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

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