Review: “An Island in the Stars” by Susan Laine

TITLE: An Island in the Stars
AUTHOR: Susan Laine
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: New adult; Sci-fi
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 210 PAGES
RELEASE DATE: June 12, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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Sam, a geeky college freshman, has bigger problems than lusting after Marcus, sexy jock, college junior, and his big brother’s best friend. Chasing after a beanie caught in the winter wind turns into a tumble down the rabbit hole for them both—science fiction style.

Sam and Marcus find themselves trapped on a tropical island in the middle of a strange ocean on an alien moon. The sole structure is a ruined temple devoted to the art of love. Flustered, confused, and unable to return home, they need to figure out a means of escape from a hostile jungle teeming with dangerous life-forms.

In this tale where opposites attract and secret crushes are revealed, two very dissimilar young men discover they actually have a lot in common after all, but it will take their differences as much as their points of connection to survive on an island in the stars


One day, when they were heading home after college, Sam and Marcus fell in a rabbit hole which leads to an Island on a Moon.
Sam is a “geek” in love with Marcus, his brother’s best friend for years. Too shy, too unsure and too scared to confess his feelings, Sam, spends most of his time in defense mode or running away from Marcus.
Marcus tries his best to gain Sam’s attention but fails each time. He is crazy in love with the young geek but doesn’t know how to gain his trust and love.
When they end up on an Island on an alien moon, they don’t have other choices but to stick together in order to survive and find a way to come back to their home.
It was a sweet love story between Sam & Marcus. They are adorable together especially Marcus.
I like this big guy, he is sweet, brave and fights for what he wants. And he’s wanted Sam for years, when he has the opportunity, he takes it. I like his devotion for Sam too. I had a little crush for Marcus.

Sam is really smart, like super mega smart, and his brain sure helps them on this alien Island, but he has difficulty interacting with people, and especially with the guy he is in love with, Marcus. But this island will help him to face his fear, to surpass himself and fight for his life and that of Marcus.
The author mixes different genres, adventure, Sci-fi, Romance, the whole sprinkled with a dose of humor.

It’s a mix between Jules Verne, Daniel Defoe and Lewis Carroll. A fall in a rabbit hole that leads to an extraterrestrial room that leads to an island on an alien moon, populated with extraordinary alien creatures, add 2 gay men, horny and in love, and you have this sweet novel.

I recommend this book for younger people 14-18 years old.

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

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Review: “Mace’s Rebel” by Victoria Vallo

TITLE: Mace’s Rebel
AUTHOR: Victoria Vallo
SERIES: Mate Me
PUBLISHER: Twisted E-Publishing
COVER ARTIST: K Designs
GENRE: Sci-Fi; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 85 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 12, 2017
PRICE: $ 2.99 -e-book
  

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Mace has been given a task, and he’s never been one to leave a job half done.

When Mace’s father announces that it’s time his sons settled down and began having children, Mace immediately begins to weigh his options. His preference for male lovers presents a challenge, but the universe is a big place, filled with many different kinds of beings. Mace takes a chance on his next mission, only half believing he’ll have any luck finding a mate, and unexpectedly discovers the passion he’d never even realized he was missing in his life.


Mace’s Rebel’s the first book in the Mate Me series by Victoria Vallo. The Mate Me series is going to be a three book series.
Each book’s going to be about one of the three brothers (Mace, Alric, and Tore) as they go about fulfilling their dad’s ultimatum in order to inherit their part of his shipping business when he retires. So what’s the ultimatum you ask? They each must produce an heir, and as Mace got clarification, and his dad doesn’t care if the baby is blue or has tentacles so long as the baby is raised with his son’s family. What the dad doesn’t realize is that his sons all prefer men instead of women and so in Mace’s Rebel we get to see how the oldest son, Mace, goes about finding a mate to have a child with.

Mace’s Rebel’s a cute story with a great storyline and well-developed characters. I loved how Mace navigates around his father’s ultimatum and still manages to stay true to his sexuality. I loved how Mace finds the perfect mate in The Rebel, Finn.
I can’t tell you a whole lot about Finn as it would spoil a lot of the book. I can tell you that Finn is everything that Mace has been looking for and Finn is hot and dreamy and stubborn and kind and supportive and did I mention hot and dreamy. I loved this cute story and all of its steamy hot passionate scenes.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, which I hope is going to be about the second oldest son, Alric who is always comparing himself to his seemingly perfect older brother

***The ARC was provided by Twisted E-Publishing. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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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: “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
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 145 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 17, 2017
PRICE: $5.99 -e-book
  

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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***

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Review: “Thick & Thin” by Charlie Cochet

TITLE: Thick & Thin
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: No
LENGTH: 95 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2017
PRICE: $3.82 -e-book

  

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In a matter of days, Dex has been kidnapped, tortured, killed, revived, become half Therian, offered the chance to become a spy, and accepted a proposal to marry his jaguar Therian boyfriend, Sloane Brodie. It’s been a lot to take in, and although Dex is still trying to wrap his head around everything that’s happened, he knows he has to move forward.

After the events of Smoke & Mirrors, Dex and Sloane find themselves in one of the most frightening situations of all: revealing the truth to their Destructive Delta family. When the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same, and it’s up to Dex to prove that in the face of change, the one thing that will always remain the same is family.


levilogooptimummWell…well…well… sigh THIRDS! I said it all, right?! There are no more words needed but if this is the first time hearing about this awsomeness of series called THIRDS lemme give you some introduction.
The storyline is placed in a world, where Therians, are common knowledge. Therians are shifters. They are very strong. But the shifting back let them be vulnerable and weak. Therian-Human Intelligence, Recon, Defense, Squadron -or- the aka THIRDS. And this series is about them…

Thick & Thin is book 8 of the series, the sequel to Smoke and Mirrors.

Dex was kidnaped, died and came back as half Therian. Tony, his father, got shot in his chest but he’s recovering. Dex fears every moment of telling his family that he and Sloan are going to join TIN, the Therian secret intelligence. He wasn’t wrong, Cael wants to kill Sloan after he finds out that his brother, Dex died and now, Cael is going to lose him. Tony is outraged, he doesn’t want to hear a word about it. Seems that the mention of Dex and Sloan getting married eases the tension, just a bit.

While Dex talks to his family, Sloan does the same with his family, Ash. Well, he wanted to tell all, but Ash just opens up to him about his feelings, scary feelings, toward Cael. Even though they are together, the love Ash feels toward the cheetah Therian makes him feel vulnerable. Sloan let the other man talk, but he accidentally let it slip out about his and Dex’s engagement. I’m not going to tell you about Ash’s reaction! No Sir…but oh man!!! Well, I see Ash differently now wink, wink.

Dex plans to tell everything to the team, but things, as always with Dex, don’t happen smoothly. They get called for an emergency situation, where Dex is forced to show his fangs and claws, literally. The team is shocked, and more shocked when they find out that they join Tin and they are more shocked that Dex and Sloan are getting married. Hobbs, the sweet Therian tiger, reacts as Dex feared.

Through finding out the name of Letty’s Dimple’s, facing his family and team, they got a message, quite an original one, from Wolf, to keep Hudson alive.

I can’t wait for the next of the series, Darkest Hour Before Dawn, where, finally, we’ll get Seb and Hudson’s story. At the end of Thick & Thin, we get to read the first chapter of the next book.

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

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Review: “The Journey of Jimini Renn” by April Kelley

TITLE: The Journey of Jimini Renn
AUTHOR: April Kelley
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Nathan Ott
GENRE: Sci-fi; Dystopian
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 192 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 10, 2016
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book / $9.99 –paperback
  

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In a world without surface water, Jimini Renn wants nothing more than to live inside the protective walls of Adam City for the rest of his life, but his little brother has other ideas.
As far as Jimini is concerned, Adam City has everything he needs. It has a well that provides much-needed water, food, and safety from the dangers of the outside world. When his bookworm of a brother leaves to chase waterfalls, Jimini must follow even though he knows it will probably mean his death. When the first person he meets on the outside pulls a gun on him, he’s proven right. No one who calls himself a slaver and has a gun has Jimini’s safety in mind, even if he is sexy. The journey Jimini expects isn’t the one he gets.


levilogooptimummThis was my first book from this author, and I must say I’m well impressed.
Dystopia is one of the genres that’s fascinating me. However, if you ask me why, I couldn’t answer your question, but I often find myself thinking of what if…

The story take place in world where is no more surface water. There are strongly protected wells, endless deserts and shady towns. Except Adam City, the home of Jimini and there is no better place on earth…or so Jimini likes to think…
Jimini is a young man, who takes on the responsibility of raising his smaller brother after their mother dies in the plague that took with it almost the half of the city. He is also taking care of their garden, growing plants, which he exchanges for water.
Aurri, Jimini’s younger brother is a dreamer, he wants out of the city. Their old neighbor Ester and his friend Bentee fuels Aurri with endless stories about waterfalls and green land. One day, with the help of Jimini’s friend Bentee, Aurri escapes.

Then when Jimini meets the slaver Aaruth on his way to rescue Aurri…

Aaruth is a loner, fighting in this cruel world to survive. Jimini though…Aaruth is amazed by the purity of the boy, what sometimes borderlines with pure naivety. His feelings are instant and burning. But Jimini is planning to go back to Adam City after they find Aurri and he’s afraid that the boy will take his heart with him.

Although the book has no sexual content, their story is angsty. The only thing I’m sorry about is that I finished too soon because I loved the plot, the dialogue and the inner fights. I have no idea if April will make a sequel of this book but I would read for sure!

 4.5 OptimuMM's

***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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