Review: “The Charlatan’s Conquest” by Vivien Dean

TITLE: The Charlatan’s Conquest
AUTHOR: Vivien Dean
SERIES: Phantom Fixers
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 216 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 15, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 –e-book / $9.99 -paperback
  

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A Phantom Fixers Story

With love and ghosts, the challenge is figuring out what’s real.

Software engineer Cruz Guthrie needs money for his sister’s cancer treatments. He needs it so badly he’s willing to stand in for a ghost hunter friend and investigate a millionaire’s supposed specters. It should be an easy gig—after all, nobody thinks the haunting is real.

Neurological researcher Brody Weber is furious that Cruz would take advantage of Brody’s father. But his mind changes when spirits manifest—and he realizes Cruz genuinely wants to help. When they learn the paranormal activity centers on Brody, Cruz is willing to fight to free Brody from the entities determined to make his life miserable. With a little help from friends and family—both living and dead—they must figure out why Brody is attracting spirits and how to banish them. Only then can they pursue a future together.


Cruz Guthrie is a software engineer. He’s the eldest of his family, and when his baby sister is diagnosed with cancer, Cruz takes another job to help his parents with the medical bills. One day, his best friend and roommate, Etienne asks him to replace him with a client, Loren Weber, a rich man who believes his house is haunted by ghosts. Cruz needs the money for his sister and accepted.

Brody Weber is a neurological researcher and believes that Cruz is there to take advantage of his father. But when, supernatural phenomenons appear in front of them, and Cruz insists on helping them, Brody starts to believe that Cruz is honest and can really help them.

Cruz and Brody will have to work together to eliminate the spirits and have a chance at a future together.

I LOVED THIS BOOK

It was a real great reading.
I loved Cruz and Brody, they are just adorable, sweet, fun and smart. Except for their first disastrous encounter, when they decided to work together, they were a team, a real solid team and I loved this. I loved how they trusted each other, how they’re honest and of course all the seduction parts.

I love Supernatural books (and I’m a fan of Supernatural the TV Show), here the plot is simple, but well written and built. Cruz helps Etienne, who is his best friend and the real ghost hunter. He doesn’t see ghosts like Etienne but believes that they exist. He lives with Etienne, and his sister Simone (who is a ghost) and he is cool with it, like totally super cool. That’s something that I will never be in this situation, I’d be in foetal position crying or trying to burn my house in order to kill the ghost (I never said I was logical or sane)
At first, Brody is skeptical with all of this, but evidence can’t be denied, and when he’s on board, he is totally in, and really works with them.

I also love the rhythm of the story, there’s no lingering, it was a fresh dynamic and fluid writing. The events take place naturally, and I was hooked by the story at the first page.

I was so absorbed in the book, that I was surprised when I’d finished it, I was like “What, I already finish it…how? When? I just start it 24h ago ???”. The good part, it’s only book 1 of the series…I can’t wait for book 2, I hope it’s Etienne’s story, but I also want to read more about Brody and Cruz (I really love them).

I Highly recommend it.

5 OptimuMM for my lovely ghost’s hunters.

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

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Review: “My Dark Knight” by K.A Merikan

TITLE: My Dark Knight
AUTHOR: K.A Merikan
SERIES: Kings of Hell MC
PUBLISHER: Acerbi & Villani Ltd
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Dark; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 460 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 10, 2017
PRICE: $5.99 –e-book
  

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Love or hate. Life or death. No inbetween. No compromise. No rules in love and war.

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Knight. Party monster. Handsome Savage. Doesn’t do monogamy.
Elliot. Obsessive. Intense. Uncompromising.

Newly single, Knight is done with relationships. All he’s interested in is bringing down The Count, an Internet personality who is tarnishing his family name. An opportunity to crush him comes when the audacious clown shows up at the Kings of Hell MC clubhouse to film for his YouTube channel. But when Knight meets Elliot, the man behind The Count, he no longer knows what to do with him.

Knight has never seen a more pathetic creature than Elliot. He’s also never met anyone who needed him more. Skinny, messed up, and a bucket of trouble as thick as tar, everything Elliot does seems to be a wordless death wish. No matter how much Knight hates Elliot’s alter ego, under the makeup and theatrics hides a fragile young guy with a passion for history, and Knight can’t help but catch Elliot every time he falls.

Elliot has bad taste in men. Always hopelessly attracted to violent brutes, his favorite is a long dead serial killer. But he gets more than he’s bargained for when he seizes an opportunity to meet the man of his dreams. The ghost is manipulative and dangerous, offering Elliot all he’s always wanted, for a price he can’t possibly pay.

Elliot is faced with an impossible choice between two men.
One alive, one dead.
One carnal and honest, one drizzling sweet, poisoned promises into his ear.
One unwilling to commit, the other promising an eternity together.
And Elliot doesn’t settle for half-measures. He craves a love that is all or nothing, passion that will consume him, and desire to burn him alive.
Elliot is ready to either get that, or die trying.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
Themes: enemies to lovers, protector, cruelty, motorcycle club, alternative lifestyles, demons, tattoos, impossible choices, deception, crime, self-discovery, healing, black magic, gothic, commitment, ghosts, possession

Genre: Dark, paranormal romance
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes

Length: ~145,000 words (Book 2 in the series, can be read as a standalone, but it’s recommended to read book 1 first)

WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters.


Knight is the VP of the Kings of Hell MC, he’s a tough biker with a big heart. He’s also passionate about the genealogy of his family the Merciers. For years, he tried to rehabilitate the name of Laurent Mercier, his ancestor accused of the murder of William Fane, a serial killer in the nineteenth century. When he met the real Laurent Mercier (Laurent and The Beast: Kings of Hell MC #1) and discovers the truth about the story, he works harder to enlighten the Genealogy’s community on the internet. Especially his personal nemesis, the Count.

Elliot is 25 years old, and he’s known as the Count on the internet. He has his own YouTube channel where he tries to rehabilitate the name of the serial killer William Fane. Elliot has an unhealthy obsession for William Fane, believing that he’s is not a serial killer but just a misunderstood lover.
When Elliot came to the club house of the MC, hoping to visit William’s manor, he wasn’t prepared to meet Knight, this gorgeous, tough biker who’s the enemy of his hero William Fane and himself.
2 dangerous men. 1 dead, 1 alive, but who’ll win Elliot’s heart.

I ADORE IT….

I was intrigued by the Count in book 1 (Knight mentioned him), I didn’t expect someone like Elliot actually. I fell in love with him since the first time he appears. Elliot is crazy, completely crazy, but he is so loveable, you can’t stay cold in front of him. When I read about him, his past, I understood him, I understood where he came from and why he had this unhealthy relationship with others and especially with Fane. Elliot wears his heart on his sleeve, he only wants one thing, be loved, to be completely accepted, not partially, but fully. He is passionate, funny, smart, proud and whole. I adored this character, really, he is so full of surprises and so loveable. Even when he does something completely stupid (and trust me, he does), I couldn’t stay mad at him (ok, I just wish for him to walk barefoot on a Lego, yeah, I know I can be really violent sometimes, it’s scared me).

Knight is perfect…for Elliot. Even if at first, he didn’t love him, even if he was pissed by the Count and his accusations, Knight doesn’t hesitate to come save him…3 times. He’s the only one who knows the real Elliot and how he really is. But, Knight doesn’t do relationship, doesn’t do monogamy, doesn’t make commitments and he can’t understand why Elliot wants this. Even in his moments of doubt or stupidities, Knight wants to protect Elliot, no matter what or who. How I couldn’t love him? How I couldn’t be crazy with this sex god? I’m just human you know.
But what I love the most, (yes, it’s possible), was the story by itself. Yes, the title is “My Dark Knight”, and yes, Elliot is a kind of damsel in distress…but in fact, not. In fact, they’ll learn from each other. Elliot doesn’t need Knight to understand where he was wrong and seriously put himself in mortal danger. Even If Knight was there to protect and save Elliot, Elliot saves Knight too, in his own way. We also saw Beast and Laurent and the other members of the club, like Gray and Jake, and I loved it, I actually wanted more of them (yes, I’ll have to wait for their own books).

Besides, the occult part was really present, creepier and more intense than book 1. I loved that, I can’t wait to read more about the things living on the property. (Even if I’ll have to sleep with the light on)
The writing is brilliant, dynamic, coherent and well built. I love how K.A Merikan put 2 characters wanting things completely different from each other and ended up to be exactly what they really need.

I couldn’t put this book down until I’ve finished it (sleeping is sooo overrated).

For me, Its definitely 5 OptimuMM (and only because 5 stars are the maximum) for the Count and his Knight.

***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: “The Storms Lords” by Ravon Silvius

TITLE: The Storms Lords
AUTHOR: Ravon Silvius
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 254 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 8, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $16.99 –paperback
  

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The heat took everything from Rowen: his parents, his voice when the local cure for heatstroke poisoned him, and the trust of his fellow villagers, who branded him a water thief. It would have claimed his life when he was deemed unworthy of precious resources and left in the sun to die, had not a strange man named Kristoff ridden in on the wind and told Rowen he had power.

Rowen works hard to become a Storm Lord, one of a secret magical group that brings storms to break the heat waves overtaking their world. But Rowen is starting his training at a disadvantage since he cannot speak and is much older than the other novices. The desire to please Kristoff inspires him to persevere even more than the threat of being sent back to his village to die should he fail. Still, he cannot gather rain, and when his abilities manifest, they are unlike anything known to the Storm Lords. Unless Kristoff can help him control his deadly powers, the entire world will be in danger.

Kristoff might be among the mightiest of the Storm Lords, but he’s never been a mentor before. For a chance to be with Rowen, he’s willing to risk everything.


Rowen, 19 years-old, lived in a village in the middle of the desert where the heat spells were the worst. His parents died to a pretty hard heat spell, and he lost his voice at that same times. A year later, his village decided to sacrifice Rowen to the heat spell in order to bring the Storm God. Rowen was left, bonded and naked in the desert.

Kristoff, 21 years-old, was the youngest and the most powerful Storm Lord alive. After breaking a heat spell, Kristoff was flying to his island when he sensed powers below him. He landed in the desert and found Rowen practically dead.

Kristoff decided to take Rowen with him, as an apprentice to be a future Storm Lord.

I LOVED THIS BOOK.

Rowen is so adorable, smart, naïve and heartbreaking. He tries very hard to learn how to write and read for Kristoff and being able to communicate with others. He has a pure heart, he truly wants to help others and save lives. He’s so strong, physically but mentally too, despite all he’s been through, he still wants to be a Storms Lord and save his village (the same village that tried to murder him in a ritual sacrifice!).

I loved the story, I found it very original, how the world suffers from hard heat spells, what’s happening to the planet, and how human beings try to survive. Besides, everything in this book about heat spells and the Storm Lords—how they bring lightning, hurricanes, or storms and how they use it to break those masses of heat, are real. I mean, it’s well explained, and it’s scientifically true, this book taught me some things that I’ve never understood at school. (Science wasn’t my thing).

The love story between Kristoff and Rowen was sweet, beautiful, and well built. I loved how they were together as mentor and student, and then they started to become a little more like friends, but the more time they spend together, the more the heat between them grows up until it consumes them.

The only little tiny thing that I can say was that sometimes, it was a little too long with too much detail, but really, it’s nothing in comparison to how the book is great, and the characters are adorable.

It was a very good book that I enjoyed a lot and it’s the perfect read for a hot summer day, with that, you will be completely immersed in the story.

4 OptimuMM’s for my 2 lords

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

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Review: “Out of The Ashes” by Ari McKay

TITLE: Out of The Ashes
AUTHOR: Ari McKay
SERIES: Asheville Arcana
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Shapeshifter; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $9.99 –paperback
  

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Asheville Arcana

In their differences, they’ll find strength—and love.

Alpha werewolf Eli Hammond returns from a fishing trip to discover a nasty surprise—five members of his pack murdered and the rest missing. He needs help locating and rescuing his pack mates, but the supernatural council in Asheville, North Carolina, turns him away.

Except for one man.

As they work together, Eli is stunned—and not especially thrilled—to discover half-elf Arden Gilmarin is his destined mate. But as Arden and his friends struggle to help Eli in his quest, Eli surrenders to the demands of his body—and his heart. They’ll need to bond together, because the forces opposing them are stronger and more sinister than anyone predicted. The evil has its sights set on Arden, and if Eli wants to save his mate and the people he is entrusted with protecting, he’s in for the fight of his life


Eli Hammond is an Alpha wolf, after a trip, he comes back to his pack and finds 5 of his pack-mates dead and all the other members missing.
Arden Gilmarin is a Half-Elf, successful business man and a member of the Council of the Sup-Nat.

When Eli comes to Asheville asking for help rescuing his pack, he finds a closed door by the members of the council, except for Arden. His mate.
Eli knows from the beginning that Arden is his mate, but he refuses to claim him. First, he has his pack to rescue and as the Alpha, the pack comes first. Second, the fact that Arden isn’t from the same species, is something that bothers Eli. How can 2 different species be together and mate for life when they are so different?

Arden is adorable, smart, fun, with a big heart. He’s a caretaker, and helping people who need it, it’s second nature to him. So when Eli comes asking for help, he couldn’t refuse him. When he realized that they were mates, Arden tries to understand why Eli doesn’t want him and doesn’t do stupid things and I love that about him.

I loved this book. Eli and Arden are perfect together.

I’ve read a lot of paranormal books, I love this kind, and Out of the Ashes, is a really good book.

The author wrote an interesting story with a good plot, the MC’s a couple that I loved from the beginning, both of them (I was surprised too), the secondary characters were good too, and I wanted to know more about them.
The fact that the book wasn’t all about the mate pair, pleased me. The author wrote two stories in one.

The first story, we have the investigations about Eli’s pack and all the ramifications of it. The second story, Eli and Arden’s love story and mate’s bond.
I also loved that the author didn’t use the mate thing for ugly useless sex scenes (yes, it’s me Ivy, and no I’m not sick). Actually, he took the time to build the bond between them, of course it’s a magical bond, and of course after 4 days they were together for good (and I was doing a little dance), but that doesn’t mean they didn’t talk together or didn’t share their fears and worries.

Besides, like I said, the plot about the missing pack was super good.

For me, it was like reading a paranormal gay’s version of the TV Show Supernatural. Replace the brothers Sam and Dean Winchester by an Alpha Gay Wolf mated to a bossy bottom Half-elf, then add a broody Vampire as expert ès-demon, a wizard as the best friend who is also sex-buddy (I love this book!) and other supernatural creatures like Dryads, Witches and demon hunter.
Shake well, and you have Out of the Ashes.

I will definitely follow this series, and hope that book 2 will come soon.

4 OptimuMM’s for those adorable supernatural misfits

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

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Review: “Mael” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Mael
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Council Enforcers
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Valerie Tibbs
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 118 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Sometimes trusting is the hardest thing to do.

When Mael agrees to help Lenny retrieve his best friend after he’s been dumped, he thinks it’ll be an easy in and out job. He knows it isn’t as soon as he sets eyes on Scott because Scott is his mate.

Scott’s just been dumped by his boyfriend of two weeks, who went back to his ex. He’s surprised when he realizes Mael is his mate, then worried when Mael and the rest of his team are sent to work with Mael’s tribe—and his ex-boyfriend.

Mael might have been with his tribe’s leader for two years, but it’s in the past. He’s angry when Scott asks Yerad to shimmer him there because he doesn’t trust Mael and Muirgeh, but he understands. Besides, Scott is useful to the team, and he helps them look for the shifters stealing food and entering tribe territory.

Will Muirgeh’s presence influence Mael and Scott’s relationship? Will Scott be able to get over how close Mael is to Muirgeh? And what will happen when Mael accidentally initiates the bond between them?


Mael’s the sixth book in the Council Enforcers by Catherine Lievens. I really enjoyed this story and the world that Catherine Lievens has created. I always enjoy getting to read one of her stories. I enjoyed the storyline, and I liked the main characters, Mael and Scott. Although their joint best friend Lenny was quite annoying at times, he doesn’t think before he speaks. Lol. Much to both Mael and Scott’s chagrin. But although Lenny can be annoying at times and embarrassing, you know that he will do whatever he can to help his two best friends, and he’s ecstatic when he finds out that his two best friends are actually mates.

Mael’s a Nix and works as an enforcer for the Council with his best friend, Lenny. He’s tall, blond and can heal and shimmer in addition to knowing how to fight hand to hand. It’s been a year since he left his tribe and his ex-boyfriend Muirgeh, who’s the tribe’s leader, to be an enforcer. In that time he’s focused on his job instead of romance. Then Mael agrees to help Lenny retrieve his best friend Scott after he’d been dumped and Mael sees him for the first time and realizes that Scott is his mate. But Scott’s just been dumped and isn’t quite ready to jump right into a new relationship. When the enforcers get sent to work with Mael’s tribe and Mael’s ex-boyfriend, Scott’s justified in his feelings of anxiety and jealousy that Mael will dump him and go back to his ex-boyfriend since that’s what happened in his last relationship. So he does the only thing he can think of, and he persuades Lenny’s mate Yerad to shimmer him to the tribe so he can see for himself what’s going on between Mael and Muirgeh. And although Scott isn’t an enforcer, he’s allowed to stay because he’s useful to the team and he can help them look for the shifters stealing food and entering tribe territory. If you want to know if Muirgeh’s presence will influence Mael and Scott’s relationship, and if Scott will be able to get over how close Mael is to Muirgeh, you will just have to read the book to find the answers the same way I did. And just wait until to you see what happens when Mael accidentally initiates the mating bond.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I am hoping to see more of the shifters that were trying to take over the tribe’s territory. They seem really interesting.

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

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Review: “Slow Heat” by Leta Blake

TITLE: Slow Heat
AUTHOR: Leta Blake
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Dar Albert
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Mpreg
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 354 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
PRICE: $5.99 -e-book / $14.30 –paperback
  

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A lustful young alpha meets his match in an older omega with a past.

Professor Vale Aman has crafted a good life for himself. An unbonded omega in his mid-thirties, he’s long since given up hope that he’ll meet a compatible alpha, let alone his destined mate. He’s fulfilled by his career, his poetry, his cat, and his friends.

When Jason Sabel, a much younger alpha, imprints on Vale in a shocking and public way, longings are ignited that can’t be ignored. Fighting their strong sexual urges, Jason and Vale must agree to contract with each other before they can consummate their passion.

But for Vale, being with Jason means giving up his independence and placing his future in the hands of an untested alpha–as well as facing the scars of his own tumultuous past. He isn’t sure it’s worth it. But Jason isn’t giving up his destined mate without a fight.

This is a stand alone gay romance novel, 118,000 words, with a strong happy ending, as well as a well-crafted, non-shifter omegaverse, with alphas, betas, omegas, male pregnancy, heat, and knotting. Content warning for pregnancy loss and aftermath.


The one thing that stands out the most is the amazing world Leta Blake has created. It’s a dystopian-like society with very strict rules. What really impressed me was that the author took the time to think of the effects of male pregnancy. In fact, a lot of the storyline is in regards to the biology of humans with a wolf-like mentality. The reader is not left taking things as a fact but given the reasons.

Another interesting fact is that, at it’s core, Slow Heat is a May/December romance. Vale is an omega in his mid-thirties while Jason is a 19 year-old alpha. I love when authors go against the stereotypes. In fact, there are quite a few examples of it in the book. Not only is Vale older but he is also a professor while Jason is just a student. This to me is a prime example of how and where roles come to play in their relationship. Another pair who do not fit the typical mold is Jason’s parents. There is something special about an alpha male that cooks.

The book is appropriately named because the courtship of Vale and Jason is slow. They have to follow the rules of being bonded. I was starting to struggle with reading it because I feared the author had limited the possible outcomes. This was not the case. The omega rights and restrictions reminded me of battles we humans have had and are continuing to fight.

With all the groundwork and research Leta Blake did, I really think this should be a series. For one, I must find out what happens with Xan. He’s one of those characters that you love even when he makes you mad. I would like to see a change in omega rights. There is so much potential here for a beautiful series. Did I mention that I would really love a Happily Ever After for Xan?

***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: “A Demon’s Heart” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: A Demon’s Heart
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Demons Hearts
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Erin Dameron-Hill
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 232 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 28, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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First impressions aren’t always right.

Chase is the only human who works in Hell’s Gate, the one hospital in Boston where demons can go when they need help. It doesn’t make for an easy or restful life, but Chase loves what he does, even though none of the humans he knows understand it.

Thailor is a League demon—they’re the bogeymen of demons, working in the shadows to keep the city and its inhabitants safe. Sometimes he wonders why he even bothers helping humans when they couldn’t care less about demons, but it’s what he’s paid to do, and he’s good at it.

When Chase stumbles on a demon killing another demon, he knows no one but him will care. He tries to intervene, but he’s too late, and no matter what he thinks of Thailor, they seem to gravitate toward each other.

When Thailor is there for Chase when he’s assaulted, Chase finally gives in. They’re fighting against time to save the city’s demons from someone who’s kidnapping them and harvesting their organs, though, and as the body count rises, so does the danger for Chase. Thailor promises himself he’ll keep Chase safe, but will he be able to?


First I have to say I loved this book. This is a prime example of the type of book that leads to the serious love of reading. Catherine Lievens has created an urban world filled with all the danger and deception we would expect. There is bigotry and hate crimes on both the human and demon sides. There is also those who wish to see an end to the divide.

Chase is a doctor. He is also the only human working at Saint Gabriel Hospital, or Hell’s Gate as it’s none to the demons. When he has cases of demons who have had their organs removed he knows something needs to be done. He can not stand by and do nothing and he knows no one else will care. He makes repeated trips to the police to try and get them involved. Being that Chase’s brother Aiden is a demon, this makes him even more determined to stop the killers.

Thailor is a League demon that hunts down and kills demons who prey on humans. For some reason, while in the middle of killing one, Chase catches him. As to be expected, Chase tries to intervene but is unsuccessful. It doesn’t seem to matter how Chase feels about Thailor’s actions the two are still drawn to each other. Chase finally gives in and they start to work together to find the ones responsible for harvesting the demons’ organs.

Throughout the story you can see the trust build between Chase and Thailor. There are a lot of suspicions about those close to the two and some real good fight scenes as well. The author did a great job of building a world with well thought-out characters. I look forward to reading more books in this series and diving deeper into Catherine Lievens’ world.

I can’t wait to see who the next book is about.

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

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Review: “Neriah” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Neriah
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Gillham Pack series, Book 22
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Latrisha Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK:  Yes
LENGTH: 123 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 12.2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book / $6.00 -paperback

  

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Sometimes you realize what you have only when you’re on the brink of losing it.

Neriah arrived in Gillham after spending two months as his tribe leader’s fake hostage. Now he works part-time in a flower shop, plays big brother to the street kids flocking to Gillham, and thinks of ways to stop his tribe leader from ruining his life. He thinks his life can’t get any more exciting—until he meets his mate.

Connor is human, and the only reason he’s in Gillham is to write about the pack for the Daily Beacon. He’s lucky enough to get an exclusive interview with Alpha Rhett, but things get weird when a small blond man with pointed ears tells him they’re mates right in the middle of the interview.

Connor is wary of the mate bond and insists he doesn’t believe in soul mates. Neriah is focused on changing Connor’s mind at all cost—and that includes by dating him. But Gillham isn’t the sleepy little town it used to be anymore, and the humans set against the pack are starting to create problems again. Connor risks losing Neriah forever when he’s kidnapped, and that makes him realize how much he cares for his mate.

Will that realization come too late?


Neriah by Catherine Lievens is the twenty-second book in the Gillham Pack series. I didn’t like it as much as I liked Geoffrey (the 21st book in the series). Neriah acted too juvenile for my tastes. He had just found his soul mate and needed to woo his mate who’s human, but instead, he’s checking out other pack member’s behinds and doesn’t see anything wrong with it. The story also didn’t flow as well as the previous one, and I didn’t like the storyline as much. I did like getting to see Neriah’s brother Nuallan and his mate Ethan and some of the other pack mates. The book was well written and nicely edited.

Neriah’s a Nix, and he currently lives with the Gillham Pack after being his Tribe leader’s fake captive for two months. He lives in a house with his brother Nuallan and his mate Ethan. He’s an extrovert and very talkative. He’s bold and can be brash at times. He can also be juvenile at times and sometimes doesn’t think about his actions before doing something. He’s loyal to his friends and family, which I liked. I would have liked to have seen him focus more on his human mate Connor and help him overcome his wariness of the mate bond.

Connor’s a human journalist for the Daily Beacon. He’s used to researching and writing articles instead of going to the places and interviewing people in person to write his article. While interviewing the pack about the Wendigo attack in town, he meets Neriah who insists that Connor’s his mate. Connor doesn’t believe in mates though, and he has the worst luck in love, so he has a hard time believing that there’s a perfect someone out there for him. And as Neriah explains more about the benefits of being mates, like an extended longevity, he becomes even more apprehensive. Which I can understand, I’m not sure I would want to outlive all of my friends and family either.

But slowly Connor starts to come around as he talks to his friends and family and spends time with the pack and Neriah. But when Neriah’s kidnapped, Connor admits to himself that he has fallen in love with Neriah and wanted to bond with him. But that will only be able to happen if they can rescue Neriah.

I absolutely loved the end of the book though as the author introduced the characters for the next book. Which made me want to read it since it looks like it is going to be about a human who has two mates.

Yep, I can’t wait to read Rabbit, the next book in the series.

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

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Review: “Trusted by the Unicorn” by Caitlin Ricci

TITLE: Trusted by the Unicorn
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci
SERIES: Into the land of Unicorns
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Carmen Waters
GENRE: Fantasy; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 20 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 6, 2017
PRICE: $1.59 e-book
  

BLURB:

Back on Earth, Sayer is healthy again, but unicorns don’t do well in the city. He’s miserable and Todd wants to help him. He and his brothers have a cabin upstate that might work for them but it needs a lot of repair. Thankfully, it’s just the kind of place for three unicorns to call home.


This was a fascinating read. You have two sets of brothers. One set is human, the other unicorns. The unicorns were slowly dying in their world so came to Earth. Calix and Xavier have already gotten into relationships with the two human brothers Seth and Jacob. The oldest unicorn brother, Sayer, is the last one to come to Earth. Now Todd, the last human brother, and Sayer will have a year to get to know each other as they get the old cabin fixed for all of them to live in.

I found this story to be a sweet slow romance. In fact, I would of liked a little more of Sayer and Todd interactions. The pace was very fitting to the way society was the last time Sayer was on earth. The heat level was very low. The descriptions of the land and cabin after the year of working on them while waiting for the brothers to move was very well done.

Over all, will I found the book to be good, it had the potential to be great. If there had been more detail about the humans’ visits every weekend and more interactions between Sayer and Todd, this book would have closed the series perfectly. As it stands, it just didn’t have enough to carry a successful series closure. I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book.

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

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Review: “Who We Truly Are” by Victoria Sue

TITLE: Who We Truly Are
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
SERIES: Enhanced
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 206 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 14, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

BLURB:

Talon’s deadly abilities are spiraling out of control. Desperate to keep Finn safe, Talon struggles to protect the man he loves with all his heart, and not become the greatest risk to Finn’s life.

Finn has no choice but to offer himself as bait for the evil forces kidnapping enhanced children, facing danger he is untrained and unprepared for, and he is having to do it alone.

Does Talon have one last fight in him? Will he slay everyone who wants to destroy Finn and the team, or will he finally discover that to defeat their enemy and the ultimate threat, the biggest battle he has to face is one with himself?


The boys are back, and I’ve loved every second with them.
6 weeks after the end of book 1, Finn and Talon are together as work partners and as boyfriends.
That’s the problem, being partners during the day and lover in the night, Talon’s overprotectiveness makes Finn doubt himself and their future together.
Talon doesn’t understand how Finn could want to be with him, how he could love him…how anyone could love him period.
They must find a way to be together at work and at home. Meanwhile, they have to do their job. Finn is sent undercover to infiltrate a foster home where enhanced kids are missing.

Did Talon deal with it properly? Hell no.
Did Finn try to impress Talon and the team by doing stupid things? Hell yes.

I loved this book…I know I already say it, but I just want to repeat it.
Talon and Finn try to find their mark together, and it isn’t simple, their own insecurities make things difficult. I love how they are together, how Talon is a completely different man in private with his man.
We also learn a little more about the guys, especially Eli and Gael, about their past. I’ve cried… (Yep I’m such a sweetheart).

You know sometimes, you read book 1 of a new series and find it amazing, so you’re excited and buy book 2, and you’re a little disappointed, but you still have hope so you buy book 3 and you realized that book 1 was just the lucky book?
Not here, Book 1 was amazing, and This book is the book of the confirmation.
Confirmation of Finn’s place in the team and in Talon’s heart. The confirmation of the team, their legitimacy as a special FBI Unit.
It’s also the confirmation for us readers, that this series will be amazing and that we’ll love all of them more and more.

5 OptimuMM’s for my guys

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

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