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January Reading Recs


January was the virgin month for my new Reading Bingo challenge.

Every month I give you a list of books to read, you fill in your bingo card, you win a prize.

It's super simple, and super fun!

This is what January's Bingo looked like.

And January's winner is Karen M.


Below, you'll find a list of January's participants reads and perhaps you'll find a new favorite.


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Cursed Dance by Rhys Lawless

A demon daddy and a virgin incubus... Is it chance or a match made in hell?

Adi has finally been freed after spending millennia trapped. A demon without purpose, he craves for connection. To find a young man and make him his own and teach him everything he knows.

And then he stumbles on a young incubus in need of help and love.

Sacha has been on the run since he killed his boyfriend. Finding out he was an incubi at the tender age of seventeen, put him in a lot more trouble. Now a stripper in the pits of Soho, his life is somewhat falling into place.

Until the day his incubi friends are abducted and his bosses are trying to kill him.

Waking up in the demon’s bed turns out to be the best thing that could have happened for Sacha. He never imagined having a daddy, but when Adi offers to be his protector, everything changes.

And together they are going to find out who is after the young man… or die trying.

Must Love Demons by Meghan Maslow

You’d think being magically tethered to the hottest warden in all Verona wouldn’t be a hardship.


You’d be wrong.


Incubus Nico Azertiran has his dream job as a cherub-in-training. It’s the perfect position for a lust demon who’s more interested in happily-ever-afters than one-night stands. Or it would be, if he didn’t keep screwing it up. When a new cherub gadget misfires, Nico is left trussed to Verona’s most eligible warden, the incredibly grumpy, Sir Flame.


Flambeau Illume has a job to do. Someone’s murdering Verona’s rich and famous, and Sir Flame’s hot on the killer’s trail . . . until he has the misfortune to get magically lassoed to the most infuriating incubus he’s ever had the displeasure to meet. Except, maybe Nico isn’t so terribly awful. But how can he solve his case and keep Nico safe at the same time? Especially when the sweet demon seems to have a bullseye on his back.


Together they need to solve the crime, stay alive, and—if their luck changes—maybe even fall in love. Easy, right?

Hidden Scars by Andi Jaxon

TROPES: Enemies to Lovers, Hockey, Roommates, Hurt/Comfort, Friends with Benefits drama, Granda Quilts, and Santa Cookies. Charles Preston Carmichael is the most infuriating man I’ve ever met.

I want to sock the golden boy of college hockey right in the mouth.

He enjoys telling me everything I’m messing up. Publicly.

And since he’s my roommate for the next year, I can’t avoid him.

Yet there’s something about him that makes me watch him.

Something dark.

A secret I want to uncover.

When he returns from a weekend away, broken and haunted, I can’t keep my distance anymore.

He needs someone and I’ll be damned if it’s not me.

Soon my life no longer revolves around hockey, but the nightmares he’s living with.

Desperately I want to save him but I can’t, only he can save himself.

Can I watch him destroy himself as he tries to hold tight to the things that matter or will I be the final hit in the destruction of his life?

Christmas Bubble by Ana Ashley

A Christmas snowstorm. Two opposites that most definitely attract. Only one bed.


When the man of your absolute dreams slams their mouth into yours, there is only one course of action. Yours truly–that’s me–has broken it down into four easy steps for your convenience.

You're welcome.


Step one: make sure he really is attached to you. Lips to lips. You're a clam. Do not let go.

Step two: climb him like a tree.

Step three: thank your past self for all the squats that gave you those thunder thighs.

Step four: enjoy every second of that kiss before said (maybe-not-so-straight) man realizes what he's doing and has a freakout.

Mafia Daddy by Aster Rae

The last thing Rowan needs is a protector in the Russian mob.


I don't do relationships.

Falling for men is a surefire way to get yourself killed in the mob.

Better to avoid guys with bashful smiles at all costs.

Except one day, I see a young man named Rowan eating ice cream at my brother's engagement party.

He's my brother's fiancé's best friend, and everything from the binky around his neck to the ducky socks on his feet calls out to my internal Daddy.

Before I can stop myself, I write a note offering him a one-month stint as my housekeeper in my Manhattan penthouse.

But there's something Rowan doesn't know.

The agreement ends in thirty days... But once I let Rowan into my dangerous world, there's no way I'll let him go.

Killer Heart by Rhys Lawless

Raised to hate them. Trained to kill them.

Witches are evil. They’re everything that’s wrong with this world. My unit is tasked with finding and killing each and every one of them.

Until he comes along. Caleb Carlyle.

My next target.

Silver hair, small with a big-boy attitude, and an offer I can’t refuse. Trade my cursed, frozen heart for his broken one.

When we join forces, witches and hunters turn against us. Now we have to rely on each other for survival and I know this won’t end well.

Rule number one of witch-hunting? Never trust a witch.

Even when he comes in such a gorgeous package.

Yet his honesty surprises me every step of the way.

Is it all a lie? Or are there darker forces at play here? And if witches aren’t evil, who is?

Extended Stay by Mia Monroe

I’ve never been interested in a man before. So why do I want to kiss this one?


Promising my sick uncle I’d help fix his rundown hotel in San Diego was just the beginning of my problems. I plan to do what I can, convince him to sell, and then take off, returning to my calm and structured existence back east. I double down on that plan when I arrive to find it in worse shape than I expected.


Unfortunately, my plans go awry when I fall for the quaint neighborhood, quirky locals, and loyal employees. That’s when he enters my world. A contractor down on his luck, looking for work and a place to stay, offers me an offer too good to pass up.


He makes me feel things I never have before, and now I’m considering hanging around much longer than intended. As long days turn into even longer nights, I can’t force myself to leave him. His presence turns my carefully planned world upside down, and before I know it, my quick trip becomes an Extended Stay.

His Saint by Lucy Lennox

Augie:

I don't need anyone's protection. I'm fine. But to appease my sister after a home invasion, I agree to take self-defense lessons. They just so happen to be with a big, muscled former navy SEAL who may or may not be everything I've always daydreamed about but never thought I could have.


And he's dead-set on looking out for me even when things in my life suddenly get complicated. Between the increasing threats against me and pressure from my wealthy family to be someone I'm not, I'm having a hard time keeping it together. As I begin to fall apart, I lose faith I'll ever meet anyone who'll want a mess like me—much less meet someone strong and capable like Saint Wilde.


The more time I spend with him, however, the more I realize he's not as put together as he seems. And I begin to wonder... while Saint's busy looking after everyone else, who's looking after him?


Saint:

After my big fat mouth gets me in trouble with a high-profile client, my boss takes away the bodyguard gig and sends me back to my hometown to give one of society's elites a few lessons at a local gym. Babysitting an antiques nerd is hardly my idea of a good time, but as soon the attractive, petite man walks into the workout center, I nearly trip over my own feet.


He's effing adorable.


And absolutely scared to death.


He won't tell me what's spooked him, but I won't rest until I find a way to take the fear out of his gorgeous eyes. Even if defending Augie means I have to stop protecting my own heart.

Key to Us by Morgan Mason

For Randal, life has been spent in the service of others, but working for Dawson has become more than a job. When Dawson’s latest whim has them teaming up with a popular YouTuber and his crew to find buried treasure, Randal feels a strong connection with a member of the team. The only problem is, Pete Harrison is also in love with his best friend.

When Pete left his tyrannical home on his eighteenth birthday, he never looked back. Finding Digg has been the best thing to happen to him since. Not only did he find his best friend and a family with Loyal’s crew, but he found the love of his life, even if Digg doesn’t know it. That is…until Randal enters the picture.

Digg is not a jealous person. Or at least that’s what he keeps telling himself. Seeing his best friend fall in love with another man should make him happy, right? So why does seeing Pete and Randal hug set Digg on edge? And what the hell is he supposed to say when his best friend presses a kiss to his neck and asks him to be their third?

Scars by Avery Ford

Caleb always knew that his work was dangerous. For years, he'd thrived on the adrenaline rush, the danger thrumming under his skin, the tangible efforts of his labor a secondary reward when the flames flickered away to nothing and he was able to save a building, or save a life. He'd thought that the Johnson City Fire Station 10 was his home - until he got caught in a building with no way out.


Henry wasn't always shy and meek. As a child he'd always been buoyant and vivacious; in university he was the life of the party. And then he met Pritchard, and before he knew it he was skipping classes, flunking out, and isolated from his friends and family on threat of Pritchard's fists. Finally finding the courage to leave him was the best thing that Henry's ever done for himself - and also the hardest.


Caleb and Henry are both trying to put their lives back together, both scarred in different and lingering ways. Henry's bruises might have healed - but Pritchard's fists had left their mark on his soul. And Caleb's body is still healing from the burns and broken bones he'd suffered in that burning house. Neither of them are looking for love. Neither of them want someone to look beyond the surface. A quick jolt of pleasure is all they need before going their separate ways again... right?


Scars is a steamy, standalone gay romance novel, with a happily ever after ending and no cliffhangers

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

Luc O'Donnell is tangentially - and reluctantly - famous. His rock-star parents split when he was young, and the father he's never met spent the next 20 years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad's making a comeback, Luc's back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything. To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice normal relationship...and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He's a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and someone who has never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words, he’s perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately, apart from being gay, single, and really really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust settles. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened. But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that's when you get used to someone...start falling for them...don't ever want to let them go.


 

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