Time to get Paranormal: Chasing Destiny (Silver Tip Pack book 2) By Megan Erickson

 

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33795022-chasing-destiny?from_search=true

Blurb
Bay has had his fair share of hardships, as brother to the Alpha of the Silver Tip Pack. He almost died when a usurper took the opportunity the alpha was away on a rescue mission to try and take over. Upon his brother’s return he discovers the one person he cannot forget, his best friend Nash, was still alive all these years after he disappeared when they were boys. The news is as unsettling as the fact Nash has been lost again, with no hope of returning, sacrificing his life to buy Dare and his team time to get back to safety when the Noweres attacked.

Now Bay is restless, choosing to go outside the safety of their compound for Reese’s long though dead tribe. New intel says there are possible survivors there and Dare. As alpha, must see if they can be allied with, for the sake of his mate. Bay expects to find some lost wolves barely hanging on and not the small, yet strong, community who is more that capable to defend itself. And he was not expecting to find Nash again, after mourning him twice and giving up any shred of hope, the one person he has always loved. But the years Nash was away have damaged his body and soul, and unlocking the secrets of his past might lead to an enemy much worse than the Undead Noweres and their single minded need to kill.

Review
This was a book I was anxiously anticipating after book one, and Nash and Bay’s story was as thrilling and emotional as it was hot. I loved the expansion of the world Megan created with the addition of Reese’s tribe and their leader Pace. I also adored how intricately she wrote Nash’s back story, it’s raw and sad but also adds a whole new dimension and a ruthless enemy for our group of heroes. We also get a look as how they live in this dystopian future after all the humans died in the virus and the Noweres appeared.
Bay and Nash share an unbreakable bond, one that time and pain could not erode, and the Friends-to-Lovers theme is strong in this book. The added bonus of the shifter dynamics, the pack bond between them makes their love almost visceral. Nash has been found and is slowly getting his strength back, but the past scars he carries are deep and he keeps pushing Bay away. Bay, the fun loving optimist that he is, doesn’t let him get too far despite his attempts of running away. They are fun to read about with an air of longing in every touch and moment between them, and they are smoldering hot together.
When Nash’s fate in those lost years is revealed Dare has to reevaluate the world he lives in and what he thought to be facts. Nash is not the only one holding secrets, Pace has some of his own and in order to survive they have to work together and trust each other, not an easy feat when testosterone and egos are at play. I loved them so much, especially when the horrors of Nash’s live are discovered. You just feel so much for him, for all of them really- thrust in a cruel violent future fighting against bloodthirsty monsters and evil beyond human comprehension.
This book is almost like a detective story, were you gather tidbits of information and try to put the puzzle pieces together. I am eagerly anticipating the next book in the series, an MMF according to Megan’s FB group post and more of this world.

Number of stars out of 5
4.5 stars

 

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Time to go Dark: Dax’s Desire (Avanti Chronicles Book 5) by Hannah Walker

Good Reads Link
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Blurb
The Avanti have made their way to Berinias, the capital and heart of Landran society. Not only is it King Kastain’s home ground, but it’s the seat of the Conclave’s power.
Dax finally gets to see Kastain in all his glory— regal, confident, powerful and downright sexy. As events unfold, Dax and Kastain realize everything happening with the Derin, with Martellon, Nestor and Teriva, is linked. Their enemies draw closer and the plots and machinations of the Conclave deepen. They just need to work out who is behind it all and what they hope to gain.
Kastain finds himself turning to Dax, the one person he seems to be able to count on more than anything. The bond between the two leaders is stronger than they expected, and they long for rare times alone so they can explore it. Instead their time is taken up trying to work out which Chieftains they can count on and who is attempting to undermine them at every turn.
When plots and betrayals run deep within the heart of the capital, who will succeed and who will pay the ultimate price?

Review
And the storyline continues!

With each of the previous books we have seen the political posturing of all the groups and in this story it all centers around the King , the Capital and the Avanti. Some questions are answered and more are asked. And while all of this is going on another of the Avanti finds the love of his life.

King Kastain and Avanti leader Dax are both strong personalities yet when they get the chance to be alone they really are both soft and caring men. With all the political intrigue weaved through the story there is also comic relief and also truly hot sex scenes.

Many questions are answered but nothing is truly solved. The story does end in a HEA for the couple, but those of us who are following series are waiting impatiently for the next book and the next set of clues to the ongoing storyline.

5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford Narrated by Greg Tremblay

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/dim-sum-asylum-by-rhys-ford-8556-b

Blurb

* Novel-length expansion of original short story found in Charmed & Dangerous anthology. *

Welcome to Dim Sum Asylum: a San Francisco where it’s a ho-hum kind of case when a cop has to chase down an enchanted two-foot-tall shrine god statue with an impressive Fu Manchu mustache that’s running around Chinatown, trolling sex magic and chaos in its wake.
Senior Inspector Roku MacCormick of the Chinatown Arcane Crimes Division faces a pile of challenges far beyond his human-faerie heritage, snarling dragons guarding C-Town’s multiple gates, and exploding noodle factories. After a case goes sideways, Roku is saddled with Trent Leonard, a new partner he can’t trust, to add to the crime syndicate family he doesn’t want and a spell-casting serial killer he desperately needs to find.
While Roku would rather stay home with Bob the Cat and whiskey himself to sleep, he puts on his badge and gun every day, determined to serve and protect the city he loves. When Chinatown’s dark mystical underworld makes his life hell and the case turns deadly, Trent guards Roku’s back and, if Trent can be believed, his heart… even if from what Roku can see, Trent is as dangerous as the monsters and criminals they’re sworn to bring down.

Review

While we’ve reviewed this book on the site before, I feel that – with the listening – I wanted to amend some things.

First, as was said before – this is another great example of how Rhys Ford has a crazy wonderful imagination and an absolutely awe-inspiring talent for description.

She has created a fully developed, intricate and unique new world here and manages to give the reader/listener the set up without an “info dump”. This is a rare and wonderful gift.

Rhys is also amazing at metaphors and descriptions that make the reader/listener hear, feel, smell, taste and touch the story she is creating. I can think of few writers who match her in this skill.

What I didn’t focus on as I was reading it – and that is the magic of audiobooks – they really can change your impression of a story – is how DARK it is. Every day it rained, every day poor Roku got injured again and again – every day we were reminded of the death and destruction in Roku’s world.

The other part I didn’t quite “see” when I was reading this was how little the relationship between Roku and Trent really develops – even by the end.

I guess, when I was reading this, I must have skimmed all the violence and focused on the very cute and funny relationship parts and my brain gave them more weight. Upon re-visiting this, the main story is really about Roku and his struggles in the world and his relationship with Trent is a small part of this.

If this were to be expanded to a series I could see the relationship deepening and becoming more of a “thing” but as it stands I think I’d call this Romantic Fiction more than a romance – because the mystery and the main character development supersede the romance – IMHO.

It was still an amazing story that absolutely enthralls the reader/listener – but it wasn’t as romantic as I’d remembered.

Audio

Greg and Rhys are a powerhouse team and he was absolutely the best choice for this narration! He’s got all those Chinese and Japanese words down and they flow effortlessly off his tongue. I had to keep reminding myself that this wasn’t Rhys’ other series – Cole McGinnis – because Trent reminded me so much of Bobby – both in voice and characterization! In a way this is kind of a paranormal Cole McGinnis – and I don’t mean that in a bad way at all!

In any case, this was an amazing way to experience this fantastic story and highly recommended to fans of the author, urban fantasy and romantic crime stories.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Mnevermind 2: Forget Me Not Audiobook by Jordan Castillo Price Narrated by Seth Clayton

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Audible link
http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Forget-Me-Not-Audiobook/B06XD5DF84/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1489719544&sr=1-1
Blurb

No two people are exactly alike, but Elijah Crowe is very, very different.
Elijah is on the autism spectrum, so the tasks of day-to-day life most people breeze through are a challenge for him. His career suffered because he never got the hang of schmoozing, and now he wastes his talents teaching classes at the mall. His social circle is limited to his ex, his therapist, and a structured inclusion group at the Rec Center. The one bright spot in his life is the memory science of Mnemography.
Although he loves nothing better than devouring the latest research and tinkering with all the specialized equipment, he never clicked with any other experts in the field until he met Daniel Schroeder. Daniel runs a memory palace—he even writes his own mnems—and that shared interest alone would make him fascinating. But Daniel and Elijah met under unusual circumstances, where the statement, “I like you, and I think you like me,” held some surprising nuances.
Now Elijah suspects he’s gay, but the few prominent people in his life are less than supportive. Some are downright hostile. Elijah might not be neurotypical, but he’s plenty smart. Surely there’s some way to get people to accept him for who he is. If only he could figure out how.

Review
(Book Reviewed Here Previously)

I am constantly impressed by Jordan Castillo Price. I don’t know why I keep forgetting this, or maybe it’s less that and the more I read by her, the more I love.

I had avoided this series because I’m not a fan of speculative fiction in the dystopian sense, and something about the blurb felt that way – I’m not sure why. But really, the science fiction part is there, for sure, but this is more a story about relationships and expectations and dealing with people and their “quirks”. I had no idea about the autism and I love that about this, but that’s not all.

I am struck by how multi-faceted this story is. We have the fascinating science fiction – the ability to make “memories”, the philosophy that inspires – what is real? – the relationship between Daniel and his father, the relationship between Daniel and Elijah, the relationship between Elijah and Beth and Elijah’s autism. It’s just so much! You’d think that with all this going on the story would be bulky or awkward, but it isn’t.

Jordan is just so gifted that all the nuances are neatly ensconced in the story and as a reader, it isn’t until I’m thinking about it that I realize just how detailed and complex the story really is.

The second part of this trilogy is written from Elijah’s perspective and it’s FASCINATING! I’m not sure we can ever know what it’s like to actually be in someone else’s head, but in this case, the POV is startlingly different from being in Daniel’s head. Elijah just thinks differently so his perspective on events in not the same as you’d imagine the same events.

I loved that we got to see his yearning and understand where he’s coming from – then compare that to how Daniel feels and what he sees.

The story about Daniel’s father’s memory issues moves forward, but we see more about the romance in this installment. It’s so easy to see how Daniel fits in Elijah’s world so well and I was so pleased that when the two find themselves at a hurdle, they push through it rather than let it form a wall between the two of them. In this case, Elijah’s autism is really helpful, because he’s so damn direct that he won’t let Daniel sink into social niceties. Elijah calls him out and forces him to acknowledge where things went wrong so he can address it. It was so refreshing!

In any case, I can’t wait for the next installment and I really hope we see the entire series in audio format soon!

Highly recommended! (If you enjoyed Carry The Ocean by Heidi Cullinan or Ethan, Who Loved Carter, I’d recommend this story for you, as well.)

Audio

Seth Clayton did an absolutely amazing job with book one and he outdoes himself here. I really, really love the way he characterizes Elijah through his pacing and intonations. I thought this was my favorite as a book and I bet it’ll be my favorite as an audiobook, as well.

I think, when the chemistry is right, the right narrator sort of “embodies” the character and for me, it’s Elijah.

Excellent and highly recommended!

6 of 5 stars

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The Persistence of Mnevermind Audiobook by Jordan Castillo Price Narrated by Seth Clayton

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Every day, Daniel Schroeder breaks his father’s heart.

The two of them have always been close, which makes it all the more difficult to break the daily news: the last five years were nothing like Big Dan remembers. They’re both professionals in the recreational memory field, and Daniel has guided thousands of clients safely through hour-long virtual adventures. So why can’t he lead his father out of the persistent false memory that’s ruining their lives?

He thought he was holding it together, but the situation is sliding out of control. Now even his own equipment has turned against him, taunting him with flashes of a beguiling man in black who’s interacting not with the client, but with him.

Of course, that’s impossible, so it must be a glitch in the program—or at the very least, wishful thinking. But when the man shows up in yet another program, it leads Daniel to wonder…what if this mystery man isn’t pixels and circuitry, but flesh and blood?

The Mnevermind Trilogy
1: The Persistence of Memory
2: Forget Me Not
3: Life is Awesome

Review

So, I admit. I was absolutely NOT attracted to this series when I read the blurbs on the books. I’m not into dystopian stuff and though I can appreciate a good mind fuck, that’s not generally what I look for in a romance. It sounded like there was going to be some sort of robot or electrically created person… yeah. Not my thing. But… I like Seth Clayton as a narrator and I ADORE all the stuff I’ve ever read by Jordan Castillo Price so… I said – I’ll give it a try!

OMG.

It both is and isn’t what I expected. But it is friggin’ awesome!

So, yeah. It’s a bit dark. (Not nearly as dark as the Mary series or Meatworks, though.) Daniel is up against a wall both emotionally and financially, so he’s not super cheery and he’s really not even looking for a hook up much less a relationship.

I’m not going to go into much detail about the story – because what’s the fun in that? You’ll have to figure things out along with Daniel as far as what’s what. But… I will tell you that I was very surprised by the turn of events – pleasantly.

Besides a fascinating bit of science and philosophy (what is memory, experience, reality, etcetera) there is some moral dilemma thrown in here, a bit of hurt/comfort and disability type stuff as well.

The stuff about reality is really compelling. Everyone’s had that sensation of trying to figure out “am I dreaming” or waking up from a dream KNOWING it was real, but then eventually figuring out that it wasn’t. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes that’s disappointing. With this “technology” that sense of memory goes one step further and blurs the definition of “reality”. Add to that when things go wrong… it makes for a very compelling story.

I found “the man in black” to be fascinating and I can’t wait to learn more about him. Which leads me to how this is both awesome and sucky at the same time. On the one hand I’m psyched because I can at least read the next two books in the series – but I’m bummed because only one (so far) in audio format and the audio is awesome!

Seth Clayton did a lovely job with Lane Hayes’ books as well as Raine O’Tierney’s book, so I knew he would at least be acceptable. Well, he really seemed to fit this genre/story to a “T”. He adds in some “special effects” with his voice, he does the dry humor perfectly, and manages to give everyone a unique voice without making anyone (including aunt Pipsie) sound ridiculous. He definitely added to my overall enjoyment of the story and really brought this to life. I loved how he handled “the man in black’s” character in addition to (of course) Daniel and Larry and his Dad and Carlotta- so good!.

(I can’t wait for the audio – I’m gonna read the next two books – but I’m gonna be excited for the audios when they come, too!)

Highly recommended. 5 of 5 stars

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A Chance For Us (New Vampire Justice: Book 2) by Jake C Wallace

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/a-chance-for-us-by-jake-c-wallace-7760-b

 

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Love between a young man with a broken mind and the jaded New Vampire Justice officer who cares for him might be the last hope to stop a human-vampire war….

Justin Masters is stuck in a nightmare. Waking after seven years in a catatonic state, he falls desperately in love with the straight NVJ officer who saved him. Between that and dreams of being tortured and taking pleasure in the pain, which bleeds into his waking hours, Justin’s sure he’s starting to crack.

The growing unrest in the vampire world should be Max Kincaid’s focus, but Justin’s struggle, along with Max’s confusing feelings for his ward, have him reeling. When Justin’s attacked, his resulting needs might be more than what Max can provide, but he’ll be damned if anyone else will touch Justin.

As the NVJ investigates humans missing from a high-end bite club, they uncover a deeper plot that traces back to Justin. If those who want him have their way, there will be bloodshed. Justin and Max are in a fight to save Justin not only from those who would use him, but from his own mind.

Review

This is a book that will elicit strong emotions I think. For me it was very hard to get through. While I understood that Justin’s pathology led him to link pain to sex it was hard to read his lover doing these things to him. It just never sits well with me, though I KNOW that perfectly “sane” people also mix pain and sex on a regular basis. It’s just really not my thing.

As a result I was far more guarded in my appreciation of this installment. It seemed that every other page was discussing or dealing with the pain and torture Justin had endured and it was frankly too much for my tastes.

The writing is just as good as it was in Book 1 and it was great seeing Lincoln and Carson again. There is even MORE angst in this (if that’s possible) than in book one and more drama.

I think anyone not as sensitive to this subject as me will find this book to be a fantastic sequel to book one. For those of you who shy away from BDSM type stuff, I’d recommend avoiding this as well.

I’ll give this 3.5 of 5 stars because the world building and writing is still stellar, but it’s just not my cup of tea.

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The Downs Audiobook by Kim Fielding

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As the son of a wealthy man, Enitan Javed has spent his life frivolously – drinking, fighting, and making love. But after his father dies, Enitan is unjustly accused of murdering him and is given the harshest sentence possible. Judged irredeemable, he is banished to the Downs. As even young children know, nothing lives in the Downs except demons who delight in torturing the condemned. Brutalized by the men who transport him to his fate, Enitan has nothing left but his thirst for vengeance.

His plummet to the Downs nearly kills him, and Enitan finds himself battered and helpless in a frightening, mysterious land. But many surprises await him there, including a strange man named Rig. And the realization that the demons he must face aren’t at all the ones he expected.

Review

(Story originally reviewed here: http://kimichanexperience.com/the-downs-by-kim-fielding/)

This is another short story from the GoodReads Love is an Open Road event.

Entian is condemned for killing his father – which he didn’t do – but feels the judge was right when she decreed him “unredeemable” because he’s been selfish, lazy and not a good contributor to his family’s wealth.

Rig is a … okay – well he’s the guy who saves Entian and it’s part of the story so I won’t tell you much about him – only that he’s a healer and amazing!

This is an earth-like place? I’m not sure how you qualify this – but it feels earth like but not the earth we know.

Entian and Rig must navigate through both their insecurities and Entian’s desire for revenge before finding their very, very HEA.

It’s a dark story – similar in flavor and feel to Brute, also by Kim Fielding, but so rewarding! Neither character is perfect, in fact you might classify Entian as an anti-hero for most of the book – but his redemption is complete and perfect by the end.

All in all a wonderful short story and FREE!

5 of 5 stars

Audio

KC Kelly does a masterful job with this vaguely “old world” story – giving it just the right “other” sort of inflection and making us understand and appreciate the “otherness” of this world. He’s just so easy to listen to and so good with pacing and emotion. I truly love his narrations and this is no exception.  I especially loved Rig 🙂

Highly recommended.

Overall 5 of 5 stars

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Fight the Tide (Kick at the Darkness Book 2) by Keira Andrews

 

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Adrift in a post-apocalyptic world, they only have each other. Is it enough?

A virus that turns the infected into zombie-like killers spreads through a burning world thrown into lawless chaos. Lovers Parker and Adam have escaped to the open sea when they hear a message over the airwaves from a place called Salvation Island—a supposed safe haven.

Orphaned as a child, werewolf Adam has always longed for a pack. He’s eager to investigate the island, but Parker doesn’t think for a nanosecond that the voice on the radio can be believed. He doesn’t trust anyone but Adam and is determined to keep it that way. They don’t need anyone else complicating their struggle to survive. Or do they?

Danger on the high seas can surface in a heartbeat, and if Parker and Adam aren’t careful, the current will drag them under.

This gay romance is a dystopian adventure featuring a werewolf, his boyfriend, and their struggle to find a place to call home

Review

This must be read in order. This book takes place right where book one left off. Adam and Parker are on a stolen yacht in the ocean off the east coast hoping to avoid being bitten, avoid pirates, avoid other non-bitten people who are out to take what they have and pretty much everybody else. Except… Adam longs to find a place where he and Parker can settle down and be safe. When they hear a message over the airwaves that sounds like a haven, Parker immediately thinks “trap” and Adam thinks “home”.

What proceeds is the two of them fighting for resources, fighting one another (a bit) and them finally deciding to take a risk at Salvation Island and what happens there.

**

I have to admit I’m a huge Keira Andrews fan. I adored book one and was PSYCHED to see book two. I’ll probably read book three….

My problem isn’t the writing, isn’t the MCs, isn’t the romance – those are all wonderful. Adam and Parker still have stuff to work through, and by the end of book one they’d really only scratched the surface. By the end of this story, they’re on more solid ground but they are by no means “safe”.

My problem is dystopian stories. I just don’t care for them. I don’t like the bleak, dark nature of them and the sense of impossibility that seems to pervade every line in the story. It’s depressing!

So, while book one should have felt that same way – it didn’t – for some reason, but book two definitely does. It’s dark. There are times when I thought to myself – how in the world can these guys survive? Even at the end.

So… it’s just not my type of story. I’m hopeful that some crazy awesome solution will arise to help our MCs but in the meantime it’s so much hopelessness and really kind of depressing…..

However, if that’s your cup of tea you’ll love this and the author does a fantastic job of engaging the reader so even people like me will enjoy the writing and character development but be prepared. This is a much darker story than book one and it was hard to read at times.

3.5 of 5 stars

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