Lying with Scorpions by Aleksandr Voinov (2nd Edition)

Title: Lying with Scorpions

Series: Memory of Scorpions 02

Author: Aleksandr Voinov

Genre:  Historical Fantasy

ISBN: 9781540151353

Length: Novel (303 pgs)

Publisher: 44 Raccoons (23rd December 2018)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 3.5 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: If you lie with scorpions, you’d better have a taste for poison.

Now that Kendras’s lover Adrastes has claimed the throne of Dalman, Kendras is tangled deeper than ever in politics and intrigue. As the new leader of the Scorpions and Adrastes’s one true friend, he and his men stand between Adrastes and those who wish him dead.

And many do. Adrastes openly challenges the ocean priesthood for power while establishing himself at court and brokering with the realm’s various factions. He means for the Scorpions to become a fearsome legion again, but Kendras must first learn how to be a good officer and recruit to replace the fallen. His choices will determine the future of a group steeped in hundreds of years of history and tradition.

As both Kendras and Adrastes settle old scores, a new enemy arises in Commander Graukar, a war hero loyal to the old order. In his formidable mountain fortress, Graukar may hold the balance of power. But while Adrastes aims to either rule or destroy Graukar, Kendras finds himself doubting Adrastes for the first time, and sharing more with Graukar than he ever thought possible.

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Review: Well, it’s finally done and after a long time filled with anticipation, book two of the Memory of Scorpions takes us into yet another enthralling tale.

In direct opposition with Book one, this novel starts relatively calm. Adrastes is now the new Lord Protector and on his way to claim Dalman and her throne with his very own personal guard, the Scorpions, and his lover Kendras at his side as his personal bodyguard. And they are needed too, because Adrastes claims the throne with barely concealed threats.

And it is apparent that this book is quite different from the previous in many ways. It starts calmly and the plot flows steady, slowly taking you through the story. Nearly half of the book is a slow pacing through Adrastes’s setting on the throne, the games and politics of the generals, a slow change on Adrastes’ personality or perhaps character leaving Kendras in a state of uncertainty for most of the read. Now I always thought that Kendras has a lot of inner thinking going on with him, but his new role as Officer has him overdoing it. I’m not sure how much I liked that fact or the drag of half of this story.

However the pace did pick up, the story became quite interesting and surprising. I think I felt the same with Kendras there when it came to Graukar and the Ambassador of the Jaishani. I was astonished with those characters. I expected a brute on Graukar and his genteel soul left me with a jaw hanging. As for the Ambassador, oh my, what a character, and what amazing possibilities that one brings for the future of this series.

So there it is, this book starts shattering slowly into pieces once the action picks up. I loved the “mission,” I loved the amazing help of the Black Legion, I loved the feeling and emotions that came from the unexpected new love affair, and I felt the painful grip in my heart when Kendras finally got a glimpse in his past and his family. I think that was the mostly emotional charged part of this entire second installment, with a second the Betrayal that came to the end. The pinnacle of intensity and what made me so sad in the end, but so very much-needed to give the story the push and reason to move on. As much as I saw the need for it, I must admit I close the book with the thought “poor Kendras.”

Overall, it was a great sequel to the first book however, for me it didn’t quite shake me like the first one. I loved it however and I’m definitely now more interested on the third book of the series. It is now that Kendras will rise and I can’t wait for it. As for this one, it’s quite worth reading it, with amazing scenes of battle and secret missions, the blood we’ve come to expect from the Scorpions, and a great deal of conspiracy and back-stabbing. Recommended!

In Safe Hands by Victoria Sue

Title: In Safe Hands

Author: Victoria Sue

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (210pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 19, 2019)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Former helicopter pilot Maverick Delgardo’s injuries ended his Air Force career, leaving him bitter and one drink away from becoming an alcoholic. When his sister asks for his help on a private protection case to babysit a disgraced pop star, Mav reluctantly agrees.

Deacon Daniels, onetime lead singer and idol to his teenage fans, saw his career and reputation ruined when a reporter’s exposé led to a devastating scandal. Without money or a job, a heartbroken Deacon has lost custody of his baby niece. And just when he thinks his life can’t get any worse, a stalker’s threatening messages escalate to murder.

Mav only agreed to one meeting, but his protective instincts kick in, along with an attraction to Deacon. When the body count increases, however, Mav is unsure he is up to the task of protecting Deacon from a killer. But it is too late for Mav to step away, now that he’s lost his heart, and he must find the strength to reassure Deacon and his niece that they are in safe hands no matter the cost.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64405-229-7

Product Link: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: I loved Mav and Deacon. Both characters are broken in different ways. But they ultimately help each other overcome their struggles. Mav is tough yet suffering from the traumatic event from his military days. Deacon has had his life turned upside down by malicious rumors and now on top of that a real stalker hell bent on destroying everything left of Deacon’s life.

Mav is hired to protect Deacon even though Mav has struggles of his own. The cops do not believe Deacon has a stalker until bodies start piling up and then they suspect him of the crimes until the stalker hits closer to home.

The story had me on the edge of my seat. I suspected the reason for the stalker early on but who the stalker was came as a shock. I love being surprised in a story.

The vivid descriptions of the murders are brutal in their intensity. There are tense situations between Deacon and his mom as well as between the stalker and his victims.

Fast paced with plenty of suspense, action, twists and turns to make for one amazing story to the end.

Fantastic read. Highly recommended.

The Cub and His Alphas by Lisa Oliver

Title: The Cub and His Alphas

Series: Alpha and Omega 07

Author: Lisa Oliver

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Novella (138 Pages)

Publisher: Lisa Oliver (December 25, 2018)

Heat level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Twenty-three year old bear shifter, Daniel Borden had his life crash around his ears at the tender age of fifteen when his parents were killed in a car accident. Struggling to control his shifts during puberty, Daniel left the foster care home he’d been placed in the day he turned eighteen. Thankfully, his parents left him well provided for and he was able to realize his dream – owning a safe place to call his own. Now an international best-selling author, Daniel hides behind his computer, convinced his life is fine just the way it is. Unfortunately, his only vice – a love of wild blueberries – changes his life in ways he’d only dreamed of.

Zeke McIntyre and Ty Hollifield are two Kodiak bear shifters who’ve spent ten years on the road, looking for their elusive third. Determined to allow the hand of fate to guide them, they end up in a “blink and you miss it” town all because of a white picket fence. Deciding to take the time to stretch their legs and let their long suffering bear forms free, Ty and Zeke spend their days wandering about in their fur in the nearby forest and loving on each other the way mated bears do. Until a brief hint of an alluring scent in the air, guides them to the one they’ve been looking for.

The older Kodiaks arrival in Daniel’s life brings out issues he’d never had to face head on before. Convinced by his mates to attend a writer’s conference in Roswell, and unwilling to let his mates down, Daniel has to face the fears that kept him hidden in his lovely house. Will he ever learn to trust the safety that could be found in his lovers’ arms, or will he be going home alone?

ISBN: 9780463141878

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Zeke and Ty have been mates for over ten years but they both new that they were missing an important part. They were missing their mate, to make them a true triad. They have been riding on their bikes for so long that they didn’t truly have a home to go back to. They had just stopped at a cute part of the forest where they were lucky to find some tasty berries and their mate. Of course with their luck they had to chase that mate down. The little guy took off like a bat out of hell.

Daniel is a small brown bear and is basically considered a cub at his age. He lost his parents at a young age and had been thrown into the foster care, the human foster care. He had to hide not only what he was but being an omega, he had to hide from the crazies. He started writing at a young age and was doing pretty good at it. However it left him with lots of fear of the outside world. So when two big bears show up, you got it, he runs home.

It is going to take all their patience to get this right. I could feel everything Daniel could feel and just listening to him was heart breaking. The big alpha’s were definitely on the right path, although I hope Daniel does give them a small break for kicking ass to keep him safe. What I love most about these stories is you can feel the way Lisa feels in each of her stories. She puts her whole heart into it and the stories turn out to be amazing.

With this story you get so much from it, including danger, excitement, adventure and some hot sexy times. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end.

I had a blast reading this and cannot wait to get my hands on the next book.

Scorpion by Aleksandr Voinov (3rd Edition)

Title: Scorpion

Series: Memory of Scorpions 01

Author: Aleksandr Voinov

Genre: Dark Military Fantasy

Length: Novel (260 pgs)

Publisher: 44 Raccoons (23rd December 2018)

ISBN: 9781386950363

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Never stop fighting.

Kendras is a casualty of war: injured, penniless, and quite possibly the last surviving member of the only family he’s ever had—the elite fighting force known as the Scorpions. When a steel-eyed mercenary offers him medicine and shelter in exchange for submission and a secret task, Kendras has no choice but to accept. He is a Scorpion; he’ll do whatever it takes to survive.

But his true goal is to rebuild the Scorpions. Neither Steel’s possessive nature nor Kendras’s shattered foot can keep him from finding the last of his brothers, or the mysterious leader of the Scorpions, the man who held Kendras’s heart long before Steel tried to take it for himself.

The goal is simple, the situation anything but. To rescue his leader and escape from Steel for good, Kendras must fight through a morass of politics and intrigue where enemies may be allies and even allies have hidden agendas. But Kendras isn’t only fighting for his lost lover and tribe—he soon realizes that nothing less than the birth of an Empire is at stake.

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Review: Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes:

  • dubious consent
  • explicit violence

Being the first writer to introduce me to the m/m genre, it is safe to say that Voinov is one of my favorite authors. It is also safe to say that I’ve grown to expect anything and everything from this author, from romance to explicit erotica and from sci-fi to extreme dark fantasy.

So I expected to dive in this book and not be released from its spell unless it was over, I expected it to rock my world, I expected it to make me feel and intensely so. Still I didn’t saw it coming full force and hit me like a punch in the gut. And I lost count of how many times I was left there jaw hanging slack and shivers running through my body re-reading the same paragraph over and over again just because it was so very amazingly gritty and violent that I simply could not take my eyes of and move on.

Yes, I’m and addict when it comes to Voinov’s special brand of violence, I’m and addict when it comes to his horrific erotic scenes, and I’m an addict to the way he makes a perfectly terrifying character, one that should make me want to scream and run for my life, to the most delicious and lovable character ever.

If you don’t know this author’s work then frankly you don’t know what you’re missing; if you do than you’ll understand me when I say that more often than not I’m left speechless simply because there doesn’t seem to exist good enough words to talk about it.

In this book, we meet Kendras, a member of an elite military unit, The Scorpions. The unit is the family nobody can shatter. There is nothing above it and all and everything revolves around the members. They fight together, live together, die together and above all, they never stop fighting.

Unfortunately, in the last battle, too many members died and the fear that all is lost is almost consuming Kendras. He’s been shipped away from the field and lost contact with everybody, he’s wounded, to the brink of death but he must keep living and fighting and try to get his way back to find out what happened to his unit, to his Officer.

He must do whatever it takes to get well and on the road again, even if that means to give himself, however temporarily, to Steel, a mysterious man with a hidden agenda and seemingly soulless, who for whatever reason wants Kentras to be and work with him.

And this is how things are set in motion, a wide web of intrigues and political games for power, assassins coming from every corner and people dying from least expected hands. Corruption and hunger of every form are seen and a mind-blowing plot is slowly unraveled, steadily taking every ounce of your sanity away in its path.

The characters are many, their personalities each unique and the dialogues often have a gritty sense of humor you can’t resist. The erotic relations between the characters are limitless and often the lines blur, and the eroticism is heady driving you in a mindless swirl of emotions. Hot, sexy, debauched, or even forced everything is written with a seducing pen that makes even the crudest scene seem strangely alluring. Expect that, expect anything and you’ll be able to ride it in its full glory instead of staring shocked.

The plot was quite powerful too with so many unexpected twists and turns that keep you always on your toes never allowing you to relax for a single bit. And the world created oh my, such an enticing one, I can’t wait for the next book of the series to come just for the brief chance to get in there once again.

If there is one thing about this book that somehow let me down is the fact that we never really saw Kendras in the heart of a battle. Yes, he was wounded for the better part and yes, he did kill somebody, but I was waiting for that bloodthirsty Scorpion to wreak havoc and I didn’t get that. A bit disappointed there but hopefully he’ll come back in book #2 and do just that.

Conclusion after all the above… Well, freaking awesome and definitely on my favorite shelf where books that I take out and read to fix me up are put. The Scorpion is just too good to miss.

A Hundred Others by Jude Marquez

Title: A Hundred Others

Series: Cerith Kingdom Chronicles 01

Author: Jude Marquez

Genre: Medieval, Fantasy

Length: Novel (189pgs)

Publisher: EmCee Publishing (November 23, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: An approaching enemy…
An uncrowned Prince…
A commoner with a destiny he could not realize…

Alyx Reimund is a servant in the home that used to be his father’s. Beaten, abused in ways he dare not recount, he longs for the day that he might feel a steady and kind hand. A chance encounter brings him face to face with the Crown Prince, a man so handsome and brave, surely he was made from Alyx’s own dreams.

Crown Prince Evander De Loughrey heads one of the fiercest armies in all the lands. He wields his power with less violence than his father before him, wishing only for an end to all the wars he had been on, wishing for someone to wake in his bed with him, to love him as he is not for the power he will one day have.

When the two meet, it is as though fate had drawn them together. But will they be able to keep each other, and the royal family, safe? Will their kingdom survive an unknown enemy? Will they be able to know peace and harmony with each other.

This novel features MM sex scenes, lots of dashing knights, and plenty of sweetness to match. A Hundred Others is meant for the 18+ crowd who enjoy a lot of sweet with some of their heat.

ISBN: B07KTJRHD9

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty & Pixie

Shorty’s Review 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts:

An interesting story of two men who have been abused but meet one fateful day that changes their lives forever. Evander is fiercely protective and determined. Alyx is discovering that he is more than what his stepmother thought. I loved these two. The things they have been through made them stronger.

I loved that Evander and his family was there for Alyx when he needed them the most. A great beginning to an incredible series.

Fantastic read with twists and turns and romance.

Pixie’s Review: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

This really is a fantastic story, that surprises you with it’s twists and turns.

Well guys, when I started reading this story I thought it was gonna be another Cinderfella story with the prince riding to the rescue, but that was soon disabused when Alyx turned around and took things into his own hands and Evander turns up just after the event.

Both Alyx and Evander know severe abuse, they have both had to fight their abusers in the only way they know how and come out the other side scared but stronger.

Their relationship is beautiful to watch unfold, and just because they find their true love doesn’t mean that happy ever after falls in their laps.

Evanders family are incredible, they rally round the couple and while the family have secrets, they are good secrets that have come out of an horrendous struggle. 

I loved this story and can only recommend this to those who love medieval fantasy stories, strong characters, a love that shines above all else, and a great cast of supporting characters. 

Rebound by Andrew Grey

Title: Rebound

Author: Andrew Grey

Genre: Contemporary, Sports

Length: Novel (194 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-64405-141-2

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (12 Feb 2019)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 3.5 Hearts

Reviewer: Prime

Blurb: Professional basketball player Bri Early needs a physical therapist after an injury, and he’s heard that Obie is the best. Bri takes an immediate liking to the out-and-proud man with the magic touch, and even though Bri isn’t openly gay himself, he’d never let anything stand in the way of something he wants.

Obie can’t deny that the sexy athlete presses all his buttons, but he’s a professional and has no intention of getting involved with a client. While they’re working together, it’s hands off, no matter how great the temptation.

But being a pro athlete isn’t easy. Bri has enemies, and one of them is making his life hell. When his house is set ablaze, Bri can no longer pretend the threatening messages he’s receiving are jokes. He needs a safe place to stay, and Obie can’t turn his back. But the two of them in the same house is a recipe for combustion that could burn them both….

Purchase Link: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Review: I love a sports MM romance and I love an Andrew Grey book – so needless to say, I was basically sold on this book as soon as I saw the book cover and I figured out that this is what I was getting. There is also a splash of mystery in the guise of an enemy that could break our pro athlete’s career. Add to that the fact that I love how Grey writes his characters, they are all flawed but all in need of some good romance and a HEA.

The story is about NBA player Bri Early. I love basketball (although I follow Australian NBL I’m all for the NBA too). Bri has had a devastating injury and he needs to take time to heal. Although he isn’t ready to retire from playing he isn’t a young kid any more and it takes him longer to get back into playing condition. Bri first comes off as a bit of a dick but the frustration and stress and the mental difficulty he faces from the injury is what makes the situation. So in a desperate bid he is passed the name for a new therapist, Obie. Obie is a bit unconventional but the two connect. Obie is ready to help Bri make a full recovery, but he wasn’t quite ready for the sexual tensions and feelings that arise between he and Bri.

Unfortunately, this is not the best Andrew Grey book that I’ve read, even though I enjoyed the story and the two MCs well enough. I’m not sure really what about the characters didn’t connect with me but there was some missed connection that took away from my overall enjoyment. The only thing that I can think of was that I wasn’t fully on board with threat to Bri’s career. I get that the threatening phone calls that bring Bri and Obie together in the same house is the plot device to move the story forward and get them together quicker, but it just left me feeling that it was all a little meh in the end.

Yet, I need to make it clear that I liked the romance aspect of the story and the hurdles facing Bri and Obie as a couple. I think that the characters were constructed well and compliment each other, which made this aspect of the book satisfying to read.

The Consumption of Magic by T.J. Klune ~ Audio Review

Title: The Consumption of Magic

Series: Tales of Verania 03

Author: TJ Klune

Narrator: Michael Lesley

Genre: High Fantasy

Length: 18 hrs, 18 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (30th April 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Prime

Blurb: Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse.

It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be.
Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania.

With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits – the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tig-gy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin – must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining drag-ons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future.

A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.

Purchase Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Review: I absolutely adore TJ Klune. I adore just about every book he writes. I love how he can make a reader laugh and cry within the same book within pages of each other. But mostly I love how he can keep an audience entertained where I am, more often than not, laughing throughout a book, and in the case of audio books I’m often on public transport trying not to be obvious. However, that also applies for when I’m on public transport and trying not to cry.

The Consumption of Magic is the third book in TJ Klune’s Tales of Verania. It is essential to read this series in order because this is complex world that has been built, with some equally complex characters that are very well developed and at this point I am completely invested in.

We pick up once again after the events of A Destiny of Dragons. The situation in Verania is going to shit quite quickly. Correction, it has gone to shit and it will only get worse before it can get better. The dark wizards are taking over, led by Myrin (I’m sorry, as a Harry Potter fan I had to think of Voldemort) and it is Sam who must prepare with help of Ryan, his mentor, parents and his friends Tiggy, Kevin and Gary to bring the prophecy full circle. This is an even rockier journey than book 2, with a cliff hanger that will leave you absolutely gutted (lucky for us the series is now completed so no need to wait for the next book to be published!). Sam has so many tough decisions to make, all he wants is to protect his dearest friends, family and his beloved Ryan. He will do anything for them and that unfortunately is his weakness. There are still moments of hilarity but the stakes are getting higher and so there is a lot more serious moments and a lot more moment where you sense the impending doom as we make our way to the end of the series.

As with the previous instalments in this series Michael Lesley’s is an absolute joy. His delivery is heartfelt and pretty much flawless. As in book 2, he also carried on the distinct voices that he gave to all the characters. He wonderfully articulates the emotion in the characters as they go through their highs and lows. I don’t want to keep gushing as I know that I am repeating myself about my adoration of Lesley’s narration and Klune’s writing. Cannot recommend enough.

A Ferry of Gold and Bones by Hailey Turner

Title: A Ferry of Bones & Gold

Series: Soulbound 01

Author: Hailey Turner

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Length: Novel (392pgs)

Publisher: Hailey Turner (September 9, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: When the gods come calling, you don’t get to say no.

Patrick Collins is three years into a career as a special agent for the Supernatural Operations Agency when the gods come calling to collect a soul debt he owes them. An immortal has gone missing in New York City and bodies are showing up in the wake of demon-led ritual killings that Patrick recognizes all too easily from his nightmares.

Unable to walk away, Patrick finds himself once again facing off against mercenary magic users belonging to the Dominion Sect. Standing his ground alone has never been a winning option in Patrick’s experience, but it’s been years since he’s had a partner he could trust.

Looking for allies in all the wrong places, Patrick discovers the Dominion Sect’s next target is the same werewolf the Fates themselves have thrown into his path. Patrick has been inexplicably attracted to the man from their first meeting, but desire has no place in war. That doesn’t stop Patrick from wanting what he shouldn’t have. Jonothon de Vere is gorgeous, dangerous, and nothing but trouble—to the case, to the fight against every hell, and ultimately, to Patrick’s heart and soul.

In the end, all debts must be paid, and Patrick can only do what he does best—cheat death.

ISBN: B07H7NG1JQ

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Gods, goddesses, werewolves, vampires, succubi, demons, mages and oh so many more in this epic tale of a damaged mage who gets help from unlikely sources and tries to solve cases he is called into.

I loved Patrick’s character. Damaged yet not afraid to fight and at the mercy of a goddess who saved his life when he was a child. He does his best to stop the ritualistic killings but knows he’s seen this before. Jono, was a bit confusing to me at first until the story revealed who he is. These two worked well together even though Patrick’s prickly, stand-offish nature leads to some tense scenes.

I found it was a lot to take in with all the information given throughout this story not to mention all the different characters introduced. There are a slew of characters in this story both good and bad.

I really enjoyed the mix of paranormal, fantasy and Greek mythology. I found myself not able to stop reading until I reached the end. I was in awe at how well the story intertwined many different aspects into one amazing story with twists and turns and a lot of action.

I am looking forward to the next book to see what happens next. Fantastic read.

Highly recommended.

Enlightening the Lab Assistant by Charlie Richards

Title: Enlightening the Lab Assistant

Series: A Loving Nip 18

Author: Charlie Richards

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Novella (80 Pages)

Publisher: eXtasy Books (January 25, 2019)

Heat level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 4 Hearts

Blurb: While out on assignment to collect a human’s soul, Lindemere catches the scent of his amina, his soul, the person meant to be his reward for a thousand years of service to his master, the Horseman of Death. Distracted, he ends up in a trap meant for a gargoyle. While Lindemere could have easily gotten away, he decides to play along in hopes of getting a chance to speak with and perhaps woo his human. Before he even has the opportunity to learn the sweet-smelling man’s name, Lindemere’s master comes for him. During the course of the fight, Lindemere’s amina is injured, so he takes him to the demon realm to heal…and also in the hopes of beginning their bond. When the human wakes, Iago reveals that he considers paranormals selfish and prideful, an elitist race, and they should share their secrets of healing and longevity with mankind. Can Lindemere discover the source of Iago’s suppositions and find a way to change his mind, or will Iago refuse his suit in protest of what he considers paranormals’ slight against humanity?

ISBN: 978-1-4874-2425-1

Product Link: eXtasy Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. This particular story is also tied to the Wolves of Stone Ridge. Kontra’s Menagerie, and A Paranormal’s Love series. I would start with the Wolves of Stone Ridge series and go from there if you want the full impact.

Iago was led to believe that all paranormal’s were selfish. He couldn’t believe that they never would help the human’s with healing or shifter abilities. He had always been told this but never once expected it to be lies. That was until he found out that he was a mate but the fear was still there.

Lindemere was a demon for Horseman of Death. After one thousand years he was granted a gift. A gift of a mate, although he might want to rethink it. He had to find away to get his mate to understand their ways. Although he had not expected to fall into a trap meant for another to find that mate. Life has a funny way of working out.

I have loved this author’s work ever since her first book came out. However I did have a bit of trouble getting into this story. It just felt off a bit and I never did figure out why. I also am not a fan of the way the stories in, there is so much more that could be added to them to make them truly stand out. Other than that they are a fun way of making the day go by faster.

I enjoyed reading this story and would definitely recommend it. I can also guarantee that these books are books that can and will be read many times over.

That Old Magic by Pandora Pine

Title: That Old Magic

Series: Cold Case Psychic Spinoff 04

Author: Pandora Pine

Genre: Ghosts, Psychics

Length: Novella (124pgs)

Publisher: Pandora Pine (November 6, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Boston Police Captain, Kevin Fitzgibbon thought he’d found the missing piece of his heart when psychic Madam Aurora prophesied the love of his life was philanthropist, Jace Lincoln. After spending months as on-again, off-again boyfriends, the pair are off again, perhaps for good, leaving Kevin distraught and grumpy.

Jace Lincoln is still trying to put his life back together after Fitz dumped him on Valentine’s Day. While getting back into the swing of things with a new man, a drunk Fitzgibbon barges in on their date like Godzilla destroying Tokyo. Listening to Fitz carry on about how much he misses what they had together makes Jace wonder if they still have enough of that old magic left to try one last time.

Through a series of dates ranging from ridiculous to right on the money, Fitz and Jace reconnect and find that the things keeping them apart might not be so insurmountable after all. Deciding to give their relationship another try, they start planning a bright future together.

That future is stopped dead in its tracks when tragedy strikes at a party celebrating the tenth anniversary of Jace’s homeless shelter. Will Kevin and Jace survive to begin a new life together or have they lost their last chance at happiness for good this time?.

ISBN: B07JB2G376

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: On and off again boyfriends Jace and Kevin decide to try their relationship one last time. There are laughs, sweet moments and tender scenes. The cast makes appearances throughout this story as it plays out.

I was happy for Jace and Kevin.

Things were not smooth sailing but they seemed to work through it together with the help of friends.

Entertaining read.

The One Thing Money Can’t Buy by Lisa Oliver

Title: The One Thing Money Can’t Buy

Series: Custom Solutions 01

Author: Lisa Oliver

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Novella (149 Pages)

Publisher: Lisa Oliver (February 10, 2019)

Heat level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Caractacus Hudson thinks of himself as a non-descript anomaly. A white hedgehog, banished from his prickle because of his genetics, he lives a quiet existence, hoping and praying that one day his prickle will want him back. Winning the lottery was about as likely to happen to Cari, as he was known to his friends, as being hit on the head by a meteor. But one day he did just that – won the lottery, not the meteor thing. Even then, he doesn’t see his life changing overly much, but some over zealous wolves, and a lion shifter bodyguard soon changes his ideas.

Quaid Poullon hates lottery winners, or anyone who’s come into money instead of working for it. A lion shifter with more than his fair share of pride, Quaid baulks when his brother Ernest asks him to take care of a hedgehog. But one sniff of the intriguing man goes a long way to changing his opinion. Now all he has to do is work out how to keep his little mate safe, which isn’t as easy as it should be.

A pack, a prickle, even the cat coalition want a piece of Cari and it’s not just for his sudden wealth. Suddenly the boundaries between who can be trusted and who can’t are seriously blurred and it’s all Quaid can do is try and stay one step ahead. When a bite has unexpected repercussions, even the council get involved. Is there ever going to be a scenario when Quaid and Cari can be safe?

ISBN: 9780463584989

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: The first part of this story had been previously published with Stormy Glenn’s Man Love Fantasies blog. It has been rewritten with several thousand words added on, so quite a bit more story to love.

Cari had been kicked out by his family and prickle, then ignored by many other shifter groups. He lived on the outskirt of a wolf pack but never allowed to join. The reason is they are predators and he is one cute little white hedgehog. He lived in a small apartment and didn’t have much to live on. Then his life changed, he won the lottery. Now everyone wanted to get their hands on it. He had no one to trust, that is until the lottery introduced him to his new protector, who just so happened to be his mate.

Quaid hates babysitting duty, especially those who win the lottery. Then he got a look at the cute little guy and his heart starting beating, but not so much until he caught his scent. Now he has wolves that want Cari, Cari’s prickle wanting money, attempts at force mating, sexual assault and that isn’t even the worst of it. However if want to know, read the book, you won’t regret it.

I always get a kick out of unusual shifters in stories, so when this one came out I knew I had to get my hands on it. I absolutely love hedgehogs and was glad that this author came up with this story. Action pact, excitement and adventure filled plus danger added in are just a bit of what out get with this story. Not to mention of course some pretty hot sexy times. It had my attention from the start and kept it all the way to the end.

I had a blast reading this and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.

I would definitely recommend it.

Stronger by A.M. Arthur

Title: Stronger

Series: Breaking Free 03.5

Author: A.M. Arthur

Genre: Alternative Universe, Omegaverse

Length: Novella (155pgs)

Publisher: Briggs-King Books (January 20, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Learning to trust can bring a lifetime of joy.

As happily-married beta couple Serge and Dex Freel await the birth of their first child, Serge can’t help but think back to the rocky start of his and Dex’s relationship. After a party introduction from a mutual friend, a tentative friendship blooms into something much stronger. Marred by misunderstandings, personal prejudices, and Serge’s own inability to trust, they nearly go their separate ways more than once—and almost lose their chance at the beautiful life they’ll build together.

But Dex’s alpha-like stubbornness and Serge’s desperate need to care for others brings them back together over and over, until both men realize they’re truly stronger together than apart. But their happily-ever-after is hard-won and other friendships are tested, before Serge finally takes a chance on giving his heart to Dex and trusting the other man not to break it into unfixable pieces—and trust is not something Serge gives easily.

See how two fan-favorite characters from the Breaking Free Omegaverse series meet in this 42k word novella. The story is best enjoyed after reading Heard (BF #3), because the current timeline events occur during Heard’s epilogue, but it can also be easily read after Found (BF #4). Content warnings for previous books in the series apply.

ISBN: B0796K8S5C

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Serge and Dex are betas that have been in the series from the beginning so it was a must to get this couples back story and how they met. Both have been through some horrific events in their lives and Serge does not want to be with anyone.

But Dex is persistent. I love these two together. They helped each other grow and Dex showed Serge that not all are out to hurt others.

They had a few bumps along the way but are the stronger for them once the dust settled.

Great read.

A Model Escort by Amanda Meuwissen

Title: A Model Escort

Series: Dreamspun Desires 77

Author: Amanda Meuwissen

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (230 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-64080-694-8

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (5 March 2019)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 3.5 Hearts

Reviewer: Prime

Blurb: What’s the value of love?

Shy data scientist Owen Quinn is brilliant at predictive models but clueless at romance. Fortunately, a new career allows him to start over hundreds of miles from the ex he would rather forget. But the opportunity might go to waste since this isn’t the kind of problem he knows how to solve. The truth is, he’s terrible at making the first move and wishes a connection didn’t have to revolve around sex.

Cal Mercer works for the Nick of Time Escort Service. He’s picky about his clients and has never accepted a regular who is looking for companionship over sex—but can the right client change his mind? And can real feelings develop while money is changing hands? Owen and Cal might get to the root of their true feelings… if their pasts don’t interfere.

Purchase Link: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Review: A Model Escort, by Amanda Meuwissen for Dreamspinner houseline Dreamspun Desires, is the first book I’ve read by this author. I wasn’t one hundred percent sure what to expect from the book – I know what I’ve come to expect and love by various authors published within Dreamspun Desires and most books follow the same in terms of themes, etc. which is why is part of the line.

I enjoyed the writing style and found that it was easy to connect to both main characters, although I particularly related to Owen in the story. However, I must admit reading about this had me thinking a little bit of Pretty Woman. A comparison which comes up a couple times throughout the story. So there is definitely traces of humour to be found.

The story is about Owen Quinn, he’s a real introvert in that he is shy and finds it difficult to interact with large groups of people (which is why I relate to him so much), a data scientist that, he moves town hundred of miles away when a new job opportunity arises (again, something else I relate to). The best part about this is that he can get away from abusive, controlling ex and start over and learn to love himself.

This is what I find interesting about Owen, despite being an introvert he is quite lonely (not something I relate to, I live alone and for the most part don’t have too many friends outside of work in the city I lived but I am never lonely). A joke about hiring an escort leads Owen to do just that, not for sex but more so for companionship. Cal Mercer is the escort Owen meets. Cal is jaded and probably more tired of his lifestyle than he realises. For Cal meeting Owen is all kinds of interesting, refreshing and life changing. Owen and Cal grow closer as the two begin to cross the line between professional escort to friends (or a sweet and at that point, non-sexual romance). Cal needs to sort out his life and at the same time provides support to Owen to make the most out of her new job and to conquer demons of the past.

This is a sweet and straightforward romance, but nonetheless very enjoyable. I like how tastefully these characters were written because with this concept we could have had soft porn or enough cheese to start a cheese shop. They have a sweet journey and part of what makes these guys relatable is that their story is not over the top with so many clichés.

Bitten By Fate by Annabelle Jacobs

Title: Bitten By Fate

Series: Regent’s Park Pack 06

Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Length: Novel (215 pgs)

Publisher: (March 5, 2019)

Heat level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Daryl plays with fire and gets burned by fate…

Former Primrose Pack member Jason Black happily accepted his role as beta in the new Regent’s Hill pack, knowing that merging the two was the best decision for everyone involved. Daryl Easton is loyal and honest but wary of change. The joining of the two packs wasn’t his preferred outcome, and he’s struggling to see all the newcomers as pack, including those now working alongside him.

When the alpha council proposes a two-week pack-building course to help improve troubled relationships, Jason and Daryl are sent along as backup. It soon becomes clear that the unit members and their betas won’t be the only ones taking part in tasks—Daryl and Jason will have challenges of their own to complete.

With the full moon adding to the rising tension, emotions are volatile, and tempers flare among the unit members. Jason and Daryl become closer than either of them expected, but with such opposing views on relationships, a messy outcome seems inevitable unless Daryl can let go of the past.

ISBN: B07P6MGCBM

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each Book in the Regent’s Park pack features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

Their pack has been through much heartache but it is trying to go forward. That is if they could get them all to just get along. So with the help of the council it looks like they are going to try bonding through many tasks. Daryl and Jason are both beta’s but there is just a hint of attraction between them both. Things heat up.

However Daryl never wants a relationship and a mate bound is out of the plan right off the bat. However it would seem their hearts are not in agreement and Daryl really needs to communicate better. However there is always at least one person that has issues with the pact bonding, but you must read to find out.

Heat level between these two are smoking hot and they are just about to get burned with it. The attraction is so right there in your face but damn if the boys don’t need a good smack upside the head, especially Daryl. As for the story itself well I did notice some grammar or spelling issues with it but it didn’t take away from the story as one would expect. It has some danger, excitement, adventure, kick ass moves and some hot sexy times in this story, plus a bit more.

I found that in the beginning I wasn’t as caught up in it as I should have been but once it starts moving a bit more I truly enjoyed reading it. I liked the guys but I must say that Jason will be my favorite in this story. I can’t say that this is one of my favorite but it is high up there especially the humor that I found in it.

I had a blast reading it and can’t wait to see what happens in the next story.

A Whole Latte Sass by Marguerite Labbe

Title: Whole Latte Sass

Series: Geek Life 02

Author: Marguerite Labbe

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (284 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-64405-008-8

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (1 Jan 2019)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Prime

Blurb: It’s no secret cosplayer Felipe Suero is looking for his happily ever after—in his love life as well as his career. He’s getting his degree so he can quit his miserable job and start his own costume business. Now he just needs to land the sexiest silver fox to ever attend a con.

Trask Briscoe’s life revolves around staying clean and sober, running the Magick Den, and attending local cons. His rules haven’t left much room for romance. But he can’t deny Felipe has caught his complete attention. He’s just not sure what he can offer a man so full of joy and sass.

When Trask finally accepts Felipe’s offer for a cup of coffee, he soon finds himself on a second date and a third. Between cosplay projects and roleplaying games, they discover a deeper connection than either of them expected. And Trask realizes that sometimes rules are made to be broken.

Now Felipe just has to convince his family—and Trask—that Trask has more love to offer than he ever dreamed.

Purchase Link: DreamspinnerAmazon US | Amazon UK

Review: I have been excited about reading this book. After reading the first book in the series, a little unsure and with a little in trepidation and not at all with familiar with the author (Marguerite Labbe), by the end of the book I was pumped for the story that was undoubtedly going to unfold between two characters which we had met, Felipe and Trask. I was looking forward to this because I really got to know the characters in the first book and loved the connections (romantic and otherwise) between the various characters. Also, I now know that Labbe wouldn’t fill the book with a whole heap of unnecessary and cringeworthy clichés about geeks that usually go back to Big Bang Theory (FYI I hate BBT for that reason).

Whole Latte Sass is about the romance between Felipe and Trask, who know each other from the comic book convention circuit although they don’t always see eye to eye. The first thing, and probably most important thing in Trask’s mind is that there is an age difference between the two of them.

Trask is a great, brooding character. He has devoted his life to sobriety, running his gamers shop, Dragon’s Den, and attending all the local cons. Felipe is, quite simply, light and life. He takes cosplay seriously and is truly gifted at creating intricate and flawless cosplay costumes. He also has a major crush on his favourite and very single silver fox on the con circuit, Trask. This is something that we were introduced to in book one, but now we finally get to know why Trask is the way he is and I was so happy to discover that there is much more to the Felipe character than the flighty costume designer which I caught a glimpse of previously.

The age difference is one of the most important hurdles in the budding romance between Felipe and Trask, but I like how tastefully it was done (I’m not into big dramas over age differences). Felipe works hard for Trask and is just the ray of sunshine that Trask needs in his life, but he also has to convince his very supportive and loving family that they don’t need to worry about the age difference as well. I liked that, because Labbe wrote this whole part of the story as very relatable and logical. To top it off, these guys have great chemistry between them and so it makes the fight for the relationship the most important aspect of the book. I really enjoyed how these characters developed, particularly how Trask changes as he opens his heart and mind to new possibilities.

Fans of book one will not be disappointed and highly recommended. Although, I don’t believe that it is vital to have read book one to be able to read this one as we get enough information about other characters that these can be standalone books. Others that are into geek culture, or are geeks, and love a May-December romance will also enjoy this book.

Murder At Oakschott Hall by Jim Austen

Title: Murder at Oakschott Hall

Author: Jim Austen

Genre: Mash up, Historical, Mystery

Length: Novel (204pgs)

ISBN: B07NJ2L79L

Publisher: Flying Heron Press (February 19, 2019)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: They have eyes for each other. But someone is eyeing them for murder.

In the Junior students’ dormitory at Oakschott Hall, a heavy gaslight falls from the ceiling, crushing the head of a student sleeping beneath it. Was it simply a tragic accident? To avoid publicity, the Headmaster asks Colin Revell, a young Oxford University graduate and former Oakschott student, to quietly investigate.

While interviewing the faculty and staff, Colin meets Max Lambourne, a handsome don who was wounded and gassed in WWI. When Colin tries to help Max overcome his trauma and depression, the two men fall in love and begin an erotic affair.

But when another student dies—diving at night into an empty swimming pool—murder is suspected. Students and faculty all come under suspicion, and rumors proliferate when Scotland Yard intervenes. Meanwhile, during all this confusion and wild theories, the murderer sees Colin and Max as threats. Unbeknownst to the two lovers, their lives are now in danger.

Purchase Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Review: This story is a mash-up of Murder at School by James Hilton, so uses much of that story’s plotline and its characters. The gay romance element was added by Jim Austen.

So when I first started reading this I didn’t know it was a mash-up, I only found out about half-way through and being honest it didn’t make a difference to me.

Colin comes across as a bit sex mad, most thoughts seem to linger on sexual feelings, reminiscing, and fantasising… it was a bit off putting until he met Max and then his sexual thoughts petered off a bit. Another thing is that after the first couple of pages my mind seemed to want to read the book in a droll tone, and I can safely say that that was also Colin’s influence because he just seemed to be soooooo droll about everything until he gets his teeth in the mystery and thankfully my mind also jumped on board to drop the drollness. Okay enough about that lets move on.

Colin (for some reason) gets a note from the headmaster at Oakshott Hall, where he was once a pupil, asking him to investigate a mysterious death, but while he’s investigating the headmaster suddenly changes his tune but not before Colin meets the lovely Max. Colin heads home regretting not getting to know Max better, but Colin soon has another chance with Max when another death occurs at Oakshott Hall, the first dead boys’ brother. And so the true mystery begins.

Now I did enjoy this story but I did feel like throwing my kindle at times because of how dense everyone seem to be concerning the culprit, it was just so incredible that everyone believed the culprits innocent act. And the twist… very well played out.

Colin’s relationship with Max was a sweet little thing, very intense and passionate for both of them. I can’t say much about how well suited they are because we don’t really get to know Max that well. But the author did well to get their relationship off the ground considering it’s a mash-up and the characters we’re both straight men in the original story.

So the story is enjoyable and interesting, the outcome was exciting, and the characters are interesting. If you love historical mysteries, men finding love, and a surprising twist then you’ll enjoy this story.

The Keeper by Lynn Hagen

Title: The Keeper

Series: Demon Warriors 10

Author: Lynn Hagen

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Novella (104 Pages)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (October 15, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: What would you do to save the man you love? For the Keeper, he would sacrifice the universe. Bitten by Morog, his first creation, the Keeper is dying. He isn’t sure how he ended up in the vet clinic, but when Trey walks into the exam room, he knows he’s found his mate. But he grows weaker by the day, depending heavily on Trey to keep him alive. When he bites his mate, the Keeper discovers that Trey’s blood just might be the key to his survival.

As far back as Trey could remember he’s had the most bizarre dreams. But lately, his dreams have turned apocalyptic. He sees the world ending, and there is nothing he can do to stop it. When Trey is kidnapped and forced to help a dying man who claims to be the creator of the universe, Trey isn’t sure what to believe. But the harder he fights against his attraction, the harder Trey falls for the one man who could destroy mankind.

ISBN: 978-1-64243-4590

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

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Demon Warriors collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. This series is connected to the Brac Pack, Brac Village, Zeus’s Pack, Christian’s Coven, Brac Pack Next Gen, and several more. I would start with book one of the Brac Pack to begin with.

Trey has had the strangest dreams, dreams he remembered. Not all were sex dreams or just plain weird, but also as his best friend would say they were biblical. The end of the world. He has the best of parents and a great best friend, but life was not always fun. He was always bullied and belittled, so he kept his prize possession in tact. That is until the most gorgeous man showed up at work, then popped out and Trey is certain he is going to need a shrink to explain.

The Keeper or Aldric is the creator of everything. Too bad he no longer had control over the first demon he created, and the damn thing bit him. He has had the poison flowing through his system for over two years and now he was in dire need. Maybe he should have gone to Maverick’s the first go around. Now he needs to get the cure, catch those who have escaped, and have sexy times with the man who has turned out to be his mate. A mate that he had never expected.

This series is one of my favorites from this author. I actually love it and the books that are connected to it. It caught my attention from the start and kept it all the way to the end. It gives you action, excitement, adventure, danger and some hot sexy times plus so much more. The characters are unique and fresh to read about and they always keep you on the edge of your seat. Whether that is because you love them or want to smack them, I haven’t figured out yet.

I had a blast reading this and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.

Whole by A.M. Arthur

Title: Whole

Series: Breaking Free 05

Author: A.M. Arthur

Genre: Alternative Universe, Omegaverse

Length: Novel (291pgs)

Publisher: Briggs-King Books (May 9, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Two broken hearts…one perfect fit.

Alpha Morris Danvers likes his quiet life as a paralegal and as the uncle to his beta brother Morgan’s infant son Aeron. Raised by an abusive sire, Morris and Morgan have relied on each other for years, and Morris doesn’t trust himself to do right by an omega mate. When a tragic accident leaves Morris alone to raise a baby, he reaches out to his boss Ronin Cross for help—and gets more help than he ever imagined from Ronin’s mate and their friends. But Morris can’t take bereavement leave forever and Aeron needs a caregiver.

After surviving an abduction and months of torture, all omega Jaysan Rowe wanted was to give away the baby he never asked for and move on. But after months of acting out, Jaysan finally hits rock bottom on the one-year anniversary of his child’s birth. Desperate to get his act together, he meets with an alpha who needs full-time daycare for his infant nephew. But the instant Jaysan sets his sights on little Aeron he knows: Aeron is his biological child. Even Morris’s nose can tell the pair belongs to each other. His nose also tells him something even more shocking: Jaysan is his bondmate.

Both men feel the bond, but neither is ready to mate, period, so they come to a business arrangement. Jaysan wants a relationship with Aeron, and Morris needs a sitter. It should have been perfect, except for that pesky mating bond. A bond that draws them together, over and over, no matter how hard each man fights it. Jaysan swore long ago he’d never mate or let another alpha touch him during heat—except everything about Morris makes him feel safe. Wanted. Whole. But Morris deserves an unsoiled mate, not someone as dirty and used as Jaysan, and Jaysan will do anything to prove it to the stubborn alpha…even if it means giving up his son a second time.

NOTE: This is a non-shifter Omegaverse story with alpha/omega/beta dynamics, heats, knotting, and mpreg. In this world, omegas are second-class citizens with few civil rights and almost no protections under the law. Trigger warnings for physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. This series is best read in numerical order.

ISBN: B07CZSVV6X

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Morris loses his older brother to a car accident and finds he is the guardian of their son Aeron. Jaysan has mourned the fact that he gave his child up for adoption the day he was born. Kell tells Jaysan about someone needing a sitter so Jaysan goes to the interview. When he arrives he meets Morris and feels a bond. But more importantly he finds his son.

Jayson and Morris fight the bond between them every step of the way. I was flabbergasted at the lengths Jaysan went to make Morris see he was not interested but understood his reasoning. I love this story about two broken men who find light at the end of a tunnel in each other.

There was many ups and downs for these two along the way. Their friends help them out along the journey to finding happiness. I am in awe of this series. The only problem I’ve seen so far is couple of spelling errors in each book. Other than it’s wonderful.

I can see several more books in this series with certain characters coupled up.

Fantastic addition.

Barbies and Beaches by Asta Idonea

Title: Barbies and Beaches

Series: Dreamspinner’s Warmest Wishes Advent Calendar 2018.

Author: Asta Idonea

Genre: Contemporary, Holiday

Length: Short Story (21 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 1, 2018)

Heat level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖 3 Hearts

Blurb: For the first time ever, Shane is not looking forward to the annual Boxing Day barbecue at Matty’s house. He recently divorced, none of his friends know what to say to him now, and Shane is tired of the pity and awkwardness. Things take a turn, however, when he meets Matty’s English cousin. Neil is struggling with the Australian heat, having left the UK after a bad breakup. When Shane suggests the two of them head to a secluded beach to cool off, the growing intimacy between them might make both reassess their current situation.

ISBN: 978-1-64405-040-8

Product Link: Dreamspinner | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Shane is going to a friends barbecue and doesn’t really want to go. His life has gone up in flames or so he thinks. Just wait till he gets his eyes on Neil.

The story just gives you a small taste. I am surprised at just how much story can be put into a book so short. However it doesn’t really give you a great time. It just doesn’t seem to stick with me.

It is a cute story with what one truly wants in the end. I just felt like there could have been more. I will also say the title didn’t really make me want to read the story in the first place.

Prince of Death by Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes

Title: Prince of Death

Series: Lords of the Underworld 01

Author: Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Length: Novel (306pgs)

Publisher: Sam Burns & W.M. Fawkes (March 7, 2019)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 4 1/2 Hearts

Blurb: Gifted power over life and death, Lysandros has spent millennia in the underworld, listless and alone. The youngest child of Hades and Persephone, he’s been sheltered from the threats in the world above.

Theo Ward hasn’t been so lucky. After watching his mother wither away, he’d do almost anything to have her back. When a messenger appears at the Banneker College of Magic and offers the young professor a chance to save her, Theo can’t pass it up, even if it means going straight into the underworld and dragging her home. But Theo gets more than he bargained for when he crosses paths with the prince of Hades.

Set against the king of Olympus, they must shed their past burdens and learn to trust in each other, so they can face down a storm that threatens to wipe the nation’s capital off the map.

ISBN: B07PBKGZ5G

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: I loved this story about Theo. He’s on a journey to see his mom in the underworld. His travels send him on a romance when he meets the prince of Hades, Lysandros. These two were a great match and helped each other overcome different struggles. I loved the plot and how not everything is as it seems.

This story draws the reader into Greek mythology in a modern day setting which was intriguing t read. I found myself immersed in a fantastic telling of two men on a journey into the unknown yet together they traverse through danger, peril and love.

I am looking forward to reading more in this series to see what else takes place.

Great read.