Review of: The Spirit Key by Parker Williams

TITLE: The Spirit Key
AUTHOR: Parker Williams
SERIES: Lock and Key
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Jan 15, 2019

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When he was eight years old, Scott Fogel died. Paramedics revived him, but he came back changed. Ghosts and spirits tormented Scott for over a decade until, thinking he was going mad, he did the only thing he could.
He ran—leaving behind his best friend, Tim Jennesee.
Scott’s had five normal, ghost-free years in Chicago, when the spirit of Tim’s mother comes to him and begs him to go home because Tim’s in trouble and needs him.
He isn’t prepared for what he finds when he goes home—a taller and sexier Tim, but a Tim who hasn’t forgiven Scott for abandoning him… a Tim whose body is no longer his own. The ghost of a serial murderer has attached itself to Tim, and it’s whispering dark and evil things. It wants Tim to kill, and it’s becoming harder for Tim to resist. To free the man who has always meant so much to him, Scott must unravel the mystery of the destiny he shares with Tim.


Scott Fogel died. He was eight years old. He would never be the same again. Fast forward to his late teens and poor Scott is barely functioning. His life as he knew it has imploded and the only action he feels he can take to save what’s left of his loved ones is to disappear. Fate finds him five years later, and she’s in the guise of his best friend’s mother, one of the only two people who could ever handle Scott and his intricacies. The other being this lady’s son who she implores Scott to save. In order for him to honor her request, he has to go back to the place where his nightmares almost destroyed him.

Scott defies death only to find himself living in a nightmare. I had a hard time with his character only because he’s a kid when these horrible things happen to him, and as an adult, everyone he’s ever loved acts like he should pay a penance to them because he only wanted to find peace and give them some sort of life outside of him and his “issues”. Well cheese and crackers, get over it people. Poor guy.
Tim is whatever. I say that only because he’s a whatever kind of character. He doesn’t add much except making Scott feel like dirt. I just don’t like the guy. He’s supposed to be Scott’s best friend, but he’s just poor pitiful me.

The storyline was great. I enjoyed the premise even with some frustrating characters. There was a lot of information to digest. It didn’t seem thrown together as Williams would never do, it just seems rushed. Like here, take it. I wish there was more. I’m excited to see where the series goes.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: How to Be a Movie Star by T.J. Klune

TITLE: How to Be a Movie Star
AUTHOR: T.J. Klune
SERIES: How To Be
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Feb 12, 2019

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Josiah Erickson wants to be a movie star. The problem with that is so does half of Los Angeles. But he’s on his way, what with memorable roles as a TV show background cadaver and a guy in a commercial for herpes medication. All he needs is his big break. And that break may come in the form of a novelist who goes by the enigmatic name of Q-Bert.
Q-Bert, who is ready to make his directorial debut in a film Josy would be perfect for. Q-Bert, who Josy may or may not have a friend-crush on, and potentially something more. Being demisexual can be confusing.
From the City of Angels to the small mountain town of Abby, Oregon, Josy will give his all to make sure his dreams come true—even the ones he never thought possible.


Oh my God, he did it again!

I just literally finished the book and I’m already suffering from a book hangover. This happens to me after every Klune book. I know I’m not alone when I say that Klune holds some kind of magic when it comes to romance. He grasps things that just make you reflect on that special event that’s so similar to what happened to you (and no, I’m not referring to turning into a gnarly wolf).

This is the second installment of the series, where again, we will meet Gustavo (!) and Casey, and Xander and Serge too…but also JOSY!!! I like him the best! Hands down, I swear he’s Klune’s best character so far! You will just fall in love with him during the second sentence in the book.

This is a funny book! This time the POV is from Josy who’s high more than not, and you can enjoy all the spirals of his mind. The book is hilarious, but at the same time, it’s a bit heartbreaking. That’s Klune for you ladies, gents or however you identify yourself, Repect!
As we know from the first book of the series, in this story too, opposite mets opposite. A lighter-than-sunshine hipster movie-star-in-the-making, Josy and an introvert suffering from anxiety and depression author, who writes monster porn (please don’t ask…), Quincy.

Josy is demisexual. At first sight, he wants to befriend Quincy so bad. But emotions get in the way, miscommunication gets involved, and he becomes a stalker. Shut up…it’s not weird!

And then everything just falls into place…right, like that ever happens!

I can promise you that you will enjoy every line of this book. I did. Tears are a must, but they will be happy tears!

Cognates to TJ again, and as I always say: there’s not enough stars in the sky to rate this book!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Fox and Wolf by Julia Talbot

TITLE: Fox and Wolf
AUTHOR: Julia Talbot
SERIES: Apex Investigations
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense, Shifters, Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Dec 28, 2018

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Werewolf PI Dylan Weems is a hired to solve the murder of a client’s customer. As an ex-cop, Dylan is the perfect man for the job, but he doesn’t expect the complication of alluring fox shifter Rey.
Ever since finding the dead body of one of his clients, Rey Mercier’s life is a mess, and he needs help desperately. He has no idea why he’s the target of some ruthless people or what he did to anger them. Hopefully Dylan and his motley crew of shifters at Apex Investigations can help him find out, but first Dylan and Rey have to deal with literal corporate tigers and dire crocodiles shifters… all while deciding what to do about the mate bond that’s becoming undeniable. And is that even possible between fox and wolf?


Dylan is PI at the Apex Investigations. As a former cop and a werewolf, he’s good at his job, but he didn’t expect Rey, the sexy fox shifter.

Rey is desperate and scared when he crosses Apex Investigations door. His client had been murdered, and his life threatened. Dylan is the PI in charge of his case, but Rey may find more than peace and safety with him.

Fox and Wolf by Julia Talbot is book one of the Apex Investigations.
I’m going to be very honest (like usual), I disliked the book. It was too confusing, the characters barely developed, and the plot full of holes and inconsistency. I was disappointed in the book.

Dylan and Rey are sweet and could have been wonderful, but the author completely missed them, and I found them empty instead.
The writing was confusing, the author tried to alternate between too much POV, and at the end, I didn’t know who was thinking what or who was talking to who.

I’m disappointed because it wasn’t my first book by Julia Talbot and I adored the ones I’ve read, but here she completely missed her mark.

2 Stars for me.

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

Review edited by : Amber Krogh

Review of: The Boyfriend Cruise by Deanna Wadsworth

TITLE: The Boyfriend Cruise
AUTHOR: Deanna Wadsworth
SERIES: Pride of the Caribbean
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Dec 25, 2018

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The Pride of the Caribbean is a cruise ship unlike any other. Paranormals working on board the enchanted ship hide in plain sight, under the benevolent protection of a demigod captain and his fairy husband.
And this is a shipboard romance unlike any other.
Josh Gilbert’s well-meaning family booked a gay-friendly cruise for Christmas in order to find Josh a boyfriend. Hoping to escape the constant parade of bachelors—and the collapsible fishing rod dangling mistletoe his mom keeps in her purse—Josh takes solace in a growing friendship with the ship’s photographer, Nathan. Though Josh is falling for Nathan, he worries it will never be more than a shipboard fling.
Nathan recently became aware of his incubus heritage and has finally learned how to control his demon side. But Josh has awakened more than just the demon’s need for orgasms—Josh has awakened Nathan’s heart. What’s developing between them is the real thing, but can Josh ever accept Nathan’s promiscuous past… and love a sex demon?
Amid lush tropical settings, family hilarity, holiday costume parties, sexy snorkeling adventures, gingerbread martinis, and mythical creatures, will Josh get his Christmas wish and finally find the true love he’s wanted for so long?


Nathan is the official photographer of the Pride of the Caribbean, a ship cruise that’s LGBT friendly, Family friendly and Paranormal friendly. Nathan is also a quarter incubus, a sex demon.
Josh’s family decided to book the Christmas week on the Pride of the Caribbean. What Josh thinks is a family trip for the holidays is, in fact, a plot by his mom and sisters to find him a boyfriend.
The attraction between Nathan and Josh is off the charts, but is it enough for them to overcome all their inner demons?
The Boyfriend Cruise by Deanna Wadsworth is my third book by this author, and I really liked it.

Josh was happy to be with his family and his best friend on a cruise for Christmas. He wasn’t so happy to hear that it was a plot from his meddling mother and sisters to find him a boyfriend during the cruise. The boyfriend cruise like they named it. He refuses to believe that someone as hot and beautiful than Nathan would want him, and between his own insecurity and his obnoxious meddling family, it’s not easy for him to just relax and enjoy his time with this hot, beautiful and kind man. I loved Josh. I could relate to him, his insecurities, his wish to find his one and only and not aging alone. I loved him, really, he’s sweet, smart, funny with a hot wild side. I loved how openminded he was with Nathan and the other members of the cruise and most of all, I loved that even if he was shy and unsure, he wasn’t weak, he had a temper and didn’t hesitate to speak his mind.

Nathan was lost when he came to the Pride of the Caribbean. He didn’t know he was an incubus, so he did a lot of bad things, but not because he was a bad man, but because he couldn’t help it, his demon was out of control. It was only when he came on the cruise that he found about his demon and discovered the paranormal world. When he met Josh, Nathan wants to be with him from the beginning, and he wants to finally have someone who will love him completely with his strengths and weaknesses. Nathan touched me, he was so unsure of himself and so scared to lose Josh if he finds out what Nathan really was. I especially loved how Nathan fights for Josh and their chance to have a future together.

I enjoyed a lot of the book. The plot was easy to follow, it was well written, funny and dynamic. Josh’s family is hilarious even if I would have died from embarrassment with a mom like his. It’s the first book in this series (I hope it’s a series) and the author wrote the background and the characters of her universe very well. It’s definitely a series I will follow.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Eye of the Beholder by M.D. Grimm

TITLE: Eye of the Beholder
AUTHOR: M.D. Grimm
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Feb 8, 2019

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Is it better to risk it all… or never know what could have been?
After surviving an abusive childhood, Vulcan remade himself upon arriving in Los Angeles, California. He became a blacksmith for the paranormal community and strives to earn the respect of the vampire covens and werewolf packs that call LA home. He also prevents the pain of loss by keeping everyone at arm’s length.
But he never planned on meeting a former Roman soldier by the name of Marcus Cassius Vespillo. Something sparks between them and turns into a friendship he never considered possible. He can’t deny his intense attraction to the intelligent, courteous, ancient vampire. And it scares him.
Though Vulcan is wary of seeking more with Cassius, an attack leaves him at death’s door and forces him to reexamine his priorities. But Cassius has his own secret, one that promises tragedy and loss. And if that wasn’t enough, a slayer arrives in the States, one with a bloody connection to Cassius… and Vulcan himself.


Vulcan is a human. He survived an abusive childhood and lived on the streets before meeting Dain, a blacksmith for the paranormal community of L.A., and becoming Dain’s apprentice.
Cassius is a Vampire, a former Roman Soldier. He’s one of the oldest vampires in the world, he was a part of the history, and he lived through it.
Vulcan and Cassius have a strong friendship shared by their love for history. The alchemy between them is strong, and it’s up to them to take the last step to become more than friends. It could be possible, but they will first have to fight their fears and pasts before starting a future together.

Eye of the Beholder by M.D Grimm is my first book by this author and won’t be my last.

Vulcan is a human, and he’s a blacksmith for the paranormal community after the death of his mentor, Dain. Vulcan knows about the paranormal world, he has a strong friendship with the Duchesse, a powerful vampire (kind of a Vampire Queen) but that doesn’t mean that Vulcan trusts the vampires and the werewolves completely. Meeting Cassius was a surprise for him, and he was at first excited to talk with someone who was “alive” during all the eras of humanity’s history. But, Vulcan wasn’t ready to developed feelings for Cassius, and it scared him. I liked Vulcan. He’s smart, sensitive and strong. He’s also traumatized by his childhood and wears the scars in his heart and soul. I liked him and his possessiveness towards Cassius.

Cassius is a Vampire born during the Roman Empire. He’s as old as the world, almost. He saw and lived through everything, but he didn’t expect to meet someone like Vulcan. The young man caught his eye and his heart, and Cassius takes his time to woo Vulcan. I adored Cassius, adored his old-fashion way, his humor and his protectiveness toward Vulcan. He’s territorial and merciless when it comes to his mate. I completely melted for him.

The book was good, the plot interesting and divided in two. The main plot and focus of the book were about Cassius and Vulcan relationship; the sub-plot was about their dangerous world with enemies actual or past. It was interesting, well written, and the last part full of action.

I had a great time with them and enjoyed my read.

4 OptimuMM for The blacksmith and his vampire!

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

Review edited by : Amber Krogh