Review: “Ebb and Flow” by Andrew Grey

TITLE: Ebb and Flow
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: Love’s Charter
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 18, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 –e-book / $14.99 paperback
  

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To achieve happiness, they’ll have to find the courage to be their own men.

As first mate on a charter fishing boat, Billy Ray meets a lot of people, but not one of them has made him as uncomfortable as Skippy—because he’s drawn to Skippy as surely as the moon pulls the tides, and he’s almost as powerless to resist. Billy Ray has spent his life denying who he is to avoid the wrath of his religious father, and he can’t allow anyone to see through his carefully built façade.

Skippy is only in town on business and will have to return to Boston once he’s through. After all, his father has certain expectations, and him staying in Florida is not one of them. But he doesn’t count on Billy Ray capturing his attention and touching his heart.

Billy Ray doesn’t realize just how much he and Skippy have in common, though. They’re both living to please their fathers instead of following their own dreams—a fact that becomes painfully obvious when they get to know each other and realize how much joy they’ve denied themselves. While they can’t change the past, they can begin a future together and make up for lost time—as long as they’re willing to face the consequences of charting their own course.


Ebb and Flow’s the sequel to Setting the Hook by Andrew Grey. The book’s well written and nicely edited and has a great flow to it and kept me entertained. I like how realistic the characters are in the book and the problems that they have to go through to get to their happily ever after. I liked Ebb and Flow, but I didn’t love it like I did Setting the Hook. Maybe it’s because Harcourt Anson III—Skippy to his friends—is a lawyer which has never been my favorite profession. I did like how he is around his small group of best friends. I enjoyed seeing him have fun and relax, and I like how he finally dealt with his father. I loved Billy Ray. He has such a strong personality, and he’s a master at hiding who he is. Which he has to do since he’s the son of a homophobic pastor. It hasn’t been easy for him to come to terms with who he is. He’s also grown up with a reading disability, and he’s had it drilled into his mind that he’s stupid and it has affected his self-esteem to the point that he doesn’t believe that can be the captain of his own ship. I loved how supportive Skippy was and how he made suggestions that could help him with his reading disability.

We first met Kyle, Jerry, Steven, and Skippy in Setting the Hook when they chartered an all-day fishing trip and became friends with William and Mike. They were very flamboyant, and they helped Mike realize that it’s okay to be who he really is. We also get to see Skippy and his group of friends again when they book another fishing trip when the firm Skippy works for is hired by an oil company to be their lawyer, and he’s assigned to smooth the way for them putting in an oil station right where the docs are at. However, client confidentiality doesn’t allow Skippy or his assistant Alex to warn Mike or anybody else about what they are planning to do. They have rented the same house as before and have another party afterward and invite Mike, William, Bubba, and Billy Ray to join them.

In this book, Mike’s expanded his business and bought another boat. Bubba’s the new captain and his assistant’s Billy Ray. Billy Ray’s been working with Bubba for six months, and nobody knows that he’s gay. He loves his job and dreams of someday being a captain. But being around Skippy and his friends shows him what he has been missing by not being true to himself. And he finds that he isn’t sure that he can go back to the way he was before. Not with his attraction to Skippy and how supportive he is.

If you enjoyed reading Setting the Hook, then I would recommend giving the sequel Ebb and Flow a try. I know I’m glad that I did. I can’t wait to see who the third book’s going to be about. My hope is that it will be about Steven and Alex. They were so cute in this book that I would enjoy reading more about them.

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

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Review: “The Foxling Soldati” by Charlie Cochet

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TITLE: The Foxling Soldati
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: Soldati Hearts
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Urban Fantasy; Shapeshifters
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 102 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 16, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Foxling Toka has served the Soldati king for centuries, and now he attends to the kingdom’s cherished Soldati prince. It’s a position of honor, and as Toka helps the once-human prince adapt to their magical realm, he finds joy in their friendship. He also grows bolder in his encounters with Rayner, Soldati warrior and the king’s second. But the laws are clear: servants and Soldati are not permitted to mate. It doesn’t matter that Toka lost his heart to the dashing cad long ago.

Rayner never imagined he would fall in love with a servant, but the clever and beautiful foxling has ensnared him, and he resents the regulations keeping them apart. When an arrogant and spiteful king visits from a neighboring realm, Rayner is in danger of losing everything. But Soldati warriors don’t surrender, and he intends to fight all the harder to keep Toka where he belongs—in Rayner’s arms.


