Review: “Denver’s Calling” by JJ Harper

TITLE: Denver’s Calling
AUTHOR: JJ Harper
SERIES: Cooper’s Ridge Series Book 1
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: JC Clark at The Graphics Shed
GENRE: MMM; Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 303 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 17, 2017
PRICE: $4.15 e-book / $10.99 paperback

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When Denver’s long-term partner breaks up with him, he flees his life, his career, and his bright future as one of the country’s leading trauma surgeons. Ditching everything but his dog, Denver returns to the quiet town of Cooper’s Ridge and his parents’ ranch.
Leaving twelve years earlier, Denver knew he would never be accepted as a gay man in an unaccepting town. So, when he meets Kes—an old school friend—in the bar he owns, he is shocked to find him in an openly gay relationship. Something he never thought would happen here.
What surprises him even more is the instant, mutual attraction the three men have. Accepting a job in Kes’ bar, they dance around each other, wanting them but not believing he would ever fit in with a couple so obviously in love. But, they want him. And they are not prepared to let him go.
Denver takes a risk and accepts their offer of a night out, finding a side of himself he never knew existed. Not trusting himself to be enough for the two men, the desire blooming in him is unprecedented and he can’t deny it: he wants them as much.
He finds his life falling into place, all because of two men. Is it possible he found his forever in a place he never expected it?


Once again, JJ Harper has sucked me into her wonderful imagination and storytelling ways. She has opened up this wonderful world where ménages’ can work as a relationship with three people and can be loving and adoring parents. Life is not easy for any couple but adding a third partner can prove even more difficult. As per her usual, she has me craving more. I loved how she wrote this from all three POVs and successfully too. This in itself, is not an easy task, but my favorite way to read. I like understanding each character’s POV and feeling their emotions from their perspective.

First, we meet Denver, a successful head surgeon at the hospital that he and his boyfriend have worked at for years. They have all their friends there also. They have built their lives in the big city, and Denver is happy with his life. That is until he comes back from a work conference and is welcomed home with a, “I’m sorry, but oops, I got engaged to someone else”. Feeling betrayed by his boyfriend and by their friends, since they knew about the affair, Denver quits the hospital and moves back to his small hometown and to his parents’ ranch.

Next, we meet Kes, the owner of the local bar. He has worked hard to get his bar up and going in this small town. It hasn’t been easy because he’s a gay man in a relationship and it took a while, but the town folk have accepted them and even support them. Then in walks Denver and his brother. Kes’ mind and libido go crazy. Kes remembers his first kiss, back in high school, was with the very man that just walked in. He’s enjoying the scenery of this beautiful man when his man walks in and plants a kiss on him.

Now we meet East, the local construction business owner. He loves his man and his daughter and couldn’t be happier with his family and life. He notices this man that Kes is staring at when he walks into the bar and doesn’t feel jealousy. Rather, he feels an attraction to this man and is intrigued to hear the story behind this man and his man.

All three are very attracted to each and feel this crazy connection that should feel wrong but feels so right. East and Kes know they want this with Denver and Denver knows it too. But Denver doesn’t want to cause any harm to the couple and sure doesn’t want to feel like the third wheel. Can they convince him they don’t want to be that couple anymore but rather a trio? Can they get the support from family and locals or will they have small town struggles with this kind of relationship? How will this affect their businesses and children? Can Denver get past his insecurities and allow these men to love him? Enjoy your journey to the answers you seek.

I know I did and can’t wait for Carter’s story next.

***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 ***

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Review: “Ghost of a Chance” by Kris T.Bethke

TITLE: Ghost of a Chance
AUTHOR: Kris T.Bethke
SERIES: Requiem Inc
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal; Ghosts; Spirits
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 216 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book / $9.99 paperback

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Only love makes life worth living—over and over again.
Ghostwalker Blake Jones dies every day. It’s his job and how he helps trapped souls cross over. But to return to life, he needs an anchor. His new partner, Derek Scott, is a surprise. Not only is he male, but his appearance belies a caring and gentle heart. Despite attraction and a strengthening relationship, they know they shouldn’t take things further.
But there’s a big difference between knowing and doing.
Their growing love presents a problem, though not the one they expect. Blake and Derek have to decide if they should take their relationship to the most permanent level—an unbreakable metaphysical bond. Doing so offers both risk and unimaginable reward. Can Blake let go of his fears and put his complete trust in Derek in order to have the happily ever after he’s always craved?


Blake Jones is a ghostwalker. That means he dies every day, goes to the spirit plane (or afterlife) and helps lost souls to cross into the light, and he comes back to the living plane (us) and needs his anchor to take care of him. It’s his job.

Dereck Scott is the new partner for Blake, he is also his anchor, and he has the gene. That means he’s a powerful anchor.
Blake and Dereck work very well together, and they start to form a bond together. But there’s rules about fraternization. Are they going to risk everything and try to be more than co-workers? More than ever, Blake and Dereck will have to trust and believe in each other.

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

It was a super original book.
Blake dies every day to help lost souls, when he comes back it’s hard for him, he cries, he’s physically and mentally weakened, and his anchor needs to take complete care of him. He’s gay and refuses to have a man as a co-worker because he doesn’t want to be judged by him like all his ex-boyfriends did with him.
I really love Blake. He’s so sensitive and strong, he needs to be taken care of, that doesn’t mean he is a selfish person. Not at all, quite the opposite actually. His sensibility when he comes back from the dead is sad and beautiful. He’s so human even if he can’t die for good.

Dereck is perfect for Blake, and the fact he has the gene is even better. Dereck is a natural caretaker, and he wants the best for Blake. Despite the fact he’s madly in love with him, Dereck puts Blake’s needs before his. They are a good match and clearly made for each other, soul, heart and mind.I really loved this book.

The story is super original, the plot’s very good and the characters and backgrounds are very well built.
The words are fresh and fluid. It’s the first book of the series, and the author explains everything very well.
All the book is, in my opinion, a beautiful metaphor for life and death, I really loved it. it was a beautiful and poetic love story.
I recommend this book. If you want to read something different and original this book is for you. I’ll definitely follow this serie.

5 OptimuMMs for the Ghostwalker and his Anchor.

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

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Review: “Beneath This Mask” by Victoria Sue

TITLE: Beneath This Mask
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
SERIES: Enhanced World
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Brooke Albrecht
GENRE: Paranormal; Sci-fi
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 206 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback

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Gael Peterson has spent years hiding behind the enhanced abilities he wears like a mask, even though he is an important, confident member of the FBI’s exclusive H.E.R.O. team. The hurt and betrayal of his mom’s abandonment and his father’s fists are secrets buried deep beneath the ugly scars on his face, and he doesn’t trust Jake, his new regular human partner, with any of them. In a world where those with special abilities like Gael’s are regarded as freaks and monsters, it won’t be easy for him to rely on Jake to have his back, especially when the abilities of a vulnerable, enhanced, nonspeaking child make that child a murder suspect.
Tempers rise and loyalties are challenged, and when the serial killer targeting the enhanced finally sets his sights on Gael, not only will Gael have to trust Jake with his secrets, he might have to trust him to save his life.


Gael Peterson is an enhanced. He’s a member of the first enhanced team H.E.R.O. He’s confident…on the surface. Deep down, Gael is hurt, traumatized and alone.

Jake Riley is the new member of the H.E.R.O team, and he’s partnered with Gael. Jake tries his best to be part of the team and earn their respect. Nothing is simple between Gael and Jake, and their team investigation on a series of murders inside the enhanced community doesn’t help them much.
What Gael and Jake need is to take off their masks and trust each other.

Wow. Victoria Sue did a great job with this book.
I knew I’d love Gael’s book, but I didn’t know I’ll love it so much.

Gael is perfect, absolutely perfect. He seems confident and strong, but inside he’s still the little boy who was abandoned by his mom. He sees himself as an ugly man who can’t be loved. My heart broke for him and with him so many times in my read. I found him so beautiful.
Jake is what Gael needs—he’s sensitive, strong and honest. He loves to take care of Gael, loves to be there for him and give him comfort. And together they are so good, lovely and beautiful.
And then comes Derrick. I cried all the time for Derrick, happy tears, sad tears, all the tears that can exist in the human emotions, I give them to Derrick. I’m team Derrick.
The plot and the story were good and well-built with a good twist.

I loved how the author wrote about them, how she did the exact opposite of what people must have thought or expect of Gael or Jake. I loved how she presented Gael to us, just a human. And yes, it’s not because he’s huge, an enhanced, with an incredible gift and an amazing strength that he has to be like that all the time. What we see outside isn’t always what we can find inside. It’s easy to wear a mask and pretend to be someone else. It’s harder to be one’s self.

I can only recommend you for to read the two previous books of the series first, it’s better to have the full ride and you’ll enjoy it a lot.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to cry again, because I have to wait I don’t know how much time for the next book with Vance, I hope it’s Vance.

It’s 5 OptimuMMs for Gael, Jake, and Derrick.

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

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Review: “Santori” by Maris Black

TITLE: Santori
AUTHOR: Maris Black
SERIES: The Santori Trilogy #1
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Maris Black
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 230 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 15, 2017
PRICE: $5.99 -e-book

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THE KAGE SAGA CONTINUES…
Michael Kage Santori has just inherited a thriving hotel and millions of dollars. He’s poised to become an MMA champion. Things couldn’t be better between him and his college boy lover, Jamie Atwood— especially in the bedroom, where Jamie is more than eager to let Kage take out his aggressions on him.
Kage seems to have it all, but success and happiness have come at a steep price. After all of the childhood trauma he endured at the hands of his controlling uncle, Peter Santori, it’s a miracle Kage has any shred of sanity left. And now, because of him, Jamie is a murderer.
More than anything, Kage wants to be good. He wants the be the kind of man who is worthy of Jamie’s love, but fate has other ideas. His uncle’s legacy has a stranglehold on him, and it keeps dragging him further and further down a rabbit hole from which there seems no escape. Worst of all… Kage knows he’s going to pull Jamie down right along with him, and he would rather die than let that happen.


Michael Santori aka Kage has just inherited the empire of his uncle, Peter Santori. Kage has to face some new responsibilities with the hotels and other business, and he has his relationship with Jamie, the love of his life. After everything they’ve been through together, now they have to face a new threat, one who can destroy them and what they have together.

KAGE IS BACK!!!!!

I loved this book. I was so happy to have the guys back.
This book starts right after the end of Kage Unmasked, after Peter’s death, we follow the aftermath of his death and how Kage and Jamie deal with it. They are still amazing together, crazy in love and completely devoted to each other. But Kage has a goal in his life, protect Jamie from the world and the danger and to make his life full of happiness, and because of that, he decides not to tell Jamie everything, every doubt, every threat. Yeah, yeah, that’s stupid, and dear Jamie will have to teach him this, but for now, Kage thinks he does the right thing, and I can’t blame him for that.

The book is divided into two part, in my opinion, the first part is all about Jamie and Kage, and the second is about a third character. Nooooo, I won’t tell who he is, just read the book, and you’ll meet him. All I can say is that Maris Black punched me in the gut with this part. I didn’t see that coming at all. First I didn’t see that she would dare to introduce a new character and that I would love him…

What’s wrong with me? I’m not supposed to love anyone but Kage and Jamie, but she made me feel things for this new character.
The plot and the story are super good, well built, and captivating. The writing is fluid, fresh and dynamic.

Well done, dear author, you really got me with this one.
5 OptimuMMs for my Fighter

***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 ***

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Review: “Someone to Kiss” by Scotty Cade

TITLE: Someone to Kiss
AUTHOR: Scotty Cade
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 69 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 27, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book

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Dane McCormick’s job negotiating leases and building out furnished office suites takes him all over the country. He stays until the job is done—and then he moves on. As satisfying as the job is, it leaves him no place to call home and no chance to build a personal life. After arriving in Greenville, South Carolina, for a job, a severe stomach virus knocks Dane for a loop. He finds a local urgent care clinic… and a tall, dark, and handsome doctor who goes well above and beyond his duties to treat Dane. The doctor’s bedside manner makes Dane forget all about his stomach flu.
Carter Baldridge has dedicated his life to caring for others. Since graduating from medical school, he has spent all his time and energy building his urgent care business. But the morning he steps into his examining room and sees Dane McCormick on the table, he realizes it might be time to devote some attention to a part of life he has neglected. The spark is there, but so is a major obstacle in the form of Dane’s peripatetic lifestyle and a bad experience in Carter’s past. Both have to decide if the risk is worth the reward.


When I started reading this book, I thought there had been a mix-up, because what I was reading didn’t match what I had read in the blurb. But as the story went on it all became a little clearer and made a lot more sense. *silly me*. When the story got going, I found it to be really quite cute and heart-warming, and at times a little emotional. For a short story, it was a really satisfying little read.

Dane and Carter met at Carter’s urgent care clinic when Dane had become unwell. The two men hit it off straight away and found that they wanted to spend more time together. As the relationship progresses and things start to get more serious between them, Dane’s best friend and boss, Bill, drops the bombshell that Dane is being re-assigned to another job in Virginia and then Seattle, which will last for about 18 months. Carter and Dane are both devastated by this news and know that it means the end of their relationship. Dane can’t stay where he is because it would mean letting Bill down and giving up a job that he enjoys, and Carter can’t give up his clinic that he’s built up to move with Dane either.

The story is mostly about the two men reminiscing about the four months since they met. Their first date, their first kiss, and their first holiday season. But it’s also about the pain and hurt of giving up on someone and something that you really don’t want to because in your heart you know that what you feel is real, and what’s happening isn’t how you planned on it going.

I liked this book a lot. The story was a great concept and a little different from the usual super-sweet Christmas/holiday stories that I’ve read. The author really brought the characters to life with all of the different emotions that they went through. It was very sincere. The ending was what really clinched it for me though, it was just adorable and perfect, and I didn’t know whether to smile or cry.

So yeah, this is a book I’d definitely recommend, it’ll put your heart through the wringer, but in the end, you’ll be left feeling all warm and fuzzy.

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

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