Review: “The Tiger’s Watch” by Julie Ember

TITLE: The Tiger’s Watch
AUTHOR: Julie Ember
SERIES: Ashes of Gold
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
COVER ARTIST: Meghan Moss
GENRE: Teen Fiction; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 180 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 22, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 –e-book / $14.99 paperback
  

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Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.


The Tiger’s Watch by Julie Ember is the first book in the Ashes of Gold series. I really enjoyed this book, and it definitely engaged all of my senses especially my sympathy and tear ducts. As this is a book about teens, I didn’t figure there would be any explicit content, and there wasn’t. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any chemistry between various characters and some light kissing. The book does end on a cliffhanger so if you don’t like to read a book with a cliffhanger ending then I would wait to start this book until the series has concluded because the ending does make you want to start reading the next book immediately. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait too long. Especially after peaking my interest with the sneak peek into the second book in the series.

Tashi’s a gender fluid 16-year-old. Some days they feel more masculine and other days more feminine regardless of the fact that they was born male. The pronouns used for Tashi are they, them, and their. Since this is my first gender fluid character and story, the pronouns took me a little bit of time to get used to. I loved how Tashi used their hair to show their dual nature, and I cried when they shaved it off to better keep their identity secret. Tashi’s been an inhibitor since they was eight years old and chosen by Katala, a rare rose gold tiger. Tashi’s best friend Pharo’s bonded to a wolf that’s just about at the end of his life and it scares Tashi that soon they will be without their best friend and that there isn’t anything they can do to stop the unavoidable. And while it’s cool to be one with your animal, it makes it nearly impossible to form relationships and so Tashi’s never done anything about their attraction or love for Pharo.

I thought the ideas of the inhibitor was unique and exciting but also sad since the human and animal are bonded together and neither can survive without the other. Which means if Katala dies from a wound or old age then Tashi will fall into a coma and slowly pass away.
Xian’s 17 years old and a general in the Myeik army and has a secret item that he’s been searching for that used to be in his family generations ago. He needs it to save his mother’s life and uses the cover of the army to search for it secretly. He knows that it’s related to the inhibitors and so he’s searching for the inhibitors that escaped the attack on the academy. He has a cruel and cold personality that he projects to the outside world, but underneath he has a soft spot that only his trusted servant gets to witness.

When Xian’s army takes the monastery that Tashi and Pharo are hiding in as servants, Tashi ends up getting chosen to replace Xian’s dead personal assistant. This works out great for Tashi who has trained his whole life to be a killer and a spy. But Tashi’s torn between his duty and his heart after witnessing Xian’s soft spot. Will he be able to do what needs to be done to save his peoples’ way of life or will he give into his heart and help find the secret item that Xian needs to save his mother?

I know the answers to these questions, but you will have to read the book to find them out for yourself. I can’t wait to read the second book in the series when it comes out and find out what happens next.

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

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Review: “Fool of Main Beach” by Tara Lain

TITLE: Fool of Main Beach
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
SERIES: Love in Laguna
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 274 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 21, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 –e-book / $16.99 paperback
  

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Merle Justice wants to reach for the stars, but it’s tough to get respect when playing a teenybopper vampire on TV. Then he meets a famous director anxious to give him all he thinks he wants—and maybe a bit more. Everything’s looking up until a life-threatening encounter with some homophobes on Main Beach puts Merle face-to-face with a Sasquatch-sized hero in a pink puffer coat.

Tom Henry defies description. As unsophisticated and simple as an angel, he walks through life content with who he is and asking for very little except to care for his sister, Lily, and the dogs he loves. Then he meets Merle, the embodiment of dreams he barely knows he has. Merle knows the people who hold his future in their hands might love Tom—but they’ll never understand Merle and Tom together. Tom knows it too.


Fool of Main Beach is the fifth book in the Love in Laguna series by Tara Lain. It’s the first book in the series that I have read, but I can already tell you that it won’t be the last. I enjoyed the glimpses that I got into the lives of Merle’s friends, and I can’t wait to go back and read their stories. The Fool of Main Beach is a standalone book, and you don’t have to have read the other books in the series to thoroughly enjoy this one but reading the other books in the series could only enhance your reading experience. I can’t express how much I enjoy Tara Lain’s writing style and how loveable her characters are. I still haven’t read a book of hers yet that I haven’t loved.

Merle Justice is a TV actor looking to get his break in the movie industry. He’s the black sheep in a family of intellectuals. As a result, he doesn’t get a whole lot of support or respect for the success that he has gotten for his reoccurring role as a teenybopper vampire on TV. I also greatly enjoyed that for once the movie actor doesn’t have to hide the fact that he’s gay to be considered for the great movie roles. I also loved how down to earth Merle is and that he can’t stand how snobbish other actors are and is tired of dating them. He’s recently bought a house in Laguna to be close to his friends and is having one of his friends remodel it completely before he can move in. While waiting for that to be completed, he’s staying with his best friend Ru and his husband. When he’s nominated for best supporting actor for his TV series, his friends throw him a congratulations party even though he didn’t win. Needing some space from all of the well-wishers, he takes a walk on Main Beach and gets accosted by four homophobes. Things aren’t looking great until he’s saved by a Sasquatch-sized hero wearing a puffy pink coat with the innocent smile of an angel.

Tom Henry’s been on his own since he was fifteen when his parents told him to leave after finding out that he was gay and that he had no desire to be anything but gay. His parents are all about the church and appearances. He has a younger sister Lily that calls him when she needs something that requires money. Although, she does redeem herself throughout the book. Tom’s a certified electrician, and he works for Bill who happens to be Merle’s friend and doing the remodel on his house. I’m not sure how to describe Tom, I kept trying to categorize him throughout the book, and the best I can come up with is he reminds me of Forest Gump. He has that innocent, naive, always happy, believe the good in everybody, would never hurt a fly unless they were hurting one of his friends or family, always putting everybody else’s needs before his own, personality. At times I wanted to shake him especially when he would put himself down, but he was such a lovely character especially around his dogs and the dogs at the shelter that I couldn’t help but fall in love with him.

But will his tendency to put everybody else’s needs before his own come at the cost of what he wants most in the world or will he finally agree that sometimes it’s okay to be selfish in what you want?

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

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Review: “Ebb and Flow” by Andrew Grey

TITLE: Ebb and Flow
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: Love’s Charter
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 18, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 –e-book / $14.99 paperback
  

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To achieve happiness, they’ll have to find the courage to be their own men.

As first mate on a charter fishing boat, Billy Ray meets a lot of people, but not one of them has made him as uncomfortable as Skippy—because he’s drawn to Skippy as surely as the moon pulls the tides, and he’s almost as powerless to resist. Billy Ray has spent his life denying who he is to avoid the wrath of his religious father, and he can’t allow anyone to see through his carefully built façade.

Skippy is only in town on business and will have to return to Boston once he’s through. After all, his father has certain expectations, and him staying in Florida is not one of them. But he doesn’t count on Billy Ray capturing his attention and touching his heart.

Billy Ray doesn’t realize just how much he and Skippy have in common, though. They’re both living to please their fathers instead of following their own dreams—a fact that becomes painfully obvious when they get to know each other and realize how much joy they’ve denied themselves. While they can’t change the past, they can begin a future together and make up for lost time—as long as they’re willing to face the consequences of charting their own course.


Ebb and Flow’s the sequel to Setting the Hook by Andrew Grey. The book’s well written and nicely edited and has a great flow to it and kept me entertained. I like how realistic the characters are in the book and the problems that they have to go through to get to their happily ever after. I liked Ebb and Flow, but I didn’t love it like I did Setting the Hook. Maybe it’s because Harcourt Anson III—Skippy to his friends—is a lawyer which has never been my favorite profession. I did like how he is around his small group of best friends. I enjoyed seeing him have fun and relax, and I like how he finally dealt with his father. I loved Billy Ray. He has such a strong personality, and he’s a master at hiding who he is. Which he has to do since he’s the son of a homophobic pastor. It hasn’t been easy for him to come to terms with who he is. He’s also grown up with a reading disability, and he’s had it drilled into his mind that he’s stupid and it has affected his self-esteem to the point that he doesn’t believe that can be the captain of his own ship. I loved how supportive Skippy was and how he made suggestions that could help him with his reading disability.

We first met Kyle, Jerry, Steven, and Skippy in Setting the Hook when they chartered an all-day fishing trip and became friends with William and Mike. They were very flamboyant, and they helped Mike realize that it’s okay to be who he really is. We also get to see Skippy and his group of friends again when they book another fishing trip when the firm Skippy works for is hired by an oil company to be their lawyer, and he’s assigned to smooth the way for them putting in an oil station right where the docs are at. However, client confidentiality doesn’t allow Skippy or his assistant Alex to warn Mike or anybody else about what they are planning to do. They have rented the same house as before and have another party afterward and invite Mike, William, Bubba, and Billy Ray to join them.

In this book, Mike’s expanded his business and bought another boat. Bubba’s the new captain and his assistant’s Billy Ray. Billy Ray’s been working with Bubba for six months, and nobody knows that he’s gay. He loves his job and dreams of someday being a captain. But being around Skippy and his friends shows him what he has been missing by not being true to himself. And he finds that he isn’t sure that he can go back to the way he was before. Not with his attraction to Skippy and how supportive he is.

If you enjoyed reading Setting the Hook, then I would recommend giving the sequel Ebb and Flow a try. I know I’m glad that I did. I can’t wait to see who the third book’s going to be about. My hope is that it will be about Steven and Alex. They were so cute in this book that I would enjoy reading more about them.

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

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Review: “The Charlatan’s Conquest” by Vivien Dean

TITLE: The Charlatan’s Conquest
AUTHOR: Vivien Dean
SERIES: Phantom Fixers
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 216 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 15, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 –e-book / $9.99 -paperback
  

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A Phantom Fixers Story

With love and ghosts, the challenge is figuring out what’s real.

Software engineer Cruz Guthrie needs money for his sister’s cancer treatments. He needs it so badly he’s willing to stand in for a ghost hunter friend and investigate a millionaire’s supposed specters. It should be an easy gig—after all, nobody thinks the haunting is real.

Neurological researcher Brody Weber is furious that Cruz would take advantage of Brody’s father. But his mind changes when spirits manifest—and he realizes Cruz genuinely wants to help. When they learn the paranormal activity centers on Brody, Cruz is willing to fight to free Brody from the entities determined to make his life miserable. With a little help from friends and family—both living and dead—they must figure out why Brody is attracting spirits and how to banish them. Only then can they pursue a future together.


Cruz Guthrie is a software engineer. He’s the eldest of his family, and when his baby sister is diagnosed with cancer, Cruz takes another job to help his parents with the medical bills. One day, his best friend and roommate, Etienne asks him to replace him with a client, Loren Weber, a rich man who believes his house is haunted by ghosts. Cruz needs the money for his sister and accepted.

Brody Weber is a neurological researcher and believes that Cruz is there to take advantage of his father. But when, supernatural phenomenons appear in front of them, and Cruz insists on helping them, Brody starts to believe that Cruz is honest and can really help them.

Cruz and Brody will have to work together to eliminate the spirits and have a chance at a future together.

I LOVED THIS BOOK

It was a real great reading.
I loved Cruz and Brody, they are just adorable, sweet, fun and smart. Except for their first disastrous encounter, when they decided to work together, they were a team, a real solid team and I loved this. I loved how they trusted each other, how they’re honest and of course all the seduction parts.

I love Supernatural books (and I’m a fan of Supernatural the TV Show), here the plot is simple, but well written and built. Cruz helps Etienne, who is his best friend and the real ghost hunter. He doesn’t see ghosts like Etienne but believes that they exist. He lives with Etienne, and his sister Simone (who is a ghost) and he is cool with it, like totally super cool. That’s something that I will never be in this situation, I’d be in foetal position crying or trying to burn my house in order to kill the ghost (I never said I was logical or sane)
At first, Brody is skeptical with all of this, but evidence can’t be denied, and when he’s on board, he is totally in, and really works with them.

I also love the rhythm of the story, there’s no lingering, it was a fresh dynamic and fluid writing. The events take place naturally, and I was hooked by the story at the first page.

I was so absorbed in the book, that I was surprised when I’d finished it, I was like “What, I already finish it…how? When? I just start it 24h ago ???”. The good part, it’s only book 1 of the series…I can’t wait for book 2, I hope it’s Etienne’s story, but I also want to read more about Brody and Cruz (I really love them).

I Highly recommend it.

5 OptimuMM for my lovely ghost’s hunters.

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

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Review: “The Foxling Soldati” by Charlie Cochet

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TITLE: The Foxling Soldati
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: Soldati Hearts
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Urban Fantasy; Shapeshifters
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 102 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 16, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Foxling Toka has served the Soldati king for centuries, and now he attends to the kingdom’s cherished Soldati prince. It’s a position of honor, and as Toka helps the once-human prince adapt to their magical realm, he finds joy in their friendship. He also grows bolder in his encounters with Rayner, Soldati warrior and the king’s second. But the laws are clear: servants and Soldati are not permitted to mate. It doesn’t matter that Toka lost his heart to the dashing cad long ago.

Rayner never imagined he would fall in love with a servant, but the clever and beautiful foxling has ensnared him, and he resents the regulations keeping them apart. When an arrogant and spiteful king visits from a neighboring realm, Rayner is in danger of losing everything. But Soldati warriors don’t surrender, and he intends to fight all the harder to keep Toka where he belongs—in Rayner’s arms.


This is book 2 of the series.

We know from the previous book from the same series that the Soldatis are tiger shifters who are fighting against demons to protect the human race and other beings.
In the Soldati’s realm is a monarchy with a well-established hierarchy that is respected for thousands and thousands of years. But then comes Riley (book 1) a human, the mate of the Soldati’s King and with him, come changes…

This second book is about the king’s enforcer, Rayner and Riley’s personal servant Toka. Toka is not a tiger he is a foxling. The foxlings always have been the servants of tigers. But Toka harbors feelings toward Rayner, and he knows that nothing is ever gonna happen between the two of them.
Rayner head over heels in love with Toka, but as he’s the right of the King, knows he will never have Toka because he is to marry someone as high ranking like he is.

Although the foxlings are respected in Soldati kingdom, we can’t say for other kingdoms in this realm.
When a neighbor King visits with his entourage, who has out for Rayner, things get a bit complicated to say at least. Time will come when Rayner, and not just him, must protect what he knows belongs to him.

This is a sweat fast read, and I can’t wait for the next in this series!

What I didn’t like? That it was damn short!

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

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Review: “Guardian” by Carole Cummings

TITLE: Guardian
AUTHOR: Carole Cummings
SERIES: Aisling Trilogy
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 270 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 15, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 –e-book / $16.99 paperback
  

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2nd Edition

As he pursues a man who is not what he seems, Constable Dallin Brayden learns the lines between enemy and ally, truth and deception, and conscience and obedience are not only blurred, but malleable.

Constable Dallin Brayden knows who he is, what he’s about, and he doesn’t believe in Fate. “Wilfred Calder” has no idea who he is or what he’s about, and he’s been running from Fate for as long as he can remember. When Wil flees after witnessing a murder, it’s Dallin’s job to pursue him. Along the way, he’s pulled into a maelstrom of ancient myth, fanatical religion, and the delicate politics of a shaky truce between two perpetually warring countries—all of which rests on the slender shoulders of the man he knows is not Wilfred Calder.

Even Dallin’s success proves a hollow victory. Wil is vengeful, rebellious, and lethal, and his tale of magic and betrayal rocks the carefully constructed foundations of Dallin’s world. Suspicious and only half believing, Dallin must question not only his own integrity and his half-forgotten past, but the morality and motives of everyone around him—including those who hold his own country’s fate in their hands.

First Edition published by Torquere/Prizm, 2010.


Hum…well, I didn’t know exactly what happens here. This book is something.
Dallin is a kind of cop for the city of Putnam. One day when he’s investigated a murder, he meets Wilfred Calder the witness of the murder, he’s a very mysterious man, and Dallin feels something off with Calder.
Wilfred Calder is on the run, and he tries to escape his captors who want to hurt him. He also has a “gift” that makes people lose control when they’re in contact with him—except Dallin. The Guardian who seems not to know who he really is.

I can’t say I disliked the book, but I can’t say I like it either. It was a little bit confusing actually.

I love when I know where I stand. Where I am, in which timeline, the background and all. Here, there’s none, not at the beginning at least and I started right in the action, not knowing who was who and who did what, it confused me for the rest of the book.
But it’s also the first book of the trilogy, so it’s the book where the plot is built, the story and how Wil and Dallin will have to fight together.

Even, if the plot seems a little bit confusing, the author built a good universe, and it was written well. The action too, and I love the sassy mouth of Wil, he seems all fragile and scared, but he has a good fire in him and didn’t give up easily.

Dallin is quieter, but really smart, and hot, like super hot. Huge tall blond guy, totally my type.

I will keep reading the trilogy because other than the confusing part, I wanted to know more.

It’s 3 OptimuMM’s for me.

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

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Review: “Out of the Shadows” by K.C. Wells

TITLE: Out of the Shadows
AUTHOR: K.C. Wells
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Bree Archer
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 250 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 15, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback
  

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Can he step out of the shadows and into love’s light?

Eight years ago, Christian Hernandez moved to Jamaica Plain in southern Boston, took refuge in his apartment, and cut himself off from the outside world. And that’s how he’d like it to stay.

Josh Wendell has heard his coworkers gossip about the occupant of apartment #1. No one sees the mystery man, and Josh loves a mystery. So when he is hired to refurbish the apartment’s kitchen and bathrooms, Josh is eager to discover the truth behind the rumors.

When he comes face-to-face with Christian, Josh understands why Christian hides from prying eyes. As the two men bond, Josh sees past his exterior to the man within, and he likes what he sees. But can Christian find the courage to emerge from the darkness of his lonely existence for the man who has claimed his heart?


Do you ever read a book and think that it was exactly what you needed in that moment in time? Like a mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night, filling your whole body with warmth and happiness, or a big hug from someone when you’re feeling low, letting you know that you are loved, and everything will be okay. Well, this book gave me all of that and more. Every atom of me was practically radiating joy, comfort and love while reading this stunningly beautiful story. I can’t believe the way I’m feeling now that I’m finished. It’s strange because I’m not sad that it’s done because I seriously can’t stop smiling. Normally I would be having a bit of mood dip because I loved the book and didn’t want it to end, but this story had the opposite effect, it’s left me with an emotional high that I really didn’t expect. It was bliss.

Christian Hernandez is basically a recluse. After an accident eight years ago that left him with serious burns and scarring, he hides away in his apartment and never leaves. He’s so afraid of other people’s reactions to how he looks, that he’s cut off all physical contact with the outside world. His groceries are delivered to the outside of his door, where he then takes them in after the delivery person has left. If he needs to leave the house when he feels like the walls are closing in, he leaves it until late at night when most people are back in their homes, and he can disappear in the shadows. The highlight of his days is watching one of the handymen that works around the grounds of his apartment building tending to the gardens. Christian has an attraction to the man but knows he’s safe being able to admire him from behind his patio blind. When he receives a letter from the apartment housing association telling him that his kitchen and bathrooms are going to be renovated, Christian’s world is thrown into a tailspin. He resigns himself to being locked away in his bedroom for as long as the work takes.

Josh Wendell has heard the stories and gossip about the resident in building 197. How he never leaves the house and how no one has ever seen him. But Josh never usually pays attention to rumours or other people’s opinions and likes to make up his own mind. When Josh is promoted by the housing association to upgrade the apartments, he discovers that he’s going to be working in the home of the mystery man. After a couple of days of conversation through locked doors, Josh and Christian start to become friendly and are able to laugh and joke with each other. But when Christian falls coming out of the shower and injures himself, the two men finally have their first face to face encounter.

Through their common interests, and with the help of Josh’s friends, Christian begins to come out of his self-imposed solitude and to become part of the big world again. He pushes his boundaries far beyond what he ever thought possible and learns that life can be so wonderful if you let your worries go and just enjoy what it has to offer.

There’s so much I want to say about this book, but I really don’t think I can fully express how much I loved it with just words. Christian made my heart want to break into a million pieces. His loneliness was often too much to take because he was just existing and not living each day. Josh was like sunshine on a rainy day when he entered Christian’s life. He gave Christian something he needed, but that he didn’t realise he was missing until that day. There were so many parts throughout the story that had me giggling and grinning, you would think I was a love-struck schoolgirl. The connection between Josh and Christian was so incredibly sweet that I couldn’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy with each and every word I read.

A huge and very well deserved 5 stars for this book and author. I don’t think I’ve ever felt this happy and joyful at the end of a book, and I think it’ll be a while before I come down from the cloud I’m currently floating on. But while I’m here, I’m going to enjoy every second of it, just like I did with this story.

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

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Review: “Bone to Pick” by TA Moore

TITLE: Bone to Pick
AUTHOR: TA Moore
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinners Press
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 240 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 14, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 –e-book / $10.49 -paperback
  

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Cloister Witte is a man with a dark past and a cute dog. He’s happy to talk about the dog all day, but after growing up in the shadow of a missing brother, a deadbeat dad, and a criminal stepfather, he’d rather leave the past back in Montana. These days he’s a K-9 officer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and pays a tithe to his ghosts by doing what no one was able to do for his brother—find the missing and bring them home.

He’s good at solving difficult mysteries. The dog is even better.

This time the missing person is a ten-year-old boy who walked into the woods in the middle of the night and didn’t come back. With the antagonistic help of distractingly handsome FBI agent Javi Merlo, it quickly becomes clear that Drew Hartley didn’t run away. He was taken, and the evidence implies he’s not the kidnapper’s first victim. As the search intensifies, old grudges and tragedies are pulled into the light of day. But with each clue they


Cloister Witte is a K-9 officer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, with his dog Bourneville, he tries to find missing people and bring them home.
Special Agent Javi Merlot, is the FBI’s agent liaison with the Sheriff’s Department. He’s a young agent with ambitions and a planned career.

When the young Drew Hartley is missing, what appears a runaway is, in fact, more complicated with old grudges, and old tragedies that are pulled into the light of day.

Cloister and Javi have to work together to resolve Drew’s missing case.

The story, the plot, the investigations were good, really good. The suspense was well built and very tense, and until the end of the book, I didn’t know who the kidnapper was. How the author built all the mystery parts of the book and all the ramifications that are implied is great and very well written.
Cloister is a quiet man with a tortured soul. He made his way into my heart. The little bit of information we had about him broke my heart, and I wanted to hug him.

Javi is…how to say this politely…an asshole. The guy is despicable. I didn’t like him, at all. He is mean, arrogant and selfish. The only thing that matters to him is his career.

When, Cloister and Javi, started to be more than work partners, I was hoping that Javi would have been more “human” with Cloister, and Cloister less tortured…but no. It was only sex between them. That’s what Javi wanted, and even if Cloister had hoped for more, like someone who can love him, he copes with the situation.

It frustrated me actually. It’s my romantic side I think. I think, the sex between Javi and Cloister wasn’t necessary. The book would have still been good without it, and less frustrating in my humble opinion.

This book is not a romance, so don’t expect a love story between 2 crimes. It’s a classical good polar, and a very interesting plot that’s well written.

It’s 3 OptimuMM for me.

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

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Review: “My Dark Knight” by K.A Merikan

TITLE: My Dark Knight
AUTHOR: K.A Merikan
SERIES: Kings of Hell MC
PUBLISHER: Acerbi & Villani Ltd
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Dark; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 460 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 10, 2017
PRICE: $5.99 –e-book
  

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Love or hate. Life or death. No inbetween. No compromise. No rules in love and war.

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Knight. Party monster. Handsome Savage. Doesn’t do monogamy.
Elliot. Obsessive. Intense. Uncompromising.

Newly single, Knight is done with relationships. All he’s interested in is bringing down The Count, an Internet personality who is tarnishing his family name. An opportunity to crush him comes when the audacious clown shows up at the Kings of Hell MC clubhouse to film for his YouTube channel. But when Knight meets Elliot, the man behind The Count, he no longer knows what to do with him.

Knight has never seen a more pathetic creature than Elliot. He’s also never met anyone who needed him more. Skinny, messed up, and a bucket of trouble as thick as tar, everything Elliot does seems to be a wordless death wish. No matter how much Knight hates Elliot’s alter ego, under the makeup and theatrics hides a fragile young guy with a passion for history, and Knight can’t help but catch Elliot every time he falls.

Elliot has bad taste in men. Always hopelessly attracted to violent brutes, his favorite is a long dead serial killer. But he gets more than he’s bargained for when he seizes an opportunity to meet the man of his dreams. The ghost is manipulative and dangerous, offering Elliot all he’s always wanted, for a price he can’t possibly pay.

Elliot is faced with an impossible choice between two men.
One alive, one dead.
One carnal and honest, one drizzling sweet, poisoned promises into his ear.
One unwilling to commit, the other promising an eternity together.
And Elliot doesn’t settle for half-measures. He craves a love that is all or nothing, passion that will consume him, and desire to burn him alive.
Elliot is ready to either get that, or die trying.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
Themes: enemies to lovers, protector, cruelty, motorcycle club, alternative lifestyles, demons, tattoos, impossible choices, deception, crime, self-discovery, healing, black magic, gothic, commitment, ghosts, possession

Genre: Dark, paranormal romance
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes

Length: ~145,000 words (Book 2 in the series, can be read as a standalone, but it’s recommended to read book 1 first)

WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters.


Knight is the VP of the Kings of Hell MC, he’s a tough biker with a big heart. He’s also passionate about the genealogy of his family the Merciers. For years, he tried to rehabilitate the name of Laurent Mercier, his ancestor accused of the murder of William Fane, a serial killer in the nineteenth century. When he met the real Laurent Mercier (Laurent and The Beast: Kings of Hell MC #1) and discovers the truth about the story, he works harder to enlighten the Genealogy’s community on the internet. Especially his personal nemesis, the Count.

Elliot is 25 years old, and he’s known as the Count on the internet. He has his own YouTube channel where he tries to rehabilitate the name of the serial killer William Fane. Elliot has an unhealthy obsession for William Fane, believing that he’s is not a serial killer but just a misunderstood lover.
When Elliot came to the club house of the MC, hoping to visit William’s manor, he wasn’t prepared to meet Knight, this gorgeous, tough biker who’s the enemy of his hero William Fane and himself.
2 dangerous men. 1 dead, 1 alive, but who’ll win Elliot’s heart.

I ADORE IT….

I was intrigued by the Count in book 1 (Knight mentioned him), I didn’t expect someone like Elliot actually. I fell in love with him since the first time he appears. Elliot is crazy, completely crazy, but he is so loveable, you can’t stay cold in front of him. When I read about him, his past, I understood him, I understood where he came from and why he had this unhealthy relationship with others and especially with Fane. Elliot wears his heart on his sleeve, he only wants one thing, be loved, to be completely accepted, not partially, but fully. He is passionate, funny, smart, proud and whole. I adored this character, really, he is so full of surprises and so loveable. Even when he does something completely stupid (and trust me, he does), I couldn’t stay mad at him (ok, I just wish for him to walk barefoot on a Lego, yeah, I know I can be really violent sometimes, it’s scared me).

Knight is perfect…for Elliot. Even if at first, he didn’t love him, even if he was pissed by the Count and his accusations, Knight doesn’t hesitate to come save him…3 times. He’s the only one who knows the real Elliot and how he really is. But, Knight doesn’t do relationship, doesn’t do monogamy, doesn’t make commitments and he can’t understand why Elliot wants this. Even in his moments of doubt or stupidities, Knight wants to protect Elliot, no matter what or who. How I couldn’t love him? How I couldn’t be crazy with this sex god? I’m just human you know.
But what I love the most, (yes, it’s possible), was the story by itself. Yes, the title is “My Dark Knight”, and yes, Elliot is a kind of damsel in distress…but in fact, not. In fact, they’ll learn from each other. Elliot doesn’t need Knight to understand where he was wrong and seriously put himself in mortal danger. Even If Knight was there to protect and save Elliot, Elliot saves Knight too, in his own way. We also saw Beast and Laurent and the other members of the club, like Gray and Jake, and I loved it, I actually wanted more of them (yes, I’ll have to wait for their own books).

Besides, the occult part was really present, creepier and more intense than book 1. I loved that, I can’t wait to read more about the things living on the property. (Even if I’ll have to sleep with the light on)
The writing is brilliant, dynamic, coherent and well built. I love how K.A Merikan put 2 characters wanting things completely different from each other and ended up to be exactly what they really need.

I couldn’t put this book down until I’ve finished it (sleeping is sooo overrated).

