Some aspects of this book follow pretty routine tropes of mates/instalove and the alpha/omega thing, but what I found interesting was the way...more3.5 stars
Some aspects of this book follow pretty routine tropes of mates/instalove and the alpha/omega thing, but what I found interesting was the way the shifters develops. In their early 20's when they get ready to undergo their first shift, they are sent to a place called Moon Compound where they will learn to shift and control their wolf. This can take up to 2-3 years and if it doesn't take, they turn feral. It's very traumatizing for them, with injuries resulting from difficult shifts and there is lots of fights among the alphas when the full moon is close. Usually shifter are depicted shifting from childhood, shifting at puberty (around 13) or if later it's often one first difficult shift, then everything is fine, so seeing a process that could take years to master was interesting. There are also "hell hounds" which are demons who hunt the shifter communities.
The romance between the two is super sweet and it sets things up for other alphas and omegas and sometimes these alphas seemed just a bit too sweet, but if that's what you are in the mood for it fits the bill. I found the shifting thing made it new and interesting enough for me to check out more.(less)
This is a light fun shifter read that sets things up for future stories. Lex is a retired cop, following a severe on the job injury. He’s moved out to...moreThis is a light fun shifter read that sets things up for future stories. Lex is a retired cop, following a severe on the job injury. He’s moved out to the country and just wants to be alone, although his nearest neighbor, who seems to have a ton of relatives/friends over all the time annoys him to no end. However when the toddler shows up on his deck, he proceeds to return him to his family when the little guy takes a bite out of him, leaving Lex waking up the alpha of a werewolf pack of misfits.
He’s instantly attracted to his neighbor Spencer and nearly takes him against his will, which freaks them both out and the story goes through Lex learning about what a werewolf packs is and what his role is and getting to know the characters.
What I particularly found appealing was the puppy pile concept. After they shift, they all end up sleeping together cuddled up for comfort. The one scene where he is in bed with Spencer but then Nathan is frightened in the night and comes into bed with them, and then Ruby joins them, and then the next morning another one hops in and it’s not sexual, it’s just everyone cuddling together and taking comfort. I found that very appealing. Not sure why, but it worked
It was definitely a fun read if you like shifters and I’m looking forward to learning more about Spencer and especially Nathan. I do have a thing for the “runt” of the litter who’s damaged in some way.(less)
This is a cute little shifter story which is pretty typical of the author's style. Aiden and Ben...moreThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This is a cute little shifter story which is pretty typical of the author's style. Aiden and Ben both sign up for the dating agency and are put together, even though on the surface it doesn't look like a match. Ben is definitely a dominant top, but Aiden makes no mention of being into the lifestyle, but they are set up together. Aiden, a photographer travels from Dallas to Wyoming to meet Ben and they soon hit it off.
The biggest issue is that Aiden is a city wolf. He's grown up in the city where shifting at will is not safe and even on the full moon they shift only for one night. When after their first night he wakes up in his shifted form, he totally freaks out and runs. Ben finds him and helps him through it, but it happens yet again, forcing Ben to chase after him.
Because of the paranormal aspect you have the instant mates thing, but Ben is strong and caring and kind, and Aiden is cute as the city wolf feeling completely out of his element. If you like the author and/or shifter stories you'll enjoy this. It sets up the second book with the next couple to try out the dating agency. It was a fun light read, but fairly standard fare.(less)
This just didn't work for me. I wanted to find Trevor and help him escape. Dirk's idea of obedience, is attacking the guy, putting a bag over his head...moreThis just didn't work for me. I wanted to find Trevor and help him escape. Dirk's idea of obedience, is attacking the guy, putting a bag over his head, stalking him, forcing him to submit then vanishing until kidnapping him and taking him to the woods. I know I'm supposed to go with the "he's a werewolf and it makes it okay" but an arrogant dom is an arrogant dom no matter his species. First time sex with no lube? Refuses to let the guy go to his job? I guess dub con is not for me, because I thought Dirk was a giant asshole and Trevor needed to run for the hills. (less)
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)
This series is set in a bit of an alternative universe where shifters are known and technically are protected by law, however bigotry and prejudice r...more This series is set in a bit of an alternative universe where shifters are known and technically are protected by law, however bigotry and prejudice reign, especially in small country towns like that where Cole has his farm. He is only half wolf shifter and has never been able to shift, but on top of that, he’s gay. Something that does not go over well in the small Southern town where he trains horses, but he’s made a place for himself where he’s tolerated. He’s also got the habit of picking up strays, people who no one will hire or give a chance, however when young Jonah asked him for a job, Cole feared his attraction and denied him (also knowing the kid was gay) and shortly after Jonah disappeared. A year later Cole’s friend who rescues abused horses shows him a very sad case, and for some reason Cole connects, he takes him home, only to learn that it’s Jonah and his fundamentalist brother had given him a drug to trap him in a horse form and sell him to someone who abused him.
