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Daily Dose Short Story: Putting Down Roots by Tam MacNeil

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/putting-down-roots-by-tam-macneil-7160-b

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At twenty-nine, Mark is lonely and unhappy. With his teaching degree, he never expected to be scraping by at a dead-end job in a bookstore. So when he’s given the opportunity to do the work he’s always dreamed of, he jumps on it.

But there’s a catch. Mark has just agreed to spend the summer teaching a recalcitrant student at a lonely manor outside the most haunted village in the UK. It doesn’t take Mark long to figure out there’s something strange, really strange, about Thomas, his host and the father of his pupil. They say the village changes people, and it turns out Thomas is living proof. Now Mark has to decide if he should run like hell or stay and become part of the family.

Category: Paranormal, Werewolves/Shifters, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Pages: 29

Review

Mark, a lonely teacher, moves to a “haunted village” to teach one of the town’s oldest family’s daughter English. Her father, Thomas, is an older but still quite attractive, man who appears as lonely as Mark.

Yes, strange things do appear to happen both around town and in the old home Thomas owns, but Mark can’t help but being attracted to Thomas anyway.

When tourists inadvertently threaten Thomas and his family his secret is exposed and Mark has to decide if he can handle the strangeness and put down some roots of his own.

**

Though this was a very interesting story with great world building, I didn’t feel the romance at all. The characters barely speak two words to one another and the situation Thomas is in feels particularly hopeless.

So, even though I thought it was an interesting story and a unique twist on the shifter theme, as a romance it failed for me.

2 of 5 stars

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2 stars Action/Adventure Angst Level artists Book College/University coming of age Contemporary Demons Dreamspinner Fade to black/No Steam Heat Index Little to no angst m/m Morgan New Adult Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Paranormal Part of a Series Shifter

Daily Dose Short Story: Chords by Taylor Roxton

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/chords-by-taylor-roxton-7172-b

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As a werewolf, Kieran Woodsmith’s career options are limited. Luckily, he can howl in tune, and his voice earns him admission to the prestigious Juilliard School of Music. Desperate to prove to his family that his admission wasn’t a fluke, Kieran auditions for the Broadway Musical Review. But when he meets an upperclassman with no scent and strange violet eyes, Kieran is thrown off his game.

On the eve of his lunar cycle, Kieran’s friend drags him to a party at the purple-eyed senior’s house. Distracted by the mystery of Brett’s missing smell, Kieran forgets about the moon. When he wakes up in a cage in Brett’s basement, Kieran realizes he’s not the only one who is more than he appears.

Category: Paranormal, Werewolf/Shifter, Angels and Demons

Pages: 33

Review

This is a short story about a werewolf freshman Julliard student named Kieran. He goes to a party and meets an incubus and they become boyfriends.

I didn’t really get this story much at all. I appreciated the world-building but there was never really a climax and from what I understand the incubus, Brett, can’t really have a boyfriend so I didn’t feel good about them connecting.

The POV is first person present-tense, not my favorite, and it was a bit hard to enjoy in this story.

All in all I didn’t care much for this story.

2 of 5 stars

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2 stars Contemporary Dreamspinner Exploration Football Friends to lovers Gay Geek/Jock Homophobia Hopelessly Crying Insta Love m/m Mid level steam/heat Morgan New Adult Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series second chance at love

About Last Night (Thornwood Book 2) By Caitlin Ricci

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http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7581

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Before jumping into his first semester of college, Thomas Maloney decides to lose his virginity at a party to a stranger he’s sure he’ll never see again. Only the next day, he’s surprised to learn the same one-night stand will be sharing his dorm room. Thomas considers himself lucky, but his new roommate—not so much.

Closeted as they come, football jock Remington “Rem” Daniels is on track for a shot at the pros. Rem tries to play it cool and avoid falling for the confidently gay Thomas, which could hurt his chances. Dealing with their constant need to get in bed together wouldn’t be so hard if Rem didn’t have a girlfriend and Thomas didn’t have a conscience.

When she delivers news that will change Rem’s life forever, Thomas knows it’s time to move back home to Thornwood, Colorado. But neither the distance nor knowing Rem belongs to someone else helps Thomas get over him. Rem’s feelings haven’t changed either. When it comes down to love or football, Rem will have to make the hardest choice of his life and hope Thomas will still be waiting for him when he does.

Review

Let me start by saying that Caitlin Ricci is hit or miss for me. I’ve really loved some of her series like “The Watchers” and “Master of Dragons” and “Patching Up” but this was a total miss for me.

The premise was interesting – that’s why I chose it to review – a planned loss of virginity to a one night stand goes wrong when they end up being roommates.

 

 

 

 

***Warning from here on out spoilers abound – I don’t usually like to give spoilers but I have to in order to explain my review****

 

 

 

 

 

*I didn’t understand why Thomas wanted a stranger to take his virginity – sure he told us – but I didn’t buy it.
*I HATED that both Thomas and Rem were willing to cheat on Rem’s girlfriend.
*I thought the whole adoption thing where Rem’s girlfriend gives the baby to Rem’s roommate’s (and boyfriend’s) parents was preposterous and totally unbelievable.
*I had no earthly idea why Rem felt he needed to marry said girlfriend once the baby was out of the picture – especially when he didn’t even really like her all that much.
*I thought Thomas acted like a doormat in allowing Rem to treat him like a booty call up to and including where he calls him a fag.
*The idea of these boys having any relationship whatsoever is totally unbelievable as they only demonstrable feelings they have for one another is a very unbalanced and unhealthy sexual obsession with the other.
*I felt very bad for Rem’s daughter as she was going to have a rough time reconciling her role in this family with Thomas and his parents and then later Rem all acting as parental figures.

I usually don’t go into specifics but I was so surprised by this book. I am absolutely willing to look over plot holes and gloss over improbabilities when it moves a story forward in a meaningful way. I never liked these characters or felt compassion for them and so it was very difficult to look over the other problems in this story.

I cannot recommend this story. I still admire and respect the author and will continue to read her other works – especially the paranormal series – but I won’t be reading book one or other books in this series. I rounded up from a 1 to a 2 because the writing was fine and I liked Thomas’ family so much.

2 of 5 stars

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