Review: “Gone by the Board” by August Li

TITLE: Gone by the Board
AUTHOR: August Li
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: NO
LENGTH: 98 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 24, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
   

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The sea is full of jealously guarded secrets, but everything washes up eventually….

Betrayed by a trusted partner, Nathan figures he might as well be lost and heartbroken in the sunshine, and he heads to the coast of South Carolina, to stay with a friend and find a new direction for his life. But despite his efforts, he is lost in the fog, unable to find a guiding light and sometimes unable to find a reason to go on. His only respite from depression and anxiety is the soothing rhythm of the tides and the comfort he draws from proximity to the water.

When the sea sends a lifeline in the form of a strange and beautiful man, it’s easy for Nathan to ignore all the things that don’t add up about his new friend. But the tides can turn without notice, and it’s those mystical traits that will either finally lead Nathan safely to shore or drown him in confusion and despair.


Gone by the Board by August Li was a book that made me feel but not always in a happy way. It has two scenes of attempted suicide so if this is a trigger for you as it is for me then I would probably pass on this book. I wish I had known about it because having lost a brother to suicide I would have passed on it also.

Nathan and Brume go through a lot of pain and heartache, feelings of despair, worthlessness, and loneliness both together and separately. It had me crying on more than one occasion. The book was well written, but it was a little heavy on the purple prose at the beginning for my taste, but it tapered off toward the middle, so that was good, either that or I finally got invested enough in the characters not to notice it anymore. The story was nicely edited and had a good flow to it. There wasn’t a lot of passion in this book. It was more like a PG movie. There was some hand holding and kissing but nothing graphic or lewd. However, the author did do a good job conveying the feelings that the main characters felt for each other. I do tend to judge a book by its cover and then the blurb, and so I was pleasantly surprised that the book wasn’t about mermen as I had figured it would be. I had never heard of the In-between People before, but I found them to be intriguing.

Nathan’s going on 40 and has been married to Brian for 15 years. However, Nathan’s been having problems that he doesn’t want to acknowledge or get help for. He’s afraid that people will judge him for his problems, so he does his best to hide them. And yes, I can understand that feeling. But it also ultimately costs him his marriage as Nathan’s social anxieties and bouts of depression make him want to stay home all of the time instead of going out with his extrovert husband. After finally taking a stand, Nathan packs all of his stuff and moves to be with his college friend Rachelle. Rachelle lives in the small village town of Garden City Beach about 20 minutes away from South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach. Nathan’s still not doing any better with his problems and continues to hide them. And I hate that Nathan’s silently crying for help and nobody notices or tries to help. Nathan’s first attempt wasn’t a planned decision. He just kept wandering out further and further into the ocean and liked how peaceful he felt and decided just to let go. He’s saved by Brume, an In-between Person whose job is to help guide lost people back to shore.

The In-between People only have a solid form after the sun goes down. When the sun is up, they’re drops of water and are part of the ocean, and all of their thoughts and feelings are one big consciousness. Brume has just lost his best friend that has been his companion for over a couple of hundred years. She has made the decision to no longer have a body after dark, so they will still have a connection during the day, but he will no longer have a companion after dark. And Brume’s feeling lost and alone, and it is perfect timing for him when he races to help Nathan who he can feel is lost. He manages to save Nathan and get him home, but he’s been told by his elders that humans can’t handle finding out what they are and so they generally observe from afar.

But Brume and Nathan fill a hole in each other and end up spending a lot of time together over the next couple of months. And Nathan finally starts getting the help he needs by going to a therapist. But a misunderstanding while at dinner will damage their relationship and send them both spinning back to feelings of depression and worthlessness. Will they be able to work out their misunderstanding or will it be too much for both of them?

I did like the ending of the story, but I wasn’t a fan of how they got there. This book unfortunately just kept triggering me, and so it just wasn’t for me.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “Lock and Key” by Z. Allora

TITLE: Lock and Key
AUTHOR: Z. Allora
SERIES: Entwined Dreams
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: K-Koji
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; BDSM; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 300 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 15, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $17.99 -paperback
  

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Rejected. Heartbroken. Devastated.

Zack Davis wanted to serve only one man, Andrew Nikeman. He was denied because Andrew thought he was too young and because their brothers were together. So Zack crushed his submissive tendencies and focused on being the perfect Dom, giving every sub he played with something he couldn’t have.

After years of denying his submissive side, Entwined’s charity auction “Are you Dom Enough to be a sub?” gives Zack an excuse to get a little of what he’s always craved.

Andrew doesn’t know when his infatuation turned into more, but it kills him to see Zack with a constant parade of submissives. He’d refused to jeopardize his brother’s relationship or become Zack’s regret; however, Zack isn’t a kid anymore, and his brother’s relationship is unbreakable. Now Zack’s popularity and success as a Dom might ruin Andrew’s dreams of collaring him, but he can’t wait any longer to confess his feelings or he risks losing the man he loves forever.


Lock and Key’s the first book in the Entwined Dreams series which is a spinoff of her Dark Angels series. I was not aware of this when I read the book, and it didn’t have any impact on my love of this book. It was a standalone book. The author Z. Allora did a great job of explaining all of the characters in the book, and I never felt like I was missing out on some much-needed information. That being said, I did love the supporting characters enough that I will be reading the Dark Angel series so that I can get to know them even better.

I loved the cover for Lock and Key, and the blurb did its job and made me intrigued enough to read it. This is my first book by Z. Allora, but it most definitely will not be the last. I already have on my TBR the second book in the series Secured and Free. I loved the way the book was written, and I personally loved all of Zach’s inner monologs. Yes, there were a lot of them, and they were repetitive, but I enjoyed them. I also enjoyed all of the details about the BDSM lifestyle and the different types of relationships. I liked that Z. Allora touched on the importance of contracts and safewords and the difference between consensual vs. abuse. The book also had complex characters, and the story had plenty of hot steamy scenes and angst. I did find a couple of editing errors, but they didn’t detract from the story.

Zach knew from a young age that he was attracted to the BDSM lifestyle and wanted to be a part of it. He was kicked out of the house by his mom for his perverse proclivities, and so he goes to live with his older brother Dusty and becomes a roadie for his brother’s band. Zach prefers to work behind the scenes and falls head over heels for Andrew, who he meets for the first time backstage. He instantly knows that he wants to be Andrew’s sub. However, Zach is only 18 and Andrew rejects Zach’s advances because he is too young and also their brothers are dating, and he doesn’t want to jeopardize their relationship. Zach is devastated and does something stupid that he never wants to happen again. He does find a club called Entwined that does workshops and classes to learn about the lifestyle that he wants to be a part of and over the next 3 years learns enough to become a sought-after Dom. He figures that if he can’t have what he wants, then he will focus on giving other subs what they want and becomes a bit of a matchmaker. When the club hosts their first ever “Are you Dom enough to sub” event, he figures that he might be able to finally get what he wants.

Andrew, aka Drew a nickname given by Zach, has always wanted Zach but the timing wasn’t right when they first met. Andrew’s long-term relationship was just ending, and he didn’t want Zach to regret having a relationship with him. And he also didn’t want to jeopardize his brother’s relationship. With the ending of his long-term relationship, he is finally free to explore his Dom tendencies, and he becomes a member of Entwined. Over the years he has had to watch Zach work his way up in the club to become a favorite of the subs. And it is slowly killing him inside. When he hears that Zach is going to be participating in the “Are you Dom enough to be a sub” event, he’s thrilled that he will finally get his chance to be with Zach. And now that all of the reasons that kept them apart when Zach was 18 no longer apply, they might have a chance at a relationship.

Both Andrew and Zach will have to find the courage to work out their problems and be honest about what they want.

I thought this was a great book for readers that are new to BDSM. It was a great romance story.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “Lochlann” by Andrea Speed

TITLE: Lochlann
AUTHOR: Andrea Speed
SERIES: Order Of The Black Knights
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 22, 2017
PRICE: 6.99$ -e-book / 14.99$ -paperback
  

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Violence has been Lochlann O’Connor’s companion since he was born into a family of old-school Irish terrorists. From there he is recruited into Alpha, a secret government agency dedicated to fighting terrorism—with extreme prejudice. Lochlann’s bravery, efficiency, ruthlessness, and the natural dead eye that lets him hit anything that moves, quickly make him one of the shadowy organization’s most valued operatives.

Cas Vega joins Alpha because it’s marginally better than a prison sentence. He’s a former drug cartel assassin—or at least that’s his story. But Lochlann is suspicious. Despite an irrational and overwhelming attraction to Cas, Lochlann has questions, and they soon lead to a deeper and deadlier mystery. What is Alpha’s true purpose, and why does it seem they want to eliminate Lochlann?

Lochlann and Cas must work together to get to the bottom of Alpha’s scheme and escape it—and all while Cas keeps secrets that could cost him his life if they’re revealed. But it’s not an alliance that can last. Duty turns the men into enemies, even while fate compels them into each other’s arms. Before they can contemplate which will prevail, they must figure out how to survive.


I’ll be honest, it was my first time with Andrea Speed and her universe. How it’s possible that I never read her books before? How it’s possible that I missed this series?
Lochlann made a pact centuries ago with a sorcerer after his family and all his village had been massacred. Since then, Lochlann is reincarnated each time in a new life over and over. At each death, he remembers all until his next life when he’ll be reincarnated in someone else. The only way for him to be freed, is to forgive the murderer of his family.

Lochlann is an assassin for Alpha, a government organization which « cancel » terrorist/traficant/politics all around the world. Lochlann is one of the best (if not THE best) among the operatives, but he suspects that something’s off with Alpha.

Castillo wa sa young FBI agent who had infiltrated the Herrera Cartel before being recruited by Alpha. He has one goal, take Alpha down by any means necessary.
What Cas hadn’t seen coming is Lochlann. When he expected to meet a cruel, ruthless killer, instead, he met a man, a man who was used as an assassin without really knowing the truth.
Cas and Lochlann have to work together to achieve their goal—take down Alpha and freedom for them.

I enjoyed this book.

Lochlann is the archetype of the tortured man, but it wasn’t too much. I enjoyed the ambivalence between robot-Lochlann in the mission, and man—Lochlann alone with his thoughts and guilt over his actions.
The Author wrote a pure action book with the fight, plot and interesting second characters like Inga or Anze.
All the book is about Alpha and how Lochlann and Cas would succeed in destroying the organization. But in my opinion, it’s also about redemption and forgiveness.
The only thing missing was the romance part between the characters.
Lochlann and Cas are in a relationship, but the author doesn’t develop this part, no scene sex (no I’m not a perv) the feelings between them aren’t really developed too. And I missed it in my reading. I would have love to read more about them in their most intimate moments (ok, I’m a little pervy).
But, it doesn’t spoil the story, and the reading is still enjoyable.

I recommend this book, even if it’s part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.

Now if you will excuse me, I have the 5 previous books to read.
Enjoy,
Ivy

The book, as I said I dedicated for young readers between 14 till 18.

****The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book****

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Review: “Fangs with a Heart” by Tempeste O’Riley

TITLE: Fangs with a Heart
AUTHOR: Tempeste O’Riley
SERIES: Chain of Fate
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: Shapeshifters;
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 236 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 22, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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Lynx shifter Trace Wilson’s fun-loving exterior hides a heart scarred by severe domestic violence—a heart that might not ever trust another male, fated mate or not. When Trace moves to Seattle to take his place as trainer and council representative to the Glacier Rim Tribe, he discovers his mate is the vampire prince Sasha Tolstoi, leader of the Konstantin Coven. It’s not something Trace is ready to accept. Not now, maybe not ever. But if there’s one thing Sasha knows how to do, it’s how to be patient, especially when his fated heart is also his perfect sub.

When an outside force threatens the fragile bond slowly forming between them—and nearly kills Trace—Trace’s instincts shift into high gear. Sasha is powerful, and that means he has enemies, among them several rival covens and an uncle determined to force Sasha into a marriage with a vampire princess. But why involve the lynx Trace in their maneuvering? Finding the culprit won’t be easy, and it will mean building trust—a slow and difficult prospect for someone who’s suffered as much as Trace. Finding a way to move beyond the past, and to love, before those out to finish Sasha can destroy either, is a race the two fated hearts have to win.


Exactly what I needed!

Although my favorite shifters are the wolves, I can’t say that I disliked this book.

The book is the second of the series, but you’ll have no problem following the characters. They are presented nicely, without overdoing the character description.

The MC’s are paranormal beings, one is a vampire prince the other is a Council member of the Lynx shifters.

If I had to choose between the two MCs I would choose Sasha, the vampire prince. In this world Tempeste created, the vampires have their own mate, but they call them fated heart. When he and Trace discovered that they are meant to be, they don’t act upon this.

Now, 5 years later, Sasha, the vampire prince, is forced to step up and take care of his fated heart. Trace’s life is in danger, Sasha has a lot of enemies, even in his own family. This task is not a hardship though, protecting Trace is all he ever wanted. Even though they avoided each other, both of them, Sasha must be honest with himself: he can’t think of anyone else but Trace.

Trace doesn’t want a mate. He already had one, an abusive one. Trace is a born sub, but since his bad experience, he doesn’t act upon it. Although he can’t have no one, except his vampire mate Sasha, he’s resolved that he will be alone for his entire life. Keith, his alpha, and Jason, the alpha’s human mate, tries to push him toward Sasha. It doesn’t help his situation that Sasha is Jason’s best friend. Then, when he’s almost killed by Sasha’s enemies, he wakes up in Sasha’s mansion, he can’t deny the need to submit to his mate anymore. He learns the sweet side of Sasha and step by step he seems, that maybe, he can submit…

The book is a sweet read. I highly recommend it to the shifter lovers, and it made me read the first book of the series.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “Drama Luau” by Joe Cosentino

TITLE: Drama Luau
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
SERIES: : Yes – Nicky and Noah Comedy Mystery series
PUBLISHER: Smashwords
COVER ARTIST: Holly McCabe
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Humor
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 20, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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Theatre professors and spouses, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are on their honeymoon at a Hawaiian resort, where musclemen in grass skirts are keeling over like waterfalls. Things erupt faster than a volcano when Nicky and Noah, along with their best friends Martin and Ruben, try to stage a luau show. Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is bringing the grass curtain down on male hula dancers—before things go coconuts for the handsome couple. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat entertaining fourth novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and aloha!


Boy, was this a fun read. To me, it was a combination of Laurel and Hardy mixed with Hitchcock and Murder She Wrote. So much so that it would make a great show. Loaded with puns and one-liners, I found myself enjoying it more than I expected. Also, it was obvious from the beginning that the author took the time to research not only the general location history but the beliefs as well.

Nicky and Noah are on their honeymoon. Since there were some financial cuts, the only way to afford a Hawaiian honeymoon was to make it a working one. The pair are put in charge of the resort’s luau production. But if you have read the other books in the series then you know that it never is as simple as that. On opening night, the drama starts. As the dancers go missing and the suspect list grows, Nicky and Noah, with the help of their friends Martin and Ruben, are on a quest to solve the mystery. All four with their dramatic flair try to unravel what’s really going on.

What I really liked was how the author kept you guessing. With so many suspects with many different reasons. Just when you think you know who, another reason pops up. Right to the end, you are kept guessing, and the conclusion still has a surprise in store for you. I have to say though, for me, Taavi was by far my favorite. Such a sweet, smart boy. Who wouldn’t want to have him for a son.

I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book*** 

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Review: “Recovery” by Amy Rae Durreson

TITLE: Recovery
AUTHOR: Amy Rae Durreson
SERIES: Reawakening
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: Fantasy; Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 370 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 9, 2017
PRICE:$6.99 -e-book / $ 19.99-paperback

  

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Resistance, exile, plague. Raif has survived them all, but now he finds himself in search of a new purpose. Traveling north to wake the dragon Arden, he hopes he has finally found a leader worthy of his loyalty, but Arden turns out to be more of a frivolous annoyance than an almighty spirit lord. Now bound to Arden’s side despite his frustration, Raif follows the dragon to the rich and influential lagoon city of Aliann, chasing rumors of the Shadow that once cursed his homeland.

With the election of a new duke at stake, Raif struggles to make sense of the challenges he meets in Aliann: a conspiracy of nixies and pirates, selkie refugees in desperate need of a champion, a monster that devours souls, a flirtatious pirate prince, and a machine that could change the world. For nothing in the city of masks is what it seems, from the new friends Raif makes to the dragon he follows—or even himself.


levilogooptimummWow…I want to read the previous books in the series!

Although this is 3rd of the series, there is no problem following the plot and characters. This book is placed in a world where the Keeper of the Laws are dragons, we’ll meet various creatures and Gods in this book.

This sequel is about Raif. Raif is a faithful man, a devotee of Dual God of Tiallat. Tiallat is the place where Raif comes from. He is travelling north to awaken the dragon Arden. His first stop is in Allien, the city of the cities. After bribing through customs and the gates, Reif finds himself almost drowned in the lagoon. For me, Allien was an image of Venice, with canals, bridges and narrow passages. Allien is built on the Lagoon, in what Reif finds himself after meeting them, Pol. He almost drowned but someone, a woman saves him. Later we will find out that the woman is not an ordinary woman and she chooses Raif as her champion.

After that, Raif can’t wait to get out of this city, and he hopes he will never return again. Then his journey to north resumes. On his way to find Arden, he has time to delve into his past. He survived the Plague and the Shadow, who overtook him, he misses his best friend, Iskandir, who turned out to be the Dual God of Tiallat, but he can’t get passed that him, Iskandir was lying to him.
When he reached the place where Arden should be, his search starts. Finally, he finds Arden who was sleeping for over a thousand years, Raif wakes him with an ardent pledge to be a part of his horde.
But Arden is nothing like Raif would expect from a Keeper of the Laws. Arden is naughty and frivolous. He’s a handful. He doesn’t speak the language, but he is a quick study. He learns all the tricks in this world like gambling and cheating, smooth talk and charms.

Raif, against his own will, is falling for Arden. But in order to destroy the Shadow they need to turn back to Alienn and meet the challenge of finding the Shadow.

It’s a wonderful story. It captured me from the start. Raif is the epitome of a champion, honest, true to his world, always ready to help…and a virgin. Arden can’t be more dragon as he is. The fire fuels him, making Raif burn for the dragon. But Arden has a secret, a secret what will bring heartbreak to Raif…

5 honest to God OptimuMM’s.

****The ARC was provided by DSP Publications. My review is an honest opinion of the book****

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Review: “A Taste of Honey” by Ari McKay

TITLE: A Taste of Honey
AUTHOR: Ari McKay
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Straight to Gay
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: NO
LENGTH: 88 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 17, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
   

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Boone Phillips needs a girlfriend-now! If he shows up to the family reunion alone, his mother will throw every woman in sight at him. But the only “woman” Boone trusts enough to ask is Honey, the drag queen alter ego of his best friend, Rob. It’s a crazy idea, but Boone is desperate.

Boone wins Rob over to the idea after first going on a “date” with him as Honey, but everything feels different once the plan is set in motion. Between nosy relatives, illegal moonshine, and the sight of Rob in white lace panties, Boone starts to wonder if he’s as straight as he thought. When an earth-shattering kiss sends Rob running, however, Boone learns some surprising things about both his family and himself. Now he needs to convince Rob to give him another chance, or his first taste of Honey might also be his last.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2016.


This is my first time reading a book by Ari McKay, but I was hooked by the blurb, and I have found that I really enjoy reading cross-dressing and drag queen books, so I am glad that I gave A Taste of Honey a chance because it was a delightful story. The story was well written and had a great flow to it. The characters have been fleshed out and developed, and I loved the supporting characters also.

I liked that Rob/Honey and Boone are opposites in both looks and temperament and I liked this line in the book. “Boone was drawn to Rob’s energy and spontaneity, while Rob seemed to like Boone’s solid and unwavering dependability.” It described them perfectly.

Boone has a family reunion that he is going to and his mom always tries to set him up with available girls while he’s there. When he complains to his best friend Rob during their weekly dinner out, Rob tells him that he should take a fake girlfriend with him. But Boone’s hesitant. Which of his ex-girlfriends would be able to hold up to his mom’s interrogation. Boone can only think of one person who could do it, and that would be his gay best friend’s drag queen alter ego Honey. Honey’s confident and can handle any situation. But can Boone get his best friend to agree to do it?

Rob’s had a crush on his best friend Boone since he first met him. But Boone’s straight and so he’s always kept it a secret. He’s hesitant to go with Boone to his reunion because he doesn’t want to jeopardize his friendship. And he agrees to go with Boone to the reunion but only if he will go on a public date with him as Honey and prove that he can handle playing the affectionate boyfriend. When he passes that with flying colors, it’s off to the reunion they go. At the reunion is where Honey/Rob finds the accepting, loving family that he’s always hoped for.

I loved Boone’s family and how they had that perfect southern charm down pat. They were so loving and accepting of Boone’s girlfriend, and I loved all of the little stories about Boone’s relatives and their sexuality that come out as they were drinking moonshine.

I would recommend A Taste of Honey to anybody looking for a quick feel good book about a straight best friend that realizes that he may not be as straight as he thought when he falls in love with his gay best friend.

I can’t wait to read more books by Ari McKay

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “The Eye of Ra” by Dakota Chase

TITLE: The Eye of Ra
AUTHOR: Dakota Chase
SERIES: Repeating History
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: No Sexual Content; Adventure; Come To Age;  Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 107 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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What do you do when you accidentally destroy your history teacher’s prized collection of historical artifacts? If you’re teenaged delinquents, Aston and Grant, this is more than just a rhetorical question. They’ve made a huge mistake, one that might cost them everything. Adding to their misery, their history teacher’s name is Merlin. Yes, that Merlin, and the answer to their dilemma is deceptively simple according to the old wizard. You go back in time to replace the items you destroyed! Aston and Grant find themselves in ancient Egypt, where their first task is to find and retrieve “The Eye of Ra,” a golden amulet owned by none other than King Tut, the boy king of Egypt. Neither of them is all that versed in history, so they have to play it cool and learn as they go. It’s not just the amulet that’s causing them trouble, either. They soon become friends with Tut, and find that they want to help him out. Surrounded by enemies, needing to survive in a primitive world, Aston and Grant quickly learn one basic truth. History isn’t dead when you’re living it.


levilogooptimummWell, this was a short and fun read.

I would recommend this book to the youngsters as it has no sexual content at all.

The story is about Aston and Grant who ends up in a boys’ school. Actually, they were sentenced by a judge as a result of their doing. They come from opposite poles of society and end up as roommates.

They don’t really have time to be roomies because, against all the promises, Aston swore to keep his head down, not even after 24 hours he and his roommates end up in ancient Egypt.

They become fast friends with Tuk the young pharaoh of Egypt. Well, let’s just say I don’t think its really easy to get near to a Pharaoh but I don’t think that going back in time is easy neither, so there you have it…

Aston is gay, a real bad boy who doesn’t think further then next second. This kind of behavior lands him where he is now. Grant is no different, maybe a bit more diplomatic but he is hotheaded too.

Back in Egypt, they must face politics and wars and those things are not really their forte.

The book, as I said I dedicated for young readers between 14 till 18.

****The ARC was provided by Harmony Ink Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book****

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Review: “Salvation’s Song” by Pearl Love

TITLE: Salvation’s Song
AUTHOR: Pearl Love
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Fantasy, Come To age, Gay for You
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 326 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $17.99 -paperback
  

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An ancient evil threatens the world, and only the chosen few can save it: the Singers, the Seekers, and the Saviors….

Tyrell Hughes enters his junior year of high school at Winton Yowell with everything going for him. He’s popular, he has great friends, and he has the eye of the hottest girl in school. Jeremy Michalak is a transfer student hoping to escape the bullying he suffered at his last school. All he wants is to keep his head down, make it to graduation without any trouble, and pursue the thing that makes him happiest: playing clarinet.

Tyrell and Jeremy have nothing in common except their homeroom assignments and a mutual attraction each is determined to keep hidden. That is until a dangerous mystery draws them inexorably together. Young people all over the city are dying of seemingly natural causes, but Tyrell and Jeremy discover there are dark forces at work that only they can stop. Now the boys will have to put aside their differences and accept their feelings for each other if they are to fulfill their destinies and become the city’s salvation.


I was always wondering, about those scenes in books when teenagers stop at making out because they are minors. Well, in my opinion, its bullcrap. When two 14-year-old or 16-year-old boys starts to fool around, there is no way they stop at just making out. There is sex baby, hot, quick and ohsoogood. Although we know those things are illegal, and I can respect that about the author when they write those scenes, but it’s not how life works.

Well in this book that’s not the case. I must say that we will not have sex till almost the end, but it’s happening.

That said, the book is not erotica at all. Actually, is a very sweet in-closet and an out-and-proud, interracial story about two high school boys.

I must say, I admire what Harmony is trying to makes here, creating sweet love romance books for a young audience. I can hardly recommend this book above 14-year-old.

We are in Chicago where young people seem to die often. The cause is natural death. So, there is no suspicion about those cases, until both Tyrell, a 16-year-old African-American (well I don’t like this term. I don’t want to enter in details. I’m from Europe and I never saw the problem calling a dark skin colored man or woman black… it’s just the color, there should be no offense in that, but as I’m just an ignorant European) and Jeremy a 16-year-old very white (there again, skin color you see) very blond, non-conformist boy, has the same kind of experience.

There are ancient evils that hunt and feed on the life energy of their victims. Apparently, Tyrell and Jeremy are chosen to destroy those evil beings. How? Well, them being connected, nearby, creates a sound, a sound only heard by these creatures and the chosen ones. This sound carries a power that annihilates these evil forces.

I really liked this book, I couldn’t put it down. Through Tyrell’s struggle with his feelings toward Jeremy, and Jeremy, who was several times harassed and bullied for being gay you will find yourself falling for this two teenagers…

I want to congratulate the author for this very fine story …

***The ARC was provided by Harmony Ink Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “Blue” by B.G. Thomas

TITLE: Blue
AUTHOR: B.G. Thomas
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 240 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 15, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

BLURB:

Blue McCoy has lived on the streets for a long time, surviving by his wits and doing what he must, and he’s not above using his youthful appearance and air of innocence to his advantage. It’s not an easy life, but he’s happy. He has everything he really needs: the clothes on his back, a house to squat in, a sweet dog. Everything except that special someone to love him.

Six months ago, John Williams’s wife left him because she was bored. “Even your *name* is boring” were her last words to him before she walked out. Now he’s by himself in a big house, trying to figure out what direction his life should take. He’s never been so alone.

A chance encounter sets John on a new path, a path that becomes clearer when loneliness sends him to a local animal shelter to get a dog—and he finds an angel instead. An angel named Blue. A crisis brings them together, but it is something else that keeps them there. Could it be love? A love that can forever end two men’s deep loneliness and bring them the support and sense of belonging they’ve searched for all their lives?


Reading the blurb, I was excited about this book because it sounded really interesting and definitely showed a lot of promise, but for me, it just didn’t hit the mark or fulfill the potential I thought it could’ve had. Although the plot and characters were quite sweet, I felt that they needed more depth, because even at 240 pages long, the story just felt as though it was lacking in some way. I wouldn’t say that I disliked it, it just wasn’t one of my favourites.

Blue is 23 years-old, and lives in an abandoned shack of a house with no heat or electricity. He shares the house with three friends, who are also his occasional sexual partners, and his recently acquired stray Labradoodle that he named Chewie. Blue essentially has nothing and no one. He works various odd-jobs to get money to live and eat, but they are never permanent. And on occasion, when he’s been really struggling for money and hungry, he’s resorted to sleeping with strangers for a meal, or a place to stay for the night. No matter what life throws at him, Blue nearly always sees the positive side, and is mostly a happy guy. But he has a brain that works at a million miles a minute, so people often find him to be a little weird, which normally makes it hard to form a special connection to someone. So he’s resigned himself to the fact that it’ll probably just be him and his dog alone in the world. Then one day disaster strikes, and Blue has to rush Chewie to the animal shelter to see the vet after he’s knocked down by a car.

John is the President of a bank. He’s always been attracted to men, but pushed it to the back of his mind, and was basically in denial. As far as he’s concerned he loved his wife and was happy with her, the sex may not have been earth-shattering, but he was never tempted to look elsewhere. At 45 years-old, he’s suddenly alone after his wife leaves him to travel and have a bit of adventure and excitement in her life. John’s feeling kind of lost, he was so used to doing things with his wife, that he doesn’t know how to fill his time now, she even took their dog when she left him. John decides he needs to fill the emptiness of his house so goes to the local animal shelter to get a new dog. This is where he meets Blue for the second time. A few months previously, he encountered Blue when he almost hit him with his car, and he found that in the time that passed since that day, he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about the young man. When he enters the animal shelter, he sees a young man in the waiting area visibly upset and shaken. When John goes over to make sure he’s ok, he’s surprised to find that the man is the person who has been filling his thoughts and dreams, and who has been making him question everything he thought about himself and his relationships. From this point, the two men come together to nurse Chewie back to health and explore what it means to have happiness, acceptance, understanding and love.

For me, the writing style was too chaotic. I felt as though it was a little disjointed, and I had to really concentrate on what I was reading, or I’d get a bit lost. Characters were introduced, and I thought they would have been expanded upon, but then they were never really involved again which did disappoint me. The story just didn’t flow as well as it could have, especially when switching between POV’s. Also, there was quite a lot of brand and name dropping that made it feel like it was some sort of advertisement. These issues are what affected my enjoyment of the book. I liked John and Blue, they were really loveable characters with personalities that made you want to get to know them more, I just wish I was able to feel more of a connection to them through this story.

So overall, this book didn’t exactly push my buttons, but that may just be personal preference, there’s nothing to say that you won’t love this story. It’s the first book I’ve read by this author, but it won’t put me off reading other titles.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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