Every month the Sinfully team brings you our Hotpicks. Check out our favourites for October and don’t forget five lucky readers get the chance to win a Kindle eBook from our list of October’s Hotpicks. Just enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win. Keep up with all our 2016 Hotpicks –> HERE.
The Ghost of Buxton Manor by Jonathan L. Ferrara
“Michael, don’t forget our Neverland.”
For nearly a century, the ghost of 17 year-old Rupert Buxton has been trapped in his childhood home. He spends his days reading, roaming, and trying desperately to recall his former life. Hope is restored when a boy his own age moves into the manor—a boy he quickly becomes fascinated by. This peculiar, modern boy is the first person that Rupert has been able to reveal himself to, and just might be the key to help him discover his mysterious past.
The Ghost of Buxton Manor is a young adult, LGBT paranormal fiction centered around historical figures Rupert Buxton and Michael Davies—the inspiration behind the real Peter Pan.
Lisa: 4.5 “Neverland” Stars! The Ghost of Buxton Manor by Jonathan L. Ferrara is a stand-alone, YA LGBT paranormal. This tale is loosely based around Rupert Buxton and Michael Davies, the historical figures that are the inspiration behind Peter Pan. I didn’t really know what to expect when I ventured into this book. I love paranormal fiction; however, it has been quite some time since I have read young adult. As with any book you pick up, you never know if you are going to go down the road of the abysmally awful. That was definitely not the case here. I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this fascinating story. This was a wonderful and heart-felt tale of life, death and young love. Let me tell you, this paranormal read had me hooked almost immediately. Highly recommended.
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Bitter Legacy by Dal Maclean
Detective Sergeant James Henderson’s remarkable gut instincts have put him on a three-year fast track to becoming an inspector. But the advancement of his career has come at a cost. Gay, posh and eager to prove himself in the Metropolitan Police, James has allowed himself few chances for romance.
But when the murder of barrister Maria Curzon-Whyte lands in his lap, all that changes. His investigation leads him to a circle of irresistibly charming men. And though he knows better, James finds himself enticed into their company.
Soon his desire for photographer Ben Morgan challenges him to find a way into the other man’s lifestyle of one-night stands and carefree promiscuity. At the same time his single murder case multiplies into a cruel pattern of violence and depravity.
But as the bodies pile up and shocking secrets come to light, James finds both his tumultuous private life and coveted career threatened by a bitter legacy.
Mark: Remember my mantra from my review? YES – THIS BOOK! Well, I’m still chanting this to myself after I finished reading on 4th October. October’s Hotpick for me must have been one of the easiest choices I’ve ever had because of THIS BOOK.
James and Ben have a relationship that is intricate and complex, as infuriating as it is tender and loving at times, just when you think it’s on it’s off, leading down so many dead ends it kind of mirrored everything that was going on with the murder investigation. The romance and murder / mystery part is well balanced out. I love it where a book doesn’t try to give the one or the other more importance. A true romantic thriller in all senses. One book and I’m already a die hard fan! I couldn’t believe that this is a debut author.
So guys, even if you don’t win this giveaway, don’t delay and get yourself a copy of THIS BOOK. You won’t regret it!
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Max by Bey Deckard
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Fresh out of school, Dr. Crane takes on a new patient who both intrigues and unnerves him. Charming, manipulative, and amoral, Max has exactly the sort of mind Crane finds himself drawn to with fictional characters.
As Max weaves himself into Crane's life, Crane realizes that while fiction might be safe, Max certainly is not.
When the professional line between them thins, who gets to define where one man ends and the other begins?
Debra: A psycho-sexual thriller full of darkness that kept me on the edge of my seat and surprised at every turn. This story is depraved with plenty of reader warnings, so it’s not going to be for everyone, but if you love stories about psychopaths then you’re not going to want to miss this one.
Dr. Dennis Crane is doomed from the moment Max steps into his office for treatment (or more likely even before that) and Crane, to some extent knows it. Crane is fascinated by the charming young man as much as he fears him. Seeing Crane fall apart as he quickly succumbs to Max’s machinations is both horrifying and thrilling. With so many twists and unbelievable turns I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the page. Max’s lack of morals and thrill at having Crane under his thumb makes this a wild ride where almost nothing is as it seems.
A twisted, perverse, brilliant mind-fuck, not for the faint of heart.
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Enemy of My Enemy (The Executive Office #2)
by Tal Bauer
Fifteen years from now, an affair rocks the world.
Two men commit to their impossible love.
One general is determined to destroy them both.
President Jack Spiers and former Secret Service Agent Ethan Reichenbach throw caution to the wind, committing themselves publicly as the first out male lovers and partners to occupy the White House. Jack moves Ethan into the Residence, but as Ethan settles into his new role as first gentleman of the United States, not everyone is thrilled with their choices. When it seems like the world turns against them, Jack and Ethan must turn to each other, finding the strength together to press on.
In the chaos, Jack's relationship with the Russian president, Sergey Puchkov, grows closer, and the two nations find themselves working almost as allies. But President Puchkov has secrets of his own, secrets that could rip everything apart. And Ethan steps back into the action with Lieutenant Adam Cooper, taking charge of a covert kill team tasked with hunting down General Madigan once and for all.
But Madigan is elusive, and his dangerous reach is long. He strikes at Jack and Ethan from the shadowy corners of the globe, unraveling their entire world. As the mad general draws new allies together, he is single-minded in his quest to destroy the only two men who ever beat him.
He will stop at nothing until Jack and Ethan are shattered men, worlds apart, and struggling to get back to one another.
And after that, Madigan's true revenge begins…
Freya: I don’t think my hot pick of this month will come as a surprise to anyone at Sinfully. I had no idea there was a follow up to the superb Enemies Of The State. But when the review request came through for this story I was sqweeing in a higher pitch than any school girl. My only dread was that the sequel didn’t measure up to the original.
I had nothing to fear. The Enemy Of My Enemy has the same setting as book one – The White House. Only in this story the President has installed his lover as First Gentleman, instead of his bodyguard. The dynamic alone is revolutionary and creates global reactions. Some are positive. Many are negative. Not all the enemies live on foreign soil, and allies are found in unexpected places. Not only that but while hardly anything has changed for President Jack Spiers, Ethan Reichenbach has stopped dealing with organizing security, replacing it with flower arrangements and state dinners.
I read many books, but this series will be remembered for a long time. The Enemy Of My Enemy is more relationship based, but still has a super percentage of bombs, bullets and worldwide incidents. It also contains moments of absolute heartbreak and turnabouts in fortune. At times my whole body was thrumming with anticipation.
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In From the Cold (The CASTOFFS, #1)
by J.T. Rogers
Robert Flynn abandoned a sterling military career when his best friend and fellow soldier, Wesley Pike, died under his command. More than a decade later, Flynn’s quiet life is disturbed by the troubles of a fledgling CIA and Alexander Grant, a flashy agent with a lot to prove. As the space race between the United States and the Soviets heats up and the body count rises, the two men fight to find common ground. Grant knows Flynn believes in the cause, but all Flynn sees is the opportunity to fail someone like he failed Wes. An attack by a Soviet agent spurs Flynn to action and a reluctant association with the agency, and tilts Flynn’s world on its axis with a shocking discovery: Wesley Pike may be alive and operating as a Soviet assassin.
With Grant to bankroll the operation, his superiors looking the other way, and Flynn’s hard-earned peace officially forfeit, Flynn reunites his old team with the singular goal of finding Wes. But they get more than they bargained for—Wes is amnesiac and dangerous, brainwashed into becoming the perfect weapon. Flynn struggles to reach his friend, lead his team, and navigate his charged relationship with Grant—something neither of them expected and aren’t sure how to parse—while coming to grips with his long-buried feelings for Wes.
Sally: “In From the Cold” by J T Rogers is set at the height of the Cold War with two superpowers eyeing each other across the ocean and getting all their expendables allies in a row, like ducks in a shooting gallery. The author does a good job of showing how tense every day life was during the 50s and also does a really good job of lining up the personnel who will assist the heroes in this book and the rest of the series.
While predominantly an action story, filled with incident and tension, there is also some romance. Robert Flynn is burdened with a great love, unstated and lost, as well as a new attraction to Alexander Grant. I found the tensions in the relationships very believable, especially as the stakes are raised and Robert’s heart is put in as much danger as his body. Historically speaking, I found the book a good deal of fun. The tense action scenes and the discretion of gay lovers are beautifully described and if you’ve ever wanted Captain America to have a boyfriend then this is the book for you – but this fanficcy vibe isn’t a drawback. You don’t need to be up to date with fandom to appreciate the characters and storyline.
This book really does standalone, but I hope not for too long. I’ll be please to meet Robert, Grant, and the rest of the team, again.
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Jane’s Hot Pick
Murmuration by TJ Klune
In the small mountain town of Amorea, it’s stretching toward autumn of 1954. The memories of a world at war are fading in the face of a prosperous future. Doors are left unlocked at night, and neighbors are always there to give each other a helping hand.
The people here know certain things as fact:
Amorea is the best little town there is.
The only good Commie is a dead Commie.
The Women’s Club of Amorea runs the town with an immaculately gloved fist.
And bookstore owner Mike Frazier loves that boy down at the diner, Sean Mellgard. Why they haven’t gotten their acts together is anybody’s guess. It may be the world’s longest courtship, but no one can deny the way they look at each other.
Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say.
But something’s wrong with Mike. He hears voices in his house late at night. There are shadows crawling along the walls and great clouds of birds overhead that only he can see.
Something’s happening in Amorea. And Mike will do whatever he can to keep the man he loves.
Jane: I loved this book! Be prepared, it totally screws with your mind. One minute you think you know what's going on, only to have something else happen and you’re back to not being sure of anything anymore. This book keeps you second guessing the story and where it's going all the way through and it isn't until everything unfolds at the end, that you're hit with a “Wow! I wasn't expecting that!” moment. I loved the romance story between Mike and Sean it was very sweet and endearing and had me harking back to simpler times gone by.
I highly recommend this great book by TJ Klune, quite different from anything he's written before. This book is not only my hot pick of the month, but also now the frontrunner for my book of the year!
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Hexmaker (Hexworld Book 2) by Jordan L. Hawk
A straight-laced policeman. A lighthearted thief. A murdered millionaire.
Fox shifter Malachi steals for one of the biggest crime rings in New York City. But when he witnesses the murder of a millionaire, the only person who can keep him safe is Dr. Owen Yates, forensic hexman for the Metropolitan Witch Police—and Malachi’s witch.
Owen is horrified to discover his familiar is an uneducated thief. Even worse, Malachi threatens to unleash Owen’s deepest desires…desires Owen can’t act upon, as he’s destined for an arranged marriage to secure the Yates family fortune
Their agreement: Malachi will be Owen’s lover as well as his partner, until the day of the wedding. But as their hunt for the murderer carries them from teeming slums to Fifth Avenue mansions, Owens begins to realize Malachi commands his heart as well as his body.
With dark forces drawing ever closer around them, Owen must decide whether to bow to the demands of duty, or to risk everything for the man he loves.
Hexmaker is the second book in Jordan L. Hawk’s Hexworld series, following the adventures of witch policemen and the familiars they bond with. Download today to enter a world of magic, romance, and intrigue.
Cheryl: From its very first moments the book drops you into the middle of a mystery. Murder, mayhem and misunderstandings abound and the magic starts on the very first page. The world-building is exemplary with the world of the witches, familiars and everyday hexes woven seamless into our known history. The author skilfully draws us in with fascinating characters, intriguing situations and imagery that evokes all the senses it a wonderful blend of enchantment that’s all her own. This was masterful storytelling with more twists than a Welsh mountain road and some interesting social commentary and anecdotal retellings of real(ish) events.
The story builds in a gradual but steady crescendo with plenty to keep the reader interested at every turn, to an explosive conclusion that left me more than satisfied. No anti-climax in this book.
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