I quite enjoyed this. Basically two guys standing up to their families... eventually. Stronger together than individual, you know, the basics. :-) I tI quite enjoyed this. Basically two guys standing up to their families... eventually. Stronger together than individual, you know, the basics. :-) I though the confusion over what does being a shifter mean, and how to deal with overbearing parents probably more interesting on the whole for Alexander than Cheyenne's family story, although I enjoyed the kids and the sitter side-lines. I'm not sure where this would go moving forward (it shows it's book 1 but given that Samhain is closing not sure how it will come to pass). Right now things are kind of "happy family" situation. Of course the future leaves a lot to wonder about. Still, I was in the mood for some paranormal creatures all mixed up in a soup and I got what I wanted.
One thing I noticed was that a specific point was made that Cheyenne could not promise to be faithful due to being part incubus and he noted that tigers are not monogamous and Alexander said "yeah yeah" so I'm not sure it's being set up to bring others in for sex or what. Not that it's a problem for me, but you could say Cheyenne is only HALF incubus and Alexander has been a human all his life until becoming a tiger so not sure they're biology is set in stone. But it jumped out at me and then nothing more happened so I imagine it's foreshadowing. Might turn some readers off. ...more
An interesting story about an angel and demon (attracted to each other but unable to act) who end up falling for the same human and decide to start aAn interesting story about an angel and demon (attracted to each other but unable to act) who end up falling for the same human and decide to start a three-way. Things progress from there with other demons, angels losing their wings and getting them back and a complex story which led up to.... the next book. I was kind of disappointed it wasn't a complete story, but I liked it well enough. I'll probably read the second to see how they resolve the conundrum at the end of this book. ...more
I do enjoy this series. This one seemed longer than most.
The first story is a demon prince who escaped his father's control, only to have his demon gI do enjoy this series. This one seemed longer than most.
The first story is a demon prince who escaped his father's control, only to have his demon guardian show up, and maybe now they are both free Bel can look at him differently. It was fun to see Bel have to look at the guardian that made him crazy in a different light.
The next one had kind of a surreal feel with a character who unlike his family couldn't shift but had visions and heard voices and was locked up in a mental hospital. He eventually gets out and finds a spirit bear who's been kept captive. When it comes back for him, they start kind of an odd relationship as the bear has forgotten how to shift. There was kind of an innocence and joy in Etu. He was just happy with his bear, but was sure he was crazy and just accepted that, and Bear thought he was perfect.
The last was a bit more traditional as a wolf shifter is sent to bring a vampire to the compound who is being chased by another vampire. A bit more action and a snotty sophisticated vamp with a more rough and tumble shifter.
All fun stories and you don't need to read them in order but there are lots of characters from the first books who make appearances. ...more
Maybe I wasn't in the right mood for this. I didn't like it as much as the stories in the last one. It just didn't seem to click for me and I kept thiMaybe I wasn't in the right mood for this. I didn't like it as much as the stories in the last one. It just didn't seem to click for me and I kept thinking "too much sex, too little interaction". Which I know I am getting with these, but I was kind of bored with it. I wanted more background on the forest wolf. Why was he different than other wolves, how long had he been there, etc. etc. So I think it depends what you are looking for or in the mood for. ...more
This is a rather complex story about vampires, vampire hunters who are monks and an angel sent to help a vampire find his brother. They run into the bThis is a rather complex story about vampires, vampire hunters who are monks and an angel sent to help a vampire find his brother. They run into the brother's step-son and the threesome sort of gets going. There is more to the whole brother thing than meets the eye, angels interceding on a few sides and things not being quite what they seem. I'm not a huge fan of religious overtones in stories, especially with the "it's all part of my plan" stuff, but I did enjoy the story overall. If you're in the mood for a vampire threesome (not all that many sex scenes), it's worth picking up. ...more
This is a cute lighthearted look at the demon hunter/demon match up. Damon is always in trouble wThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This is a cute lighthearted look at the demon hunter/demon match up. Damon is always in trouble with his boss for sleeping with the demons before he sends them back to hell. But hey, the job doesn't pay well, so why not have some fun. One night as he's getting ready to send a particularly nasty demon back, another demon arrives and dispatches the creature and soon convinces Damon to have sex with him so that he can try a spell to turn human again.
Despite being a determined top, Damon is soon ready to give it up and the two are almost drunk on the effect they have of touching each other. When the moment comes... well, it doesn't go quite as Alisdair had hoped.
I do enjoy stories that don't take the demon mythology too seriously. The spell book burns the hands of humans, so Damon wears oven mitts while he uses it. And oh, tails, yeah, demon tails are good. :-)
It's just a short light little story, but when you want to end up smiling when you are done, it's a perfect choice for a quick pick-you-up between more serious stories or before bed....more
I think my enjoyment of this is the realization that the story I wanted to read is likely never going to come, since there has been no progression onI think my enjoyment of this is the realization that the story I wanted to read is likely never going to come, since there has been no progression on this series in a few years.
Anyway, this is the story of Nick and Storym who nicely sleeps with him then vanishes. Nice. The saving grace here is Nick. He's smart, resourceful and a bit of a smartass. I liked that Storym realized he was going to have to train Nick to go on missions because he would do it anyway. It was also fun to see Nick and Gabe having their little fights with their powers once Nick mated. The drama with the obsessed demon who wanted Nick was a bit off, but overall it was an enjoyable read.
I really want to read Brayan's story though. Oh well. I find that some authors who have many many series simply don't have the time or interest in finishing some of them. *shrug* Maybe someday....more
Gabe is a cop, who when on a stakeout comes across a giant guy attacking their suspect. Amazingly he takes the guy down and before he knows it, four oGabe is a cop, who when on a stakeout comes across a giant guy attacking their suspect. Amazingly he takes the guy down and before he knows it, four other big guys show up and one of them bites him, leaving him unconscious and with no memory. A bit later, they show up at his apartment and it seems he’s the mate of one of the men and the other rogue demons are out to get him. After taking care of the rogue demons, Gabe and his partner Nick are forced to return to the demon realm.
I find Stormy Glenn is my go-to Doritos read, but this was actually of a higher quality than some. The emphasis was on the story, with the who political intrigue as the ruling Amir attempts to take Gabe for himself. I like Gabe, he had a temper (and happened to be mated to a fire demon named Tehmper – ha!) and he could take care of himself, even against bigger demons. It’s a fun read, with more emphasis on story than sex which was nice and Tehmper was delightfully naive about surface dwellers and the use of language. He was huge but a softie inside with Gabe....more
This is a very short free story which left me feeling a bit like I was dropped into a world whereThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This is a very short free story which left me feeling a bit like I was dropped into a world where I should have known the characters. Mael is forced by an agreement to do/be whatever his human master wants, in exchange, Mael will get his soul. However Mael finds him repulsive and most of the things he wants are so boring to Mael who could take over the world. After a particularly distasteful evening which involves murdering a woman after sex, he knocks out his master and meets up with his submissive lover Feng in the garden.
The vast majority of the book is a sex scene between the two. Feng seems to be more wolf-like than humanoid, or perhaps one of those hybrids similar to kitsune. Mael takes note that Feng is a high-level demon in his own right who could own his own servants, but chooses instead to remain loyal to Mael. The sex is rough and demonic I suppose. Mael regrets that he’s forced to remain in his human body and unable to really let loose the way he’d like.
When his master wakes, he knows he’ll be punished for knocking the man out, but the stolen moment with Feng were worth it and Feng assures him he’ll wait for him. The ending made me snort, and it was an interesting premise, however being so short I was left a bit wondering how Mael came to hook up with the human. Yes, he needs to do it in order to consume souls to survive, but how did he come to be with that man, and what was the story between him and Feng, how did they come to be lovers.
However if you’re looking for a little demonic D/s action, it’s got a little bit of a darker edge to it and it was well written, I just wanted a bit more to flesh out the story for me....more
This is a cute and sexy follow-up to A Watched Demon Always Boils. Greg and Lane have been togethThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This is a cute and sexy follow-up to A Watched Demon Always Boils. Greg and Lane have been together for a few weeks since they last met when Lane ended up ridding Greg of a demon that had attached itself to him. They are still in that romantic hot-hot stage, but Greg finds Lane’s second job of demon hunter rather stressful. Lane’s almost been killed twice, just since they started dating.
However tonight is Halloween and Greg has big things planned for his restaurant. He’s doing it up in full Halloween style with a special menu and costumed waiters. Lane and his two side-kicks are taking care of something and will be joining him for dinner.
There is lots of detail in this one about the restaurant decorations and the menu that Greg has prepared for the special night. It actually kept me quite interested as I am a Halloween fan and I thought it would be cool to attend a dinner like that, with so much atmosphere. I found myself thinking “Oh, I’d choose that option” off the menu and wondering about others. After a flirty dinner, their friends and coworkers practically shove them out the door and a little more sexy fun happens upstairs in Greg’s apartment.
You don’t HAVE to have read the first book, but you’ll understand more about Lane’s job and the whole demon hunting gig and how they met if you have. So I think it would be more rewarding, rather than just a sexy little stand-alone, but that’s okay too. It was fun to see them in those early stages when everything is new and exciting. On the downside, while book 1 is definitely a paranormal, this discusses demons and paranormal, but it’s noted that usually Halloween is very quiet on the demon front. I was kind of hoping for some big dramatic demon moment at the end where Lane could kick some butt. But alas, it doesn’t happen. The demons remain closeted celebrating somewhere rather than wreaking chaos.
Fans of the first book will want to pick it up, and I find the author’s writing style easy to read and her characters are fun and obviously into each other. It’s also nice to have a Halloween story that focuses on that part of Halloween most of us are familiar with, parties, costumes and dinner, rather than the paranormal aspects....more
Life is still good for Dominic and Rafael. Rafael is as twinky as ever, and catering to Dominic’s every whim taking care of him. He’s hopeful that this Halloween, Dominic will get some time off and they can go out and have fun. However when Dominic’s informant tells him two low-level demons are planning a human sacrifice, party plans are off. Dominic recruits a couple of new employees to be his back-up and they start their plan.
Only like all good plans, this one goes to hell in a hand basket (nearly literally) when the whole thing seems to have been a set-up to get to Dominic. Rafael’s dad is determined to introduce him to the whole family, and at the same time get to Rafael by killing Dominic. However Rafael’s not just the cute innocent harmless twink his file says he is, and he barrels in to the rescue, leaving Dominic wondering if he even knows the guy he’s been with for 20 years.
I adore Rafael. He’s the ultimate incubus twink, who just happens to feed off human semen. It is mentioned that when Dominic’s away, he has to find other donors, which Dominic doesn’t like, but the demon can’t starve to death. I thought Rafael was very logical as well when he explains why he kept his secrets and I liked that Dominic was also sensible, and not a “play it by the book” or “get bent out shape because Rafael didn’t tell him” kind of guy. Sure, he was a bit hurt, but once it made sense, he was okay. I like when characters are sensible sometimes. :-)
I do enjoy this author’s voice a great deal. Her characters are often fun and light without being too flighty, and they just appeal to me a great deal. This is no exception and as I said, while you can read it as a stand-alone (enough of Dominic and Rafael’s past is explained to make it clear), it’s more fun if you read Hungry first to really get a feel for their relationship. And you may never look at bacon drippings the same way again. :-D...more
This was one of the free stories that was inspired by a photo at the Goodreads Love is Always WriThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This was one of the free stories that was inspired by a photo at the Goodreads Love is Always Write event.
This follows the fairly familiar trope of a guardian angel falling in love with his charge and breaking the rules, however as a rule, their humans aren’t quite such a train wreck as Cole. Since his lover of ten years left him, Cole has descended into a bottle of booze more often than not, and when that doesn’t seem to be working, he’s moved on to cocaine. Despite Raziel’s attempts to get Cole back on the straight and narrow, nothing is working and when Cole overdoses, Raziel does the unspeakable and saves him from death. Ooops. Somehow this also triggers Cole being able to see him.
Within a short time, Raziel finally gets his wish, as Cole and he are rolling in the sheets, wings and all. But of course, no good deed goes unpunished as they say, and Raziel is called back to heaven, leaving Cole to wonder if maybe he is unlovable and that everyone abandons him. Of course there is a happy resolutions to the separation, this is a classic romance. It is quite a sweet story and I think many of us have been there, where you just can’t let go of that relationship even though it is dead. I got the impression that Cole was kind of hanging onto his relationship with Daniel because he thought he should, rather than because he truly still loved him. It was easier to just keep clinging, if not very attractive.
Raziel’s frustration with being unable to help the man he’d fallen in love with was well done, along with his sheer joy in finally having his most secret fantasies come true in getting Cole to himself. I did find Cole a bit self-centered. They talked about the fact that Raziel broke about a dozen rules/laws by helping him and being with him, and when he wakes up alone, rather than be concerned that Raziel has gotten into trouble, he sits around bemoaning his own loss and turning to alcohol yet again to deal with his life.
Still, on the whole, if you enjoy the angel/human trope, it’s got an eminently likable angel who makes the cutest little sounds, and it does indeed fit the picture very well. So a sweet romantic read with a bit of a dark edge until Raziel drags Cole out of the pits of despair....more
This little short, which was apparently offered as a freebie at some point, is told in a breezy sThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This little short, which was apparently offered as a freebie at some point, is told in a breezy style as if the narrator, in this case Satan, is addressing the reader directly and recounting his story. I’m sure there’s an official name for that. Satan is just doing his job, he’s a regular guy, and he’s sent to pick up Oscar, a young man whose father sold his son’s soul for success. It’s not big deal, the usual job, however he’s instantly smitten by the young man and protects him in hell taking him almost immediate to bed. However it soon becomes clear that unlike most souls who have been in several bodies, Oscar is a relative newbie, only having been on earth once, which is highly unusual.
Now Satan (or Stan as Oscar calls him) is a decent guy who usually lets the souls of those sold by their parents go to heaven because he knows it’s not their fault, and especially really pure ones like Oscar, only this time he’s not prepared to do so because he has fallen head over heels for the young man. However when heaven and God find out who Oscar really is, neither Stan nor Oscar have a choice in the matter.
The story maintains a very light tone until the end when they pair are separated when things get a bit more dark, however overall the story is meant to be amusing and give you a slightly more sanguine view of the devil. I won’t reveal who Oscar is, but I admit I was surprised by the reveal, however in the end, Stan and Oscar get their HEA.
I have to admit I have a bit of a softspot for devils who are just kind of regular guys who have a job to do and like to watch TV or read books in their spare time and this book certainly delivers that in the form of Satan/Stan. He’s not a bad guy, he’s just doin’ his job. You get less of a feel for Oscar, beyond being young, beautiful and perhaps a bit innocent. I enjoy this author’s style, she’s very readable and accessible and fans who like a bit of humorous twist on the heaven/hell story line will enjoy this short story....more
This short starts when all hell broke loose in heaven (ah, religious humour ), when Renat knew thThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This short starts when all hell broke loose in heaven (ah, religious humour ), when Renat knew that he would be going to the newly formed hell with Lucifer because in his heart he had put his constant companion Emiel first over God. He confesses his love to Emiel and asks him to join him, however Emiel refuses to go against God and Renat spends the next millennia mooning about it essentially. When he hears of an angel arriving in hell, he quickly realizes it’s Emiel and he fights another demon for possession, thus alerting Lucifer to Emiel’s presence and possible death/torture for Emiel or both of them.
I enjoyed the descriptions of Hell, if you can enjoy such things, it was a bit different from what I’ve read in the past. Also, for a demon who enjoyed torturing human souls by making them focus on their own misdeeds, I liked Renat and his continued love for Emiel. Despite “doing his job” he never really adapted to hell, and still mourned Emiel. You don’t get much about Emiel or what he’s been doing the last centuries, just that he shows up and claims everything will be fine.
It was interesting to see a big bad demon thrown off by what would be considered a more innocent angel, in part by his efforts to protect the man he sees as more vulnerable, which is not necessarily the case. Emiel takes the lead in their new relationship, assuring Renat that it will be fine, confident when confronting Lucifer, and seeming having planned everything in advance of his arrival. Of course there is a way after all this time for them to be together (it is romance), and I think it would be an interesting story to see Renat coping with life out of hell as he always refused to spend time on earth.
The author has a knack for revealing a lot of information without overwhelming you. The short format doesn’t allow for a lot of world building, but the fallen angel trope allows most readers to fill in the gaps. Definitely worth a read, and it’s a good chance to try the author’s style if you’ve not read her other stories....more
Jin is very wealthy, and is in essence giving Cal a token job, so that Cal can have a place to liThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
Jin is very wealthy, and is in essence giving Cal a token job, so that Cal can have a place to live with his young brother and maintain his pride. As a gift for Jin, they find a jade pendent in a second-hand shop. However when Jin puts on the pendent, a change comes over him, and it becomes clear that a dragon was captured in the pendent and he has now been released. The dragon is about to go on a rampage, and fearing for his brother and Jin, he strikes a bargain with Jade, the dragon. Jade can have Cal, to do with what he will every night, but he has to let Jin be back in control of the body by day.
Cal is torn, as he's been lusting over his straight friend Jin for years, but he'd do anything to keep him and the brother, and society in general, safe. So he and Jade get down to it, and Jade has a few dragon sex tricks up his sleeve, and before long Cal is having a good time, and while at first he was kind of going with the "I'll pretend it's Jin" angle, he actually kind of likes Jade, and senses the hurt behind the anger in Jade. Maybe he likes Jade better than Jin. The problems arise when morning comes and Jin is oblivious to everything that happened at night, but he's naked with Cal. Oops.
I thought this was interesting, giving yourself to a dragon to protect the man you love, while the dragon is in the body of the man you love, so you can kind of fake it. But then, within a matter of hours it went rather to a mates moment, when Jade claimed him forever and he was quite content to have a dragon curled up next to him in the form of his long-time friend. Also, the story ended just as morning arrived so there's no indication of how he kept things separate. Does he explain it? Lie about it? It was a very abrupt end for me.
There was nothing wrong with the author's voice for me, but the story could have been a longer, giving more time to get Jade's story out, and how they work out the logistics of being with the Jin/Jade. Perhaps there is meant to be a sequel? I'm not certain. So while the concept was good, the sex was pretty hot (haha dragon humour), it felt incomplete to me....more
This is a light look at demons and angels, but with a message. Ash is a demon but he can’t really bring himself to cause too much havoc in the town heThis is a light look at demons and angels, but with a message. Ash is a demon but he can’t really bring himself to cause too much havoc in the town he’s chosen to inhabit on earth. He does thing like cause minor car accidents, knock things off desks, cause arguments among lovers. Cas work in a bakery and in a similar fashion, he’s not out saving people from drowning, but offers advice to struggling lovers and helps people avoid twisting their ankle or other small things. When he first meets Ash he’s not sure what to think. He’s never met a demon and Ash isn’t quite what the manual told him. He should be horrid and evil and Cas should be banishing him, but Ash is a curiosity. He’s the classic bad boy and Cas can’t help but be fascinated, even as Ash invades his private sanctuary and makes all sorts of dirty promises. Even knowing he should resist, Cas is just to drawn.
However when Ash accidentally bonds himself to Cas, his brothers arrive and they are NOT impressed. Ash is taken back to hell to pay for his act, but Cas is determined to find him and save him, so off he sets to hell, shocked by what he sees along the way, but determined to find his man. When faces with the brothers at the end after finding a blind mute Ash, there is some divine intervention. Perhaps it could come across as a bit preachy, there is no true black and white or good or evil, that is something people (and apparently angels and demons) create to make thing easier for themselves, everything is a shade of gray.
I really loved Cas’ naive fascination with bad boy Ash. He was a curiosity that had to be explored, even though he knew he likely shouldn’t. He was an innocent and despite Ash’s intent to debauch and move on, he couldn’t help but be drawn to Cas. So it was a cute story, I especially liked the descriptions of Ash’s “chaos” and Cas’ good deeds. When you’re in the mood for some opposites attract demon/angel love it’s a good choice. The authors are always a very smooth accessible read....more
This is a light-hearted humourous look at the demon hunter trope. Blake is heading out on his firsThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews
This is a light-hearted humourous look at the demon hunter trope. Blake is heading out on his first solo demon hunt now that he’s of age, when he runs into another demon hunter/wizard. They have words because Blake always was led to believe he was the only one in the world. While the two teens are busy squabbling over who is or isn’t the rightful Chosen One, the demon escapes. Despite the suggestion by his guardian that he team up with Shadow, Blake is not interested, more out of contrariness than any real reason, as he did think Shadow was hot when they met.
However when he sees Shadow having trouble getting the better of the demon, he jumps in to help and together they send the demon back to hell, unfortunately locking themselves in a tomb at the same time. As shadow needs rest to recover before can open the doors, they take the time to get to know each other, and admit that neither has the experience they’d like the other to believe.
This was a cute story, with a bit of a twist ending which I started to suspect, but there’s nothing too serious. My only confusion came from their ages. Blake mentions “age of majority” which I assumed was 18, but then they talk about going to clubs and since this takes place in Detroit, I figured that meant 21, as I thought bars didn’t allow under-agers (but I’m not sure) and then they are referred to as teenagers later, so I’m thinking 18. If so, their behaviour makes more sense. They are both rather concerned about their image in front of the other, Shadow trying to do the whole gangster thing, and not succeeding very well, while Blake puts on his best medieval warrior persona, again, not really getting it down.
At times I felt the humour was a bit forced and just didn’t resonate for me, but that could be my sense of humour and the author’s just not being on the same wavelength. It was cute, but not uproariously funny which I thought might have been the intention. Still, if you are in the mood for something light, with two young men, who act their age (which will either make you crazy or seem realistic) it’s a good choice with clean writing....more
While the story here is not particularly original, demon hunter with his trusty goth-girl partner save boy from demon, it is a sweet story with more emphasis on the demon hunting than the romance.
Lane is working on the photo spread for chef Greg when he sees something odd on the photos. A few more photos confirm, Greg has a bad case of demon infestation. However until he’s certain, Greg and Lane have been dancing around each other with some light flirting, but telling a potential date that you are a demon hunter and he’s got one, could put a crimp in the budding romance. However he and Lexie, his partner, know it has to be done.
Needless to say Greg is sceptical, until the demon reveals itself and all hell breaks loose, including Lane being quite badly injured to Greg’s dismay. There is a some information that is left out I wouldn’t have minded knowing. Apparently Greg heals faster than normal people, so I’m curious if he’s a paranormal creature or what exactly, and who are the other two demon hunters who come to the rescue, both of him and the restaurant office which is now a disaster area of dead demon. Is there an organized effort to hunt demons? Are these four just kind of free-lance?
So I was left rather curious about who and what demon hunters are, but the on the whole, it was a sweet story, ending only when Lane has to see Greg after the big battle and work through the awkwardness on both sides, with the indication of a date in their future. So no great declarations of love, thankfully, but two decent guys, one with a rather unusual side-job, who might like to spend some time together. Sometimes those kind of stories are just what you need, even if parts were a bit stereotypical....more
This is the first in a series, although after reading it, I’m not exactly sure where it’s going neThis review can be found at Brief Enounters Reviews.
This is the first in a series, although after reading it, I’m not exactly sure where it’s going next. Lindsey is an erotic romance writer (m/f) whose publisher insists he pretend to be a woman to keep his audience. He is raising his nine year old brother and falling behind in the bills. He gets a mysterious note with a hundred dollar bill asking him to meet in an isolated location, and he’ll be given ten times that. Despite his paranoia that someone is going to abduct or rape him, he needs the money, so goes.
Both he and the note writer are in for a surprise. The note writer believes Lindsey is a woman (he’s also small in stature and rather feminine looking), and it seems the man who wrote is a demon who needs blood to survive and maintain his human facade. To be honest, the demon’s not that fussy, man or woman will do, and he chose Lindsey because he wrote a vampire book once, so believes he’ll be sympathetic to his plight. Although Lindsey appears to be straight, after hearing Wysh’s story, he agrees, however it’s freaking hot and during the feeding he is able to see into the demons past and emotions are exchanged. While he thought it was a one-time thing, he finds himself missing Wysh and goes in search of him. Seems Wysh is an underwear model, yes, seriously, and Lindsey has his first experience with gay sex in a dressing room and takes to it like a champ.
That’s pretty much the story. You never find out why Wysh is now and underwear model and no longer a vampire hunter. Maybe that’s coming next? Lindsey seemed pretty open to being with a guy, for being straight. There were some cute parts, and the sex was hot in the dressing room, but it just kind of was meeting, agreeing to be his regular food source, get sexy, the end.
My biggest annoyance was Lindsey’s constant comparison of himself to a girl, and his disdain for acting like a woman, or for seeming to come across as feminine in his emotions or thoughts. There was a constant barrage of put-downs, checking to see if he still had his balls, and other references to a fear he was losing his masculinity because he was feeling romantic. That got a bit tiring, I get it, you think girls are weak and flowery and pink, and you’re not.
Since it says Book 1, I assume there is more to come. Will I continue with the series? Maybe? I’m rather curious, but I’m a bit wary of series these days, so we’ll see. I didn’t dislike it, the writing is fine, I just wasn’t quite sure where it was all heading. Perhaps if it had been a stand-alone it would have worked. We shall see.
This is a cute little Valentine’s day story, told from demon Rafael’s point of view. He’s in a coThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This is a cute little Valentine’s day story, told from demon Rafael’s point of view. He’s in a committed relationship with his soul-mate Dominic, who just happens to be a demon hunter, but in this world there are bad demons and good demons. Since Rafael pretty much falls on the good side, while the demon hunting council might not like his relationship with Dominick, they tolerate it. He is an incubus though, which means he feeds on sexual energy, or in his case semen. He has an agreement with Dominic, he can “feed” from others, but Dominic is the only one to have sex with him and this is working well for them.
However Valentine’s Day is approaching and Raphael has been getting hungry and Dominic is out doing his thing, so he decides to kill three birds with one stone. He decides to do a little matchmaking with two cops who he knows are hot for each other, have some dinner, AND make Dominic a bit jealous to get some Valentine’s attention.
You get to know a bit about Raphael through his internal musings, along with his conversation with the cops. When they mistake him for an underage kid, it brings up some painful memories from his past, but I found him a very likable character. He comes across as rather happy-go-lucky and enjoying his life most of the time, he loves his man and he likes to make people happy, like the two cops, even though as Dominic points out, it could backfire.
This story is not meant to be taken to seriously. After Dominic comes to “rescue” him, they take off into the woods, Dominic naked, and you wonder “How are they going to get home?” but really, it doesn’t matter. Magic. It’s meant to be fun and sexy and romantic, even rolling on the forest floor, as Rafael reminds his man why they are together. So when you are in the mood for a good time, without thinking too much about the logic of it all, it’s a great little demon character. You don’t get to know Dominic at all, but I just thought Rafael was great fun. I really do enjoy playful little demons in stories I’m finding and he fits the bill.
Some people may find the sexual interaction between Rafael and other people unappealing, but he is a demon and he has to eat, so I had no problem with it, but I realize it’s a personal thing for individual readers....more
This is a follow-up to The Perfect Housemate which I read a long time ago. Trent is human and wasThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This is a follow-up to The Perfect Housemate which I read a long time ago. Trent is human and was shocked in that book to find his roommate, whom he’d been crushing on, in a compromising position with a giant (literally – okay half-giant) at a party. And Adrian is half-incubus. However he’s asked to join in and seems things have been going well for the three of them, but it’s very much a casual thing, other people are invited in, more of a friends with benefits set-up.
On his birthday, Adrian takes him to a club where he gives him a private strip show, although during the performance there is an odd ring-tone, the next thing Trent knows, he’s waking up at home with Carl, the giant, and Adrian left a note basically saying he’s left, it’s been nice. Trent refuses to just accept it and weasels the information out of Carl as to where Adrian is hiding and he goes to find him and get the answers.
I understood why Adrian is running, but after some more hot sex, sort of “good-bye sex” I suppose, something happens and it appears that Adrian is no longer being hunted? I was a bit confused by what happened, just that Adrian claims he no longer has his powers. Although they finally admit they love each other, but want to continue their relationships with other people.
Trent was written well, as a confused human who doesn’t know what’s really going on in the paranormal world, but I just felt a bit removed. It hopped around a bit and you just got bits and pieces of the relationship between Trent and Adrian and even Carl. I liked Adrian though with his powers and his passion for dance, but on the whole, unless you are following the series I think some readers might feel lost. The writing is fine, the “good-bye sex” super hot, but I wasn’t caught up in the story.
I’m also very confused by the order of the books. This short was published in the anthology as noted and is marked as #1 on Goodreads, and yet in #2 it was when they got together and in this one they are in together, so I’m not sure what is up with the order of the stories....more
This is absolutely the kind of demon story I adore. It hit all the right buttons with a bit of detective work, a stoic hero, a twinky sexy demon and aThis is absolutely the kind of demon story I adore. It hit all the right buttons with a bit of detective work, a stoic hero, a twinky sexy demon and a prehensile tail. Oh my. Lots of chuckles for me as well, which always works. I understand there are some follow-up to this story that I'm very much looking forward to as I loved Rael and he was just so adorable and focused. *eyebrow waggle* :-) You can't go wrong....more
This story could be considered bittersweet, no wait, it’s a HEA, no wait, it’s bittersweet, or wThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This story could be considered bittersweet, no wait, it’s a HEA, no wait, it’s bittersweet, or wait, there’s a HEA. It’s a rollercoaster is what it is, that required tissues. The story begins with heartbroken Archer. He has been unable to recover from the suicide of his lover of ten years. It’s worse that he died only days after asking Archer to marry him and coming out to his family. However in the park one day, Archer is approached by a gorgeous man who seems to know too much about him and finally confesses he’s an angel, sent by Archer’s lover to help him get over his grief.
This first part required tissues on my part. Archer’s absolute pain at the grief he felt and the anger at both his dead lover for leaving him and his lover’s family for driving him to suicide just flowed off the page. However he’s been managing to keep it all inside for months and Phoenix just cracks open that reserve and the emotions rage. However, it seems to be what he need. He and Phoenix connect and start to create a life together, and Archer comes back to life. See, happy ever after.
Oh wait, Phoenix is an angel and his bosses consider his job done, Archer’s not depressed any more so they pull him back, leaving Phoenix vowing to return to Archer. Okay, the next part of the book was when I got annoyed. Not with the book per se or the author, with the “heavenly host” for lack of a better term, as there were a few of them. If that’s who’s running heaven, I’m pushing the down button when the time comes, because they HAVE to be more hospitable down below. Phoenix is then tortured and if he lives he gets to go to earth, if he dies, too bad. Because of his connection with Archer, Archer gets to experience it all along with Phoenix.
I didn’t quite get the logic of the angel bosses. The guy was depressed, so you send an angel to perk him up and make him happy, you remove the angel, then the guy gets depressed again (my heart broke for poor Asher when Phoenix had to leave), so what, you sent another angel to fall in love and make him happy, then pull them out so he gets depressed again … I could see a vicious circle set-up here that kind of confused and annoyed me. And Phoenix’s punishment is pretty graphic and horrific, but yes, they do get their HEA finally at the end.
So I was rather torn, between saying I didn’t like this because it was sad and the angels were mean, but … I have found myself lying in bed thinking about it more than once since I read it, so I think that says that somehow, despite perhaps a subject matter that I might not have gravitated to, the author managed to get the characters and the story under my skin, and that’s no mean feat when often stories come and go through my brain and never linger for more than the time it takes me to read it. So when you are looking for something that will be a bit heavier, but want something with quality writing and the emotion that will leave an impact, it’s the one to choose. And have a tissue handy....more
This short novella is set in Amy Lane’s Green’s Hill universe. You do not have to have read any oThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This short novella is set in Amy Lane’s Green’s Hill universe. You do not have to have read any of the other books to enjoy this one, although I think the poignancy element will hit closer to home if you have at least a basic understanding of the overall story arc, especially involving vamp Adrian who is one of the stars in this story. Adrian’s story is m/m/f.
The story begins with angel duo Jefischa and Shepherd being tasked to watch over Adrian. Vampires generally do not get to come to heaven, but it’s explained that the Goddess interceded with God on Adrian’s behalf, and he gets to reside in heaven. However each team of angels sent to watch over him, soon end up fallen and cast out of heaven. Shepherd takes care of the more innocent Jefi, and he’s not about to let a vampire taint Jefi’s innocence.
However the time they spend with Adrian opens Shepherd’s eyes. Perhaps things are not so black and white and he doesn’t quite understand the connection Adrian feels to his lovers he left behind, and why he continues to have contact with them knowing it tears Adrian’s heart that he can never be with them again. However watching Adrian interact with souls who are a bit lost, and the interactions with his earthbound lovers, makes Shepherd look at Jefi differently and think about love.
I’m not sure if I was just PMSing, I know Amy writes a good tear jerker, but wow, this one really pulled at my heart-strings. Not the Jefi and Shepherd story so much, which was sweet and wonderful as they explored something new, but the Adrian story line was heartbreaking. Jefi and Shepherd were typical opposites, Jefi bouncy and innocent and eager to experience everything on offer, Shepherd more gruff and jaded by what he’s seen happen in the world. I was happy for them that they would get the opportunity to fully explore their love on earth and I have to say, after reading something recently where if the god(s) in the story were real, I would have slapped them silly, it was kind of nice to see some benevolent beings in heaven who valued love. My only complaint if I had one, was that I wasn’t sure exactly what Adrian’s role was in heaven. He had one and yes, he seemed to be a counselor of sorts for confused souls but I wouldn’t have minded getting inside his head a bit and see what is going on.
So if you’re in the mood for a sweet story, that will require a few tissues, or you are a fan of Amy’s Green’s Hill stories, I think a must read....more
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 creatThis 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. ...more
Holy smokin'. Its a GFY although at first it appears two straight boys who are best friends and room mates for 4 years of college are getting ready toHoly smokin'. Its a GFY although at first it appears two straight boys who are best friends and room mates for 4 years of college are getting ready to end their time together. Could they be any more butch, Duke and Maverick? They are on the soccer team, drink, whore it up, the works. But Duke has always been touchy feely and lately he's been into gay chicken. Mav strangely finds himself into it and before you know it they are daring each other into blow jobs and more. Seems that Duke was't so straight and has loved Mav all along. After Mav denies their relationship to the phobe on the team Duke moves out figuring there is no way they can be together. That's when Mav figures out he's in love and tries to get him back. The "str8te boys" is a semi-gay website that they do some pics for to raise rent money which is how the guy on the team figures out they are together. Very steamy and totally GFY, but I can see rereading this one a few times....more
This interesting paranormal leaves you with some questions as to exactly what Shy is, but on the whole I found the lyrical quality of the wri3.5 stars
This interesting paranormal leaves you with some questions as to exactly what Shy is, but on the whole I found the lyrical quality of the writing quite satisfying. It’s almost musical in and of itself. Shy needs that energy from the crowd; it sustains and motivates him, but not only emotionally as many musical artists need, but physically. New band member Seth intrigues him and when they end up in Shy’s bus later, the energy he gets from having sex with Seth is greater than anything he can get from a crowd.
Before long they are creating more and more amazing music, and having the hottest sex of their lives. They never actually discuss the paranormal aspects of their relationship, until Seth’s jealous sister rears her ugly head. I’ll not give away the details, but it becomes important for Shy to soothe her fears of losing Seth if they are going to continue to make amazing music together.
I enjoyed seeing how Shy revelled in finding someone who could feed his physical need, and who he could join with creatively and personally. The joy of both men in creating music, more and better than ever before was clear. As I said there was a rather musical quality to it. A bit mystical and mysterious. The men never discuss their powers much, they both just accept that the other gives them what they need and they take advantage of that, personally and professionally.
It’s a bit different, and while I might have enjoyed a bit more background about exactly what each man was, obviously from the title there is a demon connection, I was actually quite content to just jump into a world where the powers/needs were accepted and dealt with, without having a lot of long-winded explanations. So if you like rock star stories or those with a bit of a different feel I think it’s a good choice....more