing there were more books in the series so there probably was going to be a cliffhanger. Luckily, there wasn’t one but the last chapter set the input for the next book. I can’t wait to read it seeing as the third and last book was released just a few days ago.

I had many theories but, weirdly, none of them were the one that actually happened. What a nice surprise! I like not really knowing what’s going to happen. I liked Danny as a character, and Colton is just so sweet. The side characters were just as interesting and I hope we get to see more of them in the future. I’m curious about what’s going to happen next!

The setting, the world building, the story, they all were great and gave the book all the elements I usually like reading about.  I’ve been failing at putting words into a coherent review. I don’t really know what to say, so I’ll just say this: give this book a chance and enjoy it!

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[ARC] An Unsuitable Heir by K.J. Charles

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5stars

Title: An Unsuitable Heir (Sins of the Cities #3)
Author: K.J. Charles
Release date: October 3rd 2017
Good things about this book: Happy ending.
Bad things about this book: The series is over and I’m going to miss the guys.
Do I recommend it? Yes, the third and final book didn’t disappoint.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

*I was given this ARC by Netgalley and I love them for it*

You could say I am a K.J. Charles fan and you wouldn’t be wrong. You could say I am a K.J. Charles super fan and you wouldn’t be wrong, not at all. You could say I am a K.J. Charles mega fan and you would see my heart-eyed expression while nodding enthusiastically. I am a fan, that’s 100% right.

What is with K.J. Charles that makes me love everything she writes? Hell if I know, that woman owns my money and me!

This third and last book of this trilogy was the perfect ending to a mystery series with characters that you can’t help but love. Each of them layers and layers of surprises and wonder. The first half of “An Unsuitable Heir” is set at the same time as the second half of the previous book. The events take place simultaneously and you see the story unfolding from a different point of view.

Mark, a man we know because he is friends with Clem and Nathaniel, is the private enquirer asked to find the heir to the Moreton fortune. By the end of “An Unnatural Vice” we know who are the twins, the children of the late Lord Moreton, children he had from his first wife, one of them male so the rightful heir. The twins are the famous Flying Starlings, trapeze artists well known among Londoners.

The real names of the twins are Repentance and Regret. What kind of woman gives those names to their children no matter how much hatred she had for their father? Of course the poor kids went by the names of Pen and Greta, much better alternatives. Greta is a great woman, strong built, she doesn’t left words unsaid, she knows what she wants, and loves her brother with all her heart. She would do anything for him.

Pen is genderfluid; he feels like a man some days and some other days she feels all woman. Pen likes wearing feminine clothes, he has very long hair and loves earrings: his body doesn’t always fit the image he has of who he is inside. Pointless saying how people treat him because of it. Oh, the anger!!! Mark accepts Pen and everything about Pen is precious to him. Mark is new to what Pen is and asks for directions, for explanations, for whatever thing may Pen feel uncomfortable. Mark is sweet and the love blooms almost immediately between them yet it doesn’t feel forced or rushed. It all feels right. They have some issues along the way, with the earldom and all but the story is set to have a happy ending so we must enjoy the journey knowing it will end the best way it can.

The infamous Fogman, the killer that’s been murdering people since book 1 is finally revealed and, surprise surprise, I didn’t see it coming. I should’ve seen it but I’ve been distracted by the romance. The romance was really nice, steamy and adorable; it has their flaws but they all know love is not perfect and they have to fight for it to work.. All the characters are trying to be comfortable in their own skin, with their own sexuality, in a world that does not go easy with people like who doesn’t resemble their idea of normality.

This series is really worth your time: mystery, nobility, murders, and romance. There’s a little bit of everything and it won’t disappoint. I’m glad I got to read the ending of this story a few months before its release. I hope once everyone have read it, the love for this series will spread!

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Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk

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5stars

Before Griffin had come along, I’d been living inside a photograph: just a facsimile of life, without either color or depth. Could I go back to it, now that I had seen the alternative?

Title: Widdershins
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Good things about this book: Magic!
Bad things about this book: A few ortographic errors and imprecisions but nothing too bad.
Do I recommend it? Yes, magic and love is everywhere! ENJOY!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

At this point everyone knows that if a book has magic and is set in the Victorian era then I’m certainly going to love it. Once again, that proved to be the truth. Add a sweet and adorable romance in it and cat lover characters and I’m sold! Whyborne and Griffin are two very interesting people, each with hard pasts and a different way to act upon their differences from others.

“I clung to the past and to pain, and never took a risk or chance. I locked myself in prison and pretended I didn’t have a key.”

Whyborne has lost the only boy he has ever loved and he has shut himself up, avoiding his desire for other men. He feels guilty even after a decade and he lived isolated inside the museum he works in as a polyglot philologist. He knows thirteen languages. Can you imagine people thinking he is boring? I think he is interesting and I will have given him my friendship in a nanosecond. He deserves his world shaken a little bit and he deserves the love he didn’t think ever belonged to someone like himself.

I didn’t dislike people, exactly, but I’d never quite got the hang of the casual interactions which seemed to come naturally to everyone else.

Griffin is a detective. He also has lost someone, a partner detective, in a weird case of black magic and monsters. People thought he was mad, even he thought he wasn’t very sane. This experience left him wounded and not entirely as he was before. There are some things hard to forget. Having gone to Whyborne for help on a new case involving the same kind of black magic has maybe been the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

Perhaps he simply couldn’t imagine anyone would stay with a man who wasn’t entirely whole. Who had been broken, and hadn’t managed to put all the pieces back together.

Griffin is obviously a handsome man; every woman tried flirting with him not knowing he was falling hard for our shy scholar, Whyborne. Griffin flirted with Whyborne from the very beginning and the thoughts going through Whyborne’s mind were both hilarious and really perverted. I loved it! I have a perverted mind: I could relate. Was there a description of someone’s butt? No, there wasn’t. Was I disappointed? No, I wasn’t. That’s a first. People know how much I love to worship buttocks. It’s a weakness of mine.

“Damn the man; I could think of far too many things I’d happily consent to.”

The case!! Whyborne has to translate a book that he founds out it’s a grimoire full of all sorts of magic: from a simple word to light a fire to magic able to resuscitate the dead! Guess what kind of magic was used by our villains, the secret cult who wants to rule the world? Not the ones to make a nice fire to roast some hot dogs, of course not. They obviously went for the blackest of magic for the darkest of souls.

Griffin and Whyborne must join forces, growing more intimate by the minute, and try to stop them from ending human kind as they know it. I’m hoping to see more magic used in the sequels and please don’t ruin my OTP with unnecessary drama. I like them cheesy, passionate, and as flirty as they can be. I’m not asking much, right?

I talked about them as a pair because of course they are the main characters but there is a woman, Whyborne’s friend, Christine, expert of ancient Egypt, who helps them a lot on the case and is going to be helpful in future cases, too. Let’s not forget that poor woman, object of dubious stares because she is not a white man. You go, Christine! Show them you are better than them all!

I can’t wait to read the sequels! I thank the author for making them short so that I can read them all in no time!

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