Review: The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune

An amazing book should transport a reader into an entirely new world. There should be a full plot with characters that are engaging and well developed, plus the characters need to virtually jump from the pages of the story. Whenever TJ Klune writes a story, this is what the reader gets. They get a story in which the characters are passionate, well-developed and utterly engaging. The stories, no matter what genre they fall into, are always vivid and captivating. In the Lightning-Struck Heart, TJ has once more hit all of the marks and even surpassed them.

While this story may not appeal to everyone, it is epic in all of the right ways. There is adventure, humor and romance, plus an amazing fantasy world that draws the reader in. Hands down one of the most amazing aspects of this book is the way the humor and angst blend so perfectly to create a flawless plot with highs and lows.

There is a wizard who seems to always wind up in trouble, a Knight who is so much more than he seems, a hornless gay unicorn who is super sassy, a giant, a wizard and family. Sam is from the slums and when he randomly turns some punk teens into stone, this changes his life in ways that even he could never dream of. While Sam may have risen from harsh circumstances, he has never forgotten where he came from and he is not ashamed of his past. As he grows his family to include all of the people he cares about, the one thing he cannot have is the one person he wants the most. When trouble befalls the prince and Sam is sent on a quest with his friends and the knight he cannot have, his entire world gets turned upside down.

TJ Klune is back with a vengeance in this latest offering. The Lightning Struck Heart is an epic tale of wizardry, humor and love. This book is perfect from start to finish and will leave a reader laughing until they cry. Upon finishing the book, the only question left is when does the next book about this cast of characters come out and will Gary the hornless unicorn ever get his horn back? Well, maybe those are not the only questions, but they are the most pressing.

By Kimberley Spinney

Sensuality Rating – Sensual

Star Rating – 5 Stars

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Review: Midnight Rodeo HOmecoming by B A Tortuga, Kiernan Kelly and Julia Talbot

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Rodeos can be amazing but when you add in a paranormal factor you get the Midnight Rodeo.

Midnight Rodeo is a delicious set of three stories. “Welcome to the Pack” by BA Tortuga starts the show. Denver is forced to return to the Rodeo when his twin Dalton is killed. Taking over is not as easy as it looks when he is challenged by so many. Blaine seems to be the only one who does not challenge Denver. Denver realizes that Blaine has more to offer.

In “Oklahoma Rain,” Kiernan Kelly introduces us to Blaze, a psychic whose job is to scout out locations for the rodeo. He stumbles across Zach, another psychic and invites him and Mikey, a damaged little boy he saved, to join the Rodeo. The only problem is that some are not happy adding them to the crew.

Julia Talbot is up next with “Big Bear, Little Bear.” Bear shifter Ben has finally recovered enough to return to the Midnight Rodeo. It was a long recovery from his injuries and he cannot wait to get back to work. Ozzie, barrel man and clown, has been waiting for Ben’s return. He is hoping Ben is also up to more than returning to work.

The Midnight Rodeo was composed of demon bulls and other things that humans could not handle. Paranormal action was necessary. Each story focuses on different aspects of running the rodeo – from bullfighting to safeguarding the location to clowns. B A Tortuga, Kiernan Kelly and Julia Talbot have each penned a story which will touch us in some way. The concept is clever and very well done. If you are looking for something a bit different in your MM stories, Pick up Midnight Rodeo and experience rodeos as you never have before.

Star Rating: 4 stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Genre: Paranormal
ISBN: B00LUY19MI
Page Count: 228 pages
Price: $5.49
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Review: Best Man for Me by J.D. Walker

 

On the eve of his wedding Royce is left thinking who is the Best Man for Me.

On the eve of his wedding, Royce Lummis is worried it will be a disaster. His fiancée, Thad, is stuck in a meeting and did not make the rehearsal. Rodney, his best man and his ex, stands in for Thad but picks a fight. When he storms out, Rodney follows and convinces Royce to go out for a drink, a small bachelor party if you will.

Rodney is taking a very drunk Royce home when Thad walks in with a date. Royce is devastated and calls off the wedding. Rodney offers him a place to stay and as Royce heals he begins to realize that maybe Rodney is the best man for him. The only problem is to convince Rodney.

Best Man for Me by J.D. Walker was a delightful short story with everything you need to make the reading fun and exciting – heat, drama and a few lesson along the way. Royce needed to wake up and smell the roses before he made a major error. With a little help from his ex, he finds those roses. It is hard to take a short story and make it great. J.D. Walker succeeded with Best Man For Me.

 

Star Rating: 4.5 stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Genre: Contemporary
ISBN: 9781611526219
Page Count: 22 pages
Price: $2.99
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Review: Little Wolf by R. Cooper

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Come and meet Little Wolf, a man small in stature but big in so many other ways.

Tim Dirus has been on the run for some time when he finds Wolf’s Paw, a refuge for werewolves being hunted. He tries to keep a low profile while planning his next possible hiding hole. His family had kept him isolated from other wolves and Tim is not sure how to act among them. He does know one thing. Alphas are big and strong and would delight in controlling and dominating a small wolf like Tim.

