Thursday, August 17, 2017

DEATH IN DARK BLUE by Julia Buckley

Publisher:      Berkley
Published:  May 2, 2017
ISBN:        978-0425282618
Genre:       Cozy Mystery, Romance
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina

THREE-1/2 Hearts


Life for Lena London in bucolic Blue Lake has been pretty nice these past few weeks.  Exonerated from being accused of murdering his ex-wife, Victoria, thanks to Lena’s efforts, she and Sam West are finally able to move along in their relationship.  On top of that, aside from working as the assistant to her all-time favorite author, Camilla Graham, Lena’s name is on the cover of Graham’s upcoming release as a co-author.  It turns out Victoria isn’t dead, but missing.  Given her love of reading and now writing mysteries, Lena can’t help but get involved in looking for Victoria.  Just when it looks like a clue is about to be revealed, there is another murder not only in Blue Lake but on Sam’s property.  Given the already existing notoriety surrounding Sam, it isn’t long before the press descends on Blue Lake with any number of reporters looking for a story.  With reporters dodging their every move, can Sam, Lena, Camilla and her new beau, Adam, find Victoria before she goes deeper underground?

I really like the premise of Julia Buckley’s Writer’s Apprentice series—an aspiring author gets to work with and for her most favorite author.  It sounds like a dream come true for any aspiring author.  The second book in the series, DEATH IN DARK BLUE is a mixed bag.  The title isn’t as catchy as most cozy mysteries are—but the cover is adorable.  The characters are interesting and Buckley doesn’t leave out her secondary characters as she develops their storylines as well.  At times Lena sounded more like a teen in the first throws of romance than a mid-20’s career woman. 

DEATH IN DARK BLUE is a good one is not your typical cozy.  Yes, there are a couple of quirky characters, a determined female sleuth and a cadre of devoted friends.  The story itself reads more like a romantic suspense than your general cozy mystery.  In fact, with just some slight changes in direction and making Lena a bit more mature, it would have been a fantastic romance suspense.  Cozy purists may be disappointed because most of the book was about Lena and Sam’s romance rather than the steps she was taking trying to solve the crime. 
The writing is tight and the mystery of where Victoria is well done.  The ending was, however, for me, a big turn off. Rather than the end story on an up note with a conclusion of the mystery surrounding Victoria’s disappearance, the author dangles the storyline of the next book.  I’m not a fan of “cliffhangers” because for the most part they come across like a ploy to get you to buy the next book rather than add spice to the story.  If a writer is going to do that they should consider a disclaimer in the beginning or on the back cover that the story is not concluded so if you want to know how it ends be ready to buy the next book. 

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



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

TALON by Julie Kagawa

Talon Series Book 1
Harlequin Teen
November 1st, 2014
Young Adult Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Action-Adventure, Dragons
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by self-purchase

5 hearts


In the Talon organization, hatchlings must spend around three months showing Talon they can blend with the humans and hide their true nature. But for Ember and Dante Hill, twin sibling dragons, this summer of fun and relaxation is not what it was supposed to be. Rogue dragons, the Order of St. George are just the tip of the iceberg as these two siblings try to navigate their accelerated training and find out what careers they will have in the Talon organization. But for Ember, change is coming and it’s going to take all her strength to break from the past and fly to the future because when the mortal enemies of the Talon organization, The Order of St. George, there will be death no matter what. Take a leap and see what Ember is willing to do to have the future she wants; not what others want for her.

TALON just blew me away. I had this series on my bookshelf for a while now and I am so glad I decided to try it after finishing the last mediocre book. This is a story of not just the dragons, which by the way are awesome but also of their enemies, the order of St. George as well. TALON gives you a fast-paced story that literally leaves you gasping in disbelief as you flip the pages quickly to see what is happening next. Ms. Kagawa delivers a story that is equal parts action adventure, romance and thriller. You have dragons, those glorious dragons, so delightful and so different than I have read before. I loved how this author delves in to the world of dragons and the history behind them. I loved how this author gives us such amazing and entertaining characters to fall in love with, even those ‘bad guy’ St. George soldiers. This is an author who knows how to let her characters shine in all ways, to show their vulnerabilities and flaws to the reader and to get you, the reader, to fall in love with them all. I’ve always loved this author’s work but TALON just takes the reader for a ride and doesn’t let them off till the last page is read and even then, you are left eager for more.

Meet Ember and Dante Hill. Twin sibling dragons, an anomaly in the dragon world. Dante has always walked the straight and narrow but once Ember tastes the breath of freedom, well let’s just say she tests her limits and rules to the max. I adore these two, not because they are dragons but also because the author does such a wonderful job in keeping them as different as night and day yet also have a strong bond between the siblings that tug at the heartstrings. Dante is trusting, a follower and believes in Talon 100%. Ember on the other hand is willful, determined to carve her own path even as she chafes at the strings and restrictions Talon organization has placed upon her. The characters are what makes this series so downright enjoyable. Ember is snarky, determined and fearless. Dante is methodical, a thinker and determined to toe the line with Talon. The secondary characters deliver more punches to the storyline and keep the reader guessing on what happens next.

TALON is a delight to read and one I am eager to read again. I am looking forward to seeing where this author will go in the series as Ember, Dante and the rest of the cast of characters find themselves on the front line of a war that if it got out to the humans, would be devastating to them all-Dragons, St. George soldiers and humans. Run-don’t walk-to grab this wonderful entertaining novel and settle in for some amazing storytelling.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement


Sunday, August 13, 2017

FATAL THREAT by Marie Force

Book 11 in Fatal Series
Harlequin Books
July 25th, 2017
Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, Thriller
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Author

5 Hearts


When Lt. Sam Holland is called to a routine homicide scene, she never anticipated that the Secret Service would come and whisk her away to an undisclosed place. A threat was made against her family, her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano and now the chaos of being the second lady of the United States hits Sam hard. With no answers to who made the threat or even why, Sam finds that her and Nick’s past are about get front and center as Sam races against the clock to figure it all out. Because nothing is going to harm her family, not if Sam has anything to say about it.

Wow! Just wow is all I can say after finishing this wonderfully addicting story by one of my favorite authors around. With her trademark style, Ms. Force delivers a wild, action packed ride as Sam, Nick and all their friends try to figure out the just who is determined to cause them so much trouble and why they are doing it. With a few twists, I sure didn’t see coming, the story flows along, picking up speed like a runaway train and the reader goes along with Sam for the ride. I got to admit, FATAL THREAT, just pulled me in and didn’t let up even after I finished the book. It drew laughter, a few blushes, a few tears and more as I flipped the pages and gasped with each twist that came within the pages. Ms. Force is a talented storyteller and is on par with Nora Roberts and Jill Shalvis. With captivating characters that you can’t help but fall in love with, storylines that feel like they are ‘ripped from the headlines’ and told in such a way that you can’t help but cheer when the bad guy(s) are taken down.

FATAL THREAT is a story that delves into Sam and Nick’s past in a way that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat till the very end. It’s heart stopping as well as intriguing, I just couldn’t put it down. It kept me riveted to the kindle even as I discovered my old friends and met a few new ones that I found interesting and I am really hoping the author goes into more detail about them and how they fit in Sam’s world in future books. The characters are what makes this series so entertaining and downright addicting. They are well written, wildly different yet are just about perfect scheme of things and you can’t help but fall in love with each one of them. From book one, Fatal Affair, I fell in love with this author and she has not disappointed me yet, especially with this series. This is an author who knows when to let her characters just run with the story even as they weave a spell around the reader. I love how complex and so lifelike these characters are. I could see Sam running hellbent after a suspect or seeing them visit her father with her husband and son. This is an author who lets the characters shine, no matter what and that right there cements this author as one of the best storytellers around. She gives the characters flaws and is not afraid to reveal them to the readers. I love that about Ms. Force’s work and more, I love how she can keep the characters growing with each book. Sometimes stories and characters start to stagnate and get old quickly-not with the Fatal series. Each book moves the story of Sam and Nick along nicely as well as adding in sub-plots of other characters romances/issues/family, etc. It’s like living in a real world and one I adore revisiting repeatedly.

FATAL THREAT is not just a wonderful story, it’s an adventure that will leave you breathless, even as the climatic ending will make you gasp in shock. I am so eager for the next book that I pre-ordered it just to make sure I get it when it comes out in 2018. If you haven’t tried this series yet, please run-don’t walk-to grab the books. You won’t be disappointed at all. I highly recommend this author’s work and hope you check out her books. There is something for everyone in her backlist.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement


Friday, August 11, 2017


William Morrow
June 20th, 2017
Women’s Fiction
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by self-purchase
4 Hearts


Sous-chef Quinn Weller is just living day to day after losing her sister in a devastating car accident. She has a good if demanding job in the hottest restaurants in Los Angeles, a somewhat of a boyfriend determined to get her to his thinking of being married and she seems to be on the fast track to having the perfect life. Except Quinn is lost and feels empty, not knowing why. Until a lawyer finds her and delivers a bombshell: she is the heir to an inheritance in a place called Wildstone, California. Shocked and feeling like her life has been a lie, Quinn picks up and goes to Wildstone, expecting to take over a house or something. What she finds is a small town where gossip is the norm, people are friendly and the simple pleasures start to grow on her. But when she finds out the second portion of her inheritance, a sister she never knew she had. Can two wildly different people get through the loss of a life, of a person to see that they need one another? Can Quinn find it in her heart to let herself be loved by not just her new-found sister but also by the town of Wildstone?

Wow is all I can say after reading Jill Shalvis’s new book, LOST AND FOUND SISTERS. It’s a wonderful tale of a woman floundering after a major loss, just going through the motions and not moving forward. Quinn is stuck in life so to speak. I loved this book so much because it delivers wonderful characters that are quirky, intriguing and downright enjoyable. You got Quinn, who is struggling with all the bombshells going off around her and then there is Tilly, a teenager who lost her only parent, finds herself with a sister she didn’t know she had and uncertainty in where her place is in life. These two stole my heart right off the bat and kept it even after the last page is read. I loved Quinn and Tilly so much. They are delightful, entertaining even as Tilly tries to one-up Quinn and their unconventional relationship gets stronger even as these two try to forge a bond, a bond that happens even as both try to avoid it. I loved the scenes with Quinn trying to parent Tilly, of finding her place in the town of Wildstone and starting to move forward in life with cutie, Mick, a man determined to have nothing to do with Wildstone, yet finds himself there a lot. These three are just the tip of the delightful cast of characters that make up LOST AND FOUND SISTERS and I truly loved each of them. They had me laughing over their quips and comments, sighing as they delivered some of the best snarky comments I have read lately and kept me glued to the book till the very end.

LOST AND FOUND SISTERS is more about one woman finding her place in this world, moving forward after a major loss in her life but also about forgiveness, desire to be loved and cherished and above all, finding their place where they belong, be it in a small town like Wildstone or big city like Los Angeles. Ms. Shalvis delivers a heartfelt read that will take you on a journey that is plain amazing and delightful. I for one wish I could visit Wildstone just to meet these amazing people, have a cup of coffee at Caro’s Café and find out all the gossip. Ms. Shalvis is a talented writer who hits it out of the park in her first women’s fiction book, LOST AND FOUND SISTERS and I, for one, can’t wait to see if this author will return to Wildstone, California for more stories.

If you enjoy a story full of complex and wildly entertaining characters set in a small town that is just as fascinating then you need to check this book out and maybe fall in love with this author’s writing. I look forward to seeing where she goes from here.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Publisher:   Berkley
Published:  July 4, 2017
ISBN:        978-0451473905
Genre:       Cozy Mystery
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina



Abby Cooper-Rivers’s husband, Dutch, and her best friend, Candice’s husband, Brice, have embarked on a new venture in addition to their jobs as FBI agents. Along with Abby and Dutch’s friend Dave, they’ve opened a “safe room” business catering to the wealthy homeowners of Austin. Things are moving along smoothly, however one client has a slight problem she wants Abby’s input on. When Abby and Candice arrive the woman, Murielle McKenna, turns out to be quite the piece of work.  She’s been pursuing Dutch and has a penchant for suing anyone and everyone. When Abby and Candice leave Murielle’s house they find there is more to worry about than the woman’s veiled threats of a lawsuit.  They learn from Dave’s wife that he is missing and not only that, he’s the key suspect in the murder of four people—two of them the homeowners of a house Dutch’s company has installed a safe room in.  The plot thickens when Dave’s wife also goes missing.   As Abby, Candice, Dutch and Brice try to locate Dave and his wife the case takes a series of twists and turns, linking several homeowners to each other along.  Even with Abby’s sixth sense they cannot find the missing couple or reason out why the original murders happened.

Victoria Laurie takes the characters in her Psychic Eye series down a new road in the latest book, A PANICKED PREMONITION.  With Dutch and Brice’s new business there is some solid potential for some fun new stories.  I like how Abby continues to develop—Laurie hasn’t left her stagnant in time, but she’s grown and matured.  As Abby approaches her 40’s she has become a bit more introspective and secure in herself. Not that she wasn’t secure in her skills before—she just knows herself better and is able to give more of herself to her husband. Abby and Dutch have been totally and completely in love from the beginning, but Abby has had some issues to overcome before she could truly let Dutch in.  His own unconditional love for Abby is laid out in the stories making them a terrific couple.

A PANICKED PREMONITION has a good mystery with some nice red herrings…just when you think you’ve figured out what is going on Laurie throws in yet another layer of information.  You totally know how frustrated Abby is feeling when she reaches for a thread only to have it unravel before her eyes. The answer is there…you just need to be paying very close attention to the clues Laurie embeds in the story. 

In addition to having her supporting characters develop along their way she adds a few new ones that will make for some good reads in the future.

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



Monday, August 7, 2017

FURY AWAKENED by Yasmine Galenorn

Book 3 in the Fury Unbound Series
Nightqueen Enterprises, LLC
June 15th, 2017
Paranormal, Urban Fantasy Romance, Action-Adventure
Reviewed by Dawn Roberto (
Obtained by Self-Purchase
4 Hearts


For Kaeleen Donovan. Life as a Theosian-minor demon- is complicated at best. By day she runs the Crossroads Cleaning Company and readsfortunes and casts hexes at Dream Wardens. But at night, she is Fury, bound to the goddess Hecate to take down abominations that come through the World Tree and send them back to Pandoriam.

Now on the run in the Wild Wood, Fury as well as her friends are on the run away from Seattle and the zombie invasion that is going on. The regent has set the devani free to use whatever force they need to. But things go bad to worse when the Order of the Black Mist rises yet again and systematically strikes all around the world and it becomes deadly and dangerous as city after city falls to the chaos magicians. Now as Fury and the gang try to get to the UnderBarrow, life has changed for them all. The world they knew before is gone in a blink of an eye and now Fury has a choice from Hecate: Kiss her old life goodbye or walk into the fire and take charge of her powers.

Wow is all I could say when I was done with FURY AWAKENED. It was a madcap ride from start to finish and I fell more in love with this author’s exquisite worldbuilding as I flipped the pages of the next book in the series. This has fast become one of my favorites from this author-well besides a few of her other ones that is. The characters continue to grow and evolve with each book, the storyline continues to weave a spell around the reader with each book as it marches on, delivering more and more glimpses of new characters, places and more. I especially love the scenes between Hecate and Fury. It had me grinning even as I rooted for Fury to continue being the kick-butt woman I know she is.

Ms. Galenorn delivers a wild ride from start to finish that with enthrall you, captivate your imagination and leave you breathless in the end, eager for more. I loved seeing things through Fury’s eyes and meeting some new characters that kept the story flowing so nicely. If you enjoy a different take on gods/goddess, urban fantasy and more then you need to try the Fury Unbound series. Each book capitalizes on the last and keeps the story moving along at a nice, even pace. Now I am looking to see where the author goes in the next book and if they will defeat the Order of the Black Mist. Run-don’t walk-to grab this series and get ready to binge read it in one sitting.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement



Saturday, August 5, 2017

MAP OF THE HEART by Susan Wiggs

William Morrow
August 22nd, 2017
Women’s Fiction, Romance
Paperback ARC
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Publisher
4 Hearts

Camille Palmer has spent the last five years grieving for her husband who died tragically and trying to keep their daughter on the straight and narrow. But when a mysterious package arrives to her father, it opens a secret of her family that no one knew about. In the sleepy little town of Bellerive and set the ghosts of the past to rest. But for Camille, her daughter Julie and her father, Henry, they find a summer of transitions for them all as they uncover the past of Henry’s parents and discover that sometimes playing it safe may mean you are missing out on a life worth exploring. Sometimes it takes just enough trust to forge that path to the unknown.

MAP OF THE HEART is a wonderful tale about a family who finds secrets to their family’s past and it causes them to travel to France to see if they can find the answers. I adored this book for a variety of reasons but first and foremost was the story itself. It delivers a current storyline as well as one set in the 1940’s during World War II. It made for a fascinating timeline and the back and forth didn’t deter from the story itself that revolved around Camille, Henry and Julie. It enhanced the story in my opinion. I loved how the author gave just enough backstory in those 1940’s scenes and ties them up in the current time frame with Camille and Henry searching for answers about Henry’s parents and his past. What I loved the most was the cast of characters stayed small yet the secondary characters were all unique and different, keeping the story moving along at a nice even clip while showing clues to the overall mystery. They are well written and diverse, showing their vulnerabilities as well as their strengths to the reader.

Ms. Wiggs has always delivered a story that will thrill me but MAP OF THE HEART just stole my heart in all ways. It was moving, sweet, tense, romantic and utterly entertaining. I loved Camille, Julie and all the other players and the mystery behind their family secrets kept me riveted. I loved finding out little things that were done back during that time and what was going on in Europe as well. It fleshed the book out nicely. The author melds the past with the current world perfectly in a book that celebrates family and the power of love.

If you get a chance and haven’t read this author before, then grab MAP OF THE HEART. You won’t be disappointed at all and this will give you a perfect introduction to this author’s writing style. I look forward to seeing where this author will go next in her writing and hope we won’t have to wait long for the next Susan Wiggs book.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement

Thursday, August 3, 2017

MULBERRY MOON by Catherine Anderson

A Mystic Creek Novel, Book 3
January 3rd, 2017
Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Publisher
3.5 hearts


Sissy Sue Bentley is determined to rise above her poor beginnings and make a life of her own in Mystic Creek. Running the local café, she works long hours and tries to keep her head above water even as she tries to avoid Ben Sterling, a man determined to woo Sissy. But when her chickens escape and Ben helps her round them up, Sissy sees a side of Ben that she thought was obsolete and rare in the male gender. Slowly, Ben starts to build trust with Sissy even as they begin to fall for one another. But when Sissy’s past comes to Mystic reek, she’ll have to figure out if being alone is better than letting yourself open up to a love worth healing even the smallest of cuts.

MULBERRY MOON is a sweet tale of two people who are determined to find that place in the world, be it in Mystic Creek or in their lives somehow. I love this author’s Mystic Creek series and MULBERRY MOON delivers a story that is tender, sweet and downright delightful. The story flows nicely, with some intriguing bits that had me flipping the pages to see what would happen next. It’s the characters that steal the show. We met Ben in the past two Mystic Creek books and I loved how sweet he is with Sissy. He is determined to woo this prickly woman and when things happen to help his cause, he grabs it with both hands. What proceeds is a sweet romance that left me in stiches at times and other times wiping a tear away from the sadness that Sissy tries to hide behind a steely façade. The characters are what truly makes this book so entertaining and enjoyable. They keep the story moving along as Sissy and Ben dance around their attraction as well slyly steal some of the show for themselves at times.


I adore Sissy and Ben together. The sparks fly right when they first meet up and from then on, it’s an entertaining read to see how these two fall for one another even as one person is determined to not risk it all. Ben is looking for that special someone, someone like his brothers have found. When he is intrigued by Sissy, well let’s just say he has his work cut out for him with this skittish and reluctant woman. But Sissy is just as determined and I love at how she tries to deny her attraction to Ben, even as he continues to show her that he means no harm nor does he pressure her in any way. These two just fit together. Ben steadily and completely chipped away Sissy’s armor in front of her heart even as she struggles to keep things casual and not give into temptation. The secondary characters keep the story moving along nicely and keep the reader entertained immensely. All the characters are multidimensional and have a depth that is nice to see in a book. It makes the story so much richer in my opinion.


MULBERRY MOON is a sweet and wonderful tale that will steal your heart and in the end, leave a smile on your face after the last page is read. I adore this author’s books and look forward to reading more in this series. I just wonder who will be next to fall in love in Mystic Creek. I hope we won’t have to wait long for the next book from this author.

 This is an objective review and not an endorsement

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

THE CLOSET BOY by Sean Michael

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: July 5, 2017
Contemporary, BDSM
Audio book
Reviewed by Gabrielle (

Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts


Way’ra was lucky enough to have found a job at the Iron Eagle Gym. Nobody knows he has been living in a forgotten supply closet since then but soon he is noticed by one of the members. Neal takes a liking to Neal and is determined to get to know the young man. Way’ra soon finds that he cannot push his feelings for Neal away and the two begin a tentative relationship. As the two find their way together Way’ra begins to blossom and find his true self with Neal’s guidance. Can Way’ra fit into this new world that he has found or will Neal have to give up his lifestyle to keep Way’ra?

Narrator Jeff Gelder brings the characters in this audio book to life.  Way’ra is an adorable young man who is thrown out into the world to fend for himself because of the beliefs of his family. He finds a home and friends in the Iron Eagle Gym. Soon he finds a lover in Neal but he is still unsure about his sexuality and about how the things that the men do in the other part of the building make him feel. Neal is a great man, he is patient with Way’ra and helps him explore his feelings. The two make a great couple and I enjoyed seeing their relationship take shape. Not only do the two find an attraction but they develop a great friendship and I loved the banter between the two. I loved seeing Neal help Way’ra blossom and come out of his shell. Neal shows him that love is precious no matter who it is between and that Way’ra himself is precious. 
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


Monday, July 31, 2017


Publisher:   Berkley
Published:  May 2, 2017
ISBN:        978-0451476890
Genre:       Cozy mystery
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina



After successfully proving she had nothing to do with a recent murder in her home town of Poppyvile, California, life for Ellie is moving along nicely.  Her shop, Sense and Nonsense is flourishing, as is her Enchanted Garden.  Her relationship with her long time crush, Ritter, is, despite the distance because of his job, moving along nicely.  Life couldn’t be better. To add to how well things are going, her brother, Colby, is in town with his girlfriend, Larken. And to top it off, Blake Sontag of Conscience magazine is coming to do a story on her tiny house! What more could a girl ask? Certainly not for that same Blake Sontag to be killed, right? He might be mean and nasty, but he certainly didn’t deserve to be killed…especially when suspect No. 1 turns out to be Larken. When detective Max Lang tries once again to take the easy way out, i.e., simply arrest the easiest suspect, Ellie finds herself in the middle of the investigation.  It is her knowledge of plants that points to the murder weapon and a host of possible killers. Of course, not everyone is happy with her sleuthing, however, as made clear when a mysterious black SUV tries to run her down not once, but twice. Can Ellie find the killer before the killer finds her?

BAILEY CATTRELL (aka Bailey Cates) is a new author to me under this name, but she won’t be for long.  Her latest, NIGHTSHARE FOR WARNING, quickly moved her to one of my “must read all” authors. Her characters are multi-dimensional and have some interesting changes and developments throughout the story.  I loved how Cattrell intersperses a bit of plant/scent lore into the story, giving the reader a nice glimpse into the benefits and myriad uses of aromatherapy. She includes some easy to do recipes at the end of the book.

The mystery unfolds in an easy paced manner with several possible suspects for the reader to consider along with Ellie. I had a couple I was rooting for to be the bad guy.  The setting of Poppyville makes for some interesting layers to the story—especially the old Sontag place. I hope future books reveal more of the secrets of those 30 acres.

The only issue I had with the story—which is why this is a 4-1/2 instead of a 5 review, is it appears Cattrell is following that trend so many cozy readers, including myself, dislike and that is the love triangle.  They don’t add anything to the stories.  If I wanted to read a romance, particularly a love triangle, I’d pick up a romance.  A love interest is fine…but the whole “which one do I choose” is annoying in a cozy mystery.  If Cattrell follows the pattern far too many cozy authors have undertaken with their love triangles, i.e., it gets heated in book 3 (or 4) and then books 4 and 5 become centered around the love scenes, I won’t be continuing with the series.

Cattrell tells a good story and is not an author you want to miss.


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



Saturday, July 29, 2017

DESERT ICE by Rose Maefair

Publisher: Loose ID LLC
Date published: January 2017

ISBN: 9781682522950
Fantasy, Paranormal, M/M

Reviewed by Gabrielle (

Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts

Two men from opposite ends of the world find themselves thrown together by fate. One is a noble prince from the North and the other is a Magi from the South.  Lysander has come to the slave market to buy a warrior. There he finds Wyl who is just the kind of man he needs.  When Lysander buys Wyl he finds that the sellers will not negotiate and he must bind Wyl to him. As abhorrent that is to Lysander and against what he believes in he needs a warrior more than his morals. Can Lysander find a way to explain to Wyl that he longs for help and this is his last resort at finding it?  As Wyl learns his fate he must also come to terms with what is building between him and Lysander. Will these two men find a way to a future or are they doomed from the start?

The world that Wyl finds himself thrust in is so different from where he comes from. He was once a prince and now a slave. Wyl must decide on where his true home and family are. Lysander tries hard to do right by Wyl as much as he can but there is only so much he can do to help him after binding Wyl. As the two learn to trust one another they fiercely fight their attraction but it seems a love has become to grow and blossom. I enjoyed watching Wyl and Lysander find their way. Both men are strong and together they are something else.  It was nice to see the men’s personalities come out as the story moved along.  It was nice to see the two men fight for what was right and aim for their happy ever after.
This story moves along at a nice pace and the characters are full of emotions and depth. It is an interesting and engaging read. The author weaves an adventure full of magic and emotions. I hope that this is not the last that we get to see of this world.

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


Thursday, July 27, 2017

HIS RULES by Sean Michael, Morticia Knight, L. M. Somerton, Lily Harlem, Samantha Cayto, S. Dora

Publisher: Pride Publishing
Date published: May 24, 2016
ISBN: 9781786514219
BDSM, Erotic Romance, M/M

Reviewed by Gabrielle (

Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts

This anthology is full of great stories. Each one tells an enjoyable story.  TIME OUT by Sean Michael brings us a couple that has broken up because of the misuse of a safe word. What is in store for these two men when a friend intervenes?  STRICT CONSEQUENCES by Morticia Knight brings readers the story of what happens when a Don is determined to help a sub even if that sub doesn’t realize he needs that help. TAGGING MACKENZIE by L.M. Somerton shows us just how much opposites attract. BAD IDEA by Lily Harlem brings readers into the world of the tough as nails bikers and two men fighting to be together. SAFEWORD by Samantha Cayto is about finding yourself and love in the last place you would think. Undercover agent Damien Crow must make some hard choices. EARNING HIS LEATHERS by S. Dora is a story about a man who shows his worth as a Dom.  These six ix intense stories will grab your attention right from the start and keep you until the very end. 

I was totally immersed in these worlds from the first to the last story in this collection They are full of emotions and at times will even pull on your heartstrings. Love is a hard thing to find and once these men find it they are not letting go.  Each story is about a Dominant and Submissive some looking to find that right person to share their lives with others being surprised at the path life and love takes them. Each of the authors did a great job of building the characters and making me feel their emotions right alongside of them.  As each story concluded I felt satisfied with their story yet I still longed to see more of these characters.  The stories move at a great pace and kept me turning the pages to see just what would happen to these men. I hope that readers get treated to more form these characters in the future.

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


Monday, July 24, 2017


Publisher:   Forever
Published:  July 25, 2017
ISBN:        978-1455569601
Genre:       Women’s Fiction
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina



Mia Gibbs had what some would consider the perfect life. A lovely home, a doting husband and two daughters.  What more could she want?

For starters, a husband who isn’t cheating on her with a woman young enough to be her daughter.  In reality she’s never had that and when the illusion of her happy ever after shattered she found herself back at Firefly Lake, a place where her family spent their summers and where she met the one man she truly could never forget. The one man whose heart she broke so many years before.  

Now she has moved back to Firefly Lake with her daughters in part to be near her sister, Charlie and her new husband, but also to regroup and rebuild her life. She’s cobbled together a couple of jobs that take her back to her original career goals.  And her daughters are making friends. She has a new purpose in her life…and an old love that might have been that could just be rekindling.  But neither Mia, nor that old love, Nick, wants a relationship.

Nick McGuire was the town’s bad boy. He rode a Harley and did bad boy things. Worse, his father scammed the people of the town and Nick felt the taint of his actions. Since leaving town, determined never to look or go back, Nick has done all he can to not be his father. But when his mother took ill, he came back and found his past waiting for him in ways he never expected.  He never got over Mia – but is that enough to give himself a second chance?

Wow. What a good read.  I’m usually not much for women’s fiction because it tends to be depressing and I read book 1 of Jen Gilroy’s Firefly Lake series, THE COTTAGE AT FIREFLY LAKE and wasn’t very impressed.  It seemed a bit directionless with no real emotions.  Book 2, SUMMER AT FIREFLY LAKE, however, was a fantastic read. I was drawn into the story from the beginning and just didn’t want to put it down until I could see how Gilroy was going to resolve Mia and Nick’s issues.  More than Mia and Nick’s relationship, Gilroy also treats readers to the stories of the secondary characters, all who are also fully developed on their own.
I didn’t care much for Mia in COTTAGE AT FIREFLY LAKE but that changed in SUMMER AT FIREFLY LAKE.  Gilroy tells Mia’s story in a nicely paced, credible and emotional story.  She takes doesn’t rush Mia’s, or Nick’s stories, but has them develop bit by bit.  Sometimes they take a step back – just like we do ourselves, and then they move forward.  They come to learn what it is they really want in their own time, while at the same time, helping and being helped by the other characters.

If you are looking for a super beach read … or really just a good read any time, SUMMER AT FIREFLY LAKE is definitely the one to top your list.

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