Review: “Drama Fraternity” by Joe Cosentino

TITLE: Drama Fraternity
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
SERIES: Nicky and Noah Mystery
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Holly McCabe
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 176 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 25, 2018
PRICE: $3.92 e-book / $14.99 paperback

BLURB:

Theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza is directing Tight End Scream Queen, a slasher movie filmed at Treemeadow College’s football fraternity house, co-starring his husband and theatre professor colleague, Noah Oliver. When young hunky cast members begin fading out with their scenes, Nicky and Noah will once again need to use their drama skills to figure out who is sending the quarterback, jammer, wide receiver, and more to the cutting room floor before Nicky and Noah hit the final reel. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining sixth novel in this delightful series. Lights, camera, action, frat house murders!


Nicky Abbondanza, the famous theatre professor, is directing a movie “Tight End Scream Queen” at a college’s fraternity football house in Treemeadow. But when young football players start to be killed on set, Nicky has a new mystery and murderer to arrest.

Like usual, his husband Noah, their son Taavi and their friends Martin and Ruben are with him for these new adventures, as well for the film and for the crime.

Drama Fraternity is book 6 in Nicky and Noah mysteries series.

Nicky, Noah and the gang are back for our great pleasure. After their immense success in New York, they decide to come back to live in their small town, Treemeadow. Nicky agrees to direct a movie, even if he knows it won’t be a success, but of course, because we talk of Nicky and Noah, it can’t be a peaceful production and a murderer is in action.

I had great pleasure with this book. The author has regaled us with this new episode in the Nicky and Noah’s mystery show.
The plot is simple, a team, a murderer, and Nicky and Noah trying to solve the mystery. What’s fabulous with this book, is how the story is written, how the tale is told to us. What I loved the most in this book? The author’s style. Each scene in the book is a show by itself, like a Vaudeville, we can see in one scene, three different actions, I love it. It put a lot of dynamics into the plot.
Nicky is our guide in this new show, between the interactions with us, the reader, and his part to play, he gives us some amazingly funny situations with his big mouth and his crazy mind, and he makes me laughed a looooot.

The author pleases us with a brilliant, funny text full of sassy references to our actuality, and behind all of this, he gives us beautiful messages.

I highly recommend this book, and the entire series, it’s a pure pleasure, full of fun and love written with talent and brio (and it’s NOT an alternative fact).

5 OptimuMMs for the best modern Sherlock and Watson in books today.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Josh” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Josh
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Wyoming Shifters
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 128 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 2, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book

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Josh has been avoiding his mate, Brian, since they first met twelve years before. He had good reasons at first—he was only sixteen and had just lost the only family he’d ever known—but he knows he can’t continue to stay away, not if he doesn’t want to lose Brian for good.
Brian has been patiently waiting for Josh to get over whatever his problem is, but he knows he can’t wait forever. He loves Josh, has loved him for years, but he doesn’t want to live his entire life waiting for him.
Josh finally decides it’s time to talk to Brian and come clean, no matter how scared he is of rejection. Of course, that’s when his biological mother appears in his life. As if that wasn’t enough, Brian finds out his father has cancer. Will the complications push Brian and Josh apart, or will they bring them together?


Josh is the third book in the Wyoming Shifters: 12 Years Later series by Catherine Lievens. I liked this book better than the second book in the series, Ned.
However, it did remind me a lot of the first book in the series, Asher. Both Asher and Josh had shifters that had met their mates while they were in their teens and decided not to tell their human mates about it until over a decade later. Both books were filled with the shifters indecision on whether or not to claim their mates or if they would be better off without them. Both books the human mates know that the shifters are their mates but the shifters aren’t aware that they know and that they are just about done waiting for them to get their acts together.

I have noticed a theme with this series that the author has made them very light on chemistry and passion and the books usually only have one sex scene which is usually only oral or rubbing. It tends to fit with how much chemistry is in the books. The endings are also more of an HFN ending, which would be fine, but each book in the series is about a new fated mates couple and so unless they have cameos in the next book you really have no idea how their relationships are going. I think the series would benefit from having a background arc that brings all of the books together like they are all fighting a common enemy or event that could bridge the series. Otherwise, these books are really a standalone read but without having the epilogue to tie up all of the questions that we have about what happens later in their relationships.

This book is about Josh and his human mate, Brian. Josh knew that Brian was his mate from when they first met twelve years before and he’s been avoiding him ever since. At first, he had a good reason, he was only sixteen, and he had just lost the only family he’d ever known. However, he knows that he can’t continue to stay away, not unless he wants to lose Brian for good. Josh doesn’t know that Brian has known this whole time that Josh is his mate and has been patiently waiting for Josh to claim him. But twelve years is a long time, and at some point, you have to give up and move on. Josh finally does find the courage to tell Brian that he is his mate, but instead of finally being able to work on their relationship, Brian gets a call from the hospital that his foster father is in the hospital with cancer and may not have long to live.
Brian is shocked since he was unaware that his dad had been sick. Brian had been moved around from foster family to foster family as he was growing up, but the family that he connected with the most was his foster father, Leo, who he stayed with for four years until Leo’s wife divorced him and Brian had to go back into the foster system. With the help of the pack, Brian is able to get his father moved to Gillham and seen by the special healers that the pack has. Will they be able to save Brian’s father? You’re just going to have to read the book. And then another complication comes into their relationship when Josh’s biological mother appears in his life. Naturally, Josh wants nothing to do with her and for a good reason. Overall, this book is a much better addition to the series than the second book, and I would have given it a five-star rating if it didn’t remind me so much of the first book in the series.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

***The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Ned” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Ned
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Wyoming Shifters
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 162 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 19, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book

BLURB:

Sometimes the best thing in your life is the result of the worst thing that happened to you.
Ned is fleeing New York—and Paris, one of his one-night stands who can’t take no for an answer. He goes back home to Gillham, hoping Paris won’t find him, but not really believing it. The last thing he expected was to meet his mate. He’s only twenty-two, and he has a stalker. What is he going to do with a mate?
Luke didn’t think he had a mate until he met Ned. He was created in a petri dish and raised as a killer until the pack rescued him when he was seven, and he is neither human nor shifter. To add to his weirdness, he’s a virgin, and he’s not interested in sex.
Ned keeps Luke at arm’s length, especially after Paris manages to find him and threatens his best friend, Amy. It gets harder and harder to stay away from Luke, though, and Ned is torn between the need to be with his mate and the need to keep Luke safe.
Will Ned be able to find a compromise? Will Paris be stopped in time, or will he manage to separate Ned and Luke before they even get a chance to be together?


Ned is the second book in the Wyoming Shifters: 12 Years Later series by Catherine Lievens. I wanted to like this book because the blurb sounded good but unfortunately it wasn’t as good as the blurb or the first book in the series.

I was excited that Luke was one of the created paranormals that was rescued by the pack and is now living in Gillham and that he’s asexual and trying to figure out what to do with his life now that he isn’t an assassin anymore. I thought pairing him up with a promiscuous 22-year-old human mate would be interesting. However, it just didn’t work out.

Ned’s trying to escape a stalker, Paris, and returns home only to run into Luke and be told that he’s his mate. Ned isn’t interested in a mate and initially rejects Luke. But the mating bond keeps working its magic, and they eventually start trying to have a relationship. Yeah, that doesn’t work out too well for them. They both have a lot of self-doubt and self-esteem issues which they have to get over.
I also thought it was a missed opportunity that the author doesn’t use any of Luke’s talents or abilities that he was bred and trained for to help with the stalker issue that Ned has and Ned is unwilling to involve Luke in his problems. But isn’t that what mates are for to help each other when they have problems? I felt this was a missed opportunity and the book, unfortunately, revolves mostly around their internal insecurities.

There is also the problem of how the author deals with putting an asexual person with a promiscuous person. I had a hard time believing that a 22-year-old who’s used to having lots of sex would be okay with only having sex once in a while or not at all. I did like that Luke was willing to explore his sexuality to find out where he is on the asexual scale. Instead of just refusing to do anything sexual because he didn’t have a normal sex drive. So I did like that part of the book even if it was hard to believe that Ned would be okay with limited amounts of sex to fulfill his needs.

There were other parts of the book that made me go awe and had some cute scenes, but it just wasn’t as good as the first book.

***The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Rogue in the Making” by TJ Nichols

TITLE: Rogue in the Making
AUTHOR: TJ Nichols
SERIES: Studies in Demonology
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: High Fantasy; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 284 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 22, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $16.99 paperback

BLURB:

The blood sacrifices have brought rain to Demonside, but across the void, the Warlock College of Vinland is still storing and gathering magic, heedless of the warnings of the international magical community. The underground is full of warlocks who disagree with the college, but do they care about wizards and demons or only about snatching power?
With a foot in each world, Angus is no longer sure whom he can trust. The demons don’t trust humans, and even though he is learning more magic, he will never be one of them. He is human and only tolerated. Some demons would be happy to slit his throat. It’s only because his demon is powerful in his own right that Angus is alive.
Saka only has a year to prove that Angus’s people can change and that the magic taken will be rebalanced, but the demons want action. His affection for Angus is clouding his judgment and weakening his position in the tribe. Time is running out, and he must make a choice.


Rogue in the Making is book two of Studies in Demonology series.
This book starts right at the end of book 1 (Warlock in Training).

The program between the Underground and The Demon side had started. Ten wizards were sent to the Demon side to learn natural magic. But the Underground isn’t better than the college, and they threaten Terrance’s life to keep Angus in line, they want to spy on the Demon side and gain the powers retained by the college. Meanwhile, the Demons start to think that a war is necessary and humans need to bleed for them.
Angus is confused and lost. He doesn’t know who he is anymore. A human among the demons, a demon among the humans? He loves two men, Saka the demon mage, and Terrance the human warlock. Angus can’t choose between them, but he needs to find a way to protect them and to save both worlds.

Saka is also completely lost because of his feelings for Angus. He’s in love with Angus, a human. Mages don’t have family. Their tribe is first in their life. Saka, at first, rejects his feelings, but how he can be a good mage and teacher if he lies to himself. Besides, the future of his world is more important than his love life and he needs to find a way to save his world and have Angus for himself.
I really loved this book, as much as book 1. The author gives us a great sequel.

The evolution in the story matches the evolution with the characters. We follow Saka and Angus in their journey. We follow their evolutions, as wizard/mage, but also as lovers. They are a strong couple, a unit, who trust each other and protect each other. They don’t agree on everything, but they have the same goal, saving their world.

I loved the plot of the book. It’s the following of book 1, but it’s more developed, and we learn more about Vinland (Angus’s country), the human world, and the demon side too. This book introduces us to more characters, to a more developed plot with a lot of mystery too that we want to discover.

The author did a fabulous job with this book. We’re completely hooked into the story, wanting to know more, and trying to find a viable solution for their world. The end of the book opens a lot of possibilities, intrigue, and hope for book three. I can’t wait to read it, to see how the plot and the characters will evolve.

I recommend this book. It can’t be read as a standalone, so you need to start the journey from the beginning but it’s worth it.

4 OtpimuMMs for The Mage, his apprentice, and their tribe.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Orion’s Circle” by Victoria Sue

TITLE: Orion’s Circle
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
SERIES: Sirius Wolves series
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: –
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Mpreg
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 172 pages
RELEASE DATE: Nov 7, 2017
PRICE: $1.18 -e-book

BLURB:

According to legend, when humankind is at its most desperate, the goddess Sirius will send three of the most powerful werewolf shifters ever created to save mankind. However, because they are so powerful, they will need a fourth to complete them, to calm them and help them reach their full potential.
Aden, a young were, has been his pack’s omega ever since, at the age of fifteen, he didn’t shift like everyone else. Caught, reviled, and tortured because of his empathic abilities, he knew on the night he was told to run as sport for the pack hunters that it would end in his death. What he didn’t know, however, was that on the same night he’d also meet the love of his life and a pathway to answers, because Aden is far more than just a pack omega.
What begins as a hunt soon becomes a new adventure as Aden discovers that he has not only one, but three destined mates, and his role as lover is far more than trivial. The fate of all humankind rests upon it.


Aden is a young omega who’s been mistreated and tortured by his pack for years. One night, his pack decides to hunt and probably kill him when three mysterious wolves came and rescued him.
Aden understood that he’s met his fated mate. The three of them.
Blaze, Darrick, and Connor, are the Orion’s circle, and they were created by the goddess Sirius herself to protect mankind. They’re mated, but didn’t expect to meet their fourth mate, the sweet and beautiful Aden.

Orion’s Circle is the first book of the Sirius Wolves series.

Aden is young, sweet, and beautiful with a great heart, he’s an omega and an empath. After years being tortured by his pack, he didn’t expect to be saved, and most of all, to be loved. I like Aden, even if he seems fragile and weak, he’s not. He’s stronger than a lot of people. He’s a survivor and still cares for his pack and people.

Blaze, Darrick, and Connor are the most powerful wolves among all the wolves. They’ve known each other since they were born (literally), they grew up together, fought together, and love together. They’re fated mates, and after six centuries on earth, they know each other like no one else. But They’re also different from each other. Blaze is the protector, Connor the empath (most powerful empath) and Darrick is the reason.

I like this book. It the first one of the series, and it put the background, the universe, the characters and the plots into place for the series. There’re two plots, in my opinion. The main one with Aden, Blaze, Darrick, and Connor mating, the second one is more complicated and darker, with the introduction to werewolves to human and all the ramifications that it implies. It also introduces a lot of secondary characters, some are interesting and intriguing, while others are clearly despicable, and I loved hating them.
Beside the fact that it’s a M/M/M/M and Mpreg, it’s hot and sexy, and I enjoyed it a looooooooooot.

It’s a good start for the series.

3.5 OtpimuMMs for the Omega and his Alphas.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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