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: “The Keeper” by Kiernan Kelly

TITLE: The Keeper
AUTHOR: Kiernan Kelly
SERIES:
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Paranormal; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 2, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

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After millennia of hiding in the shadows, the creatures of myth known collectively as the “Others” have stepped forward into the light of day and demanded the right to share the planet humans long ago claimed as their exclusive territory. But the humans have no intention of surrendering without a fight—one that will include genocide. The Others are given no choice but to be ready to defend themselves, and they convene a Council of War to plan their strategy.

But first, they must address an ancient and terrifying prophecy: “Heed me well, all of you. Attack the humans without the Keeper and you will fail. Every one of you will become nothing but a memory, a myth, and the humans will truly inherit the earth.”

The Council charges Liam, son of the Sidhe chieftain, with the critical mission to find the elusive Keeper necessary to their survival, but his quest is complicated by the need to find a Keeper determined not to be found.

Marin is an Atlantean who values his privacy, but with the fate of the world at stake, he understands his days of living under the radar are over. Even worse, he must face his past to fight for his future. The last thing he expects is to fall in love along the way.


A war is coming, between humans and the creatures of myth, known as The Others.
The Others came out of the shadow to the human world. At first, they were welcome, but the more they came, the more the human start to fear them and decide to exterminate them. Yes, neutralize and / or exterminate them in camps that they create to park them, torture them and kill them. Totally human.
The council of the others, decide to fight back and free their people but in order to be successful, they need The Keeper with them.
Liam, a Sidhe (kind of fairy) is the one in charge of this mission. Find the Keeper.

Marin is an Atlantean and the keeper. He’s lived in the human world for years, before “the great revelation” of the Others. He wants to stay away from them, and the war. But when he understands what really happened to his people, he doesn’t hesitate and agrees to follow Liam.
Liam is a great warrior, fierce and loyal to his father the Chieftain of the council. When he meets Marin, he doesn’t expect to meet a hot sexy beautiful man and stubborn who doesn’t follow his orders.

I liked this book, but something was missing.

The story and the plot were good, but too much repetitiveness. Sometimes I was turning around with the same thing, and it made the read a little bit boring in those moments.
I love the multi POV, not only Liam and Marin, but also from the secondary characters. It was interesting, but it doesn’t help the reader get attached to the MCs.
Liam and Marin are interesting, but I can’t tell you that I’m in love with them or who’s my favourite because I didn’t spend a lot of time with them. The author stayed on the surface, so I can’t really be attached to them, and when the big revelation (I call it the Stars war’s revelation) happened, I was cold like “yeah ok good”.
Don’t get me wrong, Liam and Marin are interesting and can be funny, I liked them. Just like I liked the story and the plot.
This book, is for me, the book one of a series, and it settles the background and how everything starts. The author had to put the basis of his universe. Now everything is in place, I want to know more and how they’re going to succeed.
So despite the length, the repetition and the characters not really developed, I still want to read more and follow Liam and Marin quest.

It’s 3.5 stars for This Keeper and His Fairy boy.

****The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. 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: “Finder’s Keeper” by Shira Anthony

TITLE: Finder’s Keeper
AUTHOR: Shira Anthony
SERIES: Heart’s Gate
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 236 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 15, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 –e-book / $9.99 –paperback
  

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The truth might ruin his dreams—or make them come true.

When Zane moves into an old gothic brownstone, he discovers the house comes equipped with a caretaker—Kit, who lives in the basement. Zane is immediately drawn to the charming and attractive Kit. But Kit is much more than he seems. He is a two-hundred-year-old half-human, half–red-fox spirit who guards a Gate between the mortal and spirit worlds—a fact Zane should recognize, but doesn’t.

Orphaned at a young age, Zane never learned he comes from a long line of mystical Keepers. Kit needs Zane’s help to protect the Gate, but how can he tell Zane of his legacy when that will crush Zane’s dreams of traveling the world? If he takes up the mantle, Zane will be bound to the Gate, unable to leave it. But when Zane realizes Kit’s true nature, and his own, he’ll have to make a choice—fight to protect Kit and the Gate, or deny his destiny and any chance of a future with Kit.


This is a definitely a high fantasy book.

Although maybe its not for everyone, this book will be a success among the fantasy/manga lovers.

The author, from whom I read for the very first time, created this universe where there are Gates between the spirit and human worlds. Every Gate has a Guardian, and every Guardian has a Keeper, from whom the Guardian gets his powers.

The Guardian is always a spirit and the Keeper is human. Until Kit, who is half spirit half human. Kit’s father is the strongest spirit among the Guardians of the Gate who fell in love with Kit’s human mother. Unfortunately, Kit’s mom died, and soon after, his Gate appeared to Kit. Since then, Kit had several Keepers all—Zane’s ancestors.

Being a Guardian means him nor the Keeper can venture far from the Gate. So when Zane arrives, Kit is holding back telling the truth to Zane because Zane wants to travel the world.

Zane was uprooted from his old home and moved into the house his uncle left him and his twin sister. They grew up in foster care after their parents died. Until recently, they didn’t know about their uncle. Something is pulling him toward this house. He can’t explain it, but this pull is accompanied by righteousness and a feeling of belonging. Imagine his surprise when he finds out that the house comes with a very handsome caretaker.

I love fantasy, the imagination of authors who are capable of creating such an imaginary world always amazes me. I’m probably not wrong when I say that in every man there is still a little guy who likes to imagine being a pirate or mage or warrior, some kind of superhero. This book awakened this child inside of me allowing me to travel in this world where magic is normal and other species are fascinating!

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

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Review: “Cataclysmic Shift” by Tara Lain

TITLE: Cataclysmic Shift
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
SERIES: Aloysius Tales
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Paranormal; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 13, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
   

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Second Edition

Aloysius, the magical black cat and powerful witch’s familiar, isn’t afraid to go into battle to protect his master, but the outcome of the fight turns his feline world upside down. A direct hit of magic steals not only his memories and power, but even the body he’s lived in for several centuries. When he wakes up naked on the floor of a veterinarian’s office, it isn’t as the cat Aloysius, but as the sixteenth-century French gentleman Alain Bellarose. And when Alain sees sexy and enigmatic veterinarian Luke Elliott, he decides he’ll make the best of his time as a human.

Luke is a man with secrets who generally prefers the company of animals—though the flamboyant boy who washes his face with the side of his hand and tries to lick his own privates might prove an exception.

Meanwhile, Witch Master Killian Barth and his secret weapon, Sammy, struggle without Aloysius’s power to draw on. Two evil females are circling, and seeing the coven’s weakness, they’re about to move in for the kill. When Alain’s memories return, he’s faced with the ultimate dilemma: protect his community or stay with the man he loves.

First Edition published by Loose Id, 2013.


I didn’t think this series could get any better after reading Brush with Catastrophe, but I was wrong. I loved Cataclysmic Shift by Tara Lain. It’s the third book in the Aloysius Tales series. In this book, Aloysius finally gets a book that focuses on him. And boy does the magical black cat and powerful witches’ familiar have a rocky road ahead.

Aloysius isn’t afraid to go into battle to protect his master and his master’s friends like Sammy. He acts as a conduit for both Killian and Sammy to draw magic from. However, in the midst of a battle with two European witches, a direct hit of magic steals not only his memories and power but even the body he’s lived in for several centuries. Fearing for their unconscious cat’s life, they take him to a vet that Killian’s human mate, Blaine, knows through his men’s group. Luke’s there to reassure them that although he’s unconscious, he seems to be in good health. However, when he goes back into the room to do some test, he finds that Aloysius has disappeared. Luke promises to keep his eye out for him, and Killian and Blaine head for home believing that Aloysius had already headed home when he woke up.

So when Luke finds a gorgeous naked man playing with all of the boarding animals at his veterinary practice the next morning, never once does it occur to him that this could be Aloysius. And why would it, Luke is human and doesn’t know anything about the paranormal community. Even Aloysius doesn’t remember who he is. He only has vague memories of being a sixteenth-century French gentleman named Alain Bellarose.

But Alain has no memory of his time spent as a magical cat or a witch’s familiar. All he knows is that he can talk to animals and that the vet that found him and has given him a place to stay is hot and somebody that he would like to make time with. But he has instances where he feels like he’s being pulled by a magical force to protect somebody. Now, if he could just figure out who he’s supposed to protect. When Alain gets his memories back, he’s faced with the biggest dilemma of his life—protect his community or stay with the man he loves.

I loved Alain. His personality and antics had me laughing on more than one occasion. Especially when he gave himself a cat bath and tried and was successful at licking his own genitals. And I loved how protective he is of Luke. I also loved Luke. He has a past full of secrets and an ex-boss that refuses to let him go. I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out. If you loved the other books in this series, then you have to read this book. You won’t be disappointed. I know that I wasn’t.

Thank you, Tara Lain, for another fabulous book.

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

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