An Alisa Release Day Review: Teaching Ben by Shae Connor

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

Learning to love means a study in patience.

 

Fresh out of the military, Ben Cooper is ready for a new start. He’s away from his domineering father, making his own choices… and out of the closet. On his first day of college, he meets David Powell, who’s just the kind of gorgeous man Ben’s dreamed of. Too bad he’s the teaching assistant—which makes him off-limits in Ben’s eyes.

 

David is Ben’s age, but his life has taken a different path. He’s close with his family, who helped him deal with personal struggles after he came out. And while he’s staying away from any hint of scandal, Ben’s a kind of temptation he hasn’t faced in years. If only they’d met on more equal footing.

 

As the semester progresses and their lives become more entwined, keeping their relationship platonic becomes more difficult. They just have to hold out until the end of the semester….

 

I enjoyed the nice slow burn of this story.  Ben and David are attracted to each other from the start but know that they need to keep their building emotions to themselves until after the semester is over.

 

David made some mistakes in the past and he is continuing to accept that he doesn’t need to be punished for those forever.  Ben is finally away from his father and the military, getting to live his life on his own terms.  They both become an integral part of each other’s lives as their friendship grows.

 

I loved watching David and Ben grow a strong friendship as the semester goes on.  Without even realizing it David gives Ben just what he needs, a family.  David and his sister quickly envelope Ben into their fold and bring him home.  I loved seeing the emotions of these characters and connected with them easily.  I just think this was wonderfully sweet with little bits of conflict thrown in to not make it too sweet.

 

The cover art by Bree Archer is nice and gives  great visual of Ben.

 

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | B&N

 

Book Details:

ebook, 200 pages

Published: February 20, 2018 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-412-8

Edition Language: English

Series: Dreamspun Desires

An Alisa Review: Ghost Wolf by Hurri Cosmo

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Rating:  4.25 stars out of 5

 

Hi, my name is Trevor. I’m a wolf shifter.

 

I say that like I know what I’m talking about. I don’t. I was simply running off a ton of steam one day when I was around eleven and bam! Okay, not quite that easy or fast but it happened when I was young and stupid. I’m also gay. I say that like I know what I’m talking about with that too. I simply don’t.

 

I’m grown up now and living in the big city which has me too busy to much care about either one of those things. I get out and run my wolf when I can, trying like hell to stay out of the local pack’s territories. Belonging to a “family” just sounds like too much work, and honestly I don’t have time for such things. Besides, I was told when I was young the color of my wolf was all wrong. Too silver…or something. Metallic. I kinda thought it looked cool in the full moon. “Pack Alpha would kill ya soon as look at ya.” My grandpa used to say. Course he wasn’t my real grandpa. Just an old man who lived down the street, but he was a shifter too and I thought he knew it all. He probably knew diddly either, but a guy can’t be too careful. And romance? Way off the radar.

 

Only now someone has started killing wolves. Started leaving broken bodies lined up in a nice little row next to the high school in my home town and it’s got me to thinking. If a shifter is killed in his or her wolf state, do they stay that way? Were these dead wolves like me? The hell of it all is this: being a shifter isn’t common knowledge. It bothers me enough that now I want to find out more. See if there’s anything I can do. Kind of like a super hero.

 

Oh yeah. Probably forgot to tell you this too. I can turn invisible.

 

Yep, Ghost Wolf to the rescue.

 

I was so excited to see a new story from Hurri Cosmo and it was as great as I anticipated.  Trevor has been keeping so many secrets since he discovered he was a wolf shifter and his grandpa’s words keep him cautious.  Ryan quickly throws his world into a tailspin but not in a completely bad way.

 

Trevor never actually learned much about being a shifter or a part of shifter society.  He is quickly thrown into the politics of it.  Ryan is devoted to Trevor from the beginning and is willing to wait as long as Trevor needed him to.

 

We saw the story from Trevor’s point of view.  It was easy to see his confusion and fear when he first really met Ryan and how to navigate their relationship.  I loved the mpreg that was thrown into the story and it’s one of my favorite themes.

 

The cover art by E Keith is wonderful and I think it’s perfect for this story.

 

Sales Links: Painted Hearts Publishing | Amazon | B&N

 

Book Details:

ebook, 390 pages

Publication: January 17, 2018 by Painted Hearts Publishing

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Release Day Review: Just for Nice (States of Love) by H.M. Shepherd

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Nick Caratelli flees the city in an attempt to escape a broken relationship and a career he never wanted. He plans to set up a bed-and-breakfast in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country—despite the fact he has no experience in renovating the old building. Luckily his handsome neighbor Sam approaches him with a curious proposal: he’ll help with the restoration in exchange for Nick babysitting his niece.

 

As they work to have the bed-and-breakfast open for business by summer’s end, their lives become interwoven without them even trying. Before he knows it, Nick is recovering from his loss and taking his place in the unconventional family that seems determined to form. But for Nick and Sam to be together in all the ways they desire, they’ll have to realize all the arguments against romance exist only in their heads….

 

This was a sweet story.  Nick’s ex did him a favor when she broke off their relationship, he finally breaks away from his unsatisfying career and start something new.  Sam has been basically living on pause since he became his niece’s guardian.

 

I liked that Nick and Sam spent the time to build a friendship before even beginning to explore anything together.  I liked seeing both of them accepting their own feelings but didn’t like Sam thinking he pretty much had to give up on happiness for his niece.  It was good that others are looking out for him.  Both of these guys work hard and try to do what’s best.  I loved their first scene in bed and kinds wished there would have been more.

 

I loved cover art by Tiferet Design and it gives great visuals for the story.

 

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | B&N

 

Book Details:

ebook, 55 pages

Published: February 9, 2018 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-129-5

Edition Language: English

Series: A States of Love Story

An Alisa Review: Camp Lake Omega by Penelope Peters

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

Jim Smith isn’t your average omega.

 

My first alpha died after we’d been bonded for a week – since then, I’ve been living a quiet life sequestered in my parents’ house. Now I’ve got one last summer of freedom working as a camp counselor at Camp Lake Omega before they force me to settle down and find a mate. I’m going to wring every drop of fun from this summer that I can, no matter how bad of an idea he – I mean, it is!

 

Zachary Ito isn’t your average alpha.

 

I watched my father screw up one relationship after another. No way am I going to let myself fall under the influence of omega pheromones like he did. I’ve devoted my life to running Camp Alpha-by-the-Lake, hoping to teach young alphas how to respect and protect omegas instead of seeking to control and overpower them. There’s no room for fun in my life, no matter how intriguing he – I mean, it is!

 

But one chance encounter at the beginning of the summer…

 

…And neither Zachary nor Jim can get the other out of their heads – or out of their beds! When Jim’s biology puts not only himself but another counselor in danger – will Zachary be there to help him to safety?

 

I am a sucker for Alpha/Omega stories of all different genres and I really enjoyed this one.  Jim has pretty much been left in limbo because his first alpha dies and not one really knows what to do with him.  Zachary is determined to not get attached to any omega because he doesn’t want to feel like a slave to his hormones.

 

I love that Zachary becomes attracted to Jim before he realizes he is an omega due to some strange omega scent stuff but that he is still willing to see Jim when he finds out if quite telling as to how he is feeling.  When Jim goes into heat Zachary has to decide what it is he really wants to be happy.  We see both of these characters’ points of view which gives great insights to their thoughts and feelings.  I got frustrated with Zachary when he makes assumptions and hurts Jim and even worse sends him running to hide.  I loved seeing that they were able to build a solid relationship that lasts years later with their adorable family.

 

The cover art by Amourisa Designs gives nice visuals of Jim and Zach.

 

Sales Link: Amazon

 

Book Details:

ebook, 134 pages

Publication: July 18, 2017

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review :Desires of the Deep (College of United Monsters Book 1) by C.B. Archer

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

What happens when you enroll in a monster college and end up stuck in underwater classes? Butt stuff. Butt stuff happens.

The once elitist College of United Monsters (C.U.M.) has recently fallen on hard times. In order to stay afloat it has been forced to allow humans to register. Humans, in a monster school? Ridiculous! Also, monsters are real and that was probably a bigger shock to the world than one school of them allowing humans to enroll.

Cliff Waters is a ridiculous human. Mistakenly assigned to the Underwater Wing of the college, Cliff has more problems than the average student—sudden surges in popularity, sudden urges in the sexy monster student body, and being forced to hold his breath for hours at a time to attend class. Will Cliff be able to survive in the Underwater Wing of the toughest college around where everyone wants to taste a sweet piece of him?

Honestly, it serves him right for having a punny name…and attending monster college.

This was a fun read.  Cliff is literally thrown in the deep end when he tries to get to his first class at C.U.M.  At first he loves the attention but it wears thin fast.

I am one that generally enjoys tentacles in my stories and this one delivered which I wasn’t expecting as the description doesn’t say anything about it but it was a wonderful surprise. I loved Humboldt’s shyness and how he didn’t throw himself at Cliff like many other students did.  It was great to see them find a way to be together despite there any differences including not being able to breathe underwater.

The cover art is wonderful and I loved the depiction of the story.

Sales Links: Deep Desires Press | Amazon | B&N

Book Details:

ebook, 42 pages

Published: December 26, 2017 by Deep Desires Press

Edition Language: English

Series: College of United Monsters #1

An Alisa Prerelease Review: Forever With You By Londra Laine

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

Kelly Brooks Montes is only nineteen years old and just starting college in New York City when tragedy strikes, and he becomes a single dad to his toddler brother. Four years later, Kelly and his baby brother, Jaylen, are doing well, though Kelly leads a double life to make ends meet. He’s a high-level administrative assistant by day and a racy go-go boy by night. Between raising his brother, dancing, and trying not to run afoul of his new boss, Kelly doesn’t have time for a boyfriend. Even if he did want a man in his life, a past trauma makes him question whether he can ever trust a man with his body or his heart. But then Kelly receives an unexpected but steamy birthday kiss from his boss, a man he was sure hated him, and he begins to wish for things he knows he shouldn’t.

Andrew Whitman knew from the moment he held Kelly’s hand that the man was special, and it both annoyed and terrified him. Kelly makes him feel a little out of control and Drew is a highly controlled man. He has to be to keep his sexuality a secret from his father, a conservative politician. And he is OK with that. He has a perfectly good, mutually beneficial, life plan with his best friend, Lex. A long time ago, he’d made his peace with the fact that he’d never find a man worth turning his life upside down for. Then he ends up with his capable and gorgeous assistant under him on top of his desk, and his life plans change. Drew can’t seem to get out of his own way when it comes to the quiet, sexy, and surprising single dad, but he can’t stop himself from falling for Kelly and his sweet baby brother. And just when it seems that Kelly has worked through his past hurts enough to let Drew into his body and his heart, manipulative family and words unspoken threaten to tear them apart. But after getting a taste of a life he never thought he could have, Drew won’t let anything tear his fledgling family apart.

I enjoyed this story.  Andrew is attracted to his assistant immediately and doesn’t react well to it, causing Kelly to think that he is hated by his boss.  Kelly is attracted to his boss but know even if something were to come of it he can’t let anyone get too close and risk damaging his routine.

Once Andrew got his head out of his ass and figured out how to act like a real human being they both seemed to get along great.  We could see Andrew’s frustration with his own actions and how much he wanted to change them but couldn’t seem to until he sees Kelly outside of work.  I could see Kelly’s reluctance to let anyone into his life, not just for his own sake but also his brother’s.  I liked how both characters’ had support from friends but not how the MCs followed through with everything.  Both of them could run hot and cold at times, which is always frustrating but the book didn’t seem nearly as long to me while reading it as the page count indicates; which always tells me it’s a well written story since I don’t read many long books.

The cover art by Resplendent Media is great romance cover of the MCs cuddling.

Buy Links:  Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 324 pages

Expected Publishing: January 9, 2018

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: I Brake for Christmas by Michael P. Thomas

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

Unassuming music major Brent Callahan has the crush of a lifetime on frat boy George Cortner. When the opportunity to offer George a ride home for the holidays crops up, Brent has to dig deep for the nerve to seize it. He’d been planning on hanging around campus for Christmas, but George doesn’t need to know that.

They’re on the road before Brent’s even sure he’ll be able to keep his hands to himself with George in such close quarters. Not that George has asked him to …

This was such a cute story; both George and Brent are adorable.  Brent jumps at the chance to spend time alone with George, even if it means driving all day.  They get to know a little about each other as the day goes on but don’t push for anything more.

I loved how they both completely changed their plans just to spend time with each other and not find out until after the fact.  I liked how they were flexible and hope for the chance to get to know each other more during the Christmas break.  Overall I just really enjoyed this story and it’s a typical fell good Christmas story.

The cover art by Written Ink Designs is great and absolutely perfect for this story.

