Elemental Ride by Mel Eight

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Rawley isn’t the type to crush hard and fast on anyone, but he’s somehow helpless when it comes to the new mailman. Even his bikes and his job as enforcer for a local motorcycle gang, the center of his world, don’t compare to his interest in Reign. Unfortunately, Reign doesn’t seem to be as interested—but secrets and magic have a way of turning everything upside down.

 

 

 

 

Review

This was not what I was expecting! It is utterly unique and to that extent, Kudos!

Without “spoiling” this for you, Reign isn’t human – and what he “is” is absolutely unique. It’s a little disconcerting and even Rawley isn’t sure what to do with him or if he wants to be involved with him.

This is paranormal in other ways, Rawley lives in a new world where “sprites” live under the skin of humans and give them powers. There is very little world “building” or explanation as to what that means or how that works, but there are a few demonstrations of the powers and it looks cool! It’s definitely a new twist to the magic theme and pretty interesting.

Unfortunately, more time is spent on Rawley and his MC’s problems with the mayor than anything else and there is very little time spent on the romance between him and Reign. In fact, we never see them together til the end and even that is a little odd.

If this is a set up for a serial, things make sense, this would be the first part where we meet the players. If this is a book all by itself? Well. It fails. There’s not a satisfying ending to either the trouble with the mayor or the romance. So… I have to assume this is a first book of several?

The other books in this series by Less Than Three Press “Roughhouse Raiders” are all done by different authors and deal with different MCs and do not use the same “world” so I don’t think reading them will give more information/storyline to this particular piece. (I read Hellbeasts and it had nothing to do with this, nor do the blurbs sound similar.)

So… for this, as is, I’d say read it for the curious and the unique take on magic the author provides, but set your expectations low as far as completeness or romance.

2.5 of 5 stars

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Hellbeasts by Katya Harris

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When restlessness drives Shadow out of his MC’s clubhouse and into the night, the last thing he expected was to find a half-dead werewolf. Shadow has never been known for his altruism, but he takes the wounded man back to his motorcycle club, the Hellbeasts.

 

Rand doesn’t know who attacked him, but suspects at least one person from his own pack is involved. But even that might not be as bad as waking up in the midst of a group of misfit weres who don’t seem to like him. Especially Shadow, the man charged with taking care of Rand, as compelling to Rand as he is frightening.

 

But before he and Shadow can work out what exactly they are and want to be to each other, Rand’s attackers show up to finish the job.

Review

Well… this book had a lot of potential, some of which it achieved some of which was sorely lacking.

It’s a very, very, very bloody and gory book. More than I’ve seen in awhile, and especially when you consider how short the story is. It’s definitely not for the feint of heart.

Second, while I’d say it has a HEA, it’s nowhere near something warm or fuzzy. Well, except for the shifters part of the story. * wink

Shadow and Rand do end up being mates but they pretty much fight one another and the others right up until the end. There are no – I mean NOT ONE – sweet or tender words from one to the other beyond “you’re mine” which is – I guess – sort of tender- ish. They battle one another for dominance and while it’s consensual, their smexy times aren’t loving. At all.

I thought the world-building was fascinating. The author is a good writer, with interesting descriptions and a well-thought out “twist” at the end, but this – for me – just didn’t satisfy in the romance department. I’d be interested in seeing more from this MC, but I’d be leery that it’d be more of the same. I love the fact that it’s unique and varied shifters, who keep a lot of their animal natures in their human forms – that was neat and interesting. However, this was more erotica than anything else, and a bit too violent for my tastes.

So… if you’re in the mood for something fairly blood thirsty and not a bit sentimental or heart-warming, this is for you. If you want a little romance in your romance… keep looking.

 

3.5 of 5 stars

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Wriggle & Sparkle by Megan Derr

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Lynn is a kraken shifter in every way: detailed, tenacious, resilient, and hard-working. Also possessive, vain, arrogant, and demanding. It makes him an excellent agent for the Federal Bureau of Paranormal Security and Investigation—and impossible to work with, as the long list of partners who have transferred away from him will attest.

His newest partner is a unicorn, possibly the worst type of paranormal for work that often turns ugly and violent. Everyone knows unicorns are too delicate for such things. Then Anderson proves to be a unicorn like no other, the kind of partner Lynn has always wanted—the kind of partner he wishes was more. But if there’s one thing he’s learned, it’s that the only thing harder to keep than a partner is a lover.

Warning: Contains tentacle porn

Publisher’s note: This was originally published as a serial at Yaoifix. It has been edited and revised for release with LT3, but nothing significant has changed

 

Review

WOW.

This was absolutely the most unique shifter story I’ve ever read. Ever.

When I first saw the blurb for this on NetGalley, I said – Nope. Tentacle Porn. Not . For. Me. But… I really like the author and so I read some reviews and was really surprised by their take on this “collection of stories”. (It’s mostly one long story but since our MCs hook up and stay together throughout it’s more like a collection of short stories than one true long story.)

I was intrigued by the gender fluidity and the unique shifters. What got me hooked, however, was the snarky humor and the contrast of a kracken and unicorn together.

What a payout!

This was sweet, funny and so, so interesting! I’m still not sure how I feel about the tentacles. It’s not my thing. But it didn’t skeeve me out like I thought it would. Instead, the author made me appreciate what they could do for both partners and I sort of got their appeal. (The closest I’ve come to “liking” this is tail porn with Charlie Richard’s Gargoyle shifters… and this is that, x 10!)

(I looked up kracken on the internet and I’m not sure how the author did it – considering that I found no “sexy kracken” pictures – At. All – but she did make me think they were infinitely HOT! Kudos!)

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The story/writing is fast paced. We don’t have to wait to see our MCs together, they begin their relationship almost right away. Instead of artificially created angst, their natural relationship progresses with the MCs natural insecurities and the story’s inherent “dangers” providing the conflict.

The danger/mystery/action didn’t detract from the romance but served as a background for moving the relationship/story forward in a way that is just right.

My two favorite parts of this book were the world building and the ending. I love, love, love a book where the shifters integrate themselves into their human selves. At all times, the author reminds us with clothing choices, food choices, nick names, sterotypes, half shifts, full shifts, accessories, thoughts, etcetera, etcetera, that these guys share their human halves with another being. They shift fairly often and their shifted form defines their human selves. So many times shifter books use the shifting to jump start a relationship (mating) or the occasional bite during sex (mating) and occasionally enhanced senses/strength etcetera as the only link to the fact that they are more than human. So when an author actually takes the time to make a truly different being – someone who shares their body with another – and integrates them fully – I find myself way more compelled and interested and appreciative.

The ending is wonderful! I don’t want to say too much about it because it is it’s own reward – but it was great and totally surprised me with it’s greatness!

So… I find myself pleased to say that I really recommend this book to fans of shifter romances, humorous romances, unique shifters, tentacles, gender fluidity and sweet HEAs.

5 of 5 stars

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Music of love by Diana Sheridan

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The worst thing a teacher can do is fall in love with a student, but knowing that isn’t always enough to prevent such feelings. But even though his music student, Chance, is old enough, there’s still the matter of his being straight and an age gap of seventeen years. Whatever his feelings, Daniel may have to concede that sometimes love simply isn’t meant to be…

 

Review

 

This is a very short story about a music teacher who falls for his student. Then he pines for his student. A lot. And then some more. And then he tries to get over him. Then he hits on him.

The End.

**

The writing wasn’t very good, unfortunately. There was a lot of telling and not much showing going on. The dialog was stilted and awkward.

IE “His personality was incredible.” “You’ve moved the piano!” Chance exclaimed. “It’s disquieting to see how many things change when a person is gone for a while.”

The “reveal” scene where Daniel hits on Chance sounds more creepy than seductive or romantic and then jumps right into unbelievable with a very premature ILY.

IE “Chances’s cheeks flushed with a rosy color. But, sneaking a peek at Chance’s crotch, Daniel was sure he saw the beginnings of a protrusion there.” He dropped one hand lightly to the stiffening lump and squeezed it. “Your willy seems to like the idea, “ Daniel said softly.

 

I can’t recommend this book. Perhaps this is a first work of the author and with some more time and practice there will be improvements, but this is not a great example of her writing.

1 of 5 stars

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Could be a Crowd by CJ Munoz

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Nicolas has worked with Pierce almost his whole life, and they’ve come far together, currently Co-CEOs of one of the largest companies in the United States. As they keep on heading toward bigger and better dreams, only one fear casts a shadow over Nicolas: Pierce falling in love.

Nicolas tells himself it’s for the company, for their shared goals and dreams. He can’t let Pierce get sidetracked, so he does his best to make sure it never happens—including keeping all the cute interns well away. Then Lynn shows up, attractive, eager, practically perfect.

But it’s not Pierce that Nicolas should be worrying about this time.

Review

Nicholas and Pierce have been friends and work partners for years. Nicholas has yearned for Pierce forever, but Pierce is forever falling for the latest new thing at the office. This time Nicholas vows to thwart the threat by occupying the new intern Lynn’s time for himself.

As it turns out, Lynn is interested in Nicholas too. At first it seems like this is where things are headed but Nicholas still pines for Pierce. Since Lynn is 18 and, really, anything goes, they all agree to try something out as a threesome.

**

This story seemed so cute at times, then would lose its focus. It wanted to be funny and snarky and at times was. (Nicholas is a grumpy brat and he has some funny dialog moments.) I never quite understood the jump from the two men to three and it really never coalesced into a relationship for me. The guys act so juvenile most of the time that it’s really awkward. Nicholas is embarrassed and calls them “perverts” for wanting a threesome. Lynn is shocked and appalled at being thought “gay” by his male partners when he is adamantly “bi” and then throw in the whole “we want to make life easy for you Lynn so work for us and don’t go to school” thing just didn’t fit the rest of the story.

So… though I liked the premise, and found some fun with the MCs and the three-way sex, overall I didn’t really “get” this and found the HFN pretty unsatisfying.

I haven’t read this author before and I will definitely give CJ Munoz another try, but this book just wasn’t for me.

2.5 of 5 stars

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The Neighbor by Bernadette Chapman

 

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Anders like his life the way it is: quiet, ordered, neat. If that gets him called antisocial, well, it also gets him left alone and that’s the way he likes it.

Then a new neighbor, Finch, moves in and he is everything Anders hates. He’s nosy, over-friendly, and doesn’t know when to quit. He’s also cute and infuriatingly charismatic. Which is the only possible explanation for the way Anders keeps putting up with Finch and his crazy ideas, like training for a wife-carrying contest, instead of telling him to go away once and for all the way he should.

 

Review

Anders is the misanthropic neighbor of Finch. One day Finch decides to borrow some sugar and from that day forward makes it his mission to rattle Anders out of the rut that is his life.

At first, only for a moment, Finch tries to get Anders to change, but it isn’t long before he realizes that part of Anders charm is his steadfast reluctance to do anything new or different.

Eventually, Anders realizes that Finch is more than a pest – he’s become the love of his life.

**

This is a short story and not a typical “romance”. The MCs do eventually get together but there is no on page sex. I’d categorize this as a romantic comedy more than anything else. Both Anders and Finch are funny – cariacatures of opposites attracting. Finch is the outlandish extrovert and Anders the grumpy introvert. Finch is wise enough to recognize that Anders is just what he needs to balance his life and though it takes him much longer, Anders realizes that too.

I thought this was really cute and I’d definitely look for this author in the future.

4.25 of 5 stars

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Wolf, WY (Wolf book 1) by AF Henley

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There’s nothing like a fresh start, and for Randy, still nursing wounds left by a cheating ex and harboring a deep mistrust for all things corporate, Wolf, Wyoming seems like the perfect place to start over. Secluded, quiet, and self-sufficient, Wolf is bound to not only inspire, but to bring Randy the peace he needs. The view’s not bad, either.

Vaughn O’Connell and his family are Randy’s only neighbors for miles, and while Randy knows it’s somewhat unlikely that a man with three kids is gay, it doesn’t hurt to look. When a misunderstanding brings Randy face to face with both Vaughn and his eighteen year old son, Lyle, Randy’s not sure what to feel about either of them.

But things are not what they appear in Wolf, and the closer Randy gets, the stranger the O’Connell family seems…

Review

Randy runs to Wolf, Wyoming to escape the headaches he’d found while being a lawyer in Washington DC. He thinks some time in the sticks will help him develop his creative side of writing and painting. But he’s a city boy through and through and notghing has prepared him for living in the country during a Wyoming winter.

Vaughn and his family have lived in the isolated community for their entire lives. They live in Wolf for a reason and have to be careful of who they allow to get close to them. At first they’re very stand-offish with the city slicker Randy, but later things become far more complicated.

There are some strange dynamics going on and in a strange turn of events both Vaughn and his 18 year-old son Lyle seem to be sort of vying for Randy’s attention. Vaughn is more on again/off again about his feelings, but Lyle is all in.

Though Randy can appreciate Lyle’s attractiveness, it’s his father that catches his eye.

When the tension between father and son comes to a head, the secret gets out and Randy has to decide if what Vaughn offered is worth sticking around and fighting for, or should he run from his problems as he has done all his life?

**

SPOILERS TO FOLLOW

I have to admit to spoilers, though not very surprising, they aren’t spelled out until late in the book. So be warned, if you want the full “experience” don’t read the rest of this review.

***

 

 

 

Ok, with that out of the way… Vaughn and Lyle are werewolves. Duh. They have to hide it from humans, until there’s a reason to let them in on it. I’m not exactly sure what the “rules” are for this, because it never made sense to me. At one point Randy is told, “Once the eyes have seen it can’t be unseen”… and? So I guess now that Randy knows about werewolves suddenly all paranormal creatures can be seen. I didn’t really understand that part.

There is more I never quite understood. First, it was extremely uncomfortable having Lyle and Randy do their weird, flirty, domination dance while we are supposed to be rooting for Vaughn (Lyle’s Dad for Pete’s sake!) and Randy to get together. I think the author would have done much better making Lyle a friend of the family or another competing male … something other than his child. It was weird and felt gross.

Second, I never understood what the issue was between father and son. Was it a play for alpha-ness? They don’t have pack dynamics that we see in other shifter novels, so I wasn’t sure what they were fighting each other for. Was it just weird werewolf teenage rebellion? I didn’t get it, and like I said it felt gross.

Third, I never really liked Randy. Yes, he was funny and his inner dialog was witty. But it went on and on and on and on. It took up to 53% of the book before anyone even kissed and most of that was inside Randy’s head. This book needed a lot of heavy handed editing so that it could be whittled down to a much shorter book.

Fourth, Randy’s parents and the running away thing should have been fleshed out or left alone.

Finally, when Randy and Vaughn do end up “together” I was left wondering, together how? Did Randy give up being a lawyer? Is he now a writer? What happened? And what about Lyle? It was abrupt and again didn’t make sense.

So… to sum up. I thought this was a weird and sometimes inappropriate book that didn’t always make sense and though it had some elements of charm to it (Randy’s funny dialog both internal and external), I can’t recommend it.

I’m sorry to say this is the first book I’ve read by this author and it may be the last.

1 of 5 stars

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