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: “Bad Boys Get Tickled” by Jeff Enro

TITLE: Bad Boys Get Tickled
AUTHOR: Jeff Enro
SERIES: Bad Boys Series
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST:Angela Waters
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 27 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 22, 2016
PRICE: $1.99 -e-book
  

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Isaac has been extremely ticklish for as long as he can remember. As a kid his best friend Ty used to hold him down and tickle him, but once they started high school, they drifted apart. Isaac came out as gay kind of young, but Ty never revealed his sexual orientation, and as a result Isaac felt sort of abandoned by his best friend. Now, a few years later, they’re both home from college and run into each other in a bar. This leads to a confrontation and a dispute that can only be settled the good old fashioned way—tickling.


Bad Boys Get Tickled is the third book in the Bad Boys series. I enjoyed the story but couldn’t really connect with the characters. I’ve never been very ticklish as I have an older brother that loves to tickle torture. So I quickly had to learn not to be ticklish. As a result, I wasn’t as into this book as it centers around tickling. That being said, the book was still very entertaining, and I loved the chaise tickle recliner that Ty had made. Isaac is adorable with his bratty attitude and how he loves to antagonize Ty until Ty will discipline him and hold him down and tickle him. The book was well written and nicely edited although there were a couple of instances where an article in front of a word should’ve been used and wasn’t. But it wasn’t too distracting.

Isaac and Ty were friends in high school, and Ty found out that Isaac was intensely ticklish. Isaac was still trying to figure out his sexuality and had a love-hate relationship with being tickled. As he got older, it became a trigger for him to get aroused when he was held down and tickled. And he loved being held down and tickled by Ty who was so much taller and stronger than he was. However, in high school, he thought Ty was straight and didn’t think his crush on his best friend would be reciprocated. They didn’t end up reconnecting until after college.

Isaac ends up seeing Ty at a gay bar hanging on a blond college-aged twink, named Trevor. Isaac is mad at Ty when Ty admits that he knew he was gay in high school and didn’t say anything to him and then avoided him when he came home during summer breaks. Isaac lets his bratty and impulsive nature out and orders a drink and then proceeds to throw it on Ty. What happens next is exactly what Isaac wants to happen. Ty carts him off to have the most extreme tickle session of Isaac’s life.

Lots of giggling, squirming, jerking, twisting and pleading ensued and all have a good time. If you like tickle torture, then this is the short story for you.

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

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Review: “The Hated Finn” by Charlie Richards

TITLE: The Hated Finn
AUTHOR: Charlie Richards
SERIES: Wolves of Stone Ridge
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Vampire
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 20, 2017
PRICE: $ 6.99 -e-book / $ 11.2 -paperback
  

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Do you believe in love at first sight?

Out of the Cage: A cage of the mind can manifest in unusual ways.

Viktor Minsky spent months recovering after having been captured and tortured for information about his friend. While he still bears the scars, he’s proud that no matter how they’d beaten and starved him, he’d never caved. After Viktor joins a group of vampires and shifters to free captured shifters, he’s charged with tracking down several of the vendors that deliver supplies to the facility. When Viktor stops at the ostrich farm that supplied the meat to the scientists, he meets the owner, Finn O’Riley. Not only is Viktor shocked to discover the man is a shifter, but the scent of Finn’s blood causes his mouth to water. He suspects the shifter is his beloved, the other half of his soul, but Finn’s response to his appearance bluntly proves that he wants nothing to do with him. Can Viktor learn if Finn’s hostility is caused because he’s in league with the scientists, or is it caused by something else entirely?


I really liked The Hated Finn by Charlie Richards.

This is the 39th book in the Wolves of Stone Ridge series, but it’s the first book that I’ve read. Aside from being bombarded by a ton of names and their positions during the first chapter which was kind of overwhelming since I didn’t know any of them, the author did a great job of filling in all of the blanks, so I wasn’t lost for long.

This book’s about Finn who’s an Ostrich shifter and Viktor who’s a vampire who has joined a group of vampires and shifters that are planning to raid the Crystal Lake Pharmaceuticals because they were doing illegal testing on the paranormal community and they wanted to free all of the captive shifters. Afterward, Viktor’s charged with checking their suppliers to find out if they had been helping Crystal Lake Pharmaceuticals. While investigating one of the meat suppliers, Viktor stumbles across Finn who might be his beloved. However, Finn has a deep fear of vampires and wolves. I loved how persistent Viktor was in pursuing Finn when he realized that Finn might be his beloved.
I did like how Finn rationalized being an Ostrich shifter that likes to eat Ostrich meat and how it wasn’t cannibalization because he’s just a shifter whose animal to call is an Ostrich. It makes me chuckle just thinking about it.

The hated Finn was well written. It had a great plot and was nicely edited, and it had plenty of steamy hot scenes to go with it. Definitely my kind of story.

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

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Review: “Leap of Faith” by Jackie Keswick

TITLE: Leap of Faith
AUTHOR: Jackie Keswick
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 125 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Close friends and partners at FireWorks Security, Joel Weston and Kieran Ross know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They have each other’s backs, make a formidable team, and carefully ignore their volatile chemistry.

When Kieran struggles with the aftermath of an assignment gone wrong, Joel is there to help. When Joel is caught in an explosion, Kieran jumps into a burning marina to rescue the man who means so much to him. But they never discuss what’s closest to their hearts, not prepared to risk their friendship for the mere possibility of something more.

Faced with bombs, assassins and old ghosts, Joel and Kieran must find out why they’re targets, who is after them and—most of all—how each would feel if he lost the other. Can they continue as best friends, or is it time to take a leap of faith?


This book was a surprising little page-turner of a story. I was totally captivated from the start and was pretty gutted reading the last page because I wanted there to be more. It was almost everything I could have wanted in a book. There was action, mystery, edge-of-your-seat suspense and romance. A perfect little package really.

Joel Weston is an Army veteran who works for FireWorks Security, which is owned by his dad and uncle. His partner, Kieran Ross, an ex-DEA agent, has worked for the company for the last 4 years. Kieran is suffering from emotional distress after an innocent woman is killed by a suspect who had taken her hostage when he was trying to escape. Kieran blames himself for not being able to save the woman and hasn’t coped well since the incident. Joel’s father sends Joel to keep a close eye on Kieran to make sure he doesn’t come to any harm. Joel decides one of the days at Kieran’s house that enough is enough and Kieran needs to sort himself out, he suggests that they meet up with some other members of their team for lunch and an afternoon of fun. During their day out, the two men are passing the marina when they hear a woman scream and a man shouting. They run towards the commotion and see that the man is holding a child at gunpoint and pulling him towards a yacht in what looks like a domestic dispute. Joel doesn’t hesitate and chases the man on to the boat, almost as soon as he steps onto the yacht there’s an explosion which sends him and a lot of debris flying into the water. Kieran sees this and is consumed by worry and fear for his partner and friend. Without a second thought, he jumps into the water to try and rescue Joel and the young boy.

Kieran has been attracted to Joel for a long time, but has always hidden his feelings for the other man and has no intention of ever acting on them as he doesn’t want to lose or ruin the very close friendship and bond that they have. This brush with death brings out a very protective side of Kieran, and he doesn’t want Joel out of his sight and refuses to leave him on his own, even at the hospital. What Kieran doesn’t realise, is Joel has been having the same feelings and desires for him too, and is also scared of doing anything that would take their friendship to the next stage. The men and their team soon discover that everything is not as it seems, and what they thought was an accident at a marina is actually a complex plot that involves drugs, smuggling, assassination attempts and the cartel.

This book was the first I have read from this author, and I really liked it. It was well written, with a very interesting plot/storyline that wouldn’t be out of place on any well-known TV cop show. I was a little disappointed that sex scenes were short and that there were only a few but as it isn’t marketed as erotica then I guess I can’t really make a big deal of it. What I will say is that the book has an open ending, most questions are left unanswered for what I can only assume will be follow up books, even though it doesn’t state that it’s the first book of a series. It doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, which is good because I don’t think I could have waited in suspense for however long it takes for the next one to be released hehehe. A very enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend it if you like stories with a little bit of action and adventure along with the romance.

