This is My Genre, Tell Me Yours! #booktag

Good night, lovely people! I was going to bother you all only tomorrow morning, but as Beth, from Betwixt The Pages, so kindly reminded me three times, she tagged me on the This is My Genre, Tell Me Yours! #booktag =D If you don’t know Beth yet, you totally need to #justsaying, so go check her own post and blog here, please! She rocks all the right books and jams ❤ Beth, once again, thank you for the tag!

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  • Credit Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, either use the created tag name graphic or create your own and link back to the blog;
  • Answer the questions;
  • Tag as many people as you want!

QUESTIONS

  1. What’s your favourite genre?

I’d say romance, but that’s a lie. I could say historical romance, but that is also not right. The truth is I’m picky with both, so I’ll just stick with the universal truth: gay romance. If we’re talking about a good and sugared gay romance, then I’m in heaven.

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  1. Who’s your favourite author from the genre?

I hate when I have to choose among my children, but if for some monstrous reason I got stuck reading the same author forever and ever, it would be Ava March. She’s my goddess on earth and she knows it. Or at least she should, as I’ve been bothering her by messages on Goodreads and e-mails since I was 17 – I’m 22 today, so the math proves how much patience Ava has with me, haha! Seriously, ALL HER BOOKS ROCK. I should know, as I have read them all. #psychotic #Ilovetoohard #sorrynotsorry

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  1. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

This question actually needs to be answered in three parts, if you all don’t mind lol Dear Annelise, of course we mind! Do you think we don’t have anything better to do than to read your babbles?

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Sorry, I’m still answering it on three parts, please bear with me ❤

Part I: Historical Romance

Since I was a child, I’m a sucker for historical romances, especially the ones set in London, 19th century. At first, I only knew the heterosexual romance world – which I love dealy to this day – and what keeps pulling me back to it is to be able to see how you can find ways to rebel even when society is against you. To see how people behaved and how difficult everything was back then – can you imagine being hungry and not knowing how to turn on your own stove to bake yourself something? I honestly can’t and that’s why I keep coming back to this genre. I love to see how people were able to live and be happy with way less. How much simpler things were. If they had good toilets and tampons, I’d totally go back in time!

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Part II: Gay Romance

I have such a fondness for LGBT love in general because I feel this is the last true social barrier for a relationship to actually work. If I’m reading contemporary romances and it is all about the couple getting together with some insecurity drama to it, I just don’t feel like reading it. I don’t see a valid problem, you know? But a LGBT couple has yet to deal with a lot of shit from society – many times, from their own homes. This sense of forbidden love makes me pin harder for them, in hopes that, one day, those labels won’t matter anyone and love can be truly free.

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Part III: Historical Gay Romances

After Greeks and Romans turned into History [haha], pretty much all relationships posed challenges. The taboo levels varied according to the times, but no couple was safe – I hope you are seeing a pattern here, haha! On the 19th century, people loved to think they were oh-so-civilized and modern, but relationships were still very complicated. Nobles and servants together? Nope. Peasants and nobles? Nope. Royalty and beggars? NOPE. Birth itself was a barrier and there were serious punishment for marrying off your social position. Now, imagine the taboo levels for two men in love with each other when they can barely choose the women to hold their hearts? I FAINTED.

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  1. What’s the book that started your love for your favourite genre?

gravitationI’ve been a book lover from the crib, with no particular trigger to my adoration. However, what truly awakened the gay romance lover in me wasn’t a book, but a manga series called Gravitation, by Maki Murakami. To be honest, it isn’t even that good, but I didn’t know it was a gay romance when I first bought it and started to read it. I was 13, I think, and totally ignored the big +18 on manga covers since I was 8, so you can imagine my face-fall as I reached volume 2 and the male protagonists had sex. I wish I could have a gif of that moment, it was priceless, haha! I already had a soft spot for beautiful bffs males, so the thing just naturally evolved and officially got out of control as I entered college and met J. L. Langley’s books. Life as I knew back then was over, hahaha!

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5. If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

Actually, I have already been there with Jess, from the Mud and Stars! If you want to immerse yourselves on the wonders of historical gay romance, I must recommend you All In With The Duke, from the goddess Ava March! It’s simply the best historical romance of my life. I hope this is reasoning enough, but in case it isn’t… Here’s my review for it!

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  1. Why do you read?

Why do I breathe? Why do I eat? Why do I sleep? All those questions have the same answer: despite being highly enjoyable, I NEED TO DO IT, LMAO. Books are my safe heaven, the hobby I hop on when I’m tired, bored, happy, sad, excited, hopeful, in need of a hug… Books are my life. I actually own more books than clothes and shoes put together, haha! (Just to clarify: I’m only talking about physical books. Don’t even get me started on the digital shelves, haha!)

