A Pack of His Own: Hunter's Claim by Emily Carrington

huntersclaim4Title: A Pack of His Own: Hunter’s Claim
Series: A Pack of his Own, #1
Author: Emily Carrington
Genre: Fantasy/ Shapeshifters
Length: Novel (264 pages)
Publisher: Loose Id (August 26th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Luis Delgado, psychic vampire, is in lust with a half werewolf who thinks Luis is a monster. Luis can deal with lust. That’s one of the fun parts of being a psychic vampire. What he can’t handle is falling in love with the half wolf who wants nothing to do with him.

Almost nothing. Charlie craves Luis’s touch. He cajoles and teases Luis into intimate situations because he can’t resist the sex. Three things stop him from a deeper relationship: Luis eats emotions, draining defenseless humans; Charlie has become unexpected Alpha of an Eros pack, whom he must protect at all costs; and the TruWolves terrorist group wants to destroy everyone who supports peace between the straight and LGBT wolves.

Charlie’s desperate to guard Luis, his pack, and what seems like half the free world. How can there be time for honest and eternal love?

Product Link: http://www.loose-id.com/a-pack-of-his-own-hunter-s-claim.html

ISBN: 978-1-62300-773-7

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Charles McLaughlin is a handsome half human, half werewolf, psychic professor who is also blind. He is asked to help protect his father’s straight werewolf pack at the peace talks. He learns that Luis Delgado, his former one nightstand will be attending as well.

Luis Delgaldo is a hot vampire psychic, that eats emotions instead of blood to survive, is part of a group called Searchlight. His job is to help protect the LGBT werewolves at the peace talks. He shocked to learn that Charles would be at the peace talks.

Charles and Luis have to figure out who is intent on disrupting the peace summit and causing harm to the werewolves, they deem polluted. Loved the details surrounding Luis and Charles psychic abilities. The description of the church and things that dwell in the walls were spooky. The sex sex between Luis and Charles was intense and hot. Fascinating book with mystery, danger, and action all throughout. All in all, it was a great read.

I would suggest reading the first series Dragon in Training before reading this one, as there were two events, that I found out are in the first series, mentioned throughout the first one hundred pages that confused me, as this is the first book I’ve read by this author.

Black Mahogany by Emily Carrington

Emily Carrington Black MahoganyTitle: Black Mahogany
Series: Previous book: Heartwood
Author: Emily Carrington
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (199pgs)
Publisher: Loose Id (25th June 2013)
Heat: Low – Moderate
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Reviewer: Pixie
Blurb: Can marriage be a shield, sword, and healing balm? That’s Aidan’s hope: use marriage to get out of town, preserving his relationship by saving his lover’s mind.

When the man who molested Aidan’s lover escapes a pedophile charge, Aidan will stop at nothing to keep his lover, Mike, safe. But Mike can’t imagine leaving the town he’s lived in all his life. Just as he can’t imagine letting go of self-recriminations or sharing his nightmares with Aidan. If they can’t find a way through this, their fledgling relationship will die before it can grow deep enough roots.

Warning: This story has flashbacks to sexual abuse and mentions of sexual abuse of children.
Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Aidan and Mike are struggling to keep their relationship on an even keel, which is difficult when all Aidan wants is to leave town and Mike struggles with his doubts about his molestation. Aidan has dreams of changing the world with politics and is offered a dream job in DC, but Mike doesn’t want to leave his home town even with the difficulties that he faces. Mike is filled with doubts both about his sexual orientation and with the abuse he suffered, his abusers words still ring in his head, haunting him and taunting him. Both men have to work out just what they want before it is too late and their fledgling relationship crumbles around them.
This is a good story about support, love, finding your confidence and what you truly want. Black Mahogany continues on not long after Heartwood finished, it continues the story of Mike and Aidan as they make decisions for the future and the repercussions of Mike coming forward with the truth about his abuse. Mike and Aidan’s relationship has many ups and downs, as Aidan tries to convince Mike to leave town and Mike tries to pretend that the abuse hasn’t left him scarred.
Aidan wants to get Mike out of town and getting a job offer in DC is the answer to his prayers, but Mike doesn’t feel the same way. Mike still isn’t convinced that he is gay and that he only wants Aidan, but his abusers words keep taunting him and he begins to believe the abuse was his fault. We see a whole run of emotions as these two young men try to find a way to stay together, even as they seem to push against each other and rub each other up the wrong way. Mike and Aidan both discover much about themselves in this story and that their love can’t be easily broken or ignored.
I recommend this to those who love broken men finding themselves, discovering their faults and accepting them and a loving troubled relationship finding solid ground.

Heartwood by Emily Carrington

Title: Heartwood

Author: Emily Carrington

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (241 pages)

Publisher: Loose Id (October 16, 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts

Blurb: Mike Delaney, a sheltered nineteen-year-old, is hired to assist Aidan Kelly, a blind high school senior with a rainbow for every occasion. He isn’t prepared for his attraction to Aidan, or the residual fear caused by being back at the high school.

Aidan Kelly, also nineteen years old, was forced to transfer to the new school after a violent altercation with another student, and recognizes and welcomes his attraction to Mike. Even though he finally persuades Mike to open his closet door, Aidan learns there’s a reason that door was locked closed in the first place.

The man who tormented Mike and made him ashamed of being himself is still very much in his life, and will stop at nothing, including murder, to ensure Mike’s silence. Can Mike draw enough strength from his love for Aidan to end the torment? Can Aidan, who has cause to fear his violent side, overcome his terror of his own abilities long enough to defeat Mike’s tormentor?

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, violence.

Product link: http://www.loose-id.com/heartwood.html

Reviewer: Heart

Review: Heartwood is a compelling story about school struggles, hatred and abuse. It follows a love story through fights for survival in an unbending world and coming out despite it being so much easier to stay hidden and safe.

Aidan, we get to meet first. Head on into the issues that put him in the other main character, Mike’s, way. He is competent, not afraid to speak his mind and carries the heavy burden of self-imposed responsibility on his shoulders. As a blind nineteen year old, he hasn’t had it easy and transferring to a new school where his differences would stand out even more is not something he’s looking forward to.

Mike is a naïve young man who’s been through a lot, but carries on with a smile and is really excited about getting a job of being Aidan’s aide in school. His demons are of the living kind and haunt him every single day; be it in flesh or through memories.  So meeting Aidan, a young man so different from everyone else, pushes the fears to the side and allows Mike to be himself to the extent he’d never dared to before.

What I liked the most about this book was the complicated back stories of both characters. I loved the fact that Aidan could look after himself, and knew how to fight. Really liked Mike’s stubbornness, even when he was afraid. as well as the fact that there was more to his life than the love he felt for Aidan.

Both were really interesting men and their adaptation journey from guilt ridden and afraid to ready to face their troubles and allow love to come forth was really pleasurable to read about.

Where I just couldn’t get used to the story and where I eventually noticed a pattern, were the conversations. Every single one between the main characters ended without everything being said. Questions were left unanswered and subjects barely touched. It caused a lot of issues to pile up without there ever being an all-encompassing resolution. Maybe it was just me who noticed it, but either way it kept pulling me out of the story, making me want to lock the couple in a room and not let them out until they spent at least twenty-four hours blabbering about their issues. I’m not sure even that long would have been enough.

Certain sex scenes were a bit inappropriate or maybe even far-fetched and I definitely missed a bed in the story. But, the gentles between the characters were really appealing and I’m very happy that I’d gotten the chance to read Heartwood. It is a book to keep in mind.