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Review: “Good Boys” by Keelan Ellis

TITLE: Good Boys
AUTHOR: Keelan Ellis
SERIES: The Solomon Mysteries
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Mystery / Suspense
LENGTH: 196 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jun 4, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book


Having risen through the ranks of the Baltimore City Police Department to the elite Homicide unit as an out gay man, Paul Solomon has always prided himself on his integrity and self-reliance. As the last vestiges of his failed eight-year-long relationship fall away, Paul finds himself adrift, forced to rely on others to help him find his footing again.
When Paul and his partner, Tim Cullen, are called to the scene of a double murder of two high school students on the city’s west side, Paul finds the lives and deaths of the two boys hitting closer to home than he’d expected. With his personal life in upheaval, he struggles with the perspective needed to untangle the web of secrets and lies that led to their demise.
While working his way through the complicated case, Paul starts getting his life back together. After a date with an enigmatic young man takes a dark turn, he reaches out to an old flame who brings some much-needed lightness to his life. But Paul finds that relationships, like murder investigations, are never as simple as he’d like.

Paul Solomon is a detective at the homicide unit of the Baltimore City Police Department. He’s called to the scene of a double murder of two teenagers, and with his partner Tim Cullen, they’ll have to start the investigation of a complicated case.
Between the investigation and his personal life that goes adrift, Paul will have to rely on others while trying to find his footing again.
Good Boys is the first book of The Solomon Mysteries series. It’s my first book by the author Keelan Ellis.

I liked this book; it was a good mystery novel.

Paul is a 38 year-old cop, gay and out. He’s a very good detective and very passionate at his job, but he’s not good with human relationships or interaction. I found Paul very selfish, self-centered and sometimes a real Asshole, but it was consistant with his situation. His life went adrift, he lost his boyfriend of 8 years, has to move out and crash on the couch of his partner and then mets a beautiful young man who is completely fucked up while he’s dating an ex-lover Owen…. Of course the guy was selfish, self-centered and a real asshole, he’s just human after all.

The book is written from Paul’s view. It’s a good mystery novel, but it’s not a romance and don’t expect it. There’re no real feelings in this book, even between Paul and his lovers or friends, and when there’s some feelings, it wasn’t well described. But it didn’t bother me; I didn’t expect to read a romance. The plot is divided between the investigation and Paul’s life. The investigation was interesting and captivating with a good twist at the end that I didn’t see coming.

The secondary characters are good, I loved Tim. And I’m dying to know more about David, he’s the one who touch me the most and I hope that I’ll read more about him in the next books.

If you want a good mystery novel, Good Boys is for you. I enjoyed this book and I’ll read the next one in the series.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Love of the Egoist” by Nero Seal

TITLE: Love of the Egoist
AUTHOR: Nero Seal
SERIES: Egoist
COVER ARTIST: Sublime Novels
LENGTH: 267 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 20, 2018
PRICE: $0.99 – e-book


“I wanted to play with you… punish you. But now, I want to ruin your world and turn it pitch black. Isolate you so you don’t have anything left except me.
And remember, it’s your own fault.”
* * *
Isolation. Loneliness. Endless silence stretching into eternity.
This is the personal living hell of police detective, Kuon Leiris.
His punishment for ruining the Black Duke’s deal.
But when nights come, it gets worse…
Cruelty. Care. Brutality. Affection.
Constant mind games where he can do nothing, but give in.
Yugo pours his every corrupt desire into his prey, testing the limits of their twisted relationship.
Do you dare enter a dark world where safe-words don’t exist?

Love of the Egoist is the first book in the Egoist series and is the second book that I’ve read by Nero Seal. I have also read And After Death…. Love of the Egoist is well written, the editing was good, but I did find some mistakes, but they weren’t bad enough to interrupt my reading of the book. I did like the warning at the front of the book, and I don’t know if I distanced my emotions too much or what, but I had a hard time feeling the emotions from the police detective, Kuon Leiris, who’s captured as punishment for ruining the Black Duke’s deal. I think I might have had a better time feeling his emotions or caring about what he was going through if I’d gotten emotionally invested in him before he got captured by Yugo “The Black Duke.”

The book starts out and Police Detective Kuon immediately gets captured and then we get snippets of his history. It wasn’t enough for me to become invested in him. I found myself more emotionally connected to Yugo and his mixed feelings as he tries to bend but not break Kuon into the type of possession/toy that he wants him to be. It wasn’t until the introduction of Milo that I finally started to connect with Kuon’s feelings and then the book ends in a cliffhanger, and we’re left hanging so now I want to read the next book in the series to find out what happened. Is Kuon still alive or not? I hate having to wait to find out. But I’ll be reading the next book to find out.

I did love one of the scenes between Yugo and Kuon when they’re in the bathroom, and Yugo wants to aim Kuon’s willy while he’s going to the bathroom. Kuon’s having a little bit of stage fright and can’t get his flow going and Yugo ends up talking in baby talk to Kuon’s willy, and that makes Kuon bust up laughing, and he finally gets his flow going much to Yugo’s dismay since it ends up going everywhere. I busted out laughing, and the memory still has the ability to make me chuckle. I’m so glad that my sister didn’t ask me what was so funny since we had our young niece and nephew over at the time and I wouldn’t have been able to explain it. But it was a great break in all of the dark inner thoughts, obsession, and sex scenes that had been building up through the story until that point. It then went back to their confused feelings for each other. Overall, it wasn’t a bad book about Stockholm syndrome and if you like books about Stockholm syndrome, abuse, brainwashing, isolation, rape, hurt/comfort, enemies to lovers, mafia, and police detectives then this book is for you.

***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

Review: “Orion’s Circle” by Victoria Sue

TITLE: Orion’s Circle
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
SERIES: Sirius Wolves series
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Mpreg
LENGTH: 172 pages
RELEASE DATE: Nov 7, 2017
PRICE: $1.18 -e-book


According to legend, when humankind is at its most desperate, the goddess Sirius will send three of the most powerful werewolf shifters ever created to save mankind. However, because they are so powerful, they will need a fourth to complete them, to calm them and help them reach their full potential.
Aden, a young were, has been his pack’s omega ever since, at the age of fifteen, he didn’t shift like everyone else. Caught, reviled, and tortured because of his empathic abilities, he knew on the night he was told to run as sport for the pack hunters that it would end in his death. What he didn’t know, however, was that on the same night he’d also meet the love of his life and a pathway to answers, because Aden is far more than just a pack omega.
What begins as a hunt soon becomes a new adventure as Aden discovers that he has not only one, but three destined mates, and his role as lover is far more than trivial. The fate of all humankind rests upon it.

Aden is a young omega who’s been mistreated and tortured by his pack for years. One night, his pack decides to hunt and probably kill him when three mysterious wolves came and rescued him.
Aden understood that he’s met his fated mate. The three of them.
Blaze, Darrick, and Connor, are the Orion’s circle, and they were created by the goddess Sirius herself to protect mankind. They’re mated, but didn’t expect to meet their fourth mate, the sweet and beautiful Aden.

Orion’s Circle is the first book of the Sirius Wolves series.

Aden is young, sweet, and beautiful with a great heart, he’s an omega and an empath. After years being tortured by his pack, he didn’t expect to be saved, and most of all, to be loved. I like Aden, even if he seems fragile and weak, he’s not. He’s stronger than a lot of people. He’s a survivor and still cares for his pack and people.

Blaze, Darrick, and Connor are the most powerful wolves among all the wolves. They’ve known each other since they were born (literally), they grew up together, fought together, and love together. They’re fated mates, and after six centuries on earth, they know each other like no one else. But They’re also different from each other. Blaze is the protector, Connor the empath (most powerful empath) and Darrick is the reason.

I like this book. It the first one of the series, and it put the background, the universe, the characters and the plots into place for the series. There’re two plots, in my opinion. The main one with Aden, Blaze, Darrick, and Connor mating, the second one is more complicated and darker, with the introduction to werewolves to human and all the ramifications that it implies. It also introduces a lot of secondary characters, some are interesting and intriguing, while others are clearly despicable, and I loved hating them.
Beside the fact that it’s a M/M/M/M and Mpreg, it’s hot and sexy, and I enjoyed it a looooooooooot.

It’s a good start for the series.

3.5 OtpimuMMs for the Omega and his Alphas.

***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

Review: “Stand by your Manny” by Amy Lane

TITLE: Stand by your Manny
AUTHOR: Amy Lane
SERIES: The Mannies
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 232 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book / $9.99 -paperback


The Mannies: Book Three
Learning to trust and falling in love.
Sammy Lowell has his hands full juggling his music, college, some pesky health problems, and making the uncles who raised him proud. He needs help fulfilling his after-school duties with his siblings. Nobody can be in two places at once—not even Sammy!
An injury puts Cooper Hoskins in a tough spot—if he can’t work, the foster sister he’s raising can’t eat. But years in the foster system have left Cooper short on trust, and opening up to accept help isn’t easy.
Luckily, family intervenes—Cooper needs a job so he can care for Felicity, and Sammy needs someone who can see past his illness to the wonderful things he has planned for his life. Each heals the damaged places in the other’s heart. But falling in love is a big responsibility for young men deep in family already. Can the two of them get past their fear of the immediate future to see forever with each other?

Sammy is a young artist who attends musical classes in College, works as a teacher in a middle school and helps with his two siblings. He can’t run around town for his classes, work, and siblings, so he needs help, and besides, he also has a health condition that can be life-threatening if it’s not treated well.

Cooper was a foster kid, he’s on his own since he was seventeen, and he takes care of Felicity, his foster sister. He’s lonely and has to assume all the responsibilities for Felicity.
When Cooper’s injured while working on a construction site with his boss Brandon, Brandon decides to help him and introduces Cooper and Felicity to Sam’s family.

Cooper and Sam are at crossroads in their lives, at 21 years-old, they have to decide for their future, but there’s a difference between what they want and what they can have.

Stand by your Manny is book 3 of The Mannies’ series. I liked this book; it was a very sweet story to read.
Cooper has trust issues, which is understandable after the childhood he had. He’s very shy and careful, but he’s also very smart and strong. He wants to be loved; he wants to belong to a family, and he just wants to be accepted for himself. I really liked him; I found him so adorable and beautiful, I wanted to hug and hold him a lot.

Sammy is a brilliant young man. He’s smart and kind with a big heart. He tries his best to help his uncles who raised him with his younger brother and sister. When he meets Cooper, he wants more than a friendship with him; he wants everything. Sammy has a health condition—something minor but can be really dangerous without being properly treated, and Sammy forgets a lot his treatments because he just wants to be normal, be accepted without being seen as weak. That’s exactly what Cooper gives to him.

I had a sweet moment with them, it was my first book in this series, I didn’t read (yet) the two previous books, but this one can be read as a standalone.

You’ll have a sweet time with Sammy and Cooper.

3.5 OptimuMMs because Sammy & Cooper’s world things!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Set Ablaze” by KC Burn

TITLE: Set Ablaze
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Jennifer Vance
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: Apr 24, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback


California firefighter Hayden Hurst is starting to realize there’s more to life than fighting fires and drinking with his buddies. He has room in his home and his life for someone special, but no one has stood out among his hookups. And while he’s out at work, admitting he’s gay is very different from showing up at social functions with a man. He’s afraid that’ll be too much for his less-than-accepting “friends.”
Broadway dancer Jez Bouchet hasn’t been mistaken for straight since he was gay-bashed at seventeen. After getting a lucrative job offer in Hollywood, he uproots his life in New York and drives to Los Angeles. His brother, who is Hayden’s best friend, arranges for him to crash at Hayden’s place.
The attraction between Hayden and Jez is unexpected but fiery, and they succumb before they’re even sure they like each other. But Jez hates Hayden’s homophobic friends, and Hayden knows Jez is too flamboyant for him to fly under the radar. Then there’s the complication of Jez’s brother.
Despite those hurdles, they fling themselves into a relationship. But Jez has secrets: a tiny spoiled dog and a determined stalker. If he doesn’t come clean, he might torch their burgeoning relationship before it has a chance to bloom.

Hayden is a California firefighter, gay, practically out, who shares his life between his work and his buddies.

Jez is a Broadway dancer who came to live in California to start his life over. His brother, Miguel, asked his best friend Hayden to host Jez while he searches for somewhere to live.
Even if Jez and Hayden had known each other all their lives, after a decade without any contact, they’re like two strangers. The fact that Jez has two big secrets, one named Fang a little pug puppy and the other a stalker, doesn’t help at first, and worse, the strong physical attraction between them complicated things a little bit.

I liked this book. I had a good time with them.

Hayden is gay, his parents had threatened him with conversion therapy when he came out, and he ran away to live with his grandmother. But even if Hayden is gay and out, he lives in the closet…let me explain. People at his work know he’s gay, but he never brings a boyfriend to their gatherings, never talk about his life, and when his so-called buddies are homophobic, he doesn’t say a word, and thinks it’s just jokes. He lives in a closet. But when Jez came into his life with his unicorn t-shirt and his flamboyant temper, he realizes that maybe something is wrong with his friends. Jez shows him that he doesn’t have to live a half-life.

Jez is my favorite. I like him a lot. He had a traumatic past after a gay-bashing at 17 years old, and his family had turned their back to him… Except his big brother Miguel. He was on his own, healing his body, soul, and mind. He’s refused to be mistreated since, and when he meets Hayden’s homophobic friends, he refuses to shut up. Besides, Jez has a creepy stalker who make his life hell, but with Hayden’s love and support, he starts to take back what belongs to him.

KC Burn wrote a sweet book with a good plot. She tackles difficult subjects, but she transforms them into a beautiful message of hope that no matter what people think of you, you’re still in control of who you want to be.

Jez and Hayden were adorable together, sweet and funny. The only thing that I missed a little bit was the absence of sex scene, I would have loved to read at least their first night together.

It’s 3.5 OptimuMMs for Fang!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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