Review of: Anhaga  by Lisa Henry

TITLE: Anhaga
AUTHOR: Lisa Henry
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: High Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: July 23 2019

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Aramin Decourcey—Min to his few friends—might be the best thief in Amberwich, and he might have a secret that helps him survive the cutthroat world of aristocratic families and their powerful magic users, but he does have one weakness: his affection for his adopted nephew, Harry.
When the formidable Sabadine family curses Harry, Min must accept a suicide mission to save his life: retrieve Kazimir Stone, a low-level Sabadine hedgewitch who refuses to come home after completing his apprenticeship… and who is in Anhaga, a seaside village under the control of the terrifying Hidden Lord of the fae. If that wasn’t enough, Kaz is far from the simple hedgewitch he seems.
With the Sabadines on one side and the fae on the other, Min doesn’t have time to deal with a crisis of conscience—or the growing attraction between him and Kaz. He needs to get Kaz back to Amberwich and get Harry’s curse lifted before it kills him. Saving Harry means handing Kaz over to his ruthless family. Saving Kaz means letting Harry die. Min might pride himself on his cleverness, but he can’t see his way out of this one.
The Hidden Lord might see that he never gets the choice.


Aramin Decourcey – Min for his friends—is a thief…a well know thief who works for the richest families in the kingdom. Everything was fine in his life until his nephew, Harry, is cursed by one of the most powerful families in the Kingdom, the Sabadines. Min has no choice; he has to retrieve their grandson Kazimir, a hedgewitch apprentice who lives in Anhaga and refuses to come home. It’s a suicide mission, since Anhaga is in the Hidden Lord’s territory, and he’s a powerful and cruel fae.
Min won’t have a choice—if he wants to save Harry’s life, he will have to succeed in his mission despite the danger and the growing attraction and feelings he might have for Kazimir…Harry’s life is at stake.
Anhaga by Lisa Henry is a high fantasy MM Romance that I enjoyed a lot.

The story is written from Min’s POV; we follow him on his crazy journey. I wasn’t sure I wanted to like Min at first because I found him rude and heartless. I found him especially harsh with Kaz, and I really wanted to beat him multiple times, but thanks to Harry who didn’t hesitate to call him on his BS. I understood him and his motivations, don’t get me wrong, he had one goal, save Harry’s life, but sometimes I found him unfair with Kaz. That was until he decided to stop lying to himself and admitted the truth. He cares about Kaz, and his situation hurts him more than he wants to admit. Min couldn’t deal with the idea of ruining Kaz’s life, but he couldn’t deal with losing Harry. It was a hard situation for him—a pure torture and I started to love him more for that, for admitting this impossible choice and his fears.

Kaz is a pure sweetheart. He’s gentle with a kind heart. He suffered a lot in his childhood, and he grew up isolated from the outside world. He didn’t want to come back with his family because he didn’t want to be mistreated again by them, but he was ready to sacrifice himself for Harry’s life, a perfect stranger. I adored Kaz. I adored his kindness, his sensitivity but also his strength and power. He was exactly what Min needed in his life and heart.

I loved this book, and the universe that Lisa Henry created that was original and captivating. Min and Kaz are more than what we see at first, and we discover them and their secret throughout the book. Like a striptease, they uncover themselves little by little.

I gladly recommend this book. It’s well written with an interesting and captivating plot.

4 Stars for them

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: On Shaky Ground by Andrew Grey

TITLE: On Shaky Ground
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2019

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Martin Graham built his business from the ground up with hard work and intuition. Due to a degenerative eye disease, he’s learned to rely on his other senses to feel out the competition. To realize his dream, he just needs to broker one last deal… and finally secure an assistant.
Brock Littleton is desperate for money—desperate enough take the job no one else wants: assistant to demanding, fussy, intensely private Mr. Graham.
Everything about Brock gets under Martin’s skin in ways he never expected, making him realize a successful business isn’t the only component to a happy future. But as Martin’s deal comes together, one of the prices could be the relationship with Brock that Martin is just starting to believe could be real.


On Shaky Ground was previously published in Boundless Love Anthology by Andrew Grey in 2018. For me, this was another home run by the author. I was a little worried because it was only seventy pages, and for me, his short stories are either a hit or miss, but this one was definitely a hit. His short stories sometimes feel like reading the first part of a book that needs to be a lot longer, so they come off as being a teaser. Not with this one. This book had a complete story to it with engaging characters and a great plot. I loved it.

I loved Martin. He built his business from the ground up with hard work and intuition. Due to degenerative eye disease, he’s learned to rely on his other senses to feel out the competition and uses modern technology like conference calls and email reading technology to get around his disability and not let the people that he broker deals with know that he has a disability. However, to realize his dream of going international, he just needs to broker one last deal. However, this client wants to meet and do the deal in person, and so Martin needs to finally secure an assistant that won’t instantly quit on him.

I loved Brock. Brock has an MBA, but he’s having a horrible time finding a job. He put in an application for a job at the company that he would love to work at, but when he gets a callback, it is for an assistant position something that he is overqualified for. But he’s desperate for money and agrees to the position knowing that he will to continue to look for a job that he’s qualified for. He’ll do whatever’s needed to keep the demanding, fussy, and intensely private Mr. Graham happy. He ends up learning a lot from him and respecting him. He also finds himself wildly attracted to his boss and they have some awesome chemistry.

I loved how they interacted together. Everything about Brock gets under Martin’s skin in ways that he never expected, which makes him realize that a successful business isn’t the only component to a happy future. Companionship’s also important. But as Martin’s deal comes together, one of the prices could be the relationship that Martin’s just starting to believe could be real.

Want to know what happens? You’re going to have to read the book to find out.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: On Wings of Passion by M.D. Grimm

TITLE: On Wings of Passion
AUTHOR: M.D. Grimm
SERIES: On Wings Saga
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: July 12, 2019

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A Story from the On Wings Saga
Prequel to On Wings of Thunder
Every story has a beginning…. Dragons. Angels fear them and demons follow them. Formidable beasts of incredible power, they fight each other to the death for dominance. But dwindling dragon numbers cause alarm among the angelic ranks. Surely when they have nothing left to conquer, the fearsome creatures will turn their sights to the Upper Realm.
Roland, an angelic artist of significant talent, doesn’t know what to believe. Part of him longs to see a dragon in person, and his peaceful life of contentment is wearing thin. He wants passion, desire, adventure, and love. He gets more than he bargained for when, along with his sister, he’s ambushed and captured by demons, who bring him to a creature who surpasses Roland’s wildest imaginings.
But the mighty dragon Asagoroth is not all that he seems. Something sparks between him and Roland. Something neither anticipated. Something that will shake the cosmos to its core.


I loved On Wings of Passion by M.D. Grimm. This book is actually a prequel to the book On Wings of Thunder, which was written as a standalone book. However, the fans of the book loved it so much that the author gave us the backstory on how Trystan and Asagoroth first meet and fall in love and how Roland is reincarnated as Trystan in On Wings of Thunder. I haven’t read On Wings of Thunder. I had actually bought the book some time ago because I loved the cover and the blurb and then never got around to reading it. I can say, now that I have read this book, that it will be the next book on my reading list. I finished On Wings of Passion and immediately wanted to start reading On Wings of Thunder to find out what happens next between Roland/Trystan and Asagoroth. I know that I absolutely loved Roland and Asagoroth.

I loved Roland. He’s an angel, and as a baby, the seer said that he had been chosen to be an artist and his medium is painting, just as his older sister had been chosen to be the next high chancellor of the angels. However, Roland isn’t a typical artist. He’s fascinated in seeing the beauty in creatures that other angels consider to be monsters and enemies. He has tried not to be, but he’s fascinated by demons and dragons and how they’re all different looking. His longtime friend with benefits and knowledge seeker, Gabryl, keeps him informed about what’s happening with the dragons and how there haven’t been as many sightings of them and how that will impact the angels, who are enemies with the dragons and demons.
The only dragon to be seen in a while is Asagoroth and how he has a huge legion of demons at his command. This causes alarm in the angelic ranks who live in the Upper Realm for they fear that when they have nothing left to conquer that the fearsome creatures will turn their sights to them. Roland doesn’t know what to believe. Part of him longs to see a dragon in person, and he’s getting tired of his peaceful existence. He wants passion, desire, adventure, and love. He gets more than he bargained for when, along with his sister, he’s ambushed and captured by demons, who bring him to a creature who surpasses Roland’s wildest imaginings.

But the mighty dragon, Asagoroth, isn’t all that he seems. Something sparks between him and Roland. Something that neither anticipated. Something that will shake the cosmos to its core and leave readers scrambling for the next book in the series which is already out and awaiting your consumption.

I loved Asagoroth. He learns a lot from Roland. He learns how to be happy, love, and put someone else above his own wishes and desires.

A truly wonderful prequel. I can’t recommend it enough. Now, off to read the next book, On Wings of Thunder.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of:  Vegas by Romeo Preminger

TITLE: Vegas
AUTHOR: Romeo Preminger
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: self
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, BDSM
RELEASE DATE: July 13, 2019

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Twenty-nine-year-old sales rep Dan is unlucky with love, but lucky with sex since he got cut and made up for lost time growing up as a skinny gay kid who got pushed around. All-American, Texan stud Bryce Landon is on Dan’s A-list of hook-up buddies, but the guy’s vibe is different when they get together at MDM-Con in Vegas this year. Does Bryce want something more?
Dan can’t do that. He’s been burned by closeted, married guys before. While Dan sidesteps Bryce at the convention, he meets a smoking hot, local Daddy-type named Garth. Now he’s caught between two guys who’d like to tame his wild ways. It’s not a bad place to be, but can he give love a try with a dude who’s got drama written all over him or take a chance with an older man who buried his boyfriend of ten years?


Dan is a salesman at a convention in Vegas. Each year he meets Bryce—a closeted, married Texan—during this convention. It’s hot and kinky between them but nothing more. Until this year, when Bryce tries to change their relationship but Dan meets someone in Vegas, someone who maybe can offer him more than Bryce.
For an intense, hot week in Vegas, Dan will have to think about his future and what he really wants in his life.

Vegas by Romeo Preminger is my first book by this author. I was curious to discover his universe and his style. I was surprised but not disappointed.

Dan is a 29 year-old man, who knows what he doesn’t want in a relationship…being hurt. He had been hurt in his past and refuses to let it happen again, even if he has to miss the real opportunity to be happy with a loving partner. So far, he thinks he’s happy like that until he meets Garth. Then he realizes that maybe he was missing out on a real relationship. I liked Dan, he knows what he wants, and he’s confident. I loved how he was ready to take a bet on Garth, while being open to trying new things and didn’t hesitate to open himself a little bit. Most of all, I loved that he takes the time to think about what he really wants when he realizes that he isn’t really as happy as he thinks.

The story was from Dan’s POV. It was hot, well written and dynamics. The plot was focused on Dan and his relationships with Garth and Bryce. It was super-hot and super kinky…I adored it.
The end surprised me, a lot. The entire book, the author hints at a direction, and suddenly, a twist happens that I didn’t see coming. It was very sudden. I can’t say I disliked it or not, just that It really surprised me.

I will read the next book from this author because I liked his style.

***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 of: Home Improvement—A Love Story by Tara Lain

TITLE: Home Improvement—A Love Story
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
SERIES:
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 9, 2019

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Romance on Aisle Sixteen—opposites attract amid the hammers and screws of the home improvement store.
Gabe Mason became a father at seventeen, and his daughter, Ellie, is the most important thing in his life. But being the parent the courts demand means Gabe has given up most of his dreams—education, making furniture, a gay social life—to be a model dad with a steady, reliable job in a home improvement store. Life’s predictable until Jerry, a shy, eccentric guy in a hat and sunglasses, begs Gabe to oversee the renovation of his run-down mansion.
Gabe loves the house and the work, and Jerry’s pretty lovable too, but when Gabe discovers Jerry’s secret identity, he fears their passion could overturn both their lives forever.


I loved Home Improvement—A Love Story by Tara Lain. The plot is interesting, and I loved how the book comes full circle at the end. I also liked the characters and how they were fleshed out. Gabe’s daughter was delightful, and I loved how eccentric Jerry was. It was a delight to read.

For me, the first half of the book was a little slow. It might have been because Jerry is hiding who he is from Gabe, there is the buildup of chemistry, there is the mystery of a guy that has bought a huge house and needs it to be restored but only has a mattress on the floor and a couple of folding beach chairs for furniture. And that leads to Gabe constantly having self-doubts about whether Jerry can afford the repairs that he’s having done. Then he wants to buy Gabe’s expensive handmade furniture, and while Gabe is ecstatic, it also leads to more questions about how Jerry can afford it.

The second half of the book was excellent. Gabe finds out the identity of the guy that he’s falling for, and there are misunderstandings and hurt feelings. Gabe finds out the downfalls of dating a famous person and the problems that come with it like being accosted by the paparazzi and having to deal with pictures taken and published in tabloids with false headlines that leads to his ex-wife and her new highly religious husband threatening to seek full custody of their seventeen-year-old daughter.

Gabe will do anything for his daughter, Ellie. If that means giving up the man in his life to keep her safe from his ex-wife’s homophobia and homophobic husband, then that’s what he will do. But that isn’t what Ellie wants. She wants her dad to be happy also, to have his dreams too.

Gabe became a father at seventeen and to be the parent that the court’s demand means Gabe has given up most of his dreams—having a college education, making furniture full time, and having a gay social life—to be a model dad with a steady, reliable job in a home improvement store. Gabe’s life is predictable until Jerry, a shy, eccentric guy in a hat and sunglasses, begs Gabe to oversee the renovation of his run-down mansion.

Gabe loves the house and the fact that he can do the work after his shifts at the store. He sees it as a great way to add to his daughter’s college fund, and Jerry gives him free rein to renovate the house the way that he would want it if it were his house.

I loved how Gabe and Jerry interact and how Gabe takes care of Jerry. I liked getting to see how different Jerry is from his secret identity and the choices that he makes for love.

For me, it was another great book by Tara Lain, and I recommend it to everybody.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis