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Audiobook: Spell Cat (The Aloysius Tales #1) by Tara Lain Narrated by KC Kelly

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/spell-cat-by-tara-lain-7676-b

Blurb

When Killian Barth, history professor, meets Blaine Genneau, quantum physicist, they ignite their own big bang. But Killian can’t pursue a physics professor—or a human. As the most powerful male witch in ten generations, Killian must bolster his dying race by reproducing—despite the fact that he’s gay.

Even a fling with Blaine is out of the question, because Killian has been told sex with humans drains his power. But if that’s true, why can young human Jimmy Janx dissolve spoons with the power of his mind? If Killian can sort through the lies he’s been fed, he’ll still face his biggest obstacle—convincing rational scientist Blaine to believe in magic.

With his ancient and powerful cat familiar, Aloysius, on his shoulder, Killian brings the lightning against deceit and greed to save Blaine from danger and prove love is the greatest power of them all.

Review
This was not at all what I was expecting. I guess I was expecting a more “wiccan” witch and a more Alpha type? I dunno. What we have is a very powerful – with magic magic – witch – who really needs a spine.

Killian just blindly follows his mother’s dictates about marrying the right witch in order to strengthen his powers until he meets Blaine. Blaine forces him to reconsider his options, but it’s almost really more that the “bride” in this equation is adamant at not marrying Killian than Killian works at not having to follow through.

While I thought there was a lot to this story that brought a smile to my face: Jimmy, Lavendar, Al – the cat and the magic, I wasn’t terribly impressed by the main couple. They had a lot of chemistry and it was exciting when Killian finally found his depth of power, but before that I was kind of annoyed with his lack of questioning and his default “hide my head under the covers when things go bad” state of being.

The story itself was fun – evil family members, newly discovered magic, Matrix references and – again – Al being devious. I thought the dialog between Killian and Blaine got a little too syrupy a little too fast, but that could be forgiven given the over all “fairy tale” feel this story has.

It’s not my favorite Tara Lain story but it was still good. I’m compelled enough to be excited to read the other books in the series – the third looks really good – Al’s the main character! (Probably one of my favorite Tara Lain stories is any or all of the Harker Pack books: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/searchresults?q=harker+pack)

If you love a good “magic” story and want a smile and don’t mind some OTT moments, give this a try.

Audio

KC Kelly is a great narrator! He does an admiral job attempting the accents in this story – and if they aren’t quite spot on they are at least fun!
His style definitely matches Tara Lain’s light hearted and “dramatic” tale.
Recommended!

4 of 5 stars


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Recent Release: The Arrangement – A Homestead Legacy Story By: Alex Jane

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47326511-the-arrangement?from_search=tru

Blurb
Gabriel Webster’s pack is in trouble. His father’s failing health and his mother’s untimely death mean that the vultures are circling. It won’t be long before his family’s assets are stripped and his pack disbanded. When an offer of help arrives in the form of a marriage of convenience, he has little choice but to accept.

The arrangement would be the perfect solution, if not for one thing. Gabriel is to marry Nathaniel Hayward, the Alpha who was badly injured in the accident that killed his brother ten years before—and the man Gabriel has been in love with for as long as he can remember.

Trapped in a business arrangement masquerading as a marriage—in a strange, empty house with a damaged husband who barely tolerates him — isn’t what Gabriel expected from life.

But sometimes the last thing we want is the beginning of something more.
And an ending can be the start of something beautiful

Review: This is an enjoyable story with likeable characters and a good story line.
My only complaints are that there is not made of the shifter life and very little description of the century (19th) in which the story occurs (these are my personal peeves and they don’t detract from the overall story).
Gabriel is ‘heir’ to a failing pack when he receives unexpected help from his late brother’s best friend, Nathaniel. Nathaniel, an alpha who was injured in the same accident that killed Gabriel’s brother, carries both emotional and physical scars. He proposes a marriage of convenience with Gabriel, who agrees (he has harboured a crush on Nate for a while).
The ‘arrangement’ starts off with Nathaniel keeping his distance, being generally aloof and cold towards Gabriel. But Gabriel perseveres, drawing the stubborn man out of his shell. The men grow closer and things start to work well between them, but there a still few things that need to settled before the men get their HEA.
An enjoyable story!

 



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Review
What a wonderful addition to the world Alex Jane created with the Homestead series. An arranged marriage to save the Pack it’s not what Gabriel wants but it must be done. I love how the story slowly weaves in reconciliation and emotional healing for both Gabriel and Nathaniel. A second chance at love for them. It takes time for Gabriel to begin to understand Nathaniel and why he behaves the way he does. There is a gentle sweetness about the Homestead series which has been carried on in this book. I love that there is a small cameo part for Thaddeus and Samuel. The world Alex Jane creates is so vivid. a pleasure to read

5 stars out of 5



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Audiobook: Calming the Enforcer (Cloverleah Pack #4) by Lisa Oliver Narrated by John York

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Blurb

Book 4 – The Cloverleah Pack Series
Can be read as a stand-alone

Troy Peterson has been waiting three long months for his true mate to return from his deployment in the US Army. But when Anton doesn’t turn up as planned, Troy starts to second guess everything he knows about his mate – and that’s before he has even met him.

Anton Sage fully intended on meeting Troy, the moment his ninety days service was up. But the Army had different ideas and now Anton is sitting in his wolf form, in a cage, wondering if he will ever get the chance to meet the man Fate intended for him.

Even after they meet, things do not go well. Between the Army, the mysterious Kylan, another wolf with the hots for Troy, an overbearing friend, and some old fashioned misunderstandings, Troy and Anton might never have the happily ever after they had dreamed of. Sometimes the mating gift can prove to be a curse.

Warning: This book is about two male wolf shifters. It includes fated mates, graphic gay sex, and references to BDSM, PTSD and cutting. Some foul language and violence.

Review

I know it says these books can be read as standalones, but I really think you’re missing out on so much if you don’t read these in order. Plus – they’re so good, you’ll want to read them!

We knew Troy had a mate, Anton, but I was never really sure what the deal was. Well, that’s explained. Troy had a note with Anton’s scent and he knew they were mates, but Anton is special ops and not able to commit to quitting the military right away and knowing how mates suffer if they’re apart, he wanted to wait to claim Troy until he could be free and clear of the military.

Troy and Anton did converse via Skype and were learning about one another, but there are a lot of secrets.

I think, of all the books in the series – so far – this is one of my least favorite. It’s not that it’s bad – because it’s not! – but what keeps Troy and Anton separate is something that could mostly be fixed with a nice long – honest – discussion – and that always makes me frustrated. However… there are some other horrible forces at work – keeping Troy and Anton apart – including the introduction of Kylan and his back stabbing.

There are some brief mentions of the BDSM life style, but they really don’t surface. Instead, once our MCs get together, and learn how to function as a couple, we have pretty smooth sailing. Most of the hurdles are external and serve to drive the plot forward. (Which is why I think this is best read in order as the over arching plot flows from book to book.)

I still highly recommend this with a 4 of 5 stars

Narration
(FYI as far as I can tell there is no book 3 audiobook at this time)

John York does a nice job with this series. I don’t love his style, it’s a bit OTT for my taste – kind of melodrama-eque – but – in a way – that does match the flavor of this series a bit. He does a great job trying to give the vast myriad of characters a unique voice and the sound quality is always excellent.

This is a good way to experience the series.

4 of 5 stars


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Recent Release: Pulling Strings by Andrew Grey

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/pulling-strings-by-andrew-grey-10751-b

Blurb
A high-stakes case of industrial espionage ties them together, but before they can pursue their attraction, they must find out who’s pulling the strings.

Devon Donaldson doesn’t know how a folio of stolen corporate secrets found its way into his bag, and certainly can’t think of anyone who’d want to frame him. The trouble is, he has to convince Powers McPherson.

Devon’s firm hired Powers to investigate the theft of a new banking system, and so far Devon is his only lead. While Powers’s gut tells him Devon is innocent, he has no intention of letting Devon out of his sight… for more than one reason. Working together to get Devon’s life back leads to feelings far beyond cooperation. But before they can act on them, they need to find the group of thieves’ intent on ruining Devon’s reputation.

