Teaching Ben by Shae Connor

Shae Connor - Teaching Ben CoverTitle: Teaching Ben

Series: Dreamspun Desires 52

Author: Shae Connor

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (209 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (20th February 2018)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖 3 Hearts

Blurb: Learning to love means a study in patience.

Fresh out of the military, Ben Cooper is ready for a new start. He’s away from his domineering father, making his own choices… and out of the closet. On his first day of college, he meets David Powell, who’s just the kind of gorgeous man Ben’s dreamed of. Too bad he’s the teaching assistant—which makes him off-limits in Ben’s eyes.

David is Ben’s age, but his life has taken a different path. He’s close with his family, who helped him deal with personal struggles after he came out. And while he’s staying away from any hint of scandal, Ben’s a kind of temptation he hasn’t faced in years. If only they’d met on more equal footing. As the semester progresses and their lives become more entwined, keeping their relationship platonic becomes more difficult. They just have to hold out until the end of the semester….

ISBN: 978-1-64080-412-8

Product Link: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Teaching Ben is a cutesy story about two college students in their mid-twenties. This is very much what I expect from the author, Shea Connor, and I was quite pleased with this addition to the Dreamspun Desires line.

Teaching Ben is the story of Ben Cooper and his college tutor David Powell. Ben is twenty-four and recently out of the air force. After growing up with a controlling father who was also in the military which led into his career in the navy. Now he can have a life for himself and for Ben that is going to college and studying communications and documentary making. On his first days in one of his introductory subjects he feels an instant spark of attraction to third year student and his tutor for the class, David Powell.

David is also twenty-four. He’s got a past as a member of a rich family and growing up getting everything he wanted. A life altering situation some years ago meant that David had learnt his lesson and had since been working hard to finish college. Meeting Ben, David can’t deny the attraction, however David also knows that he start a relationship with a student he was teaching for the semester.

This is a sweet, well-paced book with very little angst. These are just ordinary guys living life, meeting their challenges head on, going to college and that ultimately is what makes this charming.

Out in the Deep & Out in the End Zone by Lane Hayes Audio Blast & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Lane Hayes stopping by today with her new audio releases Out in the Deep and Out in the End Zone, we have a fantastic $25 Amazon GC giveaway so check out the post and enter the giveaway!  ❤ ~Pixie~

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Out In The Deep

(Out In College 01)
by
(Narrator: Michael Pauley)

Lane Hayes

Derek Vaughn is a little too serious. He’s a type A control personality with a penchant for order and a love of water polo. But he’s determined to enjoy his last year of college. The real world with a serious job and big expectations can wait for a few months. He’s going soak up every minute on campus with his friends and teammates before he moves on. The only possible kink in his plan is the new guy on the team… also known as his nemesis.

Gabe Chadwick has big Olympic dreams. His transfer between Southern California universities has nothing to do with scholastics. The degree is his backup plan. He’s not there to party or make friends. And he certainly isn’t going to announce his sexuality. But he can’t deny there’s something special about the uptight team captain. However, when an unwitting friendship and mutual attraction collide, both will have to decide if this is the real thing or if they’re about to lose it all in the deep.

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Out In The End Zone

(Out In College 02)

(Narrator: Michael Pauley)

Evan di Angelo is an upbeat, good-natured goofball who loves his friends and family… and football. A traumatic accident may have ended his hopes of playing professionally, but he’s made the most of his four years on the field at a small Southern California college. He’s learned the hard way to embrace change, take chances and try things outside of his comfort zone…like agreeing to play fake boyfriends for someone else’s senior project.

Mitch Peterson knows that being his authentic self is the path to true happiness. He’s grown from a shy, quiet kid from a broken home to an out and proud budding internet sensation bound for grad school. An awesome senior project is the key. It’s unlikely anyone will believe the hunky, straight athlete is Mitch’s new lover, but it’s worth a shot. However, as their tentative friendship blossoms into unexpected attraction, the lines between reality and fiction blur for both men. Evan is forced to face old demons and decide if he has the courage to take the next step and come out in the end zone.

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Contact by M.D. Neu Blog Tour, Guest Post, Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have M.D. Neu stopping by today with the tour for his new release Contact, we have a short guest post with a fantastic exclusive excerpt and an awesome $10 Amazon GC giveaway so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Contact

(A New World 01)
by

M.D. Neu

A little blue world, the third planet from the sun. It’s home to seven billion people—with all manner of faiths, beliefs, and customs, divided by bigotry and misunderstanding—who will soon be told they are not alone in the universe. Anyone watching from the outside would pass by this fractured and tumultuous world, unless they had no other choice. Todd Landon is one of these people, living and working in a section of the world called the United States of America. His life is similar to those around him: home, family, work, friends, and a husband.

On the cusp of the greatest announcement humankind has ever witnessed, Todd’s personal world is thrown into turmoil when his estranged brother shows up on his front porch with news of ships heading for Earth’s orbit. The ships are holding the Nentraee, a humanoid race who have come to Earth in need of help after fleeing the destruction of their homeworld. How will one man bridge the gap for both the Humans and Nentraee, amongst mistrust, terrorist attacks, and personal loss? Will this be the start of a new age of man or will bigotry and miscommunication bring this small world to its knees and final end?

Warning: Death of a character

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Game Point by M.J. O’Shea

M.J. O'Shea - Game Point CoverTitle: Game Point

Series: Dreamspun Desires 45

Author: M.J. O’Shea

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (194 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (1st November 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖 3 Hearts

Blurb: Game, set… match made in heaven.

Spoiled socialite Quinn Valenzuela has no interest in sports or his family’s huge sporting goods empire, Sparta Athletics. So when Quinn learns his grandfather has died and he’s in control of the corporation, no one is more surprised than Quinn himself.

Dedicated COO Porter Davis has little time and less patience for brats like Quinn who have never done a day’s work, but circumstances leave him with little choice. Quinn claims he’s ready to leave partying behind and grow up, but it’ll take more than words to earn Porter’s respect. As it turns out, they can work – and play – together after all. A friends-with-benefits arrangement makes sense for the two busy men, but are they too different for it to ever develop into more? Not if Quinn can convince Porter he has his head in the game.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-756-3

Product Link: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I have fast become a fan of MJ O’Shea, mostly acquainted with the author’s works through Dreamspun Desires. While Game Point is not my favorite story by the author, it was no less an enjoyable read. The story itself is a mix of sweet and sexy, which is something that O’Shea does well in my opinion. The premise is an enemies to lovers story. Or more accurately, enemies to friends with benefits to true love and a HEA.

The enemies in question are Porter Davis, an ex-tennis player turned business, and Quinn Valenzuela, a carefree playboy that has a lot of growing up to do. The story opens with the death of Porter’s friend, mentor and boss, who just happens to be Quinn’s grandfather and the father of Porter’s best friend (Quinn’s mum). Porter is the COO for Valenzuela’s Sparta Athletics and cares deeply for the family that run it, expect for his mentor’s grandson who flits around Europe carefree. Porter is shocked and more than a little miffed that Quinn is given a controlling interest in the company on the proviso that he is involved in the day to day running of Sparta. Meaning that Quinn is going to be in his face all day long.

When Quinn got the call about his grandfather’s death and seeming like the spoiled brat Porter thinks he is, Quinn is picked up from Spain with the family’s private plane and returned home to his see his mother and attend the funeral. He doesn’t expect the conditions in his grandfather’s will and at first is ready to hand over his controlling share of the company to his mother. However, the death of his grandfather leads Quinn towards an epiphany to get back on the right track and finally grow up into the man he is meant to be.

Porter and Quinn are true enemies at first, but when they force each other to face some harsh truths, their relationship takes a turn towards the hot. All that energy they spent hating each other has now become some tense sexual chemistry that I wanted them to hurry up and initiate. And, probably of most immediate importance, they can also actually find a way to work together professionally before they even make it to a bed.

To be perfectly honest, it took me a few chapters to warm up to Porter. He wasn’t the nicest character at first and in my opinion was a bigger brat than Quinn. Thankfully both characters undergo some major development and mature in a lot of ways throughout the story. It’s a very light and carefree read which is low on unnecessary drama.

Staggered Cove Station by Elle Brownlee

Elle Brownlee - Staggered Cove Station CoverTitle: Staggered Cove Station

Series: Coast Guard Rescue 01 / Dreamspun Desires 54

Author: Elle Brownlee

Genre: Contemporary, Military

Length: Novel (216 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (20th March 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 4 Hearts

Blurb: Rescues are wild in the Alaskan terrain. So is romance in this coast guard rescue novel.

Sun-kissed California guardsman Dan Farnsworth might be at home in the water, but he’s out of his element at remote, rugged, and freezing Staggered Cove Station. Acclimating proves hard enough, but he’s also digging into how the station’s previous rescue swimmer was lost at sea. Was it an operation gone bad or something more sinister? Add to that the instant tension between him and his partner, no-nonsense, Alaskan Karl Radin, and Dan has his hands full.

As his investigation heats up, so does the attraction between Dan and Karl, even if they don’t completely trust each other. But as suspicious events escalate to sabotage, Dan starts to fear that he and Karl won’t get the chance to become more than reluctant coworkers.

ISBN: 978-1-64080-495-1

Product Link: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I looked forward to this book, I’ve previously heard the audio and enjoyed that well enough. I was actually a little surprised that I enjoyed reading the ebook more than listening to the audio, it’s usually the other way around. There was romance, mystery, danger and hot men in uniform who are honest to God heroes. I’ve previously enjoyed Elle Brownlee’s books in the past, although I’ve never actively looked up each and every release by the author, she is definitely on my list of enjoyable authors.

Dan Farnsworth is a fairly fresh recruit in the US Coast Guard. After being top of his class for so many different things during training, especially his swimming, he requests for a transfer to a remote post in Alaska. One reason is for the challenge but the most important reason is because he needs to investigate the presumed death of his missing, much older half-brother, Axe.

At Staggering Cove Station, Alaska, Dan meets Karl Radin. He had been the leading the rescue where Axe went missing. Dan, much like Karl, find it tough to believe that Axe could be so easily swallowed up by the ocean with his experience and strength as a swimmer, but anything is possible. When he meets Dan, Karl knows that there something that isn’t quite right about the man, who seems to be snooping around. Karl just can’t work out why and has to find out the secrets the intriguing man is hiding. It certainly doesn’t help that there is a mutual attraction as the characters slowly fall in love.

The main mystery of this book is what happened to Axe, with a good dose of Karl trying to figure out Dan for the first few chapters. The romance is basically a secondary storyline and for the most part that works really well, in my opinion.

This is an enjoyable book for the most part. But there were a few things that didn’t really gel with me. The first thing is the sex scene in the book. The fact that there are only a couple sex scenes towards the end doesn’t bother me, I’m all for the sweet and getting to know you type romance with cuddling and stolen kisses. It was that the one sex scene is everything I hate of sex in romance novels – it’s sex in an inappropriate place at a completely stupid point in time. The other thing that didn’t gel with me was that some elements of the plot simply didn’t grab me – I know the relationship between the brothers had gone by the way side but I wasn’t properly convinced.

Yet, the strengths of this book include a believable setting in Alaska and life in the US Coast Guard (no idea how accurate it is but it doesn’t seem completely outlandish). In fact, I really enjoyed that element. The other thing that I thought was possibly the best element of the book is that the characters are given a lot of time to get to know each other which picking through the mystery element of the story line. It made the romance more believable and relatable, even if it was a happy for now ending. I’m really looking forward to more books in this series. I kinda have hopes as to which secondary characters could have their turn next.

Hunted by Lynn Hagen

Lynn Hagen - Hunted CoverTitle: Hunted

Series: Bound Forever 01

Author: Lynn Hagen

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Short (77pgs)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (November 12, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Tristan Grant was a journalist in hiding. The cartel had put a hit out on him, and now he was stuck in the middle of Iowa, awaiting the trail. On a walk through the woods, he discovers a brick building with security cameras and barbed wire fencing. His curiosity piqued, Tristan investigates, only to find a secret lab with torturous experiments being conducted. He hatches a plan to set the men free, not knowing the beasts he would unleash. And the scariest of them all has his sights set on Tristan.

Alric had been fooled into signing a contract, unknowingly sealing his fate. He was stuck in a cage, being sliced and diced until he was no longer wholly human. He never thought he’d see the light of day again, until a cute little journalist stuck his nose in where it didn’t belong. Now free, Alric and his team plan to exact revenge on those who imprisoned them. What Alric hadn’t planned on was falling in love.

ISBN: 978-1-64243-506-1

Product Link: Siren-BookStrand | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Alric thought he had been doing the right thing and his men followed him. They trusted him and it placed them in the hell hole they were stuck in now. Treated like animals even though they started out human has turned them into animals, dragons to precise. They were beaten, tortured and experimented on. Their fates were a given, that is until Alric smelled the best thing ever.

Tristan is nuts. He is an amazing journalist doing stories no one would ever do. It has led him into many dangerous situations and has now landed him in Iowa. Iowa where nothing ever happens. He was here because he did a piece on the cartel and now he had a price on his head. So what does his dumbass do, he finds something to get into. A building in the middle of no where with more security then should ever be needed, unless they were up to no good. What it gets him is one sexy man who can turn into a dragon, plus his men, and lets not forget more danger.

Dagner filled, excitement guaranteed, action packed, adventure and some hot sexy times are just a bit of what you get in this story. It was definitely different then many of this author’s other work. I was quite shocked at the difference but was pretty amazed by it. I am not really sure about the characters, and their actions leave some crazy ideas. Tristan is a pretty brave man but he acts not like he is. He is a fascinating character and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Now the downside to the story is it leaves you hanging, big time.

I had a fun time reading this and look forward to the next book.

Dark Rivers by Morgan Brice

Morgan Brice - Dark Rivers CoverTitle: Dark Rivers

Series: Witchbane 02

Author: Morgan Brice

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Length: Novel (256pgs)

Publisher: Darkwind Press (October 23, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: One hundred years ago, a sheriff’s posse killed dark warlock Rhyfel Gremory, but his witch-disciples escaped, and their magic made them nearly immortal. To keep their power, each year one of the witch-disciples kills a descendant of one of the men in the posse, a twelve-year cycle that has cost dozens of lives, including that of Seth Tanner’s brother, Jesse.

Seth Tanner uncovers the cycle of ritual killings that feeds the power of the witch-disciples, and he’s hell bent on getting vengeance for Jesse and stopping the murders. His fledgling romantic relationship with Evan Malone complicates his mission, but Seth can’t walk away. Seth and Evan are learning to navigate their partnership—as lovers and monster hunters—while they chase down the next witch-disciple and avoid attracting the wrong kind of attention.

When the hunt takes Seth and Evan to Pittsburgh on the trail of the next killer, they’ll have to save the intended victim and take down the powerful witch. If the skills they possess and the bond between them isn’t enough, the evil will remain unchallenged, and more people will die…

Dark Rivers contains sexually explicit materials intended for adults 18 and over. Note: Includes mention of past domestic violence and stalking.

ISBN: B07JNPJ5GH

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Seth and Evan are on the path of the next witch to stop the ritual killing of their intended victim to bring back a powerful dark warlock. There is no shortage of suspense in this story. Evan and Seth also draw closer to each other as they get to know each other better.

I love this series. Seth wants those to pay for killing his brother and i do not blame him in the least. I was intrigued by how the series is going so far. Nail biting and edge of your seat this story captures your attention from start to finish as we follow along with Seth and Evan and their quest.

I truly loved this story. The journey was fraught with danger and at times the hotness between Seth and Evan set the pages on fire.

Fantastic read.

Backstroking with A Tiger Shark by Charlie Richards

Charlie Richards - Backstroking With The Tiger Shark CoverTitle: Backstroking with A Tiger Shark

Series: Beneath Aquatica’s Waves 01

Author: Charlie Richards

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novella (104 Pages)

Publisher: eXtasy Books (July 14, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Tortelion, Tort to his friends, is a tiger shark shifter. He spends his workdays awing human audiences with a few aquatic parlor tricks. To him, it’s a pretty good gig. Plus, the people who come to World of Aquatica learn about his kind…well, tiger sharks of the non-shifter variety, anyway. A day that starts the same as any other suddenly takes a turn for the better when a mishap sends two humans tumbling into his tank. Blood in the water tells Tort that one of them is his mate. Joining those taken to the doc’s office as a witness, Tort learns his mate is Kane Cornshun, a busy human graphic designer only visiting the area to see his sister and her kids for a few days. Tort has very little time to woo his unsuspecting mate. Can he convince Kane to give up his life and join him at Aquatica?

ISBN: 978-1-4874-1419-1

Product Link: eXtasy Books | Amazon UK  | Amazon US

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Wow a tiger shark! Tort just so happens to be one hell of a sexy tiger shark shifter who has found his mate. Now all he has to do is to figure out how to tell him. However he had intended to do it a bit more smoothly then how it happened, but your going to have to read that part.

Kane has come down to visit his sister and her kids. A trip to World of Aquatica sounded just right, especially as it was one of the kids birthday. He just hadn’t expected to accidentally get pushed into the sharks tank. Things are going to get a bit more interesting real soon.

I get a kick out of Charlie’s stories. She always manages to give us unique characters and situations. I love how the shifters are with their mates and how protective they are. This story caught my attention from the start and kept it all the way to the end. I loved the characters and their stories. This book gave me everything I could ask for in a story, I just wished they were a bit longer as I didn’t want to stop reading it.

I had a blast reading it and can’t wait to get started on next book. I can honestly say that this is one of those stories that will be read many times over.

Jack Addison vs. Nessie’s Tentacles by K.A. Merikan

K.A. Merikan - Jack Addison vs. Nessie's Tentacles CoverTitle: Jack Addison vs. Nessie’s Tentacles

Series: Jack Addison vs. A Whole World of Hot Trouble 02

Author: K.A. Merikan

Genre: Horror, Interspecies, Science Fiction

Length: Short (47pgs)

Publisher: Acerbi & Villani Ltd. (December 1, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖 3 Hearts

Blurb: “I’m not here to make friends. I’m here to slay Nessie.”

Jack Addison is on his way to becoming a famous monster hunter, but luck had been against him at the Annual Nessie Hunt the previous year. Now, he’s back at Loch Ness to show everyone what he’s made of.

He’s got a lot to prove to Roux Chat-Bonnes, the snotty cat-like creature who saved his life last time, so Jack goes into the woods to hunt Nessie armed with a brand new detection device.

But the creature he finds is nothing like he expected. Where he thought he would slay a monster, he ends up learning a valuable lesson about opening his horizons to new lifeforms. The learning curve is made delightful with the help of tentacles, suckers, and lots of slippery slime.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
Themes: pride, dreams, self-discovery, tolerance, fame, monster hunting, interspecies relations, tentacles

WARNING: This story contains morally ambiguous characters and scenes of sex that might be considered taboo.

ISBN: B07K5Z3QGN

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: The blurb is wrong. Jack is not on his way to being a famous slayer he’s on his way to being a monsters plaything. From the first book he is captured by a spider and taken advantage of. No monster slaying by him what so ever. In this story it claims he’s fought monsters but we’re only told that not shown that it actually happened.

Nessie seduces Jack and has sex with him. I have to say I am not impressed with this series so far as I was expecting someone to actually hunt and fight the creatures mentioned instead I get a man used as a sex toy.

I personally do not like the series myself but others would enjoy it. It’s a well written and entertaining short story.

Pattern’s Revealed by Suede Delray

Suede Delray - Patterns Revealed CoverTitle: Patterns Revealed

Series: Patterns 03

Author: Suede Delray

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery

Length: Novella (148pgs)

Publisher: eXtasy Books (April 21, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Dominick has recovered from his injuries but is still on suspension from the force. This hasn’t deterred him from wanting to solve the Regis murders. Some information from his sister prompts Dominick and Rob to take a weekend trip to Boston. What they don’t know is that the killer is watching.

ISBN: 978-1-4874-1038-4

Product Link: eXtasy Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Dominick went against regulations to save his sister and was now on suspension, the same as his partner. It did give him and Rob time to take a small vacation. To bad he wants to still work the case and he has found a lead in Boston. However it would seem the killer knows they are there. Someone that knows him so very well.

Lots of twists and turns to this story and lets just say it is quite surprising. I was very surprised to find out who the killer was and even thought it was two other guys. Never suspected and damn was it good. My attention was caught from the time I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. When I started reading this story I knew that I had read it before and that tells me it is quite remarkable. I can see myself reading this more then the two times I have read it. It is a bit creepy though with a dark tone to it.

I usually don’t read stories that have dark tones to it, but this one was top notch. It kept me on the edge of my seat both times. I can’t wait to get started reading the next book and I can guarantee that you will love these guys just as much. The characters were what made the story rock even more for me.

His Cursed Prince by Ryan Loveless

Ryan Loveless - His Cursed Prince CoverTitle: His Cursed Prince

Author: Ryan Loveless

Genre: Fairy Tales

Length: Novella (98pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 28, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 4.75 Hearts

Blurb: Three facts about Tuckington Belle:

1. Given the choice between illegally scaling the royal castle’s walls to steal flowers for a client at his family’s dress shop or going on a date with a girl his brother set him up with (“He’s fertile, and he can sew!”), Tuck will scale the wall like a spider after a fly.

2. If, upon knocking himself unconscious when he falls off the wall, Tuck wakes up bruised, blindfolded, and inside the castle, where—based on the unearthly wails heard nightly—the prince no one has seen in ten years is probably a ghost, Tuck would still choose this over a date with a girl.

3. Tuck thinks it’s time to admit he’s gay.

Three facts about Prince Frederick George Deor (Read and approved with great reluctance by Lord “Protocol is Protocol. Stop Being a Pain About It” Todd):

1. He brought a curse upon himself and now bears the skin of a snake.

2. He can’t take his eyes off the injured thief recovering in the castle.

3. Friendships born from lying and insisting the other person wears a blindfold can blossom into true love—which he needs to break the curse.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-925-3

Product Link: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: I adored this story about a prince, Frederick, who complains about his looks, gets cursed by a witch who turns him into a reptile like creature, who then hides from Tuck even though he’s interested in him. Tuck falls while trying to gather flowers from the royal garden for a dress his mother is putting together. He wakes up in a darkened room with the prince hiding under the bed.

The prince has not been seen in ten years as he does not want anyone to see him as he is now. I loved how these two seemed to help the other without realizing it. There was a lot of humor in this story that fit very nicely. The insecurities the prince had were real and felt genuine.

The different ways to break the curse were funny to a point especially with Frederick and Tuck’s initial reactions to some of them. Overall an entertaining and enjoyable read to the end.

Great read.

Fangs and Catnip by Julia Talbot

Julia Talbot - Fangs and Catnip CoverTitle: Fangs and Catnip

Series: Dreamspun Beyond 09 / Dead and Breakfast 01

Author: Julia Talbot

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novel (220 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (1st December 2017)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: A romance worth fighting for—tooth and claw.

Solitary vampire Fallon Underwood gets all the social interaction he needs being the silent partner at the Dead and Breakfast B and B high in the Colorado mountains. Change is hard for Fallon, so when his business partner, Tanner, suggests hiring a new manager for the inn, he’s adamant that they don’t need help, especially not in the form of bouncy werecat Carter Hughes.

Carter is a happy-go-lucky kitty, and he loves the hospitality industry, so the D and B ought to be a great place for him. He falls for Fallon as soon as he picks up one of Fallon’s novels, and begins to woo the vamp with gifts. When Fallon finally succumbs to Carter’s feline charms, the results are unexpected, to say the least. Their mating will have irreversible consequences—for their bodies and their hearts.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-977-2

Product Link: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Fangs and Catnip is the first book in Julia Talbot’s Dead and Breakfast series and is a part of Dreamspun Beyond house line. For me, I have enjoyed Julia Talbot books in the past, but she is one of those authors that I don’t have any real opinion on other than they are usually a good read.

This plot of Fangs and Catnip is totally cute and charming. There is no real big drama or obstacles – this is a shifter and vampire who have to get their shit together. This is perhaps my only criticism of the book – the simple plot meant that there was room for characters to develop further, which unfortunately did not happen as much as I would have hoped.

Fallon Underwood is a vampire who is basically a hermit. He is a few centuries old and prefers his solitude. He resides in the attic at the paranormal bed and breakfast destination, The Death and Breakfast, where is the silent partner in the business with the sleepy, grumpy bear shifter, Tanner, located on the top of an isolated, snowy mountain. Tanner does a lot of the work on his own and finally convinces Fallon that he needs to hire a manager so that he can sleep/hibernate a bit more as the winter approaches.

This is where hospitality manager Carter Hughes. He’s the bouncy cougar shifter that is basically Tigger. He comes to the B and B all excited for his new job, looking forward to being involved with a business that caters for all manner or paranormals and humans. When he encounters the enigmatic Fallon he immediately is attracted, and his inner cat knows that Fallon is his mate. The problem is vampires and shifters usually don’t mate in the sense that they form a full blown emotional and mental bond, so there are unexpected results as their different physiologies alter to help the bonding process.

There is low level angst and some mucking about that felt like filling pages more than anything else. I won’t go into details, but Fallon tries at certain points to push Carter away because he cares for the man too much and like many men in romances doesn’t talk to his partner about his concerns. However, on the whole, guys have great chemistry and the sex scenes are steamy.

Secondary characters, at least one them, will no doubt get their own romantic story at some point and I’m really looking forward to that. I can’t wait for November when the second books comes out featuring barely in control, newly turned wolf Tom.

Abaddon’s Locusts by Don Travis Blog Tour, Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have Don Travis popping in today with his new release Abaddon’s Locusts, we have a brilliant exclusive excerpt and a fantastic $10 DSPP GC giveaway, so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~ p.s. keep an eye out for Lisa’s review coming soon!

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Abaddon’s Locusts

(BJ Vinson Mystery 05)
by

Don Travis

When B. J. Vinson, confidential investigator, learns his young friend, Jazz Penrod, has disappeared and has not been heard from in a month, he discovers some ominous emails. Jazz has been corresponding with a “Juan” through a dating site, and that single clue draws BJ and his significant other, Paul Barton, into the brutal but lucrative world of human trafficking.

Their trail leads to a mysterious Albuquerquean known only as Silver Wings, who protects the Bulgarian cartel that moves people—mostly the young and vulnerable—around the state to be sold into modern-day slavery, sexual and otherwise. Can BJ and Paul locate and expose Silver Wings without putting Jazz’s life in jeopardy? Hell, can they do so without putting themselves at risk? People start dying as BJ, Paul, and Henry Secatero, Jazz’s Navajo half-brother, get too close. To find the answer, bring down the ring, and save Jazz, they’ll need to locate the place where human trafficking ties into the Navajo Nation and the gay underground.

Warning: Kidnapping, Internet targeting, Human trafficking, Drug addiction, Sex trafficking,

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The Fairy Pond by Jason Black Release Blast & Excerpt!

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Hi guys! We have Jason Black popping in today with his new release The Fairy Pond, we have a great excerpt so check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~

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The Fairy Pond

by

Jason Black

Nevan lives a simple life. He works hard in the fields with his brothers and his grandpa, and adores his mother wholeheartedly. He’s a good boy who usually stays out of trouble, but even when Grandpa warns him to stay away from the pond, he can’t help feeling curious about it…and the creatures that watch him whenever he’s near.

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One-On-One by V.L. Locey Blog Tour & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have V.L. Locey stopping by today with the tour for her new release One-On-One, we have a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~ p.s. keep an eye out for Prime’s review coming soon!

One-On-One

(Cayuga Cougars 05)
by

V.L. Locey

The past few years have been a bit chaotic for Cougars new associate coach, Lancaster Hart. After an amiable divorce he began living his life as the gay man he’d kept closeted for far too long. With the recent move to Cayuga, he’s away from his support system and properly made sweet tea. Despite a roster filled with new friends and associates, he’s spending his nights alone.

As his team gears up to make a run at the Calder Cup, Lancaster discovers that not everything in upstate New York is wine, woodlands, and chilly conservative ideals. At a summer music festival, he first lays eyes on Townsend Harris, folksy/blues singer by night and mayoral office assistant by day. Lancaster is enraptured with the man’s powerful sultry voice. Also, Town just might be the most beautiful man he has seen in all his forty-one years.

The two hit it off at an informal meet and greet after the show, where they spend the night talking and sipping wine. One evening of conversation and an incendiary goodbye kiss leads them into a scorching love affair that might be exactly what Lancaster has been searching for his whole life. Can his team pull off professionally what he’s hoping to do privately as well? Or will capturing their dream evade both the Cougars and Lancaster?

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Sweet Nothings by T. Neilson

T. Neilson - Sweet Nothings CoverTitle: Sweet Nothings

Series: Dreamspun Desires 55 / Amuse Bouche 01

Author: T. Neilson

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (248 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (3rd April 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Will a bitter bite from the past spoil a sweet romance?

Tristan Love, the youngest of seven brothers, is back in his hometown. He’s left the New York food scene and an abusive relationship behind him, but he holds his love of French pastries close to his heart and is determined to put his skills to use in a bakery of his own.

Returning to his childhood home means his meddlesome brother Simon will butt into his business, but before the bakery even opens its doors, Tristan’s delectable creations have the town’s mouths watering, and Jake, a cute mechanic, asks Tristan out. It all seems worthwhile….

That is, until the bakery burns down, Jake’s criminal past comes to light, and Tristan’s nasty ex rears his head where he is decidedly not wanted.

ISBN: 978-1-64080-248-3

Product Link: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Sweet Nothings was something of an unexpected surprise for me. T. Nielson, the author, is completely unknown to me. I didn’t know what to expect but I knew from the blurb that this was the type of book that I’m a sucker for. Two guys running from their pasts, one a relatively recent relationship and the other a bad boy with a heart of gold. It was the bad boy that got me, I always look forward to when these guys find the one man that can see through the tough façade and find true love and a sweet HEA.

If what I described is your type of book, then Sweet Nothings is totally for you. It’s a sweet and easy read, so it’s good to relax and if you’re like me, I used it as a come down book after recently reading some rather intense books.

Sweet Nothings is the story of Tristan Love. He runs from New York and his controlling, possessive and abusive fiancé back to his home town where is the baby in a family full of boys. His brothers mean well but since they lost their father at a young age, he has brothers that are more interested in replacing their dead father than just being a brother. As part of his plan to get himself back on his feet, Tristan opens a bakery, which had been his dream and something that his ex would never allow him to do. He has a lot to do to get things up and running, yet at the same time is dealing with his over protective brothers and meets Jake.

Jake is a mechanic with a troubled past but mostly because he took the blame for something he never did. The problem being that he had always been something of a bad boy but years later Jake is finally trying to pick up the pieces of his life. While getting his life back together he meets Tristan. The two have instant chemistry but people don’t trust Jake and warn Tristan away from him. These guys have a lot going against them and although the plot is predictable, I really loved the sweetness that underpinned the entire plot.

This is a totally enjoyable book. The pace was great and the chemistry between the guys was wonderful. I found myself relating to both MCs. I even found myself getting annoyed at Tristan’s brothers on his behalf while Tristan was battling the end of his abusive relationship.

I can’t wait to find out what is going to happen in the next book of the series. I really want to know who are going to be the MCs. I’m hoping that they will be some of the minor characters from Sweet Nothings, but at the same time I will be equally as excited for a book based in the same world but with new characters.

Meanwhile, Back on the Ranch by LA Merrill

L.A. Merrill - Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch CoverTitle: Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch

Series: States of Love 26: Montana

Author: L.A. Merrill

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (91 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (31st May 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 4 Hearts

Blurb: David Marks is looking for the perfect place to film his new web series and recover from his latest failed relationship. When reclusive writer Michael Sharp opens his Montana ranch to paying guests, David knows he’s found the right place—but he doesn’t expect to find Mr. Right too.

Forty years ago Michael Sharp’s father was murdered in front of him. No one believed a six-year-old boy’s testimony against the powerful Carver brothers. For years Michael has lived in self-imposed exile, the only living witness who can bring down the Carver criminal empire. But now the money is running out, and he’s forced to play host to a troupe of temperamental web actors and their energetically attractive director in order to stay alive.

The Carvers aren’t about to stand for rebellion. Michael has outlived his usefulness. Now Michael and David have to find a way to end this fight once and for all, finding justice for Michael’s father and meeting David’s funding deadline—all before one or both of them ends up dead.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-569-9

Product Link: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: While I’m not familiar with the work of LA Merrill, and I find the States of Love line/series a bit hit or miss, I was drawn to the blurb of this book. It looked fun and sexy, which turned out to be true and so much more.

David Marks arrives at the Montana ranch where he has booked to use the new accommodations up for rent to help make ends meet. He and friends are also trying to film a web series on a shoe string budget which was entirely crowd funded. It’s a tall order and there are so many ways to fail. One of which could be getting off on the wrong foot with the ranch owner is probably one of those ways to screw things up.

Michael Carver is a man with a dark past. At the age of six, forty years earlier, he witnessed his father, the town sheriff, get murdered by the local crime family. Feeling powerless to stop anything and to do anything as the years go by, the only thing he had so far been able to do was write a crime fiction based heavily on those events. Of course, he is also avoiding admitting to one of the hardest truths which questions just how good was his dad. Michael has lived a lonely life, he kept things together while his mother was alive but now she also gone he believes it better off if he sees as few people as possible. He has one friend, a lesbian with memory issues (her story is also explained in the book).

Michael was surly when he first met David and his friends but he makes up for being a less than accommodating host by helping the rag tag filmmakers get their web series together. It also happens that there is some wicked chemistry between Michael and David. However, the trouble from Michael’s past means that there is more trouble on the horizion than a web series with a bad script.

This is a fun and strangely action packed novella. You’ll need to suspend your disbelief for a little but if you like a bit of danger, that Hollywood/Indie magic, a bit of crime and suspense, you might well enjoy this book as well.

Alien King’s Baby by Orion Blaze

Orion Blaze - Alien King's Baby CoverTitle: Alien King’s Baby

Author: Orion Blaze

Genre: Science Fiction, MPreg

Length: Novella (165 Pages)

Publisher: Orion Blaze (July 13, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖 3 Hearts

Blurb: When Caden Duncan goes to an ‘abduction party’ to try to get taken up by sexy aliens for some exotic fun among the stars, he has no idea that he’ll actually be abducted and meet the love of his life.

And when he abducts Caden for a night of pleasure, King Wrak’h of the planet Retevin has no idea that the sexy Earth male is in fact his Fated Mate.

None of them suspect that their night together will end up with Caden pregnant.

Or that Caden will be hunted by evil aliens who are dead set on getting their long, thin hands on the unborn heir to the Retevin kingdom…

ISBN: B01IG4HIHE

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Ever since aliens started showing up on Earth there have been many parties looking forward to a night of fun with them. Caden hadn’t really wanted to go with his best friend, but must admit that when he met Wrak’h, he just might change his mind. True he had not known at first that the man was an alien but what was more shocking was that he was a king, Caden was pregnant and evil aliens wanted their baby.

This story was pretty hard to get into and I wasn’t too sure I was actually going to finish it. The storying is long and frustrating, but it does get a bit better towards the end. It does not capture ones attention like it should have but then again there was more to it, that was not needed. The sex is ok but lets face it just because there is sex, does not mean there is true passion. Also you get the feeling that if there was no baby, there would be no true mating. One night stand is all I got from this story, until the pregnancy. There was no heat, no passion and definitely no sparks from this book. It felt like I was reading a weird ass tech book.

I will admit that this story is not one that I would read more than one time. The book started out horrible but did get better towards the ending. The danger was probably the high-light, but even then you can tell that there was no way anyone could have survived, but the author pulled it off.

What really got me was Wrak’h. His reaction to his sahan should have been stronger, but he only truly gave a damn about his baby. It was just not believable.

I am truly disappointed in this book and I hate to admit that I would not recommend it.

Jack Addison vs. Man-Ravishing Spider by K.A. Merikan

K.A. Merikan - Jack Addison vs. Man-Ravishing Spider CoverTitle: Jack Addison vs. Man-Ravishing Spider

Series: Jack Addison vs. a Whole World of Hot Trouble 01

Author: K.A. Merikan

Genre: Horror-Comedy, Science Fiction, Romantic Erotica

Length: Short (36pgs)

Publisher: Acerbi & Villani Ltd. (November 3, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖 3 Hearts

Blurb: “Please write down my name. Jack Addison.”

Jack Addison. Son of a famous monster hunter. Grandson of a celebrated inventor. He has a lot to live up to, but his ego is as big as the expectations of his family. At just nineteen, he’s fresh out of a prestigious academy, set to make a name for himself in a world where people need protection from strange and dangerous creatures.

During the annual hunt for the Loch Ness monster, Jack finds a rival in Roux Chat-Bonnes, a cat-like being who recently joined the same profession and is set to steal the bounty—and fame—from under Jack’s nose.

Jack won’t let that happen. He sets out on the hunt alone, but the creature that he finds in the cave near Loch Ness doesn’t have tentacles. Instead, it’s got hairy legs, eight black eyes and a taste for human flesh.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
Themes: living up to expectations, pride, dreams, self-discovery, tolerance, fame, monster hunting, inter-species relations

WARNING: This story contains morally ambiguous characters and scenes that might be considered taboo.

ISBN: B07JR6C4BC

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Jack acted like he was better than others due to his last name which I did not like. He gets into a fight with another inventor who he despises due to the man being non human. When the call goes out that Nessie’s been spotted he takes off and enters a cave only to be trapped by a huge arachnid.

Roux saves Jack in the end much to his embarrassment. I would have actually liked for some monster fighting on the page as opposed to off page as is the case in this story.

I would have preferred more story line to this short story than detailed sex scene between Jack and the spider which was non con due to the spider trapping Jack and injecting him with venom.

O.k. read.

Hot Mess 7 by Stormy Glenn

Stormy Glenn - Hot Mess 07 CoverTitle: Hot Mess 7

Series: Hot Mess 07

Author: Stormy Glenn

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (163 Pages)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (December 6, 2018)

Heat level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Salvador

I’d become quite experienced at keeping my hot little mess out of trouble over the years, but when danger comes from an unknown source, keeping Lany safe might take more than a miracle. It’ll take my entire SWAT team and every friend we have. Someone is out to get my love, and not even he knows who it is this time.

Lany

I wanted to roll my eyes. Sal freaked every time I stubbed a toe, let alone got shot at. You’d think the sexy SWAT commander would’ve grown used to it over the years. It wasn’t like I planned this stuff. It just sort of happened. I just wished it happened a little less. This was getting embarrassing.

ISBN: 978-1-64243-5856

Product Link: Siren-BookStrand | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Hot Mess collection features our very own two sexy men of all time, Lany and Sal. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. It is the best way to see what trouble can find Lany or what trouble Lany can find.

Now they are the fathers of six children and damn if they were not good at it. Of course you have two guys that are best friends with a federal agent, blood bonded to two mafia leaders, best friends with a friend who just so happens to be one of those mafia leaders nephew and so on. Sal is the head of the number one SWAT team. If there is trouble to be found Lany can and usually does find it. Just don’t let him near a car, ask the elephant. Now the whole family is going on vacation. The trouble is there is always trouble.

My day always gets better when I get a story about Lany and Sal. It just seems to brighten my mood even better. As always this book can and did catch my attention as well as kept it through the entire book. I can guarantee that this is one of those stories that will be read many times over. So much so that I am ready to read it again right now. It is action pact, danger filled, excitement overload, funny as hell and lets not forget the hot sexy times in this story and so much more.

The author just has this gift at giving you a story that will keep you entertained and make you laugh pretty much throughout. I just hope that Lany and Sal’s stories just keep coming, I never want them to stop. They give me everything I could possibly want and so much more. It has quite a bit of depth and heat to it that just makes it even better. I do hope that our two sexy swat team members get their stories as well.

I can guarantee that you will get a kick out of this story. I would definitely recommend it.