Review of: Kaidyn’s Courage by Diana Waters

TITLE: Kaidyn’s Courage
AUTHOR: Diana Waters
SERIES: Wild Magics
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: March 15,2019

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Kaidyn is the son of the queen and a trainee officer in the kingdom of Sareen. He is also a Half-Blood—his father is from Iskandir, a neighboring kingdom which has been at war with Sareen for many years. Bitter and angry at the prejudice he faces, Kaidyn meets Sorin, a healer from one of Sareen’s most prominent noble families. As their relationship deepens, the war between Sareen and Iskandir grows worse. Not only will the pair inevitably become involved with the conflict one way or another, but Sorin is also hiding a secret, and time is running out for them both.


Kaidyn is the son of the queen of Soreen and a merchant from Iskandir, a rival kingdom. He’s a half-blood, so he’s disrespected by other nobles or pure Soreen bloods. He’s also a trainee officer for Soreen, preparing himself for a war against his father’s kingdom.

Sorin is a young healer at the academy who won Kaidyn’s heart, but the war is coming, and Sorin and Kaidyn’s aren’t sure about a future together. They would have to have faith in their love.
Kaidyn’s Courage by Diana Waters is book 2 in the Wild Magics series. It can be read as a standalone.

Kaidyn and Sorin are completely different from each other. Kaidyn has a fierce temper; he’s rough, rude, and impatient while Sorin is quiet, shy, and patient. He’s also brave, smart and insecure while Sorin is fierce, strong and kind. They’re also complementary, Sorin helps to ease Kaidyn temper, and Kaidyn supports Sorin in his mission. Their love brings out the best of each other.

The book is written from Kaidyn’s POV in the third person. The universe was well built, the background about Soreen and Iskandir interesting. However, the pacing of the book could have been faster, in my opinion. The main characters need to have more depth to them, and the reader needs to see and feel how they struggle to show personal growth. The author describes their struggles, but I didn’t feel it, I didn’t empathize with them. Otherwise, the plot was interesting and Kaidyn and Sorin loveable. I would have loved to see more about Luke and more about the Kingdom of Soreen and Iskandir at the end of the war.

I will read the next book in the series, who knows maybe it will be about Luke.3 Stars 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 ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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Review of: Lust and Other Drugs by TJ Nichols

TITLE: Lust and Other Drugs
AUTHOR: TJ Nichols
SERIES: Mytho
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Urban Fantasy/ Shapeshifters
RELEASE DATE: Apr 2, 2019

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Police officer Jordan and dragon shifter Edra might have to work together, but they don’t trust each other—even if sparks do fly between them.
If anyone finds out Jordan’s a mytho sympathizer, it could kill his career. No one can know that he frequents the satyr dens and uses the drug Bliss. A dead satyr might not get much attention, but two dead humans who appeared to overdose on Bliss? That shouldn’t even be possible.
And it might not be an accident.
Edra, Mythological Services Liaison, has been covering up mytho crimes to protect the community’s reputation. With a mayoral election looming, the last thing his people need is a scandal like this one.
To get a murderer off the streets, Jordan and Edra will be spending a lot of time together, and it won’t be easy to keep up with their deceptions. Or keep resisting each other.


Jordan is a police officer and a human who has to work as a liaison agent with a dragon shifter, Edra.
Both men don’t trust each other, but they both have one goal, make sure that the peace and justice between humans and mythos are served.

Lust and Other Drugs by TJ Nichols is book 1 of a new series Mythos. I loved The Studies in Demonology series and was happy to start this new one.
After human scientists had made Terakon on Earth (a parallel planet where all the mythological creatures of our tale lived) collapse, Mythos and humans have to live together. It’s not easy, humans being humans they hate mythos and refused to integrate them into our world, even if it’s them who have destroyed their world. Mythos all suffered from the collapse, they lost their magic, their home, family, they also lost some of their abilities, and with all of that, they now have to fight to have a decent life. In this tense climate, Jordan and Edra try to work together and to trust each other.

Jordan is a human who loves to wear lingerie and addicted to Bliss. Bliss is a kind of drug created by Satyrs that give a powerful orgasm. Jordan is a pro-mythos rights, and he believes that they are human (at least the ones able to talk) and should have rights. He’s lonely in this fight, but he has the support of the mythos’ community and the help of Edra.

Edra is a shifter Dragon, a knight. Back then, in his world, he was like a police officer, and he served justice. Now, on Earth, he works at Mythos-Service, and helps the mythos to settle with houses, school, work and every problem they can have. He’s also the liaison agent with Jordan and hopes to help his community to finally have justice and respect by humans.

I liked the book even if, at first, it was confusing. The plot and the story are original, and I love fantasy when two worlds collide. The MCs are interesting, but something was missing with them. I found them empty even if they’re very complex…I don’t know how to explain it.

It’s the first book of the series, so it’s the book where the background is set, and the characters and universe are introducing to us. It was a little bit too long, too repetitive and sometimes I had the feeling of reading the same thing with different words.

I’m curious about the next book. Now I know the universe, the MCs, the background, I’m curious to see how it will be developing.

It’s 3 stars for the Dragon and The “Elf”

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Sunshine in the Dragon’s Heart” by Jaime Samms

TITLE: Sunshine in the Dragon’s Heart
AUTHOR: Jaime Samms
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Tiferet Design
GENRE: High Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 226 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 4, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

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When Sunny retires to the northern Ontario wilderness to mourn his parents’ deaths, he’s hoping the change of scenery will afford him some peace and quiet.
His hopes are soon spectacularly dashed.
In self-imposed exile, dragon Emile runs across the Fold between his dimension and Sunny’s—and right into Sunny’s arms. Centuries out of touch with human culture, bright, beautiful Emile incinerates any hope Sunny had for an ordinary existence. With dryads and water sprites coming to life all around them, Sunny can’t deny the magic Emile brings to his life—or his heart. But that same magic leads the unrelenting dragon who would keep Emile captive right to them. To save his love, Sunny will have to reach deep and find some magic of his own.


Sunshine in the Dragon’s Heart is a part of the Dreamspinner Press house line—Perchance to Dream series. This book had the potential to be a five-star read. However, between the super slow pace of the book and having problems with not being able to visualize some of the mystical creatures in the book even with the overabundant of details in their description and not being able to understand important parts of the book like the whole dragon egg bearer history, I had to give this book a three.

At one point I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be able to finish the book. That was at about the sixty-five percent point. But I hate not finishing a book, and I was glad that I persisted since I loved the book from about the eighty-five percent point to the end. The book even managed to make me cry. But I just couldn’t get over the pacing of the book. It kept putting me to sleep.

Sunny is supposed to be retiring to the northern Ontario wilderness to mourn his parents’ deaths, but he is portrayed more as a recluse—somebody that can’t stand to be around people in general and especially his sister. He does show moments of being sad about his parents, but he is too focused on the severely underweight man that he finds in his shed and nourishes back to health.

Emile is likable enough. He has exiled himself to the human world to get away from his clutch mate, Hakko, who wants Emile to be his egg bearer and carry his offspring which is forbidden since they are too closely related and the offspring would be too powerful. But Hakko in his quest for power has gone power mad and can’t see how it will only lead to the destruction of dragons like what had happened in the past which has led to how careful they are with raising the eggs for other clutches and what not. He didn’t anticipate how hard it would be to live in his bipedal form or his attraction to the human, Sunny, who found him and nursed him back to health and allowed him to stay at his house.

I also got tired of them chasing after the dog through the wilderness. It was used a lot and felt almost like a storyline crutch. I found the history of the dragons that Emile tries to explain to Sunny was confusing. I wasn’t sure if all of the dragons could be egg bearers in their soft scaled forms and essence givers in their hard scaled forms or not. I finally just figured that if they were in their soft scaled forms that they had female characteristics and if they were in there hard scaled form they had masculine characteristics. But like I said it was kind of confusing. I did like the interactions between Emile and Sunny. And I liked the Glimmerleaf, the mystical salamander, and Fernforest, the dog, and the dryads, pixies, and brownies.

Overall it the book had potential to be great, but it wasn’t executed properly.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Double Dutch Courage” by Helena Stone

TITLE: Double Dutch Courage
AUTHOR: Helena Stone
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Stephen Cassidy
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 12, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 e-book / $9.99 paperback

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Ronan Collins has spent most of his life in Dublin hiding who he really is. Coming out would hurt his mother, and Ronan isn’t going to be the second gay man to do that. When he receives news the father he has never known has died, leaving him both a house and a business in Amsterdam, he jumps on the opportunity to get to know the man who fathered him and to discover what he’s been denying himself for years.
Lucas Brandt thought he had it all when Paul Kelly offered him a job and rooms to live in. With Paul deceased he fears he may be about to lose both. He didn’t even know Paul had a son, and now this stranger is on his way from Dublin to pull the rug out from under Lucas’s feet.
The two men don’t expect to like each other, never mind feel attraction. With numerous reasons why hooking up would be a bad idea, why does giving in feel so much better? And is Ronan’s back story really as he’s always imagined it to be?
Sudden changes require great bravery. Can both men find the courage to be true to themselves and each other?


Ronan Collins is a twenty-year-old young man, living in Dublin with his mother. His life changes when he received a notary letter informing it that his father is dead and Ronan is his heir. Ronan’s disconcerted by this letter since he never knew his father because he’d abandoned his mother when she was three months pregnant with him.

Ronan decides to see what this mysterious father wants to offer him in his death. For that, he will have to move at Amsterdam and work with Lucas, his father’s assistant.

What’s supposed to be a walk in his father’s life will become the journey of Ronan’s life and future.

Double Dutch Courage is my first book from Helena Stone the author.

This book is a quiet journey in Ronan and Lucas’ life. When Lucas is scared for his future since everything will depend on what Ronan will do, Ronan is scared of himself. Saying that Ronan is in the closet is an understatement, the guy is so deep in the closet that he often takes the tea with Asla. But I understood why. He’s scared of hurting his mother—plain and simple. Otherwise, Lucas hasn’t a problem with his sexuality, but he refuses to take advantage of Ronan. Together, these two young men will get to know each other as work partners, then friends and then lovers. They also learn more about themselves.

I liked the relationship between Ronan and his father. (Yes you read me correctly, and no, I didn’t forget what I wrote above). Even if Ronan and his father are strangers and never saw each other, they are similar, more than what Ronan thinks. First, Ronan is the spitting image of his father. Second, they share the same creativity and field of work. Finally, they’re both gay and they’d both struggled with their sexuality. I liked this kind of mirror effect between father and son.

I can’t say that I disliked the book, but I can’t say that I liked either. This book wasn’t for me. I’m use to books with a faster pace (it matches my personality I think), so sometimes the book couldn’t hold my attention. Besides, the characters were kind of one-dimensional, and it missed something for my taste.

But it was well written, the author has talent, and her descriptions of Amsterdam was so vivid that I had the feeling of being there with them seeing the colors and smelling the odors of the beautiful city.

It’s 3 OptimuMM for the Irish and his Dutch lover!

***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: “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