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

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Review: “Witches for Hire” by Sam Argent

TITLE: Witches for Hire
AUTHOR: Sam Argent
SERIES: Odd Jobs
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: Paranormal; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 314 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 4, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $17.99 – paperback
  

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All recovering drug addict and witch Jeremy Ragsdale wants is to shamble on to the next job without any disasters. Instead, the temp agency saddles him with a fellow witch who hates him, an Amazon one violent outburst away from deportation, and a knight from another world as his boss. Even worse, their jack-of-all-trades magic business stumbles upon a conspiracy to kill Desmond the Great, Atlanta’s sexy star magician. Jeremy must prevent it without letting his colleagues know that he not only has ties to the energy vampires behind the plot, but that his past misdeeds might have instigated the attacks.

Despite Jeremy sporting a suit and tie like a good witch, his lies snowball to bite him in the ass. The lack of trust brewing between him and his teammates could cost Desmond his life and Jeremy his progress on the straight and narrow path if his secrets are revealed. Because no matter how much Jeremy has reformed, there’s still enough bad witch in him to kill anyone who messes with him or the people he cares about.


levilogooptimummWhat the hell did I just read?!

Well, this is the weirdest book I have ever read. So why the high rating?! Because it was freaking amazing!

Did you ever a read a book you hated and the same time you loved it? No? Well neither did I until this…this…I don’t know.

For the first 30 % of the story, I was wondering if this book is reason enough to smash my e-book to the wall to buy myself a new one. Well, I’m glad now I was against my “brilliant” idea!

This book is a multimillion POV book. Every character of this book will say it’s part of the…story? Well, the plot is not so clear till the second half of the book. I was going back several times to see if this is the book of what we request to review because there was no MM in it at all. But then things changed and we’ll find out what the author meant by MM. Damn, she is good!

Well, the book has four major MC, which we’ll get to know pretty much but also with a lot of secrets or hidden agenda. This is not your usual romance novel. I wasn’t sure it was romance at all, just after I read more than half of the book.

The constant change of POV will keep you on edge, and not in a good way. A million things will go through your head to figure it out WTH (what the hell) it’s really going on?!
But the book is great! It’s angsty and hot!!! And by hot I mean steamy hot! It’s borderline Dub-Con and BDSM. But it’s kinda not…? You would think Desmond is a prick, but he is really really not. Anyway, if Jeremy would have a Facebook account at “in relationship” section you would find: “Complicated”. And oh man this time Facebook would be so right!!

So it’s an honest 4.5 Star I enjoyed reading this book!!!

P.(T) S.(D)
This is the 1st of the series. Well…read it or not read it the next in the series? that is the question! (But as I know myself, trust me it’s a yes).

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

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Review: “Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings” by Joe Cosentino

TITLE: Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
SERIES: Cozzi Cove
PUBLISHER: Ninestar Press Ltd
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 214 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 27, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Welcome back to the romantic and magical place called Cozzi Cove, seven guest bungalows on the New Jersey Shore.

This summer, Cal and his new husband, Michael, along with sister, Taylor, and her wife, Carla, prepare for the first in the next generation of Cozzis. To add to the action: Cal finds his great-grandfather’s diary, exposing a shocking surprise; Michael and Taylor weigh new job opportunities that could take them far away from Cozzi Cove; red-letter Christian and new houseboy, Billy Dean, gets his wish when meeting Jesus and John at the cove; summer guest, Nijad, can’t decide which sibling he prefers—Annabel or Andrew; and Jonathan, an occult enthusiast, encounters a sexy vampire.

As usual, nothing is as it seems when romance blossoms once again at Cozzi Cove. What secrets, mysteries, and passions lie waiting to unfold? Find out in Book Four of the Cozzi Cove series.


jologooptimummJoe Cosentino does it again. The fourth outing for Cal and Michael and the characters of Cozzi Cove is yet another winner. A fresh set of guests arrives at the bungalows set for a quiet week. Alongside the guests’ stories, there are revelations about Cal and his tight-knit family and mysteries to be unfolded.

