Review: “The Charlatan’s Conquest” by Vivien Dean

TITLE: The Charlatan’s Conquest
AUTHOR: Vivien Dean
SERIES: Phantom Fixers
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 216 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 15, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 –e-book / $9.99 -paperback
  

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A Phantom Fixers Story

With love and ghosts, the challenge is figuring out what’s real.

Software engineer Cruz Guthrie needs money for his sister’s cancer treatments. He needs it so badly he’s willing to stand in for a ghost hunter friend and investigate a millionaire’s supposed specters. It should be an easy gig—after all, nobody thinks the haunting is real.

Neurological researcher Brody Weber is furious that Cruz would take advantage of Brody’s father. But his mind changes when spirits manifest—and he realizes Cruz genuinely wants to help. When they learn the paranormal activity centers on Brody, Cruz is willing to fight to free Brody from the entities determined to make his life miserable. With a little help from friends and family—both living and dead—they must figure out why Brody is attracting spirits and how to banish them. Only then can they pursue a future together.


Cruz Guthrie is a software engineer. He’s the eldest of his family, and when his baby sister is diagnosed with cancer, Cruz takes another job to help his parents with the medical bills. One day, his best friend and roommate, Etienne asks him to replace him with a client, Loren Weber, a rich man who believes his house is haunted by ghosts. Cruz needs the money for his sister and accepted.

Brody Weber is a neurological researcher and believes that Cruz is there to take advantage of his father. But when, supernatural phenomenons appear in front of them, and Cruz insists on helping them, Brody starts to believe that Cruz is honest and can really help them.

Cruz and Brody will have to work together to eliminate the spirits and have a chance at a future together.

I LOVED THIS BOOK

It was a real great reading.
I loved Cruz and Brody, they are just adorable, sweet, fun and smart. Except for their first disastrous encounter, when they decided to work together, they were a team, a real solid team and I loved this. I loved how they trusted each other, how they’re honest and of course all the seduction parts.

I love Supernatural books (and I’m a fan of Supernatural the TV Show), here the plot is simple, but well written and built. Cruz helps Etienne, who is his best friend and the real ghost hunter. He doesn’t see ghosts like Etienne but believes that they exist. He lives with Etienne, and his sister Simone (who is a ghost) and he is cool with it, like totally super cool. That’s something that I will never be in this situation, I’d be in foetal position crying or trying to burn my house in order to kill the ghost (I never said I was logical or sane)
At first, Brody is skeptical with all of this, but evidence can’t be denied, and when he’s on board, he is totally in, and really works with them.

I also love the rhythm of the story, there’s no lingering, it was a fresh dynamic and fluid writing. The events take place naturally, and I was hooked by the story at the first page.

I was so absorbed in the book, that I was surprised when I’d finished it, I was like “What, I already finish it…how? When? I just start it 24h ago ???”. The good part, it’s only book 1 of the series…I can’t wait for book 2, I hope it’s Etienne’s story, but I also want to read more about Brody and Cruz (I really love them).

I Highly recommend it.

5 OptimuMM for my lovely ghost’s hunters.

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

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Review: “Guardian” by Carole Cummings

TITLE: Guardian
AUTHOR: Carole Cummings
SERIES: Aisling Trilogy
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 270 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 15, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 –e-book / $16.99 paperback
  

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2nd Edition

As he pursues a man who is not what he seems, Constable Dallin Brayden learns the lines between enemy and ally, truth and deception, and conscience and obedience are not only blurred, but malleable.

Constable Dallin Brayden knows who he is, what he’s about, and he doesn’t believe in Fate. “Wilfred Calder” has no idea who he is or what he’s about, and he’s been running from Fate for as long as he can remember. When Wil flees after witnessing a murder, it’s Dallin’s job to pursue him. Along the way, he’s pulled into a maelstrom of ancient myth, fanatical religion, and the delicate politics of a shaky truce between two perpetually warring countries—all of which rests on the slender shoulders of the man he knows is not Wilfred Calder.

Even Dallin’s success proves a hollow victory. Wil is vengeful, rebellious, and lethal, and his tale of magic and betrayal rocks the carefully constructed foundations of Dallin’s world. Suspicious and only half believing, Dallin must question not only his own integrity and his half-forgotten past, but the morality and motives of everyone around him—including those who hold his own country’s fate in their hands.

First Edition published by Torquere/Prizm, 2010.


Hum…well, I didn’t know exactly what happens here. This book is something.
Dallin is a kind of cop for the city of Putnam. One day when he’s investigated a murder, he meets Wilfred Calder the witness of the murder, he’s a very mysterious man, and Dallin feels something off with Calder.
Wilfred Calder is on the run, and he tries to escape his captors who want to hurt him. He also has a “gift” that makes people lose control when they’re in contact with him—except Dallin. The Guardian who seems not to know who he really is.

I can’t say I disliked the book, but I can’t say I like it either. It was a little bit confusing actually.

I love when I know where I stand. Where I am, in which timeline, the background and all. Here, there’s none, not at the beginning at least and I started right in the action, not knowing who was who and who did what, it confused me for the rest of the book.
But it’s also the first book of the trilogy, so it’s the book where the plot is built, the story and how Wil and Dallin will have to fight together.

Even, if the plot seems a little bit confusing, the author built a good universe, and it was written well. The action too, and I love the sassy mouth of Wil, he seems all fragile and scared, but he has a good fire in him and didn’t give up easily.

Dallin is quieter, but really smart, and hot, like super hot. Huge tall blond guy, totally my type.

I will keep reading the trilogy because other than the confusing part, I wanted to know more.

It’s 3 OptimuMM’s for me.

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

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Review: “Bone to Pick” by TA Moore

TITLE: Bone to Pick
AUTHOR: TA Moore
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinners Press
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 240 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 14, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 –e-book / $10.49 -paperback
  

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Cloister Witte is a man with a dark past and a cute dog. He’s happy to talk about the dog all day, but after growing up in the shadow of a missing brother, a deadbeat dad, and a criminal stepfather, he’d rather leave the past back in Montana. These days he’s a K-9 officer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and pays a tithe to his ghosts by doing what no one was able to do for his brother—find the missing and bring them home.

He’s good at solving difficult mysteries. The dog is even better.

This time the missing person is a ten-year-old boy who walked into the woods in the middle of the night and didn’t come back. With the antagonistic help of distractingly handsome FBI agent Javi Merlo, it quickly becomes clear that Drew Hartley didn’t run away. He was taken, and the evidence implies he’s not the kidnapper’s first victim. As the search intensifies, old grudges and tragedies are pulled into the light of day. But with each clue they


Cloister Witte is a K-9 officer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, with his dog Bourneville, he tries to find missing people and bring them home.
Special Agent Javi Merlot, is the FBI’s agent liaison with the Sheriff’s Department. He’s a young agent with ambitions and a planned career.

When the young Drew Hartley is missing, what appears a runaway is, in fact, more complicated with old grudges, and old tragedies that are pulled into the light of day.

Cloister and Javi have to work together to resolve Drew’s missing case.

The story, the plot, the investigations were good, really good. The suspense was well built and very tense, and until the end of the book, I didn’t know who the kidnapper was. How the author built all the mystery parts of the book and all the ramifications that are implied is great and very well written.
Cloister is a quiet man with a tortured soul. He made his way into my heart. The little bit of information we had about him broke my heart, and I wanted to hug him.

Javi is…how to say this politely…an asshole. The guy is despicable. I didn’t like him, at all. He is mean, arrogant and selfish. The only thing that matters to him is his career.

When, Cloister and Javi, started to be more than work partners, I was hoping that Javi would have been more “human” with Cloister, and Cloister less tortured…but no. It was only sex between them. That’s what Javi wanted, and even if Cloister had hoped for more, like someone who can love him, he copes with the situation.

It frustrated me actually. It’s my romantic side I think. I think, the sex between Javi and Cloister wasn’t necessary. The book would have still been good without it, and less frustrating in my humble opinion.

This book is not a romance, so don’t expect a love story between 2 crimes. It’s a classical good polar, and a very interesting plot that’s well written.

It’s 3 OptimuMM for me.

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

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Review: “My Dark Knight” by K.A Merikan

TITLE: My Dark Knight
AUTHOR: K.A Merikan
SERIES: Kings of Hell MC
PUBLISHER: Acerbi & Villani Ltd
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Dark; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 460 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 10, 2017
PRICE: $5.99 –e-book
  

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Love or hate. Life or death. No inbetween. No compromise. No rules in love and war.

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Knight. Party monster. Handsome Savage. Doesn’t do monogamy.
Elliot. Obsessive. Intense. Uncompromising.

Newly single, Knight is done with relationships. All he’s interested in is bringing down The Count, an Internet personality who is tarnishing his family name. An opportunity to crush him comes when the audacious clown shows up at the Kings of Hell MC clubhouse to film for his YouTube channel. But when Knight meets Elliot, the man behind The Count, he no longer knows what to do with him.

Knight has never seen a more pathetic creature than Elliot. He’s also never met anyone who needed him more. Skinny, messed up, and a bucket of trouble as thick as tar, everything Elliot does seems to be a wordless death wish. No matter how much Knight hates Elliot’s alter ego, under the makeup and theatrics hides a fragile young guy with a passion for history, and Knight can’t help but catch Elliot every time he falls.

Elliot has bad taste in men. Always hopelessly attracted to violent brutes, his favorite is a long dead serial killer. But he gets more than he’s bargained for when he seizes an opportunity to meet the man of his dreams. The ghost is manipulative and dangerous, offering Elliot all he’s always wanted, for a price he can’t possibly pay.

Elliot is faced with an impossible choice between two men.
One alive, one dead.
One carnal and honest, one drizzling sweet, poisoned promises into his ear.
One unwilling to commit, the other promising an eternity together.
And Elliot doesn’t settle for half-measures. He craves a love that is all or nothing, passion that will consume him, and desire to burn him alive.
Elliot is ready to either get that, or die trying.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
Themes: enemies to lovers, protector, cruelty, motorcycle club, alternative lifestyles, demons, tattoos, impossible choices, deception, crime, self-discovery, healing, black magic, gothic, commitment, ghosts, possession

Genre: Dark, paranormal romance
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes

Length: ~145,000 words (Book 2 in the series, can be read as a standalone, but it’s recommended to read book 1 first)

WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters.


Knight is the VP of the Kings of Hell MC, he’s a tough biker with a big heart. He’s also passionate about the genealogy of his family the Merciers. For years, he tried to rehabilitate the name of Laurent Mercier, his ancestor accused of the murder of William Fane, a serial killer in the nineteenth century. When he met the real Laurent Mercier (Laurent and The Beast: Kings of Hell MC #1) and discovers the truth about the story, he works harder to enlighten the Genealogy’s community on the internet. Especially his personal nemesis, the Count.

Elliot is 25 years old, and he’s known as the Count on the internet. He has his own YouTube channel where he tries to rehabilitate the name of the serial killer William Fane. Elliot has an unhealthy obsession for William Fane, believing that he’s is not a serial killer but just a misunderstood lover.
When Elliot came to the club house of the MC, hoping to visit William’s manor, he wasn’t prepared to meet Knight, this gorgeous, tough biker who’s the enemy of his hero William Fane and himself.
2 dangerous men. 1 dead, 1 alive, but who’ll win Elliot’s heart.

I ADORE IT….

I was intrigued by the Count in book 1 (Knight mentioned him), I didn’t expect someone like Elliot actually. I fell in love with him since the first time he appears. Elliot is crazy, completely crazy, but he is so loveable, you can’t stay cold in front of him. When I read about him, his past, I understood him, I understood where he came from and why he had this unhealthy relationship with others and especially with Fane. Elliot wears his heart on his sleeve, he only wants one thing, be loved, to be completely accepted, not partially, but fully. He is passionate, funny, smart, proud and whole. I adored this character, really, he is so full of surprises and so loveable. Even when he does something completely stupid (and trust me, he does), I couldn’t stay mad at him (ok, I just wish for him to walk barefoot on a Lego, yeah, I know I can be really violent sometimes, it’s scared me).

Knight is perfect…for Elliot. Even if at first, he didn’t love him, even if he was pissed by the Count and his accusations, Knight doesn’t hesitate to come save him…3 times. He’s the only one who knows the real Elliot and how he really is. But, Knight doesn’t do relationship, doesn’t do monogamy, doesn’t make commitments and he can’t understand why Elliot wants this. Even in his moments of doubt or stupidities, Knight wants to protect Elliot, no matter what or who. How I couldn’t love him? How I couldn’t be crazy with this sex god? I’m just human you know.
But what I love the most, (yes, it’s possible), was the story by itself. Yes, the title is “My Dark Knight”, and yes, Elliot is a kind of damsel in distress…but in fact, not. In fact, they’ll learn from each other. Elliot doesn’t need Knight to understand where he was wrong and seriously put himself in mortal danger. Even If Knight was there to protect and save Elliot, Elliot saves Knight too, in his own way. We also saw Beast and Laurent and the other members of the club, like Gray and Jake, and I loved it, I actually wanted more of them (yes, I’ll have to wait for their own books).

Besides, the occult part was really present, creepier and more intense than book 1. I loved that, I can’t wait to read more about the things living on the property. (Even if I’ll have to sleep with the light on)
The writing is brilliant, dynamic, coherent and well built. I love how K.A Merikan put 2 characters wanting things completely different from each other and ended up to be exactly what they really need.

I couldn’t put this book down until I’ve finished it (sleeping is sooo overrated).

For me, Its definitely 5 OptimuMM (and only because 5 stars are the maximum) for the Count and his Knight.

***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: “The Storms Lords” by Ravon Silvius

TITLE: The Storms Lords
AUTHOR: Ravon Silvius
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 254 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 8, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $16.99 –paperback
  

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The heat took everything from Rowen: his parents, his voice when the local cure for heatstroke poisoned him, and the trust of his fellow villagers, who branded him a water thief. It would have claimed his life when he was deemed unworthy of precious resources and left in the sun to die, had not a strange man named Kristoff ridden in on the wind and told Rowen he had power.

Rowen works hard to become a Storm Lord, one of a secret magical group that brings storms to break the heat waves overtaking their world. But Rowen is starting his training at a disadvantage since he cannot speak and is much older than the other novices. The desire to please Kristoff inspires him to persevere even more than the threat of being sent back to his village to die should he fail. Still, he cannot gather rain, and when his abilities manifest, they are unlike anything known to the Storm Lords. Unless Kristoff can help him control his deadly powers, the entire world will be in danger.

Kristoff might be among the mightiest of the Storm Lords, but he’s never been a mentor before. For a chance to be with Rowen, he’s willing to risk everything.


Rowen, 19 years-old, lived in a village in the middle of the desert where the heat spells were the worst. His parents died to a pretty hard heat spell, and he lost his voice at that same times. A year later, his village decided to sacrifice Rowen to the heat spell in order to bring the Storm God. Rowen was left, bonded and naked in the desert.

Kristoff, 21 years-old, was the youngest and the most powerful Storm Lord alive. After breaking a heat spell, Kristoff was flying to his island when he sensed powers below him. He landed in the desert and found Rowen practically dead.

Kristoff decided to take Rowen with him, as an apprentice to be a future Storm Lord.

I LOVED THIS BOOK.

Rowen is so adorable, smart, naïve and heartbreaking. He tries very hard to learn how to write and read for Kristoff and being able to communicate with others. He has a pure heart, he truly wants to help others and save lives. He’s so strong, physically but mentally too, despite all he’s been through, he still wants to be a Storms Lord and save his village (the same village that tried to murder him in a ritual sacrifice!).

I loved the story, I found it very original, how the world suffers from hard heat spells, what’s happening to the planet, and how human beings try to survive. Besides, everything in this book about heat spells and the Storm Lords—how they bring lightning, hurricanes, or storms and how they use it to break those masses of heat, are real. I mean, it’s well explained, and it’s scientifically true, this book taught me some things that I’ve never understood at school. (Science wasn’t my thing).

The love story between Kristoff and Rowen was sweet, beautiful, and well built. I loved how they were together as mentor and student, and then they started to become a little more like friends, but the more time they spend together, the more the heat between them grows up until it consumes them.

The only little tiny thing that I can say was that sometimes, it was a little too long with too much detail, but really, it’s nothing in comparison to how the book is great, and the characters are adorable.

It was a very good book that I enjoyed a lot and it’s the perfect read for a hot summer day, with that, you will be completely immersed in the story.

4 OptimuMM’s for my 2 lords

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

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Review: “Out of The Ashes” by Ari McKay

TITLE: Out of The Ashes
AUTHOR: Ari McKay
SERIES: Asheville Arcana
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Shapeshifter; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $9.99 –paperback
  

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Asheville Arcana

In their differences, they’ll find strength—and love.

Alpha werewolf Eli Hammond returns from a fishing trip to discover a nasty surprise—five members of his pack murdered and the rest missing. He needs help locating and rescuing his pack mates, but the supernatural council in Asheville, North Carolina, turns him away.

Except for one man.

As they work together, Eli is stunned—and not especially thrilled—to discover half-elf Arden Gilmarin is his destined mate. But as Arden and his friends struggle to help Eli in his quest, Eli surrenders to the demands of his body—and his heart. They’ll need to bond together, because the forces opposing them are stronger and more sinister than anyone predicted. The evil has its sights set on Arden, and if Eli wants to save his mate and the people he is entrusted with protecting, he’s in for the fight of his life


Eli Hammond is an Alpha wolf, after a trip, he comes back to his pack and finds 5 of his pack-mates dead and all the other members missing.
Arden Gilmarin is a Half-Elf, successful business man and a member of the Council of the Sup-Nat.

When Eli comes to Asheville asking for help rescuing his pack, he finds a closed door by the members of the council, except for Arden. His mate.
Eli knows from the beginning that Arden is his mate, but he refuses to claim him. First, he has his pack to rescue and as the Alpha, the pack comes first. Second, the fact that Arden isn’t from the same species, is something that bothers Eli. How can 2 different species be together and mate for life when they are so different?

Arden is adorable, smart, fun, with a big heart. He’s a caretaker, and helping people who need it, it’s second nature to him. So when Eli comes asking for help, he couldn’t refuse him. When he realized that they were mates, Arden tries to understand why Eli doesn’t want him and doesn’t do stupid things and I love that about him.

I loved this book. Eli and Arden are perfect together.

I’ve read a lot of paranormal books, I love this kind, and Out of the Ashes, is a really good book.

The author wrote an interesting story with a good plot, the MC’s a couple that I loved from the beginning, both of them (I was surprised too), the secondary characters were good too, and I wanted to know more about them.
The fact that the book wasn’t all about the mate pair, pleased me. The author wrote two stories in one.

The first story, we have the investigations about Eli’s pack and all the ramifications of it. The second story, Eli and Arden’s love story and mate’s bond.
I also loved that the author didn’t use the mate thing for ugly useless sex scenes (yes, it’s me Ivy, and no I’m not sick). Actually, he took the time to build the bond between them, of course it’s a magical bond, and of course after 4 days they were together for good (and I was doing a little dance), but that doesn’t mean they didn’t talk together or didn’t share their fears and worries.

Besides, like I said, the plot about the missing pack was super good.

For me, it was like reading a paranormal gay’s version of the TV Show Supernatural. Replace the brothers Sam and Dean Winchester by an Alpha Gay Wolf mated to a bossy bottom Half-elf, then add a broody Vampire as expert ès-demon, a wizard as the best friend who is also sex-buddy (I love this book!) and other supernatural creatures like Dryads, Witches and demon hunter.
Shake well, and you have Out of the Ashes.

I will definitely follow this series, and hope that book 2 will come soon.

4 OptimuMM’s for those adorable supernatural misfits

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

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Review: “You Never Know” by Mary Calmes

TITLE: You Never Know
AUTHOR: Mary Calmes
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 21, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He’s going to live in his hometown, be everybody’s friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war. No muss, no fuss is the plan. He’s well on his way—until he finds out his first love has come home too. Hagen says it’s no big deal, but a chance encounter with Mitch Thayer’s two cute sons puts him directly in the path of the only guy he’s never gotten out of his head.

Mitch returned for three reasons: to raise his sons where he grew up, to move his furniture business and encourage it to thrive, and to win Hagen back. Years away made it perfectly clear the young man he loved in high school is the only one for him. The problem? He left town and they have not talked since.

If Hagen’s going to trust him again, Mitch needs to show him how he’s grown up and isn’t going to let go. They could have a new chance at love… but Hagen is insistent he’s not reviving a relationship with Mitch. Then again, you never know.


Hagen Wylie is 34 years-old, a veteran of war and a construction worker in his hometown Benson. He has friends, a job he loves, a sex-buddy who’s a super-hot actor (nothing less), and he’s fine with it. What he doesn’t have is the love of his life with him.

Mitchell Thayer is 35 years-old, former NFL player, divorced, the father of 2 boys, and moves to Benson, his hometown, to raise his kids and reconquered the love of his life. Hagen.

This book was written in Hagen’s point of view, and I loved that, I love Hagen, he’s adorable, broke, sweet and funny. We don’t really know what he looks like and I like that a lot, Hagen can be who I want in my head.

At first, I didn’t like Mitch, I thought he was an arrogant asshole. First, he broke Hagen’s heart when they were teenagers (I know it was 17 years ago but he did it, and I hated him for that). Second, 17 years later, the guy comes back and decides to be with Hagen, because he wants him, period. Oooh let just say, I wanted to throat-punch him, but, the more I’d read about him, the more I started to like him.

He clearly wants Hagen, he clearly regrets how things ended up between them, he clearly asks for forgiveness, and it’s something I can understand and accept.
I also loved one particular thing, that Mitch and Hagen were THE couple in high school. Not the quarterback and the cheerleader, no, it was them, two young gay teens, were THE dream couple. The one that the whole town still talks about 17 years later and I love that, it makes me hope that somewhere in the world two young gay teens who are crazy in love, are THE dream couple of a whole high school, gay or straight, they want to be them.

3 beautiful OptimuMM’s for them!

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

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Review: “New Orleans Second Lines” by Lynn Lorenz

TITLE: New Orleans Second Lines
AUTHOR: Lynn Lorenz
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: AngstyG
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 246 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 17, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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Matt and Lane grew up together, best friends, sharing almost all their secrets. But on the last day of college, those secrets spilled in one night of passion and tore them apart, sending Matt to the West Coast and Lane home to New Orleans.

Now, Hurricane Katrina is set to destroy New Orleans. This might be the worst time to try for a second chance, but nothing can keep Matt from Lane. The man he let get away.

For Lane, no hurricane can pry him from the city, especially without Sebastian. The older man has been a dear friend and his landlord since Lane returned from college. Sebastian refuses to flee, preferring to stay in his Creole cottage in the French Quarter and ride out the storm.

Sebastian’s life becomes intertwined with Lane’s, as Matt finds out when he’s drawn into capturing Sebastian’s memoirs of being gay in New Orleans. The elder gentleman’s stories are full of surprises and lessons for the young men.

The most important ones Sebastian teaches them—and himself—are that second chances don’t come along often, and you’re never too old to fall in love.

First Edition published as Pinky Swear, Pioneers, and C’est La Vie by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2010


**** Before starting my review, I would like to explain something about this book. The first 12 chapters are about Lane and Matt, the next 28 chapters are about Sebastian, his life as a young gay man in the 50’s and his new re-found love at seventy something years (you need to read the book if you want to know his age). Matt and Lane are secondary characters past chapter 12 ****

Lane and Matt have been best friends since childhood. Lane has lovely parents who are there for him, Matt has an abusive alcoholic father who beat him each time he’s drunk. They grew up together and went to college together.
2 days before their graduation, Lane and Matt spend an amazing sexy night together. But when Lane wakes up the next morning, he was alone.
5 years later, Katrina is approaching New Orleans, Lane refuses to leave his landlord Sebastian. The old man refuses to leave his cottage and they decide to barricade themselves and wait until the end of the hurricane. Matt is sent by his Chief editor in NOLA to cover the hurricane, but what Matt wants is to find Lane and reconquered him.

Sebastian is 70-something years-old (like I said, you need to read the book if you want to know his age), he lives alone in his small cottage after the loss of the love of his life 20 years ago. He is very attached to Lane, so when Matt comes for him, Sebastian is there to remind Lane that Matt is his soulmate. Sebastian tries to explain to the boys how it was to be a young gay man in the 50’s, how life can be cruel and how to not waste a second chance when the opportunity shows up, even at 70 something.
It was a sweet emotional read. Lane and Matt are adorable and hot, but, Sebastian, is a queen (like he says himself), I fell in love with him (no, I don’t do geriatric people I swear).

It was absolutely beautiful to follow his life, his lost loves, his pain (I cried so much when he remembered his lover’s death). But what was the most beautiful, it was how he re-found love at his age.
It was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. Beautiful to read his reactions, how as an old man, he can be a real teenage girl, how he blushes (so cute), and heartbreaking to read his doubts, that at his age he can’t have love again, can’t have sex. And yes, he had sex, and it was sweet and nice.

I admit, I wasn’t really excited to read a love story (and sex) about two old men who could be my grandpa (annnd now, I imagine my grandpa having sex…my libido is over) but, the author brings it up beautifully, almost poetically.
This book was a beautiful lesson about life, regrets and how to not waste our time on silly things, silly fears. It talks to me personally. And at 70-something years-old, I want to be like Sebastian, a beautiful queen, still hot, with an active sex life (when I stop thinking about my grandpa having sex!).

For me, it’s 4 OptumuMM’s, Sebastian deserve it!

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

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Review: “Who We Truly Are” by Victoria Sue

TITLE: Who We Truly Are
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
SERIES: Enhanced
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 206 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 14, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

BLURB:

Talon’s deadly abilities are spiraling out of control. Desperate to keep Finn safe, Talon struggles to protect the man he loves with all his heart, and not become the greatest risk to Finn’s life.

Finn has no choice but to offer himself as bait for the evil forces kidnapping enhanced children, facing danger he is untrained and unprepared for, and he is having to do it alone.

Does Talon have one last fight in him? Will he slay everyone who wants to destroy Finn and the team, or will he finally discover that to defeat their enemy and the ultimate threat, the biggest battle he has to face is one with himself?


The boys are back, and I’ve loved every second with them.
6 weeks after the end of book 1, Finn and Talon are together as work partners and as boyfriends.
That’s the problem, being partners during the day and lover in the night, Talon’s overprotectiveness makes Finn doubt himself and their future together.
Talon doesn’t understand how Finn could want to be with him, how he could love him…how anyone could love him period.
They must find a way to be together at work and at home. Meanwhile, they have to do their job. Finn is sent undercover to infiltrate a foster home where enhanced kids are missing.

Did Talon deal with it properly? Hell no.
Did Finn try to impress Talon and the team by doing stupid things? Hell yes.

I loved this book…I know I already say it, but I just want to repeat it.
Talon and Finn try to find their mark together, and it isn’t simple, their own insecurities make things difficult. I love how they are together, how Talon is a completely different man in private with his man.
We also learn a little more about the guys, especially Eli and Gael, about their past. I’ve cried… (Yep I’m such a sweetheart).

You know sometimes, you read book 1 of a new series and find it amazing, so you’re excited and buy book 2, and you’re a little disappointed, but you still have hope so you buy book 3 and you realized that book 1 was just the lucky book?
Not here, Book 1 was amazing, and This book is the book of the confirmation.
Confirmation of Finn’s place in the team and in Talon’s heart. The confirmation of the team, their legitimacy as a special FBI Unit.
It’s also the confirmation for us readers, that this series will be amazing and that we’ll love all of them more and more.

5 OptimuMM’s for my guys

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

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Review: “Two-Man Advantage” by Leigh Carman

TITLE: Two-Man Advantage
AUTHOR: Leigh Carman
SERIES: Players of LA
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 7, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

BLURB:

A hockey star skating on the edge of a catastrophe.

A PR specialist so adept, he’s called “the Fixer.”

Working together will be the biggest challenge of both their careers.

The LA Vikings hockey team is fed up the violent outbursts of its huge, intimidating enforcer, Viktor Novak. Hounded by a homophobic and domineering father, Viktor takes out his frustrations by spilling blood—on and off the ice. Now he has one last chance to clean up his image, or his career is over.

That’s where Bowen Miller comes in.

Bo has taken on the hardest cases and succeeded—by micromanaging every aspect of a client’s life—at the expense of his own happiness. But in the stubborn, hot mess that is Viktor, Bo might have met his match—both in and out of the bedroom. One man is out of control, and one controls everything. But when sex and attraction come into play, those roles are open to negotiation.


Viktor Novak is a hockey player, violent on and off the ice. At 23 years old, he’s fed up that everyone controls his life, he can’t be who he wants to be, his father is an abusive man, who controls his life and belittles him. The fact that Viktor is gay, in the closet and can’t have a normal relationship without being outing, doesn’t help either.

Bowen Miller is hired by Viktor’s team, to clean up his image and make him respectable for the sponsor, press, and public. Bo controls every aspect of his life and refuses to let anyone take charge of him.
So, when he meets Viktor, he has to face a big challenge, tame the beast who attracts him like no one else.
I liked this book.
I loved Vik, he broke my heart, he suffers so much and so deeply, he made me cry.
Bo is perfect for him, they complement each other, Vik, needs to be in charge in the bedroom, it’s the only domain where he can be in charge. Bo didn’t know that he needs to be controlled by someone else until he met Vik. Each one comforts and appeases the other.

The sex is hot, super-hot, and I really enjoyed it.
But, I have to say that it’s not really BDSM, Vik needs to be in charge, yes, but, he isn’t a Dom either. He’s just authoritarian in bed.

The feelings between them aren’t properly developed in my opinion, It’s a game of power between them during all the book, who controls who, until the ultimate fight when they broke apart. And suddenly, they talk about love. It was a little weird, because except for the lust and the physical attraction, there’s no romance at first, not at all, even for us, the reader, we don’t read how Vik feels for Bo and vice versa.

So when they talk about love, I was a little surprised.

Anyway, it doesn’t spoil the reading at all, and Vik and Bob are so adorable that at the end we don’t care how their feelings are developed by the author.

It was a pleasant read with a beautiful happy ending, and I liked it.

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

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