Review: “Mace’s Rebel” by Victoria Vallo

TITLE: Mace’s Rebel
AUTHOR: Victoria Vallo
SERIES: Mate Me
PUBLISHER: Twisted E-Publishing
COVER ARTIST: K Designs
GENRE: Sci-Fi; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 85 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 12, 2017
PRICE: $ 2.99 -e-book
  

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Mace has been given a task, and he’s never been one to leave a job half done.

When Mace’s father announces that it’s time his sons settled down and began having children, Mace immediately begins to weigh his options. His preference for male lovers presents a challenge, but the universe is a big place, filled with many different kinds of beings. Mace takes a chance on his next mission, only half believing he’ll have any luck finding a mate, and unexpectedly discovers the passion he’d never even realized he was missing in his life.


Mace’s Rebel’s the first book in the Mate Me series by Victoria Vallo. The Mate Me series is going to be a three book series.
Each book’s going to be about one of the three brothers (Mace, Alric, and Tore) as they go about fulfilling their dad’s ultimatum in order to inherit their part of his shipping business when he retires. So what’s the ultimatum you ask? They each must produce an heir, and as Mace got clarification, and his dad doesn’t care if the baby is blue or has tentacles so long as the baby is raised with his son’s family. What the dad doesn’t realize is that his sons all prefer men instead of women and so in Mace’s Rebel we get to see how the oldest son, Mace, goes about finding a mate to have a child with.

Mace’s Rebel’s a cute story with a great storyline and well-developed characters. I loved how Mace navigates around his father’s ultimatum and still manages to stay true to his sexuality. I loved how Mace finds the perfect mate in The Rebel, Finn.
I can’t tell you a whole lot about Finn as it would spoil a lot of the book. I can tell you that Finn is everything that Mace has been looking for and Finn is hot and dreamy and stubborn and kind and supportive and did I mention hot and dreamy. I loved this cute story and all of its steamy hot passionate scenes.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, which I hope is going to be about the second oldest son, Alric who is always comparing himself to his seemingly perfect older brother

***The ARC was provided by Twisted E-Publishing. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “The Hard Boys: Alien Abduction” by Ian Cadena

TITLE: The Hard Boys: Alien Abduction
AUTHOR: Ian Cadena
SERIES: The Hard Boys
PUBLISHER: IaNSANE Productions
COVER ARTIST: IaNSANE Productions
GENRE: Paranormal; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 139 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 4, 2016
PRICE: $2.99 e-book
  

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Ethan & Justin Hard, along with their best friend Sparky, have formed Enigma Investigations to search out paranormal activity.
Case 1.
When their first potential…and adorable…client experiences missing time after a UFO sighting the Hard boys are all too eager to jump on his case. Will the Hard boys be able to solve what happened during his lapse of time?


I have to say I had a lot of fun reading this author. He has a fun and adventurous way of telling this story. This is the first installment of The Hard Boys.

In this wonderful Scooby Doo adventure, you start off meeting Justin and Ethan. They love being gay, and they love messing with their best straight friend, Sparky. Justin and Ethan have this wonderful chemistry among them, but they won’t let their emotions get involved. These characters bring so much to this book. There is humor, adventure, sexual lingo that was even new to me and hot sex.

These three characters started Enigma Investigations in the city of Mysteria. As Justin and Ethan finish a hot sex session, Sparky knocks on the door. Of course, they answer the door naked, and Sparky is fifty sheets of red. He tells them they have their first customer coming over. This is where we meet Brandon. Brandon claims to have been abducted by aliens. When Brandon shows up, Justin and Ethan are in instant lust. The thing is, Justin was straight before being abducted, and now he wants nothing more than to have these two men. The things Brandon can do since his abduction drives the two men mad. They didn’t even imagine the things being done to them.

Justin and Ethan go investigate where Brandon said he was abducted and hit a motorcycle. So they think. They are abducted along with the guy from the motorcycle. The things they witness this homophobic motorcyclist go through is so intense and hot at the same time. These aliens really know how to have a good time. Meanwhile, at home, Sparky is questioning the way he’s feeling towards Brandon. Sparky has always been straight, but he cannot deny his attraction to Brandon.

While this book is a fun and sexy read, it also carries a powerful message. The way this author carries this message through this story is amazing. I find it that in today’s time, we still have to worry about homophobes the way we still do. It shouldn’t take aliens coming to earth to teach everyone to let everyone love and live as they are. But, since we’re not there, as of yet, then enjoy this adventure.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves extremely naughty MM action, loves to laugh and wants to learn new sexual terms and descriptions. I can’t wait to read more of this author.

***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***

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Review: “Kissing Lessons” by Susan Laine

TITLE: Kissing Lessons
AUTHOR: Susan Laine
SERIES: Before… and After
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: AngstyG.
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Gay For You
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 81 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2017
PRICE: $ 3.99 -e-book
  

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A kiss is just a kiss. It doesn’t have to mean anything. Does it?

At seventeen, Merry’s never been kissed. Since he doesn’t want to disappoint his prom date, he asks his more experienced best friend, Boone, for some pointers. Surprisingly, Boone agrees to give him a hands-on lesson.

But they have no idea what they’re getting into.

They explore hundreds of ways to make out, but somehow it isn’t enough. A week later, they’re back together for another session. This time things go further than either of them planned, and their relationship becomes awkward and uncomfortable.

Have they learned enough to salvage their friendship and help it evolve? Their lessons have come to an end. They can either part ways forever… or share a true love’s kiss.


This is the first time that I have read a book by Susan Laine, but it definitely won’t be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kissing Lessons, which is the second book in the Before… and After series. It’s a standalone book. I loved the cover for the book, and the blurb for the book was catchy and made me want to read it. And I wasn’t disappointed in what I read. The book’s pretty steamy with lots of hot kissing scenes and a little bit more. It’s the perfect length for reading just before bed but don’t be expected to be able to sleep afterward. It didn’t have an in-depth or complex storyline which I was okay with, but it might not be for others who are looking for something more complex.

The book’s centered around the main characters Merry and Boone, who are best friends in high school. I found both Merry and Boone to be fun and playful characters that seem to have a history of doing things together in the past. So it’s only natural for Merry to ask Boone for kissing lessons when he’s nervous about his prom night with his date Sarah. And over the next two weeks, they do manage to practice quite a bit of kissing before prom.

I loved all of the different types of kisses that Boone comes up with and how he demonstrates them on Merry and then has Merry practice them on him. My favorite kisses were the neck to shoulder kiss and the Australian kiss, although I liked the full back kiss also.

The book did move quickly with an instant love kind of feel to it as Merry and Boone move from friends to lovers in under two weeks. They had great chemistry though, and I loved their inner monolog as they tried to sort out their feelings for each other. I liked that Boone had previous experience with both girls and boys. However, his experience with boys was limited to making out with two boys during summer camp. I loved how he passed on his experience to Merry without pressuring him to do more than he wanted to do and allowed Merry to be the aggressor. Merry’s completely inexperienced, and I thought it took a lot of guts to ask his best friend for help so that he would make a good impression on his date.

I can definitely relate to this book as I can remember talking and asking lots of questions to my more experienced best friend in high school and how inseparable we were. It brought back a lot of great memories.

I can’t wait to read the first book in the series After the Romance Novel. It’s about a different couple, but it has a very catchy blurb also. And if it’s as good as this one was then I’ll be a happy girl.

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

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Review: “Olive Juice” by TJ Klune

TITLE: Olive Juice
AUTHOR: TJ Klune
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; No sexual content
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 121 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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It begins with a message that David cannot ignore:

I want to see you.

He agrees, and on a cold winter’s night, David and Phillip will come together to sift through the wreckage of the memory of a life no longer lived.

David is burdened, carrying with him the heavy guilt of the past six years upon his shoulders.

Phillip offers redemption.


levilogooptimummNo one can make me cry like TJ Klune…

Last night when I finished this book, my pillow was wet with tears, I didn’t cry as much since I read Wolfsong, from the same author.
When we are talking about TJ Klune, we are talking about magic. In my honest opinion, he’s one of the most talented contemporary writer.

With this book, you’re in the dark almost until the end. So many scenarios run in and out across my mind while reading. This is a definite tearjerker kind of reading.
We will witness the entire story from the POV of David, who is struggling with his loss. We will assume, of course, what did happen to David, but there will be so many questions. The questions we’ll find answers for almost at the end of the story.

This review will not reveal much, not because I don’t want to, ohh God how I want to, but because it would ruin your reading.
What I can say though is this, if you’re a fan of TJ Klune, for sure, you will not be disappointed. Again the master creates and catches you with his magic. I couldn’t stop reading between sobs, and angst and blowing my nose. The word play is amazing, the double meaning of things were mind blowing.

You need to read this work of art…just be ready for the klunewreck.

As I said it many times now, there isn’t enough stars in this universe to rate TJ Klune…!

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

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Review: “Pandora” by Marguerite Labbe

TITLE: Pandora
AUTHOR: Marguerite Labbe
SERIES:
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Sci Fi; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 210 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2017, 2nd edition
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book
  

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Haunted by the screams of the men he murdered, ex-Marine medic Riff Khora is serving a life sentence on board a prison ship. Seeking more punishment for his crime, he strikes a deal with the corrupt Captain Vidal—an exchange of pleasure and pain—and forges a new life leading the team that surveys space wreckage for salvage.

Ship engineer Zed Jakobsen’s psychometric abilities make prison a sentence worse than death, and the barrage of emotional stimuli is an unending torment. His only regret is that he didn’t kill the monster who sent him to prison, and only a glimmer of hope to escape a judgment he doesn’t deserve keeps him clinging to a brutal existence.

When they board derelict ship Pandora and discover a lone survivor, the hell of prison life plunges into abject horror. An epidemic of violence and insanity consumes their ship, driving the crew to murder and destruction. Mutual need draws Riff and Zed together, and their bond gives them the strength to fight a reality they cannot trust. But Vidal possesses the only means of escape from the nightmare, and he’s not letting anyone leave alive.

First Edition published as Pandora in the Deep Into Darkness: Aliens, Alphas and Antiheroes Anthology by Smashwords, 2015.


From the blurb, I was in awe with this book.

The book is a Sci-fi Romance. The plot it’s happening somewhere in the future on a prison ship.

The ship is under the command of Captain Vidal who, we learn that is a sadistic awful man. His kink is breaking down the lifers to the point of no return. Him being sadistic has nothing to do with the need of Riff to be dominated. But Riff is punishing himself…

The story starts with Zed being recruited on a salvage mission lead by Riff. Riff can deny his attraction to the shorter man. It seems he has a type, short and dominant. Riff being the toy of Vidal (which Riff has agreed too) he doesn’t experience the emotion part of being dominated. He doesn’t like to be humiliated neither, him having a leader character. But Vidal humiliates him constantly. Vidal is harsh and has no limits, although Riff asks for more pain for more suffering…

Zed having some psychic powers, he’s able to sense the real need in Riff. He never considered himself dominant, but something inside Riff makes him want to dominate this strong, compassionate man. Zed carves Riff total submission.

Then on the mission, they rescue someone…thump thump thump…they’re bringing him to the onboard…thump thump thump…then all hell breaks loose…

Riff wakes up tied to his bunker, and he hurts everywhere. He doesn’t know what really happened. But the carnage around him makes him sick. He fears for his team, so he goes to find them.

The story is angsty with some violence in it. Although I tagged it as BDSM we can’t call it an erotic read. I loved how genuine was the relationship between Zed and Riff was. The author described Riff’s need for pain very nicely. Reading the scenes you don’t get the feeling of punishment, you see how a Dom seeks out every desire of the Sub, putting his own aside. For me, this is how a real Dom/Sub relationship really is.

4 honest OptimuMM’s.

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

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