Review: “Daddy, Daddy and Me” by Sean Michael

TITLE: Daddy, Daddy and Me
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 162 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 23, 2018
PRICE: $ 4.19 e-book


When Jeff agreed to be the sperm donor to his best friend Beth, he never expected a tragedy to leave his newborn and three-year-old motherless. Beth’s loss has totally thrown his life into chaos: his lover has left him, his house isn’t anywhere near childproof, and his boss feels the restaurant has been patient enough with Jeff’s time off.
Donny has always known he wanted to work with kids, and he just finished his degree in early childhood education. He didn’t count on the prejudice he’d face as not only a male nanny, but a gay one at that. Job-hunting has been frustrating to say the least, so when he knocks on Jeff’s door and is greeted by the sounds of things breaking and a pair of screaming children, he thinks maybe he can begin this particular interview with a trial by fire.
Becoming the nanny to Jeff’s children might be a dream come true for Danny and exactly what Jeff needs, but are either of them ready to really be a family?
First Edition published by TOP SHELF: An imprint of Torquere Press Publishers, December 2011.

Jeff lost his best friend Beth in a horrible fire, He was her sperm donor, so he has to raise her/his children, Robin 3 years-old and Kimberley 4 months-old, and then he lost his boyfriend, Mitch in the process. Jeff is lost until Donny comes to his rescue.

Donny has always wanted to work with children, he’s graduated but can’t find a job. He’s a gay man, and people seem to be reluctant to trust him with their children. So when he goes to his job interview with Jeff, he walks into utter chaos and understands that this family needs him.
I liked this book full of love.

Jeff is completely lost, traumatized and still mourning Beth, his best friend. He doesn’t know how to raise kids but refuses to give up on them. I love Jeff, I was sad for him, and he broke my heart. But he’s so loveable, I want to hug him and more I admit.

Donny is the gay version of Mary Poppins. The guy is calm, confident, and manages to deal with two kids and a lost dad in total chaos without breaking a sweat. No really, the guy is Mary Poppins. I love him, he has a huge heart, and he’s perfect for them.
The book and plot were good. I read it straight away, from the beginning to the end and I had a great time with them.
Put two hot men and toddlers in the same book and bam, I’m on it and happy.
I recommend this book. You’ll have a good time with a smile on your face at the end.

4 OtpimuMMs… because Robin!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: ” Dead Camp 5 The End Game Part 2″ by Sean Kerr

TITLE: Dead Camp 5 The End Game Part 2
AUTHOR: Sean Kerr
SERIES: Dead Camp
PUBLISHER: Extasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Paranormal
LENGTH: 266 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 23, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book


All stories have a beginning and a middle, but it is how those stories end that we remember them.

Everything must come to an end, and as Eli contemplates the loss of Malachi in a London ripped apart by war, he knows that the final battle looms ever closer.

Where is Ethan? Eli can feel him, their love for each other calling through time, but History conspires to keep them apart as Morbius uses him for the final game.

Desperate to find a way to end the war, Eli once again delves into the distant past in search of answers, but as Jack the Ripper taunts him from the pages of his dead lover’s diary, Eli is left despondent. So many lies, so many terrible secrets bleeding across his memories, and all of it to keep him safe from the fingers of those who would destroy him.

Love. All of it for love. So much lost, and all of it because of love. As Eli says goodbye to London for the last time, he can only hope that love will be enough to end the madness.

He has a plan to rescue Ethan. An audacious plan and it will take all of History by his side to see it through to the bitter end. It is time to break Ethan free from the bonds that enslave him, and as they hurtle towards Berlin, the final sacrifice begins.

Sean Kerr has really outdone himself. This final book of this wonderful series has left me speechless and full of tears. Please, do not attempt to read Dead Camp 5 until you have read the other four. Otherwise, this final book will confuse you. You MUST read the series in order to capture the pure beauty that Sean has created in this epic series. Trust me when I say that this series has hardly been about beauty and has a lot of angst and ugliness in it. But what Sean has done, is nothing short of remarkable. The series starts with questions and continues to add to the mystery and suspense through each new installment. The characters’ stories are revealed one at a time in one of the books making it an on-going serial. Before DC 5, Sean had left us on the edge of our seats questioning who, if anyone, will get their HEA!

So now that we’ve reached DC 5, everything is finally answered, and things make sense. But to get to these answers, there is so much pain and hopelessness. So much so, that it’s hard not to give in to the evil that lurks around every corner. Eli is in such a distraught frame of mind that my heart feels bad for him. In the same breath, I just want him to man up and get out of his pity pot. I would feel bad for him but then get mad at him too.

And of course, there’s Malachi, my beloved Malachi. This ghost weaved his way into my heart from the beginning. He has stood by Eli through the worst of the worst. But how long can that last until Mal follows his heart and tries to find what true love can bring him? To be loved unconditionally is something he has strived for from Eli for centuries and it was never given.

