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adult - 18+

Retro Review: Gunpoint (Sky Hunters #1) by Erin M Leaf

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31627569-gunpoint?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=iteKWvjcLc&rank=1

Blurb

Soul-bruised and bitter, Charlie left the military for peaceful solitude. When he’s mugged at gunpoint, his isolation is shattered, because the guy with the weapon is his mate, and Charlie’s falcon insists on truth: the other half of his soul is a desperate man who doesn’t know he’s a shifter.

Warren has no money for rent, his sister’s ex beat her bloody, and he’s working double shifts to survive. He thought his life couldn’t get any worse, but then he mugs an ex-soldier who somehow turns the tables and offers him something impossible: hope.

Of course, nothing is that simple, and Charlie’s resistance to their bond sabotages their relationship before it really begins. Warren can handle hardship, but now his enemies are bigger than the bully next door, and he’s broken the darkest taboo of the Sky Hunter falcons. Only Charlie can save him, but can a damaged ex-soldier save himself, too?

Review

If you’re looking for a unique shifter story this is it!

Charlie is one of a dying breed of shifters – a falcon. He has some extraordinary skills that make him a valuable asset in the military – but also darkens his soul. This is the main conflict – now that he’s done what he’s done, he feels unworthy of his mate – even though leaving him may be impossible.

On the other hand, Warren is simply trying to do the best he can with what he’s got. He’s big hearted and sweet and overwhelmed when he meets Charlie.

The chemistry is intense and hot between these two and they move quickly through the “I can’t be with you stage” to the “how can we make this work” stage – which is good because I hate it when our MCs are separated!

There is a little drama outside of the relationship and that helps to move their story forward without stealing the show.

I love Erin’s writing style and find her stories easy to fall into. She always delivers on the smexy times and the feels and the heas. I look forward to following this series and seeing where it goes. It’s a little bit “darker” than the Bad Oak Boys series (reviewed here : ) but not more angsty.

Highly recommended for fans of the author, unique shifter series, darker MCs and satisfying heas.
4.5 of 5 stars

Re-read

Again, I am finding this author to really hit all my buttons right now 🙂

I thought this was even better than the first time I read it and I really appreciated the unique path/world building these shifters take.
I do hope we see more from this series one day – hint, hint 🙂

5 of 5 stars

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adult - 18+

How to Vex a Vampire by Alice Winters narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo

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Blurb

Finn
Getting into the vampire-only detective unit was the easy part. What’s going to be more difficult is dealing with my new partner – an ancient vampire who keeps threatening to eat me. The unit has never had a human in it. Marcus – or, as I like to call him: Fangy McFangface – would really prefer to keep it that way.
He’s grumpy, short-tempered, and broody, but I have a way with words, and I know he’s starting to like me, even if he swears he’s not. But what he doesn’t know is that I didn’t join the unit because I was tired of being a homicide detective. I joined because there is someone after me.
They’ve already taken enough from me, and I’m afraid they’re going to take all of me if I don’t find someone to help. That’s all Marcus was supposed to be, but now, he’s so much more, and I can’t imagine my life without him.
Marcus
The moment the pesky human walked through that door, I knew I had to get rid of him. He’s charming, and almost everyone else instantly loves him, but he doesn’t understand how risky it is being part of this unit as a human.
But as I get to know the stubborn man, I learn that, perhaps, he’s not as naive as I once thought. And, maybe, he’s what I needed to realize there is more to life than just work and my dog.
A group arises that is threatening to disrupt the alliance between the humans and the vampires, but Finn is the one who shows me how strong that alliance can be and reminds me why it’s worth protecting.
When threats hit closer to home, I realize I would do anything for Finn because he’s brought so much joy to my life…and because he’s mine.
Note: This book features a creative use for undergarments, unintentional splits, a wolfhound who just wants to be a part of things, a vertically challenged human who still manages to wrap every vampire he meets around his little finger, the best date ever, possessiveness, really awkward dancing, some workplace revenge, and just a bite or two. Or three.
Review

This was super funny! I think, if you’re familiar with Alice Winters’ writing, she is all about the quirky characters and witty dialog.

This is that and some fun paranormal world building and crime fighting.

