Tuesday, February 20, 2018

COMMON GROUND by Lex Valentine

Publisher: Loose ID LLC
Date published: July 2017
ISBN: 9781682523797
Vampires, Supernatural, Fantasy & Paranormal, Shapeshifter


Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts
Sair has had a hard life. She had to grow up too quickly and chafes at her brother the alpha of their pack and his rules and decisions. When Weylyn and Keir come into her life Sair grabs the chance at happiness and returns with them to their homeland. There she finds a new-found freedom and a mate, but her mate is nothing like she imagined. Marius is a stuffy and brooding man, the total opposite of the freedom loving Sair. Can the two find a way to their happy ever after or will the two be destined to be alone forever?

I enjoyed watching Sair and Marius find their way. The two are on opposite ends of the spectrum and work hard to find a way towards each other. Sair is a strong woman who knows what she wants and after getting a taste of freedom she is hesitant to do something that she thinks will take that freedom away from her. Marius is so set in his ways he is not sure he will be able to do what Sair wants or be what she needs. The two make a great couple and soon find that love is worth fighting for and that compromise does not mean giving up who you are. It was nice to see Sair begin to come into her own and find her own voice with the help of her friends and the support of Marius.

It was also nice to see many of the other characters and how they interacted. Love and trust is strong in all the relationships. Not only did the main characters pull me in but many of the secondary characters had a lot to say. I was quickly engrossed in the story and am eagerly waiting to see what comes next in this series.

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

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Monday, February 19, 2018

SPELLS, SALT & STEEL by Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin

A New Templars Novella, Book 1
Falstaff Books
October 3rd, 2017
Fantasy, Horror, Comedy, Dark Humor, Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Dawn (love2read28@gmail.com)
Obtained by Self-Purchase
3.5 Hearts

Mark Wojcik has battled those that go bump in the dark, the monsters under the bed or in this case in a river with the ass end of a carp as a weapon. Mark like beer, poker and all the simple things in life. What he doesn’t care for is monster hunting in the dark of night with a carp as a weapon to kill it but hey, whatever works is his motto, well if he had a motto that is. The Templars are the first line of defense against the forces of darkness. They may be rednecks and geeks, neighbors and family but when the monsters come out to play., the Templars will be there to send them back to where ever they came from.

I absolutely loved SPELLS, SALT & STEEL. It was a fun book that had me giggling and rooting for Mark to save the day. The husband & wife author team of Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin work like magic in this short introduction into a new e-book series that is filled with intriguing mysteries, monsters and a main character named Mark that is so much fun. I absolutely enjoyed this short novella that was filled with three different monsters Mark is dispatched to destroy. First, we see Mark go toe to toe with a Ningen (Japanese Manlike Water Monster). Then he must deal with a rampaging Nazi ghost and finally a were-squonk…. yeah that right there had me scratching my head in confusion but if you pick up SPELLS, SALT & STEEL, you can find the answer to what that final monster is.

SPELLS, SALT & STEEL is a fun, fast paced story that will draw you in and keep you turning the pages quickly to see what happens next. I enjoyed meeting Mark and all the other secondary characters that pop up periodically here. The authors do a great job keeping the reader glued to the pages and when the last page is read, longing for more. I love Ms. Martin’s book and can’t wait to see where these two go in book two of the series, Open Season.

If you enjoy a fast-paced monster tale filled with unique monsters, unusual weapons of choice and characters that fairly brim with life to step off the pages of your e-reader, then grab SPELLS, SALT & STEEL and get ready to go monster hunting with the new templars. Just remember that carps make great weapons against a Ningen!

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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Sunday, February 18, 2018


Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: December 19, 2017
Mystery/ Suspense
Audio book

Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Obtained via publisher

Rating: 3.5 Hearts

When life gives you a second chance at love you are a fool if you don’t grab for it. During a recent temp job Riley’s life changes forever. Riley likes his life simple, he is happy as an administrative temp and he is good at what he does. When his latest boss is found dead by Riley he finds himself face to face with his high school crush.  As it turns out one of the detectives working the case is none other than Tadeo Martin. Riley has changed his look from high school and is sure that Tadeo never even knew he was alive back then but the sparks infighting between the two now cannot be denied. Will something come of their attraction or will the killer on the lose find Riley before they have a chance?

I enjoyed meeting Riley and joining in on his adventures. Narrator Darcy Stark does a nice job of bringing  world to life. I was quickly immersed in what Riley was going through. He is an engaging character that is full of depth. Riley has grown up since high school but when Tadeo comes back into his life Riley feels like the boy he used to be.  Riley and Tadeo have an interesting relationship and it was nice to see love begin to blossom between the two.  Their story takes on an interesting turn when the investigation comes to ahead and Riley is all mixed up in it. The two make a nice couple and I was happy to see that Tadeo was willing to fight for Riley’s love in the end but is it enough or is it too late already?

Riley and Tadeo’s story moves along at a good pace and I was pulled in to their story right from the start. The two men are full of emotions and depth and their romance makes for a wonderful story.

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

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Friday, February 16, 2018

DRAGON’S HOARD by M. A. Church

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: December 12, 2017
Fantasy, Werewolves, shapeshifters

Audio book
Reviewed by Gabrielle (

Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts

When a dragon comes calling during Avery’s birthday celebration his world is turned upside down. It seems that Avery’s father borrowed a huge sum of money from Warwick years ago and it is now time to pay up. Yet Avery’s father has not made any provisions to pay the dragon back and has nothing to even give to Warwick to show that he is trying to pay.  Avery soon finds out that his father has agreed to give him to the dragon as part of the payment that is due. Can Avery find a way to forgive his father and go with Warwick? Has fate given Avery what he truly longs for?

Avery and Warwick’s story is full of emotions and depth. Narrator Dorian Bane brings this book to life and pulled me right in to their adventure. Both men are so much more than what they show the world. Together they find that love and trust come easily, and it was nice to see their attraction grow into something much deeper. As the two work through everything they find that life has given them something special and they must decide if they want to fight for it or not. I enjoyed getting to see the softer side of Warwick and the stronger side of Avery. Their roles in life are so much different in private than what they are able to share in public. I loved that Avery fought for what he wanted and stood up for what he believes is fair and just.  With Warwick by his side Avery can accomplish so much. Their romance is a sweet story that shows just what you can accomplish with someone that you trust and that believes in you by your side.

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

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