Review: “Changing Tides” by Alex Standish

TITLE: Changing Tides
AUTHOR: Alex Standish
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Historical Romance
LENGTH: 117 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 16, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book


While most pirates sail in search of riches, Captain Devon Hall, the infamous Phantom of the Caribbean, is driven by vengeance. Devon has sworn to put an end to the corrupt governor of Jamaica and break the ruthless man’s stranglehold in the Caribbean.

When Devon is wounded and stranded on land, an unlikely rescuer comes to his aid. Brett Campbell is nothing like his uncle, the governor, and his goals are not so different from Devon’s. Brett longs for freedom, but his obligations to protect those under his uncle’s control keep him from fleeing. Throwing in with Devon might increase both their chances of success—and survival.

When the governor’s attempts to destroy Devon escalate and place Brett in danger and in the hands of the ruthless and depraved pirate Captain Blackburn, Devon must risk everything to save the man he loves and repay his enemies.

All Devon’s ever wanted is his ship, his freedom, friends who stand by his side through thick and thin, and someone to love. But facing dangers at sea and on land, Devon wonders if they will live to enjoy it all.

Set in the islands and waters of the Caribbean in 1690, Changing Tides is a really entertaining and exciting adventure story of treasure hunting, revenge and romance.

Pirate Captain Devon Hall is the epitome of the lovable rogue. He’s all good looks and charisma, but is also pretty ruthless when he needs to be, and most of the not so good things he does are to help/benefit other people. When his father is killed on the instruction of the governor of Jamaica, Rupert Campbell, Devon swears revenge, and he sets out to make sure that he destroys the man and everything he has. When Devon is injured, he wakes through periods of unconsciousness to a voice and room he doesn’t recognise. When he becomes fully awake and aware of his surroundings, he’s shocked to discover that he’s in the house of his biggest enemy, and is being looked after by the man’s nephew, Brett Campbell. At first, Devon tries to pretend that he’s just an innocent traveller who’s been attacked on the road, but Brett tells him that he knows exactly who Devon is because there are wanted pictures all around the house and there’s no need to worry because he’s not like his uncle. Brett is willing to look after and protect Devon for as long as it takes him to heal. Devon is unsure at first, but as the days go on the two men form a friendship, and Devon begins to trust Brett and enjoy his company. Devon also finds Brett to be really attractive, so he’s happy with this arrangement.

Brett Campbell is nothing like the man people expect him to be. When they find out who his uncle is, they expect him to be the same cold-hearted and brutal person. But Brett is a sweet and caring man who just wants to be happy and treat people how he would like to be treated. Brett doesn’t agree with how his uncle runs Jamaica, or how he treats the people, especially the slaves that work on his plantation. On more than one occasion, Brett has stepped in to protect the slaves from the harsh and unfair foremen on the plantation and the punishments that they hand out. He knows how corrupt his uncle is, because his uncle basically stole his inheritance from him, and now by helping and hiding one of the most wanted pirates in the house, he’s giving his uncle another reason to hate him more than he already does if he ever finds out. Brett is surprised by the connection and attraction he feels towards Devon as he’s never been with another man, but he knows it feels right, even if other people will see it as being wrong.

What started out as one man doing what he knew in his heart to be the right thing by giving aid to someone in need, leads to a journey of swashbuckling sea battles, fighting for survival, unexpected encounters, falling in love, and finding peace and happiness.

This book was just an awesome read. I was transported to another little world, and I was really sad to leave it when the story ended. The plot totally captivated me, and I wish the book could have been a bit longer. The characters were so enjoyable and easy to connect with. I think my favourite was actually one of the supporting characters, Cody Sullivan. He was sweet, quick-witted and mischievous. I just wanted to give him a big hug and look after him. I thought he was so adorable and would love to have a story just about him.

For me, this book pushed all of the right buttons, even though the romance was a very slow burner. But because there was so much going on, I felt that it was right for the romance to almost take a side step. When we do finally get down to the first kiss and the first time they sleep together, it made it all the more satisfying.

