REVIEW: “THE SOLDATI PRINCE” by Charlie Cochet

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TITLE: The Soldati Prince
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE:  Paranormal / Urban fantasy
E-BOOK: yes
PRICE: $ 4.99 e-book on Dreamspinner store
LENGTH: 97 pages
RELEASE DATE: 23rd November 2016 – 2nd edition

 

BLURB: One moment Riley Murrough is living a normal life working in a coffee shop, and the next he’s running for his life from demons, learns he bears the mark of a shape-shifter king from a magical realm, and—worst of all—he’s destined to become the mated prince to the arrogant tiger shifter he would rather strangle.

Khalon, the shifter king, is equally distraught at the idea of being bound to a human prince, and along with his Soldati warriors, he sets out to return Riley to his own world where he belongs. On their journey they might discover why the priestess brought them together—if they can escape the demons and make it to her alive.

First Edition published as The Soldati Prince in Charmed & Dangerous by JCP Books LLC, 2015.

 

leviWe all love Charlie Cochet, right? THIRDS …*sigh* …

 The Soldati Prince was a fun read! It’s easy, humorous and heartwarming.

Riley is the average New Yorker who works as a barista. One night out of the blue, he is attacked by some horrible creatures and the smell they ooze almost makes him loose his dinner if he wasn’t running for his life that is. And if that wasn’t enough it seems that four tigers have escaped from the zoo and they are heading toward him. He curls up in a ball saying bye bye to his life and waiting to be teared apart. But he is not. The tigers are protecting him. Oh and did I mention that after the fight they turned into humans? And did I tell you that they took Riley with them? No … well I just did.

Kahlon has found his mate. But a human?! How outrageous! Him, the King of the Soldatis, the most powerful and trained tiger shifter to have a weak human as a mate …pleeease! You think he keeps it to himself, ohh no, sir, nuh uh. And how dare Riley shush him?! How …?!

Charlie brings us to the realm of The Soldatis, a realm full of magic and castles and servants and daemons hunting Riley. Kahlon decides the Priestess made a terrible mistake when he assigned Riley as his mate, and hei is determined to demand another mate. They journey is not as smooth as they think it will be and they get attacked by the daemons being stuck in this small village full with foxlings till the danger is cleared out from their way.

Meanwhile Riley finds out about what does it means to be the King’s mate how dangerous it is to not be claimed … but Kahlon told him that he, Riley has nothing to offer to him, so when the situation asks for it, Riley makes the biggest sacrifice … his soul for saving Kahlon and his Kingdom…

 I so loved it!!! I love paranormal and a bit fantasy and this is a wonderful cocktail of both.

 

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

REVIEW: “RIPPLES THE STATUS QUO SERIES” by R. Phoenix

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TITLE: Ripples in The Status Quo (1-6)

AUTHOR: R. Phoenix
PUBLISHER: Self Publisher
GENRE:  Dark Erotica/BDSM/Dystopian
E-BOOK: yes
 

 

leviRipples in the Status Quo series is a series of 6 short stories. We are witnessing a world where humans are not in control of their lives anymore, what they wish doesn’t matter.

This series is not a light read, is devious and consent has no place in it. Definitely put’s you out of your comfort zone, pushing your boundaries. I was hot and cold during the reading. Cold, not because of the plot no, cold because my mind got frozen whit the taboos. Hmm I found out a few things about me

If you like Dark Erotica- No Con – Puppy play than this is a series just for you.

I leave you with small snippets of the series, enjoy!

 

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BOUGHT

LENGTH: 126 pages

PRICE: € 1.05 on Amazon

 

This book is nothing like you have read before. This is an amazing story! Jace is a werewolf who will do anything for his love Spencer. Even be a Witches toy. Elias has his own agenda as far as Jace goes. Jace, thinks he has an option. What he doesn’t count on is how much that will take and how much pain and humiliation he will have to endure. He may have thought twice before volunteering to become Eliass new pet.
This is not your typical werewolves love story. This is dark and gritty.

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RAVEL

LENGTH: 87 pages

PRICE: € 3.17 on Amazon

 

The second book in this series focuses on Reese and Ashton. Reese is a werewolf that has shut out his pack and the rest of this God forsaken world after the death of his Daniel.
Ashton is a human that robs to help his sick best friend Leo. One night, Ashton breaks into Reese’s house and is caught by the werewolf.
After Ashton explains to him why he is there, Reese decides to help these humans which goes against all the paranormal world.

3RECOIL

LENGTH: 96 pages

PRICE: € 0.00 on Amazon

 

Welcome to the world of Khaz and Noah. Khaz is a vampire that prostitutes himself to pay his bills. His landlord offers him to break a human for his slave trade to make him even with rent. Noah is in the rebellion that gets captured and is thrown into Khaz apartment. Noah hates bloodsuckers and can’t believe he’s landed in the care of one. Khaz is instantly Drawn to Noah.

 

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LENGTH: 130 pages

PRICE: € 3.17

This story is coming together so nicely and the human race is in despair.
Elias is pissed that Khaz took what was his and he seeks revenge. He has his battle at the arena with his pet, Jace beside him. He invites Khaz and Noah to the event in the VIP section with them so they can watch the human be killed.
Noah is in utter shock when he remembers his life before he was turned into the one thing he hates, a bloodsucker.
Khaz makes a deal with Elias to make up for what he took, Noah. Will Khaz and Noah survive this test?
All the characters are starting to blend together and The Status Quo is dark and gritty and evil.

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LENGTH: 147 pages

PRICE: € 3.18 on Amazon

 

Ashton can’t seem to keep himself out of trouble. He quickly learns how being human in this paranormal world is terrifying and he realizes that he should have listened to Reese and stayed put.
Reese has to save his lover and gets put right back into his pack, which is the last place he wanted to. He does not agree with the way The Status Quo operates and just wants to live and love Ashton.
Elias and Jace make good on the deal with Khaz and Noah couldn’t hate Khaz anymore than he does right now. Khaz just curls up and watches his love being tortured.
This gets very dark and there’s nothing that can stop the evil Elias.

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LENGTH: 130 pages

PRICE: € 3.30 on Amazon

 

Noah can’t even stand to look at Khaz and decides he needs to work with rebellion.
Reese calls Khaz and Noah to watch Ashton because he is going to talk with the rebellion also. Reese and Noah leave together and leave Ashton, Leo and Khaz together.
Khaz has a hard time trusting Noah to be safe so he follows them. He is so impressed with his Noah and how well he fights.
What happens next will set The Status Quo off balance and everyone’s life is about to change both for the paranormal and humans as no one thought this was possible.

 

I would rate this series between 3.5 and 4 Stars.

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REVIEW: “THE UNLIKELY PROSPECT” by Lex Chase

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TITLE: The Unlikely Prospect
AUTHOR: Lex Chase
COVER ARTIST: Dante Reese
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE:  Contemporary
E-BOOK: yes
PRICE: $ 4.99 e-book on Dreamspinner store
LENGTH: 126 pages
RELEASE DATE: 7th December 2016

 

BLURB: In Prospect Harbor, Maine, lobsterman Harper Cook has always loved the sea. He and his two brothers work the harbor waters, in a fishing village of one thousand where everybody knows everybody else’s business and nobody wants to be different.

When it’s time for the annual Men of Maine pinup calendar, Harper’s brothers eagerly volunteer him. Harper isn’t thrilled to bare it all to raise money for an elementary school playground—until he meets out-and-proud Los Angeles out-a-statah Sean Blackburn: the highly available first-grade teacher with Hollywood heartthrob looks.

Harper has no desire to ever stand out from the crowd, but Sean persists and earns Harper’s friendship. Through Sean, Harper opens up to new possibilities. Things get steamy, but Harper still protects his heart. Though   the right pressure in the right place might crack even a loner lobsterman out of his shell.

 States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

 

leviI had so much fun reading this book! It made me giddy …

Harper is a lobsterman, if you don’t know what it is, I’m telling you, he is fishing lobsters, with his two younger brothers. The banter between the two siblings is hilarious. Why not between Harper and theme? It’s simple, Harper doesn’t talk …much… but he ends up being the butt of their joke. He is introvert and shy and he is hiding all of that behind a grumpy faces. Harper is gay, not in the open but in his village of thousand everybody knows. He knows they know but anyway … he is not out. Not that there are so many men available in that village though … until “Hollywood” arrives. Harper is experienced, don’t think he is not … uhhm watching porn counts, right?!

 Sean is a teacher directly from LA. He came to lick his wounds till he is ready to make the next step in his life. He confesses as much to Harper when they have a get together, talking about the annual Man of Main calendar. The money goes for school projects. Sean brings Harper out of his shell, quite spectacularly… hot! If you know what I mean😉 …oh well of course you know …

 We read the story from Harper’s POV. He is funny (I mean his thoughts are funny) and romantic. To him the harbor is his kingdom, the lighthouse is his castle, and now finally it seems that his prince has arrived … but does he have enough courage to claim him …? So let me tell you what happens … Oh my God don’t tell me you fall for that?! Of course I’m not going to tell you! But I tell you this, the book is wonderful!

 

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

REVIEW: “HANGING THE STARS” by Rhys Ford

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TITLE: Hanging the Stars
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reece Notley
GENRE: Mystery
SERIES: Half Moon Bay – book 2
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
PRICE: $ 6,99 e-book on Dreamspinner
LENGHT: 206 pages
RELEASE DATE: 5th December 2016

 

BLURB: Angel Daniels grew up hard, one step ahead of the law and always looking over his shoulder. A grifter’s son, he’d learned every con and trick in the book but ached for a normal life. Once out on his own, Angel returns to Half Moon Bay where he once found…and then lost…love.
Now, Angel’s life is a frantic mess of schedules and chaos. Between running his bakery and raising his troubled eleven-year-old half-brother, Roman, Angel has a hectic but happy life. Then West Harris returns to Half Moon Bay and threatens to break Angel all over again by taking away the only home he and Rome ever had.
 When they were young, Angel taught West how to love and laugh but when Angel moved on, West locked his heart up and threw away the key. Older and hardened, West returns to Half Moon and finds himself face-to-face with the man he’d lost. Now, West is torn between killing Angel or holding him tight.
 But rekindling their passionate relationship is jeopardized as someone wants one or both of them dead, and as the terrifying danger mounts, neither man knows if the menace will bring them together or forever tear them apart.

 

leviDo you know how Heaven tastes? No …? Neither do I, but if we ask West, he will tell us that Heaven tastes like Angel’s kiss, the sweet touch of his lips, his arms around him … but let’s not rush it.

 This is the second book of the series. Here we will meet West Harris, the twin brother of Lang, from the previous book. West is nothing like Lang, he is coldhearted and his motto is “money is never enough”. He doesn’t fall in love, no, he does not because his heart is already given away to a summer fling, with this boy called Angel, whom he can’t forget. He tries, oh how he tries, but the boy is hunting him. One attempt of murder, and let me tell you West has a lot lately, sends him back to Half Moon Bay…

Angel just can’t take a break from life. Nope, not happening. Angel settled down in Half Moon bay after he had escaped from his con father, leaving behind his past. Two years ago daddy dearest (you can hear the sarcasm right?) drops his brother, Roman, at his doorstep, and since then he has to manage this eleven years old , hyperactive kid who runs an underground candy shop out of his locker, because kids needs their sugar even if the school is going all healthy and stuff. Above all this, one Harris Investment tries to take away his bakery and the motel he manages and lives in with his brother, the only home they have ever known. The shootings and attempt kidnaping are not helping either.

One evening when he delivers a pizza to a posh house fate seems to make the steps for him. The owner of the mansion is nobody else than our dear West.  One look, all it takes, one look and they can’t have enough of each other, like the ten years since they last saw each other never existed …

 As much as I liked the story, I must say it’s very similar to the previous one, the plot and the characters too. There is contrast between conversation and description, but I think it’s just the author’s style. It keeps you on the edge a bit, no angst, but your mind switches between harsh, sometimes vulgar conversation and the romantic description of the MC’s feelings and environment.

“…Dusk kissed the sky, blushing the clouds in pinks and purples…”

 

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REVIEW: “FIVE MINUTES LONGER” by Victoria Sue

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TITLE: Five Minutes Longer
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
COVER ARTIST: AngstyG
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE:  Paranormal
E-BOOK: yes
PRICE: $ 6.99 e-book on Dreamspinner store
LENGTH: 216 pages
RELEASE DATE: 2nd November 2016

 

BLURB:Talon Valdez knew that when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away, the enhanced are viewed as monsters, despised by the public, and never trusted to serve in the military or any law enforcement agency.

Years later he gets a chance to set up a task force of enhanced to serve in the FBI, but with one proviso: each enhanced must partner with a regular human.

Finn Mayer dreamed of joining the FBI since he was fourteen and made every possible sacrifice to make it happen, including living with his selfish mother and bullying homophobic brother and never having a boyfriend. But his undiagnosed dyslexia stopped his aspirations dead in their tracks. His last chance is to partner with Talon, an enhanced with fatal abilities who doesn’t trust regular humans with their secrets and wants Finn to fail.

Four weeks to prove himself to the team. Four weeks for the team to prove itself to the public. And when another group threatens their success—and their lives are at stake—four weeks for them to survive.

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** EXCERPT **

“Just what exactly did you think was going to happen here?” Talon lifted a sardonic eyebrow.
“Talon,” Gregory said in a warning voice.
“No.” Talon looked Finn up and down. “He deserves to know why he’s here.”
Gregory subsided, and Finn looked back at Talon.
“Why am I here? Why am I here instead of Quantico?”
“Because you’re too dumb for Quantico,” Talon snapped.
“W-What?” Finn turned to Gregory. He could feel the angry, embarrassed flush work up his face.
Talon sneered. “You were a B-average student, and your physical merits barely made up for it. Your references were mediocre at best.” He leaned over Finn threateningly. “The hiring rate in the FBI is over sixty-eight to one. In what alternate universe did you honestly think you would get in the FBI?”
Finn leaned back and stared up at Talon, deliberately fixing a bored look on his face. “Well… you should know.”
Finn honestly thought the guy was going to explode.
“Sit down,” Gregory barked. “Talon, that’s an order.”
Talon whirled around, but Finn had had enough. “If you’ve finished with me?” He left off the honorific sir. “I realize there’s obviously been a mistake.” He bent and picked up his bag. “I’ll be out of your way.”
“Sit down, dammit,” Gregory fumed.
Talon stalked to the door. “You know where to find me.” He turned and gave Finn another pitying look and said, “I don’t do babysitting. When you find a real agent, give me a call.”
Finn’s jaw dropped as Talon swept out.
“I’m sorry. Finn, is it?” Gregory asked quietly.
Finn acknowledged his nickname mutely.
“Sit, please. That wasn’t how I wanted you to find out our plans. I’m afraid Talon has a very short temper.”
“I didn’t know enhanced humans had started working for the FBI,” Finn said, curiosity getting the better of him and his temper dissipating.
Gregory sighed. “Not officially. Not yet. The pilot scheme is underway to introduce them in gradually, and Talon’s training has been conducted away from the regular channels because of it. They are to be teamed with regular humans, as we both know there are some places enhanced humans are not only unwelcome, but actually barred.”
Finn nodded. The government made it compulsory that they were allowed in all public and government-owned areas. Unfortunately private businesses and homeowners were still under no such obligation. Finn supposed it wasn’t fair. He just hadn’t really thought about it. “But surely the FBI would be allowed anywhere?”
“Ever heard of the phrase ‘hearts and minds’?” Gregory sighed.
So that’s it, thought Finn. They wanted to persuade the public, not force them.
“I suppose he had a fair point,” Finn acknowledged. He’d just scraped by his courses. He struggled with the tests, and despite the hours of work he put in, he’d never managed better than a B average.
To be honest he had a feeling his English teacher maintained his B because he was diligent in everything—never a late mark, never a missed assignment. Diligent, and possibly she even took pity on him a little. She even urged him to get tested for dyslexia, which completely freaked him out and had him begging her not to write that in his record anywhere. He knew the FBI had no official policy that would discriminate against anyone, but Talon was right. Even in the years immediately after 9/11, they only hired just over two thousand new agents out of a hundred and fifty thousand applicants. He was convinced a diagnosis of dyslexia would have put paid to his dreams in the FBI straightaway, even if his coping mechanisms usually only failed now when he was really tired or stressed. They simply had too many perfect candidates to take a chance on him.
Finn sighed. “So what am I doing here?”
Gregory leaned back. “I will overlook your tone because I am aware that you have gone a long time without sleep and you have had a confusing two days.”
Finn swallowed his pride. “My apologies, sir.”
Gregory nodded in acknowledgment. “Succinctly, Talon was in a lot of ways correct. Your B average would never normally get you into Quantico, and while you had glowing reports from your tutors despite your grades, your brother, in particular, was less than complimentary.”
Finn fumed. He knew it. Why the hell the FBI had to insist on family references was completely beyond him.
“He went as far as to indicate that you were lazy and unsuited in his opinion for a job in law enforcement of any kind.”
Finn fisted his hands. He would kill him.
“However, you should know that we received a letter—or rather, one of our agents who wishes to remain nameless received a letter.” Gregory’s face softened. “From your father.”
“W-What?” Finn exclaimed. Then he hurriedly tagged on, “Sir.”
“Three years ago. I believe it was written the day before his death. The agent in question had been instructed to keep it should you apply for the FBI.”
Finn swallowed and stared unseeing at the floor. That was the last time they spoke about his dream of becoming an agent—the last time they’d spoken at all.
“The agent your father wrote to served with him in Vietnam. Normally that sort of thing won’t make any difference at all, and your dad actually didn’t ask for any special favors. He just said to disregard any reference your brother made concerning his opinions on your suitability.” Gregory leaned forward and laid his forearms on the desk.
“But even if you decided to give me a chance and ignore what my brother said, that still doesn’t explain why I’m here and not at Quantico,” Finn argued.
“Because we want to keep this quiet for the time being. Your physical training will take place both in the gym downstairs, which will be closed for your private use, and in various locations around the city. Normal agent training is nearly eight hundred intense hours of academics, firearms, case studies, and operational skills. Skills that include everything from behavioral science to safe-driving techniques.”
Finn knew all that. He’d read and memorized every bit of every training document he was able to get his hands on.
“You, however, will miss all that,” Gregory said with a hint of disbelief. “Your training will be completely private and will last only four weeks. You will then take part in some joint operations with experienced agents for a period of three to four months. If you prove that the partnership—hell, the whole idea, even—is worth the gamble, then a whole new unit will be set up and staffed with equal members of regular and enhanced, and you will then receive your full FBI training.” Gregory paused. “But we have a lot of people to convince before then.”
Finn shook his head. He was beyond tired and not completely sure he understood everything being said to him. “So, sir, what you’re saying is, we’re basically guinea pigs?”
Gregory laughed shortly. “Essentially, yes.”
“That still doesn’t explain why you wanted me. Setting aside the request to ignore the bad reference, why, if this is so important, do you not want someone already trained?”
“Because Talon has had three partners already trained. The longest any of them lasted was six days,” Gregory said dryly. “Our final option is getting someone he can train himself. However, we are so far behind schedule that you are the last chance to make this work. I should also warn you that he is a complete bastard to work with and has a chip on his shoulder the size of the Empire State Building.”
Finn chewed his lip. It had been a disaster since he walked into the office. Talon had taken nearly an instant dislike to him.
“What are you thinking?” Gregory asked.
“Respectfully, sir? That I’m completely screwed. Talon made it clear he’s not interested in working with a B average.” Finn used his fingers as quotation marks.
“And how do you feel?”
“That I have a hell of a lot to prove, sir.” Finn looked up and noticed Agent Gregory’s smile.
Agent Gregory laughed. “Forgive me. I was reacting to you not saying your biggest problem would be in working with an enhanced.”
Finn shrugged. “It makes no difference to me, sir. I just want a fair shot.” He knew the papers were full of whatever dirty laundry they could get, but it never bothered him.
“I will try to keep it quiet for as long as I can, but even my superiors are agreed we won’t be able to keep this under wraps once you are out in the public eye.”
Finn thought furiously. “Sir, even wanting someone untrained still doesn’t explain your willingness to take a chance on me.”
Gregory’s lips thinned. “We wanted someone who would be eager to meet the challenges of the irregular entry system.”
Finn parted his lips soundlessly, and his heart thudded. They wanted someone who wouldn’t ask questions. They wanted someone who was so desperate, they would accept everything. They wanted someone who knew this was his only chance.
He stared back, trying to communicate silently his understanding to something he knew Gregory would never publicly admit to.
“Am I allowed to know Talon’s specialty?” Finn asked.
All the enhanced were different. They all had different abilities, and some had more than one. Abilities were discovered as they transformed—one child had burned his house to the ground in complete panic after waking up with the mark. Others didn’t come to light until years after. Some of the abilities just weren’t something any adolescent would normally do, and there still weren’t that many of them. In fact, at one point, one of the papers had suggested there were barely enough of them country wide to fill a maximum security prison. It had been a veiled suggestion as well as a comment. That much Finn knew.
“Talon demonstrated his ability for you,” Gregory said, seeming relieved at Finn’s acceptance. “I think I’ll let him discuss it with you further.” He stood and offered his hand. “Welcome to the FBI, Finn.”

 

leviI know a grown man should not scream of joy like a 5 year old girl when she receives her unicorn pony, but I’m so tempted … not that you will find any unicorns in this book!

Victoria Sue … wow… I was asking to read this ARC because I’m an MM paranormal fan, but I didn’t expect it to be this good. This is a definite 5 stars, or more …

Finn, you must love Finn, is a small town boy with big city dreams, the dream to become an FBI agent and he does everything to achieve his dream. Fighting with his dyslexia with his bitch of a mother, and his dumb awfully close-minded brother. So guess how he feels when he gets the letter form the FBI informing him that he wasn’t accepted? His world seems to crush, but a few hours later he gets a call from A-SAC Gregory who invites him for an interview.

Talon, you must love Talon and kick his ass couple of times, is enhanced. What? You don’t know what is that? Ok, so lemme explain … enhanced are people whit supernatural powers. They wake up one morning with a silver lightning bolt on their face and develop those powers. It happens between age 8 and 13. How? We don’t know that, so stop interrupting me with your eager questions! Read the book duh…! So when Talon finds out that Finn is his regular partner, he kinda loses it (happens a couple of times) and he says to their A-SAC that he can’t work with an average B.

Now I know I should say what happens in the book, but I will not. Why? Because after you read it, I don’t want you to go and say to your friends: “Oh did you read Levi’s review of the Victoria’s new book? He so didn’t cover the plot, because this book is so great and … “ You see? That’s why! Because there are no right words to describe the story … it’s just freaking amazing!

Ok I want book 2! I want I want I want…!!!

 

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

Author BIO

Victoria Sue… Wrote her first book on a dare from her hubby two years ago and he says he has regretted it every day since. Loves writing about gorgeous boys loving each other the best—especially with either a paranormal or a historical twist. Had a try at writing contemporary but failed spectacularly when it grew four legs and a tail. Loves her wolves! Is an English northern lass but is currently serving twenty to life in Florida—unfortunately, she spends more time chained to her computer than on a beach. Loves to hear from her readers and can be found most days lurking on Facebook.

www.victoriasue.com

https://twitter.com/Vickysuewrites

https://www.facebook.com/victoriasueauthor/

 

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REVIEW: “DRAMA CRUISE” by Joe Cosentino

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TITLE: Drama Cruise
AUTHOR: Joe Cosentino
PUBLISHER: Lethe Press
GENRE: Mystery
SERIES: A Nicky and Noah Mystery #3
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 5.00 e-book on Amazon
LENGHT: 190 pages
RELEASE DATE: 30th November 2016

 

BLURB: Theater professors and couple, Nicky Abbondanza and Noah Oliver, are going overboard as usual, but this time on an Alaskan cruise, where dead college theater professors are popping up everywhere from the swimming pool to the captain’s table. Further complicating matters are Nicky’s and Noah’s parents as surprise cruise passengers, and Nicky’s assignment to direct a murder mystery dinner theater show onboard ship. Nicky and Noah will need to use their drama skills to figure out who is bringing the curtain down on vacationers before it is lights out for the handsome couple. You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, ribald, edge-of-your-seat entertaining third novel in this delightful series. Curtain up and ship ahoy!

 

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Oh Professor how I do love thee……

 Everyone knows that I’m a Joe Cosentino junkie, he really cracks me up, lol. But I’m the first to admit that the withdrawal symptoms between books is excruciating, but the high I get when I finally get my next fix from his latest book is worth it (rereads are helpful and my equivalent to Methadone). And Drama Cruise gave me the ultimate all-time high.

Yes…it’s addictive. Yes….its snarky.  Yes….its also bellyaching, laugh out loud humour but it’s sophisticated bellyaching humour, that only my Professor could deliver with such panache.  And those little political jibes that he so effortlessly slips in?  They’re so sharp and cutting, that you need a surgeon on emergency stand-by!

This all adds up to the most entertaining and enjoyable read. It definitely should be short-listed for The Lefty Awards 2017 (the Award honours the best humorous mystery during the previous year) or how about The Thurber Prize?

                    “the only safe ship in a storm is leadership”.  Fave Wattleton.

 Fave Wattleton’s above statement is not only true but also very clever. Unfortunately for the Professors on board that are dying at an alarming rate, it’s Captain James Vessel (love what you did there author) that’s in charge and has no leadership skills worthy of mention, so thank goodness the remaining “alive” Professors have their own Lifeboat…Nicky and Noah!

Yes, my boys are back! Planning to have a relaxing cruise to Alaska whilst the passengers on board can attend various Workshops and also, a Murder Mystery Gala Event.  Unbeknown to them, their families also decided to sail along with them, one big happy family until marriage is mentioned….

Superb fun from start to finish, for me this Series gets stronger with every book and that’s saying something because the benchmark was set so very high with book 1.

Five Drama Excellence stars from me.

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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.****

Here you can find Joe Cosentino:

Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoeCosentinoauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeCosen
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4071647.Joe_Cosentino
Amazon: Author.to/JoeCosentino

 

REVIEW: “ENEMIES OF THE STATE” by Tal Bauer

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TITLE: Enemies of the State
AUTHOR: Tal Bauer
SERIES: The Executive Office  – book 1
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
COVER ART: Aria Tan
GENRE: Contemporary
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 6.99 e-book on Amazon
LENGHT: 336 pages
RELEASE DATE: 14th February 2016

 

BLURB: A rogue Black Ops unit with the president in their crosshairs.

A Secret Service agent who will break every rule.

A president falling for the one person he shouldn’t—a man.

Newly elected President Jack Spiers’s presidency is rocked from the very beginning, and he’s working furiously to keep the world from falling apart. Between terrorism attacks ripping apart Europe, Russia’s constant posturing and aggression, and the quagmire of the Middle East, Jack is struggling to keep his campaign promise—to work toward a better, safer world.

For Special Agent Ethan Reichenbach, Jack is just another president, the third in twelve years. With Jack’s election, he’s been promoted, and now he’s running the presidential detail, which puts him side by side with Jack daily. He’s expecting another stuffed suit and an arrogant DC politician, but Jack shocks him with his humor and humanity.

There are rules against a Secret Service agent and one of their protectees developing a friendship—big rules. Besides, Jack is straight as a ruler, and a widower, and Ethan has always avoided falling for straight men. Ethan keeps his distance, but Jack draws him in, like gas to a naked flame, and it’s a lure he isn’t strong enough to turn away from.

As the two men collide, rules are shattered and the world teeters on the verge of war, and a rogue Black Ops unit bent on destruction sets Jack in their deadly crosshairs. Ethan must put everything on the line in order to save the man he’s come to love, Jack’s presidency, and the world.

Enemies of the State contains adult content suitable for mature readers only.

 

Federica Politics and me do not mix. My knowledge of American politics is limited to say the least, but I rather like the fictional political movies about American President’s and as soon as I saw the blurb to this book, my curiosity was roused, I knew I had to read it.
And it was the right decision, it was everything I expected but also, so much more.

This is not just a political drama, it’s also the most wonderful of romances (which everyone knows is my favourite) in fact it had everything – suspense, tension, international intrigues and twists and turns at every corner.
This is my first Tal Bauer book and I loved it, a wonderful surprise. I was held spellbound from the very first page to the very last.
I’ll let you into my guilty secret, when the romance is twinned with a secondary plot, I have been known to skip some pages to get to the romance, but not with this one.  The plot was as riveting as was the romance, I adored the tension and suspense side of things, especially as nothing was guaranteed….
But the romance was guaranteed and this GFY storyline was perfect.
Jack Spears is the new President of the United States. He has been a widower for many years and very straight.
Ethan Reichnbach is the Chief of his Security Team. He’s gay but doesn’t have relationships. His whole life has been dedicated to his work and has certain “rules”, the main one being “never get involved with the person you have to protect”.
Up until now, it has never been a problem. But he knows that Jack Spears could be a big problem.  Not only is he a good man but he’s also very lonely.  Ethan cannot keep away, he can’t distance himself, breaking his own rules.
The suspense storyline was very fast paced unlike the romance, it was a slow burn, they took their time and that made the book for me – the icing on the cake.
Ethan struggles because he is full of doubts, he’s tried to deny his feelings but then finally realises that it’s just impossible. Jack however, though shocked after their first kiss, is  very willing to discuss every possibilities on offer.
It truly is a wonderful book.

Highly, highly recommended.

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REVIEW: “BAIT” by Elizabeth Noble

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TITLE: Bait
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Noble
SERIES: Circles – book 5
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER DESIGN: TL Bland
GENRE: Mystery/ suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 3,99 e-book on Dreamspinner Press
LENGHT: 94 pages
RELEASE DATE: 23rd November 2016

 

BLURB: Tyler McCall has made mistakes. He was a teacher—before he fell for a student in his school. That misstep cost him his job and everything he’d worked for. He moved to the Black Hills of Wyoming to start his life over, and he’s happy working at the Big Rock Inn near Devils Tower.

Linden Bourne, a no-nonsense FBI agent Tyler had met before, returns to Wyoming hot on the trail of a killer. The previously unexplored attraction between them grows—which is good considering they’ll be spending a lot of time together when a blizzard strands them at the inn. Cut off from the outside world, with no power, they’ll need to rely on their wits and each other to survive.

Especially when it becomes clear they’re not alone—and the danger they face comes from more than the elements.

 

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Though Bait is the fifth book in the Circle series by Elizabeth Noble, it can be read very successfully as a stand alone – which is great because I haven’t read the previous books.   The storyline of Bait is very cleverly constructed, so much so, you can easily pick up the thread even with the occasional reference to previous storylines.

Tyler McCall is still trying to get his life back together after something happened 10 years previously. Even after all this time, he still hasn’t fully recovered and is struggling.

Linden Bourne, is trying to solve a murder mystery, bringing him all the way to Wyoming.

When Linden meets up with Tyler, a snow storm is heading their way, threatening to cut them off from the rest of the world.

What follows is a breathtaking thriller, it will make you, the reader, freeze as well – in fright!

Elizabeth draws you straight in to the cold with an open window that was supposed to be open….isn’t it?

Once Tyler and Linden discover that the power cut is caused by a sabotaged generator, then this thriller really starts to heat up (no pun intended). Elizabeth Noble used the setting of a closed down hotel and a blizzard to maximum benefit.

How she melded the budding romance between Tyler and Linden together and entwining the story of a killer on the loose, is truly spectacular to say the very least, also the POV’s between Tyler and Linden was nicely done as well.

For me personally, I found it a tad disappointing that the love scenes between Tyler and Linden were kept to the minimum. I fully realise that this was purposely meant by the author to keep the focus on the thriller aspect of the book, but……..

 

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

 

 

 

REVIEW: “THE STRAIGHT BOYFRIEND” by Renae Kaye

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TITLE: The Straight Boyfriend
AUTHOR: Renae Kaye
SERIES: Loving you – book 3
COVER ARTIST: Maria Fanning
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE:  Contemporary
E-BOOK: yes
PRICE: $ 6.99 e-book on Dreamspinner store
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: 21st November 2016

 

BLURB: Aaron Hall has never been able to remain faithful to a single woman, and for most of his life, he’s dated two women at once. Recently his girlfriend tracked him down and knocked on his door—and his live-in girlfriend answered. Now he has no girlfriend and a mortgage he can’t pay by himself.

 Vinnie Rosello needs to change his life—get a better job, stop drinking all his money away, find himself a serious boyfriend… and move out of his parents’ house. Aaron needs help with his expenses, so they become housemates.

 Even though Aaron harbors some misconceptions about gay men and Vinnie misses his large Italian family, both men find comfort in their friendship. It’s a good arrangement until everything between them changes

 Vinnie falls in love with Aaron, and Aaron is shocked to realize he feels the same. There’s only one problem—he’s still straight. He’ll have to overcome his fear of labels in order to love the man who’s captured his heart.

 

leviTo say I enjoyed this story does not do right by this book. My first book by this author and I was pleased with the genuine description of emotions.

Although this is the third story of the series, I just jumped in without reading the previous books and I had no problem following the characters, I would say you can read it as a standalone as well.

Vinnie has a large Italian family, there are 9 kids growing up in the same house, including siblings and cousins. Vinnie at the age of 25 he has an Epiphany (with capital letter, you’ll see why) that he must move out, find another job and save some money. Asking Aaron to let him move in with him it went easier than he had thought. Taking a break of going out every night and sharing the bills help him save a bit of money. He is a receptionist at a company that sells toilet papers. Aaron convinces him not quite his job, instead he should ask for a promotion. After a time Vinnie has an Epoofany, he has feelings toward Aaron … but he’s straighter than an arrow.

 Aaron, the player, the womanizer who has two or more girls at the same time ends up single after one of his outdoor girlfriend meets the indoor girlfriend. He has a mortgage to pay so when Vinnie ask him to let him move in with Aaron, he hesitates just a bit … Vinnie is a gay gay touchy-feely kind of guy. He hugs Aaron, kisses his cheeks when he goes to work and when they watch TV he snuggles and often he ends up spreading on his chest or his lap. Vinnie misses his big family he never had a room on his own. One night Vinnie asks Aaron to let him sleep in the same bed with Aaron…

 Being a gay man I love the idea of gay-for-you. Maybe the predator in me who wants to conquer, I don’t know. Anyway, there are really few good GFY out there, mostly because the lady authors, and no offense, cannot really relate to the feelings. Renae though… I was wondering if the author is a gay man writing under a woman pen name, I asked her, she said no … hmm maybe she is a closet man😉 … It’s genuine, it’s original and very realistic. Aaron transformation is smooth but not without minor obstacles … the sex scenes are hot and you can experience it from both parties involved.

 I rate this book with an honest 5 star!

 

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

REVIEW: “WHERE WE LEFT OFF” by Roan Parrish

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TITLE: Where We Left Off
AUTHOR: Roan Parrish
SERIES: Middle of Somewhere – book 3
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: AngstyG
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
PRICE: $ 6,99 e-book on Dreamspinner Press Store
LENGHT: 260 pages
RELEASE DATE: 26th September 2016

 

BLURB: Leo Ware may be young, but he knows what he wants. And what he wants is Will Highland. Snarky, sophisticated, fiercely opinionated Will Highland, who burst into Leo’s unremarkable life like a supernova… and then was gone just as quickly.

For the past miserable year, Leo hasn’t been able to stop thinking about the powerful connection he and Will shared. So, when Leo moves to New York for college, he sweeps back into Will’s life, hopeful that they can pick up where they left off. What begins as a unique friendship soon burns with chemistry they can’t deny… though Will certainly tries.

But Leo longs for more than friendship and hot sex. A romantic to his core, Leo wants passion, love, commitment—everything Will isn’t interested in giving. Will thinks romance is a cheesy fairy tale and love is overrated. He likes his space and he’s happy with things just the way they are, thank you very much. Or is he? Because as he and Leo get more and more tangled up in each other’s lives, Will begins to act like maybe love is something he could feel after all.

 

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I’m the first to admit that I was a bit afraid of starting this book, the first two in the Series were so amazing that I knew this couldn’t be as good (does Roan Parrish ever write a bad book though?).

Though this book 3 is different from the first two, it is just as enjoyable. I normally always recommend that you start with the first book of the Series and make your way through them, but this one can be read very successfully as a stand alone.  Previous characters from earlier books only appear in cameo roles, so there’s no confusion within the storyline.

These MCs are very different from each other and also very complex.

Though there is a age gap between these two, we were prepared for it, it was mentioned in Book 1 and therefore it didn’t seem such a big age gap.

20 year old Leo has lived his entire life in a very small town called Holiday. At the beginning of the story, we would call Leo “naive” but as the story develops, so does he.  Will on the other hand is very different.  He’s not “naïve” at all, he’s a fully grown man, works, has a house and certainly not looking for a relationship – he’s very happy with the way things are, thank you very much.

Right from the start, he’s totally honest with Leo so you can’t begrudge him (though I did want to hit him over the head a few times, lol). He never tried to deceive Leo, it was Leo himself that had the illusion that he could change Will and when he realises that it’s not possible, recovery from that fact was so very hard.

So it was a complete shock when it’s Leon that deceives Will when he leaves him! (sorry, bit of a spoiler there, but it’s important to the storyline).

So, for the most part of the book, it’s about Leo’s growth. How he changes from the young, inexperienced college student leaving Holiday to go to New York.  How he changes himself, with the help of friends and Will, into the man he is today.  But it’s not only that, because Will also grows up too,

I like the conflicts and the misunderstandings in the books that I read and trust me, this story had lots and lots of it.

And the HFN ending was not only perfect but romantic as well. Who knows if they will have their forever ending but I truly hope it will happen.

Maybe this story isn’t of the same level as the first two, but Leo and Will are very real characters and I really enjoyed reading their story.

 

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