Review of: Ledgers and Rent Boys by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Ledgers and Rent Boys
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books Inc
GENRE: Space Opera
RELEASE DATE: June 22, 2018


Overcoming their differences and discovering new sides of each other, Ethan and Ryder are trying their hands at this new thing called a relationship. Ethan’s insecurities and his focus on putting Ryder’s business first are contradicting Ryder’s need to shout his love from the rooftops.
But that’s the personal side of things. The business is in trouble, too, since Ethan’s keen eye caught flaws in Black Ryder’s books and exposed the previous accountant stealing from the storage. The piles of messy ledgers are keeping Ethan busy while Ryder’s business is being invaded by pimps. To top off the new couple’s problems, a rentboy named Hayden dances his way to the front of Black Ryder’s stage with enough trouble in his wake to claim all of Ryder’s attention.

Ethan and Ryder are learning each other in their new relationship. Ethan wants to protect Ryder’s business and keep his reputation as a sex god. Which means keeping their love affair secret. Ryder is at odds about this because all he wants to do is shout his love for Ethan at everyone he comes in contact with. Ryder isn’t comfortable with them hiding, but he’s letting Ethan run the show. Add a rent boy who dances into Ryder’s good graces and pimps trying to take over Black Ryder, and it’s a recipe for disaster. Oh, and did I mention Ryder’s possible future in-laws?

Ethan is still my favorite character. He’s brilliant with numbers but not so much with relationships. He still has a lot of self-doubt and low self-esteem to work on. It can’t be easy when you’re dating a sex god. He’s afraid of what people will say and how their relationship will affect Ryder’s business. He’s trying to be different for his man but not in the ways he should be. Poor guy.

Ryder is having a fit. He wants Ethan to want to show his affections for Ryder beyond the closed doors of their shared spaces. He knows Ethan is insecure, but damn it, he’s tired of keeping them a secret. He also has his business to think about and all the drama surrounding it lately. He only wanted a safe haven for like-minded people to enjoy. Now he has pimps to contend with. Did I mention possible future in-laws?

Hayden just needs a break. He’s tired of the same old routine. He finally convinces his “boss” to let him venture out to new territory and what he finds is the beginning of a shit storm he wasn’t prepared for.

Book two of this fantastic series is fast-paced and so many feels! These guys are going to get their happily ever after if I have anything to say about it! Keep reading. It’s only gets better!

***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

Review of: Roughnecks and Butterflies by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Roughnecks and Butterflies
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books Inc
GENRE: Space Opera
RELEASE DATE: May 25, 2018


What should have been the start of a life with lots of money, a prestigious job, and adventures in space, quickly turned sour as the promised job got downsized while Ethan was in route to Ore 5. Now there, he doesn’t even have enough money for the return ticket to Earth.
Stuck in the outskirts of the housing for the miners, he quickly finds that his usual standards are impossible to uphold. A new coworker opens up a new world to him, and in this world, the center of gravity is a big tattooed strip club owner named Ryder.
On the outside, Ryder is a player—promiscuous and superficial. And he has no problem throwing a punch if patrons get too frisky with his dancers. But he has hidden a side of himself since he came to Ore 5.
Both Ethan and Ryder see themselves differently from what others see. One is a body-conscious, chubby accountant—the other is a sex-symbol who has become the center of attention of every gay man on the planet—even a few straight ones who want to prove they are man enough to win the challenge.
They have one thing in common, but will their differences keep them too far apart?

Ethan has worked hard to be his own man and not just his father’s son. He was born with expectations of what his life would become. But Ethan has his own plans, and no one, not even his overbearing father, will prevent him from seeing his dream through. He goes to the school of his choice, earns top marks in his studies, and on his own earns a prestigious job on Ore-5 where he can finally be free. Unfortunately, he finds himself stuck on a godforsaken planet with no money, no job, and practically homeless.

Ryder is the owner of the infamous Black Ryder male strip club and is in dire need of Ethan’s particular skills. He’ll do about anything to fix the mess in his club. What he doesn’t expect to do is find his butterfly.

Ethan is a great character with a lot of heart. He tried following his father’s path in becoming a big shot corporate lawyer but much to his family’s disappointment, he chose his own path instead. Ethan’s always been phenomenal with numbers. He sees them in a way no one else can. The opportunity to move to Ore-5 and work for a major company with all the perks has him finally seeing all his hard work paying off. I was rooting for Ethan from the beginning as I fell in love with him immediately.

Ryder is not typical. He’s sexy as sin and dances like the act was made for him, but there’s more to him than just his bad boy ways. Yes, he has sex with many different partners and is known for his dancing as much as his prowess in bed. He’s a virile man so who can blame him. What he isn’t known for is having any type of relationships. He’s a businessman running a legit business on a corrupt planet. He knows this, but it hasn’t affected him yet. Now that his business is being targeted, he needs someone with the skills to fix it and fast. What he never expects is to not only find his businesses savior but his butterfly as well.

I love this story. It isn’t like anything I’ve read, and that is so hard to find. The characters are strong, and the plot is exciting. I enjoyed all the characters, and I loved how vulnerable they could be at times. These guys truly are made for each other. It’s beautiful.

***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

Review of: In Safe Hands by Victoria Sue

TITLE: In Safe Hands
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: March 19, 2019


Former helicopter pilot Maverick Delgardo’s injuries ended his Air Force career, leaving him bitter and one drink away from becoming an alcoholic. When his sister asks for his help on a private protection case to babysit a disgraced pop star, Mav reluctantly agrees.
Deacon Daniels, onetime lead singer and idol to his teenage fans, saw his career and reputation ruined when a reporter’s exposé led to a devastating scandal. Without money or a job, a heartbroken Deacon has lost custody of his baby niece. And just when he thinks his life can’t get any worse, a stalker’s threatening messages escalate to murder.
Mav only agreed to one meeting, but his protective instincts kick in, along with an attraction to Deacon. When the body count increases, however, Mav is unsure he is up to the task of protecting Deacon from a killer. But it is too late for Mav to step away, now that he’s lost his heart, and he must find the strength to reassure Deacon and his niece that they are in safe hands no matter the cost.

Maverick goes from being an Air Force helicopter pilot to living in misery on his sister’s couch. The nightmares from the horrific moment his lost everything has him trying to find peace at the bottom of a bottle. At his sister’s insistence, he has to clean himself up long enough to meet with a potential new client for her. Deacon Daniels was an up and coming lead singer of a once popular boy-band. Things in Deacon’s life have never been easy, and more often than not, end up in disaster. He’s lost everything, and as soon as he tried to rebuild any semblance of a life, he’s beaten down again by a stalker. But haven’t they heard this story before? Why would anyone believe him this time? Now he has to put his faith in a complete stranger’s hands, and hope they can protect him long enough to find out who is tormenting him.

Maverick or “Mav” is living on his sister’s couch wasting his life away. He’s been out of the military for months, but he’s not done grieving for what all he lost. He doesn’t want to interview this spoiled airhead for his sister’s business, but his sister is making him, and she doesn’t ask much. The gig is supposed to be a babysitting job for a couple of days while the scared kid calms down. Easy. Except when has anything in Mav’s life been “easy”. Mav is a heartbreaking character. He’s been through hell, and I don’t blame him for how he’s handling it. Life hasn’t been kind to him as of late.

Deacon Daniels once powerful star now just trying to survive. His life was ruined by others. His upbringing was devastating, and life just keeps beating him down. His manager sets him up with a security firm in hopes a couple of days with protection will calm him down. He knows he has a stalker, and he knows his reputation will make people shrug him off. Something horrible happened in his past, and no one wants to believe him. Except maybe after meeting Mav he can find some hope after all.

This book was heart wrenching and amazing. I loved the characters, and the story was fast paced and not at all what I expected. I wanted these guys to find their HEA, and I was left blissfully happy at the end! What a great story.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Doctor’s Date  by Heidi Cullinan

TITLE: The Doctor’s Date
AUTHOR: Heidi Cullinan
SERIES: Copper Point Medical
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: June 18, 2019


Sequel to The Doctor’s Secret
Copper Point Medical: Book Two
The hospital’s least eligible bachelor and its aloof administrator hate each other… so why are they pretending to date?
Dr. Owen Gagnon and HR director Erin Andreas are infamous for their hospital hallway shouting matches. So imagine the town’s surprise when Erin bids an obscene amount of money to win Owen in the hospital bachelor auction—and Owen ups the ante by insisting Erin move in with him.
Copper Point may not know what’s going on, but neither do Erin and Owen. Erin intends his gesture to let Owen know he’s interested. Owen, on the other hand, suspects ulterior motives—that Erin wants a fake relationship as a refuge from his overbearing father.
With Erin suddenly heading a messy internal investigation, Owen wants to step up and be the hero Erin’s never had. Too bad Erin would rather spend his energy trying to rescue Owen from the shadows of a past he doesn’t talk about.
This relationship may be fake, but the feelings aren’t. Still, what Erin and Owen have won’t last unless they put their respective demons to rest. To do that, they’ll have to do more than work together—they’ll have to trust they can heal each other’s hearts.

The Doctor’s Date by Heidi Cullinan is book 2 in the Copper Point Medical series and my favorite for now. I thought Heidi couldn’t do better than Hung-Wei and Simon, whom I loved so much, but damn! I didn’t expect Owen and Erin.
Owen is the only anaesthesiologist in St. Ann’s hospital. He’s also known as being grouchy, harsh and blunt. He’s the ogre of Copper Point as he refers to himself. Owen’s also loyal to the people he loves, and he protects them fiercely, no one mess with Owen’s loved ones. I completely adored Owen since book 1. I loved his hard temper and his fierceness when it comes to his friend. I suspected that Owen had a rough start in life, I didn’t expect how awful it was for him, and I was outraged and hurt for him. I adored him, and I loved how he took care of Erin, how he protected him, how he loved him. *swoon*

Erin is the HR Director at St. Ann’s hospital. He’s also the son of the council board president, John Jean Andreas. Erin seems uptight, cold, and ready to follow his bigot of a father everywhere. He seems to be the puppet of the board, spreading their discriminatory and hateful rules. But Erin is nothing that he seems to be, and little by little Owen and his friends meet the real Erin. Oh, Erin is adorable, I was surprised by him, by who he really is. My heart broke when I read about his childhood, about his life, and I was so sad for him. But Erin is stronger than what I thought. I completely melted for him, he was a real surprise for me, and I adored him. *melted*

The plot is around Owen and Erin’s story, but also about something really fishy about the hospital. It was built slowly between them; they didn’t jump into bed right after the auctions. The author makes them take their times to get to know each other better, to tame each other. It was well written, full of emotions and beautiful moments.

Heidi Cullinan’s outdone herself with those two beautiful men. They were perfect for each other. They took me with them on their incredible journey, and I couldn’t put my kindle down until I finished the book and then at the end, I was torn between tears of happiness for them or tears of sadness because I had to let them go.

1 Million stars for the Ogre and his little princess!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Eeli by Steph Marie & Bobbie Rayne

AUTHOR: Steph Marie & Bobbie Rayne
SERIES: Brotherhood of Ormarr
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: June 3, 2019


I’ve been training my entire life for this; I need to be the best, the best fighter, the best dragon rider in the entire brotherhood. This is what I was born for. The only problem is that my bonded dragon, Bodhi, and I can’t seem to get it together. One minute I think we’re connecting properly, and the next she’s taking off, leading me to the one guy I don’t want to know: Slash. He’s basically the opposite of me in every way, and I don’t get why he’s suddenly everywhere I turn, but I can’t deny how he makes me feel when he looks at me.
Three years ago my sister and I had to come to a new town and started new schools without our parents’ unconditional love and support. My uncle’s an uncaring drunk, so I’m doing the best I can to keep us both clothed and fed with only an after school job. If I didn’t have her to live for, the loneliness would be excruciating. Now, with only a few months until graduation, I’ve suddenly made a friend because of my sister, and another guy keeps stumbling into me who I think needs help: Eeli. I don’t understand why no one else sees how oddly he’s behaving, but I can’t deny my attraction for him is growing with every mishap.
Eeli is the third book in The Brotherhood of Ormarr series. While each book focuses on a different couple, the overall story arc continues in the next installment. For maximum enjoyment, we suggest reading in order. Eeli is a m/m NA romance, and is recommended for adults 18 years and older.

Eeli’s the youngest Ormarr brother and with his dragon, Bodhi, they are the babies of their families. At eighteen years old, he’s just bonded with Bo, and he struggles to keep her in line during school, especially when she tries to escape his tattoo while Eeli’s in class. People think he’s crazy, especially Slash.

Slash is the goth kid of Eeli’s high school. He’s always late, has the rebel attitude and no ambition in his life… at least that’s what Eeli thinks of him, until fate and Bo, force them to realize and understand the inevitable, they’re fated mates.
I adored this book, it’s for now, my favorite of the series (my money’s on Malachite’s story, lol).

Eeli and Slash assumed the worst about each other, they refused to see or understand how attracted to each other they are, until Bo forced them to understand. Then Slash entered a world where magic and dragons exist, and Eeli realized that Slash was more than what he thought and how wrong he was.

I adored them. They were strong and sensitive, they were forced to become adults, especially Slash, but they were still young man, teenagers, and sometimes they were just that, and it was sweet.

They are so sweet, funny, and beautiful together. I adored them, they made me laughed and melted. This book was longer than the two previous, but the plot between Slash and Eeli was longer. It was consistent, they’re only eighteen years old, they couldn’t jump in each other bed like that, fated mate or not. Bodhi was more present than the other dragons, she was definitely the third MC, and it was super funny to read about her antics.

The story was good, full of feelings, I laughed and cried with them, and it was well done, well written, dynamic, and captivating.
I can’t wait to read the next, and last, book in the 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