Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Releases: Keeping Them Unseen (Reclaiming Hope #3) and Finding Our Home: A Reclaiming Hope Story (Reclaiming Hope #3.5) by Michele Notaro

Good Reads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43969580-keeping-them-unseen

and

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43980659-finding-our-home

Blurb
Chris~
I used to think vampires were extinct, but it turns out, they’re merely hiding. When my pack stayed with some vamps a while back, I couldn’t believe how prickly and rude they all were… all but one: Dregan. I met him and my wolf went crazy, wanting to be close, wanting to rub up on him, wanting to bite him. It makes no sense. Vampire blood and shifter blood don’t mix. In fact, I’d never survive if I ever get a taste of what I so desperately desire. But I can’t get that vampire out of my head, even weeks and months after we left him.

Dregan~
When a little wolf caught my attention, I was surprised but intrigued. The more time he spent in my den, the more I wanted him to stay close. This little innocent wolf was driving me mad, making me want a little taste. But there’s a reason my den has been hiding for hundreds of years, and no matter how badly I crave that little wolf, I can’t have him. I couldn’t risk him getting hurt just to satisfy my needs, so I let him go. Though, nothing I do will make me forget how good he smelled, how delicious I know his blood would taste.

With something cruel and dark hunting Dregan and with Chris’s pack hiding from an evil force, will they ever be able to come together and help one another? Or will they let the evils of the world overtake them and let fear overshadow their desires?

***Keeping Them Unseen is the third book in the Reclaiming Hope series. Each book in the series will feature a different couple, but it’s recommended that you read the books in order because you will get more enjoyment out of the story. It’s a paranormal shifter romance between two men and is intended for Adults Only.***

Blurb
Neo~ The first time I saw him, he took my breath away. He’d looked across the courtyard and made eye contact with me, and I hadn’t been able to look away. The only way I knew how to find him again was by becoming a bestower—a human that allowed vampires to feed from them. Dorian~ His blood was more alluring than any other I’d encountered before, which was saying something. I’d seen, and tasted, my fair share of bestowers. But I’d never smelled one that made me want to forget the rules, forget the consequences. I wanted his blood—and his body. What will happen when human and vampire come together? Will one night of passion be it for the couple or is it possible that there’s more than only lust at play?

Review

Just like with book 2, I had to do a bit of skimming for book 3, not nearly as much, but a little, because the first quarter is all about pain and separation, and I just can’t handle that much angst.

However, I loved this story and the evolution of our characters even further. Without giving away too much, there’s some boats involved and a really lovely new option for our little pack and it’s new set of friends in the vampire coven.

There is a super lot of lovey dovey smexy times in this one as well, but for the most part, I thought it fit in well with the story.

I am excited by the little cliff hanger we’re given at the end of book 3.5 and can’t wait for our story to continue.

The magic and powers and shifter-ness in these books is what keeps me hooked on this series. Usually I’d stay clear of dystopian stories but all the wonderful world building and really well developed characters and relationships has absolutely got me enthralled!

Highly recommended!

4.5 of 5 stars

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Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Releases: Rescuing His Heart (Reclaiming Hope #2) and First Moon Festival: A Reclaiming Hope Story (Reclaiming Hope #2.5) by Michele Notaro

Good Reads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39209542-rescuing-his-heart and
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42952889-first-moon-festival

Blurb
Kai~
I’ve been dreaming of him for about a year, but I don’t know why. I have no clue who he is. But when a crazed shifter captures me and starts torturing me for information about the blond-haired stranger, I start to realize that he might be the only one that can save me… and I have no clue how to reach him from the prison I’m trapped in.

Patty~
I can’t get that green-eyed stranger out of my head. I’m drawn to him… I know what he is to me… but he works for the enemy, for the Ministry, so he’s off-limits. Or at least he was until my worst nightmare started using him as bait. But what can I do? I can’t let him die just because he’s connected to me. I can’t let him die just because that bastard Edward has gotten his claws into him… but what can I do to protect him?

Will Patty be able to save Kai from Edward’s clutches? Will they be able to move past their differences and come together to save not only themselves, but their loved ones as well?

***Rescuing His Heart is the second book in the Reclaiming Hope series. Each book in the series will feature a different couple, but it is recommended that you read the books in order because you will get more enjoyment out of the story. It’s a paranormal shifter romance between two men and is intended for Adults Only.***

 

Blurb
Being stuck in wolf form for over four years has been difficult for the youngest member of the Arlin pack. And it seems to be getting to Felix. The pack is on a mission to find a cure, but it will take some time, especially since they’re on the run and trying to stay out of the Dark Witch’s sight. But the others see how sad Felix is, so they want to cheer him up, and what better way to do that then to celebrate the First Moon Festival?

Meet the Arlin pack or catch up with them as they celebrate the First Moon Festival in the Reclaiming Hope world.

Review

I am including the novella that follows book 2, because it’s really sweet and you should absolutely read it if you’re a fan of the series. It gives some more back story and helps move the series along, though it’s not required I do think it helps.

I gotta be honest with you. I skimmed the entire first 50% of book 2 – it was just too dark/depressing/much for me right now. I had not been keeping track of this series and when the audio for book 1 came out it reminded me about how much I enjoyed it and I found 2 more full stories and 2 novellas I had missed! It was like Christmas in May! LOL

But… I’ve never been a fan of dystopian romances and this is that in spades. I simply could not read about all the dark times, the being separate, the evil bad guys doing evil bad things and so on. It was too much. But… I love these characters and I really wanted to make it to book 3 which was really calling to me – so I skimmed. It wasn’t that bad and when I got to (about) the 50% mark our MCs are finally back with one another and working together to solve their problems. Phew. That – at least – wasn’t too bad and I enjoyed reading it from there forward.

You have to be tenacious. These guys keep getting hit – over and over – by really bad things and it affects everything.

However, the author has done a really nice job of giving us a lot of happy to balance that. I will say that I super love the rumbling chests, the super over zealous “mine” possessiveness and the scenting, hugging, and other Wolfy type behavior. I could do with a bit less smexy times – they seem to happen a lot once our guys get together – but – like I said – it’s to balance the ugly so…

The little novella is a nice touch and helps to round out Felix a bit and I can’t wait for his story!

Highly enjoyable and recommended – with the caveat of “be warned – it’s dark and angsty as F.”

4.25 of 5 stars



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Categories
adult - 18+

Audiobook: How We Survive (Reclaiming Hope #1) by Michele Notaro Narrated by Kenneth Obi

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Audible
https://www.audible.com/pd/How-We-Survive-Audiobook/B07P76C5FW?qid=1559330962&sr=1-5&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_5&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=E1ACQEPAPPQ4QGNFK2KH

Blurb
Nate~
With the world in chaos around us, the only thing I could do was try to keep Felix safe as we searched for our older brother. We’d been traveling for over two years, searching Ministry camp after Ministry camp and trying to steer clear of the Rebels. I didn’t know what to do when we ran into a whole group of shifters with guns. But then, the huge, gorgeous guy that found us did the unthinkable…

Tre~
At first I thought the two young shifters were trying to sneak up on me, but I soon realized they were only passing through. I was going to send them on their way until I heard the others coming. What was I supposed to do? How else was I supposed to save them? The delicious man and his brother would’ve been killed had I not claimed him.

Will Nate and Tre be able to work together to keep themselves and their packmates alive? Or will they let the cruelty of the outside world tear them apart?

***How We Survive is the first book in the Reclaiming Hope series, but is a standalone novel. Each book in the series will feature a different couple, but the couples will show up throughout the series. It’s a paranormal shifter romance between two men with explicit language and graphic sex intended for Adults Only.

Review

(Book reviewed here previously)

This was so good!!!! It’s a dystopian/war type story which I usually avoid like the plague, but the romance is so sweet and the shifter world is really well-developed and captivating that when a friend recommended this I couldn’t put it down!

It’s dark and not super happy, but there are moments of light and I’m hopeful that book 2 will have some more happiness in it as well.

If you’re looking for a real shifter-centered romance where the MCs act like shifter and not just happen to shift now and then – this is for you.

4.5 of 5 stars

Audio

Kenneth Obi does a nice job with this. He’s easy to listen to and does a nice job giving all the characters a unique voice. Definitely a good way to enjoy this story!

3.5 of 5 stars

Overall
4 of 5 stars


Copy Purchased for Honest Review

 

Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Release: Devil Next Door – Criminal Delights: Obsession by Alex Jane

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42628785-devil-next-door—criminal-delights

Blurb
All Remy Harker wants is a fresh start.
Well, maybe that’s what he tells himself as he rolls up to his nice new house, in the nice little neighborhood, in a town where nobody knows his name.
He’s surrounded by friendly neighbors and a white picket fence. The ugly pink carpet might drive him to insanity, and he can’t stop wondering where the old lady who lived there before him died—but it’s nice.
And if he puts his mind to it, he can be anything—or anyone—he wants to be. He can be nice too.
At least, he thinks he can until he lays eyes on his next-door neighbor.

Luke Boucher is nice.
And quiet.
And perfect.

It doesn’t take long for Remy to insinuate himself into Luke’s life. A camera here, a break-in there.
—It’s not really stalking if you love someone, is it?—

But when Remy’s plan to make a good impression goes to hell, he ends up over his head in more ways than one. Then things aren’t quite so nice anymore.
—It’s not really murder if you love someone, is it?—

Loving your neighbor isn’t so easy when you’re the devil next door.

Review
Phew, this one was certainly very different. And quite dark… as advertised. There’s a very unsettling, creepy vibe throughout the book, absolutely befitting its theme and cover.

This is a well-written story and it holds quite a few surprises for the reader that I for one didn’t see coming. The author did a great job at building up the tension and changing the game quite unexpectedly.

For me personally though, the second half of the story things got to be a little too disturbingly dark and gruesome, and I found it difficult to keep rooting for the MC’s. I disconnected from the story. My advice: definitely read the warnings and take them seriously.

 

Number of stars out of 5: 3.5


Copy Generously Provided for Honest Review

 

Categories
adult - 18+

Recent Review: Running Blind (Havoc #2) by S.E. Jakes

Good Reads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22094535-running-blind?from_search=true

Blurb

An ATF agent who lives for danger finds what he craves from an outlaw biker.

It’s impossible for a one-percenter motorcycle club member to simply walk away—and no one knows that better than undercover agent Bram, who’s almost killed for trying. His cover isn’t blown—yet—but it’s only a matter of time. The Heathens won’t be satisfied until he’s dead, so he decides to lay low and heal.

But when his younger brother’s disappearance throws a wrench into his plan, Bram ends up in Shades Run, a town ruled by the notorious Havoc MC. In less than twenty-four hours, Bram finds himself at the mercy of Sweet, Havoc’s president, as he throws himself into the undercover role of a lifetime: himself. A man who’s never belonged anywhere, and who will do anything to protect his younger brother.

When finding Linc seems impossible, Bram is torn between Sweet, Linc, and revealing his true identities . . . and there appears to be no way out. Once again, he risks it all trying to save it all. Only this time he’s got no backup to save him if he falls.

Review

(Some spoilery type info – not to ruin the plot though.)

Honestly I had thought SE Jakes had stopped writing.  It’s taken literally FOREVER for her to publish another book in this or her other series (m/m).  As a result I sure had some high expectations for this…

On the one hand – she delivers the rough love we’ve come to expect from her.  Very damaged people with questionable moral compasses doing what it takes to survive in their hard worlds.

We get to see a bit of some of our favorite MCs from previous books.

There is a LOT of very kinky sex.  A lot.  Kinky.  This absolutely lowered my rating.  At one point I’m not sure there was consent and it there was I wasn’t sure it was for multiple partners or fisting.  This didn’t sit well with me and as a result I won’t be buying the audio or reading this again.  I barely finished the first time.

I know that’s very person dependent so if that’s your thing – awesome!

I did love the HEA and how it came back around again to trust – it just never felt comfortable and I never felt the connection between these guys that I did the MCs from book 1.

Somewhat recommended – but read some reviews and read her other stuff before this.


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Categories
Angst Level artists Book College/University coming of age Contemporary Dreamspinner Established Couple Exploration Friends to lovers Gay Heat Index Hopelessly Crying Hurt/Abuse m/m Mid level steam/heat New Adult Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) Part of a Series Purchased

Talker’s Redemption (Book 2) by Amy Lane

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Tate Walker’s past is too painful to just disappear, even if his dream boy, Brian Cooper, is there to hold his hand. Brian does his best, but Talker-always good at avoiding his own pain-is having a hard time facing the truth about what happened when he trusted the wrong man at the wrong time. When that truth resurfaces and lands Brian in the hospital, Talker is forced to make a choice. He can either confront every demon in his fragile, bleeding heart, or he can let Brian take the heat for him, just like he has from the beginning. But even Talker knows you don’t leave your dream boy alone and undefended when he just saved your life, and he’ll have to find the strength to take care of Brian when Brian needs him the most.

Review

Tate and Brian are finally together as boyfriends, but all is not bliss.

Neither Tate nor Brian are ready to let go or embrace fully the past and it keeps them from their future.

It takes an act of violence to rip the truth free, but it’s worth it… right?

**

Oh Amy. She likes to make her boys work for their happiness, doesn’t she. Well, Tate and Brian absolutely earn their HEA.

Brian has to do what his soul calls of him – protect Tate at all costs. All costs.

Tate, who still can’t quite believe in Brian and his goodness doesn’t see what happens. But he can’t keep his head in the sand indefinitely.

Unlike many books in a series – the first could be read and appreciated and finished. Add in book two and a feeling of completion exists here as well. (Fast forward to book three and you see the story really wasn’t finished, but you wouldn’t know that if you didn’t read book three…) In other series I’ve either felt the books HAD to be read to finish the story or the sequels were just add ons to give more depth. This series feels absolutely finished with each book but absolutely enriched by the addition of the next.

Amy is a master storyteller and these boys are some of her best work. There are so many layers to each of them and yet at their core they’re simply two boys looking for security and love.

I loved this series so much and each book only makes that more true.

5 of 5 stars

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