Review of: Better Be Sure by Andy Gallo

TITLE: Better Be Sure
AUTHOR: Andy Gallo
SERIES: Harrison Campus
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Mar 26, 2019


A Harrison Campus Story
When the stakes are this high, you better be sure you can win.
Jackson Murphy lost his parents to a boating accident, but they’re never far from his thoughts. He attends the same university as his parents, joined the same fraternity as his dad, and even lives in his father’s old room, along with his adopted brother, Marcus. Life brightens when he meets the man of his dreams.
Edward Knowles trades full-time college for working during the day and community college at night when his father’s factory closes. He intends to stay deep in the closet to keep his job in heating and cooling. But Jack pushes all his buttons.
Jack’s college rival challenges him to bring a date to the upcoming dance. He goads Jack into accepting even though failure means he and Marcus will lose their room and Jack must leave the fraternity.
Jack is falling hard for Ed, but Ed will never agree to go the dance. Ed—not knowing the stakes of the wager—has also made it clear that Jack taking another man will end their romance.
With pressure from friends and enemies alike, will Jack hold on to his legacy… or his heart?

Jackson Murphy is a student at Harrison University. He has the same room that his father had back then, and he shares it with Marcus Reynolds, his best friend and brother since Marcus’ parents adopted him when he lost his parents in a boat’s accident. Being in Harrison, in the same room that his father and Marcus’ father shared 25 years ago means a lot for Jackson, until a stupid bet put him at risk to lose it.
Edward Knowles is a 23 year-old man who has to work by day to help his family, and studies by night at the community college. He’s also deep in the closet, Narnia deep in the closet. When he met Jackson, he was honest about his situation even if it put them on a difficult path.
Jack needs to have a date at the upcoming dance, or he will have to leave the house. Edward is in the closet, and he doesn’t want to change the situation. A tough choice is waiting for both of them.

Better Be Sure by Andy Gallo was my first book by this author. It was a sweet book that I enjoyed.
Eddy is afraid to come out, afraid to lose his job and his family. He really wants to be with Jack, and really tries, but his fears get the best of him. I liked Eddy. He touches me a lot, and I wanted to hug him. He was adorable. He tried his best to be the man Jack needs despite his own fears. I really loved him.

Jack is confident with his sexuality. He’s loyal and fierce with his friends and protector of his brother, Marcus. Jack is also an orphan, and even if he has been adopted by his parents’ best friends and has a lot of love and support, Jack is still heartbroken about his parents’ deaths. The idea of losing his dad’s room and dragging Marcus into it, puts Jack’s anxiety at a high level. I adored Jack. He’s so strong and yet fragile, so confident and yet unsure, I loved this duality about him. I loved how he tries to protect everyone but himself. I cheered for him and cried with him.

The Mcs were good and the secondary characters interesting and funny. The book is told from Jack’s POV, and we follow him in his life from the moment he met Eddy to the night of the dance. The plot is easy to follow even if at the beginning of the book, the story was a little bit slow, with a lot of repetitiveness and too many details that weren’t very useful in some scenes in my opinion. But the more I read, the more I was into the story, and the rhythm of the book was better—more dynamic. The end was really good and I adored it, like super adored it with a huge smile on my face.
I will happily read the other books of the series.

3.5 Stars for the Quarterback and his tight end.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Exploring Limits by Nicki Bennett, Ariel Tachna

TITLE: Exploring Limits
AUTHOR: Nicki Bennett, Ariel Tachna
SERIES: Exploring Limits
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
RELEASE DATE: March 5, 2019


Jonathan Braedon’s successful acting career and consideration for his young son have always kept him from acting on his attraction to men. Newly cast as King Arthur in a BBC miniseries, he manages to conceal his interest in co-stars Devon Aldridge and Kit Webster-but Kit and Devon are just as interested in him. Rather than fighting over Jonathan, the two decide to seduce him together. Jonathan might have been able to hide his attraction to Devon and Kit individually… but together, they’re too much to resist.
The three find themselves deciding what they want out of their lovemaking and their relationship, exploring options they’d never before considered or thought they’d left behind. Add a touch of kink to the mix, and Jonathan, Devon, and Kit discover that the perceived limits of the past are really just the beginning.

This is the first book that I’ve read by these authors, and it probably won’t be the last. I liked the blurb for the book and was excited to start reading it. I like ménage, BDSM, and contemporary books. The book is told in detail, and I liked how the sentences flowed. The characters were interesting and felt real and had real problems, like co-parenting, getting divorced, failed relationships, and abusive relationships.

I started reading and was immediately confused on whose point of view the book was being told in. That is until I realized that the story is told through the three main characters simultaneously and would change without any warning or indication. It took a little while to get used to. And I still tended to reread some of the paragraphs when I got confused on who was thinking what. I did like that I didn’t have to reread a scene from three different points of views. But this is the first book that I’ve read like this.

I also thought that the book could have been about fifty to a hundred pages shorter without losing any of the growth that the relationship went through. It just seemed to drag on.
The book is super heavy on sex scenes with a little bit of storyline in between, and while I do like my books on the heavy side of sex, I did start to get a little bit bored since all of the scenes are between the three guys. There are no sex scenes just between two of the characters, and so I had a hard time seeing the relationship grow. I had a hard time believing that they wouldn’t want to make individual connections with each other in addition to their relationship as a threesome. Maybe there will be more individual connections in the next book in the series.
I did like the twist that the authors put on the movie Camelot that the three actors are working on and how they bring more of a bisexual or gay attraction between Lancelot and King Arthur.
I did like how Jonathan, Devon, and Kit all come from different home situations. Like Devon is in the middle of a divorce from his wife and Jonathan is supposed to be straight and Kit is the youngster of the group but doesn’t lack for a whole lot of experience and loves to wear skin-tight clothing.

I did like that they are constantly testing their limits and that both Jonathan and Kit try to help Devon work through the issues and bad experiences that he had from a previous relationship in relation to his BDSM experience. So I did like how they communicated and tried to help each other with their issues and stuff.

I’m interested to see what happens when the movie wraps up and they are no longer working together, and so I will eagerly await the next book in the series. The book does have a happy for now ending. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Legend of Gentleman John by TJ Nichols

TITLE: The Legend of Gentleman John
AUTHOR: TJ Nichols
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2018


A Story from the Warmest Wishes: Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar
Banyn, a fae, escorts the souls of children to Magh Meall, but one Christmas, he comes for a lad who isn’t quite dead, and he breaks a rule rather than wait while John fights a battle he’ll ultimately lose. So begins a long-running affair that crosses the border between life and death, the human and fae realms, and even oceans to strange countries with different gods and rules.
John Rourke renounced a religion that had no place for him and returned to the old ways. Convicted of theft, he is sentenced to transportation and suffers brutal punishment—until he escapes to live on his own terms as a bushranger. When vengeance against his tormentor consumes him and threatens his life, John finds he has only one holiday wish—to see his fae lover one last time.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar “Warmest Wishes.”

This was a sweet story, but it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. The author did a good job bringing me into the story for a short read, and I adored the two MC’s. This author gave me a new perspective on “wood” in the naughty sense.

John is a local thief with a gang of others until he gets caught. His captor is violent and evil and inflicts the most heinous torture upon John. John has no escape and seeks revenge on his captor. He has a place he goes to try and get some serenity and whittles away at gifts for his fae.

Banyn is a fae that helps escort children’s souls to his world until he comes across John. He is fascinated with him right away and breaks his own rules by beginning a relationship with him. He loves his gifts that are left for him and provides John with his very own gift to make him feel all that more of a man.
This was an endearing story, and I hope you enjoy this short read.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “The CEO’s Christmas Manny” by Angela McAllister

TITLE: The CEO’s Christmas Manny
AUTHOR: Angela McAllister
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 222 pages
RELEASE DATE: Dec 18, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book / $9.99 -paperback


Anything but business as usual.
Billionaire CEO Nic Price lives for his job. With sales down and grumbling from the board of directors—including Nic’s permanently dissatisfied father—the last thing Nic needs is distraction from the new manny, whose freewheeling approach to childcare is outlandish… and who makes Nic feel things he’s never allowed himself to feel.
Ex-teacher Sasha Lindsey is all about fun—that’s the reason people love him, so he has to be. After a bad break-up leaves him jobless and homeless, the live-in manny job with Mr. Price seems like a windfall. But his chemistry with Nic is off the charts, and he can’t afford another workplace romance disaster.
Can Nic leave his dominance in the bedroom and open his heart to the best thing that’s ever happened to him? Or will Sasha’s leap of faith backfire and ruin his chances at the family happily ever after he’s always dreamed of?

Nicholas Price is the CEO of the family enterprise. He lives for his job, he lives to meet his parents’ expectations, and he doesn’t have time for his nephew and niece that he raised since his sister’s death four years ago. Nic needs a nanny to take care of the children while he kills himself at work.

Sasha Lindsey is a passionate Math teacher who lost his job, home and boyfriend at the same time. He accepted the position as the manny for the Price’s family thinking it will help him to find a new job and stability in his life.
Nic and Sasha are meant to be together, but while one can gain everything, the other can lose everything. Does that mean they can’t find an equilibrium and be happy? That’s what they will have to figure out.

The CEO’s Christmas Manny by Angela McAllister is my first book from the author, and I liked it.
Nic is the perfect archetype of the billionaire CEO, cold, hard, and a workaholic. Four years ago, he became the guardian of his nephew and niece after his sister’s death, but Nic struggles hard with the kids. He’s completely lost, and through the years, he’s become a perfect stranger to them.

Sasha Lindsey is passionate about his job teaching Math, but because of his disastrous break up with his ex-boyfriend, Sasha lost everything including his job and home—except his truck. He accepted the position as the Manny because it was a perfect way for him to find his balance again. He didn’t expect to meet a broken family, sad and hurt kids and an iceman as an uncle. Sasha will work hard to put this family back together, help the kids and their uncle to become a family again.

I love Sasha more than Nic. I liked Nic, but he was a big A**** with Sasha and the kids. He was so mean and cruel that I want to beat him to death, but Nic had a lot of fears and trauma from his childhood and his parents, and thank god when he realized how wrong he was, he did everything to make it up to the people he loves. Sasha got me from the beginning, he’s so beautiful, generous and kind with everyone but himself. He’s a natural caretaker, he’s used to taking care of others, but no one did it for him. I really loved Sasha.

The book was good and the plot easy to follow. The only thing that bothered me was that the feelings weren’t well developed, the feelings between Sasha and Nic as well as the connection between Sasha and the kids. How Sasha bonded with them for example, or how Nic and Sasha realized they were falling for each other, all of this was a bit messy. We follow how hot they were hot for each other, but not much more actually, just like all the scenes with Sasha and the kids are with Nic with them (except for two).

The book was good, don’t get me wrong, but I missed a deeper connection between the characters that’s all. Anyway, I will read the next one in this series for sure, especially if it’s about Percy.

It’s 3.5 stars for the CEO and his Manny

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Greyson Fox” by TL Travis

TITLE: Greyson Fox
PUBLISHER: Encompass Ink
GENRE: Erotica
LENGTH: 189 pages
RELEASE DATE: Sept 28, 2018
PRICE: $2.99 – e-book/ $ 10.99– paperback


Greyson Fox, the man, the myth, the legend. The highly sought after, self-proclaimed permanent bachelor. Or so the rumor mill goes. Sure, I’ve heard it all – but the one that stung the most was being called a heartless bastard. Love ‘em and leave ‘em, that one in particular I found to be the most humorous since only one man had ever shared my bed more than once, and he’d long since passed away.
I wasn’t the heartless bastard they all proclaimed me to be, but life had a way of kicking me in the teeth…Repeatedly, so I shut my heart off.
For years I thrived, building my empire and living by my own rules. Until one day, the walls came crashing down around me.
Potential trigger warning:
This book contains brief descriptions of human sex trafficking, as well as two mentions of sexual abuse, including a brief description of oral abuse and an attempted sexual assault. There is some physical abuse by the syndicates hands and a drug overdose so if those are trigger points this may not be the book for you.

Greyson Fox has not had an easy life. After his mother passes, Greyson meets the older handsome Daniel Holloway, and he falls in love almost instantly. Daniel is perfect in every way. When tragedy strikes yet again, Grayson is devastated. After a period of grieving, Greyson takes what Daniel gave him and turned it into a successful empire. Greyson has every reason not to trust in love, and as the last piece of his heart breaks, he decides he’ll never get too close to anyone again. After a one-night stand while on a business trip, Grayson can’t get the enigmatic redhead out of his head. Every conquest is disappointing, and he starts to think he doesn’t want to follow his own rules anymore.

Greyson Fox is an innocent nineteen-year old that just wants to help his mother and make her proud. His father passed when he was young, and his mother had to take on the burden of raising her son alone. Greyson has always been smart. He’s able to retain information unlike most people. He gives up on the opportunity to go to college because he knows they can’t afford it and his mother is already stretching herself thin. Meeting Daniel while sharing a common tragedy was the best thing to ever happen to Grayson. He falls in love fast and hard. He gives Daniel his entire self, and the older man repays that in kind. The two become hopelessly in love and Daniel couldn’t want for anything. For years after losing Daniel, he shut out any possibility of forming an attachment with another man until Samuel dances into his life and flips his world upside down.

Samuel loves dancing. It’s part of who he is. He’s also gay and had been shunned by his family. The silver fox he meets at a club one night takes him back to his hotel room for a night of passion and kink but never leaves his mind. Especially when he wakes to find money on the nightstand. Samuel gets an opportunity to dance at one of the hottest clubs in the city, and he’s ecstatic until he meets the owner. The silver fox he’s never been able to let go of is the infamous bachelor who ruined him for any other man. He just needs to decide if he can trust the man again and get past his own humiliation.

I had such high hopes for this book! I loved the beginning, and Daniel was such a joy to read about. It’s not often in stories that we get the before they were millionaire bad boys, so that was refreshing. I did find that the book wasn’t focused past the before scenes. Too many random points thrown in that never really came together. I’m not sure I understood the point of some of it. The beginning flowed almost flawlessly, but then it just became unfocused. Grayson and Samuel’s time together was rushed, and the whole kidnapping thing was a bit much. It took on a life of its own. I love TL Travis, so I loathe having to write a review that says anything other than I loved it, but I didn’t love this. I really wanted to. Definitely read some of the other books TL writes. Social Sinners was absolutely fantastic. I can’t wait to read whatever comes next for 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 ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis