The Mystery of Curiosities by C.S. Poe

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The Mystery of Curiosities: by C.S. Poe
Series: Snow & Winter #2
Release Date: March 7th, 2017
Pages: 200 • Format: eARC
Published By: DSP Publications
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Life has been pretty great for Sebastian Snow. The Emporium is thriving and his relationship with NYPD homicide detective, Calvin Winter, is everything he’s ever wanted. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Sebastian’s only cause for concern is whether Calvin should be taken on a romantic date. It’s only when an unknown assailant smashes the Emporium’s window and leaves a peculiar note behind, that all plans get pushed aside in favor of another mystery.

Sebastian is quickly swept up in a series of grisly yet seemingly unrelated murders. The only connection tying the deaths together are curiosities from the lost museum of P.T. Barnum. Despite Calvin’s attempts to keep Sebastian out of the investigation, someone is forcing his hand, and it becomes apparent that the entire charade exists for Sebastian to solve. With each clue that’ll bring him closer to the killer, he’s led deeper into Calvin’s official cases.

It’s more than just Sebastian’s livelihood and relationship on the line—it’s his very life.

four-stars

Yay, I enjoyed it!!!

So I have a little backtracking to do. The first book in the series sent me into a ragefest. I was very admanant about this author ripping off Josh Lanyone’s Adrien English series. My review is all snarky gifs, and reasons why Calvin can’t say the word Baby, because its Jake word. No one says Baby like Jake does. Throughout my entire review I went into how the autor completely sucked the life essence out of Adrien & Jake and made Sebastian & Calvin. I mean its eerie how paraelle their universe is. Well after all of that, and a week later I find out that the author thanked Josh Lanyon for being her inspiration, and this was her ode to the series. Yep left me looking like this:

My Bad.

Got over my feelings and decided while I hated it for copying one style, I loved it for its angst free, cheesy over the top goodness and so much fluff that it was. Ha!!! My thoughts are so judgy. Straight into book two Sebastian and Calvin are officially together. They are good, and seems to be in love with one another. We get to see another facet of Calvin. He’s struggling bit time with his actions and things that he’s seen from being in the military. He’s reluctant to deal with his issues and doesn’t want to talk about them. I get it, but I think Sebastian being a sounding board and able to talk to his father helps out alot. I loved the snarky humor between Seb & Max. I thought their parts were hilarious. It’s nice being back in Sebastian’s head. The plot was pretty intersting. I do like the history elements in part with the case. Of course Sebastian can’t help himself to some good ole sluething. He doesn’t have anything better to do, and he figures he can get all the answers to any of the questions. Sure he isn’t a cop, but not even the shooting and craziness from a few months ago can stop him. I did find out easily who the person/s behind this was. Pretty easy, but I thought everything overall was good.

I think I will continue to enjoy this series. Its easy, care free, sugary sweet and could be considered a comfort read to some. The complete opposite of the two mentioned above. Poe did a good job with the case, and can’t wait to see what shenanighans these two get up into book 3. A recommend from me!

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About C.S. Poe

Is an author of gay mystery and contemporary romance. She believes that happily ever after is an attainable goal for any character, given enough elbow grease and legwork is provided.

C.S. lives in New York City, but has called a host of different locations home in the past, most recently being Ibaraki, Japan. She regrets no longer having easy access to limited edition candy, capsule toy machines, and clean trains, but over ten years in New York has proved to her there is no place quite like it.

She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats, in no particular order. She’s rescued three cats, including one found in a drain pipe in Japan who flew back to the States with her. Zak, Milo, and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to sidetrack her from work.

C.S. Poe’s first publication was Love Has No Expiration, by Dreamspinner Press in 2015. Her debut novel, Snow & Winter: The Mystery of Nevermore is scheduled for release in summer 2016 by DSP Publications.

The Mystery of Nevermore (Snow & Winter, #1) by C.S. Poe

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Title:The Mystery of Nevermore by Author C.S. Poe
Series:(Snow & Winter #1)
Release Date:August 30, 2016
Pages: 216 • Format:eArc
Published By: DSP Publications
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It’s Christmas, and all antique dealer Sebastian Snow wants is for his business to make money and to save his floundering relationship with closeted CSU detective, Neil Millett. When Snow’s Antique Emporium is broken into and a heart is found under the floorboards, Sebastian can’t let the mystery rest.
He soon finds himself caught up in murder investigations that echo the macabre stories of Edgar Allan Poe. To make matters worse, Sebastian’s sleuthing is causing his relationship with Neil to crumble, while at the same time he’s falling hard for the lead detective on the case, Calvin Winter. Sebastian and Calvin must work together to unravel the mystery behind the killings, despite the mounting danger and sexual tension, before Sebastian becomes the next victim. In the end, Sebastian only wants to get out of this mess alive, and live happily ever after with Calvin.

 

∗∗Dear Author, I’m not trying to hurt your feelings with this review, but No!∗∗

I have so many issues with this story!!!! I can’t even rate it. I’m not certain of what I feel besides the copious amounts of Adrien English & Jake Riordan similarities. I know people are going to say “But Tamika, there have been other books with book store owners, & closeted detectives”, and my response will be “Sure they are”. **Grins manically** BUT THE DETECTIVE DOESN’T GET TO SAY THE WORD BABY LIKE JAKE DOES!!! I don’t care what you say, that’s so Jake. It’s flattering, and the author might not even know who these characters are, but I wasn’t able to distinguish them to like them enough. I’m going to say it right now, I’m most likely going to read book two! Yes, even though I feel like it’s a parody story to Adrien & Jake, I like Sebastian & Calvin enough to read about their goofiness situations and them falling in love with each other after 72 hours of knowing each other. That includes sex, cheating, a dead body, a elementary mystery,  a pig heart, a closeted boyfriend and nosy neighbors!

I don’t know why this is a DSP Publications book. I thought that imprint was for Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Dystopia and Paranormal. Well, I guess with the foolishness of this book they considered it fantasy. This was some weird crazy other dimension. Okay it wasn’t but it felt like that completely. The whole “mystery” whodunit it was so easy. Seriously, my 3 year old niece could have solved it. Pretty much pedestrian in the whole mystery plot. Sorry, but I like my mysteries a bit more Mysterious. Wouldn’t you agree?

Okay let’s talk characters. Sebastian Snow is everything to me. I mean the aloofness antique book seller, with his single father who he’s close to, he’s in a relationship with Neil who’s a forensic police officer and in the closet. They’ve been together for 4 years, and recently living together for 6 months. The last 6 months have been torture for the couple. Nothing but arguing and all it takes it a verbal disagreement and shit blows up. Fair Warning: Cheating is in the story. Let’s call a spade a spade. Sebastian cheated on Neil. Regardless if they were going to break up, that’s in the future, but presently you were with Neil. I’m not one for I don’t know if we are together because it wasn’t said, or if you leave me then that’s it. We are adults, if you don’t want to be with someone spell it out. I’m not a damn mind reader. I’m okay with the cheating. It happens in everyday life. I just like how automatic his feelings for Det.Calvin Winters was. What was it? The potential of something new? Was it the cute nicknames, like Baby, and Sweetie? Was it the sex? Yeah, I honestly think it played a big part of it. No matter if I found the entire story a joke. I read it all. I liked it. It might not have been taken as a joke, but I liked the Over The Top Cheesiness to the story. I mean, I read and finished it. I don’t take it serious, and certain areas I enjoyed tremendously. No matter about my early qualms on the A & J similarities, I do like Sebastian & Calvin together.

I feel like I have egg on my face though. Ever since I’ve read Love, Marriage and a Baby Carriage I have been super hype to get something more from this author. That little novella had me intrigued with this author’s writing ability and her characters. It’s the same here. I enjoyed both, but I’m letdown because this was nowhere near what I pictured the story to be. I wanted a gritty, urban and kinda scary mystery with a hard ass detective, and a civilian who doesn’t know when to leave well enough alone. I mean, I got the civilian part, and while the detective was a hard ass at times, he was a big damn softie at the end of the day. As for my mystery, nope! It was fairly easy and seriously the process of elimination wasn’t even needed here. Please let book two redeem this one! I’m begging you book gods. I need it.

Mika out.

 

About C.S. Poe

Is an author of gay mystery and contemporary romance. She believes that happily ever after is an attainable goal for any character, given enough elbow grease and legwork is provided.

C.S. lives in New York City, but has called a host of different locations home in the past, most recently being Ibaraki, Japan. She regrets no longer having easy access to limited edition candy, capsule toy machines, and clean trains, but over ten years in New York has proved to her there is no place quite like it.

She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats, in no particular order. She’s rescued three cats, including one found in a drain pipe in Japan who flew back to the States with her. Zak, Milo, and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to sidetrack her from work.

C.S. Poe’s first publication was Love Has No Expiration, by Dreamspinner Press in 2015. Her debut novel, Snow & Winter: The Mystery of Nevermore is scheduled for release in summer 2016 by DSP Publications.

A Doves Wing by Katya Harris

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30297999A Doves Wing by Katya Harris
Series:  2016 Daily Dose Delivery Package – A Walk on the Wild Side
Release Date: June 5,  2016
Pages: 55 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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When his nephew shoots a dove with a BB gun, veterinarian Abel March promises the remorseful boy that he will take care of the bird and its broken wing. He doesn’t count on the dove changing into a (very naked) man in the middle of the night.

The shapeshifter’s name is Darcy and his clan has just moved into the area, much to the dismay of some of the residents who hold prejudices against their kind.

Sweet and sometimes sassy, Darcy is the first man Abel has felt connected to for a long time. He wants to keep him safe, and when someone threatens him, Abel reacts with unusual ferocity. He’s falling in love with Darcy, but when circumstances separate them, he’s left not knowing if the sentiment is returned.

The answer to that question will change both of their lives forever.

three-half-stars

 

Never read a dove shifter before and I gotta say I’ve enjoyed it. So far Dreamspinner is doing well with the different types of shapeshifters they are featuring. I really enjoyed the opening sequence where the nephew has all this guilt for shooting the dove with a b.b. gun. It definitely pulled on your heart-strings and then to get the whimpering from the dove. I thought the author did a good job with the pacing and the tone of the novella. What I enjoy most from PNR stories and especially shifters are the ability to know when that special someone is your mate. Darcy was adorable as a Dove shifter and I loved the protectiveness Abel had over him. The plot was okay, I would have been okay without the town being in uproar over the shifters moving closer. I would have like to see multiple kinds of shifters in the story but was happy with the finished product.

About Katya Harris

Katya Harris lives in the UK with her boyfriend, their daughter, and a former stray cat that conned his way into the family by being unbearably cute and is now almost as equally smug. Her mother taught her to read when she was three years old, and since then she has always wanted to be a writer. Growing up her favorite genres were science-fiction and fantasy, but now she adds paranormal romance, urban fantasy and erotic romance to the list as well. She finds both reading and writing to be her activities of choice, and can’t go long without doing one or the other. She also loves watching TV shows and movies, but because she can’t sit still for too long she will knit, crochet, or even hand spin her own yarn if the mood takes her, as well. We won’t talk about her nail polish addiction; the less said about that the better. Writing is her best and most beloved thing though, apart from her family of course, and you can usually find her in front of her laptop, furiously typing out stories to share with you.