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

Review: “Nerdy Little Secret” by M.J. O’Shea

TITLE: Nerdy Little Secret
SERIES: Coconut Cove
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 82 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 18, 2018
PRICE:$3.99 -e-book


Welcome to Coconut Cove where you’ll always find oiled beach bodies, palm trees, tropical drinks, and plenty of drama!
Coconut Cove is the hottest new sensation to sweep the nation — a gay teen drama filled to the brim with hot stars and even hotter action. It’s catching the public’s attention and winning their hearts. But all the drama, heartache, and life lessons aren’t just for the characters on the screen. The fledgling actors behind the scenes have more than their fair share of love and catastrophes. They may only play teens on TV but when it comes to romance, these twenty-somethings still have lessons to learn.
From the scheming ex determined to cash in on a rising star, to the hunky high school crush resurrected from ancient history—from the nice guy with a naughty past, to the snarky diva with attitude—there’s plenty of scandalous hidden affairs and seriously sexy demons hiding in just about everyone’s closet on Coconut Cove.
You just have to be ready to drink it in. Bottoms up … or should we say off?

Book two in the Coconut Cove series was charming. The characters and plot were pretty simple. There was no real angst or conflict, and the romance part fell a little flat. It didn’t add much to the series to be quite honest.

Blair Fletcher is a native of Key West. He lives with his mother, and to help her with the bills, he worked as a waiter at a local restaurant. The show’s director spotted him and signed him for her new show Coconut Cove as the queen bee Ryder. Being the complete opposite of his character eventually takes its toll, and he struggles on camera. Bring in his assumed straight next-door neighbor that recently moved back to town, with hints of why he was back but never actually explained anything, who he has secretly pined over since he was a teenager and he’s a hot mess.

Sander Johansen was a teenage bad boy. He was the cool kid that every other kid wanted to be or be with. He has no idea his shy and a little nerdy next-door neighbor is a star on the new hit show that has taken over Key West. He’s back in town and looking for work and just so happens to get a job as a set carpenter which puts him directly in the path of sweet, unassuming Blair.

This book was good for a short read, but I was really hoping it would have been more. It also ended rather abruptly. We never really got to know the main characters as a couple. I did enjoy the little snippets from the show.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Hex and Candy” by Ashlyn Kane

TITLE: Hex and Candy
AUTHOR: Ashlyn Kane
SERIES: Strange Bedfellows
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal;
LENGTH: 214 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 21, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback


Strange Bedfellows
True love’s kiss can break the curse. But then what?
Cole Alpin runs a small-town candy store. He visits his grandmother twice a week. And sometimes he breaks curses.
Leo Ericson’s curse is obvious right away, spiderwebbing across his very nice body. Though something about it worries Cole, he agrees to help—with little idea of what he’s getting into.
Leo is a serial monogamist, but his vampire ex has taken dating off the table with his nasty spell, and Leo needs Cole’s companionship as much as his help. When the hex proves to be only the beginning of his problems, Leo seeks refuge at Cole’s place. Too bad magic prevents him from finding refuge in Cole’s arms.
Cole’s never had a boyfriend, so how can he recognize true love? And there’s still the matter of the one responsible for their troubles in the first place….

Hex and Candy is the first book in the Strange Bedfellows series and the twenty-sixth book in the Dreamspun Beyond series. This is the first book that I’ve read by Ashlyn Kane. The book was well written, and I liked the plot. The characters and sub characters were interesting, but the editing could have been better, although it wasn’t too distracting. I liked that this was a book about Cole, a candy maker curse breaker who takes on a client, Leo, who believes he’s been cursed by his vampire ex-boyfriend, Roland. The curse doesn’t allow him to flirt, exchange numbers, or dance with anybody that he’s attracted to. Leo was referred to Cole by a friend.

I was sometimes confused by the main character Cole Alpin. Cole comes from a long line of witches, but while he was growing up he didn’t present a magical ability, so they thought he was a muggle—yes, they did start to call humans that after the Harry Potter books came out.

Up until that point, they were called mundane—so they had him learn a muggle job, and he choose candy making but not chocolate because he has a really bad hazelnut allergy. However, Cole did finally get his magical ability which is curse breaking. So now he has a candy shop where he makes some holistic magical candies in addition to regular candies and on the side he breaks curses. Coles’ grandmother is clairvoyant, and he’s asked her before if he will ever find somebody to love, but she will never tell him yes or no. His cousin Kate also has a way with tarot cards and reads his cards whenever he has a question about what he should do. Now the part that confuses me is how Cole keeps having thoughts about not be able to do something or say something because it is too sexy which is the same problem that Leo has because of his curse. Which keeps making me think that he’s the one that’s cursed which is wrong. If he’s trying not to say or do these things because it would be unprofessional to hit on his client, then it wasn’t explained well enough cause I found it confusing.

I did like how true love’s kiss could break the curse.

I liked Leo Ericson. His first introduction into the paranormal world is when he takes home a one-night stand that turns out to be a vampire. After their relationship dissolves in what Leo thought was amicable terms, he finds that he’s been cursed. And he’s pretty sure it was by his ex-boyfriend. After nearly a year of living with the curse, he’s ready to be done with it and is recommended by a friend to Cole Alpin.

I liked that there were some twist and turns that I wasn’t expecting and that we still got a happily ever after ending.
Overall, a good book and a good addition to the Dreamspun beyond series.

I can’t wait for the next book in the Strange Bedfellows series to come out.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “The 17-Year-Old Itch” by MJ O’Shea

TITLE: The 17 Year Old Itch
SERIES: Coconut Cove
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 80 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 17, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book


An old conflict boils up behind the scenes of Coconut Cove.
The popular show is about to start filming its second season, and Tony Adams is happy to return to sunny Key West and his role as innocent Joey… mostly. Being back on set also means facing Casey. They had indulged in a scorching behind-the-scenes tryst during season one, but it ended in heartache for Tony. It still hurts.
When they return to Key West, nothing has changed. Casey takes his role as hot dad a little too far and can’t seem to remember that Tony isn’t the teenager he plays on TV. Tony’s tired of being Casey’s dirty little secret—he’s more than man enough for a real adult romance—and draws a line in the sand. Either Casey acknowledges him and their relationship publicly, or he’s calling it off between them.

Book four in the Coconut Cove series is the story of Tony and Casey. We’ve seen them throughout the series in various parts, and the authors have hinted at some turmoil between the two, but now we finally get their book. The book is once again set in Key West, Florida and is taking place during the filming of the second season of the television show Coconut Cove that both characters star in.

With Tony’s character, I had to go back and try to get a feel for him because this book was a little difficult to grasp in terms of who Tony actually is. I know by now he’s tired of being labeled as adorable and cute. His attitude in the book was of a scorned lover, so there wasn’t much else about his personality that I really saw.

Casey is the older man in this book. He’s told Tony that he can’t be with him but never explained why. Casey wants Tony but doesn’t want Tony. He has reasons, but it takes to the end of the book before we find out and then it was pretty anticlimactic.

The heat was good in the book during the moment. I wish I got more from the characters. I’m not sure why we needed the scenes from the show in this book. They didn’t tie anything together or really add anything to the entirety of the book. As a couple, these weren’t my favorite, but I am looking forward to reading more of the series.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Alpha Unit One, New York” by Chris T.Kat

TITLE: Alpha Unit One, New York
AUTHOR: Chris T.Kat
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Cate Ashwood
GENRE: Shapeshifter; Paranrmal; Fantasy
LENGTH: 161 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jul 27, 2018
PRICE: $5.99 e-book


The cat’s out of the bag….
In a world that accepts shifters as normal and thinks nothing of human/shifter couples, baby shifters and small shifters are treated as subpar. They are not allowed into the more dangerous professions, and their mates have legal control over what they can and cannot do.
Nicholas Reed is about to challenge the established rules. At twenty-eight, Nick has just been accepted into New York’s Alpha Unit One—an elite law enforcement team, composed equally of humans and shifters, that specializes in drug crimes. It is Nick’s dream job. But if they find out what he’s hiding, his career could be destroyed.
Enter a huge complication in the form of Sam Black, an older lion shifter who is the leader of the unit… and Nick’s mate. Nick wants Sam, and he wants to keep his job, but he can’t have them both. He also can’t choose between them.

Nicholas Reese is 28 years-old. He dreams to be a cop and especially a member of the Alpha Unit One. It’s a unit where humans and shifters work together. Nicholas decides to enter this unit as human and does everything in his power to keep his secret safe, but he didn’t plan to meet his true mate in the person of Sam Black an alpha lion shifter and his boss.
They will have to decide what they really want if they want a chance of a future together.

Alpha Unit One, New York is my first book by the author Chris T Kat. I liked this book.

In a world where humans and shifters are equals and live together, the baby shifters aren’t really free to do what they want. Baby-shifters are humans who can shift into the baby’s form of their animal, no matter their ages or sizes. When they’re in this form, they act like little child, so humans and shifters (the adult ones) decided that the baby-shifters can’t have dangerous work (like being a cop) and when they mate, their mates have all power, decisions and responsibilities over them.

Nicholas is an adult, he’s 28 years old. But when he shifts, he becomes a baby snow leopard and that’s where the problem is. He’s a good cop, strong, and mature, but because of his shifted form, people think he’s a kid who needs to be protected. Mating Sam scares him because he refuses to lose his job, but he can’t resist his pull for Sam too. I adore Nick, he’s strong, mature, very smart and super cute. When he shifts he’s just so cute. His shifted form, named Tiny, is so adooooooorable I wanted to put him in my pocket and never let him go.

Sam is an older Lion shifter. He’s strong, fierce, loyal, very protective and hot, like super-hot and I want to do things to him that I can’t really write right now! Sam doesn’t freak out about Nick’s secret, but all his protective instincts kick in, and he tried to protect his baby-mate, even if he’d be hurting him in the process. I sooo love Sam.

I really liked this book. I was afraid when I read the blurb that the book would be a copy of the “Thirds” series by Charlie Cochet, but it wasn’t at all. Yes, it’s a world where shifters and humans live together, and yes, it’s about a unit where shifters and humans are partners, but it ends there. The plot, the characters, the particularities of this universe, are different from the other series, and it was original and pretty good in Alpha Unit One, New York.

I don’t know if it’s the beginning of a series, so I’m torn, let me explain. If it’s the beginning of a series, this book put just all the ingredients for a good series. The main characters, the plot and subplot, and the background are all introduced in the book but not thoroughly, and it’s okay for me because it mean I will learn more about Sam and Nick, their dynamics, their world in the next books. If it’s just a standalone, well, it was good but too superficial for me.

Anyway, if you like a good universe with shifters and humans, I recommend this book, it’s a pleasurable read. And I do hope to have another one (me? greedy? … Naan)

3.5 Stars for The King Lion and his baby prince!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis