Earth is the new addition to the Intergalactic Dating Agency's list. The planet it apparently filled with single women waiting for that special guy, tEarth is the new addition to the Intergalactic Dating Agency's list. The planet it apparently filled with single women waiting for that special guy, that Mr Right. Women who apparently aren't that picky about Mr Right not being human. So the powers that be at the IGDA are starting to accept applications of aliens of male sex from around the universe to be matched with human women.
Cutlass or whatever the hell his true (long) name is, is the first, and he's matched with Chloe who managed to beat "the rush", since female applications have also started pouring in. They have two weeks to make it work, and then it's mate or bust.
I simply adored this story. Adored it to bits. The MCs were wonderful, and funny (especially with the whole culture and language barrier thingy), Cutlass was just perfect (oh, my), Chloe and her inner monologues quirky as heck, the story was super cute, and super hot (oh, my), and the length spot on.
Piers's been loving his stay in The Pack House, since he doesn't have to hide his true nature anymore, and he loves to fight. But there's something moPiers's been loving his stay in The Pack House, since he doesn't have to hide his true nature anymore, and he loves to fight. But there's something more keeping him content in the MMA-style underground fighting club. The club's doctor, Jane, the woman Piers, and his dragon, cannot stay away from. Pity, she doesn't want nothing to have with him...Or does she?
Jane's been fixing up fighters for a long time, and she knows she'd keep doing it for a long time more. She doesn't allow distractions, she doesn't allow the wolf shifters, hyped up on pheromones in the air, to affect her, but there's a dragon shifter that keeps getting underneath her skin. Why can't he act all cave-man like the rest of the fighters do? Why does he have to be charming, and suave? And why can't she stop thinking about him?
But there's something fishy going on, and Jane soon finds herself as pawn in a game the owner of the club, Jane's owner, plays. But the man's too stupid to know he's playing with fire. Literally.
The characters were engaging, I especially loved Piers, the dragon in wolf's clothing in human's clothing, and Jane was just perfect for him, a damsel with a core of steel, the action was intense (the last, fiery showdown was gripping), the romance kept the right balance between naked and non-naked action ;), and though the pacing wasn't flawless, the story flowed nicely.
Though I didn't particularly like the inclusion of a dragon shifter, feeling it was more an element that's been ticked off a list than a necessary addition to this series in the previous book, I actually liked it in this book—it worked just right—and I wish to see more dragons like Piers in possible future books (but knowing it's impossible, since he's one of a kind dragon raised by the wolves). We can't have it all.
But what we do have (this book) is wonderful....more
There's dispute between packs over an old contract promising a shewolf, and Thaus is called to broker it. Which is unusual, since he's not exactly knoThere's dispute between packs over an old contract promising a shewolf, and Thaus is called to broker it. Which is unusual, since he's not exactly known for his diplomacy, and more about his rage, silence, and making things that go ka-boom. Then it turns out the shewolf is an Omega, and Thaus is more than ready to accept. Because no one hurts an Omega, and no one makes her do something against her will.
Ariel has been through hell and back and is determined never to be owned by anyone. Unfortunately, she might not have much of a say in the matter since the Alpha of the neighboring pack has set his eyes on her. But before she can contemplate running, the fates intervene...In the dark, hulking form of her mate.
What a ride. Ms Leigh has yet to make a wrong move in this series. This fourth installment was particularly intense and particularly heartbreaking due to the topic.
I loved Thaus, I loved Ariel, and I loved these two together. And I loved their story, how this hulking behemoth of a man, the scary f***** from the last few books turned into a tender, caring, gentle hulking behemoth of a man for one woman and one woman only. The angel to his demon. I'm not closer to understanding the rage inside the man, I was hoping of getting some answers as to his freaky outbursts in the previous books, but maybe I just wasn't paying attention. Or maybe it was the noise that got to him, since he obviously preferred silence and solitude. Oh, well, it doesn't matter. I loved the guy. Ariel was also a force to be reckoned with. Her inner strength, her stubbornness to stay alive no matter what, that core of steel that shone through no matter what panic or fear she felt, was humbling to read about. Both heartbreaking and empowering. We only get to read her "censured" thoughts and recounts of what she's been through, but even those brief glimpses are horrifying in their realism. It wasn't a fictional recount, it could happen in real life (it probably is). It could happen to anyone, and anybody should be so lucky to get through an ordeal like that with just a smidgen of sanity. And the way they fit together...At first, after getting to know Thaus' rage-filled outbursts and outright brutality, I had no idea how this pairing could possibly work, but turns out it did, because Thaus isn't always "Thaus angry", he has a softer side, a side not many (if any at all) knew about. He's loyal to a fault, which his brothers know, but I had no idea he could be such a marshmallow. Ariel truly brought out the best in him. God bless the woman. Their love story, because I cannot categorize it any other way, was beautiful to read, sweet, sad, heart-rendering, and hot in equal measure. I loved every aspect of it.
Now, the suspense was intense. One could feel it in the air, shimmering, circling, waiting to strike. It was a palpable force, always there, keeping the characters on the edge. And when the enemy struck, although the action scenes didn't pack quite the punch as in the previous books, since they happened on the sidelines, that final leap (literal) off the cliff truly was chilling. Vivid, intense, gripping. It felt like I was there, and that's how you write action scenes.
P.S. I'm looking forward to the next three books. I hope there will be the next three books. I want to read more about Phego (which is, according to the end of this book, next...when?! when?!), I'm thinking Deus follows, since he barely (and for the first time in the flesh) made an appearance in this one, and Luc, the boss, is probably the last (please, please, write about Luc, Ms Leigh). I can't wait for that last one, because I'm thinking the final battle will be the battle to end all battles. With as much foreshadowing about the seven only fighting together a few times, when it truly meant the difference between life or death, I bet that final book will feature such a situation. We're talking about the Dires here, and Luc being their de facto Alpha. I mean, c'mon, it can't be anything else. Oh, please, please, please, make it so. I'm fangirling already....more
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He came, he saw, he conquered.
Killian O'Shea never expected to find his mate the minute he walked into The Gathering, but there she was. Unfortunately, her Alpha had other plans for Lyra, but the idiot soon learned there is no stepping between Killian and his mate.
This was such a cute little story, it brought a smile to my face. It was short, yet sweet, sexy and hot. I loved Killian to bits, the guy was a hoot, especially when he showed the mating mark Lyra put on him (I still grin at the memory), and Lyra, although she didn't make quite the impression her mate did (although we looked to half of the story through her eyes), was obviously perfect for him.
A year ago, Jameson met his mate. Unfortunately, he was too late, and she was already dead. But that didn't prevent him from fantasizing, sometimes evA year ago, Jameson met his mate. Unfortunately, he was too late, and she was already dead. But that didn't prevent him from fantasizing, sometimes even hallucinating about her. The only thing preventing him from joining her in the afterlife, though, is his final mission. Find the missing Omegas, rescue them...And then, he can go be with his mate.
Aoife, being a necromancer, is used to seeing things that aren't there. Or there are, but she's the only one to see them. But the mystery man haunting her dreams for the past year is a different story. He doesn't appear to be dead, and he most assuredly isn't real, just a figment of her imagination, but he's driving her crazy. In good and in bad ways. But there's no time to think about her fantasy lover, she's on a mission, crossing the country with her best friend, who's seen the future and it's not good. So he's enlisted Aoife's help in warning whomever they need to warn about the impending war.
Unfortunately, war has already started when she gets there, and her mystery man is smack dab in the middle of it...
Sure, the series might not have started off that well (plot-wise), but it sure did go out with a bang. I loved every second of the last three books (the second part of the series), but this one will have a special place in my heart. The grand finale, the climax, where all the loose ends were tied up in a nice bow, and everything came together in one hell of a final showdown.
While this was (supposed to be) Jameson and Aoife's story, their relationship took backseat to the main series arc (the reason for the missing Omegas) and the final offensive (since it wasn't just one battle). And I didn't really mind that the main pair didn't play first fiddle, because honestly, I didn't really care. Ever since the cliffhanger-y end of Claiming His Fire I wanted to see that final battle, I wanted to read how it would all end, and frankly, Jameson and Aoife were slightly in the way. Everything that didn't have to do with the action, all the romance, the angst, the worrying, everything got in the way. Because. I. Wanted. To. See. How. It. Ended. And boy, did I see it. That final battle was intense, bite-your-nails, edge-of-your-seat, hold-on-for-dear-life action, so vividly depicted, I could imagine it, see it in my mind's eye. And I couldn't stop reading, couldn't stop turning the pages. It was so intense, that the truly last fight, the fight to the death between two wolves, was rather anticlimactic after everything that happened.
And then Amber, the air witch that I disliked ever since she appeared in Claiming His Witch, stole the show. And everything suddenly made sense, which is the benefit of hindsight, I guess. Her entire story, we got to read, was one big foreshadowing of her fate and the fate of those around her. She knew what was going to happen, she knew the future of her sisters, all four paths, apparently, and she'd done everything in her power to make the future she knew was the best happen. She even knew her own future (every vision was obscured by smoke, for Pete's sake!), and she still did what she did. The knowledge must have been excruciating, and the courage it took for her to accomplish her destiny extraordinary. That last conversation between her and Aoife, broke my heart with its glimpse of what could've been if things happened differently. God, I still tear up a little. That secret of her red thread that didn't happen...Oh.
Sorry to say, that last "romantic" scene (post-battle) between Jameson and Aoife didn't fit. It somehow belittled everything that happened before. Yes, I know, a happy ending was a must after all the heartbreak and intense action, but the story could've easily ended with Aoife's awakening, and left it there. That last scene should've been part of a newsletter freebie like the Homecoming chapter of Savage Surrender. But that's just my opinion.
Ignoring that last complaint, I absolutely loved this story. Action-packed, heart-breaking, intense and gripping, it pulled me in from the start. A true page-turner and a perfect ending to the series....more
Scarlett, having lived through betrayal, and by family to boot, has no intention of leaving anything to Fate. She's cWhat the hell just happened???!!!
Scarlett, having lived through betrayal, and by family to boot, has no intention of leaving anything to Fate. She's capable of making her own decisions. She's capable of choosing a man for herself, she doesn't need any red threads. And she has no intention of succumbing to a possible red thread crossing her path. No!
That's what Shadow of the Feral Breed hears when he meets his mate. No! But, being quite used to rejection and keeping his feelings hidden, he doesn't show how much her rejection hurts. If the woman doesn't want him, he's not about to force her. He's more than willing to leave town, and leave her be...But what if she doesn't want to let him be? What if Fate is stronger than anything else?
This series is getting better and better. And the stories are getting better and better as well. Stories, characters, conflict, reactions, interactions...And now we have suspense joining the fray. For reals. Yay!
I loved Shadow, yes, I know, I love (most) wolfies in this series, I can't help it. Where can I get one? He was such a gentleman, so kind, polite, and with impeccable manners, that completely belayed the beasts (yes, plural!) that moved underneath his skin. I like it when protective wolves come out to play, but that last shift...Ooh, boy, tingles all the way. But as much as I loved Shadow, despite his top-secret crap (he can keep secrets) and his martyr complex (he's been dealt one bad hand too many in his life), I really disliked Scarlett at the beginning. The way she acted toward him, toward anybody that might want to come close, actually, the way she pushed people away...I felt she went to far in her bitchiness. She wasn't distrusting and jittery, she was downright mean at times, and it quickly started to jar with the story. Whenever she was in a scene, the natural flow of the story stopped. But once she snapped out of her funk, it was all smooth sailing.
In the character, their interactions and romance department that is. Everything else wasn't as smooth. And I loved the hell out of it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about story elements, flow, voice, or pacing. That was great all around. I'm talking about the bumps the story brought along, the bigger picture slowly, but surely forming, yet still eluding. The suspense came out to play and it brought the big guns. That solitary scene from Claiming His Beauty came out to haunt Beast (and this reader), providing a short reprieve, but that lucky retrieval was just the calm before a storm. The entire story, the whole series before this one, was one hell of calm before a storm. Until chapter twenty rolled along (aptly subtitled and so it begins...) when all hell broke loose, along with a fiery tornado...And then abruptly ended, prompting the exclamation that is written at the beginning of this review.
I was all goose-bumpy and ready to fight when it all ended. Thank the Goddess I have the next book on my Kindle and I don't have to wait to read it. Binge-reading is sometimes a blessing.
As I was saying...Now we're talking. Great characters, lovely romance, engaging story, wonderful pacing, a whole lot of foreshadowing, intriguing suspense and mystery, and one hell of a fightus-interruptus at the end. I can't wait to see what happens next. God, I'm goose-bumpy all over again....more
When Amber, the air witch, shows him a glimpse of a woman, Beast of the Feral Breed knows she's his mate. Even only a vision of her calls to him, beckWhen Amber, the air witch, shows him a glimpse of a woman, Beast of the Feral Breed knows she's his mate. Even only a vision of her calls to him, beckons him. But he knows he can't have her. He's too late, she's lost to him, because the woman in the vision is pregnant.
His wolf close to the surface, suffering as much as the man is, Beast takes off, running away from the vision, and his desire...But Fate would not be deterred, for he runs straight to his mate...And there is no way he'd run away again, for Amber and her vision was right, his mate needs him...
Most of the time waiting is a pain, but sometimes it pays off handsomely and with interest. This is what happened with this series. Waiting for a good story, searching for plot amid "mating scenes" paid off with this book. With Beast's story.
I had a feeling he'd make the perfect hero when he first appeared in this series, and my gut wasn't wrong. Boy, was it right. Beast was everything I want from a romance hero. Tall, dark, handsome, scarred both way, but with an inner beauty, strength, and honor that make you stagger. He was protective, and hulking, without getting overbearing or forceful, the wolf and man completely in tune, working together to keep their mate safe, to gain and keep their mate's trust. If only there was such a man in real life. Gentle, caring, protective, a complete marshmallow on the inside (reading the epilogue almost made me melt), utterly belaying his somewhat scary "cover" of scars, tattoos, and piercings. The contrast between a man's looks and his true nature was beautifully presented in this story, with a perfect counterpoint to our darling Beast.
I adored him, and I adored his mate for bringing out the best in her man, while also making him see he was worthy of anything he might want or desire. Calla truly was a perfect match for Beast, protective, resilient, and quite self-sufficient despite all life piled on her. She deserved a second chance, they both did, and they found each other to gain that second chance.
I can't tell you how happy I was for Calla to be pregnant, because that "obstacle" truly made the story come through, and the characters shine. I like the so-called mating scenes as much as the next gal, but damn, I was glad those took the back seat to the incredible love story between Beast and Calla. For once we didn't have to go through the "we're mates, of course we love each other without never before meeting, let's fuck like bunnies for the rest of the story" spiel, but really got to know both characters, what made them tick, and see what drew one to the other, why they were worthy of having each other as mates, why they were compatible beside the peg-fits-in-the-hole thing.
There wasn't much suspense in this one, except for a brief glimpse into wider arc about the disappearing Omegas, and the whole local shifter pack doing bad things in the woods. I would've liked a more solid ending to the whole daddy issue, not knowing where the bastards is leaves a loose thread that's too ominous for my liking, but it's more a peeve than a complaint.
The story worked, from the first page to the last, the characters were great, their circumstances believable, the interactions wonderful, and the pacing was absolutely perfect. Not a step off, if you ask me. I would like for the next books in the series (I'm glad Savage Surrender wasn't a fluke) to follow the same path. I want more story. I need more story.