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Audiobook: Legally Mated (Mercy Hills Pack, Book 5) By: Ann-Katrin Byrde Narrated by: Nick J. Russo

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Blurb

More than a century ago, the Segregation Laws made enemies of humans and shifters, and imprisoned the pack behind their enclave walls.
Laine wants Garrick. He wants him out from behind those walls and being what he was meant to be – a brilliant lawyer. He also wants to claim Garrick openly as his partner, but with the prejudice on both sides, he’ll never get what he wants. Unless he can pull off something spectacular.
Like getting Garrick admitted to the Bar.
Garrick’s spent so much of his life keeping secrets, he doesn’t know how to open up to another person. Even if it’s Laine, the human lawyer who stole Garrick’s heart and made him want things he could never have. But Laine’s pushing too hard, and there’s another lawyer, one from Washington, holding out the promise of truly eliminating the laws keeping shifters locked behind walls. If they could bring those down, then maybe some of Garrick’s dreams could become reality. If only he could make Laine see….
All while an unforeseen gift of history creates rumbles of change in the packs, and drives Mercy Hills to an announcement that will rock shifter society to the roots.

Review

You have to be tenacious with these stories but they’re all really good.

I think the author could use a strong hand with editing and the stories would be improved, but I do love the characters and their journey to growth.

This story did not emphasize the MCs as much as I’d wish but their story was sweet in the end. For this, I had to mark it down in ratings – I read these for the romance and that wasn’t as much the focus as in the other books.

I’ve really enjoyed watching where this band of shifters has gone over time.

I love Nick J Russo and so listening to these (long) stories is very enjoyable.

3.5 of 5 stars


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Recent Release: Savage Bite (Shifter Kings #2) by Aja Foxx

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48137460-savage-bite?from_search=true

 

Blurb

Greyson Bailey had followed Shifter King Montgomery Beck for years. He stood by his side through thick and thin, fought numerous battles with him, and was even there when the man eventually claimed his omega after twenty-five years of waiting for him. Greyson just wished he could find a bit of that happiness of his own.

When he’s sent to oversee the omegas at the monastery where Fagan grew up, he finds more trouble than a simple shifter, even a warrior like himself, can handle. He wakes up wounded in an alley with no idea how he got there, who had shot him, or why the omega kneeling next to him smells so damn alluring.

Davan has spent his entire life in a monastery being trained to serve whatever master he was given to. He learned every fighting skill he could, not to protect his master, but to protect himself. He had no intention of spending his life serving someone he didn’t know.

The man he saved and dragged to the alley is a different story. Davan desperately wants to get to know him better, but the people who hurt Greyson have other ideas. Chased through the streets of the city, Davan and Greyson have to fight for their future. Together they just might have a chance at happiness.

Review

I enjoyed this. It was a good sequel.
If you enjoyed book 1 you’ll enjoy following up on Greyson whom we met in book 1.

There wasn’t a whole lot different from the first book , but I did appreciate learning a bit more about this world and seeing the slightly different aspects Davan brought to the omega theme.

3 of 5 stars


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Recent Release: Slow Birth by Leta Blake (Heat of Love book 2.5)

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47898759-slow-birth?from_search=true

Blurb

Jason and Vale are back in this side story set in the Heat of Love universe!

A romantic getaway turns dramatic when an unexpected heat descends on Vale, leaving Jason with no choice but to act. The resulting pregnancy is dangerous for Vale and terrifying for Jason, but with the help of friends and family, they choose to embrace their uncertain future. Together they find all the love, joy, and heat they need to guide them through!

While this story follows the characters from Slow Heat, it will be most enjoyable if read directly after Alpha Heat, as it takes place contemporaneously with that book.

Review
It was great reading Vale and Jason’s pregnancy story from their prospective, as in book #2 in the series they are already pregnant. This brings new light to the events that take place in Alpha Heat and has just the right amount of angst we are used to from Leta with the smoking hotness of Vale and Jason who will not be deterred by a growing belly.
Having gone through pregnancy and birth (almost 5 months ago) this novella struck a chord with me. It deals with very deep emotional changes brought on by pregnancy, and the physical ones too. I was moved at times and found myself echoing Vale and Jason’s fears and hopes. Birth is such a shock to the body, soul and relationship. Leta, while still keeping this an erotic romance full of heat, managed to capture some of the real-life essence of motherhood (or should I say Paterhood?) in their tale. I have always admired Leta’s writing, and if you like this series you will love this tale of hope, love and humanity in its most basic form.

Number of stars out of 5
4


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Recent Release: Defender (The Lost Pack #1) by Claire Cullen

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48364816-defender?from_search=true

Blurb

A mission gone wrong forces Brax’s alpha team to become something more—a pack.

In a world that no longer welcomes packs, it’s all Brax can do to hold his team together. Four alphas without omegas is a recipe for disaster. And now that they’re civilians, with the military watching their every move, it’s not going to be easy to keep the truth about their pack hidden.

Brax’s most pressing problem is his buddy Duke’s stolen son. Everywhere he turns for help is a dead end, until chance introduces him to Oliver, the capable, captivating omega—and legal advocate. Brax’s luck might finally be turning around. But can he trust Oliver with more than just their legal troubles—can he trust him with his secrets?

Oliver has everything he could want in life—a successful career, the respect of his peers, an apartment in the city. But not an alpha. Been there, done that. No shifter he’s dated could handle the fact that, some days, Oliver’s job comes first. When the death of his estranged parents takes him back to his childhood home, he meets Brax—the handsome, troubled doctor who just might be the exception to the rule…

Defender is a novel-length shifter romance, featuring mpreg, cake, stubborn alphas, and some scenes not suitable for readers under the age of eighteen.

Review

I loved this so much! This is like an alternate world where people have tried to subjugate their shifter side to 15 minutes a day and ignore the draw of being in packs for the “benefit” of human law.

 

In this case the men “accidentally” became a pack and are now dealing with those ramifications.

 

I like that the omega nature is challenged and the alpha nature is modified, too. Though it follows somewhat predictable lines it’s not so stereotypical as to be mundane.

 

The romance is slow moving and sweet with a moderate amount of heat. The bad guys are reasonably bad and not “super villains”. All in all a win!

 

Highly recommended to fans of the subgenre.

 

5 of 5 stars


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Recent Release: Savage Wolf by Angelique Voisen

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47956222-savage-wolf?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb

Finn Brenner’s time is up. To save his brother’s hide, he promised to give himself to a sadistic Alpha who only sees Omegas as toys. Finn’s having second thoughts but there’s nowhere to run. When it’s time to face the music, Finn is thrown into a hellish hunt where he’s the prize. The last thing Finn expects is a savior in the form of a savage black wolf.

Jakob Stone’s barely holding onto his humanity. He buried his grief and lingered in the skin of his beast. When he hears Finn’s cry for help he knows this Omega is the one he’s been searching for his entire life. Jakob would do anything in his power to keep Finn safe, even if that means going up against an entire pack.

Review

This was a great find! Jakob is nearly feral and Finn’s alpha is pretty much going to kill him as do anything else.
The romance between Finn and Jakob is fairly predictable with the Alpha/omega thing playing out as it always does, but the world building is pretty good and the story moves along quickly.
All in all I enjoyed it and will look for more from this series/author.

3.5 stars


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Audiobook: The Omega’s Alpha (Mercy Hills Pack #4) by Ann-Katrin Byrde Narrated by Nick J Russo

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Blurb

Barren, unwanted—a lot of omegas would have given up. But not Holland. Tired of living down to other’s opinions, he reaches for something more and seduces the new Alpha, only to fall so far in love he can’t see the moon for the trees.

Quin’s ghosts won’t leave him alone. He lives like a ghost himself, but Holland’s shining light gives him courage to reach for healing and, maybe, a family. Except Holland has his own unhealed wounds and he refuses to mate, until disaster in another pack reminds them both how fragile life can be.

From that disaster rises a new determination, and Quin and Holland set out to change their world.

And through it all, the secret of the True Omega begins to unveil itself, bringing hope and fear in its wake.

141,000 words full of love and family, disaster and triumph.

Review

This is another great addition to the series. Holland was rejected for being barren – but… he’s still got loads to offer and Quin’s damage allows him to “need” someone just enough to get over the Alpha nonsense.

The story is long and involved and as usual I think could use some stiff editing, but it’s still very enjoyable and a must for anyone who loves mpreg, shifters, the author and this series.

Nick J Russo narrates this series, and honestly , if it wasn’t him, I’m not sure I’d be able to listen to hours and hours of this series. I enjoy his voice so much that I get lost in the story again and am not tempted to just skim ahead.

Recommended.

4 of 5 stars for the story

5 of 5 for the narration

4.5 of 5 stars overall



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Audiobook: Abel’s Omega by Ann-Katrin Byrde Narrated by Nick J Russo

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Audible Link

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Blurb

Bax is desperate. Recently widowed, he takes his pups and flees his pack to avoid a new mate who wants him – but not his babies.
At Mercy Hills, he finds the help he’d hoped for, but also a man who both attracts and unnerves him. He doesn’t want another alpha mate, or even any mate, though he knows an omega has to have one. But Abel is unlike any other alpha he’s ever met, and the hope that had been crushed out of him begins to grow again in the warmth of Abel’s kindness and strength.
Bax is a dream come true for Abel – smart, loyal, strong, and loving. Everything Abe’s ever looked for in a mate. Except the independent omega has no reason to trust an alpha, and Abel’s going to have to work his way through layers of hurt if he wants to convince Bax he’s safe opening his heart.
But to keep him, he’ll have to fight for him.

