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adult - 18+

Portals and Puppy Dogs (Hedge Witches Lonely Hearts Club #2) by Amy Lane

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56225534-portals-and-puppy-dogs?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=iVbWk3TSOD&rank=1

Blurb

Hedge Witches Lonely Hearts Club: Book Two

Sometimes love is flashier than magic.

On the surface, Alex Kennedy is unremarkable: average looks, boring accounting job, predictable crush on his handsome playboy boss, Simon Reddick.

But he’s also a witch.

Business powerhouse Simon goes for flash and glamour… most of the time. But something about Alex makes Simon wonder what’s underneath that sweet, gentle exterior.

Alex could probably dance around their attraction forever… if not for the spell gone wrong tearing apart his haunted cul-de-sac. When a portal through time and space swallows the dog he’s petsitting, only for the pampered pooch to appear in the next instant on Simon’s doorstep, Alex and Simon must confront not only the rogue magic trying to take over Alex’s coven, but the long-buried passion they’ve been harboring for each other.

Review

Super cute as expected! I love seeing the tale unfold for the whole cul de sac!
There was a fair amount of UST and some really sweet HEA and I am dying to see what happens to our friends to lovers!

Highly Recommended but I’d definitely read book 1 first.

5 of 5 stars



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Categories
adult - 18+

Next to Me by: Veronica Cochrane

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/next-to-me-by-veronica-cochrane-11803-b

Blurb
Can an awkward student and a closeted rock star make beautiful music together?

Music composition student Chase Collins has always worn his heart on his sleeve. That’s why it was so quick to break in high school when Chase lost Carter West, his best friend and first love, to an ill-fated kiss.

Imagine Chase’s surprise five years later when Carter, now a rising rock star, admits to the world that Chase inspired his band’s award-winning song—and that Carter was in love with him all along.

Frontman Carter West has been closeted his whole life. Now that he’s out in the most public way possible, he can finally indulge in the romantic impulses he’s always had to keep stifled. Reconnecting with Chase gives him the opportunity to explore a whole new side of himself.

But the next tour draws inevitably closer, and Chase is wary. Carter left Chase once before. Can two gifted musicians write themselves a love song that will last a lifetime?

Review
I found this to be a sweet second chance, friends to lovers romance. What I liked most was there wasn’t a lot of miscommunication and drama in this story. The time gap was only five years but in that time both Chase and Carter have had to do a lot of growing up. The fame angle was handled well without anyone becoming starstruck. I enjoyed the story. It was nice and light with a little friction to keep life interesting. When the story switched POV between the characters it took me a little while to settle into which character was speaking, nothing to detract from the story.

Number of stars 3 out of 5


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adult - 18+

Sixty Five Hours by N.R. Walker, narrated by Nick J. Russo

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54870010-sixty-five-hours

Blurb

Cameron Fletcher and Lucas Hensley are advertising executives who have Sixty Five Hours to pull together the campaign of their careers.

Sixty Five Hours to get along. Sixty Five Hours to not kill each other. Sixty Five Hours to fall in love.

Review

Sixty Five Hours was one of the first m/m books I ever read, and returning to it with this audio version was utterly wonderful. The story effortlessly withstands the test of time in my eyes, and forced proximity has never been quite this sexy or this much fun! Cameron and Lucas’s romance is on a tight schedule, the same way they are for working out their new marketing proposal. As a reader, I was completely sold by how their relationship developed, the same way the Lurex CEO was. Things moved so quickly, but both MC’s are amazingly three-dimensional, and their connection progresses in a genuine, heartfelt way. Nothing feels rushed or cliché, a testament to N.R. Walker’s writing talent.

Narration: Nick J. Russo did a brilliant job with this engaging enemies-to-lovers romance, enhancing the story in a way I hadn’t expected. I was ridiculously charmed by his sexy drawl for Lucas and the more proper voice he gave Cameron, fitting their personalities to a T, and I was utterly captivated by the emotions and intensity he brought to his performance. Definitely worth another listen!

Number of stars out of 5: 4.5


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adult - 18+

Wish (Scales ‘n’ Spells #2.5) by A.J. Sherwood , Jocelynn Drake

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56223222-wish?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=XUuBtm66LS&rank=1

Blurb

North has a map of Europe, a dragon scale, and a little bit of magic.

He’s currently short a dragon, but all in good time, right? Right.

Because he can totally dodge dangerous men and frustrated calls from his family, all while searching for a dragon during the Christmas season. He’s got this.

Christmas wishes do come true with a little magic, after all.

Review

This is such a super fun series! I love the magic and the finding the new mages and the dragons.

So wonderful!

Highly recommended!

5 of 5 stars

 

Categories
adult - 18+

Winter’s Knight (L’Ange #3.5) by Mary Calmes

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56505365-winter-s-knight

blurb

There is something in the forest around L’Ange that is making the animals nervous. In fact, they are running by Tucker Flynn’s windows at all hours of the night and day and no matter what anyone says, it isn’t normal. Of course, neither is Tucker being stuck on the sprawling grounds of the shifter sanctuary in Maine, in the dead of winter. He just wants to go back to Phoenix . . . if only his alpha would let him.

Tired of his concerns being dismissed, or worse, told that he’s flat-out wrong, Tucker sets out on his own, despite a broken ankle, to find proof of his suspicion—that there’s an apex predator, something far more menacing than any shifter at L’Ange, skulking in the woods behind his cabin.

Review

I do love this series! This is very typical of the series – insta love and some small hurdles between the two fated mates and a brief glimpse of MCs past.

Enjoyable!

3.5 of 5 stars


Categories
adult - 18+

Incidental Magic by Jordan Castillo Price

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56504309-incidental-magic?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=bKYcaBebeV&rank=1

Blurb

A magical bureaucrat is desperate to prove he’s more than just a paper-pusher and win a mysterious shopkeeper’s heart.

Review

Cute Holiday novella about finding love in a new world where magic is part of the currency. A little dark but interesting.

4 of 5 stars


Categories
adult - 18+

His Fairy Share: (Starfig Investigation Book 3) by Meghan Maslow; narrated by Greg Boudreaux

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 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49585381-his-fairy-share?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=cViVriGBpL&rank=2

Blurb:
“Why does this always happen to us?” –Quinn Broomsparkle, wizard extraordinaire

Six months have passed since wizard Quinn Broomsparkle left behind his indentured servant shackles. He’s in love with his half-dragon/half-fairy familiar, Twig Starfig. He’s got a home. Friends. A job. And a father-in-law he could do without. A pretty close to perfect life. But as Quinn has learned the hard way, things rarely stay peaceful for long. Especially when a Starfig’s involved.

Summoned to his home realm and a past he’d thought left behind, Quinn and Twig find themselves in the middle of evil machinations . . . with no clear enemy. When Quinn’s younger brother, Zak, goes missing, it’s Starfig Investigations on the case.

Being the first wizard in a thousand years isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. On top of a missing brother, a broken-hearted red fury, an archivist with a secret, and a ghost pirate-parrot who’s determined to return to his captain, Quinn and Twig’s relationship is sorely tested when questions—and unhappy answers—about their mating dilemma are pushed to the fore.

All Quinn wants is his fairy share of happiness. Is that so much to ask?

Story: This is such a great series overall and book 3 is definitely a brilliant addition.
This time the story is from Quinn’s view and I loved it – we get to understand his fears about mating, (potentially losing his magic), his exasperation with Twig always trying to protect him, and the heartache and damage done by Quinn’s horrid family. There are new characters to love (Zak), some to hate, (especially Quinn’s family), and some surprises. While there is still a lot of humour, the plot in this installment is a bit more serious – political intrigues, treacherous friends and dealing with councils in the Hominus and Lighthelm. Overall, the world-building continues to be, well world class… 🙂 with great characters and great dialogue!
Definitely one of my favourite series and author.
Highly recommend!

Narration: It’s Greg Boudreaux – what more do I have to say?
Listening to Quinn’s POV alà Greg was just as good as when the story was told from Twig’s. He has made the series a fantastic must-listen. Excellent narration!

Story: 4.5 stars
Narration: 5 stars

 

Categories
adult - 18+

Blind Warrior (The Weavers Circle #3) by Jocelynn Drake , Rinda Elliott

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55609943-blind-warrior

Blurb

Grey Ackles

The Soul Weaver feels useless.

A burden endangering his brothers.

The last battle with the pestilents cost Grey his sight and powers.

Now he’s dependent on his vision rehabilitation therapist Cort to learn how to function on a daily basis.

But as he grows closer to Cort, Grey is left wanting his powers back for a new reason—how will he ever know if the man he’s falling for is actually his soul mate?

Cort Newton

There is some really weird stuff going on at that house.

Spell books, guns, and a giraffe in the backyard?

But no matter how strange it gets, Cort is not going to leave the grumpy writer.

Adjusting to sudden blindness is hard for everyone, but Grey clearly has deeper reason for needing his vision back at any cost. Cort just wished Grey would confide in him.

Even with Grey’s secrets, Cort has never been drawn to a man like he is with Grey and he will do anything to keep this man safe.

Blind Warrior is the third book in the Weavers Circle series. It includes fast-paced action, running through Savannah, secrets, shapeshifting, brainwashed assassins, a gorilla, sexy times, fun with water, insecurity, three crazy old ladies, and magic!

 

Review

 

I loved these two MCs.  And I LOVE this series.  The magic and excitement are so intriguing and the love stories are so sweet and sexy and altogether fun to read!

Highly recommend!

 

5 of 5 stars



Categories
adult - 18+

The Captain’s Snowbound Christmas by Catherine Curzon, Eleanor Harkstead

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55761537-the-captain-s-snowbound-christmas

Blurb

Will Reuben be unwrapping a captain this Christmas?

Reuben’s a makeup artist who’s much in demand in the business, from making the beautiful even more gorgeous to creating an alluring love-scene glow. All of his Christmas wishes come true at once when he’s hired to work on the set of his favourite TV show. And not only that but on the swoony Christopher Manners.

Bunny is lusted after by millions as the brooding hero of television’s Captain Firth adventures. His manly swash and handsome buckle have earned him a legion of fans, and when he strides onto the screen and commands, “Draw your sword, sir,” it’s time to get down to business.

When Reuben and Bunny’s first date turns into a disaster, it looks as though the show’s over before it’s begun, but a blizzard, a mysterious bearded man in a red coat and a hot winter night combine to give them a second chance.

Pubisher’s Note: This book is linked to the Captivating Captains series.

Review
I absolutely adored this book. Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead really know how to write books that are sweet and a bit corny but full of that dry English humor that I just love. I really liked the two main character’s, Reuben, who is a makeup artist and actor Christopher Manners aka Bunny. Their ensuing story is fast paced and full of laugh out loud moments.

While this is a part of the Captivating Captains series, each book is a standalone. The only connection between series is that one of the main characters is some sort of “captain”.

4 Stars


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Categories
adult - 18+

HEAT RACE by Tanya Chris

Blurb:
It’s been two hundred years since alphas could knot and omegas could get pregnant, since anyone has shifted. Today’s hybrids are more human than wolf, but there’s one tradition they’ve retained from their animal ancestry: the heat race. With omegas in short supply, the annual heat race is every alpha’s chance to catch and claim an omega.
Jack Henry stands at the starting line, undecided. He could conspire to be caught by his best friend and childhood sweetheart, Elias, but would Elias be alpha enough for him? Maybe he’d prefer to be claimed by Saul, the huge and handsome alpha he’s always had a crush on. Then Jasper shows up—a stranger dressed in leather who emits such strong alpha vibes Jack Henry is ready to give himself up before the race even begins. But Jasper’s an unknown entity, whose confidence might be indicative of a desire to control.
Jack Henry can’t decide, and so he runs, turning his fate over to fate itself as he’s pursued by all three of his suitors plus the one alpha he can’t abide—Lon, a violent and regressive man who won’t take no for an answer. Jack Henry is going to need more than one alpha to keep him safe. And to keep him satisfied.
During a long night of danger and triumph, the Treehouse Pack is formed. But beyond the heat race lies an uncertain future. Jack Henry, Elias, Saul, and Jasper might each face their own insecurities, fight their own fights, and find their place in the pack as they navigate uncharted waters together. Because it turns out that legendary abilities like knotting, shifting, and child bearing might be more than just relics of the past.
Heat Race is a full-length M/M/M/M reverse harem omegaverse story, separate from the Omega Reimagined world.

Review:

When John Henry enters the Heat race, he tries to decide just who of his friends that he wants to catch him but soon there is another contender adding to John Henry’s choices. Adding to the chaos there is another alpha who has his sights on John Henry and is not ready to take no for an answer. Can the three alphas find a way to work together to keep John Henry safe and just what will the three do once he is safe?

John Henry and his mates bring readers an endearing story about finding and fighting for love. Each of these four men are strong in their own way and together they are unstoppable. The three alphas have come together because of their love for one omega but soon they find that the bond stretches to one another as well and that love knows no bounds. Saul, Jasper and Elias all have their own demons to fight but with the others to lean on they are able to face them. As the four struggle to figure out just how they all fit together they must find a way to keep John Henry safe. I loved seeing the bonds form between all of the men and the growing they each did added nicely to the story. I also enjoyed the many different reactions included in this book from the families and the towns people. We see that not everything goes as planned and that the strength of love will always help you heal and move forward.

4 stars out of 5

Gabrielle