Review of: Home and Heart by Sean Michael

TITLE: Home and Heart
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
RELEASE DATE: December 25, 2018


Is it possible to find the heart’s home twice in a lifetime?
Six years ago, Sawyer Burroughs’s life fell apart. His soul mate and husband of four years died of cancer, and he fell into depression… and a bottle. It’s taken six years, but he’s turned his life around and is ready to start again on the other side of the country.
In his new apartment, he’s welcomed by his young and carefree neighbor, Derek, from across the hall. Derek is eager to make Sawyer feel welcome and even offers him a place to stay when Sawyer arrives ahead of his furniture.
The upstairs neighbors are just as friendly, and soon Sawyer finds a place with the friends-with-benefits threesome. He’s not the shy, vanilla lover they think he is, though, and he’s hiding more than a pair of nipple rings. As it happens, the guys have kinky secrets of their own, but for four men to make a BDSM relationship last, they’ll have to figure some things out.

I can always rely on Sean for some hot sexiness. This book is no different. Sean has a way of making the temperature rise and give your little bits a wonderful sensation. If you enjoy lots of sexiness, a little BDSM and lots of men together, then this is the book for you.

Sawyer is a man restarting his life after his husband and Master had died five years before. Sawyer fell into depression and the bottle but has cleaned up his act and has moved to a new life. He’s sure that he will never find a Master for him again, but he knows he has to give life a go. His new apartment is just what he needs until the hot neighbor knocked on his door.
Derek knocks on Sawyer’s door excited to meet this little hottie. Derek just walks in and starts talking with this quiet little man. He notices that Sawyer has no furniture and just outright asks him to stay the night with him. Derek is not shy and immediately takes to him. He invites him to a BBQ in the yard with the other two men in the building, but Sawyer is not ready for all these men, at least he thinks he’s not ready.

Benny and Luke are a couple, and Luke is obviously the Dom. They’re excited about Sawyer moving in and can’t wait to get him to play with them all. But they see the way Derek is so into him, and they hope this will not deter the plan. Luke also see right away that Sawyer is a perfect little sub and how he needs a strong Dom. Luke agrees to teach Derek how to give him what he needs. Derek is a natural Dom and can’t believe he has gotten so lucky.

This is a fun read with lots of hot sex. So if you’re ready for all the different scenarios, then get to reading.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Tit for Tat by JS Harker

TITLE: Tit for Tat
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: December 18, 2018


Cold has never been so hot.
College sophomore Derek is busy working over his holiday break—but his shifts at the toy store are no hardship if they mean more opportunity to dream about the sexy new guy working as an elf in Santa’s Workshop. When his mother gifts him a bag of cookies, Derek regifts them to Flynn as an excuse to get to know him. Flynn has presents to offer as well, and soon they’re dating, with Derek finding out his comfort zone is bigger than he imagined.
But Flynn is hiding a secret—he’s really a winter fairy whose magic is bound to the season. He can’t stay in the mortal realm, and Derek doesn’t want to lose contact with his family. Can they find a way to hold on to each other when the snow and sugar plums melt away?

I really enjoyed this short read from this author. This is my first read from this author, and I will definitely seek out more books. I felt a part of this holiday love story and really connected to the MC’s. I want to go to this other realm and be a part of it.

Derek is a college student who’s working at the toy store during Christmas break. His hours are long, but he doesn’t mind as he loves ogling over the elf at Santa’s shop across the way at the mall. Derek’s self-confidence is on the low side and he just wishes he had the guts to talk to this sexy little elf. One problem is Derek’s ex works at the shop also, and that does nothing to boost his confidence. One day, his mom stops by with a bag of cookies, and he gifts them to this elf and receives a gift back.
Flynn is a winter fairy that can only be in this realm in the winter. Flynn loves the mortal realm and comes to it every winter. When Derek offers him the bag of cookies, he is so excited. Flynn has a thing for sweets. All sweets and eats as much as he can. He gives Derek a candy cane with some magic and ends up taking care of Derek until the magic wears off. This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

And don’t let me forget to mention Lulu, Flynn’s tiny fairy sidekick. She cracked me up so many times with her tiny little antics to her love for fudge. This is such an enjoyable short story, and I’m sure you will read in one sitting like I did.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Legend of Gentleman John by TJ Nichols

TITLE: The Legend of Gentleman John
AUTHOR: TJ Nichols
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2018


A Story from the Warmest Wishes: Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar
Banyn, a fae, escorts the souls of children to Magh Meall, but one Christmas, he comes for a lad who isn’t quite dead, and he breaks a rule rather than wait while John fights a battle he’ll ultimately lose. So begins a long-running affair that crosses the border between life and death, the human and fae realms, and even oceans to strange countries with different gods and rules.
John Rourke renounced a religion that had no place for him and returned to the old ways. Convicted of theft, he is sentenced to transportation and suffers brutal punishment—until he escapes to live on his own terms as a bushranger. When vengeance against his tormentor consumes him and threatens his life, John finds he has only one holiday wish—to see his fae lover one last time.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2018 Advent Calendar “Warmest Wishes.”

This was a sweet story, but it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. The author did a good job bringing me into the story for a short read, and I adored the two MC’s. This author gave me a new perspective on “wood” in the naughty sense.

John is a local thief with a gang of others until he gets caught. His captor is violent and evil and inflicts the most heinous torture upon John. John has no escape and seeks revenge on his captor. He has a place he goes to try and get some serenity and whittles away at gifts for his fae.

Banyn is a fae that helps escort children’s souls to his world until he comes across John. He is fascinated with him right away and breaks his own rules by beginning a relationship with him. He loves his gifts that are left for him and provides John with his very own gift to make him feel all that more of a man.
This was an endearing story, and I hope you enjoy this short read.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Master Braden’s Houseboy” by Brina Brady

TITLE: Master Braden’s Houseboy
AUTHOR: Brina Brady
SERIES: The Irish Runaway Series
LENGTH: 285 pages
RELEASE DATE: Oct. 1, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book / $13.99 -paperback


Reece was a guitar player and a singer at his grandfather’s pub in Dublin until someone betrays his secret. Once he was a happy and carefree young man, who finds himself on the streets and homeless.
He meets a handsome stranger, who gives him hope that the world still has people with compassion, until he discovers the man may have compassion, but he is no softie. Conner hires Reece as his houseboy.
Much to his shock, Conner Braden isn’t only a garda (Irish police officer), but he is also a Dom! The two men are complete opposites, but that doesn’t stop Reece from wanting to win his heart.
What happens when Master Braden blurs the lines between employer and Dom when Reece is his employee?
AUTHOR’S NOTE: This book contains mild BDSM elements including restraints, blindfolds, and spanking. While the story uses characters from The Irish Runaway Series, you can read this book as a standalone.

This is such a fun series that has BDSM but shows how love can soften the toughest of Doms. I enjoy this author very much and her ability to make me fall in love with her characters. This can be read as a standalone, but I always suggest reading the first ones so that you can relate to the other characters. I always love catching up on previous characters and see how they appear and help the new characters.

Reece has left his hometown to start over. His dad found out he was gay and kicked him out. Reece also left his last Dom because he wants a Dom to himself and Master James only trained subs so that they were ready for a permanent Dom. Reece doesn’t like sharing, so he left everything behind. The problem was that he’s homeless and it’s been raining. He’s sleeping under a box when someone kicks his box off of him.

Connor sees a box in the park and kicks it and is surprised by the most adorable face he’s ever seen. He immediately wants to help this young man and takes him to lunch. Connor decides he needs Reece to work for him as his houseboy. Connor hasn’t had a permanent sub since Patrick left him a year ago. He just has weekend subs, and that’s worked for him.

Reece has trouble following the house rules from day one where he and Finney go into his playroom after being told not to. Connor is most upset about this because he wanted to show Reece his playroom himself. Reece has awakened Master Braden’s need to Dom Reece but isn’t sure he’s ready. At least not until another Dom shows interest in Reece. He literally removes his belt and collars Reece right in the restaurant. Reece couldn’t be any happier except he wonders if he will be enough for Master Braden.

When Patrick shows up back in town, Master Braden isn’t sure how to feel. Patrick makes Reece believe that Connor is going to collar him again and that Reece will have to share until he finds Reece another Dom. Reece leaves because he wants Master Braden to himself. Will Master Braden find Reece in time to tell him he loves him and not Patrick? Will Reece ever have his own Dom and be able to trust one? Will either of these two have their happily ever after? I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

***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: “Bad Habit” by K.A. Mitchell

TITLE: Bad Habit
AUTHOR: K.A. Mitchell
SERIES: Bad in Baltimore
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 230 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 12, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback


Life is always looking for ways to screw you over. Scott McDermott survived the foster care system and knows better than to let anyone close, but Liam Walsh is his one vulnerability.
Twice Scott let down his guard, and twice Liam vanished from Scott’s life.
So when Scott comes face-to-face with Liam for the first time in six years, he punches Liam in the nose. Only after Scott’s friend—and Baltimore County police officer—Jamie reads him the riot act does Scott discover that in the intervening years Liam has been to war and lost his leg.
Liam hasn’t had the easiest life either. He took care of his drug-addicted mom when she was unable to take care of herself. He’s fallen in love with Scott twice, but when Liam saw Scott going down the same path as his mother, he left. The lesson that he can’t save everyone has been a painful one for Liam to learn. Maybe what he and Scott had can’t ever be fixed.
Scott and Liam have never fallen out of love—which becomes obvious when they start working together—but what will make this time any different from all the others? Will the third time really be a charm?

This series is such a good series, and this sixth installment was so good. This author has a way of making these guys having to struggle for what they want and making you think they will give up. This one had me laughing so much. This couple really is different than the rest on so many levels. This one really hit home with me seeing I am in recovery myself and I was that mother that wasn’t always there for my children. I cried several times especially reading what they went through as kids and knowing that’s how my children use to feel.

We first meet Scott and Liam when they were in the foster care system, and Scott had a slight anger problem…LOL. They were roommates in the foster home, and Liam wanted Scott to talk to him, so he did something to piss Scott off, and Scott punched him right in the face. They became each other’s world after that until Liam went away.

When they found each other again, they were just as hot and heavy with each other. They lived together for two years when Liam just left. No note, no words as to why, nothing. Scott was devastated and swore no one would ever get close to him again. Scott and Jamie became close friends and went to a car show together. When Scott saw Liam at the car show, he did what he thought was best and punched him right in the face again. Jamie, the cop, couldn’t figure out what was going on but got Scott out of there and tried to smooth over the situation. Why had Scott punched a man with only one leg in the face?

The chemistry these two have are a once in a lifetime feeling or three times as these two are concerned. They fight their feelings with each other, or more so, Scott fights his feelings until he can’t. Their love for each other never left but can they get over the past to let it blossom? Can Liam ever be able to make it up to Scott for leaving? Will Scott ever put his walls down to let Liam in? Can a third time really be a charm? I loved catching up with the other guys, and I hope you do too.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis