Review: “Saving Hannah” by J.P. Barnaby

TITLE: Saving Hannah
AUTHOR: J.P. Barnaby
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Tiferet Design
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: Dec 18, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book /$14.99 –paperback

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Thomas Aberthol’s luck has run out. His daughter, Hannah, needs a miracle he can’t deliver. A hacker with a felony record, Thomas has little chance of finding work that will provide the care she needs. Out of money, out of options, and out of hope, he throws himself on the mercy of someone he never thought to see again.
Even after ten years, Aleksander Sanna still dreams of that drunken kiss. A perfect moment in time when Thomas wanted him. In his world of elegant code and high finance, the picture he holds of Thomas torments him in the dark of night.
Their worlds collide as Thomas interviews for the job he so desperately needs with the company Aleks inherited from his father. Thomas doesn’t get the position, but Aleks offers him a completely different kind of proposal, one suited to Thomas’s unique talents…one that will change the course of both their lives.


When it comes to a romance novel with kids, I’m a sucker. When I read the blurb of this book, I knew I was in for a good read. Damn, I was right!
Little Hannah is sick, she needs intensive medical care for her to stay alive. Her father Thomas is an ex-felon who can’t find a job. He would do anything, anything to save his daughter.

Thomas had a very good reputation as a programmer until he decided that the company who he was working for had a very unstable firewall that could compromise their clients. So he proves it by hacking in their own system. His arrogance backfires, and he’s convicted and sent to prison. Now back, not only can’t he find a job, his daughter’s life is in danger as well. He’s desperately going from one interview to another with no hope whatsoever. Until one day he was called back for a second interview. His hope is back, and he’s so confident that his luck is turning around, and maybe he can save not only Hannah but the house he’s living in. That confident smile froze on his face upon meeting the owner of the company, Aleksander Sanna, his ex-roommate from college from whom he ran away after one drunk night.

Aleksander Sanna sees the opportunity to establish his role as the next CEO in his late father’s company. He knows that his father’s death wasn’t an accident. Upon seeing Tom’s name, whom he never forgot, who has hunted his dreams, he knows this is his last chance to secure Tom in his life. He knows everything about Tom; his time in jail, his daughter’s medical condition, and even the threat of losing the house him, his daughter and mother lives in. But when Tom accepts his offer to marry him, out of despair, Aleks realizes that maybe the way he approached Tom wasn’t the right one, he fears that Tom will do “anything”, even against Tom’s own desire, to save his daughter.

I loved every word of this book. Its angsty, its hot…

This book touches a borderline of gay-for-you and no-con situation (I mean the offer). I recommend it wholeheartedly!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “The Strength of his Heart” by Victoria Sue

TITLE: The Strength of his Heart
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 214 pages
RELEASE DATE: Dec 11, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback

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To protect and serve…. All Vance Connelly ever wanted to do was continue his family’s tradition and join the Tampa Police Department, but his dreams were crushed the day he woke with the enhanced mark on his face. After years of struggling to adjust to life as an enhanced human, by a stroke of luck, he met Talon Valdez and became a proud member of the FBI’s Human Enhanced Rescue Organization.
Samuel “Angel” Piper is eager to leave his DEA undercover work behind as he joins the HERO team as Vance’s regular human partner. But Sam’s painful past is ever present, just below the surface of the life he has built for himself as an ambitious young agent. When the team investigates rumors of a new drug using enhanced blood, the case’s mysterious connection to Sam threatens not just his life but Vance’s.
Trust doesn’t come easy for Sam, but Vance is willing to fight to convince his partner that the strength of his heart might be the salvation they both need.


Vance Connelly had one big dream in his life…being like his dad. A cop, a husband, a father. Everything crashed when at thirteen he woke up with the mark, the mark that showed the world that Vance is enhanced. Growing up in a loving family, being the baby of 5 kids, Vance was loved and had been supported, not only from his family but also with the TPD, but something was missing, and Vance always knew that he couldn’t have what he dreamed of for his all life. Until he joins the FBI, becomes a member of the H.E.R.O Team and was partnered with Sam “Angel” Piper…

Sam is a former DEA agent who joins the FBI and the H.E.R.O team after meeting them during their last investigation (Beneath this Mask, book 3). He has a troubled past, traumatic memories and the last thing that he wants is to start a romantic relationship with his partner…his giant partner.

Vance’s book is finally here, and I devoured his story with Sam in one night, sleep is overrated when it comes to Victoria Sue’s books.
Since book 1, we perceived Vance as the sweet guy. The sheltered baby of his family. We didn’t suspect that Vance has, like everyone in the team, his own fears. Because he has this wonderful family behind him, we didn’t think that Vance suffers by being Enhanced. During my read, I discovered another side of Vance. He broke my heart; I was outraged on his behalf. I loved the fact he kept this little part of childhood sometimes, just like I loved when he stood up for himself. I wanted to protect him when really he doesn’t need it. From the beginning of the series, Vance was one of my favorites in the team, and this book just confirmed my crush…

Sam “Angel” Piper is an ex-DEA agent, who passed so much time undercover that he asked to join the H.E.R.O Team just to get away from his former partner Ramirez. The Sam we met during the previous book (Beneath this Mask) has nothing to do with the one we met here. I wanted to slap him. Yes, I admit it, I wanted to slap him. He pissed me off a lot of the time, but I understood where he comes from so I kind of excuse him. Sam has a darker past than any of the other members of the team…without counting Eli, I think. He wore the stigmata of his fears and traumatic childhood on him, and if it saved his life more than once, it could also cut him from his real chance of happiness…until Vance barged into his life.

The story and the plot were super good. It was divided between the main investigation about two dead enhanced men and the relationship between Sam and Vance. I was hooked. The story was told from both Sam and Vance’s point of views, and it has a lot of different feelings: Angst, Fears, Frustration, Love, Hope. I felt all of them.

This book is probably the one in this series with the most angst I think, but with those two Mcs, it was necessary. Vance and Sam may look different, but they’re exactly similar with the same fears, like in a mirror effect. I liked to say that they’re similar in the exact opposite way.

We also learn more about the next couple in the series, about Eli and…

Read the book and you’ll find out.

I highly recommend this book, and the series if you didn’t read it yet.

5 OptimuMM’s for Vance and Sam!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Season to Shimmer” by Kim Katil

TITLE: Season to Shimmer
AUTHOR: Kim Katil
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Adrian Nicholas
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 45 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2018
PRICE: $1.99 – e-book

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A Story from the Warmest Wishes: Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar
One morning close to the holidays, Nolan wakes up to two surprises: a distress call from his younger brother and a beautiful man in his bed. Nolan, an art gallery owner, has always been discreet about his sexuality, but when his baby brother plans to come out at the annual family gala, Nolan wants to have his back—and that means showing up with a man of his own on his arm. Nolan knows just the man for the job.
Skylar, who owns a karate studio in St. Augustine, can’t get his one-night stand out of his mind. When he runs into Nolan at his gallery he is more than happy to volunteer his services as arm candy. Out-and-proud himself with his striking blue/green hair, Skylar is all in. Their adventure means a fancy salon, family drama, lots of sex, a ninja hippo, and palm trees lit up in a very suggestive way. By the end of it, what started as a hookup might become much more.


Season to Shimmer by Kim Katil is one of the short stories in the 2018 Advent Calendar—Warmest Wishes. This is my first story by Kim Katil, but it sure won’t be the last. I loved this short story. It had everything that I was hoping for when I read the blurb. It has a heat level of 5 mixed in with some family drama and Christmas cheer. This story had great flow, and I loved the author’s writing style. The characters had depth and were lovable. And with the amount of heat that the author managed to pack into 45 pages, I can’t wait to see what a full-length book is going to be like.

I loved Nolan. He wakes up one holiday morning to two surprises—a distress call from his young brother and a beautiful man in his bed. Nolan is an art gallery owner, and he’s always been discreet about his sexuality. His stepfather is homophobic, and he knew that if he wanted to continue to see and have a relationship with his two younger brothers that he would have to keep his sexuality discreet. When his baby brother plans to come out at the annual family gala, Nolan wants to have his back, and that means showing up with a man of his own on his arm. Nolan knows just the man for the job. I loved how he stands up to his stepfather and is there for his brothers when they need him.

I also loved Skylar. He owns a karate studio in St. Augustine, and he can’t get his one-night stand out of his mind. When he runs into Nolan at his gallery, he is more than happy to volunteer his services as arm candy. Out and proud himself with his striking blue/green hair, Skylar is all in. I loved how their adventure means a fancy salon, family drama, lots of sex, a ninja hippo, and palm trees lit up in a very suggestive way. By the end of it, what started as a hookup might become much more. I loved how vibrant and energetic Skylar is and how Nolan calls him Shimmer.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “The First Noel” by Joe Cosentino

TITLE: The First Noel
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Adrian Nicholas
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 72 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 7, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book

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Each Christmas has marked a milestone in Bobby and Paolo’s love story. But will this year be their last noel?
It’s no surprise Bobby isn’t feeling much holiday spirit—not when he suspects his husband, Paolo, might be interested in his new business associate, the incredibly handsome Noel. On top of that, Bobby’s father is hanging up his Santa suit at the department store due to health issues; and worst of all, Geoffrey’s birth mother, funded by antigay extremists, is threatening their family. She’s trying to take away Bobby and Paolo’s adopted son, but she’ll have to face their supportive friends, family, and pastor before she can tear Geoffrey from the only real home he’s ever known.
With so many challenges in their path, the December grooms will need an extra helping of holiday magic this year. Rumor has it Santa’s on his way to spread some holiday cheer


The First Noel is the third book in the Bobby and Paolo’s Holiday Stories. I really liked the blurb, and even though I hadn’t read the first two books in the series I figured I would give it a try, and I’m so glad that I did. I loved the story. The writing was wonderful with a great flow to it, and the characters were lovable and relatable and dealt with everyday issues and problems. I can’t wait to read the first two book to see what adventures I missed as their relationship grew. I also loved Noel and David. David is the attorney for the Adam and Eve Forever Organization—antigay extremists. David had been through a conversion camp to cure his gayness, and I loved how every time he had a gay thought he would snap the rubber band on his wrist. He sure did have a dirty mind every time he saw Noel. That rubber band sure did get a workout. I would love for Noel and David to get their own story. I would love to read more about them.

I loved Bobby. He’s feeling down and misses his husband, Paolo, because he is working such long hours and having to take clients to dinner to schmooze them. Because of all of the late nights, Bobby is feeling insecure and thinks that Paolo might be thinking about having an affair. Like I said, real everyday issues and problems and worrying about if your husband is cheating is definitely a real everyday issue between couples. He also has to deal with his father retiring as the department store Santa although I really loved the couple that replaced him as Santa and his elf—naughty Santa and his elf. The department store will never be the same, but everybody at the store just loves them. I loved them too.

I loved Paolo. He’s swamped at work and isn’t getting the credit and recognition that he should be, and so he decides to get his own clothing line with the help of a new celebrity sports client. But it all has to be done in secret since neither his work or his husband know that the work he has been doing isn’t for his job but so that he can go into business with the client he’s stealing away from work.
And if that isn’t enough drama for Bobby and Paolo, a woman shows up that says that she’s Geoffrey’s birth mother and that she wants him back. That she’s gotten her life together with the help of the Adam and Eve Forever Organization and that they’re going to help her get her son back. It sounded like Geoffrey had been through a lot and didn’t want anything to do with his mom. But with the help of some good friends like Noel, who’s supposed to distract the Adam and Eve’s attorney, David, and a little holiday magic their holiday wishes do come true.

This holiday novella is full of twists and turns, and it was a joy to read. I can’t wait to read more book by Joe Cosentino.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Blood for the Spelling” by TJ Nichols

TITLE: Blood for the Spelling
AUTHOR: TJ Nichols
SERIES: Studies in Demonology
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: Fantasy; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 280 pages
RELEASE DATE: Nov 27, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $16.99 -paperback

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Sheets of ice are spreading across the human world, ushering in an ice age as the magic drained from Demonside turns that world into a desert. Angus and reluctant warlock Terrance have defected from Vinland to the Mayan Empire—a land of dark and potent magic. But the Mayans aren’t offering sanctuary for free.
Nor is the world willing to stand back as Vinland attacks, and the backlash will affect all magic users.
Mage Saka has no tribe. He is now just another refugee fleeing the dying Demonside. He knows the conflict brewing now will be worse than the first demon war. Countries are banding together—not just against Vinland, but against all magic. Where will the powerful Mayan Empire stand?
Angus might have the power to fight Vinland and the Warlock College, but the cost will be terrible. Saka is torn between helping Angus and stopping him. And Terrance would do anything for Angus, but he’s terrified of the man Angus is becoming, even as Saka is warming to the idea of a relationship between the three of them.
No matter what choice they make, victory will be bittersweet, and when the ash settles and the snow melts, nothing will be the same.


Angus, Saka and Terrance finally arrived at the Mayans Empire, but they don’t find the shelter and help they were hoping for.
The whole “human” world is at the edge of a war, while demonside is at the edge of extinction.
Saka tries to convince other demon mages to close the doors between these two worlds to gain time while Angus tries to find a way to save both worlds. He might have a way, but it will cost blood, love, and life.
Can they take the risks? Can they choose to lose everything to save their world? No matter the end, blood will be spilled.
Blood for the Spilling by TJ Nichols is the third and last book of the Studies in Demonology trilogy.

I was thrilled to read the last chapter of Angus, Saka and Terrance’s journey, and TJ Nichols didn’t disappoint me. This final was fabulous, and I was completely hooked in the book.

Angus wants to save his world and demonside. He’s ready to do everything in his power for that, but the Mayans Empire isn’t as welcoming as he’d hoped, and after everything he endured in Vinland, after almost dying in the demonside’s desert, Angus has to prove himself again while finding a way to save them all.

Saka is as desperate as Angus to save the world, his world. He keeps trying to reach other tribes and find a way to united them to save their world, meanwhile, he wants to protect Angus, to save him too. Saka is torn between his duty for his people and his love for his Mage.
Terrance hopes to finally find a home, to finally be able to be with the man he loves even if he has to share him with Saka. But Terrance’s past with Vinland—what they forced him to do to Angus—comes back to bit him, and the Mayans see him as a traitor, as someone who can’t be trusted, and they threaten his life and his future with Angus.

Throughout the book, we follow Terrance, Saka, and Angus on their last journey. The point of view alternates between the three of them. The sacrifices they are forced to do, their fears, their doubts and most of all their love. This book is the final chapter, and it’s the darkest of the trilogy in my opinion. The atmosphere is dark and heavy, I felt the fears and the angst, I felt their despair, I felt their love. I was completely hooked in the book and couldn’t put it down until the end.

This final episode is my favorite in the series, and the end was epic.

I highly recommend this book and the entire series. if you haven’t read it yet…Angus, Saka, and Terrance worth it.

It’s 5 OptimuMM for The Mages and their anchor.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis