Review: “The Well of Tears” by R.G Thomas

TITLE: The Well of Tears
AUTHOR: R.G Thomas
SERIES: The Town of Supertistion
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Fantasy; Teen Fiction
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 127 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 16, 2016
PRICE: $4.99 e-book

BLURB:

Sequel to The Midnight Gardener
The Town of Superstition: Book Two
Thaddeus Cane’s life changed when he learned he is the son of a witch and a wizard, and now he’s undertaken a mission to find his mother, who was cursed not long after Thaddeus was born. He enlists the aid of his father, Nathan; his boyfriend and neighbor, Teofil Rhododendron, a garden gnome; and Teofil’s mother, brother, and sister. As they journey through a world that seems normal on the surface, they meet many magical creatures, some kind and helpful, others evil and dangerous. When Nathan suffers a life-threatening injury, Thaddeus might be forced to abandon the quest to find his mother in order to save his father.


After discovering that he’s the son of a powerful witch and wizard, Thaddeus is on a quest to find his mother who’s been cursed by the evil Isadora. Thaddeus isn’t alone on this quest. Teofil, his gnome boyfriend, Fetter and Astrid (Teofil’s brother and sister), his father Nathan and Myriam (Teofil’s mother) are with him. But after a troll’s attack, Nathan is badly injured and sends Thaddeus alone in their quest to find his mother.

This sequel was as good as book one. Thaddeus is still trying to cope with the fact that supernatural beings exist and he’s one of them. With the help of his team and especially his boyfriend Teofil, Thaddeus became more confident and doesn’t hesitate to take charge.

I loved this book, it reminds me Tolkien with the Hobbit. It’s the same atmosphere, the quest, the supernatural beings, the legendary and all. I love Thaddeus’s evolution too, even if it’s not easy for him to understand everything, he stays strong and focuses on his quest. We also learn more about Teofil’s past and other fantastic beings.

The plot was super good with a big twist in the story that I didn’t see coming. Ok, I saw it coming but not exactly like it was, so I was surprised and sad too (read it, and you’ll understand). I can’t wait to read the next book and see how things evolved and I hope that they’ll kick Isadora’s ass.

It’s really a great series that can be enjoyed by everyone younger and older.

4 OptimuMM…. Because Fetter!

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

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Review: “The Midnight Gardener” by R.G Thomas

TITLE: The Midnight Gardener
AUTHOR: R.G Thomas
SERIES: The Town of Superstition
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Teen Fiction ; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 123 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 12, 2015
PRICE: $4.99 e-book

BLURB:

The Town of Superstition: Book One
At fifteen, Thaddeus Cane has moved thirty-two times with his father. Each time he’s displaced without explanation, Thaddeus loses any friends he’s made. The name of their latest town is Superstition, but it seems normal enough, with one exception.
Thaddeus’s bedroom window gives him a view into the beautiful gardens next door. Every night after dark, an attractive guy around Thaddeus’s age appears to tend the plants. When Thaddeus visits his neighbor, he discovers not only how deep his interest in the other man runs, but also that Teofil, the midnight gardener, isn’t human. He’s a garden gnome, a revelation that will lead to more secrets coming to light and an adventure unlike anything Thaddeus ever imagined.


Thaddeus Cane is fifteen and has just moved to Superstition with his dad. It’s the thirty-second time he’s moved since he was a baby. He’s a solitary teenager, without friends.
The window in his room opens onto a beautiful garden, and every night Thaddeus observes his neighbor, Teofil a beautiful teenager like him, taking care of the plants.
When a wild beast attacks him, Thaddeus understands that Superstition has secrets connected to his past and gnomes, wizards and fairies aren’t just legends.

Oh, I liked this book very much.

Thaddeus is a super sweet teenager, shy and solitary. Understandable when he had to move so often. It makes him so adorable when Teofil flirts with him. He’s very smart, and maybe because he’s so lonely, when he understood that Teofil is a gnome, he didn’t freak out. Instead, he stayed quiet and kept going to see him, even if at first, he wasn’t really sure he believed him.
Teofil is a gnome … Let me repeat it, Teofil is a GNOME!!! Isn’t that wonderful? He’s a sexy gnome, tall with broad shoulders, kind and very caring and handsome (not like the little ugly things that people put in their garden with round faces and creepy smiles, those gnomes are awful and scary). He’s also calm and smart. I’ve read a lot of books with dragons or wizards, but never with gnomes (yes, yes, I squeal like a little girl meeting Anna and Elsa in Frozen).

The plot is interesting, and we can follow it easily. The questions that are answered are who’s the beast who attacks Thaddeus? Why does Teofil only garden at night? And what is Nathan (Thaddeus’s dad) hiding?

It’s the first book of the series, and it put the main characters in place and prepared us for the rest, the end is a cliffhanger, but not the kind that makes you scream, I promise.
Anyway, it’s a great story with good characters. It’s a good book for your teenagers if they’re fan of urban fantasy or for you adults, if like me, you’re a fan of fantasy or sexy gnomes!!

It’s 4 OptimuMM for me, and I will follow them

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

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Review: “Once Upon a Wolf” by Rhys Ford

TITLE: Once Upon a Wolf
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
SERIES: The Wayward Wolves Series
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reece Notley
GENRE: Shapeshifters
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 96 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 16, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book

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Once Upon A Time, There Was A Wolf….
Gibson Keller’s days are fairly routine: wake up early, get some work done, drink lots of coffee, and take care of Ellis, his older brother stuck in wolf form after coming home from the war. It’s a simple life made up of long runs on two legs—or four—and quiet evenings…. Until Ellis chases a handsome man off a cliff and into the frozen waters beside their cabin, changing Gibson’s life forever.
For Zach Thomas, buying an old B&B is a new start. Leaving behind his city life, he longs to find peace and quiet, and hiking the trails behind his property seems safe enough—right up to the moment an enormous black wolf chases him into a lake, nearly drowning him. Discovering werewolves are real astounds him, but not as much as the man who rescues him from the icy water then walks into Zach’s heart as if he owns it.
Loving a werewolf—loving Gibson with all his secrets—has its challenges but Zach believes their love is worth fighting for, especially since his heart knows the big bad wolf is really a prince in disguise


Gibson lives in a cabin, in the mountains with his brother Ellis…a wolf. The Keller brothers are werewolves, and Ellis has been stuck in his wolf form for the last 2 years.
One night, Ellis chases the new owner of the B&B Zack off a cliff and Gibson comes to his rescue.

The attraction between Gibson and Zack is strong, but with Ellis’ condition and old family grudges, they’ll have to find a way to be together without losing everything in the process.
It was a sweet love story.

Gibson is strong, hard but soft. He’s the only one who wants to take care of his brother—he’s the only one who fights for his brother, I loved this about him. He wants Zack, it’s clear to him that Zack is made for him, but he doesn’t want to rush things between them, and wants to help his brother first. I really loved him.

Zack is a survivor. He survived a car accident, and then he survived a wolf (lol) and even with that, after the shock, Zack stuck with the brothers, and helps Gibson to take care of Ellis. I loved this guy, his loyalty, and his temper. He may be human in comparison to Gibson, but he knows how to tame the big bad wolf.

I loved this two lovebirds, but my favorite is Ellis. Wolf or Human, I loved him. I want to know more about him, and I hope/pray that the next book will be about him.
The story and the plot were good, coherent, fluid and well built. It was my first time with Rhys Ford, and I wasn’t disappointed.
I gladly recommend this book, and I’ll follow the series.

It’s 4 OptimuMMs for the wolves and their human.

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

Review edited by :  Laura McNellis

Review: “Hearts and Flour” by Tara Lain

TITLE: Hearts and Flour
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 87 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 14, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book

BLURB:

Can a raw food enthusiast find love with a guy who bakes cupcakes?
When Micah Truveen’s devoted health-food customers start showing up with white flour, Micah wants to chew nails! To make his misery worse, he finds his yoga teacher boyfriend in bed with another guy the day before Valentine’s Day. Micah decides to drown his misery at a friend’s anti-Valentine’s Day orgiastic hookup party—and meets the beautiful Queen, a gorgeous cross-dresser who’s got Southern sugah in his mouth and the right equipment under the dress. But when the hookup turns serious, Micah has to compromise to protect Queen’s secrets from his beloved grandmother. With everything against them, can two hearts rise above the flour?


Second Edition
First Edition published by Etopia Press, January 2013.


Hearts and Flour by Tara Lain is a fabulous Valentine’s Day story. This story hit a bunch of my personal favorite genres. It’s got instant-love, cross-dressing, a southern accent and southern charm, even if it is around Valentine’s Day. Although the anti-Valentine’s Day orgy that Micah’s friend Yancy throws every year went a long way to making me forget about the holiday that is only for couples. Sorry, single by choice so aside from all of the yummy chocolate, Valentine’s Day isn’t my favorite holiday. But I do love to read books by Tara Lain, and I just couldn’t pass up on reading this one, especially when I read the blurb and saw that one of the main characters is a cross-dresser. There’s just something about a hot gay guy dressing up in women’s clothing and lacy undergarments that just does it for me. If it does it for you also then I recommend reading this book. Oh, and did I mention that the cross-dresser, Queen, is also a southern lady with an accent that bakes sinful cupcakes during the day?

As we find out in the blurb, Micah Truveen is the owner of The Place a raw foods restaurant. He’s a raw food enthusiast, and he’s devoted to educating his health-food customers and teaches classes using raw foods, so he’s devastated when some of his most devoted customers start showing up with these huge cupcakes made out of what he considers poison aka white flour and refined sugar. From his customers and employees, he knows that the owner of Charismatic Cupcakes is Quentin. He keeps meaning to go to the bakery and meet him, but so far he hasn’t found the time. Won’t he be in for a real surprise when he finally meets him?

The story starts out with Micah coming home the night before Valentine’s Day to find his yoga teacher boyfriend in bed with another guy. All of his friends are happy that he’s kicked him to the side since they all think he’s a lowlife user, which he is. His friend Yancy invites him to his annual anti-Valentine’s Day party aka orgy to help him drown his misery. At the party, he meets the beautiful Queen, and it’s love at first sight. Micah isn’t sure what it is about Queen that intrigues him so much, he’s never been attracted to a cross-dresser before, but he has a powerful connection to Queen, and their chemistry is off the charts. But Queen isn’t out to his grandmother as either gay or a cross-dresser. As their relationship progresses, he finds out a secret that Queen has been keeping from him, and they part ways, and then Micah ends up getting blackmailed by his ex-boyfriend. His ex-boyfriend is threatening to expose who and what Queen is to his grandmother, who is one of his yoga students, unless he takes his ex back.

Will he take him back so that his ex doesn’t out Queen to his grandmother or will he allow Queen to be outed and possibly disowned by his grandmother?

A truly delightful story that I’m sure that I will be reading again.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Happy Valentine’s Day !

The team of OptimuMM, wishes to all it’s followers  Happy Valentine’s Day !

 

About Valentine’s Day :

Roman Roots

The history of Valentine’s Day is obscure, and further clouded by various fanciful legends. The holiday’s roots are in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually on February 15. Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day circa 496, declaring February 14 to be St. Valentine’s Day.”

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Valentines Galore

Which St. Valentine this early pope intended to honor remains a mystery: according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, there were at least three early Christian saints by that name. One was a priest in Rome, another a bishop in Terni, and of a third St. Valentine almost nothing is known except that he met his end in Africa. Rather astonishingly, all three Valentines were said to have been martyred on Feb. 14.

Most scholars believe that the St. Valentine of the holiday was a priest who attracted the disfavor of Roman emperor Claudius II around 270. At this stage, the factual ends and the mythic begins. According to one legend, Claudius II had prohibited marriage for young men, claiming that bachelors made better soldiers. Valentine continued to secretly perform marriage ceremonies but was eventually apprehended by the Romans and put to death. Another legend has it that Valentine, imprisoned by Claudius, fell in love with the daughter of his jailer. Before he was executed, he allegedly sent her a letter signed “from your Valentine.” Probably the most plausible story surrounding St. Valentine is one not focused on Eros (passionate love) but on agape (Christian love): he was martyred for refusing to renounce his religion.

In 1969, the Catholic Church revised its liturgical calendar, removing the feast days of saints whose historical origins were questionable. St. Valentine was one of the casualties.

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Tradition of Valentine’s Cards

Over the centuries, the holiday evolved, and by the 18th century, gift-giving and exchanging handmade cards on Valentine’s Day had become common in England. Hand-made valentine cards made of lace, ribbons, and featuring cupids and hearts eventually spread to the American colonies. The tradition of Valentine’s cards did not become widespread in the United States, however, until the 1850s, when Esther A. Howland, a Mount Holyoke graduate and native of Worcester, Mass., began mass-producing them. Today, of course, the holiday has become a booming commercial success. According to the Greeting Card Association, 25% of all cards sent each year are valentines.”

 

 

*Source : https://www.infoplease.com/valentines-day-history