Review: “The Supers” by Sean Michael

TITLE: The Supers
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: The Supers
PUBLISHER: Dreamspun Beyond
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 242 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 15, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $9.99 –paperback
  

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Hunting ghosts and finding more than they bargained for.

Blaine Franks is a member of the paranormal research group the Supernatural Explorers. When the group loses their techie to a cross-country move, newly graduated Flynn Huntington gets the job. Flynn fits in with the guys right off the bat, but when it comes to him and Blaine, it’s more than just getting along.

Things heat up between Blaine and Flynn as they explore their first haunted building, an abandoned hospital, together. Their relationship isn’t all that progresses, though, and soon it seems that an odd bite on Blaine’s neck has become much more.

Hitchhiking ghosts, a tragic love story forgotten by time, and the mystery of room 204 round out a romance where the things that go bump in the night are real.


Blaine and Flynn are ghost hunters. Flynn is the new member of the team as the new tech guy. He’s the one supposed to record and keep the data about everything they find with ghosts and spirits.
Blaine is the psychic of the team, he’s the one who actually sees the ghosts and spirits.
The team decide to go to an old abandoned hospital, it’s not the first one for them except for Flynn.

They were ready to spend a boring night, without much activity, so they didn’t expect to meet so many interactions and visitors, worst Blaine and Flynn seems to be the center of those paranormal activities.

What’s happens, really?

I loved this book, I really loved this book. It spooked me, totally completely spooked me (I can be a chicken sometimes)
Blaine and Flynn are sweet and adorable. As different they can be, they are complementary and support each other, they also want to protect each other, Blaine refuses to let Flynn near the hospital and Room 204.

The story and the plot were great and captivating. It was well written, super well written. How things took place, and how little by little, we understood that nothing is completely normal.
The author distills clues through the book that something was off, and it works, I was feeling uneasy, trying to understand what’s really happening.
The writing is dynamic, fluid, fresh, and I was completely hooked.

I was spook by the story. Ok, I read the book at night, with a mini storm, rain, wind, and trees knocking at my window…ok, I was completely terrified, BUT I couldn’t put my kindle down. Nope, who needs to sleep when you read a good book. And here, the story and plot are better than the characters.

You know sometimes, you read a book, and the story is good, but the characters are better and hold the story. Here it’s the reverse, the story by itself is a character, and it’s definitely my favourite one with the “others.”

It’s 4 OptimuMM’s for the Supernatural Explorers.

***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: “Gummy Bears & Grenades” by Charlie Cochet

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

  

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Review: “The Keeper” by Kiernan Kelly

TITLE: The Keeper
AUTHOR: Kiernan Kelly
SERIES:
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Paranormal; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 2, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

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After millennia of hiding in the shadows, the creatures of myth known collectively as the “Others” have stepped forward into the light of day and demanded the right to share the planet humans long ago claimed as their exclusive territory. But the humans have no intention of surrendering without a fight—one that will include genocide. The Others are given no choice but to be ready to defend themselves, and they convene a Council of War to plan their strategy.

But first, they must address an ancient and terrifying prophecy: “Heed me well, all of you. Attack the humans without the Keeper and you will fail. Every one of you will become nothing but a memory, a myth, and the humans will truly inherit the earth.”

The Council charges Liam, son of the Sidhe chieftain, with the critical mission to find the elusive Keeper necessary to their survival, but his quest is complicated by the need to find a Keeper determined not to be found.

Marin is an Atlantean who values his privacy, but with the fate of the world at stake, he understands his days of living under the radar are over. Even worse, he must face his past to fight for his future. The last thing he expects is to fall in love along the way.


A war is coming, between humans and the creatures of myth, known as The Others.
The Others came out of the shadow to the human world. At first, they were welcome, but the more they came, the more the human start to fear them and decide to exterminate them. Yes, neutralize and / or exterminate them in camps that they create to park them, torture them and kill them. Totally human.
The council of the others, decide to fight back and free their people but in order to be successful, they need The Keeper with them.
Liam, a Sidhe (kind of fairy) is the one in charge of this mission. Find the Keeper.

Marin is an Atlantean and the keeper. He’s lived in the human world for years, before “the great revelation” of the Others. He wants to stay away from them, and the war. But when he understands what really happened to his people, he doesn’t hesitate and agrees to follow Liam.
Liam is a great warrior, fierce and loyal to his father the Chieftain of the council. When he meets Marin, he doesn’t expect to meet a hot sexy beautiful man and stubborn who doesn’t follow his orders.

I liked this book, but something was missing.

The story and the plot were good, but too much repetitiveness. Sometimes I was turning around with the same thing, and it made the read a little bit boring in those moments.
I love the multi POV, not only Liam and Marin, but also from the secondary characters. It was interesting, but it doesn’t help the reader get attached to the MCs.
Liam and Marin are interesting, but I can’t tell you that I’m in love with them or who’s my favourite because I didn’t spend a lot of time with them. The author stayed on the surface, so I can’t really be attached to them, and when the big revelation (I call it the Stars war’s revelation) happened, I was cold like “yeah ok good”.
Don’t get me wrong, Liam and Marin are interesting and can be funny, I liked them. Just like I liked the story and the plot.
This book, is for me, the book one of a series, and it settles the background and how everything starts. The author had to put the basis of his universe. Now everything is in place, I want to know more and how they’re going to succeed.
So despite the length, the repetition and the characters not really developed, I still want to read more and follow Liam and Marin quest.

