Collared Souls by Elizabeth Noble

CollaredSoulsLGTitle: Collared Souls

Series: Sentries 04

Author: Elizabeth Noble

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Futuristic, Paranormal

Length: Novel (200pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (3rd April 2013)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating:   ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Freedom is within reach for Todd and Nick Ruger, but their dreams of Elk’s Ridge are dashed by Vice-Chancellor Raleigh’s troops. With his mate imprisoned, Nick searches for help and finds an unlikely and unexpected ally. But Todd’s release leaves them once again in debt to Chancellor Clarke.

Their mission sends them to the small village of Eldrid in search of a historic record of owners and slaves with unique abilities. Eldrid holds even more secrets from the past—including the origins of sentries—as well as conspiracies of the present that are set to launch a new battle that will turn lover helplessly against lover. Though Todd and Nick know the realities of war are hard lessons, it will be a fight to draw on the strengths of their bond, survive, and learn to forgive.

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Review: This book is part of a series and must be read in order. Todd and Nick make a mad dash for freedom when Vice-Chancellor Raleigh’s troops finally capture them. With Todd imprisoned and Nick planning his escape, they receiving a helping hand from Chancellor Clarke and are once again in his debt. Reluctantly carrying out a mission that takes them back to Eldrid, they discover a chilling list of slaves and owners that Raleigh is trying to get his hands on. With conspiracies going back far into the past and a trigger that could set lover against lover, Todd and Nick must put a stop to Raleigh’s plans before the tide of war changes. But, it will test their bond and love to the limits.

This is an excellent addition to the Sentries series, giving us additional information about the origins of the Sentries, what happened to the world and how the way of life came about. Todd and Nick are as devoted to each other as they have been throughout the series. They may be owner and slave, but they are also mates with Todd encouraging Nick to be his own person. In this story we see how far Nick has come and how he has developed from that shy quiet slave we first met in Marked Yours. We also see the deep love that Todd and Nick have for each other. The development of the characters over the series is brilliant. The changes are slow, but a natural development of their growth together.

The storyline is well written and plotted out perfectly. As with each book before it, it has its own story, but with hints and slivers of plot for the next book to come. Nick and Todd uncover a devious plot by Raleigh, when they are investigating in Eldrid for Clarke. The plot is sinister and must be stopped before Raleigh can put it into motion. But, it puts both Nick and Todd in danger. This story sees Nick and Todd delving into history, dodging soldiers, escaping traps, helping injured, gaining allies and never finding the full truth. For those who have just joined the series it is imperative that these books are read in order. Otherwise you will never understand the bond between Nick and Todd and you need the other books for the background and a more in-depth understanding of the world they live in.

I will recommend this story to those that love a post-apocalyptic world, paranormal aspects, a strong lovers bond, complex storyline that weaves through the entire series and a happy for now ending.


For the Long Run by Elizabeth Noble

Title:  For the Long Run

Author:  Elizabeth Noble

Genre:   M/M BDSM/paranormal

Length:  837 KB (200 pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (September 11, 2012)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3Hearts

Blurb:  After being bullied into the closet by his conservative senator father, Jay Molloy reconciles himself to a life of one-night stands instead of the loving D/s relationship he craves. When he meets the man of his dreams, trained Dom Eric Keger, all Jay dares to hope for is a quick fling. Eric has other ideas. He’s been hired by Jay’s father to run security at the family’s hunting resort, but now he has his heart set on Jay.

When murder victims begin to turn up at the resort, Eric and Jay start an investigation, but chasing down the killer proves less frustrating than dealing with Jay’s abusive, homophobic father. Exploring their new relationship would be hard enough on their own, but Eric and Jay also have to deal with politics, Jay’s fake fiancée, and a murderer who may be something more than human.

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Reviewer:   Artemis

Review:  Jay starts out this story heading to the bar to look for a guy to satisfy his deepest desires.  While he doesn’t hide his homosexuality from his family, he has to keep it quiet or ruin his father’s political career.  He even has a fake wife to squire about town whenever there is a campaign dinner he needs to appear at.  While he is waiting, in walks Eric…a guy who seems to be everything Jay could ever want and more.  While Jay just figures they will have a little fun together, Eric makes it very obvious that his is playing for keeps. Homophobia, murders, and a not so human killer all conspire against their relationship from the beginning, making them both wonder whether love will survive.

There were a few things that I really enjoyed about this book and others that I thought needed some work.  The story is told in the third person so you really get to understand how both characters feel at any given time.  I like that….it gave the story a well-rounded feel for me and didn’t seem at all chaotic with the changing points of view.  I think the author does a good job of drawing the reader into the story and making them wonder what is going to happen next.  There are plenty of details in the writing so that you get a good feel of the surroundings, the emotions, and the characters.

The first thing that really threw me was how quickly Jay knew that Eric was the perfect guy for him.  While I certainly agree that some guys might look ‘tougher’ than others he seemed to know within seconds that Eric was not only a top but a Dom as well.  Seemed a little unrealistic, but the author did a good job of creating the character that Jay really wanted.  The other thing that didn’t really sit well with me was the supernatural aspect.  There really wasn’t any background to make you think that monsters really existed in this world.  I think the story would have worked just as well if you put in a human serial killer in place of the monster.

While I would have like to have gotten to know the secondary characters more deeply, I think they were well written.  Jay’s father is your classic homophobic politician and his mother took a long time to finally stand up for herself.  You can tell Jay really wants to please both of them which makes his own wants and desires secondary to everyone else’s.   I found it interesting that Jay seems to take more of a stand against Eric than he does his own father.  He is a bit of a mouthy sub and Eric has his work cut out for him as a Dom.

Overall, I think it was a pretty decent story, although there were some aspects of it that I think definitely needed a little bit of work.

Chained Hearts by Elizabeth Noble

Title: Chained Hearts

Series: Sentries 03

Author: Elizabeth Noble

Genre: Science Fiction, Futuristic, Fantasy/Paranormal

Length: Novel (200pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (8th June 2012)       

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Todd and Nick Ruger are alive and on the run in the Yellowknife Protectorate, but maybe not for long. After narrowly escaping New Colorado, where they were implicated in the assassination of Chancellor Shaffer, they’re running out of steam: Todd is gravely ill and Nick’s injured. Just when it seems like the harsh winter will get the best of them, they find refuge with a doctor in the isolated town of Elk’s Ridge.

On the surface, Elk’s Ridge seems the ideal place to rebuild their lives. Nick begins training as the doctor’s apprentice, and Todd works in a lumberyard until they’re recovered enough to return to their duties as Sentries. They make friends, forge a new life, and most importantly, there’s no sign of anyone from New Colorado.

They should have known it was too good to be true. Victor Raleigh, the new Vice Chancellor of New Colorado, knows all about Nick’s psychic abilities, and he wants them in his corner. When Nick is betrayed and captured, Todd sees no alternative but to head back to the war zone to rescue him. But will Nick be the same man Todd loves after Raleigh’s pet psychic vampire is through with him?

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Review: Todd and Nick are looking for somewhere to live, where they don’t have to worry about someone recognizing Nick. Just as they find a new town, Todd becomes ill and Nick struggles to get him help. As they settle in, Nick has made an enemy and he soon finds himself in the hands of Raleigh. It’s a tough time with only his dreams of Todd, but the psychic vampire is a hard one to battle. Can Nick hold on until Todd comes for him or will Raleigh’s hold prove too tight?

Todd and Nick are back. They are on the run after the circumstances from Together Bound, so yeah, you have to read books one and two (bwahahahaha). But, Todd is falling ill (although he says allergies) and they are trying to find somewhere to live. Nick and Todd finally settle in a town, but trouble follows them and a spiteful person makes Nick’s life hell. When Nick is taken, Todd follows as quickly as he can, but it could be too late to undo the damage.

Whoot. Whoot. Now, boys and girls, I have told you that you need to read both previous books and that is so you can fully appreciate the world we find ourselves in. it is set in the future, after a disaster that leaves mankind reverting back to the old ways, but psychic powers emerge, monsters come out and ghosts linger and slavery comes back. If you have read the previous books then you know all about Todd and Nick’s relationship and what they do. if you haven’t, *scowl*, then Todd and Nick are master and slave, a bonded pair, mates and love each other to death and they work, or worked for the New Colorado Protectorate as Sentries protecting the surrounding area. Okay, happy now? *looks around and nods* Good.  So Nick and Todd have a solid relationship, which is pushed to its boundaries and stretch it to its limits in this book.

This is a really well written novel, which holds your interest from the start, as we see the struggle to find a new home; with Nick’s nightmares and fears, with being wanted men, with someone sniffing around Todd, with kidnappings, escape, rescue, betrayal, more escapes, nasty baddies, feelings of guilt and the total love that Nick and Todd have for each other. I am fully expecting there to be a number four story, because this ending just left me with the expectation that there will be more adventures for Todd and Nick.

So, if you love post-apocalyptic, futuristic, adventure, danger, hot loving, psychic powers, guilt, angst, and an expectation of more to come then this is definitely the book and series for you.

Together Bound by Elizabeth Noble

Title: Together Bound

Series: Sentries 02

Author: Elizabeth Noble

Genre: Science Fiction/Futuristic, Fantasy/Paranormal

Length: Novel (200pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (10th October 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Todd and Nick Ruger have settled into their life and work, the master/slave bond in New Colorado tying them together in a sacred rite of service, protection, and—in their case—love. But out of the blue, Todd receives a letter from the vice-chancellor of New Colorado threatening their bond, demanding ownership of Nick under eminent domain.

It turns out Vice-Chancellor Clarke desperately needs the help of the sentries, especially Nick, to investigate a problem involving the Chancellor. With New Colorado on the verge of war with West Caldera, a rift in the government would be disastrous. Todd and Nick agree to help, and Nick enters the orphan slave compound while Todd joins the Estate security force.

They don’t expect the danger they discover. Now the target of an unimaginable threat, Nick and Todd will face terrors that lead to murder, imprisonment, and the threat of separation forever as the hopeless battle escalates into full-scale war.

Review: I would advise that before you read this you read the first Sentries book Marked Yours as you get a better feel of the world building and the bond between Todd and Nick. This is set in the future three hundred years after a cataclysmic natural disaster. Nick is near to panicking when he receives a letter demanding that he hand over Todd, his slave, his lover, his mate.  He just wants to grab Todd and head for the hills but he does his duty and visits the Vice-Chancellor and finds that he needs Todd for an undercover mission. They both go undercover and when they discover the truth it could very well mean their lives. When the mission is over neither one of them will be safe.

This is an incredible bit of futuristic fantasy/paranormal that draws you in. You really feel for these two as they don’t want to be separated.  they both also feel guilt for what happens.   Blaming themselves. Nick for not being able to protect Todd like he promised and Todd for not being able to stop the thing that is the Chancellor from touching him.  There is some misunderstanding between the two of them but what you do not miss even from the very beginning is how much these two really love each other and you certainly can’t miss the wonderful love scenes between these two.

Fantastically written storyline, brilliant plot and an ending which could mean more to come from these two incredible men. There is one slight kink scene and a few times that Todd gets all Alpha on Nick.

I would say that this is for those of you who love science-fiction, futuristic, fantasy/paranormal, post-apocalypse, hot sex and a really good story.

Strays by Elizabeth Noble

Title: Strays

Author: Elizabeth Noble

Genre: Futuristic /Science Fiction/Post Apocalypse

Length: Novella (96pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (7th September 2011)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Kyle Anderson grew up with the lie that he was one of the last humans born. Then Kyle’s quiet, lonely life as a research assistant and student is shattered when he discovers the government has been lying to the world for more than twenty years. Now on the run from authorities who would kill for his silence, Kyle is taken in by Daniel Shanks, a member of a militia group dedicated to discovering the truth.

Daniel has seen death and violence in this new, radically changed society, and the closer he gets to Kyle, the harder his fears ride him. They will need to stop listening to the lies told by the government and start facing the lies they’ve been telling themselves, because the only place strays like them may be safe in this uncertain world is in each other’s hearts.

Review: Kyle has escaped from the government who decided that he saw something that he shouldn’t have and has made plans for him to disappear…forever. Daniel is a member of the militia and takes Kyle in to help him out. They both feel an attraction to the other but Daniel is wary of getting too close.   He knows just how quickly friends can die in the militia.   Kyle is still trying to overcome the horror of being kidnapped by his own government to embark on a relationship.

As these two work, together their feelings for each other become more pronounced.   Just as they have acted on those feelings a disaster strikes the militia and Daniel flees as he realizes that he is in danger of being hurt emotionally if anything happened to Kyle.

I thought this book had a very good story line with solid characters, the development of their relationship wasn’t rushed and they were interesting characters who meshed quite well. The story itself seemed a little choppy at first but smoothed out beautifully and the subject of it being a post plague setting where the government was lying to the world was great and made for interesting reading.

I enjoyed this book so what would I recommend… well if you like futuristic/post apocalypse, hot sex and a good story line…what are you waiting for…an engraved invitation?