Romanus by Mary Calmes

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Stopping to offer help one sultry summer night, Mason James is unprepared for the change that this simple act of kindness will bring. After giving an old man a ride home, Mason discovers a new, magical, and even dangerous world he cannot hope to understand. But he also finds Luc Toussaint and is intoxicated at first sight… and even the secret Luc protects won’t be enough to keep Mason away from the truth of his heritage and their love.

Review

So – you know how much I love Mary. Well, this is quintessential Mary. Mason is that perfect guy – clueless about how perfect he is – who stumbles into something that should be terrifying, but instead he does everything right and manages to win everyone over – all while having no idea he’s doing it.

He “rescues” an elder on the side of the road, and in turn proves that he’s got something special in his DNA that makes him revered by the people he meets next.

There is only a small amount of angst in this short story and we get a solid HFN by the end.

My only complaint is the length and the lack of more stories from this as a series! I loved it! Wished we could see more from this “world” and wish we could learn more about the creatures and their Romanus.

If you haven’t read this and you’re a Mary fan – go – read it – it’s wonderful!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Bayou Dreams (Rougaroux Social Club #1) by Lynn Lorenz

 

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Sheriff Scott Dupree’s got more problems than he can handle. He’s alpha of his small werewolf pack and coming up for re-election as sheriff in a year. On top of this, his mother is casting love spells to find Scott a mate. It’s all Scott can do to keep the town and pack under control, let alone his urges to mate.

Ted Canedo is openly gay, a disgraced ex-cop from New Orleans. His patrol partner was killed on duty and Ted took the blame for taking protection money from the store owner to save his partner’s wife and kids grief. No one knew Ted was in love with his partner, not even his partner. Having him die in Ted’s arms killed something inside Ted too.

When the moon is full and Scott’s momma works her magic, Ted’s erotic dreams and his work as a PI bring him to St. Jerome and sexy, straight Scott. Scott’s stunned to learn his wolf is gay and wants to mate with Ted. Ted refuses to become involved with a straight man, much less a werewolf, terrified to risk his heart again.

Especially if it he has to watch Scott fight to the death for his right to claim Ted as his mate.

Review

Scott has a crazy mama who fancies herself a witch. She puts together some voodoo to try to find Scott a mate. Well – he finds one alright, but it’s a guy! Ooops!

Ted is gay and has no problem being so. He’s got personal problems that force him to move into Scott’s town. When the two meet there’s that instant mate chemistry which Scott does everything to shut down.

What happens next is the two men fighting their attraction and finally succumbing all the while dealing with mysterious events in St Jerome and trying to keep Scott’s mama from making things worse!

**

This was a totally fun, very sexy, “believable” GFY shifter book. I loved the heck out of it and it’s definitely the favorite in this series, though the others are great reads, too.

Scott’s mama is a hoot and the smexy times are scorching!

I highly recommend this to fans of shifters and especially “straight to gay” shifters.

4.5 of 5 stars

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Someday It Will Be by SA McAuley

 

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Poe is about to learn death and time are fragile barriers—if he has the strength of will to let go.

Poe passes through a graffiti-laden alley, his chin tucked into his chest, a scarf wrapped tightly over his mouth to keep out the cold. He has nowhere to go since Isaac’s death, but something compels him out in the frigid Chicago winter.

He steps out of the alley, off the curb, and…into sand. In summertime. Isaac told him it would happen but Poe doesn’t care how it’s possible, only that now he has a chance to make everything right.

 

Review

I can’t really sum this up without giving up the entire story. So … let me tell you that this is a very short, but profound story about two kids who grow up as best friends, find one another later in life and after way too much time admit what the other means to each other.

There’s a touch of the supernatural and mystery thrown in, some regret, growth, and pain, but in the end a truly beautiful happy ending that will leave you wanting more.

It’s a quick read, but it will stick with you.  SA McAuley is a new author to me, but I one I’m going to definitely look into for further reads.

5 of 5 stars

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Lights and Sirens (EMS Heat #2) by Stephani Hecht

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The past couple years have been a real bitch for trauma nurse, Lucas Harris. He’d given up everything to be in a relationship with a man he loved, only to find out the feelings weren’t mutual. Hurt and betrayed, Lucas leaves everything behind and moves to Flint, Michigan to start over again.

After a night of too many drinks, Lucas gets up-close-and-personal with paramedic Matt Shaw. The only problem is while Matt may be the sexiest medic in Flint, he’s also as straight as they come. The last thing Lucas wants is to be someone’s dirty little secret again, but at the same time he can’t deny his growing attraction to Matt. When a near fatal incident forces the men to face their feelings for one another, Lucas knows things will never be the same again. Will his heart be able to survive the outcome?

Review

Matt is straight, but not exactly closed off to the idea that he might be attracted to a guy. Lucas is wary of becoming another “secret” so he holds Matt at bay.

Eventually, with some help from a dangerous situation, the two realize that they have to be brave and give love a chance, no matter how it looks to the outside world.

**

Though this is only book two in the series, I want to put in a plug for the entire series. I’ve really enjoyed these “bite sized” romances. Each is short but with recurring characters from the previous books. There is a fair amount of hot sex but also lots of “feels” and satisfying endings.

If you’re in the mood for a quick, mostly light, always happy and sexy read – give this series a try!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Cronin’s Key III by NR Walker (Review for Tour)

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History isn’t always what it seems…

Twelve months after his change, Alec MacAidan is still getting used to his many vampire talents. While most vampires would give anything to have more than one supernatural power, Alec craves nothing more than peace and time alone with Cronin. But when Alec meets entities from outside this realm, he’s left powerless in their presence.

Zoan are half-lycan, half-dragon creatures that have slipped through time and reality, seemingly undetected by man and vampire. Or have they? They bear an uncanny resemblance to gargoyles, leaving Alec’s view on all things weird to get a whole lot weirder.

This new quest leads Alec, Cronin, and their band of friends to Paris, Rome, and Moscow, where they learn that gargoyles aren’t simply statues on walls. In the underground pits beneath churches all over the world, Alec discovers the Key’s true destiny. Facing the Zoan might take every talent he has. And he may need help from the dead to get them all out alive.

Review

If you’ve been following along, we met Alec and Cronin in book one – fated mates, one human one vampire. It took until book two for them to finally complete the bonding process and they risked everything for the conversion. Now we finally get to see just what a “key” is made of and what he can do with his newfound talents.

It’s not a surprise when I tell you that Alec ends up with not one, or two, or three, but ALL the vampire skills and it’s a bit overwhelming. There is yet another crisis to save the world – a portal which opened up upon his conversion allowed in, the Zoan (sort of gargoyles, lycan, werewolf… creatures who are very bad and can stop time!)

In the end there is lots of drama – some loss of good friends – some reconnecting with past friends and lots of ooey gooey lurve between Cronin and Alec.

**

I’m having a hard time rating this… on the one hand I really liked that we got to spend so much time with Alec and Cronin as a couple and I loved that we got to see all the cool things Alec could do! That was amazing. By then end of the book I really felt like their story was complete and that’s a great feeling.

However, I missed the electrical connection we saw in books one and two between Alec and Cronin as there were few smexy times and most of the book was devoted to the conquering of the Zoan. So I missed the “romance” in this romance.

I appreciated the tied-up loose ends and the really happy future that got laid out for our MCs and the nice, tidy ending for some of the secondary characters, but I missed spending time alone with our guys.

Overall, it was a great series and a nice ending and I recommend it to fans of the series.

3.5 of 5 stars

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The Foster Family Audiobook by Jamie Samms Narrated by Greg Tremblay

 

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Growing up in foster care has left Kerry Grey with little self-esteem or hope for his future. A college dropout, Kerry scrapes by on a part-time job at a garden nursery. His friendship with his boss and working with the plants are the only high points in Kerry’s life. He’s been dating the man who bullied him at school, but when his boyfriend abandons him at a party, Kerry wanders down the beach to drown his sorrows in a bottle of scotch.

Malcolm Holmes and Charlie Stone have been together for 15 years. Despite Charlie’s willingness to accept Malcolm’s unspoken domination in bed, something is missing from their relationship. Early one morning, they rescue a passed-out Kerry from being washed away by the tide, and Charlie immediately senses a kindred spirit in the lost younger man. When Kerry’s roommate kicks him out, Malcolm and Charlie invite him into their home. As Charlie and Kerry bond over Charlie’s garden, Malcolm sees Kerry may be just who they have been looking for to complete their lives. All they have to do is show Kerry, and each other, that Kerry’s submissive tendencies will fit their dynamic.

But someone is sabotaging Kerry at every turn. As he struggles to discover the culprit, he fears for the safety of his new friends. If Malcolm and Charlie cannot help, their lifelong search for their perfect third may not end with the happily ever after they imagined.

Review

I think the gist of the story is pretty well laid out in the blurb.

**

Let me start by saying that I took a long time to finish this book and write a review because I feel pretty conflicted about it.

I really wanted to like the triad, I don’t generally have a “problem” with them as a concept, but in this case the relationship felt really unequal. I never felt that Kerry was a full partner in this relationship.

I also really don’t like BDSM – esp the Dom/sub thing and I struggle to keep that bias free from clouding the story. I totally understand that for some this dynamic works – but it goes against my personal “equality” issues so – again – this partnership just felt out of balance.

Kerry’s coming of age story was really well done and I almost think that if it had been the main thrust of the story it would have had been a better story overall.

I can’t fault the writing and I think the characters were really well developed – people not so hung up on equality will probably really like this story – it’s very touching.

Audiobook

I love Greg Tremblay and he just does amazing things for this or any story he reads. He is so good at adding emotion to a story that you feel made part of it. His narration is why I even took this story on – otherwise I would have let it lie, based on the description.

For the book and the narration as a sum total I give it 3.5 hearts

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