5 Stars, Genre Romance, Lori Toland, Reviewed by Jackie, Self-Published

Review: Encore by Lori Toland

Title: Encore (The Replacement Guitarist: Book Four)

Author: Lori Toland

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 376 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Blaze Shinozuka is a bonafide rockstar with his band, Razor’s Edge. After his romance with music manager Jason Stockton crashed and burned, Blaze is free to live and love. It’s been a wild and heady year that’s been blissfully drama free until the one man he’s been avoiding comes careening back in to wreak havoc on his heart once again. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Lissa Kasey, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Sammy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: Hidden Gem by Lissa Kasey

Title: Hidden Gem

Author: Lissa Kasey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 246 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Misaki “Aki” Itou is a psi—a person with mutated DNA granting him psychic abilities. He’s also a contracted companion—a whore. It may not be the perfect profession, but having a roof over his head, food to eat, and not being subjected to torture is a dream come true. He is the top companion at the Hidden Gem, and it makes him enough money to buy the prettiest, most sparkly shoes he can find. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Cecilia Tan, Drama, Literary Fiction, Reviewed by Lisa, Self-Published

Series Review: Daron’s Guitar Chronicles by Cecilia Tan

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Title: Daron’s Guitar Chronicles: Volumes One-Five

Author: Cecilia Tan

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 1000+ Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Coming out and coming of age in the days of AIDS, MTV, Reaganomics, and Just Say No.

Daron Marks is a young guitar player with a dream, make it big like the guys he grew up idolizing in New Jersey–or at least escape his dysfunctional family. He makes it as far as music school in Rhode Island, and the stages of Boston beckon. But it’s hard to succeed from the closet. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Genre Romance, Heidi Cullinan, Reviewed by Jules, Samhain Publishing

Review: Fever Pitch by Heidi Cullinan

Title: Fever Pitch

Author: Heidi Cullinan

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 339 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Sometimes you have to play love by ear.

Love Lessons, Book 2

Aaron Seavers is a pathetic mess, and he knows it. He lives in terror of incurring his father’s wrath and disappointing his mother, and he can’t stop dithering about where to go to college—with fall term only weeks away. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, J.H. Knight, Reviewed by Taz

Review: The Last Thing He Needs by J.H. Knight

Title: The Last Thing He Needs

Author: J.H. Knight

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Tommy O’Shea is raising his seven younger brothers and sisters without any help from his drug abusing father and stepmother. Since he was fifteen years old, he’s managed to keep the children fed and out of foster care. It takes up every ounce of his energy and the last thing he needs is romance complicating his life further. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Carolyne Chand, dik-dik books, Historical Romance, Reviewed by Rena

Review: The Knife of Narcissus (Parts One and Two) by Carolyne Chand

Title: The Knife of Narcissus (Parts One and Two)

Author: Carolyne Chand

Publisher: dik-dik books

Pages/Word Count: 123 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Lucius Sentius, along with most people in the city of Rome, assumes that the debauched days of Nero are behind them now that Rome has settled down under a sober new ruler, Vespasian. Lucius may be only the son of a merchant, but his newly arranged marriage to an older widow will bring powerful connections and an enviable life. If he keeps himself on a respectable path. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Cameron Dane, Genre Romance, Loose Id, Reviewed by Kathie

Review: Brokedown Hearts by Cameron Dane

Title: Brokedown Hearts (Foster Siblings: Book Three)

Author: Cameron Dane

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 332 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Ex-con David Joyner returns home knowing he must atone for his past sins. Working at an animal shelter, David keeps his head down, desperate to prove to a hostile town he’s a new man. The one time David looks up, he spots fellow motel dweller Ben, and is terrified by his attraction to the man. David doesn’t want to feel anything. He can only damage what he loves. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Historical Romance, Kim Fielding, Reviewed by Kim

Review: The Pillar by Kim Fielding

Title: The Pillar

Author: Kim Fielding

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count:

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: During his youth, orphaned thief Faris was flogged at the pillar in the town square and left to die. But a kind old man saved him, gave him a home, and taught him a profession. Now Faris is the herbalist for the town of Zidar, taking care of the injured and ill. He remains lonely, haunted by his past, and insecure about how his community views him. One night, despite his reluctance, he saves a dying slave from the pillar. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Genre Romance, N.R. Walker, Reviewed by Jackie, Self-Published

Review: Red Dirt Heart 2 by N.R. Walker

Title: Red Dirt Heart 2

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 250 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Up until Travis arrived on his doorstep, Charlie had lived a very solitary life. He had surrounded himself with isolation; a couple million acres of red dirt, scorching sun and loneliness.

Six months on, winter has settled over the desert, and Charlie has the life he never dreamed possible. But living and working together, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, for six months straight starts to take its toll. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Mathew Ortiz, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Lana, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Self-Published

Review: Avaritia: The Oswald Witches by Mathew Ortiz

Title: Avaritia: The Oswald Witches

Author: Mathew Ortiz

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 251 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Welcome all to Maquintock Bay. A sleepy little town a few hours north of Boston on a picturesque stretch of New England coast. The town’s folk live a quiet life away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the simpler life, even if just north of them dwell the infamous Oswald family. The Oswald Estate is only minutes north of the town but most people avoid it. The town’s history tells of witches and supernatural events at the stately mansion. Is there truth to the rumors? Witches aren’t real, are they? Continue reading

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Jamie Fessenden, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Sammy

Review: Murder on the Mountain by Jamie Fessenden

Title: Murder on the Mountain

Author: Jamie Fessenden

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 210 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: When Jesse Morales, a recent college grad who aspires to be a mystery writer, volunteers to work on the summit of Mt. Washington for a week, he expects to work hard. What he doesn’t expect is to find a corpse in the fog, lying among the rocks, his head crushed. The dead man turns out to be a young tourist named Stuart Warren, who strayed from his friends while visiting the mountain. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Amy Lane, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Tina

Review: Beneath the Stain (Parts One and Two) by Amy Lane

“I did not expect this,” he said, so startled he found the word/rhythm place without thinking. “That the person in my skin was so plain to someone else, I didn’t expect it. How is it that you can see the guy I’ve hidden mostly from myself?”– Amy Lane


Title: Beneath the Stain: Parts One and Two

Author: Amy Lane

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 95 and 71 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb – Part One: In one breath of shotgunned pot smoke, Grant Adams breaks every taboo Mackey knows—and Mackey refuses to look back. In the shadows of their small town, Mackey and Grant carry on a precocious affair under the noses and behind the backs of girlfriends, parents, and overprotective older brothers. When Mackey’s band finally has a chance to make it big, Mackey and Grant are put to the test.

And fail miserably. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Comedy, Hank Edwards, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Kim, Wilde City Press

Review: “Repossession is 9/10ths of the Law” by Hank Edwards

Title: Repossession Is 9/10ths of the Law

Author: Hank Edwards

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count:

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Alan Baxter barely scrapes by working as a deejay in suburban Detroit. To make ends meet, he takes a job as an automobile repossession agent, and discovers his very first assignment is a car owned by his drug dealer ex-boyfriend. On top of that, a body is discovered in the trunk…by a cop. Soon Alan’s life is completely upturned as he is pulled into a mystery involving more bodies, a highly lethal new street drug, a mysterious man with a top hat and cane, raging dwarves, a house fire, a cranky police detective, and his even crankier cat! Continue reading

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5 Stars, Eden Winters, Genre Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Taz, Rocky Ridge Books

Review: Diversion (2nd Edition) by Eden Winters

Title: Diversion (2nd Edition)

Author: Eden Winters

Publisher: Rocky Ridge Books

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: There are good guys, bad guys, and then there’s Lucky.

Former drug trafficker Richmond “Lucky” Lucklighter flaunts his past like a badge of honor. He speaks his mind, doesn’t play nice, and flirts with disaster while working off his sentence with the Southeastern Narcotics Bureau. If he can keep out of trouble a while longer he’ll be a free man–after he trains his replacement. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Horror, Reviewed by Jackie, Rhys Ford

Release Day Review: “Duck Duck Ghost (Hellsinger: Book Two)” by Rhys Ford

Title: Duck Duck Ghost (Hellsinger: Book Two)

Author: Rhys Ford

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count:

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Paranormal investigator Wolf Kincaid knows what his foot tastes like.

Mostly because he stuck it firmly in his mouth when his lover, Tristan Pryce, accidentally drugged him with a batch of psychotropic baklava. Needing to patch things up between them, Wolf drags Tristan to San Luis Obispo, hoping Tristan’s medium ability can help evict a troublesome spirit haunting an old farmhouse. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Biography/Non-Fiction, Elisa Rolle, Reviewed by Lynn, Self-Published

Sunday Spotlight Review: “Days of Love” by Elisa Rolle

Title: Days of Love

Author: Elisa Rolle

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 760 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Andrew Grey, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Kathie

A Man Is Looking For A Life Change In Andrew Grey’s “Upside Down”

Title: Upside Down

Author: Andrew Grey

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 200 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Lowell Cartwright’s life as a mercenary problem solver has taken its toll, and after one more difficult job, he wants out. For help, he turns to Bull, a soldier of fortune turned club owner—not exactly a friend, but the best chance Lowell has. He visits Bull’s club to scope it out and meets Jeremy Hodgson. The twink captures his attention in a big way. Bull tells Lowell to stay away from the club until he decides whether he can help, so Lowell stays in town. When he spots Jeremy passed out on the floor of a convenience store, he goes to Jeremy’s aid. Continue reading

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5 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Erotica, Kol Anderson, Reviewed by Lynn, Self-Published

Revelations Are Made In Kol Anderson’s “The Devil You Know”

Title: The Devil You Know

Author: Kol Anderson

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 40 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Ever wondered what goes on in Vincent’s mind?

Here’s your chance to find out. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Keira Andrews, New Adult, Reviewed by Jules, Self-Published

Two Men Risk Everything For Love In Keira Andrews’ “A Forbidden Rumspringa”

Title: A Forbidden Rumspringa (Gay Amish Romance: Book One)

Author: Keira Andrews

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 231 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: When two young Amish men find love, will they risk losing everything?

In a world where every detail of life—down to the width of a hat brim—is dictated by God and the all-powerful rules of the community, two men dare to imagine a different way. At 18, Isaac Byler knows little outside the strict Amish settlement of Zebulon, Minnesota, where there is no rumspringa for exploration beyond the boundaries of their insular world. Isaac knows he’ll have to officially join the church and find a wife before too long, but he yearns for something else—something he can’t name. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Kim, Rhys Ford

Greg Tremblay’s Narration Scores Another Hit With Rhys Ford’s Dirty Laundry

Title: Dirty Laundry

Author: Rhys Ford

Narrator:: Greg Tremblay

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 8 Hours, 56 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: For ex-cop turned private investigator Cole McGinnis, each day brings a new challenge. Too bad most of them involve pain and death. Claudia, his office manager and surrogate mother, is still recovering from a gunshot, and Cole’s closeted boyfriend, Kim Jae-Min, suddenly finds his teenaged sister dumped in his lap. Meanwhile, Cole has his own sibling problems—most notably, a mysterious half brother from Japan whom his older brother, Mike, is determined they welcome with open arms. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Amber Allure, Drama, Genre Romance, K-lee Klein, Reviewed by Sammy

Love Can’t Be Denied In K-lee Klein’s “Never the Perfect Moment”

“I realized I’m in love. It’s always been right in front of me.” – Richelle Mead


Title: Never the Perfect Moment

Author: K-lee Klein

Publisher: Amber Quill Press

Pages/Word Count: 84 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Bryan Monroe has always catalogued his life in terms of moments—right moments, wrong moments, perfect moments. But when his best friend and partner on the police force, Chrys Delos, is shot in a raid gone bad, it’s one of the worst moments of Bryan’s life. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Nikki McCoy, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Taz, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Nikki McCoy Scores A Hit With “Crimson Mate”

Title: Crimson Mate

Author: Nikki McCoy

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 356 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: A centuries-old feud has pitted Ba’Kal—shifters—against Vam’kir—vampires. Quinn has suffered the pain of the ongoing contention in ways that no man ever should. Once the respected son of the Vam’kir king, his life was forever altered the day his father realized a truth of which even Quinn was unaware.

As the Ba’Kal ruler, it is up to Manning to seek justice for the vicious attacks the Vam’kir have perpetrated against his kind, but his very beliefs are called into question when he discovers that his mate is also his enemy. To keep Quinn safe, he must learn to trust in the impossible—that love might exist beyond boundaries—for failure means the end of his future and that of the rest of his race. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Hank Edwards, Historical Romance, Horror, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Lisa, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Wilde City Press

Hank Edwards’ “Blood & Stone” Kicks Things Up A Notch In Venom Valley

Title: Blood & Stone (Venom Valley: Book Three)

Author: Hank Edwards

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 229 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Josh Stanton’s mother has been held prisoner by the vampire Balthazar for fifteen years. As Balthazar has turned the residents of Belkin’s Pass into vampires under his control, Josh, his lover Dex, former saloon girl Glory, and US Army Sergeant Walker Maxwell fight to contain the undead uprising.

As Josh struggles to control his power to raise the dead, the group is pursued to the abandoned Fort Emmerick. There they make plans to take the battle to Balthazar’s cave, uncertain if all of them will live to see the light of day once again. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Jacob Z. Flores, Reviewed by Kathie

Sound Bite Sunday: “Chasing the Sun” by Jacob Z. Flores – Narrated by TJ Jamesin

“We should always define ourselves and never be defined by what others see or expect.” – Jacob Z. Flores


Title: Chasing the Sun (Provincetown: Book Two)

Author: Jacob Z. Flores

Narrator:: TJ Jamesin

Publisher: Dreasmspinner Press

Run Time: 3 Hours, 39 Minutes

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: As a physician and prominent citizen of Victoria, Texas, Dr. Gil Kelly took a hard fall when his vengeful wife revealed his infidelity with other men. Closing ranks around her, the town’s elite ostracized him, and his relationship with his children was nearly destroyed. Continue reading

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