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Breaking Hell’s Rules by Lyssa Dering

lyssa-dering-breaking-hells-rules-cover-lTitle: Breaking Hell’s Rules 

Author: Lyssa Dering

Genre: Demons & Devils, Romance

Length: Short (52 pages)

Publisher: Lyssa Dering (October 10, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Blurb: Freedom wasn’t supposed to be this dangerous…

When succubus Reth finally meets their soul quota and gains freedom from Hell, they decide to take up residence in New Orleans. Immediately they discard the body they’ve been wearing since 1952 and slip into something a little more virile, pleased to find they get a cozy apartment for their trouble. Too bad the apartment has a joint lease with their body’s ex-boyfriend Jude.

Jude is walking around with a black eye and a bad attitude, and when Reth tries to explain things, Jude doesn’t believe them. Plus, he refuses to move out. Reth doesn’t want to take Jude’s soul, and they really like this body. So they show him some succubus action minus the soul-grabbing, hoping to scare him off.

But they never expected for the mortal to take a liking to them. And they never could have predicted just how pure Jude’s soul would be. When Reth unwittingly commits a sin against Lucifer, they’ll need Jude’s help to avoid an eternity of suffering… For them both.

WARNING: Contains abuse themes (but not between the main characters) and graphic content.

ISBN: B01IWLJ554

Product Link: https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Hells-Rules-Lyssa-Dering-ebook/dp/B01IWLJ554

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I was a little confused by the continued “they” reference throughout this book in regards to Reth. Who exactly was “they”? Reth is a succubus that finally meets his quota. He is rewarded with a body, that of Jude’s abusive boyfriend Tyler. What I did not get was why Reth was put into his body? Tyler was abusive so why should Jude trust whatever Reth says? 

Aside from those things it was a great short story. I loved how when Reth was in trouble it was Jude that helped. I appreciated the lengths Reth went to in order to prove he was not Tyler. The paranormal element was an added bonus. 

Good read.

A Warlock’s Best Friend by Erin M. Leaf

Erin M. Leaf - A Warlock's Best Friend CoverTitle: A Warlock’s Best Friend

Series: The Warlock’s 01

Author: Erin M. Leaf

Genre: Paranormal, Erotic, Humor

Length: Short (55 pages)

Publisher: Evernight Publishing (October 29, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Dakota thought moving to a new town for his new job would be easy. He gets to live with his best friend Leo, far from the machinations of his mother and the witches who want his genes. Unfortunately, his new boss keeps hitting on him. Is there nowhere a nice guy can hide from women who want his body?

Leo thinks pretending to be his best friend’s lover will be hilarious. He loves a good joke, and he’s delighted that Dakota finally lives close enough for them to hang out again like they did as kids. So what if they’re not gay? It’s all for a good cause: keep Dakota out of the clutches of a crazy woman.

Neither of them expects their charade to feel so real. How were they supposed to know that one kiss would lead to sex, or that true power comes from love?

ISBN: 978-1-77339-062-8

Product Link: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/a-warlocks-best-friend-by-erin-m-leaf/

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I enjoyed this short story about Dakota and his best friend Leo. Dakota gets hit on his boss every time he sees him. Tired of the way the man is making his friend feel Leo suggests they act like a couple in the hopes it will deter the man’s advances. 

It comes down to an intense kiss, sparks flying and a connection neither Dakota nor Leo saw coming. Sweet and cute this short story packs a punch.

The Duncan Andrews Thrillers Vol. 1 by Stephen Osborne

Stephen Osborne - Duncan Andrews Thrillers CoverTitle: Duncan Andrews Thrillers Vol. 1

Series:  Duncan Andrews Thrillers Vol 1

Author: Stephen Osborne

Genre: Angels and Demons, Ghosts, Spirits, Mystery, Suspense, Other Paranormal

Length: Novel (642 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 2, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Private detective Duncan Andrews’s best friend Gina is a witch. His dog is a zombie. And his dead boyfriend, Robbie, is a ghost. So it’s hardly any wonder that he uses his connection to the supernatural to help him solve cases. In Pale as a Ghost, Duncan’s on the trail of a serial killer who may not be human, while also trying to move on in his dating life. In Animal Instinct, someone is using the skull of a powerful wizard—Gina’s father—to control animals and attack young Ashton Marsh. In The Scarlet Tide, Duncan’s latest case leads him to Chicago and a band whose members are all vampires. And in Dead End, Robbie’s cousin Jason has moved into a house that’s haunted by a serial killer, and Gina’s on the run from witch-hunters. Through it all, Duncan must solve the case and balance a complicated personal life.

Pale as a Ghost, Animal Instinct, The Scarlet Tide, Dead End

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-108-0

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-duncan-andrews-thrillers-vol-1-by-stephen-osborne-7836-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review:

Stephen Osborne - Pale as a Ghost CoverPale as a Ghost – Duncan Andrews Thrillers # 1 Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Pale as a Ghost stars private detective Duncan Andrews and his faithful zombie dog, Daisy, his best friend Gina, who is a witch and his boyfriend’s ghost, Robbie, who was killed ten years prior. I liked the story. It flowed smoothly with some humor thrown in. Duncan is able to see, hear and communicate with ghosts hence his ability to see his dead boyfriend. Makes for dating non-existent. He is lonely and wants companionship when he meets Nick. 

The cases he takes on are both complex and simple. Find a missing woman and determine who is killing women. The second case takes on a disturbing vibe as he discovers the person is not actually human. This person is copying the jack the ripper murders once every one hundred years. There is plenty of action, suspense and drama to be had throughout this story. I liked the flow of the book. Very well detailed with a hint of more to come.

Stephen Osborne - Animal Instinct CoverAnimal Instinct – Duncan Andrews Thrillers # 2 Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Duncan is on the hunt for a stolen skull belonging to a powerful warlock. This skull gifts the human unimaginable powers while at the same time changing them. Several deaths and many attacks later Duncan’s life is at stake to find the culprit. 

A fantastic story with plenty of action, mystery and suspense. I loved the way Duncan left no stone unturned in his quest to find the skull. A television psychic causes Robbie and Duncan problems as well by making Robbie think it’s better for him to move on. I loved it. 

Stephen Osborne - The Scarlet Tide CoverThe Scarlet Tide – Duncan Andrews Thrillers # 3 Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

In this exciting addition to the series Duncan is on the case of finding a boyfriend who is acting strange only to discover he’s a vampire. Doing away with a band of vampires is not easy. Duncan gets a shock as the leader Dominic bites him. Amid all this is Nick’s request to Gina to allow him to see ghosts and Robbie’s plans to leave on New Year’s. 

I liked this story. Though I do have to say it is getting irritating about the way Robbie and Duncan keep bringing up and pondering Robbie leaving. Either leave or stay already. Make up your minds and stick with the decision.

Stephen Osborne - Dead End CoverDead End – Duncan Andrews Thrillers # 4 Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Duncan Andrews is on the case of an evil ghost hell-bent on destroying lives. Moore was a doctor but also a serial killer. He took the lives of seven young men then his own life. In death he is the embodiment of pure evil. With the help of his team Duncan will attempt to get rid of the ghosts haunting Jason’s, Robbie’s cousin, house. 

In this book a lot is going on. A witch hunting group has set sights on Gina for elimination, an incubi is on the loose, Nick has settled into his ghost helping, Duncan and Robbie come to terms with their relationship. I liked all the new twists and turns as they kept the story interesting and intriguing.

Overall:

All in all, this bundle was absolutely awesome. Each book gives the reader an insight into Duncan and Robbie’s lives. The cases bring about a closeness with each other as they work together to solve each one. The paranormal characters were different and fresh for each story and drew the reader in. Demons, incubi, ghosts, witches, hunters, vampires and a zombie dog made for fantastic well written reads. I truly loved them and highly recommend each one.

Grayson’s Mate by Tamsin Baker

Tamsin Baker - Grayson's Mate CoverTitle: Grayson’s Mate

Series:  The Borough Boys # 1

Author: Tamsin Baker

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novella (105pgs)

Publisher: Tamsin Baker (December 27, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Blurb: At thirty-five, Grayson Nox is the business manager for his werewolf pack. He’s good at his job. Too bad he’s not as successful at finding his destined mate. He’ll know her by a distinctive birth mark, but he’s getting tired of searching. 

But the night Grayson finally sees his mark, it’s not on a woman. It’s on a gorgeous guy who wrecked his car near pack headquarters. Grayson brings the beguiling stranger home to heal … and to try and make sense of this strange twist of fate.

Medical student Reagan Forster has studied for ten years at University in Melbourne. At last he’s ready to sit his final exams and head out into the world to heal people. But when he foolishly tries to drive home after a thirty-six-hour hospital shift, Reagan passes out behind the wheel. 

He wakes in an unknown world, tucked away in the mountains of Greensborough, with the hottest guy he’s ever met at his bedside. Their mating starts a fire hotter than either werewolf or man has ever known. 

But they must make their relationship work against the backdrop of conflict, as Regan struggles to find his place in this new world, and the pack battles the Rogue werewolves who are a constant threat. 

When the spoils are counted in the end … can Grayson and Reagan both be victors? 

ISBN: B01M17P1U2

Product Link: https://www.amazon.com/Graysons-Mate-werewolf-romance-Borough-ebook/dp/B01M17P1U2

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Grayson has been searching for the woman who is to be his mate and is shocked when it is apparent it’s a man named Reagan instead. They meet when Reagan falls asleep at the wheel of his car and gets in an accident. Grayson takes him home to patch him up. From the beginning Reagan feels something is different. 

Now I liked the story but I would have liked further details regarding the mating marks and the background on the couple who started it all. I felt Grayson should have informed Reagan about himself “before” sleeping with the man and mating him.

Overall it was a good beginning to a series and nice set up interwoven for the next book. Good read.

Dawn and Dusk by Dirk Greyson

Dirk Greyson - Dusk and Dawn CoverTitle: Dawn and Dusk 

Series: Day and Knight 03

Author: Dirk Greyson

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (200 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May, 6, 2016)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: For Scorpion agents Day and Knight, their relationship is slow to develop, and trust is hard to build. Then Day’s brother, Stephen, goes missing, and Day finds out more about him than he ever dreamed. Day’s first reaction to Stephen’s disappearance is to try to get to him as fast as possible.

Knight initially holds him back so they can attempt to find out what they’re walking into. But when Knight sees Day’s desperation, he steps in to help and tries to calm the man he’s growing to care about, even though the trail is cold and clues are scarce.

When Day witnesses his brother being shot live on television, he loses the last of his control. Despite the lack of answers, Day is more determined than ever to find out what happened. Stephen was all the family he had left.

Bone-deep fear and adversity threaten to tear Day and Knight apart, but facing unimaginable hardship together might finally cement the bond between them.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63477-279-2

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/dawn-and-dusk-by-dirk-greyson-6765-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: This is the third book in the Day and Knight series and is best read in order.

Day’s brother Stephen has gone missing and Day is desperate to find him. Knight eventually helps him and what they uncover is far more than they bargained for. 

At the same time, the two men are dealing with issues they each have as well as growing closer to each other. I loved the dynamics of the story. These characters interact and work together well as they traverse their lives and the disappearance. 

I liked the fact that instead of rushing to fill the story with details of the relationship between Day and Knight the author has taken things slowly. It makes for a more believable progression of the two men. 

An amazing story that blends mystery with drama and keeps the reader very engaged to the end. Highly recommended.

Learning the Hard Way by H.P. Caledon

H.P. Caledon - Learning the Hard Way CoverTitle: Learning the Hard Way

Series: Learning the Hard Way # 1

Author: HP Caledon

Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller

Length: Novella (170 pages)

Publisher:  Devine Destinies (January 20, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Some lessons in life are learned the hard way.

Mike and Keelan meet each other as opposites in a prison where violence, murder, and power games are everyday life. To survive they make a pact. They stand together against the rough life in a hell where the prisoners are nothing more than numbers in a book and left to their own fates—a fate where one’s place in a twisted hierarchy is paramount for survival.

But can a mercenary, who worked for the law, trust a murderer?

Can that murderer trust the mercenary?

ISBN: 978-1-4874-0983-8

Product Link: http://www.devinedestinies.com/hp-caledon/learning-the-hard-way-1/

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Mercenary Mike Marshall is sent to prison for a costly mistake he made during a contract. While there he becomes a pawn in every sense of the word to the inmates of the pecking order. He is given to another inmate keelan in exchange for Keelan’s protection he gives up the knowledge he knows about Merc’s. 

The politics in prison are brutal. He see’s first-hand how Keelan is under orders from the boss in the prison, Rainer. After numerous huts Rainer puts out on competition Keelan disappears and this leads to Mike being lied to and sold to others for sport. Damaged and beaten Mike’s finally released only to realise all is not what it seems as he learns about trust, deceit, and cruelty while trying to deal with what he’s been through at the whim of others. 

I did not get the Science fiction aspect of the book except for the mentions of spaceships they were on and the names of species. Would have liked more details to those. But other than that it was great story with murder, bloodshed, brutality, suspense and horrifying situations that change Mike. I looked forward to the continuation of Mike and Keelan’s story to see what happens between the two next.

Great read.

Jaeger by Evelise Archer

Evelise Archer - Jaeger CoverTitle: Jaeger

Series: Order of the Black Knights # 4

Author: Evelise Archer

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Urban Fantasy

Length: Novel (200 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 10, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Blurb: US Marshal Jaeger Tripp is assigned to the Federal Witness Protection Program. The hurt and destruction he’s seen—along with protecting criminals who are only cooperating with the authorities to keep themselves out of jail—have left him with a bleak and jaded view of both life and people. His current assignment is Wren O’Riley, a computer wizard who witnessed a high-profile cartel hit.

To Jaeger, Wren is the same as any other job. He must protect him long enough to get him to testify at trial, and his personal feelings have no place in his work and must be set aside. But that’s easier said than done. On the run and fighting for their lives, Jaeger and Wren can’t help but grow closer. And Jaeger can’t help seeing beyond Wren’s nerdy exterior to a man who might be just what Jaeger needs to settle his soul and capture his heart—if they survive long enough to get that chance.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63533-301-5

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/jaeger-by-evelise-archer-8133-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: We have another of Moriel’s Order of the Black Knights in this installment. US Marshal Jaeger Tripp is tough, knows his assignments and carries them out. Lately he is feeling like something is missing. His current assignment is to protect a witness and get him to trial. He hates it. He does not like protecting those he feels is a criminal.

Wren is more than he appears. He is also innocent unlike his family. What has been put in motion is so devious that it blew my mind when it all came to light.

I was impressed with the lengths and details the story went to. Well written and action packed with danger and suspense all throughout. This story will have you on the edge of your seat. 

Great installment to an already good series.

Spoil of War by Helena Maeve

Helena Maeve - Spoil of War CoverTitle: Spoil of War

Series:  Brothers in Arms Anthology

Author: Helena Mauve

Genre: Futuristic, Science Fiction, Ménage / Mutiple Partners

Length: Short (51 pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (February 28, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: One man’s prize is another’s nightmare.

When Briar’s partner Kai returns from the Federation’s latest skirmish with a handsome prisoner in tow, Briar is both envious and wary. It is common knowledge that the tribespeople of Ganymede are violent brutes who delight in murdering and enslaving their enemies, and Dallan can be no different.

As an officer with the Federation’s propaganda machine, Briar has produced plenty of material to substantiate the need to wage war in the asteroid belt. Kai, for his part, has slain many enemies while on active duty and watched just as many of his friends perish in combat.

For a foe to save rather than end his life is unusual in the extreme. Sparing him the horrors of a prison camp seems like a fair exchange, even if the only alternative he can offer is thralldom.

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released as part of the Brothers in Arms anthology with Pride Publishing.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-530-8

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/spoil-of-war

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Briar is not happy when when Kai comes back with a prisoner to keep. He’s jealous of Dallan and uncomfortable around the man. The thing I wanted more of was Kai’s background and more about how Dallan came to be Kai’s prisoner and what exactly happened. There’s hardly anything about him except for the basic stuff. So I was disappointed with that. 

I felt the book was too short for the information needed to make it a great read. Aside from that it was entertaining for a short story.

Maxi’s Glass Heart by Maggie Walsh

Maggie Walsh - Maxi's Glass Heart CoverTitle: Maxi’s Glass Heart

Series:  Sanctuary 01

Author: Maggie Walsh

Genre: Ménage, Paranormal

Length: Novella (153 pages)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (February 9, 2017)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Maxi is a small shifter who has come to Sanctuary in hopes of starting a new life and to find his mates. He is happily surprised when, on the same day, he meets both of his mates: Valor, a very large, sexy fae warrior, and Travis, a gorgeous wolf shifter who is a trainee at the facility in Sanctuary.  

One passionate night together turns out to be a moment of pain for Maxi. Once his mates are done having their fun with him, they immediately take off without giving Maxi a second thought. After a week away, Valor and Travis return from a mission to try to talk to Maxi and apologize for leaving him, but they find that Maxi is not receptive to what they have to say. Maxi takes off, and Valor and Travis follow him.

But they are both confused when they find him and realize Maxi has no memory of them…

Note: This book contains double penetration.

ISBN: 978-1-68295-882-7

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/maxis-glass-heart

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I have yet to read the angel pack series that this series is connected to. But after reading this book I will read them as soon as possible. I loved this story. It was full of misunderstandings and heartbreak as well as love and changing the way someone treats others. Maxi wants to find his mates as well as stay away from the trouble that is following him. He is happy in sanctuary and meets Valor, a fae warrior and Travis, a wolf shifter, who is training to achieve his goal of becoming something more than what everyone else expects.

After a hot encounter between the three Travis and Valor do something that had me shaking my head in disgust. They both rush out the door right after as they’re summoned for a mission. They do not even bother to say goodbye to Maxi or reassure him that he is more to them than a one night stand. Maxi is heartbroken and vows never again. 

Really great story with the right amount of anger, love, suspense and I especially loved the way Travis and Valor grovelled to Maxi, and as well they should have. The mystery part of the book was outstanding.

I loved everything. Highly recommended.

One Last Try by Kari Gregg

Kari Gregg - One Last Try CoverTitle: One Last Try

Author: Kari Gregg

Genre: Romance, Werewolves & Shifters

Length: Novella (155 pages)

Publisher: Kari Gregg (February 18, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: When Nox was fourteen, his brother Joth murdered their older brother, their mother, and a human girl. Nox survived, but the attack wrecked his womb. Shattered, Nox rejected the pack who fumbled helping a barren, grief-stricken omega cope. He built a new purpose for himself as a master craftsman. Mating? No thanks. He’s better off alone.

Humans studied Joth in prison until his father’s death ended the weekly visits. Joth demands Nox in their father’s stead in exchange for resuming therapy and tests… thereby risking the destruction of Nox’s carefully ordered world. Again.

The pack drafts alpha fixer Dio to untangle the mess. One sniff of the wary omega convinces him Nox is his mate. New medical treatments offer a slim possibility Nox could bear children, but if the past years taught shifters anything, it is an omega’s value is greater than his fertility. Reconciling Nox with his pack is more important. Laying to rest the ghosts haunting Nox is too. Learning to trust? Vital.

Dio just needs to coax Nox into one last try.

Content Warning: Omega mpreg and fertility themes, dubious consent, shifter knotting, an omega who rejects labels, and a bewildered alpha who wouldn’t have it any other way.

ISBN: B06WRWNWS8

Product Link: https://www.amazon.com/One-Last-Try-Kari-Gregg-ebook/dp/B06WRWNWS8

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Wow, I must say I was sceptical about liking this book when I started reading it but I must say I was pleased with the way it progressed. Nox has been living in his own world since his brother Joth murdered his family and left Nox for dead at Fourteen. He has learned to trust no one and rely on himself with no interactions with the pack. I have to say I understood the reasoning when it comes out the pack went on a mission to hunt him down and kill him thinking he went rogue.

I felt someone should have tried to talk to him before it got to that point in the first place as after all he was a victim as well when Joth severely wounded him. Now I did take issue with the way Nox’s mate, Dio, handled Nox after his meeting with his brother. It seemed to me he forced Nox to have sex with him and hardly said a word to him. I realize he was unsure with how to deal with his mate but that certainly was not the way to have sex for the first time in my opinion. Aside from those little details it was a great story about one man who was destroyed by betrayal at the deepest level and how a man and his pack slowly helped him find his way out of the dark that he was in.

This story is truly impressive and thoughtful. Joth’s treatment was eye opening as was his attitude toward his brother at first. The pack seriously let Nox down when he was a teenager but attempted to turn things around for good in the end.

Fantastic read. Highly recommended.

The Craving by Z. Allora

Z. Allora - The Craving CoverTitle: The Craving 

Author: Z. Allora

Genre: Erotic Romance, Science Fiction

Length: Novel (280 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 3, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: The craving is an undeniable urge that drives K’Dane citizens to find their life mates—if only to sate their uncontrollable physical longings.

Thrilled at being named a Chosen, Phoenix Dotir leaves K’Dane to become an artist-monk who will create dimensional art capable of changing worlds. Living by the monastery’s Principles of Purity will surely help him overcome the craving. But he never accounted for star chaser Zadra Solav.

Zadra doesn’t believe in rules and makes his own future. Fate separates him from the man he loves, but one touch renders him helpless to his own desires. Bonding with a monk is forbidden, and Zadra’s family sends him to deep space to avoid disgrace. Unable to give up, Zadra must find a way to reunite with his Chosen.

Tormented by enforced separation, Initiate Riva Quinton struggles with his vow of chastity and risks all to rescue his lover. Together with his Eros, he stows away onboard a star craft to follow his heart.

Four men defy destiny and tradition for love… but their love is a crime punishable by death.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63477-905-0

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-craving-by-z-allora-8120-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I really wanted to love this story as I was taken in by the blurb but alas it fell flat for me.  I felt there was too much too soon in the way of details, yet, at other times too little. It made for a frustrating read to me. 

I did not get the incident about Nix getting his mark at fourteen when the story clearly stated it was not to happen until he was eighteen. There was a lot of character POV’s in this story. I felt bogged down at times trying to remember who was who. It honestly felt like several stories in one crammed into one book.

Aside from this the story was interesting as we meet four characters, Nix, Zandra, Riva and Eros not to mention Yoshio. That is a lot of characters all vying for their say and story in this book. I liked the interactions between each character though I felt at times that they tended to be drawn out and not know what they actually wanted. 

I will probably reread this story at some point in the hopes it makes better sense to me than it did. 

Darkness by Kate Sherwood Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

Kate Sherwood - Darkness Header Banner

Hi peeps, we have Kate Sherwood popping in today with her new release Darkness, we have a great excerpt, a brilliant giveaway and Shorty’s review, so check out the post and leave a comment to enter the giveaway! ❤ ~Pixie~

Kate Sherwood - Darkness Cover

Darkness

(Common Law 03)
by

Kate Sherwood

A murdered prostitute. An obvious suspect. Clear evidence. For once, Jericho Crewe has a straightforward crime to investigate, and Wade Granger isn’t involved.

It all seems so simple, but Jericho’s instincts won’t let him rest. As he investigates, he finds troubling suggestions that the murder is a part of something larger and more sinister. But working within the boundaries of the law may keep him from finding the truth. If Jericho doesn’t break the rules, an innocent man may rot in jail while a killer remains free to strike again.

Inevitably, it all comes back to Wade. Because who else knows as much about breaking rules? And who else knows Jericho the way Wade does—not wisely, but far, far too well?

Continue reading Darkness by Kate Sherwood Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

Something to Believe In by G.A. Hauser

G.A. Hauser - Something to Believe In CoverTitle: Something to Believe In

Author: G.A. Hauser

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (260pgs)

Publisher: G.A. Hauser (January 21, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: 2017: A new world.

No matter what your views are of love and life, things have changed.

In a climate of uncertainty where fear and intimidation became the norm, individuals dealt with their lives in their own way.

Thirty-five year old Liam Sinclair kept to himself, tried to avoid conflict and ridicule, but…wasn’t happy with what felt like an angry country.

Innocent, young, temp, Milo D’Amico couldn’t hide in plain sight. Since the hostilities of current politics had turned against the LGBT community, Milo had been attacked. 

It took him time to recover, but he was managing, working for a new job, with a new boss. 

In what had become a war between ‘us’ and ‘them’, first impressions were misleading.

Before his attack, Milo had been confident in his future, being out, turning twenty-one and filled with hope…until he came face to face with a closeted older man. The combination of Milo’s potent sexual experience, and Liam’s unexpected inexperience, created wild sparks in the bedroom, and a secret life at work.

Something to believe in…

Sometimes, all you have to have faith in, is love.

ISBN: B01MUDDZTH

Product Link: https://www.amazon.com/Something-Believe-G-Hauser-ebook/dp/B01MUDDZTH

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: I cannot express how much this story touched me. Milo is an out and proud gay man until he is brutally beaten and left for dead. While recovering from his harrowing ordeal in a hospital he discovers he is no longer proud as he cowers at everything as result of what happened. It truly pissed me off to no end that people think they have the right to do bodily harm to someone simply because they do not agree with their sexuality.

Milo gets a new job working for Liam. For all outward appearances Liam is straight. But that is not true. Liam is in the closet and has no plans to come out. When he learns of what happened to Milo he grows closer to the man. 

This story is a wonderful tale of two men who fight the odds in an uncertain world and find comfort and shelter in the other’s arms. It moved me beyond words. I felt my heart cry out for these two as the story unfolded. 

Fantastic read and highly recommended.

The Pill Bugs of Time by Angel Martinez

angel-martinez-the-pill-bugs-of-time-coverTitle: The Pill Bugs of Time

Series:  Offbeat Crimes 02

Author: Angel Martinez

Genre: Erotic Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal

Length: Novella (90 pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (September 20, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Relationship and communication issues plague Officer Vikash Soren, but those are nothing compared to facing stick-throwing tumbleweeds, pill bugs and…time travel?

Vikash Soren, the perfect police officer except for his odd paranormal ability, never seems to lose his temper. Always serene and competent, he’s taken on the role of mediator in a squad room full of misfits. But on the inside, he’s a mess. Unable to tell his police partner that he loves him, Vikash struggles silently, terrified of losing Kyle as a lover, partner and friend.

But life in the 77th Precinct doesn’t leave much room for internal reflection. A confrontation with a stick-throwing tumbleweed in Fairmount Park leads to bizarre consequences involving pill bugs, statues and…time travel? If Vikash manages to survive the week and stay in one point in time, he might be able to address normal things like relationship problems. He just needs Kyle to have a little more patience. Maybe a few centuries’ worth.

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-472-1

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/the-pill-bugs-of-time

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: In this second book in the Offbeat Crimes series we are treated to Officer Vikash Soren POV. Vikash is more serious than Kyle was in the first book. But I still enjoyed the difference.

I felt bad for Kyle as his Vikash is still in the closet and has problems expressing how he feels to Kyle. The secondary characters in the story added a delightful funny element to an already fantastic adventure/action packed story. 

I simply love this story. It has time travel, weird creatures, paranormal aspects and two lovers who are still feeling each out all the while confronting threats as they appear. A page turner and a story that enthrals you from start to finish. I loved it.

Highly recommended.

Stormfront by John Goode & J.G. Morgan

John Goode & J.G. Morgan - Stormfront CoverTitle: Stormfront

Series:  Lords of Arcadia 04

Author: John Goode & J.G. Morgan

Genre: High Fantasy, Teen Fiction

Length: Novel (254 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (February 21, 2017)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Sequel to The Unseen Tempest

Lords of Arcadia: Book Four

Kane’s ordinary life became anything but when he met his soul mate, Hawk, and was drawn into a world of enchantment with rules very different from the world he left behind. Together, Kane and Hawk are on a quest to prevent the destruction of the Nine Realms, and that means rescuing Hawk’s mother and putting a stop to Hawk’s father’s evil plans.

The end of the journey is within their sights at last, but time is running out. Kane and Hawk’s mission to free Titania from the Big Bad Wolf and save Athens from Oberon’s wrath will lead them through many different worlds. And their adventure won’t end there—they will have to face the one who has been pulling the strings and manipulating the situation all along before the Nine Realms will be safe. It’s a journey that will leave them—and everything else—irreparably changed.

ISBN-13:  978-1-63533-277-3

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/stormfront-by-jg-morgan-and-john-goode-8057-b | https://www.harmonyinkpress.com/books/stormfront-by-john-goode-and-jg-morgan-452-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: An epic end to Kane and Hawk’s long journey to find the culprits who are hell-bent for more power no matter the cost. I absolutely loved the entire book. I felt as though I was there witnessing everything.

A lot happens that tidies up the previous books while at the same time hinting at another mission for the males. Al the characters I loved throughout the series show up in this one to help with the fight but not without casualties. The battles were intense at times yet at the same time the group splits up to go about different things and of course we are along for the ride.

Adventurous, mysterious, action, drama, fantasy and a whole slew of other genres are all throughout this wonderfully written story. I could not stop reading until the very end. It had me hooked from the first page of the first book and continued well into this story. This is a must read in order series as each book continues where the previous book leaves off.

Highly recommended for all.