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Anya Byrne Mate Meet Online Series

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A matchmaking community for werewolves? Ridiculous. Or at least, that is what Alpha Ford Knight believes when his mischievous brother comes up with the idea of Mate Meet Online. Sadly incapable of saying no to said sibling, he still ends up making a profile, even if he knows his chances for finding his other half are very slim indeed.

Fast forward one year—and MMO has become one of the most popular social networking websites in existence. Disgruntled human florist Rainbow Rose wants nothing to do with it—who needs that nonsense anyway?—but his best friend Emmie is of a different mind.

The end result is the unlikeliest meeting possible, and the story of river_wolf51 and the_pouty_leprechaun.

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reindeernot.a.reindeer and lupus_sapiens (Mate Meet Online Book 1.1)

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What could a feisty IT programer who is often the target of reindeer jokes and a werewolf Latin teacher desperate for a mate possibly have in common? Quite a lot, apparently… At least according to Mate Meet Online.

Rudy is coaxed into joining MMO by the beauty of the coding and the cause his friend Cam believes in. Giovanni begrudgingly agrees to register due to his cousin’s encouragement. Neither of them expect it to actually work.

The result? A mix of misunderstandings, hot coffee, sweet nothings whispered in Latin, frantic sexy times… and the first romance of Mate Meet Online—the story of not.a.raindeer and lupus_sapiens.

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emmieemmie_potofgold and lonely.lycaon  (Mate Meet Online Book 2)

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For many years, Lydell Barlow has been convinced he isn’t normal. Unlike other werewolves, he has no mate. There is no other half waiting for him out there. His pack even banished him because of it.

When he learns of the new matchmaking platform for shifters—Mate Meet Online—he tries to ignore it. But soon, it becomes obvious that the deception behind the website is unforgivable. After all, how many shifters just as lonely as him are being given false hope? He cannot stand for it.

He joins the website with a vague plan of sabotaging it from the inside. But when the MMO search engine does find him a match, his plans change drastically. Because Emmie Lemaire—emmie_potofgold—is everything Lydell has ever dreamed of, and so much more.

Can it be true? Can a website truly lead two mates to one another? And if it is, how will Lydell confess his original intentions to the beautiful human who has stolen his heart?

One thing is certain—this Internet dating thing isn’t easy.

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Review

These are the (first?) three books in an adorably sweet little shifter series about wolves who join an online dating service that promises to find them their fated mates using a scientifically proven method. In all three instances there is the obvious doubting of the system and the amazement that it works, but they are all three super cute with zippy dialog and cute MCs and fun smexy times.

They’re all related but can be standalones, but I’d recommend reading them in order.

I love this author and this little online series and hope to see more in the future.

Highly recommended!

4 of 5 stars

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Stormy Eyes Audiobook (Brac Pack #5) by Lynn Hagen Narrated by Johnny East

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When Storm Wishfall is sent on an errand for his alpha, he doesn’t expect to discover two young Asian men hiding on a boat in fear for their lives. He definitely isn’t expecting one of them to be his mate. After encountering the young men’s captors, the alpha devises a plan to rescue the three other men who were kidnapped along with his mate, Kyoshi, and Kyoshi’s cousin, Keata, and the pack must band together to curtail a human trafficking ring before any more innocent lives are ruined. In the meantime, Kyoshi must come to terms with his new life. Storm searches for a way to convince the cynical human they’re destined to love each other, but something lurking deep inside Kyoshi is forcing its way out. Are these two as different as they believe, or can they find a way to share their lives?

Review

In this series, a “warrior” – a wolf shifter who is almost always super alpha and super huge- finds a “mate” – usually much smaller and quirky – and then proceeds to have some kind of adventure.

In this case, Storm finds and mates the feisty Kyoshi. Storm is all wolf but has mage blood in his lineage so his eyes change colors. Kyoshi is a rescue from a sex slave ship, tiny, spunky and full of protectiveness for his cousin Keata.

Kyoshi and Keata have some pretty exciting reveals coming up which help explain their easy acceptance of wolf shifters in existence and there continues to be a threat from their first captors.

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These Brac Pack stories are so much fun! Sure, each of them is VERY SIMILAR to the other, but they are also each unique and full of humor.

There is always a fairly quick insta-love portion, a “rescue me” portion and a “HEA” portion. But in between we get laughs, fun and hot smexy times. Since they are meant to be read in order, we also get to see the previous mated couples frequently and by the end we not only have over 30 books in this series but at least three other off shoots that also intertwine with this series making nearly 100 books that are all somewhat related and now we get the new generation which includes the kids!

I’ve loved this series and it’s companion series and I recommend reading them in order of release for the most benefit.

  1. Maverick’s Mate – Brac Pack
    2. Hawk’s pretty Baby – Brac Pack
    3. Sunshine’s Savior – Brac Pack
    4. Remi’s Pup – Brac Pack
    5. Stormy Eyes – Brac Pack
    6. Oliver’s Heart – Brac Pack
    7. Keata’s Promise – Brac Pack
    8. George’s Turn – Brac Pack
    9. Loco’s Love – Brac Pack
    10. Lewis’s Dream – Brac Pack
    11. Mark’s Not Gay – Brac Pack
    12. Nutter Nero – Brac Pack
    13. Heaven’s Hell – Brac Pack
    14. Nicholas’s Wolf – Brac Pack
    15. Murphy’s Madness – Brac Pack
    16. Montana’s Vamp – Brac Pack
    17. Carter’s Tryck – Brac Pack
    18. Joshua’s Law – Brac Pack
    19. Dagon’s Ride – Brac Pack
    20. Jasper – Zeus’s Pack
    21. Hondo – Demon Warriors
    22. Avanti – Zeus’s Pack
    23. Snooke – Demon Warriors
    24. Steven’s Journey – Brac Pack
    25. Knox – Zeus’s Pack
    26. Torem – Zeus’s Pack
    27. Rainerio – Demon Warriors
    28. Hunter – Zeus’s Pack
    29. Alexi’s Secret – Brac Pack
    30. Christian’s Menace – Christian’s Coven
    31. Sully – Zeus’s Pack
    32. Tater’s Bear – Brac Pack
    33. Nija’s Temptation – Christian’s Coven
    34. Curtis’s Dads – Brac Pack
    35. A Brac Crazy Family Christmas – Brac Pack
    36. Bald Eagle – Zeus’s Pack
    37. Eli’s Way – Christian’s Coven
    38. Takeo- Demon Warriors
    39. A Cold Winter’s Day – Brac Pack
    40. Nazaryth – The Exiled
    41. Memphis – Zeus’s Pack
  2. 42Vaughn’s Vampire Hunter – Christian’s Coven
    43. His Imperfect Mate – Brac Pack
    44. For the Rest of Eternity – Christian’s Coven
    45. Rave – Zeus’s Pack
    46 Seth’s Chance – Brac Pack
    00. Mating Thomas – Short Story
    47. The Dark Side of Love – Christian’s Coven
    48. Take My Hand – Brac Pack
    49. Riley’s Downfall – Brac Pack
    50. Wolf – The Exiled

51. Panahasi – Demon Warriors

52. Melonee Brac’s Mistletoe Madness-Brac Pack
53. A Man’s Worth- Brac Pack
54. Sweet Delight – Brac Village
55. Silent Secrets – Brac Village
56. Kissing Reno – Brac Village
57. Rio’s Fire – Brac Village
58. Heat Rising – Brac Village
59. Keaton’s Lessons – Brac Village
60. Frisco James – Brac Village
61. Forged in Steele – Brac Village
62. Jordan’s Desires – Brac Village
63. Valentino’s Cowboy – Brac Village
64. Kobe – Demon Warriors
65. Fighting Temptation – Brac Village
66. Loving Styles -Brac Village
67. Polar Opposites – Brac Village
68. Brac Pack Halloween Murder Mystery
69. Ceri- Christian’s coven
70. Teaching Angelo – Brac Village
71. Firehouse Rescue – Brac Village
72. Christmas at the Lakelands – Brac Pack
73. Forever Yours – Christian’s Coven
74. Rakeym – Shadow Tribe
75. Red Spanking – Christian’s Coven
76. Edge of Control – Brac Village
77. Dorm – Zeus’s Pack
78. A Christmas to Remember – Brac Village
79. A Vampire’s Touch – Christian’s Coven
80. Paine’s Pleasure – Brac Village
81. Einarr – Demon Warriors
82. Winter’s Caress – Brac Village
83. Claimed by a Cougar – Brac Village
84. Black Diamonds – Christian’s Coven
85. Seduced by Twins – BPNG

