Books With LGBT+ Characters

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Hello people! This is Pride Month, so I thought it was about time to do a post about some of the books I read which had LGBT+ main characters, secondary (important) characters and/or dealt with LGBT issues.


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#Rev (GearShark #2) (Cambria Hebert)

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Trent Mask puts the REV in revolution.
A line has been drawn.
Indie vs Pro
Here at GearShark, we’re straddling that line to bring you exclusive coverage of what some have dubbed the war of racing.
Every war starts with a spark and ends in revolution.
Drew Forrester was the spark,
but his second-in-command is the REVolution.
What does it take to stand brave in the face of opposition?
Resolve of steel…
Stubborn will…
And a heart that refuses to give up.
It isn’t just the drivers in this war.
The revolution is about more than just racing.
It’s about shattering labels and taking risks.
So we asked Trent Mask: Truth or Dare?
His answer?
Both.

Check out the full feature article inside…

*This is book 2 in the GearShark series.
This book contains french fries, fast cars and two men in love.


A little while back I reviewed the first book of this series, #Junkie, be sure to read that review, because it’s quite difficult for me to separate both books completely.

#Rev starts exactly where #Junkie lets off, with the aftermath of an horrible attack on Trent and the couple dealing with it. Trent is clear in what he wants, he never ever wants Drew to be in danger, he can’t bear the thought of the love of his life being hurt. But Drew doesn’t accept that easily, and had to fight to convince Trent that they’re better together, stronger.

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While in the first book they both have to come to terms with their sexuality and their feelings towards one another, in this second book they have to deal with what the world thinks of their love and how the people they love will react. That’s the whole theme of this book: the coming out.

I liked this second book better than the first one. I thought that their voices were more distinct, the fact that I had already read a whole book about them helped a lot, and their romance was even sweeter and more swoon-worthy than book 1. There’s no doubt that these 2 were meant to be. It also has less car racing in it, which is good in my opinion.

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I did feel like the book dragged a bit, and it was over the top romantic and extra sweet at times. As well as some strong co-dependency… let’s chalk it out to the honeymoon period that never faded. I also disliked some of the reactions they got to their relationship. Although negative backlash was to be expected, I somehow thought they would have some support from at least some important people in their lives…

To sum it up, this was an enjoyable duology, and Trent and Drew have their own (small) space on my heart. If you enjoy a good M/M romance, give this series a try.

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#Junkie (GearShark #1) (Cambria Hebert)

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Drew Forrester is a total adrenaline junkie. 

His high of choice? Cars. The faster, the better.

He’s been making waves in Maryland’s underground racing circuit since he crossed the state line, and after speaking with him, we know he’s not hitting the brakes anytime soon.

So what exactly does it take to burn rubber and make a name for yourself in a world where the only rule is there are no rules? 

You gotta be hungry… You gotta have balls… And you can never back down.

What’ve we learned here at GearShark? Drew is all of the above.  

We also know he’s got some secrets buried under his hood. Secrets we think are loaded with octane and just might set the world of cars on fire.

Check out the full feature article inside…

** This book contains an M/M romance relationship. **


Oh wow, this review took me long enough to write… ups! I’m here now, so lets do it!

After reading Him and Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy a while back, I was curious to try another M/M romance, to see if my love for the Him series was just a fluke. So when I came across this book, with high ratings, and a good price, I decided to give this series a shot.

First of all, let me just say that I love this cover. The format of the cover and the blurb are unique, and they catch your attention. The fact that both things are actually part of the book, is a plus. However, the blurb is not informative at all, and if it wasn’t for the warning I would never would have guessed that this is a M/M romance.

To sum it up a bit, given that this info is nowhere, this book is told in dual POV, from Drew and Trent’s perspectives. Drew and Trent are best friends, and treat each other like family, until they realize that what they feel for each other goes over the friendship line. So they have to realize what this means, what do they want out of each of their lives and of each other.

I liked the writing for the most part, but it was too introspective at times, which worked sometimes, but was not necessary during most of the book. Also, can I say that it was a little bit too mushy?

I will admit that I was majorly confused when I started this book. The reason? Despite this being a new series, these characters, and the secondary characters, were introduced in the Hashtag series… which is quite a big series. So it took me awhile to grasp completely the relationships and concept of family between all members of their group.

I liked both Trend and Drew, though contrary to Jamie and Wes in Him and Us, it did take me sometime to differentiate their voices. They are ultimately very different people, but it shows a lot more when they are with each other than when they’re with everybody else, and I had to check more than once whose chapter I was in fact reading.

The romance is slow and oh so sweet, and their moments together were definitly my favorite part of this book. I liked how in it they were, there was never a chance in either of their minds that they would be something less than together. Completely. I really liked that, they were kind of perfect.

I’m not the biggest fan of racing – not at all in fact – but I did like the concept created here, and the descriptions of the races were cool. Also cool, and a bit sad too, was the dynamic Trent had inside his frat house – you’ll see what I mean.

You have to keep in mind, however, that this book is not a standalone, it ends on a cliffhanger, and for you to read the whole story and for it to make sense and for you to be satisfied with it, you need to read both books of this series.

Ultimatly I think I would have enjoyed it better if I had read the Hashtag series before, and if this book and the next one, #Rev, would have been condensed into one, because the book ran way too long and slow at times. I would still highly recommend it if you like sports romance, and M/M romance.

April TBR

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Hello 😀 . Today I’ll show you my TBR for this month. In March I managed to read 22 books by some miracle. Granted, one was a super short novella and another one was a short story, but still, it was the most I ever read in a single month, and most books were finished in the span of 24 hours. So, I hope I have a similarly awesome reading month in April, though I won’t aim that high, because that’s crazy.

I’m going for 15 books, of which 2.5 of them are already finished (yes, it’s still the 3rd day of the month…).

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  1. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – Me and Cátia are both about halfway through with this book. It’s good, but neither of us has been in the mood for it.
  2. Changing His Game (The Reynolds Brothers, #1) by Justine Elvira – I actually finished this book already (and I was so disappointed).
  3. Roommates by Erin Leigh – And I finished this one already too…
  4. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – This beauty will be a buddy read with Kat @Life and Other Disasters and Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much. After weeks of waiting, Cátia is finally getting her book on monday, and we will begin this journey. It will probably take us a bit to get through it, but we will!
  5. Once Upon a Dream (Twisted Tales #2) by Liz Braswell – I didn’t like the first one a bit, but I’ll give this one a shot.
  6. Catch You (Love Me, I’m Famous 0.5) by M.H. Soars – Warning, the next 5 book are buddy reads with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, because we love to request the same ARCs on Netgalley.
  7. The One That Got Away (Kingston Ale House #1) by A.J. Pine – Another ARC I’m reading with Cátia
  8. Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance (Creative HeArts #3) by Shellee Roberts – And another one… I’m so excited for this one, because I read the second book of this series last month.
  9. Pieces of You and Me by Erin Fletcher – Another ARC I’m reading with Cátia.
  10. That Thing Between Eli and Gwen by J.J. McAvoy – And another!
  11. Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers – The author asked me if I would like to read and review her book… hells YES! (Kat @Life and Other Disasters is also reading this one…)
  12. Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach – Me and Kat @Life and Other Disasters are finally getting to this one. And Sara @Freadom Library is joining us 😀
  13. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – I’m going to Portugal later this month, which means I’ll finally be able to buy CoHo’s ebooks!!! (Kindle store’s prices differ from Portugal to Spain, and they’re way nicer at home).
  14. The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen – I bought this book this month (for free), so I’m hoping I get some time to get to it. Everybody says wonders of Sarina Bowen, and I fell in love with Him and Us.
  15. #Junkie (GearShark #1) by Cambria Hebert – I stumbled upon this book by accident, and after loving  Him and Us so much, I think I’ll enjoy this one as well.

This is what I plan to read this month of April, I might not get to all the books, but I’ll try to finish all my ARCs – the goal on Netgalley keeps beeing the 80% ratio… not far now.

I also think that some books will take a little bit of time, such as Lady Midnight. Not only is the book huge, but buddy reading implies that we have to keep a steady pace between the 3 of us 😉 .