Deadly Secrets by Savannah Hartley

Title: Deadly Secrets

Series: Dark Kings of Eternity 01

Author: Savannah Hartley

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal/Alternate World, Shape-Shifter, Vampires, Werewolves

Length: Super Novel (354pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (21st January 2012)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Jamie Dexson is like any other twenty year old boy–with one exception. He passes himself off as a girl. His ruse is necessary. Deadly secrets put him in danger, and life is about to get even more complicated.

Jamie Dexson is like any other twenty year old boy–with one exception. He’s been passing himself off as a girl for four years.

Fleeing from a dangerous situation, the ruse is necessary. Jamie and his mother have been on the run, but when Jamie’s disguise becomes more trouble than it’s worth, he has to decide if leaving it behind will free him from the arms of a predator seeking to make Jamie his.

From a life of deciding which heels to wear with what outfit, Jamie falls into a world of dragons, vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters. And he discovers he’s one of them… but doesn’t know which one.

CONTENT ADVISORIES: This title contains scenes of rape or near rape and a “to be continued” ending.

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Review: I sit here as I write this trying desperately not to run off to a corner and sulk. Why, you ask?  Well, it’s simple really… it’s all the ending’s fault;  I have to wait for the next book, Deadly Skies, to get answers, that I want now.   So, here I am desolate, needing to read the next book and I’ve got zip about when it will be out because Savannah Hartley is still writing it. (*pout*)

Jamie is a boy pretending to be a girl, because his mum asked him to because they were in danger.  So for the last four years he’s been a girl; he has had to act like a girl, talk like a girl, and walk like a girl and essentially be a girl. Now though his secret has been discovered by Asa, a quite boy from one of his classes.  As he and Asa become friends secrets come out on both sides.  To make matters worse, Jamie discovers the truth about why he’s in hiding. Jamie gets an admirer in the shape of Aidan the most popular and sexy boy in college and although Jamie puts him off because he’s not really a girl it doesn’t stop the attraction he feels for him.

This has got to be one of the most complex and utterly deceptive books that I have ever read.   The details are introduced slowly and slotted in here and there.   There are some things that sneak up on you and you end up having ‘oh duh’ moments. The story is mainly about Jamie and his everyday life living as a girl.  The author drops hints about why he’s in disguise slowly, teasing us and making us want more.  Then we discover other secrets and I will now never be able to look at tomato soup in the same light ever again. We get Jamie’s diary entries here and there which add a bit of insight into Jamie the boy and there is no sex but some scorching kisses. Even getting to the end of the book I don’t think we have discovered all the secrets and surprises that involve Jamie.

As other characters are introduced and as we find out the truth about them, the story becomes more complex.   You try to figure out just what is going on and who is behind what. Is everything as it seems or is Jamie being lied to again? What exactly is the truth? And just what the hell is Jamie? Now I know what you’re going to say, what about the ‘rape’ aspect… well that’s something that is referred to and then the rapist gets what he deserves… twice!! So although it is a disturbing aspect just remember payback is a bitch called Jamie.

My recommendation is this… you have got to read this book if you like the paranormal even a little bit.  because you have different shifter types, magic, other dimensions, a mystery of who and what Jamie is, it’s humorous and you know there will be a fantastic sequel… Oh, and in case you were wondering, Asa and Ethan get a story of their own, as well.   *squee* So a quick note to Savannah Hartley… write faster!!



Transcend by West Thornhill

Title: Transcend

Series: Fillmore  Agency 01

Author: West Thornhill

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal/Alternate World, Shape-Shifter

Length: Super Novel (392pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (21st January 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: When Gael escapes life spent as a sadist’s sex slave, he finds a world he never knew existed. Jason, inexplicably drawn to this untrusting man, has secrets of his own. Will Gael overcome his insecurities or will his past return to destroy everything?

When Gael Astley escapes life spent as a sadist’s sex slave, his rescuer introduces him to a world he never knew existed. He quickly discovers he has the powers of telepathy and telekinesis, but is confused about what this means for this life. With the help of the one person he knows he can trust, Gael embarks on an intense training regime that ultimately leads to a new career as an agent for Fillmore, a top-secret paranormal group.

Jason Phillips, a member of the Fillmore team, has secrets of his own. Though he tries to keep his distance from Gael, the two men are drawn together like moths to flame. Will Gael overcome his own insecurities and see the possibilities offered or will his past come back to destroy him?

CONTENT ADVISORY: This title contains scenes of rape. Readers with a history of rape or sexual abuse may find this story disturbing.

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Review: This book is West Thornhill’s first published work and it is brilliant. Gael is rescued by Rick who works for the Fillmore Agency.   After therapy and training, Gael joins the Fillmore Agency himself.  When he meets up with his new team-mates, Tink and Jason, he has an instant attraction to Jason. Unfortunately, Jason has been hurt in the past, causing him to doubt his initial reaction to Gael. When his beast gets too hard to control, he goes away for the weekend. Only then, does he finally come to terms with what his beast has been trying to telling him.

This is an incredible first published work.  There’s a lot that goes on, but you never lose focus of what is going on. I won’t go into too much detail, because, as I said, a lot goes on.  So I will try to keep this short. Gael has had a horrific time before he was rescued by Rick.  He has some psychological problems that he is still trying to work through.  although his relationship with Jason sets him back a bit at first, Jason has to get a tight grip of his beast as the beast doesn’t understand what Gael has gone through and because of that Gael now doubts how Jason really sees him.

This is quite a complex story, as in the various different characters that play a part and how they become involved (there will be another 4 books in the series with these characters) and they keep the story interesting. The opening of the book is really good as we get the foundations of the Fillmore Agency and its background straight away. This book is also unique in the aspect that the Agency isn’t the characters sole purpose in life and they all have outside jobs which they enjoy.

The relationship between Gael and Jason doesn’t run smoothly, but the sex is incredible between them.  They have a lot to work through as a couple, but they seem to be well suited. I must admit that at times it seemed as though when working on a Fillmore case they seemed to keep Gael out of the loop or not discuss what was going on but then I realized that they were just going over the same info and hadn’t got any further so that was why it seemed like that.

There are some aspects of this book, which will be disturbing for people.  I can tell you it doesn’t go into too much detail.  The psychological effects on some of the characters are not down played or over the top, the author has tastefully broached a terrible subject and shows all the characters in good light with how they handle it.

So who to recommend this one to??? Well, if you like paranormal, secret agency, great characters, an interesting story, fantastic sex, a good idea of what will happen in the next book and a happy ending for Jason and Gael then this is the book for you.



Bayou Dreams by Lynn Lorenz

Title: Bayou Dreams

Series: Rougaroux Social Club

Author: Lynn Lorenz

Genre: LGBT Paranormal Shape-shifter

Length: Novel

Publisher: Loose Id

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:   ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:  Sheriff Scott Dupree’s got more problems than he can handle. He’s alpha of his small werewolf pack and coming up for re-election as sheriff in a year. On top of this, his mother is casting love spells to find Scott a mate. It’s all Scott can do to keep the town and pack under control, let alone his urges to mate.

Ted Canedo is openly gay, a disgraced ex-cop from New Orleans. His patrol partner was killed on duty and Ted took the blame for taking protection money from the store owner to save his partner’s wife and kids’ grief. No one knew Ted was in love with his partner, not even his partner. Having him die in Ted’s arms killed something inside Ted too.

When the moon is full and Scott’s momma works her magic, Ted’s erotic dreams and his work as a PI bring him to St. Jerome and sexy, straight Scott. Scott’s stunned to learn his wolf is gay and wants to mate with Ted. Ted refuses to become involved with a straight man, much less a werewolf, terrified to risk his heart again.

Especially if it he has to watch Scott fight to the death for his right to claim Ted as his mate.

Review: I enjoyed this book and thank Lynn Lorenz for producing a shifter story where both mates try to fight the pull and that made it enjoyable to read.

Scott is disbelieving of his Maman, she’s cast a love spell to bring him his perfect mate, only it’s back fired as she never specified the sex of his mate. Ted is gob smacked, can this really be happening to him again, he’s falling for another straight man and he finds out that it’s not of his own choice.

I loved this book as both these men do try to fight their attraction, they both try to be reasonable, and they both try to convince themselves that the spell has been broken and that they can get on with their lives without the other, we can see it’s a losing battle and that’s why I enjoyed it so much.

Yes, I know some of you will say ‘but it’s gay for you’ but the thing is it isn’t.   Just because Scott is straight doesn’t mean his wolf has to be and what a wolf wants he gets, so Scott had to man up and accept the fact that he was gay, just because he never had the urge for a man before makes no difference.

All the various characters in this book are well developed and each seemed to add something more to the story from Darcy the artist to Billy the deputy, hopefully we will be seeing more of all the characters.

So I say read and enjoy.