Review
Its no secret that I am a big fan of Andrew Grey!! I found Pulling Strings to be an entertaining romantic mystery. Andrew Grey is great at creating characters full of depth. Devon and Powers are both very well written characters. The other stand out character is Powers twin sister Lucy. She provides a lot of comic relief, which keeps this book from being to heavy. There is a little angst, but it resolves quickly. This book had me guessing the whole time. I had no clue who the bad guy would end up being. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a great romance with good dose of sleuthing and mystery.

4 stars


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Recent Release: Someone to Hold Me (The Gods Made Me Do It #6) by Lisa Oliver

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47630630-someone-to-hold-me

Blurb
The Gods Made Me Do It #6

(Can be read as a standalone)

Hades, Lord of the Underworld, has spent years searching the world for his Fated Mate. He’s watched his brother and nephews find their “light” and yet he can’t find his. On the verge of giving up hope, Hades attends his brother Poseidon’s wedding; so outside his comfort zone, but his discomfort proves worth it. Because there, at the reception, he finally sees his light.

It wasn’t that Ali was uncomfortable around wolves – he’d been a good friend of Claude’s for years. But when one of the wolves at Claude’s and Poseidon’s wedding gets verbally pushy, he feels he has no choice but to shift and find the alpha. What he doesn’t expect is to find a beautiful man with soulful eyes, holding out his hand.

After all Ali and Hades have been through in their lives, you’d think the Fates would be kind to them. But between Cerberus’s howling, Persephone’s snarking, and Ali’s family proving there is more to them than their blatant wealth, Ali and Hades have their hands full creating a life with each other. But maybe, just maybe, the Mother has a gift for them after all.

This is an MM paranormal true mates story intended for adults only.

 

Review

This was another solid addition to the series. Hades was a bit of a sad-sack – so I wasn’t super enthralled with him, but I thought Ali was fun!

It’s always fun seeing the gang and finding what they’re up to.

I do wish there were more positive women role models in these books – it seems as though only men are “worthy” – which is disappointing as a female reader.

4 of 5 stars



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Recent Release: HEEL by K.M. Neuhold


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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47225307-heel?from_search=true

Blurb
“I’ve never thought of calling a man Daddy before, but I can’t think of a word that fits Vale better. He’s my Daddy, and I’m his pup.”

Broken and bruised, there’s nothing I won’t do to protect Adrian. I picked him up and made him whole before, and I’ll do it again. Adrian is a sweet pup with a smile full of sunshine and a heart made for love. A sweet pup needs a gentle hand, and that’s exactly what I intend to give him.

There’s nothing quite like slipping an expensive pair of high heels onto Adrian’s feet and watching him light up. If he wants a fairytale, I’ll happily be his Prince Charming.

*** Heel is the second book in the Working Out the Kinks series but can be read as a stand-alone. This book contains a scene of domestic violence. This book also contains an adorable man who loves to be a puppy, fabulous high heels, and the happily ever after Adrian deserves.

Review:
Adrian has had enough abuse and in fear of his life he runs from an abusive alpha. While he recuperates from his latest injuries he stays with his good friends and soon finds himself enjoying some time with the one alpha he has always wanted. Vale once again finds himself once again helping Adrian get on his feet. This time he has no excuse to push the man away. As the two spend more time together their feelings grow deeper. Can Vale and Adrian find a way to their happy ever after or will they let it slip through their fingers again?
This story is a sweet romance that gives readers the power of true love. Adrian and Val were meant to be together the attraction between them has been there since they first met. The two are perfect together, Val is just the kind of man Adrian needs in his life. I enjoyed watching the dymanics of their relationship play out and see it become so strong and beautiful. It was nice to see Adrian find his way again after dealing with so much in his life. Trust is a big factor in this story, and it was nice seeing Val work hard to show Adrian that he is a man that he can trust with not only his body but his heart as well. The hard work and friendship that the two men share makes for a wonderful and heartwarming read.
Number of stars out of 5: 4


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Audiobook: Lace-Covered Compromise by Silvia Violet narrated by Nick J Russo

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Blurb

Adam Kingston expects to inherit his father’s multinational conglomerate. When he finds out half of it went to Nate Thomas—an annoying man whose dreams for Kingston Corp.’s future clash with Adam’s need to stave off financial disaster—Adam is furious. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to wrest control of Kingston Corp. from Nate.

Nate may be soft-spoken, but he refuses to be swayed by Adam’s arrogant demands. When Nate accidentally drops a pair of his lacy panties in front of Adam, there’s no mistaking Adam’s interest. Nate hadn’t realized Adam was bisexual, but now that his secret is out, Nate is willing to use Adam’s lust against him if it means protecting the welfare of the company he loves.

For Adam and Nate, hatred and desire are closely linked. Their inability to compromise threatens the company and could expose their tightly held secrets. But as they work together to develop a plan to save Kingston Corp., they begin to realize there might be more to their relationship than anger and lust.

Review

This was a great “Enemies to Lovers” story with some super sexy lingerie. Our guys have some deep animosity between them thanks to Adam’s father and they aren’t afraid to let things get loud.

They move pretty quickly into a sexual relationship and from there it’s a matter of working things out (mostly in Adam’s head).

If you love a little rough sex, some denial and a bit of inner angst – this is for you. Oh – and Manties!!!

Recommended

3.75 of 5 stars

Audio

Nick – again- does a great job. I love his emotion in this and his depiction of Adam’s father. This is a great way to enjoy this story. Highly Recommended!

5 of 5 stars

Overall 4 of 5 stars

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Audiobook: Looking for Trouble by Riley Hart Narrated by Michael Pauley

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Blurb

Dylan Sutton doesn’t go looking for trouble, but it always seems to find him. After the devastating loss of his father, he travels across the country to deliver a letter to his dad’s estranged best friend. But surely, he deserves a night of relaxation when he first gets to town, right? He sets his sights on the attractive older guy at the bar—except his almost-one-night-stand turns out to be the very man he’s in town to see. Oops.

Clayton Turner has a nasty habit of either losing or hurting the people he cares about. After his partner died, he’d decided keeping to himself was the smartest life choice. He doesn’t count on trouble stumbling into his life in the form of a sexy guy twenty years his junior… and for that guy to be linked to one of the most painful losses of Clay’s past.

Fate steps in and Dylan gets stranded in Bailey Springs. He gets a job, and Clay can’t stop himself from trying to help Dylan get on his feet. And Dylan? Well, Dylan can’t seem to stop flirting with Clay. He tries, he really does…just about as much as Clay attempts not to like it. They couldn’t be more different…or are they? Soon, Trouble and Sad Eyes realize they have a lot more in common than they thought, and once they land in bed together, there’s no going back. Moving forward isn’t any easier, though. Clay’s always walked the straight and narrow, always followed all the rules. But what does he do when the only right path involves looking for trouble?

Review

4 stars for this. It’s really good, but not terrific.

I liked the MCs a lot, but they carried so much baggage and it was a rush job to explain and (sort of?) relieve them of their burdens.

I admit I wasn’t so sold on the “it doesn’t matter” 20 year age gap.

It would matter to me.

A lot.

And I wasn’t seeing them having a lot in common to overcome said gap.

Except sex which – 45 years old and still banging like a 25 year old – god bless ya!

It was a bit dark and I was hoping we could delve more deeply into some of that darkness but it was kind of swept away pretty easily. No elbow grease, just a quick Hoover situation.

I wanted to know more about April and the love triangle and I wanted to know more about Gordon. Also did Dylan not have any of his own lovers to think back upon?

In any case, it was good, kept my interest, but not great and I know Riley can write great stories.

Audio

Michael Pauley is a really reliable and good narrator. He’s easy to listen to and does a nice job differentiating the characters without giving anyone an accent. He makes it easy for the story to take center stage and that’s a great attribute for a narrator to have.

This is a good way to enjoy this story and I recommend it!

4 of 5 stars


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Recent Release: Intoxicating (Elite Protection Services Book 1) by Onley James

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Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46393099-intoxicating?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb:
Lincoln Hudson has just been handed the easiest job in the world. Babysit the spoiled son of a conservative senator, keep him out of trouble, and receive a six-figure paycheck, a paycheck he desperately needs. Wyatt’s father claims he needs Linc’s firm hand and discipline. One look at him and Linc agrees. Wyatt needs discipline.
Being the closeted gay son of a family values senator has left Wyatt Edgeworth with a reckless streak and a love of partying that just cost him eight months of his life and might cost his father his re-election. So now he has a babysitter. A very sexy babysitter.
When Wyatt drunkenly tells Linc he’d make an excellent Daddy, they reach an understanding. Wyatt gets a Daddy and Linc gets a paycheck, then they go their separate ways. For this to work, discretion is key, but with a reporter dogging Wyatt’s every move, that might prove impossible.

Staying together was never an option, but with each passing day, their feelings only grow. Will they risk it all for what’s supposed to be a harmless fling?

Review:

I requested to read this without completely reading the blurb, so I didn’t know this was a Daddy/BDSM story (now you know *smile*).
It’s a really well written story, Wyatt and Linc are very well defined characters – Wyatt a bratty ‘boy’ and Linc, a stern ‘Daddy’. Linc was exactly what Wyatt needed – someone to make him feel good about himself and his needs.
For those who love these kinks, you’re in for a treat; neither are my jam. However, I was able to enjoy the really good writing, the development of the characters and I understood why Wyatt was ‘bratty’ – he was really neglected by the people that were supposed to love him – his parents.
Anyway, while this book was not for me, it is a very good book ☺

4 stars out of 5


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Recent Release: How to Run with the Wolves (Howl at the Moon #5) by Eli Easton

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46155038-how-to-run-with-the-wolves?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb

Zeus loves his job on the new Mad Creek Search & Rescue team, and his inner Saint Bernard is finally being used to his full potential. When he sees a mysterious and wild-looking quickened—a dog shifter—at an earthquake site in Alaska, Zeus is compelled to investigate. Zeus falls hard for the primal beauty of Timo and of Alaska itself. Both call to his deep canine soul. But the Quimmiq pack’s laws are as harsh as the Alaskan winters, and Timo is out of his reach.

Timo’s pack of dog shifters left their Inuit village generations ago and have lived wild ever since. Not trusting the “one-skinned,” and with their numbers dwindling, the Quimmiq are on the verge of extinction. Timo is shocked to discover a whole group of “two-skinned” working as a rescue team, and he is particularly fascinated by Zeus, a gentle giant. He senses what Zeus feels for him… but it’s forbidden.

Can Mad Creek save this lost quickened clan? Perhaps—if they can learn how to run with the wolves.

Review

I might re-visit this review before I post it but I wanted to at least put down my initial thoughts.

First, I am the BIGGEST fan of this series. I read and or listen to the entire series over and over because I just enjoy it so much – so I was waiting for this on pins and needles! When it came I read it all in one sitting because I just had to.
The author acknowledges at the end that this is the probable end of Mad Creek and the beginning of a spin off – which I am grateful for! (Not the Mad Creek part – that makes me a bit weepy, but for the spin off!)

In this we see a bit of our favorite characters from previous books but mostly we meet a new shifter, Zeus, who was friends with the Sheriff when they were in high school. He’s a St Bernard shifter and huge and awkward and so easy to love!

He and Sammy go up to Alaska to help victims of an earthquake and while they are there they meet another shifter. (I’m gonna be vague here because I’m not sure how much is considered spoilery.) Zeus and Timo eventually fall in love and they have a few big hurdles to overcome.

What I loved:
Zeus – his character is big and fluffy and sincere and awkward and wonderful.
The spinoff idea – I love the idea and can’t wait to see more!
The location – so beautiful and unique.
Seeing the other characters – so much fun!

What I wasn’t crazy about:
The romance. It felt lukewarm at best and since almost ¾ of it was pining it really should have packed a wallop of a punch when our two guys finally get together – and it didn’t.
Timo. I kinda always felt like he was a brat. He never really fully confronted Yuki, dealt with Zeus’ sacrifices, or really even fully divulged himself in a satisfying way to Zeus.
The smexy times. They were scant and not very inspired. There really was tons of room for some Roman or Sammy type humor here and the few scenes together just lacked that extra spark that I’ve come to love from Eli Easton.

All in all I was a bit disappointed. Part of it is definitely because I’d had it built up pretty large in my mind, but also partly because it just wasn’t as much fun or as touching as the others in this series.

Of course I’m still a Mega Fan, but this wasn’t my favorite.

I guess I’d give it a 3.75 – rounded to 4 for consistent goodness.


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