Review of: Eeli by Steph Marie & Bobbie Rayne

TITLE: Eeli
AUTHOR: Steph Marie & Bobbie Rayne
SERIES: Brotherhood of Ormarr
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: June 3, 2019

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Eeli~
I’ve been training my entire life for this; I need to be the best, the best fighter, the best dragon rider in the entire brotherhood. This is what I was born for. The only problem is that my bonded dragon, Bodhi, and I can’t seem to get it together. One minute I think we’re connecting properly, and the next she’s taking off, leading me to the one guy I don’t want to know: Slash. He’s basically the opposite of me in every way, and I don’t get why he’s suddenly everywhere I turn, but I can’t deny how he makes me feel when he looks at me.
Slash~
Three years ago my sister and I had to come to a new town and started new schools without our parents’ unconditional love and support. My uncle’s an uncaring drunk, so I’m doing the best I can to keep us both clothed and fed with only an after school job. If I didn’t have her to live for, the loneliness would be excruciating. Now, with only a few months until graduation, I’ve suddenly made a friend because of my sister, and another guy keeps stumbling into me who I think needs help: Eeli. I don’t understand why no one else sees how oddly he’s behaving, but I can’t deny my attraction for him is growing with every mishap.
Eeli is the third book in The Brotherhood of Ormarr series. While each book focuses on a different couple, the overall story arc continues in the next installment. For maximum enjoyment, we suggest reading in order. Eeli is a m/m NA romance, and is recommended for adults 18 years and older.


Eeli’s the youngest Ormarr brother and with his dragon, Bodhi, they are the babies of their families. At eighteen years old, he’s just bonded with Bo, and he struggles to keep her in line during school, especially when she tries to escape his tattoo while Eeli’s in class. People think he’s crazy, especially Slash.

Slash is the goth kid of Eeli’s high school. He’s always late, has the rebel attitude and no ambition in his life… at least that’s what Eeli thinks of him, until fate and Bo, force them to realize and understand the inevitable, they’re fated mates.
I adored this book, it’s for now, my favorite of the series (my money’s on Malachite’s story, lol).

Eeli and Slash assumed the worst about each other, they refused to see or understand how attracted to each other they are, until Bo forced them to understand. Then Slash entered a world where magic and dragons exist, and Eeli realized that Slash was more than what he thought and how wrong he was.

I adored them. They were strong and sensitive, they were forced to become adults, especially Slash, but they were still young man, teenagers, and sometimes they were just that, and it was sweet.

They are so sweet, funny, and beautiful together. I adored them, they made me laughed and melted. This book was longer than the two previous, but the plot between Slash and Eeli was longer. It was consistent, they’re only eighteen years old, they couldn’t jump in each other bed like that, fated mate or not. Bodhi was more present than the other dragons, she was definitely the third MC, and it was super funny to read about her antics.

The story was good, full of feelings, I laughed and cried with them, and it was well done, well written, dynamic, and captivating.
I can’t wait to read the next, and last, book in the series.

***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

Review of: Zale by Michelle Frost

TITLE: Zale
AUTHOR: Michelle Frost
SERIES: The Brotherhood of Ormarr
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: May 27, 2019

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Davis~
It was just another job—at least it was supposed to be—but snaring the feisty blue dragon I’d been contracted to collect and her rider in my trap changed everything. Hunting dragons was my job, and I was damn good at it. I’d never missed a target. Never failed to make a delivery. So why was every step toward turning over my bounty suddenly a struggle? No quarry had ever managed to get under my skin, but something in Zale’s haunting blue eyes called to me like nothing ever had before.
Zale~
When Itsaso and I were kidnapped, we fought like hell but found ourselves at the dragon hunter’s mercy. He locked my dragon away, leaving me to face captivity alone. Now, all I have to rely on is the training that’s been drilled into me every day for as long as I can remember and biding my time, waiting for Davis to make a mistake. Or my brothers to find and rescue us. But something happened the first time I truly looked in Davis’s eyes, dark pools as deep and enchanting as the sea, and I realized I was in so much more danger than I thought. How could a ruthless dragon hunter be my perfect mate?
Zale is the second book in The Brotherhood of Ormarr series. While each book focuses on a different couple, the overall story arc continues in the next installment. For maximum enjoyment, we suggest reading in order. Zale is a m/m romance, and is recommended for adults 18 years and older.


Davis lost a part of his soul years ago, and now he has the chance to get revenge on the ones responsible. His father, who is also his clan leader, has tasked him with finding the Ormarr brother, Zale, and bringing him back to the clan to face justice for his crimes. Zale has no idea why he’s been captured, but the realization of who has captured him has him feeling betrayed on a completely new level. All he knows is that he’s done nothing wrong and his captor is everything he’s ever wanted except for the kidnapping thing.

Davis’ dragon was taken from him many years ago, and the loss is soul crushing. Not to mention the oil that keeps his clan’s dragons healthy is dwindling. His clan can’t take much more without some kind of intervention, and he’s hoping his captive will give him answers. But now that he’s captured the one he believes is partly responsible, he’s torn between duty and something stronger.