Gideon, my dear Gideon. You have sacrificed so much because of love. Are your sacrifices worth it? Is Eli worth it? You, of course, have been through so much heartache and he just hates you for it. You are my hero, and I felt so much in my heart for you. I can’t really say much other than continue to be you and never change.

There is so much history in this series, and it brought about so much imagination of beautiful places throughout history in my brain. The amount of research that went into the world-building of historic sites was fantastic, and had me wishing to visit them. The story starts at the beginning of time, through the worst of times. There is beauty and ugliness, hope & hopelessness, love and hatred, fear and courage and it’s all wrapped up in this finale. I don’t feel that I have captured what this book has, but please know, it is worth it to the very last words of the very last chapter as Sean has stated. I leave you with one of my favorite lines in the book.
“A kiss is a wonderful thing, but it is also the cruelest thing of all, for it may break that which it was meant to heal.”

***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: “Teaching Ben” by Shae Connor

TITLE: Teaching Ben
AUTHOR: Shae Connor
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 218 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 20, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback


Learning to love means a study in patience.
Fresh out of the military, Ben Cooper is ready for a new start. He’s away from his domineering father, making his own choices… and out of the closet. On his first day of college, he meets David Powell, who’s just the kind of gorgeous man Ben’s dreamed of. Too bad he’s the teaching assistant—which makes him off-limits in Ben’s eyes.
David is Ben’s age, but his life has taken a different path. He’s close with his family, who helped him deal with personal struggles after he came out. And while he’s staying away from any hint of scandal, Ben’s a kind of temptation he hasn’t faced in years. If only they’d met on more equal footing.
As the semester progresses and their lives become more entwined, keeping their relationship platonic becomes more difficult. They just have to hold out until the end of the semester….

I don’t quite know what to say about this book except that it was a really lovely, feel-good story, which was an incredibly enjoyable read. I loved the plot and characters from the first chapter of reading and found myself thinking about the story long after I had finished the book. I’ve never read anything by this author before, so wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I can happily say that this definitely won’t be the last book I read from her.

The blurb says more than enough about the story, so I won’t go into any further details as this would be spoiling the experience of reading the book for you. What I will say, is that the supporting characters (except one) are just as amazing and loveable as the main characters, and add a real depth and authenticity to the story. If you’re anything like me, then you’ll be left wanting more.

The romance between Ben and David is a slow-burn, so it isn’t going to appeal to everyone. But I found that it was the reason that I enjoyed the book as much as I did. They started out as friends, and the relationship grew from there. From the first glimpse of each other in the lecture hall, the first conversation, the mutual attraction and compatibility, and then the joint self-imposed abstinence, it all added to the build-up and anticipation of them finally getting together. There was no rushing into anything, no matter how much they both wanted more. So when it finally did happen, it was a much more intimate and emotional experience for them. And as a reader, this was a nice change from characters jumping into bed together just days/hours after meeting. It felt like I was right there with them on their journey, experiencing their feelings and desires. And also to have a romance with a HEA that had basically no drama or angst, was like a breath of fresh air.

The story is written in the third person, from both Ben and David’s POV, so you get a real feel for what each character is thinking and going through as everything progresses. I’m a big fan of dual POV, and think that seeing things from both sides adds a lot to a book. In this case, it was again true, because it worked so perfectly for how the plot/story developed and flowed.
I genuinely don’t have anything negative to say about this book or how it’s written. All I know is that I smiled a lot while reading. And at the end, I felt happy…real, tangible, glowing happiness. I wish it was a feeling I could take away from every book I read.

Do I recommend this book? Of course, without a doubt, I just hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Lover, Lover” by Liv Olteano

TITLE: Lover, Lover
AUTHOR: Liv Olteano
SERIES: Dreamcatchers Tale
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
LENGTH: 202 pages
RELEASE DATE: Februry 20, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book / $9.99 paperback


A Dreamcatchers Tale

Twin souls reunited.
Drew’s always been a fighter: first in martial arts competitions, and now as a dreamcatcher—keeping the people of Seattle safe from spaga attacks that would drain their life force in their sleep. All he has to do to become a full member of Team 32 is complete his first mission.
But the first person he must defend is his ex, Angelo… the only man Drew ever loved, even if he was the one to leave. Drew never got over Angelo, and it seems Angelo might feel the same, despite the heartbreak he suffered at Drew’s hands.
As the chase after a powerful and resourceful caster hits close to home, old feelings resurface. But if Angelo learns of the dreamcatchers, he’ll be a target for the spaga. And how can he trust Drew now that Drew’s keeping bigger secrets than ever?

Drew is the new member of team 32. A team of “Super beings” who fights spagas (demons) who drain people of their life force during their sleep.
In order to become a full member of the team, Drew has to succeed on his first mission. Protecting an innocent and kill the spagas.

But when the innocent is Angelo, Drew’s ex-boyfriend, and love of his life, Drew realizes that he can’t be full without Angelo. But how to convinced Angelo that Drew is here for good when his life is full of danger?
I liked this book.

The story is from Drew’s pov. He’s funny, smart, fierce, and blunt. He’s also completely in love with Angelo and feels guilt for breaking his heart 5 years ago. However, Drew fights for Angelo and to prove to him he’s sorry and really wants to be with him for good, until the end of their lives. I liked it about Drew, the fact that he acknowledges his wrongdoing, and tries to make amends, pleased me.

Angelo is sweet, smart and very kind. He loves Drew, never stopped, but he can’t send him away, he can’t turn his back on him. I love Angelo. He’s so sweet and adorable, but not weak. He’s a good match for Drew.

There’s also Taka and Claw the other two hot members of the team that I want to know better. And Aashi, their boss, a spider/woman, or a woman/spider, I’m not really sure actually, but she’s scary and funny, but terrifying.

The plot was good, but a little bit confused and messy. We cleary understand their universe and what they are and what the spagas are, but the plot itself was a little bit hasty. Everything was fast without really being developed. But it’s book 1 of the series, so the basis is settled, and I think the series will get better and better.
Anyway, I’ll look forward to the other books, because even if everything wasn’t perfect, the story was still good and the characters loveable.
3.5 stars for Team 32

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Merry & Bright” by Joanna Chambers

TITLE: Merry & Bright
AUTHOR: Joanna Chambers
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 186 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 11, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book


Three seasonal love stories from Joanna Chambers

Quin Flint is unimpressed when his gorgeous colleague, Rob Paget, asks for extra time off at Christmas. As far as Quin is concerned, Christmas is a giant waste of time. Quin’s on the fast track to partnership, and the season of goodwill is just getting in the way of his next big project. But when Quin’s boss, Marley, confiscates his phone and makes him take an unscheduled day off, Quin finds himself being forced to confront his regrets, past and present, and think about the sort of future he really wants…and who he wants it with.

Mr Perfect’s Christmas
Sam Warren’s new job hasn’t been going so well so the last thing he’s in the mood for is the obligatory office Christmas party, particularly since Nick Foster’s going to be there. Nick–the guy whose shoes Sam has been trying to fill–seems to take very opportunity to point out where Sam’s going wrong. But when Sam receives an unexpected Secret Santa gift at the party, he’s forced to question his assumptions about his rival. Could it be that he’s been misinterpreting Nick’s actions all along? And is it possible that his reluctant attraction to Nick is reciprocated?

Rest and Be Thankful
Things haven’t been going well for Cam McMorrow since he moved to Inverbechie. His business is failing, his cottage is falling apart and following his very public argument with café owner Rob Armstrong, he’s become a social outcast. Cam needs to get away from his troubles and when his sister buys him a ticket to the biggest Hogmanay party in Glasgow, he can’t leave Inverbechie quick enough. But when events conspire to strand him in the middle of nowhere in a snowstorm, not only is he liable to miss the party, he’ll also have to ask his nemesis, Rob, for help.

Merry and Bright is a collection of three short holiday stories by Joanna Chambers. This is my first time reading a story by the author, and I have to say that I enjoyed reading them. The stories were well written and brimming with holiday cheer and holiday morals about being a good person and stop being a Scrooge. I read them straight through, and it helped put me back into the holiday spirit.

Humbug – I liked this holiday story about Rob and Quin. I like how much growth Quin has to do to get to his HEA. He has some hard decisions and some soul searching to do, but with Rob’s help and support, he will make it. Quin is trying to emulate his boss’ behavior at work and wants to make partner. So far his attitude and drive to succeed has cost him a fiancé, but little did he know that it has also cost him his friends and coworkers. His coworker Rob points out what everybody thinks of him, and it really hits home when he goes out later that night to a club to meet up with his friends and overhears what they think of him also. When he flees the club without letting his friends know that he was there, he’s in a really bad place, and he runs into Rob from work. Rob knows that something’s wrong and refuses to let him be by himself. Will Rob be able to help Quin become the man that everybody remembers and the friend that everybody wants? 5 OptimuMMs

Mr. Perfect’s Christmas – I liked this story about Nick and Sam. I felt a little sorry for Sam and all that he’d been through and trying to fit in at his new job and trying to live up to his wonder boy predecessor, Nick, that everybody including the clients loved. Little did Sam know that the real reason that Nick has been popping in and sharing his knowledge and talking to his boss is because he has a crush on him not because he wants to make him seem inferior. Cute short story. I really enjoyed reading it. 4 OptimuMMs

Rest and Be Thankful – I liked this story about Rob and Cam. There hook up was hot! But the story left me wanting to know more. I had questions that hadn’t been answered like did Cam get his car fixed and find the money for the next loan payment and get his boiler replaced? These were all problems that Cam was facing, and there wasn’t any resolution on what happened after the blizzard. I want to know more about what happens next for Rob and Cam and their new relationship. 3 OptimuMMs

***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 ***