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The Case of the Cupid Curse by Amber Kell and R.J. Scott

The Case of the Cupid CurseThe Case of the Cupid Curse by Amber Kell and R.J. Scott
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Totally Bound Publishing
Short Story:  31, 703 Words
Purchase at Barnes and Noble
Roses:  3
 

The very thought of paranormals is enough to drive Private Investigator Sam Enderson mad, but add in his attraction to a vampire, and his world is turned upside down.

Sam Enderson is a human detective who finds himself working for paranormal creatures, despite his resolve to stick with humans only.

Bob is a vampire and turns up on Sam’s doorstep to rent a room. Sparks fly, and Sam is attracted to the vampire in spite of himself.

Soon after Sam is cursed by a witch, two cases land on his desk. Dealing with werewolves, annoying ghosts and a grumpy gargoyle is bad enough. But somehow, in amongst all of this chaos, he has to find a lost fae and a missing shifter child.

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This was a cute, short story.  I think my biggest issue with it was the amount of stuff that just gets rammed into the book.  There wasn’t enough time to deal with it all.  Still I think the authors did a good job of bringing the first book to a satisfactory conclusion.

Sam starts up his own detective agency when his uncle dies and leaves him a building.  Sam use to sell books and thinks it will be no problem starting up a detective agency and being successful.  (Naïve much!)  He is determined not to work with paranormals but Sam just seems to attract them.  He gets a witch mad at him right away, his first tenant is a vampire fixated on him, and, poor Sam seems to have a real gargoyle and ghost in the building with him.  He then proceeds to have his first two clients be paranormal.  Sam is having a rough time.

I love the humor that is in the story.  The characters are lively and fun.  Sam is just a little TSTL.  Bob is soooo lovestruck, poor schmuck!  The two are a good balance.  Sam isn’t so lovestruck and Bob is going to keep naïve little Sam from getting killed or kidnapped.

The writing was good.  Not excellent but it made for good entertainment.  The scenes are well described and the sequence of events makes logical (I know logic in paranormal?) sense.  The characters really made the book though and if you have read any of these two authors’ works you know that is true of most of their writing.  They are fun and engaging.

I do wish the story had been a bit longer and a little less shallow.  I could have used a bit more background.  Also Sam, being a detective, never bothers to check on any of these people he comes into contact with.  I would think renting out an apartment in a building you live in, checking on the tenant would be a top priority.

Overall it was a fun read.  Not real emotional and with a bit of an HEA:)

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A Prideless Man by Amber Kell

A Prideless ManA Prideless Man by Amber Kell
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Totally Bound Publishing
Short Story:  24,000 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  3
 

Book three in the Supernatural Mates Series

Sometimes people aren’t quite what they seem.

James Everett moved to a shifter town to escape his shifter-hating father. Little did he expect to catch the eye of the town’s sheriff. Louis Arktos can’t resist the new human.

Something about the other man calls to his bear shifter nature and makes him want to protect the human from all the dangers in the world. When James’ life is turned inside out, Lou rushes to save him from unexpected dangers and most of all from himself.

Excerpt

If you have read any of Amber Kell’s books, especially the others in the series, then you know what to expect of her writing style.  If you don’t like that kind of writing don’t read it.

This isn’t the best written, plotted, and detailed, with great characters books out there.  Amber Kell’s books are more about enjoyment.  This is light read with fun characters and a guaranteed HEA.

Lou is the Sherriff and he has been interested in James for a while now.  James believes his life is too much for anyone else to handle.  He is in constant pain that is BARELY control by his medication.  Lou won’t take no for an answer where his mate is concerned.

I enjoyed the characters and the read.  This is not a deep read nor is it the best writing.  The plot line is simple and easy to follow, predictable.  The characters are a bit shallow.  The overall read is a simple and fun read.  This is a read to have when the day has been hard and you need a pick me up that is easy.

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Getting Gabe by Amer Kell

Getting GabeGetting Gabe by Amber Kell
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  AKell
Short Story:  17,500 Words
Purchase at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords
Roses:  1
 

Unaware he has werewolf DNA, Gabriel is stunned to learn after an attack that he now has the ability to change into a wolf. Still reeling from the discovery of his family genetics he is surprised when his wolf self tried to claim a pair of twin fae.

Vien and Viell had come to help Anthony discover more about the mutant threat. When they discover a wolf shifter who claims to want them both they are shocked to realize they might have been looking in the wrong place their entire lives.

Note: There is no sexual contact between the twins.

Excerpt

Gabe is a human that works for Anthony as an architect.  One night after being out with his best friend, Gabe is attacked by mutant werewolves.  Anthony and his guards arrive in time to stop Gabe from becoming a mutant but his recessive werewolf DNA is kick started and Gabe becomes a werewolf.  When Gabe wakes up from all of this he meets his mates, twin faes there to liaison between Anthony and the fae king about the mutant problem.

This book just didn’t do it for me.  I never connected with Gabe or the twins.  Viell we never really get to know at all and Gabe and Vien little more.  The mating is quick, Gabe’s training happens quickly, and the trip to the fae world is quick.  Everything happens very fast with little to no explanation.  I just couldn’t grasp much before it was over.  It all happened so easy too.  Really there was very little angst in the story until the very end and with the depth of the story it didn’t have near the impact it should have.

The writing was jumpy and choppy.  It was more like the book had separate scenes for each major part and they weren’t merged together to create a story, reminds me a bit of reading a journal.  There was natural progression from one “scene” to the next. The ménage isn’t even a true one.  It is more like two relationships together.  The twins don’t interact sexually so for me that makes it less of a true ménage relationship.

I have enjoyed this author before but this was not one of her better works for me.  I would have enjoyed a longer read to actually get to know the characters so I could connect to the story and all that happens.

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Building the Pack by R.J. Scott, Stephani Hecht, and Amber Kell

Building the PackBuilding the Pack by R.J. Scott, Stephani Hecht, and Amber Kell
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  eXtasy Books
Novel:  280 Pages
Purchase at Barnes and Noble
Roses:  3
 

The New Wolf

After a hate crime leaves one of them near dead, Veterinarian, Josh Nolan and Cop, Connor Vincent are starting a new life in Black Creek, a remote town on the edge of the Adirondack State Park, Vermont.

Josh is taking over his grandfather’s practice and Connor settles into working in the sheriff’s office covering the area.

When Connor pieces together a whole list of unsolved crimes going back fifty years he puts his life, and that of his partners, in danger.

A dangerous lone wolf is intent on destroying the beginnings of a pack and when Connor is attacked and near death there is only one thing that can save him. A wolf shifter’s bite.

One Bratty Omega

Donny left his childhood pack behind him when his father couldn’t accept the fact that his son was just an Omega. Destined to be the lowest on the pecking order of the pack, Donny acts out in ways that are sometimes not too healthy for his wellbeing.

Proctor is coming to Black Creek to visit an old friend. The last thing he expects is to find himself hanging out with some young, blond brat. What’s more, Proctor doesn’t expect himself to be attracted to the little troublemaker.

But things aren’t what they seem to be in Black Creek, and as Proctor digs deeper, he discovers secrets that are explosive. Will he be able to accept the truth? And more importantly, will he be able to accept Donny?

The Alpha’s Only

Tiberius, Alpha of the Black Creek pack, is tired of being alone. When Keir, a new Beta joins the pack, Tiber is startled to learn he’s found his mate. Keir isn’t interested in becoming one of a couple of Alpha mates. He plans to be the one and only. First, however, they need to defeat their enemies and weed out the ones who are trying to destroy them from within.

(Note:  These are available as separate titles.)

“The New Wolf” by R.J. Scott

Connor and Josh are new in town.  Josh is a veterinarian and Connor is a cop.  Both men went through a recent scare with Connor being hurt and once again are faced with it shortly after coming to town.

Connor is an idiot.  I get the strong, silent type and all but he is constantly doing it and almost losing Josh or causing Josh terrible turmoil.  I think Josh should have made Connor suffer more.  The writing was good and the characters fun.  This is a light and fluffy read as is all the ones in this anthology.  I can’t say they are wonderful stories but they aren’t bad.

Roses:  3

“One Bratty Omega” by Stephani Hecht

Donny has had a miserable childhood and it has affected his whole life and life outlook.  Proctor is Connor’s ex-partner down to visit for 3 weeks.  The plot is simple but works.  I think 3 weeks is a REALLY long vacation but I think my experience is not a normal one so I don’t know if it is an exceptionally long vacation.  Donny was cute and Proctor very typical of an “alpha” male.  The characters overall is a bit predictable.  I did think Proctor over reacted to the lies but he made up fast for that.  I think like the other stories not a wonderful read but good.

Roses:  3

“The Alpha’s Only” by Amber Kell

Tiberius is the alpha of the town’s wolf pack.  He is Donny’s cousin.  He is struggling to make the pack grow and be safe.  (HUGE mistake in the other stories with keeping secrets!)  Keir is new to the area and has been injured by the rogue wolf shifter.  Keir knows right away what Tiber is to him but fears he won’t be enough for Tiber.

Bit of a cheesy story line.  I really didn’t feel that the stated conflict really arose except maybe in Keir’s mind.  I enjoyed the read but it wasn’t the greatest of writing.  I enjoyed it as much as the other stories but like them it is a comfort read and not a great piece of writing.

Roses:  3

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To Have a Human by Amber Kell

To Have A HumanTo Have a Human by Amber Kell
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  eXtasy Books
Short Story:  23,532 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Smashwords
Roses:  3
 
 

Carey Gale always knew about shifters. It was difficult not to know when your best friends could turn into some of the deadliest beasts. When he gets a daytime job to support his band working at a shifter owned business, he doesn’t expect to fall hopelessly in lust with Broden Lyall, the company’s alpha. Sadly, Broden thinks little of humans. He considers them helpless and weak. But when hunters come after Carey’s friends, Broden learns that not all humans are alike, and he will do anything to have one slim, blond human.

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Carey is a human in a part time band with his friends that are shifters.  He has grown up with this knowledge and though he is human he is the alpha of his little pack.  Broden is a panther and alpha of his pride.  He runs into Carey at the bar he and his friends are playing at.  Broden and Carey hook up and though Carey thinks it is all about sex for Broden it’s about finding his mate.

As typical of Amber Kell the story is short and fun.  It’s a comfort read that you know will have little angst and a happy ending.  I have always enjoyed these kinds of books.  As far as critiquing the story and writing from a objective view.  The writing is simple and easy to follow.  The characters are not complex but are fun and interesting.  The story isn’t deep and there is a lot that you don’t get to know about the characters.  Not the highest of writing examples but for fun and entertainment it is good.

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