Review: “Once Upon a Wolf” by Rhys Ford

TITLE: Once Upon a Wolf
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
SERIES: The Wayward Wolves Series
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reece Notley
GENRE: Shapeshifters
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 96 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 16, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book

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Once Upon A Time, There Was A Wolf….
Gibson Keller’s days are fairly routine: wake up early, get some work done, drink lots of coffee, and take care of Ellis, his older brother stuck in wolf form after coming home from the war. It’s a simple life made up of long runs on two legs—or four—and quiet evenings…. Until Ellis chases a handsome man off a cliff and into the frozen waters beside their cabin, changing Gibson’s life forever.
For Zach Thomas, buying an old B&B is a new start. Leaving behind his city life, he longs to find peace and quiet, and hiking the trails behind his property seems safe enough—right up to the moment an enormous black wolf chases him into a lake, nearly drowning him. Discovering werewolves are real astounds him, but not as much as the man who rescues him from the icy water then walks into Zach’s heart as if he owns it.
Loving a werewolf—loving Gibson with all his secrets—has its challenges but Zach believes their love is worth fighting for, especially since his heart knows the big bad wolf is really a prince in disguise


Gibson lives in a cabin, in the mountains with his brother Ellis…a wolf. The Keller brothers are werewolves, and Ellis has been stuck in his wolf form for the last 2 years.
One night, Ellis chases the new owner of the B&B Zack off a cliff and Gibson comes to his rescue.

The attraction between Gibson and Zack is strong, but with Ellis’ condition and old family grudges, they’ll have to find a way to be together without losing everything in the process.
It was a sweet love story.

Gibson is strong, hard but soft. He’s the only one who wants to take care of his brother—he’s the only one who fights for his brother, I loved this about him. He wants Zack, it’s clear to him that Zack is made for him, but he doesn’t want to rush things between them, and wants to help his brother first. I really loved him.

Zack is a survivor. He survived a car accident, and then he survived a wolf (lol) and even with that, after the shock, Zack stuck with the brothers, and helps Gibson to take care of Ellis. I loved this guy, his loyalty, and his temper. He may be human in comparison to Gibson, but he knows how to tame the big bad wolf.

I loved this two lovebirds, but my favorite is Ellis. Wolf or Human, I loved him. I want to know more about him, and I hope/pray that the next book will be about him.
The story and the plot were good, coherent, fluid and well built. It was my first time with Rhys Ford, and I wasn’t disappointed.
I gladly recommend this book, and I’ll follow the series.

It’s 4 OptimuMMs for the wolves and their human.

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

Review edited by :  Laura McNellis

Review: “It Takes two to Tango” by M.A Church

TITLE: It Takes two to Tango
AUTHOR: M.A Church
SERIES: Fur, Fang and Felines
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 230 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 26 2016
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback

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Fur, Fangs, and Felines: Book Three
Can two very different men find the love they need to survive?
Remi Ginn’s an easygoing werecat with a love of snarky T-shirts. He would be perfectly happy with a human mate. Is that what the goddess Bast gives him? Of course not. Instead she gifts him with Marshell, a Vetala, a snakelike nonshifter who drinks blood to survive. A man who’s just as toppy as Remi—and even more powerful than the West Falls Clowder’s Alpha and heir apparent.
While Remi is deciding whether he can handle the fates’ choice, hunters attack Marshell. Afterward, in an explosion of passion, Remi and Marshell mate and Remi declares Marshell his. Now they have to figure out how to make their relationship work as they dance around each other.
The clowder is in turmoil, and Remi’s acceptance of Marshell rocks the very foundation of the insular group. The consequences will be far-reaching. And if that isn’t problem enough, the situation with the hunters is far from resolved… as proved by the appearance of an Alpha werewolf.


Remi is a beta for his clowder, the most powerful beta actually. He’s laid back, funny, but very dominant.
Marshell is a vetala. He’s powerful, and real player while being imposing.

When Marshell and Remi meet at a Thanksgiving diner, they understood that they’re were fated mates. And Marshell, excited by this discovery releases his incredible and powerful power.
Remi’s clowder has a problem with how powerful Marshell is, and they aren’t sure they want a paranormal more powerful than the Alpha. Besides, Marshell is harassed by an ex hook-up who causes a lot of damages.

Remi and Marshell want to be together, but they’ll have to survive the threat against their lives and their love.

This one is my favorite of the series.
I’ve loved Remi since book 1. He’s funny, smart, protective, strong and tolerant. He was the only one accepting Kirk and supporting him. He has a sassy mouth and sassy T-shirts (yes, a T-shirt can be sassy too). He wasn’t scared of Marshell’s power. Even if he admits that his mate can be intimidating, he always supports him and fights hard for him.
Marshell is very strong, powerful and dominant. People assume that because he is who he is, he isn’t sensitive. But Marshell is like everyone, he can be afraid, sad and needs to be loved for who he is, and accepted freely. That’s Remi for him.

The two of them are beautiful and adorable together.
The author regaled me with this book. The subjects in this one please me too, racism and sexism are aborded too. They were present since the beginning of the series, but here, they’re more present. Besides, I love mix-race couple, and in this case, Remi and Marshell are a mix-race-species gay couple. I love it.

It’s 5 OptimuMMs for The big guy and his sassy cat

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

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Review: “Behind the Eight Ball” by M.A Church

TITLE: Behind the Eight Ball
AUTHOR: M.A Church
SERIES: Fur, Fangs and Felines
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 214 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 30, 2015
PRICE: $5.59 -e-book / $11.99 -paperback

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Fur, Fangs, and Felines: Book Two
A cool morning, a yard full of birds, and a kitty on a mission. What more could a werecat want? Beta Heller Wirth has it all, except a mate—a shifter mate, that is. The last thing he wants is one of those dangerous humans who kill without remorse. Heller knows about that firsthand. So what does the goddess Bast do? She gives Heller exactly what he does not want—a human: business owner Lawson Dupre.
Lawson hasn’t a clue what just happened in his car detail shop. One minute a cute client is about to pass out, and then he perks up and starts flirting. Next thing, he runs out the door like the hounds of hell are after him. Learning that Heller is a werecat doesn’t freak out Lawson. He happens to be one of those rare humans who knows paranormals exists. He even lives with one. Watch the fur fly as Heller and Lawson battle hurt feelings, misguided beliefs, and a power shift in Heller’s clowder.


Heller is a beta werecat for his clowder. After claiming how much he hated humans when Dolf mated a human, he’s at a lost when he realizes his mate is a human and runs away from him.
Lawson is human but aware of the paranormal since his 2 best friends are Vetalas. When he understands that Heller is his mate and rejected him, he’s hurt.
But when Lawson’s life is threatened, Heller doesn’t hesitate. He needs to protect his mate, human or not, it doesn’t matter anymore.

I really like this series.
At first, in book 1, I can say that I disliked Heller, a lot, he was a total asshole with Kirk. But he saved his life, so by the end, I didn’t know what to do with him. In this book, I get to know him better. He’s a great guy deep down, funny, kind and sweet. When I understood why he hated humans, I was sad and horrified for him and what he been through alone. I really love his sensibility and fragility that he shows only to his mate.

Lawson is sweet, funny, loyal, and very dominant. Even if Heller is a beta, a position of power in the clowder, Lawson isn’t impressed at all. He’s also very loyal to his friends first, but when Heller came into his life, he became his everything, and I loved it. I loved Lawson’s banter, he reminds me of Kirk, human yes, but the cats don’t get their tongues (Yes, pun totally intend).

Anyway, M.A Church keeps entertaining me with this book and this series. The only thing is there wasn’t a lot of sex in this one (after the hot threesome in book 1, she gave me bad habits), but it was coherent with the story and the plot, so yes, it’s my pervy side who complains.

4 OptimuMM for the Hellcat and his Human

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

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Review: “Trouble comes in Threes” by M.A Church

TITLE: Trouble comes in Threes
AUTHOR: M.A Church
SERIES: Fur, Fang and Felines
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifters
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 234 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 24, 2014
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback

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A snowstorm in the South—on New Year’s Eve—is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when, naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.
Out of the punishing weather and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk’s house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.
Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters—and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.


Dolf is the next alpha of his clowder, and Tal is an omega, they are werecats, mated for thirty years and happy until one day, when they smell a wonderful and powerful scent. The scent of their third mate.
Kyle is human and a mechanic. He struggles with money, lives day by day and single.

On New Year Eve, Kyle is invaded by 2 cats who take his home as their property.
When Kyle is hurt, and the cats became human, Kyle understood his life will never be the same.
But it is good or not?

Do you remember when I reviewed “At Sixes and Seven”, (https://optimumm.blog/2017/11/10/review-at-sixes-and-sevens-by-m-a-church/) the book four of this series, I told you that I want to read the 3 previous. Guess what? I did it.

I wasn’t disappointed at all. This book was good.
I don’t know who I love more, Dolf, Tal or Kirk. Dolf is the super dominant Alpha, his mates’ well-being and safety are important to him. Tal is a sweet man, he’s kind, gentle, submissive, and a real peacemaker. Kirk is between them. Dominant and headstrong like Dolf (not as much as him) but also submissive and sweet like Tal.
I enjoyed reading their story, the sex is smoking hot, really, super-hot, with some interesting kink (not enough for my own taste, but hey, I’m pervy, you all know it).
The book is divided into 2 parts, in my opinion, the first part is all about Dolf, Tal and Kirk and their mating, the second part is all about Kirk’s integration to the clowder and the investigation of who wants to hurt him.

No really, it was a very good book. Werecats are so fun (and it’s me who hate cats who’s telling you that!).
4 OptimuMMs for The Alpha, The Omega and the Mechanic

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

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Review: “Chasing Thunderbird” by J. Leigh Bailey

TITLE: Chasing Thunderbird
AUTHOR: J. Leigh Bailey
SERIES: Shifter U,
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Shapeshifters; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 228 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 6, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $6.99 – paperback

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A Shifter U Tale

A legendary love.

Ornithology professor Simon Coleman’s reputation is at risk, and the only way to save his name is to prove thunderbirds are more than creatures of Native American myth. Grad student and part-time barista Ford Whitney has a lot on his plate, but it’s also his duty to make sure the resident bird nerd doesn’t discover shape-shifters—like himself—live on campus.
When a series of incidents related to Simon’s search put him in harm’s way, Ford’s instincts kick in, and they become closer than is strictly proper for student and teacher. Ford is forced to reveal his secrets to Simon, and their relationship is put to the test—Simon must choose between salvaging his reputation and protecting the man who protected him…


Chasing Thunderbird by J. Leigh Bailey is the second book in the Shifter U series and book thirteen in Dreamspun Beyond series. I didn’t realize this was the second book in the series when I read it. And after reading a couple of the other reviews on Goodreads, I have a feeling that I missed out on a lot of inside comedy and knowing what kind of shifter Ford was since it was revealed in the first book Stalking Buffalo Bill. However, I did enjoy reading Chasing Thunderbird.
The story’s told through Simon’s first person POV, so we don’t get to know what Ford’s thinking or feeling except for how he reacts to what’s going on. I did like Cody College and all of the strange happenings that go on like when Simon attends a bird watching club meeting and how secretly it’s a bird shifter club. I also liked how bold all of the wildlife is at the college and how they aren’t afraid of humans which is strange to Simon but makes sense to everybody else that goes there since the college has one of the largest population of shifter students.

Simon is an Ornithology professor. He’s an academic genius and received his Ph.D. by the age of twenty and comes from a long line of academics. However, his family has a reputation in academia for their zealous and over publicized search for the Thunderbird cryptid. They have gotten proof of the Thunderbird, but every time the evidence is stolen, lost or goes missing just when the person goes public with it leading to embarrassment, shame, and besmirching of the family name.

When a position in the biology department becomes available at Cody College, it seems like fate to Simon. This will put him close to a recent sighting of the Thunderbird, and he wants to finally get proof and clear his family’s name in secret, of course. However, when a meet and greet article turns into an article about his family’s search for the Thunderbird, the head of the biology department assigns Simon a TA to make sure that he stays in line and doesn’t cause the college any embarrassment. His new TA is Ford Whitney. Grad student and part-time barista, Ford has a lot on his plate, and it’s his job to make sure that Simon doesn’t find out that shifters are real and that the college has the largest population in residence.

As Simon investigates the location of the supposed sighting of the Thunderbird, he runs into a group of people that want all of his research on the Thunderbirds, and they aren’t above trying to force him to give it to them. Ford will be forced to step in and save Simon and the secret about the shifters will be revealed. Simon will have to decide on what is more important to him, clearing his family’s name or saving the Thunderbirds by keeping their existence a secret.

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

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