Review: “The Nerd and The Prince” by B.G Thomas

TITLE: The Nerd and The Prince
AUTHOR: B.G Thomas
SERIES: Small-Town Dreams
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 264 pages
RELEASE DATE: Sept 18, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book / $9.99 paperback

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A Small-Town Dreams Story
Prince Charming is the man next door.
Small-town business owner Jason Brewster has big dreams: world travel, adventure, and most of all, a passionate romance worthy of a fairy tale. But he doesn’t believe fantasies can come true….
Until Adam moves in next door.
He’s handsome, cultured, European, and best of all, interested in Jason. It’s like something out of the stories Jason loves.
But Adam—whose real name is Amadeo Montefalcone—has a secret. He’s royalty, prince of the small country of Monterosia. Only he doesn’t want to rule, and especially doesn’t want the loveless marriage waiting for him at home. So he ran away in search of true love. With a man. And with Jason, he finds it.
But Adam can’t run forever. The truth will come out. If Jason can forgive Adam’s deception, they might find their happily ever after.


Jason Brewster is a small-town guy who dreams of adventure and epic love. Gay, out and proud, he dreams of his own prince charming that will love and adore him like in his dreams.

Amadeo Montefalcone, aka Adam, is a prince on the run. The pressure of the court and his family forced Adam to run away to live his life. He’s gay, in the closet and scared to come out to his royal family and people of Monterosia, his country.
Adam and Jason will start a beautiful love story, but, Adam has to come out to Jason about his real identity before his former life came back to bite them.

Is it possible that all your dreams can be true? That’s what Jason and Adam will have to find out, and most of all, fight to keep.

The Nerd and The Prince by B.G Thomas is a sweet candy book!
Jason is a young man who lives in his head. He grew up with all the stories that his mother told them (with his twin sister) about mythology and epic loves. Jason dreams about it for years, and he wants his own epic love story with his own prince charming. I liked Jason, he’s sweet and funny, and he cracked me up with his sister.

Amadeo or Adam is lost, scared, and broken at the beginning. He’s torn between his duty toward his country, and his wants of freedom to be whoever he wants. When he met Jason, he realizes that maybe he can have a real true love, but he’s scared to lose everything. Adam pains me; he’s so scared to live his life, so scared to love a man in the eye of the public that he chooses to live in the shadows of the world. But I liked that when he met Jason, he couldn’t deny his desire and despite his fears, he chooses Jason above everything else.

This book was a mix between fairy tales and mythology. It was sweet, full of love with an epic declaration of love and bravery with a great fight for the love of his beloved. B.G Thomas did an interesting mix of these two subgenres and added his own style with our pop culture.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “For You I Fall” by T.N Nova & Colette Davison

TITLE: For You I Fall
AUTHOR: T.N Nova & Colette Davison
SERIES: Angels & Misfits #1
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Colette Davison
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 239 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 28,2018
PRICE: $4.97 e-book

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Despite having had a rough life, Seth has a big heart. After spending nearly ten years sleeping rough on the streets of New York, he’s managed to get himself freelance work and a place to live. But his new found security is about to be torn apart, as the horrors of his past come back to haunt him in the worst possible way.
Dante was sent to watch over a young Seth when his mother died. As an angel, he had many rules to follow. The most important of which was to never fall in love—especially when it involves a human who is your charge. For the last ten years, Dante has kept his feelings for Seth hidden. That is until the night Seth’s past catches up with him.
When Seth is murdered, their destinies are changed forever. Feelings and emotions come to the surface, but will the rules that govern the afterlife keep Dante and Seth apart for eternity, or will they be able to find their happily ever after together?


Dante is an angel who watches over his human charge Seth. For 10 years, Dante helped Seth to reach his path, and protect him, until Seth is murdered and has to make a choice for his afterlife.
Dante and Seth will have to find a way to find justice for Seth and be together for eternity, but time and other paranormal forces are against them. An eternity with the man they love is at risk if they fail.

For You I Fall is the first book in the Angels and Misfits series, and the first book I’ve read by the authors.

I liked this boo, it was a sweet love story.

Dante has been an angel since he was created, he belongs to the caste who watch over humans, he has his charges and helps them in their destined paths. But everything changes when Dante falls madly in love with Seth. Rules, in the angelic plane, are strict, love is forbidden, and the angel can be kicked out and live an eternity on earth as a fallen angel. Dante knows the risk, but he’s ready to take them all for Seth.

Seth is a good person with a big heart. He had a rough life but never stopped helping others and love people in need. When he’s murdered, Seth refuses to be at peace and wants justice. He didn’t plan to fall in love with Dante, and he’s scared to lose him for eternity after their mission is accomplished.

I liked them both and they complemented each other perfectly. Dante is protective of Seth. He wants him to be happy, safe and loved, and for that Dante is ready to take all the risks. I really liked this about him. Seth is a sweetheart and he wants to help people. He did it when he was alive, always ready to help the homeless in his city. I liked how kind, smart and devoted he was. They were a very good match, and I couldn’t love one more than the other.

The plot and the story were good. We alternate between Seth and Dante’s pov, but sadly sometimes it was too repetitive. Some chapters were practically the same as the previous one, but with Seth or Dante’s pov and inner thoughts, but even with that, sometimes it was difficult to hold my attention and still be in the story.

All in all, it still was a good story, and a pleasurable book.

It’s 3 OptimuMM for the Angel and his Protector.

***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: “Star-Crossed Lover” by Liv Olteano

TITLE: Star-Crossed Lover
AUTHOR: Liv Olteano
SERIES: Dreamcatchers
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 210 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 7, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback

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A Dreamcatchers Tale
A love worth crossing the stars for.
Taka has been a dreamcatcher and part of Team 32 for over six decades, but nobody has tempted him like Ginger—a dancer at club Zee. Too bad dreamcatchers aren’t allowed to have meaningful relationships with regular people. His willpower proves a finite resource, though, when a mission at the club means spending much more time around Ginger.
Ginger’s infatuation with Taka is unwavering. When he proves to have some paranormal skills of his own, he earns himself a place on the team—if he wants it. His decision will change his life—not to mention Taka’s—irrevocably.
But living in the now could prove an issue for a man who has as much history as Taka. Can Ginger’s determination help him make his way into Taka’s heart?


Star-Crossed Lover is the second book in the Dreamcatchers series and the twenty-fifth book in the Dreamspun Beyond series by Liv Olteano.

This is the first book that I’ve read by Liv Olteano, and it was okay. I liked the characters, but the plot was a little confusing and messy. And it might have been that I was just missing what had happened in the first book and some of the background details that might have been explained but another of the OptimuMM reviewers reviewed the first book in the series and also had a problem with the plot being confusing and messy. So it just might be the author’s writing style. The plot was good though. I did like the storyline, and I do want to find out what happens next, so I’m going to read the next book when it comes out. My favorite parts of the book were when Taka and Ginger were interacting and when it was explained how they were star-crossed lovers. I kind of wish that they had explained more about their past lives’ struggles and what kept them apart until now. The editing of the book could have been better, but as it was an ARC copy, I’m hoping that they got caught and fixed.

Taka has been part of Team 32 and a dreamcatcher for over six decades, but nobody has tempted him like the dancer at club Zee. It’s too bad that dreamcatchers aren’t allowed to have meaningful relationships with regular people. But that doesn’t stop him from going to the club on his downtime and watching Ginger. His willpower will be put to the test, though, when a mission at the club means spending a lot of time around Ginger. I liked Taka. He was strong, courageous, and protective.

I liked Ginger more than Taka. Taka maybe older than Ginger but it’s Ginger that ends up taking the lead in their relationship, which just confuses Taka because he thinks he should be the more experienced one in the relationship since he’s older. I also liked how unwavering Ginger’s infatuation for Taka is. He’s been flirting with him since he started working for the club about a year ago. When it comes to light that Ginger is from a line of witches and that he would be a good candidate for being a dreamcatcher, I was so excited for Taka since he can now follow his desires and date Ginger.

I also liked how they go on missions and fight the spagas (demons) who suck the lifeforce out of their victims while they are sleeping.
At the end of the book was an exclusive excerpt for the next book in the series Lover Behind Enemy Lines which is going to be about Claw and their captive Nathan Gallagher. I can’t wait to read it.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Living Promises” by Amy Lane

TITLE: Living Promises
AUTHOR: Amy Lane
SERIES: Keeping Promise Rock Series
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 350 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jul 04, 2011
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $17.99 -paperback

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Six years ago, Jeff Beachum comforted a frightened teenager outside an HIV treatment clinic, and Collin Waters has remembered his kindness ever since. Now, after six years of crushing on the kind, brown-eyed sweetheart of his dreams, Collin is feeling adult and together enough to make his move. Too bad fate, which has never been kind to Jeff, has something else in mind.
Jeff’s life had fallen completely apart before that long-ago day, and it isn’t much better now. Jeff has toughened up, become self-reliant, been the funny guy his friends turn to, the one who gives advice and comfort when needed. But every phantom from Jeff’s past is about to come out to haunt him, and the family Jeff has staked his future on isn’t in such great shape either. Collin is more than a starry-eyed kid, and it’s a good thing, because Jeff’s going to need all the help he can get. No one knows better than Jeff that life can be too short to turn your back on honest love, and that living happily is the best promise of all.


As you know already, with the approval of Dreamspinner Press, we’re reviewing previously published books. We continue with Amy Lane‘s, Keeping Promise Rock contemporary romance series.
I love this series but this book …

This sequel of the series was not as good as I was hoping for. I loved Jeff from the very first moment we met him as Crick’s PA. He charmed me with his outgoing behavior, sassy attitude and strong personality.
But this book turned him into a “woman”. Without disrespecting the author or the series, this story turns out to be a false-stereotyping bottom=girl-in-the-relationship type of tail. From the strong personality, he becomes a sobbing, quivering damsel in distress. Maybe the author did it unconsciously, but as I read it, it annoyed me to hell.

Collin is 13 years younger and has a bad boy attitude. He’s had a 5-year crush on Jeff and when the opportunity comes he, finally, makes a move.

Jeff can’t get past the age difference, but in the end, he leans on Collin. Right. And this…!

I don’t know, maybe its just me being a man, maybe having the man-pride myself, but that doesn’t bode well with me. An over 37-year-old leaning on a 24-year-old boy, just not ok in my book. Jeff is strong, we all know that we all need a shoulder from time to time, but for a 24-year-old to have more manliness in him than a 37-year-old grown man who takes care of all his friends…well, that is a lack in his character. This wasn’t a first time when I read a series where a personality change happens to a character. For me, it’s just kind of ruins the book, if not the whole series.

Toward the end of the book, the story was repetitive. We read again and again about previous MC’s of the series. There are a lot of health issues going around. It seems that everyone gets sick at the same time. It was a bit depressing.

As much as I loved the previous books, this felt stretched.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Speed Dating the Boss” by Sue Brown

TITLE: Speed Dating the Boss
AUTHOR: Sue Brown
SERIES: Cowboys and Angels
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Kanaxa
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 204 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jun 26, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback

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Will a mix of privilege and blue collar be a recipe for love… or disaster?
Dan’s pretty satisfied with his job at the working-class bar Cowboys and Angels. He enjoys his simple life, his apartment, and his cat, but he could do without the fights that break out in the bar, his boss’s meddling daughter, Ariel… oh, and a brutal, unrequited crush on his straight alpha boss, Gideon.
When Dan’s friend prepares to tie the knot, everyone insists that Dan needs a date for the wedding. Before he can protest, Ariel arranges a gay speed-dating event at the bar with Gideon as a participant. The unforeseen revelation that Gideon is bisexual raises Dan’s hopes, especially when Gideon announces that he wants to accompany Dan to the wedding. Could Gideon really be interested in Dan?
When Dan needs someone most, Gideon offers his unconditional support, and with genuine commitment, he shows Dan the kind of man he really is. Teaming up to save the wedding from a hungover groom and intolerant parents, can Gideon convince Dan they’re the best match since beer and pizza?


Dan is a barman at Cowboys and Angels. He’s satisfied with his job even with the fights that break out in the bar, mostly because of Ariel, his boss’ daughter. Dan has a huge crush on his very straight boss Gideon, so his life could have been perfect if his feelings were shared, but he’s realistic and deals with it… Most of the time.

When Marty, his best friend, announces his wedding and asks Dan to be his best man. Dan is ready to go alone at the wedding, but Ariel decides otherwise and makes it her mission to find him the perfect date during a speed dating. That would have been a good idea until Gideon stepped in, and he revealed his bisexuality and tells Dan that he wants to accompany him to the wedding.
There’s a difference between fantasizing about his straight boss and having hope that something can happen.
Maybe this time Dan will have all his dreams coming true!

Speed Dating the Boss is book one of Cowboys and Angels series.
I was perplexed about this book. The blurb appealed to me. I found it interesting and was curious.
The book starts a little bit slow, but it didn’t bother me. The author takes her time to explain the background of the story, and I was fine with that.

Dan has been a barman at Cowboys and Angels for five years, he loves his job, and he’s good at it. He also takes classes in business management with the dream of owning his own bar. He’s smart, proud and strong; he knows how to deal with a bar full of drunk men ready to fight. I liked Dan even if he can be clueless about other people; he’s a good guy with a simple dream and aspires to a good life.
Gideon is the owner of Cowboys and Angels among other business. He’s a widow, he lost his wife and younger son in a carjacking, and he’s solely focused and devoted to his daughter. He’s a gentleman and a caring man. Gideon upset me. I expected an alpha man, and he wasn’t like that. His daughter is awful, a pure queen B…and the guy didn’t say a word, and he hides behind Dan to stop her. The only moment when he really did something…it was too late. I was disappointed by his character at first, but at the end, he won my sympathy when he starts to really act and show his intentions toward Dan, then I was team Gideon all the way.

The plot was good, even If I had the feeling that sometimes it was confusing. The chemistry between the characters wasn’t well developed, the angst was a little bit too much, and sometimes there were some little inconsistencies in the story, not too much, but enough to be seen.

But, even with all the little imperfections, it was a good book with a lot of potential. I will read the next book in this series when it comes out.

3 OptimuMMs for the barman and his cowboy

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis