Thursday, May 21, 2015

THE BACK NINE by Gia Stone

Publisher: Siren
Date published:  April 2015
MF Contemporary
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via author
Rating: 3

Alec Marino is busy building his client list among the wealthy at an exclusive resort. He has no intention of getting too close to his customers no matter how sexy they are. Brooke Carmichael’s boss suggests she learns to play golf. The attraction between these two is immediate and unrestrained.

This book is extremely hot. Apart from the actual golf lessons themselves, which are full of innuendo and not particularly restrained passion, the plot is mostly the sex, which is a perfectly valid medium. Ms. Stone takes every opportunity to crank the heat up several notches past scorching. For a vanilla MF romance with no kink at all, ignoring some not-quite public exhibitionism, Ms. Stone certainly displays an ability for writing erotic romance.

Unfortunately the author’s inexperience is demonstrated in some errors that would have been blindingly simple to fix. A typo in the blurb had my teeth grinding. Several unexpected POV shifts between paragraphs left my head spinning, and then aching. Since this publisher bans head-hopping, and content and line edits all their books, I can only assume this is an issue Ms. Stone needs to work harder on for future books.
There was also a raft of misused words, mixed up tenses, repeated words, and floating prepositions, all of which could have been fixed quite easily. There were enough errors to make the book less fun for me to read. I also would have appreciated a little more conflict outside the sexual.

Nevertheless this is a new author who knows how to write hot and how put her own spin on the story. Ms. Stone definitely shows potential and I’ll come back and try her again when she has a few more books under her belt.

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

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

James the Connoisseur Cat: A Novel by Harriett Hahn

Publisher:    Open Road Media
Published:   February 20, 2015
ISBN:     Open Road Media
Genre:   Fiction
Format:  Ebook
Obtained via:  Publisher via Netgalley
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Upon his arrival in London for his annual visit a businessman makes the acquaintance of James, a cat.  But James is no ordinary cat.  He is, in a word, a connoisseur.  Well that would be James in a word.  To know the real James you will soon learn he is much, much more.

James is intelligent, street savvy and just plain good company.  He prefers top drawer beverages and enjoys a meal of pate and other delicacies.  With a look he is able to let our businessman know just what he would be most interested in.  More than just interested in the finer things in life, James is able to discern a fake piece of art from the real deal.  And when they visit a country estate for the Christmas holidays he has the knack of bringing the entire village together.  At times James seems almost human—but definitely do not tell him that!  He is rather proud of the fact that he is a cat and, as such, believes himself a higher being.

When I first picked up JAMES THE CONNOISSEUR CAT by Harriett Hahn I was anticipating a slightly different read from the one I had.  I anticipated a story about a cat who enjoyed the finer things that cats are known to enjoy.  As a cat lover and mommy I was, at first, appalled by James drinking adult beverages and dining on foods that would make my own furbabies ill.  But then I took a step back and went with the fantasy that Hahn creates.  At times it reminded me of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and at others the alternate worlds of Terry Brooks yet with Hahn’s own unique voice.  James is a wonderful combination of the cats we know in our families and a marvellous fictional feline detective.  If you are looking for a quick, fun read JAMES THE CONOISSUER CAT is an excellent choice.

This is an objective review and an endorsement of this book.


Monday, May 18, 2015

BLACK MOON by Kenneth Calhoun

Hogarth Books
March 4th, 2014
Literary Fiction/Horror/Mystery
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Blogging for Books
2.5 Hearts

Biggs is trying to figure out why everyone has insomnia, even his wonderful wife, Carolyn. The tell tale red rimmed eyes. The slurred speech. A cloudy mind. All signs of this dreaded phenomenon and yet Biggs can still sleep and dream. So he sets out into the world where he discovers others like him, who can sleep and dream, which fight the tide of insomnia and try to discover what is causing this while searching for his wife. But as sleep becomes more precious than gold, some will even kill to have it.

I really, really tried to get into this book but for the life of me, what I thought would be an interesting read turned out to be one confusing mess of a story, so much so I had to put it down more times than I can count in order to read something that made sense to me. Mr. Calhoun’s writing was tight and sharp yet the way the story played out left me scratching my head in confusion many times.

The characters start off interesting then turn into oblivion as they go off and the author doesn’t let the reader know what happens to them. The sleeplessness doesn’t turn people into zombies but something similar or so that was what I got from this yet it isn’t a zombie novel. Cue the head scratching again. Then we get half way through BLACK MOON and the author totally twists the story inside out and has characters popping up, leaving, no direction whatsoever and more, we get vested into them and they leave. No idea where they went, what happened to them or anything, which annoyed me. I like being invested in the characters as it makes the story richer, fuller and just more enjoyable. Yet Mr. Calhoun completely threw his characters under the bus as he weaves his story so there is no follow up, no completion or anything. If you are invested in a character in BLACK MOON then be prepared to find that they seem to just go away with no by your leave.

BLACK MOON could have been a really good story if the author stayed on point, kept his characters on track and let the reader imagine a world where life as you know it collapses as people succumb to insomnia and the effects it can cause as well as the people trying to solve that mystery ailment. I just wish the author kept on track with this one and I would have enjoyed it more. The author had an intriguing premise that he didn’t deliver on which disappointed me. Over all, if you enjoy complicated weird stories, then you will enjoy BLACK MOON but if you are like me and enjoy a rich dynamic storyline then I would pass on this one.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Unexpected Alpha by Amber Kell

Publisher: Amber Kell Books
Date published: April 2015
Paranormal, M/M
Reviewed by Gabrielle  (

Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4 Hearts

Stanley never thought that his day let alone his life would turn out this way. He always believed that his family led a normal quiet life. That is until the fateful night when everything changed. While out on his regular jog he is attacked and figures that he is a goner. Yet he soon wakes up to find himself in a strange bed with all the more strange feelings and needs going through him. Will these changes be for the better or will Stanley be doomed to suffer for the rest of his life?

As short as this read is it sure packs a punch. I enjoyed my visit to Stanley’s world. He is taken for a ride and I was alongside for the journey. I loved just about each character in this story. Stanley is a good man and takes things as they are thrown at him. Fen is a good man as . He may come from a questionable family but he is a stand up guy and will fight for and with Stanley. The two are a great couple. Seeing the relationship build between the two men was a nice read. I loved meeting each of their families and just adored the mothers.  It was nice to see the relationships between all the characters in this story. Each one is unique and endearing in their own way.

This story grabs you right from the start and does not let go. It is full of twists that I did not see coming and made the read more enjoyable.  I hope that this is not the last time we get to visit this world.

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

Friday, May 15, 2015

Winter's Wolf by Tara Lain

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: March 24, 2015
Paranormal romance, M/M

Reviewed by Gabrielle  (

Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts

Winter’s father has insisted that the two of them return to the pack. Leaving the only life he knows Winter follows his father back to their pack. Winter finds out that there is much more going on than he thought. His father has another reason for returning that could put them in danger. The pack is not as safe as they thought it would be and to top it all off Winter finds a human that he cannot live without. Being gay is hard enough but add into it being a werewolf and finding your other half as a human and you have one hot mess.

Winter is a good man and as he tries to navigate the inner workings of the pack he must find a way to deal with hi inner turmoil. A true mate only comes once in a lifetime but just how far will Winter go when his may be a human? Matt has no idea werewolves exist even as he works side by side with them. Yet something draws him to Winter and no matter what he cannot stay away from the man. The two burn up the pages and the attraction between them soon turns into something much deeper. Their emotions are strong and they soon find that their emotions are not the only thing that they must fight. Their love is not the only thing on the line. 

I enjoyed this visit to the Harker Pack and cannot wait to see where the author takes this world from here.  If you are following this series this is a book that should not be missed. I enjoyed meeting Winter and his father as well as seeing some favorite characters from previous books make appearances.  This story is full of twists and turns that grabbed my attention and has me eagerly waiting for the next book.

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