Review: “Lover Behind Enemy Lines” by Liv Olteano

TITLE: Lover Behind Enemy Lines
AUTHOR: Liv Olteano
SERIES: Dreamcatchers
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal
LENGTH: 214 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 4, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback


True mates, together at last.
Claw—fearless leader of Seattle’s Team 32—has faced many dangers during more than a century and a half as a dreamcatcher. Yet nothing has ever scared him more than his obsession with Nathan Gallagher. Tormented by visions and dreams about the man ever since he first laid eyes on him, Claw now has to deal with living under the same roof with the object of his most ardent desires. And Nathan is so much more than a simple crush.
Brother of the caster who’s been plaguing Team 32’s area and less-than-willing houseguest of the team after a strange break-in attempt, Nathan may hold the key to finally apprehending his sister and putting a stop to the havoc she’s wreaking on Queen Anne…. Meanwhile, Nathan’s wreaking some havoc of his own on Claw’s heart

Lover Behind Enemy Lines is the third book in the Dreamcatchers series and the thirty-third book in the Dreamspun Beyond series. I was a little disappointed in the second book in the series Star-Crossed Lover but this book definitely made up for it. I didn’t find the plot confusing like I did the second book. And I liked the backstory we got about Nathan and his family.

I liked the internal struggle that Claw goes through trying to figure out to do about Nathan. Whether or not he was his mate and if he was his first love reincarnated and if Nathan was going to side with his sister and Claw was going to follow his mate and betray his fellow dreamcatchers. But luckily Nathan is afraid of the person that his sister has become and breaks into the dreamcatchers’ house after witnessing an altercation between his sister and some of the dreamcatchers. Nathan decides to follow the guys back to their house to see if they can help him, but instead, he finds himself their captive. With the use of a spell that can show whether Claw or Nathan are lying when asked a question, they start to build a relationship based on trust and lots of chemistry.

I liked Nathan. He is the complete opposite of what other witches are like. He isn’t obsessed with gathering power or what his status is in the coven. He misses his sister who disappeared a while ago, and he’s been searching for her ever since. His sister, as a baby, had powerful powers and could siphon the energy from the people around her. Usually, such children are killed or put with a non-magical family to be raised. But his sister ran away from the family she was placed with and has become obsessed with gaining as much power as possible. It has corrupted her. And Nathan is desperate to find somebody to stop her before she can kill somebody. He didn’t expect the powerful attraction that he feels for the leader of the dreamcatchers or how much they would distrust him.

I really liked the ending of the book, and I can’t wait for the next book to come out.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Secretly Dating the Lionman” by Sue Brown

TITLE: Secretly Dating the Lionman
AUTHOR: Sue Brown
SERIES: Cowboys and Angels
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 27, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback


Can a man burdened with family drama find his way into the arms of a happy-go-lucky stripper called Lionman?
Cris likes a drink at the Cowboys and Angels bar after his shift at the strip club—until one night when a trashed young guy named Mikey tries to kiss him. He’s not Cris’s type, but Cris is good enough to see the kid home safely. There he meets Mikey’s handsome older brother, Bennett, and there’s an immediate spark between them.
But Bennett might not be in a position to start a relationship, let alone with the carefree Cris. He’s trying desperately to hold his family together, with a younger brother who’s running off the rails and hostile parents who will never accept not just one, but two gay sons.
When Cris is unexpectedly fired and Bennett’s family drama escalates, they turn to each other for support. But can a shoulder to lean on develop into something much closer, something they both deserve?

Secretly Dating the Lionman is the second book in the Cowboys and Angels series by Sue Brown. This is the first book that I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be the last. I wasn’t able to read the first book in the series before reading this book, but I don’t think that I missed anything that would have affected this book. I think reading the first book would have enhanced my reading experience and I can’t wait to read it to find out more about how Gideon and Dan, who are the owners of Cowboys and Angels bar, met and became a couple.

