Review: “Liam for Hire” by A.Zukowski

TITLE: Liam for Hire
AUTHOR: A.Zukowski
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Beaten Track Publisher
COVER ARTIST: A.Zukowski
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 280 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 24, 218
PRICE: $4.96 e-book / $14.40 paperback

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Liam Murphy has kicked his drug habit and now pays for the high living costs in London as an escort. His life is finally in balance. His only problem is that he obsesses about the minimum number of times he has to bend over to make ends meet. As long as he has his emotions under control, it’ll be fine. That’s what Liam keeps telling himself until he meets the young widower Alastair, also known as Ali, whose emerald eyes remind him of Ireland.
“I…I want us to have sex as though we’re making love.”
Making love? Jaysus.
I scratch my head. “Okay. You mean more kisses and shit?”
Ali laughs.
“And shit.” His face lights up and he looks about ten years younger. “Like cuddles.”


Liam is a junkie and an escort boy. After an OD, Liam decides to take back his life, but when you’re homeless without any family who supports you, the options are limited. Liam began as an escort boy. For 18 months, Liam counts his clients in order to pay his rent, fifteen that’s the number of tricks he has to do to pay his rent. Until Alistair. He wants Liam, not the escort boy, just Liam.

Is it possible? Can a junkie in recovery who sells his body for a living find love? That’s what Liam will have to find out while trying to figure out how to live his life without drugs and tricks.
“Liam For Hire” by A.Zukowski features Liam from The boy who fell to earth. It can be read as a standalone. It was my first book by the author, but won’t be my last.

I didn’t know what to expect from this book, well, no I lied, I expected a gay modern version of Pretty Woman, with Liam as Julia Roberts and Alistair as Richards Gere. That’s what I expected, and it wasn’t what I had. It was better, beautiful, and profound. I loved this book.

Liam had a shitty life, but that’s an understatement. I didn’t read (yet) The boy who fell to earth, so I don’t know exactly how Liam was in this book, but we have a glimpse of his past, his guilt, what he’d been through, and he broke my heart. He had an awful life, and he’s only 22 years old when the book starts, for 4 years he was literally in hell. When he met Alistair, Liam couldn’t believe that a man like him wanted a boy like him. He tries to push Ali away, but it almost destroys him.

Alistair is a widower, who at 45 years old decides to experiment with his sexuality. He knew he was gay but never act on it. He was married and too scared to come out to his wife. When she passed away, Alistair decides to experiment and hire an escort boy, Liam. Their age gap wasn’t a problem for them, Liam may have only been 22 years old, but what he’d been through gave him maturity sooner than other kids of his age. Their connection is automatic, and they fit perfectly together, but Ali will have to fight hard to prove to Liam that he’s serious and wants him.

The story is told from Liam’s Pov and it was very well written. We were deep inside his thoughts, fears, traumatic memeories and hope. It wasn’t simple to read, and I may have had some tears during my read. Liam is a tortured soul, and the author shows us this perfectly.
This book was full of feelings, good and bad, but never forced. The author wrote it with sobriety, it wasn’t too much or not enough, it wasn’t forced on us. I liked it. I liked how the author wrote it and tackled those difficult topics.

I completely loved and melted for this book and the characters. I will read the next book about Chris, and I just bought The boy who fell to earth.

5 OptimuMM for the Geek and his Flutist

***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: “Threepeat” by K.C. Wells

TITLE: Threepeat
AUTHOR: K.C. Wells
SERIES: Secrets
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: BDSM; Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 340 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 21, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $17.99– paperback

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Can two Doms open their hearts again for a young man desperately in need of their help?
Two years ago, Aaron Greene and Sam Thompson were devastated when their submissive broke the contract that bound the three of them together. They still wonder what happened and whether they can find a way to move forward. When Aaron finds a sick young man by the curbside, his protective instincts kick in, and after consulting Sam, he takes Tim home.
After being thrown out of his home, Tim Waterman finds himself on the street, doing whatever he needs to survive. Until a bear of a Good Samaritan scoops him up and saves him. Then one bear becomes two, and a chance discovery gets him thinking about what might be, if he’s bold enough to make a move.
So what happens when Aaron and Sam wake up one morning to find Tim naked in their bed? Will they get a new chance at life, or will history Threepeat itself?


Book three in the Secrets series is a MMM and I do not recommend it being read as a stand-alone. For six years two men thought they had the life they had always dreamed of. Two Doms in love with each other and shared that love with their perfect sub. One day that had come to a heart-crushing end when their perfect sub begged them to let him out of his contract. Two years later, they’re barely hanging on to the love they have for each other and the bleak life they now share. Aaron and Sam are both Doms and have been friends for years. They’re in love with each other, but because of them both being dominants, they want a submissive to share in their lives, hearts and of course in bed. They just don’t know if their hearts can take another blow. The saying “you find love in the strangest places” definitely rings true for these guys.

Aaron is a highly successful home renovator and contractor. He has this savior complex, and he wants to save and help everyone he can. He was absolutely devastated when their former sub begged to be let out of his contract after six years. He has beaten himself up over the fact that he never gave Aaron and Sam a reason. They had no idea what they did wrong. Aaron wants to get past his hurt even if it’s just for Sam, but he can’t seem to figure out how. I loved Aaron and hated that he was in so much pain. He’s such a big-hearted and lovable character.

Sam is a businessman and also a dom. He’s a rough and grumble kind of guy. He too was devastated at losing his former sub, but after two years he’s ready to start living again. He wants Aaron to join him at the club but after doing a couple of scenes with different subs left him unfulfilled, Aaron has protested going back into the scene. Sam is the more dominant of the two, and he knows that as long as neither man will bottom for the other and the loss of their sub, his relationship with Aaron is holding on by a thin string. Something has to change, or he’ll have lost both of the men he has ever loved.

Tim has been mentally and physically abused by his family his entire life. When he came out as gay, his family kicked him out of the house with nothing but the clothes on his back and the after effects of the beating they gave him. Out on the streets at eighteen, he’s learned to survive, but between being extremely sick and emancipated, he’s not going to survive much longer. When he’s close to passing out on a sidewalk, a man saves him and brings him into his home. When he wakes up his life is forever changed by not one man but two. Two men who are sexy as sin but completely off limits. After becoming their housekeeper, he finds a contract and decides that he knows what he wants and he wants it from the two men who he has come to love and care for. Tim is the sweetest guy. Even though he proves to be submissive, he’s no pushover. Loved his character!

These guys go through so much heartache and pain. I definitely teared up a couple of times. I have been rooting for these guys since book two, and I’m so glad they got their HEA. It was a very strong dynamic between the three of them and I loved the development and the natural path their relationship took. Nothing was forced or rushed. It was organic and well thought out. I can’t wait for the next guys in the series. Definitely check out these authors and the other books they write individually.

I highly recommend them all.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Hex and Candy” by Ashlyn Kane

TITLE: Hex and Candy
AUTHOR: Ashlyn Kane
SERIES: Strange Bedfellows
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal;
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 214 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 21, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback

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Strange Bedfellows
True love’s kiss can break the curse. But then what?
Cole Alpin runs a small-town candy store. He visits his grandmother twice a week. And sometimes he breaks curses.
Leo Ericson’s curse is obvious right away, spiderwebbing across his very nice body. Though something about it worries Cole, he agrees to help—with little idea of what he’s getting into.
Leo is a serial monogamist, but his vampire ex has taken dating off the table with his nasty spell, and Leo needs Cole’s companionship as much as his help. When the hex proves to be only the beginning of his problems, Leo seeks refuge at Cole’s place. Too bad magic prevents him from finding refuge in Cole’s arms.
Cole’s never had a boyfriend, so how can he recognize true love? And there’s still the matter of the one responsible for their troubles in the first place….


Hex and Candy is the first book in the Strange Bedfellows series and the twenty-sixth book in the Dreamspun Beyond series. This is the first book that I’ve read by Ashlyn Kane. The book was well written, and I liked the plot. The characters and sub characters were interesting, but the editing could have been better, although it wasn’t too distracting. I liked that this was a book about Cole, a candy maker curse breaker who takes on a client, Leo, who believes he’s been cursed by his vampire ex-boyfriend, Roland. The curse doesn’t allow him to flirt, exchange numbers, or dance with anybody that he’s attracted to. Leo was referred to Cole by a friend.

I was sometimes confused by the main character Cole Alpin. Cole comes from a long line of witches, but while he was growing up he didn’t present a magical ability, so they thought he was a muggle—yes, they did start to call humans that after the Harry Potter books came out.

Up until that point, they were called mundane—so they had him learn a muggle job, and he choose candy making but not chocolate because he has a really bad hazelnut allergy. However, Cole did finally get his magical ability which is curse breaking. So now he has a candy shop where he makes some holistic magical candies in addition to regular candies and on the side he breaks curses. Coles’ grandmother is clairvoyant, and he’s asked her before if he will ever find somebody to love, but she will never tell him yes or no. His cousin Kate also has a way with tarot cards and reads his cards whenever he has a question about what he should do. Now the part that confuses me is how Cole keeps having thoughts about not be able to do something or say something because it is too sexy which is the same problem that Leo has because of his curse. Which keeps making me think that he’s the one that’s cursed which is wrong. If he’s trying not to say or do these things because it would be unprofessional to hit on his client, then it wasn’t explained well enough cause I found it confusing.

I did like how true love’s kiss could break the curse.

I liked Leo Ericson. His first introduction into the paranormal world is when he takes home a one-night stand that turns out to be a vampire. After their relationship dissolves in what Leo thought was amicable terms, he finds that he’s been cursed. And he’s pretty sure it was by his ex-boyfriend. After nearly a year of living with the curse, he’s ready to be done with it and is recommended by a friend to Cole Alpin.

I liked that there were some twist and turns that I wasn’t expecting and that we still got a happily ever after ending.
Overall, a good book and a good addition to the Dreamspun beyond series.

I can’t wait for the next book in the Strange Bedfellows series to come out.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Social Sinners: In the Shadows” by TL Travis

TITLE: Social Sinners: In the Shadows
AUTHOR: TL Travis
SERIES: Social Sinners
PUBLISHER: Encompass Ink
COVER ARTIST: –
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: –
RELEASE DATE: August 17, 2018
PRICE: $2.99 – e-book/ $ – paperback

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For Ricky “Stoli” Branson, the stars were on his side. Social Sinners was headlining their first sold out US tour. Radio stations across the states were playing their songs, and he’d won the heart of the man he loved.
Everything was going great, or so he foolishly believed…
When an accident has them burying one of their own and leaves another fighting for his life, Stoli questions his beliefs. Or lack thereof.
“Have faith,” his mother tells him. But how can you have faith in something that threatens to take away your only reason for breathing?


Book two in the Social Sinners series is told from Ricky “Stoli” Branson’s POV. I highly recommend you read the first book because it does set the tone for this one. Stoli, as he prefers to be called, has been in love with his best friend for most of his life. He’s had to watch Joey from the sidelines never being able to show or tell him the depth of his feelings for fear of ruining their friendship. Joey finally wakes up and see what’s right in front of him and that he’s actually in love with Stoli. Stoli can’t believe it’s actually real. He wants to believe his best friend finally sees him as more than a brother, but he has his doubts. They have to work through the awkwardness of being first time lovers while touring with their crazy bandmates.

My heart broke for Stoli in book one, and I was cheering for him in book two. He’s such a great character to read, and I loved that this is from his point of view. He’s loved Joey most of his life and Joey is so dang oblivious I wanted to knock him upside the head. I hated seeing Stoli hurt. Stoli is such a sensitive guy, but he’s also very strong. He’s always been the glue that held the group together.

He’s a natural born leader. Stoli, as a character, is extremely well written. I felt his emotions all through book one not even told from his point of view and certainly through book two. I felt like I was taking this journey with him instead of just reading the words.

I really got to know Joey in book one, and although I was frustrated at his obliviousness to Stoli, I absolutely adored him. The moment he realized he was in love with his best friend had me in tears. I was cheering, and I wanted to hug him so hard. Joey is absolutely beautiful in this book. The love he has for the people around him just makes me love him even more. He has some adversity to overcome in this book that had my heart breaking.

These books were an absolute joy to read. I didn’t want to put either of them down. I highly recommend them, but they definitely should be read in order. The author brought so much life into these books. The characters were intriguing, and I enjoyed every minute of them. The secondary characters were interesting as well, and I can’t wait to get their stories.

The author did such a fabulous job with how she brought these two together.

***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: “Tempt Me” by Remmy Duchene

TITLE: Tempt Me
AUTHOR: Remmy Duchene
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Kanaxa
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Erotic
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 85 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 17, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book

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Officer Gabe Ford knows finding love could be a tad problematic—especially since he hasn’t come out to his partner of six years yet. But what’s a guy to do when his body wants what his brain is saying he can’t have?
A year and a half after a breakup, Jason Tomlinson isn’t actively looking for a relationship. Hell, he can do bad all by himself. But Gabe Ford is just too damn yummy to resist. Just as things are beginning to pick up, one bullet may end it all before it even begins.


Tempt Me is a Contemporary romance novella with a healthy dose of erotica thrown in. Officer Gabe Ford and his partner are seeking out some grub when a sexy mountain of a man lets them into his bar before opening hours. Gabe isn’t sure how to react to the openly flirtatious bar owner, but he is certain that he doesn’t want his partner to know he’s gay. Jason Tomlinson hasn’t been in a relationship since his ex a year and a half ago. He hasn’t openly looked and wasn’t when the sexy as sin Officer Gabe Ford knocked on his window seeking out a big daddy burger.

Gabe was adorable, in a sexy as sin sort of way. He was a little shocking with his kinkiness in the bedroom. Definitely not the one I assumed would be. I love how shy he is to ask for what he wants but then gains confidence as the relationship grows.

Jason is a little older than Gabe, but he’s tall and sexy even with a man-bun that he hates. I really enjoyed this character. He seemed to have a lot of facets to his personality that were really intriguing especially in such a short book. I loved how he let Gabe be free and open during sexy times. I really would like to read more of these guys.

Tempt Me was an interesting mix of romance and erotica. I’d say it tipped more towards erotica than actual romance. There were a lot of different kinks being thrown out in this novella. These guys were not shy about trying new and different things, and I really enjoyed seeing that in a book. It wasn’t a BDSM book by any means, but it was a couple trying some good old-fashioned kink and I loved it. The plot was set up really well. Definitely a couple of intense moments. About halfway through the book, I felt like things were starting to feel rushed and thrown together. I did enjoy it. It’s definitely a good, hot, short read for those late nights.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis