Review: “Thirty-One Days and Legos” by S.A Stovall

TITLE: Thirty-One Days and Legos
AUTHOR: S.A Stovall
SERIES: Ranger Station Haven
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Adrian Nicholas
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 57 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 11, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 e-book

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A Ranger Station Haven Christmas Novella
Park rangers Carter and Owen Williams have decided to expand their family and adopt two brothers—boys they rescued a year before when they tried to escape the foster system and flee to Canada. After completing their parenting classes, Carter, a reserved man who enjoys the simple life, swears he’ll be the best father possible. His patience is tested, however, when one brother adopts a cat out of the snowy Voyageurs National Park and the other brother refuses to talk about what’s bothering him.
Owen wants to make sure their first Christmas together is a special one, and he decides all of December should be a celebration. He has an activity planned for each of the thirty-one days, but none of them seem to go off without a hitch. The cat has fleas, the boys need to attend a court hearing, and Carter is more than a little overwhelmed.
But Carter is 100 percent determined to make his new family work. He just has no idea how….


Carter and Owen are back and ready to start a family with Luke, Edmund (Tiny Tim in Ranger Station Haven #1) and Legos (not the toys).
Carter wants to be a good father, but he’s completely at lost with Edmund and Luke, he tries his best, but with his weird childhood, maybe he hasn’t the best tools.

It was a pleasure to read a sequel with my favourites rangers. Carter and Owen are adorable, and Carter is so funny, this guy cracks me up each time.
It was a short story, but it put a smile on my face, and may have or not, put some tears in my eyes.
It’s a super Christmas book, full of love and hope, and it fits perfectly for the season.

S.A Stovall is really talented, and even in this short story, she gives us a full palette of feelings.
I highly recommend this book, it’s like the chocolate you eat before bed. Sweet, pleasurable with a happy thrill in your belly.

5 OptimuMMs for this lovely misfit family

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

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Review: “A Triad in Three Acts (The Complete Forester Trilogy)” by Blaine D. Arden

TITLE: A Triad in Three Acts (The Complete Forester Trilogy)
AUTHOR: Blaine D. Arden
SERIES: Tales of the Forest
PUBLISHER: Cayendi Press
COVER ARTIST: Simoné
GENRE: Fantasy; Mystery/Suspense; MMM;
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 340 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 15, 2016
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $12.99 – paperback

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There is always a way.”
Kelnaht, Taruif, and Ianys are meant to be together, but old promises and the decree of the elders prevent them from claiming each other openly at Solstice. Kelnaht can investigate murder and foul play, but he can’t see how he can keep both his lovers without breaking the rules. But if he believes in the guide’s words and trusts his faith in Ma’terra, they will find a way to clear the fog and puddles from their paths.
The Forester
Kelnaht, a cloud elf, is a truth seeker caught between love and faith, when a murder reveals an illicit affair between two tree elves he desires more than he can admit. Kelnaht’s former lover Ianys once betrayed him, and the shunned forester Taruif is not allowed to talk to anyone but the guide, their spiritual pathfinder.
Lost and Found
A stripling goes missing from the tribe, and heavy rainfall hides all traces of his whereabouts. With days creeping by without a lead, it’s hard to keep the tribe’s spirits up, more so when Kelnaht’s own future depends on the elders. Taruif has been shunned for almost twenty turns, but now that a possible forester’s apprentice is coming of age, the elders consider reducing his sentence. Taruif could be set free.
Full Circle
When several children fall ill with more than a summer bug, truth seeker Kelnaht is assigned to investigate. What he finds is deadly and threatens the life of every underage child in the tribe, including Ianys’ daughter Atèn. Then a wounded traveller is found in the forest, left to die after a vicious attack.
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I grew up reading fantasy books like Piers Anthony, Terry Brooks, and so many other wonderful fantasy authors and so I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to review a book that has two of my favorite genres combined—Fantasy and all male triads. This book was a joy to read, and since it is the complete series put together, I didn’t have to wait for the next book in the series to come out. And another plus in my book is that I didn’t have to wait until the book was half over to get to the first hot sex scene. I also loved the world that Blaine D. Arden has built for his elves. It sucked me in, and I found myself eagerly reading into the early morning to find out what was going to happen next. The characters were all loveable and unique, and yet they all fit together like puzzle pieces in an intricate puzzle. The author had me rooting for Kelnaht and his former lover, Ianys, and his current object of forbidden desire due to his being shunned, Taruif. Each of the stories has different tasks that the three main characters have to work through before they can get to their happily ever after at the end of the third book.

Kelnaht is a truth seeker and is kind of the private detective of their tribe. He’s also a cloud elf and has wings, so he can fly. One of his abilities as a truth seeker is being able to touch a person to find out what they are hiding and glean the truth. Which sounds cool but in reality, instead of watching what happened, Kalnaht actually experiences what happened as the person he is interrogating. He can also use his magical ability to track while communing with the earth. He also has an apprentice that he’s training to take over his position when he retires.

Ianys is a tree elf and a blacksmith. He was the childhood friend and lover of Kelnaht. However, Ianys wanted kids and so was seeing a female elf at the same time, and Kelnaht didn’t know about her until Ianys left to be her mate when she became pregnant, a stipulation from his baby’s momma since she didn’t want to share him or be in a triad. Kelnaht was heartbroken, but there wasn’t anything that he could do. Another of her stipulations was that Ianys had to promise that Kelnaht wouldn’t be able to raise her daughter if anything happened to her. So even when Ianys became available again later in life, they still couldn’t be together because of the promise. So Ianys found another tree elf to fall in love with although they had to keep their love hidden since the tree elf, Taruif is shunned and is serving a 40 moon sentence for killing his mate.

Taruif is a tree elf and forester. He takes care of the forest and keeps it healthy. He can also talk and feel what the plants are feeling. Because of his abilities, he is only shunned instead of banished when he kills his mate (it sounds like a horrible thing to do but it was what the mate wanted. You’ll just have to read it to understand what happened and why). He’s not allowed to talk to anybody but the guide, their spiritual pathfinder. He’s having a secret relationship with Ianys, but he’s also attracted to Kelnaht and has noticed Kelnaht’s attraction to him also.
When a sapling goes missing, Taruif and Ianys secret affair is brought to Kelnaht’s attention to prove that Taruif didn’t have anything to do with the saplings disappearance. And the three of them will be drawn together again to help find him. And as the guide keeps telling Kelnaht, “Your path is muddy, Kelnaht, but don’t think avoiding the puddles will make it easier to travel.” Kelnaht, Taruif, and Ianys are meant to be together, but old promises and elder elves are keeping them from openly claiming each other during the Solstice. But if he believes in the guide’s words and trusts his faith in Ma’terra, they will find a way to clear the fog and puddles from their paths.

I recommend this book to anybody that loves fantasy books about elves and triad relationships.

***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 ***

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Audiobook Review: “Best New Artist ” by BA Tortuga

TITLE: Best New Artist
AUTHOR: BA Tortuga
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
NARRATOR: Brian Hutchison
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
AUDIOBOOK: Yes
LENGTH: 6:03
RELEASE DATE: April 28, 2017
PRICE: $19.95 -audio-book

  

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Kasey “Tuff” Tuffman just told Nashville to kiss his you know what. After winning Best New Artist at an award show, he knows it’s time to head back home to Texas. So after a very public meltdown, Tuff makes his way to Austin, where the Red Dirt music lives large.

Jonah Littlejohn once loved KT more than anything in the world. When KT loses it on national TV, Jonah knows he has to reach out and offer his home studio as a place to heal and make music. A bad relationship has left Jonah broken and wary of romance, but he wants to help his old lover out.

Seeing Jonah again proves to Tuff that he’s made the right decision. Now all he has to do is convince Jonah that they’re the most perfect duet there’s ever been.


I was excited to dive into this book because…well, hot country music stars.
I was held captive by the end of the first chapter, and I must admit I loved every minute of Kasey Tuffman’s very public, very epic meltdown. Kasey makes his way back home not only to heal but to pick up and rebuild starting with Red Dirt Music and coming full circle to Jonah Littlejohn.
Kasey and Jonah have each faced their own share of trauma and tragedy, and in a lot of ways, are not sure if they can be anything more to each other again, or if the past should remain where it is. Can they find a way to a new normal, can they forge a new future?

This book was light, easy to listen to with just enough angst to keep you listening for what happens next. It’s a story of rekindling a romance that by all means should not have survived.

The narration for this book was well done. Brian Hutchinson’s voice is well suited for this title. Although the narrator didn’t give substantially different voices to each character, I still had no trouble following the storyline. His inflections and country twang were just enough to keep me listening without being overbearing. I was fully engaged, smiling constantly, and completely satisfied.

I’d recommend this book for anyone who loves a good story with excellent narration, for any lover of stories centered around Texas and great music or really for anyone who loves that sweet happily ever after.

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

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Review: “Desperately Seeking Santa” by Eli Easton

TITLE: Desperately Seeking Santa
AUTHOR: Eli Easton
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Pinkerton Road
COVER ARTIST: –
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 225 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 22, 2017
PRICE: $3.98 – e-book

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Journalism student Gabe Martin gets his first professional assignment—to write about a Christmas charity dinner that benefits a children’s home. It sounds like a total snooze-fest until Gabe learns that the event’s Santa is a mystery man. He shows up in costume and no one has a clue who he is. Uncovering Santa’s identity sounds like the perfect angle to turn a fluff piece into serious journalism.
Mack “The Mountain” McDonall, at 6’10”, is University of Wisconsin-Madison’s enormous star wrestler. When Gabe first claps eyes on him at a wrestling match, it’s lust at first sight. Gabe’s friend, Jordan, sets up the pair on a date. But when Gabe chatters on about his plans for outing Santa, Mack goes cold, and their first meeting becomes an epic fail.
As Gabe researches the children’s home, he learns that Mack has secrets a guy famous for being a brute wouldn’t want the world to know. Can Gabe find his holiday spirit, write a killer article, win the heart of a surly giant, and give everyone a very merry Christmas?
NOTE: This 50,000 word short novel features a new couple but includes Jordan and Owen, from the author’s book “Superhero”. It can be read as a stand-alone.


First of all, I’m just going to say how much I freaking love Christmas and everything about it, stories, movies, songs, bring it on, I can’t get enough. I’m probably worse than a child *giggles*. So as you can imagine, when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. I’ve read a few other Christmas themed stories that this author has released, and I really, really loved them, so I had high hopes for this one, and I wasn’t let down. It was the most perfect, sweet, heart-warming, feel-good Christmassy story I could have asked for, and it had just enough emotional scenes to get me choked-up and teary eyed before leaving me smiling with joy again.

Gabe Martin is a journalism student who’s also working as an intern at the local newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal. Gabe wants to be an investigative broadcast journalist, getting down in the nitty-gritty of the big stories, but instead, his boss has asked him to cover the piece they do for the charity dinner that benefits the local children’s home. Gabe thinks that it’ll be too boring and no different to every other year that the story has been run, so tries to find a way to make the story more interesting. When he interviews the people who organise the dinner, he discovers that for the last four years, there has been a new Santa coming to give all of the children their gifts, but no one knows who he is. He just comes in, sees the children and then leaves again without sticking around to speak to anyone else. Gabe thinks this is the big story he’s been looking for, so he plans to find Santa and show the town who he is.

When Gabe’s best friend, Jordan, asks him to go along with him to his boyfriend’s wrestling meet, Gabe agrees to go, even though he knows nothing about the sport. But when they take their seats and the college team enter the gym, Gabe is immediately drawn to the biggest member of the team, Mack, who is the only undefeated wrestler in the team’s history.

Mack McDonall is the college team wrestling star. He’s won every match he’s fought in and isn’t intimidated by any of his opponents. Everyone around him has told him he has what it takes to go pro, but Mack isn’t interested. He plans on becoming an engineer and working with coastal cities to help with their defenses to prepare for the effects of climate change. Looking at him, he’s the kind of guy you wouldn’t want to meet down a dark alley. His size and reputation as an undefeated wrestler tend to scare most people off, but away from the public and the gym, Mack is the opposite of what everyone thinks. He tends to keep to himself and is gentle and careful with his movements so as not to frighten anyone or cause a scene. Underneath the big burly exterior, is a gentle giant with a huge heart.

Gabe and Mack are definitely interested in each other, but Mack hasn’t had an easy life and finds it hard to open up and trust people, so dropping his guard to let Gabe in, is no easy task. And when Gabe tells Mack of his plan to find the secret Santa, Mack doesn’t know if he can be with someone who could invade someone’s privacy like that and possibly end up hurting the children at the home because if it.

Everything about the story was wonderful. I can’t find a single negative comment to make about it. Mack was just an amazing man, he could thaw the Snow Queen’s heart he’s that special. This is a book I will read again and again. I know Christmas stories aren’t to everyone’s taste, but if you do enjoy them, then this should definitely be high on your TBR list this year, you really won’t be disappointed. But have the tissues ready too.

***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 ***

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Review: “Soul Infection” by Katerina Ross

TITLE: Soul Infection
AUTHOR: Katerina Ross
SERIES: The Sons Of Gomorrah
PUBLISHER: Evernight Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: Paranormal; Fantasy; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 48 pages
RELEASE DATE:August ,1 2017
PRICE: $ 3.53 – e-book

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Tristan Todorov, formerly one of the best scholars at the legendary and sinister Scholomance school of magic, was cast out and now travels alone through Eastern Europe offering discreet services as an unlicensed magician. In a luxurious hotel in Prague where he’s been invited to investigate a suspicious series of suicides, he’s about to meet someone who will make him remember the darkest secret of his past.
Will a night of lust soothe Tristan—or will it stir up something evil and dangerous, something he’s tried so desperately to forget?
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Tristan Todorov is a mage, he works alone and travels from town to town helping his clients to get rid of their problems (meaning demons).
He comes to Prague for a job when he meets an Incubus who forces him to face his fears and secrets.

This book is a short story but well written, very well written.

Tristan is haunted by his past, his deepest secrets. He lives a lonely life, no lover, no friends, just him and his pain. Until he met Jarek, the incubus.

I love their interactions, I love the fact that Jarek, as an incubus, takes Tristan’s form. His exact replica. So when they had sex, I found this moment poetic and full of meaning (No It’s not weird to be fucked by oneself). Tristan needs to be loved, but in order to do that, he needs to love himself first. Here the author wrote it literally and figuratively. I loved it!
Like I said it’s a short story, but the plot is good, and I hope the next book will come out soon, and longer too.

3 OptimuMM’s for the Mage and the Incubus.

***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 ***

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