This is book 2 of the series.

We know from the previous book from the same series that the Soldatis are tiger shifters who are fighting against demons to protect the human race and other beings.
In the Soldati’s realm is a monarchy with a well-established hierarchy that is respected for thousands and thousands of years. But then comes Riley (book 1) a human, the mate of the Soldati’s King and with him, come changes…

This second book is about the king’s enforcer, Rayner and Riley’s personal servant Toka. Toka is not a tiger he is a foxling. The foxlings always have been the servants of tigers. But Toka harbors feelings toward Rayner, and he knows that nothing is ever gonna happen between the two of them.
Rayner head over heels in love with Toka, but as he’s the right of the King, knows he will never have Toka because he is to marry someone as high ranking like he is.

Although the foxlings are respected in Soldati kingdom, we can’t say for other kingdoms in this realm.
When a neighbor King visits with his entourage, who has out for Rayner, things get a bit complicated to say at least. Time will come when Rayner, and not just him, must protect what he knows belongs to him.

This is a sweat fast read, and I can’t wait for the next in this series!

What I didn’t like? That it was damn short!

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

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Review: “The Storms Lords” by Ravon Silvius

TITLE: The Storms Lords
AUTHOR: Ravon Silvius
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 254 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 8, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $16.99 –paperback
  

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The heat took everything from Rowen: his parents, his voice when the local cure for heatstroke poisoned him, and the trust of his fellow villagers, who branded him a water thief. It would have claimed his life when he was deemed unworthy of precious resources and left in the sun to die, had not a strange man named Kristoff ridden in on the wind and told Rowen he had power.

Rowen works hard to become a Storm Lord, one of a secret magical group that brings storms to break the heat waves overtaking their world. But Rowen is starting his training at a disadvantage since he cannot speak and is much older than the other novices. The desire to please Kristoff inspires him to persevere even more than the threat of being sent back to his village to die should he fail. Still, he cannot gather rain, and when his abilities manifest, they are unlike anything known to the Storm Lords. Unless Kristoff can help him control his deadly powers, the entire world will be in danger.

Kristoff might be among the mightiest of the Storm Lords, but he’s never been a mentor before. For a chance to be with Rowen, he’s willing to risk everything.


Rowen, 19 years-old, lived in a village in the middle of the desert where the heat spells were the worst. His parents died to a pretty hard heat spell, and he lost his voice at that same times. A year later, his village decided to sacrifice Rowen to the heat spell in order to bring the Storm God. Rowen was left, bonded and naked in the desert.

Kristoff, 21 years-old, was the youngest and the most powerful Storm Lord alive. After breaking a heat spell, Kristoff was flying to his island when he sensed powers below him. He landed in the desert and found Rowen practically dead.

Kristoff decided to take Rowen with him, as an apprentice to be a future Storm Lord.

I LOVED THIS BOOK.

Rowen is so adorable, smart, naïve and heartbreaking. He tries very hard to learn how to write and read for Kristoff and being able to communicate with others. He has a pure heart, he truly wants to help others and save lives. He’s so strong, physically but mentally too, despite all he’s been through, he still wants to be a Storms Lord and save his village (the same village that tried to murder him in a ritual sacrifice!).

I loved the story, I found it very original, how the world suffers from hard heat spells, what’s happening to the planet, and how human beings try to survive. Besides, everything in this book about heat spells and the Storm Lords—how they bring lightning, hurricanes, or storms and how they use it to break those masses of heat, are real. I mean, it’s well explained, and it’s scientifically true, this book taught me some things that I’ve never understood at school. (Science wasn’t my thing).

The love story between Kristoff and Rowen was sweet, beautiful, and well built. I loved how they were together as mentor and student, and then they started to become a little more like friends, but the more time they spend together, the more the heat between them grows up until it consumes them.

The only little tiny thing that I can say was that sometimes, it was a little too long with too much detail, but really, it’s nothing in comparison to how the book is great, and the characters are adorable.

It was a very good book that I enjoyed a lot and it’s the perfect read for a hot summer day, with that, you will be completely immersed in the story.

4 OptimuMM’s for my 2 lords

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

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Review: “Somewhere to Belong” by Caitlin Ricci

TITLE: Somewhere to Belong
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci
SERIES: Thornwood
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Caitlin Ricci
GENRE: Paul Richmond
E-BOOK: Contemporary Romance
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: Yes
RELEASE DATE: 200 pages
PRICE: August 7, 2017
  

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Needy. Obsessive. Clingy. Twenty-five-year-old Eli Walker has heard it all. That’s why he doesn’t bother calling back the guys he’s been with anymore. Sex should be about fun, not a relationship, and no one has complained about him getting overly attached in years. If only he actually felt wanted for once instead of empty and used when guys are done with him.

Grayson Pendleton is a wealthy business consultant with clients all over the world. His life is often glamorous, but it leaves him no time for a relationship, and at forty-eight, he’s starting to notice the lack of romance in his life. His only romantic connection is Eli, but they’re just two guys who have sex occasionally. It took him months to get Eli’s first name, and even now they only communicate through a hookup app.

When Grayson inherits a house in Thornwood, Colorado, it’s one more thing he doesn’t need in his life, and he knows he won’t be there enough to enjoy it. Still, the old house has the potential to be a home, and more importantly, it gives Grayson a chance to save Eli when he needs it most


I liked Somewhere to Belong by Caitlin Ricci. It had a good flow to the story. It was nicely edited, and I enjoyed the characters. I liked the storyline about a horse rescue worker, Eli, and wealthy business consultant, Grayson, and how they start out as just casual hook-ups through an app and then through circumstances and persistence from Grayson they begin to be more. First friends and then boyfriends. But it’s definitely a slow process fraught with miscommunication and angst and Grayson having to show Eli how to let him in and that Eli is worthy of more than what he’s been settling for which is being used by anybody who wants him for sex, and Grayson will have to convince him that he is worthy of being loved.

Eli has only known guys from the hook-up app. He’s never had a relationship or even a date. But he’s found that the more needy and clingy he is, the faster his hook-ups stop responding to him and start ignoring him. So he’s learned over the years to go in and get what he’s there for and leave and wait for them to contact him again. He has learned to close off his emotions and not to want more to keep from getting hurt. During his days he works as a full-time assistant to a horse rescue. He gets to do home evaluations and evaluate all of the new horses that come in and decide what kind of training they have had, which results in him being thrown or kicked on a daily basis. And all I have to say to that he must have one high threshold for pain because it definitely doesn’t slow him down or keep him from hooking up.

Grayson’s always wanted more from Eli since they first started hooking up through the app but he can sense from Eli that if he pushes too hard too fast for more then he will lose him forever. But he can’t help wanting more. Eli is everything that he’s ever wanted. He is just his type, and they have awesome chemistry together. So he will just have to slowly chip away at the wall that Eli has up between them. He’s impressed with Eli’s work ethic and his passion for his job, and it inspires him to want to do something that will also matter instead of his consultant job. He isn’t perfect by any means but he is quick to learn from his mistakes, and that’s all that Eli asks for. I loved how protective Grayson is toward Eli and how he wants to help him.

My only problem with this story is a couple of things that only a person who lives, works, and trains horses would question. The part about Eli not wearing glasses because they get broken when he gets thrown is believable and a good reason to wear contact lenses. However, he wouldn’t wear contacts because the arena was too dusty and his glasses would get dusty. If anything, he would have to wear sunglasses while riding in the dusty arena with contact lenses. Dirt in the eye with contact lenses would be murder on the eyes and also dangerous while evaluating a new horse. The other part that bugged me would be that Eli went commando under his riding jeans. I have had enough boyfriends that have tried to ride in boxers while trotting a horse to understand how painful that is and have to wear briefs while riding even if they normally prefer to wear different underwear or no underwear.

So I have a hard time believing that he would willing go commando. He could get away with wearing a jock strap but not going commando, he would need some form of support. The same would be true for a woman to ride without wearing a bra or sports bra, it just wouldn’t happen. So yeah for those little things that I am sure only a rider would notice or be bothered by I gave this book 4*s.

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

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Review: “Out of The Ashes” by Ari McKay

TITLE: Out of The Ashes
AUTHOR: Ari McKay
SERIES: Asheville Arcana
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Shapeshifter; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $9.99 –paperback
  

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Asheville Arcana

In their differences, they’ll find strength—and love.

Alpha werewolf Eli Hammond returns from a fishing trip to discover a nasty surprise—five members of his pack murdered and the rest missing. He needs help locating and rescuing his pack mates, but the supernatural council in Asheville, North Carolina, turns him away.

Except for one man.

As they work together, Eli is stunned—and not especially thrilled—to discover half-elf Arden Gilmarin is his destined mate. But as Arden and his friends struggle to help Eli in his quest, Eli surrenders to the demands of his body—and his heart. They’ll need to bond together, because the forces opposing them are stronger and more sinister than anyone predicted. The evil has its sights set on Arden, and if Eli wants to save his mate and the people he is entrusted with protecting, he’s in for the fight of his life


Eli Hammond is an Alpha wolf, after a trip, he comes back to his pack and finds 5 of his pack-mates dead and all the other members missing.
Arden Gilmarin is a Half-Elf, successful business man and a member of the Council of the Sup-Nat.

When Eli comes to Asheville asking for help rescuing his pack, he finds a closed door by the members of the council, except for Arden. His mate.
Eli knows from the beginning that Arden is his mate, but he refuses to claim him. First, he has his pack to rescue and as the Alpha, the pack comes first. Second, the fact that Arden isn’t from the same species, is something that bothers Eli. How can 2 different species be together and mate for life when they are so different?

Arden is adorable, smart, fun, with a big heart. He’s a caretaker, and helping people who need it, it’s second nature to him. So when Eli comes asking for help, he couldn’t refuse him. When he realized that they were mates, Arden tries to understand why Eli doesn’t want him and doesn’t do stupid things and I love that about him.

I loved this book. Eli and Arden are perfect together.

I’ve read a lot of paranormal books, I love this kind, and Out of the Ashes, is a really good book.

The author wrote an interesting story with a good plot, the MC’s a couple that I loved from the beginning, both of them (I was surprised too), the secondary characters were good too, and I wanted to know more about them.
The fact that the book wasn’t all about the mate pair, pleased me. The author wrote two stories in one.

The first story, we have the investigations about Eli’s pack and all the ramifications of it. The second story, Eli and Arden’s love story and mate’s bond.
I also loved that the author didn’t use the mate thing for ugly useless sex scenes (yes, it’s me Ivy, and no I’m not sick). Actually, he took the time to build the bond between them, of course it’s a magical bond, and of course after 4 days they were together for good (and I was doing a little dance), but that doesn’t mean they didn’t talk together or didn’t share their fears and worries.

Besides, like I said, the plot about the missing pack was super good.

For me, it was like reading a paranormal gay’s version of the TV Show Supernatural. Replace the brothers Sam and Dean Winchester by an Alpha Gay Wolf mated to a bossy bottom Half-elf, then add a broody Vampire as expert ès-demon, a wizard as the best friend who is also sex-buddy (I love this book!) and other supernatural creatures like Dryads, Witches and demon hunter.
Shake well, and you have Out of the Ashes.

I will definitely follow this series, and hope that book 2 will come soon.

4 OptimuMM’s for those adorable supernatural misfits

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

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Review: “Olivier” By TJ Nicholas

TITLE: Olivier
AUTHOR: TJ Nicholas
SERIES: Order of the Black Knights
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 31, 2017
PRICE: $8.32 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback  

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Olivier Merlo works for a dangerous man. He does what he’s told without asking questions because he needs to protect his sister and niece. When someone gives his boss trouble, Olivier does what he does best. It’s a routine hit—until the victim’s brother starts poking around.

Cody Anders left his family behind a decade ago—along with their wealth and influence—to live on his own terms. Still, he knows his twin didn’t die of a drug overdose, and he’ll do anything to find the truth. What he uncovers is a conspiracy that will topple his family and leave him staring down the barrel of a gun.

Olivier must decide if he’s going to obey orders or free himself from the curse that has guided his hand for centuries. Cody, who challenges Olivier’s notion that no one can love him, holds the key to breaking his chains. But when the truth finally comes out, it might be more than Cody can accept.


I have been of fan of this series, and this book continued to feed my love of it. This author has a great sense of writing a hot and steamy read but also has me thinking throughout the whole book. The men in these books have lived many lives and die, just to start all over. They have made a deal with the wizard centuries ago and continue to fight. It’s pretty simple what they have to do to not to have to continue this cycle, but it always takes a few lives to figure it out. Forgiveness…

Olivier is no different. He has loved, killed and died for a very long time now. Olivier thought he might have had something with Finn but then…betrayal is a hard slam on the ego. And, Olivier is not able to do the one thing to end this cycle. Forgiveness. That’s all it would’ve taken, but then again, that would have been a short read. LOL

Then there is the twins. Always twins for Olivier but no matter, Olivier always falls for the sweet one. Cody is trying to piece everything together that happened with his twin, Connor. As soon as he spots Olivier, he can’t help but stare at him. The chemistry is so apparent but, of course, nothing is that easy.

There are the other characters that help the story. There are the bad families and bosses. Who can be trusted? Who should you watch over your shoulder for? And who gets to live and die?
I loved this book and really enjoy the way it makes me think. Don’t sweat the little things and grab ahold of that spark of life and run with it. Forgive and be forgiven. We all make mistakes. Be the best person you can be and love with all your heart.

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

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Review: “Mael” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Mael
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Council Enforcers
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Valerie Tibbs
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 118 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Sometimes trusting is the hardest thing to do.

When Mael agrees to help Lenny retrieve his best friend after he’s been dumped, he thinks it’ll be an easy in and out job. He knows it isn’t as soon as he sets eyes on Scott because Scott is his mate.

Scott’s just been dumped by his boyfriend of two weeks, who went back to his ex. He’s surprised when he realizes Mael is his mate, then worried when Mael and the rest of his team are sent to work with Mael’s tribe—and his ex-boyfriend.

Mael might have been with his tribe’s leader for two years, but it’s in the past. He’s angry when Scott asks Yerad to shimmer him there because he doesn’t trust Mael and Muirgeh, but he understands. Besides, Scott is useful to the team, and he helps them look for the shifters stealing food and entering tribe territory.

Will Muirgeh’s presence influence Mael and Scott’s relationship? Will Scott be able to get over how close Mael is to Muirgeh? And what will happen when Mael accidentally initiates the bond between them?


Mael’s the sixth book in the Council Enforcers by Catherine Lievens. I really enjoyed this story and the world that Catherine Lievens has created. I always enjoy getting to read one of her stories. I enjoyed the storyline, and I liked the main characters, Mael and Scott. Although their joint best friend Lenny was quite annoying at times, he doesn’t think before he speaks. Lol. Much to both Mael and Scott’s chagrin. But although Lenny can be annoying at times and embarrassing, you know that he will do whatever he can to help his two best friends, and he’s ecstatic when he finds out that his two best friends are actually mates.

Mael’s a Nix and works as an enforcer for the Council with his best friend, Lenny. He’s tall, blond and can heal and shimmer in addition to knowing how to fight hand to hand. It’s been a year since he left his tribe and his ex-boyfriend Muirgeh, who’s the tribe’s leader, to be an enforcer. In that time he’s focused on his job instead of romance. Then Mael agrees to help Lenny retrieve his best friend Scott after he’d been dumped and Mael sees him for the first time and realizes that Scott is his mate. But Scott’s just been dumped and isn’t quite ready to jump right into a new relationship. When the enforcers get sent to work with Mael’s tribe and Mael’s ex-boyfriend, Scott’s justified in his feelings of anxiety and jealousy that Mael will dump him and go back to his ex-boyfriend since that’s what happened in his last relationship. So he does the only thing he can think of, and he persuades Lenny’s mate Yerad to shimmer him to the tribe so he can see for himself what’s going on between Mael and Muirgeh. And although Scott isn’t an enforcer, he’s allowed to stay because he’s useful to the team and he can help them look for the shifters stealing food and entering tribe territory. If you want to know if Muirgeh’s presence will influence Mael and Scott’s relationship, and if Scott will be able to get over how close Mael is to Muirgeh, you will just have to read the book to find the answers the same way I did. And just wait until to you see what happens when Mael accidentally initiates the mating bond.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I am hoping to see more of the shifters that were trying to take over the tribe’s territory. They seem really interesting.

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

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Review: “The Rhubarb Patch” by Deanna Wadsworth

TITLE: The Rhubarb Patch
AUTHOR: Deanna Wadsworth
SERIES: A Men of Gilead Novel
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH:  284 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 24, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $16.99 –paperback
  

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City boy, sci-fi novelist, and recovering pushover Scott Howe doesn’t know what to expect when he inherits his grandmother’s house outside the quaint village of Gilead, Ohio—but it isn’t an enormous bald man in nothing but tighty-whities and orange rubber boots shouting at him to keep his weed whacker away from the rhubarb patch.

Scott has never met anyone like Phineas Robertson: homesteader, recluse… Republican. A tender—if unlikely—friendship grows over the summer while Phin and his schnauzer, Sister Mary Katherine, teach Scott about life in the country and the grandmother he never knew. Opposites attract, but widower Phin worries his secret will send Scott running faster than his politics, and Phin isn’t convinced he deserves a second chance at romance.

Scott is convinced—rural life, and his one-of-a-kind, older neighbor is the future he wants. Before he can settle in, his mother drops a bombshell that strains their already tenuous relationship, and a cousin who believes he is the rightful heir to the property puts Scott in danger. It’ll take a lot of compromises, and even dodging a few bullets before they’re out of the weeds, but nurturing something as special as true love always takes hard work.


Well…

The Rhubarb Patch has everything I dislike in a book, like literally everything. When I thought that there is nothing that is going to go wrong, bam! There was another thing I didn’t like.

So you may ask, why the high rating?

Just because I don’t like stuff like Mpreg (although is not actually part of the plot, Scott one of the MCs, is an MM novelist who writes about Mpreg-Sci Fi’s) or Republicans who are pro-guns (the other MC, Phineas, Phin) or knowing about the rural life, that doesn’t mean others will not enjoy it.
In my honest opinion, this book is more a textbook 101 about agriculture. You’ll find every little detail, and I mean every…little…detail about seeding, harvest, farm animals and so…(did you know that you could keep the eggs up until five months in the fridge? well I didn’t…).

Scott inherits his grandmother’s house, and he moves there, running from his past relationship. Well, he is a people pleaser, and he wants to change that. He’s a momma’s boy. Like in most parts I just wanted to shout at Scott to grow the f… up. He’s also a social media addict. Checking on his followers couple of time a day, posting about the country life and he likes googleing. He doesn’t think to find love in the middle of nowhere.

Phin is a widow. His husband passed away a few years ago and now he’s living in Gilead. (The story says that Scott’s mom was going back to his family after her husband was abusing her when Scott was a small boy. The so called hubby is the son of Scott’s grandma from whom, he inherits the house. I thought that meant that Phin was the one who moved, several years ago to the neighborhood. But in one point of the story, it’s written that the grandma moved in next door…it’s confusing I know…).

So this is a typical-not-so-typical love story with a lot of details about agriculture and jealous family, rude relatives and a lot of rhubarb.

Who do I recommend this book? Well, to everyone who likes agriculture!

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

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Review: “Slow Heat” by Leta Blake

TITLE: Slow Heat
AUTHOR: Leta Blake
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Dar Albert
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Mpreg
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 354 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
PRICE: $5.99 -e-book / $14.30 –paperback
  

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A lustful young alpha meets his match in an older omega with a past.

Professor Vale Aman has crafted a good life for himself. An unbonded omega in his mid-thirties, he’s long since given up hope that he’ll meet a compatible alpha, let alone his destined mate. He’s fulfilled by his career, his poetry, his cat, and his friends.

When Jason Sabel, a much younger alpha, imprints on Vale in a shocking and public way, longings are ignited that can’t be ignored. Fighting their strong sexual urges, Jason and Vale must agree to contract with each other before they can consummate their passion.

But for Vale, being with Jason means giving up his independence and placing his future in the hands of an untested alpha–as well as facing the scars of his own tumultuous past. He isn’t sure it’s worth it. But Jason isn’t giving up his destined mate without a fight.

This is a stand alone gay romance novel, 118,000 words, with a strong happy ending, as well as a well-crafted, non-shifter omegaverse, with alphas, betas, omegas, male pregnancy, heat, and knotting. Content warning for pregnancy loss and aftermath.


The one thing that stands out the most is the amazing world Leta Blake has created. It’s a dystopian-like society with very strict rules. What really impressed me was that the author took the time to think of the effects of male pregnancy. In fact, a lot of the storyline is in regards to the biology of humans with a wolf-like mentality. The reader is not left taking things as a fact but given the reasons.

Another interesting fact is that, at it’s core, Slow Heat is a May/December romance. Vale is an omega in his mid-thirties while Jason is a 19 year-old alpha. I love when authors go against the stereotypes. In fact, there are quite a few examples of it in the book. Not only is Vale older but he is also a professor while Jason is just a student. This to me is a prime example of how and where roles come to play in their relationship. Another pair who do not fit the typical mold is Jason’s parents. There is something special about an alpha male that cooks.

The book is appropriately named because the courtship of Vale and Jason is slow. They have to follow the rules of being bonded. I was starting to struggle with reading it because I feared the author had limited the possible outcomes. This was not the case. The omega rights and restrictions reminded me of battles we humans have had and are continuing to fight.

With all the groundwork and research Leta Blake did, I really think this should be a series. For one, I must find out what happens with Xan. He’s one of those characters that you love even when he makes you mad. I would like to see a change in omega rights. There is so much potential here for a beautiful series. Did I mention that I would really love a Happily Ever After for Xan?

***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: “Nate and the New Yorker” by Kevin Klehr

TITLE: Nate and the New Yorker
AUTHOR: Kevin Klehr
SERIES: Nate and Cameron
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 85 pages
RELEASE DATE: May1, 2017
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book
  

BLURB:

Nate once had the love of his life, but he’s met Cameron, a New York millionaire with an eccentric cross-dressing butler.

Cameron is keen to share his world of classy restaurants, Broadway shows, and fabulous parties, and while Nate’s friends see the makings of a fantasy romance, it’s Nate who has to learn how to open his heart again.

But is Cameron simply second best?


I originally decided to read this book because it had a catchy blurb. The blurb promised a light comedic read, and that was what I was expecting, and so I requested an ARC copy to read and review. However, after requesting the ARC, I read the other reviews on the NineStar Press webpage, and so I was aware that this book’s actually a bait and switch. That the book isn’t a comedy like I was hoping for but instead a tear-jerker. The reviews were still raving about how excellent the book was so I gave it a chance. The story was beautiful and full of feels, and the author’s a master at making you feel everything his characters are feeling and going through. This story’s about a man (Nathan) that has his heart broken, has dealt with it and is at the point in his life where he thinks he’s ready to move on.

And yes, the reviewers were all right. Lots of ugly crying did ensue, and I would recommend reading with a box of tissues at the ready. Especially as you get toward the end of the book and the big secret reveal. And for a fun twist if you are feeling really brave and want to cry more, reread the book after finding out the big secret reveal and see how many more tissues that you go through because the book’s heart-breaking. Which I did, after finding out the big secret reveal. I wanted to see all of the little hidden details that I missed with the first read, and yep, I did go through a lot more tissues. But I also got a better insight into what Nathan was going through and his mental state after reading it the second time.

Nathan’s been through hell in the last year and a half and with his supportive friends, he’s finally ready to try dating again, or so he thinks. But he’s got some issues that he has to work through before he can open up and give Cameron a real chance. To make things more complicated, they live half a world away from each other with Cameron in New York, USA and Nathan in Sydney, Australia. Nathan works as a waiter and Cameron’s a millionaire. Nathan’s used to paying his own way and Cameron’s used to spoiling his playthings, which rubs Nathan the wrong way. And both are going to have to learn how to compromise and work through their misunderstandings. Luckily, there’s a crossdressing butler (Roger/Rowena who’s a riot) and a lesbian aunt (that tells it like it is and has no censor) that like to meddle in both of their lives and make them work through all of their relationship growing pains.

I loved the Cameron in Prague, which’s where they first met. He was fun loving and playful. I hated the Cameron in New York, as he tried to show Nathan his city and tried to wine and dine him, because he was conceited, high handed, selfish, and as he later admits to Nathan in Australia, plastic. I loved the Cameron who finally lets down his guard and shows his true self to Nathan in Australia. And it’s the Cameron in Australia that Nathan finally gives his heart to and tells him that he loves him.

I did think that Nathan should have come clean about Elliot instead of just brushing him off as being just his ex-boyfriend. Especially when Cameron starts to question how much Nathan loves him compared to how much he loved his ex, Elliot. And the only reason I can figure out that he wouldn’t come clean is that he didn’t want the pity. Which I can understand, but it will be interesting to see if it comes back to bite him in the behind.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Nate’s Last Tango to see what happens next in their relationship. This book would have received 5 OptimuMM’s if the blurb had accurately represented the book.

*** 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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