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The Superior Jewel by Hurri Cosmo

The Superior JewelThe Superior Jewel by Hurri Cosmo
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Silver Publishing
Short Story:  22,050 Words
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Roses:  4
 

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.

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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.

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Vassily the Beautiful by Angel Martinez

Vassily the BeautifulVassily the Beautiful by Angel Martinez
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Silver Publishing
Novel:  69,434 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  4
 

Vassily Belikov, composer and pampered son of privilege, suffered neurological damage in the accident that killed his father. Resentful of being treated as an invalid, he lives as a recluse, dependent on his mother. That changes the day she brings home a new husband with two sons of his own.

When deep-space pirates capture Vassily’s mother, he’s left to the mercy of his cruel, amoral stepfather. Fighting addiction and his physical shortcomings, he’s forced to seek out the criminal mastermind Baba Yaga for a crucial piece of equipment. While she agrees to deal with him if he beats his Exoticus addiction, paranoia and mysterious intentions infuse her household. Drawn to her fierce, suspicious youngest son, certain his actions are all carefully observed, Vassily must find the courage to face both his fears and his desires if he expects to survive.

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This book starts off with a bit of disbelief.  I have a hard time with Vassily’s mother would have been quite so clueless about her new husband.  I was also a bit astounded by her reaction to Anton hitting Vassily.  I really didn’t see that coming!

The writing is well done.  I’ve enjoyed every book I have managed to read by this author.  I believe her voice is unique and give the story a little something I don’t usually find in other authors.  The plot line flows well.  The ideas addressed in the story are many and varied.  There are disabilities, addiction, crime, and even the idea of messing in genetics.  It seems like a lot to cover well but the author went with the ideas as they regarded the story and not in any deep or social way.  I did think the ending was a little…pat/easy.  I thought there would have been a bit more drama even though considering the characters and story line it does make sense.  I was just expecting MORE.

The characters are great.  I loved them all.  Each were very individual and interesting.  Vassily was actually my least liked character, he was a little pale.  I didn’t see him as vividly as the others.  He just screamed victim throughout the story.  There were sections where he shone a little more but overall he was just…pale.  Sumi needs someone to protect though and Vassily needs protecting.  Vassily is also good at seeing beyond the surface with Sumi.  I thought the relationship between the “brothers” was interesting as well.  They had a good childhood even if their adult life is a little different.  They know they were wanted and they have purpose.  They are interesting men.  I would love a follow up for the brothers.  I just felt there could be more for them.

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Shattered Heart by Nikki McCoy

Shattered heartShattered Heart by Nikki McCoy
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Silver Publishing
Novel:  61,908 Words
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Roses:  4
 

The ravages of biochemical warfare have devastated the human population. Born of rape and forced to become a pleasure slave, Corin has only known the kindness of his sisters, but his life changed when he was sold to Markus–a man known for his ruthlessness. In the depths of his despair over the loss of his sisters, however, he discovered mercy in the least likely of places, the heart of his new Master. Together they learn to need that which has always been denied them by the harsh hand of fate, but their cravings for love may not withstand the impending war. How far will they go to hold onto their morals, and each other?

CONTENT ADVISORY: This title contains extreme BDSM and scenes of dubious consent. It also includes scenes of rape and intense violence.

Excerpt

This was a very interesting book.  This is a post-apocalyptic world in which the world is controlled by basically gangs in charge of territories.  There is slavery in the world again as well.  Corin is living a hellish life.  His mother despises him due to the nature of his birth and his stepfather abuses and uses him, including renting him out as a pleasure slave.  His stepfather actually saved his life as a baby by telling his mother that Corin would be their slave.  Corin’s only light in his dark world are his two younger sisters.  He adores them and protects them knowing if he wasn’t there that his stepfather would turn on them.

Markus is the boss of the territory that Corin and his family live in.  When Corin’s stepfather can’t pay the “rent” on their hotel Corin’s Mom sells him to Markus as a pleasure slave.  Corin is heartbroken.  How will he protect his sisters now?  He also has heard that Markus is a cruel and ruthless man.

I really didn’t like Markus at first.  Who would?  He was no better than a rapist!  Still as time goes on you start to feel for the man and realize he isn’t as heartless as he seems.  Markus would have just been a Dom in this world and Corin a submissive.  Unfortunately the future world isn’t that nice and Markus has had a very painful past.  I came to really appreciate what these two had in this future world which seemed to leave so little room for gentle emotions.  Though these two’s relationship is brutal it is a lovely thing as well.

The writing in the story was well done.  The plot line wasn’t truly unique but I liked the author’s spin on it.  The characters really do grow on you and you learn to appreciate their different viewpoints.  I’m not sure if I liked the change of perspective the last chapter gives you or not but it was sweet.

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Frozen Hearts by Teegan Loy

Frozen HeartsFrozen Hearts by Teegan Loy
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Silver Publishing
Novel:  53,653 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  3
 

The best college hockey player in the nation is hanging up his skates because he’s tired of living a lie. Five years ago, Erik Fox was forced by his father to change schools in the middle of the night when his father found out about his indiscretion. Erik had a boyfriend and hockey players do not date boys.

With his college career over, Erik is determined to change his life. Can Erik make peace with the boy he left behind and find the life he wants to live, or is he going to fold under the pressure from his father and everyone else who thinks he is defined by the game of hockey.

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Erik was a man that is tortured by living a life that was set by his father.  His father controls it all.  Erik is determined that now that college is almost over it is time to take back his life from his father’s control.  Nothing goes too well at first for him.  Poor guy gets abused at every turn.  The good thing that comes from all of this is being with his first love and former best friend, Tyce.  Erik hurt Tyce when he was forced to leave by his father and never contacted Tyce after.  Now the two make strides to make up for the past.

The idea of this story isn’t really new.  It has elements of a lot of different story lines I’ve read before just maybe not ALL together.  I thought the writing was good.  I did think that Erik giving up professional hockey seemed a bit of a stretch.  He could have just called it quits with the girlfriend and I think that is what in real life would happen.  Still with some of Erik’s background and thinking explained it could be believed.

The characters were well written.  What I found strange is that I connected with all the characters but Tyce.  We just don’t get much of a feel for him.  I thought since he was a main character there would be more that we discovered with him but it didn’t seem to happen.  I would have liked a little more realism in the story, Erik giving up his career, Tyce’s easy forgiveness, Sam not getting police involvement in his incident, and the ending.   I think the author could have added a lot more dimension and believability in adding some to these events, would have made for a much more dramatic and heart appealing read.  Still the story makes for a great comfort read and would be great for a rainy night.

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One Two Three, Shatter by Joey James Hook

One Two Three, ShatterOne Two Three, Shatter by Joey James Hook
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Silver Publishing
Novel:  155,517 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  5
 

Life was harsh and cruel to Kaleb Xander from very early on, and he was never given a moment’s rest to breathe and recover from the misery. Once freed from years in a cage of wrath and perverted lust, he found the real world to be a mere step up from what he was used to. Abuse was simply coming in different guises and through new avenues now.

All it should take is one person to reach out their hand and save this lost soul–but Kaleb is more complicated than that. It’ll take a miracle, and he’s banking on someone to be just that for him before he gives it all up.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This title contains scenes of rape or near rape and severe abuse. This book contains scenes of MF and MM intimacy.

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Whew!  What a book.  Kaleb is a broken man.  Abused horribly he runs away as a teen never finishing school.  This book is all about recovering from something so horrific most of us don’t want to even acknowledge that it exists.

Kaleb’s life is actually told more through his few relationships.  He struggles to create any relationships that last and even then they are very tumultuous.  Kaleb doesn’t know how to let anyone into his life.  Sid, his first true friend, Anna, a long time girlfriend and mother of his daughter, Stevie, his twin, and Trent, his boyfriend.  Kaleb is so broken he turns to drugs, heroin to escape what is in his head.  It is hard to blame the man when he has known so much pain.  He can’t even love his daughter believing that his genes being passed on is a horror.

The writing by the author is just amazing.  You can just feel Kaleb’s pain and sadness.  The characters are so real.  There is little “prettying” them up.  It’s a raw story.  There are times you hate Kaleb and wonder why he has to go the hard route and others you hurt for him.  I loved the story.  I’m not sure I would call this a romance as such though there is that in the story.

Kaleb talks a lot of his uncles saving him but I have a hard time with that.  I wondered why they couldn’t do more but they were criminals so a mistrust of police and a credibility issue would have been there.  Also the whole of the account of his mother, that portion of the story isn’t very credible.  Now I won’t say it couldn’t happen that way, I’m not that familiar with the system but I really doubt that his mother couldn’t have got him, that she was jailed for attempted kidnapping.  That with the information you get at the end of the story makes me doubt it.

This small niggle isn’t enough to put me off the story because it to me is fairly insignificant.  So rating this was different for me because of the fact to me it wasn’t a romance and that is what I read.  This was such a story though I have to give it a high rating because of how it drew me in and produced so much raw emotions with me without making it unrealistic.

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Stirrings by D.J. Manly

Stirrings ManlyStirrings by D.J. Manly
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Silver Publishing
Novel:  47,317 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  4
 

Pascal and London are back, investigating a series of murders that look like vampire slayings. But are they? And will London discover something about Pascal’s past that he would have preferred remain hidden?

Pascal and London are in love but has London lost all his preconceived notions about vampires? A string of murders that look like a vampire on a rampage will test London and Pascal’s new relationship to the limit.

When London discovers something about Pascal’s past, will it confirm all his suspicions about the real nature of vampires, or will his love for Pascal help him to get past all that?

Come back to the world of Spectrum, where nothing is sure, and humans and preternaturals live in harmony…or do they?

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I loved the first book in the series.  This one was slightly predictable so it took a few points off for that but the plot and characters were just as enjoyable.  Also the world that the author created is just fantastic!  I love the concept behind it all.

 

The characters’ personalities are the opposite of what you would expect out of a vampire and a human.  Pascal is great.  He is such a fascinating man and sure keeps London on his toes.  London has issues and needs to address them instead of ignoring them.  I’m hoping he will learn after this but most likely not.

 

The item that caught my interest in this series with the first book was the world building.  The author reading does an amazing job in setting it up and explaining it.  Now there are some things that aren’t explained until something occurs but that can make some interest and drama to the story.  Now with this particular story it’s London’s continued prejudice even after getting to know Pascal more.  London’s own sister is involved with a vampire but London still isn’t thawed.  I felt through most of the story London was just looking for an excuse to justify his continued prejudice.  Like a lot of good stories there is something to be learned and usually one or more of the characters learn the hard way.

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The Faery Truth by Vicktor Alexander

The Faery Truth AlexanderThe Faery Truth by Vicktor Alexander
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Silver Publishing
Novella:  111 Pages
Purchase at Amazon
Roses:  4
 
Princess Eeirena transforms into Prince Eeiran when he crosses the veil into the human realm to save his brother. Philip is Eeiran’s destined mate, but rejects him, unable to deal with the world of Faery.Princess Eeirena of the Seelie court is summoned by her brother Eeian for help regarding his human mate, Thomas. At first resentful, Eeirena searches for a solution, only to have visions and dreams about her own human mate. She races through the veil to give the answer to Eeian, but collides with him and closes off the portal to anyone wanting to enter. Eeirena also transforms into a man, now named Eeiran, something he always felt he was meant to be.

Philip Sands enjoys his job as a manager at McDonald’s. He doesn’t like being single and alone, dreaming about the man of his dreams. When he meets Eeiran, Philip finds himself inexplicably desperate for the guy. But when Philip finds out Eeiran’s many secrets–that he’s Fae, royalty, a Seer, and used to be a woman–he rejects his mate, which puts Eeiran’s life at risk.CONTENT ADVISORY: This is a re-release title.

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I’m going to admit to being a sucker for this type of romance.  This is a personal preference though so I try to separate the two.  Some of course will overflow to my review.

 

This is a story about a fae and his fated mate.  This will be an insta-love, if you don’t like that DO NOT READ IT.  I don’t know how many reviews I’ve read that will down grade a story because of that factor.  Since this is paranormal it is even more acceptable

 

This was definitely more heartbreaking that the first book in the series.  You have to feel for Eeiran even while wanting to smack him!  I loved the characters and the plot.  I think some will struggle with the idea of Eeiran being so forgiving.  Again this is paranormal but even then with the situation as outlined I could see it happening.   The whole of the story was interesting and captivating.  I do love this author’s stories:)

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The Faery Tree by Cherie Noel

The Faery Tree Cherie NoelThe Faery Tree by Cherie Noel
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Silver Publishing
Short Story:  29,660 Words
Purchase at Amazonand Barnes and Noble
Roses:  3
 
A wanton-by-nature Fae, raised in a loving, ultra-conservative home. A sweetly slutty computer-tech guy with historically bad boyfriends raising two complicated kids. When The Faery Tree opens a portal between them, mayhem and love explode in the Tonawandas.Seelie Fae Prince Ee-an, fostered in the ultra-conservative Unseelie court, returns to the Seelie court after many years to find wanton behavior prevalent. Unable to abide Seelie customs and sleep his way through the kingdom in search of his true mate, he seeks the guidance of a Seer.

The Seer sends Ee-an through a magic portal allowing the two to meet and fall in love. But with Fae law forbidding any Royal Fae to stay beyond the veil once mated, and Ee-an’s stubborn human mate refusing to cross into Faery without his younger brother and adopted daughter, who cannot cross into Faery, these two need help finding a way to honor obligations without losing hope for a happily-ever-after future.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This is a re-edited re-release title.

Excerpt

I’m going to admit to being a sucker for this type of romance.  This is a personal preference though so I try to separate the two.  Some of course will overflow to my review.

This is a story about a fae and his fated mate.  This will be an insta-love, if you don’t like that DO NOT READ IT.  I don’t know how many reviews I’ve read that will down grade a story because of that factor.  Since this is paranormal it is even more acceptable

The story is told from multiple points of view which I thought was a good tool to use so we could see where both characters were coming from and a way I believe that deepens the story.  The writing was well done and the characters were well developed.    I do think that the characters may have been a tad too emotional though.  For a normal reader this doesn’t come across as most men that they may know so it is unrealistic and shallow.  (This isn’t a problem for me just I know many that have issues with this.)  I also think that the story could have had more development.  It seemed a little short and too easy for a really good read.

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