Gabbi Reviews: Fangs Like Me by Lyssa Dering


Title: Fangs Like Me
Author: Lyssa Dering
Publisher: Nine Star Press
Pages: 120
Characters: Lane, Parker
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Romance
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Lane, a newborn vampire, still feels the pain of betrayal. Two years ago, a faithless boyfriend took his life, and now, Lane’s Maker has also left him behind. The pain of separation burns strong when all Lane wants are arms to hold him and enough warm blood to satisfy his voracious appetite. At a shifter party, Lane is drawn to a hunky Alpha werewolf who tries to console him.

Parker is more than a thoughtless hookup. Since his family disowned him for finding boys just as hot as girls, all he wants is someone to love and look after. The sweet little vamp calls to his protective instincts, but he sure is jumpy. Cuddling with boys is new and delicious, but when this boy also wants him as a food source, things get complicated.

Vampires and shifters aren’t supposed to get along, and Parker’s rough dominance triggers bad memories for Lane. But Parker’s wolf wants Lane, and he knows he can give Lane what he needs. Can Lane learn to navigate his past and give the thing growing between them a chance? Or will the very real possibilities of heartache, abandonment, and even death, keep them apart?

Review:

Fangs Like Me is the first book I’ve read by this author and it won’t be my last. I really enjoyed the dynamics between the characters and the world they lived in.The blurb does a great job describing the story so I won’t rehash it. Instead, I thought I’d write about why I liked this book and why I recommend it to those who love a well-written paranormal romance.

Lane is considered a very young vampire. He has only been turned for a couple of years and still has a lot to learn when it comes to living and surviving as a vampire. Though he lives in a home with other established and older vampires, Lane suffers greatly because his maker has left him and has no intention of coming home anytime soon. Because of this, Lane lives with the thought that his maker doesn’t care for him and in many ways he feels unwanted and unloved. He truly struggles to live with the newness of being a vampire and is often confused and emotional because of it.

Sparks fly when Lane meets Parker. This is a surprise for him because Parker is a shifter…and an alpha shifter at that and in many ways any kind of relationship between them is forbidden. But, Parker is just as drawn to Lane and feels a deep connection and need to take care of the young vamp. As the two men begin to allow their guard down and get to know each other, they are soon faced with the difficulty of being with someone who is not the same species and some of the prejudices from it.

I liked this book a lot. I enjoyed the chemistry between Lane and Parker. It was easy to believe that they genuinely care for one another and I liked the way their relationship develops as the story unfolds. Parker really looks out for and takes care of Lane. I thought that was both sweet and an endearing part of his character.

The only reason why this book is not a five kiss read for me is because there is some things that were left unresolved. Also, I really would have loved to more about the backstory between the characters. (Parker in particular) In my opinion, this book needs a sequel BADLY. Plus, Parker is NOT immortal…so I see that as a problem in the future. There were many loose ends that needed to be resolved for me, but having said this…I really liked this book and I hope the author continues their story.

Fangs Like Me is a well-written, thought-provoking story with a fresh take on a paranormal romance. I loved the creative storytelling ability Ms. Dering has and can’t wait to read more
stories by her.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Anne Reviews: The Visionary by Charli Coty


TITLE: The Visionary
Author: Charli Coty
Publisher: NineStar Press
Pages: 153
Characters: Colin Page, Alonzo Green
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

Colin Page, eighteen-year-old community college student, apple polisher and all-around goody-goody, has a secret. He sees things that aren’t there. Unfortunately, the Doc Martens on the floor of the mail vestibule in his apartment building really are there and attached to a dead body. Hunkered over the body is someone Colin had barely noticed before, Private Investigator Al Green. Most people scare Colin, but for some reason, Al doesn’t, even after he reveals that he knows about the hidden reality of their world.

Alonzo Green, despite his low-power mind, is determined to help right the wrongs he un-knowingly contributed to. He’s also hopelessly smitten. He knows it’s wrong—probably even dangerous—to enlist Colin’s help with the investigation. And that’s before considering all Al has to fear from Colin’s fiercely protective and powerful mother.

Colin and Al put some of the pieces together, but as soon as one thing becomes clear, the picture changes. The search for the Big Bad takes them from Portland to Tacoma and Seat-tle, and eventually to San Francisco, but their journey into each other’s arms is much short-er.

Review:

I love stories that explore the paranormal, and what grabbed me with this story was its exploration of a very different kind of power. Colin not only sees what others don’t, but auras—different colours which reveal things about people they’d often prefer kept hidden. I enjoyed this idea, and the world building that went along with it. Power can be stolen, and with dangerous consequences.

The author uses descriptive language really well, with some of the imagery sticking with me to the extent that I noted it down so I could use it in my review. These examples use colours, which I thought extended the fact that Colin doesn’t just see people, but also the colour surrounding them—“Forest-green moan,” and “Velvet tips of new fern tumbling on the wind.”

I also liked that the supporting characters were fleshed out, and had their own back stories and issues to deal with. Some were from Colin’s past, some from Alonzo’s, but I liked the way the cast worked together. I particularly liked Lavaughn who is Colin’s stepfather, and Dawn as I like strong female characters as part of my MM reads.

I thought Colin and Alonzo complemented each other well, as their personalities and life experiences are very different, although they hooked up quickly. Splitting the POV between each man also meant that the reader is introduced to Alonzo through Colin’s eyes, so there’s that hint of unreliable narrator. Is Colin’s perspective skewed because he is developing feelings for Alonzo, or is there a deeper manipulation going? After all, Colin isn’t the only one in this story with powers. I must admit I got a little confused and ended up re-reading a few bits to make sure I hadn’t missed anything during the part which is Colin’s perspective but that meshed with how Colin would have been feeling thrown into this world and learning that his own abilities are part of a much bigger picture.

But as the story continued, the pace picked up and Colin—and me as a reader—got more information about what was going on, I couldn’t put my tablet down. The ending is very satisfying, although there are consequences as there should be. The fact there were consequences gave the story a realistic touch. Colin’s power isn’t an easy one to live with, and the world and its inhabitants aren’t always good people.

I’d recommend The Visionary to readers who enjoy a complex story that doesn’t spoon feed all the information, interesting world-building, people with powers, and MCs who don’t always know the answers.

Reviewed By: Anne

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Patrick St. James Reviews: Only Say the Word by Scott D. Pomfret


Title: Only Say the Word
Author: Scott D. Pomfret
Publisher: NineStar Press
Pages: 342
Characters: Colm Flaherty, Sandy Plunkett,
Genre: Fiction/Hea
Kisses:
1.5

Blurb:

Can a man be Catholic and gay and still true to himself and his lover?

Colm Flaherty sets out to do it. Rejoining the Church after long estrangement, Colm discovers a gift for speaking at Mass that puts wounded people at peace. Miracles and visions abound. Colm is hailed as a “gay saint.”

But even as Colm brings peace to the parish, gritty Boston grows uglier: The Commonwealth is rocked by violent political division over gay marriage, his relationship with his older atheist boyfriend is undermined by devotion to a Church that devalues their love, the archbishop wants to sell the Franciscan chapel to the highest bidder, and there’s an abused former altar boy out there who has determined that he can win redemption by assassinating Colm in the midst of Mass.

After Colm is shot in the pews, all Boston’s tensions comes to a boil, and extremists of every kind clash. His would-be assassin escapes, the archbishop and mayor only contribute to the culture wars, and Colm’s ex-boyfriend is torn between his grieving for his catastrophically injured lover and his commitment to gay liberation. When would-be assassin makes an attempt to finish Colm off, only a single disgraced priest has any chance of preserving Colm’s life.

Review:

First, let me say what this book isn’t. It isn’t a protracted or detailed love story between two men. Their story is given in bits and pieces. This book is not a HEA book as one of the couple lies in the hospital near death from being shot in the face during the Catholic Mass.

Now, what this book is, is even more bothersome to this reviewer. It is a complete recitation of the hatred and bigotry that both the Church and many people have against the GLBT community. Having been “inside” the Church at one time, I can tell you that the litanies of sins that are heaped upon the gay community are many and deep when piled upon one another. This was not a book one could enjoy if the reader is either gay or stands with the gay community. This is a book about Priest-child molestation. Even some of the prayers or words that are said by the Lector are incorrect.

It is about the murder (?) of a beautiful gay man who seems to have been touched by God with a special gift which fails to protect him when a lone gunman who was molested by a Priest brings revenge down upon the Church and later again by killing an innocent Priest; both times during Mass. At least, after a long manhunt, he is captured. It got the extra half-kiss simply for the author having written a book. The author also made a separate chapter, even if only a couple of pages or so, whenever the character changes in the story.

I cannot recommend this book to anyone on any level.

Reviewed by Patrick St. James

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Gabbi Reviews: His Vampire Lover by Pascaline Lestrange


Title: His Vampire Lover
Author: Pascaline Lestrange
Publisher: Nine Star Press
Pages: 29
Characters: Beau, Christopher
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Vampire, Erotica
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Beau went to the club looking for one thing. He knew what he wanted—who he wanted: Christopher. His lover, his companion, his vampire. Together they played a dangerous and erotic game of cat and mouse, one that only heated up more when it entered the bedroom.

Review:

Whew! His Vampire Lover is a sizzling, hot read from start to finish. I knew upfront that this was going to be an erotic romance and did it deliver!

First, I must warn you…make sure you’re in a nice cool room before you start this novella. Why? Holy smokes this story is definitely sexy and very erotic. From the moment we meet Beau and Christopher the chemistry these two men shared together practically steamed up my computer screen! I literally had to stop and take a drink of iced tea to cool off as I read their sexy encounter. Even now, I feel flushed.

When it comes to writing sultry, sizzling sex with a deep physical and even emotional connection, Pascaline Lestrange has a true knack for making her readers’ sweat. It was so easy to get wrapped up into these two characters’ lives, even for the few scenes they are in. I wish so much this had been a longer story. I truly found myself wishing I knew more about them. How did they meet? What kind of life they live…omg…I wonder if Beau always more dominant over Christopher? My questions go on and on. Which is a good thing for this author because I will be looking out for more books by her, but bad for me because I’m anxious to know more about them…ugh!

If you are looking for a sultry, stimulating and sexy short story then His Vampire Lover is definitely the book for you! *Just keep a cold drink and fan blowing on you while reading it*

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: There’s Something About a Kilt by Schuyler L’Roux


Title: There’s Something About a Kilt
Author: Schuyler L’Roux
Publisher: Nine Star Press
Pages: 38
Characters: Gerry, Thom
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

It’s a hellaciously hot day in Minneapolis and all Thom wants to do is enjoy his ice cream and forget about the stacks of essays waiting for him back in his stifling apartment. Until he meets Gerry, a kilted, tattooed Welshman. The conversation is smooth and the attraction immediate, but Gerry is only in town for the night and isn’t down for anything quick and forgettable. When they meet again, hours later, Gerry knows there’s something in the air and all bets are off. Including his kilt.

Review:

Whew! Who doesn’t love a man in a kilt? There’s Something About a Kilt is the first book I’ve read by Schuyler L’Roux and it won’t be my last. Although this is a short story, the chemistry between Gerry and Thom was hot enough to steam up my computer screen. It was so hot, I found myself truly wishing the story was longer and felt a little cheated when the book came to an end. Although there is a promise of more books to come, I was still disappointed when the short story came to an end.

Gerry and Thom meet on a hot summer’s day. After exchanging a flirtatious banter at the ice cream pallor, both men are clearly interested in each other.

There is only one problem. Gerry is from L.A. and will be returning home the following day.

