Attraction, Disguises, and the Truth within The Artist’s Masquerade by Antonia Aquilante

The Artist’s Masquerade
by Antonia Aquilante
M/M Fantasy Romance
Series: Chronicles of Tournai
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Release Date: December 21, 2015
Length: Novel (300 pages)
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As the first-born son of the Duke of Tournai and cousin to the prince, Cathal has always tried to fulfill his duty to family and country, including following through with an arranged marriage to Velia, cousin to the emperor of Ardunn. But it’s Velia’s companion, Flavia, who fascinates Cathal. Cathal doesn’t know that Flavia is really Flavian, a man masquerading as a woman to escape Ardunn, a restrictive place in which Flavian’s preference for men is forbidden.

Even when Cathal discovers Flavian’s true gender, he cannot fight his attraction to him. Flavian is intrigued by Cathal, but Cathal is still betrothed to Velia, and Flavian worries Cathal is more taken with his feminine illusion than the man beneath it. While both men battle their longings for each other, spies from Ardunn infiltrate the capital, attempting to uncover Tournai’s weaknesses. They are also searching for Flavian, who possesses a magical Talent that allows him to see the truth of a person just by painting their portrait—a skill invaluable to Ardunn’s emperor.

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4.5 Drops #Review: The Prince’s Consort by Antonia Aquilante

The Prince’s Consort
by Antonia Aquilante
M/M Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Release Date: October 16, 2015
Length: Novel (290 pages)
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Legends tell of large cats defending the principality of Tournai, but such creatures have been lost to time.

Or have they?

Prince Philip inherited the throne at a young age, and since then, his life has centered around ruling his country and resisting those pressuring him to take a wife and conceive an heir—forcing him to hide his attraction to men. When kind-hearted Amory is offered to the prince in exchange for more time for Amory’s father to complete a commission, both Philip and Amory are horrified. But Philip agrees to keep Amory at the palace, where they gradually become friends, then lovers. For the first time in his life, Philip is free to share not only his heart, but the magical shape-shifting ability that runs in the royal bloodline.

Neither Amory nor Philip imagined falling in love, and they certainly don’t expect the lengths those who oppose their relationship will go to keep them apart—maybe even resorting to murder.

I love a good paranormal romance, as you well know, right? Well, the blurb intrigued me so I had to get this one (and Dreamspinner Press was running a sale, so why not try a new author…). I’m so glad I got this one! The writing style flows well and the story is both fresh and fluid. The characters ‘real’ and solid even though they are in a fantasy world and in another time and reality to our own. What really sold me was that I could se easily picture myself meeting these men, talking with them, walking along with them, living, loving, hurting, and growing along with them as they each find their way in this strange life each leads.

Philip is the Crowned Prince so he should have everything he wants and needs, right? The world at his fingertips and all that. BUT what he doesn’t have is companionship, and no, I don’t just mean a lover or sex. He could get that with be a look or a snap if that’s all he wanted. He lives in a castle with his sister but his parents are gone and he’s seen as above others to the point even his cousins treat his differently. What he wants and what he has are so far separated as to be impossible, or so he thinks.

Amory is kind-hearted but emotionally abused and cowed by his father and older brother to the point he has no hope of ever being who he truly is. Then his horrid father comes up with a plan to buy himself time on a project and gifts the prince with Amory (really, what kind of father does that! Ugh!!!) The thing is, what starts out as a horrible thing turns out to be the greatest blessing either man could hope for.

I loved watching as each man grew into who each was meant to be, with the help of the other. As each learned to love, to accept love, and to embrace all of themselves. If you love paranormal stories with a few fun twists and some yummy hot men, then don’t wait to grab this one! Oh, and guess what? You can get book 2, The Artist’s Masquerade (guest post tomorrow right here on my blog!) as it just came out yesterday.

Antonia Aquilante has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, and at the age of twelve, decided she would be a writer when she grew up. After many years and a few career detours, s
he has returned to that original plan. Her stories have changed over the years, but one thing has remained consistent – they all end in happily ever after.

She has a fondness for travel (and a long list of places she wants to visit and revisit), taking photos, family history, fabulous shoes, baking treats which she shares with friends and family, and of course reading. She usually has at least two books started at once and never goes anywhere without her Kindle. Though she is a convert to ebooks, she still loves paper books the best, and there are a couple thousand of them residing in her home with her.

Born and raised in New Jersey, she is living there again after years in Washington, DC, and North Carolina for school and work. She enjoys being back in the Garden State but admits to being tempted every so often to run away from home and live in Italy.

She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the New Jersey Romance Writers.

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Kevin, MacDreamy Hotness, & ROUND AND ROUND by Andrew Grey

Title: Round & Round
Author:
Andrew Grey
Series: Bronco Boy’s #4 and Final
Genre: M/M Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publisher:
Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: Dec 14, 2015
Edition/Formats: Book & Print

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When it comes to love, Kevin Foster can’t seem to win. Some consider him a hero, but dousing an arsonist’s attempt to burn Bronco’s to the ground puts Kevin on the vengeful criminal’s radar. Afterward, the arsonist fixates on Kevin, determined to burn away every part of Kevin’s life.

Coming to Kevin’s rescue more than once, and in more ways than one, is “MacDreamy Hotness”—firefighter Angus MacTavish. Not only is Angus smitten at first sight, he learns Kevin’s nickname for him, intriguing him further.

When Angus discovers Kevin is the arsonist’s target, he takes it upon himself to protect him at any cost. Soon Kevin works his way into a heart Angus thought he’d closed off for good. Things heat up between them, but the arsonist has no intention of letting Kevin finally find happiness. Hopefully Angus and Kevin can stop him before he reduces everything Kevin values to ash—including the love igniting between him and Angus.

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An Assassin’s Holiday – Scavenger Hunt

Title: An Assassin’s Holiday 
Author: Dirk Greyson
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Adventure
Release Date: Dec 2015
Edition/Formats: eBook & Print
Brick Colton has been hired to kill Santa Claus—or at least the kindhearted accountant playing Santa for the kids in an orphanage. Brick grew up in an orphanage himself, but that isn’t the only thing bothering him about the contract on Robin Marvington’s life. The details don’t add up, and it’s looking more and more like someone has set Robin up. As Brick investigates, Robin brings some much-needed cheer into his life, the light in Robin’s soul reaching something in Brick’s dark one. But all of that will end if they can’t find the person who wants Robin dead.
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5 Drops #Review: AN ASSASSIN'S HOLIDAY by Dirk Grayson

Title: An Assassin’s Holiday 
Author: Dirk Greyson
Series: Part of the 2015 DsP Advent Calendar
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Adventure, Romance
Release Date: Dec 1, 2015

Brick Colton has been hired to kill Santa Claus—or at least the kindhearted accountant playing Santa for the kids in an orphanage. Brick grew up in an orphanage himself, but that isn’t the only thing bothering him about the contract on Robin Marvington’s life. The details don’t add up, and it’s looking more and more like someone has set Robin up. As Brick investigates, Robin brings some much-needed cheer into his life, the light in Robin’s soul reaching something in Brick’s dark one. But all of that will end if they can’t find the person who wants Robin dead.

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