Saturday, May 31, 2014

Review: The Saucy Minx by Manda Olie

Cross posted on Pants Off Reviews

The Saucy Minx
Title: Saucy Minx by Manda Olie
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Published January 29th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 60 pages

Rating: 3 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

With a touch of the magic that gives his recipes a culinary kick, Jack Killian has been running his restaurant, the Saucy Minx, for nearly a decade—almost as long as there’s been a spell out there promising to knock him off his feet should he ever meet the other half of his whole. Each day Jack delights his clientele by magically imbuing his food with taste and emotion, even as he slowly loses hope that the man of his dreams even exists.

But when he hires a new dessert manager, his whole life turns upside-down, because his dream man does exist—and he just strolled into the restaurant on someone else’s arm. While conducting business as usual, Jack struggles through what it means when destiny hands you the perfect man on a platter you’re not allowed to touch.

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Review:

Andrew runs a restaurant, The Saucy Minx, and Jack is the chef who specializes in magicked dishes. Ten years ago, Andrew and Jack cast a spell to find their soul mates but haven't found them yet. They hired a new dessert specialist, Nick, who can revitalize food to their freshness. Nick's boyfriend, Richard, brings his friends, Grant and Chris, from overseas. At first glance, Grant is meant to be with Andrew and Chris is Jack's soul mate, but Grant and Chris are dating each other. Andrew and Jack are crashed but all hope is not lost for them. 

It is difficult for me to focus on the main couple (Jack and Chris) when there's a total of three in this story. In general, I think the pace is too fast. I don't have enough time to develop a connection to each main character and fully digest what struggles they went through. There's not enough back story for the main characters for them to be fully developed and to leave a deeper impression. The romance is very much love at first sight. 

Having said that, the romance part of the story is very cute. I love the interesting idea of modern witches using magic in food. It's a way to continue their practice, be subtle, avoid detection, and charge people thousands for a "special dish." I especially love the food descriptions (although there weren't many) and the use of a little magic to make the meals one-of-a-kind. Yummy.

Overall, this is a very cute story that leaves a fluffy feeling afterwards. I would recommend this for paranormal fans that want a fluff story. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Review: Legally Wed by Rick R. Reed

Legally Wed Title: Legally Wed by Rick R. Reed
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Published January 3rd 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 216 pages

Rating: 3 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Publisher

Blurb:

Love comes along when you least expect it. That’s what Duncan Taylor’s sister, Scout, tells him. Scout has everything Duncan wants—a happy life with a wonderful husband. Now that Seattle has made gay marriage legal, Duncan knows he can have the same thing. But when he proposes to his boyfriend Tucker, he doesn’t get the answer he hoped for. Tucker’s refusal is another misstep in a long line of failed romances. Despairing, Duncan thinks of all the loving unions in his life—and how every one of them is straight. Maybe he could be happy, if not sexually compatible, with a woman. When zany, gay-man-loving Marilyn Samples waltzes into his life, he thinks he may have found his answer.

Determined to settle, Duncan forgets his sister’s wisdom about love and begins planning a wedding with Marilyn. But life throws Duncan a curveball. When he meets wedding planner Peter Dalrymple, unexpected sparks ignite. Neither man knows how long he can resist his powerful attraction to the other. For sure, there’s a wedding in the future. But whose?

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Review:

Duncan gets publicly embarrassed when he proposed to his boyfriend but got rejected and broke up. He really wants a happy marriage like the rest of his family who had already found soul mates, so he posts an ad on Craigslist to find a straight woman to marry. Marilyn answers his ad and they hit it off as great best friends. They start to plan their wedding but they each can't help an attraction to other people. Tragedy strikes and maybe marriage between a gay man and a straight woman isn't such a good idea anymore. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review: Control by Cardeno C. and Mary Calmes

Control Control by Cardeno C. and Mary Calmes
Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal
Published April 18th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press
Length: 220 pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb:

Vy Aleknos is the leader of a hawk shifter flock. Openly gay since he was a teen, Vy is proud and self-assured on the outside, while secretly worrying he’ll be forced to spend his life alone because two males can’t be mates. When bear shifter Robert Cimino appears in Vy’s small town, Vy realizes his concerns were unfounded — he has a male mate, and a sexy, dominant one to boot.

Robert is a bear shifter who refuses to shift. Immediately attracted to Vy, he deviates from his normal pattern and seeks more than a one off with the powerful, bristly hawk. But Robert’s affections are rooted in his human form, and when Vy discovers Robert doesn't recognize him as his mate, he pulls away. If Robert wants to stay with Vy, he must convince a man deeply ruled by his animal instincts to give their relationship as humans a chance.

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Review:

Vy is the leader of his ket, a flock of hawk shape shifters. He catches his mate's scent and finds Robert, a wandering bear shifter that rejects his bear side and prefers his human side. Vy desperately wants his ket to accept Robert but trouble with a neighboring wolf shifter pack further alienates Robert from Vy's ket. Added to that, Robert's secret makes Vy hard to accept him as a mate. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Giveaway Tour: The Surgeon’s Apprentice by Richard Longfellow


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Richard will be awarding a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Remember, the more stops you visit and comment, the better your chances to win.

Alex is a ditzy but adorable final-year medical student, whose sex life seems doomed to fantasies about Hollywood hunks and abuse and misuse of the mirror in his bedroom. Then along comes blond and blue-eyed Will, all sinewy muscles, a gorgeous face and a top orthopaedic surgeon to boot, but equally hopeless when it comes to love. Their first encounter in his clinic is almost ruined by an embarrassing incident with a pair of disposable briefs, but mutual attraction prevails and brings them together.

When ghosts from Will's past threaten their future together and all looks lost, Alex devises a plan to save Will’s reputation.

But will love be enough to save the day and win Alex the man of his dreams? Or will he be doomed to eating his favorite apple crumble all alone-–with lashings of crème anglaise, of course.