Review: “Set Ablaze” by KC Burn

TITLE: Set Ablaze
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Jennifer Vance
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: Apr 24, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback


California firefighter Hayden Hurst is starting to realize there’s more to life than fighting fires and drinking with his buddies. He has room in his home and his life for someone special, but no one has stood out among his hookups. And while he’s out at work, admitting he’s gay is very different from showing up at social functions with a man. He’s afraid that’ll be too much for his less-than-accepting “friends.”
Broadway dancer Jez Bouchet hasn’t been mistaken for straight since he was gay-bashed at seventeen. After getting a lucrative job offer in Hollywood, he uproots his life in New York and drives to Los Angeles. His brother, who is Hayden’s best friend, arranges for him to crash at Hayden’s place.
The attraction between Hayden and Jez is unexpected but fiery, and they succumb before they’re even sure they like each other. But Jez hates Hayden’s homophobic friends, and Hayden knows Jez is too flamboyant for him to fly under the radar. Then there’s the complication of Jez’s brother.
Despite those hurdles, they fling themselves into a relationship. But Jez has secrets: a tiny spoiled dog and a determined stalker. If he doesn’t come clean, he might torch their burgeoning relationship before it has a chance to bloom.

Hayden is a California firefighter, gay, practically out, who shares his life between his work and his buddies.

Jez is a Broadway dancer who came to live in California to start his life over. His brother, Miguel, asked his best friend Hayden to host Jez while he searches for somewhere to live.
Even if Jez and Hayden had known each other all their lives, after a decade without any contact, they’re like two strangers. The fact that Jez has two big secrets, one named Fang a little pug puppy and the other a stalker, doesn’t help at first, and worse, the strong physical attraction between them complicated things a little bit.

I liked this book. I had a good time with them.

Hayden is gay, his parents had threatened him with conversion therapy when he came out, and he ran away to live with his grandmother. But even if Hayden is gay and out, he lives in the closet…let me explain. People at his work know he’s gay, but he never brings a boyfriend to their gatherings, never talk about his life, and when his so-called buddies are homophobic, he doesn’t say a word, and thinks it’s just jokes. He lives in a closet. But when Jez came into his life with his unicorn t-shirt and his flamboyant temper, he realizes that maybe something is wrong with his friends. Jez shows him that he doesn’t have to live a half-life.

Jez is my favorite. I like him a lot. He had a traumatic past after a gay-bashing at 17 years old, and his family had turned their back to him… Except his big brother Miguel. He was on his own, healing his body, soul, and mind. He’s refused to be mistreated since, and when he meets Hayden’s homophobic friends, he refuses to shut up. Besides, Jez has a creepy stalker who make his life hell, but with Hayden’s love and support, he starts to take back what belongs to him.

KC Burn wrote a sweet book with a good plot. She tackles difficult subjects, but she transforms them into a beautiful message of hope that no matter what people think of you, you’re still in control of who you want to be.

Jez and Hayden were adorable together, sweet and funny. The only thing that I missed a little bit was the absence of sex scene, I would have loved to read at least their first night together.

It’s 3.5 OptimuMMs for Fang!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Rule of Thirds” by Aidan Wayne

TITLE: Rule of Thirds
AUTHOR: Aidan Wayne
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Jennifer Vance
GENRE: Sci-fi; MMM
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 17, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback


A traumatic past doesn’t have to mean not having a future.
When Jason Diovardi, military elite, is removed from active duty after failing too many psych evals, he has only one goal in mind: get back into the field. It’s all he knows and all he thinks he’s good for, which is why he grudgingly accepts two live-in AI Companions to help him begin to recover from his severe PTSD. Chase and Shade are a matched pair, and Jason hopes they’ll keep each other distracted enough to leave him alone so he can go through the motions and be cleared for fieldwork.
Jason doesn’t expect to actually get better, and the progress he makes with his patient and caring Companions sneaks up on him—and so do unexpected feelings between the three of them. Now Jason might even be able to admit to being happy. But has he healed enough to allow himself to accept what Chase and Shade are offering?
Hope. Love. A reason to live.

I loved Rule of Thirds by Aidan Wayne. This is the first time I have read a book by Aidan Wayne, but it won’t be the last. The author sucked me in with the blurb and the yummy cover, and the story didn’t disappoint. I was hooked from the first line and read the story straight through into the wee hours of the morning. The story is about Jason Diovardi who is a military elite that has been removed from active duty after failing too many psych evaluations. He has PTSD and part of his recovery is being assigned a live-in AI Companion. The only thing on Jason’s mind is to go through the motions and be cleared for fieldwork.

In this futuristic world, Artificial Intelligence has evolved into independent sentient beings, and a lot of them have been trained as live-in caregivers or special-needs assistance companions for people who have PTSD. For Jason, this means somebody that will help him with his touch aversion and lashing out at people and hurting them when he’s startled or having a flashback and also making him meals and making sure that he eats and goes to his appointments. During his appointment with the Delegate for the companions, Jason finds out that there is a bonded pair which matches his needs. Jason hopes that if he takes the matched pair that they’ll keep each other distracted enough to leave him alone so he can go through the motions and be cleared for fieldwork.

Chase and Shade are a bonded pair of Companions. However, during one of his companion assignments, Shade had gotten reprogrammed into thinking and acting like a loyal dog. Chase was his savior, and they ended up bonding over the incident and recovery. Shade will never be like he was before the tampering with his programming but Chase loves him for who he is now not who he used to be. With Shade’s enhanced abilities like hearing, sense of smell, and empathy, he is able to read Jason’s body language and feelings that he keeps hidden. Which really helps with his recovery. As they help Jason with his recovery and he starts to open up and work through his issues, Chase and Shade end up falling in love with Jason, and they want to propose a permanent human-android bond.

But as Jason gets better, he’s given more duties from his work like training recruits and getting them ready for fieldwork. Which puts him closer to his goal, going back into active duty. But now that he has two people that he cares about, he isn’t sure if risking his life again in active duty is what he wants to do anymore. Will he choose active duty or the loves of his life?
This story was a great look into the mind of a man who has PTSD. I liked getting to see how he sees himself and why he does some of the things that he does. I also loved Chase and Shade and how they didn’t pressure Jason to do anything but just became a part of Jason’s life and snuck into his heart. I hope that the author writes more books like this one. I would love for this to become a series.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Charlie’s Rainbow” by Victoria Sue

TITLE: Charlie’s Rainbow
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
SERIES: Rainbow Key
PUBLISHER: Self-Published
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Disability
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 10, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 e-book / $9.99 paperback


Eventually being diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder as a child, difficult didn’t even begin to describe the nightmare of Charlie’s life. Escaping the drug-induced limbo he existed in and running from his alcoholic mother and despotic grandfather, he finally finds some peace and a home on Rainbow Key.
Noah is also running, even if he doesn’t realize it, and the guilt he feels over his brother’s suicide chases him no matter where he goes. When he meets and falls for Charlie, he finally thinks he might have the chance to make a home and a future with the adorable man, except he doesn’t realize that the secret that Charlie is hiding is the one thing that he fears the most.
And not even a chance of mending their future can heal the scars of Charlie’s past.

Charlie suffers from reactive attachment disorder. He can’t be touched without been physically hurt and can’t eat food all mix together. He is also an incredible artist at Rainbow Key, the hotel run by his friend Joshua.

Noah is lost when he came to Rainbow Key. He was supposed to be there for his honeymoon, when he was stood up at the altar by his fiancé. Hurt and angry, he tries to find out what to do next in his life. But instead he meets Charlie, a beautiful man with special needs.
They didn’t expect to be hit by this amazing chemistry between them, but with their traumatic past, and hidden pain, can they really have their HEA?

Charlie’s Rainbow is book two in the Rainbow Key series by Victoria Sue.
I was excited to read Charlie’s story. When I met him in Joshua’s Rainbow (book 1 of the series), I was intrigued by him. I wasn’t disappointed.

Charlie has a sensitivity disorder. Being touched, eating food all mixed up, hurts him, the water hurts him, he’s a prisoner in his own body. All his life, he was misjudged, misunderstood and seen as weak. But when he met Joshua and came to live at Sanibel, Charlie starts to take his life back. He has a lot of issues yes, but he’s not weak. He’s very strong despite his disorders and he’s not fragile, sensitive, yes, but fragile…? Not at all. I really like this duality in him, how people sees him, and how he really is. He’s perfectly lucid about his disorders, that doesn’t mean he can’t do what he wants. I love him a lot.

Noah is still mourning his brother’s death. He didn’t pass it, didn’t do his grief properly and he is hiding all his pain for years. When he meets Charlie, he couldn’t help to think about Jacob (his brother) and all the guilt and pain assaulted him right back. I like Noah, he was completely lost, more than Charlie in my opinion, but at the same time, he was very caring and intuitive with Charlie. He’s the one who really got him in a short time. They were perfect for each other, they were the balm to their pains.

This book is a little bit different of what we’re used to have with Victoria Sue. No hot steamy sex scenes , not this time, not with a character who can’t be touched, and you know what? I loved it. It was coherent with the plot and the characters, besides it wasn’t need in this book, the emotional connection and how step by step they get to know each other was perfect…. And their make out’s session super-hot.
But what I liked more in this book, was that it wasn’t Charlie who need help at the end. Charlie knows his issues and face them, the world judge him for that, but he knows. It worst to pretend to be “normal”, to not have any issues, and one-day collapse under it. Not Charlie here.

If you want to read a beautiful and sweet love story, I highly recommend this book.

It’s 4 beautiful OptimuMMs for Noah and Charlie.

***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: “Seedlings of Lilith” by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Seedlings of Lilith
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
SERIES: Chronicles of an Earned
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Paranormal
LENGTH: 379 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 20, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book


When picking at the details of the grand scheme of it all, nobody holds the entire truth.
Jeff has it all—a good job, a beautiful little boy, and a wife with a secret. But that’s okay, because he has a secret of his own. Hopefully, by the time she trusts him enough to tell him hers, she’ll forgive him his.
Kaleb is finally settling with the many changes in his life, and he has spent his time ironing out the details and workload that come with the new pack, the promise to help the Order, and getting to know the reborn Connor. Despite not finishing high school, Kaleb gets a great job as the assistant to both Alex and Pritchard at Browman and Son Auction—a job where his abilities as a half-breed are of vital importance to humanity. There are a few things he never expected to find at the auction house, though. One being a Captain, the other the knowledge that the Angels made a mistake.

When it comes to Chronicles of an Earned, I’m a sucker.

Since my very young childhood, I have been attracted to the unknown, to magic. Then later, as I grew, I learned about both white and black magic. I was never a participant, but I had my fair share of minor experiences. I can guarantee you there is more to this world than we see.

Reading this series, Meraki pulls us into the occult. Part is imagination, part is true. What part is true? Well if you open your eyes, you could feel it…hahaha…joking aside, I know for a fact that the author of the series has put more than 8 years of research to amaze you with this story.

In this installment, we have a new character, Jeff. Without spoiling things for you, the reader, if you followed the story, you will be surprised.

Kaleb – Kaleb finds himself as an assistant to Alex and Pritchard’s auction company. He needs to deal with juggling between Earned duties, assistant duties, and some other duties too…

Alex—He feels happy, safe, loved and protected. Since the curse was lifted, he can finally see Pritchard as his Dad and Mr. Henry’s loving and caring side.

Dominic—He’s the leader of the Pack of Punishment. He’s learning his way around other ex-Revenge who have difficulties interacting with humans. (I really would have liked to read about this new pack, I’m a real Dominic and Alex fan. Let’s call them #DominEx or #Alenic from now on, shall we? Hmmm…I will decide later…)

Jeff – He’s a new character. He fell in love with Susan. Both him and her have secrets. But we know secrets can’t remain secrets forever. So when the truth comes out, Jeff needs to leave his family behind, and that gives him the opportunity to meet Kaleb. I want to tell you more, and trust me I’m itching for it, but I will not.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “A Prayer for the Dead” by Victor J.Banis

TITLE: A Prayer for the Dead
AUTHOR: Victor J.Banis
SERIES: Tom and Stanley
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Adrian Nicholas
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: Apr 17, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback


A Tom and Stanley Mystery
Second Edition
Does murder follow Tom and Stanley around, or do they follow the murders?
After a hospital stay, Stanley is invited by Father Brighton to convalesce at St. Marywood, an isolated monastery on the ocean cliffs of Big Sur. Upon arrival, Stanley finds Father Brighton dead. The order’s doctor writes it up as a death by natural causes, but those seem to be quite prevalent at the monastery. The recent demise of a young brother who fell from the cliffs is described as an accident, but Stanley’s nose is twitching. Plus the order’s finances have taken a sudden, mysterious turn for the better. Is something rotten at St. Marywood?
Stanley and Tom can’t resist digging around, even if it means testing their tumultuous relationship against a gaggle of handsome, young, virginal, and—they are told—gay men.
Continues the Deadly Mysteries Series published with MLR Press.

While Stanley is recovering in his hospital bed, a friar comes to visit him. Father Brighton is an old acquaintance of Chris, Stanley’s best friend, and invites him to convalesce at St Marywood, an old monastery on the ocean cliffs.
Stanley agrees to go with Chris, without Tom but when they arrive, they find Father Brighton dead. Most surprising, it’s not the first death in this monastery, a young man was dead a few weeks ago.
Stanley, the trouble magnet he is, understands that there’s no coincidence in those two deaths and even if he claims disliking it, the detective in him wants to investigate.
A Prayer for the Dead is book 7 in this new edition of Tom and Stanley mysteries.

Stanley starts the investigation alone, without his Tom. He couldn’t help it, he knew something was wrong with those deaths. The first part of the book is all about Stanley and Chris trying to solve this new mystery. The second part, Tom comes because he missed Stanley…ok, he didn’t say this, but I knew, he can’t lure me with false pretenses, and our super duet of detectives succeed in their mission. I was glad when he came because Tom Danzel is soooooooo Tom Danzel, and so hot, like super mega alpha hot. Even if they seem to be opposite (and they are), they’re also are complementary and really good together.

I liked this book and this story. It reminds me of a gay lighter version of the novel The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (I love this book). You know the old suffocating atmosphere in an isolated monastery with mysterious priests or friars here. But like I said, it was a gay version, since all the members of this community are gay.

Even if the atmosphere seems religious and heavy, the book was light, fresh, funny and dynamic. There’s some comical of situations with hilarious moments. Personally, my favorite is the naked man with the jockstrap on a cliff… Yes, it’s sounds like Clue (I loved this game), and I won’t tell you more, you’ll just have to read the book and find this scene.
It was a pleasurable read, funny with a good mystery, and I didn’t see the big explanation coming, not at all.

It’s 4 OptimuMMs for my favorite PI.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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