GLBT Paranormal romance
Series: Holland Brothers, Book #1
Author: Toni Griffin
Length: Novel (113 Pages)
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books LLC (August 3rd, 2013) first published January 29th 2011
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 to 4.5 Hearts
Blurb: Brian Townsend was having one hell of a week. Rejected by his parents, kicked out of his pack and now his car breaks down on his way south. What else could go wrong? He soon finds out when the police rock up, and the sexy cop turns out to be his mate. What he didn’t expect was his mate to walk away from him, without so much as a backward glance.
Marcus Holland was having one hell of a week. Breaking up with his girlfriend, and then copping an earful from his mother about settling down and having kids. All he wanted was to go home and relax. Little did he know one last call-out on his way home would change his life forever.
Can Marcus come to terms with the fact his mate is a man or will he risk losing Brian forever. However, not everyone in the pack is entirely happy with this mating.
Review: I have always loved Toni Griffin’s books, and this book is on my number 1 top list of favorite books. Such a loving story, with a difficult beginning and a touch of danger added in by an ex. What else can you ask for? With this book absolutely nothing. An absolute perfect story line and a wonderful plot.
Brian makes you fall in love with his tender heart and sad story. Marcus, at first you just want to smack him down for his stupidity, but once he gets over his sexuality, the man just makes you want to jump him. He is strong and loyal, but with his mate, there is a spark of desire and true love shining through. Now once Marcus gets over the straight factor, the sex between Brian and Marcus rocks the bed, the table and the couch…
This is a wonderful series and I am honored to have it in my library.
Series: Tales of the Forest #2
Author: Blaine D. Arden
Genre: Paranormal >> Fae
Length: Short Story (47 pages)
Publisher: Storm Moon Press (September 2nd, 2013)
Heat Level: None
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts
Blurb: Veld, tree elf and Forester, fell in love with mute baker Oren, also a tree elf, when he first set eyes on him two turns ago, but Healer Haram, Oren’s vowed, made it clear that he had no intention of sharing Oren with Veld. Now, with Oren in mourning after Haram is killed, Veld is torn between Haram’s unwillingness to share and his desire to make Oren his. But when Haram’s death turns out not to be quite the accident it seemed to be, Veld is drawn into the investigation. At the same time, others appear to claim Oren’s independence, and Veld is forced to face his insecurities or risk losing Oren… again.
Product Link: http://www.stormmoonpress.com/books/Orens-Right.aspx
Review: This story was quite nice and interesting. I loved the plot and the way this world was woven. I loved the storyline and the tree-elves, cloud-elves, and dark-elves. Yes, I have a thing for elves and the many worlds one can set them, this world being quite refreshing.
The story begins with a melancholic strike as Harem, Oren’s vowed, has died living Oren in a deep mourning. While death is a terrible thing for any character, Oren has it a bit more difficult due to his nature, what with him being a submissive and in need of an owner. Veld on the other hand has been in love with Oren ever since he first met him, but his friends possessiveness and unwillingness to share had cut off all hope, until his death that is. So Veld is facing with a turmoil of feeling; his love for Oren, his need to take care of him, his guilt for wanting such thing when Oren still in mourning. When the society though makes it clear, they would not leave Oren alone, thinking him to be unable to care for himself and not understanding his nature and his relationship with Haram, Veld is forced to take action.
So the romance part is quite deep for such a short story, the characters have to fight over their feelings and their society and make a stand for themselves. The D/s element here is not one you can see or read, it’s a known state but not a developed one, so if you expect any BDSM-y scenes, don’t, you won’t find them.
As for the suspense plot, that was very interesting as well. We have a murderer on the loose. The elves magic while strong enough can’t easily find the person killing people, or the reason behind it. Veld holds the spotlight by helping the Truth Seeker find the culprit and when we learn who it is it comes as a sad and sorrowful surprise.
The ending itself had me gasping with shock. No, nothing shocking happened, I was simply expecting more. I had been pinning all read for the moment when Oren and Veld would come together, and yes I admit it I was literally drooling for their sex scene (they had a strong chemistry for crying out loud), and when it never came I felt disappointed. Still do. It’s like the author teased me with a nice dinner cooking. Smelling all the scents coming from the kitchen and drooling over my imagination of how they’ll feel when I would finally taste them, yet at last second having everything canceled. I feel deprived, robbed out of something I think I earned. My head is still screaming at this author “give me my sex scene damn it.” Sigh!
Ah well, be prepared for a tease that as well written and enticing as it was, it remains a tease. Still recommended.
Series: A Paranormal’s Love, Book #5
Author: Charlie Richards
Length: Novella (126 Pages)
Publisher: Extasy Books (December 1st, 2013)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 to 4 Hearts
Blurb: Into the paranormal world: Sometimes giving in to temptation can lead to unexpected rewards.
Martin Marty Beakman finds himself entranced by a bearded, cloaked stranger in a coffee shop, Raymond. Although he feels like a stalker, he returns again and again until he eventually figures out a pattern. When Marty is confronted by his brother Matthew regarding his actions, he admits his attraction to someone he’s never even spoken to. After his brother encourages him to change that, Marty follows Raymond in an attempt to do just that. Instead, he sees something almost unbelievable…Raymond removes his cloak, spreads wings, and flies into the night. When Raymond, out of the blue, contacts Marty online, will he give in to his desire to learn more about the guy? Or, will the strange sight the evening before keep him from seizing the opportunity?
Product Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/removing-the-gargoyle-s-mask/
Review: Marty is a human who is attracted to Raymond, even after following him one evening and finding out he wasn’t human.
Once again, Charlie Richard’s has written a book that I knew I would love to have in my library. It is a magical story told in such a way that makes it beautiful and enticing to a reader. I have always loved romance stories and paranormal romance even more. This book has the perfect plot, with love, danger, excitement, and wonder.
Marty is tender and very loving, even though when he is in one of his mood of grumpiness. Raymond is charming, caring with a heart of gold, but he is also scared of his mates reaction to him being a gargoyle. The sex between them is just like them tender and so full of desire and heart. The danger placed on his mate, has Raymond scared, and wants to protect him with everything in him.
When you start to read this story, you will fall in love with Marty and Raymond right off the bat. Raymond comes off really shy and you can’t help wanting to route for him right off from the start. It was well written, with a little twist to the ending as far as their mating goes. I enjoyed this book as well as the whole series and I love having it in my library for future reading.
It is a little shorter than I would have liked and wished it did have a bit more to it, but I loved it all the same.
Author: Alex Younger
Length: Short Story (19 Pages)
Publisher: Torquere Press (November 5th, 2013)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥2.5 Hearts
Blurb: Markus always admired his mentor, Nicodemus. Over his two years as an apprentice physician, Markus’ admiration has grown into something deeper, but he has never been brave enough to admit it. One summer evening, a ragged man comes to the clinic claiming he is cursed. During the treatment, chaos breaks loose as the patient attacks them. Fear of losing the man he loves makes Markus doubt his ability, but there’s no time for hesitation if he wants to save the badly injured Nicodemus.
Review: I had a difficult time with this story. It jumps around quite a bit, what with who they are and what they meant to each other. It is a very short story and maybe if it had been a little bit longer with more detail and a better story line I would have enjoyed it better.
The tension between Markus and Doctor Nicodemus starts off a high, then slowly rises to end just as fast with the dangers brought on. Markus is a kind and gentle soul who idolized and wanted his Doctor Nicodemus. He worked for Nicodemus and lived there with him. There was sexual tension in the story but no actual sex. You can’t help but slowly love these two and be scared for them.
It has a paranormal shift to this story that I wish had been more in detail and a better plot to the story. It left me hanging and wishing for more.
Author: Draven St. James
Length: Novella (115 Pages)
Publisher: Loose-Id (November 12th, 2013)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Jace Shaw is one of the few survivors of an extraordinary, rare wolf pack. He spends his days on the run and his nights in another world with a man he’s only dreamed about. To sleep is to feel his dream man’s hands on his body and hear his wicked whispered words. But when the sun rises reality crashes in: the evil that destroyed his birth pack hunts his kind down in search of a way to control their power.
Merek Wahya is an alpha dealing with all the issues of being newly appointed, but they all fall away when he closes his eyes at night. Then, a man with moonlit hair and mercury eyes crawls into bed with him. When he wakes, it’s to a painful arousal no one can satisfy. When Merek’s wolf catches Jace’s scent, he knows he’s found his mate, and he soon learns their nocturnal meetings were only foreplay. The joy of this discovery is shadowed by the trouble that follows Jace. Merek’s mate is embroiled in a battle between two ancient packs, a war Merek must now fight. If he fails, he could lose Jace forever
Product Link: http://www.loose-id.com/scent-of-a-wolf.html
Review: Scent of a Wolf is a fantastic and intriguing story. At first, I did have a hard time, thinking that they were already mates, until I realized the facts to it. It has such a style that screams at you, it has a bit of humor with seriousness tacked on. It comes off so believable that you just wished you were there with them.
The story line was exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat. It was written with a perfect spark of intrigue and danger. Jace is a special kind of shape shifter, one that was thought to be a myth. He is a strong and dominate type with just a hint of innocence and vulnerability. As Merek is the alpha of his pack, he has this side to him that is sweet and tender, but such a fierce attitude about his mate. He knew he would protect his mate with everything in him, just as Jace tries to protect him.
The sex between them is passionate and sexy. Both of them are dominate, but they are willing to make it an equal relationship. You can’t help but fall in love with these two. They are not loud, but if you were in a room full of people, you would be able to hear them. They would stand out and make an impression to you. You would be drawn into the strength and loyalty between them. This would be the type of book, due to the size of it, that can be read on a trip to the city.
I hope that this is a start to a new series because this author has captured my attention all the way around. I am glad to have this book in my library.
Author: Alina Ray
Genre: Paranormal Erotica
Length: Short Story (11K)
Publisher: Storm Moon Press (October 22nd, 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts
Blurb: Craig Peters finds himself destined for an eternity of torture at the hands of the demon Karawan, despite having no memory of the sin that condemned him to this existence. Over time, though, those memories return, along with an unnatural attraction to Karawan, which leads them both down a path neither of them could have possibly imagined.
Product Link: http://www.stormmoonpress.com/books/Hell-Bound.aspx
Review: This was an interesting short story challenging the view of the Devil and his demons quite a bit. I liked its approach and it made for a refreshing read.
According to the theme of this story, people who have committed sins are sent to Hell with a memory loss. All they know are their names and generic information about life, but nothing about their life and how or why they find themselves to Hell. The idea is that they are there to be punished for their sins while they slowly recollect each memory of their life and they should strive to repent in order to ascend Heavenward. The demons are there to dish punishment while the remorse is an individual’s inner work and solely depended by their inclinations.
The idea was intriguing and the story more so because Craig, our main character, finds quickly that his life up until his death was perfect and there was no reason for him to be in Hell. The final moment of his death, though remain elusive making him wonder what might have happened to cause him his descend. Meanwhile he causes one heck of a confusion to Karawan, the demon responsible for his punishment, when every session leads to arousal. Be it a whipping to the point of breaking or a flesh carving with razors, the result is the same, a very turned on Craig. Karawan is a young demon and having never before encountered such reaction from any of his charges is troubled, even more so when he finds himself developing emotions for the human.
There is a great passage of time there that goes by as if mere seconds, giving the illusion of time having no significance in Hell. At first read it seems as if this is an instant-love story, but one must keep in mind that possibly years go by, while Craig tries to find and cope with his death.
The story has quite a sweet ending and overall I enjoyed it a lot.
Series: Finding Home 03
Author: Jennifer Wright
Genre: Alternative Universe, Paranormal
Length: Novel (201pgs)
Publisher: Totally Bound (15th November 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Zane has everything in his life under control and in order, but can he keep it that way when a young dragon is thrown into his life?
Zane was meant to be a warrior—end of story. Though he may not have had the most pleasant life living at the coven, he still loved being there. But the steadiness of his world came to a halt all within one day’s events. A man he never saw coming has pushed the boundaries of what little normalcy he has, and learning of a secret love is just confusing him even more. Zane has never felt more torn on what he should be feeling…and for whom. Though if he assumed having two men plaguing his every waking thought was hard enough, learning of the danger his mother is in nearly has his head spinning off into another dimension.
The leader of the Dráguns is threatening to take everything away from him, his best friend is slipping further and further away from him, and a little dragon is managing to get under his skin in more ways than one. Sorting out what he has to do, what he wants, and what’s right for him will be the biggest challenge he’s ever been faced with. Will he follow his heart or will he take the easy path…or is the easy path the right path to begin with?
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence.
Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/airos
Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Zane has fought hard to be the warrior he is, hiding a part of himself from his fellow vampires he has proven himself worthy of being in their ranks, but meeting his mate Bo throws everything into the light. Boer is a dragon, kidnapped by the vampires to discover Gravaick’s secrets but Bo is only a cook and has no knowledge to give, meeting Zane is a shock but things get harder when Bo’s brother comes to rescue him. With Zane in turmoil over some devastating news and heading out for battle, Bo isn’t sure of the bond they share and with one of the coven-turning traitor can they come out the other side stronger?
We are firmly in Pavarus and the trouble between the Vampires and the Dráguns in this installment of Finding Home, with repercussions for past deeds being felt and devastation being left in its wake. Zane and Bo are the couple who discover a bond, a bond that shouldn’t be possible, with them being on opposite sides by birth but unable to deny what they feel. Zane’s predicament and secret are discovered with Larken being devastated by the turn of events. Bo is left reeling when his brother Nikolai admits family secrets and Aliam can’t pull himself out of his despair and making decisions that are unwise.
I really love the way this series is developing and the twists we are treated to, although Zane and Bo’s relationship came as a surprise, because I was secretly hoping that Zane would get together with Larken, it adds a nice bit of angst and heartache. The storyline gives us some surprises with all the previous couples getting into the mix and contributing, they never overpower though, being blended in well so we never forget that even with everything that is happening it is still Zane and Bo’s story. It is far from an easy relationship, not only because Bo is a dragon and Zane is a vampire, but also because of the new developments and the existing problems with Gravaick.
The characters are written brilliantly, each of them affecting you as you see from their eyes, we have Zane who has done what he has to prove himself and has pushed hard. We have Bo who feels pulled between his new mate and his loyalty to his Drágun brother. We have Larken who longs for his love to be returned and we feel his devastation as he is ignored for another. Then there is Damien who has nothing but contempt for Zane and wishes he could make things better for Larken. We have Aliam who just can’t get over his loss and bitter revenge drives him. Each character brings a wealth of feeling to this story and it really carries you along as the storyline heats up toward battle and betrayal.
I recommend this to those who love paranormal worlds, battling factions, a brilliant developing storyline, great characters, twists, finding love in difficult circumstances and much more to come in the future.
Series: Wayne County Wolves, Book #8
Author: Stephani Hecht
Length: Novel (124 Pages)
Publisher: Extasy Books (November 15th, 2013)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Sometimes when one is in the darkness and all alone, that is when somebody special shows up and guides them to the light and real love is found.
Zaid’s one of the rarest of breeds of shifters, an African Wild Dog. So, when he finds out that one of the biggest hunters is in Wayne county intent on killing him, he decides he’ll strike first. But to do so, he must go down into the ancient tunnels. For that, he needs the best set of eyes in the pack, Kline.
Kline is afraid to go out on the mission, but he’s been secretly attracted to Zaid for so long that he knows he can’t refuse. Will they succeed? Or will they die before they see the light again?
Review: This was as a pretty good book and I loved it. It is book eight in the series so to get the full story you would want to start with the first book.
It starts out serious with lots of danger and excitement. Zaid, an African Wild Dog who comes off serious and strong is a wonderful mate for someone who is kind of the opposite of him. Kline has always stayed at home because of a gift that he considers a curse. But his curse leads him to his mate, a man he has been wanting for a long time. When they do finally come together, it is so hot, tender, and full of love. They just had to come to terms with their desires.
Kline is what Zaid truly wants and will do anything to protect his mate. The story line and plot to this book is fantastic and even if most books start to have repeating parts to them, this one has uniqueness to it. I loved the way the whole story came together. It kept me on the edge of my seat just waiting for the next page. I can’t wait to read it again. It was one of the better stories that I have read.
Author: K. Piet & S.L. Armstrong
Length: Short Story (27 pages)
Publisher: Storm Moon Press (October 24th, 2013)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts
Blurb: Thaddeus sold his soul to save his family long ago, but the deal he struck with the demon Belial has him spending eternity managing Le Carnaval du Diable, filled to the brim with others damned into servitude. Belial wants more than Thaddeus’ soul, though, and his constant advances only add to Thaddeus’ stress as he faces a threat to the carnival and all those within.
Review: Well, wasn’t that a surprising ending to this deal-with-the-devil themed story. Actually, this entire read was kind of unique. Thaddeus traded his soul for the lives of his wife and son. He freely gave his soul to the devil, but he is one of a kind, as he didn’t do it for selfish reasons, hence he’s not a complete mindless servant of the demon in charge of him. Thaddeus has the right to say “NO” to anything not in his contract and he exercises that right every single time. After years of having Belial chasing him, trying to lesser his resistance and make him his as a bed partner Thaddeus is feeling his weakness grow, after all Belial is very persistent and very tempting. But the last dregs of his dignity rely upon his ability to say that little word and stubbornly Thaddeus clings to it. No matter how frustrated, no matter how weary, he will not submit to Belial.
This story is just that from start to finish, Thaddeus fight to remain himself, not to give up entirely to the demon. Yes, we see through his eyes and feel his waning strength, we see his fantasies and witness some self-stress relieving, but he keeps going in a stay of hate/longing throughout the story.
When danger comes in his Carnaval and Thaddeus is faced with losing his mortality as well, things become precarious and he’s one little step from letting go and letting Belial finally take what he wants.
As I said this story is quite different from what I at least am used to. I expected a give there by the end, but I was surprised that the authors kept at it. It made a difference, but it also made me wonder if there is going to be a continuation to this story. If not then it just leaves you there with the feeling that while the darkness might have a piece of you it doesn’t necessarily means they own you completely. Strong morale there, but honestly I’d have loved my fiction a bit wicked and naughty.
Series: End Street Detective Agency 04
Author: Amber Kell & R.J. Scott
Length: Novella (103pgs)
Publisher: Totally Bound (29th November 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Zephariel, the Angel of Vengeance, Nick Klauson, nephew to Santa, Christmas magic, zombies in the school and a necromancer causing chaos…and at the centre of it all—Mal.
Zephariel is the Angel of Vengeance and is tracking down his cousin Danjal for misuse of brimstone. When he walks into a bar and finds Nick Klauson drowning his sorrows, he is instantly drawn to him. Could this be his fated mate?
When Nick and Zeph join forces to deal with zombies in Mal’s school, sparks fly. Add in a demon, a wolf, and a necromancer, and Sam and Bob have a hunt on their hands.
Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/the-case-of-the-sinful-santa
Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Zeph, the Angel of Vengeance, is on his way to see his cousin Danjal when he feels a pull and he comes across his mate, but claiming his mate isn’t easy when he is suddenly called upon to deal with some zombies. Nick is trying to drown is sorrows as he contemplates his life, not being a full Klauson has him being looked down on by the rest of the family but he continues to do his work seeking out the dread and dark pockets and wiping out the cause. Together, Zeph and Nick face more than just zombies and to be together one of them might just have to give up everything.
This is a great addition to the series bringing us some answers but also opening up new ones as one case closes and a discovery is made. Nick is a great character who has had his confidence knocked repeatedly by members of his own family, he has no clue why Zeph would want him, but Nick has a lot to offer. Zeph’s character is perfect for Nick because he sees the true worth of Nick, he doesn’t see anything wrong with Nick being half-human and appreciates the gifts that Nick has. They have instant chemistry and are fated to be together but they face opposition when Zeph’s people interfere.
The storyline continues on smoothly from The Case of the Dragon’s Dilemma with the zombie’s at Mal’s school, it also brings Danjal and Hart back into the story and Smudge starts bringing in the familiar’s for Sam to place. We see how Sam and Bob are doing and how Sam is still in denial, we discover the truth about the necromancer with Nick saving the day with Christmas magic and we see a new relationship being forged between Zeph and Nick that didn’t start out perfectly but picks up speed quickly.
I really do enjoy this series and how it’s progressing. You never know what we will face next, what interesting characters we will be introduced to, or what new problems will arise. And we can’t help but wonder when poor Sam will get an actual paying case that doesn’t end up involving him, Bob or Mal in some way. Zeph and Nick make interesting additions to the little group of friends and they bring that extra angst as they face down those uppity Angels and they get a surprise visit.
I recommend this to those who adore the paranormal, love great characters, love perving on not one but two couples, getting pulled into interesting and different storylines and having great happy endings.