Rec: Bang! Bang! BOOM! [New York]

Title: Bang! Bang! BOOM! [New York]
Author:
Croik (illus: Del)

Format:
Web serial

Published/Free:
Free

Length:
80+ chapters

Status:
Ongoing

Rating:
Mature

Warnings:
Graphic violence/death,

Link:
https://m.tapas.io/series/BangBangBOOMNewYork

Summary:
In the alleyways of 1920s New York, young immigrant and small time gangster Jakub Danowicz meets Cheshire Bloom, an eccentric teen in possession of explosive magical powers. You might not call it love at first sight, but something like it.


Review:
I stumbled across this web novel and consumed the whole thing + the (also ongoing) webcomic in three days. It’s really freaking good. The creators pair strong characterizations with a multi-faceted plot that more than makes up for the excruciating slow burn this romance kicks off with (and boy, is it ever a slow burn). Check it out, and be prepared to lose your weekend.

Sesame But Different

Title: Sesame But Different
Author: Chia
Format: Webcomic
Published/Free: Free
Length: Currently on episode 11, ongoing with new episodes every Sunday.
Status: Ongoing
Rating: Everyone
Warnings: None
Linkhttps://sesamebutdifferent.tumblr.com/
Summary: Slice of life lesbian webcomic featuring Chia and Poppy – two girls named after seeds who also happen to be dating each other. They are same-same (or sesame), but different. 

Review: This is my own comic, so I’d rather not provide my own (generally self-deprecating) feelings about my work, but would love to hear feedback on how I can improve.

Rec: Sacrifices

Title: Sacrifices
Author: Rachel Lynn
Format: Oneshot
Published/Free: Free
Length: 12,149 words
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Suicide mention, violence
Link: https://www.fictionpress.com/s/2055356/1/Sacrifices
Summary: Tam has been raised to die. But when death opens new doors, he has to figure out how to live a whole new life.

Review:If characters discovering the world and quiproquos are the kind of things that you truly enjoy, I got you.

Rec: Cold Water

Title: Cold Water
Author: Transfluid
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 8 chapters/?
Status: WIP
Rating: Mature
Warnings: mer-capture and auctioning
Link: https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3333613/1/Cold-Water
Summary: "Since the ocean was new there has always been mermaids.“ A little mermaid story with a twist. Slash

Review: I am in love with the character development and relationship that forms between the characters in this story. I don’t want to give away anything but please give this story a try, especially if you like mermen related stories. This is my first time recommending anything here but I just really wanted to share. 

Rec: The Stars of the Pack

Title: The Stars of the Pack
Author: N.J. Lysk
Format: Series
Published/Free: Free with coupon code SLASH
Length: 35k book 1 (300k+ series)
Status: Series complete
Rating: Mature-Explicit
Warnings: M/M/M/M/M/M, mpreg, dubcon, heat, instincts, a/b/o, depression, complicated situations with people trying their best and sometimes failing, later books contain some noncon and graphic violence.
Link: https://www.njlysk.com/the-stars-of-the-pack
Summary:
Five alphas.
One omega.
The fate of their pack is in their hands.
But what about the fate of their hearts?

When Ray presents as an omega instead of an alpha, his life changes forever. As a male omega, he’s expected to mate with a select group of alphas and start a pack of his own. 

The five men selected for him are as different as they are keen. And one of them is his best friend, Josh, who Ray was sure could never return his feelings. But now they all must deal with the mating instinct that the power of the Moon brings out in them; and after that… Ray will have bigger problems than a crush. 

Can Ray become the submissive omega his pack needs him to be? Will the alphas understand how hard it is for him, or demand more than he can give?

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7avAz_ds4w

Rec: Spitfire

Title: Spitfire
Author: Dean Wax
Format: Short story
Published/Free: Free
Length: 11.4K words / 12 chapters
Status: Complete
Rating: Ultra Mature
Warnings: Nonsexual cannibalism, violence, rape, monster men
Link: ao3 link
Summary: In a world where old gods still roam, a wealthy city in the grips of tyranny has run out of beautiful men to appease their maniacal king; all except the Oracle, that is. Three old men would offer him up to die to save their own skin. When one tears at the strings that Fate is weaving, the consequences can be dire indeed.

Review: I think it’s good but I’m biased because I wrote it. This started out as a writing practice heavily following the rhythms of a fairy tale but then the character of the Oracle got his nails into my muse and I was compelled to finish it. There is technically a Transman x Man pairing in it but it’s not romantic and ultimately beside the point of fates, old gods and treachery. Give it a whirl and see how you go.

Rec: As time and sand slips away through your fingers

Title: As time and sand slips away through your fingers
Author: I_am_sorry
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 79,160 Word-lenght
Status: WIP
Rating: Mature/Explicit
Warnings: violence, non-con, royalty, slavary, arabian. ao3
Summary: After ten years a foreign concubine struggles to hold his position as the king’s favorite.

As nostalgia settles in he starts to wonder if his biggest desire will also be his biggest downfall. After all isn’t it true, there’s a proverb warning, be careful what you wish for?

Review: I’m submitting my own work so I won’t leave a review. But If you are interested in slavery, royalty, etc…  this may be for you.

Rec: Immunity Series

Title: Immunity
Author: Epic Solemnity (Dark_Cyan_Star)
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 2 parts so far, Part I: 22 Chapters, Part II: 19/30 Chapters
Status: WIP, updates once or twice a week
Rating: Mature
Warnings: graphic violence, implied/referenced incest
Link: AO3 (Part I)  AO3 (Part II)
Summary: Raised in the slums, away from his scheming relatives, a prince grows up dreaming of revenge. However, blood is power, and despite his royal lineage, Ezra isn’t an Elemental. Or so he believes. When he reencounters his darkly enthralling uncle, he finds himself facing new, enigmatic possibilities and unlocked powers. He soon realizes he doesn’t want to kill his family. He wants to beat them at their own game. 

Review: The world built around this story is amazing. I love the dynamics of all the characters, and the story itself is new and refreshing. The author is a great writer and it really shows in her word choice and grammar. Although they claim the story updates once a week, they have posted more than one chapter a week many times. If you love fantasy and slow burn, this is the story for you.

Epic Solemnity (Dark_Cyan_Star)

Rec: Sleeping Beauty

Title: Sleeping Beauty
Author: I_am_sorry
Format: Novel
Published/Free: Free
Length: 2k+ words per chapter
Status: WIP
Rating: Mature
Warnings: violence, non-con, murder mystery, law enforcement, prostitution
Link:  ao3 link
Summary: Landon Harrison doesn’t believe in coincidences, half-truths, good intentions that never amount to actions or in humanity as a whole. And in retrospective that might not be so bad, as it has kept him alive in his line of work. You can never be too careful when working as a special detective for murder, after all.

But when a series of strange killings start happening, he may have to start thinking of changing his beliefs or risking more victims. It’s a delicate case and Landon can’t afford distractions, especially not a cynical gray eyed man, and yet he can’t seem to stay away.

Review: I’m submitting my own work so I won’t leave a review. But If you are interested in murder-mystery type of thing, two alpha-males falling in love, law enforcement and dystopia… this may be for you.