Review: “A Dom and His Warrior” by Xenia Melzer

TITLE: A Dom and His Warrior
AUTHOR: Xenia Melzer
SERIES: Club Whisper
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 25,2018
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book

BLURB:

Leeland Drake and Jonathan White are a committed BDSM couple and have just moved in together. Leeland has only one year left in college, and everything seems perfect… until Leeland’s uncle asks him to stand in for an injured UFC fighter.
Leeland wants to help his uncle, but he remembers all too well from his years competing in martial arts how strenuous life as an athlete can be. He doesn’t want to risk his relationship with Jonathan. After some discussion, they decide Leeland will go pro for a year.
As if the training and strict diet weren’t bad enough, the pressure skyrockets when Leeland encounters homophobic fighter Noah Adams—especially when they end up facing each other in the championship.
Between the bigoted rants of his opponent, the scrutiny of the media, the pressure from his sponsor, and a fire in his uncle’s gym, Leeland is close to breaking down. Only Jonathan’s support and love keep him focused enough to set foot in the octagon once more—and maybe even walk away a winner.


I absolutely love this series, and the author did not disappoint. This author brings a softer look to BDSM. She brings these Dom’s that like to think they’re rough and tough men but then they fall head over heels with their subs and everything changes. I love how Xenia builds these characters and makes me feel like a part of a family. The relationships are endless in these books. The Dom’s have a strong bond with one another, but the subs have an even stronger bond with each other. I love reading about movie nights they have and all the banter that goes on.

Jonathan is Leeland’s Dom, and he’s just asked him to move in with him. Leeland is so excited and can’t believe the wonderful life he has. He’s moved in with his Dom and is cooking dinner for him when he receives the call from his uncle and life is changed. He’s so nervous to talk to Jonathan because they’ve just established a routine but his uncle needs help and who is Leeland to say no. As soon as Jonathan sees Leeland, he knows his sub is stressed and immediately goes to wrap his arms around him for security.

Jonathan agrees to let Leeland help his uncle and become an UFC fighter. The training is extreme but the diet is worse, but Leeland is used to it from years earlier fighting. All his sub friends are behind him too. Leeland loves the support he gets, and they even all go to his first fight. That first fight was with Carlos, and they become fast friends, but when he has to fight Noah, he can’t believe the hatefulness this man has. Especially against gay people, and Noah hasn’t even learned that Leeland is gay but thinks he’s too pretty to fight.

I loved catching up on previous characters, especially Collin. I just love him and his mind. They even added a new guy to the gang, and when he hosts a movie night, I just laughed. This is a great read, and I hope you all enjoy this as much as I. Happy reading.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “The Librarian’s Ghost” by Sean Michael

TITLE: The Librarian’s Ghost
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: The Supers
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Paranormal; Ghost/Spirits
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 210 pages
RELEASE DATE: Oct 2, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book / $9.99 paperback

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Can love survive the perils of MacGregor House?
The Supernatural Explorers are back and looking for their next big paranormal case. They might’ve found it in a plea from Payne, a mild-mannered librarian who has inherited the family mansion—MacGregor House. Since moving in a few months ago, Payne’s exhausted the list of ghost hunters and experts in his quest for help. The Supers are his last chance.
So why does normally good-natured cameraman Will take an instant dislike to Payne? For that matter, why has he felt irritable and angry since they arrived at the site? It soon becomes clear that the answers they seek will be found in the basement—where nobody has gone since Payne was a little boy. As the haunting grows deadlier, things get sweeter between Will and Payne, but all hell’s about to break loose when they breach the basement door.
Will they be ready?


The Supernatural Explorers are back with a new case.
Payne MacGregor had inherited the family manor. The family manor that passes between the MacGregor men. Payne invested everything he had to remodel the manor but unnatural things happen, and Payne calls the Supers to help him with his ghost problem.
He didn’t expect to meet Will, the cameraman of the team and who seems to dislike Payne on sight.
But what or who haunts this house decided otherwise, and Will and Payne would have to work their differences out if they want to stay alive. The Librarian’s Ghost by Sean Michael is book 2 of the Supers series.

This book was good, and I enjoyed it a lot.

Will is the cameraman of the team and the more skeptic about ghosts. He does believe in it, but only because he witnessed unnatural things and because of what happened to Blaine and Flynn (The Supers book 1). With his biker look, Will seems to be rude, and his first meeting with Payne doesn’t help him, and he acts like a big class A asshole. Even if things are tense between them, Will wants Payne and tries his best to make him forget their first meeting.

Payne is a librarian; he’s shy and a little bit of a hermit. He’s completely exhausted because of the inhabitants of his house, his supernatural roommates, who make his days and nights a nightmare. When he calls The Supernatural Explorers, he doesn’t know what to expect from them but certainly not Will’s rudeness and sexiness too. Despite a rough beginning, Payne will find more than answers about his house.

I loved Payne and Will, they are adorable, different but complementary. Will looks like a rough biker, but he’s very sensitive and protective of Payne. Payne looks like a boring librarian, but with a wild side. I completely melted for them; they are adorable, funny and very hot.

I loved the book and the plots. Yes, plots—plural. The main plot is about the investigation in the haunted manor. It’s was creepy and spooky, exactly what I expected from this book.

The second plot is about Will and Payne’s love story. It’s an insta-love but that didn’t bother me because it was well done and sweet and hot.

It’s a good book to read during this autumnal season, and even if it’s part of the Supers series, this book can be read as a standalone.

It’s 4 OptimuMMS for me.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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Review: “Romeo’s Regret” by Liza Kay

TITLE: Romeo’s Regret
AUTHOR: Liza Kay
SERIES: Wildcat Hills Pride
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Latrisha Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 157 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 13, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $ – paperback

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If pride goeth before a fall, what does bitter and nasty get you? If you’re Romeo Gatti, you end up a lonely recluse with no friends and no love life to speak of. He might be part of the Wildcat Hills Pride, but with his prickly personality, he’s not going to be a candidate for pride mate of the month anytime soon. A nasty break-up has hardened his heart and also his resolve to never be hurt again. That is, until Jules Armitage breezes into Wildcat Hills.
Politics might be the art of the possible, but diplomacy can be a balancing act, even at the best of times. Which these aren’t. As ambassador, Jules finds himself walking a dangerous tightrope. One misstep can spell disaster. When he finds himself tossed off pride lands by Alpha Xander himself, Jules has no choice but to leave his unclaimed mate behind, to both their chagrins.
Behind the smoke and mirrors lies truth. But will Jules ever get the chance to tell Romeo the reality of his situation, and will the other man even be willing to listen? Sometimes honesty can get you killed, if it falls into the wrong hands…
Politics might be the art of the possible, but diplomacy can be a balancing act, even at the best of times. Which these aren’t. As ambassador, Jules finds himself walking a dangerous tightrope. One misstep can spell disaster. When he finds himself tossed off pride lands by Alpha Xander himself, Jules has no choice but to leave his unclaimed mate behind, to both their chagrins.
Behind the smoke and mirrors lies truth. But will Jules ever get the chance to tell Romeo the reality of his situation, and will the other man even be willing to listen? Sometimes honesty can get you killed, if it falls into the wrong hands…


Romeo’s Regret is the fifth book in the Wildcat Hills Pride series by Liza Kay. I loved this book. It had action, suspense, mystery, love, angst, misunderstanding, and hot chemistry and scenes. It made me laugh, cry and at times want to hit the characters in the back of the head. I loved getting to see Asa, Alpha Xander and the other members of the pride again. The books are each about a different couple that finds their fated mate, but there is a main plot/storyline that flows through the series and ties them together so I would recommend reading them in order. The story has a fast flow to it, and I enjoyed reading it just as much the second time around as I did the first.

The story starts off with Jules getting kicked off of pride lands and sent back to his job at the council. Jules is an ambassador and was checking out Xander and the Wildcat Hills Pride for the council. He didn’t expect to find his mate while he was there. However, everybody thinks that he’s a traitor and that he’s working for the corrupt council member Richard Thoreau and his mate wants nothing to do with him. And since he’s kicked off of pride lands, he isn’t able to fix the problem with his mate or claim him before leaving.

I loved Jules. He’s a wren bird shifter and a cute little twink and a dedicated bottom. He’s sweet but feisty and not used to doing brave things. He has a brother that hates him because he’s gay that also works for the council. But what Jules’ mate doesn’t know is that Jules is really working for Xander and is trying to uncover as much information as he can on Thoreau so that they can take him down. But will he manage to get the info out and make it back to the pride safely or will he get caught and need to be rescued?

I loved Romeo. He’s an ocelot cat shifter, and he’s kind of a hermit and the resident techno-geek. He joined Xander’s pride when he was kicked out of his by his father when he refused to breed a female and strengthen the bloodline. His father already knew that he was gay, and in addition to kicking him out and replacing him with somebody else, he also branded his chest with one of the brands that they used on their cattle. So to say that he has trust issues is an understatement. So he isn’t thrilled to find out that his mate is a traitor and working for the bad guys or so he initially thinks. Romeo is also a dedicated bottom and is the same size as his mate Jules. But don’t let that worry you that fate has put two dedicated bottoms together that there isn’t plenty of hot scenes where they get pretty creative with their toys.

I also loved getting to see more of Asa, Xander, Malcolm, Alan, Finley, Vaughn, and Bailey. And the new guys from Europe, President Armand who just happens to be one of Jules’ exes and Armand’s secret informant who has been undercover for two years working for the council trying to get Intel. I can’t wait for the next book to come out. I need to know what’s going on with Malcolm and Bailey and if they are mates. And Vaughn and Finley and what’s causing all of the tension between them. Oh and I so want to find out who the mate is for Armand and his undercover agent.

I also can’t wait to find out what happens with the villain Thoreau.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “When He Was Bad” by Poppy Dennison

TITLE: When He Was Bad
AUTHOR: Poppy Dennison
SERIES: Coconut Cove
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romane
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 70 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 20, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 e-book

BLURB:

Coconut Cove: Book Three
Lights, camera… wardrobe?
Coconut Cove is television’s newest hot sensation. The glitzy teen drama set in the beach lover’s paradise of Key West is the talk of every gossip rag eager for dirt and hookup news on the hot young actors—like Levi Phillips, who plays the show’s resident bad boy.
Levi’s attraction to costume designer Whit heads into high romance when Whit orders Levi out of his clothes—in an attempt to save Levi from heat exhaustion, of course.
Sassy Whit knows just how to dress, and undress, Levi, and soon the sexy duo are steaming it up offscreen, which is no surprise to their friends and castmates.
But love in the public eye is complicated, and rumors pose challenges that can threaten careers and love….


I’m totally in love with this book. I can’t decide which book of the series I love more. For being a series of novellas, they sure do pack a lot of heat and heart. I love the chemistry between the main characters. The banter was laugh-out-loud funny. This book had very little drama and no angst which made it even more fun to read.

Levi Phillips plays bad boy Robbie in the Coconut Cove hit tv show. I love his wit and sense of humor. He was such a fun character to read. He’s such a trooper especially when the Florida heat almost gets the best of him. This poor guy is having to wear a leather jacket in the middle of summer for his character and ends up with heat exhaustion. Luckily for him, he was in the care of Whit, the sassy costume designer before he passed out. When Whit orders him out of his clothes, things go from hot to scorching as these two banter their way into the bedroom.

Whitney is the show’s sassy costume designer, and I just loved his tenacity and take-no-prisoners attitude. He takes his job extremely serious, so when his lust interest almost falls out in front of him, he does what he’s good at… gets him out of his clothes. Sparks fly, and these two are just downright combustible.

I definitely recommend this book, and I would suggest you read the previous books in the series. Every character has something special, and I’m enjoying getting to know them all.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Words” by John Inman

TITLE: Words
AUTHOR: John Inman
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Mystery / Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 210 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jun 12, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback

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The world of writers, readers, and reviewers is a close-knit family of friends, fans, and fiction fanatics. That’s the world Milo Cook and Logan Hunter reside in—thriving on the give and take of creativity, the sharing of stories and ideas, and forever glorying in their boundless love of books and the words that make them breathe.
But sometimes words can cut too deep. And when they do, there is inevitably a price to pay.
What begins for Milo and Logan as a time of new love and gentle romantic discoveries, becomes before it’s over a race for their lives and for the lives of everyone they know.
Who would ever suspect that an entity as beautiful as the written word could become a catalyst for revenge? And ultimately—murder?


The world of writers, readers and reviewers is a close world. They all know each other. That’s how Milo Cook a writer and Logan Hunter a reviewer meet and start a relationship. While they discover each other romantically, murders are committed in the reviewer’s community, and everyone has the same question in mind. Is it their words that sealed their fate?

It’s the first book I’ve read by the author John Inman, and it won’t be the last. Milo and Logan are just adorable together.
Milo is a talented writer, funny and smart. He doesn’t believe in long-term relationships after the disaster with his ex’s infidelity, but Logan makes him believe that it’s possible. Logan is a professional reviewer who moves from NY to San Diego to start over. Logan doesn’t believe in a second chance at love until he meets Milo who shows him that it’s possible. I loved them; they were adorable, funny and sweet.
The book was very well written with a good plot and subplot. In my opinion, the main plot was Milo and Logan’s love story and in background or subplot was the serial killer and his victims. But at some point in the story, the two plots collided and merged together. It was very well done.

The author has a good style; his writing is full of descriptions and details. Sometimes it was a little bit too long but honestly, it was nothing. Most of the time I was hooked, and it gave me the feeling of being in the book. The serial killer’s scenes were like that, and they gave me the feeling of being the killer myself.

Speaking of the killer, I dare you to find out who the murderer is! The entire book, I had an idea, and the more I read, the more I had this little smirk on my lips (you know the one that you’ve got when you know something that others don’t). Then the big revelation came, and my smirk fell, and I made a beautiful “O” with my mouth, and I had the vision of the author with a smug smile on his lips and asking me “you know what??”
It was very good, and the twist at the end was great with a good rhythm and dynamic.

I recommend this book, it was a good Romance/Suspense book, and you’ll enjoy your time with Milo and Logan.

Its 4 OptimuMMs for the writer and his reviewer!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis