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Blood Moon Pack Alliance Series by S.A. Welsh Recap Tour, Reviews & Giveaway!

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Hi pees, we have S.A. Welsh stopping by now with her series recap for Blood Moon Pack Alliance, we have Lisa’s reviews for all six books and S.A. is holding a fabulous giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway link❤ ~Pixie~

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Blood Alliance Series

by

S.A. Welsh

Remy’s life was turned upside down when Alpha Trevor, a controlling and sly leader concerned only with power, threatened his mother and a primal strength awakened inside him. He challenged the tyrannical alpha and defeated him. Now he is alpha, but Trevor isn’t going away quietly to lick his wounds. Trevor is much more devious than that. Remy and his pack have to navigate through plots and schemes created by such a formidable enemy who is willing to do anything it takes to steal back control and rule not only the Blood Moon Pack but all of the paranormal world.

Lines are drawn, alliances are made, and mates are found, but will it be enough when the lies and treachery go far deeper than they know? Spies infiltrate and enemies circle, waiting for an opportunity to strike. The people closest to Remy are at greatest risk and some suffer more than anyone should at the hands of those seeking power. Vampires and shifters alike in the Blood Moon Pack Alliance must fight to keep each other safe and hope that love and family will be enough to give them the strength to weather the storm ahead.

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Archangel Chronicles Vol. 1 by L.J. LaBarthe

L.J. LaBarthe - Archangel Chronicles Vol 01 CoverTitle: Archangel Chronicles Vol. 1

Series: Archangel Chronicles 01 – 03

Author: L.J. LaBarthe

Genre: Angels & Demons, Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: 3 Novels (657pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-63477-619-6

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (26th August 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 – 3 ½ Hearts (Overall)

Reviewers: Thommie, Pixie, Shorty

Blurb: Gabriel, Michael, and the Brotherhood of Archangels must try to deal with relationships while fulfilling duties of fighting demons and protecting humans in the Archangel Chronicles. Gabriel and Michael have been pining after each other for centuries, but an egomaniacal human trying to raise a hell army pushes their relationship to the backburner in No Quarter. Gabriel and Michael are finally reunited in No Surrender, No Retreat, but their happiness is threatened when someone begins kidnapping angels and selling them on the black market. In No Shadows Fall, newly bonded Gabriel and Michael and torn from their idyllic island retreat when Gabriel’s ancient enemy Semjaza escapes from his prison.

Purchase Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/archangel-chronicles-vol-1-by-lj-labarthe-7382-b

Thommie’s Review: No Quarter: ♥♥♥ 2 ½ Hearts

This is the second time I read this book and other than typos and errors lacking, there isn’t much done story-wise. Thus, while much, much easier a read this time around, it was still lacking profoundly in intensity for such an “epic” book/series.

Let’s take a look at the lore here. This series is about the Archangels and their duty bestowed to them by God to protect human kind and the plane of Earth. Specifically here, we have a megalomaniac human who believes to be himself the reincarnation of a Saint and thus he has bargained with a Fallen One, has surrounded himself with demons, and plans to open up the Gates of Hell and unleash the poor condemned souls. The Archangels must intervene and eliminate him, but the impending doom is not overthrown.

This is the main action plot and frankly, I found it lacking. The epic-ness that characterizes such reads was nowhere to be found, the characters making the backbone were quite flat and uninteresting, and the story itself was a bit ludicrous. I mean there were demons that really looked like lackeys, Archdemons that made no impression whatsoever, except for that mwahahaha-type of villain you get on all cheesy reads (seriously Ondrass was overkill), the human megalomaniac named Bob was, oh my God I have no words for him, and they all, all of them fell flat making me wonder what is the point of writing a bad guy if you don’t intend to do something with him.

Romantic wise it was just the same. Michael is supposed to be pinning for Gabriel for years, Gabriel always wanted Michael, but this meeting after a thousand years drove home the fact that he loves him. The beginning – before either of them talked – made you think we’d get the tragic/epic hotter than Hell kind of burning relationship that would make even the stars shine less in front of its brightness etc.etc. But, but I’m afraid it was the most disappointing thing. The longing one would come to expect, the you’re-finally-mine feeling one would rightly expect, the Earth-Heaven-Hell-are-nothing-before-us kind of feeling that should be there, were not. The sex was good, nice and all, but it was no match for Archangels, if not a bit cheesy and laughable at times. I was really put off with this relationship, one ought to have made it burn and explode, but this was beyond lukewarm.

As for Michael and Gabriel as personalities, oh my, especially with Michael, Archangel Michael, the Prince of Heaven, I wanted to blind myself and stop reading altogether. That was one hell of a way to ruin all my fantasies for the big badass Archangel and that I do not forgive. He was ruined and a total fail in my opinion, and while I’d go for any ludicrous story and lukewarm sex/love, ruining such a powerful figure such as Michael is a crime. Gabriel was just, I don’t know, just so weird… I’ll not go there at all.

Overall, this new edition did not bring any changes in the story. The only good thing was the fact that the typographic errors were lacking and it was easier a read than before. Still base core of this story, the backbone of it, held a slight interest, that’s why I’ll be reading the next installment and see if the series is a worth reading one or drop it and move on sort. As for this one, I don’t know. If you like, angels and demons so much and you don’t mind the above, then give it a try.

Pixie’s Review: No Surrender, No Retreat ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

The war is over between the Angels and Demons and humanity has to pick up the pieces of a world that was torn to pieces. Michael and Gabriel are reunited but it isn’t all perfect, they can’t help humanity without making the situation worse and Raphael is kidnapped which leads to the discovery that other angels have gone missing. As they launch an investigation into the disappearances, Agrat is kidnapped and her bonded begins to lose himself to grief.

This is a well-written story that combines many relationships and hardships with Michael and Gabriel leading the way. Now that the war has ended and the demon Hell portals are closed humanity can begin to pick up the pieces, the angels and archangels help as much as they can but they have limitations. But problems become worse when Raphael is taken and his power is smothered, which leads to healing throughout the world beginning to fail. The other archangels must work together to discover who is kidnapping the angels and to what end, and Michael is made to face the fact that sometimes love strikes everyone, even those that he finds unacceptable.

There is quite a bit going on in this book with Michael thinking that Raphael’s lover is unsuitable, Gabriel dealing with the loss of his children, Raphael disappearing, Israfel unsure if he is good enough for Raphael, all the angels and archangels wondering how they can help mankind and then the investigation into the kidnapped angels. It is quite a good storyline but you don’t get to feel connected to any one character as it jumps from characters to characters so you don’t get to know them that well, even though you do get interested in the storyline you miss out on the characters.

There are some very romantic moments between various characters and some couples are very sweet together in the brief times that we see them together. The storyline is good and the twist was surprising, our angels are being betrayed by someone who was an ally.

I will recommend this to those who love angels and demons, true love, disgruntled archangels, and interesting storyline and a happy ending. 

Shorty’s Review: No Shadow Falls ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Semjaza escapes from his eternal prison in the star Aquila. He has several main objectives get his family back, make Gabriel pay for imprisoning him as well as several other archangels for their roles in different things and take back what he believes is rightfully his. Semjaza seemed delusional to me in his thinking. Plus he was cruel to those he commanded. He was not fit to be a leader in my opinion.

Gabriel and Michael seem like the perfect couple. Michael, I didn’t understand why he acts as if he’s embarrassed when someone mentions sex. He’s been around humans for thousands of years surely he’s heard it all by now.

I loved all the details of the different places the archangels travelled. Very beautiful scenery. The archdemons helping the archangels was an interesting surprise. The battle scene between Semjaza and Gabriel was intense. Hot sex scenes throughout.

This is a wonderfully written story full of drama, mystery, suspense, adventure, and action. I was surprised that instead of being with humans or other beings that some Archangels were coupled with each other. Great read.

End Street Vol 02 By Amber Kell & R.J. Scott Recap Tour, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have Amber Kell & R.J. Scott popping in today with a recap of their End Street Vol 02 which has books 3 and 4 The Case of the Dragon’s Dilemma & The Case of the Sinful Santa. R.J. and Amber also have a fantastic giveaway and we’ve got Lisa’s review for you to check out, so enjoy the post and click that giveaway link❤ ~Pixie~ 

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End Street Vol 02

(The Case of the Dragon’s Dilemma & The Case of the Sinful Santa)
by

Amber Kell & R.J. Scott

The Case of the Dragon’s Dilemma

Dragons, battles, a Siren attack and a deal Sam may come to regret leave Sam and Bob in danger…and result in Mikhail finding a mate. 

Bob and Sam take their kind-of-adopted-now vampire daughter Mal to look at new schools. Mikhail is left to babysit the last of the remaining rescued children whilst they are away. 

When Sirens appear to steal her away, he is left facing the attack alone until a mysterious hero comes to his aid. Ryujin, or Jin to his friends, is a dragon shifter and his role as Captain of the Dragon Guards puts him in direct conflict with Mikhail. 

The minute he sees Mikhail he knows what he wants. Now if he can only get Mikhail to see the same. 

The Case of the Sinful Santa 

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.

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Tempest by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock ~ Audiobook

Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock - Tempest Cover audioTitle: Tempest

Series: Playing the Fool 03

Author: Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Genre: Contemporary, Murder Mystery

Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (4th April 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Something wicked this way comes.

FBI Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness and con man Henry Page are on the run again. This time they’re headed back to where it all began: Altona, Indiana. Population: some goats. Henry’s not happy about lying low at the McGuinness family farm, but they’ve got nowhere else to go.

While Mac fights to clear his name and Henry struggles with whose side he’s really on, a ghost from the past threatens to destroy everything. And those aren’t the only storms on the radar. Cut off from both sides of the law, Mac and Henry must rely on their tenuous partnership to survive.

If Henry can convince himself to let Mac see the man behind the disguises, they’ll stand a chance of beating the forces that conspire against them. The course of true love never did run smooth, but for the two of them, it might be their only hope.

Purchase Link: Amazon US | Audible UK | Auidble AU

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: The third book in the Playing the Fool trilogy, The Tempest continues on with the Shakespeare references, lots of dramatic action, a lovely mystery that comes full circle. There was a lot to bring together in this last book, many characters to tie together and a future to weave for Mac and Cheese. I was very satisfied with this ending, though saddened there could be no redemption for one of my favorite characters…I’ll let you read about it!

The sexual tension between Henry and Mac took some backwards steps a few times, unveiling Henry’s insecurity, leaving me wondering if Mac could really help heal those old wounds and the distance between them.

One of my favorite characters, Henry’s sister, plays a pivotal role in The Tempest, and I’m so glad of it! It helps bring the future together for them all. 

The narrator does another wonderful job, though there does seem to be a chapter missing….wish I had that, but the story still moves forward at a fast pace. 

An action packed trilogy, something to read that feels fresh and different than what the m/m genre has been pumping out lately. Worth a read or listen for sure. Oh and I can’t forget to throw in there…I totally LOVE Mac’s parents. Wish I had them myself!

The Merchant of Death by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock ~ Audiobook

Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock - The Merchant of Death Cover audioTitle: The Merchant of Death

Series: Playing the Fool 02

Author: Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Genre: Contemporary, Murder Mystery, RomCom

Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (15th March 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: All’s fair in love and war.

There’s something rotten in the state of Indiana. When con man Henry Page takes it upon himself to investigate the death of an elderly patient at a care facility, he does so in true Shakespearean tradition: dressed as a girl.

FBI Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness has more to worry about than Henry’s latest crazy idea. Someone is trying to send him a message – via a corpse with a couple of bullets in it. He needs to figure out who’s trying to set him up before he gets arrested, and he really doesn’t have time for Henry’s shenanigans. Then again, he’d probably be able to focus better if Henry didn’t look so damn distracting in a baby doll dress and a wig.

But when Mac discovers that Henry has been keeping a secret that connects the cases, he has to find a way to live on the right side of the law when he just might be in love with the wrong sort of man.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Audible AU

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: A continuation of The Two Gentlemen of Altona, book two in the Playing the Fool series, The Merchant of Death keeps playing along with Henry’s creative acts. It’s very hard to review this highly entertaining mystery without giving away the big surprises, but there’s plenty of new adventures and new characters to this story.

Henry is making himself at home at the station, making friends among Mac’s staff members, and along the way he’s making Mac crazy. A constant change in identity, keeping Mac guessing, and keeping the bad guys off his tail, all start to spell trouble for our lovely couple.  

We learn a new secret about Henry, something right out of Shakespeare’s classics, and he will do anything to protect and care for that secret, even if it means ending his romance with Mac before it gets a chance to truly begin. Henry’s biggest guise yet is  to play the sexy temptress, throwing Mac for yet another loop when he finds himself attracted to Henry even disguised as a woman.

There is plenty of nail biting action, murderous plots, and humor in this second book, but this time we get hot and steamy too! We finally get to see the fireworks fly between Mac and Henry, even though there’s a bit of a surprise and twist in the bedroom too! 

More characters come to visit us, we get to learn so much more about Henry’s back story, and as we get to know the other court members in Henry’s life, one can easily see new stories begin to unfold. 

Russo is an excellent narrator, giving unique and enjoyable voices to both male and female roles. I really look forward to the next book in the series. 

The Two Gentlemen of Altona by Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock ~ Audiobook

Lisa Henry & J.A. Rock - The Two Gentlemen of Altona Cover audioTitle: The Two Gentlemen of Altona

Series: Playing the Fool book 1

Author: Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock

Narrator: Nick J. Russo

Genre: Contemporary, Murder Mystery, RomCom

Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins

Publisher: Riptide Publishing (11th February 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Mischief, thou art afoot.

Special Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness is having a rough week. Not only is he on a new diet, but he’s also been tasked with keeping Henry Page – the world’s most irritating witness – alive. Which is tough when Mac’s a breath away from killing the Shakespeare-quoting, ethically-challenged, egg-obsessed Henry himself. Unless killing isn’t really what Mac wants to do to him.

Con man Henry Page prefers to keep his distance from the law… though he wouldn’t mind getting a little closer to uptight, handsome Agent McGuinness. As the sole witness to a mob hit, Henry’s a valuable asset to the FBI. But he’s got his own agenda, and it doesn’t involve testifying.

When evidence surfaces of a mole in the FBI office, Mac and Henry are forced to go into hiding. Holed up in a fishing cabin, they’re surprised to discover that their feelings run more than skin deep. But as the mob closes in, Henry has to make his escape. And Mac has to decide how far he’s willing to go to keep Henry by his side.

Product Link: Audible USAudible UKAudible AU

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: The Two Gentlemen of Altona is a funny, devious, and fast paced who dunnit with a healthy dose of attraction thrown in. It’s a very “Catch me if you can!” scenario between Mac and Henry. Many humorous references to Shakespeare are woven into this funny mystery.

As far as the heat goes, our two characters seem to have chemistry, but they keep missing the ignition process…leaving us wanting and waiting until the next book! 

My favorite thing about The Two Gentlemen of Altona is the character Henry, or whatever identity he’s going with. He’s so creative, devious, and totally enjoys getting under Mac’s skin. I love how he keeps picking on Mac about his diet. It’s a simple ploy, but so funny in the ways he uses it. 

The narrator, Nick J. Russo does a wonderful job giving each character a unique sounds, I’ve enjoyed many of his narrations, and the Playing the Fool series is just as top notch as all of the others.

This is a series you’ll definitely want to read in order, and it’s serial, so you won’t get all your answers or even half of them in this book. Totally worth the listen, and I look forward to more! 

Barclay by Bellann Summer & Stormy Glenn

Bellann Summer & Stormy Glenn - Barclay Cover sTitle: Barclay

Series: Battle Bunnies 04

Author: Bellann Summer, Stormy Glenn

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Paranormal

Length: Novella (130 Pages)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Inc. (July 5, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: They know a thousand ways to kill…and zero ways to love.

With the scientist’s evil slowly killing him, Barclay knows he has a limited amount of time to complete his plans. Only his sweet duck keeps Barclay sane and in control of the Battle Bunnies. When he discovers his third mate, the world as Barclay knows it turns on its axis. But is it too late?

Elliot stayed in duck form to please Barclay. Now Barclay is on death’s door and their mate, Tavarus, is demanding Elliot help bring him back to the land of the living. But is it too late?

Tavarus knows that trying to deny a mating is futile. It’s time to show Barclay and Elliot the error of their ways. In this mating, Tavarus is the one in charge, and he is more than ready to handle a feisty duck and show his bunny how indestructible a true mating can be. For Tavarus, it’s never too late to find love. 

ISBN: 978-1-68295-433-1

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/barclay

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Battle Bunnies collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

I have read many books over the years paranormal and contemporary; I have loved many series and authors. However over time I start to lose interest in them whether it is from the change in writings to the wait time for a book from a certain series but this is one series I can guarantee that will never lose my attention.

Bellann and Stormy’s stories have a serious tone to them, but with some of the characters you can guarantee a good laugh during it. This story is fully developed and detailed, that it feels like you are right there with them. The world that has been created is a dangerous world for the paranormal, but they will protect each other no matter what.

While in captivity Barclay had been aware that for some reason the doctor loved to torture him even more than his brothers. He had even put a deadly capsule inside of him to see how long it would take to kill him. As time when by he knew he was dying and was afraid for his mates. His sweet little duck, whom he never let shift, had kept him from going crazy. Barclay wanted his brothers to find their mates so that they would never be alone. He also knew that he wanted his duck to have that too. If he mated with the duck or their other mate they would die, so he did what he could to help Elliot find another.

Travarus is a strong shifter and very dominate. When he was rescued and found out that he had two mates he was going to bind them together. That is until Clay said no. Elliot and Travarus had to show their mate death was not an option.

There is some kinky sexy in this one, well what does one expect when there are three sexy mates. This one actually made me tear up a bit, but the ending was perfect. I always get a kick out of these stories and cannot wait till the next one comes out. They are the perfect length for me and I absolutely love these guys.

This story rocked, but then I had no doubt that it wouldn’t. Trust me you guys have got to read these books.

Heart of the Mountain by Stormy Glenn

Stormy Glenn - Heart of the Mountain Cover sTitle: Heart of a Mountain

Series: Cade Creek 12

Author: Stormy Glenn

Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Contemporary

Length: Novella (99pgs)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (August 11, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: John Aldrin Flores came to Cade Creek hoping to build a new life outside of the city. After landing a job at the Cade Creek Diner, Aldrin has a chance to meet many of the townspeople, but the one that interests him the most is the one that doesn’t say anything. Determined to bring the gorgeous man out of his shell, Aldrin sets about showing Jonah Cade that there is life off his mountain top.

Jonah Cade’s family founded Cade Creek. There is a legacy there he’s not sure he can fulfill. After losing every member of his family in a horrific accident the same week he suffers the horrors of war at its worst, Jonah cracks. Moving to the top of his mountain and becoming a recluse is an act of pure self-preservation.

At the behest of his therapist, he goes into town once a week for church, supplies, and to have the Sunday special at the Cade Creek Diner. When his dinner comes with a kind word and a smile, Jonah starts to look outside his self-imposed exile, but will the danger stalking them tear them apart before Aldrin’s smile wins Jonah over? And can Jonah learn to trust in people again before he loses Aldrin forever.

ISBN: 978-1-68295-451-5

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/heart-of-a-mountain

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Cade Creek Series collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. 

Every once in a while you find an author that can give you a story that you could lose yourself into, and Stormy is that author for me. The world she creates are unique, enticing and downright drool worthy. I love how the characters not only stand up for those they love but they don’t back down when someone is in trouble. They have a serious tone to them but there is just a hint of humor to make them perfect for me. 

Aldrin has finally moved to Cade Creek. He even has a job at the local diner and loving it. He has his eye on one sexy man who comes in. However Trudy has already warned him that Jonah is not an easy person. He is in fact very grumpy and not very nice to people. However that doesn’t stop Aldrin from going after the man and making him smile. 

Jonah’s grandfather founded Cade Creek and growing up he was not a happy camper. He gave his family hell and even joined the military to get away. Then tragedy struck and it was his stubborn father that had told him to come home, the first time. Then something even worse happened, he was injured while at war, and on the same week he lost his entire family to a car accident. He broke down and hid out on his mountain top. His therapist suggested going to a few places at least once a week and one of his favorites was going to have Sunday dinner at the diner. He just had not expected to find a man that might make him want to live again. Too bad someone out there wanted them dead.

This author’s stories not only draw you in but keeps you there. She gives you hot sex, lots of love and tenderness, mixed in with excitement, adventure and lots of dangerous situations 
The characters are beautifully written with big hearts, however if you cross them, they have no problem putting you down. To me there is nothing better than a good romance.

I can honestly tell you that this is going to be one of those types of series that you can’t put down and have to read more than once. It is the perfect story for me and gave me all that I needed. I love the way all the feelings they felt was involved in this story. I had a blast reading it and I can’t wait to read the next story. When Stormy puts out a book I am usually there to eat them up.

I would definitely recommend reading this book. Trust me it will keep you laughing, crying, loving and having fun.

Trial by Fire by B.A. Tortuga ~ Audiobook

B.A. Tortuga - Trial by Fire Cover audioTitle: Trial By Fire

Series: Dreamspun Desires 06

Author: BA Tortuga

Narrator: Rusty Topsfield

Genre: Contemporary, Cowboys, Suspense

Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (20th April 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: One Aussie. One Texan. One baby. One hell of a fight.

When his sister and her husband are killed in an accident, Aussie cattle station owner Lachlan McCoughney rushes to Texas to rescue their infant daughter, Chloe. He expects to find his niece living in squalor with the Sheffields, a rodeo family.

Instead, Lachlan finds Holden Sheffield, a salt-of-the-earth cowboy, running a huge business operation. They want to explore their mutual attraction despite the many problems thrown their way, and together, they must find a way to give Chloe a new family and find a love that spans thousands of acres and two continents.

Reviewer: Gigi

Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Audible AU

Review: I always enjoy a hot cowboy story, but Trial by Fire is an interesting clash of Aussie cowboy vs. Texan cowboy, with a bit of kidnapping/murder plot and baby custody fight throw in. 

Of course animosity and posturing quickly lead to burning desire and mutual respect for Lachlan and Holden. They both quickly realize their first impressions were wrong and work together to solve the issue of their niece’s care and a plot that may destroy their little family. 

A fun, sexy, sometimes eye-rollingly predicable adventure, with a fun little kidnapping mystery thrown in. This narrator did a good job for the most part but I had a difficult time keeping all of the different character’s accents straight. 

Trial By Fire kept me entertained through five hours of back breaking yard work. Worth a listen for sure. 

The Servant by Mary Calmes ~ Audiobook

Marcy Calmes - The Servant Cover audioTitle: The Servant

Series: N/A

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator: Greg Trembly

Genre: Fantasy, Fairytale Redux

Length: 5 hrs 10 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (18th March 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: After saving his younger brother’s child, Daemon Shar is cursed by a witch and runs far from home, a stray who will seemingly never be anything more. But destiny is hard to outrun, even for a man who is now more cat than man beneath his robes and cowl.

A chance battlefield meeting between him and Ehron, a foreign lord, gives him purpose amid the darkness of his accursed life. Soon Daemon finds that his true nature cannot be corrupted no matter the form he inhabits. As Ehron’s consul, Daemon plots and plans to shape his new lord’s future so that he may leave it blessed when he runs away yet again. But he never counted on his soul hungering for Ehron’s brother, Gareth, or for his past to catch him by the tail at last.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Audible AU

Reviewer: Gigi

Review: As I recall reading this book from 2011, it was part of a collection of stories where authors rewrote a classic fairytale and made the MC’s both men. A fun collection to read for sure! The Servant seemed loosely based upon The Master Cataa, or Puss in Boots

Daemon hides his secret away after being cursed by a witch, sacrificing family and brotherhood to live out his life in the shadows, serving the best causes he can find. So he makes it his life goal to do whatever needs be done to promote the wellness and advancement of Ehron. Much like the prince who was shoved in the river with no clothes to gather the attention of passing nobility in Puss In Boots, Daemon does many fantastical things to ensure Ehron gets noticed by important people too. 

There is plenty of adventure, fantasy, and action in this book and the plot diverges enough from the old fairytale to become an original. I enjoyed the romance, the humor and the nail-biting tension in this story. I also enjoyed the steamy connection between Gareth and Daemon, that would have changed this childhood favorite for sure! 

The only downside, which did slow things down for me, was the extensive list of proper nouns. The plot could have been much smoother if some locations, country names, unnecessary character names, could have been generalized. There were too many to keep track of. I think a quarter of this book was spent introducing names, ranks, and country names of characters and places that really did not hold a significant role in the plot. But that is my only complaint, so if you can speed read/listen past those stagnant introductions and just pay attention to the main characters, you’re going to love this. True fantasy romance! Swash buckling, superhuman feats, and bonds of love that stand the test of time and turmoil! What more can I ask for? 

Oh yes, I can ask for an amazing narrator! Did I mention Greg Tremblay is a rock star? He gives wonderful variations to each character and breathes much passion into the dialogue. I’ll listen to any project he works on!