Review: “Calculated Magic” by SJD Peterson

TITLE: Calculated Magic
AUTHOR: SJD Peterson
SERIES: Dreamspun Beyond
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 230 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 16, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback

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Never too late for love.
Three-hundred-and-fifty-year-old warlock Tikron must find his true love or forfeit his immortality. But if he hasn’t found his ideal mate in all these centuries, the prospects don’t look too bright.
That is, until he sees mathematician Richard Beaumont. It’s love at first sight and Tikron’s future just go a whole lot brighter.
Except Richard doesn’t believe in love at first sight. He doesn’t believe in love at all. He certainly doesn’t believe in magic. His life is ruled by statistics and logic, and they tell him a relationship with Tikron has only a 10 percent chance of success. That’s unacceptable—even if the attraction between them is off the charts.
With his powers waning and the clock ticking down, Tikron’s last hope is showing Richard the true meaning of magic.


This Dreamspun Beyond novel is a unique tale of romance between two men who are complete opposites. In this tale of sexy warlocks and nerdy mathematicians, time is not a luxury the sexy warlock can afford. Being immortal isn’t what it’s cracked up to be when the coven leader puts a spell on Tikron. He either finds his true love by his three hundred and fiftieth birthday or he dies. It’s either that or his mother has to wed the coven leader. With help from his best friend Ryxium, the two try everything to break the curse but nothing works until Tikron sets his eyes on an introverted math genius at the local coffee shop.

Richard doesn’t believe in anything that he can’t see and touch. Magic is nonsense, and he’s not going to be persuaded even if the one doing the persuading is a sexy Adonis. He has everything he needs or wants, he has his math, and his dog. He doesn’t need or want anything else. So when the perky waitress at the coffee shop he frequents like clockwork sits across from him, he’s instantly annoyed. He doesn’t do people. She’s only conversing with the prickly man because the Adonis at the counter won’t stop looking at Richard like he wants to consume him. That confuses Richard, and now he’s even more determined to not deal with all this crazy nonsense. As he leaves, he runs into his admirer, and I wish I could say sparks fly but nope. Richard has to believe in Tikron, and everything Tikron is before these two can have any chance.

Tikron would rather die than let his mom be miserable for the rest of her life. His mother had one true love in Tikron’s father before he passed away. When the coven leader cursed Tikron, it was for purely selfish reasons. Tikron doesn’t want to die but as him and his best friend Ry discover, only true love can break the curse. Tikron never thought he’d find his soul mate until he spots a ordinary looking man in a coffee shop. He can’t believe he actually found his soul mate, but now he has to convince the grumpy, standoffish man that magic is real and that Tikron is his fated mate. Easy right? Ha. Richard thwarts his advances and isn’t falling for the brute that easily. He and Ry have to get creative if Tikron ever wants the surly man for himself. Shenanigans ensue. A sassy squirrel, a missing dog collar and a best friend uninvitingly popping in while definitely not using Richard’s front door.

I really enjoyed this. The characters were fantastically written, and the plot was interesting. Definitely nothing I’ve read before. I loved Richard’s change throughout the book as he discovers love and magic. Tikron and Ryxium were hilarious when they got going. I’m really hoping for Ry to get his own book. All in all, this was a fantastic paranormal, and I definitely recommend it.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “The Man Inside Me” by Sean Kerr

TITLE: The Man Inside Me
AUTHOR: Sean Kerr
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: SGK Publications
COVER ARTIST: Sean Kerr
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Not yet
LENGTH: 202 pages
RELEASE DATE: Sep 30, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book

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At what age is the hope of love lost? Can a love that has slipped into friendship be re-kindled?
These thoughts lay heavy in Gabriel’s soul, for while he finds the spark of love still burns inside his middle-aged heart, he cannot tell Henry. When they were young at Oxford University, their love burned hot and bright, and they thought to change the world together until a devastating tragedy ripped them apart.
Youth. It slips away in the blink of an eye, and Henry can no longer stand to see his own reflection in the mirror, for all he sees is a sad, tired old man whose body has betrayed him. He craves the touch of another, to feel attractive and vital once more, but his obsession with his work has stolen his life from him, and now it has taken on a sinister dimension.
Determined to continue with his work regardless of the consequences, Henry invites his friends over for a dinner party, but one of his guests is missing, and the evening is shattered by the revelation of a brutal murder.
To what lengths would you go to find love? How far would you go to see your youth renewed? These are the dilemmas facing Gabriel and Henry as their friendship is tested to its very limits, for their lives are shattered by a vicious killer. Is there still the chance for love, or has age stolen that from them too? Can they move beyond the friendship that has spanned over thirty years and find the love that once made their hearts beat as one?
You may never be too old to find love, but will you be able to survive it?


This author has done it again. He has taken every emotion I have and brought them to surface. I absolutely love the setting period in this book. It is the 1800’s in London, and this author is amazing at making me feel as if I am there. And the characters crept right into my heart. Of course, with Sean, you never know who will make it and who will be used to rip your heart apart. More than once was I cursing Sean and wishing him an itchy scalp or worse. LOL. The way he tells a story just intrigues me from beginning to end. A new concept on an old one, and boy, was it enjoyable.

I love the way Gab and Henry met. The enthusiasm and passion Henry has are addictive as Gab learns. The things Henry opens Gab’s eyes too are just refreshing and adorable. They go out of town together and thoroughly enjoy the train ride back. Gab is convinced they’ll love each other forever. Then tragedy hits. They will be lifelong friends, but that spark has left its existence. They grow older in each other’s lives but will they ever find their spark again? Will Henry ever be able to cure the mind from going bad? Will he ever come to realize just how much Gab means to him?

These are the questions Sean loves to throw out at us. He loves to mess with our heads and hearts from one extreme to the next in Sean-style. There are other characters that we fall in love with, like Richardson. I loved his flamboyant self when it was not ok to be gay or flamboyant. He just loves his life and lives it for himself. There is some hot sex and some dirty as well, but it all flows with this epic story. If you don’t love this story, I won’t know how to feel. This is a love story written the only way Sean can write a story with twist and turns, love and hate and of course, tragedy and victory.

***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: “Guarding his Melody” by Victoria Sue

TITLE: Guarding his Melody
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
SERIES: Enhanced World  Standalones
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: Sept 25, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback

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A standalone in the Enhanced World
Deaf since childhood, Sebastian Armitage had a promising musical future until his dreams were shattered when he transformed at twelve years old. In a world where enhanced humans are terrorized and imprisoned, his life shrinks around him even more as he suffers the torment of his father’s experimental research to enable him to hear.
Gray Darling—struggling with the scars left by his experience in Afghanistan—agrees to provide short-term personal protection when anonymous threats escalate into assault on those closest to Seb.
As the lines between protection and attraction blur, Gray and Seb can’t ignore the intense feelings drawing them together. But secrets and betrayals might prove deadly, unless Gray is willing to risk it all. And Seb must find the strength to make his own future and sing his own song…


Sebastian is deaf and enhanced. He doesn’t need to have any abilities to know that his life is threatened. His father wants his son safe, and he hired a private security team to ensure to it.
Gray is non-enhanced, ex-military and works for Rawling Security since he left the army. When he’s offered the job to protect a twenty year-old rich kid, at first Gray wasn’t thrilled. But he changed his mind as soon as his realized Seb’s deaf and his enhanced status. Gray feels his overprotectiveness instinct raised.
Seb and Gray will have to trust each other in order to erase any threat against them and allow Sebastian to be able to live his life fully and play his melody.

Guarding his Melody by Victoria Sue is book 4 in the Enhanced World series, and it’s a standalone.
As a huge fan of the Enhanced World series, I was more than thrilled, excited and also hyperventilating knowing that book 4 was coming out soon. When I heard that this book was a standalone in the series without my favorite guys, I was curious to read what the author had in her mind. Oooh man, let’s just say she perfectly knows what she’s doing.

Sebastian had been deaf since he was 3 years-old after having meningitis, then at twelve, he woke up with the mark on his cheek. The mark that said to the world that he’s enhanced, but Sebastien doesn’t seem to have any ability (Read the book if you want to know if he has or not any abilities). His father is obsessed with healing him, like Sebastian needs to be fixed, and he submits Seb to hard (and cruel) operations that make him really sick. Seb tries his best to protect himself and to feel safe in his home and in his body and playing music is his safe place. I completely melted for Seb, he’s fragile, and he isn’t. The author created this duality in him. Physically, because of his health and cruel treatment (there’s no other word) he’s weak and needs to be protected. But mentally, Seb is stronger than any of us and Gray. His stubbornness, his sensitivity, his creativity, and his strength won me over. I adored him.

Gray is ex-military, and he suffers from PTSD plus guilt from his past. He’s a good bodyguard but refuses to get attached to anyone except Seb. From the beginning, Gray is moved by Seb, he wants to help him and protect him. He really cares about him and only wants Seb’s happiness no matter what it costs for Gray. I adored Gray, he’s a good man, with good intentions, and although he can be blind and stubborn, he’s a fighter, a warrior, and he’s ready to do anything in his power no matter the consequences to help and protect Seb.
Seb and Gray need each other. If Gray protects Seb and helps him to be who he truly is, then Seb helps Gray to see what he missed in his life. Seb is deaf, yes, but he sees and hears the world with his mind and heart, while Gray was deaf and blind to his own heart before meeting Seb.

This book was beautiful, the writing was perfect and the plot intense and captivating. I couldn’t put it down until I finished and I wanted to cry at the end because I finished the book (never said I was rational). Seb and Gray play their own music, their own melody that only their bodies and hearts can hear. The book was like a music sheet, and their story a beautiful melody that we want to guard in our heart.
It’s a must-read. If you don’t know the Enhanced World series, no worries (even if I start to question your life choices! Yes, I judge you!) Like I said, Guarding His Melody is a standalone and when you get a taste of this universe, I know you’ll want to read the other books.

It’s 5 OptimuMM for Gray, Seb, and their melody.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Strays” by AJ Thomas

TITLE: Strays
AUTHOR: AJ Thomas
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Tiferet Design
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 210 pages
RELEASE DATE: Sept 25, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback

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Orphaned at a young age and raised in the foster system, Jory Smith has no idea he’s half incubus. He only knows he has the power to heal people, making himself sick in the process. Exploited by a crooked faith healer who sells his abilities and his life to the highest bidder and then left for dead, Jory flees, falling into a job at a small-town café where he can put his lifelong obsession with baking to good use.
But the minister who exploited him wants him back.
Exiled hellhound-turned–bounty hunter Malpheus Pelle has no idea why his human client wants him to track down an incubus. Jory is traumatized and afraid to touch anyone, an emotional handicap that could prove fatal for a demon who requires physical contact. Needing answers, Mal concocts a disastrous plan: pretend to date Jory to uncover the truth. Unfortunately, his plan never included dealing with an ancient demon assassin, Jory’s orgasmic pumpkin cookies, or losing his heart to the incubus he’s supposed to be hunting….


Jory Smith is an orphan with a special gift. He can heal people when he touches them. He’s exploited by Adam, a preacher, who scams people in his church “New Ministry”. Jory tries his best to not hurt people or to be hurt in the process, until Adam ambushes Jory and almost had him killed by healing Eugene Barnett.

Malpheus Pelle is a demon, a hellhound, and lives as a bounty hunter. He’s called by Eugen and Adam to find Jory and bring him back. Mal knows exactly what Jory is, and doesn’t understand; why humans want an incubus.
Mal will track down the incubus, ready to be paid for his job, but when he meets Jory, nothing happens like he expected, and the last thing Mal wants is to give up Jory.

Strays by AJ Thomas was a great paranormal book that I really loved.
Jory doesn’t know what he really is. He’s sure he’s just a human with special abilities. When he meets Mal, he’s torn between running away from this dark, handsome man and trying to get know him. But nothing is simple for him. He’s hunted by Adam and Eugene who try to kill him, Neal, a homeless drunk who can appear and disappear; warns him to leave town because danger is around, and Mal wants to date him. Nothing is simple for him, and when Jory learns who and what he is, things get a little bit more complicated. I liked Jory, he’s kind, smart and funny. He’s not a little fragile thing, he has a lot of fight in him, and he’s not afraid to use it. I completely melted for him and his cookies (I probably gainned 10 pounds while reading the book).

Mal is a hellhound exiled on earth, with Louise, his pug who’s not really a pug but a hellhound too; He hunts the people who try to avoid jail. He’s surprised that two humans want him to track down an incubus, and let’s just say Mal has a lot of ideas about incubus, and not positive. He was completely surprised to meet Jory, he didn’t expect to fall in love with him and to have this visceral need to be with him. I so adored Mal, he’s funny, smart and most of all, super handsome with a beautiful sensitivity as an artist. He’s super-hot, and his interactions with Louise are super cute.

I really loved this book. AJ Thomas wrote a great story with a good plot. We learn a lot about the Demonic Kingdom, their rules, factions and all. It was well written and very well described. Not too much boring parts; and not too much information to be confusing, it was well done. Jory and Mal are hot; and loveable, and the secondary characters are very interesting especially Neal and Keygan. I hope there will be a sequel to this book.

I gladly recommend this book, I had a great time with it.

It’s 5 optimuMMs for the pastry chef and his giant puppy!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Hiding in Plain Sight” by Bru Baker

TITLE: Hiding in Plain Sight
AUTHOR: Bru Baker
SERIES: Camp H.O.W.L
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 256 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 18, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback

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Happily ever after is right under their noses.
Harris has been keeping a big secret for years—his unrequited mate bond with his best friend, Jackson. He’s convinced himself that having Jackson in his life is enough. That, and his work at Camp H.O.W.L., keeps him going.
Things get complicated when Jackson applies for a high-ranking Tribunal job in New York City—far from Camp H.O.W.L. The position requires he relinquish all Pack bonds… and that’s when his wolf decides to choose a mate. Suddenly Jackson sees his best friend in a sizzling new light.
Their chemistry is through the roof, but they’re setting themselves up for broken hearts—and broken bonds—if Jackson can’t figure out a way to balance his career and the love that’s just been waiting for him to take notice.


I loved Hiding in Plain Sight by Bru Baker. It’s the third book in the Camp H.O.W.L. series and the twenty-eighth book in the Dreamspun Beyond series. The book is a standalone, so you don’t have to read the other two books in the series to know what’s going on with the couple in this book but reading the other two books will only enhance your reading experience since there are cameos from the other couples in this book. And the returning characters from Camp H.O.W.L. like the camp director Anne Marie and the camp counselors, doctors, and therapists. The story was well written with a great storyline and well-developed complex characters.

I liked that in this book we get to see more of how the campers get to spend their days while also getting to watch Harris while he works through his unrequited mate bond with his best friend, Jackson.

I loved Harris. I loved his dedication to the camp as a therapist and to keeping in touch with his friends. He’s known that he and Jackson were mates for a while, but he also knows that Jackson isn’t looking for a mate and so he decides he would rather keep Jackson as a friend than to try and mess that friendship up by pushing for more and potentially being rejected. Harris knows that an unrequited bond is easier to live with then a rejected mate bond. But that can’t help him from pining for his mate. When the camp gets a new celebrity camper, Harris is assigned as her therapist and the person in charge of her. Having such a big celebrity in the camp will mean upping their security system and border patrols while she’s there and guess who put in their security system? That’s right…Jackson, who works for Jordan at Fangs and Fury in between working as a police officer. For Harris having Jackson at the camp for the length of the celebrity’s stay will be both heaven and hell. Heaven because he’ll get to be around his mate every day and hell while he waits to find out if Jackson has gotten the Tribunal Enforcer job and will be moving to New York City and will have to break all of his bonds, both pack and personal.

I loved Jackson. He’s a little oblivious to the attraction between him and Harris until his wolf decides that Harris is his potential mate. He’s completely focused on his career and doesn’t have any plans for a mate. And actually to get the career that he wants as a Tribunal Enforcer he’ll have to break his bonds with both his pack and any personal bonds that he also has. His ultimate job is to be a pack second like his dad, and he knows that if he gets the Tribunal job that he won’t have any problem getting a job as a pack second. After getting back from his interview for the Tribunal job he learns that Jordan has taken a job for camp H.O.W.L. to overhaul their security for a high profile celebrity camper. Which would normally be no problem but for some reason, Jackson’s wolf has been pushing him to bond with his best friend Harris, which with the potential job requirements is inconvenient and is making him second guess if he really wants to continue with his plans for his career or give it up and keep his mate. Poor Jackson feels like a yo-yo.

I loved this addition to the series, and I think that you will too. If you have enjoyed the other books in the Camp H.O.W.L. series, then I recommend giving this book a try.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis