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Book Review: Star-Crossed Lover by Liv Olteano

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Star-Crossed Lover
Author: Liv Olteano
Series: Dreamcatchers #2; Dreamspun Beyond #25
Heroes: Ginger & Taka
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 210 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner PressAmazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: A love worth crossing the stars for.

Taka has been a dreamcatcher and part of Team 32 for over six decades, but nobody has tempted him like Ginger—a dancer at club Zee. Too bad dreamcatchers aren’t allowed to have meaningful relationships with regular people. His willpower proves a finite resource, though, when a mission at the club means spending much more time around Ginger.

Ginger’s infatuation with Taka is unwavering. When he proves to have some paranormal skills of his own, he earns himself a place on the team—if he wants it. His decision will change his life—not to mention Taka’s—irrevocably.

But living in the now could prove an issue for a man who has as much history as Taka. Can Ginger’s determination help him make his way into Taka’s heart?  Continue reading

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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2018 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Lover, Lover by Liv Olteano: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by Liv Olteano

“It doesn’t matter what I imagined you or I would say. The simple truth of the matter is you managed to live without me just fine. And I managed to do it, too. There’s no point in talking or thinking about what-ifs.”

“I missed you, though,” I admitted in a small voice. “I’m probably even more of an ass to say so, but I did. I really did miss you, lots of times.”

“Yet you never called.”

“I did. You’d changed your number by then.”

He snorted. “So you called at least two years after we broke up. I can see how much you missed me, yeah. It’s glaringly obvious.”

“My brain was all scrambled. I needed to unscramble it before I could dare to talk to you again. I thought I owed you a clean break.”

“A clean break? You asshole!”

“Angelo—”

“What’s the point of doing this now?” he asked in a defeated voice.

“I wish I’d be a big enough man not to. I wish I could just walk by without stopping to pester you. But I can’t do that, angel. I really can’t, and that’s the simple truth of it.”

“I knew it was a mistake to talk at all.”

“Why a mistake?”

“What you’ve said you believe to be true.”

“But you don’t?”

“I don’t think you leave someone and then years later just can’t help yourself from wanting them when you meet again.”

“I never could help myself when it came to you. You know that.”

“I thought I did. But it was a long time ago. Things change. People change.”

“How have you changed?”

“I’m not going to sit here and rehash the last five years of my life.”

“You’re right. It’s too personal a question. I’m sorry.”

“This is a bad idea.”

“What is?”

“Us. There’ll always be blurred lines. We didn’t ease out of a personal connection. There was no time to retrain our brains to be around without being together. You just up and disappeared.”

“I know. I’m sor—”

“You keep saying that, but it makes no real difference.”

“You’re right.”

“Did you become an addict? Is this part of your twelve steps program, making amends?”

“Do you honestly think I wouldn’t want to be around you otherwise?”

“It has to be weird for you too,” he said, and looked out toward the skyline.

“In a way, yes. But I think us meeting each other again was a happy thing. It made me happy to see you.”

“And now that we met, what? Do you want us to get together, Drew? Is that it?”

“What else could it be?”

He looked into my eyes with an intensity that almost gutted me.

“I’m not an entirely different person, but I have changed here and there,” I said. “Things are bad between us right now, and it’s my fault. I know. I wish I could take it back, but I can’t. I unscrambled my brains. I’m not a scared kid anymore.”

“You’re a scared adult now?”

I smiled and looked at him without replying.

“And? Now that you’re this grown-up man, what do you want?”

“I want to kiss you,” I whispered, staring at his lips.”

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Book Review: Lover, Lover by Liv Olteano

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Lover, Lover
Author: Liv Olteano
Series: Dreamcatchers #1; Dreamspun Beyond #14
Heroes: Drew & Angelo
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 195 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 20, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Twin souls reunited.

Drew’s always been a fighter: first in martial arts competitions, and now as a dreamcatcher—keeping the people of Seattle safe from spaga attacks that would drain their life force in their sleep. All he has to do to become a full member of Team 32 is complete his first mission.

But the first person he must defend is his ex, Angelo… the only man Drew ever loved, even if he was the one to leave. Drew never got over Angelo, and it seems Angelo might feel the same, despite the heartbreak he suffered at Drew’s hands.

As the chase after a powerful and resourceful caster hits close to home, old feelings resurface. But if Angelo learns of the dreamcatchers, he’ll be a target for the spaga. And how can he trust Drew now that Drew’s keeping bigger secrets than ever? Continue reading

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Book Review: A King and a Pawn by Liv Olteano

Reviewed by Nikyta

a-king-and-a-pawnTitle: A King and a Pawn
Author: Liv Olteano
Series: Leader Murders #3
Heroes: Bert & Will
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 234 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 17, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner PressAmazon
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Blurb: Bert Cooper’s life used to be great, until his sister turned out to be a traitor. Now Bert feels the whole pack looks on him with doubt and suspicion. To prove his loyalty, he volunteers to be the first ambassador at Fey Court, gathering information to finally solve the Leader Murders and punish those plotting against the Council and community. At least, that was the plan….

When Bert meets Sir William Matthew Sims, Court Interrogator, and one hell of a sexy man, life becomes a balancing act. And when the Fey King is assassinated, things become really messy.

Pack politics, fey politics, treason, suspicions of treason…. Bert has to choose between being ruled by his fears or standing up for what—and who—he believes in. And it might just break his heart.

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A Counselor Among Wolves by Liv Olteano: Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway!

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by Liv Olteano

I walked back into my bedroom still rubbing my hair dry, the towel hanging almost haphazardly around my hips. And as I entered, I froze. My bed wasn’t as I’d left it. It was radically different, in fact. Weiss, wearing only sweatpants, lay back against the headboard and was merrily watching TV—in my bed. Okay, technically it was his, but right now it was mine.

“What the hell?” I muttered.

He spared me a glance, running his gaze over me from head to toe and back up again. “Nice entrance.”

I put my hands on my hips. “What the fuck are you doing?” I asked, exasperated.

“Watching TV,” he said in a general “duuh” tone.

“I mean, why are you watching it in my bed?”

He yawned and stretched his legs, making his muscles bunch and relax again in a mesmerizing way. “Easiest way to make sure you’ll smell of me. You’ll sleep in that T-shirt,” he said, inclining his head toward the lump of fabric resting at the foot of the bed. “Your pillow and sheets will smell of me too, so you’ll smell right in the morning.”

And they’d smell of him while I’d sleep in them. The bastard… how was I supposed to sleep like that?

“Want to coordinate our stories about how we spent the night together too?” I asked acidly.

He snorted. “I’m a goddamn PBI agent, Edel. Trust me, I’ve got it covered,” he said, smugly pressing some buttons on the remote.

To my endless horror, some porn started playing instead of the game he was watching. Weiss fumbled with the remote and changed channels, but it was too late. I’d already heard some shameless moaning, and it was giving me a rise—especially considering the half-naked Weiss sitting on my bed. God, how his abs flexed with his every move. The hard ridges of his muscles almost choked me, despite trying to look at anything else. And the hair on his chest, going down into a happy trail that was lost under his sweat—

I hung my head in utter defeat and despair. “What the hell is wrong with you?”

He cleared his throat. “The porn wasn’t part of the plan.”

Good to know. “How did you get in, anyway? I’m pretty sure I locked the door,” I snapped.

He held up a hand. “See that over there?” he said, pointing to an open door. “Communicates between our bedrooms.”

I was shocked I hadn’t noticed it before. Close to losing my patience, I took a deep breath and stared at him. “Is it just me, or are you getting off on this?”

He looked down at his sweats, where there was some response, I realized, looking down on it with him. Then he looked back up at me and grinned. “I’m funny like that,” he said.

Okay… okay. I’d had it. “What are you playing at, Weiss?” I asked, feeling defeated.

He lifted his eyebrows. “What do you mean?”

“You’re in my bed wearing only sweats after you just groped and molested me down in the living room. Are you sure we’re both clear on the fact we’ll just pretend to be together? Because it looks to me like you’re taking this whole thing a bit too… seriously.”

Big mistake. He got up, giving me a full show of how his abs flexed and how his body looked in motion from up close. So much wank material gathering, my brain was short-circuiting.

He sat at the edge of the bed, resting his hands on his knees. “As long as we’re having this heart-to-heart, I think there are some things you should know. You might want to sit down.”

I sat in the chair beside me, careful not to have stuff hanging out of the towel or flashing him. “Go on.”

He sighed. “I’m not exactly sure how to behave.”

“Picked up on that.”

He growled and looked up into my eyes. “I mean, with you, in this situation.”

“Neither do I,” I said as kindly as I could. “I hope you understand this is… new to me too.”

“I doubt going out with someone is new to you.”

“You’d be surprised,” I muttered under my breath. “I mean, pretending to go out with someone is a first for me too.”

“I guess I am used to pretending.”

I frowned. “What’s that supposed to mean?”

“Never mind. I do cross lines, even on my best days. This hasn’t been one of them. I feel like an ass.”

“You are an ass,” I quipped.

He growled again and glared at me.

“Sorry,” I placated. “Why feel that way?”

“Where’s the line between pretending convincingly enough and actually going out together?”

I scratched my chin. “I guess meaning it makes the difference.”

“Yeah, but when we were making out downstairs… I meant it. Does it mean that when we were kissing, we were pretending very convincingly, or that it was real?”

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About A Counselor Among Wolves

25311292Five dead leaders, their bodies arranged in a pentagram. Treason, lies, and backstabbing. A make-believe affair that turns into a real mating.

Timothy Sands is a PBI counselor, half-fey, half-elf, with a secret crush on Herman Weiss, PBI director. As a new chapter is added to the Leader Murders, it is Weiss’s responsibility to investigate what seems an impossible-to-solve case. The other problem? Weiss is suffering from rages, and his only salvation lies in Tim’s emotional-grid-balancing skills. They only have to pretend to be a couple for Tim to use his talents, and he owes Weiss a big favor. Piece of cake, right?

The fey might be involved in the Leader Murders. Someone on the Council might be their ally, and another prominent PBI figure looks more and more suspicious as they investigate. The stakes are upped when Timothy’s father, the Fey King, threatens to leave the Council destitute if they don’t hand Timothy over to him. Weiss’s brilliant solution? Mating Timothy and forcing the Council into protecting him.

There’s only one small hitch in that plan: instead of protecting one, the Council might decide to get rid of two.

Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon

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About Liv Olteano

Liv Olteano is a voracious reader, music lover, and coffee addict extraordinaire. And occasional geek. Okay, more than occasional.

She believes stories are the best kind of magic there is. And life would be horrible without magic. Her hobbies include losing herself in the minds and souls of characters, giving up countless nights of sleep to get to know said characters, and trying to introduce them to the world. Sometimes they appreciate her efforts. The process would probably go quicker if they’d bring her a cup of coffee now and then when stopping by. Characters—what can you do, right?

Liv has a penchant for quirky stories and is a reverent lover of diversity. She can be found loitering around the Internet at odd hours and being generally awkward and goofy at all times.

Her first novella of m/m romance came out March 20 2013 withDreamspinner Press.

Find out more about Liv on her Website.

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Book Review: A Counselor Among Wolves by Liv Olteano

Reviewed by Nikyta

25311292Title: A Counselor Among Wolves
Author: Liv Olteano
Series: Leader Murders #2
Heroes: Tim & Weiss
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 230 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 8, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Five dead leaders, their bodies arranged in a pentagram. Treason, lies, and backstabbing. A make-believe affair that turns into a real mating.

Timothy Sands is a PBI counselor, half-fey, half-elf, with a secret crush on Herman Weiss, PBI director. As a new chapter is added to the Leader Murders, it is Weiss’s responsibility to investigate what seems an impossible-to-solve case. The other problem? Weiss is suffering from rages, and his only salvation lies in Tim’s emotional-grid-balancing skills. They only have to pretend to be a couple for Tim to use his talents, and he owes Weiss a big favor. Piece of cake, right?

The fey might be involved in the Leader Murders. Someone on the Council might be their ally, and another prominent PBI figure looks more and more suspicious as they investigate. The stakes are upped when Timothy’s father, the Fey King, threatens to leave the Council destitute if they don’t hand Timothy over to him. Weiss’s brilliant solution? Mating Timothy and forcing the Council into protecting him.

There’s only one small hitch in that plan: instead of protecting one, the Council might decide to get rid of two.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Book Review: A Tooth For A Fang by Liv Olteano

Reviewed by Nikyta

1Title: A Tooth For A Fang
Author: Liv Olteano
Series: Leader Murders #1
Heroes: Rick Barton/Travis Chandler
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 216 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 3, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press and Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Three days. Three dead bodies. One newly turned, broken-hearted lycan tracker to figure out the connection.

The one summer Rick Barton takes a vacation, all hell breaks loose. Running from an abusive relationship leads him into the arms of hard-nosed lycan Travis Chandler, who gives him little choice but to become a lycan too and join the Paranormal Bureau of Investigation. Out of options, Rick joins the weird organization, expecting some two weeks of training and an adjustment period. Tough luck, he doesn’t get either. On his first day, his new partner offers to promote him to field agent if they get mated – less time wasted on training, more time on the field, and considering Rick is the only tracker the Bureau has on hand when a wave of strange murders hits the community, time is of the essence.

Someone’s killing the leaders of the paranormal world and mutilating the bodies. Investigating and tracking clues is enough of a challenge, and Rick must contend with an impatient Council, Travis’s advances, and actually adjusting to being a lycan. Only one thing is certain: Rick’s new life promises plenty of interesting adventures—as long as he can survive.
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