Review of: Mercs and Strippers by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Mercs and Strippers
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
PUBLISHER: eXtasy books
GENRE: Space Opera
RELEASE DATE: May 17, 2019


Ethan has been paired with his dad as the Corporation’s chosen lawyer, and that in itself causes both old ghosts and new challenges to be resolved.
In the meantime, Ryder tries to be the supportive boyfriend and the capable boss. But he’s in way over his head, and he knows it. When all else fails for Ryder, he at least has the dance…and a trump card on the payroll he had no idea of.
Hayden had danced himself to the honor of the last dance, yet the troubles he had in his wake were more than he and anyone else had anticipated. Once Ryder was made aware of it, Hayden found himself encapsulated in a protective shield of Brutus and his brothers.
But the mob isn’t giving up without a fight, and their methods are many and dirty.

We are back with Ethan and Ryder in this sexy-as-sin romance series. They’ve also brought along some friends we’ve met and some new characters. Ethan and Ryder are on solid ground with their relationship, and I love them something fierce. After a night out and a chance meeting with a sexy young male prostitute, they finally get the chance to put the pieces together about the men hellbent on taking over ORE-5 including Black Ryder.

Hayden is just trying to survive on this godforsaken planet. He wears a colored belt to let others know his worth, but he’s so much more. He just needs someone to help him to realize it. As a contracted prostitute he has certain obligations he must fulfill, and when the notorious Black Ryder gives Hayden an opportunity well, he’s not going to squander it no matter the consequences. He just didn’t expect the guys at Black Ryder to actually care. He’s a great character with a big heart, and you’ll love him.

Brutus has been with Ryder since the beginning. He’s the big grumbly bouncer we all know and love. He keeps everyone at Black Ryder safe and pity anyone who tries to cross him. He’s a surprise I was definitely not expecting. He has secrets not even Ryder knows. With his particular set of skills, he takes on the charge of Hayden and his safety. He just didn’t expect Hayden to get under his skin. Brutus has a rule about not being involved with his charges so the budding attraction will have to wait. With everything else going on, he definitely doesn’t need the distraction.

This series is fast paced and full of everything that makes Meraki’s books some of the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Each character is unique, and every book is fun and sexy. I absolutely love this series.

***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: Ledgers and Rent Boys by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Ledgers and Rent Boys
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books Inc
GENRE: Space Opera
RELEASE DATE: June 22, 2018


Overcoming their differences and discovering new sides of each other, Ethan and Ryder are trying their hands at this new thing called a relationship. Ethan’s insecurities and his focus on putting Ryder’s business first are contradicting Ryder’s need to shout his love from the rooftops.
But that’s the personal side of things. The business is in trouble, too, since Ethan’s keen eye caught flaws in Black Ryder’s books and exposed the previous accountant stealing from the storage. The piles of messy ledgers are keeping Ethan busy while Ryder’s business is being invaded by pimps. To top off the new couple’s problems, a rentboy named Hayden dances his way to the front of Black Ryder’s stage with enough trouble in his wake to claim all of Ryder’s attention.

Ethan and Ryder are learning each other in their new relationship. Ethan wants to protect Ryder’s business and keep his reputation as a sex god. Which means keeping their love affair secret. Ryder is at odds about this because all he wants to do is shout his love for Ethan at everyone he comes in contact with. Ryder isn’t comfortable with them hiding, but he’s letting Ethan run the show. Add a rent boy who dances into Ryder’s good graces and pimps trying to take over Black Ryder, and it’s a recipe for disaster. Oh, and did I mention Ryder’s possible future in-laws?

Ethan is still my favorite character. He’s brilliant with numbers but not so much with relationships. He still has a lot of self-doubt and low self-esteem to work on. It can’t be easy when you’re dating a sex god. He’s afraid of what people will say and how their relationship will affect Ryder’s business. He’s trying to be different for his man but not in the ways he should be. Poor guy.

Ryder is having a fit. He wants Ethan to want to show his affections for Ryder beyond the closed doors of their shared spaces. He knows Ethan is insecure, but damn it, he’s tired of keeping them a secret. He also has his business to think about and all the drama surrounding it lately. He only wanted a safe haven for like-minded people to enjoy. Now he has pimps to contend with. Did I mention possible future in-laws?

Hayden just needs a break. He’s tired of the same old routine. He finally convinces his “boss” to let him venture out to new territory and what he finds is the beginning of a shit storm he wasn’t prepared for.

Book two of this fantastic series is fast-paced and so many feels! These guys are going to get their happily ever after if I have anything to say about it! Keep reading. It’s only gets better!

***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: Roughnecks and Butterflies by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Roughnecks and Butterflies
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books Inc
GENRE: Space Opera
RELEASE DATE: May 25, 2018


What should have been the start of a life with lots of money, a prestigious job, and adventures in space, quickly turned sour as the promised job got downsized while Ethan was in route to Ore 5. Now there, he doesn’t even have enough money for the return ticket to Earth.
Stuck in the outskirts of the housing for the miners, he quickly finds that his usual standards are impossible to uphold. A new coworker opens up a new world to him, and in this world, the center of gravity is a big tattooed strip club owner named Ryder.
On the outside, Ryder is a player—promiscuous and superficial. And he has no problem throwing a punch if patrons get too frisky with his dancers. But he has hidden a side of himself since he came to Ore 5.
Both Ethan and Ryder see themselves differently from what others see. One is a body-conscious, chubby accountant—the other is a sex-symbol who has become the center of attention of every gay man on the planet—even a few straight ones who want to prove they are man enough to win the challenge.
They have one thing in common, but will their differences keep them too far apart?

Ethan has worked hard to be his own man and not just his father’s son. He was born with expectations of what his life would become. But Ethan has his own plans, and no one, not even his overbearing father, will prevent him from seeing his dream through. He goes to the school of his choice, earns top marks in his studies, and on his own earns a prestigious job on Ore-5 where he can finally be free. Unfortunately, he finds himself stuck on a godforsaken planet with no money, no job, and practically homeless.

Ryder is the owner of the infamous Black Ryder male strip club and is in dire need of Ethan’s particular skills. He’ll do about anything to fix the mess in his club. What he doesn’t expect to do is find his butterfly.

Ethan is a great character with a lot of heart. He tried following his father’s path in becoming a big shot corporate lawyer but much to his family’s disappointment, he chose his own path instead. Ethan’s always been phenomenal with numbers. He sees them in a way no one else can. The opportunity to move to Ore-5 and work for a major company with all the perks has him finally seeing all his hard work paying off. I was rooting for Ethan from the beginning as I fell in love with him immediately.

Ryder is not typical. He’s sexy as sin and dances like the act was made for him, but there’s more to him than just his bad boy ways. Yes, he has sex with many different partners and is known for his dancing as much as his prowess in bed. He’s a virile man so who can blame him. What he isn’t known for is having any type of relationships. He’s a businessman running a legit business on a corrupt planet. He knows this, but it hasn’t affected him yet. Now that his business is being targeted, he needs someone with the skills to fix it and fast. What he never expects is to not only find his businesses savior but his butterfly as well.

I love this story. It isn’t like anything I’ve read, and that is so hard to find. The characters are strong, and the plot is exciting. I enjoyed all the characters, and I loved how vulnerable they could be at times. These guys truly are made for each other. It’s beautiful.

***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: In Safe Hands by Victoria Sue

TITLE: In Safe Hands
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: March 19, 2019


Former helicopter pilot Maverick Delgardo’s injuries ended his Air Force career, leaving him bitter and one drink away from becoming an alcoholic. When his sister asks for his help on a private protection case to babysit a disgraced pop star, Mav reluctantly agrees.
Deacon Daniels, onetime lead singer and idol to his teenage fans, saw his career and reputation ruined when a reporter’s exposé led to a devastating scandal. Without money or a job, a heartbroken Deacon has lost custody of his baby niece. And just when he thinks his life can’t get any worse, a stalker’s threatening messages escalate to murder.
Mav only agreed to one meeting, but his protective instincts kick in, along with an attraction to Deacon. When the body count increases, however, Mav is unsure he is up to the task of protecting Deacon from a killer. But it is too late for Mav to step away, now that he’s lost his heart, and he must find the strength to reassure Deacon and his niece that they are in safe hands no matter the cost.

Maverick goes from being an Air Force helicopter pilot to living in misery on his sister’s couch. The nightmares from the horrific moment his lost everything has him trying to find peace at the bottom of a bottle. At his sister’s insistence, he has to clean himself up long enough to meet with a potential new client for her. Deacon Daniels was an up and coming lead singer of a once popular boy-band. Things in Deacon’s life have never been easy, and more often than not, end up in disaster. He’s lost everything, and as soon as he tried to rebuild any semblance of a life, he’s beaten down again by a stalker. But haven’t they heard this story before? Why would anyone believe him this time? Now he has to put his faith in a complete stranger’s hands, and hope they can protect him long enough to find out who is tormenting him.

Maverick or “Mav” is living on his sister’s couch wasting his life away. He’s been out of the military for months, but he’s not done grieving for what all he lost. He doesn’t want to interview this spoiled airhead for his sister’s business, but his sister is making him, and she doesn’t ask much. The gig is supposed to be a babysitting job for a couple of days while the scared kid calms down. Easy. Except when has anything in Mav’s life been “easy”. Mav is a heartbreaking character. He’s been through hell, and I don’t blame him for how he’s handling it. Life hasn’t been kind to him as of late.

Deacon Daniels once powerful star now just trying to survive. His life was ruined by others. His upbringing was devastating, and life just keeps beating him down. His manager sets him up with a security firm in hopes a couple of days with protection will calm him down. He knows he has a stalker, and he knows his reputation will make people shrug him off. Something horrible happened in his past, and no one wants to believe him. Except maybe after meeting Mav he can find some hope after all.

This book was heart wrenching and amazing. I loved the characters, and the story was fast paced and not at all what I expected. I wanted these guys to find their HEA, and I was left blissfully happy at the end! What a great story.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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