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adult - 18+

The Soldati General (Soldati Hearts #3) by Charlie Cochet

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55210795-the-soldati-general?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=56YPVQvNfi&rank=3

Blurb

A powerful, yet awkward, Soldati healer. A retired Orso general. A plot to kill the king. A secret that could destroy them all.

The Summer Solstice Festival has arrived in the Soldati realm, and guests from all over will flood the kingdom to join the festivities. But the excitement is shadowed by rumors of an Orso plot to kill the king. Now Ezra and the Soldati council must protect Khalon’s secret —and stop a conspiracy that could destroy the Soldati and the human world they protect.

As Ezra and General Segreti explore their growing affection, a dangerous game begins, but are they the pawns or the players? Can their hearts survive the final checkmate?

Review

This was so wonderful! It was not as great as book 1 (IMHO) but better than book 2 (which was still good!).

It is really sweet with a little misdirection and angst and loads of cuteness.

Highly recommended but you should read book 1 first, and probably book 2 as well.

4.5 of 5 stars


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adult - 18+

Mr. Perfect by Aimee Nicole Walker

Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55346405-mr-perfect?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=HvzH1qMDGS&rank=1

Blurb:
By day, Felix Franklin is an investigative journalist. By night, he produces Sinister in Savannah, an investigative podcast, with his two best friends. Felix’s life revolves around three principles: fortune favors the bold, honesty is everything, and love is for schmucks.

The podcast is back to investigate allegations that a local businessman is dabbling in money laundering. On the surface, everything about Cameron Spencer, aka The Auto King, appears to be perfect. The trio of trouble quickly learns all that glitters is not gold. Seeking the truth will challenge Felix’s convictions and put his life in grave danger. The biggest threat to his well-being isn’t an unknown villain; it’s the reappearance of his first and only love.

Jude Arrow had it all: great looks, charming personality, and a lucrative career as Atlanta’s hottest news anchor. So, why had he recently relocated to Savannah? When the two reporters are forced to work together, Felix will get a chance to ask him. The answer will stun Felix until he remembers not to believe anything that comes out of the heartbreaker’s pretty mouth.

Love and hate are two sides of the same coin and just as conflicting as the battle of wills that ensues. Will the chip on Felix’s shoulder save him from trusting Mr. Wrong or ruin his chances with Mr. Perfect?

Review: Book 2 of the Sinister in Savannah series and is best read in order – book 1 is a great start to the series.
From the first book, we already know that Felix, one of the podcast crew, has a history with Jude. We also know the story that the pocast crew is going to chase down. What we don’t know is how involved both the past (Felix and Jude’s) and the investigation is going to be. Boy, was this an exciting story!
The ‘former-lovers-to-enemies’ feelings Felix had for Jude was sort of deserved and he kept them up for a good amount of time – it was well done, didn’t go overboard – and when both men sort things out, it’s not all plain sailing, but they get their HEA.
The investigative story goes from being a local warranty scam to a much bigger crime issue, including murder. It kept me invested in wanting to see how it would end. Of course, towards the end we find out Rocky’s love interest – that is going to be hella interesting!
I highly recommend this series and the one before that introduces the podcast members.

5 stars out of 5


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adult - 18+

Bad, Dad, and Dangerous by Bru Baker , Jenn Moffatt, T.A. Moore , Rhys Ford

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55073255-bad-dad-and-dangerous?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=wJ3267kGt9&rank=3

Blurb

When the kids are away, the monsters will play.

School’s out for summer, and these dads are ready to ship their kids off to camp. Not just because their kids are monsters—whose aren’t?—but because they’re ready for some alone time to let their hair down and their fangs out. You see, not only are the kids monsters—their dads are too.

Even the most dangerous of creatures has a soft spot. These bad, dangerous dads love their kids to death, but they need romance.

Every year, for a few short weeks, these hot men with a little extra in their blood get to be who they truly are. And this year, life has a surprise for them. Whether they be mage, shifter, vampire, or changeling, these heartbreakingly handsome dads might be looking to tear up the town… but they’ll end up falling in love. All it takes is the right man to bring them to their knees.

KISMET & CADAVERS BY JENN MOFFATT

Thomas Anders is prepared for two weeks of alone time, or as alone as he can be living with his daughter’s sentient undead cat, running the family occult shop, and keeping San Diego safe from the strange and supernatural. What he doesn’t expect is for KJ Beshter to arrive in his shop bearing a gift card Thomas’s daughter cast a spell on. Thomas has met her handsome magic-sensitive teacher before, but now that Star is moving up a grade, he can cross that line. It would be perfect timing if something wicked didn’t want to sink its claws into KJ too….

MONSTER HALL PASS BY BRU BAKER

White-collar dad Hugh Whitby dotes on his adopted daughter, but she’s away at camp. Now it’s time let the vampiric urges he so tightly controls run wild and take advantage of his monster hall pass to feed on criminals. But when fae prince Rykoff of Harlow interrupts Hugh feeding, he catches Hugh’s daughter’s scent and vows to avenge the fae youngling he believes Hugh has captured.

Hugh had no idea his daughter wasn’t human, and it rocks the foundation of his world. He must convince Rykoff that the fae youngling in question is safe with her vampire dad and can prosper in the mortal realm—or risk losing her forever.

WOLF AT FIRST SIGHT BY RHYS FORD

SFPD Lieutenant Joseph Zanetti has spent years protecting his city, and from the looks of St. Connal’s Pub and its bad-boy owner, Levi Keller, the place is a hotspot for trouble and violence. Joe’s problem? Levi is delectably hot, with secrets Joe can’t wait to dig into.

As a Peacekeeper for paranormals, wolf shifter Levi doesn’t need the complication of a hot cop sniffing around his pub when he’s just sent his teen son off to summer camp. He’s busy brokering a peace agreement between two warring factions. When Joe stumbles into Levi’s world, both plunge into a situation neither one of them was ready for—falling in love.

ELF SHOT BY TA MOORE

All Conri wanted was to drop his kid off at Changeling camp, find the nearest halfway nice hotel, and enjoy a week of uncomplicated debauchery. It should be simple. It doesn’t work out that way.

When a local girl disappears, the neighborhood quickly lays blame at the well-guarded gates of the camp. With his son incriminated, a mystery to solve, and a malevolent pocket of the Otherworld to navigate, Conri will need all the help he can get—even if it does come from a distractingly pretty, tightly wound Iron Door agent who doesn’t trust Conri to be on the right side.

Reviews

MONSTER HALL PASS BY BRU BAKER

This is my favorite so far! I love the characters and the set up. This is just the right length for this story as it moves quickly and yet feels robust. I love Bru’s version of vampires and the fast pace really felt natural but the world building felt complete. Very sweet and fun!

5 of 5 stars

KISMET & CADAVERS BY JENN MOFFATT

This was my second favorite in the collection. I enjoyed this so much! I was leery at first, because I’m not an “undead cat” fan, but – he was super funny and really played a not huge role as far as that goes.

The characters were unique and fun with some moderate smexy times and a great adventure.

All in all – recommended highly!

4.5 of 5 stars

WOLF AT FIRST SIGHT BY RHYS FORD

This is fairly tame for Rhys (IMHO) in that it has a TON of really gorgeous descriptions and a little angst, but not to the extent that it overwhelms the story.

I wasn’t as enamored of it due to it’s length. We spend too much time learning about the boy for a secondary character that doesn’t seem to need so much attention. (Sequel?).

The grandma is introduced by not nearly explained enough. She’s a great character! I want to know more! (Sequel?)

The love story itself moves at lightning speed and didn’t feel as balanced as it could. I wanted the fullness of the rest of the story to bleed over to their romance as well.

It was still very entertaining and well written, but not my favorite from the author or in this anthology.

4 of 5 stars

ELF SHOT BY TA MOORE

This was not for me. I didn’t even finish it, though it is relatively short, so I cannot comment on it fully. However, I was often confused about who was doing what and the story just didn’t feel good or make me want to know more about the characters.

DNF

Overall, this is a great anthology and I do recommend it!


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adult - 18+

Stick the Landing (Elite Athletes #2) by Kate McMurray

October 13!

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52568254-stick-the-landing

Blurb

Jake Mirakovitch might be the best gymnast in the world, but there’s one big problem: he chokes in international competition. The least successful of a family of world-class gymnasts, he has struggled to shake off nerves in the past. This time he’s determined to bring home the gold no matter what.

Retired figure skater Topher Caldwell wants a job as a commentator for the American network that covers the Olympics, and at the Summer Olympics in Madrid, he has a chance to prove himself with a few live features. He can’t afford to stumble.

Olympic victories eluded Topher, so he knows about tripping when it really counts. When he interviews Jake, the two bond over the weight of all that pressure. The flamboyant reporter attracts the kind of attention Jake–stuck in a glass closet–doesn’t want, but Jake can’t stay away. Topher doesn’t want to jeopardize his potential new job, and fooling around with a high-profile athlete seems like a surefire way to do just that. Yet Topher can’t stay away either….

Review

I so enjoyed book 1 and this was a bit of a let down.

On the one hand, there was much less drama – which felt good – but maybe also lessened any impact.

The characters felt a little 2 dimensional – in comparison to book 1. I was not nearly as attached to any of the storylines. I appreciated all that Jake over came, but I got very little involvement with him and Topher that had me believing the ILYs near the end of the story.

Topher should have been developed more. He was just there and an outlet for smexy times, not really a player in this drama.

Jake and his family could have had some meaningful moments but those became rather sappy Hallmark moments instead and were not very impactful.

All in all this was more of a miss for me than a recommend.

2.75 rounded to 3 of 5 stars



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adult - 18+

Pieces of You audiobook by N.R. Walker, narrated by Glen Lloyd

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53351569-pieces-of-you?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=xyeXC1Pzm9&rank=1

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
The narration was an issue for me, I think the narrator had a weird cadence when the characters were not talking, and it threw me off. When characters were speaking, he had a great range of emotions, distinct voices and I liked the narration a lot. It was still hard for me to ignore all the other parts when he had his normal speaking voice. It was not bad. I just didn’t click with it and it was bothering me all the time.
Listening to the story a second time (after reading the e-book) I still felt like 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 more 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 feels 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 3 of 5



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Wedding Dragon (Lewiston Dragons #3) by Liv Rider

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54625972-wedding-dragon

Blurb

Bringing a fake boyfriend to his sister’s wedding seems like a great idea. Until he meets one of the groomsmen.

His sister’s wedding raises a lot of issues Shaun doesn’t want to deal with. The worrying thought that his life is going nowhere. Two adventurous, ring-bearing cats. Bridesmaids from his old hometown who love bringing up his past mistakes and are still convinced he’s a car thief. Desperate to get people off his back, he asks his straight roommate to pose as his boyfriend. Telling a few lies to impress people is fine, right? What could go wrong?

The one thing he hasn’t counted on: a distractingly sexy groomsman who can’t stand liars and is a powerful dragon shifter.

Mitchell never expected his fated mate to have a boyfriend.

Mitchell thought meeting his fated mate would be the best day of his life, but meeting Shaun’s boyfriend makes it the worst. How can he focus on his brother’s wedding now? As he spends more time around Shaun, he realizes his mate has more problems than just bridesmaids spreading rumors. Resisting the urge to go after Shaun is the hardest thing he’s ever had to do. Especially since his mate is irresistible.

After a disastrous moonlit kiss, Shaun and Mitchell are determined to stay away from each other. But when the bridesmaids threaten to expose Shaun’s lies, he has a choice: Run away from his past, or ask for help from the one man he wants to have a future with.

Wedding Dragon is a m/m paranormal dragon shifter/human romance with a HEA and no cliffhangers. It is the third book in the Lewiston Dragons series, following Protector Dragon and Halloween Dragon. All books can be read separately.

Review

Ugh. So this is the 3rd book and I could barely finish it.

First, the primary hurdle is A BIG MISUNDERSTANDING which is super, super, super frustrating and IMHO a lame writing device.

Second, there is almost no Dragon-ness.

Third, I cannot believe for one second that those cats did anything short of sprint off into a tree. Nope. Especially since they are supposedly kittens.

Fourth, I wanted to throat punch the Millersburg contingent and cannot understand for one second how the sister allowed them to stay.

Fifth, there was no chemistry between the two fated mates and it was probably one of the most “ho hum” he’s my mate, true mate pairings I’ve read.

I finished it because it’s short. But, honestly, I do NOT recommend.

2 of 5 stars


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adult - 18+

Protector Dragon (Lewiston Dragons #1) by Liv Rider

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44541034-protector-dragon?from_search=true

Blurb

Shifters ruined his life. How can he be falling in love with one?

Growing up the only human in a shifter town, Joel has been an outcast his entire life – not even his own family let him forget how weak humans are. Running away was his only chance at a normal life, and he’s been avoiding shifters ever since. But when his job working in a coffee shop puts him in a room full of shifters, he has to confront his worst fears. He’s just not sure if he should be alarmed or happy that the hottest guy he’s ever met is determined to talk to him. After all, everyone knows shifters aren’t attracted to humans.

Dragon shifter Thomas Rollins thought nothing could be more difficult than resolving arguments between the shifters in his district. But when he meets his fated mate Joel, he has no clue how to get the suspicious human to talk to him for more than five minutes, never mind go out on a date. When he learns about Joel’s past, he’s determined to prove shifters and humans can get along very well.

Just as Joel is starting to let his guard down, his family finds him and forces him to come back to a place he refuses to call home. Can the trust Joel and Thomas have started to build survive the ultimate test?

Protector Dragon is a m/m paranormal dragon shifter/human romance with a HEA and no cliffhangers

Review

So I read this book after book 2 because I’d enjoyed that one and hoped for more of the same.

Well, in a way I got that, for sure. This is a bit more angsty – although it really isn’t. This is a bit more silly than the first one, IMHO and a bit more drama for drama’s sake.

There is some world building and in general, while I appreciated that, the overall story was less than book 2.

You do not need to have read these in order or at all to enjoy the series.

3 of 5 stars

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adult - 18+

Halloween Dragon (Lewiston Dragons #2) by Liv Rider

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50752108-halloween-dragon

Blurb

Cameron loves nothing more than Halloween

To Cameron, Halloween is the best time of the year, from the candy and decorations to dressing up and scaring visitors in a haunted maze. When an investor is about to end Halloween Fest forever by buying the farm that hosts it, Cameron will fight to the end. He’s not sure why someone who’s never seen a horror movie in his life wants to be his ally-and-a-whole-lot-more, but he’s not going to turn down a hot, dedicated guy like Parker, even if they have nothing in common.

Parker loves nothing more than his job

Dragon shifter Parker Blackburn doesn’t have time to spend his evening in a haunted maze with his friends. There’s a district of shifters depending on him to find a solution to their problems and arguments, and Parker is wholly dedicated to his job. But when he meets his fated mate — still gorgeous even dressed as a zombie and trying to scare him — Parker has to learn a new set of skills. How to talk to a massive horror movie geek who doesn’t know anything about shifters, for one.

When Parker reveals the truth about himself, what little common ground Cameron thought they had is turned upside down. With Parker flying high and Cameron feeling low, they’ll have to find their way back to each other in order to save the farm — and maybe their relationship too.

Halloween Dragon is a m/m paranormal dragon shifter/human romance with a HEA and no cliffhangers. It’s the second book about the dragon shifters in Lewiston, but can be read as a standalone.

Review

I read this book first and I think it maybe unfairly represents the series.

First, it has a Halloween theme – which made it immediately attractive. There are some funny dialog moments and some cute movie references.

The Dragon shifting is barely a thing and the big reveal is really the main hurdle about shifting. Otherwise it’s about the farm.

I thought this was cute and enjoyed it and it subsequently spurred me on to read the others in the series… more to follow.

3.5 stars

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adult - 18+

Modern Warfare (Covert Affairs #2) by Valerie Vaughn

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54669412-modern-warfare

Blurb

Covert Affairs M/M Romance Book Two

Navigating a new relationship is never easy, but Deputy Director Syler Perrin has the uniquely hair-raising privilege of doing it with one Special Agent Arthur Dufault, premiere CIA operative and all around menace.

When Arthur nearly dies on a botched assignment in Moscow, Syler thinks he can be forgiven for going a bit off the deep end looking for ways to keep his lover safe.

Arthur, for his part, is more worried that Syler is going to decide their entire relationship isn’t worth the trouble and that’s before the next two assignments go wrong.

There’s no such thing as a coincidence in espionage. Everything points to a leak, but no one can pinpoint where despite their best efforts.

Frankly, Syler would rather deal with all that then Arthur’s mother showing up for a surprise visit.

Or – getting together was one thing. Building a future is something else.

One happily ever after with a side of gun fights coming right up

Review

Superb! This was an excellent sequel and over exceeded my expectations! I loved meeting Arthur’s mom and I loved the continued friendships that Syler developed with his team as well as how he managed to wrangle Arthur in and through his latest missions and career developments.

Highly entertaining and so full of details! I loved it!

6 of 5

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adult - 18+

Heels Over Head by Elyse Springer

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33976926-heels-over-head

Blurb

Jeremy Reeve is one of the best divers in the world, and he’s worked hard to get where he is. He intends to keep pushing himself with one very clear goal in mind: winning gold at the summer Olympics in two years. That medal might be the only way to earn his father’s respect as an athlete.

Brandon Evans is everything Jeremy isn’t: carefree, outgoing, and openly gay. With his bright-blue eyes and dramatic tattoos, he’s a temptation that Jeremy refuses to acknowledge. But Jeremy can’t ignore how talented Brandon is—or that Brandon has no interest in using his diving skills to compete.

They’re opposites who are forced to work together as teammates, but Jeremy’s fear of his own sexuality and Brandon’s disinterest in anything “not fun” may end their partnership before it begins. Until a single moment changes everything, and they help each other discover that “team” can also mean family and love.

Review

This was so good – up until the end. 🙁

I enjoyed the glimpses of diving and the buried gay feelings and the joyful exhuberance of Brandon juxtaposed with the steadfastness of Jeremy.

However, the dangling threads of Jeremy’s family coupled with the way the author chose to end the story left me entirely unsatisfied.

I am hoping for more? In any case, 3 of 5 stars