Review: “A Kind of Home” by Lane Hayes

TITLE: A Kind of Home
AUTHOR: Lane Hayes
SERIES: A Kind Of Story
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 224 pages
RELEASE DATE: Jun 23, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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Isaac Dalton is the guitarist for Spiral, arguably the biggest rock band in the world. The band’s meteoric rise to superstardom has its perks, but fame and fortune aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Nonstop touring and performing exhaust him, and when an overzealous fan makes it imperative that Isaac travel with a clingy bodyguard, he is ready for a break from the madness. More so when his newly single first crush shows up on his doorstep. The man is strictly off-limits. He’s a memory from a place Isaac would rather leave behind. And he’s straight.

Fun-loving former athlete slash construction worker Adam McBride desperately needs a new beginning. And New York City is the perfect place to start over and think about how to rebuild his life. A short stint as roommates with his brother’s best friend from high school seems like a mutually beneficial arrangement. However, when friendship gives way to fierce attraction, both men find themselves in unchartered and possibly dangerous territory. Isaac has to decide if he’s willing to take the ultimate risk for a kind of love and a kind of home he never dreamed possible.


Even though this is the fourth of the series, you’ll have no problem whatsoever following the storyline.

Isaac Dalton is the guitarist of the famous rock band Spiral. Spiral became famous like a year ago, but even in this short time, they are rocking the whole wild world.

The story starts when the guys are back from a world tour. Isaac has a stalker, and their manager hired a bodyguard who follows every step of the guitarist. Isaac is not used to that. He’s coming from a small-town . The music is his everything, he doesn’t really care about fame and money.

When he arrives at his apartment, he’s shocked to see his childhood friend, Adam McBride, still in his apartment. Actually, Adam is the older brother of his childhood best friend, Ned, but what nobody knows is that Isaac had a major crush on Adam back in the old days. Isaac is openly bi now, but Adam is straight as an arrow.

Isaac finds out that Adam got divorced and he’s taking a break from his small-town life, and the big city helps him with his divorce. He managed to find two part-time jobs: a dog-walker and a bartender job. Adam is a bit of a slob, and that’s not going to well with Isaac.

Then things are getting a pretty much angsty with this anonymous stalker. First, he just writes on the band’s official page, every message of the stalker starts with: “You are a star, and I’m your biggest fan”. They don’t figure out who the stalker is until is almost too late.

From the very beginning, there is an amazing sexual attraction between the two MCs. Isaac is not acting upon this because he’s convinced that Adam is straight. But then, after a dare turns out that Adam is not quite that straight of an “arrow”.

This is a sweet read, if you want to spend a weekend with an easy story.

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

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Review: “The Tinder Stories – Oceanside Fire Series” by Tory Temple

TITLE: The Tinder Stories – Oceanside Fire Series
AUTHOR: Tory Temple
SERIES: Oceanside Fire Series
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Anthology
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 206 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 19, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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Return to Oceanside Fire, where the sizzling passion between men scorches everything they touch—especially each other. For firefighter Chris Matthews and instructor Morgan Daniels, it’s dislike at first sight—but that doesn’t mean there’s any relief from the heat building between them, and it only takes a spark to set the tinder ablaze.

Will Chris and Morgan go from enemies to lovers, or will they remain enemies with healthy libidos who stoke each other’s flames? Morgan is no fan of firefighters in general, and he finds Chris especially grating. But when they’re together, the sexual tension is thick enough to cut with a knife—and there’s only one way to work it off. A battle of wills is sure to follow. Add in an age difference, and finding common ground will be an uphill battle. Even if they succeed in building a relationship, secrets and suspicion could reduce everything to ash.


Although this is an anthology of three books, I will review it as one.

For me, this was a really fast read. Why? Because it was super awesome…

Chris is a firefighter. He likes his job very much, but in order to maintain it, they have to do additional yearly courses to be updated about the risks they may face during an intervention.

Morgan teaches the firefighters course on sexual harassment, and the cocky attitude of Chris rubs him in a wrong way. He assigns Chris a homework assignment about the statistics on sexual harassment at workplace. Well, although Chris is very gathered and precise, he forgets his homework at home…but instead of being punished, after he let Morgan know about his opinion, Morgan seems to give him another chance. When Chris asked Morgan what’s his problem with Chris was, Morgan simple answer was “I hate firefighters.”

After the course is over, Chris hopes that he’ll never meet Morgan again, though he was aware of the strange connection between the two. Chris also likes to ride his motorcycle. When he meets up with his motorbike gang, he’s mortified to see that the new member is no one else than the unsupportable Morgan.

Morgan is the real jerk, in my honest opinion, and his behavior is not changing during the books. I found it difficult to believe how Chris is putting up with this man, but he falls for him. Morgan feels the same way, but he is more introverted. There is also an age gap between the two and Morgan very often treats Chris as a child even though Chris is in his thirties.

This three-book anthology guides us through their coming together. I liked it very much, even though I wanted to punch Morgan on his face. He has a reason why he behaves like he does, but the dude needs to learn how to let the past be the past. In my opinion, Chris is a saint, I wouldn’t have that much patience with Morgan…that said I think I’m more like Morgan and that is not a good thing…well, I need a “Chris” in my life…

My rating is an honest 4.5 OptimuMM!

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

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Review: “Dim Sum Asylum” by Rhys Ford

TITLE: Dim Sum Asylum
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Anne Cain
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 240 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 9, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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* Novel-length expansion of original short story found in Charmed & Dangerous anthology. *

Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it’s a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that’s running around Chinatown, trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake.
Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage, snarling dragons guarding C-Town’s multiple gates, and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can’t trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn’t want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.

While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every day, determined to serve and protect the city he loves. When Chinatown’s dark mystical underworld makes his life hell and the case turns deadly, Trent guards Roku’s back and, if Trent can be believed, his heart… even if from what Roku can see, Trent is as dangerous as the monsters and criminals they’re sworn to bring down.


When I started Rhys’s books, I always need like 60 pages to get in the right mindset to read her stories. Her style is unusual, and me not being a native English, I struggle a bit about the author’s poetic metaphors.
That said, I must be honest, I spent a lot of time researching on Google for this story, in order to know what certain terms meant.

The story takes place in San Francisco’s Chinatown, where Roku is an investigator. Roku’s mother was a fairy (well it’s not clear, but I suppose) and his father was the son of the head of the China Mob in San Francisco. This book has a lot of Chinese/Japanese/Korean terms. It wasn’t an easy read, half of the time I spent on Google. For all those who have more knowledge about China/Japanese culture, maybe wouldn’t be as difficult as it was for me.

This is a slow read for all those who are not familiar with those terms, but at the same time, Rhys’s sweet way of telling it makes you keep reading the book.

As I said, Roku is an investigator, and after he’s forced to shot his partner, he gets another one. Insta-desire is an understatement. Trent is an ex-solider, who was working for a secret-not-so-secret organization. Trent is tall, and muscle-built, dark-blonde, very Nordic. But Roku knows that acting on this desire is wrong.

The story is a fantasy, with fairies who are not always good. They’re either pushed by sexual desire or the desire to kill. We’ll have the chance to navigate in this mythical world oh Rhys’s. There will be Gods, and temples also will see the ins-and-outs of the low-life of Asylum.

Rhys has this cunning way of inserting romance in the middle of an angst scene. And by romance I mean lyric. I have no other world to subscribe her…lyrical…

I suggest this book to those readers who have knowledge about Chinese and Japanese mysticism.

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

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Review: “Switch Hitter” by Cheyenne Meadows

TITLE: Switch Hitter
AUTHOR: Cheyenne Meadows
SERIES: Shifter Hardball
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
GENRE: Shapeshifter, Gay for you
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 5, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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Tucker Wilde’s life is in a tailspin. Twenty-four hours ago, he was one of the top second basemen in the all-shifter professional baseball league. Now, he’s lost his starting spot to a rookie, been dumped by his girlfriend, and had a night of explosive passion with a man—a teammate at that. He can’t get Dixon out of his mind—even though Tucker still believes himself to be straight. With his career in jeopardy, he’s unsure where to turn or how to fix the mess.

Dixon Foxx is a baseball prodigy, though a perfectionist father stole any joy he might find in the game. He only sticks with it because it’s all he knows—and because of Tucker, the man Dixon’s wanted since they met. His dreams come true one night, only to turn into a nightmare the next morning when Tucker blows off their incredible time together as a drunken mistake, never to happen again.

The life of a switch hitter is all about mixing things up. Tucker excels at it. Only this time, the game isn’t on the line—his heart is.


Gather around everyone…closer…a bit closer…now say CHEESE! And you can say that again, cheese. But before you go and start to badmouth the cheesy romance, lemme tell you dear reader, there is nothing wrong with a good cheesy romance book, like in this case here.

While at the beginning my tooth ached of the cheesiness at the end I was glad that I read this book. Yes, its romantic. Yes, its sweet. Yes, it’s cheesy, but aren’t we all needing this?!

First of all, this is about baseball. Well, I’m European, so I know absolutely nothing about baseball. I googled a lot about terms and rules. Thanks to that now I know more about baseball, well not as much as Dixon…

Speaking of Dixon. Dixon is a veteran, with a baseball heritage that he must keep up and also the good family name in this sport. He is calculated, very dedicated…in other words, his life is baseball. Dixon is gay. Everyone knows this, and he’s not hiding it.
Dixon is also a fox shifter with silver fur. And he finds himself lusting for Tucker. But he’s lusting in secret because Tucker is the very epitome of straight until…

Tucker is a wild dog hybrid shifter. He grew up without a pack, just him and his mother. When he turns 18 years-old, she drops him at the college and goes back to her pack. All his anger goes into practice. He is now part of a prestigious team, but this goes to his head, and he starts slacking. He made friends too, like Dixon. Dixon is his buddy.
When Tucker loses his starting spot, he gets a bit desperate then his girlfriend drops him for the very same reason and that leads to booze. He is a bit drunk, and Dixon takes him home, and by home, I mean Dixon’s home.
There Tucker goes from straight to power bottom in nanoseconds (well this part was funny in my opinion as a gay man, not so realistic though, but after all, we are dealing with shifters…). The next day he regrets everything…I’ll let you figure out the rest, or better yet, read the book!

The story is a sweet read, perfect for a cheesy afternoon…

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

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Review: “Shadow Fray” by Bradley Lloyd

TITLE: Shadow Fray
AUTHOR: Bradley Lloyd
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Dystopian
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 284 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 30, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $16.99 -paperback
  

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Family is worth fighting for—and family doesn’t always mean blood.

No one knows what calamity poisoned the earth and decimated the human population, but living close to the toxic ground means illness and death. Justin is determined to keep his twin sister and younger brother from that fate—no matter what he has to do. To earn enough to keep his family safe in a high-rise, Justin enlists in a deadly sport called Shadow Fray. He quickly finds himself in over his head, especially when he is scheduled to face the most dangerous player.

Hale—who competes as Black Jim—knows he won’t be on top forever, despite his skills. He fights for a better life for his daughter, but his time is running out as Shadow Fray becomes increasingly lethal. Something about the newest fighter intrigues him, but does he dare defy his masters to investigate? Justin and Hale will clash in the ring, while beyond it the powerful elite and the crumbling world seem determined to keep them apart. If they can find common ground, they might have a chance to fight for their futures.


I remember my first dystopian very clearly. Something about a not so bright future always fascinated me. It’s weird, right? I know…

With this book, it wasn’t different either.

Bradley Lloyd’s dystopia is a nuclear-bacterial dystopia. We don’t learn so much about why we—the human race—earth ends up in the way it ends up.
The world after a nuclear-bacterial disaster is infertile. Girls are lacking and a new race Uni is born. No one lives anymore on the ground level, and those who do, have a short life. The social class is measured in how high you live. The higher you live, the richer you are. Women learned to fight to protect themselves. The UNI’s are born half male—half female and infertile.

Justin, his twin sister (fertile) and his small brother, Charlie leaves at 14th floor (not 13th, 14th). There is an underground fight club getting more and more popular called Shadow Fray. No one knows who’s behind this organization, they just call, between themselves, as Shadow Masters. Justin’s handler (now dead) organized a fight for him that ends up differently. He won though, and he got popular.
Justin has a crush. But it’s a secret. Being gay in this society is a taboo, although the lack of woman is creating more man-on-man relationships. But nobody acknowledges it, no one talks about it. Justin’s crush is another Shadow Fray fighter, Black Jim. He doesn’t wear a mask. But from his neck up, when Black Jim enters the arena, is smeared with black oil. Unrecognizable. The man is fierce, agile and unbeatable.

When Hale aka Black Jim is paired up with this new star named The Night Visitor everything changes. He studied this new opponent by watching the kid’s previous performances, again and again. The fight ended up in a way that changed the game. The Visitor fascinates him, he can’t get the boy out of his mind, and that’ when he decides to find out who is behind the black mask, and what’s the reason of fear in the kid’s eyes?

The book is an honest 4.5 OptimuMM. If you are a dystopia fan, I highly recommend you read this book!

P.S.
One of the most genuine sex scene I ever read in MM book!

