Gaming and IRL Boss Fights by Alina Popescu, Review plus Review of Travel and Spice


Title: Gaming and IRL Boss Fights

Series: Famous on the Internet, Book Three

Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance

Length: Novella (38,000+ words)


An internet famous geek. A sexy landlord who hates him. An unlikely duo with slim chances of beating the romance game.

Simon Cromfield’s life seems perfect from the outside. His gaming channels made him an internet celebrity, he has great friends, and he’s just moved into a luxurious apartment. Yet his gorgeous landlord did a one-eighty turn and decided he hates Simon, his family thinks he’s a total failure, and some of his fans act like they own him.

Branden Dahlman has enough on his plate. He doesn’t need that pest, Simon, who became the bane of Branden’s existence on top of a large estate he never wanted and a family that drives him insane. As he unleashes his resentment on Simon, the sexy bastard insists on proving Branden wrong about everything.

In an unlikely turn of events, when Simon hits his lowest, Branden is there to support him. But will this new-found thing between them last when the pressures of Simon’s world come crashing in?

Gaming and IRL Boss Fights is the third book in the contemporary gay romance series Famous on the Internet. If you like geeks, binge-watching online content, and enemies-to-lovers tropes, then you will love Alina Popescu’s online celebrity protagonists.

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4.5 Stars

Well, we’ve come to the third, and I believe final book in the Famous on the Internet series. As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters and world building were as multi-layered and rich as I’ve come to expect from one of Alina Popescu’s stories. The secondary characters, again a Popescu trait, were strong, believable and interesting, especially the female character.

The sex scenes were meaningful, hot and interesting. The relationship between the main characters was dynamic and complex. They reacted like real people in real situations, even if the situations were a bit on the embellished side, but that’s standard in a romance.

Again, as is usual for one of Alina’s stories, the ending was an HEA but a realistic one and not everything was tied up in a rosy, frilly bow, something I’ve come to expect and admire about Alina’s writing.

It was a very good read and a great finish to a great series, even though I certainly wouldn’t be averse to another one.

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The Famous on the Internet Series

Book One – Br0th3rly

Tristan’s love life has one simple rule: his brother, Trevor, is off limits.

To fight his relentless love for Trevor, Tristan left for college at sixteen. A new city, building a new life for himself, and making new friends weren’t enough to give up what he considers sick, twisted feelings. Tristan even started an anonymous blog to cope with his love for his older brother. It made him famous on the Internet, but it wasn’t enough to get over his obsession.

Every time he goes home, a quick glance at Trevor brings it all flooding back.

When commitment-phobe Trevor introduces his serious boyfriend on one of Tristan’s rare visits home, things get a whole lot more complicated for the adoring kid brother. How far can Tristan run this time before he runs out of places to hide from his feelings?

Disclaimer: the main characters in the story are not blood relatives, the two boys were only raised as siblings.


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Book Two – Travel and Spice

Famous travel blogger returns home to have his life thrown off balance by his high school crush.

Dante Sandford is at the top of his game. He’s paid to travel the world and share his spicy stories on his blog. He’s still young, gorgeous, and confident. When Dante’s high school reunion knocks on his door, he’s reminded of everything he’s lacking. More so when his old crush, Tommy Clancy, makes a pass at him. Or when the hot romance blows in Dante’s face because of his lifestyle.

Tommy has always been the hottest man in Riverbrook. Possibly the world. He’s stunning, smart, and the kindest soul Dante has ever known. He’s also read Dante’s blog along with all his steamy encounters. No wonder Tommy doesn’t trust Dante for anything more than a casual hookup.

Dante returns to hometown Riverbrook to face his past of bullying and feeling like a misfit. He instead ends up dealing with the reality of being a travel blogger: relationships are close to impossible. That won’t stop Dante from trying to convince Tommy his short-lived flings are not by design.


4.5 Stars

Well, it’s about time. I’ve been looking forward to reading the second book of Alina’s Famous on the Internet series ever since I learned she was writing the third one. Somehow, I missed the second book’s release, but now I get to review it: Travel and Spice

In her intro to the story, Alina expressed her view that this story was light-hearted. The implication, it seemed to me, was that it would be fluffy and unrealistic. It wasn’t. The author has an uncanny ability to bring life to her characters. Yes, the situations the two main characters find themselves in aren’t overly dramatic. There are no murders, violence, or taboos to navigate, but I thought it was a breath of fresh air to read about a “boringly normal ” couple for a change.

The two main characters were not portrayed as one-dimensional. Each had their worries and little quirks. I don’t think this could be an Alina Popescu story otherwise. The world-building was simple, straightforward and practically perfect. If the characters were wine, they’d be full-bodied and complex without being over-the-top.

The story flowed like a traditional romance, the sex scenes were well thought-out and dispersed in a nice arc. It was a well written, simple, realistic story, with an enjoyable ending. I like how Alina ends her stories and she didn’t disappoint. This one was more HEA than some of her others, but it still had a realistic feel, with some unresolved issues concerning secondary characters and a bright but not too rose-coloured future for the main characters.

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About the Author

Alina Popescu is an author, traveler, and coffee addict. She has published several paranormal, science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary series, many of them having reached the Amazon bestseller lists for their genres. Her stories often fall under the LGBTQ fiction and romance subgenres.

Born and raised in Romania, Alina has been writing for most of her life. She’s an avid consumer of stories in all their forms. She’s fascinated by myths, folk tales, and other creators’ visions of the future. She finds her inspiration in books of all genres, movies, and the occasional TV shows or anime binges.

Alina is a proud geek and needs her fast internet connection and assortment of gadgets more than she needs air.

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Review of Love Times Five by Lily G. Blunt


Title: Love Times Five

Author: Lily G. Blunt

Cover Art: Jay Aheer at Simply Defined Art

Release Date: January 19, 2018

Genre/s: paranormal, gay romance, contemporary, polyamory

Length: 77, 000 words

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There’s safety in numbers and plenty of love to go around.

When Colin searches for his missing colleague and buddy in the hills of northern England, his life is changed forever. Not only does he find Shaun living in a cabin with the mysterious and undeniably gorgeous Zach, but he also discovers the reason Shaun went AWOL in the first place. Colin wants to draw his friend away to safety, but Zach soon mesmerises him, and he’s happy to stay in his company, for now.

Passing hikers, Wes and Dane, need some assistance, and the three men are willing to oblige. Thus begins a friendship that develops into much more.

The five men each have their own secrets. Some are shared, others are kept hidden. It’s only a matter of time before they are exposed and the consequences could change everything for them all.


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Excerpt #2 from Chapter 1

Colin yelped and stumbled back. The penknife fell from his grip as he connected with the solid ground and landed on his arse.

“What the fuck?” Colin gaped at the wild beast in front of him, not five feet away, and apparently protecting Zach, who stroked the wolf’s back as if he were petting a huge dog.

Colin blinked, hoping to clear his vision. Had he knocked his head? Was he dreaming? Had he been drugged too?

The wolf sniffed the air and pawed the grass, its tongue now lolling to the side of its mouth. Teeth, sharp and white and scary, distracted Colin from the animal’s other features. The scent of damp fur and woodland soil filled his nostrils, and warm panting breath ghosted over his face.

The wolf was real enough. No vision. No dream.

“What the fuck?” Colin said, keeping his eyes fixed on the animal as it slunk away to the trees. His heart pounded and his mind was a whirl of confused thoughts. He tried to swallow around a thick lump in his parched throat. “What the fuck just happened?”

Zach said nothing but offered a hand to Colin, which after a few seconds pause, Colin grasped. Between the two of them, they easily hauled his bulky frame to standing. He scanned the grass for his knife, relief racing in his veins when he spotted it nestled among two nearby clumps of greenery.

Colin glanced away from the knife in the direction the wolf had headed. Could it really be Shaun? “I don’t understand.”

“Of course, you don’t.” Zach’s mouth curved into a warm, genuine smile. His eyes glimmered, and some of the tension lifted from Colin’s shoulders. “You must be Colin. Shaun’s sexy boss. He’s told me all about you.”

“What?” Colin’s pulse still pounded, and confusion turned his thoughts to sludge, but his heart fluttered at the hope those words kindled. What the hell was happening? What was this arsehole saying? Shaun had never tried anything on with Colin, not even when they’d been drunk. And had Shaun really… turned into a… what the actual fuck?

“You didn’t think he was interested in you?” Zach arched an eyebrow, and his eyes sparkled. Again.

Before Colin could commit himself to an answer or ask any questions about the precarious state of his sanity, there was movement to his side.

Shaun stood naked, his hands cupped over his groin, a little unsteady on his feet. “Chuck us your T-shirt, Zach,” he rasped, not making eye contact with Colin, his cheeks scarlet.

Without hesitation, Zach shed his top and threw it at Shaun, leaving his own fine torso on display. Smooth, defined, firm—perfect. No wonder Shaun had hooked up with him. Colin wouldn’t stand a chance with this guy in the picture, even if Shaun had liked him once upon a time.

Why was he even thinking about such things right now? He’d just seen Shaun turn into a wolf, and now he was back again as himself. And shortly before that, this ridiculously handsome man had been sucking on his neck and was now acting as if he knew things about Shaun that Colin didn’t even know. Was he losing his mind?

Colin dragged his gaze back to Shaun, his chest and nakedness now hidden from view by the oversized T-shirt. He staggered closer to Colin, his legs unsteady as if he were drunk. Shaun collapsed into Colin’s arms, maybe a deliberate move rather than an uncontrolled stumble. As much as Colin wanted to hug him to his chest, he needed answers. Anger bubbled to the surface and exploded. Colin gripped Shaun by his biceps and held him back at arm’s-length.

“What the fuck is going on? What did I just see?” It took all of Colin’s willpower not to shake the answer out of Shaun. “And what’s this fucking guy been doing to you?”

Shaun trembled beneath his touch, and his voice was hoarse and uneven, not its usual sweet timbre. “It’s okay, Col. I promise you, I’m okay now.” He placed his palm on Colin’s shoulder. “I know it’s a lot for you to take in all at once. I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to explain before.”

His words didn’t tell Colin anything. “Why the hell didn’t you tell me you were leaving and where you were going? I’d have listened… and helped you.” What the fuck could Colin have done to help if Shaun was a—?

Zach cleared his throat, distracting them both. He moved closer, running his long fingers down those taut abs of his until they came to rest on the waistband of his perfectly clinging jeans.

Shaun gazed at Zach, over his body, the renewed flush of arousal evident in his eyes. Colin’s heart sank but gave a hopeful flip when Shaun looked back at him with that same darkened expression. “Hey, how about we go inside? I can get dressed, and then explain what’s been going on with me.”

For a moment, Colin feared he might be overpowered or drugged or something like that once they got him inside the cabin, perhaps in the same way Shaun might have been. He eyed his knife lying on the ground, tempted to bend down and scoop it up for some protection.

Zach chuckled, and in a smooth yet swift motion slid past Colin. “I think you dropped this.” His mouth nestled close to Colin’s ear, his voice deep, his breath cool. A curl of interest coiled its way around Colin’s groin at the closeness of the man. Zach gripped Colin’s hand, turning his palm face-up, and placed the missing knife softly against his skin.

Colin couldn’t help but let out a gasp. He hadn’t witnessed the knife being retrieved from the ground. Whoever this man was, he was fast. He would probably dodge any knife or fist that Colin hurled his way. No way was Colin walking from this meadow without finding out who this man was. He pocketed the knife, despite his doubts about its usefulness now.

Zach glided away, entwined his fingers around Shaun’s hand, and pulled him towards the cabin. With an encouraging look over his shoulder, Shaun waved his free hand behind him. “Come on. We need to talk.”

Colin really had no choice, so he followed them. He needed to find out what had happened to Shaun and what the hell was going on between him and Zach.

My Review

3.75 Stars

Okay, truth time. Lily G. Blunt happens to be one of the first M/M authors I ever read. Her writing, among a few others, shaped my understanding of how to write a good M/M romance story. When I got the opportunity to review another one of her stories, I took it.

To start, let me advise that this story has a vampire and a shape-shifter as two of the five main characters. If you dislike paranormal romances this may not be the one for you.

Now, let’s talk about how great the story is. I know that wring a novel with more than two romantic interests in hard to do. Keeping track of who is saying what, making sure each voice is different, being faithful and true to all the main characters isn’t easy. Making a sex scene with five characters must have been a chore and a half. Just keeping track and describing who is doing what and not getting confused is a wonder. It’s hard to tell how difficult it was for Lily because each scene is well developed, well structured and organised. As a reader, we know exactly what is going on, and it’s hot. Lily does a fantastic job. The reader is helped by the fact that each chapter is titled with the relevant character’s point-of-view. There is a nice flow to the rhythm of the story and how each main character is introduced.  The sex scenes are meaningful to the story. They aren’t just there for the sake of a sex scene.

I did have a slight problem, though. It’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine, actually. The ending is an HEA, which most romance readers will find essential, but this time, Lily takes the happy to such an extreme that she even gives the two main antagonists a happy ending. This is a trend I’ve noticed in recent fiction from other authors. It seems as if the main characters can’t have an HEA if every single aspect of their lives isn’t wrapped in a beautiful rose-coloured frilly bow. I’d much rather see the bad guys get their comeuppance than a happy ending.

Nevertheless, unlike some other reviewers, I’m not going to severely underrate a story simply because I found the ending a bit too pleasant. It was a good read and I recommend it. I’m also looking forward to reading more from Lily G. Blunt.


About the Author

Lily G. Blunt enjoys writing contemporary gay romance and paranormal stories. She loves to explore the relationship between two or more men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of feelings between them. Lily is often inspired by the lyrics to songs and is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head. Only a few of these ever make their way to the page.

Lily reviews for several blogs and has recently launched Gay Book Promotions, an online book promotion service for authors of LGBT+ romance and fiction. She loves to hear from readers and other authors.

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Review of His Taken Omega by L.C. Davis



Title: His Taken Omega (Mountain Shifters #11)

Author: L.C. Davis

Publisher: Self-Published

Cover Artist: Wolf Conan

Release Date: December 3, 2017

Length: 70 000 words/260 pages

Genre/s: M/M shifter Mpreg romance

His Taken Omega is a standalone story within the Mountain Shifter universe.



Nicholas wants nothing to do with omegas, and Avery has already signed a contract binding him to another Alpha. Fate has other plans for them both.

As the omega spokesman for the infamous Futurus Initiative, Avery Callahan is a controversial figure who’s used to being envied, occasionally despised and always the center of attention. His kidnapping at the hands of the twisted omega at the helm of the radical anti-Futurus group known as Epsilon shook his perfect world to the core, and Avery’s abnormally conventional parents no longer know what to do with him. In a last-ditch effort to save their son’s reputation—and his engagement to a prestigious politician—the Callahans send him to the small, idyllic pack of Southbend for some much-needed rest and recovery.

When Avery arrives in Southbend, he finds the Meyer household anything but welcoming and he immediately clashes with the rakishly reluctant head of the household. Nicholas might be a brilliant lawyer with good looks and charm in abundance, but he makes no secret of the fact that Avery is persona non-grata in his pack. How is Avery supposed to heal his own wounds when an Alpha who looks at every omega with disdain makes him question everything, including his participation in the breeding program he’s devoted his life to promoting?


Nicholas has it all on the surface—rising-star status as an attorney with his own practice, a sizable inheritance and the option of going home with any omega he chooses at the end of the night—but beneath the mask of his status, he hides a secret that makes him feel unworthy of the title of Alpha. Past abuse has left him with a deep-seated revulsion towards omegas, the very class of shifter he’s supposed to crave. He uses work and meaningless flings with other Alphas and betas to distract himself from the family life he

doesn’t believe he deserves, but in the wake of his estranged father’s death, Nicholas is called home to take on a role he never wanted.

Forced to give up his high-profile career and take the reins of his family’s pack, Nicholas finds himself wholly unprepared to fill the shoes of the man he hated. Because fate isn’t cruel enough, the Spirits choose this moment to send him his destined mate—a charming yet infuriatingly stubborn omega he can never love or even claim. At least, that’s what he thinks until he realizes that the very traits that repel him from other omegas draw him to Avery in a way he finds as bewildering as it is intoxicating.

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“Well,” Nicholas said, coming to a stop in the middle of the town square. “This is the great metropolis of Southbend. What do you think?”

“I think it’s lovely,” Avery said, hesitating. “And very, very rural.”

“It is certainly that.” Nicholas grinned. “Should we head back? You must be tired after your trip.”

“I am,” Avery admitted, falling into step beside him. “Guess I am here to relax.”

“That’s what I heard.”

“What else have you heard?”

Nicholas wasn’t sure how to respond. Avery gave him a knowing look.

“You can be honest. You won’t hurt my feelings.”

“It’s nothing bad, if that’s what you’re thinking.”

“I guess that depends on whether you consider the public face of the Futurus Initiative having a nervous breakdown in the middle of a fundraiser to be a bad thing.”

“Everyone knows what you went through. You’re a hero. If they’d judge you for that, they’re not worth the time.”

“It’s been three months,” Avery murmured.

“Three months is barely enough time to enjoy summer break, let alone get over being kidnapped.”

“Maybe you can tell my parents that. They’re convinced I’m irreparably broken.”

“You don’t look broken to me.” Nicholas pretended to look the omega over for damage. “Maybe a small dent right here,” he said, poking the dimple on Avery’s cheek that deepened when he smiled.

“Either way, it looks like I’m stuck here until I can convince my parents of that.”

“That makes two of us. For what it’s worth, it’ll be nice to have the company.”

Another lie, but at least this one was for a worthy cause. It wasn’t Avery’s fault that an Alpha with an irrational aversion to omegas—or at least intimacy with one—had imprinted on him.

Avery was there to recover, not to find a mate when he already had one. The more Nicholas reminded himself of that, the better. His aversion had kept him single into his early thirties, so surely he could manage to control the hormones and irrational impulses for the few weeks Avery would be staying with them. Once he went back, both of their problems would be solved. Avery could go back to his life as the Futurus golden boy, and Nicholas could sleep a little easier knowing that he wasn’t going to imprint on the next omega who walked into his office looking for help.

In the meantime, he just had to fight the urge to commit the greatest sin of his profession: telling the truth.

My Review

4 Stars

This was quite an enjoyable read. The world building was interesting. It was a nice departure from the typical Omega universe, but not too different to be unfamiliar. In Davis’ universe, pack life is quite structured, to the point of multi-national, or at the least national corporations playing a big role, especially in the shifter reproductive cycle and with that exists social pressures on the main players. The need to stave off extinction is great, but are the methods interfering with people finding their fated mate? Interestional dilemnas.

Along with the psychological and moral questions, the relationships developed by the author are interesting and certainly pulled me in to wanting to read more. The development of each character was well thought out, and although some had a few stereotypical elements to them, most were multi-dimensional, full persons.

I also enjoyed the structure of the story. Each chapter is in the voice of one of the main characters, Nicholas or Avery, and what I enjoyed about that was the difference in the voice, even some of the specific details for the same event were different, and although some my scream about continuity issues, I believe it to be a good thing. Not everyone is going to perceive the same event the same way, and it’s good to show it.

The intimate scenes were on point. By that, I mean they were intricate to the story and just heated enough for my taste without going overboard with too much flowery romantic/erotic language.

All in all this was an excellent read that I would recommend, especially to those already enamoured by shifter stories.


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L.C. Davis is an MM romance author with a passion for LGBT representation.

His series include The Mountain Shifters, Queer Magick and Kingdom of Night.




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Myths, Moons and Mayhem, edited by Dale Cameron Lowry: Review


Myths, Moons & Mayhem

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Title: Myths, Moons & Mayhem

Editor: Dale Cameron Lowry

Authors: Rebecca Buchanan, Elizabeth Coldwell, Rhidian Brenig Jones, Morgan Elektra, Greg Kosebjorn, Clare London, Dale Cameron Lowry, Carl Redlum, Rob Rosen

Publisher: Sexy Little Pages

Genres: anthology, paranormal, ménage, LGBT, MMM romance, MMM erotica

Date of Publication: Oct. 13

Length: 194 pages

ISBN: 9781386972891 (ebook); 978-1977763518 (print)

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Myths, moons, and mayhem make the perfect threesome—and so do the men in this anthology.

Enjoy nine erotic stories of paranormal ménages a trois fueled by lust and magic, where mystical forces collide with the everyday world and even monsters have their own demons to conquer.

A werewolf gets a lust-fueled lesson on fitting in with the pack, a professor unlocks ancient secrets and two men’s hearts, and a pair of supernaturals find themselves at the erotic mercy of a remarkable human. Ghosts, fairies, aliens, and mere mortals test the boundaries of their desires, creating magic of their own.

Penned by favorite authors such as Rob Rosen and Clare London, as well as by newcomers to the genre, Myths, Moons & Mayhem is an eclectic mix of paranormal lust and polymythic beings that will spark your fantasies and fuel your bonfires.

My Review

4 Stars

Unlike some people, it seems, I enjoy a good short story, especially if it comes packaged with stories from multiple authors. Variety is the spice of life after all.

The theme of the anthology intrigued me. In fact, I started to write a story for it, but the idea became too involved for a short, so I decided to forgo the attempt and keep writing a longer version. I do enjoy reading and writing ménage stories, as well paranormal ones, so Halloween-type themed ones peeked my interest.

When a short story has a nice degree of sizzle, an enjoyable understandable plot and good character development, it is my jam. Putting all those elements into a smaller than usually box isn’t easy, I know. I’ve tried and succeeded, but also failed.

I’m also sure not everyone wants or needs the same things in a short story, if they want them at all. I need these three elements. I don’t like a story that has no real plot except to be the basis of a sexual encounter, even though the writing may be illuminating and the sex scene hot as hell. It just isn’t my thing, and there were a few stories in that vein. I’m certain there are readers out there who would enjoy these the most. I’m not one of them.

Myths, Moons and Mayhem delivers a few nice gems and a few that miss the mark for me, but are still an okay read. There aren’t any stories that I would trash completely, some I would rather not read again, and a few I’ve already read several times.

I usually rate all the stories in an anthology. However, this time I decided to pick the few that I enjoyed the most. I will also try to review without giving the plot away, because I hate ones that do.

As for the rest, as explained, some had too much sex and not enough plot for me, but were still good. Overall a very good read.

Inside Man by Clare London—At a London pub, a tear in the veil between the dead and living opens up new possibilities for a ghost who could only ever watch the men he desired, but never touch.

My Review

4 Stars

The story intrigued me in the beginning because I wondered where it could go. It deals with a ghostly character. The author’s idea of a ménage was novel and interesting. The plot was clear and interesting, dealing with a situation in which many men could relate. The character development left me with wanting to know more about these three persons, and in this case, that’s a very good thing. The ending was somewhat open-ended, which I enjoyed, but some would hate. This is a nice read which I’ve reread.


The Secret of the Golden Cup by Rebecca Buchanan—A classics professor finds himself at the center of a magical war. With an unfairly attractive student and a campus janitor as his only allies, can he stave off the forces of evil?

My Review

4 Stars

This is another story with an intriguing plot and characters I’d like to meet. It’s actually nicely plausible within its own context, that being a paranormal world with magical relics and those who can wield them.  It’s also another story which is somewhat open-ended. The reader got a peek at what could be a much larger story, but one still had a sense that this part of the story was done. I enjoyed it and am hoping for more from this author who was new to me.


When The Big Moon Shines by Carl Redlum—A college student is intent on hunting down the man who turned him into a werewolf. But his mouthwatering neighbors keep getting in the way.

Careful What You Wish For by Elizabeth Coldwell—Josh dreams of meeting Mr. Right, so his roommate offers help with a love spell. Neither man is prepared for what happens when the spell begins to work.

The Cave by Dale Cameron Lowry—Losing sleep to the sounds of his tent-neighbors’ nightly lovemaking has nature photographer Ethan at his wit’s end. What kind of magic can convince the two men he should join them?

My Review

4.25 Stars

Another nice short, this time with multi-character development. A nice segment that can be expanded upon, again, something I like. The story is drenched is magic and sex, with a mystery and danger thrown in. very good read.


The Endless Knot by Morgan Elektra—The fiery romance between a vampire and a werewolf threatens to burn itself to the ground until a human teaches them to temper the flame.

Squatchin’ by Greg Kosebjorn—Two Bigfoot hunters get more than they bargained for when they set out on an overnight camping trip to trail the legendary beast.

Celyn’s Tale by Rhidian Brenig Jones—A young Welsh farmer is haunted by visions of his future lover, only to discover that the lover is not one, but two—and not exactly human, either.

My Review

4.5 Stars

I thoroughly enjoyed how this was written. It had a traditional moral to the story, which could have been boring, but the author gave it a unique perspective. I thought the writing and character development superb.


Close Encounter of the Three-way Kind by Rob Rosen—In this quirky comedy, aliens arrive from another galaxy, but they’re more interested in consensual exploration than invasion. Alien probing never felt so good!


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Review of Living Wild: The OmegaDate Diaries Book Two by Odin Nightshade

Living Wild: A Paranormal Mpreg Gay Romance (The Omega Date Diaries Book 2) by [Nightshade, Odin]


***Living Wild is a standalone novel; you don’t need to read any of the other books in the OmegaDate Diaries series to enjoy this one.***

Rocco Shore always knew that he’d grow up to be the Alpha of his pack some day—he just hadn’t expected that day to come so soon.

After a bout of ill health his father seems ready to pass the torch at any moment. Unfortunately, the timing couldn’t be any worse. Rocco has only just decided that he needs to part ways with his current boyfriend Skye, but he’s going to need a mate in order for the pack to accept him fully as Alpha—not to mention fend off evil rival Jarvis’s challenge to his status.

Worlds apart from pack life is city-shifter Kade Sinclair. With three rescue dogs, a busy job as a social worker and hours spent volunteering at the local animal shelter, he barely has time to think, let alone pursue a mate. Besides, no boyfriend has ever passed the three-dog litmus test.

When the lonely city boy and aspiring Alpha meet on OmegaDate, their connection is immediate and all-consuming. But Rocco can’t tell Kade exactly what he’s looking for without putting fatal pressure on their blossoming relationship—especially since Kade has made it clear that he would never dream of leaving his life in the city. And when sparks from Rocco’s past relationship ignite that powder-keg, there’s no way it won’t explode.

Can Rocco come clean about his intentions before it’s too late? Or is his relationship with Kade doomed before it’s even begun?

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This book contains hot and lusty male on male action involving frenzied bareback sex, shapeshifting wolves, knotting and a sweet and tender happily-ever-after. Not recommended for those that blush easily.

My Review


And so we have another instalment in the OmegaDate series. Similar to the previous one I reviewed, this story follows a similar story arc. Two main characters, an Alpha and an Omega, each with seemingly different if not opposite lifestyles, meet each other using the OmegaDate app. There is a confrontation, a seemingly insurmountable personal conflict and an omega pregnancy.

As with the previous one, the character development is well written and structured. In this story, each main character has at least one strong female influence, who actually help develop the plot.

I enjoyed the story. It was well planned, somewhat thought provoking and played with certain alpha/omega tropes, making it interesting for me. The omega in the story isn’t a pushover in the dynamic, which usually irks me a little. The Alpha compromises, even gives up certain things he’s taken for granted before the meeting.

The sex scenes were steamy, if a little predictable.

It was an enjoyable easy read that I would recommend whole-heartily to those who like the genre and appreciate straying from the trope a little.

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Review of Unexpected Powers by Chris Hart



Unexpected Powers, Book Four

Ash’s life hasn’t been the best so far. Mated to a man he hates, he resigns himself to his fate of being abused. When his mate kidnaps the highly pregnant Alex, they become friends, and to Ash’s surprise, Alex’s rescuer saves him as well. Now he can start a new life, but it’s going to be a lonely one, due to his visible and invisible scars.

D didn’t seek out a man, but one look at Ash and he’s head over heels in love. But Ash needs to work through his issues before he can see D’s love for him. Slowly, Ash learns to trust D, but with their growing feelings, other strange phenomena appear. What’s up with lights turning on without Ash touching the switch and doors opening on their own? Is something dangerous happening and threatening their blossoming love? Or is it something else altogether?


I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It’s fourth is a series. To have the best experience, I would recommend reading from the beginning, although it’s not necessary to understand it.  For those unfamiliar with the series I suggest you skip down to Alex’s Surprise for a review and read the synopses and reviews of the three prior stories and scroll back up.

I thoroughly enjoyed all the series. The third book was my favorite but I would recommend Unexpected Power even if you don’t read the first three. Although, why wouldn’t you?

Unexpected Powers

4 Stars

This book centers on two other characters brought in during Saving Alex, Ash and D. It also starts with events already brought forward in books two and three but in yet another perpective. Again, there are little understandable inconsistencies that emerge. Book  four introduces yet another facet of paranormal fiction, the sorcerer. The author creates a hierarchy of these different facets that makes for an interesting read.

The fourth book in a bit preachier than the first three, although the morals get explained more and more as the series develop.

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Unexpected Series

Alex’s Surprise

Alex wanted a night of hot passion with Gerome, but he gets more than he ever bargained for. His life will be changed forever in a world where he’ll be thrown in jail— or worse— for being pregnant.

Alex’s best friend, Sam, has been acting strange ever since he met Alex’s one-night stand, but now Alex needs help in order to hide, and Sam is his only hope.


3.5 Stars

The premise is interesting. A man, Alex,  goes to a bar, gets a one-night-stand, who happens to be a vampire, has sex and gets pregnant. Problem is, male pregnancy is illegal, for some reason. Alex and his best friend deal with it, with the help of the vampire. Man and best friend fall in love.

I enjoyed the world-building. The pace of the story is fun, the p.o.v alternating between Alex and Sam. The angst is about the hardship of the pregnancy, and Alex’s loneliness. The suspense is whether Alex and his best friend will finally admit their love for each other. It’s an HFN ending, so…. Guess.

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Saving Alex

Not only is Alex pregnant, something punishable by jail time, but Gerome, the father of the baby, is a vampire prince. When strangers invade Alex’s home and kidnap him, he doesn’t know who is responsible, if he’ll ever see the man he loves again, or even get to see the child growing inside him.

Considering himself the father of his lover’s child, Sam has a hard time standing around and letting others plan Alex’s rescue. But when the Prince and his trackers find an important clue, the race to save his beloved is on. Now all he can do is cross his fingers that the scheme they’ve devised will work.

When Prince Gerome receives ransom demands, the instructions are clear: mate a complete stranger or he’ll never see Alex or the child he carries again. Will he be able to convince his newly intended to help, or will those seeking to dethrone his family win this evil game of blackmail?


3.75 Stars

Book two is a continuation of Alex and Sam’s story, written in their p.o.v.’s.  The world-building continues, new concepts such as the existence of shifters and Vampire Royalty, as well as the concept of mating, are added and expanded upon. building from the first story. New characters are introduced . The story shifts to a more character driven story to one filled with more action, yet still expands our knowledge of great personalities

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Mate Me, Hate Me, Date Me, Love Me

When his father, King Harold, forces Prince Gerome to mate a complete stranger in order to save his unborn child, he complies with a heavy heart and says goodbye to all his dreams of finding love. Gerome’s hurt and treats his mate the way he’s been taught all his life: through power and submission. But with Luis, it doesn’t work.

When Luis is mated off to a stranger, his world ends. He was a carefree student one day and the next a vampire prince demands his submission. He can’t run, but he can hide and hate in silence. So he withdraws until only a shell remains.

Neither of the men has any chance of finding love together until a friend intervenes. Can Gerome forget what he’s been taught all his life, and is it possible for Luis to forget what’s happened to him? Will they ever find their own happy ending? And can love blossom where only hate exists?


4.25 Stars

It’s in book three that things get interesting. Alex and Sam become secondary characters although they don’t disappear. The vampire from series one and his consort from series two become the main focus and the primary p.o.v’s. New concepts such as the D/s dynamic is the mating ritual, are introduced. Morals are discussed more. What I find interesting is that the story begins with events the reader already knows from series two but told in different perspectives, and as such the information is slightly different. Some readers might think of these as inconsistencies. I believe they may even be deliberate in order to cement that this story is not Alex and Sam’s Story, but that of Gerome and Luis.

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Chris McHart lives in Germany, with her husband, slave, Dom, partner in crime, and muse (all in one person, not even she’s that kinky!). She loves her husband, men in kilts and Scotch Whisky. Her idea of a perfect evening is to curl up with her laptop and write (the other options are not suitable to post in public).

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Review of Luscious Justice by Odin Nightshade

My Review

4 stars

Firstly, this is an mpreg shifter novel. As a man, I find that I sometimes have a weird fascination with the idea of being pregnant and giving birth. Some people dislike this concept, saying it’s unrealistic. Coming from people who enjoy reading about werewolves, vampires, ghosts having sex with live persons,  and unrealistic happily-ever-afters, I find this stance a bit hypocritical, but I digress.

Odin’s world-building abilities are still well toned for this story and the author uses them well. Two characters find each other using a dating app for shifters. They are well matched for each other. Each one is driven and civic-minded. However,  they find themselves on opposite sides of a legal issue, mainly because one was brought up in a pack, and the other by humans. The human world is fiercely prejudiced against shifters. The author brings forward the angst caused to each character by this prejudice quite nicely. It affects them and their budding relationship in acute ways.

I won’t go into the actual storyline more than I already have, but  Iwill say, that although I found the outcome of the story predictable, the story itself and the morals intertwined in the telling were compelling enough to sustain me. The sex scenes were enjoyable too.

One little negative was the presence of a few grammatical errors, more so than in other works by Odin Nightshade, but they didn’t keep me from enjoying it.  Also, a little side-note, it’s only sold in paperback for the moment, as far as I can tell.  Bring on the ebook? Just a thought.

I’m looking forward to the next Odin Nightshade experience.