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Love and the Stubborn by Xenia Melzer

Xenia Melzer - Love and the Stubborn CoverTitle: Love and the Stubborn

Series:  Gods of War # 2

Author: Xenia Melzer

Genre: Fantasy

Length: Novel (334 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (December 13, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Blurb: All is fair in love and war. By now, Renaldo has found out the hard way how utterly stupid this statement is once you’ve met your match. And Casto won’t give an inch in their ongoing war for love.

After a tumultuous start to their relationship, Renaldo and Casto seem to have finally reached calmer waters. But just when Renaldo starts getting comfortable and thinks he can relax, things get out of hand again. His old enemy, the Good Mother, is dangerously close to defeating the divine brothers by reaching out to what is most dear to him. Casto still clinging to his stubborn pride is all the plotters need to drive him and Renaldo apart. Burdened by the secrets of his past, Casto fights with everything he’s got not only to save his life, but also to secure his future happiness. Facing the destruction of everything they have built together, Renaldo and Casto must choose between pride and love.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63477-190-0

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/love-and-the-stubborn-by-xenia-melzer-336-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I have to say from the beginning of this book I hated Renaldo. I cannot honestly understand someone who claims to love another then turns around, because Casto was late, and forces him to accompany him to a festival where he allows him to be touched by another, paraded nude around others and then has sex with him through the night as a part of a display of ownership knowing that Casto did not want to.

Renaldo was way too full of himself. The way he treated Casto was atrocious. I would have left. I loved Casto’s spirit and defiance. Unfortunately it seemed as if Renaldo wanted instant submission yet for him to be defiant. That is contradictory to say the least. I think Renaldo should not have been in a relationship as he knew not what he actually wanted.

There were a lot of POV’s by different characters throughout this story. It gave an added depth to the story. So much happens that it’s impossible to write about everything. Some want both Renaldo and Casto gone for good. Some want just Casto gone and still others want to see them succeed. 

As with all stories there are villains in this one there are more than one that will stop at nothing to destroy Renaldo and Casto. The though was well written with a master/slave theme, suspenseful, drama humiliation aspects at times. It was an o.k. read. I did not enjoy it as much as I did the first book.

Countermind by Adrian Randall

Adrian Randall - Countermind CoverTitle: Countermind 

Author: Adrian Randall

Genre: Paranormal, Science Fiction

Length: Novel (286 pages)

Publisher: DSP Publications (February 28, 2017)

Heat Level: Nil

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: In a postprivacy future, secrets are illegal and all communication is supervised. Telepaths are registered and recruited by a government with no qualms about invading the minds of its citizens. Fugitive psychics are hunted by the Bureau of Counterpsychic Affairs, or Countermind.

Alan Izaki is one such fugitive, as well as a hacker, grifter, and thief.

Countermind agent Jack Smith is hunting him through the twisted underbelly of Hong Kong.

But Alan possesses a secret so dangerous and profound it will not only shake Smith’s loyalties, but the foundations of their society.

And Alan isn’t the only one on the run. Rogue psychic Arissa binti Noor escapes Countermind, in search of brilliant game designer Feng Huang. She hopes that together, they can destroy the government’s intrusive Senex monitoring system.

Their goals seem at odds, and their lives are destined to collide. When they do, three very different people must question their alliances and their future, because everything is about to change.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-269-8

Product Link: https://www.dsppublications.com/books/countermind-by-adrian-randall-356-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Let me start by saying this story was complex. The terminology used in it confused me at times but never the less I understand the nature of what it meant the further I read. A glossary would have been nice though to have a reference to look at. So much takes place in this book there is no way I can cover every character and twist in the review.

The Countermind agency is tasked with keeping psychics from using their abilities in an unlawful way by any means necessary, including reprogramming. This is done by using a telepath. What I found strange that they use other telepaths to scan minds in the guise of looking for rogues. Yet it is against the law for other telepaths to do the same.

There was an overabundance of information throughout this story. So much so that I had to continuously stop and restart reading. I found Jack’s character to be without emotions and cold at times. He seemed almost inhuman. But he thawed the further I read and started thinking for himself at the end. 

Alan makes his living as a thief. He’s extremely smart and cunning for his age. There is a massive mystery surrounding who he is which I will not go into less I spoil it for other readers. Arissa is a Countermind agent in training who is a powerful telepath. Zheng is the head of Countermind and most defiantly is not who he seems.

There is abundance of mystery, adventure, deceit, betrayal and drama throughout. All these ingredients and characters made for a great read with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader intrigued

Left Behind by Douglas Black

Douglas Black - Left Behind CoverTitle: Left Behind

Series: Abducted Hearts #1

Author: Douglas Black

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal

Publisher: Loose ID (December 12, 2016)

Length: Novella (115 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb:  Faced with the prospect of spending Christmas alone with his daughter, Havana, in the house he used to share with his husband, widower Stewart Robertson heads north to a campsite in Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands. There, he meets Gary James, an American parapsychologist with beliefs very different to Stewart’s own.

The sexual attraction is instantaneous, and overwhelming, and when Gary asks Stewart to spend Christmas with him and his friends in Fort William, Stewart agrees. Knowing next to nothing about each other, the two quickly start a physical relationship.

Stewart, emotional, angry and still reeling from the recent death of his husband, doesn’t know if he’s ready to start dating again, but he can’t deny that he wants Gary, a man who is keeping a secret that threatens to derail any chance of a happy ending before they even get started.

ISBN: 978-1-68252-243-1

Product Link: http://www.loose-id.com/abducted-hearts-1-left-behind.html

Reviewer:  Lisa

Review:  When I chose this book I was thinking on a different line to what this story is about.  I knew I should have read the blurb but nope I decided to just grab and read.  

Stewart lost his husband over a year ago to cancer.  He is left behind with their daughter to figure out how to make life good again.  He is a weird guy who doesn’t believe in anything that can’t be proven.  He decides to take his daughter to a campsite instead of doing Christmas with her.  Like I said he is weird.  Anyway he meets Gary and Gary’s nephew Lucas.  If Stewart doesn’t believe in some things such as religion or heaven, can you imagine how he is going to feel about what Gary does for a living.

Gary is a parapsychologist but he has a secret that he is not telling Stewart about.  Something that is bizarre enough to get Stewart to run.  Something that is hard to believe, but Gary is scared that it might just end what is becoming love.

I am sorry but this book is so damn slow paced that it was just off to me.  To top it off ghosts and alien abduction, I am with Stewart on this.  However it is a fantasy book and the story was pretty good even if it was slower then what I would have liked.  I hate to admit that it was just a tad bit boring also.  I hope the next book sparks a bit more interest than this one did. To top it off, it ends in a cliff hanger, not one of my favorite things. 

A Year and A Day by Elizabeth Silver & Jenny Urban

Elizabeth Silver & Jenny Urban - A Year and A Day CoverTitle: A Year and a Day

Series: Fae Haven #1

Author: Elizabeth Silver & Jenny Urban

Genre: Fantasy, Fae 

Publisher: Loose ID (October 17, 2016)

Length: Novella (110 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Reserved, bookish Ben isn’t looking for a relationship. Then he meets Niall, a gorgeous stranger with a knack for avoiding direct questions, and tumbles headfirst into love. Niall is perfect in just about every way, right up until he leaves town for a short trip…and vanishes off the face of the earth. 

A magical being trapped in his own realm, Niall has to fight to come back to this world for the chance to be with Ben. But by the time he gets back, more than a year has passed, and Ben refuses to believe Niall’s story of Fae and magic. 

With only a month to woo Ben back and earn a chance at staying here permanently, Niall is willing to try anything to be with the man he loves. Then Niall’s world spills over into ours and puts Ben’s life in danger, forcing them work together to save Ben before their stolen time comes to an end.

ISBN: 978-1-68252-226-4

Product Link: http://www.loose-id.com/a-year-and-a-day.html

Reviewer:  Lisa

Review:  Ben is a teacher of folklore and very reserved in nature, whereas Niall is fae.  In the fae’s life they are given one year to go to the human world and see whatever they want.  Time is different in each world, where three days here is about a year in Niall’s world.  They are immortal creatures that love to play pranks and jokes.  

When Niall comes across to the human world he is finding it a bit boring.  That is until he comes across Ben striding out of the water.  His heart takes a beat and he wants whatever he can get with this man, however going home to inform his family that he wants to stay with Ben leads into disaster.  Disaster meaning he was gone from the human world for almost a year.  Ben has no need for a man like that, but then again he has no real clue what Niall truly is.  Then the huntsman catches his scent and the paranormal world is brought right out into the open.  

I came across these authors at different times, having read a book or two by these women made me decide to give this story a chance.  However I have got to say that it was one hell of a weird story.  It starts off a bit fast and things are moving at a great pace, but then it felt like they rushed the rest of it.  It doesn’t make the story change but it just made it feel off.  I am still not too sure I liked it or not, but will reserve judgment for a later time.  I can’t imagine these two worlds in this way and I am not a big fan of the fae, but I did get a kick out of them

So I am off to read book two in this series and hope to see these two in the next story even if it is just a peek.  

Rescue of the Dragon King by Maggie Walsh

Maggie Walsh - Rescue of the Dragon King CoverTitle: Rescue of the Dragon King 

Series: Dragon Realm 02

Author: Maggie Walsh

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novella (108pgs)

Publisher: Maggie Walsh (February 28, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Leigh is the King of the Adaquo Clan of dragons, but he is unlike the other kings. Instead of being big, strong warriors, like his friends, he is a tall, slender, twink, who is very feminine in his features, and has the mouth of a champion in sarcasm. Due to Leigh’s looks, his father, the previous king, taught Leigh how to fight so that he could not only lead his people, but defend himself.

Leigh has always had a crush on Grin, a soldier and warrior for the Ingenium Clan. When Grin comes to Leigh one night flirting, it shocks Leigh to his very core. The man of his dreams wants him too, and Leigh will not let this opportunity pass. Leigh and Grin declare their undying love for each other and claim one another as mate, but a new evil in Leigh’s clan threatens to pull these two lovebirds apart.

When members of Leigh’s clan go missing, he knows it is up to him as their king to protect them and stop this evil force, but to face it he must leave his warrior mate behind and fight this battle without him. When Leigh becomes a victim of the very evil that is threatening his people, Grin calls upon their friends, the other kings, as well as two magics, to aid him in his search for his missing mate.

Leigh finds himself in a very strange palace, surrounded by a veil of fog created by a very powerful sorcerer, with no hope of escape, and no hope of rescue. Can Leigh fight his way out of the hands of this madman? Is he destined to live his life without the man he loves? Or will his mate Rescue the Dragon King? .

ISBN: B06XCGBDRL

Product Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XCGBDRL

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: In this exciting addition of the series we see Leigh in action as his people go missing he is determined to find out who took them and rescue them. The culprit is a race that is vicious and only wants to breed to ensure their race’ survival. Unfortunately for them instead of humans they kidnapped dragon shifters.

I loved this story. Leigh is so delicate and beautiful yet deadly. I loved how he never backed down from a fight despite his small stature. He is fierce and a force to be reckoned with. I was thrilled when he and Grin finally got together as mates. 

Highly recommended.

Model Investigator by Lissa Kasey

Lissa Kasey - Model Investigations CoverTitle: Model Investigator 

Series: Haven Investigations 03

Author: Lissa Kasey

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 26, 2017)

Length: Novel (250pgs)

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: With his lover, Kade, missing, androgynous former model turned private investigator Ollie Petroskovic is ready to kick some ass to bring him home. 

Ollie and his ex, rock star Jacob Elias, need to find Kade and free him from the clutches of his manipulative family. But with Ollie suffering from chronic migraines and Jacob unable to bear loud noises, they are hardly the dynamic duo. It takes a lot of sweet talking on the part of Jacob, and patience Ollie doesn’t have, to find Kade. Only Kade’s not whole anymore. The fight for Kade’s heart and mind is far from over. 

It’s Ollie’s turn to guide Kade through nightmares, self-doubt, and PTSD. Kade’s memories are scattered, fragmented with possible horrors, and he’s not quite sure what is real. Ollie will have to draw on his investigative skills to clear Kade of the terrible accusations his family has made and help Kade unlock the truth. But in doing so, he ignores his own health, which could have catastrophic consequences for everyone, especially when digging up the past could be lethal for them all.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-555-2

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/model-investigator-by-lissa-kasey-8611-b

Reviewer:  Lisa

Review:  Each book in the Haven Investigations collection features Kade and Ollie and their story. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. 

As with the previous books, this one ends with a major cliff-hanger, which I will admit drives me nuts, but it also makes you wish the next book was already waiting for you to read.  I wasn’t sure that I liked where it went through, but for these two amazing men it just seemed to work.  Although, I definitely don’t like where Kade ended up, but you will have to read to find out what I am talking about.

Kade and Ollie end up in an accident, but when Ollie awakes he finds out that Kade’s family had taken him from the hospital.  Ollie knew they needed to get him away before he lost Kade forever.  Then things get crazy and out of hand.  There are some pretty amazing twists to this story that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat and gasping.  

I hate to admit that I had to go back and read the previous books because I couldn’t remember who they were and what their story was.  For me, that is not a good thing, as if the story is awesome it will stick with me for quite some time.  However even with those issues, I had a lot of fun reading this and cannot wait to see what happens to our sexy men. 

This is probably the only series that I do enjoy where the characters are used as main characters in every book.  That has not usually been a favorite series type of mine and I tend to lose interest in the whole thing, however, like I said, that is not the same with this series and story.  My interest was kept throughout the whole book and I can guarantee that it will probably be the same with future books.  

I would definitely recommend this book and the previous stories.

Cosmic Inception by Alicia Nordwell

Alicia Nordwell - Cosmic Inception CoverTitle: Cosmic Inception

Series:  Saving Caeorleia # 3

Author: Alicia Nordwell

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Science Fiction

Length: Novel (310 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 18, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Their journey will span the universe and back, but there’s no guarantee they’ll make it together.

Though Nick and Fieo are drawn to each other, their relationship has never been easy. Their differences go beyond their races, but they’ve managed to work together to prevent the spread of corruption, growing closer along the way. Nick still battles the effects of years of loneliness, fear, and pain but surprises everyone when he refuses to stay behind when Fieo is sent on a vital mission to find the Collectors. Fieo objects, but there’s no stopping Nick when he sets his mind to something. Over the course of their mission, it becomes clear Nick is more than anyone ever imagined, but the mystery of his past threatens to derail his future.

The search for the truth will take Fieo and Nick far from Caeorleia, to worlds both familiar and completely alien, and put stress on their already tenuous relationship. It’s a journey that will either tear them apart or finally bring them together.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63477-475-8

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/cosmic-inception-by-alicia-nordwell-7231-b

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order.

Oh my god was this book fantastic. Feio and Nicklaus take on a mission that spans the universe in search of answers. What they discover is way more than they bargained for.

Despite what Nicklaus went through he is smart and dedicated to the mission, despite the fact that he has problems being around others. Feio has been so patient and understanding with Nicklaus, ever since they meet and has done everything in his power to let Nicklaus come to him when he’s ready.

The intense situations, twists and turns plus an amazing cast of characters just blew my mind. I could not believe how much information was dispersed throughout this great story. I loved how well the story flowed. It seemed we were given just enough to keep reading bit by bit as Nicklaus discovers who he really is.

The revelation about Nicklaus… I was not expecting but was pleasantly surprised and awed by it. I loved everything about this story and am looking forward to more in the series.

Mael by Catherine Lievens

Catherine Lievens - Mael CoverTitle: Mael

Series: Council Enforcers #6

Author: Catherine Lievens

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy 

Publisher: eXtasy Books (May 26, 2017)

Length: Novella (113 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Sometimes trusting is the hardest thing to do.

When Mael agrees to help Lenny retrieve his best friend after he’s been dumped, he thinks it’ll be an easy in and out job. He knows it isn’t as soon as he sets eyes on Scott because Scott is his mate.

Scott’s just been dumped by his boyfriend of two weeks, who went back to his ex. He’s surprised when he realizes Mael is his mate, then worried when Mael and the rest of his team are sent to work with Mael’s tribe—and his ex-boyfriend.

Mael might have been with his tribe’s leader for two years, but it’s in the past. He’s angry when Scott asks Yerad to shimmer him there because he doesn’t trust Mael and Muirgeh, but he understands. Besides, Scott is useful to the team, and he helps them look for the shifters stealing food and entering tribe territory.

Will Muirgeh’s presence influence Mael and Scott’s relationship? Will Scott be able to get over how close Mael is to Muirgeh? And what will happen when Mael accidentally initiates the bond between them?

ISBN:  978-1-4874-1040—7

Product Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/mael/

Reviewer:  Lisa

Review: Each book in the Council Enforcers collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. This series is also connected to the Whitedell Pride and Gillham Pack collection. There is nothing better than a good paranormal romance with two gorgeous men involved. 

Mael has finally met his mate, right before he had to go help an ex-boyfriend with some shifter problems.  Scott is a sweetie, but has a little bit of a jealous problem.  So what do you get when you put Lenny, Mael, Scott and Mael’s ex in a room together, a laugh a minute is what you get.  

I love the way Catherine puts together a story that not only draws you in but keeps you entertained as well. They have a serious tone to them, but there is quite a bit of humor floating around.  Well the enforcers now have their very own Nysys and Keenan, and his name is Lenny.  I love how protective they are of their mates, even when they are being asshats. I do get a kick out of the whole thing.

They are not long size novels, but just the right size for me to really enjoy. They have so much depth and details that if will feel like you are right there with them. I love that there is even the hint of danger surrounding them sometimes. Trust me that this is one series that you will enjoy quite a bit. I loved it and cannot wait for the next book to come out.

Adverse Effects by Alicia Nordwell

Alicia Nordwell - Adverse Effects CoverTitle: Adverse Effects

Series:  Saving Caeorleia # 2

Author: Alicia Nordwell

Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (290 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 23, 2015)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Dade, human-Caeorleian hybrid and ex-military grunt, doesn’t fit in—not with humans, not with aliens, not anywhere. He’s always on the outskirts, angry, and people aren’t sure they can trust him. When he encounters a compatible tziu named Yaseke, secrets, misunderstandings, and attacks nearly prevent the two from making a connection Dade sorely needs. Even after they unite, Dade and Yaseke face challenges that two newly joined males should never have to endure.

From traitorous council members, to sadistic aliens who plan to sell them as slaves, to meeting a mysterious race of revered aliens called Collectors, Dade and Yaseke manage to stay together—and even rescue two youths related to Yaseke, who’ve lost their parents to the same betrayer.

Someone from Dade’s past is at the root of everything he’s suffered. No way can he let them get away with what they’re planning, but Dade isn’t sure he can stop them on his own. If he doesn’t let go of his isolation and risk the pain letting others in will bring, he’ll never save Caeorleia in time.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63216-564-0

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/adverse-effects-by-alicia-nordwell-4785-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I really felt for Dade in this story and what was done to him. It broke my heart that he felt he couldn’t ever be close to anyone because of how the experiment left him to feel others emotions. That had to be debilitating to a degree I could never understand.

Yaseke seems to be just what Dade needs. Someone he can be around yet not feel his emotions. Buphet was an all-around ass that I definitely could not stand whatsoever. The nature of Buphet’s plans for Dade and Yaseke were horrifying. How could anyone do that to their family was mind blowing to me.

This mystery and suspense of the book was off the charts as well as the action and drama that came along with the journey. This book had it all being on the run to being kidnapped and sold to slavers, escaping and finally the confrontation left me on the edge of my seat throughout awaiting the outcome.

I truly loved the entire book and highly recommend it.

The Coterie by Maggie Walsh

Maggie Walsh - The Coterie CoverTitle: The Coterie

Series:  Clearnight Haven # 1

Author: Maggie Walsh

Genre: Paranormal, Erotica

Length: Novella (145pgs)

Publisher: Maggie Walsh (December 9, 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Raven Stone is an almost 500 year old vampire who is next in line for the throne to become the king of not only the vampires, but of the paranormal race as a whole. But to claim the throne he must to complete his Coterie, a circle of five men of different breeds of paranormal who are his destined mates. And he must claim them all before his 500th birthday, or he will lose the throne forever, and for the first time in paranormal history the Stone family will not hold the honor.

Raven has already found and claimed four of his mate’s, but his birthday approaches and forces are against he and his mates from finding their last mate. When Raven smells the scent of their last mate on a greedy vampire who leads the Clearnight Haven coven, he and his mate’s, Lorcan, Ash, Ciro, and Jareth, travel to the small town in upper Washington State in America.

Joel is a human who works at the local newspaper as a junior reporter, but if he can get the story of the century, he hopes it will be enough to convince his boss that he should be promoted to one of the senior reporters.

The town bigwig and major asshole, Malcolm Dean has gone missing, and no one even blinks an eye from his loss, but when the mysterious billionaire Raven Stone comes to town and takes over all of Dean’s business holdings, Joel smells the story he’s been looking for.

As Joel sneaks around trying to uncover what Raven Stone looks like and who he is, an even juicier story, with a bigger fish, an evil man named, Mario Gallo, gets dropped in his lap.

When Joel goes to The Raven Club to do a story on Raven Stone he never expected to find five men that he feels an overwhelming attraction to. After a night of mind blowing pleasure with the five men, Joel is shocked to learn who these men truly are and who they say he is to them. Joel isn’t ready for what they offer him and he runs, concentrating on his story, when suddenly Joel disappears.

When Raven and the others learn that Joel has gone missing, they know he is in danger and they must find him before it’s too late. And if they find him, will they be able to convince Joel that he belongs with them?

ISBN: B01MYY4G1F

Product Link: https://www.amazon.com/Coterie-Clearnight-Haven-Book-ebook/dp/B01MYY4G1F

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I love vampire stories and even more so when other paranormals are added to the mix. However this book seriously lacked a solid story line for me as it was mostly sex scenes, yes I know this is an erotica book but come on, with a little story thrown in the mix.

Raven has to find his other mate before his time runs out and he is forced to let someone else rule. Joel was a little cutie who is a reporter. He gets himself in trouble looking into a story when he runs from his mates not understanding what is going on seeing as he’s human. 

Sorry, but I just did not like this book. Maybe a little less pages upon pages of nothing but sex in the next book and I’ll love it.

Romancing the Wrong Twin by Clare London ~ Audiobook

Clare London - Romancing the Wrong Twin Cover AudioTitle: Romancing the Wrong Twin

Series:  Dreamspun Desires 21 / Romancing the… 01

Author: Clare London

Narrator: Rusty Topsfield

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 6 hrs 21 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (3 Jan 2017)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: How tangled can a romantic web get?

When gruff mountaineer Dominic Hartington-George seeks sponsorship for his latest expedition, his London PA insists on a more media-friendly profile – like dating celebrity supermodel Zeb Z.

Zeb can’t make the date, so he asks his identical twin, Aidan, to stand in for just one evening. Aidan, a struggling playwright, shuns the limelight to the extent people don’t even know Zeb has a sibling, but he reluctantly agrees.

When the deception has to continue beyond the first date, Aidan fights to keep up the pretense. Dominic likes his sassy, intelligent companion, and Aidan starts falling for the forthright explorer. But how long can Aidan’s conscience cope as confusion abounds? Will coming clean as “the other twin” destroy the trust they’ve built?

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: Romancing the Wrong Twin is exactly what the title and the blurb says and I have to admit, it is a magnificent guilty pleasure and fantastic addition to Dreamspun Desires series. Being that it is part of the Dreamspun Desires series, you need to expect some level of insta-love, totally hot sexual tension and hot sex between the two MCs, as well as some over the top drama. Yet despite all the drama, the characters actually are relatable, particularly Aidan.

The story is quite self explanatory from the title. Someone is clearly dating someone pretending to be his twin. I know it sounds silly and that was why I wanted this book! Aidan is “the wrong twin” and he is taking the place of his famous brother Zeb (stage name). Zeb is a model and as part of his contract, is often contracted to be seen with other celebrities in order to get seen by the paparazzi. But Zeb can’t make his latest job – to be seen at a film premiere with famous mountaineer Dominic Hartington-George. Dominic has zero person skills but unlike his brother, Aidan is totally attracted to Dominic. The problem is Aidan is continuing to pretend to be his brother and the farce just snowballs from the word go.

Look, Dominic can really be a massive arse and most of the book is drama caused by his ego or by his mouth. In contrast Aidan is all sweet, lovable and very down to earth. I really grew to loved Aidan and his gruff beau. A totally fun and satisfying read. The two are perfect buffers for each other and their chemistry is wonderful – especially when listening to the wonderful voice of Rusty Topsfield, which is just perfect for this type of book.

Return of the Dragon King by Maggie Walsh

Maggie Walsh - Return of the Dragon King CoverTitle: Return Of The Dragon King

Series:  Dragon Realm 01

Author: Maggie Walsh

Genre: Action & Adventure, Paranormal

Length: Novella (104pgs)

Publisher: Maggie Walsh (November 12, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Devon has spent the last few years of his life just trying to survive his step-brother Mick. Being used as a trick to keep Mick in beer and drugs is not how he imagined his life would be. The only thing he looks forward to are his dreams of Zion.

Zion has searched for his true mate for years. Finally finding him, and saving him from the hell his life has been, Zion and Devon should be happier than ever, but learning that they are to rule the Dragon Realm together is almost more than Devon can handle. Zion must use all his patience and love to prove to Devon that they are meant to be.

However, not everyone is happy to have the prophecy fulfilled. There are those that will do anything to prevent Zion and Devon’s mating. Will they succeed? Or will true love finally conquer all?

ISBN: B01N91EXPC

Product Link: https://www.amazon.com/Return-Dragon-King-Maggie-Walsh-ebook/dp/B01N91EXPC

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Since his mother took him and fled their home Devon has been in hell. He’s been lied to, beaten, used and abused and forced to sell his body at the whim of his step brother Mick. Going to his nightly appointment he meets Zion. He has been having dreams of this man and is stunned when he learns who he is. But upon Zion revealing who he really is Devon runs as he feels ashamed of what he’s been forced to do.

Zion is a strong character and was just the one to show Devon that what he went through was because of someone else and not his choice. I have to admit I was so pissed off with the way that lazy no good prick Mick treated Devon that I was wishing him dead from the start. 

The scene between a certain client and Devon broke my heart at what was done to him. I was glad it was not drawn out as I don’t think I could have handled that. There are twists and turns especially at the end when we discover the plan and certain individuals who are power hungry set said plans in motion and carried them out. 

Highly recommended.

The Dom’s Way by Sean Michael

Sean Michael - The Dom's Way CoverTitle: The Dom’s Way 

Series:  Iron Eagle Gym 05

Author: Sean Michael

Genre: BDSM, Contemporary

Length: Novel (200 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 23, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Neal and Way from The Closet Boy are back, only now they’re Dom and sub, and exploring their relationship through the lifestyle. Way is eager to learn everything, and more in love with his master every day. For his part, Neal can’t believe how lucky he is to have found such an innocent but sensual boy.

As they learn what works best for them both, Way has trouble obeying some of the rules Neal imposes. Like the no touching himself rule. Neal wants Way to learn control, but Way, after so long holding back, has trouble not indulging. The two men must work together to find the balance that brings them each the most satisfaction and happiness.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-437-1

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-doms-way-by-sean-michael-8588-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Neal and Way are back in this instalment of the Iron Eagle Gym series. They are happy together but still learning about one another. Way has trouble following some of Neal’s rules which at times causes tension between the two men.

Neal for his part understands Way’s reluctance and they both find common ground so to speak. I loved the characters. They seemed so different from one another yet meshed very well together.

This was a great addition to the series as it explores deeper into Neal and Way’s characters. I enjoyed the flow of the story, the tension and the sexy times. 

Great read.

By The Numbers by R.J. Scott

R.J. Scott - By The Numbers CoverTitle: By The Numbers

Series: Sanctuary #10

Author: R.J. Scott

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher:  Love Lane Books Limited (May 17, 2017)

Length: Novella (136 Pages)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb:  Secrets and lies threaten Brandon and Daniel’s new love.

Brandon Hoselton is running scared, finding security in his obsession with patterns and numbers. With his family threatened, he feels he has nowhere left to go, and even considers ending his life to keep them safe. Until Sanctuary, in the shape of the enigmatic Daniel Karnes, gives him a reason to stay alive and offers the possibility of a future free from fear.

Former SEAL Daniel is new to Sanctuary, tasked with watching Brandon, a brilliant geek with way too many secrets. Falling in love with quirky Brandon is easy; now he just has to make sure secrets don’t end up with them both dying.

The only way of destroying Varga is to cut the crime boss’s money, and the two men become part of an intricate take-down involving millions of dollars. But Brandon has a secret he can never share with Daniel, and their new love is at stake.

When the villain has murder in mind, sometimes the only way to stay alive is to lie.

ISBN: 978-1-78564-078-0

Product Link: Amazon USAmazon UK

Reviewer:  Lisa

Review:  Each book in the Sanctuary collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. 

As a reader I have several favorite authors and stories that I collect.  Although I favor paranormal romances, I will say that R.J. Scott is one of my ultimate favorite contemporary writers of all time.  The story or stories are intriguing and fascinating with the way they are told.  The characters all have their own little way of making you connect with them.  They go from being bold to shy, hard, difficult and sometime pretty strange I would say.  There is an amount of danger in their world that will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.  The lust also seems to be off the charts sometimes, although in my mind, maybe a bit too eager and fast in some cases.  It doesn’t take away from the story though.

This is the final book in this amazing series, and I have to say that I am not really pleased to see that it is coming to an end.  However it did have a great run.  With this I had to go back and read the previous books to remember each character and their place in the story.  Brandon is a very unique type of guy.  He reminds me of a computer himself sometimes.  He sees the world as numbers and patterns.  Even a pattern on a curtain could drive him crazy.  Brandon and his best friends decided to bring down one of the deadliest men, by going undercover.  It had not worked the way they had thought and now Brandon was the only one left alive.  Sanctuary steps in and keeps him and his sister’s safe, but Brandon has other ideas.

Daniel is going to keep Brandon safe, even if it gets him killed.  More than likely it might want to make him commit murder in the end.  He knows Brandon is not being truthful, but damn he does have a fine ass.  He just has to get Brandon to let him in, because well if you really want to know more, read the book.

There are a bit of quirks to this story that will definitely keep your attention.  I also loved the little twists to it.  The ending really caught my attention, wished I knew what type of snake it was.  I had a lot of fun reading this and can’t wait to see what new stories this amazing author has to come. 

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who loves a bit of suspense, mystery and danger, not to mention sexy men who carry guns.

Desires of A Mage by A.M. Halford

A.M. Halford - Desires of a Mage CoverTitle: Desires of a Mage

Series:  Mages of the Nether # 2

Author: A.M. Halford

Genre: Fantasy

Length: Novella (178 pages)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (October 5, 2016)

Heat Level: Scorching

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Blurb: Marcus, bored with his new role as Daniel and Aiden’s bodyguard, agrees to go on a mission into the Nether. Seeing this as his chance to do something exciting, he tries his best to put up a good front for his assigned partner, Edmond Elena of the house of the rabbit, of which he shares a passionate yet sad past.

Edmond holds deep scars from his past with Marcus, scars he doesn’t want reopened. Still, the pieces of Marcus that he sees beneath his armor of strength and aloofness weakens his heart to him even as he realizes Marcus hasn’t changed in all these years.

Fighting off their growing desires and feelings for each other, the two must find the stolen tomes of the previous Mediums. Their search for the books brings them into contact with the mysterious group known as the Blood of Aeon, the group responsible for the death of the Dalrymple family forty years ago, and possible secrets that could destroy their world.

ISBN: 9781640101906

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/desires-of-a-mage

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: It’s best to read these books in order. Marcus and Edmond were together in college but due to a misunderstanding they broke up. Now years later the two are tasked with a mission to find missing tomes that are highly important to Aiden.

I really enjoy this series. I hope it continues. So much goes on in this book from dangerous situations to mysteries needing to be solved. I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know who was behind everything and why. 

Marcus and Edmond broke my heart at what had been done to these two and the wasted years they were forced to endure. A couple of times I wanted to smack Marcus upside the head for his stubbornness. 

I am looking forward to reading more in this series as the mystery continues. Great read.