Recent Release: Captivating his Cattle Baron (A Paranormal’s Love Book 24) by Charlie Richards

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41052607-captivating-his-cattle-baron?from_search=true

Blurb

Elder Bodb has walked the earth for over a thousand years. All that time, he’s waited patiently for Fate to bring him his mate. When he travels to the Falias clutch to share sentencing information on one of their former members, he catches just the faintest whiff of something…something intoxicating. His mate is finally near. After discovering the smell originated from the brother of a man mated to a gargoyle, Bodb learns that Nicholas Lindson doesn’t know about the paranormal world. To make matters worse, Nicholas is engaged to some socialite in Texas, and the wedding is only a few weeks away. Bodb discovers that’s not the worst thing, though. Nicholas is the heir to a Texas cattle baron empire, and his father is very involved in his life—overly so. Can Elder Bodb figure out how to not only share that paranormals exist and woo Nicholas, but to extricate his human out from under the father’s domineering hand?

Review

Elder Bodb is a gargoyle who is over eleven hundred years old. Nicholas is the brother of Mitch, who is mated to Kardamon (APL #23). No need to read Mitch’s story first.

Nicholas is engaged to be married to Sandra when he learns not only about paranormal creatures, but he is also chosen by fate herself to be mated to Bodb.

One major problem, Nicholas is a man of his word and calling off the wedding was not an option.

“My mate is a man of deep honor.” – Bodb

Then there is Nicholas and Mitch’s father Baltus. What a jerk!!!

“His father cared for one thing, and pleasure wasn’t it. It’s always about the bottom line. Money.” – Nicholas

I love the instant connection they have. Both are open to listening and figuring out a way for Nicholas to keep his promise and still be with his mate. Bodb may not find the situation ideal, but he will have his mate however he can.

“Please try to understand that you are my mate. A gift from the gods. And I am willing to do whatever is necessary to make you happy.” -Bodb

I hope there is more explaining at some point about “Uncle Albert”.

Charlie Richards always writes quick, hot and entertaining reads. As a huge gargoyle fan, I’m always excited when a new story comes out.

4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

 

 

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Recent Release: Channeling the Womanizer’s Lust (A Paranormal’s Love #23) by Charlie Richards

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40544482-channeling-the-womanizer-s-lust?from_search=true

Blurb

Into the Paranormal World: When a woman-loving player finds himself unexpectedly lusting after a male, he discovers the power of the paranormal.

Over the last couple of years, Mitch Lindson has watched his buddies fall in love and bond with gargoyles. He’s happy that they’re happy…but he doesn’t understand it. Settling down with one person isn’t even a blip on his radar, yet. On top of that, all gargoyles are male. Mitch used to double date with his friends. He can’t figure out their sudden switch. When the gargoyle Kardamon breaks up his bid to seduce a daughter of one of the paranormals, Mitch is shocked to feel arousal for the male. Confused, he runs. The dreams start shortly thereafter, leaving him horny and dissatisfied. When he discovers he can’t slake his lust in his usual fashion, Mitch’s frustration grows. It doesn’t help that Kardamon manages to seek him out at unexpected times and in secluded places, driving his unexpected and unwanted desire higher. Facing off against Kardamon, can Mitch find a way to get the blue gargoyle out of his system without his life being turned upside down?

Reader Advisory: Lady bits are spoken of in this story, however, no m/f intercourse takes place.

Review

Though I appreciated the warning about “lady bits” – they weren’t really spoken of that often and those “bits” didn’t really affect my enjoyment of this story. I’m a huge Charlie Richards fan – I literally devour all her stories in all her series – but I can’t give this a good mark.

I never liked Mitch. He was a douche-canoe from the outset (his vision of women and love) and he never convinced me otherwise. I feel that Kardamon got the short stick and the way they figured out for Mitch and he to bond… well – it’s unique but…. not exactly loving or joyous.

These are short stories and I love their reliability but this time around it was too short to make me buy into any sort of “conversion” of Mitch to the gay side or even the bi side.

I can’t recommend this if you’re looking for something romantic. It had some interesting twists but that’s about it.

2 of 5 stars

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Spooky! The Case of the Guilty Ghost by RJ Scott and Amber Kell

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https://www.amazon.com/Guilty-Ghost-Street-Detective-Agency-ebook/dp/B06XKX9N3X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1508955535&sr=8-1&keywords=case+of+guilty+ghost

Blurb

The End Street Detective Agency #6

Bob is lost in grief, Sam is fighting for his life, and there is no middle ground. Can their love survive?

Bob is grieving over his brother’s sacrifice. Guilt-ridden and devastated, he buries himself in vampire mourning and pulls away from Sam.

Magic tears Sam from the vampire castle and he has to face new adversaries alone, when all he wants is Bob at his side.

Ettore is in the Aset Ka waiting room, next in line for the ceremony for his soul to be torn from his body. Aset Ka has other plans, and Ettore finds himself reunited with a lost love and fighting alongside his brother.

A forgotten past binds Theodore ‘Teddy’ McCurray Constantine III to Ettore, and with the curse tied to Ettore broken by his death, Teddy’s past returns to him with a vengeance.

A royal family in denial, a battle between gods, and long forgotten love leaves no time for Sam and Bob to take a breath. Is it too late to save the supernatural world

Review
The Case of the Guilty Ghost is the last in the End Street Detective Agency series. It’s a lovely paranormal world in which Sam slowly comes to terms with having magical powers and meets his mate Bob the Vampire. There is a wonderful array of creatures in this series, a gargoyle called Hal, dragon shifters, a cat familiar called Smudge and a moody ghost called Teddy. Although each story is an individual case you do need to read all the stories to follow the thread Sam’s building power and the strengthening of his relationship with Bob.

This is mainly Teddy’s story. He turns out to be Ettore (Bob’s brother) lost love who was killed by the evil younger brother. Ettore sacrifices himself for Bob at the end of book 5 and in this book the Vampire god Aset Ka sends Ettore’s soul back to carry out a task. Circumstances bring Ettore and Teddy back together but for how long? There is a lot going on in this finale, an evil brother, lovers reunited, vampire politics, kidnapping and the fulfilment of a prophecy. I liked the use of dry humour in the story to lighten the mood. A very enjoyable paranormal series with added mystery and lovely characters.

4 of stars out of 5

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Calming a Demon Heart (A Paranormal’s Love #6) by Charlie Richards

Extasy Presents

http://www.extasybooks.com/calming-a-demon-heart/

Blurb

Matthew Beakman’s life just got turned upside down. His brother, Marty, stumbled across something strange and fascinating and amazing! Gargoyles exist! Matthew wants to know everything about them. First, though, he wants to find the gargoyle that saved his brother’s life and thank him. Their people’s leader, Maelgwn, points out a blood-red, behemoth of a gargoyle named Vane, then warns Matthew away from him. Never good at following orders–and because he can’t help but find himself intrigued by the huge creature across the room–Matthew tracks Vane down anyway. At first, he’s confused by the way his body responds every time Vane growls at him…

Review

We met Matthew in book 5, he’s Marty’s brother. He’s already out and proud, but he hasn’t learned about paranormals yet. Vane is the gargoyle who kidnaps Marty and he’s known for his anti-social behavior and his distrust of humans.

Matthew is his perfect mate because he’s so open and honest and welcoming. Vane doesn’t do right by him, not for awhile, but he eventually learns his way around to being a good mate.

We also get to see Raymond’s molt!

I liked this one because Vane has so much to learn. He’s been hurt so long and doesn’t really know that much about being “normal” and it was fun watching him stumble his way through the mating process and learning about touch and love for the first time.

4 of 5 stars

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Trill To Me Sweetly (A Paranormal’s Love #1) by Charlie Richards

Extasy Books Presents

http://www.extasybooks.com/trill-to-me-sweetly/

Blurb

Into the paranormal world: A man’s idea of good and bad can be put to the test at the most unexpected moments.

Maelgwn, leader of a clutch of gargoyles in Durango, Colorado, only planned to be in Stone Ridge a few days to help a fellow gargoyle’s mate through laying their first egg. His plan to leave changes when he scents his mate in the hospital. He discovers his mate is Bobby Truman, a human who has no idea the paranormal world exists, even though a number of his friends are shifters. Maelgwn begins the arduous process of watching and waiting, searching for that perfect opportunity to make contact with his mate.

Bobby Truman is tired of his boyfriend, Seth’s, abusive friends, especially when Seth doesn’t do anything about their antics. The broken nose, compliments of Seth’s buddy Grant, is the final straw. When he’s attacked by muggers and rescued by a mysterious stranger in the dark, Bobby hopes it’s the opportunity he needs to make a clean break from Seth. Even if it doesn’t work out with Maelgwn, maybe Bobby can keep his new love interest’s attention long enough to prove to Seth they are really done.

Bobby thinks it’s odd that Maelgwn won’t come into the light, always meeting him after dark, but he’s nowhere near prepared for the truth when it finally comes out.

Can Maelgwn convince Bobby that the things that go bump in the night aren’t always bad and to take his place at Maelgwn’s side in a paranormal world? Even when that means uprooting his life and moving?

Review

Yay! Trilling ! This is a spin-off from the Wolves of Stone Ridge series and it features gargoyles. We met Gus and Tible and through their story we met Maelgwn who is the leader of his own “clutch” of gargoyles. Bobby, we also met, once dated Lyle.

What I love so much about this series is all the cool things that gargoyles can do and all the neat stuff associated with being a gargoyle – including male pregnancy! Trilling is like a cats purr and it soothes one’s mate. Awwww! How sweet is that? We also find out that cinnamon can prevent pregnancy and we learn (again) about molting. (So each gargoyle story is a little bit like Beauty and The Beast!)

Since this is the beginning of the series we meet several of the new – future- mates – as well as the beginning of another spin-off through Aldaric, a vampire.

This story, besides introducing all these wonderful things, is also really sweet because Maelgwn is so freakin’ cute with Bobby and Bobby is so funny with his “size queen” ness. It’s also a lovely hurt/comfort story – Bobby was abused before he found his mate.

I loved this story and have read it several times. Highly recommended! 4.5 of 5 stars

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Gustav’s Gargoyle Adventure (Wolves of Stone Ridge #14) by Charlie Richards

Extasy Books Presents
http://www.extasybooks.com/gustav-s-gargoyle-adventure/

Blurb

Out of the Cage: When your mate can just fly away, you need to give him a reason to stay.

Gustav Hermance is finally putting his life back together. He’s landed a job as a foreman for a construction company, he hasn’t suffered a panic attack in months, and he’s found an apartment of his own. Gus’s hard-earned independence has helped him put the experiments the scientists conducted on him behind him. It brings quiet nights, poker evenings with buddies, and learning to be comfortable with his mated friend’s displays of affection. Everything is going well, until he scents something so wonderful, he becomes obsessed with it. Gus thinks he’s found his mate, but the guy’s scent fades too quickly for him to locate the source. With the help of his buddies, he starts a search of Stone Ridge that quickly expands to include the forests around them. What he finds is Tible, a creature he never knew existed. Can he convince the sexy male that their differences don’t have to tear them apart?
Review

I love this book for several reasons. First, this is when we are introduced to Gargoyles and it is the start of the spin off “A Paranormal’s Love” series (https://www.goodreads.com/series/96695). It also has Tible who is a gargoyle without a clutch and he goes through all the new mating stuff on his own!

Second, without spoiling too much, we also have our first mpreg of the series (I think it’s the first.) and it was awesome!

Third, there are a some fun dynamics between the giant and the smaller guy that I just adore.

We don’t move the story arc a lot with this one – except to introduce the spin off series – but we do get to see our guys including Lyle and Gordon and Grady.

Gus is so sweet and Tible is adorable and together they are a really sweet couple who have a lot of hot smexy times!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Chevalier (Romanus Book 2) Audiobook by Mary Calmes Narrated by Greg Tremblay

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Dreamspinner Presents

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/chevalier-by-mary-calmes-7688-b

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Sequel to Romanus
Fireman Mason James thought finding out he is a Romanus—a rare class of gargoyle—would be the surprise of a lifetime, but he’s proven wrong when he discovers he is the son of a comte and goji nobility. But his newly discovered family doesn’t think his gargoyle lover, Luc, is good enough for a goji of Mason’s stature—how could a warrior ever be? But despite the Moreaus’ uncertainty and elitism, they are Mason’s only chance to unravel the mystery behind his mother’s death, find a solution for the class divide that might separate him from Luc, and discover what it truly means to be a Romanus.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

First, you must read Romanus before you read this. It won’t really make sense as a standalone.

We met the two lovers Luc and Mason when Mason had stumbled upon Luc’s chasse of gargoyles to find out that Mason was actually a Romanus, something revered by the gargoyles. Unfortunately, they don’t know much about what that means and the main driving force in this story is to find out just what it means to be a Romanus so that the tension in the chasse will let up.
There’s an added element of mystery when a family comes from France claiming to be related to Mason. Some threats are made and Mason and Luc fly over the ocean to research being a Romanus with the keeper of the gargoyle history and to find out more about Mason’s family as well.
Meanwhile, at every turn, Luc is met with derision, scorn and contempt because he is of a “lower class” than the Romanus – at least historically. Mason will have none of this and this helps Luc and Mason to iron out their own relationship issues.
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I fell in love with Romanus years ago and was so psyched to see this sequel finally come about! It does not disappoint! In typical Mary form, Mason is absolutely perfect, Luc is tough as all get out and the bad guys are really bad and easily seen through. But… there’s some fascinating twists and turns this story takes that keep the storyline fresh and proves to me – again – that when Mary writes paranormal she really shines her brightest.
I loved this sequel and highly recommend it to fans of paranormal stories, fans of Mary Calmes and fans of Romanus and Gargoyles in general.

5 of 5 stars

Audio

Greg Tremblay rocks this – AGAIN.  He’s such an amazing performer.  He brings these stories to life and lets us listeners BE THERE in the action.  Highly Recommended!

 

5 of 5 stars

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Romanus Audiobook by Mary Calmes Narrated by Greg Tremblay

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/romanus-by-mary-calmes-7179-b

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Stopping to offer help one sultry summer night, Mason James is unprepared for the change that this simple act of kindness will bring. After giving an old man a ride home, Mason discovers a new, magical, and even dangerous world he cannot hope to understand. But he also finds Luc Toussaint and is intoxicated at first sight, and even the secret Luc protects won’t be enough to keep Mason away from the truth of his heritage and their love.

Review
(book reviewed here previously)

So – you know how much I love Mary. Well, this is quintessential Mary. Mason is that perfect guy – clueless about how perfect he is – who stumbles into something that should be terrifying, but instead he does everything right and manages to win everyone over – all while having no idea he’s doing it.

He “rescues” an elder on the side of the road, and in turn proves that he’s got something special in his DNA that makes him revered by the people he meets next.

There is only a small amount of angst in this short story and we get a solid HFN by the end.

My only complaint is the length and the lack of more stories from this as a series! I loved it! Wished we could see more from this “world” and wish we could learn more about the creatures and their Romanus.

If you haven’t read this and you’re a Mary fan – go – read it – it’s wonderful!

4.5 of 5 stars

(Loved the old cover but this one is AMAZING!)

Audio

Greg Tremblay – he always manages to make the book come alive for me. He taught me how to properly saw “Romanus” – I was glad that Mason said it like I thought it, too! – and made the accents subtle but tangible. His voice is like honey – smooth and rich – he’s so very easy to listen to and he always adds to my enjoyment of the book.

(Audible put this in the EROTICA section but not the Gay/Lesbian section – SHEESH!  Get it right Audible!!!!!)

Narration 6 of 5 stars

Overall 5 of 5 stars

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Chevalier (Romanus Book 2) by Mary Calmes

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http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7769

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Sequel to Romanus

Fireman Mason James thought finding out he is a Romanus—a rare class of gargoyle—would be the surprise of a lifetime, but he’s proven wrong when he discovers he is the son of a comte and goji nobility. But his newly discovered family doesn’t think his gargoyle lover, Luc, is good enough for a goji of Mason’s stature—how could a warrior ever be? But despite the Moreaus’ uncertainty and elitism, they are Mason’s only chance to unravel the mystery behind his mother’s death, find a solution for the class divide that might separate him from Luc, and discover what it truly means to be a Romanus.

 

Review

First, you must read Romanus before you read this. It won’t really make sense as a standalone.

We met the two lovers Luc and Mason when Mason had stumbled upon Luc’s chasse of gargoyles to find out that Mason was actually a Romanus, something revered by the gargoyles. Unfortunately, they don’t know much about what that means and the main driving force in this story is to find out just what it means to be a Romanus so that the tension in the chasse will let up.

There’s an added element of mystery when a family comes from France claiming to be related to Mason. Some threats are made and Mason and Luc fly over the ocean to research being a Romanus with the keeper of the gargoyle history and to find out more about Mason’s family as well.

Meanwhile, at every turn, Luc is met with derision, scorn and contempt because he is of a “lower class” than the Romanus – at least historically. Mason will have none of this and this helps Luc and Mason to iron out their own relationship issues.

Chevalier - Mary Calmes**

I fell in love with Romanus years ago and was so psyched to see this sequel finally come about! It does not disappoint! In typical Mary form, Mason is absolutely perfect, Luc is tough as all get out and the bad guys are really bad and easily seen through. But… there’s some fascinating twists and turns this story takes that keep the storyline fresh and proves to me – again – that when Mary writes paranormal she really shines her brightest.

I loved this sequel and highly recommend it to fans of paranormal stories, fans of Mary Calmes and fans of Romanus and Gargoyles in general.

 

5 of 5 stars

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