Review

I read this a while ago and I’ll admit that it’s very long so when I listened to it, I may have skimmed a bit.

Bax is an integral character in this series and his story sets the tone for many omegas to come, so I feel this book, especially, needs to be read to appreciate the others going forward.

From previous reviews, you know that this is a sort of dystopian society where shifters are ostracized to “camps” and made to act like prisoners in the world. They can be themselves but only in certain places.

The male pregnancy thing is not a secret but is definitely kept hidden from non shifters.

In general, the adults spend next to no time as wolves, and this is my main criticism of the series. The children do but the adults don’t seem to shift much.

Most of this is about the Alpha/Omega dynamic and male pregnancy and living on the outskirts of society.

I loved how Bax comes into his own and in later books you’d have a hard time recognizing the meek Omega we are introduced to at the beginning of the book.

If you’re a fan of male pregnancy and Alpha/Omega dynamics you’ll really like this. If you’re more a traditional shifter fan, maybe not.

Nick Russo narrates this, and if it hadn’t been for him I’m not sure I’d have listened to this at all as it’s quite long and full of minutia.

4 of 5 stars for the story

5 of 5 for the narration

Overall 4.5 stars

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Recent Release: Bitter Heat (Heat of Love #3) by Leta Blake

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47888575-bitter-heat?from_search=true

Blurb

A pregnant omega trapped in a desperate situation, an unattached alpha with a lot to prove, and an unexpected fall into love that could save them both.

Kerry Monkburn is contracted to a violent alpha in prison for brutal crimes. Now pregnant with the alpha’s child, he lives high in the mountains, far above the city that once lured him in with promises of a better life. Enduring bitterness and fear, Kerry flirts with putting an end to his life of darkness, but fate intervenes.

Janus Heelies has made mistakes in the past. In an effort to redeem himself, integrity has become the watchword for his future. Training as a nurse under the only doctor willing to take him on, Janus is resolute in his intentions: he will live cleanly in the mountains and avoid all inappropriate affairs. But he doesn’t anticipate the pull that Kerry exercises on his heart and mind.

As the question of Kerry’s future health and safety comes to an explosive head, only the intervention of fate will see these desperate men through to a happy ending.

This gay romance novel by Leta Blake is the third in the Heat of Love universe which began with Slow Heat. It’s 111,000 words, with a strong happy ending and a critically-acclaimed, non-shifter Omegaverse. It features alphas, betas, omegas, male pregnancy, mpreg, heat, and knotting. Content warning for a violent and oppressive society regarding reproductive rights.

Review

Finally!! Finally we get a new story in this amazing series.

Ever since Alpha Heat I’ve been anxiously waiting to find out how Janus would fare and if he’d get a chance to redeem himself and find the happiness and love he yearns for. He was such an awful, but also such a tormented, almost tragic character. We only got hints of Kerry in Alpha Heat, but enough to know he is a very deserving candidate for true love.

Kerry, as an omega, has very little rights and no way out of his hellish contract with the man who tormented and abused him and so many other omega’s for years. Kerry goes through some really dark times when he discovers he’s pregnant with the child of a man he considers a monster. His pregnancy and all the turmoil and difficult decisions that come with it are handled so very thoughtfully in this story. I loved that Janus did his utmost to be there for Kerry instead of judging him from a place of ignorance and privilege.

Kerry is a man without hope and seeing him ever so slowly fall for Janus, learning to trust, taking that leap of faith, was so satisfying. It reminded me all over again of why I love, no need, romance novels in my life. The draw between Janus and Kerry is undeniable, even when their love seems doomed from the start, so there’s certainly a lot of angst but also the absolute wonder of falling in love, and all the heat and tantalizing sensuality that comes with that.
The world-building in this book, and series, is amazingly intricate, with so much food for thought in its approach to religion (“mainstream” and pagan), family, love and last but not least, gender roles in society. The omega freedom groups are facing almost impossible odds, but I sincerely hope we’ll get to see some changes for the better in coming books.

I loved seeing Caleb and Janus together as friends and the glimpses we get of Caleb’s happy life with Xan, Urho and their children were a treat. I only wish we could’ve gotten a scene with Janus and Xan bonding or finding more on page closure.

The epilogue was surprising in its focus and brought tears to my eyes, because it was so moving and unexpectedly emotional instead of just a sweetly fluffy look into Janus’ and Kerry’s HEA.

Recommend, obviously.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 5

 


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Recent Release: Omega’s Heart (Mercy Hills Pack #7) by Ann-Katrin Byrde

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46305493-omega-s-heart

Blurb

Too big for beauty…

All Felix wanted was what the rest of the White River omegas had–a mate, a home, pups. But when you tower over all your potential suitors, romance is hard to come by. Watching omegas ten years his junior get their happy ever after hurts more with each mating ceremony, so he begs his parents to let him move to Mercy Hills–not to find a mate, but simply to find a future where he isn’t a dead weight dragging on those around him. Instead, he finds a cranky, broken, sarcastic alpha who is desperately in need of someone to sit him down and tell him how things are. And who looks at Felix like the sun shines out of his eyes.

“Your pack are a bunch of fools…”

Kaden came home from the Army heavier by the weight of a useless medal, lighter by several body parts, and with no real idea how to go forward. As he struggles to find his place in the pack, he takes solace in the company of the large omega sent to help him adjust. When Kaden discovers that Felix’s size means he’s never even been kissed, nothing will do for Kaden except to get the jump on all those other idiots who passed Felix up, mate this handsome creature, and give Felix everything his heart has ever desired.

“Come work for me and we’ll change your world…”

Finding a mate is the easy part. As the Alpha’s brother and decorated war hero, Kaden finds himself at the center of two political campaigns and must learn how to walk with a paw in both the shifter world, and the human one. And while he travels, courting the packs in a political campaign the likes of which the country has never seen before, he and Felix become an almost unstoppable pair, determined to forge new alliances between human and shifter, and lay the groundwork for their eventual freedom.

Omega’s Heart is 256,000 words of slow burn passion between two exceptional shifters, warm family moments, surprising new friends, even more surprising new opportunities, political intrigue, and a turning point in the path that all the packs will eventually follow.

Review

This is a fantastic series!

I will admit that I do find the books sometimes a bit too long and in need of more editing – I find I need to skim some of the many sex scenes _ gasp! – I know! – but there are so many!

What I love about this is that even though I would classify this as dystopian (which I hate) it has a sense of hope to it that makes it not so dreary.

I really love the juxtaposition of the big guy with all the big feels and heart of a “little” omega. Him, coupled with the older guy who really needs him was beautiful!

I loved seeing the integration of politics and prejudice and acceptance.

This was just plain lovely and full of feels.

I think it must be read in order to really appreciate the story –simply because there is so much that goes in to knowing all the characters and how they got there – but you could try it as a stand alone if you’re willing.

Highly recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Recent Release: Stallion Mage- Wild Foal (Stallion Mage book 3) by A.O. Spade

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44177708-wild-foal?from_search=true

Blurb

As new mates, Alvarr and Laren grow closer, and when Alvarr shares the secret of his pregnancy with the stallion leader, Laren reacts with joy… but also with worry. Winter has taken hold of their land and shows no signs of stopping. The stallion shifters have less and less to eat, even when Alvarr’s earth magic is able to provide some sustenance.

They also have different ideas about the future. As a mage close to Nature, Alvarr knows the answer is to bring the tribes together, but he doesn’t want to challenge Laren’s leadership, nor burden him with the impossible task of making the other stallions follow him.

But as these questions loom over them, the biggest remains. How will Alvarr give birth to a baby? In the absence of healers and mares, there is no one to provide guidance through this unknown event.

Review

Stallion Mage – Wild Foal continues on with the final scene of book 2 in this series, where we left Alvarr severely wounded after being saved by Laren from an attack by Thane and Nassor. Laren has finally accepted that Alvarr is his mate, but he has an even bigger surprise still coming his way. Once Alvarr figures out how best to broach the subject, that is.

It was great to see them get the time to enjoy each other and learn what it means to be fated mates, in between trying to survive the rift, the harsh winter and the strife within their own tribe. I loved the scenes where they reconnect with the mares and the new discoveries they made while they were there.

I had hoped the shifters would have learned more about their history and former way of life, maybe even spend more time in their human shape but that was not the case. The story doesn’t yet cover that much ground and instead focuses on the healing of the rift between the mares and the stallion tribes.

I’m as impressed as before with the mythology and the universe the author created in this serie. I think it holds potential for still more stories.

We take our leave of Laren and Alvarr when they’re in a happy place and hopeful for the future, but with still a lot to discover and re-build.

shifter mpreg, m/m, fantasy, historical, fated mates

Number of stars out of 5: 4


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