New Release! Lexington Black by Lady Jaguar

Genre: MM Romance


So I've been busy again during lockdown, and now I have a bright, shiny new book for you! Lexington Black was previously published in 2015 by my pen name, S A Smythe, but the story has been extended, given a beautiful cover by S A Collins and turned into something really special.


Author Name: Lady Jaguar
Publisher: Hollow Hills Publishing
Release Date: April 30 2020
Format: eBook
ASIN: B087PFM58Y
Price: $2.99
Story Type: Novel >50k
Word Count: 88,000
Cover Artist: S A Collins
Genres: MM romance
LGBTQ+ Identities: gay
Is This Part of a Series?: No



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Robert Martyn is divorced, sexually confused and living an unexciting life as a book-keeper. His ambition to be an author has stalled, and he has a nightmare of a family. His father's tragic death when Rob was young means he has found it hard to trust anyone, yet over the course of a test drive with a suave stranger, he discovers he is capable of behaving in a totally out-of-character and risky manner. 

Lexington Black is the wealthy New Yorker who rocks Rob's world. After a night of hot sex, he wastes no time in luring Rob to the US to stay at his penthouse for a month so that he can reboot his writing career. A ruthless businessman, Lex is accustomed to getting what he wants. He has fallen head over heels for Rob and will do anything to keep him in his life, even if it means lying to him about his past.

As Rob is introduced to gay Manhattan by Lex's colourful friends, he is unaware that Lex is holding on to a crucial secret. It is only a matter of time before their relationship is balanced on a knife edge, and their future happiness depends on a rebuilding of trust and friendship.
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Book Review - Love On The Hudson by K D Fisher



Genre: MM Romance
This is a prime example of a book I bought purely on the strength of the cover. I saw the author on IG, loved the cover and promptly bought the book about a year ago. I don't think I even knew what genre it was at the time. It's an example of how a cover can work, if one thinks outside the box. The story could easily fit the "two hot guys against a background of sunny poppy fields" scenario, but they didn't do it. Massive respect to them for not going down a well-trodden path. 

It's a pure coincidence that I've read two books with Greek protagonists in the last three weeks, but the style and done of each one is very different. This book as a more serious tone than the other one, although they both deal with bigotry and the lack of acceptance, complicated family dynamics and hard choices. 

But 'serious' in no way means dry. The author has a deft touch when dealing with each character's struggles, and has surrounded the protagonists with a lovely array of side characters, each with their own fully-realised stories. 

The book loosely follows the normal romance trope. Boy met boy in the past. Can't forget him. Circumstances mean they meet again. Fall in love again, then hit obstacles, etc., but I for one LOVE this pattern, and this book didn't disappoint in any form. It was in turn romantic, heartbreaking, tense, ringing a whole gamut of emotions out of the reader. 

The characters of David and Nick are wonderful; so endearing yet flawed as well. I was afraid this was going to go down the "gay and hating himself" route for Nick, but of the two, he was the more lovable, if I'm honest. Although that doesn't take away from David, ambitious, lonely, hard-edged because he has needed to be. It's a case of opposites attracting yet working with each other's differences, and it was beautifully done. 

This was a book I took a gamble on, and I'm so glad I did. I'm sure I'll re-read it again in the future.

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Art historian David Webster left his childhood home of Saugerties, New York ten years ago and hasn’t looked back. Intelligent, successful, and proud of his sexuality, David has built a comfortable, if lonely, life in Chicago. But when he learns his father has suffered a debilitating stroke, he decides to leave his prestigious museum job and move home to care for his dad. Until now David has never questioned his devotion to academic and professional success. Suddenly he’s forced to confront and reevaluate his desires, chief among them, his former best friend Nick. 

Nick Patras has spent his entire life trying to be the perfect Greek son. From devoting himself to football, to forgoing an athletic scholarship to work at his family’s diner, to denying his sexuality and getting married to his high school sweetheart, Nick got used to putting his family’s dreams ahead of his own. The facade shattered, however, when Nick divorced his wife and left the family business to follow his dream of starting an organic farm. Finally content with the life he’s built for himself, Nick is still haunted by the mistake that ended his friendship with David a decade earlier.

When David and Nick reunite their old feelings are undeniable, but can David trust Nick with his heart a second time around? As David embarks on a new career as an artist, he must decide whether or not Nick fits into this composition.

New Release: Axe by Ruby Carter

Here's one for lovers of M/F biker romances. I'm delighted to feature Ruby Carter's storming new re-release. Axe is part of the Devil's Reapers MC series, and now available on Amazon!

Genre: M/F biker romance




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Dani Cooper is a small woman with big ambitions... and even bigger worries.

Determined to escape her past, Dani throws herself into her dream of becoming a tattoo artist, but quickly finds herself falling into the lap of Axe Cole, bad boy biker and president of the Devil’s Reapers MC. Though she finds herself instantly drawn towards him, past experiences keep her from giving in - until it becomes clear that fate has other ideas.

When a traumatic event finds Dani leaning on Axe harder than ever, old rivalries reignite, and a terrifying threat looms, Axe finds himself faced with a choice: follow his heart and give himself to the woman he loves, or protect his Pixie by walking away for good.

Will Axe and Dani’s relationship survive, or will the revelation that their lives are more intertwined
than even they know prove too great?

💜 **This is an extended edition of my debut novel - the first in Devil’s Reapers MC series - Axe. Boasting a whole host of new content and reimagined scenes inspired by my true life experiences.

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Book Review - The King Trials (Chronicles of Wehlmir Book 1) by D L Sims

Genre: LGBT fantasy romance/adventure 

High fantasy and futuristic romance are genres I've struggled with in the past. I'm not the right reader for a huge cast of characters, worlds unfamiliar to our own and complex plots regarding differing kingdoms warring with each other. 

That said, I enjoyed The King Trials immensely. How is it one author can make the characters so accessible, the plot easy to follow yet woven with skill? If more fantasy books were like this one, I would definitely read more of the genre. 

I won't pick apart the plot, because I always include the blurb so the reader can see for themselves, but I loved the representatives of each kingdom, chosen to compete in the Trials for the right to be King. One of those combatants is Andalen, who is taking part in place of their brother, who is academic but not strong enough to compete in the physical aspects. 

Another is Grantham, a man with a secret love for his best friend. 

I could go on, but each character has their own unique skill and personality, with their own personal  challenges going on with regards to family, sexuality and gender. There is an emphasis on relationships, whether parent/child, friends or brothers and sisters, told with empathy. There are meaty fight scenes, and moments of genuine sadness and tension.

Ikar is one of the standout characters, at war with his powerful older brother and I'm not going to spoil it but the ending is bittersweet and beautiful. 

D L Sims is not afraid to kill their darlings, that's for sure. Again, the skill is in making me care, so further down the line there are real moments of shock. Thanks, dear Author!

The writing is brilliant, soulful, gorgeous and colourful. I was hooked within the first few pages and genuinely enjoyed every part of it. It's a promising start to a series in a pretty crowded genre, and deserves to do well.

This is the first in the Chronicles of Wehlmir series, and I'm definitely going to check out the next book, but as a standalone story it works very well too. 

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The king of Elthare is dead. Invitations have been sent out to the noble families to put forth a Champion to participate in the 43rd King Trials, a grueling competition that has left former competitors permanently injured, disabled or dead.

Who will be king?

Grantham Sinero, a man skilled in hand-to-hand combat and armed with the ability of telekinesis.

Andalen Amadon who can inflict pain and suffering with a single touch and is a highly trained archer.

Khett Pedgram, the former prince of Elthare, able to control the four natural elements and has an immense knowledge of the kingdom's history.

Ikar Dominikov who holds no special powers, but is a great hunter and tracker.

A kingdom at war.

When soldiers from the empire of Mezerah invade Elthare, the Trials are cut short, and the Eltharians must prepare for a war no one ever saw coming. Many lives are lost, but with the help from their allies to the north, Elthare may have a fighting chance against the Mezerans.

At the end of the Ten Day Battle one Champion will be crowned the new monarch of the now fractured kingdom.

But who will be left alive to claim the throne?

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Nothing to do with books but a gorgeous recipe for those with a sweet tooth

I did an Instagram post with some Macaroons I made today, and people have been asking me for the recipe ever since. They are super-easy but I'm not sure on allergy information as the recipe is very old. I've had this book for over 35 30 years! Anyway. Here it is. I hope you enjoy them. 


Macaroons

250g (8oz) caster sugar
150g (5oz) ground almonds
1 tablespoon rice flour (I use semolina)
2 egg whites
rice paper (available in all good cook shops)


Mix the sugar, almonds and rice flour together and set aside.

Beat the egg whites lightly, then add the dry ingredients. Beat to a smooth, firm consistency.

Leave to stand for 5 minutes, then roll into small (walnut sized) balls and place slightly apart on a baking sheet lined with rice paper.

Flatten slightly and place a split almond or a glace cherry on each one.

Bake in a preheated moderate oven, 180 C (350 F), Gas Mark 4, for 20 minutes, checking after ten minutes. Turn the tray around if they are browning unevenly.

They should be golden brown but still moist. Cool on the baking tray.

Makes between 20-25 macaroons.

Enjoy!

Jayne x









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