I liked this but I felt there was a bit of a superficial level to it. I never quite got the point of the hunt and I sometimes felt as lost as Eadric.I liked this but I felt there was a bit of a superficial level to it. I never quite got the point of the hunt and I sometimes felt as lost as Eadric. I did enjoy the type of wolves, that they were more wild than traditional shifters, they slept in a pile in their wolf form. So that was different than most shifter stories. Cadeyrn's patience with Eadric was sweet but they spent a year together getting to know each other but it's just glossed over. It's a short read and I enjoyed it but it's not something I would likely go back to. ...more
Kind of a different take on the North Pole with more of a porny bent to it. It was interesting to see the elves as little sex machines and to3.5 stars
Kind of a different take on the North Pole with more of a porny bent to it. It was interesting to see the elves as little sex machines and to see Lars and Rudy take it as an open relationship which you don't see often in m//m. This is totally my issue and superfical, but the idea of flavoured spunk was lovely but I have a deathly (not literally, I'm not allergic) to peanut butter which was Lars. The idea of mixing peanut butter with cinnamon (Rudy) was so-off-putting, I nearly had a gag reflex just reading it. That is weird and just me, but it was a fact none-the-less. Why not fruit cake? :-)...more
I really enjoyed this sweet story about a man bravely facing the end of his life, and finding hopThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
I really enjoyed this sweet story about a man bravely facing the end of his life, and finding hope. Zeph’s doctors have told him there is nothing more they can do to address the brain tumor and that he only has a few months left. He borrows a friend’s cabin in the woods, prepared to end his own life with an overdose rather than face weeks of pain and anguish at the end. One day a man comes across him in the forest and Zeph is fascinated. He asks on a whim if the main is an elf, seeing his pointed ears, and Llyr confesses to being a Sidhe, not an elf. A day or so later, Zeph goes to the same spot hoping to see the man again, when his horse throws him and he injures himself, Zeph helps him and then takes him to his cabin to recover.
Despite seeing the man heal himself, Zeph’s not really sure that magic is real or that Llyr is “really” an otherworldly creature, but he kind of goes along and they are definitely attracted. Two days later Llyr returns and fears Zeph has tried to kill himself and shares his own life-force through an amulet he got on the other side. When they accidentally bond during sex, Zeph is devastated when he is told that if he dies, Llyr will die as well, but perhaps the sharing of life force can change things.
I really liked Zeph and his acceptance of his fate. He didn’t like it, but he was determined to go out on his own terms, and was even willing to be with Llyr if only for another week or two. That inner strength drew Llyr to him. I also enjoyed that he walked a line between scepticism about what Llyr was and could do, and easy acceptance that he was an elf, oops not an elf. Unfortunately you don’t know much about Llyr. He’s a royal guard but is not happy in his post, and part of his duty involves impregnating females as their race is dwindling. I would have liked to know more about the Sidhe world, but on the whole, enough was explained to keep me content.
The ending is a bit shortened with a tacked on epilogue to explain what has happened, but I appreciated that Zeph just didn’t go waltzing back to town “cured” with no explanation. He came up wit a plausible excuse to stay away, and I imagine down the road, his “cure” would be explained as one of those natural miracles. I have always liked this author’s work and this is no exceptions. It was sweet without being sappy. I could see a follow-up where Llyr gets to be more familiar with modern human conveniences, or perhaps taking Zeph to the Sidhe world. I think there is quite a bit of potential for the two. I really enjoyed reading this one....more
This is less a romance, than a story about family and creating your own family not necessarily thThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This is less a romance, than a story about family and creating your own family not necessarily through blood but through love. Pryl and Tyler have been together for many years and have grown children with children of their own. It’s the time of Solstice and they are all coming home for the celebration, having moved to far away villages to live their own lives. Tyler has found that the empty next (literally since they live in a tree) very difficult, as family is everything to him. While joyful this children and grandchildren will be home, the joy is tempered by a young woman about to give birth who is dying. She has decreed that Tyler and Pryl will have her child after to raise.
Once the whole brood arrives, Tyler and Pryl decide they should tell the family the entire story of how two very different sprites met and fell in love and how they started their family. It seems that Tyler was an orphan who was taken advantage of by his village and had to escape in order to be with Pryl and their oldest son was found in woods. As I said, this is a story about family more than romance. If you’re looking for hot sprite sex, this is not the book. It doesn’t go beyond a kiss or hug. It’s a very gentle story with the joy of the entire family with all the little ones being back together, along with the squabbles amongst young children at an exciting time of the year.
If I had any niggles, it was that I was interested in finding out more about how they put their family together. They seem to be the kind of couple who kind of collect strays. Their oldest was orphaned when his parents were killed, but there was a passing mention of one of the children being rejected by their own family, and there was the young pregnant woman whose husband had died that they had kind of adopted. So I was curious about the family. It does end several years later as the twins are older with one of their sons coming home with his mate and they announce they are about to have a baby. So I was curious if it was a surrogate situation (both males) , as the other children seemed to come more haphazardly if you will.
Still, it was a very sweet story, but not in the saccharine way. Life was not perfect but they were a family who loved each other unconditionally and made the best of perhaps some less than ideal beginnings. This is the author’s first published story and I’d definitely check out more of her work in the future. The sympathetic characters expressing a long-term love and commitment were nice to read and a change from hormone driven young love....more
This was an interesting story, that kept me glued to the pages, and I was kind of disappointed it ended where it did. Shane and Cody live in the sameThis was an interesting story, that kept me glued to the pages, and I was kind of disappointed it ended where it did. Shane and Cody live in the same small town and have since about third grade, but are definitely not friends. Although both are hiding their sexuality. One night, Shane is by the old mill and something/someone comes to him and they make love, after which Shane starts changing and freaking out some. However during a gym class, something startles Cody on his bike, and he falls injuring himself, Shane finds him and helps him back, triggering awareness on Cody’s part of his attraction.
Things start to get very weird for Shane, including sprouting wings. Eventually, he finds out that Cody’s grandmother (an old friend of Shane’s dead mother) knows what he is, and she tries to help him understand, only things go really haywire and after Shane’s father beats Cody, (he used to regularly beat the sin out of Shane), Cody is taken by his grandmother to her people.
It seems there are two group of fae. The ones who turned Shane and the ones that Cody’s grandmother is a member of. Cody’s Grandmother was trying to “teach” Shane to hide his wings so that he could act as some kind of go-between for humans and save the earth and still live among them, but it was more like torture and Cody freed him, forcing him to make a decision about whether to stay human or change as well to save Shane.
There is a lot to cover here in the story, and I’ve probably made a good muddle of it, but there is enough of a story that’s it not crammed it. It sort of comes organically as the story progresses and the boys find out more about the truth of what they are and what it will mean to their lives.
I was a bit disappointed it ended when it did. Both boys come through the crisis, and appear ready to start learning about their abilities and what it will mean to them as a couple (both coming from different fae tribes), and then it’s over. So I can imagine there is quite a bit of story left as the two tribes learn to function in new ways and there were some interesting secondary characters such as Thor, Cody’s grandmother’s second in command whom he forges a bond with.
It’s definitely young adult. The sex is rather vaguely portrayed and short lived (and infrequent given the chaos in their lives), but I was so caught up in the story of the two tribes and the boys conversions to fae from human, that I felt it was appropriate for the genre. If you like fae stories with a twist (not so traditional as you really don’t find out much about them or where they came from), it’s a worthwhile read....more
**spoiler alert** Marcell is a young man who works in his Aunt’s bakery following his mother’s death. He’s always crushed on the Withers Boys, Boyd an**spoiler alert** Marcell is a young man who works in his Aunt’s bakery following his mother’s death. He’s always crushed on the Withers Boys, Boyd and Tye, since they rescued him in high school. However he just gets all nervous around them, although it seems the boys are the town scapegoats, but Marcell is sure there is more to them than trouble makers. He hangs out in an old barn sometimes and one night he falls asleep and wakes to see the two half-brothers having sex. When they are accused of ditching a teacher’s car in the lake, Marcell steps forward as he knows they couldn’t have done it, which means they also know he saw them together. They soon confess they’ve always wanted him and all end up in bed together. When another act of vandalism happens, the Sheriff shows up and once again they have an alibi and finally the truth about Marcell being attacked by the teacher and nearly molested but saved by the boys comes out. I know incest isn’t for everyone, but that’s not an issue for me, however the story was so short I felt there was more to be told, especially about the situation with the teacher who had tried to molest Marcell. I wanted to see more about that as it was kind of hinted at that they had been “taking care of him” since then, somehow keeping him from getting other kids but it wasn’t clear how. So I just wish this one, which was the shortest had been longer because I was really looking forward to some faerie incest....more
Okay, this one I liked best because I didn't have to deal with quite so much blood and guts of the supposed good guys. At least when there was pain anOkay, this one I liked best because I didn't have to deal with quite so much blood and guts of the supposed good guys. At least when there was pain and torture it was a truly bad guy doing it.
Braelan comes back and River catches him stealing money from an ATM and they end up in this rather love/hate thing, where River steals the money, Braelan tracks him, River thinks he stole it back, River gets in trouble, Braelan saves him and then they have to work it out. I felt badly for River who has been essentially homeless except for his dick of a landlord and since getting out of jail his life sucks and then Braelan comes along and he's confused why the guy would want a bum, and has had his heart shut off for so long he's confused by his feelings. Then it seems the cops are after them, not just any cops the ones who framed River for murder.
So I enjoyed this one much more. I just kind of ignored the fact that Braelan had been a sadistic bastard in the last book and went with it. Maybe the ending was a bit too pat and perfect, but hey, HEA and all that. When does Malik get a story? ...more
Okay, I didn't go for something light and fluffy but I cheated. I skimmed much of this. I really couldn't handle reading scene after scene of beatingOkay, I didn't go for something light and fluffy but I cheated. I skimmed much of this. I really couldn't handle reading scene after scene of beating and abuse that Uri took at the hands of his brother. Ugh. That kind of brutality just doesn't do it for me. I don't care if you're Fae and always recover, I can't do it.
Once Braelen finally got his head out of his ass, I then read it to the end. I liked Trystan and I always have been a sucker for the supposed bad guy (even in the first book I liked Uri/Skelly best - hey, I liked Loki best in the Avengers - what can I say, bad boys do it for me). I like it best when they are fighting the outside force, rather than each other which seems to be the way of the Fae.
I mostly read it because I bought book 3 and I wanted to read it, so I didn't want to skip this one. So my rating takes into account that probably 25% of the book I didn't read. I have no problems with the authors style, or voice, or the editing, it was just too brutal/mean for me (wimp) in parts. To be honest, I still have trouble believing that Braelen could go from casually causing extreme pain and think nothing of it, in fact seem to enjoy it, not the slightest question that maybe this is wrong to suddenly being a nice guy. I'll go with it for the sake of romance but ......more
I enjoyed this book and kept reading it but I had some reservations, which are probably my own. Will's continual rationalization for the beatings he tI enjoyed this book and kept reading it but I had some reservations, which are probably my own. Will's continual rationalization for the beatings he takes at the hands of his boyfriend frustrated me to no end. I know it's an abuse victim mind-set, but I've not been there and I don't get it. I just wanted to shake him, and even after the final (almost) beating, he's still not overly determined to kick the guy to the curb. For those who are sensitive to portrayals of domestic violence, this is pretty graphic and extreme, especially the aftermath. There's no "Oh and he beat him", it's all there in graphic detail, so if that's an issue you may be cautious. I liked Cobalt and I liked "Skelly" him supposed nemesis. The best friend was a bit annoying, he's been beaten almost badly enough to need hospitalization and she wants to go drinking the two nights later. Hello? Maybe he should be recovering.
I also find the prospect of scarification (what Cobalt does along with tattoos) freaks me out. I've seen pictures. Eeek. Thankfully the process is not described in detail. However in all it's an interesting read even if quite bloody and graphic at times (those Fae are nasty) and I liked that Will finally seemed to get himself together at the end and used his strength to help Cobalt. But I think I need a break before the next one as I read some reviews and it seems it's also got some heavier issues so I think I need to read something light and fluffy for a minute....more
This is first-time author Blaine D. Arden’s debut story and I have to say I was very impThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews
This is first-time author Blaine D. Arden’s debut story and I have to say I was very impressed. CSI meets elves meets menage-y goodness. Kelnaht, is a truth seeker, which is rather a combination elf police/CSI expert. He is called in investigate a murder, along with his assistant. Because the murder happened immediately outside the forester’s home, suspicion falls upon him. The forester has been shunned, and no one but The Guide is allowed to talk to him, even Kel, although he’s been secretly lusting over the man for years. Kel is approached by his ex-lover who wants him to know the forester is innocent, as he is now the foresters lover, a deed which Kel could arrest him for and have him shunned as well. However he still love Ianys, even though he abandoned him years ago to marry a woman, who later died, and had a child.
This was interesting how the author took some elfin magic and applied it roughly to criminal investigation techniques. They can sense things from the body, raise evidence such as bruises and finger marks, get signatures off of clothing or bits of evidence and sense where people have been. Also rather like a mystical autopsy can be performed with no invasive measures needed. Kel also has the ability to enter someone’s mind to determine the truth, which he is forced to do later much to his dismay, as it forces him to witness the murder.
The romantic substory of Kel, Ianys and Taruif was sweet and bittersweet at the same time. Ianys finally explains his abandonment of Kel, and now a truth seeker is faced with breaking the very laws he upholds, in order to be with the men he loves. The Guide gave some cryptic remarks that essentially came down to “everything will work out” which left me a bit lost, as I couldn’t see how. I thought the ending was sweet, if a bit sad, in how the men would have to live their lives given the hurdles they faced. However I appreciated that, compared to some of the tacked on “solved everything – ta da – happy ever after” I’ve seen lately. This ending made me believe a happy ever after would come, but it wouldn’t be easy and they’d have to persevere to get there. More realistic I think.
My only quibble would be that I was a bit unclear with the mystical elf talk about puddles and such and HOW it would work out, but that was minor. I have to say I was as interested in the whole murder investigation and how they went about it as I was in the romance. Not that I didn’t feel a connection between the men, that was there, a long-term longing on all sides, but being a police procedural fan I enjoyed that portion of the story. So if you are in the mood for some elfin police drama, coupled with sweet but challenging romance, an excellent choice that I very much enjoyed.
Also the cover depicts and actual scene from the story which is always nice to see....more
This short story has a quite unusual setting. It is set in Chicago in the era of prohibition, thThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
This short story has a quite unusual setting. It is set in Chicago in the era of prohibition, the time of Bugsy Malone and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, but with a paranormal twist. The existence of witches, demons, pixes, etc. seem to be fairly common knowledge, although they keep a low profile, and our lead character Ian works for the special police force that monitors these creatures. As well, being gay seems to be fairly well accepted, or as well as it is perhaps today, given that Ian is separated from his family due to having a boyfriend, Billy. Ian also has his own paranormal abilities.
A large part of the story is Ian’s attempts, with his partner and the help of a witch who works for their department, to find the coven who is poisoning “legal” whiskey and thus save Billy’s life. He does manage to find the information he needs, but at a price. The fairy king helps him, but in exchange for Billy’s life, Ian must work for the fairy king after 25 years.
I got a sense from this of some of the old movies that had the hard-boiled detective. This is set in a time when cops went around beating people up and getting in fights and no one though twice, but Ian has a bit of that devil-may-care attitude. He makes the odd slightly snarky comment about the people around him, and there are moments of humour tossed in with the seriousness of chasing down the witches responsible. It also forced Ian to look more closely at his relationship with Billy which has been up until this point kind of a on-off not so serious affair, but the though of losing Billy makes him rethink and decide to man-up and tell Billy.
So it’s a bit nontraditional in the romance department, as for a large part of the story Billy is semi-comatose and dying, but when they finally reunite it was sweet and a bit sad because you know Ian only has 25 years. I would be curious to see what happens in 25 years, when it is time for Ian to leave Billy or when he has to explain what he did in order to save him. I think there is potential for more of these men in a rather intriguing world. I would definitely keep an eye out for more stories set in this world as it rather appealed to me....more
While humourous and irreverent in many ways, and I do adore Keirnan Kelly’s sense of humour, I wThis review can be found at Brief Encounters Reviews.
While humourous and irreverent in many ways, and I do adore Keirnan Kelly’s sense of humour, I was left feeling a bit unsatisfied at the end of this “Halloween” short. It wasn’t set at Halloween, nor was it particularly spooky, but it did have a demon lead character.
Greg and Hex (Hexcharion), a demon, run a magic shop. For $200 you can place your wish before the demon and poof, granted. It comes to light that Greg and Hex used to have a third in their relationship who left them for fame and fortune with a magician in Vegas (the humour starts entering the picture), and Greg is still anxious that they will never find their third, but Hex reassures him.
The first half of the book is a scene with two young women seeking a rich boyfriend, thus explaining Hex and Greg’s business, along with a sex scene between the two outlining their desire for a third. The second part of the book is where Mark comes in. His cousin, one of the young women, recommend he come to the magic shop to find the spy within his company. He’s not thrilled, CFO’s of large companies don’t go to “fortune tellers”, but he’s desperate.
This was where things derailed a bit for me. It was still humourous and sexy and I like the style, but immediately, Hex recognizes him as their third and after explaining it to Mark, he jumps on board with the whole idea and zap, they are in bed for some threesome sex and next thing you know, Mark has quit his job, moved in with the guys and is planning to franchise out the operation. Whoa.
I didn’t know much about Mark at all beyond him being a wealthy stressed out CFO. You knew a bit more about Greg and Hex’s relationship, but not how they met, if demons are pretty much common knowledge (no one totally freaked out when Hex appeared), and I felt a bit dropped in and rushed towards the end. The longer term relationship is evident in the interactions between the demon and his partner, this passage is indicative of their relationship:
… Greg closed his eyes and began to murmur softly, passing his hands repeated over the crystal ball. “Ni il, mu, kibid sanaku. Menden ges bala.”
Roughly translated, the phrase meant, “Get up, get dressed, and get your lazy ass out here. We have customers,” but it sounded quite impressive to those unfamiliar with the long dead Sumerian language.
So while I enjoyed the story and found myself smiling often at the humour and the message of “be careful what you wish for”, I was left feeling that I got a bit of a bum rush at the end when there was so much more possibility for them as a trio. I know, I know, publisher length guidelines. Still, if you’re in the mood for a light-hearted demon/human story, Kiernan Kelly’s work is always a good choice....more
Tinsel is working the yo-yo line at Santa's workshop but not feeling it. When suddenly Santa's bad boy nephew Yule ends up working next to him and he'Tinsel is working the yo-yo line at Santa's workshop but not feeling it. When suddenly Santa's bad boy nephew Yule ends up working next to him and he's fascinated. On their break, Yule takes Tinsel out back for a smoke (elves don't smoke, gamble, cuss or have sex - but Yule does). They're having a nice little session of 69 when the alarm goes off. Comet is missing!!! *gasp* All the elves are tasked to get out there and find him or no Christmas. Yule manages to team up with Tinsel and off they go into the woods. They find a cave, start a fire and Yule brought some essential supplies. Lube and a dildo. The supplies yield a fine result and they even manage to find and rescue Comet. It's a funny little twist on Santa's elves although I kept having Keebler Elf images which made it hard to think sexy thoughts about them....more
This is a book 4 in the Rowan and Valiance series by this author. You do not need to have read the previous books, but you would be missing out on a tThis is a book 4 in the Rowan and Valiance series by this author. You do not need to have read the previous books, but you would be missing out on a treat. I especially recommend book 1, which will give you a bit of background to the couple. Things are going well for the two on the romance front, however Rowan is finding it difficult at times, after doing strong magic, to recover. The most recent episode left him unconscious for several hours, and Valiance is determined his man will get a vacation with NO magic. He proposes a trip to visit his parents and introduce them to Rowan. Rowan’s not sure, but agrees to the vacation.
The journey is not as straight forward as they expected, and when Rowan is forced to perform a couple of large spells to save Valiance’s life, he is more ill than ever. It seems he hasn’t been learning to use his magic properly, so it’s affecting him more. They finally arrive at Valiance’s parents, who are not too sure about this wizard their son has brought home, and are sure he’s far too young and totally inappropriate for their son.
Now most of the joy in these stories is the interaction between Rowan and Valiance and the author’s sense of humour. Because Rowan and Valiance are now in love, that snarky edge is lost, however there are other situations the author uses to lighten the story. The reaction of the locals to Rowan on their journey, and their attempts to honour him, are humourous and frustrating for Valiance who just wants to lay them all out and scare them off. So there remains that light-hearted touch which takes away from what could have been a rather angsty story with Rowan falling so ill and Valiance’s family’s rejection of their relationship.
For those who have not read any stories in this series, I recommend you start at the beginning because I totally fell for poor hapless wizard Rowan and his snarly, but soft-hearted elven bodyguard. I’m presuming there may be more stories to the series, as Rowan was offered a training position with a surly older wizard to help control his magic and thus alleviating his health problems. I will definitely be following up if there are....more
The author has taken up her alphabet series again. Gabe works for Anthony, the alpha mate and is attacked one night. He confused and wakes up3.5 stars
The author has taken up her alphabet series again. Gabe works for Anthony, the alpha mate and is attacked one night. He confused and wakes up with the pack told that he must have latent were genes and now he's been changed, like it or not. While figuring this out, in walks twin fae Vielle and Vien. Gabe instantly attacks one deciding he's his mate, however before long he's figured they are both his mates, however the guys are clear, no touchy between the twins. They'll be naked in bed together but don't have sex together (pity that) but Gabe prefers that anyway. On the mutant werewolf side, Gabe is sent with the twins to see the fae king to ask for help, it seems there is much corruption in the fae kingdom and after returning Gabe is attacked by his best girlfriend who wants to make him mutant. I didn't quite get her role, but there was more learned about the mutants and which fae may be aiding the mad scientist in his pursuit to wipe out the regular shifters. I'd say this is an improvement on the previous books which were published under a different publisher, fewer errors and are a bit like candy, a quick read that leaves you looking forward to the next, especially now I'm kind of invested in figuring out the mutant werewolf thing. Hopefully it won't take quite so long for H as it did for G. ...more
Alli is a very unlucky fae. After being rejected by his people for being gay, he’s forced to live in the human world, however his magic reacts badly oAlli is a very unlucky fae. After being rejected by his people for being gay, he’s forced to live in the human world, however his magic reacts badly on earth and he ends up being a walking disaster. Michael is a bear shifter whose seeking something more and decides to settle in the same town which is known to be friendly to paranormals. He literally saves Alli from being run down in the street and somehow is tasked with caring for him. Alli has attitude. He has no intention of getting close to anyone because he’s been burned and he doesn’t want someone to have his bad luck. However Michael doesn’t take no for an answer and basically insinuates himself in Alli’s life. When someone attacks Alli’s shop writing gay slurs on the walls and suddenly seem to be stalking him, Michael calls on his family for help along with the local deputy who keeps an eye on Alli. I really liked this story. The difference between cynical crabby Alli and go with the flow mellow Michael was fun to watch. I enjoyed seeing Alli bowled over by a guy he couldn’t scare off. So all in all a really cute story with a touch of stalker. :-) But it wasn’t really a major part of the story, it was more Alli dealing with his bad luck and watching Michael break down his walls.
Very cute story about a member of an elven dragon hunting team and the surly human medic he's crushing on, who get separated and trapped by a dragon iVery cute story about a member of an elven dragon hunting team and the surly human medic he's crushing on, who get separated and trapped by a dragon in a cave. ...more
This is a fantasy which start with sorcerer/ruler Zujan can control fire and has many fire fairies that do his bidding. He also has a lovely harem ofThis is a fantasy which start with sorcerer/ruler Zujan can control fire and has many fire fairies that do his bidding. He also has a lovely harem of young men. At a party, he is insulted by uppity prince Wintras, and basically says he has to stay for a year or he'll kill his parents. Wintras is pissed, and decides he'd rather starve than comply, and nearly does. However eventually he agrees that he'll submit. Everyone seems to like Zujan and Wintras doesn't get it. How could they not want to be free and go home? He's basically a pain in the butt, until upsetting Zujan so badly he burns down part of his castle and sends Wintras home. A couple of years later, Wintras has managed to gather the neighbouring kingdoms and defeat Zujan and he's determined to take his revenge. Only Zujan is nearly dead, drained by the fire fairies and encased in ice. Just to be contrary, Wintras rescues him and when he finally thaws him out, he's not the same man which confuses him. Okay, Wintras was a typical arrogant 19 year old who knows how it all should be. Zujan took in people whose families had died and gave them a home and a job, but Wintras thought they should all go if they want. Go home. To what? It took him FINALLY getting stuck with Zujan, to really understand he wasn't that bad, and that his people weren't suffering all that much. Zujan is night and day once he thaws, he's more like an innocent child than an evil sorcerer, and you get to know the whole magical back story. It was interesting and for a fantasy I enjoyed it. The world is pretty typical of most castles and magic stories so you don't have to stretch to imagine it. I slid in quite easily. Now if you like your heroes to only be with each other (sorry Kassa - rampant sex ahead) that's not the case. In fact Zujan and Wintras don't have much beyond some oral sex until the second time they are together (and even then there was always another party involved), however he has sex with his harem, Wintras has sex with the harem, the harem have sex with each other and even a third is invited to their bed after they finally get down to it. So if that kind of casual sex thing makes you crazy, this might not be for you, but it seemed to fit the feel and it's a harem for god's sake. What else would they do? :-) I enjoyed the story though. ...more
The blurb pretty much says it all as far as plot goes for this one, the pleasure it in is the interaction between Wynn and Etireh. Wynn is outraged whThe blurb pretty much says it all as far as plot goes for this one, the pleasure it in is the interaction between Wynn and Etireh. Wynn is outraged when he hears the Fae trying to convince Etireh to have sex with him despite Etireh’s refusal. The arrogant creature figures Etireh should be grateful to have someone of his stature lower himself to have sex with a half-blood, and thinks sleeping with a shifter is ick. Wynn decides to make his claim known and doesn’t care if he ticks off a Fae.
Wynn wants more though. While he’s been happy to sub for Etireh in the BDSM games they play in the bedroom, his shifter nature rears its jealous head, and he wants to make a statement. A little to his surprise, Etireh agrees and some kinky playtime ensues. However after the marking, Etireh makes a commitment to Wynn, formalizing their relationship as more than just good times.
This is a sexy and sweet story. Wynn and Etireh are as kinky as ever, and totally perfect for each other. There is less of the BDSM aspect to this story than the original Ermine and Bougainvillea which you can find reviewed at my other blog HERE. But the realization that they are more to each other than just a casual relationship was sweet and showed that outside of kinky sex, they have a real connection and love which comes through strongly.
This could be read as a stand-alone. You would get a feel for their relationship and the world created, but I think to truly appreciate it you need to read the first book. I highly recommend both books though, I really enjoyed them....more
Mick is out deer hunting with his business partner. When they stop to take a break, his partner reveals that Mick’s fiance has been skimming money froMick is out deer hunting with his business partner. When they stop to take a break, his partner reveals that Mick’s fiance has been skimming money from their business, oh and by the way, she’s sleeping with the partner too, and she shows up shooting Mick in the chest. He awakens in a small cabin and thanks to his Irish mother’s stories, he’s quite aware he’s with an elf and takes great pains to make sure he doesn’t say something to offend. Part of his hunting ritual was to make offering to the forest people so that is why the elf rescued him.
After recovering a bit he manages to get home and his fiance, whom he’d hoped to start a family with, is jailed. He thinks about his life and his feelings for the elf, realizing he is gay and he returns to the elf only to be told if he comes back one more time, he has to stay forever.
The whole atmosphere of this book is very … dream-like perhaps? It all has a very mystical quality even when Mick returns to Vancouver. Mick understand the rules of the elves, things like when being asked to bring a gift he answers in a way that will allow him flexibility, and when confronted with two small red-headed children and told they are his, he just kind of goes with the flow and I wasn’t really sure if he was playing along or somehow the whole mystical place triggered an awareness in him.
I quite enjoyed that atmosphere, that sense of magic and otherworldliness (if that’s a word). Mick took some time to figure out his life and decide what he really wanted before giving up everything in the human world, it wasn’t a rash decision which I appreciated. Something about the feel just appealed to me. There is no physical relationship between the men (man and elf?) in the story, but it’s more about feeling that your place is with the other person, a rightness to it, than hot raging hormones, although I’m sure that comes later. :-) Definitely a good choice for those like something a bit outside the norm with a touch of magic and great atmosphere....more
Garrick is a very successful alpha but he's lonely and wishes desperately for a mate. In desperation he signs up for a dating service for supernaturalGarrick is a very successful alpha but he's lonely and wishes desperately for a mate. In desperation he signs up for a dating service for supernaturals knowing that if his desire to be sexually dominated gets out, he'll face a difficult time as an alpha. When he gets his match he has bigger problems, his match is a banished faerie and the war between the paras and the Fae is still fresh in most people's minds. It soon becomes obvious that slight, tattooed, pierced Dom Faolan and Garrick are perfect mates, but Faolan's mom, the Faerie Queen is not content to let peace reign if she can help it. I really enjoyed this book, although as Lily noted, I would have been content to leave out the whole thing with the Faerie Queen and just focus on the guys and having someone so dominant outside the bedroom cope with being an untrained sub inside and facing his pack when it all comes out. My only note was during the whole book, Faolan never once fucks Garrick, he always allows him to do it (okay, not that many times but still). I'm not against a Dom taking it, but I thought at least ONCE to show his dominance the author would have shown it. *shrug* Faolan was NOT the smug Dom, he kept telling Garrick he needed to tell him what was what in order to be a good Master which was a nice change. Oh, I am kind of tired of the psychopathic Faerie Queen thing. Is that a must? Change it up, make her nice for a change.
I looked and there is a pre-quel to this, it's the story of the witch and the satyr who run the dating service (m/f) and there were lots of hints thrown that Faolan's best friend was going to find a mate (but unclear if it would be a girl or boy as he goes both way - or both I suppose) although there was nothing on the author's website about a sequel. If it's m/m I'd definitely seek it out....more
This is a continuation of the Dragons series and is Bailey and David's story. Everyone knows that David and Bailey are attracted but nothing ever happThis is a continuation of the Dragons series and is Bailey and David's story. Everyone knows that David and Bailey are attracted but nothing ever happens. Bailey figures it's because of his injuries he sustained in Iraq, he shakes and has trouble with his balance. Mordred who wants everyone happy arranges for a love spell on St. Patrick's Day. They have 24 hours of amazing sex and you find out that David's politician father has big plans for him in parliament and he's never not done what his father wants save for joining the military. After Bailey confesses his love he tells David he has to choose, try and win his father's approval or Bailey. There is lots of Mordred and George and Kael and Hugh so it's kind of fun to see them all together and to get a look inside Bailey and David's heads. It's typical TA, an nice easy read which was I needed at the time....more
God, I hate that we can't give 1/2 or 3/4 stars. Grrr. But I'll give it 4.
Sage, a half-blood fairy who can freeze time randomly, is tasked to get a DGod, I hate that we can't give 1/2 or 3/4 stars. Grrr. But I'll give it 4.
Sage, a half-blood fairy who can freeze time randomly, is tasked to get a DNA sample from a tough biker Mason. Mason is not his type but he’s oddly attracted. When Mason is attacked he saves his life and is tasked to keep an eye on him. Dill finds out that usually when he freezes time everyone has no awareness but Mason did and also if Dill touches him frozen then the skill transfers and Dill freezes and Mason can move in time. Dill is pretty up front with Mason about what he wants and Mason admits he’s attracted but his childhood in the system has taught him not to trust. They work together to find out who is trying to do him in while getting closer. This is a book in a series but you really don’t need to read the others to read it. Sage, his brother was the first book and he’s in this one but his history doesn’t bear on the story much. Their fairy mother is a riot, she’s very open about sex and her kid’s love lives which has them all cringing and was quite funny. I did get a big confused the first time that Dill switched with Mason being frozen but on the whole a fun read with some humour and drama and a titch of angst....more
This follows up on the last book which told how Itzuke (the fox shifter) Aoi (the elf stripper) and Aya (a young elf) got together. They head off to JThis follows up on the last book which told how Itzuke (the fox shifter) Aoi (the elf stripper) and Aya (a young elf) got together. They head off to Japan to meet Itzuke’s family which is pretty non-traditional. He’s got two dads and a mom. Everything is going great when suddenly Itzuke is stuck in his wolf form and has a curse (geas) on him. Seems Aoi’s grandmother is determined he will take his place as guardian of the temple and has cursed Itzuke. If he agrees to stay she’ll remove the curse. He does but he’s useless at being a soldier. He step-mom’s son wants the job so they conspire with his uncle to prove that the other kid would be better and release Aoi from his commitment. Oh, there’s a fisting scene in this one, which is pretty unrealistic, but hey, the guy is a fox shifter and they other two are elves so I guess it’s not that out there. It was okay, the plot with the Grandmother and how they would get out of it. But the plot to smexin’ ratio was pretty skewed....more
So they are back in Seattle, everything is fine more or less when Aoi attempts to rescue a kitten in the street and is hit by a mini-van. He is badlySo they are back in Seattle, everything is fine more or less when Aoi attempts to rescue a kitten in the street and is hit by a mini-van. He is badly injured and stuck in the hospital for nearly a month with a broken leg which is not healing well. He is depressed, his physiotherapist keeps telling him now he can quit stripping and find a real job, he doesn’t spend much time with the guys because they are working to pay the bills. He eventually gets back to work. The end. Not much to this one. Just them dealing with the aftermath of his injury and having lots of sex and some fighting. You did find out slightly more about the club but I had been kind of hoping that these books would set up the scene more for the club and the people there but it really didn’t. It focused almost entirely on the three guys with some throw-away stuff. So it didn’t quite give me what I was hoping for when I bought the series as they were the first books to be set in that world....more
This is the final book in the Utopia X series and a fine wrap-up. The guys are finding it impossible to engage the Celestine crystal with sexual energThis is the final book in the Utopia X series and a fine wrap-up. The guys are finding it impossible to engage the Celestine crystal with sexual energy since they all have their own men and really don't want to be together that way. They go off to the head office to explain and while they are gone Pablo heads out to the clubs with his old friends. Win gets home and finds Pablo passed out, a used condom next to the bed and their house trashed. After a fight Win kicks him out and Pablo can't remember what happened but is sure he'd never cheat and is determined to find out what really did happen. Meanwhile some dark elves are planning to take over the city and manage to capture the three guys causing Win to shift because he's so upset about Pablo and the whole situation. Pablo manages to ride to the rescue (on a scooter? LOL) and save the day thanks to some magical help. You really have to read the whole series to read this one or you'll be lost. But they are so worth it. I loved that when Pablo gets kicked to the curb he doesn't resort to that whining "but let me explaaaaaiiiinn" stuff and gets just as pissed off and leaves in a righteous huff when Win is so harsh. (Though it did look bad.) I also liked that he was willing to come back and fix things once he'd figured it out. There weren't 40 pages of him being stubborn and refusing to address the issue. So that I loved. I did wish there had been more Ridley but as KZ said, it was almost impossible to include everyone from the other books so she chose and I can live with that. There is more about their neighbor Skeep and a run-away elf he helped which would be fun to find out more about and you find out more about Andrew and his background. So lots of fodder for future explorations of this world which maybe some day she will write for us. So I thought it was a very appropriate ending, with some relationship drama, some action and a nice HEA for all concerned. Great series though, really, for those who like fantasy or UF it's so worth it. ...more