Review: “Pandora” by Marguerite Labbe

TITLE: Pandora
AUTHOR: Marguerite Labbe
SERIES:
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Sci Fi; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 210 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2017, 2nd edition
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book
  

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Haunted by the screams of the men he murdered, ex-Marine medic Riff Khora is serving a life sentence on board a prison ship. Seeking more punishment for his crime, he strikes a deal with the corrupt Captain Vidal—an exchange of pleasure and pain—and forges a new life leading the team that surveys space wreckage for salvage.

Ship engineer Zed Jakobsen’s psychometric abilities make prison a sentence worse than death, and the barrage of emotional stimuli is an unending torment. His only regret is that he didn’t kill the monster who sent him to prison, and only a glimmer of hope to escape a judgment he doesn’t deserve keeps him clinging to a brutal existence.

When they board derelict ship Pandora and discover a lone survivor, the hell of prison life plunges into abject horror. An epidemic of violence and insanity consumes their ship, driving the crew to murder and destruction. Mutual need draws Riff and Zed together, and their bond gives them the strength to fight a reality they cannot trust. But Vidal possesses the only means of escape from the nightmare, and he’s not letting anyone leave alive.

First Edition published as Pandora in the Deep Into Darkness: Aliens, Alphas and Antiheroes Anthology by Smashwords, 2015.


From the blurb, I was in awe with this book.

The book is a Sci-fi Romance. The plot it’s happening somewhere in the future on a prison ship.

The ship is under the command of Captain Vidal who, we learn that is a sadistic awful man. His kink is breaking down the lifers to the point of no return. Him being sadistic has nothing to do with the need of Riff to be dominated. But Riff is punishing himself…

The story starts with Zed being recruited on a salvage mission lead by Riff. Riff can deny his attraction to the shorter man. It seems he has a type, short and dominant. Riff being the toy of Vidal (which Riff has agreed too) he doesn’t experience the emotion part of being dominated. He doesn’t like to be humiliated neither, him having a leader character. But Vidal humiliates him constantly. Vidal is harsh and has no limits, although Riff asks for more pain for more suffering…

Zed having some psychic powers, he’s able to sense the real need in Riff. He never considered himself dominant, but something inside Riff makes him want to dominate this strong, compassionate man. Zed carves Riff total submission.

Then on the mission, they rescue someone…thump thump thump…they’re bringing him to the onboard…thump thump thump…then all hell breaks loose…

Riff wakes up tied to his bunker, and he hurts everywhere. He doesn’t know what really happened. But the carnage around him makes him sick. He fears for his team, so he goes to find them.

The story is angsty with some violence in it. Although I tagged it as BDSM we can’t call it an erotic read. I loved how genuine was the relationship between Zed and Riff was. The author described Riff’s need for pain very nicely. Reading the scenes you don’t get the feeling of punishment, you see how a Dom seeks out every desire of the Sub, putting his own aside. For me, this is how a real Dom/Sub relationship really is.

4 honest OptimuMM’s.

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

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Review: “Darkest Hour Before Dawn” by Charlie Cochet

TITLE: Darkest Hour Before Dawn
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: THIRDS
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Sci-Fi; Urban Fantasy; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 224 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback

  

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THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.

As life and death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most for good this time.


levilogooptimummFinally!

Since when were we waiting for Seb’s and Hudson’s story? It seems decades…but finally, it’s here…and I loved it! Every single word of it!

We know our sweet Hudson from quite the beginning of this series. He was always present, in the background, in almost every book, if not in all. We knew him as an English bloke, always calm, always with two feet on the ground. But we knew little about his background. Now, in this book, we will find out more…much more. Then with time, we learned that actually, Hudson is Sebastian Hobbs marked mate, but unfortunate events set them apart. Well, actually, Hudson set them apart, and we will learn why.

Even though Hudson decided to go separates ways, he can’t, he just can’t have anybody else in his life. He can’t move on, because…well…Seb is his mate!

The Doc’s relationship with Ninna is straggled too. She’s lying to him about her relationship with Seb’s brother Rafe the oldest of the Hobbs siblings, and it spoils his trust toward his best friend. Hudson is lonely…

Sebastian Hobbs, Team Leader for Theta Destructive, is tired of being apart from Hudson. He’s going out of his mind that he can’t be there 24/7 to protect his mate from the possible threats. Then when he gets called by Lieutenant Sonya Sparks, who offers him an interesting deal, Seb, very Therian like, told her to shove it. He doesn’t want to become a puppet of hers. But the threats are there, Hudson is in danger and the knowledge that his mate is stalked by Wolf, who tortured and almost killed Dex, doesn’t help either.

Events bring them together, events I know you wanna know but I’m not telling you…what?! Me?! mean?! Wow…I never expected from you to hear that…I’m offended!

No spoilers guys, but I promise you, you will not be disappointed. Although tissues needed! So go to your favorite shop and stock yourself with it…you’ll cry…a lot…the book is amazing. The story of these two is the most emotional of the series.

We learn about more characters too like Dom or Wolf. The Hobbs family…and the end…oh my, the end…tissues guys, tissues!

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

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Review: “From War To Forever” by Andria Large

TITLE: From War To Forever
AUTHOR: Andria Large
SERIES: War Trilogy
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Bree Archer
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Military
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 330 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 24, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $17.99 -paperback
  

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Dennis

The love of my life is dead. Is there a reason to live anymore?

I’m a veteran Marine. Terrorists took not only my foot, but also my wife. Recurrent nightmares, a dead-end job, and a painful limp are all I have left. My best friend, Tucker, and my sister, Lizette, keep me afloat. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Tucker… literally. And then, out of nowhere, there are these feelings. The kind I haven’t felt in years. The kind I’m not sure I can handle, or even want to. But they’ve started wrapping around my broken heart, trying to mend it. Only they are not for a woman, but for the man suddenly sharing my bed. I’m not so sure I’m ready to give love another go.

Tucker

The war took my hearing, but I’m alive. Many of my friends are not. I am building a life with my best friend, Dennis. We have become practically inseparable. And now, we are more than friends. I’ve never had feelings like these for a man. My parents, my brother, my buddy, Duke—will they understand how I feel about Dennis? Can I risk losing my family?

First Edition published as At War by KDP Select, 2015.


If you are a fan of gay military romance? Then this is the one to go for. It’s one of the best that I have ever read. The characters are very realistic. The author must have done some serious research.

Dennis lost his wife and part of one of his legs in the war. He’s depressed and suffers from PTSD. On his last time in the hospital, he met Tucker, and the two have been best friends ever since. Tucker was also wounded in the war. He has terrible nightmares of some of the missions he was on. They are each other’s support along with some really good family and friends.

I think what I loved most about this book was how believable everything was. A lot of times you read these types and it’s either a dealing of symptoms with a bland story or it’s overly dramatic. Andria Large found the perfect balance. Not only of a veteran’s journey in civilian life but also with everyday family and friend issues. I really loved Dennis’s sister Lissette, and Tucker’s friend Duke is amazing.

This is a second edition. I read the first and liked it very much. This one though, I love. The changes she’s made has everything flowing so much smoother. Plus, it makes the interactions with other characters a lot more realistic. This is the kind of book that I look for. A story you can really dive into with characters you fall in love with and a few you actually hate. At times they had me laughing, especially Duke. Other times I was crying though some of those were happy tears. I look forward to reading many more of Andria’s books knowing I’m going to enjoy to the very last page. It has an ending you are happy with even while you’re sad to finish the book.

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

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Review: “Demon Heat” by Noah Harris

TITLE: Demon Heat
AUTHOR: Noah Harris
SERIES: City of Sinners
PUBLISHER: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
COVER ARTIST: –
GENRE: Paranormal; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 390 pages
RELEASE DATE:April 21, 2017
PRICE: $1.24 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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It’s summer in the city.

July 1977: New York is sweltering under a record-breaking heat wave. Tensions run high, crime is rampant, and the city seems to be falling apart.

For new arrival Richard Miller, it is both heaven and hell. He has a loving boyfriend, a budding career as a nude model, and a comfortable place in the city’s vibrant gay community. But he knows it is all being threatened by sinister forces that he has not been able to defeat. The cult that tried to seduce him into the occult world is still after him, and Richard’s visions of the seductive demons that want to possess his body become stronger by the day. They threaten to destroy his relationship, his health, and his sanity.

Will Richard give in and become a slave to his temptations, or can he resist the powers of darkness threatening not only himself but his entire community?

Find out in this steamy gay paranormal romance. Can you handle the heat?


jologooptimummThis is the solidly researched and cleverly written City of Sinners, Book Two, by Noah Harris, which is turning out to be a brave, dark, twisted, genre-busting series. Yes, it’s an M/M Romance, it’s also historical, erotic and paranormal, but more than that, it’s a complex occult offering, of the kind I would normally only expect to see from the likes of Stephen King. But this has so much more to offer and the resulting creative, but edgy feel is only a small part of its appeal.

Demon Heat is the continuation of Richard Miller’s roller coaster journey so, although not critical, if you haven’t read book one, Darkest Desires, I would recommend it. Set in 1977 in New York City, amidst the gay community, the depth of research Noah has undertaken, to get the ethos of the era is spot on and awesome. It feels right, incorporating a lot of historical accuracy and detail from that time. The characters, which were fully developed in book one, are expanded further in book two. Richard and Tyrone are still together though their relationship has issues, as does Richard’s career as a nude model. We revisit Steve and Adam, with Steve offering a bit of humor. We find out what happened to Paco after the Everard Bathhouse fire. We’re also introduced to Peter who, like Richard, is new to the city and struggling to find his feet. Cue some hot BDSM scenes. The Knowledge Demon makes a re-appearance as does Anton, head of the power hungry Cult. We are also introduced to a new demon, the Taurus Demon, who has a significant role to play. The occultists are still at large and intent on gaining power through the summoning of The Hooded One, the demon who needs to complete his possession of Richard in order to cross over to this world and so give them the power they crave.

As with book one, the story revolves around Richard’s relationships, his life in the gay community, and his fight against the occult. You’ll need an open mind to read this dark story as some scenes deal with mature themes, but if you’re Okay with the occult, erotic sex, and drug use, as an integral, but not gratuitous, part of a storyline, then you won’t be able to put this down. There are a complex set of interlinked plots which merge together, at significant points in the story, making this a very satisfying and exciting read from start to finish. There’s a lot going on but at no time is it confusing. Noah gives us enough information to understand the plot and yet keep us guessing at the outcome. The ending ties up a good many of the plot themes but, I warn you, not all. It’s a HFN and there’ll be another book in the series. What happens to the evil Anton and his cult? What of Richard’s relationship with Tyrone? I’m waiting with baited breath for book three and, though I’m not usually a fan of long series, this is one I’d love to see continue.

***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: “Fishy Riot” by Lindsey Black

TITLE: Fishy Riot
AUTHOR: Lindsey Black
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: AngstyG
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 236 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 24, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

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Most people think riot squad officer Taylor Jameson is an asshole. Little do they know his apparent indifference stems from having a meddlesome family always butting into his business. And little does Taylor know he’s about to stumble into a situation that’ll make indifference impossible.

When everything goes horribly wrong at a political rally on a harbour ferry, Taylor encounters Sietta Salisbury. The son of a wealthy politician, Sietta is a revered—but presumed dead—musician, and an enigma who is so strange, Taylor is compelled to look into his background. What he discovers draws him into a bizarre mess of prisoners, politics, and attempted murder that makes him realise what he’s been missing.

Falling in love isn’t hard. Trying to convince someone else you’re worth loving despite your crazy family and the people trying to kill you? That’s a whole other can of worms.


levilogooptimummMy first read from this author and damn if she isn’t good!

This book it’s not what I was expecting. It surprised me in a good way.

Taylor and Clay are twins, attached at the hip. They both work in law enforcement in Sydney being members of the Riot Squad. They are big, like huge-big. They think alike, walk alike and breath alike. When you look at them, you think you are drunk, and you’re seeing double. Clay is in a relationship with Joel, a university professor, but the twins find time to be with each other. But this book is not about their relationship though…

Taylor is an asshole, everybody said so (shhhh…he isn’t). But his mind works differently than others. Where others see sympathy, he sees logic. He’s a rational man, with rational thoughts, although for some people it may appear as asshole-ish behavior. When a mission brings them to a fundraiser party on a ferry, his life changes definitely. He meets Sietta Salisbury, with his Gucci glasses. Taylor’s lost…

Sietta Salisbury’s family is powerful, his father’s in politics and they are the epitome of high class. But people thought he’s dead. He isn’t. Well not technically. Sietta is strange, a perfect match to Taylor, and it seems that he can get Taylor where everybody else fails. And Taylor sees him where everybody does not.

I can’t go into detail, for not spoiling it for you, but the story is more than worth reading it. Your heart will break for Sietta, and you will laugh out loud when you’ll meet the Jamsons. They are hilarious, funny and borderline crazy.

This book is a fun read, full of emotions but not overwhelmingly so. I really enjoyed it and I would very much like that this would become a series! I would have loved to read Clay and Joel’s story too, there is so much potential for other couples…

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

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Review: “Just Add Argyle” by KC Burn

TITLE: Just Add Argyle
AUTHOR: KC Burn
SERIES: Fabric Hearts
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 204 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 21, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

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Tate Buchanan is a troublemaker who can’t keep a job, no matter how many times his lucky argyle sweater gets him hired. Add to that a learning disability and an impetuous nature that sends him into altercations to protect the defenseless, and he hardly manages to make friends, let alone find a man who’s interested in him for more than one night.

Most people think EMT Jaime Escobar is a player, but the truth is he wants a serious partner—he just can’t justify wasting time on guys he knows aren’t a match. But when he treats a gorgeous redhead after a fight, he finds the spark he’s spent so many years looking for.

Jaime wants to take the next step with Tate, but it’s clear Tate’s not going to curb his impulsive behavior—his next fight sends him to the hospital. Jaime’s relationship with a near criminal isn’t something his family is ready to accept, not any more than Tate is willing to be kept a secret. Jaime will need a lot of understanding—and some luck of his own—to keep them both. But this is one fight he’s going to see through to the end.


Just Add Argyle is a stand-alone story, but the third book to be released in the Fabric Hearts series. Characters from the other two books are also involved in this story, but they are integrated well without any issues or making you feel like you’ve missed something.

Tate Buchanan has a hard life. He lives with his alcoholic, drug addict mother, who simply doesn’t give a damn about him. Tate has been taking care of himself since he was a child, but can never seem to catch a break no matter what he does. He dropped out of high school because he couldn’t grasp what he was being taught, and was never able to pass any tests. Thinking he was stupid—just like his mother kept telling him—he decided to just give up. We find out throughout the story that he actually has a type of number dyslexia. Tate works in low-paying, unskilled jobs that he keeps getting fired from, so spends most of his time at the library or wandering the streets to avoid going home to his mother. One night, after being fired from his latest job, Tate goes to the mini-golf course where he used to work to hide out for a while. When he arrives, he discovers someone he used to work with being assaulted by two men, Tate steps in to stop the attack and ends up taking a bit of a beating in the process. The police and ambulance soon show up, and Tate comes face to face with the man that will change his life and everything he has ever thought of himself.

Jaime Escobar is an Army veteran, who now works as an EMT. He has seen and been through a lot over the past few years, and as a result of fighting in Afghanistan, Jaime suffers from PTSD. He comes from a big family, where everyone gets involved in everyone else’s business, but Jaime always tries to change the subject or deflect whenever they try to interfere in his love life. He wants to settle down and find a long-term partner and not just a one-night stand, but the only person who ever made him feel this way—even though they were never romantically involved—died in his arms in the desert. When Jamie answers a call-out for assault, he doesn’t expect to meet a man who lights a fire in him that he thought had long died out, even if he does have to break down some barriers to get to a place of peace and happiness.

When I first started this book, I really struggled to get into the story and seriously considered giving up a couple of times. I felt that the first few chapters dragged on more than they needed to and that there were parts that seemed to go off on unnecessary tangents, but I stuck with it, and I’m so glad I did. When we finally get into the story where Tate and Jaime meet and then get to know each other, the whole feel and flow of the story changes. It becomes a much more enjoyable read that touches on some serious issues, and does so in a very sympathetic way. Tate and Jaime’s love story found a place in my heart that I couldn’t imagine it would have when I first began.
The ending was so utterly adorable and perfect that I need to give huge credit to the author for turning the book from something that I thought I was going to dislike, into something that had me beaming with joy.
Now I need to go back and read the previous two books because I’ve kind of fallen for these characters and want to know a little more.

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

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Review: “A Good Neighbour” by Clare London

TITLE: A Good Neighbour
AUTHOR: Clare London
SERIES: London Lads
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Valerie Tibbs, Tibbs Design
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 60 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 19, 2017
PRICE: $ 3.99 -e-book
  

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A London Lads Story

A secret affair can’t go on forever.

Dylan Philips admits it himself: he’s a relentlessly single man in a small suburban town, both proud of and resigned to being a good teacher and a devoted nephew to his mischievous great-aunts.
When the aunts take a hand in matchmaking him with Josie Whitman, the girl who lives along the street, Dylan doesn’t tell them what kind of soul mate he’s really looking for—and the fact that he’s already found the man in question. It’s not Josie who’s travelling from London every month to her town property, but her journalist brother Neal. And Dylan meets up with Neal whenever he can.
But decisions must be made for their future. Dylan is risk-averse to everything from overseas travel to coming out, whereas Neal embraces adventure—and now he wants to take Dylan with him.
Horrified that his chance at love will move even further out of his reach, Dylan realises it’s time for him to own up to what kind of man he really is. He needs to find courage and compromise. And who knows whether the great-aunts will be a help or a hindrance with that?

First Edition published as A Good Neighbor by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2009.


A Good Neighbour’s the third book in the London Lads series by Clare London. It’s a standalone book. Although A Good Neighbour’s only 60 pages and is a quick read, it was engaging, descriptive, and very much enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the book because it’s set in and around London and I just got done visiting England in December, and it was fun to read about some of the places that I had visited.

Dylan’s a single man living in a small suburban town. He doesn’t date, and he’s a school teacher. He’s both proud of and resigned to being a good nephew to his mischievous great-aunts. When his great-aunts attempt to be matchmakers, they try to set him up with the girl next door, Josie. However, it isn’t Josie that he’s interested in. He’s interested in her brother, Neal.

Neal’s a journalist and gets sent all over the place for his job. In between assignments he stays at his sister’s town property. He’s a free spirit and loves to travel and visit new places. He loves his relationship with Dylan even though they have to keep it secret. Recently though he’s been fantasizing about Dylan coming with him on his assignments, so they can explore the new places together instead of him coming home and telling him about them.
There’s some discord in Neal’s and Dylan’s secret relationship, and they have to figure out where they’re heading in the future and what they both want out of it. And Dylan needs to figure out if he’s going to find the courage to be the man that he knows himself to be and to compromise on some of the things that Neal wants out of their relationship.

I was biting my lip while I continued to read to see whether they would be able to work out their problems or not. Even with the book only being 60 pages, I was still invested in the story, and I loved all of the characters. Dylan’s mischievous great-aunts were a hoot, and I loved how they manipulated him and Neal. Dylan and Neal were opposites in both looks and attitudes, but they brought out the best in each other and made each other whole.

A delightful read with some pretty steamy scenes and just enough angst. I can’t wait to read more books by Clare London.

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

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Review: “A Day Makes” by Mary Calmes

TITLE: A Day Makes
AUTHOR: Mary Calmes
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 19, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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Mob enforcer Ceaton Mercer has killed a lot of people in a lot of different ways – he stashed the last two bodies in a toolshed belonging to a sweetheart marine researcher in an idyllic island community – but he’s really not such a bad guy. Over time he’s found a home of sorts, and he even learns he’s found a place in the hearts of the people he works with…at least enough so that they won’t put a bullet in his head because he’s outlived his usefulness to the boss.

But he never thought he’d find one day could change his life, and he’s about to discover how wrong he is.

Because in a single day, he meets the man who looks to be the one, the love of his life. It’s an improbable idea – a man who deals in death finding love – but it’s like it’s meant to be. That single day gets weirder and troubles pile up, forcing Ceaton to take a hard look at his dreary life and accept that one day can change everything, especially himself. His future might be brighter than he expects – if he can stay alive long enough to find out.


levilogooptimummAs we used to by now, this is another great story of Mary Calmes that will keep you on your toes for the entire story. There are so many strings that you can’t really guess the outcome of this story…

We will witness the book from Ceaton Mercer’s POV. Ceaton has an interesting personality. His morality, even being a mob enforcer are different from the other bad guys. Oh don’t get me wrong, he’s the bad guy everybody fears. He was a Marine, and after doing the right thing, he finds himself now without anything to do. He was “asked” to leave the Marine Corps, a conflict of interest you might ask but no, just the old, “When I say jump you say how high, Sir,” attitude. Well, Ceaton is not made like that. He’s very good at following orders, though, it soothes him, grounds him.

But then when he’s ready for the next step of his life, he got an offer to become an enforcer for the Serbian mob. We will witness his growth in that society and the bonding with his fellow comrades. Comrades you will come to love, they are funny, fears and they always have each other’s back. He feels like he’s in the Marine’s again. Ceaton is known for his loyalty, but that means nothing when you get suspicious that you maybe planning something. Then when the next step of his life is happening…

If I described Ceaton, I would say he’s like a calm ocean, strong, big and apparently offering you shelter. And what about Brin you may ask?

Brinley storms into his life with a force that disturbs the enforcer’s equilibrium pretty much. From the very beginning, Brin makes a claim on him, talking about their future…only after just one hour of meeting the guy! In Ceaton’s opinion the dude is crazy but deep down he can’t say no to those plans, can’t argue with Brin’s claims of him. He definitely got caught up in this whirlpool called Brin.

I finished this book in a couple of hours. It was a strong, romantic and some tear sharing read. Your heart goes out for Ceaton without reason. He’s calm, gathered and so compassionate. When he’s given up finding the one, is when Brin comes into his life. And in A Day Makes his life turns again in a way that he would never expected…

When I asked Mary last night if she plans to continue this story she said…well, I can’t really say what she said, can I? Yeah yeah, I know…I’m a tease…but that’s why you love me so much, don’t you?!

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

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“Into The Sunset” by Piper Kay

TITLE: Into The Sunset
AUTHOR: Piper Kay
SERIES: Eight Second Cowboy
PUBLISHER: Encompass Ink, Crushing Hearts, and Black Butterfly Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Carrie Jax
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Western
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 175 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 7, 2017
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book
  

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Matt Stephens has always found it hard to let people in. Ever since he was a child, the only person he’s been able to count on, is his best friend, Mindy. Now, with Lance in his life, he is trying to make it work, especially with the life changing event that is about to take place. However, before that happens, all Matt wants is to retire from the rodeo circuit a champion, with his reputation intact and then ride off into the sunset. Sometimes, the things we want, aren’t really what we need… And sometimes the things we think we need are beyond our grasp…


Piper Kay has topped herself. If you thought Eight Second Cowboy was good then this one will blow you away. There is so much more to Matt and Lance that gets discovered.

The rodeo is a hard living. Made harder when you are trying to keep their relationship a secret only makes it harder. Add in the fact that Mindy is due any day, there is a lot of pressure on these guys. Not to mention the worry they feel not going together so they can make sure Mindy is never left alone.
When tragedy strikes it affects the guys differently. While one is shutting down, the other tries to be supportive and keep the home running. With all the pressure and pain it is hard to communicate how they feel. Somehow they make it though.

This was one of those highly emotional reads that not only will have you chuckling, but will also have you in tears. It does what we want a great read to do. It has characters you can connect with, deeply felt emotions so you can purge yours with, and a happy ending that will leave you with a contented smile.

Piper Kay has definitely made a big fan out of me with this series. When I look for a cowboy book this is what I want. Realistic cowboys who also love men. You can tell Piper either knew or researched thoroughly the rodeo life. The proof is in the details.

I look forward to reading her other series.

***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: “A Flying Rescue” by Liza Kay

TITLE: A Flying Rescue
AUTHOR: Liza Kay
SERIES: Wildcat Hills Pride
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Latrisha Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 140 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 20, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $6.50 /paperback
  

BLURB:

Bravery isn’t a matter of size, but one of the heart.

Math geek Asa Tibbs is no wilting flower, despite being a butterfly shifter with a reputation for fragility. When he learns his mate has been kidnapped, nothing will stop from rushing to his mate’s rescue. Least of all any objections by the Wildcat Hills Pride, whom he’s conveniently neglected to seek permission from.
Xander Powell, alpha of the Pride, is chagrined beyond belief. Not only has he been captured by a gang of deer shifters—an insult to his masculine pride alone—but he’s become the new main attraction of a rinky dink circus? And he can’t even shift to get out of his situation, not without alerting humankind to the existence of shifters among them. What’s a lion to do?
Help arrives on colorful wings when the big beautiful butterfly that is Asa tumbles into Xander’s cell. Together, the two men escape the circus. But their journey home is just the beginning of the honeymoon from hell…and what they discover along the way will shake the foundations of the paranormal world.


I liked A Flying Rescue by Liza Kay.

This is the first book in the series that I have read, and as such, I was a little lost until I got to know the characters and who had done what.

I think I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if I had read the other two in the series first. However, I did still greatly enjoy both Xander and Asa and all of their packmates and friends. The characters were nicely developed, and I liked how they interacted with each other. However, the books sound like they have a background plot that runs through the series even though the books are each about a separate couple. So I would recommend that you start at the beginning of the series before reading this book to get to know the characters and the circumstances that have made them the way they are. The ending of the book was left open for another book in the series, and I’m hoping that it will be about London and Donovan.

I loved how strong Asa is and how he doesn’t fit into the omega mold. I liked that he didn’t want to be thrust into being a permanent bottom just because he’s slim and smaller than Xander and I liked that Xander was secure enough in his alpha-ness that he would allow Asa to top also. I liked that Asa rescued his mate and that they had a rocky honeymoon while having to deal with corrupt council members and assassins trying to kill Xander and then later his pride.

I can’t wait to see what happens with the corrupt council as that seems to be the background plot that’s running through the series and since it wasn’t tied up in this book.

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

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