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

Review of: Eye of the Beholder by M.D. Grimm

TITLE: Eye of the Beholder
AUTHOR: M.D. Grimm
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Feb 8, 2019

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Is it better to risk it all… or never know what could have been?
After surviving an abusive childhood, Vulcan remade himself upon arriving in Los Angeles, California. He became a blacksmith for the paranormal community and strives to earn the respect of the vampire covens and werewolf packs that call LA home. He also prevents the pain of loss by keeping everyone at arm’s length.
But he never planned on meeting a former Roman soldier by the name of Marcus Cassius Vespillo. Something sparks between them and turns into a friendship he never considered possible. He can’t deny his intense attraction to the intelligent, courteous, ancient vampire. And it scares him.
Though Vulcan is wary of seeking more with Cassius, an attack leaves him at death’s door and forces him to reexamine his priorities. But Cassius has his own secret, one that promises tragedy and loss. And if that wasn’t enough, a slayer arrives in the States, one with a bloody connection to Cassius… and Vulcan himself.


Vulcan is a human. He survived an abusive childhood and lived on the streets before meeting Dain, a blacksmith for the paranormal community of L.A., and becoming Dain’s apprentice.
Cassius is a Vampire, a former Roman Soldier. He’s one of the oldest vampires in the world, he was a part of the history, and he lived through it.
Vulcan and Cassius have a strong friendship shared by their love for history. The alchemy between them is strong, and it’s up to them to take the last step to become more than friends. It could be possible, but they will first have to fight their fears and pasts before starting a future together.

Eye of the Beholder by M.D Grimm is my first book by this author and won’t be my last.

Vulcan is a human, and he’s a blacksmith for the paranormal community after the death of his mentor, Dain. Vulcan knows about the paranormal world, he has a strong friendship with the Duchesse, a powerful vampire (kind of a Vampire Queen) but that doesn’t mean that Vulcan trusts the vampires and the werewolves completely. Meeting Cassius was a surprise for him, and he was at first excited to talk with someone who was “alive” during all the eras of humanity’s history. But, Vulcan wasn’t ready to developed feelings for Cassius, and it scared him. I liked Vulcan. He’s smart, sensitive and strong. He’s also traumatized by his childhood and wears the scars in his heart and soul. I liked him and his possessiveness towards Cassius.

Cassius is a Vampire born during the Roman Empire. He’s as old as the world, almost. He saw and lived through everything, but he didn’t expect to meet someone like Vulcan. The young man caught his eye and his heart, and Cassius takes his time to woo Vulcan. I adored Cassius, adored his old-fashion way, his humor and his protectiveness toward Vulcan. He’s territorial and merciless when it comes to his mate. I completely melted for him.

The book was good, the plot interesting and divided in two. The main plot and focus of the book were about Cassius and Vulcan relationship; the sub-plot was about their dangerous world with enemies actual or past. It was interesting, well written, and the last part full of action.

I had a great time with them and enjoyed my read.

4 OptimuMM for The blacksmith and his vampire!

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

Review edited by : Amber Krogh

Review: “Fearing Fate” by C.C. Dado

TITLE: Fearing Fate
AUTHOR: C.C. Dado
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Brooke Albrecht
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 71 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 14, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book

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He is a fearless protector by nature and in his heart. But nothing’s ever simple with love… or fate.
At nearly seven feet tall, Zeus’s role had always been to protect the pack—but his newest charges need him more than most. Kimber and Kron are transplants from another pack, and they have a dangerous stranger on their tails. Zeus is determined to do his duty and drive the human out of town. But when he confronts Toren, his wolf has other ideas….
Something isn’t right, but should a huge, tattooed wolf with a secret soft heart fear his fate—to love a man with secrets of his own?


Fearing Fate is the third book in the A Series of Fate series by C.C. Dado. I really like this series. I like that each book is about a different member of the pack finding their fated mate but that you get to see how the other mates are doing also, and there is a secondary story arc that ties all of the books together. I liked this book just as much as the previous two. It was just as fun to read although it was a little bit shorter than the other two books.

I have been waiting for Zeus’s book since the first book. He’s put up with a lot from both Max and Seth, especially when Seth made him believe that Max was a special type of Omega who could get pregnant and that he was expecting. It was a lie, but it was a really good lie that poor Zeus believed completely, and Max milked it for all it was worth before finally having to confess that he wasn’t pregnant.
So when Max tells him that they are going to be fostering two kids from another pack, who thinks that their parents may have been killed and is having issues of their own, Zeus makes a vow to do everything in his power to keep the pack safe. It is after all his job as the alpha’s second and enforcer. So when he catches sight of a stranger on the security cameras around town, he’s determined to find him and kick him out of town. He didn’t expect that the stranger would be his mate. Or that his mate was sent to different towns to locate two missing kids.

I also liked how Zeus had a magical touch with the 6-month-old baby boy they are fostering. He could instantly make the baby stop crying and get him to sleep. It was also great to see a different side of Max from the hyper upbeat character that we have seen in the last two books. He’s out of his element with baby Kron and doesn’t understand why his natural calming ability as an omega isn’t working on the baby. Without Zeus, Max probably would have had a nervous breakdown.

I liked Toren. There is a lot of mystery around him and what he is, but he has a heart of gold and is a good fit for Zeus. All he could think about was saving his family farm which is why he’s looking for the kids for the guy who gave him the list. Once he sees the kids in person, he knows that he can’t contact the guy because he knows that he’s going to hurt them. So when Zeus finds him, he’s more than willing to give him any info and help that he needs.

I really liked this book, and I can’t wait for the next book to come out to find out what is going to happen to the pack next.

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

 

Review: “The Strength of his Heart” by Victoria Sue

TITLE: The Strength of his Heart
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 214 pages
RELEASE DATE: Dec 11, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback

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To protect and serve…. All Vance Connelly ever wanted to do was continue his family’s tradition and join the Tampa Police Department, but his dreams were crushed the day he woke with the enhanced mark on his face. After years of struggling to adjust to life as an enhanced human, by a stroke of luck, he met Talon Valdez and became a proud member of the FBI’s Human Enhanced Rescue Organization.
Samuel “Angel” Piper is eager to leave his DEA undercover work behind as he joins the HERO team as Vance’s regular human partner. But Sam’s painful past is ever present, just below the surface of the life he has built for himself as an ambitious young agent. When the team investigates rumors of a new drug using enhanced blood, the case’s mysterious connection to Sam threatens not just his life but Vance’s.
Trust doesn’t come easy for Sam, but Vance is willing to fight to convince his partner that the strength of his heart might be the salvation they both need.


Vance Connelly had one big dream in his life…being like his dad. A cop, a husband, a father. Everything crashed when at thirteen he woke up with the mark, the mark that showed the world that Vance is enhanced. Growing up in a loving family, being the baby of 5 kids, Vance was loved and had been supported, not only from his family but also with the TPD, but something was missing, and Vance always knew that he couldn’t have what he dreamed of for his all life. Until he joins the FBI, becomes a member of the H.E.R.O Team and was partnered with Sam “Angel” Piper…

Sam is a former DEA agent who joins the FBI and the H.E.R.O team after meeting them during their last investigation (Beneath this Mask, book 3). He has a troubled past, traumatic memories and the last thing that he wants is to start a romantic relationship with his partner…his giant partner.

Vance’s book is finally here, and I devoured his story with Sam in one night, sleep is overrated when it comes to Victoria Sue’s books.
Since book 1, we perceived Vance as the sweet guy. The sheltered baby of his family. We didn’t suspect that Vance has, like everyone in the team, his own fears. Because he has this wonderful family behind him, we didn’t think that Vance suffers by being Enhanced. During my read, I discovered another side of Vance. He broke my heart; I was outraged on his behalf. I loved the fact he kept this little part of childhood sometimes, just like I loved when he stood up for himself. I wanted to protect him when really he doesn’t need it. From the beginning of the series, Vance was one of my favorites in the team, and this book just confirmed my crush…

Sam “Angel” Piper is an ex-DEA agent, who passed so much time undercover that he asked to join the H.E.R.O Team just to get away from his former partner Ramirez. The Sam we met during the previous book (Beneath this Mask) has nothing to do with the one we met here. I wanted to slap him. Yes, I admit it, I wanted to slap him. He pissed me off a lot of the time, but I understood where he comes from so I kind of excuse him. Sam has a darker past than any of the other members of the team…without counting Eli, I think. He wore the stigmata of his fears and traumatic childhood on him, and if it saved his life more than once, it could also cut him from his real chance of happiness…until Vance barged into his life.

The story and the plot were super good. It was divided between the main investigation about two dead enhanced men and the relationship between Sam and Vance. I was hooked. The story was told from both Sam and Vance’s point of views, and it has a lot of different feelings: Angst, Fears, Frustration, Love, Hope. I felt all of them.

This book is probably the one in this series with the most angst I think, but with those two Mcs, it was necessary. Vance and Sam may look different, but they’re exactly similar with the same fears, like in a mirror effect. I liked to say that they’re similar in the exact opposite way.

We also learn more about the next couple in the series, about Eli and…

Read the book and you’ll find out.

I highly recommend this book, and the series if you didn’t read it yet.

5 OptimuMM’s for Vance and Sam!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis