Review: “Skythane” by J. Scott Coatsworth

TITLE: Skythane
AUTHOR: J. Scott Coatsworth
SERIES: The Oberon Cycle
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Sci Fi; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 244 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 17, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback

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Jameson Havercamp, a psych from a conservative religious colony, has come to Oberon—unique among the Common Worlds—in search of a rare substance called pith. He’s guided through the wilds on his quest by Xander Kinnson, a handsome, cocky skythane with a troubled past.
Neither knows that Oberon is facing imminent destruction. Even as the world starts to fall apart around them, they have no idea what’s coming—or the bond that will develop between them as they race to avert a cataclysm.
Together, they will journey to uncover the secrets of this strange and singular world, even as it takes them beyond the bounds of reality itself to discover what truly binds them together.


As many men, I’m also a big fan of Sci-fi genre. So when I read the blurb of this book I was thrilled to get my hands on it…although the story is great it didn’t quite reach my expectations.
When we talk about Sci-Fi, we don’t really have ground rules, so you can’t really compare one book to another. But you may still have some expectations, so that’s why it’s really hard to rate Sci-Fi, because no matter what, you will never satisfy everyone.

Skythane is a multiple point of view story. Probably that’s why I couldn’t enjoy it too much. I was genuinely curious of the past and culture of Oberon, it habitants, but when I was thinking that here comes some details about Oberon, the point of view changed and never got back to the previous line of thought. I’m not saying that there is no information about Oberon, I’m saying I would have liked to read more about it. It that planet fascinated me!

Skythane can’t fit in your typical Romance category. For starters, there is no sex scenes in it, well I know not all romance has sex scenes but Jameson being heterosexual, or he likes to thinks he is, again, I would have enjoyed a little bit of intimacy description between him and Xander.

I really enjoyed the plot, and the book contains some angst, but again the multiple point of view didn’t really let me enjoy that too. I loved the parallel universe, the half planet, the wings, and the pith. We don’t really learn about pith either…is it a drug? Is it aphrodisiac? Is it harmless? So there are few a questions remaining without answers.

There were a few things that just felt off, but as I told you at the beginning of my review, you can’t really rate a Sci-Fi so, and this is just my opinion, I would say it’s a 3.5 rating.
I hope you will enjoy more than I did!

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

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Review: “Yours for the Holiday” by DJ Jamison

TITLE: Yours for the Holiday
AUTHOR: DJ Jamison
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: –
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 168 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 20, 2017
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book

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Fresh off a break-up, Remy is in no mood to share a room with his brother’s best friend during a holiday stay at home. Jason Hendricks has always treated him like a little brother to tease and taunt, all the more embarrassing because Remy has secretly crushed on the jerk since puberty. But when Jason confides he’s bisexual, Remy realizes the crush he loves to hate could be the perfect rebound.
Jason has always found Remy appealing. He didn’t handle his attraction well when he was younger, but now Remy’s a grown man and Jason’s no longer afraid of his feelings. Some playful flirtation sounds like a great way to spend Thanksgiving break, but he’s not prepared for Remy’s newfound sex appeal or his decision to make Jason his rebound fling. Jason doesn’t want to risk fallout with a family that’s always been there for him, but he’s not sure he can resist.
When the two part ways, they don’t plan to stay in touch, but soon they’re texting, trading sexy pictures and helping each other cope with family drama. Remy agrees to be his for the holiday, continuing their secret fling over Christmas, but Jason knows that won’t be enough. He’ll have to find the courage to be open and honest with his best friend — and the whole Wells family — if he wants a chance at love in the new year.


Jason is invited to spend Thanksgiving with his best friend Derek and his family. They’ve been friends since third grade, and Jason is kind of the third son of the family.
Remy is Derek’s little brother. As the youngest son, he grew up with Derek and Jason’s pranks.
But now, Remy isn’t a kid anymore, and Jason noticed it. While Remy is gay open and out, Jason is bisexual and in the closet.

So when the sparks fire between them, and attraction and desire consume them, Jason doesn’t want to lose his surrogate family and Remy refuses to believe that his first crush can be nothing more than a hook up during the holidays.
I can’t tell you that I disliked the book, but I can’t tell you that I liked it either.

Jason has a dysfunctional family; his mother is an alcoholic junkie and his father a workaholic leaving his son to deal with his wife. He spends all his time with Derek’s family, and when he hit puberty, he realized that he was attracted to Remy, but too confused about that. I can understand it, that he was confused about his sexuality. So when he kisses Remy, bam, the gate was open, and all his buried feelings flood him, and he became an enamoured man.
Remy is gay proud and out, but he broke up with his BF who cheated on him. So when he saw Jason, he wasn’t ready for something more than a fling during the holidays. I understand it. But when Jason starts to make it clear that he wants more, Remy was all like, “Noooo, we can’t, and I don’t want to be serious,” and in the meantime, his was sending dickfies (it’s like a selfie but with a dick). It was annoying.

It wasn’t a bad story, but it was too superficial for me.
For example, Jason decided to deal with his parents. He took him a 2-hour conversation, and tadaaaa, Daddy decided to get help for mommy.
Or, Derek had a difficult breakup, because the guy was accusing his GF of cheating on him with Jason. So he was all moody on his couch, drinking alcohol. Jason tries to help him. And Derek told him that he was sure Jason slept with his GF and his ex-GF too btw. So if I summarize correctly; the guy that you know for 20 years, the guy that stood by your side every time you needed him, the guy who doesn’t have a family, this guy that you call your best friend, you’re ready to punch him and accusing him of betraying you for a girl you barely knew. But while I wanted to throat punch Derek, Jason just reacted like, “Oh it stings, but we’ll be fine.”

It’s too bad, because the story wasn’t bad, and Jason and Remy are adorable. Their sexting was fun to read too, and the end is a beautiful HEA.

So, it’s 3.5 OpmtimuMMs for them.

***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: “Bubbly” by Shea Balik

TITLE: Bubbly
AUTHOR: Shea Balik
SERIES: Uncorked
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Harris Channing
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 145 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 19, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 ebook

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Raise your wine glasses high to toast the men of Dahlonia while they discover the secret to happiness – LOVE.
There was no doubt about it, Macalister Whitmore was as straight-laced as they came. He worked all the time, never did anything that would be considered fun, and almost always wore a suit and tie, even in the laid back southern town of Dahlonia, where the dress code tended to be jeans and t-shirts. It was how his parents raised him and Macalister was sure even a tanning salon couldn’t change that.
David Wilson wanted to throttle his best friend for sending Mac to his tanning salon to try and loosen up the uptight lawyer. He had never met anyone that had actually worn a suit to a tanning salon before. What Mac needed was a doctor to remove that stick from his ass. Then again, if Mac continued to look down his nose at David, he would remove it himself.
Still, it seemed that opposites do attract, so they decide to give each other a chance.
Happily ever after may sound like a dream come true, but no one ever said it didn’t come with pain and heartache. Will they walk away from each other, or walk through hell for the chance to pop some Bubbly and celebrate finding their happy ending?
Male/Male romance and sexual situations.


I really enjoyed this story from this author, and I wish I could give a higher rating. If I could review it just by the story, I would have rated it a 4 star. The problem I had was with the editing. There were several times I would be reading and would turn the page in the middle of a sentence, and the next page would start a new sentence. It would not complete the sentence I was in, and it would confuse me. This got better by the end of the book which I was happy for because it is a good story and I can’t wait to see the next book.

Mac is a lawyer that appears to not enjoy life at all. He’s always in a suit and tie, even on his days off. His bosses want him to loosen up and send him to a tanning salon. His attitude towards this is not a happy one. He doesn’t understand why this would help him to learn how to have fun but who is he to question the bosses.

David wants to strangle Andy for even sending this uptight man to his business. There’s not enough wine in the world for him to put up with such a person that looks down on him. What David didn’t expect was a knight and shining armor. When David is in a precarious situation, Mac is there to the rescue.

Opposites attract they say and so is true with these two. A wonderful love story is uncovered, and I was rooting for these two. Then life and reality happens and Mac reverts back to his old ways. Will these two see their happily ever after or will the family win? Will David be able to hang on to the Mac he’s grown to love? Will Mac be able to let go of his tightwad self and learn to be happy? I’m not sure how to answer these for you. I guess you will need to get them yourself.

***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: “Dragon’s Heat” by Lisa Oliver

TITLE: Dragon’s Heat
AUTHOR: Lisa Oliver
SERIES: City Dragon
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Lisa Oliver/Model from Paul Henry Serres
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 158 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 17, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book / $13.50 -paperback

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Dragon’s Heat – City Dragon’s Book 1
Jon Erskine had made a good life for himself as one of the top Forensic Accounts and Systems Analysts in the country. He doesn’t mind working with paranormal clients – after all, he’s a shifter himself. However, he could do without all the slurs and derogatory comments. Not all shifters are wolves, bears and other predators. Still, his expertise and reputation is solid and Jon is more than capable of holding his own. That is until Dirk Hollingsworth runs from his office.
Dirk is running out of time. He has to find out who’s been stealing from his company before his father turns up for his wedding in three weeks’ time. Acting on the recommendation of a friend, Dirk turns to Jon, or at least thinks about it. That is, until he catches the man’s scent in the doorway of his office and does a runner. Not the proudest moment for one of the proudest of all shifters, but Dirk has a responsibility to his clan and catching the tantalizing scent of a dog isn’t going to change anything. Or so he thinks.
Family betrayals, a strong-willed dragon spirit; all things collide as Jon and Dirk struggle to find common ground. Calling off the wedding is easy; staying alive might be that much harder. M/M, graphic content. Suitable ages 18+
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Jon Erskine is a forensic accountant, the best in the country. Shifter dog himself, he works with other shifters and species, even if some have a prejudice against his kind, Jon doesn’t care.

Dirk Hollingsworth is a multi-billionaire dragon shifter. He runs a multi-national, and he’s the chief of his clan here in the USA. When he realizes someone is stealing his company, he hires the best accountant to track the money. But When Dirk catches Jon’s scent he refuses to meet the man and runs away.
What’s supposed to be simple and natural when 2 fated mate meet, becomes a life-threatening menace.

It was a sweet pleasurable book.

Dirk is, at first, a real asshole with Jon. First, he refuses to mate with a dog. Second, he refuses to be with a man since he considers himself straight. And third, he insults his dragon. Yep, a real asshole, but he can’t fight against fate, and when he admits that he needs Jon more than anything, he’s ready to move a mountain and fight anyone for his mate. I love it.
Jon is smart, calm and funny. He is confident in his capacity even if he doubts of Dirk intentions at first. After being rejected, he can’t easily believe that Dirk has changed his mind.
The story and the plot are good and simple. Not really original but well written, so it works for me.

What I really love about this book, is the dragons. As Dragon Shifters, they have the ability to walk dream with their other half, and talk with them.

Their dragon part isn’t silenced, but really present, and he’s a character by itself, and it’s the thing that pleases me the most and makes this book different from another shifter books.
3.5 OptimuMM’s for the dragon and his most precious jewel.

***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: “Swimming to Freedom” by Robbie Michaels

TITLE: Swimming to Freedom
AUTHOR: Robbie Michaels
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 186 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 28, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

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Once, swimming was a labor of love for Brandon. Now it’s just a labor.
When Brandon’s competitive, domineering father decided to cash in on his son’s hobby, he sucked all the joy out of the sport for his son. Now Brandon’s father spends every ounce of his energy training Brandon for one purpose: Olympic gold and with it the chance to experience success vicariously through Brandon.
Brandon falling in love with Tyler, another swimmer, was not part of his father’s plan. Luckily the two young men have Joel in their corner, a straight ally who helps them find time alone. When Brandon’s father finds out about the relationship, his reaction is sadly predictable, and soon, Brandon’s new home is beneath a bridge. He finds peace swimming in the river, but feels fear as wild animals pass by his shelter during the night.
But once again, his happiness cannot last. Torrential storms are threatening to wash away his future—maybe for good this time.


Swimming to Freedom was not the book I expected from reading the blurb. I thought it would be an intense and emotional read, but I didn’t get that reaction at all. There were characters and things that I did like, but this book I just found really hard to connect with.

Brandon is seventeen years old and lives with his father who’s extremely controlling and overbearing. He has no life of his own as his father dictates his every movement, and needs to know what Brandon is doing and where he is at any given moment in time. Brandon’s life is the pool for training, school and home. Even the pool which used to be his sanctuary and escape has been taken over by his father, who goes to every training session and stands on the edge of the pool and shouts commands and instructions. The only friends he has are through the swimming team, but his father doesn’t allow him to spend time with them outside of training. Joel is the person Brandon is closest to on the team, and they only see each other more often because they live close to each other and Joel sometimes gives Brandon a ride to training because his father won’t let him get his driver’s permit to learn to drive. When Joel and Brandon are chatting as they’re driving home one day, Joel guesses that Brandon is gay, and he decides he wants to help Brandon accept his sexuality and find a boyfriend. Joel knows that it needs to be kept secret from everyone else on the team just in case Brandon’s dad hears about it.

At one of the swimming competitions the team are involved in, Brandon meets Tyler who’s on a rival team. The two boys hit it off straight away, and Tyler flirts with Brandon and asks him to go out for something to eat afterwards. With a little white lie to his father about the reason for going, Brandon finally gets a chance to do something for himself. With the help of Joel, Brandon and Tyler then begin to spend more time together, where their relationship develops. But of course, Brandon’s dad notices that things are different and doesn’t like that he’s spending so much time hanging around with Tyler. So when Brandon comes out and tells him he’s gay, his father is completely against it and isn’t willing to try and listen to what Brandon is saying or how he’s feeling, which leads to Brandon leaving home and his father telling him he’ll never be welcome back.

Brandon stays with Tyler for a while, but a morning rush when Tyler’s family are going out of town causes a mix up with some keys, and Brandon is left with nowhere to stay and no one to turn to. Brandon is left completely homeless and penniless with only the clothes he’s wearing.

I can honestly say that Joel was my favourite character and the saviour of this story and book. If it wasn’t for him, I would have probably stopped reading before the end. He’s the most amazing person and friend that anyone could want around them. He was kind, supportive and willing to do whatever it took to make sure Brandon was happy and didn’t feel like he was alone. Brandon’s father, however, had my blood pressure going off the charts. I don’t think there’s ever been a character I’ve hated so much in any book I’ve read. The man was absolutely horrid.

There was one thing that annoyed me more than anything about the story, and that was the amount of apologising. It was just too much. The word sorry was used so often that it was bordering on ridiculous, and it did have an impact on my overall enjoyment and impression of the book. The ending was right for the story, and also quite cute. I’m glad Brandon and Tyler got their happily ever after. But it just wasn’t the powerful and profound, coming-out, first-love story it had the potential to be.

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

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