A Paul B Review: Psychic Says (Revelations #2) by J.J. Black

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Psychic SaysStephen Jurgens has psychic gifts passed down from his grandmother.  He primarily uses his gift as a medium to help others contact their departed loved ones.  His psychic gifts he has basically ignored most of his life.  He works with his best friend and pseudo-brother Grey at Revelations, an outfit dealing with strange paranormal mysteries.  Grey asks that Stephen look into a local cougar pride that has had several otherwise healthy members suddenly die in the last two months.  Stephen agreed to take the assignment because his normal bodyguard and supposed mate Maddox is busy.  This will put some distance between them,

Maddox Blackwell is the alpha for the Pontiac werewolf pack.  The alpha has known that Stephen is his mate for a number of years.  First he thought he was too young to settle down with a mate.  Then Stephen consistently states that he is actually not Maddox’s mate and even if he were, their pairing would be no good.  Not knowing what kind of danger Stephen is putting himself into investigating the pride deaths, Maddox decides to follow him to Cadillac to make sure no harm befalls his mate.

Shortly after they show up, a local pride member and librarian is found dead.  When Stephen and Maddox investigate the death, Stephen’s worst fears are confirmed.  The body’s soul has been taken.  The situation is a lot more dangerous than he thought.  A necromancer has been eating the souls of the dead and living.  Stephen, Maddox’s wolf pack, and the cougar pride must now figure out a way to stop this paranormal menace or they will end up in the morgue with all the others.  Help from an unexpected source might provide just what it is needed to subdue this otherworldly killer.

This second book in the Revelations series hit all the right spots for me.  We have mystery, thills and romance in abundance.  The interaction between Maddox and Stephen is a cross between new lovers and an old married couple.  They have known each other for years and have the same arguments over and over.  Yet they also discover what it would be like if they commit to each other finally.  It kind of reminds me of Dave and Maddie from Moonlighting.  However, I predict better things for this couple and no cancellation in sight.  The character of Dana is a delight.  She is wise beyond her young looks.  She provides needed insight at the right times for Stephen to survive his battle.

The cover art by Posh Gosh has Stephen looking out over a graveyard at sunset it looks like.  The model perfectly portrays Stephen and the cover itself represents the book expertly. 

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Book Details

ebook, 207 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Pride Publishing
ISBN139781786513847
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesRevelations #2

Series:  Revelations

  • Ask the Oracle (Revelations #1)
  • Psychic Says (Revelations #2)

A MelanieM Release Day Review: Relative Best (Foothills Pride #5) by Pat Henshaw

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Relative BestA Foothills Pride Story

Sometimes love sneaks up when you’re least looking for it….

Zeke Bandy, owner of Bandy’s Finest Hotel in Old Town Stone Acres, California, is too busy for love. Not only does he oversee the operations of the historic hotel and uphold his family’s tradition of offering refuge to strays and runaways, Zeke also sings and plays down-home music two nights a week at the Stonewall Saloon and for occasional celebrations. Then Zeke meets Victor Longbow, the man of his dreams.

Vic isn’t looking for love either. In fact, because of his upbringing in a strict, white foster family, Vic’s not sure he believes in love. He’s in Stone Acres to open a branch office of a national brokerage firm. He’s also hoping to find a vintage photo of what might be his Native American ancestor.

After their paths cross, they become friends, then more. Connected by their experiences as orphans raised by flawed fathers, Zeke and Vic realize that some men must find love, hone it, and create families for themselves.

Pat Henshaw’s rich and wonderful Foothills Pride series keeps rolling along with this latest edition, Relative Best.  And in keeping with the tone of the others, it can certainly be read as a stand alone but having the others as backup knowledge of the town, the history and all the characters you will meet in the town and places work to enrich the story even further. I certainly enjoy seeing them again and again as they pop up in various scenes as does the places they run in town.

But back to the new story at hand.

Relative Best is that romantic story that I have come to expect from Pat Henshaw and the Foothill Pride series.  The characters have a somewhat complicated, with perhaps a dark history.  The ties to the town goes almost to the bedrock and somewhere history will popup and become part of the tale.  All that happens here and with wonderful characters to boot.

Zeke Bandy is the owner of Bandy’s Finest Hotel, a Victorian era lady who’s the center of his life.  A ginger-haired singer with a complicated history of his own, Zeke has no love life until he runs into Victor Longbow, a man in search of his past.  Victor’s complicated, dark childhood has left him with little need for a love life as he searches for his true ancestors, thinking Bandy’s Finest Hotel might hold the answers.

How Pat Henshaw fleshes these men out and make them believable is terrific, but as I often mention the short length of the story often leaves me wanting to know more about each man’s upbringing as troubled as it was.  We get flashes and brief memories, nothing more.  That the hotel is used as a halfway house for  runaways is another aspect I wish was explored more deeply.  Henshaw has so many great plot threads here in Relative Best that the book could easily double in size.

I realize the the impact and message the author wants to carry over is that its not the ancestry that makes the man but what the man makes of himself that matters most and the story conveys that beautifully.  The romance between the men works, their connection to each other snaps alive and I so wanted to see what happened to them both after the story ended.  I suppose I will have to wait until the next tale in the Foothills Pride series to catch glimpses of Zeke and Vic or maybe Pat Henshaw will carry on their story further.  Bandy’s Finest Hotel is full of stories.  This can be but the first of many.

I love the Foothills Pride stories and highly recommend not only Relative Best but all of the stories in the series.  Pick them up and get started today.

Cover Artist: AngstyG.  The cover art does a gorgeous job of relating the old time feel to the contemporary story.  Both are important themes and its so well done.

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Book Details:

ebook, 80 pages
Expected publication: August 17th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press LLC
ISBN 1634775716 (ISBN13: 9781634775717)
Edition LanguageEnglish

Series Foothills Pride 

What’s in a Name? (Foothills Pride #1)
Redesigning Max (Foothills Pride, #2)
Behr Facts (Foothills Pride, #3)
When Adam Fell (Foothills Pride, #4)
Relative Best (Foothills Pride, #5)
Foothills Pride Stories, Vol. 1 (Foothills Pride, #1-4)

 

An Alisa Review: Softpaw (Smilodon Pride #1) by Beryll Brackhaus and Osiris Brackhaus

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

SoftpawConnor’s life could have been the dream of any cultured werecat. He is spending his days in Paris’ gay quarter with comfortably little real work, playing the piano, surrounded by art, fine food and good friends. It could have been, if not for a feral vampire preying on the prostitutes of ‘his’ quarter, killing the boys of the Marais one by one.

When Connor invites a newly arrived hooker to stay on his houseboat, the last thing he expects is Michel to be a member of the Brigade Criminelle – a troubled, hunky rookie cop sent undercover to explore Connor’s connection to the murders, picked mostly because he had been a boy of the Marais himself, not so long ago.

Hiding their true nature becomes a problem for both when they realize there maybe is more to their initial attraction. But in order to bring down the serial killer and maybe have a chance at making their relationship work out, one of them will have to
take the first, critical leap…

 

Connor has been living a quiet life in Paris while trying to figure out what he really wants to do with his life.  Connor is surprised when Michel takes him up on his open invitation for a place to stay.  Both hide important information about themselves from the other while opening their hearts to the other.

 

This story is told from both of the main characters’ point of view, which helps to understand them a bit better.  Connor does everything to be helpful to others and do what he feels is right it personally hurts him when the vampire begins its’ killing spree.  Michel wants to do his job, but has trouble believing Connor’s connection to the murders is anything other than coincidental.  When Connor uncovers Michel’s duplicity I could feel how betrayed he feels and how much more determined he is to take care of the vampire.  Connor and Michel get a wonderful HFN ending that they both deserved.  There was a look at the next book in the series and I look forward to reading it in the future.

 

Cover art is nice and portrays the story setting nicely.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 229 pages
Published: July 14, 2016
Edition Language: English

Series: Smilodon Pride #1

Want More Shifter Romance? Check Out Blood Moon Pack Alliance by S.A. Welsh (excerpt and giveaway)

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Blood Moon Pack Alliance by S A Welsh

 
Author: SA Welsh
 
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Series Blurb
Remyís life was turned upside down when Alpha Trevor, a controlling and sly leader concerned only with power, threatened his mother and a primal strength awakened inside him. He challenged the tyrannical alpha and defeated him. Now he is alpha, but Trevor isnít going away quietly to lick his wounds. Trevor is much more devious than that. Remy and his pack have to navigate through plots and schemes created by such a formidable enemy who is willing to do anything it takes to steal back control and rule not only the Blood Moon Pack but all of the paranormal world.


 

 

Lines are drawn, alliances are made, and mates are found, but will it be enough when the lies and treachery go far deeper than they know? Spies infiltrate and enemies circle, waiting for an opportunity to strike. The people closest to Remy are at greatest risk and some suffer more than anyone should at the hands of those seeking power. Vampires and shifters alike in the Blood Moon Pack Alliance must fight to keep each other safe and hope that love and family will be enough to give them the strength to weather the storm ahead.
Hi,
I’m SA Welsh and I write because I love reading and I love letting the characters and stories in my head come to life in a book. I can’t function in the morning without a cup of tea and when I’m not writing, I’m reading. Thank you to all the readers that let me keep writing and to the authors that keep me up at night reading a thrilling chapter and also to the editors that help make my books the best they can be.
Happy reading 🙂
Sa

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