Review: “Eating the Moon” by Mark David Campbell

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


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 ***


Review: “Hidden: Evils” by Jo Tannah

TITLE: Hidden: Evils
AUTHOR: Jo Tannah
SERIES: Hidden
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Erotica; Fantasy; Paranormal
LENGTH: 150 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 30, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 –e-book


Sebastian Torres is a healer and midwife both by trade and by calling. He’s spent the past three years as the only male midwife in a local hospital.

Anthony Craig is intrigued by Sebastian, finding him professional and attractive. He can’t help wondering about something—why Sebastian never dates the same man twice.

When several pregnant women die in maternity wards a few states away, their fetuses missing, the police are baffled at the strange circumstances surrounding their deaths. Could there be a serial killer on the loose?

As the number of deaths escalates, Sebastian suspects a monster of legend, rather than one of the human variety, is responsible. Sebastian knows he’s the only thing standing in evil’s way, but in order to save innocent lives, he must reveal his secret to Anthony. Will Sebastian’s revelation prove too much and drive Anthony away?

Sebastian Torres is a midwife, single, and proud owner of 3 dogs. He is very dedicated to his job and has no time for dating. Well, actually no, he has time for dating, but, without knowing why, every guy he has date the past few years never came back or called after one date.

Antony Craig is the chief of the Ob-Gyn department and has a huge crush on the sexy midwife Sebastian. After 3 years lusting after Sebastian, he finds the courage to ask him out. But when pregnant women die mysteriously around them, Sebastian and Antony will have to fight against something unknown and terrifying.
This book has everything that I dislike in a book.

The plot was interesting but not fully exploited. It was confusing. Actually. The first part of the book was focused on Seb and Antony love story, then it switches at the mysterious part. All the events in the book go too fast without any real transition. It’s just a chain of situations one after the other.

Besides, there’s too much cliché for me. The 2 best friends dating the 2 others’ best friends, the crazy aunts, the dead mother coming back from the dead helping his son, the 2 humans who deal perfectly and normally with all the supernatural things, and the super wedding at the end of the book. It’s too bad because each scenario could have been a little bit more exploited and it would have been perfect.

But, everything wasn’t that bad. The characters, even cliché, were super good and adorable.

Antony and Seb are beautiful and super-hot together. The sex scene was hooooooooooot. Like super-hot.

The mysterious/paranormal part is interesting and captivating.

In the end, even if the book has everything I dislike, I can’t tell you that I dislike it at all. Actually, I liked it and will read book 2 with pleasure.

3 OptimuMM’s for the midwife and his doc.

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


Review: “The Tiger’s Watch” by Julia Ember

TITLE: The Tiger’s Watch
AUTHOR: Julia Ember
SERIES: Ashes of Gold
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
GENRE: Teen Fiction; Fantasy
LENGTH: 180 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 22, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 –e-book / $14.99 paperback


Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.

The Tiger’s Watch by Julie Ember is the first book in the Ashes of Gold series. I really enjoyed this book, and it definitely engaged all of my senses especially my sympathy and tear ducts. As this is a book about teens, I didn’t figure there would be any explicit content, and there wasn’t. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any chemistry between various characters and some light kissing. The book does end on a cliffhanger so if you don’t like to read a book with a cliffhanger ending then I would wait to start this book until the series has concluded because the ending does make you want to start reading the next book immediately. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait too long. Especially after peaking my interest with the sneak peek into the second book in the series.

Tashi’s a gender fluid 16-year-old. Some days they feel more masculine and other days more feminine regardless of the fact that they was born male. The pronouns used for Tashi are they, them, and their. Since this is my first gender fluid character and story, the pronouns took me a little bit of time to get used to. I loved how Tashi used their hair to show their dual nature, and I cried when they shaved it off to better keep their identity secret. Tashi’s been an inhibitor since they was eight years old and chosen by Katala, a rare rose gold tiger. Tashi’s best friend Pharo’s bonded to a wolf that’s just about at the end of his life and it scares Tashi that soon they will be without their best friend and that there isn’t anything they can do to stop the unavoidable. And while it’s cool to be one with your animal, it makes it nearly impossible to form relationships and so Tashi’s never done anything about their attraction or love for Pharo.

I thought the ideas of the inhibitor was unique and exciting but also sad since the human and animal are bonded together and neither can survive without the other. Which means if Katala dies from a wound or old age then Tashi will fall into a coma and slowly pass away.
Xian’s 17 years old and a general in the Myeik army and has a secret item that he’s been searching for that used to be in his family generations ago. He needs it to save his mother’s life and uses the cover of the army to search for it secretly. He knows that it’s related to the inhibitors and so he’s searching for the inhibitors that escaped the attack on the academy. He has a cruel and cold personality that he projects to the outside world, but underneath he has a soft spot that only his trusted servant gets to witness.

When Xian’s army takes the monastery that Tashi and Pharo are hiding in as servants, Tashi ends up getting chosen to replace Xian’s dead personal assistant. This works out great for Tashi who has trained his whole life to be a killer and a spy. But Tashi’s torn between his duty and his heart after witnessing Xian’s soft spot. Will he be able to do what needs to be done to save his peoples’ way of life or will he give into his heart and help find the secret item that Xian needs to save his mother?

I know the answers to these questions, but you will have to read the book to find them out for yourself. I can’t wait to read the second book in the series when it comes out and find out what happens next.

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


Review: “Guardian” by Carole Cummings

TITLE: Guardian
AUTHOR: Carole Cummings
SERIES: Aisling Trilogy
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
GENRE: Fantasy
LENGTH: 270 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 15, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 –e-book / $16.99 paperback


2nd Edition

As he pursues a man who is not what he seems, Constable Dallin Brayden learns the lines between enemy and ally, truth and deception, and conscience and obedience are not only blurred, but malleable.

Constable Dallin Brayden knows who he is, what he’s about, and he doesn’t believe in Fate. “Wilfred Calder” has no idea who he is or what he’s about, and he’s been running from Fate for as long as he can remember. When Wil flees after witnessing a murder, it’s Dallin’s job to pursue him. Along the way, he’s pulled into a maelstrom of ancient myth, fanatical religion, and the delicate politics of a shaky truce between two perpetually warring countries—all of which rests on the slender shoulders of the man he knows is not Wilfred Calder.

Even Dallin’s success proves a hollow victory. Wil is vengeful, rebellious, and lethal, and his tale of magic and betrayal rocks the carefully constructed foundations of Dallin’s world. Suspicious and only half believing, Dallin must question not only his own integrity and his half-forgotten past, but the morality and motives of everyone around him—including those who hold his own country’s fate in their hands.

First Edition published by Torquere/Prizm, 2010.

Hum…well, I didn’t know exactly what happens here. This book is something.
Dallin is a kind of cop for the city of Putnam. One day when he’s investigated a murder, he meets Wilfred Calder the witness of the murder, he’s a very mysterious man, and Dallin feels something off with Calder.
Wilfred Calder is on the run, and he tries to escape his captors who want to hurt him. He also has a “gift” that makes people lose control when they’re in contact with him—except Dallin. The Guardian who seems not to know who he really is.

I can’t say I disliked the book, but I can’t say I like it either. It was a little bit confusing actually.

I love when I know where I stand. Where I am, in which timeline, the background and all. Here, there’s none, not at the beginning at least and I started right in the action, not knowing who was who and who did what, it confused me for the rest of the book.
But it’s also the first book of the trilogy, so it’s the book where the plot is built, the story and how Wil and Dallin will have to fight together.

Even, if the plot seems a little bit confusing, the author built a good universe, and it was written well. The action too, and I love the sassy mouth of Wil, he seems all fragile and scared, but he has a good fire in him and didn’t give up easily.

Dallin is quieter, but really smart, and hot, like super hot. Huge tall blond guy, totally my type.

I will keep reading the trilogy because other than the confusing part, I wanted to know more.

It’s 3 OptimuMM’s for me.

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


Review: “Trusted by the Unicorn” by Caitlin Ricci

TITLE: Trusted by the Unicorn
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci
SERIES: Into the land of Unicorns
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Carmen Waters
GENRE: Fantasy; Paranormal
LENGTH: 20 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 6, 2017
PRICE: $1.59 e-book


Back on Earth, Sayer is healthy again, but unicorns don’t do well in the city. He’s miserable and Todd wants to help him. He and his brothers have a cabin upstate that might work for them but it needs a lot of repair. Thankfully, it’s just the kind of place for three unicorns to call home.

This was a fascinating read. You have two sets of brothers. One set is human, the other unicorns. The unicorns were slowly dying in their world so came to Earth. Calix and Xavier have already gotten into relationships with the two human brothers Seth and Jacob. The oldest unicorn brother, Sayer, is the last one to come to Earth. Now Todd, the last human brother, and Sayer will have a year to get to know each other as they get the old cabin fixed for all of them to live in.

I found this story to be a sweet slow romance. In fact, I would of liked a little more of Sayer and Todd interactions. The pace was very fitting to the way society was the last time Sayer was on earth. The heat level was very low. The descriptions of the land and cabin after the year of working on them while waiting for the brothers to move was very well done.

Over all, will I found the book to be good, it had the potential to be great. If there had been more detail about the humans’ visits every weekend and more interactions between Sayer and Todd, this book would have closed the series perfectly. As it stands, it just didn’t have enough to carry a successful series closure. I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book.

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