Review of: The Doctor’s Secret by Heidi Cullinan

TITLE: The Doctor’s Secret
AUTHOR: Heidi Cullinan
SERIES: Copper Point Medical #1
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Apr 23, 2019


The brilliant but brooding new doctor encounters Copper Point’s sunny nurse-next-door… and nothing can stand in the way of this romance.
Dr. Hong-Wei Wu has come to Copper Point, Wisconsin, after the pressures of a high-powered residency burned him out of his career before he started. Ashamed of letting his family down after all they’ve done for him, he plans to live a quiet life as a simple surgeon in this tiny northern town. His plans, however, don’t include his outgoing, kind, and attractive surgical nurse, Simon Lane.
Simon wasn’t ready for the new surgeon to be a handsome charmer who keeps asking him for help getting settled and who woos him with amazing Taiwanese dishes. There’s no question—Dr. Wu is flirting with him, and Simon is flirting back. The problem is, St. Ann’s has a strict no-dating policy between staff, which means their romance is off the table… unless they bend the rules.
But a romance that keeps them—literally—in the closet can’t lead to happy ever after. Simon doesn’t want to stay a secret, and Hong-Wei doesn’t want to keep himself removed from life, not anymore. To secure their happiness, they’ll have to change the administration’s mind. But what other secrets will they uncover along the way, about Copper Point… and about each other?

Dr. Hong Wei Wu is a brilliant surgeon promised to a brilliant career until the pressure burns him out and decides to accept a surgeon post at St Anne’s hospital, in Copper Point, Wisconsin.
Simon Lane has spent his whole life at Copper Point. He’s a surgical nurse at St Anne where he works with his two best friends and roommates, Owen and Jared.
Simon and Hong Wei are immediately attracting to each other, but St Anne has a strict non-dating rule that can put Simon out of a job if he dates Hong Wei. They will have to find a way to work together, to be together and to keep their jobs in the process.
The Doctor’s secret by Heidi Cullinan, is book one in the Copper Point medical series.

I enjoyed this book. It was well written, dynamic, funny and fluid.

Simon is a fan of the Asian culture—he loves K-Pop and Asian’s comedies. He loves his job, and he hopes to have a “good” surgeon to work with. He’s sensitive, professional, a hopeless romantic and wears his heart in his sleeve. He’s afraid to have an affair with Hong-Wei. He doesn’t want to leave his town and his family. I loved Simon—he’s so sensitive and kind. I loved his romantic side, I loved his shyness and his fragility until it comes to his man, then he’s protective and supportive of Hong Wei, and he’s ready to step out of his comfort zone for him, to change his entire life for him.

Hong Wei is a surgeon, one of the best of his generation but the pressure burns him out, and he runs away from the brilliant career in a big hospital to practice in a tiny hospital in the middle of nowhere. He doesn’t expect to be madly attracted to his sexy nurse, and to find a family and friends in Copper Point. I adored Hong Wei, and I especially adored how strong and sensitive he can be. He’s confident and strong in the hospital, he’s the one in charge, however, he’s fragile and sensitive with his family. I loved this duality about him. I adored him.
I really enjoyed this book. The plot was captivating. The first part of the book is about Hong Wei and Simon’s relationship, and the second part is about how they find a way out of the non-dating rule. I particularly enjoyed all the explanations about Asian culture that Heidi Cullinan puts in the book—it was very interesting and enlightening. I loved the themes she put in her story like racism, family, integration, and acceptance. The secondary characters are loveable, and I can’t wait to read more about them.

It was a good first start for this new series, and I will happily read the next book.

4 Stars for the Surgeon and his nurse.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Innocence and Carnality by J. Alan Veerkamp

TITLE: Innocence and Carnality
AUTHOR: J. Alan Veerkamp
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
RELEASE DATE: April 23, 2019


Innocence is his only currency.
The gilded cage of propriety where Nathan grew up as a member of the Deilian aristocracy became a true prison when, at fifteen, his homosexuality came to light and created a terrible scandal. His parents see only one way to preserve their reputation amongst the other noble families: fit Nathan with a chastity belt to increase his value to a potential partner and marry him off as soon as possible.
The recipient of that prize is Lord Rother Marsh Delaga III. After a hasty wedding, Rother whisks Nathan away to the strange and seductive land of Marisol, where Nathan will begin a new life, free to explore the pleasures of the marriage bed, though his life is still not his own.
But Rother’s Delaga House is a place of secrets, dangers, and depravity Nathan can scarcely comprehend. Where friends are few and peril waits around every corner, Nathan must employ all the manipulation he learned from high society, along with his talent for clockwork. Most of all, Nathan must adapt, compromise to survive, and cast off the preconceptions of his homeland.
Because only he can orchestrate his freedom, and it’ll come at a cost.

I loved reading Innocence and Carnality by J. Alan Veerkamp. It’s the first time that I’ve read a book by this author. I can tell you that it won’t be the last time that I read a book by this author. I was captivated by the cover. It reminds me of the covers for steampunk books with the gears being in it and that it had a historical feel to it. Like the Harlequin romances that I liked to read before I got into reading primarily MM books. And I will admit to one-clicking more than a few books just by how much I like the cover. And the blurb when I read it only made me want to read it more. Who doesn’t like a nobleman that’s been made to stay in a chastity belt to ensure his innocence when in the era of dowries and advantageous marriages? I know that I do. One of my favorite movies is Men in Tights, and Maid Marian wears a chastity belt to ensure her innocence before her marriage. Which was a good thing because she was a horny young woman when she meets Robin Hood. But I digress, back to the story.

I loved Nathan and how he grew up as a member of the Deilian aristocracy. At age fifteen, they have their blood tested by the apothecary to have their futures read in a manner of speaking. It comes out that Nathan is a homosexual and it created a terrible scandal. He’s kept in a gilded cage of propriety and fitted with a chastity belt and given lessons that are normally given to the females of the house instead of the lessons given to the males of the house. And as soon as his parents find him a potential partner, they marry him off. The Deilian aristocracy is very much about sex for procreation only after they had a virus that wiped out most of their race. So Nathan has no other value being unable to reproduce than finding a marriage from somebody that is not a Deilian. That recipient is Lord Rother Marsh Delaga III from the land of Marisol. Which is very much different from what Nathan is used to on Deilia. I loved that Nathan got to take his valet and personal servant, Harston with him. I loved Harston and would love to see him find his happy ending.

I liked Lord Rother at first. He came off as being possessive of his new husband, but he gave the impression that he was someone that Nathan could fall in love with. But the more Nathan got to know him the more he was able to see just what kind of person Lord Rother was and the only person that Lord Rother can love is himself. I did love Alexandra and Blythe, and I hated Vivian, and I am so glad she got what was coming to her in the end. Such a manipulative, nasty, vindictive person. I didn’t like Blythe at the beginning of the story. I found him vulgar and common and kind of a brutish man, which makes sense since he’s Rother’s bodyguard. He did grow on me, and I fell in love with him and his loyal heart.

I loved watching Nathan as he came into his own person and all of the twists and turns that happened in the book. There is cheating in this book, so if you don’t like to read a book that has cheating in it, then this book is not for you. I found the cheating to be justified in this book since both parties in the relationship are cheating. There is also BDSM used by a secondary character on another secondary character.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Burden by K.C. Wells

TITLE: Burden
AUTHOR: K.C. Wells
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 23, 2019


They never knew what hit them.
A hooker with a heart, falling for a Vice cop? This is no Hollywood movie, and if they want a happily ever after, it’s not going to be easy.
Detective Randy Michaels is back with Vice, working to help NYC crack down on its prostitution problem. When he suspects Jesse Bryant of soliciting, Randy is torn between duty and his knowledge of what put Jesse on the streets. Jesse is clearly struggling, and he isn’t the only one. Recent events have forced Randy to question his sexuality, and a shocking encounter with Jesse plunges him into a crisis of conscience.
Jesse didn’t think his life could get any worse. His family cut all support, his education is on hold, and he’s surviving the only way he knows—selling himself on the streets. Of all the people who could have offered him a helping hand, why did it have to be Randy?
Two men carrying their own personal burdens: How long will it take them to realize that what they really need is each other?

I just love this author, and she doesn’t disappoint. K.C. is very good at connecting me to the characters and sucking me in her stories. I love her writing style and the way the story reads smoothly. This is a great opposite attract, sexual identity, law versus moral and first-time experience stories all rolled into one book.

Jesse is a hooker that works at the Black Lounge and really enjoys his job. He was going to school for his MBA and was getting paid for something he loved doing. What could go wrong? Well, to start with finding out that where you work is the mob and is involved with human trafficking. Then finding out the guy you have the hots for at Black lounge is a straight vice cop. And to top it off, your parents cut you off because they find out you’re a gay hooker. So school comes to an end.

Detective Randy Michaels is a vice cop working undercover at the Black Lounge to bust a human trafficking ring. What he doesn’t expect is to get to know these young men and become friends. What he expects even less is to be attracted to the young blond that gets under his skin. He doesn’t understand the feelings he’s having due to the fact that he’s straight.

Owen, a psychologist and Randy’s neighbor, helps Randy figure out who he is but it’s not an easy road. One night changes everything and Jesse and Randy have an amazingly hot night with each other. Randy never knew that sex could be so good, and Jesse couldn’t believe it could ever work between them. Jesse leaves before Randy wakes up and Randy feels like a john. Nikko helps Jesse escape to Maine and Randy is losing his mind.

How could it ever work between a cop and hooker? Will these two figure out their feelings for each other? Will Randy be able to find Jesse to tell him how he really feels? Can these opposite lifestyles come together and find true love? These are all good questions, and you will have to read this great story to find out. Enjoy!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Inked Music by Sean Michael

TITLE: Inked Music
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: BDSM, Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 9, 2019


Can a wealthy but bored businessman rescue a tortured musician from his self-imposed purgatory with a scorching kinky romance?
When Rene Conette attends an intimate performance at a local bar, the guitarist moves him enough that he attempts to go backstage but is stymied by the man’s bodyguard. Putting it down as not meant to be, he goes on with his life only to run into the man again, late at night at a bookstore.
Gavin Turner used to be a famous musician until an obsessed fan kidnapped and tortured him. Then it came out that he was into the BDSM lifestyle, and the court of public opinion ravaged him. He lost his Master and his self-confidence. Now he hides behind his ink and his bodyguards, who make sure he doesn’t come into contact with anyone or anything he doesn’t want to. Though it’s been years since he satisfied his needs, he doesn’t think he can trust again.
If Rene can work his way past Gavin’s defenses, they might find they complement each other perfectly.

Inked Music by Sean Michael is the best book of his that I have read and I have read quite a few of his books. It had the perfect amount of plot to heat ratio. I loved that the book started as a slow burn as the characters got to know each other and work through some past trauma that has made one of the character’s, Gavin Turner, reclusive. His twin bodyguards are his only friends and family and the only people that he trusts besides his brother who works at a used book store/homeless hangout. Gavin used to be a famous musician until an obsessed fan kidnapped and tortured him. Then it came out that he was into the BDSM lifestyle, and the court of public opinion ravaged him. He ended up losing his Master and his self-confidence. Now he hides behind his ink and his bodyguards, who make sure he doesn’t come into contact with anyone or anything he doesn’t want to. Though it’s been years since he has satisfied his needs, he doesn’t think he can trust again, but if anybody can tempt him to try, it would be Rene Conette.

Rene Conette attended an intimate performance at a local bar and is mesmerized by the guitarist and attempts to go backstage to meet the musician but is stymied by the man’s bodyguard. Putting it down as not meant to be, he goes on with his life only to run into the man again, late at night at a bookstore. The fact that Rene owns the bookstore isn’t known to any of his employees. They think that he is just one of the regulars that frequent the bookstore at all hours since it is open 24/7. Rene also has a soft spot for homeless and underprivileged youth and likes knowing that he can provide a warm place for them to hang out away from the streets.

I loved that both men have more than enough money on their own and so that isn’t a factor in their friendship. It is one less thing for Gavin to worry about that he is just being friended to get to his money. I also loved that Rene never had any problem with one of the twins always being with them wherever they went, whether it was to dinner, movie, or each other’s house for a little fun. I loved that Rene treated them like family instead of a roadblock to get through to get Gavin alone. I loved seeing Gavin and Rene interact together, and I loved seeing Gavin interact with his bodyguards. The scenes between Gavin and Rene were hot, and you could feel their chemistry. I loved watching Gavin get his self-confidence back. They were perfect together.

I do wish that we had a little bit more background on what had happened to Gavin when he was kidnapped, but his actions after the trauma showed us just how traumatic it had been and how long it had taken him to get to where he is when he meets Rene.

This book reminds me a little bit of Sean’s other book Guarding January which I really enjoyed reading also. I would recommend reading this book to everybody who loves reading BDSM books.

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

Review edited by : Amber Korgh

Review of: A Late Summer Nights Dream by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead

TITLE: A Late Summer Nights Dream
AUTHOR: Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead
PUBLISHER: Pride Publishing
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Feb 19, 2019


Among Oxford’s dreaming spires, can a widowed professor and a wide-eyed scholar make their own dreams of love come true?
Simeon Shakespeare is living his academic dream. As an Oxford scholar, he spends his days in libraries and whiles away his nights at the theater. A mix-up over a seat number leads to a very awkward first act, but that’s nothing compared to what happens when the lights go up.
Professor Anthony Meadows is finished with love. Shattered by the death of his husband, he divides his time between his book-lined study and Oxford’s theaters. The last thing he needs is an annoying research student bickering with him over who should sit where.
When Anthony and Simeon discover they have more in common than a shared love of the Bard, it looks as though the stage is set for romance. Yet with the memory of Anthony’s lost love keeping the professor from moving on, can Simeon’s love mend his broken heart?

Simeon Shakespeare (no link with the famous William) is living his academic dream by preparing his PhD. His time is shared between Libraries and his apartment with his only pleasure for theatre.

When he goes to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream, he meets Anthony Meadows and what starts as a misunderstanding over a seat is the beginning of their dream.

It was a short, beautiful, poetic novella.

Simeon and Anthony are two lost souls wanting the same thing but too scared to reach for it. Anthony is still grieving his beloved husband who died four years ago. On the other side, Simeon is afraid history will repeat itself and he’ll only be loved because he’s young not because of his personality. These two are amazing and beautiful.

I loved the writing—it was melodic and harmonious.

It was a very sweet and beautiful short story that I really enjoyed.

***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