Review of: Keeping Them Unseen by Michele Notaro

TITLE: Keeping Them Unseen
AUTHOR: Michele Notaro
SERIES: Reclaiming Hope
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Feb 12, 2019

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Chris~
I used to think vampires were extinct, but it turns out, they’re merely hiding. When my pack stayed with some vamps a while back, I couldn’t believe how prickly and rude they all were… all but one: Dregan. I met him and my wolf went crazy, wanting to be close, wanting to rub up on him, wanting to bite him. It makes no sense. Vampire blood and shifter blood don’t mix. In fact, I’d never survive if I ever get a taste of what I so desperately desire. But I can’t get that vampire out of my head, even weeks and months after we left him.

Dregan~
When a little wolf caught my attention, I was surprised but intrigued. The more time he spent in my den, the more I wanted him to stay close. This little innocent wolf was driving me mad, making me want a little taste. But there’s a reason my den has been hiding for hundreds of years, and no matter how badly I crave that little wolf, I can’t have him. I couldn’t risk him getting hurt just to satisfy my needs, so I let him go. Though, nothing I do will make me forget how good he smelled, how delicious I know his blood would taste.

With something cruel and dark hunting Dregan and with Chris’s pack hiding from an evil force, will they ever be able to come together and help one another? Or will they let the evils of the world overtake them and let fear overshadow their desires?


Dregan is a vampire, an Elder. He’s the oldest vampire in the world and suffered a life of pain and loss because of the Dark Witch until he meets a certain wolf. Christopher is a member of the Airlin pack. He’s quiet and overprotected by his pack mates. Until he meets a certain Vampire. When the Dark Witch tracks Christopher down in order to hurt Dregan, the pack will be separated from them, and Christopher and Dregan will start a journey together to find Chris’pack and maybe themselves in the process.

Keeping them Unseen by Michele Notaro is book 3 of the Reclaiming Hope series. I adored this book, just like I adored the two previous.

Dregan is an Elder vampire, he’s the oldest among his kind. He seems to be cold and standoffish except when he’s with Christopher. The young wolf brings out the best side of Dregan, one that no one knows except maybe his fledgling Jael. I completely melted for Dregan, he lived a life full of pain, suffering and loss. He broke my heart. I loved how, despite all his pain and sorrow, he still has hope for the future. His meeting and relationship with Christopher is what will save him really. I loved him.

Chris is quiet with a big heart. Because of what happens to him at the hands of the SOB of Gregory (“How we Survive”: Reclaiming Hope #1), his pack mates overprotect him. But when Chris meets Dregan, he will have to stand up against his pack and the other vampires. Christopher is one of my favorite members of the Airlin pack with Zeke and Felix (can’t wait to have their stories btw). He’s quiet and sensitive with a big heart. I adored how he is with Dregan. He’s sassy, fights back without hesitation and very protective of him. I was rooting for them since the beginning of their journey.

I really loved this book and this series. Michele Notaro is brilliant and talented. She created a complex world between the humans, vampires, shifters, spellcasters and the worst, the Dark Witch. Each book is about a couple in the main plot, but all the books are connected together with the war in the background and Felix’s quest about his curse. She brilliantly merged all of it together without getting confusing for the readers. The characters are fabulous, well developed and complex. They are humans even if they are supernatural.
This series is, in my opinion, one the best paranormal series in this genre. A series that we should have in our PAL if we’re fan of this genre. I gladly recommend this book and the whole series. You won’t regret it at all.

5 OptimuMM for the Vampire and his little wolf.

***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 of: Sei by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Sei
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Gillham Pack, book 20
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: February 10, 2017

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Rushing into things isn’t always wrong, no matter what everyone says.
Sei has had enough of dodging his mother’s and his aunt’s attempt to arrange a bonding for him since Clea mated with Christian. They don’t see a reason for him not to bond with someone they choose, but he doesn’t care about traditions. He wants the real deal when it comes to mating—love, lust, and a happily ever after.
Donovan is the liaison between the pack and the government. His job isn’t running around Washington rescuing street kids, but he wants to help the pack, and those kids. The last thing he expected from his impromptu mission was to meet his mate.
When Sei is overwhelmed by a crowd of reporters who have come to Gillham to find out more about shifters, he’s rescued by a bear shifter. He recognizes Donovan as his mate only once Donovan shifts, and he doesn’t let the occasion slip away. They mate within hours of their first meeting, but Sei hadn’t considered the complications that would come with it.
The attacks on the pack are escalading, Donovan’s son is vehement about his dislike of Sei, and Donovan doesn’t know what to do. Will he have to choose between his mate and his son? What can he do to keep the pack safe? Will this be the time when everything falls apart?


Sei is the twentieth book in the Gillham Pack series by Catherine Lievens. Each book is about a different couple who find their mates but they do have a storyline and plot that thread them all together so reading them in order isn’t necessary, but I do find it enhances the reading experience when you know who the sub characters are that they are talking to. The book was well written and had all of the elements that I have come to expect from a Catherine Lievens’ book.

Sei is twenty-nine, a nix, and a nurse. He’s been dodging his mother’s and his aunt’s attempts to arrange a bonding for him since his cousin Clea mated with Christian, leaving the female that Clea was supposed to be bonded with available. The only problem is that Sei is gay just like Clea is, and he wants the real deal when it comes to mating—love, lust, and a happily ever after. When he’s overwhelmed by a crowd of reporters who have come to Gillham to find out more about shifters, he’s rescued by a bear shifter. At first, he isn’t aware that Donovan, the bear shifter, is his mate until after Donovan shifts into his human self, and he doesn’t let the occasion slip away. They end up mating within hours of their first meeting.

Donovan is eighty-five, a bear shifter, and the liaison between the pack and the government. His job isn’t supposed to be running around Washington rescuing street kids, but when a call comes in from the hotline, he ends up being the one to go and pick them up. Little did he know that he would end up rescuing his mate also. But now he needs to decide what to do about his job now that he has a mate and how to introduce him to his kids. And he already knows that that’s going to be a lot of fun, not. Since his kids, even though they’re grown, still have hopes that he will get back together with their mom. They also won’t be crazy about the age difference between him and his mate.

With the escalation of the attacks on the pack, Donovan will do all that he can to keep his mate and his new pack safe.
I loved the book. It had just the right combination of heat, angst, action, and drama. And since I actually started reading this series with the next book in the series, I already know what’s going to happen. I wasn’t disappointed, and I’m sure that you won’t be also. Now I just need to read the first twenty books in the series.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Spirit Key by Parker Williams

TITLE: The Spirit Key
AUTHOR: Parker Williams
SERIES: Lock and Key
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Jan 15, 2019

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When he was eight years old, Scott Fogel died. Paramedics revived him, but he came back changed. Ghosts and spirits tormented Scott for over a decade until, thinking he was going mad, he did the only thing he could.
He ran—leaving behind his best friend, Tim Jennesee.
Scott’s had five normal, ghost-free years in Chicago, when the spirit of Tim’s mother comes to him and begs him to go home because Tim’s in trouble and needs him.
He isn’t prepared for what he finds when he goes home—a taller and sexier Tim, but a Tim who hasn’t forgiven Scott for abandoning him… a Tim whose body is no longer his own. The ghost of a serial murderer has attached itself to Tim, and it’s whispering dark and evil things. It wants Tim to kill, and it’s becoming harder for Tim to resist. To free the man who has always meant so much to him, Scott must unravel the mystery of the destiny he shares with Tim.


Scott Fogel died. He was eight years old. He would never be the same again. Fast forward to his late teens and poor Scott is barely functioning. His life as he knew it has imploded and the only action he feels he can take to save what’s left of his loved ones is to disappear. Fate finds him five years later, and she’s in the guise of his best friend’s mother, one of the only two people who could ever handle Scott and his intricacies. The other being this lady’s son who she implores Scott to save. In order for him to honor her request, he has to go back to the place where his nightmares almost destroyed him.

Scott defies death only to find himself living in a nightmare. I had a hard time with his character only because he’s a kid when these horrible things happen to him, and as an adult, everyone he’s ever loved acts like he should pay a penance to them because he only wanted to find peace and give them some sort of life outside of him and his “issues”. Well cheese and crackers, get over it people. Poor guy.
Tim is whatever. I say that only because he’s a whatever kind of character. He doesn’t add much except making Scott feel like dirt. I just don’t like the guy. He’s supposed to be Scott’s best friend, but he’s just poor pitiful me.

The storyline was great. I enjoyed the premise even with some frustrating characters. There was a lot of information to digest. It didn’t seem thrown together as Williams would never do, it just seems rushed. Like here, take it. I wish there was more. I’m excited to see where the series goes.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Fox and Wolf by Julia Talbot

TITLE: Fox and Wolf
AUTHOR: Julia Talbot
SERIES: Apex Investigations
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense, Shifters, Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Dec 28, 2018

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Werewolf PI Dylan Weems is a hired to solve the murder of a client’s customer. As an ex-cop, Dylan is the perfect man for the job, but he doesn’t expect the complication of alluring fox shifter Rey.
Ever since finding the dead body of one of his clients, Rey Mercier’s life is a mess, and he needs help desperately. He has no idea why he’s the target of some ruthless people or what he did to anger them. Hopefully Dylan and his motley crew of shifters at Apex Investigations can help him find out, but first Dylan and Rey have to deal with literal corporate tigers and dire crocodiles shifters… all while deciding what to do about the mate bond that’s becoming undeniable. And is that even possible between fox and wolf?


Dylan is PI at the Apex Investigations. As a former cop and a werewolf, he’s good at his job, but he didn’t expect Rey, the sexy fox shifter.

Rey is desperate and scared when he crosses Apex Investigations door. His client had been murdered, and his life threatened. Dylan is the PI in charge of his case, but Rey may find more than peace and safety with him.

Fox and Wolf by Julia Talbot is book one of the Apex Investigations.
I’m going to be very honest (like usual), I disliked the book. It was too confusing, the characters barely developed, and the plot full of holes and inconsistency. I was disappointed in the book.

Dylan and Rey are sweet and could have been wonderful, but the author completely missed them, and I found them empty instead.
The writing was confusing, the author tried to alternate between too much POV, and at the end, I didn’t know who was thinking what or who was talking to who.

I’m disappointed because it wasn’t my first book by Julia Talbot and I adored the ones I’ve read, but here she completely missed her mark.

2 Stars for me.

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

Review edited by : Amber Krogh

Review of: The Boyfriend Cruise by Deanna Wadsworth

TITLE: The Boyfriend Cruise
AUTHOR: Deanna Wadsworth
SERIES: Pride of the Caribbean
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Dec 25, 2018

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The Pride of the Caribbean is a cruise ship unlike any other. Paranormals working on board the enchanted ship hide in plain sight, under the benevolent protection of a demigod captain and his fairy husband.
And this is a shipboard romance unlike any other.
Josh Gilbert’s well-meaning family booked a gay-friendly cruise for Christmas in order to find Josh a boyfriend. Hoping to escape the constant parade of bachelors—and the collapsible fishing rod dangling mistletoe his mom keeps in her purse—Josh takes solace in a growing friendship with the ship’s photographer, Nathan. Though Josh is falling for Nathan, he worries it will never be more than a shipboard fling.
Nathan recently became aware of his incubus heritage and has finally learned how to control his demon side. But Josh has awakened more than just the demon’s need for orgasms—Josh has awakened Nathan’s heart. What’s developing between them is the real thing, but can Josh ever accept Nathan’s promiscuous past… and love a sex demon?
Amid lush tropical settings, family hilarity, holiday costume parties, sexy snorkeling adventures, gingerbread martinis, and mythical creatures, will Josh get his Christmas wish and finally find the true love he’s wanted for so long?


Nathan is the official photographer of the Pride of the Caribbean, a ship cruise that’s LGBT friendly, Family friendly and Paranormal friendly. Nathan is also a quarter incubus, a sex demon.
Josh’s family decided to book the Christmas week on the Pride of the Caribbean. What Josh thinks is a family trip for the holidays is, in fact, a plot by his mom and sisters to find him a boyfriend.
The attraction between Nathan and Josh is off the charts, but is it enough for them to overcome all their inner demons?
The Boyfriend Cruise by Deanna Wadsworth is my third book by this author, and I really liked it.

Josh was happy to be with his family and his best friend on a cruise for Christmas. He wasn’t so happy to hear that it was a plot from his meddling mother and sisters to find him a boyfriend during the cruise. The boyfriend cruise like they named it. He refuses to believe that someone as hot and beautiful than Nathan would want him, and between his own insecurity and his obnoxious meddling family, it’s not easy for him to just relax and enjoy his time with this hot, beautiful and kind man. I loved Josh. I could relate to him, his insecurities, his wish to find his one and only and not aging alone. I loved him, really, he’s sweet, smart, funny with a hot wild side. I loved how openminded he was with Nathan and the other members of the cruise and most of all, I loved that even if he was shy and unsure, he wasn’t weak, he had a temper and didn’t hesitate to speak his mind.

Nathan was lost when he came to the Pride of the Caribbean. He didn’t know he was an incubus, so he did a lot of bad things, but not because he was a bad man, but because he couldn’t help it, his demon was out of control. It was only when he came on the cruise that he found about his demon and discovered the paranormal world. When he met Josh, Nathan wants to be with him from the beginning, and he wants to finally have someone who will love him completely with his strengths and weaknesses. Nathan touched me, he was so unsure of himself and so scared to lose Josh if he finds out what Nathan really was. I especially loved how Nathan fights for Josh and their chance to have a future together.

I enjoyed a lot of the book. The plot was easy to follow, it was well written, funny and dynamic. Josh’s family is hilarious even if I would have died from embarrassment with a mom like his. It’s the first book in this series (I hope it’s a series) and the author wrote the background and the characters of her universe very well. It’s definitely a series I will follow.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis