Review: “Haven’s Revenge” by Phetra H.Novak

TITLE: Haven’s Revenge
AUTHOR: Phetra H.Novak
SERIES: The Caddo Norse Novels
PUBLISHER: Beaten Track Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Debbie McGowan
GENRE: Paranormal ;Shapeshifter ; Mythology
LENGTH: 255 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 15, 2015
PRICE: $ 4.99 e-book / $11.19 -paperback


Haven Naranjo is a proud Caddo Indian, with a frightening past. He was a mere fifteen year old boy when he found his parents, part of his tribe, and his high school sweetheart slaughtered by a wereman gone mad. Falling victim to a system that is not always prepared to deal with a shattered young mind, Haven finally gives up on himself. He grows up to be bitter and hateful toward the creatures he hates. Werewolves.
Alexander Prescott is the younger of the two Prescott boys and comes from a large werewolf clan. But things are bigger than that. Alexander, is the true vessel of the Fenrir Ulv and is to become the leader of all supernatural beings, the King of Wolves. On top of that, he’s in love with Haven. He’s known since he hit puberty that Haven is his true mate. But there’s one problem, Haven hates what he can become. However, Alexander has a plan on how he is to charm his, and his wolf’s way into the grumpy Caddo Indian man’s heart.
But fate has other plans for them. The Asa Guard enters their calm country living, determined to use their own kind against them and kill the true vessel—Alexander Prescott.
When war between the Asa Gods and the Fenrir Ulv starts knocking on their door, what side will the damaged Haven choose? Will he find a way of trusting those, especially Alexander, who he feels has betrayed him and let his animal, the eagle, lead him straight to his fate by his mate’s side? Or will he trust the words of strangers, who come to make his quest of seeing all shifters dead a reality?
Haven’s Revenge is a story of an emotional journey for a whole community. It’s about finding acceptance not just from others but in yourself.

Haven was 16 years old when all his family, his boyfriend and other members of his clan – Caddo- were murdered by a wereman. 10 years later, Haven has developed a hate against shifters and werewolves particularly and lives his life like he was dead with his family.

Alex was 12 years old when Haven’s family was killed. He’s a werewolf, the most powerful of all the shifters and he’s designated to rule all the paranormal world. Alex knows that Haven is his true-mate. 10 years later, Alex is ready to embrace his destiny with his mate by his side.
Between Alex’s destiny, Haven’s hate of the paranormal, and a war coming to them, Alex and Haven will have to fight hard to reach their path together.
I loved this book, I loved the theme and the originality.

The author did a great mix between Native American legends and Norse mythology, making it captivating and interesting, so much I couldn’t stop my reading.
Haven’s hurt, traumatize and in pain, but even if I understood that, I couldn’t help but want to hit him in the head, like repeatedly, because he was just an asshole sometimes.
Alex is sweet, confident and powerful, and because of his destiny, he’s going to rule all the paranormal when he receives the Fenrir Ulv spirit, as he’s his true vessel. But even knowing that, Alex doesn’t use his power against anyone. I love that, how he stays focused on his goal, Haven.

The book wasn’t only focused on them. The secondary characters are as important in the plot as Haven and Alex. They all have a role in this future for the paranormal world, and I want, no, need to read more about them (especially Reid).

I really enjoyed the book, the story and the plot. The fact that it was a mix between Native American legends and Norse mythologies was very original in my opinion.
This book was the first one of the series, it presented the plot and the characters. The first step is reached in this one, Alex and Haven mating and embracing their destiny. I can’t tell you much, you need to read it because there’s so much more about them.

I can’t wait to read the next book, there’re so many things that we need to learn yet.

It’s 4 Optimumms for the Wolf and the Eagle.

***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: “Getting His Man” by B.G. Thomas

TITLE: Getting His Man
AUTHOR: B.G. Thomas
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 238 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 15, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback


A love story worthy of an old movie… with a new twist.
Artie needs a hero, a man like those he’s always revered in Golden Age films. His drug-dealing jerk of a roommate got him arrested, and since his savior isn’t likely to sweep in and save the day, Artie calls a bail bondsman.
August has always imagined himself a hero from a black-and-white movie, but he’s never found a man willing to let him play that role—at least not until he gets the call from Artie.
Both of their dreams might come true, but not before August must use his skills as a bounty hunter as well as a bondsman. Artie is on the run for his life, and August must protect him and help him clear his name. Only then can they both finally get their man.

When I saw this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Although I love a good crime story with a bit of romance included, I’d never read anything about a bail bondsman/bounty hunter. But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised, because this book was a really sweet and enjoyable story, and I couldn’t help the smile I found myself with when I finished.

Artie Bailey is twenty-four years old but looks a lot younger. He’s always been attracted to men who are a few years older than him, especially when they’re tall, masculine and sophisticated. But Artie can’t seem to find anyone who wants anything more than sex from him. Everyone he meets that he thinks he would like to go further with all tell him the same story, that they want a manlier man as a boyfriend or husband material. Not that Artie looks feminine in any way, he’s just smaller in stature and looks young, so most people don’t really take him seriously. His best friend Ross is exactly what Artie wants in a man, and although Artie has a little bit of a crush on him, he’s happy for things not to go any further, because he’d rather have Ross as a friend than nothing at all. And he knows that he can trust and rely on Ross to be there for him no matter what. Artie shares an apartment with Willie who’s a small-time dealer, and he absolutely hates it because Willie’s always partying and smoking pot with his friends, and has no consideration for Artie at all. When the cops wake Artie up in the middle of the night and arrest him for drug dealing, he has a mini meltdown. Artie is as straight-laced as you can get. He doesn’t swear, he barely drinks alcohol never mind do drugs, but he’s also quite naïve and always wants to see the good in people and situations. So when he’s taken to jail at the police station, he automatically jumps to the worst case scenario and thinks his life is over.

August Sterling may be a bail bondsman and bounty hunter, but he’s not the rough and tough guy people expect him to be. August is a complete gentleman with impeccable manners to match. He loves eating at fancy restaurants, going to the theatre to take in a show, and relaxing at home with a nice glass of wine and some jazz music. He wants a man who he can take care of, but who can also be independent and know his own mind. August doesn’t want someone to control, but someone he can look after and share his interests with. When August’s office gets a call about Artie needing to be bailed out of jail, he goes down there not expecting anything more than another young guy getting caught for committing a crime he’s clearly guilty of. But when August sees Artie, he knows straight away that this is not one of his normal cases. Artie is a nervous, emotional wreck, and seeing him looking like he does, and clearly in need of help, gets August all worked up. Because Artie is exactly the type of guy August would go for in any other situation, and the fact that they’re standing in jail does nothing to stop the lust and attraction August’s feeling.

August can’t help but feel a kind of protectiveness towards Artie when he hears what happened to him, so he promises to try and help Artie clear his name. As the two men spend more time together, they become closer, even though August knows it would be unprofessional to go any further, but there’s something about Artie that makes him want to throw all the caution aside and just go with his heart. August and Artie discover that they have a lot of things in common, except for musical tastes, and the more they learn about each other, the harder it is not to cross the line that’s been set. When Artie’s life is threatened by some gang members, August starts calling in some favours he’s owed, because he’ll never let any harm come to the man he’s started to fall for in a big way.

This book was honestly just a fabulous little read. Yes, it was sometimes sickly-sweet, but I really didn’t mind at all. It was quite a slow-burn romance, but again it worked well for the story. August was a brilliant character, he was the classic dream man, and I seriously had butterflies in my tummy every time he did something nice for Artie. Another thing I liked, was that for once the cover model actually resembled the picture of August I had in my head, so well done to the author and cover designer for getting it right. I think it really does make a difference, especially when its such an important character.

I know not everyone enjoys extra-sweet romance, but for me, this was a winner, and I loved that I got the chance to read it.

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


Review: “Jesus Kid” by Kayleigh Sky

TITLE: Jesus Kid
AUTHOR: Kayleigh Sky
PUBLISHER: Kiss Drunk Books
COVER ARTIST: Milan Stojanovic
GENRE: Sci-Fi; Dystopian
LENGTH: 357 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 6, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $16.99 -paperback


Thirty years ago, an asteroid stuck the Earth. Now killer plants hunt the last surviving humans.
Ori Scott is a young junkie running from his mother’s prophecy that he’d one day save the world from the killer plants. Her preaching made him a laughingstock and now he hides in his drugs. But he can’t hide the change in his veins. They are turning green, and the prophecy is dragging him into a dark struggle between invisible forces. Set up on bogus drug charges, Ori is taken to a secret facility where he becomes a test subject in experiments to discover an antidote to the alien plant’s sting.
Jack Doll is a cop with a vendetta against the plants that killed his best friend. All he has in the world now is his old friend’s lover, Rive. Together they form an unbreakable bond—or so he thought. Jack has never liked Rive’s friend, Ori, but he believes in Ori’s innocence and doesn’t understand Rive’s strange indifference to Ori’s conviction. Struggling with his suspicions, Jack can’t help digging into a mystery that draws him closer to Ori than ever before—and closer to somebody who has secrets to hide.
Alone and scared, Ori is grateful for Jack Doll’s friendship, and his longtime crush soon blossoms into love. But Ori has no plans to accept his fate. He wants to escape, and he doesn’t care if he takes the cure with him.

When an asteroid hit the earth, the world changed forever with the apparition of new species of plants. Some have medicinal virtue while others are killer plants.
Ori’s mother was stung by one of these plants call the “booweed” when she was pregnant with him. When others died from this, she survived and gave birth to Ori. She was sure about one thing; her son is the cure. Eighteen years later, Ori is a young hypersexual junkie. He refuses to hear about this so-called prophecy and tries just to survive in this new world. But what Ori wants doesn’t matter when the government plotted against him and tries to use him as a laboratory rat. Until Jack, a cop, who knows Ori and even if he doesn’t like the kid, he can’t walk away from him.

This book was something.

Ori is a young man, completely lost in his life. He wants to be invisible, to live his life. But in the meantime, he can’t stay alone, he’s completely attracted to Jack but thinks that Jack hates him and doesn’t try to correct it. He’s blunt and talks without thinking first. He’s also fine with his sexuality and his needs (like staying a night on a roof of a bar and being fuck by every guy who’s willing to fuck him). But, even if he seems to be crazy, or high, he’s also strong and doesn’t hesitate to fight back when it’s needed.

Jack is a cop with his best friend River. River is friends with Ori, and he takes care of him, and Jack knows Ori through him. Even if he pretends to dislike the kid, he doesn’t hesitate to protect him, to fight for him, or to take care of him. The more time he spends with Ori, the more Jack realises that he lied to himself all those years, and Ori means more to him.

This book is about survival in this new world when mother nature can kill you at any time. This book is about how a group people can survive in extreme conditions, and how a few can control the many. This book is also about love, friendship, family and what we can do for each other—what we can endure for each other. I’m not a fan of dystopia genre. The book was at moments too long and too confusing sometimes, but I admit that the moment I started the book I couldn’t stop my read. Even when I took some breaks, I was thinking about Ori and Jack.

It’s 3 OptimuMMs for the Jesus Kid and his protector

***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: “The Gryphon King’s Consort” by Jenn Burke

TITLE: The Gryphon King’s Consort
AUTHOR: Jenn Burke
SERIES: Dreamspun Beyond
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Urban Fantasy; Shapeshifters
LENGTH: 210 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 15, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback


Love takes flight.
The sudden death of the Gryphon King throws the kingdom of Mythos into uncertainty, and Crown Prince Luca rushes both his coronation and an arranged marriage to a man he’s never met. Eirian is young and idealistic, and while they both want what’s best for their people, their philosophies couldn’t be more different. While Luca believes in honoring tradition, Eirian is determined to infuse modern values into their kingdom of magical creatures. When given the choice between loyalty to his husband and his own crusade, Eirian makes a decision that might doom their marriage.
Still, Luca is committed to making their union work, and that means forgiving his brash consort. But when Eirian becomes the target of a deadly conspiracy, Luca must act fast—or forever lose the chance to explore their burgeoning love.

The Gryphon King’s Consort by Jenn Burke is the tenth book in the Dreamspun Beyond series. This book was a perfect addition to the series. It was hot, edgy and had drama, politics, temper tantrums, misunderstandings, an arranged marriage, and a deadly conspiracy. And the author did a good job hiding who the bad guy was because I totally got it wrong. I loved the book and both Luca and Eirian. I also loved that the gryphons could turn into different forms. They had an eagle, lion and gryphon form. I also loved that Gryphons are pansexual and homo-romantic and they get together at a yearly event to obtain breeding contracts.

The sudden death of the Gryphon King throws the kingdom of Mythos into uncertainty, and Crown Prince Luca isn’t ready to take over as the king. On the advice of his father’s trusted advisor and council member, Orel, Luca rushes both his coronation and an arranged marriage to a man he’s never met.

Eirian’s picked out of a stack of possible consorts based on his modernist ties. With Luca’s traditional ties a union with a modernist will show their people that both sides are being taken into account during council meetings and decisions. However, Eirian’s young and idealistic, and while they both want what’s best for their people, their philosophies maybe to too different to make their new relationship work. While Luca believes in honoring tradition and has for a long time, Eirian is determined to infuse modern values into their kingdom of magical creatures.

However, Eirian will also be advised by Orel that his job isn’t to vote for what he believes in and his values but to support whatever decisions that his new husband and king makes in order to show a loyal and united front. Will Eirian be able to suppress his beliefs and values to support his new husband or will he have to be true to himself?

Eirian’s chosen as the next consort. Normally he would have a five-year courtship and lessons in how to rule and support his new husband in his new role before getting married. But that is all thrown out the window with the King’s death, and Eirian only gets thirty-six hours before the wedding. He doesn’t get the lessons or anything to help him adjust to his new role. He has to learn how to sink or swim. And his new ocean is a sea of traditionalists where he has only ever swum in a sea of modernists. Eirian definitely has an uphill battle on his hands trying to get the council and his new husband to see the modernist side to problems and how to solve them.

But one too many misunderstandings is making Luca second guess taking Eirian as his consort. But before Luca can do anything he might regret, Eirian becomes the target of a deadly conspiracy, and it makes Luca realize just how much Eirian has wormed his way into his heart. Now he just has to figure out how to get his consort back safe and sound.

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


Review: “Stephan’s Monster” by Shelby Rhodes

TITLE: Stephan’s Monster
AUTHOR: Shelby Rhodes
SERIES: Vampire of Vadin
PUBLISHER: Siren Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Harris Channing
GENRE: Paranormal / MPreg
LENGTH: 208 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 13, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book


Jayden knows he’s a monster. The people he killed were horrible, but it didn’t change what he was. And being taken in by Stephan Everwood at fifteen hadn’t changed his homicidal tendencies. Yet ten years later he finds himself struggling to be someone he’s not. Then, despite thinking he lost most of his emotions years ago, Jayden discovers that not only is he not as empty inside as he thought, but that his monster is more present than ever before.
Stephan freely admits he has some issues. His self-doubts could be unrelenting and Stephan’s need to fix things tended to go too far. It blinded him to Jayden’s struggles. In the end his refusal to listen to what Jayden was trying to tell him has unfortunate results. When Stephan finally accepts who Jayden is, he must also face all that he had locked away inside.
Their difficulties brought them together. Their love healed them. And when the past tries to tear them apart, their darkness saved them.

Jaden is a monster, that’s how he presents himself. He kills people, but not innocent people, only the criminals who are under the justice’s radar. One day, he meets Stephan, a young man who decides to take him under his wing.
Stephan is a blood Elf and very powerful. He survived a horrible experience and tries to move on with his life. When he meets Jaden, he wants to help him to have a normal life.
Jaden is different, so is Stephan, but together, they bring out the best of each other. But can they really forget their horrible pasts and have a happy future together? That’s what they’ll have to find out.

I loved this book, it was a super good read.
Jaden is kind of a sociopath. He’s a killer, and he has no feelings—he’s completely detached from the world. After what he’s been through, it understandable. It’s only for Stephan that he tries to adapt to their realm and rules. It works at some points, but his true self is there, and he can’t deny who he is for too long. When he identifies his feelings for Stephan, he becomes an overprotective, jealous and scary (for the others) boyfriend. I Loved it!!!
Stephan is kind, generous and a caring man. What he lived and survived is awful, but Stephan moved on, and is trying to overcome his fears. Jaden helps him, and step by step, Stephan gives everything for his man.

Those two men are perfect for each other. They are the perfect mirror of each other. What Jaden had on the surface, Stephan has it under. The monsters sometimes aren’t exactly how we think they are.

The author put some beautiful metaphors into her story that I really loved. It was poetic!
She improved her writing, her style, and we see the difference between book one (that was good) and book 2 (that is better).
The characters are well developed, more profound, the story is focused on them. We follow them during a decade, and how they evolved individually but also together in their relationship.
The plot was good, well built and easy to follow.

Good Job! I was completely hooked on the book. And I had to ninja-read the book at work (Ninja-Read definition = It’s when I have to hide my kindle under some files at work and have a concentrated face like if I was trying to find a solution to save the world when I was, in fact, reading)
I can’t wait for book 3 now!!! (the ransom of the glory)

It’s 4 OptimuMMs, because… Bow!!!

***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 ***