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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Omega Replaced (Omega Reimagined #5) by Tanya Chris

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50996431-omega-replaced

Blurb
Alpha Donovan is certain about one thing. His work recovering missing omegas who’ve been separated from their protectors is a service—to the alphas who hire him and to the omegas themselves. What he’s less confident about is his unconventional desire to be dominated by someone as strong as he is. No alpha is supposed to want that.

When Donovan arrives in North Leland, he expects it to be just another job. Find the omega, bring her home. Then he meets Judge Tarek, the gorgeous alpha determined to thwart his mission. Tarek disapproves of his job, but not his fantasies, which he’s ready and oh-so-able to fulfill.

Everything is backwards in this strange town. Wanting another alpha’s teeth in your neck is okay, but returning an omega to their rightful place isn’t? Donovan has a lot to learn, and if he can’t change his way of thinking fast enough, he’s going to lose what he’s never allowed himself to believe he could have.

Omega Replaced is an alpha/alpha novella with BDSM components in the Omega Reimagined series. It can be read as part of the series or as a standalone. This is a non-MPREG omegaverse.

Review

Wonderful omegaverse romance. It had everything I wanted in this genre: well-rounded main characters, a strong attraction between the potential mates but an important enough conflict to make things difficult for them, intriguing secondary characters and a good storyline.
I really liked the world-building in this book and thought it was very interesting how the author played around with stereotypes and societal conventions based on gender and sexual orientation. Donovan has a hard time breaking away from the toxic ideas that were instilled in him at childhood, even though they go counter to his own needs and identity, and that inner struggle to me added a welcome sense of realism and depth to the story. The chemistry between Tarek and Donovan is absolutely sizzling, but I also liked the patience and vulnerability Tarek showed to Donovan. Tarek is very open about his feelings and intentions, but Donovan still has a hard time daring to trust in the possibility of a future where he can be himself, be happy. Very enjoyable read, definitely recommend it.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 4


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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Nikolai (The Brinnswick Chronicles #2) by Michele Notaro

Blurb

For centuries, I’ve gone through life floating from one lover to the next, never tying myself down to anyone. But then Grayson walks into my life, and I can’t imagine spending it without him. Messing with the Warriors of Tempest isn’t my greatest move, but to ensure he can stay with me, I’ll do what I have to.
When Delaro seeks me out, the little witch makes my heart soar in new and unimaginable ways. Unfortunately, Delaro is an Ellwood, and his coven leader thinks I’m out to get him. Gray and I have to jump through hoops to even speak with Delaro, but we’ll do whatever we can because we both feel a pull to the man that’s turned our lives upside-down.
A shadowy figure starts terrorizing the land and threatens to destroy everything we’ve built and everyone I love. The three of us need to work together in order to conquer the new evil afloat in Brinnswick, but nothing is easy when something lurks in the shadows and around every corner.
Nikolai is the second book in The Brinnswick Chronicles and takes place in the same world as The Ellwood Chronicles, but can be read as a standalone novel. It’s a MMM that contains explicit material and is intended for mature adults 18 years old and older.

Review

Hmmmm. Well, I was psyched to see this and super psyched to see all the characters I’ve come to love back together again. But…

Maybe it was the triad, maybe it was the characters themselves but…

To me, I felt more of a connection between Gray and Nikolai and Gray and Delaro than Delaro and Nik or all three of them together.

Delaro just felt so young and Nik just felt kind of creepy. I couldn’t shake that feeling.

I absolutely loved all the magic and how bad ass Delaro was and how Ailinn had to finally admit his baby was grown up! There was SO MUCH going on in this book and it felt a bit repetitive at times.

They would get together, something would happen, there would be fighting and danger and then worry. Wash, rinse, repeat. Over and over.

It was a lot and not my favorite.

In the end, I was glad to have read it and I am psyched about the next books in the series, but this was not one I’ll likely read again.

4 star

Categories
adult - 18+

Coming Soon! The Redemption of River (Sex in Seattle #4) by Eli Easton

Blurb

River Larsen is a world traveler, truth-seeker, and tantric healer. He’s a master of loving all—and no one. Both his past and his spiritual path warn him against attachment. When he falls for his surrogacy client and coffee magnate, Brent McKay, River tells himself it’s a temporary idyll, a beautiful encounter they’ll both enjoy and move on from like two ships passing in the stream of life. Except his heart misses that memo.

Brent McKay hasn’t been interested in sex since his wife died two years ago. When he goes to Expanded Horizons sex clinic in Seattle for help, he meets River Larsen, a sex surrogate specializing in reiki massage and tantric sex therapy. Brent never expected to be interested in a man, but River’s light-filled spirit, inner peace, and electric touch bring him back to life. Brent’s loyal heart is ready to commit again. But how can he convince River that love can last forever—if you just have faith?

The Redemption of River features a widower who surprises the hell out of himself, a gorgeous hippy who thinks he’s a dandelion puff, an age gap, midlife discovery of bisexuality, foodie Seattle, a houseboat, dogs, a trip to Mumbai, and tantric secrets. (You know, the ones that let you have sex for hours. Those secrets.)

The Redemption of River takes place in part at the Expanded Horizons sex clinic and is thus book #4 of the Sex in Seattle series. It features a brand new couple and can be read as a stand-alone.

Review

First, isn’t that cover GORGEOUS???

I just love this series! I love the interesting subject of sex therapy to begin with and I really appreciate Eli’s willingness to tackle it from an interest standpoint and a romantic tableau.

Brent and River are two peas in a pod who just didn’t know it! They fit together so well and I found their romance to be both swift yet slow building.

I absolutely adored finding out about Tantra and how the energy work served to help Brent release his pain from his wife’s passing. The smexy times were off the charts but the feels were just as intense.

This was wonderful and I highly recommend it!

5 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Male/Female Review: A Sorceress of His Own (The Gifted Ones #1) by Dianne Duvall

Blurb

Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.

For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon’s side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed–or cursed–with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.

All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon’s life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything–even the wrath of his king–to be with her.

Review

I don’t usually read or review Male/Female romance because I am usually just so annoyed by the female characters that I can’t stand them.

Well… this is still annoying, but at least the female does what she wants how she wants it and a little of her annoyingness is explained due to time period.

I loved that our couple is together right from the beginning and that we see some pretty cool magic throughout the whole book.

I didn’t really care for the romance as much as I have with Duvall’s other series, the one to which this is a spin off (or vice versa?)

Others have criticized the language as being inconsistent for the time period, but I disagree. Sure, it isn’t accurate, but you know what, I wouldn’t want to read old English so this suits me just fine. A few old phrases thrown in here and there to keep it feeling dated and I was fine.

The second book is now out and I saw it on Amazon and thought – huh – I never got around to reading book one did I? Well, after reading this, and remembering how Bethany fucked Marcus up, and seeing what a dick Richard is in this book – NOPE. Not gonna read their story. I can’t even care about them and the story itself is just not interesting enough to get past that.

4 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Retro Review: A Warlock’s Surprise (The Warlocks #2) by Erin M. Leaf

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34053557-a-warlock-s-surprise

Blurb

Leo thinks asking his soul-splice mate to marry him will be easy, but Dakota says no, again and again. When he finally capitulates, Leo believes happy ever after is in the cards, but Dakota isn’t feeling well, and meddling family members hijack their plans. Neither warlock wants the drama of a large ceremony, but the Conclave gets its way. Witches always do, after all.

When the eventful day arrives, neither man expects their old enemy to raise a demon from Hell to ruin their wedding. Witches can’t stand up to a demon, so the newly wed warlocks must save the day, but not before a surprise revelation leaves Dakota reeling.

Can Leo and Dakota survive a demon, witches, and a grandma intent on embarrassing them both as much as possible? Sadly, even magic can’t guarantee a happy ending…

Be Warned: MPREG, m/m sex, public exhibition

Review

I am changing my review after reading this again. I enjoyed this sequel for all it’s zany antics.

I thought it was a bit quick for my taste but I appreciated how fun these guys are as a couple and adding in a baby made it better!

4 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Audiobook: The Edge of the World by Garrett Leigh, narrated by Dan Calley

audiobookreview

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53298839-the-edge-of-the-world

Blurb

Shay Maloney is living his dream—on tour with his pirate/folk-rock band. But you can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’re from, and that’s where moody filmmaker and researcher Ollie Pietruska comes in.

The band’s management persuades Shay to let a television company film a documentary about his roots beyond his adoptive Irish family, and Ollie comes into his life knowing more about Shay than Shay’s ever known about himself.

But while Ollie holds the key to Shay’s past, he’s also hiding deep scars. Even as the hardships of the tour bring them closer, Ollie’s demons threaten the blossoming romance. They might both reach the breaking point before Ollie realises he’s been standing on the edge of the world for too long, and it’s Shay who holds the key to his future

Review

This was a mellow hurt/comfort story with a very promising premise, up and coming rock star falls for the reporter digging into his past while hiding secrets of his own. I had trouble connecting to the story and the MC’s though. It just wasn’t completely clear to me why exactly they fell for each other and Ollie is less than straightforward in his dealings with Shay. I understand why it’s hard for him to be open and vulnerable, but I wasn’t enamored of the mixed signals he kept sending Shay’s way. He didn’t always seem to grasp how his decisions impacted the other man. The research into Shay’s past didn’t feel very relevant to the story and though it ended in something of a shocking revelation … even that fell a little flat. An okay read, but I’ve come to expect more from this author.

Narration: Dan Calley did a great job with his performance of this story, and drew me in more than I’d have been by just reading the book. I really like the timbre of his voice, the accents and his interpretation of the characters. He made the MC’s sound very genuine and authentic.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 3.5


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Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Pieces of You by N.R. Walker

Blurb
Dallas Muller has everything he never expected he’d have. He owns a successful motorbike mechanic shop in Newcastle, and he’s madly in love with his boyfriend of four years, Justin Keith.

Justin has always struggled to find where he fit in, never realising his true worth or what it means to be loved—until he met Dallas. Living and working together might be too much for some, but Dallas and Justin wouldn’t have it any other way.

When a terrible accident tears their world apart, Justin’s left with no memory of Dallas or their relationship. Trying to put the pieces back together is almost impossible when some pieces are blank and some are missing altogether. Dallas has to let Justin find his own way back to him and just hope that their love will light the way.

Review
I really enjoyed the story about 85% through, but felt the ending was a bit too cut off. Even though it was a soft cliffhanger type of ending, I felt like I was missing pages and looked to make sure I had read through.
What I loved: The way the amnesia and hospital stay were described. It felt much mor realistic them any book I read with a similar plot, and it punches you in the gut that much harder because of it. The plot revolves around a few characters, and it feel small yet significant in its focus on them. The story flowed so well, and I adored how Dallas made sure to keep the boundaries so Justin could feel safe to recover and feel what ever he felt without pressure to remember the years he lost.
I did feel like towards the end it became a bit rushed to have a sort of HFN ending. And to me the Slow Burn, and the wonderful, gentle pace of the story were lost. I look forward to the next piece of the story to see how Dallas and Justin face the new challenges that will surely come their way.

Number of stars out of 5
3.5


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