Review: “Olive Juice” by TJ Klune

TITLE: Olive Juice
AUTHOR: TJ Klune
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; No sexual content
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 121 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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It begins with a message that David cannot ignore:

I want to see you.

He agrees, and on a cold winter’s night, David and Phillip will come together to sift through the wreckage of the memory of a life no longer lived.

David is burdened, carrying with him the heavy guilt of the past six years upon his shoulders.

Phillip offers redemption.


levilogooptimummNo one can make me cry like TJ Klune…

Last night when I finished this book, my pillow was wet with tears, I didn’t cry as much since I read Wolfsong, from the same author.
When we are talking about TJ Klune, we are talking about magic. In my honest opinion, he’s one of the most talented contemporary writer.

With this book, you’re in the dark almost until the end. So many scenarios run in and out across my mind while reading. This is a definite tearjerker kind of reading.
We will witness the entire story from the POV of David, who is struggling with his loss. We will assume, of course, what did happen to David, but there will be so many questions. The questions we’ll find answers for almost at the end of the story.

This review will not reveal much, not because I don’t want to, ohh God how I want to, but because it would ruin your reading.
What I can say though is this, if you’re a fan of TJ Klune, for sure, you will not be disappointed. Again the master creates and catches you with his magic. I couldn’t stop reading between sobs, and angst and blowing my nose. The word play is amazing, the double meaning of things were mind blowing.

You need to read this work of art…just be ready for the klunewreck.

As I said it many times now, there isn’t enough stars in this universe to rate TJ Klune…!

****The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. 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: “Darkest Hour Before Dawn” by Charlie Cochet

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

  

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

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


levilogooptimummFinally!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Review: “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: “A Day Makes” by Mary Calmes

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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: “Rising Beauty” by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Rising Beauty
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
SERIES: The Cubi Series
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: Paranormal; Incubus ;MMM; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH:  pages
RELEASE DATE: , 2017
PRICE: $ -e-book
  

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Since the Mayflower brought the first five Cubi to America, the race has looked forward to this day. But an overlooked historical detail can bring everything they have worked toward to an end.

Daniel is settling in and trying to find a rhythm after the latest change in his life. With the help of Seldon, Caledon, and the Grand Lady Geodin, Daniel begins his education and development to rise as a full-fledged Incubus.

Seldon is not a man who rattles easily, but the latest changes to his life after the Cubi Court Order has sent the old Incubus out in uncharted territory. Falling madly in love with a human raised boy does not help uncomplicate things—especially when that boy is not yet versed enough in the Cubi ways to not mistake feeding for love or love for feeding.


Are you ready to continue Daniel’s journey in the world of Cubi?
So now, after Seldon got his punishment and Daniel’s true nature it’s revealed, things are getting a little to official for Daniel’s liking.
His education as Incubi continues with the help of both Caledon and Seldon. But his human side, how he sees the world around him, is still there.

This series being an erotic read, there is not so much to say without spoiling the story for you dear reader, but I will try my best.

The dosing of both Daniel and Seldon is provided by Caledon (mainly). These three are getting closer and closer, but Daniel still can’t see the difference between lovemaking and feeding without being dosed. For him having sex without a dose it’s considered lovemaking. That leads to a very interesting situation between the three.

We will find out in this sequel that every monarch is to bring new powers to his/her people. The same is happening with Daniel too. He empowers his Cubi, both Incubi and Succubi with his power. What is his power? Aren’t you a curious little thing…? Read the book luv. How the actual empowering takes place, I leave it to your dirty/not so dirty imagination…

Remember from the first book, the slave who almost killed a red-eye? Him having a protein what’s dangerous to Incubi and Succubi? Well, we will learn about that too, and the development of that situation brings us to the next chapter of the Cubi world.

The book, as we’re used too by now, gave us a hot read! I’m anxiously waiting for the next book to see how things will go for Daniel, Seldon and Caledon.

P.S.
Well, the next sequel will have a new character called Levidon. You may think it’s coincidence, but it’s not. So let me have my moment of fame to announce you that I will be, as Levidon, in Meraki’s next book *winkwink #hashtagtime #braggingmuch #mebeingamuse

***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: “: Broken in Silence” by Katze Snow

TITLE: : Broken in Silence
AUTHOR: Katze Snow
SERIES: Demons and Wolves
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: BDSM; Erotica; Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes – in process
LENGTH: 162 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 18, 2017
PRICE: $0.99 eBook / $11.99 paperback
  

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Tannerian Wulfric is a leader—a strong alpha who bows to no-one, especially those who try to undermine his authority.

When an opportunity arises, he grabs it with both hands and lets nothing get in his way. Trouble is, his brother has been caught in the crossfire of glorious retribution, and Tanner is in need of assistance.

For many years, Alex Jonas has lived his life in peace. But when fate lands him in the hands of his ex-lover and alpha, he finds himself in the centre of a feud he never knew existed, and must immerse himself in ways he had never imagined. One chance encounter, one night, and everything comes crashing down around him. Alex must fight for his life while Tanner fights for one thing and one thing only—vengeance, which has never tasted sweeter.

Can Tanner avenge his family’s death without spilling more blood? Or will his inner demon tear apart everything he has worked for, and lose the man who owns his heart?

Warning: Contains strong language, violence, and graphic, erotic scenes which require a shower to cool yourself down. This is NOT a romance. It’s hot, it’s sticky, and all kinds of messed up. Proceed with caution!


This is the first MM novel from the author. And warning! We need to keep a look out for this author! She is brilliant, amazing and dark!

When you start reading this book, you find yourself in the middle of the plot. You may think that you need a previous book to catch up with the characters, but that’s not the case.
Katze has a unique style to bring the past into the present without any effort on the reader’s side. And now let me introduce to this book, who’s sequel I’m already waiting impatiently for.

Tannerian Wulfric, but let’s call him Tanner is a fierce alpha. He wasn’t always this cruel, calculating, manipulative jerk. But when his family is killed, except his twin brother Tobias, things change. He should be dead, him and Tobias too, but the killer of his family has another idea to torment Tanner. What, you may ask? Well, you need to read the book to get that question answered.
He’s plotting now for more than two hundred years to revenge his family. This quest alienates his brother and pretty much everybody from him. He goes through lovers like a warm knife through butter, well except Alex.

Alex meets Tanner when he’s in the lowest in his life. And of course, Tanner takes advantage of that. Alec becomes his new pet, and he trains him and controls him as he pleases. Now, after eleven year, him meeting the Alpha, and ten years out of his control, Tanner has a mission for him. Alex can’t deny the feeling which he still nourishes for him. Even though he has a smartass and cocky attitude, Tanner’s piercing look still has an effect on him.

The story happens in a world where shifters are divided into two groups. One who is in servitude of mankind and one who thinks that they are superior to humans and they should be not the servant. Well, as you guessed Tanner is the leader of the latter.

I would like to congratulate Katze on this amazing work!

***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: “Bonfires” by Amy Lane

TITLE: Bonfires
AUTHOR: Amy Lane
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Contemporary Romance;
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 24, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book
  

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Ten years ago Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron George lost his wife and moved to Colton, hoping growing up in a small town would be better for his children. He’s gotten to know his community, including
Mr. Larkin, the bouncy, funny science teacher. But when Larx is dragged unwillingly into administration, he stops coaching the track team and starts running alone. Aaron—who thought life began and ended with his kids—is distracted by a glistening chest and a principal running on a dangerous road.

Larx has been living for his kids too—and for his students at Colton High. He’s not ready to be charmed by Aaron, but when they start running together, he comes to appreciate the deputy’s steadiness, humor, and complete understanding of Larx’s priorities. Children first, job second, his own interests a sad last.

It only takes one kiss for two men approaching fifty to start acting like teenagers in love, even amid all the responsibilities they shoulder. Then an act of violence puts their burgeoning relationship on hold. The adult responsibilities they’ve embraced are now instrumental in keeping their town from exploding. When things come to a head, they realize their newly forged family might be what keeps the world from spinning out of control.


Wow…just wow…and wow…did I say wow?…yeah, so wow….

I don’t even…well, there’s Aaron…and then Larx…and they…and when…wow…just…wow…

I’m so, so grateful to the author for Bonfire. The book speaks from my heart. I know there will be people who will not agree with me, though. But this book! The story! I could so relate, to both of them. Well except the kids’ part, but the rest…wow…

Aaron – He’s a deputy with three teenage kids and widowed. His wife died in a car accident ten years ago. Aaron always knew he was attracted to men (I hear you…), but then he fell in love and got married. Now after ten years of dedicating his life to raising his children, Larx Larkin with a silly thing he did, turned Aaron life upside down. What did Larx do? Well, he was running shirtless, and the sweat glistening on his chest…and…gulp…Aaron was 16 again.

The story starts with Aaron’s monologue with himself, a pep talk to have the courage to confront Larx. He did it, but now (against his better judgment, or not) will meet Larx every morning to jog together. The reason for this, to keep Larx away from the highway of course…right dude

Mr. Larkin aka the principal of Colton High aka Larx aka the poster child of rebelism always knew he was 80 % gay and 20 % bi. But then he happened to impregnate a girl, then he married her and when he accidently outed himself back at his old school was when he got a divorce. Now seven years later, together with his daughters, seven years in this small town, finds himself fighting to make his school a safe place for diverse children.

The two men coming together, or more likely colliding together is an epic story. It’s so normal, it’s so mundane so quotidian that you can feel the genuinity in their story. The daily struggles of family and work, the never enough time for themselves, the sacrifices they need to make for they loved ones and job it’s so accurate.

We’ll see how bullying and allowing bullying can go so wrong. How fears and not-knowing can provoke horrible things. The closed-mindness and the ignorance can hurt so badly…

This book is for everybody, for the gay and the straight, for the open minded and the close minded for the brave and for those who are afraid! Everybody…

This story needs more than 5 brilliant OtimuMM’s!

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

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Review: “Blood of the Past” by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Blood of the Past
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
SERIES: Chronicles of an Earned
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Carmen Waters
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 373 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 10, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Going from a constant workload as a fallen Earned back to the normal family and pack tempo is not as easy as Kaleb would like it to be. Changes to the packs everyday life, and Alex stumbling across new things to be given attention, puts more on Kaleb’s table than he had expected. Hectic time with assisting in thwarting a brewing magical war sucks him back in even as he is still rekindling his love for Mickey and his relationship with his family. Plus he has a secret to keep.

There’s no time for family drama of brothers hating him for his powers. But sometimes it’s the little things that deserve the most attention. A day for Kaleb to catch up with his dad and brothers sets off a chain of events. With the assistance of the mystical Order, to which Alex, Pritchard, and Mr. Henry belong, they unveil a century old secret and discover new magic.


Who would have thought…the cruelty of Meraki!

Kaleb is back home. After two months of solitude, well except Sam-El and Franco’s company, he tries to acclomate again to his home. But the war is on, and he has so many things to do that he has no time for fun. Almost no time. Meeting with Alex and Mickey is on his priority list. Then Edward organizes a Father-Son day when things get a little rough. The meeting between Mickey and Franco went much smoother than I would have hoped so…Go, Mickey!

Dominic goes through a lot. Well, I may not say what it is, but it left me heartbroken for the entire book. He became a confident to Allen, granting him access to leadership knowledge. He loves Alex deeply, and he’s there for Kaleb too…also the darkness seems to have finally got to him…

Alex is busy again. He’s preparing for a heist together with Mr. Henry, Pritchard, Nathan and Lucien. But there’s a surprise heist waiting for him. He enjoys the company of Dominic too. Kaleb’s return makes him incredibly happy, and he’s shocked to see that physically Kaleb is growing into Dominic’s size. But then the darkness…

This sequel is focusing more on Kaleb discovering his abilities, growing into his responsibility and the weight to fall again or not. That decision is his to make and even though one would think that it’s an easy decision, his desire to serve mankind is greater, and he’ll need all his powers to fight the Captains.

We will meet new characters also, like Phil’s fallen friend, we’ll learn about a thousand-year-old Captain too.

I could talk about this book for weeks, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. But prepare yourself for angst that the previous book does not have, for the heartache and for tears.

As usual, Meraki bring us into this realm of supernatural. We will have the opportunity to learn about more mystical creatures.

I can proudly say that during this journey of reading this series, I became good friends with the author. We shared ideas about the world beyond, the concepts of different scriptures and point of views. This is one of the most amazing series I have ever read, and I would like to thank M for this marvelous work of art.

***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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