A MelanieM Release Day Review: Calculated Magic by SJD Peterson

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Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Never too late for love.

Three-hundred-and-fifty-year-old warlock Tikron must find his true love or forfeit his immortality. But if he hasn’t found his ideal mate in all these centuries, the prospects don’t look too bright.

That is, until he sees mathematician Richard Beaumont. It’s love at first sight and Tikron’s future just go a whole lot brighter.

Except Richard doesn’t believe in love at first sight. He doesn’t believe in love at all. He certainly doesn’t believe in magic. His life is ruled by statistics and logic, and they tell him a relationship with Tikron has only a 10 percent chance of success. That’s unacceptable—even if the attraction between them is off the charts.

With his powers waning and the clock ticking down, Tikron’s last hope is showing Richard the true meaning of magic.

I absolutely had fun reading Calculated Magic by SJD Peterson.  There were places where I giggled and outright laughed in joy (that winking squirrel certainly did me in).  The characters of Tikron, his best friend Ry, their antics and conversations kept me totally entertained as did his wooing of Richard the mathematician who lived in emotional isolation except for his dog.  The crumbling of Richard’s barriers, although a tad swift,  felt believable because intellectually, Richard was able to delight in a new world to explore with his brilliant mind.  That was in keeping with his personality. All the plans and scenes as Tikron revealed that magic was real to Richard?  Priceless!

All these positives overrode the other issues I  found within the story.  Yes, I had some.  A curse that never quite felt real or explained fully, nor a villian that was fleshed out to be a real threat to our heroes or his mother. That aspect of this novel was missing and I wished had been added.  We had little of the bachstory, knew next to nothing of the coven (convenienctly explained away to Richard but as readers we needed the background).  It was all quickly resolved in the end, too quickly in my mind as it was the reason for all that went on in the story.  That sort of meant it was never much of a threat to begin with.  Shame.

Tikron’s friend, Ry, could definitely have his own story.  He’s hilarious!  Maybe several.  I’m not sure who or what it  would take to get him to settle down.  Now that would be a story!

In the meantime, if you want a magical comedy with romance included, Calculated Magic by SJD Peterson might be the thing for you.  I enjoyed it despite the issues.  You might too.

Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza does a fun job with the cover and the idea of Tikron, right down to the  scar on his face and a magical vibe. Nice.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

 

Book Details:

ebook, 230 pages
Expected publication: October 16th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781640807204
Edition LanguageEnglish

Cover Reveal for Calculated Magic by SJD Peterson

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Calculated Magic by SJD Peterson
Release Date: October 16, 2018

Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza, http://www.seeingstatic.com/

Buy Links:  Dreamspinner Press eBook and  Paperback  

About Calculated Magic...

 

Never too late for love.

 

Three-hundred-and-fifty-year-old warlock Tikron must find his true love or forfeit his immortality. But if he hasn’t found his ideal mate in all these centuries, the prospects don’t look too bright.

 

That is, until he sees mathematician Richard Beaumont. It’s love at first sight and Tikron’s future just got a whole lot brighter.

 

Except Richard doesn’t believe in love at first sight. He doesn’t believe in love at all. He certainly doesn’t believe in magic. His life is ruled by statistics and logic, and they tell him a relationship with Tikron has only a 10 percent chance of success. That’s unacceptable—even if the attraction between them is off the charts.

 

With his powers waning and the clock ticking down, Tikron’s last hope is showing Richard the true meaning of magic.

 

Category: Other Paranormal, Dreamspun Beyond
Pages: 225 (ebook), 230 (paperback)

About the Author

 

SJD Peterson, better known as Jo, is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of gay romance. Her books have received starred reviews in USA Today.

 

Jo currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina, having had enough of the Michigan winters to last her a lifetime. She has no idea where she’ll end up next but wherever she goes, it will be snow and ice-free.

 

If you want to know more about Jo or when her next book will come out, please visit her website at http://www.sjdpeterson.com.

 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SJD.Peterson

Twitter: @SJDPeterson

Email: sjdpeterson@gmail.com

 

A Lila Release Day Review: Roger by SJD Peterson

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Texas native Colt Burrow isn’t happy about his third cold, lonely Christmas in frozen Michigan. But when fate sends him a gift in the form of an abandoned puppy, he can’t keep his heart from melting. With the puppy’s companionship, he doesn’t feel so isolated anymore, and the holidays don’t seem as bleak. He even finds enough Christmas spirit to take Roger tree shopping. But just when Colt’s starting to hope Roger’s owner doesn’t show up… he does, and Colt doesn’t want to say goodbye.

Will Roger end up being Colt’s Christmas heartbreak… or his Christmas miracle?

Roger is an adorable Christmas story. It’s not a traditional romance since most of the story is about Roger and Colt but we get to know them well, and when is time for love we can see how much they both deserve it.

This book is all about the holiday season, family, and loved ones. We get to see how much Colt needed someone there for him and how the little Feist filled that space in his heart. We cannot forget the well-meaning owner who noticed the connection between Roger and Colt and helps create their little family. It’s a romance after all.

Love, family, and a bit of fluff make this a perfect short for those who can’t stay away from a sweet story with a hint of romance.

The cover by Reese Dante goes perfectly with the story. Reflecting one of the scenes in the book.

Sale Links: Dreamspinners | Amazon | NOOK

ebook, 51 pages
Published: December 20, 2017, by Dreamspinners Press
ISBN: 9781635339994
Edition Language: English

A Lila Release Day Review: Romance Redefined by SJD Peterson

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Opposites attract, but are some differences too drastic for a romance to survive?

On the surface, Benson Howard Winthrop III and Hugh Bayard have a lot in common: they’re young, handsome, and blessed to be one of the wealthiest couples in the country. Surely they have everything anyone could want. But Ben is no longer satisfied with their long-running relationship. Hugh’s need to control every situation is suffocating him, and Ben needs to know if he can make it on his own merits by following his passion.

But Ben’s mother isn’t about to let her son live in a rundown apartment as a struggling actor. She’s determined to get him back to his rightful place at the top of the social ladder—and back with Hugh.

Rekindling their romance will require more than doing what’s expected. Ben and Hugh need to understand and embrace each other’s differences. They’ll have to support each other even when one makes a decision the other doesn’t agree with. For their passionate love to grow, they will need to redefine the meaning of romance… only then can they find true happiness.

 

Romance Redefined is a different type of second chances. Few romances have divorce gay couples as protagonists. Perhaps, one of them was married to a woman before or the couple lived together for a significant amount of time before their breakup, but a failed marriage isn’t a common occurrence.

 

In this case, the author did an excellent job showing the intricacies of a previous relationship, not only between the protagonists but between their families and friends. In addition, we get to see how one of the MCs is trying to start a new life away from everyone but still has a special connection to the MC staying behind. Who on his part, hasn’t moved forward after the separation.

 

I enjoyed Ben’s friendships and how he was trying to find himself while he tried to go after dreams he didn’t know he had. On the other side, is easy to see Hugh resistance to the change and his difficulties opening up. I wish we could have seen his POV, but we did have enough information to understand his backstory. There were times I wanted to cheer for Ben’s other suitor, but then Hugh showed his vulnerable side and won us all over.

 

Overall, this is a story of love, possibilities, and understandings. The settings, secondary characters, and events only added to a nice tale. I’d love to see more stories in this world and perhaps, a bit more of Hugh and Ben a couple of years down the road.

 

The cover by Reese Dante is pretty and has an indication of one of the events in the story. It has a really nice love vibe.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 200 pages
Published: November 27, 2017, by Dreamspinners Press
ISBN: 9781635338089
Edition Language: English