The rest of the book consists of finding evidence to put the brother in jail, and Jonah and Cole getting together. Cole has always felt that he would be dangerous to someone if he felt too strongly because the wolf tempts him to hurt someone. Apparently many full-blood werewolves never adapt to civilization and live virtually wild. However Jonah, once he gets over his “I have to leave to protect you from my brother” fit, is determined to teach Cole about his animal side and not give up.
What I most enjoyed was despite the fact that Jonah is only 19, and Cole is the alpha wolf, sometimes Jonah is the one with the sensible head on his shoulders. He’s the one who teaches Cole how to deal with his animal side, and eventually convinces him that he wants to be with him. There’s lots of growly rough sex, with very little lube, ouch, but I was in the mood for some shifter goodness and it didn’t seem to be mates so much as I suppose just a strong attraction to another person, since horse and wolf shouldn’t by rights be a good match.(less)
This story left me feeling that the ending was missing, or perhaps it’s meant to be the first in...moreThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This story left me feeling that the ending was missing, or perhaps it’s meant to be the first in a series. Houston manages to find his mate and he’s in rough shape. While Jackson had always thought he’d be angry with his mate who ran off to the city, when he sees how bad Houston is, he does his best to nurse him back to health physically and also emotionally. There are nightmares and physical repercussions. When Houston tells him that he was captured by the government and experimented on, at first Jackson doesn’t believe him because humans don’t know about shifters. However he soon realizes it was true and swears that he won’t let them get Houston again or take Jackson either. When the family of some of the wolves he was captured with show up, it undoes some of Houston’s peace. They want to know why he left some behind and they want to go back and find them, but Houston can’t deal with that.
That’s when it just kind of ended for me. Jackson promised the family that he would call them with more information, because I couldn’t imagine them just going away and not getting answers, yet he just kind of promised Houston he wouldn’t have to go back and that was the end. This author does write shifters which are much closer to their animal side. There is growling and more instinctual responses than the usual fully-human type. I thought Jackson’s pain at seeing his mate so abused and damaged in all ways was well done, as was Houston’s fear and confusion after more than a year in captivity.
You are sort of dropped into the story in the middle. You don’t get the story of Houston going on his way and then being captured, nor do you get the end of the fates of the remaining wolves and if the soldiers are still looking for Houston, and what will happen if they show up. That fact left me feeling a bit as if I only got part of the story, but if you like the author’s shifters, you’ll enjoy this story.(less)
These two authors tend to write shifters who are much closer to their animal side than most, and...moreThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
These two authors tend to write shifters who are much closer to their animal side than most, and this story is no exception. Jenson is preparing to finish up a load of moonshine when he is attacked by a man who claims he smells like someone. It soon becomes clear that he smells like the man who bit m about a year ago and turned him into a werewolf and this man was bitten by the same man, but is not sure what it means because it only happened two weeks ago. Jenson never really explains it all that well, but being with David, soothes David, and before long they are tentatively accepting their relationship and making a pact to find the guy who turned them and make him pay as he seems to be hanging around them in the forest.
Eventually, the guy shows up and informs them that not everyone turns into a werewolf and that he found David for Jenson’s mate so he wouldn’t be lonely. Soon a large wolf comes out of the forest after the young man, and apologises to David and Jenson and offers them help if they ever need it and takes off after the other wolf, his presumed mate. This seemed more like a set-up story for a larger universe, with the introduction of the alpha and his trouble-making mate. There’s not much to the story, just the two men getting to know one another over a couple of weeks and David being forced to stay in wolf form after he injures himself.
I do like the more animalistic shifters, they nip and bite and bark and growl even in human form. It’s a nice change from the usual perfectly “normal” shifters who show no animal traits when in human form. For those who’ve not tried these author’s books and don’t care for traditional shifters, you might want to give this a go. I’ll be keeping an eye out for future stories, as I am curious about the other couple and their story. (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)
Beck and Kayne are werewolves without a pack. They were chased out of their old pack because of th...moreThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews
Beck and Kayne are werewolves without a pack. They were chased out of their old pack because of their relationship and as a result, Kayne has suffered a permanent injury to his leg which Beck feels guilty for. So they move from place to place, squatting in empty buildings. This time, the ramshackle cabin isn’t as empty as they expected, in fact there is a guy sleeping, or perhaps he’s dead. He won’t wake up so they decide to check out the fridge and sneak some food before leaving, only to find it full of blood. Uh oh. It’s also wake-up time for the resident. Only things don’t go quite as expected, Frank – yes, Frank – offers them some money for food and a place to stay if they’ll let him feed from them. Beck is cautious and wary, but Kayne is all in favour of the plan.
If you like your sex growly and bitey, this is the book for you. Between Frank feeding and the pups, as he calls them, nipping, there is lots of marking going on. You don’t find out much about Frank, he’s made this offer before, but most people run, but these two intrigue him and offer him some excitement and interest that he’s not had in many years. You get to know the two werewolves through their interactions with each other, and they do come across as pups much of the time, Kayne all bouncy and impulsive, Beck a little pouty and grumpy trying to keep him out of trouble and a bit jealous of Frank’s attentions to Kayne.
I’m going to be honest, the reason I rated this as I did, is simply because I liked it. It left me smiling and I liked the characters and the way they behaved more with a tinge of animal, than as humans who happen to shift. Also Frank’s pleasure as he found someone to pull him out of his eternal ennui, and his enthusiasm, was well written and made him seem more alive. There are moments of humour, especially when they first find Frank and in their play as well. I know others may find it a bit short with not much time to develop the relationship, although I found it seemed to fit pretty well. I think if you just want something fun and with a touch of teeth, it’s an enjoyable read that leaves you with a smile.(less)
This has a lot of the hallmarks of a typical shifter story, which is not a bad thing, but it turn...moreThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This has a lot of the hallmarks of a typical shifter story, which is not a bad thing, but it turned just a bit too perfect and sweet at the end for me. Carlo is turning 21 and each year, several packs get together around Christmas for essentially a big singles party where people search for potential life-mates or just a little fun. Carlo has been in love with Liam for years, but Liam’s reputation for being a slut is legendary and Carlo is sure Liam would not be right for him, despite loving him. And to top it for, their fathers have been feuding for their whole lives.
Finally Liam decides to make a play for Carlo, because as it turns out, he’s not a slut and for some odd reason, his brother has been spreading those rumors. Carlo isn’t sure he believes it, but when Liam formally petitions for him to be his mate, he’s willing to try. As it turns out, they are heart-mates which is a very rare. Then things tipped a bit too far into the absolutely too perfect ending, complete with abandoned baby who needs a home, and parents who have set aside their feud after 25 years.
I was a bit confused by Liam. At first he seemed to want to chase Carlo off with his stories of being promiscuous, then later he appears annoyed with his brother for spreading the lies. But you’ve known about it for two years at least, it seems like it was common knowledge. Then suddenly he’s putting in a bid for Carlos’ hand (so to speak) and he’s worried Carlo won’t accept him. It just seemed a bit of a convenience that in the end he’s nearly as innocent as Carlo.
Shifter fans will enjoy this story, but I think some may find it a bit too much. I know Christmas stories are notorious for being overly sweet and “perfect”, but in this case I think it would have been better to stop at the relationship and do a sequel next year where they get to start a family. Going from just friends to a couple with kids in 8 hours left me feeling a bit as if everything was jammed in that could be.(less)
It was what I expected. A good distracting read without some of the major pitfalls I have read. The ending was a bit so-so for me with a flip-flopping...moreIt was what I expected. A good distracting read without some of the major pitfalls I have read. The ending was a bit so-so for me with a flip-flopping antagonist, but on the whole not bad. (less)
The wacky plot in this was so contrived and solved at the end I was shaking my head. Basically a wolf submissive doesn't want his human master to know...moreThe wacky plot in this was so contrived and solved at the end I was shaking my head. Basically a wolf submissive doesn't want his human master to know. But the human is really a wizard and he doesn't want his (he thinks) human sub to know. When it all finally comes out, seems some witch is out to get the wizard for imprisoning her grandson (he's a judge) and there is some woman after the alpha who tries to kill the wolf, for no apparent reason and when it's revealed she's suddenly no longer a bitch but ready to marry the lesbian witch right there as she just tried to kill the kid 10 min. ago. It was a hot mess.(less)
Oh, but did I stop with book 1? Noooooo. I had to press on and have that second cupcake that was whispering seductively in my ear. If I thought the ot...moreOh, but did I stop with book 1? Noooooo. I had to press on and have that second cupcake that was whispering seductively in my ear. If I thought the other one was confusing at the end, this one started much sooner.
I think if it hadn't been a case of magical healing shifter cock, I might have been less annoyed. Little Dobry (who kept wanting to call Dobby and had visions of a house-elf) was starved, raped and beaten for 6 weeks, is terrified of the idea of sex, but within 18 (maybe) hours of his escape (with his mates of course), they're in a torrid adrenalin fueled three-way with the guy having multiple orgasms. And he's human so you can't blame it on being a wolf. What happened to "we'll take it slow baby". Slow meaning we'll wait 4 hours instead of 4 minutes? What about him being starved and beaten so badly? Maybe let the guy recover for a day or two first?
And again, it was explained to Dobby Dobry what a Delta wolf was, then it clearly says "Alastar wrapped his arms around Dobry and held him as they watched Sebastian and Zac transform into werewolves and then fade away until they couldn’t see anything." on page 77, then on page 89 "“I’m going to shift and show you, okay? It’s just me, so don’t be scared.”" Why would he be scared, he saw you do the same damn thing about 8 hours ago in the woods. Did the authors forget they wrote that other scene?
And a big deal in book 1 was that Matt was a whizzbang cook. In this book he claims to be unable to cook anything at all and is thrilled that Dobry can make cinnamon rolls. I wonder if Dobry will claim to be unable to cook at all in Book 3 and the new tiny mate will be the mad chef. Does being a mate make you lose your memory.
Okay, I needed those cupcakes, but I probably should have stopped after 1 before the queasy feeling set in. I just get very frustrated when things happen and authors choose to just ignore it 10 or 20 pages later and pretend it never happened and do something contradictory. (less)
I should know better, really, I should, but sometimes it's like having a cupcake sitting there staring at you, whispering dirty things in your ear, "E...moreI should know better, really, I should, but sometimes it's like having a cupcake sitting there staring at you, whispering dirty things in your ear, "Eat me, baby, it will be delicious" so you do and then you feel nauseus from too much icing and sugar and empty calories after.
I knew what I was doing when I bought this. I was in the mood for some brain candy, fated mates menagey goodness. And it was going great to about 85%, I was getting exactly what I expected, so my brain was happy. Then. What? The plot got so convoluted and things were just totally disregarded. One minute they can't send an e-mail because the message will be intercepted and they are running 20 miles cross-country in wolf form to get the papers to the council, and the next the council knows all about it and is sending back-up. Oh and that idea you had at 8:00 this morning? The Council has already approved it and told us we can choose our own alpha. WTF? You only told the other two guys about it a few hours ago. It was as if that whole thing about not being able to send the info by e-mail was completely ignored, or the latter parts were written so much later they forgot what they said said. I don't know but I was confused and annoyed.
However for the fated mates menagey goodness, it was what I expected. I suppose I should stop expecting logical plots. (less)
This story is set in a world where people are aware that shifters exist to a degree, but prejudic...moreThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This story is set in a world where people are aware that shifters exist to a degree, but prejudice against them is also ripe. Adam was tossed from his home at 15 when his parents determine he is a shifter. He finds out about a group of shifter wolves and travels to be with them where they take him into the pack, although it’s clear they use him, spending all of his hard-earned money on beer and pizza for themselves, not really caring if Adam has enough for himself. However he’s so starved for family and for someone to care about him, he just takes it. Finally the night of his first shift arrives and … it all goes horribly wrong. When he shifts the wolves attack him and he soon figures out he’s a bird shifter. He never even knew such a thing existed. After flying for sometime he attempts to land, but his wing has been badly injured in the attack and he ends up crash landing and being rescued by the local forest ranger.
Only Chuck is not alone, he’s living with eagle shifter Tam. The two take care of him until he can heal enough to shift, but Adam is not happy. He’s lost his “family” and to top it off, he’s a turkey buzzard, not one of the most attractive birds out there. Oh and now he’s crushing on Chuck and Tam who he knows are a couple. When he finally heals he goes back to town to face the music but it doesn’t go well. He’s arrested for stealing from the grocery store where he worked and no one believes his story of being with Chuck the whole time, and when they finally prove that, he’s attacked by the pack.
There are flashes of humour here and I liked the idea of the story, but I was left with a few concerns/questions. Chuck and Tam leave Adam alone several times in town, and each time he gets in more and more difficult situations. Wouldn’t you stick next to your guy if he’s been arrested unfairly? And 99% of the time Adam spends with Chuck and Tam he’s in his bird form, so what was the attraction between the three? Was it a mates thing? I just wasn’t sure what brought them together beyond taking care of the little lost waif.
There were a few different concepts, birds can shift at will, wolves can’t making for a bit of jealousy between the species, and there were some cute parts as Adam accepts who/what he is, but on the whole I felt something was missing, a few parts that could have fleshed it out a bit more for me. Still, it’s nice to see a shifter that isn’t something traditionally “sexy” for a change.(less)
This story jumps right in to Keaton being held in a mental facility. He’s been drugged after tryi...moreThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This story jumps right in to Keaton being held in a mental facility. He’s been drugged after trying to convince them he is a wolf. He finally agrees to try a new treatment if he can get his sketch book and watch back. Even with the drugs, he knows when the full moon comes, he’s likely going to change. He believes that his mate Dakota was shot, but Dakota is now trying to get Keaton out. He bribes a guard to get a message to Keaton, claiming that Keaton’s family had him committed when he told them he was gay. He gets the message through and with the aid of another staff member who liked Keaton, they manage to escape, although the drugs in his system mean Keaton can’t shift.
They take refuge, but not for long, as the doctor seems to suspect there are shifters and is trying to undertake experiments on them and is soon their trail. Because you miss the part where Keaton got captures, I wasn’t quite sure why he would even tell anyone he was a shifter. You’d think that would be the first thing you learn, keep it secret, so I wasn’t quite sure how he ended up in a mental hospital and why the police had been shooting at Dakota.
I did think the descriptions of how Keaton felt when he was drugged, the lethargy and muzziness in his brain along with his frustration with the inability to shift when he needed to was well written. I liked both men and thought their method of freeing themselves of the doctor was an interesting take, but I was still left wondering how on earth they got into so much trouble that the police and mental health professionals would have been involved. Definitely typical writing of the author, so fans of her books will enjoy it a great deal I’m sure.(less)
There was nothing particularly wrong with this light-hearted little short, I just felt a bit drop...moreThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
There was nothing particularly wrong with this light-hearted little short, I just felt a bit dropped in, as if I was missing some key background. Shay had left the pack which is very unusual, and returned looking very thin and beaten down, but refuses to talk about it. He’s staying with his childhood friend Dar (Darius) who is trying to convince him to wear leather pants, however Shay, unusual for a shifter finds the smell funny (I’m with ya Shay) and keeps refusing.
Finally, after dancing around their attraction, which Shay is certain is all one-sided, Dar makes his move and claims his mate. You get the impression that Shay left because he felt his feelings for Dar were unreturned or that being gay was a bad thing, and yet Dar asked his alpha for permission to be with Shay and it didn’t seem to be an issue, so I was curious why Shay really left and what happened to him in the city.
There’s not much too this, just a sweet little friends to lovers story, or reunited friends to lovers I suppose. The sex is pretty hot and steamy, and the author has a way with playful accessible shifters (there is no shifting in the story itself) that make them quick light reads. However I was left wondering if these were characters I’d seen before or if I was missing out on something. However it was an enjoyable, if not excessively memorable, little short that fans will probably enjoy.(less)
I enjoy stories about werewolves and this was an interesting twist in that one was a recent convert and one had been born that way so understood how t...moreI enjoy stories about werewolves and this was an interesting twist in that one was a recent convert and one had been born that way so understood how the whole system work. University Professor Nick feels awkward about his attraction to a young student, but eventually they manage to hook-up after some skirting around the issue, and Nick is stunned when Julian says he’s a werewolf too. He actually offers Nick some helpful hints, but it’s obvious Julian is deferring to Nick as the more alpha wolf and Nick’s not quite sure how to deal with that and ends up pushing Julian away “for his own good” and through ignorance of the whole pack system.
When Julian disappears, it doesn’t take long until they figure out that his abusive ex has him and Nick is forced to work with Julian’s abusive father to find him. Julian’s best friend Tiffany also helps find information to track down Julian.
Okay, a few times I wanted to smack Nick. Tiffany is told they are wolves and while slightly freaked out, if she REALLY wanted to help, she should have given Nick a copy of some m/m werewolf books so he could figure it all out. Sheesh, I’m more aware of pack dynamics than he was. I could sort of forgive Julian’s behaviour and blame it on being young, raised in a wolf-environment and not understanding why Nick didn’t get it combined with his submissive nature. Also the whole “push you away for your own good” makes me crazy.
On the other hand, the women in this book were great. Nick’s coworker and her lesbian partner were great and not afraid to metaphorically smack Nick upside the head. And Tiffany was a gem. Parts of the story are told from Tiff’s POV and while unusual, was a perfect feature. She was the common sense brains of the group. Yes, she was kind of afraid of Nick at times, but she wasn’t above telling him he was being an ass with regard to Julian. I sincerely hope she and Crack find a HEA, I would actually read a book about her. She was so real, a straight girl crushing on her gay best friend, but knowing it wasn’t going to happen and being the friend he needed, and like I said, good head on her shoulders.
There was quite a lot going on during the search for Julian, the cop who suspects werewolves, Julian’s parents and the weird relationship they had going on, but despite Nick frustrating me at time, I did enjoy the story and I think Tiffany was the one who made it truly enjoyable. Okay, I’ve gone on and on about her, when she’s not the main love interest here, but she was just great. Read it for Tiff. :-) (less)
2.5 stars for the book, and extra half star for a decent audio book experience.
So I picked this up during the DSP sale after my post about audio book...more2.5 stars for the book, and extra half star for a decent audio book experience.
So I picked this up during the DSP sale after my post about audio books to see how I’d like it. I didn’t want to get an audio book of a story I’ve already read, because I figured that might taint the experience for me. So it was a new book and new format. I’ll review the audio book experience first, then the story itself.
Audio: I liked the narrator’s voice okay, although periodically I got this robotic sense, but maybe that was the processing of it. But on the whole it was fine. He did tend to make Seth’s voice more feminine to distinguish the two which I noticed more at the end, and I did catch the odd word that seems odd, not sure it was an accent or not but I swear he said reedily once rather than readily. Anyway, on the whole he was fine.
The sex scenes were okay, didn’t induce giggles, they just were. I should note I listened to this mostly while I was on-line (as opposed to in a car or traveling) so I was sometimes distracted by other things and only listening with one ear. I can’t imagine sitting for 7 hours and focusing only on a book. I did find at times I wanted him to read faster. Of course we can all read silently in our heads much faster. It would probably have taken me half the time to read the book vs someone reading it out loud, so I was kind of impatient sometimes to get a move on. But that’s me and not anything to do with the recording itself. He didn’t read super slow or anything.
So it was okay and I can see it being interesting for a long drive, but not for just sitting around your house.
The Book: Well, I had a few issues. One, there was a certain similarity to other stories. Native American straight man finds out his mate is a white man, finds out while examining said injured wolf, only this time the vet is the wolf, rather than the straight guy. Then has to win over his skittish mate. Sound familiar? Yeah. Only Kasey is not Chayton. Kasey is a racist. He hates all white people with the passion of a thousand firy suns and that includes Seth, until he knows he’s his mate, then it’s okay if HE’S white. Sigh. He was obnoxious and I find it hard to believe that just because Seth was okay, he suddenly realizes not all white people are killing all the animals and raping the land.
Anyway, getting past Kasey, it seems Seth is a special kind of wolf who has healing powers. He can take illnesses in to his body and then vomits out the bad stuff. He was kept away from his pack by his family because when you are a Rho, everyone will want to mate with you. However he met a wolf after his parents death who convinced him he was his mate, then held him captive and let his pack rape him whenever they wanted. His best friend Nick rescued him and they presume the bad guy (made were’s which are crazy vs born weres) is dead, but now someone is attacking Seth’s home and office (including graphic descriptions of two mutilated dogs – including Seth’s own).
So pretty typical, but the whole Kasey/Seth dynamic didn’t work so well. They never have sex with lube. Spit only. The guy was repeatedly raped and you never use lube? WTF? Okay, the first time you were out in the forest and there was no lube handy, but after that you are in his house, I’m sure he has lube. And for someone who had to be patient, he was super aggressive despite the fact Seth was freaked out by wolves.
My other issues was it seems Seth’s father showed up in this town years ago before he was born, and to “protect his pack” Kasey’s father told him he had to leave. Now they knew there were other native American shifter packs, but they though ONLY native Americans could shift. How would revealing that white people could do in any way endanger the pack? I could understand if NO ONE knew, but it was common knowledge so why was it so dangerous to know there were white shifters? No one ever said “WTF man? Why the big secret.” Instead, now that his son has a white mate, he’s going to reveal all. The whole “to protect us” made no freaking sense to me.
So while this wasn’t bad, it had too many aspects that just annoyed me for me to truly enjoy it as a story. There is a set-up for as sequel as it seems Nick’s mate is Kasey’s straight brother and he rejected Nick because a) he thought he was made and white (thanks Dad for making sure your kids are all xenophobic) and b) he doesn’t want a mate. So I assume their story will come.
So overall, I’m not sure this story really worked for me, the audio book thing was okay, but they are expensive so I can’t see myself running out and buying them. If my library had them sure.(less)
All of the wolf packs are going for some kind of confab and this includes Daniel from book 1. They get to the island retreat (book 3) and he sees his...moreAll of the wolf packs are going for some kind of confab and this includes Daniel from book 1. They get to the island retreat (book 3) and he sees his mate who rejected him 5 years ago and forced him to leave his pack. His mate Brom is now married with a two small kids. He approaches Daniel and there is the same “I told you to leave to save your ass and kept why a secret” thing going on but the truth comes out a bit sooner. There is also 19 year old Jaryn whom Brom recognized as their third mate and has been protecting from his highly homophobic pack and his father. His Dad’s basically a giant dick and his wife is sleeping with her FIL. Ewwwwww. After he mates Daniel he grabs the kids and Jaryn and asks for asylum and they have to go before the Council to petition for the kids. I found some major errors here including one where they said Micah’s special talent was A and I literally yelled out “No that’s wrong!” (to my daughter’s dismay) because it was Cary’s talent. There were other less egregious errors but that one stood out. ALL of the characters from the other books were in this one and from time to time I had trouble keeping them all straight there were 5 sets of tri-mates and one set of two and 5 kids. So when they were all together it was a bit confusing for me.
So if you like Doritos and menage and wolves and are in the mood to let some editing stuff just slide by, they are okay reads. I wouldn’t scream “run out and buy these now!” but if you happen upon them, they are typical Stormy Glenn and okay reads. (less)
Okay, I did not buy this as the compiled books but I read and reviewed them as such so I'm putting my review here rather than try and break it up.
The...moreOkay, I did not buy this as the compiled books but I read and reviewed them as such so I'm putting my review here rather than try and break it up.
These are a series of four interconnecting stories (I reviewed the last one separately since it's not a part of this edition) set in Midsummer’s Night, a small town which is unusual in its acceptance of paranormal creatures who live in harmony with the humans in town. Paranormal creatures means everything from werewolves and vampires to hobgoblins and gremlins.
Title: Midsummer Moon
Lowell is wet, exhausted and trying to hitch a ride to Midsummer’s Night where he was told a doctor has found a cure for being a werewolf. He’s finally picked up by none other than the good doctor himself, only to find out that no cure exists. However to his surprise Peter isn’t freaked out by his lycanthropy and while Lowell is young and innocent, he finds himself attracted to Peter and a bit in shock at the whole concept of a town of paranormals. It seems Lowell was an orphan who doesn’t even know his full name, but it seems Peter also has some secrets and when Peter’s brother and cousin come back to stir up trouble, Lowell’s true nature comes roaring to the fore as he’s a very rare purebred werewolf and natural alpha despite his youth. I would have liked to see a bit more Peter and Lowell as a couple, still it was a cute start to introduce you to the head vampire and her and Peter’s snarky exchanges were humourous. Also Lowell had a habit of making up preposterous headlines in his head to fit his circumstances such as ‘Body Found By Highway: No One Would Give Poor Werewolf A Ride in the Rain.’
Title: Midsummer Curse
Brayton is a lone werewolf who could be an alpha if he wanted, but he prefers to go it alone and is good at breaking curses. He’s asked to go to Midsummer’s Night to help break the curse on a Ferdy, a gremlin. Despite Ferdy totally not being his type, he can’t help but be attracted. It seems Ferdy now has a curse that causes anything he touches to fall apart, for a Gremlin a fate worse than death as they are fix-it folk by nature. Brayton focuses in on Ferdy’s ex Kerry, although as a goblin he shouldn’t be able to work such strong magic. It soon becomes clear someone wants folks to stay away from the clock tower Ferdy was repairing when the werewolves are poisoned. Turns out a young woman who disappeared 5 years ago has had her body stashed there and Kerry is much more than your typical goblin. I accidentally read this one first (no clue how I clicked on #2 and didn’t notice) but I think it was my favourite. Brayton is a snarly loner and Ferdy is a twinky gremlin who would totally get distracted by any piece of machinery. When Ferdy accidentally touches Brayton’s baby, his car, while still cursed it was amusing. It was fun to watch Ferdy get snitty when Brayton kept called him baby because he refused to use his name.
Title: Midsummer Law
Kirby has been the sheriff in town for sometime. He was in a relationship in his teens with the brother of the woman who was killed and now is feeling extra guilty that even though a witch he was unable to stop Kerry from committing suicide. He’s contacted by Kerry’s twin brother Merry and is stunned to say the least when the guy shows up completely goth with make-up, lace, leather, the works. Seems that’s Kirby’s kink, however he’s still feeling guilty and Merry is a clothing designer in the city. They spend a little time together, but it isn’t until New Year’s that they finally hook-up, but long distance sucks. It kind of skips from that first hook-up to an argument many months later that have them temporarily separated and everyone annoyed with Kirby’s snarliness. I would have liked to see a bit more of the relationship, but I do love me a make-upped goth character and it was great that “cowboy” Kirby loved Merry exactly as he was with no desire to make him “fit in”.
There were still a few characters I wouldn’t have minded reading about. Maybe some day the author will give us a return trip to Midsummer’s Night.(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)
This was an okay read for me. Pretty typical shifter tropes with the mates, this one with a penchant for violent sex that ends in blood (that no one i...moreThis was an okay read for me. Pretty typical shifter tropes with the mates, this one with a penchant for violent sex that ends in blood (that no one in the family seems to notice huge scabbed over scratches, punctures and bites on their arms, neck, etc, hmmm.) Lyndon is a cougar shifter on the run after someone seems to be stalking him, another cougar shifter. He comes across Levi in the woods (both in cat form) and they shift and have some sex then Lyndon runs leaving Levi a little emo about the whole thing. However Lyndon hangs around town until he finally runs into Levi and then they have amazing sex, repeatedly, with zero recovery time. When the other cougar finds him at Levi's family compound they all band together but there is a show down with the other cougar who seems to be Lydon's half-brother and their uber-wealthy father (who Lyndon didn't know) has pitted his sons against each other as only the remaining son alive will inherit his multi-millions. It was okay, but while Levi was a bit of a subby bottom it was even a bit too sappy for me, which is saying a lot.
The next book is younger brother Oscar and I do have a thing for spunky little twinks but I'm not in any great hurry to read it. (less)