Category Archives: Serial Fiction

A series of stories who have individual substance and plot as well as an overall arcing plot.

Deadly Shades of Gold by L.E. Harner and T.A. Webb

Deadly Shades of GoldDeadly Shades of Gold by L.E. Harner and T.A. Webb
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Hot Corner Press
Novella:  40,000 Words
Purchase at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords
Roses:  5
 

“Wolf or vamp? Decide. It has to be now.”

Those were the last words Sam Garrett ever heard—as a human. Now on the para side of normal, the NOPD slammed the proverbial door on his career.

Travis Boudreaux knows exactly how his former partner feels—but when some doors close, the golden window of opportunity opens. Crimes against supernaturals require a new and different approach, and once the Feds show up, the Odd Squad isn’t the only law enforcement game in town.

After a revenge-seeking vampire creates deadly havoc, the new agent-in-charge is on a recruiting mission—and he’s more than ready to fight fire with fire. What do you get when you mix old friends, new enemies, and a license to kill?

Pure dynamite.

Warning: This is an erotic urban fantasy. In this series the vampires don’t sparkle, werewolves kill, and the men sometimes have sex. With each other.

Excerpt

This is the second book in the series.  Sam has been changed into a werewolf after an attack by a vampire that almost killed him.  Travis is involved in this book but it is geared towards Sam.  The writing is awesome.  There is plenty of action.  There are mob bosses and turf wars.  The characters are all male and there is plenty of sex going around.

I enjoyed this book.  It was full of twists and turns and ends with the promise of more but not a cliffhanger.  Sam and Travis have something going on that still is waiting to be uncovered.  I love that the whole of the book isn’t black and white.  The authors give you the real world that is full of good and bad in most people.  They don’t shy away from the brutality of werewolves and vampires or from bad things happening to good people.

The relationships in the book are very complex and sometimes simple.  They really lend to the depth of the story.  I will enjoy seeing where it is all headed.

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The Flesh Cartel #2: Auction by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau

The Flesh Cartel #2 AuctionThe Flesh Cartel #2: Auction by Rachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Riptide Publishing
Short Story:  17,600 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  5
 

Sublime service, made to order.

In episode two of The Flesh Cartel, the dark purpose behind Mat and Dougie Carmichael’s abduction is revealed. Though Dougie is protected from the worst of the guards’ brutality, he’s disgusted to find himself halfway to broken—despairing of escape and terrified of pain. Mat holds onto hope despite repeated rapes and beatings, but threats toward his brother teach him well to lay aside his pride and pick his battles carefully.

Worn down by days of unrelenting fear and abuse, Mat and Dougie are packaged and marketed with the same ruthless efficiency as any consumer product: Dougie the prettyboy twink, Mat the rabid pit bull. They are led to the auction block as the showpiece of the house’s collection.

Mat would rather be beaten to death than play the role of obedient slave for sale, but Dougie, desperate not to be separated from his brother, strikes a deal with the pitiless Madame who runs the auction house and controls both their fates. It might just be enough to keep them together—slaves, but together—assuming Mat even wants to be after Dougie fulfills his end of his deal with the devil.

Excerpt

*sigh*  This is a hard book to rate.  This is part of series that is being published.  It is VERY graphic and harsh and not for the faint of heart.  Doug and Mat have been kidnapped and have no clue why and what is to become of them.  They have been brutalized, raped and dehumanized.  They are “holes” and are to act exactly as their kidnappers demand or the punishment is unbelievable.

As I’ve said this is a brutal story.  I’ve thought of stopping reading it because it is so harsh and seems that there is no hope for the brothers, especially for Mat who is the less wanted of the two.  I must admit right off the writing is gritty but good.  You really feel for the brothers.  The authors do a wonderful job of putting you right into the men’s head space and bring you suffering along.  The character grab you from the start and the more the story goes and you learn about these men the more you become attached to them.  It’s easy to feel for either of them though they each go through very different suffering.  The quality that the two author bring to the story is amazing.  If not for that I would never had finish the first book.

This is a book that is hard to read but sooooo good.  It is so hard to explain the disgust you can get with it and yet want to keep reading.  If this wasn’t just a single piece of a bigger story I would give it a bouquet but I just can’t go that far with this story and how short it was.

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