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Review: The Backup Boyfriend by River Jaymes

The Backup Boyfriend by River Jaymes
Title: The Backup Boyfriend
Author: River Jaymes
Cover Artist: Killion Group
Publisher: Self-Pub
Reviewer: Monika
Buy Links: Amazon
Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Professionally, Dr. Alec Johnson has almost reached his goals. As this year’s recipient of a humanitarian award with his ex, Dr. Tyler Hall, Alec’s work with the homeless is about to be recognized. Unfortunately, his personal life sucks because now he has to attend several events alongside Tyler—with his ex’s new boyfriend in tow. In an attempt to lift his mood and break out of his rut, Alec purchases a motorcycle he has no idea how to start.

Dylan Booth doesn’t have time for Dr. Clueless and his fickle 1964 Harley, but the cocky mechanic can’t say no to the request for help. Having spent his teen years on the streets, and losing his best friend to HIV, Dylan decides teaching the do-gooder how to ride is the least he can do. But watching Alec flounder in his ex’s company throws Dylan into protector mode, and the confirmed hetero introduces himself as Alec’s new boyfriend.

The ex suspects Dylan is lying.

Alec claims Dylan’s plan is insane.

And Dylan’s not sure he can fake being gay.

But Dylan’s a master bullshitter, and the phony PDA soon turns ultra-hot. Alec can’t afford to get attached, and Dylan’s learned everyone eventually leaves. Unfortunately, playing the backup boyfriend is starting to feel way too real…

Review:

As GFY stories go this one was a sweet read. I’m not a big fan of the GFY storyline but I’m glad I decided to read this it’s a bit different from the usual GFY storyline.

Alec and his ex Tyler run a clinic together and after a break up things are awkward for Alec especially when they are to receive a Humanitarian award for the work they do at their clinic. You see, Tyler has moved on and will be bringing his new boyfriend to the awards ceremony and to add insult to injury Alec’s parents will also be there which puts a bit of pressure on Alec. His mom still thinks the two can fix things and get married like she was hoping.

After the breakup Alec spontaneously buys a bike, a 1964 Harley-Davidson, unfortunately it’s not in tip top condition and is in need of work. He takes it to Dylan a mechanic specializing in classic bikes, he’s also the one that told a mutual friend that Alec needs get himself a starter bike….oops too late. Dylan finds himself helping Alec with his bike and more, he suggests he be Alec’s Backup Boyfriend for a party and a friend’s and for the award ceremony. This begins the friendship that eventually leads to something special.

I loved their interaction calm, patient Dylan is the perfect friend for Alec who can be just a tad high strung which had me laughing more than once. I loved the slow easy way they went from friends to lovers and I loved Dylan’s easy acceptance when the relationship turned sexual. He doesn’t freak out just the opposite he wants to explore this new situation he finds himself in. I loved how he had an aversion to labels and he didn’t feel the need to be pigeon holed and I loved their HEA.

Overall I really liked The Backup Boyfriend; there were a few small glitches but nothing major. The men were hot, the sex was hot and the story was engaging.

I recommend this to everyone.

Review: Positive by Tia Fielding

Positive by Tia Fielding
Title: Positive
Author: Tia Fielding
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Jay
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Even after a decade, the life that journalist Brent Walsh and Milwaukee homicide detective Shawn Mackey have made together is far from boring. But when a new case cuts a weekend getaway short, they aren’t quite prepared for how it will impact their personal lives. Suddenly there’s too much to juggle: Shawn will be working the case of the sharpshooter who is trying to infect random people with HIV, Brent needs to cover the story but fears a conflict of interest, one of Shawn’s colleagues is attracted to him, and Brent sincerely needs to mend the painful break with his childhood best friend, Ollie, and heal their broken hearts.

Though the case comes to a close, it’s not the end of their troubles. Shawn and Brent still face a past of old white lies, a present possibility of inviting another man to their bed, and a future with children, not to mention health issues and national fallout from the case. It’s enough to make them want to run away—until they realize they have to face those challenges head-on so they can get on with the life of love they’re hoping for.

Review:

Tia Fielding has written an engaging story about Love, the choices we make along with the ramifications, and the feeling of being wronged in some way.

Milwaukee Detective Shawn Mackey and his husband journalist Brent Walsh, have been together for years with the expectation of a short breakup that changed their lives forever. Ben Sutherland has lived his life with a prostitute for a mother and the resentment of being wronged.

The plot is really two fold. The lives of Shawn and Brent are intertwined with the despair that causes Ben to use blood tainted with the AIDS virus as a weapon.  Ben takes his frustration out by shooting individuals, that don’t see what they have, with darts filled with the tainted blood.  This hits home to Brent and Shawn who have been living theirs lives with the apprehension of spreading the virus that Brent contracted one drunken night during their breakup.

While there was definitely some holes in the plot I enjoyed this story along with the development of the characters.  The ups and downs shared by this guys led credibility to the story and it was engaging to see them work through them and come out stronger.  All of the characters were well developed including their sisters, Brent’s long time best friend Ollie, Shawn’s partner Ashley, narcotics officer Malik and shooter Ben. The wrapping up of Ben’s story by comparing it to Brent’s was very well done.  In the end the book gave the reader closure in an elegant manner.

All in all I would recommend this book.  It is not your typical love story, but the elements are there and these guys are an adorable couple who deal with the challenges of their lives quite well.

Review: Life in the Land by Rebecca Cohen

Life in the Land by Rebecca Cohen
Title: Life in the Land
Author: Rebecca Cohen
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Sean
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Genre: Fantasy
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novella
Heat Rating: ♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

The magic of the Sawyer family’s extremely green thumbs comes straight from the land. But Bobby Sawyer’s expected superpowers don’t become a reality until he kisses his best friend, Mike Flint. That kiss moves the earth—literally.

When he moves to the city, leaving Mike behind, Bobby keeps his green thumb nimble by working in a garden center and uses his superpowers to help fight crime. He’s on a mission when a bomb explodes, leaving him seriously injured, forcing him to return to the family farm—the source of his strength—to recuperate.

While attempting to recover, Bobby realizes Mike is still the love of his life. But Mike is leery: Bobby left him once before. What if all Bobby needs is one more magical kiss?

Review:

I found the book to be a cute romance story and happened to be a bit too short for my taste. Between first part and second part, it skipped way too much. Nearly lose my interest in the book hence the losing star. The first part hooked me so well until I start the second part and got so confused when the author skipped a couple years later without any explanation but it soon finally explained later into the story. I thought the author would have make the story stronger if the author added a part between first and second to let the transition goes smoothly.

What I like…

Original idea for how character gets its magic. I like the idea of how Bobby brings the life from a seed when he attempts to be a hero of the town. It nearly costs his life and it brings him back to Mike and makes me fall in love with the book again. The relationship between Bobby and Mike are realistic in the book. They’re making for each other very well.

What I don’t like…

The fact that author skipped so much in between the part one and part two. I don’t feel any pain for Mike when Bobby chooses to leave him to live in the city. I don’t see any pain in the book until Bobby returns to his hometown and sees Mike again. That was the only thing I don’t like about the book and it being too short, too.

Overall, it is a good magic book I think everyone should check it out. If the author writes more similar book to this, I’d pick it up without a hesitance.

Review: And So It Begins by R.G. Green

And So It Begins by R.G. Green
Title: And So It Begins
Author: R.G. Green
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Jay
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Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Prince and Trader: Book I

For hundreds of years, the kingdom of Llarien has maintained a defense against the barbarians. Now, activity at the border draws attention from Kherin Rhylle, the less-favored younger son of the king. Kherin suspects a deeper purpose behind the attacks, but his father refuses to grant permission to travel to the border, despite Kherin’s obligated tenure as a Defender. Not even unprecedented deaths or the serious injury of Kherin’s brother, the crown prince, can change the king’s mind.

Then Derek Resh, kingdom trader and Kherin’s closest friend, convinces the king to allow Kherin to travel with him, and an unexpected journey to the border proves the threat real—while an unexpected intimacy with Derek makes Kherin realize that his feelings go deeper than the friendship they have shared for most of his life. But even that turns devastating, as Derek won’t pursue anything more intimate when the king’s disapproval is certain.

Grasping at straws, Kherin is caught between a danger he doesn’t understand and the desire for a deeper relationship he can’t have. And then there’s the magic that threatens to return after being banished hundreds of years ago….

Review:

And So It Begins is an appropriate title for this book. After finishing the book you are left with just the beginning of the story. As I write this review I am trying to decide if I liked And So It Begins or not.

The story is set in the fantasy kingdom of Llarien and is centered on Kherin Rhylle and Derek Resh.  Kherin is the second prince of Llarien, who at the beginning is stuck in the castle library with a broken leg instead of defending the Llarien borders. Derek is a trader who travels throughout Llarien gathering information that he provides to the king.  Derek is valued by the king, but the relationship between the King and the second prince is strained and tension between them is intense.

Kherin’s brother Adrien is wounded in an attack and Kherin and Derek set out for the border that he was defending.  Upon their arrival they discover that his injuries are more than physical and a mystery.  We also learn that the Northerners are threat but we don’t know why.  Kherin and Derek have always been best friends and the fondness between them is revealed during their journey and their time spent in the border city of Gravlorn.  Along the way the sexual tension builds between them, but the perceived wrath of the king keeps getting in the way.

This installment of the series is focused on building the fantasy world that is the setting for the series.  You are introduced to the dynamics of the Llarien population and the mystery of the opposing Northerners. The pace of this book is slow while you are given time to learn about the characters with the plot being developed along the way.  If you are expecting closure at the end of the book you will be disappointed.  I have yet to read the second book in the series, but I expect it will pick up where this installment left off.

So did I enjoy the story?  Yes, R.G. Green put a lot of thought into the development of these characters and the world they live in.  I will say that when I turned the last page the story felt incomplete and I am hoping that the next book in the series, Find a Way, will fill in the blanks.

Review: Parting Shot by Mary Calmes

Parting Shot by Mary Calmes
Title: Parting Shot
Author: Mary Calmes
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Lynn
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Queer
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

A Matter of Time Story

Life has never been easy for Duncan Stiel. His childhood was the stuff of nightmares, and his day job as an undercover police officer forces him to hide his true self and occasionally lands him in the hospital. So when he finally meets the perfect man, it comes as no surprise that everything falls apart around him. What Duncan doesn’t expect is that the hardest hurdle to get over before he can make a life with Aaron Sutter is the one inside himself.

Everyone thinks Aaron has it all—looks, money, fame, and success beyond measure. Everyone, that is, except Aaron. At the end of the day, the cameras stop flashing, friends go back to their own lives, company business is handled, and Aaron is always alone. The moment he meets Duncan Stiel, Aaron knows he’ll do anything to hold onto the larger-than-life detective. But when he realizes money won’t buy him the ultimate happiness, Aaron needs to find the strength to give Duncan something much more important—his heart.

Review:

Duncan Stiel is a police detective working an undercover sting when things go beyond FUBAR. Shot and left for dead, the only thing Duncan wishes he had was more time to get to know Aaron Sutter. Duncan couldn’t believe how fast he fell for the wealthy businessmen. After dinner with mutual friends, both Duncan and Aaron knew there was more to explore.

Aaron doesn’t understand why Duncan stopped calling. Things were going really well. The fight for power against his father has taken up most of his time, but he still missed Duncan.

When Duncan discovers Aaron’s brother knows more information in a murder case, Duncan knows he’s going to have to deal with Aaron again. He thought he was finally over the man, but it turns out he is a great liar, even to himself.

Aaron and Duncan go undercover to put a nasty piece of rich boy scum. Things get out of hand quickly after Duncan is beaten up. The longer it takes contact someone on the outside, the longer their lives are in danger.

This book is part of the A Matter of Time series. I have to be honest, I haven’t read any of this series, but I’m gonna have to backtrack and discover what I’ve missed!

As anyone who enjoys this genre knows, Mary Calmes is a top notch writer. The woman can seriously write stories that will melt your heart and overheat your tablet. So it pains me to say this story didn’t meet my expectations.

Usually in a Mary Calmes story, the characters are strong and consistent throughout the story. While Duncan and Aaron are great characters, I felt like they were both inconsistent in several places. It took away from the story for me.

That being said, I think the rest of the story was excellent. There is a lot of sex in this story, but I think it adds to the instant attraction these two felt for one another. I am a total Duncan fan! I loved how dedicated he was to his job. He goes on my all time favorite character list.

I give Parting Shot by Mary Calmes four stars. I think her old fans and new fans alike will enjoy this story. If you haven’t read anything by Mary Calmes, then stock up today! This author is simply one of the best authors I’ve ever read.

Review: My Only Sunshine by Rowan McAllister

My Only Sunshine by Rowan McAllister
Title: My Only Sunshine
Author: Rowan McAllister
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Lynn
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Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Queer
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Tanner Wallis is nearly at the end of his rope the night Mason Seidel finds him lying next to the mangled body of a cow on the back pastures of the Seidel family’s Wyoming ranch. Recently out of the hospital after he and his boyfriend were brutally beaten, Tanner is jobless, homeless, and almost penniless. His desperate hope is that Mason will believe he’s innocent of the senseless crime and give him a place to heal, both physically and emotionally, until he can get on his feet again.

But Mason already has enough on his plate. He’s only been back on the ranch a few months, ten years after his father kicked him out for being gay, and only because his sister begged him to come help after the man’s disabling stroke. With all his responsibilities—running the struggling ranch and keeping his sister and father off his back—Mason can’t really afford the distraction Tanner represents. But he can’t just abandon the attractive young man either. There’s trouble in spades on the ranch, but if they face it together, Mason and Tanner might find a future with a little sunshine.

Review:

Tanner Willis can’t last much longer. After a recent hospital stay, Tanner finds himself stumbling down an unknown road, heading God knows where. Tanner stumbles onto the Seidel family’s Wyoming ranch just as two men slaughter a cow for amusement. He never meant to pass out near the murder animal, but his battered body just couldn’t take any more.

After three months of being back on the family ranch, Mason Seidel is finally alone. Camping out in an old bunkhouse, Mason is jarred from his contentment with the sounds of an animal in distress. Looking at tire tracks leading away from the scene, Mason almost missed the other body lying close to the slaughtered animal. Mason doesn’t stop to look the man over, for all he knows; he’s captured one of the murders.

With cracked ribs and in desperate need for food and water, Tanner finally gets the Sheriff and handsome rancher to understand he’s in no shape to harm an animal. Tanner is taken in by Ed, the ranch foreman and his wife Lucy. A hot meal and a bed to rest, leaves Tanner feeling hopeful.

Mason knows how his father would behave if he acted on his attraction to Tanner. After being kicked off the ranch when he came out, Mason has returned to help his father after a stroke left him in a wheelchair and near helpless. The nasty homophobic slurs his father spews daily leaves no doubt in Mason’s mind that if he is to have a relationship with Tanner, it is to be kept private.

Mason can’t promise Tanner much, but it is all Tanner needs at the moment. The pair finds themselves head over heels in love and no longer able to hide their affections. Things come to any ugly head when Mason’s father passes away. His once supportive sister lashes out and says some pretty nasty remarks.

When Mason’s sister tells him to read a copy of the will, it doesn’t come as a big surprise that Mason is denied anything. As long as he has Tanner, the rest is easy to face.

What I enjoyed…

I really loved Mason and Tanner’s relationship in this story. While things weren’t ideal from the get go their attraction and commitment to one another never seems to fail.

I also really enjoyed the fact that this story wasn’t tangled in a miscommunication plot. It could have easily turned out that way, but the author chose to write an entertaining plot without falling in that rut.

What I didn’t enjoy…

I only have one small complaint about this story. We learn pretty early on that Tanner left his family after an argument with his parents. I only wished more was written about this. It seemed like a pretty big event in his life more should have been explained, in my own opinion. There is the last chapter where things come together and he and his family are reunited, I was just left needing a little more.

I give My Only Sunshine by Rowan McAllister four stars. I think this book is well written and will be a hit with fans of cowboy themed books. The characters in this book are standout and so well written, they feel real. I think McAllister has a beautiful way of telling a story. I will most certainly be looking up this author’s backlist!

Review: Under the Waterfall by Neil Plakcy

Under the Waterfall by Neil Plakcy
Title: Under the Waterfall
Author: Neil Plakcy
Cover Artist: Ginny Glass
Publisher: Loose Id
Reviewer: Monika
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Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

As soon as they’re settled in their new home on the French Riviera, bodyguards Aidan and Liam are sent to the island of Corsica to protect a mining executive and his family. Though they’re still in love, and having lots of sex, the disruption, and the discovery that the client’s son is gay and in a touchy relationship, causes both bodyguards to question their skills and their commitment to each other. Can they engineer a happy ending for Michel and his boyfriend, while protecting the family from deadly adversaries?

Review:

This is my first time reading anything from Neil Plakcy and it seems it’s become a habit of mine lately to read the last or the latest of a series first.  In this case it didn’t affect my enjoyment of this book it can be read as standalone but reading from book one on would have given me more background of the MC’s. Is this story a romance? I’d have to say no, at least it’s not between the MC’s it’s more a love story, the romance has happened already in a previous book I haven’t read yet but definitely will now! There is a small romance between a pair of secondary characters that is very sweet and heartwarming.

Liam and Aidan are truly wonderful MC’s, the love, trust and respect they have for each other comes across so well, while at the same time the mystery and suspense they are involved in makes Under the Waterfall an exciting story to read. If like me you haven’t read any of the books in this series here is a very short explanation of what goes on in them. Liam and Aidan are partners in their private lives and in their business. They are bodyguards for hire, protecting people from the danger that may have befallen them.

In Under the Waterfall, as I assume in the previous books, you get a love story full of sexy and sweet and a mystery with all its intrigue and adventure. Like the blurb says Liam and Aidan are sent to the island of Corsica to protect a mining executive and his family from an environmental group wanting to stop the reopening of the mine by any means necessary.  You will meet Michel the son of the mining executive and Cris the son of the man the family believes is behind the attacks. These two are so in love but neither family knows their son is gay so they have kept their relationship a secret. I loved these boys and my heart went out to them I wanted these two to find their HEA and while it’s not a true HEA it is only because their story has ended with this book. As far as Liam and Aiden questioning their commitment to each other, I didn’t see it that way at all. I saw two men that love each other enough that a discussion about getting aroused when they think of having sex with another man or men doesn’t tear them apart it just showed how much trust they have in each other.  Neither has strayed or acted on those feelings I thought their discussion made them that much closer.  Beautiful!

I’m looking forward to reading all the books in this series and anxiously wait for the next one. Under the Waterfall is well written with an easy flow, the perfect amount of intrigue and suspense with a very special love story.

I highly recommend Under the Waterfall.

Review: The Price by Dominique Frost

The Price by Dominique Frost
Title: The Price
Author: Dominique Frost
Cover Artist: Kalen O’Donnell
Publisher: Loose Id
Reviewer: Monika
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Genre: Fantasy
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novella
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Cale is a serving-boy at a high-class brothel in the city of Havisham. He isn’t one of the courtesans, largely because he’s too clumsy to manage seducing anyone, but he does his best as a servant, keeping the wine-glasses filled and the guests happy.

Everything changes when the warlord Darren Kaine visits the establishment. Darren is the new ruler of Havisham and is a brusque, commanding man. Fresh from a war that’s lasted over six months, Darren is in no mood for frippery, and chooses Cale to accompany him for the night, rather than any of the courtesans on display.

Indeed, Darren so prefers Cale’s straightforwardness and simplicity that he decides to make Cale his concubine, and to have Cale visit him at the palace, every night. Stunned by this new turn of events, Cale is further confused by his body’s reactions to Darren. Darren is darkly handsome, sexually demanding and absolutely committed to giving his partner pleasure – a fact that has Cale looking forward to his time with Darren, perhaps more than he ought to.

Darren, too, is in danger of forgetting that Cale is just a tool he uses to slake his lust. For a new ruler, every action comes with a price. Will this one be too steep to pay?

Review:

I really love this author I haven’t read a book by Dominique Frost that I didn’t like. My only negative is that they are too short. I find myself loving the characters, their story and getting really involved only to turn the page and see “The End” way too fast.

The Price is funny, sweet and quirky. It’s part historical and part fantasy a perfect pairing. Another perfect pairing is Darren and Cale they are such great MC’s and their relationship is…..different but a good different. Darren is a warlord that goes to a high-class brothel for release after battle. He likes the ‘no involvement’ type of relationship he gets there after having been betrayed by someone he had fallen for. This is just so much easier. Cale is a serving boy in the brothel that Darren frequents but Darren mistakes him for one of the courtesans after Cale literally falls into his lap. He sees something different and interesting about Cale, he’s not all primped up like the others and he sometimes forgets his place and speaks his mind.

Cale made me laugh, his snarky attitude was hilarious and the dark and brooding Darren was just too scrumptious not to fall in love with. The minor mystery/suspense part of the story was good but like all short stories there just wasn’t enough. The flow is smooth and it’s well written and there is a wonderful HEA.

Looking for a short, sweet read?  This is a good one. I’m looking forward to reading anything new from Dominique Frost. I highly recommend her books.

Review: Thick as Thieves by Tali Spencer

Thick as Thieves by Tali Spencer
Title: Thick as Thieves
Author: Tali Spencer
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Jay
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

After Vorgell the barbarian fucks himself with a unicorn horn, he ends up in a cell with Maddog, a pretty young thief. It’s lust at first sight for Vorgell—but honestly, he can’t help it. Unicorn horn is a potent aphrodisiac, and now he can’t stop thinking about sex. Luckily, Madd is one male witch who knows how to put Vorgell’s new magical body to good use when he tricks Vorgell into a kiss that helps them escape.

Vorgell may desire sex in general—and Madd in particular—but Madd has no intention of being screwed by a man twice his size. He has problems of his own, including an enchanted collar that causes him to desire his most hated enemy. He wants that collar off as soon as possible, but that requires stealing a basilisk egg from the castle they just escaped.

Drawn together by lust and magic, the two men join forces and soon find themselves up to their necks in witches, wizards, and trouble. Vorgell and Madd might just be perfect for each other, but first they have to survive long enough to find out.

Review:

Vorgell the barbarian fucks himself with a unicorn horn, really? This line from the story’s description had me wondering about this one.  It turns out that the horn has magical powers and now Vorgell is perpetually horny and has magical sperm. My interest was piqued so I dove in.

We are transported to a fantasy world where Vorgell the Barbarian and Maddog (Madd) the witchkin are thrown together by fate.  The story tells of their adventures as they tackle witches, wizards, and demons – Oh My! Both Vorgell and Madd are thieves and quite the unlikely pair. Vorgell is a big gorgeous oaf and Madd can be kind of abrasive, but they work well together.  They both have not had an easy time of things and the majority of the story is centered on getting a love collar off of Madd.

The plot contains some very unsavory characters that stir our emotions away from the journey that Vorgell and Madd take; first at becoming partners in crime, then friends, and finally lovers. There are numerous characters all with very different names which made it difficult for this reader to keep track of at times. The important characters were not an issue so I didn’t give it much thought.

Don’t let the books description deter you from entering this fantasy world. Vorgell is just plain adorable and his interactions with Petal (a basilisk) provide an abundance of cuteness.  Their story, while consisting of dark encounters, is just plain fun to read.

Review: The Mirror by Bell Ellis

The Mirror by Bell Ellis
Title: The Mirror
Author: Bell Ellis
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Sean
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Genre: Paranormal
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novella
Heat Rating: ♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

When Vic Ledore buys an antique mirror only to find it’s haunted, his initial fear turns to intrigue when he realizes he and the ghost wear the same face. The mirror is possessed by Philippe Montmarche, a vagrant who lived in early-1800s New Orleans and committed suicide after his lover went to war and died. Philippe is helplessly trapped until he can find his true love again. He also believes Vic is his reincarnation, but Vic isn’t so sure.

Soon after, Vic meets Jules Cassell, a gorgeous, witty, interesting man who relieves Vic’s ennui and quickly finds his way to Vic’s heart. But Philippe has captivated Vic as well, and when Philippe’s search to find his lover mysteriously involves Jules, Vic can’t help but be drawn into the tragic love story as he hopes to discover his own.

Review:

The minute Vic Ledore bought an antique mirror, his life changed completely. It got me hooked to the story immediately. It was an interesting take on ghost and how the mirror told a story about Philippe Montmarche’s past. I enjoyed learning who Philippe was before he died. I honestly thought the book should be a bit longer. I wasn’t able to connected to secondary characters that much. I wanted to learn more about Jules Cassell. I only got to grab a glimpse of Jules and I adored him already.

What I like–

I loved the history behind the mirror and what the mirror looked like. The book told a great reincarnation story and easily caught me off guard at the ending when the final truth revealed. Jules was a great character, although, it’d be nice to have more of him in the book.

What I didn’t like–

The length of the book. The ending seemed to end abruptly. I had to re-read a couple times to make sure I didn’t miss anything and finally understood what was happening.

Overall–

It was a good quick read I think a lot of readers will enjoy The Mirror. It was a good take on reincarnation story.