Review: “Angel 1089” by CC Bridges

TITLE: Angel 1089
AUTHOR: CC Bridges
SERIES: Heaven Corp
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Sci-Fi
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 27, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

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A deal with the devil….
Gabriel 1089 is an angel—an enhanced and cybernetically modified human designed to protect the city in the sky called Heaven. He follows Heaven’s orders and fights its enemies. But when an attack by demons leaves him trapped on the earth below, missing both a metal wing and his network-enabled halo, he’s cut off from his home for good and at the mercy of one man.
Jeff Werth is used to demons in need of his mechanical expertise showing up on the doorstep of the junkyard he runs in Old Trent. However, he doesn’t expect to be stuck with an injured angel. Jeff owes the demons for saving his daughter’s life, so he does what they demand—he nurses the angel back to health and keeps close track of him as a possible pawn in the high-stakes war between Heaven above and the demons below. But he doesn’t expect the effect Gabe has on his heart, or having to choose between his daughter and the man he’s come to love.


Although I have watched and enjoyed quite a few movies in the science fiction genre, when it comes to books, it’s not something that would normally be my first choice. So I can count on one hand the books that I’ve read with a sci-fi theme, and even then, they’ve been quite mild and easy to follow for someone who is new to the genre. But when I saw this book, the title, cover and blurb immediately caught my attention and interest. The fact that there’s an ongoing battle between angels and demons had me completely sold, and I knew it was a book that I had to read. I’m so glad that I got a chance to read this book because it has opened me up to a whole new subject matter that I would have probably dismissed in the past. I started reading and was totally gripped by the story and the world created by the author, and if it wasn’t for the fact I had to be an adult and do boring stuff like sleep and work the next day, I would have read it all in one night.

Jeff Werth is a single father who lives with his daughter Kayla and their dog Trixie in the junkyard that they run. Jeff is a very skilled mechanist, and there’s almost nothing that he can’t fix or make, so he’s well known around the city, to both humans and demons. Years ago, Jeff made a deal with a demon named Luca to save Kayla’s life after an accident that also claimed the life of his wife, Leah. When the demons who work for Luca show up at the junkyard carrying the unconscious body of Gabriel, they remind Jeff of the debt that he owes and demand that he looks after the angel and gets him better again because Luca has a plan for him. But first, they need Jeff to remove the halo that Gabriel is wearing without damaging it. Jeff isn’t happy about doing it, but he knows he has no other choice.

Gabriel, or Gabe as he becomes known in the story, is a soldier angel who protects the city of Heaven from the people and demons who reside below in the city of Old Trent. When Gabriel comes across some demons trying to break into a warehouse, he goes to investigate and catch them, but he quickly realises that he’s trapped and there’s more than just a couple of demons to deal with. Gabriel is soon overpowered and unconscious. When he wakes, he finds himself in a strange place with a man and young girl looking over him and caring for him. Gabriel is badly injured and missing one of his wings and his halo that connects him to the Angel Network and Metatron at Heaven Corp. He has no idea what he’s supposed to do, or how he’s going to get back home. Gabriel doesn’t know how he got to the junkyard, but he feels safe in the presence of Jeff and Kayla.

Over the weeks living together, Gabriel and Jeff start to get closer and form a mutual attraction and bond. They spend their days working together in the junkyard, and Gabriel has been made welcome and included in Jeff’s group of friends. But Kayla and Gabriel also become closer, and Gabriel finds that he doesn’t miss the upper-level at all anymore, and wants to stay exactly where he is, with the people he has started to care for as his family. But when Luca decides to put his plan for the angel into action, Gabriel and Jeff’s new relationship and happiness are almost destroyed before they’ve had a chance to enjoy it.

I thought that this book was absolutely brilliant. The plot was engaging and more entertaining than I could have thought possible. The characters were well written and felt genuine and not contrived. It was a book by an author I had never read before, that I took a chance on, and was outside of my normal comfort zone, and all I’m left thinking now is that I’m really looking forward to reading book two.

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

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Review: “Tap-Dancing the Minefields” by Lyn Gala

TITLE: Tap-Dancing the Minefields
AUTHOR: Lyn Gala
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Sci-fi
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 334 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 14, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $17.99 paperback

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Sometimes the fiercest battle a man faces is against himself.
In the hidden alleyways of New York City, George “Tank” Tankersley defeated what he believed were demons. But the victory cost too much. Tank joined the Army in the hope of outrunning the guilt haunting him—only to stumble into a vast and deadly conspiracy, the enemies he’d hoped to never encounter again, and the arms of the brilliant, eccentric scientist tasked with saving humanity.
In a world where the line between dark magic and alien science is thin, Dr. Lev Underwood must reverse engineer recovered alien technology to give humans a fighting chance against the extraterrestrial beings who consider Earth nothing more than a petri dish. His old friend, Colonel Clyde Aldrich, wants to protect Lev from entanglement with the scarred and emotionally volatile young soldier, but Lev cannot help the pull he feels toward Tank. Still, his first loyalty is to the secret government program, and love might have to take a back seat to protecting the world. But if he can find a way, Lev wants both.


Private George “Tank” Tankersley is 20 years old, and a young soldier. He joined the military after high school, where he spent 5 years with his friends fighting against demons.

The last thing he expected was to stumble into a super-secret military base in Alaska, in an alien ship, where he meets Dr. Lev Underwood, a scientist specialist in alien’s technologies.
Tank realizes that maybe what he’s been through during High School with his friends wasn’t demonic, or maybe it was.

I’m not a huge fan of Sci-fi, it’s not my kind of book most of the time, but I admit that this one was really good.

At first, I was a little lost, Tank’s past was very present, and there’s a lot of references about his battles during high school with his friends. The same thing with Lev’s past, how he and Clyde (the colonel of the base) were kidnapped by the aliens and prisoners during 6 months in an alien ship and how they met John a human born and raised in this alien ship. So yes, at the beginning I was a little lost, I was sure that this book was a sequel. But the more I read, and the more I understood the story, I understood the background.

When I understood the context and all, I really enjoyed the book, the plot and the characters. Even if Tank is the main character, the book isn’t all around him and Lev. Actually, the love story between them isn’t the main plot. There’re a lot of characters, all very endearing (except Mary, I don’t like her).

It was a pure sci-fi book with action, aliens, and a lot of humour (Tank and Clyde are very funny). I hope the author plans to write another book, with John, I’m intrigued by this human-alien, and I would love to know more about him, especially him in a relationship (I’m already laughing thinking of him and his natural skill for interaction).
Anyway, it was a mix between Independence Day and Stargate in a gay version.

4 OptimuMM’s for The dishwasher, the Doc, and their misfit team.

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

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Review: “New Reality” by Jessica Payseur

TITLE: New Reality
AUTHOR: Jessica Payseur
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Brooke Albrecht
GENRE: Sci -Fi
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 52 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 8, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book

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It’s lonely running a small transport ship across the galaxy when you’re as old and as single as Connell Smyth. So when the dreams start up, Connell assumes they’re his mind’s way of working through what his life has become—until he discovers the man in his dreams might be much more than a figment of his neglected imagination. Connell can’t quite believe it could be real, but he can’t help becoming obsessed with this new lover on an unknown luscious planet.


Seventeen years ago, Wystan Kreeger’s survey mission crash-landed on a hard-to-reach planet. Sole survivor Wystan turns desperate after his computer, the only companion he’s had since, gives out. Even in the improbable event that the man in his dreams is real, he’ll face the same risk from the planet’s storm-charged atmosphere if he tries to track Wystan down, and he could end up just like Wystan’s former crew. But finding each other across so many light-years can’t be a mere coincidence. Now they must find a way to realize the happiness they’ve found in sleep during the light of the day.

 


This is a new author to me, and I liked the storyline of the book. But I think New Reality by Jessica Payseur was hampered by how short it was. As far as I can tell it’s a standalone book, but it feels like the start of series or a prequel to the start of a series. I liked the characters, but they needed more development and backstory. And the book ends just when I was starting to enjoy them as a couple. And as a personal preference, I wish the dream parts of the book were in italics, it would have made it easier to see when Connell was dreaming. I did enjoy the sex scenes in the book.

It just needed more details. There wasn’t a lot of world building in the book. The fun part of writing a science fiction book is to make the different places unique. And after finding Wystan (the man he has been dreaming about), they do travel to different places to deliver the remains of the rest of the stranded crew to their loved ones, but there weren’t any details about the places. I missed the details, and I think the book would have benefited having dual POV instead of just told through Connell’s POV. I did like that the characters are in their late 40’s and early 50’s.

The story starts out with Connell trying to cope with runny his small transport ship all on his own since his partner/lover of a couple of decades, Jason, passed away from a heart attack three months earlier. However, Connell is quick to realize that he should have paid more attention to how Jason handled getting and selling their cargo. Connell was great at finding the customers, but Jason was the one to chat them up and seal the deal and get the best price. Lucky for him their ship has an advanced computer to run the ship and Connell spends a lot of time sleeping.

First trying to connect with Jason and then later he starts dreaming about a mysterious new person. He isn’t sure if it is just a figment of his imagination or if the new person who calls himself Wystan is real. So he tries to investigate with the help of his onboard computer to find Wystan and the planet that he is on based on the clues that he’s gleaned from the dreams.

Wystan’s survey mission crash-landed on a hard to reach planet, and unfortunately the company they worked for never sent a rescue ship. He’s survived on the planet for seventeen years mostly by himself with only his computer to keep him company. Until that also dies and he’s all alone. With nothing to occupy him, he starts to dream of a man. But is the man real or just a figment of his imagination? And if he is real, will he be able to rescue him without his ship crashing also?

Overall, not a bad story just not long enough for me to satisfy my curiosity about the places and things that they got to see and go.

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

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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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