Review: “Love in Spades” by Charlie Cochet

TITLE: Love in Spades
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: Four Kings Security
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 300 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 24, 2018
PRICE: $ -e-book / $ -paperback

BLURB:

Ex-Special Forces soldier Anston “Ace” Sharpe is fighting a different battle these days—one involving the world of private security across the state of Florida. As part owner of Four Kings Security, Ace and his fellow Kings tackle everything from armed transport and investigations to cyber intelligence and executive protection. Cocky, fearless, and brash, Ace isn’t afraid to take risks.
After years of working alongside his father, Colton Connolly is ready to take the helm at Connolly Maritime, but his father’s retirement is put on hold when Colton begins receiving death threats. If that isn’t bad enough, his father signs a contract with Four Kings Security to provide Colton with round-the-clock protection, despite his adamant refusal. Colton’s life has been turned upside down, the last thing he needs is a shadow, especially in the form of infuriating, sexy-as-sin Ace Sharpe, who seems to be on a mission to drive Colton mad.
Sparks fly the moment Colton and Ace meet on a sultry night club dance floor. But getting involved with a client, even one as fiery and beautiful as Colton Connolly, is a line Ace is unwilling to cross. Colton might be attracted to Ace, but he’d been burned before. He might be willing to put his life in Ace’s hands, but not his heart.
As the Florida nights heat up, so does their passion, and Ace and Colton are faced with a difficult choice—take the plunge and risk it all, or play it safe and walk away?
If Ace can keep a deadly threat from robbing Colton of a future….


Here we go! A new journey promised by Charlie Cochet with her Kings…Four Kings Security, the company owned by King, Ace, Red, and Lucky but the team has more members than this four. They are all brothers-in-arms, ex-marines and after a tragic event, they decided to stick together and make their own way to success.

Now Four Kings Security is one of the most prestigious security company in states. Their clientele is high elites, multibillionaire clients, VIPs, actors, models etc. Everybody wants them for their professional, high tech equipment and sense of moral and duty toward their customers.

When Colton Connolly’s father approaches Four Kings Security, he is in need of protection for his only son, the heir of his Maritime company. Colton is out and proud, and his father couldn’t be more proud and supportive of his son. The homophobic treats he’s getting, worries his father to a no end.
Colton has a different opinion about this. He’s is not happy that his father went behind his back and signed a contract with the Kings, a contract that only his father could end.
Colton likes to be in control of his life, for reasons you will find out reading this book.

Anston Sharpe aka Ace, is an outgoing, cheerful guy, who takes his job seriously and also his style that drives King crazy. His non-conventional methods are famous, but despite all of that, he seems to be one of the most efficient on his team.
He’s assigned to this case, after a major “run down” with some thugs who tried to steal from their clients. All Miami Vice style.
He’s warned by Colton’s father that his son can be a bit strong-headed when it comes to his freedom. Ace is confident he could manage Colton, him also being strong-headed (read: real asshole).

Their first encounter is epic, leaving both men breathless.
Ace never felt like this before, he knows he needs to keep as much emotional and physical distance as he can from Colton. That seems a futile effort on his part. Colton is acting out, hates that his life is in the hands of Ace, who irritates him and turns him on at the same time.

We already know Charlie’s men, funny strong and also a bit “girlish”. I enjoyed reading this book as much as I did THIRDS (well, when we talk about Charlie Cochet it’s inevitable mentioning the guys now, isn’t it?). We also already know the MC’s of the next book, but I’m not spoiling!

Guys I recommend this book, if you liked THIRDS you would enjoy this series just as much!

***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 edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Ice on Fire” by G.R. Lyons

TITLE: Ice on Fire
AUTHOR: G.R. Lyons
SERIES: Treble and the Lost Boys
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Dana Leah
GENRE: Fictional Universe
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 341 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 27, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $12.99 -paperback

BLURB:

Zac Cinder is on the verge of making his dream come true. His punk rock band, Inferno, might have a shot at an audition for a record deal. Fame and fortune would mean he could finally help his parents. They’d raised eight kids in a loving household while barely scraping by, so Zac is determined to give back in any way he can.

Keeping Inferno together, though, means keeping his biggest secret. His bigoted bandmates would drop him in an instant if they found out Zac was gay.

Then he meets Adrian Frost, and Zac can’t resist the shy man. Adrian gives up everything to be with Zac, but Zac can’t bring himself to do the same. He doesn’t want to lose Adrian, but he can’t give up Inferno, either. Not when he’s so close to realizing his dream.

When one cruel decision rips Adrian from his life, Zac will have to decide if ambition is worth the price of the greatest happiness he’s ever known.

(Note: This story takes place in a fictional world, the same as in the Shifting Isles Series. There are multiple gods, different names for the days of the week, etc. A glossary is included.)

WARNING: Contains scenes of self-harm that may be disturbing for some readers. 


This author has amazed me again. He’s a definite must buy immediately for my book collections. I love how this author writes about real life issues that tug at my heartstrings. He really tells a story with real-life problems, consequences for their choices (good or bad) and has solutions with usually happy endings. Warning, this book does have self-harm and can be a trigger for some people. The way G.R. describes each character and the way they feel, I find myself holding my breath for them or crying with them and laughing with them. I found myself angry at some of the characters and falling in love with others. Getting frustrated with them and would yell at them, like they could hear me.

First, we meet Zac, aka Blaze. Zac is a very talented musician and leads a double life. As Blaze, he plays his electric guitar with his two childhood buddies in a rock band. And they are good and getting more and more recognition. Then he plays his violin for Treble at Underground. Playing the different styles can get to be a pain in the arse, but he loves them both so much. But playing at Underground has given him new inspiration. The man that sits in the back corner and can’t take his eyes off Zac. No one knows Zac is gay, but Zac must meet this guy, and after each show, the mystery man disappears.

Adrian Frost is the only son of the very wealthy Sebastian Frost. Adrian has huge social anxiety and has to take pills specially formulated for him just to deal with college. But he manages to get to the lounge anytime that Treble’s playing and gets lost in the violinist’s everything. His petite body, the long braid, how the suit he wears fits him so well and the music. He loves the whole package, but every time the show ends, he leaves so that he doesn’t talk to anyone including the violinist.

Well, they end up being in the same college and at the same table in a class. When Zac recognizes his dark shadow, the endless flirting begins. Adrian doesn’t know how to take all this. His father has kept him away from the reality of the real world and is a homophobic prick. These two are total opposites but are so good together, if they can figure things out. Zac has friends that are homophobes too, and trouble lies ahead for these two.

I can’t really say more, but I will say this—I rooted for these two from the get-go. Can these two come to terms of who they really are and not care what the world thinks? Will they get through the hardest times of their lives? Will they let the world conquer or will love? I can’t wait for the next book.

***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 edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Whisper” by Tal Bauer

TITLE: Whisper
AUTHOR: Tal Bauer
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Ron Perry
GENRE: Thriller; Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 695 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2018
PRICE: $ 6.99-e-book / Unknown yet – paperback

BLURB:

The truth is complicated.
On September 11th, 2001, Kris Caldera was a junior member of the CIA’s Alec Station, the unit dedicated to finding and stopping Osama Bin Laden.
They failed.


Ten days later, he was on the ground in Afghanistan with a Special Forces team, driven to avenge the ghosts that haunted him and the nation he’d let down. On the battlefield, he meets Special Forces Sergeant David Haddad. David – Arab American, Muslim, and gay – becomes the man Kris loves, the man he lives for, and the man he kills for, through the long years of the raging wars.


David Haddad thought he’d be an outsider his whole life. Too American for the Middle East, too Arab for America, and too gay to be Muslim. It took Kris to bring the parts of himself together, to make him the man he’d always wanted to be. But the War on Terror wreaks havoc on David’s soul, threatening to shatter the fragile peace he’s finally found with Kris.
When a botched mission rips David from Kris’s life, Kris’s world falls into ruin and ash. A shell of the man who once loved with the strength to shake both the CIA and the world, he marks time on the edges of his life. The days bleed together, meaningless after losing the love of his life.
After being captured, tortured to the edge of his life, and left for dead by his comrades, David doesn’t know how much of himself is left. He vanished one day in the tribal belt of Pakistan, and the man who walks out almost a decade later is someone new: Al Dakhil Al-Khorasani.
But strange rumblings are whispering through the CIA. Intelligence from multiple sources overseas points to something new. Something deadly, and moving to strike the United States. Intercepts say an army from Khorasan, the land of the dead where the Apocalypse of Islam will rise, is coming.
And, at the head of this army, a shadowy figure the US hasn’t seen before: Al Dakhil Al-Khorasani.


David is coming home.


When I first was introduced to Tal Bauer’s books downloading them I had a shiver going up my spine. I knew from the very first sentence that I met an author, a man, a human with high moral understanding when it comes to discrimination. His utopian views of the future are aligned with mine, reading him I could connect with him, sharing every emotion, every hope for mankind.

Tal’s tells stories for those who believe, believe in good, believe in God.

God is more than we think we know. God is everywhere, Has infinite aspects, and we are His reflection. As every mirror, we are not perfect, but at the core, we are made reflected in His image.

I’m a believer, a believer in God. Actually, that’s wrong; I don’t believe in God, I know that God exists. And since I was a child, I dedicated myself to study, I read the holy scriptures of every religion, I experienced many ways, I worshiped a lot of ways, and in the end, when I found myself when I found myself in God, I knew I was home. My search has ended, I was finally at peace with God, with myself.

Whisper is about Islam, the real Islam, not the Islam we were taught, and the doctrine people misunderstand. ISLAM means Enlighten, and when Mohammad Sahib told to his devotees that everyone must become Islam, he meant that every one of us must become enlightened.

David/Dawood is confused. He doesn’t understand the world. Once his faith was solid, burned in his soul, lightened his life, but after he was forced to witness his father’s execution at the age of 10 and forced to flee to the US, everything he was taught had been shattered. Until he meets Kris, who awakes him back up. Wakes his believe, his heritage. He knows that Kris is the other half of his soul—a soul broke in two before they came to this earth, and he knows that Kris is the path Alllah was setting him on.

Kris is a CIA junior, expert in Farsi and Arabic, and was approached by the CIA when he was in university. After finishing his training, he was assigned as an Afghanistan analyst when Afghanistan was on nobody’s radar, just a small insignificant spot somewhere on the planet. Then September 11th happens and suddenly Kris finds himself in the center of the nation’s attention. He’s assigned to take out the US nation’s first enemy, Osama Bin Laden. Then when he meets David, for the very first time, he can let go.

They face a lot of prejudice, so they must hide their love. Kris never could hide that he was gay, being fabulously outgoing and big mouthed. He has enemies among his colleagues, colleagues who wait for him to fail. Stubborn, he proves them wrong again and again. Until David was taken from him.

Whisper is a story that will take you apart, break you to pieces, make you cry, and shiver. Learning that this book, up until chapter 22, is based on the real events, makes it more lived or real.

The way some (billions) see Islam is wrong. Islam is about peace. When I was traveling in the Middle East, and I heard the A zan, the Muslim call to ritual prayer, from the minaret of a mosque, I felt at peace. Something inside me settled. And before you ask , no I’m not Muslim, I just believe in God, in all His/Her aspects.

Thank you, Tal Bauer, for writing this fantastic story!

La Ilaha Illa’llah. – There is no God but God.

 

 

***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 edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Cabin Commotion” by Brina Brady

TITLE: Cabin Commotion
AUTHOR: Brina Brady
SERIES: No
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Brina Brady @ Brina’s Bargains
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 402 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 19, 20108
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book / $16.99 -paperback

BLURB:

High-paid escort Marcus graduates college and he’s ready to leave The Manor. Working for pimp Kalepo for four years, Marcus believes there’s no way out without paying a fatal price. When Kalepo ends Marcus’s apartment lease and moves him into his home as his full time escort without his permission, Marcus leaves California on a train to New York City and a bus to a rented Vermont cabin for one month to hide from Kalepo and to think about his future.
Playboy Blaze is the son of Sal Bossio, a New York City Italian mobster. His father orders him to his Vermont cabin for one month while he settles mob business. Blaze hires a rent boy for one month, but unexpected events occur and he finds himself alone in Vermont. When he reaches his cabin, he finds a stranger sleeping in his bed. The gorgeous gingered-haired man could be a hitman sent by his father’s enemies.
Two lonely men solve the cabin commotion by sharing the only bed in the cabin during their sex fest, saving hidden pasts and tough decisions until the month ends.


Well, Brina has done it again. She has brought two characters together that have hot chemistry from the start. They also have secrets too. Brina does such a great job of roping me into her storytelling. I get emotionally involved, and she gets my temperature rising.

Marcus is a sexy, ginger rent-a-boy that has graduated college and is ready to move on to better things. Kalepo, his boss, has the idea of moving him in and keeping him for himself. Mind you; he is not a nice man. So Marcus runs away and plans to rent this cabin in Vermont to figure out what to do next. This cabin is perfect and secluded, and he feels safe until he’s woken up with a gun to his head.

Blaze’s mafia father sends him to his cabin for a month. When Blaze arrives, he discovers the sexy ginger in his bed and thinks it might be his father’s enemy to take him out. Not knowing who this hot ginger is, he holds a gun to his head and wakes him. Marcus is sure that Kalepo has found him. Even with both thinking the other is the enemy, they can’t stop the naughty thoughts going through their heads.

The two men can’t deny their intense attraction to each other, but they can’t seem to be honest with each other either. With Kalepo on the hunt for Marcus, the secrets they each hold and life’s obstacles, will they be able to survive? Will they learn to trust one another to finally be honest? Will love conquer?

***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 edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “The Eager Boy” by Sean Michael

TITLE: The Eager Boy
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: Iron Eagle Gym
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: BDSM; Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 24, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback

BLURB:

Eight months ago Robin Secoya left his lover and master, Stack Lobond, because he didn’t believe Stack really cared about him. He was sure that for Stack, any warm body would do, and Robin wasn’t willing to be just a warm body anymore.
A chance meeting at the Iron Eagle Gym brings them back together, and old feelings aren’t far from the surface. They decide they can’t pass up a second chance at romance. But this time, it isn’t just Stack’s demanding career as a big-cat vet putting strain on their relationship. Robin also has a new job that takes up a lot of his time.
Will their kinky love affair crash and burn a second time, or can they find the balance that will allow the passion between them to flourish?


This is part of a series but I read it as my first book from this author and seemed ok as a standalone. I felt the book really focused on the two MC’s and so I was too lost on previous characters. I thought this author did a good job connecting me to the characters and how they were feeling. I felt as it was slightly repetitive at some points but overall, a good read. I like the concept of having the gym as part of the lifestyle. I mean, what better way to get all worked watching you Dom or Sub working their muscles and sweating. Yummy.

Robin left his Dom/lover because he didn’t believe his cared for him other than just being another Sub. Robin did good for himself by getting a job, a tiny apartment and was being self supporting. He was proud of himself for that but he missed his Master greatly. Robin was leaving the gym one day when he ran, I mean ran, into his old Master right in the chest. Robin just can’t turn down an invitation to dinner with him.

Stack has been devastated since Robin left him and couldn’t understand why he moved out except he knew he worked to much. When Stack got rammed in the chest by a man, he was so happy it was Robin. He asked him to dinner and then a costume party. The sparks go flying and they can’t keep their hands off each other. Sex was never the issue.

Can Robin learn to communicate what he needs from Stack? Can Stack give Robin what he needs both in and out of the Dungeon? Will these two figure out the happy ending? I don’t know, I guess you will have to read and figure out the answers for yourself.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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