Residing in bungalow 1 is Carla, Cal’s sister-in-law. She’s heavily pregnant, acting as a surrogate for Cal and Michael, the next generation of Cozzis. I loved the scenes with Cal’s sister Taylor behaving like she’s the one carrying the baby, hilarious! In bungalow 2 is Malcolm Wolf an ex houseboy at the Cove from when Cal was a teenager. He’s married but not honest about his sexuality and according to Taylor he used to have a crush on Cal. Malcolm is now senior editor of a magazine and he offers to mentor Michael in his photojournalism career. But does he have an ulterior motive? Bungalow 3 is taken by Jonathan Harper, a tax auditor, who’s there for a local horror convention and who just happens to bump into Vlad Lesti, an actor playing Dracula at the convention and staying in bungalow 4. Vlad says he’s straight but will he still believe that by the end of the week? Their story is beautifully mirrored by that of their dogs which is a nice touch. Bungalow 5 houses Nijad Hadad, a bisexual travel agent who gets entangled with Andrew Urban in bungalow 6. Andrew and his ‘sister’ Annabel are flight attendants, but with a huge secret that may well ruin any future, they might have with Nijad. Two more of Kamael’s Angels (Kamael’s story is in book 3) are in bungalow 7, Jesus and John, who set out to help Cal’s new houseboy, Billy Dean. Billy Dean is a committed Christian and carries a signed virgin card. He fully believes in no sex before marriage, but how will that work when he meets Jesus and John? Some of the most humorous lines in the book are when Billy Dean quotes his grampa, they had me laughing out loud.

As well as the guests’ stories there is, of course, the Cozzi family story running alongside. Cal finds his great-grandfather’s diary from 1937. For me, this was the most poignant part of the book. The way Cal’s great-grandfathers’ story mirrors that of himself and Michael is clever, and the final twist at the end is awesome, bringing a real sense of closure and warmth. The ending not only sees the guests’ stories tied up, as they leave Cozzi Cove but also brings together some of the family members and friends we’ve met in previous books. They arrive for a very special occasion and, no, I’m not giving it away!

I thoroughly enjoyed this outing to Cozzi Cove, as I have the previous ones. If you want characters that win your heart and make you laugh and cry and endings that leave you feeling really satisfied, then these books are definitely for you.

 4.5 OptimuMM's


Links to where this book can be purchased:
http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com
https://ninestarpress.com/product/cozzi-cove-new-beginnings/
http://myBook.to/CozziCoveNB
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cozzi-cove-joe-cosentino/1125994867?ean=2940154062005
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/711162


***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: “Dinner at the Blue Moon Cafe” by Rick R. Reed

TITLE: Dinner at the Blue Moon Cafe
AUTHOR: Rick R. Reed
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 206 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 13, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book
  

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2nd Edition

A monster moves through the night, hidden by the darkness, taking men, one by one, from Seattle’s gay gathering areas.

Amid an atmosphere of crippling fear, Thad Matthews finds his first true love working in an Italian restaurant called the Blue Moon Café. Sam Lupino is everything Thad has ever hoped for in a man: virile, sexy as hell, kind, and… he can cook!

As their romance heats up, the questions pile up. Who is the killer preying on Seattle’s gay men? What secrets is Sam’s Sicilian family hiding? And more importantly, why do Sam’s unexplained disappearances always coincide with the full moon?

The strength of Thad and Sam’s love will face the ultimate test when horrific revelations come to light beneath the full moon.


jologooptimummThis book surprised me, pleasantly, as I was expecting something in the normal werewolf, romance spectrum and this was different enough to appeal to me. It’s well written with good character development, both good and bad, and I loved the main characters. Thad is at a loose end, he has no job and no boyfriend. His days are spent with his Chihuahua Edith, and his nights, when he can afford it, hooking up with men in the gay bars of Seattle. Thad decides to break the boredom by going out to a new local Italian restaurant and that’s when his life changes completely. He catches the eye of the owner, Sam, and he’s just Thad’s type, dark-skinned, bearded and ‘furry’ and he’s also an awesome chef! The attraction is immediate but after one night of passion Thad awakes to a note from Sam saying that he can’t afford to get involved right now, it’s complicated. Thad’s devastated. He takes a volunteer job to pass the time, and that’s where he meets Jared who’s definitely interested in Thad, but Thad can’t quite get past the memory of Sam. Jared and Thad strike up an easy friendship, but fate intervenes to bring Sam and Thad back together. They agree to see where things go and that includes Thad meeting Sam’s family. He finds out that Sam has a son, but Sam and his family also have a huge secret. The course of true love definitely doesn’t run smooth.

