Impossibly Fond

Cover for Impossibly Fond by Tanya Crhis shows a man with shaggy blue hair in front of a full moon

When a hostile leprechaun forces an inept wizard to flub the spell he’s casting on a mini-giant, the result can only be… fondness? Waltham has accidentally spelled Ian into liking him, and now his hostage/windfall, aka Mindy, insists he fix it before she’ll turn over the pot of gold she rightfully owes him.

Waltham’s figure is as stringy as his hair and his words are as sharp as his nose. He’s a selfish, greedy fledgling wizard with a ratty hat and a worse attitude. There’s no way someone as handsome and kindhearted as Ian would like him without magic in play. But as the three reluctant companions set out on a quest to assemble the ingredients for an anti-spell, a different kind of magic happens. Ian’s unflagging belief that Waltham is worthy of love makes Waltham begin to wish it were true.

There are grasshopper gonads to be collected, moonbeam crystals to be harvested, kitten tears to be wrung, and somewhere, at the end of the rainbow, a pot of gold to be collected. But if Waltham can overcome his upbringing and mend his ways, then maybe—once the spell has been lifted—something real will remain.

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The galoot raised Waltham’s elbow to his mouth and pressed the lightest of kisses to the scrape. His lips were surprisingly soft, very full and tender but probably carrying a veritable army of germs. Waltham withdrew his arm, and the galoot’s pucker faded into a pout, as if Waltham’s elbow were a piece of candy that’d been taken from him.

“Aw,” Mindy said. “I think he likes you.”

“I do,” the galoot agreed immediately. “I like you a lot.”

Surprising. Ego-gratifying, but surprising. People didn’t often take to him right away, what with the sharpness of his features and most particularly the sharpness of his tongue, but it was true that if they were going to like him at all, they liked him the better for not knowing him.

“What’s your name, you big galoot?” Mindy asked.

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“Oh, I’m only a rather average-sized galoot," he demurred. "But I'm strong.” He flexed his biceps in illustration and Waltham nodded approvingly. Very strong.

“What’s your name?” Mindy repeated, as if she were talking to a small and stubborn child, and honestly the galoot wasn’t coming across as a creature of particular intelligence, considering how immediately he’d taken to Waltham who’d been trying steal his gold. Mindy’s gold. His gold.

“Ian.”

“A good name for a giant,” Mindy said.

“Do you think so?” Ian asked without taking his eyes off Waltham.

“It’s got giant right in it.”

“You mean that the other way around,” Waltham observed. “Ian is in giant. Giant’s not in Ian.”

“That’s so clever,” Ian said enthusiastically, as if Waltham had said something… clever. “I’ve had that name my whole life and never even noticed. Ian is in giant. You must be really smart.”

“But I’m the one who said it,” Mindy squealed. “I said it backwards, but you knew what I meant.”

“What’s your name?” Ian asked.

“Mindy,” Mindy answered, even though Ian had clearly directed the question to Waltham. “Hellooo, person talking down here. Look at me.” She fluttered her wings, raising herself up to eye level. Waltham put his hand on top of her head to push her back down. He was enjoying the attention. When you traveled with a green leprechaun in a pink tutu and matching wings, you got very little attention.

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Reviews:Mirrigold on Mirrigold wrote:

So much fun! This book is a hilarious take on the typical high fantasy adventure grouping off on a quest.

loveQhuay on Reading under the rainbow wrote:

The best scene was the grasshopper hunt, it was more then hilarious. I laughed so hard. Waltham and his ignorance of things was so cute, especially when Ian knew things he didn't. They completed each other perfectly. Really, really loved this story, I couldn't put it down and read it in one-go. It was so good to be in this world with Ian& Waltham. Highly recommend it.

Cheryl on Love Bytes Reviews wrote:

Overall, this is a surprisingly deep and emotional tale, whilst at the same time maintaining a funny, quirky nature. It is well written and sweeps the reader along with a real sense of direction. Although only one of the characters is human…basically, they all have a sense of solidity and realness that makes the book a satisfying read.


Omega Replaced

Alpha Donovan is certain about one thing. His work recovering missing omegas who’ve been separated from their rightful protectors is a service—to the alphas who hire him and to the omegas themselves. What he’s less confident about is his unconventional desire to be dominated by someone as strong as he is. No alpha is supposed to want that.

When Donovan arrives in North Leland, he expects it to be just another job. Find the omega, bring her home. Then he meets Judge Tarek, the gorgeous alpha determined to thwart his mission. Tarek disapproves of his job, but not his fantasies, which he’s ready and oh-so-able to fulfill.

Everything is backwards in this strange town. Wanting another alpha’s teeth in your neck is okay, but returning an omega to their rightful place isn’t? Donovan has a lot to learn, and if he can’t change his way of thinking fast enough, he’s going to lose what he’s never allowed himself to believe he could have.

Omega Replaced is an alpha/alpha novella with BDSM components in the Omega Reimagined series. It can be read as part of the series or as a standalone. This is a non-MPREG omegaverse.

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Take that alpha at the table, for instance. An omega might be lucky enough to belong to him, which wasn’t something I could do more than dream about. His hair fell in crystal white strands from his scalp, as if his head were snowing. It swung with his movements, giving his bulky figure the illusion of grace. I estimated his height as about average for a Northern Pack alpha, but his chest was beautifully broad and stunningly naked except for where his hair teased over it, calling attention to the contrast of brown areolas against the stark white of his skin.

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The pinker points of his nipples were at attention, making me imagine that his cock had grown equally as hard from talking to the squirmy omega who called him Judge Tarek in a tremulous squeak. I wondered if Judge Tarek was mated and if his mate knew he spent his days hearing from plaintive omegas, because he seemed to be enjoying it, and the omega was probably getting a thrill from it too. I couldn’t smell slick in the air, but an electric current of arousal buzzed through the room. Someone was excited.

Me. The someone was me.

I was standing there glaring at the omega in a too-obvious display of jealousy with my cock hard in my jeans.

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Reviews:Jay on Joyfully Jay wrote:

Omega Replaced is an entertaining story and brings another dimension to the series with the alpha/alpha partnership. I am looking forward to the final book coming out next month where we should see the issue of Prince Devin versus Angel coming to a close and get our final relationship story.

loveQhuay on Reading under the rainbow wrote:

This book was exactly what I needed. I love this universe and it's so exciting to see all the different pairings fall in love. In this case we got two alpha, and holy moly, it was really hot!

Tappy on Amazon wrote:

Following along in this series has been a delight. Our heroes here are bold enough to push against the accepted and make their own way. I enjoyed the characters not only because they had the courage to stand up but because they did so boldly, though Donovan was a tad reluctant at first. His strength grew and watching that along with his change of heart, when he relished his error, was a beautiful thing. Terrific characters, strong storyline that abolishes the idea of bigotry and a warm HEA that brings harmony to our heroes.


Aftermath

Cover for Aftermath by Tanya Chris features a young man in a leather jacket in front of a NYC cityscape
Part of the Ever After series:

The Ever After series concludes in Aftermath. Tragedy, redemption, love… Ever After

Once upon a time, Casey flirted with a pretty boy at a bar, and that changed everything. Recently released from jail, he’s starting to rebuild without the family who raised him to hate himself. He’s got a new job, a room at his aunt’s, and community service hours at an LGBTQIA community center. But his biggest challenge is figuring out how to live as the one thing his father and brother drilled into him he could never be: a gay man.

Once upon a time, Brooks was a confident Dom with a particular taste for bigger men. But since his run-in with a dangerous homophobe, he’s lost his touch. Big, buff guys are hot but scary, and hurting people isn’t as much fun as it used to be.

Until he meets Casey, the big guy with the problematic past. Casey’s willing to do anything, but does his submission stem from healthy kink or from an unhealthy need to be punished? And is Brooks doling out release or revenge? Two people who share a past as violent as theirs could never fall in love. Unless, somewhere in the aftermath, there’s forgiveness.

Content warning: internalized homophobia, homophobic language, and references to homophobic hate crimes that have occurred in the past

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“Casey.” Brooks waited until Casey glanced up at him. “I’m not shaming you, okay? I’m just saying there’s safer ways of getting that feeling. Assuming you liked the feeling.” He wouldn’t ask if Casey had liked it. It wasn’t his business, and besides, he could guess.

Casey still didn’t say anything, so Brooks stood up. “All right, good talk. If you ever have any questions….”

“You’ve done it?” Casey’s words stopped him just as he was about to escape from the room. Apparently they were going to talk, after all. He shut the door and leaned back against it.

“I don’t choke people. There’s really no way to do that safely. Safer, but never safe. It’s not a risk I’m willing to take.”

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“But other stuff?” Casey asked his boots. They were work boots, well-worn and hideous. Huge. Which of course didn’t mean anything.

“I’ve been in the scene since I turned eighteen, so yeah, I’ve done stuff. I could point you to some resources, give you a few links.”

Casey shuffled those large boots of his across the floor. “Which one are you?” he asked with a quick upward glance, curiosity brimming in his eyes. “Are you the one who hits people or the one who gets hit?”

“That’s personal.”

“Oh.” And there went the eyes back to the floor again.

“Fine. I’m a Dom. Does it matter? I’m going to point you to the same resources either way.”

Casey opened his mouth, and Brooks suddenly knew what was about to come out of it.

“No,” he said, before Casey could ask. “Definitely not.”

“Why not?”

For a moment, Brooks was tempted. God, imagine laying into this slab of a man, putting his marks all over him. Or just getting him to kneel. It didn’t even have to be physical. The emotional high of having his enemy kneeling at his feet would carry Brooks for a month.

But, God. No. Enemy. That wasn’t at all what BDSM was about. He couldn’t go into a scene literally wanting to hurt the person subbing for him.

“You said it wasn’t safe,” Casey said, “what I did. So show me safe.”

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Reviews:Kris on Joyfully Jay wrote:

I have to say that my biggest worry going into this book was how the author was going to make me believe that these two characters, whose start was terrible when they met for the very first time, could fall in love. But Chris is a master storyteller and in the end, their romance is not only believable, but beautiful. It takes a lot of hard work on both their parts, but that’s perhaps the best part.

KR Phoenix on Books, Tattoos & Tea wrote:

Casey was so broken, to a point he doesn’t even realize how badly. The reality of his upbringing and his internalized homophobia was devastating, confronting and heartbreaking. What he’s been through is touched on and is confronting and saddening. I really enjoyed his overall character development and feel he grew so beautifully into himself as an eventually out and proud gay man. I loved his healing and honest process. His care and buddying friendship with Finn was so wonderful to read and the love and trust he has for Brooks is great to watch unfold.