Sunday, July 31, 2016

Random Reviews... The Pirate of Fathoms Deep #Review #Giveaway

Author: Megan Derr
Book: The Pirate of Fathoms Deep
Series: Tales of the High Court (Book 2)
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Publication date: July 12, 2016
Length: 206 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


High Commander Lesto Arseni is the most feared man in the Harken Empire. None but the High King dares risk his wrath—and a pirate who once punched him in the middle of the imperial pavilion. A pirate who later snuck away with Lesto to an empty room, touched him in ways far more memorable. And then immediately bolted like a man who'd gotten what he wanted.

Shemal just wants to live a normal life, leave his pirating days behind him and prove that he's respectable now. The last thing he needs is the two idiots who show up wanting his help with the noble they've kidnapped—the very man Shemal had been hoping to prove himself to, the man he hasn't forgotten since Shemal punched him a year and a half ago.

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I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was about reading this book. Book one: The High King’s Golden Tongue was one of the best books I’ve ever read so when book two, The Pirate of Fathoms Deep, came out I had to read it immediately.

We finally get to read High Commander Lesto Arseni’s story with his pirate lover Shemal! We saw them in the first book and we were left wanting to know what was to come of their hot, but fleeting, affair! Well, we do. Time has gone by and they're face to face, after all this time, isn’t perfect.  Lesto is dropped on Shemal’s doorstep by halfwit kidnappers thinking he’ll help them. Shemal is on the straight and narrow and has been pining for Lesto. He immediately chooses to help him.

This was a very rich man poor man trope which is a top favorite for me. I LOVED how Lesto wanted to shower Shemal with all the things. Shemal having a hard time understanding why Lesto would want someone like him was utterly heartbreaking. It made Lesto have to work harder.

Megan Derr is an exceptional writer, one of the best in this genre without a doubt. I’ve yet to read a book of hers that hasn’t blown me away. Her creativity is vast and her writing is breathtaking. Read this book… read book one first but then read this! All the WOWS!


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Book of the Week: Open Road by MJ O'Shea #Review

Author: MJ O'Shea
Book: Open Road
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: July 25, 2016
Length: 207 pages

Reviewed by Erin

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Angus has been with the same guy for ten years. When his boyfriend breaks up with him the night of his thirtieth birthday party and announces his engagement to a twenty-two-year-old less than ten hours later, Angus is… a mess. To put it lightly. He spends days in bed, drinks himself into a stupor every night, and ends up losing his job and his apartment. His best and oldest friend, Reece, decides it’s time for an intervention. And a change of scenery.

Reece and Angus take off on a buddy trip across the US. They don’t have much of a plan; they just start driving. It takes Angus a couple of days to do much more than grunt when Reece talks to him, but slowly he opens up. They drive, talk, heal, shout, drink a bit too much sometimes, dance, meet new friends… and somewhere between Portland, Oregon, and Portland, Maine, they fall in love.

Which was the last thing in the world Angus expected.


Best friends turned lovers, a road trip across the country, and plenty of interesting sights and people along the way make Open Road by MJ O'Shea truly a delight. There is just that something about best friends who develop into more that gets me every time, and whatever it is that's so appealing in on display in full force between Reece and Angus. They've been best friends since they were little, their families are extremely close and even though Angus's boyfriend doesn't like Reece ... at all ... it doesn't stop these two from being the go to person for the other. However much Brad, Angus's boyfriend of 10 years, wishes it was different, Angus knows Reece will be there for him, even if they don't spend as much time together as they used to. Angus never needs Reece more than when Brad callously and heartlessly breaks up with Angus—on his 30th birthday!—and then announces his engagement to a much younger man.

What follows is a drastic downward spiral for Angus. He loses his job, his apartment, and most importantly himself as he falls into a deep depression. One that only Reece can get him out of, and what better way to do that, than to take an unexpected road trip. At first Reece decides to head south from Portland, Oregon along the coast toward California. It takes a few days of mostly tense silence from Angus before things start to improve, but once Angus clears his head a bit, he realizes he has much to live for … and be grateful for.

MJ O’Shea has done a wonderful job making this story of best friends to lovers refreshing and fun. Angus did grate on my nerves more than a few times, but once he got his head out of his ass and noticed the world around him, I fell completely in love with him. Reece of course grabbed my heart right from the get to. He’s strong, fiercely loyal, and his heart is a huge as the entire country. I loved these two together, and how Reece knew just how to handle Angus—from cajoling, to lectures, to keeping things light and fun and when to be serious. Not surprising when he’s loved Angus for most of his life.

This is a story that's been told before, but MJ O'Shea does a brilliant job of giving each stop Reece and Angus make a special feeling, capturing all the ambiance and character of each city they visit. I found this especially appealing. The idea of jumping in a car and going wherever you wish is a dream for many and by the end of Open Road I have no doubt you'll add many places you must visit to your list. I know I did. This is a really fun, romantic, and sweet story that will leave you with a huge smile on your face once you get to the end. Don’t miss this one people, trust me you’ll be sorry if you do.

Release Blitz: Bitten by Mistake by Annabelle Jacobs #Excerpt #Giveaway


Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Release Date: July 28 2016

Length: 81,000 words

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow


From animosity to searing passion in a lunar cycle… but can their bond survive?

Wolf shifter Nathan Kohl’s pack is his whole life. Arrogant and handsome, he avoids commitment to anything or anyone outside of his pack. He works hard, plays hard, and pursues humans as lovers because there’s little to no chance of him forming a permanent bond. However, when Jared Taylor comes into Nathan’s life, every rule is broken.

After a bad experience, Jared vowed to never get involved with another shifter, no matter how much they got under his skin. Despite being physically attracted to Nathan, who’s all kinds of hot, Jared only sees an arrogant, domineering bastard.

A disastrous case of mistaken identity throws Nathan and Jared together until the next full moon. Forced to spend the next twenty-eight days in close proximity, they can no longer ignore the powerful attraction between them. Passion ignites, and their relationship takes a turn neither of them wanted.

But when the full moon comes, everything might change again.


“This seat taken?”

The smooth, husky voice startled Jared into jarring his shoulder again. He snapped his eyes open.

The guy in front of him was tall, maybe three inches taller than Jared’s six foot one, and he stood way too close, invading Jared’s personal space. It set him instantly on edge. Leaning back in his seat to get some distance between them, Jared gave him a wary look. “No, but I’m not eager to fill it either.”

“Feisty. I like that in my men.” The tall guy put his hand on the back of Jared’s chair, and ever so subtly scented the air.

A few more drinks in and Jared would have missed it, but the alcohol had yet to hit his system, and he recognised the move for what it was.

Fucking shifters.

“Piss off.”

“I’m Nathan.” The guy grinned at him, oozing confidence.

Jared rolled his eyes and took a deliberately slow drink of his beer. “And I’m not interested. So kindly fuck off and go bother someone else.”


Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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