Meanwhile, Seattle has a big problem. Gay men are being attacked and eaten! I really liked reading the killers POV, it made it real somehow. Jared witnesses an attack which shocks him to his core and word gets out that it could be a werewolf! Thad realises that the attacks take place at the full moon which happens to coincide with when Sam and his family are always ‘out of town’. Thad has his doubts and suspicions, but he just can’t make the leap required to believe what’s really going on. Then Jared is targeted by the killer and only just survives, but his attacker dies setting in motion a series of events that lead to Thad having to accept the truth.

Sam and Thad are perfect for each other, the red-headed, natural ‘bottom’ and the dark, swarthy Italian ‘top’. If only Sam could be open and Thad could suspend belief and be receptive to the truth then maybe they would stand a chance. This book has an original take on the werewolf theme which I liked a lot and the intricacy of the plot, and Sam and Thad’s relationship, kept me hooked to the end. The ending, incidentally, could have gone either way and I didn’t know how it would turn out until the last chapter which is refreshing. I would definitely recommend this book

 4.5 OptimuMM's

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

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Review: “Lickety Split” by Damon Suede

TITLE: Lickety Split
AUTHOR: Damon Suede
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Western
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 286 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 13, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $16.99 -paperback
  

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Lickety Split: Love won’t wait.

Patch Hastle grew up in a hurry, ditching East Texas for NYC to make his name as a DJ and model without ever looking back. When his parents die unexpectedly, he heads home to unload the family farm ASAP and skedaddle. Except the will left Patch’s worst enemy in charge: his father’s handsome best friend who made his high school years hell.

Tucker Biggs is going nowhere. Twenty years past his rodeo days, he’s put down roots as the caretaker of the Hastle farm. He knows his buddy’s smartass son still hates his guts, but when Patch shows up growed-up, looking like sin in tight denim, Tucker turns his homecoming into a lesson about old dogs and new kinks.

Patch and Tucker fool around, but they can’t fool themselves. Once the farm’s sold, they mean to call it quits and head off to separate sunsets. With the clock ticking, the city slicker and his down-home hick get roped into each other’s life. If they’re gonna last longer than spit on a griddle, they better figure out what matters—fast.


When I first read the blurb for this book I thought I knew what to expect from the story, I was so wrong! This book was just so far beyond what I imagined that I wanted to kick myself for having pre-conceived ideas.

The story is set in the small, East Texas town of Hixville, where Patch Hastle grew up on his parents’ farm. At 16, Patch left home as his parents weren’t accepting of him being gay, now at 22 years old, Patch has had to return to the home and town where he never felt he belonged after his parents die in a car accident. Patch is now a successful DJ in New York and has plans to eventually open a club of his own with his friend. When he sees that by selling the farm as quickly as possible he can get the money together to make his dream become a reality, he works from sunrise to sunset to get the house cleared out and sold so as he can get back to New York and his life. There’s only one problem with his master plan, and that’s Tucker Biggs. Tucker was Patch’s high school football coach and father’s best friend who also lived and worked on their farm land. As a teenager, Patch was tormented by Tucker, but even though the older cowboy seemed to make his life a misery, Patch couldn’t help the attraction and lust he felt whenever he looked at Tucker. Tucker has been left as executor of Patch’s parents’ will, and because of how he used to treat Patch when he was still living at home on the farm, Patch thinks that Tucker will do whatever it takes to stop him from selling the farm and moving on with his life.

Tucker is a bit of a loner who has never been out of the state of Texas. He doesn’t have many friends and comes from a broken home with a not very pleasant childhood. Tucker has had many failed relationships and almost as many illegitimate children under his belt, and at the age of 43 shows no signs of changing his ways. When Patch arrives back in town to arrange the funeral, he meets Tucker for the first time in seven years. Patch thinks that Tucker will behave the same way he did before he left town, but Tucker surprises Patch by being friendly and helpful, which brings the strong attraction Patch thought he left behind years ago back to the forefront of his mind. Patch doesn’t realise that Tucker also has a little secret, men aren’t off limits for him, and Tucker is attracted to Patch just as much as Patch is to him. When Patch discovers this little piece of information, things between the two men get really interesting and also extremely hot and steamy. Tucker loves to be in control, especially of Patch’s pleasure, so out comes his Dominant side and some rope play to take Patch to levels he’s never experienced before. The two men find a connection that they didn’t expect and one that isn’t as easy to walk away from as they thought it would be.

I really enjoyed this book, I wasn’t expecting it to take me on the ride that it did. There were times my heart was in my mouth because I was scared to read what would happen next. Times I wanted to cry because my heart almost broke and times I had to take a few minutes to collect myself because the sex was so damn hot. I absolutely loved Patch and Tucker as characters, the author has done a fantastic job of bringing them to life in the story. The dialogue is written with a Texas twang which adds to the southern charm of the of the story and characters, this is most noticeable with Tucker as his “accent” is so strong you can’t help but completely fall for him. The big tough and rugged cowboy is actually an incredibly sweet gentleman at heart.

There is one thing that slightly bothered me about the story, and that was Tucker insisting he wasn’t gay or queer even though he was having sexual relations with men over a number of years. The way I see it, if you find sexual pleasure with another man you definitely aren’t straight and I feel like this was never properly addressed. It may just be a personal hang up for me, and I may be looking into it too much and finding something that isn’t really much of an issue, but I feel like I had to mention it as I know it could be a problem for some readers. Even with this small issue, I still had a brilliant time reading this book. The story was perfectly structured and was written in a way that completely drew me in and had me wishing I was on that farm in Texas. A great piece of writing and storytelling by the author.

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

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Review: “Step by Step” by K.C. Wells

TITLE: Step by Step
AUTHOR: K.C. Wells
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Cover Photo by Strangeland Photography; Cover Design by Paul Richmond
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 256 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 13, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $16.99 –paperback
  

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Jamie’s life is one big financial mess, and it really isn’t his fault. However, the last thing he expected to find in the library was a Good Samaritan. He might have been suspicious of Guy’s motives at first, but it soon becomes apparent that his savior is a good man who has been lucky in life and is looking to pay it forward. Guy being gay is not a problem. Jamie’s not interested… or so he thinks.

Guy is happy to help Jamie, and the two men get along fine. But when Jamie’s curiosity leads him from one thing to another, Guy finds himself looking at the young man with new eyes. What started out as a hand up is now something completely different….


levilogooptimummFor any “Guy” out there: please contact me and we can set up a “spontaneous” meeting then I can be your “Jamie”.

Damn, everybody and I mean everybody needs a Guy in his life.

When Jamie thinks his day couldn’t get any worse, it does. First, he lost one of the three jobs he has, to sustain his education, he is late with his rent, and the landlord just texted him that he needs to evacuate the house at the end of the week. All this happens in a public library, and he desperately tries to keep it together. He doesn’t want to lose it in front of other people. That is where, Guy, a God send, a Good Samaritan (or as for me a Disney Prince) comes along, and with an interesting offer saves Jamie’s day.

Before your mind goes all dirty (and don’t deny it, I know you all very well) the offer is not sexual. Actually, it’s so unbelievable that Jamie accepts it. Well, who wouldn’t…? Are you curious enough to want to know what Guy offers to Jamie? Yeah I thought so. So here:

Guy at the age of Jamie, seventeen or so years ago, got the same offer what he, now offers to Jamie, that of helping him out. He offers Jamie a place to live, he will pay for his tuition, all he needs to do is to accept it. No strings attach, the only condition is that when Jamie has the possibility, he will need to help someone the same way as he was helped by Guy.
It turns out the place is actually Guy’s house. Guy is a rich man. He just sold his multimillion-dollar company so he’s set for life. When Jamie finds out that Guy is gay, he’s concerned that Guy will eventually want a kind of payback. Guy seems to read Jamie like an open book, and he assures Jamie that that will never happen, he’s not into straight guys anyway, and well that’s just a little lie from Guy.

The book is Jamie’s journey from him being straight to finding himself very attracted to Guy. All starts when, one night Guy brings home a hookup, and he listens in what’s happening next door. Then Guy has this habit of walking naked in the house. Guy is big and hairy, everywhere *winkwink*. Jamie starts to notice Guy’s body and his feelings toward Guy confuses him. He confides his feelings with his friend Ryan, who turns out to be bi. Ryan explains to him that he, Ryan, is not attracted by what’s between someone legs, he’s attracted what’s between someone ears.
Through meeting Guys children (the same age as Jamie), parties, and Jamie becoming twenty-one, it seems that the inevitable is inevitable…and Jamie makes the first move…

Well dear “Guy”, if you read this please call me. My number is…

4 OptimuMM's

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

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Review: “Demencious Saga” by Sadie Sins

TITLE: Demencious Saga
AUTHOR: Sadie Sins
SERIES: Demon Bonded
PUBLISHER: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
COVER ARTIST: Sadie Sins
GENRE: Romance; Paranormal; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 169 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 28, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

BLURB:

This volume contains episodes 1-4 of Demon Bonded, as well as the bonus episode ‘Far From Home’, written by Sadie Sins and previously published 2015-2016. Demencious Saga is the first saga in the gay, 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.
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After his father is laid off, Ky Scion is forced to reside in his ancient family manor in the small town of Blackstone Falls. An outcast to the local farmers, Ky turns to repairing the huge house while pursuing his art degree. His parents are blind to the terrible secret he slowly discovers among the bloodstained walls. Something is living in the dark, in the nooks and hideaways of the old house. Something with hot breath and strong hands that wakes Ky up in the middle of the night.

In the dark hides the demonic Relics. Unique and beautiful, they’re exploited for their power and fought after viciously. But Relics aren’t items, they’re sentient beings, demonic people stolen from their very world to be bonded into servitude to callous sorcerers.

Ky’s grandfather disappeared years ago, leaving his Relics to be killed off, one by one without his protection. Smelling of rot and blood, Ky can sense the monster’s approach. But he’s not a sorcerer, and has no way to defend himself from the murderous beast set on revenge.

18+ This serial contains explicit m/m sexual content, graphic language, violence, and themes of bondage.


This is the first four episodes of the amazing Demon Bonded series. Yes, amazing is the best word to describe it. The development of the characters both past and present brings them to life. Each episode gives you a little more of the puzzle. Plus, the bonus episode shows you how it began.
Episode one is where we meet Ky. He’s just moved into the family estate and is looking forward to college. He’s an artist who prefers his own company to others. Through exploring his home and the many strange things in it, he learns about what his grandfather was into.

Episode two is where the story starts opening up. You get to meet Feral who’s another demon in the house. There is so much more character interaction. This one focuses more on Ky’s feelings and perceptions. I love how the author pulls you in and leads you towards the next episode.
Once you get to episode three, you see Ky, Lovely, and Feral starting to be open with each other without giving a lot of the story away. Ky is starting to figure out what he’s dealing with. He’s building his confidence up thanks to Lovely and feral. All while having some of the hottest scenes. Sexy enough to make you a demon lover as well. Yet you know that there’s more to learn.

By the time you get to the fourth episode, you think you know what’s going on. That’s not so. The author still has surprises in store for you. While the pieces are coming together, you’re still aware that there is so much more to know. By the end, you are eagerly awaiting the next book.

Sadie Sins is one of my favorite authors. Not only is she talented, but she is fearless. She writes with such a free spirit and is not shy about her subjects. She conquers demons, families, and fears. Her characters come to life as you read. The emotional depth that she’s able to convey in even her short stories will blow you away. I have yet to read a book I didn’t love. Read one for yourself and feel a little fearless too.

***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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