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Jaeger (Order of the Black Knights #4) by Evelise Archer

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/jaeger-by-evelise-archer-8133-b

Blurb

US Marshal Jaeger Tripp is assigned to the Federal Witness Protection Program. The hurt and destruction he’s seen—along with protecting criminals who are only cooperating with the authorities to keep themselves out of jail—have left him with a bleak and jaded view of both life and people. His current assignment is Wren O’Riley, a computer wizard who witnessed a high-profile cartel hit.

To Jaeger, Wren is the same as any other job. He must protect him long enough to get him to testify at trial, and his personal feelings have no place in his work and must be set aside. But that’s easier said than done. On the run and fighting for their lives, Jaeger and Wren can’t help but grow closer. And Jaeger can’t help seeing beyond Wren’s nerdy exterior to a man who might be just what Jaeger needs to settle his soul and capture his heart—if they survive long enough to get that chance.

 

Review

First, I just LOVE the cover for this book (and for the series)!

Second, I haven’t read any other book in this series though I might now. I don’t think you need to read these in order or at all, as each book is it’s own set of characters (as far as I can tell).

Third, there were parts of this book that really worked for me and parts that I struggled with, but overall, I think it was a pretty good “bodyguard” romance with a lovely little paranormal twist.

What worked for me: Jaeger and Wren as characters. They were both really well developed and had a strong presence throughout the book. There were a few lines Jaeger spoke here and there that really didn’t fit his character, but I sort of forgave that as he was usually under the spell of sex or love when he uttered the lines. I didn’t always understand Jaeger’s drive beyond his paranormal back story and I wish we’d have had more of his life history (this life time) to explain his current “self” a bit more. Wren, however, felt really well developed and he felt true to his character throughout.

I also really loved the paranormal aspect of this story.

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I thought the spy/FBI/doublecross/whodunit drama was interesting and well done.

What didn’t work for me: As a said before, sometimes there were lines that didn’t make sense given the character. I know this is erotic fiction, but sometimes the switch from action, to erotica, to paranormal love story felt a bit jangly and disconcerting. (ie the reference to fisting felt really out of place.)

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As an intro to this series, I found this fascinating and well-done and I’m looking forward to investigating others in this series now that I’ve found it!

4.25 (rounded up to 4.5 ) of 5 stars

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Spell Fall (Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge Book 4) by Jacob Flores

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/spell-fall-by-jacob-z-flores-8102-b

Blurb

Love and trust made them soul mates, but destiny might have other plans.

Ever since Drake Carpenter fell in love with warlock Mason Blackmoor, his life has been one supernatural battle after another, but Drake doesn’t mind… much. To be with Mason and experience the magical connection they share, Drake would face entire hordes of vampyren, shifters, or fae—and he has. Luckily Drake is immune to magic, though no one can explain his natural ability to negate almost any enchantment. With Drake’s own family gone, Mason is all he has. So why is Drake experiencing disturbing dreams about Mason that terrify him?

A new threat looms on the horizon, and a revelation about Drake’s identity and the true origin of his bond with Mason shatters everything Drake believes. If Drake, Mason, and all of magic are to survive the coming Spell Fall, the most destructive curse in sorcery, Drake must deal with the truth and fight his way back to Mason—because their enemies are gaining strength, and they intend to reach the boy Drake loves first.

Review

First, this is a book in a series you must read in order to appreciate. I doubt this would make that much sense if read as a stand-alone.

Second, all the brothers are now mated and their powers are increasing but we’ve yet to actually solve any of the main “issues”. The temporary hurdles were handled earlier, but the main problem – revolving around the main attack on Drake Aunt and why is yet to be solved. Ica – who we learn is actually named Icarius seems to have a lot of power but is seeking more and needs Drake to achieve this for some reason.

The other witches and warlocks are also not exactly helpful or on the side of the Blackmoors, so they don’t know who to trust anymore.

It’s interesting to me that Drake and Mason are still in HIGH SCHOOL when all this is occurring. They don’t (usually) act like the teenagers they are and their intimate moments are far from YA. On the one hand I applaud Jacob Flores for just going there and letting these guys have their time together be as though they are married, because, with the Soul Bond, they essentially are. But, it was definitely disconcerting to see them in the High School setting with their very immature compatriots and have them sort of devolve back to being as young as their years would imply.

I loved that the “mystery” in this story is so carefully interwoven with both Drake and Mason’s relationship as it is the power struggle between the other warlocks and Icarius. I thought the crafting of this was really well executed and the prose Flores uses is both strong and fluid and at times really artful and beautiful.

While I wish the trials and tribulations would be over for these guys, I’m glad that this isn’t all wrapped up because it means more books are coming! I hope we get to see more of the other couples in the future, because I missed them in this story. (They’re there, but not main players.)

I think this is a tough book to categorize, because the brothers all act older than they are at times, but where they are in life forces them to behave a bit more age appropriate and it sometimes jolted me out of the story when I was reminded of how young they all are.

I do look forward to seeing how their powers grow and change in the future and can’t wait for the next installment!  (I can tell he must really love writing these as it shows in his story telling!)

4.5 of 5 stars

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A Beginner’s Guide to Wooing Your Mate Audiobook by R Cooper Narrated by Robert Nieman

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/a-beginners-guide-to-wooing-your-mate-by-r-cooper-7824-b

Blurb

Zeki Janowitz has returned to his hometown of Wolf’s Paw to start his wizarding career. Unfortunately, Wolf’s Paw, a werewolf refuge, follows centuries of tradition and shuns human magic and a very human Zeki. He knows he’s in for a struggle, but a part of him has always belonged in the mountain town, or rather belonged to Theo Greenleaf. Years away at school haven’t lessened Zeki’s crush on the quiet werewolf. When town gossip informs him Theo still suffers from his mate’s rejection and does not date, it does little to ease Zeki’s embarrassing feelings. He decides now’s the time to get the man he’s always wanted.
Werewolves usually don’t recover from losing their mates, and Theo barely pulled through by focusing on his love of baking. It’s a daily struggle, and Zeki’s return to Wolf’s Paw shatters his peace. Theo doesn’t know what to think when Zeki attempts to woo him, talking about his wizarding business and settling in town for good. It’s like Zeki doesn’t have a clue how his words years before left Theo a shell of a werewolf.
Beginners in love, Theo and Zeki must seduce each other with a bit of heavenly baking and magic.

Review

This is book three in the series and it’s a bit different (to me) than than the first two. For one, though it is still written in a way that’s very rich, it doesn’t feel as convoluted as the first two.

I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I hate the fact that the MCs are separated until the 70% point by a simple MISUNDERSTANDING. Gah! I hate that. Everyone – literally – knows these guys are mates, but Zeki. I don’t understand why he wasn’t told and it made me crazy that this was the central “hurdle”.

I think there was enough between them, beyond that knowledge, that they could have worked through, without the big secret.

If you ignore that fact, you get a sweet story of two members of a different “race” trying to find a connection and bridge gaps of prejudice and ignorance, and that, is enough of a story to be compelling.

R. Cooper is a gifted writer, but sometimes I feel like the stories just drag a bit in the middle. Things that could be resolved quickly tend to take a long time.

I love the magical elements, and the emotions being poured into the baking, and sweetness of each of the characters. I don’t love how long everything drags out.

For fans of the author and this series, this is highly recommended. For fans of shifter novels, I’d read some reviews and decide if it’s for you based on a few of those. It’s not a “typical” shifter story, and though there is a mate pull it’s not the urgent “got to have it now” kind of thing you might be looking for.

3.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Robert Nieman is a narrator that I’ve always enjoyed. He doesn’t do a lot to give us unique voices or anything, but his voice is easy to listen to and he’s good with timing and emotions. I don’t know that the narration really adds a lot to this story but it definitely doesn’t detract.

4 of 5 stars

Overall 3.75 (rounded to 4) of 5 stars

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A Christmas Hex (Hexworld #2.5) By Jordan L. Hawk

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http://jordanlhawk.com/books/hexworld-series/

Blurb

A Hexworld Short Story

Roland knows he will never find love. Everyone views wolf familiars like himself as dangerous beasts, unable to rein in their savage impulses. He’s resigned himself to his fate—or so he thinks, until he meets the dashing Augustus Cao. His witch.

Gus is on the trail of a gang of thieves, and Roland holds an important clue. Even though they can never bond, Roland can’t pass up the opportunity to spend a night with his witch.

Can Roland conceal his secret, while helping Gus catch the thieves? Or will the handsome detective be the one to steal his heart?

 

Review

Another tremendously sweet, full of magic and adventure, wonderful story from Jordan L Hawk’s hexworld!

I think I love the variety of familiars the best. They’re not quite just shifters but they have those elements. I thought it was a lovely tool, the way the author used the bias against wolves as a way to demonstrate another type of bigotry. It’s all the same, no matter the originating belief.

Jordan is an amazing writer and this was really fun!

Highly recommended to fans of the series, but I’d read them in order to really enjoy this, though it could probably(?) be read on it’s own.

 

5 of 5 stars

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Hexmaker (Hexworld #2) by Jordan L. Hawk

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http://jordanlhawk.com/books/hexworld-series/

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A straight-laced policeman.

A lighthearted thief.

A murdered millionaire.

Fox shifter Malachi steals for one of the biggest crime rings in New York City. But when he witnesses the murder of a millionaire, the only person who can keep him safe is Dr. Owen Yates, forensic hexman for the Metropolitan Witch Police—and Malachi’s witch.

Owen is horrified to discover his familiar is an uneducated thief. Even worse, Malachi threatens to unleash Owen’s deepest desires…desires Owen can’t act upon, as he’s destined for an arranged marriage to secure the Yates family fortune.

Their agreement: Malachi will be Owen’s lover as well as his partner, until the day of the wedding. But as their hunt for the murderer carries them from teeming slums to Fifth Avenue mansions, Owens begins to realize Malachi commands his heart as well as his body.

With dark forces drawing ever closer around them, Owen must decide whether to bow to the demands of duty, or to risk everything for the man he loves.

Review

Jordan L Hawk can really immerse you in a different world!

(This is book two in the series and I do think it’s best read in order, though you could probably read this on its own and not be lost.)

What I loved about this was the sense of time and place. The language, the tools, the actions, all of it felt very authentic without feeling hokey.

I’m not a fan of BDSM, and for that reason only, was this less enjoyable to me than book one, but what I did like about the BDSM aspects was that Malachi was the Dom. Instead of the typical power play, we get Mal – the uneducated, smaller, less powerful guy – in charge. It totally made sense given Owen’s personality and his life and in that sense, it really worked and was pretty awesome.

As a couple these two are really cute together. I loved seeing Mal open up to Owen and watching them both learn to trust one another.

The action/mystery stuff was just present enough to move the story forward, and while it definitely does occupy a good portion of the plot it didn’t feel overwhelming to the romance.

All in all I think this is an excellent addition to the series, and for fans of the author, paranormal/magic/steampunk romances and even historicals will find this a romance to fall in love with.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Cursed Miracles by Meg Harding

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Two hundred years ago on Christmas Eve, William Mashinter was frozen in time, cursed by his wife to roam the world on his own, waiting for the love of his life to find him. The love of his life, whom she killed. Time hasn’t healed this wound, and William is tired of the happy holiday and the constant reminders of a love that’s been taken from him. But then the impossible happens, and maybe… maybe he can get a new Christmas perspective.

Brady Gallagher has lived three different lives, always aware of the first and most important, yet unable to find the man who will fill in the missing pieces and let him know he’s not crazy. He encounters him at a work event, of all places, but is he willing to throw everything else to the wind and embrace the miracle laid out before him.

 

Review

Wow! What an emotional ride we get for a short story!

This starts off 200 years in the past with two tortured souls, in love when they couldn’t be and punished by not only society but a vindictive wife.

Jump ahead to today, and we see just what’s been happening to these star-struck lovers and how they finally find peace.

**

Again. Wow.

I wasn’t prepared for this. I was kind of expecting something a bit kitschy and vaguely paranormal-esque. Instead we get almost two separate stories. The first, an historical, sad and tortured, but sweet with lovers who couldn’t be together.

Then, in the second half we get the “scrooge” part of the story where William is forced through more dreaded Christmas festivities until he thinks he’s finally slipped over the edge to craziness when he sees his long dead lover.

I won’t go into more detail, but it’s a really lovely story. The characters are well-drawn, the pacing is good, and there’s a very satisfying feeling to this despite it’s length.

(I loved Brady’s take on the whole situation!  What a great way to look at things!)

Highly Recommended.

4.5 of 5 stars

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The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland Audiobook by Joe Cosentino Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Cinder, a poor and beautiful young man who designs clothing, makeup, and hair for his stepmother and stepsisters, offers his clothing and slippers to a naked stranger in the woods, who turns out to be none other than Prince Charming. Follow Cinder and Prince Charming in this twist on the classic Cinderella tale as they discover their inner strengths and find their very own happily ever after.

Enjoy The Naked Prince and three other reimagined tales from Fairyland, each with a unique spin on stories we all know and love, including The Golden Rule, where 18-year-old Gideon Golden, after being thrown out of his home in Fairyland by his homophobic parents, breaks into the cottage of three burly men on Bear Mountain.

In Whatever Happened To…? friction ensues between a celebrity with a growing appendage and a reporter who has a thing for giants.

And in Ice Cold, young Gaelen must save his love, Kieran, after a handsome but evil prince freezes Kieran’s heart and bewitches him into being the prince’s slave.

Review

OMG! This is hysterical. It is 100% silly! No holds barred – just laugh out loud – SILLY!

Joe Cosentino has made an absolute hodge-podge of all the fairy tales – EVER- and mixed and matched them into a collection of fairy tales with an erotic gay slant.

Add to this Joel Leslie’s great and many voice selections and you have a truly hysterical and really fun listening experience.

I think the Naked Prince was my favorite, but they are all really wonderful.  All the euphamisms for condoms and lube were ridiculously funny and the many puns were well placed.

While I’m sure this was funny as a book, it is absolutely HYSTERICAL to listen to. I absolutely think this is the best way to enjoy this tongue-in-cheek collection of fairy “fairy” tales!

5 of 5 stars

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A Warlock’s Best Friend by Erin M. Leaf

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Dakota thought moving to a new town for his new job would be easy. He gets to live with his best friend Leo, far from the machinations of his mother and the witches who want his genes. Unfortunately, his new boss keeps hitting on him. Is there nowhere a nice guy can hide from women who want his body?

Leo thinks pretending to be his best friend’s lover will be hilarious. He loves a good joke, and he’s delighted that Dakota finally lives close enough for them to hang out again like they did as kids. So what if they’re not gay? It’s all for a good cause: keep Dakota out of the clutches of a crazy woman.

Neither of them expects their charade to feel so real. How were they supposed to know that one kiss would lead to sex, or that true power comes from love?

Review

This was SO MUCH FUN! It was silly, and sexy, and magical and just…. FUN!

It’s a short story of two guys who are BFFs but who have never had an inkling they might be interested in men sexually. After some “practice” leads to them pretty much jumping head first into a sexual relationship with one another, some other pretty funky stuff starts to happen around town and now the fact that they’re warlocks really comes into play. (For the first half of the book I was like “where’s the magic and powers and stuff?!)

Well, the second half is all magic all the time and it’s ridiculous and wonderful at the same time. The boys are super cute with one another and the evil villains end in a way that is HYSTERICAL.

I enjoyed this thoroughly and recommend it highly to anyone who isn’t looking for something “serious” but likes fun and sexy and sometimes silly!

I hope there’s more to this than just one book!

4.5 of 5 stars (It was too short!)

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Spell Cat (The Aloysius Tales #1) by Tara Lain

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When Killian Barth, history professor, meets Blaine Genneau, quantum physicist, they ignite their own big bang. But Killian can’t pursue a physics professor—or a human. As the most powerful male witch in ten generations, Killian must bolster his dying race by reproducing—despite the fact that he’s gay.

Even a fling with Blaine is out of the question, because Killian has been told sex with humans drains his power. But if that’s true, why can young human Jimmy Janx dissolve spoons with the power of his mind? If Killian can sort through the lies he’s been fed, he’ll still face his biggest obstacle—convincing rational scientist Blaine to believe in magic.

With his ancient and powerful cat familiar, Aloysius, on his shoulder, Killian brings the lightning against deceit and greed to save Blaine from danger and prove love is the greatest power of them all.

 

Review

This was not at all what I was expecting. I guess I was expecting a more “wiccan” witch and a more Alpha type? I dunno. What we have is a very powerful – with magic magic – witch – who really needs a spine.

Killian just blindly follows his mother’s dictates about marrying the right witch in order to strengthen his powers until he meets Blaine. Blaine forces him to reconsider his options, but it’s almost really more that the “bride” in this equation is adamant at not marrying Killian than Killian works at not having to follow through.

While I thought there was a lot to this story that brought a smile to my face: Jimmy, Lavendar, Al – the cat and the magic, I wasn’t terribly impressed by the main couple. They had a lot of chemistry and it was exciting when Killian finally found his depth of power, but before that I was kind of annoyed with his lack of questioning and his default “hide my head under the covers when things go bad” state of being.

The story itself was fun – evil family members, newly discovered magic, Matrix references and – again – Al being devious. I thought the dialog between Killian and Blaine got a little too syrupy a little too fast, but that could be forgiven given the over all “fairy tale” feel this story has.

It’s not my favorite Tara Lain story but it was still good. I’m compelled enough to be excited to read the other books in the series – the third looks really good – Al’s the main character! (Probably one of my favorite Tara Lain stories is any or all of the Harker Pack books:  https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/searchresults?q=harker+pack)

If you love a good “magic” story and want a smile and don’t mind some OTT moments, give this a try.

3.5 of 5 stars

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