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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

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adult - 18+

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

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Good Reads

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


Copy Generously Provided for Honest Review

 

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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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Tour: Pieces of You by NR Walker

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Title: Pieces of You
Author: NR Walker
Genre: MM Romance
Series: Missing Pieces, Book 1

Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/piecesofyoublog

Missing Pieces Series, Book One.
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.

N.R. Walker Bio

N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.
She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.
She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things… but likes it even more when they fall in love.
She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…

For more about N.R. Walker you can find her at:
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nrwalker@nrwalker.net

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adult - 18+

Audiobook: Witchblood (Kitsune Chronicles #1) by Lissa Kasey narrated by Tyler Kent

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Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44100736-witchblood

Blurb

Sebastian Volkov, a fox shifter raised among werewolves, ran from everything he ever loved after a brutal attack that left him fearing his own shadow. That night a single kiss saved his life and left him with fantasies of a man whose face he couldn’t remember. When Sebastian’s car breaks down in a small Washington town, he meets an Alpha werewolf who reminds him vaguely of a stranger’s kiss.

A year ago Liam Ulrich, Alpha of the Northern Cascade’s Pack, shared a magic filled kiss with a virtual stranger, the infamous Witchblood child of the most powerful werewolf in the world. Since that night, Liam has been waiting for Sebastian to find his way home. Liam knows that Sebastian doesn’t trust easily, or at all, so he’s going to have to give his prickly mate time and space.

The past Sebastian tried to escape still stalks him and slowing down gives it time to catch up.
When the werewolves’ ultimate enemy rises up to cast its shadow over them all, Sebastian realizes he will have to stop running or risk losing everything…. including his hope of a future with Liam.

Edit: An updated file has been uploaded to correct minor character discrepancies, grammar, and remove 500 words. The storyline did not change. (3/13/2019)

Review

This was really good!

This is a fated mates story with a “cinderfella” feel in that Sebastian doesn’t know all his potential and Liam’s mating with Sebastian is an untapped source of power as well. There are plenty of bad guys and some guys you don’t know on which side they fall. There is some hot smexy times, but lots of gory violence.

There are some parts I didn’t love: The reference to past lovers in ways that didn’t seem to be completely “settled”. The violence. Sometimes I wasn’t always clear on the world building.

But in general I loved the magic, the romance, the fated mates, the unconscious drive towards his mate and the HEA was amazing!

I can’t wait for more from the series!

Audio

Tyler Kent is a new to me narrator and he did a nice job with this. There were some flubs and he is not as smooth as some narrators, but he did a good job with the different characters.

4 star

Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Dawn’s Beginning For Brise (Kazar’s Dragons Book 1) by Ciena Foxx

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52345095-dawn-s-beginning-for-brise

Blurb

The war has escalated and disaster is coming. The only hope for their species is to send the babies to a planet called Earth. They have twenty-five years to rebuild and heal before the babies, now adults, take their magnificent forms. Earthlings would not understand this phenomenon and the destruction to follow could be catastrophic.

As the team leader of a group of elite soldiers guarding the prince, Kallum Draak shouldered the burden of taking children away from their parents and transporting them to a faraway land before the poisons could invade their systems. He fought to survive those long, agonizing years when many gave up. Now the time has come to claim his mate.

Brise Lowney can’t complain. Life consists of work and spending time with his best friend. Sure, he has a funky design of a dragon on his arm and he receives a cryptic note on his birthday every year. Things are fine, right? Except the latest note says that he will meet the mysterious writer tomorrow. Life isn’t what it seems and is about to change.

Review

This was a very interesting premise. I am not a big “space” fan, so I probably didn’t enjoy this as much as others might. However, this is the first in a series and I’d be willing to read more based on the world building here.

I didn’t care for the dynamics much between the two MCs – the young guy, Brise, was a bit too whiny for my taste. The older guy, Kallum, was a bit too patronizing and the “big misunderstanding” was too obvious and not really that compelling.

But… I am intrigued and that deserves 3 stars.

3 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Broken Warrior (The Weavers Circle #1) by Jocelynn Drake , Rinda Elliott

Good reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53009431-broken-warrior

Blurb

Clay Green
A brotherhood? Monsters? Goddesses? Magic?

The world has become a strange place.

After a life on the run, Clay Green is rescued by a crazy old lady with a shotgun and an even crazier story about monsters, goddesses, and a secret brotherhood.

Gifted with the power of the earth, Clay must locate his missing “brothers” before invading monsters can destroy everything.

As if that’s not enough to contend with, Clay can’t keep his hands off the man trying to rebuild the plantation house he’s temporarily living in.

Dane Briggs

Something strange is going on…

Dane knew restoring the old plantation house wasn’t going to be an easy job, but at least none of the clients were going to be underfoot. Since losing his wife and child, the only way Dane can keep going is to focus on the work.

But that focus crumbles the second Clay appears covered in blood and barely hanging on to life.

Mystery and danger cling to Clay and the other men who suddenly show up. A smart man would walk away.

Dane chucks smart out the window in favor of hungry kisses and the silken slide of skin against skin. He doesn’t understand what’s happening, but there’s no question that Clay needs him.

He’s just not sure his heart can survive being broken again if something happens to Clay.

Broken Warrior is the first book in The Weavers Circle series. It includes fast-paced action, explosions, hurt/comfort, sexy times, animal shenanigans, wounded hearts, three crazy old ladies, and magic!

Review

This was AMAZING! I cannot wait to read more from this series!

This book was chock full of world building and to that end I am eager for the payoff as the series develops, but the actual romance itself did not leave anything wanting.

I loved the magic, the characters, the reincarnation aspect and the goddesses!

This was excellent and highly recommended!

6 of 5

Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Denying His Alpha (Wilde Wolves, #2) by Aja Foxx, Ciena Foxx

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53360023-denying-his-alpha?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=2lnylBTA5R&rank=1

Blurb

For fox shifter, Iren, life has taken a stupendous, incredible turn. After years of abuse, he escaped and is now part of a wonderful pack. Alpha Macon is so fair and good to Iren. Best of all he’s the assistant chef to the magnificent Aetius. He can’t begin to describe how breathtaking Aetius is, with his long flowing hair, tight pants, and awesome boots.

Some think Aetius is kind of stuck up and rigid. Iren knows better. After all, they are kind of, almost, in a relationship and have almost kissed. It was just a matter of time before they’re mates. If only that irritating Kane would quit insisting that Iren sit next to him and quit being so, so irritating.

Gabriel Kane knew he had an uphill battle, convincing Iren they were mates and destined to be together for all eternity. The little fox couldn’t seem to wrap his busy mind around the fact that the arrogant Aetius was never going to mate with him. But Gabriel was fighting for his future and he always got what he wanted, even if he had to fight Iren to get it.

When trouble comes to the Wilde Wolf Pack and Kane is injured, Iren nurses him back to good health. Does Kane take advantage of Iren’s softening attitude toward him? Yes, yes, he does. Now the pack only has to deal with nasty ferrets, the arrival of a lion, fox, ferret, a baby, and the birth of another baby, oh my.

Review

I was waiting for this book! I so enjoyed book 1 and was really compelled by the characters that I couldn’t wait for this!

On the one hand, it was pretty good and I was glad I’d read it.

On the other hand, I have to admit I was frustrated as all hell by the back and forth between Kane and Iren that by the time they got together I was just like “Finally!” and was ready for the story to move on.

I think this story included WAY too many elements and lacked that clean focus that book 1 had.

I’m still looking forward to everyone else’s stories:)

4 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Audiobook: Fated Hearts by Garrett Leigh, narrated by Dan Calley

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Audible

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fated-Hearts-Audiobook/B087CC3PL4?ref=a_library_t_c5_libItem_&pf_rd_p=13bed4e9-e83d-4210-8510-a695400e0d63&pf_rd_r=0KCH2687J8CNATEV6XYK

Blurb
“He’s not a wolf.”

Devastated by the death of his best friend, Zio is a soldier with one thing on his mind: revenge. Consumed by a conflict that’s raged as long as he’s been alive, he’s had little time or inclination to learn the legends of the shifter world he was raised in. And he certainly doesn’t have time to deal with a shifter of a different kind, even if it’s for the good of the war effort. For the good of his pack. The fact that he’s already crossed paths with the new face in his unit is almost irrelevant.

Almost.

Do no harm. Give life not death: it’s the oath Devan was reborn to live by, so when he’s sent abroad to embed with a wolf pack as their resident healer, he doesn’t hesitate. In the supernatural world, some bonds are instant—soldiers become brothers, pack become family. But others run deeper and before long, Devan’s at the mercy of instincts he can’t control.

Zio’s inner wolf is desperate to be with Devan, while Devan struggles to keep the pack safe. But as the war escalates, and new love is tainted by anguish and pain, the battles within might prove the toughest of them all.

“I won’t let him die.”

Review

There are a lot of shifter stories out there, and standing out isn’t always easy, but Garrett Leigh managed it effortlessly with Fated Hearts. I loved the detailed world-building, the action and danger in this dystopian society and the combination of magic and science.

All the characters were intriguing and complex, making this the perfect basis for a very promising series. I so hope there’ll be more to come.

I loved the angst in this story, and the incredible pull between the MC’s. Zio and Devan are wonderful together, when they get there, because obstacles abound.

Narration: Dan Calley did an amazing job with his performance of this story, the pacing and emotional intensity were great and he brought a wonderful array of voices for all the different characters. Is it just me or are British accents just absolutely yummie? I also really loved the accent he did for Devan.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 4.5


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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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