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George R. R. Martin definitely rubbed on me, I can’t even make a tag post something short… Sorry, guys! For this one, I’ll tag…

Amanda, from the Cover2CoverMom

Jess, from the Mud and Stars

Because I’m really sure they are ok with tags, but anyone is welcome to do it! You can even say I tagged you on your post =D Jess and Amanda, please don’t feel obligated to do this if you don’t feel like it ❤

I guess that’s it, people! Hope you found this post where I just talk about my royal panda self all the time interesting ❤ What is your favorite genre?

With love,

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books that made me cry

Hi, there! Good AFTERNOON! I DID IT, IT IS ON TIME AND EARLIER! I DESERVE A BIG HIGH FIVE!

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Ahem.

It’s Tuesday, so it’s Top 10 Tuesday day! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and my theme today is Books that Made me Cry because I can’t seem to follow everyone else and do the right theme of the week lol

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So, I’d like to start this post by saying that I usually don’t cry reading. No, I haven’t got an heart of ice or anything like that. I just purposefully avoid reading books that I’m sure that will leave me utterly miserable and struggling to keep breathing between my sobs.

You see, when I was 14, I had a severe case of depression due family problems. One of the things that helped me going back on track and learning how to cope with my mind was reading – a pastime that has accompanied me since my birth, may I add. Ever since, I started to avoid obviously sad books like The Fault on Our Stars and such. It’s nothing personal, it is just one of the things I had to do to keep myself sane at the time and it is a habit that stuck up. I can deal with some depressing parts in a book, sad moments and deaths. But downward tragedy all the time hits too close to home, so no, thanks 🙂

All that being said, I still cry in books, a lot! And not only tears of sorrow, so I divided by ten books by type of crying – because I’m that much of an organizer freak 🙂

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 1) The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

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This was the only purposeful sad book that I read knowing that it may end badly and I don’t regret it. I read it on 2007, when I was 12 or 13, and it was a recommendation of a sales’ guy from one of my favorite bookstores at the time, so I loved it. I don’t see myself re-reading it, though.

 2) The Last Olympian, by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson #5)

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You know, the series was ending, one of the most awesome characters died and I was feeling too overwhelmed by all the twists and awesomeness. And I still didn’t know that The Lost Hero was a kind of sequel to Percy Jackson series lol

 3) Daughter of Darkness, by L. J. Smith (Nightworld #2) [REVIEW HERE!]

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Again, the fault is on the twist in the end. There isn’t anything downward sad about this book, but I thought the choice of the protagonists so tragic, brave and beautiful that it got me tearing up a bit for their destiny. Again, no deaths, no tragedy. I JUST FELT LIKE CRYING, I’M A REBEL!

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Since I watched Into The Woods, I was DYING to use this gif, haha!

4) All In With The Duke, by Ava March (Gambling On Love #1) [REVIEW HERE!]

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Yes, you have read it correctly. My diva, my muse, made me cry. I just couldn’t see a happy ending for Max and Tristan in the first time that I read this book and I WAS DYING. Sometimes, I still cry near the end, haha!

5) Cambridge Fellows series, by Charlie Cochrane

Honestly? I don’t even know why I kept reading this series for so long. Despite being an historical gay romance series, the writing style wasn’t my cup of tea, the characters were pretty shallow and the drama got heavier and heavier. I lost count of how many times I was reading this as I was on my way to college and I started to weep in pure agony for the main couple. I just wanted to grab Charlie by her shoulders and shake her until she came back to her senses and stopped that madness, haha!

Frustration tears

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Fun fact about me: when I’m very sad, I grow quiet and simply won’t speak or do anything. I become numb. When I’m angry or frustrated to hell, I cry like there is no tomorrow. Therefore, these next books got more tears than the sad books did, haha!

 6) What Lies Within, by James Morrison [REVIEW HERE!]

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I really liked this book, but I was so overwhelmed when I got to the end and there were some mysterious lose ends that I broke. I started crying and screaming and swearing, haha! After a calming shower, I couldn’t stop saying to whoever wanted to hear how good and awesome and badass this book is, haha! Strong emotions lol

7) The Heir, by Kiera Cass (The Selection #4) [REVIEW HERE!]

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I almost began crying in frustration in the middle of chapter one, when I realized how Eadlyn and I wouldn’t get along. AT. ALL. And yet, Kiera Cass was forcing me to put up with the brat using my love for The Selection and for America as an excuse. Eadlyn drove me so mad that there were a lot of scenes that I read while tearing up in pure and simple frustration. I can’t wait for the nightmare to be over in The Crown

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8) Chasing Rainbows, by Linda Oaks (The Chasing Series #1) [REVIEW HERE!]

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This book was Linda’s debut and my first from her. I was so surprised to see her beautiful writing style, so impressed to see how much Linda seemed to understand me and how much I connected with Addie, the main character, that I found myself emotional in like 60% of my reading time. I took notes of quotes and felt tears down my cheeks. Super cheesy and super true. Just read this book – or any of Linda’s works, really – and you will understand.

9) After Death, by Jacqueline E. Smith (Cemetery Tours #3) [REVIEW HERE!]

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Jacqueline’s writing is a piece of art by itself, but there was a scene near the end of this book that was my undoing. It was so emotional, beautiful and meaningful that I started crying and wouldn’t stop, haha! I just wanted to hug my iPad and never let go 🙂

Last, but not least…

PERFECTION TEARS

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I searched my brain aka my goodreads read shelf for another case of perfection tears, but I think it only happened once so far.

And the Oscar goes to…

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10) CARRY ON, by Rainbow Rowell! [REVIEW HERE!]

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This was the first and only time that I cried because of over perfection. And I’ve read my fair of books for someone of only 21. I scared my best friend, her maid and her mom with my crying crisis and book hangover after Carry On was over. I simply couldn’t, I needed more, that was too perfect to end. AND I SWEAR THAT THE END IS SWEET AND HAPPY AND CUTE! I’m the weird one that cries over… Perfection, as it seems.

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I know, I know. That’s why I’ll just thank you for reading and stop writing now, haha!

Do you also categorize your types of crying over books? 🙂

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Object of His Desire, from Ava March (Sommerville Park #1)

Hi, there! Good Saturday to you and welcome to another Ava March book review! I decided to re-read one of my favorites from her on Thursday and, once again, I was breathless ❤ Of course that I’m talking about Object of His Desire, the first book in the Sommerville series *–*

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from my Instagram 🙂

The Story

One week of pure torture.

That was all that Henry Shaw could say about his time on Sommerville Park, the propriety of marquis Arsen Grey. So much for a secret crush. Arsen was wicked, debauched and off all limits to Henry. And still, he had agreed to the marquis’ invitation to the blasted party. It was time to be over and done with his silly infatuation with Arsen. No use to love someone that would never love him back.

But can Henry so easily give up on such a gorgeous and impressive man?

One week of pure torture.

That was all that Arsen Grey, the marquis of Sommerville, could say about his party on his country house. So much for putting up a show for society. Especially when his eyes won’t leave one single person: Henry Shaw. The perfect man. Arsen was afraid that Henry would deny such invitation to his country house, but there he was, the only guest that hadn’t seen any kind of sheets action. It was time to be over and done with the wait. Henry Shaw would be Arsen’s. No use to keep waiting.

But can Arsen convince Henry that they can have a future together?

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The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

As Dante would have said: “thy that here enters, leave behind all the hopes for a mature and impartial review”. He never said that. Not like that anyway. MOVING ON. My first book by Ava March was Bound by Deception and I read The Bound Series [review here!] in a rush after that, so my second series from her was Sommerville Park. For a long time, Henry and Arsen were my favorite couple from Ava, as they are just so sweet and caring and PERFECT ❤ (Okay, sorry, I’m fangirling like crazy again *takes a deep breath*). As I said several times before, it’s easy and hard to analyze a book that you’ve read so many times, as you already had so much time to overthink about it. Ava makes a point to show her reader how communication is important between a couple for them to work out and it was no different this time. In order to live their love, Henry and Arsen had to talk. And oh  dear, how did they talk… Without further ado, I declare that Object of His Desire is a five stars novella and that I really love it to the core ❤

The narrative follows March usual style: third person with switching points of view between Henry and Arsen. Ava works well into both characters personalities and he reader is left at a loss, as we need to tell Arsen how Henry feels and then we need to tell Henry how Arsen feels. Pride and fear are strong reflexes of the Regency society in which they live in, so the need of discretion on both parts breaks the reader’s heart. As a control freak, I prefer third person narratives, so I can always know what’s happening on both sides, haha!

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everybody has a bit of a Sheldon side, right?

The plot was simple, as most of March’s books. Regency era boy likes another boy, doesn’t know if loved boy likes boys too and decides to take a shoot. Also, all March’s books have a happy ending, which I really love, so there is no mystery there. All the focus goes to the couple, how they can work together and what they have to avoid to not break apart.

And the characters… I love both Henry and Arsen. Always did, haha! They are so different and yet so alike. Both are quiet people that long for love. There was no insta love in any parts, as their relationship had been growing for months prior the beginning of the book. It’s rewarding to see the moment when it finally blossoms and how they arrived there.

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Also, Henry is a darling. A really tall and big guy that likes to be the wallflower of the party and has an almost teen crush on the beautiful older guy. Of course he made it to My Bookish Boyfriend list ❤ I imagine him like one of those swimming guys from the Olympic season, you know? All size and gentleness *–*

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And I imagine Arsen as being more refined and bored-looking, but slaying beautiful. He also made to my list, but I’m team Henry ❤ He lacks the honesty that Henry has – I’m fine with it, as he never lied to Henry, but you know what I mean. He’s… Jaded. Henry had his heart broken even more than Arsen and survived the experience without this eerie feel. So, yeah, team Henry, haha!

And then there are the sex scenes.

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March never ever disappoints and she makes a point to show that is perfectly okay for the couple to switch bed roles as they see fit. Also, as in all her works, there is so much love and desire involved on the love-making that the reader keeps sighing in pure satisfaction as the pages go. But I guess I’m too suspicious to say anything, haha! I love Ava too much, just as I love reading gay historical romances, oops!

Overall, if you like a really romantic couple, hot sex scenes, real and down-to-earth characters and Regency books, YOU JUST NEED AVA MARCH IN YOUR LIFE!

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Understood? Thank you.

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That’s it, thanks for reading! How do you feel about gay historical romances?

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Ps: here’s a list of my reviewed titles from Ava March so far 🙂

MARCH, AvaAll In With The Duke, Gambling on Love #1 (review here!)

*MARCH, AvaViscount’s Wager, Gambling on Love #3 (review here!)

MARCH, AvaThe Bond Series (review here!)

MARCH, AvaConvincing Arthur, London Legal #1 (review here!)

MARCH, AvaConvincing Leopold, London Legal #2 (review here!)

*MARCH, AvaConvincing the Secretary, London Legal #3 (review here!)

Top 10 Tuesday: All Time Favorites!

Good morning and welcome to an edition of Top 10 Tuesday that I won’t cheat! 😀 As you may be aware, the meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. My theme for today is All Time Favorites 😀

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Let’s do this ❤

  1. Carry On, from Rainbow Rowell

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You can read the review here

  1. Highland Magic series, from Helen Harper

Gifted Thief review (book one)

Honour Bound review (book two)

  1. Cemetery Tours series, from Jacqueline E. Smith

Cemetery Tours review (book one)

Between Worlds review (book two)

After Death (book three)

  1. All In With The Duke, from Ava March

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You can read the review here

  1. The Vampire Diaries series

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6.The Truth About Cassandra, from Laurie Brown

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  1. The Mediator series, from Meg Cabot

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  1. Deltora Quest series, from Emily Rodda

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  1. Harry Potter series, from J. K. Rowling

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  1. Fairy tales in general

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That’s it! Thank you for reading! Which are some of your all time favorites??

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BOOK TOUR + INTERVIEW: Convincing the Secretary, from Ava March!

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Hi, there! CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?! I’m part of an Ava March Book Tour!! *happily dancing around the room*

Fangirlings aside, welcome to my stop on the Convincing the Secretary Book Tour 😀

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Convincing the Secretary

London Legal series #3

Ava March

ISBN13: 9781619222526

Length: 34,600 words (novella)

Genre: GLBT: Historical, Red Hot: Historical

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

Business and pleasure is a mix no gentleman should consider.

Lord Grayson Holloway goes after what he wants—be it in the law office on his clients’ behalf or in the bedchamber. His new position as partner puts him closer to achieving his goal of becoming the most successful solicitor in London. There’s just one problem—his new secretary. Broad of shoulder yet mild of manner, Edward tempts Gray like no other. Yet the young man barely notices him.

Edward Fenton tries to be a good secretary, but being in Lord Grayson’s hard, commanding presence rouses Edward’s most forbidden desires. Wicked, naughty desires no gentleman should consider giving in to, let alone with his new employer.

Gray is more than willing to mix business with pleasure. But convincing Edward to take a chance on a future with him? That might be the most challenging case Gray has ever taken on.

Warning: Includes buttoned-up gentlemen who become undone, improper use of a desk, spankings, and a big bad lord who has a soft spot for his virgin secretary.

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Where to find Convincing the Secretary

Samhain Publishing | Amazon | iBooks | Google Play | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | ARe

As the dutiful fan that I am, I already have reviews for all three books! Just click on their covers bellow to access their reviews 😀

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Also, being the brilliant and lovely human being that Ava is, she agreed to a quick interview!

