500 Miles by Parker Williams

17928072 Title: 500 Miles

Author: Parker Williams

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Short (37pgs)

Publisher: ManLoveRomance (7th June 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Mark loves Jase, but will that be enough to bring Jase back from the brink after a devastating tragedy?

Since he was fourteen, Mark knew he loved Jase, his brother Eric’s best friend. As Jase and Eric leave for the Army, Jase leaves Mark something to hold onto, but when the two men are shipped to Afghanistan, things change when Jase tells Mark he’MT_Mixed_Tape_1s met someone. Confused and hurt, Mark is left to wonder what happened. Eric returns, but with devastating news – and needing Mark’s help. Can Mark help the man who broke his heart? Or will he let Jase push him away – for the second time?

Purchase Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=PM_500ML

This story is also available in Mixed Tapes Volume 01http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=MT1_0000

Review: Mark has been in love with Jase since he was fourteen. When Jase and Mark’s brother Eric join the army, Mark is devastated but he lives for the tapes that Jase sends. But, Mark is devastated when Jase admits he’s fallen in love. And, although Mark tries to get on with his life, the hurt still lingers. When Eric comes home and says Jase needs Mark, the truth comes pouring out, and Mark has to see if he can get over his lingering hurt to help Jase the man he still loves.

This fabulous short story has everything you could want and leaves you feeling satisfied. The story is written over a period of years and the way it is written is very smooth, the transition of flow is flawless. We start out when Mark is fourteen and Jase seventeen. Mark’s hero worship/crush develops into love and then Jase is leaving for the army, leaving Mark a tape. Over the next little while, we see Mark receive more tapes and it just strengthens his love until the day he is told by Jase that he has found love. Mark’s devastation leaps off the page.

Although this is, only a short story it packs a punch. It has a touch of angst, forgiveness, and pure love. What I loved most about this story is that when the truth came out Mark reacted, but didn’t linger too long on it. He faced what was done and finally understood why and he didn’t throw it in Jase’s face. There is angst, but then again it’s teenage first love angst. There are no harsh recriminations and Mark is actually shown to be much older than his years with his actions. Jase does what he thinks is right and you had to admire that about him. When he comes home from the army its one blow after another and the support he finds from Mark and his family just warms your heart.

I have to recommend this to everyone, it is just the perfect short read for some happy ever after that leaves a smile on your face. 

 

 

 

Saved by Surrender by Jana Downs

ecm-jd-m-savedbysurrenderTitle: Saved By Surrender

Series: Marked 04

Author: Jana Downs

Genre: Paranormal, BDSM

Length: Novel (186pgs)

Publisher: Siren-BookStrand (8th June 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Regan Adamson has a secret. As beta for the Blackfoot pack, the only thing required of him is acting like a Dominant male. In the world of pack, switching is not an option but when he meets the omega, Titus, his resolve to ignore his need for occasional submission is put to the test.

Titus Oswin is on a mission to rescue a kidnapped group of humans. He never expected to meet his mate in the process. An admitted switch, Titus refused in the past to accept a lover who doesn’t Dominate and submit. But Regan is so deep in the submissive closet that Titus isn’t even sure the instant attraction and growing respect between them is enough for him to take a chance on their relationship.

As troubles within and without the pack arise, Regan will have to decide if being with Titus will be his ultimate downfall or if he will be saved by his surrender.

Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/saved-by-surrender

Review: This book is part of a series and is best read in order. As a beta for the pack, Regan is expected to be Dominant wolf and Regan wants that. His wolf, on the other hand, wants to submit, which is strictly forbidden. In addition, even though Regan does love the kiss of a whip, it is a side of himself he has to deny. A wolf can be Dominant or submissive, but never both. Titus is an Omega and an admitted switch. He is on Blackfoot pack lands to investigate a neighboring pack so meeting his mate is a surprise. However, the bigger surprise is how his mate reacts. Titus has to decide if he can deal with the unsureness of his mate. Regan has to make hard choices because his wolf is rebelling. Being at odds with his wolf is hard, but losing his place in the pack could be harder. Regan and Titus have to work out their relationship and quick, because Regan could lose more than just his mate.

This is a great story showing the angst and turmoil of a wolf pulled between his nature and pack rules. Regan is being pulled apart by denying part of his wolf nature, but what his wolf wants is forbidden. The rules are simple, a beta is a Dominant wolf and a wolf cannot be Dominant and submissive. Nevertheless, Regan is all those things. When Regan meets his mate, Titus, he is tested beyond his control. Titus is an Omega so him being both Dominant and submissive isn’t unknown, but it is kept secret by the Circle. When he meets Regan, he tries to explain to him that they can work everything out. But, it takes a near call for Regan to come around.

Both the main characters, Titus and Regan, are excellent in this story. they are doing something that is different in the shifter world. If you have read the previous books then you know it is a very rigid world. There are rules for nearly everything and the shifters have a very fixed mind as to what wolves go where in the pack and this is where Regan and Titus blur the lines. They make an explosive couple and Titus is a huge support as Regan struggles with what to do and Regan really does struggle. You get the full impact of his internal struggle and his pure relief when he finally accepts himself for a switch. The sex and BDSM between them is beautifully done and both characters make incredible Dominates and submissives.

I recommend this to those who love BDSM, hot sex, even hotter characters, a great story line of an internally conflicted shifter and a very hot, sexy ending.

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The Locker Room by Amy Lane

10821000Title: The Locker Room

Series:  None

Author:  Amy Lane

Genre:   Young Adult

Length:  Novel (244 Pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (April 22nd, 2011)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:   Xander Karcek has only wanted two things in his life: Christian Edwards and basketball—the man he loves and the game that let him escape a childhood he’d rather forget. His two obsessions have served him well. He and Chris beat the odds and stayed together through high school, college, and right on to the NBA.

But life under fame’s microscope isn’t easy, especially when two men are pretending to be frat-buddies so the world doesn’t know they’re the next best thing to married. Their relationship survives the sacrifices they make and the lies they tell to stay together, but when their secret is exposed, the fallout might destroy them when nothing else could.

Chris and basketball are the two things holding Xander together. Now the world is asking Xander to make a choice. Is there an option that includes a future with the man he loves?

Product Link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2266

Reviewer:   John

Review:  The Locker Room is a very touching story by Amy Lane. This novel stars Xander Karcek and Christian Edwards who meet one day doing the one thing that they loved the most, basketball.

I loved Xander. He probably had one of the roughest childhoods I ever read. His mom was a drug addict and she would constantly let her boyfriends abuse him. After meeting Chris and his family, he falls in love with him and decides to move out from his mom’s house or reach. Xander had it tough, but with Chris and basketball on his side, he knew he would conquer the world.

I really liked this novel. But, it was too long for my taste since it covered over fifteen years of their lives and everything revolved around basketball. Everything. Maybe, that was the thing that turned me off completely. I’m not a sports fan and therefore, I found myself dragging myself to finish the novel.

All in all, this story was well written and thought out. If you are a sports fanatic, this novel maybe the perfect one for you to read.

An Intrepid Trip to Love by Charlie Cochet

17874499Title:  An Intrepid Trip to Love

Series:  A Little Bite of Love #1

Author:  Charlie Cochet

Genre:   Paranormal/Shifters

Length:  Novella (84 Pages)

Publisher:  M/M Romance Group @ Goodreads (May 26th, 2013)

Heat Level:  Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts

Blurb:  Tristan ‘Trip’ Hagan is a Husky shifter who was born to be the Hagan Clan’s next Alpha, a position of honor and nobility, a position he never wanted and was all too happy to pass onto his younger brother. But when they discovered his brother couldn’t have pups, the responsibility of continuing the Hagan Alpha line fell back to Trip. At the tender age of eighteen, Trip gave in under the weight of the Hagan Council’s demand for him to fulfill his duty, but after years of struggling to uphold his family’s traditions, Trip found the courage to do what no other Hagan Alpha had done in the history of the clan: he came out.

With his Enforcers—the Devil Dogs, at his side, Trip won the battle against the Council, who attempted to banish him and take his young son away. His victory allowed him to remain within the clan and raise Robbie. Now five years later, the dust has settled, and Trip is living a happy life with his cheeky pup and their own little makeshift family. Brook—Robbie’s mother, her true mate Deacon, and the Devil Dogs are the only ones who support Trip and know of his heartache.

True mates within canine shifter clans are very rare, but Trip has had one since he can remember. Despite losing his heart to Boone twenty years ago, Trip holds little hope of ever getting to bond with the sexy Enforcer, as it’s against clan laws for pure-bloods to bond with half-breeds. How much longer can Trip and Boone resist the longing in their hearts? With the call from their feral halves to seal the bond growing stronger by the day, can Trip and Boone find a way to be together without losing everything?

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love Has No Boundaries” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

Product Link:  http://www.mmromancegroup.com/?p=2588

Reviewer:  John

Review:  An Intrepid Trip to Love is the story of Trip and Booze. Now these two are very special because they belong to the Hagan Clan of Husky shifters. Trip is actually the next Alpha and ruler of the clan while Booze is simply his half-breed protector. Now, a relationship between them is forbidden because half-breeds and pure bloods should never mix. For twenty years they had to hide their love until one night when Trip accidentally bonds with Booze and they become one.

I liked this story. I really did. The plot was solid, well thought out and put together nicely. There were no loose ends or gaps in the story. I loved Trip and Booze. They were the perfect couple and had to hide their love from everyone who found it repulsive and forbidden. I absolutely loved Robbie, Trip’s son. He was very young, but very mature for his age. So what went wrong for me? I found the story to be a little boring. There was so much of explanation of how they got there and no action. Novels like these should be action packed or that’s what I think.

All in all, it was very good thought out novel and well written. I just found it a little lacking of action sometimes and hard to keep up with the clan and who they were. I recommend this novel to anyone who wants to read about a father who is willing to defy old traditions in order to be happy with his son and lover.

 

Inside Out by Evan Francisco

16160705Title:  Inside Out

Series: Inside Out #1

Author:  Evan Francisco

Genre:   Young Adult

Length:  Novel (200 Pages)

Publisher:  Goodreads Edition (February 19, 2012)

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:  He thought he would hate him forever—but only it turned out that he’s the one who bears the other half of his soul…

Fifteen-year old werewolf Jordan Patterson has always adored the love tales of shape-shifters’ mates. Different from the other seven of the group, Jordan keeps his mouth shut and does what he wants to do. Until one day, Jace Andrews crossed the line…

Jace Andrews, in the other hand, is the strongest teen wolf in the pack. Not only the most popular teen wolf among young immortals, he’s also considered as the hottest guy alive among the humans. Unfortunately, no one knows that Jordan grows up with Jace as his main bully. When Jace has done an unforgivable thing to Jordan, the little guy knows he needs to stand up for himself. That’s when Jordan finds out that Jace Andrews, the guy he grows up hating, is his mate—his eternal lover, the destined wolf who bears the other half of his soul.

No matter how bad this is for little Jordan, he is not ready.

Jordan has never known that a mate bond can drive a wolf crazy. When Jace senses the uncertain presence of the mate, he’s tortured inside by the bond between him and the hiding mate until it is deadly and unbearable. He then seeks help from the Alpha, who ends up gathering the whole gigantic pack, just to track one hiding mate.

In some wolf packs, hiding away from mates is an unwanted crime. Jordan wants to run, but it is too late. When Jace finally found the hiding mate, he wants to both kill and love the little guy.

And that’s how their love story starts.

Product Link:  http://www.fictionpress.com/s/3122693/1/Inside-Out

Reviewer: John

Review:  I loved Inside Out. There was something in this little novel that instantly pulled me in. Maybe it was the mystery or the romance, but this novel had it all.

Inside Out stars Jordan. Now Jordan is a very special kid because he belongs to a pack of werewolves that only shift during a full moon. Yes, this story sticks to the original unlike other novels I have read. I loved Jordan. He was very funny, shy, intelligent, and loved reading. In his little world, a werewolf is born with a mate or with half of someone’s soul inside of them. Now, the only way you can find your mate is by the bond. The bond can come at anytime and with anyone. With that said, Jordan’s mate turns out to be the next Alpha in his group, Jace.

I loved Jace. He was cocky, confident, strong, manly, handsome, a ladies’ man and the most popular guy in school. He was simply perfect. He and Jordan were simply friends. He actually made fun of Jordan most of the time. Moreover, Jordan disliked him so much. However, after their souls bonded, they begin to see each other under a new light and that is where the story takes off.

I don’t want to give the story away, but overall, the novel was pretty awesome. If you are into shape-shifters, young romance, un-forbidden love, mystery or simple a kick ass young adult novel, this one maybe the one for you. And oh yes, there are vampires in this one too. However, I must warn you, there are so many grammatical errors and spelling errors in this novel that left me wondering if it was ever edited. But, after finding out that this was the author’s first novel, I understood why. Your first novel is never perfect since you are just beginning a long journey to become better writer. If you are able to see beyond the author’s mistakes, you will definitely fall for this story like I did.

 

Something Like Autumn by Jay Bell

17975600Title:  Something Like Autumn

Series:  Season Series # 3

Author:  Jay Bell

Genre:   Young Adult

Length:  Novel (404 Pages)

Publisher:  Jay Bell Books (May 31st. 2013)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb:   Love can appear unexpectedly: a chance meeting at a friend’s wedding, the arrival of a handsome new co-worker… or while being robbed at a convenience store.

For some, love seems an impossible dream. Growing up gay in small-town Missouri, Jace Holden thought his chance would never come. When he meets Victor—a wild soul and fellow outsider—his chances of finding love go from bleak to a very uncertain maybe. Bracing his heart, Jace chases after his desire, hoping for a warm hand to hold his tight.

Something Like Autumn tells the story of Jace’s life before the events of Something Like Summer, while also revisiting his time with Benjamin Bentley.

Product Link:  http://www.jaybellbooks.com/books-by-jay-bell/something-like-autumn/

Reviewer:   John

Review:  If you ever have to read a novel before you die, it will be this precious little gem here. Something Like Autumn is the story of Jace Holden before the events of Something Like Summer. And let me tell you that I fell in love with him in that novel, but now, I’m completely and madly in love with him with this one.

Jace Holden had it all. He was good-looking, had loving parents, the perfect sister and a cool down-to-earth best friend. What was missing from his life? Somebody to love. There was a part of him that believe that he would never find the love of his life since gay people were not allowed to live happily ever after. Little did he know.

After a failed suicide attempt, he meets Victor, the first love of his live. Now, I didn’t like Victor at first. He seemed so care free and didn’t have his head glued on properly to his shoulders, but I completely saw why he was so important in Jace’s life. He taught Jace several valuable lessons that turned him into the man we see in Something Like Summer. His role was very significant and I fell for him towards the end, but I also knew, he had to go.

I don’t want to give the plot away, but I must tell you that there were several teary moments in this book. And at the end, I stopped myself and cried. This is one of the only three novels that have ever made me cry. This novel is just so sad, yet I couldn’t stop myself from reading. Each page is page jerker that leaves you wanting more. By the end of this novel, this novel had become one of my favorite novels of all time. Jace Holden was a remarkable man and as Allison said…a saint.

I cannot recommend this novel enough. Yes, it is very sad and lengthy, but trust me, it’s worth the read. Getting to know Jace and who he was before the events of Something Like Summer was a remarkable experience. A job well-done Mr. Jay Bell! You are truly one of the best story tellers of all times. I beg you; please bring Jace back in Something Like Spring. I know you can’t, but I had to try. Team Jace Forever and Always!

Matching Vectors by Lee Comyn

MatchingVectorsLGTitle: Matching Vectors

Series: 2013 Daily Dose: Make a Play

Author: Lee Comyn

Genre: MM Science Fiction

Length: Novelette

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1st, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: Fin and his racing team came to the asteroid belt to maintain their reputation as the best of the best. Fin’s race starts out easy: his biggest rival is flying like an idiot, and Fin is confidently moving toward the win. The only interesting bit is a newbie named Sean who plays with his life by cutting too close to every asteroid—and against all logic, he’s pulling it off. Then Fin takes a chance, making a decision that will change his racing and flirting forever. Can Fin come to terms with his choice and match his vector to Sean’s, or will pride rule out racing toward a future together?

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3935

Review: Ah. now this story was fun. Spaceship racing along the Milky Way? Hell yeah, sign me up for that. But, when you put in there a sexy and cocky devil named Fin, a whole team with witty characters backing him up and a drop-dead gorgeous Sean driving Fin crazy and yeah, you have a very nice short story to indulge for your evening.

Fin has been for years the top racer. The first, never to lose a game, unless someone actually sabotages his ship. His racing team is his family and the week starts beautifully with his baby sister breaking records, only to be bested by a new guy in town who is absolutely stunning and claims his attention for the night.

A lovely hook up indeed and in this world I was glad to see there was no mention of difficulty for same-sex pairings. It appeared to be as natural for people as hetero pairs are and it was invigorating, escapism at its best.

After a great night with his stranger stud and a promise for more, Fin is ready to win his race. But, things just start not looking good when a new guy shows up and cuts the asteroids and debris around them as if he had no care in the world. Lucky overconfident newbie or cheating? Because there is no way in hell Fin is admitting defeat.

Yeah it was a fun, fun read. All the descriptions of the race, all the descriptions of the spaceship and surrounding environment, plus the lovely story and very acceptable ending, it was a most enjoyable story for me. If only it went on. *sigh*

So if you love science fiction books grab this, totally recommended.

Club Arrest by D.J. Manly

17935014Title: Club Arrest

Author: D.J. Manly

Genre: Paranormal, BDSM, Ménage

Length: Novella (86pgs)

Publisher: Amber Allure (19th May 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Vampire Richard’s membership in the Immortal Police Squad (IPS), along with managing his dance bar called Club Arrest, is his motivation to keep on living. It also doesn’t hurt that his partner, Caleb, is a hunky stripper who just happens to be a werewolf.

But when their beloved handler on the Vegas PD is killed, Richard suspects foul play. And in the sin-drenched city, foul play is everywhere just waiting to ambush them.

Caleb tells Richard not to stress when they are told they have a new handler named Christopher Light, but Richard hasn’t had a lot of luck in the past with handlers. 

When Christopher turns out not to be a stranger after all, but someone with whom Richard once had a hot night of sex, Richard suspects he and Caleb are being set up.

For these immortals, mobsters and vampires make life complicated in the city of Vegas, not to mention playing fun sex games and maybe even falling in love…

Purchase Link: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/ClubArrest.html               

Review: Richard is a vampire who works for the Immortal Police Squad (IPS). He also has his own club, Club Arrest. his partner in both ventures and casual lover is Caleb, a werewolf. When their handler dies, Richard suspects’ foul play, but no one will listen. When they are given a new handler, Christopher, Caleb and Richard are led into a trap. Someone inside the police force wants to get rid of them. Now, Caleb and Richard have to clear their names and capture the culprits and they have to rely on Christopher for support. But, Caleb becomes jealous and Richard has to examine his feelings before it’s too late.

This is a great paranormal story that combines the paranormal with police, and has cover-ups and police corruption. Richard is a pretty oblivious vampire. He has a casual lover in Caleb and he has sex with whoever he wishes and he never sees what it does to Caleb. Caleb does keep quiet about how he feels, but when Christopher comes into their lives he becomes jealous. But, they both have more important things to worry about when they are set up and Christopher is their only contact.

I did enjoy this story and how it was written. It’s a great storyline that involves sexy vampires, hunky werewolves and a sexy police lieutenant overcoming corrupt police and mobsters. There is plenty of hot sex both m/m and m/m/m and there is danger. But, there is also the realization of love. I must admit to wanting to learn more about the IPS and how it works, because the police work hand in hand with the IPS and know about the paranormals. There wasn’t any background on the IPS and very little on Caleb, other than what we learned from Richard. But, it is still an interesting book. While Richard’s and Caleb’s relationship is coming to fruition, the main storyline is focused on who killed their old handler and why, the set-up and finding the culprits.    

I recommend this to those that love paranormal, danger, hot man on man loving, light BDSM, m/m/m hot sex, a good storyline, and a very hot ending.

 

 

Canine, Crosshairs and Corpses by Angel Martinez

17909338Title: Canines, Crosshairs and Corpses

Author: Angel Martinez

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Mystery

Length: Novel (183pgs)

Publisher: Amber Allure (19th May 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: What’s a Lord of the Dead to do? Hades’ bride of several thousand years has served him with divorce papers and she doesn’t just want him out of her life, she wants the palace and the dog, too. Hades’ nephews and his faithful ferryman, Charon, are determined to find their uncle something to distract him before he expires of brooding misery.

Tiberius Snyder had a good future, until his mother dies and his employer shuts down. When he finds himself alone with nowhere to live, he turns to panhandling and to drink, depression slowly killing him.

He just wants a place to sleep out of the cold wind, but Death finds him in a dirty alley. Odd. Ti never thought Death would be so hot… 

Purchase Link: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/CaninesCrosshairs.html

Review: Hades (Aiden) doesn’t know what to do, his wife has just served him with divorce papers and kicked him out of the palace. His nephews and his friend, Charon (Karl), rally round to help pull him out of his misery. Tiberius (Ti) has fallen on hard times and lives on the streets, drink and depression plaguing him. Ti just wants a place to sleep undisturbed when a shambling figure disturbs him and Death finds him. Who would have thought that the God of the Dead would save a life?

This is a great story of new beginnings and discovering love, mystery and a new twist with the Greek Gods. Hades has to begin a new life in the human realm when his wife wants a divorce. With the help of his ever faithful ferryman, Charon, he is encouraged to take up a new profession as a Private Investigator. His first case catches his eye when he realizes that a string of murders must be connected and he begins to investigate. Coming across a young homeless man who witnesses the murder of another homeless man. Ti is just trying to keep out of the cold, he doesn’t know for sure what he saw, but he wakes up in a warm room with a man who says he wants to help him. Ti doesn’t know what to make of the gorgeous strange man and his scary looking friend, but he finally decides to stick around to help discover who is murdering homeless men and why.

I really loved this book with Hades as a wonderful character with a great love of dogs, Charon as a great friend and with Ti as the victim of circumstance who catches the eye of a lonely God. Hades and Ti’s relationship is a slowly progressing one. They offer each other comfort and friendship and then they take it to the next level with Hades willing to give it all up just to have Ti back. The mystery is interesting and leads to danger for Ti and has Hades calling his family for help.

It was really interesting to see how this story was woven, with Hades having to look back on his relationship with Persephone and seeing the truth of their relationship. It was really telling how Hades was more affected by the loss of Cerberus. How Hades has an instant protective instinct over the waif he finds in an alley and how he begins to open up towards the young man. Ti inadvertently seeing something he shouldn’t and now in grave danger and not even knowing it. The developing love between the two and the risks that are taken were excellent. All the characters are brilliantly written and wonderfully described. This is a great story for an afternoon of relaxation and enjoyment.

I have to recommend this to those who love updated Greek Gods, paranormal, mystery, finding love unexpectedly, new beginnings and a great ending. 

 

 

Infected: Undertow by Andrea Speed

Infected-UndertowLGTitle: Undertow

Series: Infected 07

Author: Andrea Speed

Genre: Werecat, Suspense

Length: Super Novel (344pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (14th June 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

Now Roan is locked in a coma as the struggle between his human and werecat sides reaches a new extreme. All Dylan can do is sit, wait, and think.

Meanwhile, Roan’s assistant, Holden, wants to shed his old street life and his relationship with Scott, but he can’t seem to do either. Holden doesn’t want a relationship with Scott but finds himself drawn to him all the same, even if he can never fully reveal his past.

With Roan out of commission, Holden looks into the murder of an old friend. At the same time, Fiona takes on a case about underground death matches between infecteds —one with connections to the Church of the Divine Transformation.

Finally Roan wakes only to discover that his shifts have new consequences. His lion’s strength is growing, and he can’t hide from it any longer….

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3913

Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order. While Roan is still locked in a coma with Dylan worrying beside his bedside, Holden tries to make sense of his relationship with Scott and fails miserably. Holden takes a case involving the murder of an old friend and Fiona digs into some unsavory happenings at the Church of the Divine Transformation. When Roan wakes he realizes he and his lion are more closely entwined than he realized. Trying to get back into the swing of things, Roan helps Holden with his investigation and takes over from Fiona with Holden’s help. But, it just leads Roan to wonder just how much of a danger he really could be.

This story continues from where Lesser Evils ended, with Roan in a coma that no one knows if he will recover from. Holden is confused by his non-relationship with Scott. He doesn’t know what the two of them have together and he doesn’t know if he likes it either. On another note, Holden dives into investigating an old friend’s murder and is quite happy with his escort business. Dylan is left adrift with everything that emerges about Roan, but knows he has to stick by the man he loves. Even when said man drives him insane. Roan and his lion become better acquainted as his Infected status develops further.

Damn. How the hell does Roan even get out of bed in the morning with all the crap that comes his way? Roan has his hands full with his investigations and keeping a tight rein on his lion. Dylan has his hands full dealing with Roan and Holden is much more involved with the investigations. Holden has more of a starring role in this story and the assistant investigator/escort gets a headache trying to figure out what he is doing with Scott. Dylan is still on the fringes when it comes to what is happening between Roan and his lion, but Roan opens up more to him. And Roan is beginning to worry about his control of the lion, which sends him into a tailspin.

This story is as harsh and brutal as the ones before it. Roan’s lion is beginning to get a foothold and it shows. The investigations are as interesting as always, especially when it comes to the church. Roan’s development is scary, startling and worrying, but you can’t help love the man for his take no prisoners’ attitude. There’s a wealth of emotions running through this book from anger and frustration to senseless loss and helplessness, and you know that there is nothing anyone can do about it. I have absolutely loved this series from the very beginning. It’s a brutal shifter story that doesn’t pull its punches. It is laid out in all its glory; from horrific shifts to the bigotry and hatred from others and it never apologizes for the bloodshed.

I have to recommend this if you love brutal shifters, unapologetic actions, great investigations that could turn bloody at any moment, fantastic characters, deep love, confused relationships and an ending that leaves you wondering where it’s going next.