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Book Review: Dangerous Territory – Cari Z.

Dangerous Territoryebook, 56 pages
Published January 13th 2016 by Less Than Three Press

I just loved Cari Z’s writing style. Her characters are fresh, quirky, and just oh-so-goddamn-adorable! This novella just hit the mark for me when it comes to originality and impact because after the last page, I’m still yearning for more! Surely, it’s not going to stop here yeah?

The story started when Carter’s evil brother-in-law was trying to take over their family ranch immediately after his father’s death. To get hold of his inheritance and start on his own, he needs to get to the cattle market before his brother-in-law and the only way to make that happen is to pass through Mason Canyon – a snake-infested terrain and a shifter territory as well. Rani, his shifter guide who agreed to help him out turned out to be not what he expected which rekindled is hope that things may not be that bleak for him and his family.

I totally enjoyed reading this even if it’s way too short for my liking (Cmon’ I need more). I loved that it’s written in the ‘western’ genre with a twist. And no. The “being gay” of the character is not the twist obviously. It’s the shifting thingy that made it more interesting and I loved that Rani’s animal form is surprisingly different from what I expected. I won’t spoil it for you guys, but it’s really so cute if you’d ask me. At least they’re cute in pictures. Hah!

According to the book’s publisher (Less Than Three Press), this book is part of The Devil’s Land collection, a set of unrelated books written in the western genre. THIS CAN’T BE if I have a choice because there’s so much to explore in this story. There’s the question about his family (his sister Millie, Keena, Getrude and even the evil Percy) and there’s more about the shifters. Okay, perhaps I’m getting way ahead of myself but seriously – this one’s a wonderful read and I kid you not about the talent of this author.

If you want to check her out before this hit online – do try her Panopolis series – gawd, that one is just beyond!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

 Expected publication: January 13th 2016 by Less Than Three Press

About The Author
Cari Z. is a Colorado girl who loves snow and sunshine. She has a wonderful relationship with her husband, a complex relationship with the characters in her head and a sadomasochistic relationship with her exercise routine. She feels like Halloween should happen every month, which is why you get this picture of her, and hopes that you enjoy reading what she’s put out there as much as she enjoyed writing it in the first place.

ARC courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Possession of Lawrence Eugene Davis – E.E. Ottoman

The Possession of Lawrence Eugene DavisI love me some historical fiction every now and then. I’m not the biggest fan of the genre but when I come across with something like this story, I am more than happy to share how I enjoyed such work. The story takes place at the beginning of the Great Depression as Lawrence Eugene Davis returns to his family’s ranch to set his father’s affairs in order. Arriving at his childhood home, unpleasant memories bounced back along with his miserable time in the trenches. With these unhappy thoughts comes the untoward incident from a sinister presence that haunted him upon his first night in the house.

When a stranger suddenly showed up claiming he can get rid of the demon possessing him. Lawrence has no choice but to agree, only he has to offer himself as the price.

I totally enjoyed reading this novella because it has all the good elements of a horror / paranormal read adding to the apt description of the period it was set in. I figured out from the start that Lawrence will get involved with their ranch hand Billy and I was slightly surprise that it’s not just Billy who will be “romantically (?) / sexually” involved with him. So there folks, this one’s actually a ménage between two humans and an incubus! Exciting right?! I mean, the dynamic between them was so good and just oh-so-sexy that I find myself yearning for more. That’s the only downside I could think of in this story. I want more scenes with the three of them in it!

The paranormal aspect of the story was easily dealt with from the very first possession up to the main instigator of it. There was not much fuss going on with the possession and it was easily resolved at the end so the story’s mostly telling rather than showing but in a really good way.

I loved it when I get a free book to review and it’s just so good, I feel like I should’ve paid for it in the first place! So if you’re up for a paranormal / historical ménage read, then this one’s for you!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Expected publication: September 2nd 2015 by Less Than Three Press

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About The Author
E.E. Ottoman is a geek and a gentleman. They spends their time mostly in libraries doing research, and sometimes, when there is no one else there, dancing in the aisles. E. has always adored speculative fiction, especially paperback fantasy and science fiction. They loves a good ghost story and thinks every story becomes automatically better if you add tentacles. Overall, though, they just loves a story that is fun to read. E. is especially fond of writing and reading stories with geeky, queer people doing awesome and sexy things.

They grew up in the woods, farmlands and mountains of upstate New York and has spent most of their adult life trying to spend as much time as possible back there. They are the oldest of four and can often be found actively engaged in hijinks with their three other siblings. E.E. Ottoman has two degrees in history, another one in law, and one very spoiled princess cat. E. would like to be a history professor or maybe just a professional author one day, only time will tell.

When not writing, E. loves to cook and looking dapper in menswear. E. is an avid powerlifter and can often be found at the gym trying to hit a new max weight.

