His Omega Audiobook by AC Katt Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Blurb

On his way home from a meeting of the North American werewolf council, Armand La Marche is stopped in his limousine by a boy who is hurt by an unknown assailant who murdered his friend. After decades of searching, Armand has found his mate. There is one problem, someone is trying to kill Sean.

Sean Quinn’s friend Leroy was gutted trying to protect him. He runs for help and stops the first car he sees.

Armand LaMarche is head Alpha of the North American werewolf council and was in his limousine on his way home to his Manhattan brownstone. When the wounded boy stops his car, Armand recognizes two things:the boy is part wolf, an Omega with a great gift, and he’s Armand’s mate. Now all Armand has to do is claim his mate and keep him safe from the murderer.

Review

(Book originally reviewed here: http://kimichanexperience.com/omega-ac-katt/)

Sean is an art student who comes out to his dad and is thrown out into the streets. He has no money, no job and is about to become a rent boy when he is attacked. His would-be friend/pimp gets killed trying to protect him and Sean gets injured, but is rescued by Armand.
Both the attacker and Armand are werewolves. It turns out Sean is a werewolf too, only he doesn’t know it. Sean is no ordinary werewolf, he has special powers. Armand wants Sean because he is his mate. The attacker wants his powers.

Armand nurses Sean back to health, tells him about the supernatural and they fall in love.

The rest of the story is preparing Sean to be a special Omega wolf and to try to capture the attacker before he gets Sean. The clock is ticking because Sean won’t get his power til he’s twenty-five but if he’s mated before he’s taken, the powers will be safe.

**

Overall, this was an okay shifter story. Insta-love. Medium-hot sex. Semi-believable conflict. Lots of loves, “babys” and honeys. (There are some pretty significant plot holes – like why Sean told his dad anything, why his dad didn’t spend all his money before this, why Sean believes Armand for one second and isn’t creeped out…and more… but – if you suspend your disbelief…)

If you’re a sucker for a sentimental, traditional “mates” type shifter story (like me) this is for you! There is next to nothing about being a wolf in this story other than as a plot device to explain the insta-love. Which is disappointing.  He shifts one time and bites Sean – but that’s about it for being a wolf 🙁  

If you want a story with a more meaty storyline, more “shifting”, more plot, fewer holes…you might want to skip this.  But if you like “drama” and insta-love this is totally for you!

I enjoyed it for it’s entertainment value and give it 3 of 5 stars.

Audio

I LOVED Joel’s narration! I admit that I am a sucker for accents and Joel has given us – I don’t know – like at least 5 or 6 in this story alone! We get Armand’s cosmopolitan French accent, a British accent – cockney?- for the cook, a Russian accent, a New York cop, the driver/butler, and of course Sean’s “accent”. And there’s more! This is the beginning of a series that Joel gets to narrate – YAY! – so he’s preparing us with all the host of characters – what a mouth-full that must be! What I think is amazing: Joel’s ability to switch from one voice to another – no matter how many characters are involved – and keep it accurate. Awesome!

In any case – this was just plain FUN! It reminded me of a “telenovella” – high drama- all the time. Joel is really good at the emotion and timing – showing us how much Armand cares for Sean – how confused Sean is by Armand’s feelings – and the growly moments when Armand must defend Sean. There’s never a dull moment with these guys – every meal is exciting!

If you’re a fan of the author and the series – this is a must! If you haven’t read this, but you love a good “dramatic” romance (with – let’s face it – some OTT moments) of the Cinderella type trope, if you love accents as much as me!, or if you’re just in the mood for a somewhat predictable but still entertaining shifter romance – this is for you!

5 of 5 stars for the narration

Overall 4 of 5 stars

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Hawk’s Pretty Baby (Brac Pack #2) Audiobook by Lynn Hagen Narrated by Johnny East

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Audible Link

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Blurb

Hawk Magnar, commander of twelve sentry wolves, never thought he’d discover his mate in a hospital for an anxiety attack. Under the illusion he was going to comfort a young child the alpha’s mate, Cecil, had befriended, he finds a man who needs more protection than even anyone realizes. Treated as a simpleton all his life, Johnny Stone has never had anything to call his own – until he meets Hawk. Hawk must keep his emaciated mate safe from a sadistic brother while teaching Johnny to trust him. Hawk is quickly running out of time to convince Johnny that he isn’t out to hurt him when his mate inadvertently starts the mating ritual. Will Johnny give Hawk the trust he needs to bind them together or suffer the consequences that fate’s wicked sense of humor has unleashed?

Review

First, again I ask you to ignore the cover. It’s kinda skeevy but the story is really very sweet.

Second, I will warn you that parts of this – especially in audiobook format – are kind of disconcerting – but – if you stick with it – it gets less – awkward? – and is really kinda heart-warming.

We met Johnny earlier, he’s the “special” kid at the center Cecil volunteers at who is good friends with Cecil. He calls himself mildly “retarded” (funny how that word just sounds so terrible in these times of PC language isn’t it?) and is definitely on the slower end of the learning curve. (Without it being a spoiler, I’ll tell you that Hawk kind of surmises that it’s not so much “retardation” as that Johnny just needs things explained very carefully and that he needs a lot of patience because he’s prone to panic attacks. I suspect it’s more autistic than anything else.)

In any case, Johnny’s brother is abusing Johnny and Hawk and his pack mates rescue him. Johnny has been starved so it takes a lot of intense work to build him back up so that he’s even strong enough to be bonded with Hawk – and this ends up being one of the hurdles.

The brother also ends up being a thorn in the side of the pack and ends up causing a crisis.

Hawk is sappily devoted to Johnny and the rest of the pack soon falls under his thumb as well.

At one point Hawk refers to himself as “daddy” – but is acknowledging to even himself that it’s a little weird. To me it felt a bit skeevy, but it doesn’t happen that often.

This is another big guy/ little guy pairing (maybe huge guy/ tiny guy would be more accurate) and it follows a similar trajectory as book one. What I like about this story is how sweet Hawk is with Johnny and Johnny, as a character whom we see frequently in future stories, is a great character with a giant heart and a quirky sense of humor who ends up causing all kinds of trouble for the big guys in the future.

I love this story because it’s Johnny’s story and it also leads us right in to the next story involving Ludo and Blair.

3.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Johnny East does a nice job trying to give all the wolves something of a different voice as well as trying to keep Johnny and Cecil and all the other mates separate as well. I think he really captures the innocence that is Johnny without making him seem like a little boy.

4.5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars
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Maverick’s Mate (Brac Pack 1) Audiobook by Lynn Hagen Narrated by Johnny East

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Audible Link

http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Mavericks-Mate-Audiobook/B00O7ZF5TA/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1483910166&sr=1-1

Blurb

Maverick Brac has formed a pack of his own, naming them the Brac Pack. With fourteen men under him, they all have one thing in common, the preference for men. Cecil Walter was living a life no one would wish on their enemy in an abusive relationship with his partner with no way out. Getting away from pack problems and a migraine, Maverick indulges in his one secret love, Chai tea. While in the coffee shop trying to forget the world outside exists for five minutes, Maverick has found what he never thought to have, his mate, his very human mate. Rescuing Cecil from his abusive boyfriend to finding out who in his pack is trying to take Cecil’s life, Maverick has his work cut out for him, but the largest challenge is getting Cecil to come out of his shell and be the man he once was.
Note: Each book in Lynn Hagen’s Brac Pack collection features a different romantic couple. Each title stands alone and can be read in any order. However, we recommend reading the series in sequential order.

Review

First, I want to say that you kind of have to put your mind in a certain place when you read or listen to these. They are definitely OTT. Johnny East’s voice is a little … dramatic, but he really does a lot to bring emotion and unique voices to this series. The mates in this series are all a little too “fem” – meaning they are usually small and submissive and mostly subservient – BUT they all have spunk and attitude and humor and if you take it with a grain of salt – it’s a lot of fun.

There’s also A LOT OF SEX in these. But most of it’s pretty hot.

The shifter world Lynn Hagen builds here is pretty straight forward: shifters live a thousand years, they get one mate, the mate bond supersedes almost anything and the mates will do almost anything for their mates. There are some bad guys who come and go throughout the series, not just one central story arc.

All of the mates in Maverick’s pack are gay. It’s just how it is.

As the series progresses we get other creatures too, including Demons and Vampires. There are spinoffs from this series including a shifter pack who always end up with 2 mates so each book is ménage. Then there’s a Demon spinoff, a bear spinoff and a vampire spinoff.

If you take this for what it is – pure escapism – I’ve found they’re a lot of fun and I’ve really found that I like a lot of the main characters a lot!

In this case, we get introduced to the alpha as he meets and mates with Cecil. This is important as Maverick and Cecil are frequently found in the following stories, especially Cecil as he’s quite the trouble maker and leads many of the new mates astray!

At first Cecil doesn’t want to be under another domineering male’s thumb, but he’s quickly won over by the mating pull and it’s only when a devious pack member tries to split the couple up that Cecil and Maverick are separated.

As I said before, Johnny East does a great job giving all the wolves deep growly voices and the mates somewhat softer, lighter voices and he does a fair job giving each of the myriad characters a somewhat separate and unique voice.

I recommend this to fans of shifter romances with a sappy heart, a high tolerance for coincidence and plots that are predictable and a fan of alpha males paired with smaller men.

4.25 of 5 stars

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Hot on a Chipmunk’s Tail (Paranormal Dentistry for the Fanged and Friendly Book 5) by Jackie Nacht )Review)

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This mountain lion is out to chase his skittish chipmunk down.

Jason has always lived under the protection of his twenty brothers and sisters. Even though he cares for his neighbor, Will, when a chance to leave the home he’s lived in forever, Jason takes the chance and runs to White Pine. Unfortunately, some of his brothers are coming along for the ride.

Will can’t believe his shy chipmunk just up and moved. Through the meddling of Jason’s sisters and a best friend who lives in White Pine, Will chases Jason to White Pine. Will they be able find the connection in White Pine where they couldn’t at home?

Review

These are very sweet, funny, short stories that are all related to one another. Though you can read them as stand-alones, I don’t recommend it, as they all add on to the other.

In this case, Jason, one of the many Chipmunk Shifters to invade White Pine, is trying to work up the courage to face his Mate, Will. Will is a Mountain Lion shifter and has been searching for Jason ever since Jason ran away from their initial meeting.

Now both are in their new hometown of White Pine and trying to make a go of it.

With the help from the crazy Chipmunk brothers, Jason might just have enough courage to go through with his mating.

**

I love these little stories. They’re funny, sweet and always a bit surprising. It’s great to see the other guys from the earlier books again and to see what crazy antics they’ve been up to.

If you’re a fan of quirky shifter stories and like to laugh, I highly recommend this series.

4 of 5 stars

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My previous reviews of the series can be found here: http://kimichanexperience.com/?s=jackie+nacht+paranormal+dentistry

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Strength of the Wolf (Book 2) By Kendall McKenna

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Major Tim Madison has his hands full. A young Alpha werewolf has stormed into his personal life, while Tim struggles to keep military werewolves from safe on the front lines.

After a fiery exit from Afghanistan, Tim Madison is promoted to major. Jeremy Wagner is a civilian, just beginning his Transition to True Alpha. As a lone wolf, he has no one to teach him the vital principles of strong leadership. After a volatile chance encounter, Tim and Jeremy form an intimate bond. As Jeremy prepares to someday lead his own pack, Tim struggles with military werewolves being needlessly maimed in combat, as well as specifically targeted by hostile forces. Despite Tim and Jeremy’s feelings, werewolf and human politics or family conflict could prevent their mate-bond.

Review

Jeremy is a True Alpha in training and Tim is our werewolf expert from book one. Tim is also 10 years older than Jeremy and Jeremy is currently acting like a kid going through puberty.

With the help of Noah and Lucas the two realize they mean a lot to one another and Tim helps Jeremy grow into the werewolf he should be.

Some of this takes place in the war zone, but most of this is a civilian story, as compared to book one. You need to have read book one to really appreciate this book, as much of it is not explained in detail in this book. Also, we see quite a lot of Lucas and Noah and that is only a good thing if you’ve read the first book.

On one hand I liked this book better because the boys were more open about their feelings and there was not nearly as much hinging on a conversation to clear things up. On the other hand, the chemistry between Noah and Lucas completely eclipses that of Tim and Jeremy and since both couples are present in this book, I felt a little bad for Tim and Jeremy.

I am really enjoying this series and highly recommend it and look forward to the next two books.

I give it 4.5 of 5 stars.

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