Publisher: The Rooster and The Pig Publishing, Inc (July 17th 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating:♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: One fateful night, Leo Adams is kidnapped and forced to serve as an unwilling blood-donor for a coalition of vampires. It is a harsh life,and he doubts he will live much longer. Part of him feels like that might not be such a bad thing. One day, unforeseen events allow Leo to escape his horrible life, and he ends up falling straight into the lion-shifter, Maddox.
Maddox is unsure of what has fallen into his arms, but he knows Leo is someone special. As they grow closer, he knows that he will fight, fang and claw, to keep Leo safe. If that means taking on the entire vampire coalition… then so be it.
Review: This book starts off showing the type of hell Leo has been living in for the past several months. The fact that he thinks his second “master” isn’t as bad as the first because he doesn’t get raped is sad. Leo has really given up. He hopes that one night a vampire will finally take too much blood and kill him. Or that maybe the drugs they force on him will.
Take one traumatized man and drop him into the lap of his lion shifter mate and watch the fireworks. Yes, things move fast considering the hell Leo has been through, but again it’s only a novella. So some leeway has to be given. I think the biggest part is that Leo finally felt safe with Maddox. Plus, there was the mating heat.
These two are cute together. Leo is really cute totally deserved to have a big mate to protect and love him. And really they are sexy hot together. There is even sex in the third shifter form. Which is always interesting.
I first read this book when it was released in 2011. I followed through on the others books in the series and was unhappy that the series didn’t continue when the publisher went defunct. I am happy to see that Dawn H. Hawkes has found a new home and is releasing the series and hopefully continuing it.
It was great to revisit this story again after so long and I look forward to re-reading the others.
Title: Cotton Candy Deceit Series: A Circus Art, #1 Author: Tray Ellis Genre: Contemporary Length: Short Story (36 Pages) Publisher: The Rooster & the Pig Publishing (May 15, 2015) Heat Level: None Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts Blurb: Jack Abbott has forbidden his son, Zeke, to attend the local circus. When Zeke goes against his wishes, Jack must rescue him from the clutches of a world he once escaped, but only at the cost of his lover, Jonas. Returning to the circus brings back nightmares, but Jack learns that Jonas is still alive.
Now an opportunity arises for Jack to rescue Jonas as well as Zeke, and to stop the dark dealer at the circus… forever.
Review: After reading this I definitely don’t plan on going to the circus now. It was a creepy little story with a dark tone to it. I wasn’t really sure what to think about it.
Jack had always told his son Zeke to stay away from the circus, so you can guess what a teenage boy is going to do. Not listen to his father that is for sure. However the circus is not what he expected. He sensed the danger right off the bat and thanks to one of the circus people he wasn’t going to find out. Jonas and Jack find each other once more, when Jack runs to save his son.
I am glad that the guys find each other once more, but I got to tell you it was really strange that is for sure. I am not even sure if I liked it or not. However it is book one, so I suppose I will have to read the next book to get a better feel of it. You know once bitten, for me I am definitely not shy. The book just had a zest to it.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Title: Inconceivable Series: Tate Pack, #2 Author: Vicktor Alexander Narrator: Sean Crisden Genre: Paranormal/Romantic Suspense Length: 2 hours and 42 minutes Publisher: The Rooster & The Pig publishing (June 18th 2013) Heat Level: Explicit Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts Blurb: Tommy Wilkins, a.k.a. “Tammy Walks” was happy with his life as one of the highest paid drag queen performers in New York City. He had a gorgeous apartment in Greenwich Village, men throwing themselves at his feet and he had lots of money in the bank. He didn’t need the family that shunned him, the boyfriend that used to beat the hell out of him or even the gorgeous sexy linebacker looking Texan cowboy, named Anton “Ton” Forrester, that his friend Richard introduced him too. All he needed was himself.
But Ton wasn’t going to give up so easily because you see, Tommy is his mate, and he wants all of him, makeup, heels, dresses and costumes included. He wants to heal every scar and make the smaller man believe in love again.
There’s only one problem, someone is determined to keep the two men apart, even if they have to kill Tommy to do so.
Review: Tommy Wilkins is perfectly happy living in New York. He’s a successful drag queen, Tammy Walks, and not only does he love his job he is able to show is more effeminate side without care. When Tommy visited his friend Richard in Texas he met the big, burly Wolf Shifter Anton Forrester. When Ton reveals his wolf to Tommy and tells Tommy he is his mate, Tommy is on the next plane back to New York.
The last thing Tommy wants is to open his heart up to anyone ever again to be hurt, abused or left alone when they decide they don’t want him anymore. But Ton is relentless. He follows Tommy back to the big city and brings his man back home where he belongs. The only problem is, trouble follows.
I didn’t like this storyline as much as I liked the first book. This book jumped the fence and went completely porn on paper, seriously, I don’t think five minutes went by in this book without Ton and Tommy going at it like bunnies. There was some suspense with Tommy’s past catching up with him.
Then there was the cross dressing aspect, and Tommy worrying about being fully accepted by Ton from now until the end of time. But these aspects of the story came across more like an afterthought. Almost like the author wrote a porn script then threw some drama, angst and life lessons in for good measure.
Sean Crisden returned to continue narrating the series and his performance was the only thing that kept me going after the first hour. I love his subtle tone inflections, the way he gets fully engrossed into the characters and truly becomes them while reading them. If you like stories that are all about the sex, then you’ll enjoy this one.
Again, I’d have to recommend the audio book so you can at least enjoy Crisden’s stellar performance. Storywise I give this one 2 Hearts, but Crisden gains it an extra notch.
Title: Kritter Tales Anthology Series: Anthology Author: Ann Anderson, Jenna Hale, Tracey Michael, Lor Rose, Amanda C. Stone Genre: Varied Length: Anthology (120 Pages) Publisher: Rooster and Pig Publishing (January 21st, 2015) Heat Level: Moderate Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Sometimes the best matchmaker has four legs and a cold nose…
Dogs aren’t the only creatures that are man’s best friend! From Dalmatians to all the animals in Dr. Doolittle, animals have ways of bringing people together that’s almost its own type of magic. Within the Kritter Tales anthology are five heartwarming stories about men and their animals, and how the mix brings about relationships that may never have been.
Review: This is a cute little anthology with five stories where the men have the cutest animals or exotic ones. They have more humor in them that I have read in a while. I had a blast reading it and look forward to reading more. I must admit that pets make the best friends and best friends love to set you up for a bit of loving.
That and a pet show the tender side of their owners. A very hot little book that gave me almost all that I could ask for. I couldn’t put it down until I read the whole book.
Mischief Makers by Ann Anderson ♥♥♥♥4Hearts Dustin is living in his apartment with a momma cat and her two kittens. Sounds cute he is not technically allowed to have pets in his apartment. So when he comes home to find the little trouble makers missing, he knows he is in major trouble. They were saved by one gorgeous man, who made his heart beat fast and his palms sweat. Lucky for him, that Adam is looking for a roommate, and pets are welcomed.
This was one cute and hot little story. I loved the way it just flew off the pages. Other than the fact that it was too short, I found myself loving it quite a bit. It was just so damn adorable to read.
Princess Cocoa Puff by Jenna Hale ♥♥♥♥4Hearts Thanks to Sandy, Andrew was the proud owner of a pain in the ass cat. The problem was he never wanted a cat. Sandy wanted Andrew not to be alone, but he was going to kill her once he got his hands on her. That is until Princess Cocoa Puff took off, and one hell of a sexy neighbor brought her back.
I had a blast reading this and look forward to reading more by this amazing author. I laughed my ass off with this book. At first I was not too sure of Darren’s attitude but he proves to be an interesting guy. I wished that it was longer though, because I would love to read more by these two gorgeous guys.
Puppies Love by Tracey Michael ♥♥♥♥4Heaerts Leo and Dante have been together for two years. One year as boss and employee, then Leo fired his ass. Then as a couple. Leo had a big surprise for Dante, but on the way to the restaurant, they found a momma dog and some puppies. Some ass had thrown them out on the side of the road. Leo’s plan had changed a bit, but now he had one hell of a happy man.
This was the cutest of all the stores so far, and that is saying something because they are amazing. I loved how Leo fires him, and then asks Dante out on a date in the beginning of their relationship. You can just see the heat between them and feel the love they have for each other. I also loved how it didn’t take long before Dante had fallen in love with the dogs. I had a blast reading this book.
Elephants Knows Best by Lor Rose ♥♥♥♥4Hearts Ethan had been taking care of injured elephants since he was little. He loved them quite a bit. He didn’t know what he would do without them in his life. There was someone else that he was falling in love with, but he never thought it would happen. That is until Corbin made his move.
This was a cute little story that had me smiling. I think there is something more about this story but you don’t read about it. For the true passion to come out I would assume that this story would have to be made longer. However I loved this story just a bit more. It was a blast to read.
Agent Princess Twinkle Buttons: Matchmaker by Amanda C. Stone ♥♥♥♥4Hearts Max had the best unique animal I have ever seen. He had a prairie dog for a pet. He takes her out for walks all the time, but it also has another purpose. He has seen one sexy man working out and loves to get a look at him. To his surprise Guy has been planning on getting to know him as well.
I think that this book was perfect. I love the way they take it slow trying to get to know each other. It was so tender and caring that had me smiling through it all. I had a blast reading it and look forward to reading some more by this author.
Overall, I was quite pleased by this anthology. I have never laughed so hard when reading an anthology. It was a blast to read. I have always loved books that are paranormal or that just include animals. So these animals included in these stories made it even better. I loved it and look forward to reading more by these authors. I had just wished that they were longer in length.
I would recommend reading it. What is cuter than men with animals.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Title: The Alpha King (2nd Edition) Series: Passion’s Hero 01 Author: Vicktor Alexander Genre: Science Fiction, Shifters, M-preg ISBN: 978-0692325810 Length: Novel (258pgs) Publisher: Rooster and Pig Publishing (30th November 2014) Heat Level: Moderate Blurb: Centuries after the destruction of Earth, destiny is being fulfilled and plans are in motion to restore not only the Earth, but mankind, to its former glory. One family is fated to bring about this amazing destiny. One man puts it all in motion, the day he crashes onto the wolf-planet of Tumaro and meets his mate.
Talon Versuthion always knew that some kind of way, life was going to screw him over. His parents died when he was just a boy and he can’t remember a thing about them. He was adopted by a great family only to have them tell him that he is a Vermithian, one of the most despised humanoid species. Even worse than that? He has no idea that a prophecy was made about his family, one that mentions that someone from the Versuthion family will bring back a pure human race. And there are people out there who will stop at nothing to make sure that never happens. No matter what.
While on a delivery for the GPA with his adopted sister Josie, however, Tal’s space shuttle crashes onto Tumaro, the notorious wolf-shifter planet. Tal is lucky to be alive, though Josie can’t be found. He is desperate to find her, but destiny steps in and history is changed forever. Because the Alpha King of the planet, Blazell Roughshire, is Talon’s mate. And before the two men can even settle into their new relationship, they must deal with conspiracy, murder, kidnapping, and a centuries old plot to completely eradicate the human race.
Will Blaze be able to keep his mate safe from those who would see him dead? Is Tal truly the only one left from his family who can fulfill this centuries old prophecy? And can Tal, who has made it a point to never fall in love with anyone, open his heart, and let Blaze be Passion’s hero?
Publisher’s NOTE: This is a previously published work. Over 22,500 words have been added to the original.
Pixie’s Review: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts This is the 2nd Edition, there are some extra scenes, and editing clean up but there are no changes to the storyline. Talon can’t remember anything from before his parents disappeared. His adoptive parents have told him everything he knows about being Vermithian and he has sworn to never find his mate for the very real fear of pregnancy.
On a routine delivery with his adopted sister, they are thrown across the universe during a storm. Crash landing on Tumaro is the least of Talon’s worry when he awakens and can’t find his sister and is confronted with his mate, Blaze. Blaze is overjoyed to finally have his mate, discovering his mate is also Vermithian is a blessing. Having their mating blessed by The One makes everyone happy, but there are a few who decide that they must go and they face a conspiracy that is centuries’ old, Blaze also has to look for Talon’s brothers and rescue them, brothers that Talon has no knowledge of.
This is a great science fiction story, weaving together an interesting view on what the human race could become. Blaze is the wolf shifter Alpha King. It was prophesied that an Alpha King would mate a Vermithian and change Tumaro forever. Talon has a target on his head, someone high up in GPA wants him, and his family wiped out. Crash landing on Tumaro leads him to the man that he is destined for, a mate he doesn’t want. Coming to terms with his new circumstances, Talon embraces his mating, but still holds back a little, doubting he could fall in love so quickly.
Talon is a fantastic character; he’s fun, bossy, and sweet. Blaze is a wonderful man; he’s an understanding, strong Alpha. He will do anything for his mate and his every breath is devoted to Talon. They make a fantastic couple and are very hot together. The storyline is brilliant and we meet lots of interesting characters who hopefully will get their own stories.
There are a couple of different threads that come together in this story; an old conspiracy to eradicate humans, a prophecy of the Alpha King, a character being blackmailed, some complicated matings, and interesting background stories that look like they will be continued in future books. We are given a story filled with conspiracy, kidnapping, murder, plots, and love.
I recommend this to those who love science fiction, shifters, falling in love, m-preg, a touch of kink, great characters, a brilliant storyline, lots of hints for the future and a very happy ending.
Shorty’s Review: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
This is the first time I am reading this as I did not read the original. Amazing story with nonstop adventure, action, drama, and danger from start to finish. This book will grab hold and keeps your attention to the very last word. Simply breathtaking details on the palace grounds and inside the palace. I was struck speechless by how smooth a read it was. The sex between Alpha King Blaze and Talon was hot and passionate.
There is a glossary at the beginning and at the end to help with the meanings of different words that are throughout. This was very helpful. Talon is one of three brothers who were separated when they were children by someone evil who wanted them gone as the prophecy states that these young boys will one day help in restoring humanity.
Amazing descriptions of the different worlds and species that are mentioned throughout. I honestly did not care for what happened to Buck when he was 16, nor did I understand why nothing was done about considering his mother who was the Queen at the time, told his father to get those responsible but nothing else was said about it. Maybe it will be answered in the next book.
I could not believe that Torqan, GPA leader, had Talen’s much younger brothers given to a slave ship. I sincerely hope he gets what is coming to him. I could not believe the evil plot that Freud, Anglania, and Elder Bryce thought they’d get away with. Excellent beginning to what is sure to be an outstanding series to read. Highly recommended.
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Title: Curiosity Killed Shaney Series: N/A Author: J.C. Wallace Genre: Paranormal Length: Novel (238 pages) Publisher: The Rooster & The Pig Publishing (March 14, 2014) Heat Level: Moderate Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts Blurb: Shaney’s curiosity is always getting him into trouble, including stumbling into a ritualistic circle and being imbued with an energy that will eventually tear him apart. He soon finds out that Hudson, a man he cares for deeply, might be responsible for his misfortune. Add in the betrayal by his best friend Todd and the desire of a demented occultist named Silas to control the energy inside of him and there seems to be no way out. Can Shaney find a way to rid his body of the nefarious energy before he dies a horrible death?
Shorty’s Review: When I first started reading this book, I didn’t know what to expect, as I didn’t read the description of the book first. I was sucked into the story from the start. Shaney was just so sweet, and Hudson was just hot.
