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Review: “Wanting the Wolfman” by Louise Collins

TITLE: Wanting the Wolfman
AUTHOR: Louise Collins
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Alexandria Corza
GENRE: Sci-Fi; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 26, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $ 14.99 paperback

BLURB:

Can love be more than a memory?
Three years ago, an attack cost Joel his leg… and his memories. Though he was told a dog he’d befriended savaged him, he has one hazy recollection: the stunning silver eyes of a wolf… or maybe a man. Desperate for the truth, he struggles back into the woods where his life changed in search of his animal friend.
When he finds the wolf who has stalked his thoughts, he demands it reveal its true form, and he meets Guy, the man within the wolf. Guy is guarded, but the wolf knows Joel belongs with them, and gradually, Guy can only agree. Things fall into place, but then Joel inadvertently exposes the man and the wolf he’s coming to love.
Guy and the wolf are forced to flee, but can Joel follow?


At eighteen years old, Joel had an awful accident in the forest that cost him his leg. People told him that he was attacked by a dog, a huge rogue dog, but Joel didn’t believe them, he saw a huge wolf, but he can’t remember the accident correctly. For 3 years, Joel lived in a world of pain, confusion and severe depression. He lost his boyfriend Keen. He lost his relationship with his father, but mostly, Joel lost himself.

One day Joel decides to go back to the forest alone to find the wolf by himself. He didn’t expect to meet Guy and Wolf, and he didn’t expect to reconnect with himself either.
Joel will have to make a choice: take a risk with his safety, or have faith in Guy.
Wanting the Wolfman by Louise Collins is a standalone and the first book that I’ve read from her.
It was a beautiful and poetic story that I loved a lot.

Joel is hurt and lost. He’s hurt after his accident, at eighteen years old, his life changed completely, and Joel lost everything, starting with himself. People around him don’t know how to treat him, except his sister. His friends are awful and Keen is probably the worst human being in the entire humanity. It annoyed me a lot how Joel let people treated him badly, but when he finally fights back, he really fights back. He may have a disability, but he’s not weak and Guy, as well as Wolf, will have to deal with his fierce, strong temper.

Guy and Wolf share the same body but are two entities. Guy is human and Wolf…. Well, he’s a wolf. They aren’t the typical “werewolf” that I’m used to reading, and I loved it. Wolf isn’t in the background and comes only when he’s needed, not here. He has his temper, his own personality but he’s in tune with Guy, they are in perfect symbiosis, the human and the wolf. Guy is a caretaker, a protector. He’s alone and spent the last decade hiding in the forest, protecting wolf and taking care of him. When Joel comes into their life, Guy feels the urge to protect him at any cost. I completely melted for Guy, this guy is THE guy, strong, beautiful, loyal… my dream man!

I loved this book. The story was beautiful. It was written from Joel’s point of view, and the whole book, we follow him. How he connects with Wolf, how they bond and then how Joel has to tame Guy, how he fights hard to be with him, to take care of him too. I loved this! I loved that Joel didn’t have to tame the animal but the human.
The plot reminds me of Beauty and the Beast. The love story between the MC, the bad guys trying to hurt Guy and Wolf, Joel ready to fight and sacrifice everything for them. For me, it was a free adaptation of this tale.

The author wrote a sweet and poetic love story that put a beautiful smile on my face at the end.

I recommend this book; it’s worth your time!
4 OptimuMM’s for the Beast, his human, and their soulmate

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “A Fool and his Manny” by Amy Lane

TITLE: A Fool and his Manny
AUTHOR: Amy Lane
SERIES: The Mannies
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Bree Archer
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; New Adult
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 230 pages17, 2018
RELEASE DATE: $4.99 e-book / $9.99 paperback
PRICE:0

BLURB:

Seeing the truth and falling in love.
Dustin Robbins-Grayson was a surly adolescent when Quinlan Gregory started the nanny gig. After a rocky start, he grew into Quinlan’s friend and confidant—and a damned sexy man.
At twenty-one, Dusty sees how Quinlan sacrificed his own life and desires to care for Dusty’s family. He’s ready to claim Quinlan—he’s never met a kinder, more capable, more lovable man. Or a lonelier one. Quinlan has spent his life as the stranger on the edge of the photograph, but Dusty wants Quinlan to be the center of his world. First he has to convince Quinlan he’s an adult, their love is real, and Quinlan can be more than a friend and caregiver. Can he show Quin that he deserves to be both a man and a lover, and that in Dusty’s eyes, he’s never been “just the manny?”


