Friday Reads | Last Dance of the Sugar Plum

Last Dance of the Sugar Plum by Claire Davis and Al Stewart is not your usual M/M read, it’s not your usual spy story either. I started out confused, then got a bit more confused, then I was absolutely certain of one thing – I love Anton. Like really LOVE Anton.

There are two men, 42 and 19, they know they have to do something before they run out of time. They remember stuff. They know HQ is watching them. They know the clock is ticking.

Up for a mind fuck? Check this books out. I’ve read all but one of Davis & Stewart’s books and went in with a certain expectation (Shut Your Face, Anthony Pace! is one of my favourite books) but a few pages in I realised it was time to put those expectations aside. The language is there, the usual poetic voice of Davis and Stewart, the romance is there but not in that straight line M/M way, and there is plenty of humour. I had several good laughs, but this is a gritty read. The characters are exposed and vulnerable in their confusion and urgency. And a certain dancer should be flogged for his actions.

I realise that if you’ve read this far you probably haven’t got a clue what I’m talking about but I’m gonna leave it at that. If I say more about the plot (did I say anything?) I’ll spoiler it. What I can say is that you won’t figure this mystery out until the very end. When I realised what was going on I wanted to hit myself on the head for not getting it sooner – the clues are there! LOL

I’d love to see more sci-fi mystery stories from this duo!

Book Cover Last Dance of the Sugar PlumTICK-TOCK-TICK-TOCK-TICK-TOCK

Jonathan is a spy.

Anton is Jonathan’s ‘keeper’.

Jonathan is a spy with a code implanted deep in his subconscious, so deeply he can’t remember—anything at all.

Anton is an interrogator intent on retrieving the code, whatever the cost.

But sometimes they dream of dark tunnels and locked-up rooms, and then they both scream.


Along comes Harry, who seems to have all the answers…but who is he, and which side is he on?



For many months, Jonathan and Anton live apart from the world in a hazy, dreamlike state, only interrupted by interrogations and a healthy fear of HQ. One day, they watch a dance performance, and memories begin to unwind… A ticking clock… Betrayal… Missions… Always the scent of oranges. But with clarity, comes a return of powerful emotions…

Last Dance of The Sugar Plum is an exciting spy thriller with as many twists and turns as a maze.

Friday Reads | Marked

Friday again! I’m completely knackered. I don’t get how people get work, family, and writing to work out. I haven’t written a word all week and I’ve hardly read anything either. I had to have something to write about so I read Marked (Roads #1.5) by Garrett Leigh.

It’s a long time since I read the first book in the Roads series, Slide, but it only took me a line or two to get back into the story. I really need to read more Garrett Leigh, I love her writing, and if you’re into tattoos and haven’t read this series you definitely should. Ash has a troubled past, his lover, Pete is a paramedic, and in this short sequel, Ash puts his mark on Pete.

Short and nice, but read the first story in the series first!

Book Cover Marked by Garrett LeighMissing Moment from Slide

It’s been six months since Ash shuffled into Pete’s life and turned his world upside down, and six months since they sat in an all-night diner plotting Ash’s theoretical solution for Pete’s faded, botched tattoo. Pete has just about given up hope of Ash ever fulfilling his promise when one day the end of a long shift finds Ash waiting for him.

Tonight is the night.

Ash is ready, and it seems the time has come for him to leave his mark on Pete in more ways than he ever imagined.

Friday Reads | Pretty Monsters

This Friday I’ve read Pretty Monsters (Josh of the Damned #1) by Andrea Speed. I was super tired and was looking for a short read before I fell asleep yesterday and went on the Amazon short reads lists and there it was.

I’ve read one or two stories by Andrea Speed before and I’ve been meaning to read the Infected series for ages but I still haven’t.

Pretty Monsters is a short, funny tale about Josh who works the night shift at the Quick-Mart. In just a few sentences Speed paints a world I wouldn’t mind being a part of. There are lizard guys, zombies, and pretty monsters. And I had a sneak peek at Peek-a-Boo (Josh of the Damned #2) and apparently there’s a yeti LOL.

Give it a try!

Book Cover Pretty Monsters by Andrea SpeedJosh knew the night shift at the Quik-Mart would be full of freaks and geeks—and that was before the hell portal opened in the parking lot. Still, he likes to think he can roll with things. Sure, the zombies make a mess sometimes, but at least they never reach for anything more threatening than frozen burritos.

Besides, it’s not all lizard-monsters and the walking dead. There’s also the mysterious hottie with the sly red lips and a taste for sweets.

Josh has had the hots for Hot Guy since the moment he laid eyes on him, and it seems Hot Guy might be sweet on Josh too. Now if only Josh could figure out whether that’s a good thing, a bad thing, or something in between. After all, with a hell vortex just a stone’s throw away, Josh has learned to take nothing at face value—even if it’s a very, very pretty face.