Review of: Zale by Michelle Frost

AUTHOR: Michelle Frost
SERIES: The Brotherhood of Ormarr
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: May 27, 2019


It was just another job—at least it was supposed to be—but snaring the feisty blue dragon I’d been contracted to collect and her rider in my trap changed everything. Hunting dragons was my job, and I was damn good at it. I’d never missed a target. Never failed to make a delivery. So why was every step toward turning over my bounty suddenly a struggle? No quarry had ever managed to get under my skin, but something in Zale’s haunting blue eyes called to me like nothing ever had before.
When Itsaso and I were kidnapped, we fought like hell but found ourselves at the dragon hunter’s mercy. He locked my dragon away, leaving me to face captivity alone. Now, all I have to rely on is the training that’s been drilled into me every day for as long as I can remember and biding my time, waiting for Davis to make a mistake. Or my brothers to find and rescue us. But something happened the first time I truly looked in Davis’s eyes, dark pools as deep and enchanting as the sea, and I realized I was in so much more danger than I thought. How could a ruthless dragon hunter be my perfect mate?
Zale is the second book in The Brotherhood of Ormarr series. While each book focuses on a different couple, the overall story arc continues in the next installment. For maximum enjoyment, we suggest reading in order. Zale is a m/m romance, and is recommended for adults 18 years and older.

Davis lost a part of his soul years ago, and now he has the chance to get revenge on the ones responsible. His father, who is also his clan leader, has tasked him with finding the Ormarr brother, Zale, and bringing him back to the clan to face justice for his crimes. Zale has no idea why he’s been captured, but the realization of who has captured him has him feeling betrayed on a completely new level. All he knows is that he’s done nothing wrong and his captor is everything he’s ever wanted except for the kidnapping thing.

Davis’ dragon was taken from him many years ago, and the loss is soul crushing. Not to mention the oil that keeps his clan’s dragons healthy is dwindling. His clan can’t take much more without some kind of intervention, and he’s hoping his captive will give him answers. But now that he’s captured the one he believes is partly responsible, he’s torn between duty and something stronger.

Zale isn’t going to let a little thing like being kidnapped get in his way of finding answers. He’s strong and willful. He knows he’s done nothing wrong and he will prove it. He just has to get past the brooding man that sets his heart on fire.

So much is happening in this book, and I don’t want to spoil anything. So I’m keeping this one vague. The plot is thickening, and we learn something is definitely happening with the brotherhood and the wraiths. Keep reading it’s getting exciting!

***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: Azaran by Jacki James

TITLE: Azaran
AUTHOR: Jacki James
SERIES: The Brotherhood of Ormarr
GENRE: Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: May 20, 2019


I was born a dragon rider. A member of the Brotherhood of Ormarr, son of Cadmar, and the eldest of four sons. I was raised to defend the innocent and protect the secret of the dragons, but when I was eighteen, my parents were brutally murdered and the training and care of my brothers fell to me. My entire adult life has been spent helping my brothers grow into the strong, brave dragon riders they were born to be. Now that the youngest of my brothers is close to adulthood, the last thing I need is someone else to worry about—someone else to be responsible for. If only the handsome doctor fate had chosen for my mate wasn’t so perfect for me.
AlI I ever wanted was to help people, that’s why I became a doctor, but I quickly learned that modern medicine was more about the all-mighty dollar and less about saving lives. It wasn’t long before I was doubting my life choices. A vacation to the ocean was supposed to leave me refreshed and ready to get back to work, but instead, I found myself pulled into a world I never knew existed. A world where dragons are real, men fight like medieval warriors, and my soulmate has his very own bat cave. Azaran thinks the last thing he needs is a mate to worry about. Good thing I don’t need anyone to take care of me. My sexy dragon rider, on the other hand, needs someone to take care of him, and I think I’m just the man to do it.
Azaran is the first book in The Brotherhood of Ormarr series. While each book focuses on a different couple, the overall story arc continues in the next installment. For maximum enjoyment, we suggest reading in order. Azaran is a m/m romance, and is recommended for adults 18 years and older.

In the Brotherhood of Ormarr, they are honor bound to protect and serve. They were blessed many many years ago with the ability to ride dragons. Not only do they ride them, but they are bound to them. Fate also has gifted each rider a mate. That one person that’s made just for them. Azaran is the eldest son of the Ormarr clan. He has taken on the responsibility of raising and taking care of his three youngest brothers. He has a lot of responsibility on his shoulders, and he just doesn’t think he can possibility shoulder anything else fate might throw his way. Toby became a Doctor because he loves the thought of helping people. He wants to help those who need him, but being a doctor in a hospital isn’t what he signed up for. He wants to help people no matter the cost, but he’s learned that’s not how things work. He’s given a leave of absence and picks a spot on the map. This will be the place he finds that not only does magic exist, but that fate knows exactly what she’s doing. All these two have to do is embrace her gift.

Azaran lives his life for his brothers and the brotherhood. He was thrust into his responsibilities at such a young age and had no choice but to embrace the changes and see them through. This isn’t the life he chose. He wasn’t ready to be a pseudo parent for his younger siblings or be a member of the brotherhood council. Now fate thrusts his mate at him, and he’s not ready, in fact, he may never be ready. It’s too much responsibility, and he has enough of that as it is.

Toby loves this town he’s vacationing in. He loves it so much he’s pondering the idea of never leaving as one does while on vacation. He wasn’t expecting to be thrust into a family of dragon riders, told he couldn’t leave, and on top of all that, he’s the mate to the big, sexy, brooding one? No. Absolutely not. He has a life to get back to. Except when he tries to get back to it, he finds he can’t leave. He physically can not. What will he do now? His “mate” doesn’t want him, and he can’t leave. But fate doesn’t make mistakes.

This book was phenomenal. I love dragons, and love and hot sexy, brooding men. It has everything. The storyline is just getting started while the romance is off the charts. Great read!

***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: Under His Protection by LaQuette

TITLE: Under His Protection
AUTHOR: LaQuette
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 16, 2019


They can escape their enemies, but not the desire between them.
Prosecutor Camden Warren is on the fast track to professional nirvana. With his charm, his sharp legal mind, and his father as chief judge in the highest court in NY, he can’t fail. Nothing can derail his rise to the top… until an attempt on his life forces him to accept the help of a man he walked out on five years ago.
Wounded in the line of duty, Lieutenant Elijah Stephenson wants to ride his new desk job until retirement—not take a glorified babysitting gig with more risk than it’s worth… especially not protecting the entitled lawyer who disappeared after the best sex of their lives.
The threat against Camden’s life is real, but their passion for each other might prove the greatest danger they’ve yet to face.

Camden Warren and Elijah Stephenson have a past. When life-threatening circumstances force to them together, it’s not the reunion they expected or even wanted. Elijah was perfectly happy living in denial about how much the enigmatic Executive ADA affected him. Camden is just trying to stay afloat when expectations threaten to drown him. Throw in a fanatic cult trying to kill Camden, and things go from bad to worse.

Lieutenant Elijah Stephenson is a stubborn, sexy hunk of man meat. I enjoyed his character immensely. His protectiveness and soft heart just won me over big time. He really thought he had met someone he could see creating a future with until that someone just left him and his heart without a backward glance. It was a meaningless encounter is what he kept telling himself, one of many. Deny, deny, deny. After an undercover assignment goes south, Elijah is left brutally beaten and questions everything about himself and his worth. He’s not broken just bruised, and a certain sexy blast from the past does more than just mend old wounds.

Executive ADA Caden Warren is Elijah’s opposite in many ways. He’s from a pompous family with old money and deep influences. His father has a plan for his son and knows exactly how to get Cam to toe the line. After walking out on Elijah, he’s left hollow and regretful. Camden is forced to face his demons and past regrets when a vengeful cult tries to take him out before he can put them on trial. He’s surprised the one man that can bring him to his knees is his police guard. Camden soon finds himself in the fight of his life, personally and professionally. Can he save both?

This was a great, entertaining story. In the pretense of being completely honest, I did have to skim through some parts. In some sections, the narration was tedious and drawn out. That usually would draw me out of the book, but this one was good enough that I didn’t find myself drawn away from the story. This is my first book by this author, and I look forward to reading others in the future.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Jacked Cat Jive by Rhys Ford

TITLE: Jacked Cat Jive
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
SERIES: The Kai Gracen Series
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
RELEASE DATE: March 5, 2019


Stalker Kai Gracen knew his human upbringing would eventually clash with his elfin heritage, but not so soon. Between Ryder, a pain-in-his-neck Sidhe Lord coaxing him to join San Diego’s Southern Rise Court, and picking up bounties for SoCalGov, he has more than enough to deal with. With his loyalties divided between the humans who raised him and the Sidhe Lord he’s befriended and sworn to protect, Kai finds himself standing at a crossroads.
When a friend begs Kai to rescue a small group of elfin refugees fleeing the Dusk Court, he’s pulled into a dangerous mission with Ryder through San Diego’s understreets and the wilderness beyond. Things go from bad to downright treacherous when Kerrick, Ryder’s cousin, insists on joining them, staking a claim on Southern Rise and Kai.
Burdened by his painful past, Kai must stand with Ryder against Kerrick while facing down the very Court he fears and loathes. Dying while on a run is expected for a Stalker, but Kai wonders if embracing his elfin blood also means losing his heart, soul, and humanity along the way.

Kai Gracen is a bounty hunter but not just ANY bounty hunter. He was trained by the best to be the best. But “bounty hunter” is only a title. Kai is also the thing he hates the most, a monster. He’s fearless and loyal to a fault. He refuses to be chained down, and his rebel nature gets him into all kinds of trouble. In this installment, Kai keeps his promise and seeks revenge. But the handsome bounty hunter would never have been able to plan, not to mention have contingencies, when his heart comes in to play.

Kai is a badass. He’s one of my favorite fantasy characters. He’s gruff and fearless and makes no apologies for either. He knows his reputation, and it’s well earned. He’s the fiercest bounty hunter ever in existence right next to the man that raised him. He has so many contradictions that make him such an entertaining main character.

I thoroughly enjoy everything about this series. Rhys Ford is so different from any author, and her uniqueness makes her stories some of the best. These are not light reads. You really have to pay attention, or you’ll miss key components that make up the story. The vividness of the descriptions and the world building is phenomenal. This is the third installment of the Kai Gracen, Urban Fantasy series. This series is fast paced and must be read in order. It’s told from Kai Gracen’s POV. It’s a slow burn with very little traditional romance. The romance in this series is background and is so infused in the story that it happens almost organically. The romance is definitely not in your face, and these are not erotic tales. But magical nonetheless. Join Kai on his adventures. You will most certainly not be disappointed.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: The Intersection of Purgatory and Paradise by A.J. Thomas

TITLE: The Intersection of Purgatory and Paradise
AUTHOR: A.J. Thomas
SERIES: Least Likely Partnership
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Mystery/ Suspense
RELEASE DATE: March 27, 2015


Life in small-town Montana has become hell for former San Diego homicide detective Christopher Hayes. No one will hire him, he has made the seething racism his lover Doug Heavy Runner faces at work worse by adding homophobia to the mix, and his most recent jog through town ends when two gay-bashing teenagers hit him in the head with a rock. Deputy Sheriff Doug Heavy Runner has never overcome the abusive relationship that traumatized and shattered him as a young adult. The memories, the lingering shame, and the fear he has never acknowledged have left him resigned to endure the discrimination he faces in Elkin. But he can’t stand it when Christopher becomes a target for that same hatred.
When the mutilated body of one of the boys who assaulted Christopher is found in Doug’s garage, Christopher and Doug return from a vacation in San Diego and uncover a tangle of secrets, lies, and tragedy lurking beneath Elkin’s small-town façade. With their relationship at a crossroads, they’ll have to work together to catch the killer and maybe find a paradise of their own.

Christopher Hayes is living in purgatory. He’s in hell. Christopher finds himself living in nowhere Montana, and as if that’s not bad enough, he’s getting the accusatory side-eye from the people of the small nowhere town for the heinous crimes his brother committed. As if for some reason Christopher is just as guilty. He’s absolutely miserable. He shouldn’t have to hide who he is to Doug Heavy Runner in public, and he most certainly shouldn’t have to put up with the town’s bigotry. But he’s in love with Doug, and somewhere along the line, he’s decided that should be enough until it’s not.

Doug Heavy Runner is just trying to live his life albeit it’s now two separate lives as it were. He has his life on the ranch which is his love, and then he has the life as a small-town deputy. He thinks keeping them separate will make everyone happy, but the only people he’s satisfying are the small-minded townsfolk that he has a twisted sense of loyalty to. It’s a big mess. And if Doug doesn’t figure out what matters most, he’s going to lose everything.

Christopher is miserable. He’s lonely, bored and tired. Tired of the accusations no one will blatantly throw at him, but it’s all over the faces of the townspeople and the not-so-subtle way they avoid him. He’s not his brother, and he’s not in the closet, but somehow, he’s been branded as both. He loves Doug, but he’s not sure he can handle his life anymore. He gets the opportunity to go home, and he’s not sure he’ll be able to find it in himself to leave again. He wants his old life back, but he doesn’t want to lose Doug.

Doug Heavy Runner just wants to live in peace. He knows the small town in sucking the life out of Christopher, but he’s not willing to sacrifice anything to make Christopher happy. He’s actually a pretty selfish guy. He won’t sell the family farm because he feels like he’s a failure if he does. Nothing he does is ever right or enough. Yet, Christopher won’t call the ranch home. Doug knows he has Christopher’s heart, but he’s not sure it’s enough anymore.

Oh my gosh, this series! I loved it! Except for this book. Doug is a selfish self-centered twit and Christopher, where are the brass down belows he had in book one? Where did they go, Christopher? Who are you in this book? Doug makes me ragey. I still don’t understand his misguided sense of loyalty to this messed up backwater town. Ugh to both of them. Now the other characters that come back and a few new ones are fantastic. The actual plot was great, and I still loved the series despite these two crazy guys. It’s definitely worth a read.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis