Gabbi Reviews: Stitch by Kim Fielding, Eli Easton, Jamie Fessenden and Sue Brown

Title: Gothika, Book 1, Stitch

Authors: Kim Fielding, Eli Easton, Jamie Fessenden and Sue Brown

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 294

Characters: Multiple Heroes

POV: Varies

Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Anthology

Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Gothika: Volume One

When a certain kind of man is needed, why not make him to order? Such things can be done, but take care: Much can go wrong—but then, sometimes it can go wonderfully right. Imagine…

In The Golem of Mala Lubovnya, a seventeenth century rabbi creates a man of clay to protect the Jews, and the golem lives a life his maker never imagined, gaining a name—Emet—and the love of a good man, Jakob Abramov. But their love may not survive when Emet must fulfill his violent purpose.

In Watchworks, Luke Prescott lives as a gentleman in a London that never was. His unique needs bring him to famed watchmaker Harland Wallace. Romance might blossom for them if Harland can come to terms with loving a man and keeping him safe.

In Made for Aaron, a young man in an asylum for being gay met the love of his life, Damon Fox. Twenty years later, Aaron thinks his life is over when Damon dies and then disappears from the hospital. Aaron is determined to find the truth, but secrets hide the unthinkable.

Reparations unfolds on the harsh planet of Kalan, where weakness cannot be tolerated. When Edward needs help, his life becomes entwined with exceptional cyborg slave, Knox. But when Knox remembers things he shouldn’t know, the two may pay a blood price for their taboo alliance.

Review:

Stitch is a Multi-Authored Anthology that left this reader yearning for more! Each and every story was intriguing and filled with plenty of romance with unique and well-written characters. I was quickly swept up into the addictive storylines these authors’ created and loved every minute I spent reading it.

One of the things that I’ve come to expect when it comes to reading Anthologies is that there are going to be some stories that I’m going to love and some that don’t resonate with me as a reader. I was floored by all of the creative storytelling abilities each of these authors have and enjoyed the stories they had to tell.

I can’t really pick a favorite story or a least favorite because I loved them all. Each and everyone brings something special to the anthology and if you like plenty of romance and even some nail-biting gothic suspense, this is definitely the book for you.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Anyplace Else by Kim Fielding


Title: Anyplace Else
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 33
Characters: Grant Beaudoin,
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Holiday, DSP Advent Calendar 2016
Kisses: 3

Blurb:

Grant Beaudoin should be thrilled to escape Minneapolis at Christmastime and grateful to lounge on a Hawaiian beach. Instead he is mired in self-pity and drowning in too much tequila. His twin is marrying the perfect man, while Grant is stuck in middle management with no love life in sight. A walk into the rain forest leads to a meeting with a doomed man who has a story about a holiday that predates Christmas. Grant comes to realize that difficult endings can lead to new beginnings—and perhaps a brighter future.

Review:

Anyplace Else is a quirky story by Kim Fielding. Out of all of the books in the Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar this short was the most unique and strangely interesting.

I love the author’s works. Ms. Fielding has a real knack at writing thoughtful, well-written characters. She also thinks out of the box when it comes to unique storylines and so on…but having said this, Anyplace but Here is wildly different and more than a little strange.

Grant has gone to Hawaii to be in his twin’s wedding. Grant is down in the dumps and feeling sorry for himself. When he meets several different people who talk about the mysterious god that lives on the island once a year, Grant is confused *I was too* and intrigued by what he thinks is an old wives tale.

I can’t get into this story without giving it away but believe me when I say, this story is more of a Halloween story than a Christmas one. There is a lot of mythology and urban legends to this tale…almost to the point that it left this read confused as to what was going on and what was going to happen next.

Here’s the thing…though the story was a bit odd…I found it oddly endearing. I liked to two heroes and thought this little short story would have been really great if it had been more fleshed out and a full blown story.

Anyplace Else is unique and I liked it. I wish I could have loved it. I wish it had been a stand-alone novel. Instead, I was left a little confused.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Lydia Reviews: Love is Heartless by Kim Fielding


Title: Love is Heartless
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 254
Characters: Nevin Ng and Colin Westwood
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Series
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

Small but mighty—that could be Detective Nevin Ng’s motto. Now a dedicated member of the Portland Police Bureau, he didn’t let a tough start in life stop him from protecting those in need. He doesn’t take crap from anyone, and he doesn’t do relationships. Until he re-sponds to the severe beating of a senior citizen and meets the victim’s wealthy, bow-tied landlord.
Property manager and developer Colin Westwood grew up with all the things Nevin never had, like plenty of money and a supportive, loving family. Too supportive, perhaps, since his childhood illness has left his parents unwilling to admit he’s a strong, grown man. Colin does do relationships, but they never work out. Now he’s thinking maybe he won’t just go with the flow. Maybe it’s time to try something more exciting. But being a witness to a terri-ble crime—or two—was more than he bargained for.
Despite their differences, Colin and Nevin discover that the sparks fly when they’re togeth-er. But sparks are short-lived, dampened by the advent of brutal crimes, and Colin and Nevin have seemingly little in common. The question is whether they have the heart to build something lasting.

Review:

Love is Heartless is the second story in the Love Can’t series by author Kim Fielding. While there is some crossover between the first two books, it is not necessary to read the first book before reading this one.

The main characters in this book are a little intense. Nevin is a detective with the Portland PD. He’s a total alpha, and the fact that his looks belay that fact causes some issues for the detective. Readers will want to read the prologue as it really explains why Nevin is the way he is. But looks aside, he is good at his job and tough as nails. Nevin is called in to investigate the murder of an elderly women who supposedly had no enemies. While there he meets Colin Westwood.

Colin’s background is completely different from Nevin’s. Where Nevin did not know where his next meal was coming from or which foster family he would be with next, Colin had the life of luxury. The only problem he had was one centered on his health and that only made his family more protective of him. Now an adult, Colin has had to work hard to prove he can be on his own. While volunteering for a charity that helps elderly gay people he finds one of his people dead. It’s now that he meets Nevin. The two men are intrigue by the other yet because of personal issues ignore what they are feeling. When another of Colin’s people shows up missing Nevin is once again called in. Because of the attraction the two feel for each other, Colin and Nevin make a one night stand deal. Problem is neither man wants it to end at one night.

I really like these two together. Nevin shows Colin it’s okay to be a little tough while Colin brings out the softer side of Nevin. While Colin is a little hesitant to fight for his independence, it is Nevin that has a harder time dealing with change. The chemistry between them is intense and I loved watching them move from one night stand to lovers and friends. When the two become serious and Nevin met Colin’s family, I had to laugh at some of Nevin’s actions.

While the men’s relationship is an important part of the story, it is not the only part that will hold the reader’s attention. Someone is killing the elderly and whoever it is has a connection to Colin. I think that the readers will love the twists and turns in this story. There are a couple of OMG moments in this story that I did not see coming and one moment where I was not happy at all. While it may be easy for some to figure out who the killer is, the why is something we hear about every day on the news.

I believe this is my first book by Kim Fielding but it will not be the last. I am curious to see what the next book in this school will be about and will look for more stories by this author.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Gabbi Reviews: Love Can’t Conquer by Kim Fielding


Title: Love Can’t Conquer
Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 257
Characters: Jeremy Cox, Qayin Hill
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

Bullied as a child in small-town Kansas, Jeremy Cox ultimately escaped to Portland, Oregon. Now in his forties, he’s an urban park ranger who does his best to rescue runaways and other street people. His ex-boyfriend, Donny—lost to drinking and drugs six years earlier—appears on his doorstep and inadvertently drags Jeremy into danger. As if dealing with Donny’s issues doesn’t cause enough turmoil, Jeremy meets a fascinating but enigmatic man who carries more than his fair share of problems.

Qayin Hill has almost nothing but skeletons in his closet and demons in his head. A former addict who struggles with anxiety and depression, Qay doesn’t know which of his secrets to reveal to Jeremy—or how to react when Jeremy wants to save him from himself.

Despite the pasts that continue to haunt them, Jeremy and Qay find passion, friendship, and a tentative hope for the future. Now they need to decide whether love is truly a powerful thing or if, despite the old adage, love can’t conquer all.

Review:

Love Can’t Conquer is a beautifully written novel full of friendship, love, bitter disappointment and hope. From start to finish this gem of a story gave me everything I love when it comes to reading romance and more.

I loved the buildup between the two heroes. Both men are wonderfully flawed and truly likeable people. They are so realistically written they both would be someone that I would love to know in real life. Though good men, they are far from perfect and I highly enjoyed watching them work together through good and bad times and develop the special love they share between them.

Both men have their hangups but you’ll have to read the story to find out what they are. I will say that I thought they were truly meant to be with one another. Qay struggles through life and Jeremy is the solid foundation he learns to lean on. This book has the perfect mixture of sweet moments, angst and even sad ones, but as I continued to watch their story unfold, I was swept up into the sheer hope that despite everything, it would work out between them.

Love Can’t Conquer by Kim Fields is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year. If you are craving a well-written and well-rounded and balanced romantic read, then this is definitely the book for you.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Claw by Kim Fielding, Eli Easton and Jamie Fessenden


Title: Gothika, Volume 3: Claw
Author(s): Kim Fielding, Eli Easton and Jamie Fessenden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 214
Characters: Multiple
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Shifters, Paranormal
Kisses: 5





Blurb:

Gothika: Volume Three

Beasts lurk in the shadows of wild and forgotten places and in the hearts and souls of men. They are the stuff of dreams and nightmares, but are they feral and savage, or just misunderstood? Creatures of myth and legend stalk these tales of dark desire and animal passions. Three men come face-to-face with such creatures and find they are much more than they seem. While there is danger, there might be unexpected benefits as well, if they can accept the impossible and dare to venture into the primordial regions where nature and the beasts still reign. Three acclaimed authors of gay romance explore the boundaries between man and beast and the place where their worlds overlap.

Review:

Claw is a three authored anthology with all stories giving a delightful spin on a well-loved shifter storyline. Each and every story was a fresh take on a this much used theme and I admit, I loved each one of them.

I can’t pick a favorite because I truly enjoyed them all. Each of these authors’ voices are unique and their characters were very intriguing. When I started the book, I had planned on reading just one story then going to bed…WRONG. I ended up reading the entire anthology from start to finish in one setting. I was totally engrossed in all of these characters and the stories they had to tell. Each story brings something special to the book, and I found that very refreshing since anthologies can be a tricky thing.

All stories were character driven with a strong plot-line. All stories kept me at the edge of my seat and every one of them left me wishing for more. If you like shifter stories, Claw is a must read!

I’m definitely going to check out the other two anthologies from these authors. There are 3 Gothika novels. Here they are in series order:

Stitch
Bones
Claw

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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The Border by Kim Fielding

Title:  The Border

Author: Kim Fielding

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Sub-Genre:   Steampunk

Kisses:      3.5

Blurb:

Injured in a war that has stretched on for years, Sergeant John Peterson guards a lonely border. Aside from passing contact with railship captains, the only person he sees is the enemy: the man who guards the other side of the border. A bad fall places John’s life in the other soldier’s hands. He’s wary of his rescuer, First Lieutenant Thomas Fellowes, but over time he finds himself drawn to his new companion. Both soldiers carry the war in their souls, but they might find peace in each other.

Review:

“The Border” is a story about war veterans and the scars, both internal and external, they carry. Set in a steampunk world, it is a gentle story of acceptance and healing.

I think I liked Thomas’ persistence the best. I can’t say much for fear of spoiling the story, so I won’t.

I’d recommend this story for anyone who likes stories about veterans, learning to cope with the past war and current peace, and sweet stories. It’s a lovely short about two men trying to move on from their pasts.

Reviewed by Alison

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Stitch by: Sue Brown, Jamie Fessenden, Kim Fielding and Eli Easton / A DSP Anthology

StitchTitle: Stitch

Author Sue Brown, Jamie Fessenden, Kim Fielding and Eli Easton

Publisher: Dreamspinner

Pages:294

Characters: 4 Short stories

Sub-Genre sci-fi/ true love

Kisses: 4

 

 

Blurb

When a certain kind of man is needed, why not make him to order? Such things can be done, but take care: Much can go wrong—but then, sometimes it can go wonderfully right. Imagine…

In The Golem of Mala Lubovnya, a seventeenth century rabbi creates a man of clay to protect the Jews, and the golem lives a life his maker never imagined, gaining a name—Emet—and the love of a good man, Jakob Abramov. But their love may not survive when Emet must fulfill his violent purpose.

In Watchworks, Luke Prescott lives as a gentleman in a London that never was. His unique needs bring him to famed watchmaker Harland Wallace. Romance might blossom for them if Harland can come to terms with loving a man and keeping him safe.

In Made for Aaron, a young man in an asylum for being gay met the love of his life, Damon Fox. Twenty years later, Aaron thinks his life is over when Damon dies and then disappears from the hospital. Aaron is determined to find the truth, but secrets hide the unthinkable.

Reparations unfolds on the harsh planet of Kalan, where weakness cannot be tolerated. When Edward needs help, his life becomes entwined with exceptional cyborg slave, Knox. But when Knox remembers things he shouldn’t know, the two may pay a blood price for their taboo alliance

 

Review:

 

Wonderful collection of short stories that reminds us true love will overcome all. Every story was completely engaging and very hard to put down. Both original and believable with the characters and story lines. Each story has a leading character that has been “made” in some way. Although the plots and the scenery changes the true and undying love is made apparent in each story. Because of that it was very hard to put this book down until I had finished it. I could not wait to see what would happen to Emit, Luke, Damon and Knox. I am sure the readers will feel the same way

 

Reviewed By: Jerry

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