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Fire and Fog by Andrew Grey

Title: Fire and Fog

Series: Carlisle Cops 06

Author: Andrew Grey

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 11, 2017)

Length: Novel (192 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts 

Blurb: Carlisle police officer Dwayne knows what Robin is doing the moment he lays eyes on the young man at Bronco’s club. But he doesn’t know that they both come from families who’ve cast them out for being gay, or that they’re still lugging around the pain of those rejections. Robin leaves the club, and soon after Dwayne decides to as well—and is close by when things between Robin and his client turn violent. 

When Dwayne finds out Robin is the victim of a scam, which lost him his apartment, he can’t leave Robin to fend for himself on the streets. Despite Dwayne’s offer of help and even opening up his home, it’s hard for Robin to trust anything good. The friendship between them grows, and just as the two men start warming up to each other, Robin’s sister passes away, naming Robin to care for her son. Worse yet, their pasts creep back in to tear down the family and sense of belonging both of them long for.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-845-4

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Carlisle Cop’s collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. 

Andrew Grey is one of the first male writers that I have not only read, but knew that I would continue to read.  In fact this series was the first one I had read that caught my attention and I knew I wanted to read them all.  They are entertaining and have the best tone for the story.  It caught my attention from the start and kept it all the way to the end.  This is one of those books that make me forget what I am doing other than reading.

Robin was kicked out of his home when he confessed that he was gay.  His mother just had not stuck up with him, when his step-father demanded him to leave.  Then he lost his job and was about to lose his room.  He tried to do the one thing that could guarantee his money, too bad he was just not the type to do it.  

Dwayne saves Robin from a beating, and then finds out that the poor kid is now the victim of a rent scam.  The guy just couldn’t get any luck going.  So Dwayne knows he must step in and help.  I won’t tell you anymore, because you really need to read this book.  There is a big old twist that will shock the crap out of you.

I had a lot of fun reading this and cannot wait for the next book to come out.  I had to go back and read the previous books to this series just for fun.  The characters are so fully developed that it will fill like you know them, and the action is packed full.  I would definitely recommend this book.

Mascara & Bandages by Brandon Witt

Title: Mascara & Bandages

Series: Mary’s Boys 03

Author: Brandon Witt

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 12, 2017)

Length: Novella (121 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts 

Blurb: Ariel Merman is a new drag queen who’s already finding a family at Hamburger Mary’s. After a performance as Ariel, Zachary Cooper walks home in his makeup and is assaulted by homophobes. Zachary’s worry that the attack has thrown a wrench in his good fortune is eased when he looks into the eyes of his doctor.

Dr. Teegan Chau is a little lost after divorcing his wife and coming out of the closet, but he can’t deny the pull he feels toward the young man he patches up. Luckily, Zachary takes the initiative and asks Teegan out. But attraction is the easy part of their blossoming relationship—as they deal with an ex-wife and child, being a drag queen in a heteronormative culture, Zachary’s lingering trauma from his attack, and Teegan acclimating to life as part of an out-and-proud gay couple.

The challenges seem daunting at the start of a romance. Can Zachary and Teegan make it through the rough patches and take a chance on the love that’s been missing from both their lives? 

ISBN: 978-1-63533-660-3

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Mary’s Boys collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. 

Ariel is a sweet and sexy little merman who is in drag.  She works at the Hamburger Mary’s and loves his work.  Her real name is Zachary and he owns a really nice bookstore that once belonged to his parents.  He has a pretty good life, but he is missing something.  When Zach is attacked in a hate crime, he meets the one that makes his heart beat fast.

Teegan is a damn good doctor who is getting sick of the attacks on gays.  He has the best support system one could ask for, his ex-wife and daughter.  When Zach is brought in, he knows this man is for him.

This is a pretty damn good book and I have missed reading this series.  So when I saw this one, I had to go back and read the first two, well again.  It is very entertaining and is told in both serious and humorous tones.  I love ManDonna, she cracks me up but she takes care of her family, and Zach is family.  The whole group just stands up and helps Zach all the way around.  

I had a lot of fun reading this and would definitely recommend it.  I can’t wait for the next book to come out.

Peepshow by Clare London (2nd Edition)

Title: Peepshow, (2nd Edition)

Series: London Lads 04

Author: Clare London

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 26, 2017)

Length: Short Story (63 Pages)

Heat Level: High

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts 

Blurb: Ever wanted to spy secretly on other people’s lives? 

Ken doesn’t have a choice: his student summer job is manning the CCTV screens for the new central London shopping mall. But instead of spotting criminals or vandals, he becomes fascinated by a cute waiter from the local bistro who sneaks out to the backyard for his break—and plays sexy to the camera. 

Is he an old friend, or just an anonymous exhibitionist? Should Ken be excited by this naughty peepshow, or will people think he’s a voyeuristic pervert? Poor Ken’s confused and thrilled in turn. It’s like living in one of the movies he’s studying at university. He knows the man can’t see him, yet Ken feels a connection of some kind. It all encourages Ken to continue with his guilt-ridden Waiter Watch. 

Ken bears the suspense as long as he can, until a chance meeting and an abortive blind date provide the explanation to the secret assignations. But will this guide Ken to a real-life chance of romance? 

This was first published in 2013 by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-413-5

Product Link: Dreamspinner PressAmazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Ken sits back and watches the camera wishing for some action.  Something to help him get through each day at work.  Well he gets more then he bargains for, when a sexy waiter keeps putting on a show for him.  

This is a cute little story that makes for a nice hot read.  However for me, it is just a very short story that gives just a taste of what could be.  In a way it is a slow telling story, but for this story it could also be said to be fast paced.  I am afraid that for me, it just seemed to be too slow. The name of the book is actually right on and makes it funny as hell.  I enjoyed reading it, but wished it was a longer book with a bit more to it.  Other than my issues it is well told, pretty detailed and is a pretty good story. 

 I would recommend it to those who love a long time love story that neither party knew they had.  I will let you figure that one out on your own.

The Millionaire Upstairs by M.J. O’Shea

Title: The Millionaire Upstairs

Series: Dreamspun Desires 01

Author: M.J. O’Shea

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (198pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (January 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: He might be hard to work for, but he’s impossible to resist.

Sasha Sobieski has the perfect job working at legendary American fashion house Harrison Kingsley—or at least he used to. He just never thought he’d have to work for Harrison Kingsley himself. Harrison is exacting, difficult, cold, and hands-down the sexiest man Sasha has ever seen.

After years at the top, Harrison Kingsley knows what he wants, when he wants it, and exactly how he’d like it to be delivered to him. What he wants most right now? His new assistant. Sasha is mouthy, opinionated, and he drives Harrison mad. Problem is, Harrison can never tell if it’s with anger… or desire.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-794-1

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I was given a chance to not only read this story but to listen to the audio of it. I have to say it is a slow paced romance that will have you wanting to smack the guys before the end of it.

Sasha is a quirky young man who dreams to work for the best. Given a chance at it, he comes to the conclusion that his boss is the best. However after a run in with her brother Harrison, he decides he would rather work for Joanne. Harrison is just an ass, who is actually hiding who he really is. I loved the pull that these two had, but Harrison was a total ass to him through most of it. Degrading, calling him names and just being down right hateful to the man. He was hiding the fact that he was falling in love with Sasha.

Forced to work together brings them closer, only to have Harrison say something horrible once more and wham we go back to the beginning. Joanne’s part in this makes me realize why I don’t care for idiot females in books. She is a manipulative little bitch who is just down right selfish, although she is just trying to get the guys together.

The story didn’t flow right for me and I found that the characters just didn’t stand out to me. Sasha is weak, whereas Harrison had no real meaning in his actions. Mateo was a hit with me though.

I did like the direction the story was heading just not the story itself. I found it to be a bit over used and dull. Even though I didn’t much care for this story I look forward to what other books this author has out.

First Comes Marriage by Shira Anthony ~ Audiobook

Title: First Comes Marriage

Series: Dreamspun Desires 02

Author: Shira Anthony

Genre: Contemporary

Length: 6 Hours and 20 Minutes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (February 9, 2016)

Narrator: John Solo

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: When struggling novelist Chris Valentine meets Jesse Donovan, he’s interested in a book contract, or possibly a date. The last thing Chris expects is a marriage proposal from New York City’s most eligible bachelor!

Jesse’s in a pinch. To keep control of his company, he has to marry. So he has valid reasons for offering Chris this business deal: in exchange for living in a gorgeous mansion for a year, playing the doting husband, Chris gets all the writing time he wants and walks away with a million-dollar payoff. Surely Chris can handle that. He can handle living with the most handsome and endearing man he’s ever met, a man he immediately knows he wants in the worst way and can’t have. Or can he?

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Review: John Solo has become one of my favorite narrators and I was so glad to have to gotten to hear him tell this story. The way he can give each character a distinctive voice is what makes it even better. I love the way he paces everything and makes the book more enjoyable.

The way that these two meet was quite delicious. Chris is a novelist who has a chance at giving some great stories. He just needs to be given a chance. He is writing on the side as he works as a barista in New York, which let’s just say it, it is one expensive place to be. He knew there was someone in the crowd from the publishing company but he had not expected Jesse.

Jesse is a billionaire who had just lost his father. His father had this quirky idea to see Jesse happy so one of the clauses in his will was for Jesse to marry. Find one that he loves and makes a happy marriage. However Jesse just chooses Chris and decides that is fine. He just had not expected to slowly start falling in love. Now he just needs to convince Chris. The problem is Chris doesn’t want marriage.

Shira has given a completely new look at being Cinderella that is for sure. I enjoyed this story and look forward to seeing what other stories she has out there. She gave us a very believable story with a touch of magic in it. I loved the little twist that was included and I hate to say it I absolutely loved the stepmother. The secrets could have been done different but other than that it rocked. I loved it and would definitely recommend it.

Peepshow by Clare London Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

Clare London - Peep Show RTBanner

Hi peeps! We have Clare London popping in today with the tour for her new re-release Peepshow, we have a great excerpt, Lisa’s review and a fantastic $10 Amazon GC giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~

Clare London - Peepshow Cover

Peepshow

(Perchance to Dream 10 / London Lads 04)
by

Clare London

Ever wanted to spy secretly on other people’s lives?

Ken doesn’t have a choice: his student summer job is manning the CCTV screens for the new shopping centre. But instead of spotting criminals or vandals, he becomes fascinated by a cute waiter from the local bistro who sneaks out to the backyard for his break—and plays sexy to the camera.

Is he an old friend, or just an anonymous exhibitionist? Should Ken be excited by this naughty peepshow, or will people think he’s behaving like a voyeuristic pervert? Poor Ken’s confused and thrilled in turn. It’s like living in one of the movies he’s studying at university. He knows the man can’t see him, yet Ken feels a connection of some kind. It all encourages Ken to continue with his guilt-ridden Waiter Watch.

Ken bears the suspense as long as he can, until a chance meeting and an abortive blind date provide an explanation to the secret assignations. But will this guide Ken to the real-life chance of romance?

Note: this book was previously published at Amber Quill Press, and has been re-edited for this version.

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Keeping Him Safe by Elizabeth Coldwell

Title: Keeping Him Safe

Author: Elizabeth Coldwell

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Pride Publishing (April 25, 2017)

Length: Short Story (61 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts 

Blurb:  Jon is the man of his dreams, but can he prevent those dreams becoming a nightmare?

Every night, Xander Craig has the same dream. He’s in the shower with a gorgeous stranger, who is shot by a mystery assassin and dies in Xander’s arms. Xander believes this dream is tied to his guilt over failing to prevent the death of his husband, Gary, but his latest assignment as a top-level bodyguard causes him to reassess that belief. He’s charged with looking after wealthy and successful entrepreneur, Jon Kovacs, who’s being stalked by an obsessive, dangerous ex-boyfriend. As soon as Xander sees Jon’s photo, he knows this is the man in his dream.

Xander escorts Jon to a remote safe house on the cliffs, as a police manhunt for Jon’s ex, Cody, takes place. He and Jon start to fall for each other. Xander knows he’s crossing a line, but he can’t help acting on that attraction. While he and Jon are sharing intimate moments, is Xander’s dream about to become violent reality?

ISBN: 978-1-78651-558-2

Product Link: Pride Publishing | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Xander has had the same dream for some time.  He figured it was from when his husband had died, but there was also the feeling of something else mixed in.  He is a bodyguard and loves his work.  So when he finds out that the man he is about to protect, is the same man from his dream, well things just got interesting.  Now he just needs to make sure the dream never comes true.

Jon has had the worst luck in boyfriends.  The last one wants him dead and he needs help real fast.  He just hadn’t expected Xander.

This is a short story, but there is so much to it that it doesn’t feel that way.  In fact when I looked up the details for this review, I had to double check the page count.  I am not a fan of writing reviews for short stories because of the fear that you give something away. However in this case, the blurb gave out more.  It is a very straight forward type of story with no real twists and turns to it.  It is entertaining as hell, but I can say the ending of the book really sucked.  It felt like a cliff-hanger for later, but who knows if there is going to be another book or not.  

Other than the ending, I quite enjoyed it and can see myself reading it more than once.  I had a lot of fun and would recommend it.

Behind the Mask by Elizabeth Coldwell

Title: Behind The Mask

Author: Elizabeth Coldwell

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: Pride Publishing (July 18, 2017)

Length: Short Story (36 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts 

Blurb: He keeps his true identity hidden, even from the man he loves…

Twenty years ago, superheroes were outlawed by the mayor of Mokum City. Christopher Chase has grown up knowing that he has all the strength and speed of Sprint, his superhero father, who died attempting to save the mayor’s niece from being kidnapped. But, unlike his father, he is unable to fulfill his destiny and become a masked crimefighter. Even Christopher’s boyfriend, bar owner Johnny Brennan, doesn’t know Christopher’s true identity.

A chance encounter with a purse snatcher in the city cemetery gives Christopher a taste of what it’s like to use his powers for good. And when Johnny becomes caught up in a hostage situation, Christopher can no longer stand by. Even if it means losing his own life, he must pull on the costume of Sprint to save the man he loves.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-587-2

Product Link: Pride Publishing | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Christopher father was a super hero that lost his life.  Then the mayor decided all superhero’s needed to be outlawed.  The problem was Christopher had inherited his father’s abilities.  Then the test came when the man he loved was in danger.

This story had a lot of potential that was not used.  It is way too short and just gives you a taste of what it could be like.  Unanswered questions were all that was left for me.  It is an enjoyable story but felt rushed to me.  Also I noticed in the blurb that his boyfriends name is Johnny, but in the story it is Jimmy so I am guessing some editorial needs to be done just a bit.  Other than my issues with the story, I will admit that it is a fun little read.  I can’t see myself reading it more than once though, which is a shame. 

I hope this author turns this book into a novel or novella with more to it.

Stone and Shell by Lloyd A. Meeker

Title: Stone and Shell

Author: Lloyd A. Meeker

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: NineStar Press (November 28, 2016)

Length: Short Story (39 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts 

Blurb: Eight-year-old Howie Evinger is convinced that his dad would be happier if he found a new husband. Howie would be happier, too. And somewhere out there in the city of Vancouver, there’s the right man for his dad to love. But how to find him? That’s a problem, especially if you’re just a kid and your dad says he doesn’t want another husband.

With the help of his quirky aunt, Shanna, who calls herself a Buddhist Wiccan, Howie builds his very own solstice altar with cool symbols to support his search. It has a candle, a feather, and a twisty stick, plus an agate for his dad, and a scallop shell for his new husband. Share Howie’s solstice adventure as he learns how real magic requires courage and patience as well as symbols.

ISBN: 978-1-945952-21-0

Product Link: NineStar Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Howie wants his father happy.  With the help of his aunt, he has set up a little table with some symbols and he makes a big wish.  His father needs a new husband, and with Howie making the wish, it just might come true.

This is a very cute little story told in Howie’s voice.  It is way too small and just gives you a taste of what it could truly be, but it is still fun to read.  It is one of those true love stories with no real action or drama, but then again Howie is only eight years old.  He is so freaking cute and made the story even better.  I can’t say I would read this more than once but I did have fun with it.

Throwaway Card by A.J. Marcus

A.J. Marcus - Throwaway Card CoverTitle: Throwaway Card

Author: A.J. Marcus

Genre: Historical Americas, Steampunk

Length: Novel (200 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 12, 2015)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Hugh Lafoux managed to survive the Civil War, but came out of it scarred for life and with an intricately crafted metal leg. Since the war ended, he’s wandered aimlessly, looking for the next card game and easy sex. He boards the Bayou Belle in Saint Louis, expecting a nice easy ride down to Memphis. But he runs afoul of Big Al Shank, the owner of the Belle, and ends up beaten and thrown overboard into the dark river.

Former slave Cotton Freeman spends most of his time hunting alligators along the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee. While looking for larger gators north of town one night, Cotton unexpectedly fishes a man out of the water. As Cotton nurses Hugh back to health, they realize a mutual attraction, and their love grows. But when Big Al Shank returns to destroy them, love might not be enough to win the battle.

ISBN: 978-1-63476-127-7

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon UK | Amazon US

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I have only read one or two books by this author but have always been impressed with the work A.J. Marcus has done. They are well written with a lot of detail and meat to it. I am not a fan of books written with the past in mind. They come off very dry and boring to me. Although this one did have a lot of heat and heart to it, it was also missing something important to make it a perfect story.

A.J. Marcus has created a world that has the feeling of being in a different time period as well as another place altogether. Hugh has been caught cheating and the revenge is to throw his ass overboard. Which I am fairly certain is a better chance than most would have gotten back then. He had not expect Cotton to rescue his ass. Now Cotton use to be a slave and afterwards he basically hunts gators along the water coast, which is how he came to be in place to drag Hugh’s ass out of the water.

Now their love is heating up and they have the riverboat owner coming for them, the need to protect each other. With the help of Cotton’s friend Casandra, they are about to get pay backs. Now this story is a bit different than most that I have read. I mean you have romance, hot sex, steampunk and a bit of history to it. You have two characters who have heat, are very sexy and a bit quirky in my eyes who have found love with each other which is a main attraction to me.

I enjoy the look into their world and what it is like to be different from one another. A.J. Marcus has managed to pull off a historical type story with difficulties that others came across in the past and made it a pretty good read. I can honestly say that this is a damn good book, but was not for me. It is a very fast paced story with a pretty damn good plot to it. I loved the characters and their mismatched ways. Like I said the book was not for me, however it was one fantastic read for those who like the historical type stories. I would recommend it.

Wolf Moon by Ethan Stone

Ethan Stone - Wolf Moon CoverTitle: Wolf Moon

Author: Ethan Stone

Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary, Shapeshifters, Fantasy

Length: Novel (230pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 1, 2011)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Blurb: When college student Jack Coleman meets Derek Malone at a party, it’s mutual lust at first sight. Lies and secrets almost derail the relationship, but they face the problems head on, and it isn’t long before Jack and Derek decide to take their relationship to the next level. That’s when things get complicated.

It turns out Derek and several other people Jack thought he knew are werewolves… and so is Jack. In fact, his unusual birthmark brands him as a Chosen One, a werewolf of great power destined to be alpha. But Jack isn’t sure he’s cut out to be a leader. When a pack rival, Elias Fairchild, kidnaps Derek to force Jack’s hand, Jack has to make up his mind: Will he deny his newfound heritage or risk it all to save Derek’s life?

ISBN: 978-1-61581-813-6

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon UK | Amazon US

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: This is the first story that I have read by Ethan and I have to say that it was amazing, if not a bit spooky. There are so many twists and turns in it that I couldn’t figure out who was behind it at all. This story caught my attention from the start and kept it all the way to the end. I loved that there was still a hint of humor in it, throughout the serious tone to it.

I love how the characters are beautifully written with big hearts, but if you cross them there is hell to pay. They will protect the men they love and their family with all they have in them. It shows how much strength that the guys have and it gives you an insight into their weakness also. When I saw the cover of this book I wanted to grab it right off the bat. Then I saw the title and knew I had to have it. There is nothing better than a good paranormal romance to me.

Jack lost his parents at a young age, taken in by a neighbors he had been given a good life. Then he meets Derek while at college and things start to go very strange for them. It seems that Derek and his friends are hiding secrets from him. Things are going strong until Derek is attacked by an old boyfriend. He is about to find out what they are hiding and what he is.

Derek is a werewolf. He wants Jack but he also wants him to be who he is supposed to be, his alpha and his mate. However Jack had decided he is not giving it up until after they had their first date. I loved that everything else is perfectly fine. These two are so easy.

It starts off just a cute little story with two gorgeous guys in college. Then it turns out a bit dark, especially when Jack finds out that he is a special type of wolf. He is the chosen one and is supposed to be alpha. However there is an ass who wants to be alpha and Rick doesn’t want to give up his position. Derek is willing to stand behind the man he loves even if it means going against his father, their alpha.

With this story I loved the first part of it. The way they are just college boys and finding out love. Although I did love the werewolf part of it, the fact that they don’t actually mate seems a bit strange to me. I did enjoy it quite a bit. The way it came off though you could tell that this was a paranormal story and that they were werewolves. You didn’t really have to read the blurb to figure it out.

I think that Jack went too easy with the fact that he is a werewolf, especially the change. Also there were some questions that I had about it, especially the family parts of it. Also Rick’s part could have gone a little different and I would have liked it a bit more. I had not expected the ending and wished for a different ending. However the story itself was pretty damn good and I did enjoy reading it. In fact I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. I would definitely read this again and recommend it.

Second Chance Mate by A.J. Jarrett

A.J. Jarrett - Second Chance Mate CoverTitle: Second Chance Mate

Series: Nehalem Pack #38

Author: A.J. Jarrett

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (June 9, 2017)

Length: Novella (137 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts 

Blurb: Daniel Culver was devastated when his wife died. He was left alone to raise his daughter while trying to live with a broken heart. Each day is a struggle, and the fear of losing his family has Daniel pushing those he cares for away.

Archer Forum is running from his past and everything he thought was important to him. Being rich didn’t bring him happiness and being the creator of a drug that is killing shifters has him filled with guilt. He wasn’t sure that feeling would ever go away. All he wants is a fresh start, to make amends and just be happy.

Love doesn’t come around often, and it’s Archer’s turn to seize the day. Daniel is his fated mate. It’s up to him to convince Daniel that love is worth the risk before a ghost from Archer’s past steals his hopes and dreams of a happily ever after away.  

ISBN: 
978-1-64010-394-8

Product Link: Siren Publishing | Amazon UK | Amazon US

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Nehalem Pack collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

There is nothing better than a good paranormal romance with two gorgeous men involved.  They are entertaining and have just the right mix of feelings in them. There is also quite a bit of danger or excitement in it as well. This one caught my attention and kept it all the way to the very end.  I love the mixture of characters that this story and the other ones have in it.  Will always keep you entertained.
Daniel lost his wife to an accident, or should I say his mate and it had devastated him.  He was left alone to raise his cutie pie daughter and he wasn’t doing a very good job at it.  He also needed some help, which with the help of his daughter came one very sexy man.  A man with a secret that could hurt them.  Also this man seemed to think that he was his mate.

Archer was a scientist and loved what he did.  That is until what he did was end up killing shifters from the poison he made.  Running sounded good, but you can only run so far.  To top it off he has found his mate and his mate had a daughter.    

I love the way this author puts together a story that not only draws you in but keeps you entertained as well. They have a serious tone to them, but there is a bit of humor floating around. I do get a kick out of the whole thing. I can’t wait to read the next book.

Damien by Catherine Lievens

Catherine Lievens - Damien CoverTitle: Damien

Series: Council Enforcers #7

Author: Catherine Lievens

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: eXtasy Books (June 23, 2017)

Length: Novella (118 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Sometimes you have to admit you were wrong to get the happiness that’s right in front of you.

Damien is an enforcer, and he loves his job. He loves helping people who don’t have anyone else on their side, and he loves his team like a family. There’s something missing in his life, though, and he knows what it is. A lot of his friends are finding their mates, yet he’s still single.

Jake is back in Gillham, hoping to talk some sense into his father. Jake still thinks Sei is too young to be mated with an eighty-six-year-old bear shifter, but his dad doesn’t listen, no matter how many times Jake tries to tell him that.

When Damien and Jake meet, Damien’s age is a problem for Jake from the very beginning. There are only twenty years between them, which isn’t a lot for shifters, but Jake can’t see beyond it and beyond how fragile Damien looks. So he leaves.

Damien accepts a job as a bodyguard in the hope he’ll start forgetting Jake. They’re in the same city, though, and when Jake tentatively reaches out to him, Damien will have to choose whether he wants to give his mate a second chance or not. To complicate things, someone is after Hudson, the man Damien is protecting and who also is a friend of Jake’s family.

Will Damien give Jake another chance? Or will something happen to separate them before they can get over their problems?

ISBN: 978-1-4874-1044-5

Product Link: eXtasy Books | Amazon UK | Amazon US

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Council Enforcer’s collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

There is nothing better than a good paranormal romance with two gorgeous men involved.  They are entertaining and have just the right mix of feelings in them. There is also quite a bit of danger or excitement in it as well. This one caught my attention and kept it all the way to the very end.  I love the mixture of characters that this story and the other ones have in it.  Will always keep you entertained.

Daniel lost his wife to an accident, or should I say his mate and it had pretty much destroyed him.  He was left alone to raise his cutie pie daughter and he wasn’t doing a very good job at it.  He also needed some help, which with the help of his daughter came one very sexy man.  A man with a secret that could hurt them.  Also this man seemed to think that he was his mate.

Archer was a scientist and loved what he did.  That is until what he did was end up killing shifters from the poison he made.  Running sounded good, but you can only run so far.  To top it off he has found his mate and his mate had a daughter.

I love the way this author puts together a story that not only draws you in but keeps you entertained as well. They have a serious tone to them, but there is  a bit of humor floating around. I do get a kick out of the whole thing. I can’t wait to read the next book.

Backstroking with a Tiger Shark by Charlie Richards

Charlie Richards - Backstroking With The Tiger Shark CoverTitle: Backstroking with a Tiger Shark

Series: Beneath Aquatica’s Waves #1

Author: Charlie Richards

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: eXtasy Books (July 14, 2017)

Length: Novella (104 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Tortelion, Tort to his friends, is a tiger shark shifter. He spends his workdays awing human audiences with a few aquatic parlor tricks. To him, it’s a pretty good gig. Plus, the people who come to World of Aquatica learn about his kind…well, tiger sharks of the non-shifter variety, anyway. A day that starts the same as any other suddenly takes a turn for the better when a mishap sends two humans tumbling into his tank. Blood in the water tells Tort that one of them is his mate. Joining those taken to the doc’s office as a witness, Tort learns his mate is Kane Cornshun, a busy human graphic designer only visiting the area to see his sister and her kids for a few days. Tort has very little time to woo his unsuspecting mate. Can he convince Kane to give up his life and join him at Aquatica? 

ISBN: 978-1-4874-1419-1

Product Link: eXtasy Books | Amazon UK  | Amazon US

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  I came across Charlie Richards some time ago when she wrote her first book in the Wolves of Stone Ridge series.  From the first book I was captivated and new that she would be a favorite of mine.  So you can imagine what I felt when I saw that she had this brand new series just coming out.  You guessed it, I had to run and grab it.

She has always written stories that don’t focus on one type of paranormal and for that alone she would be an author that I would follow.  I never figured a tiger shark as a shifter, but let’s just say Tort was one of a kind.  It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and definitely kept it all the way to the end.

Tort is a tiger shark shifter and works at the World of Aquatica Park, which is a bit like sea world I suppose.  He swims around and gives the audience a show.  He just hadn’t expected for a man to fall into his pool with a child.  Nor did he expect that man to be his mate.

Kane, his sister and her kids decided to spend the day at the World of Aquatica celebrating his nephew’s birthday.  Sounds like fun that is until he falls into the tiger sharks pool with a bleeding head.  Things are going to get exciting, but you must read the book.

It has a serious tone to it but there is quite a bit of humor that mixes with it.  This is one of those stories that will be read more than once.  I enjoyed reading it and can’t wait for the next book to come out.

A Wolf In PI’s Clothing by Sydney Presley

Sydney Presley - Wolf In PI's Clothing CoverTitle: A Wolf in PI’s Clothing

Author: Sydney Presley

Genre: Paranormal, Futuristic, Sci-Fi

Publisher: Pride Publishing (July 25, 2017)

Length: Novella (85 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 2 ½ Hearts 

Blurb: Being a P.I. isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes it’s downright scary—and alien.

Ledger is a P.I. with a difference—he’s a wolf shifter and uses his animal to help him on cases. His next case, though, isn’t something he expected. His best friend, Jared, the man he’s secretly loved since they were younger, has a bit of a problem. Someone is stalking him, and when she turns up at Ledger’s place and stares at them through the window, Ledger realizes things aren’t quite as simple as he’d first thought. She’s bonkers, with wild red hair and staring green eyes, and she needs dealing with—fast.

Jared is a drag queen, famous on the stage after he tried his hand at acting and won. He’s a star, loved by all, so to have a stalker isn’t something he can handle alone. Ledger promises to follow Jared so he can catch the stalker in the act, but things take a weird turn. After the stalker leaves a message that Ledger and Jared must meet her at a local café, the plot thickens to pea-soup viscosity. Someone called The Gecko is after Jared, and The Gecko is used to people doing exactly as he says…

But The Gecko isn’t human, and although Ledger has been obsessed with UFOs and alien life forms since he was a kid, he never thought he’d be meeting otherworldly creatures in real life. The men have no choice—they have to meet The Gecko. And isn’t that the strangest of things to be doing, fraternizing with an alien? Strange or not, Ledger and Jared have to obey—or forfeit their lives.

But Ledger doesn’t plan on anyone dying, especially not them…

ISBN: 978-1-78651-578-0

Product Link: Pride Publishing | Amazon UK |  Amazon US

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  Every once in a while you come across a story that will just leave you brain dead.  You have no clue what you just read nor do you want to know.  

Ledger is a private eye who is also a wolf shifter.  He has the hots for one sexy man, Jared.  Jared is a famous drag queen who has a very freaky woman stalking his ass.  The thing is that freaky woman is an alien and works for another freaky alien.  Things between the two men do start to heat up though.

Now this story did have potential but it failed quite nicely.  You start to get this story and it just seems to go sideways.  In my opinion it just seemed like a lot of filler to make words.  It would have been a cute story had there actually been a true story to read.  I can’t say that I would love to read another story by this author, because if they follow this same line, then the answer would be nope. 

I hate to admit it but this book was not my idea of fun.  Too bad because it could have been amazing.