Review of: His First Time by Tal Bauer

TITLE: His First Time
AUTHOR: Tal Bauer
SERIES: Erotic Romance Bundle
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 3, 2019

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Three scorching high heat stories that will leave you sweating and breathless!
“It’s my first time…”
In this erotic bundle, take a walk on the seductive side as you watch three men succumb to their deepest homoerotic desires:
In Spring Break Fever, meet Kevin, who finds a gorgeous and captivating stranger on the beach during Spring Break.
In Business Class, meet Luke, who falls under the seductive spell of another traveler while stuck in an airport during a blizzard.
And feel your way through a man’s first time in a small town as You uncover his secret.
His First Time is a scorching, high heat, erotic bundle, suitable for adult readers that crave seeing a man submit to his deepest homoerotic desires. If you’re hungry for blistering scenes of breathless, man-on-man action, this bundle is for you!
If not, turn back now…


His First Time by Tal Bauer is a bundle of three short erotica stories. I adored this book.

Spring Break Fever: Kevin is a young student going to Florida for spring break. He’s in the closet and made a vow to himself to never indulge in his secret desires to have sex with men. He meets Michael on the beach during a volleyball game and decided to keep up their encounter in Michael’s room. Kevin will have his first time with an experienced and talented lover.

Business Class: Luke is a young millionaire, a shark in business and he’s ready to go back to his place when a storm strands him at the airport. At the lounge bar, he meets Tyler. Luke has always seen himself as straight, but Tyler awakes a burning desire inside Luke. During the next few hours, Luke will enter a world of pleasure and bliss that he would never have thought possible.

You: A young man, deep in the closet, meets Justin, a student in a bar. Both in the closet, they hide all night in the bed of Justin’s truck and made love with only the moon as a witness. It was hot and sexy.

I adored this bundle. These 3 stories were hot, like burning hot. It was well written, dynamics and very explicit. It wasn’t vulgar—it was beautifully erotic. Each story told us the first time for nearly all the MCs and how they embraced their deepest secrets and freed themselves in a row of passions. I love the last story “You” because it was like I was the MC; it was written in a way that gives me the feeling I was him.

I had a very good and pleasurable time with those men, and I recommend it, like gladly recommend it. You will really love every story, and Tal Bauer shows us another layer of his talent. I was happy to read something as light and sexy from him and wasn’t surprised to adore it.

It 5 burning stars.

***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: The Mage on the Hill by Angel Martinez

TITLE: The Mage on the Hill
AUTHOR: Angel Martinez
SERIES: The Web of Arcana
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: May 7, 2019

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The Web of Arcana: Book One
A young magic user who wants desperately to live. A jaded recluse who has forgotten what living means. They’re each other’s only chance.
Toby’s wild magic is killing him. The mage guilds have given up on him, and it’s only a matter of time before he dies in a spectacular, catastrophic bang. His only hope is an exiled wizard who lives in seclusion—and is rumored to have lost his mind.
The years alone on his hilltop estate have not been good for Darius Valstad. After the magical accident that disfigured him and nearly drowned Pittsburgh, he drifts through his days, a wraith trapped in memories and depression. Until a stricken young man collapses on his driveway, one who claims Darius is his last chance. For the first time in fifteen years, Darius must make a choice—leave this wild mage to his fate or take him in and try to teach him, which may kill them both. The old Darius, brash and commanding, wouldn’t have hesitated. Darius the exile isn’t sure he can find the energy to try.


Toby is a young wizard with wild magic. The guilds can’t help him, and Toby will be sent to a hospice to finish his days peacefully full of drugs to indulge him in sleep until he dies. But Toby wants to live, he doesn’t want to die like that, and he’s ready to fight hard and try everything to live, even reach an old hermit wizard, Darius Valstad.
Darius doesn’t want another student, not after what’s happens with the last one, and what he lost–his job, his eye, and his self-esteem. But Toby is desperate and on the verge of dying if Darius doesn’t help him.
Darius and Toby will start a journey between past and present to find a future together.

The mage on the hill is book one of The Web of Arcana series by Angel Martinez. I adored this book.
In the Web of Arcana, every wizard has a major or minor arcana (meaning affinity), that helps them to settle and control their magic and the guilds teach them how to do that. Some wizards can’t channel their abilities and end up in a hospice where they are drugged until they die.

Toby is a young wizard with a wild magic, meaning he couldn’t channel his ability and his magic is out of control, which makes him unplaceable. His only hope is Darius Valstad, a hermit wizard, who had helped other unplaceables in the past. Toby didn’t expect to find a man broken by his past, barely able to talk after fifteen years in complete isolation, but Darius reaches something deep in Toby’s heart other than hope. I adored Toby. He’s funny, smart and sassy. He’s also a fierce fighter and refuses to accept his faith as certain death without putting up a good fight. I loved him a lot.

Darius is broken by his past and his guilt. He’s lived alone for fifteen years without any help, friends, or human beings around him. He’s completely isolated and in a deep depression. He doesn’t want Toby in his life. He doesn’t want to have another student who he can’t help, and he refuses to have to lose a part of himself again. I loved Darius too. He’s confident in his ability but so fragile about his past that, at first, he’s scared to lose Toby until he doesn’t have another choice than to channel who he really is—a brilliant and genius teacher who can really help others starting with Toby. Then Darius is fierce and fights back.

I adored this book. It was well written, funny with good pop culture references that made me smile. The main characters are awesome as well as the secondary. I was hooked on the story from the beginning, and Angel Martinez kept me captivated with Toby and Darius’ road-trip. The end was awesome and promising for the next book. It was a good start in the series, and I look forward to knowing more about the Web of Arcana.

It’s 5 stars for the hermit and his student.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Love Conventions by Morgan James

TITLE: Love Conventions
AUTHOR: Morgan James
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 7, 2019

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A happy ending worthy of a TV fantasy… in real life?
Ashland Wells is an actor of sci-fi cult fame but with little direction for the future, when handsome grad student Remy Beaumont lands in his lap at a fan convention. Remy is everything Ash ever wanted and wished he could be—including out and proud. For twelve hours they’re the best of friends. But the convention ends, and saying goodbye to Remy might be the biggest mistake Ash has ever made.
A few months later, they’re reunited on a new production—Ash as an actor, Remy a writer—and though Ash doesn’t plan to let him go twice, being with Remy means going public about being gay. He’s not sure that’s a risk he—or his career—can handle, no matter how great the temptation.
If only they could write themselves the romantic happily ever after they both need.


Ashland Wells is a sci-fi actor. He has a strong fan base with his last TV Show and was meeting them in a convention when he meets the cute nerd, Remy Beaumont.
During this convention, Ash and Remy become friends and have the time of their life, until Ash had to go back to Vancouver and Remy to his student life. Months later, Ash is hired for a new TV show, and Remy is hired as one of the writers.
They finally have time to get to know each other, but with Ash being in the closet and Remy out, can they have both the happy ending they want?

Love Conventions by Morgan James is my first book by this author and won’t be the last. I had a great time with them.
Ash is an actor. He’s hot, sexy, strong and talented. He’s also gay and Narnia deep in the closet taking the tea with Aslan. When he meets Remy, he’s off balance because Remy is everything he wants in a partner, but Ash is paralyzed by his fears. When he finds the courage to overcome his fears, he enters a world of love and happiness until reality came crushing his bubble and Ash will have to make a choice. I loved Ash. He’s funny, smart, kind, shy and insecure. He’s hot with his red hair (I have a thing for gingers) and his Scottish accent. He’s also completely paralyzed with Remy. He knows what he wants, but he’s too scared to have it until he doesn’t have another choice. I loved him because he touched me.

Remy is a student in mythological creatures. He’s a complete nerd—fan of sci-fi and all. He’s gay, out and proud, he’s confident in his sexuality, and he won’t hide it. I adored Remy. He’s so funny, kind, smart and sassy. I loved his confidence, and I loved how he helps Ash day by day to come out of his shell little by little. I loved how he refuses to be a victim and chooses himself and his happiness.

The story is told from Ash’s POV only; we follow him in his journey of true happiness. I loved the writing. It was dynamic and fluid with a good sense of humor that I appreciated a lot. The plot was easy to follow, no drama, no big twist, and I liked that a lot. It was a good read, and I had a good time with them.

I happily recommend this book, it’s a sweet candy to read.

4 stars for Dr Who and His Donna.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Sugar for Two by R. Cayden

TITLE: Sugar for Two
AUTHOR: R. Cayden
SERIES: Sugar Mansion #1
PUBLISHER: Self Published
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, MMM
RELEASE DATE: Apr 9, 2019

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Meet Elliot, the twenty-something with more sugar daddies than he can count. But don’t let the day spas, designer bags, and luxury vacations fool you. It’s hard work maintaining a life so fabulous that other people will pay for it.
Meet Vincent, aspiring sugar. He’s scrappy, he’s mouthy, but he gets the job done. Vincent has big dreams, and he’s aiming for the richest men in Los Angeles to make them come true.
Enter Don. Real estate mogul. Billionaire. Legendary sugar daddy.
Don likes Elliot.
And Don likes Vincent.
And Don? Don has a lot of mansions.
Vincent knows that Elliot is his rival, the one thing that could get in the way of Don’s lavish attention. And Elliot knows that, no matter how charming he is, a wild card like Vincent could bring the whole sugar bowl crashing down.
The only problem is, Vincent gets a special stirring when he sees Elliot, and Elliot can’t stop thinking about Vincent’s infuriating hotness. And now that Don seems to enjoy both of their company, it’s not so easy to avoid those feelings, or what those feelings might mean.
A mansion is pretty sweet. But love? That’s a whole different kind of sugar.
Sugar for Two is an Enemies-to-Lovers Romantic Comedy. At 60,000+ words, it is the first novel in the Sugar Mansion series, featuring impassioned arguments, high fashion luxury, and one dominant real estate mogul. A Happy-for-Now MM novel in a Happily-Ever-After MMM series, this book has heart, lots of heat, and a little bit of kink.


Elliot is a professional sugar baby. He has a lot of sugar daddies who provide for his needs, but Elliot has one particular sugar daddy in sight. Don Anders, THE sugar daddy. He’s rich, confident and hot.
Vincent is a sugar baby in progression. He wants a mansion for him and his grandma, and he wants the saint-grail of all the sugar daddies, Don Anders. But Vincent will have to deal with Elliot.
Elliot and Vincent aren’t friends. They’re enemies in the conquest of Don Anders’ attention. But Don has other ideas for them.
Sugar for two is book 1 in the Sugar Mansion series by R. Cayden.

Elliot is a professional sugar baby and has a lot of sugar daddies. He’s educated, smart with good manners and he’s beautiful. Elliot is a professional with rules and boundaries. No sex and no love with his clients are the two most important. But Elliot is out of his comfort zone when Don Anders request his services and puts him in direct competition with Vincent.
Vincent has a big mouth—he’s sassy, loud and smokes weed. He isn’t delicate and well poised like Elliot. He’s flamboyant. He wants a mansion from Don, and he’s ready to do anything to have it, including dealing with the unnerving Elliot.

I liked them together. They are exact polar opposites, but in the meanwhile, they’re the same. They have the same background, growing up in a small town in the middle of nowhere, and decided to become a sugar baby to escape their poor childhood and the traumas attached to it. They’re also very different. While Elliot is a freak control, Vincent is flamboyant. They complement each other more than what they think, and I love it about them.

The book is the first in the series, and it settles the main and secondary characters and gives us the background of the series. It was well written, and the sugar daddy/baby world was well explained. It’s not a role age-play book, they don’t call each other daddy/son, and there’s no daddy kink in their sex scenes. It was hot by the way, and I look for more of it.
I will read the next book because I want to know more about Vincent, Elliot and Don’s arrangement, I want to see more about their dynamics as a couple and ménage and look forward to discovering more about the other characters like Jules and Henry.

