Review of:  Greed and Other Dangers by TJ Nichols

TITLE: Greed and Other Dangers
AUTHOR: TJ Nichols
SERIES: Mytho
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: Dec 3, 2019

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Mytho: Book Two
Dragon shifter Edra has always lived to serve and protect—in ages past, as a knight, and in the modern world as a mytho liaison to the San Francisco PD. Behind the scenes he safeguards the mythos community from scandal—and further human hatred. When the eggs of a rare greater dragon are stolen, Edra must find and return them before the mother razes the city.
Edra’s partner, Jordan, has just been promoted, and he’s on the trail of several stolen mythos artifacts. Together, they track the eggs to a colony of mermaids living in the bay near Alcatraz Island.
But trying to separate a mermaid from her treasure is asking for trouble.
As Edra and Jordan grow closer, they test the bounds of human-mythos relationships. But Jordan isn’t ready to mate for life, and Edra won’t pretend to be human for Jordan’s friends. With the hills on fire and a storm brewing in the bay—and in their bed—something’s got to give.


Edra and Jordan have a new case. Someone is stealing mythos’ artefacts and selling them to humans. They will have to investigate while dealing with the collateral damage, especially for the mythos’ community. But Edra and Jordan also have their relationship to discuss. Are they going to mate? A human and a dragon having a mating can be more dangerous for them than any crimes they can encounter.

Greed and Other Dangers by TJ Nichols is book 2 in the Mythos series. I adored this book.
Edra and Jordan are trying to find their footing together. As cops working together, one for mythos the other for humans, but also as soon to be mate …or not.
Edra had a mate in his world before the collapse, so he knows the pain of losing a mate. He knows what it is to have his other half taken away from you, but he also understands the huge gift that the fates give to him with his second mate. That’s why Edra doesn’t want to rush things between him and Jordan. First, he wants Jordan being clean of Bliss, and second, he wants to be sure that his mate, his human mate, understands what mating a dragon means.

Jordan wants Edra. He wants him in his bed and in his life, but he doesn’t know how. First, he’s addicted to Bliss, he can’t deny it anymore. And even if he accepts his addiction, he’s not ready to stop it and to get help at first. Second, Jordan is human, so what it is to be a mate to a dragon is what scares him more. Finally, what about his friends, colleagues and other humans? A human and a dragon together in this tense relationship between mythos and humans—it’s not only their hearts at stake but also their life in the literal sense.

I loved this book, no I adored it, more than the first one. If book 1 sets the background, this book is more about the characters, their relationship, their pasts, their fears and their hope. The relationship between Jordan and Edra is intense, beautiful, and we can say taboo in a world where mythos isn’t considered equal to human. I loved them. I loved how they both try to fit into each other’s world even if it’s difficult. I loved how despite their fears, they try with everything to be what the other expects.

The author did great with world-building, how mythos and humans live together, how mythos tries to keep magic and traditions out of the human eyes. I loved the little “history” facts about mermaids, dragons, and vampires. It was added well into the story that makes it more credible and realistic.

The writing was more mature—the author knew where she wants to take us, and she did it brilliantly with a captivating story and little touches of humour that I appreciated.

I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

It’s 4 stars for Edra and his “wingless”.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of:  Waves of Winter by L.C Chase

TITLE: Waves of Winter
AUTHOR: L.C Chase
SERIES: World of Love
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Nov 22th 2019

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The west coast of Vancouver Island is one of the few places to boast world-class winter surfing, and Vancouverite Kellan Tremblay hits the waves as often as possible. On the ferry crossing to the island, he meets Australian Jax Colston. Jax is there for some snowboarding. He’s intrigued to discover that not only is winter surfing a thing, but you can surf and ski in the same day. Sensing a kindred spirit, Kellan offers to play tour guide and gives Jax a place to stay in his spare room.
The two men bond over all things surf and snow, and it isn’t long before their passion for life lands them in bed together. Neither wants the week of cold days and hot nights to end, but Jax has to go home soon. Still, Jax doubts he’ll stay away for long. The draw of fresh powder, the long hot nights and the thrill of just being with Kellan will keep him coming back for a long time….
Series World of Love | Canada – British Columbia.


Canadian, Kellan Tremblay loves to go to the west coast of Vancouver to do some winter surfing. On the ferry crossing the island, he meets Australian, Jackson Colston. Jax is a snowboarder who travels across the US and Canada to try the best slopes on his snowboard.
Kellan and Jax hit off immediately and decide to spend the week together. What will happen at the end of the week will be up to them.
Waves of Winter by LC Chase is a sweet novella that I really enjoyed.

Kellan is a Canadian, and he’s a surfer all year round. Summer or Winter, Kellan loves to ride a good wave, and what’s better than the west coast of Vancouver? After a year without surfing because of a bad break up with his ex, Kellan decided to go back to his passion. Meeting Jax wasn’t in his plan, but Kellan can’t refuse the opportunity to know more of the hot Australian and to introduce him to winter surfing.

Jax is at the end of his trip when he meets Kellan. He’s intrigued by the hot Canadian who practices winter surfing. Jax is intrigued by Kellan, but most of all, he’s attracted to him. They live at the opposite end of the world from each other, but Jax wants to embrace every minute with Kellan.

I really enjoyed their story; it was a sweet and calm love story. No twisted moments, no drama. Just two men who met at a moment in both of their lives and decided to take a chance in each other.

It was a beautiful short story that put a smile on my face more than once.

3.5 Stars for the snowboarder and His surfer

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: First Impressions by Jay Hogan

TITLE: First Impressions
AUTHOR: Jay Hogan
SERIES: Auckland Med #1
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Nov 1, 2019

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Michael:
Two years ago I made a mistake—a big one. Then I added a couple more just for good measure. I screwed up my life, but I survived. Now I have the opportunity for a fresh start. Two years in NZ. Away from the LA gossip, a chance to breathe, to rebuild my life. But I’m taking my new set of rules with me.
I don’t do relationships.
I don’t do commitment.
I don’t do white picket fences.
And I especially don’t do arrogant, holier-than-thou, smoking-hot K9 officers who walk into my ER and rock my world.
Josh:
One thing’s for certain: Dr. Michael Oliver is an arrogant, untrustworthy player, and I barely survived the last one of those. He might be gorgeous, but my daughter takes number-one priority. I won’t risk her being hurt again. I’m a solo dad, a K9 cop, and a son to pain-in-the-arse parents.
I don’t have time for games.
I don’t have time for taking chances. I don’t have time for more complications in my life.
And I sure as hell don’t have time for the infuriating Dr. Michael Oliver, however damn sexy he is.
Second Edition
First Edition published by Blackout Books, 2018.


Michael is an emergency doctor in Auckland. He’s in NZ for two years, and wants to make his time there as pleasurable as possible. While cruising in a gay club, Michael ends up in the middle of a police intervention where he meets the hot cop, Josh.
Josh is a gay single dad and a cop, and he has no time for a player like Michael. Not. AT. ALL. But when Michael’s life is in danger, Josh stands up and takes the matter in hand to keep him safe.
First Impressions by Jay Hogan is book 1 in the Auckland Medical series. I liked this book.

Michael is an American doctor who came to New Zealand in an exchange medical program. It was the best thing for Michael, who had been having difficult moments in California. He refused to do relationships, refused to be tied to someone, and he just wants to enjoy his life with his hook-ups. Michael didn’t expect Josh, and worse, didn’t expect to get attached to him.
Josh is a cop and a single dad. Sasha is his life, and he wants to build a family for her, with a partner for life. Josh didn’t do hook-ups and avoided the players like Michael. The fact that Michael pushed all his buttons complicated things for him, until they both decide to try to see where things can go.

I loved them. They both want the same things but didn’t know how to express it. They were both on the same page but refused to admit it until it was too late. I loved them, but sometimes I wanted to beat them. Seriously, they were two grown-up men, but they acted like two teenagers. They pissed me off sometimes, but not all the time, most of time, I was laughing with them and their bantering.

The story was good, but a little bit too long and repetitive, in my opinion. I felt like I was going around in my reading at times, but mostly the story was good, and the end was super good with a twist I didn’t see coming that put some good action into the plot.

It’s a good start for this new series, and I will definitely read the next one.

3.5 Stars for The Cop and his doctor.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of:  Something Wicked this way comes by Amy Rae Durreson

TITLE: Something Wicked this way comes
AUTHOR: Amy Rae Durreson
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
RELEASE DATE: Oct 29 2019

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A workaholic teacher and a cranky blacksmith investigate a haunted orphanage in the remote Scottish Borders. What they find together might help them heal the wounds of their pasts… if they survive.
When the charity Leon works for inherits the orphanage, he travels north to see if the site is suitable for a new school. But Vainguard is a place of dark secrets, and Leon unearths a mystery about four children who died there in 1944—a tragic tale with an uncanny connection to the death of Leon’s parents.
Still bitter and guilt-ridden over his daughter’s death, farrier Niall joins Leon in uncovering Vainguard’s cruel history, including not just abuse but a tale about a vengeful spirit preying on local children. As the orphanage’s disturbing past comes to light, another child goes missing.
Niall and Leon know they don’t have long before the child falls victim to a legend straight from the Borders’ blood-soaked past.


Leon is a teacher who helps children with special needs. When his charity, sends him to the Scottish border to evaluate the orphanage they inherited, Leon is welcome by a broody blacksmith, Niall Forster. The old building is more than what Leon expected. A lot of dramas have been done there—a lot of children had been hurt. When another child disappears, Leon and Niall know that something wicked may come to them, but they don’t know how to defeat it.
Something Wicked this way comes by Amy Rae Durreson, gave me the creeps. This book is what I expected—a scary novel with a good mystery.

Leon was an orphan. He lost his family when he was a little child, and after being moved from foster family to foster family, Leon was rescued by Becky’s, a charity that helps children with special needs, and gave them a second chance. Leon was then adopted by Felix and Valerie and became a teacher for Becky. He doesn’t have a lover or a life. When Felix sends him to the Scottish border to evaluate Vainguard, the orphanage, Leon realized he knew this place, and something terrible happened to him there.

Niall is a blacksmith. He’s grieving the loss of his daughter, Katie, who died a year ago in a terrible car accident. Niall is broody and rough, and he doesn’t like strangers either, but Leon touches him and awakes something inside him. When another child disappears, Niall must fight hard against his demons and pain.

Leon and Niall will not only try to save the missing child, but also each other.

I adored them. They were fabulous, sensitive, smart, and funny. Niall is broken by the loss of his daughter, but he tried to survive her, and meeting Leon is probably what Niall needs the most in his lonely life. Leon is a workaholic; he doesn’t have a life, and he feels indebted to Felix. Being at the Scottish border, far away from his family and his job, Leon will have to face his past and fears, but most of all, he will have to fight hard for Niall, and to have the life he really wants.

The plot is about what’s been happening to the children in the village since 1944 and how Leon and Niall are linked to it. The author has created a heavy and suffocating atmosphere. Vainguard, the orphanage, is a character by itself and it was brilliantly written. I was hooked by the story from the beginning. It gave me the creeps I won’t lie, and sometimes I had the feeling of hearing the voice too (no I’m not crazy). The ending was awesome. I didn’t see it coming, not all of it, at least. I adored this book; it was the perfect book to read for the Halloween season.

5 Stars for the teacher and his blacksmith

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Roots of Evil by K.C. Wells

TITLE: Roots of Evil
AUTHOR: K.C. Wells
SERIES: Merrychurch Mysteries#2
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
RELEASE DATE: Oct 22, 2019

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Many consider Naomi Teedle the village witch. Most people avoid her except when they have need of her herbs and potions. She lives alone on the outskirts of Merrychurch, and that’s fine by everyone—old Mrs. Teedle is not the most pleasant of people. But when she is found murdered, her mouth bulging with her own herbs and roots, suddenly no one has a bad word to say about her. Jonathon de Mountford is adjusting to life up at the manor house, but it’s not a solitary life: pub landlord Mike Tattersall sees to that. Jonathon is both horrified to learn of the recent murder and confused by the sudden reversal of public opinion. Surely someone in the village had reason to want her dead? He and Mike decide it’s time for them to step in and “help” the local police with their investigation. Only problem is, their sleuthing uncovers more than one suspect—and the list is getting longer…


Jonathon and Mike are back. Our two adorable amateur detectives have a new mystery to resolve in the not so quiet village of Merrychurch.
Three months after the dreadful event of the summer, Jonathon, as the new lord of the manor, organizes a great bonfire in his property. The entire town is present, and it’s a perfect occasion for Jonathon to meet more inhabitants of Merrychurch.
When Mike and Jon go to see Naomi Teedle, the old village witch, they don’t expect to find her body. A murder had been committed in their village, and Mike and Jonathon decide to investigate it…again.
Roots of Evil by K.C. Well is a Sequel to Truth Will Out. I was happy to have a new mystery to solve with my favorite detectives.

Naomi Teedle was known as the village witch, so why would someone want to see her dead? That’s what Mike and Jonathon want to know. Three months after their encounter, they are a couple, they don’t hide who they are for each other, and they are just them. The village seems to accept them even if Jon’s dad seems to be reluctant and is obsessed with an heir.

Jon and Mike are still in the honeymoon phase. They’re still getting to know each other, but their growing feelings can’t be denied any more even if they fear being rejected by the other.

I love this book more than Truth Will Out. K.C. Wells uses the same ingredients. A good mystery, a murder, a list of potential killer and Mike’s and Jonathon’s mind. It was captivating and funny. Mike and Jonathon have grown together as a couple. If before they seemed like a unit during their encounters, now, as a couple, they’re one. They’re complementary in everything, from their mind to their love.

Their banters are hilarious, and I had a good laughed with them.

I loved their peaceful and sweet life. I love how, between two interviews with the potential killer, the author gave us a piece of their life, their feelings, and their project.

I happily recommend this book; it’s my favorite between you and me!

5 stars for Sherlock and Watson

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis