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I am an avid reader of YA, fantasy, and romance, a librarian, and a writer of fantasy short fiction.

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The Gravedigger's Brawl

The Gravedigger's Brawl - Abigail Roux Note: I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley.I wasn't sure what to expect going into this book. I don't usually read small press books (quality is too hit or miss), and I've never read m/m romance before, but I just couldn't pass up this intriguing premise. And I'm so glad I didn't. This book was awesome.I read a lot of romance (generally of the straight variety), and I was so thrilled by this novel because none of my usual romance pet peeves were present. The romance did not comprise the entire plot. The couple experienced tension in their relationship that was not the result of a love triangle and which was resolved by one or the other of them manning up and using their words to explain their feelings and/or apologize. And Wyatt and Ash were just all around super cute together.I'll admit I was a little leery of reading m/m, not because I find m/m sex icky or whatever, but because I'm not sure what I think about the trend of women writing m/m erotic fiction for an audience comprised largely of other women. Is it just as offensive as straight men's obsession with f/f porn? I'm not sure. But this novel? Not erotica. There are a couple sex scenes of about the length and graphicness of the sex scenes in your typical romance novel. But really, this book is actually a super creepy ghost story/mystery that just happens to include a romantic subplot involving two men. And that is what I want to see more of in bookstores and libraries.To that end, I think I'm actually going to purchase this for my own library. And that actually says a lot for the awesomeness of this book, because not only is it freaking $17 for a paperback (go with the $8 ebook if you can!), I live in a small city in Wyoming and I'm pretty sure there's next to no audience for m/m paranormal romance. But this book is good enough that damn it, I'm going to try to find the audience for it.If you're into urban fantasy or paranormal romance with an extra helping of creepy, this is the book for you.