Review of: Out to Get You by J.P. Oliver (audiobook)

TITLE: Out to Get You (audio)
AUTHOR: J.P. Oliver
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Equal Love Publishing
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: 2/20/19

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An MM Gay Romance.
A man who has it all.
His sweet employee.
The eyes of the world watching their every move.
Whitt may have it all, but he’s missing one important detail—someone special. Too bad his current status makes it awkward to find someone who really understands him.
Yet when his perspective employee interviews, he can’t take his eyes off of him.
Reece has a talent with horses, one he’s cultivated since he was very young. This leads him to a billionaire’s boarding house and horse farm. His new boss is gorgeous – too bad he seems straighter than an arrow.
But when the media gets wind of a possible tryst between them, they’re forced to reconcile secret feelings for each other in short order or face ruin. Will they manage to do it in time?
This gay romance novel will capture your heart and lift it with Whitt and Reece. Due to sizzling hot scenes, this standalone Gay Romance is intended for adults only. Happily ever after guaranteed!


Narration: What can I say about Bump Turgeson, the narrator…yeah, no.

He has a great voice, don’t get me wrong. However, he sounds like a mix between Jeff Bridges and John Goodman, which threw me out of the story completely. I couldn’t finish listening to it. I wanted to get to the good parts, but when I finally did, I just had to turn it off. I have a mundane day-job, and need the stimulus of a book while I work, and this fell flat of that.

Story: So the 2.5 stars is for what little of the story I was able to listen to. It might be a 4 star later for me. I’ll be picking the book up and hopefully find the time to read it at some point.

With working 2 jobs, I don’t get a lot of actual reading time, so audibles are a godsend. But I think I’ll have to get to know these two guys via my Kindle.
For the parts I was able to get through, I liked the characters, Reece and Whitt. They seemed like an odd couple, but I love those.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of listening this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Fate of the Fallen Omnibus 1-4 by R. Phoenix (audiobook)

TITLE: The Fate of the Fallen Omnibus 1-4 (audio)
AUTHOR: R. Phoenix
SERIES: Fate of the Fallen
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Paranormal; BDSM
RELEASE DATE: 3/28/19

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When he agreed to take the fall for his pack leader’s failed attempts to help the Rebellion, Jace knew he wouldn’t live long enough to regret it. However, instead of the noble end he envisioned for himself, the werewolf finds himself at the mercy of a witch and his depraved games. Though he clings to his conviction that he can withstand anything his new master can dish out, it isn’t long before he realizes pride has no place in his life as the pet of the controlling Elias Ivers.
Now that supernatural beings have seized control of the world, life has become a struggle for the humans who once held power. Witches, vampires, and werewolves determine the fate of every single human, but their moral compasses have long since been shattered. Rebels, free humans, and slaves all share dreams of hope, mercy, love, and more. But with their fate so uncertain, survival isn’t enough… and they may have to sacrifice what is nearest and dearest to them if they want to change their lives.
Bought, Ravel, and Recoil feature different characters whose lives begin to come together in Owned and Temper.


Narration: The story was told by Jack Noble as narrator. I liked his voice and his accent. However, the quality was pretty bad and would drag me out of the story. There is echoing and static in parts.

Story: I really wanted to like this series. I actually had it marked as DNF in my written book list from years ago, but I’d forgotten about it.

I thought I’d give it a try and I did make it much further in the books than I did when reading it. I think, for me, it was the switching POVs and feeling like things were just abruptly stopped at the ends. I know it all ties in together, which was the reason I kept listening, but it still seemed…I don’t know…unfinished or cut-off before it should have been to continue later.

This contains book 1 – Bought, book 2 – Ravel, book 3 Recoil, and book 4 Owned. I don’t plan to finish the series. I think it may have been just out of my normal reading though since other reviews and ratings are high for this series, so you might want to give it a try anyway!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of listening this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Carpenter’s Prince by Jayce Ellis

TITLE: The Carpenter’s Prince
AUTHOR: Jayce Ellis
SERIES: 2019 Advent Calendar
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Dec 1, 2019

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The Carpenter’s Prince by Jayce Ellis
Sean Edwards would do anything for his nephew, including designing the props for a children’s version of the Nutcracker. He’s ready for the long nights and weekends in the workshop—they’re part of the job, especially given the short notice. The insanely sexy head ballerino is completely unexpected, however.
All principal danseur Keni Jackson wants is to surpass last year’s performance, blow people’s socks off, and cement his place in the studio. The last thing he needs is something to shatter his carefully held control—like a cuddly carpenter who favors jazz over Tchaikovsky.
Sean and Keni are drawn to each other, but not everyone is a fan of their relationship. When Keni’s position is threatened, they have to decide whether to walk away for good, or if what they’ve found is worth fighting for.


I really enjoyed getting to read The Carpenter’s Prince by Jayce Ellis.

It’s one of the short stories from the 2019 Advent Calendar: Homemade for the Holidays.

I thought the author’s writing style was easy to read, and even though it was a short story it felt like a complete story, and I loved the chemistry between Keni and Sean.

I would have loved for the story to be longer only because I didn’t want to stop reading it.

I would love to read another book about these two characters, and I will definitely be checking out the author’s other books to read. This story is perfect for reading at work during a break.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of:  Waves of Winter by L.C Chase

TITLE: Waves of Winter
AUTHOR: L.C Chase
SERIES: World of Love
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Nov 22th 2019

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The west coast of Vancouver Island is one of the few places to boast world-class winter surfing, and Vancouverite Kellan Tremblay hits the waves as often as possible. On the ferry crossing to the island, he meets Australian Jax Colston. Jax is there for some snowboarding. He’s intrigued to discover that not only is winter surfing a thing, but you can surf and ski in the same day. Sensing a kindred spirit, Kellan offers to play tour guide and gives Jax a place to stay in his spare room.
The two men bond over all things surf and snow, and it isn’t long before their passion for life lands them in bed together. Neither wants the week of cold days and hot nights to end, but Jax has to go home soon. Still, Jax doubts he’ll stay away for long. The draw of fresh powder, the long hot nights and the thrill of just being with Kellan will keep him coming back for a long time….
Series World of Love | Canada – British Columbia.


Canadian, Kellan Tremblay loves to go to the west coast of Vancouver to do some winter surfing. On the ferry crossing the island, he meets Australian, Jackson Colston. Jax is a snowboarder who travels across the US and Canada to try the best slopes on his snowboard.
Kellan and Jax hit off immediately and decide to spend the week together. What will happen at the end of the week will be up to them.
Waves of Winter by LC Chase is a sweet novella that I really enjoyed.

Kellan is a Canadian, and he’s a surfer all year round. Summer or Winter, Kellan loves to ride a good wave, and what’s better than the west coast of Vancouver? After a year without surfing because of a bad break up with his ex, Kellan decided to go back to his passion. Meeting Jax wasn’t in his plan, but Kellan can’t refuse the opportunity to know more of the hot Australian and to introduce him to winter surfing.

Jax is at the end of his trip when he meets Kellan. He’s intrigued by the hot Canadian who practices winter surfing. Jax is intrigued by Kellan, but most of all, he’s attracted to him. They live at the opposite end of the world from each other, but Jax wants to embrace every minute with Kellan.

I really enjoyed their story; it was a sweet and calm love story. No twisted moments, no drama. Just two men who met at a moment in both of their lives and decided to take a chance in each other.

It was a beautiful short story that put a smile on my face more than once.

3.5 Stars for the snowboarder and His surfer

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Guardian by MC Lee

TITLE: The Guardian
AUTHOR: MC Lee
SERIES: The Touchstone
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
GENRE: Paranormal; YA
RELEASE DATE: Nov 26, 2019

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Superpowered teen Sam, and his boyfriend, Harry, are already struggling to navigate being gifted in a normal world, and their problems are about to get deadlier.
Their oldest enemy, Caleb Reed, will stop at nothing to capture Sam and force him to use his abilities for Reed’s benefit. Though their team of friends and allies steps up to watch their backs, Reed sneaks past their defenses time and time again, leading Sam to wonder if one of their own has betrayed them.
When Reed threatens the life of a friend, Sam is forced to make the most difficult decision of his life—one with consequences he can’t even imagine.


When I first read The Touchstone, I was hoping for a sequel. From the very beginning, I was falling in love with Sam and Harry. These two went through a lot at a very young age, being by themselves and looking after each other.

Later, during the first installment, we found out that it’s actually Sam who triggered Harry’s gift because Sam was a Touchstone—a very rare ability to emphasize other’s power.
Sam’s acceptance in the Bunker was hard as we all know from book 1. But after the discovery that Sam is the most powerful of them all, it seems that everything is settling in its right place. Except it’s not.

Sam has a secret. Uhmm, no, I’m not gonna tell…

Caleb, being Caleb, wants to get his hands on Sam desperately, and he does anything to achieve his wishes.

Because of who Sam is, the members of the Bunker are in serious danger. They’re targeted by Caleb’s goons, and among those, is Maya’s brother.

Sam considers the possibility of running for the benefit of the guys whom he considers as his own family now.

This book is more angsty than the previous one. We face inner turmoil as well as some tension between Sam and Harry.

Sam is working closely with Jonah, to reach his potential as fast as he can, but the exercise leaves him mentally and physically ill. All there is Sam’s secret, and no, I still not telling you guys, that makes him extremely secretive.

Harry being Harry, knows that there are things Sam is keeping from him. He feels hurt by his boyfriend’s actions. He wants to be a pillar as well for Sam as he was for Harry.

The pressure on Sam and Caleb’s attacks leaves them only one thing…to give in to Caleb’s request and to join his team.

This book is one of my favorite YAs ever! It has everything: angst, romance, teenage mistakes and so much more.

I can’t wait for the next in the series…it’s definitely a must-read!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis