All That Shimmers by N.J. Nielsen

N.J. Nielsen - All That Shimmers CoverTitle: All That Shimmers

Series:  Wardens of the Guild 02

Author: N.J. Nielsen

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Length: Novella (130 pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (May 30, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Blurb: Sometimes all that shimmers…is the darker side of life

When the only world he’d ever known changed, Eric Meyers had to change along with it. Now he needs to figure out his next steps, especially when it comes to Tagh. Things get even more confusing when he starts dreaming about a man he doesn’t even know.

Tagh’s recovery from battle wounds isn’t helped when he has to face Eric’s continuing doubts. If that’s not bad enough, he also has to deal with more of his kind turning up and what it all means. There are zoos out there filled with people, people who shouldn’t even be there—people who need rescuing.

Jory has been held captive in one of these hellholes for the last few years. His dreams of Eric, a man he’s never met, give him hope that help is on the way, but the waiting is hard. To save the others, Jory stands up to their jailers. The only problem is that he is just one against the many.

What fate brings together, let no person tear apart. But is the trio ready to face a future none of them had ever planned on? Between their enemies and their heavy responsibilities, Eric, Tagh and Jory have to work out more than their immense differences—they have to figure out if their very relationship is strong enough to survive whatever’s coming next. Because come it will…

Reader Advisory: This book involves characters who are kept imprisoned to be used as sexual slaves, discussion of rape and sexual assault, references to starvation and beatings and references to incest. 

Publisher’s Note: This book is best read in sequence, as part of a series.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-580-3

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Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: After the events in the previous book leave Tagh gravely injured and Eric stays by his side. He learns Tagh is his mate though he is confused by his feelings for the man. Amid that he is dreaming of a sexy man in dire need of help.

Wow this story was a great addition to the series as progress was made in determining who was with who and all the help involved in setting about taking down the zoo’s. I seriously found that part disturbing in that anyone would do that to someone.

The overall story comprised of romance, suspense, action and edge of your seat scenes that leave you wanting more. 

The Real You by N.J. Neilsen

N.J. Neilsen - The Real You CoverTitle: The Real You

Series: Wardens of the Guild 01 

Author: N.J. Nielsen

Genre: Angels and Demons, Contemporary, Paranormal, Vampires

Length: Novella (126 pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (October 4, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: The age-old war between good and evil is bringing changes, and with change comes fear—especially the fear of what is to come.

Isiah Gillis and Claudius Reynar are twins in every sense of the word. No one can tell them apart, yet they’re not related. Since meeting, they’ve learned that they’ve become the subject of a legend, something neither of them wanted.

Their first day warden, Gabriel, tries to kill Claudius and Isiah by turning their True One, Mitch, into a weapon against them. Instead, Mitch now shares his body with Remi, a powerful demon lord who enters their lives—a demon lord who claims them for his own.

Not everyone is happy that the legend has been fulfilled, and they will do everything in their power to tear apart the strong bond the four men possess. Laramie realizes he has to separate from Mitch or risk losing one of his mates so completely that it could break them all.

When old and new enemies alike step forward to destroy who they are, Isiah, Mitch, Claudius and Laramie gather family and friends to fight in the war to save them all. Can things be set right before evil intentions win? 

ISBN: 978-1-78651-473-8

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Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Isiah and Claudius look exactly alike except for they are not family. Mitch, a human, needs somewhere to live. His friend introduces him to the twins who happen to have an extra room. The price, watch over the twins as their guardian.

I loved this book. It has so many twists and turns that left me holding my breath and surprised. Someone wants the twins dead. One of those someone’s is Gabriel, Isiah’s cousin. But alas all is not as it seems. There is more going on than even these men know.

There is corruption, action, suspense, romance all throughout. I found myself immersed in the story before I knew it and was not disappointed with the direction it took. I’m very glad this is a series so there will be more to come. 

Highly recommended.

Lay Your Body Down by N.J. Nielsen

n-j-nielsen-lay-your-body-down-coverTitle: Lay Your Body Down

Series: Intended Mates # 1, Seasons of Murder # 2 

Author: N.J. Nielsen

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Mystery

Length: Novella (123pgs)

Publisher: MLR Press (May 17, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: It’s funny how one small circumstance of being in the wrong place at the wrong time can fuck up the life you had.

Odin James’s world changed forever when he witnessed his best friend being murdered. The people he thought were meant to protect him may just be working for the man who wants him dead. Trust doesn’t come easy–throw a mate into the mix and everything suddenly slides out of control.

Tom Wylie is the beta of his pack. When his alpha requests he take a police witness and keep him safe, Tom doesn’t know what he’s getting into. One sniff of the man, and he knows Odin is his mate. Protecting Odin from the bad shit after him is a given.

Life gets complicated when they realise things aren’t what they seem. Odin isn’t as human as he believed, and his birthright wants him dead. With the help of Tom’s pack, will Odin and Tom beat the odds thrown at them, and come out on top, or will evil win?

ISBN: MLR-1-02016-0554

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Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Odin James witnesses the murder of his best friend. As a result the man who committed the murder wants him dead before he can testify or so Odin thinks. The FBI find out there’s a leak in the department and that Odin’s whereabouts have been compromised. In order to better protect him Patric enlists the help of Tom. 

Tom is a beta wolf in Patric’s pack. He knows Odin is his mate the moment he sees him. What I liked about this story was Odin had no idea of who or what he is or why his uncle is really after him. Along with another group who desperately want to rid the earth of all supernaturals Odin and Tom find themselves in a fight for their lives.

I really liked this book however I felt that the good guys were too tame. I mean they are fighting to live yet when people attacked them or took them hostage they’re reactions didn’t meet the situation in my opinion. Other than that it was a great read.

I hope to read more in this series.

Running Into Zero Tolerance

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Series: Experimentals, #2
Author: N. J. Nielsen
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Novel (130 pages)
Publisher: MLR Press, LLC (March 1st 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: When there’s nowhere left to run–pray you find Zero Tolerance to keep you safe.

While searching for his missing brother, Linc O’Hare stumbles across his mate and willingly gets kidnapped to save a man whose name he doesn’t even know. Having his mate live in slavery is not on Linc’s to-do list, and he plans to rectify the situation.
Gideon Church was resigned to the hell he’s been living. Escaping with Linc is the best day of his life–until he realizes his whole existence has been a lie.

With the help of Linc and the inhabitants of Zero Tolerance will Gideon be able to separate the lies from the truth and figure out just who he really is?

ISBN: MLR-1-02015-0380

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Experimentals collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

While Linc had been hunting his brother down, he comes across his mate. He will do everything in his power to protect him. He just had not known it was so bad. Gideon’s brother had forced him into sex with Linc, but he had not known it would mate them. Linc had been injured but he knew he could get them to safety, but first he had to get them away.

Then the twisted part was there were so many secrets floating around that what they all believed might not be true. Linc loved his mate, no matter who he truly is. Zero Tolerance was there to protect them all but there were a lot more dangers coming for them.

I would recommend reading this especially if you love gorgeous men, magic, paranormals, excitement, action and danger. It gave that to me and so much more.

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Storming Love: Flood series Book Blast, Guest Post, Excerpt, Reviews & Giveaway!

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Hi guys do we have a treat for you today, MLR Press has this fantastic book blast for their newest series Storming Love: Flood there are several authors on this tour and we have Cherie Noel visiting with Patric & Sam, we have a fantastic post from Cherie where she tells us her own flood story, we have a brilliant excerpt of Patric & Sam, there’s Cherie’s comment giveaway for our blog and the tour wide MLR Press rafflecopter giveaway, *wipes brow* and we also have Cat’s reviews for three of the already published Storming Love: Flood, so check out this post, leave your own flood story in the comments (with a way to be contacted by Cherie if you win) and then click that Rafflecopter link! <3 ~Pixie~   


Storming Love: Flood


Various Authors: NJ Nielsen, Jenn Dease, Jambrea Jo Jones, AC Katt, Pelaam, Cherie Noel

N.J. Nielsen: Adrian and Lockie

Storming Love - Flood N.J._NielsenAdrian Clarke knows his life is a hot mess. This is only one of the reasons he boards a plane and flies halfway around the world—so he can escape everything that’s determined to see him break. Lockie Rivers has worked his whole life on Tenderfoot Downs. After his boss died, Lockie remained as caretaker for the new owner—a man who’d never even set foot on the place. When circumstances bring them face to face, a flash flood comes along to threaten their very existence. Can virtual strangers work together to save their home, their hearts, and find their own slice of heaven?

Jenn Dease: Bridge and Doug

Storming Love - Flood Jenn_DeaseFourth generation lawman, Bridge Bridgerton, has never seen Copper Creek, Texas, flood before. Doug Jones is a lifeguard stopping in Copper Creek to look after his grandfather’s house. Together, they help rescue some of the residents trapped in the rising water.  And together, they feel an attraction for each other that gets stronger day by day. But, will they be able to stay together once the water goes down?

Jambrea Jo Jones: Pete and McKenzie

Storming Love - Flood Jambrea_Jo_JonesMcKenzie Hallowell was born and bred in Copper Creek. He knew what could happen during flash flood season, but that didn’t stop him from driving through water during a storm. Almost dying might be the best thing that ever happened to him.

Pete Compton moved to town five years ago to take over a feed store. He’d been crushing on McKenzie Hallowell almost from the start. A flash flood brings them together, but will it also bring them love?

A.C. Katt: Derrick and Steven

Storming Love - Flood A.C.KattWhen a flash flood strikes, Steven stays behind at school to find a little girl who hid from the storm. His lover, Derrick, comes to rescue them both but can only get Josie out. Will Derrick be able to get back to the elementary school in time to get Steven or will he lose him to the raging flood waters?

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Pelaam: Euan and Gregg

Storming Love - Flood PelaamEuan looks forward to spending time with his best friend, and unrequited love, Gregg. But Gregg has a confession himself, he isn’t the straight jock Euan thinks. When the truth emerges, Euan learns of a side to his friend’s life he never imagined.

Just as they find out the truth Mother Nature unleashes her fury and they’re trapped on a mountain during the flood.

Even if they weather nature’s storm, there is still a more personal fury to be faced.

Available 1st May 2015

Cherie Noel: Patric and Sam

Storming Love - Flood SamPatric_CherieHall_StormingFloodPatric Carselowey stole Samuel Touchet-Smith’s heart six years ago in an incendiary act of passion. Then he disappeared, joining the Army without a word. When he returned, treating Sam like stranger, he broke Sam’s heart. Now Sam’s meddling Maman and sister have booked him a hiking tour with Patric as the guide. Caught in the unexpected storm, will Sam’s wounded heart be healed during their race to safety or crushed once and for all by lingering misunderstandings and lost memories?

Available 8th May 2015

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Family Connections by N.J. Nielsen, 2nd edition

23343130Title: Family Connections (2nd Edition)
Series: Connelly Family Chronicles
Author: NJ Nielsen
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (296 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound (August 28th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Ray and Viv realize love isn’t always what they expect it to be, but learning to deal with the road ahead can be worth the heartache.

Thrown into circumstances beyond their imaginations, Ray Connelly and Christopher ‘Viv’ Vivvens must step beyond their personal lifestyles to survive the future. What started out as a small white lie about being boyfriends soon becomes more than they bargained for, especially when family and friends decide to interfere in their lives.

However, when tragedy strikes, Ray and Viv must step up and become parents, too. Along the way, they welcome nine children of varying ages, but there is plenty of love to go around.

Ray and Viv realize love isn’t always what they expect. Sometimes it’s downright hard. They also learn that dealing with life’s obstacles can be worth the heartache. In doing so, the couple discover how strong they are together.
When everything is running smoothly, an ex comes along to ruin their happily ever after.

They must fight their past demons to make their future even better. Together they are family in the greatest sense, but do Ray and Viv have what it takes to beat the odds this time?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of dubious consent. It is best read in sequence as part of a series.

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously released by another publisher. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.

ISBN: 978-1-78430-166-8

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Reviewer: Prime

Review: If you like soap operas and would love to read a literary one you don’t need go no further, this is the book for you! I’m going to outright say: this isn’t going to be a long review because me ranting about something or another will probably take away from the melodrama of the entire thing.

Essentially this is the story of Viv and Ray – from their first meeting and their turbulent relationship spanning about two years. If you’re like me you’re probably thinking about Vyvyan Basterd from the British comedy, Young Ones, rest assured his real name is Christopher Vivvens.

As I said, this book is nothing short of a soap opera, and depending on the person, that is a good or a bad thing. And like soap operas, there are so many family members and children! All these not-so-minor characters are wonderful and certainly make for a colourful life, trust me, you’ll be counting off the nine children as you get towards the end as well.

Ray is a good character. However, I would like to know more about this bubbly, sometimes-flighty man who loves being a dad. He is an enjoyable character and has a lot of hidden inner strength. I like Viv, too. It seems as though we are meant to not like him as much, but this is a guy that has been, to put a fine point on it, head fucked. I love Viv as a character. He has a lot going on and a lot of depth.

The only thing I am disappointed about is that I feel his issues have not been dealt with at all – the man has various stalker and harassment issues, and honestly all I could think of was “quick, send the guy to a psychologist, don’t sit back!” Sure, they can be revisited, and undoubtedly will, later on, but I feel that his experience was glossed over and not given the right about of emphasis for the severity of what does happen.

As with any good soapie, we are left with a cliffhanger. Part of me questions the necessity of the possibilities such a cliffhanger brings, but the other part of me has faith in the author for book 2 of this series, when it comes out.

To try to frame this book in pop culture, I’m going to say it’s a bit Brady Bunch with a bit of Friends with a splash of Pride and Prejudice. Strange as the latter may seem, if you don’t believe me, read it.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through *

Heart Mate, Mine! by N.J. Nielsen

81dg90bvCJL._SL1500_Title: Heart Mate, Mine!, 2nd edition
Series: Moon Runners #1
Author: N.J. Nielsen
Genre: Paranormal/ Fairy/Fae/ Holiday/Winter, May/December/ Shifter
Length: Novel (186 pages)
Publisher: Fireborn Publishing (November 22nd, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Two lives–One destiny. When fate decides two people belong together, nothing can stand in its way. Liam Kantry and Carlo Bruenelli find themselves caught up in the madness of Christmas and taking care of a child as they discover the meaning of being true heart-mates.

Liam Kantry wants to be with the man he has loved his whole life, yet incessant gossip and innuendos have labeled him the pack whore–a point he has never disputed. Now the rumors have come back to bite him in the arse.

Carlo Bruenelli is waiting for his heart-mate; he’s one of the pack who truly believes they really do exist. In his heart, he wants it to be his best friend, only problem is he knows Liam doesn’t believe in heart-mates. What will it take to change Liam’s mind? And should he even try?

Christmas is drawing near, and between snowball fights and the inter-pack gathering, Liam and Carlo find themselves caught up in the excitement and obsessing over what their future holds. Especially when a small child forms a bond with them. They learn there is more out there than they ever dreamt was possible.

Can Liam and Carlo work around the newness of their own mating to protect someone who needs it most?

CONTENT ADVISORY: This work is a significantly expanded (almost tripled in length), re-edited re-release title.

ISBN: 978-1-941984-16-1

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Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Carlo seemed like a sweet young man who knew what he wanted, his heart mate. Carlo has been in love with Liam for a while. But he doesn’t think Liam feels the same about him especially with all the rumors by Marcus, Liam’s brother, about Liam’s conquests.

Liam has been in love with Carlo for a very long time. But he’s had to wait until Carlo was of age to let his feelings known. His brother has made it hard for Liam with all the rumors he’s told Carlo. Carlo doesn’t believe that Liam wants him at first because of them.

Sweet story of two males who love each other but are afraid the other won’t feel the same. Liam should have put a stop to the rumors about his conquests when they first started. It shocked me after they got together and baby Torren was only quiet with them. It was amazing that Torren was not a full wolf. I’m glad they decided to keep him with them.

Hot sex, snowball fights, and huge gathering of wolves from different packs made for an interesting read. The truth about who Torren was fascinated me. It was an interesting twist late in the book that someone or a group of someone’s has deadly intentions for the baby and the Fae. All in all, it was a very good read and I’m looking forward to the next book to see what happens next.

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Hunting for Clay by N.J. Nielsen

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Title: Hunting for Clay
Series: Toowoomba Boys, #2
Author: N.J. Nielsen
Genre: Contemporary/ Valentine 2012 Releases
Length: Novella (80 pages)
Publisher: MLR Press (February 10th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Two years have passed since Clay and Hunter met on that fateful morning in Tello’s Diner. Getting passed the fact Clay was stalking Marlowe was the easy part. Clay Montgomery’s life has changed for the better the day he found the man who was meant to be the other half of him. Hunter understood him well, and knew how to give him exactly what he needs to be happy. Hunter Weldon knows what he wants, and just how to get it.

For two years, he has loved the man in his arms and now it was time to up the ante.

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ISBN: 978-1-60820-602-5

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Hunter has a huge surprise in store for his boyfriend, Clay. It will take the combined efforts of friends and family to pull it off. I really enjoyed reading this wonderfully written book. I was hooked from the start to find out what Hunter’s plan was for Clay. Hunter gets a job with Digigraph and Damon and he become fast friends as well as associates. He even meets his boss Arthur Davenport when he needs a place to hold the party and Arthur let’s him hold it at his home.

There was plenty of drama all throughout. From Marlowe thinking Angelo was cheating on him only to find out he wasn’t and that Dimmy, Angelo’s brother was making plans with him to move in. To Clay introducing Hunter to his brother Jayden and his boyfriend Bryan only to find out that Bryan was untrustworthy so Jayden breaks up with him. Before the party, Hunter sends Clay on a treasure hunt filled with small gifts along the way that ends at home where he is to get ready for their date. A limo whisks Clay away toward his destination that he has no clue about. He is blindfolded then taken to Arthur’s house where Hunter is waiting to propose and marry him.

It was a fantastic read with a lot of hot sex added to the mix.

Dancing With Demons by N.J. Nielsen

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Series: Toowoomba Boys, #3
Author: N.J. Nielsen
Genre: Contemporary/ Suspense
Length: Novella (101 pages)
Publisher: MLR Press (August 7th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: When opposites attract the result can be life changing.

Graham Davenport is trying to better his life. His whole world crashes the day he’s told Damon’s missing and he’s the main suspect—could life get any worse?

Damon Malone was kidnapped, he has no clue why, and his captor isn’t talking. Beaten and bruised he waits to be rescued—fearing he might die.

Working together with detectives, Graham realizes there’s more to the story than a simple kidnapping. Will they find the answers in time or will everything be too late? Graham changes his whole life to help Damon fight his demons—in the process will he conquer his own?

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ISBN: MLR-1-02014-0281
Reviewer: Shorty
Review: Graham Davenport is a sexy sarcastic alcoholic that is mean to everyone. When Damon Malone tells him the night of Hunter and Clay’s wedding that he needs to sober up he decides to do just that. Three days after the wedding and going cold turkey he is accused by his brother for Damon’s kidnapping.

Upset that Damon is missing he does everything in his power to assist the police in finding Damon before it too late. Graham eventually tells his brother what caused him to change is nine years ago he told their father he was gay and wanted to go on a date with Damon. His father’s reaction was swift and cruel. He cut Graham out of everything and gave Arthur everything after lying to him about many things. Graham couldn’t leave as he was threatened that if he did his father would throw Arthur out. So he stays and tries in a vain attempt to forget Damon in making him hate him. It doesn’t work.

After sweet and shy Damon is kidnapped, tied up, blindfolded, and beaten by an unknown assailant he believes he’s going to die. He continuously thinks of Graham who he had a crush on. The kidnapper keeps telling Damon that he was trying to take someone from him, finally, after three days of torture, takes him somewhere, uses Damon’s phone to call Graham to let them know where he is after burying him alive.

This was a very intense, emotional, action packed wonderfully written book. The details of what Damon went through were horrifying in their intensity. Loved the fact that Graham changed and stayed right by Damon’s side as he was recuperating from his ordeal and finally confided in Damon as to the reason why he acted the way he did for so many years. A lot of gentle touches and kisses going on as well as hot sex scene between Graham and Damon after they both admit their feelings for one another.

After suffering through so much separately and together, I’m glad they finally got together in the end. Fantastic read.

Blessed With a Curse by N.J. Nielsen

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Series: The Experimentals, #1

Author: N. J. Nielsen


Length: Novel (132 Pages)


Publisher: MLR Press (January 16th, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb:What doesn’t kill me – had better start running…Storm Gennaro

When the past calls Storm Gennaro for assistance, he willingly comes to help the man who walked away from him. Thirty years is a long time to be parted from the one person meant to stand at your side forever.

Heath Madden is sick, and his family calls Storm to help save him. All the hurt and betrayal suffered at the man’s hands resurfaces, but not everything is as it seems.

The past has come back to wreak havoc on their lives, and as they dig deeper, they realize they aren’t the only ones whose lives are being played with.

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Review: Well, for one I hate it when you are left hanging. Now I will be sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book to learn how the war goes on. This book was amazing. It had just the right amount of anger, pain, danger, and love. It caught my attention from the beginning and kept it all the way to the end. It amazes me that they have the ability to overcome such pain that they can learn to love again.

Storm and Heath were mates, but at one time Heath didn’t want it, as he should. So when someone tried to tell him that Storm was cheating, it gave him the excuse to abandon and hate him. The only problem was that all the evidence against Storm was lies. No matter how much pain Heath had caused, Storm watched over him kept him safe as he could. However when Heaths family came to him, it turned out it was because Heath was dying. Poisoned by his own father. The problem was to save Heath, Storm had to have sex, and love had to be open for it to work. Heath realized that he had caused Storm so much pain, that Storm would be forever gone if he didn’t fix it. They had danger coming at them from all different angles. They would do everything to keep each other safe, even if it meant death. The sex between them is hot and very tantalizing. Fae, demon and humans were involved, now all they had to do was save those who were in danger also.

This book has the right amount of danger, excitement, and sexy men. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and have you begging for more. I can’t wait to read more, because it left me hanging wondering what was going to happen next. I loved this story and will be reading it more than once. N.J. has a gift of storytelling with worlds that come alive for you and characters you will fall in love with.

Admetus Gaea by N. J. Nielsen

8c932b7538ec41c62c1301096a4ea106.image.300x450Title: Admetus Gaea

Series: The Gaean Prophecies 01

Author: N.J. Nielsen

Genre: High Fantasy

Length: Novel (247pgs)

ISNB: 9781622321193

Publisher: Silver Publishing (25th January 2014)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: When their world calls for a savior to come forth–they don’t always get what they ask for. Instead, they get someone better, who happens to save the world along the way. They get Grayson Gellespie–defender of Admetus Gaea.

Jarkebb Arindad: The banished son of Lord Jondalar Arindad, ruler of the Elven-kind, was sent to find the savior foretold by the prophecies. He came back with his foster-brother and best friend–Grayson.

Grayson Gellespie: Just a man who finds himself thrust into the role as the savior of a world he believed was nothing but an imaginative story. What does he do when he finds out it’s all real? How will he find the way to save them all?

Bailin Greer: Warrior of the Deepwoods Faerie, Bailin is tasked by the Lady to be the savior’s eyes behind enemy lines. What happens when the bad guy isn’t the enemy?

Alone they’ll fail. Together, their combined forces will have the power to forever change the world in which they live Three stories woven together to tell the beginning of the Gaean Prophecies. Apart from saving the world, our heroes have to fight for the right to be with their bond mates along the way.

CONTENT ADVISORY: As a serial novel, this story has a “to be continued” ending. Stay tuned for further adventures in BROKEN SERENITY, coming soon!

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Review: Jacob and Grayson have grown up together as foster brothers, with Jacob telling incredible tales to the younger Grayson. Now as adults, they live together and Grayson is still addicted to Jacob’s wonderful stories, but what happens when those stories seem to come to life? Jarkebb is Elven and was banished when he was young to find the one the prophesy spoke of, finally called back home he brings Grayson back with him hoping that Gray will be able to handle the truth. Grayson is human and awakes alone and thinks he is in an incredible dream and sets out to find the characters that Jacob spoke of, knowing that they will lead him back to his best friend, Grayson begins to unite the people of Gaea. Bailin is Faerie and finds himself with an important part to play in the prophesy; bring the leader of the enemy to Gray. Together they will bring together the people of Gaea and fight the evil who wishes to rule.

Oh what a brilliant fun story, I loved every second of it and can’t wait for the second installment! Grayson is a brilliant character who, for a long time, wished he was in a coma dreaming the world he finds himself in, when faced with reality he has already begun the journey that the prophesy speaks of. Jacob/Jarkebb loses his memory on the journey back to Gaea but luckily is found by his betrothed, unable to remember but knowing there is something he has to do. Bailin is reluctant in his task at first but finds something he didn’t think he ever would and embraces his task. All three of these characters are given their own little stories within this story, finding the ones they are meant to love.

I actually found this story to be the beginning of an epic adventure of the fantasy kind; it is filled with fantasy creatures that are arrogant, friendly, awkward, and brilliant. We meet many important characters who drag you into this wonderful story and take you away from reality. The storyline is actually a pretty simple one that is easy to follow, although we have different characters perspectives it is never confusing, it is very clear who we are following so we don’t get lost or dumped out of the story.

Grayson is a blast to follow, he has no qualms about riding roughshod over someone when it is needed, he couldn’t care less what race or species he is talking to, they all get treated the same. Jacob and Bailin both play their parts well and we see how they fit in but their parts aren’t as big as Gray’s, maybe we will see more of them in future books. While Gray is exceptional at getting people to work together he is terrible with his own love life, it takes a long time for him to accept who The Lady Gaea has bound him to, but he gets there in the end. Oh and a very special shout out for Misha, he was my favorite character and an absolute sweetheart.

So recommending this story is easy, especially if you love high fantasy, brilliant characters, an epic adventure, bringing people together, finding love and accepting it and an ending that lets you know there is plenty more adventure to come.

Family Connections by N.J. Nielsen

18690198Title: Family Connections

Series:   The Connelly Chronicles (I’m assuming)

Author: N J Nielsen

Genre: Contemporary

Length:   Novel (254 pages)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (October 18th, 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3.5 Hearts (Should really be two stories)

Reviewer:   Eli/Mandingo

Blurb: Thrown into circumstances beyond their imagining, Ray Connelly and Christopher ‘Viv’ Vivvens must step beyond their own lifestyles to survive the future. What started out with a small white lie and two men becomes more than either of them ever dreamed. 

Ray and Viv learn that love isn’t always what they expect but in learning to deal with the road ahead, they realise change can be so worthwhile as they become a family in the greatest sense. 

When an ex makes an appearance and tries to destroy their happily-ever-after, the guys need to find out if they have what it takes to beat the odds. With the help of family and friends, Ray and Viv fight their past demons to make their future even better than they ever thought possible.

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Review: Let me start with the point that this is a long story.  It is 451 pages and is much more than just a simple love story between two men. When it states that, it is the Connelly Chronicles, which is exactly what this is.  Ray and Viv meeting and falling in love is the tip of the iceberg.  There is a LOT of family in this book and readers should not for a minute lose track or they will be lost.  I suggest a pad and pencil to keep all the players straight (so to speak). I will admit to an initial confusion when first reading. My disorientation was due to the story moving backwards and forwards between Viv and Ray’s perspective in the beginning which was a tad confusing.  Novels in a single character’s voice are easier to follow; OR if using multiple voices, separate them by chapter or some other indicator, so that the reader is cued as to when the story will be in another character’s perspective.

So let’s summarize quickly then shall we. Viv is straight, or so he thinks and claims, and Ray has not come yet out the closet; but, they embark ‘fake’ relationship for reasons which I’ll allow the reader to explore. I experienced a believability issue here because both inexperienced men seemed too “okay” with the fake relationship, especially Viv, the straight man who can’t seem to keep his hands off the NOW newly out Ray.  Yeah, issue with believability here. But it’s cute and so I kept reading.  Ray is the super nice guy who allows the sexually oriented confused Viv to take advantage of the pretend boyfriend situation way too long. On the surface the pretend situation is cute until you realize that in Viv refusing to come out and admit his feelings for Ray, Ray is left in a situation where he’s marching to Ray’s tune.  That is not a nice thing to do to anyone – but for the sake of literary love, we accept that this is part of the courting game of the two men. Then we move to my second bout with suspended disbelief: there is a LOT of hot kissing and making out between these two man-love virgins but it never leads to sex. Really? There is no way two sexually active and aware men are going to be naked in bed and sex isn’t going to happen EVEN if one claims to be straight but is wrapped around the other like a spider monkey.  Men are basic – naked beside naked equals sex – Simple as that.

Finally we get to where Ray and Viv are in a “real” relationship and suddenly we throw in Viv’s ex trailer trash girlfriend who’s trying to create problems.  Now I cannot even understand how she’s still in the picture with criminal act she committed. Thankfully someone got a clue and the law finally caught up in the story when she aimed to commit the same crime twice.  By the time we wrap our brains around that, suddenly there are additional siblings, surrogate babies and families. Did I mention that it’s Ray’s ex and best friend who are the surrogates? The family confusion and cross-pollination friend dynamics I will leave to each reader to unravel, remember to keep the note pad handy; and, just be warned that even while there is an ‘ick’ and ‘squick’ quality to it all, it’s still sickeningly sweet. 

There is a LOT going on in this book. Quite frankly it’s enough for two books.  If this is a series, then the first book should have focused on Ray and Viv becoming a couple and then the second book on them becoming a family with all of the ensuing drama, especially since the second half of the book is written almost entirely from Ray’s perspective. There are several stories running concurrently but they all blend since the core of the second half of story is about Viv and Ray building the Connelly family. There appears to be a sequel to the story called Beautiful Goodbyes, which I’m sure will begin with the cliff-hanger left at the end of this book (no spoiler alert here); and continue to be about Viv and Ray continuing the Connelly empire and the large group of friends and allies they’ve developed.  The book is clearly a … saga.

The story has two distinctly different feels to it. The first half of the book is clearly the typical coming out story of two men who must find each other and their HEA. The second half of the book is what happens after the HEA when life happens and these men must manage some very fantastical situations. It felt a bit like I was living in a soap opera, with the number of over-the-top things which happen to this couple; yet through it all their love and family prevail. I have only one spoiler for readers: Think John and Kate plus 8. The whole story has an air of unbelievability to it, but its sweetness and the readers desire to see Ray and Viv together as they build this remarkable family make you forgive it and chalk it up to it being entertainment so realism can be tossed out the window.

A Moon-Runner Christmas by N. J. Nielsen

A Moon-Runner Christmas 400x600Title: A Moon-Runner Christmas

Author: N.J. Nielsen

Genre: Paranormal, Shifter, Christmas

Length: Novella (81pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (8th December 2012)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: When fate decides two people belong together, nothing can stand in its way. Liam Kantry and Carlo Bruenelli find themselves caught up in the madness of Christmas as they discover the meaning of being true heart-mates.

Liam Kantry wants to be with the man he has loved his whole life, yet incessant rumors and innuendos have labeled him the pack whore — a point he has never disputed.

Carlo Bruenelli is waiting for his heart-mate; he is one of those who believe that such a thing really does exist. In his heart he wants it to be his best friend, only Liam doesn’t believe in heart-mates. What will it take to change Liam’s mind?

Christmas is drawing near, and between snowball fights and the contract ceremony, Liam and Carlo find themselves caught up in the excitement and obsessing over what their future holds.

Are they true heart-mates? Will they forge a successful future or destroy two families?

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Review: Carlo is 21 now and old enough to take part in the mating ceremony. He has always secretly been in love with his best friend, Liam, but longs to find his heart-mate. Liam has been waiting for Carlo to reach mating age, but there are rumors floating around him that his brother, Marcus, has spread and Carlo doubts his intentions. As Christmas draws closer and family protest, can these two wolves find love and happiness?

This is an interesting story with a newish twist on shifters in the Moon-Runner pack that I hope we will see more of. Liam has waited for Carlo for two years. Now that Carlo is old enough to take part in the mating ceremony, Liam plans to make Carlo his. Carlo longs to find his heart-mate, but he also loves Liam, even though Liam seems to have slept with nearly everyone in the pack. But, Carlo soon discovers that not everything is as it seems. Together they discover the truth and then they are given a surprise that could change their lives forever.

Carlo and Liam are a sweet couple. Both of them secretly loving the other, but both unsure of how the other feels. Liam has a bit of an angst moment when he inadvertently comes out to his parents, but Liam gets help and support from them in his quest to make Carlo’s his. But, Carlo faces some hostility from his father before he makes his choice. I thought the storyline was very interesting and would love to discover more about the world they live in, and the pack laws and circumstances. finding out more about heart-mates and how people view them would be wonderful, because, like Liam I was confused as to why Cara did what she did.

I liked this story and was glad it wasn’t too angsty, even though there were instances where that could have happened. It was also nice to see Carlo working things out and not instantly believing Liam and really Liam should have put a stop to the rumors years before. Together they are a great couple who find more happiness than they ever thought they would. They were also really hot together and fun, as shown in the snowball fight.

I will recommend this to those who love shifters, finding true love, families making up and friends finding what they had lost, as well as a very sweet happy ending.




When Souls Collide by N. J. Nielsen

Title:  When Souls Collide

Series:  Lancaster’s Way 01 (Father’s Day 2012- 06)

Author:  N. J. Nielsen

Genre:   Contemporary

Length:  Novel

Publisher:  MLR Press (June 15, 2012)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts                                                                             

Blurb:   Question: What is the stupidest thing an openly gay man could do?

Answer: Move to Texas and marry a woman.

Tossed off the Golden Spur with nothing but the clothes he was wearing and his newborn son. Riley Stuart contemplates his life. He gave up everything he knew to come halfway around the world to find things don’t always work out like you planned. On her deathbed his wife outs him to her family — her very bigoted family.

Noah Johnson finds a naked man and infant in his barn. What are they doing there, and where did they come from? In the course of helping Riley get back on his feet somewhere along the way he felt their souls collide.

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Reviewer:   Portia

Review:  Riley is having a very bad day.  His wife’s body hasn’t even been laid to rest and her family has already decided that a gay son-in-law and a Eurasian grandson are not welcome in their home.  Without a backwards glance, Riley and his son, Kai, are dumped on the side of the road…in the rain to fend for themselves. Thousands of miles away from Riley’s native Australia, with fifty-seven dollars and some change and the clothes on their backs.

I really enjoyed When Souls Collide.  If you haven’t read any of N. J. Nielsen’s other titles, this might be a nice place to start.  She is obviously a firm believer in HEAs.  Riley is a real sweetie.  When his online friend finds herself pregnant, with a conservative family screaming that she have an abortion, he doesn’t hesitate to offer her marriage.  Unfortunately, there is no disguising Kai’s Asian heritage.  Even before Karen’s death, Riley’s life has been a living hell.  Winding up butt-naked in a barn is just par for the course.

Noah’s family is too cute, assuming that his gay guest is the answer to his pitiful love life.  Noah isn’t willing to believe that the hottie that he found is going to be interested in a relationship.  And even if he does, Riley is going home as soon as he can raise the funds…isn’t he?

I really enjoyed this Father’s Day read.  My only complaint is that Riley and Noah’s romance evolved really quickly.  Not the intimacy…I could have got on board for that, but the I love you forevers.  Not quite instalove…but pretty close.  Mind you, there are all kinds of crazy people in the town, trying to keep them apart…but, I still think Riley should have made Noah work a little harder. 😉

But, because Nielsen created such a great supporting cast, I choose to overlook that.  There are several cowboys that would make very nice leading men, if N. J. ever decides to revisit this corner of Texas.

I’m recommending When Souls Collide for readers who like lonely cowboys, sexy Aussies and sweet baby boys.