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Book Review: The Grim Life (The Grim Life #1) – K.D. Worth

Published March 12, 2015
Format: Novel
Genres and Themes: Young Adult, Fiction, LGBT, Death, Suicide, Religion
Length: 180 pages, ebook
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Ebook ASIN/ISBN: 1632168928 (ISBN13: 9781632168924)
Characters: Max, Slade, Kody Michaels

I abso-freakin’-lutely loved this story! It started when Max lost his life on prom night and he was recruited as a ‘reaper’ by a very mysterious ‘angel’ named Slade. Three years after joining the group of teenage reapers, he was assigned his very first suicide case and that’s when he defied the number one rule of his job – saving a life!

After failing his first suicide attempt, Kody is determine to end it all by jumping off a bridge. Until Max intervened and made him realized that there’s got to be more to life.

I had so much fun reading this one because it’s an interesting premise with charming characters. I loved Max’s character the most because he was very likable and relatable. I loved that he wears his heart on his sleeve.

I also want to give poor Kody the tighest hug ever and let him know that it’s gonna be alright. Such a darling boy. I’m excited to learn more about the mystery of his character.

It’s interesting how the author tackled sensitive topics like suicide, gay conversion therapy, religion and bigotry. These are issues you’d rather avoid in a book but the author was able to breeze through it in a way that doesn’t sound preachy and all that shit.

It was a well-built world where we get to see “reapers” differently. Although there’s still the usual bad guys ala-Dementors which are equally interesting as well. We get to see the mindset of people all too real in this world. And we also get this message in the book that makes you wonder why it’s so hard for people to accept other people’s differences.

This is a really good book and I thought a lot of people should give it a go. It’s all worth it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

AMAZON | Dreamspinner Press

About the Author
K.D. Worth has always considered herself to have the heart of a teenager with an old soul. When not talking to the characters living in her head, she loves to hang out at her favorite townie bar then go dancing and partying with her husband and friends. There is always music playing in her home, and if it’s too loud you’re too old! On the flip side, K.D. enjoys spending time in her vegetable garden, canning the food she grows, and making homemade jams and jellies. She also is known to crochet washcloths and blankets for her closest friends and smiles when they tease her for her “grandmotherly” ways. These two different sides to her personality create a layered tapestry of life experience that brings depth and believability to the characters she writes. She loves to hear from her fans almost as much as she loves her cocker spaniels. You can find her on Facebook or get updates about upcoming books on her website.


Book Review: Red Dirt Imago (Red Dirt, #4.5 / Imago, #2.5) – N.R. Walker

Date of Publication: April 20, 2017
Publisher: BlueHeart Press
Genre & Theme: LGBT, MM, Romance
Characters: Charlie Sutton, Travis Craig, Jack Brighton, Lawson Gale

Blurb:When Charlie Sutton’s neighbour Greg is notified by the Queensland government that they intend to run a pipeline through his property, Charlie vows to help him fight it. Then Travis remembers seeing butterflies at the creek near their joining fence line – the same butterflies they couldn’t find in any Australian butterfly book. Hopeful this might be their only chance to stop the development, they seek the help of a specialist.

Lawson Brighton-Gale receives an email request to identify a butterfly in the Outback, only to discover it’s not an Australian butterfly at all. But that’s not all he discovers. The name on the request is familiar to Jack. An old friend from his university days, who also happened to be his old friend with benefits, Charlie Sutton.

Years ago, two out-of-towners met at the University of Sydney. Both studying environmental sciences, both hundreds of miles from home, and both finding their worlds open to new experiences, they fell into bed together. Meeting again after all this time, in front of Lawson and Travis, won’t be awkward at all, right?

Lawson and Jack’s trip to Sutton Station certainly doesn’t go to plan, and what they take back to Tasmania isn’t just butterflies, but a cocoon of possibilities.

Red Dirt Imago is our cutesie little return to the very much beloved Red Dirt Heart Series and this time, with Lawson and Jack from the author’s Imago series (or the other way around).

Reading about Charlie and Travis again makes me a bit melancholic because I absolutely loved their story and the timeline of this story is in the past since we all know that their daughter grew up to be a beautiful strong-willed woman.

I can absolutely relate with both Lawson and Travis here. No matter how mature we think we are in these situations – meeting your former lover and their current lover – though in this instance, former sex buddies, there’s still a tinge of something that will make us feel a bit jealous I guess…I think that’s what makes us human. That’s what’s make Lawson and Travis more realistic in a way.

This is a cutesie little gift from the author for the fans of both series and that super cute surprise at the end is just too adorbs! This is highly recommended for those who are missing Travis and Charlie!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


About The Author
N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance.
She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…

Book Review: The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Published March 7th 2017
Format: Novel
Genre: Coming-of-Age, Fiction /Family/Contemporary/YA
Length: 452 pages, Hardcover
Publisher: Clarion Books
Cover Artist: Antonio Castro H.
Ebook ASIN/ISBN: 0544586506 (ISBN13: 9780544586505)
Characters: Salvador Silva, Samantha Diaz, Vicente Silva, Fito Fresqeuz

Blurb: The first day of senior year:

Everything is about to change. Until this moment, Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss, and grief.

Suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is—but if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

I’ve delayed reading this because I wanted to read it from my own physical copy of the book and boy was it worth it! I absolutely loved – like really loved this book! Everything about it is perfection.

Sal, Sam, Mr. V, Fito, Mima and the rest of its characters are fleshed out in a way that makes you want to meet them in real life and be friends with them. They’re just so alive. Each have their own little story within the book.

Salvador. God, I absolutely adore this boy. If I were to have a kid in a few years, I’d want him to grow up just like him. Actually, I want to be just like him! He’s mature in so many ways and as innocent as a little kid at times. What a sweet, sweet boy.

If you’ve read the author’s most celebrated book, Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – you’d probably notice the similarity of Sal with Ari and Dante’s character. He’s like the mixed of these two well-loved characters.

There’s Samantha. Feisty Sam. The perfect bestfriend. Sam is so different from Sal which totally balanced out their relationship. I loved Sam.

Sal’s father Vicente or Mr. V. If you’ll read a book entitled “What Makes A Man?” he’s the perfect embodiment of it.

Then there’s poor Fito. My heart goes out to this very determined boy who won’t let bad things in his life hinder his ambition to succeed.

The poetry that is this story is just beyond beautiful. The realistic portrayal of the emotions in it touched my heart and my soul. Centered on family, individuality and love – the story simply reached out to me with its rich narrative.

With that, I’ve to say that this is the best book I’ve read this year. Just the best.

Benjamin Alire Saenz, you are incomparable!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Benjamin Alire Sáenz (born 16 August 1954) is an award-winning American poet, novelist and writer of children’s books.

He was born at Old Picacho, New Mexico, the fourth of seven children, and was raised on a small farm near Mesilla, New Mexico. He graduated from Las Cruces High School in 1972. That fall, he entered St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colorado where he received a B.A. degree in Humanities and Philosophy in 1977. He studied Theology at the University of Louvain in Leuven, Belgium from 1977 to 1981. He was a priest for a few years in El Paso, Texas before leaving the order.

In 1985, he returned to school, and studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso where he earned an M.A. degree in Creative Writing. He then spent a year at the University of Iowa as a PhD student in American Literature. A year later, he was awarded a Wallace E. Stegner fellowship. While at Stanford University under the guidance of Denise Levertov, he completed his first book of poems, Calendar of Dust, which won an American Book Award in 1992. He entered the Ph.D. program at Stanford and continued his studies for two more years. Before completing his Ph.D., he moved back to the border and began teaching at the University of Texas at El Paso in the bilingual MFA program.

His first novel, Carry Me Like Water was a saga that brought together the Victorian novel and the Latin American tradition of magic realism and received much critical attention.

In The Book of What Remains (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), his fifth book of poems, he writes to the core truth of life’s ever-shifting memories. Set along the Mexican border, the contrast between the desert’s austere beauty and the brutality of border politics mirrors humanity’s capacity for both generosity and cruelty.

In 2005, he curated a show of photographs by Julian Cardona.

He continues to teach in the Creative Writing Department at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Book Review: Underhill: A Halloween Story (The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, #8) – Harper Fox

Published October 28th 2017 by FoxTales
Genres & Themes: LGBTQ+, Mystery, Death
Kindle Edition, 54 pages
Characters: Lee Tyack, Gideon Frayne

Blurb: It’s Halloween, and Lee is wrapping up a TV special at Underhill, a haunted house on Bodmin Moor. There’s only one problem – despite its terrible past, this house doesn’t seem to be haunted at all. Not great for the fans of Spirits of Cornwall, but all Lee wants to do is get home to Gideon and Tamsyn in time for their family party. Gid and Zeke are due to pick him up at any minute, so Lee sends his film crew home to enjoy their own Halloween plans .

The moment he’s alone, everything changes. When Gideon and Zeke arrive, they find the house deserted and dark. Zeke thinks Lee must have left with the film crew, but Gid’s instincts tell him otherwise.

The policeman and the preacher must set aside their differences and pool their gifts to pick up Lee’s trail. Will they be in time to save him from the ghosts and strange forces at work in Underhill House?

I’ve read this a week back and have re-read parts of it at least twice now. I absolutely loved this little Halloween novella. It’s so lovely to be hearing from Lee and Gideon again. I loved the feel of the story and the mystery behind it. Although it’s creepy I thought it was fun.

The resolution connecting one of the side characters was also genius. I loved that about Harper Fox. She can write so many characters but you won’t get lost in the story. She knows how to weave it smoothly.

‘Will definitely recommend this to fans of the series!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Harper Fox is an M/M author with a mission. She’s produced six critically acclaimed novels in a year and is trying to dispel rumours that she has a clone/twin sister locked away in a study in her basement. In fact she simply continues working on what she loves best– creating worlds and stories for the huge cast of lovely gay men queuing up inside her head. She lives in rural Northumberland in northern England and does most of her writing at a pensioned-off kitchen table in her back garden, often with blanket and hot water bottle.

She lives with her SO Jane, who has somehow put up with her for a quarter of a century now, and three enigmatic cats, chief among whom is Lucy, who knows the secret of the universe but isn’t letting on. When not writing, she either despairs or makes bread, specialities foccacia and her amazing seven-strand challah. If she has any other skills, she’s yet to discover them.

Book Review: Preacher, Prophet, Beast (The Tyack & Frayne Mysteries, #7) – Harper Fox

Published April 20th 2017 by FoxTales
Genres & Themes: LGBTQ+, Mystery, Family Drama, Xenophobia
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Characters: Lee Tyack, Gideon Frayne, Zeke Frayne

This is the seventh book in the Tyack & Frayne Mystery series.

Blurb: Lee would gladly trade all his psychic gifts for a chance at ordinary life with his husband and his little girl. Three years into their marriage, they’re settled in their new home – but the House of Joy can’t shield them from an oncoming threat with the power to uproot their whole world.

Lee can’t define it further, and even his beloved Gideon can’t unmask a monster with no face at all. Gideon is mired in problems and secrets of his own as he struggles to adjust to his new rank and the complexities of plainclothes police work with CID, and for once the devoted Tyack-Frayne partnership is failing to communicate.

Turbulent times in the world at large reach deep into the Bodmin heartland, and the village of Dark is without its guardian constable. More than Lee and Gideon can possibly know has been depending upon their rapport, and as the summer rises towards the longest day, a new and unfathomable kind of Beast is afoot on the moors…

This is another awesome addition to one of my favorite series ever! Yaaaay!!! I thought that the last installment, The Third Solstice was the last one we’ll see of Lee and Gideon so I was on cloud nine when I found out that there will still be more Tyack and Frayne mysterious adventures!

If you’ve read the series from the start – you’d already know the strong undercurrent of darkness in it. Darkness in the form of many mysterious things from the Bodmin ‘beast’ to wondering souls and even the many peculiarity of people with special gifts.

This one is perhaps the darkest in the series. There’s a mounting pressure on Gideon with his new rank and Lee is somehow stuck in not seeing anything that may or may not prevent a tragedy.

Again, Harper Fox was able to deliver a riveting story that will give you goosies and a roller-coaster of emotions from start to finish. I loved the little revelations here and there and it’s so good to see all of the side characters (with my favorite Kitto)appearing in this installment. This is again another definitive proof of the author’s genius in writing!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Harper Fox is an M/M author with a mission. She’s produced six critically acclaimed novels in a year and is trying to dispel rumours that she has a clone/twin sister locked away in a study in her basement. In fact she simply continues working on what she loves best– creating worlds and stories for the huge cast of lovely gay men queuing up inside her head. She lives in rural Northumberland in northern England and does most of her writing at a pensioned-off kitchen table in her back garden, often with blanket and hot water bottle.

She lives with her SO Jane, who has somehow put up with her for a quarter of a century now, and three enigmatic cats, chief among whom is Lucy, who knows the secret of the universe but isn’t letting on. When not writing, she either despairs or makes bread, specialities foccacia and her amazing seven-strand challah. If she has any other skills, she’s yet to discover them.

Book Review: Take a Chance on Me (Firsts and Forever, #15) – Alexa Land

Date of Publication: October 29, 2017
Themes & Genres: Romance, LGBTQI, Contemporary, Comedy
Kindle Edition, 369 pages
Published October 29th 2017
Characters: Duke Blumenthal, Quinn Takahashi

Free-spirited ballet dancer Quinn is sure he made a terrible mistake by agreeing to be Duke’s roommate. The big cop is the most uptight person Quinn’s ever met, and both men begin driving each other crazy from day one.

Before long though, an undeniable spark of attraction ignites between them. But do opposites really attract? Or will their differences prove to be more than either of them can handle?

This gay romance is the fifteenth book in Alexa Land’s best-selling Firsts and Forever Series, but each novel is written to stand alone, so jump in anywhere. Note: contains adult language and graphic sex and is only intended for adults.

I so loved this couple! I think I missed a couple of intallments from this series but rest assured that this could be read as a standalone.

Quinn is such a character. He is quirky, has no filter and just full of life but deep inside, there’s an insecure little boy who doesn’t realize his worthy.

Then there’s Duke. All his life, he’s got to live in his dead brother’s shadow.

They both have heartbreaking backstory so, them getting together is destiny itself. It’s like they’re so opposite that they’re so perfect together. Odd but true.

My only criticism is the characters overload in the story. There’s just so many names in it and updates about the previous couples in the book. I mean, I loved reconnecting with them but it feels like there’s not enough space for Duke and Quinn here.

Overall though, it is still a wonderful addition to the series and Duke and Quinn are very easy to fall in love with.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

About The Author
I write and independently publish M/M love stories. My best-selling Firsts and Forever series includes: Way Off Plan, All In, In Pieces, Gathering Storm, Salvation, Skye Blue, Against the Wall and Belonging etc…

I’ve also published Feral, a paranormal M/M romance, and The Tinder Chronicles, a paranormal trilogy.

For more information, please visit my blog at: Follow me on Twitter @AlexaLandWrites or find me on Facebook at…

Book Review: Game Point (Dreamspun Desires #45) – M.J. O’Shea

Date of Publication: November 1st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Theme & Genres: LGBTQI, Romance, Contemporary, Age-Gap
Format: Ebook, 194 pages
ISBN: 9781635337563
Characters: Quinn Valenzuela, Porter Davis

Game, set… match made in heaven.

Spoiled socialite Quinn Valenzuela has no interest in sports or his family’s huge sporting goods empire, Sparta Athletics. So when Quinn learns his grandfather has died and he’s in control of the corporation, no one is more surprised than Quinn himself.

Dedicated COO Porter Davis has little time and less patience for brats like Quinn who have never done a day’s work, but circumstances leave him with little choice. Quinn claims he’s ready to leave partying behind and grow up, but it’ll take more than words to earn Porter’s respect. As it turns out, they can work—and play—together after all. A friends with benefits arrangement makes sense for the two busy men, but are they too different for it to ever develop into more? Not if Quinn can convince Porter he has his head in the game

This whole Dreamspun Desires Series is a hit or missed thing and this one definitely hit the target! I loved both MCs. I liked Quinn onset of the story with bits of his backstory being explained on why he became a party boy. Porter at first was a bit annoying but I guess he made up for his awful attitude midway through. I still want to learn more about him though. The few things we learned about him are his fuck-up social climbing parents, him being a previous Tennis player and his sister Perry and nothing else.

It felt a bit rushed and I wished the ending was a bit longer but overall, the story is sweet with hot sexy scenes and likable characters so that’s a win for the author!

‘Will definitely recommend this one!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

About The Author
M.J. O’Shea has been writing romance since algebra class in sixth grade (when most of her stories starred her and Leonardo DiCaprio). When she’s not writing, she loves listening to nearly all types of music, painting, reading great authors, and on those elusive sunny days in the Pacific Northwest, she loves driving on the freeway with her windows rolled down and her stereo on high.

Facebook: M.J. O’Shea

Book Review: The Cad and the Co-Ed (Rugby Series, #3) – Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway

Date of Publication: February 12, 2017
Genre and Themes: New Adult, Romance, Sports, Rugby
Format: 337 pages, ebook
Publisher: Self Published
Characters: Eilish Cassidy, Bryan Leech

Blurb: Keeping a secret this big is going to take lots of balls. Specifically, rugby balls.

Bryan Leech is a cad.
Or, he *was* a cad.
No one is quite certain.

Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.

The only problem is, no one believes him.

Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.

The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.

Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.

Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.

But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?

I haven’t been that active in Goodreads this year unlike the past three years so imagine my surprise upon finding out that there is already a third book in the Rugby series by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway! Aaaaahhhh! I freaking adore these two authors and I absolutely adore this series. Here’s my review of The Hooker and the Hermit and here’s for The Player and the Pixie as proof! Hah!

Now back to this third installment of the series! My gosh! I think I’ve read it almost non-stop! I loved Eilish character! I loved that she isn’t overly dramatic and that she’s a strong, independent woman. Byran is kind of cute I guess but he’s kinda irritating at times. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me. Anyway, the story isn’t extraordinarily new but the way the authors structured it is absolutely fabulous! I super loved the family scenes of Eilish, Bryan and their cute son! This series is advisable if you’re needing a quick and a feel-good read! An absolute must-read!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

About L.H. Cosway
L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

Mailing List:…

About Penny Reid
Penny Reid is a USA Today Best Selling Author of romantic fiction. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances she works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults (boy-8, girl-6, and girl-4 months), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

Pre-Order Tried & True (THIRDS Book 10) by Charlie Cochet #THIRDSSeries

Heya, fellow THIRDS fans! In case you haven’t heard (which is very unlikely); the final installment of the THIRDS series – Tried & True is now up for pre-order via Dreamspinner Press. Just click the image below to go to the site or the this link:

Sequel to Darkest Hour Before Dawn


When THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley met Team Leader Sloane Brodie, he couldn’t have imagined how slamming into his new partner—literally—would shake both their worlds. Now four years later, they’ve faced dangers, fought battles both personal and professional… and fallen deeply in love. Now their big moment is finally in sight, and they’re ready to stand up together and make it official. Unfortunately, as the countdown to their big day begins, an enemy declares war on the THIRDS….

With their family in danger, Dex and Sloane are put to the test on how far into darkness they’ll walk to save those they love. As secrets are unearthed, a deadly betrayal is revealed, and Dex and Sloane must call on their Destructive Delta family for one last hurrah to put an end to the secret organization responsible for so much devastation.

Dex and Sloane will have plenty of bullets to dodge on the way to the altar, but with happiness within their grasp, they are determined to get there come hell or high water….

The book will be released on November 24, 2017.

Book Review: Reservations – Kindle Alexander

Published October 30, 2017
Format: Novel
Genre And Theme: LGBTQ, Romance, Contemporary
Length: 420 pages, ebook
Publisher: Kindle Alexander LLC
Characters: Thane Walker, Levi Silva

This would be my third consecutive posts today from Kindle Alexander so you have to bear with me because I’m going to fangirl for a moment…

Ya’ll know how I loved, loved, loved their works. Just search Kindle Alexander on my search bar to the right and you’ll see. It’s crazy how they could write so easily with characters you’d immediately fall in love with. (or it just looked so easy because every single time… cmon’ girls!)

Reservations is no different. I was really excited when they made a cover reveal because it is an absolutely beautiful cover. I’m like, what could this be about?

Turns out, Reservations is as good as its cover. As expected, Kindle Alexander delivers once again.

Levi Silva whose dream of becoming a doctor has to be put on hold after his father died of cancer and was left with two teenage boys to raised.  They could hardly make ends meet so he found himself working in some sort of a gentlemen’s club called the Reservations.

Enter Thane Walker, the commitment-phobic owner of Reservations who got ensnared by Levi’s  beauty and demeanor. They are both stubborn and knows what they want out of a relationship.

The story examined just about that very thing. Thane is utterly frustrating and an A-grade A-hole in the beginning but things started to make sense as the story progresses and we learned more about his past. Levi on the other hand is on-point in every way. I was totally high-fiving him with his decisions regarding Thane. The boy got balls! Haha!

It’s obvious that I am on Team Levi so it’s fun to watch Thane groping! Speaking of “groping,” there’s too many of that, I don’t know if I’m just unaffected at times but I just enjoy the pre- and post- sex scenes when they talk about things. That was more intimate for me.

We also see here some of the guys from the other books and I’m specially happy to see Reed Kensington! I loved Up in Arms and I wished there was Trevor as well!

Overall, this is another solid  effort from the duo of Kindle Alexander. I totally loved the MC’s. I also enjoyed reading about Luke, Logan and the lovely, lovely Julian (hurry up with his story please!!!) and I can’t recommend this highly enough!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in the male/male genre. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next!

Find out more by visiting or email me at

An Advance Review Copy was provided by the author  for an honest  impartial review.