Review: “Tried & True” by Charlie Cochet

TITLE: Tried & True
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: THIRDS
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 254 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 24, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $16.99 -paperback

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When THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley met Team Leader Sloane Brodie, he couldn’t have imagined how slamming into his new partner—literally—would shake both their worlds. Now four years later, they’ve faced dangers, fought battles both personal and professional… and fallen deeply in love. Now their big moment is finally in sight, and they’re ready to stand up together and make it official. Unfortunately, as the countdown to their big day begins, an enemy declares war on the THIRDS….
With their family in danger, Dex and Sloane are put to the test on how far into darkness they’ll walk to save those they love. As secrets are unearthed, a deadly betrayal is revealed, and Dex and Sloane must call on their Destructive Delta family for one last hurrah to put an end to the secret organization responsible for so much devastation.
Dex and Sloane will have plenty of bullets to dodge on the way to the altar, but with happiness within their grasp, they are determined to get there come hell or high water…


We are saying good bye to Dex and Sloan’s interesting journey…
This is the last book of the THIRDS series where Dex and Sloan finally have their happy ending.

The first part of the book is a slow read, very romantic, very mundane letting us into Dex and Sloan’s “everyday”. They are on vacation, preparing for their wedding with rehearsals, flower picking and cake tasting. Sloan let’s Dex to choose as he wishes because for Sloan it’s more important to be with Dex than anything else.
Dex is busy with everything, but he finds time for him and Sloan to relax. The secret he keeps from his father, that they joined TIN eats his at his conscious, but he only does it to protect Tony.

Honestly, I’m not used to this “slow burn” from our guys, so for me it was a bit difficult the first part of the book, but then things changed…

The second part of the book is filled with action as we are so familiar. I can’t really say what’s happening because I would spoil it for you guys but “it” hits the fan pretty bad.
There is danger lurking in the shadows, as always, but now it hits to close to home. The extremist group of Therians wants their revenge and there is nothing those villains wouldn’t do to achieve that. The Destructive Delta need to reach out and find allies to save their family, allies like Wolf, Hudson’s brother and they must also involve TIN agents. To trust them, Dex and Sloan are out of their comfort zone, mostly Sloane when he has to face Wolf.

There is blood, revenge, anger and fury, physical and emotional hurt. Well, the emotional hurt reaches us, readers too, leaving a bad taste in our mouth when we have to say good bye to Dex and Sloan.

I would like to congratulate and thank Charlie for this amazing journey!

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

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Review: “Straight Up” by JS Finley

TITLE: Straight Up
AUTHOR: JS Finley
SERIES: Only You
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Sara York
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 195 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2017
PRICE: $2.99 – e-book/ $5.50 – paperback

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Sometimes you need the truth Straight Up

Jake:
Brent is HOT but hot doesn’t matter when you can’t have what you want.
After the Marines, they went their separate ways, but he can’t forget…never forget and never leave a man behind, but that’s what he did when he ran from Brent.
Maybe it wasn’t the best reaction, but he couldn’t face the truth. Now he has a second chance and he doesn’t want to blow it, instead, he wants to blow Brent.

Brent:
Maybe there’s something between he and Jake, but Brent can’t ask, and Jake won’t tell because in the Marines being gay is bad for business.
Time heals all wounds, and that’s what Brent is gambling on when they meet in the hills of Tennessee. Brent is hoping for friendship…but if there is more, he’ll take it.
When Brent meets his straight friend again in Tennessee will they remain friends or will they become more?
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This is a great story guys! Hand’s down 5 OptimuMMs

It never was a secret that from all the MM subgenres the GFY – Gay For You is my favorite. I can’t exactly tell why, probably the taboo or probably “love knows no boundaries” …

The story is about two former marines, Jake and Brent.
Brent always felt attracted to Jake, but he couldn’t act upon his desire when he was in the military. Now that he’s left the marines, and the following reunion makes him hope that maybe there is more between them than just friendship, if not he is ok with it, he just wants Jake back in his life.

The story goes back and forth between letters that were written but never sent and the present. Those letters made me tear up, so much untold things that finally got to be written down. I think those letters are the reason for my 5 OptimuMM rating.

Reading from Jake’s point of you is the charm of the book. Jake is a straight guy who has some very – and not so very – confused feelings for Brent. He knows he wants more than friendship with Brent, but he doesn’t know if he is ready to move upon his desires and let the world know that he might be gay.

When they finally become an item, Jake discovers a new life he didn’t know before. The sex is amazing, and the scenes are hot.

Well done J.S. Finley!

***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 ***

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Review: “The Consumption of Magic” by TJ Klune

TITLE: The Consumption of Magic
AUTHOR: TJ Klune
SERIES: Tales From Verania
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 450 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 20, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $17.99 -paperback

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Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse.
It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be.
Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania.
With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits—the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin—must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future.
A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.

 


I don’t want to repeat myself when I say that TJ Klune is one of the most talented contemporary authors. He wields his words with magic, touches your emotions and brings it to the surface. You may think I’m exaggerating, but I’m really not.

This is the third part of the Tales from Verania, and as we are used to by now, the pages are full with hilarious banter and some…

Sam still hates that he has his own destiny, that he must pay for others’ mistakes. He is afraid of what might happen to his cornerstone Ryan Foxheart. He promised himself that he will never, ever let someone or something take Ryan from him.

Sam must learn. If he’s to face Myrin, he needs to find all the Dragons of Verania. He already has two, and now he’s on his way to find the mated Dragons before he stands in front of the Great White. But before that, Randall takes it upon himself to educate Sam …let me tell you, you want to get to that part as soon as possible…

My hand is itching to share more with you, but I don’t want to spoil your fun guys. But one thing is for sure, you will be not be disappointed, well you will but not because TJ lost his talent…

Generally, my reviews of TJ’s books are more fun, but I still have tears in my eyes and my heart is full of loss…I need to tell you something, TJ Klune is a bastard and has too much time to think he can do as he pleases…well he can, but you will get me as soon as you finished the book.

P.S.
I still love you TJ … kinda… not at this moment, but I will come around …eventually … if you’re lucky!

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

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Review: “Fountain of Beauty” by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Fountain of Beauty
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
SERIES: The Cubi
PUBLISHER: Meraki Books
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: Paranormal; MMM; Incubus
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Coming soon
LENGTH: 262 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2017
PRICE: $ 4.99 -e-book

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Daniel’s Kingdom was born to the threat of war that he, Seldon, and Caledon don’t have the experience to deal with. But his Kingdom has an ally far more experienced, and with this ally comes hope of a brighter future.
In the meantime, Daniel has to stay hidden and leave the problems to the ones capable of handling them. He needs to focus on learning and growing along with his new Kingdom. However, responsibilities to his people prematurely force Daniel out of hiding and into the spotlight.
The only problem is, his enemy has counted on that.

 


The story of Daniel continuous…
After the attack on the Grand House, the Cubi must relocate into the human society. This change comes with a challenge for some of the old Cubi.

Daniel – the new prince of the Cubi throws himself into work. He wants to save his human father’s store. He’s working there hidden in the office. He must be protected by all means necessary. He has his own Royal Guard now, and he must learn a lot of Cubi history, politics, real-estate and so on. His feelings toward Seldon grows, and he must deal with his feelings toward Caledon too.

Seldon – we see a new face of Seldon in this sequel. Seldon’s vulnerability makes him more lovable than in the previous of the books where he acted so arrogant. His concern is only for Daniel, and he admits to himself that he’s fallen for this young man. He is the right hand of Daniel, which means that all internal problems of their Kingdom to come will be his responsibility. He doesn’t feel all confident about his abilities, but the support of Caledon and the blind trust of Daniel helps him a lot.

Caledon – he is in love with both Seldon and Daniel. After Daniel’s jealousy, he took a step back from the lovers, giving them space. He admits to himself that he wants to be loved by both men. He starts to be more open with the two, and he shows his insecurities. Caledon becomes the left hand of Daniel, which means all the foreign affairs fall in his hands.

In this book, we met with new characters like Nol-Elakdon the King of North who comes to Royally Empower Daniel aka Beaudon. With Elakdon comes his court and I must mention Laudin who is the left hand of Elakdon.

And we have Levidon – Lord Guard of Daniel. You must think that is a coincidence Levi – Levidon, but it’s not. Meraki created a character just for me (well probably for you too, but let’s just focus on me). He is a power top character. I loved him, and because I knew it was based after me, I had performance anxiety while I was reading the book.
I need to learn how to channel Levidon in my real life…

Congratulations Meraki, this sequel is my very favorite of all!

***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 ***

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Review: “Pride and Modern Prejudice” by A.J. Michaels

TITLE: Pride and Modern Prejudice
AUTHOR: A.J. Michaels
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 246 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 6, 2014
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback

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What happens when Jane Austen’s immortal characters are thrust into 21st century Pennsylvania, with an all-male twist?
Liam Bennet has always been a good judge of character, but when William Darcy is thrown into his social circle, everything spins out of control. Darcy is proud, cold, arrogant—and strangely captivating. When Liam’s brother and Darcy’s business partner start seeing each other, Liam cannot avoid this enigmatic businessman. But does he want to?
As Liam struggles to find his identity in college and acknowledge his feelings, he must deal with the fortunes of his four brothers, his gossiping mother, and the possibility of a large inheritance that could save his family from financial ruin. Emotions come to a boil when George Wickham, a world-weary musician, stumbles into town and ignites a feud with Darcy. He threatens to expose a long-hidden past, and Liam must decide for himself who William Darcy really is and what he really wants.
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If you ask me: Levi what is your all-time favorite book? Without any hesitation, the answer would be Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. So imagine my shock when I saw this title! It was like a dream come true!

I have to be honest with you I may have had some fantasy about Darcy going to the pink side when I was reading the original (in 4 languages and no I’m not obsessed…shut up!) well you know me …

This book though…I read some reviews of this book, it wasn’t all great, but for me, it’s more than 5 OptimuMMs (aka stars).

Liam Benet (excellent name!!!) comes from a large family with five siblings (uhm duhhh!) and his best friend is his brother Jamie (another excellent choice of character name for the original Jane). When Bingley pops into Jamie’s life, Darcy pops into Liam’s.

I will not talk about the plot because you know…you don’t? How can you…?! You read romance and never read Pride and Prejudice?! … shame!…but I tell you a few things about the difference between the original and this marvelous work.

I loved the changes, the adaptation to this modern life of US. Loved how Georgiana is so different and Wickham, my…our modern Wickham whom you really want to punch in his face.

Darcy is his original self, proud, judgmental and very distant. Liam though doesn’t give a fu..dge about him. He must support Darcy because of Jamie and Bingley. But they can’t avoid each other for long, and some sparks took life.

There is no described sex scene in the book, but you can let your imagination go wild when Liam and Darcy finally collide. Of course they had sex! This is a contemporary story, not just holding hands and walking on a muddy road to Charleston…

We all know how this book ends, so there was neither twist (well except the changes) nor surprises for me. It’s an absolutely beautiful love  story (the original) turned perfectly into an MM Romance.

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

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