Friday, June 22, 2018

Flashback Friday: Hell & High Water by Charlie Cochet #Review #Giveaway





Author: Charlie Cochet
Title: Hell & High Water
Series: THIRDS #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Publication Date: July 7, 2014
Length: 296 pages

Reviewed by Jenn


Synopsis

When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.




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This month  I chose Hell and High Water (Thirds Book 1) by Charlie Cochet as my Flashback Friday review. I have to admit to being reluctant at first to read a shifter book, but my best friend convinced me to give it a try and I’ve never looked back. This series is one of my very favorites and one I recommend to everyone. The way the author uses science to explain the shifters is just brilliant and it makes you think...this COULD happen.

Our main characters are Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie. Dex is a former  homicide detective and human, Sloane is a team leader for THIRDS and is a Jaguar Therian (shifter). Thirds stands for Therian Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron and is a force made up equally of humans and Therians to keep things fair and to strive to always have equality. When Dex comes on board, Sloane’s team has been trying to recover from a huge loss and doesn’t want to accept a new member. Dex is used to making quite an impression on people and definitely does on his first day at Thirds. Quickly the team realizes that though they don’t want a new member, Dex may be just what they need. Sloane is not so sure, but he can’t deny how drawn he is to Dex. This is book 1 of a series that is 10 books long and one that gets better with each and every book.

I love these books and these characters so hard. Dex and Sloane may  lead the pack, but the rest of their team members often steal the show. Their team is a family and as with most families, they can drive each other crazy, but they always have each other’s backs. The comraderie, love, and support along with the practical jokes and pranks help make this book, this team feel like the family you wish you had. I am so crazy about each character, I am so glad I took this journey with Thirds. Charlie Cochet found a way to write a story that made us believe panthers, lions and cheetahs could run down our city streets along with their human partners...made us want to see it. The heart of these books is family and Dexter J.  Dayley. He was the right man at the right place, the right time and he helped heal a broken unit. He is an extremely charismatic, loving and kind man with a side of silly, plain crazy and a wild streak a mile wide. I wouldn’t change a hair on his head and seeing the power of Dex is action kind of feels like coming home to me. He’s a bit of a sanctuary, even while he’s driving everyone crazy. If you have never read this series, you are missing out on so much wonderful! The author is releasing the first book in a spin off series soon and now is the perfect time to catch up.





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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Random Review: The Music Of Love by Sandine Tomas #Review #Giveaway




Author: Sandine Tomas
Title: The Music Of Love
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Length: 220 pages

Reviewed by Truus


Synopsis

Sometimes the music of love skips a beat….

Paralegal by day, musician by night, Julian has an expiration date stamped on his forehead when it comes to love. No relationship has made it past a year, so Julian avoids romance like the plague and concentrates on his music instead.

Which works fine until gorgeous, smart, and funny Zachary joins Julian’s firm. One look at the man and Julian knows he’s dangerous. No matter what, he can’t fall for Zachary. He has to spare Zachary the pain of dumping Julian at the one-year mark. His brilliant plan? Ask a straight friend to pose as his significant other to keep Zachary away. Not surprisingly, his scheme does little to dampen the attraction—on either side.

When Zachary gives Julian a second chance despite his deception, Julian thinks his curse might be broken. But then he’s faced with the impossible choice between a life with Zachary and living his dream of touring with the band….



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I loved it that both men had their specific peculiarities and habits and I loved it that this stayed strong throughout the whole journey.
It was a long and wide story. It had a lot of drama, really a lot! But... it had purpose because it made them grow.

Julian never reached longer than a year with relationships, on the date or near the date he just got dumped. Every time he falls deeply in love and every breakup hurts him and makes him flee... literally. So he made up his mind... no more getting involved with men, just work and make music.
Zachary is head over heels when he meets Julian. They will be working together for the same firm.
The spark is instant and Julian tries very hard to resist Zachary, he even let his best friend play around as his boyfriend....until Julian can’t anymore.

We follow their journey and goshhh what a journey it is!!

Be prepared for drama and strong feelings, stubborn friendship, emotional lyrics, the birth of a song, searching souls, a lot of hurt, tears and deep love. Julian and Zachary are lovable and irritating at the same time, but they were more lovable. The friends who surrounded them were all very involved.
This all is written in an engaging and steadfast way. I loved how the author put down their specific characters and how their journey went. Like I said before, you could love them and at the same time strangle them. All together a great job!






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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Random Review: The Medium by Bonnie Dee #Review #Giveaway






Title: The Medium
Author: Bonnie Dee
Self Published
Publication Date: May 29, 2018

Reviewed by Truus


Synopsis

To win a heart, he must risk his soul…

Cast out of his family for being a freak, psychic Justin Crump helps others find peace by using his ability. When he’s called upon to release a distressed soul from a haunted house, a child’s angry spirit draws him into a dark mystery. Equally intriguing is the skeptical homeowner, Albert, a man who has buried his sexuality deeper than the grave.

Albert Henderson humors his mother’s wishes by inviting the medium for a visit. While he doubts Justin’s gifts, he can’t deny one truth: the man stirs desire in him that Albert has spent a lifetime denying. Slowly, the walls of his proper life crumble. And when Justin proposes some emotion-free experimentation, neither imagines it might lead to love…and danger.

After learning the terrifying truth about the deceased child’s persecutor, the two men pursue a perpetrator of great evil. When they coax a confession from their quarry, the vengeful spirit unleashes power nearly beyond control. To free the earthbound ghost from the past that holds it shackled, Justin must risk his own soul. And Albert must find the courage to break free of the chains of doubt that will deny him and Justin the future of which they once only dreamed.



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I was sold from the very first line... When an author can make me, as a reader, fully aware of details and surroundings, like vision, smell, noise, body language, the tensions and very importantly the century it takes place in .... from the very first page.... It can’t go wrong in any way with the story. 

Picture ‘London 1895’ 

Albert Henderson bought a beautiful house, only it had a lost and angry young spirit in it.
Justin Crump is a psychic and thrown away as dirt by his family.
Albert’s mother asked for Mr. Crump to help with the lost spirit. When both men get involved there is an undeniable attraction. Albert has no experience at all how to deal or act with his feelings for Justin, he is, at first, a bit curt, Justin gently tries to open his heart.
Bit by bit the secrets of the lost spirit are revealed. While working together on the same case Justin and Albert are getting fonder of each other. 
Some ugly things had happened in this house... and both men are determined to help the spirit.

Sublime story and sublimely written. It had a focus on several important things, the injustice toward people, the restless spirits, family, friendship and the strong connection between two men in a century which didn’t allowed a love between two people from the same sex. The mysterious case that brought them together is beautifully woven into this story. The spiritual level were amazingly put down. Both men were gentle and considerate, their bond indestructible and that was what saved them on heavy occasions.
Their longing and yearning; so strong and so present... it made me emotional. 
This story and the beautiful way it’s written touched me on a deep level. I felt the emotional and psychic depth, I balked ugly tears. I was completely enchanted by this story!







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Random Review: The Best Worst Honeymoon Ever by Andrew Grey #Review #Giveaway




Author: Andrew Grey
Title: The Best Worst Honeymoon Ever
House Line: Dreamspun Desires
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Length: 190 pages

Reviewed by Michael


Synopsis

Tommy Gordon is all set for happily ever after—until heartbreak strikes when his husband-to-be leaves him at the altar. In a bid for distraction, his best friend, Grayson Phillips, suggests he takes advantage of the luxury honeymoon anyway! But the last thing Tommy wants is to go alone, so he invites Grayson and his son, Petey, along. Beautiful Bonaire lends itself to romance, and along with close quarters, relaxing on the water, and a matchmaking kid, Tommy and Grayson soon find themselves closer than ever… and considering more, much to Grayson’s delight. But before they can plan the best honeymoon ever, dark clouds descend in the form of Tommy’s ex and a sting from paradise that could ruin everything.

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Being left at the alter has got to suck.  But that’s nothing when compared to the feeling of being deceived by the one you were supposed to marry.  You almost have to feel for Tommy, especially when you find out what Xavier, the ex, does after the aborted wedding.  Tommy handles it well, but then he has his best friend Grayson and Grayson’s nine-year-old son Petey (along with a loving mother, father, and aunt) in his corner.


Grayson convinces Tommy to go on the honeymoon trip to Bonaire in the Caribbean, despite the latter’s broken heart.  The trip is already paid for, after all.  Grayson and Petey go along to keep him company.  While on this trip, Grayson reveals that he’s been in love with Tommy for years.


Andrew Grey does a wonderful job of describing the scenery of the island.  If you didn’t know any better, you would almost swear you were there.  Let’s be honest, who couldn’t fall in love, or acknowledge a love that has always been there, with a backdrop of a majestic Caribbean Island.  It’s what happens after the vacation that can become the real problem.  Which is precisely what Tommy, a natural-born planner and pessimist, worries about.  Who can blame him, really.  He’s just been ditched by one man he thought loved him and is about to completely alter the parameters of his friendship with Grayson.


Grayson is quite the opposite.  He’s more of a go-with-the-flow kind of guy.  Oddly, the balance each other.


This was an enjoyable read, filled with beautiful scenery, friends-to-lovers story, and just the right amount of drama to keep things interesting without going completely overboard.








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