Hunter and Hunted by M. D. Grimm

Title: Hunter and Hunted

Series: The Shifter Series

Author: M.D. Grimm 

Genre: M/M, Shifters, Paranormal

Length: Novel (172 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 5th, 2012)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts – OMG (I would prefer to give it a higher rating to be honest.)

Blurb: Orphan Hunter Landon craves a family who will love him unconditionally. When he’s adopted by the Knights, an organization dedicated to destroying shifters, Hunter is grateful, but their ideology never sits right. Finally, on a rite of passage during which he’s supposed to kill his first shifter, Hunter discovers the truth: he meets Glenn Lightfoot, a deer shifter, and asks a lot of questions.

Glenn hates the Knights and worries about the safety of his herd with one in their midst. After all, the Knights have hurt his family before. On the other hand, this is his chance to convert an enemy, and some instinct tells him Hunter won’t betray him.

Soon Hunter sees the Knights for the monsters they are. When his time is up, he leaves the herd to protect Glenn. But Glenn is determined not to lose the man he has come to love and respect to the Knights’ cruel campaign.

Product Link: www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3428

Reviewer: Patrick

Review: Shitfire and Holy Hell! Started out a little slow, but got faster paced and continued to build in pace, then BOOM! Left you wanting to strangle the author (but only because I now have to wait for the next book) and now I am left with one question; where is number five in the series woman?? This book was done so wonderfully well and there was a slight resemblance to the mission of the Knights in this book as follows with the Paladins from the movie “Jumper” but just slight. I personally wanted to take Glenn in my own arms and ravage the man from head to toe. Deer shifter and Knight falling in love with one another, then in a twist from most stories, it is the Knight that needs rescuing by a deer. It was beautiful and totally unexpected. I hope you are hard at work on the next one because I am ready myself to see the Knights ripped apart finally and I want to know who their foul leader is. COME ON! HURRY!

 

Feathers by Vincent Diamond

feathers_400x600130108_0729Title:  Feathers

Author:  Vincent Diamond

Genre:  Contemporary

Length:  Novella (74 Pages)

Publisher:  JMS Books LLC (January 1, 2012; first published by Lethe Press, February, 2009)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥3Hearts

Blurb:  Two years after his father’s death, Brandon is still grieving, running his father’s store, watching his sister grow more depressed. Until Ramon saunters into his life bringing sunshine, blue skies, and an injured hawk. But Ramon has issues of his own to deal with, an abusive lover who won’t take no for an answer.

If Ramon can wriggle free of the ex, can Brandon take a chance on loving again?

Product Link: http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29&products_id=670

Reviewer:  Cat

Review:  Brandon is grieving from both the loss of his father, and his lover, Paul. He goes out and has sex, but wants more; he longs for a man of his own to share his life with.

Ramon shows up one day and they find a baby hawk that has been injured. Ramon used to work for a nature reserve and takes the bird in. He keeps showing up and asking Brandon out, but then pulling back with no explanation.

The story is a very sweet romance of two men finding love, but having to deal with difficult problems of their own. The characters are well-developed, described, and interesting. The story, however, has a few flaws.

The book starts with all of Brandon’s problems, and then Raymond shows up and is immediately stricken with lust. Raymond comes on a Saturday to take him to lunch, they go for a ride, and all of a sudden they are making out on the back of a horse. Not so sure the horse would stand still for what all they are doing on her back. Then there’s Raymond secret: he has had an abusive, live-in boyfriend, though his ex, Paul, isn’t much mentioned between him and Raymond. Having said that, I did enjoy the story a lot.  I also liked the fact it wasn’t an “instant love and moving in that day” type thing. The pace and problems of the relationship are interesting.

I recommend this to anyone that likes UPS men, ranchers, horses, hot mansex, and a sweet love story.

 

Traveler’s 5: Chrysalis Cage by Becky Black

bb_chrysaliscage_coverhrTitle: Chrysalis Cage

Series: Travelers 5

Author: Becky Black

Genre: MM / Science Fiction

Length: Novel (147 pages)

Publisher: Loose Id(January 28th, 2013)

Reviewer: Thommie

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb: Jarrett Blake’s escaping from prison after months of torture and solitary confinement, but his bid for freedom ends when his stolen ship crashes into a remote moon. He wakes to find himself with two broken legs and helpless in the care of Marc Satie, a technician stationed alone at an isolated monitoring station. Marc saved Jarrett’s life, but was it an act of mercy or does he want to claim the reward on Jarrett’s head? It’s a big reward–as befits the most wanted terrorist in the galaxy.

Jarrett gradually recovers under Marc’s care and seduces him, hoping Marc will never turn his lover over to the authorities. As time passes. Jarrett begins to think of it as more than a seduction. Marc is beautiful, gentle and kind and Jarrett’s had none of those things in his life for a long time. He wants Marc at his side permanently.

But Marc has a secret and the exposure of it will show Jarrett he’s been in more danger than he ever realized. Marc is not the man Jarrett thought he was. After the truth comes out, Marc proposes a daring plan. If it succeeds they can walk away together as free men. But they have very different ideas about where they’re walking to.

Product Link: http://www.loose-id.com/travelers-5-chrysalis-cage.html

Review: This was a very good book and I liked it very much, but the entire read I kept thinking how very lonely it was. The story takes place in the moon of a gas planet. Due to a magnetic storm, the moon is abandoned and the only person still living there is a young man, Marc, who is maintaining the observation station. However the story is narrated by Jarrett’s point of view.

Jarrett Blake a rebel of Chindra’s resistance who has finally escaped his Earthen captors. However, he is being pursued and finally his stolen ship is hit. His only thoughts are “let them not take me alive”. Yes, Jarrett would rather die than go back to that black hole where he’s been for nearly two years.

When his ship crashes on a remote moon, a stranger collects him and saves him. A stranger that looks just like an angel, but who is in reality an Earthen man. Jarrett wakes up to find himself severely wounded. Both his legs are broken and he is in the complete mercy of his enemy. His enemy though appears to be quite nice and gentle, Taking care of him almost with reverence. Specters of fear often cross his eyes though and that puts Jarrett in edge. Being for years an outlaw, in the middle of the battle, having killed hundreds and having his life in constant danger makes a man cautious. Jarrett is not a fool and as much as Marc appears to be meek, he can smell the hidden plan in the young man’s head.

Using more patience than ever before Jarrett reveals the young man’s secrets, secrets that put him in immediate danger, secrets that cause even a killer like Jarrett to be afraid. Assessing his situation Jarrett concludes that the only way for a chance in survival is to seduce Mark, make him fall in love and ensure that he’ll be loyal to him.

And just like that the trap has been laid. A trap for both of them in the end as Jarrett is not immune to Marc’s charms. Four months in that little place all alone with each other, planning their way free, getting into shape and loving each other, all with tinged with a layer of desperation. They might just pull it out, or they might lose everything they both are fighting for.

A very intense story from the beginning, Chrysalis Cage kept my attention till the last page and still hasn’t let it go. As much as you get an indication of what’s going on from the early start, the plot is marvelous in that it constantly changes. Subtle changes that you do not expect, but that throw you completely of balance. Characters that surprise you and often leave you with your jaw hanging, making for a very nice read. Even the men’s more intimate relationship is beautiful to see. Witnessing a killer, a terrorist, in action, being in his head, hearing his calculations one moment and his complete abandon the next. Seeing him in constant doubt, never letting go, never trusting too much was the best treat for me.

Very well written, with just the perfect amount of angst and the perfect balance in romance. Even the end was brilliant for me. I suppose should’ve expected it, everything indicated to it, but the little details thrown there had me thinking for a moment that it might end differently.

I loved it; it was a great read and adding fuel to my new-found love for Sci-Fi. Strongly recommended.

 

After the End by Alex Kidwell

17160816Title:  After the End

Author:  Alex Kidwell

Genre:   Contemporary

Length:  Novel (198 pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (January 21st 2013)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥3½Hearts

Blurb:   After Quinn O’Malley loses his partner of ten years, Aaron, to cancer, he withdraws from everything. In a single tragic moment, he goes from an artist with a loving partner and a future to an uninspired comic book store owner who barely exists. He hides behind a shield of grief, refusing to let Aaron go. He feels guilty for even trying to imagine a life apart from what he’d had.

The charming party planner Quinn’s best friend insists he meet on a blind date isn’t someone he’s ready for. Brady Banner walks into Quinn’s small frozen world and turns everything upside down. For years, Quinn has focused on endings, but as Brady begins to thaw his existence, Quinn realizes that one moment can do more than stop a life—it can also start a new one.

Product Link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3526

Reviewer:   Any

Review:  A sweet and sensitive read.

I really loved the beginning of this book. The moment Brady walked into the bar and spoke to Quinn, I instantly liked him. Why? Because Brady has such endearing self-assurance. Straight up, he tells Quinn how things are between them. This was refreshing to read and it hooked me.

Add to that beautiful little heartbreaking memories that Quinn has about his deceased love, and it is easy to fall into this story and get carried away.

There are many nice moments in this story, and the grief aspect is nicely woven in without becoming too angsty.

However, I feel the characters Brady and Quinn needed more time to get into their relationship, to take things slowly and carefully. I was disappointed when the decision to go slow and be friends first wasn’t followed through, and sadly, I began to feel rushed through the rest of their romance to the ‘I love yous’ and HEA. And with the haste to get there, I lost some vital connection to Brady and Quinn that had so nicely developed in the first half of the story.

Way Off Plan by Alexa Land

AlexaCoverBlogTitle: Way Off Plan

Series: Firsts And Forever

Author: Alexa Land

Genre: Contemporary, Crime, Mafia

Length: Novel (346pgs Amazon count)

Publisher: Alexa Land (19th December 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½ – 4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Jamie Nolan is a young cop on his first undercover assignment, sent to investigate Dmitri Teplov, a suspected major player in the Russian mafia. Jamie knows better than to get involved with the gorgeous, charismatic nightclub owner. But right from the start, the spark of attraction between the two of them is undeniable.

Everything about Dmitri is just so unexpected. He’s sweet and kind, and has a nerdy side that Jamie finds irresistible. Can this man really be a criminal?

No matter if Dmitri is guilty or innocent, Jamie’s big Irish Catholic family of cops and his police captain are never going to accept this relationship. Dmitri’s dangerous and manipulative gangster uncle is also none too thrilled that these two are together, and wants Jamie out of the picture. On top of that, Jamie’s still reeling from a recent breakup, and Dmitri is unavailable anyway. Isn’t he?

No way should this thing between them be happening. Getting involved with Dmitri Teplov was never part of the plan. But sometimes, the best plan is the one you make up as you go along.

Purchase Link: US: http://www.amazon.com/Way-Off-Plan-ebook/dp/B00AQP65GW

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Way-Off-Plan-ebook/dp/B00AQP65GW

Review: Jamie is handed his first undercover assignment, infiltrate a nightclub and get close to the owner, Dmitri Teplov, a suspected player in the Russian Mafia. But, things don’t go quite as planned when Jamie finds himself strongly attracted to the man, and Dmitri is nothing like a hardened criminal. Dmitri does what he has to so he can protect his family, but meeting Jamie throws him in a tailspin, getting involved with a cop could be a mistake, but falling for that cop could be deadly.

Alexa Land is a new author and I have to say that for a first self-published book this is great. It isn’t a heavy dark story of mafia vs. cops, it’s a more lighthearted story that you take with a pinch of salt and a bit of a reality check. Jamie and Dmitri meet when Jamie is sent into Dmitri’s club undercover.  The attraction between them is instantaneous and it isn’t long before they are madly in love. But, nothing is ever easy and Jamie’s family are far from happy, his boss thinks he’s lost his mind and his ex thinks he’s doing it for attention. Dmitri is stuck between a rock and a hard place. He’s the name behind the Russian mafia, his uncle is forcing him to marry and his family is in danger if he doesn’t do what his uncle wants.

These characters are not what you would expect a cop and a mafia boss to be like; in fact I kept forgetting what their roles were. Dmitri is so sweet and gentle, shy and slightly submissive, he is a gem of a character, he puts his game face on when he has to, but with Jamie he is a darling. Jamie is still reeling from a break up when he meets Dmitri, but Dmitri wipes the other man from his mind.  Dmitri shows Jamie a side of himself that not many people see and Jamie will take a chance on him, willing to put aside everything else for even a few months with the delectable man.

This story is cute and sweet with a touch of action, not what you would expect from a mafia, crime story, but it’s a completely great read if you want something light and enjoyable with some hot man on man action, as well as sweet loving. I recommend this story if you want a light enjoyable read.