Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Release Day Review: Riptide by Helena Maeve #Review #Giveaway

Author: Helena Maeve
Book: Riptide
Publisher: Pride Publishing 
Publication date: July 25, 2017
Length: 52 pages

Reviewed by Michael


Sometimes all that matters is being in the right place, at the right time.

Rami knows the storm should have killed him. Very much alive, though slightly waterlogged, he can’t shake the feeling that he didn’t survive on his own merits. He had help.

When a person of interest in the legal matter he’s been hired to untangle reveals a strong resemblance to the man who may have saved his life, venturing into uncharted waters becomes the least of Rami’s problems.

A loner living in the shadow of a once-great house, Malcolm is a hard man to pin down. His seemingly impossible feats of heroism have certainly saved lives, but the people of Envern, Maine, are only too eager to allege he had something to do with his employer’s death. Leading a secretive existence under a cloud of suspicion should scupper Malcolm’s appeal, but Rami has secrets of his own and his relationship with danger has always been complicated.

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Riptide is a number of things, all wrapped into one short story.  It’s equal parts mystery and legal drama, with a splash of romance mixed with super powers.

Rami has come to Envern, Maine to handle a legal matter.  It seems that the rich and powerful Mrs. Lynch wants to evict the enigmatic Malcolm from a secondary house on an island owned by her late husband.  She’s been unable to do so due to some complex legal reasons, and has hired Rami’s firm to not only untangle the mess, but also to rid herself of Malcolm once and for all. 

When writing romance, there are two things you need to develop:  your characters, and their relationship.  Given the fact that this is a short story, there’s an enormous amount of character development where Rami is concerned.  He has problems, and although you don’t know where they stem from, you get the sense that he’s been dealing with them for a very long time.

Minority representation is something that is sorely lacking in both the Romance genres as well as comics.  I was pleasantly surprised with Malcolm.  He’s enigmatic to the townsfolk of Envern, as well as the reader.  

The story itself is well written, with enough twists and turns to keep you interested, but Rami and Malcolm didn’t seem to have a lot of chemistry.  I can’t help but wonder if format hampered it in some way.  Perhaps if it were longer in length, not only would there be more character development, but you would see the relationship build.


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Blog Tour: Cutie and the Beast by E.J. Russell #Review #Giveaway

Author: E.J. Russell
Book: Cutie and the Beast
Series: Fae Out Of Water #1
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Publication date: July 24, 2017
Length: 303 pages

Reviewed by Meredith


Temp worker David Evans has been dreaming of Dr. Alun Kendrick ever since that one transcription job for him, because holy cats, that voice. Swoon. So when his agency offers him a position as Dr. Kendrick’s temporary office manager, David neglects to mention that he’s been permanently banished from offices. Because, forgiveness? Way easier than permission.

Alun Kendrick, former Queen’s Champion of Faerie’s Seelie Court, takes his job as a psychologist for Portland’s supernatural population extremely seriously. Secrecy is paramount: no non-supe can know of their existence. So when a gods-bedamned human shows up to replace his office manager, he intends to send the man packing. It shouldn’t be difficult—in the two hundred years since he was cursed, no human has ever failed to run screaming from his hideous face.

But cheeky David isn’t intimidated, and despite himself, Alun is drawn to David in a way that can only spell disaster: when fae consort with humans, it never ends well. And if the human has secrets of his own? The disaster might be greater than either of them could ever imagine.

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Welcome to the Fae Out of Water blog tour, phase one--Cutie and the Beast! I’m so looking forward to introducing you all to the Kendrick brothers and their guys, starting this month with Alun and David. As you follow along on the tours—phase two, The Druid Next Door, in August, and phase three, Bad Boy’s Bard, in September—please leave a comment and your contact information for a chance at a $50 Riptide gift card. The drawing will take place after the last Bad Boy’s Bard blog stop. Thank you so much for stopping by!


Yes you guessed it, this is a different spin on Beauty and the Beast. But don’t think it’s at all bland or unoriginal. I found this to be awesomely entertaining. There’s mystery, intrigue, magic, and creatures from storybooks! You name it they are there…. Well, not mermaids but that’s ok.

There are two MC’s in this David (Dafyyd) and Alun. I will say that from the first page I loved David. His personality, his witty mouth, he’s positivity! All of it. I didn’t tire of him once. Multiple times he had my sides hurting. He was hilarious!

Alun is quite the serious Fae. He is cursed and hideous! Of course David being David he isn’t affected by what Alun’s looks. That is how amazing David is. I don’t want to give anything away but I’ll say this. When David started working as a Temp for Alun in his psychiatry practice I noticed there as something special about him. And as the pieces start to come together the story becomes thoroughly magical!

If you love high fantasy, a little mystery, awesome revelations, and terrific characters this is so much for you. You’ll love the Kendrick brothers and David’s Aunts. You’ll hate the characters you’re meant to and love the ones you long to.

I can see where the author can write stories for others in this series. I so much hope they are written because I love this world. The author was able to build something spectacular that can go so many places. I want that so much!

About the Fae Out of Water Series

Once upon a time, there were three brothers, nobles of the Seelie Court of Faerie, who set out to seek their fortunes. The eldest—

Scratch that. Rrrrrewind.

Nowadays, when tales are told in 140 character bursts on tiny LED screens, rather than spun out by the glow of a midnight campfire, even Faerie’s elite have to get with the program.

The Kendrick brothers have traded longbow for briefcase, battle steed for Harley, and enchanted harp for electric guitar.  But while they’re finding their feet in the modern world, instead of finding their fortunes, they stumble straight into love.


Check out the Fae Out of Water series! http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/series/fae-out-water

About E.J. Russell

E.J. Russell holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business-intelligence consultant. After her twin sons left for college and she no longer spent half her waking hours ferrying them to dance class, she returned to her childhood love of writing fiction. Now she wonders why she ever thought an empty nest meant leisure.

E.J. lives in rural Oregon with her curmudgeonly husband, the only man on the planet who cares less about sports than she does. She enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.

Connect with E.J.:
Website: ejrussell.com


To celebrate the release of all three books in the Fae Out of Water series, one lucky winner across all three tours will receive a GRAND PRIZE of a $50 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 23, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the Cutie and the Beast tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!