Review: “Dolphins in the Mud” by Jo Ramsey

TITLE: Dolphins in the Mud
AUTHOR: Jo Ramsey
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
COVER ARTIST: Brooke Albrecht
GENRE: Teen Fiction
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 180 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 8, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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Stranded. Hopeless. Trapped. No one to turn to and no way to reach the freedom just beyond his grasp…

That’s how Chris Talberman feels when his family moves to an isolated New England coastal town and leaves him alone to care for his severely autistic sister, Cece.

Chris knows how the dolphins stranded in the cove near his home must feel–he understands their struggle better than he can express. But the tragic event has a silver lining. It’s there, while chasing his sister, that Chris meets Noah, a boy his age who is as kind and handsome as he is fascinating. Not only has Chris found the friend he needed, but the possibility for love–

Until Chris’s mother abandons the family and Noah reveals his own hidden pain. Now Chris must care for the person he thought would care for him.


This teen fiction tells us about a period of Chris’s life.

Chris and his family recently moved to this isolated town near the coast. He didn’t have time yet to make new friends. He’s busy with helping his mom with his sister Cece, who is autistic. Cece is 9-years-old but sometimes she behaves like a 2-year-old. Chris loves his sister so he really didn’t mind but sometimes he just wants to be on his own, doing things like a normal 16-year-old would do.
Chris is out. He had a boyfriend back in his old town, but they broke up. So now he’s looking forward to meeting someone with whom he can be friends and even something more.
Then one day there are dolphins in their cove. His little sister Cece succeeded escaping from the house to run to see the “Dophs.” Chris takes after her, barefoot, but before he catches her, she is stopped by a blond young guy. Later he finds out that the boy name is Noah.
Noah lives near to Chris’s house, but they never met yet. He feels the connection, but he knows that Noah is hiding something. And when Noah makes a desperate thing he is not sure he wants to be friends anymore…

This book is not about Chris and Noah’s relationship. If you are expecting some teen fling, this is not what is happening.
The book is more about Chris’s emotions, how a teen boy handles the changes in his life. The constant pressure of his mother to take care of his little sister. The struggle between feeling responsible and the guilt that he would like to spend some time for himself.
The book is really from the POV of a teenager, who feels the weight of his family on his shoulders. The anger when their mother abandoned them, the impotency when it comes to a lack of knowledge of his father about his sister. And there is Noah’s behavior …

The end of the book is not what I was hoping for, I can’t say I’ve enjoyed this book, but it’s definitely an interesting read.

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

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Review: “Peepshow” by Clare London

TITLE: Peepshow
AUTHOR: Clare London
SERIES: London Lads
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Valerie Tibbs/Tibbs Designs
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 54 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 26, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book
  

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2nd Edition

A London Lads Story

Ever wanted to spy secretly on other people’s lives?

Ken doesn’t have a choice: his student summer job is manning the CCTV screens for the new central London shopping mall. But instead of spotting criminals or vandals, he becomes fascinated by a cute waiter from the local bistro who sneaks out to the backyard for his break—and plays sexy to the camera.

Is he an old friend, or just an anonymous exhibitionist? Should Ken be excited by this naughty peepshow, or will people think he’s a voyeuristic pervert? Poor Ken’s confused and thrilled in turn. It’s like living in one of the movies he’s studying at university. He knows the man can’t see him, yet Ken feels a connection of some kind. It all encourages Ken to continue with his guilt-ridden Waiter Watch.

Ken bears the suspense as long as he can, until a chance meeting and an abortive blind date provide the explanation to the secret assignations. But will this guide Ken to a real-life chance of romance?

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2013. (less)


I like the London Lads series by Clare London, and Peepshow, number four in the series, was a good addition. I enjoyed it all the way up until it ended, but I was left wanting more. There was lots of build up to who the mysterious waiter was in the backyard portion of the restaurant that was teasing the CCTV cameras, but after the big reveal then the story went really fast and I wanted to know what happened to the couple afterward when they started dating.
I did really enjoy Ken and his group of friends. Simon the matchmaker, and Roger who’s just come out of the closet and is making up for lost time by sleeping with everybody. And as part of his matchmaking skills, Simon tells Ken about a former high school student that has come down from Oxford College on break and is trying to look up old students to find out what they have been up to.

But Ken can’t exactly remember what the former high school student looks like anymore, and his friend Simon says that he no longer looks like he did in high school. And, of course, Ken can’t help but wonder if the mysterious waiter’s actually the former high school student. But he can’t tell for sure because the waiter never gives him a clear shot of his face. I did like how conflicted Ken felt about watching the waiter and how he felt like a voyeur and a peeping tom. He’s both disgusted and excited by it and finds himself looking forward to his shifts to find out what the waiter’s going to do next. All the while, Simon’s trying to hook Ken up with the former high school student. But when Ken finally finds out the identity of the mysterious waiter, he still isn’t sure how he should feel. And he can’t help but feel that the waiter isn’t just performing for Ken like he says he is but that he’s performing for whoever’s watching. Will Ken be able to conquer his fears and trust the waiter and have a relationship with him or will he let his fears get the better of him and let it destroy the relationship before it has a chance to start?

There are a couple of hot scenes in this short story which I really enjoyed, but I wanted to know what happened next. Maybe the author will continue their story sometime, and I will get my questions answered. I would love to see what happens to these characters. I was also kind of disappointed that the story ended at page 42 when I thought it was going to page 54 and that 12 pages were used to promote the next book in the series and the other books in the series. That was part of the reason I was surprised that the story ended when it did. I thought I was going to have another 12 pages of story and then it was just over.

I was just like, no, I wanted more. But for those 42 pages, I was nicely entertained

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

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Review: “Nate’s Last Tango” by Kevin Klehr

TITLE: Nate’s Last Tango
AUTHOR: Kevin Klehr
SERIES: Nate and Cameron
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 107 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 26, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book
  

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Nate’s life couldn’t be better. He’s living with his rich boyfriend, Cameron, in New York while being wined and dined all over the city.

But when Nate decides to visit his friends back in Sydney, Cameron suggests they break it off for a while. Cam’s cross-dressing butler is not impressed, and with the help of his lesbian aunt, they drag Cameron down-under to sort out his relationship and take in the sights of Mardi Gras!

With Nate at a loss to what went wrong, he faces the dim reality that love may have run its course.


Nate’s Last Tango’s the sequel to Nate and the New Yorker by Kevin Klehr. The book’s well written and nicely edited, and it had a great flow to the storyline.

I had high hopes for this book after reading the first one. The blurb for this book does a great job of giving us an idea of what to expect from the book unlike the blurb for Nate and the New Yorker. And I have to agree with this line from the blurb. With Nate at a loss to what went wrong, he faces the dim reality that love may have run its course. Because for the life of me, I can’t understand why these two people are still together. They’re both a little immature and have issues communicating. Both believe that drinking large quantities of alcohol will make everything better, but it doesn’t. And instead of dealing with the issues in their relationship and whether they should stay together, they’re worrying about who loves each other more. And they keep going on vacations to stay in the honeymoon phase of their relationship.

The book had me at times rooting for them to work out their relationship and then one of them would do something which would make me face-palm my forehead and then I would be rooting for them to break up. The book just tugged me back and forth and even getting to the end of the book, I’m still not sure if I am rooting for them to continue their relationship or just admit defeat. They did get some very good advice from a long-term couple in Buenos Aires but only time will tell if they take their advice and stick to it or if they go back to drinking and vacations to try and fix their problems.

This book’s a very good depiction of a true to life relationship, but I have a hard time connecting with either Nate or Cameron. The book’s told in the first person from Nathan’s POV, so I had a hard time connecting with Cameron since I couldn’t see what was inside his head and there are no sex scenes so I couldn’t feel the intimate connection between them. The butler Roger/Rowena’s still a blast, although my brain needs brain bleach for that one scene (my poor eyes). And Aunt Beverley’s still a riot. I actually liked Ben and Fox in this book and found myself rooting for their friends with benefits relationship.

So if there’s a third book in the series, I will be reading it to find out what happened to Ben and Fox and hope for the best with Nate and Cameron.

*** 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: “A Kind of Home” by Lane Hayes

TITLE: A Kind of Home
AUTHOR: Lane Hayes
SERIES: A Kind Of Story
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 224 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jun 23, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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Isaac Dalton is the guitarist for Spiral, arguably the biggest rock band in the world. The band’s meteoric rise to superstardom has its perks, but fame and fortune aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Nonstop touring and performing exhaust him, and when an overzealous fan makes it imperative that Isaac travel with a clingy bodyguard, he is ready for a break from the madness. More so when his newly single first crush shows up on his doorstep. The man is strictly off-limits. He’s a memory from a place Isaac would rather leave behind. And he’s straight.

Fun-loving former athlete slash construction worker Adam McBride desperately needs a new beginning. And New York City is the perfect place to start over and think about how to rebuild his life. A short stint as roommates with his brother’s best friend from high school seems like a mutually beneficial arrangement. However, when friendship gives way to fierce attraction, both men find themselves in unchartered and possibly dangerous territory. Isaac has to decide if he’s willing to take the ultimate risk for a kind of love and a kind of home he never dreamed possible.


Even though this is the fourth of the series, you’ll have no problem whatsoever following the storyline.

Isaac Dalton is the guitarist of the famous rock band Spiral. Spiral became famous like a year ago, but even in this short time, they are rocking the whole wild world.

The story starts when the guys are back from a world tour. Isaac has a stalker, and their manager hired a bodyguard who follows every step of the guitarist. Isaac is not used to that. He’s coming from a small-town . The music is his everything, he doesn’t really care about fame and money.

When he arrives at his apartment, he’s shocked to see his childhood friend, Adam McBride, still in his apartment. Actually, Adam is the older brother of his childhood best friend, Ned, but what nobody knows is that Isaac had a major crush on Adam back in the old days. Isaac is openly bi now, but Adam is straight as an arrow.

Isaac finds out that Adam got divorced and he’s taking a break from his small-town life, and the big city helps him with his divorce. He managed to find two part-time jobs: a dog-walker and a bartender job. Adam is a bit of a slob, and that’s not going to well with Isaac.

Then things are getting a pretty much angsty with this anonymous stalker. First, he just writes on the band’s official page, every message of the stalker starts with: “You are a star, and I’m your biggest fan”. They don’t figure out who the stalker is until is almost too late.

From the very beginning, there is an amazing sexual attraction between the two MCs. Isaac is not acting upon this because he’s convinced that Adam is straight. But then, after a dare turns out that Adam is not quite that straight of an “arrow”.

This is a sweet read, if you want to spend a weekend with an easy story.

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

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Review: “Switch Hitter” by Cheyenne Meadows

TITLE: Switch Hitter
AUTHOR: Cheyenne Meadows
SERIES: Shifter Hardball
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Shapeshifter, Gay for you
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 5, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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Tucker Wilde’s life is in a tailspin. Twenty-four hours ago, he was one of the top second basemen in the all-shifter professional baseball league. Now, he’s lost his starting spot to a rookie, been dumped by his girlfriend, and had a night of explosive passion with a man—a teammate at that. He can’t get Dixon out of his mind—even though Tucker still believes himself to be straight. With his career in jeopardy, he’s unsure where to turn or how to fix the mess.

Dixon Foxx is a baseball prodigy, though a perfectionist father stole any joy he might find in the game. He only sticks with it because it’s all he knows—and because of Tucker, the man Dixon’s wanted since they met. His dreams come true one night, only to turn into a nightmare the next morning when Tucker blows off their incredible time together as a drunken mistake, never to happen again.

The life of a switch hitter is all about mixing things up. Tucker excels at it. Only this time, the game isn’t on the line—his heart is.


Gather around everyone…closer…a bit closer…now say CHEESE! And you can say that again, cheese. But before you go and start to badmouth the cheesy romance, lemme tell you dear reader, there is nothing wrong with a good cheesy romance book, like in this case here.

While at the beginning my tooth ached of the cheesiness at the end I was glad that I read this book. Yes, its romantic. Yes, its sweet. Yes, it’s cheesy, but aren’t we all needing this?!

First of all, this is about baseball. Well, I’m European, so I know absolutely nothing about baseball. I googled a lot about terms and rules. Thanks to that now I know more about baseball, well not as much as Dixon…

Speaking of Dixon. Dixon is a veteran, with a baseball heritage that he must keep up and also the good family name in this sport. He is calculated, very dedicated…in other words, his life is baseball. Dixon is gay. Everyone knows this, and he’s not hiding it.
Dixon is also a fox shifter with silver fur. And he finds himself lusting for Tucker. But he’s lusting in secret because Tucker is the very epitome of straight until…

Tucker is a wild dog hybrid shifter. He grew up without a pack, just him and his mother. When he turns 18 years-old, she drops him at the college and goes back to her pack. All his anger goes into practice. He is now part of a prestigious team, but this goes to his head, and he starts slacking. He made friends too, like Dixon. Dixon is his buddy.
When Tucker loses his starting spot, he gets a bit desperate then his girlfriend drops him for the very same reason and that leads to booze. He is a bit drunk, and Dixon takes him home, and by home, I mean Dixon’s home.
There Tucker goes from straight to power bottom in nanoseconds (well this part was funny in my opinion as a gay man, not so realistic though, but after all, we are dealing with shifters…). The next day he regrets everything…I’ll let you figure out the rest, or better yet, read the book!

The story is a sweet read, perfect for a cheesy afternoon…

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

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Review: “Lochlann” by Andrea Speed

TITLE: Lochlann
AUTHOR: Andrea Speed
SERIES: Order Of The Black Knights
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 22, 2017
PRICE: 6.99$ -e-book / 14.99$ -paperback
  

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Violence has been Lochlann O’Connor’s companion since he was born into a family of old-school Irish terrorists. From there he is recruited into Alpha, a secret government agency dedicated to fighting terrorism—with extreme prejudice. Lochlann’s bravery, efficiency, ruthlessness, and the natural dead eye that lets him hit anything that moves, quickly make him one of the shadowy organization’s most valued operatives.

Cas Vega joins Alpha because it’s marginally better than a prison sentence. He’s a former drug cartel assassin—or at least that’s his story. But Lochlann is suspicious. Despite an irrational and overwhelming attraction to Cas, Lochlann has questions, and they soon lead to a deeper and deadlier mystery. What is Alpha’s true purpose, and why does it seem they want to eliminate Lochlann?

Lochlann and Cas must work together to get to the bottom of Alpha’s scheme and escape it—and all while Cas keeps secrets that could cost him his life if they’re revealed. But it’s not an alliance that can last. Duty turns the men into enemies, even while fate compels them into each other’s arms. Before they can contemplate which will prevail, they must figure out how to survive.


I’ll be honest, it was my first time with Andrea Speed and her universe. How it’s possible that I never read her books before? How it’s possible that I missed this series?
Lochlann made a pact centuries ago with a sorcerer after his family and all his village had been massacred. Since then, Lochlann is reincarnated each time in a new life over and over. At each death, he remembers all until his next life when he’ll be reincarnated in someone else. The only way for him to be freed, is to forgive the murderer of his family.

Lochlann is an assassin for Alpha, a government organization which « cancel » terrorist/traficant/politics all around the world. Lochlann is one of the best (if not THE best) among the operatives, but he suspects that something’s off with Alpha.

Castillo wa sa young FBI agent who had infiltrated the Herrera Cartel before being recruited by Alpha. He has one goal, take Alpha down by any means necessary.
What Cas hadn’t seen coming is Lochlann. When he expected to meet a cruel, ruthless killer, instead, he met a man, a man who was used as an assassin without really knowing the truth.
Cas and Lochlann have to work together to achieve their goal—take down Alpha and freedom for them.

I enjoyed this book.

Lochlann is the archetype of the tortured man, but it wasn’t too much. I enjoyed the ambivalence between robot-Lochlann in the mission, and man—Lochlann alone with his thoughts and guilt over his actions.
The Author wrote a pure action book with the fight, plot and interesting second characters like Inga or Anze.
All the book is about Alpha and how Lochlann and Cas would succeed in destroying the organization. But in my opinion, it’s also about redemption and forgiveness.
The only thing missing was the romance part between the characters.
Lochlann and Cas are in a relationship, but the author doesn’t develop this part, no scene sex (no I’m not a perv) the feelings between them aren’t really developed too. And I missed it in my reading. I would have love to read more about them in their most intimate moments (ok, I’m a little pervy).
But, it doesn’t spoil the story, and the reading is still enjoyable.

I recommend this book, even if it’s part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.

Now if you will excuse me, I have the 5 previous books to read.
Enjoy,
Ivy

The book, as I said I dedicated for young readers between 14 till 18.

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

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Review: “The Eye of Ra” by Dakota Chase

TITLE: The Eye of Ra
AUTHOR: Dakota Chase
SERIES: Repeating History
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: No Sexual Content; Adventure; Come To Age;  Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 107 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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What do you do when you accidentally destroy your history teacher’s prized collection of historical artifacts? If you’re teenaged delinquents, Aston and Grant, this is more than just a rhetorical question. They’ve made a huge mistake, one that might cost them everything. Adding to their misery, their history teacher’s name is Merlin. Yes, that Merlin, and the answer to their dilemma is deceptively simple according to the old wizard. You go back in time to replace the items you destroyed! Aston and Grant find themselves in ancient Egypt, where their first task is to find and retrieve “The Eye of Ra,” a golden amulet owned by none other than King Tut, the boy king of Egypt. Neither of them is all that versed in history, so they have to play it cool and learn as they go. It’s not just the amulet that’s causing them trouble, either. They soon become friends with Tut, and find that they want to help him out. Surrounded by enemies, needing to survive in a primitive world, Aston and Grant quickly learn one basic truth. History isn’t dead when you’re living it.


levilogooptimummWell, this was a short and fun read.

I would recommend this book to the youngsters as it has no sexual content at all.

The story is about Aston and Grant who ends up in a boys’ school. Actually, they were sentenced by a judge as a result of their doing. They come from opposite poles of society and end up as roommates.

They don’t really have time to be roomies because, against all the promises, Aston swore to keep his head down, not even after 24 hours he and his roommates end up in ancient Egypt.

They become fast friends with Tuk the young pharaoh of Egypt. Well, let’s just say I don’t think its really easy to get near to a Pharaoh but I don’t think that going back in time is easy neither, so there you have it…

Aston is gay, a real bad boy who doesn’t think further then next second. This kind of behavior lands him where he is now. Grant is no different, maybe a bit more diplomatic but he is hotheaded too.

Back in Egypt, they must face politics and wars and those things are not really their forte.

The book, as I said I dedicated for young readers between 14 till 18.

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

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Review: “Blue” by B.G. Thomas

TITLE: Blue
AUTHOR: B.G. Thomas
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 240 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 15, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

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Blue McCoy has lived on the streets for a long time, surviving by his wits and doing what he must, and he’s not above using his youthful appearance and air of innocence to his advantage. It’s not an easy life, but he’s happy. He has everything he really needs: the clothes on his back, a house to squat in, a sweet dog. Everything except that special someone to love him.

Six months ago, John Williams’s wife left him because she was bored. “Even your *name* is boring” were her last words to him before she walked out. Now he’s by himself in a big house, trying to figure out what direction his life should take. He’s never been so alone.

A chance encounter sets John on a new path, a path that becomes clearer when loneliness sends him to a local animal shelter to get a dog—and he finds an angel instead. An angel named Blue. A crisis brings them together, but it is something else that keeps them there. Could it be love? A love that can forever end two men’s deep loneliness and bring them the support and sense of belonging they’ve searched for all their lives?


Reading the blurb, I was excited about this book because it sounded really interesting and definitely showed a lot of promise, but for me, it just didn’t hit the mark or fulfill the potential I thought it could’ve had. Although the plot and characters were quite sweet, I felt that they needed more depth, because even at 240 pages long, the story just felt as though it was lacking in some way. I wouldn’t say that I disliked it, it just wasn’t one of my favourites.

Blue is 23 years-old, and lives in an abandoned shack of a house with no heat or electricity. He shares the house with three friends, who are also his occasional sexual partners, and his recently acquired stray Labradoodle that he named Chewie. Blue essentially has nothing and no one. He works various odd-jobs to get money to live and eat, but they are never permanent. And on occasion, when he’s been really struggling for money and hungry, he’s resorted to sleeping with strangers for a meal, or a place to stay for the night. No matter what life throws at him, Blue nearly always sees the positive side, and is mostly a happy guy. But he has a brain that works at a million miles a minute, so people often find him to be a little weird, which normally makes it hard to form a special connection to someone. So he’s resigned himself to the fact that it’ll probably just be him and his dog alone in the world. Then one day disaster strikes, and Blue has to rush Chewie to the animal shelter to see the vet after he’s knocked down by a car.

John is the President of a bank. He’s always been attracted to men, but pushed it to the back of his mind, and was basically in denial. As far as he’s concerned he loved his wife and was happy with her, the sex may not have been earth-shattering, but he was never tempted to look elsewhere. At 45 years-old, he’s suddenly alone after his wife leaves him to travel and have a bit of adventure and excitement in her life. John’s feeling kind of lost, he was so used to doing things with his wife, that he doesn’t know how to fill his time now, she even took their dog when she left him. John decides he needs to fill the emptiness of his house so goes to the local animal shelter to get a new dog. This is where he meets Blue for the second time. A few months previously, he encountered Blue when he almost hit him with his car, and he found that in the time that passed since that day, he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about the young man. When he enters the animal shelter, he sees a young man in the waiting area visibly upset and shaken. When John goes over to make sure he’s ok, he’s surprised to find that the man is the person who has been filling his thoughts and dreams, and who has been making him question everything he thought about himself and his relationships. From this point, the two men come together to nurse Chewie back to health and explore what it means to have happiness, acceptance, understanding and love.

For me, the writing style was too chaotic. I felt as though it was a little disjointed, and I had to really concentrate on what I was reading, or I’d get a bit lost. Characters were introduced, and I thought they would have been expanded upon, but then they were never really involved again which did disappoint me. The story just didn’t flow as well as it could have, especially when switching between POV’s. Also, there was quite a lot of brand and name dropping that made it feel like it was some sort of advertisement. These issues are what affected my enjoyment of the book. I liked John and Blue, they were really loveable characters with personalities that made you want to get to know them more, I just wish I was able to feel more of a connection to them through this story.

So overall, this book didn’t exactly push my buttons, but that may just be personal preference, there’s nothing to say that you won’t love this story. It’s the first book I’ve read by this author, but it won’t put me off reading other titles.

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

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Review: “His Brother’s Beta” by Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus

TITLE: His Brother’s Beta
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus
SERIES: Pack Rules
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 88 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $5.25 -paperback
  

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fter twenty years of being away, Harlow has come back to his birth pack. Now in his early forties, he’s a doctor and ready to retire from human life in order to take his place in the pack. But the pack he left behind isn’t anything like what he comes back to. His older brother is the new alpha, and the pack that was once full of families is now little more than a harem of young wolves following his brother blindly.

The only one not afraid of his brother is his beta, Nathan, who stays to protect the others. Harlow brings with him the much needed hope Nathan has been searching for, but Harlow has to prove himself worthy of the position of alpha before Nathan will follow him.


I liked His Brother’s Beta by Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus. His Brother’s Beta is the first book in the Pack Rules series. I did have mixed feelings about this book. His Brother’s Beta is well written, and I liked the plot but the second half of the book seemed rushed and not as developed as the first half of the book. I would have liked better chemistry between Harlow and Nathan. I liked both Harlow and Nathan as separate characters, but there didn’t seem to be any chemistry between them before they became mates. I would have liked to see more of a build-up of chemistry between them. I also hated Harlow’s brother Silvio and his how he treated his “harem,” but that’s how I was supposed to feel about him so great job there. I think what bothered me the most is how young the men in the “harem” are.

Although it’s stated that they’re at least 19 years old, they seem younger because of how they acted, whether in human form or wolf form. I did like what happened to Silvio and how the pack recovered. I did like Lydia’s character and how she stayed to protect the “harem” as much as she could from Silvio.

Poor Harlow didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he came back to take his place in the Woodlands pack after finishing his schooling and his stint with the Peace Corps. He came back to be the pack’s doctor. He definitely wasn’t expecting to find that everybody he knew, except for his friend Lydia and younger brother Silvio, who is now the pack’s Alpha, to be gone. Now it’s up to Harlow to find out what happened and come up with a plan to fix everything. The brother Harlow knew is no more and has been replaced by a monster that only cares about what he wants and has a taste for young men, his harem.

Nathan is Silvio’s beta. He was changed by Silvio and has been with the pack for five years. He doesn’t enjoy being the pack enforcer to a crazy alpha, but he knows that a pack’s better with an alpha than without one, even if said alpha is volatile. Nathan knows that he doesn’t have what it takes to be the

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

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Review: “Lost Mate” by Dirk Greyson

TITLE: Lost Mate
AUTHOR: Dirk Greyson
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Shapeshifter; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 96 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

BLURB:

Wolf shifter Falco Gladstone knew Carter McCloud was his mate when they were in seventh grade, but school and the foster care system tore them apart. Years later, Falco is second in command of his Michigan pack, serving under an uncle who cares more about his own power than the welfare of their people. The alpha orders Falco to marry and produce offspring—but Falco’s already found his mate, and mates are forever.

Carter’s lonely life is turned upside down when he detects a familiar scent on the wind. The mates might have found each other, but their happily ever after is far from guaranteed. Falco’s commitment to Carter puts him at odds with his uncle’s plans, and when one of the alpha’s enforcers starts shadowing the couple, something must be done—something that will either cement their relationship or destroy it once and for all.


levilogooptimummThis is a fast sweet read.

The book starts with Falco coming to the aide of Carter, his mate. Falco is just 13 years-old, and his senses are more developed than other wolfs of his age. But there is no time to build a bond because as sudden Carter appeared just as suddenly, he disappeared.

13 or so years later, Falco was hit by the same sweet smell of is mate. Carter, his name is the only thing Falco knows about his mate, seems to be a wolf too. But there are obstacles for them to be together. His alpha who is Falco’s uncle is homophobic, and he just challenged the previous alpha and won, for being gay.
Falco needs to choose between claiming his mate and his pack. The pack needs his help because his uncle seems to care about his power more than the welfare of the pack.
Carter is the owner of a pet shop. He inherited the place from his aunt, and now he is back.

One day, after he finishes his work, he caught a smell like never before. But the guy from whom the smell is coming from looks like his abusive ex. So, when his mate shows up in his store the next day, he hesitates.

Then he sees Falco’s kind side, and his protective instincts. He can’t resist to the power that Falco radiates, and it seems that the more they are together their bond is growing stronger and stronger. They can sense each other feelings now, and when the time for Falco to choose arrives Carter is resigned …

This book is an easy read, with some angst. I would have liked that the story would be a bit longer because it has so much potential.

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

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