It’s a 3.5 stars for the sugars and their daddy.

***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: Murder Most Lovely by Hank Edwards & Deanna Wadsworth

TITLE: Murder Most Lovely
AUTHOR: Hank Edwards & Deanna Wadsworth
SERIES: Lacetown Murder Mysteries #1
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
RELEASE DATE: Apr 30, 2019

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Lacetown Murder Mysteries: Case One
A killer at a small-town literary festival. Bumbling drug dealers. A kidnapped cat. Starting a romance among all this chaos might be the death of them.
Michael Fleishman is excited to meet his favorite mystery writer, Russell Withingham, at Lacetown’s Literary Fest. He is not expecting to cross paths with sexy hairdresser Jasper “Jazz” Dilworth—or become embroiled in a real-life mystery. As Lacetown’s only mortician and the county coroner, Michael is called to his first murder scene and is shocked to recognize the victim—Russell’s young lover.
Jazz only wanted to confront his ex, Russell, over his cheating. Instead, he meets the adorably awkward Michael and becomes a murder suspect. Soon Jazz is teaming up with Michael to clear his name. Along the way, they are helped and hindered by Michael’s sassy assistant, Kitty, the grumpy Sheriff Musgrave, Russell’s creepy PR rep, Norbert, and Michael’s lothario grandfather, who likes his manhattans strong and his women saucy. And of course, Mr. Pickles Furryton the Third…


Michael Fleishman is the mortician of Lacetown. He loves books and his cat Mr. Pickles. He’s excited to meet his favorite author, Russel Withingham, at Lacetown’s literary fest. He doesn’t expect to meet Russel’s ex-husband, Jasper “Jazz” Dillworth and he certainly doesn’t expect to have a crush on him.
Jazz is the soon-to-be ex-husband of Russel Withingham, and can’t wait to get divorced, especially when he meets the sexy mortician of Lacetown, Michael. Jazz doesn’t want to have to deal with Russel more than what he has already, but when Russel’s lover, Dylan, is murdered, Jazz becomes the first suspect.
Jazz and Michael will be dragged into crazy investigations between Dylan’s murder, a Catnapping and drug deals, but they still have time to seduce each other and start a relationship.
Murder Most Lovely is book one in the Lacetown Murder Mysteries series.

I liked this book. It was a mix between Murder She Wrote, Riverdale and Bones.

Michael is the mortician of Lacetown. He’s a little bit lonely, being the mortician and growing up with the dead doesn’t help his social life. So Michael reads a lot of books and spoils his fur baby, Mr. Pickles. When Michael meets Jazz, he’s is scared and excited. He’s so used to being alone with people avoiding him because of his job that He struggles at first to accept that Jazz is really into him and wants to be with him. I loved Michael, I adored this character. He’s funny, smart, badass, and passionate.

Jazz is a hair stylist at Lacetown. After his separation with Russel, Jazz moved to Lacetown. When he meets the hot and sexy mortician, Jazz wants to discover every layer of Michael’s personality. What he discovers is more than what he hopes, but being suspect in Dylan’s murder can ruin his future with Michael. I liked Jazz. He’s strong and calm with an inner little drama queen. He’s confident and wants Michael, and isn’t afraid to work for it. I liked him a lot, and he’s a perfect match for Michael.

I enjoyed this book, it was a cool and funny read. Some of the bad guys were cliché, and I like that the authors played with these clichés. The book is written from both POVs, but with little interludes from other characters sometimes thrown in, and that’s what lost me. It was a good idea at first, but sometimes it was too long and not very useful in my opinion, and it lost me in my read.

All in all, it was still a good book that I enjoyed and will happily read the next one in this series. Michael and Jazz are funny, and I love the atmosphere of the story.

3.5 Stars for Mr. Pickles and his daddies.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis