Review of :  The Priest by Rowan McAllister

TITLE: The Priest
AUTHOR: Rowan McAllister
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Fantasy
GENRE: Sept 10th, 2019

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hronicles of the Riftlands: Book Two
Brother Tasnerek, one of the infamous Thirty-Six stone bearers, is facing a dangerous crisis of faith after uncovering a secret that could shake the foundations of the Brotherhood of Harot. When Tas is sent to protect a tiny village on the edge of Rassa’s borders from Riftspawn, he struggles to resume his duties, risking his life and the lives of those around him.
Girik has always been an outsider, but to help his sick mother, he agrees to be the village’s offering in a painful ritual deemed necessary by the Brotherhood. But when the priest has a crisis of conscience, Girik offers his help to untangle a web of lies—even if it means getting closer than he ever imagined and committing sacrilege in the process.
With a monster lurking in the forest, a wandering mage mysteriously appearing, and more secrets awakening to unravel the truths of their world, Tas and Girik must make grave decisions. A life without danger seems a far-off hope, but love just might be theirs… if they survive.


Brother Tasnerek is one of the Thirty-six stone bearers. He’s facing a crisis of faith, and he doesn’t know how to face the next ritual he has to perform for the next hunt.
Girik is an outsider in his village, but he agrees to be the offering of the next ritual if the village will take care of his sick mother.
Tas and Girik have nothing in common at first, until Tas fails the ritual and Girik helps him to find a better solution to save the village. But when the spawn missed killing them, and a curious mage appears out of nowhere to help them, Tas and Girik will have to face the truth about their life, their future, and their feelings.
The Priest by Rowan McAllister is book 2 in the Chronicles of the Riftlands. It can be read as a standalone.

I adored The Wanderer, book 1 of this series, and I was happy to read this sequel.
Tas is a young priest, the youngest in his position. After discovering some proof against his brotherhood and how they lost themselves in greed and power, Tas has a crisis. A crisis of his faith in his brotherhood, a crisis of his life and his purpose. He tries to hide at first, but when he must face Girik in the ritual for the hunt, Tas loses his nerve and confides about his doubt. I liked Tas. He was really lost between what he believed and the truth, but when he couldn’t deny it anymore, he tried to do what was the best to protect the innocent and Girik.

Girik is an outsider among his village. People think of him as a simpleton, but Girik doesn’t care. He doesn’t care about what people think of him, he only cares about his mother, and he’s ready to do everything to make sure she’s well taken care of. She’s dying, and that’s why Girik accepts being the offering, but when he realises that Tas couldn’t perform the ritual, Girik tries to help him. I adored Girik. He’s smart, brave, fierce with a kind heart. He’s smarter than what people think. He didn’t hesitate to face a spawn to save Tas. I adored him.

The story and the plot were good, a little bit slow at the beginning, but it made sense at the end. The author takes the time to explain all the context about Tas’ stone, the brotherhood and most importantly, the immediate connection between Girik and Tas. The MCs were well developed. I was happy to see Lyuc, Ian, and Brin. They’re part of this adventure, and they help Tas and Girik to accept their destiny.
This book can be read at a standalone, but it’s better to read the series in order. Indeed, there’s a thread between each book, and it will be easier to understand all the background of this amazing universe.

I can’t wait to read the next book, the end of The Priest announces more in the future for this misfit band, and more revelations will come.

It’s 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: On Wings of Passion by M.D. Grimm

TITLE: On Wings of Passion
AUTHOR: M.D. Grimm
SERIES: On Wings Saga
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: July 12, 2019

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A Story from the On Wings Saga
Prequel to On Wings of Thunder
Every story has a beginning…. Dragons. Angels fear them and demons follow them. Formidable beasts of incredible power, they fight each other to the death for dominance. But dwindling dragon numbers cause alarm among the angelic ranks. Surely when they have nothing left to conquer, the fearsome creatures will turn their sights to the Upper Realm.
Roland, an angelic artist of significant talent, doesn’t know what to believe. Part of him longs to see a dragon in person, and his peaceful life of contentment is wearing thin. He wants passion, desire, adventure, and love. He gets more than he bargained for when, along with his sister, he’s ambushed and captured by demons, who bring him to a creature who surpasses Roland’s wildest imaginings.
But the mighty dragon Asagoroth is not all that he seems. Something sparks between him and Roland. Something neither anticipated. Something that will shake the cosmos to its core.


I loved On Wings of Passion by M.D. Grimm. This book is actually a prequel to the book On Wings of Thunder, which was written as a standalone book. However, the fans of the book loved it so much that the author gave us the backstory on how Trystan and Asagoroth first meet and fall in love and how Roland is reincarnated as Trystan in On Wings of Thunder. I haven’t read On Wings of Thunder. I had actually bought the book some time ago because I loved the cover and the blurb and then never got around to reading it. I can say, now that I have read this book, that it will be the next book on my reading list. I finished On Wings of Passion and immediately wanted to start reading On Wings of Thunder to find out what happens next between Roland/Trystan and Asagoroth. I know that I absolutely loved Roland and Asagoroth.

I loved Roland. He’s an angel, and as a baby, the seer said that he had been chosen to be an artist and his medium is painting, just as his older sister had been chosen to be the next high chancellor of the angels. However, Roland isn’t a typical artist. He’s fascinated in seeing the beauty in creatures that other angels consider to be monsters and enemies. He has tried not to be, but he’s fascinated by demons and dragons and how they’re all different looking. His longtime friend with benefits and knowledge seeker, Gabryl, keeps him informed about what’s happening with the dragons and how there haven’t been as many sightings of them and how that will impact the angels, who are enemies with the dragons and demons.
The only dragon to be seen in a while is Asagoroth and how he has a huge legion of demons at his command. This causes alarm in the angelic ranks who live in the Upper Realm for they fear that when they have nothing left to conquer that the fearsome creatures will turn their sights to them. Roland doesn’t know what to believe. Part of him longs to see a dragon in person, and he’s getting tired of his peaceful existence. He wants passion, desire, adventure, and love. He gets more than he bargained for when, along with his sister, he’s ambushed and captured by demons, who bring him to a creature who surpasses Roland’s wildest imaginings.

But the mighty dragon, Asagoroth, isn’t all that he seems. Something sparks between him and Roland. Something that neither anticipated. Something that will shake the cosmos to its core and leave readers scrambling for the next book in the series which is already out and awaiting your consumption.

I loved Asagoroth. He learns a lot from Roland. He learns how to be happy, love, and put someone else above his own wishes and desires.

A truly wonderful prequel. I can’t recommend it enough. Now, off to read the next book, On Wings of Thunder.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of:  Malachite by Michele Notaro & Sammi Cee

TITLE: Malachite
AUTHOR: Michele Notaro & Sammi Cee
SERIES: Brotherhood of Ormarr
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: June 10, 2019

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Malachite~
I have a wonderful life. I have no room to complain; between my brothers and their new mates, this is the most alive our home has felt since my parents died. Unfortunately, all of them being mated is making me miserable. When it was just the four of us, it was us against the world. Now they’re paired up and it’s only me and my dragon, Kesia. Until I happen to walk into the Overlord’s Lair and I see him: Quentin. Mine. Mate. As much as I want to win him over without telling him I’m a dragon rider and we’re mates—which I know he’d love—I’m not sure I can. The minute I’m around him I act like an idiot.
Quentin~
Every time the goofy guy walks into my store, he brightens my day, and I look forward to his daily visits. There’s just something about him that draws me to him, to the point he leaves me pining after him the moment he’s gone. But the thing is, I can tell he’s hiding something, and my wild imagination is coming up with the craziest explanations of the secrets he’s keeping. Maybe he’s a vampire that’s come to whisk me away—ridiculous, right? But a guy can dream. And I’ve definitely been dreaming of that big, muscular man wrapping me in his arms at night.
Malachite is the final book in The Brotherhood of Ormarr series. While each book focuses on a different couple, the overall story arc concludes in this installment. For maximum enjoyment, we suggest reading in order. Malachite is a m/m romance, and is recommended for adults 18 years and older.


Malachite is one of the famous Ormarr brothers. He’s the gentle giant, the last unmated brother until he meets Quentin the owner of the Overlord’s lair. Malachite and his dragon, Kesia, recognized him instantly as their mate, but Malachite wants to win Quentin’s heart by himself, not because of the pull of the mate bond.
With their enemies being reckless and Quentin’s life in danger, Malachite may not have all the time he wants to win Quentin’s heart.
Malachite is the last book in the Brotherhood of Ormarr series. I adored this book.

Malachite, aka Kite, is unmated, he’s the only one of his brother without his partner and as much as he’s happy for them, Malachite’s lonely and a little bit jealous to be alone. He has Kesia, his dragon, but even with her, Kite feels alone, until he meets Quentin. I adored Malachite, really, he was my favorite brother, and I was dying to read his book. I wasn’t disappointed, he’s perfect. I loved how goofy and clumsy he is in front of Quentin, I loved his sensitivity, and I loved how he didn’t hide his pain and sadness in front of his man. I loved how the author wrote him, the huge mountain man, the fierce warrior with the biggest soft heart in the world.

Quentin is unique, and he lives in a fantasy world in his head. Meeting Malachite wasn’t on his agenda, but he embraces it with his whole heart. He trusts Malachite despite his own insecurities. I loved his reaction in front of Kesia when he discovers that Dragons are real. It was like reading my own reaction if I discover that dragons are real. He’s sweet, funny, and sensitive.

I was curious to see how the authors would have closed this series with the brothers, their mates, and their enemies. Who is the traitor? How will they defeat him and save the world? I was curious, and I wasn’t disappointed. Even if the book was focused on Kite and Quentin, the last part was about their mission, and I was completely captivated. The epilogue was beautiful and left open a door ,a tiny door, but still a door about a (possible-maybe-one-day-if-we-kidnap-the-authors-and-force-them-to-write) sequel.

It was a great series with a beautiful ending. This book is part of the series, so it’s better to read the three previous books before. You won’t regret it.

5 Stars for Kite and Q

***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: 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: Coming Up For Air by Amanda Meuwissen

TITLE: Coming Up For Air
AUTHOR: Amanda Meuwissen
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: April 30, 2019

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It’s not easy being someone’s fairy tale.
Leigh Hurley is making a name for himself among thieves and criminals, even if it isn’t the life he would’ve chosen. He shouldn’t have screwed over the Moretti brothers, though. It landed him in the river with weights on his feet. But somehow he’s escaped certain death. The last thing he remembers before waking on the riverbank is a beautiful face and a soft kiss.
Then, Tolomeo turns up naked at Leigh’s apartment.
Tolly comes from a race of killers—merfolk who drown humans for fun. But Tolly is different, and when he sees a human in trouble, he offers a kiss, granting the man the ability to breathe underwater… and himself the ability to walk on land, at least until the next full moon. The ancient laws state that if he is given a vow of love by the one he kissed, he will be able to keep his legs. If not, he will be put to death when he returns to the water.
But love is not something Leigh offers easily… and Tolly has a secret of his own.


Coming Up For Air by Amanda Meuwissen is the first book that I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be the last book that I read by her. The book had complex characters and an interesting plot. I was entertained from the first page to the last.

The book is based loosely on the “Little Mermaid” fairy tale. I liked that the author changed up the roles of the fairy tale and made the story her own. In this tale, we have two warring mobs fighting for each other’s territory, seedy dock workers, thieves, and many other unsavory characters. Then you have the merfolk. They aren’t like in the Little Mermaid. The merfolk have three possible forms. In their original form, they have razor sharp teeth, long sharp claws, and are deadly fighters who live to drown humans. They also have a form that looks more like a friendly merman with normal human-like features except for their tails, which are still very much a merman’s tail. Then they have their human form complete with human legs which they only get when they share a kiss with a human.

The kiss grants the human special abilities also, like the ability to breathe underwater and achieve the human-like merfolk form, although they only get that form if they bond with the merman. But bestowing a kiss on a human isn’t without its consequences. Ancient laws state that if the merman is given a vow of love by the one he kissed, the merman will be able to keep his legs. If not, he will be put to death when he returns to the water.

Tolomeo, aka Tolly, comes from a race of killers—merfolk who drown humans for fun. But Tolly is different. He was raised to be kind to humans and other creatures of the sea. When he sees a human in trouble, he offers a kiss, granting the man the ability to breathe underwater and himself the ability to walk on land, at least until the next full moon. If he isn’t able to obtain a vow of love by the one he kissed, then he will be put to death upon returning to the water.

Leigh Hurley is best friends with Mob boss Arthur Sweeney’s son, Alvin, and Leigh has been making a name for himself by being a little bit like “Robin Hood.” Trying to make a name for himself and move up in the ranks in Sweeney’s Mob, he steals payments that are supposed to be being paid to the mob run by the Moretti brothers and eventually ends up getting caught and getting weights shackled to his ankles and taking a swim in the river. But somehow he escapes certain death. The last thing he remembers before waking up on the riverbank is a beautiful face and a soft kiss. And then Tolomeo turns up naked at Leigh’s apartment. And he ends up becoming Leigh’s bodyguard/boyfriend. But even though Tolly can see and feel how much Leigh loves him, Leigh doesn’t believe in saying the words. And the ancient laws state that he has to make the vow out loud to count. What will Tolly do?

I loved both Leigh and Tolly. I loved the chemistry between them, and I was completely invested in their feelings and actions. They even made me cry a couple of times, and I love when that happens because it shows just how invested I have become in their story.

I hope that the author will write many more books about the merfolk because I can’t be the only one out there that loves reading about them. I also can’t wait to read more books by this author.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis