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

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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

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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

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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

Review: “Rule of Thirds” by Aidan Wayne

TITLE: Rule of Thirds
AUTHOR: Aidan Wayne
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Jennifer Vance
GENRE: Sci-fi; MMM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 17, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

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A traumatic past doesn’t have to mean not having a future.
When Jason Diovardi, military elite, is removed from active duty after failing too many psych evals, he has only one goal in mind: get back into the field. It’s all he knows and all he thinks he’s good for, which is why he grudgingly accepts two live-in AI Companions to help him begin to recover from his severe PTSD. Chase and Shade are a matched pair, and Jason hopes they’ll keep each other distracted enough to leave him alone so he can go through the motions and be cleared for fieldwork.
Jason doesn’t expect to actually get better, and the progress he makes with his patient and caring Companions sneaks up on him—and so do unexpected feelings between the three of them. Now Jason might even be able to admit to being happy. But has he healed enough to allow himself to accept what Chase and Shade are offering?
Hope. Love. A reason to live.


I loved Rule of Thirds by Aidan Wayne. This is the first time I have read a book by Aidan Wayne, but it won’t be the last. The author sucked me in with the blurb and the yummy cover, and the story didn’t disappoint. I was hooked from the first line and read the story straight through into the wee hours of the morning. The story is about Jason Diovardi who is a military elite that has been removed from active duty after failing too many psych evaluations. He has PTSD and part of his recovery is being assigned a live-in AI Companion. The only thing on Jason’s mind is to go through the motions and be cleared for fieldwork.

In this futuristic world, Artificial Intelligence has evolved into independent sentient beings, and a lot of them have been trained as live-in caregivers or special-needs assistance companions for people who have PTSD. For Jason, this means somebody that will help him with his touch aversion and lashing out at people and hurting them when he’s startled or having a flashback and also making him meals and making sure that he eats and goes to his appointments. During his appointment with the Delegate for the companions, Jason finds out that there is a bonded pair which matches his needs. Jason hopes that if he takes the matched pair that they’ll keep each other distracted enough to leave him alone so he can go through the motions and be cleared for fieldwork.

Chase and Shade are a bonded pair of Companions. However, during one of his companion assignments, Shade had gotten reprogrammed into thinking and acting like a loyal dog. Chase was his savior, and they ended up bonding over the incident and recovery. Shade will never be like he was before the tampering with his programming but Chase loves him for who he is now not who he used to be. With Shade’s enhanced abilities like hearing, sense of smell, and empathy, he is able to read Jason’s body language and feelings that he keeps hidden. Which really helps with his recovery. As they help Jason with his recovery and he starts to open up and work through his issues, Chase and Shade end up falling in love with Jason, and they want to propose a permanent human-android bond.

But as Jason gets better, he’s given more duties from his work like training recruits and getting them ready for fieldwork. Which puts him closer to his goal, going back into active duty. But now that he has two people that he cares about, he isn’t sure if risking his life again in active duty is what he wants to do anymore. Will he choose active duty or the loves of his life?
This story was a great look into the mind of a man who has PTSD. I liked getting to see how he sees himself and why he does some of the things that he does. I also loved Chase and Shade and how they didn’t pressure Jason to do anything but just became a part of Jason’s life and snuck into his heart. I hope that the author writes more books like this one. I would love for this to become a series.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis