Review: “The Tiger’s Watch” by Julie Ember

TITLE: The Tiger’s Watch
AUTHOR: Julie Ember
SERIES: Ashes of Gold
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
COVER ARTIST: Meghan Moss
GENRE: Teen Fiction; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 180 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 22, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 –e-book / $14.99 paperback
  

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Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.


The Tiger’s Watch by Julie Ember is the first book in the Ashes of Gold series. I really enjoyed this book, and it definitely engaged all of my senses especially my sympathy and tear ducts. As this is a book about teens, I didn’t figure there would be any explicit content, and there wasn’t. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any chemistry between various characters and some light kissing. The book does end on a cliffhanger so if you don’t like to read a book with a cliffhanger ending then I would wait to start this book until the series has concluded because the ending does make you want to start reading the next book immediately. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait too long. Especially after peaking my interest with the sneak peek into the second book in the series.

Tashi’s a gender fluid 16-year-old. Some days they feel more masculine and other days more feminine regardless of the fact that they was born male. The pronouns used for Tashi are they, them, and their. Since this is my first gender fluid character and story, the pronouns took me a little bit of time to get used to. I loved how Tashi used their hair to show their dual nature, and I cried when they shaved it off to better keep their identity secret. Tashi’s been an inhibitor since they was eight years old and chosen by Katala, a rare rose gold tiger. Tashi’s best friend Pharo’s bonded to a wolf that’s just about at the end of his life and it scares Tashi that soon they will be without their best friend and that there isn’t anything they can do to stop the unavoidable. And while it’s cool to be one with your animal, it makes it nearly impossible to form relationships and so Tashi’s never done anything about their attraction or love for Pharo.

I thought the ideas of the inhibitor was unique and exciting but also sad since the human and animal are bonded together and neither can survive without the other. Which means if Katala dies from a wound or old age then Tashi will fall into a coma and slowly pass away.
Xian’s 17 years old and a general in the Myeik army and has a secret item that he’s been searching for that used to be in his family generations ago. He needs it to save his mother’s life and uses the cover of the army to search for it secretly. He knows that it’s related to the inhibitors and so he’s searching for the inhibitors that escaped the attack on the academy. He has a cruel and cold personality that he projects to the outside world, but underneath he has a soft spot that only his trusted servant gets to witness.

When Xian’s army takes the monastery that Tashi and Pharo are hiding in as servants, Tashi ends up getting chosen to replace Xian’s dead personal assistant. This works out great for Tashi who has trained his whole life to be a killer and a spy. But Tashi’s torn between his duty and his heart after witnessing Xian’s soft spot. Will he be able to do what needs to be done to save his peoples’ way of life or will he give into his heart and help find the secret item that Xian needs to save his mother?

I know the answers to these questions, but you will have to read the book to find them out for yourself. I can’t wait to read the second book in the series when it comes out and find out what happens next.

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

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Review: “Fool of Main Beach” by Tara Lain

TITLE: Fool of Main Beach
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
SERIES: Love in Laguna
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 274 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 21, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 –e-book / $16.99 paperback
  

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Merle Justice wants to reach for the stars, but it’s tough to get respect when playing a teenybopper vampire on TV. Then he meets a famous director anxious to give him all he thinks he wants—and maybe a bit more. Everything’s looking up until a life-threatening encounter with some homophobes on Main Beach puts Merle face-to-face with a Sasquatch-sized hero in a pink puffer coat.

Tom Henry defies description. As unsophisticated and simple as an angel, he walks through life content with who he is and asking for very little except to care for his sister, Lily, and the dogs he loves. Then he meets Merle, the embodiment of dreams he barely knows he has. Merle knows the people who hold his future in their hands might love Tom—but they’ll never understand Merle and Tom together. Tom knows it too.


Fool of Main Beach is the fifth book in the Love in Laguna series by Tara Lain. It’s the first book in the series that I have read, but I can already tell you that it won’t be the last. I enjoyed the glimpses that I got into the lives of Merle’s friends, and I can’t wait to go back and read their stories. The Fool of Main Beach is a standalone book, and you don’t have to have read the other books in the series to thoroughly enjoy this one but reading the other books in the series could only enhance your reading experience. I can’t express how much I enjoy Tara Lain’s writing style and how loveable her characters are. I still haven’t read a book of hers yet that I haven’t loved.

Merle Justice is a TV actor looking to get his break in the movie industry. He’s the black sheep in a family of intellectuals. As a result, he doesn’t get a whole lot of support or respect for the success that he has gotten for his reoccurring role as a teenybopper vampire on TV. I also greatly enjoyed that for once the movie actor doesn’t have to hide the fact that he’s gay to be considered for the great movie roles. I also loved how down to earth Merle is and that he can’t stand how snobbish other actors are and is tired of dating them. He’s recently bought a house in Laguna to be close to his friends and is having one of his friends remodel it completely before he can move in. While waiting for that to be completed, he’s staying with his best friend Ru and his husband. When he’s nominated for best supporting actor for his TV series, his friends throw him a congratulations party even though he didn’t win. Needing some space from all of the well-wishers, he takes a walk on Main Beach and gets accosted by four homophobes. Things aren’t looking great until he’s saved by a Sasquatch-sized hero wearing a puffy pink coat with the innocent smile of an angel.

Tom Henry’s been on his own since he was fifteen when his parents told him to leave after finding out that he was gay and that he had no desire to be anything but gay. His parents are all about the church and appearances. He has a younger sister Lily that calls him when she needs something that requires money. Although, she does redeem herself throughout the book. Tom’s a certified electrician, and he works for Bill who happens to be Merle’s friend and doing the remodel on his house. I’m not sure how to describe Tom, I kept trying to categorize him throughout the book, and the best I can come up with is he reminds me of Forest Gump. He has that innocent, naive, always happy, believe the good in everybody, would never hurt a fly unless they were hurting one of his friends or family, always putting everybody else’s needs before his own, personality. At times I wanted to shake him especially when he would put himself down, but he was such a lovely character especially around his dogs and the dogs at the shelter that I couldn’t help but fall in love with him.

But will his tendency to put everybody else’s needs before his own come at the cost of what he wants most in the world or will he finally agree that sometimes it’s okay to be selfish in what you want?

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

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Review: “Sparkle and Shine” by Julia Talbot

TITLE: Sparkle and Shine
AUTHOR: Julia Talbot
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Western
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 72 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 2, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book
  

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All that glitters is not gold. No-frills cowboy Evan learned that lesson the hard way while married to a rodeo princess, a relationship that was all flash and no substance. At least Evan held on to his daughter, Cheyenne, and his best friend, Brooks, when the sparkle wore off and things fell apart. Life could be a lot worse.

But it could also be better… if Evan and Brooks took a step beyond friendship. Just as they start to explore their feelings, Evan’s ex-wife sticks her nose in to sabotage them. Suddenly everything is up in the air, and they have difficult choices to make about the rodeo, Cheyenne, and the romance they both want so badly to pursue.

2nd Edition


Sparkle and shine was a short but fun little read. Yes, the plot was obvious and predictable, and sometimes a little bit too sickly-sweet, but I did enjoy reading it in the small amount of time that it took.

Evan has been a single dad to his smart and adorable little girl, Cheyenne, since his ex-wife left them 5 years ago. He has taken part in the rodeo circuit for most of his life along with his best friend, Brooks. But Evan hasn’t been at his best lately and thinks that he’s getting too old to take part now. Evan believes it’s time to settle down because Cheyenne is getting older and needs more of an education than he can provide on his own. At the same time, this life is all he’s known, and he doesn’t know if he can just walk away, especially because that means that he won’t be with Brooks all of the time. Unknown to Brooks, Evan has been hiding the fact that he has had a crush on him for a quite a long time, and he’s finding it harder to keep those feelings at bay.

When Evan tells Brooks that he’s thinking of leaving the circuit, Brooks can’t believe what he’s hearing. He doesn’t want to do the circuit without Evan because he loves spending time and travelling around the country with him, but Brooks has also become very attached to Cheyenne, and leaving the little girl and her father behind would break his heart. As far as Brooks is concerned, they’re like a family to him because he’s got no one left of his own anymore. Brooks has also been trying to push back the strong feelings that he’s having towards Evan because one day he started to look at him as more than just his friend. But Brooks doesn’t want to do anything that will ruin the friendship/bond that he has with Evan either.

When a few drinks after a show in Vegas leads from one thing to another, Evan and Brooks realise that there is no going back to just being friends, and decide to explore where the journey of being lovers will take them. In their case, what happens in Vegas will not being staying in Vegas. But the two men have a few challenges to face along the way, including homophobia and an ex-wife who only cares about herself and what she can get.

This book was the first I’ve read by this author, and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed. Both the characters and dialogue between them were really well written and felt true and natural. The accent and cowboy twang was very distinct in the writing and definitely added to how the story came across. I’m really glad I got the chance to read this book because it was a great little light-hearted, lift-your-spirits story that left me with a huge grin on my face and forgetting about all my worries when I was done.

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

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Review: “Fast Balls” by Tara Lain

TITLE: Fast Balls
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
SERIES: Balls to the Wall
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 153 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 12, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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2nd Edition

Sequel to Fire Balls

A Balls to the Wall Romance

Can two men with skewed self-images see their true reflections in each other’s eyes?

Jerry Wallender—firefighter, surfer, and occasional nude model—knows he’s no rocket scientist. So why does he keep choosing intellectual guys who make him feel dumber? He worked his buns off to overcome his reading disability and pass the firefighter’s test, and he loves everything about the job. Well, except for Mick Cassidy, the big, blond, hunky homophobe who harasses Jerry for being gay. But Jerry is smart enough to realize it’s not hate driving Mick, but the pain of a very unhappy upbringing.

Mick Cassidy, Firefighter Assist and Search Team, fights fires, but he can’t fight his attraction to the kindest, most generous—and sexiest—guy he’s ever met. Does that make him gay? If it does, he just might get himself killed by his gay-hating preacher father—and take Jerry down with him.

First Edition published by Etopia Press, 2013.


I was so excited to get the chance to read Fast Balls by Tara Lain. Fast Balls is the fourth book in the Balls to the Wall series. I loved reading Fire Balls, and so I was so excited that Fast Balls is about Jerry who was a friend of Rodney in Fire Balls. I am so glad that Jerry got his own story and with the most unlikely person, Mick, that we also met in Fire Balls when Rodney knocked him out. Mick was such an unlovable homophobic character in Fire Balls that I was excited to see how he changed and figured out who he really was and what he believed in instead of what his homophobic fanatical preacher red-necked father thought and had been shoving down his throat his whole life.

I loved Mick. He had an air of innocence to him even though he was a mathematical genius and could have had any number of jobs. He wanted to help and save people, and so he became a firefighter. And at first, he was a real jerk to Hunter and Jerry who were the two gay firefighters at his fire station. But his beliefs are challenged when he gets to know both Hunter and Jerry and how nice and friendly they both are and how well liked they are at the station. I really liked watching him change and grow and come into his own and go after what he really wanted, which is Jerry.

Jerry isn’t having the best day at the start of the book. He just got dumped by his boyfriend, Bill, via text message about not coming back from a job interview that he was going to turn down. Now Jerry’s without a boyfriend, a new roommate, and his date to the Firefighters Ball. Jerry has self-esteem issues and doesn’t see himself as being smart. So he compensates with dating smart people. However, they don’t fulfill his need to have somebody need him. And although they are all attractive, they really aren’t his type. He’s attracted to manly men like Mick, the homophobic jerk at his station. So when Mick notices that Jerry isn’t his normal happy self, he tries to be nice to him and make him feel better. And he continues to do so. I loved how Jerry helps Mick figure out his sexuality, and it also fills that hole he has about needing to be needed.

I really enjoyed getting to see David, Gareth, and Edge from Volley Balls, Rodney and Hunter from Fire Balls, and Adam and Sky from Beach Balls. I love that they are all interconnected as friends, and I like the little glimpses into their lives and how they are doing. I also love how the series is set in Laguna Beach which is close to where I live, and so I know the various places that are mentioned in the book. I also enjoyed the excerpt of the next book in the series, High Balls. It sounds really good, and I can’t wait to read it. So thank you, Tara Lain, for another great book.

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

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Review: “His Father’s Omega” by Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus

TITLE: His Father’s Omega
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus
SERIES: Pack Rules
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Paranormal, Shapeshifer
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 84 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 12, 2017
PRICE: $ 4.99 -e-book
  

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Jacob wants nothing to do with his father, but he’s not fitting in with his birth pack anymore. When his father sends for him, Jacob’s pack urges him to go, giving him little choice in the matter. Colorado is a far cry from Boston, and he just wants to find somewhere he fits in, wherever that may be.

Miles is finally settling into life with a good alpha at the helm. He’s learning what it means to be an omega and that he has a definite place in the pack. Jacob is a complication in ways he doesn’t understand. He wants to be close to Jacob, but he’s also afraid of what that means.


His Father’s Omega by Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus is the second book in the Pack Rules series. This book is so much better than the first book. The pacing’s great and the story never felt rushed like the first book. The storyline was believable, and so were the characters. His Father’s Omega’s about Alpha Harlow’s son Jacob and the pack’s omega Miles. I liked getting to see how the “haram” is adjusting under the new Alpha. They still have issues that they’re working on, and I was glad that the authors didn’t rush Miles into any situations that he wouldn’t have been capable of handling after the trauma that he’s been through. They didn’t have him miraculously get better just because he found his mate which made the book believable. I liked how Jacob has to take things slow and works to win Mile’s trust and respect.

Jacob’s on his way to the Glenwood Springs pack, his father’s pack, in Colorado after basically being kicked out of his mother’s pack in Boston. They made him leave after Shamus, the pack beta, died in a fishing accident and they didn’t want to put up with him moping and fighting anymore. Jacob looked up to Shamus as a father figure after his father abandoned him and his mother when he was an infant. He isn’t sure how to feel about living with his father and has a chip on his shoulder because of it. I loved that Shamus taught Jacob how to scrimshaw. Jacob and Nathan (his father’s mate) have a lot of hostility between them, and it doesn’t help that Nathan treats Jacob like a child that can’t be trusted. I did like that Jacob’s from a healthy tribe and can help with describing what an omega’s duties are to the pack.

Miles’ excited but apprehensive about all of the new people that have been joining the pack. He’s still trying to figure out what it means to be an omega and have a position in the pack. He knows that he can calm the pack members through touch, but he figures that there has to be more to his job. When Jacob shows up to join the pack, he’s drawn to him and wants to help take away his sadness and pain. But at the same time, he isn’t sure that he can trust him to respect his boundaries.

I liked getting to see Jacob and Miles find their way together and take things slow. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book in the series. I’m hoping that it will be just as good as this one was.

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

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Review: “More Patterns” by Suede Delray

TITLE: More Patterns
AUTHOR: Suede Delray
SERIES: Patterns
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Martine Jardin
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 133 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 7, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book /$6.25 -paperback
  

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Rob and Dominick are trying to adjust to married life but Dominick’s job takes more time away than Rob expected, especially since Dominick is on the trail of a killer who slaughtered an entire family as they slept. Rob has problems of his own at Martindale’s Institution for boys, namely a new intake who claims he hooked up with Dominick in a BDSM club. If that’s not enough, Dominick’s mafia connections are about to catch up with him, and he will risk everything to save his sister, including his job.


More Patterns is book two of the Patterns series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. It does involve characters and situations from book one, but we are given some background, so you are easily able to catch up without feeling confused.

Rob and Dominick have now been married for six months, and are enjoying their lives as newlyweds. Dominick answers a call to a crime scene where a family, including two small children, have been brutally murdered, and the killer has left a message written in blood on the wall. Dominick is tasked with leading the team to investigate the murder but is finding more questions than answers, no matter which way he turns. This is taking him away from home and Rob for longer than he would like. It causes some friction between the two men, and Dominick can’t seem to do right for doing wrong. Dealing with the high profile case, his personal problems and a closeted member of the team, who is often aggressively homophobic towards Dominick—even though they previously had a little drunken liaison at an office party—is giving him more problems and stress than he needs.

Rob’s feeling a little bit lonely and neglected. He spends most evenings at home alone, and although he accepts that it’s part of Dominick’s job, he didn’t think that they’d be apart as much as they have, especially this early into their marriage. When the detention centre gets a new teen, Gavin, who likes to cause trouble, Rob believes it’s a result of the hard life he’s had. But then Gavin says some things to Rob about Dominick that really gets under his skin, and he finds it hard to keep his cool around the boy. Gavin is also telling all the other kids in the centre about Dominick, so Rob is feeling like everyone is talking about him and his authority is being undermined.

By the time Rob gets home, his mood has taken a turn for the worse, and when Dominick finally arrives, he confronts him about the things that Gavin had said. Dominick is shocked that Rob would even think he would be involved with a child and tells Rob that he will go to the detention centre and speak to Gavin to find out what’s going on.

When the two men speak to Gavin, he tells them that he knows Dominick because of who his family is, and the BDSM club he worked at was run by some of the mobsters that worked for Dominick’s father. He then tells them that he’d seen Dominick’s picture before because there’s been a hit put out on Dominick by his father because he got him sent to prison. This leaves Dominick trying to salvage his relationship and marriage, solve a murder, and also trying to keep himself safe for the sake of his sister and Rob. But as it normally is with life, there’s more than a few difficulties along the way, the question is, will they be able to come out the other side unscathed?

This was a really good follow-up to the first book. There was still the excitement, drama and intrigue, but it also showed that even two people who are very much in love don’t always have the perfect relationship and life. I was slightly disappointed that the book ended on a kind of cliffhanger because I wanted to know what happened with the murder, but I guess it’s even more of reason to read book three, and I have to say I’m excited to see where the author will take us next.

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

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Review: “Rescued” by Dakota Storm

TITLE: Rescued
AUTHOR: Dakota Storm
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: JMS Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Written Ink Designs
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Western
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 134 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 17, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Dean Montgomery loves his ranch and his family, but something is missing. When he sets out on a road trip to purchase land to expand his ranch, he finds himself stranded in a snowstorm.

When the sexy and gruff Colt James, a tracker and rescue worker, rescues Dean, both of their lives are turned upside down. Attraction sizzles, and hearts race. But then trouble brews, and Dean is needed back home. Can these two make their new relationship work?


I really enjoyed Rescued by Dakota Storm. I was entertained from the first word to the last. The characters were engaging and intriguing, and I loved how Colt interacted with his nephew Coop. I also loved how Dean interacted with Colt and Coop while waiting out the storm. It wasn’t an instant love type of feel but more like they had known each other forever kind of feel. The story’s well written and nicely edited, and I couldn’t get enough of these characters.

Dean and his brother, Randy, and Randy’s family have a ranch in Hot Springs. They train horses and raise beef and dairy cattle. Their deadbeat dad ended up leaving them at their grandparents one summer when they were visiting them. So their grandparents ended up raising them. As they grew up, they worked hard to make the ranch the success that it is today. But Dean’s restless and would like to work more hands on with the ranch like when he was growing up instead of the supervisor role that he has today. So he jumps at the chance to go and look at a piece of land that they have had their eye on when the price is reduced. However, on his way back home, his truck ends up breaking down and leaves him stranded 5 miles outside of Laramie in the middle of a blizzard that has already left a foot of snow on the ground. Dean’s choices are to stay and freeze in his truck on a back country road or try to walk back to Laramie in the snow. Dean opts for the walk, but he doesn’t make it.

Colt and Coop are making their way home from town when Colt sees a guy sitting on a tree stump on the side of the road. Colt rescues Dean and gets him back to his rustic cabin in the backwoods of Wyoming where they wait out the storm.
Colt’s a handyman, ex-military, and the best tracker in the area. He’s also the guardian to his nephew after his ornery drunk bastard of a brother, Travis, died. Travis didn’t want his son to be raised by his ornery drunk bastard of a father. Colt’s done a wonderful job raising Coop into a bright young thirteen-year-old. Although Coop’s very wise beyond his years, he does tend to run his uncle ragged as only a horny teenager can. And I laughed at some of the situations that Coop gets caught in.

I enjoyed getting to see Colt put his search and rescue and tracking skills to good use a couple of times in this book. The situations that arise and the addition of a teenager in the house makes for a slow burn romance between Colt and Dean, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any hot scenes because there are plenty. Colt and Dean may have both come from messed up parents, but that didn’t stop them from being good people and making family an important part of their lives.

***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: “The Tinder Stories – Oceanside Fire Series” by Tory Temple

TITLE: The Tinder Stories – Oceanside Fire Series
AUTHOR: Tory Temple
SERIES: Oceanside Fire Series
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Anthology
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 206 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 19, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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Return to Oceanside Fire, where the sizzling passion between men scorches everything they touch—especially each other. For firefighter Chris Matthews and instructor Morgan Daniels, it’s dislike at first sight—but that doesn’t mean there’s any relief from the heat building between them, and it only takes a spark to set the tinder ablaze.

Will Chris and Morgan go from enemies to lovers, or will they remain enemies with healthy libidos who stoke each other’s flames? Morgan is no fan of firefighters in general, and he finds Chris especially grating. But when they’re together, the sexual tension is thick enough to cut with a knife—and there’s only one way to work it off. A battle of wills is sure to follow. Add in an age difference, and finding common ground will be an uphill battle. Even if they succeed in building a relationship, secrets and suspicion could reduce everything to ash.


Although this is an anthology of three books, I will review it as one.

For me, this was a really fast read. Why? Because it was super awesome…

Chris is a firefighter. He likes his job very much, but in order to maintain it, they have to do additional yearly courses to be updated about the risks they may face during an intervention.

Morgan teaches the firefighters course on sexual harassment, and the cocky attitude of Chris rubs him in a wrong way. He assigns Chris a homework assignment about the statistics on sexual harassment at workplace. Well, although Chris is very gathered and precise, he forgets his homework at home…but instead of being punished, after he let Morgan know about his opinion, Morgan seems to give him another chance. When Chris asked Morgan what’s his problem with Chris was, Morgan simple answer was “I hate firefighters.”

After the course is over, Chris hopes that he’ll never meet Morgan again, though he was aware of the strange connection between the two. Chris also likes to ride his motorcycle. When he meets up with his motorbike gang, he’s mortified to see that the new member is no one else than the unsupportable Morgan.

Morgan is the real jerk, in my honest opinion, and his behavior is not changing during the books. I found it difficult to believe how Chris is putting up with this man, but he falls for him. Morgan feels the same way, but he is more introverted. There is also an age gap between the two and Morgan very often treats Chris as a child even though Chris is in his thirties.

This three-book anthology guides us through their coming together. I liked it very much, even though I wanted to punch Morgan on his face. He has a reason why he behaves like he does, but the dude needs to learn how to let the past be the past. In my opinion, Chris is a saint, I wouldn’t have that much patience with Morgan…that said I think I’m more like Morgan and that is not a good thing…well, I need a “Chris” in my life…

My rating is an honest 4.5 OptimuMM!

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

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Review: “Geoffrey” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Geoffrey
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Gillham Pack
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Latrisha Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter;
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 119 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2017
PRICE: $ 4.99 -e-book / $ 6.00 -paperback
  

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Sometimes you have to accept what life gives you without questions.

Geoffrey’s life is normal—or it would be, if most of his friends weren’t members of the Gillham pack. He loves the pack, though, and when he finds an injured woman and three babies, he agrees right away to take care of the oldest one, Mingan. It’s the least he can do, and maybe it’ll help him get closer to William, his mate.

William thought he’d never trust another man, not after what his best friend and lover did to him seven years before. He tries to resist the bond that pulls him close to Geoffrey, but Geoffrey is stubborn, and he doesn’t take no for an answer.

William has no doubt Geoffrey will eventually wriggle his way into his life, but will he be able to get past the wall William built between himself and the rest of the world? What will Mingan’s presence mean for them and for their future? And what will happen when Mingan’s father tries to get him back?


I had the pleasure of reading Geoffrey by Catherine Lievens. It’s the first book that I have read of the Gillham Pack series, so I decided to start with the 21st book in the series, cause why not?

It had a beautiful cover and an intriguing blurb, and I’m glad that I gave it a chance. The authors writing style is easy to read, and she did a great job of explaining who everybody is without having to read all of the other books in the series first. I also love that the main character’s name is the title of the book so that I can easily go back and read about the other characters that intrigued me. The book was also nicely edited which always makes me happy.

Geoffrey was a loveable character. He’s human, but he has a lot of friends in the Gillham pack and works in town at a flower shop with his friend Ethan from the Gillham pack. He has recently learned that he’s also the mate of William and will now become part of the pack himself.

William has a lot of issues that he hasn’t dealt with. He was betrayed by his best friend and lover seven years ago, and it’s left him with major trust issues. This has led him to be withdrawn from the pack and stay in his room playing video games and doing his job. He runs the phone hotline that shifter kids can call if they are in danger or being abused. He then sends out the needed resources to make sure the kid gets to where they need to be. But he’s very much a loner. He’s also painfully shy and blushes over everything. Which I think is adorable.

I loved that Geoffrey found the woman and the three kids and that they were able to help them and that the oldest child Mingan bonded with Geoffrey and William. I loved how it help bring them together and brought William out of his shell and forced him to interact with his mate. I also loved that Geoffrey never got mad at William or tried to force him to do something that he wasn’t ready for.

I wasn’t 100% sure on the dynamic of the relationship between Geoffrey and William on who’s supposed to be the alpha and who’s the omega. It wasn’t clearly defined. Geoffrey’s smaller than William and likes to bottom so I would assume omega but Geoffrey’s also headstrong and doesn’t let William push him around or lock him out. Which makes me think alpha. And with how shy William is and how inexperienced he is with topping. I would almost say that William is the omega. But like I said it isn’t clearly defined. But either way, I enjoyed both of them and their alpha/omega characteristics. It worked for them and the story.

I absolutely loved the ending and how it gave us a hint of who the next book is going to be about. And I already have it on my TBR to be read. I can’t wait to start reading it.

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

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Review: “The Closet Boy” by Sean Michael

TITLE: The Closet Boy
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: Iron Eagle Gym
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: BDSM, Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK:Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 214 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 25, 2016
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

BLURB:

Way’ra Bernard is only twenty years old when his parents kick him out of the house. He has been brought up to believe being gay is wrong and he is going to go to hell for it. He tried very hard not to be gay but couldn’t change the way he felt. Now he’s living furtively in a closet on the third floor of the place he’s working as a janitor—the Iron Eagle Gym.

Neal McPherson is an unattached Dom in his midtwenties and a member of the gym. One evening after working out, he notices Way’ra on the stairs, and he’s immediately attracted and intrigued, so he asks Way’ra out. Unable to come up with a reason to refuse, and also interested in Neal, Way’ra accepts.

There are a lot of obstacles to the relationship they attempt to build after their date, not least of which is Way’ra’s upbringing and his lingering doubts about the kinky sex Neal enjoys. But with patience and persistence, Neal might convince Way’ra not only to accept himself, but to loosen his inhibitions enough to explore and find a happy ending together.


I had the pleasure of reading The Closet Boy which’s the story of Way’ra (Way) and Neal. The Dom’s Way is the continuation of their story. However, I read The Dom’s Way first which made me want to see how they began their relationship and hopefully get a little more history about Way’ra and where he came from. The book was well written, but I did find a couple of editing errors. One was a wrong name and the other an extra word that should have been deleted. Neither were too distracting to the story.

I would have liked a little more backstory about Way’ra. The author mentions that Way’ra’s name is tribal, but he doesn’t mention which tribe or even where he’s from. I do know that Way has grown up in a really religious community with religious parents and was attending a religious college. When he was caught naked with his best friend, he was kicked out of his college, family, and community. And although Way’s suffered a lot of hardships in his 20 years, I loved that he still had such a happy, bubbly, and innocent personality. Sure he has some self-worth and self-esteem issues but who wouldn’t after what he’s gone through. And like Neal said to Way in the book, he didn’t turn to a life of crime or theft and become a bad person. Way’s a fighter. He got a good job as a janitor at the Iron Eagle Gym and saved his money and kept to himself.

I loved Neal. He was a Dom, and he interacted with Way perfectly. He could read him and was able to work around Way’s ego about being homeless and not having enough money to feed himself properly. He helped him understand that loving another guy isn’t a sin. They were the sweetest couple. And they had a very healthy sex drive which would make sense since Way’s only twenty and Neal’s in his late twenties. They had a pretty vanilla relationship at the beginning, but as Way got more comfortable with loving another guy and trusting him, they started to add more of the BDSM elements to their relationship. And in The Dom’s Way, they will explore that side of their relationship more. They are great at communicating with each other, and Neal’s always asking if Way has any questions about some of the things that he’s seen while cleaning the third floor of the gym where the BDSM gym members can go to do their scenes.

I want to find a gym like the Iron Eagle Gym where all of the members are a part of the BDSM lifestyle, and you can work out and do scenes at the same place. Sounds like a wonderful place to work and play.

I can’t wait to read the first three books in the series and learn more about the other members of the Iron Eagle Gym.

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

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