Thank you to Morningstar at Diverse Reader for a ‘random review’ of Heloise West’s novel ARDENT.
The writing was beautiful and vivid. The characters were well fleshed out with their story told with detail bringing to life the world at that time and their struggle in it. It was suspenseful but well balanced with the love story of Morello and Benedetto.
This is all music to our ears, and we certainly agree that Heloise has a talent for balancing a mystery plot with a romance, and both of them terrific stories, too.
I also particularly loved Morningstar’s observation that Morello was authentic, fresh, and sweet. Mmm … so true!
Two recent reviews by Stevie over at The Good, The Bad and the Unread have just reached us, and they’re both wonderful – as, indeed, are the books!
Of Sandra Lindsey’s UNDER LEADEN SKIES, the reviewer has this to say:
“I loved this book, both for the story told within it and for the style in which it is told – addressing the reader throughout, as Teddy passes his story on to an individual whose identity only becomes clear at the very end. There’s a lot of scope for sequels – and possibly a prequel about Teddy’s grandfather here – so I hope this isn’t the only visit we pay to the characters and their world.”
And Stevie’s response to Elin Gregory’s ELEVENTH HOUR was equally enthusiastic:
“I loved this book. All the characters felt very real, even those who make only brief appearances, and there are plenty of back stories connecting various of them to each other that I would love to read more about. Miles’ butler and his theatrical friend deserve their own book too. Highly recommended.”
I think we can safely call that a vote in favour of two sequels and/or spinoff titles, then! Thank you for your comments, Stevie – and we totally agree with you; we would love to see more of the adventures of these characters, too!
It’s always a joy to encounter book blogs and reviewers who haven’t crossed our path before – we’ll never get over how many lovely people there are out in cyberspace sharing book recommendations with others. This time we’re delighted to have been reviewed by Mari at Bayou Book Junkie, who has been reading Heloise West’s new release ARDENT.
I love historical romance books, it’s one of my favorite genres and this one was really good! Heloise West obviously did a lot of research and it showed in the story. Her writing transported me to Italy during the Renaissance period and it had a good balance between the mystery/intrigue portion and the romance. Very recommendable!
Thank you, Mari, we’re very glad you enjoyed the book – and we have to admit we couldn’t agree with you more!
Cheryl at Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews has very thoroughly reviewed our new title, HARBINGER ISLAND by Dorian Dawes. It’s true that, as Cheryl points out, this is not a romance. However, it is an immersive Lovecraftian tale of dark fantasy – and we suspect that fans of that genre will love it.
This was a real sit the edge of the seat, keep your eye on the shadows and trust absolutely no one book. After a slow start, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can recommend it to anyone who has a love for creeping horror, ritualistic murder and things with more tentacles than they’ve any business to have – oh and a damn sexy, green gorgon with scales.
Thank you, Cheryl! And, like you, we loved the intriguing range of LGBTQ+ characters, and also had our individual favourites for whom we were rooting with every shred of our beings.
To nobody’s great astonishment, Elin Gregory’s wonderful ELEVENTH HOUR is still making new friends out in the review community.
Reviewer Sarina, writing for Love Bytes Same Sex Book Reviews, has this to say:
If you enjoy historical novels but would like something a little less Victorian and a little more modern, you really need to check this one out! This was a great book to introduce me to this author but it certainly won’t be the last I read.
Which is brilliant news all round, as we’re sure you will agree – and thank you, Sarina, we’re very glad that you enjoyed the book!
We were delighted to see a new review of the very popular ELEVENTH HOUR by Elin Gregory. Anya at Binge on Books says:
What to Expect: Delightful slow-build spy romance with a cross-dressing MC
What you will love: Intricate world building, intrigues and plot twists, sex scenes that will leave you HAPPY and wanting more, MILLIE is everything and Pritchard is the best manservant ever!
Thank you, Anya. We’re so glad you enjoyed this story as much as we do!
Rather belatedly, we have just learned about a review of Sandra Lindsey’s UNDER LEADEN SKIES which appeared in September.
Over on Love Bytes, reviewer Dan seems to have thoroughly enjoyed the book:
The tale of these men and their friends, families and crew mates reads as a true historical story, probably because it could easily be true. Told in First Person from Max’s POV, it read in some parts like a personal memoir, and I really liked it because of it.
We couldn’t agree more – it was that immediacy which attracted us to the book in the first place!
Thank you, Dan, we really appreciate your comments!