Review: “A Triad in Three Acts (The Complete Forester Trilogy)” by Blaine D. Arden

TITLE: A Triad in Three Acts (The Complete Forester Trilogy)
AUTHOR: Blaine D. Arden
SERIES: Tales of the Forest
PUBLISHER: Cayendi Press
COVER ARTIST: Simoné
GENRE: Fantasy; Mystery/Suspense; MMM;
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 340 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 15, 2016
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $12.99 – paperback

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There is always a way.”
Kelnaht, Taruif, and Ianys are meant to be together, but old promises and the decree of the elders prevent them from claiming each other openly at Solstice. Kelnaht can investigate murder and foul play, but he can’t see how he can keep both his lovers without breaking the rules. But if he believes in the guide’s words and trusts his faith in Ma’terra, they will find a way to clear the fog and puddles from their paths.
The Forester
Kelnaht, a cloud elf, is a truth seeker caught between love and faith, when a murder reveals an illicit affair between two tree elves he desires more than he can admit. Kelnaht’s former lover Ianys once betrayed him, and the shunned forester Taruif is not allowed to talk to anyone but the guide, their spiritual pathfinder.
Lost and Found
A stripling goes missing from the tribe, and heavy rainfall hides all traces of his whereabouts. With days creeping by without a lead, it’s hard to keep the tribe’s spirits up, more so when Kelnaht’s own future depends on the elders. Taruif has been shunned for almost twenty turns, but now that a possible forester’s apprentice is coming of age, the elders consider reducing his sentence. Taruif could be set free.
Full Circle
When several children fall ill with more than a summer bug, truth seeker Kelnaht is assigned to investigate. What he finds is deadly and threatens the life of every underage child in the tribe, including Ianys’ daughter Atèn. Then a wounded traveller is found in the forest, left to die after a vicious attack.
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I grew up reading fantasy books like Piers Anthony, Terry Brooks, and so many other wonderful fantasy authors and so I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to review a book that has two of my favorite genres combined—Fantasy and all male triads. This book was a joy to read, and since it is the complete series put together, I didn’t have to wait for the next book in the series to come out. And another plus in my book is that I didn’t have to wait until the book was half over to get to the first hot sex scene. I also loved the world that Blaine D. Arden has built for his elves. It sucked me in, and I found myself eagerly reading into the early morning to find out what was going to happen next. The characters were all loveable and unique, and yet they all fit together like puzzle pieces in an intricate puzzle. The author had me rooting for Kelnaht and his former lover, Ianys, and his current object of forbidden desire due to his being shunned, Taruif. Each of the stories has different tasks that the three main characters have to work through before they can get to their happily ever after at the end of the third book.

Kelnaht is a truth seeker and is kind of the private detective of their tribe. He’s also a cloud elf and has wings, so he can fly. One of his abilities as a truth seeker is being able to touch a person to find out what they are hiding and glean the truth. Which sounds cool but in reality, instead of watching what happened, Kalnaht actually experiences what happened as the person he is interrogating. He can also use his magical ability to track while communing with the earth. He also has an apprentice that he’s training to take over his position when he retires.

Ianys is a tree elf and a blacksmith. He was the childhood friend and lover of Kelnaht. However, Ianys wanted kids and so was seeing a female elf at the same time, and Kelnaht didn’t know about her until Ianys left to be her mate when she became pregnant, a stipulation from his baby’s momma since she didn’t want to share him or be in a triad. Kelnaht was heartbroken, but there wasn’t anything that he could do. Another of her stipulations was that Ianys had to promise that Kelnaht wouldn’t be able to raise her daughter if anything happened to her. So even when Ianys became available again later in life, they still couldn’t be together because of the promise. So Ianys found another tree elf to fall in love with although they had to keep their love hidden since the tree elf, Taruif is shunned and is serving a 40 moon sentence for killing his mate.

Taruif is a tree elf and forester. He takes care of the forest and keeps it healthy. He can also talk and feel what the plants are feeling. Because of his abilities, he is only shunned instead of banished when he kills his mate (it sounds like a horrible thing to do but it was what the mate wanted. You’ll just have to read it to understand what happened and why). He’s not allowed to talk to anybody but the guide, their spiritual pathfinder. He’s having a secret relationship with Ianys, but he’s also attracted to Kelnaht and has noticed Kelnaht’s attraction to him also.
When a sapling goes missing, Taruif and Ianys secret affair is brought to Kelnaht’s attention to prove that Taruif didn’t have anything to do with the saplings disappearance. And the three of them will be drawn together again to help find him. And as the guide keeps telling Kelnaht, “Your path is muddy, Kelnaht, but don’t think avoiding the puddles will make it easier to travel.” Kelnaht, Taruif, and Ianys are meant to be together, but old promises and elder elves are keeping them from openly claiming each other during the Solstice. But if he believes in the guide’s words and trusts his faith in Ma’terra, they will find a way to clear the fog and puddles from their paths.

I recommend this book to anybody that loves fantasy books about elves and triad relationships.

***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 ***

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Review: “Soul Infection” by Katerina Ross

TITLE: Soul Infection
AUTHOR: Katerina Ross
SERIES: The Sons Of Gomorrah
PUBLISHER: Evernight Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: Paranormal; Fantasy; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 48 pages
RELEASE DATE:August ,1 2017
PRICE: $ 3.53 – e-book

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Tristan Todorov, formerly one of the best scholars at the legendary and sinister Scholomance school of magic, was cast out and now travels alone through Eastern Europe offering discreet services as an unlicensed magician. In a luxurious hotel in Prague where he’s been invited to investigate a suspicious series of suicides, he’s about to meet someone who will make him remember the darkest secret of his past.
Will a night of lust soothe Tristan—or will it stir up something evil and dangerous, something he’s tried so desperately to forget?
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Tristan Todorov is a mage, he works alone and travels from town to town helping his clients to get rid of their problems (meaning demons).
He comes to Prague for a job when he meets an Incubus who forces him to face his fears and secrets.

This book is a short story but well written, very well written.

Tristan is haunted by his past, his deepest secrets. He lives a lonely life, no lover, no friends, just him and his pain. Until he met Jarek, the incubus.

I love their interactions, I love the fact that Jarek, as an incubus, takes Tristan’s form. His exact replica. So when they had sex, I found this moment poetic and full of meaning (No It’s not weird to be fucked by oneself). Tristan needs to be loved, but in order to do that, he needs to love himself first. Here the author wrote it literally and figuratively. I loved it!
Like I said it’s a short story, but the plot is good, and I hope the next book will come out soon, and longer too.

3 OptimuMM’s for the Mage and the Incubus.

***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 ***

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Review: ” Drama Queens with Love Scenes” By Kevin Klehr

TITLE: Drama Queens with Love Scenes
AUTHOR: Kevin Klehr
SERIES: Actors and Angels
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Fantasy; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 302 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 17, 2017
PRICE: $5.49 –e-book
  

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Close friends Allan and Warwick are dead. They’re not crazy about the idea, so to help them deal with this dilemma are Samantha, a blond bombshell from the 1950s, and Guy, an insecure angel.

Allan also has a secret. He has a romantic crush on his friend, Warwick, but shortly after confiding in his new angel pal, his love interest falls for the cock-sure playwright, Pedro.

Not only does Allan have to win the heart of his companion, he also has to grapple with the faded memory of how he actually died.


This title definitely fits this book as there are a few drama queens and some love scenes. I wouldn’t consider this your typical MM read. I have mixed feelings—I think this is well written and will be loved by some. I was lost for a while from the get-go.

I mean, I understood Allan and Warwick were dead, but I felt it took forever to understand why they went through so much. I understood by the end, but it just took a long time to get there. There were times I wanted to punch them both. Allen for not letting him go and Warwick for not giving in to him.

Samantha and Guy were wonderful characters that helped them in their afterlife and unfinished business. Samantha is a 1950’s exuberant angel, and Guy is just an adorable angel that needs to work on his self-esteem. They help Allan get into the theater and direct which really fits into this whole concept. It’s a play, and it reads as one.

My major problem is all the judgment. I mean, this is the afterlife and I would like to think that I will leave all judgment behind when I go. The biggest offense was against bisexuality. I mean, common on, we can’t make our minds and are selfish. This was a big turn off of the book for me. When I get to hang out with angels, they need to be that, angels. Maybe I’m just over sensitive about this subject, but it is how I feel.

Like I said earlier, this is well written and there are lots of laughs and love. If you like the theater and drama queens, this is the book for you.

***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***

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Review: “The Consumption of Magic” by TJ Klune

TITLE: The Consumption of Magic
AUTHOR: TJ Klune
SERIES: Tales From Verania
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 450 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 20, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $17.99 -paperback

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Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse.
It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be.
Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania.
With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits—the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin—must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future.
A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.

 


I don’t want to repeat myself when I say that TJ Klune is one of the most talented contemporary authors. He wields his words with magic, touches your emotions and brings it to the surface. You may think I’m exaggerating, but I’m really not.

This is the third part of the Tales from Verania, and as we are used to by now, the pages are full with hilarious banter and some…

Sam still hates that he has his own destiny, that he must pay for others’ mistakes. He is afraid of what might happen to his cornerstone Ryan Foxheart. He promised himself that he will never, ever let someone or something take Ryan from him.

Sam must learn. If he’s to face Myrin, he needs to find all the Dragons of Verania. He already has two, and now he’s on his way to find the mated Dragons before he stands in front of the Great White. But before that, Randall takes it upon himself to educate Sam …let me tell you, you want to get to that part as soon as possible…

My hand is itching to share more with you, but I don’t want to spoil your fun guys. But one thing is for sure, you will be not be disappointed, well you will but not because TJ lost his talent…

Generally, my reviews of TJ’s books are more fun, but I still have tears in my eyes and my heart is full of loss…I need to tell you something, TJ Klune is a bastard and has too much time to think he can do as he pleases…well he can, but you will get me as soon as you finished the book.

P.S.
I still love you TJ … kinda… not at this moment, but I will come around …eventually … if you’re lucky!

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

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Review: “Eating the Moon” by Mark David Campbell

TITLE: Eating the Moon
AUTHOR: Mark David Campbell
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 254 Pages
RELEASE DATE: August 29, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $16.99 -paperback
  

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During his twice-weekly sessions, Guy, a sixty-seven-year-old anthropologist, tells Richard, his thirty-two-year-old psychiatrist, a fantastic tale about a society where almost everyone is homosexual and sex is considered the most basic form of communication.

As a young man, on a cargo ship that sinks in the Bermuda triangle, Guy is saved by the first mate, Luca, and they wash up on the shore of an uncharted tropical island. There, Guy must undergo a brutal initiation ritual, endure a crazed shaman, and swim across shark-infested waters in order to win the love of a local man.

Meanwhile, Luca, who cannot accept his sexuality, is obsessed with being rescued and soon degenerates into drug dependency. Serious trouble ensues when Luca discovers that the locals have a large stash of gold, and he devises a plan to steal it. When Luca’s scheme falls apart, Guy must choose between remaining on the island with the man he loves or saving Luca’s life.

Could there really be such a society, or does it only exist within the fantasy of lonely old gay man?


Guy Palmer’s a sixty-five-year-old gay guy who has lots of issues, and we get to find out all about them as we read his story in Eating the Moon by Mark David Campbell. When Guy collapses at the gay bar, Sailor, he has to undergo a psychological evaluation before he can be released to go back home. Dr. Richard Bowing is the doctor that gets the pleasure of evaluating Mr. Palmer. He’s thirty-two and has just gotten his degree in psychology. And he says that he is straight when he is questioned by Guy. But Guy has been gay his whole life, and his gaydar has never been wrong. Richard tries to convince Guy to come to two twice weekly sessions and talk about what’s bothering him and why he has such self-destructive tendencies. But Guy will only agree to the sessions if Richard will give his honest opinion on whether he thinks Guy’s crazy or not after he tells him a story. Richard agrees but little does he know what he’s getting himself into as Guy starts his tale.

The tale about how Guy’s searching for adventure and gets a job as a cook on the ship called the Crescent Moon. And meets Lucas for the first time. The ship’s headed to Cuba with supplies to sell and on the way there’s an accident and Lucas saves Guy’s life after he’s knocked unconscious. Guy wakes up as Lucas is frantically rowing away from the ship just before it blows up and sinks to the bottom of the ocean. The weather’s rough and then they lose their way in a thick fog. When they finally make it through the fog, they find that they are close to land but where they are they have no idea. Lucky for them they end up on an island that is actually inhabited. But will they ever make it off the island or be rescued and if by chance they are rescued will they actually want to leave? For Guy, the island’s a paradise since it’s made up of homosexuals and he can finally be open and free about who he is. For Lucas, the island’s fun for a little while but he although he has no problem topping guys he doesn’t consider himself gay (yes, he is delusional and in denial) and after a while, he can’t wait to be rescued. And because Lucas saved Guy’s life, Guy feels obligated to help in any way he can with getting rescued.

And now for the reason, I gave this book only 3.5*s. I was of two minds while reading this book. I loved half of it and didn’t like the other half. I loved the parts of the book where Guy’s telling his tale, but I didn’t care for the present portion of this book where Guy’s talking to Richard. If the book had just been about the tale that Guy told and not with us needing to know that he was telling it, I would have easily have given the book 5 OptimuMM’s.

However, I didn’t care for the way Guy talks about himself. And although I know we needed the present part of the story to get a sense of who Guy is as a person, I hated being pulled out of the story that he was telling. And it really made me want to skim those parts so that I could get back to the part of the story that I wanted more of.

But I forced myself to read them, and in the end, I am glad that I did because I didn’t see the twist at the end coming, which I really enjoyed. And I will confess to liking how Guy played matchmaker to Richard and his nurse Armando, and that did give me something to look forward to during those tedious parts of the book. Which is why this book got the extra half star rating.

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

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