Mating the Beast by Shea Balik (2nd edition)

Shea Balik - Mating The Beast Cover 47rh6fhTitle: Mating the Beast (2nd edition)

Series: Paranormal Wars: Stone Haven 02

Author: Shea Balik

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Length: Novella (128pgs)

Publisher: Shea Balik (January 16, 2020)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Jason Jachovich never dreamed he’d be sold to the Psy only to be turned into a monster from an old Hollywood movie. When the Psy try to use him and the other humans they changed in a war with other paranormals, Jason manages to get free, only to watch as the others like him die in a war they didn’t want to be a part of.

The Alliance is stunned to see what the Psy have created in their attempt to defeat the Alliance. In order to defeat the were-creatures the Psy have sent to fight, the Alliance must kill them, but one manages to survive. Dr. Adam Pratt is sent to study this were-creature in hopes of saving any more they come across. What he didn’t expect was to find his mate and become willing to do anything to save him.

This is the second edition of the original 2014 release. Although there are no significant changes to the story, it has been re-edited and revised.

ISBN: B083ZMCTG2

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Jason, one of the Psy’s experiments, wakes up not knowing where he is. He only knows there is a lovely smell and a heavenly voice calling to him. At first he is terrified until the man tells him everything will be alright. Adam is happy he met his mate Jason but is concerned for his welfare at the same time. The two try and help the other understand things that are happening.

There is a lot that happens throughout this story. From confrontations others to rescue missions without planning there is an adrenaline rush as different characters play a role in bringing each scene to stunning life. Action packed and suspenseful this book packs a punch.

I loved everything about the book. I am looking forward to reading about the many characters that were rescued as well as Maui and Ian as in this story we find out they are mates.

Fantastic read and highly recommended.

Mating the Enemy by Shea Balik (2nd Edition)

Shea Balik - Mating the Enemy Cover 89vndrTitle: Mating the Enemy (2nd Edition)

Series: Paranormal Wars: Stone Haven 01

Author: Shea Balik

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Length: Novella (133pgs)

Publisher: Shea Balik (December 23, 2019)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 5 Hearts

Blurb: Siberian Tiger shifter, Aleksi Rykov, is amused to watch the enemy chasing one of their own, Psy Seth Tilton, until he realizes it’s his mate. Rescuing his mate isn’t difficult for the powerful Alpha but keeping his mate safe from the war raging between their races may be more difficult.

Seth is taking a chance running to the one man he knows can keep him safe, Aleksi. Seth knows the Psy’s secrets and the Psy will do anything to get him back but with Aleksi’s help, Seth can help turn the tide of the war and uncover the horrible truth. The question is, will Aleksi be willing to help the enemy?

Both sides are against their mating and doing their best to tear the two apart but Aleksi and Seth are determined to stay together against all odds. Can Aleksi and Seth manage to find happiness by Mating the Enemy?

PLEASE NOTE: This is a revised and re-edited version of the original publication. The main storyline has not changed and there are no significant rewrites.

ISBN: B0833DTMXT

Product Link: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Kobo

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: I freaking loved this story so much. Paranormals at war. Humans being experimented on and two men from opposite sides on a collision course to stop the wars from continuing.

Aleksi is the alpha tiger that most paranormals and humans will not mess with he has earned a reputation of being brutal and intense.

Seth is a Psy on the run from people who want to make an example of him in the most brutal way. When he runs onto Aleksi’ territory the two come together to stop the new army from invading. A lot happens in this story. We are introduced to many wonderful characters that bring the story to life in a stunning way.

I am so looking forward to reading more in this series and seeing where the path leads. Will they succeed or fail? Awesome battle scenes and the chemistry between Seth and Aleksi is hot.

Fantastic read and highly recommended.

Mating Scars by Shea Balik

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Series: Paranormal Wars: Stone Haven, #9
Author: Shea Balik
Genre: Futuristic/ Paranormal
Length: Novella (131 pages)
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. (August 29th 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts
Blurb: Diallo Lovett had his world turned upside when a man he’d believed was his mate not only lied to him, but kidnapped Diallo to torture him. After years of abuse, Diallo was rescued, only to find the real torture was just beginning for now he had to find a way to put his life back together.

An explosion took Dugan Nash’s leg but not his determination to make those responsible pay. With a lot of sweat and tears he finally was able to walk with the help of a prosthesis.

The moment Diallo meets Dugan, he knows he was fooled all those years ago. Dugan is his real mate. The events of past make Diallo too leery to trust in the one man meant to be his.

Dugan knows of Diallo’s past, but is determined to find a way to break down the walls Diallo has erected and heal the scars that surround his heart.

ISBN: 978-1-63259-675-8

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/mating-scars

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: This book is part of a series and should be read in order. This series also coincides with events happening in the Paranormal Wars: Juarez series.

Ok, this book was a little disappointing to me. I was pretty sure Diallo was described as a blue-eyed blond in “Mating in Stormy Waters” and he was. So when he was introduced as a slim-black man we copper eyes I was confused. So my OCD made me go back and look it up. And yes he has been completely changed since he was introduced. So from the start things we getting a little off course.

Next up is way would Dugan be chosen to lead the hunt for the children? Nothing was ever said about why he and Diallo for that matter were selected. Also what the hell was the deal with the Death Valley scene? Why were they dropped there? That all deal made no sense to me.

OK, looking past all the things they left me with questions. The romance between Diallo and Dugan was nice and sweet. Both men have deep scars. Dugan from the bombing that left him without a leg, and Diallo with his years of physical and sexual abuse.

The fact that Diallo was able to let Dugan in and find happiness was good. Dugan was so gentle with Diallo since he has heard the stories of what happened to Diallo. There were also some really sweet and cute moments between them. I really liked the scene with the wild dolphins.

Overall, not as good as some of the other books in the series. But, if you can look beyond some of the inconsistencies, a good romance.

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

Mating His Nightmare by Shea Balik

91AXJ4k73JL._SL1500_Title: Mating His Nightmare
Series: Paranormal Wars: Stone Haven, #5
Author: Shea Balik
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (139 pages)
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc (August 14th 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts
Blurb: Wolfe Koa grew up only knowing pain. As a newborn wolf shifter, he was placed in a lab where every experiment known to man was inflicted on him. When he was finally freed, he vowed to destroy every lab the humans had built to torture paranormals in the name of science.

Caleb Reid was a scientist who loved helping others. When his own race, the psy, kidnapped him and forced him to create a breed of super soldiers, humans that were infused with animal and shifter DNA, Caleb rebelled. His act of defiance had his father’s finger cut off with the threat of the same happening to his four-year-old sister. Not having a choice, Caleb did the unthinkable and gave in to the psy’s demands.

When Wolfe realizes Caleb is his mate, he fights the need to be with his mate. Can Wolfe overcome the mate pull or will he end up mating his worst nightmare?

ISBN: 978-1-63258-179-2

Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/mating-his-nightmare

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: This book is part of a series and should be read in order.

Caleb knows that creating the were creatures is wrong. But he has no choice if he wants to keep his adopted shifter family safe. He hates what he is doing but until the Alliance can locate and save his family, he has no choice. Even knowing Wolfe is his mate, Caleb needed to continue with the psy. The only contact they have with each other is in their dreams where they start to fall in love with each other.

Wolfe is damaged from the time he spent among the human/psy labs. He never dealt with his issues and instead would just jump into wars all over the world. With Caleb as his mate, not only a psy but also a doctor Wolf has a lot to come to terms with. I can see his issues and understand the angst he goes through, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t want to smack him upside the head a few times.

Caleb and Wolfe do not have the best mating in the start and it was mostly due to Wolfe’s emotional issues. Wolfe does not deal with who and what Caleb is very well. In the process, he hurts Caleb emotional and almost loses him.

I liked this book because they did not have a perfect instant loving mating. There were real issues that needed to be handled by both. They did love each other but especially Wolfe needed to face up to the fact that he needed to open up and let Caleb truly in.

Mating the Predator by Shea Balik

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Series: Paranormal Wars: Stone Haven, #4
Author: Shea Balik
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (106 pages)
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc (July 17th 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts
Blurb: Zeke Torres was always picked on because he was a scared mouse shifter. When his mother married a hawk shifter, he had to suffer through his stepbrother’s cruelty on a daily basis. He fought hard for his independence and vowed to never be under the control of anyone else.

Rangi Ku was an eagle shifter and Director of Communications for the Alliance’s Northern Territory. Working late one night, he was shocked when his computer was hacked (a feat that no one had ever done), with a message asking for help. He saved the man who hacked into their network, and was surprised to find Zeke was his mate.

When Alek, their Alpha Primus, accuses Zeke of being a traitor, Zeke must find the courage to put aside his reservations and trust Rangi to protect him. A predator mating his prey may not seem plausible, but Rangi is determined to show his little mouse he is more than just a bird of prey.

ISBN: 978-1-63258-035-1

Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/mating-the-predator

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: This book is part of a series and should be read in order.

I loved Zeke. He has been beaten down all his life and is scared. But he is also smart. When his stepbrother, who is hiding from the Alliance, takes over his apartment, he is living in hell. When Zeke gets the chance to contact the Alliance, he does it to get help. After receiving a beating that leaves him on the verge of death, he meets his mate Rangi another predatory. Instead of walking away in fear, he instead allows himself to trust that Rangi will not hurt him as his stepfather did to his mother.

Rangi is amazed he has found his mate in Zeke. He wants to protect him and assure him that he will never hurt Zeke. He thinks Zeke is adorable. He gives no thought to the fact that Zeke is a mouse. In fact, he tells Zeke that he is not his eagle, and that the shifter does not make the man. When it looks like the Alpha is going to railroad Zeke as a traitor to the Alliance, Rangi is willing to take him on to protect Zeke. He treats Zeke at all time as the precious gift he is. I loved the relationship between Zeke and Rangi. They are so cute together once Rangi convinces Zeke to trust him. Rangi never doubts Zeke and fights when he is accused of being a traitor.

This was a great addition to the series. The writing was very fast paced and the secrets about what has been going on are being revealed in each book. There is a complex level of betrayal going on in the Alliance and I like that this book reveals another piece of the puzzle.

The MCs have their own love story, but also have a part in finding out the mysteries going on. Characters from other books make regular appearances and keep their sometimes quirky personalities. Each book fits into the cohesiveness of the series and adds its own unique twist.

I enjoy the world the author has created and look forward to more.

Mating in Stormy Waters by Shea Balik

23148969Title: Mating in Stormy Waters
Series: Paranormal Wars: Stone Haven, #6
Author: Shea Balik
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (119 pages)
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc (November 13th 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts
Blurb: Dasan Toomre is a water mystic who is having a rough day. Then he meets his mate, Jalin Black, a shark shifter and things start to look up. But before they are barely introduced, a bomb rips through Stone Haven killing nine residents. Dasan’s father was one of those residents. Devastated, he throws himself into his work in order to lessen the pain.

Jalin couldn’t believe his good fortune in meeting his mate. When his Dasan loses his father, Jalin does his best to comfort his mate, but it seems as if Dasan would rather be alone. Too hurt to stick around, Jalin goes to the only place he finds solace, the ocean.

Once Dasan realizes he’s pushed Jalin away, he chases his mate to the Pacific Ocean. As he looks out at the vast body of water, he can only hope he’ll be able to find his mate in order to beg for a second chance.

ISBN: 978-1-63258-557-8

Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/mating-in-stormy-waters

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: This book is part of a series and should be read in order.

Dasan is a forty-year-old water mystic. He runs the Alliance garage with his father. When one of their employees starts relating blanking out on time, Dasan takes him to the doctors. While there, he meets his mate Jalin, an original member of the Cadre. After learning what is really happening with the employee, everyone rushes back to the garage only to have it exploded and kill everyone inside. What should have been the happiest day meeting his mate, turns into grief for Dasan as he loses his father.

Jalin does all he can for his mate Dasan. However, Dasan becomes so wrapped up in guilt and grief he starts to only focus and rebuilding the garage. After a while, Jalin feels abandoned and alone in the mating. The story shows both MCs points of view, and it was easy to at things from both of them and understands it to a degree. Neither MC is perfect and they both have their issues, but the main one was that neither took the time to talk to each other.

I liked this story. It was more emotional and heart-warming in a way. The was plenty of sex and it was hot, but that was not the problem for them. Dasan let everything else take the front seat instead of his mate Jalin. It wasn’t until it was almost too late that he got his ass in gear and did what he should have done from the start. Dasan forgot for a while that his mate should be the most important thing in his life. Jalin taking off was the best thing he could have done. It forced Dasan to reevaluate things and own up to what he was doing to their mating.

As for the storyline arc for the series, it showed the Alliance that they were not as safe as they thought and that the psy will do anything to win the war. It will be interesting to see what happens next and I look forward to more books in the future.

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

Mating Forged in Fire by Shea Balik

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Series: Paranormal Wars: Stone Haven, #3
Author: Shea Balik
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (139 pages)
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc (June 14th 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts
Blurb: Maui Knight can’t believe he’s found his mate when he saves Ian Carmichael from the psy labs. The need to keep his mate safe has Maui denying Ian’s request to go get his sister away from Ian’s father. Maui hadn’t counted on Ian’s determination to save his sister from their father’s dishonorable intentions.

Ian Carmichael runs from the safety of the Alliance Territory in order to bring his sister back with him. From the moment he enters his childhood home, things go horribly wrong. He saved his sister but managed to get recaptured by the psy. The last time he’d been imprisoned by the psy they had tortured him, this time they took that torture to a whole new level. What’s even worse is they’ve changed him.

Ian’s only hope is that Maui will once more rescue him. Even if he does, Ian isn’t sure Maui can love who Ian’s become.

ISBN: 978-1-62741-879-9

Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/mating-forged-in-fire

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: This book is part of a series and should be read in order.
Ian grows up taking care of his sister after their mother died. Their father became a drunk and really gave a thought to them. Until Ian’s sister get closer to eighteen. Then the father starting paying attention, and not in a good way. Finally, his father decides to sell Ian to the psy to get him out of the way. For over a year, Ian has lived a nightmare. The only thing that kept him sane was the need to get back to his sister and another prisoner.

Maui is a fire mystic. He was saved from the human labs by the Alpha two hundred years ago and has stood by the Alpha’s side since then. Maui meets his mate Ian when he goes on the mission to destroy one of the psy labs. They have their issues at the start, but do finally get things worked out. Until Maui denies Ian, help to get his sister away from his father. Ian, with the help of a couple other mates, goes to get her and while his sister is saved Ian is captured by the psy again.

Even after Ian is changed, he adjusts fast to his new circumstances with the help of his mate Maui and his sister. Maui is so happy to have a mate, but when things go wrong he blames himself for not helping Ian when he asked for it. Maui was only thought was about protecting Ian and not taking his feeling into consideration. That backfired on Maui, so when he gets Ian back he does all he can to make it up to Ian and show him how much he matters and is loved just the way he is.

I loved Ian, he is just so quirky and adorable. His gives people gifts that are unusual but make perfect sense when thought about. His logic about it is right on he just adds his own unique twist to it. But he is also brave and fights for what he believes is right. Mauri makes the perfect mate for Ian. Mauri protects Ian as much as he can. Even from getting hurt feeling when others don’t like his gifts. He also will protect Ian from running into danger before he thinks about it.

This was another good addition to the series. For me it was all about Ian, I just love his character.

Mating the Beast by Shea Balik

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Series: Paranormal Wars: Stone Haven, #2
Author: Shea Balik
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (135 pages)
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc (May 8th 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Jason Jachovich never dreamed he’d be sold to the psy only to be turned into a monster from an old Hollywood movie. When the psy try to use him and the other humans they changed in a war with other paranormals, Jason manages to get free, but only to watch as the others like him die in a war they didn’t want to be a part of.

The Alliance is stunned to see what the psy have created in an effort to defeat the Alliance. In order to defeat the were-creatures the psy have sent to fight, the Alliance must kill them, but one manages to survive. Dr. Adam Pratt is sent to study this were-creature in hopes of saving any more they come across.

What he didn’t expect was to find his mate and become willing to do anything to save him.

ISBN: 978-1-62741-727-3

Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/mating-the-beast

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: This book is part of a series and should be read in order.
Adam was one of the first paranormals born 300 years ago. During his time, he has become a medical doctor and a veterinarian. He also helped the Alpha free paranormals from the humans. After the events in the book, prior Adam has been charged with figuring out if the new paranormals created by the psy can be saved. What Adam doesn’t expect is that the one surviving changed human captured would be his mate.

Jason was sold to the psy by his father after he admitted he was gay. He was mentally and physically raped by the psy for two years before they decided to change him into a bear shifter. Then the psy sent him into battle against the Alliance and he almost was killed. When he wakes up he is in an Alliance base and he meets Adam. Jason is afraid at first but his bear is determined to get his mate.

Jason has trust issues after everything that happened to him, but because of the mate bond, he is able to overcome pretty fast. That is a usual quirk in paranormal books along with the instant love. Even with that, Jason and Adam are well written MCs. The sex scenes were descriptive and well done. The secondary characters are interesting and bring humor at times. The writing is fast paced and it ties nicely into the book prior and continues the details of the new war the psy has started.

I liked the book, but I was not as drawn to Jason and Adam was I was on the first book in the series. I am not really sure why. Something was just missing for me. However, this is still a well-done addition to the series.

Mating the Enemy by Shea Balik

matingtheenemyTitle: Mating the Enemy
Series: Paranormal Wars: Stone Haven, #1
Author: Shea Balik
Genre: Paranormal
Length: Novella (128 pages)
Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc (April 9th 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4.5 Hearts
Blurb: Siberian Tiger shifter, Aleksi Rykov, is amused to watch the enemy chasing one of their own, psy, Seth Tilton, until he realizes it’s his mate. Rescuing his mate isn’t difficult for the powerful Alpha but keeping his mate safe from the war raging between their races may be more difficult.

Seth is taking a chance running to the one man he knows can keep him safe, Aleksi. Seth knows the psy’s secrets and the psy will do anything to get him back but with Aleksi’s help, Seth can help turn the tide of the war and uncover the horrible truth. The question is will Aleksi be willing to help the enemy?

Both sides are against their mating and doing their best to tear the two apart but Aleksi and Seth are determined to stay together against all odds. Can Aleksi and Seth manage to find happiness by mating the enemy?

ISBN: 978-1-62741-571-2

Purchase Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/mating-the-enemy

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: This book is part of a series and should be read in order.
This book has a unique take on the paranormal world. They were created by the Gods to save the earth from being destroyed by the humans. However, humans imprisoned the shifters and mystics when they showed their gifts at birth.

The psy were able to hide, but they developed a jealously over the fact that the other paranormals seemed to have immortality and were stronger. Now the psy are trying to wipe out the shifter and mystics and take control of the human race. Each book has a main couple that finds their chance at love and happiness. But there is the overall story arc of the war going on between the paranormals.

Aleski is the Alpha Primus, the leader of the Shifter – Mystic Alliance. He led the fight to free paranormals from humans and he now leads the war against the psy who are jealous of their immortality. He has been alone a long time and is so happy to find his mate in Seth, even if he is a psy. He will do anything to protect him from both the psy and his own people. He is the big bad Alpha. But Seth brings out the gentleness in him. Seth has seen the worst the psy has to offer. He was used as an experiment by his own parents to gain more power.

He runs from them after they try to force him to kill a young wolf shifter. Seth has run to the one man he thinks can help him, Aleski. Little did he know he would find the one man who would be able to give him safety and love for the first time in his life.

Together Alek and Seth burn up the pages. Their sex scenes are hot and leave nothing to the imagination. Alek is strong and powerful and uses that to protect Seth. But he is also gentle and loving to Seth. Seth is a spunky package that has no problem arguing with Alek. He keeps Alek on his toes and will not sit in the background. I loved him right away in the opening of the book. The interaction between them is a times tender and sweet, hot and steamy, or laugh out loud hilarious.

This story drew me in. This was well written with very good imagery. It gives the history of the paranormal race and the MCs without being overdone. The secondary characters are interesting and made me want to learn more about them in their own books.

This book is a very good first entry in the series.