Dubiously Canon – Rukis

Synopsis: Tales from Red Lantern (that may or may not have happened)

A collection of stories chronicling the lives of charactes in the Red Lantern universe, and their sexy misadventures.

Every story in this collection is “Dubiously Canon,” meaning whether or not it actually happened is up to you. Choose your ship, or just read ’em all because they’re naughty. Reader’s choice.

Written and illustrated by Rukis

Published by Furplanet Productions

Having been a lover of Rukis’ writing ever since Off the Beaten Path, I knew that I had to add this anthology to my collection. And, boy, was I glad I did!

The stories in this collection all revolve around the characters in the Red Lantern Universe, and they aren’t limited to characters from the Off the Beaten Path trilogy, but also include characters from Heretic and the Legacy books.

The stories possibly fill in some of the rather erotic blanks Rukis left open in her books for us to fill in ourselves, and, leaving us wondering, she cleverly states that these events may or may not have happened.

I can fully recommend Dubiously Canon to all who have enjoyed Rukis’ other books, for it is a fine addition to the world she has so wonderfully created.

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Dubiously Canon – Rukis

Intimate Little Secrets – Rechan

Synopsis: From just a fleeting spark to the last burning coals, relationships burn our fingers and set our passions aflame. Even when extinguished, the embers can still smolder and scorch.

When Luis’s ex comes back into his life, the cost of what he wants might mean the loss of something more. Jacob needs peace with his family, an order perhaps too tall for Desiree to provide. Marjani must make amends for an indiscretion. A confession falls apart, leaving Janine caught in the gears of a messy arrangement. Strait-laced Conner has to navigate a new world both confusing and rife with hurt feelings.

In these nine stories, imperfect people brave the fire for moments of perfection.

All stories by Rechan, cover art by Teagan Gavet

Whew! This is one hot little anthology that Rechan has managed to put together for us! Some of these stories were so steamy that it made reading it on the train a somewhat…awkward experience, especially since one of the nine takes place in one.

Rechan has a very lovely writing style that I can’t help but appreciate. There’s a certain flair apparent in every story that Rechan so carefully weaved together so that the characters in each story have the chance to succesfully communicate their feelings to the readers, making them feel real. The stories, as well as the characters, are very believable, which is another great plus.

The only thing I found that I was entirely happy with, was the last story in the book, as it left a somewhat dark and uneasy aftertaste in my mouth after reading it. It was a good story, but I personally wouldn’t have put it last.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Intimate Little Secrets, and I’m looking forward to reading more of Rechan’s work, be it another solo anthology or a novel.

– Faolan

 

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Intimate Little Secrets – Rechan

Legacy: Dawn – Rukis

Synopsis: Kadar was born into one of the lowest castes in his society—the laborers. That is, until a series of unfortunate events trapped him in the only life worse, that of an indentured servant.

Literally collared by the powerful hyena clan that holds his contract, Kadar now finds himself facing a dangerous decision.

Live as a slave, or fight for freedom.

Joined by a hyena held captive by his own kind, a guard with a grudge against the very people he works for, and an indomitable cheetah, Kadar faces an uncertain future in a land where centuries of dependence on slavery and warfare make real freedom of any kind, for any caste, a dream that might be worth dying for.

From the world of “Red Lantern”

Written and illustrated by Rukis

Published by FurPlanet Productions

As soon as I saw that Rukis had published yet another book, I knew I just had to have it, convinced that I would thoroughly enjoy it again. The world of “Red Lantern” has managed to captivate me ever since the graphic novel, and my enjoyment grows stronger with every book or series set in this world.

Legacy: Dawn features strong characters with interesting backgrounds that are sure to capture your heart in one way or another. The main character, Kadar, is a jackal that I absolutely loved to follow through the story. I did not always agree with the choices he made or the way he behaved, but everything he does fits in perfectly with his personality. This character grows a lot the more the story progresses. The same goes for Ahsan, the other main character. If there’s anything Rukis excels at, it would be character development. Few writers of furry literature manage to do the same at this level.

While the story is relatively simple, it is a very effective one. It also leaves a lot of space for Kadar’s “flashbacks” as well as other characters’ stories, making the setting feel complete instead of like a speed run of a video game. There were many moments that were so incredibly satisfying in this book, that I probably won’t forget about them for a long time.

Legacy: Dusk is already out, and while I am very eager to get it, I am still waiting for it to be published as a hardcover book.  I guess I’ll just have to be patient.

I would recommend Legacy: Dawn and any of her other books, for she is a phenomenal writer deserving of all the recognition and attention for her books she could possibly get.

– Faolan

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Legacy: Dawn – Rukis

Love Match – Kyell Gold

Synopsis: Rocky N’Guwe thought tennis would be the hardest thing he’d have to learn at Palm Gables Tennis Academy. But the young jackal finds himself navigating a new culture as well as his own sexuality and the volatile relationships of any high school, all while keeping himself focused on the professional career that will allow him to rescue his sister from an undesirable marriage back home. And looming in his future is Palm Gables alum and rising tennis star Braden Longacre, an abrasive cross fox whose path keeps crossing Rocky’s no matter how much the jackal tries to avoid him…

The first novel in a new series by Kyell Gold, with artwork by Rukis.

Published by Furplanet Productions

Yes! Another series by Kyell Gold! As soon as I came across this little fact on the internet, I immediately knew I needed to read it, Gold being one of my favourite authors.

It’s another series revolving around romance and sports, though tennis this time instead of American football. It is clear from the way that Gold writes about this sport, that he’s done a lot of research on the subject before attempting to write a novel about it, which is something I, as a reader, always deeply enjoy.

Love Match is basically a slice-of-life story about an immigrant boy with a talent for tennis, who needs to keep getting better, in order to stay there, while he’s wrestling with romantic feelings he has never felt before. However, this simple formula combined with Gold’s writing make for a very enjoyable story. The story is realistic, and so are the characters and situations that we find in this story.

Aside from the characters being realistic, they are also very likeable, which makes certain plot twists involving certain characters hit harder. I especially liked Rocky’s mother, who was portrayed as a strong independent woman, who had a strong hold on whatever situation she was in.

I had a lot of trouble keeping track of which species everyone was though. It was especially hard remembering Rocky’s friends. There was little to nothing that made certain species stand out, which was kind of a shame. I feel that more attention could have gone into this.

I’m already looking forward to the next installment in this series, knowing that things will probably only get more interesting.

– Faolan

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Love Match – Kyell Gold

Exposure – Tagenar

Synopsis:  Gale is a lynx with a big problem.

For years, he’s admired the men he finds most attractive from afar. The few times he tried to approach a muscular canine, he finds himself frozen by his insecurities. If only he could find a way to break the ice and get things moving…

Now Gale is about to find out what happens when that introduction gets made for him. He may have been unhappy being hidden, but how will he deal with finding himself exposed?

Written by Tagenar

Published by Furplanet Productions

Having read a book written by Tagenar before, I was quite certain of which direction the story would take, and I wasn’t surprised to find out that I was right. Tagenar likes his men big and their appendages bigger. However, the story wasn’t something I expected.

Exposure made me grin and chuckle good-heartedly while reading it, because the events in the story are so incredibly improbable, that they are downright funny. Saying this, I don’t mean to insult Tagenar’s writing abilities in any way, as I fully expect him to have written this story with the intention of writing a humourous, as well as steamy, story. While Tagenar’s preference in men doesn’t reflect my own, his story was definitely hot. A job well done.

I would like to recommend this story to those into big men, humour, and steamy scenes.

– Faolan

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Exposure – Tagenar

Winter Games – Kyell Gold

Synopsis:  Sierra Snowpaw is just at the Lonnegan Ski Resort looking for a good time. You can trust him. If he doesn’t talk a lot about his past, well, a lot of guys have done things they’d rather forget. A lot of guys have been through things they’d rather forget, too.

He’s so nice that it isn’t that weird when he asks about some of the other guests. Not like a cop, though, or a Fed—well, okay. Maybe a little like that one guy from that movie. Maybe he’s off-duty, settling a score on his own time.

Or maybe he’s the guy on the run. Come to think of it, he looks around corners like someone’s after him, too. But you know, some guys are chased by nothing more than the ghosts of their past…

Written by Kyell Gold

Cover art and interior illustrations by Sabretoothed Ermine

Published by Furplanet Productions

Another cupcake novella by Kyell Gold, another enjoyable story. Winter Games is a story that shouldn’t be talked too much about when it comes to the story itself, as it would just ruin the experience at least a little bit, so I’ll keep it short.

Winter Games is a strong story, that was quite confusing in the beginning, but makes more and more sense the more you read. It has strong, believable characters, a realistic setting, and a believable storyline. It just works. It shouldn’t have been any longer or shorter. Well done. I enjoyed it.

– Faolan

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Winter Games – Kyell Gold

The Jackal Queen – Roy Lisman

Synopsis:  Out of Time. On the Run.

Isaac was none too pleased when his vacation was cut short by a call from his friend Raziel. His mood only grew worse when Raziel magically transported them back in time to ancient Egypt.

Now they have to find a way back home, hopefully without changing history. But the locals think they are deities, which has caught the attention of the temptress pharaoh—the Jackal Queen.

Written by Roy Lisman

Cover and interior illustrations by Kadath

Published by Furplanet Productions

I picked up this book, because I am in love with ancient Egypt, both the culture, the style, and the mythology typical for that era. I’m actually surprised that not more novels/novellas have been written in this setting.

The Jackal Queen features two unlikely friends who make their way back to ancient Egypt through the use of magic and modern technology, after which they get stuck and have to find their way back home. The Egypts thinking they’re actually avatars of the gods Sobek and Mahes, leads to quite some interesting situations, which mostly end up getting quite steamy.

While I love the way the Egyptian setting is used in this story at times, I feel that a lot more could have been done with it. If you take out all hot scenes, which I actually loved, there would be very little left of the actual novella, which is a shame. Instead of using x-rated scenes to make the story stronger, it felt like the story was more like an excuse in order to write cohesive sex scenes. Instead of having written an “Erotic Historical Tale”, it felt more like an erotic tale with a bit of history thrown into the mix. The story could’ve been implemented in various historical times, without even having to change that much.

If you’re looking for some steamy scenes, then this book is definitely for you, but if you’re looking for a great story, try a different book.

– Faolan

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The Jackal Queen – Roy Lisman