This little story was absolutely adorable! With the prospect of a new job, Phillip...moreThis review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.
This little story was absolutely adorable! With the prospect of a new job, Phillip is all too eager to move to a new state to work in a town filled with all types of shifters. What Phillip didn’t expect, though, was the wolf shifter who just so happens to be his future sexy boss, Dr. Gunner Samuels. Phillip feels more than just lust when it comes to the hunky wolf and in an attempt to push the two together, Phillip’s best friend invites the boss over for a dinner that Phillip has to cook. There’s just two problems, Phillip doesn’t know how to cook… and he’s a vegetarian.
I loved that this story is filled with so many clever one-liners. It had me chuckling often because of the mix of humor and funny animal characteristics. As a wolf, Gunner can’t help but sniff Phillip and as a chipmunk, Phillip can’t help but hoard nuts and other foods. It was a good mix of cute and funny that kept a smile on my face throughout the story.
With those little attributes, I found the characters very endearing. I just loved Phillip’s stammering over talking to Gunner about anything not related to work but I also loved that Gunner found so much amusement in Phillip’s awkwardness. It’s… well, adorable. I’m not sure how else to describe it! It’s also very sweet the way that Gunner wants to cherish and care for Phillip.
While I enjoyed the story it was just too darn short! I loved the chemistry between Gunner and Phillip but I wished there had been more meat to the story to really give that connection some justice. As it is, I didn’t exactly feel the love that the characters claimed to have. There were also some moments that I would have loved to see instead of being told about.
All in all, an adorably funny story about a chipmunk and a wolf who just happen to work together. Add to that a vegetarian trying to make dinner for a wolf who craves meat and this story is bound to give you a few laughs. For those looking for something quick, funny and cute, give this one a try because it definitely fits the bill!(less)
Since Quinn’s partner died, he’s been living a lonely, sad life. He hasn’t been abl...moreThis review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.
Since Quinn’s partner died, he’s been living a lonely, sad life. He hasn’t been able to get over George’s death in the five years he’s been grieving but when Quinn’s brother, Michael, comes back into his life with his future wife, they inadvertently give Quinn a reason to move on with his life. That reason? Arrow, the man who’s been chasing Michael and Jade. Quinn thought he finally found another person to spend his life with but what will happen once he figures out the real reason Arrow has shown interest in him?
There were a lot of things I liked about this story. I loved how Quinn’s letter was able to make Arrow feel so much towards a complete stranger and I especially loved that it slowly worked its way under Arrow’s skin. More than that, I liked how sweet Quinn and Arrow were together. Instead of jumping into bed right away or being in love at first sight, they take things slow and actually date. It was refreshing in a way and made the conflict and feelings they had in the end all that much more real.
Unfortunately, one of my issues with this story was how one-dimensional the characters felt to me. I tried to connect with them but it was hard because I didn’t feel like I really knew them. By the end, I felt like there were too many questions left unanswered such as what Arrow will be doing now that he’s not in the business of finding people.
All in all, this was a light, sweet read. If I had to describe it further, I’d even call it ‘quiet’ because while there is a little suspense, it’s more of a slow discovery of romance. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more by this author.(less)
This is an action-packed story about Mac, who works for Supernatural Protection & Invest...moreThis review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.
This is an action-packed story about Mac, who works for Supernatural Protection & Investigations as a seer. Partnered with Ian Byrne, the two track down creatures that go bump in the night causing trouble. When doing an off-the-books night job, they’re just seconds shy of stopping a gruesome paranormal murder. Unfortunately for them, one torn apart human is just the start of the chaos that’s about to unfold.
This was my first book by Ms. Shearin and I must say, I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed it! It reminded me a bit of the movie R.I.P.D. with some of the scenes that took place, mixed with a little Men In Black. The Grendel Affair was filled with suspense involving dragons, werewolves, elves, suicidal Vikings, disgusting ghouls and baby Grendels. I liked the integration of the Grendel creatures and the history behind them. It was interesting to see everything come together and work itself out with just seconds to spare! It was loads of fun, to say the least!
I also enjoyed Mac’s quirky humor and honesty in just how scared and wimpy she is, it was refreshing to read a book about a heroine that didn’t think she had to prove something to everyone else and do things on her own with no help. Mixed with Ian’s stoicism and their bantering, I loved the chemistry between them and the connection that’s slowly blossoming. I have a few small questions still but since this is the start of a series, I think my questions will be answered soon enough in the next book.
All in all, this was a great start to a new series! I loved the characters and all the suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to see what comes next for Mac and Ian and hopefully see the connection between them get deeper! And I desperately hope we get more of Rolf! That crazy Viking is just so loveable! Definitely recommended for those who enjoy a good, fun urban fantasy.(less)
When a creature starts mutilating dogs in Dina’s neighborhood, she’s forced to take...moreThis review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.
When a creature starts mutilating dogs in Dina’s neighborhood, she’s forced to take actions into her own hands when the local werewolf refuses to do anything. Unfortunately for her, that same werewolf refuses to let her handle things herself and pretty soon she’s forced to team up with him to find the creatures before they escalate into killing humans. Things only get worse when powerful vampires show up to warn them off. But what happens when these vampires can’t get the job done? In Dina’s attempt to save her neighborhood will she end up losing everything instead?
Oh, I loved this one! I couldn’t help but fall into this world like I fall so easily into the Kate Daniels series. I loved the uniqueness of the idea behind the Inn, which is an entity of its own. The fact that Dina is the Inn Keeper and holds a great amount of power was right up my alley. Mixed with her using her powers on not only Sean, the alpha-strain werewolf, but Arland, the vampire soldier, and anyone else that decided to cause problems on her land made the story that much more appealing. Not to mention, the authors included graphics of each major character within the novel and even though I wished there were more graphics to show some of the scenes, I absolutely loved the pics!
I loved that Dina had no issues with getting her hands dirty and even loved that Sean and Dina started off so badly on the wrong foot. Dina at first, seems very bland but as the story progresses, you see that she has a lot of layers to her and tries to hide her emotions. Sean is very aggressive, powerful and just won’t give up while Arland is forceful and thinks his way is the only way.
The three working together are make a great team and I loved experiencing their planning to eliminate the enemy. Readers should be aware this is a classic first story in a UF series. That means there is only a sliver of romance. The love interest is possibly Sean or it’s possibly Arland but besides one brief kiss, we don’t know which yet. Dina’s love life is still developing and I imagine it’ll be an epic one!
I think my only niggle with this story is the explanation concerning other alien planets and wars around them. While I liked that this world expanded to include an almost sci-fi element, the way it was all described felt clinical and out of place. It seemed odd to me the way it was just dumped into the story.
Overall, I absolutely loved this story. The idea centered around an Inn Keeper and all the power they hold was fascinating to read about. I loved the situations Dina was forced into because of her desire to help. It was a refreshing story and different from the other novels I’ve read by Ilona Andrews. I can’t wait to see where they go with this series and especially can’t wait to see if more graphics will be included in the next stories!(less)
Having just finished this, I'm not really sure what to say. I loved the story. Axton is so melancholy and grumpy. He's not exactly the friendliest per...moreHaving just finished this, I'm not really sure what to say. I loved the story. Axton is so melancholy and grumpy. He's not exactly the friendliest person but he's so... real that I just wanted to squeeze him and never let go. Throughout the story, you see what Axton goes through. His repetitive life and how Leander disrupts that, how Axton is trying to cope with Leander always around and the feelings Axton can't seem to get rid of for his gorgeous neighbor.
Leander is, quite honestly, an asshole. He's nice and charming but can be manipulative and mean if he finds amusement in it. He grew on me, even though there were times I didn't like him, and he brought out something in Axton that made Axton want to show his belly. It's cute and sweet and... well, I'm not sure what else to say.
I adored the two together. I just cannot express how much I loved experiencing the two form a friendship. It's a slow-burn type of book but it's only one sided. They flirt occasionally and they banter a lot but their time together is precious and their time apart is heartbreaking. There are funny moments and sad moments, happy moments and heart-stopping moments. It's an adventure if you really let yourself sink into the story and ignore its flaws.
I adored this book, especially Axton, but it still has it's problems. It could have used a lot more editing. There were typos and mistakes throughout the book but mainly there were brief paragraphs interspersed through the book from Leander's POV even though the rest is from Axton's POV. The head hopping is disorienting at first but I got used to it eventually. Beyond that, I'm left with a lot of questions by the end of the book. Where will Axton and Leander go now? Are they in a relationship? Is it a long-distance relationship? Are they monogamous? Most of all, I want to know if Leander is still going to be acquiring girlfriends left and right like he was and how will Axton react to that?
In the end, this was a phenomenal story. It's slow and really gets into Axton's head, his paranoia, his panic and his misery but then you see how Leander makes Axton happy, even though he's angsting over Leander as straight. It's intense at times but I really loved how they built a solid relationship before they got into anything intimate. It gave credence to Leander being gay for Axton. A lovely story and nothing like a normal shifter story. Definitely recommended for those looking for something with character depth and a change from the usual cliched shifter story.
Having said all that, I really hope there's more to come of Axton and Leander. It would be great to get a story from Leander's point of view and to see them in a different setting than the cabins and mountains. I'll be keeping an eye out for more books by Ms. Wayne in hopes my wishes come true!(less)
This was the first book I’ve read by Ms. Bishop and I came across Written in Red when I was looking at the nominees in the Goodreads Choice A...more4.5 stars
This was the first book I’ve read by Ms. Bishop and I came across Written in Red when I was looking at the nominees in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2013, I saw the cover and I thought “Hmmmm, that seems interesting” (yes, I’m a cover whore). So I bought the book, expecting to read a typical paranormal story. What I found instead was something amazingly fascinating and wholly unique.
If I had to classify this story, I’d say it’s urban fantasy but even that doesn’t exactly explain it. Nevertheless, this novel took me on a wild ride set in a gruesome, cruel world where the terra indigene, the Earth Natives, rule the world. These Others only tolerate humans for the technology they’ve managed to create but even then, the relationship between humans and Others is uneasy, filled with fear and sometimes hatred.
The story follows Meg Corbyn, a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, as she seeks refuge with the Others at Lakeside. Taking a position as a Human Liaison for them, she’s safe from the Controller who is looking for her as long as she stays on the Others land. Unfortunately, Meg has secrets and Simon Wolfgard, the leader of Lakeside Courtyard, knows she’s hiding something and determined to figure out just what that is and why a human such as Meg doesn’t smell like all other humans, like prey.
Beyond the amazing world that was created, the author managed to bring life to just about everything within the story, including the characters. The descriptions surrounding Meg and her role as a blood prophet made me fall in love with who Meg was and broke my heart over what kind of life she’s been forced to endure. I adored the savagery around Simon and his fight to stay in his human skin but mostly I loved how much Meg unintentionally changed Simon and his way of thinking of humans. The chemistry between Simon and Meg is a slow but intense burn. Meg is so innocent that she doesn’t quite understand what is happening between the two while Simon is unwilling to think, and ultimately accept, just what Meg is starting to mean to him and Sam, Simon’s nephew. It’s hard to adequately express just how much I loved this story, ALL the characters and what they end up going through.
The only issue I had with this novel is mostly with a certain character’s POV. Asia Crane is a human looking to find out information about the Others in Lakeside Courtyard. At first, I found her interesting but as the story progressed, her inner monologue grew tiresome and annoying. She fancied herself an actress and a special investigator but her constant mention of a TV show that wasn’t going to happen and her abilities as a SI (special investigator) for that show were very repetitive. I dreaded it when the POV shifted to her because I felt like a good majority of her thoughts were monotonous.
Regardless of that, I found this to be an intriguing and captivating story. The world Ms. Bishop created was just phenomenal where the Others are frightening and deadly creatures who only barely hold onto their humanity and only barely tolerate humans. Meg and Simon were interesting characters and the conflicts Meg inadvertently drags to Lakeside Courtyard were very well done in both conclusion and description. Not to mention the writing pulled me into the story so quickly I stayed up multiple nights until early morning to keep reading. It’s suspenseful at times and gruesome at others. It’s the type of story that touched my heart and even made me tear up a few times and I cannot wait to read the sequel!
In the end, I’m so glad I picked up this book. It’s one I would recommend to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy and paranormal but also who can appreciate the uniqueness around this world and the viciousness that inhabits it.
Jace Shaw is a rare type of shifter. A descendant from the Pack of Light, he’s one of the pu...moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
Jace Shaw is a rare type of shifter. A descendant from the Pack of Light, he’s one of the purest wolves out there and has way more abilities than regular shifters. He’s been through a lot in his life, including losing his parents to a power hungry alpha, Erikson. Now, he spends his days running for his life while spending his nights dreaming of his perfect man. Merek is the new alpha of the Northwest Pack and has way more to deal with than he wants to handle especially when he’s plagued with such intense dreams starring Jace. Neither of them think the man in their dreams is real until Jace appears on Merek’s pack land looking for his grandmother. Unfortunately, he’s found way more than just his mate when he gets ambushed by feral wolves who work for Erikson. Now, they’re both in a world of trouble but the question is, will they be able to become mates before Erikson finally gets his hands on Jace?
One of my weaknesses when it comes to characters is when one of them seems weak but turns out to be very strong. This is the case with Jace. He comes across, at first, as someone who can’t hold his own but in reality, he’s fierce, possessive and very confident. He can stand up for himself and has not just the power but the ability to back that up. Merek is the typical alpha male who’s possessive, sometimes demanding but oh so hot! I absolutely adored him but what I loved even more is the fact that while Merek is the Alpha, he just melts for Jace when it comes to the bedroom. The secondary characters are a mixed bag. There were ones that I adored (like Cory and Sean) and then there’s ones that I hated (like Pricilla).
I really liked this story because it had so many layers to it with unique factors such as the “pure” wolves and what they can do. I also liked the fact that this world had so many “clinical” aspects to it. By that I mean the fact that there’s research testing being done to those with the Light in their blood. There’s also this concoction that Jace takes to smother his scent as a wolf that I found extremely fascinating. The world, in general, is complex but easy to follow and I found it very interesting.
At the same time, that’s also what I had issues with. Not necessarily the world but how deep we go into it. Since this is a novella, it doesn’t go as deep as I would have liked. For instance, we get brief details on who and what Jace is but I still have a bunch of questions about the Pack of Light but most of all, I’m still left wondering why Jace was unable to sense or speak with his grandmother, which ultimately prompted him to seek her out. Then there’s the whole chemical Jace shoots up with that has me curious. Beyond that, while I enjoyed the story, I felt like it got very predictable and the ending was too fast. I would have liked to explore things further before they came to the conclusion they came to.
All in all, I actually really enjoyed this story. It starts off unique and shows shifters in a slightly different light but then it gets predictable. I really did enjoy the characters, though, including the secondary ones. I sincerely hope there is more to come of this series because I would absolutely love to see Jace’s brother and Merek’s friends finally get their mates. Definitely recommended for those looking for something fun and quick to read.(less)
This is the story of Dr. Ben Cook, who has a fascination with Mexican Grey wolves and saving...moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
This is the story of Dr. Ben Cook, who has a fascination with Mexican Grey wolves and saving them from extinction, and Alrik, the bodyguard Ben’s sister hires to keep Ben from getting shot again while gathering data of the few known Mexican Grey wolf packs in America. Attraction is instant when the two meet but Ben is determined to get the information he needs to help the wolves, even if they don’t want his help. While Alrik thought it’d be an easy job to shadow Ben, neither of them count on their attraction becoming physical nor do they expect to find shifters merging with natural wolves. Unfortunately, Ben’s desire to help the wolves has caused Ben and Alrik to stumble upon an issue the wolves have been having for some time. Now they’re trying to help but just how wanted is their assistance? And who keeps saving Ben from sticky situations? But, more importantly, does the sudden lust between Ben and Alrik mean something more and is it even wanted?
One of my guilty pleasures is shifters. I can’t get enough of them, no matter how many of them I read. With this one, I liked that the shifter was of a different nature. Alrik is considered a chameleon shifter, part of the C-7 shifters, named because there is only seven of them in the world. They can change into any animal, no matter how small or how large. Alrik being part of the C-7 and what that all means, plays a big role in this book, in my opinion. I found all of that fascinating because I love seeing different takes on shifters and mixed with the fact that the C-7 are so different but so similar was very interesting for me.
As characters, Alrik is very forceful, demanding and surprisingly possessive considering he’s very adamant what is going on between him and Ben is ‘nothing’. It’s cute how he denies what is right in front of him but also sad (this is also a guilty pleasure of mine). Ben, on the other hand, I absolutely adored. He’s such a sweetheart and I loved that he could be stubborn when he wanted to be but also knew when putting up a fight would be useless. The two together are cute and indulge in their lust quite often. Their relationship isn’t as in depth as I would have liked (since the story is so short) but I liked what they went through and had a lot of fun reading it.
While I loved the world Ms. Lynne created and the characters, I had a few issues. My main issue was how much sex there was. It was too much for my tastes and it made me feel, in the end, that their relationship was more of a physical one than an emotional one. Besides that, I was confused in the beginning regarding the world. It feels like you’re thrust into this unknown society and expected to understand it already. So, it took a little time to get acquainted with the fact that shifters were common knowledge and lived among humans openly. Over the course of the book, the world becomes clearer but those first few pages were somewhat disorientating.
All in all, I enjoyed this one a lot. I love Ms. Lynne’s writing and I adored the world she created. This series seems to be all short stories so far (something that saddens me greatly!), they’re quick reads but I loved the characters and found the world fascinating. I can’t wait to see the direction this series goes in but I hope the other books are longer than this one!! Definitely recommended for those looking for something short, easy and fun.(less)
I adored this story! It's a quick read but I found Lex absolutely sexy and Spencer so adorable. It was easy for me to get hooked on the book and being...moreI adored this story! It's a quick read but I found Lex absolutely sexy and Spencer so adorable. It was easy for me to get hooked on the book and being a shifter lover I liked how Ms. Dennison gave the typical wolf shifters a slight twist in how the Alpha of the pack is chosen.
Lex is this grumpy ex-cop that just wants to be left alone. He's so annoyed at his neighbor Spencer because he thinks Spencer is always having these parties that disturb Lex's quiet life. In reality, Spencer is a werewolf and that's his pack visiting him. Lex learns all this when he's bitten and forced into the role of the pack's Alpha. I found Lex's reaction to becoming Alpha hilarious but also liked how he came to terms with it all and his actions while getting accustomed to having claws and sharp teeth. I thought of Spencer as the motherhen of the pack. Everyone relies on him and adores him but he'll always be there for everyone. It's really cute and means he fits perfectly with Lex now! :D
I liked that this book showed the struggle of Lex trying to refrain from claiming Spencer as his mate (even though he didn't realize what was happening at first). If anything, I wished this book had been longer so we could have gotten more of these boys, learned more about them and how things work out from here but I loved it too much to not mind all that much that this is a brief glimpse into their bonding. Mostly, though, this book is about Lex taking up as Alpha and mending the broken connections that cause some of the pack to feel like outsiders. It was nice to see that play out and how much Lex helped in making the pack better and overall a whole 'family'.
I can't wait to see where this series goes from here and to get deeper into the world that's been created. Plus, all the characters were so fascinating and lovable to me and I really hope we get Nathan's story soon because I feel really bad for him and he deserves some happiness! (less)
First things first. If you haven’t read the Triad series… well, you seriously need to get your butt i...moreThis review can be found at The Blog of Sid Love.
First things first. If you haven’t read the Triad series… well, you seriously need to get your butt in gear and read them because they’re great. Different, intense at times but still has enough soft and sweet moments to make it not too heavy but an engaging read nonetheless.
With Wild Magic, it’s no different. While we aren’t experiencing the wolves as much, we’re taken in a different direction in what’s happened to the surviving mountain lions that no one knew about and the fear that they’re still in danger. For those that have read the Triad series, you’ll know why this is so significant. I loved the fact that we got to see more of the cats but also enjoyed exploring how a human reacts to knowing about shifters.
It was interesting to see the relationship between Dominick and Joseph, who were best friends back when they were teenagers. Unfortunately, Dom had to break off their friendship when he realized he was in danger of spilling his shifter secret to Joseph. When they meet again, Joseph is still hurt by Dom’s sudden withdraw but he’s willing to put aside his feelings for the boys… especially when he still yearns to be in Dom’s arms. This story goes beyond that, however, by eventually bringing both types of shifters together that will ultimately set things to right. Along the way is the possibility of trouble and the fear that Dom might not be enough for his nephews to survive while also exploring a little of Dom and Joseph’s rekindling relationship.
I loved that Joseph was so willing to get Avery and Blake to safety even when he just got the shocking of a lifetime. He’s a sweet, successful and tender man. Dominick is hard to explain. When he hears about what happened to his sister, he’s lost. He has no idea how to raise two little boys and even less of an idea of how to keep them safe. It was obvious to me that he still wanted Joseph so I found his need to protect both the boys and Joseph so adorable. Joseph and Dom together fit perfectly, IMO, because where Dom was nervous and unsure, Joseph gave him a shoulder to lean on and where Joseph was unsure, Dom gave him the strength to figure things out. I just loved these two and Dom’s little nephews! Soooo cute! I had this little “OMG, I KNEW IT!” moment when I realized who Avery and Blake were… it was great and I’m curious if other readers will make the same connection that I did.
I only had two issues with this book. One, I felt like Avery and Blake spoke and acted much older than the ages of six and four. Second, the resolution to the conflict was very anti-climactic to the point that I was left wondering if that was it. Beyond that, I wished the story, in general, had been longer so that some of the scenes and what was glossed over could have been expanded on. I wished there had been a tad more emphasis on the romance because there wasn’t enough to make me really understand their feelings (as there were with the previous couples) but I’d love to know where Joseph and Dominick go from here and to see their actual mating.
In the end, I adored this story just as much as I enjoy all of Ms. Dennison’s books. I’ve always loved this world and I’m happy that we got more of a taste from it but from a cat’s point of view instead. It was definitely interesting and I loved the moment when the connection between the previous Triad books and this one became known. I sincerely hope there’s more to come of this series because I’m not ready yet to let it go!(less)
When I read Strength of the Pack a few months ago, I knew it was a series that I couldn't wait to read more of so when I noticed this book wa...more4.5 stars
When I read Strength of the Pack a few months ago, I knew it was a series that I couldn't wait to read more of so when I noticed this book was coming out, I just HAD to read it.
I'm happy to say that I loved this one as much as the previous one. Although, this book is quite different than Strength of the Pack and deals more with the intricacies of wolves in the military than with just the military itself. Whereas SotP was fast paced and intense this one is more slow and languid but in a good way.
I found Tim and Jeremy together fascinating. The transition that Jeremy must go through to become a True Alpha was interesting to see but I also enjoyed seeing Tim help Jeremy with the transition. When we first meet Jeremy, he's hostile and almost feral but as the story progresses, we see him as playful, intense and caring. I loved how he developed over the course of the book from sorta timid to this confident creature who could take down anyone (besides Noah :P). Tim, from the get go, is already confident and self-assured. He's strong and makes a perfect mate to Jeremy. I liked that even though Tim was promoted, we still see him somewhat in action with the military but more than anything I adored the bond the two of them created.
I liked that we got to go deeper in the nature of the wolves, to experience some of how they work and the numerous rituals they have. There wasn't as much action and suspense as with the previous book but we still experience the military aspects and we finally get to see the transition a true alpha goes through to become so strong. I happen to think Ms. McKenna writes the best (and accurate) military stories I've read so I adored reading the jargon and seeing all these military boys in their elements but I also liked that Tim's military world flowed well into Jeremy's civilian life. It was a good balance, IMO, especially since parts of the story deal with the military finally doing something to make things better for the wolves in their service.
To be honest I loved the book but I couldn't really remember why Noah and Lucas were so different. I thought it was because Noah was a True Alpha but that's not right because Jeremy and Tim don't have the type of connection that Lucas and Noah do (there's still the bond it just doesn't give them the same abilities). Besides that there was a tiny bit too much sex for my liking even if I did find Jeremy and Tim together extremely hot. I also wished the final conflict had been more detailed, so we could have experienced it fully.
All in all, I love this series, the world the author has created and the great characters that inhabit it. I can't wait to read the next book and to finally see a mating between two wolves! I can already feel it's going to be intense!(less)
I'm not sure how I feel about this one. It's not terribly bad but there are a lot of problems with it. I liked the characters mostly because I found i...moreI'm not sure how I feel about this one. It's not terribly bad but there are a lot of problems with it. I liked the characters mostly because I found it amusing that Jaime kept getting hurt. He pretty much couldn't be left alone without somehow getting injured, which then Chris would become a mother hen. I actually found that cute. I liked that Chris wasn't a nasty shifter who hated humans. I feel like lately there's been a lot of shifter books I've been reading that has that element. Thankfully it's not in this one but Chris, in the beginning, was an interesting character. As the story progressed, though, I felt like he was becoming very needy and I wasn't enjoying that.
When I picked up this book, I was fully expecting a paranormal storyline that I could sink my teeth into. Unfortunately, throughout most of the story, aside from a few odd comments here and there, I kept thinking this was a contemporary. The paranormal part doesn't come into play until the last quarter of the book. Granted, there are a few scattered scenes that bring in the shifter element but I kept forgetting there were shifters in this story. That was my biggest problem with it, I think. I didn't feel the shifter world and I honestly thought the whole town were shifters until the end where I learned that was not the case. More than that, with the mysteries within this story, I kept wondering WHY the shifters didn't use their super noses to sniff out the culprits. One time they did this but after that, it was like they forgot they could smell things humans couldn't. There were so many pieces missing that the conflicts revolving around the fires at the clinic and Jaime's dad just made things even worse. When questions are answered, they're cheap, quick explanations that neither satisfied me nor made me happy with the story.
Overall, this was an okay read. The author didn't do a very good job of balancing the shifter world with the human problems. It felt too much like a contemporary to be, to the point that when the shifter aspect came into play I was confused on why. The characters are cute but the conflicts, the resolutions and the ultimate ending are severely lacking in originality. Hopefully, the next story has a better balance between everything because I just can't get over the fact this didn't have as much paranormal in it as I was expecting!(less)
Alright, I'm going to say it. This is MY prompt and I'M SO FREAKING HAPPY WITH IT!
It's not perfect but I laughed so much throughout this book, my chee...moreAlright, I'm going to say it. This is MY prompt and I'M SO FREAKING HAPPY WITH IT!
It's not perfect but I laughed so much throughout this book, my cheeks were hurting by the end of the story. I fell in love with these characters, especially Trip. He's a bit melodramatic but his actions and words had me cracking up constantly. I loved that Robbie, Trip's son, has so many traits like his dad and I loved that Boone accepts them like that and even encourages them. Boone is so big and burly but he's definitely playful!
More than that, this book was a lot of fun for me. I've been in a huge funk lately and I needed something that would make me laugh, was cute with just enough conflict to give the story substance and this was that story. It was a cute, sweet story about forbidden love with a great cast of characters and a great twist in the end! Hunter and Ari were breaking my heart but I can't wait to read their story! Definitely recommended for those who enjoy cute, playful shifters.(less)
This was a cute, fast read. I really liked that it was a bit different than other shifter stories because of the whole human alpha thing.
I liked Carey...moreThis was a cute, fast read. I really liked that it was a bit different than other shifter stories because of the whole human alpha thing.
I liked Carey especially since he was such a badass. The fact that he wasn't a whimpering human who got himself kidnapped was a plus for me. Broden, a jaguar shifter and the alpha of his pride, was actually weaker than Carey, which was kind of funny. But also a bit sad because he was able to get kidnapped so easily. They are cute together, though, and of course I loved that they were mates!
Sadly, though, this story has no real depth. Neither Carey nor Broden know anything about each other aside from where they work and that Carey is in a band. I also felt like the big resolution in the story was very weak. I was expecting something intense and suspenseful but was left disappointed when barely anything but talking happened. On a side note, the blurb is rather misleading. 'Hunters' are actually a pack of wolves who are going after Carey (by kidnapping Broden) not Carey's friends. Also, we never got to see Broden in his jaguar form *pout*.
Overall, not a bad story but not exactly a great story either. It had a lot of potential but fell short on achieving that potential. Regardless, I'm looking forward to the next in the series because it features a crocodile :)(less)
This is probably one of my favorite m/m paranormal series so far. Given this is the last book in the series, it was the perfect ending to this already...moreThis is probably one of my favorite m/m paranormal series so far. Given this is the last book in the series, it was the perfect ending to this already great storyline.
I love that we finally got Liam and Cormac. They are both such fascinating characters that I was anxiously awaiting their story. At the start of this one, Cormac is a bit messed up still from the events in the last book, Body Magic. He's scared of hurting everyone especially Simon and the kids. Liam is both worried and upset over Cormac's disappearance because it's hurting his alpha-mate, Simon. Liam and Cormac together were so hot, I loved how great their chemistry was. They also worked so well together. When one of them was thinking of something and trying to convey it to everyone else, the other would pick up on the train of thought and be able to make sense of it. It was both amusing and so adorable.
I loved that this story picked up very close to the end of the last book because we got to see how everyone was handling what happened. This was definitely a suspenseful ride with some very shocking moments (Like I seriously can't believe you did one thing, Poppy!) to sweet and intense moments. I had a blast reading this one because we got to see everyone again AND finally get the missing pieces to the puzzle that had everything making much more sense. I had no idea I had questions leftover from the previous books until I read parts and went "OMG, that makes so much sense now!" More than that, I loved how everything played out, especially the end, because it had me hanging on the edge of my seat.
I will say that at first, it was hard for me to remember what had happened in the last story but as the book progressed, the more and more I was reminded of what happened, which I'm so thankful for. The only drawback of the story is that I wish there had been more Liam and Cormac together as a couple. In the beginning, we see their relationship start to blossom. That chemistry you could see in previous books bringing them together intimately. However, the farther into the story, the less we got of them together alone. There are a few moments interspersed where they are showing their feelings but not as much as I was hoping so towards the end, I didn't feel like they were definitely mates (like I felt towards Simon/Gray & Cade/Rocky). This was bittersweet because I loved that we got more of Simon and Gray but saddened that it took away from Liam and Cormac's relationship.
All in all, Soul Magic was a great ending to a fabulous series. As usual, Ms. Dennison's writing was amazing and the pacing was perfect for this story. I loved that everything is concluded and I'm definitely satisfied with finally getting a resolution to the overall conflict throughout the story arc. I loved this world and I'm hoping that maybe one day we'll get a spin-off or something (hint hint, wink wink) :D(less)
Fluffy I liked the start of this one but somewhere along the lines it became a bit too cliched and predictable for me. Not that I didn't like it but i...moreFluffy I liked the start of this one but somewhere along the lines it became a bit too cliched and predictable for me. Not that I didn't like it but it lost the uniqueness that it started with. It's more fluff than anything and I still liked the world so I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.(less)
Liam, Travis and Hannah are just starting to settle into their new lives as a family when thi...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
Liam, Travis and Hannah are just starting to settle into their new lives as a family when things within the pack start to become troublesome. Hannah’s extraordinary gift is causing the pack to become fearful of what she represents. When push comes to shove, Liam must decide between his family and his pack but family always comes first. Now Liam has to figure out a way to keep Travis and Hannah safe by himself and build up the courage to let Travis know just how much he and Hannah have come to mean to Liam.
I liked this one better than the first one because it had more conflict that branched out to include more of the shifter community. I also felt like this one was livelier with more emotions in it. You see further into Liam as a character and realize he has a knack for the dramatic but also a world of love for Travis and Hannah. Travis is more accepting and laid-back in this book because his life is settled and not as rough as it was. Hannah is, of course, still extremely adorable and I loved the little scenes with her even if I did think once or twice that her attitude seemed like a girl older than a two-year old.
This story had more action than the last. Whereas Almost Paradise was a sweet, slow story, this one was slightly too fast for the amount of conflict within it. Regardless, I found all of it very entertaining because it was so different than the first one but also because Liam tended to get a tad snarky while he’s snarling at other shifters.
I believe this series still suffers from a lack of detail because I still have questions about Hannah and the shifter community. To be honest, there’s a six month gap between Almost Paradise and this book that would have been beneficial to read about because it seemed like Liam figured out what Hannah was, how she used her abilities and how he found out that information that would have been nice to read about. We are told instead of shown, though, and that actually created more questions than answers. Beyond that, this book was a bit too rushed, which made the resolutions for each conflict seem a tad weak. I think the fact the whole story takes place over 24 hours added to the rushed feeling. If it had been spaced out over a longer period of time with a bit more details around everything, this story would have been a very good one.
All in all, I still really enjoyed it. It’s sweet with more romance than the last book but also with more action as well. We get to see more into Liam’s side of things by meeting new shifters and getting a taste of what a shifter life is like. I do love the way Liam and Travis are progressing in their relationship even if it is very fast, it’s still sweet. I’m curious is Samson, Liam’s alpha, will be getting a story. Even though he was a bit of a bastard, I’d still love to read about him getting his own man!(less)
When I first read the blurb, I thought it sounded a bit vague but after reading this story, I...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
When I first read the blurb, I thought it sounded a bit vague but after reading this story, I realized that it is pretty dead on with explaining the book without giving away too many details. I appreciated that while reading because I didn’t feel like I knew everything that was going to happen. With that said, I’m not going to reiterate the story because I’ll give away more spoilers than I want to.
I loved this story, though. I loved the connection between Lucas and Noah. As Noah’s Lieutenant, Lucas is a bit weary of Noah and having to command him. As a Sergeant and Lucas’ Team Leader, Noah is the True Alpha of all the weres and while he’ll humor his commanders, he doesn’t submit to them. I took great delight in Lucas’ reaction when Noah finally submits to him. Lucas was so adorably confused and excited. He had no idea what was going on but he secretly loved every move that was made between them. One thing I really loved, though, was how dominate Noah was but then how pliant he became at Lucas’ touch. It was so nice to finally see a story where the alpha doesn’t always have to be an alpha. Lucas, while physically smaller and a human, was Noah’s Dominate and had a lot of control over Noah. Seeing that dynamic between them and how they balanced each other was great because it heightened the intensity between them. It’s one of the things that made the story so appealing for me. I just found them extremely hot and, even though I’m a stickler when it comes to a lot of sex, I couldn’t get enough of them together.
Ms. McKenna is still a relatively new author in the m/m genre. However, she seems to offer something you don’t find in military stories that often (at least I haven’t) and that’s actual detailed combat in the war. This story is rich in that aspect and it gave me an inside look into the military lingo and everything associated with it. She doesn’t shy away from the missions they go, the situations they have to get through or the tension they constantly feel for being in Afghanistan. It’s something I really loved about this story because it placed me in the heart of the war and made me feel like I was there. Another thing I enjoyed was, with the relationship between Noah and Lucas, Noah tried to explain their connection to Lucas by using stories from history. I found these hysterical and fascinating for how the author put a spin on them to include werewolves.
While I very much enjoyed the book, and I desperately want to give it the highest rating possible, I did have some problems with the story. It starts off rather confusing. For someone as me, who doesn’t understand much of military speak, it was hard to understand what was going on, what they were saying and all that. I grew used to it but those first few pages were rather hard to get through. In that respect, there’s also a lack of world building and details about the weres, how they were put in the limelight, when it all happened, etc. Because of that, I still have a ton of questions about them. My main niggle was how the wolves were made. Were they all born like Noah or are they turned by other weres? If that’s the case, why doesn’t Noah turn Lucas so that they can both be weres?
Aside from that, I found Lucas a bit dense who had severe horse blinders on towards the end of the story. It grew slightly annoying because he had all his answers right in front of him but he refused to look. This lead to him and Noah putting off talking until quite literally the end of the book. I guess, when you look at it, Noah and Lucas portrayed the stereotypical guys that don’t communicate and while they had this awesome ability to mentally communicate and did rather well, they still found vocally expressing themselves as weak or made them too vulnerable to do, I suppose. Either way, I loved it because it caused some conflict but then hated it because I wanted to shake them at times.
Overall, I still found this book phenomenal. I was on the edge of my seat because the story has a lot of action and suspense. Beyond that, I loved the development between Lucas and Noah. At times, I wanted to shake them but mostly I just loved them and wanted more of them. While it’s heavy in action, it still gives off a good deal of romance and ended sweet, which satisfied my need for an HEA. I’ll anxiously be awaiting the next in the series. Until then, I’m left to wonder, will there be more Lucas and Noah? Or will we get a new couple? I’m hoping for both!(less)
I'm glad we got to revisit the Holland brothers and their mates and children. It was a sweet story that gave you a taste from each person. More than t...moreI'm glad we got to revisit the Holland brothers and their mates and children. It was a sweet story that gave you a taste from each person. More than that, I really liked that we got to see how they are all holding up. Seeing Rick and Jake with their new daughter, Marcus and Brian with their twins, Zack and Simon with Hayley, and Alex and Jason thinking of children, it was a great slice of life that I really enjoyed especially since they are all happy. A very cute addition to this series.(less)
I had some trouble getting into this story. For one, it starts and ends with sex and when a story is this short, that's just too much, IMO. It's a nic...moreI had some trouble getting into this story. For one, it starts and ends with sex and when a story is this short, that's just too much, IMO. It's a nice story but the smut is detailed while the actual plot is not. The story gives very little information about the men aside from the basics.
There's some story like John and Anthony spending time with John's family and a rescue mission they go on, as well as, a scene with Anthony and John at work. Unfortunately, they are very brief and not expanded on. I felt like the story was too focused on making chemistry through sex with these boys than anything else but it fell flat for me. I couldn't connect with either character even though they are interesting, the lack of details just made it hard to enjoy. I did like the concept but the execution wasn't great, IMO.(less)
This was an interesting story that I quite enjoyed. A bit different from the common shifter premise, this author created a different language for the...moreThis was an interesting story that I quite enjoyed. A bit different from the common shifter premise, this author created a different language for the culture of wolf shifters.
I really liked that there were surprises around Tucker and that we learned them when he learned them. Tucker is a bit different from all the other wolves and seeing him come to terms with that was very well-down, I thought. At times, he was a bit stupid but I still found him cute. I loved how possessive and aggressive Stelian was. And I definitely loved that Tucker wouldn't let Stelian claim him until he was ready.
The conflict within the story is a bit basic. Typical bad guy gets a hold of Tucker and Stelian has to save him. Although there's a bit of a twist on that, I still found it somewhat predictable but enjoyable. My only problem was that in the beginning, a LOT of names were given for the wolves and the world, which made things confusing and overwhelming. A glossary would have been extremely beneficial.
Overall, I really liked the story. It was entertaining and branched out from the norm of shifters, which was greatly appreciated. I would love to see more books in this world because it really was a fascinating one.(less)
This was a rather interesting story. Taeyo is a kitsune with seven tails who’s run away so he wouldn’t...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
This was a rather interesting story. Taeyo is a kitsune with seven tails who’s run away so he wouldn’t have to mate with another kitsune he doesn’t love. Unfortunately, his curiosity causes him to be the next victim in another kidnapping. In swoops Germane, an agent tasked with finding Taeyo and inadvertently ends up getting a lead on solving the kitsune kidnapping case he was originally assigned to. However, Taeyo’s managed to bond himself with Germane even though Germane is against the idea. Now they have to figure out how to solve the case while Germane gets used to being with a man he can barely stand but truly desires.
I think one of the most appealing things about this story was the kitsune aspect. A fox with multiple tails is just fascinating to me but Taeyo doesn’t have the normal three tails, he has seven and is a silver kitsune, one of the strongest of the kitsune breed. It was intriguing to read about Taeyo and his family, how crazy they all are and how Germane fit into it all, as well as, how Germane’s family reacts to Taeyo.
At first, I didn’t like Taeyo because he’s very arrogant and egotistical. He has a haughty attitude that basically says, “You must worship me for I deserve such a thing simply because I’m me.” It was slightly annoying but then Germane’s reactions to Taeyo made it funny. I adored Germane because he was rough, grumpy and made Taeyo know he wasn’t wanted at first. I found it funny how everyone was pretty much horrified Germane was part dog/part wolf because apparently kitsunes can’t stand dogs.
While the conflict within the story is very easily resolved, it was entertaining to see Taeyo work with Germane, to see how well they worked together. While I enjoyed the story very much, though, I felt like there needed to be more details around everything. A lot of things were mentioned but never elaborated on so it left me confused and bewildered with a ton of questions. It also felt too rushed overall. A lot of events happen but they go by so quickly that it feels like you only get a taste of it before it’s gone.
Overall, a good story, very enjoyable with a different style of shifters. I loved the banter between Taeyo and Germane. There were great secondary characters but I really wished we had gotten to know more into Germane and Taeyo’s family… or to even see how they react when they all finally meet.(less)