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Lenaribka

A passionate reader from Germany. I learned to read at the age of 4 and never stopped since then, though my books from that time were very different from what they are now. English is my third language, and I’m sorry for all grammar mistakes I made in my reviews. But I assure you, that my reading English is much better than my writing English. I’m a seeker for the books that differ from mainstream, that provoke the reader or have very often very opposite ratings.

Let’s Get Criminal (Lena’s Review)

Let’s Get Criminal (Lena’s Review)

Title: Let’s Get Criminal Author: Lev Raphael Publisher: ReQueered Tales Release Date: May 31st 2019 (first published 1996) Genre(s): Academic mystery, LGBT Fiction Page Count: 248 Reviewed by: LenaR Heat Level: 0 flames out of 5 Rating: 3,5 stars out of 5 Blurb: A Nick Hoffman / Academic Mystery, Book 1 Nick Hoffman has everything he has ever wanted: a teaching job, a nice house, and a solid relationship with…
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Broken Cord  (Boystown #12)

Broken Cord (Boystown #12)

Title: Broken Cord (Boystown #12) Author: Marshall Thornton Publisher: self-publishing Release Date: March 29th, 2019 Genre(s): Gay Mystery, Historical, the 1980s Page Count: 210 Reviewed by: LenaRibka Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5 Rating: 5 stars out of 5 Blurb: In the latest installment of the Lambda Award-winning Boystown Mysteries, it’s summer 1985. As Nick’s personal life begins to unravel, Nick throws himself headlong into investigating the murder of…
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The Riddle of the Sphinx

The Riddle of the Sphinx

Title: The Riddle of the Sphinx Author: Alexandre Montagu Publisher: Persepolis Press Release Date: April 19th, 2019 Genre(s): LGBT Fiction, Historical, Cultural Page Count: 382 Reviewed by: LenaRibka Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5 Rating: 3 stars out of 5 Blurb: From a desperate escape on horseback out of revolutionary Iran to the glittering nightclubs of Paris, from forbidden passion in the halls of Princeton to the high-stakes drama…
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Slugger (The Stockholm Trilogy #3)

Slugger (The Stockholm Trilogy #3)

Title: Slugger (The Stockholm Trilogy #3) Author: Martin Holmén Publisher: Pushkin Press Release Date: September 22nd, 2017 Genre(s): LGBTQ Fiction, Suspense, Historical, Nordic Noir Page Count: 383 Reviewed by: LenaRibka Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5 Rating: 5 stars out of 5 Blurb: It’s summer in Stockholm, and the city is sweltering in the grip of a rare heatwave while fascists and communists beat each other bloody in the…
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Tracker Hacker  (Audio)

Tracker Hacker (Audio)

Title: Tracker Hacker (Codename: Winger #1) Author: Jeff Adams Narrator: John Solo Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: December 12th, 2018 Genre: YA, Thriller Page Count: 194 Audio Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins Reviewed by: LenaRibka Heat Level: 0.5 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Theo Reese is just an average high school student with a passion for hockey and an uncanny talent when it…
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A Ladder to the Sky

A Ladder to the Sky

Title: A Ladder to the Sky Author: John Boyne Publisher: Lee Boudreaux Books Release Date: August 9th, 2018 Genre(s): LGBTQ Fiction, Psychological Drama Page Count: 368 Reviewed by: LenaRibka Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5 Rating: 5+ stars out of 5 Blurb: A psychological drama of cat and mouse, A Ladder to the Sky shows how easy it is to achieve the world if you are prepared to sacrifice…
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The Law of Inertia

The Law of Inertia

Title: The Law of Inertia Author: S. Gonzales Publisher: Amberjack Publishing Release Date: October 1st 2018 Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary Romance Page Count: 353 Reviewed by: LenaR Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5 Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: When James’s boyfriend killed himself, no one questioned what happened. A foster kid with a checkered past and a history of suicide attempts, Ash was just another number in…
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Shadow Puppet (Dan Sharp Mystery #6)

Shadow Puppet (Dan Sharp Mystery #6)

Title: Shadow Puppet (Dan Sharp Mystery #6) Author: Jeffrey Round Publisher: Dundurn Press Release Date: February 2nd 2019 Genre(s): Gay Mystery Page Count: 312 Reviewed by: LenaR Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5 Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Private investigator Dan Sharp investigates the disappearance of three closeted gay men. When a serial killer stalks downtown Toronto, Private Investigator Dan Sharp finds an unexpected link between the…
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The Story of Us (LenaR’s Review)

The Story of Us (LenaR’s Review)

Title: The Story Of Us Author: Barbara Elsborg Publisher: Self published Release Date: November 1, 2018 Genre(s): Contemporary Romance Page Count: 353 pages Reviewed by: LenaR Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Two boys. One love. Ten summers. Are you okay? The first words Zed says to Caspian, and the first time someone has cared about the answer. On a hot summer’s…
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Of Our Own Device

Of Our Own Device

Title: Of Our Own Device Author: M.K. South Publisher:Self Publishing Release Date: March 8th, 2017 Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Political Thriller, Love Story, Spy Novel Page Count: 874 Reviewed by: LenaR Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 5+ stars out of 5 Blurb: What do you do when you realize that the American Dream you’ve been working for isn’t enough if it’s yours alone? And what you’re told to…
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One-Eyed Royals (Seven of Spades #4)

One-Eyed Royals (Seven of Spades #4)

Title: One-Eyed Royals (Seven of Spades #4) Author: Cordelia Kingsbridge Publisher: Riptide Publishing Release Date: September 10th 2018 Genre(s): Murder/Mystery/Suspense, Romance Page Count: 366 Reviewed by: LenaRibka Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5 Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Shattered by their devastating breakup, Detective Levi Abrams and PI Dominic Russo find themselves at war right when they need each other most. While Dominic is trapped in a…
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High Time (LenaR’s Review)

High Time (LenaR’s Review)

Title: High Time (The Solomon Mysteries #2) Author: Keelan Ellis Publisher: NineStar Press Release Date: September 10th 2018 Genre(s): Contemporary, Mystery, Romance Page Count: 164 Reviewed by: LenaRibka Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: When skeletal remains turn up in Baltimore’s Leakin Park, Detective Paul Solomon is pessimistic about their chances of solving the case. But a clue discovered near the bones…
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Lights and Sirens (LenaR’s Review)

Lights and Sirens (LenaR’s Review)

Title: Lights and Sirens (Emergency Services #2) Author: Lisa Henry Publisher: Self Published Release Date: September 13th 2018 Genre(s): Contemporary Page Count: 231 pages Reviewed by: LenaRibka Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5 Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 Blurb: Paramedic Hayden Kinsella is single and the life of the party. He likes driving fast and saving lives, and he doesn’t do relationships—he does hookups. Except he wouldn’t hook…
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Heart’s Desire (Boystown #11)

Heart’s Desire (Boystown #11)

Title: Heart’s Desire (Boystown #11) Author: Marshall Thornton Publisher: self-publishing Release Date: August 10th, 2018 Genre(s): Gay Mystery, Historical, the 1980s Page Count: 210 Reviewed by: LenaRibka Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5 Rating: 4 stars out of 5 Blurb: It’s February 1985. Nick struggles to recover from a gunshot wound, while taking on the case of a woman with a mental illness, who may or may not have…
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