Blurb: When a new group of Assassins arrives at the Coalition, it’s up to Shane and his Assassins to test and train them. Even though the Coalition has a treaty with their normal enemies in place, there still is the problem of the pretty birds with rotted cores. After evaluating the new group, Shane isn’t sure what’s going to happen with them. To say their skills are a disaster is putting it mildly. Good thing Shane excels at disasters.
Review: This series is branched off from several other stories including Lost Shifters and Wayne County Wolves. I would start with book one in the Lost Shifters series.
Shane needs more assassins to help them fight the dino-birds but he doesn’t expect the ragtag group that came in. What idiot trained their assassin’s on just one weapon, a dead one that is for sure. Their enemy was beautiful but deadly. They needed all the help they could get, but damn these guys were in some desperate need of training.
I had almost given up on this series continuing. Shane is the top assassin with quite a bit of quirks and I have a blast reading them. This is one of those series that will be read more than once.
Blurb: Baily learned to distrust other shifters through their treatment of him. As a Housecat shifter, he’s not exactly the strongest shifter. To compensate, he’s become one of best soldiers for the Coalition. He’s made a place for himself with friends but he doesn’t truly believe they won’t turn on him. Caden learned to distrust other shifters from birth. His grandfather taught him and his brother to avoid all Packs, Clowders, and Coalitions no matter what. All those lessons will be challenged when a stray cat claims a spot in his bar and maybe his heart. Together, Baily and Caden, must re-learn the lessons of their lives. That not all shifters are against them. A trip with the leadership of the Coalition to a secret cabin might be the turning point. That maybe they can believe in other shifters, each other, and love.
Review: Each book in the Lost Shifters collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.
Housecats are so shifty, sneaky and they don’t trust many. Which makes them a favorite of mine. Baily is one cutie in his cat form but he is also deadly in his own way. Which is a kick for him since he feels that many see him as weak. However he is a soldier for the Coalition and has found a home. When captured he escapes and seeks refuge in a bar full of shifters, but here is the problem. He can’t shift back to his human form.
Caden and his brother own a very nice bar that has quite a bit of sifters coming him but not many know they are shifters. When a stray finds his way in and seems to want to stay, well you can imagine Caden’s expression. Imagine his expression when he finds out that the cat he is starting to care for is actually a shifter.
There were some small problems that I found in the story, however it didn’t take the story away from me. It does need some good proofreading and editing, but I know which direction the story was going so I still had a blast reading it. Talk about snarky shifters, these guys have it in spades. Exciting and danger filled is just a bit of what I got in this book and so much more. I love this world and was quite surprised when this book came out. I had thought for sure that the series had stopped for awhile. I was glad that I was wrong.
I had a blast reading this and can’t wait to read the next book. I can guarantee that this will be one of those stories that will be read many times over.
Blurb: Fox shifter, Kacey, always has the knack for finding trouble. But, he gets more than he bargained for when he hacks in the feline Coalition’s computers and gets caught. He’s used to his cruel Alpha and is expecting the worst to happen him. Instead, Mitchell invites him to join the Academy. Kacey is excited about the new turn his life has taken, but scared, too. He thinks he’s going to be the only Fox among a sea of felines.
As soon as Jax meets Kacey, he likes him. Jax knows how it is to be alone and scared. Jax and his friends take Kacey under their wing and show him what true friendship is about. But, Kacey is in more danger than Jax ever believed. Will Jax be able to save his new friend? Or will Kacey’s past ruin his bright future?
Review: This series is branched off from the Lost Shifters, Wayne County Wolves, Assassin’s Loyalty and Shane’s Chronicles. So I would suggest reading those books first.
Kacey has big problems, one of them is going against Carson. He thought it would be cool to screw around with the coalition, but in the end they were the ones to catch him. With his new friends, he is about to find out more about his old pack.
As usual Stephani Hecht has given us a great read, but there are some problems with the story. Mainly it is misspelled words that should have been caught early on. Other than that it is a fun story that caught my attention from the start. I get a kick out of the kids and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.
Publisher: Supernatural Script Inc. (February 8, 2018)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating:♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Nightmares, panic attacks, and studying, oh my! Jax’s life hasn’t found its new normal yet. Things have quieted some since the Assassin attack, but Jax and Alvus are still feeling the effects. Sleepless nights can lead to stupid mistakes. But going to the movies one weekend with his friends requires an armed guard – what is he, the president now? That isn’t a mistake, and if he overlooks the soldiers, it’s an amazing time. Finding out his family history starts to make Jax question who he really is until a few of the adults around him remind him that it’s not blood that counts. It’s decisions and heart.
Review: Jax is having panic attacks after what his father had done and the assassin’s attacking. He just wants to get back to normal, but then again if it did Alvus wouldn’t be sleeping with him. He had like Alvus but never expected the shifter to like him back. Boy is he in for a surprise.
I actually thought this series would focus on other characters but so far Jax is it. I am not really sure if I like it or not. This is more of a young adult type read with no sex in it. Stephani sure does have a way with her stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Even though there is no sex, there are some cuddle sessions and lots of kisses, not to mention danger involved.
I can’t really say I like this story or the series, I seem to have read it out of order and got a bit distracted. It just seems a bit dry and no I am not talking about sexy time. It is just hard to connect with the kids and their story. I guess we will have to wait to see what other future stories will come out with.
Blurb: Jax defies his father and joins with the Coalition’s Academy to train as a future soldier. But, that isn’t the only obstacle in the young Lion’s way. He is small, a dork, and the furthest thing from fighting material. He is determined to not let that get in his way. He vows to prove his father wrong and become an asset to the Coalition.
But, as his world changes, Jax begins to doubt his decision. He’s worthless when it comes to fighting. He has to adjust to life away from home, and his only friend is Ava. Will Jax’s self-doubt be his downfall, or will he be able to overcome it to become the shifter he always dreamed of?
Review: Each book in the Coalition Training Academy collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. This is a branch off of the Lost Shifter series and is a young adult type of book. Which means pretty much no sex, because they are kids.
I have read the Lost Shifters series as well as the Wayne County Wolves and Assassin’s Loyalty series, which are branch offs as well. So when I saw this I knew I had to grab it, however I did not take into consideration that the soldiers were just kids, so there was no juicy sex in it. However Stephani does not let her reader’s down.
Jax’s parents are not easy to get along with. They are shifters but his father hates that part of them. He is a mean asshat who makes Jax’s life hell. Now it is time to decide a human college or the academy. He wants to be a soldier and will do everything he can to get it. He is a surprise though, even as a lion shifter he is on the small side.
As with most kids when they make a decision, whether it is right or wrong, their hearts take on a bit. He fears that he will let the coalition down because he is small and can’t fight. However he is going to be very surprised and so will you.
I get a kick out of the characters in these stories; they are entertaining to say the least. Take Shane, he is small with an angel face, and is a skilled assassin. Never let size determine you future. I loved this story although I wished the kids were not kids, but hey cannot get everything we want. I just hope to hear about them in the future when they find their mates.
I had a lot of fun with this and cannot wait to get my hands on the next book. I would definitely recommend this story and the previous series as well.
Blurb: It’s holiday season, and the students at the Coalition Academy are excited about the upcoming break—all of them, that is, but Jax. Since the Lion shifter’s parents disowned him, Jax has no home to call his own. While his best friend Ava invited him to come home with her, Jax worries he will just be an unwanted addition to her family.
Shane, Trevor, and Ava are determined to prove Jax is anything but unwanted. They think of him as one of the family and love him. But can Jax let go of his doubts to believe that, or is he going to have a very unhappy holiday?
Review: Each book in the Coalition Training Academy collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. This is a branch off of the Lost Shifter series and is a young adult type of book. Which means pretty much no sex, because they are kids.
Ever since Jax’s family disowned him, things have been up and down for him. He needed new clothes since he has grown a bit more and Christmas was coming up. Jax knows his best friend wants him there with her and her fathers, but he is still not to sure. He also wants the boy he loves with him. So our very own fierce assassin and his family are determined to show Jax that he is not only wanted but very much loved.
This is a very cute story and a bonus was added in the end. So two short little stories to give you an added bounce to your step. Stephani has always amazed me at the worlds she creates and the characters she gives you to fall in love with. It is entertaining and very exciting, with just a hint of what could be going on behind the scenes. With a kiss there and a hug here, makes you just wish they were ready for that stage. I have always loved these books and this was no different.
I had a lot of fun with it and can guarantee that you will also.
Title: Backwoods Asylum Author: Megan Derr Series: Lost Shifters, #1 Genre: Paranormal Shifter Romance Length: Novella (60 pages) Publisher: Less Than Three Press (May 22nd 2013) Heat Level: Low Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts Blurb: Skylar is used to the way people think of him as frightening, mean, and dangerous. Snakes are not the most popular shifters around and the fact he grew up wild doesn’t help. He knows the way he’s chosen to live alone in the woods only makes things worse, but he didn’t think it meant people thought him capable of killing a couple of wolf puppies.
Determined to find the real monster who left them to die, Skylar calls up the only wolf he knows, a man he always wished would see him as more than a snake …
Review:Tams audio review from August 2014…
Skylar is a snake shifter and a loner by nature. He lives alone and secluded in the woods, it’s the way he prefers it. But his self-imposed seclusion is about to abruptly end when he wakes one night to the soft cries of a couple of wolf shifter pups. Skylar reaches out for help from the only wolf shifter he knows, Brady.
Skylar and Brady have always been uneasy around each other. Each thinking the other disliked him, when in fact it was a mutual attraction that made them unsteady. Forced into close quarters while Brady tries to figure out why the pups were dumped off at Skylar’s pond.
Presumably so the nasty snake shifter would have them as a midnight snack, the two finally get to see each other for who they really are.
This was just a fast paced, fun read with a little bit of mystery and suspense. It’s difficult to write too much about this short, as I don’t want to give everything away. Derr has a knack for writing these short stories that contain more content than a lot of full-length novels. Her characters are always three-dimensional and her stories very vivid.
Add to that the sultry voice of Paul Morey as he gives her words and characters a voice and the end result is a fantastic audible that will make the time fly by.
Updated written work review January 2015…
Most of the time reading and listening to the same book is an entirely different experience. You see or hear things you may have missed with the initial go round. Having already listened to this story I thought the suspense would be missing, but I still found myself anticipating the events of the story.
One thing I noticed more so when reading was the infatuation Brady carried for Skylar, it was completely evident to me while reading as soon as Brady stepped into Skylar’s house.
I absolutely love Megan Derr’s work, how she can take the oddest characters that you would never think of as being a lead character, much less a strong male lead, and turn them into something wonderful and believable. For so few words, there was a lot of content and character development.
If you are a fan of Shifter stories, paranormal, romance and odd types of characters then you really have to read this one!
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *
Blurb: Sometimes when you’re at your lowest, when you’re at your saddest, and just when you think that things can’t get any worse, along comes a hero to save the day and to win your heart away.
Skye has always lived life like it’s one big party. He makes his own rules, and consequences be damned. But one night when he takes things too far, his older brother steps in and demands he cleans up his act.
In comes Alden, known as one of the toughest trainers at the feline coalition, he takes on the job of turning Skye’s life around. The last thing the Tiger shifter expects is to find himself drawn to Skye, despite his bratty ways.
Will Alden be able to help save Skye from himself? Or will Skye self-destruct and shatter both of their lives?
Review:This story is part of a series and is best read in order. Skye doesn’t really give a damn about his life and tries to drink away the memories of a traumatic childhood event, but now after many lectures his brother is doing something about Skye’s behavior and signs him up with a mentor who will train him. Alden is the one the Coalition turns to when they have a difficult case, Alden is determined to get Skye up to snuff, and the last thing he would have expected to be attracted to the lion shifter.
This is a brilliant addition to The Lost Shifters series, with a messed up shifter finding something worth fighting for. Skye is Branson’s (Gage’s Awakening) brother and has been messed up with the memories of the Raven attack that killed his parents, in a last ditched attempt to get Skye clean and doing something for the Coalition Branson signs Skye up for mentor training. Skye wants to prove to everyone that he can change and throws himself into the training, but he can’t help longing after his trainer Alden. Alden finds himself impressed with the cute shifter and seriously attracted, but he won’t cross the line with Skye while he is mentoring him, but they face opposition when the mentoring is finished.
Skye and Alden are a super couple and we get to watch their courtship in the training arena. We see Skye straighten himself out wanting to prove to people that he isn’t just a f**k up and he can be an asset to the Coalition. Both Skye and Alden are great characters and they face the fall out together. They are hot and sparks fly between them and they try to do the right thing but others interfere. The storyline continues with the increasing attacks of the Raven’s, but I can’t help wonder if they have found all the lost shifters now because I haven’t seen any new rescues of them for a while.
I recommend this to those who love shifters finding love in difficult conditions, a determination to improve one’s life, hot sex and a great ending of finding peace in a family.
Blurb: Sometimes your biggest enemy can be the love of your life.
Raised in complete isolation, Raven shifter Chance knew little of the shifter world. While he realized that the Ravens were at war with feline shifters, he didn’t understand just how deep the hatred went until he took refuge with a coalition of felines – felines who sometimes seemed more likely to kill him than protect him from the Ravens hunting him. Living among his enemies, while being hated by his own kind, Chance withdraws into himself and begins to lose hope that he’ll ever be happy. To make things worse, Chance finds himself drawn to Thomas, a Lion shifter who despises all Ravens.
When Thomas is assigned to guard Chance, he’s not happy. His job is to kill Ravens, not babysit them. But as time passes, Thomas realizes he’s attracted to the shy, sweet man. But years of war against the Ravens, along with his own personal demons, lead Thomas to resist the draw he feels for Chance. Then Chance is taken captive and Thomas realizes how much his little Raven means to him. Will he find Chance in time, or will they both lose all hope of ever finding a happy ending?
Review: Stephani Hecht has done it again; she has brought us yet another sweet, sexy romance from the coalition of cat and hawk shifters.
Chance knows full well that nearly every shifter in the coalition hates him and all because he had the misfortune of being born a Raven, the coalition’s hated enemy. He just wishes that one shifter in particular would like him. Thomas is a lion shifter who despises the Ravens for what they did more than twenty years ago and for making his brother feral. But, that still doesn’t stop him from wanting the raven shifter Chance, who doesn’t smell or act like any other Raven he knows.
I loved these characters as they both have internal struggles as to what to do. Chance feels guilty because he’s a Raven and he takes a lot of crap for it but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt him. I thought he was the bigger character for it and admired him for being able to have such an open heart even after the way others treat him. Thomas understandably hates Ravens and it’s nice to see his character work through his attraction to Chance along with his guilt at that attraction (because his brother is locked in a cage due to the serum the Ravens made) and come out the other side a better shifter.
These stories don’t have to be read in order as they are easy to pick up but for you to understand everything going on it is best if you did. As there are ongoing storylines throughout, we also get to see several shifters from several of the other Lost Shifters books and I have got to admit that my favorite is Shane and he always adds a bit of danger to every book he’s in. (I love you Shane!!)
So what would I recommend? This is yet another sweet romance with danger, intrigue, hope, crossed-wires, hot men, hot sex and a happy ever after (well as much as you can when you’re fighting the Ravens), so I have to say read it, love it and adore it.