Review of:  Greed and Other Dangers by TJ Nichols

TITLE: Greed and Other Dangers
AUTHOR: TJ Nichols
SERIES: Mytho
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: Dec 3, 2019

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Mytho: Book Two
Dragon shifter Edra has always lived to serve and protect—in ages past, as a knight, and in the modern world as a mytho liaison to the San Francisco PD. Behind the scenes he safeguards the mythos community from scandal—and further human hatred. When the eggs of a rare greater dragon are stolen, Edra must find and return them before the mother razes the city.
Edra’s partner, Jordan, has just been promoted, and he’s on the trail of several stolen mythos artifacts. Together, they track the eggs to a colony of mermaids living in the bay near Alcatraz Island.
But trying to separate a mermaid from her treasure is asking for trouble.
As Edra and Jordan grow closer, they test the bounds of human-mythos relationships. But Jordan isn’t ready to mate for life, and Edra won’t pretend to be human for Jordan’s friends. With the hills on fire and a storm brewing in the bay—and in their bed—something’s got to give.


Edra and Jordan have a new case. Someone is stealing mythos’ artefacts and selling them to humans. They will have to investigate while dealing with the collateral damage, especially for the mythos’ community. But Edra and Jordan also have their relationship to discuss. Are they going to mate? A human and a dragon having a mating can be more dangerous for them than any crimes they can encounter.

Greed and Other Dangers by TJ Nichols is book 2 in the Mythos series. I adored this book.
Edra and Jordan are trying to find their footing together. As cops working together, one for mythos the other for humans, but also as soon to be mate …or not.
Edra had a mate in his world before the collapse, so he knows the pain of losing a mate. He knows what it is to have his other half taken away from you, but he also understands the huge gift that the fates give to him with his second mate. That’s why Edra doesn’t want to rush things between him and Jordan. First, he wants Jordan being clean of Bliss, and second, he wants to be sure that his mate, his human mate, understands what mating a dragon means.

Jordan wants Edra. He wants him in his bed and in his life, but he doesn’t know how. First, he’s addicted to Bliss, he can’t deny it anymore. And even if he accepts his addiction, he’s not ready to stop it and to get help at first. Second, Jordan is human, so what it is to be a mate to a dragon is what scares him more. Finally, what about his friends, colleagues and other humans? A human and a dragon together in this tense relationship between mythos and humans—it’s not only their hearts at stake but also their life in the literal sense.

I loved this book, no I adored it, more than the first one. If book 1 sets the background, this book is more about the characters, their relationship, their pasts, their fears and their hope. The relationship between Jordan and Edra is intense, beautiful, and we can say taboo in a world where mythos isn’t considered equal to human. I loved them. I loved how they both try to fit into each other’s world even if it’s difficult. I loved how despite their fears, they try with everything to be what the other expects.

The author did great with world-building, how mythos and humans live together, how mythos tries to keep magic and traditions out of the human eyes. I loved the little “history” facts about mermaids, dragons, and vampires. It was added well into the story that makes it more credible and realistic.

The writing was more mature—the author knew where she wants to take us, and she did it brilliantly with a captivating story and little touches of humour that I appreciated.

I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

It’s 4 stars for Edra and his “wingless”.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Colors of Love Series by F.E. Feeley Jr (audiobook)

TITLE: The Colors of Love Series (audiobook)
AUTHOR: F.E. Feeley Jr
SERIES: The Colors of Love
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Nov 29 2019

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Listening Length: 3 hours and 29 minutes.
Life after college is not what Aaron expected. Isn’t he supposed to have what he wants to do figured out by now? David never expected his marriage to be rocky, let alone about to end. How is he supposed to move on from this?
December in Detroit is normally unforgiving, but an unexpected blizzard puts David and Aaron on a course toward each other. Despite the frozen ground and battleship gray sky, these men find heat together. It’s intimate and illicit, stretching what was supposed to be a one night stand into something more. Sometimes, the touch of a stranger, however forbidden, is just what we need when we enter the gray.


Narration: Vance Bastian narrated the series that was pulled together into one larger file here. He has a nice, younger sounding voice. He seems to be new on the scene (just a couple before this year), and with time, I think he’ll be fantastic. There was some stumbling on accents, but his flow was good and kept me into the storyline easily. His cadence was fast in a few spots, but it didn’t keep me from anything. I will definitely listen to more by him in the future.

Story: Let me just say that I’m native to Detroit but haven’t lived there for years now, and it was amazing to hear all the areas F.E. used.
My first thought when the first sex scene came on was there was no condom use in the one-nightstand…turned relationship later. But that leads into an issue later, so just keep reading or listening.

I loved these two guys. The trilogy follows Aaron and David through their growing relationship. I was so invested that I continued listening even at home. Side note…F.E…Rodger while I was at work was NOT okay! (even though I wanted to do serious harm to him at some points) But that means that I was invested in the story and the characters.

Some bits were cheesy, but omg so sweet that it was perfect. This is a good look at relationships in this day and age where people get attached after meeting. It’s not really insta-love, but a building of something more when they both thought it was just a one-night stand situation. But it was realistic and flowed well. I found myself cheering for them not too far into the story.

As for the characters:
David is a lawyer that’s bi-sexual but has never ventured to that side of the fence since he married his high school sweetheart. He found out that she’d been sexting his partner at work, and he was having trouble ignoring his want for man-loving. So it seemed like the divorce would be amicable. I wasn’t sure why David called his ex-wife after her behavior when he was struggling. I thought that part just didn’t fit for me. I thought she had no place in the story after her behavior earlier…I just didn’t feel the turn-around on her part.

Aaron is a Vet and suffering from PTSD. He’s a Harvard Grad, but he isn’t ready to figure his life out just yet. He needs his home and his people to find himself again and heal. We only really met Aaron’s friends, but lol that’s okay because they’re hilarious and loving!

I will definitely be looking for more books by F.E.!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of listening this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: After Vertigo by Amanda Meuwissen

TITLE: After Vertigo
AUTHOR: Amanda Meuwissen
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Dec 10, 2019

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In a flash, the world changed. A solar flare—later dubbed Vertigo—activated the DNA of more than half the world’s people, granting them special abilities. Brilliant scientist Benjamin Krane might be Powerless, but his inventions are the only thing giving the police a fighting chance against super-powered evil. Ben doesn’t have much of a life beyond work, and when he gets wind of a robbery one evening, he decides to test his newest invention personally….
A thief, rogue, and shameless flirt, Grey Miller—aka the Streak—likes shiny things, but he doesn’t hurt people. When Ben catches him—and proposes they team up against the real bad guys—Grey doesn’t know whether it’s the offer or the man he can’t resist. But one thing’s for sure—they’re an ideal match in more ways than one.
With a psychotic supervillain’s catastrophic plan moving forward and everyone he cares about in danger, now might not be the best time for Ben to give in to Grey’s seduction, no matter how tempting. Grey is a man of secrets, and if Ben wants a future with him, he’ll have to learn to trust Grey—and himself.


Guys, Ben is the cutest thing ever!

This is my very first read of the author, and I must be honest with you guys, I loved it. The dialogue, the book flow, everything. After this one, I’m sure as hell going to read more of Amanda’s books.

But back to this book.
Ben is your typically awkward geek genius. He has his own floor where he can work all by himself, well except his cat on his gadgets.
After a solar flare, everyone calls Vertigo, half of the population turned Suppes or Enhanced, thanks to a DNA modification caused by the same flare. And as you can imagine, all hell breaks loose.

Ben is working to develop all kinds of tools to help contain the Suppes, who are rampaging the cities and it’s inhabitants. There are very dangerous criminals with powers out there like Pulse who’s ability is teleportation, and the life of the Powerless means absolutely nothing to him.

After a breakthrough of one of Ben’s experiments, he takes upon himself to test his new gadget in real life. That’s how he meets the Streak, one of the less dangerous Suppes. Streak is a famous thief, and no one can catch him because he’s faster than light. But Ben, thanks to an algorithm, is able to find him, even if just for one second, and he gets to try out his new invention on Streak. Needless to say, the gadget has no effect on him.

So now, the introverted shy as hell genius is facing one of the most wanted Suppes. But things turn out quite different than how Ben thought his life would end. During this very short but telling encounter, Ben had the chance to take a look at Streak’s face, helping to track Streak down, and he convinces the Suppe to partner up with him.
This book is very funny, a lot of puns from Grey’s aka Streak’s part that makes Ben frustrated or blush. You will love Grey, I promise you. He is funny, innuendoes are his mother language, and he flirts with every living thing on this planet.

I loved every single word of it, the only problem I had with this book is that I finished to soon and now I want more!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: A Swants Soiree by E.J. Russell

TITLE: A Swants Soiree
AUTHOR: E.J. Russell
SERIES: 2019 Advent Calendar – Homemade for the Holidays
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Dec 1, 2019

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A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2019 Advent Calendar collection Homemade for the Holidays.
Introverted software engineer Brent Levine struggles with the life part of work-life balance, but to hold on to his new job, he’ll have to embrace his employer’s dreaded “staff enrichment” events. This year’s annual ugly holiday sweater party will strain his ambition to remain inconspicuous: everyone has to wear sweaters converted into pants—aka “swants.”
Brent’s an ace at coding, but when it comes to handcrafts, he’s definitely at the far left end of the bell curve. Luckily he encounters seriously cute theater costumer Jonathan at the Goodwill Outlet. Jonathan offers Brent both an acceptably ugly sweater and his expertise in swants conversion. Attraction sparks on Brent’s side, but can Jonathan be interested in a guy like him?


I loved A Swants Soiree by E.J. Russell. It’s part of the 2019 Advent Calendar: Homemade for the Holidays. I could totally empathize with Brent as he struggles with the life part of his work-balance.

He’s great at his new job but doesn’t interact with the other employees at the company he works for. And he definitely doesn’t want to join in the staff enrichment events, but he may have to in order to keep his new job. He goes to the company meeting where it’s announced that, this year, they’re supposed to take a spin on the ugly sweater contest and turn the ugly sweater into a pair of pants, aka swants. But he doesn’t have a lot of time before the year-end party, and as he finds out as he goes to shop after shop trying to find an ugly sweater that will fit his six-foot-eight frame, it isn’t going to be as easy as he thought.

All of the shops are out of any ugly sweaters that could possibly fit his size. His last resort is a Goodwill shop where he bumps into Jonathan, who’s a theater costumer. He was actually the costumer for the theater group who made the swants popular and inspired his boss to go with swants instead of ugly sweaters for the year-end party. Jonathan has lots of practice making them for his theater group, and he helps Brent find a sweater that will work for his size and sends him on his way after giving him his card in case he needs help making them. After massacring his sweater, he calls Jonathan for help. And he ends up with a very naughty pair of swants.

I loved the flirting and chemistry between Brent and Jonathan, although there aren’t any sex scenes in the book.

I won’t lie, I would have loved for the book to have gone on for the week that Brent had off so we could have gotten some sexy scenes in there, but the book is still super cute without them.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: For Joy by Crystel Greene

TITLE: For Joy
AUTHOR: Crystel Greene
SERIES: 2019 Advent Calendar – Homemade for the Holidays
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Dec 1, 2019

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A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2019 Advent Calendar collection Homemade for the Holidays.
When college athlete Chad comes out to his parents and gets a nasty reaction, sparkly twink Joaquin “Joy” Acosta offers him shelter in his tiny apartment. Joy’s the sweetest, most beautiful roommate on the planet, and every day, Chad falls in love a little bit more. The problem is, Joy will never know since his banter-loving hipster friends make bear-sized Chad feel all hulking and tongue-tied.
Joy is a sucker for anything handmade, though, and eventually Chad decides to tell him he loves him with a self-knitted pair of gloves. But it turns out knitting is way harder than Chad expected. Fortunately, Joy knows just how to save the day….
Cute twink and self-conscious baseball jock, flatmates to lovers, opposites attract, banter, insecurity, fluff, feels, first time, Christmas.
As always, 18 plus!


I loved reading For Joy by Crystel Greene. I loved both of the main characters, Joy and Chad. They were both so lovable and fleshed out for a short story. I would have loved the story to be longer just so that I could have continued to read about them. I know that I’ll be reading this delightful short story again.

I loved Joy and how he encourages and supports Chad when Chad reveals that he’s gay and hasn’t told his family yet but wants to do it before Christmas. I thought that was wonderful of Joy since Chad is just one of his customers at the hair salon. And then to offer him a couch to sleep on when his family doesn’t take the news well. He has such a warm and generous nature.

I also loved Chad. He’s twenty-two and was a jock all through school and easily passes as straight. He promised himself that after college that he would come out to his family, and he did, but it didn’t go good, and he ends up on his hairdresser’s couch, and he has such a crush on Joy. He’s exactly the type of person that he’s attracted to. But Chad doesn’t have much experience, and he feels awkward around Joy and his friends. Especially around Franky, Joy’s best friend, who likes to make fun of his quiet nature and huge size. He also doesn’t like to watch how touchy-feely Franky is with Joy.

I absolutely loved Joy’s Christmas Eve present to Chad, and I loved how Chad tried to make gloves to protect Joy’s hands from the elements.

This short story was just the right combination of sweetness and hot chemistry and holiday cheer. I can’t wait to read more stories by Crystel Greene.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis