Review of: The Mage on the Hill by Angel Martinez

TITLE: The Mage on the Hill
AUTHOR: Angel Martinez
SERIES: The Web of Arcana
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: May 7, 2019

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The Web of Arcana: Book One
A young magic user who wants desperately to live. A jaded recluse who has forgotten what living means. They’re each other’s only chance.
Toby’s wild magic is killing him. The mage guilds have given up on him, and it’s only a matter of time before he dies in a spectacular, catastrophic bang. His only hope is an exiled wizard who lives in seclusion—and is rumored to have lost his mind.
The years alone on his hilltop estate have not been good for Darius Valstad. After the magical accident that disfigured him and nearly drowned Pittsburgh, he drifts through his days, a wraith trapped in memories and depression. Until a stricken young man collapses on his driveway, one who claims Darius is his last chance. For the first time in fifteen years, Darius must make a choice—leave this wild mage to his fate or take him in and try to teach him, which may kill them both. The old Darius, brash and commanding, wouldn’t have hesitated. Darius the exile isn’t sure he can find the energy to try.


Toby is a young wizard with wild magic. The guilds can’t help him, and Toby will be sent to a hospice to finish his days peacefully full of drugs to indulge him in sleep until he dies. But Toby wants to live, he doesn’t want to die like that, and he’s ready to fight hard and try everything to live, even reach an old hermit wizard, Darius Valstad.
Darius doesn’t want another student, not after what’s happens with the last one, and what he lost–his job, his eye, and his self-esteem. But Toby is desperate and on the verge of dying if Darius doesn’t help him.
Darius and Toby will start a journey between past and present to find a future together.

The mage on the hill is book one of The Web of Arcana series by Angel Martinez. I adored this book.
In the Web of Arcana, every wizard has a major or minor arcana (meaning affinity), that helps them to settle and control their magic and the guilds teach them how to do that. Some wizards can’t channel their abilities and end up in a hospice where they are drugged until they die.

Toby is a young wizard with a wild magic, meaning he couldn’t channel his ability and his magic is out of control, which makes him unplaceable. His only hope is Darius Valstad, a hermit wizard, who had helped other unplaceables in the past. Toby didn’t expect to find a man broken by his past, barely able to talk after fifteen years in complete isolation, but Darius reaches something deep in Toby’s heart other than hope. I adored Toby. He’s funny, smart and sassy. He’s also a fierce fighter and refuses to accept his faith as certain death without putting up a good fight. I loved him a lot.

Darius is broken by his past and his guilt. He’s lived alone for fifteen years without any help, friends, or human beings around him. He’s completely isolated and in a deep depression. He doesn’t want Toby in his life. He doesn’t want to have another student who he can’t help, and he refuses to have to lose a part of himself again. I loved Darius too. He’s confident in his ability but so fragile about his past that, at first, he’s scared to lose Toby until he doesn’t have another choice than to channel who he really is—a brilliant and genius teacher who can really help others starting with Toby. Then Darius is fierce and fights back.

I adored this book. It was well written, funny with good pop culture references that made me smile. The main characters are awesome as well as the secondary. I was hooked on the story from the beginning, and Angel Martinez kept me captivated with Toby and Darius’ road-trip. The end was awesome and promising for the next book. It was a good start in the series, and I look forward to knowing more about the Web of Arcana.

It’s 5 stars for the hermit and his student.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Love Conventions by Morgan James

TITLE: Love Conventions
AUTHOR: Morgan James
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 7, 2019

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A happy ending worthy of a TV fantasy… in real life?
Ashland Wells is an actor of sci-fi cult fame but with little direction for the future, when handsome grad student Remy Beaumont lands in his lap at a fan convention. Remy is everything Ash ever wanted and wished he could be—including out and proud. For twelve hours they’re the best of friends. But the convention ends, and saying goodbye to Remy might be the biggest mistake Ash has ever made.
A few months later, they’re reunited on a new production—Ash as an actor, Remy a writer—and though Ash doesn’t plan to let him go twice, being with Remy means going public about being gay. He’s not sure that’s a risk he—or his career—can handle, no matter how great the temptation.
If only they could write themselves the romantic happily ever after they both need.


Ashland Wells is a sci-fi actor. He has a strong fan base with his last TV Show and was meeting them in a convention when he meets the cute nerd, Remy Beaumont.
During this convention, Ash and Remy become friends and have the time of their life, until Ash had to go back to Vancouver and Remy to his student life. Months later, Ash is hired for a new TV show, and Remy is hired as one of the writers.
They finally have time to get to know each other, but with Ash being in the closet and Remy out, can they have both the happy ending they want?

Love Conventions by Morgan James is my first book by this author and won’t be the last. I had a great time with them.
Ash is an actor. He’s hot, sexy, strong and talented. He’s also gay and Narnia deep in the closet taking the tea with Aslan. When he meets Remy, he’s off balance because Remy is everything he wants in a partner, but Ash is paralyzed by his fears. When he finds the courage to overcome his fears, he enters a world of love and happiness until reality came crushing his bubble and Ash will have to make a choice. I loved Ash. He’s funny, smart, kind, shy and insecure. He’s hot with his red hair (I have a thing for gingers) and his Scottish accent. He’s also completely paralyzed with Remy. He knows what he wants, but he’s too scared to have it until he doesn’t have another choice. I loved him because he touched me.

Remy is a student in mythological creatures. He’s a complete nerd—fan of sci-fi and all. He’s gay, out and proud, he’s confident in his sexuality, and he won’t hide it. I adored Remy. He’s so funny, kind, smart and sassy. I loved his confidence, and I loved how he helps Ash day by day to come out of his shell little by little. I loved how he refuses to be a victim and chooses himself and his happiness.

The story is told from Ash’s POV only; we follow him in his journey of true happiness. I loved the writing. It was dynamic and fluid with a good sense of humor that I appreciated a lot. The plot was easy to follow, no drama, no big twist, and I liked that a lot. It was a good read, and I had a good time with them.

I happily recommend this book, it’s a sweet candy to read.

4 stars for Dr Who and His Donna.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Covet Thy Neighbor by L.A. Witt

TITLE: Covet Thy Neighbor
AUTHOR: L.A. Witt
SERIES: Tucker Springs
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 3, 2019

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Welcome to Tucker Springs, Colorado, where sparks fly when opposites attract—but are some obstacles too great to overcome?
When tattoo artist Seth Wheeler meets his new neighbor, it’s like a revelation. Darren Romero is everything Seth wants in a man: hot, clever, single, and interested. For a minute he seems perfect. Then Darren drops the bomb: he moved to Tucker Springs to be a pastor at the New Light Church.
As a gay man whose parents threw him out, Seth has a strict policy of keeping believers at arm’s length for self-preservation. But Darren’s perseverance and the chemistry bubbling between them steadily wear down his defenses.
In a small town like Tucker Springs, Seth can’t avoid Darren—or how much he wants him. Which means he needs to decide what’s more important: protecting himself, or his feelings for his neighbor.


Covet Thy Neighbor is the fourth book in the Tucker Springs series. L.A. Witt writes this addition to the series, but authors L.A. Witt, Marie Sexton, and Heidi Cullinan write the series. I started reading this series with the third book, Dirty Laundry, by Heidi Cullinan, and I loved getting to read the next book in the series Covet Thy Neighbor. I really like the town that the authors have made. I don’t know if Tucker Springs, Colorado is a real town but if it is, I wouldn’t mind living there. The people seem very friendly and accepting and wanting to help each other.

I liked Seth Wheeler. He has some deep-seated issues from growing up with very religious parents that were big into the church. He ended up getting disowned and cut off financially and emotionally from his family when he comes out during his junior year of college in Tucker Springs, Colorado. Because of this, he decides to stay there. As a result, he has a strict policy of keeping believers at arm’s length for self-preservation. So when he meets his new neighbor, it’s like a revelation. Darren Romero is everything Seth wants in a man—hot, clever, single, and interested. And for a minute he seems perfect. Then Darren drops the bomb. He moved to Tucker Springs to be a pastor at the New Light Church. And Seth’s self-preservation is activated, but Darren’s perseverance and the chemistry bubbling between them steadily wear down his defenses. I loved how he works through his issues with his friend, Michael. And I loved the chemistry between Seth and Darren.

I loved Darren Romero. He moves to Tucker Springs to be a pastor at the New Light Church. I loved that he works with the LGBTQ youth and that he gets Seth into volunteering with the youth also. I loved that he respected what Seth had gone through, and he never pushed his faith on him or gave him grief about being an atheist. I also loved that Darren had had issues with his previous church and its parishioners and so he can empathize with Seth and what had happened to him when his church turned on him.

In a small town like Tucker Springs, Seth can’t avoid Darren or how much he wants him. Which means that he needs to decide what’s more important—protecting himself or his feelings for his neighbor? Unfortunately, Seth does make some mistakes while trying to protect himself, but it isn’t until he makes those mistakes that he realizes how much Darren means to him and he follows his heart and his feelings and gets his happily ever after ending.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Failing Straight by R. Cayden

TITLE: Failing Straight
AUTHOR: R. Cayden
SERIES: Taught By Two, book 2
PUBLISHER: Self Ppublished
GENRE: MMM
RELEASE DATE: March 26, 2019

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A straight tennis jock.
The sassiest guy on campus.
One very special outdoorsman.
Love turns the world upside down in this Gay-for-Two romance.
Teddy: I’m pretty comfortable with who I am. I’m the star tennis player at a small college, a good friend, and I’m definitely straight. So it’s one thing when I get turned on by sassy Isaac, but after I meet his butch boyfriend? Suddenly, I’m having a lot of trouble focusing on my tennis game.
Isaac: I really do want to let go of my gay playboy fantasies, but there’s a flirt inside me that won’t shut up, and a new hot jock landing in my lap. I’ll never break the rules of my open relationship with my boyfriend, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have fun toying with confused Teddy when I see him around campus. After all, he’s straight, so it’s not like it could really go anywhere…
Rick: I chose to skip college, preferring the solitude of the woods to just about anything or anyone. And then I met Isaac. Now, I’m driving my truck into Mayerville to visit my college boyfriend twice a week, and dreaming of a future together. But if I thought Isaac turned my world upside before, once he introduces me to Teddy? Hell, I guess we haven’t even gotten started yet.
Failing Straight is a 60,000+ word standalone MMM romance novel. It features passion in the mountains, locker room fights, and a straight-to-gay Happily Ever After. It is filled with heart, lots of heat, and a little bit of kink. Enjoy!


I loved Failing Straight by R. Cayden. This is the second book in the Taught By Two series. This is the first book that I’ve read by R. Cayden, and I haven’t read the first book in the series either. I can’t wait to read more books by R. Cayden, and I do believe that I’ll start with the first book in the series, The History Professor, since I love a good teacher/student trope. I thought the story had great flow, the characters and what they go through is realistic, and the plot was interesting, and the story kept me hooked from the first page to the last. I enjoyed that the characters were all so very different. Teddy is a straight tennis jock. Isaac is the sassiest gay guy on campus, and Rick is one very special gay outdoorsman who prefers to interact with nature and animals to people.

Teddy is pretty comfortable with who he is. He’s the star tennis player at a small college, a good friend, and he’s definitely straight. He was told about a lake that he could run around by a friend and after getting his run in on the first day of college, he finds that his car has a flat tire. Flagging down a truck that happens by, he meets Isaac and Rick, and Isaac is going to the same college that Teddy goes to so they agree to give him a ride. Isaac, in typical Isaac fashion, talks and flirts nonstop the whole way. Teddy assumes looking at Rick that he’s straight also since he doesn’t say much and is a man’s man. Sassy Isaac has a class with Teddy and continues to flirt, and it turns Teddy on, but when he finds out that Rick is actually Isaac’s boyfriend, he can’t stop thinking about him and Isaac, and he’s having trouble focusing on his tennis game. I liked Teddy. I liked how he interacts with Isaac and later with Rick. Because of Isaac, he’s questioning his sexuality, but I liked how they each seemed to fill in the cracks that are in their relationships. Shoring up the weak spots and making the relationship as a whole more stable.

Isaac wants to let go of his gay playboy fantasies, but there’s a flirt inside of him that won’t shut up, and a hot new jock has landed in his lap. He’ll never break the rules of his open relationship with his boyfriend, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t have fun toying with a confused Teddy when he sees him around campus. After all, Teddy’s straight, so it’s not like it could really go anywhere, but that’s not going to stop him from trying. I liked Isaac. He’s flirty and sassy and fun and talks nonstop and has no filter which is perfect for the open relationship that he has with Rick. The rules of the relationship are easy. You can only hook up with a person once, and you have to tell each other all of the details afterward. Well, Isaac’s hook up with Teddy was interrupted, and Isaac is left wanting more, but because of the rules, he’s out of luck. That is unless he can convince his boyfriend, Rick, to bring Teddy in to have a threesome with them.

Rick chose to skip college. He preferred the solitude of the woods to just about anything or anyone. And then he met Isaac. Now, he’s driving his truck into Mayerville to visit his college boyfriend twice a week and dreaming of a future together. But if he thought Isaac turned his world upside down before, once he introduces him to Teddy, tells him about his hook up with Teddy, and how he wants to have a threesome with him…he realizes they haven’t even gotten started yet. I liked Rick. He’s introverted, and he has some self-confidence, self-esteem issues about his relationship with Isaac. He fears that he’ll find somebody more outgoing and social and dump him. It’s why he’s so uncomfortable with how much Isaac talks about Teddy. He’s afraid that Isaac will replace him with Teddy. But Isaac has no intention of replacing him. I like how down to earth he is and the issues that he has. I liked that he’s just as attracted to Teddy but is more cautious with his feelings and his actions than Isaac is.

Failing Straight is a standalone MMM romance novel. And it’s a romance novel. I know most MMM is considered erotica, but this is most definitely a romance. It features passion in the mountains, locker room fights, and a straight-to-gay Happily Ever After. It’s filled with heart, lots of heat, and a little bit of kink. If these are things that you like to read about, then I recommend giving it a try. Maybe you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did.

***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: Sugar for Two by R. Cayden

TITLE: Sugar for Two
AUTHOR: R. Cayden
SERIES: Sugar Mansion #1
PUBLISHER: Self Published
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, MMM
RELEASE DATE: Apr 9, 2019

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Meet Elliot, the twenty-something with more sugar daddies than he can count. But don’t let the day spas, designer bags, and luxury vacations fool you. It’s hard work maintaining a life so fabulous that other people will pay for it.
Meet Vincent, aspiring sugar. He’s scrappy, he’s mouthy, but he gets the job done. Vincent has big dreams, and he’s aiming for the richest men in Los Angeles to make them come true.
Enter Don. Real estate mogul. Billionaire. Legendary sugar daddy.
Don likes Elliot.
And Don likes Vincent.
And Don? Don has a lot of mansions.
Vincent knows that Elliot is his rival, the one thing that could get in the way of Don’s lavish attention. And Elliot knows that, no matter how charming he is, a wild card like Vincent could bring the whole sugar bowl crashing down.
The only problem is, Vincent gets a special stirring when he sees Elliot, and Elliot can’t stop thinking about Vincent’s infuriating hotness. And now that Don seems to enjoy both of their company, it’s not so easy to avoid those feelings, or what those feelings might mean.
A mansion is pretty sweet. But love? That’s a whole different kind of sugar.
Sugar for Two is an Enemies-to-Lovers Romantic Comedy. At 60,000+ words, it is the first novel in the Sugar Mansion series, featuring impassioned arguments, high fashion luxury, and one dominant real estate mogul. A Happy-for-Now MM novel in a Happily-Ever-After MMM series, this book has heart, lots of heat, and a little bit of kink.


Elliot is a professional sugar baby. He has a lot of sugar daddies who provide for his needs, but Elliot has one particular sugar daddy in sight. Don Anders, THE sugar daddy. He’s rich, confident and hot.
Vincent is a sugar baby in progression. He wants a mansion for him and his grandma, and he wants the saint-grail of all the sugar daddies, Don Anders. But Vincent will have to deal with Elliot.
Elliot and Vincent aren’t friends. They’re enemies in the conquest of Don Anders’ attention. But Don has other ideas for them.
Sugar for two is book 1 in the Sugar Mansion series by R. Cayden.

Elliot is a professional sugar baby and has a lot of sugar daddies. He’s educated, smart with good manners and he’s beautiful. Elliot is a professional with rules and boundaries. No sex and no love with his clients are the two most important. But Elliot is out of his comfort zone when Don Anders request his services and puts him in direct competition with Vincent.
Vincent has a big mouth—he’s sassy, loud and smokes weed. He isn’t delicate and well poised like Elliot. He’s flamboyant. He wants a mansion from Don, and he’s ready to do anything to have it, including dealing with the unnerving Elliot.

I liked them together. They are exact polar opposites, but in the meanwhile, they’re the same. They have the same background, growing up in a small town in the middle of nowhere, and decided to become a sugar baby to escape their poor childhood and the traumas attached to it. They’re also very different. While Elliot is a freak control, Vincent is flamboyant. They complement each other more than what they think, and I love it about them.

The book is the first in the series, and it settles the main and secondary characters and gives us the background of the series. It was well written, and the sugar daddy/baby world was well explained. It’s not a role age-play book, they don’t call each other daddy/son, and there’s no daddy kink in their sex scenes. It was hot by the way, and I look for more of it.
I will read the next book because I want to know more about Vincent, Elliot and Don’s arrangement, I want to see more about their dynamics as a couple and ménage and look forward to discovering more about the other characters like Jules and Henry.

It’s a 3.5 stars for the sugars and their daddy.

***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