Review: “Wanting the Wolfman” by Louise Collins

TITLE: Wanting the Wolfman
AUTHOR: Louise Collins
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Sci-Fi; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 26, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $ 14.99 paperback

BLURB:

Can love be more than a memory?
Three years ago, an attack cost Joel his leg… and his memories. Though he was told a dog he’d befriended savaged him, he has one hazy recollection: the stunning silver eyes of a wolf… or maybe a man. Desperate for the truth, he struggles back into the woods where his life changed in search of his animal friend.
When he finds the wolf who has stalked his thoughts, he demands it reveal its true form, and he meets Guy, the man within the wolf. Guy is guarded, but the wolf knows Joel belongs with them, and gradually, Guy can only agree. Things fall into place, but then Joel inadvertently exposes the man and the wolf he’s coming to love.
Guy and the wolf are forced to flee, but can Joel follow?


At eighteen years old, Joel had an awful accident in the forest that cost him his leg. People told him that he was attacked by a dog, a huge rogue dog, but Joel didn’t believe them, he saw a huge wolf, but he can’t remember the accident correctly. For 3 years, Joel lived in a world of pain, confusion and severe depression. He lost his boyfriend Keen. He lost his relationship with his father, but mostly, Joel lost himself.

One day Joel decides to go back to the forest alone to find the wolf by himself. He didn’t expect to meet Guy and Wolf, and he didn’t expect to reconnect with himself either.
Joel will have to make a choice: take a risk with his safety, or have faith in Guy.
Wanting the Wolfman by Louise Collins is a standalone and the first book that I’ve read from her.
It was a beautiful and poetic story that I loved a lot.

Joel is hurt and lost. He’s hurt after his accident, at eighteen years old, his life changed completely, and Joel lost everything, starting with himself. People around him don’t know how to treat him, except his sister. His friends are awful and Keen is probably the worst human being in the entire humanity. It annoyed me a lot how Joel let people treated him badly, but when he finally fights back, he really fights back. He may have a disability, but he’s not weak and Guy, as well as Wolf, will have to deal with his fierce, strong temper.

Guy and Wolf share the same body but are two entities. Guy is human and Wolf…. Well, he’s a wolf. They aren’t the typical “werewolf” that I’m used to reading, and I loved it. Wolf isn’t in the background and comes only when he’s needed, not here. He has his temper, his own personality but he’s in tune with Guy, they are in perfect symbiosis, the human and the wolf. Guy is a caretaker, a protector. He’s alone and spent the last decade hiding in the forest, protecting wolf and taking care of him. When Joel comes into their life, Guy feels the urge to protect him at any cost. I completely melted for Guy, this guy is THE guy, strong, beautiful, loyal… my dream man!

I loved this book. The story was beautiful. It was written from Joel’s point of view, and the whole book, we follow him. How he connects with Wolf, how they bond and then how Joel has to tame Guy, how he fights hard to be with him, to take care of him too. I loved this! I loved that Joel didn’t have to tame the animal but the human.
The plot reminds me of Beauty and the Beast. The love story between the MC, the bad guys trying to hurt Guy and Wolf, Joel ready to fight and sacrifice everything for them. For me, it was a free adaptation of this tale.

The author wrote a sweet and poetic love story that put a beautiful smile on my face at the end.

I recommend this book; it’s worth your time!
4 OptimuMM’s for the Beast, his human, and their soulmate

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Ledgers and Rent Boys” by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Ledgers and Rent Boys
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
SERIES: Ore 5
PUBLISHER: eXtasy books
COVER ARTIST: –
GENRE: Sci-Fi; Space Opera
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 193 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 22, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 –e-book

BLURB:

Overcoming their differences and discovering new sides of each other, Ethan and Ryder are trying their hands at this new thing called a relationship. Ethan’s insecurities and his focus on putting Ryder’s business first are contradicting Ryder’s need to shout his love from the rooftops.
But that’s the personal side of things. The business is in trouble, too, since Ethan’s keen eye caught flaws in Black Ryder’s books and exposed the previous accountant stealing from the storage. The piles of messy ledgers are keeping Ethan busy while Ryder’s business is being invaded by pimps. To top off the new couple’s problems, a rentboy named Hayden dances his way to the front of Black Ryder’s stage with enough trouble in his wake to claim all of Ryder’s attention.


The story continues in Ore 5 for Ryder and Ethan.

This is a sequel for the first book in the series, where we learn about Ethan’s unfortunate luck on his arriving at this mining planet.
We know that Ethan has some serious self-conscious issues thanks to his ex, jerk of a boyfriend and his more tea perfectionist father. Now on Ore 5, Ethan tries to let the bygones be bygones. But it seems it’s not as easy as he thought it would be. He’s a chubby guy, well we don’t know exactly how chubby he is, and I would have liked to read more of Ethan body’s description, me being chubby as well. In some parts, I could relate to Ethan, even more than once. But he’s brave enough to let himself be seen by Ryder. With the ongoing investigation of Ryder’s bar, more incriminating evidence is showing up.

Ryder, the hopeless romantic with a body of a God, finally finds himself with his wings wide open ready to fly. All that is thanks to Ethan. Ethan sees him as no one has before. He let Ethan in with no barriers to his soul and deepest feelings. He fears that with his neediness, he may push away Ethan, Ethan who asked him to keep their relationship as a secret. Ethan doesn’t want to be in the spotlight by being Ryder’s boyfriend. Although he agrees, he can’t help the shining of his eyes or the joy that radiates from his face every time he’s near or just looks at Ethan, letting his closest of friends figure out that something is going on between the two.

We meet a new character, Hayden. Hayden is a prostitute who works the trains and the station. On Ore 5, being a prostitute is legal and all the payment goes through legally. He needs to make a quota every day otherwise his handler will punish him. One night, cruising his turf for johns, he finds himself invited by the sexiest man he’s ever seen. The invitation is for dancing in front of people in one of the most famous gay bars on Ore 5. Little does he know that that performance will bring him more pain and threats than anything before, but also earns him protectors in Ryder and Brutus. He also helps out Ryder’s business when he reveals of what he was listening into when he was told where he can or can’t go after johns.

The story continues with some angsty turnabouts. Have fun reading it!

***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: “Heart Held Hostage” by Jo Tannah

TITLE: Heart Held Hostage
AUTHOR: Jo Tannah
SERIES: Chronicles of the Serai
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Sci-Fi; Mpreg
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 104 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 5, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $5.50 – paperback

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The Serai have won the galactic war. Tasked to take charge of the human assimilation into their herd, Prince Jytrerd never thought to find a mate among the human slaves. He learns that the human Captain Ian McCaskey is his potential breeder and saves his life. Because they are sterile, the Serai need the genetic materials their captives give to father their younglings. But Ian resists, and it doesn’t take long for Jytrerd to realize that for their relationship to flourish, the two of them must connect on a deeper level. It is now up to Jytrerd to make Ian understand that he is valued above all others.
Warning: this book contains m-preg.


Heart Held Hostage is the first book in the Chronicles of the Serai by Jo Tannah. I liked this book. I loved the cover of the book, and I will admit to wanting to read the book just because of the beautiful cover. What can I say, I like Centaurs, and after reading the blurb I decided to give it a try, and for the most part, I wasn’t disappointed.

There were a couple of things that the author needs to keep in mind when writing future books in the series. The size of the humans relative to the size of the Centaurs especially when the Centaurs are so much larger than the humans. How an equine body would move around a room, going upstairs, getting into and out of a bathtub, sitting down on furniture, stuff like that. A lot of the time, the author has the Centaurs moving around a room and doing basic things like taking a bath or sitting on a chair like a human would and that tended to pull me out of the story since I work with horses daily and know how they move and lie down so I know what situations would be feasible and what just wouldn’t work with their equine bodies.

I also wish that the story was told in a dual point of view. I think if we had Ian McCaskey’s POV that it would have made the book so much better and helped me feel the emotional connection between Prince Jytrerd and Ian.

I did like how Jo Tannah made the Centaurs her own and changed up where the male anatomy would be. Unlike a traditional Centaur where the male anatomy is the same as a male horse, these Centaurs have their male anatomy in a hidden pouch in the chest area of the horse where it ties in with the front legs. At least that’s what I got from the author’s description. I liked the idea that the Serai are sterile and that instead of killing off all of their enemies after a war that they test them to see if they would be useful as potential breeders or sex slaves. I wasn’t so keen on having the human woman with no weapon skills being the ones to dispatch the ones that aren’t chosen as breeders or slaves. I thought it was a little cruel. But it does fit with how the Centaurs are depicted at that point in the book, which is as a superior, arrogant, and cold race.

I did like how the story progresses and the relationship between Prince Jytrerd and his potential breeder Ian. It has its ups and downs, and Jytrerd will have to change the way he treats his mate and his other slaves if he is going to be truly happy.
I also loved Woll and Sebastian and Francis. I hope to see more of them in the next book in the series.

Overall, not a bad start to a new series and I liked it enough that I will read the next book when it comes out.

***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: “My Fair Captain” by J.L. Langley

TITLE: My Fair Captain
AUTHOR: J.L. Langley
SERIES: Sci-Regency
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Tiferet Design
GENRE: Sci-Fi
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 244 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 29, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback

BLURB:

When Intergalactic Navy Captain Nathaniel Hawkins goes undercover to investigate the theft of an IN weapons stash, the mission raises painful memories from his past. Using a title he fled nearly two decades earlier, Nate once again becomes the Earl of Deverell, heir to the Duke of Hawthorne, in order to navigate the ins and outs of a Regency world. But planet Regelence—where young lords are supposed to remain pure until marriage—has a few surprises for Nate, not least of which is his attraction to Prince Aiden.
A talented artist, Prince Aiden Townsend isn’t interested in politics and the machinations of society gentlemen, and he adamantly rejects the idea of marriage and a consort. Aiden wants the freedom to pursue his art and determine his own future. But the arrival of the dashing and mysterious Deverell awakens feelings of passion and longing the young prince can’t deny.
As Nate uncovers a conspiracy reaching far beyond the stolen weapons, his future is irrevocably altered by the temptations of a life he never thought he could have. Drawn into the web of intrigue, Aiden is in danger of losing his life… and his heart.
First Edition published by Samhain Publishing Ltd., June 2007


I have to start by telling you that this is one of my favorite series. This was the second time I had the pleasure to read this first installment of the series.

My first time was not so long after I discovered MM. Still fighting to accept myself, these books helped me more in the process. I always loved Regency romances, me being a hopeless (full) romantic by heart. So this combined with the Sci-Fi genre—that’s another genre I like so much—was a win-win-win situation.

In this world, Regelence is a Regency society where the virtue of the young lords is protected. (Back when I was reading MF only, never even imagined the existence of MM, I always wondered why men’s virtue was value as less. Why only young girls, even now, virtue is so precious while young boys are “forced” to engage in those activities when they lose their purity at a fragile age. (Ok, ok, I may be a bit of conservative here … but just bear with me). Loving these two genera combination, I was very easily lost in the first book.

Nate is the captain of Lady Anna, a war battle spaceship, and he’s instructed to go to Regelence to investigate some missing armory. His admiral asked him to use his title as the heir of Earl, a title he resigned from years back when after a duel he was forced to leave his planet and his family behind joining IN. Now he’s a guest of King Steven, his Consort, and their five sons. Nate brings his adopted fifteen-year-old son with him, Trouble. You have to love this brat!

Aiden is an artist. He’s rarely aware of his surroundings when he’s lost in his art. Being a prince and having responsibilities was never a pleasure of his or his brothers. They always try to find a way to get some free time from the countless balls, the endless string of young men courting them, and the ever-present chaperone. Aidan’s virgin, but the idea that one day he will have to have a consort, a consort who will rule his life, let’s just say is not a thing he desires. Until he meets Nate. His body starts to behave in unbelievable manners, manners that are not fitted to a young prince.

I must say I love this series!!!! I already know the outcome because I’d read it before, but I can’t wait for book two! I’m itching to take book two and read it, but I promised myself to not do that until Dreamspinner Press publishes the sequel to this series.

I highly, very highly recommend to all of you!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Roughnecks and Butterflies” by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Roughnecks and Butterflies
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
SERIES: Ore 5
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: –
GENRE: Sci-Fi
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 185 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 18, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book

BLURB:


Straight out of college, Ethan scored a coveted job on the mining planet Ore 5. So how the hell did he ended up working in a strip club?
What should have been the start of a life with lots of money, a prestigious job, and adventures in space, quickly turned sour as the promised job got downsized while Ethan was in route to Ore 5. Now there, he doesn’t even have enough money for the return ticket to Earth.
Stuck in the outskirts of the housing for the miners, he quickly finds that his usual standards are impossible to uphold. A new coworker opens up a new world to him, and in this world, the center of gravity is a big tattooed strip club owner named Ryder.
On the outside, Ryder is a player—promiscuous and superficial. And he has no problem throwing a punch if patrons get too frisky with his dancers. But he has hidden a side of himself since he came to Ore 5.
Both Ethan and Ryder see themselves differently from what others see. One is a body-conscious, chubby accountant—the other is a sex-symbol who has become the center of attention of every gay man on the planet—even a few straight ones who want to prove they are man enough to win the challenge.
They have one thing in common, but will their differences keep them too far apart?


This is an exciting new space opera series of Meraki P. Lyhne.
The story starts with Ethan waking up after two years of traveling in deep space in cyro-sleep, and he finds out that the company that had contracted him for a top accountant position had downsizing six months before his arrival. So now he finds himself on Ore5, a mining planet, with no job. Worse of all, the apartment that was promised to him was changed to an outskirt-area, one-room apartment with a communal shower.

Ethan is insecure about his looks because he’s a little chubby. His past experiences with his father and his ex-boyfriend leave him vulnerable and very introverted. He also realizes that he doesn’t have enough money to get back to Earth with all his belongings, so he needs to stay and find a job.

Ryder is the owner of a very famous club in the North part of the Ore5. The neighborhood is infamous and it’s where all the miners aka Worms come to have a good time. Ryder is a dancer, but he rarely performs. His outer facade is contrary how he feels inside. When unfortunate-fortunate events bring Ethan to his club, the club that’s in need of a good accountant, fate seems to have brought more than Ryder was hoping for.

Ethan is mesmerized by Ryder’s smoldering looks while Ryder’s watching another dancer, and he wishes to be the focus of such attention. But he’s smarter than to get his hopes up, so silently, and from afar, he allows himself to admire Ryder.
Both Ethan and Ryder live in their own cocoon…but will they be strong enough to come out and fly?

I really enjoyed this read, and I’m hoping to have my hands on the next installment of the series as soon as possible!

***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