Canary for the Dragon by Angelique Voisen

Angelique Voisen - Canary for the Dragon CoverTitle: Canary for the Dragon

Author: Angelique Voisen

Genre: Paranormal

Length:  Short (61 pages)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (22 April 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Sky’s a canary prince that’s been kept in a gilded cage all his life. As a breeder for his dying people, it’s his job to find a suitable mate and continue the bloodline. All he wants to experience is a one-night-stand with a stranger he’s attracted to, before someone puts a permanent lock on his cage. 

Rex’s a century-old Alpha dragon shifter trying to make it past each day. Losing his mate tore his soul in half. As a result, his dragon’s broken beyond repair. When Rex meets Sky, he realizes he’s been given a second chance at love. But things are never that simple. 

Sky’s powerful avian family wants their breeder back and Sky’s terrified for Rex. Little does Sky know who the real threat is. When a dragon finds his mate, the hunt never ends until the Alpha claims his mate. 

ISBN: 978-1-77339-264-6

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Reviewer: Prime

Review: For me Angelique Voisen is an author on my radar but not really an author that I immediately want to read. I’m not really sure if I’ve read any of her previous works but I know I’ve read the blurb for a number of stories (and clearly never got further than that). Maybe one day that will change. For now I’m reviewing this fairly enjoyable and very short story.

Sky is a sweet canary shifter who has been mistreated by predatory birds, in particular the cruel eagle shifter who Sky has been forced to mate. He spends time perched in his canary form singing a mournful song, feeling trapped, which connects with lonely centuries old dragon shape shifter, Rex. Rex lost his human mate twenty years ago and because of that struggles to maintain control of his dragon. But the moment Rex sees Sky (and saves him) in his human form it seems to be fate that they are together.

For the most part this was an enjoyable story. I wished there was more of Sky and Rex – if that were the case I would hope that the introduction to Sky especially would give the same details in the blurb. I find it a little disappointing that I got more info about Sky from the blurb than I felt I did from the book. But Sky and Re are made for each other – as I said, it would have been cool to have more of them.

Orange and Mal by Angelique Voisen

Angelique Voisen - Orange and Mal CoverTitle: Orange and Mal

Series:  Bad Boys Need Love Too # 2

Author: Angelique Voisen

Genre: Paranormal, Erotic, Shifters, 

Length: Short (68 pages)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (January 31, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Tabby shifter Orange leads a double life. Kindergarten teacher by day, thief by night, Orange’s sick of juggling two lives. He wants to leave the life of crime behind and find a mate to settle with, but fate has other plans. A job gone wrong lands him in the path of a ferocious werebear, but Mal doesn’t seem interested in turning him over to the cops.  

Mal’s always been good at fighting and he’s done his share of bad deeds. He hates thieves, but there’s something about Orange he can’t ignore. His bear knows Orange is his to claim, mate and love—but will Orange accept a man who isn’t afraid of getting his hands dirty?

ISBN: 978-1-77339-163-2

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Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Orange is a school teacher and ex thief. He is tasked to do one last robbery in order to bail his brother out of jail. During the robbery he comes face to face with his mate Mal who works security. Orange ends up going to rescue his brother who in the mobs hands. 

I loved the interactions between these two. Orange is confidant and seems to have a level head while Mal is gruff and at times blunt. Well written and entertaining.

Great read.

Claw and Ollie by Angelique Voisen

Angelique Voisen - Claw and Ollie CoverTitle: Claw and Ollie

Series:  Bad Boys Need Love Too # 3

Author: Angelique Voisen

Genre: Paranormal, Erotic, Shifters

Length: Short (48 pages)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (February 15, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Blurb: Can a broken cat find redemption?

Tabby shifter Ollie can charm his way into any safe and into the pants of any eligible bachelor…once upon a time. Now Ollie’s merely a shadow of his former self, terrified of facing the outside world. Ollie craves seclusion, until his heart starts longing for a mate to make him whole again.

One glimpse is all it takes for jaguar shifter Claw to know Ollie’s the one man he’s been searching for his entire life. Knowing Ollie needs time to heal, Claw’s kept his distance. When an enemy from Ollie’s past resurfaces, it’s up to Claw to get his hands dirty. Claw doesn’t mind, as long as he gets his reward in the end. Ollie will become his, no matter what happens.

ISBN: 978-1-77339-182-3

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Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Ollie is recovering from his ordeal with the mob but has anxiety and social problems as result of the torture he suffered. Orange enlists the aid of Claw to keep an eye on his brother and protect him.

I liked that Claw wanted to help Ollie yet did not baby him. Though some interactions were questionable they still accomplished the goal of getting Ollie to move on. 

Well written and interesting. Great read.

A Warlock's Surprise by Erin M. Leaf

Erin M. Leaf - A Warlock's Surprise CoverTitle: A Warlock’s Surprise

Series:  The Warlock’s # 2

Author: Erin M. Leaf

Genre: Paranormal, Erotic, Humor

Length: Short (62 pages)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (28th January 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Leo thinks asking his soul-splice mate to marry him will be easy, but Dakota says no, again and again. When he finally capitulates, Leo believes happy ever after is in the cards, but Dakota isn’t feeling well, and meddling family members hijack their plans. Neither warlock wants the drama of a large ceremony, but the Conclave gets its way. Witches always do, after all.

When the eventful day arrives, neither man expects their old enemy to raise a demon from Hell to ruin their wedding. Witches can’t stand up to a demon, so the newly wed warlocks must save the day, but not before a surprise revelation leaves Dakota reeling.

Can Leo and Dakota survive a demon, witches, and a grandma intent on embarrassing them both as much as possible? Sadly, even magic can’t guarantee a happy ending…

Be Warned: MPREG, m/m sex, public exhibition

ISBN: 978-1-77339-161-8

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Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: This is a continuation from the first story. Leo is ready to move onto to the next step in his and Dakota’s relationship. After begging and asking Dakato finally say yes to the marriage proposal. 

I really enjoy these characters interactions and the way they seem to take their time insted of just jumping into things.

Enjoyable read.

A Warlock's Best Friend by Erin M. Leaf

Erin M. Leaf - A Warlock's Best Friend CoverTitle: A Warlock’s Best Friend

Series: The Warlock’s 01

Author: Erin M. Leaf

Genre: Paranormal, Erotic, Humor

Length: Short (55 pages)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (October 29, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Dakota thought moving to a new town for his new job would be easy. He gets to live with his best friend Leo, far from the machinations of his mother and the witches who want his genes. Unfortunately, his new boss keeps hitting on him. Is there nowhere a nice guy can hide from women who want his body?

Leo thinks pretending to be his best friend’s lover will be hilarious. He loves a good joke, and he’s delighted that Dakota finally lives close enough for them to hang out again like they did as kids. So what if they’re not gay? It’s all for a good cause: keep Dakota out of the clutches of a crazy woman.

Neither of them expects their charade to feel so real. How were they supposed to know that one kiss would lead to sex, or that true power comes from love?

ISBN: 978-1-77339-062-8

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Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I enjoyed this short story about Dakota and his best friend Leo. Dakota gets hit on his boss every time he sees him. Tired of the way the man is making his friend feel Leo suggests they act like a couple in the hopes it will deter the man’s advances. 

It comes down to an intense kiss, sparks flying and a connection neither Dakota nor Leo saw coming. Sweet and cute this short story packs a punch.

Beautiful Liar by Lexie Davis

Lexie Davis - Beautiful Liar CoverTitle: Beautiful Liar

Author: Lexie Davis

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Contemporary

Length: Short (55 Pages)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (25th November 2015)

Heat Level: Hot

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Blurb: Noah Reese is used to attending to the needs of the rich and famous gay bachelors of New York City. When he’s paid to attend a charity gala with a rich businessman, the client doesn’t show. It isn’t normal for escorts to get stood up, but before he can really complain, Tanner Lachlan catches his eye. 

Tanner Lachlan is a billionaire that doesn’t need a relationship to complicate his already full life. However, when he sees Noah admiring an erotic painting, he can’t help but wonder about him. The beautiful man is exactly his type and they share an intense passion unlike any other. 

With scandal surrounding Noah, the deeper he gets involved with Tanner the more lies he needs to tell to keep his secrets at bay. Neither are prepared for the flood of explosive emotions that can tear them apart for good. 


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Reviewer: Veronica

Review: Noah is a paid Escort and he have a clientele with the rich gay men of NY. The agency that he works for had booked him for the evening and he had a dinner engagement with a client at an Art exhibition, but the client stood him up and Noah felt like a fish out of water mingling among the wealthiest patrons of NY. He’s thinking of finishing off his drink and then leaving. His mindset isn’t with the job like when he first started. While looking at a painting, he is approached by a very handsome gentleman.

Tanner is a billionaire and hasn’t been interested in a relationship in a long time, but while talking to Noah, he realizes that he’s different and he convinces Noah to stay a little longer and join him for a meal. After dinner, they end up at Tanner’s apartment where they have a very passionate night together and they both can’t stop thinking about each other after that night. Noah tells Tanner that he’s a Model but doesn’t say what he does for a living. Days later Tanner seeks Noah out and offers him a job, at his company for an Ad promotion as a Model. They continue the steaming relationship. Noah is enjoying himself very much with Tanner, but it doesn’t look good for Noah when Tanner finds out exactly what type of job Noah has and the lies that he told him.

I can’t remember if I’ve ever read a book from this Author before and I’m very sorry about that, because I absolutely love this story and I’ll definitely be reading their work again. If you’re interested in a short fairy tale story about meeting prince charming, then this is it.

Suck the Savage Beast by James Cox

James Cox - Suck the Savage Beast CoverTitle: Suck the Savage Beast

Series:  Sons of Outlaws # 3

Author: James Cox

Genre: Futuristic, May-December, Sci-Fi, MC Romance

Length: Novella (106 pages)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (January 17, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Earth beasts are sexier than he expected…

Welliver is a scientist first and an Outlaw MC member second. He’s the smartest man in the crew that’s exploring Earth to create a new home. But when a monster attacks them and he’s separated from the crew, he is saved by a savage and sexy beast.

The beast doesn’t remember his name. He was sent to the Earth prison when he was a boy and left behind when the prison was evacuated. Beast has spent nearly twenty years alone on Earth, trying to survive this dangerous world. He’s the best hope humans have for staying alive with these new threats.

Beast doesn’t understand it’s not okay to lick strangers, or the whole wearing clothes thing, but neither man is prepared for the attraction between them. Welliver will have to pull on his Outlaw MC heritage to endure the wilds of Earth but how will survive the savage beast?

ISBN: 978-1-77339-149-6

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Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Welliver is on the mission to earth to scout out a safe place to live. He is super smart and knows it. When things go bad he is the one called on to fix the problem. Case in point when the creatures attack the ship. Unfortunately Welliver is too far away and has no chance getting to the safety of the ship so he takes off into the unknown. About to be attacked. A sexy, naked man comes to the rescue and saves Welliver from being eaten.

Beast has been alone on earth since the prison was deserted twenty years before. He cannot remember his name but he does know that he wants Welliver. Things progress nicely between these two. 

I loved this book. Beast is dangerous and sexy a definite plus for me. Welliver is smart and handsome. I loved how Welliver went through the system and discovered who Beast was. The interactions between these two were hot.

Amazing and fascinating read from start to finish. Highly recommended.

Spurs by Jules Dixon

Jules Dixon - Spurs CoverTitle: Spurs

Series:  Cherry County Cowboys 01

Author:  Jules Dixon

Genre: Contemporary, Western

Length: Novel (247 pages)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (3 Nov 2015)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Dr. Grayson Taylor is convinced that a summer fling with the bartending cowboy is a quick remedy to mend his broken heart. Soon his plans to return to big city lights for a dream career don’t seem as attractive as the cowboy with dimples lying in his bed. When Grayson’s charred past reappears, can he learn that forgiveness costs less than pride and admit he is the one who needs to be healed?

Cowboy Izaac Scott drove into town with little more than boots on his feet, a well-loved baseball cap on his head and a cross-country journey on his mind, but he’s not sightseeing. He’s running from the ghost of a first love. Will the doctor be the one to help Izaac realize that true love can heal the past or will the cruel spurs of life jab him in the heart again?

This New Adult Contemporary Romance Novel twists and turns like a bull rider at the rodeo. Hold on for the ride! 

ISBN: 978-1-77233-570-5

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Reviewer: Prime

Review: This was the first book I’ve read by Jules Dixon and I have to say that it was a pretty good introduction to a new author. There are plenty of hot cowboys– woo hoo, feel the heat rising! Though we also have a character who just got his PhD and obviously struggling to find work – that just hit too close to home for me, recently I have inadvertently picked books with guys getting or quitting their PhD and for someone who is almost finished their own doctoral thesis, it was just too close to home when it comes to knowing the character’s stress and pressure levels.

Dr Grayson Taylor (PhD) goes back to his hometown/family’s ranch so he can lick his wounds after getting his heart broken by a cheating ex. Lucky for him, the hot new local bar tender presents the perfect opportunity to try to start moving on. That bartender, Izaac Scott, also happens to be a cowboy and unbeknownst to the guys, the ranch where Izaac picked up some extra work happens to be Grayson’s family. Izaac is a bit of a drifter and has a history for not staying in the one place for too long, though he is also the sole carer for his younger sister.

These guys have a lot of baggage and a bulk of the story is watching these guys come to terms with their respective pasts so that they can actually have some sort of meaningful relationship. They are a bit awkward at first when it comes to actually forming something beyond the physical, but they work really well together.

Admittedly there a few errors within the text itself. The two that stuck in my mind as when a dislocated shoulder became a broken collarbone, and a character called Nate suddenly became Neil for a moment. Still, I’m willing over look this sort of silly error, though it is a pity that it was not picked up during editing. Additionally, Grayson’s attempts to use his woo-woo (well, psychology techniques I assume) seemed at first condescending, so I admit that at first although I felt for him I really didn’t connect with him, especially when it felt like he was forcing Izaac to open up about everything so soon in their relationship.

Overall, this was a fun read and I am looking forward to next book in the series.

Don't Shoot… I'm a Werebear by Angelique Voisen

angelique-voisen-dont-shoot-im-a-werebear-coverTitle: Don’t Shoot… I’m a Werebear

Author: Angelique Voisen

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Short Story (56 Pages)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (August 10, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Can a lonely city bear nurse his broken heart? 

Bear shifter Barry Smithson is going native. Rejected by his boss and crush of five years, Barry’s going back to his hometown. Believing he’ll win over the love of his life with his animal’s ferocious nature, Barry decides to spend some time in the woods. 

But Barry is not an outdoorsy kind of bear. He’s obsessive compulsive and terrified of open spaces. Tired and lost, Barry catches wind of a delectable scent, leading him to a human fishing for salmon. Hunger of the carnal kind hits him bone-deep. Once Barry gets a taste, he’ll want more. 

Can Barry convince the human not to shoot him?

ISBN: 978-1-77233-957-4 

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  I have read several books by this author and I absolutely love the titles for her stories. They have a serious tone to them but it is equalled out by the amount of humor that I find in each story. Now it seems that this one follows just a bit like the others, with a bit of pain at first.

In this story our character is in love with his boss, but he never got the guts to tell him. So when his boss told the company that he was getting married, well you can imagine how Barry reacted. Thanks to his best friend, he is on his way home. Barry is a bear shifter that is not like any bear shifter you come across, but you will have to read it to find out. Out for a run, he comes across the man that was meant for him. Too bad the man shoots him.  

You can’t really go into details about these kinds of stories because they are way too short. I hate to give a good book away before you get a chance to read. However trust me; this one is a blast and a half. I had a lot of fun reading it and look forward to Angelique’s next book. I do wish though that they were a bit longer, more than just a taste. 

Blind Angel by Keely Jakes

keely-jakes-blind-angel-coverTitle: Blind Angel 

Series: Club Latitude 01

Author: Keely James

Genre: Contemporary, BDSM, Erotic, Romance on the Go

Length: Short (27pgs)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (June 30, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Blurb: Walking into Club Latitude, Micah Gideon is there as a favor to the club’s owner. He is not looking for a slave for the weekend. The last slave he played with ended up dead. When he sees Jimmy Monroe, his plan to spend the weekend drunk goes out the window. He wants the dark angel wearing a blindfold. 

Jimmy Monroe has been blind since birth and wants a Master to share the weekend with. His best friend Rio comes up with the idea of the blindfold keeping his blindness a secret. When he is actually bought, Jimmy finds his dreams coming true. Until Master Micah calls out another man’s name in his sleep. 

Will Micah be able to finally lay the past to rest? Will Jimmy find what he needs with Micah? Will the two men find their way out of the darkness?

Be Warned: m/m sex, BDSM, spanking, flogging, sex toys

ISBN: 978-1-77233-910-9

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Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I really enjoyed this story. You have Jimmy who is blind and is looking for the one. Then you have Master Micah who is recovering from the loss of his last submissive. 

These two are just what the other needs to move forward. I liked the differences between the two as well as the independent nature of Jimmy despite his disability. I just wish it had been longer. 

Falling for the Assistant by Frey Ortega

frey-ortega-falling-for-the-assistant-coverTitle: Falling for His Assistant  

Series: N/A

Author: Frey Ortega

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (127 pages)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (19 Jan 2016)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Caden McCullough is twenty-two years old, a fresh graduate, and has been working for a few months as one of the assistants to social media mogul and billionaire, Raphael Shepard. Caden has been hiding feelings for his boss for some time, not knowing that his boss actually feels the same way. 

Raphael Shepard isn’t very good with emotions. He’s good at two things: making money, and managing his thriving empire. When he realizes he might like Caden a lot more than he should, Raphael stubbornly denies it, and ends up obsessing like the worrywart he is. 

Unable to keep their desires at bay, Raphael and Caden share in a passionate night together. Raphael can’t deny himself any longer—he’s falling for his assistant. 

With these new emotions coming to light, will their recently consummated relationship be able to withstand an onslaught from Raphael’s past, as well as his worries for the future? 

ISBN: 978-1-77233-682-5                      

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Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is not at all linked with Frey Ortega’s book, A Billionaire’s Gamble, but if you have read that you will enjoy Falling for the Assistant, perhaps even more than the former. I feel the following opinion needs repeating for this review, although I have said it before of Frey Ortega: I have yet to find a Frey Ortega book that I do not enjoy. And I really loved this one – sometimes, when I’m ultra-stressed I love nothing more than reading a book that I describe as a “trashy romance”. Trashy in the fact that the plot line reminds of a typical Mills and Boon novel minus the inevitable pregnancy, because this is neither a paranormal or m-preg book (though I would read that too!).

And this certainly does fall under the old trashy romance banner, I think. We got a rich, sexy guy who is a bit lost when it comes to love, and he happens to fall in love with his sexy, smart and super efficient assistant. There is also a crazy ex thrown into the mix. In this case, the sexy and smart assistant is Caden. He’s been Raphael Shepherd’s assistant for a few months now, in New York, after graduating college. Raphael requires Caden to leave New York and move over to California to continue his role as assistant while his California assistant goes on maternity leave. Yet, all Raphael wants not only his wonderfully efficient assistant in his life he also wants him in his bed.

The guys are complete opposites of each other but they work so perfectly together. The sexual tension is sizzling and obvious from the start. Caden is the type of man that can calm the tense millionaire and it’s not just because he can make work life easier. He just has type of fun personality that compliments Raphael’s serious personality. But in between all that, Raphael’s other assistant, Serena, is there to steer the lover’s true in some sort of energetic, pregnant fairy godmother sort of way.

Eric and Sloot by Cat Blaine

cat-blaine-eric-and-sloot-coverTitle: Eric and Sloot

Series: Arousing Androids # 1

Author: Cat Blaine

Genre: Erotic, Sci-Fi

Length: Short (68pgs)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (October 29, 2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Eric Pread broke up with his boyfriend a year ago, and has been apathetic about getting back out on the market. His friend Sabrina thinks he needs a nudge, and so she sends him a XP30 Sexbot to help him get back in the game. 

Sloot is the XP30 assigned to Eric. He’s no ordinary android. His creator tinkered with him and gave him the ability to love. That isn’t anything Eric wants in a sexbot, and he almost sends Sloot back when he finds out. 

But as time passes, they grow closer and closer and it becomes obvious that Sloot and Eric are two halves of a whole.

ISBN: 978-1-77233-568-2

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Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Eric is having trouble moving on since his last relationship ended so his friends get him an android named Sloot. Eric however does not want to jump into bed right away he’d rather get to know Sloot first.

Sloot is a sex android. The surprising about him was that he has feelings and dreams of being with someone who will treat him right rather than use him like men have done in the past. I loved the interactions between these two. They were endearing and sweet yet thoughtful and considerate of one another.

I especially loved the way Eric protected Sloot. It was an awesome story that was well written with plenty of hot scenes and warm interactions to keep the reader interested.

I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series. 

Broken, Collared and Ready for Revenge by James Cox

james-cox-broken-collared-and-ready-for-revenge-coverTitle: Broken, Collared and Ready For Revenge

Series:  The Gentlemen Brothers # 3

Author: James Cox

Genre: Steampunk, Futuristic, Suspense, Erotic, Sci-Fi

Length: Novella (88pgs)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (August 19, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: When the collar comes off, all that’s left is a broken man…

Alexander Gentleman has spent fifteen years being beaten into submission and tortured beyond anything a human should survive. He’s fractured around the edges when his brothers finally save him. With the help of “One Nut” Nigel, the collar is removed. He’s starting to remember the faces of those he’s killed and fighting the urge to murder everyone around him. But the one who put that clockwork device on him is still on the loose. With the help of Nigel, he tries to be integrated into a society he no longer understands.

Can he control himself long enough to get his revenge? Will Nigel be his savior or will Alexander embrace his darker side?

Be Warned: m/m sex, sex toys

ISBN: 978-1-77233-971-0

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Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: In the end to a fantastic series Alexander has been saved by his brothers.  His battle is still ongoing as the collar comes off .After years of being influenced by the collar even without it on he still has tendencies to want to hurt others. 

Nigel knows what’s happening with Alexander and seems to be the only one able to get through to him when it happens. Nigel is also attracted to the youngest brother and the feeling is quite mutual. 

I love this series so much. Reading about the lives of each brother’s fate was fascinating. Alexander’s was heart-breaking in what happened to him. I completely understood his need for vengeance and revenge. The queen deserved everything that happened to her warped ass self.

I was so happy Alexander and his brothers were finally reunited. This book has everything a fantastic plot, sexy men, action, drama and some hot sex. Highly recommended.

Dr Zach's Hot Fireman by Tamsin Baker

Tamsin Baker - Dr Zach's Hot Fireman CoverTitle:  Dr Zach’s Hot Fireman

Series: N/A

Author: Tamsin Baker

Genre: Contemporary, Firemen

Length: Novella (130 pages)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (12 Aug 2015)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Zach has fulfilled all of his goals in life. He’s successful, wealthy, and a good person. It’s time to find the right guy, and his brother’s hot friend may be just what the doctor ordered. 

Dylan loves his life as a firefighter, and when he meets the gorgeous Doctor Zach he decides that a relationship might be worth while. 

But Zach isn’t used to putting his work second for anyone, and Dylan’s one night stands haven’t prepared him for the ups and downs of a real relationship. Can a hot fireman and a super sexy doctor make their crazy schedules fit each other? Or will the hazards of their jobs be the end of their happily ever after? 

ISBN: 978-1-77233-464-7

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Reviewer: Prime

Review: I’ve read a few Tamsin Baker books in a matter of weeks and I have to say that I quite enjoy the stories. They are simple and to the point. This story will draw a lot of people because the MCs are the two dreamiest occupations when coupled with sexy men – fireman and a doctor.

Obviously the titular, Dr Zach, is the doctor of this piece. He’s an emergency room doctor who got to where he was because of his dedication to his study and his career. And that is not unexpected for a doctor, really. Through his fire fighter brother, Zach meets Dylan and at first treats him at the fire station when Dylan refuses to go to hospital. The two of them give into the sparks and hot sexual tension between them. The story then becomes a tale of two guys getting to know each other, having hot sex and trying to reconcile their personal and professional lives.

Despite the fact that I enjoyed this book, there were a number of issues that did come up in the course of the book. I think I found comfort in some of the Australian-isms that came up throughout the story. But then, right at the end there was mention of a road trip to Vegas – wait, what? Are they road tripping to Brisvegas (a name given to Brisbane, Queensland to pay them out)? This book really needed to have the setting specified if the author was to write in their native tongue, so to speak. If we had known from the outset that we are town X, USA it would have been easier to swallow.

The other thing was that the main fight that happened between them, and there were a couple other spats, but it was all down to frustrating miscommunication and me trying to figure out how they could not understand each other’s schedules. However, I did see the cause for the conflict well enough, it was Zach’s devotion to his work over his life, and that could have probably been explored better.

Over all, the story was enjoyable, just take it on face value and you will find that this is a fun way to pass some spare time.

A Billionaire's Gamble by Frey Ortega

Frey Ortega - A Billionaires gamble Cover mTitle: A Billionaire’s Gamble

Series: N/A

Author: Frey Ortega

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (140pgs)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (3 Oct 2015)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb:  Dylan Ferrara is an academic wunderkind whose life just got a whole lot messier. After his academic career comes to a staggering halt, his best friends give him a reality check: join the ‘real world’ and start working, or continue chasing an impossible dream. Reluctantly, he agrees. 

Remington Whitley is a billionaire who’s sick of the monotony of his playboy life. One day, his company invites a geeky little data scientist over for an interview. The man piques his interest enough on a personal level that he decides to take a gamble and invite Dylan out for a date. 

Dylan is conflicted. Remy is a gamble in and of himself, and Dylan’s inexperience makes him cautious. Dylan doesn’t know if he wants to take the bet with such high stakes on the line. 

But what can he do when throwing the dice and leaving his fate up to luck feels so, so right? 

ISBN: 978-1-77233-534-7

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Reviewer: Prime

Review: I have yet to find a Frey Ortega book that I do not enjoy. And I really loved this one – sometimes, when I’m ultra-stressed I love nothing more than reading a book that I describe as a “trashy romance”. Trashy in the fact that the plot line reminds of a typical Mills and Boon novel minus the inevitable pregnancy, because this is neither a paranormal or m-preg book (though I would read that too!).

The plot itself is fun. It’s simple and interesting enough to capture my attention. It’s your usual nerdy, bookish guy meets rich, immature playboy. For me this book did hit close to home because one MC, Dylan, has started his PhD and was left wondering about his academic future. Seriously, if you’re doing your Masters or PhD and close to submitting your thesis, this may not be the best get away from your stress, take it from someone with that exact experience.

Dylan, however, is a sweetheart and for more reasons than his academic pursuits, he is definitely the most relatable character. Then there is Remy, although he is far less relatable he is no doubt a wonderful, dark and brooding rich man who you could just fall for. The fact that he is also a playboy and immature at the start, makes him a bit stereotypical. But his character is redeemed because Dylan comes into his life and he begins to fall in love with the lovable nerd. Remy doesn’t

I adored this book from start to finish. It was fun and honestly, that was all I needed. In fact, I would love to see some of Remy’s friends find their own HEAs in their own stories.