Review: “Gummy Bears & Grenades” by Charlie Cochet

TITLE: Gummy Bears & Grenades
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: THIRDS
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Sci-Fi; Urban Fantasy; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 102 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book

  

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THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley can’t wait to marry his fiancé, Team Leader Sloane Brodie, but first he’s looking forward to celebrating his bachelor party—which he intends to be a shenanigans-free evening of getting his groove on with family and friends.

Of course events don’t work out as planned, but for Dex that’s nothing new. One thing is for sure, dodging drug dealers and hired thugs amid booze, dancing—and even a bear costume—will guarantee it’s a night Dex will never forget. Now he just needs to survive all the fun.

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Enjoy this bonus story from the THIRDS universe. These events occur between Darkest Hour Before Dawn and Tried & True in the series timeline. While reading this story would enhance your experience of the THIRDS series, it is not necessary to read before Tried & True.


The wedding is near. But before that, a bachelor party is due to happen where everything is going to be smooth… right…!

Dex and Sloan are ready to tie the knot, so to speak, but first the bachelor party. Dex, the always optimist, assures Sloan that everything is going to be just fine. He doesn’t need to worry so much, after all, he wouldn’t be alone, all their friends will be there to look out for him. Well, it’s futile to say it wouldn’t, we are talking about Dex, guys, who is a trouble magnet as we all know.

Sloan has a lot on his mind. Dex changing, the TIN, and above all, the marriage. His attachment to Dex is growing, and that comes with protectiveness. When the bachelor party is due, Caleb
and Sloan’s significant other Dex, set him up with Tony, his boss and future father in law. They should spend the night together—bonding. Though he’s warned not let Tony convince him to play air hockey. Does Sloan listen? He tries but it’s all in vain when he’s challenged by Tony. And of course being the alpha, he can’t just ignore that.

At the party, Dex gets a mysterious visit, what, let’s just say, he enjoys immensely! But after that, things go Dex-like. Wolf shows up, TIN operatives show up and others too. I’m not saying much about this because I don’t want to spoil the story for you guys!

Can’t wait for the next of this series, I’m curious how Sloan and Dex will manage their task as TIN operators.

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

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Review: “Model Exposure” by Lissa Kasey

TITLE: Model Exposure
AUTHOR: Lissa Kasey
SERIES: Haven Investigations
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 256 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 2. 2017
PRICE: $8.32 – e-book / $16.99 -paperback
  

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After being rescued by Ollie, Kade continues to suffer the aftermath of his ordeal, both physically and psychologically. Not knowing how else to clear his head, he pours his energy into Ollie—the love of his life—and Haven Investigations, but neither Ollie nor Kade can continue to ignore what they learned from their last case: Ollie’s brother, Nathan, might have betrayed Kade.

As they dig into Ollie’s past, secrets are revealed. Was Nathan’s death a suicide? Were Ollie’s parents much more than they seemed? Is someone out to kill Ollie, or is it Kade’s past coming back to haunt them again?

Amidst questions and uncertainties, one thing is clear: after everything they have been through together, Kade and Ollie have never been more in love and they want to get married. But first, they’ll have to deal with the continued threat of Kade’s past, the emotional wounds Kade fears are drowning him, and the possibility that everything Ollie believed about his family was a lie. A beautiful happily ever after awaits them—as long as they can survive long enough to make it to the altar.


I enjoyed this book a lot but felt lost on the backstory. I would strongly suggest reading the first three books in the series. I really enjoyed this author’s writing and the way she told the story. She captures the characters in such a way that you can’t help but fall in love with them or hate them. She really brought me into the story even with me not reading the first three. Which, by the way, I’m going to read.

Ollie was my favorite character. He’s a designer and model that looks better than most women and me. He really embraces his feminine side and is just such a beautiful soul. He gets overwhelmed easily and needs to slow down and take care of himself a bit, but with guidance, does pretty good. And he loves Kade with all his heart and can’t wait to be his husband.

Kade is a recent amputee that struggles with so much that has happened to him in his life. He owns Haven Investigations and has a wonderful crew to help him out. But his heart and soul belongs to Ollie. He loves this man so much and can’t wait to wed him. He’s a bit overprotective but means well.

These two have not had it easy by any means. Kade’s father is still causing havoc in their lives, and Kade does not feel safe going anywhere with Ollie without security. I absolutely loved the date to the Rabbit hole, as I call it. It was so much fun and unique. But when will the madness stop? Can these two just have their wedding with friends? Will they ever be able to just live their lives without looking over their shoulders? Will Kade ever get passed his past and learn to live without so much fear? All these can be answered for you when you read the book.

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

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Review: “Tea or Consequences” by KC Burn

TITLE: Tea or Consequences
AUTHOR: KC Burn
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Brooke Albrecht
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense, Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 210 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 22, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

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Riley Parker: temp, twink, geek… sleuth?

Maybe Riley isn’t living up to his full potential, but being a temp executive assistant suits him. He’s never bored at work, he’s got friends who let him geek out, and he’s got a carefully crafted twink exterior… which might be getting constrictive now that he’s on the other side of thirty. Life isn’t perfect, but it’s comfortable.

It all unravels when he takes a job working for a tea-obsessed cosmetics queen, the owner of Gautier Cosmetics. During the launch party for a new product, Riley finds his boss dead under suspicious circumstances, and the homicide detective is none other than Tadeo Martin, Riley’s high school obsession who never knew he was alive.

Tad drafts Riley to get the scoop on the inner workings of Gautier, and for Riley, it’s like a drug. His natural inquisitiveness is rewarded with more and more Tad. Unfortunately, his snooping puts him in the running for two other roles: suspect and victim. The killer doesn’t care which.


Riley Parker works as a temp for Gabrielle Gautier, owner of Gautier Cosmetics. Being a temp suits Riley just fine, he gets to move on to somewhere new whenever his contract finishes, so he never gets bored or frustrated with being in the same place or working with the same people, and it also pays well. But deep-down Riley is a geek at heart, he’s always been this way since high school, and loves nothing more than joining his friends for gaming days/nights. Riley may still be the same inside since high school, but on the outside, he’s made some big changes. He’s changed his style, dyed his hair blonde and wears blue contact lenses to change his eye colour, but his love-life is still practically non-existent. In the few weeks that he’s been with the company, Riley has become close to the receptionist, Alisha, and they have formed a good working relationship and friendship. And although some people find Gabrielle hard to work with, Riley really enjoys being her assistant, she’s even got him interested in her favourite drink, Tea. Gabrielle’s children, François and Floriana, are VP’s of the company and like to make clear their distaste for most of the staff, especially Riley, and some of their mother’s plans and ideas.

Riley’s parents died when he was twelve, so his older brother Jonathan raised him, but they don’t have much in common due to their age difference, and they’ve never been very close. That distance has increased over the last few years because of Jonathan’s wife, who Riley doesn’t get along with. So apart from his friends, Riley is pretty much alone in the world, but he’s okay with that.

When Riley discovers Gabrielle’s dead body in her office on the night of a launch party, he’s overcome with shock and grief, but when the police arrive to investigate, Riley is even more surprised to find that the detective assigned to the case is none other than his high school crush, Tad. In school, Riley was often picked on by Tad’s friends for being a geek, and also out and proud, but it didn’t stop him fantasising about the things he wanted Tad to do to him, even though he knew there was no way it would ever happen. Riley couldn’t be more glad that his appearance has changed since school, that way Tad won’t remember him, and he can pretend he doesn’t recognise Tad either, even though just seeing him has made all his forgotten desires and fantasies come rushing back.

Due to the investigation forcing Riley and Tad to work together to find out what happened to Gabrielle, Riley begins to crave attention, contact, and time with Tad. He thinks that if he can snoop around and try and find some clues as to what killed Gabrielle, then he has an excuse to meet up with Tad to pass on the information, without it looking like it’s because he’s attracted to him. Only, Riley didn’t plan for the fact that Tad would be the one who made excuses for them to spend time together, and in that time together, Tad seemed like he was interested in Riley’s life, not just the investigation. When their relationship makes the change from witness and detective to friends and lovers, Riley and Tad need to do what it takes to keep their liaisons secret from everyone around them, while trying to find out what caused Gabrielle’s death. But keeping feelings and relationships hidden is easier said than done when Riley gets caught up in the crossfire.

I loved this book, the story was really enjoyable and interesting and had me completely hooked. I was really impressed with how the story spun and who the killer turned out to be because I was thinking it was going to be someone completely different. The author has done a fantastic job putting this storyline together and writing realistic and believable characters. I really don’t think there’s a negative thing I can say about it.

If you want a book that will captivate you and have you thinking the whole way through, then this book is right up your street, it’s a perfect little whodunnit.

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

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Review: “Stalking Buffalo Bill” by J.Leigh Bailey

TITLE: Stalking Buffalo Bill
AUTHOR: J.Leigh Bailey
SERIES: Shifter U
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 Pages
RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $9.99 –paperback
  

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A Shifter U Tale

A smitten coyote isn’t the only one stalking Buffalo Bill.

A buffalo walks into a cafe. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but for coyote shifter Donnie Granger, it’s the beginning of an obsession. Donnie is a little hyperactive and a lot distractible, except when it comes to William. He finally works up the nerve to approach William but is interrupted by a couple of violent humans.

While William—don’t call me Bill—is currently a professor, he once worked undercover against an international weapons-trafficking ring. Before he can settle into obscurity, he must find out who leaked his location and eliminate the thugs. He tries keeping his distance to protect Donnie, but the wily coyote won’t stay away.

It’ll take both Donnie’s skills as a stalker—er, hunter—and William’s super-spy expertise to neutralize the threat so they can discover if an excitable coyote and a placid-until-pissed buffalo have a future together.


Donnie Granger is a barista at Buddy’s, he’s also a coyote shifter and has an obsession for his customer. William.
William is currently a professor and a little bit boring, who loves to get his coffees at Buddy’s, or maybe it’s the barista. Oh, he’s also a buffalo shifter and a former super spy. (like I said, a little bit boring)

When strangers come to town asking around about William, Donnie does everything to protect his buffalo.
This book cracked me up. Donnie is funny, completely crazy, hyperactive with a hyper imagination too and a little problem with staying focused.
He’s also adorable and wears his heart on his sleeve. I love this character, so alive.

The book is written with Donnie’s point of view, so we share every thought with him and Its worth it. Sometimes, I had the feeling that I was in my own head, it was scary!
William can be tough, and seems to be sometimes (ok most of the times) an asshole, but he has his reasons to act like that with Donnie (that doesn’t mean I didn’t want to throat-punch him, buffalo or not).

It was a pleasant read. Donnie is so adorable, and the differences between William and Donnie are funny. One is a big taciturn quiet man, the other is a hyperactive chatty man. They seem to have nothing in common, but that’s what I loved about this book, they are perfect for each other, they complete each other.
Donnie helps William to not be so serious all the time, to have fun and William helps Donnie to stay focused when it matters.
And since I’m a big romantic, how William explains his feelings to Donnie was so beautiful that he stole my little heart (and my mood too when I realised in real life it’s never happen to me)

It was a real pleasant book, I had a smile all my time reading, and I look forward to reading more.

4 OptimuMM’s for Buffalo Bill and his Gay Coyote.

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

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Review: “Bone to Pick” by TA Moore

TITLE: Bone to Pick
AUTHOR: TA Moore
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinners Press
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 240 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 14, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 –e-book / $10.49 -paperback
  

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Cloister Witte is a man with a dark past and a cute dog. He’s happy to talk about the dog all day, but after growing up in the shadow of a missing brother, a deadbeat dad, and a criminal stepfather, he’d rather leave the past back in Montana. These days he’s a K-9 officer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and pays a tithe to his ghosts by doing what no one was able to do for his brother—find the missing and bring them home.

He’s good at solving difficult mysteries. The dog is even better.

This time the missing person is a ten-year-old boy who walked into the woods in the middle of the night and didn’t come back. With the antagonistic help of distractingly handsome FBI agent Javi Merlo, it quickly becomes clear that Drew Hartley didn’t run away. He was taken, and the evidence implies he’s not the kidnapper’s first victim. As the search intensifies, old grudges and tragedies are pulled into the light of day. But with each clue they


Cloister Witte is a K-9 officer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, with his dog Bourneville, he tries to find missing people and bring them home.
Special Agent Javi Merlot, is the FBI’s agent liaison with the Sheriff’s Department. He’s a young agent with ambitions and a planned career.

When the young Drew Hartley is missing, what appears a runaway is, in fact, more complicated with old grudges, and old tragedies that are pulled into the light of day.

Cloister and Javi have to work together to resolve Drew’s missing case.

The story, the plot, the investigations were good, really good. The suspense was well built and very tense, and until the end of the book, I didn’t know who the kidnapper was. How the author built all the mystery parts of the book and all the ramifications that are implied is great and very well written.
Cloister is a quiet man with a tortured soul. He made his way into my heart. The little bit of information we had about him broke my heart, and I wanted to hug him.

Javi is…how to say this politely…an asshole. The guy is despicable. I didn’t like him, at all. He is mean, arrogant and selfish. The only thing that matters to him is his career.

When, Cloister and Javi, started to be more than work partners, I was hoping that Javi would have been more “human” with Cloister, and Cloister less tortured…but no. It was only sex between them. That’s what Javi wanted, and even if Cloister had hoped for more, like someone who can love him, he copes with the situation.

It frustrated me actually. It’s my romantic side I think. I think, the sex between Javi and Cloister wasn’t necessary. The book would have still been good without it, and less frustrating in my humble opinion.

This book is not a romance, so don’t expect a love story between 2 crimes. It’s a classical good polar, and a very interesting plot that’s well written.

It’s 3 OptimuMM for me.

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

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