Review: “The Secret of the Sheikh’s Betrothed” by Felicitas Ivey

TITLE: The Secret of the Sheikh’s Betrothed
AUTHOR: Felicitas Ivey
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Bree Archer
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Crossdresser
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 212 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 15, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback

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A billionaire and a Bedouin girl—each with a shocking secret.
Billionaire Fathi al-Murzim is a workaholic businessman, too busy running the family’s companies to even think about marriage. Too bad he never told his grandfather he’s gay, because Grandfather just announced a childhood betrothal—to a Bedouin girl Fathi never heard about before.
Ikraam din Abdel was raised as a woman by his avaricious and abusive older sister, who didn’t want him to be their father’s heir. He’d never thought to be married either, and is surprised when his sister informs him of his betrothal.
When Fathi and Ikraam meet, they are drawn to each other in a manner neither of them expected. As the plans for their wedding progress, they both realize they need to tell the other the truth. But can they, with both cultural taboos and family pressures to deal with?


The Secret of the Sheikh’s Betrothed by Felicitas Ivey is the forty-sixth book in the Dreamspun Desires Series. This is my first book by Felicitas Ivey, and I have to say that I very much enjoyed reading it. I also can’t wait to read more books by Felicitas Ivey. This book had secrets, action, drama, verbal and physical abuse from an older sibling that forced her sibling to dress and act like a woman so that there wouldn’t be a male heir to take over the Bedouin tribe. I adored the whole story, and I was intrigued until the end. I just couldn’t put it down. Which for me is surprising because I have found from reading other Dreamspun Desire books that they are a little on the tame side for me. A little too sweet and not enough passion to balance it out. But I didn’t have that problem with this book.

I absolutely loved both Fathi and Ikraam. I loved when they first met and how confused Fathi was to find that he desired a female for the first time or so he thought. It really had him questioning his sexuality since he was gay and had never been attracted to a girl before. Ikraam played the perfect Bedouin girl, and he had been forced to play the role for his whole life, so he was actually more comfortable being completely covered as a proper Bedouin then not being covered when with his betrothed even after Fathi found out that Ikraam was a male instead of a female. Which works out perfectly for Fathi since he needs to get married to a female in appearance but wants a male in his bed. This also works for Ikraam who never thought to find somebody that would accept him for who he is and still want to marry him. But for everything to work out perfectly Fathi’s grandfather will have to outwit and outplay Ikraam’s abusive and manipulative older sister and rescue Ikraam’s underage cousin from an abusive male that she is betrothed to. But you just know that Grandfather is up for the challenge.

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

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Review: “Tap-Dancing the Minefields” by Lyn Gala

TITLE: Tap-Dancing the Minefields
AUTHOR: Lyn Gala
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Sci-fi
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 334 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 14, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $17.99 paperback

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Sometimes the fiercest battle a man faces is against himself.
In the hidden alleyways of New York City, George “Tank” Tankersley defeated what he believed were demons. But the victory cost too much. Tank joined the Army in the hope of outrunning the guilt haunting him—only to stumble into a vast and deadly conspiracy, the enemies he’d hoped to never encounter again, and the arms of the brilliant, eccentric scientist tasked with saving humanity.
In a world where the line between dark magic and alien science is thin, Dr. Lev Underwood must reverse engineer recovered alien technology to give humans a fighting chance against the extraterrestrial beings who consider Earth nothing more than a petri dish. His old friend, Colonel Clyde Aldrich, wants to protect Lev from entanglement with the scarred and emotionally volatile young soldier, but Lev cannot help the pull he feels toward Tank. Still, his first loyalty is to the secret government program, and love might have to take a back seat to protecting the world. But if he can find a way, Lev wants both.


Private George “Tank” Tankersley is 20 years old, and a young soldier. He joined the military after high school, where he spent 5 years with his friends fighting against demons.

The last thing he expected was to stumble into a super-secret military base in Alaska, in an alien ship, where he meets Dr. Lev Underwood, a scientist specialist in alien’s technologies.
Tank realizes that maybe what he’s been through during High School with his friends wasn’t demonic, or maybe it was.

I’m not a huge fan of Sci-fi, it’s not my kind of book most of the time, but I admit that this one was really good.

At first, I was a little lost, Tank’s past was very present, and there’s a lot of references about his battles during high school with his friends. The same thing with Lev’s past, how he and Clyde (the colonel of the base) were kidnapped by the aliens and prisoners during 6 months in an alien ship and how they met John a human born and raised in this alien ship. So yes, at the beginning I was a little lost, I was sure that this book was a sequel. But the more I read, and the more I understood the story, I understood the background.

When I understood the context and all, I really enjoyed the book, the plot and the characters. Even if Tank is the main character, the book isn’t all around him and Lev. Actually, the love story between them isn’t the main plot. There’re a lot of characters, all very endearing (except Mary, I don’t like her).

It was a pure sci-fi book with action, aliens, and a lot of humour (Tank and Clyde are very funny). I hope the author plans to write another book, with John, I’m intrigued by this human-alien, and I would love to know more about him, especially him in a relationship (I’m already laughing thinking of him and his natural skill for interaction).
Anyway, it was a mix between Independence Day and Stargate in a gay version.

4 OptimuMM’s for The dishwasher, the Doc, and their misfit team.

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

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Review: “Broken Sun” by B.D Roca

TITLE: Broken Sun
AUTHOR: B.D Roca
SERIES: City to City
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: B.D Roca
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 286 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 13, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $16.99 paperback

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A City to City Novel
James Morgan: outlaw in a ruthless biker club, the Bastard Legion. Willing to do whatever he must to claw his way to the top of the club’s hierarchy.
Two things stand in the way of his ambitions: his heroin-addicted brother and his bisexuality. In Morgan’s world, his attraction to men is a death sentence, and he has no desire to pursue it… until he tangles with Luc Sinclair.
Luc Sinclair: fellow Bastard Legion biker. Tattoo artist. Rebel who wants out of a club he’s grown to despise.
Luc has a sister he’s protecting from a Legion ex-boyfriend. Saving her makes him a target. Morgan intervenes, and all bets are off. The sex is as fierce and passionate as it is dangerous. But when Morgan’s junkie brother learns of the relationship, he sees a way to advance in the Legion and take out a brother he hates. Their three worlds collide—one is left for dead, another fighting for life, and the bond between them broken.
In a dark and violent world where it’s every man for himself, finding their way back to each other and the only truth they’ve ever found will be a long, hard fight.

 


James Morgan is a ruthless biker with the goal to go far in the hierarchy of his club, the Legion.
Luc Sinclair is a member of the Legion too, but he wants to get out, and he needs to find a way to leave the club and stay alive.

When Morgan and Luc start to see each other, they know that they risk their lives. Being Gay in a Biker Club is like having a death wish. They’re cautious, until things go wrong and life and death get in their way.
I’m a huge fan of biker’s books and Sons of Anarchy (Jax Teller forever). This book was for me, I had to read it because you know, gay biker and all. I was a little bit disappointed.

The writing is good, the author developed the characters very well, Luc and Morgan are two beautiful men and souls. They are passionate with each other but also very complex. They’re also very hot.

The story and the plot were good, but too long, way too long. There’s barely no action, clearly here, the author angled the book on the characters’ psyche more than of the biker life style and it’s not a bad thing but the story stretched too much, things were going around in circles, sometimes I lost the tread of my reading.

It’s too bad, because, really, the author has a very good potential. The writing is good and well built (without the too long parts). It’s not because the book wasn’t for me that it doesn’t deserve a try. I’m sure you’ll love Morgan and Luc and try a ride with them.

For me it’s 3 OptimuMM’s for them.

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

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Review: “Breaking Roadblocks” by Brina Brady

TITLE: Breaking Roadblocks
AUTHOR: Brina Brady
SERIES: Bend Over Series
PUBLISHER: Self-published
COVER ARTIST: Kellie Dennis
GENRE: BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 275 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 10, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book

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With their marriage on hold, Shane begins to stumble. All he wants is to be Julien’s husband but he just can’t seem to make the right choices when it comes to proving to Julien that he is his top priority.
To make matters harder, Shane is being forced to see the hatred in the world. Being in an interracial BDSM relationship isn’t welcomed by all. Most surprisingly from Shane’s so called friends and others from their small BDSM community.
Julien and Shane work together breaking through roadblocks to stay together as a black and white BDSM couple. No matter how hard Shane tries, he gets in his own way, with a little help from a couple of people actively working against them as a couple.
The couple fights against their enemies to stay together. When things get rough, they fight for their love.
This story is steamy hot, but it isn’t just a story of BDSM. It is a story of love and hate with a well-deserved HEA end to the series.


This is the fourth and final book of the series and is not a stand-alone. I strongly suggest reading the first three and in order. Bend Over, Don’t Throw Me Away and Spanked in the Woodshed.

I absolutely love this series and have been waiting for this book. I’m sad that it is coming to an end, but I do look forward to upcoming books from this author. Brina has a way of bringing these mento life, and you can’t help but fall in love with them. Add to that the BDSM aspect and the loveconnection, you have a winner in my eyes.

Shane is the sub that always seems to get in trouble with his Dom and can’t seem to follow directions very well. Shane loves his Dom so very much and wants nothing more than to please
him. But Shane has trouble trusting his Dom and lets other people persuade him into thinking what they have together is not real. Shane wants to marry Julien as planned but the ex-wife
convinces Shane that will not happen.

Julien loves his Sub with all his heart and is trying to make it where they can get married but is lying to Shane. When Shane finds out about the lie, he goes off on a tangent and leaves. Julien knows his Sub well and goes off to find him and make things right.

Then there’s Keme, Shane’s best friend and he has asked Shane to keep a secret from Julien. As much as Shane has promised to be honest, he agrees to keep this secret for his best friend. There
are many different characters that I have loved and hated throughout this series, and I don’t want to give spoilers.

There are people out to stop this relationship from all over. Will these people succeed in their conquest to end this relationship? Will the fact that they are an interracial relationship play a part in their success as a Dom/Sub? Will they make it to the alter? Will Keme and Shane ever be friends again? These are just a few of the questions I had going on in my head as I read this.

If you love a BDSM Contemporary story, then go get this series because you will not be disappointed.

***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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Review: “Alpha Chef” by Sue Brown

TITLE: Alpha Chef
AUTHOR: Sue Brown
SERIES: JT’s Bar
PUBLISHER: One Hat Press
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 250 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 27, 2017
PRICE: $ 3.53 -e-book

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When Greg Mitchelson’s home is torched and his employer killed, Greg fears it’s retribution for his past testimony against a notorious drug gang. Alone, with no money and only the clothes on his back, Greg turns to Colm Riordan, the Deputy US Marshall who’s protected Greg for the last 3 years. But Riordan doesn’t return Greg’s phone calls, and the local Marshal’s office refuses to help him.
In desperation, Greg goes on the run to Wyoming to find his brother, Mitch, whom he hasn’t seen in over a decade. As he reconnects with his brother, Riordan appears, searching for his missing witness. But Greg needs the answers to a lot of questions before he’ll trust Riordan again. Why didn’t he return Greg’s call? Is Riordan there to help Greg – or kill him?

 


Gregory Mitchelson is a witness in the WITSEC program. For 14 years, he was someone else, protected by the US Marshall office, he moved from town to town in order to stay safe and alive.
When his flat and job are burned to the ground, he has no other choice but to reach out to the only person he trusts. His Brother Mitch.
US Marshall Colm Riordam is in charge of Greg’s protection, so when he went missing, he flew through the country to find him and protect him.

Colm and Greg have known each other for the last 3 years. 3 years together, being protectee and protector when they only want to be together for good.

I liked this book, much better than the first one.

Gregory is a sweet man, he only wants to be left in peace, loved, and accepted for who he is. When he discovered that his father accepted Mitch’s homosexuality when he throws him on the street for being gay, it broke my heart. But Greg is strong, smart and when he has the chance to have his family back, he didn’t hesitate.
Colm is overprotective with Greg. He wants him in his life, bed and heart, and he’s ready to do anything to achieve his goal.

It was a pleasant reading, the team is present, we get news from Riley (aka my new wet dream), Si and Howie (My favorite couple), Mitch and Jake and of course, Moose, Carl and Wyatt.
I liked the story, the plot was good, too bad it wasn’t more developed, but it works for me like that.

Sue Brown has a real talent, her writing is good and fluid.
The only thing that bothered me was the absence of a connection between the characters. We knew that Greg and Colm are crazy about each other, but it wasn’t well described, it was just on the surface.

But, like I said, it was still a good book with adorable characters and a good plot.

It’s 3.5 OptimuMM for me, and I can’t wait for the next one, it better be Si and Howie, I’m dying to read about them.

***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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