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Lor couldn’t put it down and wants more.
The sole survivor on a science vessel adrift in deep space, Zeus was adopted by the Emperor and Empress of the Mar’Sani, though he is both human and blind, and seen by most as unfit to join the royal family. Though they were able to repair his vision, Zeus does not trust his eyes and the nobles of his parents’ court refuse to ever trust a frail human.
Dargon Kal-Turak, along with his symbiote and lover Alpha, command one of the most dangerous ships in the stars. Narrowly escaping a trap, they dock in a space port to make repairs, but find that the Psonics hunting them are closing in fast. In desperation they kidnap the port Master Mechanic, unaware that the man they’ve brought on board is more than he seems, and will bring far more upheaval to their ship, their lives, and the stars than any of them could have imagined.
This was a great book for the beginning of a series. The world building done by the author was tremendous. There are lots of different characters and worlds to describe to set up the story. The author did well with integrating it with the story line so the reader doesn’t get this HUGE info dump that just bores and takes away from the story. Instead she dives into it and gives us enough to not get lost and the rest we receive along the way without really noticing what the author is doing.
The characters the author created are very vivid and realistic. Dargon is so arrogant and has to be taken down a notch. Zeus is an interesting character. I love that Zeus was adopted and then treated so much the same by his family. I thought the author did a good job of setting it all up so you could see how a child like Zeus was struggled with the fact that he is but isn’t a race. He was also very discerning when it came to skills. He and Dargon did well with figuring out how to attack a problem. The side characters are interesting and I am anxious to see what the author has in store for the whole group.
Though this is the first in a series and as the author leaves it there are a lot of loose ends but she does a good job in wrapping up this story in such a way that you aren’t climbing the walls waiting for the next book. No cliffhangers! Gotta like that;)
It was stated at the beginning of the story that this was created by a prompt from a group. From that this series was born and the author was obviously inspired by it. It is amazing what can come out of a fun prompt writing project!
Contains the first two books in the Haven City Series:
Shadow Scars (Rogue Wolf Book One)
Conner, a rogue wolf and murder detective, isn’t looking for a lover when he moves to Haven City. He wants to solve crimes and keep to himself – unable to trust anyone since his pack betrayed him six years before.
But Seth Alwen, his new partner, is different. He excites the wolf’s animal instincts – waking up the passion Conner buried long ago. Seth’s not only beautiful and alluring; he’s also haunted by the death of his former partner. And despite his better judgment, Conner aches to relieve the man of his guilt.
Seth’s a seer, but ever since his old partner died his powers have been on the fritz.
Enter Conner Sharp, Seth’s sexy and mysterious new partner. While the dark-haired stranger ignites Seth’s desire, he also awakens the seer’s power with every touch. Seth sees their future together – a future rich with lust and danger – but is it a future the enigmatic Conner wants?
As the two men solve a series of murders, their sizzling attraction overflows into the bedroom. Is the overwhelming passion just a fling or is it forever?
Contains graphic m/m sex scenes.
Alpha’s Shadow (Rogue Wolf Book Two)
Conner Sharp, a rogue wolf and murder detective, was supposed to be an alpha – until his pack betrayed him and left him for dead. Then he met Seth Alwen, his new partner, and things started looking up. The beautiful seer lusts after him – even if he keeps an infuriating number of secrets.
But something dangerous is stirring inside Conner. The urges of an alpha wolf he buried years ago are rising to the surface. Whenever Seth is near, the beast threatens to unleash itself on the man Conner cares for the most – the man who might be his long lost mate.
Seth never thought he’d shack up with a shifter, but Conner’s allure is impossible to deny. How will his boyfriend feel about Seth’s carefully guarded past, and the secrets that could rip their relationship apart?
Can Seth deal with the new alpha side of his lover while confiding in Conner what their future holds?
While the two men grapple with desire and trust in their relationship, a new murder threatens Haven City and all her shadow folk. A murder that brings Seth and Conner front and center to a dangerous necromancer and the one group of people the seer wants to avoid more than anything: his own family.
Contains graphic m/m sex scenes
NOTE: This is a previously published work. The title, author, and/or publisher may have changed.
I am use to using other reviews to bounce around ideas with but this one just doesn’t have many out there. In the story we have two injured souls, I really feel they were both betrayed by family. I could see how they could connect with this between them.
Seth is recovering from losing his best friend and partner to a on the job shooting that he had forseen and didn’t tell her about. He is plagued by guilt that is added by his family that he didn’t save her. Connor is Seth’s new partner. Connor is a rogue wolf, made that way by his own family that ambushed him and left him for dead. He feels something for Seth right away but it isn’t what a mate is suppose to feel like and Connor is rogue so believes he CAN’T have a mate. Connor also hates lies…he knows his partner is lying to him so how can he be falling for the man.
I liked the plot line. It was paced well with an interesting premise to it. The crime and the mystery around it are interesting. I admire the author’s ability to weave together several storylines and connect them throughout the book. The trouble I had was the wording. I think it was a little over the top, especially during sex scenes. Sometimes a little is better than a lot. There also was one word that kept bugging me…”buckle”. I always have seen this as “My hips buck into my palm” not “My hips buckle into my palm”. I know this is small but it REALLY bothered me.
The characters were very well drawn. I felt like they could be real. They fell into their character lines and grew appropriately within them. The author really does have flair for creating characters.
I enjoyed this story overall. I did wish the descriptive verse used by the author was toned down just a bit, other than that it was a captivating story with amazingly realistic characters. I will be looking to read more in this world.
Josh, a young gay submissive with a strong desire to serve, is searching for the Master of his dreams. After being released by yet another Dom, he takes the advice of his trainer and leaves Chicago to accept the invitation of a Montana rancher—a real, live, modern-day cowboy. With his new Master, Wade Mallory, Josh may just find what he’s looking for… and more.
This is a short story and as such has some of the typical inherent flaws of shorts. It ends just when it is getting good. I would love to know more. Josh is a sub and looking to be one full time to a Dom. He is having trouble though and is in despair as another Dom dumps him. Josh has lots of self doubt when it comes to his worth. His service to his Dom helps him with that. He wants to be necessary! Wade has had a long road to get to where he understands himself more. He left behind his life that he was living for his father to find a life for himself. After he discovers his desire to be a Dom he begins his search for a Sub. No Sub seems to want what he wants. It isn’t about a thrill for him. He wants a Sub to serve him but is having no luck. Luckily for both men they have a common friend that sets them up. Now they have to see if they each are what the other is looking for.
As the story is the writing is awesome. I love the build up to the meeting between Dom and Sub. It lets you know so much more about the men involved than a usual short would. This does mean that the relationship part is very short. This is where the short has problems. You just start to see what these two men can have and it ends. I still loved it. It was a wonderful short that gives you a great view of this author and her writing. Her abilities to write vivid and touching characters are shown here. I usually have issues with the depth of characters in shorts. Though we don’t get all the background on these characters, with even more hinted at, you still get a full enough one to start to really “see” them. Readers will leave this short wanting more.
Kevin Derocher was thirty-two when he walked into Tom’s office, newly married, a baby on the way, and the collar of his red flannel shirt pulled up to hide the bruises around his throat from when he hanged himself in his garage. After his initial consult, therapist Tom Langois believes he’ll never see Kevin again—but Kevin turns up three years later to make repairs on Tom’s new house.
Kevin and Tom become fast friends, and Tom begins to suspect Kevin may be interested in more than friendship. However, Kevin remains haunted by something from his childhood—something so terrible he blocked it from his mind. These suppressed memories make it impossible for Kevin to get close to anyone without panicking and lashing out, sometimes violently. But as his past begins to surface, it becomes apparent that Kevin may hold the key to a twenty-five-year-old mystery: what happened to Billy?
This is a very different read. There isn’t the sex that is in many books. There is a good reason behind it and adds I believe to the story line. Kevin is a very emotionally damaged young man. He doesn’t seem to want to change or to some degree even think he should. I believe the author’s intent with that was to should how difficult and emotionally damaging his trauma was. He is a confusing mess of contradictions for Tom. Tom met Kevin first one time as a therapist and then again after 3 years when Kevin comes to fix Tom’s hot tub. Tom is very intrigue but Kevin. He finds himself developing a friendship with Kevin and then a crush. Tom doesn’t believe that Kevin is gay. When Kevin finally admits his attraction to Tom the two begin to delve into Kevin’s issues and uncover more than expected.
I think the author did an amazing job with this story. He approached the subject matter from an informed point of view. You can tell he has done some research into the subject. He shows the reader one of the possible outcomes of childhood trauma. I will admit to some surprise that Kevin’s issues weren’t discovered and treated when he was intuitionalized as a child. I don’t know if that would bother a reader or not but it did catch me a bit, not that I don’t think that it couldn’t happen. The story line leads the reader in a logical and emotional way through Kevin’s psychological discoveries and the start of his recovery. You twist and turn through their discoveries and relationship. You are left to wonder about Kevin and what else they will discover as you go through the story.
I think where I did have some issues with the story was the relationship between the main characters. I didn’t feel that love that the two men had. It had a friendship feel to it. I do think by the end that they were heading toward a romance. I think until then that Kevin’s issues so dominated the relationship it just didn’t feel romantic. The characters were well developed though. The author draws the reader easily into the story by way of the characters. Kevin’s character, even without being the “voice” of the story, is compelling. He changes and grows during the story. Other than what the author explains about the need to change some of what a real person would go through with Kevin’s issues, you see some of what happens to a person with his abuse issues. It was emotionally devastating for the reader to find out what happened to Kevin. Tom on the other hand I never really got as much of a connection with. He does show how a partner’s mental issues affect those around them but other than that he was a bit flat.
The ending of the story also didn’t work for me. I would think that Kevin would have to recover some more before the two men would even consider further commitment. I have no doubt that Kevin might have offered but I didn’t feel that Kevin was enough emotionally steady yet in his recovery. (I know many have complained about the mom issue. I didn’t think it was that out of character. I know many that have terrible trauma with a parent but still hope to have a connection and continue to reach out. Kevin’s character seems like one who would do this.)
The story was an excellent read and one that will stay with me for a while. Compelling and emotional as it was there was a wonderful, hopeful message about recovery contained within. I think it a very worthwhile read.
Johnnies: Book Two
Ten years ago David Worral had plans to go to college and the potential for a beautiful future in front of him. One tragic accident later, he fled to California and reinvented himself as Dex, top porn model of Johnnies.
Dex’s life is a tangled mess now, but the guys he works with only see the man who makes them believe even porn stars can lead normal lives. When Kane, one of Dex’s coworkers, gets kicked out of his house, the least Dex can do is give him a place to stay. Kane may be a hyperactive muscle-bound psycho, but he’s also a really nice guy. What could be the harm?
Except nothing is simple—not sex, not love, and not the goofy kid with the big dick and bigger heart who moves his life into Dex’s guest room. When they start negotiating fractured pasts and broken friends, Dex wonders if Kane’s honest nature can untangle the sadness that stalled his once-promising future. With Kane by his side, Dex just might be able to reclaim the boy he once was—and if he can do that, he can give Kane the home and the family he deserves.
This is actually a companion book rather than a book 2. The time line is the same for the first book Chase in Shadows and we view what events happen in that book from Dex and Kane’s point of view along with Dex and Kane’s story.
I love this author’s writing. The characters are usually vividly portrayed with “warts and all”. Kane/Carlos is not well educated but a very sweet character. He loves animals and has adopted ones that aren’t usually as well loved. Kane loves them and manages in the story to make other love those critters, or at least hate less, too. Dex/David is a caregiver and planner. If something needs to happen he tries to make it happen. Dex is a much or complex character with issues that reflect that.
As far are the plot line of the story, it holds together well. It isn’t the emotional draw and crush that Chase in Shadow was so it made for a bit of an easier read. There was only the one hiccup for me and that was Dex and how he falls into this relationship. Dex seems so against risking his heart again and has issue with the age difference but falls pretty fast for someone with those issues. Kane is slower to figure things out than he is which if not for Dex’s past would make sense. As I said small hiccup and really didn’t get in the way of my enjoyment.
The read was a solid piece of work. You feel the characters and the angst level is just enough to keep the story from getting flat. Overall I enjoyed the book.
A spin-off of the Partnership in Blood series.
By the time the alpha of the Morvan werewolf pack approaches l’Institut Marcel Chavinier for help solving his people’s fertility problems, pack numbers have dwindled and the remaining members are desperate. Though the wizards at l’Institut have no experience with werewolves, their lore, or their brand of magic, Raymond agrees to help.
At l’ANS headquarters, Raymond finds Marc Gourlin, a young wizard fascinated with werewolves. Marc agrees to visit the werewolves’ home to study their rituals for the source of the problem. But when he arrives, he finds himself distracted by Adenet Silaire, the pack shaman. The attraction between them is powerful, but though Marc suspects he might be Adenet’s mate, Adenet rebuffs him. Marc is a man, and Adenet’s sense of responsibility will not let him take a male mate when the pack so desperately needs children.
Meanwhile, Jean and Raymond discover the Aveu de Sang allows a vampire’s Avoué to calm his inner beast. For Jean and Orlando, this is wonderful news—but it only convinces Thierry how much Sebastian is missing out on because they cannot form an Aveu de Sang. Determined to give his partner everything he can, Thierry sets out to recreate the bond denied them by Sebastien’s past.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I actually recognized Tristian when he came into the book; I read his story looooong ago. The writing was well done. I think this author really does do a good job with her writing. The world is complex yet simple to understand and the descriptions are vivid enough to bring you into the story. The characters are real enough that they are enjoyable. They aren’t perfect but they are realistic.
The storyline is fairly simple and really the only thing that I can gripe much about is how the story is split up with all the different couples and not concentrated on the main story line. Still if you have enjoyed the original series that this is “spun” off of then this is a good update on what is happening with them and how they are doing in their lives.
The story is fairly simple for the main thread. Adenet is the shaman of the wolf pack that comes to Raymond for help. Raymond sends Marc to help with the pack’s fertility problem since Marc knows the most about werewolf lore that Raymond can find quickly. Adenet thinks he must participate in the ritual and help the pack by providing pups. It is obvious to the reader what the problem is but that does little to detract from the story other than a mild frustration. I must admit to not really liking Adenet. Even at the end I find myself still upset with the guy. He is just so dumb about the whole thing. I don’t understand why he is like that when even his own Alpha is pushing him towards Marc. Marc I felt was a little too “easy”. I thought he would have fought more when Adenet was such an idiot. I think that detracted a little for me. Most people would have been more upset than Marc and not apologized for running away. *sigh* I just want those in the story happy at the end but they have to REALLY realize what they have and pay for mistakes so they get how precious it is.
Overall I must say this is a very good book and well worth a readers time, even if, like me, you haven’t finished the original series that this came from.
After Vorgell the barbarian fucks himself with a unicorn horn, he ends up in a cell with Maddog, a pretty young thief. It’s lust at first sight for Vorgell—but honestly, he can’t help it. Unicorn horn is a potent aphrodisiac, and now he can’t stop thinking about sex. Luckily, Madd is one male witch who knows how to put Vorgell’s new magical body to good use when he tricks Vorgell into a kiss that helps them escape.
Vorgell may desire sex in general—and Madd in particular—but Madd has no intention of being screwed by a man twice his size. He has problems of his own, including an enchanted collar that causes him to desire his most hated enemy. He wants that collar off as soon as possible, but that requires stealing a basilisk egg from the castle they just escaped.
Drawn together by lust and magic, the two men join forces and soon find themselves up to their necks in witches, wizards, and trouble. Vorgell and Madd might just be perfect for each other, but first they have to survive long enough to find out.
So this story had so much potential for either a comedy of a read and a serious fantasy read. The author seems to have tried to balance the two. Vorgell is a barbarian who is mostly brawn. He is smart though it is mostly in battle stratagem and when he doesn’t want a fight he wants sex. When he kills a unicorn and eats magically berries he ends up screwing himself with a unicorn horn!!! This results in the horn dissolving completely into him and filling him with magic. He is capture by the baron of the land and thrown into a cell with Madd who is the baron’s love slave. Madd is not pleased, of course Madd is not usually a happy camper. Madd uses Vorgell’s blood to aid both of them in escaping. The two then form a partnership that sees the two very different men into lots of interesting predicaments.
The writing is good. The author does a good job in world building. The characters are a fun and varied cast. The descriptions are vivid and easily draw a reader into the world. I think the biggest thing with this book is the fact that the book could have gone one of two ways but did neither. As funny as the blurb sounded I was expecting a humorous read maybe with a more porn than plot storyline. The book wasn’t that though. There is a solid storyline to the book. It is a very enjoyable one as well. There was underneath all the silliness a solid story. I enjoyed the humor of the read but I think if the author had gone the other way that this would have been a WONDERFUL read and may have earned a top rating. As it is written there is a little too much derailing of the story to make this a top read. It is still a very enjoyable read though. I would even recommend it.
I loved Vorgell’s simpleness. To him everything was easily boiled down, protect what is yours. He was all for fighting and sex. When he falls for Madd everything for him is complete. He has someone who understands him and gives him what he needs and so Madd becomes his center. Madd isn’t as simple. Madd is a bit of a harder sell. I wish he would have thawed a little more. I like to really see affection in my couples but there is a little crack in Madd and for his character that is near enough to Vorgell’s devotion. The two men complement each other well. There isn’t much that they actually don’t manage well when together. The author did a good job in making me want Vorgell to get Madd in the end.
The ending is a bit incomplete and leaves room to have a sequel or leave the story as it stands. It is a nice read. I think if you are looking for a good read that isn’t very serious or angsty this is a good choice.
Born with a birth defect called Devil Syndrome, it is impossible for Josh Harper to hide the two small stumps of hornlike bone atop his head. If people also knew about his ability to create force fields with his mind, they’d lock him up for sure. Left to fend for himself on his eighteenth birthday, Josh tries to make it on the streets. When he’s attacked, he’s rescued by Sam Mitchell, who has an equally strange power—and a set of pure white wings.
Sam ran away from home a year ago, and the new life he’s built for himself includes living in an abandoned house and looking after three younger kids, all with Devil Syndrome. Then along comes Josh. After a rough start their relationship grows and the two young men find a haven in each other’s arms. But when tragedy strikes their newfound family, Sam’s hatred of regular humans spirals out of control, and Josh will have to make Sam see sense before everything he’s worked so hard to build is destroyed.
Josh has just turned 18 and his Aunt and Uncle feel they have fulfilled their promise to his deceased mother to raise him and so kick him out. Josh has no idea of how to survive on the streets. His first night he is attacked by two men but is saved by an “angel”. Sam is Josh’s angel. Sam has the same medical condition that Josh does, “Devil’s Syndrome”. Sam has one other thing though that Josh hasn’t seen before, wings. Sam takes Josh home with him. Josh meets the rest of Sam’s rag tag little group of fellow “Devil’s Syndrome” sufferers. Sam teaches Josh on surviving on the streets and some defense moves but it will be Sam that needs to be saved next.
This is a YA/NA novel. There is little sexual content. Kissing and some touching are all. This story has some very intense subject involved, homelessness, huger and parental rejection/abuse. Some of what is covered is very hard to hear and understand. I think the author does a good job of covering some of this huge issue. I felt for all of these characters. The world building is a little sketchy, but since it is mostly set in a contemporary setting just adding in some of the effects of this Syndrome was good enough. In regards to the characters the author did a good job of making you feel for them and want to know what will happen to the little group. The backgrounds for the two main characters are added slowly. I think that helped the story be more believable. People don’t usually just through everything about their life out there right away so it is good to get a slow, smooth flow of information on the characters. I would have enjoyed a little more in regards to the kids in the story. We get Josh’s information but Robbie’s is about a sentence and Becca’s nonexistent.
Overall I enjoyed the story and felt pulled into the little world these characters inhabited. I think even considering the content that this felt a little light for lack of a better word. There is dark subject matter but it never delved to deep into it. The relationship between the two main characters was sweet and charming. I would love to see more of what becomes of the group but I think the ending leaves the book able to support itself.
Ryan’s former girlfriend, Cheyenne, is used to getting what she wants. Right now, she wants Jansen Branwyth. The only problem is so does Ryan. For the first time in his life, he’s strongly attracted to a man. Okay, maybe it’s not the first time but that first time didn’t count because it was two months ago and it was the same man. Except with the very beautiful Cheyenne going after Jansen and thinking she’ll have no problem getting him, Ryan is sure he has absolutely no chance. Jansen, however, doesn’t care one bit what either one of them think. He knows exactly who he wants and knows precisely how he will go about getting his man.
This is a new to me author. I thought this was a sweet read. I really liked that the author is upfront on her writing. In her bio it says, “I am not big on angst. I believe we get enough of that in real life … I’m okay with the fact I will probably never write anything ‘important’.” It is really refreshing that the author isn’t expecting everyone to really agree on her writing and that there will most likely be those that don’t like her writing. I may be a little biased in that I love sweet reads and dislike to crying my way through all my books.
Now the writing was good. There isn’t sweeping descriptions involved but it is simple and fun. I enjoyed the relaxing read that the author gave. The plot was simple and obvious but it was fun with the way the author described the characters. They were interesting, if simple.
My biggest disappointment with this book is in length and the two main characters’ length of time with each other. I would really love if the author wrote a follow up to this book. It would be interesting to see how the two will mesh their lives and how Ryan deals with being in a gay relationship. I really think there is a lot more to these two men than was given in this book.
A quiet life. A break from the dangers of being a cop. Yep, Lex Tompkins has his future all worked out. That is, until fate—or rather the stray toddler from the house across the street—bites those plans in the ass. Well, technically Lex’s neck. Suddenly, he’s transformed into the Alpha of the secret werewolf clan hiding in the perfect, out of the way neighborhood of Lex’s dreams.
Now Lex is the unlikely leader of a dysfunctional pack… except for Spencer Robinson, the one shifter Lex can’t seem to keep his paws off. Will Spencer be able to teach Lex how to embrace who he has truly become?
Because accidents happen…
…but fate marks its own territory.
Lex is recovering from a stabbing while he was a cop. The department has put him on early retirement and disability because he is not in top shape anymore and the psychologist won’t clear him. He wants to be away from people but his one neighbor has a lot of people over often. Spencer is the neighbor and though Lex sees Spencer look at him once he believes Spencer isn’t his type.
I loved this book. It isn’t for everyone. It is a sweet easy read but it was fun. Lex is “Mr. Grumpy”, anti-social but after he is bitten his whole life and attitude changes. Spencer isn’t as well defined as character. We get that he is hurt that Lex only came after him after he was turned.
My only real difficulty with the book was with the sudden turnaround in attitude by Lex. I would say that it is all about his turning but it doesn’t quite cover it. Still I enjoyed the story and characters a great deal. Look forward to the next in the series.