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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Review: “Comes a Horseman” by Anne Barwell

TITLE: Comes a Horseman
AUTHOR: Anne Barwell
SERIES: Echoes Rising
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Historical; Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 230 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

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Sequel to Winter Duet
Echoes Rising: Book Three

France, 1944

Sometimes the most desperate struggles take place far from the battlefield, and what happens in secret can change the course of history.

Victory is close at hand, but freedom remains frustratingly just beyond the grasp of German physicist Dr. Kristopher Lehrer, Resistance fighter Michel, and the remaining members of the team sent by the Allies—Captain Matt Bryant, Sergeant Ken Lowe, and Dr. Zhou Liang—as they fight to keep the atomic plans from the Nazis. The team reaches France and connects with members of Michel’s French Resistance cell in Normandy. Allied troops are poised to liberate France, and rescue is supposedly at hand. However, Kristopher is no longer sure the information he carries in his memory is safe with either side.

When Standartenführer Holm and his men finally catch up with their prey, the team is left with few options. With a traitor in their midst, who can they trust? Kristopher realizes he must become something he is not in order to save the man he loves. Death is biding his time, and sacrifices must be made for any of them to have the futures they want.


So, when I first saw this book and read the blurb I was either not paying proper attention, or perhaps I had gone temporarily blind. For some unknown reason, at no point did I notice that this book was the third and final book of a series (yeah, quite an important part of the details to overlook hehehe). As you can imagine, when I opened the book and saw that it was a sequel I had a little bit of a panic moment. When I started reading, the panic turned to slight terror because I was completely lost and had absolutely no idea what was going on in the story. Now, I take complete responsibility for my stupidity, and although this review is going to be a somewhat unorthodox, I’m just working with what I’ve got.

At this point, I would normally describe the plot/storyline/characters of the book, but unlike me (facepalm), the chances are that if you’re planning on reading this book, then you’ve probably already read the first two and know about all of this stuff already. I mean what can I really tell you that the blurb hasn’t already? Well, after the meltdown had subsided and my heart rate had reduced to normal levels, I managed to grasp the basics of the story and characters and just went with the flow, and I have to be honest and say that what I read in this book was nothing short of magnificent.

I’m a huge WW2 history fan, and I’ll generally take an interest in any books, movies or documentaries on the subject, whether it be fact or fiction. This book was so well written, that even though I had no idea of the backstory, I was totally and utterly engrossed. After a couple of chapters, I actually forgot that I had gone into this blind. The confusion was just gone. The amount of detail in the story was phenomenal, and I really need to commend the author for that. From the places they were staying/hiding, the ranks of the German soldiers, the use of the French and German languages, and how the characters were treated by the soldiers and other civilians, it all had a real authentic feel to it, and apart from a couple of little scenes, I could easily have been reading a memoir by an actual WW2 survivor. The story was so intriguing that I just couldn’t put it down.

Although the relationships between the male characters are discussed quite a lot, this book doesn’t really go into any intimate details, and by that, I mean there are no sex scenes. This is all about the feelings and emotions that they share, and their plans for when the war ends if they survive. I think that this was absolutely right for the story and the time period. There were a few twists that I didn’t see coming at all, and they just made me enjoy the book even more than I already was.

Now that I’ve read this, I’m going to make a point of going back to read the first two books because I really want to know so much more about these characters. I want to see how the relationships started and how they got to this point. I loved this book without knowing anything that was happening, so if you have followed this series from the start, then I can guarantee you’ll not be disappointed with how it’s all tied up and finalized. It was truly a joy and pleasure to read this book.

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

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Review: “Olivier” By TJ Nicholas

TITLE: Olivier
AUTHOR: TJ Nicholas
SERIES: Order of the Black Knights
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 31, 2017
PRICE: $8.32 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback  

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Olivier Merlo works for a dangerous man. He does what he’s told without asking questions because he needs to protect his sister and niece. When someone gives his boss trouble, Olivier does what he does best. It’s a routine hit—until the victim’s brother starts poking around.

Cody Anders left his family behind a decade ago—along with their wealth and influence—to live on his own terms. Still, he knows his twin didn’t die of a drug overdose, and he’ll do anything to find the truth. What he uncovers is a conspiracy that will topple his family and leave him staring down the barrel of a gun.

Olivier must decide if he’s going to obey orders or free himself from the curse that has guided his hand for centuries. Cody, who challenges Olivier’s notion that no one can love him, holds the key to breaking his chains. But when the truth finally comes out, it might be more than Cody can accept.


I have been of fan of this series, and this book continued to feed my love of it. This author has a great sense of writing a hot and steamy read but also has me thinking throughout the whole book. The men in these books have lived many lives and die, just to start all over. They have made a deal with the wizard centuries ago and continue to fight. It’s pretty simple what they have to do to not to have to continue this cycle, but it always takes a few lives to figure it out. Forgiveness…

Olivier is no different. He has loved, killed and died for a very long time now. Olivier thought he might have had something with Finn but then…betrayal is a hard slam on the ego. And, Olivier is not able to do the one thing to end this cycle. Forgiveness. That’s all it would’ve taken, but then again, that would have been a short read. LOL

Then there is the twins. Always twins for Olivier but no matter, Olivier always falls for the sweet one. Cody is trying to piece everything together that happened with his twin, Connor. As soon as he spots Olivier, he can’t help but stare at him. The chemistry is so apparent but, of course, nothing is that easy.

There are the other characters that help the story. There are the bad families and bosses. Who can be trusted? Who should you watch over your shoulder for? And who gets to live and die?
I loved this book and really enjoy the way it makes me think. Don’t sweat the little things and grab ahold of that spark of life and run with it. Forgive and be forgiven. We all make mistakes. Be the best person you can be and love with all your heart.

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

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Review: “P.S. I Spook You” by S.E Harmon

TITLE: P.S. I Spook You
AUTHOR: S.E Harmon
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Brooke Albrecht
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 256 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 12, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $16.99 –paperback
  

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SSA Rain Christiansen used to be the agency’s golden boy. It just takes one moment of weakness, one slight, tiny, itty-bitty paranormal sighting, and all of a sudden he’s the agency’s embarrassment. His boss gives him one last chance to redeem himself—go down to Brickell Bay, play nice with the local police, and leave the ghost sightings behind. Rain is determined to do exactly that, even if it kills him.

Cold-case detective Daniel McKenna’s latest investigation is going nowhere fast. Five years earlier, high school student Amy Greene went missing after leaving her part-time job and was never seen again. Daniel is glad to finally have the FBI help that his department requested, even if it does come in the form of his ex.

It doesn’t help that Rain is pretty sure he’s falling in love with Danny all over again—if he ever stopped. Add to that the frustration of seeing ghosts at every turn while he works a case that’s stalled in its tracks, and Rain is starting to wonder if second chances and happy endings are just for fairy tales.


Rain is profiler with the FBI. He is also a Medium even if he doesn’t want it. One day, during an investigation of a missing girl, he talks to the victim’s parents, telling them that their daughter was dead and in peace. Of course, the news wasn’t welcomed well, and Rain was suspended.

After a leave of 2 months, Rain can’t reintegrate back into his team. So, he’s sent to Brickell Bay (his hometown) to help the Cold Case unit working on a case of a missing girl with his ex-boyfriend Detective Danny McKenna.

I loved this book, the plot, the writing, the characters, everything was great.

I love Rain, he’s smart, honest, speaks bluntly, full of sass with a great sense of humor. He struggled at first with his ability to speak to the ghosts/spirit. He rejected it, convinced that it wasn’t real. But when he finally understood and accepted it, he didn’t back, he stayed with his head high even when people called him crazy, he stayed proud and refused to hide his ability or himself. I loved this about him.

He’s also completely in love with Danny, even if he knows that it wouldn’t be easy to get back with him, Rain doesn’t give up, and try his best to be back with the man he loves.
Danny is hot (tall, muscles, tattooed and pierced…my type of man), and intense. He’s calm, patient, easy going while Rain is just like a storm, a big storm (His name Rainstorm fits perfectly actually) everywhere he goes. They fit perfectly together, even if Danny is afraid to be back with Rain again, to have his heart broken again, he can’t stay away from him.
The plot was good too, the investigation about a cold case with ghosts to disturb all of this, I liked it a lot.

Oh I hear you, “come on Ivy, nothing original in this” … Yes, maybe, but you know what isn’t original too?? Lasagna. Nothing original with lasagna, but some are bad, other are super good, what makes the difference between two dishes of lasagna? … The cook.
That’s exactly the same thing here, S.E Harmon takes something common in literature and adds just her talent in this. And the result is good. We have a super story with a lot of humor and little winks to our culture (movies, songs…)

It was a mix between Criminal Minds, Cold Case and Ghost Whisperer. Add two hot gay men and steamy hot scene sex between them. Very hot. And you’ve got “P. S I Spook you”
For me, it was a great time, in my sunbathe with a cold drink reading Rain and Danny’s story.

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

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Review: “Dim Sum Asylum” by Rhys Ford

TITLE: Dim Sum Asylum
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 240 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 9, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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* Novel-length expansion of original short story found in Charmed & Dangerous anthology. *

Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it’s a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that’s running around Chinatown, trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake.
Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage, snarling dragons guarding C-Town’s multiple gates, and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can’t trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn’t want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.

While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every day, determined to serve and protect the city he loves. When Chinatown’s dark mystical underworld makes his life hell and the case turns deadly, Trent guards Roku’s back and, if Trent can be believed, his heart… even if from what Roku can see, Trent is as dangerous as the monsters and criminals they’re sworn to bring down.


When I started Rhys’s books, I always need like 60 pages to get in the right mindset to read her stories. Her style is unusual, and me not being a native English, I struggle a bit about the author’s poetic metaphors.
That said, I must be honest, I spent a lot of time researching on Google for this story, in order to know what certain terms meant.

The story takes place in San Francisco’s Chinatown, where Roku is an investigator. Roku’s mother was a fairy (well it’s not clear, but I suppose) and his father was the son of the head of the China Mob in San Francisco. This book has a lot of Chinese/Japanese/Korean terms. It wasn’t an easy read, half of the time I spent on Google. For all those who have more knowledge about China/Japanese culture, maybe wouldn’t be as difficult as it was for me.

This is a slow read for all those who are not familiar with those terms, but at the same time, Rhys’s sweet way of telling it makes you keep reading the book.

As I said, Roku is an investigator, and after he’s forced to shot his partner, he gets another one. Insta-desire is an understatement. Trent is an ex-solider, who was working for a secret-not-so-secret organization. Trent is tall, and muscle-built, dark-blonde, very Nordic. But Roku knows that acting on this desire is wrong.

The story is a fantasy, with fairies who are not always good. They’re either pushed by sexual desire or the desire to kill. We’ll have the chance to navigate in this mythical world oh Rhys’s. There will be Gods, and temples also will see the ins-and-outs of the low-life of Asylum.

Rhys has this cunning way of inserting romance in the middle of an angst scene. And by romance I mean lyric. I have no other world to subscribe her…lyrical…

I suggest this book to those readers who have knowledge about Chinese and Japanese mysticism.

***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: “Every Breath You Take” by Robert Winter

TITLE: Every Breath You Take
AUTHOR: Robert Winter
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 240 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 5, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

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When Zachary Hall leaves Utah for a job in Washington, it’s finally his chance to live as a gay man and maybe find someone special. In a bar he meets Thomas Scarborough, a man who seems perfect in and out of the bedroom. But Thomas never dates. He never even sleeps with the same man twice. Despite their instant connection, he can offer Zachary only his friendship, and Zachary is looking for more.
Thomas is tempted to break his own rules, but years before, he became the victim of a stalker who nearly destroyed his life. Even though his stalker died, Thomas obsessively keeps others at a distance. Despite his fascination with Zachary, he is unable to lower his barriers. Frustrated, Zachary accepts he will never have what he wants with Thomas and soon finds it with another man.
But young gay men in Washington, DC, are being murdered, and the victims all have a connection to Thomas. Once again someone is watching Thomas’s every move. Can it be a coincidence? When the depraved killer turns his attention toward Zachary, Thomas must face the demons of his past—or lose his chance to open his heart to Zachary forever.


In the words of Oliver Twist, “Please Sir, can I have some more?”

When I first read the blurb for this book it really caught my attention. Straight away I knew it was my kind of story, and I’m so pleased to say that it certainly didn’t disappoint. From the very first page, we are thrown straight into the deep-end, we see a killer stalking his prey, and a man is murdered. The story and excitement just ramps up from there, and keeps you completely mesmerised until the very last word.

I don’t really know what I can say about the story that hasn’t already been said in the blurb without giving any of the plot away. This is definitely the type of book you need to read for yourself to really enjoy and experience all of the twists and turns that the author has laid out for us. It’s a brilliantly written book with two main plot lines running simultaneously. We have the path that follows Thomas and Zachary’s mutual lust and attraction―that Thomas forces himself to fight against, even though he accepts that Zachary is the first man he’s actually wanted for more than one night. Then there’s the other path that follows the murders that are taking place and the investigation into them, and how these connect to Thomas and the people in his life.

All of the characters–main and supporting–were very realistic, you can really imagine seeing/meeting these people in day-to-day life. One of my favourites was Joe, an ex-monk in his 60’s who runs the local LGBTQ shelter. He was very sweet, but also funny, and you can’t help loving him and his big personality. Thomas and Zachary were great, both as individual characters and together. Thomas works as a lawyer for the Senate Committee, so the confidence just oozes from him. He knows he can get anything or anyone he wants without really trying, but at the same time he’s also very generous with a good heart, so doesn’t come across as arrogant or obnoxious. Zachary is a small-town boy in the big city. For the first time, he can be himself, no hiding who he is, or his desires. At first, he seems quiet and almost shy, but he’ll also stand up for himself, and won’t be intimidated by anyone. He is definitely the kind of man who wears his heart on his sleeve. When the two men meet in the bar there is serious chemistry between them, and when they go back to Thomas’s the sex is extremely hot, and more than either of them could have imagined. This encounter has consequences that will change both men’s lives for better and worse.

I absolutely loved this book. It was edge-of-your-seat intrigue and suspense, with some epic sex scenes that will leave you a little hot and bothered *winks*. The author has done a fantastic job with the storyline, it’s really well thought out and grips you from the start, a real page-turner that I couldn’t put down once I’d started.

There is a brief mention/description of child abuse, both physical and sexual, and also some sadism involving adults. If these are triggers or an issue for you then it may be best to give this one a miss.

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

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Review: “Darkest Hour Before Dawn” by Charlie Cochet

TITLE: Darkest Hour Before Dawn
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: Yes
LENGTH: 224 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback

  

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THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.

As life and death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most for good this time.


levilogooptimummFinally!

Since when were we waiting for Seb’s and Hudson’s story? It seems decades…but finally, it’s here…and I loved it! Every single word of it!

We know our sweet Hudson from quite the beginning of this series. He was always present, in the background, in almost every book, if not in all. We knew him as an English bloke, always calm, always with two feet on the ground. But we knew little about his background. Now, in this book, we will find out more…much more. Then with time, we learned that actually, Hudson is Sebastian Hobbs marked mate, but unfortunate events set them apart. Well, actually, Hudson set them apart, and we will learn why.

Even though Hudson decided to go separates ways, he can’t, he just can’t have anybody else in his life. He can’t move on, because…well…Seb is his mate!

The Doc’s relationship with Ninna is straggled too. She’s lying to him about her relationship with Seb’s brother Rafe the oldest of the Hobbs siblings, and it spoils his trust toward his best friend. Hudson is lonely…

Sebastian Hobbs, Team Leader for Theta Destructive, is tired of being apart from Hudson. He’s going out of his mind that he can’t be there 24/7 to protect his mate from the possible threats. Then when he gets called by Lieutenant Sonya Sparks, who offers him an interesting deal, Seb, very Therian like, told her to shove it. He doesn’t want to become a puppet of hers. But the threats are there, Hudson is in danger and the knowledge that his mate is stalked by Wolf, who tortured and almost killed Dex, doesn’t help either.

Events bring them together, events I know you wanna know but I’m not telling you…what?! Me?! mean?! Wow…I never expected from you to hear that…I’m offended!

No spoilers guys, but I promise you, you will not be disappointed. Although tissues needed! So go to your favorite shop and stock yourself with it…you’ll cry…a lot…the book is amazing. The story of these two is the most emotional of the series.

We learn about more characters too like Dom or Wolf. The Hobbs family…and the end…oh my, the end…tissues guys, tissues!

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

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Review: “A Day Makes” by Mary Calmes

TITLE: A Day Makes
AUTHOR: Mary Calmes
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 19, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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Mob enforcer Ceaton Mercer has killed a lot of people in a lot of different ways – he stashed the last two bodies in a toolshed belonging to a sweetheart marine researcher in an idyllic island community – but he’s really not such a bad guy. Over time he’s found a home of sorts, and he even learns he’s found a place in the hearts of the people he works with…at least enough so that they won’t put a bullet in his head because he’s outlived his usefulness to the boss.

But he never thought he’d find one day could change his life, and he’s about to discover how wrong he is.

Because in a single day, he meets the man who looks to be the one, the love of his life. It’s an improbable idea – a man who deals in death finding love – but it’s like it’s meant to be. That single day gets weirder and troubles pile up, forcing Ceaton to take a hard look at his dreary life and accept that one day can change everything, especially himself. His future might be brighter than he expects – if he can stay alive long enough to find out.


levilogooptimummAs we used to by now, this is another great story of Mary Calmes that will keep you on your toes for the entire story. There are so many strings that you can’t really guess the outcome of this story…

We will witness the book from Ceaton Mercer’s POV. Ceaton has an interesting personality. His morality, even being a mob enforcer are different from the other bad guys. Oh don’t get me wrong, he’s the bad guy everybody fears. He was a Marine, and after doing the right thing, he finds himself now without anything to do. He was “asked” to leave the Marine Corps, a conflict of interest you might ask but no, just the old, “When I say jump you say how high, Sir,” attitude. Well, Ceaton is not made like that. He’s very good at following orders, though, it soothes him, grounds him.

But then when he’s ready for the next step of his life, he got an offer to become an enforcer for the Serbian mob. We will witness his growth in that society and the bonding with his fellow comrades. Comrades you will come to love, they are funny, fears and they always have each other’s back. He feels like he’s in the Marine’s again. Ceaton is known for his loyalty, but that means nothing when you get suspicious that you maybe planning something. Then when the next step of his life is happening…

If I described Ceaton, I would say he’s like a calm ocean, strong, big and apparently offering you shelter. And what about Brin you may ask?

Brinley storms into his life with a force that disturbs the enforcer’s equilibrium pretty much. From the very beginning, Brin makes a claim on him, talking about their future…only after just one hour of meeting the guy! In Ceaton’s opinion the dude is crazy but deep down he can’t say no to those plans, can’t argue with Brin’s claims of him. He definitely got caught up in this whirlpool called Brin.

I finished this book in a couple of hours. It was a strong, romantic and some tear sharing read. Your heart goes out for Ceaton without reason. He’s calm, gathered and so compassionate. When he’s given up finding the one, is when Brin comes into his life. And in A Day Makes his life turns again in a way that he would never expected…

When I asked Mary last night if she plans to continue this story she said…well, I can’t really say what she said, can I? Yeah yeah, I know…I’m a tease…but that’s why you love me so much, don’t you?!

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

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Review: “Leap of Faith” by Jackie Keswick

TITLE: Leap of Faith
AUTHOR: Jackie Keswick
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 125 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

BLURB:

Close friends and partners at FireWorks Security, Joel Weston and Kieran Ross know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They have each other’s backs, make a formidable team, and carefully ignore their volatile chemistry.

When Kieran struggles with the aftermath of an assignment gone wrong, Joel is there to help. When Joel is caught in an explosion, Kieran jumps into a burning marina to rescue the man who means so much to him. But they never discuss what’s closest to their hearts, not prepared to risk their friendship for the mere possibility of something more.

Faced with bombs, assassins and old ghosts, Joel and Kieran must find out why they’re targets, who is after them and—most of all—how each would feel if he lost the other. Can they continue as best friends, or is it time to take a leap of faith?


This book was a surprising little page-turner of a story. I was totally captivated from the start and was pretty gutted reading the last page because I wanted there to be more. It was almost everything I could have wanted in a book. There was action, mystery, edge-of-your-seat suspense and romance. A perfect little package really.

Joel Weston is an Army veteran who works for FireWorks Security, which is owned by his dad and uncle. His partner, Kieran Ross, an ex-DEA agent, has worked for the company for the last 4 years. Kieran is suffering from emotional distress after an innocent woman is killed by a suspect who had taken her hostage when he was trying to escape. Kieran blames himself for not being able to save the woman and hasn’t coped well since the incident. Joel’s father sends Joel to keep a close eye on Kieran to make sure he doesn’t come to any harm. Joel decides one of the days at Kieran’s house that enough is enough and Kieran needs to sort himself out, he suggests that they meet up with some other members of their team for lunch and an afternoon of fun. During their day out, the two men are passing the marina when they hear a woman scream and a man shouting. They run towards the commotion and see that the man is holding a child at gunpoint and pulling him towards a yacht in what looks like a domestic dispute. Joel doesn’t hesitate and chases the man on to the boat, almost as soon as he steps onto the yacht there’s an explosion which sends him and a lot of debris flying into the water. Kieran sees this and is consumed by worry and fear for his partner and friend. Without a second thought, he jumps into the water to try and rescue Joel and the young boy.

Kieran has been attracted to Joel for a long time, but has always hidden his feelings for the other man and has no intention of ever acting on them as he doesn’t want to lose or ruin the very close friendship and bond that they have. This brush with death brings out a very protective side of Kieran, and he doesn’t want Joel out of his sight and refuses to leave him on his own, even at the hospital. What Kieran doesn’t realise, is Joel has been having the same feelings and desires for him too, and is also scared of doing anything that would take their friendship to the next stage. The men and their team soon discover that everything is not as it seems, and what they thought was an accident at a marina is actually a complex plot that involves drugs, smuggling, assassination attempts and the cartel.

This book was the first I have read from this author, and I really liked it. It was well written, with a very interesting plot/storyline that wouldn’t be out of place on any well-known TV cop show. I was a little disappointed that sex scenes were short and that there were only a few but as it isn’t marketed as erotica then I guess I can’t really make a big deal of it. What I will say is that the book has an open ending, most questions are left unanswered for what I can only assume will be follow up books, even though it doesn’t state that it’s the first book of a series. It doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, which is good because I don’t think I could have waited in suspense for however long it takes for the next one to be released hehehe. A very enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend it if you like stories with a little bit of action and adventure along with the romance.

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

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