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

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Review: “Gargoyle Rising” by : Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Gargoyle Rising
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
SERIES: Chronicles of an Earned
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Carmen Waters
GENRE: Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH:  375 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 12, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $11.25 –paperback
  

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At age eleven, Meino buried his dad next to where they had buried his mom less than six months earlier. All alone in the world, he seeks out the Gargoyles and uses his dad’s spell book to bring one to life. But he doesn’t understand the magic he’s using, and he can’t finish the spell. For the next twelve years, his dreams are haunted by the lonely cries of the Gargoyle. As an adult, Meino tries the spell again to get rid of the nightmares. This time it works—but once the magic is alive, it attracts the attention of the New Knight Templars, who want to destroy the Gargoyle.

Nathan and Lucien have settled into a routine at the school where Nathan is studying to be able to help the Order. Just as life is calming down, it all takes a turn. News that a protégé is in danger and that Nathan’s beloved Professor Nigel Gershman has died is just the beginning. Once again, Nathan and Lucien are moved about to assist the Order, and new magic brings out a hidden enemy.


levilogooptimummBest series ever!!!

I’m so in love with this series. I have now words for what Meraki is doing with this series…

For all those who haven’t read the previous ones, you are missing out big time.

The series is not a typical romantic series, there is romance mind you, and hot gay sex too, but the main thing, or maybe it’s just for me, is the occult world.

I know that Meraki has invested 8 years of research into this series, but how much is fiction and how much are facts…well, I think Meraki’s keeping us guessing.

During this series, we meet a lot of paranormal beings. The main entities, as we can learn from series title, are Earned. An Earned is a demigod who was created to serve mankind. Although in this book they are not so much involved.

In “Gargoyle Rising”, we will meet Nathan and his shadow Lucien again. We will find out that Nathan makes progress to find out about the curse that bounds Lucien into the shadow. The book happens in parallel with the previous books of the series. It was nice experiencing it again.

In the previous books, we’ve met Rebecca a girl who was hitting on Alex, we knew almost nothing about her, but now…she is working for the New Knight Templars. Man, the brainwashing! Meraki did an extremely nice job describing how the religious fanaticism makes you blind to the reality.

But the book is mostly about Meino. He is an auto mechanic, living in Germany. When he was 11, he lost both his parents, but he can’t forget the gargoyles from a crypt where his father used to bring him to play. After the loss of his father, Meino finds a book and tries to resurrect a gargoyle so he’s not alone anymore. Well, nothing happens. But the gargoyle haunts his dreams, and after 15 years when Meino finds the missing piece of the spell, Buckheart the Gargoyle shows up on his balcony. And then when their story starts…

We will learn more about Templars and hidden societies in Europe. Although the book is a fiction, I got the feeling that Meraki let us in, into knowledge about the occult societies. To believe it or not it’s all up to you …

5 amazing OptimuMM!

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

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Review: “Fangs with a Heart” by Tempeste O’Riley

TITLE: Fangs with a Heart
AUTHOR: Tempeste O’Riley
SERIES: Chain of Fate
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: Shapeshifters;
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 236 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 22, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback
  

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Lynx shifter Trace Wilson’s fun-loving exterior hides a heart scarred by severe domestic violence—a heart that might not ever trust another male, fated mate or not. When Trace moves to Seattle to take his place as trainer and council representative to the Glacier Rim Tribe, he discovers his mate is the vampire prince Sasha Tolstoi, leader of the Konstantin Coven. It’s not something Trace is ready to accept. Not now, maybe not ever. But if there’s one thing Sasha knows how to do, it’s how to be patient, especially when his fated heart is also his perfect sub.

When an outside force threatens the fragile bond slowly forming between them—and nearly kills Trace—Trace’s instincts shift into high gear. Sasha is powerful, and that means he has enemies, among them several rival covens and an uncle determined to force Sasha into a marriage with a vampire princess. But why involve the lynx Trace in their maneuvering? Finding the culprit won’t be easy, and it will mean building trust—a slow and difficult prospect for someone who’s suffered as much as Trace. Finding a way to move beyond the past, and to love, before those out to finish Sasha can destroy either, is a race the two fated hearts have to win.


Exactly what I needed!

Although my favorite shifters are the wolves, I can’t say that I disliked this book.

The book is the second of the series, but you’ll have no problem following the characters. They are presented nicely, without overdoing the character description.

The MC’s are paranormal beings, one is a vampire prince the other is a Council member of the Lynx shifters.

If I had to choose between the two MCs I would choose Sasha, the vampire prince. In this world Tempeste created, the vampires have their own mate, but they call them fated heart. When he and Trace discovered that they are meant to be, they don’t act upon this.

Now, 5 years later, Sasha, the vampire prince, is forced to step up and take care of his fated heart. Trace’s life is in danger, Sasha has a lot of enemies, even in his own family. This task is not a hardship though, protecting Trace is all he ever wanted. Even though they avoided each other, both of them, Sasha must be honest with himself: he can’t think of anyone else but Trace.

Trace doesn’t want a mate. He already had one, an abusive one. Trace is a born sub, but since his bad experience, he doesn’t act upon it. Although he can’t have no one, except his vampire mate Sasha, he’s resolved that he will be alone for his entire life. Keith, his alpha, and Jason, the alpha’s human mate, tries to push him toward Sasha. It doesn’t help his situation that Sasha is Jason’s best friend. Then, when he’s almost killed by Sasha’s enemies, he wakes up in Sasha’s mansion, he can’t deny the need to submit to his mate anymore. He learns the sweet side of Sasha and step by step he seems, that maybe, he can submit…

The book is a sweet read. I highly recommend it to the shifter lovers, and it made me read the first book of the series.

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

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Review: “Recovery” by Amy Rae Durreson

TITLE: Recovery
AUTHOR: Amy Rae Durreson
SERIES: Reawakening
PUBLISHER: DSP Publications
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: Fantasy; Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 370 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 9, 2017
PRICE:$6.99 -e-book / $ 19.99-paperback

  

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Resistance, exile, plague. Raif has survived them all, but now he finds himself in search of a new purpose. Traveling north to wake the dragon Arden, he hopes he has finally found a leader worthy of his loyalty, but Arden turns out to be more of a frivolous annoyance than an almighty spirit lord. Now bound to Arden’s side despite his frustration, Raif follows the dragon to the rich and influential lagoon city of Aliann, chasing rumors of the Shadow that once cursed his homeland.

With the election of a new duke at stake, Raif struggles to make sense of the challenges he meets in Aliann: a conspiracy of nixies and pirates, selkie refugees in desperate need of a champion, a monster that devours souls, a flirtatious pirate prince, and a machine that could change the world. For nothing in the city of masks is what it seems, from the new friends Raif makes to the dragon he follows—or even himself.


levilogooptimummWow…I want to read the previous books in the series!

Although this is 3rd of the series, there is no problem following the plot and characters. This book is placed in a world where the Keeper of the Laws are dragons, we’ll meet various creatures and Gods in this book.

This sequel is about Raif. Raif is a faithful man, a devotee of Dual God of Tiallat. Tiallat is the place where Raif comes from. He is travelling north to awaken the dragon Arden. His first stop is in Allien, the city of the cities. After bribing through customs and the gates, Reif finds himself almost drowned in the lagoon. For me, Allien was an image of Venice, with canals, bridges and narrow passages. Allien is built on the Lagoon, in what Reif finds himself after meeting them, Pol. He almost drowned but someone, a woman saves him. Later we will find out that the woman is not an ordinary woman and she chooses Raif as her champion.

After that, Raif can’t wait to get out of this city, and he hopes he will never return again. Then his journey to north resumes. On his way to find Arden, he has time to delve into his past. He survived the Plague and the Shadow, who overtook him, he misses his best friend, Iskandir, who turned out to be the Dual God of Tiallat, but he can’t get passed that him, Iskandir was lying to him.
When he reached the place where Arden should be, his search starts. Finally, he finds Arden who was sleeping for over a thousand years, Raif wakes him with an ardent pledge to be a part of his horde.
But Arden is nothing like Raif would expect from a Keeper of the Laws. Arden is naughty and frivolous. He’s a handful. He doesn’t speak the language, but he is a quick study. He learns all the tricks in this world like gambling and cheating, smooth talk and charms.

Raif, against his own will, is falling for Arden. But in order to destroy the Shadow they need to turn back to Alienn and meet the challenge of finding the Shadow.

It’s a wonderful story. It captured me from the start. Raif is the epitome of a champion, honest, true to his world, always ready to help…and a virgin. Arden can’t be more dragon as he is. The fire fuels him, making Raif burn for the dragon. But Arden has a secret, a secret what will bring heartbreak to Raif…

5 honest to God OptimuMM’s.

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

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Review: “The Eye of Ra” by Dakota Chase

TITLE: The Eye of Ra
AUTHOR: Dakota Chase
SERIES: Repeating History
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: No Sexual Content; Adventure; Come To Age;  Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 107 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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What do you do when you accidentally destroy your history teacher’s prized collection of historical artifacts? If you’re teenaged delinquents, Aston and Grant, this is more than just a rhetorical question. They’ve made a huge mistake, one that might cost them everything. Adding to their misery, their history teacher’s name is Merlin. Yes, that Merlin, and the answer to their dilemma is deceptively simple according to the old wizard. You go back in time to replace the items you destroyed! Aston and Grant find themselves in ancient Egypt, where their first task is to find and retrieve “The Eye of Ra,” a golden amulet owned by none other than King Tut, the boy king of Egypt. Neither of them is all that versed in history, so they have to play it cool and learn as they go. It’s not just the amulet that’s causing them trouble, either. They soon become friends with Tut, and find that they want to help him out. Surrounded by enemies, needing to survive in a primitive world, Aston and Grant quickly learn one basic truth. History isn’t dead when you’re living it.


levilogooptimummWell, this was a short and fun read.

I would recommend this book to the youngsters as it has no sexual content at all.

The story is about Aston and Grant who ends up in a boys’ school. Actually, they were sentenced by a judge as a result of their doing. They come from opposite poles of society and end up as roommates.

They don’t really have time to be roomies because, against all the promises, Aston swore to keep his head down, not even after 24 hours he and his roommates end up in ancient Egypt.

They become fast friends with Tuk the young pharaoh of Egypt. Well, let’s just say I don’t think its really easy to get near to a Pharaoh but I don’t think that going back in time is easy neither, so there you have it…

Aston is gay, a real bad boy who doesn’t think further then next second. This kind of behavior lands him where he is now. Grant is no different, maybe a bit more diplomatic but he is hotheaded too.

Back in Egypt, they must face politics and wars and those things are not really their forte.

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

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

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Review: “Salvation’s Song” by Pearl Love

TITLE: Salvation’s Song
AUTHOR: Pearl Love
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Fantasy, Come To age, Gay for You
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 326 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $17.99 -paperback
  

BLURB:

An ancient evil threatens the world, and only the chosen few can save it: the Singers, the Seekers, and the Saviors….

Tyrell Hughes enters his junior year of high school at Winton Yowell with everything going for him. He’s popular, he has great friends, and he has the eye of the hottest girl in school. Jeremy Michalak is a transfer student hoping to escape the bullying he suffered at his last school. All he wants is to keep his head down, make it to graduation without any trouble, and pursue the thing that makes him happiest: playing clarinet.

Tyrell and Jeremy have nothing in common except their homeroom assignments and a mutual attraction each is determined to keep hidden. That is until a dangerous mystery draws them inexorably together. Young people all over the city are dying of seemingly natural causes, but Tyrell and Jeremy discover there are dark forces at work that only they can stop. Now the boys will have to put aside their differences and accept their feelings for each other if they are to fulfill their destinies and become the city’s salvation.


I was always wondering, about those scenes in books when teenagers stop at making out because they are minors. Well, in my opinion, its bullcrap. When two 14-year-old or 16-year-old boys starts to fool around, there is no way they stop at just making out. There is sex baby, hot, quick and ohsoogood. Although we know those things are illegal, and I can respect that about the author when they write those scenes, but it’s not how life works.

Well in this book that’s not the case. I must say that we will not have sex till almost the end, but it’s happening.

That said, the book is not erotica at all. Actually, is a very sweet in-closet and an out-and-proud, interracial story about two high school boys.

I must say, I admire what Harmony is trying to makes here, creating sweet love romance books for a young audience. I can hardly recommend this book above 14-year-old.

We are in Chicago where young people seem to die often. The cause is natural death. So, there is no suspicion about those cases, until both Tyrell, a 16-year-old African-American (well I don’t like this term. I don’t want to enter in details. I’m from Europe and I never saw the problem calling a dark skin colored man or woman black… it’s just the color, there should be no offense in that, but as I’m just an ignorant European) and Jeremy a 16-year-old very white (there again, skin color you see) very blond, non-conformist boy, has the same kind of experience.

There are ancient evils that hunt and feed on the life energy of their victims. Apparently, Tyrell and Jeremy are chosen to destroy those evil beings. How? Well, them being connected, nearby, creates a sound, a sound only heard by these creatures and the chosen ones. This sound carries a power that annihilates these evil forces.

I really liked this book, I couldn’t put it down. Through Tyrell’s struggle with his feelings toward Jeremy, and Jeremy, who was several times harassed and bullied for being gay you will find yourself falling for this two teenagers…

I want to congratulate the author for this very fine story …

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

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