Review of: Escape by Sean Ian O’Meidhir, Connal Braginsky

TITLE: Escape
AUTHOR: Sean Ian O’Meidhir, Connal Braginsky
SERIES: Crossing Nüwa
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: July 9, 2019

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For sheltered Robbie, one week of freedom leads to sexual awakening and adventure… but when his world intersects with Theo’s, they’ll need all their wits and Theo’s magic to fight for their future.
Rare male weresnake Robbie has had his whole life decided for him down to his meals. But when the time comes for him to perform an unspeakable duty to his clan, he runs.
San Francisco Pride is in full swing when technomage Theo spots a scared-looking young man with brilliant emerald eyes. He’s only looking for a hookup, but before he knows why, he’s taking Robbie home and introducing him to champagne and enchiladas. He doesn’t have any intention of falling in love.
Robbie doesn’t want to return to his clan, at least not without trying to fit a lifetime of experiences into a week, but every day he stays puts Theo in more danger.


Escape is my first book by Sean Ian O’Meidhir and Connal Braginsky, and I absolutely loved it. Escape is the first book in the Crossing Nüwa series, and I can’t wait for the next book to come out so that I can devour it just like I did this one. I love to read paranormal books but don’t find a lot of books about were-snakes or techno-mages. The characters were interesting and loveable, and I loved the plot.

I loved how the were-snake clans are matrilineal and are ruled by a matriarchy. The clan believes the females are strong, and the men are weak. The females don’t have any limitations on what they can do, but the men are seen but not heard, and as children, the males are allowed to play and interact with their female cousins until five years before they are considered mature. Then they live in seclusion until they’re considered mature and then they’re paired with females to breed the next generation of pureblood Nüwas.

And that would be all fine and dandy but not only is Robbie a rare male were-snake but he’s also gay and the thought of being paired with females is repugnant to him. Having been in seclusion for the past five years, all that Robbie has learned about being gay is from reading gay romances, gay porn, and watching gay pride parades. What he wants to do more than anything before his big birthday is to go to San Francisco to the gay pride parade and experience being gay before being forced to do his duty, and so he runs away and is picked up by a truck driver who just happens to be going to San Francisco. However, Robbie has been sheltered and doesn’t know how to do anything in the outside world. He has to watch and follow humans to figure out how to buy food and find places to sleep, but he gets to go to the pride parade that he’s always wanted to attend and it’s at the pride parade that he meets Theo.

The parade is in full swing when Theo spots a scared-looking young man with emerald eyes. He’s only looking for a hookup, but before he knows it, he’s taking Robbie home and introducing him to alcohol and Mexican food. Robbie quickly grows on Theo, and Theo takes him with him when he DJ’s at the various clubs and helps him experience what it is to be gay. But Robbie is found by one of the clan’s enforcers and only given a week to experience freedom before she’ll be back to deliver him to his clan leader, who just so happens to be his mom.

I loved how Robbie is able to change the structure of his mouth and use his snake senses through his tongue while still a human, and, I won’t lie, it was a little gross that he drinks blood in addition to eating human food. But Robbie’s week of freedom is cut short, and Theo will need all of his techno-mage magic to get Robbie back. Then he will have to wait for Robbie to decide if he feels the same way about Theo as Theo does for Robbie while he lives with a childhood friend that lives outside of the clan with a human and teaches him how to survive in the real world.
I loved how the authors tied up all of the loose ends, and the book ends in a HEA. I’m excited to see if the next book in the series is going to be about how Theo and Robbie’s relationship is progressing or if it’s going to be about a new gay were-snake.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Zale by Michelle Frost

TITLE: Zale
AUTHOR: Michelle Frost
SERIES: The Brotherhood of Ormarr
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: May 27, 2019

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Davis~
It was just another job—at least it was supposed to be—but snaring the feisty blue dragon I’d been contracted to collect and her rider in my trap changed everything. Hunting dragons was my job, and I was damn good at it. I’d never missed a target. Never failed to make a delivery. So why was every step toward turning over my bounty suddenly a struggle? No quarry had ever managed to get under my skin, but something in Zale’s haunting blue eyes called to me like nothing ever had before.
Zale~
When Itsaso and I were kidnapped, we fought like hell but found ourselves at the dragon hunter’s mercy. He locked my dragon away, leaving me to face captivity alone. Now, all I have to rely on is the training that’s been drilled into me every day for as long as I can remember and biding my time, waiting for Davis to make a mistake. Or my brothers to find and rescue us. But something happened the first time I truly looked in Davis’s eyes, dark pools as deep and enchanting as the sea, and I realized I was in so much more danger than I thought. How could a ruthless dragon hunter be my perfect mate?
Zale is the second book in The Brotherhood of Ormarr series. While each book focuses on a different couple, the overall story arc continues in the next installment. For maximum enjoyment, we suggest reading in order. Zale is a m/m romance, and is recommended for adults 18 years and older.


Davis lost a part of his soul years ago, and now he has the chance to get revenge on the ones responsible. His father, who is also his clan leader, has tasked him with finding the Ormarr brother, Zale, and bringing him back to the clan to face justice for his crimes. Zale has no idea why he’s been captured, but the realization of who has captured him has him feeling betrayed on a completely new level. All he knows is that he’s done nothing wrong and his captor is everything he’s ever wanted except for the kidnapping thing.

Davis’ dragon was taken from him many years ago, and the loss is soul crushing. Not to mention the oil that keeps his clan’s dragons healthy is dwindling. His clan can’t take much more without some kind of intervention, and he’s hoping his captive will give him answers. But now that he’s captured the one he believes is partly responsible, he’s torn between duty and something stronger.

Zale isn’t going to let a little thing like being kidnapped get in his way of finding answers. He’s strong and willful. He knows he’s done nothing wrong and he will prove it. He just has to get past the brooding man that sets his heart on fire.

So much is happening in this book, and I don’t want to spoil anything. So I’m keeping this one vague. The plot is thickening, and we learn something is definitely happening with the brotherhood and the wraiths. Keep reading it’s getting exciting!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Wisdom’s Allegiance by M.D. Grimm

TITLE: Wisdom’s Allegiance
AUTHOR: M.D. Grimm
SERIES: The Shifter Chronicles
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: MMM, Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: May 28, 2019

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The Shifter Chronicles: Book Thirteen
Can a loyal and sensual owl shifter couple woo a human mate who’s convinced he’s an ugly duckling?
When socially awkward Dexter Fortis rescues an elf owl blown off course by a storm, he has no idea the bird is a shifter named Orion. Or that his life is about to change.
Orion falls in love with the kind custodian, but he must convince his long-term partner, Talon, that Dexter is just who they’ve been searching for to establish a permanent ménage. Even if they can gently break down Dexter’s walls, they’ll have to contend with a dangerous cult rising in the shifter community and a hidden enemy determined to keep Dexter from them


Wisdom’s Allegiance is the thirteenth book in the Shifter Chronicles series by M.D. Grimm. The books are mostly standalone. Two of the books are sequels to previous books and so aren’t counted in the series numbers. Those two wouldn’t be standalone, but the others are. I loved the cover of the book and was sucked in by the blurb, and although I saw that it was the thirteenth book in the series, I decided I wanted to review it. I’m so glad that I did. I absolutely loved the book and promptly went out and bought the series bundle so I can go back and read the first nine books. The book was everything I was looking for in a paranormal shifter book. There was fated mates with a human being one of the mates, a great plot with villains from both the shifter community and the human community trying to protect their species, and for once, I found a paranormal book that I loved that didn’t have any male pregnancy in it. Usually, I love m-preg, but with this book and its plot, I found that I didn’t miss it.

I loved how bubbly Orion is. He’s this cute, cuddly elf owl that Dexter rescues from a bad snow storm on his way home from work. Orion falls in love quickly, but he’s sure that Dexter is his true mate. All he has to do is convince his long-term partner, Talon, that Dexter is who they’ve been searching for to establish a permanent ménage.

I loved Talon. He’s a great-horned owl, and he’s fierce and protective of the people he loves. And he’s as opposite as can be from his long-term mate, Orion. Hence them trying to find a third mate to bridge the gap and give them both what they are missing in their relationship.

I also loved Dexter. He’s human, painfully shy, unloved by his family because he can’t live up to their expectations even though he went to Notre Dame just like his perfect younger brother. He has two strikes against him in his family’s eyes. He’s overweight, and he’s gay. He has a couple of friends, has never had a date or a boyfriend, has a little bit of sexual experience but not much, and has enormous self-esteem and self-worth issues. He can’t believe that two handsome men are interested in him being their friend let alone their boyfriend. I love how fierce he is about protecting Orion when he believes he’s being insulted or in danger. I also loved how Orion is able to pull Dexter out of his painfully shy shell and how Talon’s steady presence and approval help also.

I also loved when Dexter spends New Year’s Eve with Talon and Orion’s family, and he was instantly accepted and found a new family to love and be loved by.

Overall, a fabulous book and if this book is any indication of what I can look forward to in the series, then I can’t recommend this book or this series enough.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Enchanter’s Soul by Michele Notaro

TITLE: The Enchanter’s Soul
AUTHOR: Michele Notaro
SERIES: The Elwood Chronicles
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: April 15, 2019

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Many fall as the last enchanter rises…
The first line of the ancient prophecy keeps playing over and over in my head, but I’m afraid to remember the rest. I don’t want to think about what’s coming for us—what’s coming for him. I’ve been keeping Brinnswick safe for years; I’ve been keeping my coven safe my whole life; and now I was responsible for keeping Sebastian safe, too. It shouldn’t have been a problem, he was my vitmea viramore, after all, and I was used to having the weight of the world on my shoulders.
What Seb doesn’t know is that everyone in the magical community is after him—even if they don’t realize it yet. They’ve been looking for him for centuries; not only for him, but for his soul. But they never counted on him having me. I will protect him with my every breath and take down anyone that gets in our way. His soul belongs with me, not in the arms of evil.
The Enchanter’s Soul is the second book in The Ellwood Chronicles and is a continuation of Sebastian and Ailin’s story. It contains explicit material and is intended for mature adults 18 years of age and older.


Seb is my new favorite character! I love everything about him! His frustration with Ailin but his inability to stay away from him! He fascinated me from the very first book. And now that they are connected and he’s also able to read the witch’s mind, his frustration grows. It’s so much fun!

This second book switches POV’s between Ailin and Seb. Finally, we’re able to understand Ailin. He doesn’t see life with normal human standards. As the oldest Elwood and being Sage, he has the weight of the world on his shoulders, and he has no time to waste for human nonsense.

Seb is quite the opposite. Growing up as an orphan alone, his adjustments to his new life comes harder than he thinks. Yes, he always wanted to belong, to call someone his own, to have his own family but this new world he suddenly finds himself in is overwhelming, to say the least. His adjustment to being the last enchanter it not easy at all. He craves Ailin all the time, but he’s also very insecure, and he fears that Ailin only cares for him because they are each other’s “vitamin”. Seb learns about the prophecy, a prophecy he fears. Ailin is there for him all the way, supporting him.

Ailin doesn’t understand the need for Seb to be alone sometimes. After all, Seb is his vitmea viramore, and being apart from him hurts. Literally. He knows that creatures will come for Seb. He does everything in his power to protect his soulmate. As much as Seb lets him.

I loved the book. The only thing that was a bit annoying was the “mating dance” between these two. I was like “just do it already”, many times. But other than that, the book is an excellent read and I can’t wait for the next one of the series!

Congrats Michele!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Return by Brad Boney

TITLE: The Return
AUTHOR: Brad Boney
SERIES: The Austin Trilogy
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Jul 5, 2015

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Music. Topher Manning rarely thinks about anything else, but his day job as a mechanic doesn’t exactly mesh with his rock star ambitions. Unless he can find a way to unlock all the songs in his head, his band will soon be on the fast track to obscurity.
Then the South by Southwest music festival and a broken-down car drop New York critic Stanton Porter into his life. Stanton offers Topher a ticket to the Bruce Springsteen concert, where a hesitant kiss and phantom vibrations from Topher’s cell phone kick off a love story that promises to transcend ordinary possibility.


Wow just wow…

The first book of the series wasn’t really for me, so I was skeptical of this sequel, but damn I was wrong.
Oh man, I cried like a baby! This hits directly into the feelings. I loved it. I was a mess when I finished, but it was worth it.
This was Topher’s story, true, but for me, it was all Stanton.

First, you must now that there’s more than a twenty-year age gap between Topher and Stanton. That’s not an issue for Topher, but it is for Stanton, but that’s really not the point!!!

OMG! This series is escalating from contemporary to paranormal fast! But I will not give you details! Trust me, if you decide to read it, you won’t regret it! Emotional angst doesn’t even cover it when it comes to this story.

It’s constantly back and forth in time from Stanton’s point of view, building up to a finale that will blow your mind. You will get the hunch to where the story might lead, but you’re not quite sure. Because stuff like this is just out of the norm!
While in general, I’m not fond of when the MC’s past love lives are mentioned in books, but this book makes a difference. I enjoyed every word of it, be it from the past or the present.

Stanton is a famous music critic, and Topher is the lead singer and songwriter of his indie band of four. The band are very close friends, coming from a small town from the middle of the nowhere. They’re like brothers, living together dreaming the big dream, but at the same time, they’re very down to earth type of guys.

When fate brings Stanton into the auto shop where Topher works as a mechanic, his life takes a one-eighty. And from there, with mysterious phone calls, Topher starts to discover himself, and his feelings toward Stanton.

Dude, just read it already!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis