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Cody’s Dragon by K.M. Mahoney

Cody's DragonCody’s Dragon by K.M. Mahoney
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Totally Bound Publishing
Novel:  63,533 Words
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Roses:  3
 

How far is Cody willing to go to keep his dragon?

Kirit is lonely and he’s sick of coming home from the king’s assignments to a cold, empty cave. After searching for years for a mate, Kirit decides it’s time to try a new approach. Against the advice of all his friends, he heads for the human side of the world. There he finds Cody, and the man is everything he could ever want. It takes a little bit of persuasion, but he manages to talk Cody into coming back with him to Faerie.

Within a week of arriving, Cody is beginning to rethink his impulsive decision. He’s trekked across more terrain than he would care to remember, been summoned to meet a king, and flown on a dragon—not an experience he’s willing to repeat anytime soon. Kirit’s growly possessiveness is starting to wear on his nerves, and the unexpected hostility he encounters at the palace is almost enough to make him give up.

But Cody is stubborn. He may not be willing to admit it out loud, but Kirit has got under his skin. He may even, shockingly enough, love the big guy.

Now Cody has to decide what he’s willing to do to keep the man of his dreams.

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I enjoyed this book.  Kirit is lonely and is convinced that he may have luck finding a mate in the human world since he has been unable to in Faerie.  Cody is a rent boy and his starting to become discontent with his life.  When these two meet up there is a world of miscommunication and Kirit keeps his life secret from Cody.  Cody has his life turned upside down when he is told that Kirit has claimed him as his mate.

This is a nice read.  The writing is good.  I love the descriptions used by the writer.  The characters are intriguing and vivid.  I love the grumpiness and general standoff behavior of the dragons.  The plot line gives us just enough to stay interested in the characters and their situations.

The bad of the read was the plot.  Though it does give you that interest that is about it.  The plot was shallow and just too mysterious.  I know this is the first in a series but I couldn’t understand Seamus or the court.  Even the background for the dragons wasn’t very well done.  We are given bits and pieces that make no sense.  The one big bad guy is WAY too easily taken care of.  I think it could have been a better read if there was some sense of where the mystery plot was going and if the world was built a little more.

Still I did have fun reading this one.  It is a definite feel good book and makes me smile to think of Cody and his dragon.  I will read the next to see where this one will go.

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Fantasy for Sale by Sage Marlowe

Fantasy for SaleFantasy for Sale by Sage Marlowe
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Totally Bound Publishing
Novel:  62, 570 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  2
 

What’s the price of reality when a fantasy is for sale?

Cam is young, sinfully sexy and willing to play without limits, a combination which makes him a fantasy turned to flesh for men and women alike—and he’s for sale.

Nate is curious when it comes to carnal delights but hasn’t found the right man to explore his desires with.

When a friend buys Nate a few hours of pleasure with Cam, it’s not much of a surprise that Nate ends up intrigued. He keeps coming back for more and the attraction between them
appears to be mutual but while Nate finds himself falling for the sexy hooker, Cam makes no secret of the fact that for him, sex is just a job.

Determined to win him over, Nathan tries to show him that sex is about more than physical satisfaction but Cam’s walls seem impenetrable until a dramatic event forces him to
reveal some of his secrets and Nate begins to understand that Cam pays more than just the price for the reality behind the fantasy.

Excerpt

This is a fairly typical troupe of a customer falling for a rent boy.  I will say there are some twists to the story and the ending wasn’t what I expected at all.  Nate’s best friend buys an escort for a party she must attend and though she told him she wouldn’t sleep with the escort she does.  The next morning when Nate meets “Cam” Nate’s friend decides Nate needs to get laid and proceeds to buy more time with Cam for Nate.

I will admit I was a bit disappointed to see Nate fall so fast to having sex with Cam.  The beginning seems to imply that Nate is a little more ethical than that.  So I could get Nate sleeping with Cam and even falling for him, which seems to happen with little cause, it’s the back and forth of Nate’s character I didn’t like.  One minute he is straight laced and the next sleeping with Cam or back to his boyfriend Keith.  I really didn’t like that.  This is a romance and I was seeing a lot of sex and not a lot of committed love.

I think the writing was good.  The plot develops in a logical way and the descriptions aren’t overblown and too much for the overall feel of the book.  The characters are well developed.  Cam/Noel is a wonderful character that draws you in and makes you hurt for him.  Keith, Cyn, and Nate are interesting characters.  We see little of Keith but what I did see made me wonder why Nate was with him.  Cyn is also not seen a lot but seems a bit jaded and callus.  Nate flip-flopped in his character a lot.  He wasn’t very consistent.  One minute he is straight laced acting like he would never do…and then he does it and never seems very bothered by it.  He wants a monogamous relationship but settles rather easily for the open on the open one with Keith.  He won’t sleep around on his boyfriend but does with Cam.  It’s on and on like that.  I could buy a character like that except he is never bothered by his own changes.  I think the characters are well written except for that.

I could not like the characters of Keith, Cyn, and Nate.  I just was off put by the way they were all slinging around whore, hooker, trash, and rent boy.  They seemed very unfeeling of what the others would feel by saying these things and others and yet are all suppose to really care about each other.

One other thing is that the author created a relationship that just happens.  There doesn’t appear to be any growing feeling or reasons for them until suddenly Nate loves Cam/Noel.  Then everything that happens at the end of the story just jumbles all together and it’s suddenly over with little closure for the relationship.  I just didn’t care for that.

Overall, the story just wasn’t for me.  I couldn’t care for most of the characters or understand how Nate falls for Cam.  Most stories that involve prostitutes don’t have the sleeping around by the other character that this one does.  You expect it for a while with the prostitute character but not the other especially after they proclaim they are falling for them.  The ending was a big disappointment as well.  The thing that was good was the plot.  Though it wasn’t an original idea the author did a wonderful job turning it into something unique.

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Pavarus by Jennifer Wright

PavarusPavarus by Jennifer Wright
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Totally Bound Publishing
Novel:  66,092 Words
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Roses:  2
 

Thrown into another world where dangerous creatures live and rule, will Wesley stay and find love with a vampire, or will the terrors of an unknown realm have him running home?

On a camping trip in Louisiana, Wesley finds himself sucked down a hidden portal and thrown into another realm where he meets Remus, a warrior vampire. With the help of Remus, Wesley embarks on an adventure to find his way home, back to a world not filled with vampires and dragons and magic folk. Along his journey, the handsome vampire finds his way into Wesley’s heart. But will his love for Remus overcome his fears of the creatures that reign in this world?

Remus has never wanted a man before, but finds himself drawn to Wesley despite his denying efforts. He’s happy with his life as the commander of the vampires, and has had no interest in finding a mate. But after Wesley is kidnapped, Remus discovers his feelings for the man are stronger than he thought. Is he strong enough, though, to honour Wesley’s wish to return home, and let go of the man he loves?

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This was a fun read.  There is angst in the story but it really adds to the overall drama of the story.  The characters were entertaining and the storyline interesting.

Wes is a “city boy” and has no use for being in nature.  He is a bit whiney.  Remus was a good character but about halfway through his whole attitude changes.  This is a big issue.  Remus’s character change was a little too abrupt and overwhelming.  I thought between the two men there were times it was a little too much with the drama.  They don’t seem to talk but they are in love?  This makes no sense.

The author creates a very interesting world with unique characters.  The plot is interesting but the author made the whole premise of the story be undermined at the end.  It leaves me as a reader wondering what the heck was up with the whole of the story.  It wasn’t the best of plot techniques.  I will admit the rest of the story is interesting and makes me want to read more.

Overall the story was entertaining but not a well written story.  I think I will still read the next one because the other characters’ stories are interesting to me.  I would like to see where the author will take them with the hope that the writing improves in future books.

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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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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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