Review: “It Takes two to Tango” by M.A Church

TITLE: It Takes two to Tango
AUTHOR: M.A Church
SERIES: Fur, Fang and Felines
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 230 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 26 2016
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback

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Fur, Fangs, and Felines: Book Three
Can two very different men find the love they need to survive?
Remi Ginn’s an easygoing werecat with a love of snarky T-shirts. He would be perfectly happy with a human mate. Is that what the goddess Bast gives him? Of course not. Instead she gifts him with Marshell, a Vetala, a snakelike nonshifter who drinks blood to survive. A man who’s just as toppy as Remi—and even more powerful than the West Falls Clowder’s Alpha and heir apparent.
While Remi is deciding whether he can handle the fates’ choice, hunters attack Marshell. Afterward, in an explosion of passion, Remi and Marshell mate and Remi declares Marshell his. Now they have to figure out how to make their relationship work as they dance around each other.
The clowder is in turmoil, and Remi’s acceptance of Marshell rocks the very foundation of the insular group. The consequences will be far-reaching. And if that isn’t problem enough, the situation with the hunters is far from resolved… as proved by the appearance of an Alpha werewolf.


Remi is a beta for his clowder, the most powerful beta actually. He’s laid back, funny, but very dominant.
Marshell is a vetala. He’s powerful, and real player while being imposing.

When Marshell and Remi meet at a Thanksgiving diner, they understood that they’re were fated mates. And Marshell, excited by this discovery releases his incredible and powerful power.
Remi’s clowder has a problem with how powerful Marshell is, and they aren’t sure they want a paranormal more powerful than the Alpha. Besides, Marshell is harassed by an ex hook-up who causes a lot of damages.

Remi and Marshell want to be together, but they’ll have to survive the threat against their lives and their love.

This one is my favorite of the series.
I’ve loved Remi since book 1. He’s funny, smart, protective, strong and tolerant. He was the only one accepting Kirk and supporting him. He has a sassy mouth and sassy T-shirts (yes, a T-shirt can be sassy too). He wasn’t scared of Marshell’s power. Even if he admits that his mate can be intimidating, he always supports him and fights hard for him.
Marshell is very strong, powerful and dominant. People assume that because he is who he is, he isn’t sensitive. But Marshell is like everyone, he can be afraid, sad and needs to be loved for who he is, and accepted freely. That’s Remi for him.

The two of them are beautiful and adorable together.
The author regaled me with this book. The subjects in this one please me too, racism and sexism are aborded too. They were present since the beginning of the series, but here, they’re more present. Besides, I love mix-race couple, and in this case, Remi and Marshell are a mix-race-species gay couple. I love it.

It’s 5 OptimuMMs for The big guy and his sassy cat

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

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Review: “Behind the Eight Ball” by M.A Church

TITLE: Behind the Eight Ball
AUTHOR: M.A Church
SERIES: Fur, Fangs and Felines
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 214 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 30, 2015
PRICE: $5.59 -e-book / $11.99 -paperback

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Fur, Fangs, and Felines: Book Two
A cool morning, a yard full of birds, and a kitty on a mission. What more could a werecat want? Beta Heller Wirth has it all, except a mate—a shifter mate, that is. The last thing he wants is one of those dangerous humans who kill without remorse. Heller knows about that firsthand. So what does the goddess Bast do? She gives Heller exactly what he does not want—a human: business owner Lawson Dupre.
Lawson hasn’t a clue what just happened in his car detail shop. One minute a cute client is about to pass out, and then he perks up and starts flirting. Next thing, he runs out the door like the hounds of hell are after him. Learning that Heller is a werecat doesn’t freak out Lawson. He happens to be one of those rare humans who knows paranormals exists. He even lives with one. Watch the fur fly as Heller and Lawson battle hurt feelings, misguided beliefs, and a power shift in Heller’s clowder.


Heller is a beta werecat for his clowder. After claiming how much he hated humans when Dolf mated a human, he’s at a lost when he realizes his mate is a human and runs away from him.
Lawson is human but aware of the paranormal since his 2 best friends are Vetalas. When he understands that Heller is his mate and rejected him, he’s hurt.
But when Lawson’s life is threatened, Heller doesn’t hesitate. He needs to protect his mate, human or not, it doesn’t matter anymore.

I really like this series.
At first, in book 1, I can say that I disliked Heller, a lot, he was a total asshole with Kirk. But he saved his life, so by the end, I didn’t know what to do with him. In this book, I get to know him better. He’s a great guy deep down, funny, kind and sweet. When I understood why he hated humans, I was sad and horrified for him and what he been through alone. I really love his sensibility and fragility that he shows only to his mate.

Lawson is sweet, funny, loyal, and very dominant. Even if Heller is a beta, a position of power in the clowder, Lawson isn’t impressed at all. He’s also very loyal to his friends first, but when Heller came into his life, he became his everything, and I loved it. I loved Lawson’s banter, he reminds me of Kirk, human yes, but the cats don’t get their tongues (Yes, pun totally intend).

Anyway, M.A Church keeps entertaining me with this book and this series. The only thing is there wasn’t a lot of sex in this one (after the hot threesome in book 1, she gave me bad habits), but it was coherent with the story and the plot, so yes, it’s my pervy side who complains.

4 OptimuMM for the Hellcat and his Human

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

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Review: “Trouble comes in Threes” by M.A Church

TITLE: Trouble comes in Threes
AUTHOR: M.A Church
SERIES: Fur, Fang and Felines
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifters
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 234 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 24, 2014
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback

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A snowstorm in the South—on New Year’s Eve—is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when, naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.
Out of the punishing weather and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk’s house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.
Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters—and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.


Dolf is the next alpha of his clowder, and Tal is an omega, they are werecats, mated for thirty years and happy until one day, when they smell a wonderful and powerful scent. The scent of their third mate.
Kyle is human and a mechanic. He struggles with money, lives day by day and single.

On New Year Eve, Kyle is invaded by 2 cats who take his home as their property.
When Kyle is hurt, and the cats became human, Kyle understood his life will never be the same.
But it is good or not?

Do you remember when I reviewed “At Sixes and Seven”, (https://optimumm.blog/2017/11/10/review-at-sixes-and-sevens-by-m-a-church/) the book four of this series, I told you that I want to read the 3 previous. Guess what? I did it.

I wasn’t disappointed at all. This book was good.
I don’t know who I love more, Dolf, Tal or Kirk. Dolf is the super dominant Alpha, his mates’ well-being and safety are important to him. Tal is a sweet man, he’s kind, gentle, submissive, and a real peacemaker. Kirk is between them. Dominant and headstrong like Dolf (not as much as him) but also submissive and sweet like Tal.
I enjoyed reading their story, the sex is smoking hot, really, super-hot, with some interesting kink (not enough for my own taste, but hey, I’m pervy, you all know it).
The book is divided into 2 parts, in my opinion, the first part is all about Dolf, Tal and Kirk and their mating, the second part is all about Kirk’s integration to the clowder and the investigation of who wants to hurt him.

No really, it was a very good book. Werecats are so fun (and it’s me who hate cats who’s telling you that!).
4 OptimuMMs for The Alpha, The Omega and the Mechanic

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

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Review: “Chasing Thunderbird” by J. Leigh Bailey

TITLE: Chasing Thunderbird
AUTHOR: J. Leigh Bailey
SERIES: Shifter U,
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Shapeshifters; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 228 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 6, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $6.99 – paperback

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A Shifter U Tale

A legendary love.

Ornithology professor Simon Coleman’s reputation is at risk, and the only way to save his name is to prove thunderbirds are more than creatures of Native American myth. Grad student and part-time barista Ford Whitney has a lot on his plate, but it’s also his duty to make sure the resident bird nerd doesn’t discover shape-shifters—like himself—live on campus.
When a series of incidents related to Simon’s search put him in harm’s way, Ford’s instincts kick in, and they become closer than is strictly proper for student and teacher. Ford is forced to reveal his secrets to Simon, and their relationship is put to the test—Simon must choose between salvaging his reputation and protecting the man who protected him…


Chasing Thunderbird by J. Leigh Bailey is the second book in the Shifter U series and book thirteen in Dreamspun Beyond series. I didn’t realize this was the second book in the series when I read it. And after reading a couple of the other reviews on Goodreads, I have a feeling that I missed out on a lot of inside comedy and knowing what kind of shifter Ford was since it was revealed in the first book Stalking Buffalo Bill. However, I did enjoy reading Chasing Thunderbird.
The story’s told through Simon’s first person POV, so we don’t get to know what Ford’s thinking or feeling except for how he reacts to what’s going on. I did like Cody College and all of the strange happenings that go on like when Simon attends a bird watching club meeting and how secretly it’s a bird shifter club. I also liked how bold all of the wildlife is at the college and how they aren’t afraid of humans which is strange to Simon but makes sense to everybody else that goes there since the college has one of the largest population of shifter students.

Simon is an Ornithology professor. He’s an academic genius and received his Ph.D. by the age of twenty and comes from a long line of academics. However, his family has a reputation in academia for their zealous and over publicized search for the Thunderbird cryptid. They have gotten proof of the Thunderbird, but every time the evidence is stolen, lost or goes missing just when the person goes public with it leading to embarrassment, shame, and besmirching of the family name.

When a position in the biology department becomes available at Cody College, it seems like fate to Simon. This will put him close to a recent sighting of the Thunderbird, and he wants to finally get proof and clear his family’s name in secret, of course. However, when a meet and greet article turns into an article about his family’s search for the Thunderbird, the head of the biology department assigns Simon a TA to make sure that he stays in line and doesn’t cause the college any embarrassment. His new TA is Ford Whitney. Grad student and part-time barista, Ford has a lot on his plate, and it’s his job to make sure that Simon doesn’t find out that shifters are real and that the college has the largest population in residence.

As Simon investigates the location of the supposed sighting of the Thunderbird, he runs into a group of people that want all of his research on the Thunderbirds, and they aren’t above trying to force him to give it to them. Ford will be forced to step in and save Simon and the secret about the shifters will be revealed. Simon will have to decide on what is more important to him, clearing his family’s name or saving the Thunderbirds by keeping their existence a secret.

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

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Review: “Myths, Moons & Mayhem” by Clare London, Carl Redlum, Rebecca Buchanan, Rob Rosen, Dale Cameron Lowry, Elizabeth Caldwell, Morgan Elektra, Rhidian Brenig Jones & Greg Kosebjorn

TITLE: Myths, Moons & Mayhem
AUTHORS:
Clare London, Carl Redlum, Rebecca Buchanan, Rob Rosen,
Dale Cameron Lowry, Elizabeth Caldwell, Morgan Elektra,
Rhidian Brenig Jones & Greg Kosebjorn
SERIES: Anthology
PUBLISHER: Sexy Little Pages
COVER ARTIST: Torrance Sene
GENRE: Paranormal; MMM; Erotica; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 183 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 13, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 e-book / $12.99 paperback

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Myths, moons, and mayhem make the perfect threesome—and so do the men in this anthology.
Enjoy nine erotic stories of paranormal ménages a trois fueled by lust and magic, where mystical forces collide with the everyday world and even monsters have their own demons to conquer.

A werewolf gets a lust-fueled lesson on fitting in with the pack, a professor unlocks ancient secrets and two men’s hearts, and a pair of supernaturals find themselves at the erotic mercy of a remarkable human. Ghosts, fairies, aliens, and mere mortals test the boundaries of their desires, creating magic of their own.

Penned by favorite authors such as Rob Rosen and Clare London, as well as by newcomers to the genre, Myths, Moons & Mayhem is an eclectic mix of paranormal lust and polymythic beings that will spark your fantasies and fuel your bonfires.

Inside Man by Clare London—At a London pub, a tear in the veil between the dead and living opens up new possibilities for a ghost who could only ever watch the men he desired, but never touch.

The Secret of the Golden Cup by Rebecca Buchanan—A classics professor finds himself at the center of a magical war. With an unfairly attractive student and a campus janitor as his only allies, can he stave off the forces of evil?

When The Big Moon Shines by Carl Redlum—A college student is intent on hunting down the man who turned him into a werewolf. But his mouthwatering neighbors keep getting in the way.

Careful What You Wish For by Elizabeth Coldwell—Josh dreams of meeting Mr. Right, so his roommate offers help with a love spell. Neither man is prepared for what happens when the spell begins to work.

The Cave by Dale Cameron Lowry—Losing sleep to the sounds of his tent-neighbors’ nightly lovemaking has nature photographer Ethan at his wit’s end. What kind of magic can convince the two men he should join them?

The Endless Knot by Morgan Elektra—The fiery romance between a vampire and a werewolf threatens to burn itself to the ground until a human teaches them to temper the flame.

Squatchin’ by Greg Kosebjorn—Two Bigfoot hunters get more than they bargained for when they set out on an overnight camping trip to trail the legendary beast.

Celyn’s Tale by Rhidian Brenig Jones—A young Welsh farmer is haunted by visions of his future lover, only to discover that the lover is not one, but two—and not exactly human, either.

Close Encounter of the Three-way Kind by Rob Rosen—In this quirky comedy, aliens arrive from another galaxy, but they’re more interested in consensual exploration than invasion. Alien probing never felt so good!.


This was a very enjoyable anthology with some really hot gay erotica. They are short stories that are a menage of sorts. They have everything from ghosts, vampires and wolves, witches, bigfoot and aliens. If you’re looking for something to get your libido going, these short stories are written to do exactly that.

Inside Man by Claire London: This story starts out with a ghost that misses the ability of touch, even touching himself. He’s watching this young couple and admiring them. He notices some tension between them and decides to follow them home. He feels their love and need for each other, but they are fighting against it. With his ghostly abilities, he figures out how to help them and himself at the same time.

The Secret of the Golden Cup by Rebecca Buchanan: Grover Benson is a professor and discovers an authentic Minoan Linear B cup. No one could believe it was found in the school’s basement. All he had to do that day was get to the lecture room, collect term papers from the students and grade them. Then he could get started on interpreting the cup. As usual, the hot student that sat in H 12, was there and wrote his term on homoeroticism. This student had invaded his dreams all semester, and this paper did not help his libido. Dominic is student H 12 and Steffan is his significant other. This was where they get crazy over the cup and how these three men save the day while it ends very hot and sexy.

When the Big Moon Shines by Carl Redlum: Henry’s parents have moved him to the middle of nowhere to protect him and any victims at the full moon. They have to put him in shackles to keep him locked up so that he and others can survive. As his parents left for the day, they told him to not leave the house. Well, just like most children, he did not listen and he roams through the woods around his house. As he’s exploring, he picks up a scent and has to see where it is coming from. He discovers a sexy man chopping wood, and after a bit, sees his lover as well. He believes he gets away unnoticed, but as nightfall begins to descend, after he is locked up in his basement, he learns why the scent was so heady. These wolves are super-hot and are sexy together.

Careful What You Wish For by Elizabeth Coldwell: Josh is a lonely guy wanting to find love. His roommate, Aaron has Eric, and Josh is sick of hearing about their great sex life, how big Eric’s schlong is and so on. He’s surprised when his roommate comes walking in one evening because Aaron and Eric were supposed to go out. After a few drinks and sitting around shooting the breeze about love and all, Aaron tells Josh how his family history deals with spells, and he has a love spell that he wants to try on him. They head up to the attic and get everything ready for the spell. What comes next is shocking and hot as hell.

The Cave by Dale Cameron Lowry: Ethan is part of a paleontological expedition team and is sitting next to Heather by the fire after a hard day. He’s always tired after having to use magic. They’re getting worked up listening to Mendrika and Joseph going at in their tent. In fact, Ethan is half hard listening to the sweet sounds, and the more he gets turned on, his magic makes the fire spark up. After Heather heads to bed, Ethan lets his imagination grow wild with his fantasies about these men having sex. The fire begins to rise and dance to his fantasies. The heat these three create is smouldering hot.

The Endless Knot by Morgan Elektra: Jackson is a vampire that is not a fan of human blood. He prefers the tangy flavor of wolf blood. That is until he runs into the sexy little human known as Beau. Only once before has he felt this intense lust he has going on right now. He immediately wants to kiss him and is so turned on watching his sexiness swaying towards him. As these two are getting acquainted, Jackson smells the all too familiar wolf scent. This scent is the first scent that causes so much lust, he can’t control himself. It’s Rafael, his favorite wolf. These two go way back but always end up fighting and going separate ways. Well, Beau has plans for these two sexy studs, and he plans to never let them go.

Squatchin by Greg Kosebjorn: Jason and Dan have been together for a couple of months and are totally smitten with each other. Jason is obsessed with finding a live Sasquatch. They are in the Oregon woods in search of one. They get to a point of traipsing through the woods and decide to set up camp. After some hanky-panky in their tent, they hear, and then see, a large subject outside their tent. Jason gets all excited, and Dan is scared but soon realizes it is just a man as the man opens their tent and flashes a flashlight in their faces. They end up going back to Martin’s place and learn that his lover and love of his life died last year. When they console Martin, things heat up.

Celyn’s Tale by Rhidian Brenig Jones: Celyn often dreams of the fair folk dancing in the woods with these intense set of green eyes and set of blue eyes. These two always encouraged him to touch himself and get a release. He can kinda make out these men in his dreams, but they are just that, dreams. One day, he is going about his day and goes in for supper. Both his parents try to convince him that he needs to settle down with a nice maiden and start having children. He does not want this and is scared he will be alone forever. As he is walking, he realizes he’s ventured further than he should, but then there they are. Those sets of eyes from his dreams. Cai and Taliaris introduce Celyn to such intense pleasure, he never wants it to end. Well, he has a tough choice to make, but their offer is oh so appealing.

Close Encounter of the Three-Way Kind by Rob Rosen: Aliens have invaded earth and have settled in Africa and Europe. The deal was they would stay there, but humankind had to move from those locations. Luke is at home one day watching his sexy German neighbor, who runs around naked with the blinds up and is stroking himself. Suddenly, he’s interrupted by a loud noise in his backyard. Spandex, the alien, sensed high arousal and wants to study this sexuality. They end up going to the neighbor’s house, Hans, and they explain the need for this study. Plus, the difference between them and this alien and why the alien needs both of them.

***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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