Review: “The Rhubarb Patch” by Deanna Wadsworth

TITLE: The Rhubarb Patch
AUTHOR: Deanna Wadsworth
SERIES: A Men of Gilead Novel
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH:  284 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 24, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $16.99 –paperback


City boy, sci-fi novelist, and recovering pushover Scott Howe doesn’t know what to expect when he inherits his grandmother’s house outside the quaint village of Gilead, Ohio—but it isn’t an enormous bald man in nothing but tighty-whities and orange rubber boots shouting at him to keep his weed whacker away from the rhubarb patch.

Scott has never met anyone like Phineas Robertson: homesteader, recluse… Republican. A tender—if unlikely—friendship grows over the summer while Phin and his schnauzer, Sister Mary Katherine, teach Scott about life in the country and the grandmother he never knew. Opposites attract, but widower Phin worries his secret will send Scott running faster than his politics, and Phin isn’t convinced he deserves a second chance at romance.

Scott is convinced—rural life, and his one-of-a-kind, older neighbor is the future he wants. Before he can settle in, his mother drops a bombshell that strains their already tenuous relationship, and a cousin who believes he is the rightful heir to the property puts Scott in danger. It’ll take a lot of compromises, and even dodging a few bullets before they’re out of the weeds, but nurturing something as special as true love always takes hard work.


The Rhubarb Patch has everything I dislike in a book, like literally everything. When I thought that there is nothing that is going to go wrong, bam! There was another thing I didn’t like.

So you may ask, why the high rating?

Just because I don’t like stuff like Mpreg (although is not actually part of the plot, Scott one of the MCs, is an MM novelist who writes about Mpreg-Sci Fi’s) or Republicans who are pro-guns (the other MC, Phineas, Phin) or knowing about the rural life, that doesn’t mean others will not enjoy it.
In my honest opinion, this book is more a textbook 101 about agriculture. You’ll find every little detail, and I mean every…little…detail about seeding, harvest, farm animals and so…(did you know that you could keep the eggs up until five months in the fridge? well I didn’t…).

Scott inherits his grandmother’s house, and he moves there, running from his past relationship. Well, he is a people pleaser, and he wants to change that. He’s a momma’s boy. Like in most parts I just wanted to shout at Scott to grow the f… up. He’s also a social media addict. Checking on his followers couple of time a day, posting about the country life and he likes googleing. He doesn’t think to find love in the middle of nowhere.

Phin is a widow. His husband passed away a few years ago and now he’s living in Gilead. (The story says that Scott’s mom was going back to his family after her husband was abusing her when Scott was a small boy. The so called hubby is the son of Scott’s grandma from whom, he inherits the house. I thought that meant that Phin was the one who moved, several years ago to the neighborhood. But in one point of the story, it’s written that the grandma moved in next door…it’s confusing I know…).

So this is a typical-not-so-typical love story with a lot of details about agriculture and jealous family, rude relatives and a lot of rhubarb.

Who do I recommend this book? Well, to everyone who likes agriculture!

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


Review: “Patterns Revealed” by Suede Delray

TITLE: Patterns Revealed
AUTHOR: Suede Delray
SERIES: Patterns
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Martine Jardin
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Erotic
LENGTH: 148 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 21, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book


Dominick has recovered from his injuries but is still on suspension from the force. This hasn’t deterred him from wanting to solve the Regis murders. Some information from his sister prompts Dominick and Rob to take a weekend trip to Boston. What they don’t know is that the killer is watching.

Patterns Revealed is a continuation from book two of the series so can’t be read as a stand-alone. It starts off almost exactly where More Patterns finished.

Dominick and Rob are heading to Boston to follow up on information about a murder similar to the one that Dominick was investigating. Dominick believes that there are too many similarities to the other murder for it not to have been the same person. But the problem is that someone already confessed to the older murder, and is currently in a psychiatric hospital after being sentenced and trying to kill himself. Rob and Dominick manage to go to the house the murder was committed in by pretending they’re interested in buying it. Inside the house, they find that it’s been left in the same condition as it was just after the crime tape had been removed. There are still blood stains on the carpets, and the faint outline of the blood writing on the wall can be seen. Rob gets a creepy vibe from the house and doesn’t like being there, especially after finding that someone has been sleeping in the basement and that there’s also a rat problem. When they head outside to meet up with the realtor again, Rob sees a face at the window, they go back inside only to find a message for Dominick written in rat’s blood on the wall. They return to New York where Dominick is placed back in charge of the investigation. Dominick and his partner Betty continue their hunt for the killer who likes nothing more than to taunt them by leaving little clues and messages for Dominick. But they soon discover that the killer has been watching them for quite some time, and he knows more about Dominick, his family and their lives than they could ever have imagined.

The Martindale Institute also has a new intake, a 13-year-old boy named Logan, who was found working as a prostitute and addicted to crack cocaine and heroin. Rob can’t help but form an attachment to the boy because he sees a lot of himself in Logan and what he’s been through. Logan’s longing for a loving home and family and Rob’s protective, caring nature means that Rob will do whatever it takes to try and help Logan.

What can I say, this book was fascinating. I was on the edge of my seat most of the time while reading it, and was so engrossed in the story that I forgot the rest of the world existed for the few hours it took me to finish. This book’s definitely been my favourite by this author, it was the perfect conclusion to the murder investigation, and the unveiling of the identity of the killer was done brilliantly. I’m so glad I stuck with this series and characters.

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


Review: “Slow Heat” by Leta Blake

TITLE: Slow Heat
AUTHOR: Leta Blake
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Mpreg
LENGTH: 354 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
PRICE: $5.99 -e-book / $14.30 –paperback


A lustful young alpha meets his match in an older omega with a past.

Professor Vale Aman has crafted a good life for himself. An unbonded omega in his mid-thirties, he’s long since given up hope that he’ll meet a compatible alpha, let alone his destined mate. He’s fulfilled by his career, his poetry, his cat, and his friends.

When Jason Sabel, a much younger alpha, imprints on Vale in a shocking and public way, longings are ignited that can’t be ignored. Fighting their strong sexual urges, Jason and Vale must agree to contract with each other before they can consummate their passion.

But for Vale, being with Jason means giving up his independence and placing his future in the hands of an untested alpha–as well as facing the scars of his own tumultuous past. He isn’t sure it’s worth it. But Jason isn’t giving up his destined mate without a fight.

This is a stand alone gay romance novel, 118,000 words, with a strong happy ending, as well as a well-crafted, non-shifter omegaverse, with alphas, betas, omegas, male pregnancy, heat, and knotting. Content warning for pregnancy loss and aftermath.

The one thing that stands out the most is the amazing world Leta Blake has created. It’s a dystopian-like society with very strict rules. What really impressed me was that the author took the time to think of the effects of male pregnancy. In fact, a lot of the storyline is in regards to the biology of humans with a wolf-like mentality. The reader is not left taking things as a fact but given the reasons.

Another interesting fact is that, at it’s core, Slow Heat is a May/December romance. Vale is an omega in his mid-thirties while Jason is a 19 year-old alpha. I love when authors go against the stereotypes. In fact, there are quite a few examples of it in the book. Not only is Vale older but he is also a professor while Jason is just a student. This to me is a prime example of how and where roles come to play in their relationship. Another pair who do not fit the typical mold is Jason’s parents. There is something special about an alpha male that cooks.

The book is appropriately named because the courtship of Vale and Jason is slow. They have to follow the rules of being bonded. I was starting to struggle with reading it because I feared the author had limited the possible outcomes. This was not the case. The omega rights and restrictions reminded me of battles we humans have had and are continuing to fight.

With all the groundwork and research Leta Blake did, I really think this should be a series. For one, I must find out what happens with Xan. He’s one of those characters that you love even when he makes you mad. I would like to see a change in omega rights. There is so much potential here for a beautiful series. Did I mention that I would really love a Happily Ever After for Xan?

***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***


Review: “You Never Know” by Mary Calmes

TITLE: You Never Know
AUTHOR: Mary Calmes
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 21, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback


Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He’s going to live in his hometown, be everybody’s friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war. No muss, no fuss is the plan. He’s well on his way—until he finds out his first love has come home too. Hagen says it’s no big deal, but a chance encounter with Mitch Thayer’s two cute sons puts him directly in the path of the only guy he’s never gotten out of his head.

Mitch returned for three reasons: to raise his sons where he grew up, to move his furniture business and encourage it to thrive, and to win Hagen back. Years away made it perfectly clear the young man he loved in high school is the only one for him. The problem? He left town and they have not talked since.

If Hagen’s going to trust him again, Mitch needs to show him how he’s grown up and isn’t going to let go. They could have a new chance at love… but Hagen is insistent he’s not reviving a relationship with Mitch. Then again, you never know.

Hagen Wylie is 34 years-old, a veteran of war and a construction worker in his hometown Benson. He has friends, a job he loves, a sex-buddy who’s a super-hot actor (nothing less), and he’s fine with it. What he doesn’t have is the love of his life with him.

Mitchell Thayer is 35 years-old, former NFL player, divorced, the father of 2 boys, and moves to Benson, his hometown, to raise his kids and reconquered the love of his life. Hagen.

This book was written in Hagen’s point of view, and I loved that, I love Hagen, he’s adorable, broke, sweet and funny. We don’t really know what he looks like and I like that a lot, Hagen can be who I want in my head.

At first, I didn’t like Mitch, I thought he was an arrogant asshole. First, he broke Hagen’s heart when they were teenagers (I know it was 17 years ago but he did it, and I hated him for that). Second, 17 years later, the guy comes back and decides to be with Hagen, because he wants him, period. Oooh let just say, I wanted to throat-punch him, but, the more I’d read about him, the more I started to like him.

He clearly wants Hagen, he clearly regrets how things ended up between them, he clearly asks for forgiveness, and it’s something I can understand and accept.
I also loved one particular thing, that Mitch and Hagen were THE couple in high school. Not the quarterback and the cheerleader, no, it was them, two young gay teens, were THE dream couple. The one that the whole town still talks about 17 years later and I love that, it makes me hope that somewhere in the world two young gay teens who are crazy in love, are THE dream couple of a whole high school, gay or straight, they want to be them.

3 beautiful OptimuMM’s for them!

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


Review: “A Demon’s Heart” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: A Demon’s Heart
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Demons Hearts
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Erin Dameron-Hill
GENRE: Paranormal
LENGTH: 232 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 28, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book


First impressions aren’t always right.

Chase is the only human who works in Hell’s Gate, the one hospital in Boston where demons can go when they need help. It doesn’t make for an easy or restful life, but Chase loves what he does, even though none of the humans he knows understand it.

Thailor is a League demon—they’re the bogeymen of demons, working in the shadows to keep the city and its inhabitants safe. Sometimes he wonders why he even bothers helping humans when they couldn’t care less about demons, but it’s what he’s paid to do, and he’s good at it.

When Chase stumbles on a demon killing another demon, he knows no one but him will care. He tries to intervene, but he’s too late, and no matter what he thinks of Thailor, they seem to gravitate toward each other.

When Thailor is there for Chase when he’s assaulted, Chase finally gives in. They’re fighting against time to save the city’s demons from someone who’s kidnapping them and harvesting their organs, though, and as the body count rises, so does the danger for Chase. Thailor promises himself he’ll keep Chase safe, but will he be able to?

First I have to say I loved this book. This is a prime example of the type of book that leads to the serious love of reading. Catherine Lievens has created an urban world filled with all the danger and deception we would expect. There is bigotry and hate crimes on both the human and demon sides. There is also those who wish to see an end to the divide.

Chase is a doctor. He is also the only human working at Saint Gabriel Hospital, or Hell’s Gate as it’s none to the demons. When he has cases of demons who have had their organs removed he knows something needs to be done. He can not stand by and do nothing and he knows no one else will care. He makes repeated trips to the police to try and get them involved. Being that Chase’s brother Aiden is a demon, this makes him even more determined to stop the killers.

Thailor is a League demon that hunts down and kills demons who prey on humans. For some reason, while in the middle of killing one, Chase catches him. As to be expected, Chase tries to intervene but is unsuccessful. It doesn’t seem to matter how Chase feels about Thailor’s actions the two are still drawn to each other. Chase finally gives in and they start to work together to find the ones responsible for harvesting the demons’ organs.

Throughout the story you can see the trust build between Chase and Thailor. There are a lot of suspicions about those close to the two and some real good fight scenes as well. The author did a great job of building a world with well thought-out characters. I look forward to reading more books in this series and diving deeper into Catherine Lievens’ world.

I can’t wait to see who the next book is about.

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


Review: “The Layover” by Roe Horvat

TITLE: The Layover
AUTHOR: Roe Horvat
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 104 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 19, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book


Eight years ago, Ondro Smrek fled Slovakia and the bigotry that drove his first lover to take his own life. The demons proved impossible to outrun, though, and now, desperate for somewhere to belong, Ondro is returning to start over. During a layover in Basel, Switzerland, he meets Jamie, an American living in Scotland who is as brilliant as he is beautiful.

Jaded Ondro never would have guessed he could fall in love during a brief layover—until now. When he is put in a position to offer Jamie comfort without hope of recompense, Ondro doesn’t hesitate. Soon, he catches a glimpse of the home he longs for. But with their separation looming, confessing his feelings would only lead to pain and humiliation. Life has taught Ondro not to hope, but then, he never believed in love at first sight either….

The Layover was a wonderfully surprising and very sweet little romance. What I really enjoyed about it was that it was different from most other books I have read. The storyline plot was extremely well thought out and researched, and felt authentic. The author’s writing style had me completely immersed in the story, and I felt like I was watching a movie in my head while reading. Everything seemed so real. I could see the character’s faces, I could picture the environment around them, I felt the fear and joy that they did. It was just…genuine.

The story is told in first person POV by the main character Ondro. At 30 years old, Ondro has just quit his job as a flight attendant and has decided to return home to Bratislava, Slovakia, but due to a strike by the airline, he gets stuck in Basel. Even though he was a flight attendant, Ondro comes across as being distant and grouchy, not really a people person. He normally only thinks about himself and doesn’t really get close to anyone, except for his best friend Kristina who he has known since he was a child. Ondro doesn’t really want to return to Slovakia, especially because there’s a referendum being held on same sex partnerships and it’s quite a hostile environment for a gay man. But he feels like he needs to face up to the life he left behind, to not feel scared or ashamed anymore, so that he can move on and be happy with himself.

In the airport while trying to arrange a hotel for the night and another flight, Ondro notices a young man with quirky dress-sense in front of him in the queue. At first, he finds the man to be quite strange, but when he actually sees his face, he realises that the man is actually very attractive and for some reason, Ondro can’t stop looking at him. When he finally gets the courage to speak to the other man, he’s shocked to find that he looks scared of Ondro and seems to be very nervous and doesn’t want to be involved in any kind of conversation. The men go their separate ways, and when Ondro arrives at his hotel, he decides that he can’t be stuck in the room looking at the four walls, so heads down to the bar, where he is surprised to find the young man from the airport. Ondro approaches the man again, and after some awkward conversation, they begin to relax a little. He discovers that the young man is the complete opposite of what he thought when he first set eyes on him, and his name is Jamie.

Jamie is originally from Idaho, but is living and working in Edinburgh, where he’s teaching and doing research in biochemistry and genetics. Jamie is quite shy and almost introverted. His best friend tries to push him to experience things out of his comfort zone, but Jamie can’t seem to bring himself to do it. He isn’t a one-night stand kind of guy, he needs to feel a connection to someone before he will take the next step, and even though he’s having a good time with Ondro, he knows he won’t go any further so decides to call it a night. But when Ondro gives him a napkin with his room number on it, it gives Jamie something to contemplate, after all, they’ll probably never see each other again. The two men soon find that their chance encounter will change their lives completely, and everything they thought they knew and believed about themselves was maybe wrong.

I adored this story and the characters. The little bits of Slovak that Ondro spoke just added to the realness and enjoyment of it. I love when an author includes parts of the language and culture they’re writing about, it really does make a difference to how the story/book is perceived and how it flows. I had never heard of this author before, but I’m going to make sure I have a look out for future releases, because if this book is anything to go by, I’d say we’re all in for a real treat.

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


Review: “Nate and the New Yorker” by Kevin Klehr

TITLE: Nate and the New Yorker
AUTHOR: Kevin Klehr
SERIES: Nate and Cameron
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 85 pages
RELEASE DATE: May1, 2017
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book


Nate once had the love of his life, but he’s met Cameron, a New York millionaire with an eccentric cross-dressing butler.

Cameron is keen to share his world of classy restaurants, Broadway shows, and fabulous parties, and while Nate’s friends see the makings of a fantasy romance, it’s Nate who has to learn how to open his heart again.

But is Cameron simply second best?

I originally decided to read this book because it had a catchy blurb. The blurb promised a light comedic read, and that was what I was expecting, and so I requested an ARC copy to read and review. However, after requesting the ARC, I read the other reviews on the NineStar Press webpage, and so I was aware that this book’s actually a bait and switch. That the book isn’t a comedy like I was hoping for but instead a tear-jerker. The reviews were still raving about how excellent the book was so I gave it a chance. The story was beautiful and full of feels, and the author’s a master at making you feel everything his characters are feeling and going through. This story’s about a man (Nathan) that has his heart broken, has dealt with it and is at the point in his life where he thinks he’s ready to move on.

And yes, the reviewers were all right. Lots of ugly crying did ensue, and I would recommend reading with a box of tissues at the ready. Especially as you get toward the end of the book and the big secret reveal. And for a fun twist if you are feeling really brave and want to cry more, reread the book after finding out the big secret reveal and see how many more tissues that you go through because the book’s heart-breaking. Which I did, after finding out the big secret reveal. I wanted to see all of the little hidden details that I missed with the first read, and yep, I did go through a lot more tissues. But I also got a better insight into what Nathan was going through and his mental state after reading it the second time.

Nathan’s been through hell in the last year and a half and with his supportive friends, he’s finally ready to try dating again, or so he thinks. But he’s got some issues that he has to work through before he can open up and give Cameron a real chance. To make things more complicated, they live half a world away from each other with Cameron in New York, USA and Nathan in Sydney, Australia. Nathan works as a waiter and Cameron’s a millionaire. Nathan’s used to paying his own way and Cameron’s used to spoiling his playthings, which rubs Nathan the wrong way. And both are going to have to learn how to compromise and work through their misunderstandings. Luckily, there’s a crossdressing butler (Roger/Rowena who’s a riot) and a lesbian aunt (that tells it like it is and has no censor) that like to meddle in both of their lives and make them work through all of their relationship growing pains.

I loved the Cameron in Prague, which’s where they first met. He was fun loving and playful. I hated the Cameron in New York, as he tried to show Nathan his city and tried to wine and dine him, because he was conceited, high handed, selfish, and as he later admits to Nathan in Australia, plastic. I loved the Cameron who finally lets down his guard and shows his true self to Nathan in Australia. And it’s the Cameron in Australia that Nathan finally gives his heart to and tells him that he loves him.

I did think that Nathan should have come clean about Elliot instead of just brushing him off as being just his ex-boyfriend. Especially when Cameron starts to question how much Nathan loves him compared to how much he loved his ex, Elliot. And the only reason I can figure out that he wouldn’t come clean is that he didn’t want the pity. Which I can understand, but it will be interesting to see if it comes back to bite him in the behind.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Nate’s Last Tango to see what happens next in their relationship. This book would have received 5 OptimuMM’s if the blurb had accurately represented 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 ***


Review: “New Orleans Second Lines” by Lynn Lorenz

TITLE: New Orleans Second Lines
AUTHOR: Lynn Lorenz
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 246 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 17, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback


Matt and Lane grew up together, best friends, sharing almost all their secrets. But on the last day of college, those secrets spilled in one night of passion and tore them apart, sending Matt to the West Coast and Lane home to New Orleans.

Now, Hurricane Katrina is set to destroy New Orleans. This might be the worst time to try for a second chance, but nothing can keep Matt from Lane. The man he let get away.

For Lane, no hurricane can pry him from the city, especially without Sebastian. The older man has been a dear friend and his landlord since Lane returned from college. Sebastian refuses to flee, preferring to stay in his Creole cottage in the French Quarter and ride out the storm.

Sebastian’s life becomes intertwined with Lane’s, as Matt finds out when he’s drawn into capturing Sebastian’s memoirs of being gay in New Orleans. The elder gentleman’s stories are full of surprises and lessons for the young men.

The most important ones Sebastian teaches them—and himself—are that second chances don’t come along often, and you’re never too old to fall in love.

First Edition published as Pinky Swear, Pioneers, and C’est La Vie by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2010

**** Before starting my review, I would like to explain something about this book. The first 12 chapters are about Lane and Matt, the next 28 chapters are about Sebastian, his life as a young gay man in the 50’s and his new re-found love at seventy something years (you need to read the book if you want to know his age). Matt and Lane are secondary characters past chapter 12 ****

Lane and Matt have been best friends since childhood. Lane has lovely parents who are there for him, Matt has an abusive alcoholic father who beat him each time he’s drunk. They grew up together and went to college together.
2 days before their graduation, Lane and Matt spend an amazing sexy night together. But when Lane wakes up the next morning, he was alone.
5 years later, Katrina is approaching New Orleans, Lane refuses to leave his landlord Sebastian. The old man refuses to leave his cottage and they decide to barricade themselves and wait until the end of the hurricane. Matt is sent by his Chief editor in NOLA to cover the hurricane, but what Matt wants is to find Lane and reconquered him.

Sebastian is 70-something years-old (like I said, you need to read the book if you want to know his age), he lives alone in his small cottage after the loss of the love of his life 20 years ago. He is very attached to Lane, so when Matt comes for him, Sebastian is there to remind Lane that Matt is his soulmate. Sebastian tries to explain to the boys how it was to be a young gay man in the 50’s, how life can be cruel and how to not waste a second chance when the opportunity shows up, even at 70 something.
It was a sweet emotional read. Lane and Matt are adorable and hot, but, Sebastian, is a queen (like he says himself), I fell in love with him (no, I don’t do geriatric people I swear).

It was absolutely beautiful to follow his life, his lost loves, his pain (I cried so much when he remembered his lover’s death). But what was the most beautiful, it was how he re-found love at his age.
It was beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. Beautiful to read his reactions, how as an old man, he can be a real teenage girl, how he blushes (so cute), and heartbreaking to read his doubts, that at his age he can’t have love again, can’t have sex. And yes, he had sex, and it was sweet and nice.

I admit, I wasn’t really excited to read a love story (and sex) about two old men who could be my grandpa (annnd now, I imagine my grandpa having sex…my libido is over) but, the author brings it up beautifully, almost poetically.
This book was a beautiful lesson about life, regrets and how to not waste our time on silly things, silly fears. It talks to me personally. And at 70-something years-old, I want to be like Sebastian, a beautiful queen, still hot, with an active sex life (when I stop thinking about my grandpa having sex!).

For me, it’s 4 OptumuMM’s, Sebastian deserve it!

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


Review: “Neriah” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Neriah
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Gillham Pack series, Book 22
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Latrisha Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
LENGTH: 123 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 12.2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book / $6.00 -paperback



Sometimes you realize what you have only when you’re on the brink of losing it.

Neriah arrived in Gillham after spending two months as his tribe leader’s fake hostage. Now he works part-time in a flower shop, plays big brother to the street kids flocking to Gillham, and thinks of ways to stop his tribe leader from ruining his life. He thinks his life can’t get any more exciting—until he meets his mate.

Connor is human, and the only reason he’s in Gillham is to write about the pack for the Daily Beacon. He’s lucky enough to get an exclusive interview with Alpha Rhett, but things get weird when a small blond man with pointed ears tells him they’re mates right in the middle of the interview.

Connor is wary of the mate bond and insists he doesn’t believe in soul mates. Neriah is focused on changing Connor’s mind at all cost—and that includes by dating him. But Gillham isn’t the sleepy little town it used to be anymore, and the humans set against the pack are starting to create problems again. Connor risks losing Neriah forever when he’s kidnapped, and that makes him realize how much he cares for his mate.

Will that realization come too late?

Neriah by Catherine Lievens is the twenty-second book in the Gillham Pack series. I didn’t like it as much as I liked Geoffrey (the 21st book in the series). Neriah acted too juvenile for my tastes. He had just found his soul mate and needed to woo his mate who’s human, but instead, he’s checking out other pack member’s behinds and doesn’t see anything wrong with it. The story also didn’t flow as well as the previous one, and I didn’t like the storyline as much. I did like getting to see Neriah’s brother Nuallan and his mate Ethan and some of the other pack mates. The book was well written and nicely edited.

Neriah’s a Nix, and he currently lives with the Gillham Pack after being his Tribe leader’s fake captive for two months. He lives in a house with his brother Nuallan and his mate Ethan. He’s an extrovert and very talkative. He’s bold and can be brash at times. He can also be juvenile at times and sometimes doesn’t think about his actions before doing something. He’s loyal to his friends and family, which I liked. I would have liked to have seen him focus more on his human mate Connor and help him overcome his wariness of the mate bond.

Connor’s a human journalist for the Daily Beacon. He’s used to researching and writing articles instead of going to the places and interviewing people in person to write his article. While interviewing the pack about the Wendigo attack in town, he meets Neriah who insists that Connor’s his mate. Connor doesn’t believe in mates though, and he has the worst luck in love, so he has a hard time believing that there’s a perfect someone out there for him. And as Neriah explains more about the benefits of being mates, like an extended longevity, he becomes even more apprehensive. Which I can understand, I’m not sure I would want to outlive all of my friends and family either.

But slowly Connor starts to come around as he talks to his friends and family and spends time with the pack and Neriah. But when Neriah’s kidnapped, Connor admits to himself that he has fallen in love with Neriah and wanted to bond with him. But that will only be able to happen if they can rescue Neriah.

I absolutely loved the end of the book though as the author introduced the characters for the next book. Which made me want to read it since it looks like it is going to be about a human who has two mates.

Yep, I can’t wait to read Rabbit, the next book in the series.

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


Review: “Trusted by the Unicorn” by Caitlin Ricci

TITLE: Trusted by the Unicorn
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci
SERIES: Into the land of Unicorns
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Carmen Waters
GENRE: Fantasy; Paranormal
LENGTH: 20 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 6, 2017
PRICE: $1.59 e-book


Back on Earth, Sayer is healthy again, but unicorns don’t do well in the city. He’s miserable and Todd wants to help him. He and his brothers have a cabin upstate that might work for them but it needs a lot of repair. Thankfully, it’s just the kind of place for three unicorns to call home.

This was a fascinating read. You have two sets of brothers. One set is human, the other unicorns. The unicorns were slowly dying in their world so came to Earth. Calix and Xavier have already gotten into relationships with the two human brothers Seth and Jacob. The oldest unicorn brother, Sayer, is the last one to come to Earth. Now Todd, the last human brother, and Sayer will have a year to get to know each other as they get the old cabin fixed for all of them to live in.

I found this story to be a sweet slow romance. In fact, I would of liked a little more of Sayer and Todd interactions. The pace was very fitting to the way society was the last time Sayer was on earth. The heat level was very low. The descriptions of the land and cabin after the year of working on them while waiting for the brothers to move was very well done.

Over all, will I found the book to be good, it had the potential to be great. If there had been more detail about the humans’ visits every weekend and more interactions between Sayer and Todd, this book would have closed the series perfectly. As it stands, it just didn’t have enough to carry a successful series closure. I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book.

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