My personal taste runs to a little bit more romance in my romance, but I do always enjoy her stories and there is definitely HEAs for her characters.

Audio

Michael Ferraiuolo was the perfect choice for this. He is Finn personified and does a great job with the myriad other characters.

All in all very highly recommended for fans of comedy with their romance.

4 of 5 stars

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adult - 18+

Audiobook: Enemies of the State (Book 1) by Tal Bauer Narrated by John Solo

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Blurb

 

Newly elected President Jack Spiers’s presidency is rocked from the very beginning, and he’s working furiously to keep the world from falling apart. Between terrorism attacks ripping apart Europe, Russia’s constant posturing and aggression, and the quagmire of the Middle East, Jack is struggling to keep his campaign promise – to work toward a better, safer world. 

For Special Agent Ethan Reichenbach, Jack is just another president, the third in 12 years. With Jack’s election, he’s been promoted, and now he’s running the presidential detail, which puts him side by side with Jack daily. He’s expecting another stuffed suit and an arrogant DC politician, but Jack shocks him with his humor and humanity. 

There are rules against a Secret Service agent and one of their protectees developing a friendship – big rules. Besides, Jack is straight as a ruler, and a widower, and Ethan has always avoided falling for straight men. Ethan keeps his distance, but Jack draws him in, like gas to a naked flame, and it’s a lure he isn’t strong enough to turn away from. 

Contains mature themes.

Review

Ethan retired from the military, tired of the death and destruction, to go into security. After several years in the Secret Service, he’s now promoted to the lead on the President’s detail. He’s seen 3 other past Presidents and has never wanted to cross any boundaries and in fact didn’t really care for them beyond his duties of his job.

Jack is a widower, he lost his military wife to an air strike and made his political career in saving the lives of military families and promoting peace while supporting the armed forces. He’s now made it to the President of the United States (POTUS) and he’s a bit overwhelmed and lonely. He’s not used to the isolation and though he has cabinet members he trusts, he’s got nobody to just “be” with.

Ethan and Jack strike up a friendship – despite the rules – that frequently waffles between appropriate and inappropriate. The main problem is that Jack IS straight. No question. Ethan is gay. Ethan falls for Jack and this causes all sorts of complications.

Besides the issues surrounding their friendship, the world is going to hell in a hand-basket and Jack is caught between his desire to do the right thing and basic preservation of human life. On the brink of World War Three, Jack relies heavily on Ethan to be a sounding board and a release valve.

**

WOW. This is an absolutely amazing book! I was intrigued by all the positive reviews I saw and requested this to review. I was so captivated that I read it that night, all in one sitting!

Jack and Ethan’s relationship is slow, slow, slow burning. Jack really is straight and is absolutely shocked by the changes in his feelings for Ethan. This is written remarkably well and in a way that feels authentic and believable.

There is a lot of political intrigue and for people who love Tom Clancy type espionage you will love this stuff. I mostly skimmed it because it’s not my thing, but it is well-written and done in a way that I could understand what was going on without having to follow all the politics closely.

I am praying the next book comes out quickly because the ending – while a solid HFN – definitely leaves us in a spot where the future is not certain – not by a long shot. The couple is together, but the world is still in disrepair and their relationship is not exactly making things easy.

I highly recommend this book to fans of GFY romance, political intrigue, slow burn romances, bodyguard tropes and well-written, deep feeling romance.

6 of 5 stars

Audio

I have to admit I was hoping Tristan James or Nick Russo or Joel Leslie would have narrated this – John Solo just is not as dynamic in his narrations as the above.

He does a solid job, but I was definitely annoyed at times – and disappointed.

3 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Audiobook: Kick at the Darkness by Keira Andrews narrated by Tristan James

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Blurb

To live through the zombie apocalypse, they have to survive each other first.
College freshman Parker Osborne is having the worst day ever. He humiliated himself trying to pick up a cute guy, he hasn’t made any friends at school, and his stupidly hot jerk of a TA gave him a crappy grade on his paper. He’s going to drop Adam Hawkins’ film class and start fresh tomorrow after he’s had a good sulk.
But Parker’s about to find out what a bad day really looks like – if he can survive the night.
A virus is unleashed, transforming infected people into zombielike killers. After these quick and deadly creepers swarm campus, Parker only escapes thanks to Adam swooping him onto the back of his trusty motorcycle. Now they’re on the run – and stuck with each other.
When they’re not bickering, they’re fighting off the infected in a bloody battle for survival. Their only hope is to head east to Parker’s family, but orphaned Adam has a secret he’s not sure Parker will accept: He’s a werewolf. Can they trust each other enough to find some light in these dark days?
Contains mature themes.

