Review of:  Rekindled Flame by Andrew Grey (audiobook)

TITLE: Rekindled Flame (audiobook)
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: Rekindled Flame, book 1
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 13 2017

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Firefighter Morgan has worked hard to build a home for himself after a nomadic childhood. When Morgan is called to a fire, he finds the family out front, but their tenant still inside. He rescues Richard Smalley, who turns out to be an old friend he hasn’t seen in years and the one person he regretted leaving behind.
Richard has had a hard life. He served in the military, where he lost the use of his legs, and has been struggling to make his way since coming home. Now that he no longer has a place to live, Morgan takes him in, but when someone attempts to set fire to Morgan’s house, they both become suspicious and wonder what’s going on.
Years ago Morgan was gutted when he moved away, leaving Richard behind, so he’s happy to pick things up where they left off. But now that Richard seems to be the target of an arsonist, he may not be the safest person to be around.


Narration: Michael Pauley has an amazing voice. I thought he read a bit too fast and emphasized things a bit too much where it wasn’t called for, so I marked this down by 1 star for that. However, it didn’t ruin any of the listening for me. He brought the heat to the sex scenes and kept me pulled into the story. He also gave Angus a very good Scottish brogue (my favorite being married to a Scot! lol). I can’t wait for the rest!

Story: I’m a huge fan of Andrew Grey as a writer, but also a pretty nice guy. Yeah, I fangirled at EPC a couple of years ago! I’m always looking for more Carlisle stories! So this was a no-brainer for me. This book was the first in the series.

In this book, we meet firefighter, Morgan, and ex-military disabled vet, Richard. These two were friends as kids, but Morgan had to move away and they lost touch. Years later, and they’re both back where they started…kind of.

Morgan is now a firefighter. His character doesn’t come across as a danger junkie, but he’s the one that goes into a burning building to get the people out. He thinks he’s happy with just his job and friends, but figures out soon that he’s lonely. When he’s called out to a fire, the small family there says that there’s a guy still in the house. Morgan finds him in a wheelchair and carries him out. Later, off shift, he does his normal hospital visit to see anyone he’s rescued.

Richard was the man in the wheelchair. At first, Morgan doesn’t recognize him. But when he does, he offers Richard a place to live while he figures things out. Grey wrote Richard’s character very well in my opinion. He’s fighting his depression and the many losses he’s had over the last couple of years. He was military and paralyzed in an attack. He lost fellow soldiers, but he also lost his parents on the way home from seeing him. He really loses everything. He’s living with a family of a service member that died in his unit, but the house was attacked by an arsonist hell-bent on hurting military families.

The story grabbed me and didn’t let go, even at the end! I was cheering for these two from the moment Morgan realizes the guy in the hospital bed was his husband when they were thirteen. It has a great flow and the relationship builds at a good pace. There are some great hot scenes, but there’s also a good sub-plot going on with the arsonist. And I’m not wasting a minute before I start book 2!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of:  Greed and Other Dangers by TJ Nichols

TITLE: Greed and Other Dangers
AUTHOR: TJ Nichols
SERIES: Mytho
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: Dec 3, 2019

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Mytho: Book Two
Dragon shifter Edra has always lived to serve and protect—in ages past, as a knight, and in the modern world as a mytho liaison to the San Francisco PD. Behind the scenes he safeguards the mythos community from scandal—and further human hatred. When the eggs of a rare greater dragon are stolen, Edra must find and return them before the mother razes the city.
Edra’s partner, Jordan, has just been promoted, and he’s on the trail of several stolen mythos artifacts. Together, they track the eggs to a colony of mermaids living in the bay near Alcatraz Island.
But trying to separate a mermaid from her treasure is asking for trouble.
As Edra and Jordan grow closer, they test the bounds of human-mythos relationships. But Jordan isn’t ready to mate for life, and Edra won’t pretend to be human for Jordan’s friends. With the hills on fire and a storm brewing in the bay—and in their bed—something’s got to give.


Edra and Jordan have a new case. Someone is stealing mythos’ artefacts and selling them to humans. They will have to investigate while dealing with the collateral damage, especially for the mythos’ community. But Edra and Jordan also have their relationship to discuss. Are they going to mate? A human and a dragon having a mating can be more dangerous for them than any crimes they can encounter.

Greed and Other Dangers by TJ Nichols is book 2 in the Mythos series. I adored this book.
Edra and Jordan are trying to find their footing together. As cops working together, one for mythos the other for humans, but also as soon to be mate …or not.
Edra had a mate in his world before the collapse, so he knows the pain of losing a mate. He knows what it is to have his other half taken away from you, but he also understands the huge gift that the fates give to him with his second mate. That’s why Edra doesn’t want to rush things between him and Jordan. First, he wants Jordan being clean of Bliss, and second, he wants to be sure that his mate, his human mate, understands what mating a dragon means.

Jordan wants Edra. He wants him in his bed and in his life, but he doesn’t know how. First, he’s addicted to Bliss, he can’t deny it anymore. And even if he accepts his addiction, he’s not ready to stop it and to get help at first. Second, Jordan is human, so what it is to be a mate to a dragon is what scares him more. Finally, what about his friends, colleagues and other humans? A human and a dragon together in this tense relationship between mythos and humans—it’s not only their hearts at stake but also their life in the literal sense.

I loved this book, no I adored it, more than the first one. If book 1 sets the background, this book is more about the characters, their relationship, their pasts, their fears and their hope. The relationship between Jordan and Edra is intense, beautiful, and we can say taboo in a world where mythos isn’t considered equal to human. I loved them. I loved how they both try to fit into each other’s world even if it’s difficult. I loved how despite their fears, they try with everything to be what the other expects.

The author did great with world-building, how mythos and humans live together, how mythos tries to keep magic and traditions out of the human eyes. I loved the little “history” facts about mermaids, dragons, and vampires. It was added well into the story that makes it more credible and realistic.

The writing was more mature—the author knew where she wants to take us, and she did it brilliantly with a captivating story and little touches of humour that I appreciated.

I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

It’s 4 stars for Edra and his “wingless”.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Love Spanks by R. Cayden

TITLE: Love Spanks
AUTHOR: R. Cayden
SERIES:
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: BDSM
RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2019

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Xavier
Back in college, Dominick was a dreamboat senior, and one of the hottest guys on campus. That’s why it was so humiliating when a game of truth or dare in the dorms brought my hidden kink right to the surface, and I had to run away like an awkward freshman before a smack on the rear from Dominick turned my world upside down.
Seven years later, and I never expected to see him again. After inheriting my father’s candy store, I had settled into a quiet life in Denver, and left my fantasies deeply hidden. Then Dominick came back from New York City to run a city redevelopment project for the year, a project that looked like it might steamroll my little candy shop. And just like that, the dreamboat senior was standing at my door, and I was out of places to hide.
Dominick
I wonder if Xavier even remembers that game of truth or dare. It was before I had accepted my own dominant tendencies, and before I had made a name for myself as one of the most powerful business sharks in Manhattan.
But after the death of my grandmother brought me back to Denver, I was surprised to find that adorkably charming freshman, grown into just the kind of submissive man I loved. Following a catastrophe with my ex-boyfriend in New York, I knew not to mix business and pleasure. I knew that I couldn’t let my kinky fantasies get in the way of the city redevelopment job. And with my firm waiting back in New York and one year to pull of this project, I definitely couldn’t start thinking with my heart.
No matter how sweet that boy really was, or how good it felt to be back home.
Love Spanks is a 70K+ MM romance novel. Xavier and Dominick’s story is sweet and spicy with lots of heat on the way to an HEA! Enjoy!


I liked Love Spanks by R. Cayden. I’ve read quite a few books by R. Cayden, and I didn’t like this one as much as some of his other ones. It was a mild story for being a BDSM book. I did like the spanking scenes between Xavier and Dominick. My overall impression of the book after reading it was that it was a cute story.

I liked Xavier. I liked how the book started out with Xavier and his best friend, Georgia, going to a sex party so that Xavier can find a Dom to spank him for the first time. He interacts with two potential Doms but ultimately gets rejected. Although it wasn’t anything that he did that got him rejected. One of the Doms was monogamous, and the other one had somewhere that he needed to be and didn’t have time for the aftercare. I was kind of hoping that the rest of the book was going to be as exciting as that party. But the book shifted gears, and Xavier was reunited with someone he’d had a crush on in college. Someone that was supposed to spank him during a game of Truth or Dare. But Xavier panicked and ended up running away from the party without being spanked. Seven years later, Xavier has taken over his father’s candy store, and Dominick is a business shark that’s in Colorado to manage a city renovation job that involves the area where Xavier’s store is.

I liked Dominick. I liked his conversations with his best friend and business partner, Zachary. I also liked how he interacted with Xavier. Getting a glimpse into his dirty fantasies was a real treat. I did think it was funny that he didn’t think that his kink was masculine enough and was slightly ashamed of it and what his colleagues would think if they knew that he wanted to spank somebody. He was so ashamed and afraid that his ex-boyfriend would tell his kinky secret that he left New York to take over a job in his hometown of Colorado. He doesn’t expect to run into Xavier, the boy he had a crush on in college and wanted to spank. But in college, he hadn’t come to terms with his kink yet, so he was relieved when Xavier ran away. Seven years later, he doesn’t expect to run into his college crush or that he would share his kink.

But it isn’t all a bed of roses. There are communication problems between the renovation company and the small business association and snakes in the business world that Dominick will have to weed out. I did like what Xavier ended up doing with the Zing Pop machine in the end, but I will have to admit that I was disappointed that he never fired it up and used the machine.
Overall, I thought it was a cute story, light on the kink, with likable characters.

***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:  Paint the Sky by Lily G. Blunt – Audio

TITLE: Paint the Sky – Audible
AUTHOR: Lily G. Blunt
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: September 3, 2015

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A love of art…
A mutual interest in art draws two shy university students together. Ben admires Vinnie’s painting of the university building, so Vinnie invites him to an exhibition of his artwork. From a wealthy family, Ben purchases some of Vinnie’s art and arranges for the artist to personally hang the paintings in his apartment.
Starry, starry night…
Ben commissions Vinnie to paint his portrait, in order to spend more time with the artist. On the night of the sitting, Vinnie fingerpaints the starry night on Ben’s chest… and they kiss. They begin a relationship beneath the night sky, God’s own canvas.
But every relationship has its ups and downs and so it is with theirs. When Ben thinks Vinnie spends too much time with a fellow artist, his jealousy drives a wedge between them and forces Vinnie into the very thing Ben dreads.
Hold tight to your dreams…
Ben and Vinnie will have to walk through fire before they can find one another again. But if they believe, and if they keep their faith in the night sky and each other, just maybe they can make their dreams of love come true.


Listening Length: 6 hours and 4 minutes


Narration: Joel Leslie narrated this MM Contemporary Romance. I like his voice, and I thought it fit the story. There was a good cadence to his reading, and the sound was great. I listen to audiobooks at my day job, and this was easy for me to follow as I moved around. The story was based in Cambridge, and I thought the accent he used was good, but it could have been better. I’m warming up to Joel as a narrator.

Story: The story was a bit slow at first. I actually stopped it and started another because it just wasn’t hitting what I wanted. After that second book, I thought I’d give this one another try, and I’m glad I did. Once I was a little more invested, I really enjoyed the story.

I found myself looking forward to the characters and what happened to them. I loved how the time in the story moved forward so that this wasn’t a love-at-first-sight. Paint the Sky was written in Ben’s point of view, and we learn at the start that he’d been watching Vinnie for more than a year. In the beginning, he was kind of a slut as well. He’s ready to give all that up for Vinnie, though. He wants to be a writer, but his dad wants him to help in the family business because his brother incompetent.

Vinnie is the typical lone artist going to College with Ben. His backstory is tragic, but he seems to have overcome that. His brothers are amazing, and I liked reading about them. There’s a great dynamic there.

When I read the blurb and parts of the story, I think the author was going for more of a jealousy-caused-problems relationship, and she wrote Ben’s side well for that. However, I felt more for him by that point than Vinnie. Either way, I was cheering for them until the end.

I’ll be looking for more from this author, and I hope she’ll have more audiobooks out soon!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of listening this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Truth will Out by K.C Wells

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

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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