An Alisa Review: College Discipline by Caitlin Ricci

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Rating:  4.5 stars out of 5

 

college-discipline-by-caitlin-ricciFour stories of sex, romance, and college boys learning to kneel.

 

Hitachi is a police officer reduced to being a glorified babysitter for a rich man’s son. He resents his assignment, but Gabriel isn’t the brat Hitachi believes he is. He’s a man who likes pain, and who wants Hitachi to let loose with him too.

 

Leo fantasizes about having sex with a complete stranger, but when he gets his chance it isn’t nearly as wonderful as he imagined it to be. His dad’s boss tries to teach him a lesson about making stupid choices, but his education in submission doesn’t end there.

 

Jensen is horrible at math, and now he’s in a calculus class that he’s barely getting through. His parents get him a tutor, but this tutor is interested in teaching Jensen about far more than just math.

 

Timothy comes back home, to a tiny town he can’t stand, when his mother’s illness gets worse. He’s made a string of bad decisions, and his mother’s friend is determined to turn his life around before Timothy gets lost entirely.

 

This was a wonderful collection of stories.  All of these boys were looking for something even if all of them didn’t know it, but are willing to embrace their desires and the men that will help guide them.  The one thing I loved with these stories is they all have a HFN ending with a positive outlook towards their future together.

 

Jensen’s Tutoring Session

We see Jensen’s point of view and how he opens up and puts down his defenses to do what Sam believes will help with his constant distraction.  It works well, but Jensen is willing to put the work in to get better.  Seeing Sam open himself up to Jensen when he puts his feelings and dreams on the line is heartwarming.

 

Leo’s Grand Plan

Leo’s fantasy isn’t quite what he thought it would be, but when Donovan shows him what real submission can be like he is hooked.  We see Leo’s determination to show Donovan that he can be what he needs and their acceptance of each other was nice, even seeing that Donovan doesn’t plan to hide their relationship forever helps. 

 

Hitachi’s New Assignment

Hitachi’s complete annoyance with the whole situation at the beginning of the story is adorable, I understand it but maybe not to the extent he was.  Gabriel is tired of his father’s match making, but is willing to make the best of it when he finally gets someone that fits perfectly with his desires.  I loved seeing Hitachi’s walls fall and his hopes that maybe he can have a future with someone who wants the same things he does.

 

Timothy’s First Rodeo

Man, Timothy must have really been a jerk when he left his hometown after high school and other’s views of him haven’t gotten any better as his mother has continued to get sicker and he hasn’t been there to support her.  When he does come home he unfortunately has to live with the consequences of his actions, but Adam is willing to help pick him up and get started again on the right path.  It’s sad to see Timothy reevaluating his life knowing he has tried so hard, but hasn’t had the right support behind him.

 

Cover art by Natasha Snow is perfect and I love the understated picture.

 

Sales Links: Nine Star Press | Amazon

 

Book Details:

ebook, 55 pages

Published: February 20, 2017 by Nine Star Press

ISBN: 9781945952616

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: Quarry (The Vampire Guard #2) by Elizabeth Noble

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

quarryThe members of the Vampire Guard—Jonas Forge, spy and soldier turned cop; computer hacker extraordinaire Blair Turner; Declan, thief, con man, and ex-pirate; and medical examiner and werewolf Dr. Lucas Coate—face a dangerous and elusive enemy.

 

And this time, it’s personal.

 

Over the course of three hundred years, a man has touched each of their lives in ways they are only just realizing. When a hunt for a psychotic killer in the present resurrects memories and clues from the past, they discover how they have been affected and are bound by the existence of a ruthless vampire criminal. Now, while preventing a heist at a high-tech art show and thwarting several large-scale explosions, the team must employ their unique blend of science and supernatural abilities to put an end to the machinations of the man toying with their lives.

 

This time, he won’t slip through their fingers.

 

This time, it’s more than a case. It’s a hunt, and Forge, Blair, Declan, and Lucas won’t stop until they’ve captured their quarry.

 

This was a great continuance of the Vampire Guard series.  These four characters are wonderful for each other; they can play off the others’ strengths wonderfully.  This book kept moving with another twist just around the corner to keep the reader’s interest.

 

In this story we see even more of the characters’ backgrounds and how they are connected.  I love how connected all of the friends are and not just the soul mates when disasters happen and when they are just laid back.  They are all surprised by the additional connections they find to each other while working on this case.

 

I loved seeing them play off each other’s strengths to solve the mystery and catch the bad guy.  Being able to see the thoughts and emotions of the four main characters goes a long way to understand what is going on in the story and to stay connected with the many characters.  I will commend this author, she does a wonderful job with her writing of keeping the characters separated that I don’t get confused and have to check back on which character I am focusing on at the time as I often to in other books.  I am loving this series and can’t wait to read more when they come out.

 

Cover art by TL Bland is great and is following the basic pattern for the series.

 

Sales Links: DSP Publications | Amazon | B&N

 

Book Details:

ebook, 200 pages

Expected Publication: January 17, 2017 by DSP Publications

Edition Language: English

Series: The Vampire Guard #2

 

An Alisa Release Day Review: A Coal Miner’s Son (States of Love) by T.A. Chase

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Rating:  5 stars out of 5

 

a-coal-miners-son-by-ta-chaseJames Callahan is the only son of Nicholas Callahan, owner of the Willow Hollow mine in West Virginia—but he’s never considered himself any better than the miners. He’s best friends with Owain Rees, one of the miners’ kids, and he’s been attracted to Cai, Owain’s older brother, for years. James gets the feeling he might not be the only one sensing the tension between them, but Cai avoids him religiously.

 

Cai has been working the mine since he was sixteen. He acknowledges James is cute, but he’s grown up privileged while Cai’s family has always been working class, and Cai fears that chasm is too wide to cross. When family drama pushes them together, will Cai and James see they’re more alike than they realized?

 

Take a leap of faith as two men from different worlds, employer and employee, rich and poor, discover that love transcends social barriers.

 

This was a wonderful feel good story.  James has worked hard to not be like his father and appreciates the people who work for him.  He has always been attracted to Cai, but knows that Cai doesn’t like him, no matter how he acts.

 

Cai acknowledges that James is making things better for the miners, but figures he is still like his father deep down.  When he actually gets to see him away from the mine and “in real life” he can see that everything Owain has said about James is true.  Seeing James care for his family and the community make Cai doubt what he has always believed.

 

This story gives us both characters’ views which goes a long way to help know them better.  James is fighting what feels like a losing battle with the board to make things better for the miners, I could just feel how passionate and caring he is in his actions and words.  I could see Cai’s stubbornness and also how much he cares for this family, he becomes conflicted with what he has always known and James helps him to understand his feelings.  I loved seeing them stand up together for their love to grow.

 

Cover art by Jennifer Vance is great works well for that characters in this story.

 

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon 

 

Book Details:

ebook, 107 pages

Published: January 4, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 9781635332278

Edition Language: English

Series: A States of Love Story

An Alisa Review: Amen To Love by Carolina Valdez

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Rating:  5 stars out of 5

 

amen-to-love-by-carolina-valdezDr. Bond Bergstrom fights to save the life of a man shot near the lakeside path where he jogs. Later, when the hospital where Bond works as chief of surgery learns the shooter attempted to kill him also, the board insists on assigning security protection to him 24/7 until the killer is caught.

Bond is furious with the decision. Former Navy SEALs, he argues, can protect themselves better than anyone in the world. Not so, counters former Delta Force operative Rory O’Shea. He’s the hot, sexy Irish-American who owns the agency providing the hospital’s routine security.

Bond grudgingly gives in, unaware that O’Shea has an ulterior motive in assigning himself to spend nights with the doctor as his personal bodyguard. Will O’Shea prove he has what it takes to satisfy Bond — both in and out of the bedroom?

 

This was a wonderful story.  Bond tries to save a man shot near his jogging path and ends up putting himself in danger in the process.  When Rory is forced upon him for protection it takes a bit of compromising for him to accept it is the best solution overall.

 

This story is told from both character’s points of view, so we are able to see the struggles they both go through.  Bond wants to be a great surgeon and just help people anyway he can.  Rory loves his security business, but has been following Bond from the sidelines for years and will not waste this new opportunity to get to know Bond and see if they can build a future.  I felt so connected with both of these characters and was rooting for them the whole time.

 

The cover art is nice and catches your eye.

 

Sales Links

JMS Books | Amazon | ARe

 

Book Details:

ebook, 123 pages

Published: 2nd Edition, September 17, 2016 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781634862196

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Release Day Review: Chase This Light by Francis Gideon

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Rating:  5 stars out of 5

 

chase-this-light-by-francis-gideonWhen Jason Flores moves to the Yukon for a new job, he’s not sure what to expect. His son Micah seems enchanted by the wildlife, but his recent fear of the dark means that the eighteen-hour nights in the winter will be a difficult adjustment. When Jason takes Micah to the local museum’s interactive lecture series on the gold rush, it turns out to be one of the best decisions he’s ever made.

 

Pete Odjick, a tattooed First Nations and Inuit man, dresses up for the weekly lectures as Skookum Jim, one of the first prospectors to find gold. He takes an immediate interest in Micah and an even bigger interest in Jason.

 

As their flirtation grows into something more serious, Jason’s job at a big name oil company and Pete’s volunteer work with an environmental group become a point of contention. Can they come to an understanding and give Micah a family again? Or will the drastic differences between them tear them apart? As the winter nights grow longer, Pete and Jason worry their love won’t be enough to chase the darkness away.

 

This was a wonderful story.  Jason has uprooted his whole life to move to the Yukon when he is transferred for his job.  He can only hope that this move will give his son, Micah, a chance to grow after the loss of his mother and grandmother.

 

Jason and Pete meet when Jason brings Micah to the museum to get out of the house after the long move.  Pete and Jason both recognize the need to move slowly because of Micah and also what they are both looking for.  Micah is such a sweet boy, but not unnaturally so as I see in so many stories.

 

We see this story from both character’s points of view.  Jason has to deal with not only his own grief when he and Pete have a misunderstanding, but also Micah’s.  They both are willing to make compromises to help each other so that their relationship can grow.

 

Cover art by Bree Archer is perfect and I wouldn’t change anything.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 117 pages

Published: October 12, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 9781634777582

Edition Language: English

Series: A World of Love Story

An Alisa Release Day Review: Never Lose Your Flames by Frances Gideon

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Rating:  5 stars out of 5

 

Never Lose Your FlamesCop-turned-bounty-hunter Gabe Dominguez is hired to capture firestarter Nat Wyatt. For a dragon-shifter like Gabe, apprehending Nat is easy, but transporting him involves more time, energy, and blood loss than he envisioned. An attack from a band of fairies, an out-of-control forest fire, and a showdown at an auction don’t faze Gabe, but Nat’s innocence might stop him entirely.

Since discovering his abilities, Nat’s lost a best friend, a boyfriend, and trust in his brother. Only his love of concerts and card games get him through life without a home. Rumors of the Judge, a giant dragon who once destroyed half of Canada avenging those he loved, provide Nat with hope of vindication. When Nat discovers his captor is the Judge, he thinks he’s finally caught a break. Through late-night conversations and a shared love of music, Nat tries to convince Gabe he’s not guilty.

Can Gabe continue his cutthroat lifestyle, or will he run away with his dragon hoard like he’s always longed to do? Can Nat escape his legacy, or will his be another spark snuffed out by people who don’t understand? The Oracle, the most powerful wizard in Canada, might be the only one who can provide answers.

 

This was my first book by Francis Gideon and I loved it.  Gabe thinks that capturing Nat will be easy, but soon learns there is a lot more to his story.  Nat has been running from his brother since he discovered his abilities.

 

Gabe isn’t sure what to think of Nat, no matter what evidence his boss feeds him.  They both share their pasts with each other which goes a long way towards earning each other’s trust.  Working together to save others and solve the mystery of why Gabe’s boss wants Nat brings them even closer together.

 

In this story I could feel how confused Gabe was.  Nothing he was being given about Nat was adding up to the man he was with.  I loved Nat and felt horrible that even when things were going well for him he was resigned to the fact that he would be going back to his brother no matter what while Gabe had resigned himself to a life alone without happiness.  Gabe’s friendships with the others in the story really goes a long way towards humanizing him a bit because he tries to keep himself so closed off.  I loved these characters and the different premise of this story.

 

Cover art by AngstyG is great and eye-catching.

 

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | ARe

 

Book Details:

ebook, 310 pages

Published: August 1, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 9781634775410

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: Soul Seekers by Jake C. Wallace

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Rating:  5 stars out of 5

 

Soul SeekersNineteen-year-old college student Levi Reed has spent his life with hollow emotions and a darkness so deep that he’s convinced he’s losing his mind. He’d give anything to feel something, anything, real.

 

When a mysterious stranger appears, Levi is convinced the man is trying to kill him. When he’s near, Levi experiences head-crushing pain and something surprising—real emotions for the first time. Jeb Monroe is arrogant, self-assured, closed-off, and handsome, but he isn’t the harbinger of doom Levi assumed. Jeb’s mission: help Levi find his missing soul.

 

Levi is pulled into the secret world of Seers and Keepers, those born with the innate ability to manipulate souls and tasked with balancing the negative energy they can produce. Levi learns he possesses a rare gift, and he’s in danger. As Jeb and Levi grow closer, they discover a group of zealots who want to harness Levi’s power to cleanse the world of damaged souls. Everyone Levi cares for is threatened unless he agrees to become their tool of death. But agreeing could spell the destruction of humankind. With no one to trust and nothing as it appears, it’s up to Levi to save them all.

 

JC Wallace did a wonderful job with this story.  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this story, but it went above and beyond what I was thinking.  There were enough twists and turns that I didn’t want to put the book down just so I could find out what would happen next.

 

Levi has never felt any real emotions in his life until he comes close to Jeb.  Unfortunately they aren’t nice emotions and it has Levi thinking the worst.  When Levi and Jeb connect and then learn that the person they have been relying on for answers isn’t who she says she is their world is turned upside down again.

 

This story is from Levi’s point of view and I would feel how soul crushing everything he has been through has been.  When he connects with Jeb and finally sees some good he immediately thinks the worst when Jeb closes himself off again.  I could feel his confusion over his situation and what to do, but he quickly figures out what must be done.

 

Cover art by Brooke Albrecht is nice and gives a good idea of the main characters in the story.

Sales Links:   Dreamspinner Press | ARe | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 330 pages
Published June 22nd 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 163477261X (ISBN13: 9781634772617)
Edition LanguageEnglish

An Alisa Review: Dirty Angel by Barbara Elsborg

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

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Dying Sucks

Particularly when you discover there really is a hell. Aden thinks there’s no way he can avoid going down, but when an angel and demon can’t agree over his fate, Aden is given one more month to gain redemption. He doubts he can find a way to become a better man in so short a time. But it’s worth a try, right?

Living sucks

Particularly when you can’t shake free of an obsessive ex. Brody might be managing to hold down his job as a vet, but his personal life is a mess. If he doesn’t pull himself together soon, he’s going to be sliding downhill too fast to stop.

One wet night, on a dark country lane, two worlds collide and destinies change forever.

Barbara Elsborg did a great job with this story.  Aden is getting a second chance to try and be a better person by living up to his potential.  Brody is ready to give up and doesn’t know if it’s worth it to pull himself together.

 

Aden has had the worst luck when it comes to his life, his parents didn’t love him and he was constantly abused by others when they died.  He was never loved and doesn’t know how to or why you would want to love someone.  Brody thought he loved his ex and when things go too far he finally breaks free only to have him come back to try and get him back.

 

Both Aden and Brody have heartbreaking back stories that greatly affect their lives.  They both connect with each other and the reader quickly.  They don’t hold back their emotions and are willing to just let everything out which makes understanding the characters easy.  There is a great HFN ending looking a bit in the future which gives hope for both of the characters.

 

Cover art Joe Raven is perfect for this book.

Sales Link:  Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 255 pages
Published: June 1, 2016 by Barbara Elsborg
ISBN: 9781682521274
Edition Language: English