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adult - 18+

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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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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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Anhaga by Lisa Henry

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/anhaga-by-lisa-henry-10641-

Blurb
Aramin Decourcey—Min to his few friends—might be the best thief in Amberwich, and he might have a secret that helps him survive the cutthroat world of aristocratic families and their powerful magic users, but he does have one weakness: his affection for his adopted nephew, Harry.

When the formidable Sabadine family curses Harry, Min must accept a suicide mission to save his life: retrieve Kazimir Stone, a low-level Sabadine hedgewitch who refuses to come home after completing his apprenticeship… and who is in Anhaga, a seaside village under the control of the terrifying Hidden Lord of the fae. If that wasn’t enough, Kaz is far from the simple hedgewitch he seems.

With the Sabadines on one side and the fae on the other, Min doesn’t have time to deal with a crisis of conscience—or the growing attraction between him and Kaz. He needs to get Kaz back to Amberwich and get Harry’s curse lifted before it kills him. Saving Harry means handing Kaz over to his ruthless family. Saving Kaz means letting Harry die. Min might pride himself on his cleverness, but he can’t see his way out of this one.

The Hidden Lord might see that he never gets the choice

Review
When is a hero not a hero? Well Aramin (Min) is the perfect example. He is the lovable rogue who despite what he wants you to believe looks out for the innocent and tries, within reason, to do the right thing. But a person has to make a living and if the rich are willing to pay for his skills all the better. Unfortunately his adopted nephew tangles them into a mess that Min can’t easily get them out of. This story has all the ingredients o a wonderful tale. Heroes, thwarted love, danger and daring feats. I loved that Min wasn’t one of those hero’s that had the answers to everything, he just muddled through with skill and luck. Harry has some surprises as well. So does Kas, who is the Cinderella of the story.
Wonderful world building, very evocative description and a good pace. There is enough humour in the story to prevent it becoming too dark. With enough action to keep me engaged. I wouldn’t call this a romance more a fantasy with romantic elements. In this respect there is not very much sex in the story, but in my opinion it doesn’t need it. The story is strong enough on its own.

5 of stars out of 5


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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Honeythorn by Marina Vivancos

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44589386-honeythorn?from_search=true

Blurb

Omega Milan Pryor knows his duty. He must travel North through the continent towards the snow, the cold, and his new betrothed. They say that Lord Alpha Raphael Ledford, the man he is to marry, is as artic as the weather of his land. But Milan has always been an optimist. Perhaps he might find friendship in the arranged marriage. Even love.

It doesn’t take long for Milan to realize that all the rumours about Lord Raphael are true. Reclusive, distant, frigid. Milan finds himself unwelcome in what he must now call his new home. He’s used to fighting for what he wants—but can he survive a husband as cruel as Lord Raphael?

Being bonded to one who rejects you is a painful thing. Will Milan be able to win his husband’s regard? What terrible secret is Lord Raphael keeping, and will Milan be able to discover it before it’s too late?
Or will Milan perish along with his heart?

Review

This book is set as Regency era with a slight Steampunk feel. It’s Omegaverse with hint of mpreg possibility, but did not happen in the book. Milan is from a family in the South, who is arranged to marry Raphael from the North. I was sad for Milan in the beginning for Raphael’s behaviors. The talks about steam powered machines in everyday life was fun to read. I also enjoyed the stark contrasts between the personalities of both men. Other than a VERY rocky beginning, the slow build between the men was wonderful to read. There was a big twist towards the end that surprised me. The background characters were a delight to read and really added to the tone of the book. Overall a very enjoyable read.

Number of stars out of 5

5


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3.5 stars adult - 18+ Author Provided Book Bullying Gay Gay Homophobia Hurt/Abuse m/m Mid level angst Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Scorching/high heat Shifter Standalone vampire

Recent Release: An Arranged Mating by Jane Wallace-Knight

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40810918-an-arranged-mating?from_search=true

Blurb

[Siren Classic ManLove: Alternative Contemporary Paranormal Romance, MM, shape-shifter, vampires, werewolves, HEA]

Hunter White left home as soon as he was able. Coming back to take over as alpha, Hunter learned of the serious debt his father had left the pack with. Desperate to save them, Hunter entered into a deal with a powerful vampire. The nest leader would pay off all the pack’s debts, on one condition—Hunter had to take a vampire for a mate.

Vampire Aeron Lyons had been in some serious scrapes during his unnaturally long life, but nothing came close to this. Being given to an alpha werewolf, like he was some sort of bargaining chip, wasn’t what Aeron wanted for his life, but he wasn’t dumb enough to say no to a man like Ken Roberts.

Resigning himself to join a pack who already dislikes him on principal, Aeron has no idea how rocky the road ahead will be or how he’s going to spend the rest of his life with a man who hates him.

Review

Review

 

I was surprised by the level of darkness in this story. I’m more used to this author’s humorous side and this was a bit different. Not a huge divergence, but striking to me.

 

In general the blurb sets this up nicely, and we get two enemies who must mate and their own attraction to one another coupled with circumstances helps them find love as well. The antagonist was suitably nasty as was the (predictable) evil uncle.

 

There was a lot of hot smexy times and though I didn’t always love Hunter, in the end everything turned out really well.

 

I thought the ending was believable in a way that some of these paranormal stories aren’t and I appreciated the author for that! My biggest complaint was I wanted Aeron to stick up for himself more and for the ILYs to be a little more believable.

 

3.5 of 5 stars

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5 stars adult - 18+ Alternate World Angst Level Arranged Marriage Audiobook Book Contemporary Dreamspinner Enemies to Lovers Fantasy Gay Heat Index m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal

Betrothed Audiobook by Therese Woodson Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/betrothed-a-faery-tale-by-therese-woodson-7396-b

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Faery royalty have always married for duty rather than love. Prince Chrysanths should be no different – except with a human for a father, the prince known as Puck already is different. When he is betrothed against his will to Prince Sky, Puck flees to his father in the human world, only to have Sky follow.

Prince Sky Song of the Clouds isn’t thrilled with the prospect of marriage either, but is bound by duty to follow through – if he can’t win Puck over, the faery realm might very well dissolve into utter chaos. Too busy arguing, Puck and Sky are unaware there are others with a vested interest in seeing the betrothal fail. In a bid for Puck’s crown, they’ll seek to keep them apart, even as Puck and Sky realize that duty and love don’t always have to be mutually exclusive.

Review

(book previously reviewed here: http://kimichanexperience.com/betrothed-by-therese-woodson/)

(Abridged)

Puck is heir to the Earth throne and Sky to the Air throne. They are forced into a political alliance/marriage that neither wants, but Puck throws the most resistance at actually making it happen.

Puck pouts and returns to his father, on Earth, forcing Sky to follow, even though he could be hurt. There, Puck treats Sky like crap for two weeks, trying to get Sky to renounce the betrothal.

Sky perseveres however and eventually even Puck realizes that there is more than just politics at play and that perhaps an alliance between them won’t be all bad.

**

The first half of the book is full of Puck being an ass. He’s an admitted brat, but slowly and surely he and Sky grow closer. They are super cute together. Sky’s learning of the human world is sometimes adorable and the growing attraction between them is sweet.

When they finally do give it a go as a couple I was entranced and fully engaged in their love story. My only complaint was that we spent so much time with them struggling that I’d have appreciated them as a happy couple for longer than a chapter or two.

I also thought that the extra drama with the opposing house of fire was un-necessary. Simply going from adamantly opposed to in love was enough work for this story.

However, this was truly wonderful book by and large and by a new to me author and I highly recommend it and will look for more of the author’s work in the future gladly.

4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Matthew Lloyd Davies did an EXCELLENT job narrating this. He did the fairy voices in his loveley British accent and I giggled when he was forced to put on an American accent (which he did remarkably well!) I definitely thought this added to my overall enjoyment and highly recommend this as a way to enjoy this lovely story.

6 of 5 stars

Overall 5 of 5 stars

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