Review: “Thirty-One Days and Legos” by S.A Stovall

TITLE: Thirty-One Days and Legos
AUTHOR: S.A Stovall
SERIES: Ranger Station Haven
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Adrian Nicholas
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 57 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 11, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 e-book


A Ranger Station Haven Christmas Novella
Park rangers Carter and Owen Williams have decided to expand their family and adopt two brothers—boys they rescued a year before when they tried to escape the foster system and flee to Canada. After completing their parenting classes, Carter, a reserved man who enjoys the simple life, swears he’ll be the best father possible. His patience is tested, however, when one brother adopts a cat out of the snowy Voyageurs National Park and the other brother refuses to talk about what’s bothering him.
Owen wants to make sure their first Christmas together is a special one, and he decides all of December should be a celebration. He has an activity planned for each of the thirty-one days, but none of them seem to go off without a hitch. The cat has fleas, the boys need to attend a court hearing, and Carter is more than a little overwhelmed.
But Carter is 100 percent determined to make his new family work. He just has no idea how….

Carter and Owen are back and ready to start a family with Luke, Edmund (Tiny Tim in Ranger Station Haven #1) and Legos (not the toys).
Carter wants to be a good father, but he’s completely at lost with Edmund and Luke, he tries his best, but with his weird childhood, maybe he hasn’t the best tools.

It was a pleasure to read a sequel with my favourites rangers. Carter and Owen are adorable, and Carter is so funny, this guy cracks me up each time.
It was a short story, but it put a smile on my face, and may have or not, put some tears in my eyes.
It’s a super Christmas book, full of love and hope, and it fits perfectly for the season.

S.A Stovall is really talented, and even in this short story, she gives us a full palette of feelings.
I highly recommend this book, it’s like the chocolate you eat before bed. Sweet, pleasurable with a happy thrill in your belly.

5 OptimuMMs for this lovely misfit family

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


Audiobook Review: “Best New Artist ” by BA Tortuga

TITLE: Best New Artist
AUTHOR: BA Tortuga
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
NARRATOR: Brian Hutchison
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 6:03
RELEASE DATE: April 28, 2017
PRICE: $19.95 -audio-book



Kasey “Tuff” Tuffman just told Nashville to kiss his you know what. After winning Best New Artist at an award show, he knows it’s time to head back home to Texas. So after a very public meltdown, Tuff makes his way to Austin, where the Red Dirt music lives large.

Jonah Littlejohn once loved KT more than anything in the world. When KT loses it on national TV, Jonah knows he has to reach out and offer his home studio as a place to heal and make music. A bad relationship has left Jonah broken and wary of romance, but he wants to help his old lover out.

Seeing Jonah again proves to Tuff that he’s made the right decision. Now all he has to do is convince Jonah that they’re the most perfect duet there’s ever been.

I was excited to dive into this book because…well, hot country music stars.
I was held captive by the end of the first chapter, and I must admit I loved every minute of Kasey Tuffman’s very public, very epic meltdown. Kasey makes his way back home not only to heal but to pick up and rebuild starting with Red Dirt Music and coming full circle to Jonah Littlejohn.
Kasey and Jonah have each faced their own share of trauma and tragedy, and in a lot of ways, are not sure if they can be anything more to each other again, or if the past should remain where it is. Can they find a way to a new normal, can they forge a new future?

This book was light, easy to listen to with just enough angst to keep you listening for what happens next. It’s a story of rekindling a romance that by all means should not have survived.

The narration for this book was well done. Brian Hutchinson’s voice is well suited for this title. Although the narrator didn’t give substantially different voices to each character, I still had no trouble following the storyline. His inflections and country twang were just enough to keep me listening without being overbearing. I was fully engaged, smiling constantly, and completely satisfied.

I’d recommend this book for anyone who loves a good story with excellent narration, for any lover of stories centered around Texas and great music or really for anyone who loves that sweet happily ever after.

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


Review: “Desperately Seeking Santa” by Eli Easton

TITLE: Desperately Seeking Santa
AUTHOR: Eli Easton
PUBLISHER: Pinkerton Road
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 225 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 22, 2017
PRICE: $3.98 – e-book


Journalism student Gabe Martin gets his first professional assignment—to write about a Christmas charity dinner that benefits a children’s home. It sounds like a total snooze-fest until Gabe learns that the event’s Santa is a mystery man. He shows up in costume and no one has a clue who he is. Uncovering Santa’s identity sounds like the perfect angle to turn a fluff piece into serious journalism.
Mack “The Mountain” McDonall, at 6’10”, is University of Wisconsin-Madison’s enormous star wrestler. When Gabe first claps eyes on him at a wrestling match, it’s lust at first sight. Gabe’s friend, Jordan, sets up the pair on a date. But when Gabe chatters on about his plans for outing Santa, Mack goes cold, and their first meeting becomes an epic fail.
As Gabe researches the children’s home, he learns that Mack has secrets a guy famous for being a brute wouldn’t want the world to know. Can Gabe find his holiday spirit, write a killer article, win the heart of a surly giant, and give everyone a very merry Christmas?
NOTE: This 50,000 word short novel features a new couple but includes Jordan and Owen, from the author’s book “Superhero”. It can be read as a stand-alone.

First of all, I’m just going to say how much I freaking love Christmas and everything about it, stories, movies, songs, bring it on, I can’t get enough. I’m probably worse than a child *giggles*. So as you can imagine, when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. I’ve read a few other Christmas themed stories that this author has released, and I really, really loved them, so I had high hopes for this one, and I wasn’t let down. It was the most perfect, sweet, heart-warming, feel-good Christmassy story I could have asked for, and it had just enough emotional scenes to get me choked-up and teary eyed before leaving me smiling with joy again.

Gabe Martin is a journalism student who’s also working as an intern at the local newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal. Gabe wants to be an investigative broadcast journalist, getting down in the nitty-gritty of the big stories, but instead, his boss has asked him to cover the piece they do for the charity dinner that benefits the local children’s home. Gabe thinks that it’ll be too boring and no different to every other year that the story has been run, so tries to find a way to make the story more interesting. When he interviews the people who organise the dinner, he discovers that for the last four years, there has been a new Santa coming to give all of the children their gifts, but no one knows who he is. He just comes in, sees the children and then leaves again without sticking around to speak to anyone else. Gabe thinks this is the big story he’s been looking for, so he plans to find Santa and show the town who he is.

When Gabe’s best friend, Jordan, asks him to go along with him to his boyfriend’s wrestling meet, Gabe agrees to go, even though he knows nothing about the sport. But when they take their seats and the college team enter the gym, Gabe is immediately drawn to the biggest member of the team, Mack, who is the only undefeated wrestler in the team’s history.

Mack McDonall is the college team wrestling star. He’s won every match he’s fought in and isn’t intimidated by any of his opponents. Everyone around him has told him he has what it takes to go pro, but Mack isn’t interested. He plans on becoming an engineer and working with coastal cities to help with their defenses to prepare for the effects of climate change. Looking at him, he’s the kind of guy you wouldn’t want to meet down a dark alley. His size and reputation as an undefeated wrestler tend to scare most people off, but away from the public and the gym, Mack is the opposite of what everyone thinks. He tends to keep to himself and is gentle and careful with his movements so as not to frighten anyone or cause a scene. Underneath the big burly exterior, is a gentle giant with a huge heart.

Gabe and Mack are definitely interested in each other, but Mack hasn’t had an easy life and finds it hard to open up and trust people, so dropping his guard to let Gabe in, is no easy task. And when Gabe tells Mack of his plan to find the secret Santa, Mack doesn’t know if he can be with someone who could invade someone’s privacy like that and possibly end up hurting the children at the home because if it.

Everything about the story was wonderful. I can’t find a single negative comment to make about it. Mack was just an amazing man, he could thaw the Snow Queen’s heart he’s that special. This is a book I will read again and again. I know Christmas stories aren’t to everyone’s taste, but if you do enjoy them, then this should definitely be high on your TBR list this year, you really won’t be disappointed. But have the tissues ready too.

***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: “Fire and Flint” by Andrew Grey

TITLE: Fire and Flint
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: Carlisle Deputies
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 8, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback


Jordan Erichsohn suspects something is rotten about his boss, Judge Crawford. Unfortunately he has nowhere to turn and doubts anyone will believe his claims—least of all the handsome deputy, Pierre Ravelle, who has been assigned to protect the judge after he received threatening letters. The judge has a long reach, and if he finds out Jordan’s turned on him, he might impede Jordan adopting his son, Jeremiah.
When Jordan can no longer stay silent, he gathers his courage and tells Pierre what he knows. To his surprise and relief, Pierre believes him, and Jordan finds an ally… and maybe more. Pierre vows to do what it takes to protect Jordan and Jeremiah and see justice done. He’s willing to fight for the man he’s growing to love and the family he’s starting to think of as his own. But Crawford is a powerful and dangerous enemy, and he’s not above ripping apart everything Jordan and Pierre are trying to build in order to save himself…

First of all, where have I been that I didn’t know about this series? When I first saw the blurb for the book, I knew it was part of a series, but I didn’t realise that there had already been six books released. Don’t worry though, it’s a complete stand-alone, so there’s no risk of feeling like you’ve missed something. I’m just kicking myself for taking so long to discover this author and his amazing writing.

Fire and Flint is an absolute page-turner, I couldn’t put it down once I’d started. The story and characters had me totally engrossed, and I didn’t want the end to come. The blurb kind of speaks for itself, and I’d be spoiling your enjoyment if I went into any further detail. What I can say though, is that these characters will find a way into your heart, and you’ll want to keep them there. Yes, it’s basically an insta-love story, and we already know who the bad guy is so there’s not much mystery to it, but it works perfectly.

Jordan is such a loving, kind and gentle man who will do anything to make people happy, even if it’s a stranger. He has such a big heart. But in the past, it has been taken advantage of, and now he finds it hard to trust people and accept them at face value. But Pierre changes everything when he enters Jordan’s life. He shows Jordan that he doesn’t have to be the one looking out for everyone all the time, and that people can give without expecting something in return.

Pierre is the hot cop everyone wishes they could have. He’s all brains, brawn, and good looks, but he’s also fiercely loyal and protective, especially of the people he cares about. Pierre even surprises himself with the level of attraction he feels towards Jordan, and how quickly he begins to care for Jordan and Jeremiah as a family unit. He wants to prove to them that he’s nothing like the people they’ve known in the past, and if they’ll let him, he wants to be a big part of their lives.

When the investigation into Judge Crawford starts to threaten Jordan’s adoption of Jeremiah, Pierre’s protective side comes out in full force. Although he never thought of having a child before, Pierre forms a strong bond with Jeremiah, and he won’t let anyone get in the way of the young boy’s chance of a family and happiness.

I enjoyed everything about this book. The plot and story were well thought out and written, and had the right mixture of excitement and sweetness. There were only a few sex scenes, but I’m glad of that because it made it more about Jordan, Pierre and Jeremiah developing and growing as a family together. It was just very genuine and realistic, and a nice little change from it all being about the two main characters and how many times they can get in each other’s pants.

This book is an easy recommendation from me, in fact, I loved it so much that I’m going to go back and read the first six because I need more, more, more. If they’re anywhere near as good as this one, then I’m going to be a very happy little bookworm.

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


Review: “Bubbly” by Shea Balik

TITLE: Bubbly
AUTHOR: Shea Balik
SERIES: Uncorked
COVER ARTIST: Harris Channing
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 145 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 19, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 ebook


Raise your wine glasses high to toast the men of Dahlonia while they discover the secret to happiness – LOVE.
There was no doubt about it, Macalister Whitmore was as straight-laced as they came. He worked all the time, never did anything that would be considered fun, and almost always wore a suit and tie, even in the laid back southern town of Dahlonia, where the dress code tended to be jeans and t-shirts. It was how his parents raised him and Macalister was sure even a tanning salon couldn’t change that.
David Wilson wanted to throttle his best friend for sending Mac to his tanning salon to try and loosen up the uptight lawyer. He had never met anyone that had actually worn a suit to a tanning salon before. What Mac needed was a doctor to remove that stick from his ass. Then again, if Mac continued to look down his nose at David, he would remove it himself.
Still, it seemed that opposites do attract, so they decide to give each other a chance.
Happily ever after may sound like a dream come true, but no one ever said it didn’t come with pain and heartache. Will they walk away from each other, or walk through hell for the chance to pop some Bubbly and celebrate finding their happy ending?
Male/Male romance and sexual situations.

I really enjoyed this story from this author, and I wish I could give a higher rating. If I could review it just by the story, I would have rated it a 4 star. The problem I had was with the editing. There were several times I would be reading and would turn the page in the middle of a sentence, and the next page would start a new sentence. It would not complete the sentence I was in, and it would confuse me. This got better by the end of the book which I was happy for because it is a good story and I can’t wait to see the next book.

Mac is a lawyer that appears to not enjoy life at all. He’s always in a suit and tie, even on his days off. His bosses want him to loosen up and send him to a tanning salon. His attitude towards this is not a happy one. He doesn’t understand why this would help him to learn how to have fun but who is he to question the bosses.

David wants to strangle Andy for even sending this uptight man to his business. There’s not enough wine in the world for him to put up with such a person that looks down on him. What David didn’t expect was a knight and shining armor. When David is in a precarious situation, Mac is there to the rescue.

Opposites attract they say and so is true with these two. A wonderful love story is uncovered, and I was rooting for these two. Then life and reality happens and Mac reverts back to his old ways. Will these two see their happily ever after or will the family win? Will David be able to hang on to the Mac he’s grown to love? Will Mac be able to let go of his tightwad self and learn to be happy? I’m not sure how to answer these for you. I guess you will need to get them yourself.

***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 ***