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Jaden’s Price by Lynn Hagen

Lynn Hagen - Jaden's Price CoverTitle: Jaden’s Price

Series: Demon Warriors #9

Author: Lynn Hagen

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (April 24, 2017)

Length: Novella (100 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Hilton works as a male nurse in Brac Village. He feels a presence following him wherever he goes. His mother and grandmother went insane, and Hilton fears he is heading down that slippery path. That is, until Jaden reveals himself and claims to be Hilton’s guardian angel. Hilton isn’t convinced and runs from Jaden, terrified of the wicked man.

Jaden is Death. The master grim reaper. He has known nothing but loneliness and despair since the Primal Source breathed him into existence. He is feared by all, even if this is not the life he would have chosen for himself. But a chance meeting in a small town presents an opportunity his enemies can’t resist. He must keep Hilton safe from those out to hurt his mate, because if the bunny shifter is harmed in any way, Jaden will rip apart the universe and unleash his deadly wrath.

ISBN: 978-1-64010-198-2  

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/jadens-price

Reviewer:  Lisa

Review:  Each book in the Demon Warriors collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. There is nothing better than a good paranormal romance with two gorgeous men involved. This series is actually a branch off from many other series.  The very first book you should start to read is a Brac Pack series book.  Then it branches off to Brac Village, Zeus’s Pack, Christian’s Coven, Brac Pack Next Generation and a few others.

When it comes to books like these I always look forward to starting my reading all over again, until I get to the new book.  The characters are fascinating and a blast to get to know.  I have my favorites I can tell you that.  This story caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end like I knew it would.

Jaden is the grim reaper or better known as Death.  Pan is his brother and is known as life.  The two cannot void each other out, or life as all knows it is over.  Neither know what the other does or can realize just how important each other truly is.  All of that changes when Jaden finds his mate.  He has never been loved and doesn’t know if he can love, but damn the little rabbit might just show him some new things.  The problem is Hilton is ill.  To know what happens, you must read this book.

There are quite a bit of twists and turns that makes this story even more entertaining.  I have always loved how they have a serious tone to them, but humor always kicks its ass.  Lynn was in fact my first actual favorite author and she continues to write some pretty quirky stories to keep my attention.  I can’t wait to see what other stories she comes up with.  I loved it and would definitely recommend it.

Michael, Reinvented by Diana Copland

Diana Copland - Michael, Reinvented CoverTitle: Michael, Reinvented

Series: Delta Restorations #2

Author: Diana Copland

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 19, 2017)

Length: Novel (220 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Cute hipster and interior designer Michael doesn’t do love—not after his ex screwed him over. Sex is a different story, though, and the gentle giant who’s painting the mural in the old mansion they’re restoring might be perfect hookup material. Gil is just Michael’s type with his solid muscle, wicked sense of humor, and the hazel eyes that seem to see into Michael’s soul.

Trouble is, Gil does do love. He wants romance and forever, and he’s set his sights firmly on Michael. Michael’s not going there again.

Yet when Michael is the victim of a vandal who’s been plaguing the men working for Delta Restoration, Renovation, and Design, Gil is the first person he tells. No matter how he fights it, it’s becoming harder and harder to deny he’s crazy about the guy—even if that thought terrifies him. But the true fear sets in when the criminal behavior escalates, and Michael realizes he might have lost the chance to tell Gil how he feels—forever.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-641-2

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/michael-reinvented-by-diana-copland-8484-b

Reviewer: Lisa

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

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Diana’s stories, so I am sending her great big thanks for this book.  It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end.  There is so much to this story, that it felt like you were right there with them.  I loved the characters, even though I still wanted to dropkick Michael in the beginning.

Michael had been a happy young man, till he picked the wrong boyfriend.  After it ended, he basically told himself that he will never believe in love again.  He stood strong on it, that is until Gil.  

Gil was big man who had a heart of gold.  He believed in love and marriage, and he was looking at Michael.  The problem was the man was just down right snarky as hell.  It would take time, but damn he knew he could get the man to be his.  Then trouble started with a vandal, and Gil was the first person Michael called.  Then the vandal gets a bit more dangerous and it almost cost Michael everything.  

I can understand cutting yourself off from love, after some asshat tears you down.  I was glad that this story had such a wonderful happy ending.  These characters were a hoot.  I especially loved Pixie and Scooter.  I loved how this is a romance with a bit of mystery and suspense added in for the danger factor.  This book was a blast to read and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.

Neriah by Catherine Lievens

Catherine Lievens - Neriah CoverTitle: Neriah

Series: Gillham Pack  #22

Author: Catherine Lievens

Genre: Paranormal

Publisher: eXtasy Books (May 12, 2017)

Length: Novella (123 Pages)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb:  Sometimes you realize what you have only when you’re on the brink of losing it.

Neriah arrived in Gillham after spending two months as his tribe leader’s fake hostage. Now he works part-time in a flower shop, plays big brother to the street kids flocking to Gillham, and thinks of ways to stop his tribe leader from ruining his life. He thinks his life can’t get any more exciting—until he meets his mate.

Connor is human, and the only reason he’s in Gillham is to write about the pack for the Daily Beacon. He’s lucky enough to get an exclusive interview with Alpha Rhett, but things get weird when a small blond man with pointed ears tells him they’re mates right in the middle of the interview.

Connor is wary of the mate bond and insists he doesn’t believe in soul mates. Neriah is focused on changing Connor’s mind at all cost—and that includes by dating him. But Gillham isn’t the sleepy little town it used to be anymore, and the humans set against the pack are starting to create problems again. Connor risks losing Neriah forever when he’s kidnapped, and that makes him realize how much he cares for his mate. 

Will that realization come too late? 

ISBN: 978-1-4874-1037-7

Product Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/neriah/

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Gillham Pack collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. This series is also connected to the Whitedell Pride collection. There is nothing better than a good paranormal romance with two gorgeous men involved.

Catherine Lievens has moved up the line to be one of my top favorite authors and from the way her stories are told, she will probably stay there. Her characters are quirky as hell, protective to the point of well you can guess that answer. I still have my ultimate favorite ones but many start to work their way into my heart. Her stories also are full of action, suspense and danger plus some hot sexy time for our guys. They catch my attention the moment I start reading and keep it all the way to the very last word. This story gave me everything I could ask for in a story and so much more. 

Neriah is a nix and is feisty as hell.  He is a blast to get to know and his mate is in for a shock.  He is trying to get his tribe to realize that they need to live their own lives, but his focus is on his mate as well.  A mate that is human, a reporter and doesn’t believe in soul mates.

Connor is just trying to help the public know that the paranormal’s are not a danger to them.  That they just want to live their lives in safety, mate and take care of their people.  He had not expected to find himself a mate.  To top it off they were in danger from the hunters and well if you want to know more, you’re going to have to read this amazing book.

I love how it has that serious tone to it but there is a bit of humor in it that your attention is captivated throughout it all. I loved the cover and that was what caught my attention first. Although to be honest any book that Catherine writes is automatically bought by me. I just can’t seem to get enough of this series. There is something about the way that she tells you a story more than likely have you laughing your ass off at parts of it. 

This story is perfect for when you are trying to take a break or when you just need the sun to shine for you. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. It also gave me everything I could want in a book. I can honestly tell you that this is going to be one of those types of series. One that I will have to read over and over. I love the way all the feelings they felt was involved in this story. It was the perfect story for me and I loved it. I can’t wait to read the next story. 

Chiseled Wood by Shea Balik

Shea Balik - Chiseled Wood CoverTitle: Chiseled Wood   

Series: Cedar Falls #19   

Author: Shea Balik

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (May 4, 2017)

Length: Novella (148pgs)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Welcome to Cedar Falls, a small North Carolina town nestled amongst the Smokey Mountains. Where the people are friendly and the men are hot.

Kyler Prince is determined to find his place in this world. But with only the sheltered commune he grew up in as experience, his hope of finding somewhere he could fit in seems impossible. That is, until he ended up in Cedar Falls.

Aaron Garnett has dark desires. After he meets Kyler, he fears the innocent man would run if Aaron ever showed him what he truly wanted in a lover. But Aaron’s just not sure he has the strength to stay away from Kyler.

Can Kyler convince Aaron that his desires run just as dark, or will Aaron feel the risk is too high to give him a chance?    

ISBN: 978-1-64010-302-3

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/chiseled-wood

Reviewer: Lisa

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

I love the way this author can put together a book that not only fascinates you but draws you in. I had a blast reading this and look forward to reading more by this amazing author. This is one of those types that even after you have read the whole book you just want to go back and read it again.  

Kyler was raised in a commune his entire life.  There are many things he doesn’t understand out in the wild and crazy world.  When you add Jesse and his friends, well you can see how this poor guy can get lost.  He spent everything he had to get to Cedar Falls just praying he got a job.   This is one guy that needs as many friends as he can get, and to top it all off he is living out of his car.  Then he meets the sexy Aaron.

Aaron is a Dom and one look at Kyler tells him that this man is a true innocent.  Trying to stay away from him might just back fire on him.  He sees the beauty in the man’s smile that just draws him in even more.  Take that chance and jump, now if you want to know the down and juicy well you’re just going to have to pick up this book.

I love how it has that serious tone to it but there is so much humor in it that your attention is captivated throughout it all. I loved the cover and that was what caught my attention first. Although to be honest any book that Shea writes is automatically bought by me. I just can’t seem to get enough of this series. There is something about the way that Shea more than likely have you laughing your ass off at parts of it. Especially Jesse, and now you are going to meet the mini-Jesse. The characters are beautifully written with big hearts, however if you cross them, they have no problem putting you down. They will protect their friends and family with their entire lives. I had a blast reading this story.

This story is perfect for when you are trying to take a break or when you just need the sun to shine for you. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. It also gave me everything I could want in a book. I can honestly tell you that this is going to be one of those types of series. One that I will have to read over and over. I love the way all the feelings they felt was involved in this story. It was the perfect story for me and I loved it. I can’t wait to read the next story. 

Lion’s Mate by Shannon West & T.S. McKinney

Shannon West & T.S. McKinney - Lion's Mate CoverTitle: Lion’s Mate  

Series: Hell’s Creek 01   

Author: Shannon West & T.S. McKinney

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Publisher: Painted Hearts Publishing (May 9, 2017)

Length: Novella (103pgs)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: When Julian Montague rolls into a small mill town on the back side of nowhere, he isn’t looking for any trouble. He’s broke and fallen on hard times—but his idea to run from a license check on a main highway has backfired. He went off road on his motorcycle and now he’s hopelessly lost and almost out of gas. Stopping at the only station in town, he’s confronted by bullies with a gun who insist he’s on the “wrong side of the line” and then proceed to attack him. Fighting them off, he heads for the dubious safety of the “other side” when he’s attacked by a wild animal and crashes, almost killing himself. Waking up tied to a bed, he’s startled to find his injuries are being tended by a large, handsome man named Leo who bosses him around, showers him with affection and insists on calling him kitty. Something is going on in this strange town called Hell’s Creek, involving the large paper mill and the strange inhabitants who live in separate territories and answer only to the Company. Julian needs to find out what it is before he finds himself the “mate” of another man—and the main problem with that is that he’s beginning to like the idea way too much.

ISBN: 978-1-946379-25-2

Product Link: http://www.paintedheartspublishing.com/lionsmate

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I came across this author a couple of years ago and found her stories intriguing.  However I also remember that they didn’t stand out in my head like they should have.  So when I was given this story, I was interested in seeing how the author’s work had grown.  

When Julian was five years old his parents had been killed and he was raised in foster care.  Now if you know about foster care they take care of certain needs but not a lot of love goes around.  When he decides to take off, there are many obstacles for him to get through.  He is flat broke and his bike doesn’t have the proper tags.  So trying to get away from a road block leads him right into Hell’s Creek.  It actually takes him right into Dogtown.  What he doesn’t know or understand is that Dogtown is actually a town full of canine shifters whereas Cat’s town is for Felines.  His life is about to be torn into and twisted.

Leo is the leader of the felines but life is not as calm as one would think.  There is much fighting between the felines and canines.  He was to mate with another, but to his surprise Julian is his true fated mate.  The problem is the man has no clue what is going on, nor what he really is.  Things are about to get interesting.

Now the story has great potential and the characters are strong enough to keep the fight going on.  However for me, this story was more detail and descriptions, which is a drag.  Leo might be the leader but in fact he doesn’t really seem like it.  The reason for these two towns and the separation is because of some company.  For me an alpha would not listen to the company but take care of his pride or pack.  The connection between these two men is somewhat questionable.  There is heat there but something is really off about them both.  It is a long winded story that just did the opposite of what it should have done.  As a reader my attention waivered quite a bit with the story. 

Like I said above the story had great potential but for me failed to deliver.  I normally won’t read the next books because I don’t have a great reaction to the first book, however I am interested enough to see what the next story will be like.  I just could have done without the amount of descriptions and the use of kitten.  So far this story is not giving me a great impression, but will leave my final feelings for the next book.

The Red Thread by Bryan Ellis

Bryan Ellis - The Red Thread Cover sTitle: The Red Thread

Author: Bryan Ellis

Genre: Contemporary 

Length: Novel (256 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (September 2, 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: After a suicide attempt left him hospitalized for seven months, Jesse Holbrooke is returning home to live with his parents. Despite the treatment he received, his depression hangs like a cloud over his head, casting his life in a perpetual darkness he can’t seem to escape. But just when the obstacles become insurmountable, a glimmer of light appears.

Life hasn’t been easy for Adam Foster, a barista with a bad stutter, but he keeps his chin up and tries not to let the mockery of others get to him. Though shy, Adam is sweet and romantic, and Jesse knows they could be perfect for each other. Adam’s support gives Jesse the courage to face the darkness and believe in the possibility of happiness at last. But if their romance is going to last, both young men will have to look inside and find acceptance—for themselves as well as for each other.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-724-7

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-red-thread-by-bryan-ellis-7461-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  When I first got this book, I wasn’t really sure what to expect.  The author was new for me and I have never really cared for ready books by those I have not heard of.  Also I am more romance then what this story actually is.  It is a very depressing story about a young man with depression.  I suppose in a way it would actually be a great story for those who are dealing with it.  It also shows new love and how each compliments the other.  Although I also can’t figure out why the author fit two kids with mental illness with each other.  For me it didn’t really make a lot of sense. 

The story was a bit dry and was focused on the kid’s illness.  To be a love story, it really didn’t work out the way that I had expected it to.  Our main character, Jesse is nineteen, but to tell you the truth he sounds like an old man.  The story was all over the place and the added in word description really didn’t help much.  The part where he is in a mental hospital it just came off odd also.  The story seemed just repetitive and went over and over to me.  Everything felt like it was forced out of the author.  

Jesse and Adam met at their therapist.  They seem to hit it off, but Jesse seemed more focused on his dark days then he did his boyfriend.  There was some good parts to it, but Adam was more there in heart to me.  Whereas Jesse comes off like an old man, Adam who is older comes off like a teenager.  They didn’t really connect like I felt they should have.  

Adam was my favorite character out of the whole story, but even he came off strange.  I did enjoy his enthusiastic remarks quite a bit, he always seemed happy.  However deep down I wonder how he really felt. 

Over all the story just didn’t flow the way it should have, and the pace was slow going.  I hate to admit that I skimmed over most of this book just to finish it.  I am going to say that it was just not my kind of story at all.  The writing was not bad, but the story just didn’t rock the way I wanted it to. 

Fish Out of Water by Amy Lane

Amy Lane - Fish Out Of Water Cover STitle: Fish Out Of Water

Author: Amy Lane

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery 

Length: Novel (270 Pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 29, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: PI Jackson Rivers grew up on the mean streets of Del Paso Heights—and he doesn’t trust cops, even though he was one. When the man he thinks of as his brother is accused of killing a police officer in an obviously doctored crime, Jackson will move heaven and earth to keep Kaden and his family safe. 

Defense attorney Ellery Cramer grew up with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, but that hasn’t stopped him from crushing on street-smart, swaggering Jackson Rivers for the past six years. But when Jackson asks for his help defending Kaden Cameron, Ellery is out of his depth—and not just with guarded, prickly Jackson. Kaden wasn’t just framed, he was framed by crooked cops, and the conspiracy goes higher than Ellery dares reach—and deep into Jackson’s troubled past.

Both men are soon enmeshed in the mystery of who killed the cop in the minimart, and engaged in a race against time to clear Kaden’s name. But when the mystery is solved and the bullets stop flying, they’ll have to deal with their personal complications… and an attraction that’s spiraled out of control.  

ISBN: 978-1-63477-379-9

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/fish-out-of-water-by-amy-lane-7332-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  I have read a few books by this author and have loved the worlds she creates.  This story is on the wall with me.  I am a reader of m/m only and within the first few paragraphs, you guessed it, sex with a female.  So for me that knocked the book down quite a bit.  I had to skim over most of the story just to get away from the girly parts.  Talk about a disappointment.

Now the mystery was a hit, if not a bit drawn out to the point that I almost lost focus.  The story is full of details, twists and turns, complex and then you get right into the heart of it all.  I have not known that Amy writes mysteries, so I was kind of shocked to find it.  But damn if she didn’t give you a heart stopping story of crime, revenge, dirty cops, murder, and so much more.  That is not to mention the hot sex, but that was only between the guys.  

Jackson was one hell of a cop, till a bullet changed his life.  Now he is private investigator who is trying to find out who framed his brother.  His brother is a brother he chose, because let’s face it his real family suck.  Now Ellery is his brother’s lawyer, trying to get him out of a cop killing sentence.  They knew that Kaden had not killed that dirty cop, but they needed to find out who did.  Now Ellery is the exact opposite of Jackson, and I wasn’t too sure if I like him or not.  However he has had the hots for the man for so long and now he gets a chance.  To find out more, well you just have to read it.  It is an action packed story and damn sexy men.

Now I am not really sure if I liked the book or actually hated it, but it sure was quite entertaining.  Once I got past my girly parts section, the story rocked.  I would definitely recommend this story, but I could have done without the females. 

Crash and Burn by Jane Perky

Jane Perky - Crash and Burn CoverTitle: Crash and Burn

Series: Wolves of Emerald Valley #1

Author: Jane Perky

Genre: Paranormal

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (April 27, 2017)

Length: Novella (118 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Blurb: Alpha Werewolf Crash left his hometown of Emerald Valley a long time ago, along with his five best friends. Now he’s back in town to solve a murder, but the town’s changed, taken over by a vicious wolf pack. Worse, his ex and the only man he’s ever loved is about to be mated to another. Mark’s already broken his heart once, but there are some things that can’t be forgiven. Crash will claim Mark, even if that means his death.

Omega Wolf Mark’s done all he can to survive, including stomaching a man he doesn’t love. When Crash returns to town, unresolved feelings return to the surface and the chemistry between them burns as hot as ever. Crash swears to never let Mark go again, but things are never that simple.

Will Crash challenge an entire pack to win back his Omega? 

ISBN: 978-1-64010-287-3

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/crash-burn

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  I have read a few stories by this author, and I find that I say the same thing pretty much each time.  The story line has great potential as well as the plot itself.  The characters also could have made a great impact into the story, however there was quite a bit missing in the story that would have done that.  The way Crash and the others are written, make them come off both as strong but also as weak.  They might be able to fight their way through many obstacles, but in truth that is about as far as they would get.  There is no heat or passion when it comes to the characters themselves or their relationship or I should say the right heat or passion.  Yes, they are pissed about their omega friend but I don’t see the build-up for any others.

Now they are all friends who left their homes, but they left an omega behind.  Then they all separate which would make them lone wolves.  Now if the author knew about wolves, then they would know that is not the norm.  Now for a book, that maybe would work.  However for me, it didn’t do what the author intended.  I did not like the interaction between Crash and Mark.  It felt forced and a bit harsh to a point.  One minute they are hating each other, and the next in bed just doesn’t fly with me.  I will wait to see how the others work in their story before deciding what to feel about them.  Lets just say an alpha and pack, would not let another group of wolves stay in their pack.  The vampires were a nice addition, but then again you only see them for a bit.  

Crash and his friends are alpha werewolves, yet they are all lone wolves. Except for Larry who was an omega and they just left him behind.  Crash had been in love with Mark, but left him behind.  Both of their hearts were broken, but neither chose the other.  Now they are back for Larry’s funeral and to find out what happened to him.  Mark was to bond with the beta of the pack who is an ass.  If you want to know the juicy details, pick up the book.

Now I have given you my problems with the book, as well as a little description of the story.  Now for me the book felt rushed and not well thought out.  There was a great deal of potential and areas that showed some strength.  However for me, those areas were small compared to the rest of the story itself. I didn’t connect with any of the characters and that was a big disappointment for me. 

Now I will stick with the series to see if they get a better story but for now it is not doing anything for me at all. Just because this is my thoughts doesn’t mean you might not like it.

Uprooted by Gillain St. Kevern

Gillian St. Kevern - Uprooted CoverTitle: Uprooted

Series: Thorns and Fangs #2

Author: Gillian St. Kevern

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: NineStar Press (December 26, 2016)

Length: Novel (232pgs)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Recovering vampire Ben is discovering that life after death is hard work. It will take more than a reflection to impress his boyfriend Nate’s religious mother. And Nate’s twin brother, Ethan, openly resents Ben’s presence at the family farm. Nate is confident they can build a normal life together, but Ben’s not even sure he knows what normal is. He can’t face his reflection, let alone his past, while Nate refuses to divulge his family’s supernatural secret. Can they build a future on such shaky foundations?

When a supernatural hunter is found dead on the family farm, Ethan becomes the main suspect in a murder investigation that puts Ben and Nate at odds. Nate wants to protect his family and stay silent about what he is, but Ben knows no one is safe until the demonic agent responsible for a string of murders is caught. Defying Nate to investigate alone, Ben can’t let the demon claim another victim. But as his investigation continues, he discovers links to a past he thought he’d buried—and a past Nate refuses to acknowledge. With a desperate killer on a deadline, Ben must face the literal demons in his past if he wants to have any chance of saving himself and Nate from a fate worse than death. 

ISBN: 978-1-945952-41-8

Product Link: https://ninestarpress.com/product/uprooted/

Reviewer:  Lisa

Review: It has been several months since I read the first book in this series, so it was like a new experience for me.  This particular story is about the two main characters in book one and where they are now that Ben is not a vampire any longer.  When I read the blurb, it said recovering vampire, but in truth he is now human once more.  The characters are a bit off to me, but still pretty sweet.  In this story you find out more about Nate and let’s just say it is one big surprise.

Nate has talked Ben into coming back to his home town with him.  It is supposed to give him a break from what he had known before.  Ben gets to meet Nate’s brother Ethan and their mom.  Now that is one wacky family.  It also explains quite a bit about Nate.  The problem was there was a murder and Ethan is the main suspect.  

Now the whole town is just down right creepy.  They are one of the most religious place’s ever and just because someone is off, it makes them evil.  And when there is evil around, you can figure out the type of people living there will react.  Ethan is a lover of plants, and is damn good at growing them.  He is closed off and really weird, but his brother is the exact opposite.  Nate is out going and funny as hell, in a way.  This murder might link back to, well I will let you find out when you read the story.  Let’s just say you are in for a big surprise.

It is a very long winded tale that I have to admit didn’t keep my attention like it should have.  I am afraid that I had to take a break from it for a bit.  It has a lot of description and details in it that just didn’t help me along.  It actually took several chapters before I got interested in finding out what else happens.  Other than that this book was a bigger hit with me then the first one was.  I do like the characters quite a bit and can’t wait to see what this author comes up with for the next book.

Forever My Love by Toby Aden

Toby Aden - Forever My Love CoverTitle: Forever My Love

Series: The Melrose Coven  #3

Author: Toby Aden

Genre: Paranormal

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (April 20, 2017)

Length: Novella (187 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Alistair Costanova never thought he’d have a second chance at love until Sam Hayes blows into town and turns his world upside down. Shock sends him running away from the man wearing the face of his dead lover from several centuries ago, but circumstances and attractions keep drawing them closer.

Sam Hayes is a very complicated man. Impulsive and a total slut, but he has some measure of depth to him. He’s a man with several layers and a deeply buried secret only a select few in his family line know about. A born wizard, Sam had no choice but to keep that part of himself separate from his public life among humans, even his best friend Dorian. Moving to Melrose Town was supposed to be an adventure and a new start for Sam. Nothing had prepared him to be surrounded by a town full of vampires, but a quick adjustment was in order, especially since witches stayed neutral from every other species.

Meeting Alistair sparks his interest and the aloof man brings out emotions he’d never felt before. For Alistair, staying away from Sam is more work than he thought possible, even if he needed to stay away for the man’s own good. But with the increasing problem of made vampires and these two fighting the emotions they feel for each other, who will succumb first?

ISBN: 978-1-64010-285-9

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/forever-my-love

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in The Melrose Coven collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. There is nothing better than a good paranormal romance with two gorgeous men involved.  

I love the way this author can put together a book that not only fascinates you but draws you in. I had a blast reading this and look forward to reading more by this amazing author. This is one of those types that even after you have read the whole book you just want to go back and read it again.   

Many years ago Alistair’s mate had been murdered right along with his baby brother.  He got his revenge, but he was now alone.  He left his position of a noble person and went to work with for the king of their people.  He had not expected to find another mate, one that was identical to the man he loved.  So what does his dumbass do, he runs.  Now Sam is a sweetie, but he does have his own secrets to hide.  When he went to see a friend, who was like a brother to him, he had not expected to be surrounded by vampires.  Going to shock Dorian when he finds out that Sam does know what they are that is for sure.  He just had not expected to find a sexy vampire of his own, now all he has to do is bide his time.  Either that or kick the man’s ass.  If you really want to know, pick up the book.

I love how it has that serious tone to it but there is so much humor in it that your attention is captivated throughout it all. I loved the cover and that was what caught my attention first.  The characters are beautifully written with big hearts, however if you cross them, they have no problem putting you down. They will protect their mates with their entire lives. I had a blast reading this story.

This story is perfect for when you are trying to take a break or when you just need the sun to shine for you. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. It also gave me everything I could want in a book. I can honestly tell you that this is going to be one of those types of series. One that I will have to read over and over.

I love the way all the feelings they felt was involved in this story. It was the perfect story for me and I loved it. I can’t wait to read the next story.

Human Instincts by April Kelley

April Kelley - Human Instincts CoverTitle: Human Instincts

Series: Roguefalls #1

Author: April Kelley

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy 

Publisher: eXtasy Books (May 5, 2017)

Length: Novella (98 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: If opposites attract, nothing is more opposite than a tough human soldier and an omega wolf shifter cook.

A human soldier and an omega wolf shifter find out they’re mates in a world where segregation between humans and paranormals is standard operating procedure.

Dylan Kole knows how to do one thing, and that’s to be a soldier in the human army. He doesn’t know how to fit in with a bunch of paranormal beings, and he certainly doesn’t know how to be a mate to Rudy Malone, the only omega wolf shifter on Roguefalls Island. One thing Dylan does have going for him is his ability to follow his instincts.

ISBN: 978-1-4874-1239-5

Product Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/human-instincts/

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I came across April a few months back with her first series came out, and she soon became a favorite of mine.  The worlds she creates are so unique and different then many that are out there that it is an enjoyment when I get my hands on her books.  The characters are fully developed and have a bit of a bite to them.  To top it off they are so damn sexy, makes me want to go out and find one for myself.

In this world humans are segregated away from the paranormal’s.  The humans have their army and the paranormal’s have theirs, although that is about to change.  Dylan was kicked out of his home for being gay.  Thanks to a nice sheriff, he was told to go to the human recruiters and join.  He knew he was destined to die. Then sometime later, he was being given to the paranormal’s army to figure a way to bring them together.  

Rudy is the one and only omega for the paranormal’s army.  He just wanted to get away from his nutty and over protective older brother.  He was their best damn cook, but all that changed when in walked two humans.  One of those humans just so happens to be his mate.  Wow, talk about a shock to them all.

The only complaint I have, is I wished they were longer because I didn’t want to put the book down.  Even right now after having finished it, I want to go read it again.  It caught my attention from the start and kept it all the way to the end.  This story gave me everything I could want in a good story and I cannot wait till the next book gets here.  Way to go April!

Vodka & Handcuffs by Brandon Witt

Brandon Witt - Vodka & Handcuffs CoverTitle: Vodka & Handcuffs

Series: Mary’s Boys 02

Author: Brandon Witt

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 26, 2017)

Length: Novella (112 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Vahin Arora, Hamburger Mary’s sexy bartender, plays the flirtatious role so well even his closest friends—his chosen family at Mary’s—don’t realize Vahin hasn’t had a hookup in months. Then Tall, Dark, and Handsome steps through the door, and Vahin’s libido races back to life.

Being a black cop on the Denver police force is no easy job—Marlon Barton can’t imagine adding being gay to the equation. And while Marlon loves his work as an officer, his life has taken a turn for the hellish because of his new partner, the nephew of a senator.

