Sunday, December 5, 2021

HARVEST WEB by Yasmine Galenorn

Book 4 in Moonshadow Bay Series
Nightqueen Enterprises
October 5th, 2021
979-8486310706
Paranormal Women’s Fiction, Action, Mystery
Ebook ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (
love2read28@gmail.,com)
Obtained by Author
4.5 Hearts

Summer was a quiet one for January and as summer wanes, she finds herself up in more mystery than she can shake a stick at as house renovations release a ghost in her house that has her wondering just what the heck is going on. Plus add in a dead man, a new case for Conjuring Ink with the Whatcom Devil on the move in the area and now January is trying to figure things out as well as stay alive as well. Can January put her house ghost to rest, solve the mystery of the dead body and try to stay away from the Whatcom Devil?

HARVEST WEB starts off slow and the author does a great job in capturing the mood of the beginning of the book- slow, easy and drama free. Well by end of chapter one, it all comes crashing down around January’s head when a mysterious ghost and dead body pop up in her house after renovations are done. I love how Ms. Galenorn continues to deliver a fun, action packed story that is filled with heart and a bit of romantic suspense as well. Her characters in this series feel so normal and life-like to me. It makes me want to pop in and have coffee with January, Ari and the gang one day.

The one thing I can honestly say about HARVEST WEB is how much fun it is. The story has a few twists and turns I don’t see coming and I love knowing more about January’s family, her heritage, and her powers. With every page I flipped, I got lost within HARVEST WEB until I looked up and saw hours passed and I finished the book. Now the waiting begins as the next book, Shadow Web, is out and we see what else is in store for January and the gang.

If you enjoy a fun, action packed paranormal story with characters that grow with each book and keep the reader glued to the seat, then I highly recommend this series for you to enjoy. Each book captivates the reader and I, for one, am eager to see where Ms. Galenorn’s goes with this series.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement.



Sunday, November 21, 2021

MUCH ADO ABOUT NAUTICALING by Gabby Allan

Publisher:      Kensington
Published:      July 27, 2021
ISBN:
     978-1496731067
Genre:     Cozy Mystery
Format:     Print from Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina
 myreviewbooks@aol.com

 

THREE HEARTS

Whitney Dagner has left the high pressure world of Los Angeles for a more relaxing life on Santa Catalina, an idyllic island off the California coast.  There, along with her grandparents and brother she runs her own sea themed shop featuring local artists and helps out with the family touring business which includes a glass bottom boat.  Her best friend Maribel made the move with her and life has been pretty good. Good until returning from a glass bottom boat cruise, instead of a colourful fish they see a body. And not just any body, but the self-proclaimed Master of the Island, Jules Tisdale. While Jules may have claimed a special title on the island, given his wealth he’s done a lot for the residents and local businesses including Whitney’s. Of greater concern for her though is the fact that it looks like her brother may have killed Jules. Complicating things is the arrival of her ex-boyfriend, Felix. She can’t imagine what the part-time police department diver is doing there and the last thing she needs is to rekindle that relationship when she’s determined to clear her brother, Nick’s, name.

 

Living in California and visited Catalina many times I was excited to see a series set on this idyllic and very romantic island. And even better for me is the series is called a Whit and Whiskers Mystery—and features an adorable orange tabby cat! 

 

Allan is off to a good start in her debut MUCH ADO ABOUT NAUTICALING – she has the right number of characters who are just quirky enough without being overboard. Catalina may be small but there are some great areas for crimes to be committed and the fact that there are few cars on the island add a bit more adventure to pursuing a killer. Having a best friend/roommate who works for the police department adds a few extra layers to potential stories as does ex-boyfriend, Felix, also working for the police. I liked Whitney for her loyalty to family and faith in Nick. And she’s not a dummy either. She’s smart, organized and logical. She’s not going to be the dumb blonde who says she shouldn’t go alone in the basement but goes any way.

 

There were points where I felt Allan wasn’t quite sure where to go with the story. What disappointed me was that Whiskers, the cat, is presented as one off the main characters. He doesn’t really appear until later in the story when Whitney takes him out in her autoette for a ride and then at the very end. It was almost like she forgot him and then quickly added a bit about him to the story. Hopefully the little feline hero will have more of a role in future books.

 

 

 

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

 

*

Sunday, November 14, 2021

PERFECT TIMING: PART TWO by Kim Dare

Publisher: Pride Publishing
Date Published: December 2019
ISBN: 978-1-913186-62-3
Bondage/BDSM, Contemporary, Erotic romance, Gay
E-book
Reviewed by : Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink:
https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/perfect-timing-part-two-box-set
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3 Hearts


This is a nice collection of stories from this author. Each one gives readers a story about a different couple in the BDSM lifestyle. In these stories there is one man who is new to the lifestyle and must figure out just what he needs and wants. All the men are strong, but some are searching for something that they are missing in their lives. They may not even know what they are looking for, but it seems the Dominant man in the relationship realizes what it is and is more than ready to give it to them.
Each of these stories gives you well fleshed out characters that are full of emotions. The men are finding their way and learning to trust. Will they follow their hearts, or will they let it all slip away?


THE STROKE OF TWELVE is a story of a young man who needs direction and finds it through an older man. Each day he learns to understand his wants and needs as he begins a journey to submit. It was nice to watch Devon find his way and try to improve himself with the help of his Dom by his side.


BEFORE HE CHEATS gives readers a story about two men of different classes and different worlds. When Leon is faced with the thought of Rupert and he not being exclusive he does not know what to do. All Leon knows is that he must find a way to show Rupert that he is worth being exclusive for. It was nice to see the way Leon begins to be a bit more aggressive with Rupert in their relationship. The two are good together and I enjoyed seeing the two work through their issues and fight for what they have.


WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE is a nice story of one man finding himself and another realizing his worth. Elijah has always had a fantasy and on a dare his cousin has made him turn it into reality. When Aaron shows up at the bar Elijah is at that fantasy hits home, but Elijah has some demons in his past. The attraction between the two men is strong and soon they find themselves in a fantasy world of their own, but it seems that Aaron’s past is making it hard for a future. I enjoyed seeing Elijah grow and figure out just what he wants. It was nice to see him fight for what he wants and show Aaron that he is more than what he thinks.


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



 

Sunday, November 7, 2021

DREAM DEMON by Samantha Cayto

Publisher: Pride Publishing
Date Published: October 2021
ISBN: 978-1-83943-158-6
Angels and Demons, Bondage and BDSM, Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Gay, Halloween, LGBTQI
E-book
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink:
https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/dream-demon
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3 Hearts


Colby is a young man searching and longing for something that he thinks is beyond his reach. Sometime after a visit to a BDSM club Colby receive an invitation that he cannot ignore. Colby has no idea what is in store for him or even who has sent the invitation, but it is too much to ignore. Sebastian noticed Colby on his visit and was instantly drawn to the young man and his longing. Will the two find what they are each looking for and when secrets are revealed will it be the end or the beginning for these two?
Sebastian and Colby’s story is a fast paced and interesting story. The sexual tension is strong between the two right from the start. Sebastian is a demanding Dom that pushes Colby’s limits and with that Colby thrives. I enjoyed seeing Colby begin to find his way with the help of Sebastian. When secrets are revealed, Colby must make the choice to trust Sebastian or let him go. Can love find its way to these two or will fear win? Their session are intense and what Colby longs for but soon he finds that there is more to his feelings for Sebastian. Trust must be earned on both sides before they can look towards a future. The two are good together and it was nice to see the interaction between them in and out of the bedroom. The author has done a good job of bringing these characters and their emotions to life. I was engaged in their story from start to finish.


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

Sunday, October 31, 2021

PERFECT TIMING part one: A Box Set by Kim Dare

 

Publisher: Pride Publishing
Date Published: December 2019
ISBN: 978-1-913186-56-2
Contemporary, BDSM, Erotic Romance, Gay, GLBTQI
Ebook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: https://www.pride-publishing.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=70836
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3.5Hearts


This box set contains three stories. Each one gives readers a look at a different couple. Each of them facing their own dilemmas’. Readers get three different couples: college students, a Master and sub and a D/s couple. Can they each figure out how to fix their relationships or will they lose what they have? The men must realize how to find what they want and need before it slips through their fingers. Can friendships and relationships endure?


Each of these three stories gives readers a couple that is in a different kind of relationship and has different problems. It was interesting to see the different characters and worlds that were built and how their problems were dealt with.
In YOU FIRST Luke struggles with his intense reactions to Justin his younger lover. While Luke enjoys letting Justin rule in the bedroom, he longs to be able to outlast the younger man and soon this begins to interfere in their relationship. When it all comes to the forefront the men must take a look at themselves and what they truly want from their relationship. This is an interesting story where pride may end something before it even begins.


The story TIME TO DO gives us two old friends who are rooming together in college. Brennan has always loved his straight friend Rigby even thought he knew nothing could ever be between them. He was always happy to be on the sidelined when it came to Rigby but on look at Rigby’s list changes it all. Soon a simple agreement from Brennan to help Rigby with his list becomes so much more and emotions come into play. I enjoyed seeing the way the relationship developed between these two.
BI NOW, GAY LATER gives us a look into Jerry and Denton’s Master and sub relationship. When a scene goes wrong because of a disagreement on a man being bi or gay the couple finds their world tumbling down. The two quickly lose what they had, and pain fills their lives. Jerry longs for Denton but how can he live with a man who does not want him as he is. This story is more emotional than the others and pulls on the readers heartstrings. The two find out the hard way that love should be unconditional and without labels.


The author does a good job of bringing each of these stories to life. I found the characters to be full of emotions and it was nice to see them work through their hardships and fight for a happy ever after.

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