**spoiler alert** They do seem to be deteriorating the more of them I read. In the Tiger case I wasn't feeling the book at all so maybe I should give**spoiler alert** They do seem to be deteriorating the more of them I read. In the Tiger case I wasn't feeling the book at all so maybe I should give it a lower rating, still there was a part where Sam's tiger lets loose and maybe the next page of text that really made an impact for me and the whole story finished off with a different impression than it probably would have without it. The characters were okay I suppose but at this point so little is said about them I can't even give a sound comment about them. Maybe it will get better....more
It's a good follow up to the Alpha's Mate but unlike the first one it seemed much shorter and with less detail. Maybe it was just my impressi3.5 stars
It's a good follow up to the Alpha's Mate but unlike the first one it seemed much shorter and with less detail. Maybe it was just my impression but there you have it. I liked the conflict where Jayden ran and it's probably the reason for that extra half of a star but the resolution could have used some more work. I definitely wanted to know more about Andrew and their non-sexual interactions after they actually connect for the first time....more
The Alpha's Mate was a cute little number from a new author for me. It's a typical shifter/mate story without any surprises**spoiler alert** 3.5 stars
The Alpha's Mate was a cute little number from a new author for me. It's a typical shifter/mate story without any surprises and with little actual plot, but despite that it has a certain charm and that dose of something that makes these kind of books so addicting.
Gideon is a standard Alpha, super strong, capable and completely dedicated to his pack. That is also pretty much all one can say about his personality. Oh and possessive, I forgot that tidbit :) He definitely needed more fleshing out and even more of a description not including his cock. But then again the same this happened with Josh, he finished college, loves number and he's human. The end.
With all that said, they are a couple that fits and this was a good base for the rest of the series. I'm looking forward to more....more
Pocket-Sized Prince was exactly what I needed this late in the night. After an unsatisfying book, this one was both refreshing as well as intriguing.Pocket-Sized Prince was exactly what I needed this late in the night. After an unsatisfying book, this one was both refreshing as well as intriguing. The very concept of a different Alpha was somewhat unique and it gave the book a vibe that couldn't just be dismissed.
Iben was both ferocious and gentle, two opposites that the author managed to combine in a well matching unit. He was dangerous when needed and the perfect mate when he needed it. I could have done with a little less of sugary affection but overall I really enjoyed the book.
Zach was an okay character, he had potential but I did need a bit more of him to tickle my fancy lol He was also a conflicting character but I felt as if there wasn't enough information about him to bring him close enough to the reader.I would have liked to read more about them as a couple and about their interactions especially when it came to their mating, but despite that this was a very good read....more
This was the unfortunate book I choose to read after a year long pause. I guess there was a bit of nostalgia involved there since these were always eaThis was the unfortunate book I choose to read after a year long pause. I guess there was a bit of nostalgia involved there since these were always easy reads not requiring excessive attention and always aiming toward the same ending. I did expect good characterization and simply enjoyment due to such a long absence. I mean these were my drug back in the day even if they were on a down-slide when I'd stopped reading. Unluckily for me, not even sentimentality could help me really get into this book. Maybe I should end this by saying why...
(view spoiler)[ I actually forgot most of the characters mentioned through the course of this book. I did read I think all of the other books in this series and a good part of those from the two connected ones but still, after so much time I barely remember the pack/coven leaders. My point is, even at the very beginning there was so much info about the connected stories that it really overwhelmed the actual couple.
There was no connection between Roman and Steven I could sense, no tension some of the other books had and the very flow of the story seemed repetitive, even somewhat silly. Steven appeared more like a maneuverable doll than an actual person and Roman didn't have any personality to speak of. If there was any impression to be felt from him it came from his interactions with his brothers (another thing that probably sounded funnier to the author than the actual reader) which again was way underdeveloped.
But none of that really sealed the deal for me, no. The death blow came close to the ending when Steven conveniently states how he actually knew about the existence of shifters and in fact his ex was dealing drugs made out of mate blood. To me it felt like such a cop out and a bad attempt to cover up a plot hole. It basically tells us that Steven knew about the shifters, mates and pretty much the whole idea about the paranormal world. He lied to his mate supposedly out of fear and I can only assume faked the fainting, because why faint about something you already knew about? Of course there is room for excuses - he maybe only knew about a part of it/seeing it was way different than only knowing it/he was terrified for his life and everyone knows snitches don't have a long life span - but in the end all of it was just too watery to make the actual effort. Steven and Roman fall into that group of characters who I'll forget as soon as I close my eyes and go to sleep tonight and the next time I decide to take a chance with this series I again won't remember what the last book I'd read was about. (hide spoiler)]...more
I wasn't in the mood for detectives when I started reading thiThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
I wasn't in the mood for detectives when I started reading this one, but to my surprise I liked the story very much and the characters were right up there with some of the best detective stories I've read.
HOLD YOUR FIRE starts with Greg literally barging into Jay's apartment after ten years and having sex with him in the hallway. As I am a kinky individual, I got certain pleasure from that scene and can honestly say I enjoyed it. But one sexual encounter doesn't just erase their previous argument and it certainly can't turn back time.
Greg is determined to have another chance, but Jay is reluctant to give away his trust once again. Then their decisions are taken from them as they are thrust into a hateful vengeance from an enemy of the past, and a lovers' quarrel starts to look more like a fight for survival.
Their predicament with the stalker held my interest almost to the very end, and I found it pretty accurate in a sense that all my questions were answered and the bad guy seemed like a realistic choice to me. The sex wasn't dominant to the story, but was very hot and their mutual attraction flashed from the pages.
As for the remarks, this book lost points with me at the ending. While I did like the last sudden flash of action, it came out as nothing but an unnecessary tool to make the book longer. In those pages I expected more of the main couple. Their reasons for the rocky past and the smoothing over their current differences would have been a welcome addition. In the end, I felt as if they just started the old story from the beginning without really discussing original problems. In that regard, I found it unbelievable and Jay somewhat naïve.
But even with all that, I did like this story and would like to read more from this author....more
For some reason, every time I read a blurb mentioning elves, IThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
For some reason, every time I read a blurb mentioning elves, I think of Lord of the Rings. I expect a magical world with extraordinary creatures and an interesting plot. Of course, when I take into consideration that this is a story about two men, I also want some hot sex and steaming attraction. Maybe I'm just too demanding.
Mark is a gay man who by chance inherits an earldom from his uncle. It was unexpected and with it the inheritance brought debt. Unsure of what to do considering the ever present lack of money, Mark takes it day by day, hoping something will come up. That's how he ends up in the thick woods surrounding his estate.
Strange things start happening almost right away, but Mark somehow takes it all in stride and ends up meeting Dorian. Their connection is instant and explosive, but what Mark doesn't know and Dorian is hiding, is sure to stand in their way.
Like I already said, I expected more from this story. I needed to know more about the world, the characters, even about the couple. The only two elves in the story were extremely neglected and other than a few instances of showing power, nothing specific was said about them.
Mark was described a little better, and his relationship with his family was somewhat explored, but when it came to really knowing him I was cheated out of it. His acquaintance with Dorian occurs after just a few pages and that didn't leave much room for his character to grow. What happened later left him looking like a rather desperate individual and that didn't make me like him.
Their connection was very sudden, and while I have no issues with that, the abrupt surfacing of their conflict sure took me by surprise. Almost everything that followed took bits of charm from this book, and by the end, I can't really say it was anything more than okay for me.
What stuck out and made me laugh a few times, were the imaginative and certainly vivid descriptions of their sexual encounters. It did make this author stand out for me. ...more