Review

When I read the blurb I said – what? Keira Andrews? Yes! Zombies? Heck Yes! Werewolves? Eff Yes!

(I used a different word than heck and eff but…)

I was NOT disappointed.

This story captures your attention right from the beginning.

Parker is an uptight, insecure freshman at Stanford. He’s used to being the big fish in a small pond and now he’s … not.

He meets his TA Adam over a bad grade in what is supposed to be a super easy class. Adam, of course, thinks the course is important and not just “filler” so he’s offended by Parker’s disdain.

It isn’t too long before the two accidentally meet in the quad on the day the “creepers” (zombies) take over the university. In a move that changes both their lives, Adam rescues Parker on the back of his bike and rides off with him to safety.

In the beginning there is a lot of sexual tension – Parker thinks Adam has a girlfriend. Adam has a secret he’s trying to keep from Parker. But both are really attracted to one another.

Of course at every turn they are also battling this unknown element – the virally infected hordes who mindlessly try to eat you if you get in their way.

Over the course of days and weeks they head cross country, trying to reach Parker’s family on the East Coast, and stay alive through both creeper invasions and vigilante challenges.

When Adam gets bitten it looks like their time together may be over or at least changed, since nobody knows how the disease is transferred. Luckily they meet someone who can help with that information.

The ending is… well… appropriate. I’m not sure if she’s setting us up for a sequel (Please, please, please!) or if a Zombie Apocalypse only has so many endings… but … it’s a definite HFN for their survival and HEA for their love.

**

What I loved about this book was the many different layers. Both Parker and Adam have felt marginalized in their lives – for different reasons. The fear of the unknown pushes them together faster than normal, but it still feels very organic and real. The human nature shown by the mobs of scared people felt real and the reaction to a possible cure brought up some real moral questions that struck a cord.

I loved Keira’s Rumspringa series and was so happy to see that her writing chops are well prepared to cover this entirely different genre.

In fact – maybe even better?

I highly recommend this book and give it 6 of 5 stars!

*More more more!!!

Audio

Of course, you all know my love for Tristan James so it’s no surprise that I loved this as well.

6 of 5 stars!

Categories
adult - 18+

Retro Review: Something Shifty by Erin M. Leaf

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17692806-something-shifty

Blurb

Professor Seth Dustin thinks he’s alone in the world, but when he meets another shifter, he’s forced to reevaluate his whole life. Dex Connor is gorgeous, talented, and male—everything Seth had no idea he wanted.

However, when Seth discovers Dex is keeping dangerous secrets from him, he must decide if he can forgive the man who has become his closest friend, the man who stole his heart. Seth never expected to find himself in the midst of a territorial fight with a rival clan. He doesn’t know how to deal with the jealous hostility of a woman who wants Dex for herself. Love is unexpectedly complicated, but is being alone better?

Rocker, shifter, mate: Dex is all of these, and more. Professor, shifter, loner: Seth wants more. When two shifters meet, instinct takes over.

Review

This was just plain awesome! I loved the idea of discovering you’re not alone and the author did a great job making this seem plausible.

There is great sexual tension between these two and an interesting and not distracting sub plot to keep the story moving.

I’m a sucker for Rocker romances and this combines so many elements with that: professor, hidden identity, shifting, slow burn… it was great!

Highly recommended!

4.5 stars

Re-read:

This was a great re-read for me. I had remembered just enough to know I liked it a lot and when I re – read it this time I found even more appealing!

I know right now I just can’t handle angst, so low angst is a must. I also loved the idea of the two of these guys making music together from now on 🙂

New review 5 of 5 stars

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adult - 18+

Recent Release: OMEGA RETURNED by Tanya Chris

Blurb:
When Owen’s dreams of being claimed by a prince go wrong, he doesn’t know what he’ll do. Being returned to the Western Pack is shameful enough. Just wait until his father hears what he let the prince do to him.
Fortis is happy to escort Owen home because it means spending time in the woods with his beta buddy, Keesh. Keesh will help keep his urges in check with respect to the omega, but who’s going to rein in what Fortis feels for his friend? His inner alpha wants an omega, but his everything else wants Keesh.
Owen is adorable and Fortis is hot, but Keesh can never have either one of them. He’s not the omega Fortis dreams of, and he doesn’t have the knot Owen craves. It might be time to give up on these unrequited crushes and crawl home to the Central Pack.
Wolves run on instincts, and the closer Owen, Fortis, and Keesh get to Western Pack territory, the louder theirs insist they’re heading the wrong way. Will their human minds catch up to what their wolfy hearts already know before Owen gets returned?

Review:

What do you do with an Alpha, Beta and Omega that are thrown together and emotions begin to show? Who are the right men to be together or must they even make a choice?
While Fortis and Keesh are escorting Owen back to his home their travels take a turn and the men must deal with not only their emotions but many other obstacles in their way. Their story is a sweet and sexy one that will have you believing in love. It was nice to see the way the relationship grew between the men. I loved seeing Owen begin to find himself and his worth with the help of Fortis and Keesh. The men are good together and the love that they have shows in all that they do, and it was nice to watch them work to figure everything out. This story is a great addition to the series and my favorite so far. The author does a good job of keeping things fresh and engaging through these books. I was pulled right into their story and ma eager to return to this world for more.

Number of stars out of 5: 4stars


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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Slow Pitch by Amy Lane

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51578714-slow-pitch?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=wiXkeuq7Pa&rank=1

Blurb: Tenner Gibson has a job he enjoys, a prickly ex-wife, and an adorable daughter he wouldn’t trade for the world. With no romance, no sex life, and no other hobbies, a rec league softball team is as close as he gets to hedonism.

But life throws him a curveball when cocky Ross McTierney sets his sights on getting under Tenner’s skin.
One explosion of lust later, Tenner wonders what possessed him to have a quickie with Ross, and Ross wonders how to do it again.

Tenner has eight weeks to convince his tiny modern family that Ross is what’s best for him. Ross has eight weeks to get used to the idea that complicated doesn’t always mean bad. Their sex life is moving at the speed of light, and everything in their relationship is coming at them too fast….
But together, they might make a connection and knock it out of the park.

Review: I loved this story! This is one of the few times I wish I could be more eloquent when reviewing a book.
Where to start: Tenner. Such a lovely guy, family man, still wants to be friends with his ex-wife, loves his daughter and baseball. Has a wonderful boss, a bit of a temper and a wry sense of humour. Ross: A bit of an over confident, fun guy who cares for the environment. Also brother in law to ‘wonderful’ boss and has never stayed in one place for long.
When both men meet they think it’s a one off (lust) thing, but somehow, they decide to meet again (against Tenner’s better judgement). As they get to know each other, their lives intertwine – Ross meets the daughter, Tenner realises that Ross is the BIL to his boss, they both love baseball and they’re both willing to believe in their budding relationship, all the while slowly falling in love. This is such a sweet, sometimes humourous (lots of dry wit  ), no angst story. Though sweet, it manages to lightly touch on some serious themes: bigoted parents, an angry ex-wife (she comes around) and how to broach the subject of sexuality to one’s kid or parent. Other characters include 2 lovely families – Ross’s sister’s and Piper (Ten’s daughter) all make up a truly lovely story!
Definitely going to be reread often!

5 stars out of 5


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adult - 18+

Re Release: The Kinsey Scale (Campus Connections #1) by CJane Elliott

Blurb

Life is good for Eric Brown. He’s a senior theater major, an RA for a freshman dorm, and has a great circle of friends. Single since sophomore year, Eric isn’t looking for love. But then Will Butler—fellow senior, co-RA, and the cutest guy Eric’s ever seen—walks into his dorm. Will has a girlfriend he sees off campus—a minor disappointment that becomes a major problem when a housing shortage causes Will and Eric to become roommates, and Eric is forced to witness Will’s hotness day in and day out. For protection, Eric asks Jerry, his ex-boyfriend, to pretend they’re still together. Jerry warns him it’s a stupid idea, but he reluctantly agrees.

Too bad it won’t save Eric from losing his heart.

Will Butler has never believed in himself. His dysfunctional family saw to that. Although Will has loved music since childhood, he’s never seriously considered pursuing it, and the person he’s dating doesn’t encourage him. Then he and Eric Brown become roommates, and everything changes. Eric believes in Will and his talent. He’s also gorgeous and playful and fast becoming Will’s best friend. And that’s not good, because Will is hiding some big things, not only from Eric, but from himself.

Review
I really liked this! I thought the characters were great and though I sometimes felt like they were missing the boat by just not TALKING I could kinda understand it given their respective ages.
I liked the smexy times (though I wish there were more) and really felt the HEA was worth the time invested. Highly enjoyable!
4 of 5 stars


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adult - 18+

Coming Soon! Slow Pitch by Amy Lane


 

 

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51578714-slow-pitch?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=PuURcjZB3e&rank=1

 

Blurb

Tenner Gibson has a job he enjoys, a prickly ex-wife, and an adorable daughter he wouldn’t trade for the world. With no romance, no sex life, and no other hobbies, a rec league softball team is as close as he gets to hedonism.

But life throws him a curveball when cocky Ross McTierney sets his sights on getting under Tenner’s skin.

One explosion of lust later, Tenner wonders what possessed him to have a quickie with Ross, and Ross wonders how to do it again.

Tenner has eight weeks to convince his tiny modern family that Ross is what’s best for him. Ross has eight weeks to get used to the idea that complicated doesn’t always mean bad. Their sex life is moving at the speed of light, and everything in their relationship is coming at them too fast….

But together, they might make a connection and knock it out of the park.

Review

I was not as excited to read this (based on the blurb) as I usually am for Amy reads. But… of course… it was awesome!!! It reminded me (in feelz) of Winter Ball meets The Virgin Manny. 😉

It has really very little angst. Some really funny character development and a lot of sweet moments between the two MCs.

I thought the tension felt a little manufactured, I never really believed in Ross’s dilemma- but- honestly – a low angst book is exactly what we all need right now 🙂

The softball felt authentic and the way the two guys just embraced their relationship felt light and airy and delightful.

Highly recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Dragon’s Tears (City Dragons #3) by Lisa Oliver

Good reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53203758-dragon-s-tears

Blurb

Byron Hollingsworth was an emotional wreck and after ranting at his younger brother Samuel, and calling his brother’s impending offspring an abomination, now everyone else knew how unstable Byron was too. It’s not as though he hadn’t tried to be the perfect son, brother, and cousin. He tried to keep his affliction hidden from others. But the painful truth was now out for everyone to see – Byron ached for the mate he’d seen once more than ten years before and that loss had affected every area of his life. And then, just when he thought things couldn’t get any worse, someone delivers a package to Byron’s house that changes the course of his entire life.

Ivak Sellivik, bastard son of the Ice Dragon King, was known as “Ice” for good reason. Heartless, ruthless, and dangerous, he traveled the world, focusing on the important things in life like making money and ridding the world of paranormal criminals. He knew he had a fated mate – he’d even seen him once. However, meeting his fated mate face to face was something he could do after he retired, and he told himself he was happy to wait until then. That was, until he gets a frantic call from his brother.

Sometimes plans need to be flexible and a person has to understand that wants and needs are two different things. When Byron gets taken, Ice must decide if he wants a mate in his life at all, or risk losing his forever. But he has to decide quickly, because his enemies are closing in on all sides, and Byron’s not the only one in their sights. Throw in a summons from the Ice Dragon King and things get really hectic. Will Ice and Byron have time for an HEA, even if they do decide to try for one together?

Dragon’s Tears is an MM fated mates, mpreg story that includes scenes of violence and intimate acts intended for adults only.

Review
As you all know I am a big Lisa Oliver fan. I also love Dragon Shifter stories.

I was not a big fan of this.

I found both MCs to be tedious and awful almost to the point of not being able to finish this.

I could not understand their motivations and never did reconcile Ice’s ability to avoid the mating pull for 5 years.

I enjoyed the world building and if you’re a fan of the author/genre and you read the first books in the series you might be interested in this.

2.5 of 5 stars