Review: “Sunshine in the Dragon’s Heart” by Jaime Samms

TITLE: Sunshine in the Dragon’s Heart
AUTHOR: Jaime Samms
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Tiferet Design
GENRE: High Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 226 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 4, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

BLURB:

When Sunny retires to the northern Ontario wilderness to mourn his parents’ deaths, he’s hoping the change of scenery will afford him some peace and quiet.
His hopes are soon spectacularly dashed.
In self-imposed exile, dragon Emile runs across the Fold between his dimension and Sunny’s—and right into Sunny’s arms. Centuries out of touch with human culture, bright, beautiful Emile incinerates any hope Sunny had for an ordinary existence. With dryads and water sprites coming to life all around them, Sunny can’t deny the magic Emile brings to his life—or his heart. But that same magic leads the unrelenting dragon who would keep Emile captive right to them. To save his love, Sunny will have to reach deep and find some magic of his own.


Sunshine in the Dragon’s Heart is a part of the Dreamspinner Press house line—Perchance to Dream series. This book had the potential to be a five-star read. However, between the super slow pace of the book and having problems with not being able to visualize some of the mystical creatures in the book even with the overabundant of details in their description and not being able to understand important parts of the book like the whole dragon egg bearer history, I had to give this book a three.

At one point I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be able to finish the book. That was at about the sixty-five percent point. But I hate not finishing a book, and I was glad that I persisted since I loved the book from about the eighty-five percent point to the end. The book even managed to make me cry. But I just couldn’t get over the pacing of the book. It kept putting me to sleep.

Sunny is supposed to be retiring to the northern Ontario wilderness to mourn his parents’ deaths, but he is portrayed more as a recluse—somebody that can’t stand to be around people in general and especially his sister. He does show moments of being sad about his parents, but he is too focused on the severely underweight man that he finds in his shed and nourishes back to health.

Emile is likable enough. He has exiled himself to the human world to get away from his clutch mate, Hakko, who wants Emile to be his egg bearer and carry his offspring which is forbidden since they are too closely related and the offspring would be too powerful. But Hakko in his quest for power has gone power mad and can’t see how it will only lead to the destruction of dragons like what had happened in the past which has led to how careful they are with raising the eggs for other clutches and what not. He didn’t anticipate how hard it would be to live in his bipedal form or his attraction to the human, Sunny, who found him and nursed him back to health and allowed him to stay at his house.

I also got tired of them chasing after the dog through the wilderness. It was used a lot and felt almost like a storyline crutch. I found the history of the dragons that Emile tries to explain to Sunny was confusing. I wasn’t sure if all of the dragons could be egg bearers in their soft scaled forms and essence givers in their hard scaled forms or not. I finally just figured that if they were in their soft scaled forms that they had female characteristics and if they were in there hard scaled form they had masculine characteristics. But like I said it was kind of confusing. I did like the interactions between Emile and Sunny. And I liked the Glimmerleaf, the mystical salamander, and Fernforest, the dog, and the dryads, pixies, and brownies.

Overall it the book had potential to be great, but it wasn’t executed properly.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Blyd And Pearce” by Kim Fielding

TITLE: Blyd And Pearce
AUTHOR: Kim Fielding
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Tiferet Design
GENRE: High Fantasy; Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 210 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 24, 2018
PRICE: $ 6.99– e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

BLURB:

Born into poverty and orphaned young, Daveth Blyd had one chance for success when his fighting prowess earned him a place in the Tangye city guard—a place he lost to false accusations of theft. Now he scrapes out a living searching for wayward spouses and missing children. When a nobleman offers him a small fortune to find an entertainer who’s stolen a ring, Daveth takes the case.
While Jory Pearce may or may not be a thief, he certainly can’t be trusted. But, enchanted by Jory’s beauty and haunting voice, Daveth soon finds himself caught in the middle of a conspiracy. As he searches desperately for answers, he realizes that he’s also falling for Jory. The two men face river wraiths, assassins, a necromancer, and a talking head that could be Daveth’s salvation on their quest for the truth. But with everyone’s integrity in question and Death eager to dance, Daveth will need more than sorcery to survive.


Kim Fielding is one of my favorite authors. She has a way with words that is absolutely unique. With her previous writing that I enjoyed it captured my attention from the very beginning. This book didn’t quite get me as enthralled. It started off fine, but then the story started to kind of lag. Her description of the time period and the world around the characters were very detailed, and I didn’t have a hard time following the story even with as much detail as she uses. The characters were quite intriguing even the secondary ones. She definitely does her research and puts an immense amount of time and effort into her stories.

Daveth Blyth is from the impoverished side of town known as the Low Quarter. He was orphaned young but was determined to get out of the Low and make something of himself. Because of his talent as a swordsman, he was able to join the ranks of the royal guard. We soon learn that he was relieved of his duties because he was accused of theft. Instead of facing death, his Captain Myghal Tren has him spared. I’m not sure how I feel about Daveth. He just seems like he’s given up. He doesn’t fight the accusations against him, and he just sort of ghosts through life. As a character, he’s alright. I would have liked to see a little more passion and fire from him instead of so much woe is me.

Jory Pearce was definitely an interesting character. He was mysterious and pretty likable from the beginning. He was born nobility, but somewhere down the line, his parents had disowned him. I felt bad for his character. He does what he has to in order to survive, and sometimes that means doing things he isn’t proud of. I like how he isn’t a pushover and doesn’t just cower when Daveth shows up to interrogate him and fulfill the deal he made to a Lord. Jory is in some trouble as he gets caught up in a crazy spiral of conspiracies.

It all unwinds slowly in the beginning. It took some patience to not just skim through to find out what was really going on and where the book was eventually going. That’s also why I like Kim Fielding. If you can just have a little bit of patience and follow her creative mind through the book, you’ll never be disappointed. I definitely was not disappointed in this book. It just lagged far too much for me. I wanted more from the characters and plot and not so much filler.

I do recommend this book and other work done by Kim Fielding. Brute was absolutely fabulous. A definite must-read.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Rogue in the Making” by TJ Nichols

TITLE: Rogue in the Making
AUTHOR: TJ Nichols
SERIES: Studies in Demonology
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: High Fantasy; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 284 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 22, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $16.99 paperback

BLURB:

The blood sacrifices have brought rain to Demonside, but across the void, the Warlock College of Vinland is still storing and gathering magic, heedless of the warnings of the international magical community. The underground is full of warlocks who disagree with the college, but do they care about wizards and demons or only about snatching power?
With a foot in each world, Angus is no longer sure whom he can trust. The demons don’t trust humans, and even though he is learning more magic, he will never be one of them. He is human and only tolerated. Some demons would be happy to slit his throat. It’s only because his demon is powerful in his own right that Angus is alive.
Saka only has a year to prove that Angus’s people can change and that the magic taken will be rebalanced, but the demons want action. His affection for Angus is clouding his judgment and weakening his position in the tribe. Time is running out, and he must make a choice.


Rogue in the Making is book two of Studies in Demonology series.
This book starts right at the end of book 1 (Warlock in Training).

The program between the Underground and The Demon side had started. Ten wizards were sent to the Demon side to learn natural magic. But the Underground isn’t better than the college, and they threaten Terrance’s life to keep Angus in line, they want to spy on the Demon side and gain the powers retained by the college. Meanwhile, the Demons start to think that a war is necessary and humans need to bleed for them.
Angus is confused and lost. He doesn’t know who he is anymore. A human among the demons, a demon among the humans? He loves two men, Saka the demon mage, and Terrance the human warlock. Angus can’t choose between them, but he needs to find a way to protect them and to save both worlds.

Saka is also completely lost because of his feelings for Angus. He’s in love with Angus, a human. Mages don’t have family. Their tribe is first in their life. Saka, at first, rejects his feelings, but how he can be a good mage and teacher if he lies to himself. Besides, the future of his world is more important than his love life and he needs to find a way to save his world and have Angus for himself.
I really loved this book, as much as book 1. The author gives us a great sequel.

The evolution in the story matches the evolution with the characters. We follow Saka and Angus in their journey. We follow their evolutions, as wizard/mage, but also as lovers. They are a strong couple, a unit, who trust each other and protect each other. They don’t agree on everything, but they have the same goal, saving their world.

I loved the plot of the book. It’s the following of book 1, but it’s more developed, and we learn more about Vinland (Angus’s country), the human world, and the demon side too. This book introduces us to more characters, to a more developed plot with a lot of mystery too that we want to discover.

The author did a fabulous job with this book. We’re completely hooked into the story, wanting to know more, and trying to find a viable solution for their world. The end of the book opens a lot of possibilities, intrigue, and hope for book three. I can’t wait to read it, to see how the plot and the characters will evolve.

I recommend this book. It can’t be read as a standalone, so you need to start the journey from the beginning but it’s worth it.

4 OtpimuMMs for The Mage, his apprentice, and their tribe.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Warlock in Training” by TJ Nichols

TITLE: Warlock in Training
AUTHOR: TJ Nichols
SERIES: Studies in Demonology
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: High Fantasy; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 226 pages
RELEASE DATE: Feb 14, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback

BLURB:

Angus Donohue doesn’t want to be a warlock. He believes draining demons for magic is evil, but it’s a dangerous opinion to have—his father is a powerful and well-connected warlock, and Angus is expected to follow the family tradition.
His only way out is to fail the demon summoning class. Failure means expulsion from the Warlock College. Despite Angus’s best efforts to fumble the summoning, it works. Although not the way anyone expects.
Angus’s demon, Saka, is a powerful mage with his own need for a warlock.
Saka wants to use Angus in a ritual to rebalance the magic that is being stripped from Demonside by warlocks. If Angus survives his demon’s desires and the perils of Demonside, he’ll have to face the Warlock College and their demands.
Angus must choose: obey the College and forget about Demonside or trust Saka and try to fix the damage before it’s too late. Whatever he does, he is in the middle of a war he isn’t qualified to fight.


Angus is a 19 year-old student at Warlock College. He doesn’t want to be a warlock, he wants to be a doctor, but his father, a powerful respectable warlock in their community, decides for him. Angus knows that something is off with the magic but can’t really understand and name it.

Saka is a demon, a powerful mage, who needs a warlock to save his world. He bonded to Angus for that and hoped that the young warlock would understand how both their worlds need to be saved.
Angus and Saka will have to trust each other and to learn from each other if they want to find a safe solution, one that won’t need to kill humans or demons.
Warlock in Training is the first book of the Studies in Demonology series.

I liked this book; I enjoyed it a lot.
In this universe, magic is well known by people; it’s a common thing. This society is divided into three casts. The non-magic people, they’re average humans. The Wizards, they have magic but refuse to use demons for that, so they take it from the earth and their surroundings, and they’re considered rogue. The Warlocks, they are the high rank, and they are powerful because they use demons and drain them to be powerful. But everything has a price. There’s a balance between the Human world and Demon world, and each time a warlock uses a demon for magic, he needs to repay it by a small sacrifice (mostly blood). But the more the warlocks use magic, the less they counter-balance it, and the Demon world as well as the Human world are dying.

Angus is the son of a powerful warlock. He doesn’t want to be one of them, but his father doesn’t give him a choice. When he summoned his demon for the first time, Angus is kidnaped by his demon and taken to the Demon world, and that’s where he learns the truth. I love Angus. He’s not a weak, little spoiled kid. He refuses to play his role like his father expects. He thinks for himself and stands up for his beliefs. Even if he has a lot to learn, he always tries to make the better choice and put people (human or demon) before himself. I really love him.