E. identifies as a queer, nonbinary, trans dude and is actively trying to change the world (and maybe the past) one novel and work of history at a time.

E.E. Ottoman’s pronouns are:

An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and impartial review.

Book Review: Storytime – K. Lynn

StorytimeIt has been hard for sci-fi writer James Murphy to move on since the death of his partner a year ago. But at the urging of his agent, he volunteered for a weekly storytime at a local library as a way to start socializing again. This is where he meets the children’s librarian, David.

David is twenty-five years younger and has the exuberance that James was attracted to. What started out as friendship turns into romance. Will James be able to leave the past behind and moved on to a future with a promise of a second chance at love?

This endearing short story is a fun read that will put a smile on your face. It’s an easy read where it’s futile to ask the question how will they be able to put both of their past behind and just go on and be in love.  It’s a natural occurrence after all to search for human comfort and both David and James found that with each other. As simple as that.

I’m not even bothered with David reminding James of his former beau. Like, would I ask if it’s simply a rebound thing? Nah – fortunately, I didn’t. That happens right? I believe that the heart can love as many people as they want – sappy I know, but it’s true.

I personally would’ve liked a longer version of this but I think the ending gave a perfect note implying what the future will be ahead of them.

A lovely read indeed.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Expected publication: September 30th 2015 by Less Than Three Press

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About The Author
K. Lynn has been an avid reader and writer since childhood. In her youth, she could most likely be found in the local library, devouring books that covered everything from WWII History to Dr. McCoy’s latest adventures aboard the Enterprise, with some X-Men thrown in for good measure. Once she had read everything that was on the shelves, she turned around and read them again. K. Lynn was also known to create elaborate adventures that more than once made it to the page. Ink-filled papers gave way to overflowing computer memory as the years went on, but the stories never ceased.

While in college, K. Lynn increased her involvement in LGBT issues and writing within the LGBT fiction genre. She has become a long-time fan of the authors that seek to explore the commonality that exists within all sexualities and genders. Most of K. Lynn’s work features LGBT characters, many of whom are in established relationships and show how love perseveres through every trial and tribulation that life holds. She also has a particular interest in seeing transgender characters gain a larger foothold within the LGBT fiction genre, hoping that the market for these works expand in the future.

K. Lynn has degrees and certificates from UNC-Chapel Hill in the areas of American History, Religion, Creative Writing, Public Health, and Journalism. She is a member of Mensa and has an extensive writing and editing background. To her, life is an ongoing adventure where she seeks to learn something new every day. When K. Lynn is not writing short stories, she is working on her novels. Her interests range from erotica to education, with stops along the way in paranormal fiction, historical novels, and established relationship romance. Give her a good story and she’s willing to read.

Contact K. Lynn at writerklynn@gmail.com, follow her on Twitter @WriterKLynn, and keep up with her latest releases at http://writerklynn.com/

An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and impartial review.

Book Review: Penn’s Woodland – David Connor

Penns WoodlandDuring his eighteenth birthday, Penn’s family blamed him for his lover’s attack in the woods that led to his imprisonment at the confines of his room with only his mind as his companion and his sister Georgia as his sole caretaker. When Ewan Parrish, a world-renowned architect was contracted to build a secure walkway through the woods, Penn finds himself drawn to the man.

Ewan who also got intrigued by the whole set up is determine to find all the answers to his questions especially now that he’s developed a burgeoning feelings towards the young recluse.

Based on the blurb, I didn’t peg this to be an historical romance set in the 1920’s. Let me tell you, I’m not a big fan of historical fiction and I seldom read those types of literature but there are some books that really gets to me and this is one of them. I loved a writer who could keep my interest about something I’m not really fond of in the first place. Penn’s Woodland is so full of purple prose that at times I almost get lost in it. That’s not a bad thing though, I loved the consistency of the dialogues here. It makes me feel like living in that era myself.

There’s also a whole vibe of terror in this book. It’s subtle but very effective. You know there’s a monster in there masquerading him /herself and there will come a point in the book that you just find yourself reading faster to get to that part.

There was insta-love here that may or may not work for some people and somehow Penn and Ewan didn’t get much shit about their relationship given the era they’re living in. Still, I find myself enamored by how they both complemented each other. Both are very likable and the author obviously did a good job in providing ample connection between the two.

This is the first book I’ve read by David Connor – a great first read at that and I can totally see myself reading more from his catalogue in the future.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Expected publication: July 29th 2015 by Less Than Three Press

This title is available for preorder and will be available at approximately 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on July 28, 2015.

About The Author David lives in a small, rural town in New York with a cat, Molly, and his vivid imagination. It refuses to shut down, even when he sleeps. “Penn’s Woodland” started as a dream–literally, as do many of David’s works. David can be found on Twitter at @DannyCinicic and has a Facebook page with his writing partner: https://www.facebook.com/mmromcomsinprint

The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review.