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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: That Witch! by Zoe Lynne

That Witch! by Zoe Lynne
Title: That Witch!
Author: Zoe Lynne
Cover Artist: Allison Cassatta
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Reviewer: Sean
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Genre: Young Adult
Type: Romance
Pairing: Lesbian
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨
Rating★★★★☆

Blurb:

Cassidy Ryan and Brynn Michaels attend the same high school, but they live in different worlds. Cassidy’s a popular cheerleader, and Brynn’s the social leper. One is all sunshine and rainbows, while the other could’ve been carved from an Edgar Allan Poe book.

Both girls have their problems, though. Cassidy is coming into her birthright—a long line of ancient magic Cassidy isn’t ready to have. Brynn is coming into her sexuality—something that will definitely cause problems with her very conservative family.

When a teacher assigns Cassidy and Brynn to work together on a project, the girls find themselves in a heap of trouble, because what they feel for each other can’t be denied. If they have any hope of changing ignorant and frightened minds, they’ll have to listen to their own hearts first.

Review:

This book was a quick and easy read. The characters were likable even though one of them could be a jerk at the beginning but in the end, it all worked out. It did have some stereotype going on in the book, but it worked. It was a mix of paranormal, coming-out, and acceptance story that young adults need to check the book out. It had a comforting ending as well. It put a smile on my face every once a while when I was reading the book.

What I enjoyed: How Cassidy and Brynn fell for each other was written beautifully. It wasn’t rushed or anything like that. The author described each character’s personalities well. The world building was good even though it wasn’t emphasized that much because it was mostly a contemporary story rather than have it being a paranormal book.

What I didn’t enjoy: There weren’t enough details about witches. I highly expected to read more about it because of the title. The book felt short than I expected. I wasn’t sure if the book was actually a series or a stand-alone. According to author’s webpage, it was categorized as a stand-alone novel. If that was the case, then that disappointed me because there were so much to cover. I knew there had to be something more mystery about being a witch.

Overall, it was a quick read and I really enjoyed it a lot enough to give it a well-deserving four stars. Highly recommended to any readers since it covered the coming-out story with both bad result and good result for both main characters. The POV switching was not too confusing either. This is the author to keep eye on.

Review: Beach Redemy by Sasha L. Miller

Beach Remedy by Sasha L. Miller
Title: Beach Remedy
Author: Sasha L. Miller
Cover Artist: Megan Derr
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Reviewer: Monika
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Genre: Paranormal
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novella
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★½

Blurb:

With his cousin laid up from a broken ankle, Lee agrees to help him out and combine a beach vacation with a bit of legwork to scope out a haunted lighthouse. That his cousin agrees to pay for the vacation certainly makes a cheesy ghost tour bearable. Lee’s plan is to get the work out of the way quickly, then spend the rest of his time on sun, sand, and all the blood and sex a vampire can stand. But the cute hotel clerk he picks out proves to be anything, but an easy snack.

Review:

This is a story about Lee, a vampire, who does his cousin Astor a favor by going and checking out a haunted lighthouse. Astor writes books about haunted places and Lee figures he can make this into a vacation. Lee meets Jayden at the hotel he’s staying at, Jayden works there as a desk clerk. He takes a liking to Jayden and asks him what time he gets off to which Jayden replies “I don’t do room visits”.  I knew then I was going to really like this story.

Lee is a vamp that can go out in the daylight, loves the beach and the sun and tries to have a different man every night…until he meets Jayden. He tries to put Jayden under his spell so he can feed and doesn’t understand why he can’t, until he learns from Jayden that he is a Hedge Witch which Lee knows nothing about.

This is a cute little story perfect for some light reading. There is one steamy sex scene early on that had me thinking this was going to be a book with nothing but sex but I’m happy to say it’s not. The MC’s are great, the little I knew about Lee’s cousin Astor had me chuckling and wishing there was more of him. This is the second book in a series I hadn’t read the first and you don’t really need to this one stands alone quite nicely but I wish I had read it, this one was just too cute!

Review: Heart of Water and Stone by E.E. Ottoman

Heart of Water and Stone by EE Ottoman
Title: Heart of Water and Stone
Author: E.E. Ottoman
Cover Artist: V. Rios
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Reviewer: Sean
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Genre: Fantasy
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novella
Heat Rating: ♨♨
Rating★★★★★

Blurb:

Girin is a troll, content with his simple, quiet life in the forest—a life thrown into chaos when he stumbles across an unconscious human on one of the mountain paths. The human is not an ordinary one either, but a witch—tortured, branded, and mere steps from death when Girin finds him. Unable to leave him there to die alone, Girin takes the human home to nurse him back to health. But he quickly learns that keeping one stubborn human alive is a far more difficult task than he first surmised …

Review:

That was my first book that featured a troll. In this book, Girin was actually half human half troll, which gave him an opportunity to be able to wander around under the sunlight. Everything about Girin was awesome. He has an enormous heart and could see the good heart in a person he barely know and still didn’t care after he found out why knights were after him.

I didn’t really get much of Ronan’s personalities except that he’d do absolutely anything to save a certain person been held somewhere. I loved the ink scene and I could imagine how difficult that had to be for Girin to put a pain on Ronan.

The book was pretty short but I felt the author managed to get all necessary information I needed to be aware of such as settings, who characters were, and what was the whole point of the story. All answers were there. I didn’t have any ponder questions after finishing the book except I wasn’t ready to leave them. Because the author build the relationship between Girin and Ronan beautifully.

I highly recommended you to give this book a shot. Troll got his happy ending!