Warrior Pledge by E.E. Montgomery

e-e-montgomery-warrior-pledge-cover-sTitle: Warrior Pledge 

Author: E.E. Montgomery

Genre: High Fantasy, Transgender, Werewolves, Shapeshifters

Length: Novel (296 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 3, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Blurb: When the two moons of Thalazar cross orbits, the Warrior Pledge must be completed or the cat-shifting Mafdeti nation will face annihilation. There are four who can save the people and their land: the Silver Shining from Rock, the Great Heart Farseeing, the Changeling, and the Pure. They must find each other before time runs out. 

Silver-eyed Checa is Captain of the Guard for the Mafdeti. Thanks to the friendship and loyalty of Heath, son of the Mafdeti Matriarch, Checa has survived and thrived after a childhood of horrific abuse. He knows Heath is his Bond-Mate but refuses to bond with the younger man because he feels he isn’t worthy. Nor does Heath’s mother approve of her son bonding with a lowborn warrior. 

Together they face deadly wing-strikes from carnivorous birds, earthquake, betrayal, ambush, and an enemy invasion, only to be confronted with the possibility that the Warrior Pledge will bond Checa and Heath to others. If Checa is to complete the Warrior Pledge, he must overcome the belief that he doesn’t deserve Heath’s love and fight for the one man who can make him whole.

ISBN: 978-1-63477-761-2

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/warrior-pledge-by-e-e-montgomery-7593-b

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: This is an amazing journey with all sorts of characters and twists and turns that take two men on a quest to find the pure one and changeling to complete a ritual pledge and in the process they are able to do the one thing they have longed for, bond. Captain of the guard Checca, the silver shining rock and a cat shifter is tasked with a mission of great importance. 

Heath has been in love with Checca forever but Checca refuses to bond with him even though their mates. Heath insists he go with Checca despite the prophecy or dangers involved. Along the way he finds out why Checca has reservations about bonding with him.

This story is fantastic. It’s an edge of your seat, action packed, drama ridden story with intense scenes that leave you gasping. The group has a traitor in their midst as well as two other groups hell-bent on stopping them from their mission. 

I loved everything about this book except for one thing. I do not recall the book specifically saying which cat species it kept referring to when it mentions the characters turning into their cat forms. Were they big domesticated cats, lions, cougars? I never completely knew and that irritated me as when I read I can visualize what the words are saying but the cat form kept wavering in my mind. Plus the fact the story did not feel like it was complete at the end considering they never did anything about the Yeudan who tried to interfere. Other than that it was a really good story. I am hoping there will be a sequel to this book.

Warrior Pledge by E.E. Montgomery Guest Post & Excerpt!

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Hi guys, we have E.E. Montgomery visiting today with her upcoming release Warrior Pledge, we have a fantastic guest post where E.E. chats about researching her stories and a great excerpt, so check out the post and enjoy! <3 ~Pixie~

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Warrior Pledge

by

E.E. Montgomery

When the two moons of Thalazar cross orbits, the Warrior Pledge must be completed or the cat-shifting Mafdeti nation will face annihilation. There are four who can save the people and their land: the Silver Shining from Rock, the Great Heart Farseeing, the Changeling, and the Pure. They must find each other before time runs out.

Silver-eyed Checa is Captain of the Guard for the Mafdeti. Thanks to the friendship and loyalty of Heath, son of the Mafdeti Matriarch, Checa has survived and thrived after a childhood of horrific abuse. He knows Heath is his Bond-Mate but refuses to bond with the younger man because he feels he isn’t worthy. Nor does Heath’s mother approve of her son bonding with a lowborn warrior.

Together they face deadly wing-strikes from carnivorous birds, earthquake, betrayal, ambush, and an enemy invasion, only to be confronted with the possibility that the Warrior Pledge will bond Checa and Heath to others. If Checa is to complete the Warrior Pledge, he must overcome the belief that he doesn’t deserve Heath’s love, and fight for the one man who can make him whole.

Release date: 3rd October 2016

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Just the Way You Are by E E Montgomery

JustTheWayYouAreLGTitle: Just the Way You Are
Series: Just Life, #4
Author: E E Montgomery
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novel (220 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (17 April 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: After ten years in an abusive relationship and a near-fatal knife wound, Jonathan Watson is finally free. Unused to being able to make even the smallest decision and smothered by family and well-meaning neighbors, he’s floundering in the real world. Jonathan is afraid of falling into another relationship too quickly and realizes he needs time to rediscover who he is before he attaches himself to another man.

He never counted on meeting Ben Urquhart, though. Ben tempts Jonathan to forget everything and take a leap. For Ben, it’s love at first sight, and he doesn’t want to take it slow. He wants to build a life with Jonathan, free from harm and full of laughter. But before they can take the next step, they must protect Jonathan from his possessive, threatening ex. Jonathan must find the courage to confront him and break the chains of his past before he can be truly free to build a future with Ben.

ISBN: 978-1-632116-862-7

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6275

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is the fourth installment in E E Montgomery’s series, Just Life. I like the concept and the simplicity of the series, which is there in the name: Just Life. It is simply about a group of lives, colliding together into a cohesive story. There isn’t big mystery or farfetched suspense, there is just life.

This book is about Jonathan and Ben. We met Jonathan right at the end of the previous book, where he gets the knife wound spoken about in the blurb. Jonathan is such a sweetheart and so deserving of love and a second chance. But he has a lot of healing to do, both physically and mentally. More than anything, this story is about Jonathan’s emotional journey. There is also the aspect of Ben’s emotional journey helping someone who is broken become whole again.

I think both characters, Ben and Jonathan, were handled really well and it felt so palpable when Jonathan had to face falling in love so soon after being abused. The storyline of his abuser is also tied up really nicely, which was left hanging in the previous book.

I don’t want to talk more about the characters and story because what you need to know is there in the blurb and we want to be spoiler free!

Complementing these guys are the minor characters – some familiar faces from the previous three books – which really do help to balance out the emotions of the book. Just the Way You Are is certainly my favourite book out of this series.

It is very emotional and poignant.

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

Just in Time by E E Montgomery

JustinTimeLGTitle: Just In Time
Series: Just Life, #3
Author: EE Montgomery
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Novella (108 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (6 Feb 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts

Blurb: Mark Mendelson’s life is close to perfect: he has good friends, a successful business, and a solid reputation in the jewellery industry. He fought hard to get what he has after nearly losing it all fifteen years ago, when his then boyfriend, Cole Porter, stole his designs.

When a handsome man enters Mark’s store to request a commitment ring-a design Mark made specifically for Cole-Mark wants nothing to do with him. All he can think about is his rage at Cole’s betrayal, something he thought he’d dealt with long ago. But Mark’s would-be customer, Dr. Liam Watson, returns to the shop, thinking Mark might provide some answers. For years Liam has tried to convince his cousin Jon to leave Cole, who abuses him.

As the relationship between Jon and Cole disintegrates, a fragile new one forms between Liam and Mark-but Mark can’t move on until he confronts Cole once and for all.

ISBN: 9781623803391

Product Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3556

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is the third book of the Just Life series.
As with the previous books it is really good how the series takes the whole “just a life being lived” sentiment to heart. However, this time the tone of the book is very different. It looks a bit more to the darker side of life and delves into the past of some seriously unhealthy relationships.

We get to meet up with Daron and Rebel, along with their respective boyfriends, from the first couple. However, the story here is centred on Mark, a jeweller. He has a lot of history with his friends, particularly Rebel and his boyfriend Jeremy, but he also has a dark past in the form of an abusive and thieving first love. But in all that he wants to find “the one” and live happily ever after.

So this is when we get to Liam, a doctor, and in general quite an interesting sort of character. He’s got a few secrets he’s reluctant to expose. He is a rather sketchy character and even sketchier is the not very romantic relationship going on between the good doctor and Mark.

Seriously, the limit of their sex life is some jerking off and a blow job, which I think is a good practical demonstration of what I’m trying to show is missing. There is certainly an attraction between the two characters but any romance between them is very much underdeveloped.

Which leads me to conclude that the real let down with this book, for me, is that the story between Mark and Liam was so incomplete. I am certain, like with Rebel and Daron’s stories, more will come out in the next book. However, I still feel as though there is a lot missing from their story to properly tie up the loose ends of this book.

Like the second book, I like it well enough but there are a lot of details that are missing. The story is fast pace but it leads me to ask the question, is it too fast?

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

Just the Way You Are by E.E. Montgomery Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, we have E.E. Montgomery stopping by today on her blog tour for her latest release Just the Way You Are, we have a great excerpt and a brilliant giveaway, so enjoy the post and click that Rafflecopter link <3 ~Pixie~

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Just the Way You Are

(Just Life 04)
by

E.E. Montgomery

After ten years in an abusive relationship and a near-fatal knife wound, Jonathan Watson is finally free. Unused to being able to make even the smallest decision and smothered by family and well-meaning neighbors, he’s floundering in the real world. Jonathan is afraid of falling into another relationship too quickly and realizes he needs time to rediscover who he is before he attaches himself to another man.

He never counted on meeting Ben Urquhart, though. Ben tempts Jonathan to forget everything and take a leap.  For Ben, it’s love at first sight, and he doesn’t want to take it slow. He wants to build a life with Jonathan, free from harm and full of laughter. But before they can take the next step, they must protect Jonathan from his possessive, threatening ex. Jonathan must find the courage to confront him and break the chains of his past before he can be truly free to build a future with Ben.

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Ordinary People by E.E. Montgomery Book Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

E.E. Montgomery - Ordinary People BannerHey guys, E.E. Montgomery is just giving us a quick visit with Ordinary People and a quick peek at an excerpt, and there’s also a great Giveaway, so have a look-see and then click that Rafflecopter Link <3 ~Pixie~ (p.s. It’s a really cute book 😉 ) 

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Ordinary People

by

E.E. Montgomery

When Queensland Police Force Constable James Laramee raids a hotel room, he finds Vinnie Canterbury on top of a naked, dead man, covered in blood. Vinnie promptly vomits all over James’s shoes. 

Thanks to a cocktail of horse sedatives and Hendra vaccine, Vinnie’s memories of his ordeal are fractured. Finding the culprits and the reasons behind his abduction will be a challenge. With his apartment trashed, his building set on fire, and his clothes, phone and wallet gone, Vinnie needs a place to stay. To his surprise, James not only takes him in, but also lets him cry on his shoulder. It must be true love. Vinnie has plans for his future with James all mapped out, and he hopes he can get James on the same page.

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The Courage to Love by E.E. Montgomery

CourageToLoveLGTitle: The Courage to Love

Series: Sequel Between Love and Honor

Author: E.E. Montgomery

Genre: Historical Romance (1920)

Length: Novel (200 pages)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 23rd, 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

Reviewer: Thommie

Blurb: In 1915, after his beloved Carl died from a vicious beating, David Harrison enlisted in the Army and went to war. He returns home to find a world seemingly unchanged, while he will never be the same. At Mrs. Gill’s boarding house, he meets Bernard Donnelly, a young man suffering the aftereffects of his own war experiences. David finds himself increasingly attracted to Bernard, but that terrifies him. He blames himself for Carl’s horrific death and fears he isn’t strong enough to lose another love to violence. 

Bernard needs David to help him face each day and find a way they can be together without stigma—and without putting them in legal and physical danger—but David clings to his idea that the only way to keep a lover safe is not to have one. His fears threaten to destroy everything, unless he learns that sometimes the risk is worth it and finds the courage to love.

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4112&osCsid=9oqhmnpaa2d04clm4e5uddmm11

Review: Oh my God!

Ok, I’ll admit it. At first, I didn’t realize what this book was (a sequel to one of my favorite shorts) so I went and read two or three pages and the names David and Carl kept haunting me. The pain and mourning, the intense emotional shower you get the moment you start reading all were so familiar, but then it hit me and good God, it really hit me. I had to go and restart it from first line, I just had to.

You see there was a short story I read back in March that amazed me with the depth of it. It left me feeling so sad about its characters and I wished it was longer so I could keep on reading. Well David and Carl’s story was just that, short, and the loss and pain David suffered were heart wrenching, but life continues and this sequel shows you just that.

After his beloved Carl died, David went to war. The irony, a war that shattered his dreams long before he went. But the return is worse than he could imagine. Forced to go live in with his Mother until he gets a job and sorts his life again into a semblance of normalcy, forced to mourn in private when no one can witness his pain, forced to a life full of nightmares that blend the war atrocities and the loss of his reason to live, forced to the emptiness his nature has cursed him.

At least his dear Mrs. Gill was still there and while his old room had been given already, she still had one left, Carl’s room.

What a book, I tell you. I loved seeing Mrs. Gill again; I loved meeting her and her incredible personality that bled in the text whenever she was in a scene. Her subtle acceptance and love were truly great, which made what happened later in the story even more tear evoking. And we got to meet the new man who would capture and haunt David’s mind and heart.

Bernard. I loved him. This is one character that makes other’s pale. A man both strong and determined, and weak and in need of care. What a wonderful mix. What a great work describing warriors and their PTSD. Both David and Bernard suffered from it, both differently and with different levels of effect. It was incredible seeing their differences, and it was brilliant seeing the parts where their strength was great. I loved seeing them work together and stand by each other when the nightmares hit them, how terribly dangerous they were in those small moments when they were the most vulnerable at the same time.

What also captivated me was the picture of 1920 Australia. We are so used to see the historical romances deal with aristocracy or with middle class people, that when you read this book and see that time the way this author means you to, you can’t fail feeling the great job she has done with describing the area. The daily life the people led, the difficulties they faces, the reality of that time when you had to work, and work hard in order to have the simple things. Great, great work indeed.

What I disliked though was how much David’s fear dominated the story. He wouldn’t let go of his fears and while this story was about him and Bernard, Carl was very much there the entire read. I’m not exactly sure, if that gave it a stronger air of credibility or if it was a bit overwhelming. At times even, I felt like hitting David and wake him up from his stupidity.

In the end, though all I have to say about this book is that if you like intense emotional rides this is definitely the book for you. Don’t miss it.

 

Just in Time by E. E. Montgomery

JustinTimeLGTitle:  Just In Time

Series: Just Life #3

Author:  E.E Montgomery

Genre:   Contemporary

Length:  108 pages (Novella)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (February 6th)

Heat Level:  Low

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥3Hearts

Blurb:  Sequel to Just Like a Date

Mark Mendelson’s life is close to perfect: he has good friends, a successful business, and a solid reputation in the jewelry industry. He fought hard to get what he has after nearly losing it all fifteen years ago, when his then boyfriend, Cole Porter, stole his designs.

When a handsome man enters Mark’s store to request a commitment ring—a design Mark made specifically for Cole—Mark wants nothing to do with him. All he can think about is his rage at Cole’s betrayal, something he thought he’d dealt with long ago. But Mark’s would-be customer, Dr. Liam Watson, returns to the shop, thinking Mark might provide some answers. For years Liam has tried to convince his cousin Jon to leave Cole, who abuses him. As the relationship between Jon and Cole disintegrates, a fragile new one forms between Liam and Mark—but Mark can’t move on until he confronts Cole once and for all.

Product Link:  http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3556

Reviewer:   Any

Review:  A fast read.

Very fast, actually. I ate up the whole book in one enjoyable sitting and, for the most part, I was satisfied.

What really worked for me in this novella were the mystery elements and the very clear story goal that pushes the reader through to the end. It didn’t lag. The writing was sparse on description and to-the-point. For a novella, it worked.

Mark is an interesting character, and I liked learning more about his past relationship bit by bit. The deliberate suspense the author employed to keep us interested and involved in the story worked just nicely.

That being said, I feel there was so much more potential for this story—particularly in the romance department. I found Liam was difficult for me to grow attached to. He wasn’t often in scenes, and when he was, it was hard for me to like him. I just couldn’t get a good feel for him. There were also a couple of points where I wanted to shake him for just leaving after having sex without a word to Mark. Ah, no, you don’t just do that without a reason.

Also, the book ended with no clear HEA, only the hope that there might be one.

Still, I have to say I really liked that there was a lot of action in the story. I’m a fan of unanswered questions that are over-and-above the ‘will they get together or won’t they?’ It felt like there was a solid plot here. Though I would have liked if the ‘love’ had been amped up a bit for an even more satisfying ending.