This book is # 2 in Laurann’s new series. Where book # 1 has a more serious feel because it’s setting up the world that the New Species live in. This...moreThis book is # 2 in Laurann’s new series. Where book # 1 has a more serious feel because it’s setting up the world that the New Species live in. This one has more moments of humor.
Trisha Norbert is an ER doctor. There’s an emergency in her ER. That’s when she meets Slade, who is a New Species. New Species are men made from humans spliced with animal DNA. He is a canine breed, who ends up on Trisha's exam table wounded when he’s rescued from the lab that created him. She can’t forget him and she applies to be a doctor at Homeland, the place where the New Species live. When she gets there she meets Slade again but Slade doesn't recognize her. And that’s how their story begins.
As characters, Trisha is a smart, sometimes funny woman, but at times seems a bit timid. But she’s brave when she needs to be. Slade is at time arrogant, powerful, has a sense of humor and is loyal but he can be a bit of a jerk. He also shows that he can be vulnerable. As you learn more about his background, you understand the reasons for his behavior! His character is very complex and well rounded. Harley, Brass and Moon are wonderful secondary characters, who I hope get their own books.
This was another great story from Laurann. I start one of her books and can never put it down till it’s finished. Now I just have to wait for the next book in this series which I believe will be Valiant’s story, who you meet in this book. (less)
I haven't read anything by Vivian Arend that was filled with wonderful, colorful characters. This one has just as many wonderful, quirky, free spirite...moreI haven't read anything by Vivian Arend that was filled with wonderful, colorful characters. This one has just as many wonderful, quirky, free spirited characters living in it too. Characters who you fall in love with and cheer for.
Chase is a loner due to his dual nature of shifting. And he likes it that way even if he is the default Alpha for all of the misfit shifters living in the outbacks of the north for what ever reason they shun society. But someone has to go to civilization to get supplies and that job falls to Chase. While in town he meets Shelley.
Shelley is a misfit too, a wolf who can't shift. And for that she was tormented as she grew up. Leaving her pack as soon as she hits 18 seemed to be for the best. After getting a degree as a vet returning home to the pack seems to be the right choice too. And to rejoin her sister who is with the pack is hard, but it's time for her to make peace with her life as a non shifter. Meeting Chase and having sparks of interest and attraction makes for a chance to not think about her problems with being back in town.
Chase was injured before going to town and goes to Shelley for treatment. But Shelley needs more information about what happened to Chase, so Shelley go back north with Chase and that leads to all kinds of fun with the misfit pack, trouble with bears and other ills.
I admit to loving Christmas stories in general. And this one pulls all of your emotions out of you. I laughed, cried and cheered at the end!
All Holly...moreI admit to loving Christmas stories in general. And this one pulls all of your emotions out of you. I laughed, cried and cheered at the end!
All Holly wants is to play Secret Santa like she has for the past several years. This get her through this lonely time of year. But through a series of misadventures one of her "missions" catches her in the act. But Holly is not about to let a little thing like a mission telling her no to stop her. She's going to deliver all 12 of Marcus' gifts come hell or high water or swimming pools. And there's the fact that there is something about Marcus that tugs her heart strings and makes her want something more in her life. Something like Marcus.
Marcus has lost his beloved wife a year ago and is in a bah, humbug kind of mood these days. The last thing he wants to deal with at this time of year is one of "Santa's elf" running amok on his behalf. But there is something about Holly that keeps her in his mind and starts his libido complicating matters when he's near her. In the end they both do some giving and receiving and end up with the best thing in life and that is love.
In the true tradition of Christmas stories this one leaves you feeling warm and happy and gives you the sense of peace that the important things in life are still just as important. The gift of family, friends, life and love.(less)
The story is a different take on the usual Vampire versus Slayers story, which made it enjoyable. The writing style is easy to read, but there are pla...moreThe story is a different take on the usual Vampire versus Slayers story, which made it enjoyable. The writing style is easy to read, but there are place where the plot and timeline jump around a bit, once you get past these, it’s a fun read. The cast of characters are vast and varied, with the good, the bad, the nasty and mean. You have the characters you love, hate and want to slap upside the head, just like in normal life.
Jamie is a photographer and part-time vampire slayer, since his family was killed by vampires. His assistant Glow not only works with him at his studio, but is being trained by Jamie to be a slayer as well. Jamie is at the very least in lust with Shane, America’s Top Male Model, but he thinks he may be in love too. He gets to meet Shane when Glow, who lives in the same building as Shane sets them up. Jamie doesn't like waiting for what he wants and starts to push for a steady relationship, but that’s not who Shane is. Can Jamie wait?
Shane is an orphan whose never know his father. All he has is a cross that was given to him by his mother. It is a cross that is the key to unstoppable power for the vampire who wears it. Unknown to him, he’s half vamp and comes into his power at the age of twenty five. Also unknown to him is the fact his father coming for the cross, with some help from a rival who thinks he’s helping with Shane’s downfall. This leads to a final confrontation with all of the parties there to play. Who will win and what will be the costs?
The author answers some of these questions and leaves others for you to find out about in his next book. (less)
This latest in Tara Lain's 'Ball' series is as lite and easy a read as the rest of the series is. But just like all of her books in this series, her c...moreThis latest in Tara Lain's 'Ball' series is as lite and easy a read as the rest of the series is. But just like all of her books in this series, her characters are warm, real people with the sense of community that you get from being surrounded by very good friends. And her characters have all of the same emotions, worries and angst that we all have in our lives. And just like us, they have their share of trouble with finding the loves of their lives.
In this Christmas themed story, JJ is not your average gay boy at his size. And that leads to many who are not his close friends to not understanding that he really is more queen than quarterback. So when he meets someone not out of the closet and a very macho type of man JJ tries his best to be more like Ryan. He pretends to like all things manly like sports and beer. And makes himself miserable in the process. By the time he figures out that he needs to be true to himself he figures he's ruined his chances with Ryan and that Ryan will never be comfortable enough to come out of the closet. But Ryan has his own lesson to learn about being true to himself. Can he learn it before he loses JJ?
Post Apocalyptic Western. When I read that description I wasn’t real sure what I was going to find on the pages. Add the list...moreFuture meets the Past...
Post Apocalyptic Western. When I read that description I wasn’t real sure what I was going to find on the pages. Add the list of ‘Procreation is necessary, not optional. Women are a precious commodity. Harm the earth, lose your life. If it can eat you, it will’ and all kinds of interesting combinations come to mind.
As I started to read I loved Hinto from the beginning. He’s a bounty hunter trying to collect enough bounties to get a medical treatment for his dad. And in this future/past western Hinto rides a beast, which is a meat eating horse. Which is one of the ways that Marie Harte blended things from the old west with an element you’d think to see in a post apocalyptic world. Small details like this make this new west believable.
Thais is an Amazon and is given the task of returning her Queen’s crown when it’s stolen. Being out of the Amazon puts her well out of her element, even with her abilities to take care of herself. She and Hinto meet up and he offers her his services in tracking down the thief of the crown. As an Amazon, Thais isn’t used to dealing with men. So the relationship between the two of them starts slowly as friends and continues to build to the point where you know it’s going to just combust when they both give in their need for each other.
I have always been a huge fan of Marie’s writing and it’s her building of the worlds that the characters live and the world itself that always pulls me into her books. By the time I finish one of her books I know the characters like friends and I can visualize the world they live in completely. For me, another fantastic read from Marie. (less)
The Lost Locket is the first in a series by Marie that kind of takes off where Circe's Recruits and Dawn Endeavor series ended. Members of the PWP hav...moreThe Lost Locket is the first in a series by Marie that kind of takes off where Circe's Recruits and Dawn Endeavor series ended. Members of the PWP have move to Bend, OR and are keeping busy running a gym which covers as a base of operation for their new work as civilians. The gym also lets them work off their excess psychic energies.
Keegan and James have been friends from the first time they meet, making them work partners. And they couldn’t be any more different than night and day. Keegan is the long, tall, built and buff Texas sweetheart and James is as Keegan calls him, Mr. GQ. They get sent a what is suppose to be a simple retrieval job across country to find a girl and the locket they are to bring back. And in this tale, this is where they take that next step into a stronger and more physical relationship. While this is easier for James since he’s lusted after Keegan forever and has always loved both sexes, Keegan is still fighting his attraction to James.
When they get to where they’re suppose to be to find the girl who has the item they need to retrieve, they both realize that maybe there’s suppose to be a third in their little mix. But for James, he’s knows that Rory is as wary about any relationship with the two of them as Keegan still is with the still new relationship with him.
This story is their journey past insecurities and into love. The sex scenes are the usual hotness you expect from Marie. But for me I loved the story itself, the difference in the characters in this love triangle and the evolving relationships.
While this is the first in a series, these books can stand alone and do not need to be read in any particular order. (less)
Looking at Rose is first in Qwilla’s new series called the Poker Posse. I have been waiting for this book since I first heard the concept for this ser...moreLooking at Rose is first in Qwilla’s new series called the Poker Posse. I have been waiting for this book since I first heard the concept for this series…and it didn’t disappoint at all. Now I’ll be the first to admit that is took me a bit to get comfortable with BDSM books, and I now enjoy books with liter BDSM in them. This book I loved!
What are five Southern Belle Mamas suppose to do when their daughters are still living at home and there’s not a prospect of a groom in sight? This is the question of the night at the ladies poker night. Where can they find a groom for their girls? Why at The Omen, the local BDSM club in town.
Rose and her four girlfriends are spending a quiet night lamenting the lack of suitable men in their lives. So where can five singles girls find the right men for them? Why at the local BDSM club in town The Omen of course!
So what happens when Mamas and Daughters all wind up at the same BDSM club on the same night? You’ll need to read this and find out. Oh, and watch out for Mama Rae…
One of the things I truly loved about this book was the characters; both the mamas and daughters were warm and well rounded people. The story was well written, focusing as much on the relationships between all of the women and the element and D/s relationship that forms when Rose finds the man she can see spending her life with.
Now I just have to wait to see how the rest of the ladies fare…I can’t wait! (less)
This Eternal series of books are a bit different than her previous ones. There has been more of a dark edge to the two I have read. If you like Sherri...moreThis Eternal series of books are a bit different than her previous ones. There has been more of a dark edge to the two I have read. If you like Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter books, I think you’ll find the same type of bite to this series of Nina’s. A darkness and a sense of foreboding with these evil doers, Immortals from a different place. It’s different enough too with the guys being dinosaurs of various kinds. And yes I did the same as all of you will; I looked them up on the web to see what they looked like. I loved that Nina added a bit Mayan lore and doomsday with dinos, vamps and immortals. And just think a group of eleven and then there’s Seir. Maybe Zero just needs a women’s touch too? And what about the panther, Balan? Is that really his animal self or is there a human soul lurking under that fur? After 2 books I have some and more questions I need answers to (like Jenna) and I’m going to die waiting for the rest of the books.(less)
I am always waiting for Tara's next book set in Laguna Beach. While this one isn't part of the "Balls" series, it still has the same great quirky char...moreI am always waiting for Tara's next book set in Laguna Beach. While this one isn't part of the "Balls" series, it still has the same great quirky characters that all of the books in this setting do. And that is what I love most about these books. The sense of community and friends that live in these books.
A troubled childhood has Micah living his life under tight health conscious control, not leaving much room for other's non-healthy life styles. After a crap-tastic day of his best customers coming to his raw food store with (gasp) cupcakes, finding his boyfriend in his bed with someone not him and kicking him out..well maybe it's time to go to an Anti-Valentine's day party and drown his sorrows in some organic wine.
Quentin with his Grandma Mary Beth have just moved to Laguna Beach from the South, where gay gentlemen don't come out to anyone. Even their very loving, hip Grandmas. And starting over with a cupcake bakery using Mary Beth's recipes, he still thinks he needs to keep his secret. Which he has always hidden using a drag persona named Queen. And it's as Queen he attends and catches the eye of Micah at the Anti-Valentine party.
What follows are misunderstandings, blackmail, re-evaluations of beliefs and reveling of secrets on a path to love. This is just a sweet story that touches your heart, like all of Tara's stories do. Her characters are warm, real people who are learning life lesson as you read their journeys to their happily ever after. (less)
Fortune’s Favor is the fourth in Marie Harte’s Power Up series of psychically enhanced agents for the government.
A year after the program is disbanded...moreFortune’s Favor is the fourth in Marie Harte’s Power Up series of psychically enhanced agents for the government.
A year after the program is disbanded; the former government agents are all working in a gym in Bend, OR. Funded by an unknown benefactor, they’re sent on jobs to retrieve stolen artifacts that have psychic or mystical ability.
Nathan is the playboy, whose sex life is a revolving door of men. But with his history, he doesn’t want to get too close to anyone. And he’s been lusting after someone in his unit for sometime now, but he’s not gay, so there’s no hope there. With his ability to read items with a touch, he has to be careful not to absorb too much from the things that surround him
Avery is a by the book, always in charge kind of guy. Bi-sexual, he’s never really hidden that fact, and he’s eyed Nathan for awhile now, but with no intention of becoming part of that long list of men hopping in and out of Nathan’s bed. But he’s seen into the future and knows that he and Nathan get together, but as just lovers for a short time or more like he wants, that’s the part he can’t see.
Sent as partners on a mission to retrieve a mystically evil knife, a knife that calls for blood, this sends them back to Nathan’s home town. And into the pain of his past to find his Uncle who now has the knife in his possession, the Uncle who abused him while he was growing up. And along the way partners become more than that, they become lovers. And as Avery helps Nathan deal with the pain of his past, they move past partners, lovers, and friends and into love.
I fell in love with both of these characters. They are both so real and believable, Nathan with his easy going charm and Avery’s by the book orderly life. You knew that Avery was the perfect man to help Nathan through his past trauma with both order and love. (less)
I love every book in this series as well as the companion series. Joyee had done it again with this one. Her characters are so real, I feel like each...moreI love every book in this series as well as the companion series. Joyee had done it again with this one. Her characters are so real, I feel like each and everyone of them are family and friends. In this story I laughed and I cried. There were bittersweet moments, then happy tears. Travis and Emmett have a long, hard journey to their happy ending and going with them is a pleasure. Watching them travel the road to their HEA with the decisions, both good and bad, over coming the odds against them, having to admit to mistakes made by both made them come alive on the pages. I loved watching their relationship evolve into them becoming a family of their own. The secondary characters are just as much fun to read about and I'm hoping several of them get their own book and HEA too. I just want all of the related series to go on for every! Well done Joyee!(less)
We've all read those books with characters that we fall in love with and when the book is done, we wonder what happened to? In this novella, we get th...moreWe've all read those books with characters that we fall in love with and when the book is done, we wonder what happened to? In this novella, we get the next part of Jen and Shane. In this story we get to find out how deep their love is and what they're willing to sacrifice for each other because of that love.
While reading this my heart ached for both of them, I could feel emotions for both of their sides of the issue facing them. Would you be willing to not prevent even the smallest chance of preventing a return of Jen's cancer? Would you ever ask the man you love to give up a part of who he is and was when you met him to keep him safe for you? These are the questions Shane and Jen have to answer.
I do recommend reading Because of You first to get the first part of Shane and Jen's story. I loved this story. Well done Jessica! (less)
This is Dana's book number two in the Halle Shifters series. I had to wait a long time for #2 to come out. But that gave me time to read the Halle Pum...moreThis is Dana's book number two in the Halle Shifters series. I had to wait a long time for #2 to come out. But that gave me time to read the Halle Pumas series. And I do think you need to read all of the Halle books before reading this to understand who everyone is and their what relationships are to everyone else. For me, no book is a stand alone.
Now what I truly love about all of these books are the very quirky characters. Also the very small hometown, everybody knows your business (whether or not you want them to) feel to these characters. Now to wait for the next one.(less)
I want to move to Lucky Harbor. That is how well written this entire series has been. Each and every book is like coming home to visit old friends. Ev...moreI want to move to Lucky Harbor. That is how well written this entire series has been. Each and every book is like coming home to visit old friends. Every character has real depth, which makes them like the real people you know and love. I hope this series continues for a very long time.(less)