Book Review: Pansies, by Alexis Hall

Title: Pansies: A Spires Story
Author: Alexis Hall
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: October 8, 2016
The Breakfast Octopus’ rating: A

Blurb:

Can the fully paid-up pansy make things right with the pink-tipped hipster?

A Spires Story

Alfie Bell is . . . fine. He’s got a six-figure salary, a penthouse in Canary Wharf, the car he swore he’d buy when he was eighteen, and a bunch of fancy London friends.

It’s rough, though, going back to South Shields now that they all know he’s a fully paid-up pansy. It’s the last place he’s expecting to pull. But Fen’s gorgeous, with his pink-tipped hair and hipster glasses, full of the sort of courage Alfie’s never had. It should be a one-night thing, but Alfie hasn’t met anyone like Fen before.

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[Except he has. At school, when Alfie was everything he was supposed to be, and Fen was the stubborn little gay boy who wouldn’t keep his head down. And now it’s a proper mess: Fen might have slept with Alfie, but he’ll probably never forgive him, and Fen’s got all this other stuff going on anyway, with his mam and her flower shop and the life he left down south.]

Alfie just wants to make it right. But how can he, when all they’ve got in common is the nowhere town they both ran away from.

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Audiobook Review: Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day: And Other Tales of the Necromancer

Title: Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day: And Other Tales of the Necromancer
Author: 
Jonathan L. Howard
Publisher: Skyboat Media and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition
Release Date: June 23, 2015
The Breakfast Octopus’ rating: A

Blurb:

Johannes Cabal is a necromancer – and he’s slightly infamous.

Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day: And Other Tales of the Necromancer features seven of Cabal’s most frightening adventures:

Also included is an original introduction written and read by the author.

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