Model Exposure by Lissa Kasey

Title: Model Exposure

Series: Haven Investigations 04

Author: Lissa Kasey

Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, Thriller

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 2, 2017)

Length: Novel (256 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: After being rescued by Ollie, Kade continues to suffer the aftermath of his ordeal, both physically and psychologically. Not knowing how else to clear his head, he pours his energy into Ollie—the love of his life—and Haven Investigations, but neither Ollie nor Kade can continue to ignore what they learned from their last case: Ollie’s brother, Nathan, might have betrayed Kade.

As they dig into Ollie’s past, secrets are revealed. Was Nathan’s death a suicide? Were Ollie’s parents much more than they seemed? Is someone out to kill Ollie, or is it Kade’s past coming back to haunt them again?

Amidst questions and uncertainties, one thing is clear: after everything they have been through together, Kade and Ollie have never been more in love and they want to get married. But first, they’ll have to deal with the continued threat of Kade’s past, the emotional wounds Kade fears are drowning him, and the possibility that everything Ollie believed about his family was a lie. A beautiful happily ever after awaits them—as long as they can survive long enough to make it to the altar.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-978-9

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/model-exposure-by-lissa-kasey-8900-b

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: With this particular series, you must start with book one. This is the love story of Oliver and Kade, with their ups and downs, pain and heartache, and the danger both are in.

I came across this author when her first book in this series came out, and I have to tell you that I have fallen in love with this whole group. The dangers these men have gone through and where they are today is just about amazing. The characters are really deep and a bit quirky. There are some pretty freaky twists and turns to it as well.

Kade and Oliver have had such a hard past. Oliver is just coming into information about himself and his brother, he had not known existed. And poor Kade is going through what happened to him by his family, and the after affects is major. He thinks he is so weak so he won’t let Oliver in on his sessions with the Doctor, and Oliver thinks, well I can’t really figure out Ollie’s mind yet. He is a very complex young man, but a nice surprise is Kade wants to get married.

To top it off, after Ollie’s stroke, things are a bit hard around the house. Then someone is out to get them still. Things just don’t seem to calm down around these two men. Lies, deception, and so much more are just swarming them. People from the past are showing up, things are just getting deeper and deeper for them.

Now with this story I loved the characters and what is going on. What I didn’t care so much about is all the excess stuff that was added in. This book felt drawn out and very slow paced for me. It felt like the author just threw things in and wished for the best. The characters are so dependent on each other that it just seems strange. Oh the love is there for you to see, but for them to be in the back pocket of each other just felt weird.

You are focused on Kade’s mental breakdown as well as what is happening around him. He slowly looses it, then the author throws in a new reason, which worked pretty good. However it never was answered on how he got the drug into his system. Now the author does give us a happy ending. However most of the story was full of things one would never believe. Also it looks like Nathan didn’t commit suicide, but then they say he did. It never really gets answered, just suggestions. The drama is a bit too much for me, but hey it works I suppose.

Over all it is a very good story, but to me it was just way to much. It has a lot going on, and if you don’t read the previous books you will definitely get left behind.

Silver and Mikey by Bellann Summer

Title: Silver and Mikey

Series: Operation True One #2

Author: Bellann Summer

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand (August 17, 2017)

Length: Novella

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts

Blurb: Lives of emptiness, never love, only lukewarm relationships. True ones could be found if one family would stop trying to kill the other.

Alpha and bear shifter, Silver Kodiak’s word is law. With seven feet of muscle and a bad attitude, he has no problem helping others see things his way. But muscle doesn’t work when he meets his soulmate. The little guy’s either leading him on a merry chase or is up in his face, demanding things.

Mikey Johnston may be tiny, but there isn’t a submissive bone in his body. Trust comes hard when he’s hunted all his life for having a purple moon birthmark. Meeting Silver fulfills his dreams. His cat doesn’t agree.

Between keeping the cat’s bloodshed to a minimum, enduring a pregnancy, eating everything in sight, being kidnapped, and going into labor in a hole, Mikey’s purpose in life becomes getting rid of all the white walls, flooring…. oh, and loving his true one.

ISBN: 978-1-64010-611-6

Product Link: Siren-BookStrand

Reviewer: Lisa

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

I would say Silver surprised his family all the way around. He knew about the scrolls and what they meant. After something tragic happened before his eighteenth birthday, Silver made a vow that all who wore the mark would be protected. Silver is a very cranky alpha bear who is meaner then a snake. He will tear another apart if they cross him, well unless you’re a white cat. He believed in mates, so when he found his, well you can guess. The only problem was Mikey took off.

Mikey is a very twisted little guy. He runs or he kicks ass and wants to blow things up. He ran from the big bad bear, but the moment the bear catches up, well lets just say things heated up real fast. Too bad there are still some out there that want him and his cousins dead.

Action packed and funny as hell, this book ranks pretty high up on my books to read more then once list. I got a kick out of Mikey and his cat. I had a lot of fun reading this and can not wait till I get my hands on the next book. I must admit that the bears attitude leave me with mixed feelings, but Silver was a definite surprise. It did show me why he is an alpha though.

Cameron and Keaton by Bellann Summer

Title: Cameron and Keaton

Series: Operation True One #1

Author: Bellann Summer

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand (June 29, 2017)

Length: Novella (83 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts

Blurb: Lives of emptiness, never love, only lukewarm relationships. Two families could find their true ones, if one family would stop trying to kill the other.

Keaton Johnston found scrolls that told of great love, but great danger with Kodiak grizzly shifters. After meeting Cameron Kodiak, he decided to take the chance anyway. The moment Keaton walked into Cameron’s bar, he gained the shifter’s attention. Never before had the unbending, arrogant Kodiak felt this need.

Acting on instincts, Cameron took Keaton to his bed, ready to claim. That is, until he saw the mark of the jackal. Somehow, Keaton managed to survive meeting and mating Cameron. Now, surviving pregnancy hormones and living with a dominating Kodiak shifter are iffy on a good day.

But that is nothing compared to the threat of the Kodiak family’s terrifying alpha. Silver, makes big, bad, Cameron look like a pussy cat. And Silver is coming. What will happen when he sees the hated birthmark?

ISBN: 978-1-64010-511-9

Product Link: Siren-BookStrand 

Reviewer: Lisa

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

I came across Bellann’s stories several months ago and knew after reading the first book, that she would rise up to be a favorite of mine. The worlds she create are unique and a fresh new idea to the paranormal worlds. I have read many shifter stories and have only come across so many that involves Kodiak’s. I actually had to laugh a bit, because of the way they act in the story are the way I would think they act in real life. Grouchy as hell, mean as a snake and mate for life are just a bit of what I imagine. However she gave it a new twist, one that involves a curse.

Keaton and his cousins fear for their lives. Each one has a crescent moon mark on their leg, and that puts them in danger from the Kodiak bear shifters. A curse, a wicked old woman and death follow the mark. However Keaton found something that points to the fact that the old stories were wrong, and the mark led to life for the Kodiak bear’s. To take a chance at dying, Keaton sets out to find the bear meant for him.

Cameron sets his eyes on a sexy man, a man who is his mate. Things get heated up, that is till he see’s the mark. You thought things were going to get rough, you haven’t seen anything yet. To make it even better, the male mates can get pregnant. Too bad Cameron’s alpha might have something to say about it all.

Now I have to admit that when Cameron see’s the mark, the way he reacted almost had me putting the book back down. I always wanted the shifter to be gentle to their mates even if they are pissed, and so seeing Cam’s reaction was a bit disturbing. However it does set with the fact that he is a bear shifter. They take possessive, dominating, asshat reactions to the level.

I enjoyed reading this story and have started on the second book. I can’t wait to see what book three will give us. I would definitely recommend this book.

Rogue Operative by Lynn Hagen

Title: Rogue Operative

Series: Wildfire #2

Author: Lynn Hagen

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (August 28, 2017)

Length: Novella (108 Pages)

Heat Level: Moderate

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

Blurb: When Jordan spots the new sheriff riding into town on his motorcycle, he becomes infatuated with the sexy man, but he’s running from a past that still haunts him, a past that has left him guilt-ridden for too long. He thinks he’s the reason his lover is dead and is afraid to give his heart away again. He convinces himself that he can be friends with Mason without falling for the sheriff, but the heart wants what it wants and, soon, Jordan finds himself lost in Mason’s arms.

Mason “Blade” Camden came to Wildfire to put his past behind him. He retired from his mercenary work. Unfortunately, the agency didn’t get the memo. When they send him on an assignment, things go horribly wrong. Now Mason is a wanted man and must draw attention away from the small town, even if that means leaving behind the man he loves.

ISBN: 978-1-64010-560-7

Product Link: Siren-BookStrand

Reviewers: Lisa & Veronica

Lisa’s Review: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

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

Damn sexy men, danger, mercenaries, guns, action and excitement all rolled into one amazing package. Jordan lost the man of his heart to an accident and from that day forth figured it was just him. He was afraid to try to love again, but the sexy ass sherif was sure making it hard. Mason has his own set of problems, a past that was coming back to bite him in the ass. When these two men hook up, they are going to set the sheets on fire.

Lynn Hagen was one of the first author’s of this genre that I came across and knew that she would become on of my all time favorite authors. She hasn’t let me down yet, I can tell you that. A fresh new world that just seems to have the best damn men to be around. Each one of them has an amount of danger and excitement mixed in with so much more.

I had quite a bit of fun reading this and can not wait to get started on the next book. Sexy men with guns and rides a motorcycle just makes a girl want to scream or in this case one sexy man who uses his hands a lot. I would definitely recommend this book.

Veronica’s Review: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Jordan, one of the workers from the Lockmere Construction Company that is restoring the small town in the mountains, has some demons of his own to work through, but from the moment that he saw the newly appointed Sheriff ride into town, he’s got the hots for him. Jordan, however, has convinced himself that he’s the reason he’s the cause of his last boyfriend’s death, and he doesn’t want another death on his conscious if he gets involved with the Sheriff.

Mason sees Jordan and wants him, but he’s been in some rough situations in his life and his previous job that he would like to be out of, but as he says, leaving that job isn’t an option. He came to Wildfire to start a fresh life and a new job. Jordan and Mason hook up, but then Jordan family drama intrudes, and then Mason has to go out of town to do a job, but the situation is beyond his control, when his assignment takes him back to save Jordan and his friends that he got close to in Wildfire, to save them from a crazed madman.

I would definitely recommend this series to anyone interested.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Clare London (2nd Edition)

Title: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (2nd Edition)

Series: London Lads #5

Author: Clare London

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 30, 2017)

Length: Short Story (61 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Garry’s at the end of his tether. He’s waiting at Glasgow Airport to meet his friend Will, on their way to a holiday in a Scottish Highlands hotel. Now there’s a ten-hour delay to incoming flights, the seat in the lounge is more like an instrument of torture, and he’s beyond tired of airport food.

He’s also dreading having to apologise for the pass he recently made at Will, his colleague at a London bank, under the influence of too many beers and a long-held crush. Now Will’s been offered a new job offer on a continent thousands of miles away, Garry realises it may be the end of their close friendship—let alone anything more.

To add to Garry’s stress, he’s treated to the company of Emily and Max, two young people who think he needs educating in the ways of the world. Struggling with their well-meaning help and the startling mess from spilled ketchup and noxious-smelling sweets, he’s encouraged to re-examine how he feels about Will and to decide what kind of journey he’d really like them to take together.

ISBN: 978-1-63533-585-9

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place-by-clare-london-8817-b

Reviewer: Lisa

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

Garry and Will have been friends for quite sometime, but Garry wants more. He is about to get the help of two darling angels, he never expected. I would love to go on about this story, but guess you should read it. Don’t want to give to much of it away.

It is a very sweet little love story that will brighten your day. I just wished it had not been so short, because I would have loved to see Garry’s expression at the end. It was funny as hell and entertained me quite a bit. I would definitely recommend this book. It is perfect for a short little break in life.

Between A Rock and A Hard Place by Clare London Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have Clare London stopping by today with the tour for her new release Between A Rock and A Hard Place, we have a great excerpt, a brilliant giveaway and Lisa’s review, so check out the post and enter the giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~

Between A Rock and A Hard Place

(London Lads 05 / Perchance to Dream 11)
by

Clare London

Garry’s at the end of his tether. He’s waiting at Glasgow Airport to meet his friend Will, on their way to a holiday in a Scottish Highlands hotel. Now there’s a ten-hour delay to incoming flights, the seat in the lounge is more like an instrument of torture, and he’s beyond tired of airport food.

He’s also dreading having to apologise for the pass he recently made at Will, his colleague at a London bank, under the influence of too many beers and a long-held crush. Now Will’s been offered a new job offer on a continent thousands of miles away, Garry realises it may be the end of their close friendship—let alone anything more.

To add to Garry’s stress, he’s treated to the company of Emily and Max, two young people who think he needs educating in the ways of the world. Struggling with their well-meaning help and the startling mess from spilled ketchup and noxious-smelling sweets, he’s encouraged to re-examine how he feels about Will and to decide what kind of journey he’d really like them to take together.

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Worth the Risk by Lynn Hagen

Title: Worth the Risk

Series: Wildfire #1

Author: Lynn Hagen

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand (August 21, 2017)

Length: Novella (109 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

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

Blurb: Isn’t the chase half the fun? That’s what Darien thinks when he sets his sights on one of Wildfire’s investors. Sex is the only thing Darien is interested in, until a scoundrel from Matthew’s past resurfaces. Now, it’s up to Darien to pull Matthew back from the brink of self-destruction, and he doesn’t understand why he’s going out on a limb for a guy he barely knows.

When Matthew and his friends invest in a podunk town, he has no idea what he is in for. Darien makes it known that he wants Matthew, but after a bitter betrayal from a past lover, Matthew doesn’t trust anyone. He thinks Darien isn’t worth the risk. Or so he thinks.

When his life begins to spiral out of control, Matthew is shocked that it’s Darien who comes to his rescue, refusing to allow Matthew to sink into the depths of despair.

ISBN: 978-1-64010-559-1

Product Link: Siren Publishing

Reviewer: Lisa & Veronica

Lisa’s Review: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

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

Lynn Hagen was one of the first authors of gay romance that I had read and she got me hooked. Now I admit that all of those were paranormal, so when this series came out I was wondering how they would turn out. So you can imagine my surprise that they were the right story for me. This story caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it there all the way to the end.

Darien is the owner of the construction crew that was going to rebuild an old town and help to revive it. Wildfire had been purchased and was going to be turned into the perfect place for the gay community. He had his sights set on one of the men behind the purchase and realizes that Wildfire might just be his perfect home.

Matthew had been born into a home that was always broke, and made his fortune with hard work and dedication. When his life started to unravel due to a bad choice with a man, he started to drink to forget. His best friends thought buying an old ghost town, well almost ghost town, he just went a long with it. He had lost his ability to trust and needed a reason to start over. I would say Darien is up for the job.

It was a pretty good story and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was a fresh and unique idea that I had a lot of fun with. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next story.

Veronica’s Review: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Darian has a construction company, and he and his crew are working to restore a small town that was purchased by Matthew and his friends. The first time that Darien saw Matthew, he was imagining how many flat surfaces he can have Matthew on, but he’s not interested in a relationship.

However Matthew doesn’t trust anyone other than his friends, and he isn’t interested in hooking up or getting involved with anyone, since recently, he was accused of a heinous act and he’s still paying the price of the person that is trying to ruin his life.

When Matthew’s life is imploding, although his friends are there supporting him, he’s more surprise that Darien is there to literally lift him up and help him get back on his feet, even when he found out the reason. When a past lover comes back to make more trouble for Matthew and he’s being questioned by the Police, Darien runs to his rescue and shows him that he can be trusted and that they can both have a future together.

I would definitely recommend this story to anyone interested.

Fresh Pickens by Shea Balik

Title: Fresh Pickens

Series: Cedar Falls #21

Author: Shea Balik

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand (August 15, 2017)

Length: Novella (146 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

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

Several years ago Charles Jackson made a mistake, a big one. He bullied several people for being gay. When his mama found out, she gave him a tongue lashing that still stung years later. Charles had been trying to change since then but the residents of Cedar Falls wouldn’t give him an opportunity to prove it.

Austin Reed hadn’t wanted to give Charles a chance, but the more he got to know Charles, the more he found the man funny, sweet, and nothing like the bigoted bully he had been.

Now, the two must find a way to forgive the past and move into the future if they hope to find their happily ever after.

ISBN: 978-1-64010-564-5

Product Link: Siren Publishing

Reviewer: Lisa

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

This wonderful series also has a new branch that just came out. The new series is called Syn’s Playground, so you need to check it out. I came across this wonderful author with the first book in this series, and I knew I was caught. She became one of my favorite authors and also became an automatic buy. Lets face it Jesse was the one that caught me hook, line and sinker.

When Jesse and his friends met up at the casino, the Jackson boys bullied them and then proceeded to get kicked out of the casino. Not too many places for a bully to go, however Charles was a big surprise and he was also in for a surprise. He never really wanted to hurt anyone and now he was trying to make up for it. To his luck it was Jesse that gave him the chance to prove he had changed.

Austin was suppose to give the okay for the new place to go up, he just wasn’t to sure about giving Charles the chance. Then he took the time to get to know him, and things are going to heat up.

I was glad that Charles had changed and was given the chance to prove it. He was a blast to read about and I just absolutely loved him and Austin. The story just kept on giving me what I really needed in a story, and I can not wait till the next book comes out. I love the little surprises and I love how the guys are always willing to help another.

I would definitely recommend not only this book but the whole series. This is one author that you will love to read.

Phoenix Rising by Cree Storm & Maggie Walsh

Title: Phoenix Rising

Series: Eternal Flame #7

Author: Cree Storm, Maggie Walsh

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: Self-published (May 27, 2017)

Length: Novella (131 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Manny has had a hard life, but when he is taken in and adopted by Angelo and Morgan, Manny thinks his life is finally on track. That is, until he is kidnapped by a green man who tells Manny that he’s not who he and everyone else thinks he is. The truth of who Manny really is sends him spiraling out of control and he is terrified that when his new family finds out, that he will lose everything and everyone he loves.

Frankie has always thought Manny was sexy as hell, but he was way too young, and just happened to be one of his closest friends’ son. However, when Manny is rescued, Frankie can’t help but notice the change in the young man.

When the two discover they are mates, Manny and Frankie must work together with their friends to find answers, before the Phoenix Rising gets Manny killed.

ISBN: B071FLJJFN

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords

Reviewer: Lisa

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

It has been sometime since I had read the previous books in this series but it was like I never forgot them. I remember Manny and his mother. I remember when his mother had been killed and how hard it had been on the boy. He had been taken in and adopted by two wonderful men who adored him. Now he is almost twenty one years old, boy time sure does fly by. Walking home he is abducted by a green man, and everyone knows green men are dangerous as hell. However many surprises are in store for Manny, and only that green man can help him. To top it off the one man he had a crush on, just so happens to be the one man he needs the most.

Frankie has always liked Manny, even when he was just a kid. Which makes him freak out a bit, however Manny’s scent has changed and damn if he isn’t his mate. To top it off, Manny skin tone is changing, and that change just might mean a little twist.

I absolutely loved Manny and Frankie. They just seemed to rock it perfectly. Many would say that Manny is too immature and his father is too protective, but once you figure out their story you can see how it just pulled the story together. For one Manny is still very young and his fathers are his adopted fathers. So when something kind of shows up and your young man is growing, the empty nest feeling does start to happen. I actually felt for them all during that time.

It has a serious tone to it, but there is some humor that mixes just right for this story. It caught my attention from the start and kept it all the way to the end. I got a kick out of it and can’t wait to start in on the next book.

Dusty by Fel Fern

Title: Dusty

Series: Wounded Hearts 04

Author: Fel Fern

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand (July 27, 2017)

Length:  Novella (90 Pages)

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts 

Blurb: Dusty is an ex-soldier and dominant leopard shifter who lost his hearing during the war. He’s also the last of his former unit who remains unmated. To get away from humans because his inner leopard is close to turning feral, he works as an assistant park ranger. A distress call brings him to a cliff in the park where he needs to convince a potential suicide not to jump. The last thing Dusty expects to find is his mate.

Trace Michaels is a human artist who suffered an attack three months ago. He’s saved from ending his life by a persistent and gorgeous leopard shifter. With reluctance, he lets Dusty convince him to live again. The last thing he expects is for Dusty to stick around.

Trace isn’t ready to risk his heart again, but this persistent leopard might just be the one man he’s been waiting for his entire life.

ISBN: 978-1-64010-456-3

Product Link: Siren Bookstrand

Reviewer: Lisa

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

Dusty is the youngest of his team mates and the one that seems to be having the hardest time.  He lost his hearing in the explosion that injured his teammates.  He even almost went feral and sent his commander in the same direction.  Thank god his teammates helped him come back, but the truth was he wasn’t handling it well.  Taking a job in the woods just helps him to connect and leads him to salvation.

Trace is an amazing artist who lost his way.  His ex-boyfriend was sent to prison after he assaulted him, but he was having troubles with it.  Depression and PTSD sets in and well you can guess where that heads.  Thanks to one sexy shifter who might just need him as much as he needs him.  Then the past comes for him and it is going to take Dusty and his team to save him.

Now this author has made a few mistakes that have been missed in editing, but it doesn’t take away from the story as bad as I would have expected.  However I still noticed it.

Other than my issues with this story it was a fun read.  I enjoyed it and can’t wait to start on the next book. 

Grover by Fel Fern

Title: Grover

Series: Wounded Hearts 03

Author: Fel Fern

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Publisher:  Siren-Bookstrand (July 20, 2017)

Length:  Novella (101 Pages)

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts 

Blurb: A blind war vet and jaguar shifter who’s barely getting by, Grover tries to adapt to living a normal life. While walking his guide dog, he accidentally bumps into tabby cat shifter Eric, who tries to steal his wallet. His jaguar tells him Eric is his mate, but Grover believes a broken shifter like him isn’t worthy of a mate.

Eric steals to survive and provide for his brother, his only family. Crossing paths with a blind but dangerous dominant jaguar shifter was never in the agenda, but he can’t ignore what his heart wants. His inner cat knows Grover is the one man he’d been waiting for his whole life, his mate. However, to belong to Grover and give their fragile relationship a chance to bloom, Eric must leave his old life of thievery behind.

When wounded hearts are on the line, Grover proves he’s willing to do whatever it takes to claim his mate.

ISBN: 978-1-64010-455-6

Product Link: Siren Bookstrand | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

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

Grover and his team mates did a good deed and it cost them.  For Grover it cost him his eyes and he was having a hard time dealing with it.  A powerful jaguar who is pretty much an alpha sees the loss as a weakness and as a vet, well you can guess.  However he would be wrong, because he still is a powerful man in his own.  So when a little thief tries to steal his wallet, well the thief stole his heart instead.

Eric and his brother Evan have been on their own for some time.  They had found themselves in a dangerous situation when another shifter takes them in.  Now they are thieves and only bad things happen when they fail.  The problem is his brother is sick and Eric has to work double to get it done.  Too bad he tried to steal from a powerful shifter who was blind, it might just cost him more than he expected.

When an author is trying to meet a deadline or just wants to get their books out fast, they tend to make a few mistakes that could cost them.  Such as different names, or different injuries to the wrong shifter, to spelling or even the tone.  Now this author has made a few of these mistakes, but it doesn’t take away from the story as bad as I would have expected.  However I still noticed it.

Other than my issues with this story it was a fun read.  I enjoyed it and can’t wait to start on the next book. 

Mike by Fel Fern

Title: Mike

Series: Wounded Hearts 02

Author: Fel Fern

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Publisher:  Siren-Bookstrand (July 13, 2017)

Length:  Novella (84 Pages)

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts 

Blurb:  After losing a leg, former paranormal special ops member and dominant tiger shifter Mike is having trouble coping with his new reality. Mike knows finding a mate isn’t possible for a broken shifter like him. Mike’s ready to live the rest of his life in solitude, until his path collides with Bowen.

Bowen manages to spark a fire in his heart, except Mike knows that sooner or later, the lynx shifter would find him lacking. Bowen’s a rare Omega lynx shifter who’s been on the run his entire life. When fate drops a growly, wounded tiger shifter in his path, he knows he’s met his mach. With enemies on his tail, the last thing he needs is a gorgeous distraction, except Mike becomes more than that.

When the future seems so uncertain, can Bowen find true happiness with his mate or will everything fall apart? 

ISBN: 978-1-64010-454-9

Product Link: Siren Bookstrand | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

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

The first thing I noticed is the beta reader didn’t catch the name of the dead soldier.  In book one he was called Wayne but the author wrote it multiple times in this one as Larry.  So it needs just a bit of re-editing.  Not a big deal but it brought it down just a bit for me.  There were a few types of these issues with this book, but other than that sweet.

Mike is a powerful tiger shifter who lost his leg in the fight that also cost him his commander’s arm, another’s eyes, ones hearing and the loss of a friend.  Now in civilian life he was having just a bit of trouble figuring out life.  Then he comes across his mate.

Bowen has been on the run for some time.  He is a lynx shifter that can get pregnant.  To top it off he is an omega.  One man wants him, but it is only one man he wants.  Bowen needs his mate’s help to survive.

It is a very good book that caught my attention from the start and kept it all the way to the end.
It does have a few issues, such as what I listed above, but it doesn’t really take away from the story itself.  It just felt rushed and for this type of story that isn’t really a good thing.  However I still had a lot of fun with it and can’t wait to see what book three will be like.

Abram by Fel Fern

Title: Abram

Series: Wounded Hearts 01

Author: Fel Fern

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Publisher:  Siren-Bookstrand (July 6, 2017)

Length:  Novella (83 Pages)

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts 

Blurb:  After losing an arm in the war, dominant lion shifter Abram is suffering from PTSD and having trouble adapting to civilian life. His sessions with his therapist, Kane, are the only things he looks forward to.

Sparks ignite after one accidental kiss. When Kane decides it’s unprofessional to keep seeing Abram, all the cards come down and Abram’s lion goes on a prowl. Abram might be one broken vet, but his lion knows Kane is his mate and letting go is not an option.

Omega cat shifter Kane has a huge problem. He’s had a massive crush on Abram since the wounded vet entered his life. When keeping things professional between them no longer works, Kane bolts, terrified of the intense attraction between them.

Kane gives Abram quite a chase, but he soon realizes that lions are persistent hunters—and when it comes to the matters of the heart, only a fool would refuse the mating bond. 

ISBN:  978-1-64010-453-2

Product Link: Siren Bookstrand | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Lisa

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

Dominant alpha shifters do not do well when they are no longer at the top of their game.  They see any weakness as a loss, but the shifters in this story find that it is not always truth.  Five soldiers go to war but only 4 come back alive.  Abram was the one in charge and came back with the loss of his arm.  To top it off he has flash backs and is trying to survive his new life as a civilian.  

Kane is the opposite of Abram.  He is definitely not a alpha type male, but he is bound and determined to get Abram to live in the now.  That is until one kiss, and sends him running.  Too bad now he has a very big lion coming after his mate.

I have not had the chance to read many stories from this author, but I have to say that this story does hit a chord.  It was well rounded and full of description that definitely catches my attention.  In fact my attention was caught from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end.  I enjoyed reading it and can’t wait to get started on the next book.

Snake Snack by Lisa Oliver

Title:  Snake Snack

Series:  Arrowtown 02

Author: Lisa Oliver

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: Lisa Oliver (10th August 2017)

Length: Novel (178 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts 

Blurb: Simon liked the idea of having a Fated Mate; after all, Ra and Seth certainly seem happy enough. A random encounter in Jackson changes his thinking though, making him wonder if he should have thought that mate thing through more thoroughly. As a snake shifter, he was used to being alone. Who cared if he upset anyone or not? But his old behavior wasn’t going to win him any hearts, including his mate’s. 

Darwin works three jobs to survive. On his own for more years than he can count, he stays away from shifters and shifter towns. Trusting no one, he works and sleeps and while his life is dull, it’s safe and that’s all Darwin cares about. When he comes across a snake in his apartment, his first instinct is to hit it with his trusty bat. But the mate pull works both ways and Darwin’s forced to consider some changes in his life. 

Two stalkers, two kidnappings, life is rarely dull in Arrowtown. With Ra running for mayor and Liam’s and Lucien’s life threatened by their past, Simon and Darwin have their work cut out for them. Being mates is one thing; love is a totally different matter.  

ISBN: B074LKH5L6

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer:  Lisa

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

I love the little warning about a flying mouse; let’s just say it was a kicker.  I came across Lisa Oliver some time ago with her first book, and have followed her since then.  Her stories are very entertaining and will keep you begging for more.  The characters are fully developed and you will fall in love with them from the start.  The story caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end.  

Simon has been on his own for some time.  He has no education so works three jobs to survive.  He is the cutest little mouse shifter you will have ever seen, and he is one sexy little dancer.  He has been dancing for humans for some time and even though he is good at it, he looks for a different time.  Then one night and his fate is set.  He has met his mate and he wants to run.

Simon is a big ass snake but who knows what kind.  His mate is a cute little sexy mouse shifter.  Two different types, one prey one predator and things are going to heat up real fast.  Especially since someone else wants the little mouse.  

I loved this book almost as much as the first one.  It gave me all that I wanted and so much more.  I especially loved the fact that a mate whether prey or predator can get pregnant.  There are a few little twists that are so much fun to read.  I had a lot of fun with this book and would definitely recommend it.

A Tiger’s Tale by Lisa Oliver

Title:  A Tiger’s Tale

Series:  Arrowtown #1

Author: Lisa Oliver

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: Lisa Oliver (March 12, 2017)

Length: Novel (206 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts 

Blurb: Seth Carmichael never did anything wrong, but instead of working at the local library, he was running for his life. His herd was hunting him and with few resources, Seth’s options were fading fast. Until, that is, he heard the rumble of a motorcycle. Peeking through the tree he was hiding in, he couldn’t believe his eyes. Had salvation come in the form of a badass biker? 

Ra (no last name and proud of it) was a tiger on a mission. He’d scented his mate and then the little rabbit ran away before his teeth could engage. Ra heard the gossip around Arrowtown; he knew his mate was a hunted man. But if the sweet man was on the run, he needed someone to look after him; Ra figured he was the right man for the job. 

A meeting, a mating and yet another meeting. What should have been a straight forward relationship turned into so much more on their very first outing as a mated couple. Now Ra has to count on the strength of his mate and the help of his friends, if he and Seth are ever to have the HEA they’d planned for. And what was with all these Fae turning up out of the blue? 

Warning: Contains a tiger who keeps putting his foot in it; a tiny lop-eared rabbit who is stronger than he looks and a bunch of friends who’ll hide a body, no questions asked.   

ISBN: B06XGYW1K4

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer:  Lisa

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

Lisa became a favorite author of mine when her first book came out.  The characters are fully developed and easy to fall in love with, just as the story itself is.  It is a very entertaining tale, but I have to say that this one tops the others.  It is Lisa’s first attempt, if I understood right, at male pregnancy type stories.  Which is a bonus, who wouldn’t think it funny as hell.

Seth is a very cute, little lop-eared rabbit who is on the run.  He is different than the rest of the rabbit’s in his herd.  He didn’t know that his herd was also stuck in the dark ages when it comes to mates.  He had been happy to find his mate, even if the man was a tiger.  Too bad it was against the herds law.  He was in deep crap and needed help.

Ra is a tiger with no last name and a group of friends who look like the rough bikers many expect.  They were making their home in a shifter town, but he was determined to find his little mate.  There is a big surprise in store for them both.

I got a kick out of this story and cannot wait to start in on the next book.  I love the idea of a predator being mated to a prey animal.  It just means the tiger can keep his rabbit safe.  I have always loved these types of story and Lisa Oliver just makes it rock.  I would definitely recommend this book.  Now off to read book two.