Review: “Ride Along” by Meghan Maslow

TITLE: Ride Along
AUTHOR: Meghan Maslow
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 122 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 14, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Drew Nolan is a loud-and-proud mystery writer with a brutal case of writer’s block. He needs practical experience with the Baltimore police beat to get his latest manuscript to his publisher on time. When he wins a ride-along at a writer’s conference, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot… until he meets his partner.

Closeted cop Josh de Oliveira lost his family, his partner, and the respect of his unit—all for doing the right thing. Recently busted back down to patrol, he’s relieved to get a cushy assignment at the Author’s Police Institute where he’ll take one lucky writer on a ride-along. Unfortunately, his author looks like he belongs in the backseat of Josh’s squad car—long, ginger dreadlocks, piercings, and an “I would bottom you so hard” T-shirt. But there’s something about Drew Josh is having a hard time resisting.

It’s going to be a long night and one hell of a ride as opposites attract and realize they share a lot in common beneath the surface. As animosity becomes desire, they realize they can help each other out—in more ways than one.


Drew Nolan, a young writer, is at a convention in Baltimore trying to get answers for his
next book when he meets Officer Josh De Oliveira, a handsome but rude and probably
homophobe (as Drew thinks).

Josh has no choice but to be at the convention, answering questions after questions to author or
wannabe author. The last thing he expected is to meet the hot young author Drew Nolan.
Josh can’t help but be rude to him, and when he has a ride along with him, Josh prays to
survive the day.

Drew is funny, smart and not afraid to say out loud what he wants.
Josh is more reserved, he struggles to express out loud his feelings or worries.
We follow them during the first months, how they meet together and how they evolve from
single to a couple.

They are adorable together, Drew especially, I love how he stays proud of himself when he
thought that Josh was a homophobe, how he doesn’t hesitate to fight for Josh when it’s
necessary and how he supported Josh when he struggled with his work and his life.

I love how Josh isn’t afraid to admit when he’s wrong with Drew, how he doesn’t hesitate to
try to be more affectionate with him in public even if he’s in the closet at work, how he
supported Drew with his writing or when his family makes him feel bad.

It was a sweet novella and a sweet love story between Drew and Josh.
The writing was good, and all my reading was enjoyable.

It’s the kind of book you can read on the beach or when you travel. It makes the time pass more pleasantly and quickly.
I spent a lazy Sunday afternoon with them, and I’ve no regrets at all.

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

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Review: “P.S. I Spook You” by S.E Harmon

TITLE: P.S. I Spook You
AUTHOR: S.E Harmon
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Brooke Albrecht
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 256 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 12, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $16.99 –paperback
  

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SSA Rain Christiansen used to be the agency’s golden boy. It just takes one moment of weakness, one slight, tiny, itty-bitty paranormal sighting, and all of a sudden he’s the agency’s embarrassment. His boss gives him one last chance to redeem himself—go down to Brickell Bay, play nice with the local police, and leave the ghost sightings behind. Rain is determined to do exactly that, even if it kills him.

Cold-case detective Daniel McKenna’s latest investigation is going nowhere fast. Five years earlier, high school student Amy Greene went missing after leaving her part-time job and was never seen again. Daniel is glad to finally have the FBI help that his department requested, even if it does come in the form of his ex.

It doesn’t help that Rain is pretty sure he’s falling in love with Danny all over again—if he ever stopped. Add to that the frustration of seeing ghosts at every turn while he works a case that’s stalled in its tracks, and Rain is starting to wonder if second chances and happy endings are just for fairy tales.


Rain is profiler with the FBI. He is also a Medium even if he doesn’t want it. One day, during an investigation of a missing girl, he talks to the victim’s parents, telling them that their daughter was dead and in peace. Of course, the news wasn’t welcomed well, and Rain was suspended.

After a leave of 2 months, Rain can’t reintegrate back into his team. So, he’s sent to Brickell Bay (his hometown) to help the Cold Case unit working on a case of a missing girl with his ex-boyfriend Detective Danny McKenna.

I loved this book, the plot, the writing, the characters, everything was great.

I love Rain, he’s smart, honest, speaks bluntly, full of sass with a great sense of humor. He struggled at first with his ability to speak to the ghosts/spirit. He rejected it, convinced that it wasn’t real. But when he finally understood and accepted it, he didn’t back, he stayed with his head high even when people called him crazy, he stayed proud and refused to hide his ability or himself. I loved this about him.

He’s also completely in love with Danny, even if he knows that it wouldn’t be easy to get back with him, Rain doesn’t give up, and try his best to be back with the man he loves.
Danny is hot (tall, muscles, tattooed and pierced…my type of man), and intense. He’s calm, patient, easy going while Rain is just like a storm, a big storm (His name Rainstorm fits perfectly actually) everywhere he goes. They fit perfectly together, even if Danny is afraid to be back with Rain again, to have his heart broken again, he can’t stay away from him.
The plot was good too, the investigation about a cold case with ghosts to disturb all of this, I liked it a lot.

Oh I hear you, “come on Ivy, nothing original in this” … Yes, maybe, but you know what isn’t original too?? Lasagna. Nothing original with lasagna, but some are bad, other are super good, what makes the difference between two dishes of lasagna? … The cook.
That’s exactly the same thing here, S.E Harmon takes something common in literature and adds just her talent in this. And the result is good. We have a super story with a lot of humor and little winks to our culture (movies, songs…)

It was a mix between Criminal Minds, Cold Case and Ghost Whisperer. Add two hot gay men and steamy hot scene sex between them. Very hot. And you’ve got “P. S I Spook you”
For me, it was a great time, in my sunbathe with a cold drink reading Rain and Danny’s story.

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

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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: “Lochlann” by Andrea Speed

TITLE: Lochlann
AUTHOR: Andrea Speed
SERIES: Order Of The Black Knights
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 22, 2017
PRICE: 6.99$ -e-book / 14.99$ -paperback
  

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Violence has been Lochlann O’Connor’s companion since he was born into a family of old-school Irish terrorists. From there he is recruited into Alpha, a secret government agency dedicated to fighting terrorism—with extreme prejudice. Lochlann’s bravery, efficiency, ruthlessness, and the natural dead eye that lets him hit anything that moves, quickly make him one of the shadowy organization’s most valued operatives.

Cas Vega joins Alpha because it’s marginally better than a prison sentence. He’s a former drug cartel assassin—or at least that’s his story. But Lochlann is suspicious. Despite an irrational and overwhelming attraction to Cas, Lochlann has questions, and they soon lead to a deeper and deadlier mystery. What is Alpha’s true purpose, and why does it seem they want to eliminate Lochlann?

Lochlann and Cas must work together to get to the bottom of Alpha’s scheme and escape it—and all while Cas keeps secrets that could cost him his life if they’re revealed. But it’s not an alliance that can last. Duty turns the men into enemies, even while fate compels them into each other’s arms. Before they can contemplate which will prevail, they must figure out how to survive.


I’ll be honest, it was my first time with Andrea Speed and her universe. How it’s possible that I never read her books before? How it’s possible that I missed this series?
Lochlann made a pact centuries ago with a sorcerer after his family and all his village had been massacred. Since then, Lochlann is reincarnated each time in a new life over and over. At each death, he remembers all until his next life when he’ll be reincarnated in someone else. The only way for him to be freed, is to forgive the murderer of his family.

Lochlann is an assassin for Alpha, a government organization which « cancel » terrorist/traficant/politics all around the world. Lochlann is one of the best (if not THE best) among the operatives, but he suspects that something’s off with Alpha.

Castillo wa sa young FBI agent who had infiltrated the Herrera Cartel before being recruited by Alpha. He has one goal, take Alpha down by any means necessary.
What Cas hadn’t seen coming is Lochlann. When he expected to meet a cruel, ruthless killer, instead, he met a man, a man who was used as an assassin without really knowing the truth.
Cas and Lochlann have to work together to achieve their goal—take down Alpha and freedom for them.

I enjoyed this book.

Lochlann is the archetype of the tortured man, but it wasn’t too much. I enjoyed the ambivalence between robot-Lochlann in the mission, and man—Lochlann alone with his thoughts and guilt over his actions.
The Author wrote a pure action book with the fight, plot and interesting second characters like Inga or Anze.
All the book is about Alpha and how Lochlann and Cas would succeed in destroying the organization. But in my opinion, it’s also about redemption and forgiveness.
The only thing missing was the romance part between the characters.
Lochlann and Cas are in a relationship, but the author doesn’t develop this part, no scene sex (no I’m not a perv) the feelings between them aren’t really developed too. And I missed it in my reading. I would have love to read more about them in their most intimate moments (ok, I’m a little pervy).
But, it doesn’t spoil the story, and the reading is still enjoyable.

I recommend this book, even if it’s part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.

Now if you will excuse me, I have the 5 previous books to read.
Enjoy,
Ivy

The book, as I said I dedicated for young readers between 14 till 18.

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

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