Review: “Ante Up” by Kim Fielding

TITLE: Ante Up
AUTHOR: Kim Fielding
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 15, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $9.99 -paperback

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A century and a half ago, Ante Novak died on a Croatian battlefield—and rose three days later as a vampire. Now he haunts Las Vegas, stealing blood and money from drunken gamblers and staying on the fringe of the powerful vampire organization known as the Shadows. His existence feels empty and meaningless until he meets beautiful Peter Gehrardi, who can influence others with his thoughts.
An attraction flares instantly, bringing a semblance of life to Ante’s dead heart. But the Shadows want Peter too, and they’re willing to kill to get him. As Ante and Peter flee, they learn more about themselves and each other, and they discover that the world is a stranger place than either of them imagined. With enemies at their heels and old mistakes coming back to exact a price, how can Ante and Peter find sanctuary?


Ante is a vampire living in Las Vegas. He’s solitary, and survives by seducing drunken men before stealing and feeding from them (but not killing).

Peter is a charming man. He’s young, blunt and seems to have the capacity to read people.
When Ante and Peter met, it was lust at first sight, a passionate attraction between them. But when the Shadow, a powerful vampire organisation, wants Peter, Ante has no choice but to go to war against them for Peter’s life.
It was a pleasurable book.

Ante is old, like super old, and he’s kind of blasé by life. He’s solitary and refuses to “hang out” with others vampires or any others species. Peter is naïve, smart and kind. Without knowing it, he awakes Ante (no pun intended), he brings something to Ante, that this Vampire had never expected. Hope, Goals, love.

I liked these guys, they’re adorable and sweet. Their love story is easy and simple to follow, no angst, no personal drama (except a horde of Vampires who wants to kidnap Peter and kill Ante). Their interactions are funny and more than once, I smiled at their banter.

The writing was good. The book is written from Ante’s POV, and easy to follow. The plot is well built, the storyline and the events are coherent.
I recommend this book, if you want to read a simple, sweet love story with action and fun.

4 OptimuMM for this gay supernatural version of Bonny and Clyde.

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

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Review: “Tap-Dancing the Minefields” by Lyn Gala

TITLE: Tap-Dancing the Minefields
AUTHOR: Lyn Gala
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Sci-fi
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 334 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 14, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $17.99 paperback

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Sometimes the fiercest battle a man faces is against himself.
In the hidden alleyways of New York City, George “Tank” Tankersley defeated what he believed were demons. But the victory cost too much. Tank joined the Army in the hope of outrunning the guilt haunting him—only to stumble into a vast and deadly conspiracy, the enemies he’d hoped to never encounter again, and the arms of the brilliant, eccentric scientist tasked with saving humanity.
In a world where the line between dark magic and alien science is thin, Dr. Lev Underwood must reverse engineer recovered alien technology to give humans a fighting chance against the extraterrestrial beings who consider Earth nothing more than a petri dish. His old friend, Colonel Clyde Aldrich, wants to protect Lev from entanglement with the scarred and emotionally volatile young soldier, but Lev cannot help the pull he feels toward Tank. Still, his first loyalty is to the secret government program, and love might have to take a back seat to protecting the world. But if he can find a way, Lev wants both.


Private George “Tank” Tankersley is 20 years old, and a young soldier. He joined the military after high school, where he spent 5 years with his friends fighting against demons.

The last thing he expected was to stumble into a super-secret military base in Alaska, in an alien ship, where he meets Dr. Lev Underwood, a scientist specialist in alien’s technologies.
Tank realizes that maybe what he’s been through during High School with his friends wasn’t demonic, or maybe it was.

I’m not a huge fan of Sci-fi, it’s not my kind of book most of the time, but I admit that this one was really good.

At first, I was a little lost, Tank’s past was very present, and there’s a lot of references about his battles during high school with his friends. The same thing with Lev’s past, how he and Clyde (the colonel of the base) were kidnapped by the aliens and prisoners during 6 months in an alien ship and how they met John a human born and raised in this alien ship. So yes, at the beginning I was a little lost, I was sure that this book was a sequel. But the more I read, and the more I understood the story, I understood the background.

When I understood the context and all, I really enjoyed the book, the plot and the characters. Even if Tank is the main character, the book isn’t all around him and Lev. Actually, the love story between them isn’t the main plot. There’re a lot of characters, all very endearing (except Mary, I don’t like her).

It was a pure sci-fi book with action, aliens, and a lot of humour (Tank and Clyde are very funny). I hope the author plans to write another book, with John, I’m intrigued by this human-alien, and I would love to know more about him, especially him in a relationship (I’m already laughing thinking of him and his natural skill for interaction).
Anyway, it was a mix between Independence Day and Stargate in a gay version.

4 OptimuMM’s for The dishwasher, the Doc, and their misfit team.

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

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Review: “At Sixes and Sevens” by M.A. Church

TITLE: At Sixes and Sevens
AUTHOR: M.A. Church
SERIES: Fur, Fang and Felines
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 250 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 10, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $11.89 -paperback

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Werecats mating with humans was bad enough…. But an Alpha werewolf?
Aidric’s life takes an unexpected turn when he meets Alpha Carter Lovelock of the Dark Lake Pack—who is apparently his mate. Now Aidric must decide whether to accept the mate the goddess chose, or deny her gift because cats and dogs just don’t mix.

Carter is in a pickle. He always assumed his mate would be a female werewolf. How else is Carter supposed to carry on his line and retain Alphaship? When Aidric comes into his life, Carter’s ex, Sabrina, isn’t giving up easily. Her brother, Delaney, is a thorn in Carter’s side, and some of the other werewolves go out of their way to make Aidric feel unwelcome, including one of his deltas, Evan.

Unfortunately, what little headway they make is destroyed during a full moon hunt when enemy werewolves attack Aidric and threaten the pack house where the Dark Lake pups are kept—an ambush that could have devastating consequences on their future.
Werewolves are notoriously insular, and before Carter and Aidric can build the life they want with each other, they’ll face a fight for acceptance.


Aidric is a werecat, beta of his clowder and happy in his life, until he met Carter.

Carter is a werewolf, Alpha of his pack, and wants to meet his fated mate, to have pups and be happy, until he met Aidric.
Aidric and Carter are fated mates. A werecat and a werewolf. An alpha and a beta. They’ll have to accept it, and more important, to be sure that the pack accepts Aidric. How? It something they need to figure out.

I really liked the book. Even if the book can be read as a standalone, it’s better to read the previous books since there’re a lot of references in this one.
Aidric is a solitary werecat, happy in his cabin, proud of his place as a beta, and a bossy bottom (I loved it !!!). He wasn’t ready to have a mate, and worse, a werewolf. But even if it scared him, he tries. I love this about him, he didn’t back up (not entirely), and he really tries to overcome his fears.

Carter is a powerful Alpha, he’s strong, fearless, loyal and fair. He’s also deep down, a caring man with a huge heart. His pack and family came first, and He’s ready to do everything for his mate Aidric.

It was a really good story, with an interesting plot, and characters well developed.

Even, if they were mates, it wasn’t the insta-love between them, it grew slowly (ok not that slowly they are shapeshifters after all!!).

It was well written, and the parts where Aidric shifted into his cat form is really funny.
I look forward for book 5, but before I read those, I’ll read the previous books.

4 OptimuMM for the Wolf and his pretty kitten.

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

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Review: “Blood Drop” by Jacob Z. Flores

TITLE: Blood Drop
AUTHOR: Jacob Z. Flores
SERIES: The Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Urban Fantasy; Shapeshifters
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 230 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 6, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback

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A single drop of blood might hold the key to the fate of the magical world, and Aiden Teine must choose between his bond of love and embracing the power to defeat his enemies.
Aiden’s adjustment to being the first vampyre fae hasn’t been easy, but his ties to warlock Thad Blackmoor prevent him from becoming a monster. With Thad, Aiden has a new family, a new purpose, and a new reason to live—though he’s technically undead. There’s one problem: Aiden’s control over his vampyre is weakening. He must learn what’s triggering his violent reactions before he surrenders to the creature within. To complicate matters, Aiden discovers his transformation might not be complete, and he fears what he will become.

Aiden’s search for answers thrusts him into a frightening world filled with deception, new dangers, and apocalyptic visions. The part destiny intends Aiden to play could alter his relationship with Thad forever. If Aiden, Thad, and the entire magical community are to survive Icarian’s latest scheme, Aiden must interpret the meaning of the prophetic blood drop before it falls and ushers in the destruction of all creation—and the warlock he loves.


This is the fifth book of the series and the first time I have read this author. Even though I have not read the first four, which I strongly suggest you do, it was a very good fantasy book. I felt lost and had to keep going through the beginning of the book because there is a list and descriptions of all the characters. I did find the list helpful. I am excited to read the series from the beginning and to see this world or worlds from the beginning.

Aiden is a fire fae and former prince of his world. Then Aiden got turned into the first vampire fae and was cast out of his world. Aiden struggles with his new vampire being and is trying not to give into the desires of that first drink.

Thad is Aiden’s boyfriend and true love. Thad is an ice warlock and does a really awesome job keeping Aiden at bay with his thirst. But will it be enough? Thad has to help everyone realize they can’t be discovered by the human race or they will all be hunted.

There are so many characters that make this book enjoyable yet confusing because I have not read the other books. Will there be a happy ending for Aiden and Thad? Will Aiden give in to his thirst and alter the magical community? How will his love for his warlock affect his decisions? These are the answers I enjoyed reading, and I hope you do too.

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

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Review: “Whiskey Kisses” by Anna Martin

TITLE: Whiskey Kisses
AUTHOR: Anna Martin
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Anna Martin Originals
COVER ARTIST: –
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: –
RELEASE DATE: October 24, 2017
PRICE: $3.52 –e-book

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In a small town about an hour’s drive outside Dublin, there’s a whiskey distillery.
Jim has worked in the distillery as its business manager since he returned to his home town after getting his degree. Whiskey is a slow business and rural life is quiet, but Jim takes it in his stride. That is, until the handsome and mysterious Mr Aiden Rooney moves into a room above the local pub and sets off a flurry of gossip.
Aiden’s an artist, and his devil-may-care attitude is a revelation to Jim. But he still lives in a small town in rural Ireland, and he’s not even sure if he wants to be out and proud. The choices they make could change everything, if only Jim dares to follow his heart.

 


James O’Shaughnessy lived at Kilglass, (a small Irish village) all his life. He’s 27 years, the middle son of a family of 7 children, gay and in the closet. He works at the local distillery, has his own home, but he’s alone.

Aiden is 22 years old, he’s an artist and comes to Kilglass during his trip around UK. Until he meets James, and the two of them start seeing each other.
It was an adorable novella. Full of sweetness, calm and peace.

Really, it was a pleasant and peaceful read.

James and Aiden are good together, we follow them during their adorable journey. How James came out to his family, how Aiden settle down at Kilglass for his man.
I like this novella, no drama, no angst. Some doubts and uncertainties, but they were quickly swept away.
I recommend this short story with a good tea and a piece of cake (chocolate of course). Perfect for having a sweet tooth and read.

It’s 4 OptimuMM for me.

***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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