Sales Links: JMS Books | Amazon | B&N

Book Details:
ebook, 58 pages
Published: December 2, 2017 by JMS Books
ISBN: 9781634865227
Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: The Christmas Eve Cragislist Killer: A Holiday to Remember by Jill Wexler

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5
The public library’s computer geek, aka Travis, is content skirting the edges of social interaction. He’s fully committed to being a boring, twenty-something IT guy who likes his office more than people, a guy someone like Connor would never fall for. Connor, who works on the library floor as a page, is outgoing, social, and charming and everything else that stands for “fun.”
An interaction between the two at the library on Christmas Eve has Travis accidentally mentioning that he failed to find this year’s hottest toy for his nephew. Immediately, Connor goes on a quick hunt online, and finds one. The only problem is that the Craigslist seller is hours away and Travis is sure spending hours in a car with quirky, handsome Connor can only end badly.
This was cute.  Travis hasn’t had all that much experience with guys and hasn’t had all that much luck, he wants to give his nephew something to help him relate to others his own age as he sees himself in the boy.    This gives Connor the perfect opportunity to get to know the man he has been attracted to.  I enjoyed their playful banter and the friendship they began on their trip.  Both of them are adorable and I’m glad they finally had something that pushed them together.
The cover art by Catherine Dair is great and is perfect for the story.
Sales Link: Amazon
Book Details:
ebook, ~9,000 words
Published: December 18, 2017 by Mischief Corner Books
Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: On The Third Kiss by George Loveland

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

Sebastian Bennett is really looking forward to his Christmas holiday with boyfriend Elliot Bolton in the Gran Canarian sun. The only thing left is for him to sing one last song at the pub as his Drag Queen alter-ego, Donna Tracey. After the wig, make-up and dress come off, he rushes home to pack, only to find he and his chihuahua, Buster, have been deserted by Elliot, who’s taken someone else to Gran Canaria. Devastated, Sebastian turns to his friend and the pub’s manager,  Javier Reyes-Martinez, who helps him pick up the pieces.

Javier seems determined to bring fun and laughter back into Sebastian’s life during this holiday season, and Sebastian is both grateful and enchanted. After a family Christmas and a word of advice from his great-uncle, Sebastian starts to look at Javier in a different light. Is Javier as fond of Sebastian as he appears, or is Sebastian being misled by his own need? If he’s reading the signs
right—and if he’s ready to move on from his previous heartbreak—could he and Javier be much more than friends?

This was a sweet story.  Sebastian has to be one of the most oblivious people ever and doesn’t see much until after the fact.  At least he
has lots of people who care about him that are now ready to make him open his eyes.

Javier is so adorable, I felt bad that he so obviously cared for Sebastian and everyone but he can see it.  Sebastian needs someone to
support him and Javier seems to be just the man to do it.  I could see Sebastian’s pain at Elliot’s betrayal and his helplessness to fix
everything.  It was easy to read between the lines for Javier’s feelings that even though Sebastian seemed unable to process his
actions.  I loved the drag queens and I thought Sebastian’s nephew was so cute and I love the support they all gave his desire to follow in  Sebastian’s footsteps.

The cover art by Meredith Russell is great and gives a nice visual of the characters and a shadow of Donna.

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Book Details:
ebook, 166 pages
Published: December 4, 2017 by LoveBow Publishing
Edition Language: English

An Alisa Advent Release Day Review: O Hell, All Ye Shoppers by Louisa Masters

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

Ethan Hall plans to fill Saturday, December 23, with junk food and bad TV, a day just for him amid the holiday chaos… until his baby sister calls and begs him to go collect a present for her. At the biggest shopping center in Australia. On the busiest shopping day of the year. Hell no. Right?

Ethan’s soft heart gets the best of him. He battles through the parking lot, and in the main shopping concourse, he’s trampled, elbowed, and bombarded with terrible holiday music. Then he enters hell itself, a specialty store aimed at women… where he meets Ty. They bond in a sea of estrogen and manic shoppers, fighting together to attain freedom, only to find they’re not quite ready go their separate ways.

This was a cute story.  Ethan can’t help but give in to help his sister and meeting Ty make all of his frustration worth it.  It’s strange how Ethan and Ty are connected and could have met so many times but it just seems they were never in the right place at the right time.  I loved their connection and how much they want to see how they can work together.  I love that they don’t jump in too much but want to spend as much time together as possible.

Cover art by Paul Richmond is the 2017 Advent Calendar Stocking Stuffers general one.  It’s cute, humorous, and in keeping with the overall tone of the series.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 26 pages

Published: December 2, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press

Edition Language: English