Fissures by D.J. Manly

Fissures400x600Title: Fissures

Series: Spectrum Skies 03

Author: D.J. Manly

Genre: Fantasy, Suspense

Length: Novel (183pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (1st June 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: All hell is breaking loose in Spectrum. Pascal thinks London is dead but he comes back. Pascal isn’t sure what London is, but he is sure of one thing, London no longer loves him.

Pascal and London prepare for a fissure to occur in Spectrum because rogue vampires believe humans and vampires should not dwell peacefully together.

All hell is breaking loose… literally as vampires are calling on demons to help them in their crusades.

London is taken by vampire rebels, bitten, and tortured. Pascal thinks London is dead, but London rises again. Is he a vampire? Pascal isn’t sure but one thing he does know–London is no longer his.

But they have bigger problems. They need to defend the innocents. Winning this war will depend on convincing the werewolves to side with them. And will London ever remember how much he loved Pascal–or are his memories gone forever?

Purchase Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/fissures-ebook-p-1479.html

Review: This book is part of a series and must be read in order. Pascal and London are digging deep to pull together the Vampire, Werewolves and humans to prevent the splintering of Spectrum. But, they seem to be fighting a losing battle, when the violence seems to be getting worse. When London is taken and tortured by the rebel vampires, Pascal thinks it’s all over, but just as Pascal is about to exact his revenge, London rises. Now, Pascal has London back, but London has no memory of them being together. They have bigger problems to face though, Spectrum is facing all-out war and Pascal and London must protect the innocent. Now, they just need to convince the werewolves to join them of face losing Spectrum for good.

This is a great addition to the Spectrum Skies series, with tension between the races and the unknown of Pascal’s and London’s relationship. Pascal and London are still deeply in love struggling to find snatched moments together while Spectrum goes to hell. But, when Pascal’s enemies try to destroy that love by taking London, they discover Pascal isn’t a tame vampire… at all. Fighting for his love and to keep the peace, Pascal will do anything for London, even if it means giving him up.

The situation in Spectrum is heading for war; no longer are some species happy to live in harmony. Some humans want control over the paranormals. Some vampires want to dominate Spectrum and some demons are looking for free rein from the underworld. and caught in the middle are London and Pascal with their band of officers.

I loved how this story was developed with London becoming something different, but his personality reverting back to how we first met him. Pascal being heartbroken, but refusing to give up and both of them facing the possibility that the Spectrum that they have always known being lost to them. We discover just who has been creating all the trouble in Spectrum. We have a standoff, loss and destruction and the determination of a vampire to win back the man he loves.

I will recommend this to those that love paranormal conflicts, twists, loss, love, vampires on the brink of war, dealing with demons and a happy for now ending.

All the King’s Men by R.J. Scott

17926766Title: All the King’s Men

Author: R.J. Scott

Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Action, Suspense

Length: Novella (101pgs)

Publisher: Love Lane Books (31st May 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: When Ryan Ortiz decides to go direct to LA to fight for a second chance with his lover Nathan Richardson he is caught up in the biggest earthquake to hit the city since records began.

LA is destroyed, burning, people homeless, and fires are ignited high in the LA hills above Nathan’s apartment. Nathan is trapped and Ryan is his only hope.

It is a race against time and the powerful all-consuming destruction of nature for Ryan to find Nathan, trapped in the ruins of his home in the hills, and to get both of them to help before the fire reaches them.

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Author’s Note: This book was previously published in 2011.
The story has been rewritten, re-edited and contains a new final chapter. If you have previously bought this book, please send a receipt of purchase to rj@rjscott.co.uk and she will happily replace the file for you.

Review: Ryan and Nathan parted ways two months ago when Nathan’s ambitions took him to LA. Now, Ryan has decided to fight for their relationship, not wanting to lose the man he loves. Traveling to LA to try for a second chance, he walks into destruction when an earthquake hits and he becomes Nathan’s only chance of survival. It’s a race against time to rescue Nathan and to flee the hills of LA, as after tremors hit and a fire races after them. The life and death race puts their feelings into perspective and now they just have to survive to share their love.

R.J. Scott takes a natural occurrence and turns it into the stuff of nightmares. She takes our fears and brings them to life while twining a love story with terror and determination to survive. Ryan was insecure and jealous in his relationship with Nathan, so when Nathan decided to follow his dream of acting, Ryan let him go; thinking it was the start of the end. Nathan wanted Ryan to fight for their relationship, even though he knew that Ryan wouldn’t fight for them. He still loves Ryan, but their only hope of ever being together is if Ryan tries. Ryan has missed Nathan and wants to make a go of it, but just before he reaches Nathan the earthquake strikes.

This is an incredibly descriptive story. Not just in the stark and horrifying settings, but of the emotional trauma and feelings that the characters have. We are dragged through the entire book with the sense of hopeless loss with just a glimmer of light to shine our way; the knowledge that Ryan and Nathan will become stronger for their experience at the hands of Mother Nature. Ryan and Nathan are just a couple who have lost their way. letting stupid insignificant things come between them until one of them makes the first step towards reconciliation. They have to work together, they must have determination and they have to make sacrifices.

Focusing on any one thing in this story is hard to do, because to focus on one aspect would diminish the effects of the others. Ryan and Nathan’s relationship might be important and they are trying to sort it out, but they have love and Mother Nature shows them that petty differences are just that, petty. The earthquake angle is shocking and devastating and R.J. Scott drops us into the centre of a hell hole with her horrifying descriptions and terrifying feelings. Damn, she does it so well that you could imagine she has experienced it first-hand. That’s how terrifyingly realistic the settings come across.

I will recommend this to those who love realistic settings and emotions, love and drama, death and hope, danger and rescues and finally a relationship being forged in the fires of hell.   

The Warlock’s Secret by R.J. Scott

4062TheWarlocksSecret510w-430x645Title: The Warlock’s Secret

Series: Supernatural Bounty Hunters 03

Author: R.J. Scott

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy World

Length: Novella (141pgs)

Publisher: Extasy Books (1st June 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: In a world where magic is rare, Joseph Jamieson is one of the most powerful holders of power. Orophin Tiwele, or Phin to his friends, is the son of the Elf King and has magic of his own. The rules say two supernatural beings with magic cannot be together and Joseph and Phin have lived by that rule despite their attraction to each other.

The resistance is growing larger each day, but traitors threaten everything Joseph has built. He wants peace, but soon comes to realize the way to peace, is through war.

When the only thing that will save lives is Joseph and Phin working together, it becomes impossible to see where magic and passion end and where love could begin.

Purchase Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/the-warlocks-secret/

Review: This book is part of a series and must be read in order. Joseph is a rare magic user who is the leader of the resistance. When he and his brother, Micah try to get proof against Glitnir it goes wrong and Joseph is captured. Phin is the son of the Elf King and has strong magic of his own. Discovering Joseph has been captured, he goes into Glitnir to rescue him and to help Joseph recover from the horrific torture he suffers. Joseph and Phin have to put the past behind them if they have a hope of winning against Glitnir. Phin has to come clean about Asher and they both have to admit their love. But, how can they ever be together when two magic users being intimate is strictly warned against?

Although this story has the explosive reuniting of two magic users, it also brings forward the rapid movement of the resistance and some of the secrets that Glitnir hides. Joseph and Phin have a history, but because of dire warnings about magic they can never be together. When Joseph chose Ethan it hurt Phin deeply and he lashed out in the only way he knew… by declaring his love for a blood demon, but now is the time for Phin to come clean and for both of them to lay the past to rest. Discovering the secrets of Councillor Ludvik, of the Fae Alliance, they know they have to act fast. But, first the journal needs to be opened and plans need to be made.

This is a great story that gives us a wealth of details and some surprises. We discover the real story behind Joseph’s and Phin’s animosity and we get a passionate explosive coming together from them. You can’t help but feel sorry for the pair of them when secrets and rules kept them apart and they had to go against what they really wanted. The main storyline that threads through the whole series is beginning to heat up as the journal is opened and a surprising twist is revealed. They discover part of the rot in Giltnir and it is discovered to go far deeper than they thought.

The relationship between Joseph and Phin is threaded throughout this book, as they try to work through everything. But, at times it is in the background as the resistance is being put together. I liked how the story was set out with equal attention being given to both the relationship of the two MC’s and the main series storyline. I also liked the variety of characters this book has, introducing new characters while keeping the old ones from previous books in play. I am eagerly awaiting the next book to see what else R.J. Scott has in store for us. Because in this book she has added a new depth to the characters by the trials they go through.   

I recommend this to those who love fantasy, Elves, Vampires, magic, danger and twists, trying to do the right thing, accepting love and a happy ending for Phin and Joseph but with a storyline that is just heating up. 

 

 

Darian’s Angel by Sabine Cross

DariansAngelLGTitle: Darian’s Angel

Series: Daily Dose: Make A Play

Author: Sabine Cross

Genre: MM Contemporary

Length: Short Story

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (June 1st, 2013)

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Heat Level: Explicit

Blurb: Darian Levesque is finally ready to move on after heartbreak when he reluctantly attends an equestrian event and glimpses an angel on horseback. Believing the striking young man has a girlfriend and is beyond his reach, Darian leaves without a word. Three months later, Darian sees his angel again, this time at the hospital, where Liam Grayson is recovering from a tragic riding accident… only to walk away from his attraction to Liam once more. It’s frustrating enough to make Liam’s sister, Paulette, confront Darian and lead him through the obstacles, but will he make the final jump and make Liam his?

Product Link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3926

Reviewer: Cat

Review: Darian attends a riding event with his work partner, Gerry, and sees an angel on horseback. Much to his disappointment, he thinks the man has a girlfriend and leaves. Three months later, he and Gerry get into a fight with some hoodlums and he takes Gerry to the hospital where he runs into Liam again.

I found this story sweet, hot and sexy.  I loved how fate seemed to intervene to keep dropping them into each other’s paths. I would have liked this story to have been longer and their romance unravel a bit more slowly, but I did find it sweet hot and very sexy!

Recommendation: If you like horses, Olympic hopefuls, royal mounted policemen, fated love, and hot public sex this one is for you!

Riding the Board by Cate Ashwood

RidingtheBoardLGTitle:  Riding the Board

Series:  Daily Dose, Make a Play

Author:  Cate Ashwood

Genre:   M/M Contemporary Romance

Length:  Novelette (46 pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (June 1st, 2013)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:   Blake Emmerich arrives at practice, already apprehensive, to meet his new synchronized diving partner. When he sees Nick Freeman, Blake doesn’t feel confident about their chances. The day begins with Nick pushing Blake off the ten meter and ends with their coach cuffing them together to force them to deal with each other like the adults they’re supposed to be. Synchronized diving is about trust—how can you trust someone you can’t stand, no matter how hot you think they are?

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Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  Short, Sexy and Steamy… my three favorite colors!! Blake Emmerich hasn’t been in the water since his long time partner, Patrick, was injured during a dive. His coach insists that he train for the upcoming Olympics, but he’s leery after Patrick’s accident. Not to mention he’s a synchronized diver, which requires a partner. Enter Nick Freeman.

Nick Freeman is gorgeous and a damn good diver. He’s also conceited and stubborn. After a disastrous practice, the coach decides to cuff them together in an attempt to make them get along and work better together as a team, synchronized if you will. It’s a very rocky start, until one night Nick is seeking some “relief” that can only come from the person he’s cuffed to.

These two finally find a rhythm after a passionate night together, but what will happen when the cuffs are removed? The only thing I didn’t like about this book was how short it was! I love Ashwood’s style of writing and the way she tells her stories. I’d love to see more from Blake and Nick. Although this is a novella, you still get a very well written back story and some hot sex between two consenting adult males.