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Death and Destruction (Book 1) by Patricia Logan

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_2_15/146-2174007-8716703?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=death+and+destruction+patricia+logan&sprefix=death+and+destr%2Caps%2C134&crid=RLINDLJ4E2XQ

Blurb: Forced to go into witness protection, ATF Special Agent Thayne Wolfe, is less than thrilled. The State’s Attorney needs him to testify against one of the most ruthless and notorious arms dealers in the world. Expecting boredom and lots of daytime television, he instead ends up with a ridiculous new job, a stupid new name, and the world’s most annoying shadow. Jarrett Evans, is nevertheless tasked with keeping Wolfe alive long enough to put Mills Lang and his crew away for the rest of their miserable lives.

Jarrett Evans, former Marine, has always been a free spirit, doing the dirty work for Uncle Sam whenever and wherever he’s needed. One of the best snipers in the world, Evans is at peace with the man he’s become. That doesn’t mean he’s ever liked the cold-blooded killer who stares back at him from the mirror every day. The moment he meets pretty boy Thayne Wolfe, things start a slow change and redemption begins to sound possible.

Mills Lang, the world’s most ruthless arms dealer, is little more than a serial killer in his own right. Rotting away in prison with nothing but time on his hands, Lang is determined to destroy the man he allowed into his inner circle. Thayne Wolfe will die in the most painful way… along with anyone he loves.

Review: A new action series to suck you in! ATF agent Thane Wolfe is working undercover to nail an arms dealer (Mills Lang). When Lang goes on trial, he issues a contract on Wolfe, which leads to Jarrett Evans becoming his bodyguard. Both men end up going into a sort of WITSEC programme to escape the killers, working in a hair salon (hilarious). Both men are attracted to each other, but Evans does not want to complicate the mission by acting on the attraction.
This is the first of a very good series. There’s humour, action, great chemistry and the promise of a great new partnership.

4 stars out of 5

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• Themes
o Action/Adventure
o co-workers to lovers
o Cop/Crime
• Time Period
o Contemporary
• Trope
o Bodyguard
o Co-workers to lovers
o Humor

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Spooky! The Vampire King’s Husband by Amber Kell

 

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vampire-Kings-Husband-Amber-Kell-ebook/dp/B00NLYN9GE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1508076312&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Vampire+King%27s+Husban

 

Blurb
Vasska has waited his entire life to find his mate. In the end he puts all his hope into his goddess to find him someone to love, little does he know she’s listening?

Shay was at the end of his rope. His uncles had taken over and were trying to get control of Shay’s fortune. His parents were dead, his assets were tied up and no one wanted to hire a guy in his twenties to be an apprentice.

When a grey man hands Shay a note, he discovers it takes a goddess’s intervention to get his life back on track

Review
A lovely quick read about a vampire king desperately looking for his mate. He pleads with the Goddess for help and she sends him Shay. It all happens at a fast pace but I liked that. Shay needs to find a way to support himself and is loosing hope when a man in a grey suit sends him to the Vampire castle. I quite liked the plot to this story. Both Vasska and Shay are looking for security, Vasska’s rule is being undermined and Shay desperately needs to get away from his uncles. I liked the humour in the first meeting which quickly moved on to lust and mating. Despite the political manoeuvring there is a happy ending.

3 of stars out of 5

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• Themes
o class difference
o Race/Species Difference

• Time Period
o Alternate World

• Trope
o Fated Mates

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A Dom and His Writer by Xenia Melzer

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/a-dom-and-his-writer-by-xenia-melzer-8973-

Blurb

Life is perfect for Richard and Dean. Richard is a wealthy and successful businessman who also owns a BDSM club, and Dean is a best-selling author and sub to Richard. They’re young, happy, and in love. The future is bright….

Until tragedy strikes and an accident claims Dean’s beloved sister. Dean finds himself the guardian of a three-month-old infant, and soon he’s trading in his leather fetish gear for diapers and drool bibs. But little Emily is all that remains of his family, so how can he abandon her?

It’s not what Richard signed up for. As much as he tries to be supportive, he never wanted kids and misses having his partner to himself. Suddenly the life he imagined for them is gone, and he’s not sure their relationship can survive the upheaval. But fate isn’t through with Dean, and when misfortune strikes again, will he be able to turn to the man he loves? A final crisis will determine if they can pull together as a family or must face facts and part ways

Review
It’s been a long time since I’ve stayed up until the early hours of the morning reading a book, but this one had me hooked. I must stress that if BDSM books are not your thing do not read this book. The Master/Sub relationship between Richard and Dean is made very clear from page one. Richard is a very strong character and is particularly self centred. He is a hardcore business man who stands for no nonsense. Not very likeable in the beginning but as the story progresses my opinion of him changes. Which I suppose shows skilful writing. I was taken on a journey with this family through a very turbulent time in their lives. Now this is the part where my feelings about the book are a bit muddled. I loved the building of tension as the very realistic issues hit this couple. I could relate to Richard’s resentment of baby Emily, in as much as the way an only child resents a new sibling. He is used to being Dean’s sole focus. Dean on the other hand seemed too willing to forgive. He doesn’t cope well with conflict but I can’t decide if he’s a pushover or not. He is a Sub that needs his Master’s protection and guidance. Which makes it even more reprehensible when Richard puts him in the position where he has to choose between his Master or his Niece.
I liked the way the story evolves. But here is my quandary. I mutter about stories that go around the houses to solve a situation that just takes straight talking and here I am when a story does just that thinking, well that was too easy!
The Master/Sub scenes are well written and quite evocative.
They clearly set the tone of their relationship and this comes across not only in the playroom scenes but also the 24/7 routines aspect of the relationship.
The story covers just over a year in Richard and Dean’s relationship and they do have a rollercoaster of a year but they do get a happy ever after. I will definitely be looking out for the next book in the series.

5 of stars out of 5

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Spooky! Reaper of Souls (Spectr book 3) by Jordan L Hawk

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Reaper-Souls-SPECTR-Book-3-ebook/dp/B00DQBOB0A/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1507835601&sr=8-10&keywords=jordan+l+hawk+spectr

Blurb

Next book: Eater of Lives

When an incubus murders the powerful ally of an anti-paranormal senator, it’s up to hotshot Federal agent John Starkweather to catch the demon before it can kill again. Fortunately, he has backup, in the form of his boyfriend Caleb, a telekinetic possessed by the vampire spirit Gray.

As the political pressure mounts and bodies pile up, John discovers an old enemy protecting the incubus: the Fist of God, a group that believes all paranormals are evil. But why would the Fist work with a demon? And why would they let it kill one of their own allies?

John and Caleb need to find out fast. Because the incubus lurks at the intersection of love and longing, and it’s willing to turn their deepest desires against them.

Review

First let me say that in each book of this series there is a definite story, a mystery to solve. Then there is the ongoing story of John, Caleb and Grey. Jordon Hawke has woven them together so well, you just want to keep turning the pages to see where they end in each book.

John gets trapped by The incubus and as we all know an incubus will draw on your deepest desires to seduce you and we see that John has desired Grey. This is just a small hint of things to come, but it makes us all wonder.

We hear again that a possessed person will say anything to make you believe they are okay and in control, all of this in reference to how Caleb is dealing with being possessed by Grey.

We have the great give and take as Caleb and Grey talk to each other, and we see Grey developing into a more opinionated personality.

Rating 4.5 of 5 stars

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Posted in 4.5 stars, Action/Adventure, adult - 18+, Alternate World, Angst Level, artists, Beth Jumper, Book, Demons, Established Couple/Sequel, Gay, Heat Index, m/m, Mid, Mid-grade, Monthly Theme, Mystery, Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words), Paranormal, Part of a Series, Purchased, Spooky!, vampire | 3 Comments

Spooky Review: Just Like Cats and Dogs by BA Tortuga Narrated by Joe Formichella

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/just-like-cats-and-dogs-by-ba-tortuga-8090-b

Blurb

2nd Edition

A Sanctuary Novel

Can cats and dogs ever get along, let alone fall in love?

Sam knows you can never go home again. As an orphaned feline shifter raised by wolves, being an outcast is nothing new to him. But the pack is still his family, and when one of them passes away, Sam returns to the New Mexico desert to say good-bye.

Gus is a loner who rarely returns to his pack, but as fate would have it, Sam is there when he chooses to visit. The history between Gus and Sam is tumultuous, to say the least, but when Gus gets an eyeful of the grown-up and gorgeous version of his childhood bully, he can’t control his reaction. And he isn’t alone.

The attraction is powerful, but so are their differences. And with trouble brewing in the pack and danger surrounding them, Sam and Gus might not have the opportunity to seek common ground.

This action-packed shifter novel is the ultimate opposites attract and enemies-to-lovers romance, and it includes a bonus novella, In the Dog House.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2011.

Review
(Book reviewed here previously)

This was a lot of fun! One thing I appreciate about BA Tortuga’s shifter books is how “animal-like” the shifters are, even while in human form. They purr, growl, crave tuna, rub against one another and chase birds in the park. Sometimes the writing style reflects this – short, staccato phrases that go along with a more “simple” brain and this can be disconcerting until you get into the rhythm.

I was confused at times by the whole “mate” thing. It’s not as simple as some other shifter novels where they meet, know immediately and claim one another. It’s a bit more subtle than that, so I found myself flipping back and forth trying to figure out if I’d missed something when our MCs go from fighting to fucking to calling one another Mate.

I also didn’t fully understand the whole situation regarding Sam in the city and what happened. Maybe we’ll learn more as the series progresses? But that was not really clear. Nor was the family situation. I guess the “sanctuary” is meant to be the big adopted family but having everyone refer to one another as brother and sister (even when they hooked up) was a bit confusing and disconcerting. (I was also confused about the type of cat Sam was – the cover suggests a Jaguar but the way he acted felt more like a house cat…)

Overall, I really enjoyed this. There was a lot of sex and a lot of odd discussions but a lot of warmth and humor and sentiment as well.

I definitely recommend this to fans of shifter romances, but you might want to read a sample first if you’ve never read anything by this author before, as she has a distinct style that not everyone enjoys.
(This cover is a huge improvement over the original! Kudos!)

4 of 5 stars

Audio

Joe Formichella is a new to me narrator. Though he’s done a few audiobooks there weren’t many with reviews and though I wasn’t blown away by the sample, I wanted to give him a try.

I enjoyed this as a story and was hoping that the narrator would be able to have fun with all the humor, accents, and fun pacing BA uses in her stories. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Joe’s voice is pretty nasal. He’s got an older voice which didn’t necessarily fit the story, though he does have the “country” sound that fits the locale. He’s not a very emotional reader and doesn’t do much to add inflection to his reading, characterizations or to even differentiate between man or woman. He’s not great at “performing”, but rather reads the words.

I wouldn’t choose a book by this narrator and – honestly – I will probably avoid books if he’s the narrator because he doesn’t add anything to the story and his tendency to let sentences run on became distracting.

2 of 5 stars

Overall 3 of 5 stars

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Posted in 3 star, adult - 18+, Angst Level, Audiobook, Book, Contemporary, Dreamspinner, Enemies to Lovers, Fated Mates, Gay, Heat Index, m/m, Mid, Mid-grade, Monthly Theme, Morgan, Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words), Paranormal, Part of a Series, Shifter, Spooky!, Standalone | 3 Comments

Audiobook: Mad About the Hatter by Dakota Chase Narrated by Joel Froomkin

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Audible Link

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Mad-About-the-Hatter-Audiobook/B075NPTKSW/ref=a_search_c4_1_2_srTtl?qid=1508362486&sr=1-2

Blurb

This isn’t his sister’s Wonderland….
Henry never believed his older sister Alice’s fantastic tales about the world down the rabbit hole. When he’s whisked away to the bizarre land, his best chance for escape is to ally himself with the person called the Mad Hatter. Hatter – an odd but strangely attractive fellow – just wants to avoid execution. If that means delivering “Boy Alice” to the Queen of Hearts at her Red Castle, Hatter will do what he has to do to stay alive. It doesn’t matter if Henry and Hatter find each other intolerable. They’re stuck with each other.
Along their journey, Henry and Hatter must confront what they’ve always accepted as truth. As dislike grows into tolerance and something like friendship, the young men see the chance for a closer relationship. But Wonderland is a dangerous place, and first they have to get away with their lives.

Review by Dee

Wow! This retelling/’sequel’ to Alice in Wonderland is very good. It’s a curious mix of a fairytale world and modern times – we get to see what happened to Wonderland when Alice left ‘Through the Looking Glass’ and how she is now. The Mad Hatter is in prison, the Red Queen is an absolute pill and Wonderland is not a happy place. The story is entertaining with a few twists, not the least of which is (Henry) Boy Alice – I love that name (Boy Alice)!
I have to say that I am so glad I was given a chance to listen to the audiobook. Joel Leslie is nothing short of perfect! I am convinced that he has several different people living inside him. He captured all the voices better than I could ever have hoped for! I cannot describe how freaking perfect his performance is – Hatter, Cheshire Cat, Red Queen, ALL the characters were superbly characterised. All I can do is highly recommend this audio opera, because that’s what this really is, a one-man opera 🙂

6 stars out of 5 stars

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Review by Morgan

I completely agree with Dee. This was a lot of fun! It’s a sequel of sorts to the famous story with Boy Alice. I think it would have had more impact on me – as a story – if there’d been more direction with the plot and less focus on making it feel like the original story. What I mean is – I didn’t always feel that Boy Alice was doing anything – and I wasn’t really rooting for him – per se. It was fun to see all the creative lands and adventures he stumbled into – but I wasn’t as invested in his journey as I could have been.

I was so glad I’d been listening to this because I’m not sure I would have kept reading. Joel Leslie, however, is soooo entertaining, and he kept me hooked! He comes up with a thousand and one voices and knows how to deliver the punch lines with just the right panache!

If you’re looking for a fantastical adventure with a m/m twist – this is up your alley.

3 of 5 stars for the story
5 of 5 stars for the audio

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Spooky! Daring Fate (Silver Tip Pack #1) by Megan Erickson

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Daring-Fate-Silver-Pack-Book-ebook/dp/B01M10HZDM/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1508001635&sr=1-2&keywords=megan+erickson+silver

Blurb

We all have tragic backstories in today’s world.

I wake up chained to the wall of a dark cell aware of two things: I failed my sister, and I smell my enemy.

When I’m taken to meet Dare, the alpha of the Silver Tip pack, I’m sure I’m about to lose my throat. The last thing I expect is for the Alpha to recognize me as his fated mate. No way is he going to let me go now, and I still have to find a way to rescue my sister.

As I plot my escape to save her, I find that if I leave, Dare could be killed by power-hungry members of his pack. And now he’s more to me than my fated mate—my heart is involved. With time ticking by on my sister’s life, I have to make a choice I never thought I’d face—my sister’s life or my mate’s? That’s if I can survive the undead shifters intent on killing me first…

Review
Wow! This is an INTENSE story. I had to take this is shifts because the tension is so high and my emotions would run away with me. (An excellent thing for an author to be able to do – BTW.) As I’d been expecting – from reading the blurb and other reviews – this was not your typical, furry, funny, sweet shifter story. First, it’s got zombie werewolves in it – so there’s that! The mate pull is viscous and sometimes cruel and though the romance in this story is top notch and very emotional, the secondary story – living in this horrible zombie world – is hard to read.

I really enjoyed some of the mini-politics that happen in these post-apocalyptic worlds where everyone is fighting for their lives but I have to say that I tend to avoid these types of stories for a good reason – they are tough emotionally. When people/werewolves are under stress they don’t always act like nice folks.

In any case, the writing – as usual – is excellent, the world building is thorough and complex, the romance and smexy times are scorching and very compelling.

You definitely have to brace yourself for this and be prepared for something atypical, but if you’re a shifter romance fan I think you should give this a try. If you’re a dystopian/apocalypse type fan – you’ll want to give this a try as well.
(When I’ve recovered I’m moving on to book 2…wish me luck!)

Highly recommended!

5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Olive Juice by T J Klune Narrated by Derrick McClain

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/olive-juice-by-tj-klune-8925-b

Blurb:
It begins with a message that David cannot ignore:
I want to see you.
He agrees, and on a cold winter’s night, David and Phillip will come together to sift through the wreckage of the memory of a life no longer lived.
David is burdened, carrying with him the heavy guilt of the past six years upon his shoulders.
Phillip offers redemption.

 

 

Review:
Story:
I volunteered to review this book without reading the blurb describing the story, and I’m so glad that I hadn’t. Because this story is so much more than what was stated!

David is a broken man, not by anything he has done, but in his mind what he didn’t do. What he could have, should have, would have done if he knew what would happen on March 22, 2012. In the time since that date he has lived every negative emotion, taking it out on himself and then also Phillip. So when Phillip texts David that he would like to meet, David thinks the worst.

TJ Klune has delivered a story of how someone deals with grief, anger and guilt. All the while drawing you in to understand just what has happened and why. You slowly start to care for David and hope that there is some ray of hope for such a broken man.

This is not a HEA story, but it is a story that reminds you to hug the ones you love and tell them that you do love them every chance you get.
4 of 5 stars

Narrator:
Derrick did a great job of telling the story in a way that you didn’t hear him reading it, you experienced it as it went along. He did a great job of adding the emotion David was feeling so that it seemed like you were in David’s head as it went along.
4 of 5 stars

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Spooky Review: Familiar Angel by Amy Lane

Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/familiar-angel-by-amy-lane-8950-b

Blurb

One hundred and forty years ago, Harry, Edward, and Francis met an angel, a demon, and a sorceress while escaping imprisonment and worse! They emerged with a new family—and shapeshifting powers beyond their wildest dreams.
Now Harry and his brothers use their sorcery to rescue those enslaved in human trafficking—but Harry’s not doing so well. Pining for Suriel the angel has driven him to take more and more risks until his family desperately asks Suriel for an intervention.
In order for Suriel to escape the bindings of heaven, he needs to be sure enough of his love to fight to be with Harry. Back when they first met, Harry was feral and angry, and he didn’t know enough about love for Suriel to justify that risk. Can Suriel trust in Harry enough now to break his bonds of service for the boy who has loved his Familiar Angel for nearly a century and a half?

Review

I’m having a tough time reviewing this.

On the one hand, I enjoyed it – as I do nearly every Amy book I’ve ever read, and like those of hers I’ve read a million times.

Amy is very good at giving us clear, crisp writing with just the right amount of show versus tell. The back story for our boys is delivered in a bits and pieces with only small amounts of flash backs to fill in the gaps.

We’re shown the budding relationships between all 3 boys with telling glimpses rather than overt smacks to the face. Sometimes, however, the subtlety got a bit too murky.

It’s obvious that Suriel and Harry are falling/have fallen for one another, but I really missed that moment when it happened … and the reasons why they have to be apart are a little vague and I wasn’t always sure why the things that happened … did.

I loved the cat-ness in this story! The back and forth and the human manifestations of the feline persona were priceless!

The chemistry between Harry and Suriel isn’t as “warm” as some of her other couples, and – in fact – if we get to see the other brother’s stories – I’m sensing a lot more heat between them and their partners already than I did between Suriel and Harry. Instead, theirs felt more like a blanket than a fire – if you know what I mean. They wanted one another, and the passion was talked about – but I don’t know that I felt it much.

I absolutely loved the world building and the “moral of the story” with big Cass and all the “powers” and magic.

I’m really looking forward to the next books in the series!

4 of 5 stars

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Posted in 4 star, Action/Adventure, adult - 18+, angels, Angst Level, Book, Bullying, coming of age, Contemporary, DA, Dreamspinner, Fated Mates, Friends to lovers, Gay, Heat Index, High but not hopeless, Hurt/Abuse, Hurt/comfort, m/m, Magic, Mid-grade, Mild, Monthly Theme, Morgan, New Adult, Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words), Paranormal, Part of a Series, pining, Race/Species Difference, Rating, Shifter, Spooky!, Stalker/Abusive Ex, Unrequited Love, Witches/Warlocks/Wizards | 5 Comments

Boys of Brighton Series by M. Tasia

 Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=Boys+of+Brighton&rh=n%3A133140011%2Ck%3ABoys+of+Brighton

GoodReads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/series/199327-boys-of-brighton

Gabe (Boys of Brighton #1)

Blurb
Fifth-generation firefighter Gabe Mason saves Johnny from the flames of an office building fire, and Johnny will save Gabe from himself.

UNQUENCHABLE

Gabe Mason is a fifth-generation firefighter unable to move forward with his life after a devastating betrayal two years earlier. Graphic designer Johnny Jeffrey relocated to Brighton, Texas, to flee persecution and fear, and to begin living again on his own terms. The two meet amidst fire and smoke, and soon Johnny is in Gabe’s arms, right where he should be. The connection is palpable, undeniable, and hot, and healing from the past is within reach of both men. And yet, the office-building blaze that brought them together is only the beginning of their struggles. Not family, not faith, not a lunatic’s rage. It took a fire to bring Gabe and Johnny together. Nothing will tear them apart.

Sam’s Soldiers (Boys of Brighton #2)

Blurb

Emergency room nurse Samuel Mason is offered a ménage relationship with two ex-military men and discovers a love more dangerous—and more exquisite—than he anticipated.

Welcome back to Brighton, Texas. Where any man can find home.

THE POWER OF THREE

As an emergency room nurse at Brighton General, Samuel Mason spends most of his days caring for the sick and injured, and his nights alone. Until now.

Jack “ Spider” Forrester and Dante Snow have arrived. Retired from the Army, they provide protection to those in need. They’ve come to Brighton to guard Sam’s cousin from a dire threat, but it’s Sam’s world they turn inside out. Jack wears his heart on his sleeve but is no pushover, and Dante is scarred from a past he’d sooner forget. They two are partners in all things, from the bedroom to the office to the street, and they want Sam to join them…for as long as they’re in town. But there is danger ahead, and not just from the type of men these skilled, muscled heroes have sworn to take down. The danger of falling in love.

Rick’s Bear (Boys of Brighton #3)

Blurb

Welcome back to Brighton, Texas. Where any man can find home.

A DEN OF THEIR OWN

Clem “Bear” Mitchell owns the only diner in Brighton and prefers to be left alone. After growing up in—and barely escaping—one of the toughest motorcycle gangs out of Chicago, he just wants peace. Librarian Rick Johansson is the same. Due to his anxiety, he has always lived on the outskirts of society, finding it far safer to stay in the stacks. But no man is an island, and when the two are thrust together by dangerous events playing out around them, they see that life is better together. The tattooed, bear of a biker and the quiet, unassuming librarian will soon show the residents of Brighton that the local bookworm can teach an old bear new tricks.

 

 Review

This is a series that is best read in order, but you can hop around if certain aspects draw/repel you from one story or another.

In general each book is fairly similar: One very “alpha” male (or 2!) finds himself attracted to a more submissive male and the desire to protect and love and care for him drives him to be super adorable, mushy and overprotective!

Of course there is a life threatening danger putting our guys on the line and usually something horrible in the past making them seem even more vulnerable.

There are plenty of hot smexy times but I won’t say that is the focus of the story. There isn’t a lot of humiliation that you sometimes see in uber alpha males and the more submissive guys in these stories all have strong backbones!

I really loved finding this series and hope to see more from this author as well as to continue to enjoy this series in it’s entirety!

I think I loved book one the best (so far) because Gabe just takes over Johnny’s life in this whirlwind and it’s pretty hysterical! There are also some great grannies and really lovable extended family members to keep us all entertained.

Highly recommended for fans of very sappy and sweet Alpha/Omega type romance (nothing paranormal here!) and for fans of romance with humor as well as that hurt/comfort feel.

4.5 of 5 stars for the series

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