Review of: On Shaky Ground by Andrew Grey

TITLE: On Shaky Ground
AUTHOR: Andrew Grey
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2019

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Martin Graham built his business from the ground up with hard work and intuition. Due to a degenerative eye disease, he’s learned to rely on his other senses to feel out the competition. To realize his dream, he just needs to broker one last deal… and finally secure an assistant.
Brock Littleton is desperate for money—desperate enough take the job no one else wants: assistant to demanding, fussy, intensely private Mr. Graham.
Everything about Brock gets under Martin’s skin in ways he never expected, making him realize a successful business isn’t the only component to a happy future. But as Martin’s deal comes together, one of the prices could be the relationship with Brock that Martin is just starting to believe could be real.


On Shaky Ground was previously published in Boundless Love Anthology by Andrew Grey in 2018. For me, this was another home run by the author. I was a little worried because it was only seventy pages, and for me, his short stories are either a hit or miss, but this one was definitely a hit. His short stories sometimes feel like reading the first part of a book that needs to be a lot longer, so they come off as being a teaser. Not with this one. This book had a complete story to it with engaging characters and a great plot. I loved it.

I loved Martin. He built his business from the ground up with hard work and intuition. Due to degenerative eye disease, he’s learned to rely on his other senses to feel out the competition and uses modern technology like conference calls and email reading technology to get around his disability and not let the people that he broker deals with know that he has a disability. However, to realize his dream of going international, he just needs to broker one last deal. However, this client wants to meet and do the deal in person, and so Martin needs to finally secure an assistant that won’t instantly quit on him.

I loved Brock. Brock has an MBA, but he’s having a horrible time finding a job. He put in an application for a job at the company that he would love to work at, but when he gets a callback, it is for an assistant position something that he is overqualified for. But he’s desperate for money and agrees to the position knowing that he will to continue to look for a job that he’s qualified for. He’ll do whatever’s needed to keep the demanding, fussy, and intensely private Mr. Graham happy. He ends up learning a lot from him and respecting him. He also finds himself wildly attracted to his boss and they have some awesome chemistry.

I loved how they interacted together. Everything about Brock gets under Martin’s skin in ways that he never expected, which makes him realize that a successful business isn’t the only component to a happy future. Companionship’s also important. But as Martin’s deal comes together, one of the prices could be the relationship that Martin’s just starting to believe could be real.

Want to know what happens? You’re going to have to read the book to find out.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: On Wings of Passion by M.D. Grimm

TITLE: On Wings of Passion
AUTHOR: M.D. Grimm
SERIES: On Wings Saga
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: July 12, 2019

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A Story from the On Wings Saga
Prequel to On Wings of Thunder
Every story has a beginning…. Dragons. Angels fear them and demons follow them. Formidable beasts of incredible power, they fight each other to the death for dominance. But dwindling dragon numbers cause alarm among the angelic ranks. Surely when they have nothing left to conquer, the fearsome creatures will turn their sights to the Upper Realm.
Roland, an angelic artist of significant talent, doesn’t know what to believe. Part of him longs to see a dragon in person, and his peaceful life of contentment is wearing thin. He wants passion, desire, adventure, and love. He gets more than he bargained for when, along with his sister, he’s ambushed and captured by demons, who bring him to a creature who surpasses Roland’s wildest imaginings.
But the mighty dragon Asagoroth is not all that he seems. Something sparks between him and Roland. Something neither anticipated. Something that will shake the cosmos to its core.


I loved On Wings of Passion by M.D. Grimm. This book is actually a prequel to the book On Wings of Thunder, which was written as a standalone book. However, the fans of the book loved it so much that the author gave us the backstory on how Trystan and Asagoroth first meet and fall in love and how Roland is reincarnated as Trystan in On Wings of Thunder. I haven’t read On Wings of Thunder. I had actually bought the book some time ago because I loved the cover and the blurb and then never got around to reading it. I can say, now that I have read this book, that it will be the next book on my reading list. I finished On Wings of Passion and immediately wanted to start reading On Wings of Thunder to find out what happens next between Roland/Trystan and Asagoroth. I know that I absolutely loved Roland and Asagoroth.

I loved Roland. He’s an angel, and as a baby, the seer said that he had been chosen to be an artist and his medium is painting, just as his older sister had been chosen to be the next high chancellor of the angels. However, Roland isn’t a typical artist. He’s fascinated in seeing the beauty in creatures that other angels consider to be monsters and enemies. He has tried not to be, but he’s fascinated by demons and dragons and how they’re all different looking. His longtime friend with benefits and knowledge seeker, Gabryl, keeps him informed about what’s happening with the dragons and how there haven’t been as many sightings of them and how that will impact the angels, who are enemies with the dragons and demons.
The only dragon to be seen in a while is Asagoroth and how he has a huge legion of demons at his command. This causes alarm in the angelic ranks who live in the Upper Realm for they fear that when they have nothing left to conquer that the fearsome creatures will turn their sights to them. Roland doesn’t know what to believe. Part of him longs to see a dragon in person, and he’s getting tired of his peaceful existence. He wants passion, desire, adventure, and love. He gets more than he bargained for when, along with his sister, he’s ambushed and captured by demons, who bring him to a creature who surpasses Roland’s wildest imaginings.

But the mighty dragon, Asagoroth, isn’t all that he seems. Something sparks between him and Roland. Something that neither anticipated. Something that will shake the cosmos to its core and leave readers scrambling for the next book in the series which is already out and awaiting your consumption.

I loved Asagoroth. He learns a lot from Roland. He learns how to be happy, love, and put someone else above his own wishes and desires.

A truly wonderful prequel. I can’t recommend it enough. Now, off to read the next book, On Wings of Thunder.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Escape by Sean Ian O’Meidhir, Connal Braginsky

TITLE: Escape
AUTHOR: Sean Ian O’Meidhir, Connal Braginsky
SERIES: Crossing Nüwa
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: July 9, 2019

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For sheltered Robbie, one week of freedom leads to sexual awakening and adventure… but when his world intersects with Theo’s, they’ll need all their wits and Theo’s magic to fight for their future.
Rare male weresnake Robbie has had his whole life decided for him down to his meals. But when the time comes for him to perform an unspeakable duty to his clan, he runs.
San Francisco Pride is in full swing when technomage Theo spots a scared-looking young man with brilliant emerald eyes. He’s only looking for a hookup, but before he knows why, he’s taking Robbie home and introducing him to champagne and enchiladas. He doesn’t have any intention of falling in love.
Robbie doesn’t want to return to his clan, at least not without trying to fit a lifetime of experiences into a week, but every day he stays puts Theo in more danger.


Escape is my first book by Sean Ian O’Meidhir and Connal Braginsky, and I absolutely loved it. Escape is the first book in the Crossing Nüwa series, and I can’t wait for the next book to come out so that I can devour it just like I did this one. I love to read paranormal books but don’t find a lot of books about were-snakes or techno-mages. The characters were interesting and loveable, and I loved the plot.

I loved how the were-snake clans are matrilineal and are ruled by a matriarchy. The clan believes the females are strong, and the men are weak. The females don’t have any limitations on what they can do, but the men are seen but not heard, and as children, the males are allowed to play and interact with their female cousins until five years before they are considered mature. Then they live in seclusion until they’re considered mature and then they’re paired with females to breed the next generation of pureblood Nüwas.

And that would be all fine and dandy but not only is Robbie a rare male were-snake but he’s also gay and the thought of being paired with females is repugnant to him. Having been in seclusion for the past five years, all that Robbie has learned about being gay is from reading gay romances, gay porn, and watching gay pride parades. What he wants to do more than anything before his big birthday is to go to San Francisco to the gay pride parade and experience being gay before being forced to do his duty, and so he runs away and is picked up by a truck driver who just happens to be going to San Francisco. However, Robbie has been sheltered and doesn’t know how to do anything in the outside world. He has to watch and follow humans to figure out how to buy food and find places to sleep, but he gets to go to the pride parade that he’s always wanted to attend and it’s at the pride parade that he meets Theo.

The parade is in full swing when Theo spots a scared-looking young man with emerald eyes. He’s only looking for a hookup, but before he knows it, he’s taking Robbie home and introducing him to alcohol and Mexican food. Robbie quickly grows on Theo, and Theo takes him with him when he DJ’s at the various clubs and helps him experience what it is to be gay. But Robbie is found by one of the clan’s enforcers and only given a week to experience freedom before she’ll be back to deliver him to his clan leader, who just so happens to be his mom.

I loved how Robbie is able to change the structure of his mouth and use his snake senses through his tongue while still a human, and, I won’t lie, it was a little gross that he drinks blood in addition to eating human food. But Robbie’s week of freedom is cut short, and Theo will need all of his techno-mage magic to get Robbie back. Then he will have to wait for Robbie to decide if he feels the same way about Theo as Theo does for Robbie while he lives with a childhood friend that lives outside of the clan with a human and teaches him how to survive in the real world.
I loved how the authors tied up all of the loose ends, and the book ends in a HEA. I’m excited to see if the next book in the series is going to be about how Theo and Robbie’s relationship is progressing or if it’s going to be about a new gay were-snake.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Never A Hero by Marie Sexton

TITLE: Never A Hero
AUTHOR: Marie Sexton
SERIES: Tucker Springs
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 5, 2019

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Owen Meade is in need of a hero. Sheltered, ashamed, and ridiculed by his own mother for his sexuality, his stutter, and his congenital arm amputation, Owen lives like a hermit, rarely leaving his apartment. He hardly dares to hope for more… until veterinarian Nick Reynolds moves in downstairs.
Charming, handsome Nick steals past Owen’s defenses and makes him feel almost normal. Meeting his fiery, determined little sister, June, who was born with a similar amputation, helps too. June always seems to get her way—she even convinces Owen to sign up for piano lessons with her. Suddenly the only thing standing between Owen and his perfect life is Nick. No matter how much he flirts, how attracted to Owen he seems to be, or how much time they spend together, Nick always pulls away.
Caught between his mother’s contempt and Nick’s stubbornness, Owen makes a decision. It’s time to be the hero of his own story, and that means going after what he wants: not just Nick, but the full life he deserves.


I loved Never A Hero by Marie Sexton. It’s the fifth book in the Tucker Springs series. The Tucker Springs series is written by multiple authors—L.A. Witt, Marie Sexton, Heidi Cullinan. I had the pleasure of reviewing book three, Dirty Laundry, and book four, Covet Thy Neighbor, and Never A Hero was just as good.

I thought Marie Sexton did an excellent job of showing us a glimpse into the life of a man who was born with a congenital arm amputation and also suffered from a stutter that gets worse with his social anxiety. And instead of having supportive parents, he’s ridiculed by his own mother for his sexuality, his stutter, and his congenital arm amputation.

I liked how we get to see both sides of the equation in do you help a person with a disability and how the person with the disability perceives that help. In the book, Owen doesn’t like to be helped or stared at, but he also doesn’t like it if he is ignored. He thinks that he knows what the normal person is thinking and feeling when they look at him, but he isn’t normal, so he can only assume. I liked that Nick is there to give Owen a different insight into why normal people react the way that they do. I know that I’ve struggled with that before. Do you look at the missing limb or not, do you help if they’re struggling to do something or let them struggle to do it on their own. I never know what’s right or acceptable, but I know that I definitely don’t want to offend them. So I liked that I got to see it from both of their points of view.

I liked Owen Meade. Because of his upbringing and the way he’s treated by his mom and how he perceives the outside world, he has become a bit of a hermit and rarely leaves his apartment. He works from home for a marketing company, designing newsletters, brochures, and putting together postcard advertising campaigns. He tends to live vicariously through the lives of the people that live in the apartment below his. The highlight of his day is when his neighbor plays the piano when she gets home from work, but after living there for three years, she moves out but doesn’t take her piano with her. Two days later, Owen gets a new neighbor. But unlike his old neighbor, this one wants to be friends.

Nick Reynolds is a veterinarian, has three dogs, a sister that also has a congenital arm amputation, and is in the closet at work due to a homophobic boss. I liked how he tried to get Owen out and interacting with the world again. I also liked when he introduced Owen to his younger sister, Jude, who also has the same amputation that Owen has. I really liked how Jude interacts with the world and doesn’t let anything stop her from doing what she wants to do, including convincing Owen to take piano lessons with her and to perform a recital together, each playing one hand of the song since Owen is missing his left hand and Jude is missing her right.

I really enjoyed seeing the personal growth in Owen and how he starts to stop caring about what other people think of his missing arm and doing what he wants to do.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Mercs and Strippers by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Mercs and Strippers
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
SERIES: Ore 5
PUBLISHER: eXtasy books
GENRE: Space Opera
RELEASE DATE: May 17, 2019

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Ethan has been paired with his dad as the Corporation’s chosen lawyer, and that in itself causes both old ghosts and new challenges to be resolved.
In the meantime, Ryder tries to be the supportive boyfriend and the capable boss. But he’s in way over his head, and he knows it. When all else fails for Ryder, he at least has the dance…and a trump card on the payroll he had no idea of.
Hayden had danced himself to the honor of the last dance, yet the troubles he had in his wake were more than he and anyone else had anticipated. Once Ryder was made aware of it, Hayden found himself encapsulated in a protective shield of Brutus and his brothers.
But the mob isn’t giving up without a fight, and their methods are many and dirty.



We are back with Ethan and Ryder in this sexy-as-sin romance series. They’ve also brought along some friends we’ve met and some new characters. Ethan and Ryder are on solid ground with their relationship, and I love them something fierce. After a night out and a chance meeting with a sexy young male prostitute, they finally get the chance to put the pieces together about the men hellbent on taking over ORE-5 including Black Ryder.

Hayden is just trying to survive on this godforsaken planet. He wears a colored belt to let others know his worth, but he’s so much more. He just needs someone to help him to realize it. As a contracted prostitute he has certain obligations he must fulfill, and when the notorious Black Ryder gives Hayden an opportunity well, he’s not going to squander it no matter the consequences. He just didn’t expect the guys at Black Ryder to actually care. He’s a great character with a big heart, and you’ll love him.

Brutus has been with Ryder since the beginning. He’s the big grumbly bouncer we all know and love. He keeps everyone at Black Ryder safe and pity anyone who tries to cross him. He’s a surprise I was definitely not expecting. He has secrets not even Ryder knows. With his particular set of skills, he takes on the charge of Hayden and his safety. He just didn’t expect Hayden to get under his skin. Brutus has a rule about not being involved with his charges so the budding attraction will have to wait. With everything else going on, he definitely doesn’t need the distraction.

This series is fast paced and full of everything that makes Meraki’s books some of the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Each character is unique, and every book is fun and sexy. I absolutely love this series.

***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