Review: “Mage of Inconvenience” by Parker Foye

TITLE: Mage of Inconvenience
AUTHOR: Parker Foye
SERIES: Dreamspun Beyond
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal;Shapeshifter; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 212 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 20, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback

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Can they find the magic in a practical union?
West is on the run from his werewolf pack, but if he cannot renew his magical defenses, he won’t get far. What he needs is a mage….
Julian is part of a wealthy and ancient family, and one day, his legacy will include his mother’s vast library of spell books—and the knowledge he needs to correct his past mistakes. But his inheritance comes with a stipulation: he has to be married before he can collect. What he needs is a husband….
West and Julian can help each other, and at first they don’t want anything further. But as they dodge meddling cousins, jealous rivals, and an insidious drug, it becomes clear that their lives are entwined in ways they never imagined—and they’re in greater danger than they thought possible.


Mage of Inconvenience is the first book that I’ve read by Parker Foye, but I liked the blurb, and I’ve loved the books in the Dreamspun Beyond series. And since this is the sixteenth book in the series, I figured I would give it a chance. I liked the book. I liked the author’s writing style and the plot. I also liked the characters. And while by the end of the book I could feel the love that the two main characters had for each other, I would have loved to have seen more passion in the book. However, the lack of sex isn’t going to keep me from reading more books from Parker Foye since I really did enjoy the book even if it only had kissing and a self-pleasuring scene.

West is a werewolf or as they are now called a “Meta” and has left his pack to live among the humans. He works at a dinner and keeps his head down and stays out of trouble. He found an abandoned cabin in the woods near town and is blessed that it has been protected by mage symbols. West is full of secrets which we learn about as the story progresses, although I would have liked more detail about why West ran away from his pack. The author glosses over the details, and we get bits and pieces of what happened. When something disrupts his defense system, he will need to find a mage to renew his magical defenses before his pack can find him. He calls the only person from his pack that he can trust. His best friend, Dana. Dana recommends the mage Julian.

Julian is part of a wealthy and ancient family and is a bit of a playboy. He doesn’t do relationships anymore after one resulted in a magical mistake that he needs his mother’s spell books to fix. However, in order to get his mother’s inheritance, he has to get married. So when West comes in to have his magical defenses renewed, it seems like the perfect fix to all of his problems. He gets a husband so that he can inherit and West gets a place to stay while his defenses are being renewed. Now doesn’t that sound easy? I bet they wished that it had gone so easy, but unfortunately it didn’t. And you’re just going to have to read the book to find out all of the things that they had to go through to get their happily ever after.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Lover, Lover” by Liv Olteano

TITLE: Lover, Lover
AUTHOR: Liv Olteano
SERIES: Dreamcatchers Tale
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 202 pages
RELEASE DATE: Februry 20, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book / $9.99 paperback

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A Dreamcatchers Tale


Twin souls reunited.
Drew’s always been a fighter: first in martial arts competitions, and now as a dreamcatcher—keeping the people of Seattle safe from spaga attacks that would drain their life force in their sleep. All he has to do to become a full member of Team 32 is complete his first mission.
But the first person he must defend is his ex, Angelo… the only man Drew ever loved, even if he was the one to leave. Drew never got over Angelo, and it seems Angelo might feel the same, despite the heartbreak he suffered at Drew’s hands.
As the chase after a powerful and resourceful caster hits close to home, old feelings resurface. But if Angelo learns of the dreamcatchers, he’ll be a target for the spaga. And how can he trust Drew now that Drew’s keeping bigger secrets than ever?


Drew is the new member of team 32. A team of “Super beings” who fights spagas (demons) who drain people of their life force during their sleep.
In order to become a full member of the team, Drew has to succeed on his first mission. Protecting an innocent and kill the spagas.

But when the innocent is Angelo, Drew’s ex-boyfriend, and love of his life, Drew realizes that he can’t be full without Angelo. But how to convinced Angelo that Drew is here for good when his life is full of danger?
I liked this book.

The story is from Drew’s pov. He’s funny, smart, fierce, and blunt. He’s also completely in love with Angelo and feels guilt for breaking his heart 5 years ago. However, Drew fights for Angelo and to prove to him he’s sorry and really wants to be with him for good, until the end of their lives. I liked it about Drew, the fact that he acknowledges his wrongdoing, and tries to make amends, pleased me.

Angelo is sweet, smart and very kind. He loves Drew, never stopped, but he can’t send him away, he can’t turn his back on him. I love Angelo. He’s so sweet and adorable, but not weak. He’s a good match for Drew.

There’s also Taka and Claw the other two hot members of the team that I want to know better. And Aashi, their boss, a spider/woman, or a woman/spider, I’m not really sure actually, but she’s scary and funny, but terrifying.

The plot was good, but a little bit confused and messy. We cleary understand their universe and what they are and what the spagas are, but the plot itself was a little bit hasty. Everything was fast without really being developed. But it’s book 1 of the series, so the basis is settled, and I think the series will get better and better.
Anyway, I’ll look forward to the other books, because even if everything wasn’t perfect, the story was still good and the characters loveable.
3.5 stars for Team 32

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “The Midnight Gardener” by R.G Thomas

TITLE: The Midnight Gardener
AUTHOR: R.G Thomas
SERIES: The Town of Superstition
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Teen Fiction ; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 123 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 12, 2015
PRICE: $4.99 e-book

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The Town of Superstition: Book One
At fifteen, Thaddeus Cane has moved thirty-two times with his father. Each time he’s displaced without explanation, Thaddeus loses any friends he’s made. The name of their latest town is Superstition, but it seems normal enough, with one exception.
Thaddeus’s bedroom window gives him a view into the beautiful gardens next door. Every night after dark, an attractive guy around Thaddeus’s age appears to tend the plants. When Thaddeus visits his neighbor, he discovers not only how deep his interest in the other man runs, but also that Teofil, the midnight gardener, isn’t human. He’s a garden gnome, a revelation that will lead to more secrets coming to light and an adventure unlike anything Thaddeus ever imagined.


Thaddeus Cane is fifteen and has just moved to Superstition with his dad. It’s the thirty-second time he’s moved since he was a baby. He’s a solitary teenager, without friends.
The window in his room opens onto a beautiful garden, and every night Thaddeus observes his neighbor, Teofil a beautiful teenager like him, taking care of the plants.
When a wild beast attacks him, Thaddeus understands that Superstition has secrets connected to his past and gnomes, wizards and fairies aren’t just legends.

Oh, I liked this book very much.

Thaddeus is a super sweet teenager, shy and solitary. Understandable when he had to move so often. It makes him so adorable when Teofil flirts with him. He’s very smart, and maybe because he’s so lonely, when he understood that Teofil is a gnome, he didn’t freak out. Instead, he stayed quiet and kept going to see him, even if at first, he wasn’t really sure he believed him.
Teofil is a gnome … Let me repeat it, Teofil is a GNOME!!! Isn’t that wonderful? He’s a sexy gnome, tall with broad shoulders, kind and very caring and handsome (not like the little ugly things that people put in their garden with round faces and creepy smiles, those gnomes are awful and scary). He’s also calm and smart. I’ve read a lot of books with dragons or wizards, but never with gnomes (yes, yes, I squeal like a little girl meeting Anna and Elsa in Frozen).

The plot is interesting, and we can follow it easily. The questions that are answered are who’s the beast who attacks Thaddeus? Why does Teofil only garden at night? And what is Nathan (Thaddeus’s dad) hiding?

It’s the first book of the series, and it put the main characters in place and prepared us for the rest, the end is a cliffhanger, but not the kind that makes you scream, I promise.
Anyway, it’s a great story with good characters. It’s a good book for your teenagers if they’re fan of urban fantasy or for you adults, if like me, you’re a fan of fantasy or sexy gnomes!!

It’s 4 OptimuMM for me, and I will follow them

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

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Review: “A Tangle Of Secrets” by R.G Thomas

TITLE: A Tangle Of Secrets
AUTHOR: R.G Thomas
SERIES: The Town of Superstition #4
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink
COVER ARTIST: Tiferet Design
GENRE: Urban Fantasy; Teen Fiction
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 260 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 26, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $16.99 paperback

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Sequel to The Battle of Iron Gulch
The Town of Superstition: Book Four
Thaddeus and his family and friends have returned from Iron Gulch and Thaddeus’s summer of magical awakening to a very different life. For one, he has both his parents for the first time, though his mother is still haunted by terrors and powers she can’t yet control. Teofil, Thaddeus’s gnome boyfriend, is consumed with finding Thaddeus’s evil uncle Lucian and answers about what happened to his brother, and he spends his days sequestered in Leopold’s library, pouring over the old wizard’s journals. When Thaddeus starts school and makes friends Teofil doesn’t like, there’s tension between them for the first time ever.
Thaddeus’s problems don’t end there. It’s harder and harder for him to conceal his magic, especially when facing the school bully. He’s lost, confused, and lashing out, and for once, he finds no solace in those closest to him. His enemies are hiding in plain sight, biding their time, until the Bearagon reappears and instigates a fight not everyone will walk away from.


After the battle of Iron Gulch, Thaddeus and his family and his friends have returned to Superstition.
Thaddeus and his father have succeeded, they found Claire, Thaddeus’s mother, and freed her from her curse. Claire needs some time to adjust to her new life. Thaddeus needs to return to his old life, meaning go back to school. But this time everything is different for him, he’s no longer the lonely boy he was, he has a boyfriend, he’s a wizard and his mother is back home.

Between Teofil’s quest to find his brother Fetter, the bully at school who harasses Thaddeus, and his new friend Andy, Thaddeus lives through a lot of changes and he feels more and more like an outsider from everyone, including his family.

But when the past comes back to hurt them, Thaddeus will have to make a choice and find the truth in all the lies.

It’s the final book of this series, and it’s my favorite.
Thaddeus has to come back to school, deals with a bully too, and starts to have dark and mean thoughts. He talks back to his parents, fights with Teofil and he’s angry all the times…
At first, I thought, nothing is wrong with him, he’s just a teenager. But the more I read, the more I understood that there’s something really wrong with him. And I had to wait for the end of the book to have my suspicions confirmed or not.

This story was more focused on Thaddeus and his family. It was interesting, and I enjoyed it a lot.
I really liked this book and how the author describes Thaddeus’s change, he makes a great metaphor between magic and the change all teenagers go through when they hit puberty.
The plot was good, and we have a real closure at the end, no more secrets, suspicions, nothing left.

I’m a little bit sad to say goodbye to them, but it was a beautiful final chapter.

4 OptimuMMs for All of them.

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

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Review: “Cursed” by Kris Sawyer

TITLE: Cursed
AUTHOR: Kris Sawyer
SERIES: Alpha’s Warlock
PUBLISHER: Creative Minds
COVER ARTIST: Sidney Lowell
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 80 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2017
PRICE: $3.57 – e-book
  

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Clyde Barrington is a werewolf with a curse on his head. Every night, he shifts from human to wolf and lives the life of a lonely predator, never fully accepted by his pack. When he saves a handsome stranger from a fire, everything changes.

In a world divided by the ancient feud between werewolves and warlocks, Clyde and Terry must learn to trust each other. When wolves start to disappear, their bond is tested by the fear of a pack now balanced on the edge of destruction.

Amidst a web of lies, deceits and betrayals, Clyde must decide where his loyalties lie, and choose between a forbidden love and the ties that bind him to his brothers. Is Terry an enemy to the pack, or the saviour that will lead them out of the darkness?


Terry is a young man and a Warlock. After his house burned and his life was saved by a strange wolf, Terry meets Clyde.

Clyde is a cursed wolf. Every day, when the sun goes down, he’s forced to shift into his wolf form for the rest of his life.But when Terry comes into his life, things change for him, good or bad, it’s up to them.

It was a short read. I liked this book, Clyde and Terry are adorable together, but it was too short for me to get attached.

The plot is interesting, Werewolves, Vampires and Shape-shifters were at war with Witches and Warlocks. After years of a bloody cruel war, a truce between them was settled. I liked the idea, but I was frustrated. Since it’s a short story, I think the author tried to put a lot of information in order for the reader to understand the story, universe and plot. I totally get it, and it’s not a simple exercise to do. But here, it was too fast, too superficial. Everything is on the surface, from the meeting between Clyde and Terry to the mysterious disappearing and the denouement.

It’s book 1 of this series, and the end promises us another book coming soon where we’ll learn more about them, I just hope the author will dig a little more into the characters and plot.

It’s a 3 stars for me, and I’m going to read the next one coming soon.

***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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