I couldn’t hardly put the book down to eat or sleep. Very riveting plot, characters, details, etc, etc. How JC managed to mix Romantic Comedy with Horror, I don’t know, but he did an excellent job. I certainly hope J.C. Wallace writes more books to this one as I will most certainly buy them. It was the best story I’ve read in a while. Never read anything like it before. Wonderfully written.
I would recommend this to everyone. Awesome job J.C. Wallace!!! 🙂
Pixie’s Review: Oh Shaney, how you actually managed to live to be nineteen is a mystery. With disaster following close on your heels, every day is a new adventure as your curiosity gets the better of you. Shaney really is a disaster waiting to happen and the first time he meets Hudson he ends up in the emergency room and then throws up all over the sexy carpenter’s feet. Now Shaney will have to work closely with Hudson (community service hours… Shane’s curiosity struck again) but it leads to Shaney stumbling across a ritualistic circle that will change Shaney’s life forever. As Shaney struggles with what happened, his best friend Todd tries to help but Shaney thinks he was betrayed (well, being kidnapped and drugged does that to a guy), and he discovers Hudson knows more than he let on.
Well this is truly a wild ride as things come to a head and Shaney, Todd, Hudson, Caleb and Max have to fight the mad occultist (Silas) who started the events 20 years before. This really is a great story with brilliant characters, the writing flows smoothly and you never lose track of what is happening. We discover that while Shaney’s curiosity is a natural occurrence some of the outcomes were caused by something else altogether, something that will have huge repercussions if Shaney doesn’t learn to harness it. Hudson and Shaney’s relationship has some very rocky moments but their feelings for each other are true. Todd, Caleb, and Max are great supporting characters who each play a great part in this story; they have you wondering at times… just whose side are they on?
I thought this story was brilliant, we have quirky Shaney who ends up having some major family drama and we have steady Hudson who has spent his time trying to stay away from the occult but gets dragged in anyway, then we have the supporting cast who are a hodgepodge of men who make this story zing. This story is well written and it holds your attention right from the start with the antics of Shaney and friends and it is filled with a great blend of humor and paranormal, there’s action and danger, some betrayal and twists, a deep seated secret and a rocky romance… what more could we ask for? Hmmm, maybe there could be a hint for a future story for two of the supporting characters, I hope so!
I recommend this to those who love a great paranormal story that has humor laced throughout, a hot relationship that has plenty of ups and downs, fantastic supporting characters and great storyline and a brilliant ending.
Publisher: The Rooster & The Pig Publishing (February 17th, 2014)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb:Ronny Parker has always been aware that there was more to life outside of his Harlem apartment. When he goes to work one morning at Starbucks, he finds himself coming face to face with a reality that he was not prepared for. He finds himself the eyewitness to a fight between two shifters, a wolf, and a lion, one of which bites Ronny and calls him “mate.” When Ronny wakes up the next morning, he finds himself thrust into a world neither his family, nor his teachers ever taught him about and he does the only thing he can do. He starts to investigate.
Cole Tronk has been taught from an early age that he is never to mate a human, never reveal his true nature to a human and that he cannot be gay. But when he gets into a fight with his oldest friend outside of a Starbucks and finds himself smelling the most intoxicating scent ever, he throws all of those rules out of the window. Before long, Cole and his mate, Ronny are on the run from the governing body of the paranormals, humans who have now discovered that paranormals, magicks and supernaturals exist, and someone from Ronny’s past who is determined to kill them both.
Along the way, Cole and Ronny meet up with a group of paranormals, magicks, and supernaturals who are also gay, and who are researching the true history of the world and creation. What they find will not only change their lives, but the entire world and the future. Will Ronny and Cole’s mating survive all of these obstacles and when a millennias old lie comes back to bite them in the ass, will Ronny and Cole be able to deal with the consequences?
Review: Well this one is definitely new and quite enjoyable.
I loved the way that Cole and Ronny had found each other. Ronny had gone to work only to hear a fight in the back. Wasn’t he surprise to see his coworker and another man fighting, but that was not the only thing that shocked him. His friend and coworker had wolf paws and the man he was fighting had lion paws. Cole was a lion shifter fighting with his best friend, till the best scent came to him. He had found his mate. Biting Ronny and bonding them together in his mind was the best thing ever, till Benjamin points out that he has also cursed them. For in their world it is death to those who show any human what they are, to be gay and to mate a human.
Ronny, Cole and Benjamin are in danger from all the packs, prides, and other paranormal alpha’s. They are being hunted for being mated and for letting the humans know. However, the humans had let everyone else know, so now they were being hunted by humans and the government. They managed to find a group of shifters, witches, elves, fae, and many others who were being hunted also.
What really shocked them was that a book had appeared in Cole’s library before they left, telling them of their past. The original bible shows how paranormals and humans at one time had been expected until the great flood. They also find out that their mates, whether male or female can get pregnant so can you imagine Ronny’s expression when that happens to him.
This story is amazing. It shows what happens when people are full of hate. Hate for skin color, religion, sexual orientation, and now paranormals. They fear what they don’t know and there is a few that will help the fight that is about to come. I have never understood why people have to hate others for such stupid reasons and why they see the need to harm and kill them. I love the fact that Ronny is the one who will lead the war to rescue his new family. Or at least start the fight for freedom. Even though Cole is the alpha in their relationship, Ronny is the one that will do the fighting. It is pretty amazing twist to this story.
I would definitely be recommending this story to anyone who loves paranormal romance, shifters, sexy men, and hot sex. I also would recommend it because it has a war for freedom, one to help equality and love for one another. There is danger, excitement, adventure, and true love in this story.
Publisher: The Rooster and The Pig Publishing (April 30th, 2013)
HeartRating: ♥♥♥2.5 Hearts
Blurb: When William “Will” Ladler shows up at the Radisson Hotel for the wedding of his best friend’s younger brother, he’s surprised to see the gorgeous, effeminate young man he’d danced with the night before at a club, standing at the altar dressed in a tuxedo as a member of the wedding party. Will watches as the younger man’s long auburn hair blows in the wind, missing the entire ceremony. He’s determined to not only find out the younger man’s name but to get his number and ask him out on a date, which is what he’d wanted to do the night before.
Derrick “Rick” Tramun is beyond shocked to see the gorgeous Will Ladler at his older brother’s wedding. Their night was cut short by a fight and Rick’s overprotective friends, who were determined to make sure that he makes it home by his curfew. After dancing with Will the night before and jacking off to the memory of it before bed, Rick is more than happy to take Will up on his offer for dinner, much to his family’s horror and against their objections. His family has always been super supportive of his lifestyle, so why were they so against his dating Will?
But when Will sees exactly how flamboyant and effeminate Rick is and Rick finds out exactly how much Will can “pass” as a heterosexual man, will the two of them be able to make a go of their relationship or is Rick too “super gay” for straight laced Will?
Review: The more I read from this author, the more I’m convinced that the core idea behind his stories is pretty much the same. Here we have yet again, what I’ve come to recognize as his special brand, a story that follows a very young man, smallish and flamboyant, the type people around are used to calling as “too gay”. Rick is this little pixie like man and he’s happy in his flaming ways. His counterpart is the older (perhaps too old) and more “straight” looking Will, who can pass for “normal.”
The plot is simple enough and we’ve seen it too many times. Big guy meets small guy, insta-lust and chemistry, misunderstanding follows along with the drama of apologizing and finally the happily ever after.
I’m not fond of insta-love/lust, that is something I try to avoid in books I read, but there are times when I’m sold the idea. Good writing has a lot to do with it. In this case, though I didn’t like it. The active plot was not there and the “telling” made it hard to connect with either character or emotions, although I might put a small blame at the length of the story there as well.
Whatever the case, the “super” fast way this story went was too much and as it was constantly said throughout the read, the characters simply had no time to form any kind of attachment or thoughts about each other, yet they ended with sappy declaration of love and “forever”. Nothing engaging about that and adding the grammar/typos there were found through the text I came to even dislike it.
That said if you love the type of read and if you don’t mind the lack of realistic approach, this happy little story might be right for you.
Publisher: The Rooster and the Pig Publishing (May 10th, 2013)
HeartRating: ♥♥♥2.5 Hearts
Blurb: Elian Glinkobia is the youngest son of his family. Born on the planet, Kardalusia, he is the only breeder, the only coração, born to a family full of Kartusian warriors and soldiers. He was born with no other purpose than to be the coração of a marriage group, there to serve them in every manner that they needed. Or so he thinks. Attending his final marriage soiree, Elian believes that he will not be picked by any marriage group and is destined to live his life alone, or as a prostitute. He is beyond shocked to find out that he was chosen by the royal marriage group the year before. He is to be the coração, the heart, of the three kings, Nevin, Corbin, and Gaige.
However, things are not always as easy as they seem. Before Elian can even settle into his position as The Royal Coração, someone attempts to murder him. Placed under lock and key in the palace by his husbands, Elian begins to discover that the gods of the Kartusians gifted him with a lot more than he could have ever expected.
Will Elian’s special gifts come in handy when he needs those to save his husbands and their people, or was everyone right about his worthlessness?
WARNING: This story contains double penetration, sex between multiple partners M/M/M/M, male pregnancy, violence, interracial couples, the possession by a deity on numerous occasions, and multiple orgasms. Read at your own risk.
Review: Well I must admit that there has been quite some imagination put in this story. The author has created a world, a planet called Kardalusia that is inhabited only by men. They society is different from what we’ve seen so far as the Kartusians are meant to form Marriage Groups of four, one would represent the body of the family, another the mind, the third the soul and the last would represent the heart that keeps them all together; the coração. As the God Andalusia has said, the heart will be the most important and cherished of them all, for he is to be the breeder, the one to bind them all. However, with the passing of millennia, things are bound to change and what was once cherished now is looked down upon and somehow scorned. The God in his know it all has given the prophecy that one day, one special coração will come to change it all, not only the status of all coraçãos in the planet, but the planet itself. But as we all know, when one good prophecy is made, a dark one rises to overthrow it.
In all honesty, I kind of liked the idea of this world, and let’s face it; I’m a sucker when it comes to ménage or foursomes. So a world created only for men, not two or three but four, it was fun. A man though being the breeder and having babies, now that was something to cringe about yet that was explained somehow by the magical nature of the Kartusians, as each and every one of them has some level of magic given by the Great Andalusia himself.
However, the story or plot if you will didn’t manage to keep that level of interest for long. I suppose when you create a world you need some space to stretch things out and time to make things stick. There were many mistakes made throughout the story that not only gave way to too much but also in some places contradicted what had previously been told.
When the story starts Elian comes off as a very insecure being. He feels scorned for being only a coração, especially since he has no other attribute that would give him some more purpose. He also has yet to find a Marriage Core and if he doesn’t by the end of the night, he’ll be faced turn himself to prostitution or remain a spinster and care for others. It is like this that we see how awful a coração’s life could be if left unclaimed, since he doesn’t have the choice to choose or keep searching for however long he wants.
But then the impossible happens and he is claimed by the Royal Marriage Core and in a blink of an eye his entire life changes and he becomes King. We also notice some kind of spirit there since he stands up for himself and doesn’t let people step on him just because he’s a coração. However this comes and goes and Elian is at some point intimidating and secure and the next incapable to even speak. He is possessed by the God himself, has been told over and again by the God that he is special, he has powers, he can do whatever he wants in the sphere of magic, but he fails to make use on them except twice and to be honest both those times were not so significant comparing to the life-threatening event in the end which we totally missed because he fainted, hence we don’t know how or why he was saved.
We are also being told in the very beginning that the Marriage Group of the special one would be special. They would be strong enough to help and protect their coração. Again, that got lost during the play of the story. Beside the fact that the marriage group was the royal one there was no real display of strength or powers. I was somehow disappointed by Nevin, he was supposed to be the head King coming from the royal bloodline and the strong one, the leader, but somehow we never saw him leading. In addition, his domineering nature was poorly displayed and in my opinion, the only BDSM-y scene involved was completely lost and unnecessary. Perhaps it was to display the trust Elian had in him, but as I said, it failed to do so. Corbin was the man in between that I never fully understood his purpose or his specialty and last there was Gaige. Now Gaige has the potential to be majestic due to his Zevinxian heritage. He had magic cursing in his blood from the very beginning and the ability to shift. Did we get to see that? No. All that potential lost and in frankly I don’t understand why. What was the point of having this incredible world and not take full advantage of. I know my imagination went wild and I was definitely expecting the powers implied to come crashing in an epic of battles, so I was really disappointed when that didn’t happen.
As for the villain of the story I don’t understand what happened there, Gaige was supposed to have revealed his identity two months prior the main scene when Elian gave birth to the triplets, I expected that they would be onto him by that point so when all chaos broke the only thing that surprised me was the fact that while in previous chapter the Kings talked about it, in the “chaos” chapter it came as new information.
Anyway, as I said previously the story had great potential that was left unexploited. The plot many holes that didn’t help the books case. The bad guy and the final ending scene were almost ludicrous. The giving birth thing was something that had me cringing and my insides churning no matter how much it was justified by magic, it simply didn’t appeal to me. I did love the intimate scenes, well most of them, but in the end I felt like this book needed more time and more work for as it is, it’s lacking.
Publisher: The Rooster & The Pig Publishing (March 5th, 2013)
Blurb: Kelly Jeter is a 30-year old virgin who suffers from an acute shyness and extreme anxiety. He lives in Manhattan and collects lighthouses. He is the quintessential nerd. He also doesn’t see how gorgeous he is, so when he meets Hawk Caliarchi, a friend of his besties, Krystal and Amy, he can’t believe the hulking Greek man wants anything to do with him. So when Hawk shows an interest in him, Kelly does the only thing he can do… he has an asthma attack and almost passes out.
Hawk finally gets Kelly to agree to a date but before these two completely opposite men can settle down into a relationship, Hawk must face his past and Kelly must face his insecurities, fears and overcome his low self-esteem. Will he be able to conquer his battles before he loses Hawk for good and will he be able to thank his besties for introducing him to the love of his life?
Review: So here I am thinking “I hope to God this shorty is worth it”, since I’m not very fond of them, and finding myself dumbfounded by the hilarity and the incredible good time I had reading The Besties. I absolutely LOVED this one.
Kelly is our hero here and he is an incredible character. One you cannot fail to love immediately. He’s small, slim, gorgeous hair and appearance, but for one flaw, his low self-esteem. His birth family having disowned him in a very young age and his jerk of an ex-boyfriend having treated him awfully have left a serious case of baggage. Add to that his asthma and panic attacks whenever he meets a gorgeous man and you have a miserable Kelly, still a virgin at thirty.
As I said, you cannot help to love this character. Not only he is adorable, but he has this fantastic humor that will have you laughing with him all the time while reading his story. Speaking of, this is the story of how Kelly met Hawk (I’m drooling over him still) a gorgeous man who is the personification of Kelly’s dreams.
Kelly’s best friends, Krystal and Amy, tired of seeing him miserable and alone introduce him to Hawk and a series of hilarious to the point of tears events start happening. Not all of them are funny though, there is definitely some drama taking place, and while I mostly despise it, I found our little drama-queen quite lovable. I don’t know, the connection was pretty instant there and the whole first-time scene took me back to my own shenanigans. Emotions and events felt like I was living them myself and all this from a very short read. Loved it.
This being the first title I read from this author I’m very pleased. The narration voice was wonderful, writing itself excellent and although the author claims this to be the first romantic book he’s written I would so love to see more and then some. As for The Besties itself, strongly recommended, it’s guaranteed you’ll have a fabulous time reading it.