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  1. First of all, I’d like to congratulate you on the latest releases and thank you for stopping by on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange! The first question is about the hottest release in town, Convincing the Secretary, third book in the London Legal series. I couldn’t help but notice that Edward and Gray were your first couple that didn’t find “the missing piece of their souls” on their relationship. I mean, comparing them to Arthur and Leopold and several other couples, they were more independent from each other. Why this sudden change of modus operandi on your character’s personalities? Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, I’m just nosy, haha!

Thanks for the congratulations, and thanks for having me on your blog, Annelise! As for Edward and Gray, I wanted to do something a bit different with the guys. I wanted them to figure out how to better themselves on their own, and I think this is why their relationship dynamic feels different than other couples from my books. Their self-improvement is intertwined with their developing relationship, but it’s also independent in a way. Their character growth then set them up to be able to resolve conflict and have a healthy relationship together.

 

  1. The next question takes us back to Leopold and Arthur. On both Convincing Arthur and Convincing Leopold, it is clear that Leopold suffers with a certain mental condition. As mental illness was one of society’s taboos, Leopold isn’t able to give us more details on his condition and us readers are left in the dark. Would his suffering be due a primitive and genetically predisposed form of depression?

I don’t believe Leopold inherited a predisposition toward depression. About 50% of people who develop depression have someone in their family tree with depression, and Leopold would fall into the other 50%. His father had no experience dealing with someone with depression, given he went from calling doctors for an adolescent Leopold to giving Leopold whatever he desired in an effort to make him happy. So I’d say no one his father knew besides Leopold had dealt with it, which would include Leopold’s mother. Losing his mother early in life likely put him more at risk than the average person to develop depression.

 

  1. Can we expect more books in the London Legal series?

I would say 99% chance of no more books in that series. I’m not planning a 4th book and I don’t currently have any ideas for a 4th book. But one never knows when/if the muse will strike.

 

  1. What can you tell us about To Kiss a Thief, your next programed release?

To Kiss a Thief features Sam, who is Cavin’s younger brother from Brook Street: Thief. It takes place 6 years after Thief, when Sam is 19 years old. The book will have a bit of a new adult feel, as both Sam and his hero are ‘college age’ (though neither are at university) and both navigating their first real relationship together. Sam’s character intrigued me in Thief – a smart, perceptive, loyal kid who earned his living as a thief until Cavin got him an honest job at Lord Benjamin’s town house. I wanted to see what he’d be like when he got older. As might be inferred from the book’s title, Sam hasn’t completely put his thieving ways behind him and they get him into a spot of trouble with a curious American. Their relationship is sweet, hot and includes quite a few inappropriate questions 🙂 The novella will be available as part of a duology with Cooper Davis, and we are currently targeting a fall 2016 release.

 

  1. You have two paperback published books besides the vast collection of digital books, The Bound Series and All In With The Duke, the first one in the Gambling on Love series (and a secret autographed copy of Sharp Love just waiting for the next online giveaway to put my name on it, haha!). Can we expect more paperback versions of your books to decorate our shelves? Any plans to do to Brook Street series or London Legal series the same thing that was done to The Bound Series? (Ava reunited the trilogy plus two short stories with the series characters and published one book for them all.)

My publishers hold the print rights for the Brook Street and London Legal series, so ultimately it is up to the publishers on if a print version is made available. If the print rights ever revert to me, I would release print versions like I did with the Bound series. I like having books available in as many formats as possible, to give readers options.

[Dear publishers, please release her books in paperback. Thanks]

  1. From all your works, only From Afar is a paranormal romance, and one with a great potential for a sequel, if you don’t mind me saying. Do you think of writing another paranormal story in your signature Regency London setting?

I’ve thought about it. When I wrote From Afar, I found the paranormal elements very refreshing. I could make my own rules versus strictly following the rules of the Regency period. I have a concept for a sequel to From Afar, which would be set in Rome. But in the years following From Afar’s release, I was busy with other contracted books and didn’t have time to write a sequel. I also have a werewolf story outlined that’s been sitting in my book concepts folder for some time. So maybe one of these days I’ll try my hand at a paranormal again.

 

How I love this woman.

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Anyway, thanks again for bearing with me for the interview, Ava! And bellow, you can learn more about this amazing writer that currently holds my heart but you already knew that if you’re here for a while:

Ava March is a bestselling author of sexy, emotionally intense M/M historical erotic romances. She loves writing in the Regency time period, where proper decorum is of the utmost importance, but where anything can happen behind closed doors. With over fifteen works to her credit, her books have been finalists in the Rainbow Awards and More Than Magic contest, and deemed ‘must-haves’ for Historical M/M romance by RT Book Reviews readers. Visit her website at www.AvaMarch.com to find out more about her books or to sign-up for her newsletter.

Ava’s blog | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

If you’re into historical gay romances, you just HAVE TO read Ava’s books ❤

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That’s it, thank you so much for reading and bearing with my fangirlings 😀

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Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Covers, in which I cheat and present all my favorite ones from 2015

Good day to you! Our day starts with Top 10 Tuesday 😀 This meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish and as if I wasn’t a rebel before, now I reached a whole new level, haha! Besides choosing to show you guys my 10 favorite covers within my 2015 reads, I also made it 18 covers because it was IMPOSSIBLE to narrow this down, haha!

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Lest’s go:

  1. Venom, from Kristin Middleton

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  1. The Gentleman and The Lamplighter, from Summer Devon

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  1. Sanctum, from Madeleine Roux

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  1. All In With the Duke, from Ava March

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  1. Fellowship of the Ring – I have the complete edition, so it is shiny and beautiful ❤

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  1. Chasing Rainbows, from Linda Oaks

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  1. The Need, from S. L. Hannah

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  1. Shattered Blue, from Lauren Bird Horowitz

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  1. The Heir, from Kiera Cass

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  1. Secrets and High Spirits, from Lou Harper

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EXTRAS

  1. What Lies Within, from James Morris

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  1. The Tutor, from Bonnie Dee

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  1. The Night Clock, from Paul Meloy

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  1. Misunderstood, from Anya Valentino

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  1. Convincing the Secretary, from Ava March

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  1. After Death, from Jacqueline E. Smith

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  1. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, from Anne Rice

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  1. Night World vol. 1, from L. J. Smith

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I’m a cheater, I know lol But how was I supposed to narrow this down to only 10?! So may pretty covers ❤

Thanks for reading, haha!

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March TBR!

Hi, there! I finally have my TBR list for March up and running! I failed my February one a little, but this time I will get it right! (More about my failure on tomorrow’s post, haha!)

Here are my March babies!

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physical copies involved from my Instagram 😀

 

I know, so many books. But I’m feeling positive, haha! Cheer for me 😀

Have you decided on your TBR for March??

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Carry On, from Rainbow Rowell

Hello, my dears. Today I’m finally talking about Carry On, from Rainbow Rowell. I know this review is so late, but honestly, it will be one of the most difficult ones that I have ever wrote. Brace yourselves and tighten your seatbelts. Let the emotional rollercoaster begin.

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from my Instagram

The Story

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One of the entire history of Chosen Ones. Wizard with awesome powers? Check. Ass kick fighting techniques? Check. Decent looks? Check. Total control over his actions, words and powers? Not at all. And his problems ironically only increase when his arch-enemy (and roommate) Baz doesn’t show up at Watford after the Summer break. Why can’t Baz just end his suffering by coming back to their freaking last year at school?

Baz is the worst vampire of the entire history of vampires. Blood thirst? Check. Handsome as hell? Check. Intelligent and high-cultured? Check. Big bag fangs? Check. Total knowledge about his powers, nature and destiny? Not at all. And sharing the room with his arch-enemy Simon Snow only increases his problems, as Baz can’t take his thoughts of Simon. Why couldn’t Simon just shut up and kiss him already?

Heated feelings, old grudges, first loves and magic. So much magic. That’s Carry On.

The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

This book.

If you follow me for a while, you may know that I have been on Jen’s place at my hometown and that I finished Carry On in the beginning of last week. You even may know how much I freaked out about Gifted Thief (and I still do, Honour Bound is my next read after The Dark Cycle series!). But nothing prepared me for what Carry On was really about. Since I’ve read Fangirl, I was dreaming of reading Carry On, to be a part of Simon and Baz’s world. I make no secret of how much I enjoy gay romances and Carry On had everything to be the most perfect book ever.

And it was.

And I think I’ll never recover from its perfection.

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I seriously can’t remember when was the last time that a book grabbed my heart and squeezed so hard that I couldn’t even breath without it on my hands (okay, I’m lying, it was on 2013 when Ava sent me an ARC of All In With The Duke and I almost died). I actually hugged Carry On every time I got to read it.

I never wanted to let it go after finishing.

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I’m so sorry this review is being overly melodramatic, but I was a mess. I couldn’t believe that I had reached the end and that this was such a perfect book. It was my first time crying over a perfect and happy end and I scared the hell out of my friends and family, to the point that my dad had to say that I would meet other books that would make me fall in love again. My rating? Infinite stars.

Okay, five because Goodreads won’t allow me to rate any higher.

The narrative style is first person with switching points of view. Seriously, almost every relevant character gets their time at narrating and you could always tell who was speaking even without Rowell’s labels – yes, there are labels, don’t worry. Needless to say that my favorite narrators were Simon and Baz, right? Hahaha. Other nice thing is that Rowell would do a chapter with some lines, then switch narrators in the middle of the chapter just to write one sentence or simply throw pieces of points of view from random characters that we would understand only at the end of the book. I’m not the biggest fan of first person narrated books, but this is how you KICK ASS doing it. I didn’t care at all for Agatha and I still had not a single problem reading her parts. Seriously. This is perfection.

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Okay, I’m okay. Moving on.

The plot was awesome. Simple and involving, with the right amount of romance, mystery, magic, friendship and drama. I missed more adventurous moves on Baz’s part regarding Simon and the fact that they shared a room at Baz’s manor, but I’ll survive. This is one of that boring kinds of review, in which you are so besotted with the book that you just can’t see its flaws.

Okay, I see them. There are many loose ends. Seriously. Not for the reader, but for the characters. We discover things, they don’t. As I’m a really selfish person (?), I’m okay with the characters not knowing it all if I do, so I’m cool with it. Hm, maybe that’s the problem. I fell so hard in love with Carry On that I love even its flaws.

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Now the characters. As I may have already said on Fangirl’s review, Rowell’s characters are all girls and boys next door. Even if they are heroes, vampires, ghosts or anything else. I saw myself in Penny, Baz, Simon and even a little on Agatha, who I still don’t care about. This is witchcraft, Rowell. How do you make me like even the characters that I hate? Hahaha

I guess what pleased me the most were Baz and Simon’s flaws, to be honest. They made them too real. I remember when we fell too deep to feel, I remember when the real became too real, I remember when it hurt too much to heal and everything.

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Hilary Duff feelings, yes.

I don’t think I have anything really useful to say beyond this. They are real people living a romance and I was a crazy fangirl all the while. I’m sorry, I know I’m being really lame and lengthy on this review.

I saw many people complain about how Carry On was overly inspired on Harry Potter, among other young adult books, but this also didn’t bother me. I actually smiled every time I got a reference in the air. I felt like Rowell was writing Carry On just for me and those were our secrets, you know? And that was one of the stupidest things that I have ever admitted. Along with my hugging book habits above.

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The strongest point on Carry On is its feelings. It’s all too real, too beautiful. I seriously have not enough words to describe everything that I felt reading it, just that I was thrown on a rollercoaster and ended it hopelessly lovesick.

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Bonus point: the book’s illustrations to divide the story in parts. So cute.

Now, I’d like to share some of my favorite quotes from the book with you. And sorry if you’re my friend on Goodreads, I may have liked a million Carry On quotes today while doing this review.

Simon

“He’s looking at me as like I’m a complete freak. (Which we both already knew it was true.)”

Baz

“It’s 6A.M. and he’s [Simon] already banging around our room like a cow who accidentally wandered up here.”

“(Because I’m disturbed. Ask anyone.)”

“I’m thinking violent thoughts at you constantly.”

And this dialogue:

“What you are is a fucking tragedy, Simon Snow. You literally couldn’t be a bigger mess.”

He tries to kiss me, but I pull back- “And you like that?”

“I love it.” He says.

“Why?”

“Because we match.”

I don’t think I can endure another book hangover this strong ever again.

5star

Thank you for humoring me this far and enduring my interior and very depressed fangirl. I’m pinning badly for another Simon & Baz romance. Also, a special thank you to Jess, of the Mud and Stars, for not blocking me on Twitter after I finished Carry On; to Jenny and her mom, who had to endure a very crying me for at least two days; to Mandy, from The Reading Diaries, that had to hear me whining over this book hangover; to Lindsey from @thepagemistress, that is always there for me; and to my dad, that reminded me that I can always meet another book that will sweep me off my feet.

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Ps: I also would like to share this moment of my life:

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Convincing Leopold, from Ava March (London Legal #2)

Hi, there! Good afternoon to you 🙂 I’d like to start this post apologizing to Ava. Convincing Leopold was re-released today, so I had promised my review for Feb. 8th and failed miserably. I’m so so sorry 😦 But better a bit later than never 😉

As said once or twice, Ava is re-releasing the London Legal series and adding up a third book to it on 2016. Reviews for book one and book three are already available ❤ Both 5 stars, btw!

And yes, another Ava March book review, sorry not sorry, haha!

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from my Instagram 🙂

The Story

Arthur couldn’t be happier with his lover, Leopold. Without the threat of coming home to an empty and cold apartment, Arthur is refreshed and working even harder than usual. Except that Leopold seems to be restless of late and just won’t let Arthur rest at all during the night… And not in a pleasant way.

Leopold couldn’t be happier with his lover, Arthur. Without the threat of losing him again to some other more respectable gentleman, Leopold is refreshed and sober as he never has been. Except that Arthur’s hours at the office seem to only increase and Arthur just hired a new secretary… And a beautiful man, nevertheless.

Will Arthur and Leopold work out their differences or prove that they weren’t ever suited at all?

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The Analysis

Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader 🙂

I like Convincing Leopold even better than Convincing Arthur. As I mentioned on the review for book one, Leopold is one of my favorite Ava March’s males. He is so exotic, beautiful and adorable, ugh! I wanna hug him.

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Ahem.

This book was a re-read and I lost count of times that I did so since buying it, so it’s another case of over analyzing something that I’m deeply familiarized with. Not a bad thing, just means that you’ll have to bear with me for a while longer, haha! This book was more dramatic than the last and left me with my heart in tiny pieces on my bedroom floor. I cried hard on the first read and, sometimes, I still do. I just can’t stand what Arthur did to Leopold. But we’ll get there. Important thing is that this book is an excellent sequel and a five stars book 🙂

The narrative in all March’s books so far is third person styled with switching points of view between the couple (a.k.a. my favorite kind), so once again we are able to see what goes on with Arthur and Leopold. And that only makes the reader’s heart more broken when they start to fall apart. You know how much they love each other and you can’t do anything to help them or assure them how perfect for each other than they are.

Honestly, you have no idea how I felt when I couldn’t show this line to Leopold:

Yet being with Thorn felt right. More than right, in fact. Thorn felt like home.

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Okay, I’m okay. I think.

The plot was simple and straightforward: a couple having adjusting problems on their relationship thanks to lack of proper communication. The innovations? Arthur and Leopold are a gay couple on the Regency era, a time were you could be hanged for sodomy. And just like that, a simple plot becomes something exciting, haha! Oh, and of course that no matter the complexity of the plot if it isn’t well executed. March is my queen in plot executions ❤ (I have to say that Jacqueline E. Smith is hard competition. Maybe if Luke and Chase started a romance in Lost Souls…).

Now, let’s talk about my sweet darling Leopold. Yes, I know, there is Arthur and Jones, but they can wait, hunf. I usually like top guys best in gay couples, but Leopold just caught me hard. His subtle arrogance and insecurity did the trick, I guess. A quick quote from Arthur for you to catch my meaning:

“You do realize you are the very embodiment of temptation?”

Thorn arched a knowing brow.

Yes, of course he knew.

And Leopold is so right. #justsaying

Also, he has a condition that made me relate a lot with him. I already experienced similar crisis and there is nothing you can do besides waiting for it to pass. He said himself that two days in bed weren’t that bad and he was right. Last year, I had a break down and was abed for two weeks. I barely looked up on internet, wouldn’t personally talk to my parents or do much besides stay tucked in my bed. For two weeks, I couldn’t attend my college classes or get out of my bedroom at all. Add this to the knowledge that Arthur was a freaking selfish bastard that couldn’t bother to just be honest with Leopold and then you have all my reasons to like Leopold better, haha!

However, of course, I have to give Arthur credit. In the moment he realized how big of a mess he had made, he chased after Leopold like a blind hellhound. That was really cute. And creepy.

Once again, I was captured by March’s beautiful way of building and portraying of a relationship trying to work. Convincing Leopold is all about how communication is vital for a health commitment. And all about how perfect Leopold and Arthur are for each other ❤

To close the characters’ section, I’d like to acknowledge Jones, Leopold’s butler. His devotion and loyalty to Leopold were touching, especially on a time were employees were almost slaves on the hands of the royal and the wealth. I wanted to hug him too, haha!

As always, I can’t treat March’s sex scenes as a bonus point, as they are present on ever book that she writes please never change and they are always smoking hot. I will say this on every single review: March knows her business. I still get impressed with the overflow of feeling during her character’s most intimate moments. They may be mad at each other or just not care at all for each other, but when it comes to the bed, you feel that there is nothing outside in the world besides them and their play. This is magical. I think it’s fair enough to say that all March’s characters make love ❤

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Of course, I also need to express how much I loved the new cover! I have the old edition and trust me, this one is way better ❤

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Overall, this book made me laugh, made me cry and made me love Leopold even more ❤ This is one of the best sequels that I have read and I don’t think I’ll even stop re-reading this book.

5star

That’s it, thank you for bearing with me! The best part is that you can read an excerpt of Convincing Leopold here and find the ebook on the usual places:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Samhain

iBooks

All Romance Ebooks

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