Galen by Toby Aden

Title: Galen

Series: Beyond the Veil 04

Author: Toby Aden

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Siren Publishing (July 26, 2017)

Length: Novella (107 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖 4 Hearts

Blurb: Galen is next in line for the throne of the Earth Kingdom. With father ready to relinquish the throne, Galen must be mated. His father had already arranged a mate for him to meet and bond with. However, Galen has done his utmost to forget about said arranged mating until his father leaves him no choice but to fetch his mate home.

Finc is the illegitimate son of a noble and a low born woman. The half-brother to Galen’s arranged fiancé. Life had not been kind to him at all since his birth. However, with his mother, at least he had known love of the motherly kind, for a time, but all good things never lasted for long, especially in his case, and his only refuge against his reality was his writing and his best friend, Jory. That was, until the day he met Galen and knew deep in his bones that this was his fated mate.

Having his fated mate be his half-brother’s fiancé was so far off what he expected, but how would they ever have an acceptable bond when Finc’s biological father, as well as his step-family, were not willing to have the half-brothers trade places?

ISBN: 978-1-64010-508-9

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

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Beyond the Veil collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characers, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

I have never really been a fan of books with the fae in them, or should I say where they are the main characters. Galen is to be the King of the Earth Kingdom, once his father steps down. He was to bond with someone of higher standing, but the moment he saw Finc well lets just say there are going to be some pissed off people.

Finc was the result of a highbred noble man and a very poor woman who was not like him. She showed Finc the love that a child needed, but his father took that life away from him. He was brought to the man’s home and now had a stepmother and half brother, neither really cared for him. He thought it would never change, that is until he saw his half-brothers intended mate. Sparks are sure to fly.

It is a tale that has been told over and over, just in different ways. There was nothing really unique to this story, other than the characters themselves. However it is a very entertaining tale that will have you smiling. I liked the touch of danger near the end of the story, but for me it was a fun little book. All in all, I hate to admit that this story really didn’t do anything for me. It didn’t catch my attention like it should have, but that is just my opinion for my desires of the book.

The characters however were the part that rocked. Their mixing was a bit strange, but I always liked Finc and Galen, and knew that they had a story to tell. I just wished it called to me a bit more then it did.

Billionaire Playboy 1 by Toby Aden

Title: Billionaire Playboy 1

Series: The Billionaire Playboy Trilogy 01

Author: Toby Aden

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (176 Pages)

Publisher: Leta Blake Books (November 23, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖 3 Hearts

Blurb: Xavier Fernando

“I never thought it possible to feel an attraction for anyone.”

I’m an artist and I have a new contract with The Golden Gallery. I’ve got best friends who get me and my jokes and a family who supports and loves me. What more could I possibly want or need? I have it all except, I just don’t know what it means to be in love. I’ve never experienced it nor been attracted to anyone in my life. I don’t think it’s a bad thing and despite the fact that most people prefer to slot me into the ace spectrum, I don’t necessarily see myself in that category. I am happy the way I am, content even or at least, I tell myself that, shoving away the idea that there’s something wrong with me.

Andre Tomasine

“I never thought I’d ever be attracted to a man.”

You probably know me as the Billionaire Playboy. I come from generations of old money and started my first business venture at age nineteen. The Golden Gallery was my baby and I watched it grow into a huge success all over the world. The first time I set eyes on Xavier Fernando, my world was rocked and turned upside down. I couldn’t get him out of my mind and I tried to write it off as being impressed by his genius skills as an artist. It worked too until we bumped into each other again, literally, and the same heady feeling came over me. In an attempt to understand why I was feeling this way, I decided to get closer to Xavier, and to know the man behind the art.

ISBN: 9781370360772

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I have read many paranormal stories that this author has written but never a contemporary. So I was wanting to know what her writing would be like on this side of the coin. However I am not really sure what to say.

Xavier is a college student and an artist. He has had a showing at school and someone from a art gallery just happened to see his work. Talk about a shock to the system. He also doesn’t seem to date mch, that is till that perfect man shows up. Weird, because he never really was attracted to any one before.

Andre is the owner of the Golden Gallery and has found a new artist to show off. When he mets said artist, it is he who wants to show him off. His world has been rocked and by a guy no less. Things heat up, let it slide, and a second meeting has the same fire lit.

Now I am not one for a ladies man who has his head turned by a guy and then well you can guess. To cliche for me. This story was very dry, very drawn out and just didn’t keep my attention like it should have. Slow burn is not exactly covering it I guess. What is more, there is a cliffhanger. Which tells me this is one of the stories that is all about the same two characters, which is a little boring in my eyes. There is no spice up, but I guess we will have to wait and see what book two will be like.

As for right this moment, this book did nothing for me. Way to long, way to dragged out and just didn’t do anything but drag me along. Very, very slow moving plot is what you get with the story. Now as for the guys, well they are super cute and normal. The guys are definitely going to have to put on a show to get me going. This story just did not flow like it should have. The author shows that her knowledge of certain things were not researched properly. It had potential but was not executed right. To much extra stuffing added in to make the book so long as well.

This book does not make me want to read the second book, however as first books go, I will always see if the next book gets better. I just wished to be shaked up a bit more, but I wasn’t. To bad the guys were adorable. Now if only the title had some imagination used on it.

Forever My Love by Toby Aden

Toby Aden - Forever My Love CoverTitle: Forever My Love

Series: The Melrose Coven  #3

Author: Toby Aden

Genre: Paranormal

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (April 20, 2017)

Length: Novella (187 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Alistair Costanova never thought he’d have a second chance at love until Sam Hayes blows into town and turns his world upside down. Shock sends him running away from the man wearing the face of his dead lover from several centuries ago, but circumstances and attractions keep drawing them closer.

Sam Hayes is a very complicated man. Impulsive and a total slut, but he has some measure of depth to him. He’s a man with several layers and a deeply buried secret only a select few in his family line know about. A born wizard, Sam had no choice but to keep that part of himself separate from his public life among humans, even his best friend Dorian. Moving to Melrose Town was supposed to be an adventure and a new start for Sam. Nothing had prepared him to be surrounded by a town full of vampires, but a quick adjustment was in order, especially since witches stayed neutral from every other species.

Meeting Alistair sparks his interest and the aloof man brings out emotions he’d never felt before. For Alistair, staying away from Sam is more work than he thought possible, even if he needed to stay away for the man’s own good. But with the increasing problem of made vampires and these two fighting the emotions they feel for each other, who will succumb first?

ISBN: 978-1-64010-285-9

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Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in The Melrose Coven collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. There is nothing better than a good paranormal romance with two gorgeous men involved.  

I love the way this author can put together a book that not only fascinates you but draws you in. I had a blast reading this and look forward to reading more by this amazing author. This is one of those types that even after you have read the whole book you just want to go back and read it again.   

Many years ago Alistair’s mate had been murdered right along with his baby brother.  He got his revenge, but he was now alone.  He left his position of a noble person and went to work with for the king of their people.  He had not expected to find another mate, one that was identical to the man he loved.  So what does his dumbass do, he runs.  Now Sam is a sweetie, but he does have his own secrets to hide.  When he went to see a friend, who was like a brother to him, he had not expected to be surrounded by vampires.  Going to shock Dorian when he finds out that Sam does know what they are that is for sure.  He just had not expected to find a sexy vampire of his own, now all he has to do is bide his time.  Either that or kick the man’s ass.  If you really want to know, pick up the book.

I love how it has that serious tone to it but there is so much humor in it that your attention is captivated throughout it all. I loved the cover and that was what caught my attention first.  The characters are beautifully written with big hearts, however if you cross them, they have no problem putting you down. They will protect their mates with their entire lives. I had a blast reading this story.

This story is perfect for when you are trying to take a break or when you just need the sun to shine for you. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. It also gave me everything I could want in a book. I can honestly tell you that this is going to be one of those types of series. One that I will have to read over and over.

I love the way all the feelings they felt was involved in this story. It was the perfect story for me and I loved it. I can’t wait to read the next story.