Their ocean journey was successful, and Andrew and Edmund found an Elder just in time. As they wished, Edmund is now a vampire like Andrew. They have eternity together, but first, they must visit Edmund’s ailing mother in the English countryside with their flock of immortals, including the Elder, who has taken an ominous liking to his new creation.
When they arrive at Edmund’s family estate, his sick mother and her loathsome best friend await them. While ducking religious curses, Edmund struggles to harness an unexpected power gifted him by the Elder. Andrew fears for his beloved as Edmund becomes more and more monstrous—but vampires have always been monsters, haven’t they?
A battle is coming, for Edmund’s heart and his soul, and Andrew will lose neither. He escaped island exile and a near tragedy at sea to be with Edmund, the beautiful young sailor he loves. Andrew will do anything to keep Edmund by his side, but his most dangerous adversary may be Edmund himself.
The story picks up from the second book where Edmund and Andrew were searching for an elder, so if you haven’t read the first books you definitely need to read those first.
Escaping Mortality takes us to London in the final instalment of this dark vampire tale. Edmund and Andrew’s relationship takes another turn, but the love between these two is evident, and I loved the epilogue – just perfect for them.
If you’re a fan of vampire tales with a bit of a twist and a little on the darker side I would definitely recommend this trilogy. Escaping Mortality releases on January 28th or you can pre-order you copy now.
“Sexy, sensitive, smart, and thoroughly researched, Annabeth Albert’s gay romances have rocketed to the top of my to-be-read pile. I’ve fallen as hard for her books as her heroes fall for each other.”
-Christopher Rice, New York Times Bestselling author of A DENSITY OF SOULS and the Burning Girl Series
“Rough Terrain was a delicious blend of cool Navy SEAL and sweet former drummer with a sprinkle of some of my favorite flavors like “fake boyfriend” and “trapped in a storm” mixed in. This story was both healing and heartwrenching in the very best ways. A strong finish to a definite auto-buy series. Strong recommend!”
-Lucy Lennox, bestselling author of the Made Marian and Forever Wilde series
ROUGH TERRAIN by Annabeth Albert
Series:Out of Uniform, #7*Final book in the series*
Publisher:Carina Press (Harlequin)
Release Date (Print & Ebook):
eBook: Monday January 14, 2019
Print (mmp): Tuesday January 29, 2019
Length (Print & Ebook):
Contemporary Romance, Male/Male Romance, Military Romance
Warnings (if any):
No content warnings needed. Hot fake relationship shenanigans dominate along with being trapped outdoors, but HEA for everything. No addictions/bdsm/deaths etc.
The camping trip from hell may be the first stop on the road to happily-ever-after in Rough Terrain, the final book in Annabeth Albert’s critically acclaimed, fan-favorite Out of Uniform series.
Navy SEAL Renzo Bianchi has a soft spot for Canaan Finley, and not only because the man makes a mean smoothie. He’s the first guy to get Renzo’s motor revving in a long time. But when he agrees to Canaan’s insane charade—one all-access fake boyfriend, coming right up—he never expects more than a fling.
Creating a hot Italian SEAL boyfriend to save face seemed like a good idea…until his friends called Canaan’s bluff. Now he’s setting off into the woods with the very man who inspired his deception, and Canaan is not the outdoorsy type. The sparks are already flying when a flash flood separates them from their group, leaving Renzo and Canaan very much trapped…very much alone in the wilderness.
Working together to come up with a plan for survival is sexier than either of them expects. But back in the real world, being a couple is bringing its own set of hazards…
And as he watched him sleep, it hit Canaan that while he was on this weird adrenaline high, Renzo did this every day. Every day for days on end he confronted danger, high risks, threat of death, and he had a whole team of people counting on him the entire time too. While Canaan had been busy freaking out, he’d worried a lot about himself, about Grandpa, about what he’d miss out on. And he’d worried some about what he and Renzo could have had, especially when Renzo had been threatening to go out on his own.
But Renzo had neither freaked out nor focused on himself—the whole time, he’d been worried about Canaan. Keeping him warm. Making the alarms to drink and eat. Making sure Canaan had first choice of food. Coming up with plans to keep them safe and ensure the rescuers spotted them. Damn. It was humbling to think of all Renzo had done for him.And now Renzo was exhausted. Spent. Energy reserves clearly gone.
And yet, he would do something like this again, soon probably. With better equipment and better teammates, but he’d face danger again, head on. Because that was what he did. Who he was. His moral fabric was made of camo—tough as ripstop, unwavering and unyielding. Maybe Renzo had joined up because of his brother originally, but he hadn’t been lying about finding himself on the teams. And who he’d found there was possibly the best man Canaan had ever met. His throat ached just looking at Renzo, hands tightly clenching to stop from touching him.
“I’m going to take better care of you,” he whispered softly. “You took care of me, so maybe it’s time someone took care of you like you deserve. How about me?”
Renzo, of course, slumbered on, but something inside Canaan shifted. Changed. Accepted this new reality in front of him where this sleeping giant was suddenly the most important person in Canaan’s life.
I think I say this about every Annabeth Albert book I read, but this may be my favourite, especially as it is the last in this epic series! I’m totally heartbroken this series is over & Canaan & Renzo have left me with a huge book hangover.
Rough Terrain is such an apt title for this book both literally & figuratively as the pair navigate their way together over some rocky ground. Annabeth has done what she does best – written the characters into a situation that seems impossible for them to work their way out of and throws all the feels at the reader. But of course, you can trust the author will leave the characters with a HEA and the reader with a smile on their face. Can’t recommend this book or author enough!
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About Annabeth Albert:
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance series include the #OutOfUniform, #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat, #RainbowCove and #PerfectHarmony series.
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From animosity to searing passion in a lunar cycle… but can their bond survive?
Wolf shifter Nathan Kohl’s pack is his whole life. Arrogant and handsome, he avoids commitment to anything or anyone outside of his pack. He works hard, plays hard, and pursues humans as lovers because there’s little to no chance of him forming a permanent bond. However, when Jared Taylor comes into Nathan’s life, every rule is broken.
After a bad experience, Jared vowed to never get involved with another shifter, no matter how much they got under his skin. Despite being physically attracted to Nathan, who’s all kinds of hot, Jared only sees an arrogant, domineering bastard.
A disastrous case of mistaken identity throws Nathan and Jared together until the next full moon. Forced to spend the next twenty-eight days in close proximity, they can no longer ignore the powerful attraction between them. Passion ignites, and their relationship takes a turn neither of them wanted.
But when the full moon comes, everything might change again.
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This book had everything I expected of a shifter romance – possessiveness, hot sex, pack law & so much more. An enemies to lovers story it was hate at first sight for Jared who, with good reason, isn’t a fan of shifters. The reason is revealed later in the story, but it is Nathan who pays for Jared’s past.
I adored this book and found myself rooting for Jared and Nathan in more ways than one. My heart broke more than a few times over the possible consequences of a mistaken bite. Add into this attacks from unknown shifters and you get a story with some mystery, a fair amount of sex and some mate angst resulting in a real page-turner. I’m already devouring the rest of this series!
Theo Coleman wants nothing more than someone to love him. But at only twenty-three, life has taught him he doesn’t deserve it and he’s had more than his fair share of being abandoned. When a run-in with an ex gets out of control, Theo finds himself face to face with a dominant older man who seems determined to save Theo from himself.
Officer Dan Jenkins has tried to leave the life he craves behind. No more clubs, no more kink and no more boys. When he intervenes in an argument outside a nightclub, he meets a boy that re-awakens that desire within him. All Dan wants is to care for someone, adore them and give them what they need. And Dan is convinced that Theo needs a Daddy.
When a chance encounter leads Theo to Dan, both men know they want to take a chance on each other. But when Dan discloses his kinky secret, Theo’s not sure whether he’s ready to play. Suddenly everything seems like a game, one where Theo doesn’t know the rules but he desperately wants to win the prize. Because Theo’s tired of losing and this time he wants to win. Can he put his past behind him to win Dan’s heart?
Theo’s Game is the first book in the Dark Reserves series. It’s a sweet and fluffy, Daddy kink MM romance featuring one sexy police officer, his feisty boy, rainbow sprinkles and handcuffs.
A new author to me and a fantastic debut book.
I loved Theo & Dan’s meet-cute which set up the story nicely to show how sassy yet submissive Theo is. A kink read on the lighter, fluffier side but still deals with some serious issues. A story of Theo’s journey exploring the world of daddy kink with Dan who would love to be Theo’s daddy. To care for him. To protect him. To be everything Theo has ever wanted but never knew.
If you like a bit of kink in your reads, I’d definitely recommend this book. Can’t wait for the second in the series to be released!
Garrett Coleman spent most of his adolescence crushing on Finn Sweeney—until that Ultimate Dream Guy image got obliterated during senior year. Garrett’s since gone out of his way to avoid the sexy ginger, instead throwing his energy behind his dance career while supporting his mother through her cancer diagnosis.
Finn Sweeney used to think of Garrett as just his kid brother’s best friend, but after an intense exchange at a high school party, things got a little…weird. Despite that, when their two families decide to get together for the holidays for the first time in years, Finn can’t say no. But he’s fully prepared for this to be awkward as hell.
When Finn and Garrett lay eyes on each other for the first time in their adult lives, all bets are off. Finn is completely captivated by Garrett and getting to know the man he’s become is now his top priority. Playing catch-up with Finn makes Garrett truly see him beyond the childhood fantasy he’s held onto all these years. Finn is real and vulnerable…and hot as hell.
Garrett and Finn can’t seem to keep their hands off each other, so they decide to bury the hatchet between them for the remainder of the visit.
After all, it’s only a holiday fling.
Until it becomes something more.
A beautiful dreamer – a beautiful love story!
I’m a sucker for best friend’s brother romances, so when I found out that’s what this one was, I had to read it. Plus I’m a big fan of Christina’s books!
Ahh, this is such a beautiful story of love and not just between Garrett & Finn, but other members of their families. I especially loved their story though. Loved how they learned to see each other as adults after their shared youth, how they learned to forgive each other & how they learned to be vulnerable with each other so love could turn from a dream to reality.
Filled with family, food and seasonal traditions this one will be added to my annual Christmas reads!
Caden DeSarro is what they call a chubby chaser. He likes his guys with a few extra pounds on them. So when he meets Kevin Dodge in a bar bathroom, he can’t help but stare, even if he does make an ass of himself. As far as Caden is concerned, Kevin is physically perfect: a stocky bearded blond with a dick that’s just right. (They met in the bathroom—of course he looked!) But Caden gets tongue-tied and misses his chance.
When Caden runs into Kevin one night on the El train, he figures it’s fate offering him a second shot. Caden manages to get invited back to Kevin’s place for a one-night stand that turns into the kind of relationship he’s dreamed about.
But the course of true love never did run smooth, and Kevin and Caden’s romance is no exception. When Caden returns from a few weeks away on business, Kevin surprises him with a new and “improved” body—one that fits Caden’s shallow friend Bobby’s ideal, not Caden’s. Caden doesn’t know what to do, and his hesitation is just the opportunity Bobby was looking for. This isn’t the same Kevin he fell in love with… is it?
This book had me at the title! I love the take on a guy being interested in another simply because of the way he looks but not because of his washboard abs!
I can see why this book has readers divided, but I have to say I loved this story. Was it infuriating? Yes. Did I want to slap Bobby? Hell, yes. But it was a real life, messy tale of trying to find love for Caden & Kevin that kept me turning the pages as fast as I could.
For the most part, I understood what drove Bobby to his actions but couldn’t forgive him and wouldn’t call his actions those of a true friend. The book ended a little abruptly for my liking but with a definite HFN. And yes I can’t wait to read the second book in this series to see if Bobby will see the error of his ways and find true love.
I’d recommend this book but be warned it might not be what you expect or perhaps even want!
Two clashing colleagues stuck together for Christmas–will opposites eventually attract?
Patrick has been single since he broke up with his cheating ex almost a year ago. With Christmas looming, he’s resigned to spending it alone with only memories of happier times for company. When a business trip with a co-worker leaves them stranded in the Lake District due to heavy snow, it seems Patrick will have company for Christmas after all. It’s a shame his companion is Kyle, who’s undeniably attractive, but annoying as hell.
Aware of Patrick’s reluctant admiration, Kyle basks in the attention even though Patrick isn’t the type of man he normally goes for. Averse to relationships after being hurt in the past, Kyle enjoys the occasional hook up, but has given up on seeking anything more meaningful.
Stuck together, their antagonism escalates along with a heavy dose of sexual tension until it finally ignites. What starts as a Christmas fling soon feels like something special; but will their tentative connection melt away as the snow thaws? If they’re going to take a chance on finding happiness together, they’ll have to put their differences aside and learn to trust one another.
Contains: enemies-to-lovers, snowball fights, bickering, spanking, a cute dog, a wise old lady, mistletoe, and a happy ending (of course).
Work colleagues who can barely tolerate each other. Forced proximity due to a snow storm. Christmas spent in a remote romantic setting. Mistletoe, a cute dog & one wise old lady. Contains every ingredient for a fantastic holiday story!
Bratty Kyle is just asking for a good spanking. Patrick – his mentor at work & several years older than him – may just be the man to give Kyle what he deserves.
Kyle’s car breaks down while the two of them are in a remote part of the Lake District, he’s not dressed for snow & his bratty attitude is more of a defence mechanism, which Patrick soon finds out.
I love Jay’s Christmas reads (& all his others!), but this one might be my favourite! The bickering between the pair is funny & you can feel the sexual tension between them wafting off your e-reader! And exploring a mutual kink together without judgement – loved it! If you’re looking for a snowy holiday read, then I would definitely recommend this one!
‘Tis the season – the holiday season! I confess I never used to read holiday stories (gasp!) until last year. This year I have so many on my TBR there is no way I will get through them all before the end of December 🙂
So, I thought I’d share a few of my favourites from last year & this year so far. What about you? Do you read holiday stories? Or are you more of a bah humbug?! Did any of your favourites make the list? Let me know in the comments because I can never have enough books on my TBR!
You’ll make it out of here, Brian. I swear.
I had everything—school quarterback, popular with girls, and my dad was proud of me. I told myself it didn’t matter no one knew the real me. And then I nearly died. Landon saved my life. He’s the bravest guy I know. He came out a few years ago, proud and fierce, and he ran into gunfire to help others. Me, I’m a mess. Can’t even stand to be in a room with the curtains open. But here’s the thing about losing it all: You get a chance to start over and be someone new. Only how can I move on when the two shooters who attacked our school were never caught? And why do I feel like I’m still in the crosshairs?
Will you kiss me?
When I came across Brian Marshall,the hottest guy in school, dying on the cafeteria floor, I did what anyone would do. I tried to save him. His request surprised me, but I figured he needed comfort, so I kissed him on the forehead. When he survived and came back to school, he was broken in body and mind. He still needed me, and soon we were unlikely besties. But what I saw at school that day woke me up. I want to demand action on gun control, lead protests, raise my fist. I’ll tear the world down if I have to. And if I can get the man of my dreams and save the world at the same time? I’ll take it. Only I didn’t understand that the horror at Jefferson Waller High wasn’t over.
Normally when I hear there’s a new release from Eli Easton I’d read it straight away. When I heard about this story, I knew I wanted to read it yet hesitated once it was released.
Knowing that real life shootings in schools inspired this book I thought it might be too emotional, harrowing, or damn right angering. It is, at times, all of those things wrapped up in an exceptionally well-written story. I struggled to read some parts of this book and found myself often stopping to stare off into space so I can only imagine how difficult this story was to write.
The tragic, pointless loss of life – lives not yet even lived – and what happened to Brian and Landon was heartbreaking, but their reactions are inspiring.
“Jake is dead, and I found you. It’s not fair.”
“That’s the way it works though, isn’t it?” I said, flying by pure instinct. “When something awful happens there has to be a rebound, a silver lining, some good that comes out of it. Otherwise the whole human race would just give up in despair.”
The story does focus on how Landon and Brian each deal with the aftermath in their own way, yet the connection they forged in the face of death helps them through it all and find a way to be their true selves together.
The ending of the story was satisfying if not a little hard to believe. I’m a huge fan of Eli’s writing and would happily recommend this and any of her books if you haven’t tried one yet.
WINNER: Bisexual Book Awards 2016 — Best Romance
Web designer Jodi Peters is a solitary creature. Lunch twice a week with his ex-girlfriend-turned-BFF and the occasional messy venture to a dodgy gay bar is all the company he needs, right?
Then one night he stumbles across newly divorced firefighter Rupert O’Neil. Rupert is lost and lonely, but just about the sweetest bloke Jodi has ever known. Add in the heady current between them, and Jodi can’t help falling hard in love. He offers Rupert a home within the walls of his cosy Tottenham flat—a sanctuary to nurture their own brand of family—and for four blissful years, life is never sweeter.
Until a cruel twist of fate snatches it all away. A moment of distraction leaves Jodi fighting for a life he can’t remember and shatters Rupert’s heart. Jodi doesn’t know him—or want to. With little left of the man he adores, Rupert must cling to what remains of his shaky faith and pray that Jodi can learn to love him again.
I’m not usually a big fan of stories that are told using flashbacks but I love Garrett’s writing style, and this aspect of the story was done so well. A beautiful balance of the terrible reality of the present these two find themselves in mixed with the sweet flashbacks of how Jodi and Rupert met and got to know each other.
Garrett’s books are always angsty, but this one really got to me. At times I wanted to yell at both characters, but their journey was a hard path to walk that tugged at my heartstrings. It’s an award-winning book for a reason. A fantastic story that has left me with a huge book hangover.