Review of: Jacked Cat Jive by Rhys Ford

TITLE: Jacked Cat Jive
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
SERIES: The Kai Gracen Series
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: March 5, 2019


Stalker Kai Gracen knew his human upbringing would eventually clash with his elfin heritage, but not so soon. Between Ryder, a pain-in-his-neck Sidhe Lord coaxing him to join San Diego’s Southern Rise Court, and picking up bounties for SoCalGov, he has more than enough to deal with. With his loyalties divided between the humans who raised him and the Sidhe Lord he’s befriended and sworn to protect, Kai finds himself standing at a crossroads.
When a friend begs Kai to rescue a small group of elfin refugees fleeing the Dusk Court, he’s pulled into a dangerous mission with Ryder through San Diego’s understreets and the wilderness beyond. Things go from bad to downright treacherous when Kerrick, Ryder’s cousin, insists on joining them, staking a claim on Southern Rise and Kai.
Burdened by his painful past, Kai must stand with Ryder against Kerrick while facing down the very Court he fears and loathes. Dying while on a run is expected for a Stalker, but Kai wonders if embracing his elfin blood also means losing his heart, soul, and humanity along the way.

Kai Gracen is a bounty hunter but not just ANY bounty hunter. He was trained by the best to be the best. But “bounty hunter” is only a title. Kai is also the thing he hates the most, a monster. He’s fearless and loyal to a fault. He refuses to be chained down, and his rebel nature gets him into all kinds of trouble. In this installment, Kai keeps his promise and seeks revenge. But the handsome bounty hunter would never have been able to plan, not to mention have contingencies, when his heart comes in to play.

Kai is a badass. He’s one of my favorite fantasy characters. He’s gruff and fearless and makes no apologies for either. He knows his reputation, and it’s well earned. He’s the fiercest bounty hunter ever in existence right next to the man that raised him. He has so many contradictions that make him such an entertaining main character.

I thoroughly enjoy everything about this series. Rhys Ford is so different from any author, and her uniqueness makes her stories some of the best. These are not light reads. You really have to pay attention, or you’ll miss key components that make up the story. The vividness of the descriptions and the world building is phenomenal. This is the third installment of the Kai Gracen, Urban Fantasy series. This series is fast paced and must be read in order. It’s told from Kai Gracen’s POV. It’s a slow burn with very little traditional romance. The romance in this series is background and is so infused in the story that it happens almost organically. The romance is definitely not in your face, and these are not erotic tales. But magical nonetheless. Join Kai on his adventures. You will most certainly not be disappointed.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis


Review of: Educating the Professor by Sean Michael

TITLE: Educating the Professor
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
RELEASE DATE: Jan 29, 2019


Kenneth Brannigan is a small-town history professor. He’s happy with his life, loves the classes he teaches, and lives in a tiny apartment in a converted house with his best friend, Tim, next door. He’s still recovering from a bad breakup and is content to stick to his comfortable routine. It’s Tim who insists he come to the Queer Alliance’s Rainbow Mixer.
At the mixer, Kenn meets David Burgundy, a new-to-town TA who is working on his masters. Dave is drawn immediately to Kenn and is thrilled when Kenn offers to show him the best pizza place in town. One meal leads to two, which leads to Dave and Kenn spending most of their free time together… and Kenn loosening his self-imposed rules regarding dating and sex for some kinky fun.
Kenn’s ex isn’t going to just let Kenn be, though, and the happier Kenn is with Dave, the less the ex likes it. Will Kenn continue to run away from his past, or will his relationship with Dave help him face it head-on?

I loved Educating the Professor by Sean Michael. I love reading Sean’s books when I’m in the mood for a book with lots of chemistry between the main characters and lots of kinky scenes. This book started out as more of a slow buildup toward the sexy times, but the book also had more of a plot than some of the other books that I have read by this author. If I had to improve on anything in the book, I would have liked to know more about what happened to Kenneth’s ex. The last time we saw him, he was ready to hit Kenn, and the police had been called, but we don’t know if he went to jail or if he backed off and gave up or even if the harassment from the private investigator that his ex had hired was still bothering them. I’m not entirely sure that they needed to be in the book, but like I said before, the book had more of a plot than some of the others. The ending and epilogue just didn’t answer all of my questions about what had happened. There were other parts of the book that definitely made up for the missing answers, like when Kenneth gets his piercings and all of their fun weekends together.

Kenneth had been verbally and physically abused by his ex-husband when he was caught watching what his husband considered perverse videos. He’s told repeatedly that what he wants is perverse and he was beaten until he couldn’t move because of it. He managed to run away and get a divorce, but it’s been over three years, and he’s still being harassed by his ex, which makes sense since he told him that he would make sure that he would forever be alone. So naturally he hasn’t been looking for a relationship, and he’s been relatively happy with just his teaching job and his friendship with his bestie, Tim.+

I loved Tim. He was the perfect best friend, bubbly, happy, and forcing his bestie to get out and do things like going to the Queer Alliance’s Rainbow Mixer. It’s at the mixer that he meets David Burgundy, a new-to-town TA who is working on his masters. They get to talking, and Kenn offers to show David around to all of the best places to eat. And they go from there to being friends with benefits to being in a relationship.

I loved how David is a Dom and has more experience than Kenn but he doesn’t rush Kenn into doing anything that he wasn’t ready to do, and I also loved how supportive he is in reassuring him that his desires aren’t perverse so long as they aren’t hurting anybody.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Fire and Agate” by Andrew Grey

TITLE: Fire and Agate
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: Carlisle Deputies
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: November 6, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback


A Carlisle Deputies Novel
When Chris Anducci is moved off jail duty and into the sheriff’s office, he doesn’t expect his first assignment to be protecting a witness against a human trafficking ring. Knowing the new sheriff doesn’t abide screwups, Chris reluctantly agrees to work the case.
Pavle Kasun has spent the last four years of his life at the mercy of others. When an opportunity presented itself, he took it, resulting in his rescue. Now the safe houses he’s placed in are being threatened and he needs protection if he is to have any sort of chance at a life.
Chris opens his home to Pavle, but he doesn’t expect Pavle and his story to get under his skin… and stay there. Soon they discover they have more in common than either of them thought. Slowly Pavle comes out of his shell and Chris finds someone who touches his heart. But as the men looking for Pavle close in, they will stop at nothing to get him out of the way. Even if Chris can keep him safe, he might not be able to protect his heart if Pavle moves back home.

Fire and Agate is the third book in the Carlisle Deputies series by Andrew Grey. I loved this book. I just couldn’t put it down. The writing style is easy to read and has an easy flow to it. Andrew Grey did it again with a wonderful plot and complex characters. I loved how Pavle and Chris interacted and the chemistry they had together. I also loved the supporting characters like Briggs, Pastor Tyrone and his family, Nanna, and the social worker, Marie. They were all there to help and support Pavle, and I thought that was wonderful. My only complaint with the story would be that they don’t say who the leak in the sheriff’s department was. Otherwise, I loved how the story ends.

Chris Anducci has recently moved from jail duty to working in the sheriff’s office. He doesn’t expect his first assignment to be protecting a witness against a human trafficking ring. Even though he doesn’t have a lot of experience protecting people, he knows that the new sheriff doesn’t abide screw-ups and so Chris reluctantly agrees to work the case. He has no idea just how much he will come to admire and care for the young man that he’s assigned to protect. I loved how he puts aside his attraction and makes sure that he never does anything to distress Pavle.

Pavle Kasun has spent the last four years of his life at the mercy of others. When somebody finally moves in next door, it’s the opportunity that he’s been waiting for and it ends up resulting in his rescue. However, the safe houses that he’s been placed in are being threatened by people that don’t want him to testify. He’s going to need protection if he’s to have any chance at a life. I really enjoyed Pavle. He has a spine of steel and doesn’t let what’s happened to him stop him from going after what he wants. He very much wants to live in the future and not the past. I loved his interactions with Nanna. They always made me laugh.

I loved that Chris opens his home to Pavle and how Pavle comes out of his shell and how Chris doesn’t turn his house into another jail when Pavle wants to go to church. I also loved how protective he is of Pavle when they realize that there’s a leak in the department. I just wished that we got to find out who the other leak was in the department besides the person who was named. And of course, I loved the chemistry between Pavle and Chris.

Overall, a great story and a great addition to the series. I can’t wait until the next book comes out.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Shipped” by Karrie Roman

TITLE: Shipped
AUTHOR: Karrie Roman
SERIES: Until You
PUBLISHER: Ninestar Press
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: June 18, 2018
PRICE: $5.99 –e-book


Ryan Lowe has been a lonely nobody all his life. The only time he ever feels the rush of living is when he’s acting. Wanting to get as far away from his small town life and alcoholic father as possible, he leaves Australia to pursue a career as an actor in the bright lights of Hollywood, never stopping to consider the fame that might come with it.
Lucas Evers understands fame. He’s been a successful actor on the small-screen for years and loves his career. Nothing comes for free though, and the price he’s paid for his success is keeping who he is hidden from the world. He married his best friend to keep both of their secrets, and until now, he has been content with the cost of his fame.
When Lucas and Ryan are cast in a new television series based on a wildly popular book series everything changes for them. The show is a worldwide hit and together they have just become the most popular ship on the planet. As they begin to realize it’s not just their characters falling in love, the cost of their fame rises. Together they must face stalkers, anxiety, panic attacks, and attempted murder.

Ryan and Lucas are both actors and meet at Ryan’s audition for a part on a popular TV show that they will both be starring in as eventual lovers. The chemistry is definitely there from the beginning. I wanted them to hurry up and get to the juicy bits, but I’m so glad they didn’t rush. The friends to lovers trope is one of my favorites, and the author did a fantastic job with it. I have to admit though, I had no idea what “shipped” meant until I read this book. At some points, I felt that the author did overuse the term quite often when it wasn’t necessary to that particular part of the story.

Ryan Lowe is such a sweet and endearing character. He’s from a small town in Australia and hasn’t had the best upbringing. His father is an alcoholic and doesn’t have much to do with Ryan. Ryan’s never really fit in anywhere, and he’s sort of a quiet loner. As a kid, he got a part in a school play, and he decided that that was what he was going to do—he was going to become an actor. As he got older, he packed his bags and moved to California. He gets the part on this crazy popular television show, he becomes best friends with the hunky Lucas Evers and even has an embarrassing fan-girl moment in front of his hero. But not everything is perfect in Ryan Lowe’s life, and he doesn’t know what or if there’s anything he can do about it.

On the outside, Lucas Evers has it all. He’s a rising Hollywood star with a beautiful wife and a loving family, but things aren’t always what they seem. Lucas is such a caring and loving character. He married his best friend to help hide both of their secrets and get her away from her abusive parents. When he became a successful actor, he moved his family into his apartment building and foots the bill for all their lifestyles. When he meets Ryan, he’s instantly attracted to him, but he’s not sure if Ryan’s gay or bi so he settles on them being nothing more than friends. The struggle is real. How Luke kept his paws off of Ryan for as long as he did is a wonder. Add a stalker and attempted murder into the mix, and it makes for one wild ride.

This is book 1 in the Until You series from author Karrie Roman. This is a new author to me, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s a contemporary romance with some dramatic flair thrown in. The friends to lovers trope was done extremely well. The chemistry between the characters was a well thought-out slow burn but with some extra coal on that fire. I loved the easy-going nature of the characters throughout the book. The secondary characters were enjoyable. I definitely approve of how Lucas’ wife is portrayed. She’s such a great character. In this book, there is definitely some drama happening in the background that throws the two main characters in a pretty crazy situation. I had no idea who the antagonist was until the end. So that was definitely a plus. The editing was great, and I love the cover.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Q*pid” by Xavier Mayne

TITLE: Q*pid
AUTHOR: Xavier Mayne
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Adrian Nicholas
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 282 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 28, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 –e-book / $16.99 – paperback


Can a computer program understand love better than the human heart?
Archer, the AI at the dating service Q*pid, realizes humans don’t always make the best choices, so it begins making some unconventional choices for them.
Fox Kincade is the last of his group of friends to be single, so he’s delighted when he discovers a new match in his Q*pid app—one that, according to the new AI wizardry, should be the love of his life. Instead of the woman he’s expecting, he’s paired with Drew Larsen, a shy, somewhat nerdy PhD student who has also grown discouraged with romance.
Drew and Fox have little in common—aside from the fact that they’re both straight. Or so they thought. But as the guys get to know each other, they realize Archer might have the right idea. Their path isn’t smooth, because both need to overcome every idea they have about themselves and what true love might look like. But with the help of Archer—and some friends who have stuck with Fox and Drew through the thick and thin of their relationship trials—they might find their way into each other’s hearts.

We know dating apps, right? In one way or another, they’re just for a quick hook-up or searching for our eternal soul-mate. What? You don’t know? Well then, maybe it’s time for you to give it a try.

Q*pid is a dating service, and Veera is one of its developers. They are ready to launch the new algorithm, an algorithm controlled by Archie, an A.I. developed by Veera. They send out a message for their top users to give Archie a try. But to do that they must give access to their social-media file and facial analysis through their cameras. It’s a high risk for exposure, but our MCs are desperate enough to find their true love, so they accept the terms and conditions and all the privacy settings. Curiously it seems that Archie’s algorithm works just fine, until one Sunday morning, where by accident, he ignores one tiny little fact to consider, and that would be gender preference…

Fox is the ultimate analyst. He has a spreadsheet to rate all his dating. A system with what he eliminates the women he’s not compatible with. After every date, he and his bro-buddy Chad analyse the last night’s events together. Fox is convinced he’s a straight man, who never questioned his sexuality. He has a very clear idea in his mind: to meet the one and marry her.

Drew is writing his Ph.D. and living the life of a poor student. He also had many unsuccessful dates behind him. While he’s checking Q*pid at least 3 times a day, waiting for the big connection, he’s selected to try out the AI of Q*pid, but he ony hesitates few minutes. So imagine his shock when after a few days, he gets a 99.5% match. He’s eager to finally see the woman of his dreams, but that woman turns out to be a man.

This book is an amazing read!!! I couldn’t put it down until I finished it! Maybe the first half of the book is a bit boring, but then things get active. It’s humorous, syrupy-romantic, and full of confusion on the part of the MCs who try to enlarge the horizon when it comes to their sexuality.

The intimate scenes were genuine. Being a man, I know what a real quickie means, and it’s reflected in this book. Maybe some of you will not agree, but my fellow men readers will be able to relate to it.

All in all, it’s a good read! I wouldn’t mind that this would turn into a series, or read a bit more about Fox and Drew!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis