This book continues on and is Billy’s story. Billy is the foreman of the ranch and has been finding it difficult to watch Cole and Jonah blissfully ha...moreThis book continues on and is Billy’s story. Billy is the foreman of the ranch and has been finding it difficult to watch Cole and Jonah blissfully happy. His attitude has forced Cole to send him on a “vacation” to the city. He doesn’t want to go and ends up at a bar, however when he gets disgusted with the games most of the guys seem to be into, he leaves but sees a young man sitting in the rain. On impulse he offers him a ride and lets him have his hotel room for the night.
However, he suspects Levi is a shifter, and he admits he’s been injured by a cat. Billy offers him a job on the farm and takes him home. Cole flips because Levi is a mountain lion and his wolf is not happy, however Billy makes him see that Cole would take in a stray, so why not Levi? However Billy is determined to stay clear and not take advantage of the young man.
After a month, Levi’s had enough, and the predator comes out, which is right up Billy’s alley. He still doesn’t want to admit there is more to it, but just when things are heating up, Levi is arrested for murdering his former boss. After Cole freaks out, again, they determine to do what they can to help him out, even going against an entire bigoted town, only Jonah’s mother, who let her second husband and son abuse Jonah and things shifters are sinful, seems to have gotten to know Levi and may be having a change of heart.
Once again, it was a bit of a role reversal, where the younger man was the more aggressive predator, and the older man was the prey, and wanted it that way. When Levi got all alpha-cat (?), and stalking Billy it was very hot. I still held a grudge against Jonah’s mother for allowing Jonah to be treated as he was when he was young, but I suppose… LOL I have the ability to hold a grudge against judgmental asshole parents for a long time.
So this kind of followed a similar theme to the first book, but it was a fun read that kept me entertained. I’m quite looking forward to the next book which I believe is Jonah’s slutty flamboyant cousin Tristan and Cole’s “straight” PI friend who helped cleared Levi. There is much more to Tristan than meets the eye, so it should be fun to see that.(less)
I liked parts of this book but others didn’t work quite so well for me. Matt is a dog shifter and he comes home early to find his boyfriend, a cat shifter hair stylist/model leaving with his friend. It seems Jason got a job as a model in London, but Matt always said he didn’t want to leave town and travel, so Jason is pursuing his dream. Matt’s sexy neighbor overhears the big moment and is sympathetic. After allowing Matt to wallow for a few days, Chase invites Matt over for dinner. Matt is torn, he feels a bit guilty he hasn’t been friendlier to his neighbor since he moved in a year ago, and he finds him sexy as well.
The part I liked best was the break-up. That sounds bad, but I thought it was handled well. Matt was hurt, especially realizing that Jason was cheating on him most likely, but he also respected that Jason had to pursue his dreams and didn’t hold a grudge and wished him well. No big dramatic screaming matches or battles, just kind of a sad good-bye which is a nice change from psycho dramatic break-ups. I also thought Matt’s reaction, to hide away for a bit was well depicted. Who doesn’t want to curl up and lick their wounds after being dumped?
However I found his attraction to his neighbor rather jarring. Supposedly he’d been in love with Jason right up until a few days ago, and sure, he kind of noticed his neighbor was hot, but while they talked about moving slowly, it just went really fast in my opinion. I did like the description of Matt who was an Alsatian, with white hair … everywhere. :-) And Chase was an unusual shifter, I’ll not spoil it what kind though. I think I would have liked to see another few chapters where Chase and Matt become friends first rather than hopping straight into a sexual relationship only days after Matt was dumped.
Despite what I perceived as a rather quick ending, I liked Matt as a character who acted like a mature grown-up facing a sucky situation at Christmas. There’s not a lot of emphasis on the Christmas part either, so if you are burned out on holiday family reunions and gift-giving(less)
As a reader, I do adore shifter stories and this was significantly different. I found it fascinati...moreThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews
As a reader, I do adore shifter stories and this was significantly different. I found it fascinating and sweet. Kaanan is a leopard shifter who spends most of his time in his natural leopard form protecting the jungle and the other animals. This means mostly taking care of poachers. However this time there was a young man with them who escaped, he tracks him down to find him ill from eating poisonous mushrooms, and much as he thinks he should just let the guy die, or at least put him out of his misery, he helps him. Before long they are trying to communicate, both speaking different language, and even after he reveals his true form to the boy Deshi (young man I suppose), he is accepted and Deshi instigates a more intimate relationship.
What is different is that even while Kaanan is in human form, he’s still more animal than human. His disdain for humans was rather humourous. He considers them stupid, beneath him and a thorn in his side. He’s a little confused as to why he allows Deshi to stay, but can’t help liking the boy and enjoying his time with him teaching him to survive. Even when humans come presumably searching for either the dead poachers or Deshi, and Kaanan tries to do the right thing, he doesn’t want to let Deshi go.
The story is told from Kaanan’s point of view, so sometimes his confusion at Deshi’s human behaviour was quite amusing to watch. When Deshi is angry with him and thinks he wanted to send him away, he doesn’t understand that if Deshi wants to stay, why is he pushing him away. Very much that animalistic brain that sees things in black and white and doesn’t get pouting or anger. The speech patterns and even the thoughts are pretty simplistic. He is there to protect the jungle and Deshi and eat and hunt and be a leopard. That’s his life, simple, no confusion.
So while he is a shifter who can change at will, he’s not the suave shifter of most m/m romance who’s a lawyer by day and runs in the woods once in a while. This is a whole other species that keeps the animal quite close to the surface. It was a nice change and his growing love of Deshi was kind of sweet and adorable as he accepts the human as his mate in the jungle, and his need to protect him as he does the leopards was very cute. Once in a while I thought Kaanan’s thoughts kind of seemed a bit “modern” for someone who has rarely seen human civilization (Would he know Deshi weighed 100 pounds, or what a pound was?), but I just put that aside and enjoyed it. It was a nice change of pace from the usual shifter fare.(less)
I just didn't connect with this one for some reason. Nothing particularly wrong with it, I just felt a bit like I didn't care all that much. There was...moreI just didn't connect with this one for some reason. Nothing particularly wrong with it, I just felt a bit like I didn't care all that much. There was lots of world building thrown in with little bits about nasty shifters and I wasn't sure how Mikael got out the word and where all the people on the farm came from beyond the fact that he took in shifters. I'm also curious in books set in foreign countries, what language are they speaking. This was set in Finland and while Mikael went to school in the US and UK, so spoke good English, Maxim was Russian and apparently didn't speak that great of English, but Noah was from the US and the bad guy was Italian, so were they always speaking English? I know this is a weird thing to focus on, and I know Finns speak many languages including English, but I wondered if they all spoke English as the common denominator? Hmmmm(less)
A cute little story about two runt, Colby the lion who was stuck in his lion form and Tobias, Russel's younger brother. Of course Colby's family doesn...moreA cute little story about two runt, Colby the lion who was stuck in his lion form and Tobias, Russel's younger brother. Of course Colby's family doesn't want him hanging around an ex-con (or sorts) and the jackals are after the wolf pack (even though they are out of the crime biz now). However Colby and Tobias find a way to get together with the help of their friends/body guards. I do get extremely annoyed with how over-protective and stupid the older siblings/caretakers tend to be. They treat everyone like they are 8, not in their 20's. I kind of like the Dulla has gotten to be the smart one and steps up to impart wisdom the testosterone laden soldiers are too stupid to see. So it was a cute addition. These books are also a bit like crack, I keep buying them although this one had a few typos/editing issues. (less)
This was an okay addition with Miach (who I insisted on calling Micah in my head) who is captured from the bad guys and held in a cabin in the woods....moreThis was an okay addition with Miach (who I insisted on calling Micah in my head) who is captured from the bad guys and held in a cabin in the woods. Nick is one of his guards and has realized that Miach is his mate, meanwhile Miach seems to hate all the guards and gets off on goading them except Nick. When Nick arranges for a double shift and some good BBQ ribs, things take off and then, Cameron, the wolf who wants purity in the pack shows up to cause trouble along with another guard coming to "rescue" Miach and Nick is injured, then they go off to attack another science outpost. (coming back with a rhino of all things - and some African elephants want Gordon's sperm LOL) I know these things aren't realistic, they are brain candy to be consumed without much realism, but within a matter of 18 hours Miach went from completely under lock and key and 24 hour guard to being allowed to stay outside jogging around the woods by himself while Nick went off to warn the alpha about the rogue wolf. One good shag gets your freedom? Hell, I'd have been sleeping with the first guard who showed up. Sigh. Let it go, let it go.
