Review: “Ante Up” by Kim Fielding

TITLE: Ante Up
AUTHOR: Kim Fielding
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 15, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $9.99 -paperback

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A century and a half ago, Ante Novak died on a Croatian battlefield—and rose three days later as a vampire. Now he haunts Las Vegas, stealing blood and money from drunken gamblers and staying on the fringe of the powerful vampire organization known as the Shadows. His existence feels empty and meaningless until he meets beautiful Peter Gehrardi, who can influence others with his thoughts.
An attraction flares instantly, bringing a semblance of life to Ante’s dead heart. But the Shadows want Peter too, and they’re willing to kill to get him. As Ante and Peter flee, they learn more about themselves and each other, and they discover that the world is a stranger place than either of them imagined. With enemies at their heels and old mistakes coming back to exact a price, how can Ante and Peter find sanctuary?


Ante is a vampire living in Las Vegas. He’s solitary, and survives by seducing drunken men before stealing and feeding from them (but not killing).

Peter is a charming man. He’s young, blunt and seems to have the capacity to read people.
When Ante and Peter met, it was lust at first sight, a passionate attraction between them. But when the Shadow, a powerful vampire organisation, wants Peter, Ante has no choice but to go to war against them for Peter’s life.
It was a pleasurable book.

Ante is old, like super old, and he’s kind of blasé by life. He’s solitary and refuses to “hang out” with others vampires or any others species. Peter is naïve, smart and kind. Without knowing it, he awakes Ante (no pun intended), he brings something to Ante, that this Vampire had never expected. Hope, Goals, love.

I liked these guys, they’re adorable and sweet. Their love story is easy and simple to follow, no angst, no personal drama (except a horde of Vampires who wants to kidnap Peter and kill Ante). Their interactions are funny and more than once, I smiled at their banter.

The writing was good. The book is written from Ante’s POV, and easy to follow. The plot is well built, the storyline and the events are coherent.
I recommend this book, if you want to read a simple, sweet love story with action and fun.

4 OptimuMM for this gay supernatural version of Bonny and Clyde.

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

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Review: “Tap-Dancing the Minefields” by Lyn Gala

TITLE: Tap-Dancing the Minefields
AUTHOR: Lyn Gala
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Sci-fi
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 334 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 14, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $17.99 paperback

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Sometimes the fiercest battle a man faces is against himself.
In the hidden alleyways of New York City, George “Tank” Tankersley defeated what he believed were demons. But the victory cost too much. Tank joined the Army in the hope of outrunning the guilt haunting him—only to stumble into a vast and deadly conspiracy, the enemies he’d hoped to never encounter again, and the arms of the brilliant, eccentric scientist tasked with saving humanity.
In a world where the line between dark magic and alien science is thin, Dr. Lev Underwood must reverse engineer recovered alien technology to give humans a fighting chance against the extraterrestrial beings who consider Earth nothing more than a petri dish. His old friend, Colonel Clyde Aldrich, wants to protect Lev from entanglement with the scarred and emotionally volatile young soldier, but Lev cannot help the pull he feels toward Tank. Still, his first loyalty is to the secret government program, and love might have to take a back seat to protecting the world. But if he can find a way, Lev wants both.


Private George “Tank” Tankersley is 20 years old, and a young soldier. He joined the military after high school, where he spent 5 years with his friends fighting against demons.

The last thing he expected was to stumble into a super-secret military base in Alaska, in an alien ship, where he meets Dr. Lev Underwood, a scientist specialist in alien’s technologies.
Tank realizes that maybe what he’s been through during High School with his friends wasn’t demonic, or maybe it was.

I’m not a huge fan of Sci-fi, it’s not my kind of book most of the time, but I admit that this one was really good.

At first, I was a little lost, Tank’s past was very present, and there’s a lot of references about his battles during high school with his friends. The same thing with Lev’s past, how he and Clyde (the colonel of the base) were kidnapped by the aliens and prisoners during 6 months in an alien ship and how they met John a human born and raised in this alien ship. So yes, at the beginning I was a little lost, I was sure that this book was a sequel. But the more I read, and the more I understood the story, I understood the background.

When I understood the context and all, I really enjoyed the book, the plot and the characters. Even if Tank is the main character, the book isn’t all around him and Lev. Actually, the love story between them isn’t the main plot. There’re a lot of characters, all very endearing (except Mary, I don’t like her).

It was a pure sci-fi book with action, aliens, and a lot of humour (Tank and Clyde are very funny). I hope the author plans to write another book, with John, I’m intrigued by this human-alien, and I would love to know more about him, especially him in a relationship (I’m already laughing thinking of him and his natural skill for interaction).
Anyway, it was a mix between Independence Day and Stargate in a gay version.

4 OptimuMM’s for The dishwasher, the Doc, and their misfit team.

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

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Review: “Broken Sun” by B.D Roca

TITLE: Broken Sun
AUTHOR: B.D Roca
SERIES: City to City
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: B.D Roca
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 286 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 13, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $16.99 paperback

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A City to City Novel
James Morgan: outlaw in a ruthless biker club, the Bastard Legion. Willing to do whatever he must to claw his way to the top of the club’s hierarchy.
Two things stand in the way of his ambitions: his heroin-addicted brother and his bisexuality. In Morgan’s world, his attraction to men is a death sentence, and he has no desire to pursue it… until he tangles with Luc Sinclair.
Luc Sinclair: fellow Bastard Legion biker. Tattoo artist. Rebel who wants out of a club he’s grown to despise.
Luc has a sister he’s protecting from a Legion ex-boyfriend. Saving her makes him a target. Morgan intervenes, and all bets are off. The sex is as fierce and passionate as it is dangerous. But when Morgan’s junkie brother learns of the relationship, he sees a way to advance in the Legion and take out a brother he hates. Their three worlds collide—one is left for dead, another fighting for life, and the bond between them broken.
In a dark and violent world where it’s every man for himself, finding their way back to each other and the only truth they’ve ever found will be a long, hard fight.

 


James Morgan is a ruthless biker with the goal to go far in the hierarchy of his club, the Legion.
Luc Sinclair is a member of the Legion too, but he wants to get out, and he needs to find a way to leave the club and stay alive.

When Morgan and Luc start to see each other, they know that they risk their lives. Being Gay in a Biker Club is like having a death wish. They’re cautious, until things go wrong and life and death get in their way.
I’m a huge fan of biker’s books and Sons of Anarchy (Jax Teller forever). This book was for me, I had to read it because you know, gay biker and all. I was a little bit disappointed.

The writing is good, the author developed the characters very well, Luc and Morgan are two beautiful men and souls. They are passionate with each other but also very complex. They’re also very hot.

The story and the plot were good, but too long, way too long. There’s barely no action, clearly here, the author angled the book on the characters’ psyche more than of the biker life style and it’s not a bad thing but the story stretched too much, things were going around in circles, sometimes I lost the tread of my reading.

It’s too bad, because, really, the author has a very good potential. The writing is good and well built (without the too long parts). It’s not because the book wasn’t for me that it doesn’t deserve a try. I’m sure you’ll love Morgan and Luc and try a ride with them.

For me it’s 3 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: “Alpha Chef” by Sue Brown

TITLE: Alpha Chef
AUTHOR: Sue Brown
SERIES: JT’s Bar
PUBLISHER: One Hat Press
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 250 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 27, 2017
PRICE: $ 3.53 -e-book

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When Greg Mitchelson’s home is torched and his employer killed, Greg fears it’s retribution for his past testimony against a notorious drug gang. Alone, with no money and only the clothes on his back, Greg turns to Colm Riordan, the Deputy US Marshall who’s protected Greg for the last 3 years. But Riordan doesn’t return Greg’s phone calls, and the local Marshal’s office refuses to help him.
In desperation, Greg goes on the run to Wyoming to find his brother, Mitch, whom he hasn’t seen in over a decade. As he reconnects with his brother, Riordan appears, searching for his missing witness. But Greg needs the answers to a lot of questions before he’ll trust Riordan again. Why didn’t he return Greg’s call? Is Riordan there to help Greg – or kill him?

 


Gregory Mitchelson is a witness in the WITSEC program. For 14 years, he was someone else, protected by the US Marshall office, he moved from town to town in order to stay safe and alive.
When his flat and job are burned to the ground, he has no other choice but to reach out to the only person he trusts. His Brother Mitch.
US Marshall Colm Riordam is in charge of Greg’s protection, so when he went missing, he flew through the country to find him and protect him.

Colm and Greg have known each other for the last 3 years. 3 years together, being protectee and protector when they only want to be together for good.

I liked this book, much better than the first one.

Gregory is a sweet man, he only wants to be left in peace, loved, and accepted for who he is. When he discovered that his father accepted Mitch’s homosexuality when he throws him on the street for being gay, it broke my heart. But Greg is strong, smart and when he has the chance to have his family back, he didn’t hesitate.
Colm is overprotective with Greg. He wants him in his life, bed and heart, and he’s ready to do anything to achieve his goal.

It was a pleasant reading, the team is present, we get news from Riley (aka my new wet dream), Si and Howie (My favorite couple), Mitch and Jake and of course, Moose, Carl and Wyatt.
I liked the story, the plot was good, too bad it wasn’t more developed, but it works for me like that.

Sue Brown has a real talent, her writing is good and fluid.
The only thing that bothered me was the absence of a connection between the characters. We knew that Greg and Colm are crazy about each other, but it wasn’t well described, it was just on the surface.

But, like I said, it was still a good book with adorable characters and a good plot.

It’s 3.5 OptimuMM for me, and I can’t wait for the next one, it better be Si and Howie, I’m dying to read about them.

***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: “At Sixes and Sevens” by M.A. Church

TITLE: At Sixes and Sevens
AUTHOR: M.A. Church
SERIES: Fur, Fang and Felines
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 250 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 10, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $11.89 -paperback

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Werecats mating with humans was bad enough…. But an Alpha werewolf?
Aidric’s life takes an unexpected turn when he meets Alpha Carter Lovelock of the Dark Lake Pack—who is apparently his mate. Now Aidric must decide whether to accept the mate the goddess chose, or deny her gift because cats and dogs just don’t mix.

Carter is in a pickle. He always assumed his mate would be a female werewolf. How else is Carter supposed to carry on his line and retain Alphaship? When Aidric comes into his life, Carter’s ex, Sabrina, isn’t giving up easily. Her brother, Delaney, is a thorn in Carter’s side, and some of the other werewolves go out of their way to make Aidric feel unwelcome, including one of his deltas, Evan.

Unfortunately, what little headway they make is destroyed during a full moon hunt when enemy werewolves attack Aidric and threaten the pack house where the Dark Lake pups are kept—an ambush that could have devastating consequences on their future.
Werewolves are notoriously insular, and before Carter and Aidric can build the life they want with each other, they’ll face a fight for acceptance.


Aidric is a werecat, beta of his clowder and happy in his life, until he met Carter.

Carter is a werewolf, Alpha of his pack, and wants to meet his fated mate, to have pups and be happy, until he met Aidric.
Aidric and Carter are fated mates. A werecat and a werewolf. An alpha and a beta. They’ll have to accept it, and more important, to be sure that the pack accepts Aidric. How? It something they need to figure out.

I really liked the book. Even if the book can be read as a standalone, it’s better to read the previous books since there’re a lot of references in this one.
Aidric is a solitary werecat, happy in his cabin, proud of his place as a beta, and a bossy bottom (I loved it !!!). He wasn’t ready to have a mate, and worse, a werewolf. But even if it scared him, he tries. I love this about him, he didn’t back up (not entirely), and he really tries to overcome his fears.

Carter is a powerful Alpha, he’s strong, fearless, loyal and fair. He’s also deep down, a caring man with a huge heart. His pack and family came first, and He’s ready to do everything for his mate Aidric.

It was a really good story, with an interesting plot, and characters well developed.

Even, if they were mates, it wasn’t the insta-love between them, it grew slowly (ok not that slowly they are shapeshifters after all!!).

It was well written, and the parts where Aidric shifted into his cat form is really funny.
I look forward for book 5, but before I read those, I’ll read the previous books.

4 OptimuMM for the Wolf and his pretty kitten.

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

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