Review: “Denver’s Calling” by JJ Harper

TITLE: Denver’s Calling
AUTHOR: JJ Harper
SERIES: Cooper’s Ridge Series Book 1
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: JC Clark at The Graphics Shed
GENRE: MMM; Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 303 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 17, 2017
PRICE: $4.15 e-book / $10.99 paperback

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When Denver’s long-term partner breaks up with him, he flees his life, his career, and his bright future as one of the country’s leading trauma surgeons. Ditching everything but his dog, Denver returns to the quiet town of Cooper’s Ridge and his parents’ ranch.
Leaving twelve years earlier, Denver knew he would never be accepted as a gay man in an unaccepting town. So, when he meets Kes—an old school friend—in the bar he owns, he is shocked to find him in an openly gay relationship. Something he never thought would happen here.
What surprises him even more is the instant, mutual attraction the three men have. Accepting a job in Kes’ bar, they dance around each other, wanting them but not believing he would ever fit in with a couple so obviously in love. But, they want him. And they are not prepared to let him go.
Denver takes a risk and accepts their offer of a night out, finding a side of himself he never knew existed. Not trusting himself to be enough for the two men, the desire blooming in him is unprecedented and he can’t deny it: he wants them as much.
He finds his life falling into place, all because of two men. Is it possible he found his forever in a place he never expected it?


Once again, JJ Harper has sucked me into her wonderful imagination and storytelling ways. She has opened up this wonderful world where ménages’ can work as a relationship with three people and can be loving and adoring parents. Life is not easy for any couple but adding a third partner can prove even more difficult. As per her usual, she has me craving more. I loved how she wrote this from all three POVs and successfully too. This in itself, is not an easy task, but my favorite way to read. I like understanding each character’s POV and feeling their emotions from their perspective.

First, we meet Denver, a successful head surgeon at the hospital that he and his boyfriend have worked at for years. They have all their friends there also. They have built their lives in the big city, and Denver is happy with his life. That is until he comes back from a work conference and is welcomed home with a, “I’m sorry, but oops, I got engaged to someone else”. Feeling betrayed by his boyfriend and by their friends, since they knew about the affair, Denver quits the hospital and moves back to his small hometown and to his parents’ ranch.

Next, we meet Kes, the owner of the local bar. He has worked hard to get his bar up and going in this small town. It hasn’t been easy because he’s a gay man in a relationship and it took a while, but the town folk have accepted them and even support them. Then in walks Denver and his brother. Kes’ mind and libido go crazy. Kes remembers his first kiss, back in high school, was with the very man that just walked in. He’s enjoying the scenery of this beautiful man when his man walks in and plants a kiss on him.

Now we meet East, the local construction business owner. He loves his man and his daughter and couldn’t be happier with his family and life. He notices this man that Kes is staring at when he walks into the bar and doesn’t feel jealousy. Rather, he feels an attraction to this man and is intrigued to hear the story behind this man and his man.

All three are very attracted to each and feel this crazy connection that should feel wrong but feels so right. East and Kes know they want this with Denver and Denver knows it too. But Denver doesn’t want to cause any harm to the couple and sure doesn’t want to feel like the third wheel. Can they convince him they don’t want to be that couple anymore but rather a trio? Can they get the support from family and locals or will they have small town struggles with this kind of relationship? How will this affect their businesses and children? Can Denver get past his insecurities and allow these men to love him? Enjoy your journey to the answers you seek.

I know I did and can’t wait for Carter’s story next.

***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 ***

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Review: “The Hockey Player’s Heart” by Jeff Adams and Will Knauss

TITLE: The Hockey Player’s Heart
AUTHOR: Jeff Adams and Will Knauss
SERIES: Hockey Hearts
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Bree Archer
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 226 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback

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Hometown hero. Hockey superstar. Perfect boyfriend?
When hockey star Caleb Carter returns to his hometown to recover from an injury, the only thing he’s interested in is a little R & R. He never expects to run into his onetime crush at a grade school fund-raiser. Seeing Aaron Price hits him hard, like being checked into the boards. The attraction is still there, even after all these years, and Caleb decides to make a play for the schoolteacher. You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take, right?
Aaron has been burned by love before and can’t imagine what a celebrity like Caleb could possibly see in a guy like him. Their differences are just too great. But as Aaron spends more time with Caleb, he begins to wonder if he might have what it takes to win the hockey player’s heart.


Caleb Carter and Aaron Price have known each other since they were kids. Growing up in Forest Grove, New York, Aaron was best friends with Caleb’s older sister, Pam, but also tutored Caleb in Geometry to help him stay on the hockey team. These tutoring sessions are where Caleb developed his crush on Aaron. Aaron now works as a teacher in the elementary school in their home-town where Pam is the principal, but Caleb is a star pro hockey player living in New York City and playing for the New York Rangers. Their lives can’t be any more different.

When Caleb is injured, he decides to return home to visit his family and stay out of the spotlight while he’s recovering. Pam asks if Caleb would be willing to take part in the school fundraising carnival by signing some autographs and pictures to help raise money, and he’s more than happy to get involved. But what he didn’t expect, was to see an older, and even more attractive Aaron there too. All of the feelings and nerves he had when he was around Aaron when he was younger suddenly came rushing back. Caleb decides at that moment that he needs to do whatever it takes to spend time with Aaron and to see if the friendship they once shared can become something more. Now that they are both out, proud, and single, Caleb is going to show Aaron exactly how he feels, and he won’t give up on his man without a fight.

Aaron is stunned by how good Caleb looks when he sees him in the school. But a bad experience and relationship when he lived in California has made it hard for Aaron to get close to anyone and trust them with his heart. And although there is an attraction between them, and he can see Caleb is interested in being more than friends, Aaron doesn’t think that a hot, rich and famous guy like Caleb would want someone like him when he could have his pick of men.

Long-brewing lust and passion eventually take over, and Caleb and Aaron discover what they’ve been missing out on for years. But Caleb’s life and Aaron’s past threaten to destroy the new-found romance before it’s hardly had a chance to begin.

The book was an enjoyable and easy read. I really liked the characters and the storyline. It was cute without being overly sweet. But I do have one criticism, and that is the pace of the story. It was a slow-burn romance which is fine, but personally for me, it was just too slow. I felt like I was just constantly waiting for something to happen, then when I thought it would be the moment, I’d find that I was still left waiting. Apart from that one thing, everything else was good. The ending was incredibly heartwarming and left me with a big cheesy smile. I really hope Dimitri gets a book of his own because he was a character I was really fond of and would love to get to know him more.

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

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Review: “Ghost of a Chance” by Kris T.Bethke

TITLE: Ghost of a Chance
AUTHOR: Kris T.Bethke
SERIES: Requiem Inc
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal; Ghosts; Spirits
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 216 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book / $9.99 paperback

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Only love makes life worth living—over and over again.
Ghostwalker Blake Jones dies every day. It’s his job and how he helps trapped souls cross over. But to return to life, he needs an anchor. His new partner, Derek Scott, is a surprise. Not only is he male, but his appearance belies a caring and gentle heart. Despite attraction and a strengthening relationship, they know they shouldn’t take things further.
But there’s a big difference between knowing and doing.
Their growing love presents a problem, though not the one they expect. Blake and Derek have to decide if they should take their relationship to the most permanent level—an unbreakable metaphysical bond. Doing so offers both risk and unimaginable reward. Can Blake let go of his fears and put his complete trust in Derek in order to have the happily ever after he’s always craved?


Blake Jones is a ghostwalker. That means he dies every day, goes to the spirit plane (or afterlife) and helps lost souls to cross into the light, and he comes back to the living plane (us) and needs his anchor to take care of him. It’s his job.

Dereck Scott is the new partner for Blake, he is also his anchor, and he has the gene. That means he’s a powerful anchor.
Blake and Dereck work very well together, and they start to form a bond together. But there’s rules about fraternization. Are they going to risk everything and try to be more than co-workers? More than ever, Blake and Dereck will have to trust and believe in each other.

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

It was a super original book.
Blake dies every day to help lost souls, when he comes back it’s hard for him, he cries, he’s physically and mentally weakened, and his anchor needs to take complete care of him. He’s gay and refuses to have a man as a co-worker because he doesn’t want to be judged by him like all his ex-boyfriends did with him.
I really love Blake. He’s so sensitive and strong, he needs to be taken care of, that doesn’t mean he is a selfish person. Not at all, quite the opposite actually. His sensibility when he comes back from the dead is sad and beautiful. He’s so human even if he can’t die for good.

Dereck is perfect for Blake, and the fact he has the gene is even better. Dereck is a natural caretaker, and he wants the best for Blake. Despite the fact he’s madly in love with him, Dereck puts Blake’s needs before his. They are a good match and clearly made for each other, soul, heart and mind.I really loved this book.

The story is super original, the plot’s very good and the characters and backgrounds are very well built.
The words are fresh and fluid. It’s the first book of the series, and the author explains everything very well.
All the book is, in my opinion, a beautiful metaphor for life and death, I really loved it. it was a beautiful and poetic love story.
I recommend this book. If you want to read something different and original this book is for you. I’ll definitely follow this serie.

5 OptimuMMs for the Ghostwalker and his Anchor.

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

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Review: “Beneath This Mask” by Victoria Sue

TITLE: Beneath This Mask
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
SERIES: Enhanced World
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Brooke Albrecht
GENRE: Paranormal; Sci-fi
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 206 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback

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Gael Peterson has spent years hiding behind the enhanced abilities he wears like a mask, even though he is an important, confident member of the FBI’s exclusive H.E.R.O. team. The hurt and betrayal of his mom’s abandonment and his father’s fists are secrets buried deep beneath the ugly scars on his face, and he doesn’t trust Jake, his new regular human partner, with any of them. In a world where those with special abilities like Gael’s are regarded as freaks and monsters, it won’t be easy for him to rely on Jake to have his back, especially when the abilities of a vulnerable, enhanced, nonspeaking child make that child a murder suspect.
Tempers rise and loyalties are challenged, and when the serial killer targeting the enhanced finally sets his sights on Gael, not only will Gael have to trust Jake with his secrets, he might have to trust him to save his life.


Gael Peterson is an enhanced. He’s a member of the first enhanced team H.E.R.O. He’s confident…on the surface. Deep down, Gael is hurt, traumatized and alone.

Jake Riley is the new member of the H.E.R.O team, and he’s partnered with Gael. Jake tries his best to be part of the team and earn their respect. Nothing is simple between Gael and Jake, and their team investigation on a series of murders inside the enhanced community doesn’t help them much.
What Gael and Jake need is to take off their masks and trust each other.

Wow. Victoria Sue did a great job with this book.
I knew I’d love Gael’s book, but I didn’t know I’ll love it so much.

Gael is perfect, absolutely perfect. He seems confident and strong, but inside he’s still the little boy who was abandoned by his mom. He sees himself as an ugly man who can’t be loved. My heart broke for him and with him so many times in my read. I found him so beautiful.
Jake is what Gael needs—he’s sensitive, strong and honest. He loves to take care of Gael, loves to be there for him and give him comfort. And together they are so good, lovely and beautiful.
And then comes Derrick. I cried all the time for Derrick, happy tears, sad tears, all the tears that can exist in the human emotions, I give them to Derrick. I’m team Derrick.
The plot and the story were good and well-built with a good twist.

I loved how the author wrote about them, how she did the exact opposite of what people must have thought or expect of Gael or Jake. I loved how she presented Gael to us, just a human. And yes, it’s not because he’s huge, an enhanced, with an incredible gift and an amazing strength that he has to be like that all the time. What we see outside isn’t always what we can find inside. It’s easy to wear a mask and pretend to be someone else. It’s harder to be one’s self.

I can only recommend you for to read the two previous books of the series first, it’s better to have the full ride and you’ll enjoy it a lot.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to cry again, because I have to wait I don’t know how much time for the next book with Vance, I hope it’s Vance.

It’s 5 OptimuMMs for Gael, Jake, and Derrick.

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

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Review: “Rebel” by Rhys Ford

TITLE: Rebel
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
SERIES: 415 Ink
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reece Notley
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 29,2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $ 14.99 – paperback

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The hardest thing a rebel can do isn’t standing up for something — it’s standing up for himself.
Life takes delight in stabbing Gus Scott in the back when he least expects it. After years of running from his past, present and the dismal future every social worker predicted for him, Karma delivers the one thing Gus could never—would never—turn his back on; a son from a one-night stand he’d had after a devastating break-up three years ago.
Returning to San Francisco and to 415 Ink, his family’s tattoo shop, gave him the perfect shelter to battle his personal demons and get himself together… until the firefighter who’d broken him walked back into Gus’s life.
For Rey Montenegro, tattoo artist Gus Scott was an elusive brass ring, a glittering prize he hadn’t the strength or flexibility to hold onto. Severing his relationship with the mercurial tattoo artist hurt but Gus hadn’t wanted the kind of domestic life Rey craved, leaving Rey with an aching chasm in his soul.
When Gus’s life and world starts to unravel, Rey helps him pick up the pieces, and Gus wonders if that forever Rey wants is more than just a dream.


I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more in the series. This book really shows how you do not need to be blood to be family. These men have really been through the ringer as children, from the family that should have loved and cared for them. Through everything they had been through, they came together and built a family of their own.

This first book of the series focus on Gus and Rey. Gus is a very troubled individual that has always ran from his problems. It has always seemed to work for him until he lost the love of his life in Rey. Rey wanted a forever with Gus but Gus didn’t know how to do that. So, three years ago, Rey ended it with Gus and Gus ran.

Now, three years later, Gus has come back for good and with a shocker to his family. On the night Rey ended their relationship, Gus got drunk and actually slept with a woman. And as you’ve probably guessed, got her pregnant. Gus wants to be a dad but is scared to death. His family is shocked but are very supportive and are behind him one hundred percent. They are all ready to welcome little Chris to the family.

Rey learns of this and is so confused with all these emotions he’s going through. For instance, why wasn’t I good enough for him to settle down? Can Gus really be a father? How can he still be so in love with this infuriating man? Why do I want to punch him as much as I want to kiss him? I’m sure the answers will come to you as you read this very emotional and sexy read as they did for me. Enjoy

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

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