Tag Archives: Dreamspinner Press

Book Review: Gummy Bears & Grenades (THIRDS, #9.5) – Charlie Cochet

Published October 4, 2017
Format: Novella
Genre And Theme: LGBTQ, Romance, Shifters, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Length: 102 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Ebook ISBN/ASIN: 9781635339963
Characters: Dexter J. Daley, Sloane Broadie

THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley can’t wait to marry his fiancé, Team Leader Sloane Brodie, but first he’s looking forward to celebrating his bachelor party—which he intends to be a shenanigans-free evening of getting his groove on with family and friends. Of course events don’t work out as planned, but for Dex that’s nothing new. One thing is for sure, dodging drug dealers and hired thugs amid booze, dancing—and even a bear costume—will guarantee it’s a night Dex will never forget. Now he just needs to survive all the fun. *** Enjoy this bonus story from the THIRDS universe. These events occur between Darkest Hour Before Dawn and Tried & True in the series timeline. While reading this story would enhance your experience of the THIRDS series, it is not necessary to read before Tried & True.

Oh! This is absolutely adorable in every level and a bit sinister for some reason. If you’re a fan of the series, you may already know that the THIRDS series is one novel away from its final installment so this bonus story before the last book is a very much needed read pre-TIN series!

It’s Dex’s bachelor party and you know that if Dex is involved, a slew of troubles follows him!

This is very short but like what I’ve mentioned, very adorable, sweet and just a whole lot of feels because not only Sloane and Dex are bonded by their DNA, but also how in sync they are with each other’s feelings. I just hope that they get to marry first before the start of the TIN series! I cannot wait to read the last installment of this beloved series and this little novella just made me all the more excited!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

Website: http://www.charliecochet.com
THIRDS HQ: http://www.thirdshq.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charliecochet
Facebook Author Page: http://www.twitter.com/charliecochet
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/charliecochet/
tumblr: http://www.charliecochet.tumblr.com

Email: charlie@charliecochet.com

Advertisements

Book Review: Darkest Hour Before Dawn (THIRDS, #9) – Charlie Cochet

Published April 25, 2017
Format: Novel
Genre And Theme: LGBTQ, Romance, Shifters, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Length: 224 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Ebook ISBN/ASIN: B06VVGRHCX
Characters: Sebastian Hobbs, Hudson Colbourn

THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.

As life and death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most for good this time.

This is another of my backlogged reviews from the THIRDS series so here is it.

I am very surprised with this one. I wasn’t a big fan of the Hobbs siblings except for Ethan from the very start so I didn’t really expect to enjoy this one as much as I did. I thought Seb was an a-grade a-hole for doing what he did to Hudson but I guess, time really heals all wounds, including a wounded heart.

I loved that we get to see more of Seb’s vulnarability here and why he decided to stay away from Hudson and why Rafe is such an ass to Hudson. Seriously though, I’m still not a fan of the guy. I’m talking about Rafe.

Going back to Hudson and Seb. I loved that there were no unnecessary dramas to their story. It was very straight to the point and who would’ve thought that they will finally do it? I mean, THAT totally surprised me!

And the big reveal at the end was oh-so-satisfying although I’ve already guessed it from the start, it was still very clever!

This is once again, a very enjoyable THIRDS installment!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

Website: http://www.charliecochet.com
THIRDS HQ: http://www.thirdshq.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charliecochet
Facebook Author Page: http://www.twitter.com/charliecochet
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/charliecochet/
tumblr: http://www.charliecochet.tumblr.com

Email: charlie@charliecochet.com

Book Review: The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe (The Auspicious Troubles of Love #2) – Charlie Cochet

Published November 8th 2013
Format: Novel
Genre And Theme: LGBT, Historical Romance
Length: 204 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Ebook ISBN: 9781627982979
Characters: Henry Young. Jonathan “Johnnie” Wolfe

Blurb: Eight years after leaving the deserts of Africa and the French Foreign Legion behind, Jonathan Wolfe has settled into life at Hawthorne Manor in the English countryside. Johnnie helps his adopted family run the manor and provide a safe, loving home for a new generation of “brats”: boys mistreated and discarded for their homosexuality—something all too familiar to Johnnie. Although no longer an unruly youngster, Johnnie is as stubborn, foul-mouthed, and troublesome as ever. His recent rash behavior becomes a concern for those closest to him, especially Dr. Henry Young, the only man ever to capture Johnnie’s heart. Instead of soothing him, their closeness brings Johnnie’s insecurities from an unsettling past to the surface, and leads to an explosive situation that threatens to tear them apart. Then Henry’s past catches up to them….

This review is going to be real quick. First let me tell you the one thing I didn’t like about this story – it’s the hot tempered Johnnie who’s now several years older but still none the wiser. His constant misdemeanor towards Henry and the rest of the people in the manor just rubs me up the wrong way especially when they keep on forgiving him without actually letting him learn a lesson or two. I understand that what he’s been through during his youth was traumatic, I get that he’s insecure and all but didn’t all the boys in the manor went through the same thing one way or another? I don’t know, it’s just so annoying. Aside from this, the book is still semi-gold for me.

I loved that we see Chance and Jacky again with Bobby and Alexander and the “brats.” I just absolutely adore the scenes with them especially with little Elliot. What a sweetheart! They’re the one thing that got me going with the story. Truth be told, I wasn’t even paying attention to Henry and Johnnie’s love story. It was almost secondary. It’s as if the story revolves around the household of Chance and Jacky. It’s a beautiful story nonetheless so if you’ve read the first book, make sure to read this follow up!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

Website: http://www.charliecochet.com
THIRDS HQ: http://www.thirdshq.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charliecochet
Facebook Author Page: http://www.twitter.com/charliecochet
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/charliecochet/
tumblr:http://www.charliecochet.tumblr.com”

Email: charlie@charliecochet.com

Book Review: The Auspicious Troubles of Chance (The Auspicious Troubles of Love Book 1) – Charlie Cochet

Published June 20, 2012
Format: Novel
Genre And Theme: LGBT, Historical Romance
Length: 172 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Ebook ISBN: 9781613725573
Characters: Chance Irving, Jacky Valentine

I’ve had this title for the longest time now and I’m not sure why I ‘ve totally forgotten about it since I bought it (along with Charlie’s previous works) after reading the author’s mega hit series, THIRDS. But while waiting for the last book of the THIRDS series, I decided to read Charlie’s back catalogue and here I am telling you about this beautiful story – pre-THIRDS success of the author.

Blurb: Chance Irving is a young man with a gift for getting into trouble-not surprising, as trouble is all he’s ever known. After losing everything he held dear one fateful night, he decides to leave New York and his past behind, and joins the French Foreign Legion. But even in Algiers, Chance can’t seem to shake his old ways, and he ends up being transferred to a unit made up of misfits and rabble-rousers like him-a unit he finds just in time to be captured and thrown into a cell with his new commandant, Jacky Valentine. A highly respected commandant with a soft spot for hard luck cases, Jacky is the kind of guy who would go to war for you, and the three equally troubled youths from his unit he’s more or less adopted feel the same way about him. Suddenly Chance starts to think that his life doesn’t have to be as desolate and barren as the wastelands around him. But even after their escape, with the promise of a future with Jacky to buoy his spirits, or maybe because of it, Chance can’t stop making mistakes. He disobeys orders, lashes out at the boys in Jacky’s care, and blazes a trail of self-destruction across the desert-until someone makes him realize he’s hurting more than just himself.

A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma

I just have to say that I absolutely adore Chauncey Irving aka Chance. He’s a fascinating character that you’d root for onset of the story. I loved his sass, his vulnerability, and his overall personality. He’s just so endearing as a child and as a trouble magnet adult. For fans of Dexter Daley – it is very easy to conclude that Charlie does have a prototype when it comes to his main characters. Chance is basically Dex’s twin brother from another era.

Then we have Jacky – good ol’ Jacky who have a soft spot for the cases like Jacky and his gangly unit of three troubled youths whom I equally adore like Jacky and Chance.

The story is fast-paced and very affecting at times. The blossoming relationship of Jacky and Chance is what the millenials are now calling #relationshipgoals  which made me swoon and tear up a bit!

I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a feel good read about second chances in life and love.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

Website: http://www.charliecochet.com
THIRDS HQ: http://www.thirdshq.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charliecochet
Facebook Author Page: http://www.twitter.com/charliecochet
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/charliecochet/
tumblr:http://www.charliecochet.tumblr.com”

Email: charlie@charliecochet.com

Book Review: Love in Retrograde – Charlie Cochet

Published May 11, 2016
Format: Novella
Genre And Theme: LGBT, Science Fiction
Length: 73 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Ebook SBN13: 9781634772150
Characters: Kelly Sutton, Mars

Blurb: Enthusiastic, play-it-safe Kelly Sutton is an American intern at the Photonic Royal Society in New London. He’s been working on Project Mars for over a year, a mission kept so secret by the Society even Kelly doesn’t know exactly what it is. What Kelly does know is his contribution to the task will benefit mankind, and that’s enough for him.

Kelly’s world turns upside down when concerns over his mentor’s behavior lead Kelly to investigate and stumble upon a wicked truth. What is supposed to be a project to advance human life turns out to be an endeavor capable of mass destruction. The terrifying reality forces Kelly to choose between looking the other way to keep his job, as he’s always done, or risking his career and even his life to do the right thing by saving the man who’s captured his heart.

***

I’ve been reading some titles from Charlie’s back catalogue and I realized that I haven’t posted here about this lovely novella. I actually gave this a five star ratings on Goodreads and here’s the short review I’ve posted on said site:

Mars and Kelly are just the cutest ever! This is definitely a classic Charlie Cochet style! I loved the super adorable characterization. The usual Dex/Sloane characters formula is everything! I loved Mars and how he ‘fell in love’ with Kelly even before meeting him. What a precious AI-hunk! The whole story was quick but it doesn’t feel rushed. Now, I really want to read the story of Lucius and Jordan so I hope Charlie’s planning to write one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

Website: http://www.charliecochet.com
THIRDS HQ: http://www.thirdshq.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charliecochet
Facebook Author Page: http://www.twitter.com/charliecochet
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/charliecochet/
tumblr:http://www.charliecochet.tumblr.com”

Email: charlie@charliecochet.com

Visit The Purple Rose Tea House hosted by Charlie Cochet. For M/M Romance guest authors, giveaways, and more!

Book Review: Love is Heartless (Love Can’t Series, #2) – Kim Fielding

Date of Publication: January 13, 2016
Genre and Themes: LGBTQ, Child Abuse, Romance, Mystery, Murder
Format: 254 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781635332148
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Characters: Nevin Ng, Colin Westwood

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 responds to the severe beating of a senior citizen and meets the victim’s bow-tied, wealthy 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 terrible crime—or two—was more than he bargained for.

Despite their differences, Colin and Nevin discover that sparks fly when they’re together. 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.

The story overlaps with the first book, Love Can’t Conquer  and has an alternating point of views between Nevin and Collin but it can be read as standalone.

Let’s talk about Nevin. I’m not that much of a fan of his character at first. He’s a typical fuckboy and I don’t like that side of him. I get that he’s commitment-phobic and all that but during the first few chapters, he’s like itching for sex every single page. I’m like, seriously, is he always horny? I mean, I get that he’s lonely, I get that he’s stressed but it’s kind of off-putting. That’s just me though.

You have to understand that his childhood didn’t give him much to be happy about. I eventually started to like him at the latter part of the story so all’s good. He actually kind of reminded me of Ash from the THIRDS series by Charlie Cochet.

Then there’s sweet, sweet Colin. He came from a rich and very accepting family and has a super adorable cat named Legolas. On the exterior and perhaps financially, he is the total opposite of Nevin but both men have good hearts.

The story isn’t as intense and as angsty as the first book but it does have its moments especially when they finally realized they are meant for each other. Guessing the culprit in the serial killing of old people in the story was a bit predictable but the execution was good because the story didn’t really center on it. It was mostly about the day to day lives of our main characters. The banter between them was real good and the side characters including Colin’s parents are a real joy to read.

This is another wonderful story from Kim Fielding. It’s a shame we didn’t hear much from Parker (Rhoda’s son) this time because if I were to based it in the first book of the series, I kind of thought that we’d get his story next. Maybe he’s up next!

Rating : 4 out of 5 stars

BUY NOW:
AMAZON

About The Author
Kim Fielding lives in California and travels as often as she can manage. A professor by day, at night she rushes into a phonebooth to change into her author costume (which involves comfy clothes instead of Spandex and is, sadly, lacking a cape). Her superpowers include the ability to write nearly anywhere, often while simultaneously doling out homework assistance to her children. Her favorite word to describe herself is “eclectic” and she finally got that third tattoo.

All royalties from her novels Stasis, Flux and Equipoise are donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Book Review: Finding Mr. Wrong – Charlie Cochet

Published September 1, 2017
Format: Novel
Genre And Theme: LGBT, Gay Romance, Gay Fiction
Length: 169 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Ebook ISBN: B074TCBFG7
Characters: Matthew Hart, Jax Foster

I absolutely loved this book! It is by far my favorite from the Dreamspun series! Charlie is simply a delightful storyteller. The story is as sweet as it can get and in a really, really good way!

BLURB
He’s nobody’s definition of Mr. Right—but that might make him perfect.

Matthew Hart is heir to the family fortune and owner of Hart & Home. When a near-death experience has him fretting over the future, he decides he needs a husband, and not just any husband—an appropriate man to protect the Hart legacy. The last thing Matthew expects is to cross paths with Jax Foster, his first love and the boy who crushed his heart when he disappeared.

Jax is unlikely to make Matthew’s list of suitable candidates. Bad boy, vagabond, deep in debt, with a father who can’t keep out of trouble, Jax has nothing to offer—except his heart and a second chance at the romance they never got to explore.

So Matthew.  I loved him! He’s like the subdued version of Dex from the author’s THIRDS series (if you haven’t read this series, you should start now because you really don’t wanna miss out!) but he’s as lovable as Dex.

Jax. Oh, that name! Jax is Fabio with that sexy blonde locks and he is the Sloane Brody here (Haha! Sorry for the THIRDS connection. Not sorry! ) The strong, sexy, quiet alpha male who couldn’t seem to get a break.

Then there’s Adam the good-ol-super adorable assistant! I loved him from the get go and couldn’t wait to read his own story!

Speaking of the story – there’s nothing very unusual about it but the flow from start to finish is perfection. You’d fall for the characters right away. The plot is in fact very TV soap-ish but the whole cheesy romantic reunion just clicked real good here. I was hoping for more pages when I finished it. I want to read more from Matthew and Jax and I’ve a feeling that I’d see them again because there is no way Adam isn’t getting his own love story!!!

Highly Recommended!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!

BUY NOW

About The Author
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

Website: http://www.charliecochet.com
THIRDS HQ: http://www.thirdshq.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charliecochet
Facebook Author Page: http://www.twitter.com/charliecochet
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/charliecochet/
tumblr:http://www.charliecochet.tumblr.com”

Email: charlie@charliecochet.com

Visit The Purple Rose Tea House hosted by Charlie Cochet. For M/M Romance guest authors, giveaways, and more!

Book Review: Catch A Tiger By The Tail (THIRDS, #6) – Charlie Cochet

Catch A Tiger By The TailPublished February 5th 2016
Format: Novel
Genre And Theme: Gay,Romance / Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Length: 2016 pages, ebook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Ebook ISBN: 9781634769099
Characters: Calvin Summers, Ethan Hobbs

I’m a massive fan of this series so it’s really fun to see the characters in it grow, following more of their adventures in each book. Now on it’s 6th installment, the focus is on Calvin and Ethan – both members of THIRDS’ Destructive Delta who’ve been best of friends since they were little and somewhere along the way developed something more than their friendship.

I have to tell you though that this isn’t stand-alone as it involves characters you’d get to meet once you start out with the first book in the series, Hell & High Water and so on…

I’ve got to say that I’ve enjoyed this better than the last book in the series. I find it more focused in terms of story development. It’s lovely to see how Calvin & Ethan are finally reaching a point in their friendship where they won’t have to hide (or be more open, I guess?) anymore. Prior to this, it’s a given that there’s nobody for them but each other. Here, we just see their inner dealings with their respective family, their feelings and their co-workers at THIRDS.

One thing that I find a bit incredulous was Ethan’s way of communicating with people. I mean, I get that he’s got this mutism and doesn’t really talk much (at all) save for a number of ‘em but I find it weird that the rest are able to decipher what he’s saying. It’s minor for me but it’s just brow-raising if I allow myself to really analyze it.

I also loved that we get some hints here on the future of the series especially about Dex and Sloane. I just loved their moments here along with Cael, Ash and the rest of the gang. At some point, the humor is almost slapstick but thinking back, it’s the way this series became so dear to me. It’s the humor first and foremost and the great world building and its characters.

This one is like a gift by the author to its loyal readers. It’s a prelude to what’s about to happen to THE main couple of this series – a development which I would want to stick for until the end of it.

Again, what a truly delightful offering from Charlie Cochet!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Buy Links:
Amazon | Dreamspinner Press | Barnes & Noble

About The Author
Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

Website: http://www.charliecochet.com
THIRDS HQ: http://www.thirdshq.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charliecochet
Facebook Author Page: http://www.twitter.com/charliecochet
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/charliecochet/
tumblr:http://www.charliecochet.tumblr.com”

Email: charlie@charliecochet.com

Visit The Purple Rose Tea House hosted by Charlie Cochet. For M/M Romance guest authors, giveaways, and more!

ARC provided by the author in exchange of an honest and impartial review.