For fans of this series who always wondered how Sylver and Hunter got together, this will be a fu...moreThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
For fans of this series who always wondered how Sylver and Hunter got together, this will be a fun must-read, and it may pique the interest of others to follow-up with the story of the two.You find out more about Sylver and his people,wolf shifters. The story is told from Sylver’s point of view, so you don’t find out much about Hunter beyond what he tells you of his background, however for those who’ve read the other stories, you’ll know that the relationship between Sylver and Hunter is never an easy one.
It starts with a bang as Sylver is convinced Hunter is his life mate, however Hunter claims to be straight and only interested in Sylver for the skills he can bring to Hunter’s new secret organization the Earth Guardians. When Hunter is captured by what he presumes is aliens, Sylver manages to rescue him and convince Hunter he’s in the closet.
The key to these stories is the snarky banter between the two men. Much of it happens in Sylver’s head in this story when he meets Hunter, as Hunter can speak to him telepathically and read his thoughts. It’s amusing for a short story like this, but I think the constant being “on” comedically could start to get tiresome in a novel length story, however I found a few lines particularly amusing, such as when he first realizes his life-mate is a cat:
For a minute, I didn’t know whether to kiss him or chase him up a tree.
or when it’s his first time naked in bed with Hunter:
In fact, in wolf form, I was flexible enough to give myself a blow job of sorts. Ever wonder why your dog licks himself so much?
Because he can.
So for those looking for a light-hearted sci-fi story, that combines snarky banter with a lot of elements such as shifters, golems, drag queens and closeted billionaire philanthropists, you can’t go wrong. However being a prequel that simply introduces the couple, the mystery plot is rather thin, with the emphasis on the formation of the two men’s relationship(less)
This story was originally offered as a 13 page freebie at the m/m Goodreads group, so this is the expanded version for those who may have read the original. The story jumps right in, with Sam fearing his bosses wrath after a fight broke out in the tattoo shop where Sam has been working for 9 months and crushing on his straight boss. Sam has a bad stutter and has been teased in part for that, along with being small and gay. Finally Jeremy seems ready to let Sam in on a little secret. He is a were-panther, and so is Sam, and they are mates, despite Jeremy being gay.It seems the fight broke out because Sam is near to turning and the other panthers sense that and are nosing around him, forcing Jeremy to make his move and make Sam his.
There isn’t a lot of angst or conflict in this story. Yes, Jeremy is straight until he meets Sam, but he is quick to get past that and embrace his inner gay-boy. Even Sam’s not that worried that Jeremy will change his mind, and accepts the fact that he’s a panther with nary a blink. There does come the time Sam has to top Jeremy to make it official which adds a good dose of comedic anxiety, as Sam fears his first time ever will be less than successful and he has to get past Jeremy’s nerves. However, it’s very much a sweet story about two guys just being rather delighted in the fact that they’ve found someone they love, gender issues aside. Jeremy even took the efforts to get his pack to accept gay couples so that he and Sam could remain.
So when you are in the mood for sweet, with a nerdy shy guy who gathers some confidence and a little bit of growly alpha maleness when discovering his inner kitty, it’s a great choice. It will leave you with a smile and there are a few humorous moments as when Sam’s not freaking out and stuttering, he’s got a cheeky sense of humour and his fascination with being a panther and the fun that can come with it comes through well. It may not be for everyone, and definitely not if you are in he mood for angst or drama, but sometimes a nice light read hits the spot and this fits the bill.(less)
I seem to be in the mood for the easy shifter thing, but this time it's a foursome. Not sure I've read one before. Rance is a cougar alpha who takes i...moreI seem to be in the mood for the easy shifter thing, but this time it's a foursome. Not sure I've read one before. Rance is a cougar alpha who takes in mated couple Terrence and Samson because he knows they his beta mates. He then has a vision that his alpha mate is a human who is the sister of the mate of their wolf neighbors. Little problems, seems Samson and Terrence were tricked into kidnapping the sister, so they now have to convince the wolves to let them "court" her brother on their land. Oh and the guy has a 3 year old son he's raising. Despite saying "I must take it slow", he's kissing and rubbing off on the guy within a couple of hours of meeting him and then when the twosome go to chop down Christmas trees with the guy, they again commit to going slow and explaining the whole shifter thing since he's clueless and within 25 min. they are having oral sex in the snow. Hmm. If that's slow, what's fast?
Of course there is the obligatory female who wants to be alpha and challenges the mate, but they get out of him fighting through a technicality, they convince him to move with his son and there is a small run-in with the parents, the mother who has shunned the daughter because she's living with 3 guys, however Dad seems to get a grip. I think there was another book with the sister and men, who seems to be the no touchy kind but I'm not sure. Anyway, I was again in the mood for stereotypical trope and it worked fine for that and the foursome was different although there is only one foursome scene, there are varying twosomes and threesome, no onesomes. So despite some of what sounds like complaining, I enjoyed it while I read it.(less)
The author notes right up front this is a sappy book and it is, but that's not a bad thing. It's a Christmas story, it's about families and being toge...moreThe author notes right up front this is a sappy book and it is, but that's not a bad thing. It's a Christmas story, it's about families and being together. I also like how the author has been introducing mental illness to the story lines, dealing with Riley's bipolar and now Keegan's OCD and anxiety disorder. It's nice to see it treated matter-of-factly but still with the understanding that sometimes it's hard for the people around the person as well as the person who's suffering directly. So I really enjoyed this one, schmaltzy and all. It's fun to see everyone again. (less)
I'm a sucker for the redeemed bad guy and in this one Russell, mafioso boss of a sort, has decided to go straight in order to win innocent Dalton. The...moreI'm a sucker for the redeemed bad guy and in this one Russell, mafioso boss of a sort, has decided to go straight in order to win innocent Dalton. The who sub-story of the Raven's changing their plan and attacking humans and letting it be revealed that they are shifters is adding a new angle to the over-arching story-line. I can't wait until Tobias' story comes up. (less)
This is an absolutely delightful little read, and I’m not entirely sure how I can review it witho...moreThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This is an absolutely delightful little read, and I’m not entirely sure how I can review it without giving away spoilers. I will try because the twists are truly what makes the story so fun. Part of this story for me was the appeal of Ben’s job. He works for a computer gaming company and is in a total frenzy trying to get a game ready to coincide with a movie release, however the powers-that-be have no clue how gaming works and are making everyone crazy and forcing over-time. I have to say since I’ve started working with gaming companies I find stories in this setting far more interesting than I would have a year ago.
Anyway, Ben is getting burned out, he hasn’t dated in forever, and it’s just him and the stray cat that adopted him. Lately the stress of work is doubly getting to him, as he’s starting to notice weird things at home. Things moved in the bathroom, suddenly less milk in the fridge, just little things, but with Ben’s OCD organized life, he’s pretty sure he’s going insane like his elderly uncle did. I was pulled into the story right away and Ben tries to cope with the rising panic that he is losing it, and yet rationalize how things could have gotten moved.
Besides being stressed and worried he’s going insane, he’s been eyeing a hot guy he’s seen at a local deli and finally they make a connection and end up on a date at a weird animated movie, but the guy isn’t scared off despite Ben’s affinity for all things nerd. Ben really likes Tom and it seems to be mutual, and things are going well despite the even more ramped up stress at Ben’s job. However Tom has a secret and when it’s revealed, Ben is sure Tom was just using him, especially when Tom lets slip that Ben is “not his type”. Ouch.
It doesn’t take too long before they work things out, and Ben lets Tom explain, but it’s just really an adorable little story that had me smiling and a few chuckles at time along with the suspense of what was happening in Ben’s apartment. So a perfect choice for a quick pick-you-up at lunch or between more angst-ridden reads. And it’s free, so you’d be foolish not to snap it up.(less)
I seem to have missed a book here, but you don't need to read #4 for this, you do need to read #1 though. Adrian decides to surprise Talan with a week...moreI seem to have missed a book here, but you don't need to read #4 for this, you do need to read #1 though. Adrian decides to surprise Talan with a weekend away just for the two of them at some cabins Adrian's family owns. They are both feeling kind of needy and need to reconnect. However when they arrive they find the caretaker dead and the local sherriff not inclined to care much. When Adrian is shot, they know something is up and hole up in the dead man's cabin. When a young man lost in the blizzard shows up, well yeah. Guess. It isn't a threesome.
Most of this is Talan and Adrian recommitting of sorts, some hot sex, the mystery of who killed the cousin. My only point was Talan kills the other man and they just kind of toss his body out in the snow and go about having sex. Don't you have to explain why you killed a human to the police, who hate shifters' guts? So the guy had some kind of "shifter poisoning" that made him crazy, still. So there wasn't much too it, it whipped through sex, mystery, drama, sex pretty quickly. (less)
This is book three in the series. Town sheriff and bear shifter Lou finds himself attracted to human James who takes a lot of medication for arthritis...moreThis is book three in the series. Town sheriff and bear shifter Lou finds himself attracted to human James who takes a lot of medication for arthritis. When he accidentally overdoses on his super strong meds, it's discovered that he's actually a shifter and it seems his father who runs an anti-shifter organization has been giving him drugs since he was a child to restrict shifting. Now James has to deal with being a shifter and finding himself mated to Lou and it seems his father's organization is a lot more sinister than he was led to believe. Once he confronts his father they get to the heart of the matter and James is kidnapped by the bad guys to be an experiment. It was what it was. It was kind of interesting that James was physically handicapped by his chronic pain (even if once he figures out he's a shifter he's cured). I'm not sure if I was happy the father was not the bad guy so as not to fit the cliche, or whether I was disappointed because it was rather anti-climactic once they talked. Can't please me huh? This one had a bit more story going for it than the last one so it was an improvement.(less)
I am giving this one an extra star for having an elephant shifter and someone who's not got a six-pack abs and is perfect. He's an elephant. I kind of...moreI am giving this one an extra star for having an elephant shifter and someone who's not got a six-pack abs and is perfect. He's an elephant. I kind of screwed up with this series and read this one first so I was a bit lost about the whole issue with the shifters who had been captured but I rather enjoyed the mystery aspect of it, even though I didn't quite understand as much as I might have if I'd read book 2 first. Still, an enjoyable shifter story to pass the time if that's your thing. (less)
This is set in the world of the Blood Rose club where several short stories have been set by Julia Talbot. In this case, the original author has creat...moreThis is set in the world of the Blood Rose club where several short stories have been set by Julia Talbot. In this case, the original author has created a new resort location and then each author has written a story about a pairing within that world. I thought it was well done and they all merged in a fairly common voice and characters would spill over from one story to the other. The set-up is that a dragon, Daniel, asks Jonny to build an exclusive resort for paranormal creatures, mostly to protect his own lair because other dragons steer clear from humans.
The first story is werewolf Chayton who is a carpenter on the construction who is driven mad by interior designer Kenny. They are attracted but after sex Chayton pretty much accuses Kenny of being an incubus as he's a demon, so Kenny gets pissed. Eventually Chayton pulls his head out of his ass after a visit to his brother and he's very thrilled with Kenny's horns and tail and allows him to be himself without hiding it.
The next story is twincest. Cat shifters Marco and Stephan are the pastry chef and regular chef who are always fighting. Bar manager Faelan is fascinated with them and things are going well until during their shift on the full moon Faelan loses his head and attacks Marco and he has to get back in their good graces. These are typical twins, one naughty, one good, one more protective of the weaker more submissive brother. Nothing very different but they were cute.
The last one is dragon Daniel who sees BDSM master demon Zee. However Zee is all he-man alpha and Daniel just basically laughs at him, although secretly he wants it. I loved how Daniel make Zee crazy because he didn't cower in front of him and would egg him on. Also Daniel's self-consciousness about the fact he's rather small for a dragon was sweet, they were just a cute couple.
There will be more stories set at the resort as this story ends as they are just ready to open and lots of characters were dropped in who could have the potential for stories. Like most "anthologies" some couples will appeal more than others, but in this case you actually get a bit longer stories for some than in the shorts. (less)
The author has taken up her alphabet series again. Gabe works for Anthony, the alpha mate and is attacked one night. He confused and wakes up with the...moreThe author has taken up her alphabet series again. Gabe works for Anthony, the alpha mate and is attacked one night. He confused and wakes up with the pack told that he must have latent were genes and now he's been changed, like it or not. While figuring this out, in walks twin fae Vielle and Vien. Gabe instantly attacks one deciding he's his mate, however before long he's figured they are both his mates, however the guys are clear, no touchy between the twins. They'll be naked in bed together but don't have sex together (pity that) but Gabe prefers that anyway. On the mutant werewolf side, Gabe is sent with the twins to see the fae king to ask for help, it seems there is much corruption in the fae kingdom and after returning Gabe is attacked by his best girlfriend who wants to make him mutant. I didn't quite get her role, but there was more learned about the mutants and which fae may be aiding the mad scientist in his pursuit to wipe out the regular shifters. I'd say this is an improvement on the previous books which were published under a different publisher, fewer errors and are a bit like candy, a quick read that leaves you looking forward to the next, especially now I'm kind of invested in figuring out the mutant werewolf thing. Hopefully it won't take quite so long for H as it did for G. (less)
artin is on vacation in Scotland. He sees a wildcat caught in a snare and saves it, but ends up badly scratched. The next day he meets Callum in the p...moreartin is on vacation in Scotland. He sees a wildcat caught in a snare and saves it, but ends up badly scratched. The next day he meets Callum in the pub. Callum is Irish but in Scotland for a month and invites Martin back to his place. Martin's a bit weirded out and Callum acts kind of strangely, but they have some hot smexin' (sans any mention of condoms). He wakes up to hear Callum arguing with someone. Getting up he's freaked to find out his B&B landlady turn into a werecat and want to attack him. While he's watching her fight with Callum another young woman bites him, meaning he'll turn into one as well to keep their secret. After a rough couple of days he's awaiting the first changing during the full-moon and can't figure out why Callum is being such an asshole about it. He finds out later why. I found the people of the town quite unsympathetic, especially in their zeal to keep their secret and I found Callum a bit annoying in his roundabout way of approaching everything. Also Martin's paranoia all the time with people thinking he was gay just by looking at him made me want to smack him, although I think he got over that by the end. On the whole I enjoyed this although I'd be curious what happens to Martin and Callum now that they are mates.(less)
The author has taken up her alphabet series again. Gabe works for Anthony, the alpha mate and is attacked one night. He confused and wakes up...more3.5 stars
The author has taken up her alphabet series again. Gabe works for Anthony, the alpha mate and is attacked one night. He confused and wakes up with the pack told that he must have latent were genes and now he's been changed, like it or not. While figuring this out, in walks twin fae Vielle and Vien. Gabe instantly attacks one deciding he's his mate, however before long he's figured they are both his mates, however the guys are clear, no touchy between the twins. They'll be naked in bed together but don't have sex together (pity that) but Gabe prefers that anyway. On the mutant werewolf side, Gabe is sent with the twins to see the fae king to ask for help, it seems there is much corruption in the fae kingdom and after returning Gabe is attacked by his best girlfriend who wants to make him mutant. I didn't quite get her role, but there was more learned about the mutants and which fae may be aiding the mad scientist in his pursuit to wipe out the regular shifters. I'd say this is an improvement on the previous books which were published under a different publisher, fewer errors and are a bit like candy, a quick read that leaves you looking forward to the next, especially now I'm kind of invested in figuring out the mutant werewolf thing. Hopefully it won't take quite so long for H as it did for G. (less)
This book in the series was quite different from the previous three. This time, thanks to a pixie curse, Sylver and Hunter are blasted back through ti...moreThis book in the series was quite different from the previous three. This time, thanks to a pixie curse, Sylver and Hunter are blasted back through time, and Hunter believes he is Sherlock Holmes. Sylver’s main goal is to figure out a way to break the spell, while Hunter is determined to solve the mystery of the Jack the Ripper killer, as they stumble into a plot of murder and intrigue right off the bat.
The constant bickering and fighting between Hunter and Sylver is toned down dramatically, in large part due to the fact that Hunter is not himself during a large part of the adventure. To me this was a good thing, as I found the constant battling rather tiring, although I’m sure fans of the series who found their interactions amusing may be disappointed that’s not a larger part of this story.
I got more caught up in the mystery itself, and their interactions with Arthur Conan Doyle and that was the large part of the story. And on top of it all, amazingly Sherlock/Hunter managed to solve the mystery of Jack the Ripper.
The tone of this series has changed quite a bit from the first story. It started as a wacky sci-fi adventure that was completely over the top, and has settled down to a more steady set of adventures. It is still amusing, and the characters are still themselves with cross-dressing Sylver as flamboyant as ever, but the focus seems to be more on the story and not just the wild and wacky escapades of the two. I’m not sure if there will be more books in the series. It definitely was not an “ending”, this story was simply another story in the series so I’m assuming at some point the author will revisit Sylver and Hunter. Unlike some series where the latter books never quite live up to the first, I’ve found the opposite in this series for me and I’ll certainly look for any future adventures.(less)
This book picks up a sometime later and Sylver and Hunter are still at it, fighting that is. When Hunter refuses to go with Sylver to Philadelphia and...moreThis book picks up a sometime later and Sylver and Hunter are still at it, fighting that is. When Hunter refuses to go with Sylver to Philadelphia and walks out on them, Sylver decides to go and visit his family alone, assuming Hunter is cheating yet again. However things are not quite as they seem. It seems that Hunter's multi-gazillion dollar empire is under financial attack by an ancient vampire, the original Dracula, who is determined to take over the world, literally. When he finds out that Dracula is after Sylver, Hunter rides to the rescue, sort of. He's finally forced to tell Sylver the truth, that he is broke and the Earth Guardians have been disbanded, which Sylver is fine with since he wanted to quit anyway.
I am pleased to see these stories taking on a slightly more serious feel. Sure, there is still lots of comical banter between Sylver and Hunter, and they both drive each other crazy, usually culminating in crazy hot sex, but the issues are no longer as over the top SyFy like attacking crocodile-human hybrids. The enemies seem to be more serious threats, and a few laser blasters no longer do the trick to save the world.
I thought the fight scenes were very well choreographed, even if Sylver's lack of focus during a battle is less than stellar. I also liked very much that Hunter seems to be a bit more soft and understanding of Sylver's position on some things, and gets it more what a relationship is really like. I nearly fainted along with Sylver when he heard that. :-) It's a complex tale of vampire intrigue, where even once you've vanquished the bad guy, things may not be all sweetness and light. There is also a cute Cinderlla-esque side-story of the sister of Sylver's cousin's wife (does that make sense?) and Sylver's butler.
While I liked the first book okay, it seemed to just a little too "much". I like how the story has settled down and it's still retaining it's quirkiness, but taking on some other challenges in a more serious, if still bigger than life way. I'm looking forward to seeing how things go in the next installment. (less)
The very long, in my opinion, blurb basically tells you the story. You are tossed in immediately to the action as with the first book which gives a re...moreThe very long, in my opinion, blurb basically tells you the story. You are tossed in immediately to the action as with the first book which gives a real sense of tension and danger. Hunter and Sylver are undercover in a dog fighting ring, trying to rescue the kidnapped dog. As usual, Hunter is reading Sylver’s mind and making him crazy, and Sylver is a bit of a scatterbrain with a tendency to have his thoughts wander here and there during a tense moment such as a dog fight.
I had wondered if the wacky syfy vibe of the first book would continue with the series and while there is still a lot of humour, in my opinion the subject matter of dog fighting, which is a very real issue, brings this book into a more serious realm. There is still wicked banter between the two lovers, but with an underlying message of bringing awareness to an ugly problem. There is also less emphasis in this story on Sylver being a cross-dresser. He really only dressed up a bit at the end for their romantic interlude..
This book takes place sometime after the first. It seems that Hunter is working on being more faithful, although he’s still a bit of an arrogant ass who drives Sylver crazy. However something that they both admit, is that the fighting, arguing and hot temper are foreplay to them, and leads to even hotter sex. I think perhaps this is why I am having a bit of trouble really relating to them as a couple because I am the exact opposite, and the kind of relationship they have would turn me off, not on.
I did enjoy this volume more than the first, I got a better sense of their relationship, and I believe now that despite what a jerk Hunter can be, Sylver really does love him and vice versa. It also took a bit more serious look at things, although it’s not “drama” by any means and is still light and enjoyable. I think the couple may really appeal to some people who find their interactions amusing, realizing that under the fighting there is great love. But it may not be the type of relationship that appeals to all readers. I’m looking forward to seeing where the next installment takes the couple and the story. (less)
Brutus is a wolf shifter on an around the world chase of a brutal serial killer. He decides to hop ahead to London and get ahead of the killer, and en...moreBrutus is a wolf shifter on an around the world chase of a brutal serial killer. He decides to hop ahead to London and get ahead of the killer, and ends up at a paranormal bar. A pack of huskies come in and they are celebrating Jasper's birthday. Huskies are annoying, but Brutus finds Jasper attractive. At some point there is a type of game at the bar where a patron chooses a drink at random and someone in the audience takes up the offer and they retire for sex in the back. When Jasper picks a "black wolf" Brutus "volunteers". It's not quite what he thought when he falls asleep and wakes up to find Jasper is a Dom at heart and he seems to be a sub. After some hot smexin', Jasper admits he knows about the crimes and he works for a mysterious demon. Despite Brutus' better judgment, when Jasper is nearly killed by a demon he teams up with Jasper's boss and his two tiger shifter mates to try and solve the mystery. This is a follow-on to the story of Jasper's boss and his two mates (m/m/f - Last Call Europe: Devil's Advocate), you don't really need to read it first although any questions I had were about the three others so I suppose that would solve my curiosity if I wanted to. I liked the D/s element with Brutus being big and strong yet admitting that sometimes he liked to let go and also his resistance to being bonded to Jasper. He was a lone wolf in all ways and it was hard for him to admit, and Jasper to accept that he wouldn't just take off. So if you like crime stories with shifters and demons and intrigue it's a good choice and I like the author's style. (less)
Hirotaro is a 7th level Noble who's goal in life is to move up a level. One day he sees a small kitten that the royal guards are preparing to kill bec...moreHirotaro is a 7th level Noble who's goal in life is to move up a level. One day he sees a small kitten that the royal guards are preparing to kill because a) it's gray which is bad luck and b) it has no tail, double bad luck. However he takes little Tora home and despite being a seemingly innocent kitten, he shows up at the oddest times causing Hiortaro to embarrass himself and ruin any chance he has of advancement. However Tora is not what he appears. He's actually a ghost cat (not sure exactly and I didn't google it) who can shift into human form and he decides that he will help Hirotaro get promoted. He finally reveals himself and he and Hirotaro start an affair that is not looked on favourably by Hirotaro's old friend (and sometimes lover). When an earthquake sets the palace on fire and Hirotaro endangers himself to save the empress and their baby, as well as Tora (aka Katsuyuki), his secret is revealed. This is set in a time in Japan where ceremony and things like which level of nobles can wear which colours (hence the title as level 6 can wear olive green). I had a bit of trouble getting into this. I found the whole level of ceremony and description of robes upon robes and how it all worked a bit not my thing. For those who love those kind of details it will be right up your alley. Also, everyone seems to have male and female lovers and no one seemed all that perturbed when Hirotaro was sleeping with men. Realistic? Not sure. This is not an "historical" I don't think, but maybe it is. Japanese ancient culture is beyond me, but it definitely has that feel to it.
I did like Hirotaro and his hapless attempts to succeed and Katsuyuki's unfamiliarity with how things work at court were amusing. I liked the story better once Katsuyuki and Hirotaro finally got together which doesn't happen until well into the book, there is lots of background and set-up before that. Perhaps that's why it took me a while to get into it. I went back several times and read a bit, then took a break, until the relationship started then I definitely committed myself to reading to the end. I think for those who'd like a taste of something different with a bit of the paranormal thrown it, it will be an enjoyable read. (less)
Noah, Keegan and Andrew go to the mall where they are attacked by ravens after Noah. There is a bounty out for him and the raven who held him captive...moreNoah, Keegan and Andrew go to the mall where they are attacked by ravens after Noah. There is a bounty out for him and the raven who held him captive wants him back. They manage to escape (after trashing the mall) and Noah is feeling down because it looks like Seth won't make it back in time for Christmas, and when Andrew finds out Shane's new role he takes off in the blizzard leaving the others to chase after him. There is sort of a bit of everyone in this story. Keegan and his crappy gun skills comes into it after he shoots Andrew who is determined to teach him how at all costs. Cassie finally gets her HEA and stops being a martyr, but most importantly Shane, the psychotic leopard, is left alone at the apartment with Trevor. Is it bad that I was like "Yeah yeah, Noah's sad, Cassie's torn, Andrew's pissed, blah blah blah, get to Shane."? LOL Can't wait for his story. This was a chance to get to see a bit more about many of the pack and catch up with where they are and get a glimpse of Shane and Trevor. Fans of the series will definitely enjoy it.(less)
This is book 4 in the shifter series and it’s Mitchell’s story, the alpha of the pack. Chris, the alpha wolf, and his brother Dean come to Mitchell to...moreThis is book 4 in the shifter series and it’s Mitchell’s story, the alpha of the pack. Chris, the alpha wolf, and his brother Dean come to Mitchell to offer them information on one of the lost brothers who has been badly beaten and abused and is to be auctioned off. You find out that Dean and Mitchell had a thing 3 years ago and have been having an on-line affair since as Dean refuses to leave his pack and brother. Chris is not being quite honest about giving them the information out of the goodness of his heart, and while Dean can’t tell Mitchell what’s up, he warns him enough for him to figure it out. Finally Mitchell says he can’t do it anymore, Dean has to choose. To be honest most of this book seemed to be about their brother Noah and what he went through, some of it I had to read with one eye shut because it bothered me so, and the rescue efforts. I think he’s going to need some serious therapy in the next book. Because it kind of jumped into Mitchell and Dean’s relationship there wasn’t the build-up you get as they had 3 years of history, but I was happy Mitchell got someone to maybe smooth his life a bit under the heavy cloak of leading everyone. Looking forward to the next book and I thought seeing Cassie maybe find someone was nice too even if I’m not into m/f these days. It was a nice touch.(less)