Review: “Gummy Bears & Grenades” by Charlie Cochet

TITLE: Gummy Bears & Grenades
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: THIRDS
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Sci-Fi; Urban Fantasy; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 102 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book

  

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THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley can’t wait to marry his fiancé, Team Leader Sloane Brodie, but first he’s looking forward to celebrating his bachelor party—which he intends to be a shenanigans-free evening of getting his groove on with family and friends.

Of course events don’t work out as planned, but for Dex that’s nothing new. One thing is for sure, dodging drug dealers and hired thugs amid booze, dancing—and even a bear costume—will guarantee it’s a night Dex will never forget. Now he just needs to survive all the fun.

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Enjoy this bonus story from the THIRDS universe. These events occur between Darkest Hour Before Dawn and Tried & True in the series timeline. While reading this story would enhance your experience of the THIRDS series, it is not necessary to read before Tried & True.


The wedding is near. But before that, a bachelor party is due to happen where everything is going to be smooth… right…!

Dex and Sloan are ready to tie the knot, so to speak, but first the bachelor party. Dex, the always optimist, assures Sloan that everything is going to be just fine. He doesn’t need to worry so much, after all, he wouldn’t be alone, all their friends will be there to look out for him. Well, it’s futile to say it wouldn’t, we are talking about Dex, guys, who is a trouble magnet as we all know.

Sloan has a lot on his mind. Dex changing, the TIN, and above all, the marriage. His attachment to Dex is growing, and that comes with protectiveness. When the bachelor party is due, Caleb
and Sloan’s significant other Dex, set him up with Tony, his boss and future father in law. They should spend the night together—bonding. Though he’s warned not let Tony convince him to play air hockey. Does Sloan listen? He tries but it’s all in vain when he’s challenged by Tony. And of course being the alpha, he can’t just ignore that.

At the party, Dex gets a mysterious visit, what, let’s just say, he enjoys immensely! But after that, things go Dex-like. Wolf shows up, TIN operatives show up and others too. I’m not saying much about this because I don’t want to spoil the story for you guys!

Can’t wait for the next of this series, I’m curious how Sloan and Dex will manage their task as TIN operators.

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

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Review: “Welcome to Crash” by Lina Langley

TITLE: Welcome to Crash
AUTHOR: Lina Langley
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Sci-fi
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 214 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 12, 2017
PRICE: $6.99-e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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At first, Damien feels lucky to land a job at an influential art studio, but it soon becomes obvious that something’s not right. His gorgeous boss, John, is interested, and he’d be the perfect man for Damien—if Damien wasn’t already in a relationship. It isn’t long before Damien is at the center of a love triangle, forced to choose between hot, punk John and his secret affair with his professor, Levi. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, because something impossible is happening to Damien—and it’s having a drastic effect on his health as well as his perception of reality.

Each time Damien goes to work, things grow more bizarre, starting with Sam—an artist who has been dead for years and now somehow… isn’t. Damien’s unusual circumstances also free him from the restrictions of monogamy—or so he thinks. Levi, who cannot believe Damien’s claims, fears for his sanity. John also has strong doubts when Damien reveals knowledge of a catastrophic event looming in John’s future. Whether the men he loves believe his wild claims or not, neither can deny Damien is languishing, and if they cannot save him, he’ll be lost. More importantly, they must convince Damien to save himself.


Damien is a student in art looking for a summer job. He’s hired to Crash one of the most famous art studios in the city. He’s also in a complicated relationship with his professor Levi.

At his first day, he meets John, his boss. Stunning, sexy man. Damien, even if he’s in a relationship with Levi, is attracted to John.
Damien suspected something was wrong with his job and his boss, and more, when he realised he works for Sam Riordan, THE Sam Riordan, a great artist…dead in 2006.

Between Levi thinking he’s crazy and John who’s laughing at him, Damien is completely lost and doesn’t know what to do and where to go.
The book was good, the plot was captivating and the story interesting, but I have to admit something, I hate Damien.
He’s the worst character ever, he is a detestable selfish, immature asshole and a cheater. Everything he did, everything that’s happened to him, isn’t his fault, nope, it’s always someone else fault.

John is the pure tortured artist, he tries to understand Damien and what’s happened, but most of all, he tries to accept who he is. He lives in an époque where being who we want isn’t easy. But Damien’s visit helps him, and at least he tries to help Damien in return.
Levi is Damien’s professor. He’s older, so he can’t at first, just came out, with his students, the consequences for him and his career is too much. But when Damien’s in trouble, sick, and really needs him, Levi is there, he doesn’t fly out, he just stays, admitting his love and the future he wants with Damien. I love him, I really do love Levi, he’s so faithful, strong, kind and adorable.

I’m torn about this book. In one hand, I love the story and the plot, it’s interesting and captivating, the writing is fluid, and I read it easily. In another hand, Damien is an obnoxious character, and he spoils the book for me.

I can’t say I hate the book, but I can’t say I love it either.

So for me, it’s 4 OptimuMM’s, because despite Damien, like I said, the book by itself is good.

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

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Review: “A Brief Vacation” by Ravon Silvius

TITLE: A Brief Vacation
AUTHOR: Ravon Silvius
SERIES: Erotic Cyborg Stories
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Erotica; Sci-fi
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 30 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 18, 2017
PRICE: $1.99 –e-book
  

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Silas has returned to Earth after living in space for nearly ten years. He doesn’t expect much except for bad memories of the surfing accident that injured him and convinced him to work as a cyborg for the government. But back on his old beach, he finds a sexy man named Peter who helps him to remember what he loved about the waves.


Silas is a cyborg. After a surfing accident when he was 20 years old, he looses his arms and accepted a contract with the government. Becoming a Cyborg with 2 artificial arms and spends 10 years in space doing research.

After 9 years, he returns for 1 week on earth for a brief week of vacation, and he mets Peter.
Peter is a human (at least a full human) and a surfing teacher. When he meets Silas, he recognized him, and tries to help him to overcome his fears.

It was a nice, brief hot story. It was short but effectively exactly what I needed as a break.

It was like eating a little snack when you’re hungry before dinner. This book was my little snack, simple, pleasant, effective, and it gave me a sweet time.

If you want to read something short and pleasant, while you wait for your kids at school, or in the waiting room of the dentist or doctor, it’s totally the kind of book that you need.

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

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Review: “An Island in the Stars” by Susan Laine

TITLE: An Island in the Stars
AUTHOR: Susan Laine
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: New adult; Sci-fi
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 210 PAGES
RELEASE DATE: June 12, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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Sam, a geeky college freshman, has bigger problems than lusting after Marcus, sexy jock, college junior, and his big brother’s best friend. Chasing after a beanie caught in the winter wind turns into a tumble down the rabbit hole for them both—science fiction style.

Sam and Marcus find themselves trapped on a tropical island in the middle of a strange ocean on an alien moon. The sole structure is a ruined temple devoted to the art of love. Flustered, confused, and unable to return home, they need to figure out a means of escape from a hostile jungle teeming with dangerous life-forms.

In this tale where opposites attract and secret crushes are revealed, two very dissimilar young men discover they actually have a lot in common after all, but it will take their differences as much as their points of connection to survive on an island in the stars


One day, when they were heading home after college, Sam and Marcus fell in a rabbit hole which leads to an Island on a Moon.
Sam is a “geek” in love with Marcus, his brother’s best friend for years. Too shy, too unsure and too scared to confess his feelings, Sam, spends most of his time in defense mode or running away from Marcus.
Marcus tries his best to gain Sam’s attention but fails each time. He is crazy in love with the young geek but doesn’t know how to gain his trust and love.
When they end up on an Island on an alien moon, they don’t have other choices but to stick together in order to survive and find a way to come back to their home.
It was a sweet love story between Sam & Marcus. They are adorable together especially Marcus.
I like this big guy, he is sweet, brave and fights for what he wants. And he’s wanted Sam for years, when he has the opportunity, he takes it. I like his devotion for Sam too. I had a little crush for Marcus.

Sam is really smart, like super mega smart, and his brain sure helps them on this alien Island, but he has difficulty interacting with people, and especially with the guy he is in love with, Marcus. But this island will help him to face his fear, to surpass himself and fight for his life and that of Marcus.
The author mixes different genres, adventure, Sci-fi, Romance, the whole sprinkled with a dose of humor.

It’s a mix between Jules Verne, Daniel Defoe and Lewis Carroll. A fall in a rabbit hole that leads to an extraterrestrial room that leads to an island on an alien moon, populated with extraordinary alien creatures, add 2 gay men, horny and in love, and you have this sweet novel.

I recommend this book for younger people 14-18 years old.

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

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Review: “Mace’s Rebel” by Victoria Vallo

TITLE: Mace’s Rebel
AUTHOR: Victoria Vallo
SERIES: Mate Me
PUBLISHER: Twisted E-Publishing
COVER ARTIST: K Designs
GENRE: Sci-Fi; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 85 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 12, 2017
PRICE: $ 2.99 -e-book
  

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Mace has been given a task, and he’s never been one to leave a job half done.

When Mace’s father announces that it’s time his sons settled down and began having children, Mace immediately begins to weigh his options. His preference for male lovers presents a challenge, but the universe is a big place, filled with many different kinds of beings. Mace takes a chance on his next mission, only half believing he’ll have any luck finding a mate, and unexpectedly discovers the passion he’d never even realized he was missing in his life.


Mace’s Rebel’s the first book in the Mate Me series by Victoria Vallo. The Mate Me series is going to be a three book series.
Each book’s going to be about one of the three brothers (Mace, Alric, and Tore) as they go about fulfilling their dad’s ultimatum in order to inherit their part of his shipping business when he retires. So what’s the ultimatum you ask? They each must produce an heir, and as Mace got clarification, and his dad doesn’t care if the baby is blue or has tentacles so long as the baby is raised with his son’s family. What the dad doesn’t realize is that his sons all prefer men instead of women and so in Mace’s Rebel we get to see how the oldest son, Mace, goes about finding a mate to have a child with.

Mace’s Rebel’s a cute story with a great storyline and well-developed characters. I loved how Mace navigates around his father’s ultimatum and still manages to stay true to his sexuality. I loved how Mace finds the perfect mate in The Rebel, Finn.
I can’t tell you a whole lot about Finn as it would spoil a lot of the book. I can tell you that Finn is everything that Mace has been looking for and Finn is hot and dreamy and stubborn and kind and supportive and did I mention hot and dreamy. I loved this cute story and all of its steamy hot passionate scenes.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, which I hope is going to be about the second oldest son, Alric who is always comparing himself to his seemingly perfect older brother

***The ARC was provided by Twisted E-Publishing. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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