Review: “Jesus Kid” by Kayleigh Sky

TITLE: Jesus Kid
AUTHOR: Kayleigh Sky
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Kiss Drunk Books
COVER ARTIST: Milan Stojanovic
GENRE: Sci-Fi; Dystopian
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 357 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 6, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $16.99 -paperback

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Thirty years ago, an asteroid stuck the Earth. Now killer plants hunt the last surviving humans.
Ori Scott is a young junkie running from his mother’s prophecy that he’d one day save the world from the killer plants. Her preaching made him a laughingstock and now he hides in his drugs. But he can’t hide the change in his veins. They are turning green, and the prophecy is dragging him into a dark struggle between invisible forces. Set up on bogus drug charges, Ori is taken to a secret facility where he becomes a test subject in experiments to discover an antidote to the alien plant’s sting.
Jack Doll is a cop with a vendetta against the plants that killed his best friend. All he has in the world now is his old friend’s lover, Rive. Together they form an unbreakable bond—or so he thought. Jack has never liked Rive’s friend, Ori, but he believes in Ori’s innocence and doesn’t understand Rive’s strange indifference to Ori’s conviction. Struggling with his suspicions, Jack can’t help digging into a mystery that draws him closer to Ori than ever before—and closer to somebody who has secrets to hide.
Alone and scared, Ori is grateful for Jack Doll’s friendship, and his longtime crush soon blossoms into love. But Ori has no plans to accept his fate. He wants to escape, and he doesn’t care if he takes the cure with him.


When an asteroid hit the earth, the world changed forever with the apparition of new species of plants. Some have medicinal virtue while others are killer plants.
Ori’s mother was stung by one of these plants call the “booweed” when she was pregnant with him. When others died from this, she survived and gave birth to Ori. She was sure about one thing; her son is the cure. Eighteen years later, Ori is a young hypersexual junkie. He refuses to hear about this so-called prophecy and tries just to survive in this new world. But what Ori wants doesn’t matter when the government plotted against him and tries to use him as a laboratory rat. Until Jack, a cop, who knows Ori and even if he doesn’t like the kid, he can’t walk away from him.

This book was something.

Ori is a young man, completely lost in his life. He wants to be invisible, to live his life. But in the meantime, he can’t stay alone, he’s completely attracted to Jack but thinks that Jack hates him and doesn’t try to correct it. He’s blunt and talks without thinking first. He’s also fine with his sexuality and his needs (like staying a night on a roof of a bar and being fuck by every guy who’s willing to fuck him). But, even if he seems to be crazy, or high, he’s also strong and doesn’t hesitate to fight back when it’s needed.

Jack is a cop with his best friend River. River is friends with Ori, and he takes care of him, and Jack knows Ori through him. Even if he pretends to dislike the kid, he doesn’t hesitate to protect him, to fight for him, or to take care of him. The more time he spends with Ori, the more Jack realises that he lied to himself all those years, and Ori means more to him.

This book is about survival in this new world when mother nature can kill you at any time. This book is about how a group people can survive in extreme conditions, and how a few can control the many. This book is also about love, friendship, family and what we can do for each other—what we can endure for each other. I’m not a fan of dystopia genre. The book was at moments too long and too confusing sometimes, but I admit that the moment I started the book I couldn’t stop my read. Even when I took some breaks, I was thinking about Ori and Jack.

It’s 3 OptimuMMs for the Jesus Kid 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 ***

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Review: “Soul Infection” by Katerina Ross

TITLE: Soul Infection
AUTHOR: Katerina Ross
SERIES: The Sons Of Gomorrah
PUBLISHER: Evernight Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: Paranormal; Fantasy; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 48 pages
RELEASE DATE:August ,1 2017
PRICE: $ 3.53 – e-book

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Tristan Todorov, formerly one of the best scholars at the legendary and sinister Scholomance school of magic, was cast out and now travels alone through Eastern Europe offering discreet services as an unlicensed magician. In a luxurious hotel in Prague where he’s been invited to investigate a suspicious series of suicides, he’s about to meet someone who will make him remember the darkest secret of his past.
Will a night of lust soothe Tristan—or will it stir up something evil and dangerous, something he’s tried so desperately to forget?
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Tristan Todorov is a mage, he works alone and travels from town to town helping his clients to get rid of their problems (meaning demons).
He comes to Prague for a job when he meets an Incubus who forces him to face his fears and secrets.

This book is a short story but well written, very well written.

Tristan is haunted by his past, his deepest secrets. He lives a lonely life, no lover, no friends, just him and his pain. Until he met Jarek, the incubus.

I love their interactions, I love the fact that Jarek, as an incubus, takes Tristan’s form. His exact replica. So when they had sex, I found this moment poetic and full of meaning (No It’s not weird to be fucked by oneself). Tristan needs to be loved, but in order to do that, he needs to love himself first. Here the author wrote it literally and figuratively. I loved it!
Like I said it’s a short story, but the plot is good, and I hope the next book will come out soon, and longer too.

3 OptimuMM’s for the Mage and the Incubus.

***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 ***

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Review: “Cursed” by Kris Sawyer

TITLE: Cursed
AUTHOR: Kris Sawyer
SERIES: Alpha’s Warlock
PUBLISHER: Creative Minds
COVER ARTIST: Sidney Lowell
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 80 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2017
PRICE: $3.57 – e-book
  

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Clyde Barrington is a werewolf with a curse on his head. Every night, he shifts from human to wolf and lives the life of a lonely predator, never fully accepted by his pack. When he saves a handsome stranger from a fire, everything changes.

In a world divided by the ancient feud between werewolves and warlocks, Clyde and Terry must learn to trust each other. When wolves start to disappear, their bond is tested by the fear of a pack now balanced on the edge of destruction.

Amidst a web of lies, deceits and betrayals, Clyde must decide where his loyalties lie, and choose between a forbidden love and the ties that bind him to his brothers. Is Terry an enemy to the pack, or the saviour that will lead them out of the darkness?


Terry is a young man and a Warlock. After his house burned and his life was saved by a strange wolf, Terry meets Clyde.

Clyde is a cursed wolf. Every day, when the sun goes down, he’s forced to shift into his wolf form for the rest of his life.But when Terry comes into his life, things change for him, good or bad, it’s up to them.

It was a short read. I liked this book, Clyde and Terry are adorable together, but it was too short for me to get attached.

The plot is interesting, Werewolves, Vampires and Shape-shifters were at war with Witches and Warlocks. After years of a bloody cruel war, a truce between them was settled. I liked the idea, but I was frustrated. Since it’s a short story, I think the author tried to put a lot of information in order for the reader to understand the story, universe and plot. I totally get it, and it’s not a simple exercise to do. But here, it was too fast, too superficial. Everything is on the surface, from the meeting between Clyde and Terry to the mysterious disappearing and the denouement.

It’s book 1 of this series, and the end promises us another book coming soon where we’ll learn more about them, I just hope the author will dig a little more into the characters and plot.

It’s a 3 stars for me, and I’m going to read the next one coming soon.

***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***

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Review: “Broken Sun” by B.D Roca

TITLE: Broken Sun
AUTHOR: B.D Roca
SERIES: City to City
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: B.D Roca
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 286 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 13, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $16.99 paperback

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A City to City Novel
James Morgan: outlaw in a ruthless biker club, the Bastard Legion. Willing to do whatever he must to claw his way to the top of the club’s hierarchy.
Two things stand in the way of his ambitions: his heroin-addicted brother and his bisexuality. In Morgan’s world, his attraction to men is a death sentence, and he has no desire to pursue it… until he tangles with Luc Sinclair.
Luc Sinclair: fellow Bastard Legion biker. Tattoo artist. Rebel who wants out of a club he’s grown to despise.
Luc has a sister he’s protecting from a Legion ex-boyfriend. Saving her makes him a target. Morgan intervenes, and all bets are off. The sex is as fierce and passionate as it is dangerous. But when Morgan’s junkie brother learns of the relationship, he sees a way to advance in the Legion and take out a brother he hates. Their three worlds collide—one is left for dead, another fighting for life, and the bond between them broken.
In a dark and violent world where it’s every man for himself, finding their way back to each other and the only truth they’ve ever found will be a long, hard fight.

 


James Morgan is a ruthless biker with the goal to go far in the hierarchy of his club, the Legion.
Luc Sinclair is a member of the Legion too, but he wants to get out, and he needs to find a way to leave the club and stay alive.

When Morgan and Luc start to see each other, they know that they risk their lives. Being Gay in a Biker Club is like having a death wish. They’re cautious, until things go wrong and life and death get in their way.
I’m a huge fan of biker’s books and Sons of Anarchy (Jax Teller forever). This book was for me, I had to read it because you know, gay biker and all. I was a little bit disappointed.

The writing is good, the author developed the characters very well, Luc and Morgan are two beautiful men and souls. They are passionate with each other but also very complex. They’re also very hot.

The story and the plot were good, but too long, way too long. There’s barely no action, clearly here, the author angled the book on the characters’ psyche more than of the biker life style and it’s not a bad thing but the story stretched too much, things were going around in circles, sometimes I lost the tread of my reading.

It’s too bad, because, really, the author has a very good potential. The writing is good and well built (without the too long parts). It’s not because the book wasn’t for me that it doesn’t deserve a try. I’m sure you’ll love Morgan and Luc and try a ride with them.

For me it’s 3 OptimuMM’s for them.

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

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Review: “New Reality” by Jessica Payseur

TITLE: New Reality
AUTHOR: Jessica Payseur
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Brooke Albrecht
GENRE: Sci -Fi
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 52 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 8, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book

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It’s lonely running a small transport ship across the galaxy when you’re as old and as single as Connell Smyth. So when the dreams start up, Connell assumes they’re his mind’s way of working through what his life has become—until he discovers the man in his dreams might be much more than a figment of his neglected imagination. Connell can’t quite believe it could be real, but he can’t help becoming obsessed with this new lover on an unknown luscious planet.


Seventeen years ago, Wystan Kreeger’s survey mission crash-landed on a hard-to-reach planet. Sole survivor Wystan turns desperate after his computer, the only companion he’s had since, gives out. Even in the improbable event that the man in his dreams is real, he’ll face the same risk from the planet’s storm-charged atmosphere if he tries to track Wystan down, and he could end up just like Wystan’s former crew. But finding each other across so many light-years can’t be a mere coincidence. Now they must find a way to realize the happiness they’ve found in sleep during the light of the day.

 


This is a new author to me, and I liked the storyline of the book. But I think New Reality by Jessica Payseur was hampered by how short it was. As far as I can tell it’s a standalone book, but it feels like the start of series or a prequel to the start of a series. I liked the characters, but they needed more development and backstory. And the book ends just when I was starting to enjoy them as a couple. And as a personal preference, I wish the dream parts of the book were in italics, it would have made it easier to see when Connell was dreaming. I did enjoy the sex scenes in the book.

It just needed more details. There wasn’t a lot of world building in the book. The fun part of writing a science fiction book is to make the different places unique. And after finding Wystan (the man he has been dreaming about), they do travel to different places to deliver the remains of the rest of the stranded crew to their loved ones, but there weren’t any details about the places. I missed the details, and I think the book would have benefited having dual POV instead of just told through Connell’s POV. I did like that the characters are in their late 40’s and early 50’s.

The story starts out with Connell trying to cope with runny his small transport ship all on his own since his partner/lover of a couple of decades, Jason, passed away from a heart attack three months earlier. However, Connell is quick to realize that he should have paid more attention to how Jason handled getting and selling their cargo. Connell was great at finding the customers, but Jason was the one to chat them up and seal the deal and get the best price. Lucky for him their ship has an advanced computer to run the ship and Connell spends a lot of time sleeping.

First trying to connect with Jason and then later he starts dreaming about a mysterious new person. He isn’t sure if it is just a figment of his imagination or if the new person who calls himself Wystan is real. So he tries to investigate with the help of his onboard computer to find Wystan and the planet that he is on based on the clues that he’s gleaned from the dreams.

Wystan’s survey mission crash-landed on a hard to reach planet, and unfortunately the company they worked for never sent a rescue ship. He’s survived on the planet for seventeen years mostly by himself with only his computer to keep him company. Until that also dies and he’s all alone. With nothing to occupy him, he starts to dream of a man. But is the man real or just a figment of his imagination? And if he is real, will he be able to rescue him without his ship crashing also?

Overall, not a bad story just not long enough for me to satisfy my curiosity about the places and things that they got to see and go.

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

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