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

Review of: Azaran by Jacki James

TITLE: Azaran
AUTHOR: Jacki James
SERIES: The Brotherhood of Ormarr
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: May 20, 2019

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Azaran~
I was born a dragon rider. A member of the Brotherhood of Ormarr, son of Cadmar, and the eldest of four sons. I was raised to defend the innocent and protect the secret of the dragons, but when I was eighteen, my parents were brutally murdered and the training and care of my brothers fell to me. My entire adult life has been spent helping my brothers grow into the strong, brave dragon riders they were born to be. Now that the youngest of my brothers is close to adulthood, the last thing I need is someone else to worry about—someone else to be responsible for. If only the handsome doctor fate had chosen for my mate wasn’t so perfect for me.
Toby~
AlI I ever wanted was to help people, that’s why I became a doctor, but I quickly learned that modern medicine was more about the all-mighty dollar and less about saving lives. It wasn’t long before I was doubting my life choices. A vacation to the ocean was supposed to leave me refreshed and ready to get back to work, but instead, I found myself pulled into a world I never knew existed. A world where dragons are real, men fight like medieval warriors, and my soulmate has his very own bat cave. Azaran thinks the last thing he needs is a mate to worry about. Good thing I don’t need anyone to take care of me. My sexy dragon rider, on the other hand, needs someone to take care of him, and I think I’m just the man to do it.
Azaran is the first 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. Azaran is a m/m romance, and is recommended for adults 18 years and older.


In the Brotherhood of Ormarr, they are honor bound to protect and serve. They were blessed many many years ago with the ability to ride dragons. Not only do they ride them, but they are bound to them. Fate also has gifted each rider a mate. That one person that’s made just for them. Azaran is the eldest son of the Ormarr clan. He has taken on the responsibility of raising and taking care of his three youngest brothers. He has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders, and he just doesn’t think he can possibility shoulder anything else fate might throw his way. Toby became a Doctor because he loves the thought of helping people. He wants to help those who need him, but being a doctor in a hospital isn’t what he signed up for. He wants to help people no matter the cost, but he’s learned that’s not how things work. He’s given a leave of absence and picks a spot on the map. This will be the place he finds that not only does magic exist, but that fate knows exactly what she’s doing. All these two have to do is embrace her gift.

Azaran lives his life for his brothers and the brotherhood. He was thrust into his responsibilities at such a young age and had no choice but to embrace the changes and see them through. This isn’t the life he chose. He wasn’t ready to be a pseudo parent for his younger siblings or be a member of the brotherhood council. Now fate thrusts his mate at him, and he’s not ready, in fact, he may never be ready. It’s too much responsibility, and he has enough of that as it is.

Toby loves this town he’s vacationing in. He loves it so much he’s pondering the idea of never leaving as one does while on vacation. He wasn’t expecting to be thrust into a family of dragon riders, told he couldn’t leave, and on top of all that, he’s the mate to the big, sexy, brooding one? No. Absolutely not. He has a life to get back to. Except when he tries to get back to it, he finds he can’t leave. He physically can not. What will he do now? His “mate” doesn’t want him, and he can’t leave. But fate doesn’t make mistakes.

This book was phenomenal. I love dragons, and love and hot sexy, brooding men. It has everything. The storyline is just getting started while the romance is off the charts. Great read!

***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: Kaidyn’s Courage by Diana Waters

TITLE: Kaidyn’s Courage
AUTHOR: Diana Waters
SERIES: Wild Magics
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: March 15,2019

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Kaidyn is the son of the queen and a trainee officer in the kingdom of Sareen. He is also a Half-Blood—his father is from Iskandir, a neighboring kingdom which has been at war with Sareen for many years. Bitter and angry at the prejudice he faces, Kaidyn meets Sorin, a healer from one of Sareen’s most prominent noble families. As their relationship deepens, the war between Sareen and Iskandir grows worse. Not only will the pair inevitably become involved with the conflict one way or another, but Sorin is also hiding a secret, and time is running out for them both.


Kaidyn is the son of the queen of Soreen and a merchant from Iskandir, a rival kingdom. He’s a half-blood, so he’s disrespected by other nobles or pure Soreen bloods. He’s also a trainee officer for Soreen, preparing himself for a war against his father’s kingdom.

Sorin is a young healer at the academy who won Kaidyn’s heart, but the war is coming, and Sorin and Kaidyn’s aren’t sure about a future together. They would have to have faith in their love.
Kaidyn’s Courage by Diana Waters is book 2 in the Wild Magics series. It can be read as a standalone.

Kaidyn and Sorin are completely different from each other. Kaidyn has a fierce temper; he’s rough, rude, and impatient while Sorin is quiet, shy, and patient. He’s also brave, smart and insecure while Sorin is fierce, strong and kind. They’re also complementary, Sorin helps to ease Kaidyn temper, and Kaidyn supports Sorin in his mission. Their love brings out the best of each other.

The book is written from Kaidyn’s POV in the third person. The universe was well built, the background about Soreen and Iskandir interesting. However, the pacing of the book could have been faster, in my opinion. The main characters need to have more depth to them, and the reader needs to see and feel how they struggle to show personal growth. The author describes their struggles, but I didn’t feel it, I didn’t empathize with them. Otherwise, the plot was interesting and Kaidyn and Sorin loveable. I would have loved to see more about Luke and more about the Kingdom of Soreen and Iskandir at the end of the war.

I will read the next book in the series, who knows maybe it will be about Luke.3 Stars for them.

***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: His Cursed Prince by Ryan Loveless

TITLE: His Cursed Prince
AUTHOR: Ryan Loveless
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: December 28, 2018

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Three facts about Tuckington Belle:
1. Given the choice between illegally scaling the royal castle’s walls to steal flowers for a client at his family’s dress shop or going on a date with a girl his brother set him up with (“He’s fertile, and he can sew!”), Tuck will scale the wall like a spider after a fly.
2. If, upon knocking himself unconscious when he falls off the wall, Tuck wakes up bruised, blindfolded, and inside the castle, where—based on the unearthly wails heard nightly—the prince no one has seen in ten years is probably a ghost, Tuck would still choose this over a date with a girl.
3. Tuck thinks it’s time to admit he’s gay.
Three facts about Prince Frederick George Deor (Read and approved with great reluctance by Lord “Protocol is Protocol. Stop Being a Pain About It” Todd):
1. He brought a curse upon himself and now bears the skin of a snake.
2. He can’t take his eyes off the injured thief recovering in the castle.
3. Friendships born from lying and insisting the other person wears a blindfold can blossom into true love—which he needs to break the curse.


This is my first book by Ryan Loveless. I liked the blurb and was intrigued. I like fairy tales, and my favorite is Beauty and the Beast. When I read that the prince had been cursed, I knew that I had to read it. The book has aspects of my favorite fairy tale, but it is by no means a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. For one, only the prince is cursed instead of everybody that lives in the castle. The prince finds out that to break the curse, he doesn’t have to find somebody to love him. As he realizes when he falls in love with Tuckington and Tuckington with him, and the curse still isn’t broken. I like that little twist on the curse. There was some weirdness on the world building in that there are some electronic advances, but other aspects of life are stuck in the past like using horse and carriage for travel and for delivering handwritten letters but also having cell phones, twitter, and dishwashers. I thought it was a little weird, but it’s a fairy tale, so I didn’t let it bother me too much. I mean look at all of the things that happened in Beauty and the Beast, so a little bit of weirdness is okay.

I loved Tuckington Bell. He’s such a fun and loveable character. He loves to teach guitar lessons, but he’s also the best seamster and tailor at his family’s dress shop and is heavily relied upon by his family. When they have a particularly influential customer in the community order a prom dress for her niece, it puts his family into a tizzy to make sure that she’s completely satisfied. And to do that Tuck will end up having to illegally scale the royal castle’s walls to steal flowers for her dress. He ends up falling and knocking himself unconscious and wakes up bruised, blindfolded, and inside the castle where he meets George, who is the prince in disguise. Well, he doesn’t actually meet him because he has to cover his head by the covers, but he does get to talk to him, and in exchange for the flowers that he needs to finish the important dress, he agrees to come back to the castle and keep George company. George’s only stipulation is that Tuck has to be blindfolded in his company. As Tuck continues to come to the castle and visit with George, he finds himself falling in love with him and earning George’s trust.

I also loved Prince Frederick George Deor, AKA George. He grows up with privileges being the prince and so is arrogant and self-centered. He ends up offending the wrong person and is cursed because of it when he’s sixteen. He pushes everybody away and lives at the castle with Lord Todd, his royal advisor, Sir Michael, his senior guard, and Gracie, his servant girl/cook. Sir Michael is more of a jack of all trades since everybody has left the castle, but he refused to leave the prince. Everybody else had moved with the king and queen to their other castle. The prince hates the way he looks with his snake-like skin and only goes out to visit the castle grounds when it’s dark, and there isn’t a chance that anybody will see him. As a result, there are rampant rumors in the community on whether he’s still alive or not. He isn’t happy to see somebody stealing his flowers. That is until he sees him fall and gets a closer look at the thief and can’t believe how handsome he is. As he learns to trust Tuck with his curse and how he looks, he’s changed by how accepting Tuck is and learns to accept the changes that the curse has made and decides to come out of seclusion and be part of the community again. With everybody’s acceptance of how he looks, he comes to love himself more and cares less about breaking the curse. And he ends up breaking the curse himself and getting the man that he loves. And they get to live happily ever after.

It was a cute story, and I 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