Kissing Books

The Queer Cinderella Of Our Dreams

Y’all, I have the sequel to Ashley Poston’s Heart of Iron in my hands and it’s taking so much to leave it where it is until I finish writing this. (I haven’t been reading much YA, but this is a space opera retelling of Anastasia with an Android Dmitri hello.)

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Timothy Mayfield is ready to marry for love, but, since his personal finances are thinner than he’d like, he knows he’ll also need to find a wife with wealth. After receiving an unexpected inheritance, he is free to pursue his “perfect woman of over twenty characteristics. Maryann Morrington doesn’t match anything on Timothy’s list—except for wealth. An heiress in her own right, she is tired of men pursuing her only for her money. But at nearly twenty-two years old, and not a particularly stunning beauty, she can’t be as picky as her friend Timothy is.

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cover of Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene FrostI was recently reminded about Jeaniene Frost, and I think other people should be, too. If you haven’t picked up her paranormal/urban fantasy about badass half-vampire Cat Crawford, Halfway to the Grave is 2.99 right now. Or if you’re mostly caught up, the most recent release, Up from the Grave, is 1.99. There are currently seven in total, so you’ve got plenty to read.

New Releases!

This week isn’t quite as…overwhelming…as last week was, but there are still so many books and I don’t know what to do with myself!

cover of Dithered Hearts by Chace VerityDithered Hearts
Chace Verity

I picked up Chace Verity’s contemporary romance Team Phison a couple months ago, if you might recall. And I was smitten. Of course, once I realized that they also wrote fantasy romance, I couldn’t wait to read the next one. And it did not disappoint.

Cynthia isn’t sure about her gender. She doesn’t mind her pronouns, but she definitely isn’t a woman. But she’s not a man. But she doesn’t have much time to consider her options, because her living situation is basically shit. While she still lives on the farm that was in her family, she lives there as an abused servant—her stepmother remarried and her husband is the worst kind of person. Her stepsisters aren’t awful, but she doesn’t interact with them much beyond meals and chores. Her only respite is in Lord Gafford, who arrives before the prince’s great ball to tell her that he is her Fairy Godfather…and also hi, he’s trans and totally gets her gender stuff. (But with a lot more cursing.) He takes her, as his nonbinary child, to the ball, where she gets a different kind of view of both her stepsisters, and makes a friend. A royal friend, who’s not interested in marrying a woman.

That’s right, folks. This is the F/NB/F + M/M Cinderella Fantasy Romance of your dreams.

(Well, after the content warnings: physical abuse, gaslighting, and manipulation. There are others in the front matter, if you need them.)

cover of Bodyguard to the Billionaire by Nana MaloneWhen you’re done devouring that one in a matter of hours, you can check out some other new releases:

Bodyguard to the Billionaire by Nana Malone

A Rainbow Above Us by Sharon Sala

One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell


Honestly, everything is coming out on the 30th. Brace yourselves for next week.

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