Review: “Blood of the Past” by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Blood of the Past
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
SERIES: Chronicles of an Earned
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Carmen Waters
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Paranormal
LENGTH: 373 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 10, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book


Going from a constant workload as a fallen Earned back to the normal family and pack tempo is not as easy as Kaleb would like it to be. Changes to the packs everyday life, and Alex stumbling across new things to be given attention, puts more on Kaleb’s table than he had expected. Hectic time with assisting in thwarting a brewing magical war sucks him back in even as he is still rekindling his love for Mickey and his relationship with his family. Plus he has a secret to keep.

There’s no time for family drama of brothers hating him for his powers. But sometimes it’s the little things that deserve the most attention. A day for Kaleb to catch up with his dad and brothers sets off a chain of events. With the assistance of the mystical Order, to which Alex, Pritchard, and Mr. Henry belong, they unveil a century old secret and discover new magic.

Who would have thought…the cruelty of Meraki!

Kaleb is back home. After two months of solitude, well except Sam-El and Franco’s company, he tries to acclomate again to his home. But the war is on, and he has so many things to do that he has no time for fun. Almost no time. Meeting with Alex and Mickey is on his priority list. Then Edward organizes a Father-Son day when things get a little rough. The meeting between Mickey and Franco went much smoother than I would have hoped so…Go, Mickey!

Dominic goes through a lot. Well, I may not say what it is, but it left me heartbroken for the entire book. He became a confident to Allen, granting him access to leadership knowledge. He loves Alex deeply, and he’s there for Kaleb too…also the darkness seems to have finally got to him…

Alex is busy again. He’s preparing for a heist together with Mr. Henry, Pritchard, Nathan and Lucien. But there’s a surprise heist waiting for him. He enjoys the company of Dominic too. Kaleb’s return makes him incredibly happy, and he’s shocked to see that physically Kaleb is growing into Dominic’s size. But then the darkness…

This sequel is focusing more on Kaleb discovering his abilities, growing into his responsibility and the weight to fall again or not. That decision is his to make and even though one would think that it’s an easy decision, his desire to serve mankind is greater, and he’ll need all his powers to fight the Captains.

We will meet new characters also, like Phil’s fallen friend, we’ll learn about a thousand-year-old Captain too.

I could talk about this book for weeks, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. But prepare yourself for angst that the previous book does not have, for the heartache and for tears.

As usual, Meraki bring us into this realm of supernatural. We will have the opportunity to learn about more mystical creatures.

I can proudly say that during this journey of reading this series, I became good friends with the author. We shared ideas about the world beyond, the concepts of different scriptures and point of views. This is one of the most amazing series I have ever read, and I would like to thank M for this marvelous work of art.

***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.***


Review: “Falling Into the Black” by Caitlin Ricci

TITLE: Falling Into the Black
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci
SERIES: A Planet Called Wish
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Brooke Albrecht
GENRE: Sci-fi; Romance
LENGTH: 145 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 17, 2017
PRICE: $5.99 -e-book


Sometimes there’s a difference between duty and doing what’s right. And sometimes doing what’s right comes with a high price.

Every aspasian at Asiq adores the handsome peacekeeper Resan—all except for Arin. While the other workers vie for Resan’s attention, Arin avoids him at all costs, which rouses Resan’s suspicion. When he discovers Arin is a runaway slave, Resan is bound by law to return him to his master. It is only later that Resan realizes what he’s done. Arin’s owner bought him at twelve, married him, and not only violated Arin himself, but loaned him out to his friends. Resan has returned him to a life of rape and abuse, and now he must make a decision: free Arin and abandon the oaths he swore as a peacekeeper, or leave him to languish and abandon his own conscience and heart.

This is the third installment in the series but be a standalone. The first two are about different couples but to understand those characters, I would recommend reading the first two. Book one is about Thierry and Monroe and Book two is about Corbin (Thierry’s brother) and Em (Emmanuel). This author really sucked me in, so I am excited to go back and read about these characters. Just what I read in book three about them all, I need to go back and read up on how they fell in love.

Anyway, back to book three. On the planet Wish, everyone is pretty laid back and really enjoy their lives. First, you meet the handsome Resan, who’s a peacekeeper for all the different planets. When he’s not on a mission, he protects the aspasian that work at Asiq. The aspasians that work there provide services for all different types of gentlemen. Resan enjoys working there and never has a problem with finding a gentleman or two for his own bed. He’s not one for relationships. His only real issue is Arin which I will talk about in a second. Resan is used to the other workers giving him attention and wanting to bed him but not this one. This raises all sorts of suspicion, and he confronts him about. Sometimes, things are better left alone.

Now, my lovely Arin. I just love this character, and I’m sure you will to. He’s an aspasian that works at Asiq be of service to men. He likes working there well enough because he has choices there. If he doesn’t want to have sex, he can just say no. You ask why this is so weird? Doesn’t everyone have that choice? Well , the answer is no. Slavery is legal on several of the planets, and Arin was sold to his master, Bowman, at the age of 12 years old. And then forced to marry him. So, my heart breaks for Arin, and the more I read, the more pissed I got.

So, as I said earlier, some things are better left alone. But not for Resan, oh no, he wants answers. He hates that Arin will go out of his way to avoid him. So, Resan corners Arin one night and drills him with questions. He should have left it alone, but if he did that, then we wouldn’t have this complex love story. Resan finds out that Arin is a runaway slave and has been hiding out there on Wish. Well, you see, peacekeepers abide by the law, and now that he knows this information, he’s going to return Arin to his disgusting master. It’s the right thing to do, right? Wrong.

Bowman bought and married Arin at the age of 12. He raped, beat and neglected Arin for years. Bowman even had his friends come over and do the same. I will tell you that this author did a great job at keeping it very bland as far as details of his younger years. She paints a great picture of what he went through without graphic details. The graphic details come when Bowman gets Arin back.

Needless to say, Resan figures out that it was a horrible idea sending him back, but you will have to read the book to know what happens. I love the characters, I love the story, and I recommend this to anyone that likes planets, sexy aliens, drama and of course, love and sex.

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


Review: “There’s This Guy” by Rhys Ford

TITLE: There’s This Guy
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reece Notley
GENRE: Contemporary Romance;
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 17, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback


How do you save a drowning man when that drowning man is you?

Jake Moore’s world fits too tightly around him. Every penny he makes as a welder goes to care for his dying father, an abusive, controlling man who’s the only family Jake has left. Because of a promise to his dead mother, Jake resists his desire for other men, but it leaves him consumed by darkness.

It takes all of Dallas Yates’s imagination to see the possibilities in the fatigued Art Deco building on the WeHo’s outskirts, but what seals the deal is a shy smile from the handsome metal worker across the street. Their friendship deepens while Dallas peels back the hardened layers strangling Jake’s soul. It’s easy to love the artistic, sweet man hidden behind Jake’s shattered exterior, but Dallas knows Jake needs to first learn to love himself.

When Jake’s world crumbles, he reaches for Dallas, the man he’s learned to lean on. It’s only a matter of time before he’s left to drift in a life he never wanted to lead and while he wants more, Jake’s past haunts him, making him doubt he’s worth the love Dallas is so desperate to give him.

This is another sweet story from the author.

You can’t really categories Rhys’s style. She writes about bad boys who have  romantic hearts, an inner poet who murmurs them sweet nothings…

When Dallas Yates buys the new building just across the street, Jake Moore knows that the days of running from himself is over. Reading Jakes story, his upbringing, I wondered how he could still breathe. With an asshole for a father, he grew up tortured, beaten regularly and when the so-called father finds out that he’s attracted to men, his life becomes even darker.

Now Jake’s a grown up, but he’s still under the claws of his father, even though his father is dying. He spends all of his money to cover his father’s health care. He’s resigned that he will never know a man’s touch again (and that one time ended up as badly as you can imagine), when the fulloflife Dallas burst in his life. Jake struggles between the promise he made to his mom and the feelings tormenting him. Dallas is all he ever wanted, all he ever hoped for.

Dallas Yates comes from a loving, supportive family. He doesn’t know what Jakes goes through, but his friend Celeste (Stephan before) seems to know what Jake might suffer from. Dallas is more than ready to be there for Jake when things are getting bad. Jake owning his father’s gun makes him afraid for Jake because he sees that Jake is at the verge of breaking down.

The story is beautiful, about a man who struggles with his past and the other who would do anything for the love of his life. For Dallas, it was love at first sight, for me was love at the first row.

For those who already know the author, I can tell that she will not let you down with this book, and for those who don’t … now would be a good time for you to discover a great author!

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


Review: “Two Cowboys and a Baby” by BA Tortuga

TITLE: Two Cowboys and a Baby
AUTHOR: BA Tortuga
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 15, 2017
PRICE: $ 3.99 -e-book / $ 9.99


A little bundle of joy means big changes.

Hoss McMasters has a working ranch, a bull riding career, a nosy momma, and a best friend he’s been in love with since he can remember. He’s a busy, happy cowboy, living the good life.

Then one morning he discovers a baby on his doorstep.

Well, Hoss does what any reasonable man would do—he calls his momma and his buddy, Sheriff Pooter, and they head to the clinic to see if Doc knows of any suddenly not-so-pregnant girls.

In the meantime, Hoss and his best friend, Bradley, have their hands full trying to care for an infant, run a ranch, and deal with the sudden confession that Bradley doesn’t hate Hoss for coming out to him in high school. In fact, Bradley’s been trying to catch Hoss’s attention for damn near a decade.

Two Cowboys and a Baby is a slow burn passion story. There isn’t a lot of details about what happens behind closed doors. Minimal shows of affection, one bj scene and a bit of kissing. And I thought that some parts of the book were glossed over while other parts like when Hoss was injured and laid up were given too much focus. Overall the story was cute for a western, but it wasn’t my cup of tea. Hoss is portrayed as being a dumb cowboy which I didn’t care for. And Bradley is kind of judgmental when he should be supportive to his friend that has never lied to him. I also didn’t think the relationship in parts was believable.
The two guys have been in love with each other for about ten years, and yet when Bradley finally lets it slip that he doesn’t hate his best friend for coming out as gay in high school, they do nothing about it. I get that they had a newborn to take care of, but what about their alone time when she’s down for the night. I did like how they referred to anything sexual as “Fight Club,” as in can’t talk about fight club in front of the baby. That did make me chuckle. The book did have some interesting twists and turns, and the baby was adorable. Overall not a bad story just not for me.

Hoss owns a ranch and is a bull rider. Bradley lives in a trailer on the outskirts of Hoss’ property and is a handy man. Hoss came out to his best friend in high school, and Bradley stopped talking to him for a while and started dating a girl. As a result, Hoss thought that Bradley was straight his whole life. Imagine his surprise when Bradley lets it slip nearly ten years later that he’s also gay and has fancied Hoss all of this time but Hoss hasn’t noticed. To complicate matters further, Hoss finds that somebody has abandoned a baby on his doorstep. While the authorities are trying to find the mother, Hoss with the help of his mother and Bradley will take care of the wee one and fall in love with her more and more the longer they have her.

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


Review: “Dinner at the Blue Moon Cafe” by Rick R. Reed

TITLE: Dinner at the Blue Moon Cafe
AUTHOR: Rick R. Reed
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
LENGTH: 206 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 13, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book


2nd Edition

A monster moves through the night, hidden by the darkness, taking men, one by one, from Seattle’s gay gathering areas.

Amid an atmosphere of crippling fear, Thad Matthews finds his first true love working in an Italian restaurant called the Blue Moon Café. Sam Lupino is everything Thad has ever hoped for in a man: virile, sexy as hell, kind, and… he can cook!

As their romance heats up, the questions pile up. Who is the killer preying on Seattle’s gay men? What secrets is Sam’s Sicilian family hiding? And more importantly, why do Sam’s unexplained disappearances always coincide with the full moon?

The strength of Thad and Sam’s love will face the ultimate test when horrific revelations come to light beneath the full moon.

jologooptimummThis book surprised me, pleasantly, as I was expecting something in the normal werewolf, romance spectrum and this was different enough to appeal to me. It’s well written with good character development, both good and bad, and I loved the main characters. Thad is at a loose end, he has no job and no boyfriend. His days are spent with his Chihuahua Edith, and his nights, when he can afford it, hooking up with men in the gay bars of Seattle. Thad decides to break the boredom by going out to a new local Italian restaurant and that’s when his life changes completely. He catches the eye of the owner, Sam, and he’s just Thad’s type, dark-skinned, bearded and ‘furry’ and he’s also an awesome chef! The attraction is immediate but after one night of passion Thad awakes to a note from Sam saying that he can’t afford to get involved right now, it’s complicated. Thad’s devastated. He takes a volunteer job to pass the time, and that’s where he meets Jared who’s definitely interested in Thad, but Thad can’t quite get past the memory of Sam. Jared and Thad strike up an easy friendship, but fate intervenes to bring Sam and Thad back together. They agree to see where things go and that includes Thad meeting Sam’s family. He finds out that Sam has a son, but Sam and his family also have a huge secret. The course of true love definitely doesn’t run smooth.

Meanwhile, Seattle has a big problem. Gay men are being attacked and eaten! I really liked reading the killers POV, it made it real somehow. Jared witnesses an attack which shocks him to his core and word gets out that it could be a werewolf! Thad realises that the attacks take place at the full moon which happens to coincide with when Sam and his family are always ‘out of town’. Thad has his doubts and suspicions, but he just can’t make the leap required to believe what’s really going on. Then Jared is targeted by the killer and only just survives, but his attacker dies setting in motion a series of events that lead to Thad having to accept the truth.

Sam and Thad are perfect for each other, the red-headed, natural ‘bottom’ and the dark, swarthy Italian ‘top’. If only Sam could be open and Thad could suspend belief and be receptive to the truth then maybe they would stand a chance. This book has an original take on the werewolf theme which I liked a lot and the intricacy of the plot, and Sam and Thad’s relationship, kept me hooked to the end. The ending, incidentally, could have gone either way and I didn’t know how it would turn out until the last chapter which is refreshing. I would definitely recommend this book

 4.5 OptimuMM's

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