Dustin Robbins-Grayson meets Quinlan Gregory at fourteen when his parents hired the young man as their manny.
Seven years later, at 21, Dustin isn’t the surly teenager that he was anymore, but a strong, handsome young man who wants Quinlan…but not as his manny.

Quinlan has spent the last seven years taking care of the Robbins-Grayson’s kids and the entire family by extension. He lives just on the outside frame of the family pictures, vacations, and events. He doesn’t know how to be part of a family without being scared to losing them.

Dustin has one mission—make Quinlan his. His to love. His to take care of and his to have a family with. He just has to convince Quinlan that he’s more than the teenager he used to be and Quin more than the manny.
A Fool and his Manny by Amy Lane is book 4 of the series The Mannies.
Dustin is a handsome young man. He’s strong, confident and dominant. He knows what he wants, and he wants Quinlan, and he will have him. I loved Dustin. I saw him grow up through the books, and I was proud to see what a beautiful, mature, and strong man he became. His focus on Quinlan, his wellbeing, and Dustin has one mission, love Quinlan with everything he has…and me, I totally loved him and wanted to do things to him (sexy things).

Quinlan is broken. Yes, he takes care of the kids and the other members of his adopted family, but deep down, Quinlan is lonely and broken. He’s terrified to be a full member of this family, to accept his role and place at their table, and to be loved by them. But Quinlan doesn’t understand that he didn’t stand a chance against them and especially Dustin. I loved Quinlan, but he broke my heart. I wanted to hug him because he’s so beautiful inside and out, so kind and so sensitive. I completely melted for him.

I love this book and this entire series. I have the feeling of being a part of the Robbins-Lowell / Robbins-Grayson families, so I was happy to read Dustin’s story. It was like coming back to visit family and getting caught up with them about their lives. That’s the feeling I have each time I read one of the books of this series. The author gives us news about the members of the family and the previous heroes of the previous books.

This book can be read as a standalone, but you’ll want to know more about them, and you’ll read the entire series. I’m sure of it because that’s exactly what’s happened to me!
It’s good, sweet, full of fun, happiness and love story. It’s like eating a little piece of chocolate while you have a bad moment, instantly you feel better and a smile appears on your face. That’s the Mannies series for me!

I happily recommend this beautiful and lovely book.
4 OptimuMM’s for The Manny and his Caretaker

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Twice Bitten” by Rayna Vause

TITLE: Twice Bitten
AUTHOR: Rayna Vause
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: April Martinez
GENRE: Paranormal; Urban Fantasy; Vampires
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jul 17, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback

BLURB:

With a new species of vampire stalking the streets, the stakes are high. But that’s not the only reason hearts are on the line.
Danny Reynolds thought Kieran McCade was the one—true love and hot lust forever—until Danny found out Kier’s bloody secret and ran away screaming. Months later, Danny is facing his own paranormal crisis, and he needs Kieran’s help, but are there enough ways to apologize for breaking a vampire’s heart?
Nothing about Danny’s transformation is normal—not the attack that led to it, and not the symptoms Danny’s plagued with—but being in close proximity to Kieran is even worse than becoming a thing that goes bump in the night. Danny and Kieran aren’t the only things threatening to bump each other off, though. Secret organizations and clashing vigilante agendas want to get their hands on Danny. His only hope is to find a fix for his problem before he’s either captured or his abnormal transition starves him to death.
Danny and Kieran might have a real chance to repair their broken romance… but only if they keep Danny alive!


Danny Reynolds is a human who’s been attacked by a rogue Vampire one night after leaving work. This attack wasn’t normal, and after Danny barely made it out of the fight alive, he started to have weird symptoms. The only person who can help him is his ex-boyfriend, Kieran McCade, a vampire. The problem is that when Danny had found out what Kieran was, he ran away from their relationship, hurting Kieran in the process.

Between his symptoms that are life-threatening for Danny, a dangerous group of people hunt him down to hurt if not kill him and Kieran, who’s still angry and hurting, Danny doesn’t know if he will survive.
A second chance might be possible but at what cost?
Twice Bitten by Rayna Vause is the first book that I’ve read from her, and it will definitely not be the last.

