Review of: Slow Dating the Detective by Sue Brown

TITLE: Slow Dating the Detective
AUTHOR: Sue Brown
SERIES: Cowboys and Angels, book 3
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: October 29, 2019


A gentle bartender might have what it takes to mend a relationship-phobic detective’s broken heart… but first they have to admit they’re dating.
Keenan Day could kick himself for letting the hot, dark-haired stranger he met outside a strip club get away. Instead of a phone number, he gets a punch in the face—from the boyfriend of his prospective employer at the Cowboys and Angels bar. When two cops come to check up on him, one is the sexy stranger, Detective Nate Gordon.
The initial attraction hasn’t cooled, and though Nate is leery of commitment, one hookup turns into another until they’re seeing each other in everything but name. After a recent nasty breakup, Nate balks at being part of a couple, and Keenan agrees, even though that’s all he’s ever wanted.
Just as they reach a standstill, a crisis shows them what their friends have known all along—they’ve already moved way past hookups. Now they just have to decide how to move forward.

Slow Dating the Detective is the third book in the Cowboys and Angels series by Sue Brown. I had the pleasure of reading the other two books in the series, and I loved all of the cameos from the characters in the other two books in the series. I also loved how the book started out with Keenan being dragged to a strip club where, instead of it being female strippers, the strippers were males, and we get to see Cris, The Lionman, preform for the last time at his new club Mane Event. We meet Cris in the second book, Secretly Dating the Lionman, and it was great seeing how he was doing. I also liked getting to see more of Dan and Gideon from the first book, Speed Dating the Boss, when Keenan gets laid off and gets a job as a bartender at Cowboys and Angels.

I loved Keenan. He’s had a hard life so far. He got a really bad injury that kept him from getting a job in the field that he went to college for and left him having to relearn how to walk and talk again. And although he is fully recovered, his mother is still very protective of him and what’s happening in his life. With his settlement money from the accident, he was able to purchase a small house and reassert his independence from his parents. I do like how they have Sunday dinner at the parents’ house with his siblings and their families. I also liked that Keenan has a twin sister that works as a detective for the same precinct as Nate.

Nate is a recent transfer from Wyoming. He’s a workaholic, and he’s leery of commitment. He does hookups and doesn’t do relationships or dating. But his hookup with Keenan turns into another until they’re seeing each other in everything but name. It’s everything that Keenan has wanted in a relationship, but he doesn’t know if it is a relationship, although all of his friends and family and coworkers say that it is. But when push comes to shove, will Nate admit that they are in a relationship or will he cut ties and run. You’re just going to have to read the book to find out.

Although you don’t have to read the other two books in the series to understand and enjoy Nate and Keenan’s story, it will definitely enhance your reading experience if you do so you can appreciate all of the cameos from Cris, Dan, and Gideon. I’m hoping that Ramon and Mickey will be getting a book of their own soon.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Dragon CEO’s Assistant by Jenn Burke

TITLE: The Dragon CEO’s Assistant
AUTHOR: Jenn Burke
SERIES: Golden Kingdom, book 2, Dreamspun Beyond, book 29
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: October 29, 2019


A Golden Kingdom Novel
The heart remembers.
When Aidan Bishop staggers out of the woods, naked and suffering from amnesia, he needs to relearn who he is and where he fits in the world.
His boss, nearly five-hundred-year-old dragon Nassim, head of a successful tech company, hurries to claim his wayward assistant and guide him back into the life he disappeared from. As they get to know each other again, Aidan wonders if their relationship went deeper than employer and employee. But Nassim isn’t telling, and Aidan has a secret of his own… even if he doesn’t know it yet.

The Dragon CEO’s Assistant is the second book in the Golden Kingdom series and the twenty-ninth book in the Dreamspun Beyond series. Although this is the second book in the series, it is a standalone book. There are cameos from the characters in the first book, but you don’t need to have read the book to understand and enjoy the second book in the series.

The author, Jenn Burke, did a great job on this book. I loved it. There were so many twists and turns, and the blurb is so vague that I can’t talk about any of them without adding spoilers to my review. The characters and supporting characters are complex and fleshed out. The story has a great arc, and each of the main characters shows growth throughout the story. Not that they don’t have their communication breakdowns and misunderstandings. Aidan and Nassim are both battling personal issues and secrets that they’ve hidden from each other.

I loved getting to know who Aidan Bishop is after he staggers out of the woods, naked and suffering from amnesia. I could feel his frustration as he tries to remember what happened to him and who he is. My heart broke for him as he learned how he ended up in the woods, naked and suffering from amnesia. And oh did Nassim feel betrayed when he found out what Aidan’s secret was and who he really was. I know I was surprised by his secret and who he turned out to be. I didn’t see that one coming.

I also loved Nassim. He’s an almost five-hundred-year-old dragon and the head of a successful tech company. And Aidan is his executive assistant that has been missing for four days. When Aidan shows up again naked and suffering from amnesia, Nassim is grateful that he’s back and heartbroken that he doesn’t remember him and determined to find out what happened to him and where he’s been for four days. When Nassim’s secret comes out, Aidan feels blindsided that he wasn’t told about it immediately since it explained a lot of things that he was struggling to put together and the attraction and chemistry that he had with his boss.

I hope that the author writes more books in this series because I can’t wait to read them.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: An Uncommon Whore by Belinda McBride

TITLE: An Uncommon Whore
AUTHOR: Belinda McBride
SERIES: Uncommon Whore, book 1
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
RELEASE DATE: August 27, 2019


“As a general rule, you won’t find the love of your life while you’re on your knees under a table.” — Helios Dayspring
Pasha is a slave, whoring for travelers at the most dangerous bar on Warlan. He has no memory, no future of his own, yet deep inside Pasha knows that that he is meant for better things. The day that Pasha spots the dangerous pirate in the bar, he knows that he mustn’t let the stranger slip away, regardless of what he must do to attract his attention.
Captain Griffin Hawke spent the greater part of a decade searching for his lost king, only to find Helios Dayspring crouched between his knees, swathed in the robes and shackles of a whore. Though he is appalled by the downfall of his king, the hardened officer finds himself falling for the allure of the sensual creature who has taken his place. Returning Helios to his position on the throne is the only right thing to do, yet Griffin knows that in doing so, he risks losing his lover forever.
“A whore is a whore is a whore, unless he’s something else completely. I guess I must be an uncommon whore.” — Helios Dayspring

I thoroughly enjoyed reading An Uncommon Whore by Belinda McBride. This is the first time that I’ve read a book by this author, but it won’t be the last. I loved the world-building that is done in this book and how the foundation was laid for the storyline and plot arc for this book and the other books in the series, which I can’t wait to read as soon as they are released.

I enjoyed how the story unfolds and how we get tidbits into what happened in the past and how the lost king, Helios Dayspring, ends up as Pasha, a slave, whoring for travelers at the most treacherous bar on Warlan. How he’s found by Captain Griffin Hawke, who has spent the better part of a decade searching for his lost king, only to find him crouched between his legs, swathed in the robes and shackles of a whore on a planet they only stopped on because they needed supplies. It wasn’t one of the planets that they were going to be searching for their lost king.

But just finding there lost king and reuniting him with his subjects isn’t going to be as easy as Captain Griffin Hawke had hoped. Helios has an implant that keeps him subservient and keeps him from remembering who he was before he became a slave. Grif has also always believed that there were traitors in their midst during the invasion with an underlying agenda to get rid of Helios and the other people that were in line to rule since Helios was, I believe, third in line to rule. Grif uses caution in letting people know that he has found the lost king and returning him to the new planet that the survivors have inhabited.

As Grif recounts what’s happened and reminds Helios of what he has forgotten, Helios is horrified. He is horrified to find out that the council has taken over leadership of the government instead of the guard like it should have been in times of war until a new ruler could be established, which should have been his sister and then his son. I really felt for him as he had to go through reliving all of the tragedy that had befallen him and his family and his countrymen and the grief that came with it.

I loved getting to know Grif and Lios and reading about how they get reunited and rekindle their love for each other. They had been first-time lovers before they each got married and had a family, and they had remained best friends since then.

The author did a great job fleshing out the main and supporting characters and setting the story up for the next installment. I can’t wait to see if Lios gets his memories back, how they deal with the traitors, and how Grif and Lios’ relationship progresses. I especially loved getting to read the prologue and first chapter that was at the end of the book for the next book in the series. It was so good that I can’t wait to read the next book in the series when it comes out. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait too long.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Suckerpunch by Elyse Springer

TITLE: Suckerpunch
AUTHOR: Elyse Springer
SERIES: Hockey Gods and Monsters
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2019


A rookie goalie with a secret and a handsome yet hotheaded defenseman clash in the locker room and on the ice—but their shared desire to make the playoffs might help them move from enemies to lovers.
When the goalie for the Seattle Cascades hockey team is injured while drunk driving and Alex Fanning is recruited to take his place, Alex thinks his dream has come true. But to hold on to his hopes, he must keep his vampire heritage secret as the sport moves to ban Paranormals. The sexy but infuriating defenseman Sasha Petrov won’t make that easy. The injured goalie was his best friend, and he resents Alex’s presence—maybe even enough to use his bloodline against him.
Tensions mount, but the realization that there’s more to their feelings than animosity hits both men like a punch to the gut. Alex and Sasha’s newfound friendship promises passion, but a shocking betrayal could cost them all the ground they’ve gained.

The first thing that caught my eye as I scrolled through the list of books to review was the book cover. Who doesn’t love a hockey player with a hint of fang and a bit of blood? It immediately made me want to read the blurb to find out what the book was about. The book is about a rookie goalie with a secret and a handsome yet hotheaded defenseman who clash in the locker room and on the ice. The book is about hockey, has closeted paranormal players, and an enemy to lovers theme—all things that are right up my alley. It is the first book in the Hockey Gods and Monsters series by Elyse Springer, and I decided to give it a chance. It lived up to the blurb, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The book does have homophobia in it obviously since the paranormal players have to keep their origins a secret and one of the characters has to deal with a tough moral decision on lying for his best friend when he gets arrested for a DUI or doing the right thing and telling the truth, possibly losing him as a friend, and getting him the help he needs for his drinking problem. Up until I found out what he decided to do, I was biting my nails.

Since he was little, all Alex Fanning has wanted to do is play hockey as a goalie. He’s been playing on a Portland hockey team since getting out of the US National Team Development Program, just waiting to get called up to the big leagues, the NHL, the National Hockey League. When the goalie for the Seattle Cascades hockey team is injured while drunk driving, Alex is recruited to take his place, and he thinks his dreams have come true. He gets to play hockey with his best friend Shawn, who knows all of his secrets and is there to help him fit in with the team. And as he proves himself to the team as a goalie, the team starts to accept him as a team member. Well, all of them except for Sasha Petrov, the best friend of Eduard, the goalie that Alex is replacing until the injured goalie is cleared to play.

Not only does Alex have to contend with Sasha’s animosity toward him, but the sport is moving to ban paranormals from playing and implementing that all players have to be blood tested to find out if they are paranormal or human.

Sasha Petrov doesn’t want to like Alex Fanning. To Sasha, it feels like a betrayal to his best friend, Eduard. Alex is only twenty-two, keeps to himself, seems cold and distant, at first, but when he gets to know the team, then he livens up. When the team captain notices the animosity between the two, he tells them that until they can work it out that they will be glued together and have to sit on the buses and planes together, eat together, and share a room. With them forced to interact with each other, it is almost impossible for Sasha to deny the attraction and chemistry that he has for Alex. And for Sasha that puts him in a rough spot. Does he stay loyal to his best friend or does he give Alex a chance that he deserves? How will he be able to choose between the two?

I recommend this book to people that are fans of hockey, who like paranormal/human pairings. I look forward to reading the next book in the series when it gets released.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: His Fairy Prince by JS Harker

TITLE: His Fairy Prince
SERIES: Tit For Tat, book 2, Dreamspun Beyond, book 38
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2019


Tit For Tat: Book Two
A trick of fairy magic becomes a romantic treat.
Halloween is fantasy-loving college senior Greg’s favorite holiday, and he’s thrilled to explore a spooky puzzle—even if his friends prefer slashers over witchcraft. Luckily the gorgeous and otherworldly Alaric wants to sneak time alone with him. Unluckily Greg’s sworn off hookups. Still reeling from an intoxicating kiss, Greg opens a secret door…
…and steps through a portal to the enchanted realm Alaric is destined to rule.
Stranded with the alluring Greg, Alaric sets off across his kingdom with the man who might be the consort he’s always wanted. It won’t be easy—Alaric’s ex, the Lord of Spiders, wants to reunite with Alaric—but if Greg and Alaric succeed, they’ll find what they’ve always wanted: a place to belong.

His Fairy Prince by JS Harker is the second book in the Tit For Tat series and the thirty-eighth book in the Dreamspun Beyond series. I loved the cover for His Fairy Prince. The eyes are mesmerizing, and I could stare at them for hours. The blurb could use some work. It’s kind of vague, and that’s going to make my review even more difficult to write because I want to gush about how much I loved the book and all of the things that happened to Greg, but I don’t want to give away spoilers.

Greg is a college senior. Halloween is his favorite holiday and time of the year. He loves all of the cheesy decorations and fantasy costumes. He’s a total fantasy nerd and plays Dungeons and Dragons. He also isn’t great at having or keeping a relationship. He’s kind of a slut, and he has a wandering eye, which wouldn’t be a problem, but his body usually follows his wandering eye. As a result, he has taken a vow of celibacy, which the guy at Halloween Escapes is threatening since he’s totally Greg’s type. All anybody on campus can talk about is doing an escape room with your friends, and so Greg has booked a room at Halloween Escapes to play with his friends. However, his friends aren’t impressed with the room he’s booked, and they bully him into doing a slasher-themed room instead. They have to find a way out of the room before there are no more people left, and every ten minutes, another person gets taken. Greg is the first one taken, and while waiting in the back hallway, he stumbles upon a doorway that takes him to a magical world that isn’t a part of earth. And Greg couldn’t be more thrilled since he’s never felt at home on earth. Now everything that he’s read about in fantasy novels or characters he’s played as during D&D games are real, and some of them are trying to behead him or eat him.

Alaric is the prince of his kingdom and will inherit the crown from his mother, the queen, when she retires. However, the kingdom always tests the heir to prove that they are worthy of inheriting the crown. When Alaric realizes that Greg has somehow made his way through the door and into his kingdom, he goes after him to save him from all of the dangers that could kill him. And he does save him, but when he tries to send Greg back through the door to his homeworld, he finds that the kingdom has decided that now is a good time to take away his magic and connection to the kingdom and test him, leaving him unable to send Greg home. The only way to get Greg home is to have another royal send him, and that means having to journey to the castle to visit his mother, the queen.

With everything working against them, will Alaric and Greg make it to the castle so Greg can go home? By the time they make it to the castle, will Alaric or Greg want Greg to go home anymore? You’re going to have to read the book to find out. I know that the book thoroughly entertained me, and I hope that you will be too.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis