TCS: The Studio by Mike E. Galloway Book Blast & Excerpt!

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Hi guys, we have Mike E. Galloway stopping by with his latest release TCS: The Studio, we have a great excerpt so check out the post and enjoy! ❤ ~Pixie~

TCS: The Studio

(Tribal Culture Studio 01)

Mike E. Galloway

Jason Gelardi is a college dropout who wants the perfect life and the perfect boyfriend. With a knack for photography, he establishes Tribal Culture Studio, a modeling agency in San Diego, and hires several hot guys to be models for him. Over the course of his career, he works with a charming surfer, a mechanical engineering graduate student, and a rising water polo athlete, among others.

TCS: The Studio is a coming-of-age experience for Jason as he learns responsibility and self-reliance. Find out which of the lucky studs he ends up with, and how successful he becomes at not only love, but in business.

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The Nerd and the Prince by B.G. Thomas

Title: The Nerd and the Prince

Series: Small-Town Dreams 01 / Dreamspun Desires 66

Author: BG Thomas

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (264 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (18 September 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Prince Charming is the man next door.

Small-town business owner Jason Brewster has big dreams: world travel, adventure, and most of all, a passionate romance worthy of a fairy tale. But he doesn’t believe fantasies can come true….

Until Adam moves in next door.

He’s handsome, cultured, European, and best of all, interested in Jason. It’s like something out of the stories Jason loves.

But Adam—whose real name is Amadeo Montefalcone—has a secret. He’s royalty, prince of the small country of Monterosia. Only he doesn’t want to rule, and especially doesn’t want the loveless marriage waiting for him at home. So he ran away in search of true love. With a man. And with Jason, he finds it.

But Adam can’t run forever. The truth will come out. If Jason can forgive Adam’s deception, they might find their happily ever after.

ISBN: 978-1-64080-531-6

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: The Nerd and The Prince by BG Thomas a proper fairytale, royal romance type story that is probably more than a few people’s guilty pleasure. This was the first time I’ve read anything by Thomas and I have to say I found his writing style very pleasing and easy to get into. This story was a lot of fun. Unlike some other stories, he did the drama and secret keeping thing without making it explode to provide more, and probably, unnecessary drama. The Prince knew he was falling in love and that he had to tell his nerd the truth and I liked how this all went down. It was a very refreshing change.

The story is simple enough. Prince Amadeo Montefalcone of Monterosia, a relatively unknown European principality, decides to run away so he can live a normal life, at least for a little, as an out gay man instead on being forced into marriage with a woman. The principality itself is fictional, but the town that Amadeo tell people he is from, Trieste, is near the Italian/Slovenian border. He runs away to small town America and becomes Adam, a cultured Italian man looking to experience a bit of the US. Then Adam meets his neighbor, the owner of a small book store and café/diner, who dreams of one day travelling the world and falling head over heals for his prince charming. The two guys have chemistry, there is no doubt of that, but there is, naturally, the obstacle of the whole gay prince thing and said prince not telling anyone his real identity as he falls in love.

The Nerd and the Prince is a totally sweet and fluffy story. It was fun just to unwind with, a true romantic story. I can’t wait to see what else BG Thomas has in store for us in this series.

Swann’s Revenge by Shira Anthony ~ Audio Review

Title: Swann’s Revenge

Series: Dreamspun Desires 51

Author: Shira Anthony

Narrator: Peter B Brooke

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 5 hrs, 20 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (23rd March 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Can a swan make peace with his ugly duckling past?

Chubby geek Jimmy Zebulon’s heart broke the day his high school crush, Danny Parker, looked on as his teammates tormented Jimmy. Fifteen years later, Jimmy is long gone, and from his ashes has risen Graham Swann, a movie-star-handsome law firm owner. Graham thinks Jimmy and his past are long forgotten – until attorney Dan Parker shows up for his first day of work.

Getting injured playing college ball was the best thing that ever happened to Dan. It turned his future in a better direction and allowed him to emerge from the closet that trapped him.

Graham wants to believe his childhood dream can come true, but he can’t bring himself to tell Dan who he really is – and their pasts might ruin any chance for a happily ever after….

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I approached this audio book with a little trepidation. Actually, make that a lot of trepidation.

I’ve recently had a rather, shall I say, mediocre experience with both author and narrator. Shira Anthony is a relatively new author for me, I’ve now enjoyed two out of three books I’ve reviewed. Likewise, for Peter B Brooke, I can’t remember the number, but I had one not so good experience and a few pleasant ones. And so, I cheated. I started to read the eBook to see how I would go before getting the audio. I am very pleased to say I was quite happy – with both the story and the narration.

Swann’s Revenge is very much an ugly duckling type tale. Graham Swann reinvented himself from the pudgy geek, Jimmy Zebulon, after a horrific time in high school. He had a massive crush on one of the star jocks, Dan Parker. But Dan had always stood and did nothing as Jimmy experienced merciless bullying from Dan’s team mates.

Now fifteen years later, Graham (Jimmy) has come a long way and turned his life around completely. It was so good to see that humiliated and bullied teen become such an awesome guy – sort of an F you to all bullies. He lost the excess weight, looks after himself well, has got a career that he has worked hard for and is insanely successful as the owner of law firm.

Things take a strange turn when Graham hires a new guy, who happens to be his high school crush, Dan Parker. Things have not entirely worked out well for Dan in some ways, an injury ended hopes of becoming a profession sportsman. However, the direct his life and career since took him has been nothing but great for Dan. Meeting his new boss, Dan is enchanted by the handsome man and is ready to do anything to take down his defenses and start something romantic. Dan doesn’t realize at all that Graham Swann is the kid he knew as Jimmy Zebulon – I mean, fifteen years later, he wouldn’t. But Graham has deep running scars from his time in high school and so Dan’s pursuit of the sexy guy is hampered without Dan realizing.

This is a super sweet book with a lot of heart. This is about redemption, getting over the past and finding (or rediscovering) love. That is exactly what I love about this story because the plot could have so easily become a horrible revenge story, but thankfully that didn’t happen. Dan also has a cute kid called Lacey and that was just the icing on the cake. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable and light-hearted read.

Shot to the heart by Hannah Walker

Title: Shot to the Heart

Author: Hannah Walker

Genre: Paranormal, Angels

Length: Novel (230pgs)

Publisher: Hannah Walker (August 29, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥  3.75 Hearts

Blurb: Noah is a happy-go-lucky cupid who loves using his dust to bring love to the people of Earth. Not as serious as using a golden arrow, the dust helps people find love and happiness, without them being soulmates. Noah figures everyone should have a shot at love, whether it lasts forever or not. He’s prepared to take chances, pairing people together that no one else would ever contemplate. Other Cupids consider him a risk to everything they stand for and he finds himself isolated, alone, and the target of their wrath.

Caleb, Head of the Cupids, hears the rumors about Noah, and vows to find out whether there is any truth to them. What he doesn’t expect is to find himself having feelings for Noah, feelings he tries to avoid at all costs.

When Noah’s life deteriorates, he finds himself surrounded by those he least expects— Gods and Goddesses. He turns to the one person he instinctively knows he can trust— Aphrodite. Going out with her on scroll runs— pairing soul mates together with golden arrows— he starts to find the confidence to believe in himself. When revelations and accusations swarm around Cupid Headquarters, he needs to learn who he can put his faith in, and who he needs to avoid.

As both Noah and Caleb battle their own fears and insecurities, they must decide whether to take a leap of faith and risk it all for love..


Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Noah and Caleb are cupids but Noah is the rebel of them using his dust to create matches between people no one else would. After finding out what Noah is doing Caleb takes him under his wing to help him. I liked the idea of this story but I really did not get a feel for these two as a couple.

They hardly interacted and at times their scenes together seemed thrown in to the story. I did like that Noah had help from gods and goddesses with his insecurities as well as what was expected of him as a cupid. I would have loved this story better if Noah and Caleb had actually talked to each other more than they did.

Aside from that it was an interesting read with some conflict from the other cupids with Noah. Good read.

Darcy by R.J. Scott & Meredith Russell

Title: Darcy

Series: Boyfriend for Hire 01

Author: R.J. Scott & Meredith Russell

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Contemporary

Length: Novella (144pgs)

Publisher: Lane Books Limited (September 10, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Darcy’s newest assignment is boyfriend to a wealthy socialite, he never expected the intense attraction to his date’s brother. Falling for Adrian is dangerous, and certainly not part of the plan.

Adrian has been as unlucky in love as his sister, but even he doesn’t approve of hiring a boyfriend, whatever the reason. Until he meets Darcy. Then he comes to realize that love can happen in the most unexpected of ways.

One week. That is all the two men need to fall in lust, but will they have a lifetime to fall in love?

ISBN: 978-1-78564-1398

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Adrian’s sister has lost her mind. Lets not forget that family equals lots of drama. His sister, Abby is worried about her funding. Funding that is given to her by her cousin’s husband. To bad the cousin is crazy as hell. So when another cousin is getting married, Abby has decided she needs to hire someone to play her boyfriend. A play boyfriend that Adrian wants to bag.

After Darcy was injured in the war, he decided that he liked to pretend to be a boyfriend for those who needed one. There is just one minor detail, he is gay. So here he is pretending to be Abby’s boyfriend and wanting her brother. A tangled web if you think about it.

There was only one part of this book that I hated, but it had to do with Darcy his love for his job. That and the fact that Adrian is just okay with it. Other than that this is one funny ass book. The characters were quirky and very charming. The story was engaging and entertaining, perfect for that mid day break. It caught my attention from the start and kept it to the end. I spent most of my time laughing.

I had a blast reading this and can’t wait to see what other stories these authors come up with. I would definitely recommend it.

Blood of the Wolf by Holly Evans

Title: Blood of the Wolf

Series: Forged in Blood 01

Author: Holly Evans

Genre: Fantasy, Werewolves & Shifters, Witches & Wizards

Length: Novella (174pgs)

Publisher: Chaos Fox (March 22, 2018

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Eight years ago, my world changed. Little did I know the rest of the world had changed with me.

My name’s Niko, and I’m a made wolf shifter. Eight years ago, I endured a blood ritual that took me from a pretty normal guy and turned me into what I am today. Ever since then, I’ve been looking for ways to make the world a better place. I want to save people, to make sure they never suffer like I did.

Someone has been murdering born wolf shifters and using them in brutal rituals. I was given the opportunity to stop them and save lives. I leapt at the chance to make a real difference, but of course it came with a catch. I have to work with a Guardian, one of the goddess’s chosen wolves. On one hand, he’s everything I look for in a man. On the other, if he finds out who and what I am, then death will be a sweet release from the torture I’ll endure.

I have no choice but to hope the goddess is on my side as I rush to save the lives of the born wolf shifters, all the while praying I don’t lose my own life in the process.


Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Niko is a made wolf. Made wolves are considered abominations and hunters are dead set on killing them all. Niko has been partnered with Guardian Alasdair. They two are investigating ritualistic killings of wolves. As the investigation intensifies the clues point to someone who wants the shadow gods favor.

Niko does not know a lot about what all he can do but is terrified of his partner finding out he has shadow magic and so it keeps it tightly bound. Allies are formed and Alasdair and Niko learn to begin trusting one another. This is a journey of Niko finding acceptance and learning to trust others.

The killer is a nasty piece of work. The rituals are brutal in how the bodies are found. I really enjoyed the story plot and the characters. I hope to read more about Grayson, the council and others as they series continues.

Great read.

The Hunt by J.M. Dabney and Davidson King

Title: The Hunt

Author: J.M. Dabney and Davidson King

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Crime, Contemporary

Length: Novel (218 Pages)

Publisher: Hostile Whispers Press, LLC. (September 15, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Disgraced detective turned private investigator, Ray Clancy, left the force with a case unsolved. Finding the killer was no longer his problem, but it still haunted him. How long would he survive the frustration of not knowing before he gave into the compulsion of his nature to solve the crime?

Server, Andrew Shay, existed where he didn’t feel he belonged, living behind the guise of a costume. Yet it paid the bills, and he refused to complain about the little things in life. One night he returned home from work to find his roommate dead and the killer still there. Afraid and alone, his life spiraled and he didn’t know what to do. Could a detective at his core and a scared young man join forces to bring down the killer in their midst?


Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Ray has led a very colorful life. When he was younger he was running numbers for a bookie and delivering strange packages. Then he was given a choice police academy or prison after he was caught one time. So for over twenty years he was one hell of a damn good cop or should I say detective. There is one thing all cops have going, they never want to leave a case unsolved. However he was framed and lost the one job he loved. Now as a private detective, he was leading a very boring life. That is until Andy called him for help. It would seem his coldcase was not so cold.

Andy was a sweet young man who didn’t have a lot of things going for him. He had been thrown into being a server at his job and basically it was all work and no play. Then he walked in to his roommate and best friend being murdered. Now he was the target and he needed help.

The first thing I am going to say about this book is it is creepy. It has a very dark tone to it and a budding romance going on. I am not really a fan of long drawn out stories but this one was a shocking surprise. What was more surprising was I had never read any books by these two authors but if their work is like this particular book then I could see myself reading more by them. I enjoyed the characters quite a bit but I will admit that I didn’t care for Ray like I should have. Although they have chemistry that is off the charts, it was still a bit odd. Which was OK because the story itself was focused on the actual crime for once. That was what made this story rock for me. It was the danger, excitement, suspense, murder and a little bit of romance in it.

I will admit that the cover of the book was quite creepy also. I would have added horror to this book. I enjoyed it quite a bit and would definitely recommend it.

Guarding His Melody by Victoria Sue

Title: Guarding His Melody

Series: Enhanced World Standalones

Author: Victoria Sue

Genre: Other Paranormal, Science Fiction

Length: Novel (200pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 25, 2018)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 1/2 Hearts

Blurb: Deaf since childhood, Sebastian Armitage had a promising musical future until his dreams were shattered when he transformed at twelve years old. In a world where enhanced humans are terrorized and imprisoned, his life shrinks around him even more as he suffers the torment of his father’s experimental research to enable him to hear.

Gray Darling—struggling with the scars left by his experience in Afghanistan—agrees to provide short-term personal protection when anonymous threats escalate into assault on those closest to Seb.

As the lines between protection and attraction blur, Gray and Seb can’t ignore the intense feelings drawing them together. But secrets and betrayals might prove deadly, unless Gray is willing to risk it all. And Seb must find the strength to make his own future and sing his own song….

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-799-0

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Gray is hired to protect Sebastian. What starts out as job slowly turns into something more. Sebastian’s enhanced power was stunning to witness. I loved the slow burn between the two as the story progressed.

This story is not as intense as the other stories in the enhanced series but it still packs a punch. Seb is self conscience and reclusive. He doesn’t trust anyone. The experiments he is put through are mind boggling. I admit I felt his dad was extremely unemotional to the wants of Seb.

My heart went out to Seb as he struggled for his independence against family and a system that gives enhanced no rights. Gray was a rock for Seb when he needed it the most.

Great read.

Wading with an Octopus by Charlie Richards

Title: Wading with an Octopus

Series: Beneath Aquatica’s Waves 04

Author: Charlie Richards

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Short Story (77 Pages)

Publisher: eXtasy Books (August 31, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: World of Aquatic: A day that starts like any other takes a sideways turn when a detective discovers that humans aren’t alone in the world.

Over two weeks before, Detective Grisham Canton arrested the wrong guy–Solomon Lynch. It wasn’t the first time it’d happened and probably wouldn’t be the last. What made it stand out, however, was the stranger who’d been with Solomon. Grisham didn’t know his name, but the memory of his lean, sexy body, wide dark eyes, and distinctive black and red hair invaded his dreams. Waking with a hard on was quickly getting old. Grisham heads to World of Aquatica, hoping to discover the identity of the stranger. When Grisham meets Cuzco Judson, the attraction is even more intense than his dreams. After a hot night with the man, Grisham learns a few secrets that turn his life upside down. Cuzco is an octopus shifter and believes Grisham is his mate. As Grisham is drawn into Cuzco’s world–where paranormals will do just about anything to keep their anonymity–will he mentally be able to reconcile that the world isn’t black and white, right and wrong, or will the desire to walk away be too much temptation?

ISBN: 978-1-4874-2106-9

Product Link: eXtasy Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Beneath Aquatica’s Waves collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

Grisham is about to get his eyes opened wide. He was the arresting officer for Solomon, although it turned out he was the wrong man. He coud not forget the sexy man that was wit Solomon and he was determined to find out. He just hadn’t expected to find out that his sexy man was a shifter.

Cuzco is a very cute octopus shifter. I would definitely love to come across one of his kind. He has found his mate. And things might be looking up, well as soon as they figure out who the bad guy is.

As always Charlie has given us a story that rocks. I admit that she is the only author who has given me a story about aquatic shifters that I find fascinating. Usually they are not the kind of shifters I like to read about. You get excitement, suspense, danger and some hot sexy times in these books. As always my attention was caught from the beginning and kept all the way to the end. This story gave me everything I could possibly want in a story and so much more.

I would definitely recommend this book and I can’t wait for the next one to come out.

Ebb and Flow by Andrew Grey ~ Audio Review

Title: Ebb and Flow

Series: Love’s Charter 02

Author: Andrew Grey

Narrator: Greg Tremblay

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 5 hrs, 48 hrs

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (18th October 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts 

Blurb: To achieve happiness, they’ll have to find the courage to be their own men.

As first mate on a charter fishing boat, Billy Ray meets a lot of people, but not one of them has made him as uncomfortable as Skippy—because he’s drawn to Skippy as surely as the moon pulls the tides, and he’s almost as powerless to resist. Billy Ray has spent his life denying who he is to avoid the wrath of his religious father, and he can’t allow anyone to see through his carefully built façade.

Skippy is only in town on business and will have to return to Boston once he’s through. After all, his father has certain expectations, and him staying in Florida is not one of them. But he doesn’t count on Billy Ray capturing his attention and touching his heart.

Billy Ray doesn’t realize just how much he and Skippy have in common, though. They’re both living to please their fathers instead of following their own dreams—a fact that becomes painfully obvious when they get to know each other and realize how much joy they’ve denied themselves. While they can’t change the past, they can begin a future together and make up for lost time—as long as they’re willing to face the consequences of charting their own course.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Ebb and Flow is the sequel to Andrew Grey’s Setting the Hook, the first two book in Love’s Charter series. Although this story is about a different couple’s courtship I recommend going back to listen to the first book, Setting the Hook, first to get a feel for the world, characters and overarching themes. One of the more fun aspects is that we get to catch up with the lives of William and Mike who we met in Setting the Hook. Those two guys have wonderful chemistry.

That said, Billy Ray (I know, sounds so hillbilly) and Skippy, the MCs of Ebb and Flow, also have wonderful chemistry. There is a lot of uncertainty on both sides and a boat load of emotion, but these guys work together so well, they have hot chemistry and they are just so damn sweet together.
Billy Ray is first mate to Bubba on a fishing charter boat (FYI and totally not a spoiler, Bubba got a promotion at the end of Setting the Hook). Billy Ray is stuck in a bad situation that he cannot help – his father is a small town preacher who is all about fire and brimstone. His father is over bearing, not only to his son but also to the locals (though no idea what the locals feel about that), and Billy Ray is resigned to the fact that no matter how hard he tries he will never meet his father’s lofty expectations.

On a charter, Billy Ray is drawn to Skippy (aka Harcourt Anson III, so snobby!). Skippy is in town from Boston for business, but he wants to make it fun. As a partner of his father’s law firm, his father works him all hours to the point of exhaustion and having zero time an actual life. And so we start, with instant sparks of attraction, the story of two guys unfortunately has to deal with the pressure of trying to please their impossible (and homophobic) fathers.

There is some slow burn and maybe some low key angst as Billy Ray and Skippy wallow in unrequited love. The guys are both worried about what would happen if they even thought of making a life together. Both of them expect retribution from their fathers, they do occur in different circumstances but overall, the story line for Billy Ray and Skippy is the same. Nonetheless, it was a joy to listen to them as they overcame their individual obstacles. I think that shared element both enhanced the story for me.

Greg Tremblay has done a tremendous job narrating both books in this series. His tone had me ensnared from the start. He conveyed the turbulent emotion of these troubled men so damn well.

For lovers of Andrew Grey, this story is another fantastic reason to love the man’s writing. If you started with Setting the Hook, you’re going to love Ebb and Flow. For me listening to the audio has enhanced the whole experience and enjoyment of this series for me.

The Hunt by J.M. Dabney & Davidson King Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have J.M. Dabney & Davidson King stopping by today with the tour for their new release The Hunt, we have a great new excerpt, a fantastic $10 Amazon GC giveaway and Lisa’s review so check out the post and enter the giveaway!  ❤ ~Pixie~

The Hunt


J.M. Dabney & Davidson King

Disgraced detective turned private investigator, Ray Clancy, left the force with a case unsolved. Finding the killer was no longer his problem, but it still haunted him. How long would he survive the frustration of not knowing before he gave into the compulsion of his nature to solve the crime?

Server, Andrew Shay, existed where he didn’t feel he belonged, living behind the guise of a costume. Yet it paid the bills, and he refused to complain about the little things in life. One night he returned home from work to find his roommate dead and the killer still there. Afraid and alone, his life spiraled and he didn’t know what to do. Could a detective at his core and a scared young man join forces to bring down the killer in their midst?

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Lucky by Garrett Leigh Blog Tour & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Garrett Leigh popping in today with the tour for her new release Lucky, we have a brilliant giveaway so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~ p.s. keep an eye out for the review coming soon!



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Dominic Ramos is a Premiership football player with a secret. There are no trophies for being gay in his game. Locked into his rep as the meanest defender on the pitch, keeping his secret is soul-crushing, but love has no place in his sport, even if his soft heart craves it.

Lucky Coleman is on his knees when he meets a man with more money than sense. It’s a Grindr hook-up for cash, not a love match, but dreaming of his desperate, kind eyes earns a place amongst his numerous bad habits.

Meeting once was risky, twice pushes Dom’s courage to the limit. Losing Lucky seems inevitable, but his tight grip on his image counts for nothing when Lucky starts to fall.

Catching him could cost Dom everything, but if he can set his heart free, getting Lucky long term might be a risk worth taking.

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About Garrett!

Garrett Leigh logoGarrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.

Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.

When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.

Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at, and co-owns the specialist stock site with photographer Dan Burgess.

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Prelude to Love by Anne Barwell by Audio Review

Title: Prelude to Love

Series: Dreamspun Desires 49

Author: Anne Barwell

Narrator: Andrew McFerrin

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 6 hrs, 35 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (18th March 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥️♥️♥️ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Music speaks directly to the heart.

Two very different men face turning points in their lives after the collapse of long-term relationships….

Joel is a music teacher who knows it’s time to forget his ex and move on, while Marcus runs a lawn-mowing business and has come to Wellington to escape the reminders of a recent breakup. Although they’re opposites, when Joel and Marcus connect, their romance has the potential to hit all the right notes.

Too bad neither of them feels ready for new love.

With family and friends in common, dating is risky – things could get messy if it doesn’t work out. The sweet song of possibility draws them to each other, though, and they share a kiss following a Chopin prelude. But it will take some practice and perseverance to find their perfect harmony….

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: First off, I need to start with saying that I was torn with this review. I wanted to rate it 4, but knew that it really didn’t sit on par with other books I’ve rated 4, and while I also contemplated 3.5, in the end I settled on a 3/5 for this book.

The story is a sweet romance between high school music teacher, Joel, and home handyman/landscaper, Marcus. Joel has had a difficult life his family since coming out of the closet, but he has a couple of friends who became his adopted family. In fact, Marcus is brother to Joel’s best friend. They are both coming out of disastrous long-term relationships, Marcus has completely relocated to be closer to his sister, brother in law and niece. The two become friends but with a little help from their friends they discover the possibility of more between them. All this is happening around a large school concert Joel must orchestrate (pun intended) to raise funds.

Joel is a passionate musician and teacher and probably a bit stubborn, he is so easy to connect and relate too. I’m not sure I connected quite so well with Marcus, but he is also very likable. From the start, the two men together have a quiet but strong chemistry and are obviously going to find their way together.

Prelude to Love is part of the Dreamspun Desires line. It’s super sweet and has not a lot of over the top drama or angst and has a perfect little HEA for the two MCs. Written by Anne Barwell, who is a new author to me, I did enjoy the flow and writing style of the story as well. I just think the sweetness with not a lot of drama made this less exciting but perfect for the romantics out there.

Likewise, the narration by Andrew McFerrin was also quite good, although I cannot say it is the best that I’ve heard from McFerrin in the past. I think partly this is to do with the lack of proper drama in the book, but it still works. I particularly liked McFerrin’s ability to give each character, there are quite a few, their own unique voices. The only criticism I have about the narration was sometimes the accent would drift from New Zealand to Australian to South African and it did annoy me a bit.

However, being Aussie, I just have to accept the fact that many narrators will oscillate between these three accents quite often in audios.

Chasing Thunderbird by j. leigh bailey

Title: Chasing Thunderbird

Series: Shifter U 02 / Dreamspun Beyond 13

Author: j. leigh bailey

Genre: Paranormal, Shape shifters

Length: Novel (223 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (6th February 2018)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 4 Hearts

Blurb: A legendary love.

Ornithology professor Simon Coleman’s reputation is at risk, and the only way to save his name is to prove thunderbirds are more than creatures of Native American myth. Grad student and part-time barista Ford Whitney has a lot on his plate, but it’s also his duty to make sure the resident bird nerd doesn’t discover shape-shifters—like himself—live on campus.

When a series of incidents related to Simon’s search put him in harm’s way, Ford’s instincts kick in, and they become closer than is strictly proper for student and teacher. Ford is forced to reveal his secrets to Simon, and their relationship is put to the test—Simon must choose between salvaging his reputation and protecting the man who protected him….

ISBN: 978-1-64080-112-7

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: After listening to the audio book of the first installment of j, leigh bailey’s Shifter U series, I decided to get onto the next 2 books quick smart, ‘cos that just how I roll. Anyway, I was really looking forward to this because the world of the first book was fun and was interested in seeing one of my favourite secondary characters find his own HEA. Although this is a series, after reading all three books, I believe that these books can work either as a standalone or reading in order. I just prefer to read things in order.

The Thunderbird in question is Ford Whitney. He played the role of best friend to one of the MCs in the first book Stalking Buffalo Bill, and I was quite happy that we were able to meet up with the coyote and buffalo shifters a few times in this book. Ford is a barista at Buddy’s, a café located near the Cody College where Ford is doing his masters in bird migration (as a person with a PhD I appreciated the way that Ford was not made into a nerd with a one-track mind, which is something that really bugs me about academics, etc. in books).

Ford is then assigned to be the TA for the newest ornithology professor, and only human on staff in the biology school, Simon Coleman. The attraction between the guys is instant and the chemistry is off the charts. Yet Ford has been assigned the difficult task of ensuring that Simon does not question anything about the oddities that occur around the college due to shifter activity.

Both guys have a lot of baggage. Ford obviously is trying to protect the secrets of shifters, looking after some of the younger bird shifter students, and protecting the most important secret, that his family are Thunderbirds. Thunderbirds have been hunted almost to the point of extinction and on top of that they aren’t your ordinary run of the mill shape shifters either. Whereas Simon is completely human but comes from a family whose reputation has been discredited in the past because his grandfather and great-grandfather are certain that Thunderbirds exist. However, this belief and ongoing investigation, is not only putting him on the radar of the shape shifters, but also on the radar of the bad guys.

Chasing Thunderbird is a rather fun book and I found myself able to relate to the emotions and baggage of both MCs, although both are very different and quite often at cross purposes. I highly recommend reading this book and series to anyone who loves a good shifter tale.

Diving with a Hammerhead by Charlie Richards

Title: Diving with a Hammerhead

Series: Beneath Aquatica’s Waves 03

Author: Charlie Richards

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Short Story (78 Pages)

Publisher: eXtasy Books (February 16, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: World of Aquatica: A single choice to do the right thing sends one ex-soldier’s life spiraling out of control.

Solomon Lynch figured his decision to help his boss’s son escape from under his dominating thumb would cost him his job. Instead, it nearly costs him his life. He’s jumped and beaten in an alley, but Solomon has no delusion about who sent the men. He only lives because his ropes weren’t tied tight enough, and he manages to escape the cinderblock that was meant to send him swimming with the fishes. He doesn’t remember much after that, but rousing in an unfamiliar place is a mixed blessing. Doctor Anthony Keller is hawt! Solomon realizes instantly that the doc returns his attraction, but his instincts tell him that Anthony is hiding something. Besides that, how can he drag the handsome man into his screwed up life, a life that could be cut short any minute by a vindictive rich guy?

ISBN: 978-1-4874-1886-1

Product Link: eXtasy Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Beneath Aquatica’s Waves collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

Solomon lost his family at the age of eighteen, joined the military for a few years and then went to work as a guard for a very rich asshat. He was definitely not happy there so when the asshat’s son wanted to run, he let him. It got him fired and almost killed, only to be saved by one hell of a sexy man. A sexy man that claimed to be a shape shifting hammerhead shark.

Anthony was just swimming along when he smelled blood. As a shark you can imagine what he was thinking, only to find out that the man was his mate. A mate that someone had tried to kill.

Once again Charlie has not disappointed me. This story caught my attention and kept it there all the way to the end. I can guarantee that this is one of those stories that will be read more than once. So much so that I am going to go back and read the whole series again. This book gave me everything from danger, excitement, suspense and some hot sexy times.

I had a blast reading this and can not wait to get my hands on the next book. I would definitely recommend this book and the rest of the series.

Ever Decreasing Circles by Jools Louise

Title: Ever Decreasing Circles

Series: Spirit of Sage 15

Author: Jools Louise

Genre: Ménage, Paranormal

Length: Novella (100pgs)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: After months of keeping his mates at arm’s length, Trash is ready to reel them in. The two lion shifters, Brody and Tobias, former bikers, and now sheriff’s deputies, are double trouble. But if they promise to behave themselves, he’s more than happy to accommodate that sexy glint in their eyes. The pair are ecstatic that their little wolverine shifter has forgiven them for coming on too strong, and they don’t want to ruin things. Trash is a treasure worth keeping. Their nemesis, Flashpoint, led by a former presidential aide, cause carnage—again. Sage finds itself under a multi-pronged attack, with the college, town, and ranch assaulted by an angry mob of shifter haters. Trash and his mates are caught right in the middle when a bomb is detonated right after Trash’s cookery course at the college, trapping them. Sage is weary the unwarranted anger against them. When will it end? Will love prevail?

ISBN: 978-1-64243-357-9

Product Link: Siren-BookStrand

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Flashpoint is at it again with simultaneous attacks against the residence’ of Sage and surrounding areas. Things are brutal and some are left injured or dead in the wake of the attacks. Some that participated are captured. John’s son Murray is badly hurt.

Trash finally reels in his lion shifter mates Brody and Tobias after they come on to strong and Trash runs. He gives them a merry chase until they learn to control themselves. There was a lot of different things going on in this wonderful addition to the series.

In the aftermath some of the residence’ of sage decide to leave Sage to live elsewhere in a safe Haven that sounds like heaven even though they have to start from scratch and build their place.

I loved everything about it except I wanted to know who were twenty eight residence that lost their lives in the attacks. The story never said and I wanted to know. Regardless, it was an absolute fantastic addition to the series.

Happy’s Joy by Stormy Glenn

Title: Happy’s Joy

Series: Cade Creek 19

Author: Stormy Glenn

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (123 Pages)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (September 20, 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Happy and Marc have been together for a couple of years and things are going good for them. Once they bring a puppy into the family, Happy starts to wonder if they need to expand their family. He’s positive Marc would make an excellent father, even if he’s a little unsure if he would himself.

Deputy Marc Walker had no idea when he rescued Joy that she would come to mean so much to him and Happy. She was the little girl he had always dreamed about, and she was in need of his protection and the love of life only Happy could provide.

When someone comes for Joy, Marc has to decide if giving Joy up is the best thing for her or if it will destroy the sweet little girl he has come to adore. He’ll need to call in his friends and co-workers to help keep her safe while they figure out who is after her.

ISBN: 978-1-64243-4712

Product Link: Siren-BookStrand

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Cade Creek collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. I would read book one in the Blaecleah Brothers first, it will start with the characters you will get to see in this story. There is one other collection that is also connected to these two that you might enjoy as well, Special Operations.

Happy knows everything about growing up around cruel family members but he has found love in his sexy deputy. He is surrounded by love and takes after his own name. So when Marc brings home a little girl who has just gone through hell, he wants to keep her. However there is someone that wants her and it will take the whole family to keep her safe.

I came across this author a few years back and have always been a big fan. She gives you a mix of emotions that makes your heart swell and you lips lift into a big smile. However she will also have you in tears and wanting to rip someone apart. This story makes what one young man go through to give forward what he has learned since he had been rescued. The story gives you love, joy, excitement, danger and so much more that will in the end give you one good story. 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 can guarantee that it will be read more than once. I can also guarantee that you will love the characters and their story quite a bit. Just make sure you have your tissues handy.

Deadly Skies by Savannah Hartley (2nd edition)

Title: Deadly Skies (2nd edition)

Series: Kings of Eternity 02

Author: Savannah Hartley

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Novel (278pgs)

Publisher: Savannah Hartley (26th August 2018)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Jamie Dexson is like any other twenty-year-old young man—with one exception. He’s been passing himself off as a girl for four years.

Fleeing from a dangerous situation, the ruse is necessary. Jamie and his mother have been on the run, but when Jamie’s disguise becomes more trouble than it’s worth, he has to decide if leaving it behind will free him from the arms of a predator seeking to make Jamie his.

From a life of deciding which heels to wear with what outfit, Jamie falls into a world of dragons, vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters. And he discovers he’s one of them…but doesn’t know which one.

CONTENT ADVISORIES: This title contains scenes of rape or near rape and a “to be continued” ending.


Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Aidan has taken Jamie to his realm to mate him. Jamie tries hard to keep his secrets from Aidan. An interesting story that picks up where the first book leaves off. As the story progresses Jamie is at first determined to leave then slowly gets used to living with Aidan. Aidan for his part suspects Jamie is more than a vampire but has no clue as to what exactly he is.

Secrets are revealed in the face of a dangerous foe who sends his minions to deal a deadly blow to the dragons while attempting to take Jamie out. Twists and turns around every corner kept me riveted to the very end. The battle scenes were bloody and action packed.

I love this series. I am on pins and needles awaiting the next book in the series to find out what else is in store. I will admit to being a little miffed that Asa was only mentioned in this installment. I wanted to know more about where he went and how his life was now.

Fantastic read and highly recommended.

Running Wild by S.E. Jakes

Title: Running Wild

Series: Havoc 01

Author: S.E. Jakes

Genre: Contemporary, Action

Length: Novel (280 Pages)

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (June 28, 2014)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Embrace the danger.

Sean Rush is an adrenaline junkie. That’s why he was in the Army, why he steals and races classic muscle cars . . . and why he can’t stay away from bad boy Ryker, a Havoc Motorcycle Club lieutenant. Fortunately, Ryker can’t seem to stay away from Sean—he’s spent the last eight months breaking into Sean’s apartment and stealing into his bed, leaving Sean physically satisfied but increasingly restless.

Sean has always avoided relationships. He likes to come and go without being controlled. And Ryker is possibly the most controlling man he’s ever known. Still, he finds that he wants more from Ryker than their silent nighttime encounters.

Then one of Sean’s thefts goes bad, and Ryker’s protective instincts kick into overdrive. He takes Sean to the Havoc compound, determined to keep him safe. But Sean’s past threatens the safety of Havoc—and everything Ryker holds dear. Worse, Ryker’s hiding secrets of his own. Soon it’s obvious that the adrenaline rush can’t keep them together anymore. But maybe love can.

ISBN: 978-1-64243-4712

Product Link: Riptide | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Sean has done quite a bit of things that would be considered bad, but he always looks out for his friends. Stealing cars is what he is good at and what he craves, although he is damn good at fixing them too. Stealing cars and racing them seems to be his main drug of choice. He went in to the army to stay out of jail and lost one of his best friends to it. Now he tried to get out of that life, but his other best friend just can’t seem to stop. So he does it to help, but it almost gets him killed.

Ryker was also damn good at stealing cars and running with the Havoc motorcycle club. They seem to be a bad club to get into but then you see the good they are doing as well. Protecting those that need to be protected. Now he needs to protect the one man he loves.

I am not even sure where to go with this review. I can’t say that I like it or even that I hate it. It is a very long drawn out story that just didn’t keep my attention like it should have. It starts off a bit confusing and just kept on going. It is a very well told story but to me it had so much in it that it did the exact opposite of what it should have done. I liked Ryker but didn’t really care for Sean at all. His head is so far up his ass that I am surprised he could breathe. He does everything to protect his best friend, but his best friend needs his ass kicked to the curb. I didn’t like the way the whole book went.

It took so long to even get to the love part of the story that I wasn’t sure it would ever get there. If it had been written with the positive of the club instead of the negative it might have been a better read. When I started reading the book I was hoping that it was more like protection, body guard and kicking ass, but then I realized it was focused more on the idiots stealing cars. Total let down if I say so. The action in the story was not even a big impact in the story.

I am sorry that the whole book was just disappointing to me and I can’t say that I look forward to reading the next book in fear that it will come off the same way. We will see how it goes though. For now I am sorry to say that this book was not for me.

Strays by A.J. Thomas

Title: Strays

Author: A.J. Thomas

Genre: Angels and Demons

Length: Novel(210pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 25, 2018)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Orphaned at a young age and raised in the foster system, Jory Smith has no idea he’s half incubus. He only knows he has the power to heal people, making himself sick in the process. Exploited by a crooked faith healer who sells his abilities and his life to the highest bidder and then left for dead, Jory flees, falling into a job at a small-town café where he can put his lifelong obsession with baking to good use.

But the minister who exploited him wants him back.

Exiled hellhound-turned–bounty hunter Malpheus Pelle has no idea why his human client wants him to track down an incubus. Jory is traumatized and afraid to touch anyone, an emotional handicap that could prove fatal for a demon who requires physical contact. Needing answers, Mal concocts a disastrous plan: pretend to date Jory to uncover the truth. Unfortunately, his plan never included dealing with an ancient demon assassin, Jory’s orgasmic pumpkin cookies, or losing his heart to the incubus he’s supposed to be hunting….

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-665-8

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: I liked both Mal and Jory’s characters but found it hard to believe that Jory had no clue that he was something more than human. I mean with his abilities he should have had some idea. Mal’s deception I understood because of the job he took to find Jory and retrieve him.

The overall feeling of the book was good suspense. The ending was the icing on the cake but it felt rushed at times. The bad guy I figured out pretty quickly. I was disappointed with the fact that the story never revealed what happened to Asmodeus. He was never a key character but he was mentioned so much that I wanted to know.

Aside from that I enjoyed reading about Mal, Jory, Neal, louise and the dragon. They were all interesting characters that brought the story to life. Plenty of action scenes added an edge of your seat element to the book.

Great read.