I adored this book. It was a super good read.
Danny and Kier were madly in love and had been together for six months until Danny found out what Kier was. Danny hated vampires back then, and felt betrayed, so he ran away from Kier and their love. But when he was in danger, alone and scared, Danny went to see the only person who could help him. I loved Danny. I loved his honesty. He acknowledged that he hurt Kier, and he regretted it profoundly. He tried to prove to Kier that he was worth a second chance. I loved him because he was honest with himself and dealt with it.

Kier was hurt, really hurt, and as tough as he can be for a vampire, Danny had this power over him, and he broke his heart. But when Danny came to see him asking his help, Kier didn’t turn his back. I was completely enamored with Kier. He’s loyal and honest. He’s kind and protective, and he’s strong and sensitive. I was soooooo team Kier.

The plot was good and the story well written. In a world where vampires and humans live together (kind of), the relationship between the two species isn’t simple. Some humans (called Purity) want to eradicate vampires, and some Vampires (the Rogues) want to use humans as their personal meals. I loved this because it was well written, dynamic and very fluid. I didn’t have any problem following the story through the plot, and I was completely captivated. The book isn’t only focused on Danny and Kier. The subplot with the Vampire / human relationship, with all that implied, was captivating and interesting, I was hooked by it. The secondary characters are good, loveable and I wanted to know more about Aiden and Rogan.

I don’t know if this book is a standalone or the first of a series. For me it can be the first book of a series, there’s a lot of potential, and the author wrote this book very well. At least, I hope to have a book with Aiden and Rogan, even a standalone (dear new author of my heart, there’s a hint here for you).

I recommend this book, it’s a good romance/action’s book, and you’ll have a great a time as I had.

4 OptimuMM’s for The Vamp and his Librarian!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “From a Jack to a King ” by Scotty Cade

TITLE: From a Jack to a King
AUTHOR: Scotty Cade
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 3 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback

BLURB:

New York Times best-selling mystery writer Bay Whitman leads the life of a celebrity—at least on the surface. In public he’s self-assured and in control. Women hang on his every word, while men envy his confidence and swagger. But in reality, Bay is a loner. He’s shy and introverted, and his life consists of sitting in a dimly lit room writing his famous Jack Robbins mystery novels. His one vice—gambling. Winning an escort in a poker game will change Bay’s life in ways he never imagined.
Matthew “King” Slater is one of the hottest tickets in gay porn. He spends his days in front of the camera and his nights as a highly paid escort to the rich and famous. Deep down, he craves romance and a real connection, but his past makes it hard to separate the needs of his body from those of his heart. For now, it’s easier to think of sex as just a job. But while doing a shoot in Vegas, King is hired for a tryst at a famous hotel and casino, and his handsome client might blur the line between work and play.


Bay Whitman is a successful author living in New York. During a trip to Las Vegas, he meets King Slater, a porn star and an escort. Meet isn’t the right word, Bay wins King at a poker game, and he doesn’t expect to have a super-hot gay man who’s the spitting image of his fictional hero Jack Robbins.
King Slater is a gay porn star and an escort. When he meets Bay, he doesn’t expect to meet a handsome and brilliant man who can risk his recovery.
None of them expected that this single game will change their lives for good.

From a Jack to a King is the first book I’ve read by Scotty Cade, and it won’t be my last.

I completely melted for Bay and King but not only for them. The author’s style was very good, dynamic and fresh, and the plot captivated me.

Bay had been bullied in his youth, and he wears the stigmata of this in his adult life. He lives almost as a recluse, shy and with a social life near to zero. His only passion is card games, poker especially, and he’s very good at it. But as a famous author, he has to do some “socialization” and promotions for his books, so he channels his inner Jack Robbins, his character, the one he created in his mind. Imagine his shock when Jack Robbins isn’t a fictional character, but a real man, a real hot man, who forces Bay to question everything in his life, starting with his sexuality. I totally adored Bay, he’s funny, very smart and adorable. I wanted to hug him when he was scared and high five him when he was confident.

King Slater is a porn star and an escort. He was also bullied in school when he was younger and had to deal with the aftermath of that in his adult life. He keeps a difference between his jobs and his real life. Being paid for sex is just a job for him, and he wants a real relationship, a real emotional romantic relationship. I loved King, I loved how strong he seems, how big and hot he is, but what I loved the most, it was his fragility. How behind the mountain of a man that he is, he hides the tall scrawny kid that he was.

The author wrote a good book, with an interesting plot. There’s two difficult topics in the background that the author didn’t develop much because it wasn’t the main plot, but whenever they were covered in the book, it was well done. The author took the time to research and respect it. It’s something that I appreciated, and I learned some things too.

I recommend this book, it was a good romance, a beautiful “straight-to-gay” book, which I enjoyed a lot, in addition, the sex was hooooooooot and very good.

4 OptimuMM’s for King and his Prince!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Speed Dating the Boss” by Sue Brown

TITLE: Speed Dating the Boss
AUTHOR: Sue Brown
SERIES: Cowboys and Angels
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Kanaxa
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 204 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jun 26, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback

BLURB:

Will a mix of privilege and blue collar be a recipe for love… or disaster?
Dan’s pretty satisfied with his job at the working-class bar Cowboys and Angels. He enjoys his simple life, his apartment, and his cat, but he could do without the fights that break out in the bar, his boss’s meddling daughter, Ariel… oh, and a brutal, unrequited crush on his straight alpha boss, Gideon.
When Dan’s friend prepares to tie the knot, everyone insists that Dan needs a date for the wedding. Before he can protest, Ariel arranges a gay speed-dating event at the bar with Gideon as a participant. The unforeseen revelation that Gideon is bisexual raises Dan’s hopes, especially when Gideon announces that he wants to accompany Dan to the wedding. Could Gideon really be interested in Dan?
When Dan needs someone most, Gideon offers his unconditional support, and with genuine commitment, he shows Dan the kind of man he really is. Teaming up to save the wedding from a hungover groom and intolerant parents, can Gideon convince Dan they’re the best match since beer and pizza?


Dan is a barman at Cowboys and Angels. He’s satisfied with his job even with the fights that break out in the bar, mostly because of Ariel, his boss’ daughter. Dan has a huge crush on his very straight boss Gideon, so his life could have been perfect if his feelings were shared, but he’s realistic and deals with it… Most of the time.

When Marty, his best friend, announces his wedding and asks Dan to be his best man. Dan is ready to go alone at the wedding, but Ariel decides otherwise and makes it her mission to find him the perfect date during a speed dating. That would have been a good idea until Gideon stepped in, and he revealed his bisexuality and tells Dan that he wants to accompany him to the wedding.
There’s a difference between fantasizing about his straight boss and having hope that something can happen.
Maybe this time Dan will have all his dreams coming true!

Speed Dating the Boss is book one of Cowboys and Angels series.
I was perplexed about this book. The blurb appealed to me. I found it interesting and was curious.
The book starts a little bit slow, but it didn’t bother me. The author takes her time to explain the background of the story, and I was fine with that.

Dan has been a barman at Cowboys and Angels for five years, he loves his job, and he’s good at it. He also takes classes in business management with the dream of owning his own bar. He’s smart, proud and strong; he knows how to deal with a bar full of drunk men ready to fight. I liked Dan even if he can be clueless about other people; he’s a good guy with a simple dream and aspires to a good life.
Gideon is the owner of Cowboys and Angels among other business. He’s a widow, he lost his wife and younger son in a carjacking, and he’s solely focused and devoted to his daughter. He’s a gentleman and a caring man. Gideon upset me. I expected an alpha man, and he wasn’t like that. His daughter is awful, a pure queen B…and the guy didn’t say a word, and he hides behind Dan to stop her. The only moment when he really did something…it was too late. I was disappointed by his character at first, but at the end, he won my sympathy when he starts to really act and show his intentions toward Dan, then I was team Gideon all the way.

The plot was good, even If I had the feeling that sometimes it was confusing. The chemistry between the characters wasn’t well developed, the angst was a little bit too much, and sometimes there were some little inconsistencies in the story, not too much, but enough to be seen.

But, even with all the little imperfections, it was a good book with a lot of potential. I will read the next book in this series when it comes out.

3 OptimuMMs for the barman and his cowboy

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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