Fleeing his partner’s company one night, Marlon stumbles into Mary’s for the first time… and wakes up with a hangover in the bartender’s bed. The one-night stand heats up into a budding romance, but not without stress as Marlon’s partner’s actions threaten Vahin’s livelihood and Marlon’s future on the force. Can Vahin and Marlon face the challenges and hold on to the love, friendship, and family they’ve found?

ISBN: 978-1-63533-433-3

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/vodka-handcuffs-by-brandon-witt-8349-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  Each book in the Mary’s Boys collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.

Marlon is one very sexy cop but he is having the worst time of it.  First off he is black and the second is he is gay.   He has a partner who is not only racist but a homophobe.  Me thinks one doth protest too much, if you get my drift.  Anyhow our sexy police officer needs a good old fashion drink.  Too bad he doesn’t remember drink so much and waking up next to the hot bartender.   Too bad it brings trouble to Vahin and Mary’s boys.

The story starts off pretty damn good, but I am afraid that it also feels like the author just rushed the whole story.  There were so many chances to make it into not only a longer book but to give us something to sink our teeth into.  There is hot sex, but you don’t see it.  There is absolutely no heat between these guys, so no steamy parts either.  There is no passion between these two, or I should say Marlon doesn’t really have any.  He is the one that comes off a bit strange to me.  That’s not saying he isn’t a good character, but with how short the story is, well you get my point.  He just comes off rocky and not a follow thru type of person.  Then there is the ending, well it just seems to stop all of a sudden.

Now the story to me was still cute and I did like the guys.  However it came off a bit like the author was trying to meet a deadline with this particular book.  I also feel that if it had been made into an actual longer book we would have seen a lot more to it.  For now this book failed on many different steps for me to truly love.  It had great potential but for now I am not sure about the rest of the series.

Geoffrey by Catherine Lievens

Catherine Lievens - Geoffery CoverTitle: Geoffrey

Series: Gillham Pack #21

Author: Catherine Lievens

Genre: Paranormal

Publisher: eXtasy Books (March 24, 2017)

Length: Novella (119 Pages)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Sometimes you have to accept what life gives you without questions.

Geoffrey’s life is normal—or it would be, if most of his friends weren’t members of the Gillham pack. He loves the pack, though, and when he finds an injured woman and three babies, he agrees right away to take care of the oldest one, Mingan. It’s the least he can do, and maybe it’ll help him get closer to William, his mate.

William thought he’d never trust another man, not after what his best friend and lover did to him seven years before. He tries to resist the bond that pulls him close to Geoffrey, but Geoffrey is stubborn, and he doesn’t take no for an answer.

William has no doubt Geoffrey will eventually wriggle his way into his life, but will he be able to get past the wall William built between himself and the rest of the world? What will Mingan’s presence mean for them and for their future? And what will happen when Mingan’s father tries to get him back? 

ISBN: 978-1-4874-1027-8

Product Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/geoffrey/

Reviewer:  Lisa

Review:  Each Book in the Gillham Pack collection features a different romantic couple.  To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.  This series is also connected to the Whitedell Pride collection. There is nothing better than a good paranormal romance with two gorgeous men involved.

Over the years that I have been reading I soon come to the conclusion that I do have favorites.  Catherine Lievens is one of those authors that just seem to bring a smile to my face no matter what is going on.  Her stories always leave me wishing that I was in them.  There is a joy in them as well as many other feelings that just seem to brighten my day every time I read them.  I will admit that when she puts a new one out, I go and read the entire two series that are connected before I read the new book.  It connects me a bit easier with the story, knowing who everyone is and what they stand for.  Plus I just get a kick out of some of the guys.

Geoffrey was a human who basically hung around the pack.  His mate was a wolf, who is very shy and doesn’t really acknowledge him.  It has its ups and downs that is for sure, but it all changed when Geoffrey came across a windego dying.  She had save three little ones and brought them to the pack for safety.  The oldest Mingan was not even a year old but he chose Geoffrey.  Now all they need to do is to get William into the act.  To top it off Mingan’s father shows up and if you want to know more, pick up the book.

I always get a kick out of these guys and this didn’t change that at all.  I loved Geoffrey, and once I found out why William was the way he was, well let’s just say he is a sweetie.  I just wanted to hug him to death.  I love how it has that serious tone to it but there is a bit of humor in it that your attention is captivated throughout it all. I loved the cover and that was what caught my attention first. Although to be honest any book that Catherine writes is automatically bought by me. I just can’t seem to get enough of this series. There is something about the way that she tells you a story more than likely have you laughing your ass off at parts of it. 

This story is perfect for when you are trying to take a break or when you just need the sun to shine for you. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. It also gave me everything I could want in a book. I can honestly tell you that this is going to be one of those types of series. One that I will have to read over and over. I love the way all the feelings they felt was involved in this story. It was the perfect story for me and I loved it. I can’t wait to read the next story. 

Tell Me The Truth by Lisa Oliver

Lisa Oliver - Tell Me The Truth CoverTitle: Tell Me The Truth

Series:  Stockton Wolves #5

Author: Lisa Oliver

Genre: Paranormal

Publisher: Lisa Oliver (April 13, 2017)

Length: Novel (218 Pages)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb:  Special Agent Niclas Draig was on a mission…well, he was supposed to be. But when sent to Stockton with his partner Jack, to investigate what looked like the work of a serial killer, he walked into the Captain’s office and found himself looking at his mate. A mate, who’s delicious scent was tinged with deceit as the man looked him in the eye and lied to his face. 

Captain Anthony Reynolds was getting tired of the way paranormal’s played fast and loose with the law and his life. Eighteen months from retirement, the last thing he expected when the FBI came in was to have such a physical reaction to one of the agents. When the same agent blasts him two weeks later for lying, Tony knew his life was going to change. He’d been around paranormal’s enough to know exactly what the word mate meant. But that didn’t mean he had to accept it. 

An unguarded moment, a flash of teeth and both men’s lives change. Their mating causes problems from every angle and…an unexpected bonus. An abduction, a bomb and Nico’s interfering family – will Nico and Tony ever get their HEA? 

ISBN: B071CQK8BY

Product Link: https://www.amazon.com/Tell-Truth-Stockton-Wolves-Book-ebook/dp/B071CQK8BY

Reviewer:  Lisa

Review:  Each Book in the Stockton Wolves 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 spent most of my life surrounded by paperback books, loving the stories that seem to take me away from whatever trouble is bothering me.  I started enjoying reading at the age of twelve and to the surprise of many; they were in fact male on female romance stories.  A few years ago I accidentally bought two male on male romance books and something seemed to click.   Now over time I have come to favor paranormal’s more than contemporary.  I also love a man in a uniform or at least with a gun, now with this particular story I get a nice big dragon shifter who carries a gun.  Now when you think big ass dragon, you assume he is the strongest but let me tell you, you are in for a big surprise.  

Nico is a sexy ass special agent and a powerful dragon shifter.  He makes the wolves duck for cover, but you will see that he is also the sweetest man around.  Nico and his partner Jack are investigating a serial killer, but the police captain is hiding something from them.  To top it off that captain is his mate.  

Tony has known about the paranormal world for a few years now, but hates how they have their own way of dealing with certain things, such as the killer being a paranormal.  He just wants to show the families their closure, but he supposes knowing it is over will have to be enough.  Then a very sexy man comes in and tells him that he is his mate, well you can imagine what happened.  Leave a dragon to his own attitude and mating will happen whether you’re ready or not.  Then you have abduction of his son, a bomb set to kill and a few other surprises that you will have to find out will leave you gasping for more.

Now Lisa has informed us that this was the last book for this series, and I must protest.  I want to hear more about Jack and Roger plus Tony’s son’s mating.  I want to know if Orson catches Robert in the end.  I will be pouting and wanting to know that answer.  I have enjoyed these stories by our very best Lisa Oliver, and can’t wait to get started reading them over again.  This is one series I would definitely recommend.

Darkest Hour Before Dawn by Charlie Cochet

Charlie Cochet - Darkest Hour Before Dawn CoverTitle: Darkest Hour Before Dawn

Series: THIRDS #9

Author: Charlie Cochet

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (April 25, 2017)

Length: Novel (224 Pages)  

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.

As life and death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most for good this time. 

ISBN: 978-1-63533-609-2

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/darkest-hour-before-dawn-by-charlie-cochet-8399-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: One day I was out looking for a new audible book when I came across the very first book in this series and from then on I have been caught.  I will admit that I actually listened to the first 7 books before even buying the ebooks.  With this series you must start with book one, otherwise you can get pretty lost on who the characters are and what they are about.  

Seb and Hudson have been mates for several years, but a tragic accident sent them into different directions.  A child was killed when Seb ran to protect Hudson instead of the public.  From that time on there was so much friction that you would get burned just bringing it up.  You can see that both men still love each other but there is so much going between them that it would take a miracle to help.

That miracle might just happen when the ones targeting Dex, puts their sights on Hudson.  Now with this there are many twists and turns, but there is one major shock still in store for our sexy little doctor.  I can guarantee that it will shock you also.

I will admit that this is the only series that I have read by this author and more than once.  I can tell you that it is not only entertaining but will keep you on the edge of your seat just waiting for the next shoe to drop.  It has a serious tone to it but there is quite a bit of humor mixed in.  Well what do you expect when Dex is around.  

I had a blast reading this and cannot wait to see what happens next.  It is one of the most fascinating tales I have read in a long time.  There is so much action, mixed in with danger that you will not want to miss a bit of it.  I can admit that this author has moved up the ranks in my library quite fast with her stories.  I need to go read her other books, if they are like this one I will be in a happy place.  So over all this is a major win with me, and I would definitely recommend it to all.