September readings | Classics, Space Operas, Magic & Erotica

Title: Dune
Series: Dune #1
Author: Frank Herbert
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Fantasy, Space Opera, Adventure
Page count: 688 pages
Published: First published June 1965

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Title: The End Zone
Series: Atlanta Lightening #2
Author: Riley Hart
Genre(s): Contemporary, Sports, Romance, MM
Page count: 306 pages
Published: 16 July 2021

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Title: Black Moon
Series: Wolf Moon Rising #1
Author: Sam Burn
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Werewolves
Page count: 330 pages
Published: 22 April 2021

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Title: A Veilled & Hallowed Eve
Series: Soulbound VII
Author: Hailey Turner
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, MM
Page count: 485 pages
Published: 01 October 2021

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Title: Homecoming
Author: Keegan Kennedy
Genre(s): Erotica, MM, Contemporary, BDSM
Page count: 188 pages
Published: 12 April 2013

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Title: Foundation
Series: Foundation #1
Author: Isaac Asimov
Genre(s): Science-Fiction, Space Opera, Fantasy, Classics
Page count: 255 pages
Published: August 1951

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Title: Ashfall Legacy
Author: Pittacus Lore
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult, Fantasy
Page count: 432 pages
Published: 17 August 2021

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Title: Ink & Sigil
Series: Ink & Sigil #1
Author: Kevin Hearne
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August readings | Night Frights

Title: Nightbooks
Author: J. A. White
Genre(s): Middle Grade, Fantasy, Horror, Fiction
Page count: 320 pages
Published: 24 July 2018

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Title: Role Model
Series: Game Changers #5
Author: Rachel Reid
Genre(s): Sports, Romance, MM
Page count: 323 pages
Published: 10 August 2021

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July readings | Baseball, Roommates, FWBs, and Magic

Title: Bat Boy
Series: Easton U Pirates #1
Author: Christina Lee
Genre(s): Contemporary, MM, Sports, Romance
Page count: 218 pages
Published: 20 November 2020

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Title: First Impressions
Series: Auckland Med. #1
Author: Jay Hogan
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, Mystery, Crime, MM
Page count: 351 pages
Published: 15 December 2019

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Title: Carry On
Series: Simon Snow #1
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, LGBT, Romance
Page count: 522 Pages
Published: 9 May 2017

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Title: True Mate
Series: Prosper Woods Chronicles #1
Author: Patricia Logan
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, LGBT, Romance
Page count: 202 pages
Published: 30 April 2021

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Title: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Genre(s): Poetry, Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology, Historical
Page count: 208 pages

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Title: Enthralled
Series: The Knight and the Necromancer
Author: A.H. Lee
Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal, MM, Fiction, Short stories
Page count: 78 pages
Published: 12 January 2021

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Title: Roommate
Author: Sarina Bowen
Genre(s): Contemporary, Queer, Romance, Fiction
Page count: 304 pages
Published: 12 January 2021

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Title: THE taking of Jake Livingston
Author: Ryan Douglass
Genre(s): Young Adult, Paranormal, Queer, Fiction
Page count: 308 pages
Published: 13 July 2021

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Title: Lux
Series: The Reckoners
Author: Brandon Sanderson, Steven Michael Bohls
Genre(s): Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy,
Runtime: 13h55min
Published: 22 July 2021

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Title: Home Plate
Series: Eastern U Pirates #2
Author: Christina Lee
Genre(s): Contemporary, MM, Sports, Romance
Page count: 257 pages
Published: 29 January 2021

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June reads | Sizzling Short Stories, Paranormal Romances, Mercenaries and Hockey

Title: Just Friends
Series: Never Just Friends #1
Author: Saxon James
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, MM
Page count: 259 pages (ebook)
Published: 27 August 2020

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Title: Cruising
Editor: Shane Allison
Genre(s): Short Stories, Erotica, LGBT
Page count: 232 pages
Published: 17 April 2012

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Title: Familiar Beginnings
Series: Demon Magic
Author: Alice Winters
Genre(s): Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Romance
Page count: 214 pages
Published: 26 March 2020

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Title: How to Save a Human
Series: VRC: Vampire Related Crimes #4
Author: Alice Winters
Genre(s): Humor, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Page count: 332 pages
Published: 6 November 2020

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Title: Waking Bel
Series: Lords of Discord #3
Author: Jocelynn Drake
Genre(s): Menage, Paranormal, Fantasy
Page count: 378 pages
Published: 29 May 2020

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Title: Pledges
Author: Shane Allison
Genre(s): Short Stories, Anthologies, Romance
Page count: 232 pages
Published: 16 April 2013

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Title: The Gray Man
Series: Gray Man #1
Author: Mark Greaney
Genre(s): Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy, Fiction, Mystery
Page count: 456 pages
Published: 29 September 2009

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Title: Line Mates & Study Dates
Series: CU Hockey #4
Author: Eden Finley, Saxon James
Genre(s): Hockey, College, Romance, LGBT
Page count: 306 pages
Published: 23 June 2021

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May readings | A Lot of Mystery with Some Sport and Magic

Title: Love is a Stranger
Series: More Heat Than The Sun #1
Author: John Wiltshire
Genre(s): Romance, Military Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, LGBT
Page count: 505 pages (ebook)
Published: 8 January 2021

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Title: Rueberry Orchard
Series: Beyond the Realm: Remember #1
Author: Michele Notaro
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, MM Romance, Action
Page count: 343 pages (ebook)
Published: 6 October 2020

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Title: The Woman in the Window
Author: A.J. Finn
Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Page count: 455 pages
Published: 2 January 2018

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Title: Truckers
Author: Various authors
Editor: Johnny Hansen
Genre(s): Gay Erotica
Page count: 192 pages (paperback)
Published: 17 July 2006

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Title: The Endgame
Author: Riley Hart
Genre(s): Contemporary, Sports Romance, MM
Page count: 336 pages (ebook)
Published: 20 April 2021

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Title: Bell, Book and Scandal
Series: Bedknobs and Broomsticks #3
Author: Josh Lanyon
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, MM
Page count: 204 pages (ebook)
Published: 30 March 2021

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Title: The Fantastic Fluke
Series: The Fantastic Fluke #1
Author: Sam Burns
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Mystery, MM
Page count: 288 pages (ebook)
Published: 6 August 2020

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Title: Jon’s Boom Shaka Laka Problem
Series: Jon’s Mysteries #4
Author: A.J. Sherwood
Genre(s): Mystery, Urban Fantasy, MM
Page count: 238 pages (ebook)
Published: 7 February 2021

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Title: Following the Rules
Series: The Script Club
Author: Lane Hayes
Genre(s): Contemporary, Sports, Romance
Page count: 200 pages
Published: 7 May 2021

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Title: Goal Lines & First Times
Series: CU Hockey #3
Author: Eden Finley, Saxon James
Genre(s): Contemporary, Sports, Romance
Page count: 294 pages (ebook)
Published: 10 February 2021

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Title: Other Half
Series: Psycop 12
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Genre(s): Paranormal, Mystery, Romance
Page count: 200 pages
Published: 7 January 2021

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The Endgame | Riley Hart

The Endgame by Riley Hart published 20th April 2021
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Weston
When I left home, I swore I’d never hide anything about myself again. From college, to law school, to the United States Senate representing California, I’ve done it all as an out gay man. So, when I’m in DC and see a beautiful guy at the hotel bar, I don’t hesitate to proposition him…right before he runs out on me, leaving his sunglasses behind like my very own Cinderfella.

Anson
I’ve always known I’m gay, but never acted on it. Pretending isn’t easy, but it means I can keep playing football. No one has ever guessed my secret until the gorgeous man at a bar in DC. At least he doesn’t know who I am–the best tight end in the NFL, playing for the Atlanta Lightning. Though my identity doesn’t stay a secret from him for long.

Between texts and late-night phone calls, we get to know each other. West’s the only person who knows all the parts of me, just like I know his. When he asks for one night together so he can show me what it’s like to be with a man, I can’t say no. But once isn’t enough, and we keep sneaking around together–brief encounters, in California, Georgia, or DC, filled with passionate touches and whispered truths.

I never thought I’d have love. West never thought he’d want it. Now we’re all in with each other, but he still has time left in his Senate term. I have contract obligations to fulfill, and I’m closeted. We don’t even live in the same state. The odds are stacked against us, but if there’s one thing I know, it’s how to win. He’s the endgame in the biggest challenge of my life, the one I’m banking my future happiness on.

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How was it?

I don’t know what it is about sport romances but when they’re well written it’s very hard for me to put them down. I devoured this book in two days – because yes I was stupid enough to start it in the middle of the night, I lost sleep reading this.

This book started well but I almost lost hope when it looked like Anson, our very closeted main character, turned out to be a 26 year-old virgin. That almost put me off – I don’t have time for that – but then we met, Elias, his brother and Anson’s circumstances made a little more sense to me. Anson is a top NFL star, who knows he’s gay, so not in denial per say but someone who choses to hide by focusing on his career instead; with the occasional hetero performance to avoid phobes and make some coin. While Weston is an out and proud senator who vowed not to shrink himself for other people’s comfort.

The characters in this book, secondary ones included, are very grounded so it makes the emotionally charged moments very intense. It’s a treat. The author rides that edges where she’s making a point about how our society perceive and react to queer athletes while telling a compelling love story. You’d think that a story about a deeply closeted football player would’ve been overcharged with angst and self-hatred but it’s not. It deals with the reality of Anson and Weston’s relationship given who they are in the world without overdoing it.

The passion, the heat, some the push and pull is there but it’s earned. It’s not instalove nor a story of the endless pining for something these characters are afraid to have. I loved the pace and the evolution of their relationship. The ending speed things up a bit by letting us somewhat fill in the blanks because to me this book was more about the f’d up situation these two gay men still have to navigate because of society and their job.

The Endgame is a treat, I enjoyed throughout and recommend it to any sport romance fans.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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April readings | Magic, Suspense, and Play

Title: Ruin and Rising
Series: The Grisha #3
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure
Page count: 422 pages (ebook)
Published: June 17th 2014

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Title: Broken Warrior
Series: The Weaver Circle #1
Author: Jocelynn Drake, Rinda Elliott
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, LBGT
Page count: 329 pages (ebook)
Published: April 24th, 2020

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Title: Those Who Wish Me Dead
Author: Michael Koryta
Genre(s): Suspence, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Page count: 388 pages (Hardcover)
Published: June 3rd 2014

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Title: His Roommate’s Pleasure
Author: Lana McGregor
Genre(s): Contemporary, Erotica
Page count: 84 pages (ebook)
Published: July 1st 2013

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