Review of: The Spirit Key by Parker Williams

TITLE: The Spirit Key
AUTHOR: Parker Williams
SERIES: Lock and Key
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Jan 15, 2019

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When he was eight years old, Scott Fogel died. Paramedics revived him, but he came back changed. Ghosts and spirits tormented Scott for over a decade until, thinking he was going mad, he did the only thing he could.
He ran—leaving behind his best friend, Tim Jennesee.
Scott’s had five normal, ghost-free years in Chicago, when the spirit of Tim’s mother comes to him and begs him to go home because Tim’s in trouble and needs him.
He isn’t prepared for what he finds when he goes home—a taller and sexier Tim, but a Tim who hasn’t forgiven Scott for abandoning him… a Tim whose body is no longer his own. The ghost of a serial murderer has attached itself to Tim, and it’s whispering dark and evil things. It wants Tim to kill, and it’s becoming harder for Tim to resist. To free the man who has always meant so much to him, Scott must unravel the mystery of the destiny he shares with Tim.


Scott Fogel died. He was eight years old. He would never be the same again. Fast forward to his late teens and poor Scott is barely functioning. His life as he knew it has imploded and the only action he feels he can take to save what’s left of his loved ones is to disappear. Fate finds him five years later, and she’s in the guise of his best friend’s mother, one of the only two people who could ever handle Scott and his intricacies. The other being this lady’s son who she implores Scott to save. In order for him to honor her request, he has to go back to the place where his nightmares almost destroyed him.

Scott defies death only to find himself living in a nightmare. I had a hard time with his character only because he’s a kid when these horrible things happen to him, and as an adult, everyone he’s ever loved acts like he should pay a penance to them because he only wanted to find peace and give them some sort of life outside of him and his “issues”. Well cheese and crackers, get over it people. Poor guy.
Tim is whatever. I say that only because he’s a whatever kind of character. He doesn’t add much except making Scott feel like dirt. I just don’t like the guy. He’s supposed to be Scott’s best friend, but he’s just poor pitiful me.

The storyline was great. I enjoyed the premise even with some frustrating characters. There was a lot of information to digest. It didn’t seem thrown together as Williams would never do, it just seems rushed. Like here, take it. I wish there was more. I’m excited to see where the series goes.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Boyfriend Cruise by Deanna Wadsworth

TITLE: The Boyfriend Cruise
AUTHOR: Deanna Wadsworth
SERIES: Pride of the Caribbean
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Dec 25, 2018

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The Pride of the Caribbean is a cruise ship unlike any other. Paranormals working on board the enchanted ship hide in plain sight, under the benevolent protection of a demigod captain and his fairy husband.
And this is a shipboard romance unlike any other.
Josh Gilbert’s well-meaning family booked a gay-friendly cruise for Christmas in order to find Josh a boyfriend. Hoping to escape the constant parade of bachelors—and the collapsible fishing rod dangling mistletoe his mom keeps in her purse—Josh takes solace in a growing friendship with the ship’s photographer, Nathan. Though Josh is falling for Nathan, he worries it will never be more than a shipboard fling.
Nathan recently became aware of his incubus heritage and has finally learned how to control his demon side. But Josh has awakened more than just the demon’s need for orgasms—Josh has awakened Nathan’s heart. What’s developing between them is the real thing, but can Josh ever accept Nathan’s promiscuous past… and love a sex demon?
Amid lush tropical settings, family hilarity, holiday costume parties, sexy snorkeling adventures, gingerbread martinis, and mythical creatures, will Josh get his Christmas wish and finally find the true love he’s wanted for so long?


Nathan is the official photographer of the Pride of the Caribbean, a ship cruise that’s LGBT friendly, Family friendly and Paranormal friendly. Nathan is also a quarter incubus, a sex demon.
Josh’s family decided to book the Christmas week on the Pride of the Caribbean. What Josh thinks is a family trip for the holidays is, in fact, a plot by his mom and sisters to find him a boyfriend.
The attraction between Nathan and Josh is off the charts, but is it enough for them to overcome all their inner demons?
The Boyfriend Cruise by Deanna Wadsworth is my third book by this author, and I really liked it.

Josh was happy to be with his family and his best friend on a cruise for Christmas. He wasn’t so happy to hear that it was a plot from his meddling mother and sisters to find him a boyfriend during the cruise. The boyfriend cruise like they named it. He refuses to believe that someone as hot and beautiful than Nathan would want him, and between his own insecurity and his obnoxious meddling family, it’s not easy for him to just relax and enjoy his time with this hot, beautiful and kind man. I loved Josh. I could relate to him, his insecurities, his wish to find his one and only and not aging alone. I loved him, really, he’s sweet, smart, funny with a hot wild side. I loved how openminded he was with Nathan and the other members of the cruise and most of all, I loved that even if he was shy and unsure, he wasn’t weak, he had a temper and didn’t hesitate to speak his mind.

Nathan was lost when he came to the Pride of the Caribbean. He didn’t know he was an incubus, so he did a lot of bad things, but not because he was a bad man, but because he couldn’t help it, his demon was out of control. It was only when he came on the cruise that he found about his demon and discovered the paranormal world. When he met Josh, Nathan wants to be with him from the beginning, and he wants to finally have someone who will love him completely with his strengths and weaknesses. Nathan touched me, he was so unsure of himself and so scared to lose Josh if he finds out what Nathan really was. I especially loved how Nathan fights for Josh and their chance to have a future together.

I enjoyed a lot of the book. The plot was easy to follow, it was well written, funny and dynamic. Josh’s family is hilarious even if I would have died from embarrassment with a mom like his. It’s the first book in this series (I hope it’s a series) and the author wrote the background and the characters of her universe very well. It’s definitely a series I will follow.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Eye of the Beholder by M.D. Grimm

TITLE: Eye of the Beholder
AUTHOR: M.D. Grimm
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Feb 8, 2019

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Is it better to risk it all… or never know what could have been?
After surviving an abusive childhood, Vulcan remade himself upon arriving in Los Angeles, California. He became a blacksmith for the paranormal community and strives to earn the respect of the vampire covens and werewolf packs that call LA home. He also prevents the pain of loss by keeping everyone at arm’s length.
But he never planned on meeting a former Roman soldier by the name of Marcus Cassius Vespillo. Something sparks between them and turns into a friendship he never considered possible. He can’t deny his intense attraction to the intelligent, courteous, ancient vampire. And it scares him.
Though Vulcan is wary of seeking more with Cassius, an attack leaves him at death’s door and forces him to reexamine his priorities. But Cassius has his own secret, one that promises tragedy and loss. And if that wasn’t enough, a slayer arrives in the States, one with a bloody connection to Cassius… and Vulcan himself.


Vulcan is a human. He survived an abusive childhood and lived on the streets before meeting Dain, a blacksmith for the paranormal community of L.A., and becoming Dain’s apprentice.
Cassius is a Vampire, a former Roman Soldier. He’s one of the oldest vampires in the world, he was a part of the history, and he lived through it.
Vulcan and Cassius have a strong friendship shared by their love for history. The alchemy between them is strong, and it’s up to them to take the last step to become more than friends. It could be possible, but they will first have to fight their fears and pasts before starting a future together.

Eye of the Beholder by M.D Grimm is my first book by this author and won’t be my last.

Vulcan is a human, and he’s a blacksmith for the paranormal community after the death of his mentor, Dain. Vulcan knows about the paranormal world, he has a strong friendship with the Duchesse, a powerful vampire (kind of a Vampire Queen) but that doesn’t mean that Vulcan trusts the vampires and the werewolves completely. Meeting Cassius was a surprise for him, and he was at first excited to talk with someone who was “alive” during all the eras of humanity’s history. But, Vulcan wasn’t ready to developed feelings for Cassius, and it scared him. I liked Vulcan. He’s smart, sensitive and strong. He’s also traumatized by his childhood and wears the scars in his heart and soul. I liked him and his possessiveness towards Cassius.

Cassius is a Vampire born during the Roman Empire. He’s as old as the world, almost. He saw and lived through everything, but he didn’t expect to meet someone like Vulcan. The young man caught his eye and his heart, and Cassius takes his time to woo Vulcan. I adored Cassius, adored his old-fashion way, his humor and his protectiveness toward Vulcan. He’s territorial and merciless when it comes to his mate. I completely melted for him.

The book was good, the plot interesting and divided in two. The main plot and focus of the book were about Cassius and Vulcan relationship; the sub-plot was about their dangerous world with enemies actual or past. It was interesting, well written, and the last part full of action.

I had a great time with them and enjoyed my read.

4 OptimuMM for The blacksmith and his vampire!

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

Review edited by : Amber Krogh

Review of: Whiskey and Moonshine by Elizabeth Noble

TITLE: Whiskey and Moonshine
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Noble
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Jan 15, 2019

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Drunk on love.
Like a well-aged whiskey, master distiller and old-money entrepreneur Malone Kensington is elegant and refined. Unfortunately he’s also a perfectionist who is more dedicated to the success of his generations-old company than his own love life.
That company needs a public spokesman.
What Colton Hale lacks in sophistication, he more than makes up for with the charisma that’s allowed him to survive on the street from a young age and charm his way into the lucrative—if overwhelming—public position at the Kensington Distillery. When Mal takes Colt under his wing, hoping to polish off his rough edges, opposites attract and a passionate romance blossoms despite the differences in age and background. But can it survive a Kensington Board of Directors who believe Colt is nothing but a gold digger and a kidnapper determined to profit from the love of Mal’s life—dead or alive?


Malone Kensington is the owner of the Kensington Distillery and Still House. He runs his company with passion, he loves brewing his whiskey, but he’s very bad at socializing with any other human being.

Colton Hale has been on the street since he was 15 years old after his parents kicked him out for being gay. He survived as much as he could, until his last beating. Colton leaves Toledo with the hope to start over somewhere else. When he has the opportunity to become the spokesman to Kensington Distillery, Colt doesn’t back down and works hard to achieve his goal.

Malone will take Colton under his wing, helping him to become who he really wants, but the attraction between them is beyond a simple friendship. Mal and Colt will have to face the prejudice of their past, their fears, and all their difference to be together.
Whiskey and Moonshine by Elizabeth Noble was a sweet read that I enjoyed a lot.

Malone isn’t the typical “asshole” boss. He often referred himself like that, but I thought he was kind, gentle and protective of the people he loves. He’s funny and smart, and I love how he is with Colt, how he respects his boundaries and how he takes care of him. I completely melted for Malone.

Colton is adorable, strong, and brave. After what he’s been through, he still works hard to have a good and honest life. He is honest, I really loved it about him, and he doesn’t hide his past, what he had to do in order to survive on the street. He’s fresh and kind of naïve, but not so naïve either. I loved him, I loved his honesty, his kindness, and his strength.

The book and the plot were good, simple, well-constructed and easy to follow. The characters were adorable, and it was easy to bond with them and most of all to love them. I also love the writing, the author gave us a lot of details and description in the book, but it wasn’t boring or too long. I really enjoyed it. It was well described, and the author must have done a lot of researching before. I appreciated that.

It’s 4 OptimuMM for Mal, Colt, and their Moonshine.

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

Review edited by : Amber Krogh

Review of: Drama Castle by Joe Cosentino

TITLE: Drama Castle
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
SERIES: Nicky and Noah Mystery
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Mystery / Suspense
RELEASE DATE: Feb 1, 2019

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Theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza is directing a historical film at a castle in Scotland, co-starring his spouse, theatre professor Noah Oliver, and their son Taavi. When historical accuracy disappears along with hunky men in kilts, Nicky and Noah will once again need to use their drama skills to figure out who is pitching residents of Conall Castle off the drawbridge and into the moat, before Nicky and Noah land in the dungeon. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining seventh novel in this delightful series. Take your seats. The curtain is going up on steep cliffs, ancient turrets, stormy seas, misty moors, manly men, malfunctioning kilts, and murder!


Nicky, Noah, and their son, Taavi, are back for a new adventure in Scotland.
Nicky is hired by Barclay Conall, owner of Conall Castle, to realize the movie adaptation of his book. While shooting the movie, Nicky and Noah are caught in the middle of a family drama full of jealousy, dark secrets, and resentment.
When the cast starts to get murdered, Nicky and Noah have no choice but to finish the film and find out who is the murderer.
It’s not a secret that I adore Joe Cosentino’s books and writing. I was more than happy to read a new adventure of my favorite Sherlock and Holmes.

Nicky and Noah are, like usual, a fabulous team as parents, teachers, and directors. In every aspect of their life together, Nicky and Noah complete each other perfectly. When they decide to come to Scotland with their son, Taavi, their friends Martin and Ruben, and Noah’s parents, Bonnie and Scott, they expect to realize a movie and enjoy a family vacation. But because we’re talking about Nicky and Noah, secrets, jealousy, and murder will happen on and out of the stage.

I love how they jump in the investigation to find out who the murderer is. I love how the author reveals some family secret, and not a little one, I didn’t see it coming if you want the truth. I love how dynamic and funny the story was. It was a big roller coaster. If you start it, you’re in it for the whole ride.

The writing was good, fresh, dynamic, full of fun, pun and politic’s references that only Joe Cosentino can do.
I gladly recommend this book. It’s a fun read full of sarcasm and love.

4 OptimuMM’s for my favorite family. Bravo!

***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