Because of this, they decide to not give into their attraction for each other and instead they go their separate ways. Soon, Thom is regretting his decision to not pursue Gerry and he finds himself at the club, determined to dance the night away…but when he is pleasantly surprised to run into Gerry again, the heat between them turn up.

I liked this story. The heated exchange between Gerry and Thom was well-written and I easily found myself envisioning why Thom would be so taken with Gerry and his kilt. I liked how they seemed to genuinely like one another and could easily see them working toward something special, and I’m anxious to read more about them.

When it came to rating this story I went back in forth between 3.5 and 4 Kisses. In the end, I picked 4 Kisses because I did like the characters and the heated moments they shared in the book. Plus, the cover is gorgeous! *Fans Self*

If you are looking for a quick read where the physical chemistry sizzles and burns between the two heroes, then There’s Something About a Kilt is definitely for you.

Recommended.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer


Title: Enemies of the State
Author: Tal Bauer
Publisher: Nine Star Press
Pages: 325
Characters: Jack Spiers, Ethan Reichenbach
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Romantic Suspense, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

A rogue Black Ops unit with the president in their crosshairs.

A Secret Service agent who will break every rule.

A president falling for the one person he shouldn’t—a man.

Newly elected President Jack Spiers’s presidency is rocked from the very beginning, and he’s working furiously to keep the world from falling apart. Between terrorism attacks ripping apart Europe, Russia’s constant posturing and aggression, and the quagmire of the Middle East, Jack is struggling to keep his campaign promise—to work toward a better, safer world.

For Special Agent Ethan Reichenbach, Jack is just another
president, the third in twelve years. With Jack’s election, he’s been promoted, and now he’s running the presidential detail, which puts him side by side with Jack daily. He’s expecting another stuffed suit and an arrogant DC politician, but Jack shocks him with his humor and humanity.

There are rules against a Secret Service agent and one of their protectees developing a friendship—big rules. Besides, Jack is straight as a ruler, and a widower, and Ethan has always avoided falling for straight men. Ethan keeps his distance, but Jack draws him in, like gas to a naked flame, and it’s a lure he isn’t strong enough to turn away from.

As the two men collide, rules are shattered and the world teeters on the verge of war, and a rogue Black Ops unit bent on destruction sets Jack in their deadly crosshairs. Ethan must put everything on the line in order to save the man he’s come to love, Jack’s presidency, and the world.

Review:

Wow! From cover to cover Enemies of the State by Tal Bauer is a roller-coaster ride full of thrilling and romantic moments. I was immediately swept up into the lives of these amazing characters. Between becoming quickly invested into their lives and the nail biting action and suspense, Enemies of the State is easily one of my all-time favorite books I’ve ever read.

Since the blurb does a great job at describing the story, I won’t rehash a lot of it. I thought I’d talk about why I loved this book and why I consider it a desert island keeper.

Both of the heroes are well-written men who live and breathe off of the written page. Both men are wonderfully flawed men, who strive to do the right thing. As we all know, life is never easy. Since their relationship is a forbidden one, both men must work hard at keeping their love and the friendship they share between them alive and nourished.

I really liked how both Ethan and Jack really seemed to respect and love one another. Their relationship builds on friendship and trust and grows into a thing of beauty right before our eyes. They know they are not supposed to be friends, much less fall in love, but they are drawn to each other and though they fight it, they know they belong together if only they can keep their relationship under wraps and hidden away from the world.

Doing this is not an easy task. No one expects the President of the United States to fall in love with his bodyguard…much less a man, so there is much stress and guilt both Jack and Ethan have throughout the story.

Between their beautiful, complicated relationship and twists and turns this story has, I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. You see, it’s not easy running the country and both Jack and Ethan must make some very hard decisions to keep the people safe…even if it’s making some hard sacrifices.

I loved Enemies of the State and can’t recommend it high enough. Do yourself a favor and check it out. You’ll be so glad you did!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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