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Review: “Wanting the Wolfman” by Louise Collins

TITLE: Wanting the Wolfman
AUTHOR: Louise Collins
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Sci-Fi; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 26, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $ 14.99 paperback

BLURB:

Can love be more than a memory?
Three years ago, an attack cost Joel his leg… and his memories. Though he was told a dog he’d befriended savaged him, he has one hazy recollection: the stunning silver eyes of a wolf… or maybe a man. Desperate for the truth, he struggles back into the woods where his life changed in search of his animal friend.
When he finds the wolf who has stalked his thoughts, he demands it reveal its true form, and he meets Guy, the man within the wolf. Guy is guarded, but the wolf knows Joel belongs with them, and gradually, Guy can only agree. Things fall into place, but then Joel inadvertently exposes the man and the wolf he’s coming to love.
Guy and the wolf are forced to flee, but can Joel follow?


At eighteen years old, Joel had an awful accident in the forest that cost him his leg. People told him that he was attacked by a dog, a huge rogue dog, but Joel didn’t believe them, he saw a huge wolf, but he can’t remember the accident correctly. For 3 years, Joel lived in a world of pain, confusion and severe depression. He lost his boyfriend Keen. He lost his relationship with his father, but mostly, Joel lost himself.

One day Joel decides to go back to the forest alone to find the wolf by himself. He didn’t expect to meet Guy and Wolf, and he didn’t expect to reconnect with himself either.
Joel will have to make a choice: take a risk with his safety, or have faith in Guy.
Wanting the Wolfman by Louise Collins is a standalone and the first book that I’ve read from her.
It was a beautiful and poetic story that I loved a lot.

Joel is hurt and lost. He’s hurt after his accident, at eighteen years old, his life changed completely, and Joel lost everything, starting with himself. People around him don’t know how to treat him, except his sister. His friends are awful and Keen is probably the worst human being in the entire humanity. It annoyed me a lot how Joel let people treated him badly, but when he finally fights back, he really fights back. He may have a disability, but he’s not weak and Guy, as well as Wolf, will have to deal with his fierce, strong temper.

Guy and Wolf share the same body but are two entities. Guy is human and Wolf…. Well, he’s a wolf. They aren’t the typical “werewolf” that I’m used to reading, and I loved it. Wolf isn’t in the background and comes only when he’s needed, not here. He has his temper, his own personality but he’s in tune with Guy, they are in perfect symbiosis, the human and the wolf. Guy is a caretaker, a protector. He’s alone and spent the last decade hiding in the forest, protecting wolf and taking care of him. When Joel comes into their life, Guy feels the urge to protect him at any cost. I completely melted for Guy, this guy is THE guy, strong, beautiful, loyal… my dream man!

I loved this book. The story was beautiful. It was written from Joel’s point of view, and the whole book, we follow him. How he connects with Wolf, how they bond and then how Joel has to tame Guy, how he fights hard to be with him, to take care of him too. I loved this! I loved that Joel didn’t have to tame the animal but the human.
The plot reminds me of Beauty and the Beast. The love story between the MC, the bad guys trying to hurt Guy and Wolf, Joel ready to fight and sacrifice everything for them. For me, it was a free adaptation of this tale.

The author wrote a sweet and poetic love story that put a beautiful smile on my face at the end.

I recommend this book; it’s worth your time!
4 OptimuMM’s for the Beast, his human, and their soulmate

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “A Fool and his Manny” by Amy Lane

TITLE: A Fool and his Manny
AUTHOR: Amy Lane
SERIES: The Mannies
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Bree Archer
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; New Adult
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 230 pages17, 2018
RELEASE DATE: $4.99 e-book / $9.99 paperback
PRICE:0

BLURB:

Seeing the truth and falling in love.
Dustin Robbins-Grayson was a surly adolescent when Quinlan Gregory started the nanny gig. After a rocky start, he grew into Quinlan’s friend and confidant—and a damned sexy man.
At twenty-one, Dusty sees how Quinlan sacrificed his own life and desires to care for Dusty’s family. He’s ready to claim Quinlan—he’s never met a kinder, more capable, more lovable man. Or a lonelier one. Quinlan has spent his life as the stranger on the edge of the photograph, but Dusty wants Quinlan to be the center of his world. First he has to convince Quinlan he’s an adult, their love is real, and Quinlan can be more than a friend and caregiver. Can he show Quin that he deserves to be both a man and a lover, and that in Dusty’s eyes, he’s never been “just the manny?”


Dustin Robbins-Grayson meets Quinlan Gregory at fourteen when his parents hired the young man as their manny.
Seven years later, at 21, Dustin isn’t the surly teenager that he was anymore, but a strong, handsome young man who wants Quinlan…but not as his manny.

Quinlan has spent the last seven years taking care of the Robbins-Grayson’s kids and the entire family by extension. He lives just on the outside frame of the family pictures, vacations, and events. He doesn’t know how to be part of a family without being scared to losing them.

Dustin has one mission—make Quinlan his. His to love. His to take care of and his to have a family with. He just has to convince Quinlan that he’s more than the teenager he used to be and Quin more than the manny.
A Fool and his Manny by Amy Lane is book 4 of the series The Mannies.
Dustin is a handsome young man. He’s strong, confident and dominant. He knows what he wants, and he wants Quinlan, and he will have him. I loved Dustin. I saw him grow up through the books, and I was proud to see what a beautiful, mature, and strong man he became. His focus on Quinlan, his wellbeing, and Dustin has one mission, love Quinlan with everything he has…and me, I totally loved him and wanted to do things to him (sexy things).

Quinlan is broken. Yes, he takes care of the kids and the other members of his adopted family, but deep down, Quinlan is lonely and broken. He’s terrified to be a full member of this family, to accept his role and place at their table, and to be loved by them. But Quinlan doesn’t understand that he didn’t stand a chance against them and especially Dustin. I loved Quinlan, but he broke my heart. I wanted to hug him because he’s so beautiful inside and out, so kind and so sensitive. I completely melted for him.

I love this book and this entire series. I have the feeling of being a part of the Robbins-Lowell / Robbins-Grayson families, so I was happy to read Dustin’s story. It was like coming back to visit family and getting caught up with them about their lives. That’s the feeling I have each time I read one of the books of this series. The author gives us news about the members of the family and the previous heroes of the previous books.

This book can be read as a standalone, but you’ll want to know more about them, and you’ll read the entire series. I’m sure of it because that’s exactly what’s happened to me!
It’s good, sweet, full of fun, happiness and love story. It’s like eating a little piece of chocolate while you have a bad moment, instantly you feel better and a smile appears on your face. That’s the Mannies series for me!

I happily recommend this beautiful and lovely book.
4 OptimuMM’s for The Manny and his Caretaker

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Twice Bitten” by Rayna Vause

TITLE: Twice Bitten
AUTHOR: Rayna Vause
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: April Martinez
GENRE: Paranormal; Urban Fantasy; Vampires
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jul 17, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback

BLURB:

With a new species of vampire stalking the streets, the stakes are high. But that’s not the only reason hearts are on the line.
Danny Reynolds thought Kieran McCade was the one—true love and hot lust forever—until Danny found out Kier’s bloody secret and ran away screaming. Months later, Danny is facing his own paranormal crisis, and he needs Kieran’s help, but are there enough ways to apologize for breaking a vampire’s heart?
Nothing about Danny’s transformation is normal—not the attack that led to it, and not the symptoms Danny’s plagued with—but being in close proximity to Kieran is even worse than becoming a thing that goes bump in the night. Danny and Kieran aren’t the only things threatening to bump each other off, though. Secret organizations and clashing vigilante agendas want to get their hands on Danny. His only hope is to find a fix for his problem before he’s either captured or his abnormal transition starves him to death.
Danny and Kieran might have a real chance to repair their broken romance… but only if they keep Danny alive!


Danny Reynolds is a human who’s been attacked by a rogue Vampire one night after leaving work. This attack wasn’t normal, and after Danny barely made it out of the fight alive, he started to have weird symptoms. The only person who can help him is his ex-boyfriend, Kieran McCade, a vampire. The problem is that when Danny had found out what Kieran was, he ran away from their relationship, hurting Kieran in the process.

Between his symptoms that are life-threatening for Danny, a dangerous group of people hunt him down to hurt if not kill him and Kieran, who’s still angry and hurting, Danny doesn’t know if he will survive.
A second chance might be possible but at what cost?
Twice Bitten by Rayna Vause is the first book that I’ve read from her, and it will definitely not be the last.

I adored this book. It was a super good read.
Danny and Kier were madly in love and had been together for six months until Danny found out what Kier was. Danny hated vampires back then, and felt betrayed, so he ran away from Kier and their love. But when he was in danger, alone and scared, Danny went to see the only person who could help him. I loved Danny. I loved his honesty. He acknowledged that he hurt Kier, and he regretted it profoundly. He tried to prove to Kier that he was worth a second chance. I loved him because he was honest with himself and dealt with it.

Kier was hurt, really hurt, and as tough as he can be for a vampire, Danny had this power over him, and he broke his heart. But when Danny came to see him asking his help, Kier didn’t turn his back. I was completely enamored with Kier. He’s loyal and honest. He’s kind and protective, and he’s strong and sensitive. I was soooooo team Kier.

The plot was good and the story well written. In a world where vampires and humans live together (kind of), the relationship between the two species isn’t simple. Some humans (called Purity) want to eradicate vampires, and some Vampires (the Rogues) want to use humans as their personal meals. I loved this because it was well written, dynamic and very fluid. I didn’t have any problem following the story through the plot, and I was completely captivated. The book isn’t only focused on Danny and Kier. The subplot with the Vampire / human relationship, with all that implied, was captivating and interesting, I was hooked by it. The secondary characters are good, loveable and I wanted to know more about Aiden and Rogan.

I don’t know if this book is a standalone or the first of a series. For me it can be the first book of a series, there’s a lot of potential, and the author wrote this book very well. At least, I hope to have a book with Aiden and Rogan, even a standalone (dear new author of my heart, there’s a hint here for you).

I recommend this book, it’s a good romance/action’s book, and you’ll have a great a time as I had.

4 OptimuMM’s for The Vamp and his Librarian!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Incubus Honeymoon” by August Li

TITLE: Incubus Honeymoon
AUTHOR: August Li
SERIES: Arcana Imperii
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Blake Dorner
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 274 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jul 17, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 –e-book / $16.99 -paperback

BLURB:

As the so-called magical creatures go, I’m low on the hierarchy, and my powers aren’t much good to human mages. I’m a lover, not a fighter, through and through. I’m also selfish, lazy, and easily bored. But I’m damned good at what I do.
Too bad that won’t get my arse out of this sling.
Do one—granted, uncharacteristic—good deed, and now I’m held hostage to an arrogant faerie prince, trying to track down the one who summoned him while dodging gangbangers, gun runners, and Nazis. Add the powerful mage guilds scrambling to gather firepower for some doomsday event they’re sure is around the corner, and my cushy life of leisure might be nothing but a memory. On top of that, something’s compelling me to change on my most fundamental level. I’m not sure what I’ve got myself mixed up in, but nothing will ever be the same.
Bloody hell.
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Featuring a new twist on urban fantasy combined with fast-paced action and intrigue, the Arcana Imperii series books are standalone adventures, each completely accessible to new readers.


As far Urban Fantasies go, I like them pretty much. When I read the blurb for this special book, I thought I have to read this one. My hope was that I would find some romance in it, but that is not the case.

In this universe of Li, there are guild of mages secretly controlling the world. All those guilds have their own specific powers and their own specific goals. But where there are mages, there are also beautiful creatures too.

Our Incubus, we call him Inky, is one of those creatures. His goal is to bring people pleasure, and in return, he can feasts on the energy their release makes while doing so. Inky shapes himself as the one his object desires too. He can sense the desire of everyone, including creatures like him. That gift brings him to a mage bar, and after a few difficulties, he finds the source of the desire that brought him there. It’s a fay.

Our fay, let’s call him Blossom, is trapped in this world, summoned. Fay are a rarity amongst the mages, and his life is in danger, but he didn’t seem to realize that. He’s arrogant and looks down on everybody. But he’s also easily distracted by shiny things. It takes Inky’s rigorous convincing that he follows the demon and they search the mage who summoned and kept him trapped there. But he strikes a bargain with Inky, and in doing so, he takes from the incubus.

They search, and aka thirty whispering cats, brought them to the shady part of town, where they end up following unusual clues, and to the apartment of Dante, a young thug. Dante has no magic in him, so it seems that they met a dead end, but the events it follows bring us to the middle of mafia, Nazis, mage war, and other things.

Here I need to open a parentheses and tell you that lately I’ve noticed that the current US politics, the extreme administration, is more often mentioned in the newly published books, as in this book too. Even if this scenery of urban fantasy, the extremism, the power their gain, by being supported by high ranking politics, leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

I’m a globalist. I don’t believe in frontiers, I don’t believe in nationalism. Nationalism, as frontiers are dividing us humans, creating false identifications as well separatism. We are all one, we are equals, different but equals. In my utopistic, idealistic mind I wish for the world to reach its fulfillment and become what it was meant to be to become. A place of tolerance, acceptance and full of love!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Camwolf” by JL Merrow

TITLE: Camwolf
AUTHOR: JL Merrow
SERIES: No
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Tiferet Design
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifters
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 204 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 13, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book / $14.99 – paperback

BLURB:

“To save his lover, he must become his own worst nightmare. ”
Dr. Nick Sewell. Non-conformist. Werewolf. The first puts him at odds with his colleagues idea of how an All Saints College lecturer should behave. The second, bestowed upon him by an ex-boyfriend, puts him at odds with himself.
There s his tendency to change into a wolf on the full moon. And his visceral attraction to Julian Lauder, a troubled young German student. Despite his determination not to act on his desire, Nick s brutal response to seeing Julian with another man frightens them both. At first.
Then Nick learns that Julian is not only a naturally submissive werewolf, but one who has learned better how to deal with just being a werewolf. That explains the attraction, but it doesn t make it any easier when the tables are turned, and Julian once the student is now teaching Nick who still isn t happy about conforming to the werewolf way .
Meanwhile, reports of a strange wolf stalking the town barely register on Nick s radar until Julian disappears. Accusing eyes both wolf and human are turned toward Nick. Even with the help of friends, hope is growing as cold as the kidnapper s trail. Unless Nick gives free rein to the wolf s inhuman power
Warning: Contains hot outdoor sex, alliterative insults, allusions to abuse, and really awful sherry. “


I enjoyed the book’s concept, and the storyline was definitely attention-grabbing. An older professor pining over a handsome student, yes, please. Add in some paranormal shifters, and I want to happy dance. The characters are very different from anything I’ve read. The alpha in this genre are usually dominating and possessive but not in the same way as this alpha. It was very refreshing. The author did not stick to the general alpha stereotype. She gave him flaws and they were well written. I wanted to punch him and hug him at the same time. Each character adds a different dynamic to the story, and it works.

Dr. Nick Sewell is a professor at Cambridge but also a recently turned alpha werewolf. He’s content with being alone after the brutal way things ended with his ex. That is, of course, until a certain breathtaking young man catches his eye. Now I get to play devil’s advocate and say that although Nick’s character is quite unique, there were a couple of things that bothered me. He claims not to be obsessed with Julian, but he clearly is. Before they even properly meet, Nick is practically stalking the guy. Then he does a complete one-eighty and wants to take things slow because Julian is too young. The conflict is a little I want him until I have him and then let’s slow down and be adults. It didn’t gel.

Julian fits the omega stereotype until he doesn’t. He is very unique in that he’s strong enough to escape an abusive ex and the pack he was born into. I wish it explained a little more about why he participates in sexual situations that he’s clearly not comfortable with. Is it a compulsion caused by his omega nature? Is he doing it to spite Nick? Julian has so many facets to his personality that I really enjoyed getting to know him.

This is not my first JL Merrow book, and it will most certainly not be my last. I love the heart and soul put into the characters. They are all so uncommon that I don’t feel like I’m just reading the same old books on repeat. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the plot and the different facets of the characters. Just don’t expect this to be anything you’ve read before.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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