Review: “Square One – Under the Uniform” by JJ Harper

TITLE: Square One – Under the Uniform
PUBLISHER: Aubergine Publishing
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 247 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 20, 2018
PRICE: $3.88 -e-book /9.99 $ -paperback


Xander is angry and fed up with being signed off work for something that was out of his control. He loses himself in alcohol and one-night stands, anything to dull the pain in his head.
Jonah is enjoying the freedom away from his small-town life, living life to the full in a big city. A few weeks away from starting his job as a firefighter, he embraces the nightlife and the men found in the clubs. One man, in particular, catches his eye, and not even exchanging names, they spend a night lost in each other, and then another. Still not bothering to find out any more about each other, they go their separate ways.
Until they find themselves face-to-face at work.
Unable to stay away from each other, they embark on something that soon morphs into so much more. Deeper, more intense, looking a lot like love.
But will it be enough when Jonah hears some life-changing news and he turns to Xander for support?

Square One is a 55k word standalone gay romance and a part of the multi-author Under the Uniform M/M romance book series released by Aubergine Publishing, which also includes:
Dance With Me by Ann Grech
Made to Measure by Viva Gold
Rescue Me by T.A. McKay
Isola di Fiore by Lou Watton
Hot Nurse by Brad Tanner
Long Tall Texan by L. J. Harris

JJ has done it again. This time with two smoking hot firemen and the fire is hot. I love how she
brings two men together and the chemistry is so strong from the get-go. She loves to capture my heart and not let it go and making me want more. Along with the chemistry, she always throws heartache in there and this time is no different. My heart breaks for these men that are not accepted by their families for being who they are. No one should ever feel that conditional love and should never be ashamed of who they are.
Xander has been off work since a terrible incident at a scene that was out of his control. He has to see a therapist until she releases him back to the fire department. The incident has really messed with his head, so he turns to drinking too much and one-night stands. He doesn’t sleep with the same guy twice until an extremely sexy (didn’t get his name) tells him where he can find him again. He seeks out Mr. Sexy, but he still doesn’t want his name and sneaks out before he wakes. Finally, he gets released to go back to work.

Jonah is new in town and checks out the local club and enjoys some of the locals. He can’t believe how hot this one-night stand is and tells him to come find him if he wants to hook up again. Jonah comes from a small town, and he wasn’t very welcome there when he came out
as gay. He’s very excited to start his new job at the fire department and to feel part of a team again. Mr. Hottie came, and they hooked up again without names. They were both in a hurry just to get naked.

On Xander’s first day back he’s a bit nervous. He’s heard from his best friend about the new guy and how great he is. What a shock when he walked into the station and was introduced to Mr. Sexy. They both do their best to be professional, but they can’t seem to keep their hands to themselves. They both soon realize they have more than sexual chemistry together.

They are falling for each other and hard. The day Xander moves in with Jonah, Jonah gets life changing news.

Will this be too much for Jonah to handle? Will Xander be able to handle this news? Will Xander be able to support Jonah whatever the decision is? Can these two survive the heat? I would love to help you out with these questions, but you’ll have to do what I did and read this steamy love story.

***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: “The Nerd and The Prince” by B.G Thomas

TITLE: The Nerd and The Prince
AUTHOR: B.G Thomas
SERIES: Small-Town Dreams
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 264 pages
RELEASE DATE: Sept 18, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book / $9.99 paperback


A Small-Town Dreams Story
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.

Jason Brewster is a small-town guy who dreams of adventure and epic love. Gay, out and proud, he dreams of his own prince charming that will love and adore him like in his dreams.

Amadeo Montefalcone, aka Adam, is a prince on the run. The pressure of the court and his family forced Adam to run away to live his life. He’s gay, in the closet and scared to come out to his royal family and people of Monterosia, his country.
Adam and Jason will start a beautiful love story, but, Adam has to come out to Jason about his real identity before his former life came back to bite them.

Is it possible that all your dreams can be true? That’s what Jason and Adam will have to find out, and most of all, fight to keep.

The Nerd and The Prince by B.G Thomas is a sweet candy book!
Jason is a young man who lives in his head. He grew up with all the stories that his mother told them (with his twin sister) about mythology and epic loves. Jason dreams about it for years, and he wants his own epic love story with his own prince charming. I liked Jason, he’s sweet and funny, and he cracked me up with his sister.

Amadeo or Adam is lost, scared, and broken at the beginning. He’s torn between his duty toward his country, and his wants of freedom to be whoever he wants. When he met Jason, he realizes that maybe he can have a real true love, but he’s scared to lose everything. Adam pains me; he’s so scared to live his life, so scared to love a man in the eye of the public that he chooses to live in the shadows of the world. But I liked that when he met Jason, he couldn’t deny his desire and despite his fears, he chooses Jason above everything else.

This book was a mix between fairy tales and mythology. It was sweet, full of love with an epic declaration of love and bravery with a great fight for the love of his beloved. B.G Thomas did an interesting mix of these two subgenres and added his own style with our pop culture.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Hiding in Plain Sight” by Bru Baker

TITLE: Hiding in Plain Sight
AUTHOR: Bru Baker
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal
LENGTH: 256 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 18, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback


Happily ever after is right under their noses.
Harris has been keeping a big secret for years—his unrequited mate bond with his best friend, Jackson. He’s convinced himself that having Jackson in his life is enough. That, and his work at Camp H.O.W.L., keeps him going.
Things get complicated when Jackson applies for a high-ranking Tribunal job in New York City—far from Camp H.O.W.L. The position requires he relinquish all Pack bonds… and that’s when his wolf decides to choose a mate. Suddenly Jackson sees his best friend in a sizzling new light.
Their chemistry is through the roof, but they’re setting themselves up for broken hearts—and broken bonds—if Jackson can’t figure out a way to balance his career and the love that’s just been waiting for him to take notice.

I loved Hiding in Plain Sight by Bru Baker. It’s the third book in the Camp H.O.W.L. series and the twenty-eighth book in the Dreamspun Beyond series. The book is a standalone, so you don’t have to read the other two books in the series to know what’s going on with the couple in this book but reading the other two books will only enhance your reading experience since there are cameos from the other couples in this book. And the returning characters from Camp H.O.W.L. like the camp director Anne Marie and the camp counselors, doctors, and therapists. The story was well written with a great storyline and well-developed complex characters.

I liked that in this book we get to see more of how the campers get to spend their days while also getting to watch Harris while he works through his unrequited mate bond with his best friend, Jackson.

I loved Harris. I loved his dedication to the camp as a therapist and to keeping in touch with his friends. He’s known that he and Jackson were mates for a while, but he also knows that Jackson isn’t looking for a mate and so he decides he would rather keep Jackson as a friend than to try and mess that friendship up by pushing for more and potentially being rejected. Harris knows that an unrequited bond is easier to live with then a rejected mate bond. But that can’t help him from pining for his mate. When the camp gets a new celebrity camper, Harris is assigned as her therapist and the person in charge of her. Having such a big celebrity in the camp will mean upping their security system and border patrols while she’s there and guess who put in their security system? That’s right…Jackson, who works for Jordan at Fangs and Fury in between working as a police officer. For Harris having Jackson at the camp for the length of the celebrity’s stay will be both heaven and hell. Heaven because he’ll get to be around his mate every day and hell while he waits to find out if Jackson has gotten the Tribunal Enforcer job and will be moving to New York City and will have to break all of his bonds, both pack and personal.

I loved Jackson. He’s a little oblivious to the attraction between him and Harris until his wolf decides that Harris is his potential mate. He’s completely focused on his career and doesn’t have any plans for a mate. And actually to get the career that he wants as a Tribunal Enforcer he’ll have to break his bonds with both his pack and any personal bonds that he also has. His ultimate job is to be a pack second like his dad, and he knows that if he gets the Tribunal job that he won’t have any problem getting a job as a pack second. After getting back from his interview for the Tribunal job he learns that Jordan has taken a job for camp H.O.W.L. to overhaul their security for a high profile celebrity camper. Which would normally be no problem but for some reason, Jackson’s wolf has been pushing him to bond with his best friend Harris, which with the potential job requirements is inconvenient and is making him second guess if he really wants to continue with his plans for his career or give it up and keep his mate. Poor Jackson feels like a yo-yo.

I loved this addition to the series, and I think that you will too. If you have enjoyed the other books in the Camp H.O.W.L. series, then I recommend giving this book a try.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Black Leather & Knuckle Tattoos” by JM Dabney

TITLE: Black Leather & Knuckle Tattoos
SERIES: The Men of Canter’s Handyman
PUBLISHER: Hostile Whispers Press, LLC
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 117 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 4, 2018
PRICE: $2.99 – e-book


Kindergarten teacher, Troy Canter, fell hopelessly in love with leather and tattoos at the impressionable age of sixteen when cuddly, bad-boy Win interviewed for a job with the family business, Canter Handymen of all Trades. No one compared to the large man and never would. A decade later, Brent, Troy’s father, falls ill and he needs to take over the business for a while. Interacting Day in and day out with sexy Win is a cruel punishment.
Winston Sanchez hadn’t done a thing right in his life, except interviewing for a handyman job for Brent Canter. He loved his job, but an attraction to Troy Canter complicates things. As Troy ran the business while Brent fights cancer, it has thrown the man right in his lap. When an unexpected development in the package of a four-year-old daughter throws Win into a panic, Troy comes to the rescue.
Can a man who doesn’t think he’s worth much let go enough to open himself to the love of a man who thinks he’s worth everything?

Black Leather & Knuckle Tattoos is the first book in a new series by JM Dabney. In Clifton, North Carolina there’s romance in the air if only the two MC’s would wake up and smell the roses. As a kindergarten teacher, Troy Canter is used to playing by the rules and keeping his lustful thoughts about his dad’s foreman hidden is amongst the top of that list. When his father falls ill, he’s thrust into taking over his father’s construction company. This isn’t a problem except that now he can’t escape his crush, Winston Sanchez. When the shock of Win’s life comes in the form of a miniature version of him, he runs to the only person he knows he can count on. What Win doesn’t realize is that counting on the handsome kindergarten teacher is only the beginning of the emotional roller coaster he finds himself on.

Troy was definitely a fun character to read. Troy is the product of a college relationship ending after his birth. His father, Brent, dropped out of pre-med to raise Troy alone. His father went on to become the owner of his own company while his son became a kindergarten teacher. When Troy came out to his dad, his dad acted like I’m sure most teens would hope their parents acted, like nothing was amiss. Troy found his true love at sixteen, and no other man would ever compare. He wanted the older man, the only thing keeping him from pursuing him was that he worked for his dad. My heart hurt for Troy throughout the book. He’s such an amazingly sweet guy, and when Win kept ignoring the not so subtle hints that Troy wanted the older man, it was so gut-wrenching. Where I wanted to scream and throw a natural fit over Win being so obtuse, Troy handled him with the patience of a saint and unrequited love.

Oh Win, I loved to hate you and then fell in love with you. Winston Sanchez is the sexy older foreman of Troy’s father’s company. Win has a troubled past including incarceration. When he interviewed with his boss, Brent Canter, he had a chip on his shoulder and was sure the man wouldn’t hire an ex-con like him. Ten years later, he’s Brent’s right-hand man. He always knew he was bisexual, but he never acted on it. No man had ever had an effect on him but the one he thought he could never have. When a little girl that had his features showed up out of the blue, and he was thrust into fatherhood, he ran to the only man he could trust to help. Troy fell instantly in love with the little girl and became her self-appointed uncle. And that’s where things between the two frustrating men started to get really interesting and intense.

I absolutely adore JM Dabney’s books. She has a unique style to her writing that has me consuming title after title and instantly one-clicking. Every character and storyline are so thought-out and absolutely incredible. I have such a good time reading her books. This book is no exception. It’s not a long book, and I read it in one go. I get so emotionally invested in the characters that I’m blown away by the end. I can’t wait for book two, and I’m really hoping it includes a sassy young man and a hot older construction company owner. Hint, hint.

***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: “Blood and Ghosts” by Shira Anthony

TITLE: Blood and Ghosts
AUTHOR: Shira Anthony
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Urban Fantasy; Vampires
RELEASE DATE: Apr 20, 2015
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback


Sequel to Blood and Rain
With vampire Nicolas Lambert’s marriage to a rival clanswoman only weeks away, Adrien Gilbert struggles to come to terms with his defeat at the hands of Verel Pelletier, a vampire hunter and an immortal like himself. Adrien and his former teacher, Roland Günter, begin to explore his newly acquired abilities. But without his soul’s sword, Adrien flounders.
On Nicolas’s wedding day, a two-hundred-year old secret is revealed, sending the wedding party into a blazing battle between hunters and vampires. Once again Adrien finds himself facing Pelletier’s superior strength. Just as Adrien believes all hope of a future with Nicolas is lost, he finally learns his true gift—he can turn back time. But time travel comes with a high cost. To save Nicolas, Adrien must become strong enough to use his power without descending into madness.

Book two in the Blood series and I was on the edge of my seat. This book was incredible. I was so enthralled I dared anyone to interrupt me while reading this. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. This installment was much faster-paced than the first, so you really have to pay attention. This book will start tying things together that happened in book one. The time travel can be a little hard to follow at times. There’s just so much happening that a few times I had to go back and reread a page or two so I didn’t get lost. The storyline again in this is fantastic. The world building and the character development is top notch.

Adrien is now an immortal hunter. Secrets about his family history are beginning to be revealed. Adrien is starting to discover truths, and it’s only a matter of time before he breaks from all the changes that are being thrust at him. He has matured a lot in this book. He’s a jealous lover but also becoming his own man. He understands Nicolas’ need to follow the path he set for himself but did it have to come at the price of Adrien’s heart? While Nicolas is spending time with his betrothed before the blood bond that will tie them together for eternity, Adrien is training with his former hunter mentor, Roland. Roland is trying to get Adrien to learn that he has powers beyond his soul sword, but Adrien is struggling. He’s lost faith in his abilities and with the upcoming nuptials, he has no reason to continue as a hunter.

Francois is Adrien’s brother whom we met briefly in book one. He’s traumatized by what happened at the hands of the hunters. The nightmares haunt him, and all he wants is for Charles to let him go. Charles is finally learning that he deserves happiness and Francois is it for him. He knows he’ll seek revenge on those who hurt Francois… he’s just biding his time.

Nicolas, that sweet, sweet vampire. He believes in sacrificing his happiness for the good of the clans and the vampires as a whole. Bringing the two rival clans together for the sake of peace he feels is his duty. Secrets not only unfold for Adrien but for Nicolas as well. Nicolas discovers who he really is and about a past that only his brother Jean and his enemies are privy to. We don’t see a lot of Nicolas in book two. Not the way we know him in book one, and that’s where the time travel comes into play. He’s still formidable as an ancient, but he’s not the same Nicolas we’ve come to love.

This book has a lot of twists and turns. The characters and plot are getting more complex, but the way the author expertly weaves it, you’ll be hooked. Definitely a page-turner and I couldn’t wait to get to book three. Highly recommend. This book is not a stand-alone. You most definitely need to read book one first. Happy reading.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis