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: “Adrian’s Bodyguard” by Shelby Rhodes

TITLE: Adrian’s Bodyguard
AUTHOR: Shelby Rhodes
SERIES: Vampires of Vadin
PUBLISHER: Siren-BookStrand
COVER ARTIST: Harris Channing
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifters
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 144 pages
RELEASE DATE: Sept ember 13, 2017
PRICE: $4.50 –e-book
  

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Vampire King Adrian Bloodhart has faced many challenges in the thousands of years he’s been reigning. However, he had thought he’d moved past the stage of his life that was littered with assassination attempts. And, as if the attacks weren’t irritating enough, he finds himself saddled with a personal bodyguard he doesn’t feel he needs or even wants.

When Xavier Dayden had agreed to guard King Adrian, he had expected to be guarding a mature adult, but what he got was a petulant child. Adrian is odd as hell and too sexy for Xavier’s peace of mind. When Xavier finds his control slipping, he’s conflicted. Giving in could lead to so much more than a one night stand, but was it worth the possible heartbreak?

The choice is made when tragedy strikes where it is least expected and, as Adrian’s walls crack and fall, Xavier is there to pick up the pieces. Through the heartache, love is finally in their grasps.


Adrian is the king of the kingdom of Vadin. Since he succeeded his cruel father, Adrian tries his best to bring peace and wealth to his kingdom and subjects. When several attempted assassinations against him failed, he has no choice but to have a bodyguard.

Xavier is the personal bodyguard of his kings, the twins Elves, close friends to Adrian. When they hear about the attacks against their friend, they asked Xavier to protect him no matter what and at any cost.
Xavier and Adrian have no choice but to “work” together. What they didn’t expect was to be attracted and more to each other.

It’s the first book from Shelby Rhodes, and I can tell you that she has a real talent and lot of potential.

I liked this book, it was a good read, fresh, light, funny, I’ve laughed out loud a lot of time.

Adrian is adorable, strong (like very very strong), funny with a big sassy mouth (my favorite characters).
Xavier is a strong, dark, tall, man, he’s also very fierce and protective, that’s why he’s the perfect match for Adrian.
The secondary characters are all very interesting, and I look forward to learning more about them.

This book is also the first one of the series, it set the plot, the universe, and the characters.

For me, it’s a 3.5 OptimuMM’s, because even if it was good, it wasn’t perfect either. The thing that was missing the most was that it just scratched the surface.
The characters aren’t deeply developed, we just scratch them on the surface.

The universe where the story takes place and the plot aren’t deeply developed as well. Besides, the rhythmic of the book isn’t well adjusted in my opinion.
But like I said, it’s the first book of the author and of the series, and I can see the potential and the talent here. It was pretty good with a flawless editing and good writing, dynamic and fluid. The first time isn’t always perfect, but I’m sure with time, everything will be improving positively.

So it’s a 3.5 OptimuMM’s for me, and I will follow this series, Can’t wait to read the next book.

***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***

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Review: “Dragon’s Hoard” by M.A. Church

TITLE: Dragon’s Hoard
AUTHOR: M.A. Church
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Urban Fantasy ; Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 234 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $9.99 -paperback
  

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To be loved by a dragon is to be treasured.

A hundred years ago, werewolf Alpha Montgomery took a risk driven by desperation—he borrowed money from the ancient dragon Warwick Ehecatl, putting up the pack lands as collateral. Now the debt is due, and dragons don’t forget—or forgive. Warwick demands Montgomery’s son, Avery, and three businesses as compensation. As an Omega, Avery knows he is basically useless to his pack, so he might as well agree. He soon has second thoughts, though. Warwick is fearsome, and he’s free to do as he likes with Avery.

Warwick knows his race’s reputation, and he even admits some of it is deserved. But he’d rather cut off his tail than let his innocent mate’s light go out. It won’t be easy, but buried deep, there’s something between them worth safeguarding.


This was my first read by this author, and I bit myself up that I waited this long.

This book was a one continuous read, and I couldn’t put it down until the very end.

Avery is the son of Alpha Montgomery, who, hundred years ago, took out a loan from the very ancient dragon. That’s kept secret until the 100th birthday of Avery, when he officially becomes a man. Now Avery is an omega to his father’s disappointment. He has 5 older siblings but they’re all females, and the pack rule doesn’t allow females to become an Alpha.

Avery is nervous about his birthday party, so he hides in his room till the very last minute. There are a lot of suitors, to Avery surprise, present at the party. Omegas are valued in a pack because of their vulnerability, but they are not taken seriously at all. Avery was treated like a damsel in distress all his life, and that infuriates him. So he’s not looking forward to a mate, when he will probably be treated as an empty-headed trophy mate.

Warwick Ehectal is a thousand year-old dragon. As all dragons, his hoards are vast, full of unimaginable values. But one thing is missing. Warwick feels lonely, but he doesn’t really realize because he’s busy, or that’s what he says. So when Alpha Montgomery needs to pay his debt, he shows up, just a few hours before the alpha’s term ends, at his son birthday party, purposely.

Dragons are not bargaining. When the contract is signed, the terms must be fulfilled. But that thing will change when Warwick lays eyes on Avery. Of course, Alpha Montgomery doesn’t have the money he owes, but the dragon is ready to make a deal: the alpha’s most profitable business and his son Avery.

The story was surprisingly sweet, romantic and was nothing I imagined.

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

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Review: “Off The Beaten Path” by Cari Z

TITLE: Off The Beaten Path
AUTHOR: Cari Z
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Brooke Albrecht
GENRE: Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 18, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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When Ward Johannsen’s little girl Ava shifted into a werewolf, she was taken into custody by the feds and shipped off to the nearest pack, all ties between father and daughter severed. Ward burned every bridge he had discovering her location, and then almost froze to death in the Colorado mountains tracking her new pack down. And that’s just the beginning of his struggle.

Henry Dormer is an alpha werewolf and an elite black ops soldier who failed his last mission. He returns home, hoping for some time to recuperate and help settle the pack’s newest member, a little pup named Ava who can’t shift back to her human form. Instead he meets Ward, who refuses to leave his daughter without a fight. The two men are as different as night and day, but their respect for each other strikes a spark of mutual interest that quickly grows into a flame. They might find something special together—love, passion, and even a family—if they can survive trigger-happy pack guardians, violent werewolf politics, and meddling government agencies that are just as likely to get their alpha soldiers killed as bring them home safely.


I liked this book. The author doesn’t write another book about shifters, nope, it’s something else.
Ward is human, and his 4 year-old daughter Ava, shifts into a wolf her first day at school. Since then, she’d been taken by the government and send to a pack of werewolves to be raised, but first of all, to shift back. 3 months later, after going through hell and back, Ward finds the reservation where his baby girl is.

Henry is the Alpha of the pack where Ava is. As an alpha, he has to work for the government in order to gain “favours” for his pack and their living conditions on the reservation.
Like I said, this book isn’t just about the Alpha who meets his mate. It was more, and I really liked how the author treated this subject.

Being a Werewolf is the result of a military experiment gone wrong. Since the werewolves are considered as people who have a disease, they are isolated from the human population. They live on reservations where they are guarded by government’s agents named “Guardian”. Their phones, internet and TV are monitored by the government. They have to ask permission to leave. Basically, they have no rights, no human rights, and when someone is infected, he’s taken away from his family. The alphas of the packs are the “dogs” of the human army.
Yes, awful right, it makes you angry too? …. I was angry reading how the werewolves live. What Henry had to do for his pack. That’s where the author was good, it wasn’t written like a drama thing, nope, it was written like it was normal, the way Henry talked about it, wasn’t like “boohoo we’re the victims here” nope it was “hey, it’s our life, move on” but I don’t want to move on, I want to take up arms and go fight for them.

I also liked the relationship between Ward and Henry. It was gradual, no insta-love because of the mate’s thing. Henry and Ward fell in love together as human, just 2 men finding love. And it was sweet and beautiful.

Ward is adorable with a sassy mouth and a little bossy too. Henry, as Alpha, has a lot of responsibilities, and except his sister Sam, most people fear him… Except for Ward. Their interactions were funny, sweet and I had a smile on my face reading it.

The only, tiny, little bit thing that bothered me was the sex scene. There’s only one sex scene, kind of, it was more making out in fact. And that’s what bothered me a little. A book doesn’t need sex if the story is good, and this was the case. So when this scene appears (at the almost end of the book), I was frustrated more than anything else. Because it wasn’t a real sex, it wasn’t well developed. It would have been better without it, and less frustrating at the end.

But, it was a good book, the author exploits the story and the plot perfectly, and the only thing that I hope, it’s that there’s a sequel, or 2 or 3 or 20.

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

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Review: “Stalking Buffalo Bill” by J.Leigh Bailey

TITLE: Stalking Buffalo Bill
AUTHOR: J.Leigh Bailey
SERIES: Shifter U
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 Pages
RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $9.99 –paperback
  

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A Shifter U Tale

A smitten coyote isn’t the only one stalking Buffalo Bill.

A buffalo walks into a cafe. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but for coyote shifter Donnie Granger, it’s the beginning of an obsession. Donnie is a little hyperactive and a lot distractible, except when it comes to William. He finally works up the nerve to approach William but is interrupted by a couple of violent humans.

While William—don’t call me Bill—is currently a professor, he once worked undercover against an international weapons-trafficking ring. Before he can settle into obscurity, he must find out who leaked his location and eliminate the thugs. He tries keeping his distance to protect Donnie, but the wily coyote won’t stay away.

It’ll take both Donnie’s skills as a stalker—er, hunter—and William’s super-spy expertise to neutralize the threat so they can discover if an excitable coyote and a placid-until-pissed buffalo have a future together.


Donnie Granger is a barista at Buddy’s, he’s also a coyote shifter and has an obsession for his customer. William.
William is currently a professor and a little bit boring, who loves to get his coffees at Buddy’s, or maybe it’s the barista. Oh, he’s also a buffalo shifter and a former super spy. (like I said, a little bit boring)

When strangers come to town asking around about William, Donnie does everything to protect his buffalo.
This book cracked me up. Donnie is funny, completely crazy, hyperactive with a hyper imagination too and a little problem with staying focused.
He’s also adorable and wears his heart on his sleeve. I love this character, so alive.

The book is written with Donnie’s point of view, so we share every thought with him and Its worth it. Sometimes, I had the feeling that I was in my own head, it was scary!
William can be tough, and seems to be sometimes (ok most of the times) an asshole, but he has his reasons to act like that with Donnie (that doesn’t mean I didn’t want to throat-punch him, buffalo or not).

It was a pleasant read. Donnie is so adorable, and the differences between William and Donnie are funny. One is a big taciturn quiet man, the other is a hyperactive chatty man. They seem to have nothing in common, but that’s what I loved about this book, they are perfect for each other, they complete each other.
Donnie helps William to not be so serious all the time, to have fun and William helps Donnie to stay focused when it matters.
And since I’m a big romantic, how William explains his feelings to Donnie was so beautiful that he stole my little heart (and my mood too when I realised in real life it’s never happen to me)

It was a real pleasant book, I had a smile all my time reading, and I look forward to reading more.

4 OptimuMM’s for Buffalo Bill and his Gay Coyote.

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

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