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adult - 18+

Audiobook: How to Deal All Cocks Stories, Book 3 By: T.M. Smith Narrated by: Joel Leslie

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Audible

https://www.audible.com/pd/How-to-Deal-Audiobook/B01M9IRFFP?qid=1558804688&sr=1-3&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_3&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=XXMJN2MBPJA516DN4Q9E

Blurb

Jon Brennan comes from a long line of men in uniform; all born and bred to both bleed and wear blue. His family and the majority of his co-workers support him every step of the way, so he doesn’t need to hide the fact that he prefers men over women. Between the job and his larger than life, loud and rowdy half Irish, half Italian family, there isn’t much time for dating, much less finding a guy who can deal with the stress and demands placed on the shoulders of an NYPD detective.

Kory White is cocky and abrasive with most people, but it is all a facade he hides behind to keep his heart safe. As a child, Kory lost his mother to an act of violence. Soon after, he and his baby sister Kassandra were separated by the system. Kassandra was immediately adopted, but Kory spent the next 10 years cycling through foster homes before moving to the Big Apple. In an effort to keep everyone at a distance, Kory has meticulously built himself an alter ego: Hayden Cox, All Cocks cockiest model.

These two strong-willed men definitely prove opposites do attract. Both are stubborn and hard headed to a fault, Kory more so than Jon. But Jon is used to being in control, the one calling the shots, and Kory fights him at every turn. Just when it seems they have found a way to navigate the unchartered territory that is love, tragedy knocks on Kory’s door yet again. Volatile and strong, even in the face of adversity, both men refuse to give up on each other – or their love.

Review
Story
How To Deal is the third book in the All Cocks Stories series. It can be listened to as a standalone but I suggest listening to these in order because there are reoccurring characters in each book.
The thing I loved the most about the story was getting to know the real Kory. In the previous books he comes off cocky and brash and quite the jerk. In this story we find out that is just a shield to protect himself from the trauma he experienced as a child.
Jon is a great partner for Kory. He’s laid back and quite easy going but he is strong enough to keep Kory in line when needed. There are some great scenes between Kory and Jon that show just how strong their bond really is. This story has the perfect blending of drama and emotion that I like.
Narration
How to Deal is narrated by the amazingly talented Joel Leslie. He always brings so much to the characters he voices. There are a lot of secondary characters in these books and they all have distinctive voices.

5 stars for both story and narration

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adult - 18+

Recent Release: The Captive Incubus (Immortal Mates #2) by Liv Rider

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45303728-the-captive-incubus

Blurb

A snarky incubus. A warlock with a secret.
Bound together by a magic they can’t break.

Shay

Casual sex has always been enough to satisfy Shay. Who needs more when humans provide such a gluttony of pleasure? He might find big, blond, warlock Alex attractive, but that’s definitely all it is—especially since Alex is the one holding him captive for a band of bloodthirsty vampires. All the sexual tension in the world can’t make up for his loss of freedom. Right?

Alex

It should have been easy: capture and bind a demon, then collect his payment from the vampires. He has his own problems to deal with. All he wants is for the vampires to take Shay off his hands and to get the incubus out of his head. Shay might be the sexiest demon he’s ever seen, but a warlock should be able to resist temptation. Right?

But the magic binding them together has other ideas. It’s getting harder to hold out from giving in to what they both want—especially since they have a common cause after all. But can they overcome all the protections around their hearts to let themselves fall for real?

The Captive Incubus is an m/m paranormal romance between an incubus and a warlock with a HEA and no cliffhangers. It’s the second book in the Immortal Mates series, but can be read as a standalone.

Review

This was both really fun and fascinating, but also kind of “all over the place”. I did not read (or remember) book 1, and I’m sure some of this would have been more resonant had I done that. The 2 MCs from book 1 play roles in this, though more on the periphery, I still think having read the first book would have helped shaped this story line.

I loved the naiveté that Alex shows juxtaposed with the jaded demon, Shay. The magic was awesome but I wanted to see more of Shay’s “powers” at work.

There was a LOT of waffling and some really random sex scenes. I loved that our guys spend most of the book in close proximity but I wanted to see them – at least for a little bit – out of danger to get a feel for them in the long term. Right now, I have a hard time buying their HEA.

I was really intrigued by Alex’s sister’s story and I hope we get to see more of her. The tid bit at the end leading into what is obviously book 3 looks great, too!

All in all this was fun and sexy and a little sweet.

4 of 5 stars

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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Give Him Hell (Hellhound Champions #3) by Casey Drake, and Macy Blake

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45420218-give-him-hell?from_search=true

Blurb

Nick Smith is a man with a mission: find the place where he’d been held captive as a child and discover what happened to the kids he left behind. His memories are in flux, returned to him after being blocked for the past fourteen years, along with his ability to shift into his lion form. Nick is ready for answers. Instead, he finds a huge Viking of a man with flaming eyes and more power than Nick knew existed.

As a hellhound, Jedrek is often sent on missions that lead to nothing. It’s part of the gig. He’s a champion of the fire goddess, tasked with keeping the secret of the supernatural world safe. When he gets called to a house of horrors he’d not visited in years, the last thing Jedrek expects to find is an out of control alpha lion who brings to life feelings he’s never felt before.

The mysteries of Nick’s past collide with a powerful, evil force causing havoc in the supernatural world. Nick is convinced he can determine who is behind the current rash of dark magic–especially if he has the strength of a hellhound at his side. And if that hellhound is one he can’t keep his mind or hands off? Well, that suits the lion instincts roaring back to life just fine.

Review

This was a bit more disjointed for me in comparison with books 1 and 2.  I really felt the gap this time around since I’d not read the original series for which this is a spinoff where the first 2 books I didn’t.

 

I didn’t feel like our MCs got as much attention to their relationship as I would have liked and so I wasn’t as invested.

 

I still really like the world building and the magic and the HEAs but this just didn’t grab me as much as the others.

 

3 of 5 stars


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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Protector Dragon by Liv Rider

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44541034-protector-dragon?from_search=true

Blurb

Shifters ruined his life. How can he be falling in love with one?

Growing up the only human in a shifter town, Joel has been an outcast his entire life – not even his own family let him forget how weak humans are. Running away was his only chance at a normal life, and he’s been avoiding shifters ever since. But when his job working in a coffee shop puts him in a room full of shifters, he has to confront his worst fears. He’s just not sure if he should be alarmed or happy that the hottest guy he’s ever met is determined to talk to him. After all, everyone knows shifters aren’t attracted to humans.

Dragon shifter Thomas Rollins thought nothing could be more difficult than resolving arguments between the shifters in his district. But when he meets his fated mate Joel, he has no clue how to get the suspicious human to talk to him for more than five minutes, never mind go out on a date. When he learns about Joel’s past, he’s determined to prove shifters and humans can get along very well.

Just as Joel is starting to let his guard down, his family finds him and forces him to come back to a place he refuses to call home. Can the trust Joel and Thomas have started to build survive the ultimate test?

Protector Dragon is a m/m paranormal dragon shifter/human romance with a HEA and no cliffhangers

Review

While I really like this world Liv Rider has given us, I wasn’t crazy about the story between Joel and Thomas.  Things move a bit too fast and I wasn’t always invested in their story because I didn’t get enough time to bond with them before it’s all over.

It’s a quick read and if you like the author or dragon shifters it’s worth a read.

 3 of 5 stars

 



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adult - 18+

Recent Release: The Broken Faewolf’s Mate ( BlackEdge Pack #2) by Liv Rider

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45322715-the-broken-faewolf-s-mate?from_search=true

Blurb

Aidan just wants to be human.

Thanks to his messed-up half-fae, half-wolf heritage, he’s been trapped in wolf form since childhood. But when he’s put in charge of helping the pack’s newest – and most reluctant – member to accept his wolf side, everything changes. Literally.

Dev’s determined to stay human.

Dev has spent his life refusing to give in to the dangerous beast he knows lurks inside him. But when a mysterious attack threatens to activate his latent werewolf genes, the local pack assigns him a wolf mentor – a wolf who transforms into a gorgeous, confused man the moment they touch. Now he needs to stay close to Aidan to keep him human, but how can Dev protect him from the monster in his soul?

With Dev’s mystery attacker on the loose and tension escalating between the city’s supernatural factions, Aidan has to learn how to be a man again – and convince Dev to embrace his inner wolf at the same time.

The Broken Faewolf’s Mate is a m/m paranormal werewolf/fae romance. All BlackEdge Pack books can be read as standalones, with a happy ever after guaranteed.

Review

This is book 2 in the series but you can absolutely read it by itself.

I am really enjoying this author and I love the world building in addition to the characters not to mention the magic and the feelz!

We get Aidan and Dev who are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of their wolves and it’s an interesting plot twist as to why.  I really bonded with Aidan and felt for him and loved his willingness to let Dev go at his own pace but kept a steady presence to help him get over the hump.

This was fun, romantic and a nice quick HEA.

Recommended!  4 of 5 stars

Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: His Beast Returns by Erin M. Leaf

Good reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45440035-his-beast-returns?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb

Tristan Marik fell in love when he was too young to understand that he wasn’t allowed happiness, particularly not with another boy. As the son of Edmond Marik, ruthless owner of Monolith Enterprises, he had an image to maintain. After his father threatened his boyfriend’s life, Tristan spent years pretending he’d never sworn a blood oath. But now, everything has changed.

Russell Kelvin dreamed of the day he’d return to Tristan because he thought it would happen on his terms. He thought they’d be free to love. Instead, his ability to call his beast is the only thing that can keep Tristan alive when enemies want him dead.

Fear keeps Tristan from fully trusting Russell’s intentions. Instinct keeps Russell by Tristan’s side, even in the face of doubt. But oaths made in blood never fade, and the drive of the beast is stronger than either of them realize.

Review

I love Erin Leaf! This was not as easy as some of her others to get into, but it was still really good.

 

I loved the idea that these guys had been together for years but only due to their bond and that physically they’d never really been together but had so much history, too.

 

The action was quick and the smexy times were numerous.

 

Very enjoyable!

3.5 stars


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adult - 18+

Recent Release: Stalking My Mate (Assassins Inc. #5) by Stormy Glenn

Good reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45454417-stalking-my-mate?from_search=true

Blurb

Stalker

I was stalking my mate and I had good reason. He was bonded to someone else, but that didn’t absolve me of my duty to him, or my obsession. Making sure he was happy and safe, even if it wasn’t with me, was just something I had to do. When I discovered he wasn’t, all bets were off.

Jojo

I’d given up the dream of a mate in exchange for the life of my son. It was an exchange I willingly gave to have Tommy with me. When our lives were threatened, escaping with Tommy was my only option. I just wasn’t sure where we were going to escape to or who could help us, but someone had to. I’d already lost my mate. I couldn’t lose my son.

Review

This is a fun series.  Each story is pretty quick with some hot smexy times a little action and usually a fair dose of humor.

 

In this case the comic relief comes from Bob – he’s a great character! – rather than the two MCs. 

 

I wish there was more shifting in these stories – it feels more like a reason to have fated mates more than anything else – but overall it’s still enjoyable.

 

3 of 5 stars


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adult - 18+

Recent Release: The Enchanter’s Soul by Michele Notaro

Good Reads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45012757-the-enchanter-s-soul

Blurb

Many fall as the last enchanter rises…
The first line of the ancient prophecy keeps playing over and over in my head, but I’m afraid to remember the rest. I don’t want to think about what’s coming for us—what’s coming for him. I’ve been keeping Brinnswick safe for years; I’ve been keeping my coven safe my whole life; and now I was responsible for keeping Sebastian safe, too. It shouldn’t have been a problem, he was my vitmea viramore, after all, and I was used to having the weight of the world on my shoulders.
What Seb doesn’t know is that everyone in the magical community is after him—even if they don’t realize it yet. They’ve been looking for him for centuries; not only for him, but for his soul. But they never counted on him having me. I will protect him with my every breath and take down anyone that gets in our way. His soul belongs with me, not in the arms of evil.
The Enchanter’s Soul is the second book in The Ellwood Chronicles and is a continuation of Sebastian and Ailin’s story. It contains explicit material and is intended for mature adults 18 years of age and older.

Review

I loved this! So much excitement. So much magic! Such great secondary characters. So many feelz! A teeny tiny bit of smexy times. Loads of magical creatures. A mysterious bad guy/omen situation. Lots to keep you turning pages.

My only complaint is that I wish I had the next book now!

I can see some developing side story lines and I’m super intrigued. The brothers and the friends are fascinating and do a great job of fleshing out the story to be more than just about the 2 mcs.

I loved how slowly this relationship is developing – sexually and emotionally – but still maintaining our mcs in fairly constant contact. So often the two mcs are apart and that is hard to develop a relationship. But these guys are together all the time but still going slow. I loved it!

Highly recommended – but you must read book 1 first. I didn’t read the precursor book and probably won’t and I don’t feel like I’m missing anything.

5 of 5 stars


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Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Diablo (The Gifted Ones #2) by J.M. Wolf

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43703586-diablo?from_search=true

Blurb

Trace Black hasn’t forgotten the tragic death of his parents and birth pack. His only focus since then was looking after his twin brother, Casey. Now that Casey has found his fated mate and started a family of his own, Trace has given everyone the cold shoulders, preferring the comfort of solitude. But one alpha who rescued him from being attacked by beta wolves changed everything for Trace, as he once again faces the monster who killed his family. Unfortunately, that same monster is also his fated mate.

A decision made in the heat of anger and vengeance changed Antonio de la Llama’s life, and not for the better. Now an alpha jaguar shifter and fire mage, Antonio spent the next four-hundred years unable to control the evil that burned within himself, thus granting him the name, Diablo. But one encounter with his fated Omega and Diablo has found more reason than ever to prove to Trace that he’s not the same monster who killed his family. That the strength which comes with love is greater than anger. But can Trace put his own anger for the alpha in the past?

An alpha who’s trapped in the flames of hell, and the omega who’s destined to set him free. Can these two troubled souls who’re still trapped by their past learn to let go, so they can face the future together? Will Trace be able to forgive the alpha who stole everything from him, and will Diablo find a new kind of strength worth holding onto?

TRIGGER WARNING:
This MPREG novel contains sexual and verbal adult content specifically made for adults 18 and up! This novel also contains a lot of action and violence, death, snarky ice wolves, sexy belly dancing, steamy fire play in the bedroom, and cute babies.
*** This is book 2 in the series, but can be read as a standalone story – no cliffhangers ***

Review

I think I liked this more than book 1! This was fun. Lots of magic. A little mpreg. A lot of feelz. Some soul searching. More magic. Some smexy times. Fun!

If you enjoyed book 1, like mpreg, love “powers” and underdogs – this is for you!

4 of 5 stars

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Recent Release: Hell to Pay (Hellhound Champions #2) by Macy Blake

Good Reads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44153603-hell-to-pay

Blurb

As a hellhound beta, Solomon has no complaints. Life is fine. His pack and his goddess-given duties as a protector of the human realm are enough. So what if he’s a little bored and a smidge lonely? Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. When his alpha’s mate suggests he pull his head out of his ass where one of their human pack mates is concerned, Sol cooks up a scheme to break through the wall between him and Cody, but it comes at the worst possible time.

Cody is convinced the bar he works in is run by a group of elite mob enforcers. Nothing else makes sense. The funny thing is: he doesn’t care. They treat him well and he’s come to consider them family, but like any family, there’s always someone who stirs up trouble. For Cody, that’s Solomon, the bouncer who is constantly glaring at him from the back of the bar. Something is going on, but Cody has a new distraction in the form of an anonymous online lover who knows how to push all the right buttons.

A magical attack causes havoc for their pack, dragging Cody into a world he didn’t know existed. His new family is involved in a much more dangerous life than he could ever have imagined. Hellhounds and humans must join together to stop a terrifying creature hell bent on raining destruction down on them. Solomon and Cody must step up and fulfill their destinies, or risk losing the one thing they desire most: each other.

Review

I was waiting for this book! It (mostly) didn’t disappoint.

The pairing isn’t exactly Fated Mates, so that was less appealing – but that’s about all. There is a lovely May/December feel to this, with a lot of hot smexy times and some very sweet feelz and Growls (lol)!

This didn’t have the same resonance as book 1, not as big of a pay off, if you will, but it was still really good.

If you enjoyed book 1 I’d recommend this too. I think you could read it as a standalone but it’s full of characters from book 1 and from the other series as well so I think it’s better read in a series.

4 stars

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