For me, Its definitely 5 OptimuMM (and only because 5 stars are the maximum) for the Count and his Knight.

***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: “Changing Tides” by Alex Standish

TITLE: Changing Tides
AUTHOR: Alex Standish
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Historical Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 117 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 16, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book
  

BLURB:

While most pirates sail in search of riches, Captain Devon Hall, the infamous Phantom of the Caribbean, is driven by vengeance. Devon has sworn to put an end to the corrupt governor of Jamaica and break the ruthless man’s stranglehold in the Caribbean.

When Devon is wounded and stranded on land, an unlikely rescuer comes to his aid. Brett Campbell is nothing like his uncle, the governor, and his goals are not so different from Devon’s. Brett longs for freedom, but his obligations to protect those under his uncle’s control keep him from fleeing. Throwing in with Devon might increase both their chances of success—and survival.

When the governor’s attempts to destroy Devon escalate and place Brett in danger and in the hands of the ruthless and depraved pirate Captain Blackburn, Devon must risk everything to save the man he loves and repay his enemies.

All Devon’s ever wanted is his ship, his freedom, friends who stand by his side through thick and thin, and someone to love. But facing dangers at sea and on land, Devon wonders if they will live to enjoy it all.


Set in the islands and waters of the Caribbean in 1690, Changing Tides is a really entertaining and exciting adventure story of treasure hunting, revenge and romance.

Pirate Captain Devon Hall is the epitome of the lovable rogue. He’s all good looks and charisma, but is also pretty ruthless when he needs to be, and most of the not so good things he does are to help/benefit other people. When his father is killed on the instruction of the governor of Jamaica, Rupert Campbell, Devon swears revenge, and he sets out to make sure that he destroys the man and everything he has. When Devon is injured, he wakes through periods of unconsciousness to a voice and room he doesn’t recognise. When he becomes fully awake and aware of his surroundings, he’s shocked to discover that he’s in the house of his biggest enemy, and is being looked after by the man’s nephew, Brett Campbell. At first, Devon tries to pretend that he’s just an innocent traveller who’s been attacked on the road, but Brett tells him that he knows exactly who Devon is because there are wanted pictures all around the house and there’s no need to worry because he’s not like his uncle. Brett is willing to look after and protect Devon for as long as it takes him to heal. Devon is unsure at first, but as the days go on the two men form a friendship, and Devon begins to trust Brett and enjoy his company. Devon also finds Brett to be really attractive, so he’s happy with this arrangement.

Brett Campbell is nothing like the man people expect him to be. When they find out who his uncle is, they expect him to be the same cold-hearted and brutal person. But Brett is a sweet and caring man who just wants to be happy and treat people how he would like to be treated. Brett doesn’t agree with how his uncle runs Jamaica, or how he treats the people, especially the slaves that work on his plantation. On more than one occasion, Brett has stepped in to protect the slaves from the harsh and unfair foremen on the plantation and the punishments that they hand out. He knows how corrupt his uncle is, because his uncle basically stole his inheritance from him, and now by helping and hiding one of the most wanted pirates in the house, he’s giving his uncle another reason to hate him more than he already does if he ever finds out. Brett is surprised by the connection and attraction he feels towards Devon as he’s never been with another man, but he knows it feels right, even if other people will see it as being wrong.

What started out as one man doing what he knew in his heart to be the right thing by giving aid to someone in need, leads to a journey of swashbuckling sea battles, fighting for survival, unexpected encounters, falling in love, and finding peace and happiness.

This book was just an awesome read. I was transported to another little world, and I was really sad to leave it when the story ended. The plot totally captivated me, and I wish the book could have been a bit longer. The characters were so enjoyable and easy to connect with. I think my favourite was actually one of the supporting characters, Cody Sullivan. He was sweet, quick-witted and mischievous. I just wanted to give him a big hug and look after him. I thought he was so adorable and would love to have a story just about him.

For me, this book pushed all of the right buttons, even though the romance was a very slow burner. But because there was so much going on, I felt that it was right for the romance to almost take a side step. When we do finally get down to the first kiss and the first time they sleep together, it made it all the more satisfying.

If you like historical romance or stories about pirates (how can you not?) then I’d highly recommend this book.

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

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