It’s 3.5 stars for This Keeper and His Fairy boy.

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

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Review: “Adrian’s Bodyguard” by Shelby Rhodes

TITLE: Adrian’s Bodyguard
AUTHOR: Shelby Rhodes
SERIES: Vampires of Vadin
PUBLISHER: Siren-BookStrand
COVER ARTIST: Harris Channing
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifters
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 144 pages
RELEASE DATE: Sept ember 13, 2017
PRICE: $4.50 –e-book
  

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Vampire King Adrian Bloodhart has faced many challenges in the thousands of years he’s been reigning. However, he had thought he’d moved past the stage of his life that was littered with assassination attempts. And, as if the attacks weren’t irritating enough, he finds himself saddled with a personal bodyguard he doesn’t feel he needs or even wants.

When Xavier Dayden had agreed to guard King Adrian, he had expected to be guarding a mature adult, but what he got was a petulant child. Adrian is odd as hell and too sexy for Xavier’s peace of mind. When Xavier finds his control slipping, he’s conflicted. Giving in could lead to so much more than a one night stand, but was it worth the possible heartbreak?

The choice is made when tragedy strikes where it is least expected and, as Adrian’s walls crack and fall, Xavier is there to pick up the pieces. Through the heartache, love is finally in their grasps.


Adrian is the king of the kingdom of Vadin. Since he succeeded his cruel father, Adrian tries his best to bring peace and wealth to his kingdom and subjects. When several attempted assassinations against him failed, he has no choice but to have a bodyguard.

Xavier is the personal bodyguard of his kings, the twins Elves, close friends to Adrian. When they hear about the attacks against their friend, they asked Xavier to protect him no matter what and at any cost.
Xavier and Adrian have no choice but to “work” together. What they didn’t expect was to be attracted and more to each other.

It’s the first book from Shelby Rhodes, and I can tell you that she has a real talent and lot of potential.

I liked this book, it was a good read, fresh, light, funny, I’ve laughed out loud a lot of time.

Adrian is adorable, strong (like very very strong), funny with a big sassy mouth (my favorite characters).
Xavier is a strong, dark, tall, man, he’s also very fierce and protective, that’s why he’s the perfect match for Adrian.
The secondary characters are all very interesting, and I look forward to learning more about them.

This book is also the first one of the series, it set the plot, the universe, and the characters.

For me, it’s a 3.5 OptimuMM’s, because even if it was good, it wasn’t perfect either. The thing that was missing the most was that it just scratched the surface.
The characters aren’t deeply developed, we just scratch them on the surface.

The universe where the story takes place and the plot aren’t deeply developed as well. Besides, the rhythmic of the book isn’t well adjusted in my opinion.
But like I said, it’s the first book of the author and of the series, and I can see the potential and the talent here. It was pretty good with a flawless editing and good writing, dynamic and fluid. The first time isn’t always perfect, but I’m sure with time, everything will be improving positively.

So it’s a 3.5 OptimuMM’s for me, and I will follow this series, Can’t wait to read the next 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: “Dragon’s Hoard” by M.A. Church

TITLE: Dragon’s Hoard
AUTHOR: M.A. Church
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Urban Fantasy ; Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 234 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $9.99 -paperback
  

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To be loved by a dragon is to be treasured.

A hundred years ago, werewolf Alpha Montgomery took a risk driven by desperation—he borrowed money from the ancient dragon Warwick Ehecatl, putting up the pack lands as collateral. Now the debt is due, and dragons don’t forget—or forgive. Warwick demands Montgomery’s son, Avery, and three businesses as compensation. As an Omega, Avery knows he is basically useless to his pack, so he might as well agree. He soon has second thoughts, though. Warwick is fearsome, and he’s free to do as he likes with Avery.

Warwick knows his race’s reputation, and he even admits some of it is deserved. But he’d rather cut off his tail than let his innocent mate’s light go out. It won’t be easy, but buried deep, there’s something between them worth safeguarding.


This was my first read by this author, and I bit myself up that I waited this long.

This book was a one continuous read, and I couldn’t put it down until the very end.

Avery is the son of Alpha Montgomery, who, hundred years ago, took out a loan from the very ancient dragon. That’s kept secret until the 100th birthday of Avery, when he officially becomes a man. Now Avery is an omega to his father’s disappointment. He has 5 older siblings but they’re all females, and the pack rule doesn’t allow females to become an Alpha.

Avery is nervous about his birthday party, so he hides in his room till the very last minute. There are a lot of suitors, to Avery surprise, present at the party. Omegas are valued in a pack because of their vulnerability, but they are not taken seriously at all. Avery was treated like a damsel in distress all his life, and that infuriates him. So he’s not looking forward to a mate, when he will probably be treated as an empty-headed trophy mate.

Warwick Ehectal is a thousand year-old dragon. As all dragons, his hoards are vast, full of unimaginable values. But one thing is missing. Warwick feels lonely, but he doesn’t really realize because he’s busy, or that’s what he says. So when Alpha Montgomery needs to pay his debt, he shows up, just a few hours before the alpha’s term ends, at his son birthday party, purposely.

Dragons are not bargaining. When the contract is signed, the terms must be fulfilled. But that thing will change when Warwick lays eyes on Avery. Of course, Alpha Montgomery doesn’t have the money he owes, but the dragon is ready to make a deal: the alpha’s most profitable business and his son Avery.

The story was surprisingly sweet, romantic and was nothing I imagined.

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

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