Review: “Alpha Unit One, New York” by Chris T.Kat

TITLE: Alpha Unit One, New York
AUTHOR: Chris T.Kat
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Cate Ashwood
GENRE: Shapeshifter; Paranrmal; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 161 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jul 27, 2018
PRICE: $5.99 e-book

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The cat’s out of the bag….
In a world that accepts shifters as normal and thinks nothing of human/shifter couples, baby shifters and small shifters are treated as subpar. They are not allowed into the more dangerous professions, and their mates have legal control over what they can and cannot do.
Nicholas Reed is about to challenge the established rules. At twenty-eight, Nick has just been accepted into New York’s Alpha Unit One—an elite law enforcement team, composed equally of humans and shifters, that specializes in drug crimes. It is Nick’s dream job. But if they find out what he’s hiding, his career could be destroyed.
Enter a huge complication in the form of Sam Black, an older lion shifter who is the leader of the unit… and Nick’s mate. Nick wants Sam, and he wants to keep his job, but he can’t have them both. He also can’t choose between them.


Nicholas Reese is 28 years-old. He dreams to be a cop and especially a member of the Alpha Unit One. It’s a unit where humans and shifters work together. Nicholas decides to enter this unit as human and does everything in his power to keep his secret safe, but he didn’t plan to meet his true mate in the person of Sam Black an alpha lion shifter and his boss.
They will have to decide what they really want if they want a chance of a future together.

Alpha Unit One, New York is my first book by the author Chris T Kat. I liked this book.

In a world where humans and shifters are equals and live together, the baby shifters aren’t really free to do what they want. Baby-shifters are humans who can shift into the baby’s form of their animal, no matter their ages or sizes. When they’re in this form, they act like little child, so humans and shifters (the adult ones) decided that the baby-shifters can’t have dangerous work (like being a cop) and when they mate, their mates have all power, decisions and responsibilities over them.

Nicholas is an adult, he’s 28 years old. But when he shifts, he becomes a baby snow leopard and that’s where the problem is. He’s a good cop, strong, and mature, but because of his shifted form, people think he’s a kid who needs to be protected. Mating Sam scares him because he refuses to lose his job, but he can’t resist his pull for Sam too. I adore Nick, he’s strong, mature, very smart and super cute. When he shifts he’s just so cute. His shifted form, named Tiny, is so adooooooorable I wanted to put him in my pocket and never let him go.

Sam is an older Lion shifter. He’s strong, fierce, loyal, very protective and hot, like super-hot and I want to do things to him that I can’t really write right now! Sam doesn’t freak out about Nick’s secret, but all his protective instincts kick in, and he tried to protect his baby-mate, even if he’d be hurting him in the process. I sooo love Sam.

I really liked this book. I was afraid when I read the blurb that the book would be a copy of the “Thirds” series by Charlie Cochet, but it wasn’t at all. Yes, it’s a world where shifters and humans live together, and yes, it’s about a unit where shifters and humans are partners, but it ends there. The plot, the characters, the particularities of this universe, are different from the other series, and it was original and pretty good in Alpha Unit One, New York.

I don’t know if it’s the beginning of a series, so I’m torn, let me explain. If it’s the beginning of a series, this book put just all the ingredients for a good series. The main characters, the plot and subplot, and the background are all introduced in the book but not thoroughly, and it’s okay for me because it mean I will learn more about Sam and Nick, their dynamics, their world in the next books. If it’s just a standalone, well, it was good but too superficial for me.

Anyway, if you like a good universe with shifters and humans, I recommend this book, it’s a pleasurable read. And I do hope to have another one (me? greedy? … Naan)

3.5 Stars for The King Lion and his baby prince!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Home is Where You Are” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Home is Where You Are
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: eXtasy books
COVER ARTIST: Scott Carpenter
GENRE: Paranormal; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 236 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 10, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $8.00 – paperback

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Ari is a merman who lives near Muir Beach, California. When he saves his only human friend from drowning, his existence becomes public knowledge, and he’s taken away from his home to be used as an attraction in an Orlando aquatic park.
Theo Delaney is human, and as soon as he finds out about the merman, he’s fascinated by him. He visits the park and decides Ari isn’t a fish like the park’s owner is trying to convince everyone. When one of the park workers tells him he’s going to try to free the merman, Theo wants in, and he’s the one who drives Ari back to California.
He hadn’t expected to fall in love in the process, though. How can he, a human man, and Ari, a merman, be together?


I loved Home is Where You Are by Catherine Lievens. This is a standalone book, and so it’s significantly longer than the author’s usual serial length books. So for all of the fans out there who complain that the books aren’t long enough, you should read this book because it’s awesome. Who doesn’t love mermen?

This book reminds me of two of my favorite movies that I loved to watch growing up, Splash and the Little Mermaid.
Ari lives in a small village and is living at home. He’s just become an adult, and he needs to get a job. He has to choose between being a builder like his dad or a hunter like his oldest brother. Ari yearns to explore and is fascinated by the human world. He even knows the human’s language thanks to his human friend Joe.

Joe had caught Ari in one of his fishing nets and had let him go, and they had been friends ever since. They have been meeting every week since then. But during one of their visits, Joe has a heart attack and falls overboard into the sea. Ari knows that the only way to save him is to get him to shore and scream for help.

Some of the locals see Ari and that later leads to him being captured, kidnapped, and sold to a Sea World-type aquarium where Ari’s destined to live out his days in a tank. Dennis who is assigned to take care of Ari finds out that Ari can speak and understand English and they become friends until Dennis is fired for feeding Ari more than he was supposed to be getting. Ari also meets a human who comes every day and sits and watches him through the glass, until one day the human sneaks through the employee access door and comes up and talks to Ari at the top of the aquarium. Ari refuses to talk to him, but he loves having Theo come and visit him and listen to him talk about his life. They become fast friends.

With the help of his new friends, Dennis and Theo, they will come up with a plan to get him back to California and home to his village. Renting a van with a bathtub in the back to keep Ari’s tail wet, they will journey across the country to get Ari back to Muir Beach. For Ari and Theo, it will be a bittersweet journey filled with growing feelings of love and the knowledge of just how impossible it will be to have a lasting relationship.

I loved the story and the house that Theo makes so that he can share his life with Ari is simply amazing. This book is more about Ari and Theo’s falling in love, and it is a slow burn filled with lots of handholding and kissing and just a little bit of rubbing but nothing explicit. I didn’t mind a bit, and I usually prefer my books to be on the more explicit side. But this one just made me feel warm and fuzzy. I really wish that Catherine Lievens would write more merman books and that her fans would give this one a try. I loved it, and I know they would, too.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “The Well of Tears” by R.G Thomas

TITLE: The Well of Tears
AUTHOR: R.G Thomas
SERIES: The Town of Supertistion
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Fantasy; Teen Fiction
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 127 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 16, 2016
PRICE: $4.99 e-book

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Sequel to The Midnight Gardener
The Town of Superstition: Book Two
Thaddeus Cane’s life changed when he learned he is the son of a witch and a wizard, and now he’s undertaken a mission to find his mother, who was cursed not long after Thaddeus was born. He enlists the aid of his father, Nathan; his boyfriend and neighbor, Teofil Rhododendron, a garden gnome; and Teofil’s mother, brother, and sister. As they journey through a world that seems normal on the surface, they meet many magical creatures, some kind and helpful, others evil and dangerous. When Nathan suffers a life-threatening injury, Thaddeus might be forced to abandon the quest to find his mother in order to save his father.


After discovering that he’s the son of a powerful witch and wizard, Thaddeus is on a quest to find his mother who’s been cursed by the evil Isadora. Thaddeus isn’t alone on this quest. Teofil, his gnome boyfriend, Fetter and Astrid (Teofil’s brother and sister), his father Nathan and Myriam (Teofil’s mother) are with him. But after a troll’s attack, Nathan is badly injured and sends Thaddeus alone in their quest to find his mother.

This sequel was as good as book one. Thaddeus is still trying to cope with the fact that supernatural beings exist and he’s one of them. With the help of his team and especially his boyfriend Teofil, Thaddeus became more confident and doesn’t hesitate to take charge.

I loved this book, it reminds me Tolkien with the Hobbit. It’s the same atmosphere, the quest, the supernatural beings, the legendary and all. I love Thaddeus’s evolution too, even if it’s not easy for him to understand everything, he stays strong and focuses on his quest. We also learn more about Teofil’s past and other fantastic beings.

The plot was super good with a big twist in the story that I didn’t see coming. Ok, I saw it coming but not exactly like it was, so I was surprised and sad too (read it, and you’ll understand). I can’t wait to read the next book and see how things evolved and I hope that they’ll kick Isadora’s ass.

It’s really a great series that can be enjoyed by everyone younger and older.

4 OptimuMM…. Because Fetter!

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

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Review: “The Dragon Keeper” by Jessie Pinkham

TITLE: The Dragon Keeper
AUTHOR: Jessie Pinkham
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Evernight Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 55 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 26, 2017
PRICE: $2.99 e-book

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Sometimes it takes a crisis to appreciate a good man…
When Aldric first meets Lito, he considers the man a nuisance. As a dragon keeper for the kingdom of Corancia, he has more important tasks than answering an artist’s numerous questions about dragons.
Lito travelled to Corancia so he could observe dragons firsthand for his paintings, and he’s full of questions about the magnificent creatures. His questions aren’t merely for his art, however, they arise from his deep love of dragons. When he overhears a plot by his own kingdom to eliminate the animals, he has to choose between his loyalty and his beloved dragons.
Working to prevent the extermination of dragons throws Aldric and Lito together. Lust is in the air, and if they’re lucky, they could end up with a happily ever after.


This was a very enjoyable read from this author. I’m a huge dragon fan and loved how the dragons were depicted in this book. As a painter myself, I would have been in heaven to be able to sit with them and paint them. I was able to picture myself doing that very thing. This author really captured the essence of the dragons, as well as, the simpler life. I would so love to live in those times as either the dragon keeper or the artist. Both these characters played their role well and really took me back to those times.

Aldric has followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and is the dragon keeper. His best friend Esan and him tend to all the carpentry needs. See, the dragons tend to destroy things, especially the younglings. The younglings are a bit rambunctious and not very good at the whole flying thing. Anyway, a lot of their days are filled repairing homes for the dragons. But when Aldric meets this artist that won’t stop asking questions, he gets annoyed with him and wants him to go away. Or at least to quit asking questions.

Lito is from a clan that has no issues killing dragons. Lito does not like this about his family. He’s an artist that’s intrigued with dragons and has come to Aldric’s clan to capture them first hand. He has so many questions and just can’t get enough that he doesn’t even realize he’s irritating the dragon keeper. Then the news gets out that a troll is on the loose. Trolls would have no issue eating the cute little artist, so Aldric has him stay with him until it is safe again.

One day, after Lito had gone home and having a few drinks, he overhears about his clan planning to poison the dragons. This upsets him, but he knew if he said anything, he would be banned from his homeland. But in his heart and soul, he had to say something. He told Aldric, which in turn, began to try to stop this mass destruction of his dragons.

Was Lito too late in telling Aldric? Will the dragons be saved? Will Aldric and Lito finally feed into their sexual hunger for each other? What will happen to Lito once his clan realizes it was him that told of their plan? So many questions that I can’t even begin to give you any answers. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

***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: “Skythane” by J. Scott Coatsworth

TITLE: Skythane
AUTHOR: J. Scott Coatsworth
SERIES: The Oberon Cycle
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Sci Fi; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 244 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 17, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback

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Jameson Havercamp, a psych from a conservative religious colony, has come to Oberon—unique among the Common Worlds—in search of a rare substance called pith. He’s guided through the wilds on his quest by Xander Kinnson, a handsome, cocky skythane with a troubled past.
Neither knows that Oberon is facing imminent destruction. Even as the world starts to fall apart around them, they have no idea what’s coming—or the bond that will develop between them as they race to avert a cataclysm.
Together, they will journey to uncover the secrets of this strange and singular world, even as it takes them beyond the bounds of reality itself to discover what truly binds them together.


As many men, I’m also a big fan of Sci-fi genre. So when I read the blurb of this book I was thrilled to get my hands on it…although the story is great it didn’t quite reach my expectations.
When we talk about Sci-Fi, we don’t really have ground rules, so you can’t really compare one book to another. But you may still have some expectations, so that’s why it’s really hard to rate Sci-Fi, because no matter what, you will never satisfy everyone.

Skythane is a multiple point of view story. Probably that’s why I couldn’t enjoy it too much. I was genuinely curious of the past and culture of Oberon, it habitants, but when I was thinking that here comes some details about Oberon, the point of view changed and never got back to the previous line of thought. I’m not saying that there is no information about Oberon, I’m saying I would have liked to read more about it. It that planet fascinated me!

Skythane can’t fit in your typical Romance category. For starters, there is no sex scenes in it, well I know not all romance has sex scenes but Jameson being heterosexual, or he likes to thinks he is, again, I would have enjoyed a little bit of intimacy description between him and Xander.

I really enjoyed the plot, and the book contains some angst, but again the multiple point of view didn’t really let me enjoy that too. I loved the parallel universe, the half planet, the wings, and the pith. We don’t really learn about pith either…is it a drug? Is it aphrodisiac? Is it harmless? So there are few a questions remaining without answers.

There were a few things that just felt off, but as I told you at the beginning of my review, you can’t really rate a Sci-Fi so, and this is just my opinion, I would say it’s a 3.5 rating.
I hope you will enjoy more than I did!

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

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