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Retro Review: Timber Pack Chronicles (Timber Pack Chronicles #1) by Rob Colton

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Blurb

The object of Parker Montgomery’s crush is big man on campus Colton Butler, who is much more than he appears to be.

Colton has been watching Parker from a distance, patiently waiting for the day when he will finally be able to claim his destined mate.

When Parker is threatened by a rogue wolf, Colton’s instincts take over and he finds that his actions have consequences that threaten to tear his pack apart.

 

 

 

Review

This is one of my “oft re-visited” stories. I love how sweet Colton is to Parker and how loyal his pack is to him as well.

I love the instant connection between the two and the total immersion Parker gets into shifter life.

I could do with a little less sex. These are 18 year old boys and the writing matches that – lots and lots and lots of sex and descriptions of jizz and boners and ….lots of it.

The pack dynamics are interesting and I love the secondary characters too.

If you’re a shifter romance fan and you haven’t run across this series – check it out!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Dragon’s Hoard by MA Church Narrated by Dorian Bane

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Blurb

To be loved by a dragon is to be treasured.

A hundred years ago, werewolf Alpha Montgomery took a risk driven by desperation—he borrowed money from the ancient dragon Warwick Ehecatl, putting up the pack lands as collateral. Now the debt is due, and dragons don’t forget—or forgive. Warwick demands Montgomery’s son, Avery, and three businesses as compensation. As an Omega, Avery knows he is basically useless to his pack, so he might as well agree. He soon has second thoughts, though. Warwick is fearsome, and he’s free to do as he likes with Avery.

Warwick knows his race’s reputation, and he even admits some of it is deserved. But he’d rather cut off his tail than let his innocent mate’s light go out. It won’t be easy, but buried deep, there’s something between them worth safeguarding.

Review
(Book Previously Reviewed Here)

This was just fun! No angst. Some cute dialog. Some magic. Some flying. Some super hot fated mate dragon sex! And some family BS – but really – most of this was just these two guys finding love and being cute together!

I loved every second of it and highly recommend it for shifter fans everywhere!

5 of 5 stars

Audio

Dorian Bane is really good with accents and making each character unique. He excels at dialog and handles the pacing of action and emotions well.

I don’t love his narration of the non-dialog parts as much as his dialog – he sometimes comes across a little “sing-songy” but it’s not a big distraction.

In general I think this is a great way to experience this story and I recommend it!

4 of 5 stars

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Stalking Buffalo Bill (Shifter U #1) by J. Leigh Bailey Narrated by Finn Sterling

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Blurb

A Shifter U Tale

A smitten coyote isn’t the only one stalking Buffalo Bill.

A buffalo walks into a cafe. Sounds like the start of a bad joke, but for coyote shifter Donnie Granger, it’s the beginning of an obsession. Donnie is a little hyperactive and a lot distractible, except when it comes to William. He finally works up the nerve to approach William but is interrupted by a couple of violent humans.

While William—don’t call me Bill—is currently a professor, he once worked undercover against an international weapons-trafficking ring. Before he can settle into obscurity, he must find out who leaked his location and eliminate the thugs. He tries keeping his distance to protect Donnie, but the wily coyote won’t stay away.

It’ll take both Donnie’s skills as a stalker—er, hunter—and William’s super-spy expertise to neutralize the threat so they can discover if an excitable coyote and a placid-until-pissed buffalo have a future together.

Review

(Book Reviewed here Previously by Dee)

Absolutely loved this book!

I absolutely loved it! This story had me smiling all the way to the end ☺.
I will apologise in advance. My review will not be able to convey the absolute pleasure I had in reading this book, it is whole a lot of fun!
Donnie is adorable, even though he seems to be indecisive about his present life choices and his future. He’s easily distracted and can carry on whole conversations that are hilarious. In comparison, William is more staid, almost dour, but he has his flashes of humour. These are made all the funnier because while he doesn’t have them often, they are spot on. They meet at the café where Donnie works, and from there it’s almost non-stop action with hit-men, super-secret spy stuff (Donnie’s take, not mine). Along the way, Donnie grows a little bit more mature, (he’s still funny) and William loosens up just a tad.
There is nothing I didn’t love about this book – the bad guys were real, the humour and banter between all the characters had me smiling all the way to the end – there is a scene when Donnie finds out what sort of shifter William is, it’s hilarious! (It’s also related to the book title). I loved the epilogue; William will have his hands full with Donnie!
Definitely a re-read for me – great story line, humour, suspense, low angst what’s not to love?
If I had one wish, it’s for there to be an audiobook- I even have the perfect narrator for it (in my mind) *whispers Michael Lesley’s name*.

 

I agree with Dee whole-heartedly. This was a really fun book with a fair amount of action and lots of humor and some nice smexy times as well! Donnie is a great character as is Buffalo Bill. I hope to see this as a series in the future.

 

Audio

Dee did not get her wish for narrator, but Finn Sterlin did a really nice job with this. He gives Bill a GREAT voice and Donnie’s voice was distinct and full of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and audio and highly recommend it!

5 of 5 stars

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Color of You by C.S. Poe

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/color-of-you-by-cs-poe-9173-

Blurb
Bowen Merlin— yes, that’s his real name—accepts a position in the quaint town of Lancaster, New Hampshire as the high school band director. He leaves New York City for the snowy countryside of New England just in time for the holidays. With class, homework, after school activities, and a surprise Christmas concert to plan and rehearse, Bowen is plenty busy. And since he’s never had much luck with romance, factoring in time to find Mr. Right isn’t a priority….

Until he meets the proprietor of Snowy Ridge Apple Orchard, Felix Hansen. Suddenly, true love seems like a possibility for the first time in Bowen’s life. The two are a perfect match and fill the skipped beats of each other’s hearts. But as wonderful as Felix seems, he’s harboring scars that could end their budding relationship when someone in town goes to great lengths to sabotage their careers.

If Bowen is to survive the holidays, he’ll need to lean on old friends and new, convince Felix he’s worth any hardship, and prove they can come out of the catastrophe stronger if they do so together.

Review
Wonderful, just a wonderful story of love friendship and family. I loved Bowen Merlin such a fun quirky character and Felix Hansen lovely deep shy character. In the story Bowen described Felix voice as rich amber and my thoughts immediately went to the way Derrick McClain sounds when he narrates the Snow and Winter series. The excellent descriptions of both characters helped me get a good picture of Bowen and Felix in my head. The chemistry between them was very well developed in the story. They are soulmates, each the perfect half of the partnership building a solid relationship. It’s a Love story that turns into mystery.
I did think it odd that as this story is about family their parents were not mentioned, not even just a passing reference. It didn’t affect my love of the story in any way it just raised a point of curiosity. There is a wonderfully strong cast of secondary characters, Alan, Scarlet and Steven all support both Felix and Bowen. In fact I would love Steven to have his own story. The second part of the story where their new insta love relationship is tested was in some way a surprise, in who was the perpetrator, and in others not, when homophobia was the driving force. What I did find uplifting was the way everyone pulled together to help Bowen and Felix. I wholeheartedly recommend this warming Christmas story.

5 of stars out of 5

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Holidays: A Gift of Family (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers) by Tami Veldura

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/2017-advent-calendar-daily-delivery-package-stocking-stuffers-9042-b

Blurb

Scott Burke has always desired a big family, but as a divorced single dad, all he has is his young daughter, Lexi. He pours himself into raising her, half-convinced he’ll never find what he’s looking for. When Brennan Price strolls into Scott’s life, he’d better have enough patience for both Lexi and Scott if he intends to stick around.

Brennan has a huge family and a successful career, but no one to call his own. Wooing Scott and his daughter is right up his alley, though, and he steps up to the challenge to prove he’s enough for both of them. His attraction to Scott is immediate, but he recognizes a family man when he sees one and hatches a plan to win Lexi over. Her handsome father is sure to follow….

Review

This was a nice, sweet, short holiday story about finding love. It didn’t do much to inspire me, but the writing was fine and the overall warm feelings were good.

2.75 of 5 stars

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Slip (Recovery: Book 2) by BA Tortuga

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/slip-by-ba-tortuga-9169-b

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Love is a fragile thing, and it can slip through your fingers if you don’t hold on tight…. When Zack Jung’s AA sponsor and friend commits suicide, he’s desperate to hold it together, and there’s only one place he can turn. He calls Josh and Kris, and they take him back to their ranch outside Santa Fe. A cowboy to the bone, Cimarron Duran cherishes his orderly life and routine. He likes his neighbors, Kris and Josh, but he has less than no interest in the hipster personal trainer who comes to stay with them—or at least, he plans to fight his interest in favor of his solitary life and his art. But some things are as inevitable as the weather, and when Zack and Cimarron finally come together, they find they don’t want to let go. It won’t be easy, though, for two men with pasts like theirs to forge a happy future together.

Review:

It took me a little while to warm to the story, mainly because it started with characters from the previous book (Josh, Kris, Cypress). As an aside, this story can be read as a standalone; the book (eventually) provides enough on the characters from the previous story that one is not lost. Once I understood the dynamics of all the players, I began to really enjoy the story.
The story centres on Zack, a recovering addict, and Josh’s neighbour, Cimarron.
Cimarron is older, a cowboy who makes a living as an artist. (I couldn’t tell how old Cimarron was, so that was a bit of a distraction for me).
Cimarron and Zack start slowly, but quickly ramp up to being lovers to being inseparable. They’re sweet together – with Zack bringing out a softer side of Cimarron. As they begin to explore the depth of their feelings, a major health crisis occurs and both men have to face up to past issues/ghosts in order to make a go of their future.
This is a nice, low angst read with lots of humour and heart – my kind of book.

3.75 (round to 4) stars out of 5

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Hell is Where the Heart Is by Eden Winters

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Blurb

Demon Prince Noorvik Metlakatla Hoonah Emmonak (“call me Vik”) likes his lack of responsibilities just fine. His mother, the Big Fucking Deal of the Sixth Level of Hell, longs for the tippity tap of tiny hooves and gives him two choices: find a mate within the next twenty-four human hours or settle for the demoness of her choice. Where can he find the ideal man on short notice, who’ll meet the mother-in-law from Hell’s approval?
Especially when he can’t have the only mate he wants.

 

Review
Loved this!
A funny, cute story.
Vik is a crown prince of Hell, and as such, is expected to marry and sire hell spawn. The wrinkle in this plan is that Vik is gay and has not come out to his mum.
Vik manages to convince his mum that he has someone in mind and he sets off to bring home the perfect mate. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that the person he chooses, Dillon, is perfect for him.
The story is funny, heartwarming with a bit of a twist towards the end.
Highly recommend for a quick, fun angst-free read.

4 stars out of 5

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Audiobook: Something Brewing at Joes by SJD Peterson Narrated by Chase Johnson

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The promise of a dream job lures Murphy to Tampa, but he arrives to the rude awakening that the offer is on hold. Now he’s got two choices: slink back to Michigan with his tail between his legs or stay and look for work. Things perk up when he goes into a coffee shop and learns the owner is looking for someone to renovate the apartment above it. He happily takes the job, only later realizing he’s met Joe Sterling, Kaffeinate’s proprietor, before… when they hooked up at a club Murphy’s first night in Tampa.

Murphy and Joe are both proud, passionate, and outspoken. Neither is looking for a relationship, though they can’t deny they go together as well as coffee and doughnuts, in spite of their tempers. But that’s before Joe learns Murphy will be working for the corporation he believes is harming local businesses and the environment—and if Murphy will be supporting it, Joe wants nothing to do with him, dooming any possibility of an unexpected happy ending.

Review:
Reviewed previously by Beth here: https://openskyebookreviews.com/somethings-brewing-at-joes-by-sjd-peterson/

Beth really liked the story and I mostly agree with her. It’s solidly written and does have some really strong characters that drive the story at a fairly nice pace.
For me the story lacked that “hook” that grabs you and makes you want to keep reading. I was just not that invested in the story. It was nice and the writing was good, but I was never “captivated”.

3 of 5 stars

Audio

I enjoyed Chase Johnson’s narration.  He definitely does a lot to make this a performance more than merely a narration and he distinguishes all the characters nicely. It was a solid production, though sometimes it felt a little like dinner theatre in that the acting was a bit over the top.

I think listening to this is a great way to experience the story and I’d definitely look for this narrator in the future.

4.5 of 5 stars

Overall 3.5 of 5 stars

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Fire and Flint by Andrew Grey

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/fire-and-flint-by-andrew-grey-9126-

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Series: Carlisle Deputies

Jordan Erichsohn suspects something is rotten about his boss, Judge Crawford. Unfortunately he has nowhere to turn and doubts anyone will believe his claims—least of all the handsome deputy, Pierre Ravelle, who has been assigned to protect the judge, as he’s been receiving the threatening letters. The judge has a long reach, and if he finds out Jordan’s turned on him, he might impede Jordan adopting his son, Jeremiah.

When Jordan can no longer stay silent, he gathers his courage and tells Pierre what he knows. To his surprise and relief, Pierre believes him, and Jordan finds an ally… and maybe more. Pierre vows to do what it takes to protect Jordan and Jeremiah and see justice done. He’s willing to fight for the man he’s growing to love and the family he’s starting to think of as his own. But Crawford is a powerful and dangerous enemy, and he’s not above ripping apart everything Jordan and Pierre are trying to build in order to save himself…

Review
I like Andrew Grey’s work because with him I know I’m getting a straight forward romance with a touch of hot sex. Problems never amount to much of an obstacle and there is always a happy ending. Fire and Flint is no different. Although the story takes place within the Carlisle Deputies series it can be read alone. There are mentions of characters from other books but they do not feature heavily. The story focuses on Pierre and his budding relationship with Jordan who is in the process of adopting four year old Jeremiah. Jeremiah is a sweetheart. Possibly a bit too adult at times but I excused this by thinking he would’ve had to grow up quite fast being in care. Pierre meets Jordan when he is assigned to protect the Judge Jordan works for. Jordan knows something fishy is going on with the Judge but is reluctant to say anything with Jeremiah’s adoption so close to being finalised. This is a love at first sight story for Pierre. Jordan is the guy for him and when he meets Jeremiah his heart goes out to him as well. I loved seeing them get to know each other in a growing little family. The two aspects of the story, relationship/family and the investigation into the Judge worked well together. I liked seeing how as Pierre investigated a corrupt judge ruined people’s lives and families. And It’s Pierre’s aim to get justice for them whilst protecting his own budding family.
I found this to be a quick an easy read no huge surprises and a little suspense. Worth reading if you want to escape into happy without a holiday theme.

3 of stars out of 5

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Holidays: An Open Window (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers) by Rick R. Reed

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Two men. One Christmas Eve that changes the courses of both their lives.

Henry’s homeless and only wants a warm place to sleep on the coldest night of the year. A forgotten open window in a darkened house entices Henry inside with the promise of warmth and comfort. He knows it’s wrong, but he promises himself he’ll be out before the owner wakes on Christmas morning. Except he oversleeps and the homeowner, Jim, discovers a bearded stranger sawing logs under his dining room table. When the shock and the drama that ensues dies down, Henry and Jim discover that they might have found, quite unexpectedly, the Christmas miracle they’d both been longing for—love and home.

 

Review

 

This was just a bit too maudlin for me with not enough of the happy to quite balance it out. While I really applauded the approach to looking at life through different lenses and the unique way the story was laid out, I kind of wanted to see more of the middle part that got glossed over.

 

It was sweet, short and sentimental.

 

3.5 of 5 stars

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