Review: “The Storms Lords” by Ravon Silvius

TITLE: The Storms Lords
AUTHOR: Ravon Silvius
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 254 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 8, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $16.99 –paperback
  

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The heat took everything from Rowen: his parents, his voice when the local cure for heatstroke poisoned him, and the trust of his fellow villagers, who branded him a water thief. It would have claimed his life when he was deemed unworthy of precious resources and left in the sun to die, had not a strange man named Kristoff ridden in on the wind and told Rowen he had power.

Rowen works hard to become a Storm Lord, one of a secret magical group that brings storms to break the heat waves overtaking their world. But Rowen is starting his training at a disadvantage since he cannot speak and is much older than the other novices. The desire to please Kristoff inspires him to persevere even more than the threat of being sent back to his village to die should he fail. Still, he cannot gather rain, and when his abilities manifest, they are unlike anything known to the Storm Lords. Unless Kristoff can help him control his deadly powers, the entire world will be in danger.

Kristoff might be among the mightiest of the Storm Lords, but he’s never been a mentor before. For a chance to be with Rowen, he’s willing to risk everything.


Rowen, 19 years-old, lived in a village in the middle of the desert where the heat spells were the worst. His parents died to a pretty hard heat spell, and he lost his voice at that same times. A year later, his village decided to sacrifice Rowen to the heat spell in order to bring the Storm God. Rowen was left, bonded and naked in the desert.

Kristoff, 21 years-old, was the youngest and the most powerful Storm Lord alive. After breaking a heat spell, Kristoff was flying to his island when he sensed powers below him. He landed in the desert and found Rowen practically dead.

Kristoff decided to take Rowen with him, as an apprentice to be a future Storm Lord.

I LOVED THIS BOOK.

Rowen is so adorable, smart, naïve and heartbreaking. He tries very hard to learn how to write and read for Kristoff and being able to communicate with others. He has a pure heart, he truly wants to help others and save lives. He’s so strong, physically but mentally too, despite all he’s been through, he still wants to be a Storms Lord and save his village (the same village that tried to murder him in a ritual sacrifice!).

I loved the story, I found it very original, how the world suffers from hard heat spells, what’s happening to the planet, and how human beings try to survive. Besides, everything in this book about heat spells and the Storm Lords—how they bring lightning, hurricanes, or storms and how they use it to break those masses of heat, are real. I mean, it’s well explained, and it’s scientifically true, this book taught me some things that I’ve never understood at school. (Science wasn’t my thing).

The love story between Kristoff and Rowen was sweet, beautiful, and well built. I loved how they were together as mentor and student, and then they started to become a little more like friends, but the more time they spend together, the more the heat between them grows up until it consumes them.

The only little tiny thing that I can say was that sometimes, it was a little too long with too much detail, but really, it’s nothing in comparison to how the book is great, and the characters are adorable.

It was a very good book that I enjoyed a lot and it’s the perfect read for a hot summer day, with that, you will be completely immersed in the story.

4 OptimuMM’s for my 2 lords

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

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Review: “Somewhere to Belong” by Caitlin Ricci

TITLE: Somewhere to Belong
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci
SERIES: Thornwood
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Caitlin Ricci
GENRE: Paul Richmond
E-BOOK: Contemporary Romance
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: Yes
RELEASE DATE: 200 pages
PRICE: August 7, 2017
  

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Needy. Obsessive. Clingy. Twenty-five-year-old Eli Walker has heard it all. That’s why he doesn’t bother calling back the guys he’s been with anymore. Sex should be about fun, not a relationship, and no one has complained about him getting overly attached in years. If only he actually felt wanted for once instead of empty and used when guys are done with him.

Grayson Pendleton is a wealthy business consultant with clients all over the world. His life is often glamorous, but it leaves him no time for a relationship, and at forty-eight, he’s starting to notice the lack of romance in his life. His only romantic connection is Eli, but they’re just two guys who have sex occasionally. It took him months to get Eli’s first name, and even now they only communicate through a hookup app.

When Grayson inherits a house in Thornwood, Colorado, it’s one more thing he doesn’t need in his life, and he knows he won’t be there enough to enjoy it. Still, the old house has the potential to be a home, and more importantly, it gives Grayson a chance to save Eli when he needs it most


I liked Somewhere to Belong by Caitlin Ricci. It had a good flow to the story. It was nicely edited, and I enjoyed the characters. I liked the storyline about a horse rescue worker, Eli, and wealthy business consultant, Grayson, and how they start out as just casual hook-ups through an app and then through circumstances and persistence from Grayson they begin to be more. First friends and then boyfriends. But it’s definitely a slow process fraught with miscommunication and angst and Grayson having to show Eli how to let him in and that Eli is worthy of more than what he’s been settling for which is being used by anybody who wants him for sex, and Grayson will have to convince him that he is worthy of being loved.

Eli has only known guys from the hook-up app. He’s never had a relationship or even a date. But he’s found that the more needy and clingy he is, the faster his hook-ups stop responding to him and start ignoring him. So he’s learned over the years to go in and get what he’s there for and leave and wait for them to contact him again. He has learned to close off his emotions and not to want more to keep from getting hurt. During his days he works as a full-time assistant to a horse rescue. He gets to do home evaluations and evaluate all of the new horses that come in and decide what kind of training they have had, which results in him being thrown or kicked on a daily basis. And all I have to say to that he must have one high threshold for pain because it definitely doesn’t slow him down or keep him from hooking up.

Grayson’s always wanted more from Eli since they first started hooking up through the app but he can sense from Eli that if he pushes too hard too fast for more then he will lose him forever. But he can’t help wanting more. Eli is everything that he’s ever wanted. He is just his type, and they have awesome chemistry together. So he will just have to slowly chip away at the wall that Eli has up between them. He’s impressed with Eli’s work ethic and his passion for his job, and it inspires him to want to do something that will also matter instead of his consultant job. He isn’t perfect by any means but he is quick to learn from his mistakes, and that’s all that Eli asks for. I loved how protective Grayson is toward Eli and how he wants to help him.

My only problem with this story is a couple of things that only a person who lives, works, and trains horses would question. The part about Eli not wearing glasses because they get broken when he gets thrown is believable and a good reason to wear contact lenses. However, he wouldn’t wear contacts because the arena was too dusty and his glasses would get dusty. If anything, he would have to wear sunglasses while riding in the dusty arena with contact lenses. Dirt in the eye with contact lenses would be murder on the eyes and also dangerous while evaluating a new horse. The other part that bugged me would be that Eli went commando under his riding jeans. I have had enough boyfriends that have tried to ride in boxers while trotting a horse to understand how painful that is and have to wear briefs while riding even if they normally prefer to wear different underwear or no underwear.

So I have a hard time believing that he would willing go commando. He could get away with wearing a jock strap but not going commando, he would need some form of support. The same would be true for a woman to ride without wearing a bra or sports bra, it just wouldn’t happen. So yeah for those little things that I am sure only a rider would notice or be bothered by I gave this book 4*s.

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

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Review: “The Teddy Bear Club” by Sean Michael

TITLE: The Teddy Bear Club
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: The Teddy Bear Club
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Bree Archer
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 208 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $9.99 –paperback
   

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Two lonely men. One perfect family.

Aiden Lake adopted his institutionalized sister’s two daughters, and he’s a good dad. He works nights on websites and gets in his adult time twice a week at the Roasty Bean, where he meets with other single gay parents.

Devon Smithson wants to be a good dad now that his sixteen-year-old sister asked him to babysit her newborn… three months ago. But he’s overwhelmed with the colicky baby. An invitation to the daddy-and-kid gatherings at the café is a godsend. The pot is sweetened when his friendship with Aiden develops into more—maybe even something that can last.

But the mother who kicked Dev out for being gay wants to get her claws into the baby, and she doesn’t care if she tears Dev, Aiden, and everything they’re building apart in the process.


I loved The Teddy Bear Club by Sean Michael. This book’s vastly different from the Iron Eagle Gym series that’s a BDSM series. The Teddy Bear Club’s a cute story about a group of single dads that are trying to find their way and keep their sanity. The book’s easy to read, kept me entertained, had lots of feels, and it looks like it’s the first book in a new series, so I am super excited that the other friends in the Teddy Bear Club will be getting their stories also. I can’t wait to see who Logan, Zack, and Dirk end up with. This book’s well written and nicely edited, and it was a joy to read. It has a great storyline and just enough stolen moments of ecstasy to make it realistic with two single dads that are juggling two babies that aren’t old enough to crawl yet and one older helpful 3-year-old.

I loved Aiden and his back story about how he ended up adopting his sister’s two kids when she had to be institutionalized and what a great dad he is to them. I love that they have a support group at a friend’s café called the Roasty Bean where he meets with other single gay parents at the daddy-and-kid gatherings held twice a week. He’s able to get his caffeine fix and his adult conversation fix at the same time. Aiden’s definitely the Mr. Fix-it of the group, and he develops a fast friendship with their newest single gay parent, Dev.

I loved Dev. He’s the new single dad of the group, and he’s at the end of his rope dealing with a 3-month-old colicky baby and is seriously sleep deprived. He’s been on his own since he was kicked out of the house at 16. He’s from a very religious family. And his mother’s a piece of work. His 16-year-old sister asked him to babysit for her new born son three months ago and hasn’t been back for the baby since. Devon’s excited when he gets invited to the daddy-and-kid gatherings at the café. He isn’t sure what to expect but what he finds is a great group of guys that are willing to help him in any way that they can. Logan’s a lawyer and is willing to help him with adopting his sister’s baby and helping him locate her so that she can sign her rights over to him.

His biggest fears are realized when his mother comes for the baby. But Dev will do everything in his power to keep that from happening, and Aiden’s there for him when he needs a place to stay. And they find that their families work well together.

I loved the story. It had just enough angst, just enough passion, and just enough of a heart-warming story that had me fall in love with both of Aiden and Dev, their kids, and the other members of the Teddy Bear Club. Great job, Sean Michael, on the start of a great new series. I can’t wait to read more.

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

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Review: “Sparkle and Shine” by Julia Talbot

TITLE: Sparkle and Shine
AUTHOR: Julia Talbot
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Western
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 72 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 2, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book
  

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All that glitters is not gold. No-frills cowboy Evan learned that lesson the hard way while married to a rodeo princess, a relationship that was all flash and no substance. At least Evan held on to his daughter, Cheyenne, and his best friend, Brooks, when the sparkle wore off and things fell apart. Life could be a lot worse.

But it could also be better… if Evan and Brooks took a step beyond friendship. Just as they start to explore their feelings, Evan’s ex-wife sticks her nose in to sabotage them. Suddenly everything is up in the air, and they have difficult choices to make about the rodeo, Cheyenne, and the romance they both want so badly to pursue.

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Sparkle and shine was a short but fun little read. Yes, the plot was obvious and predictable, and sometimes a little bit too sickly-sweet, but I did enjoy reading it in the small amount of time that it took.

Evan has been a single dad to his smart and adorable little girl, Cheyenne, since his ex-wife left them 5 years ago. He has taken part in the rodeo circuit for most of his life along with his best friend, Brooks. But Evan hasn’t been at his best lately and thinks that he’s getting too old to take part now. Evan believes it’s time to settle down because Cheyenne is getting older and needs more of an education than he can provide on his own. At the same time, this life is all he’s known, and he doesn’t know if he can just walk away, especially because that means that he won’t be with Brooks all of the time. Unknown to Brooks, Evan has been hiding the fact that he has had a crush on him for a quite a long time, and he’s finding it harder to keep those feelings at bay.

When Evan tells Brooks that he’s thinking of leaving the circuit, Brooks can’t believe what he’s hearing. He doesn’t want to do the circuit without Evan because he loves spending time and travelling around the country with him, but Brooks has also become very attached to Cheyenne, and leaving the little girl and her father behind would break his heart. As far as Brooks is concerned, they’re like a family to him because he’s got no one left of his own anymore. Brooks has also been trying to push back the strong feelings that he’s having towards Evan because one day he started to look at him as more than just his friend. But Brooks doesn’t want to do anything that will ruin the friendship/bond that he has with Evan either.

When a few drinks after a show in Vegas leads from one thing to another, Evan and Brooks realise that there is no going back to just being friends, and decide to explore where the journey of being lovers will take them. In their case, what happens in Vegas will not being staying in Vegas. But the two men have a few challenges to face along the way, including homophobia and an ex-wife who only cares about herself and what she can get.

This book was the first I’ve read by this author, and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed. Both the characters and dialogue between them were really well written and felt true and natural. The accent and cowboy twang was very distinct in the writing and definitely added to how the story came across. I’m really glad I got the chance to read this book because it was a great little light-hearted, lift-your-spirits story that left me with a huge grin on my face and forgetting about all my worries when I was done.

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

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Review: “Comes a Horseman” by Anne Barwell

TITLE: Comes a Horseman
AUTHOR: Anne Barwell
SERIES: Echoes Rising
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Historical; Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 230 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

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Sequel to Winter Duet
Echoes Rising: Book Three

France, 1944

Sometimes the most desperate struggles take place far from the battlefield, and what happens in secret can change the course of history.

Victory is close at hand, but freedom remains frustratingly just beyond the grasp of German physicist Dr. Kristopher Lehrer, Resistance fighter Michel, and the remaining members of the team sent by the Allies—Captain Matt Bryant, Sergeant Ken Lowe, and Dr. Zhou Liang—as they fight to keep the atomic plans from the Nazis. The team reaches France and connects with members of Michel’s French Resistance cell in Normandy. Allied troops are poised to liberate France, and rescue is supposedly at hand. However, Kristopher is no longer sure the information he carries in his memory is safe with either side.

When Standartenführer Holm and his men finally catch up with their prey, the team is left with few options. With a traitor in their midst, who can they trust? Kristopher realizes he must become something he is not in order to save the man he loves. Death is biding his time, and sacrifices must be made for any of them to have the futures they want.


So, when I first saw this book and read the blurb I was either not paying proper attention, or perhaps I had gone temporarily blind. For some unknown reason, at no point did I notice that this book was the third and final book of a series (yeah, quite an important part of the details to overlook hehehe). As you can imagine, when I opened the book and saw that it was a sequel I had a little bit of a panic moment. When I started reading, the panic turned to slight terror because I was completely lost and had absolutely no idea what was going on in the story. Now, I take complete responsibility for my stupidity, and although this review is going to be a somewhat unorthodox, I’m just working with what I’ve got.

At this point, I would normally describe the plot/storyline/characters of the book, but unlike me (facepalm), the chances are that if you’re planning on reading this book, then you’ve probably already read the first two and know about all of this stuff already. I mean what can I really tell you that the blurb hasn’t already? Well, after the meltdown had subsided and my heart rate had reduced to normal levels, I managed to grasp the basics of the story and characters and just went with the flow, and I have to be honest and say that what I read in this book was nothing short of magnificent.

I’m a huge WW2 history fan, and I’ll generally take an interest in any books, movies or documentaries on the subject, whether it be fact or fiction. This book was so well written, that even though I had no idea of the backstory, I was totally and utterly engrossed. After a couple of chapters, I actually forgot that I had gone into this blind. The confusion was just gone. The amount of detail in the story was phenomenal, and I really need to commend the author for that. From the places they were staying/hiding, the ranks of the German soldiers, the use of the French and German languages, and how the characters were treated by the soldiers and other civilians, it all had a real authentic feel to it, and apart from a couple of little scenes, I could easily have been reading a memoir by an actual WW2 survivor. The story was so intriguing that I just couldn’t put it down.

Although the relationships between the male characters are discussed quite a lot, this book doesn’t really go into any intimate details, and by that, I mean there are no sex scenes. This is all about the feelings and emotions that they share, and their plans for when the war ends if they survive. I think that this was absolutely right for the story and the time period. There were a few twists that I didn’t see coming at all, and they just made me enjoy the book even more than I already was.

Now that I’ve read this, I’m going to make a point of going back to read the first two books because I really want to know so much more about these characters. I want to see how the relationships started and how they got to this point. I loved this book without knowing anything that was happening, so if you have followed this series from the start, then I can guarantee you’ll not be disappointed with how it’s all tied up and finalized. It was truly a joy and pleasure to read this book.

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

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