Review of: The Touchstone by M.C. Lee

TITLE: The Touchstone
AUTHOR: M.C. Lee
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink
GENRE: Teen Fiction, Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: Apr 2, 2019

BLURB:

It’s no surprise teens Sam and Harry are inseparable. Harry’s ability to fly manifested at age ten—when he saved Sam’s life. Since then, Sam’s made it his mission to shield Harry from danger. They’re being watched by people with an unknown agenda, and their only chance is to run.
An encounter with Jonah Clayton and the group of gifted teens he’s training means a place for Harry and insight into his powers. But is there a place for an ordinary kid like Sam, or has he reached the end of his quest to help his best friend? Jonah’s group isn’t as benign as it seems, however, and the danger is far from over. Harry still needs Sam—who is far more than anyone can imagine.


Well … I LOVED IT!!!!

When I first read the blurb, it spoke to me! Hehehe, ok I’m kidding, I’m not gifted. Not like our MC’s from The Touchstone.

The book has a slow start, easing us into the story. We go through the entire book from Sam’s POV.

Sam has known Harry for as long as he can remember. They were best friends when they were kids, and that friendship developed to something more. However, when a life-shattering accident triggers Harry’s power saving Sam’s life, their lives change.

Sam noticed someone was surveilling them, so at the ages of 15 (Sam) and 16 (Harry) they ran.
Now, one year later, struggling to survive on their own, Harry joins a team with gifted children lead by Jonah.

I need to talk about this team because you will love them!

Jonah – well he is an asshole, harsh, and rude know-it-all.
Maia – the teen version of Jonah who doesn’t hold back when she “gift’s” her audience with her opinions.
Gabriel – he’s a sweet teenager who’s very protective of Alejandro, his younger brother.
Miranda — she’s very laid back, supportive and dedicated to the cause.
Alejandro — my favorite, the youngest of all. I adore him!!!

Sam has his doubts, mostly because Jonah and Maia don’t want him in the Bunker, the house where all the gifted kids are living.

Harry doesn’t want to leave Sam alone to join the team, but after their past and possible future finds them, for the sake of Harry’s and the team safety, Sam decides that it’s time to let Harry go.
Little does he know that Harry needs Sam to keep himself safe.

Since they’re teens, there are no detailed sex scenes, but there is sex. I liked it. In this age, although it’s illegal, teenagers have sex. What I would have liked is if the author would mention how important protection is when practicing safe sex…

I hope this is becoming a series! I loved every word of it! I recommend it with everything I have, guys you need to read this!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: My Regelence Rake by J.L. Langley

TITLE: My Regelence Rake
AUTHOR: J.L. Langley
SERIES: Sci-Regency
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Sci-Fi
RELEASE DATE: Nov 23, 2018

BLURB:

A Sci-Regency Novel: sequel to The Englor Affair
Sebastian Hastings, Viscount Wentworth, is captain of the Royal Guard by day and scandalous rake by night. To protect the royal family of Regelence from the plots of the Intergalactic Navy, Sebastian makes it his priority to personally oversee their safety.
Prince Colton Townsend is done pining after the roguish viscount and focuses his attention on his second love—horses. Following his dream of owning a racehorse breeding farm distracts Colton from his heartache… until Sebastian begins shadowing him.
When a good deed at a horse auction sparks public rumors, Colton just might get the man and the marriage he’s longed for. But Sebastian’s duties and secrets keep him walled off from those who would get close.
To reach Sebastian, Colton takes one last risk that might break his heart….


As I told you before, this is one of my favorite series. I will not repeat myself, as you can read in my previous review, so let it be enough that this series brings back good memories, memories I will never forget.

We continue with the story of Prince Colton and Captain of the Guards Sebastian the Viscount of Wentworth. We learn that Colton has had a serious crush on Wentworth since he was 13 years old, but it seems that he’s ignored by the Captain.

Sebastian has quite a reputation. He’s not as suitable as a chaperon as it seemed. He’s widowed and he will never marry again. His days are filled protecting the royals, and his nights are filled with games and paramours. When Colton, the poor bastard, witnesses one of the infamous viscount’s romantic escapades, he realizes, with heartbreak that it’s time to move on.
Suffice it to say, when the next day Colton ignores Sebastian, suddenly the tables are turned. Sebastian’s not used the cold shoulder from Colton and that intrigues him.

Then it comes to Colton’s father, King Steven, who we learn is a matchmaker. I love this book, particularly because we get glimpses into the King and his Consort’s life. The burning love for each other and the King’s mischievous ideas regarding his son Colton and The Captain of the Royal Guard.

But then not everything goes smoothly. As Colton plans to open his barn, turning his love of horses to his life mission now that he has moved on from Sebastian, and Sebastian’s past that threatens both their lives, we will not have one dull moment.

And now…I hope, from the bottom of my heart that this series doesn’t stop here! We need to find out what’s going on with the IN, and we defiantly need to read Rexley’s and Trouble’s story as well!!!

Enjoy!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Diplomatic Relations by J.L. Langley

TITLE: Diplomatic Relations
AUTHOR: J.L. Langley
SERIES: Sci-Regency
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Sci-Fi; Regency
RELEASE DATE: Feb 29, 2019

BLURB:

Opposites don’t just attract… they sizzle.
A lusty special forces soldier who lives by his own set of rules, Dalton Fairfax decided long ago to stop wishing for his father’s love, and he found his calling. Now that he’s back home and between assignments, he finds himself at loose ends. When the opportunity arises to play bodyguard and help out his country, Dalton jumps at the chance. Not only does it keep him busy, but it just so happens that his charge is the man he saw on leave last month and hasn’t been able to get out of his head.
Heir to a dukedom and a conservative politician, Blaise Thompson strives to prove himself worthy of carrying on the family legacy as the next IN Councilman. However, his closest competitor keeps getting in the way and taking credit for Blaise’s ideas. Maintaining his stellar reputation isn’t easy to do while keeping his outrageous younger brother in line and foiling his rival’s personal attacks. He has no time for a guard and even less time for romance.
When a priceless antique goes missing, Blaise and Dalton discover that Regelence has larger problems than just IN plots. Now the only way to stop a scandal that threatens both of them is to compromise, and they are forced to confront the risk of losing everything… even each other.


I remember, a couple of years ago when I discovered this genre, MM, and it was still a forbidden read, I was struggling to accept myself, and this series was one of my firsts. Me being a romantic and sci-fi fan, this series was a dream come true.

We can be part of the Townsend princes HEA, and there we meet Dalton, the prince’s cousin. He’s infamous in the Regency society, his scandalous behavior, and his affairs with married men. This behavior pushes the king-consort, his uncle, to send him into IN.
Now after two years of him serving in the IN, he’s finally home but not for long. Between missions, he volunteers to guard Blaise Thompson, an intern in the House of Lords and next IN Councilman. Dalton has a long-time crush on Blaise, and this will be the perfect opportunity to seduce the young lord.

Blaise has never been attracted to anybody before. When he literally collides with Dalton, his life changes drastically. He’s known for his proper behavior. He strictly protects his reputation, not like his younger brother, Brannon, Prince Aiden’s best friend, who is always in between mischiefs.

Now, with new news revealed by the IN secret plans, the King assigns every lord a guard. Blaise ends up with Dalton. He can’t fight the attraction between the two of them. Stolen kisses, inappropriate touches—this what his life came too.

I very much liked this story, but in the end, I just wanted to punch Blaise right in the nose. The act he pulled really hurt Dalton, who must deal with family drama, and above all, the IN’s secret plan against Relegence.

There a few things that are not clear to me in this society, and one of those is if there are two Lords, how do they decide which young lord can be courted and which one does the courting…

I only gave 4 stars because Blaise doing what he did in the end.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: How to Be a Movie Star by T.J. Klune

TITLE: How to Be a Movie Star
AUTHOR: T.J. Klune
SERIES: How To Be
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Feb 12, 2019

BLURB:

Josiah Erickson wants to be a movie star. The problem with that is so does half of Los Angeles. But he’s on his way, what with memorable roles as a TV show background cadaver and a guy in a commercial for herpes medication. All he needs is his big break. And that break may come in the form of a novelist who goes by the enigmatic name of Q-Bert.
Q-Bert, who is ready to make his directorial debut in a film Josy would be perfect for. Q-Bert, who Josy may or may not have a friend-crush on, and potentially something more. Being demisexual can be confusing.
From the City of Angels to the small mountain town of Abby, Oregon, Josy will give his all to make sure his dreams come true—even the ones he never thought possible.


Oh my God, he did it again!

I just literally finished the book and I’m already suffering from a book hangover. This happens to me after every Klune book. I know I’m not alone when I say that Klune holds some kind of magic when it comes to romance. He grasps things that just make you reflect on that special event that’s so similar to what happened to you (and no, I’m not referring to turning into a gnarly wolf).

This is the second installment of the series, where again, we will meet Gustavo (!) and Casey, and Xander and Serge too…but also JOSY!!! I like him the best! Hands down, I swear he’s Klune’s best character so far! You will just fall in love with him during the second sentence in the book.

This is a funny book! This time the POV is from Josy who’s high more than not, and you can enjoy all the spirals of his mind. The book is hilarious, but at the same time, it’s a bit heartbreaking. That’s Klune for you ladies, gents or however you identify yourself, Repect!
As we know from the first book of the series, in this story too, opposite mets opposite. A lighter-than-sunshine hipster movie-star-in-the-making, Josy and an introvert suffering from anxiety and depression author, who writes monster porn (please don’t ask…), Quincy.

Josy is demisexual. At first sight, he wants to befriend Quincy so bad. But emotions get in the way, miscommunication gets involved, and he becomes a stalker. Shut up…it’s not weird!

And then everything just falls into place…right, like that ever happens!

I can promise you that you will enjoy every line of this book. I did. Tears are a must, but they will be happy tears!

Cognates to TJ again, and as I always say: there’s not enough stars in the sky to rate this book!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Saving Hannah” by J.P. Barnaby

TITLE: Saving Hannah
AUTHOR: J.P. Barnaby
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Tiferet Design
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: Dec 18, 2018
PRICE: $6.99 e-book /$14.99 –paperback

BLURB:

Thomas Aberthol’s luck has run out. His daughter, Hannah, needs a miracle he can’t deliver. A hacker with a felony record, Thomas has little chance of finding work that will provide the care she needs. Out of money, out of options, and out of hope, he throws himself on the mercy of someone he never thought to see again.
Even after ten years, Aleksander Sanna still dreams of that drunken kiss. A perfect moment in time when Thomas wanted him. In his world of elegant code and high finance, the picture he holds of Thomas torments him in the dark of night.
Their worlds collide as Thomas interviews for the job he so desperately needs with the company Aleks inherited from his father. Thomas doesn’t get the position, but Aleks offers him a completely different kind of proposal, one suited to Thomas’s unique talents…one that will change the course of both their lives.


When it comes to a romance novel with kids, I’m a sucker. When I read the blurb of this book, I knew I was in for a good read. Damn, I was right!
Little Hannah is sick, she needs intensive medical care for her to stay alive. Her father Thomas is an ex-felon who can’t find a job. He would do anything, anything to save his daughter.

Thomas had a very good reputation as a programmer until he decided that the company who he was working for had a very unstable firewall that could compromise their clients. So he proves it by hacking in their own system. His arrogance backfires, and he’s convicted and sent to prison. Now back, not only can’t he find a job, his daughter’s life is in danger as well. He’s desperately going from one interview to another with no hope whatsoever. Until one day he was called back for a second interview. His hope is back, and he’s so confident that his luck is turning around, and maybe he can save not only Hannah but the house he’s living in. That confident smile froze on his face upon meeting the owner of the company, Aleksander Sanna, his ex-roommate from college from whom he ran away after one drunk night.

Aleksander Sanna sees the opportunity to establish his role as the next CEO in his late father’s company. He knows that his father’s death wasn’t an accident. Upon seeing Tom’s name, whom he never forgot, who has hunted his dreams, he knows this is his last chance to secure Tom in his life. He knows everything about Tom; his time in jail, his daughter’s medical condition, and even the threat of losing the house him, his daughter and mother lives in. But when Tom accepts his offer to marry him, out of despair, Aleks realizes that maybe the way he approached Tom wasn’t the right one, he fears that Tom will do “anything”, even against Tom’s own desire, to save his daughter.

I loved every word of this book. Its angsty, its hot…

This book touches a borderline of gay-for-you and no-con situation (I mean the offer). I recommend it wholeheartedly!

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis