Review of: Truth will Out by K.C Wells

TITLE: Truth will Out
SERIES: Merrychurch Mysteries #1
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
RELEASE DATE: Oct 30, 2018


Jonathon de Mountford’s visit to Merrychurch village to stay with his uncle Dominic gets off to a bad start when Dominic fails to appear at the railway station. But when Jonathon finds him dead in his study, apparently as the result of a fall, everything changes. For one thing, Jonathon is the next in line to inherit the manor house. For another, he’s not so sure it was an accident, and with the help of Mike Tattersall, the owner of the village pub, Jonathon sets out to prove his theory—if he can concentrate long enough without getting distracted by the handsome Mike.
They discover an increasingly long list of people who had reason to want Dominic dead. And when events take an unexpected turn, the amateur sleuths are left bewildered. It doesn’t help that the police inspector brought in to solve the case is the last person Mike wants to see, especially when they are told to keep their noses out of police business.
In Jonathon’s case, that’s like a red rag to a bull….

Jonathon de Mountford is visiting his uncle Dominic at Merrychurch. A lovely English village where Jonathon looks forward to spent some quiet time with his uncle. But, when he finds Dominic dead in the manor, what is supposed to be a lovely and peaceful weekend turns out to be one of the worst weeks of his life.
Someone has murdered his uncle, and Jonathon has every intention of finding out who did this with the help of the sexy ex-policeman Mike Tattersall.
Truth Will Out by K.C. Wells is book one in the Merrychurch Mysteries series. It was a lovely mystery novel that I really enjoyed.

Merrychurch is a quiet village in the English countryside. Nothing happens in Merrychurch, until the death of the lord of the manor, Dominic de Mountford. Jonathon de Mountford is a famous photographer; he runs around the world searching for the perfect cliché. He’s gay and out, and despite his family’s and his father’s disapproval, Jon refuses to live in a closet.

As Dominic’s nephew and heir, Jon wants to know the truth about his uncle’s death, and while investigating his murder with Mike’s help, Jonathon opens the door to a world of secrets in this quiet village.

Mike is the pub’s owner. After being a policeman in London, Mike had to retire after losing his foot on service. He settles for the quiet and lovely village of Merrychurch. When Jonathon crosses his path and they discover Dominic’s body, the ex-copper inside of him can’t say no to investigate this murder, and it has nothing to do with the growing attraction between the two of them.

I adore Mike and Jonathon. They’re intelligent and funny. They barely know each other, but from the beginning, a connection is made between them, like their minds know each other before they realize.

I love how, while investigating, they discover each other and get to know each other until what they are trying to avoid happens, and they succumb to their desire. I adored them.

The book was super interesting. It had the atmosphere of a classic Agatha Christie, with one murder, a list of potential murderers, and throughout the book you eliminate some of them, add others, etc, etc.

It was funny and easy to read, and the growing feelings between Mike and Jon were super sweet to follow. I recommend this book. It’s a change of our usual read.

It’s 4 stars for the photographer and his ex-copper.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Without Reservations by JL Langley

TITLE: Without Reservations
AUTHOR: JL Langley
SERIES: With or Without #1
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Sept 27, 2019


Sometimes love catches you by the tail.
Native American veterinarian—and werewolf—Chayton Wilson dreams of a fair-haired mate. However, he’s shocked to find his mate is a man. He’s not quite sure what to do with a male mate, but he’s more than willing to find out.
Keaton Reynolds wakes up in wolf form and finds himself with a mate. He’s instantly attracted, but not thrilled to find out the man is supposedly straight. A past relationship where his partner denied being gay left a bad taste in his mouth. Keaton wants to make a break for it and pretend he never set eyes on Chay—but Chay is not ready to let him go.
Together they work to battle prejudice and solidify their shaky relationship. When a power struggle in Keaton’s pack threatens Keaton’s life, the two men must quickly learn whether they can depend on each other.
Second Edition
First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd., October 2006.

Chayton Wilson is a native-American veterinarian and a werewolf. Since the age of 4 yrs old, Chay knows that his mate will have golden hair and eyes the color of the sky. One day, a pack member brings him a wolf who’s been hurt. A beautiful white werewolf who happens to be his mate… a male mate.
Keaton Reynolds is a history professor and a werewolf. When Kea wakes up in his mate’s car, he’s surprised but happy, until he realizes that his mate isn’t gay.
Keaton tries to get away from the situation, but Chay refuses to let his mate go, and he’s ready to win him over despite everyone and everything.
Without Reservations by JL Langley is book 1 in the series With or Without. It was a good start for this series, and I really liked it.

Chay has wanted a mate since he was 4 years old. So he’s ready to have a mate, but he wasn’t ready to have male mate. Chay always defined himself as straight until he meets Keaton. After the messy beginning between them, Chay is more than ready to woo Keaton. I loved Chay. He’s smart, funny, and very open-minded. He refuses to give up on Keaton and their future, and he’s ready to fight for them. I loved that he stood beside Keaton against everyone including his own mother or his best friend.

Keaton is a brilliant 25-year-old professor. Because he seems younger than his age, Keaton was always compared to a twink. He was traumatized by his ex-boyfriend who was in the closet. Kea refuses to live that situation again with Chay, but Chay fights back hard to have his chance. I adored Keaton. Everyone thinks he’s a little twink, but Kea is a powerful wolf—one of the most powerful in the shifter world. He refuses to use or abuse this ability, but he refuses to have people mistreating him. He’s fierce, proud and out. He has a temper too, but he’s also sensitive and has a sick sense of humor. I loved him.

Keaton and Chay are a perfect match. They complete each other perfectly. I loved that in their couple, there’s not a relation of power between them. They were meant to be.

The plot is mostly about Chay and Kea and how, day by day, they find their path together. But there’s also a subplot about a danger around them, especially Keaton. The secondary characters are awesome, and I can’t wait to read about Jack and Remi.

This book was good, funny, and well-written. It was a real good start for this series. The universe, plot, and characters were well-introduced, and I will be more than happy to read book 2.

It’s 4 stars for the vet and his little bit.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Like Shadows in the Night by Mary Durante

TITLE: Like Shadows in the Night
AUTHOR: Mary Durante
SERIES: Shadows #1
RELEASE DATE: May 16th 2019


In an alternate universe where BDSM is an integral part of human culture, and every individual’s life is shaped by whether they were born as a Dom, sub, or switch, one man has daringly broken the rules of the game.
Matt Steels—sexy, powerful, mysterious, filthy-rich president of the hottest IT company in the country—refuses to play his assigned role. Despite enjoying the company of numerous subs, his private life is a solitary one.
That abruptly changes when he foolishly decides to intervene in a street brawl, saving a man from a savage beating. Little does he know that the man he’s saved is a wanted criminal, a lethal assassin who hides behind a Biblical alias and whose tools of the trade include sharp knives and an even sharper tongue.
But the assassin known as Lucifer has discoverd Matt’s most closely guarded secret, and decides to pay him a surprise visit. And as unlikely as it may seem, he might be exactly what Matt so desperately craves.

Matt is one of the most powerful men in North America. He’s powerful with his company Steel Tech and a pure genius with technology. He also has secrets—a lot of secrets—but one is more important than the others and can put him in danger.
Lucifer is the assassin of the Sons of Adam, one of the most dangerous gangs in the world. Lucifer is dangerous. He’s a wanted man by the police, the FBI, and his own clan.
Matt and Lucifer have nothing in common. They don’t live in the same social circles, but their paths cross, for the better or the worst, that’s what they will have to find out.
Like Shadows in the Night by Mary Durante is my first book from this author. It’s actually her first book in English. She’s a popular MM author in Italia.

I’m not a fan of the omega verse or sub verse genre, but the blurb of this book intrigued me, and I wasn’t disappointed.
The story is in an alternate universe where people are divided into 3 genres, Dom, Sub, and Switch. After years of fighting, they all have the same rights. In the eyes of the law, they are equal, but in real life, discrimination and abuse against Subs is common.

Matt is powerful—he isn’t scared of his board, a Dom or even an assassin like his lover Lucifer. He’s brilliant—a genius and very rich—he is powerful…in appearance. Deep down, Matt is afraid to be hurt and mistreated like in his past, so he keeps people at a distance. And it works, until Lucifer walks into his life and changes everything. I liked Matt. He was funny, smart, brave, and sensitive. I liked his sassy mouth and his fierceness when he needed to protect the people he loves.

Lucifer is more mysterious, more enigmatic, so at first, I didn’t know if I’d like him or not, but the more I read about him, the more I started to like him, until, like Matt, I completely melted for him. He’s more than an assassin. He’s more than a Dom. He’s just a man with a broken past and traumatic secret, too. I really liked him.

The book is written from Matt’s POV; we follow him on his journey with Lucifer. It wasn’t too long or too boring, it was just right, well written, and interesting.

I would love to read more about Matt and Lucifer.

4 stars

***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 ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: A Pocketful of Stardust by P Barnaby, Rowan Speedwell

TITLE: A Pocketful of Stardust
AUTHOR: JP Barnaby, Rowan Speedwell
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary, Ghost, Spirits
RELEASE DATE: Jul 30, 2019


Noah Hitchens loves the New York City life he worked hard to build. But when his father dies and leaves him a bankrupt bookstore in their sleepy Georgia hometown, Noah knows he has to save it. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know anything about business. He finds unlikely help in Henry, the man who owned Stardust Books before his 1966 murder, and Kyle St. James, a shy but kind-hearted out-of-towner with a past almost as mysterious as Henry’s.
Kyle came to Aster, Georgia, looking for redemption. On the run and out of hope, he’s just trying to get on with his life. Then he meets Noah, a ghost, and a big sloppy lab named Jake who redefine his idea of living. But his past is closing in, and when it finds him, they could lose everything.

Noah is happy with his life in New York until a phone call from his hometown announced that his father had died, and he has to get his father succession and inheritance in order.
He left New York suddenly and went back home to bury his only parent. Soon he realizes that his father’s bookstore is almost at bankruptcy and Noah doesn’t know how to save it or if he wants to save it. Meeting Henry, the ghost, and Kyle his hot and shy neighbor might help him, but when the time comes, Noah will have to make a decision between the nostalgia of his childhood and the reality of his future.
A Pocketful of Stardust by JP Barnaby and Rowan Speedwell was my first book by both of the authors.

It was a sweet and beautiful story, with a rainbow of feelings. The book was told from Noah’s POV, and we follow him in his journey. We’re with him at each step, and we share his pain with him, along with tears, love, and happiness. I really appreciated how the authors had described all the emotions of the MCs well.

Noah and Kyle are made for each other. Noah is confident, but Kyle is stronger, he has a horrible and traumatic past that he struggles to deal with, until Noah helps him. I loved how they’re different but also how they’re similar. I loved Kyle. He touched me with his shyness, and his purity moved me. They are very sweet and adorable, two kind souls who met and recognized each other.

The authors transcribed very well, also, all the small town atmosphere, with a strong community ready to help and support each other. I loved it, in the crazy world where we live nowadays, we need that reminder that there’s still good people around us.
The writing was good, even if sometimes a little bit repetitive, I was still hooked in the story.

Even if it wasn’t all candies and rainbows, this book was sweet, beautiful and I really had a good time with them.
4 Stars for them

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Digging Deep by Jay Hogan

TITLE: Digging Deep
AUTHOR: Jay Hogan
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Aug 6, 2019


Drake Park has a complicated life. As a gay male midwife, he’s used to raising eyebrows. Add Crohn’s disease and things get interesting—or not, considering the sad state of his love life. Experience has taught Drake that most men are fair-weather sailors when it comes to handling his condition—gone for dust when things get rough. Staying healthy is a full-time job without adding in any heartbreak, so a little loneliness is a small price to pay. If he says it often enough he might even believe it. One thing for sure, the cop who arrested him isn’t about to change that.
Caleb Ashton does not have a complicated life. A senior detective with the Whangarei Police Department, he likes his job and is good at it. He works hard and plays hard, happy to enjoy as many men as he can while he’s still young enough—or at least he was. These days he feels adrift for the first time in his life, and the only thing sparking his interest—a certain prickly young midwife.
But can Drake find enough faith to risk opening his heart again? And does Caleb have what it takes to cope with the challenges Drake’s condition presents?

Drake Park is a young gay midwife who lives with Crohn’s – a chronic disease. His life is dictated by his disease, every simple thing like eating out, going to the theatre or traveling needs to be carefully prepared. Drake is single, his last relationship was a disaster at the end, and Drake is determined to never have to live that again – until Caleb.
Caleb is a hot gay cop, a bachelor who jumps from bed to bed without doing any repeats and running away from everything that might look like it’s a relationship. Everything was fine like that until he meets a sparky, bossy, hot midwife who gives him a run for his money.
Caleb doesn’t know if he can be in a serious relationship without messing it up, and Drake refuses to have a repeat of his last relationship. What are the odds that these two men succeed together?

Digging Deep by Jay Hogan is my first book by this author, and I liked it.
I loved the plot about a chronic disease, especially Crohn’s. I have friends who suffer from it, and I was glad to read a romance where one of the MCs has it. The author did her work well, and I appreciated that she took the time to research about it. Every disease is different from one person to another, but she sums the main aspects of it pretty well, and I liked it.

I loved the MCs. Drake is funny, sparky, and bossy. He refuses to appear vulnerable in front of everyone, especially Caleb. He pushes him away a lot from fear of the rejection when he will have a bad Crohn’s flare. He appears mean sometimes, and I found him pretty rude with Caleb, but I understand him and his reasons. Besides, when he realizes his mistakes, Drake works hard to make it up to Caleb, and I really love it.

Caleb is funny, sincere, and honest from the start with Drake. He admits knowing nothing about the relationship thing, and he admits not knowing anything about Crohn’s disease. But he refuses to let Drake judge him or assuming the worst about him. He fights hard for Drake, and for them. He wants a real chance to prove to Drake who he really is. I loved Caleb and his weird sense of humor.

The plot and the story were good, but there was too much repetition. All throughout the book, we read Drake pushing away Caleb, and Caleb doubting himself about their relationship. It was necessary at first when they started to date, but at some point, it was too much, and I had the feeling of turning in a circle with the same issues each time. It’s the only thing that bothered me during my read, and I admit I had to skip some passages from time to time.

Excepting this point, I really loved the story. The MCs, including the secondary ones, especially the awesome and wonderful Carmen/Daniel. I secretly hope to read a book about them and also about Aaron, Drake’s BFF.
Even if everything wasn’t perfect, it was a good book that I enjoyed.

4 Stars for them.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis