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


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
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: December 28, 2018


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

Review of: Tit for Tat by JS Harker

TITLE: Tit for Tat
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: December 18, 2018


Cold has never been so hot.
College sophomore Derek is busy working over his holiday break—but his shifts at the toy store are no hardship if they mean more opportunity to dream about the sexy new guy working as an elf in Santa’s Workshop. When his mother gifts him a bag of cookies, Derek regifts them to Flynn as an excuse to get to know him. Flynn has presents to offer as well, and soon they’re dating, with Derek finding out his comfort zone is bigger than he imagined.
But Flynn is hiding a secret—he’s really a winter fairy whose magic is bound to the season. He can’t stay in the mortal realm, and Derek doesn’t want to lose contact with his family. Can they find a way to hold on to each other when the snow and sugar plums melt away?

I really enjoyed this short read from this author. This is my first read from this author, and I will definitely seek out more books. I felt a part of this holiday love story and really connected to the MC’s. I want to go to this other realm and be a part of it.

Derek is a college student who’s working at the toy store during Christmas break. His hours are long, but he doesn’t mind as he loves ogling over the elf at Santa’s shop across the way at the mall. Derek’s self-confidence is on the low side and he just wishes he had the guts to talk to this sexy little elf. One problem is Derek’s ex works at the shop also, and that does nothing to boost his confidence. One day, his mom stops by with a bag of cookies, and he gifts them to this elf and receives a gift back.
Flynn is a winter fairy that can only be in this realm in the winter. Flynn loves the mortal realm and comes to it every winter. When Derek offers him the bag of cookies, he is so excited. Flynn has a thing for sweets. All sweets and eats as much as he can. He gives Derek a candy cane with some magic and ends up taking care of Derek until the magic wears off. This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

And don’t let me forget to mention Lulu, Flynn’s tiny fairy sidekick. She cracked me up so many times with her tiny little antics to her love for fudge. This is such an enjoyable short story, and I’m sure you will read in one sitting like I did.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Legend of Gentleman John by TJ Nichols

TITLE: The Legend of Gentleman John
AUTHOR: TJ Nichols
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2018


A Story from the Warmest Wishes: Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar
Banyn, a fae, escorts the souls of children to Magh Meall, but one Christmas, he comes for a lad who isn’t quite dead, and he breaks a rule rather than wait while John fights a battle he’ll ultimately lose. So begins a long-running affair that crosses the border between life and death, the human and fae realms, and even oceans to strange countries with different gods and rules.
John Rourke renounced a religion that had no place for him and returned to the old ways. Convicted of theft, he is sentenced to transportation and suffers brutal punishment—until he escapes to live on his own terms as a bushranger. When vengeance against his tormentor consumes him and threatens his life, John finds he has only one holiday wish—to see his fae lover one last time.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar “Warmest Wishes.”

This was a sweet story, but it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. The author did a good job bringing me into the story for a short read, and I adored the two MC’s. This author gave me a new perspective on “wood” in the naughty sense.

John is a local thief with a gang of others until he gets caught. His captor is violent and evil and inflicts the most heinous torture upon John. John has no escape and seeks revenge on his captor. He has a place he goes to try and get some serenity and whittles away at gifts for his fae.

Banyn is a fae that helps escort children’s souls to his world until he comes across John. He is fascinated with him right away and breaks his own rules by beginning a relationship with him. He loves his gifts that are left for him and provides John with his very own gift to make him feel all that more of a man.
This was an endearing story, and I hope you enjoy this short read.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Blood for the Spelling” by TJ Nichols

TITLE: Blood for the Spelling
AUTHOR: TJ Nichols
SERIES: Studies in Demonology
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
GENRE: Fantasy; Paranormal
LENGTH: 280 pages
RELEASE DATE: Nov 27, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $16.99 -paperback


Sheets of ice are spreading across the human world, ushering in an ice age as the magic drained from Demonside turns that world into a desert. Angus and reluctant warlock Terrance have defected from Vinland to the Mayan Empire—a land of dark and potent magic. But the Mayans aren’t offering sanctuary for free.
Nor is the world willing to stand back as Vinland attacks, and the backlash will affect all magic users.
Mage Saka has no tribe. He is now just another refugee fleeing the dying Demonside. He knows the conflict brewing now will be worse than the first demon war. Countries are banding together—not just against Vinland, but against all magic. Where will the powerful Mayan Empire stand?
Angus might have the power to fight Vinland and the Warlock College, but the cost will be terrible. Saka is torn between helping Angus and stopping him. And Terrance would do anything for Angus, but he’s terrified of the man Angus is becoming, even as Saka is warming to the idea of a relationship between the three of them.
No matter what choice they make, victory will be bittersweet, and when the ash settles and the snow melts, nothing will be the same.

Angus, Saka and Terrance finally arrived at the Mayans Empire, but they don’t find the shelter and help they were hoping for.
The whole “human” world is at the edge of a war, while demonside is at the edge of extinction.
Saka tries to convince other demon mages to close the doors between these two worlds to gain time while Angus tries to find a way to save both worlds. He might have a way, but it will cost blood, love, and life.
Can they take the risks? Can they choose to lose everything to save their world? No matter the end, blood will be spilled.
Blood for the Spilling by TJ Nichols is the third and last book of the Studies in Demonology trilogy.

I was thrilled to read the last chapter of Angus, Saka and Terrance’s journey, and TJ Nichols didn’t disappoint me. This final was fabulous, and I was completely hooked in the book.

Angus wants to save his world and demonside. He’s ready to do everything in his power for that, but the Mayans Empire isn’t as welcoming as he’d hoped, and after everything he endured in Vinland, after almost dying in the demonside’s desert, Angus has to prove himself again while finding a way to save them all.

Saka is as desperate as Angus to save the world, his world. He keeps trying to reach other tribes and find a way to united them to save their world, meanwhile, he wants to protect Angus, to save him too. Saka is torn between his duty for his people and his love for his Mage.
Terrance hopes to finally find a home, to finally be able to be with the man he loves even if he has to share him with Saka. But Terrance’s past with Vinland—what they forced him to do to Angus—comes back to bit him, and the Mayans see him as a traitor, as someone who can’t be trusted, and they threaten his life and his future with Angus.

Throughout the book, we follow Terrance, Saka, and Angus on their last journey. The point of view alternates between the three of them. The sacrifices they are forced to do, their fears, their doubts and most of all their love. This book is the final chapter, and it’s the darkest of the trilogy in my opinion. The atmosphere is dark and heavy, I felt the fears and the angst, I felt their despair, I felt their love. I was completely hooked in the book and couldn’t put it down until the end.

This final episode is my favorite in the series, and the end was epic.

I highly recommend this book and the entire series. if you haven’t read it yet…Angus, Saka, and Terrance worth it.

It’s 5 OptimuMM for The Mages and their anchor.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis