SERIES REVIEW TOUR
The Diviner’s Game Series
by Jennifer Cody
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ABOUT THE BOOKS IN THE SERIES
Author Jennifer Cody creates chosen families and relationships that pull heavily on what’s “acceptably” taboo in this M/M gay romance series, The Diviner’s Game Trilogy. It’s a real-life game of chess and each person is merely another piece on the intensely watched board that sits between two Diviners. Deadly, thrilling, and dreaded–it’s only a matter of time before… Check mate.
BOOK 1: Bishop to Knight One
I have spent every day of the last ten years taking in and caring for my sisters’ sons. The problem is, we’re the sons of Naiads and I’ve never met a Nymph of any kind that cared about her male offspring. The boys don’t inherit the magic required to care for and connect to the waters of the earth, therefore they’re useless to the Naiads. Never mind that I have enough magic to wipe all Naiads off the planet altogether. Not that I would. Probably. My nephews deserve better than their mothers, and as long as those Naiads keep bringing me their sons, I won’t have to destroy them. I’ll even take their stepsons off their hands.
Yes, single parenting can get lonely. No, I’m not going to act on my attraction to my newest ‘nephew’, no matter how many boxes he ticks for me.
The best thing my old man did for me and my brother was die. With him dead, his girlfriend brought Cary and me to live with her brother. Deejay is rich, powerful, and sometimes gives me heart palpitations. I will do whatever it takes except abandon him to make sure Deejay adopts my brother, even if that means I have to insinuate myself into every part of this powerful man’s life. I didn’t plan to woo him, but I won’t ignore the attraction between us for too much longer.
After all, who knows how long I have left to live what with every other person I meet trying to kill me. I don’t know what I did to Houston’s Non-Humans, but I won’t go down without a fight. Bring it.
BOOK 2: Knight to Castle Two
Surviving as a human in the world of Non-Humans means that every breath I’ve taken for twelve years could have been my last. If the Demons don’t kill me, the Elves might. Or my brother. I love him, but I love him too much, and I’ve known since I was a kid I didn’t feel all that brotherly toward him. We might not share genetics, but that’s no excuse. I could probably hide these feelings if he didn’t return them. I work non-stop to keep myself out of temptations claws, but as his birthday draws closer, the will to keep my hands off fractures more and more. The only thing binding me to my hands-off rule is a contract I have with a Diviner, but that might not be enough.
My brother has never laid a finger on me, but as my powers grow, so does my need to connect. I can burn every inch of his skin, but my powers keep
growing and burning him isn’t enough anymore. I need to connect, I need to push my fire into him with panting, heaving, heavy, delicious strokes. I
need to get inside him, but we have a contract to fulfill and I can’t take the man I own until the Diviner gets what he wants. I might implode while I wait; I might burn the world to ash if someone takes Loki from me before I
get to taste all of him; I might just do both for the fun of it. The dragon within thinks this world burns for him, and I haven’t yet found proof it
BOOK 3: Queen to King Three
I never would have guessed that the best thing to happen to me would be getting abandoned in a stranger’s driveway. My stepmother has always hated me, but she finally found a place to dump me: her brother’s demesne. I’m broken, small, and terrified of everything, but my Humanities teacher makes me feel almost normal. I don’t know why my body, mind, and heart have latched onto Chanda Marduke, but I’ll take it, even if it’s the most dangerous, terrifying thing I’ve ever done.
Until I walked into my classroom to find a pretty little guy reading one of the textbooks, I had no idea what temptation was. He’s my student, and I shouldn’t lust after him, but the more time I spend with him, the more I realize lust doesn’t begin to cover what I feel for him. Robbie may be the strongest guy I’ve ever met, not brute strength like me, but inner strength, and damn if that doesn’t make everything about him more appealing.
Unfortunately for everyone involved, some random Diviner has drawn me into a real-life game of chess where every decision I make could end someone’s life. I’m trying to keep my pieces on the board, but free will is a bitch and the Strings of Fate have tangled into a web trying to trap me around every turn. How do I keep everyone alive without losing the man I think may be the key to saving us all?
There is a #Giveaway Below
Bishop to Knight One is a 115k age-gap MM paranormal romance.
Trigger warnings include: off-page past child abuse and on-page descriptive
violence. In this family, the boys have tragic backstories.
Print length: 334 pages
Publication date : December 1, 2020
Knight to Castle Two is a 90k Step-Brothers MM paranormal romance.
Trigger warnings include: on-page adult prostitution, on-page descriptive
violence, and no-safe-word D/s elements. This is an obsessive love romance
with a lot of fire between these step-brothers. In this family, the boys
have tragic backstories.
Print Length: 276 pages
Publication date : January 1, 2021
Queen to King Three is a 125k Student-Teacher MM paranormal romance.
Trigger warnings include: off-page past trauma and rape, off-page past
child abuse, and on-page descriptive violence. In this family, the boys
have tragic backstories.
Print Length: 452 pages
Publication date : February 1, 2021
Excerpt from Queen to King Three
I stand up slowly, projecting every movement as I walk around the table. I gently take the guitar out of his hands and place it on the table. Then I offer him my hand. He answers my silent overture by placing his hand in mine and allowing me to pull him to his feet. I maintain a loose hold, leading him to my couch, the only piece of furniture in this house I splurged on. I had the couch custom made so that I could comfortably lay lengthwise. On my back, it’s wide enough that my arm doesn’t fall off the edge.
I sit and pull him into my lap, loosely wrapping him up in my arms. “If I was human, we would be in a lot more trouble,” I murmur, rubbing his arm as he settles in against me. “You put me in your memories of me. I don’t know what you were hoping to accomplish, but one moment I was in the kitchen, the next I was watching me from your perspective as I fought in the Cage.”
After a moment of comfortable silence, he explains. “I wanted you to know that I value and appreciate how you make me feel, and I wanted you to understand that as—as—broken as I am, I am better now. Stronger. I can carry my own burdens. I want you to like me.”
“I already like you, Robbie. More than I should, but less today than I will tomorrow.”
“Same,” he murmurs.
Slowly, with painstaking fear that I’ve read too much into such a small glimpse of him, I cover his cheek with my hand and draw his eyes to mine. “Can I kiss you again?” I ask, watching his pink tongue dart out to wet the glistening lips that have my full attention.
He doesn’t reply, doesn’t give any indication of his consent until he presses his lips to mine, darting in with a quick movement that startles me for a moment. He pecks me with a small soft smack on my lips, then backs up, looking at me through those seductive lashes again.
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What I Liked…
I have read all three books in the series back to back as part of this post. I wholeheartedly enjoyed each one. There is a lot to unpack in this series, but admittedly, Jennifer Cody did it and did it well.
The novels are set in our modern-day world, with non-humans around us and interacting with us on a daily basis. The only reason we do not see them is the secrecy laws that non-humans follow. This leads to a believable world with schools, malls, and even police interactions. It does not take much to be pulled into this world Jennifer created.
Yes, the books are long. But they follow the developing relationships across three couples, one in each book. I loved how the author described them as being “acceptably taboo” relationships. An adult pseudo-step-uncle/nephew (-ish) relationship, an unrelated stepbrother romance, and a teacher/student romance. Each of the books shows the initial attraction, resistance, logic building, then ultimately the true development of the relationship…including some hot physical scenes.
Overarching this whole series is this paranormal chess match. Clearly, someone is behind the scenes pulling strings, causing drama, making mistakes, handicapping, and strategizing. You see it in the first two books, but it becomes front and center in book three: Queen to King Three.
One of the things I REALLY enjoyed about this series is that each of the three books is set at the exact same thing. So the events of the first novel happen in the second and third. BUT, from those characters’ point of view and their behind the scenes actions (and romance buildings). This really created a multi-dimensional storyline.
I mentioned that this is a long series. Over 1,000 pages in total. However, TOTALLY WORTH IT!!
About the Author: Jennifer Cody
Jennifer Cody writes gay romance of a variety of sub-genres, though her favorite is paranormal/urban fantasy. She uses her husband’s vast knowledge of all things man and mechanical to help her write, but takes literary license with her characters because they’re romantic heroes, thereby making
him shake his head in disbelief almost as often as she causes his incredulous laughter.
With three kids at home, the only time she has for boredom is 5 am when everyone else is still asleep, and coffee usually keeps that at bay. When she reads, she usually binges an author’s entire backlist for a few days, but has a few one-click favorites she stalks. Her go-to sub-genres are gay PNR (Paranormal Romance) and UF (Urban Fantasy), but she has a soft spot for certain contemporary MM tropes (falling in love with the Manny, and small-town/rural stories).
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Coffee Talk with Jennifer Cody
As many of you know, I have a bit of a coffee addiction. This has developed into a little bit of a sub-theme to my site (BookGemz). I say it is being a father of three wonderful kiddos, BUT, it is more likely because I can never seem to set my book down to go to sleep once I am engrossed into it.
However, I have a small tradition of reaching out to the authors to connect on their favorite caffeinated beverages and other little tidbits. I had a particularly hard time putting down Jennifer’s series just to go to sleep, so I consumed LOTS of coffee…so I was excited to hear back from Jennifer on her’s.
Jennifer: Aww! I’m glad you liked the books! Kids definitely require caffeine to herd; I’ve got three too, though thankfully only one small one.
I am a coffee until bedtime kind of person. Or I would be if I could sleep after drinking coffee at night. I enjoy mine with coconut creamer and a lot of bite. So my cup usually looks like I put a tiny bit of creamer in a large cup of espresso. 😂
I try to stick to one pot a day, but some days I just need a bit more in the afternoon, so if I don’t want to drink coffee, I’ll brew in my coffeemaker a pot of tea, usually black, but sometimes I’ll do green.
When I go out and splurge on a treat, I will get the fanciest candy coffee I can. Mine is usually a frap with espresso and toffee nut flavor.
Want more soon? Check out Jennifer’s first book of the Recovery Road Series: Forest’s #Win
Releasing March 1, 2021 on Kindle Unlimited
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Check Out Other Paranormal Romance Novels I Reviewed
The Diviner’s Game Trilogy. It’s a real life game of chess and each person is merely another piece on the intensely watched board that sits between two Diviners. Featuring MM Romances on the “acceptably” taboo front.
Tori wants to escape his mage clan, learn magic, and avoid dragons. Until Baldewin, a dragon, comes with gifts, protection, and confidence.
Cameron wants to make it clear that he did not go into the festival to find a dragon mate. He blames tall, dark, and sexy Alric, King of the Fire Dragons. MM Romance
Tris has dreamed of dragons since first flying on one years ago. Now in search for another, can he risk everything a prisoner that might be one? MM Romance
Miles returns home to his family rediscovering the meaning of family, love, & tradition. A time for great change, involving his ex-lover, that he still loves. Solstice Kings is a mm romance novella.
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