Ravensong by T.J. Klune ~ Audio Review

T.J. Klune - Ravensong Audio Cover 236ygt3Title: Ravensong

Series: Green Creek 02

Author: T.J. Klune

Narrator: Kirt Graves

Genre: Paranormal, Shape shifters

Length: 20 hrs, 18 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC (6th December 2018)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Prime

Blurb: Gordo Livingstone never forgot the lessons carved into his skin. Hardened by the betrayal of a pack who left him behind, he sought solace in the garage in his tiny mountain town, vowing nev-er again to involve himself in the affairs of wolves.

It should have been enough.

And it was, until the wolves came back, and with them, Mark Bennett. In the end, they faced the beast together as a pack…and won.

Now, a year later, Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them.

But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it’s crawling from within.

Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.

Purchase Link: Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Review: Ravensong is the second book in TJ Klune’s Green Creek series, which is based upon the lives and current trials of the Bennett Wolf Pack of Green Creek, Oregon. If you’ve not read or heard the audio of the first book, Wolfsong, then it is vital to have gone through that intense journey before starting Ravensong. The events of this book pick up directly from book one, so I guarantee it will be confusing.

However, I highly recommend this series, especially to people new to TJ Klune. This is good for people that like a paranormal romance with shape shifters. It’s by no means a light read, it is intense and there is a good dose of angst. By the time you get to the end, your heart won’t be pieced back together after being torn apart, but there is so much more going on and we just need to wait for the next books as this series hits it’s halfway point.

Kirt Graves does a flawless performance narrating this book. He narrated the audio for Wolfsong as well. The way that man times pauses is an absolute art form. He really nailed the rollercoaster of emotions throughout the book.

While the story of the Green Creek Pack continues with their two alphas, Jo and Ox, we enter the very complicated lives of Gordo Livingstone and Mark Bennett.

Gordo is a man with a lot of baggage, a lot of fear and so much love and potential for love, it’s heart breaking. He also happens to be a witch. He father was once the witch for the Bennett Pack. As a child he saw his father transform into a dark witch, though, which tore apart the Bennett Pack and saw him become the pack witch at a very young age. Also at that young age he discovered that he was mate to one of those wolves – Mark Bennett, who is only a couple years older than Bennett although they were on the cusp of adulthood when this revelation occurred. But the Bennetts had to leave and Gordo felt that everyone in his life was abandoned. He remained in Green Creek where he became a mechanic, took over the shop and eventually led to when he appointed himself as the protector of Ox. Over the years the bitterness has consumed him, especially when he perceived danger when the Bennetts returned and it became apparent that his history could repeat with Ox.

Mark Bennett is a man with baggage when it concerns his mate. He has so much regret although he has never stopped loving Gordo. However, the danger that surrounds the pack in the form of Gordo’s evil father is working as a catalyst to bring the two men together. Mark instincts drive him to protect Gordo, despite Gordo’s feeling that Mark abandoned him.

The story goes between the past and “present”, as we get to know Mark and Gordo more. We get the events of Wolfsong from Gordo’s view (the chunk of time where Jo was absent from Ox’s life). With the evil plan of Gordo’s father, Richard Livingstone unfolding, I’m looking forward to find out how the Green Creek Pack fare.

Ravensong by T.J. Klune

Title: Ravensong

Series: Green Creek 02

Author: T.J. Klune

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novel (400pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 31, 2018)

Heat Level: Low – Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Gordo Livingstone never forgot the lessons carved into his skin. Hardened by the betrayal of a pack who left him behind, he sought solace in the garage in his tiny mountain town, vowing never again to involve himself in the affairs of wolves.

It should have been enough.

And it was, until the wolves came back, and with them, Mark Bennett. In the end, they faced the beast together as a pack… and won.

Now, a year later, Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them.

But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it’s crawling from within.

Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.

ISBN-13: 978-1-64080-206-3

Product Link: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Gordo is a bitter man feeling betrayed by all but those closest to him. I loved seeing the different things that happened through the years and how he reacted to Mark each time he saw him again. I thought at times he was a little more unforgiving than he should have been but I understood.

When push came to shove and several old and new enemies rear their ugly heads Gordo protects his pack, family and friends with everything in him. The omegas were scary creatures. But at the same time I felt bad for them as they were created by someone with absolutely no conscious at all.

The battle scenes were awesome. I loved the glimpses into the past and they way everything came to a nail biting cliffhanger. I am so excited to read the next book to see what else happens in this exciting series. Especially after the twist at the end.

Fantastic read and highly recommended.

Wolfsong by T.J. Klune ~ Audiobook

T.J. Klune - Wolfsong Cover AudioTitle: Wolfsong

Series:  Wolfsong 01

Author: TJ Klune

Narrator: Kirt Graves

Genre: Paranormal

Length: 18 hrs, 40 mins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (5th October 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Ox was 12 when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.

Ox was 16 when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.

Ox was 17 when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet.

Ox was 23 when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his blood red eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.

It’s been three years since that fateful day and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

Product Link: Audible US | Audible UK

Reviewer: Prime

Review: I think it’s safe to say that I adore anything by TJ Klune in any shape or form – or rather in any format. I love paranormal-shifter books and so when TJ Klune wrote this one, it was a must have. I mean, really, my two favorite things. What could go wrong? Reading TJ’s books is always a thrill and he is always guaranteed to make me laugh like a loon and then pull a “Wookie cry face” as I struggle to hold myself together and cry on public transport. Each and every TJ Klune book has a whole lot of a heart and Wolfsong is no exception.

With Wolfsong I originally read the epub version when it was first released. When I got the opportunity to hear the audio, I forgot basically the entire book except for knowing there was the usual TJ Klune wit, making me laugh and cry.

The story opens when we meet Ox at the age of 12. He is so sweet and once I fell in love with 12 year old Ox, I knew that I would love him as he got older. With an abusive alcoholic for a father, Ox doesn’t have an easy life but he just keeps on going, even after being abandoned at the age of 12. Ox struggles with his self esteem. Ox remains a quiet person but one day walking home from work he meets a very talkative and very energetic kid (his complete opposite), named Joe. But Joe has his own issues and Joe’s family welcomes Ox with open arms after helping Joe. As years pass Joe grows up and Ox remains to have a low self esteem. Also as the years pass we see Joe and Ox’s life and relationship become something that is nothing short of amazing. And Joe… Joe is just simply perfect for Ox.

Wolfsong was also my first experience Kirt Graves narrating and he is totally wonderful. When TJ said that the guy nailed the audition, he also nailed the book absolutely perfectly. He provided a brilliant voice to our main characters and just gave me all sorts of feels.

This is one beautiful, heartfelt ride into the lives of a wolf shape-shifter pack. There is so much packed into this. We got a guy who has been abused and trying to make a life for himself – and manages to surround himself with wonderful people in the process introducing love and family into his life. Ox is just so damn sweet and lovable that I wanted to wrap him up in a blanket and cuddle him close. The sequel is out in 2018 and I can’t wait!

Daniel's Lynx by Ava Hayden

daniels-lynxTitle: Daniel’s Lynx

Series:   Dreamspinner 2016 Daily Dose: Walk on the Wild Side

Author: Ava Hayden

Genre: Paranormal/ Shapeshifters

Length: 55 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Daniel Rigaud never imagined he’d be starting over at fifty-five, but relocating from his city practice to small-town Alberta to become the staff veterinarian at the Lac LaForge Wildlife Rescue Center might help him forget his deceitful ex—especially considering his handsome new neighbor, Ronan Magister.

At fifty-three, Ronan’s given up on love and prefers to keep relationships short and sexual. It’s easier than revealing his secret—he’s a lynx part of the time. Something about Daniel makes him long for more, but telling the truth proves disastrous. Daniel believes he’s traded one deceptive man for another.

If Daniel actually fell for Ronan’s outrageous fabrication, then he might be worried that several animals were caught in poachers’ traps near their homes that morning. He might wonder why Ronan isn’t answering his phone….

ISBN: 978-1-63477-507-6

Product Link:https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/daniels-lynx-by-ava-hayden-7165-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Daniel and his ex had broken up after fourteen years and now it was time for Daniel to once again get his life back in order. He had decided to move back to a small town and just enjoy his life. He loves working with animals, so when he sees a lynx walking around he is quite surprised to see him so close to town. However not as surprised as he is when he finds out that his neighbor is the lynx. A man that he is falling in love with.

I absolutely love these stories. They are small, but have so much meat to them that they keep you entertained. This particular story caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. I loved how well-developed the story is and how the characters are well-rounded.

This is one story that I would love to see made longer and put into a series.

I enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend it.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Spiked and Feathered by Jessica Walsh

o-spiked-and-featheredTitle: Spiked and Feathered

Series: Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package “A Walk on the Wild Side.”

Author: Jessica Walsh

Genre: Paranormal/Shifters

Length: 21 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Blurb: Anthony’s had the day from hell at his call center job, and he plans to drink away the memory, so he finds the nearest club and gets started. Lucky for him there’s an attractive man in the crowd who’s willing to act without too many questions. A hot trip to the back of the bar and some heavy action is in order.

The next morning Anthony wakes in an unfamiliar bed to a hellish headache and the heavenly scent of coffee. He didn’t ask questions the night before, so why ask them now? Okay, maybe one. Why does his attractive one-night stand have feathers?

ISBN: 978-1-63477-506-9

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/spiked-and-feathered-by-jessica-walsh-7166-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Anthony has a bad day at work so what does the crazy man do, he goes out and gets drunk. Winds up the next morning to a sexy man, who just happens to change into an owl. Talk about strange but somewhat hot.

This was just too short to get more than a taste or a good opinion of. It was a fun little story with some hot sex involved. I did enjoy it and would recommend it.

It is perfect for a short break at work.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Wolfsong by TJ Klune

o-wolfsongTitle: Wolfsong

Series: N/A

Author: T.J. Klune

Genre: Paranormal, Shifters

Length: Super Novel (400pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 20th 2016)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 1/2 Hearts (Combined Rating)

Reviewers: Aerin & Shorty

Blurb: Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.

Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road. The little boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the little boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the little boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.

Ox was seventeen when he found out the little boy’s secret and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.

Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his blood-red eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.

It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

 ISBN: 978-1-63477-165-8

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/wolfsong-by-tj-klune-7158-b

Shorty’s Review:  ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

I have to say I have loved all TJ Klune’s books I’ve read before but this one is my absolute favorite. It was such an amazing journey full of tears, laughter, angst and heartbreak yet with a HEA. This book took me on roller-coaster of emotions and spit me out wrecked yet happy.

Ox is fifteen when he meets the boy, Joe, down the road. As the story progresses there is a timeline of important events at certain ages. I must say I was drawn into the story from the beginning and could not stop until the very end.

These men went through so much loss and tragedy I was amazed they came through in the end sane. I absolutely hated Richard. He was vile, disturbed, disgusting creature that should have been put down a long time ago.

I enjoyed the blending of magic and shifters, I was amazed and fascinated with Ox and what he became as I’ve never read that in another shifter book before. He was human yet more. It fascinated and intrigued me.

Joe was strong but made mistakes. I felt sorry for him at having to become an Alpha before he was ready. I was pissed that he left for three years though. I understood his reasoning but felt he made the wrong choice.

This is an amazing journey of two men destined to be together but first they had their trials and tribulations to go through as they grew into the men they were meant to be.

Fantastic story.

Highly recommended.

Aerin’s Review: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

JESUS Christ I’m emotionally exhausted and tired of fucking crying! This book took its toll and right about now I feel numb and full of rage, at the same time. Yeah, yeah I’ve read the reviews saying this book is very angsty and something about a Wookie Cry Face or whatever, but I never expected to cry through so much of it! Despite the fantastic writing, I’d like to kick TJ in the ass (or balls) and give him the worst purple-nurple in the history of purple nurples. TJ I love you, but you suck!

THIS IS THE BEST MOTHERFUCKING SHIFTER BOOK THAT WAS EVER WRITTEN! Really, I don’t think I’ll look at another shifter book the same, because this was everything! Wolfsong was friendship and family and love and mates! It was innocent and full of fuzzy feelings while watching 10-year-old Joe and 15-year-old Ox become friends.

Although Ox had no idea about the existence of werewolves at that time and Joe was too young to understand that Ox was his mate. The bond between them is beautiful and undeniable. Wolfsong is about finding a family you belong with, loving unconditionally and realizing that while you might not think much of yourself, but you CAN be somebody’s whole world.

While the serious angst (the one that requires big-girls panties) doesn’t start until after the monster from Joe’s childhood returns, there’s plenty of things to angst about. Like Ox’s bastard drunk father who calls Ox stupid and ruins his sense of self-worth. Like Ox’s struggles when his father leaves him and his mother because he regrets them and his life. Like the beautiful and heartbreaking bond Ox and his mother have. The first 20% of this book is full of feels and emotions and it’s absolutely lovely.

And then the monster returns (after 7 years of beautiful family and friendship). Loved ones are killed, Ox and Joe’s mating is put on hold, and then Joe leaves. Fucking shit, I cried my eyes out through this part, and it was a long ass part! I wanted to stop crying, I was sick of it, but I couldn’t help it. I ended up going to bed at 4 am after crying myself to sleep. And to make it all worse, the following three years, one month, twenty-six days Joe spent away from Ox seemed unending.

We only get Ox’s POV throughout the entire book, and his mind was a miserable, angsty and dark place to be. I knew it would end eventually, but there was no end in sight! Even after Joe returned, I KNEW there was more to come, more confrontation, more angst, more heartbreak, and the anticipation just about killed me. I’ve never had to put a book down to refocus myself before, but I had to do it this time because the tears and the angst were fucking killing me.

There’s a nice HEA that should’ve been more spectacular after all the suffering, but it didn’t come until the very end. By then I was too exhausted to truly appreciate it. Although it was the perfect ending to this book. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but there are more characters that need their own story. Like Kelly and Robbie, and Carter with whomever his love interest will be. And let’s not forget that Mark and Gordo were left totally unresolved. Wolfsong has the most amazing cast of secondary characters. I loved every single one of the Bennets, especially Thomas.

I know I’m rambling right now, so I’ll just say this: do NOT attempt to read this book in public (unless you want to look like a big crybaby). Do not wear mascara (or glitter, or eyeliner or anything that might smear. I guarantee you WILL cry). Buy a 10-pack of tissues because you’re going to need them. And for the love of god, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO READ THIS WITHOUT 2 BOTTLES OF WINE (or 4).

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Always Follow Your Goat by Nora Roth

o-always-follow-your-goatTitle: Always Follow Your Goat

Series: Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package “A Walk on the Wild Side.”

Author: Nora Roth

Genre: Paranormal/Shifters

Length: 29 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Camp Pooka has been a summer staple for Noah Matthews since he learned he was a shifter, and he’s looking forward to spending a final summer there before beginning his career as a veterinarian. But the season takes an unexpected turn when Noah meets blunt but charming Jack Rideaux and his goat, Milly. Soon Noah is sneaking off every night, gladly following Milly to Jack’s cabin.

When life and Noah’s work intrude and the two men lose touch, it’s time for meddling Milly to work her magic and help them reconnect.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-504-5

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/always-follow-your-goat-by-nora-roth-7168-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: At first I was sure that the shifter was a goat and damn was I glad to find out that was not the case. Although it would have been funny as hell. Noah is a camp counselor for Camp Pooka, a camp for shifters. It was to be his last summer and he was going to miss it. Then he met Milly, a quirky goat that got the kids attention. Milly led Noah straight to her owner, the sexy Jack Rideaux. Now that was one sexy team, especially with Milly playing matchmaker.

I got a kick out of this one. It was funny as hell and I absolutely loved it. For such a short story it had quite a bit to it, which surprised the hell out of me. I do hope that the author will continue this story somewhere down the line. I would like to know what happens with these two.

I had a lot of fun with it and would recommend it.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Wild Fate by Savannah Brooks

wild-fateTitle: Wild Fate

Series: Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose Package “A Walk on the Wild Side”.

Author: Savannah Brooks

Genre:  Paranormal/Shifters

Length: 55 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: Caden Wells is finally on his way to the Alaskan wilderness, fulfilling a dream he’s had since he was a boy. He’s looking forward to solitary hikes and photographing wildlife. Upon arrival, he’s drawn to his guide’s brother, Drake Fisher, a man who resembles beast more than man. Drake’s unexpected interest surprises Caden, but when Drake claims fate has brought them together and that he’s a Shapeshifter, Caden’s confusion turns to shock.

With the help of Drake’s brother, Dean, and Dean’s family, Caden realizes there must be some truth to Drake’s story. On his way to question Drake, the knowledge in his heart that something is wrong is confirmed by reports of poachers in the area.

Caden sets out to save Drake, along with the life and love that have been waiting for him in Alaska all along.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-501-4

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/wild-fate-by-savannah-brooks-7171-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Caden has always wanted to go to Alaska. It has been his dream to take pictures of bears there and now his dream has come true. He just had not expected what was to await him. He had been warned. Drake is a bear shifter and as is with other bears he is a grouch. That is until he set eyes on his mate.

Out of all of the stories I have read in this package this has been the best yet. So much so that I do hope Savannah turns it into a longer story and maybe makes a series out of it. I love bear shifters and this one rocked.

For such a short story it was fully developed and had so much detail to it that I was captivated from the start. I had so much fun reading this and look forward to seeing what other stories this author has out.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Needing the Vampire’s Aggression by Charlie Richards

29444427Title: Needing the Vampire’s Aggression

Series: Wolves of Stone Ridge, #35

Author: Charlie Richards

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Length: 106 pages

Publisher: Extasy Books (June 15, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: Out of the Cage: Moving on can be painful, especially when it’s what you need, but don’t want.

Vampire Nikolai Kuznetsov enjoys his life of blood drinking and torture. The first he must do to continue living, and the second he does for the safety of his family. He loves his blades, wielding them with elegant precision. At his brothers’ urging, Nikolai attends a poker night…just to do something that they deem as normal. Finding himself drawn to the blood of a mild-mannered, somewhat reclusive wolf shifter is the last thing Nikolai expects.

Except, Parker Jones walks away without giving the slightest indication the he feels the same pull…other than his aroused scent, of course. Nikolai studies Parker, trying to figure out why the shifter would ignore the pull between them. He discovers the wolf shifter is still mourning his long deceased human lover. Tenderness and understanding aren’t in Nikolai’s nature.

Can Nikolai find another way to connect with his beloved?

ISBN: 978-1-4874-0734-6

Product Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/needing-a-vampires-aggression/

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Nikolai is a vampire and a killer. He kills to protect those that he calls family. He is ruthless, sometimes cold, loves his blades and torture. He doesn’t really have a gentle side, but he must find it. He has found his beloved and his beloved is a shifter who lost someone close to him. To get past his guards, he must tread lightly but also learn patience.

Parker had spent over thirty years with a human whom he loved deeply. He had passed away over ten years ago and Parker is still grieving. Now he has found a mate that is not like anyone he knows. It is going to take some time to get use to the man, but when Nikolai is injured well let’s just say things heat up real fast.

When Charlie Richards puts out a book I am usually there to eat it up. I would definitely recommend reading this book.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

 

Chords by Taylor Roxton

chordsTitle: Chords

Series: Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose Package “A Walk on the Wild Side”.

Author: Taylor Roxton

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Angels and Demons

Length:  33 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Blurb: As a werewolf, Kieran Woodsmith’s career options are limited. Luckily, he can howl in tune, and his voice earns him admission to the prestigious Julliard School of Music. Desperate to prove to his family that his admission wasn’t a fluke, Kieran auditions for the Broadway Musical Review. But when he meets an upperclassman with no scent and strange violet eyes, Kieran is thrown off his game.

On the eve of his lunar cycle, Kieran’s friend drags him to a party at the purple-eyed senior’s house. Distracted by the mystery of Brett’s missing smell, Kieran forgets about the moon.

When he wakes up in a cage in Brett’s basement, Kieran realizes he’s not the only one who is more than he appears.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-500-7

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/chords-by-taylor-roxton-7172-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: All Kieran wanted was to be the best singer ever. He had been admitted in to Julliard, but was afraid that he would not make it. He had met a senior who had the voice of an angel but the eyes were not. He is about to find himself distracted by the man, a man who is more than what he appears.

This was a very strange story to say the least. I was not really sure if I liked it or not to be truthful. It was a captivating little tale but still just held a bit of a bite. I think right now it would not be for me but if it was made into a full size story I could see this as a top rate story. It just needs that extra kick to it.

However I did enjoy the book and would recommend it.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Alpaca Lies by Elizabeth Coldwell

alpaca-liesTitle: Alpaca Lies

Series: Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose Package “A Walk on the Wild Side”.

Author: Elizabeth Coldwell

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Length: 23 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Alpaca shifter Alfie dreams of a life beyond the petting zoo at stately Mattock Hall. He can’t explore his crush on Simon Mattock, heir to the estate and caretaker to the animals, for two reasons.

One, he’s never shifted into human form, and two, Simon is saddled with a boyfriend who’s exploiting him for his wealth. But when a fire threatens both the zoo and Simon, Alfie knows the time has come to put his fears aside, make his first shift, and save them.

He just hopes Simon will like what he sees.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-499-4

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/alpaca-lies-by-elizabeth-coldwell-7173-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Surprising was the fact that even though this book was really short, there was quite a bit to it. Alfie was an Alpaca shifter who from what I gathered never really shifted into his human form, until a fire starts. He had a crush on a human but that human was in love with another. He just hopes that Simon will see him for more than an alpaca.

I hate short stories and trying to tell you about them, without giving the dang thing away. It was a fun little story and had quite a bite to it.

I enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend it.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Bye-Bye Birdie by Lex Chase

bye-bye-birdieTitle: Bye-Bye Birdie

Series: Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package “A Walk on the Wild Side.”

Author: Lex Chase

Genre: Paranormal/Shifters

Length: 39 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Blurb: Christopher Robin and Dashiell Hammond couldn’t be more different. Dash is an iguana shifter who provides aid for natural disasters far and wide, but Chris is a flighty parakeet shifter who can’t find his way across town without Google Maps. To Chris, Dash is a superhero, but he spent more time saving the world than saving their relationship.

To conquer his heartache, Chris books a cruise, determined to meet Mr. Right Now instead of Mr. Right. But he doesn’t expect the cabin steward responsible for his adorable towel animals to be none other than his ex-boyfriend. When the pair fall overboard and take refuge on a deserted island, old feelings resurface.

With Dash’s hardnosed survival skills and Chris’s fickle insecurities, they’ll have to learn to compromise if they want to get back to slamming daiquiris at the Tiki bar.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-497-0

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/bye-bye-birdie-by-lex-chase-7147-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Chris and Dash had been engaged to be married, but Dash had let Chris down way to many times. It seems Dash had chosen his life to be different than Chris. So when his mother told him to take a cruise to relax, he was quite surprised to find out that his cabin steward was his ex. Then to top it off they ended up on a deserted island, things are about to come to a head.

Now this had great potential, but it just seemed to not end right for me. I did have fun reading it though and the humor was appreciated.

However, I do wish that it had been a bit longer with more detail in the ending.

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Of Nuts and Men by LE Franks

of-nuts-and-menTitle: Of Nuts and Men

Series: Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package “A Walk on the Wild Side.”

Author: LE Franks

Genre: Paranormal/Shifters

Length: 41 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Blurb: Summer break is a time to relax and reconnect at the family cabin in the Eastern Sierras. Unfortunately for squirrel shifter Jamie, his first day back is anything but restful. When his adoptive brothers can’t resist winding Jamie up and sending him on a wild squirrel chase for last season’s buried nuts, he finds himself diverted from his mission in the best possible way.

Sawyer is a man stuck in a tree with no way down, and things are about to get a little weird when one very inquisitive squirrel turns up to save the day. At least it’s not the mountain lion who chased him there to begin with. Still it takes a while before Sawyer’s convinced he’s not seeing things. By the time he’s got his feet back on the ground, it’s Jamie who needs a little TLC—fortunately for both of them, Sawyer’s tent is close by, and Sawyer has the perfect way to heat things up.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-495-6

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/of-nuts-and-men-by-le-franks-7144-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Jamie is a squirrel shifter who lives among a bunch of big ass cats. He was adopted into the family but I am not sure if I would say it is a happy place. So while out he finds a sexy human stuck in a tree. It would seem that one of his brothers ran the poor guy up one. Not a great way for an introduction if I might say so.

It is a cute story but with all short stories they just seem to be missing something extra. In this one they give you an insight into the pain in the ass brother but then zip. You would think there would have been a bit of a payback given. Other than that it was a blast to read.

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To Arizona by Meg Harding

to-arizonaTitle: To Arizona

Series: Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package “A Walk on the Wild Side.”

Author: Meg Harding

Genre: Paranormal/Shifters

Length: 46 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Blurb: Dustin Charleston has just been traded to the Arizona Hares hockey team. As an otter, he’s not too pleased by this. Arizona is dry, he’s leaving his home behind, and he has to move in with a stranger. Things take an even steeper plunge when he meets his roommate.

Chandler Kipling is the captain of the Hares, a least weasel, and he’s got a bit of a thing for his new teammate. Too bad that teammate seems to hate him. And Chandler’s romantic strategies leave something to be desired. Will Dustin be able to get the message he’s trying to send?

With a little time, their nightmare might turn into a dream—if they can get past their differences.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-494-9

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/to-arizona-by-meg-harding-7146-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Dustin has just been traded to the Arizona Hares. He wondered if they even had lakes, because his otter was not pleased one bit. What’s more, his new captain is getting on his nerves. That is until Chandler shows him that he wants to get on more than just that.

This is a fun little read, just perfect for that stress free break one would need. It has quite a bit of humor to it which was not a surprise but quite enjoyable. I love the unique characters and the fact that they play hockey. I just got a kick out of that little twist to this story.

It was fun and I would definitely recommend it.

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A Werewolf in Sheep's Clothing by Rob Rosen

a-werewolf-in-sheeps-clothingTitle: A Werewolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Series: Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package “A Walk on the Wild Side.”

Author: Rob Rosen

Genre: Paranormal/Shifters

Length: 19 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥2 Hearts

Blurb: Meat might indeed be murder, but for a wolf, what choice is there? So thinks the blood-hating Jackson until he encounters a rather curious bear, one who introduces him to an equally odd assortment of vegetarian forest hunters, the most intriguing another wolf such as himself—in more ways than one.

Love brings the two together, but can it save them from a sinister plot that is hatched by an animal that is not what it appears to be?

ISBN: 978-1-63477-493-2

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/a-werewolf-in-sheeps-clothing-by-rob-rosen-7132-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Jackson is one unusual wolf. He hates meat and hates to kill. He thought he was alone until a bear lets him in on a secret.

This story is way too short to give you a good idea of what it is about without giving away the story. It was too damn creepy to even get a liking for. It starts off better than it ended that is for sure. I am afraid that this is one story that was not for me.

I was quite disappointed in it altogether.

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Pastures New by Parker Foye

pastures-newTitle: Pastures New

Series: Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package “A Walk on the Wild Side.”

Author: Parker Foye

Genre: Paranormal/Shifters

Length: 45 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Blurb: After a successful career as Illustrious Ruckus, three-time winner of the British Open, James Kirby has hung up his saddle. His experience as a horse in the eventing world doesn’t exactly translate to two legs, and he’s struggling to move on.

James’s quiet days at the family farm with his sister, Matilda, are interrupted by Archie Ievins, a sports journalist visiting to interview Matilda and snap a few photos of Illustrious Ruckus. Archie quickly endears himself to the family and to “Ruckus,” and James falls head over hooves—only to be brought up short when his ex-boyfriend threatens to expose James’s secret.

How can James start something new when he has four legs threatening to come out of the closet?

ISBN: 978-1-63477-492-5

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/pastures-new-by-parker-foye-7143-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: I have never really been a fan of horse shifters so I wasn’t ready to read this one. There is just something about them that doesn’t seem right to me. Illustrious Ruckus is a champion horse who is retiring from racing. Illustrious Ruckus is also James Kirby, shape shifting horse. Archie is a journalist that wants to write a story on both horse and rider. He is also very attracted to James. However he has a secret of his own.

Now it is a cute little story, but it has a lot of missing points in it. It gives a little friction but no true outlet to it. I am afraid that I am still not a fan of horse shifters. However this one does have potential of being a pretty cool story. I just wished that it had been more to it then what it has going on.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Buddy the Cat by Sara Stark

buddy-the-catTitle: Buddy the Cat

Series: Dreamspinner Press 2016 Daily Dose package “A Walk on the Wild Side.”

Author: Sara Stark

Genre: Paranormal/Shifters

Length: 22 pages

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Noel is a lonely librarian who spends most of his time working, surfing dating websites to no avail, and hanging out with the cat who shows up on his balcony every night. When he meets Mike, he’s finally found a man who holds his interest.

But it soon becomes clear that there’s more to the bird-chasing businessman than what’s on the surface.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-491-8

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/buddy-the-cat-by-sara-stark-7131-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Noel loved animals quite a bit, so when one started showing up at home he just automatically took him in. To his shock and surprise it would seem his little cat had one hell of a secret.

This one is way too short to actually give you a proper description of the story without giving the story away. In fact it was just too short for anything more than a taste. I hope that the author will add a bit more to it, because it has some pretty good potential but for now it was just plain cute.

I did enjoy it and would recommend it. It is pretty good for that time you just need a break.

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Beaumont by Stormy Glenn and Bellann Summer

beaumontTitle: Beaumont

Series: Battle Bunnies, #3

Author: Stormy Glenn and Bellann Summer

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Length: 143 pages

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (May 31, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

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

The middle bunny of five, Beaumont has grown used to going unnoticed. He’s not a leader like Barclay or Basil, he’s not blind like Bailey, and he’s not snarky like Baxter. He’s invisible. He dreams of finding a mate that truly sees him. When a stranger with piercing black eyes arrives at the mansion, his world is turned upside down, and Beau has to decide if being seen is all he dreamed it would be.

Prince Dario Montella never dreamed he would find his one and only in his family home, but one look and he knows he has found the center of his universe. But Beau comes with a lot of baggage, not to mention an interfering older brother and an obsessive need to take risks with his life.

Finding common ground won’t be easy for a prince used to ruling his coven, especially when making his mate happy is harder than letting him walk into danger. It means seeing Beau for the treasure he truly is.

ISBN: 978-1-68295-343-3

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

Reviewer: Lisa

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

I love how unique this series is compared to many others that you read about. In most of them, paranormal romances one is always used to wolves and big felines being the heroes of the world, but in this new series it is the bunnies that are the true hero’s. This series is a new fresh idea that is positively amazing. I love the serious tone that it has mixed in with quite a bit of humor in it. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end.

When I saw the series title I knew it was going to be one that I needed to read. It was topped off with the names of the authors. Bellann and Stormy are two of my favorite authors and are usually ones that I will be buying automatically so I knew that this was going to be a top story for me. I was not disappointed at all.

Beau is a battle bunny that feels like he is just not there. For him it is like everyone just passes him by and never notices he is there. Except for a vampire prince, who has his eye on him. Dario has found his mate, and is bound to get him to see that they are better together.

Now I felt like there was something off about this story. It came off a bit more rushed than normally would. Also it focused more on everyone else instead of the two men it was about. I felt like I was missing something major that is never mentioned. Although I am interested in the next story more, I hate to say it but Clay is not looking good to me.

I don’t know what is going on with this series, but I hope the next one is better told.

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A Deer Surprise by Liza Kay

30335605Title: A Deer Surprise

Series: Wildcat Hills Pride, #2

Author: Liza Kay

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Length: 151 pages

Publisher: Extasy Books (June 1, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: When the woman you’ve been waiting for all your life turns out to be a man, will you be brave enough to open your heart for the possibility of love?

Viggo Cavanaugh leads an easy life. The European wildcat shifter loves his work as a climbing coach and travel guide, and he’s looking forward to meeting his mate and raising a passel of kittens with her. His life spins out of control when he returns home from a business trip to find his mate already waiting for him. His male mate.

Jaxon’s life has been in upheaval since he’s defied his Alpha and risked his life to rescue a shifter held captive by his herd. Luckily, the deer shifter has found shelter with a pride of cats. Jaxon is overjoyed when he scents his mate in Beta Alan’s home, even if his mate’s gender takes him by surprise.

Too bad Jaxon’s past soon catches up with him. His ex-Alpha kidnaps Xander, the Wildcat Hills Pride’s leader, in order to get his hands on Jaxon.

Between rescue missions, new friends, a dubious ambassador for the shifter Council, and Viggo’s erratic behavior, Jaxon wonders if he and Viggo will ever have a chance at a relationship.

ISBN: 978-1-4874-0757-5

Product Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/liza-kay/a-deer-surprise/

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Wildcat Hills Pride collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. But, it is by no means necessary.

Viggo has always wanted a mate, but he had never expected his mate to be a guy. He is having a difficult time getting over the fact that Jaxon was his mate. So imagine his surprise when he got home from work to find out. To top it top it off Jaxon’s herd wanted him back, so they kidnapped Viggo’s Alpha to get it done.

Jaxon was pretty much the same as Viggo, except he had a bit more time to get use to the idea. He also wanted Viggo no matter what. And his damn ex-Alpha kidnaps Xander to get him back. They both will protect each other with everything in them, now if only they could get to the claiming.

I absolutely adored the crazy nurse that refuses to go home. This story was a blast and I had so much fun reading it.  I think Liza Kay is going to be a new favorite author for me.

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Claiming His Alpha by Stormy Glenn

claiminghisalphaTitle: Claiming His Alpha

Series: Scent of a Mate, #7

Author: Stormy Glenn

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense

Length: 146 pages

Publisher: Siren/Bookstrand (February 25, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5 Hearts

Blurb: Reece Marshall isn’t happy about being pulled away from his undercover assignment for the Feline Council, but one doesn’t argue with a summons from an elder. Discovering he’s been brought before the elder as a potential guardian to a new Alpha makes him wish he was back on his mission.

Šílené Bolond never wanted to be an Alpha, but forces greater than him seem to think he should lead the Blackthorn Pride. When five enforcers are presented to him as possible guardians, one stands out. Šílené’s heart breaks when his offer of submission is rejected, and he realizes his dream of having a mate will never be realized.

But the forces that turned an Omega into an Alpha have other plans. When Reece’s undercover assignment becomes too dangerous, the only safe place to go is to the pride of the one man Reece craves, but can’t have.

With danger and betrayal around every corner, Reece and Šílené have to turn to each other if they want to survive, and they just might find love if they can survive that long.

ISBN: 978-1-68295-119-4

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/claiming-his-Alpha

Reviewer: Lisa

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

The young man on the cover with the tiger was a big hit with me, especially those beautiful blue eyes. This story has a serious tone to them but there is so much humor in them that it sort of exes out the serious tone to it. I got a kick out of it.

Šílené is an Omega and an Alpha at the same time. In every sense of the word he is an Omega, but his tiger is the Alpha. He can kick ass better than any true Alpha there is and now he is in deep crap. He kicked the ass of his Alpha and has now taken his place. A place he doesn’t want to be. He has no clue what he is doing.

Reece is asked to come to the Elder’s home but damn if he knew what the hell was up. A little Omega in a pink tutu dancing around the table catches his eye, but when he is told that Šílené is actually the Alpha things are about to get dicey. Now these two definitely need to learn how to communicate.

I love how the fact that it was not easy for them and that they had just a bit of a hiccup to their mating from the start. It makes it more interesting when that happens. I also loved the fact that an Omega has the strength of an Alpha when needed. This story rocked and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.

I had fun with his and would definitely recommend it.

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