Review: “Gummy Bears & Grenades” by Charlie Cochet

TITLE: Gummy Bears & Grenades
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: THIRDS
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Sci-Fi; Urban Fantasy; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 102 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book

  

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THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley can’t wait to marry his fiancé, Team Leader Sloane Brodie, but first he’s looking forward to celebrating his bachelor party—which he intends to be a shenanigans-free evening of getting his groove on with family and friends.

Of course events don’t work out as planned, but for Dex that’s nothing new. One thing is for sure, dodging drug dealers and hired thugs amid booze, dancing—and even a bear costume—will guarantee it’s a night Dex will never forget. Now he just needs to survive all the fun.

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Enjoy this bonus story from the THIRDS universe. These events occur between Darkest Hour Before Dawn and Tried & True in the series timeline. While reading this story would enhance your experience of the THIRDS series, it is not necessary to read before Tried & True.


The wedding is near. But before that, a bachelor party is due to happen where everything is going to be smooth… right…!

Dex and Sloan are ready to tie the knot, so to speak, but first the bachelor party. Dex, the always optimist, assures Sloan that everything is going to be just fine. He doesn’t need to worry so much, after all, he wouldn’t be alone, all their friends will be there to look out for him. Well, it’s futile to say it wouldn’t, we are talking about Dex, guys, who is a trouble magnet as we all know.

Sloan has a lot on his mind. Dex changing, the TIN, and above all, the marriage. His attachment to Dex is growing, and that comes with protectiveness. When the bachelor party is due, Caleb
and Sloan’s significant other Dex, set him up with Tony, his boss and future father in law. They should spend the night together—bonding. Though he’s warned not let Tony convince him to play air hockey. Does Sloan listen? He tries but it’s all in vain when he’s challenged by Tony. And of course being the alpha, he can’t just ignore that.

At the party, Dex gets a mysterious visit, what, let’s just say, he enjoys immensely! But after that, things go Dex-like. Wolf shows up, TIN operatives show up and others too. I’m not saying much about this because I don’t want to spoil the story for you guys!

Can’t wait for the next of this series, I’m curious how Sloan and Dex will manage their task as TIN operators.

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

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Review: “Dragon’s Hoard” by M.A. Church

TITLE: Dragon’s Hoard
AUTHOR: M.A. Church
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Urban Fantasy ; Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 234 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $9.99 -paperback
  

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To be loved by a dragon is to be treasured.

A hundred years ago, werewolf Alpha Montgomery took a risk driven by desperation—he borrowed money from the ancient dragon Warwick Ehecatl, putting up the pack lands as collateral. Now the debt is due, and dragons don’t forget—or forgive. Warwick demands Montgomery’s son, Avery, and three businesses as compensation. As an Omega, Avery knows he is basically useless to his pack, so he might as well agree. He soon has second thoughts, though. Warwick is fearsome, and he’s free to do as he likes with Avery.

Warwick knows his race’s reputation, and he even admits some of it is deserved. But he’d rather cut off his tail than let his innocent mate’s light go out. It won’t be easy, but buried deep, there’s something between them worth safeguarding.


This was my first read by this author, and I bit myself up that I waited this long.

This book was a one continuous read, and I couldn’t put it down until the very end.

Avery is the son of Alpha Montgomery, who, hundred years ago, took out a loan from the very ancient dragon. That’s kept secret until the 100th birthday of Avery, when he officially becomes a man. Now Avery is an omega to his father’s disappointment. He has 5 older siblings but they’re all females, and the pack rule doesn’t allow females to become an Alpha.

Avery is nervous about his birthday party, so he hides in his room till the very last minute. There are a lot of suitors, to Avery surprise, present at the party. Omegas are valued in a pack because of their vulnerability, but they are not taken seriously at all. Avery was treated like a damsel in distress all his life, and that infuriates him. So he’s not looking forward to a mate, when he will probably be treated as an empty-headed trophy mate.

Warwick Ehectal is a thousand year-old dragon. As all dragons, his hoards are vast, full of unimaginable values. But one thing is missing. Warwick feels lonely, but he doesn’t really realize because he’s busy, or that’s what he says. So when Alpha Montgomery needs to pay his debt, he shows up, just a few hours before the alpha’s term ends, at his son birthday party, purposely.

Dragons are not bargaining. When the contract is signed, the terms must be fulfilled. But that thing will change when Warwick lays eyes on Avery. Of course, Alpha Montgomery doesn’t have the money he owes, but the dragon is ready to make a deal: the alpha’s most profitable business and his son Avery.

The story was surprisingly sweet, romantic and was nothing I imagined.

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

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Review: “Finder’s Keeper” by Shira Anthony

TITLE: Finder’s Keeper
AUTHOR: Shira Anthony
SERIES: Heart’s Gate
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 236 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 15, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 –e-book / $9.99 –paperback
  

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The truth might ruin his dreams—or make them come true.

When Zane moves into an old gothic brownstone, he discovers the house comes equipped with a caretaker—Kit, who lives in the basement. Zane is immediately drawn to the charming and attractive Kit. But Kit is much more than he seems. He is a two-hundred-year-old half-human, half–red-fox spirit who guards a Gate between the mortal and spirit worlds—a fact Zane should recognize, but doesn’t.

Orphaned at a young age, Zane never learned he comes from a long line of mystical Keepers. Kit needs Zane’s help to protect the Gate, but how can he tell Zane of his legacy when that will crush Zane’s dreams of traveling the world? If he takes up the mantle, Zane will be bound to the Gate, unable to leave it. But when Zane realizes Kit’s true nature, and his own, he’ll have to make a choice—fight to protect Kit and the Gate, or deny his destiny and any chance of a future with Kit.


This is a definitely a high fantasy book.

Although maybe its not for everyone, this book will be a success among the fantasy/manga lovers.

The author, from whom I read for the very first time, created this universe where there are Gates between the spirit and human worlds. Every Gate has a Guardian, and every Guardian has a Keeper, from whom the Guardian gets his powers.

The Guardian is always a spirit and the Keeper is human. Until Kit, who is half spirit half human. Kit’s father is the strongest spirit among the Guardians of the Gate who fell in love with Kit’s human mother. Unfortunately, Kit’s mom died, and soon after, his Gate appeared to Kit. Since then, Kit had several Keepers all—Zane’s ancestors.

Being a Guardian means him nor the Keeper can venture far from the Gate. So when Zane arrives, Kit is holding back telling the truth to Zane because Zane wants to travel the world.

Zane was uprooted from his old home and moved into the house his uncle left him and his twin sister. They grew up in foster care after their parents died. Until recently, they didn’t know about their uncle. Something is pulling him toward this house. He can’t explain it, but this pull is accompanied by righteousness and a feeling of belonging. Imagine his surprise when he finds out that the house comes with a very handsome caretaker.

I love fantasy, the imagination of authors who are capable of creating such an imaginary world always amazes me. I’m probably not wrong when I say that in every man there is still a little guy who likes to imagine being a pirate or mage or warrior, some kind of superhero. This book awakened this child inside of me allowing me to travel in this world where magic is normal and other species are fascinating!

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

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Review: “Finding Mr. Wrong” by Charlie Cochet

TITLE: Finding Mr. Wrong
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Bree Archer
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH:  218 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $9.99 -paperback
  

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He’s nobody’s definition of Mr. Right—but that might make him perfect.

Matthew Hart is heir to the family fortune and owner of Hart & Home. When a near-death experience has him fretting over the future, he decides he needs a husband, and not just any husband—an appropriate man to protect the Hart legacy. The last thing Matthew expects is to cross paths with Jax Foster, his first love and the boy who crushed his heart when he disappeared.

Jax is unlikely to make Matthew’s list of suitable candidates. Bad boy, vagabond, deep in debt, with a father who can’t keep out of trouble, Jax has nothing to offer—except his heart and a second chance at the romance they never got to explore.


Well, this is definitely not THIRDS …

This story of Matthew and Jex is not what we’re used from Charlie. I was expecting more badasserie. Although these guys warmed my heart.

Matthew has everything he desires. A well running and famous business, a loving and supporting family and an assistant who would go through fire for him. Although something is missing and he’s confessing this to his assistant. He makes a list how Mr. Right should be, a Mr. Right he can marry. During this “interrogation” led by his assistant, Matthew admits his first love. And if he is honest with himself, he never really got over Jex.

Matthew was a teenager when Jex came into his life. They clicked from the very beginning. Then an unknown event to Matthew happened, and Jex disappeared without any trace.
Now several years later, Matthew still hung upon his first love, and in order for him to move on, he must let go his past.

Hart & Home is at the launch of their new service, where they offer very high-quality art. Matthew’s father is retired, but he helps with this project bringing Jex back into Matthew’s life.

When Jex meets Matthew again, he is determined to not let him go again. We learn the reason of Jex’s sudden disappearance. But it seems the problems of the past won’t stay in the past. Now Jex needs to prove to Matthew that sometimes, the apple is falling way more far from the tree.

When I was young, I grew up reading my mother’s Harlequin series—he’s rich, she’s desperate and a bit naïve, well and of course a virgin. Although nor Jex nor Matthew are virgins in this story, the feeling of the book let me think that I’m back in those times, but instead of him and her, it’s a him and him story.

I highly recommend this book for all those who like sappy romantic MM stories!

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

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Review: “The Foxling Soldati” by Charlie Cochet

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TITLE: The Foxling Soldati
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: Soldati Hearts
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Urban Fantasy; Shapeshifters
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 102 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 16, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Foxling Toka has served the Soldati king for centuries, and now he attends to the kingdom’s cherished Soldati prince. It’s a position of honor, and as Toka helps the once-human prince adapt to their magical realm, he finds joy in their friendship. He also grows bolder in his encounters with Rayner, Soldati warrior and the king’s second. But the laws are clear: servants and Soldati are not permitted to mate. It doesn’t matter that Toka lost his heart to the dashing cad long ago.

Rayner never imagined he would fall in love with a servant, but the clever and beautiful foxling has ensnared him, and he resents the regulations keeping them apart. When an arrogant and spiteful king visits from a neighboring realm, Rayner is in danger of losing everything. But Soldati warriors don’t surrender, and he intends to fight all the harder to keep Toka where he belongs—in Rayner’s arms.


This is book 2 of the series.

We know from the previous book from the same series that the Soldatis are tiger shifters who are fighting against demons to protect the human race and other beings.
In the Soldati’s realm is a monarchy with a well-established hierarchy that is respected for thousands and thousands of years. But then comes Riley (book 1) a human, the mate of the Soldati’s King and with him, come changes…

This second book is about the king’s enforcer, Rayner and Riley’s personal servant Toka. Toka is not a tiger he is a foxling. The foxlings always have been the servants of tigers. But Toka harbors feelings toward Rayner, and he knows that nothing is ever gonna happen between the two of them.
Rayner head over heels in love with Toka, but as he’s the right of the King, knows he will never have Toka because he is to marry someone as high ranking like he is.

Although the foxlings are respected in Soldati kingdom, we can’t say for other kingdoms in this realm.
When a neighbor King visits with his entourage, who has out for Rayner, things get a bit complicated to say at least. Time will come when Rayner, and not just him, must protect what he knows belongs to him.

This is a sweat fast read, and I can’t wait for the next in this series!

What I didn’t like? That it was damn short!

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

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