Review of: Reunited by Andrew Grey

TITLE: Reunited
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: February 22, 2019

BLURB:

Back in high school, nobody noticed quiet nerd Kevin Howard.
But everybody noticed handsome, athletic, and ultrapopular jock Clay Northrup.
They had nothing in common and lived in different worlds.
But a lot can change in fifteen years, and when they meet again at their high school reunion, Clay is no longer the big man on campus, and Kevin isn’t hiding in a corner anymore.
Can they put aside who they were? Can one night really lead to forever?


I love reading books by Andrew Grey, and while I loved this one, I was also left wanting more. The book is only thirty-two pages long and feels more like an extended teaser for an upcoming novel instead of a finished book. I would be really happy if this book were extended and turned into a longer novel or maybe another book about them. I really enjoyed what I got to know about Kevin Howard and Clay Northrup. There is no sex in this book. There’s one short make-out scene, but no graphic details were given.

Kevin was a quiet nerd back in high school that nobody noticed. He was also on the husky side and had a huge crush on Clay who was in the drama club with him. Not that he thought Clay had ever noticed him. Almost a decade later, he owns four Karate studios and consults on movies. He’d gone to a class with a few of his friends in college and found that he loved it. Through all of his hard work, he’s really slimmed down. When he goes to his high school reunion, he ends up meeting his crush again in the parking lot, and they get to talking about cars and what they’ve been doing since high school. Kevin finds out that he wasn’t as invisible as he had thought to the handsome and ultra-popular jock.

Everybody in high school noticed Clay. Clay had been the guy who had it all. He was a talented actor, had the lead in all the school plays and musicals, and he was on the football team. He was the man everyone wanted to be and the one all the girls had wanted. But in high school, Clay had a secret and he admired Kevin because he was out and seemed so confident in high school. He didn’t hide as Clay did. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Bridget, they moved to New York to pursue Clay’s acting career. When that didn’t pan out, he ended up getting a divorce, and he returned home when his father died to take over his car dealership. His ex-wife was pregnant when she left him, and Clay ended up getting sole custody of his blind son when she was found to be unfit.

I like that Kevin and Clay don’t have anything in common and have lived in different worlds. It would be interesting to see how their relationship would progress. And if their relationship would hold up to all of Kevin’s traveling to his different karate studios and various movie sets to consult when Clay’s son needs a steady environment and routine and especially when all of Kevin’s traveling contributed to his last relationships failure.

I liked this short story, and I really hope that the author will either release another book about Clay and Kevin or that he makes this one longer. I want more of them.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Home and Heart by Sean Michael

TITLE: Home and Heart
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: M/M/M; BDMS
RELEASE DATE: December 25, 2018

BLURB:

Is it possible to find the heart’s home twice in a lifetime?
Six years ago, Sawyer Burroughs’s life fell apart. His soul mate and husband of four years died of cancer, and he fell into depression… and a bottle. It’s taken six years, but he’s turned his life around and is ready to start again on the other side of the country.
In his new apartment, he’s welcomed by his young and carefree neighbor, Derek, from across the hall. Derek is eager to make Sawyer feel welcome and even offers him a place to stay when Sawyer arrives ahead of his furniture.
The upstairs neighbors are just as friendly, and soon Sawyer finds a place with the friends-with-benefits threesome. He’s not the shy, vanilla lover they think he is, though, and he’s hiding more than a pair of nipple rings. As it happens, the guys have kinky secrets of their own, but for four men to make a BDSM relationship last, they’ll have to figure some things out.


I can always rely on Sean for some hot sexiness. This book is no different. Sean has a way of making the temperature rise and give your little bits a wonderful sensation. If you enjoy lots of sexiness, a little BDSM and lots of men together, then this is the book for you.

Sawyer is a man restarting his life after his husband and Master had died five years before. Sawyer fell into depression and the bottle but has cleaned up his act and has moved to a new life. He’s sure that he will never find a Master for him again, but he knows he has to give life a go. His new apartment is just what he needs until the hot neighbor knocked on his door.
Derek knocks on Sawyer’s door excited to meet this little hottie. Derek just walks in and starts talking with this quiet little man. He notices that Sawyer has no furniture and just outright asks him to stay the night with him. Derek is not shy and immediately takes to him. He invites him to a BBQ in the yard with the other two men in the building, but Sawyer is not ready for all these men, at least he thinks he’s not ready.

Benny and Luke are a couple, and Luke is obviously the Dom. They’re excited about Sawyer moving in and can’t wait to get him to play with them all. But they see the way Derek is so into him, and they hope this will not deter the plan. Luke also see right away that Sawyer is a perfect little sub and how he needs a strong Dom. Luke agrees to teach Derek how to give him what he needs. Derek is a natural Dom and can’t believe he has gotten so lucky.

This is a fun read with lots of hot sex. So if you’re ready for all the different scenarios, then get to reading.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Intersection of Purgatory and Paradise by A.J. Thomas

TITLE: The Intersection of Purgatory and Paradise
AUTHOR: A.J. Thomas
SERIES: Least Likely Partnership
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/ Suspense
RELEASE DATE: March 27, 2015

BLURB:

Life in small-town Montana has become hell for former San Diego homicide detective Christopher Hayes. No one will hire him, he has made the seething racism his lover Doug Heavy Runner faces at work worse by adding homophobia to the mix, and his most recent jog through town ends when two gay-bashing teenagers hit him in the head with a rock. Deputy Sheriff Doug Heavy Runner has never overcome the abusive relationship that traumatized and shattered him as a young adult. The memories, the lingering shame, and the fear he has never acknowledged have left him resigned to endure the discrimination he faces in Elkin. But he can’t stand it when Christopher becomes a target for that same hatred.
When the mutilated body of one of the boys who assaulted Christopher is found in Doug’s garage, Christopher and Doug return from a vacation in San Diego and uncover a tangle of secrets, lies, and tragedy lurking beneath Elkin’s small-town façade. With their relationship at a crossroads, they’ll have to work together to catch the killer and maybe find a paradise of their own.


Christopher Hayes is living in purgatory. He’s in hell. Christopher finds himself living in nowhere Montana, and as if that’s not bad enough, he’s getting the accusatory side-eye from the people of the small nowhere town for the heinous crimes his brother committed. As if for some reason Christopher is just as guilty. He’s absolutely miserable. He shouldn’t have to hide who he is to Doug Heavy Runner in public, and he most certainly shouldn’t have to put up with the town’s bigotry. But he’s in love with Doug, and somewhere along the line, he’s decided that should be enough until it’s not.

Doug Heavy Runner is just trying to live his life albeit it’s now two separate lives as it were. He has his life on the ranch which is his love, and then he has the life as a small-town deputy. He thinks keeping them separate will make everyone happy, but the only people he’s satisfying are the small-minded townsfolk that he has a twisted sense of loyalty to. It’s a big mess. And if Doug doesn’t figure out what matters most, he’s going to lose everything.

Christopher is miserable. He’s lonely, bored and tired. Tired of the accusations no one will blatantly throw at him, but it’s all over the faces of the townspeople and the not-so-subtle way they avoid him. He’s not his brother, and he’s not in the closet, but somehow, he’s been branded as both. He loves Doug, but he’s not sure he can handle his life anymore. He gets the opportunity to go home, and he’s not sure he’ll be able to find it in himself to leave again. He wants his old life back, but he doesn’t want to lose Doug.

Doug Heavy Runner just wants to live in peace. He knows the small town in sucking the life out of Christopher, but he’s not willing to sacrifice anything to make Christopher happy. He’s actually a pretty selfish guy. He won’t sell the family farm because he feels like he’s a failure if he does. Nothing he does is ever right or enough. Yet, Christopher won’t call the ranch home. Doug knows he has Christopher’s heart, but he’s not sure it’s enough anymore.

Oh my gosh, this series! I loved it! Except for this book. Doug is a selfish self-centered twit and Christopher, where are the brass down belows he had in book one? Where did they go, Christopher? Who are you in this book? Doug makes me ragey. I still don’t understand his misguided sense of loyalty to this messed up backwater town. Ugh to both of them. Now the other characters that come back and a few new ones are fantastic. The actual plot was great, and I still loved the series despite these two crazy guys. It’s definitely worth a read.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Diplomatic Relations by J.L. Langley

TITLE: Diplomatic Relations
AUTHOR: J.L. Langley
SERIES: Sci-Regency
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Sci-Fi; Regency
RELEASE DATE: Feb 29, 2019

BLURB:

Opposites don’t just attract… they sizzle.
A lusty special forces soldier who lives by his own set of rules, Dalton Fairfax decided long ago to stop wishing for his father’s love, and he found his calling. Now that he’s back home and between assignments, he finds himself at loose ends. When the opportunity arises to play bodyguard and help out his country, Dalton jumps at the chance. Not only does it keep him busy, but it just so happens that his charge is the man he saw on leave last month and hasn’t been able to get out of his head.
Heir to a dukedom and a conservative politician, Blaise Thompson strives to prove himself worthy of carrying on the family legacy as the next IN Councilman. However, his closest competitor keeps getting in the way and taking credit for Blaise’s ideas. Maintaining his stellar reputation isn’t easy to do while keeping his outrageous younger brother in line and foiling his rival’s personal attacks. He has no time for a guard and even less time for romance.
When a priceless antique goes missing, Blaise and Dalton discover that Regelence has larger problems than just IN plots. Now the only way to stop a scandal that threatens both of them is to compromise, and they are forced to confront the risk of losing everything… even each other.


I remember, a couple of years ago when I discovered this genre, MM, and it was still a forbidden read, I was struggling to accept myself, and this series was one of my firsts. Me being a romantic and sci-fi fan, this series was a dream come true.

We can be part of the Townsend princes HEA, and there we meet Dalton, the prince’s cousin. He’s infamous in the Regency society, his scandalous behavior, and his affairs with married men. This behavior pushes the king-consort, his uncle, to send him into IN.
Now after two years of him serving in the IN, he’s finally home but not for long. Between missions, he volunteers to guard Blaise Thompson, an intern in the House of Lords and next IN Councilman. Dalton has a long-time crush on Blaise, and this will be the perfect opportunity to seduce the young lord.

Blaise has never been attracted to anybody before. When he literally collides with Dalton, his life changes drastically. He’s known for his proper behavior. He strictly protects his reputation, not like his younger brother, Brannon, Prince Aiden’s best friend, who is always in between mischiefs.

Now, with new news revealed by the IN secret plans, the King assigns every lord a guard. Blaise ends up with Dalton. He can’t fight the attraction between the two of them. Stolen kisses, inappropriate touches—this what his life came too.

I very much liked this story, but in the end, I just wanted to punch Blaise right in the nose. The act he pulled really hurt Dalton, who must deal with family drama, and above all, the IN’s secret plan against Relegence.

There a few things that are not clear to me in this society, and one of those is if there are two Lords, how do they decide which young lord can be courted and which one does the courting…

I only gave 4 stars because Blaise doing what he did in the end.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: My Fair Brady by K.C. Wells

TITLE: My Fair Brady
AUTHOR: K.C. Wells
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Feb 19, 2019

BLURB:

A spur of the moment invitation changes two lives.
Jordan Wolf’s company runs like a well-oiled machine. At least until his PA, Brady Donovan, comes down with the flu and takes sick leave. Then Jordan discovers what a treasure Brady is and who really keeps his business—and Jordan in particular—moving like clockwork. So when Jordan needs a plus-one, Brady seems the obvious choice to accompany him. After a major shopping trip to get Brady looking the part, however…. Wow.
Brady has a whole new wardrobe, and now his boss is whisking him away for a weekend party. Something is going on, something Brady never expected: Jordan is looking at him like he’s never seen him before, electrifying Brady’s long-hidden desires.
But can the romantic magic last when the weekend is over and it’s back to reality?


Jordan Wolf is the CEO of his company. He’s successful, very successful and works hard for that. With the help of his assistant, Brady, Jordan has his weeks running smoothly. Until his PA gets sick and Jordan realizes how important Brady is to his company and his life. Brady didn’t expect that having flu would change his life forever.
My Fair Brady by KC Wells was a sweet and adorable book that I enjoyed a lot.

Jordan is the CEO of his own company. He’s powerful, hard worker and successful, but he never realizes that he can be all of that because Brady takes care of every aspect of his life. Jordan realizes soon that Brady is more than just a simple PA and at first tries to show him how grateful he is of his work until he meets the real Brady, the one in real life that he’s never met before. This Brady catches Jordan’s eyes and heart.

Brady is probably the best PA in the world, the fact he’s in love with his boss since he starts to work for him has nothing to do with his efficiently. Brady didn’t expect to see Jordan on his doorstep when he was sick, taking care of him. He didn’t expect to bond with Jordan more than their work relationship, and most of all, he didn’t expect to fall a little bit more in love with Jordan each time Jordan took care of him.

I adored these two men; they were so adorable, funny, sweet and just natural. Brady is funny and sassy; he doesn’t seem like that at first when he’s in PA mode. I love the fact that the reader meets this other side of Brady with Jordan. I loved Jordan too; he’s smart, kind and a protector. How he reacts to Brady’s absence is funny (the lunch episode made me laugh out loud), he’s completely lost without him, but when he starts to see the other side of Brady, he is hooked, just like the reader.

I loved how the author made the reader fall in love with the MCs at the same time they did. She didn’t just write their feelings; she showed them to us. I laughed and swooned for them all through my reading.

The book is only about Brady and Jordan’s story, no drama, no sub-plot. Just them and a piece of their life written with talent and it was very good.

I gladly recommend this book; it’s the kind of story that I enjoy to read and want to live.

4 OptimuMM for them.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis