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Review: “Under a Blue Moon” by Bru Baker

TITLE: Under a Blue Moon
AUTHOR: Bru Baker
SERIES: Camp H.O.W. L.
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Shapeshifters; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 228 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 19, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback

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Once in a blue moon, opposites find they’re a perfect match.
Nick Perry is tired of helping people with their marriages, so when a spot opens up to work with teens at Camp H.O.W.L., he jumps at it. He doesn’t expect to fall in lust with the dreamy new camp doctor, Drew Welch. But Drew is human, and Nick has seen secrets ruin too many relationships to think that a human/werewolf romance can go anywhere.
Happy-go-lucky Drew may not sprout claws, but he’s been part of the Were community all his life. He has no trouble fitting in at the camp—except for Nick’s stubborn refusal to acknowledge the growing attraction between them and his ridiculous stance on dating humans. Fate intervenes when one of his private practice patients threatens Drew’s life. Will the close call help Nick to see a connection like theirs isn’t something to let go of?


I really liked Under a Blue Moon by Bru Baker. It’s the second book in the Camp H.O.W.L. series and the twenty-second book in the Dreamspun Beyond series. This book is well written and nicely edited. The characters were developed, and I loved the Catch Me If You Can part of the book. That part and the part where Nick and Drew have to take the classes that the camp offers and they turn it into a competition of who can do it better, the human raised by werewolves or the werewolf. I loved how it helped show Nick that just because Drew is human that having been raised by werewolves and having werewolf stepbrothers has taught him how to use what he’s got to survive and thrive around werewolves and that he would be worthy of being in a relationship. I did like the little detail about them having their one-night stand while under a blue moon and that Drew’s mom and stepdad met and fell in love under a blue moon also and that they were proof that a human/werewolf relationship could last and flourish.

Poor Nick Perry is a psychologist and is tired of helping people with their marriages. So when a spot opens up to work with teens at Camp H.O.W.L., he jumps at it. Nick has seen too many relationships ruined by secrets, and this is just between people of the same species since he primarily sees humans. So he’s a big believer that an interspecies relationship doesn’t stand a chance of working and has a firm no dating humans rule. They are perfectly fine for one-night stands but absolutely not for dating. I can understand where he is coming from with that rule since they aren’t supposed to be telling humans what they are to protect the community, so yes dating a human that doesn’t know that you’re a werewolf would be hard on the relationship especially with how they wolf out on the full moon. But he is so stubborn about his attraction to the new camp doctor who, although human, was raised with werewolves so not quite the same scenario as dating a human that doesn’t know about the paranormal community.

I admit to wanting to hit Nick upside the head on more than one occasion for being so stubborn and forcing Drew to constantly prove that he’s just as good as a werewolf and more than a match for Nick. But he was still a loveable character, and the chemistry between him and Drew is hot.

Drew is a human and a doctor, but he’s been part of the Were community all of his life. He has no trouble fitting in at the camp as their new doctor. Except for Nick’s stubborn refusal to acknowledge the growing attraction between them and his ridiculous stance on dating humans and forcing him to constantly prove that he’s just as good as a Were. And he’s just as good because his stepbrothers have seen to that.

I really liked how happy-go-lucky Drew is and how he wants to help the patients that he sees in his little private practice in town. It doesn’t matter to him whether they are human or paranormal. When he gets a case that he’s sure is an ongoing domestic abuse case, he asks Nick for his advice and to see if the woman will talk to him and try to get her some help. When the boyfriend shows up, it all goes to hell.

But will the close call be enough to help Nick see that a connection like theirs isn’t something to let go of? You’re just going to have to read the book to find out. I’m not going to tell you. But it was definitely worth reading. And I can’t wait until the next book in the series.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “The Best Worst Honeymoon Ever” by Andrew Grey

TITLE: The Best Worst Honeymoon Ever
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Bree Archer
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 190 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jun 19, 2018
PRICE: $ 4.99 e-book / $9.99-paperback

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Tommy Gordon is all set for happily ever after—until heartbreak strikes when his husband-to-be leaves him at the altar. In a bid for distraction, his best friend, Grayson Phillips, suggests he takes advantage of the luxury honeymoon anyway! But the last thing Tommy wants is to go alone, so he invites Grayson and his son, Petey, along. Beautiful Bonaire lends itself to romance, and along with close quarters, relaxing on the water, and a matchmaking kid, Tommy and Grayson soon find themselves closer than ever… and considering more, much to Grayson’s delight. But before they can plan the best honeymoon ever, dark clouds descend in the form of Tommy’s ex and a sting from paradise that could ruin everything.


Tommy is ready to married Xavier and having his happily ever after until Xavier left him at the altar the day of their wedding.
Grayson is Tommy’s best friend and was present when Tommy had his heart broken. He encouraged him to go on his honeymoon, but Tommy refuses to go alone, he’ll only go if Grayson and his son Petey come with him.
For a week, Tommy, Grayson and Petey will explore the island and enjoy their time together. But when Xavier comes to the island, Tommy will have to face his past and confront the man he used to love if he wants a real chance to be happy and loved in the future.

The Best Worst Honeymoon Ever is a beautiful love story.

Grayson and Tommy are best friends since college, and for a decade they were only friends…best friends. But Tommy’s always had a crush on Grayson, but never found the courage to act on it. The same goes for Grayson, he’s always had a crush on Tommy, and when he was ready to act on it, Tommy had met Xavier. So when they end up together on an island paradise, they let go of their fears and just try. It was very sweet and beautiful, how they take the step together and cross the line.

I loved them. They were so adorable. Tommy was hurting, scared and lost after Xavier. He was unsure about himself, about his ability to find a man who will love him, just him, and when things start to heat up between him and Grayson, he was scared to lose his best friend and Petey. I understood Tommy, I could totally relate to him, and that’s probably what made me love him so much.

Grayson is a very good man, a good father and a loyal friend. He had always wanted Tommy, but he was scared to act, and then he has to think of his son Petey and what’s best for him. But when he saw an opportunity to be more than friends with Tommy, Grayson didn’t hold back, and he went heart first into this relationship. He was confident and sure for both of them. I loved this about him.

This book was good, well written and I had pleasure while reading it. It was a sweet romance, but not too superficial. Even if Tommy realized that Grayson was the love of his life, it couldn’t have erased his past and his pain. I loved this about the story. I loved that while I read about their love story and how they come together, I also saw how Tommy got closure from his past.

I happily recommend this book; it’s a sweet romance just like I love them.

It’s 4 stars because Petey, this kid is awesome!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Leather Head” by Matt Converse

TITLE: Leather Head
AUTHOR: Matt Converse
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Encompass Ink
COVER ARTIST: Rue Volley
GENRE: Erotica; Horror/Thriller
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 47 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 4, 2017
PRICE: $.99 -e-book

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Gable is just playing dress up for San Francisco’s leather S&M fair, but Leather Head isn’t playing. His friend Shawn warns him to be careful what he’s advertising for since the community has been rocked by four brutal murders. Gable still thinks it’s all in fun, but it isn’t. Desire can be deadly.


This was a pretty intense short story. I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting, but the author had me on edge for most of the story. The way this author described his characters, including the killer, had me immersed from the get-go.

Gable decides to dress up for the leather party even though it’s not his scene. He quickly decides he’s going to have fun with this. His best friend, Shawn, can’t believe how good he looks and warns him to be careful.

Leather Head is new in town and has already had a few of his victims at his mercy. Gable can’t get over how hot this man is and after a bathroom rendezvous, decides to go home with Leather Head.

This is a great chiller with some hot scenes. It will have you by the seat of your pants and gripping the sofa. I read it in one sitting and so will you. What will become of Gable? How will Shawn handle his missing best friend? It’s exciting to the end.

Enjoy

***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: “Good Boys” by Keelan Ellis

TITLE: Good Boys
AUTHOR: Keelan Ellis
SERIES: The Solomon Mysteries
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Mystery / Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 196 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jun 4, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book

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Having risen through the ranks of the Baltimore City Police Department to the elite Homicide unit as an out gay man, Paul Solomon has always prided himself on his integrity and self-reliance. As the last vestiges of his failed eight-year-long relationship fall away, Paul finds himself adrift, forced to rely on others to help him find his footing again.
When Paul and his partner, Tim Cullen, are called to the scene of a double murder of two high school students on the city’s west side, Paul finds the lives and deaths of the two boys hitting closer to home than he’d expected. With his personal life in upheaval, he struggles with the perspective needed to untangle the web of secrets and lies that led to their demise.
While working his way through the complicated case, Paul starts getting his life back together. After a date with an enigmatic young man takes a dark turn, he reaches out to an old flame who brings some much-needed lightness to his life. But Paul finds that relationships, like murder investigations, are never as simple as he’d like.


Paul Solomon is a detective at the homicide unit of the Baltimore City Police Department. He’s called to the scene of a double murder of two teenagers, and with his partner Tim Cullen, they’ll have to start the investigation of a complicated case.
Between the investigation and his personal life that goes adrift, Paul will have to rely on others while trying to find his footing again.
Good Boys is the first book of The Solomon Mysteries series. It’s my first book by the author Keelan Ellis.

I liked this book; it was a good mystery novel.

Paul is a 38 year-old cop, gay and out. He’s a very good detective and very passionate at his job, but he’s not good with human relationships or interaction. I found Paul very selfish, self-centered and sometimes a real Asshole, but it was consistant with his situation. His life went adrift, he lost his boyfriend of 8 years, has to move out and crash on the couch of his partner and then mets a beautiful young man who is completely fucked up while he’s dating an ex-lover Owen…. Of course the guy was selfish, self-centered and a real asshole, he’s just human after all.

The book is written from Paul’s view. It’s a good mystery novel, but it’s not a romance and don’t expect it. There’re no real feelings in this book, even between Paul and his lovers or friends, and when there’s some feelings, it wasn’t well described. But it didn’t bother me; I didn’t expect to read a romance. The plot is divided between the investigation and Paul’s life. The investigation was interesting and captivating with a good twist at the end that I didn’t see coming.

The secondary characters are good, I loved Tim. And I’m dying to know more about David, he’s the one who touch me the most and I hope that I’ll read more about him in the next books.

If you want a good mystery novel, Good Boys is for you. I enjoyed this book and I’ll read the next one in the series.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “A Tender Curiosity” by Charlie Cochet

TITLE: A Tender Curiosity
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Anthology
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 90 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 15, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book

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Take a journey into the past and meet the men who laughed, lived, and loved in a bygone era. This collection includes three short but sweet tales of infatuation, adventure, humor, and even a dash of the paranormal.
When Love Walked In
Private investigator Bruce Shannon’s cases of missing persons and infidelity don’t inspire warm feelings around Valentine’s Day. Luckily Bruce is quite happy with only his cat for companionship—until handsome Jace Scarret wanders off the street and into Bruce’s life.
In His Corner
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Jessie “the Demon” Dalton needs a cornerman, and Eli jumps at the chance, hoping for answers about why Jessie broke his heart years ago. It soon becomes clear that Jessie needs Eli in his corner—and in his life. Now all Eli has to do is convince Jessie.
Believe Me, Beloved
Robert Bradley dreams of singing on the radio, and when he attends the masked ball of handsome station owner Gabriel Chase, Robert has no idea his dream is about to take an unexpected paranormal turn.
In His Corner originally published by Torquere Press, Inc., September, 2012.
When Love Walked In originally published by Torquere Press, Inc., February, 2012.
Believe Me, Beloved originally published in Masks Off Anthology by Top Shelf, An imprint of Torquere Press Publishers, 2012.


In Tender Curiosity by Charlie Cochet, the author invites us to take a journey into the past and meet the men who laughed, lived, and loved in a bygone era. This collection includes three short but sweet tales of infatuation, adventure, humor, and even a dash of the paranormal.

When Love Walked In
Private investigator Bruce Shannon’s cases of missing persons and infidelity don’t inspire warm feelings around Valentine’s Day. Luckily Bruce is quite happy with only his cat for companionship—until handsome Jace Scarret wanders off the street and into Bruce’s life.
I really liked the way the author was able to capture the feeling of the Great Depression for this story. I could feel the humanity’s despair, and she captured the creepy, sleazy, and lazy landlord perfectly. I liked how private investigator Bruce Shannon comes off as a blustery type of guy that doesn’t have a lot of patients and is cranky. But he shows his true colors when he’s ordered by the landlord to kick out the vagrant sleeping on the same floor as his apartment and instead he invites him in, feeds him, cleans him up, and gives him replacement clothes to wear. It showed just what kind of a sweetheart he really is. And that was before he saw how well Jace cleaned up. He even ends up offering him a job. I really enjoyed the chemistry between them. I also loved his advertisement for a replacement secretary.

In His Corner
Former world heavyweight boxing champion Jessie “the Demon” Dalton needs a cornerman, and Eli jumps at the chance, hoping for answers about why Jessie broke his heart years ago. It soon becomes clear that Jessie needs Eli in his corner—and in his life. Now all Eli has to do is convince Jessie.
I liked this short story also. I loved how Jessie tried to protect Eli’s reputation when his reputation was being ripped apart after losing the heavyweight championship title. I liked that his uncle was Jessie’s trainer/manager and Eli got to hang out at the gym and watch his hero as he trained and that they became inseparable. I also liked that Eli came back into Jessie’s life just when he needed him and that they got a second chance at love. I also enjoyed that this story was set during the prohibition era.

Believe Me, Beloved
Robert Bradley dreams of singing on the radio, and when he attends the masked ball of handsome station owner Gabriel Chase, Robert has no idea his dream is about to take an unexpected paranormal turn.
This was my favorite short story out of the three. I loved how naïve Robert is. He works in the mailroom, but all he dreams about is singing on the radio. He would really like to sing for the station owner Gabriel Chase that he has a crush on. When he gets invited as a coworker’s plus one he has no idea that it’s anything but the masked ball that it looks like. He has no idea that paranormal shifters exist or that the color of the masks has any significant meaning to them. Wouldn’t he be horrified to learn that the people in the silver and gold masks are the lowest of the low and are about to be hunted by the paranormals? It’s a good thing for Robert that his boss, Gabriel, has such a big crush on him. However, the only way to keep Robert safe from the guy that brought him to the party is to become Gabriel’s mate and bond with him. Well, I guess there are worse things that Robert could be forced to do besides having to mate with the guy that he’s been crushing on.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading these short stories by Charlie Cochet as it gave me a look at what to expect from her other series. I have a feeling that since I liked When Love Walked in that I will probably like her book Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue. And since I liked In His Corner, I will probably like her Fallen Rose series. And the same with Believe Me, Beloved. I can’t wait to start reading her Soldati Hearts series and her Thirds series. And I’ve already read some of her North Pole City Tales series, so I know that I will love that series. So if you’ve been trying to decide if Charlie Cochet is an author to take a chance on, then I would give this book a try.

It’ll give you a great look into her writing style.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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