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adult - 18+

All Kidding Aside (Magical Mates #1) by Macy Blake, Michael Dean (Narrator)

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Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56217166-all-kidding-aside

Blurb

Building houses for a pack of orphans might lead one griffin to find his heart’s home.

Victor Eastaughffe knows three things for a fact:
-He does not have a mate.
-He does not like children.
-His duty is to his griffin clan.

When Victor meets Orsen Riggs, a scruffy bear shifter, and little Gus, an orphaned red panda cub, his orderly, structured world becomes messy and chaotic. All the things he once held true suddenly don’t make sense.

Asked to help the Smith pack navigate the difficult world of shifter politics, Victor realizes he might not know himself as well as he thought. Magic is in the air, and it’s making him long for things he never wanted before. But duty comes before all else, even at a price Victor no longer wants to pay.

Review

I super super loved this!
I read the original “Chosen One” series, but I wasn’t a big fan. Too many mates for my liking. But I enjoyed the spin off novels and the world building and I’m typically a Poppy Dennison/Macey Blake fan.

This, however, might be one of my favorites! It was super cute – Bear! Bird! And the interactions between Victor and Riggs are sweet, funny and hot in equal amounts.

I gotta tell you, when the evil Fae come to town I was totally scared even though I knew it would end up ok.

Highly Recommended!

Michael Dean does an amazing job and is super cute with Gus Gus!

5 of 5 stars

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adult - 18+

Screwed (Four Bears Construction #4) by K.M. Neuhold Narrated by: Tim Paige, Liam DiCosimo

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Blurb

I’ve had my fair share of less than proud relationship moments, but waking up married to my brother-in-law’s best friend is a new low.

A drunken wedding to a man who already rejected me once? Check. A hefty bet about how long it will last? Check. My feisty new husband, determined to make our friends pay up? Double check.

I’ve never managed to make a real relationship last nearly a year, there’s no way Daniel will stick around long enough to win this bet. The only problem is the longer he stays, the more the lines blur between what’s real and what’s for show. Does he feel it too or am I totally screwed?

***Screwed is a woke up married, faking it to their friends but also totally hooking up, sweet, STEAMY love story that happens to be the fourth book in the Four Bears Construction series. There are no bear shifters in this series, only the OTHER kind of bears.

REVIEW

This was super cute, as was all the others in this series. I got a bit tired of the “we’re just friends, right?” schtick but it did a fair job of being somewhat? plausible.

It had a fair amount of smexy times, less than I was worried about – so there’s that.

It was full of humor and the pay out at the end was tremendous.

All in all a great addition to the series.

As usual the narrators do a terrific job here as well.

4 star

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adult - 18+

Werewolf Bitten, Twice Shy (Shifting Focus, #1) by Riley Rivers

Good Reads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56123188-werewolf-bitten-twice-shy

Blurb

A struggling college student…
A man determined to care for him…
And a run-in with a wolf that brings several things into focus.

Broke, exhausted, and homeless, Cameron Drake’s only hope is to make it to tomorrow. At twenty-two, he’s a full-time college sophomore working third shift at a warehouse and only scraping by because he doesn’t pay rent. Living in his car isn’t the easiest, but he makes it work.

Cameron lives and breathes photography, and all he wants to do is graduate and wield a camera for a living. When Ezra Green, a world-renowned photographer, offers Cameron a paid internship, Cameron can’t believe his luck. Ezra is kind, and a fantastic mentor, and it’s altogether too easy for Cameron to develop a crush on the handsome older man. Even though Ezra seems to care for him in turn, Cameron shoves his feelings down in favor of working harder. For once in his life, he gets to have something good. He doesn’t want to mess it up.

Naturally, his good luck is interrupted by a freak wolf attack.

Injured and without anywhere else to go, Cameron would rather die than burden Ezra. Will Ezra be able to convince Cameron that he isn’t a burden at all?

Review

OMG. This had me crying so many times! It was so emotional!

I absolutely loved this. The connection between the two MCs is perfect and the best part is how resolute Cameron is on living his life when it is just this side of impossible.

I had to take it down a notch because it’s part of a series and I don’t like cliff hangers and I wish this had ended a bit more concretely.

4 of 5 stars

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adult - 18+

The King and His Vigilant Valet (Paranormal Princes #3) by Charlie Cochet narrated by Greg Boudreaux

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Blurb

JEAN

The past has a way of catching up with you, even if you are immortal. I’ve spent thousands of years as the valet and companion to the powerful King of All Shifters. It has been my honor and duty to protect, serve, and advise him. I never intended to fall in love with him. My past is filled with death and bloodshed, but I never once regretted keeping Alarick safe. Now an evil I thought long gone has resurfaced, determined to kill Alarick and plunge the world into chaos. Saving Alarick means revealing the truth about myself. I don’t know what’s worse, failing to protect the king I love, or watching him turn away from me in disgust when he discovers what I really am.

KING ALARICK

As King of All Shifters, my powers are connected to the cosmos, and I have been around since the dawn of time. There are few things that can kill me. Unfortunately, one of those things has escaped its prison and is set to destroy me. The only weapon that can defeat this creature is the Scythe of Kronos, which has been missing for nearly as long as I have lived. When Jean and I set out on a quest to find the scythe, questions I had long ignored must now be answered. What is Jean’s connection to this evil? Why will he trust me with his life but not his secrets? As my most trusted valet, and my greatest friend, surely nothing that happens along this perilous journey can change what I feel in my heart for him. Or can it?

Review

This was so adorable! I was eagerly waiting for the King’s story and this didn’t disappoint! I loved their romance and the conflict was interesting and exciting, too.

I definitely recommend reading these in order, but it is absolutely not necessary.

Highly recommended!

Greg does another amazing job and is absolutely wonderful in this story!

5 of 5 stars


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The Werewolf’s Dragon Defender (Supernatural Suburbia #2) by Riley Rivers

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43380952-the-werewolf-s-dragon-defender

Blurb

A werewolf who’s been running from his past…
meets a dragon shifter who wants nothing more than to protect him.

Life hasn’t been kind to Tommy. Abandoned by his parents as a teenager after being bitten by a werewolf, abused by the alpha he turned to for help, and, most recently, having to deal with the after-effects of a hunter kidnapping all by himself, it’s no wonder he wants to put his past behind him. Now, at twenty-three, he’s made a life for himself as a trusted nanny and babysitter in the shifter community doing what he loves. He may spend too much time looking over his shoulder, but Tommy’s fine. He’s dealing. Or so he tells himself.

Michael is a dragon shifter in law enforcement. He was the one who helped rescue Tommy from hunters… and since then hasn’t been able to get him off his mind. When Michael gets a frantic call one evening from a terrified Tommy, he learns that Tommy’s ex, an older alpha werewolf, has just been released from prison and wants Tommy back. Michael offers his help without hesitation, but the more time he spends with Tommy the more his attraction grows, and the last thing Michael wants is to make Tommy feel forced into a relationship.

All Michael wants to do is help Tommy feel safe. But can he protect Tommy while keeping his own feelings at bay?

Review

Meh. This didn’t do it for me. I found Tommy really tedious and the relationship between him and Michael didn’t ever feel more than a “daddy” relationship which is not comfortable for me.

I do enjoy the world building though.

3 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Stop Kidding Around (Magical Mates #2) by Macy Blake

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56136397-stop-kidding-around

Blurb

His so-called mate thinks it’s fate. Toby has other ideas.

When Toby Sanders shows up to interview for a teaching job at a mysterious estate, he’s not expecting his world to flip upside down and backward.

Shifters are real… and the hottest, most protective wolf of all is claiming him as a mate.

Toby can’t deny that Brooks is everything he ever wanted and never thought he could have–loving, strong, drop-dead gorgeous–or that the two little girls Brooks wants to adopt give Toby a glimpse of the family he’s always dreamed of…
But how the heck is he supposed to believe in this mating magic stuff when life has taught him that the only person he can count on is himself?

As dangers from multiple sources threaten everything he’s come to care about, Toby learns that being part of a pack isn’t just about accepting his fate, it’s about choice: choosing to trust Brooks, choosing to believe in himself, and choosing to fight for the life and love he deserves, even if he has to cross the entire fae realm to do it.

Review

Soooo cute! I loved Toby and found Brooks engaging as well. I liked book 1 a bit more but I didn’t find this lacking in any real significant way.

I guess my main grief is how long Toby waffled. Unnecessary. The magic and the kids are awesome! Nick and Ollie are hysterical and it was great seeing “Bird and Bear” again 🙂

4.5 of 5 stars


Categories
adult - 18+

The Werewolf’s Nymph Neighbor (Supernatural Suburbia #1) by Riley Rivers

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42793451-the-werewolf-s-nymph-neighbor

Blurb

A werewolf raising two kids on his own…
A grumpy nymph who moves in next door…
and a bond that might just save them both.

Eric loves his new house. Specifically, as a nymph, he loves the garden. And while he doesn’t love the two curious and talkative kids next door at first, he’s not so much of an unsociable hermit that he won’t answer their questions. As for their father, well, Eric won’t deny that he finds him incredibly attractive, and finding out that he’s single only makes him more irresistible. But Eric’s a nymph; sex is always on his mind. He’s perfectly capable of ignoring his impulses.

Single dad Leon is taken with his new neighbor at first glance. He’s beautiful, ridiculously competent, and he smells fantastic which, for a werewolf, means a lot to Leon. The fact that he’s good with Leon’s kids, even when it’s clear he doesn’t know how to react to their affection, is what tips the balance from “curious” to “altogether too interested.” He can’t deny the pull he feels toward Eric, but he’s willing to take things slow.

When hunters threaten Leon’s family, Eric steps in to help, and the aftermath of adrenaline leads him straight to Leon’s bed. But while it makes Leon realize just how important Eric really is… Eric is convinced Leon could never want something more. Before either of them can deal with their own feelings, the hunters return; more dangerous, more determined, and this time Eric is a target too.

Can Leon save his family? Can Eric allow himself to become a part of it?

Review

I really enjoyed this! There was a lot of UST and some cute kids and a fair amount of magic and just a bit of mystery/action. A lovely mix.
I really love the idea of fated mates, so I’m a sucker for stories like this. I also really love the unique creatures we meet and enjoy the mythology.

4.5 of 5 stars

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adult - 18+

Caulky (Four Bears Construction #1) by K.M. Neuhold Narrated by: Tim Paige, Liam DiCosimo

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Blurb

Ren is in desperate need of a rebound fling. Lucky for him, the smoking hot contractor he hired has just the tool for the job.

The last thing I want is another relationship or another broken heart.

All I need are my bees and the occasional hookup to scratch the itch.

Okay, maybe meeting up with my hot contractor weekly is a little more than occasional. And maybe the way I’m starting to feel about the guy I’ve been anonymously chatting with online should concern me.

But CaulkyAF doesn’t want to meet, and Cole doesn’t want anything serious, so what’s the worst that could happen?

Review

This was hysterical! I have to admit I read this in reverse order, but I still loved these guys and found them to be adorable!

There was “maybe” a bit too much sex – but – in this case – it was probably explained by their relationship basis.

Highly enjoyable and recommended!

Audio

These guys do a terrific job and absolutely make this a joy to listen to.

4.5 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Holiday Review: Angels Sing (Daddy Dearest #2) by Eli Easton narrated by Tristan Josiah

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https://www.audible.com/pd/Angels-Sing-Audiobook/B08NMJ563D?qid=1608142274&sr=1-2&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_2&pf_rd_p=83218cca-c308-412f-bfcf-90198b687a2f&pf_rd_r=0FSRRV42M2W2GM5PATSA

Blurb

Jamie Bailey has not had such a wonderful life. He gave up his dreams of Harvard at 18 to raise his sister’s unwanted baby, and later a prized job to help a sick friend. Now the father of six-year-old Mia, and assistant manager at Raven Books, Jamie’s dreams are dashed once again when Uncle Billy admits what dire straights the bookshop is in.

Stanton Potter, son of the most notorious businesswoman in Bedford Falls, loves his job teaching at the local elementary school. But he’s less than thrilled when he is forced to put together a Christmas pageant with first-graders, including Mia Bailey.

When Stanton meets Jamie, angels sing. Jamie’s gender-bending fashion sense, and sweet aura, have Stanton suffering through the worse crush he’s had since he was a teen. But can there be any hope for them when Jamie and Mia’s lives are about to be uprooted?

This Christmas, its Jamie’s turn to receive a little help from heaven.

Review

This was AMAZING! Eli did it again! I adored this! It was sweet with such a lovely Christmas-miracle twist that I was in tears!

I loved Stanton. LOVED him. He was adorable and he was equally matched with Jamie. The two of them together are like cotton candy ice cream! Just sweet as can be! Mia is fun and keeps the story from getting maudlin and I loved Stanton’s mother and her input as well as her relationship to Mia.

This is fun, sweet, sexy, and adorable.

Audio

I loved listening to this- it reminded me of why I love Eli’s holiday stories SO much! Tristan Josiah does a great job with all the voices. Highly Recommended!

5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

The Prince and His Captivating Carpenter (Paranormal Princes #2) by Charlie Cochet narrated by Greg Boudreaux

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https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Prince-and-His-Captivating-Carpenter-Audiobook/B08Q26SLHH?ref=a_series_Pa_c5_lProduct_1_2&pf_rd_p=284b47b1-a5db-4711-9667-612f2ac7458e&pf_rd_r=MEHBN7YYZ0PB4ESSDE2C

Blurb

As Prince of the Bear Shifters, I knew the time would come for me to prove myself worthy of my crown. I expected my quest to be perilous. What I didn’t expect was for it to take me up into Espen Mountain, a place that’s brought me nothing but grief and terrible nightmares. Not only must I find the five magical ingredients, but I have to do so alongside Saer, a mysterious and charming shifter coyote summoned by the king to be my guide. But who is Saer, and why do I feel as if we’ve met before?

SAER

Crushing on Prince Bernd from afar was one thing. Being given the responsibility of saving the prince and his kingdom was a whole other story. Banished from my kingdom by my own prince years ago, I never imagined I would be summoned to help Bernd. What could I possibly offer a prince? How was I supposed to save him? I was no one. A shifter with no place to call home. What I did know was that I would do everything in my power to help Bernd succeed on his quest. All I had to do was stop crushing on the guy, find the magical ingredients hidden up a dangerous mountain, and save his heart. What could go wrong?

Review

I was so happy when I saw this had been released! I loved book 1 and was psyched to see the series continue!

These two face a similar journey to those in book 1 – just as funny, and touching, and magical and sweet. Add in a dash of smexy and you’ve got it all!

Super fun, great addition to the series. This is absolutely a stand alone and I CANNOT wait for the next book where it looks like our King gets his own story!!!!

Audio

Greg is a great choice for this and thoroughly enjoyable!

5 of 5 stars


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