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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Wisdom’s Allegiance (The Shifter Chronicles #13) by M.D. Grimm

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/wisdoms-allegiance-by-md-grimm-10511-b

Blurb
Can a loyal and sensual owl shifter couple woo a human mate who’s convinced he’s an ugly duckling?

When socially awkward Dexter Fortis rescues an elf owl blown off course by a storm, he has no idea the bird is a shifter named Orion. Or that his life is about to change.

Orion falls in love with the kind custodian, but he must convince his long-term partner, Talon, that Dexter is just who they’ve been searching for to establish a permanent ménage. Even if they can gently break down Dexter’s walls, they’ll have to contend with a dangerous cult rising in the shifter community and a hidden enemy determined to keep Dexter from them.

Review
Loved this one! So much!

It felt a bit strange to have a story about owl shifters, rather than the more typical bad-ass wolf or big cat shifter, but the author really made it work. I loved how the owls’ characteristics were also present in the MC’s, both in their personalities and mannerisms. Very intriguing and different.

Orion and Talon are an amazing, devoted couple and bringing Dexter into the mix never threatened their feelings for each other, which was lovely. Dexter is very insecure and definitely in need of some love and acceptance. Seeing him blossom and find his place with Orion and Talon was wonderful. I loved every scene between these characters.

Throughout the entire book there’s also a building sense of unease and even danger, with threats coming our heroes’ way on multiple fronts. I really enjoyed the resulting, more action-filled scenes and how they played out.
The world-building was really well done and touches on very current issues, hiding behind the paranormal setting of this story.

This book is part of a series, but can be read perfectly as a standalone.

Definitely recommend!

Number of stars out of 5: 5


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Review

I really enjoyed this!  The original couple is one of the first times I can remember in a long time that actually seemed to be doing ok on their own but so clearly benefited from a third that it really felt like a unique “falling in love” for all the parties involved.

In a lot of triad stories I feel like one party is just added in for more “fun” or the original couple is doing terribly and the third is required to “fix” them.  But in this case Talon and Orion were perfectly fine but absolutely benefited from Dexter’s additions to their couple.  

The owl characteristics were wonderful and I loved Orion as a character!  I thought the drama was a bit predictable and not nearly as enjoyable as the love story but it didn’t detract much attention overall.

This was fun, a bit sexy and highly recommended to fans of shifter romance.

 

4.5 of 5 stars

 


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Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Coming Up for Air by Amanda Meuwissen

Dreamspinner

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/coming-up-for-air-by-amanda-meuwissen-10421-b

Blurb

It’s not easy being someone’s fairy tale.

Leigh Hurley is making a name for himself among thieves and criminals, even if it isn’t the life he would’ve chosen. He shouldn’t have screwed over the Moretti brothers, though. It landed him in the river with weights on his feet. But somehow he’s escaped certain death. The last thing he remembers before waking on the riverbank is a beautiful face and a soft kiss.

Then, Tolomeo turns up naked at Leigh’s apartment.

Tolly comes from a race of killers—merfolk who drown humans for fun. But Tolly is different, and when he sees a human in trouble, he offers a kiss, granting the man the ability to breathe underwater… and himself the ability to walk on land, at least until the next full moon. The ancient laws state that if he is given a vow of love by the one he kissed, he will be able to keep his legs. If not, he will be put to death when he returns to the water.

But love is not something Leigh offers easily… and Tolly has a secret of his own.

Review

This was a wonderful fairytale retelling! There were some unique twists on the original that gave added depth to the story as well as a really delicious dose of angst.

Instead of a prince we get a low-level criminal trying to survive a conflict between two gangs, while also attempting to stay on the right side of the law, or rather, out of sight of the law. This gives the story a grittiness and complexity it otherwise wouldn’t have had and really ratchets up the tension level. Leigh is so kind and obviously meant for better things than thieving or worse, but he doesn’t see a way out of that kind of life.

Tolly saves Leigh from drowning and firmly believes Leigh is the one for him, risking his life on the strength of that conviction. I loved Tolly’s quaint way of interpreting certain words or expressions. He’s super endearing, sweet, protective, self-effacing… and he has a secret.

True love never did run smooth, and it doesn’t for Tolly and Leigh either. At one very low, low point, the emotional anguish and despair of the MC’s actually brought tears to my eyes and I started to panic about their chances of getting to their HEA. Cruel author!

This was an amazing, well-written story. The secondary characters were great and really helped build a world around the MC’s, especially Alvin and Cary, but also all of Leigh’s friends from his apartment building.

I hope Amanda Meuwissen will try her hand at other fairytale retellings, because this one was incredible!

 

Number of stars out of 5: 5

5 stars

 


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