A Jeri Release Day Review: Love and Payne (A THIRDS Universe Novel) by Charlie Cochet

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

Austen Payne, THIRDS Squadron Specialist Agent (SSA) for Destructive Delta and TIN operative, has seen the worst the world has to offer, faced lethal killers, and helped bring down dangerous organizations. But nothing terrifies him more than falling in love. After years of undercover work, Austen is a master at defending himself and protecting his heart… until he meets Osmond Zachary.

THIRDS Defense Agent Osmond Zachary has a huge, doting family, yet something is missing in his life. After meeting grumpy, foul-mouthed, jittery cheetah Therian Austen Payne, Zach knows exactly what that something—or someone—is. Unfortunately Austen seems determined to avoid Zach at all costs.

When Zach foils an assassination attempt, he ends up in the killer’s crosshairs, and Austen is Zach’s best chance at staying alive. Zach hopes the crisis will bring them closer, but Austen has every intention of walking away as soon as the danger is over.

Happily ever after isn’t for guys like Austen, but Zach is determined to show him it can be.

I am a tried and true THIRDS Nerd. Adore Dex and Sloane. I’m pretty sure Dex is my spirit animal. But it was time to move on. So this book is part of the “THIRDS Universe” but it isn’t centered around Destructive Delta.
If none of that made sense, go straight to amazon and read book 1. You’ll be hooked.
But I digress. We know Austen well. He started crushing on Sloan hard, but Sloan let him down easy. But Austen was always there- on the fringes like the spy he is.
And Zach we met almost immediately way back in book 1 when Dex had the audacity to take the last bag of cheesy doodles from the vending machine. ahh memories…..
Zach and Austen have always kind of tip toed around each other. Austen refusing to admit that he was crushing hard on Zach. And Zach wearing his heart on his sleeve but not wanting to spook Austen.
So when they are thrown together with basically no escape, Austen has no defense against the charms of Zach and his entire family.
And what an enormous family! My goodness. Another world that Ms Cochet has built for us. I look forward to getting to know them.
So yes, the THIRDS universe can and will happily survive without Dex and Sloan at the center. There is still tons of action, lots of sexy times and some really sweet, swoony romance.
I absolutely look forward to more of this offshoot. Although, I have a feeling that Dex and Sloan will be making an appearance in the near future.
Cover art: L.C. Chase.  Perfect for the character and branding the series.
Book Details:
Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
ASINB07G76RPMT
Edition LanguageEnglish
Series THIRDS:

A Jeri Review: Wash Out (Anchor Point #7) by LA Witt

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

 

I love that the Anchor Point series, although all set at the same Naval base, really are different. This was no exception.

Casey is on desk duty after seriously breaking his leg during SEALs training. And the chances of him continuing that training are zero. Logan is a former Marine, now working as a contractor on base. One guy has been there, the other guy never will go there.
It was heartbreaking to see Casey deal with the same platitudes over and over again about being lucky to never see war. But that is exactly what he signed up for. Being a SEAL was his dream. And Logan is plagued with PTSD from his tours of combat duty and is one of the guys that tells Casey how lucky his is. But it is sticky because Logan and Casey have some serious heat together.
So while they are enjoying the no strings sex, strings form. And each man really has to explain their unique but opposite positions regarding the military and war.
There is a TON of angst in this book, but also a lot of hot sex and a really genuine relationship between Logan and Casey. I think what I enjoy the most about this books is that they are so authentic. The author doesn’t keep it a secret that her husband is active duty Navy, so she really knows what she is talking about with PTSD, active duty, contract work, etc.
We get a few cameos of previous main characters- always a favorite of mine in a series to keep them all connected. I love that one of the supporting characters/previous main characters HATED the Navy in his book and is now a supervisor in a contract position. Felt like a full circle kind of thing.
Cover art by LC Chase works perfectly for the story and the series branding.
Book Details:
ebook, 265 pages
Published May 21st 2018 by Riptide Publishing
ISBN 1626497532 (ISBN13: 9781626497535)
Edition LanguageEnglish
Series Anchor Point #7

A Jeri Release Day Review: Once Burned (Anchor Point #6) by LA Witt

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5
This was, by far, my favorite of the series so far. I’ve liked and wanted Diego’s story since we met him in Dalton’s book. Finally, we got it.
By design or not, the Anchor Point books rely heavily on Naval policies and politics. While interesting, sometimes I felt that all of it bogged the story down some. I mean, I still read and enjoyed them, but it got to be a bit much.
In this story, though, it wasn’t so much the politics of the Navy, but how easily the Navy can screw someone who served. And it brought to light a HUGE issue in the military. Green card holders who serve but then can easily lose their jobs AND their status- becoming another undocumented immigrant in a country that they once fought for.
Ok, moving on……
Mark is nearly divorced after a pretty disastrous marriage. He got slam orders to move to Anchor Point, after he was surprisingly made Captain. His first night out he meets Diego. The bartender who hates the Navy and won’t date military. But he ends up bending his rules for Mark.
One night becomes many. A casual hook up becomes an undefined relationship. And we finally get Diego’s story about why he hates the Navy. And it breaks my heart. Because it happens. We just don’t hear about it.
I really enjoyed reading about an “older” couple. Older meaning pushing 40 instead of the romance norm of mid 20’s. Older guys need love too! And Diego and Mark were awesome together. I loved that Diego was still friends with Dalton and that Mark became friends with his ex wife. There weren’t a ton of side characters- but they played an important role.
The ending (the epilogue really) was a bit neat and tidy for me, but overall a really good book.
Cover art by LC Chase was perfect and in keeping with the series.
Sales Links:  Riptide Publishing | Amazon
Book Details:
ebook, 289 pages
Expected publication: April 9th 2018 by Riptide Publishing
ISBN 1626497486 (ISBN13: 9781626497481)
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesAnchor Point #6

A Jeri Release Day Review: Tried & True (THIRDS #10) by Charlie Cochet

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Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Book 10, Tried and True wraps up the THIRDS series. While I am sad, because I LOVE THESE BOOKS, Charlie Cochet is continuing on with a spin off series based on TIN. So it isn’t goodbye, just see you soon.

If that paragraph doesn’t make any sense to you, go read these books. Seriously. “I don’t like paranormal” “I don’t read shifters”. As a friend and I call it- it’s the Rule of THIRDS. You have to throw out all preconceived notions because this series is so worth it.

Ok, on to book 10…..

It’s the big event we’ve all been waiting for. Dex and Sloan get married! We have waited a long time for this. Our guys have been through a lot. And they are going to go through more. They are moving on from Destructive Delta at THIRDS and becoming TIN agents. But there are still a lot of secrets, a ot of unknowns. And it all comes to a head in this story.

Everyone we have met is involved in this story.  And yet it doesn’t seem overstuffed with characters. We have gotten to know them all and they are all represented well.

But before the wedding they have to go through a kidnapping, and attempted kidnapping, several assassination attempts and yes, another kidnapping. But in the end, all of the loose ends are tied up. We know everything.  Finding out who (and why) Dex’s parents were killed all of those years ago leading up to all of the events in the past 10 books is satisfying. The big reveal could have been so many people. Someone we knew really well, someone brought in just for this. But, as always, no spoilers from me.

This book (and series, really) made me laugh out loud, cry, gasp, cringe and swoon.  Charlie Cochet told the story of an unbelievable world in a completely believable way. I never felt like I was reading “paranormal”. I just felt like I was reading a really awesome story with lots of sex, romance, action and intrigue.

Farwell Destructive Delta. I will miss you. But I look forward to TIN. Have some Gummy Bears on me.

Cover art by L.C. Chase is terrific and in keeping with the characters.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 254 pages
Expected publication: November 24th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781640801165
Edition LanguageEnglish
Series THIRDS #10
CharactersSloane Brodie, Dexter “Dex” Justice Daley
settingNew York City, New York (United States)

A Jeri Review: Rank & File (Anchor Point #4) by L.A. Witt

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
This newest installment in the Anchor Point series was excellent and probably my favorite so far. An enlisted man and an officer who start off as a hook up, but can’t the chemistry.
Besides all of the romance and steamy hot sex, I actually really enjoy reading about the ins and outs and politics of the Navy. I think it is really interesting and the author has either obviously done their homework or personally knows someone in the Navy.
One of the things I think I liked about this one above the rest was that there was no PTSD, no lingering physical issues from previous deployments and no alcohol or drug abuse. Don’t get me wrong- I love an angsty book with those things. But they were covered in previous books in the series and didn’t need to be done again. Instead we just have two men, on different career paths, but totally invested in their careers.
But it is because of those careers that they have to keep their relationship in the closet. Because while it is ok for two enlisted men to have a relationship or two officers to have a relationship, it is not ok for an enlisted man to have a relationship with an officer. I actually would have really liked to see them fight for that to be changed, but alas….
I felt really bad for Brent. He knew nothing but Navy. His father was Navy and he was groomed to join the Navy. He has zero hopes and dreams that didn’t involve the Navy. Who doesn’t have fantasies of what they would do if they could? Apparently not Brent.
And while Will isn’t necessarily looking to move up in the ranks, he does want to get his time in so he can retire fairly young with a good pension. But even he has some idea of what he would do if he wasn’t in the Navy.
And the sex scenes. Ho-ly. My gawd they were hot. The “sir” thing. The officer submitting to the enlisted. Basically all of it. Ms Witt can write a steamy scene.
Definitely pick this up. It is a good, fun read with very little angst and a good story.
Cover artist L.C. Chase designed another hot cover.
Sales Links:  Riptide Publishing | Amazon
Book Details:
ebook, 272 pages
Published September 25th 2017 by Riptide Publishing
Original TitleRank & File (Anchor Point, #4)
ISBN139781626496057
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesAnchor Point #4

A Jeri Release Day Review: Gummy Bears & Grenades (THIRDS #10) by Charlie Cochet

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5
If you’ve read my reviews before, you know that I absolutely adore the THIRDS series. I eagerly await them and will put down whatever I am reading to pick the newest up. They are just straight up entertaining.
This installment was a novella. Which means I devoured it in an hour (I’m a fast reader). Set the night of Dex’s bachelor party, we watch the guys- and a few girls- drink, dance, party….and get into sticky situations. Because it is Dex and that is what happens.
I am fairly certain that every single character has at least a cameo in this novella. And there are a lot. So honestly, the reason it is not getting more than 4 stars is the amount of stuff crammed in this book. It was a bit too much and took a bit away from the story.
Did I totally laugh? Yep. Swoon? Yep. Giggle? Yep.
And she has left me panting for more.
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase.  The cover is absolutely perfect.  Wouldn’t change a thing.
Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon
Book Details:
ebook, 102 pages
Expected publication: October 4th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Original Title Gummy Bears & Grenades
ISBN13 9781635339963
Edition Language English
Series THIRDS #9.5

A Jeri Release Day Review: High Balls (Balls to the Wall #6) by Tara Lain

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
This has, by far, been my favorite of the series Balls to the Wall. The story, characters and writing were so much more in depth than the previous installments. Each book has gotten better, from book 1 which was kind of meh, to this one which I really enjoyed.
Single gay dads are not new to the genre. But I think this is the first one I have read that he is not the biological father, but married the mother (his best friend) and is on the birth certificate. So while he is trying to be the perfect dad, while working and pursuing his PHD, he immediately drawn to a bartender covered in tattoos, who rides a Harley and is known as Snake.
But looks can be deceiving.
Theodore’s son was really funny and a great additional character who held his own. Which he should, being that Theodore wanted to make the best life for him. He also showed that with his simple acceptance of Snake, that kids really can be great judges of character. They see what is on the inside first, not the outside.
There was a lot that happened in the book- in laws, PhD, new relationships, friends, school politics, bullying…. but it never seemed over loaded. There was a nice twist toward the end that I didn’t necessarily expect and lots of visits by some previous characters.
This can definitely be read as a stand alone, but like I said, they start out as meh and work their way up from there.
Cover Artist: Reese Dante.  The cover is great, has all the right elements and captures the reader’s attention.
Sales Links:  Kindle | Nook | Kobo | iTunes | Dreamspinner Press
Book Details:
ebook, 163 pages
Expected publication: October 4th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN13 9781635334753
Edition Language English
setting Laguna Beach, California (United States)

A Jeri Release Day Review: Fool of Main Beach (Love in Laguna # 5) by Tara Lain

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
Another really good read in the Love in Laguna series. These books are fun, very little angst with great characters that make you smile.
Tom is… well, Tom. The author never said exactly how Tom was different, except that he is dyslexic, but it is clear that he has something. But above all, he is just sweet and lovable. He is the guy who will always make you smile and will always give you a hug.
Merle is a television actor known as a teenage vampire on screen. He is grateful for the job but he is afraid of being typecast until he can no longer pass as a teen. When Tom saves Merle from several guys who were ready to beat him up, Merle can’t stop thinking of the big guy. So when he finds out Tom is working on the renovation of his house, Merle wants to know more.
They have a slow burn romance, always a favorite of mine. The conflict comes when Tom doesn’t think someone as handsome, rich and famous as Merle would want him. But he does. Merle never makes Tom feel badly for what he is lacking and takes the time to point out to Tom how incredible he is. You don’t have to be book smart to be a wonderful person.
We see everyone from the previous books in this one, which I love. Revisiting previous couples makes me warm and fuzzy. Knowing everyone is still happy.
Absolutely put this on your TBR pile. It is well worth it.
 Cover art by Reese Dante works for branding the series and catching your eye.
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Book Details:
ebook, 274 pages
Expected publication: August 21st 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN13 9781635339666

A Jeri Review: Paint the Stars (Free Fall #3) by Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

paint-the-stars-by-nyrae-dawn-and-christina-leeI’ve had a soft spot for Ezra since book 1 of this series and I was so happy he got his own book. He was featured pretty heavily in book 2 which just whetted my appetite for more of him.

Ezra is an introverted artist who doesn’t let a lot of people see who he really is. He’d much prefer to binge on Netflix than go to a club with his friends. While Conner (book 2) came the closest to really getting to know Ezra as his roommate, Ezra still kept him at arm’s length. Until Daevonte starts to wiggle his way into Ezra’s life.

Daevonte is a yoga instructor at a studio where Ezra has been commissioned to paint another mural. A lover of life and sex, he wants to hook up with the quiet painter. But Ezra doesn’t do the hook up thing. So after some false starts, they become unlikely friends.

As you can imagine the friends part of the book evolves. It is a nice slow burn which really fits with Ezra’s character. He is demisexual- meaning he has to really connect with someone as a person before he feels any attraction to him. So as the book progresses, as does the connection between Ezra and Daevonte.

I really love that books are starting to have main characters on different  colors of the rainbow. Of course gay (this is the genre we are reading) and bisexual (which opens a lot of past story lines), but now we are seeing a lot more asexual, demisexual, and pansexual. I love seeing these people represented and their stories told in such a manner that makes you truly understand what it is they are about.

Because Ezra is demisexual, this book actually inadvertently gives us my favorite trope- friends to lovers.  Daevonte is so confident in who he is and has a unique way of starting to bring Ezra out of his shell- without trying to change who he is. He has utter respect for Ezra and it shows.

We, of course, get glimpses of the guys from past books. In fact, I really love that they have a once a week dinner together.  AND that one of the secondary characters develops a het relationship. Real life.

Book one, Touch the Sky, is my favorite of the three but this is definitely a very close second.

The cover illustration is gorgeous and seeing all three covers together is perfectly cohesive.

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Book Details:

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: February 20th 2017 by Christina Lee and Nyrae Dawn
ASINB06WRQ4LVH
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesFree Fall #3