If you like historical romance or stories about pirates (how can you not?) then I’d highly recommend this book.

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


Review: “My Broken Angel” by Sadie Sins

TITLE: My Broken Angel
AUTHOR: Sadie Sins
SERIES: Wounded Hearts Book
PUBLISHER: Writer2ePub
GENRE: Romance; Paranormal
LENGTH: 232 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 3, 2017
PRICE: $0.99 -e-book


An angel-demon halfbreed just falls into my lap. Okay, he bleeds all over my shoes if you want to get technical. Moments later, this total stranger also manages to steal my heart.

Damn, I don’t even know how to explain this.

Have you ever met someone and just known they were the one? I thought I had until I met Danyal. I thought after eighteen years of living I knew all about love and meant to be and heartbreak. Then this damn bastard of a gorgeous fallen angel bleeds all over me, nearly ends up dead, and tears my reality in half. The wings don’t help. The kiss? The kiss makes me realize Hell is real and far hotter than I could ever imagine.

Discovering I’m bi is way less mindblowing than finding out my soulmate comes from a different realm of existence with bloodthirsty demons hunting him down. Worse, the longer I know him, the more I see it’s the demons in Danyal’s head that are going to kill him first.

Getting Danyal to stay and be mine is going to take an act of God. Or maybe a favor from the guy down below.

When I heard that this book was coming, I started thinking about what direction the author would go. Drunk, Blind, Stupid Cupid had an angel, a half angel, and an angsty new adult. How could that be topped? Well, Sadie Sins found a way. While still retaining the humor and sexiness that was so key in the first book, she added a darker edge with a realistic feel.

Ben is Aiden’s best friend. He sees how happy Aiden is in his relationship and wants to have it for himself. While on a date with a crush he meets her brother, and discovers something new about himself. He realizes that he’s bisexual. Already insecure, this just makes it worse for the eighteen-year-old virgin.

Danyal is a halfie. His long white hair is very rare in someone who’s half angel half corrupt. This made him a favored pet in the pit and made the other halfies very jealous. Finally escaping and being severely wounded, he wants to see his chosen before he dies. He’s very traumatized by what has happened to him in his life.

Between Ben learning not only about himself but about the existence of angels and demons plus Danyal learning how to live free from slavery for the first time, you wonder how they can be together. From meeting to blood bonding and fighting their own fears, the journey to a full bond is rough. Their actions will confuse and hurt each other even after a full bond.

Sadie Sins has once again delivered a story full of all the things that make a great read. With humor, joy, pain, and passion she has written a great story. As with her other books, this could also lead to more in the line or be the stopping point. I look forward to wherever her creative mind leads her.

***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: “Apprentice Saga” by Sadie Sins

TITLE: Apprentice Saga
AUTHOR: Sadie Sins
SERIES: Demon Bonded
PUBLISHER: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
GENRE: Romance; Paranormal; BDSM
LENGTH: 186 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2016
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book


This volume contains episodes 5-9 of Demon Bonded, as well as the bonus episode ‘The Forging Of An Apprentice,’ written by Sadie Sins and previously published 2016. Apprentice Saga is the second saga in the mm erotic world of Demon Bonded. This serial is a fun play on monster collecting and male harems. Expect demon bonding, master/slave relationships of mild and abusive nature, multiple partners, magical powers, learning how to be a sorcerer, and conflict with crueler demon masters.

Ky’s recovery from the overseer Demencious is short lived. His parents have lost all trust in him, and Ky again has to wonder if he’s losing his mind. That is until he starts his first art class at his new college, and meets an actual sorcerer apprentice.

Liem Kane could have been a typical teenager, but there is something terribly wrong beneath his well-groomed exterior. His demon, Fido, is twisted and abused, the wolf Relic tormented daily by his young master.

In his quest to save Fido from certain death, Ky must face Liem’s master. A demon trainer of cruelty that far surpasses his young pupil, Tobias has no qualms in murdering those that disobey. Ky faces off against this monster among men. It’s kill or be killed, and Ky isn’t sure he can live with either option.

18+ This book contains explicit m/m sexual content, shifter demon anatomy that knots and ties, graphic language, violence, and themes of bondage. 68,000+ words

This book follows Demencious Saga with episodes #5-9. This is one of those series that builds quickly. We are back with Ky as he stumbles along trying to protect those who want to either control or destroy the relics. Each episode he learns more.

Episode five picks up right where the previous one ended. Here while the human bonds get colder, the demon bonds get stronger. Ky is beginning to see who he is and what’s important. The responsibility he feels for the demons in his care. He’s also finding out what he gained in the bonding process as well. This has all been new to him and he’s had to learn not only from Lovely and Feral but from each new experience is adding to it too. He’s also teaching the demons about him. How truly caring and concerned he is for them.

Episode six is where most of the groundwork for the rest of the book is laid. This is where the chain of events start to connect Ky’s magical life at home to those that are around him. We meet Lien, who’s instrumental in getting Ky to have a further purpose and concern. Seeing how he’s different from other sorcerers. What he sees as his weaknesses and where he lacks knowledge.

When you get to episode seven, then you see the changes that Ky starts to go through. Because of his trusting nature, just how vulnerable those he cares for are. He’s chosen his true family and fights not only for their physical safety but their mental well-being as well. He sees that he needs to learn more for their protection. He takes the demons’ pain to heart and hurts for them. Never thinking of himself but instead how he can save and protect the relics. While those he holds dearest think of his safety and mental well-being.

Everything comes together in episodes eight and nine. Showdowns not only with outside forces but at home as well. A lot of things are learned, and the stage for the next saga is set. By the time I got to the end, I was eager for more. Sadie Sins has created a world of magic and morals, love and sacrifice. A place where the worst monsters are human and the demons more like knights.

***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: “Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns” by Tara Lain

TITLE: Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns
AUTHOR: Tara Lain
SERIES: Cowboys Don’t
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Western; Romance
LENGTH: 226 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 22, 2017
PRICE: $ 6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback


Cowboy Danny Boone—a name he made up one drunken night and has regretted ever since—harbors a big past and yearns for a small future. A short, bright career as a champion bull rider almost ended in his death when his homophobic father discovered Danny was gay. Now Danny longs for a plot of land he can build a ranch house on and enough money to make up for some of the education he missed.

Danny also hides a preference for beautiful femmes who like to top—a combo rarer than a unicorn. Then onto the guest ranch where Danny works drives San Francisco decorator Laurie Belmont, a young man so gorgeous he makes horses gasp, and so ballsy he almost kills Danny’s attacker.

Laurie’s trying to find his way out from under the thumb of a domineering mother, helpless father, and rich, privileged boyfriend.

But no matter the attraction, their lives are worlds apart, and cowboys don’t ride unicorns.

Tara Lain has done it again with another fabulous story. This time it’s with the latest book from her Cowboys Don’t series. Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns is the second book in the Cowboys Don’t series, and it’s a standalone book. You don’t have to read Cowboys Don’t Come Out, the first book in the series to understand what’s happening in the second book. That being said, I can’t wait to read the first book, Cowboys Don’t Come Out, and see how Rand and Kai fell in love since they were such wonderful supporting characters in Cowboys Don’t Ride Unicorns.

The story’s well written and beautifully edited. The characters are complex and lovable. The storyline has lots of twists and turns and two main characters that are looking for the exception to the rule in stereotypes.
Danny’s looking for a femme guy who loves to top which as he puts it “is as rare as a unicorn” and Laurie’s attracted to burly manly men who prefer to bottom. These two meet and the sparks fly when Laurie goes on vacation with his rich lawyer boyfriend Grove at a dude ranch in Chico, CA. The McIntyre Ranch is where Danny works as a ranch hand and helps with the dude ranch portion of the ranch.

I loved seeing Danny interact with Laurie and trying to be professional when he couldn’t help but be attracted to him. I loved his description of Laurie “…he’s a unique combination of twink-pretty with a dominant streak and a healthy dose of brains.” And then he realized, “Shit, I just described my dream come true and a combo as rare as a unicorn.” But could it ever work out? Danny doesn’t hold out much hope since Laurie is from San Francisco and is used to the finer things in life and Danny is a poor ranch hand who rides bulls for extra cash to try and save money to go to school and also purchase some land.

Tara Lain takes us poor readers through lots of twists and turns, but I loved how she got us through them. This is the second book that I have read by Tara Lain, each of the books has been from different series, and so far she hasn’t let me down. Tara Lain is fast becoming one of my favorite authors to read.

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


Review: “Falling Into the Black” by Caitlin Ricci

TITLE: Falling Into the Black
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci
SERIES: A Planet Called Wish
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Brooke Albrecht
GENRE: Sci-fi; Romance
LENGTH: 145 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 17, 2017
PRICE: $5.99 -e-book


Sometimes there’s a difference between duty and doing what’s right. And sometimes doing what’s right comes with a high price.

Every aspasian at Asiq adores the handsome peacekeeper Resan—all except for Arin. While the other workers vie for Resan’s attention, Arin avoids him at all costs, which rouses Resan’s suspicion. When he discovers Arin is a runaway slave, Resan is bound by law to return him to his master. It is only later that Resan realizes what he’s done. Arin’s owner bought him at twelve, married him, and not only violated Arin himself, but loaned him out to his friends. Resan has returned him to a life of rape and abuse, and now he must make a decision: free Arin and abandon the oaths he swore as a peacekeeper, or leave him to languish and abandon his own conscience and heart.

This is the third installment in the series but be a standalone. The first two are about different couples but to understand those characters, I would recommend reading the first two. Book one is about Thierry and Monroe and Book two is about Corbin (Thierry’s brother) and Em (Emmanuel). This author really sucked me in, so I am excited to go back and read about these characters. Just what I read in book three about them all, I need to go back and read up on how they fell in love.

Anyway, back to book three. On the planet Wish, everyone is pretty laid back and really enjoy their lives. First, you meet the handsome Resan, who’s a peacekeeper for all the different planets. When he’s not on a mission, he protects the aspasian that work at Asiq. The aspasians that work there provide services for all different types of gentlemen. Resan enjoys working there and never has a problem with finding a gentleman or two for his own bed. He’s not one for relationships. His only real issue is Arin which I will talk about in a second. Resan is used to the other workers giving him attention and wanting to bed him but not this one. This raises all sorts of suspicion, and he confronts him about. Sometimes, things are better left alone.

Now, my lovely Arin. I just love this character, and I’m sure you will to. He’s an aspasian that works at Asiq be of service to men. He likes working there well enough because he has choices there. If he doesn’t want to have sex, he can just say no. You ask why this is so weird? Doesn’t everyone have that choice? Well , the answer is no. Slavery is legal on several of the planets, and Arin was sold to his master, Bowman, at the age of 12 years old. And then forced to marry him. So, my heart breaks for Arin, and the more I read, the more pissed I got.

So, as I said earlier, some things are better left alone. But not for Resan, oh no, he wants answers. He hates that Arin will go out of his way to avoid him. So, Resan corners Arin one night and drills him with questions. He should have left it alone, but if he did that, then we wouldn’t have this complex love story. Resan finds out that Arin is a runaway slave and has been hiding out there on Wish. Well, you see, peacekeepers abide by the law, and now that he knows this information, he’s going to return Arin to his disgusting master. It’s the right thing to do, right? Wrong.

Bowman bought and married Arin at the age of 12. He raped, beat and neglected Arin for years. Bowman even had his friends come over and do the same. I will tell you that this author did a great job at keeping it very bland as far as details of his younger years. She paints a great picture of what he went through without graphic details. The graphic details come when Bowman gets Arin back.

Needless to say, Resan figures out that it was a horrible idea sending him back, but you will have to read the book to know what happens. I love the characters, I love the story, and I recommend this to anyone that likes planets, sexy aliens, drama and of course, love and sex.

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