Review: “Warlock in Training” by TJ Nichols

TITLE: Warlock in Training
AUTHOR: TJ Nichols
SERIES: Studies in Demonology
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
GENRE: High Fantasy; Paranormal
LENGTH: 226 pages
RELEASE DATE: Feb 14, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback


Angus Donohue doesn’t want to be a warlock. He believes draining demons for magic is evil, but it’s a dangerous opinion to have—his father is a powerful and well-connected warlock, and Angus is expected to follow the family tradition.
His only way out is to fail the demon summoning class. Failure means expulsion from the Warlock College. Despite Angus’s best efforts to fumble the summoning, it works. Although not the way anyone expects.
Angus’s demon, Saka, is a powerful mage with his own need for a warlock.
Saka wants to use Angus in a ritual to rebalance the magic that is being stripped from Demonside by warlocks. If Angus survives his demon’s desires and the perils of Demonside, he’ll have to face the Warlock College and their demands.
Angus must choose: obey the College and forget about Demonside or trust Saka and try to fix the damage before it’s too late. Whatever he does, he is in the middle of a war he isn’t qualified to fight.

Angus is a 19 year-old student at Warlock College. He doesn’t want to be a warlock, he wants to be a doctor, but his father, a powerful respectable warlock in their community, decides for him. Angus knows that something is off with the magic but can’t really understand and name it.

Saka is a demon, a powerful mage, who needs a warlock to save his world. He bonded to Angus for that and hoped that the young warlock would understand how both their worlds need to be saved.
Angus and Saka will have to trust each other and to learn from each other if they want to find a safe solution, one that won’t need to kill humans or demons.
Warlock in Training is the first book of the Studies in Demonology series.

I liked this book; I enjoyed it a lot.
In this universe, magic is well known by people; it’s a common thing. This society is divided into three casts. The non-magic people, they’re average humans. The Wizards, they have magic but refuse to use demons for that, so they take it from the earth and their surroundings, and they’re considered rogue. The Warlocks, they are the high rank, and they are powerful because they use demons and drain them to be powerful. But everything has a price. There’s a balance between the Human world and Demon world, and each time a warlock uses a demon for magic, he needs to repay it by a small sacrifice (mostly blood). But the more the warlocks use magic, the less they counter-balance it, and the Demon world as well as the Human world are dying.

Angus is the son of a powerful warlock. He doesn’t want to be one of them, but his father doesn’t give him a choice. When he summoned his demon for the first time, Angus is kidnaped by his demon and taken to the Demon world, and that’s where he learns the truth. I love Angus. He’s not a weak, little spoiled kid. He refuses to play his role like his father expects. He thinks for himself and stands up for his beliefs. Even if he has a lot to learn, he always tries to make the better choice and put people (human or demon) before himself. I really love him.

Saka is a powerful mage, and his tribe and his world are first in his life. He wants to save his world, but he refuses to use blood for that. He refuses to be part of a war where demons and warlocks will kill each other. He wants to save his world but in a peaceful way. When he chooses Angus as his warlock, he doesn’t expect to have a young man willing to listen to him and to help him save their worlds. The connection between them is strong, but they still need time to know each other. I love Saka. He’s wise, calm, strong, powerful and super-hot and sensual (and he has black-horns and a tail…a real tail).
The story doesn’t focus only on Saka and Angus, it’s the first book of the series, so the author gives us the background of this universe and the different actors (wizard, demons, average human).
It was a good start in this series, and I was hooked on this book from the beginning. I can’t wait for book 2.

4 OptimuMMs for the Demon and his Warlock.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Stay with Me” by S.E Harmon

TITLE: Stay with Me
AUTHOR: S.E Harmon
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Gay for You
LENGTH: 290 pages
RELEASE DATE: Apr 28, 2014
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $16.99 -paperback


Private investigator Mackenzie Williams’s newest client is everything he’s looking for in a guy—charming, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. There’s only one itty bitty problem—the guy’s not exactly gay. In fact, Jordan Channing is looking for a PI to follow his fiancée. The smart thing would be to thank Jordan for his time, turn Mr. Perfect away (don’t let the door hit you on the rump, thank you very much), and forget he exists.
Of course, Mackenzie has never been accused of doing the smart thing. Being a smart aleck is more his MO. Relationships aren’t up his alley, never have been. So why’s he so inexplicably drawn to his new client?
Jordan has always been the high achiever, a man who lives in a focused, controlled, and carefully constructed manner. But for the first time in his life, he has to admit the impossible—another man is getting his engine running on all cylinders. Despite Jordan’s denial, it’s not long before he can no longer resist the strong undercurrents pulling them together. Now Jordan must decide if he can go against everything he’s ever known to have the only love he’s ever wanted.

Mackenzie is a private investigator. He has his own business with his partner Drew. His new client, Jordan Channing hires him to follow his fiancée Rachel. Mac can follow Rachel, he can also give a report to Jordan, but he can’t help himself being attracted to this handsome, very straight, man.

Jordan is a successful lawyer, engaged to a beautiful woman, he seems to have everything, but when he starts to have suspicions about his fiancée, he decides to hire a PI. Jordan didn’t expect being attracted to this man…
How can two people build a relationship when one had bad experiences with love, and the other had to learn everything about his own sexuality? That’s what Mac and Jordan will have to work for.

Stay with Me, is book one of the PI Guys series by S.E Harmon.

I loved this book, I had a lot of pleasure with the guys.
Mac is hilarious, completely crazy with a big mouth. The sass in this guy must be illegal. He’s also fragile and deeply wounded by his past. He’s so afraid of suffering and being abandoned that he sabotages his relationships before it ends. Worse, he doesn’t realize it. He always feels abandons and lonely. I love Mac, even if I want to beat him up badly, even if he’s selfish, I love him, I understood him, why he is like that.

Jordan is straight and he’s never questioned his sexuality before meeting Mac. At first, he tries to walk away, but it’s not in his nature to hide, so he decides to try to be with Mac, and oh my god it was super hooooooooot. I really love Jordan, I understood him, his fears, the changes that he has to face, but he never backs down, never gives up, and never walks away. He fights with everything he’s got to be with Mac. I love him for that.

It was a beautiful and funny book; all the book is from Mac’s POV. Mac and Jordan are funny, adorable and super-hot, no, really, the scenes sex was super-mega-hot and well written.
I love the author’s style, her writing is good, fresh and dynamic. The plot is focused on Mac and Jordan’s relationship, but with a lot of extra, between Mac’s investigations, his relationship with his family and his fight with his asshole of ex about his dog, so I didn’t have time to be bored.

I can’t wait to read the second book of the series, hope, I will have a little glimpse of Mac and Jordan through Drew’s story!
I recommend this book. It’s a sweet, hot and funny gay-for-you book.

4 OptimuMMs for the lawyer and his PI.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “A Breath of Innocence” by K.A. Merikan

TITLE: A Breath of Innocence
AUTHOR: K.A. Merikan
SERIES: Guns n’ Boys
PUBLISHER: Acerbi&Villani ltd
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 400 pages
RELEASE DATE: May14, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book


“I would wait a lifetime for this.”
“You don’t have to wait anymore. I want you.”
Mark is done with flings. He is looking for something real, and he knows just where to find it. Years ago, he fell in love with Charlotte Elswood, but after saving her life, he made the difficult choice to stay in a cartel for the sake of his family.
Now, free of the bloodstained work, he’s ready to rekindle what he’s lost.
But in England, he meets someone who is also blond, blue-eyed, and irresistible. Problem is, Griffith Elswood is Charlotte’s brother. Should Mark even consider putting his hands all over an innocent who would push him away if he knew what kind of monster Mark is?
After years of homeschooling, Griffith wants nothing more than to finally spread his wings at university. Secretly, he dreams of meeting a man he can fall madly in love with. A man he would have all the firsts with. But it’s hard to trust anyone after witnessing his sister’s heartbreak.
When Mark moves in next door, Griffith reaches out despite his sister’s warnings. Mark is mysterious, experienced, cocky, and just oh-so-dreamy. Alternating between hot and cold, Mark’s presence sends Griffith into a frenzy of passion like he’s never known before. So hot in fact, it might just burn him if he isn’t careful.
WARNING: Adult content. Scorching hot, explicit love scenes. Dark humor.

Mark had been adopted (kind of) by Domenico and Seth at sixteen. He met Charlotte when he was seventeen and fell in love with her before saving her life but choose to stay with his family. After 3 years with his family, Mark chooses to find Charlotte and maybe finally having his happy ending with her. He didn’t expect to find her engaged with another guy and hating him. He also didn’t expect to meet her younger brother who, with his blue eyes and porcelain skin, will win Mark’s heart.

Griffith Elswood is the younger brother of Charlotte. After the disappearance of his sister during a family trip in Colombia, his parents sheltered him from the outside world. For the first time at eighteen, he can spread his wings and discover the world and more importantly, himself!

When Mark and Griff meet they don’t expect to find their dreams in each other, but how to have a future when the secrets of the past can destroy them?
A Breath of Innocence is book 8 in Guns N’ Boys series.
I was waiting for this book for soooooooo long, (since I met Mark in “Swamp Blood: Guns N’Boys #4”) and the authors gave me something that I didn’t expect at all.

I adore Mark, I saw him grow up through the books in the series. I read his evolution, and I completely adore the man he becomes. He’s very strong, loyal, protective and fierce. He had to grow up sooner than other kids, and even if the education that Dom and Seth gave him isn’t conventional at all, he still becomes a good person (even if he can kill you in one move). In this book, I met a mature Mark, a young man who tries to have a “normal” life and tries to be responsible and make the good choices. I was proud of him after what he’d been through since he becomes a beautiful, strong man.

Griff is the incarnation of innocence. He’s so young, so naïve that I want to protect him. He’s confused when he meets Mark. Griff isn’t out, he’s still processing his sexuality, so when he meets Mark, he’s confused and lost. He’s so shy and pure, I completely melted with him. All the book, I saw him evolve and spread his wings and just fly (yep I can do poesy)
The story, the plot, the writing, the dynamic are completely different from the previous books in the series, but it can’t be read as a standalone though. The plot is focused on Mark and Griff’s relationship, their meeting and how they build their story between secrets, fears and big revelations (reaaaad it). But, it’s not a copy of Dom/Seth’s couple, it’s not mini-Dom (Mark) meeting mini-Seth (Griff). Mark and Griff are unique, their couple and their dynamic are completely different,besides there’s only one Domenico and Seth in the world… and it’s enough.

This book was literally a Breath of Innocence in the series (pun totally intended). Some scenes were probably the most beautiful scenes that the authors have written in this series, with an erotica and poetic’s dimension it was absolutely breathtaking.
It was an opera, the authors were the sopranos, and the characters were the ballerinos, they dance the entire book: sometimes together, sometimes alone but always in tune with their hearts.

I highly recommend this book, it’s a beautiful artistically addition to the series.

5 OptimuMMs for the ballerino and his photographer.

***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: “Risk” by Baylin Crow

AUTHOR: Baylin Crow
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Gay For You
LENGTH: 260 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book


We never should’ve been anything more than roommates.
DREW: Life dealing me a hard blow is nothing new. What’s one more sucker punch?
When my uncle offers me a job working at his MMA training center, I jump at the chance to turn my life around…not upside down and questioning everything I know about myself.
Light Heavyweight Champion Asher Ramsey is the definition of a ladies’ man. His stormy gray eyes and inked skin call to the artist in me and make me itch for my pencils and sketch pad so I can capture every detail. If I’m honest, they make me itch to touch every detail too, which confuses me.
After he offers to let me stay in his guest room, I discover there’s more to Asher than he allows the world to see.
ASHER: My life is a lie. A play written and directed by my PR manager.
With the biggest fight of my career only weeks away, my focus is on securing my title. Losing my belt to some new up-and-comer isn’t an option, and I can’t afford any distractions. Or an unwanted attraction.
When Drew begins working at the gym where I train, my priorities waver. To make things worse, I offer to let him stay with me until he finds a place of his own. It’ll be fine. Sure, I’m attracted to him, but I’m an expert at hiding behind the mask of a straight man. Besides, he’s completely off-limits. Not that it matters–we don’t even play for the same team.
What’s the worst that can happen?

Drew is 23 years-old, but he had a rough start and tries his best to make a better life for himeself. He’s tired of surviving day to day like he has for the past few years. That’s why he asked his uncle Pete if he has a job for him at his training center.
Asher is 28 years-old, a Light Heavyweight champion, and a womanizer… at least that’s what the world thinks. Asher is gay and in the closet, coming out means the death of his career and he can’t risk it.
When Drew and Asher meet, a strong attraction sparks between them. If Asher is gay and knows that he can’t act on it because of his career, Drew is completely lost, he’s straight and had never been interested in a guy, even now except for Ash.
Can they risk their future for something as uncertain as love?

You all know that a book with a fighter and I’m a goner, so it’s not a surprise for you if I told you that I loved this book, but it was a good surprise for me since it was my first time with this author (not my last).

Drew is straight until he meets Ash, and at first, he becomes friends with the guy. Drew is impressed by Ash, but when they become roommates, Drew understands that he’s attracted to this man. He’s confused, he’s always been attracted to women, and never saw men in a sexual way, but Ash broke all his certainties. I love Drew, he’s funny, smart, and strong, very strong, maybe not physically but mentally he’s stronger than any fighter. At first, he’s completely lost and confused about Ash, but he takes his courage (in a bottle of tequila), and he acts on his attraction. I loved it. Even if he didn’t jump on the gay rainbow at first, even if he back-pedals sometimes, when he stops fighting it, he’s at one-hundred percent on board and ready to fight hard for Ash.

Ash is gay, and in the closet. His parents disowned him when he came out to the family. He works hard on his career, to be on top, so he can’t risk losing it because of his sexuality. He was attracted to Drew the minute he saw him, but refuses to try anything because of Pete, his trainer and Drew’s uncle, and also because Drew is straight. Nonetheless, Ash can’t help but be with Drew as friend, as lover, but not like what Drew really wants. I love Ash, he’s a fighter, physically very strong, his body is a powerful machine, but when it comes to his heart, he’s fragile. I love this duality in him, how he hides behind his strong appearance and a kind heart. That doesn’t mean he’s weak, not at all, he’s just scared and had to almost lose everything before understanding what really matters for him, and then, the strong, determined and confident fighter is back.

I love these 2 guys, they were adorable and enter in my “favorite couple” list.
It was a very good read, I loved the plot and the characters, I loved the author’s style too. The writing was dynamic and fresh, not repetitive or boring, and we alternate between Drew and Ash’s pov.

It was a good gay-for-you book, with angst (not too much thank you!), misunderstanding, but also love and a beautiful happy ending.
I highly recommend this book, it’s a great read, and you will have a very good moment with them.

5 OptimuMMs for the artist and his fighter!

***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: “Ben’s Rainbow” by Victoria Sue

TITLE: Ben’s Rainbow
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
SERIES: Rainbow key
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Disability
LENGTH: 218 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 e-book


Benedict Keeler was one of America’s most popular models. Hot body, hot career, and super-hot boyfriend, until a devastating house fire destroyed his face and his dreams. After being told all his life that a pretty face is the measure of his worth, he can’t face another rejection and runs from his lover, eventually hiding out on Rainbow Key.
Zachary Jones, a highly sought after photographer—even if he would rather shoot the homeless in Manhattan than a fashion spread—is now facing the real possibility that a genetic disease will render him blind and his days behind a camera may be over.
Two devastated men, one haunted by his past and one convinced he has no future. Will they both hide from the world, or will they give love, and each other, a second chance?

Benedict Keller was one of the most popular models of his generation. He had everything, money, celebrity and a hot boyfriend who loved him more than anything. He had everything to be happy until a fire in a hotel room, and Ben had been burned, his face and body had been hurt and damaged…irrevocably. Ben disappeared off the face of the earth and took refuge in Rainbow Key.

Zachary Jones is a very talented photographer. He’s very engaged in the humanitarian cause and only takes model’s shoots for money and his beautiful boyfriend Ben. For 4 years, Zack throws himself into his work, forgetting himself since he lost his man. But when he loses his left eye because of a genetic disease and he’s risks losing his right eye, Zack is sent by his brother, to Rainbow Key hotel to recover.
Two broken men will have to face their past, their fear, and their regrets if they want to heal their two broken hearts.
Will a second chance be enough for their happy ending?

Ben’s Rainbow is book 3 of the Rainbow Key Series.
I loved this book, it’s, for now, my favorite of the series.
Ben always intrigued me, I wanted to know more about him, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Ben was a model, a successful model until a fire damaged his face and he ran away from everyone. He broke my heart but also pissed me off. At first, during my read, I was pissed at him because I didn’t understand why he ran away from Zack when he was hurt by the fire. But the more I read and the more Ben revealed himself, his past, his trauma and his fears, he broke my heart. Even when he acted stupidly (can’t tell you more) I was a little bit upset, but not pissed because in a way I understood him better.

Zack got my heart completely. He was so in love with Ben, so devoted to him, and he was devastated by his disappearance. He moved earth and sky to find him, turned over every rock in every city to find the love of his life, and when he gave up, he lost his eye and threatened to become completely blind if he didn’t treat the other. I was broken for him, devastated for him, and I was outraged for him. But when he had the chance to be happy again with Ben, he didn’t hold back, didn’t run, he just embraced this chance, completely and totally. This guy is fabulous, and he’s my new obsession (until the next book of the author… I know I’m so easy).

I adored this book, I loved how the author wrote it. At first, it was easy to make Ben the bad guy in his relationship with Zack. But the author manages to give us information about Ben’s past and why he acted like that. She did it bit by bit, like a striptease, the more we read, the more Ben and Zack reconnect, and the more Ben strips out his secrets in front of Zack and Us. I kind of re-fall in love with Ben at the same time Zack did. She makes the plot evolve with the characters and not the other way, and I loved it!

I also love the fact that the characters already know each other, already have a past, and a story. They have to reconnect to each other and to open their eyes (no pun intended) about their past and their mistakes. Zack is threatened of becoming completely blind but he’s never been as farseeing than now (pun totally intended here!).

The book can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend to read the entire series, each book is completely different from the previous, and it’s another good point to start it.

5 OptimuMMs… Because I’m so team Zack and Ben

***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