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Anyplace Else by Kim Fielding (Bah Humbug Giveaway!)

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Series: Dreamspinner Press 2016 Advent Calendar “Bah Humbug.”

Author: Kim Fielding

Genre: Fantasy, Holidays

Length: Short (33pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (3rd December 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥  3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Grant Beaudoin should be thrilled to escape Minneapolis at Christmastime and grateful to lounge on a Hawaiian beach. Instead he is mired in self-pity and drowning in too much tequila. His twin is marrying the perfect man, while Grant is stuck in middle management with no love life in sight. A walk into the rain forest leads to a meeting with a doomed man who has a story about a holiday that predates Christmas. Grant comes to realize that difficult endings can lead to new beginnings—and perhaps a brighter future.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-165-3

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/anyplace-else-by-kim-fielding-7932-b

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is a short and interesting Christmas short. I really do enjoy Kim Fielding’s writing and though I didn’t love this book, I still enjoyed the brief suspension of disbelief.

Grant is spending Christmas in Hawaii for the wedding of his brother. While Grant is happy enough to be there, he is jealous of the love that his brother and soon-to-be brother-in-law have. That is when Grant meets a mysterious man who apparently goes by multiple names, depending on the time of year. The man is a god who is stuck in a perpetual loop of death and rebirth.

The mythology aspect involved and with Hawaii as a setting brought to mind for me the books by AJ Llewellyn. If nothing else, I felt that this story needed to be longer – or something – because really the only thing missing for me was actually getting a proper hold on Grant’s emotions, as well as getting to know the mysterious god he meets. Also if you’re after a HEA ended in your Christmas story, you’re going to have to be satisfied with a HFN. I was really left with mixed feelings by the end of this one.

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Kim Fielding chats about “Anyplace Else”

A couple of things inspired me to write this story.

One was the notion that even the most beautiful place in the world is miserable for someone who’s not happy with the direction their life has taken.

Most of this story takes place in Hawaii, a place I’ve been lucky enough to visit a few times. It is paradise. Friendly people, gorgeous scenery, perfect weather, delicious foods. Really, it almost seems magical sometimes. On my last visit we went out on a catamaran, and a pod of spinner dolphins hung out with us for about 20 minutes. They were close enough to splash us. Plus my entire family got along perfectly—staying in a small space—for 10 days. A miracle!

But what if, like Grant, I’d vacationed in Hawaii during a time when my personal life was at a standstill and my work life was a grind? It might have taken some extra island enchantment to cheer me up.

My other inspiration was my musings on the solstice. That time of year is important in many religions, both ancient and modern, and rebirth is often a theme in the holidays celebrated then. Which makes sense—the year is dying, the sun making its briefest appearance of all. But then the next day begins the new year, and the sun starts to regain its ascendency over night.

So, throw together those elements—a life going nowhere, a chance for renewal, and a magical location—and that’s how you get “Anyplace Else.”

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Kim Fielding’s question!

Although she’s a native of the USA, Kim has lived twice (for short periods of time) in another country. Which one is it? (Hint: That other country features in at least four of her stories.)

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Flight Partners by Artemis Fay Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have debut author Artemis Fay stopping by today with the tour for her debut release Flight Partners, we have a great excerpt, a brilliant giveaway and Lisa’s review, so check out the post and click that giveaway link!❤ ~Pixie~

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Flight Partners

by

Artemis Fay

Can a romance that began a mile high make a smooth landing?

When a charming stranger soothes Andy MacKinnon’s fear of flight, it doesn’t take much before the two are snuggling at 40,000 feet.

Too bad that sexy guy turns out to be Andy’s new coworker, Kenneth Ohno. 

Oh no, indeed.

As two expats in Japan teaching at the same school, not only will they work together, they’ll share a small apartment. It’s get along or quit.

After the explosive chemistry of their first meeting, Andy wastes no time in laying down the rules. A relationship is off the table. They aren’t even going to be friends—coworkers is enough to manage for two twenty-somethings who can’t seem to keep their hands off each other.

But it isn’t long before their living arrangements hit turbulence. Kenneth isn’t the first roommate Andy’s fallen for, and the last relationship ended in a nosedive. Can Andy and Kenneth make a smooth landing? 

Or will work and play get mixed up one time too many?

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The ‘True Love’ Solution by Julie Bozza Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Julie Bozza stopping by today with her release The ‘True Love’ Solution, we have brilliant guest post from Julie where she chats about crime, we have a great excerpt , a brilliant giveaway and Lisa’s review, so check out the post and click that giveaway link!❤ ~Pixie~ 

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The ‘True Love’ Solution

by

Julie Bozza

Jules Madigan loves his family and he loves his job. The only thing he’s missing out on is a Happy Ever After, like the ones written by his favourite romance author Ewan Byge. While he’s waiting for that HEA, Jules indulges himself in buying Ewan’s old typewriter as memorabilia – before realising he’s been defrauded. Through the fraud case, he makes friends with Police Constable Leonard Edgar – and through Leonard, Jules even gets to meet and work with Ewan Byge Himself! But the course of True Love never did run smooth, and soon Jules has to face some harsh realities.

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Death Dancer by Tara Lain Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Tara Lain popping in with the blog tour for her new release Death Dancer, we have a great new excerpt, a brilliant giveaway and Lisa’s review, so check out the post and click that giveaway link!❤ ~Pixie~

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Death Dancer

(Dangerous Dancers 02)
by

Tara Lain

A tattooed dancer and a by-the-book detective dance with death in the ego-fueled halls of ballet.

Bad boy of ballet Valentin ‘Val’ Aalto stands poised on the verge of huge success—except for one big obstacle. Influential lead dancer Harry Hardesty hates Val and cheats him out of the lead in Romeo and Juliet.

When Hardesty winds up dead, Val looks like a prime suspect—and gets thrown under the detailed and methodical inspection of the handsome NY detective with the stick up his butt, Andrew Preston. At first, Preston believes Hardesty may be the victim of the chilling Dancer Killer who’s struck three victims, but evidence stacks up against Val.

Still, Andrew can’t seem to keep his hands off his suspect and when the Dancer Killer starts stalking Val, Andrew is forced to choose between his dedication to a job he loves and his growing passion for his beautiful dancer. Together Val and Andrew discover that chaos can be beautiful, one should choose desserts wisely, and love can even trump death in the rehearsal halls of ballet.

Reader Advisory: This book contains descriptions of murder scenes, brief allusions to past child abuse and a scene of violence.

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The Fortune Cookie by Matt Burlingame (Bah Humbug Giveaway!)

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Matt Burlingame - The Fortune Cookie Cover sTitle: The Fortune Cookie

Series: 2016 Advent Calendar- Bah Humbug

Author: Matt Burlingame

Genre: Contemporary, Holiday

Length: Short Story (49 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Low 

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Thirty-three-year-old technical writer Laurence Hart is a modern-day Scrooge when it comes to the holiday season—and the rest of the year, too. He doesn’t like most people, they don’t like him, and he’s happy to keep it that way. Over lunch with his best friend, he receives a fortune cookie promising him true love. The next day, forced to work on a holiday charity committee or lose his job, he meets Nick, a jolly ginger giant who loves all things Christmas. Together they face numerous obstacles to put together a holiday fair to raise money for children in foster care, in only four days. While Laurence has to mend his curmudgeonly ways to make the event a success, Nick’s holiday magic might mend Laurence’s heart.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-164-6

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-fortune-cookie-by-matt-burlingame-7931-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I have not had a chance to read any of this author’s works, and I can tell you that after reading this story, I am definitely going to be looking him up.  Sometimes when you are dealing with Christmas it gets a bit down.  The stories are pretty much the same, even if the words are different.  This author has written a story that fulfils many Christmas dreams.  It shows what Christmas is really about.  

Laurence lost his family when he was a child and got mixed up with a guy that was horrible to say the least.  He lost his spirit along the way and made sure everyone knew it.  He has one friend who stays by his side.  However this Christmas he has been put into a position he absolutely hates.  He is to help with the Christmas Charity committee.  His partner is a surprise though; it would seem Nick loves everything about the holidays.  Let’s just say, Laurence is going to get the best gift ever.  For you to find out what happens… pick up the book.

I have always worked Christmas and when my children were kids, I would go all out getting them everything they wanted and then some.  However to me, it was just another day and it seems to just stick like that.  With the kids all gone, it is just me so I always think work might just fill up the day.  Now I do like to listen to the Christmas songs, I don’t really do anything more.  After reading this story though, I realize that there are more things out there that can be done.  It is the season to be giving, instead of receiving and that makes this story just perfect to me. 

I would definitely recommend you read this book, because it will bring a twinkle to your eye if not a tear.  Have a great Christmas and trust me this is the book for you.

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The original rainbow flag had eight stripes. What was the meaning of the Turquoise (light blue) stripe.

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Angel Voices by Rowan Speedwell Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Rowan Speedwell popping in today with her newest re-release Angel Voices, we have a great excerpt, a fantastic giveaway and Aerin’s review, so check out the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway!❤ ~Pixie~

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Angel Voices

by

Rowan Speedwell

One frigid winter night a week before Christmas, college student Will stumbles into a church during choir practice, bruised by his own father’s hands. He’s out of the closet now—there’s no going back since his fundamentalist father learned the truth—but he’s also out of a home, a family, and a future. Will has nowhere to turn. No one to care.

Except . . . Will’s roommate, Quinn, cares. Maybe too much. He’s been attracted to Will since they moved in together, but never dreamed his crush was gay. With Will’s life in pieces, Quinn doesn’t want to push. He also knows he has more experience than Will, who’s never even been kissed.

Then Will’s father makes a reappearance, and Will has to learn to trust his heart more than the voices of his past. But it’s the season of miracles, faith, and hope, and Quinn is determined to teach Will how to love and be loved.

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He’s Behind You by Rebecca Cohen Recap Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Rebecca Cohen popping in today with her recap tour for He’s Behind You, we have a great excerpt, a brilliant giveaway and Prime’s review, so check out the post and click that giveaway link!❤ ~Pixie~

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He’s Behind You

(Treading The Boards 03)
by

Rebecca Cohen

A trip down to Cornwall is just what Ryan Penniford needs to recover from the daily grind of London life. Ryan and his amateur dramatics society, the Sarky Players, are traveling to Porthcurno to perform at the stunning Minack Theatre. 

Stuart Box has returned to Cornwall after earning his PhD, and is killing time as he looks for a job back in London. Spending time with Ryan from the Sarky Players is a great way to take his mind off things. 

During their first meeting, sparks fly, but not in a good way, and they must work to get past their initial hostilities to discover they have great off-stage chemistry. Stuart soon learns Ryan is not the superficial man people assume he is, and Stuart likes what he sees. The feeling is entirely mutual. 

Pity Ryan is only visiting for two weeks, but both men want to see where this holiday romance might take them.

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Bite Night by Clare London (Bah Humbug Giveaway!)

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Series: 2016 Advent Calendar- Bah Humbug

Author: Clare London

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Holiday 

Length: Short Story (25 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Low 

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb:  Creatures of the Night and Santa’s Christmas duties don’t mix. Every myth and bedtime story tells you so.

But on Christmas Eve, when the Elves walked off the job over pension rights, it was time for me—Irwin, the only vampire on Santa’s payroll, despite recent diversity initiatives—and my trusty team to help out. Just deliver a few parcels, Santa asked me. Just help out on your local patch. Just for one night.

Armed with my reluctance to face all that human sentimentality, and accompanied by a wise-cracking werewolf and an unruly fairy with a taste for vodka, I did my best. Honest.
But we were heading for disaster until I came face-to-face with cute babysitter Benny. It’s Santa’s Number One Rule—no interaction with the clients. But Benny somehow managed to upset my appetite, inflame my libido, and restore my faith in the Christmas spirit, with one cheeky smile and a tasty body piercing.

It’s Christmas, and the show must go on!

ISBN: 978-1-63533-163-9

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/bite-night-by-clare-london-7930-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  With the elves on strike, Irwin and his two goofballs are on present delivery duty.  So what happens when you put one sprite, one werewolf and a vampire together?  Well you won’t know till you read this cute little story.

You cannot really go into detail about these stories without giving them away.  I got a kick out of it and definitely would read it next Christmas.  It is a very quirky and fun story.  Let a vampire meet a human and his brain goes out the window. 

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In my recent release ROMANCING THE WRONG TWIN, why would snow play a large part in Dominic Hartington-George’s life?

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The Rodeo Knight by Ashavan Doyon

Ashavan Doyon - The Rodeo Knight CoverTitle: The Rodeo Knight 

Series:  Sam’s Cafe Romances 03

Author: Ashavan Doyon

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (117 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 30, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Blurb: Struck by amnesia after a car crash, Brian Stouten has been living a life laid out by his family, a heterosexual life that just doesn’t fit. When he learns it was all a lie, he returns to the small college town that’s his only clue to his past. But the town is still unfamiliar, and the man he’d hoped would make all his memories return is on a honeymoon with another man. To add insult to injury, everyone thinks Brian died in the crash. It’s only when an out-of-place cowboy asks to bum a smoke that Brian realizes this trip was meant to be.

Sylvester Thomas has always fought a secret desire, and done it successfully. But when geeky Brian offers him a smoke and a light, a simple brush of hands has Sylvester’s hidden passions burning deep. Did he make a mistake letting Brian walk away?

ISBN-13:  978-1-63477-913-5

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-rodeo-knight-by-ashavan-doyon-7832-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Brian has no clue who he after a car accident leaves him with amnesia. His family help but Brian soon discovers they are lying to him so he leaves for a small town that seems familiar looking for Russell. He learns that Russ is on his honeymoon.

Sylvester has longed for Brian for a while yet kept it secret. Now Brian is back with no memory. I loved that Sylvester seemed to have a second chance. Though Brian at times seemed out of character with his callousness. 

It was an interesting story that draws you in with plenty of drama. Good read.

A Wounded Promise by Ashavan Doyon

Ashavan Doyon - A Wounded Promise CoverTitle: A Wounded Promise 

Series:  Sam’s Cafe Romances # 2

Author: Ashavan Doyon

Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance

Length: Novella (99 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 4, 2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Having survived one nightmare of a relationship, Justin Tesh thought he’d left the worst behind when he put his ex Peter behind bars. But when his new lover, Russell Pine, explodes in a fit of alcohol-fueled rage, Justin finds himself frozen with a fear he thought he’d long since worked through. While older, more experienced Russ is anxious to put the incident behind them, avoiding personal issues never works, and for Justin, his fear is an open doorway to demons both he and Russ need to confront.

Despite their histories of loss and pain, Russ has faith in the promise of their relationship. But if he can’t heal the wound he’s inflicted on his lover’s heart, he risks losing Justin forever to Peter’s legacy of brutality.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63216-562-6

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/a-wounded-promise-by-ashavan-doyon-2191-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: One man one step away from becoming an alcoholic and another trying to live again after a horrific relationship nightmare come together and all seems to go well until Russell erupts in a blind alcoholic rage after an incident. Poor Justin is thrown back into a scenario he’d rather forget so leaves in terror.

These two men Justin Russell had so many issues I was honestly surprised they got together at all rather taking time and getting through their baggage before attempting a relationship. Nevertheless, the two men seem to need one another and once the incident that drove Justin away is talked over they come together. 

Emotional, dramatic and tense at times this book delivers a punch. 

The King’s Mate by Ashavan Doyon (2nd Edition)

Ashavan Doyon - The King's Mate CoverTitle: The King’s Mate (2nd Edition)

Series:  Sam’s Cafe Romances # 1

Author: Ashavan Doyon

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Short (77 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 30, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Russell Pine comes to Sam’s Café every morning to enjoy the best coffee in town and to chat with Sam Tesh, the owner, a loyal friend for the past twenty years. When Sam offers him a challenge, Russ reluctantly takes it on, acting as the master opponent in a chess tournament. As the days pass and the hopefuls fall to the chess mastermind one by one, Russ discovers that the contest isn’t the only game being played. 

Russ finds himself the focus of a secret courtship through words and pictures left for him to discover each morning. Will a hint of cologne on the paper lead him to his admirer? In a café full of young and beautiful minds, who is looking at the graying chess master?

First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, June 2013.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-912-8

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-kings-mate-by-ashavan-doyon-7831-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I liked the secret admirer aspect of the story but would have preferred it that I did not know who it was. Russell comes to Sam’s every day for coffee and conversation. When asked by Sam for a favor Russell agrees. Thus begins a secret admirer sending Russell hints to his identity, which I guessed right away.

It was a cute, sweet story. If you like a fast read with sexy men and romance then this is for you.

Only Forever by Scotty Cade

Scotty Cade - Only Forever CoverTitle: Only Forever

Author: Scotty Cade 

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (266 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 30, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb:  Master Captain Theodore Gourdin has always loved the ocean. But his devotion to maritime life left little possibility for a long-term relationship. After two failed marriages, Theo gave up on finding the person who completed him and decided the sea was his soul mate. When offered the opportunity to captain the newly launched megayacht Eternity, Theo jumped at the chance. With Eternity’s maiden voyage looming, Theo focused all his energies on hiring his crew and readying his ship. The last thing he expected was to finally lose his heart in the process.

After twelve years at sea, First Officer Heath Rawlins was restless and in need of a change. A gay seaman’s life could be a lonely one, but to Heath the positives far outweighed the negatives. With excellent recommendations and an impressive resume, he was quickly offered a position on the private megayacht Eternity. Heath’s heart skipped several beats when he finally met the ship’s captain. He was handsome and charming. And… familiar? Had they met somewhere before? Highly unlikely. But as smitten as Heath was with the gorgeous captain, everything inside him screamed, Abandon ship! Rough seas ahead!

ISBN: 978-1-63477-811-4

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/only-forever-by-scotty-cade-7829-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I have had the pleasure of reading a few of Scotty Cade’s stories and have always been amazed by them.  With this particular story I was at odds with it.  The story is very well written with a lot of depth to it.  However I think it was the actual story line that was a bit twisted for me.  Although it does give me hope about reincarnation.

Theo was the captain of his ship but he had needed a first mate.  One that he could get along with perfectly.  He just had not expected how perfect they would get on.  Then the dreams of a man long gone, showed him just a bit more about just how perfect they are together.  It also explained why he was just not connected with his past wives.  

Heath had spent twelve years at sea, but now he wanted a chance at a new life.  One that still involved with the sea, but in a different way.  The moment he saw his new captain, he thought he knew the man.  Then the dreams started and it led him to the answers.  

I would say that this story definitely had a touch of the supernatural world going on. Although I do have to say that I absolutely hated the ending.  I think I could have done without it.  Other than that this story was a blast to read, if not a little too slow paced for me.  Georgia was a big hit along with her husband.  I do have to admit though that at some parts of the story, I just skimmed over it.  It just felt a little drawn out in some spots which is not a good thing for me.  However I still enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more by this amazing author.

Equipoise by Kim Fielding (2nd Edition)

Kim Fielding - Equipoise CoverTitle: Equipoise (2nd Edition) 

Series:  Ennek 03

Author: Kim Fielding

Genre: Fantasy

Length: Novel (204 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (November 29, 2016)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Ennek, the son of the Chief, and Miner, a former slave, have escaped the totalitarian city-state of Praesidium and remain fugitives. Having defeated two mighty wizards, they begin to realize complete freedom can be as dangerous as absolute power. Now Ennek and Miner must face battles, corruption, and further journeys through lands both new and familiar.

As they grow more secure in their relationship, they learn the greatest challenges sometimes come from very close to the heart and everything of value has a price. With the help of a few allies, they seek equipoise—a balance for themselves and for their world.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-188-7

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/equipoise-by-kim-fielding-333-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: This is the third book in the Ennek series. Ennek and Miner have finally come home. Only to find things have changed since they have been gone. It is a struggle to accept the changes of this new society while at the same time dealing with their own fears.

It was a wonderfully written, if not slow, ending to an intriguing story. I loved seeing how both the MC’s interacted with each other and others. They faced foes head-on and struggled to make a life for their selves in a world where nothing is certain.

As the story progressed I hoped for Ennek and Miner’s chance to live a peaceful life without all the drama that usually ended up happening. All in all it was a great ending to a really good trilogy.

Great read.

The Zozobra Incident by Don Travis

Don Travis - The Zozobra Incident CoverTitle: The Zozobra Incident

Series: A BJ Vinson Mystery #1

Author: Don Travis

Genre: Mystery

Length: Novel (290pgs)

Publisher: DSP Publications (November 15, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb:  B J Vinson, a former Albuquerque police detective turned confidential investigator, hesitates when ex-lover and now prominent attorney Del Dahlman appeals to him for help in recovering some incriminating photographs of him and the hustler who broke up their relationship. BJ reluctantly agrees to find Emilio Prada, the handsome gigolo who’s been using the photographs to impress his clientele-men and women from all strata of Albuquerque society-thinking he’ll put the case to rest in a matter of days. However, things turn deadly with a high-profile murder at the Burning of Zozobra on the opening night of the Santa Fe Fiesta, and B J becomes embroiled in a search for missing negatives, a ruthless murderer, and a way to save himself from being next on the killer’s list.

ISBN:  978-1-93707-008-3

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/the-zozobra-incident-by-don-travis-328-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  I am never sure of what to expect from an author I have never read before so I am always a bit leery of reading them.  The title is what caught my attention, but only so far as I had no clue what Zozobra actually meant.  As for the story itself let’s just say it was not what I expect.

I do have to say that I do love a good detective story or should I say a sexy man with a gun.  It is a unique story with some very interesting characters.  Although I am not sure if I actually liked it or not.  BJ was shot two years ago, which was the same time Del dumped his ass.  It would seem Del couldn’t handle blood and wounds like a true man could.  He had needs which led him to Emilio.  Emilio was a gigolo who took some very sexy pictures, and now Del needed them back.  So he goes to the one man who could help him.  Which was weird that BJ took the assignment.

Now his secretary was not one of my favorite characters but only because she didn’t much care for his lifestyle.  Complex plots, interesting story lines, and crazy characters were just a bit of what is expected from this story.  The story itself was a bit dry for me and not as entertaining as it should have been.  I hate to admit that I skimmed quite a bit from it.  

I am afraid that this story just didn’t flow right for me.  It was a bit on the slow side of things and didn’t really do much for my attention span.  I am afraid that this book sounded pretty good but when I started reading it I just couldn’t get into it.  It has great potential but failed to deliver.  I just hope the next book is a bit more entertaining.  As for this one, it just wasn’t really for me.

The Necessary Deaths by David C. Dawson

David C. Dawson - The Necessary Deaths CoverTitle: The Necessary Deaths

Series: The Delingpole Mysteries 01

Author: David C. Dawson

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Mystery

Length: Novel (200 Pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (November 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb:  A young journalism student lies unconscious in a hospital bed in Brighton, England. His life hangs in the balance after a drug overdose. But was it attempted suicide or attempted murder? The student’s mother persuades British lawyer Dominic Delingpole to investigate, and Dominic enlists the aid of his outspoken opera singer partner, Jonathan McFadden.

The student’s boyfriend discovers compromising photographs hidden in his lover’s room. The photographs not only feature senior politicians and business chiefs, but the young journalist himself. Is he being blackmailed, or is he the blackmailer?

As Dominic and Jonathan investigate further, their lives are threatened and three people are murdered. They uncover a conspiracy that reaches into the highest levels of government and powerful corporations. The people behind it are ruthless, and no one can be trusted. The bond between Dominic and Jonathan deepens as they struggle not only for answers, but for their very survival.

ISBN:  978-1-63477-451-2    

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/the-necessary-deaths-by-david-c-dawson-321-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  This is a new author for me so I was a bit leery of reading his work.  Never knowing what I am going to read is not my idea of fun.  However I found this story intriguing.  It was a bit slow on the up take but once it evens out, was at a pretty good pace 

Now for the title, all I can say was that it was creepy to say the least.  I was not a fan of the name to say the least.  Dominic finds out that his neighbor’s son was in the hospital for a drug overdose, it sent Dom into finding out what happened.  It is said that they just don’t know if it was a suicide or homicide.  However it also gives him a chance at seeing Jonathan, his boyfriend.  Now after the trip to the hospital and that particular talk, the story starts to speed up in pace which is a blessing to me.   

Now the characters were a bit non-descriptive and too much like everyone else.  Dom himself doesn’t stand out like he should.  He doesn’t even come off as an actual detective or investigator to me which makes it seem strange for him to actually be doing an investigating.  Now his relationship with Jonathan is dry and un-inspiring to me.  I don’t care for open relationships and never will so that lost points with me.  Plus Dom thought he couldn’t do any better than his boyfriend, and that was another loss.  He doesn’t really stand out and I had trouble connecting.

Now the whole story was dry, a bit boring and not as thought out as it should have been.  There was just too much missing for me to get into.  I seemed to not be able to connect with the story what so ever, other than the humorous parts.  What happened to the bad guys after all, I mean there is no ending to that part.  Now the story had some great potential but failed somehow.  I hate to say it but had this been a movie it would have rated pretty good but as a book it will take some getting used to it.  For me however I am afraid that this book was not for me.