Saka is a powerful mage, and his tribe and his world are first in his life. He wants to save his world, but he refuses to use blood for that. He refuses to be part of a war where demons and warlocks will kill each other. He wants to save his world but in a peaceful way. When he chooses Angus as his warlock, he doesn’t expect to have a young man willing to listen to him and to help him save their worlds. The connection between them is strong, but they still need time to know each other. I love Saka. He’s wise, calm, strong, powerful and super-hot and sensual (and he has black-horns and a tail…a real tail).
The story doesn’t focus only on Saka and Angus, it’s the first book of the series, so the author gives us the background of this universe and the different actors (wizard, demons, average human).
It was a good start in this series, and I was hooked on this book from the beginning. I can’t wait for book 2.

4 OptimuMMs for the Demon and his Warlock.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “The Wanderer” by Rowan McAllister

TITLE: The Wanderer
AUTHOR: Rowan McAllister
SERIES: Chronicles of the Riftlands
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Stef Masciandaro
GENRE: High Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2018
PRICE: 6.99 e-book / $14.99-paperback

BLURB:

After centuries of traveling the continent of Kita and fighting the extradimensional monsters known as Riftspawn, mage Lyuc is tired and ready to back away from the concerns of humanity.
But the world isn’t done with him yet.
While traveling with a merchant caravan, Lyuc encounters Yan, an Unnamed, the lowest caste in society. Though Yan has nothing but his determination and spirit, he reminds Lyuc what passion and desire feel like. While wild magic, a snarky, shapeshifting, genderfluid companion, and the plots of men and monsters seem determined to keep Lyuc from laying down his burden, only Yan’s inimitable spirit tempts him to hang on for another lifetime or so.
All Yan wants is to earn the sponsorship of a guild so he can rise above his station, claim a place in society, and build the family he never had.
After hundreds of years of self-imposed penance, all Lyuc wants is Yan.
If they can survive prejudice, bandits, mercenaries, monsters, and nature itself, they might both get their wish… and maybe even their happily ever after.


Lyuc is a mage who travels the continent of Kita and fights the extradimensional monsters named Riftspaw. Lyuc is old, a thousand years-old-ish. He’s tired and only wishes to finish his mission and rest in peace.

During his travels with a merchant caravan, Lyuc meets Yan, a young man, an Unnamed. Despite being an Unnamed, Yan is strong and proud.
Lyuc and Yan will travel together, and the more time they spend together, the more they know each other. Despite the bandits, the mercenaries, the monsters, and the society ready to ban them, they want their own happy ending.

The Wanderer is the first book of Chronicles of the Riftlands series. I really liked this book; it was a beautiful story.
Lyuc is super old, a little bit grumpy, and always argues with his horse, Brin, (who isn’t really a horse by the way). When he meets Yan, at first, his first thought was to help the young man, but the more he interacted with him, the more he feels alive. I love Lyuc. He’s kind, powerful, romantic and protective. He’s also lonely and tired and wants to die finally, but Yan will change this.

Yan might be an unnamed, but he’s strong, proud, with a high temper. He’s also very smart. The only thing he wants is a family, his own family. When he meets Lyuc at first, he’s suspicious, but the more he starts to know him, the more he wants him. Yan reminds Lyuc what life is, how it can be not to be alone forever.

I love how Yan put life back into Lyuc’s old tired body and how Lyuc gives Yan everything he has.
I really liked this book. The characters are lovable, and the story was good. The plot was around Lyuc and Yan but not only focused on them, as we also learn the background of their universe and where and how their world and rules is situated.

I like how the author wrote his story, well described without being to boring, with a little something that I can’t pinpoint, it was like reading a tale, a May-December tale with hot sex scenes, a little bit of angst, and a lot of love. Yes, a beautiful tale!
It’s definitely a series that I’ll follow, and I recommend it to you.

It’s 4 OptimuMMs for The Mage, The Horse and The Unnamed

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis