Review of: Truth will Out by K.C Wells

TITLE: Truth will Out
SERIES: Merrychurch Mysteries #1
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
RELEASE DATE: Oct 30, 2018


Jonathon de Mountford’s visit to Merrychurch village to stay with his uncle Dominic gets off to a bad start when Dominic fails to appear at the railway station. But when Jonathon finds him dead in his study, apparently as the result of a fall, everything changes. For one thing, Jonathon is the next in line to inherit the manor house. For another, he’s not so sure it was an accident, and with the help of Mike Tattersall, the owner of the village pub, Jonathon sets out to prove his theory—if he can concentrate long enough without getting distracted by the handsome Mike.
They discover an increasingly long list of people who had reason to want Dominic dead. And when events take an unexpected turn, the amateur sleuths are left bewildered. It doesn’t help that the police inspector brought in to solve the case is the last person Mike wants to see, especially when they are told to keep their noses out of police business.
In Jonathon’s case, that’s like a red rag to a bull….

Jonathon de Mountford is visiting his uncle Dominic at Merrychurch. A lovely English village where Jonathon looks forward to spent some quiet time with his uncle. But, when he finds Dominic dead in the manor, what is supposed to be a lovely and peaceful weekend turns out to be one of the worst weeks of his life.
Someone has murdered his uncle, and Jonathon has every intention of finding out who did this with the help of the sexy ex-policeman Mike Tattersall.
Truth Will Out by K.C. Wells is book one in the Merrychurch Mysteries series. It was a lovely mystery novel that I really enjoyed.

Merrychurch is a quiet village in the English countryside. Nothing happens in Merrychurch, until the death of the lord of the manor, Dominic de Mountford. Jonathon de Mountford is a famous photographer; he runs around the world searching for the perfect cliché. He’s gay and out, and despite his family’s and his father’s disapproval, Jon refuses to live in a closet.

As Dominic’s nephew and heir, Jon wants to know the truth about his uncle’s death, and while investigating his murder with Mike’s help, Jonathon opens the door to a world of secrets in this quiet village.

Mike is the pub’s owner. After being a policeman in London, Mike had to retire after losing his foot on service. He settles for the quiet and lovely village of Merrychurch. When Jonathon crosses his path and they discover Dominic’s body, the ex-copper inside of him can’t say no to investigate this murder, and it has nothing to do with the growing attraction between the two of them.

I adore Mike and Jonathon. They’re intelligent and funny. They barely know each other, but from the beginning, a connection is made between them, like their minds know each other before they realize.

I love how, while investigating, they discover each other and get to know each other until what they are trying to avoid happens, and they succumb to their desire. I adored them.

The book was super interesting. It had the atmosphere of a classic Agatha Christie, with one murder, a list of potential murderers, and throughout the book you eliminate some of them, add others, etc, etc.

It was funny and easy to read, and the growing feelings between Mike and Jon were super sweet to follow. I recommend this book. It’s a change of our usual read.

It’s 4 stars for the photographer and his ex-copper.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Power Players by Scudder James Jr

TITLE: Power Players
AUTHOR: Scudder James Jr
SERIES: States of Love
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Oct 4th 2019


Jeffrey knows the underbelly of Washington, DC, well. Once homeless, he’s now the director of a massive coalition of shelters. The last person he’s interested in meeting is wealth consultant Derek T. Hinsdale III, another slick-talking, privileged jerk. Jeffrey has had enough of those.
But Derek’s latest project could impact Jeffrey’s organization—with a multimillion-dollar gift awarded at a special dinner and ceremony. Jeffrey and Derek seem so different, but in their convictions, they find common ground, and the heat they call up in each other can’t be ignored. Can they salvage a disastrous evening and a painful reminder of Jeffrey’s past?
States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.
Series States of Love | District of Columbia.

Jeffrey grew up in the underbelly of Washington DC. Homeless at fifteen with an abusive father, he works hard to succeed in his life. He’s now the director of a massive coalition of shelters.

Derek grew up in the rich part of Washington DC. He’s now a wealth consultant and a philanthropist. His latest project can change Jeffrey’s coalition of shelters to help more people.

Now, everything can be good, if only Jeffrey and Derek can forget their prejudices and fears.

Power Players by James Jr Scudder is part of the States of Love series. A series of romances that spanned every corner of the United States and written by different authors each time.

I liked this short story, but it was too short, in my opinion. I loved the plot, two men loving DC, one with a rich background—the other with a poor background, but both working to make their city a better place to live for everyone.

I also loved the fact that it was a mixed couple. I loved the author’s style; how he took every prejudice and broke them one by one. Really, this book was good, with a lot of potential.

But it was too short, and because it was too short, we couldn’t explore more about the characters, their stories, and their project. Everything was kind of superficial. We only scratch the surface, and I understand it because of the format (69 pages), but I regret it a little bit. In the end, I was expecting to read that this story was a prequel of Derek and Jeffrey’s book (a girl can dream).

Anyway, all in all, it’s still a good short story that I liked a lot.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Witch’s Blood by Michelle Notaro

TITLE: The Witch’s Blood
AUTHOR: Michelle Notaro
SERIES: The Ellwood Chronicles #3
PUBLISHER: Self Publish
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Oct 2nd 2019


I’ve been living with this burden for years, but my secret has finally been revealed and I feel like I can breathe again. I’ve wanted to ask—to beg—for help, but the spell that’s held me captive wouldn’t allow it. With it out in the open, I’m more determined than ever to break the seal from my chest so I can truly be free.

But what if my seal has something to do with one of the most feared prophecies of the millennium?

“A broken seal breaks the fragile hold…”

What does that mean? How am I connected? And why do I find myself so deeply drawn to Julius when I know my viramore, my soulmate, is out there somewhere? It’s not fair to either of us for me to lead Jules on, but it seems that my vampire companion is fierce in his determination to help me.

The Witch’s Blood is the third book in The Ellwood Chronicles and is a continuation of the overall story as we follow Emrys, Julius, Sebastian, and Ailin on their journey. It contains explicit material and is intended for mature adults 18 years of age and older.

Recommended Reading Order:
The Enchanter’s Flame
The Witch’s Seal
The Enchanter’s Soul
The Witch’s Blood

Julius is a vampire, and Emrys is a witch. Their species aren’t friends; they normally have nothing in common, but Julius and Emrys met when they both needed someone in their life. They didn’t expect to discover that they are more to each other than what they thought.
The Witch’s blood is book 3 in the Ellwood Chronicles. This series gets better and better with each book.
Emrys is a witch, a death witch. He’s one of the most powerful witches just behind Ailin. Emrys was part of the Ellwood coven until Ailin kicks him out when he thought that Em betrayed them.
Emrys wasn’t a traitor. He was captured, tortured and bounded by a seal never to be able to explain the truth, and no one believed him when he claims his innocence, no one except Julius.
Julius is a vampire, the leader of his coven. He also helps the police to control human memories when they’ve witnessed a supernatural attack.
Julius is a tortured man with a painful and traumatic past. He’s used to being alone until he met Em who fulfills a void in his life that Julius ignored.

I adored these two men. They are beautiful with a powerful love and faith between them. They’re both traumatized by their past, and they’re both scared to be abandoned, alone without no one to love or to be loved, but together, they’re invincible. They never doubt each other. They never give up on each other. Julius trusted Emrys with his life, and he believed him from the beginning, even if he couldn’t know the depth of what Emrys has been through.

Em trusted Julius with his life, mind, and will. He refuses to see Julius as just a vampire or a monster. He only sees a man, his man. Their love is powerful and breathtaking.

I adored this book, and it’s probably my favorite in the series. The plot was captivating and interesting. It was well-written, funny, dynamic with some dark moments. The characters were awesome, the story was well-built, and the feelings were well-described. I felt them; I felt their fears and love. It was brilliant.

I was happy to have the Ellwood Clan in the background with some chapters from Ailin or Sebastian’s POV. I loved them too.
I’m torn right now. In one hand, I want to read the next book like now, on another hand, I don’t want to read it because I know it will be the last in this series. That’s a cruel dilemma. This series is soooo good and brilliantly written that I want to know the end without ending it.

It’s 5 stars (and mooooore) for the Vampire and his Witch

***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 of: The Twelfth Knight by Victoria Sue

TITLE: The Twelfth Knight
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
SERIES: Guardians of Camelot #1
PUBLISHER: Self Publish
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Oct 1, 2019


To battle an ancient evil, the greatest weapon each hero will have is each other.
Hundreds of years ago, facing defeat, the witch Morgana sent monsters into the future to vanquish a humanity King Arthur wouldn’t be able to save. The King might have won the battle, but now, centuries later, a few chosen men will have to fight the war.
Merlin always hated being named after some mythological wizard. His dad had been obsessed with the magic man of King Arthur’s Court before his untimely death – a loss that had sent Mel reeling in a downward spiral. He is ill-prepared, to say the least, for the outrageous claims of a proper English knight bent on overcoming evil.
Born a commoner, Lancelot was never supposed to be a knight in his own time, never mind now in a modern world he is so woefully untrained to protect. Thrown into a battle centuries in the making, this flawed hero, and a young man too-used to battling monsters of the present day, will have to come together in a last desperate fight to save humanity.
Can Mel and Lance defeat the greatest enemy the world has ever known? Or in the midst of fighting evil, will they discover the real threat has always been a shattered heart?
And what if the one fight they cannot ever hope to win is with themselves?

Hundreds of years ago, the Knights of King Arthur had been save by Merlin. In order to defeat Morgana’s curse who sent monsters in the future; Merlin did the same with the Knights.
Hundreds of years later, Lancelot is tired of all the centuries of fighting, death, and pain. He’s ready to die, but that was until he meets Merlin, a young man whose destiny seems to be intertwined with Lancelot’s.
Merlin and Lancelot will have to understand what they’re facing to fight it, but what if the greatest fight is against themselves and their fears.
The Twelfth Knight by Victoria Sue is the first book in the Guardians of Camelot series. It was a really good start for this series.

Lancelot is the twelfth knight of the round table. He’s one of the few survivors centuries later. One of the few knights still fighting against Morgana. But Lancelot is exhausted by this life, exhausted by the fights that never seem to end, and he only wants peace, eternal peace, until Merlin.

Merlin hates his name—being named after a mythical wizard isn’t easy on an average day, but having weird monsters ready to kill you was worse. But when Merlin meets Lancelot, he’s attracted by this broody, hot man, and even if he knows he doesn’t stand a chance, he can’t help it.

I loved those two characters, especially Merlin.

Lancelot has the weight of his responsibilities on his shoulders, so he’s tired, and completely defeated by the situation. He’s confused about his feelings, his past, and his future. He seems to be blinded by his fears and didn’t recognize Merlin for what he is and who he is.

Merlin is very smart with a strong temper. Life wasn’t easy for him, and he refuses to be taken care of graciously. He refuses to be owned by anyone. He’s attracted to Lancelot, but when he realizes that he hasn’t any chance with him, Merlin refuses to be used and didn’t hesitate to call out Lancelot on his BS.

I adore them, they seem to be complete polar-opposites, and they are, but they’re also very complementary.

Victoria Sue gives us a good fantasy book base on the legends of King Arthur and his knights. She did it brilliantly, with talent and humor. She took the story of Arthur, Merlin and the knight and created her own legend with it. I loved it; it was original and well written.

This book is the first in the series. It settles the characters and the background of this universe.

It was well-built and easy to follow. The secondary characters are funny and loveable, and I can’t wait to read their stories.

It was a really good start, and I will happily follow this new series.

I gladly recommend this book, it worth it and it change of what we’re used to reading.

5 Stars for the wizard 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 ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Without Reservations by JL Langley

TITLE: Without Reservations
AUTHOR: JL Langley
SERIES: With or Without #1
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Sept 27, 2019


Sometimes love catches you by the tail.
Native American veterinarian—and werewolf—Chayton Wilson dreams of a fair-haired mate. However, he’s shocked to find his mate is a man. He’s not quite sure what to do with a male mate, but he’s more than willing to find out.
Keaton Reynolds wakes up in wolf form and finds himself with a mate. He’s instantly attracted, but not thrilled to find out the man is supposedly straight. A past relationship where his partner denied being gay left a bad taste in his mouth. Keaton wants to make a break for it and pretend he never set eyes on Chay—but Chay is not ready to let him go.
Together they work to battle prejudice and solidify their shaky relationship. When a power struggle in Keaton’s pack threatens Keaton’s life, the two men must quickly learn whether they can depend on each other.
Second Edition
First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, Ltd., October 2006.

Chayton Wilson is a native-American veterinarian and a werewolf. Since the age of 4 yrs old, Chay knows that his mate will have golden hair and eyes the color of the sky. One day, a pack member brings him a wolf who’s been hurt. A beautiful white werewolf who happens to be his mate… a male mate.
Keaton Reynolds is a history professor and a werewolf. When Kea wakes up in his mate’s car, he’s surprised but happy, until he realizes that his mate isn’t gay.
Keaton tries to get away from the situation, but Chay refuses to let his mate go, and he’s ready to win him over despite everyone and everything.
Without Reservations by JL Langley is book 1 in the series With or Without. It was a good start for this series, and I really liked it.

Chay has wanted a mate since he was 4 years old. So he’s ready to have a mate, but he wasn’t ready to have male mate. Chay always defined himself as straight until he meets Keaton. After the messy beginning between them, Chay is more than ready to woo Keaton. I loved Chay. He’s smart, funny, and very open-minded. He refuses to give up on Keaton and their future, and he’s ready to fight for them. I loved that he stood beside Keaton against everyone including his own mother or his best friend.

Keaton is a brilliant 25-year-old professor. Because he seems younger than his age, Keaton was always compared to a twink. He was traumatized by his ex-boyfriend who was in the closet. Kea refuses to live that situation again with Chay, but Chay fights back hard to have his chance. I adored Keaton. Everyone thinks he’s a little twink, but Kea is a powerful wolf—one of the most powerful in the shifter world. He refuses to use or abuse this ability, but he refuses to have people mistreating him. He’s fierce, proud and out. He has a temper too, but he’s also sensitive and has a sick sense of humor. I loved him.

Keaton and Chay are a perfect match. They complete each other perfectly. I loved that in their couple, there’s not a relation of power between them. They were meant to be.

The plot is mostly about Chay and Kea and how, day by day, they find their path together. But there’s also a subplot about a danger around them, especially Keaton. The secondary characters are awesome, and I can’t wait to read about Jack and Remi.

This book was good, funny, and well-written. It was a real good start for this series. The universe, plot, and characters were well-introduced, and I will be more than happy to read book 2.

It’s 4 stars for the vet and his little bit.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis