Review: “Texting, AutoCorrect, and a Prius” by M.A. Church

TITLE: Texting, AutoCorrect, and a Prius
AUTHOR: M.A. Church
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Humour
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 110 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 28, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book
  

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Clay McDonald finds the perfect car on Craigslist and is quick to send the seller a text:

Is your penis still for sale?

AutoCorrect strikes again. Damn—he should’ve proofread. How embarrassing.

Luckily Darrell Anderson, a mechanic and the owner of the Prius, is more amused than offended, and the two men agree to meet. When they do, the attraction is instant, and a date is arranged. But a series of mishaps, misunderstandings, and misplaced assumptions sorely test the new relationship.

In a contemporary romantic comedy about the perils of technology and dating in the modern world, a text that went so wrong might just lead to something so right—but only if Clay can refrain from jumping to conclusions and give love the benefit of the doubt.


So when I first saw this book I thought it showed a lot of potential, a texting fail that leads to romance, I mean who doesn’t love a bit of humour in a story, but what I read wasn’t really what I expected. It was enjoyable enough, but I thought it could have been a whole lot more.

Darrell Anderson’s a 43-year-old mechanic who owns his own business, and he’s been left with a silver/grey Prius after the owner didn’t pay their bill for the work that they’d asked Darrell to complete on it. Darrell’s brother and employee, Bert, suggests to Darrell to sell the car to recoup the money for the repairs and to get it off his hands. So he asks Darrell to let him try to sell it on Craigslist, as it’s usually a quick way of getting a sale, but he’ll put Darrell’s number as the contact because the car will be kept at his house.

Clay McDonald’s in his mid-thirties, and works as a dock supervisor in a refinery in Memphis. Clay has an hour-long commute to work everyday and his gas-guzzler truck is costing him a small fortune to run, so Clay decides that he needs to look for a smaller more fuel-efficient car to use for his work journey. When he meets up with his best friend at their local bar/diner to discuss his options for getting another car, he sees a beautiful black Corvette in the parking lot, with an even more attractive owner behind the wheel. He knows the Corvette is not even nearly what he’s looking for, no matter how good it looks, but he can’t seem to get the guy inside it out of his head. When his friend suggests having a look on Craigslist for cars, Clay isn’t too sure but decides he’ll give it a go because finding something he actually likes within the budget he has is proving difficult.

When Clay sees the advert for the Prius on Craigslist he immediately makes contact with the seller because the car is pretty much perfect for his needs. The only problem is he didn’t actually check what he’d written before pressing send, and instead of asking if the Prius was still available, he inadvertently asked if the penis was still available. When Darrell receives the message, he takes it in good humor and tries to make a joke of it, which Clay is relieved about. They both agree to meet so as Clay can take the car on a test drive. As Clay pulls up to Darrell’s house he can’t believe what he’s seeing, the Corvette from the parking lot he was lusting over is in the drive, and the handsome owner that’s been in his thoughts since that first glance has just walked out of the house to meet him. There’s instant chemistry and attraction between the two men, and they can’t believe how well they get on with each other. Could it really be fate bringing them together like this? It’s not all plain-sailing though because thanks to a little misunderstanding with Bert when he answers Darrell’s door, Clay thinks it’s already doomed before its begun. There’s also the other issue that even though Clay is the smaller, younger man, he likes to be in control, especially during sex, but Darrell has never bottomed and doesn’t know if he can be that person who gives over control to someone else.

This book was very insta-love, and had so many coincidences it felt a little bit too unrealistic, but for a fairly short book, it kept me entertained and I did like the characters a lot. I just wish it had a little more depth to it or it was a bit longer so as it didn’t feel so rushed. Don’t get me wrong the sex scenes were HOT! My favorite was the driveway scene, you’ll definitely need a few minutes after reading that hehehe. All-in-all I liked this book, even though it wasn’t what I first expected, and for a bit of light-hearted reading, it fulfilled its purpose. It made me smile and laugh, and really isn’t that what you want when you finish a book? So yes, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’d recommend it.

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

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Review: “A Destiny of Dragons” by TJ Klune

TITLE: A Destiny of Dragons
AUTHOR: TJ Klune
SERIES: Tales From Verania
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Fantasy; Humor
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH:  400 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jun 30, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $17.99 -paperback
  

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Once upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice Sam of Wilds got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. His parents are happy, Gary and Tiggy still eat sass for breakfast, Randall is somehow alive despite being older than the gods, the King rules with a gentle hand, Kevin the dragon is as gross as ever, Morgan sighs a lot, Ryan continues to be dashing and immaculate, and Sam is close to convincing Prince Justin they will be best friends forever.

Life is good.

Until it’s not.

Because Vadoma, the leader of the Gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars: a man of shadows is rising and will consume the world unless Sam faces his destiny and gathers the five dragons of Verania at his side.

And she brings along her second-in-command, a man named Ruv.

Ruv, who Vadoma says is Sam’s true cornerstone.

The first book in the DESTINY FUCK YEAH! Trilogy (because sometimes, having a destiny is the stupidest thing ever).


And the story continues …

As we know by now when we read a Klune book that tears are inevitable. Well, in this case, tears are caused by laughter.

Sam of Wilds and Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart aka Knight Delicious Face finally got their happy ending…or that’s what they think.

Sam’s grandmother, Vadoma, comes to visit, and by that, I mean she appears in front of Sam, ending in Sam losing his consciousness. Sam has a vision. Don’t ask me, you know I will not tell…duh! Vadoma is a gypsy, trying to convince Sam to come back to his tribe. Oh and by the way, Vadoma brought Sam’s real cornerstone with her, a very attractive, and bendy, young man called Ruv. You think Ryan will be jealous? Pleaseee…khmmm, why would he? He has bigger arms, he has a bigger sword, he has a bigger d…, I mean personality, and he is more bendy than that…that…urgh! Right…Not jealous at all!

But that’s not all, Sam has a destiny. What? You didn’t know? Nor did he.

Sam finds out that almost everybody knew except him and his family. He feels betrayed by Morgan of Shadow, but one of his visions shows him that they are right, he has a destiny. Damn it! Sam must gather all the dragons of Varnia and make them his.
So they go to find their first dragon, that it’s never an easy task you know, finding a dragon who wasn’t seen in a long time.

Without giving away too much, there will be jealous Ryan, pissed of Garry, protective Tiggy who may or may not like butt sex (he hasn’t decided yet), a horny Dragon who already belongs to Sam and another dragon…man, I didn’t see this coming…! We’ll meet new characters, including star constellations, don’t ask, a villain who is out to destroy the word, and we’ll witness a kinda wizard riff-off with some threats.

Oh, and one more thing… Sam’s magic recognizes Ruv’s as his cornerstone!

What…? No, I can’t stay, I need to run…what? What do I mean by “Sam’s magic recognizes Ruv’s as his cornerstone”? … Oh sorry, I have no time for your tantrum now….bye!

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

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Review: “Drama Luau” by Joe Cosentino

TITLE: Drama Luau
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
SERIES: : Yes – Nicky and Noah Comedy Mystery series
PUBLISHER: Smashwords
COVER ARTIST: Holly McCabe
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Humor
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 20, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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Theatre professors and spouses, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are on their honeymoon at a Hawaiian resort, where musclemen in grass skirts are keeling over like waterfalls. Things erupt faster than a volcano when Nicky and Noah, along with their best friends Martin and Ruben, try to stage a luau show. Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is bringing the grass curtain down on male hula dancers—before things go coconuts for the handsome couple. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining fourth novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and aloha!


Boy, was this a fun read. To me, it was a combination of Laurel and Hardy mixed with Hitchcock and Murder She Wrote. So much so that it would make a great show. Loaded with puns and one-liners, I found myself enjoying it more than I expected. Also, it was obvious from the beginning that the author took the time to research not only the general location history but the beliefs as well.

Nicky and Noah are on their honeymoon. Since there were some financial cuts, the only way to afford a Hawaiian honeymoon was to make it a working one. The pair are put in charge of the resort’s luau production. But if you have read the other books in the series then you know that it never is as simple as that. On opening night, the drama starts. As the dancers go missing and the suspect list grows, Nicky and Noah, with the help of their friends Martin and Ruben, are on a quest to solve the mystery. All four with their dramatic flair try to unravel what’s really going on.

What I really liked was how the author kept you guessing. With so many suspects with many different reasons. Just when you think you know who, another reason pops up. Right to the end, you are kept guessing, and the conclusion still has a surprise in store for you. I have to say though, for me, Taavi was by far my favorite. Such a sweet, smart boy. Who wouldn’t want to have him for a son.

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.

***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: “As You Wish” by Isobel Starling

TITLE: As You Wish
AUTHOR: Isobel Starling
SERIES: Shatterproof Bond
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Isobel Starling
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Gay For You; Humor
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 238 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 28, 2015
PRICE: $1.99 -e-book
  

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1 wedding, 2 best men, one hell of a love story!

Declan Ramsay’s brother Oliver was marrying Annabelle Aiken at a fairy tale Castle on the banks of Loch Ness in Scotland. The bride and groom decided, so that he didn’t feel left out, Annabelle’s gay younger brother Sam Should share the best man duties with Declan.

Declan had never met the kid who was to be his joint best man.
Sam Aiken was abroad, working as an interpreter and finishing his studies. He wouldn’t meet Declan until a few days before the wedding, so the best men communicated and planned their speech by email for more than a year.

But on meeting Sam Aiken, Declan is surprised to realise the kid isn’t a kid at all, but a tall, blond and athletic young man. Declan is sure he’s straight, so he’s alarmed by the ferocious attraction he feels for Sam. And as the attraction is reciprocated, the events at Dunloch Castle change everything Declan has ever believed about himself.

But is Samuel Aiken all that he appears to be?

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love is an Open Road” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings.


Now, this is how you start a series. It has everything you look for without any of the full moments. I loved the way the author gave you both viewpoints while still retaining some of the mystery. Sam and Declan are a joy to discover.

Even though they had been exchanging emails for over a year, Declan and Sam had never physically met and had no clue what each other looked like. Their first meeting may have been a sour one, but that didn’t last long.

Declan’s straight. He’s had a long run of boring to downright horrible internet dates. He has finally come to the conclusion that he just isn’t meant for a happy relationship. In fact, he has pretty much been labeled a commitment-phobe.

Sam’s a gay man who works for his father. For the last two years, he has worked in places where he’s had to hide the fact that he is gay. Countries where gay men are beaten and killed with nothing done about it. It has left him not only lonely but extremely horny as well.

When these two really start to get to know each other the fun begins. They are funny and sexy. I really enjoyed the shenanigans they got up to. This is book one of a three book series.

Just by this story alone, I can tell that I am going to love the other two as well. With mystery, action, love, and some steamy sex scenes, this promises to be a favorite of mine.

***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: “From Top To Bottom” by Kevin Klehr

TITLE: From Top To Bottom
AUTHOR: Kevin Klehr
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Humor; MMM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: –
LENGTH: 56 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 20, 2017
PRICE: : $1.99 -e-book
  

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Can a dedicated top really learn to bottom? Tony wants to find out but he’s scared another die-hard top will just plow through him, instead of taking it nice and slow on a newbie.

Enter Butch, a bear who’ll try anything, and Ford, a guy whose curiosity is tempting him to cheat on his boyfriend. Like Tony, both are dedicated tops wanting to try something new, and on this journey of physical self discovery, all will find that being open means more than taking it doggie-style.


First of all, before I go any further, I want to start by saying that this book, for being under 60 pages long, was an unexpected little gem of a read and I didn’t want it to end.

The main character of the story is Tony, who sexually has always been a top. At 29 years old, he decides that he wants to explore his sexuality a little more and has become curious about what it would be like to bottom. The only thing holding him back is the fear of another top hurting him. Tony has a very close relationship with his father, and no topic is off limits between them, especially Tony’s sex life. When Tony mentions to his dad that he wants to try being a bottom his dad plays it off like a joke by making fun of Tony, saying that he’ll now be like the girl in bed. He thinks that Tony needs to grow up and settle down and take a bit more responsibility with his life as he’s too much of free spirit. Not to be deterred by his dad’s skepticism, Tony updates his social media profiles to say that he’s a top, looking for another top who would be interested in exploring bottoming. This is where he meets Butch and Ford. When the three men meet at Tony’s apartment for the first time, Butch tells Tony that he’s in an open relationship with his long-term partner. Ford announces he’s also in a relationship, but his partner doesn’t know that he’s meeting up with the men. From this first meeting, the three men discover that they are very sexually compatible, can get completely comfortable with each other and are able to let go. This new experience has awakened something in each of them that has been dying to get out.

This author has done a fantastic job with this story. It really has everything you can ask for in a book, it’s smutty, but also incredibly funny in parts and then it’s also emotionally deep. We follow these three men on their journey through finding themselves and what happiness is for them, and it isn’t what you’d expect from where it all begins. The story is written in first-person so we get to see the whole experience from Tony’s point of view. The way the author tells the story and how it’s written has you completely immersed, and I really felt like I was part of the little bubble that was created.

From the author bio at the end of the book, we discover that he lives in Australia. This really comes across in the writing as some of the language used makes you aware straight away that it’s not set in the USA. At first, I thought it was British as some words are similar, but this did not affect the story in any way, in actual fact it makes the funny parts funnier, reading it with an Australian accent in your head (I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this *giggles*) just adds to the overall enjoyment.

As I’ve already said, this book was a little gem, I loved every bit of it, and I’m looking forward to reading more by this author. I literally can’t stop the smile that’s on my face.

5 out of 5.

***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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