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Where There’s Smoke
Panopolis is a rough place to be an average Joe. I came here looking for adventure and excitement, but nobody cares about one more normal guy in a city filled with super-powered heroes. The closest I’ve come to glory is working in a bank that villains often rob.
But then I maybe accidentally-on-purpose helped a villain escape the hero who was trying to save the day. Imagine my shock when, a week later, that villain asked me out for coffee. One date turned into more, and now I’m head over heels in love with Raul.
Falling in love with the guy dubbed the Mad Bombardier isn’t without its downsides, though. I’ve had to deal with near-death encounters with other villains, awkwardly flirtatious heroes who won’t take no for an answer, and a lover I’m not sure I can trust. It’s getting to the point where I know I’ll have to make a choice: side with the heroes, or stand fast by my villain.
Either way, I think my days as a normal guy are over.
Title: Deep Desire Series: The Deep, #1 Author: Z.A. Maxfield Genre: Paranormal/ Suspense/Alternate Worlds Length: Novel (164 pages) Publisher: Samhain Publishing, LTD. (February 3, 2015) Heat Level: Moderate Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.75Hearts Blurb: There’s no leverage like seduction…until love takes a bite of his plans.
As the Indiana Jones of historical erotica, there is no document existing—or just rumored to exist—Adin Tredeger can’t unearth. Why he would risk the biggest coup of his career to join the mile-high club is beyond him. But the disarming, dark-eyed man who somehow enters Adin’s locked airplane washroom has him completely nude and coming apart. All without a whimper of protest.
From that moment, Adin and Donte Fedelta engage in an international battle of wit and cunning. The prize—a priceless, 500-year-old journal with illustrations so erotic it could make the Marquis de Sade blush.
Yet Donte’s desire for the journal goes far beyond simple possession. The undead nobleman wrote it. And he’s not above using every trick in his otherworldly arsenal—including seduction—to get it back.
Chemistry draws them together even as fortune tugs them apart. But when a third-party joins the chase, they must unite to fight an enemy with a deadly goal—to erase Donte from history.
This book is a rerelease of a previously published book, with substantial rewrites.
Product Warnings This product contains one cocky college professor, one centuries-old vampire who is out to show him who’s at the top of the food chain, and red wine. Because it goes so well with humble pie.
Review: Intense at times this book takes you on a journey following Adin as he reads parts of a 500-year-old manuscript, meets a sexy vampire, and has said manuscript stolen from him by an unknown party only to be continuously threatened by others who believe he still has it. I loved the parts of the manuscript he read they seemed to show just how much Donte loved his lover even though he couldn’t be with him.
The chemistry between Donte and Adin was smoldering and the passion even hotter. While it was a very well written book, I found it hard to believe that after meeting Donte and learning he was a vampire that Adin was shocked when he came face to face with another vampire. Did he honestly believe that Donte, 500 years old and the writer and illustrator of the manuscript, was the only vampire?
I thought it was sweet how Donte wanted to protect Adin from harm even though at the beginning he told Adin he had no humanity after being turned. Good read.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review throughhttp://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Title: Labyrinthian Series: Line and Orbit Author: Sunny Moraine Genre: Paranormal / Alternate Worlds Length: Novel (229 pages) Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (January 20th 2015) Heat Level: Moderate Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts Blurb: A hunter should never fall for his prey.
Still nursing his latest post-mission hangover, bounty hunter Theseus jumps at a high-paying, high-risk job that sounds ridiculously easy. Yet from the moment he nabs the alleged supersoldier with sedative gas, nothing is as it seems.
On the run from the facility where he was created and raised, Taur is desperate to locate his genetically engineered brothers and sisters. To rescue them—and himself—from slavery. Waking aboard Theseus’s ship, his fury is tempered by curiosity about his captor.
Despite his doubts about his prisoner, Theseus figures it’d be risky to let Taur go—until they’re thrown together by a shared betrayal. They declare a tentative truce as they flee from a shadowy and immensely powerful organization that will stop at nothing to find them.
But as they wrestle with their growing feelings for each other, Taur and Theseus face an even greater danger. A lethal threat lurking inside Taur’s own body, waiting to explode…
Review: Taur is on the run from people who want him, dead or alive, it doesn’t matter which. Theseus is the one hunting him. From the start, there are questions Theseus has about the hunt. Things are not right. But it’s not until the people after Taur also try to Theseus instead of paying him that he really knows he shouldn’t have taken the contract.
Theseus is a hunter, or gun for hire. He goes from job to job. He has had one serious relationship that ended because he held on to tightly, afraid of losing another person in his life. When he meets Taur, even though he is a bounty he still feels bad about turning him in. After they are both betrayed the two are on the run together and Theseus cannot help being attracted to Taur. Finally, he gives in, and what started out as just some fun, becomes something more.
Taur was made for violence. He was never taught true emotions. He knows how to protect himself and to kill. When he and Theseus start getting closer he is confused at first. But wants more. As they run for their lives Taur slowly learns what its like to matter and care for someone, and what sex is like. He also knows his time may be very limited, since the people after him have a backup plan that could kill him before Taur and Theseus find the answers they are looking for.
The writing is great. The world created is very lush and descriptive. The two main characters are well fleshed out, as well as a few of the secondary characters. This should have been a five-heart story to me. However, it just did not draw me in. I was not invested in the two MCs and I was easily distracted from the book. I just did not connect with either of the MCs or their story. I am sure others will disagree with me, but it just did not do it for me personally.
If you are looking for a space adventure with two tough men, some death and destruction, and a little sex thrown in this may be for you.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Title: Prince of Tricks Series: Demons of Elysium, #1 Author: Jane Kindred Genre: Angels & Demons / Alternate World / Kink & Fetish Length: Novel (375 pages) ISBN: 978-1-61922-089-8 Publisher: Samhain Publishing (January 7th, 2014) Heat Level: Explicit Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts Reviewer: Thommie Blurb: When desire rises, angels will fall. One, by one, by one…
Over the past century, Belphagor has made a name for himself in Heaven’s Demon District as a cardsharp, thief, and charming rogue.
Though the airspirit is content with his own company, he enjoys applying the sweet sting of discipline to a willing backside. Angel, demon, even the occasional human. He’s not particular. Until a hotheaded young firespirit steals his purse—and his heart. Now he’s not sure who owns whom.
A former rent boy and cutpurse from the streets of Raqia, Vasily has never felt safer than in the arms—and at the feet—of the Prince of Tricks. He’s just not sure if Belphagor returns those feelings. There’s only one way to find out, but using a handsome, angelic duke to stir Belphagor’s jealousy backfires on them both.
When the duke frames Vasily for an attempted assassination as part of a revolutionary conspiracy, Belphagor will do whatever it takes to clear his boy’s name and expose the real traitor. Because for the first time in his life, the Prince of Tricks has something to lose. Purchase Link: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/prince-tricks-p-73194.html Review: This was a most refreshing book, the world it was set upon was Heaven itself, though a very intriguing and enticing view, not at all the cliché Heaven we’ve been bored out of our head off. To say I loved it would be accurate yet lacking something. Lacking the fact that this book nearly sent me spinning into fanfic mode, it was so inspiring and so enticing that you couldn’t simply read it without letting your imagination soar wild in this word.
The characters we meet in this wonderful tale are two lovely, albeit completely different from each other, demons. Set in a world where demons are the lowest form of life and angels feel more than entitled, these two characters draw you in an adventure a bit dark, a bit kinky, and way too dangerous from which you don’t want to escape.
Belphagor is a self-made character, strong and cunning, his smarts and wits are what have granted him the title Prince of Tricks. He is also a very dominant creature in bed, his inclinations being a lot on the rough and cruel side. He appears to have no weaknesses…
At least that’s what our second star of the story believes. Vasily, a rent-boy and former thief forewent his life, as he knew it when he met Belphagor. He gave himself to this seemingly uncaring airspirit, even as his heart hurts with the uncertainty that colors this relationship. Being a firespirit and a hothead, he constantly finds himself in peculiar situations until he gets in the worst predicament ever, charged with attempted murder against the very crown. Penalty is immediate death and both Belphagor and Vasily must take a wild journey through intrigues and emotions in order to survive this obstacle. For where Vasily has his life in the line, Belphagor has his heart.
I loved the tale, oh my God a fascinating one. It had action, conspiracy, a well-threaded plot put in a lovely pace that kept you always on your toes and most of all, and this damned relationship that was not just a relationship. Belphagor is a wild creature, a cruel, cruel “master” always goading and humiliating his “sub”, and as for Vasily, well the fact he’s a firespirit should give you a hint or two that while he submits it doesn’t happen easily and it’s always loaded with defiance. It is absolutely fantastic to read and damn well written too. So, you might wonder on the quotes I put for the words “master” and “sub”. It’s the fact that these words are never once worded in this book, though that’s exactly what Belphagor and Vasily are to each other. It’s the fact that there are no labels when it comes to the nature of relationships in this world, except perhaps when it comes to interactions between Angels and Demons. There are still judgments and slurs, but in a kind of different way, that makes it utterly non-Earthly, and that it made this book such a sweet and original read.
I could keep on going on and on about the nature of the dynamic between our protagonists, the fact that there were way too many lovers and non-lovers and m/f scenes and orgies, and sharing of partners, all written gloriously resulting in exquisitely hot and pant-worthy scenes, but I’m going to refrain. Because in the end you have to read it yourself and find the magic of this Hell of a tale. What I can do is recommend that jump through the rabbit-hole, or the Ascend of the stairway to Heaven, or the Fall from the Celestial… Ah, there I go and lose myself again. Damn this book stole my head.
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Fantasy, Gay, Paranormal/Alternate World
Length: Novel (136 pages)
Publisher: Silver Publishing (February 8th 2014)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5Hearts
Blurb: Enforcer Dave Pender blows a hit, no thanks to an unknown assailant. As a result, his boss returns the favor and puts out a hit on him. On the run, he ends up in a small city. There he meets the owner of Billy’s bar, who offers him a job as a bouncer and a place to stay in one of his rundown apartment buildings.
Believing he’s found a safe place to go to ground, Dave meets a young musician who needs his help.
Then the stranger who foiled his hit reappears and things take a strange twist that turns Dave’s world upside-down.
Review: (Awesome cover) Dave Pender is an enforcer for a mob. He is sent on a mission to take down an opposing mobs man and Dave is sure it’s more to it than that since the mod man’s wife and partner isn’t in on it. He is pretty sure there is some hanky panky going on there and the hit isn’t just a sing to the other mob but the wife also. As he is about to take out the man, something strange happens and he is stopped, forcing him to go on the run.
I loved this book! Though about halfway through I figured out what was going on with the stranger that kept appearing it was still very fun and twisty and the ending was really a surprise.
I love how this author makes his stories so mysterious and intriguing, yet sweet, and charming too. However, there is lots of action and hints of violence there is not any blood and gore etc.
So if you’re looking for a story that is fun to read, interesting and intriguing with some twists and turns, no real sex, and a very surprising ending this is for you.
Blurb: On the day he and Roman Capanelli were to be married, Malik Stevens wakes up in a small room with very little light. Time must be passing, because a door opens from time to time and food is left for him—that’s his only connection to the outside world. Roman is a choreographer on Broadway, and he’s waiting for Malik at the park with all their friends, ready to start their marriage ceremony. When Malik doesn’t show up, Roman is nearly heartbroken thinking he’s been left at the altar. But soon he understands that Malik hasn’t stood him up, he’s been taken.
Desperate and determined, Roman begins searching for clues to aid the police. Then, when Malik escapes, the couple continues the search until they ferret out the culprit, and in the process open up a box of secrets. An orphan who grew up in a foster home, Malik knows his father was a serial killer and his mother died of grief and shame after his father was convicted. Now it seems some of his parents’ skeletons still hang in the family closet. But was Malik’s kidnapping meant to uncover those secrets or to hide them forever?
Review: Imagine standing at the altar, awaiting the arrival of the man you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your life with. Minutes turn to hours and you still stand there alone. Roman Capanelli is heartbroken thinking his fiancé has left him jilted, only to learn that Malik has in fact been kidnapped.
Malik awakes in a cold, dark room, dreaming of Roman only to discover he is truly alone. As the minutes tick by Malik finds comfort and solace in his memories of Roman and plots his escape. As Malik suffers in a cold cellblock of a room, Roman suffers as well, tormented trying to figure out who took his lover, and why. When Malik escapes they think the worst of it is behind them. Until an explosion rocks their world and proves that this is far from over.
Malik has a very dark past, one he’s worked hard to distance himself from. If you can’t trust your family, who can you trust? Gray has gone completely outside of anything he’s ever written, even this books predecessor, and amazed me with his skills at mystery. I actually had to read this book twice. I zipped through it the first time at warp speed to find out first, where was Malik? And then, who did this?! I absolutely loved the relationship that played out between the two ML. Roman is very unsure of where he stands at the start, but as the story progresses he becomes the rock in their relationship providing that steady ground Malik needs to get through this ordeal.
I can’t say enough about Gray’s writing prowess. As an author of m/m fiction I fully admit I’m lacking certain plumbing and knowledge to fully embrace the genre. Gray, however, is not. I think that he brings a little piece of himself into each and every one of his books. The love, passion, sacrifices and uncertainty of these men is evident on each and every page. Just that little something that reels you in and puts you in the mindset of that particular character. It’s magical.
I think it goes without saying that I recommend this book. It is strong as a standalone read, but why not read the first book in this series first, Stranded. Strong gay fictional love stories written by a strong gay man, that is any Andrew Gray book you pick up.
Blurb: Jonathan, a paranormal investigator, is hired to check out an abandoned asylum. The facility’s owner is positive that there are dozens of hauntings, but Jonathan is less optimistic–until he finds his very own ghost in the old morgue.
Jonathan comes to the Fletcher Lunatic Asylum to investigate reports of paranormal activity. The whole place gives him the creeps, but he needs to finish the case so the asylum’s ghost-obsessed owner stops bothering him. When the owner won’t go down into the basement of one of the buildings as he gives Jonathan the grand tour, Jonathan needs to find out why.
When Jonathan investigates, he finds a very real ghost haunting the old morgue. He’d expected that. He just didn’t expect that ghost to be so interactive.
Review: Well, it’s that time of the year when we celebrate Halloween and everything creepy, horrific, and/or haunted. Of course, I’d be reading stories in the spirit of the… dead…? Undead…?
Here we have Jonathan, a paranormal investigator, visiting on a business trip and Lunatic Asylum long closed and out of work. However the owner of the place can’t make use of it in any possible way because of… ghosts. He swears the place is haunted and Jonathan is going to have to prove it with facts.
While everything looks pretty normal around the Asylum things take a drastic change for the worse, or rather chilly, when he steps foot at the morgue. Paranormal activity-check! Creepy factor-check! Conversation with a ghost-check again!
What else is there to happen…?
So my impression was that this is a very decent little creepy story. It could be more, much more, but I suppose that was not the intension. The way the author tried to make a balance out of a dreadful ghost and romance blooming I thing she managed to write a tame sort of ghost story. That’s not to say I didn’t like it, I did, and boy did I enjoy our scary at first ghost Ernie. The way he used his… energy… yeah, that was cool and managed to bring some heat through the chills. My inner freak would have loved the scary factor to have been higher and higher, but don’t you mind me, I’m weird.
For all you who like ghost stories this one is recommended. It also has some logical king of explanation (sort of) on the how’s and why’s of an afterlife. Enjoy!
Blurb: On the harsh desert world of Persis, most of the inhabitants flee to the cliff cities during the searing heat of Daymonth. A young hosteller and his grandparents choose to remain in their waystation as caretakers. This proves to be a wise decision, as a Truth Seeker is stranded there with them. Isolated, the Seeker and the hosteller begin to develop feelings for each other, but the discovery that they are not alone could threaten more than their relationship.
Review: When I get a short story and the genre is sci-fi I get a bit wary. They are so tricky to accomplish, what with creating a new world and keeping up with your story in such short amount of space. However, this one quite made it and provided me with a most enjoyable read.
The World: Persis, this planet is quite peculiar. Two suns shine in a mostly desert land, aka sand everywhere. There are also periods of times when both suns shine all day and night, hence a Daymonth, and when neither sun shines at all, hence Nightmonth. There are three Cities in this world and the rest of it appears to be desert land with the occasional Oasis in it. These Oases have hostels for the travelers to rest and move on to their destination, which bring us to the core of this story.
Now as a world, I loved this one, so much so that I wouldn’t mind one bit a proper novel set on Persis. The language/voice used from the characters reminds me something akin to fantasy tales, with kings and knights. I liked it, it gave the read a different air, and it took it away completely from any resemblance with Earth.
The Romance: Rik is the grandson of a hosteller and he’s helping his opa for the Daymonth – a period of time when both suns’ shine so bright that makes it impossible to stand under their rays. Stranded there is something Rik doesn’t mind at all, but when Seeker Marc gets stranded, there with him this relatively boring month seems quite exciting suddenly.
And this was lovely. I liked Marc, he is mysterious and dangerous, while quite sensual and protective as well. This character made pay attention and wish for more of him. Rik was nice as well but he didn’t capture my “eye” same way Marc did. Both of them as a pair somehow didn’t quite work for me. I don’t know, another character might have suited Marc better.
The Action: So there was also a bit of suspense here as well. This fact nearly scared me on this books behalf. I mean it’s such a short one, do you really need to add suspense? It worked though, probably because it’s light and in the end when all reveals itself you get that “duh” face about you. It gave the story some spice, made it a bit more fun and funnier.
In the end all I have to say is: I love sci-fi and I loved this one. Do you?
P.S. Dear Author, write a novel about Marc pretty please. He is delicious!
Blurb:A story of modern-day knights, paint-splattered artists and a lightning bolt of attraction that hits hard enough to make a knight think he’s going crazy. And then things get complicated.
The year is now, the place is somewhere like here, but the feeling is very different. Matti Elkin is a modern-day knight and, while he may not have a horse or a suit of shining armor, he’s brave and true, has a sense of duty, and honor a mile wide and a passionate belief in his king.
There’s a war on and the knights are fighting hard, but while on R&R Matti is hit hard with an overwhelming attraction for Jamie, a tall, handsome painter.
Jamie makes his head spin and his cock harden, and has him acting in ways that make him question his own sanity. But when the war takes an appalling turn, they are both thrown into a world of confusion that has them questioning everything they thought they knew.
Review: Matti is a modern-day Knight, fighting for his King and the safety of his country. On a rare day off and at a co-worker’s wedding, Matti meets a painter who rocks his world and has Matti acting in ways he never has before. Jamie is astounded at the attraction he feels for Matti, but he grabs the feelings Matti evokes and embraces the moment. But when the war takes a bad turn Matti discovers that he might never have really known the true Jamie, and Jamie has to convince Matti that he is really the only one who knew the true him. Jamie has no choice but to embrace a duty that he turned away from, but with Matti by his side he can be the person that the country needs while being the man he really is in private.
This is a brilliant story in an alternative world, with two strangers acting on their instant attraction leading to a love that can withstand any shock or surprise. Matti has dedicated his life to his King, he is loyal and fiercely dedicated, as a Knight, he protects the country, and with a war against the Northern invaders, he has little time off. Jamie left his old life behind to become a painter; he loves his life of painting and just wants recognition in the Gallery’s. When the two meet sparks fly and before they part they ensure they will see each other again. With Matti fighting a war their visits are brief and just as they are getting to know each other better disaster strikes and Matti has difficulty in seeing Jamie as the man he fell in love with.
I loved this story, the way that the story was written so the old world values were brought into the modern-day war was brilliant and the attraction between Jamie and Matti seemed to leap off the page. While their relationship started off with a high and while they were happy, they still had things to sort out to become closer and get to know each other better in the short flashes of time they had together. When Jamie’s secret come out I was surprised, there was no hint just a sudden revelation. Matti’s reaction was brilliant and I loved the way he struggled with the revelation but managed to find a way to help and support Jamie in his desperate time of need.
This is a really good storyline which flows smoothly showing a great couple who manage to conduct a relationship even though they are apart for a large amount of time, it also shows us the difficulties they both face as they come to grips with the truth of their situations and the love and support they both offer the other. We only get a little information on the world they live in, but it reminded me of long days past when counties invaded each other for land. We see both Matti and Jamie stepping into roles they aren’t quite comfortable with but with them standing together, they dig deep within themselves and shine.
I recommend this if you love alternative worlds where Knights still roam (in armor-plated vehicles), painters proving to be more than they first seem, hot sex in snatched moments, a love that can stand a shocking revelation and a great cheeky ending.
Blurb: It takes a bloody battle, the death of several of his men, and a near death experience of his own for Afron to see what lies in his heart for Makara. Now the barbarian won’t let anything stand in the way of their destiny — not even the prostitute’s petulant (if half-hearted) refusal to see him.
Review: A fun, fast and quite enjoyable short story Heart of Stars is another take on the “whore finds love” theme, spiced up quite a lot by the era it’s placed upon.
Afron is a barbarian Chieftain. He has for long while visiting Makara, a whore that made an impression to him, yet he can’t bring himself to think more of that, or give the whore anything else but coins.
It does take a brutal battle to wake Afron from his blindness and see that Makara is not a mere infatuation, rather his fated mate. But the last time he visited Makara, Afron was told it indeed would be the last time. Could he have lost his love forever?
Now this was a story I’d surely love to read not in this short “peek a boo”, but in a rather developed novella. The idea is quite enticing, the execution and writing style were great, and the lingering wistfulness that accompanied the end of the story was unexpected. I mostly enjoyed the initial battle, the descriptions of which made me crave for more and more… *sigh*
As it is, if you’re in search for a hot Barbarian wrapped up in the spell of Fate and a sexy rent-boy, this is the story for you. The intimate scenes will make it while worth it.
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter, Vampire, Alternative World
Length: Novel (193pgs)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (30th August 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts
Blurb: Lance Fitz and Andrew Reed are a blissfully mated pair, but Andrew’s benefactor Stephon, a born vampire, isn’t happy with the pairing, especially after he discovers Lance’s pedigree. Stephon attempts to find answers using his mental connection with Andrew, and when his efforts fail, he goes after Lance’s new shifter family. Enraged, Lance severs the tie to Stephon. He wants to tear apart the abusive vampire and free his mate and family for good. But before he can try, the family reminds Lance that the death of one vampire won’t change the social status of shifters as an enslaved people. The fight won’t end with Stephon, even if Lance succeeds.
Review:This book is part of a series and must be read in order. Lance and Andrew are happily mated, well they would be if people didn’t want Lance dead, but Andrew is still tied to Stephon and Lance is far from happy about that fact. As Lance begins to learn of the political mechanics, he has to wade through, Andrew and his family seeks to support and protect Lance as those who don’t want change, seek to put an end to the pureblood.
A Royal Bind is a great continuation from Pauper Prince. Lance and Andrew have many political maneuvers to endure as they decide what must be done to protect Lance from the assassins; Lance also wants Andrew free from Stephon and just wants to be with his mate. They have many decisions to make because as a pureblood, the only pureblood to be known to live, he is a danger to the vampires rule over the shifters and that is not something that most vampires want and some shifters. They have to be careful of who they trust because enemies may not be enemies and allies might not be allies.
I really enjoyed this second installment of the Changing Moon series, the characters Lance and Andrew still adore and love each other, but now as more people learn of Lance’s bloodlines they begin to learn that there are even more people that they might not be able to trust. Lance is a great character who may not want anything but his mate, but will try to do what is best for everyone, he also shows his backbone more in this one and I was thrilled at his and Andrew’s developing skills. Andrew is an absolute sweetheart and I really love his entire family (well except Uncle Dave).
This isn’t a story where the lines between allies and enemies are clear, you just can’t tell who is really out for Lance and some characters will surprise you, and I have a strong feeling that by the end of the series we will be left reeling as to who the enemy really is. You will love some of the new characters that we finally meet face to face (so to speak) and you begin to have doubts about others but as I said there are no clear lines so you are left guessing. Lance and Andrew’s love is plain to see on every page, as is Lance’s inexperience of the shifter and vampire world and you can only hope that he is being guided by the right people.
I will recommend this to those who love shifters, vampires, paranormal, strong love, hot sex, developing characters, a great story and being left with a desperate hope that the next book will be published soon.
Blurb: Three years ago, a race of aliens called Narsoreal made contact and gained asylum on Earth. In exchange for technology and medical advancements, the United States government allows the Narsoreal to collect and bond with the country’s “unwanted” citizens. In one city, a Narsoreal bond-matcher has set his sights on a small band of male and female prostitutes in desperate need of salvation. Each of the five has unique needs, but it just might be that there is a Narsoreal ready and willing to meet every one of them.
Renzo’s bio-family life is…complicated. Amongst his chosen-family he’s accepted as bisexual and, just like them, he earns his money on the streets. And, though his mother will take that money, she won’t accept her son or his method of earning what keeps their house and food on their table. The local gang is also sniffing around again, wanting to control his income or maybe just own him. When he reconnects with his friends, he discovers they’ve hit the jackpot and he would definitely like to get some for himself. He just never expected his match could change in ways that would satisfy this bi boy’s every fantasy.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is the fifth story in a 5-part series available individually and as a whole sold under the title “The Unwanted” which will be available by the end of 2013. Reading each story in order is recommended.
Review: This series is centered on an unusual group of friends that consider themselves a family. And an alien race, Nasoreal, that have taken solace on our planet. The aliens travelled light years from their planet to ours because they were gay and thus not allowed to bond on their planet. They are allowed to look for a bond mate among earths unwanted and forgotten members of society in exchange for their knowledge and medicines that can cure most human diseases.
Renzo is a bi-sexual prostitute that works the streets like his friend Shannon did to pay the bills and put food on the table. His mother and sisters are more than happy to take his money, all the while they condemn him and criticize the way he provides it. He learns about Shannon, Derek, Joel, and Ambrosia meeting the Nasoreal and finding mates. Making a life for themselves that doesn’t involve prostitution, abuse, or condemnation from anyone. When he’s invited to Alimund’s home to possibly meet his own match, he jumps at the chance. He has no idea just how willing this Alien race is to find mates, how they will conform to his every fantasy to make him happy.
I love the concept of the world in these stories. It’s so commonplace in our society to put labels on people like ‘unwanted’ and assume they don’t deserve anything. It was such fun to read each installment and see the relationships unfold then grow. My favorite part was Alimund’s key to knowing who was bonded, through the eyes. I’ve always said the eyes are the window to the soul, so I like Jameson’s twist on soul mates in this story. I also liked the transformations that a couple of the aliens took on to please their mate.
Jameson is descriptive not only with the sex (which is hot, steamy, passionate and sometimes corny, but good) but with each character and their story. This series of shorts has a story for everyone… gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender. I’m excited to get my hands on the final copy of The Unwanted, which will contain all 5 parts in one nifty installment! This is a book I will read over, and over, and over again. My favorite Unwanted is still Joel; he’s just too damn cute.
Blurb: When a man wakes after a plane crash to find himself on a mysterious island where humans and mythical Merfolk live together, is it all just a strange dream? Or does the Bermuda Triangle have more hidden dangers than were ever thought possible?
What’s a guy to do when his world is falling apart? Go on a vacation of a lifetime…
Gabriel “Gabe” Overton has the worst luck. First, he’s caught having an affair with his father’s married business partner and forced to go on an unwanted tropical vacation until the scandal dies down. Then the plane he’s riding in crash lands on a mysterious island in the middle of nowhere.
Saved by a man with fins instead of feet, Gabe must now try to uncover the island’s secrets, all without being killed in the process. Maybe he can figure out just who imbedded a pearl into his forehead and what that has to do with the sea creatures–known as the Merfolk–and discover what the hidden evil on the island has planned for them all before it’s too late.
Review: A great ‘tail’ of sexy mermen, and their land-based lovers.
Poor shy and gangly Gabe is being sent away to a remote island. Little does he know as his plane crashes, that it’s his destiny to be rescued by a drop-dead gorgeous merman, and in this merfolk tale, a mate is denoted by having a pearl pressed into their forehead.
He encounters a cruel and creepy village leader, and uncovers a deadly truth about him. Escaping from that danger leads him to Paxton, his mer mate, who just happens to be king of the sea.
Gabe even gets involved in preventing a war between the human and merfolk races.
All-in-all, this was a very enjoyable ‘tail’, and Paxton and Gabe make a hot, sexy couple. There is reference to abuse and torture, but nothing explicit.
If you like fantasy, merfolk, and happy endings, this is 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.
Blurb: In the city of Tessera in the twenty-third century, the law can be as ruthless as those who break it. Li, hustler by night and drug runner by day, is caught in the crossfire.
His best friend and occasional lover is a prostitute, like himself. His nemesis and occasional savior is a man with a secret identity. But then, everyone’s identity is a secret in Tessera. Everyone is a shadow. If he plans to survive, Li must blend in—he must remain quiet and unseen, passed from hand to carnivorous hand without getting captured by a single one.
But what happens when he is captured? Will the shadow, once trapped, manage to escape? Or will Li fade away into the endless night, a shadow among shadows, one death among many?
Review: Well hello, I loved this book. Do I seem surprised? Yes, I am, because frankly the blurb or the title didn’t prepare me of what exactly I was going to read. See the blurb made me think that something “shadowy” was going on and it could be I’ve been reading too much paranormal lately, but I somehow got that feeling that this book would have something of a paranormal element in it. My bad though.
So this story locates in an alternate world and has the Steampunk feel in it. Li is an unfortunate kid out of many who hustles himself for survival under the protection of Mother Hen. He’s expected to work all night, every night, turning all profits except a small amount that barely is enough for food. So are all the other prostitutes that work for Hen. His clients are rarely gentle, that’s not what they pay for, but the most brutal of them all is Li’s first client ever.
Yes, we witness a fair amount of non-consensual intercourse here. Li is being the perfect profile of a degraded human being whose life means nothing and is expendable in a heartbeat should he not conform with what his life throws at him. Pain is a constant in his life, thus his character is always gloomy and sullen. That acceptance of the inevitable usually doesn’t make me like a character, but I have to say that Li has a certain charm about him that draws you like a moth to flame almost unwillingly. There is also strength about this character and a spark of life that is carefully revealed through the story. That actually happens when a dangerous client approaches him. Honestly when Soren makes his appearance I thought he was this dark character and the story would be about dark cravings and some D/s relationship between a whore and his client. I was wrong.
When Li meets Soren it seems like another encounter in his line of job, albeit a dangerous one. Danger though he gets, Soren is nothing what Li expected, and he finds himself unwillingly pulled in the middle of a fed/drug lord war. To comply with Soren means probable death at the corner, not to means imminent death by Soren’s hand, but the stakes rise when the life of his best friend and the only person Li can still call family is threatened. Because no matter the choice Li would’ve made he’s the most compliant pawn when Matt is concerned.
Ok, so, did I say I loved this book? I did, very much so. The dynamics between the characters were fantastic. Matt and Li were simply perfect together, so sensual and sweet in the midst of all that degradation and despair. Li and Soren were astonishing. I did not expect that. Soren for the icy and chilly character he was displayed broke my heart. In the end I felt so, so sorry for him. I almost wished Li had stayed with the lonely agent; nah scratch that, I do wish Li and Soren had stayed together. Meh, that doesn’t bode well with the HEA of the story right? As for the other characters, yeah they were pretty solid as well. The cruel drug Lord, the unfeeling brothel owner, the non-committal, and detached agents, they all had their charms. I loved them, each of them and the writing style was fantastic. When the end came, although it was a happy end, what made me pin for it even more was the fact that the author maintained that melancholic touch that seems to follow Li in every step. There was this bittersweet taste in it due to the fact that Soren was left behind, and damn it I’m still feeling so sad for him, so much so that I wish a sequel will follow and give him a story of his own.
In any case I hope I gave you a hint of what this book is about without revealing too much and destroying it for you. For me it was a delightful read, just my cup of tea. J
Blurb: After a shape-shifter named Shadow kills Lukas’s friend, he vows revenge and goes after the bounty on Shadow’s head. But Shadow proves different than expected and Lukas is forced to fight an attraction to the man on top of everything.
When a shape-shifting mercenary named Shadow kills Lukas’s friend, he goes after the criminal for revenge and to claim the bounty on Shadow’s head. Lukas doesn’t expect Shadow to get the drop on him or to find the shifter so attractive. After a brief sexual encounter in an alleyway, Lukas is forced to admit a fascination for a man he really shouldn’t want. He tries to maintain his distance, but it disappears when Shadow barges into Lukas’s life. When Shadow asks Lukas to help clear the bounty on his head, Lukas agrees despite his initial misgivings.
Review: An assassin shifter named Shadow is Lukas’ current job. He’s taken to kill the assassin and claim the bounty, but it runs deeper than that. Revenging his friend’s death by Shadow’s hand is something Lukas needs to do. Unfortunately, things don’t go as smoothly as he wanted and now instead of the predator he is the prey.
Finding himself in a terrible situation, captured and pinned in an alley brick wall and facing death, Lukas should not be thinking of how attractive his killer is. Nor should he be aroused by the way Shadows body and presence completely control him. And he most certainly shouldn’t like it so much when Shadow forces himself on Lukas. But, it happens and in the blink of an eye things start changing. The roles of predator and prey losing meaning and little hopes of things never dared dreamed before start blooming.
With the lines now blurred and the balance upturned, Lukas will try to help the once-thought criminal clear the bounty from his head. The hardest part though and the most terrifying is the fact that Lukas wants more. How to get it? Can he get it? Can there be something more with this creature that consumes him so completely?
So in all honesty I’m torn with this book. I loved the romance part. I adored both characters in their interaction and their chemistry had me enthralled. Normally, I really dislike fast relationships and “I love you-s” that are sprouted like magic beans, BUT, and it’s a big but, it really fitted here and made their connection even better.
The action part though on the other hand was disappointing. Any hard-core lover of assassin-related stories would probably abandon this at sight. Lukas is not the killer he claims to be, not the best, not even mediocre. He fails that part from the very start of the story and continues to do so till the end. If there was one scene that I felt held something remotely realistic, that was the part when he had the gun on his back, very close description of Krav-Maga technique. Other than that though, the “assassin” role failed.
Shadow was much better, his entire character so very enticing. I loved the fact that his shifting abilities weren’t over-used. I loved the mystery behind the creature. I hated the fact that I didn’t get to learn more about him and the story ended with me wanting more. I really hope the next book in the series gives us more about Lukas and Shadow. I’d hate it if it was another story simply placed in the same world.
That being said I’d love to recommend this one to all fans of the genre, it was quite interesting and a fascinating romantic read.
Blurb:Keddrick has denied claiming his mate for four years, separating them by worlds just to keep the man he loves safe…from him. Can he resist temptation when his love lands on his doorstep in need of help?
Eli has lusted after Keddrick from the moment the vampire stepped through the portal and into Earth. He had desperately wanted to go with Keddrick when the man returned to Pavarus, but it wasn’t allowed—not to mention Eli was under the impression that Keddrick was straight. Four years later his wish has come true, but not in the way he wanted. Barely escaping death by the hands of Wayland, head of the human council on Earth, Eli flees to Pavarus in search of help. The line of events that get him there release a hidden secret deep inside of him he never knew existed, and would soon change his life forever.
Keddrick’s restraint towards Eli is being seriously tested, and every day Eli stays with him at the coven, the harder it gets. He wants to keep his distance, but at the same time he wants to do everything he can to please Eli. Yet as time goes on, he feels his resolve slowly crumble, his love for the man too strong to ignore. When Keddrick finds out about Wayland’s threat on his and Eli’s life, he is determined to stop the madman anyway he can, even if that means going against Eli’s pleas for him not to.
Through blood and tears, years of love and moments of betrayal, can these two men find their way through the hardships and into a life of happiness in each other’s arms?
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Review:This story is part of a series and best read in order. Eli fell in love the first second he laid eyes on Keddrick, but Keddrick was from Pavarus and only visiting for a month and anyway Eli is sure the sexy vampire is straight. After being attacked by the head of the human council, Wayland, Eli flees to Pavarus grievously injured. He hides the truth behind the attack from Keddrick and when Keddrick discovers the truth, it drives a wedge between them. Keddrick has denied his feelings for Eli to keep Eli safe, but Eli isn’t so understanding when he finds out Keddrick is his mate. But, first they both have to face the threat from Wayland, before they can resolve anything between them.
I strongly recommend that you all read Pavarus before this story as there are characters and storyline links to that story. Keddrick has denied his mate Eli because of a recurring nightmare and to keep him safe from the dangers of Pavarus. When Eli appears on Pavarus, injured and near death, it shakes Keddrick to his foundations and it is harder to resist the urge to claim Eli as his mate. Eli ends up having more on his plate than he counted for, when he recovers from his wounds. He protects Keddrick by hiding the truth, but the truth comes out and Keddrick, Remus and Zane head to Earth to put an end to the danger… expecting Eli and Wes to wait for them.
I really am enjoying this series with its parallel world and Vampires and Dragons, the simple explanation for humans and Earth and the brilliant characters that we are introduced to. In this installment it is Keddrick and Eli’s turn to come together. With each of them trying to protect the other from danger, discovering what the other has hidden and both of them feeling betrayal. They are perfect for each other and are a good fit. They strike sparks off each other and clash and inadvertently cause each other pain, but they are each trying to do the right thing.
The storyline is really good and I loved how it played out, Jennifer Wright doesn’t pull her punches either so watch out for Jones. I love all the characters in this series and the way they work together, with the author weaving each character in so we get to know them and want their stories. I really can’t wait to read Zane and Larken’s story and I am hoping that Damien will get his own book. I also really want Aliam to have some happiness, even if it is just finding peace. It was nice to see Wes and Remus and having them interacting with Keddrick and Eli without being overpowering, Ms Wright mixed them in nicely.
I will recommend this to those who love parallel worlds, vampires, a mad human bent on domination, two hot men working out their problems, danger, hot sex and a happy ending with the promise of more to come.
Blurb: Jay Sommers has the power to control his dreams and travel into the dreaming minds of others. But can he make his dreams a reality before his nightmares come true?
Jay Sommers has always had the power to bend dreams to his will. When he reaches eighteen his powers grow and he discovers he can travel into the dreams of others. But his new ability doesn’t come without problems. Hiding his sexuality from his homophobic father during the day was hard enough, now not even the haven of his mind is safe, especially when he finds it increasingly difficult to resist the temptations of his dream lover, Cory Irwin.
Jay soon discovers that when you’re sleeping hours are as real as your waking ones; your nightmares can come true in both worlds. Can Jay make his dreams come true as well?
Review: Jay has always been able to dream whatever he wanted. Literally. If he had a nightmare, then he simply imagined his monsters gone and dreamed of happier things. But, when he became eighteen years old things changed for him and his life took a turn he never would have dreamed of.
First, he meets this very sexy guy named Randall in a pub’s toilets, of all places, has his first kiss with him and God knows what more if they hadn’t been interrupted by Randall’s phone. Yes, he didn’t get his phone number and probably never see him again. But, for Jay, that kiss was his perfect birthday gift.
Then Jay gets a visit by his father in his dream world. Shocked he learns that while he was sheltered by other dream-walkers while he was a minor, now anyone with the same ability as them could invade his dreams and if stronger could trap him in there. What’s more he learns that if you get hurt or if you die in your dream, you carry than on in your reality, aka you die in the dream your dead for good…
And lastly, Jay gets a visit from a young man, vaguely familiar, but one he definitely never met before and they became friends in his dream world. Ok, a bit more than friends. Problem is his new friend, Cory, has no recollection of his waking hours and keeps intentionally vague about his life. Who is he and why is he constantly stalking Jay in his safe place when the night falls?
Ok, so when I started reading this book every word I read gave me the impression that there would be some dream-action here and you know suspense and some bad guy chasing our Jay and… well you get the picture. It is safe to say that is not the case. This is more of a bittersweet story and I don’t know how I really feel about it. The story in itself is really good and quite a bit funny in a twisted way in the beginning. But, then the sadness starts growing and growing and at some point it’s simply unbearable reading it.
And I honestly don’t know how to feel about the fact that Jay finds himself in this strange triangle between Randall and Cory, one in the sphere of reality, the other in his dreams and all linked together in such way. It was weird. However I liked it, it was very interesting and quite unique somehow. Even if the romance level was pretty low and I didn’t quite figure out how on earth Jay fell in love in the end with all that mess around, or why for that matter. It still got to be an enjoyable read and if you’re fan of the genre I recommend you give it a try. It might surprise you.
Blurb:“Courage is like a cut gemstone: multi-faceted and surprising at every turn.” — The Collector
Nico escaped a fate of running his rich family’s business empire to follow his real calling: discovering ancient artifacts. As a modern-day treasure hunter, he lives for the adventure of researching a lost object, pinpointing its likely location, then hopefully retrieving it. When he finds a mysterious stranger washed up on his beach one day he is intrigued and more than ready to help him find the Aquamarines of Courage. That quest proves to be his biggest adventure yet.
Nayder has a family obligation to find his soul-partner and become the Chief Stabilizer on N’Tyre, making sure water and land are in perfect balance. The entire N’Tyrian culture depends on maintaining the foothold on land their underwater heritage has only recently allowed them to gain. There is only one problem: his father expects him to partner with a woman and produce offspring. Nayder has different ideas and thinks he can do his job without a soul-partner. Defying his father’s orders, he instead attempts to retrieve the Aquamarines of Courage by himself.
But fate has different ideas. Nayder ends up on Earth to discover that Nico may be his soul-partner. Only once they have found the Aquamarines of Courage will they know if they are truly meant to be partnered…
Review: Nico is living the life he loves, searching for lost treasure. Discovering a naked man on his beach, he listens to the man’s strange story and offers his help to embark on an adventure to retrieve the Aquamarines of Courage. Nayder has a duty to find his soul-partner, his female soul-partner so he can continue on the family name and stabilize his planet. Discovering the Aquamarines stolen he sets off to find them, but discovers a man who may just be his soul-partner; together they search for the gems. Finding the gems is the least of their problems when they return to N’Tyre and discover that someone will do anything to prevent the Aquamarines from returning to its safe place.
Oh, this is a fantastic addition to the Gemstone Chronicles with its twists and hidden turns. Nico and Nayder are a wonderful pair. Nico has already shuck off his family responsibilities to live life the way he wants to, while Nayder has no choice but to face up to his. His whole planet depends on him doing his duty. Nayder lives in a society where women rule and gay men are frowned upon. When he discovers that Nico could be his soul-partner, it shakes him up and he doesn’t know what to do. Nico is okay with embracing Nayder and what they could have, but first they both have to survive.
This storyline is fantastic. I never saw the latter part with all its twists coming and it keeps you on your toes as you try to grasp the swift turns that seem to come out of nowhere. There is much more going on than just recovering the Aquamarines of Courage though, there is also have a hidden faction in the N’Tyre world that don’t want the Aquamarines returned and will do anything to stop Nico and Nayder. We also get to visit the Collector and the Chroniclers and we see how they are getting on. Their story interests me as much as the stories that are being created for the Collector do. All the characters in this story are wonderful and although I want to rave about the storyline I don’t want to take away from the pure pleasure of readers discovering all the twists, turns, betrayals and secrets that come up throughout this book.
I am going to recommend this to those who love alternative worlds, hot mermen, hot treasure hunters, great twists and turns, some hot sex and a very happy ending. Oh don’t forget that we get to look forward to the Diamonds of Victory!!
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (20th February 2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥2½ – 3Hearts
Blurb: Ten years ago, the Great Unveiling revealed the presence of supernatural beings living on Earth, but not all humans know much about them—or care about them as anything other than a paycheck.
Kieran Knight is a freelance mercenary who hunts mythical beings for money. He abducts a man called Gabriel King, intending to turn him over to his client. But Gabriel isn’t any ordinary cowboy. He’s a powerful werewolf and the beta of his pack—and as he and Kieran soon discover, he is also Kieran’s mate.
Kieran knows next to nothing about how mating works and he isn’t gay—but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t feel the chemistry heating up between them. To save Gabriel, Kieran orchestrates an escape, but his clients won’t give up their werewolf without a fight.
Review: This story is part of a series and best read in order. Kieran works with a group of mercenaries. They will take on most jobs, including kidnapping mythical beings, as long as the price is right. Kidnapping Gabriel shakes Kieran’s world and has him questioning his behavior and his treatment of mythical creatures. Fighting his cravings for the werewolf is hard, but how can he just accept wanting a man? Gabriel has to process his feelings when he discovers that his mate is a callous mercenary. Getting to know the man while on the run makes it a bit easier, but having Kieran reject him for being male is hard when the mating pull is strong. Can Kieran and Gabriel truly mate when Kieran isn’t gay?
Hunter’s Moon is a nice continuation of the Lifting the Veil series. It has a connection to The Wolfing Way with Gabriel being the older brother of Rafe. Gabriel and Kieran are nothing alike. Gabriel is calm, gentle and tries not to let anything get to him, even when he is kidnapped. Kieran is hot-tempered, coarse and doesn’t care about many people, until he kidnaps Gabriel. Both men have difficulties when they discover they are mates, but coming to an understanding is harder than either thought.
I really enjoyed the first half of this story. Gabriel is kidnapped and discovers one of the mercenary’s is his mate. Kieran feels a pull towards the werewolf they have captured and discovers he can’t leave him in the hands of his employers. They escape together and the truth of them being mates comes out, but Kieran’s straight and finds it hard to accept. The second half of the story is all about Kieran trying to accept the mating and Gabriel trying to reassure him. It isn’t easy for either of them; especially Kieran because Kieran is straight and until he gets a whiff of Gabriel’s pheromones had never had a reaction to any man. I found the latter part of the book to be a disappointment because a lot of their ‘getting to know each other’ time was brushed over and just mentioned in passing. We didn’t get to see Kieran softening to having a male mate or coming to terms with his change in sexuality. we were just told he was and did, and I was still left with the feeling that Kieran was still only willing to give it a go and not that he had developed any feelings for Gabriel.
Although I liked Kieran, I hated that I was left guessing at the end about if he would fall in love with Gabriel. Gabriel is clearly more than half way there and I would have loved for it to be a genuine happily ever after. The sex between them is very primal, passionate and hot. We are left in no doubt about the sexual side to their mating because it is HOT.
I will recommend this story to those who want enemies to friends to lovers’ story, hot sex, gay for you, conflicting emotions and a happy for now ending.