Review: “Slow Heat” by Leta Blake

TITLE: Slow Heat
AUTHOR: Leta Blake
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Dar Albert
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Mpreg
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 354 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
PRICE: $5.99 -e-book / $14.30 –paperback
  

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A lustful young alpha meets his match in an older omega with a past.

Professor Vale Aman has crafted a good life for himself. An unbonded omega in his mid-thirties, he’s long since given up hope that he’ll meet a compatible alpha, let alone his destined mate. He’s fulfilled by his career, his poetry, his cat, and his friends.

When Jason Sabel, a much younger alpha, imprints on Vale in a shocking and public way, longings are ignited that can’t be ignored. Fighting their strong sexual urges, Jason and Vale must agree to contract with each other before they can consummate their passion.

But for Vale, being with Jason means giving up his independence and placing his future in the hands of an untested alpha–as well as facing the scars of his own tumultuous past. He isn’t sure it’s worth it. But Jason isn’t giving up his destined mate without a fight.

This is a stand alone gay romance novel, 118,000 words, with a strong happy ending, as well as a well-crafted, non-shifter omegaverse, with alphas, betas, omegas, male pregnancy, heat, and knotting. Content warning for pregnancy loss and aftermath.


The one thing that stands out the most is the amazing world Leta Blake has created. It’s a dystopian-like society with very strict rules. What really impressed me was that the author took the time to think of the effects of male pregnancy. In fact, a lot of the storyline is in regards to the biology of humans with a wolf-like mentality. The reader is not left taking things as a fact but given the reasons.

Another interesting fact is that, at it’s core, Slow Heat is a May/December romance. Vale is an omega in his mid-thirties while Jason is a 19 year-old alpha. I love when authors go against the stereotypes. In fact, there are quite a few examples of it in the book. Not only is Vale older but he is also a professor while Jason is just a student. This to me is a prime example of how and where roles come to play in their relationship. Another pair who do not fit the typical mold is Jason’s parents. There is something special about an alpha male that cooks.

The book is appropriately named because the courtship of Vale and Jason is slow. They have to follow the rules of being bonded. I was starting to struggle with reading it because I feared the author had limited the possible outcomes. This was not the case. The omega rights and restrictions reminded me of battles we humans have had and are continuing to fight.

With all the groundwork and research Leta Blake did, I really think this should be a series. For one, I must find out what happens with Xan. He’s one of those characters that you love even when he makes you mad. I would like to see a change in omega rights. There is so much potential here for a beautiful series. Did I mention that I would really love a Happily Ever After for Xan?

***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: “A Demon’s Heart” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: A Demon’s Heart
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Demons Hearts
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Erin Dameron-Hill
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 232 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 28, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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First impressions aren’t always right.

Chase is the only human who works in Hell’s Gate, the one hospital in Boston where demons can go when they need help. It doesn’t make for an easy or restful life, but Chase loves what he does, even though none of the humans he knows understand it.

Thailor is a League demon—they’re the bogeymen of demons, working in the shadows to keep the city and its inhabitants safe. Sometimes he wonders why he even bothers helping humans when they couldn’t care less about demons, but it’s what he’s paid to do, and he’s good at it.

When Chase stumbles on a demon killing another demon, he knows no one but him will care. He tries to intervene, but he’s too late, and no matter what he thinks of Thailor, they seem to gravitate toward each other.

When Thailor is there for Chase when he’s assaulted, Chase finally gives in. They’re fighting against time to save the city’s demons from someone who’s kidnapping them and harvesting their organs, though, and as the body count rises, so does the danger for Chase. Thailor promises himself he’ll keep Chase safe, but will he be able to?


First I have to say I loved this book. This is a prime example of the type of book that leads to the serious love of reading. Catherine Lievens has created an urban world filled with all the danger and deception we would expect. There is bigotry and hate crimes on both the human and demon sides. There is also those who wish to see an end to the divide.

Chase is a doctor. He is also the only human working at Saint Gabriel Hospital, or Hell’s Gate as it’s none to the demons. When he has cases of demons who have had their organs removed he knows something needs to be done. He can not stand by and do nothing and he knows no one else will care. He makes repeated trips to the police to try and get them involved. Being that Chase’s brother Aiden is a demon, this makes him even more determined to stop the killers.

Thailor is a League demon that hunts down and kills demons who prey on humans. For some reason, while in the middle of killing one, Chase catches him. As to be expected, Chase tries to intervene but is unsuccessful. It doesn’t seem to matter how Chase feels about Thailor’s actions the two are still drawn to each other. Chase finally gives in and they start to work together to find the ones responsible for harvesting the demons’ organs.

Throughout the story you can see the trust build between Chase and Thailor. There are a lot of suspicions about those close to the two and some real good fight scenes as well. The author did a great job of building a world with well thought-out characters. I look forward to reading more books in this series and diving deeper into Catherine Lievens’ world.

I can’t wait to see who the next book is about.

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

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Review: “Trusted by the Unicorn” by Caitlin Ricci

TITLE: Trusted by the Unicorn
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci
SERIES: Into the land of Unicorns
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Carmen Waters
GENRE: Fantasy; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 20 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 6, 2017
PRICE: $1.59 e-book
  

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Back on Earth, Sayer is healthy again, but unicorns don’t do well in the city. He’s miserable and Todd wants to help him. He and his brothers have a cabin upstate that might work for them but it needs a lot of repair. Thankfully, it’s just the kind of place for three unicorns to call home.


This was a fascinating read. You have two sets of brothers. One set is human, the other unicorns. The unicorns were slowly dying in their world so came to Earth. Calix and Xavier have already gotten into relationships with the two human brothers Seth and Jacob. The oldest unicorn brother, Sayer, is the last one to come to Earth. Now Todd, the last human brother, and Sayer will have a year to get to know each other as they get the old cabin fixed for all of them to live in.

I found this story to be a sweet slow romance. In fact, I would of liked a little more of Sayer and Todd interactions. The pace was very fitting to the way society was the last time Sayer was on earth. The heat level was very low. The descriptions of the land and cabin after the year of working on them while waiting for the brothers to move was very well done.

Over all, will I found the book to be good, it had the potential to be great. If there had been more detail about the humans’ visits every weekend and more interactions between Sayer and Todd, this book would have closed the series perfectly. As it stands, it just didn’t have enough to carry a successful series closure. I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book.

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

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Review: “Finding Connor” by Caitlin Ricci

TITLE: Finding Connor
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 32 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 5, 2017
PRICE: $1.99 e-book
  

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As foster kids, Adam and Connor had been best friends, but after their foster mom caught them kissing, Connor was kicked out. Adam had no idea what had happened to him until years later when that secret comes to light. With the knowledge that Connor had missed him too, Adam is determined to find him again, and to see if there is any hope for a future where they’re together.


I really liked the concept of this story and could actually see something like this happening to two teenage boys in the same foster home. The start of it was excellent. My problem was that as Adam was going through the box that Jenna left him, it felt like he was not really going through the details. As he told Brandon about it, I still felt things were missing. There was so much potential to give the book more depth that would have made it easier to connect with the characters. Going straight from telling Brandon to knocking on doors was a missed opportunity.

Another thing that got me was how quick Adam and Conner went from a short conversation to sex. Again, there was so much the author could have done with that. How was life for Conner when he got kicked out? What did he go through to get where he is now?

I would deeply love for the author to revisit this story and flesh it out more. Caitlin Ricci has a knack for coming up with great story concepts that get you in the perfect mindset before you even get to the first chapter. When I read the blurb first, my thoughts were of wanting to know what happened to Conner. I wanted to find out how the events that happened to Adam and Connor as teenagers affected them. I wanted to how they would deal with it. That was almost more important than them getting together. Caitlin Ricci has the potential to go from good to great.

I look forward to reading more as she continues to grow.

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

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Review: “Sexy To Go Gay Romance” by Avery Duran, Leigh Ellwood, Asta Idonea …

TITLE: Sexy To Go Gay Romance
                                            AUTHOR: Avery Duran, Leigh Ellwood, Asta Idonea, Eva Lefoy, Dale Lowry, Jodi Payne, Shiloh Saddler, Sam Thorne, and A.E. Wasp
SERIES: Sexy To Go
PUBLISHER: Sexy To Go
COVER ARTIST: Sexy To Go
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Anthology
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 228 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2017
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book
  

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9 Hot MM stories sexy enough to make your blood sing. Find shifters, hunky construction men, mythological heroes and everyday lovers who scorch the sheets with their boy on boy, man on man lovin’. From honey-mooning couples to intense instant hookups, these same-sex couples remind us that love is always worth fighting for, no matter what the cost.

Matzo Ball by Avery Duran

When Jacob’s outgoing best friend talks him into attending a party for Jewish singles, neither man realizes that it’s not a gay event. Things go from bad to worse when Jacob’s friend doesn’t show up. The night turns around when Jacob befriends Ian, a sexy bartender. After a spectacular kiss good night, they go their separate ways. But Jacob can’t forget the chemistry he shared with Ian, and hungers for more. In a city the size of New York, will these men be able to find their way back to each other?

Styx & Stone by Leigh Ellwood

What’s the afterlife really like? Charon the ferryman knows the River Styx like the back of his hand, and he enjoys giving newly departed Stone the full tour.

First Swallow of Spring by Asta Idonea

The first swallow of spring draws Seanán back to the fae circle each year, where he dances with the handsome fae lord, Iorweth. He knows the four rules he must follow if he wishes to be free to leave at the end of the night; however, Iorweth is growing ever more inventive in his attempts to trick Seanán into breaking them.

How Hercules Got His Bruise by Eva Lefoy

Hercules might have completed his 12 labors and become immortal, but he’s still not out to himself. Until he meets Sisyphus, a man who turns him on in ways not even a goddess can compete with. When Zeus threatens to destroy their new bond, Hercules must again rise to the challenge, this time to protect his right to love a man.

Loggerhead by Dale Lowry

Soon after they fall in love, Jake makes Eric a promise inspired by an old track uniform. But demanding work schedules at Jake’s four-star restaurant and Eric’s newspaper keep them from following through. Six years later, they take the honeymoon they never had, heading to the Florida coast in search of sea turtles – and rekindling their passion for each other in the process.

Handyman by Jodi Payne

Danny is haunted by memories of his ex, Peter, who moved out six months ago. He recognizes just how bad off he is when he wakes up to a flood in his condo, a problem Peter would have adeptly handled. Danny can’t find the insurance paperwork, he doesn’t know who he should call first, and he’s about ready to strangle his stoner neighbors. His day starts looking up, though, when the workmen arrive to deal with the water, replace his breaker box and demolish the soaked ceiling. Ken, a handyman, shows up to handle the drywall, but can Danny handle Ken?

Clipped Wings by Shiloh Saddler

When a male swan shifter is captured by a cruel master he develops feelings for another male slave. The master has plans for the shifter that go against every fiber of his being. Will the two men bow down to their station in life or take flight to keep their love alive?

Rebuilding the Future by Sam Thorne

Allen’s peace has been seriously disturbed. As the shy architect takes on the task of extending the home he inherited from his late aunt, his life becomes a battle. The building work is going fine, but he can barely contain his one-way lust for sexy foreman Declan, who’s a one-man generator of testosterone and mixed messages. As the build completion approaches, Allen’s ready to do just about anything to keep Declan around a little longer…

Man in the Mirror by A.E. Wasp

A companion story to the Paper Hearts novel, Man in the Mirror is the first short in a new erotic series set in the world of the Veterans Affairs books. Benny hasn’t let Mikey see him naked in a week, will barely let Mikey touch him. Mikey’s going to get to the bottom of the issue if it takes all night.


This is a true gay romance anthology. Not only do you get a good variety of writers, but also a unique blend of tropes. With that many choices, it is easy to see which writers you’ll want to read more of.
For me, the first two fall into the needs more category. I enjoyed Avery Duran’s Matzo Ball and the main characters Jacob and Ian. It was a good short but would have been a great novella. Styx and Stone by Leigh Ellwood definitely needed to be more. I thoroughly enjoyed the world she created but because of the details needed, Cheron and Stone took a back seat.
Asta Idonea’s First Swallow of Spring was a sweet short story. I’d love to see this author turn it into a series. You can’t go wrong with the fae.
I love stories about the Gods, and Eva Lefoy delivered beautifully with How Hercules Got His Bruise. It’s a great blend of the myth with a romantic spin. I’d love more myth based stories from her.
Loggerhead by Dale Lowry is such a sweet romance. Eric and Jake remind us that life may get busy, but we must take the time for each other. By slowing down and reconnecting, they remember what they love the most.
Full on steam with a sweet side, Handyman by Jodi Payne reminds us why we enjoy reading romance. Danny and Ken show that while they both may have been hurt, they can take the chance to try again. Plus, the amazing sex doesn’t hurt either.
For those who like historicals with a twist, Shiloh Saddler’s Clipped Wings is just for you. While I’m not big on historicals, I did like the writer’s concepts.
I loved Rebuilding The Future by Sam Thorne. The writer’s style and balance were highly enjoyable. Even though it was a short story, you still got a slow burn with angst built into a hot conclusion. Not to mention a very adorable boy named Charlie and the most unpleasant twin sister. I am definitely going to look for more by this author.
Ending out this set is a little catch-up moment by A.E. Wasp. Man In the Mirror takes place after her Paper Hearts novel. I love when authors do this. It gives us a chance to reconnect with characters we fell in love with.

Overall, I find these anthologies a great way for readers to discover new authors and
learn a little about their tastes as well. I would like to thank the authors for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book.

***The ARC was provided by Sexy To Go. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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