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Authors I’m Thankful For: Avril Ashton

So, on a more positive note than my last blog post, every Tuesday and Thursday between now and the end of the month, I plan to post about an author I’m grateful for. This is just me spreading the love, since I’m as much a reader as I am a writer. And of course, after December 1st, I’ll also be posting the books I loved most in November, and as I did last year, I’ll be listing my favorite new (or new-to-me) holiday reads in another post as I dive into the seasonal offerings this year, so be on the lookout for those!

First up is Avril Ashton. Avril writes both het and gay romance. She has a gritty style, she writes smoking hot sex scenes, and her bad boys are unlike any others. These aren’t guys who are just tragically misunderstood. No. They will shoot you, kill you, pistol-whip you, and all around f*ck your shit up if push comes to shove. And I love them!

I particularly recommend her Run This Town series, but I’m also a huge fan of the Brooklyn Sinners series (Syren, anyone?). Characters intermingle between these two series, and you’ll have a richer appreciation if you read them all, but the Run This Town Series can certainly be read on its own also.

Start with (Watch Me) Break You and join the rest of us who are hooked on Avril’s boys! (Though I have to confess, (Watch Me) Unmask You is probably my fave of the series so far. ;D)

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Books Piper Loves: “A Sinner Born” & “Illumination”

Hey, all. 🙂 So I’m introducing a new thing on the blog today. Even before I was published, I rarely wrote reviews. Now, I don’t know how comfortable I am trying to write up critical reviews of work by my friends and peers. You’ll never find an actual review, a la Jessewave or The Novel Approach, on this blog. But I’ve never had a problem yelling it from the mountaintops when I love a particular book. I like to spread the love, and that being the case, since I’m just as much of a reader as a writer, I’ve decided to post about the books I love, old or new. This won’t necessarily be happening on a regular schedule because of course it’s all dependent on when I come across a book I’m really crazy about, but to kick it off I’ve decided to go with a doubleheader featuring two books I read and loved recently. And without any further ado…

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First we have A Sinner Born, which is book three in Avril Ashton’s popular Brooklyn Sinners series, the story of Syren and Kane. Syren is a man with many, many secrets. Kane is a man still grieving the death of his partner. And when these two come together, it’s sizzling. As an added bonus, one of the heroes has a panty fetish, which is one of my kinks, so the book really worked for me! For the more sensitive readers out there, there is some difficult subject matter, like self-harm and mentions of rape and child abuse, but I thought those topics were all well-handled. So if you like federal marshals and bad boys with a lot of attitude, I definitely recommend you check this one out!

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Secondly, is Rowan Speedwell’s Illumination.

Now, I make no secret of the fact that I think Rowan Speedwell is pretty much the bee’s knees. She’s an awesome person and an awesome writer, and I haven’t read a single thing by her I haven’t loved. Illumination is no exception. You can tell the subject of illuminating books is something Rowan is very familiar with. In fact, she does it herself, and her knowledge of the subject makes itself known in this book and adds such richness that it made me wish I had a halfway decent hand at drawing or painting so I could try it myself. Then there are the characters, Adam and Miles, who are both battling their own demons, but came together so beautifully. I was rooting for them both the whole time, and I loved the book so much that when I saw Rowan at GRL, I bought a copy of the paperback so she could sign it, despite already having the ebook. Rowan knows her stuff and her writing is lovely. Every time I read a book of hers, it’s like a gift. So, of course, this one is highly recommended.  ❤

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And as a disclaimer, some of the books I love will doubtless be by people I know or consider friends, because my friendships with a lot of my fellow authors began when I loved one of their books and contacted them to say just how much. But there will also be books featured by authors who I’ve never really spoken to or maybe only rarely on social media sites. Suffice it to say, I’m trying to keep it unbiased, but when I love a book, I love a book, and I have no problems saying so. Friend, acquaintance, or stranger, it doesn’t matter to me who wrote it. 🙂

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