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Alrik by Carol Lynne

AlrikAlrik by Carol Lynne
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Totally Bound Publishing
Short Story:  23,200 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  2
 

Book One in the C-7 Shifters series.

Alrik is determined to keep sex with Ben simple, but when wolves, shifters and bullets enter their world, all bets are off.

Dr Ben Cook has devoted his life to saving the Mexican Grey wolf population from extinction. A year after being shot while looking for a large pack of Mexican greys, he’s determined to try again. When Ben’s sister hires one of the C-7 shifters to protect him on his mission, he feels an immediate and undeniable attraction to the huge blond protector.

Alrik’s body yearns for his client on sight, but for a shifter who prefers sex without sentiment, Ben presents a problem. Centuries earlier, Alrik learned that love was a worthless emotion that only served to trap those stupid enough to fall.

Alrik is determined to keep sex with Ben simple, but when wolves, shifters and bullets enter their world, all bets are off.

Excerpt

Alrik is a lonely guy but doesn’t acknowledge it.  He is assigned to Ben while Ben hunts for a pack of wolves he is trying to prove exists.  Ben has been shot in this hunt previously and his sister is worried about him being injured again.

There is a lot that happens in this little story.  I liked the characters and the story line.  The writing was good.  The biggest hitch in the whole thing is Alrik himself.  I expect characters to change and grow.  I like stories with a HEA so for that to happen Alrik would HAVE to change.  The thing is…he really doesn’t.  He is against the relationship all the way until the very end when with little warning and little change in attitude he suddenly believes he has to have this relationship with Ben.  It really wasn’t in character and didn’t fit the storyline at all.  Yes, I want the HEA but it was like two ends of a story stuck together with the middle explaining it missing.  I was very disappointed by that as I did really enjoy the story.  I don’t know the cause of this and believe if the story had this “missing” section  I would have loved it.

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Ghosts of Alcatraz by Carol Lynne

Ghosts of AlcatrazGhosts of Alcatraz by Carol Lynne
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Wilde City Press
Short Story:  33,000 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  5
 

Love is a powerful force. Unparalleled, unpredictable and often unforeseen. Yet it can surface in the most dangerous of situations. Suffocation, mutilation and dismemberment aren’t the normal outside influences that bring two people together, but inside the newly refurbished Alcatraz Prison, anything can happen.

As inmates begin dying in shocking and sometimes gruesome ways, the deaths prompt Warden Jensen Black to bring in sexy parapsychologist, Brian Phipps. With the help of Brian, Jensen hopes to get to the bottom of what is killing the men he is responsible for. But what he didn’t count on is falling—and falling hard—for the smaller man with the heart of a lion. The question is: will their love survive against the ghosts of Alcatraz?

Excerpt

Jensen is in charge of a newly reopened Alcatraz.  These prisoners are being held for cyber crimes.  That is way it is eerie when the prisoners start dying off.  The last victim is videoed tearing himself apart.  Jensen doesn’t believe this is an event that could even happen so he calls his boss and friend who hooks him up with Brian.  Brian is in the family business of fighting ghosts.  What he faces in Alcatraz is more than he expect though.

As a paranormal story goes this one had a great plot, it was full of action and danger.  The author did a wonderful job in keeping the world simple but creating such atmosphere.  The characters were well written and engaging.  The love relationship happens quickly and is quite intense.  I don’t think this is a stretch.  The conditions in the story make it very conceivable.  The ending of the story was dramatic and well done.  I would love if the author does go ahead and makes a series out of this book like she hints at in the ending of the book.

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Stepping Stones By Carol Lynne

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Stepping Stones by Carol Lynne
Reviewer: Leenie
Publisher: Stiff Rain Press
Short Story: 85 pages
Purchase:  Stiff Rain Press , Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses: 4

Donovan has made a new life for himself, far away from his twin .   Declan and all of the feelings that he’s kept bottled up inside for many  years. His friend and sometimes lover Marc has helped a lot, and things are going well until Declan calls, asking for help.

Unable to deny his twin, Donovan pushes aside his feelings and mounts a rescue, taking Declan away from an abusive situation. Between Donovan and Marc, they set Declan on the road to healing, exploring their relationship to the fullest. When Declan’s past comes back to haunt them, they’ll have to pull together to keep each other safe.

Can they make a new life together and survive the hardships they face?

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To be honest this is one of my favorite Carol Lynne books, I know that it topic may not be in everyone’s comfort zone as it involves have twincest as well as aménage relationship in it but Ms Lynne handles it in a truly touching way.  The story is about Donovan and his twin Declan, who have been separated but some miscommunications and unfortunate circumstances for a number of years. When tragedy strikes Delcan turns to his twin for help.  Donovan and Marc come to his rescue. The book also deals with domestic violence and abuse, but also surviving it and coming out of it a stronger person. The relationship between the characters can all stand alone as well as together which makes it such a good read. I truly find this worth the read. Ms Lynne wrote a beautiful book
**This is a revised and updated version of a previously released title
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The Westerfields of Chatham County By Carol Lynne

The Westerfields of Chatham County  by Carol Lynne  The Westerfields of Chatham County by Carol Lynne
  Reviewer:  Leenie
  Publisher:  Stiff Rain Press
  Short Story: 48 pages,  15,426 words
Purchase: Stiff Rain Press , Amazon, and Barnes & Noble 
Roses: 4
 

Ian and Bull Westerfield have spent years loving each other in all the ways the law said they shouldn’t. When they come across a drifter looking for work, the brothers invite the stranger into their home, and eventually, to their bed.

Axel Bennett was looking for work, not a home. When an accident leaves him in the hands of the Westerfield brothers, they offer him both. Envious of the bond the brothers’ share, Axel agrees to stay the winter.

Their love will be put to the test—a piece of land or the safety of each other?

Excerpt

Review

This is a story of a unique brand of love,  the love of a brother for a brother , add in a drifter looking for a safe place to work for the winter, a small town set to run the brothers out. We can’t forget the explosive chemistry between Ian and Bull, then when Axel enters. WOW. I will admit this is a topic they may not be for everyone, but this is a great story. The story is short and doesn’t fully explain some of the topics it brings up. It tells of  Ian and Bull and what a  hard life they have had, the love they have for each other. Then Axel comes into the picture. Ian want’s Axel, Bull wants Axel and Axel he wants the brothers. Carol Lynne does a excellent job of bring tenderness and passion to the story. Their chemistry is explosive.

They are cowboys who live in a small town.A town that has found out about the brothers and want to run them out. The problem, Westerfields have lived on the land since Chatham County was founded and Bull doesn’t want to leave.  But  Ian hates having to hide his love of Bull. He hates what his love for his brothers cost them. He has an unsatisfiable sexual appetite.  When Ian and Bull head home from town they run into Axel.  Axel has a unfortunate accident that leaves him in the hands of the Westerfields. Axel, He wants to be in their relationship but doesn’t want to hurt the brothers. As Axel feels frustrated at his lack of involvement with the brothers relationship and tension grows.  Will they realize how much they can offer each other , before everything is taken away. That they fit together, all three and can fit so perfectly if they will just give each other a chance.

I think this is a excellent story of love, forgiveness and what can happen if you open yourself to love.  Ian, Bull and Axel all need healing and though it starts as a sexual relationship to satisfy Ian, it quickly becomes much more. As they fight against prejudice of a small town and have to see if their love is strong enough to keep them together.

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