Review: “Dead Silent” by Pandora Pine

TITLE: Dead Silent
AUTHOR: Pandora Pine
SERIES: Cold Case Psychic
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Shelly Willmann
GENRE: Paranormal; Mysteries/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 206 pages
RELEASE DATE: Mar 13, 2018
PRICE: $3.77 e-book

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After a dramatic end to the Justin Wilson case, Psychic, Tennyson Grimm heads to a small island off the coast of Maine, hoping to clear his mind and renew his spirit. When the dead won’t let Tennyson rest, the psychic curses his gift and orders the spirits to leave him. He wakes the next morning to silence, and finds truth in the saying, “Be careful what you wish for.”
Detective Ronan O’Mara has been tasked by his boss with the chore of finding a more “sedate” cold case to investigate this time around. The handsome cop is only too happy to oblige. He chooses the twenty-year-old case of a family patriarch who was murdered on Christmas night, 1997. The only possible suspects are either his wife or his daughter, who were both with him at the time of his death. Ronan figures this one will be a piece of cake. All he has to do is get his favorite medium to talk to the deceased man’s spirit.
When Tennyson reveals the truth about what happened in Maine, he’s forced to take a hard look at who he thought he was, and what his gift really means. Ronan does his best to help his lover cope with his new normal while he uses good old-fashioned police work to figure out a family who put the ‘dis’ in dysfunction.
Will Tennyson be able to find the key to unlock his gift, or will the spirits stay dead silent?


After their last case with the serial killer who attacked young homeless gay boys, Tennyson needed time for himself. He goes on vacation to Maine alone. But when he spends all his days trying to help more spirits, Tennyson lost it, and yells at the spirits before wishing to never have his gift. When he wakes up the next day, it was dead silent, no spirits, no voices, nothing—Tennyson lost his gifts.

Ronan wishes to be with Tennyson but understands the need for his man to be alone, so he tries to find a “boring” case, a case without Tennyson or him being shot, kidnaped or beat. He’s happy to find a “simple” murder case and can’t wait to have Ten back with him to resolve the case.

Tennyson is scared and lost, for the first time since he was thirteen, he feels truly alone, and afraid that Ronan, Carson, Cole, and Truman may reject him now that he isn’t special anymore.

For the first time in his life, Tennyson will have to count on only himself, without his gifts.
I loooooooved this book like I love the others.

Tennyson and Ronan are just amazing.

Tennyson is completely lost and scared, losing his gifts and having to be “blind” at work with Ronan, is hard for him. I discovered the insecure Tennyson, the one who believes that no one will love him now he’s “normal”. I was sad for him, sad to understand that he never had a real life since he’d gotten his gift at thirteen, but he can count on Ronan’s unconditional love.

Ronan was there for Tennyson, even if he doesn’t know how to help him, he tries everything he can to help him relax, find peace and find a way to have his gifts back. Even without Ten’s abilities, Ronan refuses to work without him, and they have to rely only on their investigators’ skills this time.

Of course the gang was there too, and we learn a little bit of information about them, especially Captain Fitzgibbon, and I just hope that he’ll have his own book.

This book is a good addition to the series, after their difficult beginning, Tennyson and Ronan needed to reconnect together, not only Tennyson with himself, but also with Ronan, and this book is exactly that, how they reconnect as a couple.
The case wasn’t as horrible as the previous cases this time, but I admit that Pandora makes sure that until the end, we can’t find who did it.

I highly recommend this book and the entire series. Tennyson and Ronan are worth it.

It’s 5 OptimuMMs

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Lover, Lover” by Liv Olteano

TITLE: Lover, Lover
AUTHOR: Liv Olteano
SERIES: Dreamcatchers Tale
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 202 pages
RELEASE DATE: Februry 20, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book / $9.99 paperback

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A Dreamcatchers Tale


Twin souls reunited.
Drew’s always been a fighter: first in martial arts competitions, and now as a dreamcatcher—keeping the people of Seattle safe from spaga attacks that would drain their life force in their sleep. All he has to do to become a full member of Team 32 is complete his first mission.
But the first person he must defend is his ex, Angelo… the only man Drew ever loved, even if he was the one to leave. Drew never got over Angelo, and it seems Angelo might feel the same, despite the heartbreak he suffered at Drew’s hands.
As the chase after a powerful and resourceful caster hits close to home, old feelings resurface. But if Angelo learns of the dreamcatchers, he’ll be a target for the spaga. And how can he trust Drew now that Drew’s keeping bigger secrets than ever?


Drew is the new member of team 32. A team of “Super beings” who fights spagas (demons) who drain people of their life force during their sleep.
In order to become a full member of the team, Drew has to succeed on his first mission. Protecting an innocent and kill the spagas.

But when the innocent is Angelo, Drew’s ex-boyfriend, and love of his life, Drew realizes that he can’t be full without Angelo. But how to convinced Angelo that Drew is here for good when his life is full of danger?
I liked this book.

The story is from Drew’s pov. He’s funny, smart, fierce, and blunt. He’s also completely in love with Angelo and feels guilt for breaking his heart 5 years ago. However, Drew fights for Angelo and to prove to him he’s sorry and really wants to be with him for good, until the end of their lives. I liked it about Drew, the fact that he acknowledges his wrongdoing, and tries to make amends, pleased me.

Angelo is sweet, smart and very kind. He loves Drew, never stopped, but he can’t send him away, he can’t turn his back on him. I love Angelo. He’s so sweet and adorable, but not weak. He’s a good match for Drew.

There’s also Taka and Claw the other two hot members of the team that I want to know better. And Aashi, their boss, a spider/woman, or a woman/spider, I’m not really sure actually, but she’s scary and funny, but terrifying.

The plot was good, but a little bit confused and messy. We cleary understand their universe and what they are and what the spagas are, but the plot itself was a little bit hasty. Everything was fast without really being developed. But it’s book 1 of the series, so the basis is settled, and I think the series will get better and better.
Anyway, I’ll look forward to the other books, because even if everything wasn’t perfect, the story was still good and the characters loveable.
3.5 stars for Team 32

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “The Battle of Iron Gulch” by R.G Thomas

TITLE: The Battle of Iron Gulch
AUTHOR: R.G Thomas
SERIES: The Town of Superstition
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: High Fantasy ; Teen Fiction
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 230 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 10, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback

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Thaddeus Cane and his garden gnome boyfriend, Teofil, travel with Teofil’s mother and sister, Thaddeus’s father, and a new elf ally to Wraith Mountain, armed with the water from the Well of Tears. Thaddeus hopes to use the water to free his mother—cursed to take dragon form by the witch Isadora—and reunite her with her family. But their quest is far from over, and the party is forced to stop in the small village of Iron Gulch while they procure supplies for their trip up the mountain.
There, Thaddeus continues to gain strength in magic, and he will need it, because something is rotten beneath the idyllic facade of Iron Gulch. A new and dangerous adversary is bent on the destruction of not only Thaddeus and his friends, but everyone living in the town—unless their group can put a stop to it. The fight will be one of the hardest they’ve faced, but if they can prevail, it should prepare them to make their final stand against Isadora and put an end to her cruelty.


Thaddeus and his group of misfits are still on their quest to find the dragon aka his mother who’s been cursed by the evil Isadora. They’re on their way to Wraith Mountain and make a rest stop in the small town of Iron Gulch.

This town is strange, and Thaddeus has visions of his mother. Time is running out to save her, but nothing is easy, and this time Thaddeus will have to face the greatest danger that he will never know.
I still enjoy following Thaddeus and Teofil’s adventures.
Thaddeus is still trying to understand everything about his past, but he knows his father keeps secrets from him. He also feels something is off about this town. I admit that the reader can feel it too. It was a little bit stressful, like when you know there’s something wrong but you can’t put a name on it. It was the same thing here.

The first part of the book was, in my opinion, a little bit too long with repetitiveness, and I was sometimes a little bit bored while reading it. But the second part was amazing. A lot of action, fights, magic and more and more revelations.
It was captivating, and I couldn’t put down my kindle until I finished the book.

I’m a little sad knowing that there’s just one more book left and it will be the end of this series.

4 OptimuMM for The Wizard and The Gnome

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

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Review: “The Well of Tears” by R.G Thomas

TITLE: The Well of Tears
AUTHOR: R.G Thomas
SERIES: The Town of Supertistion
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Fantasy; Teen Fiction
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 127 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 16, 2016
PRICE: $4.99 e-book

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Sequel to The Midnight Gardener
The Town of Superstition: Book Two
Thaddeus Cane’s life changed when he learned he is the son of a witch and a wizard, and now he’s undertaken a mission to find his mother, who was cursed not long after Thaddeus was born. He enlists the aid of his father, Nathan; his boyfriend and neighbor, Teofil Rhododendron, a garden gnome; and Teofil’s mother, brother, and sister. As they journey through a world that seems normal on the surface, they meet many magical creatures, some kind and helpful, others evil and dangerous. When Nathan suffers a life-threatening injury, Thaddeus might be forced to abandon the quest to find his mother in order to save his father.


After discovering that he’s the son of a powerful witch and wizard, Thaddeus is on a quest to find his mother who’s been cursed by the evil Isadora. Thaddeus isn’t alone on this quest. Teofil, his gnome boyfriend, Fetter and Astrid (Teofil’s brother and sister), his father Nathan and Myriam (Teofil’s mother) are with him. But after a troll’s attack, Nathan is badly injured and sends Thaddeus alone in their quest to find his mother.

This sequel was as good as book one. Thaddeus is still trying to cope with the fact that supernatural beings exist and he’s one of them. With the help of his team and especially his boyfriend Teofil, Thaddeus became more confident and doesn’t hesitate to take charge.

I loved this book, it reminds me Tolkien with the Hobbit. It’s the same atmosphere, the quest, the supernatural beings, the legendary and all. I love Thaddeus’s evolution too, even if it’s not easy for him to understand everything, he stays strong and focuses on his quest. We also learn more about Teofil’s past and other fantastic beings.

The plot was super good with a big twist in the story that I didn’t see coming. Ok, I saw it coming but not exactly like it was, so I was surprised and sad too (read it, and you’ll understand). I can’t wait to read the next book and see how things evolved and I hope that they’ll kick Isadora’s ass.

It’s really a great series that can be enjoyed by everyone younger and older.

4 OptimuMM…. Because Fetter!

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

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Review: “Once Upon a Wolf” by Rhys Ford

TITLE: Once Upon a Wolf
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
SERIES: The Wayward Wolves Series
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reece Notley
GENRE: Shapeshifters
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 96 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 16, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book

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Once Upon A Time, There Was A Wolf….
Gibson Keller’s days are fairly routine: wake up early, get some work done, drink lots of coffee, and take care of Ellis, his older brother stuck in wolf form after coming home from the war. It’s a simple life made up of long runs on two legs—or four—and quiet evenings…. Until Ellis chases a handsome man off a cliff and into the frozen waters beside their cabin, changing Gibson’s life forever.
For Zach Thomas, buying an old B&B is a new start. Leaving behind his city life, he longs to find peace and quiet, and hiking the trails behind his property seems safe enough—right up to the moment an enormous black wolf chases him into a lake, nearly drowning him. Discovering werewolves are real astounds him, but not as much as the man who rescues him from the icy water then walks into Zach’s heart as if he owns it.
Loving a werewolf—loving Gibson with all his secrets—has its challenges but Zach believes their love is worth fighting for, especially since his heart knows the big bad wolf is really a prince in disguise


Gibson lives in a cabin, in the mountains with his brother Ellis…a wolf. The Keller brothers are werewolves, and Ellis has been stuck in his wolf form for the last 2 years.
One night, Ellis chases the new owner of the B&B Zack off a cliff and Gibson comes to his rescue.

The attraction between Gibson and Zack is strong, but with Ellis’ condition and old family grudges, they’ll have to find a way to be together without losing everything in the process.
It was a sweet love story.

Gibson is strong, hard but soft. He’s the only one who wants to take care of his brother—he’s the only one who fights for his brother, I loved this about him. He wants Zack, it’s clear to him that Zack is made for him, but he doesn’t want to rush things between them, and wants to help his brother first. I really loved him.

Zack is a survivor. He survived a car accident, and then he survived a wolf (lol) and even with that, after the shock, Zack stuck with the brothers, and helps Gibson to take care of Ellis. I loved this guy, his loyalty, and his temper. He may be human in comparison to Gibson, but he knows how to tame the big bad wolf.

I loved this two lovebirds, but my favorite is Ellis. Wolf or Human, I loved him. I want to know more about him, and I hope/pray that the next book will be about him.
The story and the plot were good, coherent, fluid and well built. It was my first time with Rhys Ford, and I wasn’t disappointed.
I gladly recommend this book, and I’ll follow the series.

It’s 4 OptimuMMs for the wolves and their human.

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

Review edited by :  Laura McNellis