Review: “Dead Weight” by Pandora Pine

TITLE: Dead Weight
AUTHOR: Pandora Pine
SERIES: Cold Case Psychic
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: The Killion Group
GENRE: Paranormal ; Mystery / Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 228 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 10, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 e-book

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Cold Case Detective, Ronan O’Mara, is looking forward to starting a new life in his new home, but when a strange house warming gift appears on his doorstep, he has no idea that it marks the start of a series of events that will put his life, and the lives of everyone close to him in danger. When murders similar to those committed by dead serial killer, Rod Jacobson, start occurring around Boston, Ronan is certain he has a copycat killer on his hands.
Psychic, Tennyson Grimm, is approached by friends for help dealing with issues surrounding their son. He quickly realizes there is more going with the boy than teenaged angst. Though he doesn’t want to believe it, his psychic abilities and a series of strange paranormal occurrences point to a link between the troubled teen and the murder victims that are turning up all over Boston.
When Ronan is attacked during the investigation, it’s up to Tennyson and Captain Fitzgibbon to find the killer without him. Will they be able to stop the murderer before the evil that surrounds him destroys them all?


Dead Weights is the fourth book of the Cold Case Psychic series.
Tennyson and Ronan are newly engaged and start their new life together by moving into their new house.
Everything is going great for them. Tennyson has his powers back, Ronan and he are more in tune and in love more than ever, and they don’t have a traumatic case…for now.
But nothing can stay like that, and Tennyson has gotten new visions of murders, young men murders, like with the Rob Jacobson case, but it can’t be him, since he’s dead.
So who’s impersonating this serial killer?

This book is, in my opinion, the one that gives me the most feelings.
Tennyson and Ronan are my guys, and I loved to see them having their happy life, in their new house next to Carson and Truman. It was good, like being on vacation, after all the ups and downs we read in the 3 previous books. But of course, the author couldn’t let us be happy and in peace, nooooo, she had to make us suffer, a little bit. That’s when everything went to hell at least for me.

The case is very specific, and what we’re used to reading about the crimes and the hunt for the killer is different in this book. It was a risk, and so far, it was a good risk. This book is more cryptic I’ll say, with a little bit of religion, but it was coherent with this particular case and killer. I almost had a heart attack in the middle of the book, there’s a twist that I didn’t see coming, and it put my blood pressure very high. I can say that I was on a rollercoaster of emotions.
I liked it. It was good to be out of my comfort zone with the guys, to have to deal with new situations and not a simple plot. It wasn’t black or white this time, and like I said, I was completely hooked on the story and loving it a lot…

But the end, kind of ruined the book for me.

I don’t want to spoil the book, but I’ll try to explain it. The final scene, just before the epilogue, bothered me. In my opinion, the scene wasn’t well written, and the author missed something in it. It wasn’t that the scene doesn’t make sense, because, in this tricky situation, with this particular character, I understand why the author does that, I’m okay with the motivation, I’m not okay with how it was done. It was like everyone abandoned this character and gave him the green light, like an encouragement. It really bothered me, and kind of ruined the book for me. It pissed me off a little bit because right after this scene, the epilogue comes…and it was a beautiful epilogue (I was totally crushed, crying like a baby with big fat tears), with a lot of answers and explanations. That’s why I think this last scene wasn’t well written because maybe, if I had some of explanations that were in the epilogue in this scene, it would have given me another feeling.

That’s why I put 3 OptimuMMs for this book. But don’t get me wrong, I’ll keep reading this series, I still love it a lot, and it’s not because this book leaves me with a bittersweet aftertaste that I don’t want to follow the series anymore. That’s what happens with a series, we all have a favorite and less favorite. This is one is my less favorite.

3 OptimuMMs for me.

***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: “Kiss Me Forever” by M.J. O’Shea

TITLE: Kiss Me Forever
AUTHOR: M.J. O’Shea
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal; Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 3, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback

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Forever is too long to be alone.
Professor Avery Cook has spent his career researching the mysterious side of New Orleans. Superstitions, legends, and lore—Avery has an academic explanation for all of them….
Until one night when he walks into a bar and his life changes.
In a sea of impossibly beautiful people, Tyson stands out, and he sweeps Avery off his feet with his old-world charm and romanticism. But there’s a darkness in Tyson too, and Avery discovers Tyson is part of a world he thought existed only in books and stories—the paranormal tales he studies at the university.
Tyson’s been lonely for a long time, and he’s falling in love with Avery. But his past is a long one, and it’s full of enemies and danger. The best way to keep Avery safe is to push him away….


Kiss Me Forever by M.J. O’Shea is the seventeenth book in the Dreamspun Beyond series. This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I quite enjoyed the authors writing style. She did a great job of making me wonder what kind of paranormal Tyson is as well as his live-in housekeeper/companion Mrs. Peggs. For the longest time, I was sure Tyson was a vampire but nope no go. Then I was thinking that he was like Dorian Gray and he had a portrait somewhere that was keeping him young. But that was wrong also. So to say that I was invested in the story if only to figure out what he was, was a given.

I also enjoyed all of the supporting characters, like the other paranormals Donovan, Dan, and Brooke and Avery’s group of friends, Vaughn and Macy and his teacher’s assistant, Kelsey. They helped flesh out the storyline and through them we got some more history and details about the main characters, Avery and Tyson.

I hated Tyson’s ex-girlfriend, who every couple of decades comes around and makes his life hell and will threaten the people in his life that he cares about to get her way. I thought the author did a great job with the ex-girlfriends character as I screamed at Tyson that he should really kill her more than once especially when he pushed Avery away in order to keep him safe, not that it was very successful.

I liked Avery, but I thought he was a little dense at times. Like when they went to the paranormal bar for the first time. I would have thought that he would have picked up on the paranormal aspect of the people faster since he teaches local paranormal history and has a class called Origins of Myths and Legends. But alas nope, he doesn’t trust his instincts or really questions why Tyson and his friends are different, and when he does ask questions, he allows them to be brushed aside. So that kind of kept me from loving him in the beginning but his character grew on me as their relationship progressed.

I really liked Tyson. He’s been around for six centuries, and he loves to learn so the fact that he looks around the age of a college student has really helped him fit in around campus. When he gets bored with life he goes back to college and gets another degree. He likes to keep to himself and guards what kind of paranormal he is even from his friends that he’s known for centuries. He learned that hard lesson centuries ago from his ex-girlfriend. But when he meets Avery for the first time, it’s love at first sight, and they can’t stay apart. That is until his psycho ex shows up again. Now Tyson has to decide how to handle his ex. He can’t do what he normally does by disappearing until she gives up on trying to find him, not with Avery in his life. Will he allow her to ruin his relationship or will he finally do something about it? Tyson will have to decide just how much Avery means to him.

I liked this book, and it lived up to my expectations of the Dreamspun Beyond series. I would read another book by this author.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Mage of Inconvenience” by Parker Foye

TITLE: Mage of Inconvenience
AUTHOR: Parker Foye
SERIES: Dreamspun Beyond
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal;Shapeshifter; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 212 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 20, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback

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Can they find the magic in a practical union?
West is on the run from his werewolf pack, but if he cannot renew his magical defenses, he won’t get far. What he needs is a mage….
Julian is part of a wealthy and ancient family, and one day, his legacy will include his mother’s vast library of spell books—and the knowledge he needs to correct his past mistakes. But his inheritance comes with a stipulation: he has to be married before he can collect. What he needs is a husband….
West and Julian can help each other, and at first they don’t want anything further. But as they dodge meddling cousins, jealous rivals, and an insidious drug, it becomes clear that their lives are entwined in ways they never imagined—and they’re in greater danger than they thought possible.


Mage of Inconvenience is the first book that I’ve read by Parker Foye, but I liked the blurb, and I’ve loved the books in the Dreamspun Beyond series. And since this is the sixteenth book in the series, I figured I would give it a chance. I liked the book. I liked the author’s writing style and the plot. I also liked the characters. And while by the end of the book I could feel the love that the two main characters had for each other, I would have loved to have seen more passion in the book. However, the lack of sex isn’t going to keep me from reading more books from Parker Foye since I really did enjoy the book even if it only had kissing and a self-pleasuring scene.

West is a werewolf or as they are now called a “Meta” and has left his pack to live among the humans. He works at a dinner and keeps his head down and stays out of trouble. He found an abandoned cabin in the woods near town and is blessed that it has been protected by mage symbols. West is full of secrets which we learn about as the story progresses, although I would have liked more detail about why West ran away from his pack. The author glosses over the details, and we get bits and pieces of what happened. When something disrupts his defense system, he will need to find a mage to renew his magical defenses before his pack can find him. He calls the only person from his pack that he can trust. His best friend, Dana. Dana recommends the mage Julian.

Julian is part of a wealthy and ancient family and is a bit of a playboy. He doesn’t do relationships anymore after one resulted in a magical mistake that he needs his mother’s spell books to fix. However, in order to get his mother’s inheritance, he has to get married. So when West comes in to have his magical defenses renewed, it seems like the perfect fix to all of his problems. He gets a husband so that he can inherit and West gets a place to stay while his defenses are being renewed. Now doesn’t that sound easy? I bet they wished that it had gone so easy, but unfortunately it didn’t. And you’re just going to have to read the book to find out all of the things that they had to go through to get their happily ever after.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “The Wolf’s Man Friday” by Julia Talbot

TITLE:  The Wolf’s Man Friday
AUTHOR: Julia Talbot
SERIES: Nose to Tail, Inc.
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Christine Griffin
GENRE: Shapeshifter; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 20, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

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The last thing Sebastian Zeller wants is to be pack Alpha. But when the pack leader, his uncle Ron, is attacked, he has no choice but to leave his beloved Colorado mountains and fulfill his duty as Ron’s heir—at least until his uncle recovers. In the meantime, he intends to lure the attacker out… and make them pay.
When Ron gets wind of Sebastian’s plan to catch the attacker, he doesn’t like the idea of risking his heir. That’s where Jaxon Reedis comes in—he’ll balance protecting the dark and sexy werewolf with pretending to be his personal assistant. He’s walking a fine line that requires all his foxy wit and craftiness… and that’s on top of the inescapable feeling that he and Sebastian are meant for each other. When the attacker returns, will they be able to maintain their deepening bond when danger threatens to tear down everything they’re building?


The Wolf’s Man Friday is the second book in the Nose to Tail, Inc. series by Julia Talbot. I was of two minds about this book. I thought the first half of the book was kind of slow and a little bit confusing. I was a little bit confused with why Sebastian’s Uncle Ray was attacked and where they were and why they were only going to be there for a short time before going back to their pack territory in Colorado. I was also confused by the pack dynamic, but it was explained a little bit more in the second half of the book. I was also confused by the dialog between Sebastian and Jaxon. The story was written where it was like they could hear each other’s internal thoughts but only part of the time, but they never addressed it or explained if it was part of them becoming mates or something else. It was kind of confusing. I liked the book a lot better after Jaxon and Sebastian got together. I loved their chemistry and all of their sexy times together, and when they would cuddle up in their animal forms and groom each other.

I liked Sebastian. He was an interesting character although at times a little wishy-washy. He had moments when he was with his friend Alan, and he would act juvenile and reckless, then he wouldn’t want to be the next leader of the pack and only want to be a designer, but he wouldn’t stand up for himself and tell his uncle that. But then there would be times when he would have a very alpha personality. So yeah kind of a wishy-washy personality. Made it a little bit harder to like him in the beginning. He definitely didn’t have next leader potential, which is what the author was going for, so I guess she did a good job conveying that.

I loved Jaxon. He was the perfect portrayal of a fox shifter. He was fun and mischievous but knew when to be serious and protective. He’d gone to butler school to learn how to be a jack of all trades in addition to being a bodyguard. He was hired by Sebastian’s uncle to pose as Sebastian’s personal assistant and protect him after Sebastian’s uncle found out that Sebastian was trying to catch his attacker. I liked how Jaxon’s level-headedness is a perfect foil for Sebastian’s more impulsive nature.

I also enjoyed the end of the story, and I’m intrigued to find out what happens with Cheyenne and his twin Cinturon. I hope they get their own books and Alan also.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Asher” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Asher
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Wyoming Shifters
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: –
GENRE: Paranormal; Erotic
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 119 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 10, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book

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Asher has known Terry was his mate for years. They grew up together, and he kept his secret for fear of losing both his best friend and the only family he had after his aunt died. Besides, Terry is straight, and he has a girlfriend.
When Terry’s girlfriend dumps him, he goes home to his father—and Asher. He knows they’ll both take care of him, even though he’s not hurting as much as he should be. How can he when he’s been in love with Asher for more than ten years?
Asher is tasked to take a drunken Terry back home, and he makes the mistake of telling him they’re mates, thinking he’s sleeping and won’t even hear it. But Terry does, and he confronts Asher the next morning, angry and hurt.
Will Terry be able to get over those feelings and finally have Asher in his life as his mate?
Wyoming Shifters: 12 years later series is set in the same universe as Whitedell, Gillham , and the Council enforcers and follows the stories of the children of the original characters.


Asher is the first book in a new spin-off series called Wyoming Shifters: Twelve years later by Catherine Lievens. I was bummed when I found out that the Gillham Pack series had ended and so I was so excited by this new series. It’s also set in the Gillham pack but it takes place twelve years later, and we now get to watch the former kids of the Gillham pack find their mates. Fans of the Gillham Pack series will love this new series. I know that I do.

This book is Asher and Terry. Terry’s dad is Shawn, and he’s mated to Jarah who’s a nix. Terry had a hard time getting over his dad marrying Jarah and moving them to the Gillham Pack. He didn’t know that his dad was bisexual and so that came as a big shock for him. His one light in the dark was his friendship with Asher. They were so close that Asher was like another son to Shawn and Jarah. Terry’s feelings for Asher changed as he got older but he was afraid of trying for a relationship because he didn’t want to be hurt when Asher found his mate and dumped him. Trying to protect his heart, he kept his feelings to himself and only dated women. He never told anybody that he was bisexual like his dad.

Asher knew that Terry was his mate from when they first met at the age of twelve but seeing how angry Terry was about his dad and Jarah and the whole fated mate’s thing, Asher decided to keep that fact to himself. He would have told Terry after they turned eighteen, but by then Terry had started to date girls and Asher thought he was straight and he didn’t want to force him into a relationship that would make him unhappy.

When Terry gets dumped by his girlfriend of a year, he flees back home to the comfort of his family and best friend, Asher. He ends up getting drunk, and Asher is tasked with taking him home. After putting Terry to bed and thinking that he’s asleep, Asher makes the mistake of telling him that they’re mates before heading home. But Terry wasn’t asleep and hears what Asher said. Terry’s angry that Asher would keep such a secret from him for so long but as his dad points out to him, Terry isn’t blameless since he never told Asher that he was in love with him either. Both men were only trying to protect their hearts but will they have the courage to be mates now that they know how the other feels? Or will Terry go back to his ex-girlfriend when she comes crawling back? You’ll just have to read the book to see how they fumble through being more than best friends.

I loved the pet a shifter benefit for the animal shelter, and it was one of my favorite parts of the book. I also loved Menace and Doggy. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis