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

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


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: 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


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

Review of: Under His Protection by LaQuette

TITLE: Under His Protection
AUTHOR: LaQuette
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 16, 2019


They can escape their enemies, but not the desire between them.
Prosecutor Camden Warren is on the fast track to professional nirvana. With his charm, his sharp legal mind, and his father as chief judge in the highest court in NY, he can’t fail. Nothing can derail his rise to the top… until an attempt on his life forces him to accept the help of a man he walked out on five years ago.
Wounded in the line of duty, Lieutenant Elijah Stephenson wants to ride his new desk job until retirement—not take a glorified babysitting gig with more risk than it’s worth… especially not protecting the entitled lawyer who disappeared after the best sex of their lives.
The threat against Camden’s life is real, but their passion for each other might prove the greatest danger they’ve yet to face.

Camden Warren and Elijah Stephenson have a past. When life-threatening circumstances force to them together, it’s not the reunion they expected or even wanted. Elijah was perfectly happy living in denial about how much the enigmatic Executive ADA affected him. Camden is just trying to stay afloat when expectations threaten to drown him. Throw in a fanatic cult trying to kill Camden, and things go from bad to worse.

Lieutenant Elijah Stephenson is a stubborn, sexy hunk of man meat. I enjoyed his character immensely. His protectiveness and soft heart just won me over big time. He really thought he had met someone he could see creating a future with until that someone just left him and his heart without a backward glance. It was a meaningless encounter is what he kept telling himself, one of many. Deny, deny, deny. After an undercover assignment goes south, Elijah is left brutally beaten and questions everything about himself and his worth. He’s not broken just bruised, and a certain sexy blast from the past does more than just mend old wounds.

Executive ADA Caden Warren is Elijah’s opposite in many ways. He’s from a pompous family with old money and deep influences. His father has a plan for his son and knows exactly how to get Cam to toe the line. After walking out on Elijah, he’s left hollow and regretful. Camden is forced to face his demons and past regrets when a vengeful cult tries to take him out before he can put them on trial. He’s surprised the one man that can bring him to his knees is his police guard. Camden soon finds himself in the fight of his life, personally and professionally. Can he save both?

This was a great, entertaining story. In the pretense of being completely honest, I did have to skim through some parts. In some sections, the narration was tedious and drawn out. That usually would draw me out of the book, but this one was good enough that I didn’t find myself drawn away from the story. This is my first book by this author, and I look forward to reading others in the future.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Over and Back by Andrew Grey

TITLE: Over and Back
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: Bronco’s Boy
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Apr 9, 2019


Opposites attract on an overseas holiday, but trouble has hitched a ride.
While Bronco’s nightclub is closed for renovations, the owners invite the staff on a trip to Italy. Bartender Hank needs a roommate, and he’s had his eye on waiter Grant for a while, even if he’s had to keep his distance. But sharing such close proximity means sparks are sure to fly….
Grant has a problem saying no, and it’s led him into some less-than-healthy relationships. While he’s determined not to repeat his mistakes, it’s clear Hank is different.
They’re both willing to take it slow and explore the feelings building between them, but even in a foreign country, their pasts are catching up, and that could hurt more than just their budding romance.

Hank and Grant work at Bronco’s. Hank is a bartender and Grant a server. The club is closing for a month for renovation, and the owners have a vacation in Italy planned. Hank was supposed to go there with Danny, his boyfriend, but after a bad breakup, he needs a roommate to share the bills with him. Grant is invited to go with him, to be Hank’s roommate. The thing is, Grant isn’t sure that Hank likes him, so guess he will have to discover the answer in Italy.
Over and Back is book 5 on the Bronco’s Boy series by Andrew Grey.

Hank is a hunky bartender. He had a bad break up with his ex-boyfriend, Danny, who forbade him to date anyone, especially Grant. Hank is attracted to the sweet Grant and sharing a room with him for 2 weeks in Italy will be pure torture for him. I like Hank, he isn’t the stereotype of the hunky bartender, he’s more a huge teddy bear. He’s really gentle and kind with Grant. He’s more fragile than what I thought at first, and I like that about him.

Grant is a cute little twink. He’s a good man, a good server. He’s kind and sensitive. His last relationship was toxic at the end for Grant, and some trauma settled inside Grant, but he fights back and tries to find his footing in life, to be himself without fears. The opportunity to go to Italy is something that he would never have done alone, and being with Hank is the cherry on the cake. I adore Grant, he is adorable, cute and fierce. He seems to be fragile, and he is fragile, but he’s also very strong and fierce, he’s blunt, he isn’t scared to speak his mind, and I love that about him. He’s not a damsel in distress—he’s a fighter.

I adored those two guys. They’re a good match and a good fit. I adored that it was Grant, the cute twink, who protected Hank, the hunk bartender. I love when nothing is like what we see, so I loved that the author mixes their roles and appearances.

The plot and the story was very good; we follow them on their trip to Italy. It was well described, I had the feeling of being there with them actually. The writing was dynamic and fluid, and I had a good time with them.

Over and Back is book 5 in the Bronco’s Boy series, but it can be read as a standalone. I didn’t read the 4 previous books in the series (not yet), and I didn’t have difficulties in reading this one and getting attached to the characters.

4 Stars for them

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Doctor’s Secret by Heidi Cullinan

TITLE: The Doctor’s Secret
AUTHOR: Heidi Cullinan
SERIES: Copper Point Medical #1
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Apr 23, 2019


The brilliant but brooding new doctor encounters Copper Point’s sunny nurse-next-door… and nothing can stand in the way of this romance.
Dr. Hong-Wei Wu has come to Copper Point, Wisconsin, after the pressures of a high-powered residency burned him out of his career before he started. Ashamed of letting his family down after all they’ve done for him, he plans to live a quiet life as a simple surgeon in this tiny northern town. His plans, however, don’t include his outgoing, kind, and attractive surgical nurse, Simon Lane.
Simon wasn’t ready for the new surgeon to be a handsome charmer who keeps asking him for help getting settled and who woos him with amazing Taiwanese dishes. There’s no question—Dr. Wu is flirting with him, and Simon is flirting back. The problem is, St. Ann’s has a strict no-dating policy between staff, which means their romance is off the table… unless they bend the rules.
But a romance that keeps them—literally—in the closet can’t lead to happy ever after. Simon doesn’t want to stay a secret, and Hong-Wei doesn’t want to keep himself removed from life, not anymore. To secure their happiness, they’ll have to change the administration’s mind. But what other secrets will they uncover along the way, about Copper Point… and about each other?

Dr. Hong Wei Wu is a brilliant surgeon promised to a brilliant career until the pressure burns him out and decides to accept a surgeon post at St Anne’s hospital, in Copper Point, Wisconsin.
Simon Lane has spent his whole life at Copper Point. He’s a surgical nurse at St Anne where he works with his two best friends and roommates, Owen and Jared.
Simon and Hong Wei are immediately attracting to each other, but St Anne has a strict non-dating rule that can put Simon out of a job if he dates Hong Wei. They will have to find a way to work together, to be together and to keep their jobs in the process.
The Doctor’s secret by Heidi Cullinan, is book one in the Copper Point medical series.

I enjoyed this book. It was well written, dynamic, funny and fluid.

Simon is a fan of the Asian culture—he loves K-Pop and Asian’s comedies. He loves his job, and he hopes to have a “good” surgeon to work with. He’s sensitive, professional, a hopeless romantic and wears his heart in his sleeve. He’s afraid to have an affair with Hong-Wei. He doesn’t want to leave his town and his family. I loved Simon—he’s so sensitive and kind. I loved his romantic side, I loved his shyness and his fragility until it comes to his man, then he’s protective and supportive of Hong Wei, and he’s ready to step out of his comfort zone for him, to change his entire life for him.

Hong Wei is a surgeon, one of the best of his generation but the pressure burns him out, and he runs away from the brilliant career in a big hospital to practice in a tiny hospital in the middle of nowhere. He doesn’t expect to be madly attracted to his sexy nurse, and to find a family and friends in Copper Point. I adored Hong Wei, and I especially adored how strong and sensitive he can be. He’s confident and strong in the hospital, he’s the one in charge, however, he’s fragile and sensitive with his family. I loved this duality about him. I adored him.
I really enjoyed this book. The plot was captivating. The first part of the book is about Hong Wei and Simon’s relationship, and the second part is about how they find a way out of the non-dating rule. I particularly enjoyed all the explanations about Asian culture that Heidi Cullinan puts in the book—it was very interesting and enlightening. I loved the themes she put in her story like racism, family, integration, and acceptance. The secondary characters are loveable, and I can’t wait to read more about them.

It was a good first start for this new series, and I will happily read the next book.

4 Stars for the Surgeon and his nurse.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis