Stacking the Shelves # 1

Stacking The Shelves, hosted gracefully by Tynga’s Reviews, is a weekly feature. It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

This is my first time participating, be patient with me 😉

This week I got a lot of books. Some of them were ARCs, which I bought later. Buy them? Don’t ask  I tell you 😉 It’s kinda like a fad of me. I need to have the book afterwards even if I got the ARC. Why? Because sometimes they have edited content but the reason behind: I want to support my lovely authors with buying the books. 🙂 Also I love to have them in a cloud for later to read on my other devices, and since I’m using amazon products/apps it’s the best solution. 🙂

I also received a review copy* of Bianca Iosivoni’s Daughters of Darkness: Sydney  😀 The publisher liked my review and I was so honored to get my copy. 🙂 ❤ Such a great book. :3

*for the better understanding: I’ll call ebook review copies mostly ARCs whereas I call german review copies simply review copies. 😀

ARCs/review copies

I am so lucky and honored to receive ARCs from so talented and great authors.

One I haven’t expected was the review copy to
Daughters of Darkness: Sydney.
Oh, I know, it’s not a gay romance and maybe a few reader are confused, but yes, Romantic suspense is also my genre (but only selected authors ;))

Daughers of Darkness by Bianca Iosivoni
release date: september 16th

514zsn-gs3l-_sx331_bo1204203200_Synopsys (only in german):

Sie ist auf der Flucht – er ist ihr Jäger

Sydney Pierce kann es nicht fassen, ausgerechnet einem Kopfgeldjäger in die Falle zu tappen. Aber wenn es darum geht, seine Zielperson aufzuspüren, versagt Hunter Coburn nie. Der ehemalige Special Agent hat den Auftrag, Sydney an die CIA auszuliefern. Dumm nur, dass ihm die freche Auftragskillerin immer wieder entwischt und sich nur schwer wieder einfangen lässt. Doch was als Spiel beginnt, wird plötzlich ernst, als Hunters Vergangenheit ihn einholt. Wenn Sydney und Hunter überleben wollen, müssen sie zusammenarbeiten. Die gesuchte Auftragskillerin und der beste Kopfgeldjäger des Landes – eine explosive Mischung, die nicht nur für ihre Feinde tödlich enden könnte …

Source: Romance-Edition
Buy link: amazon (german)

I was so flashed by the first book of the series, so I was so looking forward to read it. 🙂 After I received it I start immediately reading this. ❤ Review is written, I’m waiting that it go online. 🙂 Maybe I’ll crosspost a review. 😉

Into you by Jay Northcote
release date: september 9th


What do you do when the body you wake up in isn’t yours?

Olly and Scott promised to be best friends forever. They grew up on the same street, went to the same school, and did everything together. But one hot summer night, teenage experimentation caused hurt feelings and confusion, and their friendship was destroyed.

Four years later they’re both eighteen years old and in their final term at school. Scott is a football star and Olly’s preparing for a main role in the school play. After a heated argument in the street—witnessed by their mysterious, elderly neighbour—they wake up the next morning stuck in each other’s bodies.

With no idea how to get back to normal, they have to co-operate in order to hide their secret. Spending time together rekindles their friendship, yet feelings run deeper for both of them. With the end of school fast approaching, the clock is ticking. Unless they discover how to change back, they could be stuck in the wrong bodies forever.

Source: Goodreads
Buy link: amazon

I received this a time before the release date, it was such a great gesture of the author. 🙂 It didn’t took long to start reading this. 🙂  Charming and sweet. I really loved this. A great addition to my shelf. 🙂 Review is already written and published. 🙂
Review: Into You
And maybe you want to read my Waiting on Wednesday entry also: Waiting on Wednesday # 1 (august 31th) – Into You by Jay Northcote

Chasing the Sun by Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn
release date: september 9th


Jamie Tolland has only ever known his small Oregon town. Same job, same friends, same gay bar. He feels obligated to stay, especially as his mother’s illness progresses. But when a situation presents itself in the form of a vintage sports car, he jumps on the chance to not only repair it, but also drive it to its new owner in LA.

Conner Murphy left Oregon years ago to make his life in West Hollywood. Like his unconventional parents, he’s always been a free spirit, never settling on one job or girl for too long. When he inherits his late uncle’s classic Chevelle, he’s more than happy to let his childhood friend Jamie help.

Jamie and Conner are as different as night and day. Even after years of living apart, they still have a blast together—but now it’s mixed with an undeniable spark of attraction. Before they know it, they can’t keep their hands off each other. For Conner it’s all new and exciting, but Jamie isn’t the type of guy who takes this sort of intimacy lightly.

Conner soon realizes that Jamie quenches something deep inside of him that no one has before, but he doesn’t know how to handle a real relationship. As Jamie’s time in LA comes to an end, and the more they struggle to get on the same page about their feelings, the more Jamie realizes that trying to tie Conner down is as futile as capturing the sun.

Source: Goodreads
Buy link: amazon

I was so blasted when I heard about it and even more when I’ve seen the cover for the first time. Fitting totally to the blurb, totally intriguing and the colors *^*  Another instant buy after the release. Review of the book will follow soon. 🙂
My Waiting on Wednesday entry is also up on my blog: Waiting on Wednesday # 2 (september 7th)- Chasing the Sun by Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn

Enjoy the Dance (Dancing 2) by Heidi Cullinan
release date: october 11th


Dance with your heart, and love will follow.

Kindergarten teacher Spenser Harris has carved a quiet, stable future out of his tumultuous past, but his world turns upside down the night a homeless teen appears on his doorstep—a boy whose story mirrors the one Spenser has worked so hard to overcome. The decision to shelter Duon is easy. What’s tricky is juggling the network of caregivers in Duon’s life, especially Tomás Jimenez.

Tomás wouldn’t have hesitated to take Duon in, but his plate is already full working three jobs to support his family. Though Spenser’s carefully constructed walls are clearly designed to keep the world at bay, Tomás pushes past Spenser’s defenses, determined to ensure the man is worthy of his charge. As the two of them grow closer, Tomás dares to dream of a life beyond his responsibilities, and Spenser begins to believe he might finally find a home of his own after all.

But Spenser and Tomás’s world is poised to crash around their ears. Duon’s grandmother isn’t sure she wants him to be raised by a gay man and challenges Spenser’s custody. Tomás’s undocumented parents could be deported at any time, and all the while the state of Minnesota votes on a constitutional amendment against marriage equality and the US Supreme Court debates whether or not Spenser and Tomás get a happily ever after. All they can do is hold tight to their love, hope for a better future…and remind each other to enjoy the dance.

Source: Goodreads
Buy link: amazon

I got the first one of the series while it was free on Instafreebe for a short time. And when I saw the form on the author’s page I couldn’t stop my fingers to request an ARC. Luckily I am allowed to read it before the release. ❤

And two other ones which don’t have entries on goodreads yet:

  • Our Reunion by Harper Logan
  • Stronger than Iron (Short Story) by Beau Bishop

bought books (also free books)

New Status update needed (#gaymers 1.5)
release date: september 5th


A ficlet featuring Adrian and Noah from Status Update and a big life change.

Provided as a gift to Annabeth Albert’s newsletter subscribers.

Source: Goodreads

I didn’t have read the #gaymers series so far, but all of the books and can’t wait to see which sweet addtion this is. ❤

Night Shift 2 by Kindle Alexander et al
release date: september 6th


The anthology that raised more than $16,000 for three charities in 2015 is back and sexier than ever. Ten authors are bringing you more of your favorite stories and sneak peeks at future books in Night Shift 2.[…]
Secret prequel bonus scene by Kindle Alexander – A man must reveal his deepest secret to keep the ones he loves.

Source: Goodreads
buy link: amazon

The reason I bought this book were actually two: first I love to read stories by Kindle Alexander so I wanted to know what the bonus to the Secret prequel is. ❤ Can’t wait to read the full book. Second: when I recognized the money is used for a charity I was on the hook. I love to support such things so much. 🙂

Rescued by Felice Stevens
release date: september 5th


Ryder Daniels is all too familiar with rejection. His parents cut off contact because he’s gay and his boyfriend left him, choosing drugs over love. Aside from his rescued pit bull, his only joy is hanging out with his younger brother. Then his mother does the unthinkable and forbids them to see each other, leaving Ryder devastated and alone. His friends urge him to date, but Ryder would rather throw himself into working at the dog rescue and figuring out a way to see his brother again.

When Jason Mallory’s girlfriend gives him an ultimatum to get married, he shocks everyone by breaking up with her instead. He believes he’s too busy for a relationship now that the construction company he started with his brother is taking off. When he discovers a group of abandoned pit bulls and calls the local dog rescue group to pick them up, an uncomfortable encounter with Ryder causes Jason to question feelings he’s hidden deep inside for years.

Jason and Ryder build a friendship, until an unexpected kiss sparks the attraction they’ve been fighting. Jason gives Ryder unconditional love and helps him reconnect with his brother while Ryder shows Jason the passion he’s always missed in relationships. Together they must battle through their family differences and ugly prejudices. Only then can they prove that once you find the right person to love, there’s no turning back.

This is a re-release of the original edition published in 2014. It has brand new content as well as the entire book being revised.

Source: Goodreads
buy link: amazon

I didn’t get the old version and when I wanted to buy it the book was in the process of revision. Luckily I wait because I can’t wait to read the addited content. :3 People already say it’s a great addition. ❤ Also this cover is so much cuter than the one of the first edition (you can take a look on Goodreads)

Connection Error (#gaymers 3) by Annabeth Albert
release date: september 5th


It’s typical of video game programmer Josiah Simmons to be the last one on the plane on the way to the biggest meeting of his career. Though he’s (mostly) coping with his ADHD, he can’t handle another distraction. But he also can’t ignore his rugged seatmate—especially once he learns the military man’s a fan of his game.

Ryan Orson refuses to let his severe injuries pause his career as a navy SEAL. He’s got hours of grueling physical therapy ahead of him, and no time for anything that might get in the way of his return to active duty. But that doesn’t mean he’s above a little first-class flirtation with geeky-cute Josiah.

When a delay strands the pair in St. Louis, they agree to share a hotel room and a night of gaming. Neither expects their new connection to move to the next level in the light of day. Opposites may attract, but is this game over before it’s even begun?

Source: Goodreads
buy link: amazon

I fell in love with other series by the author and I lurked a long time around this series. Geeks, gay romance. Best combination ever. :3 Can’t wait to read this series. ❤

books I’m waiting for/ preordered

I like to give an overview of the anticipated books, some of them are preordered (marked with a ++). I put the link to goodreads on the title. In the comming StS issues I will present them. 🙂


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