Review of: My Boss’s Boss by R. Cayden

TITLE: My Boss’s Boss
AUTHOR: R. Cayden
SERIES: Taught by Two, book 3
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, MMM
RELEASE DATE: May 19, 2019

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Three men, one office, and a summer internship that is about to get very spicy…
Tony
A rough-and-tumble guy like me might seem out of place in the corporate world, but that doesn’t mean I can’t succeed at my summer internship. I just need to make sure I’m not too distracted by the hot office manager, bossing me around and making me deliver the mail every day.
But then I meet the drop-dead gorgeous owner of Carwell Tower, too…
I know there’s no place for my submissive tendencies in the board room, but I feel like I was born to serve these men, and I can’t deny my heart.
Terrence
Working as his office manager, it’s hard enough to keep my relationship with Warren a secret. The owner of Carwell Tower, he’s powerful and handsome, and I want nothing more than to tell the world that he’s my dominant boyfriend.
I can keep our love a secret for the sake of the company, just like I can keep the office running without a hitch to make him happy.
But with a new hot intern demanding my attention, the line between work and play keeps getting thinner.
Warren
When I inherited the company after my father’s death, Carwell Tower was falling apart the seams.
It’s playing with fire to carry on a secret relationship with the office manager at a time like this, but I love Terrence, and can’t imagine my life without him.
When a new intern shows up at our door, looking hot as hell and submissive to boot, I know indulging our fantasies is a bad idea. I need to keep acting like the straight and macho head of the company, and can’t let anything get in the way of success.
Not even passion, and especially not love.
My Boss’s Boss is a standalone, 60,000 word MMM romance novel. It features secret office relationships, dominant businessmen and submissive interns, and three characters who find a happily-ever-after together. Like all of the Taught by Two books, it is filled with heart, lots of heat, and a little bit of kink. Enjoy!


My Boss’s Boss is the third book in the Taught by Two series by R. Cayden. I loved reading this book also. I love reading books with interoffice relationships that have to be kept hush-hush. It’s even better if one of the main characters is in the closet. And then to find out that they also have a Dominant/submissive relationship. Yep, it’s a home run for me. The cover and the blurb hooked me, and then I started to read the story. I got sucked in, and the story just wouldn’t let me go until I’d gotten to the end.

Warren inherited the company after his father’s death. Only then did he realize that Carwell Tower was falling apart at the seams. His grandfather had been a progressive thinker, and the company had been flourishing, his father, however, was more conservative and took the company in a different direction, catering to bigots and homophobes. It is for those reasons that Warren has never come out of the closet to his father and later when he takes over the company. He does have a secret boyfriend, Terrence, that he’d made the Hub office manager when he took over the company. They also have a Dominant/submissive relationship that they sometimes indulge in at Warren’s office. They have an open relationship because Warren feels bad about how busy he is and doesn’t want Terrence to feel neglected.

Terrence is the office manager for Carwell Tower. His boyfriend is the owner of the company. He would like nothing better than to tell the world about his dominant boyfriend, but he has to keep their relationship a secret. Terrence is also a switch, but he never gets to express his dominant tendencies with Warren since Warren is strictly a dominant. Terrence also is in charge of the new summer intern, Tony. Tony, who just so happens to be a complete submissive even if his body type says that he should be a top/dominant. He brings out all of Terrence’s dominant urges, and he can’t help but want to play with him. And it’s not against the rules because Warren has given him the okay to play outside of their relationship.

Tony is a rough-and-tumble guy. He grew up with blue-collar workers and so felt out of place in a suit and tie. But he dreams of owning his own business and is going to college to get a business degree. And for him, Carwell Tower is the place to work to learn about running a business. So he takes a summer internship there and manages to be late and drench the owner of the company with coffee on his first day. But Tony isn’t a coward, and he shows back up the next day. He has no idea what he’s doing and doesn’t get a lot of help from Terrence, his boss. He does get some help from a coworker, Dominique, and they build a fast friendship of going out for a drink after work. Dominique also happens to be best friends with Terrence. So sometimes Terrence comes along also. Tony also has a huge crush on his boss and makes a couple of passes on him. And so their relationship begins.

I loved how they all interacted with each other, and their chemistry was off the charts. My favorite scene was when Warren told Terrence that he could do whatever he wanted to do with Tony and that then Warren would do what Terrence had done to Tony to Terrence. It was so hot. But the book isn’t just sex. There is a really good plot, too.

I thought it was a great book, and I can’t wait for another book in the Taught by Two series to be released so that I can devour it just like I did this one.

***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: A Pocketful of Stardust by P Barnaby, Rowan Speedwell

TITLE: A Pocketful of Stardust
AUTHOR: JP Barnaby, Rowan Speedwell
SERIES: Aster
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary, Ghost, Spirits
RELEASE DATE: Jul 30, 2019

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Noah Hitchens loves the New York City life he worked hard to build. But when his father dies and leaves him a bankrupt bookstore in their sleepy Georgia hometown, Noah knows he has to save it. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know anything about business. He finds unlikely help in Henry, the man who owned Stardust Books before his 1966 murder, and Kyle St. James, a shy but kind-hearted out-of-towner with a past almost as mysterious as Henry’s.
Kyle came to Aster, Georgia, looking for redemption. On the run and out of hope, he’s just trying to get on with his life. Then he meets Noah, a ghost, and a big sloppy lab named Jake who redefine his idea of living. But his past is closing in, and when it finds him, they could lose everything.


Noah is happy with his life in New York until a phone call from his hometown announced that his father had died, and he has to get his father succession and inheritance in order.
He left New York suddenly and went back home to bury his only parent. Soon he realizes that his father’s bookstore is almost at bankruptcy and Noah doesn’t know how to save it or if he wants to save it. Meeting Henry, the ghost, and Kyle his hot and shy neighbor might help him, but when the time comes, Noah will have to make a decision between the nostalgia of his childhood and the reality of his future.
A Pocketful of Stardust by JP Barnaby and Rowan Speedwell was my first book by both of the authors.

It was a sweet and beautiful story, with a rainbow of feelings. The book was told from Noah’s POV, and we follow him in his journey. We’re with him at each step, and we share his pain with him, along with tears, love, and happiness. I really appreciated how the authors had described all the emotions of the MCs well.

Noah and Kyle are made for each other. Noah is confident, but Kyle is stronger, he has a horrible and traumatic past that he struggles to deal with, until Noah helps him. I loved how they’re different but also how they’re similar. I loved Kyle. He touched me with his shyness, and his purity moved me. They are very sweet and adorable, two kind souls who met and recognized each other.

The authors transcribed very well, also, all the small town atmosphere, with a strong community ready to help and support each other. I loved it, in the crazy world where we live nowadays, we need that reminder that there’s still good people around us.
The writing was good, even if sometimes a little bit repetitive, I was still hooked in the story.

Even if it wasn’t all candies and rainbows, this book was sweet, beautiful and I really had a good time with them.
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: Digging Deep by Jay Hogan

TITLE: Digging Deep
AUTHOR: Jay Hogan
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Aug 6, 2019

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Drake Park has a complicated life. As a gay male midwife, he’s used to raising eyebrows. Add Crohn’s disease and things get interesting—or not, considering the sad state of his love life. Experience has taught Drake that most men are fair-weather sailors when it comes to handling his condition—gone for dust when things get rough. Staying healthy is a full-time job without adding in any heartbreak, so a little loneliness is a small price to pay. If he says it often enough he might even believe it. One thing for sure, the cop who arrested him isn’t about to change that.
Caleb Ashton does not have a complicated life. A senior detective with the Whangarei Police Department, he likes his job and is good at it. He works hard and plays hard, happy to enjoy as many men as he can while he’s still young enough—or at least he was. These days he feels adrift for the first time in his life, and the only thing sparking his interest—a certain prickly young midwife.
But can Drake find enough faith to risk opening his heart again? And does Caleb have what it takes to cope with the challenges Drake’s condition presents?


Drake Park is a young gay midwife who lives with Crohn’s – a chronic disease. His life is dictated by his disease, every simple thing like eating out, going to the theatre or traveling needs to be carefully prepared. Drake is single, his last relationship was a disaster at the end, and Drake is determined to never have to live that again – until Caleb.
Caleb is a hot gay cop, a bachelor who jumps from bed to bed without doing any repeats and running away from everything that might look like it’s a relationship. Everything was fine like that until he meets a sparky, bossy, hot midwife who gives him a run for his money.
Caleb doesn’t know if he can be in a serious relationship without messing it up, and Drake refuses to have a repeat of his last relationship. What are the odds that these two men succeed together?

Digging Deep by Jay Hogan is my first book by this author, and I liked it.
I loved the plot about a chronic disease, especially Crohn’s. I have friends who suffer from it, and I was glad to read a romance where one of the MCs has it. The author did her work well, and I appreciated that she took the time to research about it. Every disease is different from one person to another, but she sums the main aspects of it pretty well, and I liked it.

I loved the MCs. Drake is funny, sparky, and bossy. He refuses to appear vulnerable in front of everyone, especially Caleb. He pushes him away a lot from fear of the rejection when he will have a bad Crohn’s flare. He appears mean sometimes, and I found him pretty rude with Caleb, but I understand him and his reasons. Besides, when he realizes his mistakes, Drake works hard to make it up to Caleb, and I really love it.

Caleb is funny, sincere, and honest from the start with Drake. He admits knowing nothing about the relationship thing, and he admits not knowing anything about Crohn’s disease. But he refuses to let Drake judge him or assuming the worst about him. He fights hard for Drake, and for them. He wants a real chance to prove to Drake who he really is. I loved Caleb and his weird sense of humor.

The plot and the story were good, but there was too much repetition. All throughout the book, we read Drake pushing away Caleb, and Caleb doubting himself about their relationship. It was necessary at first when they started to date, but at some point, it was too much, and I had the feeling of turning in a circle with the same issues each time. It’s the only thing that bothered me during my read, and I admit I had to skip some passages from time to time.

Excepting this point, I really loved the story. The MCs, including the secondary ones, especially the awesome and wonderful Carmen/Daniel. I secretly hope to read a book about them and also about Aaron, Drake’s BFF.
Even if everything wasn’t perfect, it was a good book that I enjoyed.

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 :  In Safe Keeping by Victoria Sue

TITLE: In Safe Keeping
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Contemporary Romance
GENRE: Sept 3rd 2019

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He can’t save everyone…
Firefighter Lucas Attiker is mired in guilt by his inability to save his young son, who perished in a fire three years ago. When he rescues a troubled young man and his baby daughter from a Colorado forest fire, Lucas finally begins to forgive himself. But the wildfire is only the beginning of the dangers facing them.
Hell-bent on saving his daughter from his crime boss ex, Owen Michaels is on the run with the baby in tow—fleeing both the killers who are after him and the US Marshals Service deputies assigned to protect him. When his desperate flight lands them in the midst of an inferno, the man who saves them offers hope for more than just survival.
They might have escaped a blazing forest and a hail of bullets, but both men will need to risk their lives—and their hearts—to give a little girl a loving family… if they can make it out alive.


Lucas Attiker is a firefighter living with the guilt of losing his son in an explosion. He’s lived in a sort-of-stasis for the last three years, between his job that he loves with passion, and his painful memory of his baby.
Owen is on the run with his 7-month-old daughter. His ex-boyfriend, a cruel mob boss, is ready to do everything to find Owen. Lucas saves Owen and his baby from a forest fire, but he doesn’t know that it marks the beginning of a clock running against the mafia and the US marshals that are compromised with a mole.
Lucas and Owen will have to survive together if they want to explore the spark that ignites each time they’re together.

In Safe Keeping by Victoria Sue is book 2 in her Heroes and Babies series. This book is a standalone. I really loved In Safe Hand (book 1 in the series), and I was happy and excited to read this new one.

Lucas is a firefighter; and he’s blinded by his pain and guilt about his family death. He wants to save everyone at any cost even with his life, but Owen and Mia brought back memories to Lucas, painful memories that Lucas doesn’t know how to deal with it. I loved Lucas. He broke my heart a million times. He was so hurt by his family’s death—by their loss and his pain—that he didn’t realize what was going on between him and Owen at first. I really loved him. How protective he was of Owen and Mia but in the meantime, how fragile he was facing his past and guilt.

Owen is lost and scared when he meets Lucas. He’s ready to do everything for Mia, at only 23 years-old, he embraces his fatherhood with all his heart and his life. He refuses to give up, but despite his traumatic past, he didn’t hesitate to help Lucas to find closure and peace. Owen is kind with a big heart and sassy mouth. He wasn’t just a victim in all the mess of his life, he was smart and always thinking of Mia’s safety.

They were a perfect match for each other. Lucas was the protector that Owen needed. Owen was the heart that Lucas was missing.

Victoria Sue gives us a beautiful and emotional book. The story and the plot were good, dynamic, funny, and full of feeling with a lot of actions. It was a straight-to-gay book, but realistic. I mean, Lucas realised that he was attracted to Owen when he thought he was straight all his life, and he didn’t jump in bed with him immediately. He didn’t suddenly deep throat him with success or go all the way with him. I loved that, I loved that the author makes her characters evolve slowly, step by step, admitting that he was bisexual and how to approach it carefully for both Lucas and Owen’s heart. It put a deeper connection between Lucas and Owen, more authentic. I loved it.

It was a good read, a very good book that I gladly recommend.

5 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 Orders  by Heidi Cullinan

TITLE: The Doctor’s Orders
AUTHOR: Heidi Cullinan
SERIES: Copper Point Medical #3
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Aug 20, 2019

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Once upon a time Nicholas Beckert was the boy who stole kisses from Jared Kumpel beneath the bleachers. Now Jared’s a pediatrician and Nick is the hospital CEO who won’t glance his way. But everything changes when they’re stranded alone in a hospital elevator. Ten years of cold shoulders melt away, and old passions rekindle into hot flames. Once out of the elevator, Jared has no intention of letting Nick get away. He wants a full, open relationship, which is a step further than Nick is willing to go, and it looks like the same arguments that drove them apart in high school might resurface. Jared’s determined not to let it happen again. He won’t order Nick from his shell—he’ll listen to what he needs to feel safe. Maybe this time he can prescribe his lover a happily ever after.


Nicholas Beckert is the CEO of St Anne’s Hospital at Copper Point. Jared Kumpel is the pediatrician. Jared and Nick have a past together. 20 years ago, as two young teenagers, they discovered what love is together. But when Jared came out and refused to hide who he truly is, Nicholas chose to hide in a closet and burry half of himself.
20 years later, Nick is still hiding in his closet, and Jared is still trying to forget his first and true love. But life and fate have another plan for them, and after 5 hours in the dark in an elevator that can kill them both, their priorities change. Nick refuses to stay in his closet anymore, and Jared refuses to let him hide again.
The Doctor’s Orders is the third and last book in the Copper Point Medical trilogy. It’s another home run for Heidi Cullinan with The Doctor’s Orders. After the delicious Doctor’s Secret, the breathtaking Doctor’s Date, she gives us the fabulous Doctor’s Orders.

I adored this book, I adored this trilogy. I was looking forward to Nick and Jared’s story.
Nick is the CEO of St Anne. He has a lot of responsibilities; he’s exhausted by his job. He loves it, but he had a rough start with the former board who tried to manipulate him. But after he’d succeed in removing them and avenge his father’s memory, Nick has to face another threat against the hospital and their safety. Despite all these difficulties, Nick refuses to let go of Jared. He refuses to spend another 20 years lonely, but he doesn’t know how to achieve that. How to be with the love of his life without losing everything, his position, his community, and his family. I adored Nick, I really adored him. He’s strong and thoughtful. He used to being in charge. He’s the chief of his family, a strong figure in his community, and the CEO of his hospital. But he’s tired, and only Jared see it, only he can take the burden off Nick’s shoulders. I loved how, despite his fears of losing his family, Nick stood up for Jared. I loved how, despite the cold reaction of his community, Nick stood up and keep pushing them to accept him, to accept the real Nick.

Jared is fabulous. He’s an amazing doctor and friend. He’s funny with a kind heart ready to do anything for the people he loves. But Jared is lonely, really lonely and not just because his two best friends had to move from the house they all shared. He’s been lonely since the day he lost Nick 20 years ago when they were sixteen. I love him so much. I loved his sensitivity as I discovered his fears, pains, and past. I discovered another side of Jared that I didn’t suspect in the previous books. He’s amazing.

This book is about acceptance, family, and community. This book is about two beautiful men who only want to be together, to be loved, and happy together. This book is about how to fight against your worst fears—how to become your true self.

I’m sad to let them go, all of them. It was an amazing series. A must-read that you need to have in your Kindle. It’s the kind of series that you read and re-read with pleasure and love.

5 Stars for Nick and Jared…. Five Stars for Copper Point!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis