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Acting Up by John Inman

John Inman - Acting Up CoverTitle:  Acting Up

Author: John Inman

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (200 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 23, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: It’s not easy breaking into show biz. Especially when you aren’t exactly loaded with talent. But Malcolm Fox won’t let a little thing like that hold him back.

Actually, it isn’t the show-business part of his life that bothers him as much as the romantic part—or the lack thereof. At twenty-six, Malcolm has never been in love. He lives in San Diego with his roommate, Beth, another struggling actor, and each of them is just as unsuccessful as the other. While Malcolm toddles off to this audition and that, he ponders the lack of excitement in his life. The lack of purpose. The lack of a man.

Then Beth’s brother moves in.

Freshly imported from Missouri of all places, Cory Williams is a towering hunk of muscles and innocence, and Malcolm is gobsmacked by the sexiness of his new roomie from the start. When infatuation enters the picture, Malcolm knows he’s really in trouble. After all, Cory is straight!

ISBN: 978-1-63477-355-3

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/acting-up-by-john-inman-7918-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Malcolm has always wanted to work in show biz, so in between auditions he also works at the zoo.  He cracks me up.  His best friend and roommate, Beth is also a struggling actress.  Somehow they just make it all work.  That is until Beth lets him no her one and only darling brother is moving in.  Along with a big pit bull and a four foot snake.  Not Malcolm’s idea of fun, until he sees Beth’s brother.  Then he might just faint.  The poor boy has never been in love before and well let’s just wait and see what is to become of him.

Cory broke up with his girlfriend, well you will find out the true reason when you read the book.  He is a sexy young man from Missouri and wants to get into show biz like his sister.  These two are like smoking hot and are perfect for each other.  Now you add in Malcolm’s mom and this is one rocking book.  However you just have to read the book for more juicy information.  

I came across John Inman a few months back with one of his series, and from that moment on he has been one of my favorite contemporary writers.  His stories are just down right juicy and so damn funny.  This particular book had me laughing my ass off for hours afterwards.  Just thinking about Malcolm’s reaction to the snake was a blast.  They are so entertaining that your attention is caught from the moment you start reading this book and well I didn’t, no, I couldn’t take a break until I got to the end.  

I had quite a bit of fun with this book and would definitely love to hear more about this sexy couple.  Hell his mom was funny as hell, and damn I wish more mothers were like her.  The rats were a great touch to the story also.  Who would know Malcolm had such a big heart for the creatures, well at least for the rats.  The romance itself is super easy and just seemed to flow off the pages.  This is one book that I can guarantee will be read more than once.  Trust me; you have to read this book.

Better With Bacon by Matthew Lang

Matthew Lang - Better With Bacon CoverTitle: Better With Bacon

Series: Perchance to Dream 06

Author: Matthew Lang

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (95 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 22, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: When Patrick’s long-term girlfriend Li Ling dumps him just as he’s working up the nerve to propose, he ends up drunk on David’s couch—and later in David’s bed. Although initially reluctant to pursue anything beyond a one-time drunken tryst, David throws caution to the wind during an intimate dinner, where the two men also discuss Patrick’s dream of entering the food industry. Just as the friends-turned-lovers are settling into their new romance, Li Ling calls Patrick—she’s pregnant.

Convinced the announcement spells the end of their love affair and a return to their platonic friendship, David flees to Sydney to escape his heartbreak. But upon his return to Melbourne, David discovers the situation hasn’t gone the way he’d expected. There might still be a chance for David and Patrick’s dreams to come true if they can forgive each other’s mistakes and move forward.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-812-1

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/better-with-bacon-by-matthew-lang-8180-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  Matthew Lang is a new author for me but when I first saw the title, I just knew I had to read it.  Let’s face it everything is better with bacon, so how could this story go wrong.  The characters are very quirky and gave me a good surprise.  At first I wasn’t too sure, because Patrick had been in a relationship since high school with a girl.  However it came to my attention that this guy is kinky.

Patrick’s long term girlfriend Li dumped his ass, so he heads to his best friend’s home to get over it.  However after a few drinks Patrick lets it slip that he has always wondered what it would be like to be with a guy.  Then around valentine’s Li Ling calls to say she is pregnant.  Well poor David runs for the hills, well he actually went to Australia but close enough.  Then he comes home, and well you are just going to have to read the book to find out what happens.  

This story has a serious tone to it, but damn if there were not areas that had me laughing my ass off.  I didn’t much care for a certain part of it, but I don’t want to ruin the story or the surprise.  Trust me you are going to have a blast with this story. 

I definitely recommend this book to everyone.  It was fun to read and I can’t wait to see what other books this author has out.

Thorns and Fangs by Gillian St. Kevern

Gillian St. Kevern - Thorns and Fangs CoverTitle: Thorns and Fangs

Series: Thorns and Fangs #1

Author: Gillian St. Kevern

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Novel (372 Pages)

Publisher: NineStar Press (January 18, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Nate is caught between two dangerously hot vampires who can compel people to do whatever they want and a ruthless necromancer who wants Nate for all the wrong reasons—and that’s only the start of his problems.

Escort Nate prides himself on two things: his ability to please his clients and his normality – living in the monster capital of the world, ordinary is rare. Hunter, a darkly charming vampire with more charisma than is good for him, decides Nate is just what he needs. Nate’s sympathetic nature and skill in the bedroom are put to the ultimate test. But Hunter wants Nate for someone else – his brother, Ben. Nate is immediately attracted by the control with which Ben holds his sensitive nature in force. Too afraid of becoming a monster to allow himself to feel, Ben struggles to resist Nate’s generosity of emotion. As a vindictive necromancer makes Ben his target of revenge, Nate discovers that making people feel good doesn’t compare to making Ben feel. As Nate’s normal world crumbles around him, and he desperately searches for a way to save Ben, Nate is unable to escape becoming the necromancer’s latest victim.

But Nate’s death is only the beginning. Coming back to life in the bathroom of Gunn, a Department Seven officer who hates the vampire family that Ben and Hunter belong to, Nate doesn’t know who to trust or even what he is. As the necromancer’s trap pulls tighter around himself and Ben, Nate is forced to let go of normal and embrace powers he doesn’t fully understand. In defiance of Ben’s vampire sire and hunted by Department Seven, Nate and Ben finally learn to trust and rely on each other. But when the necromancer succeeds in capturing Ben, Nate alone can come to his rescue.

ISBN: 978-1-91115-318-4

Product Link: http://ninestarpress.com/product/thorns-and-fangs/

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This story did not turn out at all like I had thought it would. There was more detail to it than I thought was needed and to slow paced for me. For such a long story, I felt like I was drowning in details. I love a good paranormal, but this came off more fantasy then anything. I could not really get into the characters as I should have. It felt a bit off to me.

Nate is an escort and has come to the attention of a very powerful vampire. However the attention was not what caught my eye, it was the fact that Hunter wanted Nate to be a brother. Which is strange in itself. Now Ben had been turned by Hunter about a year ago, and now here is Nate to help them celebrate. Ben comes off a bit, well off. He is cold in a way that one would not expect, but he doesn’t really seem that happy about Nate. Especially since Nate is immune to him. Then you add in a jealous necromancer, and let’s just say it is about to get all interesting to say the least.

I hate to say that I basically had to rush through this and skimmed most of it. It didn’t really catch my attention like it should have. I also did not really care for the sex business at all, which was a downside for me. Although the way this author wrote it was a bit better than most. There really wasn’t any shame or regret shown, so that was a nice change for me.

I enjoyed the mystery that this story seemed to have going on inside of it. One would sit on the edge of their seats trying to figure it out, was a great plus. I loved the fresh new touch to the paranormal and fantasy world that this author has created, plus it was very quirky in away. So it took a few chapters to get to the point that my attention was captured but I am afraid that it just came too late for me. The ritualistic killings were a bit strange, but for this type of story it rocked. It was not written in a dark tone so that was a major hit for me, because I really can’t get into gross deaths.

I am not really sure if I will read the next book, but since this is the first in a new series I will just wait and see. For now I will just say that this book really wasn’t for me.

To Fight His Heart by Alec Nortan

Alec Nortan - To Fight His Heart CoverTitle: To Fight His Heart

Series: Matt Glenn #3

Author: Alec Nortan

Genre: Contemporary

Length:  Novella (74 Pages)   

Publisher:  NineStar Press (August 8, 2016)

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥  3.5 Hearts

Blurb:  The only way for Matt to be with Jordan is to put his life back on tracks. And if it requires physical injuries, Matt is ready to pay that price. One price he isn’t ready to pay, though, is other people’s mistakes. And as his past catches up with him, a lot of such people are ganging up on him, including cops.

ISBN: 978-1-91115-369-6

Product Link: http://ninestarpress.com/product/to-fight-his-heart/

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: To enjoy this series I would suggest starting with the first book.  

Ben was dead and after two years of being gone, Matt needs a change.  Jordan is back in his life but he wants to go slowly and for me that sounds good.  However for the story it wasn’t.  Cops are still after him, there is a homophobic district attorney and Matt is doing some really weird exercises in this book.  There is something major missing from this whole story, but I just don’t know what.

It is a very slow paced story and that right there was a problem for me.  My attention just couldn’t be kept on the book at all.  Now what Matt has gone through is horrible, and then there is Jordan who seems a bit off.  There is no chemistry between them and no passion to be seen.  The whole story just felt off and fell flat to me.  It felt like everything was thrown together and the editors missed some good spots. 

The story felt repetitive and boring. It is a dry tone with very little emotion added on, although what the characters are going through is emotional; the story just doesn’t do it justice.  I am afraid that this story and series was just not for me.

To Lose His Heart by Alec Nortan

Alec Nortan - To Lose His Heart Cover sTitle: To Lose His Heart

Series: Matt Glenn #2

Author: Alec Nortan

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (87 Pages)   

Publisher: NineStar Press (May 30, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Things should be going great for Matt Glenn. His business as a security consultant is thriving and he’s rekindled his relationship with sexy detective Jordan Cobbers. But the pressures of work are driving Matt and Jordan ever further apart. Luckily Matt’s old flame, Ben, is on hand to make thing right. But tragedy strikes, and Matt is in danger of having everything ripped from his world, including his sanity. When he loses his heart, how far must he go to find it again?

ISBN: 978-1-91115-357-3

Product Link: http://ninestarpress.com/product/to-lose-his-heart/

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: To enjoy this series I would suggest starting with the first book.  

Now this book does give you warning that tragedy strikes, but let’s just say I wasn’t ready for it and I absolutely hated it after that.  It was the reason that my rating went down.  Also when he was in and out, the paragraphs got smaller and for me just a bit confusing.  Other than my issues with this story, well let’s just say read the story.

Matt was in love with two men.  Jordan and Matt had broken up and gotten back together, but miscommunication and the fact that Jordan was an ass, they ended up over.  Then in comes Ben who Matt had fallen for, but been warned to stay away by his mother and things heat up.  Then tragedy strikes and well you will just have to read the story.

It is an interesting story, if not a bit confusing and dry at some parts of it.  I am afraid that it wasn’t one of my favorites, but it was still an enjoyable read.  I will leave my final judgement after I read the next book.

To Steal His Heart by Alec Nortan

Alec Nortan - To Steal His Heart Cover sTitle: To Steal His Heart

Series: Matt Glenn #1

Author: Alec Nortan

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella

Publisher: NineStar Press (April 25, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 2.5 Hearts

Blurb: The best way to catch a thief is to act like one—or at least that’s how Matt Glenn operates. He’ll protect your valuables, but the one thing he can’t protect is his own heart. His life is looking up when he meets hot client Ben on his latest assignment. But when Matt comes back into contact with police lieutenant Jordan Cobbers, the man who could have been the love of his life, things get complicated. As the danger rises and lives are placed at risk, will Matt survive? 

ISBN: 978-1-91115-347-4

Product Link: http://ninestarpress.com/product/to-steal-his-heart/

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Alec is a new author for me so I wasn’t too sure what to expect. Now the title is what caught my eye from the start, then I read the blurb and I couldn’t wait to read it. However once I started reading it, I felt a little bit disappointed. The blurb made it sound like this exciting and funny story, however the follow thru was lacking. The sentences were short and very curt, which made the story fall flat and sloppy. The story just didn’t flow right at all for me.

Matt’s job is to protect other people’s property, except he has no clue how to protect himself. Ben is a customer who is very much interested in Matt, but Matt doesn’t realize it. There is probably only one sex scene in the whole book and let’s just say there is no build up whatsoever. They get in the car; go to dinner, to the next morning. You are told that there is some hot sex, but you don’t see it. There is no connection here.

This author stated Feds, but used British terms. It felt like the author got their languages all screwed up. What was supposed to be funny just fell short of being a bit dull. There is no build up and there is no true story here. How did the man get into the business, for one? The location was never stated so one had no clue where they were at. Plus the police part just doesn’t even seem plausible let alone real enough. Plus one night he is in love with Ben, then the next night he is in love with Jordan, but none of it is more than just talk. You get more description about their room then you do anything else.

I was hoping for an exciting story but I am afraid that this story was just not for me.

Červenà by Louise Lyons

Louise Lyons - Cervena Cover sTitle: Červenà

Author: Louise Lyons

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (200 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 22, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: When Joel Jones finds homeless Russian Sasha outside his gay nightclub in Prague, he cannot find it in his heart to turn him away, so he offers him a home and a job as a dancer and stripper.

Despite a fifteen-year age gap, romance develops between them but is interrupted when Joel has to return to England for many weeks to deal with a death in the family.

Upon Joel’s return, he is horrified to discover his business partner, Karel, has gambled away the club’s money and put them all at risk. Joel buys him out of the club, but when Karel continues to gamble, the people he owes pursue Joel for the debt instead—and they’ll stop at nothing to get paid.

Suddenly Joel and those he cares about—especially Sasha—are in danger, and Joel finds himself with no choice but to seek the help of known criminal, Vincenc Jankovic. Ensuring a happy future for himself and Sasha will mean a struggle and some difficult decisions, but Joel is determined to protect what they’ve built together.  

ISBN: 978-1-63477-396-6

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/cervena-by-louise-lyons-7281-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Sasha was a gay teenager in Russia, when he was attacked and ran.  He knew he had to go somewhere safe.  Two years later, here he was homeless and broke.  He was behind a nightclub taking something out of the trash, when Joel found him.  

Joel and his partner owned a really sweet nightclub that was considered the best.  When he found Sasha, he figured he was just too old for the kid.  But he did offer him a job as a dancer, and it turned out he was one of the best.  Then all hell breaks when Joel’s mother passes, and his business partner started his life of crime, so to speak.  If you really want to know more about this juicy story, read the book.

Now I have to admit, the story was given away by the blurb.  Which was to bad but the story itself was still pretty good.  It was just bad that I already knew what was going to happen.  Other than that problem, the story was pretty good.  The characters were perfect for each other and let’s face it Sasha is just a cutie.  Joel was a strong but caring man who loved his employees, but thought the age difference between him and Sasha was a bad thing.  Glad to see he changed his mind.  What was surprising was the fact that Sasha really wasn’t in the story too much, but he was there in a different way.  

I found that even though at first I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to give this book a chance, and I was glad in the end that I did.  I loved the fact that it wasn’t just a super sweet little love story, that it had action, suspense, danger and some hot sex.  I enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend it to all.

The Little Crow by Caitlin Ricci

caitlin-ricci-little-crow-coverTitle: The Little Crow, 3rd edition

Series: N/A

Author: Caitlin Ricci

Length: Novel (161 Pages)

Genre:  Paranormal

ISBN: 978-1-911153-80-1

Publisher: NineStar Press (12th September 2016)

Heat Level: Very Mild

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Detective Jamison Landry’s job isn’t easy. He’s dealt with the worst criminals imaginable and believes in his work and the community he serves. But he’s never met someone quite like Mal before.

The mysterious man, rescued from a basement in which he was chained by cultists, keeps Jamison guessing. He both confuses and excites him, and Jamison isn’t sure how he feels about that. Plus, things turn from unusual to downright strange when people start insisting Mal isn’t quite human. And Jamison’s creepy dreams of crows and graveyards don’t make things any better for him.

Will Mal stay around long enough for Jamison to figure out his secrets, or will this stranger leave him aching for more?

Product Link: http://ninestarpress.com/product/the-little-crow/

Review: Usually I can find the words for anything there is that needs to be said, but this book just takes that away from me. Sort of that is. This story is about one sexy demon named Mal and a human named Jamison. It is told with such humor that most of the time I was laughing and the rest of the time, I was bewildered. It has the perfect amount of danger, excitement, adventure, and humor that it was absolutely perfect.

Jamison is a human with a good soul. He however feels like he is losing his mind. He saves Mal from a group of the craziest cult members he has ever seen, saying that Mal is a demon and should be held prisoner. The only glitch is the fact that they were right. Mal is a powerful demon from hell, who decides the punishment for those who have committed the worst sins. He decides who goes to hell and who goes to heaven. He is quite old, however when he is around Jamison he acts like a child. He confuses the hell out of Jamison, to the point that Jamison can’t decide whether to let him stay or leave. Mal protects Jamison with every bit of power in him, to the point hell no longer wants him. Jamison is a loving, caring, loyal police officer set to protect those who needed protection. Mal on the other hand is kind of crazy, bloodthirsty. However, he is falling in love with a human. There is a lot of talk about sex, with just a bit of passion and fire added in.

This story was a surprise to say the least. I wasn’t sure at first whether it would make it in my list of best stories ever, but it actually ranked up there in the top ten. You have two very sexy men wanting each other to the point of losing their minds, excitement going on all around you, words of passion and anger in this story. Jamison has the ability to overcome the fear of the unknown and see something good in a demon.

Caitlin has such a gift in the way she tells a story, the worlds she creates, and such wonderful characters that she has made my top ten favorite authors. I absolutely loved this story and really can’t wait to read more of Caitlin’s books. If you love sexy men, great plots, story line, and action you really need to check this book out. It is hot.

Bootilicious by Shea Balik

Shea Balik - Bootilicious CoverTitle: Bootilicious

Series: Cedar Falls #17

Author: Shea Balik

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (156 Pages)  

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Inc. (November 30, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb:  From the moment ex-SAS officer Vicar Hunt met ex-Delta Force officer Lucian Frost, they couldn’t deny their instant attraction. Well, Lucian wasn’t about to deny it—Vicar, on the other hand, wanted to run as far as he could in the opposite direction. Why he ever thought he could fit in around others after all he’d experienced was asinine on his part. A mistake he never planned on making again, if he could just get to the safety of his home.

Lucian stared after the beauty that had run from his shop, Bootilicious, as if the hounds of hell were chasing him. Up until that moment, Lucian had never realized he’d wanted a man in his life. Since entering the military at eighteen, he’d been perfectly content with one-night stands, not having the time for anything more permanent. Now that he’d met Vicar, however, Lucian found himself more than ready to settle down.

Too bad Vicar didn’t feel the same.

Then again, Lucian always did like a challenge.  

ISBN: 978-1-68295-614-4

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/bootilicious

Reviewer: Lisa

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

I started reading romance stories at the age of twelve and was always intrigued by the worlds that authors can come up with. Then a few years ago I read my first gay romance and I decided that there was just something about them that I liked more. I, like many, have favorites that we always follow and Shea Balik is one of those authors for me. There is just something about the worlds that she creates that keeps me captivated throughout the whole entire book. So much so that when a new book comes out, I must always start reading the very first book that leads up to this one.

I love how there is a serious tone to it, but that it is equally matched with humor. I can’t stand a book that has no humor in it, I would rather be laughing then just sitting there.  And when you put Jesse and the others in the mix, well you know what crazy stuff is about to come.

Bigfoot is at it again, or so Jesse claims.  Now his friends are lost in the woods looking for him.  When that happens you send in an expert.  Vicar is a moody young man who has lost quite a bit and he stays away from people if he can.  That is until Jesse gets his hands on him.  Then he meets the perfect man for him, but what does he do, he runs.

Lucian can tell from the moment that he met Vicar, that the man was his.  He also knows a wounded soul who needs help and he can provide that.  Now all he has to do is to get the man to stay in one place long enough to claim him. 

To me there is nothing better than a good romance. I love them especially when there are some gorgeous men in some kinky situations. I also love how some of our men come in damaged and the guys will all gang up on him to help him.  You can’t say that Jesse and his group don’t love those around them, because they show it in many ways.  I can honestly tell you that this is going to be one of those types of series that you can’t put down and have to read more than once. It is the perfect story for me and gave me all that I needed. I love the way all the feelings they felt was involved in this story. I had a blast reading it and I can’t wait to read the next story. When Shea puts out a book I am usually there to eat them up. I would definitely recommend reading this book. Trust me it will keep you laughing, crying, loving and having fun. 

On The Brink by Lisa Oliver

Lisa Oliver - On The Brink CoverTitle: On The Brink

Series: Cloverleah Pack #10

Author: Lisa Oliver

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novel  (267pgs)

Publisher: Lisa Oliver (January 15, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate to Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Raff never wanted a lot out of life; his pack, his family and to be accepted for who he was. Yes, Red Wolves were smaller, skinnier and weaker than other shifters, but they were also extremely rare. Which is why, when he was banished from his home pack and family, he made a point of staying away from other wolves. But living rough, without any money, is really hard and when Raff risks a trip into San Antonio to find some cash work, he quickly wished he hadn’t. Although, thanks to his dog Killer, he did meet up with the Alpha Mate of the local pack. Maybe, just maybe his life would take a turn for the better.

Nereus was almost as old as the sea itself, but he made a point of visiting friends whenever he could. A chance visit to the wolf pack at San Antonio put him in the path of his mate, and Nereus grabbed the little man as quickly as he could. But Raff was new to the pack and when Scott and Madison get kidnapped and the men from Cloverleah zap into town, Nereus can’t help but wonder if Cloverleah might offer his new mate a safer place to live.

Back in Cloverleah, Teilo is pleased his brother is mated, but it’s not as though he has a chance to go and look for a mate himself. He’s settled in his home and loves to run in his wolf form. Although, when he gets bitten by a teacup poodle with the ridiculous name of Killer, he wonders what other surprises are going to jump out of the bushes at him. He didn’t expect to find two mates.

A crazy serial killer with no scent; danger for Raff at every turn and a landlocked beach? The men at Cloverleah are in for some pleasant and not so pleasant surprises. Throw in four dogs and the gorgeous bear cub and all of the men in Cloverleah are going to have to be on their toes.

ISBN: B01NBURI29

Product Link: https://www.amazon.com/Brink-Cloverleah-Pack-Book-12-ebook/dp/B01NBURI29

Reviewer: Lisa

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

Lisa Oliver has been one of my favorite authors ever since she put out her first book.  There is just something about the worlds she creates that seem to drag you into the story and keep you there till the very end.  So when she comes out with a new story I am usually there to grab it.  Now I will admit I am not really a fan of threesomes but let’s just say this one might just be different.

Beware of the teacup poodle named Killer who just thinks he is the alpha of them all.  I got a kick out of the little terror.  Raff is a red wolf who has been kicked out of his pack.  Red wolves are smaller, weaker and very rare, but not appreciated at all. However when your broke, your broke.  So he goes to San Antonio to make some cash.  He just hadn’t expected Nereus.

Nereus has found his mate but even he is in for a surprise.  Nereus and Raff have a third mate.  He comes across Raff when he is visiting some old friends.  Damn the old fart just jumps the poor guy and things heat up real fast.  When a killer has his eye set on our sexy little red wolf, Nereus takes him to the Cloverleah pack to be safe.  To their surprises Teilo is there. Now Nereus’s father is Poseidon god of the sea and his other is Abraxas who is a horse shifter and well let’s just say you have to read the book for all of that.  So Poseidon has a wicked sense of humor and helps them get more into the mating sense of things.  Tramp stamps and wicked dreams are just a hint of what is to come.  

Now normally I would go into a bit more to entice you into this book, but let’s face it I don’t need to tell you.  This story has some wicked danger, funny situations, crazy pups and some very hot sex.  That is just a bit of what you are given in this book.  I spent most of the time laughing my ass off with it.  I had a lot of fun reading this and can’t wait to read the next book.  It totally rocked my world.  Way to go Lisa Oliver.

Letters From Cupid by Ari McKay (2nd Edition)

Ari McKay - Letters From Cupid CoverTitle: Letters From Cupid (2nd Edition)

Author: Ari McKay

Genre: Contemporary, Holiday

Length: Novella (94 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 14, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: After breaking up with his partner, English professor Dr. Derek Chandler feels like a failure who will never win at romance. His aloof colleague, Dr. Macon Pinney, disagrees and pens an anonymous note of encouragement to Derek, which he signs “Cupid.” Thus begins an exchange of correspondence, a courtship through words where the two men find out they have a great deal in common. Meanwhile, Derek reaches out to Macon, not knowing Macon is his anonymous pen pal. Derek reveals through his letters that someone close by has piqued his interest. Could he mean Macon—or has Macon missed his opportunity and lost Derek to another man?

Perhaps the time has come for Cupid to put in an appearance, and when better to do so than Valentine’s Day?

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2015.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-455-6

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/letters-from-c

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Macon hadn’t meant to listen in, but when he heard Derek talk about his breakup, he felt that he should help the man.  Playing cupid, he started with a sweet letter of encouragement and it has taken on pretty well.  He just hadn’t expected for Derek to answer.  

This is a very enjoyable little story about two very sexy guys finding love, with cupid’s hep of course.  I think Ari has given us a pretty good book for this special holiday.  Valentine’s day is not far away so this little story just fit pretty good.  I haven’t read many stories around this day, so it was a nice surprise.  I loved how Macon is so damn shy, but he stepped out of his comfort zone to help another, and got exactly what he needed also.  It is a slow burn romance that ended perfectly.  

Although I do have to say these two and their language was a blast, but I am still not going to read Shakespeare any time soon.  It is a very sweet story and I got a kick out of our cutie pies.  It is a bit cheesy but perfect all in all.  I had a lot of fun reading this and look forward to reading many more stories by this amazing author.

On Your Sole by Caitlin Ricci

Caitlin Ricci - On Your Sole CoverTitle: On Your Sole

Author: Caitlin Ricci

Genre: Paranormal 

Length: Short Story (34 Pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (August 2, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: One feisty shoe-loving fae might be just what this shoe store owner needs to get back on track…if he doesn’t kill the fae first.

Randal Tobit has recently taken over his father’s shoe store, On Your Sole, and is trying to make his father proud after his recent divorce from a woman his dad liked. The job is easy, but only because of the man his father hired and will not give Randal permission to fire under any circumstances.

Casey is helpful and happy, bordering on obnoxiously so. He’s a morning person and he loves shoes, which makes him perfect for the store, but not so much for Randal, who prefers to be barefoot when he can’t wear flip flops.

When the store is vandalized and Casey offers his help, Randal makes a bargain with him—one that he probably would have reconsidered if he’d had any idea what Casey actually was…

ISBN: 978-1-78651-451-6

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/on-your-sole

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  Randal is now the proud owner of On Your Sole shoe store, when his father handed it over to him.  He had this feisty and goofy worker that helped him along.  Casey was something else, but Randal had a rule.  No dating employees, but then the store is vandalized.  All Casey wants is one date, and well you will see.

I have been reading a few books by this author and haven’t really cared for them at all.  So when I was handed this book, I was expecting something else.  This one actually was pretty damn good.  Casey is fae and his father is fae king, so there is a bit of surprise inside this book for you that will have you laughing your ass off, or wanting to smack someone.  It is a fun book and I would definitely recommend it.  

Hell Takes A Holiday by Kiernan Kelly (2nd Edition)

Kiernan Kelly - Hell Takes A Holiday CoverTitle:  Hell Takes a Holiday (2nd Edition)

Author: Kiernan Kelley

Genre: Angels and Demons, Paranormal

Length: Short Story (48 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 7, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Despite a major setback, Lucifer has no time to feel sorry for himself. Running Hell is a monumental task, even though he’s taken steps to modernize it with technology like closed-circuit cameras and security systems.

As he struggles with his infernal issues, an unannounced visitor threatens to break his black heart. Lucifer hasn’t seen Uriel since his Fall, but he remembers how much he loved Uriel and how betrayed he felt when Uriel didn’t stand with him during the War.

Uriel has been sent to inspect the changes Lucifer has made and report back to Heaven. Lucifer has no choice but to give Uriel a guided tour of the Nine Circles, and all the feelings come rushing back.

Uriel hasn’t forgotten Lucifer either, and they pick up where they left off—with enough sizzle to rival the hottest of hell’s fires. But their reunion will be short-lived, unless Uriel relinquishes his halo—which Lucifer is unwilling to let him do.    

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2008.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-736-0

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/hell-takes-a-holiday-by-kiernan-kelly-7852-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  The first thing I am going to say is this cover rocked.  Kiernan is one author who can put together a book that not only draws you in but just keeps you there.  Also give you a short story that has quite a bit of meat to it.  Usually when I grab a short story, well they fall short.  Not enough substance to them to truly enjoy but this author gives you a hell of a good story with such few words.  

Lucifer went against god and was sent to run hell.  His only pain was the fact that the man he loved went against him in the end.  Now here was Uriel striding through hell to have a chat.  It would seem someone is up to something, but if you want to know more read the story, you won’t be disappointed.

I absolutely had a blast reading this and look forward to reading many more stories by this author.  I would definitely say it is a good read.  Plus you will laugh your ass off also.

Darkness Rising by Dirk Greyson

Dirk Greyson - Darkness Rising CoverTitle: Darkness Rising

Series: Yellowstone Wolves #3

Author: Dirk Greyson

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novel (200 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 6, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: The last thing Tobias, alpha of the small Greenview Pack, expects is to find a lost human asleep in his storage building. As soon as he sets eyes on Pete, Tobias knows they are destined mates. But he cannot act on his attraction, no matter how much he feels compelled. Exposure to the human world could mean the end of their way of life, so he decides to help Pete get a room until he can reunite with the tour group he separated from.

But Tobias’s disgraced half brother, Zev, has other ideas. He takes a liking to Pete and decides he wants what Tobias has—both his position as pack leader and his mate. Tobias can’t let that happen, but protecting Pete means keeping him close, which only increases the mounting tensions between them.

Duty, protection, desire, and secrecy clash as the darkness within Zev rises to the surface, and only Tobias can save his mate—even if he never plans to tell Pete that’s what they are.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-416-6

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/darkness-rising-by-dirk-greyson-8122-b

Reviewer: Lisa

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

Now even though this has the guys from the first two, this is actually a story about another pack.  Pete is a city boy all the way around, but his best friend talked him into going on a trip to the country so to speak.  However Roger ended up getting sick and Pete was on his own.  He just hadn’t expected it to mean he was stuck going on a hike.  A hike that ended up with him lost.  

Tobias’s finds the sexy human in one of his barns, but realizes that this man is his mate.  A mate that is from New York, and fears that no one in his pack would accept him.  Or maybe he was afraid that his mate wouldn’t want to stick around.  To top it off Tobias’s have brother Zev is causing trouble once more.  Zev is the son of the wolf that caused problems for the other packs.  One of the dark ones and you can tell that it is deep in Zev as well.  Now if you want the juicy details, well pick up the book.

I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed at all.  This is a fascinating story that is very unique.  I love the energy that you can see from these wolves.  Although I think I would have smacked Tobias upside the head a couple of times.  It is an action packed story with some very hot little scenes in it.  I do hope that there is more to this series because it is a total hit with me. 

I had a lot of fun and I would definitely recommend it.

Darkness Threatening by Dirk Greyson

DarknessThreateningLGTitle: Darkness Threatening

Series: Yellowstone Wolves #2

Author: Dirk Greyson

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novel (200 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 3, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Fredrik is back from college and trying to stay out of his power-hungry brother’s way, until his brother takes a prisoner for his pleasure. Unable to tolerate his family’s cruelty, Fredrik overcomes his fear to help her escape back to her pack. There, he meets Christopher, and their instant attraction tells him Christopher is the one. However, since the threat of his brother remains, Fredrik is reluctant to pursue a relationship.

Christopher is still figuring out his place in the pack and has been living on his own to avoid making waves with his brother, Mikael. Now he’s met his soulmate, and he’ll do anything to take care of his love, including rejoining the pack.

With coaxing, Fredrik accepts his feelings, and Christopher’s pack gives him the home he’s never had. But Fredrick soon realizes he should keep running. His brother is on his tail and will stop at nothing to obtain the power he craves, especially when he realizes the source of the power could be Fredrik himself.  

ISBN: 978-1-63476-917-4

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/darkness-threatening-by-dirk-greyson-5458-b

Reviewer: Lisa

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

Every once in a while you get an idea that a story has an inner story to tell.  With this one it would seem to be that way.  When one’s heart is full of darkness, evil will follow and lead at the same time.  If one has the darkness inside of them, it is up to them to figure out which path to follow.  

Christopher had left his home thinking that he wanted a new way of life.  However he realized that in a way he had been given another path to follow.  His heart was wanting to go home, but in away his fears soon followed.  It wasn’t until Fredrik came into his life, that he realized that what he truly wanted was standing right in front of him.

Fredrik’s father was of darkness, evil wanting more power.  He was born from a mother who had light in her heart, but the darkness was in Fredrik also.  However he chose to follow another path.  When his brother was given a gift of a stolen child, he knew that he had to do the right thing.  In doing the right thing, his path was now solid.  He had a mate, he had not expected and love that would shine in them.  If you want the good and juicy details, well read the story.

In each of us, there is a light and darkness to us, but it up to us which path we chose to follow.  I had a lot of fun reading this and can’t wait to get started on the next story.  It has a lot of action, suspense and danger in it, but it also has some hot and kinky sex.  The characters are solid and very warm; I loved how the story just seemed to flow. 

It would be rated higher than a five if that were possible.  What an amazing story by an amazing author.