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Retro Review: Jasper (Stone Society #6) by Faith Gibson

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28438879-jasper?from_search=true&qid=Lw32HkW0a9&rank=1

Blurb

Jasper Jenkins was a solitary Gargoyle, feeling like he didn’t truly belong to a clan, until he moved to New Atlanta and joined the Stone Society. Now that he’s finally settling in, his past has reared its evil Gargoyle head and is targeting those around him, including the quirky M.E.’s assistant who happens to be his mate.

Trevor McKenzie’s life is no stranger to heartache and loneliness. His insecurities began when he found out he was cloned just in case his brother needed spare parts. As danger closes in, his boss confides in him that the “badass club” of gorgeous men he is surrounded by is really a Clan of Gargoyles. When he finds out he’s the chosen mate of the man he considers his best friend, the most gorgeous of the badasses, his insecurities multiply. Trevor must decide if he can trust the love being offered him is real and not just a product of the mate bond.

Reaching back to his warrior roots, Jasper will stop at nothing to protect his mate as well as his Clan.

Warning: This book contains a relationship between a very male Gargoyle and a very male human.

Review

I was psyched when I found this series of gargoyle books!  It starts with an M/F book but several books in there is an M/M and later another couple of them.  I started the M/F but couldn’t really get into it – which isn’t surprising as it takes a lot for me to read M/F anymore – but what was surprising was how difficult it was for me to make it through this story.

 

First, I was frustrated by the fact that these guys are Mates – like fated mates – but Jasper was able to resist his guy for a long time and it didn’t seem to be a big deal. 

 

Second, the “big reveal” of the paranormal world was pretty lack luster – and that’s always one of my favorite parts.

 

Third, it took FOREVER for the couple to be a couple – like 75% of the book – and by the time they do get together I was pretty over it.

 

There is a LOT of stuff going on and TONS of characters and perhaps if I’d been a big fan and had read all the stories before this I’d have appreciated this one more – but I didn’t so I couldn’t and there you have it.

 

3 of 5 stars

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Recent Release: You’ll Know in Your Heart (The Gods Made Me Do It #7) by Lisa Oliver

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50058227-you-ll-know-in-your-heart?from_search=true&qid=vya0aXKkds&rank=7

Blurb

You’ll Know In Your Heart
The Gods Made Me Do It, book 7 (Can be read as standalone).

Baby, youngest son of Poseidon had started to avoid going anywhere near his family. Between love-struck mates, and tiny children, more and more he was starting to feel as if he just didn’t fit. Anywhere. Abandoned by one father at birth, and pretty much ignored by the other, Baby roamed the world, looking for some kind of acceptance, but all he could find was hook ups. And there were plenty of those. Being the son of Himeros, the god of desire as well, wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. But none of the people he saw for brief moments touched his heart, and most of them never wanted him to stay longer than an hour or two at most.

Owen was known by many names, but the one title he’d spent a long time avoiding was that of “Baby’s mate”. Having known who his mate was from Baby’s birth, Owen had stayed hidden away from life, content to watch his mate through his Oracle stone, until more than a thousand years had past. When the destructive behavior he believed Baby was falling into got worse, Owen knew it was time to step in. Baby needed a fixer, and the Fates had given Owen the job.

But Baby didn’t want to be fixed. In fact, he resented the very idea, which meant Owen needed to make a few attitude adjustments. As the two men bumbled along, struggling to find common ground with each other long enough to make a mating work, they weren’t getting any support from Poseidon, Claude or Himeros. When Baby gets another shock, he seriously starts to think hiding in an isolated cave somewhere was a good idea. The question is – will he take Owen with him?

Unlike my other stories, this book has little or no outside angst factors. Readers familiar with Baby’s story, as mentioned in earlier books in the series, will know this sweet man has more than enough conflict in his own head, without introducing more. Quite simply, this story is Baby and Owen’s journey towards true love and family. You don’t need to read the other books in this series to enjoy this one, but it will help with your appreciation of secondary characters.

This is an MM MPREG story with some graphic scenes intended for readers over the age of consent in the country you reside in. Please store your ebooks responsibly.

Review

I generally love this series. It’s fun, funny and usually full of smexy times and little angst. This is a bit of an exception as both MCs are a bit whiny and not my favorite couple by a long shot. I love the magic and mpreg stuff but these two MCs got tedious pretty quickly.

If you’ve enjoyed the series you’ll want to see what happens to Baby but I wouldn’t read this as a standalone.

I have two pet peeves – 1) Baby’s name. I really wanted that to be fixed. 2) These covers – the books are so good and the covers just – aren’t.

3 of 5 stars


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Recent Release: Tangling with a Colossal Squid (Beneath Aquatica’s Waves #7) by Charlie Richards

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50356918-tangling-with-a-colossal-squid?from_search=true&qid=agr3FvUKhy&rank=7

Blurb

World of Aquatica: An alpha shifter finds his mate in a dominant human, urging him to learn when to give up control…and when not to.

Arthur Nesky values control and order in his life. Imagine his frustration when he finds himself the focus of a stalker. After a close call, he visits a friend up north, hoping to get away from his pursuer and gain some perspective. Meeting a sexy man who lights up every nerve ending in Arthur’s body is the epitome of bad timing. Then he finds out who Kaiser is…and the secrets he holds…making him wonder if he’s jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Kaiser Roush is nearly three hundred years old, the alpha of his pod, and a successful businessman. Over the years, he’s learned the value of hard work, how to make harder choices, and what it takes to overcome the odds. When Kaiser meets Arthur Nesky, his mate, it comes as no surprise that there will be obstacles to overcome.

Even if Kaiser can get Arthur to accept his nature, can he discover and remove the stalker threat as well?

Review

This is another fun addition to the Aquatica series. I admit I was a bit disappointed with this as I was really looking forward to Kaiser’s story. It’s a pretty short story with predictable story line and unfortunately Kaiser doesn’t come across as nearly as dominant as I was expecting.

If you’ve enjoyed others in this series you’ll enjoy this as well.

3 of 5 stars


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Recent Release: Tough Guy by Rachel Reid

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47795450-tough-guy

Blurb

They have nothing in common—so why does Ryan feel most like himself whenever he’s with Fabian?

Pro hockey star Ryan Price may be an enforcer, but off the ice he struggles with anxiety. Recently traded to the Toronto Guardians, he’s determined to make a fresh start in the city’s dynamic LGBTQ Village. The last thing he expects to stumble upon in his new neighborhood is a blast from his past in the fabulous form of Fabian Salah.

Aspiring musician Fabian loathes hockey. But that doesn’t stop him from being attracted to a certain burly, ginger-bearded defenseman. He hasn’t forgotten the kiss they almost shared back in high school, and it’s clear the chemistry between them has only intensified.

Fabian is more than happy to be Ryan’s guide to the gay scene in Toronto. Between dance clubs and art exhibits—and the most amazing sex—Ryan’s starting to feel something he hasn’t experienced in a long time: joy. But playing the role of the heavy on the ice has taken its toll on his body and mind, and a future with Fabian may mean hanging up his skates for good.

Review

This took me FOREVER to get into. I just wasn’t as compelled as I had been with books 1 and 2. I’m not sure exactly why – but I didn’t gel with the couple as much as I had with the others. The chemistry was just off for me I guess.

I do enjoy a good hockey player book and Rachel Reid is a great author – so if you enjoyed books 1 and 2 I’d take a look at this – but it wasn’t my favorite.

3 of 5 stars


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Recent Release: Love has no direction by Kim Fielding

Dreamspinner

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/love-has-no-direction-by-kim-fielding-11492-b

Blurb

A Love Can’t Novel
Yet another series of poor decisions lands Parker Levin back in his mother’s house, working at her coffee shop, and feeling like a failure. Then he learns his ex-boyfriend has died by suicide and things go from bad to worse. When he meets a handsome stranger, he doesn’t have much left to lose.
Ten years ago Wesley Anker made a grave mistake. Since then he’s lived in near isolation, supporting himself by making custom furniture and only rarely connecting with other people. When he attempts to make amends, he encounters Parker, a beautiful and colorful young man, and he agrees to Parker’s impulsive request to join him.
Together, Parker and Wes find quick friendship and fierce attraction. But Wes’s past demons haunt his footsteps, and Parker’s struggle to plan a future has him stumbling through life. Then they uncover evidence that suggests Parker’s ex’s death might not have been a straightforward suicide, and every path seems to lead to dead ends and destruction. Can Parker and Wes find their way to lasting love when the route is hidden?

Review

I loved book one in this series. In general, I love Kim’s characters and her ability to tug at our heart strings – especially since she uses “regular joes” instead of billionaires, or rock stars, etc.

I didn’t love this. I was frustrated by the fast way the two hooked up and was really frustrated by the ending.

I wanted there to be MORE – something more profound and something more concrete. Instead I felt like this was a very watered down story which more or less ambled along until it stumbled to the end.

I’m sure some of my bias is that I didn’t really like the ambiguity we’re left with surrounding the future – but even with that aside – the romance just fell a bit flat for me and I was never quite convinced of it’s longevity.

In any case, Kim is a great writer and the story itself is well written – I just wasn’t so sure of the overall impact it left behind.

3 of 5 stars


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Holiday Review: Christmas According to Liam (According to Liam #2) by V.L. Locey

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49210166-christmas-according-to-liam

Blurb

First Christmas as Mr. & Mr.

What a magical and romantic time for newlyweds. Unfortunately, Bryn and Mike won’t be spending Christmas Eve cuddled up alone in front of a fire roasting chestnuts. They’ve been unexpectedly called upon to play Santa for Mike’s precocious nephew, Liam, when his mother and her boyfriend are called out of state to attend a funeral. It should be easy to make this holiday a special one despite the unforeseen upset, right? All it will take is love, laughter, a little romance, lots of hugs, and a heaping helping of patience when Old Kris Kringle leaves the easy assembly for someone else.

Review

While this was cute, it didn’t have the “amazing” factor for me that the original did.

It’s worth a read if you enjoyed book 1.

3 of 5 stars



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Recent Release: The Captain’s Flirty Fireworks By Eleanor Harkstead & Catherine Curzon

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https://www.pride-publishing.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=70762

Good reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48269895-the-captain-s-flirty-fireworks?from_search=true

Blurb

When a hunky fireman and a gorgeous gold medalist meet on Guy Fawkes Night, sparks are sure to fly!

For fireman Rob Monteagle, this Guy Fawkes Night seems like it’s going to be anything but fun. After all, who wants to spend the noisiest night of the year saving careless cats from trees or rattling a fundraising bucket at Longley Magna’s annual bonfire, the pride of the village’s bad-tempered old retainer?

For Ollie Tresham, the night isn’t looking any better. He might have won gold in the Olympic showjumping ring yet he’s still expected to meet the public at his dad’s charity fireworks extravaganza. But when a rogue rocket heads straight for the showjumper, it takes a quick-thinking fireman like Rob to save the day.

As the flames of the bonfire smolder, Rob and Ollie’s night is just getting started. And it’s sure to go with a bang!

Publisher’s Note: This book is related to the Captivating Captains series.

Review
I have read a few other books in the Captivating Captains series and have enjoyed them all…. this one…not so much. This story is written well. I loved how descriptive the authors are. My biggest issue with this novella, is nothing really happens. The two main characters meet up, have a drink and make plans to meet up again later that night. They end up running into each other later and one MC thinks the other is mad at him and ends up skipping the date. He’s pouting at home when the other shows up, they “make up”, spout off a lot of bad fireman puns then its two years later and they are married. I don’t mind instalove stories or novella’s, but I want a little more story line. I just could not get into this story.

3 stars


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Audiobook: Wake Up Married Serial, Episodes 1-3 By: Leta Blake, Alice Griffiths Narrated by: John Solo

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Audible

https://www.audible.com/pd/Wake-Up-Married-Serial-Episodes-1-3-Audiobook/B07S66BB4J?qid=1561171689&sr=1-1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=M0H3ARN2V3TZQKACZQYQ&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1

Blurb

Join the fun in this soapy serial by best-selling author Leta Blake and newcomer Alice Griffiths!

Episode 1: Will & Patrick Wake Up Married

After a drunken night of hot sex in Vegas, strangers Will Patterson and Dr. Patrick McCloud wake up married. A quickie divorce is the most obvious way out – unless you’re the heir of a staunchly Catholic mafia boss with a draconian position on the sanctity of marriage. Throw their simmering attraction into the mix and all bets are off!

Episode 2: Will & Patrick Meet the Family

Meeting the family is challenging for every new couple. But for Will and Patrick, the awkward family moments only grow more hilarious – and painful – when they must hide the truth of their predicament from the people they care about most. Throw in the sexual tension flaring between them and you’ve got a recipe for madcap laughs and surprisingly heartwarming feels.

Episode 3: Will & Patrick Do the Holidays

A couple’s first holiday season is always a special time. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are magical when you’re in love. Too bad Will and Patrick’s marriage is a sham and they’re only faking their affection for each other. Or are they? Sparks fly in this episode of the Wake Up Married serial. Will the sexual tension between Will and Patrick finally explode in a needy night of passion? Or will they continue to deny their feelings?

Review

This was one of those audios that, while I thoroughly enjoyed John Solo’s narration, I had some issues with the story. I had a real hard time getting drawn into the story. I actually had to stop and go back quite a few times. My big issue was with the characters. Patrick was obnoxious and Will, with his constant pining for his jerk of an ex was really frustrating. I might pick up the remaining books in this series just to see how it wraps up but I found this one lacking.

3 stars for story and 5 for narration


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Recent Release: Spark in the Stars by Foster Bridget Cassidy

Dreamspinner: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/spark-in-the-stars-by-foster-bridget-cassidy-10559-b

Blurb:
A case of mistaken identity could lead to love for an aloof starship captain and a brilliant if underappreciated mechanic from the sticks—if they can survive the dangerous mission assigned to them.

Ginnovi Oshwald just needs someone to give him a chance. He can keep anything running, despite the “spark” his body produces that sometimes wreaks havoc with electronics. Gin gets his chance when Captain Lian Hartford comes to Tallahassee in search of a mechanic. The trouble is, he’s looking for Gin’s sister. But since he only has a name to go by, Gin tells a little white lie. What could go wrong?
Lian loves his ship and his work as a diplomat but has difficulty connecting with others—only partly because of his mixed human and alien heritage. Something about the eccentric mechanic intrigues him, though, and their easy friendship could become more… if they live long enough to broker peace between humanity and a hostile race while pacifying a crew that thinks Gin belongs in prison.

Review:
It’s an interesting read at the start especially when Gin is mistaken for his sister and the dialogue switches between his and his sister’s name – I liked that, once I got used to it ☺
However, the story got to be a little confusing to me; how did Temina know what ship her brother was on? Then there were the secondary characters, they had been introduced but I had a hard time keeping track of many of them – Doc was also called Mother, but I wasn’t sure if she was really Lian’s mum and Pip turned out to be a deity.
Gin and Lian were likeable characters, but I didn’t feel that they any chemistry together.
It’s a good story, just not for me.

3 stars out of 5


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Audiobook: Opposites (Opposites #1) by T.M. Smith Narrated by Greg Boudreaux

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Blurb
In the year 2081 our planet survived global warming of an apocalyptic scale. When the dust settled and the water receded Dr. Anthony Smith, one of only a few hundred survivors of GWI, started society anew. Having come to the conclusion that injudicious breeding played a huge role in the destruction of Earth as we knew it in the twenty first century, he worked closely with other survivors to isolate the Dionysus gene. This gene has the ability to manipulate human DNA to ensure that all male children be born gay, and all female children be born lesbians. A new society is born.

In the year 2300 Dr. Smith’s descendants are ushering in the twenty fourth century having maintained control of the government that still rules society. Twins Aiya and Aiyan are preparing to meet their matches and take control of House Gaeland, the current ruling House. But not everything is as it seems.

Love is Love.. it knows no gender and doesn’t conform to restrictions and boundaries. Aiyan has found his soul mate in Kaden, the prince of House Devi that he is matched with and eventually marries. But when the person Aiya falls in love with tests the boundaries put in place after GWI, all hell breaks loose. And in the midst of one secret unraveling, another will emerge. There is a growing anomaly that threatens to destroy over two hundred years of progression. This anomaly is known as Opposites.

Review
Story:
Based on the cover and the blurb I had expected the story to focus on one couple, Aiyan and Kaden, with maybe a strong secondary character in Aiya. It goes far broader in scope though, and features seven main characters, all but one of whom fall in love with someone from among these seven. The book becomes even more crowded when taking into account all the parents that are never far from our young heroes and heroines.
Everyone gets about equal attention from the author, with slightly more time in the spotlight for Aiyan and Kaden, but because there are so many characters to follow up on, I feel as if we don’t get to truly know any of them. All the characters’ interactions, though well-written, remain almost superficial, making it very difficult to get into the story or care about what happens to them next. There’s too little time for self-reflection or internal dialogue and what dialogue there is among the group or pairings isn’t necessarily very revealing or meaningful.
When things get physical, we stay with the couple in question for a longer time, which struck me as somewhat unbalanced in the grander scheme of things. I’d have preferred it if the writer had taken more time to actually build these relationships on an emotional level too.
A lot of attention to detail has gone into the world-building and the story is certainly set in a highly unique universe, giving the reader a thought-provoking perspective. Still, there are some things that struck me as a bit strange. A futuristic society, with great biological advances, falls back into an almost medieval way of living but keeps quite modern sounding idioms that don’t fit the atmosphere of this alternate universe. The main characters are nearly all of royal rank or at least quite high up in society, but servants seem to be scarce, leaving all the menial work for princes and princesses to do themselves.
I don’t care much for Aiya who seems very passive and a stereotypical damsel in distress. Outside of a physical attraction there doesn’t seem to be much to bind her to her chosen significant other. Once Aiyan learns more about who his sister loves he reacts like an absolute boor. For twins with a supposedly strong connection, they don’t communicate well at all and don’t trust the other with their secrets. Aiyan, and some of the others, are shown to be bloodthirsty and vengeful, leaning towards gratuitous violence rather than attempting to keep up any sort of justice system. The book ends on a cliffhanger of sorts.
I really couldn’t get into this story, I tried, but it’s not for me.
Narration:
Greg Boudreaux did a great job narrating this story. It can’t have been easy with the multitude of main and secondary characters, several of whom had distinctive accents.
Number of stars out of 5: 3


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