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Male/Female Review: Hero’s Haven (Dark Protectors #11) by Rebecca Zanetti

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45279009-hero-s-haven

Blurb

He’s her darkest fantasy. . .

After years of struggling, Haven Daly has finally accepted that she’s nuttier than a fruitcake. Why else would she see visions of a beautiful but tormented male every night . . . and actually believe she can talk to him, even feel his touch? But thanks to those dream journeys, she can paint images nobody else on earth can duplicate. In each brush stroke, she captures the blatant masculinity and raw desire in his eyes that promise he’s coming for her…and soon.

She’s the light that keeps him going. . .

Quade Kayrs has already suffered a lifetime of pain and torture. Completely isolated, he kept his sanity thanks to one beautiful female, a vision with kind emerald eyes. In the end, her soft voice led him out of hell. Now, naked and alone, he’s in a strange world that bears little resemblance to the one he left behind. All he knows is Haven. All he wants is Haven. His final mission? To protect her from the evil hunting them both—whether she likes it or not . . .

Review

I don’t read a lot of M/F romance anymore but Zanetti’s Dark Protector series is one that I’ve continued to follow because it is so good.

 

I moved away from M/F books because I got so tired of the female character being portrayed as weak, or needing a man to be fulfilled or feeling shamed for having sexual feelings or… you get the idea.  I loved the chance to break stereotypes that gay romance provided and a way for falling in love to have some “equality”.  (I know there are problems in that genre as well, but …)

 

In any case – Dark Protectors does try to give the female characters some depth, some strength and some power.  Now, the Alpha males are completely Alpha and they can be trying at times as a result.  However, I love the world Zanetti has built and the over arching fight of good versus evil (which isn’t always so clear) and the magic and the powers and the imagination involved in the series as a whole.

 

Quade and Haven are more traditional than some of the other M/F pairs in previous books, thus the 4 stars.  Quade is old school Alpha and Haven – though she tries – is pretty traditionally “saved” by Quade on numerous occasions.

 

The magic and adventure is off the charts, the smexy times are pretty hot and the story line is great.  You do have to read this series from the beginning to really appreciate it so I’m not sure you could pick this book up and really enjoy it.

 

4 of 5 stars

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Recent Release: Fire and Onyx (Carlisle Deputies #5) by Andrew Grey

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/fire-and-onyx-by-andrew-grey-11481-b

Blurb

A Carlisle Deputies Novel

Undercover sheriff’s deputy Evan Whittaker is close to infiltrating a vicious local gang. He just needs to find an opening. Instead, he finds Wes Douglas, a web designer who is raising his irresponsible brother’s son. Wes agrees to help with a stakeout, but he pays the price when his home is destroyed in a shootout.

Evan’s always been a loner, but when he invites Wes into his home, living together feels right, and the two men only grow closer as they adapt to each other’s lives and rhythms. A future as a family looks brighter by the day, but all of that could collapse when Wes’s brother—and his connection to the drug dealers—crashes into the life they’re carefully building.

Review
Fire and Onyx is the fifth book in Andrew Grey’s Carlisle Deputies series. This can be read as a stand alone but there are a lot of secondary characters that show up in this book and you may feel lost with all the different couples.

Like most of the stories in this series, there is bad guys needing to be caught and amidst all the drama a sweet romance brews. I really enjoyed Evan and Wes and Wes’ son Grayson. The romance between Evan and Wes does seem to take a backseat throughout most of the story. Despite the interesting plot I also found it to be pretty slow, my attention was easily pulled from this story, which is not normal for me, especially with an Andrew Grey story.
I would still recommend this to all who have enjoyed Andrew’s previous work but if you are new to him do yourself a favor and start at the beginning of the series with Fire and Flint.

4 stars


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Holiday Book: The Christmas Deal by Keira Andrews

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48695309-the-christmas-deal?from_search=true&qid=rhYywnxtoV&rank=2

Blurb

Will fake boyfriends become the real deal this holiday?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—except ex-Marine Logan is jobless and getting evicted. Worse, he’s a new single dad with a stepson who hates him. A kid needs stability—not to mention presents under the tree—and Logan’s desperate.

Then he meets lonely Seth and makes a deal.

Can Logan temporarily pretend to be live-in boyfriends to increase Seth’s chances at a promotion? If it provides a roof over their heads for the holidays, hell yeah. Logan considers himself straight—he doesn’t count occasional hookups with guys—but he can fake it. Besides, with his shy little smile, Seth is surprisingly sexy.

Make that damn sexy.

Shocked that Seth has only been with one man, Logan can’t resist sweetening their deal to teach him the joys of casual sex. No strings attached. No feelings. No kissing.

No falling for each other.

Easy, right?

The Christmas Deal is a steamy holiday gay romance novel from Keira Andrews featuring fake boyfriends, bisexual awakening, a clueless single dad with an angry preteen, and of course a happy ending.

Review
Christmas deal is a short story by Keira Andrews definitely holiday centered. It is the typical fake boyfriend scenario but of course it has some interesting elements like the fact that Logan was married very briefly to Connor’s dad and then Connor‘s mother dies and leaves Logan as a single-parent. Logan identifies as straight , however, he has some bisexual leanings that he is mostly in denial about. Seth is a sweetie who is definitely repressed due to a highly religious background. They get together through Logan’s sister and end up having to fake a relationship. Things that I loved : the relationship between Logan and Connor. The growth Seth did in regards to his family. What I didn’t necessarily see was a lot of development between Logan and Seth-  they seemed to have a relationship based mostly on the physical. However, we get a lovely epilogue that shows that they are doing really great down the line. Highly recommended. Four stars.

4 star



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Recent Release: Twice Shy by Sally Malcolm

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48559190-twice-shy?from_search=true&rank=1

Blurb
The last thing Joel Morgan wants is to fall in love again. Scarred by his failed marriage, Joel’s determined to keep his life emotionally stable—which means taking a job teaching fourth grade, fixing up his house on weekends, and avoiding absolutely all romantic entanglements. And he’s doing great.

Until he meets sweet but struggling single dad, Ollie Snow.

Following the tragic death of his sister and her husband two years earlier, Ollie became the legal guardian of their two young sons—much to the horror of the boys’ conservative grandparents. They think Ollie’s too young and too unreliable to raise their grandsons. So to prove them wrong, Ollie’s determined to parent the boys without anyone’s help.

Until he meets reserved but caring teacher, Joel Morgan.

As the only two men in the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, Joel and Ollie are thrown together over a series of fundraising events, and somewhere between the Beach Fun Run and the Fall Festival they fall in love. But Ollie has another reason for moving to New Milton—a reason he’s keeping close to his chest—and Joel’s wounded heart won’t trust a man with secrets.

Dare they hope for a future together, or will their past pain keep them apart forever?

Review
Joel and Ollie are two very insecure people. Both of them have had loss3 in one way or another and had to battle to get the life they have now. Twice shy is a sweet story of redemption and Trust. There’s also a cosy feeling to the story it’s gentle when it could very well have been angsty it’s charmingly set around different school events. Which brings a lot of other fun characters into the story. Some are from previous books but I didn’t feel I was missing out from not having read the first two books in the series. I haven’t read anything by Sally Malcolm before and I found this book to be soothing even though the journey Joel and Ollie take is hesitant. I think it is the way the book is written that kept me sympathetic to both characters reluctance to make their relationship public. It ws very much an on and off relationship. Both of them had their reasons for hesitation and it’s these reasons that e me from feeling irritated that they hadn’t got on with it already! Ollie has his nephews to think about and Joel definitely fit in the once bitten twice shy category.
Absolutely a feel good story that makes me want to investigate the first two books.

4 stars out of 5


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Audiobook: Tangling With Bears (Cloverleah Pack Series Book 8) By Lisa Oliver narrated by John York

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Blurb

Tobias tells himself he’s having fun. He has a great life as a beta in the Cloverleah Pack, and while danger still threatens the pack, he has his friend’s wedding to look forward too, and the pleasures that come from hookups in random places. He’d like to meet his mate, just so he’s not the odd one out in the inner circle, but it’s not something he’s expecting anytime soon. So when a hookup just before the wedding leaves Tobias with a permanent scar, he wonders where the heck his life went wrong. Especially when the man responsible for the wicked set of tooth marks, disappeared after the deed was done, to ring a man called Kurt.

Kurt and Luke have been mated for three years. As bear shifters, Kurt has known from puberty that he will two mates and once he’d claimed Luke, his mama warned him to be on the look out for a human female. So when Luke rings him and lets him know he might have accidentally on purpose bitten a wolf shifter, from some town they’d never heard of, Kurt heads to Cloverleah to sort out the mess.

Sorting out their mating is just one of the things the three men have to contend with. A magic user has stepped up his game and no where on packlands seems safe. When Tobias gets taken, Kurt and Luke are helpless to do anything about it. It’s going to take the power of the pack before life will be safe again, for any of them.

Warning: Contains scenes of M/M and M/M/M sex. It also contains a special kind of bear, his grumpy mate, and a wolf that just wants to be loved. HEA and no cheating guaranteed.

While this book can be read as standalone, you will understand more about the secondary characters in the book, if you have read the others in the series.

Review

This is such a fun series! I totally agree that while this can be a standalone, it means so much more when read in order and they’re all wonderful so…

In this case we have our second ménage for the Cloverleah Pack. Poor Tobias was so sad when his f**k-buddy got hooked up with Vadim and now he’s gotten a label as the pack “slut” because he craves physical touch so much. ☹

When he escapes to a hook- up spot to find some lovin’ he “accidentally” gets mated to one of his two mates. (It seems impossible, but Lisa did a great job explaining how!)

From the other perspective we see poor Luke who is distraught at what he’s done (and overjoyed) because he wanted his other mate, Kurt, to be there, too! And, well, Luke is special, he has a few “diagnoses” that make his thinking pattern unique so he doesn’t always do what you expect.

Kurt is the opposite of Luke in a lot of ways. He’s a protector, a thinker, a worrier and the serious one. He manages to find Tobias, but inadvertently hurts his feelings at the same time.

So, now, besides trying to get the triad to work out, there’s a magic user around who is causing serious trouble for the entire pack and it’s up to the newest members – the bears – to fix things!

**

This is another great addition to the story line. In each book, new pairs get added who contribute to the unique pack in some way and these bears are really, really unique!

I LOVED the spirituality portion of this story as well as the POV from Luke’s perspective.

Though there is a bit of angst and worry along the way, most of this is really sweet and fun and healing.

Fans of the series will love it – and if you haven’t read this series you should!

4.5 of 5 stars

 

Audio

 

I thought the narrator did a nice job giving voice to Luke’s quirky character as well as Kurt’s strong, supportive partner.  Tobias is oddly “western” but when you have as many characters as there are in this series – I guess it makes as much sense as anything.  He does a nice job with the pacing and the humor as well as the smexy times. 

3.5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

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Recent Release: Taking Care of Business (The Necromancer’s Smile #3) by Lisa Oliver

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48207474-taking-care-of-business

Blurb

The Necromancer’s Smile: Taking Care of Business
Book three.
(Please note, this is a trilogy covering the same main characters throughout. Reading books one and two is best before reading this one).

When Sy learned that Connor, the young familiar who’d been staying with him, had been captured, he knew immediately that he could find him. After all, what use was it, him being a Necromancer, if he couldn’t locate lost souls. The fact he was hosting Dakar’s parents at the time, shouldn’t have made it an issue. After all, they were pack orientated and understood the need to bring a family member home. Didn’t they?

Dakar had been a loving son for fifty years, so when his mom pitched a fit at him, for being part of the efforts to bring Connor home, he was a wee bit annoyed. Unfortunately, he had bigger things to worry about. A demon had set his sights on his mate, and while that wasn’t as unusual as you might think, this particular demon came with complications.

Everything is coming to a head for this unusual family. A wicked sprite, an off-course priest, and a demoness who isn’t all she appears to be are just some of the hurdles Sy and Dakar will have to cross before they finally get their HEA. And what was a dragon doing in the middle of a field?

This is an MM paranormal romance story and part of a trilogy. It contains men loving men, as well as cheeky spirits, a Necromancer growing in confidence, and a wolf shifter who’s getting more familiar with magic every day.

Trigger warning: One of the sub-plots in this story deals with historic child abuse. If this is an issue for you, please don’t purchase this book.

Previous books in this series:
The Necromancer’s Smile.
The Necromancer’s Smile: A Family Affair.

Review

This was a nice addition to the series.  I found the parents to be tedious and not necessarily believable.  I loved learning more about Sy and I loved seeing the full extent of his powers.  There is a lot of excitement and not a super lot of romance in this, but it is still sweet and fun.

I don’t think you can read this as a standalone but if you’ve started the series you’ll want to read this and you’ll enjoy it!

Recommended!

4 stars


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Recent Release: The Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47948494-the-lion-and-the-crow?from_search=true

Blurb

In medieval England, duty is everything, personal honor is more valued than life itself, and homosexuality is not tolerated by the church or society.

Sir Christian Brandon was raised in a household where he was hated for his unusual beauty and for his parentage. Being smaller than his six brutish half-brothers, he learned to survive by using his wits and his gift for strategy, earning him the nickname the Crow.

Sir William Corbett, a large and fierce warrior known as the Lion, has pushed his unnatural desires down all his life. He’s determined to live up to his own ideal of a gallant knight. When he takes up a quest to rescue his sister from her abusive lord of a husband, he’s forced to enlist the help of Sir Christian. It’s a partnership that will test every strand of his moral fiber, and, eventually, his understanding of the meaning of duty, honor, and love.

Review

Set in 1300 The Lion and the Crow is a wonderful tale of knights in armor, facing enemies known and hidden. It has the flare and feel of old tales, Walter Scott type of stories or Robin Hood, with M/M romance. The writing fits the time period well, it was witty and full of charm. There see,ed to be a lot of research put into the story and it shows in the richness and flow of the plot-line.
I really liked Crow- Christian. He reminded me of Loki from the MARVEL franchise, cunning and beautiful and with a heartbreaking backstory. The Lion-William is so honorable, and he was very much the knight you imagine when you think about the crusades and the Middle Ages. They share an interesting bond, starting off as sort of enemies and evolving into friends with great banter and humor. William’s sister was also a great supporting character and the solution to her situation was an interesting, clever twist I was not expecting.

The Epilogue is bittersweet but, as a re-release you still have the old Epilogue as well. It’s gentler, and I would recommend it to readers who want the sweeter ending, though it is still a HEA both ways.

Number of stars out of 5
4 stars


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Recent Release: Lucifer’s Litigator By: T.J. Nichols

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/lucifers-litigator-by-tj-nichols-10820-b

Blurb
To save his soul, he’ll have to fix his one regret—the love that got away.

The summer between the end of school and the start of what came next was full of sun, surf, and sex. For Will McLeod, that meant Tom, his first male lover. He knew the romance had an expiration date and would end when Tom joined the Army, but that didn’t stop Will from falling in love.

Tired of being looked down upon for being poor, Will became a lawyer—but not just any lawyer. He litigates for the gods as they gamble with the lives of those desperate enough to make deals. His job is to make sure they don’t slip free. He has more money than he knows what to do with, but he’s fast running out of soul.

Twenty-five years haven’t dimmed the candle Will holds for Tom, and when they meet again, he has a chance to put things right. Back then, Tom wasn’t ready to fight for them. Now the decorated soldier is willing to get his hands dirty, but will he be a match for the forces trying to keep them apart

Review
What a great concept. With the title and the blurb I gathered that Will was trapped in a job he no longer wanted. What I wasn’t expecting was the role Lucifer plays in the story. Will’s one regret was Tom, his first love. The story hangs on what that regret was. Neither of them knows for certain and it can’t be spoken about. I liked the flashbacks giving the reader an insight that the characters were just starting to remember and whilst we reading the story may be able to identify the significance Will and Tom don’t always get it away. I got invested in both Will and Tom. Wanting both f them to succeed and beat the odds against all the obstacles put in their way. There is a happy ending although I would have loved an epilogue just to leave me feeling everything works out well for them.

4 of stars out of 5


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Recent Release: Romancing the Rough Diamond by: Clare London

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Blurb
Trust is the most precious jewel of all.

When Mayfair jewelers Starsmith Stones wins the commission for a gay royal wedding, CEO Joel Sterling is recommended to the brilliant young designer Matt Barth—only to discover Matt’s the man with whom he shared an anonymous and passionate kiss on the celebration night.

Disenchanted with the commercial jewelry industry, Matt nowadays prefers muddy archaeological digs to designing. Openly resentful of Starsmith’s hostile takeover of his family’s firm, he is horrified at the realization he’ll be working with the man who engineered that deal—but the opportunity to create something fabulous and unique for the royal couple is too tempting to refuse.

Working as a team reignites the spark between Joel and Matt. But when betrayal from within Starsmith threatens both the project and Joel’s confidence, will they have built enough trust to keep their newfound love as precious as the royal jewels?

Review
I liked the premise of this story that enemies become co-workers and then lovers. Despite his animosity towards what Matt sees a soulless corporation taking over his family business he can’t miss this opportunity to be involved in something so special. Joel is not the heartless business man Matt thinks he is. I love how their shared passion for creating beautiful jewellery brings them together. This is a heartwarming book. Full of wonderfully British characters. Matt is so pig headed in the beginning you know that when he falls for Joel it’ll be with his heart and soul. And so it is. He makes a brilliantly daft gesture. Made me laugh at the situation he got himself in. So happy that Joel and Matt get their happy ending in this feel good story.

4 of stars out of 5


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Recent Release: On Wings of Passion (On Wings Saga 0.5) by M.D. Grimm

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/on-wings-of-passion-by-md-grimm-10629-b

Blurb

A Story from the On Wings Saga
Prequel to On Wings of Thunder

Every story has a beginning….Dragons. Angels fear them and demons follow them. Formidable beasts of incredible power, they fight each other to the death for dominance. But dwindling dragon numbers cause alarm among the angelic ranks. Surely when the dragons have finished killing each other, the victors will search elsewhere for conquest… maybe even the Upper Realm.

Roland, an angelic artist of significant talent, doesn’t know what to believe. Part of him longs to see a dragon in person, and his peaceful life of contentment is wearing thin. He wants passion, desire, adventure, and love. He gets more than he bargained for when he and his sister are ambushed and captured by demons, and they bring him to a creature who surpasses Roland’s wildest imaginings.

But the mighty dragon Asagoroth is not all that he seems. Something sparks between him and Roland. Something neither anticipated. Something that will shake the cosmos to its core.

Review

If you’ve read Wings of Thunder you know that Roland is later reincarnated into Trystan and Trystan and Asa fall in love all over again in another life time.

This is their back story and it is as dramatic and full of angst and love as the – first? – second? – book.

I think even people who’ve not read the series will appreciate this book and want to read the original.

It’s definitely a lot of drama and angst and you really need to like angel stories for this to appeal.

Recommended!

4 of 5 stars


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