REVIEW: “COZZI COVE: NEW BEGINNINGS” by Joe Cosentino

TITLE: Cozzi Cove: New Beginnings
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
SERIES: Cozzi Cove #4
GENRE:  Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK:yes
PRICE: $ 4,99 on Amazon
LENGTH: 214 pages
RELEASE DATE: 27th March 2017

 

BLURB: 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.

 

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 “Love is love. It’s rare and precious.  If it’s real, you’ll know when you have it.  And If you do, you won’t want to let it go” – Joe Cosentino, 2017. 

Part of my anticipation in reading the Cozzi Cove Series is finding out who’s checking in on the Guest List this season and their baggage that they are bringing with them – and I’m not talking suitcases here……

Each guest that checks into one of the Cozzi Cove bungalows has a story to tell, some hilariously funny, some sad but in the very capable hands of this author, we know it’s going to be another memorable season.

We were given a quick catch up with the Cozzi’s themselves – Cal and Michael have been married a year now, as have George and Aaron and Taylor and Carla with the Hot-Off-The-Press news that Carla is heavily pregnant with Cal and Michael’s baby after offering to be a Surrogate for them. My trolley-dolly Connor has been replaced by Billy Dean Boyd, he is studying theatre but spouts his Grampa’s  expressions with such a fluency that I was left with that 24 carat feeling which made great reading, I think my favourite being “I’m dryer than a tree bribing a dog” but it’s a hard decision because they are all such little gems.

So who were our Guests this season? Well, we had a Travel Agent, Flight Attendants, a Tax Auditor, a senior Editor of a very famous magazine, Jesus and his disciple John (yep, you read that right) and let’s not forget the unforgettable method actor, Count Dracula….

As you can see, quite a bunch of somewhat oddball, quirky but definitely interesting group of Guests. And Joe Cosentino gets full kudos for giving every character their own specialness that made such entertaining and somewhat gut-busting reading, so remember the hankies when reading to mop up the tears of laughter, as they come in quick succession!

For me, this Series is about love, finding yourself and most of all acceptance. The author always subtly infuses a moral message into his stories and this one was no exception, a wake up call to remind us that though someone may be different, it doesn’t make them a lesser person and being different should be embraced, not disgraced or shamed, but accepted for whom they are.

I’ll always check in with Joe Cosentino, he is the “thinking author” of sexy fun, memorable characters and creativity, where hope can become reality.

Five big fat stars from me.

 

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****I would like to thank the Author for the opportunity and privilege of reading this ARC. My review was an honest opinion of the book****

 

 

REVIEW: “GUNS N’BOYS: BLOODBATH” by K.A MERIKAN

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TITLE: Guns n’ boys: Bloodbath
AUTHOR: K.A. Merikan
PUBLISHER: Acerbi & Villani ltd.
GENRE: Dark Erotic Romance
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
SERIES: Swamp blood book 6
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 5,30 e-book on Amazon
RELEASE DATE: 2nd March 2017

 

BLURB:                     “I don’t even know who I am anymore.”
                              “All you need to know is that you’re mine.”

Seth would follow Domenico to the depths of hell. He promised to always be at Domenico’s side. But hell becomes all too real when they infiltrate the world of Toro – a notoriously security-obsessed arms dealer, who has eyes and ears everywhere.

Seth becomes unable to steal even a moment of intimacy with Domenico, and the tension grinds them down each day. Beyond the deceptive paradise of Toro’s villa, violence is an everyday occurrence, and the swimming pool could just as well be filled with blood. To survive, Seth has to become the man Domenico needs him to be, but in the process, he might lose who he truly is.

With Seth trained up, and Mark as backup, victory is so close Domenico can taste it. They just need to prove themselves to Toro as valuable assets. With each day though, Seth seems to be drifting away from Domenico, hidden behind a mask of cruelty and indifference. It is exactly what Domenico asked of him, so why is it so difficult to see Seth become his mirror image?

 

 

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Without doubt the best one of the Series, no one else writes Dark Romance of this quality like Kat and Agnes Merikan.

It’s the most amazing of on-going Series, it has the most amazing character’s, the most amazinness of a storyline AND the ultimate amazinglysexysexness. Yep, lots of amazingness going on here.

              “I don’t even know who I am anymore”

              “All you need to know is that you’re mine”

 And those two simple sentences from the blurb, sums up this totally addictive storyline so very well.

But it’s not just Seth that’s changed, Domenico has too. He has always tried to encourage Seth to be more like him, be stronger and to be tougher.  But he’s now realising that in making him do so, he’s losing the fundamental essence of who Seth really is.  The essence that Dom fell in love with.  The exclusive characteristic essence that only Seth could own and the one that Dom would lay down his life for.  Does he really want Seth to change who he is?

If we think back to Book 1, we can remember how Seth was in those days – forgetting to put on the safety of his gun, the Top that realised he loved being a Bottom in the safety of Dom’s arms and the flirt that thought lemon cupcakes with an icing topping, could solve all problems. Do we want Seth to change?

Like Dom, I fell in love with Seth too. Unlike Seth though, I didn’t fall in love with the arrogant Domenico.  That came when I joined them on their journey to finding who the real Mr. Tropico is?

And their journey has now taken them to Columbia, together with Mark and Miguel and what an intriguing character he is! I seriously need his full background storyline and is his mentoring of Mark purely that or something deeper?  Hmmmm…..

And talking of Mark, WTF!!!!!!   didn’t see that one coming, but he came good for his Family and that’s what Dom has been trying to instil in him – it’s all about family, The Vincitore Family.  While we are talking about family, I might as well mention the evil, pregnant Dana.

But she came through for Dom, now THAT did surprised me. What’s her real agenda?  I used to think that she was in love with Dom, now I’m not so sure unless she intends to bump off Seth?  You never know how these two authors are going to go, what to shock you with next, but I think it’s going to be real shock worthy.

We also get introduced to Nero. What an enigma he is!  And to make matters worse, I think he has designs or should that be, desires? on Seth!

Through Dom’s manipulations and outright killing, he has now secured a home for his Family and ready to take on Raul Moreno to get closer to Mr. Tropico, but without alerting the back at home Italians.  Will it all work out?

Don’t forget to read the Post-credits scene at the end, another surprise I didn’t see coming!

 5* #TeamDomandSeth stars from me.

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****I voluntary reviewed an Advance Readers Copy of the book****

 

REVIEW: “HUNTER” by Dakota Storm

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TITLE: Hunter
AUTHOR: Dakota Storm
PUBLISHER: JMS Books LLC
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 2.89 e-book on Amazon
LENGHT: 96 pages
RELEASE DATE: 11st February 2017

 

BLURB: Sexy-as-sin bounty hunter Hunter Jones lives, eats, and breathes his next case. He’s always been content to live his life on the road with no attachments and no one to answer to. Love is for other people. But when he stops in a small town for a little R&R and meets up with a fellow bounty hunter to review a case, he runs into the man of his wet dreams. Hunter isn’t ready for love, but Van turns his head and heart upside down.

Donovan “Van” Madsen has it all: a lucrative business, a close-knit family, and a best friend. But something is missing. Van always dreamed of finding the “one,” but never thought it would happen … until Hunter.

The mutual attraction is instant and intense between the two men. Neither can say goodbye.

When trouble brews and Van is kidnapped, Hunter realizes life is too short to not take what he wants. In this action-packed romance, both men’s lives are on the line and their love might not be enough to save them.

 

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I said that 2017 was going to be my year of re-reads and finding new authors. I’ve just found my first one of the year, Dakota Storm.  And what a find – well I suppose technically, she found me…….

Dakota Storm is a newbie author, this is her debut book and I was left thinking with the thought, that if this is her first, what high quality entertainment is she going to be offering in the future? Because she is going to have to go some to beat this, I loved it.

She’d done her homework, it was very polished and had that insta-love shine that gave it the gleam of a 5* read for me. Yes, there were a couple of things that didn’t sit quite right with me – one being the excessive use of “babe” but hey, she is a new author, learning her trade, for me a little hiccup, no real biggie and certainly not enough to deter me from my 5* rating.

Van Donovan and his best friend, Matty, own their own Construction Business, with Van studying architecture at night school. The business is doing well and Van should be content but he likes the bad boys, being dominated (with a light dose of a little rough) and the one-night stands that these bad boys offer, no longer has the appeal.  He wants a bad boy but commitment as well, something he knows he is not going to get.

Hunter Jones is truly the epitome of a bad boy AND a Bounty Hunter to boot.  He likes his one-night stands (his job doesn’t allow anything else) and as he is on the-top-of-his-game both professionally and sexually, he doesn’t want to change that.

One of his business associates, Rowdy, claims that he is working undercover for the FBI and needs Hunter’s help. At the same time, he meets Van.  Instantly his gut-feeling kicks in and he knows that Van is special, honest and totally trustworthy, unlike Rowdy.  Something is going on with Rowdy and Hunter doesn’t like it one little bit.

The author then gave us an exciting and well researched storyline. I was enthralled from start to finish.  I liked how she didn’t pussyfoot around Van and Hunter’s feelings for each other, they both knew what they wanted and went for it – these two weren’t pussies but both Tigers and would kill to protect what was their’s!

Looking forward to see what else Dakota Storm has planned for us in the future.

Five WOW, WOW, KAPOW stars from me.

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*** I voluntary reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of the book. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

 

REVIEW: “FALLING STAR VALENTINE” by E. D. Parr

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TITLE: Falling Star Valentine
AUTHOR: E.D. Parr
PUBLISHER: Evernight Publishing
GENRE: Contemporary
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 3,21 e-book on Amazon
LENGHT: 54 pages
RELEASE DATE: 7th February 2017

 

BLURB: Fashion photographer Dale Walker takes a train to his hometown, relocating there after nursing a broken heart for six months in another city. His train makes an unscheduled stop to take on a mysterious passenger.
For a long time, Valentine Steel has hoped to meet a man who will love him. When he sees Dale on the train, he’s overjoyed to find a vacant seat beside him.
Dale’s immediate attraction to Valentine has him on edge. He doesn’t want another broken heart, and yet Valentine is so magnetic that Dale’s frozen heart begins to thaw.
Valentine sets out to charm and capture Dale in his sparkling aura. He can’t let the chance to have Dale’s love slip away.

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He didn’t want the heavens or even a shooting star, he just wanted love, commitment and to be loved. He found it, and it came in the form of a star……….

 Valentine Steel, a heavenly star, fell from the night sky like a jewel in the rain. This was nearly his last chance of finding love on Earth – he’s hopeful: it’s nearly Valentine’s Day and with his first name as it is, he’s optimistic because he’s heard Dale’s call to the night time sky and he’s answering it……..

Dale is still recovering after finding his lover with another man in THEIR bed. He now knows the pain that falling in love brings and the loneliness that it leaves.  He’s no longer looking for love now, his heart cannot handle anymore heartbreak.  He calls up to the night time sky in despair, not realising that he’s been heard and Valentine is on his way…..

And E.D. Parr gave us a short and nice Valentine’s storyline.

For me, I missed her usual detailing, I know that due to length it is always hard to achieve but I just wanted more on Valentine, a bit more of an understanding of being a **star**

In the celestial sphere. But that’s me, you may think differently?

Having said that, I have to say that Dale initiated enough fuel to keep the temperature hot enough to initiate the fusion between them and therefore succeeded in maintaining enough equilibrium to make Valentine “his own Valentine Star” <see what I did there?>

Nice sexy read but with a bit more info, could have been a great sexy Valentine read.

 Four celestial stars from me.

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****I voluntary reviewed an Advance Readers Copy of the book. My opinions of this book, were entirely my own.****

REVIEW: “THE BLACK SHEEP AND THE ROTTEN APPLE” by K.A MERIKAN

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TITLE: The Black Sheep and the Rotten Apple
AUTHOR: K.A. Merikan
PUBLISHER: Acerbi & Villani ltd.
GENRE: Dark Romance – Historical
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 6.46 e-book on Amazon
LENGHT: 364 pages
RELEASE DATE: 7th February 2017

 

BLURB: How does one start a relationship with another man when it is forbidden?”
“One needs to decide that the other man is worth dying for.”

Cornwall, 1785

Sir Evan Penhart. Baronet. Highwayman. Scoundrel.
Julian Reece. Writer. Wastrel. Penniless.

No one forces Julian Reece to marry. Not his father, not his brother. No one.

When he is thrust into a carriage heading for London to meet his future bride, his way out comes in the form of an imposing highwayman, riding a horse as black as night. Julian makes a deal with the criminal, but what he doesn’t expect is that despite the title of baronet, the robber turns out to be no gentleman.

Sir Evan Penhart is pushed into crime out of desperation, but the pact with a pretty, young merchant’s son turns out to have disastrous consequences. Not only is Evan left broke, but worse yet, Julian opens up a Pandora’s box of passions that are dark, needy, and too wild to tame. With no way to lock them back in, rash decisions and greedy desire lead to a tide that wrecks everything in its way.

But Julian might actually like all the sinful, carnal passion unleashed on him. How can he admit this though, even to himself, when a taste of the forbidden fruit could have him end up with a noose around his neck? And with highway robbery being a hanging offense and the local constable on their back, Julian could lose Evan before he can decide anything about the nature of his desires.

 

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Have you ever read a book that is so good that all that matters is the next page? This is one of them.

I knew from the blurb that I was going to love it, but I wasn’t prepared for how much it would engulf me into the world of Sir Evan Penhart and Julian Reece – a very unjust, brutal and unforgiving world where two men, against the odds (and boy, where they stacked against them) found love. It does have an open happy ending (surely their must be a book 2?) but in getting there, it fractured my heart over and over.

Over the years that I’ve stalked these authors (they are a writing duo) I’ve learnt to trust them because the “shock” factor is always present, laying in wait waiting to pounce on the unexpected. I mention this now as their was one particular dub con scene that had me shouting WTF!!!  but, as I said, I’ve learnt to trust them “to do it right” and they did.

“Can you feel that?” I’d build you a castle in the sky if you could only want me the same way I want you”.

 This is so poignant to the storyline, as love between two men meant a death sentence! And Evan knows this from first hand experience, only his position in Society saved him.  His lover was not as fortunate…..

Because of this, he now lives as a recluse on his family’s crumbling and practically derelict Estate, accepting his fate of a lonely existence. He needs money to try and save it, so takes up the profession of Highwayman.  One fateful night when out robbing, he holds up the coach with Julian Reece on board – he’s being sent by his father to get married.  Julian is not happy with this situation –  he just wants to drink, whore (and that is losing its appeal) and write his books.  But he is surprisingly agile of mind (when sober) and quickly realises that this robbery could be his salvation – he just doesn’t realise just how true that really is at the time. It could be his way of getting out of the marriage his father is forcing on him and maybe getting some money of his own and so their journey begins…….

No spoilers from me as such, this book needs to be read without them.

 “One needs to decide that the other man is worth dying for. And then you take a leap of faith”

 I will always remember that line, it’s so beautifully scripted and when Julian and Evan took that leap of faith, they found what true love really is. But I warn you now, it’s an arduous journey (remember I said it fractured my heart?), the writers gave us so much – authentic well researched historical storyline, dub con, violence, off the charts sexual chemistry, dubious morals, bigots  but also…love.  That leap of faith found someone worth dying for.

For me, Evan and Julian wasn’t the Black Sheep, nor the Rotten Apple. They were two men dealt a rotten deal in life but refused to be herded like sheep to the slaughter, they stood proud and tall and gave us the most enthralling and remarkable love story.

 This is an all-the-feels 5* from me. I loved it.

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***I voluntary reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of the book.***

 

REVIEW: “SONS OF EARTH” by James Cox

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TITLE: Sons of Earth
AUTHOR: James Cox
PUBLISHER: Evernight Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Sour Cherry Design
GENRE: Sci-Fi
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 3,92 e-book on Amazon
LENGHT: 83 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 18th, 2016

 

BLURB: Twenty years after the Outlaw MC series, their children may not know the cost of war but they will know terror when Mars starts to reject humanity.

President of the Outlaw MC of Mars has a son—one that matches his temperament and the ability to find himself in trouble. Arie likes the notoriety a biker club offers, but being the oldest son of a founding member are big shoes to fill. When a quake makes the sleepy city on Mars rumble, Arie and his best friend Kavin are drinking in an off-limits spaceship. An unexpected kiss, followed by the quake, makes for one hell of a mistake. They take off without any ability to control the ship. Their destination? Earth.

There’s a lack of clothing, earth animals, and a growing relationship that leaves Arie confused about his future, but none of that compares to the dangers. Arie must now face a beast that nearly killed his father, and a love he never saw coming.

 

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James Cox can do no wrong in my eyes, I love his books.  I dubbed him The Cox some time ago because he is simply King of the Cocks – he owns it.  And this book proved it beyond doubt. Now I must admit that I was a bit surprised when he announced a follow-on from his marvellous Outlaw MC Series – I wasn’t sure where he was going to take it?

Well, he’s taken it to the next generation and Earth!  And do you want to know a secret?  I think it has the potential to be even better than the first Series and that’s saying something. Of course the dad’s are still featuring, but it was kinda sad to see them getting old – but having said that, they  may be ageing, but still ready to ride to the rescue, or in this case, fly to the rescue. But this is Arie, Kavin’s and the dreaded octopus monster story. It starts with Arie and Kavin (his best friend) messing about together on Mars when the ground starts to shake and they end up on their way to Earth in the spaceship they were drinking on. Not a bad thing you might say, but Earth has long been abandoned and Arie’s father was imprisoned there and nearly died.  Plus there may be the added problem of the flesh eating octopus monster that be may lurking around and with no one left of earth, it’s  either dead or ravenously hungry…….. On a pretty uneventful landing, both Arie and Kavin are amazed and impressed with Earth.  Unlike Mars, it is luscious green and even has rain!  Its not so bad, they just have to wait to be rescued and still have some booze left, so why not have some?  And we all know what happens when we have a few drinks, maybe a little scared even and then one thing leads to another, which ends up with a kiss…. Now Arie has no problems with kissing, he does it all the time, he’s definitely a love em’ and leave em’ with no next time, kinda guy.  With girls.  Never with men and especially not his best friend.  He’s not Gay but he really enjoyed that kiss and wouldn’t mind a few more and if it leads to something else?  He wouldn’t mind that either! So while he’s waiting to be rescued and sorting out his feelings over why he feels so protective over Kavin, the octopus monster suddenly decides that it’s hungry and Arie and Kavin would be the perfect meal!

Can they survive long enough to be rescued and will Arie “man up” and admit his true feelings for Kavin? In summing up, it was sexy fun throughout.  I liked how it was told in Arie’s POV and James Cox has mastered this to perfection, the delivery and timing spot on and made it such a delight to read, so well done author. I need to read book 2 ASAP, as Mars has big problems and I think a evacuation to Earth maybe on the cards?  Don’t know.  But I want to see if I’m right. Highly, highly recommended.

5* Cox stars from me.

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REVIEW: “THICK & THIN” by Charlie Cochet

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TITLE: Thick & Thin
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Paranormal
SERIES: Thirds, book #8
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
PRICE: $ 4,99 e-book on Dreamspinner Press Store
LENGHT: 95 pages
RELEASE DATE: 1st February 2017

 

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

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

 

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OMG how I missed my boys…

This series has always amazed me and the amazement continued when reading this one, Charlie Cochet really is one of a kind, this world she has created is one you never want to leave.

This is not a full length book, it’s a novella which links rather nicely as to what has been happening at Destructive Delta and what their future mission at TIN will be (compare this with the human CIA) and it ended far too soon for my taste.

It starts exactly where Smoke & Mirrors ended.

The focus is mainly on Dex and Sloan. They are trying to wrap their heads around the many changes that are happening which will affect their lives, but also the rest of the team as well,

We see a different Dex, even if he is always funny he is more conscious, worried and this made me feel for him, because I want to see him always happy. Sloane is fighting with his guilt feelings for turning Dex in an Half Therian.

Ash and Hobbes fans will be happy to see more of these guys and they will squeeze your heart.

Maybe you will be disappointed because this book ends too soon and you want more, but I’m really in love in Charlie Cochet style and the wonderful world she has built for us. The woman is a genius.

Warning: this book is part of Thirds series and it CANNOT be read as stand alone. If you haven’t started this series yet what are you waiting for?

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**** The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.****

 

REVIEW: “THE ALPHA KING” by Victoria Sue

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TITLE: The Alpha King
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
PUBLISHER: Victoriasue.com
GENRE: Paranormal – Mpreg
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
PRICE: $ 4.00 e-book on Amazon
LENGHT: 215 pages
RELEASE DATE: 26th January 2017

 

BLURB: The Kingdom of Askara has been torn apart by conflict for centuries, where humans exist as subservient beings to their werewolf masters. Legend says it will only be able to heal itself when an Alpha King and a pure omega are mated and crowned together, but a pure omega hasn’t been born in over a thousand years.
Luca is an Alpha-heir eagerly awaiting the choosing ceremony on his twenty-fifth birthday and the gifts granted by whichever omega he mates. His small pack is destitute due to the decisions of its ruling council, but being only an Alpha-heir, he has no authority to challenge them. Not until now—this moment he has waited a long time for.
Kit grew up as a street-rat, an unlicensed human who would never be more than a slave for whichever master owns him. Then one day he came across a young Alpha-heir, attacked and dying of poison, and found out their fates were suddenly entwined.
Luca needs to take over his pack and save his people. He cannot afford to be distracted. But when he meets Kit, he develops abilities indicating he is not just a pack Alpha, but the King his world has needed for a thousand years.
Is Kit really the cause of Luca’s newfound power, the true mate he needs? How is it possible when the young man isn’t even a werewolf, and as merely a human, a mating is not only forbidden, but for Kit, a sentence of death?  

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With so many Shifter stories out there, why read another? I’ll tell you why…….because this was one of the best-of-the-best, the cream of the crème de la crème and also offered a couple of delectable little cherries at the end for the perfect finishing touch.

I not only devoured it but I savoured it as well. And that’s partly due to a Pure Omega in the name of Kit (well I suppose some credit should also be given to the author as well, lol).

In the world that the author created, Werewolves rule and humans mere slaves to their Werewolf masters.   Gross injustices happen on a daily basis and the humans are not happy with some thinking of taking matters into their own hands.

Birth rate amongst the humans is limited by the Werewolves in a “licensed and unlicensed” way – a bit like the old population planning of China.  Kit is  “unlicensed”. Even if you are “licensed”, life is hard but being “unlicensed”  is the equivalent of a living hell and Kit goes through hell everyday but he knows it’s all for a reason – great changes are going to take place, upsetting the Werewolf hierarchy and things will never be the same again.

At a young age Kit saved a Werewolf from a poisoning and stabbing incident, he knows even then that their destiny was to be together and when they meet again years later, can they fulfil the prophesy that has been so secretly hidden away?

Victoria Sue then presented us with a big jigsaw puzzle giving us little pieces at a time, but slowly all these pieces coming together in a perfect, meticulous fit, nothing left uncovered which is so synonymous with her writing style. I was enthralled.

We had angst, lots and lots of angst but to counterbalance that, there was also lots of sexy love as well – two men bonding together so tightly that against all the odds, they come through together as one and show that that love is love and can conquer all.

Loved it. Can’t wait for book 2.

All the stars from me (that’s five big fat alpha stars).

 

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****I would like to thank the author for the opportunity and privilege of reviewing this ARC. My opinions of this book, were entirely my own.****

 

REVIEW: “HIPSTER BROTHEL” by K.A MERIKAN

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TITLE: Hipster Brothel
AUTHOR: K.A. Merikan
PUBLISHER: Acerbi & Villani ltd.
GENRE: Dark Erotic Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 4.27 e-book on Amazon
LENGHT: ~50,000 words (standalone novel)
RELEASE DATE: 15th June 2016

 

BLURB: — The lumberjack of his dreams is now available for rent. —


Mr. B has always been a safe guy for Jo to crush on. He’s the cutest bearded lumber-god to salivate over. Add to that his friendly, outgoing personality, and Mr. B might just be the first guy Jo would be willing to kiss. Fortunately, Mr. B has been in a relationship for years, and Jo is no home-wrecker.

But when Mr. B breaks up with his partner and all of a sudden is single, available, and talks about his plans to be sexually adventurous, Jo isn’t so sure anymore if he has the guts to come out as bisexual.

After a sour breakup, Mr. B wants to show his ex that he’s independent, exciting, and can do very well without him. His best friend Jo is there to the rescue, and they come up with a great new business venture. One thing they lack to start their own line of artisanal boozy jams – money for the investment.

After a drunken brainstorming session, Mr. B finds a way to both gather the cash and show the middle finger to his ex. He will create a one of a kind Hipster Brothel – The Lumbersexual Experience – offering wood chopping lessons, pipe smoking, and a reclaimed wood bed where the magic happens. It’s bound to be a success… if only Mr. B can go through with it, because the mixed signals from Jo are making him wonder if his best friend is as straight as he always seemed.

 

lorraine

“How much experience with wood have you had” just took on a whole new meaning for me!

I never thought I would use the word “sweet” when it came to these two writers, but I am today. This was sweet.

Now don’t get me wrong here, I’m not talking wholesome, moral, nice sweet. Oh No……I’m talking more in the realms of the urban “here comes sticky sweet, I gotta bone” kind of sweet – because in true Merikan style, they “boned”.

So what does a guy do when his relationship with the man he thought would end up with wedding rings on their fingers, gets dumped and loses his job as well? He rings his best straight friend, right?  And of course, they have a few drinks, which leads to a few more and then they chew-the-fat (or should that be tobacco?) and come up with the wondrous idea of the “Brothel Train” and boozy jams!

The Brothel Train gets the full steam go-ahead with full throttle approval from Mr. B but Jo, once sober, doesn’t want Mr. B. to be the train driver on that particular train as he’s secretly been crushing on him and the thought of Mr. B becoming a sex worker but not “working” on him, pushes the panic button all the way – the boozy jams idea is much better, not only for him but Mr. B as well, he’s just got to get Mr. B to see it that way.

But Mr. B sees this as a great opportunity and as he loves sex and needs money, what is their to lose?

“Jo”. Mr. B, you could lose Jo!

I loved it. Friends to lovers is always one of my favourite reads and this one is one of the best.  It was a sexy but also a fun read, leaving you with a real good feeling at the end of it – my kind of book.

Five big fat boning stars from me.

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*** I would like to thank the authors for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

 

REVIEW: “COZZI COVE: STEPPING OUT” by Joe Cosentino

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TITLE: Cozzi Cove: stepping out
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
SERIES: Cozzi Cove #3
GENRE:  Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK:yes
PRICE: $ 5.58 on Amazon
LENGTH: 216 pages
RELEASE DATE: 23rd January 2017

 

BLURB: It’s time for another summer of sun, sand, suntan lotion, sandals, and Speedos on Cozzi Cove at the New Jersey Shore. Cal Cozzi’s seven bungalows are once again open for love.

This summer, sexy Cal welcomes back his brother and sister, who are confronted with people from their pasts. Connor, the maid packed with muscle and mayhem, becomes the subject of a handsome young psychologist’s study on human sexuality. Tommy, the strapping, bald and tattooed local bartender, is captivated with guest Cory Magnum, a police officer with a secret. Another guest, Bill, a disbelieving pastor, is inspired by a vision of two sexy male angels on the cove. And Cal and Michael reach a plateau in their relationship.

What secrets, humor, tragedies, mysteries, and passions lie waiting to unfold in this magical place called Cozzi Cove?

 

 

lorraine

    ****another winner from the Joe Cosentino stable****

 Yet again this author showered us with the Cosentino magic, I was drenched in his drama, angst, ultimate love and…..angels, he certainly pulled another triumph from his magician’s hat.

For the uninitiated, Cozzi Cove is a gay holiday resort and after the death of his parents and with the help (financially) from his sister, his younger lover and recently found half brother, Cal runs it himself and has found his true calling.

So let’s talk about the Cozzi’s themselves…….

Cal. Owner of Cozzi Cove. In love with his younger lover, but still hung-up over the death of his husband.

Michael. Cal’s younger lover. “Star of Cal’s nights and his brightness in the mornings” but tried to gay-bash Cal on their first meeting! Now all he wants is for Call to make an honest man of him and marry him.  Michael needs this to make his life complete.

Taylor. Cal’s sister and financial wizard. With her mordant wit that she lavishly sprinkles over the people she loves, it covers the real Taylor and the secret she is hiding.

George. Cal and Taylor’s half brother. Gifted designer but still reeling from the shock that  the love of his life walked out on him because he wasn’t’t Jewish!

But it’s not just about the Cozzi’s and the webs they weave, it’s also about the Guests that check-in and check-out. But they never check out of our hearts.  We as readers, remember everyone of them – they are the real beauty of Cozzi Cove together with this author’s amazing talent – he makes these OTT characters stay with us, his characterisation is just phenomenal and therefore great fun to read, I never chuckle as much as I do as when I’m reading a Cosentino.

And I cannot resist but mention Connor. My all time favourite trolley dolly nymphomaniac.  His enthusiasm for sex leaves me gobsmacked but Connor is gobsmacked as well – he’s fallen madly in love and this time, it’s real love……

For me, Stepping Out, unlike the others in the Series, is about your past catching up with you. The truth will always come out and deeds will be punished but for some, maybe get their rewards they so deserve.

The Series goes from strength to strength with each new addition but don’t worry if you haven’t read the others yet, it can be read very successfully as a stand alone.

Five big fat stars from me.

 

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****I would like to thank the Author for the opportunity and privilege of reading this ARC. My review was an honest opinion of the book****