Zale isn’t going to let a little thing like being kidnapped get in his way of finding answers. He’s strong and willful. He knows he’s done nothing wrong and he will prove it. He just has to get past the brooding man that sets his heart on fire.

So much is happening in this book, and I don’t want to spoil anything. So I’m keeping this one vague. The plot is thickening, and we learn something is definitely happening with the brotherhood and the wraiths. Keep reading it’s getting exciting!

***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

Review of: Fire and Obsidian by Andrew Grey

TITLE: Fire and Obsidian
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: Carlisle Deputies
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 7, 2019

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A Carlisle Deputies Novel
Can a couple be more opposite than a thief and a cop? Or do they have more in common than they think?
Mattias stole to survive. He was damn good at it. But there’s no such thing as a victimless crime, and when he saw how his theft hurt people, he resolved to change. Now he works as a consultant, and while helping to investigate a rash of burglaries, he crosses paths with James.
Police Officer James Levinson doesn’t trust thieves, and that includes Mattias. James’s father stole to support himself, and James knows firsthand how that can destroy lives—it inspired him to go into law enforcement. Mattias is no different, from what he can tell… at first.
As they work together, Mattias and James realize there’s something deeper between them than just the physical attraction neither can deny. Given time, they might even grow to trust each other—unless the case they’re working on dredges up pasts both would rather forget.


Fire and Obsidian is the fourth book in the Carlisle Deputies series by Andrew Grey. I loved reading it. It had everything that I’ve come to expect from Andrew Grey and this series. Sexy deputies, usually an opposites attract trope, an interesting case that they are trying to solve, catching the bad guy, some sexy times and hot chemistry. This book didn’t let me down. The characters were complex, the story was fast-paced, and I had a lot of fun trying to guess who the thief they were trying to catch was.

I loved Mattias Dumont. He grew up in the foster care system and learned how to steal to survive, and he was great at it. But he learned that there’s no such thing as a victimless crime, and when he saw how his theft hurt people, he resolved to change. I loved that he now works as a consultant, and while helping to investigate a rash of burglaries, he crosses paths with James. And during a demonstration of how good he is at stealing, he ends up lifting James’ gun, which doesn’t do anything to endear Mattias to James. Especially when they end up getting paired up together to solve the cases.

I also liked Police Officer James Levinson. He doesn’t trust thieves, and that includes Mattias. He has personal experience with thieves since James’ father stole to support himself, and James knows firsthand how that can destroy lives. It was what inspired him to go into law enforcement. And from what he can tell, Mattias is no different, at first.

Unforeseen circumstances will end up having Mattias living with James for a while as they’re working on the case. And James is forced to see that Mattias has put his past behind him and is trying to do the right thing. As they work together, Mattias and James realize there’s something deeper between them than just the physical attraction neither can deny. Given time, they might even grow to trust each other, unless the case they’re working on dredges up pasts both would rather forget.

Mattias will end up having to use contacts that he would rather not use, and James will finally have to choose between family and the job. Can their relationship survive?

I so enjoyed reading this book, and I know that you will too. Fans of Andrew Grey will not be disappointed.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Rebound by Andrew Grey

TITLE: Rebound
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: February 12, 2019

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Professional basketball player Bri Early needs a physical therapist after an injury, and he’s heard that Obie is the best. Bri takes an immediate liking to the out-and-proud man with the magic touch, and even though Bri isn’t openly gay himself, he’d never let anything stand in the way of something he wants.
Obie can’t deny that the sexy athlete presses all his buttons, but he’s a professional and has no intention of getting involved with a client. While they’re working together, it’s hands off, no matter how great the temptation.
But being a pro athlete isn’t easy. Bri has enemies, and one of them is making his life hell. When his house is set ablaze, Bri can no longer pretend the threatening messages he’s receiving are jokes. He needs a safe place to stay, and Obie can’t turn his back. But the two of them in the same house is a recipe for combustion that could burn them both….


I loved reading Rebound by Andrew Grey. The book’s a standalone with a great cast of diverse characters. I loved how fun and free Obie and his friends were. They were constantly making me smile, and I want more of Obie, David, and Chippy. And Bri and his friends were the exact opposite. They were much more serious and focused, but then they are athletes, and that’s what’s needed to compete professionally. I also loved how much fun the author had with the names since I’m a huge Star Wars fan.

I loved Bri Early. He’s a professional basketball player, and he’s been injured in a game and needs a physical therapist. However, he’s so focused on getting better as quickly as possible that he’s gotten a bit of a reputation and his physical therapists keep quitting on him. He’s one step away from looking up physical therapists in the yellow pages when his coach gets a call back from Obie. Obie was the physical therapist for Monty, who’s the husband of Hunter, one of Bri’s friends. Bri knows that Obie was able to really help Monty and so he has high hopes that he can get him back to full extension and back on the courts.

I also loved Obie. He’s a physical therapist that focuses on healing the whole body and not just the part that’s injured. He believes in clean living and healthy eating and full body massages to help relax the other muscles that are being strained due to the knee injury that Bri is dealing with. I liked how Obie can’t deny that the sexy athlete presses all of his buttons, but I loved how he’s a professional and has no intention of getting involved with a client. And while they’re working together, it is hands off no matter how great the temptation is, which leads to a great buildup of sexual chemistry. This story is definitely a slow burn.

I also loved how the author was able to show us that being a pro athlete isn’t easy. Bri has enemies, and one of them is making his life hell and unfortunately escalating his threats. When his house is set ablaze, Bri can’t pretend that the threatening messages he’s receiving are jokes any longer. He needs a safe place to stay, and Obie can’t turn his back. But the two of them in the same house is a recipe for combustion that could burn them both because Bri is in the closet and Obie is out and proud.

I really enjoyed reading this book about a basketball player falling for his physical therapist. It’s another great book by Andrew Grey.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Lone Star in Jersey by Ginna Harris, Anne Key

TITLE: Lone Star in Jersey
AUTHOR: Ginna Harris, Anne Key
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 30, 2019

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Eli faced the fallout of returning to school after his transition, and now he’s starting over in a new school where no one ever knew him as Elizabeth. The best thing about this new beginning might be the girl in the bedazzled Keds.
Sammy’s world of cheerleading, advanced math, and popularity in her Texas high school crumbles with her mother’s death. She’s shipped off to New Jersey to face a father who feels like a stranger and a world where she doesn’t feel like she belongs. At least there’s Eli, the cute boy who is also new at school.
As their friendship deepens and romance begins to bloom, Eli knows he owes Sammy the truth. He hopes he can trust her, and Sammy hopes she can understand falling in love with a trans boy. It’s a lot to deal with alongside the long-buried family secrets coming to light, and neither of their worlds will ever be the same. But maybe building new lives won’t be so hard if they do it together.


I liked Lone Star in Jersey by Ginna Harris and Anne Key. I would have liked it even more if Eli had fallen for a boy instead of a girl. It had more of MF feel to it than a MM feel. Although I did know that from reading the blurb that the trans boy was going to fall for a girl, I still wanted to read it. I don’t regret reading it. The writing style is easy to read, and the characters are realistic with real issues and fears and hopes and dreams that they deal with. I loved that the story is told from both main characters point of view. I liked getting to see all of the confusion and angst that Sammy goes through as her normal world falls apart and she has to learn to rebuild it.

Eli is a trans boy. Which means that he’s a boy stuck in a girl’s body. In his mind, he’s a boy, but on the outside, he’s a girl, and he’s at that stage in his transition from female to male where he’s dressing and passing as a boy. That means that he wears a binder to keep his breasts flat, a rolled up sock in his underwear to give him a package, a male haircut, uses male mannerisms, and has a male name. And he hopes that soon his parents will allow him to start hormone therapy which will help him even more to become the boy he is. He’s spent the first year of his transition at the same school where everybody knew him as Elizabeth, a girl. And with all of the bullying, his parents decided to move a town over so that he could attend a different high school where nobody would know that he used to be Elizabeth and that he would only be known as Eli. He didn’t expect to become best friends with the new student from Texas. He’s supposed to be focusing on passing as a male. He didn’t anticipate having romantic feelings for Sammy and wanting her to be his girlfriend.

I thought Eli was a very complex character and the authors did a great job with showing us what it means to be transgender and the body dysmorphia that Eli struggles with. I also loved that he had a therapist that he sees regularly. I know that in some states that’s a mandatory step that has to happen for the person to be approved for hormone therapy and later top surgery and bottom surgery. But it’s still nice to know that he has somebody to talk to besides his parents.

With her mother’s death, Sammy’s world of cheerleading, advanced math, and popularity in her Texas high school crumbles. She’s shipped off to New Jersey to live with a father who feels like a stranger and a world where she doesn’t feel like she belongs. She really wishes that she could have stayed in Texas with her best friend and finish school there, but her father was adamant that she came and lived with him. She hasn’t had much contact with her father other than the occasional visit and phone calls. So it comes as quite the shock when he comes out to her as being gay and introduces his boyfriend that lives in New York. She gets blindsided by quite a few family secrets that, as the year progresses, come to light. I like how she struggled through them. Sure she made mistakes and hurt feelings, but she learned from her mistakes, and that’s what matters.

I loved Sammy. She had lots of personal growth in this book, and I loved watching her grow. She was a great character. I liked how she handled herself when Eli told her the truth about being transgender, and I liked how she researched what that meant and then asked Eli questions about it. I also liked that her aunt came out to visit from Texas when Sammy was having a breakdown and helped her through it.

Overall, a great book about a trans boy who falls in love with a straight girl. Even though I would have preferred that Sammy was a boy, it was still a great book that I would recommend reading.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis