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Lenni Reviews: “Coyote” Vol. 1 by Ranmaru Zaria.

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*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

Marleen is a piano player fixated on a man he calls “Lili” who frequents the bar where he plays. But Lili has a secret; he’s a werewolf. Lili and his people are desperately trying to stay under the radar but the Galland family is hunting them to sell their blood. When Lili’s instincts spin out of control, Marleen is more than willing to assist but Marleen has secrets of his own that could put Lili in danger.

This is everything I love in a paranormal romance; high stakes, forbidden love, and that sweet, sweet naughtiness. Lili and Marleen make a great couple and I love the modern day setting. It makes it that much more imperative for the wolves to be careful how they handle their conflict with the mob. I can’t wait to see where this series goes. A steamy and intriguing read, 4 out of 5.

The release date for this manga is currently 10/09/18.

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Lenni Reviews: “Markswoman” by Rati Mehrotra

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.

After her first mark, newly initiated Markswoman Kyra lives to avenge the death of her clan. But her duties to the order of Kali take precedence as she tragically loses her mentor to what is obviously murder. Kyra embarks on a quest to expose the traitor in her order and bring them to justice.

I am honestly shocked this is marketed as YA but I loved reading this book. Kyra manages to be both determined but inexperienced without pandering or getting annoying. The fantasy world building is tight without a bunch of info dumps and the action is badass. I especially liked that Kyra’s journey is chosen instead of forced. She elects to go; not cast out.

The ending kinda felt a little bit of a copout as well as a cliffhanger but I am SO down for the sequel. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Jerricho’s Freedom” by Jake C. Wallace

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*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

Jerricho is in love with Rex but as a demon prince, Jerricho is promised to someone else; a demon named Tyranis who is a cold male demanding Jerricho’s complete obedience and submission. As one last act of rebellious freedom, Jerricho goes home with Rex but there is an unforeseen consequence: Jerricho is pregnant.

Say hi to all the trigger warnings in this book. Implied non-con is rampant in this book.

Since I was reading this on my Kindle, about 30% in, I’m thinkin’ “Ok, they are too happy. What is gonna go horribly wrong?” I keep in trucking through the book and what happens is pretty thrilling. It kept me reading but once I hit the 75% mark, there’s so many twists and turns in the plot that I felt like I needed my Zumba music.

Once the plot stopped flip-flopping around, I found this book to be ok. I found the background plot about the demons MUCH more interesting than the romance between Rex and Jerricho despite all the twists making me dizzy. I found one sanitized villain to kinda be a copout. I did read this book expecting a dark fantasy and that got a good start but it trips over its own plot twists in the end; which left me numb because I couldn’t muster the energy to care by the ending. 2.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “My Brother’s Husband” Volume 2 by Gengoroh Tagame

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In the final volume of this series, Yaichi slowly comes to terms with his late brother’s sexuality and as the last few days of Mike’s visit draw to a close, Yaichi and his daughter, Kana, realize the man has truly become family.

It’s bittersweet to see Yaichi only embrace who his brother was so long after his death. As far as slice of life manga goes, this left a smile on my face. All the character development is believable and touching, leaving a hopeful feeling for a more positive future. I only wish there was more! 4.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Two for the Show” by Megan Derr

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*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+.

For the sake of keeping the tabloids busy, retiring rockstar, Niko, grabs a public smooth from country music star, Jake; believing the scandal of kissing a straight guy will distract while Niko rescues custody of his niece and nephew from his abusive drunk of a brother. What he didn’t count on was Jake kissing him back. What begins as a ruse for the press may become something more if Jake and Niko are willing to take a chance.

About halfway through this, I really wondered what was taking so long because it seemed obvious the main pair had caught some feels. But the last half didn’t drag out the ‘will they/won’t they’ theme in a way that bores the reader. In fact, the main conflict between Niko and Jake isn’t their feelings. I won’t spoil it but it was an angle I appreciated the book addressing since it felt more in line with the main characters personalities and fit the story. A sweet story with a surprisingly natural progression! If you like m/m romance centering around music, this ain’t half bad. 3.8 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Otaare” by Alessandra Ebulu

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*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

Nigerian singer Bolarinwa “Blaze” Johnson has released a new song entitled “Otaare.” However, Nigerian writer Ukeme Collins accuses the singer of ripping off his work; igniting a Twitter war. In order to calm things down, Blaze offered Ukeme a chance to clear the air by appearing in public as friends. But the more often they spend time together in public for the press, the more they find themselves wanting something deeper.

Our main characters are interesting and the social media aspect of this could easily end up overused and cringy but this book manages to avoid that. It is also awesome to see a romance set in Nigeria and despite the story meeting every beat you would expect, I did enjoy a story with more diversity and some level-headed main leads. 3.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Ice Cream Man Vol. 1: Rainbow Sprinkles” by W. Maxwell Prince, Martin Morazzo

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This comic is a horror anthology based around our title character who is obviously a demon of some sort. It’s trippy and surreal but sometimes I got this feeling the book is trying too hard. I want to like this more than I do but after finishing it, I didn’t feel anything. I wasn’t creeped out, disturbed, or scared in the slightest. The only reason I would continue this series is to find out what happens to the demon in the long run. Overall, it’s just meh. 2 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Zojaqan” by Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, Nathan C. Gooden & Vittorio Astone.

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*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

In this time jumping tale, grieving mother Shannon arrives unexplained in another world after the sudden death of her son. When she arrives in this strange world over and over, she has unforeseen impacts on the alien culture developing there.

While this book looks really pretty and interesting, it all felt incomplete and ultimately unsatisfying. I was intrigued by the concept but I didn’t feel like Shannon was learning anything as the book went on. It tries to be deep but maybe with more length, this book would have achieved what it was going for; a mother forced to deal with her child’s death through her journey in this developing world.

Mild spoilers: It was also infuriating how she kept fucking up this species. It all left me more frustrated than entertained. 3 out of 5.

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Cold Winter On The Way

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Old Farmers Almanac says this winter is going to suck. And I have no guilt whatsoever about using that news story to shill my online shop.

Over at That Sinking Ship, I have scarves up and soon there will be hand warmers and hats. I have a ton of yarn to use up and blankets (which will be posted eventually) take way too long. Be on the lookout for new products!

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New Series: Fruit of the Dead!

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Season one episode one is up and ready for purchase! Just click here!

This series was announced much earlier over on my Patreon; where I always let my patrons know release dates first and have access to exclusive previews!

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