Sheriff Nathaniel Neri noticed Tim within a few minutes of arriving. Tim finds Nathaniel to be beautiful and desirable but know he is one the most alpha-ish he has ever met. Nathaniel knows he must keep his little wolf calm or he will run, but proceeding cautiously is one of the most difficult things he has to do.

Tim was an amazing hero. He definitely lacked a filter and would say whatever he thought. He may not have known much about werewolves but he had enough snark to make up for it. Nathaniel was big and sexy and just what Tim needed. Too bad Tim did not know that. Watching these two find each other made for some great reading. The plot kept the story moving as we find there was quite a bit more to Tim’s decision to run.

Some laughs and some tears and some suspense make Little Wolf by R. Cooper one story you will want to check out. Right now!

Star Rating: 5 stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Genre: Paranormal GLBT
ISBN: 978-1-63216-976-1
Page Count: 380 pages
Price: $6.99
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Review: Boystown 7: Blood Lines by Marshall Thornton

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Nick Nowak is back in Boystown 7: Blood Lines by Marshall Thornton.

Nick Nowak, private investigator, is beginning to put his life back on track. He works for a firm of lawyers and is making steady money. He is investigating a case trying to help mob boss Jimmy English when the firm asks him to see if he could find the mistress of a man murdered by his suburban dentist wife. Working on both cases, Nick soon finds himself with more work than he knows what to do. With his professional life on track, Nick finds his personal is slowly building as well.

It is good to see Nick back on form. Using unique methods, Nick investigates both cases and refuses to quit even if it is in his best interests (at least according to some people). It does not take him long to annoy many in his quest to find the truth. Along the way, he finds himself.

Boystown 7: Blood Lines is another fantastic Nick Nowak story. Here we see Nick picking himself up and getting back to doing what he does best – annoying others while ferreting out the truth. Pick up Boystown 7: Blood Lines by Marshall Thornton and immerse yourself in this excellent tale of mayhem and murder set in a time when AIDS was first rearing its ugly head. I know I am not alone in saying we want more Nick Nowak. Thank you to Marshall Thornton for creating such a compelling character.

 

Star Rating: 4.5 stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Genre: Historical
ISBN: 978-1508545712
Page Count: 260 pages
Price: $11.95
Author’s Website: marshallthornton.wordpress.com/
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Review: Infinite Possibilities by Lisa Renee Jones

Nothing was certain in the first book of The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, where a woman had no one to depend on and staying alive was regularly challenging. As her story continues, a man declares he will protect her even though she still keeps much hidden from him. But it only takes a single incident to cause Amy to doubt the only person she has let close in six years. Unanticipated developments abundant with emotional conflicts make INFINITE POSSIBILITIES constantly riveting. Lisa Renee Jones cleverly builds suspense and repeatedly takes the reader by surprise.

After too many years of not trusting anyone, Amy Bensen finally thought there was a man to whom she might confide her secret past. When her parents and brother were murdered, she was able to survive by taking another name and moving away. She has told nobody what happened to her, but Liam Stone makes Amy think he could perhaps keep her safe. Then she hears him speaking with another person, and his comments let her know he is not on her side.

Though it has taken Amy six years, she now realizes the only way to escape whoever is continuously stalking her is to discover the facts she has been too afraid to face. What is between her and Liam seems so real, yet staying with him could bring more risks instead of frequent encounters filled with passionate sexual pleasure. It is time for the truth to be revealed by taking control of her life.

With one difficult predicament after another unexpectedly cropping up, Amy often has to make split-second decisions to keep additional danger from occurring in her life. There are definitely many situations in INFINITE POSSIBILITIES that I never foresaw taking place, and several of them happened without any warning. Amy has no idea why she is in so much jeopardy, and the author cleverly divulges clues one at a time. Lisa Renee Jones has created an original storyline for The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, where suspicions about the people who cross paths with Amy keep mounting. Just when I thought someone was being sincere, a new fact surfaced and changed my mind. What is actually going on is complicated plus packed with deadly peril, and I feared for Amy and anyone who got close to her.

The relationship between Amy and Liam is also complex with lots of obstacles keeping her from being honest with him. When he pours his heart out to her during several intense discussions, his inner struggles are very apparent. Her confusion about what and who to believe is understandable, and she tries to make logical choices when it concerns Liam but her feelings for him keep interfering. While Amy is torn as to whether to confess her secrets to her lover or keep running, I was also wavering as to what would be the best choice for everyone. Though Liam is a billionaire, he does not throw his money away without a good cause except when it comes to Amy. What he is willing to do for her sometimes left me amazed. While this couple often has differences in opinion, they are in total agreement when it comes to lusty sexual fulfillment with a little kink. By the end of the book, I certainly knew more than when it was started, but a number of situations have not yet found closure. What will occur next to Amy and those for whom she cares is something I am very eager to learn. The suspense in INFINITE POSSIBILITIES is enthralling, while emotional issues touch the heart.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

Sensuality Rating: Sultry

Genre: Suspense

ISBN: 978-1476793849

Page Count: 330

Price: 15.00

Author’s Website: www.lisareneejones.com/

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Review: The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ CHarles

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KJ Charles satisfies our curiosity with The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal.

We have met Robert Caldwell and Simon Feximal in a few short stories which are included in The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal as well. Now we have a comprehensive group of stories that answers just about all of our questions. We learn how they met and how they wound together as well as the sacrifices they made for each other. It is intriguing to delve into Simon’s past and to learn what actions Robert will take to save him. The opening reveals that this is published upon the death of Robert. A satisfying book, The Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles will touch you on so many levels. If you loved Simon and Robert from previous stories, don’t miss The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal. It is the icing on the cake!

Star Rating: 4.5 stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Genre: Paranormal
ISBN: 9781619228726
Page Count: 190 pages
Price: $5.50
Author’s Website: kjcharleswriter.com/
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Review: Ironhearted by Cate Ashwood

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Cate Ashwood takes us back to Hope Cove with Ironhearted, where Haydn meets his match.

Haydn Prescott watched his friends fall in love amidst drama and trauma. He knows that is not for him. He is happy with his life, carefree and fancy free. Out for a night of fun, Haydn hooks up with Trevor Ryan for a night of amazingly hot fun. But when the night is over, Haydn is alone. He thinks he will never see him again.

Some time later, Haydn is surprised when Trevor walks into his bakery. Complications abound and Haydn wants to back off but Trevor will not let him. Haydn is sure any relationship with Trevor will be fraught with complications, but at the same time, Haydn is starting to rethink his carefree and fancy free life.

Haydn did not think he could be in a relationship and did not want any commitments. Trevor knew this and worked his magic on him slowly. They were perfectly matched even if Haydn did not see it. There are some truly amusing scenes as these two work out their differences. For someone who did not want any drama or trauma, Haydn got his share. Good thing Trevor was there to ease the pain. A delicious book with lots of issues, take in Ironhearted by Cate Ashwood for a great time with some laughs and some oh nos!

 

 

Star Rating: 5 stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Genre: Contemmporary
ISBN: 978-1-62798-290-0
Page Count: 200 pages
Price: $6.99
Author’s Website: www.cateashwood.com/
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Review: When Will I Be Loved by Julie Lynn Hayes

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Miller wonders When Will I Be Loved and then he meets Holt, who wants to answer that question!

Miller Fenwick is delighted that his best friend Alexx has found love with gorgeous werewolf Raoul. Now that the two are engaged, Miller is looking for his own man and finds no one. He fears he may never be the groom but always the groomsman or is that bridesmaid?

Holt Wynne saw Miller and knew immediately he is for him. While he is very influential as head of Helios, the largest vampire organization in the country, Holt cannot rely on that to win his man. Unable to wait, Holt meets Miller at Charisma and goes home with him. Letting his emotions get the better of him, Holt has created a situation that may cause a few problems. Miller will not be happy to learn he is virtually married to Holt, a man who hates werewolves. Miller’s best friend is engaged to a werewolf. Sparks are going to fly both in an out of the bedroom.

Finding the man of your dreams does not always mean the road to happiness is without bumps. Miller enjoyed Holt but was not sure about the steps Holt took without his consent. His actions put Miller in danger and Holt will need to work hard if he wants that happily ever after.

The action never stops in When Will I Be Loved. Julie Lynn Hayes certainly makes Holt and Miller earn their happy ending. The plot is multilayered and quite suspenseful, keeping us turning pages to see what will happen next. Friends mean everything in When Will I Be Loved as Holt soon finds out. As an added bonus, it was nice to visit with Raoul and Alexx. Raoul has not changed with his act first attitude. Hot and suspenseful, this is one story that is good to the last drop – just like an excellent cup of coffee.

Star Rating: 5 stars
Sensuality Rating: Sizzling
Genre: Paranormal
ISBN: 978-1-68175-037-8
Page Count: 419 pages
Price: $8.00
Author’s Website: julielynnhayes.blogspot.com/
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Review: Clock Strikes by Ana Raine

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When the Clock Strikes, it is time for action and Collin makes his move.

Collin is a Neko, a feline/human hybrid. He has spent his whole life on Aloria Island and wants to see more. But the only way he can see the human world is as the pet of a demon. He has been in love with Prince Adrian for years but Adrian does not even seem to notice him. So when Adrian’s cousin, Porter, asks Collin if he wants to be his pet for the Annual Reaping of Souls Ball, Collin quickly accepts. Little does Collin know but Adrian has wanted Collin for some now but knows such a relationship is banned. A rebel army threatens Adrian and the ruling council and Collin knows he may be forced to choose sides. No matter what, Adrian is lost to him.

In the pages of Ana Raine’s Clock Strikes, each of the main players had an ulterior motive. None were doing exactly what they wanted, but were hoping the current action would help them get closer to their long term goal. The world that Ana Raine built for this series is intriguing and will keep readers captivated for some time. Looking for something different? Something with an exciting new world? Try Clock Strikes by Ana Raine and what result the heroe’s actions yield.

Star Rating: 4 stars
Sensuality Rating: sizzling
Genre: PAranormal
ISBN: 07047-02270
Page Count: 83 pages
Price: $4.49
Author’s Website: anaraineromance.webs.com/
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