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Review: “Like Breathing” by Tia Fielding

TITLE: Like Breathing
AUTHOR: Tia Fielding
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
GENRE: BDSM; MMM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 240 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 10, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

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A love as easy as breathing.
Life started out rocky for Devin Rice, but it’s turned out pretty well. He has adoptive parents and a brother who love him, and he works as a coder for his dad’s video game company. Romance is scarce, but a chance encounter leads to more than he ever expected.
While dropping off an assignment for his sick brother, Dev meets his mentor. Art history professor Seth Kent is brilliant and gorgeous, just what Dev has been looking for. Except that he’s in a long-term committed relationship.
Seth’s partner, Leaf, is older and sees the world differently due to his unusual upbringing. To him, the clear attraction between Seth and Dev isn’t a problem, it’s an unexpected gift. After all, Leaf is often on the road, going wherever rescue dogs need rehabilitation.
When Leaf meets Dev, all the missing pieces fall into place, and three men from different worlds and at different points in life fill each other’s empty spaces. For them, building a future together is the most natural thing in the world. But their unconventional love causes waves in their careers and family dynamics, and each man has his own doubts and fears to overcome.


Like Breathing is the first book that I’ve read by Tia Fielding but it isn’t going to be the last. I liked her style of writing and attention to details, but I also liked that I felt like I was in the book and living each of her characters’ lives with them, sharing their happiness, joy, hurts, sorrow, loneliness and at times jealousy. Oh and can’t forget about all of the hot kinky scenes. Yep definitely going to be reading more books by this author if they are like this book. I love a book with a good Daddy kink to it but with three main characters that have different needs that isn’t the only kink that’s in this book. There’s also a nice gap in age between the main characters. I loved how they all fit together and filled the holes in that needed to be filled.

They really complimented each other. But adding another person to an already established and committed relationship isn’t without its problems and misunderstandings. Communication’s key in every relationship and even more so when there are more than two people.

I loved Devin Rice. He’s twenty-five, has anxiety issues, and writes code for his father’s gaming company. I loved how he interacts with Seth and Leaf. I also like the relationship that he has with his adoptive parents and his brother, Angel even if Angel has issues with Devin dating his mentor, Seth. Although I get it, Angel’s afraid that Devin will break-up Seth and his partner, Leaf and that it will affect the professional relationship between him and his mentor. But there were times that I wanted to smack him and tell him to get over his homophobic issues, although that one scene where the brother walks in on them all is priceless. And that’s just one scene out of many that you won’t want to miss.

I liked Seth. He’s an Art history professor that’s thirty-six. He’s a little bit of a perfectionist, and he’s in a long-term committed relationship with Leaf and has been for about ten years. He loves his partner, but Leaf is gone a lot of the time training problem dogs.

When he mentions to Leaf that it’s been over a year since they’ve had penetrative sex, he knows that something has to change. He doesn’t want to have to give his partner ultimatums, but he doesn’t want to be taken for granted also. When he meets Devin dropping off his sick brother’s paper and then later ends up having lunch with him, he’s surprised at how easy he is to talk to and how much fun it is to have somebody to talk to. They’re just friends but he can’t help that he thinks he’s attractive and they have chemistry.

I liked that Leaf is different than both Seth and Devin in how he was raised. He had an unusual upbringing, and it’s left him with a different view of relationships and monogamy. So when his partner, Seth, gushes about his protégé’s brother and how they had lunch and talked for a while, he can see how animated his partner is, and although Seth doesn’t seem to be aware of it, he can see how attracted Seth is to Devin and he’s happy about it. He thinks that Devin could be just what their relationship needs. Somebody to be with Seth when Leaf has to be gone, and it doesn’t hurt that after meeting Devin that Leaf likes him just as much as Seth. And the attraction seems to be mutual between all three of them. I also liked that Leaf is fifty and has salt-n-pepper hair and is attractive enough to make Devin drool.

All in all the book is fabulous and one that I will be rereading.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Making Promises” by Amy Lane

TITLE: Making Promises
AUTHOR: Amy Lane
SERIES: Keeping Promise Rock Series
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 376 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jul 26, 2010
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $17.99 -paperback

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All Shane Perkins ever wanted to be was a hero. But after a career-shattering decision to go down fighting, Shane comes home from the hospital to four empty walls, a pile of money, and a burning desire for someone to miss him the next time he gets hurt in the line of duty. He ends up an officer in the small town of Levee Oaks, and, addicted to the promise of family, he makes an effort to reconcile with his flighty, troubled sister. Kimmy makes her living as a dancer, and her partner steals Shane’s breath at first sight. Mikhail Vasilyovitch Bayul dances like an angel, but his past is less than heavenly. Since he left Russia, he’s made only two promises: to stay off the streets and stay clean, and to take his mother someplace beautiful before she dies. Making promises to anybody else is completely out of the question-but then, Mikhail has never met anybody like Shane. Earnest, brave, and self-deprecating, Shane seems to speak Mikhail’s language, and no one is more surprised than Mikhail to find that keeping promises is Shane’s best talent of all.


As you know already, with the approval of Dreamspinner Press, we’re reviewing previously published books. We continue with Amy Lane‘s, Keeping Promise Rock contemporary romance series.

I love this series!

This second book of the Promise Rock Series can be read as a standalone. We met Mikhail in book one, as Shane’s boyfriend, for a brief moment. That was kind of a spoiler, but I enjoyed this sequel anyway.

Shane is the new officer of Levee Oaks living with a hurtful past from L.A. He was betrayed by his boyfriend/colleague and also by his squad. Shane has a kind of hero complex. He likes to help and save the day.
His sweet nature is often misunderstood for a simpleton brute. He is a big man. Often he’s called ugly and fat. That leads to him being an introvert and a people pleaser.
When he’s visiting his tween sister, who is performing as a dancer in Renaissance Fair, his breath is taken away by the slender, gracious Mikhail. He stares at him silently from afar hoping to be noticed even though he knows that he has no chance with someone like Mikhail.

Mikhail is Russian with a brutal past. After his knee is injured, his dream of becoming a professional dancer is killed as well. He buries himself in auto destructive behavior, and when that is too much, his mother takes him to the US.
When fate brings Shane in his way, he takes it by his hand (literally). He spends a marvelous day with this amazing man, and he leaves him waiting for more. And then Shane does something awful…he makes promises to Mickey.

Guys, grab this series already if you didn’t do it before and read it.

The sweetness and shyness of these men is just adorable. The strength that lives within, the brotherhood and the dedication to each other is tear-jerking. I’m in love with this series…!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together” by Ari McKay

TITLE: Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together
AUTHOR: Ari McKay
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Bree Archer
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 111 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 6, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book

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Second Edition
When a Christmas shopping expedition brings Tomy Peralta into Jason Winters’s yarn store, both men feel an immediate and intense spark of attraction, but dance instructor Tomy intends to propose to his boyfriend, Sean, at Christmas. Unfortunately for Tomy, marriage isn’t on career-minded Sean’s agenda. Heartbroken, Tomy throws himself into his work until his mother convinces him that learning to knit might help take his mind off his failed romance.
Jason falls hard for Tomy, but he knows Tomy needs time to heal and to trust in love again. As Jason teaches Tomy to knit, Tomy teaches him to dance in return. Just when it seems Tomy is ready for a new romance, Sean shows up, wanting Tomy back. Will Tomy give his heart to Sean once more, or will Tomy finally see Sean for who he truly is, and choose the man who helped him knit his heart together again?


Knitting a Broken Heart Back Together is another great book by Ari McKay. I love their righting style. It’s really easy to read and easily conveys the details and emotions that the characters are feeling. Ari McKay is one of my favorite authors to go to for low angst sweet stories with just the right amount of heat to them. The characters are always lovable and relatable. They make mistakes just like real people and learn from them. And you can always feel the love that they have for each other.

I also enjoy the supporting characters, which in this case is the knitting group that gets together and hangs out at the yarn store that Jason owns. I also enjoyed Tomy’s mother and sister and how they were always there to help in any way that was needed.

I’m also a huge fan of the plot and how it’s about a ballroom dancer turned dance teacher, who runs the family dance studio, and an ex-NFL player turned yarn store owner. I love watching movies and TV shows like Strictly Ballroom, Dirty Dancing, Dancing with the Stars, and World of Dance. And I have also tried my hand at knitting winter hats and giving them as Christmas presents to loved ones, so I could relate to this book, and I loved everything about it.

While looking for Christmas presents for his mother and sister, Tomy Peralta goes into their favorite yarn store to get them just the right gifts and meets Jason Winters, the store owner. Getting some great recommendations from Jason, Tomy leaves with the invitation to join the knitting class held once a month at the store. And although Tomy is about to propose to his boyfriend, he can’t deny the attraction and chemistry that he has for the shop owner. When his boyfriend rejects his proposal on Christmas Eve, he’s devastated, but his mother convinces him to try knitting as a way of distracting himself from his heartache and drags him to the knitting class at Jason’s shop.

Jason Winters blew out his knee in his second year playing professional football, and since he had saved his money and invested it instead of spending it, he was able to buy a yarn shop. During his knee injury recovery, he learned how to knit and found that he loved it and decided to try his hand at having his own yarn store. When Tomy comes into the store for presents, Jason falls for him hard. When he finds out that he’s going to propose to his boyfriend, he’s disappointed until he learns from Tomy’s mom that Tomy’s boyfriend broke up with him.

He knows that Tomy has a long recovery before he’ll be ready to date again but Jason’s willing to wait. And until he’s ready, Jason will be a friend to lean on. Jason also has his sister’s wedding coming up and would like to be able to dance without making a fool of himself and who better to help him then a ballroom instructor. If it also helps with Tomy’s recovery, all the better. I especially loved the part where he learns how to do the Tango and later the Paso Doble.

When Tomy’s ex comes back into the picture will Tomy get back together with him or stay with Jason? You’re just going to have to read the book to find out. I know that I was happy with how the story turned out and I think you will too. I recommend this book to anybody that likes low angst sweet love stories with lovable characters.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Keeping Promise Rock” by Amy Lane

TITLE: Keeping Promise Rock
AUTHOR: Amy Lane
SERIES: Keeping Promise Rock Series
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 344 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jan 17, 2010
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $17.99 -paperback

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Carrick Francis has spent most of his life jumping into trouble with both feet. The only thing saving him from prison or worse is his absolute devotion to Deacon Winters. Deacon was Crick’s sanity and salvation during a miserable, abusive childhood, and Crick would do anything to stay with him forever. So when Deacon’s father dies, Crick puts his college plans on hold to help Deacon as Deacon has helped him.
Deacon’s greatest wish is to see Crick escape his memories and the town they grew up in so Crick can enjoy a shining future. But after two years of growing feelings and temptation, the painfully shy Deacon finally succumbs to Crick’s determined advances and admits he sees himself as part of Crick’s life.
It nearly destroys Deacon when he discovers Crick has been waiting for him to push him away, just like Crick’s family did in the past. When Crick’s knack for volatile decisions lands him far away from home, Deacon is left, shell-shocked and alone, struggling to reforge his heart in a world where love with Crick is a promise, but by no means a certainty.


As you know already, with the approval of Dreamspinner Press, we’re reviewing previously published books. We continue with Amy Lane‘s, Keeping Promise Rock contemporary romance series.

Oh my, what a read!

I can’t help it; when it comes to sappy romance, I’m a goner. Well, in this case, the sappy was me. I cried several times during the book. It wasn’t always a sad cry.

The only thing I didn’t like was the prologue. So if you’re like me, and you don’t like that after the prologue, in the first chapter, they go back in time, then I advise you to skip it. You won’t lose much.
The story, after the prologue, starts when Crick, our MC, at the age of 9, meets Deacon the son of Parish, the owner of The Pulpit. It was love at first sight. First the ranch, then the horses, and then Deacon. In less than 5 minutes.

Crick’s domestic situation is troubled. His alcoholic step-dad calls him the Mex-kid. He’s radical-religious white trash. But Crick wants to learn how to ride a horse. So Parish offers him a deal. He’ll come Saturday to Sunday to help out at the ranch, and in return, Deacon will teach him how to ride a horse. That is how Crick earns himself a new caring family.

Years pass by, and Crick finds himself in more trouble than necessary. Deacon is always there to help him get through the rough times. The hero worship slash idolization of Deacon during Crick’s teenage years turns into flaming desire and unconditional love.
But when Crick thinks he has it all, life has other plans.

Deacon knows, from the very first meeting that Crick is it for him. So he waits patiently for the years to pass by and finally claims what’s his, Crick. Deacon is an introvert. You may say the epitome of introversion. The only person who can penetrate his walls is Crick. Deacon knows that Crick is meant to be more than a farm boy. He keeps telling Crick to go, spread his wings and fly. But Crick is waiting on everyone to push him out of their life, so he takes it in the wrong way, and in that spare of a moment, Crick does the unthinkable and enrols into the army.

I loved both MC’s. I fall in love with Deacon’s kindness I related to his responsibility, to his character. Crick’s outgoing behaviour, and his unconditional worship for Deacon took my breath away.

I highly recommend this book to everyone! I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!

Wonderful job Amy Lane!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “The Night Owl and the Insomniac” by J. Leigh Bailey

TITLE: The Night Owl and the Insomniac
AUTHOR: J. Leigh Bailey
SERIES: Shifter U
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: New Adult; Shapeshifter; Paranormal;
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 240 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 3, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback

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A Shifter U Tale
Long nights lead to intrigue… and infatuation.
Chronically ill with a mysterious condition, Yusuf “Joey” Franke escapes his smothering family and doctors by moving halfway across the country to enroll in Cody College. Not long after arriving on campus, some of his symptoms disappear, only to be replaced by debilitating insomnia. Joey spends his nights wandering the halls of his dormitory and hanging out with gregarious and affable Owen, who works the night shift.
When he suddenly shifts from a sick college kid to a massive Asiatic lion, Joey discovers another side to Cody College—it’s a haven for shifters like himself… and like Owen, a part-time great horned owl. And being a shifter is hereditary, which means his parents have some explaining to do.
When Joey and Owen investigate, they discover more than they bargained for—a family deception, a dangerous enemy with international connections, and a love that might be too new to survive the backlash.


The Night Owl and the Insomniac by J. Leigh Bailey is the third book in the Shifter U series and the twenty-third book in the Dreamspun Beyond series. I have read the other books in the Shifter U series, and this book while taking place at Cody College like the rest of the series, is a standalone book. There are cameos of Simon and Ford from the second book Chasing Thunderbird, but you do not need to have read the other books to understand what’s happening in this book. The Night Owl and the Insomniac is well written. I enjoyed the plot and that all of my questions were tied up by the end of the book. And I loved that Yusuf and Owen get their happy ending.

I like the attention to detail that the author gave to her characters. Both Yusuf and Owen’s characters fit the animal half of their personalities. Owen is a great horned owl and is both intelligent and extroverted. He loves to talk and also loves to mother hen people. Yusuf, on the other hand, is an Asiatic lion. Because of health conditions, he’s grown up isolated from society, which has resulted in him being introverted and socially awkward and figuring out his sexuality.

I really liked Yusuf “Joey” Franke. He has grown up being chronically ill with ever-changing symptoms, which has resulted in him being a Guinea pig for all kinds of test and treatments. Finally, fed up with it he escapes by enrolling in a college halfway across the country and moving there. Not long after arriving on campus, some of his symptoms disappear, only to be replaced by debilitating insomnia. With nothing else to do, he spends his nights wandering the halls of his dormitory and hanging out and playing chess with Owen, who works the night shift.

I also liked Owen. He was such a happy, upbeat person. Always including Joey in his activities like getting lunch with the guys and just hanging out. And forcing him to try new food combinations. I loved all of the little things he does each day to remind Joey that he’s thinking of him and there for him while they are apart. I also like how Owen has a grounding influence on Joey’s lion and is able to keep him calm and collected so that he doesn’t shift when he gets stressed. I liked how Owen was there for Joey when he shifted for the first time and helped him uncover his past to find the answers that he needs. I like how he complements Joey. They are just perfect together.
Overall, another great book in the Shifter U series and so far my favorite of the series. And another book in the Dreamspun Beyond series that hasn’t let me down. They are fast becoming a favorite of mine to review.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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