I really enjoyed Cris. He works as a stripper at a straight strip club called Forbidden Nightz because it pays more than stripping at a gay club. His stage name is Lionman, and he dances to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” He enjoys his job but can’t stand the new club manager who keeps changing his shifts without notifying him which is screwing up his dating life. After work, he likes to get a drink at Cowboys and Angels where he runs into Mikey who he met at a gay speed dating event held at Cowboys and Angels. The attraction isn’t mutual because Mikey is so far in the closet he just might be in Narnia. But that doesn’t stop him from hitting on Cris when he gets drunk. When Cris does a good deed after taking home a very drunk Mikey, he meets his older brother Bennett. Bennett is everything that Cris is looking for in a guy. He’s older and has some mileage on him just the way that Cris likes them.

I liked Bennett. What makes him happy is making sure that the people that he cares about are happy. And so his big focus is making sure that his younger brother Mikey is happy. And if it makes his brother happy to continue to pretend to be straight and have a fiancé, then that is what Bennett is going to help him do, and if that means that he needs to make sure that Cris isn’t interested in his brother than that is what he will do. But Bennett didn’t expect to fall for Cris himself. Now not only does he have to worry about his brother coming out of the closet to his strictly religious parents but he will have to fight his own feelings to come out also in order to keep the man that he wants.

When Cris ends up getting fired, he will end up bartending at Cowboys and Angels until he can find another job that pays as well as stripping so that he can continue to pursue his first love, painting.

To enjoy this book, you don’t have to have read the first book, but I would recommend that you do so that you can enjoy all of the cameos from the other characters in the first book that are in the second book.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Quenched in Blood” by Ari McKay

TITLE: Quenched in Blood
SERIES: Asheville Arcana
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
LENGTH: 228 pages
RELEASE DATE: Nov 20, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book / $9.99 -paperback


Will love mean rebirth… or death?
Vampire Julian Schaden has been warning the Asheville Paranormal Council of an impending demonic incursion for more than two decades. Over the past two years, he and his friends have fought as hard as they can with little help, since Micah Carter, the demon hunter who should have led them, shirked his responsibility and then perished.
Desperate for anything that might aid the fight, Julian enters the Carter property and finds something he never dared hope for: young Thomas Carter, the heir to a long line of demon hunters.
Thomas knows nothing about the supernatural world. But the prospect of a real life, outside the sheltered, isolated farm where he grew up, calls to him, and the idea of fighting the Unholy feels right.
Julian agrees to train Thomas even as he struggles against an unexpected, unwanted attraction. Thomas is too young and innocent to get involved with Julian, but opposites attract, and this is one battle Julian seems fated to lose. A prophecy from a dying mage comes with a bleak warning: the upcoming battle will claim Thomas’s life. To keep his home and friends safe, Julian may have to sacrifice the only love he’s ever known.

Julian Schaden is a reclusive three-hundred-year-old vampire and a member of the Asheville paranormal council. For the last two years, with his two best friends, Arden and Whimsy and their mates, Eli and Harlan, they fight against evil forces who want to bring a powerful demon to earth.

Thomas Carter is the last heir of a long line of demon hunters, but he doesn’t know that. He was raised by his grandfather, Micah, a demon hunter too, who had to hide the truth to Thomas. Micah raised him on an isolated farm, without friends, TV, Internet…nothing. Thomas was completely cut off from the outside world.

Julian agreed to train Thomas and to teach him everything about the paranormal world and his legacy. Thomas is eager to learn with Julian, and not only about his destiny. But when a prophecy reveals that Thomas must die in order to save the world, Julian will have to choose between the world’s safety or his only real chance of love.

Quenched in Blood by Ari McKay is the third and final book in the Asheville Arcana series.
Julian is a vampire—a broody vampire. He’s fought against the evil forces for centuries now, and with the help of his two best friends and former lovers, Arden and Whimsy, Julian tries to protect the world. He has a lot of guilt in him, and he blames himself for Thomas’ parents and grandfather’s deaths, that’s why he tries to trained him to be the best.

Thomas is eager to discover the world or the worlds around him—the human world and paranormal world. He’d lived sheltered from the outside all his life, and he has a lot to discover. He also wants Julian, not only as a mentor, but also as a lover. He’s young, but eager to learn, he’s brave and kind and accepts his destiny even if it’s terrifying.

I loved these two characters. Julian is the archetype of the broody, moody vampire who reveals himself only to the people he cares about. He can be technically undead, but he’s more human than what people think. He’s strong, brave, fierce but also sensitive, kind and very smart, I loved that about him. Thomas is young but not stupid. He takes his duty as demon hunter seriously, and he’s also brave and doesn’t hesitate to speak his mind when necessary. I liked that he wasn’t a little puppy following and obeying his master.

This book is the last one in the Asheville Arcana Trilogy. We finally know who the demon is, how they’re going to fight it, and if they’ll survive. It was captivating, and I was a little bit sad to have to say goodbye to them.
I had a great time with them, and this final episode was super good.

4 OptimuMM’s for the Vampire and his angel.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “My Kind of Man” by AG Silver

TITLE: My Kind of Man
PUBLISHER: Self Published
COVER ARTIST: JC Clarke & The Graphics Shed
GENRE: Daddy; ABDL; Age Play
LENGTH: 240 pages
RELEASE DATE: Oct 23, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 e-book / $10.99 -paperback


An M/M age-play romance.
Michael knows what he wants. He wants a daddy.
When yet another attempt at a relationship fails, Michael decides to find himself his daddy. The one man that will care for him, nurture him, and love him for who he is. Twenty-six-year-old and successful in his career, Michael knows he’s missing out on life. He’s a quiet, introverted man with desires that seem too far out of his reach. Until he goes to Escape one night.
Callum is tired of being lonely. He has everything to offer the right man.
When forty-year-old Callum is encouraged to visit Escape, his hopes are high, but his expectancy of finding the perfect man is low until he sees a young man nervously looking around the club. Everything about him ticks Callum’s boxes. Shorter than his six-foot frame with blond curls that cry out to be stroked, and a look of anxious longing on his face. Callum is transfixed.
With only a few words exchanged, the two men are hooked, eager to explore everything they have ever dreamed of. Is this a life they can fulfill, or will they find too many obstacles in their way?
My Kind of Man is an age-play story and contains M/M sexual content, spankings, age play, ABDL.

Michael is a Little who wants a daddy. He doesn’t want just a role play; he wants to live ABDL lifestyle 24/7. He decides to take his chance at Escape, a private club where he hopes to find his daddy.
Callum is a daddy who wants a Little, one who wants to live the lifestyle 24/7. His last relationship ended up bad, and Callum doesn’t know if he will finally find the Little meant to be his.
Michael and Callum are meant to be together, but fantasizing over something and living it, are two different things, and Michael and Callum will have to find if they really want this life, together.
My Kind of Man by AG Silver is my first book by this author and my first ABDL’s book. I can say that AG Silver had popped my cherry with her book.

Michael is 26 years old and a wealthy businessman. But Michael is lonely, and although he knows what he wants in a relationship, he can’t find it. He wants a Daddy; he wants someone who will take care of his every need, who will have control over him, and most importantly, who will help him to forget his adult life and all the problems that goes with it. I like the paradoxes in Michael. He’s very smart, strong and very independent, but he’s also a Little, he needs to be taken care of, he needs to be controlled. I liked this duality.

Callum is 40 years old, he owns his own publicist company, and he’s a daddy. He seems to have everything he needs, except his Little. He craves the need to take care of someone, to attend his every need. He’s a natural nurturer, and he needs someone who will understand it. I like Callum. He’s very sensitive and smart. He’s kind and soft with a dominant side too.

Like I said earlier, it was my very first ABDL book, and he was an interesting journey for me. I won’t lie, at first, the diapers’ scene was out of my comfort zone. I love a good Daddy kink, but more in an adult way, so reading and discovering the ABDL world through Callum and Mickey was really challenging for me and that’s where the author’s talent is important. AG Silver pushed the kink gradually throughout the book. The reader evolved with Callum and Mickey’s relationship, and at the end of the book, I ended up with an agreeable feeling and a smile. She wrote it well, introducing us in this universe with talent, creativity, and sexiness. She did it brilliantly.

The book focuses on Michael and Callum’s relationship and all the difficulties they meet. The characters are well developed and consistent with their kinks, especially Michael. His reactions sometimes can be seen as childish, but it makes sense with who he truly is. Callum is a soft daddy, not a big bad intense Daddy/Dom, and I liked it too. And the sex is hot, really hot and kinkyyyyyyy.

If you’re into this genre, this book is for you and you will enjoy it. And if you want, like me, discover the ABDL Kink, My kind of Man is a very good book to start it.

4 OptimuMM for Daddy Callum and his Little Mickey.

***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: “Femme Faux Fatale” by Susan Laine

TITLE: Femme Faux Fatale
AUTHOR: Susan Laine
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
LENGTH: 240 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 20, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback


Mystery. Murder. Men in silk stockings. Hollywood nights are heating up.
Hardboiled Los Angeles PI Cain Noble is hired by wealthy and gorgeous Camille Astor to find her husband and a priceless work of art, both of which have disappeared.
At the nightclub owned by Mr. Astor, Cain encounters the mesmerizing Lily Lavender, who has the body of a goddess and the sultry voice of an angel—but is really a young man named Riley who attracts trouble like a magnet.
What’s a private dick in the vein of LA’s bygone era and a cross-dressing burlesque starlet to do when faced with the hidden decadence and lethal dangers of the Hollywood Hills? They have their work cut out for them because they haven’t even scratched the surface of an elaborate scheme more twisted than anyone could ever have imagined.

Femme Faux Fatale by Susan Laine is the seventieth book in the Dreamspun Desires series. I knew that I wanted to read this book when I read the blurb and it said men in silk stockings. I love a good cross-dressing book and add in all of the twists and turns of a murder mystery, and I was entertained from the start of the book to the end. And there were quite a few twists that I didn’t see coming. The book had a 1940’s feel to it. I kept picturing a Humphrey Bogart movie as I was reading this book. Fans of Noir films and old black and white PI movies will greatly enjoy this book.

Cain Noble is a hardboiled Los Angeles PI who’s hired by the wealthy and gorgeous Camille Astor to find her husband and a priceless work of art, both of which have disappeared. He has a no-nonsense attitude and drinks a little more than is good for him which fits with how private investigators were portrayed during that time period, so the author did a great job of fleshing out and developing his character. I liked him a lot. I liked watching him try to figure out what was going on, especially when he kept getting turned on by what he thought was a woman. I liked when he finally figured that one out. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Cain and Riley, aka Lily Lavender, the cross-dressing burlesque starlet.

My favorite character is Riley. He’s so sensual and has such an old Hollywood feel to him when he’s cross-dressing. I also loved the support that he gets from his dad who knows that he’s a cross-dressing burlesque dancer. I also loved the support that he gets from Cain to dress however he wants at any time whether it is as a man or a woman or a cross of the two. But Riley is hiding a lot of secrets that could really help Cain figure out what happened to Mr. Astor and the priceless work of art.

Cain and Riley will have their work cut out for them when they are faced with the hidden decadence and lethal dangers of the Hollywood hills because they haven’t even scratched the surface of an elaborate scheme more twisted than anyone could ever have imagined.

I recommend this book to anybody that likes to read murder mysteries with a PI and a cross-dressing burlesque dancer, if you do then this book is just what you are looking for.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis