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Blood Tied (Warlock Brothers of Havenbridge Book 2) by Jacob Z Flores

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Thad Blackmoor’s heart is as cold as his icy magical abilities. He considers emotions a waste of his time and prefers to study the arcane, using the sacred books of his coven to grow in his craft. He aspires to supersede his father and elder brother Pierce in power, and now that his younger brother Mason has tapped into the rare warlock power of darkness, he needs to work harder than ever.

But Thad’s ambitions are halted when he saves Aiden Teine, a fire fairy, from a banshee. Thad’s immediate attraction to Aiden catches him off guard and thaws his cold heart for the first time. As Thad, Aiden, and his brothers investigate the connection between the banshee attack and the vampyre and shadow weaver who almost killed them, Thad tries to dodge Ben, a sexy warlock who won’t let him be after a one-night stand.

Their search leads them to the Otherworld, where something even more insidious is at work—something Thad will need more than logic to stand against.

Review

In this, the second book, Thad, the brother with the power to freeze and the oldest brother, we see our warlock family still struggling against the vampyren. This time there is an attack on Ben, another warlock and Aiden, a fire fairy.

Unknowingly, Thad attracks the malicious attention of Ben, while hoping for the undivided attention of Aiden.

Thad was hit the hardest by his mother’s death and the seeming inattention of his father. He studies hard and that’s what defines him most days. When he has an unexpected liason with Ben, followed shortly by his immediate attraction to Aiden, everyone is surprised by his actions, including him.

There is much drama following Aiden and (later) Ben, too. The whole family must (again) band together to fight the most recent batch of evil in order to keep Aiden safe.

**

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Jacob Flores has done an amazing job with this series. It has a little bit of something for everyone in it. Fantasy, magic, romance, danger… you name it.

This heavily relies on knowledge from book one, so I don’t recommend it as a standalone. The author has created a complicated and intricate world and it’s built upon in book two, from book one.

I loved book one very much (see review here: http://kimichanexperience.com/spellbound-warlock-brothers-havenbridge-book-1-jacob-z-flores/) and found this one to be very entertaining. I rated it only slightly lower because I didn’t connect with the MCs like I did in book one, but I’m still very excited to read book three coming out next month!

4.25 of 5 stars

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Dance with me Audiobook by Heidi Cullinan Narrated by Iggy Toma

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Ed Maurer’s life would be fine if he could just get Laurie Parker off his back. He’s bounced back, more or less, from the neck injury that permanently benched his semi-pro football career, and he volunteers now at a local community center. It’s just that every time he turns around, that damn professional dancer is in his way, hating Ed right back. But when a bargain Ed strikes at the center lands him as an assistant in Laurie’s ballroom dancing class, their perceptions of each other turn upside down. Both Ed and Laurie have heartbreak in their pasts, but somehow dancing together eases their individual pain. For Ed, dancing with Laurie becomes a way to reconnect with his body after losing football. For Laurie, partnering with Ed has erased some of his fear of performing and brought back joy to a sport he wasn’t sure he could ever truly love again.

As Laurie and Ed lose themselves in dance, their lives continue to spin around them: Ed’s injury makes it clear he’s nowhere near recovery, Laurie feels the pressure by friends and family to perform once more, and the community center that has become such an important part of both their worlds threatens to close. Alone, they haven’t had the strength or spirit to face what life has hurled at them. But as the turns of their personal paths lead them into the arms of love, Ed and Laurie begin to think that if they dance this dance together, they might be able to succeed.

Review
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Summarized:

Ed meets Laurie as a way to work through his chronic pain through dance – an alternate form of exercise that spares his neck.

At first the dancer and the jock clash, each thinking poorly of the other.

Over time they come to realize how lovely the contrast can be and how perfect they are for the other.

**

I love this book so much!

I love that it’s real and doesn’t shy away from the imperfections found in each of the lovers.

Laurie finds sex to be funny and messy but still wonderful.

Ed has a hard time even having sex sometimes, his pain is so great.

Both have to wrestle with their pride and re-define their dreams when their original plans go awry. Together they find the strength to do this.

Heidi is a magnificent writer and this is one of her best books IMHO.

Audio

Iggy Toma has narrated a lot for Heidi and he does another really excellent job here. I love the depth of emotion he puts in to his characters. His pacing is wonderful and his voice is so easy to listen to. I highly recommend both the book and this narration.

I give it 6 of 5 stars – Amazing!

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Heart in Hand (Warders Book 3) by Mary Calmes

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Simon Kim is very much in love with Leith Haas, but Leith is a Warder. His job-hunting demons-is dangerous and important, and Simon doesn’t want to distract the man he loves more than life with the small stuff. But he doesn’t quite get that when a Warder takes a Hearth, the Warder gives his heart without reservation. When Leith claimed Simon, Leith bared his soul, leaving himself vulnerable before the only man he’s certain he’ll ever love.When Simon is sucked further into Leith’s perilous world-and into an alternate dimension-Simon realizes that the only strength he can give his Warder is the strength of his love. Can Simon sacrifice the control he has come to treasure for the man who already owns his soul?

Review

Simon and Leith are a Harth and Warder. They knew from the start that they were meant to be, but neither has really trusted the relationship. Leith resents the time away from him when Simon has to work and Simon has a hard time leaning on Leith like he’d want.

Simon goes on another work trip, but this time things go horribly wrong. He’s sucked into a demon’s dimension and forced to help his co-workers try to survive while being “attacked” by one of the demon’s solidiers.

Fortunately, at their core, his friends and lover are good people and Simon is able to use that to save the day.

**

This was a really interesting story. In addition to being hot and sexy at times, it also had a bit of a psychological/ thriller component. This is a bit scary at times!

Simon is snarky and sweet at the same time. His friends and lover are willing to follow him (literally) through hell, but he doesn’t see his own value.

Warders are super heroes but they have flaws and Leith’s is insecurity despite everything to the contrary. Having Simon literally see him and love him at his worst was the perfect way to cement in his mind that Simon really and truly loved him.

I love this series and have read it over and over. Each couple are so unique and different from the others but with that underlying thread of deep, unshakable love.

One thing I appreciate the most about Mary’s writing is that she isn’t afraid to have flaws in her characters- they make “human” choices even when those aren’t always the “best” choices to be made. Even her “super heroes” are down to earth and approachable in their “imperfectness”.

4.25 of 5 stars

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Author Name: Karen Stivali

Book Name: Moment of Silence

Series: Moments In Time

This book is a ‘Moments in Time Novel’. It takes place in the same world, but can be read separately.

Release Date: December 18, 2015

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Blurb:

Growing up, Jason Stern led a charmed life complete with devoted sisters, a father who was one of Brooklyn’s most respected rabbis, and a mother who made the world’s best babka. He headed to NYU ready for anything—except falling for the wrong guy, coming out, and getting disowned by his once-loving family. In spite of that, Jason managed to graduate with honors. He’s got friends who treat him like family, and he’s proudly running the largest LGBTQ teen shelter in Manhattan. Life is good, but he’s still falling for the wrong men.

When charming, sexy Quinn Fitzpatrick begins work at the shelter, Jason falls hard and fast. Quinn is tall, blond, funny—damn near perfect. Only if Quinn’s gay, even he doesn’t seem to know it. If he does, he’s not telling anyone. And he’s about one ceremony away from becoming a Catholic priest.

Long hours of work turn to long nights of talking and laughter, and Jason dares to hope this time he’s falling for the right guy. But Quinn’s got a past to deal with and major decisions to make about his future. When Quinn leaves for a silent retreat, Jason knows the silence may change everything.

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Pierogi were just what the evening required. We got two orders, potato with fried onions, and cheese doused in butter. To round things out, we added a gigantic link of kielbasa and finished it all off with blueberry blintzes. By the time we were done eating, I was so full I could barely move.

“This was awesome.” Quinn licked a purple streak of blueberry off his fork before setting it down and pushing his plate away.

I was too mesmerized by the sight of his tongue to speak right away.

The waitress stopped at our booth. “All set?”

“Yeah, thanks.”

She placed the paper check between us, and Quinn reached for it, but I grabbed it first. “I’ve got this one. Make up for the popcorn you gave away.”

“You don’t have to do that.” He pulled out his wallet and put a twenty on the table.

“You can’t let anyone do anything for you, can you?”

Quinn’s eyes bugged, then softened. “Yeah, I guess I do have a problem with that sometimes.”

“Sometimes?”

“Okay, most of the time.”

“You know what they say. The first step is admitting you have a problem. And the second is letting me pay for dinner.” I stuck the check and enough money for the meal and tip under the glass sugar shaker, then grabbed Quinn’s twenty, folded it in half, leaned over, and tucked it into his shirt pocket.

My fingers were in the pocket before I fully realized what I was doing. Then the whole universe condensed into the drag of my fingers on that two-inch-square area of his chest. His rock-solid chest that tightened the instant I made contact. My own chest froze, devoid of air. I’d forgotten how to breathe. All I could do was think about the fact that I had my hand on this man who’d consumed my waking and sleeping hours for weeks. And I had to let go. Literally.

I pulled my hand away, trying to turn the rush of breath that returned to my lungs into something resembling a laugh. “Ready to get out of here?”

Quinn nodded.

Shit. He’s silent again. Did he notice that moment of fantasy lust I just played out? What the fuck is wrong with me? Way to make him uncomfortable. Fuck—My monologue of self-criticism was interrupted by his hand on my shoulder.

His hand was probably a normal temperature, but given the heat it generated in my body, he might as well have been the Human Torch . Great. I’m not only in love with a straight priest, he’s also a superhero.

Quinn chuckled, and for a second I worried I’d said my crazy thoughts out loud. My face flushed to match the heat that coursed through the rest of me. “What?”

He handed me my keys. “You left these on the table.”

“Oh.” I took them, heat flaring through me in another rush when his fingers brushed mine as he placed the keyring in my hand. “Thanks. Geez. That would have sucked if I’d left those here.”

“Yeah.”

My phone buzzed in my pocket, and I nearly tripped over the step as we left the restaurant. It was a text from Campbell. I laughed. “Apparently my roommate’s having an orange juice crisis, as in we’re out of orange juice. I need to stop at the bodega on the way home. I feel like we’re married sometimes. In a weird, sexless way.” Stop talking. Now.

“It’s good you get along so well.”

I gestured to the store on the next corner. “You need anything?”

“Nah. I’m too full to even think about eating or drinking anything.”

“The power of the pierogi.”

He grinned. “See you tomorrow?”

“Get some sleep. Tomorrow we’ll work on those shelves. Unless you think we need to run the math one more time.”

“Just triple-checking your skills.” The teasing sound in his voice made me want to stay on that corner and talk to him all night. Anything to keep hold of the pleasant hum that was vibrating through my body. But then he turned away, heading toward his place, hand in the air in a backward wave of sorts. “Good night.”

It was indeed. “Night.”

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Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies, and fictional British men. She’s also the multiple award-winning author of contemporary and erotic romances. She writes novels about love…like real life, only hotter.

Karen’s lifelong fascination with people has led her to careers ranging from hand-drawn animator, to party planner, to marriage and family counselor, but writing has always been her passion. Karen enjoys nothing more than following her characters on their journey toward love. Whether the couples are m/f or m/m, it’s guaranteed that Karen’s novels are filled with food, friendship, love, and smoking hot sex—all the best things in life.

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Lonely Hearts (Love Lessons 3) Audiobook by Heidi Cullinan Narrated by Iggy Toma

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With the quiet help of his wealthy family, Sebastian “Baz” Acker has successfully kept his painful past at bay. But as the end of college draws near, his friends—his buffer zone—are preparing to move on, while his own life is at a crippling standstill.With loneliness bearing down on him, Baz hooks up—then opens up—with Elijah Prince, the guy Baz took a bullet for last year. The aftershocks of their one-night stand leave giant cracks in Baz’s carefully constructed armor. For the first time, the prospect isn’t terrifying.

Accustomed to escaping his demons by withdrawing into his imagination, Elijah isn’t used to having a happy herd of friends. He’s even less comfortable as the object of a notorious playboy’s affections. Yet all signs seem to indicate this time happiness might be within his grasp. When Baz’s mother runs for a highly sought-after public office, the media hounds drag Baz’s and Elijah’s pasts into the light. In the blinding glare, Baz and Elijah face the ultimate test: discovering if they’re stronger together…or apart.

Warning: Contains sex in a Tesla, sex in a cupboard, sex under a piano, kinky role play, and a cappella RuPaul songs. Just a couple of boys groping, battling, then finally loving their way to becoming me.

Review
(Previously on this site)

This is book three in a series, and while technically it can be read on it’s own, it is definitely much better read – in order – as part of the series.

We met Elijah in book 2. He was the son of the crazed religious zealots who was a rent boy, homeless on the streets of the city for awhile, and then Aaron’s roommate. His folks got crazy when they found out he’d only “faked” being converted back from being gay and was, in fact, still gay – and attempted to shoot him! Baz, who we’ve also met before, got in the way of the bullet and sustained an injury but survived to add another scar to his repertoire.

Baz is the poor rich boy whose parents are the “Illinois equivalent to the Kennedy’s”. He was bashed as a teenager and is now crippled sometimes with chronic pain and eye difficulties.

Baz and Elijah had actually met before all the shooting when Baz had rescued Elijah from a trick gone bad and sent Elijah back to the evil parents.

Ok – now here we are today at Walter and Kelly’s wedding (woot!). Elijah is depressed. Baz is depressed. Elijah has a super crush on Baz and Baz is always “worried” about Elijah’s well-being.

They hook up. (Mild form of saying they have super-hot-monkey-sex in Baz’s new Tesla!) From there on the two are mostly on again/ off again lovers then boyfriends.

But… there’s a lot of drama. Elijah has so much guilt surrounding his “Poor Elijah” fund that he takes on a sucky food service job to allay the guilt (though he doesn’t need the cash.)

Baz is feeling unsettled because all his friends are “growing up” without him and graduating and now he needs to decide what he wants to do with his life.

Plus the media is in a frenzy because Baz’s mother and uncle are making moves in the political arena that put Baz and his life in the spotlight.

Elijah’s still in the news from being the victim of his crazed parents but he’s also now dating Baz and that isn’t good for the campaign – what with his background and such.

And… there’s Lewis/Lejla the almost trans friend Elijah makes while doing dishes.

So… lots of stuff and a little bit of the music scene too.

Eventually, they get it all sorted (of course they do!) and find their own version of the Disney Princess Happy Ending – and we get to see Laurie and Ed again! (Woo Hoo!)

**

Wow – I get it now. Even in summarizing this story I have to include many, many, many words!

This is a long story – 355 pages as compared to the 270 of book 2, but not as many as the 379 of book 1. There is a lot – A LOT – of detail and a lot of drama.

But… there are a lot – A LOT- of feels, too.

I really love Heidi Cullinan’s characters. They are rich, flawed – very flawed sometimes – real, emotive, charismatic, sometimes cantankerous yet charming, and very well developed. Even if you hadn’t read about them before, you know by the end of the book that you have a solid sense of each of these MCs as well as their cadre of friends.

She also has a way of taking these guys through some really awful stuff and making it seem manageable in a way that is realistic. No quick fixes or band-aids, but hard work and sacrifice. (For the most part – see the end for what I mean.)

In this book, we also have some seriously HOT sex, too. These boys can be DIRTY and it shows! But – somehow – it’s also very loving and revealing and tender at the same time.

I absolutely adored Lewis/Lejla and I hope s/he might be featured more in future works. Her story was so honest and heart-felt and really high-lighted some of the difficulties in actually becoming trans that get sort of swept away with the whole emotional process.

Of course it was so great to see our friends Walter and Kelly, Aaron and Giles again – moving on with life and being cute with each other. And the extra-special I about smiled my face off – Laurie and Ed from Dance With Me! Squeeee! I love that book and I LOVE those guys! I was stoked when Ed kinda put the eye on Baz but then said he had enough man waiting on him at home! Whoo-ee. Love those two!

I had just a few issues with this book.

First – the length. I really and truly felt it could have been shortened without losing any of the specialness. It felt – at times – like we were accounting for every minute of every day and every emotion either boy felt. A lot of the “agonizing in my head” stuff both Elijah and Baz did really could have been summarized because by the end I kind of felt bashed on the head with it. And I’m not sure that I needed to know every feature of the Tesla to appreciate that it was fancy and expensive. And I didn’t need to know every decoration on every table at the wedding. And I didn’t need to know about every movie made by Miyazaki.

Second- the ending. I’m going to sound hypocritical here but stay with me a moment when I say that the ending was too rushed. We spent agonizingly long pages outlining Baz’s pain and lack of direction and tons of time hearing Elijah’s self-deprecating and clearly depressed inner workings and in the span of only a handful of pages those two MAJOR problems are seemingly solved by bumping into the right guy at the right time and agreeing to eat more healthy and limit the cigarettes and alcohol.
Of course I’m being glib, but it FELT that way. Especially Elijah’s part of the equation. I just didn’t buy that he would full scale decide he had everything to live for, reject drugs as a method of self-medicating, and embrace this new, organic, yoga-filled life when he’d been the poster child for self-destruction not 20 pages ago.
I think, realistically, long-term, INTENSE therapy, AND some significant life-style changes over a long period MIGHT grant him some relief…

I mean, I really appreciated the sensitivity that Heidi shows around chronic pain (both with Ed and Laurie and now Baz and Elijah) and how a person’s definition of “sexual intercourse” can be different based on fulfilling different needs. So, maybe a bit more attention to the importance of in-depth psychotherapy for someone whose parents SHOT at you is warranted.

However – by large margins my complaints are pretty minimal in the face of how much I did appreciate where this book goes and the overall feeling of happiness that we end up with for these two very, very lost boys.

I highly recommend it to fans of the series and for those who might want to read it on it’s own I say Go For It! It’s really good, Heidi is a phenomenal writer and despite being a bit wordy, the ride is absolutely worth the time it takes.

Audio

I love Iggy Toma as a narrator. He always does a great job with the emotion and the drama. He differentiates the characters though he doesn’t do a lot with each voice.

I think it’s a great way to enjoy this and adds to the overall enjoyment.

4.5 of 5 stars

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The Perfect Bite by JD Walker

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Gabe Villagran has been an outcast since birth. The large purple birthmark on the right side of his face has ostracized him from family and community, leaving him with little self-esteem. So, imagine his delight when vampires come out to the world. Finally, at the age of eighteen, he’s not the only freak of nature around.
Five years after leaving home, Gabe meets Pierre Sangre outside his gay vampire club quite by chance—meaning, he rescues Gabe from becoming vampire food. A vampire himself, Pierre has been mourning the loss of his beloved Andre for centuries but sees something in the young man before him, and wants to keep him close. Pierre hires Gabe as a sort of “boy Friday” at the club and Gabe, grateful to his savior, accepts and falls irrevocably in love.
For ten years, both men have danced around their attraction to each other. Pierre, because Gabe is vulnerable; Gabe, because he doesn’t think he can ever measure up to Andre. But now, one night of misunderstandings clears things up and the two men meet in a blaze of passionate encounters that make the world new, for both of them.
All it takes is the perfect bite.

Review

Gabe has a scar that keeps him from wanting to be noticed. When he can, he escapes his horrible childhood and finds sanctuary at a Vampire Bar called Dicknosis. There he meets the owner, Pierre and over the years, falls terribly in love with him.

Pierre has lost his mate decades ago and is still pining for him. But… over time he’s come to realize there may be room in his heart for another.

**

There were parts of this story that I really liked. Gabe has the perfect unrequited love and Pierre the perfect Alpha male character down pat. I was definitely rooting for Gabe and since this is such a short story was happy for the relative low amount of angst and tribulations.

I didn’t always care for the phrasing of things, it felt stilted and old-fashioned at times then uncomfortably “hip” at others.

It wasn’t the best vampire story I’ve ever read, but it wasn’t the worst either. For the most part I found it entertaining.

3 of 5 stars

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Motel. Pool by Kim Fielding

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In the mid-1950s, Jack Dayton flees his working-class prospects in Omaha and heads to Hollywood, convinced he’ll be the next James Dean. But sleazy casting couches don’t earn him stardom, and despair leads to a series of poor decisions that ultimately find him at a cheap motel off Route 66, lifeless at the bottom of the pool.

Sixty years later, Tag Manning, feeling hopeless and empty, flees his most recent relationship mistake and takes to the open road. On a roundabout route to Las Vegas, he pulls over to rest at an isolated spot on Route 66. There’s no longer a motel or pool, but when Tag resumes his journey to Vegas, he finds he’s transporting a hitchhiking ghost. Jack and Tag come to find much-needed friends in each other, but one man is a phantom and the other is strangely cursed. Time is running out for each of them, and they must face the fact that a future together may not only be a gamble… it may not be in the cards.

Review

Holy crap this is a good book!

Jack was alive in the 1950s, trying to make it in Hollywood by being a “good friend” to a low level director in the hopes of scoring a good part. The director’s wife knows about their arrangement and doesn’t care… or does she?

One night, after Jack confronts the director and decides he’s had enough of being put off, he’s going to go back to Omaha and start life as a meat packer or something. His car breaks down and he calls the only people he knows for help, but instead of the director, it’s the wife who comes to “help”. Instead of money or a ride, she gives him liquor and pills and a shoulder to cry on. Suddenly, he finds himself in the pool… dead.

Tag is alive in modern times. But he isn’t sure he wants to be. He has his own secret troubles and he can’t accept happiness because it all eventually falls apart. When he’s stopped on the highway by a mysterious patrol man, his life takes on a dramatic twist and a ghost!

For whatever reason, Jack can make himself be seen and not only Tag but others can see him – but it comes at an energetic cost. He can’t do it forever, but he finds himself longing for Tag’s company. The darkness in Tag calls to Jack and maybe it’s Tag’s redemption that keeps Jack from crossing over, or maybe something else…

The two spend their time in Las Vegas – finding several adventures along the way – as Tag introduces Jack to modern times and the life of a gay man in the 21st century.

Eventually, the time comes for Jack to make a decision – can he stay with Tag? Will Tag be okay if Jack leaves? What will Tag do with his life if Jack leaves?

**

This story is truly remarkable. It’s like nothing I’ve read before and I found it breathtaking!

Kim Fielding is a favorite author of mine, but for some reason I shied away from this book. Maybe because it felt so dark. And… it is dark. There are times when you wonder if either of these guys has even the remotest of hopes at happiness.

They work through some ugly, gritty and real stuff. Depression. Homophobia. Bigotry. Suicide. Murder. Hauntings. Abuse… it’s in there. But, in Kim’s brilliance, she’s able to find the path to bring them their happiness. In a twist I would never have predicted, these guys find their permanent HEA and it was so very sweet! Such a rewarding ending!

So… I warn you to gird up for some dark times, but strongly recommend you persevere because it is absolutely worth it to get to the other side!

Kudos Kim! This was a fantastic book! (Kudos to the cover artist Paul Richmond – captures the essence of the story so perfectly!)

Highly recommended and hoping we see it on audio one day!

6 of 5 stars

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Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Angst Level Book Contemporary Fated Mates Gay Heat Index Hopelessly Crying m/m Military mpreg Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Purchased Scorching/high heat Shifter

Heat Fated Mates by Wolf Specter

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Mankind doesn’t know that dragon shifters like Dane Bennett exist, even though their history has been manipulated by the arrogant beasts for thousands of years. Unlike the rest of his species, Dane has dedicated his life to caring for humans, looking out for them, fighting for them, protecting them — and never, ever letting them know what he really is.
Wesley Byrne just broke up with his boyfriend, and he certainly isn’t looking for another. His twin brother, Ty, thinks a night out with some of the soldiers he serves with will be just what Wes needs to stop moping over a man who doesn’t deserve it.
After four hundred years, the dragon inside Dane recognizes Wes as his destiny, but Dane doesn’t trust his dragon. He’s convinced that humans can’t survive a dragon’s heat, and if he gives in it will force him to break the vow he made the day he discovered his true nature — to never take a human life.
But neither Dane nor Wes can resist the powerful pull of a fated mate, and each of them will get more than they bargained for when they finally come together.

Heat: Fated Mates is a standalone novel with a HEA ending, a satisfying epilogue, and NO CLIFFHANGERS!
Content Warning: This book is a steamy gay romance that contains explicit, unprotected love scenes and male pregnancy, or Mpreg. Adults only shifter romance!

Review

Wes has been jilted – again. His twin takes him out for consolation drinks and there he sees across a crowded room a man who sets his insides on fire, Dane.

Dane, who was in the military with Wes’s twin, sees Wes and knows he’s found his mate. This doesn’t bring him happiness, only terror and sadness, because he knows that if he claims his mate, it will kill him.

But… Dane’s dragon half cannot resist Wes and mate they do, despite Dane’s concern.

When Wes ends up pregnant it’s up to Dane to explain his new lot in life and how it may be ending in a few months time.

Luckily there’s more about Dragons than Dane knows and if he finds this out soon enough he may save them both.

**

This was so much fun! There’s the insta-love that you expect from a shifter story, but it builds, too, over time as Dane and Wes learn about one another beyond the mating heat.

The mpreg stuff is always a hoot and watching Wes navigate the vomiting, emotional swings and weight gain was hysterical. Dane was so sweet to him even though he was torn up inside about the baby.

I didn’t love that Dane was willing to walk away from Wes and leave him to die alone… but he totally redeems himself and makes it seem like the right thing to do at the time, especially when you consider the “mating fire” part of the equation.

I thought this was a creative world and hope to see more of it in the future. Maybe with the twin? Or Ben?

(PS super hot cover!)

4 of 5 stars

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http://www.amazon.com/Heat-Shifter-Romance-Dragons-Destiny-ebook/dp/B016DZWS2S/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1447130901&sr=1-1&keywords=heat+fated+mates

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adult - 18+ Angst Level Audiobook Author Provided Book Contemporary Fated Mates Heat Index m/m Mid level angst mpreg Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Paranormal Part of a Series Scorching/high heat Shifter

Bear my Stripes Audiobook by Artemis Wolffe Narrated by Gus Klondike

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Mark Bruner is a bear caught in the middle. While Mark has always harbored feelings that his father’s ancient clan might consider abhorrent, he’s been able to keep them in check for years in order to better serve his family’s needs. But, in the fallout of his brother’s ill-timed actions, the clan’s financial empire begins to crumble, and Mark finds himself with a plane ticket to Mumbai. Once aboard, he can’t help but be shaken up by the tattooed shifter in a nearby seat and those long-repressed feelings threaten to reemerge.
Zeke Kaplan isn’t like most tigers. Where any other tiger would prefer to roam wild and run free, Zeke has been desperately searching for the mate he knows can calm his inner-beast. So when he catches the eye of a weary-eyed bear with a chip on his shoulder, Zeke knows he’s found the one. Convincing the sexy and broad-shouldered giant, however, turns out to be more than a little challenging.
As Mark and Zeke’s forbidden romance buds, an old and dangerous enemy rears his head once more, threatening to destroy everything they’ve come to hold dear. When flight no longer remains an option, Mark and Zeke must fight back or lose each other forever. Can they overcome a force that would see them dragged into eternal dismay, or will they have to face a harsh truth and realize that sometimes romances should remain forbidden?

Review

This is a lovely sequel to Striped and Bear. In Striped and Bear we saw a Bear who wanted to roam and now we have a Tiger who wants to nest.

The couple meets on the plane to Mumbai – not knowing they are going to the same place – and realize they are mates – but fighting the attraction.

When they part ways at the airport they don’t expect to see one another again so they’re shocked to run into each other at Zeke’s brother’s house.

There’s a fight to be together that results in a delightful HEA and we get to check up on our previous MCs who are now expecting!

I love these two books and the narration by Gus Klondike is just perfect! He does the emotion so well and I love his pacing and voice quality. He does a nice job with the voices and making the listener feel like they’re part of the story.

Highly recommended for fans of shifter romance!

4.25 of 5 stars

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Audible Link

http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Striped-and-Bear-M-M-Gay-Shifter-Mpreg-Romance-Audiobook/B014QG1QC4/ref=a_search_c4_1_2_srTtl?qid=1447388942&sr=1-2

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