Review of: Borrowed Heart by Andrew Grey

TITLE: Borrowed Heart
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: March 12, 2019

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Robin, the recipient of a brand-new heart, knows he can’t give it to just anyone….
Robin’s been through his share of upsets recently, from heart transplant surgery to a brutal breakup. But his experiences have taught him life is short, and he’s ready to seize the day and start anew. A job at Euro Pride Tours is just the kind of adventure he’s looking for. He gets to see the world and live a little, but love isn’t on his radar screen. He isn’t sure his heart can endure that again.
Johan might’ve disappointed his family by striking out on his own, but when he meets Robin, he has no intention of letting him down. Each man is just what the other needs to feel whole again, and while Johan might not be the man Robin originally thought he was, he’s exactly what the doctor ordered to make Robin’s borrowed heart beat faster. As the tour through Germany progresses, they grow closer, but when Robin’s ex joins the tour, he could bring their blossoming love to a dramatic halt.


I loved reading Borrowed Heart by Andrew Grey. I love reading his books, and I’m always so excited when he releases a new book, and I get to review it. I love his writing style and his attention to detail. His characters are complex with real-world problems and issues. I loved all of the little twists and turns that were in the story around Robin’s ex-boyfriend, Mason. I also loved how Robin treated his ex when he shows up on his tour as a late addition and kept putting him in his place throughout the tour instead of being his friend like Mason wanted.

I loved Robin. He starts out in the story as just a tour guide for Euro Pride Tours. It isn’t until we get a little further in the story when he’s talking to his boss that it comes out that he’s just getting over a breakup from a relationship that had lasted for five years. And he was heartbroken over the fact that he’d wasted so much of his new heart’s life on his ex since, as a heart transplant recipient, that he would only get about ten to twelve years out of it if nothing else happened health wise.

After Robin’s breakup, he wasn’t looking to fall in love, but when his bus driver, Johan, shows up, he is surprised at Johan’s appearance. He had gone from having super long unkempt hair and a mountain man of a beard to being cleanly shaven with shoulder length hair and being a total hottie. On his previous tour, Robin had totally ignored and was rude to him, but he isn’t able to do that on this tour. Now he isn’t able to keep his gaze off of him. But Robin is hesitant to do anything about his attraction because of the time limit that he has on his life and not wanting to inflict heartache on anybody else.

I also loved Johan. I loved how he transformed himself so that he would get Robin to notice him. After being his driver for one of his tours and seeing how much joy he brought to his tour group, Johan wanted Robin to notice him, and so he went about changing his appearance to make that happen and then he continued to pursue him during the tour and break down the walls that Robin had up.

I also loved the people in the tour group and how Robin was able to help the different couples with some of the issues that they were having. I also loved getting to know more about the various places that they visited during the tour and would love to one day go on a tour of Germany myself.

This was a wonderful book to read, and I can’t recommend it enough.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Educating the Professor by Sean Michael

TITLE: Educating the Professor
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: BDSM
RELEASE DATE: Jan 29, 2019

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Kenneth Brannigan is a small-town history professor. He’s happy with his life, loves the classes he teaches, and lives in a tiny apartment in a converted house with his best friend, Tim, next door. He’s still recovering from a bad breakup and is content to stick to his comfortable routine. It’s Tim who insists he come to the Queer Alliance’s Rainbow Mixer.
At the mixer, Kenn meets David Burgundy, a new-to-town TA who is working on his masters. Dave is drawn immediately to Kenn and is thrilled when Kenn offers to show him the best pizza place in town. One meal leads to two, which leads to Dave and Kenn spending most of their free time together… and Kenn loosening his self-imposed rules regarding dating and sex for some kinky fun.
Kenn’s ex isn’t going to just let Kenn be, though, and the happier Kenn is with Dave, the less the ex likes it. Will Kenn continue to run away from his past, or will his relationship with Dave help him face it head-on?


I loved Educating the Professor by Sean Michael. I love reading Sean’s books when I’m in the mood for a book with lots of chemistry between the main characters and lots of kinky scenes. This book started out as more of a slow buildup toward the sexy times, but the book also had more of a plot than some of the other books that I have read by this author. If I had to improve on anything in the book, I would have liked to know more about what happened to Kenneth’s ex. The last time we saw him, he was ready to hit Kenn, and the police had been called, but we don’t know if he went to jail or if he backed off and gave up or even if the harassment from the private investigator that his ex had hired was still bothering them. I’m not entirely sure that they needed to be in the book, but like I said before, the book had more of a plot than some of the others. The ending and epilogue just didn’t answer all of my questions about what had happened. There were other parts of the book that definitely made up for the missing answers, like when Kenneth gets his piercings and all of their fun weekends together.

Kenneth had been verbally and physically abused by his ex-husband when he was caught watching what his husband considered perverse videos. He’s told repeatedly that what he wants is perverse and he was beaten until he couldn’t move because of it. He managed to run away and get a divorce, but it’s been over three years, and he’s still being harassed by his ex, which makes sense since he told him that he would make sure that he would forever be alone. So naturally he hasn’t been looking for a relationship, and he’s been relatively happy with just his teaching job and his friendship with his bestie, Tim.+

I loved Tim. He was the perfect best friend, bubbly, happy, and forcing his bestie to get out and do things like going to the Queer Alliance’s Rainbow Mixer. It’s at the mixer that he meets David Burgundy, a new-to-town TA who is working on his masters. They get to talking, and Kenn offers to show David around to all of the best places to eat. And they go from there to being friends with benefits to being in a relationship.

I loved how David is a Dom and has more experience than Kenn but he doesn’t rush Kenn into doing anything that he wasn’t ready to do, and I also loved how supportive he is in reassuring him that his desires aren’t perverse so long as they aren’t hurting anybody.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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

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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