Audio

So far Johnny East has narrated all the books in this series and that’s wonderful. He does a great job with the deep Alpha growly voices and he tries at the various accents (in this case a vague Asian) and tries to modulate between all the different characters as best he can given the vast number of men involved in these stories!

I was a bit … confused… when he chose to give both Keata and Kyoshi rather deep, masculine voices when they are clearly shown as being small and rather effeminate… but… I loved his “accent” and attitude for them so I quickly got over it!

If you put your mind on pause and just enjoy the fun that is crazy shifter romance – you’ll enjoy this series very much!

Highly recommended in both book and audio format.

4 of 5 stars

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Unquiet by Melanie Hansen

 

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Loren Smith has been in love with Eliot Devlin almost his entire life. During their turbulent childhood and teen years, Loren didn’t always understand Eliot, and sometimes he could be a challenge, but Eliot was the only one to ever truly ease Loren’s deep loneliness and accept him. When Eliot’s increasingly erratic and self-destructive behavior culminates in a suicide attempt at seventeen, Loren is devastated.

Upon meeting again by chance nine years later, Loren is enjoying a successful career as a police officer while Eliot’s life has been a constant struggle for stability. In and out of mental hospitals, with a rap sheet a mile long, he continues to be buffeted by the twin storms of mania and depression. Loren’s love and protectiveness for Eliot are deeply ingrained in him, however, and their feelings for each other are quickly rekindled.

Loren has issues of his own he’s dealing with, and trying to understand and cope with Eliot’s bipolar disorder isn’t easy. They believe they’re meant to be, and Eliot brings a fulfillment to Loren’s life that no one else will ever match. But as they both come to realize, love by itself can’t cure all.

Review

Wow. I’ve been really on a streak with my book choices lately. Talk about heart-wringers – this one will literally jerk it from your chest and pound it into the floor.

There’s something to be said about being on the inside of something like mental illness. If the author is good – it’s an uncomfortable ride – but worth it.

This – like the others I’ve read recently – had that same effect. From the blurb you get that Loren (who we met in book 2 as Kai’s love interest) and Eliot have been in each other’s hearts for years – since they were six in fact. The love story here is less about them “falling in love” and more about them working through that love.

Lord. Eliot has a tough road, and as a result so does Loren. It’s not something that will ever be “fixed” but it can be “managed”. His disease is so severe that there really is no cure. Loren – who has to be about the most saintly person out there – only knows that he loves Eliot like an extension of himself and he can do nothing more than be there for him – come hell or high water.

Melanie Hansen’s writing is beautiful and her story telling is heart breakingly touching.

I won’t say that this book is easy to read, because it’s really, really not. But – if you’ve got it in you to brave the Kleenex box – again!- you’ll find yourself in a truly remarkable story full of big, big hearts and people with faults and perfections.

The epilogue about did me in – be prepared – but it is a decidedly HEA – in as much as these guys get one.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Rory Ni Coileain Soul Shares Book 6 Book Blast!

 

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Fiachra Dubhdara is a Fae living a stolen life, in a stolen body, and the newest detective on the D.C. Vice squad. Peri Katsura is the newest and hottest masseur at Lochlann Doran’s Big Boy Massage, inexplicably drawn to the gorgeous cop assigned to bust him. And the owner of Fiachra’s body has a plan to get it back – a plan that may cost Fiachra his SoulShare.

Pages or Words: 79,547 words

 

 

 

 

Categories: Erotica, Fantasy, Romance, Urban Fantasy

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The human’s laughter was completely unFae.

And it made everything perfect.

But then it faded. “Let me turn around.” Peri’s gaze dropped.

“Why do you —”

“Please.” He slid his legs off Fiachra’s shoulders, easing up onto his elbows. “Don’t treat me like something I’m not.”

Fiachra’s eyes narrowed. “Am I not allowed to treat you like a male whose smile I would give my left nut to see just because money changed hands?”

Peri stared.

“We agreed I’m not renting you, right? So I’ll do everything I can to make you pass out from pleasure if I fucking well feel like it.” Fiachra could feel his face flushing. Where is all of this coming from? Fae didn’t act like this. Didn’t feel like this.

Then he remembered Conall, looking at Josh. Cuinn and Rian, both of them Fae to the core, every breath either one took all wrapped up in the other.

Peri’s my SoulShare. Or I’m insane. And I don’t think I’m insane.

 Meet the author:

Rory Ni Coileain has been writing almost as long as she’s been reading, and reading almost as long as she’s been talking. She majored in creative writing in college, back when Respectable Colleges didn’t offer such a major, so she designed it herself—being careful to ensure that she never had to take a class before nine in the morning or take a Hemingway survey course.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa at the age of nineteen, sent off her first short story to an anthology being assembled by an author she idolized, received the kind of rejection letter that fuels decades of therapy, and found other things to do for the next thirty years or so, including nightclub singing, working as a volunteer lawyer for Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and studying ballet in New York City, until her stories grabbed her by the shirt collar and announced they were back.

Now she’s a legal editor, a soprano in her church choir and the St. Mark’s Cathedral Choral Society (unless they’re singing Mozart, because she’s decided that Mozart didn’t like second sopranos very much), the mother of a teenaged son and budding film-maker, and amanuensis to a host of Fae, Gille Dubh, and shapeshifters who are all anxious to tell their stories, and some of whom aren’t very good at waiting their turns.

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Coming Home (First and Forever Book 9) Audiobook by Alexa Land Narrated by Greg Tremblay

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For 26-year-old rent boy, Chance Matthews, surviving day-to-day in San Francisco is difficult enough. Then an ill-fated road trip to Wyoming to search for his biological father throws his life into a tailspin. When a string of catastrophes leaves him stranded and desperate, help comes from the last person he’d expect. His knight in shining armor is everything he could want and then some, but Chance is sure a man like that would never want someone like him. That’s the stuff of fairy tales, and he stopped believing in those a long time ago.

Coming Home is the ninth book in Alexa Land’s best-selling Firsts and Forever series, but each book can stand alone, so jump in anywhere. Includes graphic sex and explicit language and is intended for adults only.

Review

Chance left home at 14 after being molested by a prominent citizen (and his mother’s boss) in his small town. When nobody – even his mother – stands behind him, he decides to cut his losses and moves to San Francisco. There, like so many runaways, he finds only prostitution to help him pay the bills.

Now, 12 years later, he’s still a rent boy, and figures that’s all he’s good for. When he meets Finn at a party of a mutual friend, nothing strikes up between them. It’s not until Finn hires Chance to be his “first time” that the two really become acquainted and it’s clear from the beginning that they’ll never just be john and rent boy to one another.

Finn is in the closet and on the fence about his sexuality. He’s seen what happens in his house when his brother came out to his parents and he worries about being an out police officer, even in San Francisco. Something about Chance captivates him and he can’t resist both his company and helping him.

Chance has just decided that the relationship that is brewing between Finn and himself is getting too “real” when his life takes a nose-dive. He ends up calling on Finn for help and from that point forward their lives are inextricably entwined.

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I’m not sure why they started the audiobook series on book 9, but… It’s a good book and technically you don’t have to have read the series to like and appreciate this story. (Though it’s a great series and I do recommend reading them in order simply for the nuances.)

The hallmark of this series is both humor and usually something of an underdog story. Usually one, if not both MCs have a seriously hard life and the presence of the other MC helps one or both of them to rise above their problems.

In the meantime they usually have lots of hot sex, interact with the crazy Nana, find themselves in love and always in a HEA.

Chance’s and Finn’s story is really lovely. Both have some growing to do and when Chance’s story bleeds into Wyoming, there’s even more healing to be done.

I loved these guys as a couple and always enjoy seeing the previous MCs and catching up with them.

Audio

Greg Tremblay does a TREMENDOUS job of voicing all the many, many different male characters in this story – there’s a LOT. I love the southern accent he gives Chance’s brother and his boyfriend as well as the ridiculousness that is Nana.

I highly recommend this series and this audiobook and give it 4.5 of 5 stars.

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Full Domain (Nice Guys Book 3) by Kindle Alexander

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Honor, integrity, and loyalty are how Deputy US Marshal Kreed Sinacola lives his life. A former SEAL now employed by the Special Operations Group of the US Marshal Service, Kreed spent most of his life working covert operations and avoiding relationships. Never one to mix business with pleasure, his boundaries blur and his convictions are put to the test when he finally comes face-to-face with the hot computer geek he’s been partnered with. Hell-bent on closing the ongoing case for his longtime friend, he pushes past his own limits and uncovers more than he expects.

Aaron Stuart strives for one thing: justice. Young and full of idealism, his highly sought after computer skills land him a position with the National Security Agency. Aaron’s biggest hazard at his job is cramped fingers, but all that changes when he is drawn into the middle of a dangerous federal investigation. Aaron gets more than he bargained for when the FBI partners him with a handsome and tempting deputy US marshal. His attraction to the inked up, dark-haired man provides another kind of threat altogether. Aaron tries desperately to place a firewall around his heart and fight his developing feelings, knowing one misstep on his part could ultimately destroy him.

The solution isn’t as easy as solving the case, which is treacherous enough as it is. But the growing sexual attraction between them threatens to derail more than just Kreed’s personal convictions as he quickly learns temptation and matters of the heart rarely fit easily into the rules he’s lived by. Will Kreed be able to convince Aaron to open his heart and face the fact that sometimes the answers aren’t always hidden in code?

Review

Kreed – Mitch’s partner from book 2 – is still after the guy who shot Cody (Mitch’s lover) and is after Colt and Jace (from book 1). He and Mitch convince Aaron to physically join in the mission instead of remaining behind the screens of his computer.

Aaron is a modern day Robin Hood who does his work through his amazing abilities to hack and REALLY doesn’t want to be physically involved in this mess but absolutely wants justice to prevail so he reluctantly agrees – hoping it’ll be a short mission.

Little does he know that he’ll end up actually going under cover – and loving it! – in the face of true danger in order to bring the bad guy down. AND – along the way he and Kreed who strike sparks off each other before and after they’ve met – will become frenemies then lovers then true partners in every aspect of the word.
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I wasn’t going to review this book because it’s already gotten like a million reviews of it – but I loved it so much so I had to put in my two cents!

There is SO MUCH TENSION in this book. There is some seriously hot and potent sexual tension between Kreed and Aaron and then – mixed in – there’s some serious tension because the mission is so dicey and dangerous. Normally, I do not like the “other part of the story” – ie the mystery, the mission, the quest – to get in the way of my romance – which is what I read these books for – but in this case I didn’t mind ONE BIT!

This is a LONG book (434 pages) and I was a bit daunted because – what are all those pages gonna be filled with and do I want to read it? Well – mostly of course I do because I’ve yet to read a Kindle Alexander book that I didn’t like and most of them I ADORED so – I dove in and trusted and OMG! My only warning – don’t start this at ten o’clock at night – you will find yourself unable to put it down and the next thing you know it’s three in the morning and you’re not done and you CAN’T PUT IT DOWN!

Getting to see Jace and Colt and Mitch and Cody again was fantastic! I loved seeing them fight with each other and play pranks on one another – that was hysterical. It was also great seeing their love and tenderness, too.

Aaron is my favorite character amongst these six – hands down. He’s complex and unique and captivating – I just loved him! Kreed comes across as pretty superficial and less interesting – at first – but as the story develops we see his hidden character traits and unique qualities come out, and he becomes quite worthy of Aaron by the end.

The evil that was the Church was awesome and I felt that it went far to demonstrate that it wasn’t religion that was evil – just this crazy brand of fanaticism that really couldn’t even claim to be true to it’s religious base after it’d been twisted for use by the powers that be. So, if you’re worried about it bashing religion – don’t be – it really doesn’t do that.

I highly recommend reading these in order. I’m sure you’d enjoy this on it’s own, but there’s a lot lost if you’re not keeping up with the series.

There aren’t many books that can be this long and still make me wish for more when I’m done – but this is one of them. Bravo Kindle Alexander – this was a truly wonderful ending for our boys and I’m sad to see them go but I was so happy to see them get their HEA here.

(And that cover – WOW!)

6 of 5 stars

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Song of Song by LJ LaBarthe

 

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It is the year 2275, and though some consider Earth a paradise, for most people on the planet or her outer-world colonies, it’s anything but.

Dex is a Boxie—a genetically engineered human created for the sole purpose of caring for wealthy bio-humans. His best and only friend is an AI cat named Manx, a secret Dex keeps from all around him. While he knows little about his sexuality, he’s attracted to Song.

Song designs ships that traverse deep space and has created the first fully sentient vessel called Fa’a. When he hears of a plot to capture Fa’a for nefarious purposes, Song flees Earth with a small band of misfits. Meanwhile, Dex’s fear of losing Manx drives him to take the cat and escape on a transport.

Song and Dex are brought together by chance. Just as their relationship blossoms from cautious and shy to romantic and erotic, new dangers threaten to destroy not only their love but also Fa’a, their friends, Manx, and all they care about.

Review

Dex is a human, but he’s been scientifically created and bred specifically to do a certain task – in this case repair space ships. Recently these robotic humans were given AI pets to “give them a taste of compassion” and Dex fell in love with his cat AI – Manx. (Not “in love – but totally devoted to, his only friend type love.)

When the government wants to take back these AI pets because they seem to be too much of a distraction for the workers Dex decides he’d rather risk everything than give up his one and only piece of love in this world.

He escapes his little town and ends up on a ship that takes him in the path of the Earth’s most wanted fugitive, Song. Song’s posters are up all over earth and Dex has been secretly attracted to the fugitive – both for his face and his cause – ever since he saw him.

Song is a genius and eccentric, fighting for freedom and building a sentient, feeling, AI ship Fa’a. When Fa’a gets injured in a fight he needs someone who can repair her and enlists Dex for the job.

Though they’re relationship is awkward at times – Dex has never even had a human friend, much less a relationship and Song is just brainy enough to not be very good at the social part of things – they end up making it work and finding success on their journey for freedom.

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I love doing reviews and running my blog site because I get the chance to read different authors and styles of writing and genres I might not normally be willing to take a chance on.

The blurb/premise totally captivated me even though I am NOT a sci-fi fan and usually shy away from anything dystopian, in space, futuristic, etc.

Well… in this case I was both really pleased I had taken the chance and also somewhat reminded why I don’t like this genre.

The author did a TREMENDOUS job of world building. The sentient ship and the crew and Manx – wildly creative and fun. Then there was the “adventure” the fight for freedom and all that entails. Finally, the romance. Since both characters really had NO CLUE about romance, that was a hoot! (Fa’a and Manx were my favorites!)

It’s hard to rate a book like this (for me) because it was really quite good, just not quite “my thing”. I just think it’s a matter of taste. I got caught up in all the new words, and there was quite a bit of time devoted to their purpose rather than their romance and though I would absolutely call this a “romance”, it didn’t always take the front seat in the story.

So, from a writing-creative-world-building standpoint I’d rate this very high, for a romance a bit lower. Overall, I’d average it to a 3.75 of 5 and recommend it if you’re a sci-fi fan (I think you’ll LOVE this), but if you’re like me – more of a romance “purist”- you might not be satisfied with this story.

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Rock Star Baby (Bad Oak Boys #1) by Erin M Leaf

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Ryan Oakley, lead singer of Bad Oak and heartthrob extraordinaire, isn’t looking for a girlfriend. He’s definitely not looking for a boyfriend, but after the explosive encounter he has with a guy he meets backstage, he realizes he’s more flexisexual than he’d thought. Of course, suddenly being able to shift into a wolf is an unexpected side effect he didn’t expect and can barely control.

Bardulf Forst is Alpha-Heir to his pack, but he can’t resist his little sister when she begs him to meet Ryan Oakley. When he realizes the sexy singer is his mate, he can’t deny instinct. He claims the famous rock star even though he knows his father won’t approve: heirs are supposed to have children and two males can’t reproduce.

Little do they know that they’re about to experience an ancient shifter biological imperative: when two male Alphas mate, unexpected miracles sometimes happen.

Review

Ryan is the hot lead singer for a rock band. The PR folks come up with a contest where some lucky girl can win a kiss from him. Unfortunately, the lucky winner can’t make it, so she sends her brother, Bardulf, in for a photo-op instead.

Not to be out-challenged, Ryan goes ahead and kisses the guy and sets off a string of events neither man could have predicted.

Turns out that though Ryan identifies as straight, Bardulf – who identifies as gay – realizes that Ryan is his Mate. Which can’t be, because Bardulf needs an heir and … well – ya know how that works, right?
But… there are some twists and turns to follow. How can a famous rock star keep secret that he will now turn into a wolf sometimes? How can these mates stay healthy when they must be separated for so long with their respective “jobs”? What about that heir? What about being gay? What about.. and so on.

In the end – with a few new truths dug up from the ancient records – we find our answers and then some!- and get our HEA.

**

I just fell in love with this book. It was funny, moved along a good clip, had ROCKERS in it and it’s mpreg (no spoiler – it tells you that right away in the blurb). Sure, I got frustrated by the separation and I wanted them together for more page time. I also felt like we got some world-buidling stuff kind of dumped on us at times. But for the most part this was a great shifter book with the added bonus of mpreg and humor.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Mate of the Tyger Prince by Shannon West

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Diplomatic marriages between two members of different planets certainly aren’t unheard of—but for Prince Mikos of Tygeria and Col. Ryan Donnelly of Earth, it might just be a fate worse than death. The union is meant to end a devastating war that has lasted for over a hundred and fifty years, but when the female bride intended for the fierce, sexy prince runs away, her handsome brother is substituted instead. Men are for mating as far as the Tygerian prince is concerned, but the colonel also happens to be Mikos’s sworn enemy, not to mention being completely irritating.

Ryan is horrified to learn that the Tygerians not only expect him to take the place of his sister, marry the Bloody Prince of Tygeria, and go to live with him on his mysterious planet, but they also expect him to undergo physical alteration to have the man’s baby! And nobody is taking hell no for an answer. Ryan’s being asked to turn his whole life upside down and the handsome Tygerian gets under his skin like nobody else. But with the fate of the universe at stake, how can he say no? Can the two enemies put aside their differences and focus on making love and not war—not to mention a baby? As a powerful love struggles to take root, can they learn to trust each other and stand together against the forces that are trying to tear them apart?

Review

Mikos is set to marry the daughter of the enemy in order to facilitate a peace agreement between Earth and his planet. Marriage and mating mean a lot more than just a ceremony and rings to him and his kind, however. When he is “dumped at the alter” by the runaway bride her father and his offer up a solution – her brother!

Ryan is NOT on board with the plan his father has concocted, as a general in the army who has fought and killed the Tygerians, he’s absolutely opposed to marrying and essentially joining forces with one. But… if he doesn’t it could be costly to the peace movement and many more people could die. So he bucks up an agrees to the marriage.

Meanwhile Mikos is quite pleased with the alternative choice, now it’s time to convince Ryan that theirs will be a match more than on paper.

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I had not read any of the other books in this series, so I can’t say how this fits in to the grand scheme of things, but I wasn’t lost and I felt like I had a good understanding of the world building, etc.

In this case I think that I both loved and hated the insta-love that occurred because both characters acted sort of bi-polar in that one second they loved each other the other they hated each other. This resulted in lots of hot angry-sex but not a lot of believable emotional connections.

I was also super disappointed that I didn’t get to see any action with Mikos as a tiger – though I understand it’s not a typical sentient shifter thing, but I do love it when we get to experience their animal natures.

There was a lot of super smexy times and a very satisfying HEA and that fit my expectations and was lovely. But… there was also a lot of melodramatic sub-plot that absolutely set my teeth on edge. I love mpreg and thought the device by which this happens was really clever, but having Ryan get pregnant and then making Mikos throw him over because he thought he conspired against him when ALL THE EVIDENCE points away from that made me want to punch someone.

I loved the “my two dads” thing but I never really liked Ryan and Mikos as a couple. Ryan was a bit whiny and Mikos was a bit of a dick and though there were lots of pretty words there wasn’t much time for them to really get to know one another or even like one another.

In the end, I would look at others in the series, but this wasn’t my favorite and if it represents the series as a whole, I will probably not read much more of it.

(I love the cover, beautiful!)

3 of 5 stars

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The Imperfection of Swans by Brandon Witt

 

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Kevin Bivanti’s dream is to open a wedding dress shop, a place with the stunning gowns to make every bride-to-be feel adored. At thirty-eight, he quits a successful advertising career to buy an old brownstone in a trendy Boston neighborhood and to make his dream a reality. When one of his cosigners drops out, fate intervenes, ushering in Casper James, who hopes to open his own bakery. With Casper willing to take the risk, their ambitions meld into a wedding dress and wedding cake boutique.

Extensive renovations to the brownstone, an affair with his ex-husband, family drama with his mothers, and the anxiety of significant life changes push Kevin to the brink of a nervous breakdown. In the midst of stress and uncertainty, Casper becomes more than a business partner, a mutual attraction that adds another layer of intensity and risk.

With their dreams on the verge of reality, Kevin and Casper must find the courage to face the stress of managing their attraction, the gamble of a new business venture, and the resurgence of Kevin’s personal demons.

Review

Starting at a very young age, Kevin begins a life of anxiety and stress and eating disorders. He needs to be perfection and manifests this in a strict control of his life and his body. His only salvation is his dream of a wedding dress shop and all the happiness and perfection those dresses embody for him.

Casper is the polar opposite. He’s not “ripped” or “model perfect” but he’s a great guy. He’s got a dream and a belief in fate and a huge, huge heart.

When Kevin takes the plunge and decides to finally invest in his dream and open his own shop, the financial burden forces him to consider Casper’s bakery as an addition and partnership. What he doesn’t know is that Casper will also prove to be his friend, confidant, lover and partner in life, too.

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I think that when you decide to tackle any issues like these – severe anxiety and eating disorders – you (the author and reader) have to be prepared to put your head in a painful place. Interestingly enough, I had a similar reaction to Tara Lain’s most recent MC – Dennis – because in order to live his life you had to share his head-space and it was an ugly place to be. Life in Kevin’s head isn’t pretty either – despite his outside packaging – and it’s hard to spend time there. So a huge round of kudos to the author and to readers who take on this endeavor.

That being said, it’s an absolutely worthwhile endeavor to read this because it is beautifully written and it touches on such an important issue and one that so rarely meets the light of day. Just like us women, men too can have body issues that can be so damaging as to be fatal and at the very least mentally exhausting and depressing. Kevin’s issues are not slight and it is possible that without intervention I’m sure it could have been life threatening.

What makes this book unique is that it is openly about a personal friend of the author so the story resonates with authenticity and truth. That makes it SO much harder to read because I was picturing his friend and his struggles and I had a face to go with it. (I hope he got the happy ending Kevin did – he surely deserves it!)

Casper, however, is who made this story for me. While I felt and felt deeply for Kevin – I appreciated Casper’s willingness to bare his soul and open his heart to Kevin and be willing to accept him – flaws and all – not as a project to be “fixed” but as a person to love. That takes remarkable courage and strength, because it would have been so tempting to try to take on Kevin’s troubles as his own, but he didn’t – he stood there and was support for Kevin, 100 percent of the time – even in the face of Kevin’s apparent rejection.

I also loved that Kevin’s mom’s weren’t perfect, nor anyone in the story, really – everyone is flawed perfectly and adds layers to this story to give it the resonance and depth.

On a final note, I absolutely loved the “woman at the gym” and how she portrayed the outward expression of Kevin’s image of himself. It was a great visual and a perfect device for helping the reader to more fully understand the workings of Kevin’s mind. Bravo Brandon!

So… if you’ve got your big girl/boy underpants on … sign up for this and you’ll be greatly rewarded, but it takes courage to take it on because the pain is real and deep in this story, but the happiness in the end is it’s own reward.

5 of 5 stars

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