has loved Kitty since he met her, but he knows she is involved with
Devlin. Thom’s memories of the war, when
he had to make life and death choices, haunts him to the point he starts
whoring and getting drunk instead of doctoring.
Things change when Devlin and Kitty ask for his help.
latest book in the Brothers in Arms
series, Fight for Love, continues
stories of men adjusting to life after war and the men and women who love
them. This is a little different as
Devlin survived a different type of life than going to war. Devlin and Kitty knew each other long before
they met Dr. Thom Peters, though they all have quite a few mutual friends.
of the ménage families know Thom and want nothing more than his happiness. As a struggle for the London underground is brewing, things happen
that put both Kitty and Thom at risk because of their association with
Devlin. Something Kitty does brings
things to a head and gets Sir James involved as well. I was surprised by the solution Sir James created.
and Thom are both under the impression Kitty would be better off with the other
and their ménage is only temporary. Ms.
Kane does resolutions of these types of relationship very well. Those familiar with the Brothers in Arms series will not be disappointed with Fight for Love either. While each story has some of the same
elements, the author creates very different and interesting combinations with
the men and their woman.
am looking forward to the next story and hope one day we see one for Sir
James. I recommend that the series be
read in order; however, it is not necessary to enjoy each story.
had it all, a great job, a loving husband, and a new baby. Then one day his dream life falls apart and
Ellis wonders if he’ll ever be happy again.
Zane is a struggling artist with a secret. The last thing he should be interested in is
starting something with Ellis, but Zane just can’t stay away from the handsome
man or his sweet baby.
Summer Son is a well written story by author
Anna Martin. While she is a new author
for me, this will not be the last of her stories I read. From the beginning, I was pulled into Ellis’
story. It’s easy to understand his need
to show everyone he is capable of taking care of baby Harrison
on his own, so readers won’t be surprised that his personal life has fallen by
the wayside. I like that his
introduction to Zane goes smoothly and the instant attraction between them
really heats up the pages. Rather than
pussy footing around regarding any kind of a relationship, the two men become
things between Ellis and Zane are running smoothly, they face a lot of
interference from outside forces.
Although I was shocked by the actions of Ellis’ ex, I should not have
been. The man really is a giant prick
and his actions at one point are over the top.
As for Zane, his past is just as intrusive. I wondered how this part of the story would
play out, and loved Zane’s response to the police when they ask for an
I really loved how the author wraps this story up and would have no
problems recommending Summer Son to
anyone who loves the M/M genre. I will
be looking for more from this author and plan on putting her on my must read
Dean White is a private investigator who prides himself in
being able to solve any case without having to resort to claims of magical
powers or any of that supernatural nonsense. So it is driving him crazy that he
has misplaced something as precious as his grandmother’s beloved ring. He has
looked everywhere he can think of, but he just can’t figure out what has
happened to it. His grandmother, being very understanding of her grandson’s
sudden bout of absentmindedness, suggests he seek the guidance for Maggie
Daniels, who can use her magic abilities to help find the ring…when it’s ready
to be found, that is.
Dean will do anything to keep his grandmother happy, but
secretly he can’t wait to show Maggie up for the fraud he thinks she is. Maggie
can tell Dean is a non-believer but senses great power at work. Maggie is a
“finder” and is facing her biggest challenge yet – helping Dean find the
strength to accept his past and face the very real threat his stubbornness has
brought to his own doorstep.
I enjoyed Finders
Keepers from the start. The story is written well and the characters
immediately captured my attention. I love the knowledge and patience that
Dean’s Grandmother Sarah exhibits. She seems fully aware of the importance of
Maggie coming into Dean’s life but continues to support her grandson while he
stubbornly refuses to believe what he sees and feels. The conflict and
underlying sexual tension between Dean and Maggie is balanced just right for
me. In fact the author did such a good job of building up the chemistry between
the two characters that I couldn’t help but feel like the ending was a little
bit anti-climactic. I thoroughly enjoyed following the
characters’ journey, and while the ending is sweet, I would have liked to enjoy
the destination a little more.
and his mom have finally gotten up the courage to leave his abusive
father. Unlike some who have faced
similar situations, they have a place to stay. Unfortunately however, that
isn’t necessarily a good thing because in the shifter world, it is frowned on
for them to leave the way they did. This
worries Max as he can’t help wondering what kind of reception they will receive
once they make it to their new home.
Loveblood is the new release by author M.J.
O’Shea. This shape-shifter story is one
that I am sure will grab the reader’s attention from the first page. Unlike some stories in this sub-genre, the
world that the author has created is, at times, more than a little violent,
especially for characters so young.
However, this violence is not gratuitous and in fact plays an important
part in the story.
characters are well written and, from the beginning, it was easy to want them
to find their happily ever after. Max
comes from an abusive family so it is understandable that he his leery of going
into a new pack. Jonah is the favorite
son of the pack and used to being in control.
Neither one of these young men is ready for the changes that occur once
they meet. There is an instant
attraction between the two and, while Max understands what is going on, Jonah
has no clue. While the connection is
strong, and the two can’t seem to stay away from each other, there are a lot of
misunderstandings that may keep these two apart.
There are a lot of twists and turns in this story that are sure to hold
the reader’s attention. The author does a
great job keeping the reader guessing how everything is going to play out. I have to say there were a few things I did
not expect to happen and one that really surprised me. There were, for me, a couple of unanswered
questions, and I would love to see more of Max and Jonah in the future. Fans of Ms. O’Shea’s are sure to love this
newest story and, if you have not yet tried one of her books, this is a great
one to start with.
Life has never been particularly
plain sailing for Jack, but these last few months have really taken the cake.
His ex wife seems to be on his case every waking hour, and his most recent
relationship has ended acrimoniously. As if Jack doesn’t have enough on his
plate, he’s confronted by the sight of his teenage daughter at his door, all
puffy eyed... and pregnant! Dan runs a successful bakery and
sometimes employs his nephew Billy to help out when things get busy. Dan
realises it isn’t going to be a good day when Rachel – a girl Billy dated a
while back – and her very cute, very angry father come into the store,
demanding to see Billy. He can understand the man’s frustration, but Dan is not
about to let Jack steamroll his way through this. The kids got themselves into
this, and Dan’s willing to give them a chance to make it work. Jack obviously
has a lot on his plate, so Dan is trying to stay patient, and much to his
annoyance, reign in his immediate attraction to this hot headed man, but Jack
is not making things easy. Dan can see Jack needs to seriously de-stress, and
fast, but Jack is sending out mixed messages…
I enjoy reading Sean Michael’s
work. The writing is realistic, easy to follow, and just has that feel good
factor. Recipe for Love has drama,
hot scenes and lots of baking goodness – the perfect combination. The storyline
was very enjoyable, a good balance of emotion and cuteness, but I felt that it
was a bit too short; as if the author had to skip over some parts that could
have been explored further. The characters were very strong and had an
immediate impact. I loved the chemistry between Dan and Jack, and would love to
read more of their story.
Agents Dexter J. Daley and Team Leader Sloane Brodie are
running out of time along with stamina. Every spark of information uncovered to
help Team Destructive Delta capture the terrorist group known as the Order of
Adrasteia leads the team into a deadly trap. New York is in chaos, some secrets have been
revealed, but there are more lethal mysteries yet to be discovered.
Blood & Thunder is the second book in the THIRDS series. The plot is a well paced riveting
suspense. The characters are fictional; nevertheless the circumstances
illustrated in the plot are incredibly realistic. I could visualize their
levels of stress escalating almost to the emotional breaking point. Their tempers
flaring to a combative state, their fear of failure as well as the fear of
losing a love one being unbearable. These are the mental conditions the team
had to tolerate.
Being a shifter,
Sloane is having an especially hard time with his personal life. His human side
wishes for a long term intimate relationship with Dex, yet his jaguar’s natural
instincts desires to be a loner with no permanent attachments to anyone. Sloane
is torn because he still has feelings for Gabe as well as equal feelings for
Dex. Sloane’s internal conflict makes it difficult for him to work with Dex, he
regrets the rift between them, but Sloane is at a loss as to how to mend their
broken bond. Sloane also fears rejection from Dex if secrets from his past
emerge. The anxiety Sloane is suffering may cause him to lose his humanity transforming
him into feral jaguar.
Dex is smart, brave
plus sympathetic; however Dex is finding it difficult to maintain his usual
cheerful temperament. Trying to concur with the emotional rollercoaster
constructed by Sloane has caused Dex to have an inferiority complex towards his
job as well as their clandestine liaison. Dex recognizes he’s heading for
disaster with Sloane; nevertheless Dex is powerless to stop it.
Charlie Cochet has again created an outstanding intense action saga
intermingled with heartwarming moments as well as moments of humor. I enjoyed Blood
& Thunder immensely.
Matt will do anything to
provide for his little brother Sam, and the easiest way to make the money they
need to survive is selling himself. Between worrying about the money and
putting food on the table, he’s exhausted and looks it. Then he meets Kevin and
he has a little hope for the first time in years. But Matt’s also just agreed
to ‘trade’ services for Sam’s tuition at a private school. Life is a mess,
people who bother Matt are dying and the police are circling. Kevin is rich and
generous and seems a little too perfect, but that might be because he’s a Fae
prince. An even bigger surprise…it looks like Matt might be the missing Fae
King. He just doesn’t know it.
Changeling is the first release in the new series Middle Hill by Barbara Geiger. Please be aware of the BDSM content
What do I say? I’m a
fan of paranormals and the blurb for this first release caught my attention. I
had high hopes. It seemed like a book I’d love but what I found instead was a
confusing story that I had difficulty following. The plot jumped all over the place, and there’s
lots of missing information, leaving me to piece together a world with too many
hidden motives to even begin to understand. That goes for the characters are
well. The author apparently didn’t want to reveal anything important in the
beginning, so there are gaping holes in the personalities and backgrounds of
the main characters since it all weaves together.
Be warned, I was still
totally confused about the plot, characters, what had happened and where the
story was going up to page 114… and this book is big. It’s a very long 362
pages, and I didn’t start to get a handle of what was happening and why until
I’d struggled through probably 175 pages. Then it started to make sense. At least more sense than before. By this
stage I had so much time invested that I wanted to see where it was going. Don’t get me wrong, the world building is
creative but the other issues just about negated them. The only thing that
saved the book for me was the last…maybe 75 pages. It’s here that things
finally start to come together and we get some answers, but there are still
dangling threads which I assume will be addressed in the next book. I
truthfully don’t consider this a romance…and I didn’t feel the chemistry
between Matt and Kevin. I did enjoy the protective them-against-the-world
relationship of the brothers.
O’Farrihy thought his life would be the SEAL’s but when that falls through, he
finds himself doing a job he doesn’t like and living a life totally different
from what he wanted. While on a case,
Brendan meets and falls in love with Kinosuke.
Unfortunately, the younger man is one of the subjects of his case, which
causes more than a few problems.
Yakuza Courage is the second story in The Way of the Yakuza series by author
H.J. Brues. Readers will need to have
read the first book, Yakuza Pride
before starting this one as the history developed in the first book is even
more important now. While Brendan and
Kinosuke are the main characters of this story and their romance does on
occasion come into play, the book is really story centered and there is a lot
fact that there is so much going on in this story, for me at least, makes it
difficult to review. I suppose the best
way would be to break it down a little and the first part will center on the
romance between Brendan and Kinosuke.
When these two actually meet in person, there is some connection between
them, yet it takes some time for the men to act on those feelings. The passion between them is really intense
and once they come together, they heat up the pages. I would have liked to have seen more
attention paid to these two, but what there is works well in the scope of the
there is Ken and the Yakuza men he has made his family. As the readers would expect, all of them are
having problems adjusting to the huge changes in their lives. Of course, given the culture the men come
from, talking about their feelings is not something they do. This leads to many misunderstandings. Of all of them it was Kotaro I felt the most
for. Not only does he have to adjust to
a new environment but he is also a teen-ager going through all the problems
they face when being the new kid in school.
I must say I was a little worried at one point that things with Kotaro
were going to end badly.
there is Brendan and the men from his SEAL team. The unit’s last mission together did not go
well and Brendan ends up taking the fall.
All the men end up suffering, some more than others. The author does a good job making this part
of the story come across realistically; in fact, this is something that could
have been part of our evening news some time during the last few years.
is when the author brings these two groups together that the story really takes
off. It is only natural when Kinosuke
finds out about being part of Brendan’s mission, that he feels betrayed. While Kinosuke has the right to act the way
he did, I liked that Brendan was not ready to give up on the two of them being
together. I also liked that Brendan,
once he realizes that maybe the case he was sent to do was a lie, works towards
helping the Yakuza.
There is a lot of action and a lot of twists and turns going on in Yakuza Courage that makes this book one
that you really need to pay attention to.
If you are looking for a story with some meat to it then you really must
pick this one up. I am curious to see
what the author hopes to bring to this series next. I also hope we will be seeing more of
Brendan’s SEAL team.
Liam Noble has first-hand knowledge of how much words can
hurt. Meeting potential boyfriends is
always a problem for Liam until he meets Jordan McKelvey. Jordan is able to see beyond Liam’s
shyness to find the strong good-natured real Liam hiding behind the blushes.
Medics, Mayhem, and Mojitos is part of Love's First Response series. In this
episode, Liam is an EMT for the fire department. He loves his job and works
well with his co-workers. The plot illustrates both emotional and physical
healing, a promising romance along with scenes of intimacy.
The only issue that Liam has is that he is haunted by the
constant verbal abuse from a former boyfriend. Although the former boyfriend is
gone, his painful words still cause Liam to feel unworthy to be loved.
is a bartender with a naturally charismatic personality. He is not afraid to
show his interest in Liam. A considerate man, Jordan is sincerely willing to
help Liam without passing judgment on his past.
Sara York has created another enjoyable installment to this
series. I especially enjoyed the display of camaraderie amongst all the
drags a friend with her to get some pictures, but both end up getting shot at
after seeing an FBI agent tortured.
Grayson and Parker end up being Cheyenne’s protectors when she has to be
protected as a witness. Grayson and
Parker, who are cousins, both want a long term relationship with her.
third book in the Crime and Punishment
series, Theirs to Share, is a fast
paced action and love story. The author
kept the story interesting and threw in at least one surprise toward the end. I
really enjoyed the backstory for Grayson and Parker. The author threw in a few humorous tidbits
that were reflected as the story progressed. The men are cousins whose mothers
are twins who did something that makes them extremely close and able to connect
mentally. As FBI agents, they watch each
men are attracted to Cheyenne and she is just as attracted to them. All three try to resist acting on that
attraction, but of course they fail. The
men aren’t sure Cheyenne
will be able to handle a relationship with both of them long-term but once she
makes up her mind, she is worried they don’t want that with her. Once all the misunderstandings get sorted
out, the scenes between them all get even hotter.
loved David and his relationship with Cheyenne. There is a small secondary
story with Cheyenne’s
friend, David, which works out. In
addition, other agents show up to help and one may end up with his own story if
hints are any indication.
stories in this series can be read as individual stories without having to read
the entire series in order. I would
recommend reading all of them though, as each are good stories for the
bookshelf. I am looking forward to the next one and hope it is Josh’s story.
All his life Garret
Nicholson’s taken care of and trained birds of prey at the center run by his
parents. He also works at his father falconry show during the Hawkwook Renaissance
Festival trying to prove he’s a dependable adult, capable of being a good
falconer. His dad has trouble seeing it, but leaves him in charge for a few days
while he does business off-site.
Trevor DePalma loves
the birds, and watching the shows makes him happier than he’s been since his
parents threw him out of the house. He volunteers at the falconry booth and
ends up helping Garrett with their care. Trevor learns all he can about the
birds and the two grow close, except he’s afraid to tell Garrett about his
past, especially about being homeless. As the dangers of living on the streets
get all too real, can Trevor depend on Garrett to be there when he needs him?
The Falconer’s Lure is the latest in A
Ren Faire Romance series by AJ
Marcus. Please note the previous
characters don’t play major roles, so it can be read as a standalone.
I’m a fan of watching
the birds of prey shows myself, so finding falconry as the focus of the story
is a plus for me. It’s obvious the author did his research about falconry and
did a very nice job weaving the information into the story. I enjoyed the
scenes with the birds and actually learned something too.
I guess what I liked
the most is that the author chose to use a young homeless man as one of his
leads. He took a situation where Trevor and his friends had hit bottom but put
it in the fantasy setting of the renaissance festival and turned it into a
positive experience after months of uncertainty. Weaving the bad with the good,
the pain with the joy and the rejection of the parents with the acceptance of
Garrett, made for nice juxtapositions throughout the story. Having Garrett show
Trevor compassion as they developed a friendship first was a nice way to begin
Overall—I enjoyed the story, it’s well written and entertaining. I admit
the opening started a little slow for me, but after a few pages it picked up and
remained steady throughout the remainder of the book. The descriptions are vivid
and I really liked Garrett and Trevor, and the author did a nice job developing
is thankful for the refuge that the Stone Ridge pack has given him. However, being there brings the rat shifter
one surprise he never expected – a mate.
Jamie has been protected by the members of the Stone Ridge pack from the
moment he became a member. When he meets
his mate however, the young shifter does the one thing he has always done, run
to his friends for help.
Trusting His Rat is the twenty-fourth book in author
Charlie Richards’ long running Wolves of
Stone Ridge series. While I have enjoyed all the books in this
series, Trusting His Rat is one of
my favorites. The characters are well
done and have a strong chemistry that they do not try to hide. Paolo has Dom written all over him, and he is
thrilled to find out that Jamie, his mate, is a natural submissive. With the mate pull and their natural leanings,
you would think that these two would have an easy time of getting
together. But that is not the way things
go and when a misunderstanding occurs after their first time together, Jamie
does what comes naturally for him, he runs.
the readers learn more about Jamie’s past, they will understand why he acted as
he did. Both Jamie’s friends and Paolo
himself help Jamie understand and overcome his fears. The author could have chosen to draw this
matter out; however, she did not, which kept the story moving smoothly.
are many appearances by former characters and there are a couple of tense
moments, due to the actions of some of those characters. Thankfully Jamie and Paolo are surrounded by
pack members and friends who help the two men when they needed it the
Some of the books in this series need to be read in order however, this
particular one can be read as a stand-alone if you wish, although I would
highly recommend you read all the stories in order.
Dex is desperately trying to find the will to live but each
day becomes harder. Dex’s only salvation is his friend Brian.
Not Quite Broken is part of the ArborHeights
Series. This is an especially emotional plot dealing with an ordeal not usually
associated with men by the heterosexual society. The storyline takes the reader
through the pain, lost of trust and feelings of being utterly helpless. Plus
the emotional shame of being unwanted by family.
Dex is a young gay man just starting to implement his
independence. He had a job and an apartment, but he wanted to meet new friends.
Unfortunately Dex is horribly violated by a deranged man at a dance club. The
emotional part of the violence almost destroyed Dex. Dex became so mentally
withdrawn only Brian could pull him back to a few normal activities.
Brian is an extremely empathetic man; at first his single
desire was to help Dex in any way he could. However, the more time Brian spent
with Dex, the more he desired Dex as other than a friend. Nevertheless, Brian
is an honorable man; he declined to act on his yearning for intimacy with Dex
until Dex approached the topic first.
Diana DeRicci’s Not Quite Broken is a realistic as well as
enjoyable saga that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. I mourned for Dex’s
lost of wellness, but I rejoiced for the peace Dex found in friends.
has gone from being a Marine medic to head of security for Luge, the sidhe
prince. When he fell into his new
position, he never realized he’d end up falling for anyone so far out of his
league. Luge isn’t known for being
monogamous and Zach has no plans to be anyone’s one night stand. But fate has more in store for both men and
neither will be able to change a thing.
Semper Fae is the third book in the Endangered Fae series by author Angel
Martinez. While I loved the first two
books, this one is really story driven and held my attention more than the
others. Zach and Luge are characters we
met in the last story, but while they were minor characters in Diego, they take front and center stage
in Semper Fae. In many ways these
two make an unlikely match but they are perfect for each other. Although the two men have strong chemistry,
neither man can see just how much the other cares for them. Of course, the author does bring them together,
however, it is not in a way that anyone would see coming. Unfortunately, it causes more than the usual
the romance plays a big part of the story, there is another part that is just
as enthralling. When Diego unexpectedly
opened the veil between humans and the otherworld, no one knew what the consequences
would be. A year later they’re starting to find out just
what is in store for both societies and it’s not all good either. There are some twists and turns that are sure
to surprise more than a few readers. More than once I was shocked by what was
going on and worried how the author would be wrapping the story up. I could not help crying at the end and am
anxiously waiting for the next book to come out.
Endangered Fae is a series that needs to be read in order so if you have not read the
previous books, you will need to do so before starting Semper Fae.
Yandro Vaidon is the very essence of proper diplomacy at all
times, much to the dismay of his employer Ambassador Jareth Hadrana.
Nevertheless, there is an undeniable attraction between Yandro and Jareth. The
attraction will take years to come into full bloom, but Yandro and Jareth
consider their future together was well worth the wait.
In Fine Form is the sixth book in the Chronicles of Ylandre. The setting is
Aisen, a planet resembling the European Regency time period. True Bloods formed
the ruling class of every realm in Aisen, their ancestors kept
their breeding with the planet’s natives to the barest minimum, retaining much of
the physical strength, endurance and most of their gifts of mind control. The
ancestors of the Half Bloods bred indiscriminately, which resulted in the
diminishment or disappearance of many of the True Blood characteristics. The
plot illustrates social prejudices, rumors of war, greed as well as schemes of
Jareth Hadrana is a member of the ruling class while Yandro
Vaidon is a member of the lowest class of commoner. The class difference is the
main source of Yandro’s despair. He allows the bullies to torment him without
protest. Yandro even has the demeanor of a man deserving of such ill-treatment.
Yet he is one of the most ethical of men amongst Jareth’s staff. Jareth is a
man of compassion, regardless of what society deems as proper. Jareth also is
not above using his mental powers to gain information. Jareth’s main flaw is
his lack of trust in anyone who is not a family member.
Eresse has created another impressive as well as an exceptionally
enjoyable addition to this series. I suggest reading the series in sequence
beginning with Book One: Sacred Fate.
Jake Manning’s been
caretaker of his siblings for years; he watches over their alcoholic mother and
is now paying off her debts. He can’t hold a job, either because of his sense
of rightness or inability to keep his mouth shut. When he applies for a
position as a housekeeper he’s desperate for money, even if his new boss,
Patrick Stanford, has already run off several other housekeepers.
Blind since birth,
Patrick is very particular about his home and can be rude if he doesn’t get his
way. He drives Jake crazy but there’s an attraction simmering just under the
surface that Jake can’t deny. As the months progress, so does their
relationship and during that time his family is getting their act together—and
then the bottom drop out again. Jake’s mother has another crisis and needs him.
Will Jake let Patrick help or will he pull away and handle his family problems alone?
The Blinding Light is the first book by Renae Kaye that I’ve read. It’s a fun
and entertaining look at two wounded men who are struggling with life and who
find that it can be much better together.
I really like these
guys and am happy their romance built slowly. In fact, Jake and Patrick didn’t
meet for several chapters. Instead, they communicated via computer generated notes,
which is still rather old-fashioned, even if they used a modern method. It’s a
twist I didn’t expect and I haven’t seen before. The personalities of Jake and Patrick are well
developed and give the reader a good feeling for their background and emotions.
Put them together and you wind up with a
cute, feel good story with lots of grins and a few chuckles. I loved how
Patrick didn’t let his blindness hold him back and Jake didn’t care about it
either. It didn’t define who Patrick was. There’s a steady pace throughout,
good descriptions, a solid plot and no dangling threads that I remember.
I also enjoyed the
secondary characters that were mostly Jake’s family. They really rounded out
the story, even if they are also my niggle. Jake sacrificed everything for his
family and they constantly took advantage of his love for them. He needed to
stand up for himself more.
Juliette Pemberton has accepted
her arranged marriage to the infamous Black Scot. She didn’t think the bad rumors could be true
about the man. After meeting a black-haired
devil who unlocked feelings Juliette never knew existed, she becomes torn
between duty and desire.
Stephen Gordon’s life hasn’t been
an easy one, and it’s left him distrustful of women. When he arrives to claim Juliette, Stephen
tries very hard not to fall victim to her charms. She drives him crazy, in more ways than
one. Because he’s been withholding
information about The Black Scot, Stephen hurts Juliette.
The simple budding relationship
between Stephen and Juliette was made unnecessarily complicated by
Stephen. I understood his reasons for
keeping his mouth closed, but after a point he should have come clean. The only reason I didn’t lose respect for him
was because he did at least try to reveal all to Juliette before he slept with
her. I have to give him credit for
that. I love a man of honor.
Black Scot has
some unexpected humor centered around Juliette’s constant talking. I laughed out loud many times. If you enjoy verbal sparring as foreplay as
much as I do, this story is a must read.
is feeling out of sorts as she realizes she is getting bored. She became a Domme after she had a
relationship end. Dane is watching Sue,
but knows there is more to her. Will
Dane let Sue return to who she really is?
is the sixth book in the Bondage Ranch
series. This is a little bit different
because a woman, who is not a natural switch, has been known as a Domme at the
Ranch for years. The author did a good
job showing the difference between someone who is a natural switch and those
that make choices due to circumstances that color their lives. Regardless, judgments should not be made
because of someones ideas about what a Dom, Domme or Submissive is.
Sue and Dane clashed, it became apparent that Sue could become Dane’s
submissive and leave her Domme behind.
The chemistry between them is hot, but it takes the help of friends to
help them get together as there are a lot of misunderstandings.
of the secondary characters are those we have met before and several have some
good advice for Sue. I liked that the
author did not minimize past relationships and showed feelings such as jealousy
am looking forward to more in the Bondage
Ranch series. The author is good at
showing various aspects of BDSM and what some of the characters struggles are
to get to their journey. Taming the Mistress is just another
book in a great series that should be on everyone’s bookshelf.
Conflicts are growing
on the Earthly plane between human and supernatural creatures. Shadow Bearer
Brenna Baudouin and her partner, Gray Warlow decide to return in an attempt to
prevent a devastating war. Their attraction is intense but hurts from the past
linger for Brenna, sabotaging their attempts at reconciliation and frustrating
Gray. Trying to build a relationship when humans are inexplicably turning to
ash is almost impossible. Without any clues and the death count rising, Brenna
and Gray are desperate to find the cause. Is it a powerful magical foe and have
they been betrayed as they fear? Can they and their friends find a way to
defeat their enemy and prevent a war? While trying to stay alive can they
forget the past, so they can make a future?
Fading Light is the second release in the Shadow Born series by Angela Dennis.
It begins shortly after Shadows of Fate
ended, so the books should be read in order.
There’s a lot going on
in this book—friendships, love, compassion, demons, death, destruction,
betrayal and lots of angst. Most of the angst comes from Brenna who was hurt
badly in the past and can’t let it go, which only hurts and frustrates Gray.
I’m afraid that as much as I liked her in the first book, her personality here
seems pretty stagnant. The author didn’t allow her to grow, at least in the
beginning, and even though her pain wasn’t Gray’s fault, she’s still punishing him.
Truthfully, I got tired of the whining. I was happy the author let her move on
as the book progressed. Gray I adore. He’s a little too protective but he’s
trying to do the right thing. By the end of the book, I could see them as a
successful couple. I can’t wait to see what happens with them in the next book.
I’ll be reading it; I hope you will be too.
I really enjoyed the
secondary characters. They are so varied in nature and have such different
personalities. The author did an excellent job of interweaving them into the
plot, whether as a friend or a fight. And talking about fighting—the imagery is
very well done, pulling you into the scene and making you a part of the action.
Good job, Ms. Dennis. There are plenty of surprises in this fast paced, complicated
story line, so pay attention; you don’t want to miss something exciting.
An Unconventional Chicago is one enjoyable story
divided into five segments written by five very talented authors. The main
theme features brutal greedy mobsters controlling the entire city including a
cesspool of dirty politicians. Chicago
is divided into territories with a different mob family in charge. However,
there is an underground movement working to take back the city with the help of
mob defectors seeking revenge. The secondary theme highlights the clandestine
No Bravery by T.A.
Chase - 4.5 Nymphs
One power hungry brother will do anything and everything to
control the family’s territory, including sending his older brother Farris away
to be tortured for years. But Farris finds an ally in his driver Darien. Together, Farris
and Darien set
the wheels of revenge as well as justice into motion.
Love Don’t Die by Jambrea Jo Jones - 4.5 Nymphs
One of the dangers associated with living in Chicago is that a
relationship between the privileged gang members and a lower class man is
forbidden. Former gangster Dutch joined the rebellion to stay close to his
lover Moran; their only hope for survival is to get out of town, which is an
almost unattainable prospect.
Passion Under Fire
by Stephani Hecht - 4.5 Nymphs
The revolution is heating up, moving ever closer to taking
down the mob. Fed up with his gangster brothers, Georgio becomes allies with
the underground along with his lover Tito. But after a shootout with the mob,
Georgio and Tito are now on the run.
Ganging Up on Love
by Amber Kell - 4.5 Nymphs
Dirk completes his mission for the rebels when he delivers
the evidence to resistance leader Leon. The good news is there is an immediate
attraction between Dirk and Leon;
the bad news is the rebels are plagued with mob spies and betrayal.
Bonfire Heart by Devon Rhodes - 4.5 Nymphs
The chokehold on Chicago
has finally been broken, thanks to deputy mayor Thierry and his lover Eduardo
who were instrumental in breaking the mob’s domination.
After her parents die
in a car crash Paige Ryan decides to move to Whispering Springs, Texas
to be closer to her half-brother, Leo. It gives her a chance to use her
education working at the medical clinic while trying to decide what to do with
her life. She doesn’t expect to see the one man guaranteed to distract her…Cash
After being severely
injured during a bull ride, Cash is drinking heavily and wallowing in
self-pity. After sobering up some, he’s offered the use of his sister-in-law’s
empty ranch house, unaware it’s already occupied by Paige. With nothing to do,
Cash starts remodeling the house and soon the sparks are flying between him and
his gorgeous housemate. Can they make a go of it, or will demons from the past
drive them apart?
Texas Twist is the newest release in Cynthia D’Alba’s Texas Montgomery Mavericks series. The previous
characters are closely interwoven so I recommend the books be read in order.
usually my favorite thing but in this instance it proves useful. It provides
the details of the horrible bull riding injury Cash suffered, thus setting up
his emotional state for chapter one. As a fan of the PBR, I’ve seen lots of
riders get bucked off bulls, but nothing compared to the imagery of what
happened to Cash in the opening of this book. The description is short but
still conjures images that made me cringe. It’s quite an introduction and is
just an example of Ms. D’Alba’s ability.
Needless to say, Cash has serious issues as a result of his injuries. He
drinks too much, has an attitude problem, even with his family, and truthfully I
didn’t like him much in the beginning. The author had to work at molding his
personality for me to change my opinion, but it worked. I did like him
eventually. Then there’s Paige—a much nicer person, who I liked immediately.
Ms. D’Alba took these two people with such different life experiences, turned
their present circumstances on their ears and put them together into a well
plotted and paced story of pain and uncertainty that really worked. There are a
few twists and several explosions of temper, so watch out for the fun as Cash
and Paige try to figure out their lives.
knows he will never have a mate because he is a throwback among his
people. His brother ends up in charge of
saving a young woman that would have died if not for her father, and in the
process makes Lee Lukar’s mate and Guardian partner.
Laser is the latest
book in Terran Times Second Wave
series. Readers learn more about the cybernetic
program that the Nyal Imperium have and we get a good look when Lee’s life
hangs in the balance. Ms. Grace has
created a wonderful world that is very believable. The descriptions of the various aliens, as
well as the humans, will let you picture them as you read. The ships that the
Guardians have are ones I would like to have.
loved Lukar’s brother, Dr. Icky. While
serious, he also has a wicked sense of humor the both Lee and Lukar
experience. The description of the
wedding and the bride was interesting. I
really liked the symbolism as it was explained.
chemistry between Lee and Lukar is hot.
I think both were a little surprised by their attraction, but Lukar
realized what his brother did. I liked
that they discussed some of their differences in culture and that mindset about
sex in their societies.
I haven’t read the entire series yet, I am really enjoying the books I have
read and am looking forward to future stories, and these books can be read