Triane’s Son Fighting by Amy Lane, 2nd edition

TrianesSonFightingLGTitle: Triane’s Son Fighting, 2nd edition

Series: Bitter Moon Saga: Book Three

Author: Amy Lane

Genre: Young Adult / Adventure / Fantasy

Length: Extended Novel (350 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-62798-341-9

Publisher: Harmony Ink, Dreamspinner Press, (January 29th, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb:Outraged by the destruction of innocent lives and the threat to his family’s safety, Torrant Shadow and Aylan Stealth-Moon ride to Dueance, the capital of Clough, with a desperate plan: Torrant will impersonate Yarri’s dead brother, Ellyot Moon, and infiltrate the Regent’s council to help change to the government’s policy toward the Goddess’s chosen from the inside.

But from the very first night, Torrant and Aylan are pressed into service in the shadows of the ghettoes, fighting for the lives of the brutalized people within. It’s a bitter job, made more so by close scrutiny and mockery from Consort Rath, the ruler whose policies have created the discrimination and cruelty wreaking havoc in their country.

Torrant’s only bright moments come from Aylan, whose love and loyalty never falter, and the hungry, compassionate minds of the younger regents. Believing that all they need is a worthy song to follow, Torrant sets about leading them to accomplish the salvation of their country. But not even Torrant can be everywhere at once. When faced with one disaster too many, he realizes one man alone cannot right the wrongs of an entire government—not even Triane’s Son.

1st Edition published as Bitter Moon II: Triane’s Son Reigning by iUniverse, 2009

Purchase Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4606

Review: Book three in the Bitter Moon Saga comes to rip our hearts apart with its brilliance and wonderful poetic language. The story is yet again captivating, making you forget reality for a short while and take a journey in this fantastic, albeit dark and painful world.

Time has come for Triane’s Son to fight the evil that has defined his entire life. All he wanted was to handfast his beloved and live a peaceful life, but the poisonous hatred of everything joyful that comes from Clough and the Consort Himself make that dream impossible. Just as he’s always known, it is he and he alone that must go back, where the nightmare first started, and make a change.

But Torrant is not alone in this. His brother of the heart, Aylan, will not let him go and sacrifice himself like a lamb. Faithfully he follows him into the heart of horror and pain to help him save his people. Tearing his soul in many parts, a regent during the day and a vengeful protector during night, Torrant nearly loses his heart, and if it wasn’t for Aylan’s solid love and his new brothers, the regents that follow him with admiration and worship in their eyes, everything might have been lost.

The tale is amazing. The pace has picked up (not that it was ever slow) and the action really started. It’s a battle, its war on all fronts. We get to see the many layers of Torrant and we get to have our heart ripped to pieces as he gives more and more of himself in each and every line. This character has always been incredible, but in this book, he truly shines in a sad kind of way. Not even when he nearly died through Hammer Pass in book one did I feel so torn about Torrant. The emotions that blow him to the four winds are so strong, you can’t simply read this book without feeling them all deep in your bones.

But as much as there is pain and sorrow, there is also the incredibly awesome action that Triane’s Son brings with him. His shape shifting into the snow cat is marvellous and the non-apologetic violence the cat carries with it is plain gorgeous. I would have loved it anyway it came, it’s impossible not to, but Amy Lane balances that violence with emotions and turns it into one incredible work of art. You don’t know if you want to worship this character or cry for him when he can’t. At times, I think a fiction character has been made so real it easily makes you forget that it doesn’t exist.

This book though is not only pain and sorrow and death and destruction. No, it has love as well and it comes in many forms. A specialty I think of this author; when she writes love there are no boundaries in the form that love takes. And it makes your heart soar with beauty, sweetness and joy. In addition, there is underlying humor that just makes my head spin. I love, love, LOVE the creativity when it come to the cussing choice of words. It’s mind-boggling really, how on earth could this author think of such colorful words. It made me laugh when laughing seemed impossible, giving lightness in the midst of a heavy, bloody scene.

So with this book things come together finally and all those flash-forward into the future/present from the prequels start making sense. The story this time is told under the covering of a song sung by Torrant in his old age. The losses of loved ones come slowly in the story and when it ends, it is not pretty as it leaves us with the ominous promise of worse things to come. Frankly, I can’t wait for the final part of the saga. This book left me too raw and the anticipation it generated nearly unbearable, but one thing is for sure; I absolutely loved it and it felt like yet another brick was put into that wall of worship I have for this author. Her brilliant writing always makes my day.

Rebel Yells by Rain Carrington

20705703Title:Rebel Yells

Series: Apishipa Creek Chronicles, #1

Author: Rain Carrington

Genre: Contemporary/BDSM

Length: Novel (335 pages)

Publisher: AAS Publishing (February 9th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: Jack Colton dedicated his life to two things, the law and the love of a good man named Martin. When Martin dies, Jack goes into mourning so deeply that he starts to see his late husband everywhere. Martin tells Jack that he needs to move on and find another love but Jack is holding on too hard to his love and his job to see love when it speeds through the small sleepy town he watches over.

Rebel Marino lives up to his name. He fights hard not only with his fists but also to keep from letting anyone get close. Rebel inherits a home and business from his favorite aunt, whom he sees even though she recently passed away. She tries to convince him that the tall handsome sheriff is worth a leap of faith.

Together they start to discover what it means to move on, to trust, and push the boundaries of not only their interest in BDSM but of love itself but will a third man who is secretly in love with Jack come between them and rip them apart before their love can fully bloom?

 

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Rebel-Yells-Apishipa-Creek-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00IBL4V9G

Review: I found this one hard to review. I kept bouncing between a four, to a three, to a four, so I finally decided that since it kept me on my toes it deserved the four.  None of this had to do with the story, it was all me.  The story is good. Very good. And I can’t wait for the next one.  So why all the indecision?  There was a lot I liked, and a couple of things I didn’t.

First of all, it started out with a bang.  Jack and the apparition of his lover intrigued me. I kept wondering if the story had some paranormal elements. I will say I would not consider it a paranormal. I loved that though Martin is long dead we still actually get to meet him and he is in the story a lot. I thought this was an ingenious way to describe a character from the past, drop backstory, and let us know our lead more.

Jack I liked, but I love a good broken man and Jack was that.  He is well liked and well-respected. Rebel I loved. But then again who doesn’t like the wild biker boy with sly charm. I did expect a bit more rebellion from Rebel but I loved him.

The story was good, with a bit of mystery. Though that was solved pretty quickly, I did sense a bit more intrigue coming from the new sheriff.  The story is basically a BDSM story and not a mild one. There is a lot of kink and fetish, so if that isn’t your thing, this may not be for you.   Now here is the little thing I didn’t like. At first, I think things moved too fast with Jack and Rebel. We went from Jack mourning his lover and being in a 3-year funk, to Rebel swooping in and then Rebel submitting in zero to sixty. BAM. But then it was very hot and sexy.  Closer to the end though the author acknowledged this fastness and explained it.  Then there was a little hint when we found the culprit of the crimes of something else I did not want to see.  It kept creeping in as a tease then swooping away.  I won’t say what but I will say it did not happen at least not yet and the tease is still there to taunt us into reading the next book. Which I will.

So, all in all this is a very good book. It will keep you on your toes and biting your nails for sure. It is very, very explicit and has some descriptive BDSM scenes. I will say, I usually am turned off by so much sex, but this was extremely hot and juicy and it kept me wanting more. Jack and Rebel are amazing together and they even made things such as using the bathroom hot… Yes, you must read this if you like fetishes and 24 -7 D/s lifestyles.

If you like BDSM, D/s lifestyle, fetishes, broken men healing, an all-over good story with a bit of intrigue and some very hot mansex this is for you

Chasing Seth by J.R. Loveless ~ Audiobook

ChasingSethAUDlgTitle:  Chasing Seth

Series:  *this is the first book in a series that has not been titled yet. Book 2, Forgiving Thayne, is set for an early 2014 release*

Author:  J.R.Loveless

Narrator:  Jeff Gelder

Genre:   Paranormal Romance

Length:  7 hours and 10 minutes

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (September 30th 2011)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:   Veterinarian Seth Davies comes to Senaka, Wyoming, looking for peace and anonymity, trying to escape his past. He’s always been a target for trouble and pain, and Seth has had more than his share of both. Kasey Whitedove takes one look at Seth and assumes the worst. No white man could love animals the way the mostly Cheyenne population expects, and Kasey makes Seth’s first days in Senaka more than unpleasant.

Then an accident puts Kasey in the uncomfortable position of eating crow—and helplessly desiring Seth—despite the danger of Kasey’s life as a werewolf and Seth’s stressful secrets. Chasing Seth down and keeping him safe from his past has just become Kasey’s most important job.

Product Link Dreamspinner: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3022

Product Link Audible: http://www.audible.com/search?advsearchKeywords=Chasing+Seth

Reviewer:   Tams

Review:  Seth Davies has been trying to escape his past for years. A born wolf, his parents raised him to think they were the last of their kind. A created wolf found him after his parents death and convinced Seth that they were mates, and then abused him for months before his best friend Nick rescued him. He spent years moving from town to town until he settled in the small town of Senaka, Wyoming as the new vet. Seth hopes to find a fresh start in Senaka, to leave behind the shadows of his past. Did I mention he is a magnet for trouble?

Kasey Whitedove is the sheriff in Senaka. He is a born wolf as well, the son of the alpha that has been bred to be the future alpha. The Cheyenne wolves believe they are the only true wolves, that any other wolves are created. Created wolves are volatile and dangerous. When Kasey’s horse has trouble in her labor, he is less than pleased to learn the new vet is a white man. Even after Seth saves both momma and baby, Kasey is still down right hateful to him. But Seth has gotten under his skin and soon Kasey is forced to redefine his beliefs.

An accident reveals that these two unlikely wolves are, in fact, mates. Both fight it at the start and in a lovely little twist, its Seth that fights against the bond the hardest. Seth doesn’t trust anyone but Nick, especially not another wolf after what the last one did to him. I also liked the fact that even after Kasey claimed Seth and the bond was in place, Seth still fought it. Kasey is one hundred percent dominate alpha male, and Seth is submissive by nature, but they both want an equal partner. The beauty of this book was watching them find that balance. Learning to trust one another and embrace the bond.

I was completely engrossed in this story line from the start. It was a little bit cheesy and slightly predictable, but there was something about the ornery sheriff that always had to be in control and the fragile Vet that just wanted to be loved, but was too standoffish to let anyone get that close. It was a dichotomy of give and take for them to make it work. Once they find that balance so they can be together they still have to deal with Kasey’s pack. Thinking they are the only pack of born wolves, they assume Seth is a created, not good. All the while there is a shadow looming in the background as Seth’s past comes back to haunt him.

Narration is key with audio books and that is why I marked this one down a notch. If I had read this one, it might have gotten 5 stars, but Jeff Gelder’s mediocre vocals were a little off-putting. His changes in nuance and inflection from one character to the next are barely distinguishable, bordering on monotone. The actual story kept me intrigued though which should be a testament to Loveless’s prowess.

This is a must read for fans of a strong, dominant alpha male romance. There is an added element of surprise, and enough sexy to keep your blood pumping. I’m happy to learn that this is the first book in a series. The title for the sequel tells us that it will center around Nick and Thayne. Nick is Seth’s best friend and possibly the future alpha of his pack, and Thayne is Kasey’s younger brother. It promises to be a very juicy sequel!

Wayne County Holidays by Stephani Hecht

19093156Title: Wayne County Holidays

Series: Wayne County Wolves, #9

Author: Stephani Hecht

Length: Novella (42 Pages)

Publisher: Extasy Books (December 1st, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: The tree is trimmed, the stockings are hung, the lights are strung with care, but none of that matters, because somebody is watching, and he doesn’t give a damn.

Its holiday time at the Wayne County Shifter dwelling, and everybody is in good spirits. Not only have they not heard from their enemies in a long time, but also the pack is thriving and growing. So they are all looking forward to a happy time and a good celebration.

But if there is one thing, everybody knows about the shifter world, one can never get too comfortable when things are going well. Just when they think, all is well, trouble strikes in the worst way possible. It couldn’t happen at a worst time, either. For not only is there the celebration to think about, but the babies are coming.

Product Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/wayne-county-holidays/

Review: Once again, Stephanie has made my week. She has an amazing gift to tell stories. She has the ability to bring you such wonderful characters and an intriguing world to just lose yourself in. When times get really hard, I find a story that catches my attention and just read the day away. This story was one of those stories. To get a true feel of every character you really need to start with book one in this series. It was told in such a humorous way that I just about died laughing. There is a bit of seriousness to it though.

 

Hale, a really cute beagle shifter was mated to a big, bad leopard assassin. Toby loved his little mate with everything in him. It doesn’t hurt that the sex is tender and hot. Now it was Christmas time and they were getting everything ready. Hale had gotten nominated by the alpha mate of their family to decorate for the holidays. Hale, however, wasn’t too sure he could do it. He was a bit intimidated by all the fierce hunters around him, but when he said he would do something, he would do it. He is not only cute, but extremely smart, caring and very loving. His mate is all alpha type, tough and can be mean when needed, but he lacked the self-confidence to be true to himself. He loved his mate though and was determined to help him with every bit of decoration there was. When Rand group of shifters attacked, things go up in smoke. This book has the perfect amount of excitement mixed with danger. Hale just needed to be reminded what the holiday’s are all about.

 

It is a great story, one that I have read more than once. I cannot wait to read the next book in this wonderful series.

Wild and Wicked by Rayven Renshaw

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Series:  Wild Book, #2

Author: Rayven Renshaw

Length: Novella (20 Pages)

Publisher: Razor’s Edge Press (November 8th, 2013)

Heat Level: Hot

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Frank is about to discover going wild can be wicked.

When an experiment goes wrong separating two scientists sending them into a parallel dimension, Frank appears in a desert city where he meets a man with scales and a forked tongue. Once he survives the initial shock, he may just discover it’s more fun to go wild and wicked than to try to go home.

Don’t miss Jack’s story in Wild and Wonderful!

Product Link:http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Wicked-Razors-Rayven-Renshaw-ebook/dp/B00HHHF9MS

Review: This was a very strange short story. It did intrigue me though, with its little twist and turns.

 

Frank is a scientist and found himself in a different parallel dimension when an experiment goes wrong. He finds himself in a world where instead of human. He comes across men with scales and forked tongues. Cobra see’s someone he wants for a mate and seduces him. There are similar and not so similar between them but it doesn’t stop them from wanting each other. The sex is hot and very passionate.

 

It is a cute little story but leaves me wanting more. I am not really sure about it though, it was different. It did however catch my attention and kept it till the end. I just wished there was more to it.

By a Thread by L.A. Witt

16070273Title: By A Thread

 

Author: L.A. Witt

 

Genre: Fantasy, Magic, Slight D/s

 

Length: Novella (85 pages)

 

Publisher: Amber Allure (21st October 2012)

 

Heat Level: Explicit

 

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥2 ½Hearts

 

Reviewer: Pixie

 

Blurb: Leon’s never felt as strongly about any man as he does Andrew, but when Andrew asks to meet him for dinner, Leon’s sure things are over before they’ve even started. Except Andrew isn’t coming to dinner to call things off. He’s coming to drop an entirely different bomb.

 

Andrew’s a sorcerer. He can manipulate fire, he can manipulate lightning, but like most of his kind, what he can’t do is maintain absolute control of his power when he’s sexually aroused, which is dangerous to non-magics like Leon. No matter how much the two men want each other, there’s no way around it—they’re literally playing with fire, which means someone’s bound to get burned.

 

At first, they’re both willing to back off, but as their feelings for each other deepen, their mutual desire only grows stronger, and Andrew and Leon are hanging by a thread trying to resist each other. But can they surrender to their passion without getting injured?

 

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

 

Review: Leon and Andrew have been dating for a short time after meeting and corresponding on the internet, now Andrew says he needs to talk and Leon fears the worst, but the conversation takes a turn he never saw coming and now he has to decide what he really wants. Andrew has a confession to make and it is one that has lost him many potential boyfriends, but Leon is different and wants to stick around, but can Andrew and Leon make it work when every kiss could lead to danger?

 

           This is an interesting story of finding love, but it is also about trying to overcome the obstacles that try to keep them apart. Andrew is a sorcerer, while Leon is a non-magic human, the two can live peacefully together, but sexual contact can be dangerous. Having sex with a sorcerer is dangerous because as they lose themselves in passion they lose control of their powers, but Leon is willing to take the chance if it means he can be with Andrew, Andrew is terrified of what could happen though and Leon thinks he has found a solution.

 

          Andrew and Leon are a very unusual couple, they seem to be perfect for each other but Andrew’s powers interfere whenever they try to be intimate, so what we see in this book is a lot of experimenting and also a relationship that is strong because it is built solely on emotions and the pure desire for more. The book is from Leon’s point of view and his desperation to find a solution to their problem comes through very clearly, but what is even clearer is that he isn’t going anywhere even if they never manage to have sex.

 

       I will recommend this to those who love men who find love even without the physical love, men who have a strength and determination to seek impossible answers and men who find their own happy ever afters any way they can.     

 

Forever with My Werewolf by Bronwyn Heeley

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Series: Moonlit Wolves, #2

Author: Bronwyn Heeley

Genre: Paranormal/ Werewolves

Length: Novella (98 Pages)

ISBN: 978-1-77111-815-6

Publisher: Extasy Books (February 15th, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Reviewer: Lisa

Blurb: Love is never simple-especially when you find out your lover is a werewolf.

Running away from his lover after he changed into a werewolf, Tim ended up kidnapped by a group of Hunters. Now it’s up to Colin to bring him back and make it all up to him. But will Tim be able to forgive him when Colin finally gets him back into his arms.

Purchase Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/forever-with-my-werewolf/

Review: What would I do if I found out my lover was a werewolf? Probably exactly what Tim did when he found out the man he loved was one. Except making sure, there were no hunters around before I did it. I laughed at parts of this story because there was something about it that just called for it. There were parts though that you would want to cry at. It felt like Tim was rejecting Colin, but he was just not sure how to react. He didn’t know that in werewolf form, he was still Colin’s mate.

Colin had commitment issues, he loved his mate but was scared out of his mind thinking that Tim would hate him or leave him. Taking him out in the woods and basically showing him was not the best way to let Tim know what he was, and he has to learn to get over the fear he had put into his mate by his actions. However, they were mates and Tim did love Colin with all of his heart. It comes from true faith that one trusts another with all their secrets.

This story is absolutely amazing. It is part of a series and should be read in order though to get the full story about some of the characters. Colin and Tim had met when Tim was eyeballing him like he was a full dinner and dessert, which ended up with Tim falling head over heels literally. Colin had helped him home that day, and they were slowly learning about each other. Now they just had more secrets out there and more time to understand their love.

I would recommend this story to anyone who loves paranormals, shapeshifters, sexy men, and hot sex. It left me hanging at the end, and I cannot wait for book two to come out.

Search Me by L.A. Witt

20807473Title: Search Me, 2nd edition

Series: Cover Me, #3

Author: L.A. Witt

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (100 pages)

ISBN: 9780989874694

Publisher: Lori Witt (22nd January 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4.5 Hearts

Blurb: In the beginning, Detective Andrew Carmichael and paramedic Nick Swain barely escaped Nick’s delusional stalker with their lives. Now, months later, the physical scars haven’t quite healed, and neither have the emotional ones. Lingering guilt and resentment threaten to tear their relationship apart, but Andrew isn’t ready to give up. He’s nearly lost Nick once, and he’s not giving him up this time without a fight.

In a last ditch effort to keep them together, Andrew suggests a weekend away, but is that enough time to find a reason to keep their relationship alive?

Or is it time to let Nick walk away?

1st Edition published with Carnal Passions 7th December 2011

Purchase Link: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-searchme-1401434-148.html

Pixie’s Review: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Andrew knows that his relationship with Nick has hit a really rough patch and has been for that way for a while, he is desperate to save what they had, but it seems like Nick is retreating further away from him. Nick accepts a last-ditch attempt to save what he has with Andrew but he doesn’t have high hopes as there is just too much that has happened.

 

Andrew and Nick are struggling after everything that happened in Cover Me they are both suffering from PTSD but both of them avoid talking about it, it is causing arguments between them as they both feel guilt and resentment over what happened and how it affects them. This story opens up with Nick having left Andrew but not yet moving out, Andrew knows that they have to talk but he feels as though Nick has given up on them, Nick just can’t seem to find the words to tell Andrew how he feels.

 

This is a really well written story that delves into the after effects of a major trauma that not only affects these two physically but mentally and the damage it does to their relationship. I loved this story and I was really worried at one point that they wouldn’t be able to find their way through, it seemed like they both loved each other but the only time that they could communicate was through sex (really, really hot sex) the rest of the time it was tension and arguments.

 

You really do feel for both Andrew and Nick as you can see where they are both coming from and you know that if you were in that position you would probably react the same way. Andrew’s desperation to make the relationship work is palpable and Nick’s seemingly indifference makes you want to shake him and demand that he at least tries to talk to Andrew.

 

So really I have to recommend this to those who love hot sex, fixing struggling relationships, angst and a well-written story.

 

Lisa’s Review: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

This story is book three of a series and I recommend reading them in order.

Nick and Andrew had met in a dangerous situation. One where Nick could have lost his life. Most times, when two people come together after something traumatic happens, it usually doesn’t last once the rush is over with. One night of hot sex between them relieves some stress, but sex doesn’t solve all their problems. Now they have been together for a while and most things are going great, but the fact that they are both have trouble getting over the fact that each had been hurt when they met. Nick was afraid that Andrew would place himself in danger to save Nick keeps him quiet as usual. It kept my attention from the start though and kept it all the way to the end.

This, however, is a really good story of two different types of support personnel who are having trouble both mentally and emotionally with the troubles that had been caused when they first get together. So much to the point that it comes down to them ending their relationship, however it is not what either one wants. They need to learn to communicate better or they will lose everything they want. Now they have new dangers and it places them in the spot that each one feared from the start. This story has a few surprising twist to it that you will definitely get a kick out of. Each one of them is stubborn, quick-tempered, feisty, and hot as hell, but they click perfectly. Now all they have to do is get everything out in the order to survive. Two hot and sexy men who wear uniforms, fight dangers, and love each other is what I love to read about. The fact that there are hints on kinky sex in the future just heats it up more.

I did enjoy this story although I wanted it to continue right then and there. The dangers that are present, the tension that Nick and Andrew have going on and the fire flowing through them is enough to want to continue hearing about them. Nick is enticing and so gentle that when the dangers come for him you wanted to just jump in and save him. Andrew kept trying to stop the dangers that was coming after Nick from getting to him but that was what Nick didn’t want. He wanted Andrew to stay safe also. Andrew did everything in his powers to keep his lover safe. The relationship between Nick and Andrew started out fast and hot. It just seems to get hotter each time they get together. The sex between them was just as hot, fast, and full of passion. It shows the way they take turns loving each other, what each character loves to do and what they want done. I like how both characters act and care for each other. However, I wish Nick and Andrew to communicate better. It would have stopped many fights.

I will recommend this to those who love law enforcement and Emergency Medical Tech’s, the dangers from criminals, shoot outs, great sex and what seems to be happy ever afters.

 

End Game by Samantha Wayland

71FkN659rOL._SL1500_Title: End Game

Series: Hat Trick, #3

Author: Samantha Wayland

Genre: Contemporary/Suspense/Ménage/MMF

Length: Novel (291 pages)

Publisher: Loch Awe Press (January 14th, 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:
 ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb: Garrick LeBlanc never intended to fall in love with two people, but he has, and now he has to figure out what to do about it. He wants to make them happy, but is afraid he’s doing just the opposite. To make matters worse, he’s trapped in New Brunswick until the end of the hockey season, while his lovers are both in Boston.

Savannah Morrison has no one but herself to blame for practically shoving her lover into the arms of another man. After all, it was her idea that Garrick take a lover while they are separated for the season. She loves Garrick with all her heart, but how the hell is she going to share him with Rhian?

Rhian Savage used to have such a simple life. Now he’s in love, his dreams of skating on an NHL team are coming true, and he keeps spotting a strangely familiar face in the crowds. To top it all off, he has to see Savannah every day. He knows she’s Garrick’s real future, but he doesn’t have the balls to do the right thing for all of them and end it—until his life goes sideways. As usual.

Now Rhian is alone, Garrick is heartbroken, and Savannah—the one person Rhian figured would celebrate his departure—is beating down his door. What the hell is up with that?


Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/End-Game-Hat-Trick-Book-ebook/dp/B00HUHLE06/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=04Y5SNATZF7W61V45F9W

Reviewer:   GiGi

Review: We know that Garrick is crazy about Savannah, and he’s obviously also in love and lust with Rhian, so what is left now is to get Rhian and Savannah to take a close look at each other and hope sparks fly. First the only thing that seems to happen is jealousy, heartache, and on Rhian’s part depression and lack of self-worth. I hate to see this character take so little stock in himself. Of course having Garrick out-of-town when Rhian breaks down is the plot tool that introduces Savannah as the new hero, allowing friendship and trust to build between the two. She steps up when Garrick can’t and helps Rhian through one crisis after another.
Emotional and health crisis aside, a new familial twist is also added to the drama. It’s good to see Rhian take to the caregiver role with the “mysterious stranger” and good that the three find a way to work things out. Once Rhian accepts his role in their relationship he takes charge and till fill my fantasies, takes Garrick! Of course this is just one big femme sexual fantasy for me, but hey it’s fiction and romance to boot, so why not? Have fun with this heavy helping of drama, love, lust and of course hot hockey players. This is a fun, adventurous twist of a series, I enjoyed each separate type of relationship, and how they were woven together in the end. A hat trick indeed!

The Bridge on the River Wye by Adam Fitzroy

20437948Title: The Bridge on the River Wye

Series:   N/A

Author: Adam Fitzroy

Genre: Contemporary/Murder-Mystery

Length: Novel (256 pages)

Publisher: Manifold Press (February 1st, 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:
 ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb: Chef Rupert’s picking up the pieces after a catastrophe; he’s lost his love, his business, his home, and even his dog, and he’s trying to make a fresh start. Linking up with Jake almost on a whim he soon finds himself involved in a strange tale of organic farming, migrant workers, greed and even possibly murder – in the midst of which the attraction is still there, but Rupert’s not sure whether the feeling’s mutual or if he’s ready to try for a proper relationship again just yet …


Product Link: http://www.manifoldpress.co.uk/2014/01/the-bridge-on-the-river-wye/

Reviewer:   GiGi

Review: This story is an honest look at life’s mistakes, adventures, relationships both good and bad, and the balance between relationships and commitments, how they both conspire to shift the path we take in life. Oh, yeah, and it’s also about solving a murder, or what local police seem to think is possibly a suicide. Rupert is still recovering from being burned by what he thought was going to be a lifelong love and a new and long-term career as owner/chef in his own restaurant in Australia. He’d given up everything, jumped out on a limb and taken off from his home in London to pursue his dreams with a man who would only crush them, and leave Rupert starting over. When he remembers Jake, a smiling confident man who caught his eye and curiosity while he had been in a committed relationship, he thought to look him up again only to find that Jake was in a tough place. Torn between his commitments to his boss Ren, who saved him many times, and his new-found affection and desire to help Jake, Rupert isn’t sure what to do. Should he just be concerned for himself after being burned in such a big way, should he be sure to pay his debts to Ren who helped pull him out of the mire, or is his concern and desire for Jake the most important thing? This was a smoothly written story that kept my attention from the out-start. We often have to make difficult choices in our careers, in our personal lives, and make sacrifices, but what is the right decision? This is the underlying theme to me, the mystery, and the challenges that Jake’s family and farm face seem to be secondary layers of detail that engage and stimulate the mind.

Every Inch of the Way by Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley

EveryInchOfTheWay_500x750Title: Every Inch of the Way

Series: The Professor’s Rule, #4

Author: Heidi Belleau & Amelia C. Gormley

Genre: Erotic Romance / BDSM

Length: Novelette (45 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-62649-127-4

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (March 3rd 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb:Satish Malhotra is in over his head. What appeared to be the hookup of his dreams turned out to be another man’s kinky sex game, and thus ended his relationship with sweet, submissive James Sheridan before it’d hardly begun.

Or so he thought. Being used in someone else’s domination/submission play should have been a deal breaker, yet James—bruises, boyfriend, and all—is too compelling to let walk away. But James has needs Satish isn’t sure he can fulfill, and it seems his mysterious Professor isn’t willing to share.

Can Satish keep James happy in bed and in life, or will James be forced to choose between his dominant and his burgeoning vanilla romance with Satish?

Purchase Link: http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/every-inch-way-professors-rule-4

Review: Just for the record: Thank you dear authors. Now I just want to cry my eyes out.

As erotic romances go, I think I’m repeating myself when I say this series is highly satisfactory. It has a great writing style that easily draws you into the heart of the story, a great expertise when it comes to everything sexual, sensual and erotic that makes you pant in beat with the characters, it has characters with a surprising depth for such a short place for development, and it actually has the most intriguing plot in the line of short erotic romances I’ve read.

Each installment in this series is like a different puzzle piece that needs simply put in order to give you the great meaning of the story. Some installment are confusing making you think, “What the heck just happened” while at the same time you know that you’ll find out on the next round. Others do just that, shed light to the whole confusion, while making you crave for more.

This fourth part picks up the relationship building between Satish and James. Honestly, I didn’t expect Satish to make that big leap; it was a bit of a contrast at his whole behavior, though we did get the curiosity emanating from him in a previous installment. Still, it was a big step for Satish to overcome his jealousy and inadequate feelings, and at the same time see the beauty of what is James, want it as he came without wanting to change the slightest bit in him. The time frame it happened was remarkably short leaving me unconvinced about the solidity of his feelings, yet as I said, the writing was exquisite to the point that I did not care one bit about the sudden change of heart on Satish, all I cared for was the flow of the story and what came next, to the point I devoured this book which felt like it was over before it even started.

Unfortunately, this is the first time a book in the series actually made me want to cry. It ends up in a sad note, a scene that you realize held more than it shows. Some kind of mystery behind Carson’s motives, and the ending itself is quite heart breaking when you find yourself invested in the story as much as I apparently was. This is simply a heads up for the fans of the series, be prepared and if possible have the next installment at the ready to immediately pick up after this, for this title is going to leave you wanting and screaming in frustration.

Deduction: yet another wonderful installment from the creators of the most fascinating erotic romance series on my bookshelf. Strongly recommended!

To the Very Last Inch by Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley

ToTheVeryLastInch_500x750Title: To the Very Last Inch

Series: The Professor’s Rule, #5

Author: Heidi Belleau & Amelia C. Gormley

Genre: Erotic Romance / BDSM / Ménage

Length: Novelette (57 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-62649-128-1

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (March 3rd 2014)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb:Just days after their scorching reunion, Professor Evander Carson has kicked his one-time pupil James Sheridan to the curb—and tried to sabotage James’s new relationship with Satish Malhotra. Something isn’t right here, but James isn’t sure he should bother trying to figure out what. Carson isn’t good for him and will never change. He needs to accept that and move on.

Satish knows something is up, too, but he thinks the relationship between Carson and James is worth saving. To do the right thing, Satish will have to make James and Carson confront the secrets they’ve hidden for years and help them to overcome the pain and mistrust they’ve caused.

But if Satish succeeds, where will that leave him and his intensifying romance with James? Will the three of them be able to find the right balance, or will James be forced to choose between the pain and submission he craves with Carson, and the sweet, vanilla stability he’s found with Satish?

Purchase Link: http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/very-last-inch-professors-rule-5

Review: And the series (sadly) come to an end with this last installment that makes up for so much confusion, frustration and wistfulness the previous four books evoked.

In this final part, the authors engage flashbacks in their storytelling in order to shed light to the various “why’s” that had been born, especially concerning Carson’s motives and feelings and the entire background of this enticing little story. We realize yet again that the whole situation with Carson, James, and Satish is set in the very short time frame of some days, yet I had all but forgotten it with the way we went back and forth in time through each book.

For me this last book was very successful and managed to satisfy all my hopes for these characters. It is weird how invested I became with them, how much I came to like and adore each and every one of them, though I have to admit Carson had my heart from the first book even as he seemed quite the jerk back then. We get to see Carson’s true motives and that is so wonderfully written, humanizing him and making him finally, finally approachable, letting his sweet and caring side truly shine.

This little line here: “How could you assume I meant to demean them, when I offered them my greatest treasure?” is a very good example of the hurt Carson suffers when he realizes just what James thinks of him and how much misunderstanding exist between them. There were points while reading this book that I simply wanted to shake James up, and while I liked Satish on the other books, I came to literally love him here. The intensity that came forth, the tangible tension and the way the managed to reach me as a reader were beyond enjoyable. I came to admire the writers for their mastery.

The only frustrating thing and I know I’ve said this again, is that this story was so short. I’m saddened it’s done and over with, I still crave more and more, though all are said and done and the ending was more than superb for me. The sweet balance between vanilla and kink, the love that already exists and the new one that is brewing and simmering, the dynamics that come forth in the end, they all were to my likening and made for a fantastic read start to finish. Fans of the series don’t need the suggestion, but if you’re stumbling through this review and/or series by accident, if you like intriguing and spicy erotic romances, then I urge you to pick it up. It was one hell of a ride and the most enjoyable short length series I’ve read lately.

Strongly recommended!