Wednesday, December 13, 2017

TALES OF THE DARK WORLD 3: FIRE SEASON by Lex Valentine














Publisher: Loose Id LLC
Date published: April 2017
ISBN: 9781682523049
Paranormal, M/M
eBook

Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)


Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts
 


Holden lived a carefree life always enjoying the women and the freedom, never seeming to have a care in the world.  One-day life takes him by surprise and he meets someone who intrigues him and does not understand why. All too soon Holden learns that the reason why is that they are his mate. He does not know what to do now. He is not looking for a mate and has no idea what to do with a male mate. Having just been hired at Holden’s company he is not sure what to do either, but he will not let his mate go without a fight.

Garret and Holden’s story is an intriguing read. Holden has always loved woman and never so much as looked at a man before but his connection and attraction to Garret cannot be denied. Garret is comfortable in his sexuality and tried to show Holden that love is not something that you can put a label on. It was interesting to see how Holden deals with all of this. He is a good man, but he cannot seem to get past society’s ways of thinking when it comes to what a couple is. Garret tries his hardest to get Holden to see that love is love no matter who it is. I enjoyed seeing these two try to find a way to make it work. Garret and Holden learn just how precious Love is. It was nice to see the two fight so hard to keep it.

I enjoyed this latest visit to this world and cannot wait to see who is next to find love.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

THE GHOST AND MRS MEWER by Krista Davis



Publisher:     Berkley
Published:     December 2, 2014
ISBN:        978-0425262566
Genre:      Cozy Mystery
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  myreviewbooks@aol.com

THREE HEARTS
 

It’s fall—October and the town of Wagtail is celebrating HOWLoween! And this year the town is all abuzz with the arrival of the Apparition Apprehenders – a cadre of ghost hunters there to film a television pilot.  At the core of their investigation is the purportedly haunted Wagtail Springs Hotel and the town’s resident ghost, Becca Wraith.  With a combination of town residents and out-of-towners there for not just the TV show, but for the town’s events things get interesting quickly.  But just as things kick off several rather disconcerting things happen…

First a woman named Mallory arrives in town and announces she’s on the verge of wedding Mark, one of the Apparition Apprehenders who happens to live in Wagtail.  This comes as new to Mark.

Then Eva, a paranormal debunker arrives, more than ready to prove there is no such things as ghosts.  But if there aren’t, why is there a strange orb floating around the hotel reception area?  Why are items going missing?  And who is the strange woman who is pacing back and forth through the corridors of the hotel only to disappear when someone tries to stop her and chat?

But the least expected event is when Mallory turns up dead.  Who would want to kill the ditzy, but otherwise, harmless young woman….or was she?

I enjoyed book one of Krista Davis’s Paws & Claws mysteries, MURDER SHE BARKED and looked forward to book 2, THE GHOST AND MRS. MEWER for several reasons.  For one, like I said, I enjoyed book 1.  And the title is a play on one of my favorite movies, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.  I like Davis’s writing voice.  And the concept of this one just really caught my attention.  While it wasn’t a bad read, it wasn’t one of my favorites.

The idea of the Howloween was fun and unique and Davis’s descriptions of the events and costumes the characters wear to the different events were fun.  The characters as well were interesting, but I felt like there were almost too many.  Each had their own part, but their initial introduction seemed rushed.  When some of the characters, like Mark, arrived I had to back track to see if we’d bet him before.  At first I wasn’t sure if he lived in Wagtail or not.  Characters seemed to drop out of thin air.  And Ben’s arrival left me scratching my head.  Why was he there?  Unless his appearance is the precursor to the dreaded love triangle. 

I did like the ending where Davis lets the reader decide for him or herself if ghosts are real. 

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

RETURN OF THE CHAUFFEUR’S SON by Tara Lain



Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: June 2, 2017
ISBN: 9781635334784
Contemporary, M/M
eBook

Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)



Obtained via publisher


Rating: 4 Hearts

 


Luca grew up with one of the wealthiest families around. He may have been the son of their chauffeur, but he was always treated as family. Luca grew up idolizing and longing for James but knowing it would never happen. Settling for being a good friend and watching James go from woman to woman never stopping. When Luca goes off to school and then to his own life he never forgets his crush but when circumstances bring him back home to California and the Armstrong’s he is not prepared for what happens. Not only does James see him with new eyes but so does Dylan. Now what choice will Luca make?

Luca’s story grabs you right from the start. Emotions run rampant in this story. Luca finds himself in a world where he has to figure out just who he can trust. He soon finds out that Love can hurt, and it can heal. Only Luca can decide on which path he will take. I enjoyed seeing Luca find his own way and figure out where his heart truly lay. James and Dylan are total opposites and while both are good men, Dylan won my heart. He is a strong man who must take a chance and show his feelings before he loses his chance at happiness. Luca soon finds his life spiraling out of control in California and decides to return to his old life but the family and friends he leaves behind are more than ready to fight for him especially Dylan.  Luca and Dylan are good together and I loved watching the two fight for what they wanted. Love will find a way to you if you let it and these two find that to be true.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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Thursday, December 7, 2017

COLLARS & CUFFS VOL. 2 by K.C. Wells and Parker Williams



Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: June 16, 2017
ISBN: 9781635336078
BDSM, Contemporary
Ebook

Reviewed by Gabrielle(meingee@yahoo.com)

Obtained via publisher


Rating: 4 Hearts


This box set gives readers four different couples and the struggles that they overcome. Life is never uneventful at the club called Collars & Cuffs. The owners and members have built a family and a safe haven for those that need it. Each man finds what he is looking for with the help of the others. When someone is in need the men gather together and find a way to help. These stories show just how strong the friendships and trust are between everyone.  How each couple fights their way through the pain and worries to find happiness and love.

The first story brings a new person into the mix. Jeff is another boy who was mistreated and living on the streets. He is brought to Damian’s house to recover and the adventure begins from there. Trust is hard earned, but Damian is willing to try if Jeff will take the chance.  Damian has lost love and is not looking for new partner but something about Jeff grabs his attention and will not let go. Can both men find a new way as lovers? Will Damian be able to give up being a Dom for a man who is not a sub?

The next story gives us Dorian and Alan. When Dorian goes in search of the bigger high of more pain he finds himself in over his head and in more trouble than he can handle. His friends finally find him and see what has been done to him. They take him home and Alan is there to pick up the pieces and heal Dorian, but will it be enough to put Dorian back together or is he lost to them forever?

Next come Eli and Jarod. Jarod is an older sub who has lost his Dom but not the need to serve. After failed attempts to find a Dom he begins to despair. When Eli comes into his life Jarod is not so sure about the young man, but their connection cannot be denied. Can the two men find what they are looking for in each other?

The last story brings Darren and JJ. As we watch these two men explore and find happiness in the club and their relationship we also get to see into the many lives of the other members. How their lives have progressed as have their relationships.

Each of these stories is a beautiful and emotional read. Love and trust are earned and fought for by all of these men. Secrets are revealed, and friendships are made stronger. I was quickly lost in each of these stories and loved how they all intertwined with the club and its members. The men have all become a family the love that they have for each other shows in what they do. I enjoyed getting to share the experiences that made their lives and opened their hearts.  Be ready to have your heartstrings pulled as well as your heart open while watching these men grow and learn to love.  The men of Cuffs & Collars have found their way to a wonderful life and a new beginning.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.




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