An interesting take on werewolves which I'd not heard of before, but which has basis in ancient folklore: (view spoiler)[the wolf cannot return to hisAn interesting take on werewolves which I'd not heard of before, but which has basis in ancient folklore: (view spoiler)[the wolf cannot return to his human form without access to his essence as a man that is left upon his clothing. (hide spoiler)]
One of the things I saw in reviews for the first story was the disappointment in the lack of closure between Logan and Trent at the end of the previous book. There's a reason for it explained in this story, which I believe starts seven months after the events from Stumptown Spirits ends. I think you will find what you're looking for in this story, as Logan and Riley do show up in this story also.
A bit of a paranormal mystery on top of a historical fantasy setting. Captain Faran is charged with assistingReview of the 2nd edition, from Riptide:
A bit of a paranormal mystery on top of a historical fantasy setting. Captain Faran is charged with assisting the mage Meric to find a mythical beast, and they are running out of time. Their search leads them to the northern Bitterwood. The seek shelter from a blizzard with the Daenes, an ancient northern House, where both Meric and Faran meet their match within the Daenes. The Daenes become their guides into the Daenewood, the oldest and most wild of the northern forests within the kingdom, older than the kingdom itself. Sightings of the beast are rare, and there are other parts of the prophecy still unresolved, but Meric's life (and perhaps that of the kingdom itself) depends on their success.
The historic feel of the story is well researched and written. (I also had to chuckle whenever Daene yells, "HOLD!" because, as a member of the SCA, I know exactly what that yell sounds like, and you will stop dead in your tracks upon hearing it. That's the entire purpose of the yell.)
I probably figured out the mysteries way sooner than I was supposed to, but that didn't keep me from enjoying the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.
4.5 stars, rounded down until I determine rereadability for me....more
An interesting look at how a snow-job can turn into the real thing before you realize it's happening. Rachel doesn't mind helping Pari with her greenAn interesting look at how a snow-job can turn into the real thing before you realize it's happening. Rachel doesn't mind helping Pari with her green card needs, and Pari is willing to help Rachel some with her student loans, so they decide on a whim to get engaged.
And then Pari's mother takes over. Not as smooth sailing, or as private, as they thought it would be.
They barely have any time to get to know each other before they're suddenly expected to know all about each other because they're getting married in a few weeks. Whirlwind romance it is not, though they try. But somewhere in the midst of chaos, they manage to find each other and figure out how love (and family) actually fits into this picture.
A heartfelt story of a homeless teen who finds an unexpected home with a pastor and his family after being attacked on the street one night. He's notA heartfelt story of a homeless teen who finds an unexpected home with a pastor and his family after being attacked on the street one night. He's not planning to get attached because it would interfere with his hooking, but he ends up taking a job as a handyman in a church until he can heal and be presentable to johns again. Always with one foot out of the door, he doesn't bargain on getting used to the work or the people or the life, and when it comes time to go back, he's not sure he can any longer. But what other choice is there?
There is some explicit violence during the initial attack, so be warned.
Realistic, but ultimately sweet. 3.5 stars....more
This is one of the sweetest reads I've had the pleasure of enjoying. I absolutely adored it.
Eighteen-year-old Nick is freaking out because this is hiThis is one of the sweetest reads I've had the pleasure of enjoying. I absolutely adored it.
Eighteen-year-old Nick is freaking out because this is his last summer before he's supposed to start college, the first step in becoming an adult, only instead of feeling closer to freedom, he feels like he's drowning in decisions. College is the anchor that's weighing him down, not the beacon lighting his way. The one bright spot in his summer is the gorgeous hunk working at one of the construction sites, who occasionally stops in the office where he has a summer job. (His dad's idea, to help him become more responsible. Fat lot of good that's going to do.)
Jai is twenty-five and back home working over the summer so he can travel the world for rest of the year. Well, he was working, until he got fired for making a really stupid decision involving Nick and a porta-potty. (But hey, Nick's cute, and he offered.) They end up in a friends-with-benefits relationship, knowing that it will end with the summer, when Nick goes to college and Jai heads off to see the world again. Only they get more than they bargained for.
The story is funny (because, seriously, how many times can a couple be "walked in on"?), and Nick and his best friend, Devon, are also sweet in their cuddly bromance.
The point of view is close third-person limited (in present tense) that alternates between Nick and Jai. The story has an odd "voice" that very closely resembles a first person present-tense POV because you really dive deep into the characters thoughts and feelings. I felt so touched by Nick's plight because I felt how he was feeling, and I understood where he mentally was. And ultimately, this story is so sweet because you're also so deep in Jai's thoughts and feelings as he falls for Nick and figures out how to handle the hot mess of a teenager on the verge of a mental breakdown as the summer comes to an end.
If you're particular about the POV you read, I definitely suggest reading a sample of the story from Riptide before purchasing.
The ending is HFN, because it ends while they are still in the honeymoon phase of their fledgling relationship. The entire story is about Nick (and also Jai, to a lesser extent) still needing to figure out how to grow up, to figure out how to eventually transition from childhood to adulthood, and certainly Nick has not accomplished that by the end of three months, so there is plenty of room for growth and expansion for these two, if the author desires. I would love to read more about them....more
An interesting take on how the Α/Ω dynamics of wolves can (but don't necessarily have to) conflict with human desires, and how they can flow into a D/An interesting take on how the Α/Ω dynamics of wolves can (but don't necessarily have to) conflict with human desires, and how they can flow into a D/s relationship.
In this particular universe, omega shifters are rare, and instead of being treasured, over time they've become reviled for their weakness and treated like (knot) whores, passed around from wolf to wolf, especially while they're in heat and can't help but beg to be taken. Ezekiah's parents despised his omega status so much that they intended to sell him off to another pack, but he ran away before the bidding ended. They didn't think he could last on his own without a pack, but he manages to hide for three years before events tumble out of his control. In those years, his human and wolf natures constantly fight against each other. He knew it was just a matter of time before some a-hole alpha would claim him, because that's all omegas are apparently good for.
Boy, are they all wrong. But even Parker ends up being schooled in how an omega is a man as well as a wolf, and that claiming isn't about who's got the biggest knot.
Quite a fun read. I look forward to when the author expands it into a longer novel. =)...more
I read this book without reading the first two in the series. I had no issues with understanding the characters or universe. It's told from the alternI read this book without reading the first two in the series. I had no issues with understanding the characters or universe. It's told from the alternating POVs of the two main characters, Zain and Korbin.
I can't write much of a review without spoiling an interesting aspect of the universe that's not mentioned in the book blurbs. (I'm sure other reviews will do that for you.) Let's just say that I found the process of the MCs getting to know each other interesting and well written.
This is a story about taking down slave traders and rescuing slaves, so there is a Master/slave power exchange element to it, though Zain and Korbin don't actually have a Master/slave relationship. Outside of the mission they are more or less equals; they are, however, posing as Master and slave to infiltrate a retreat/slave auction. As is the case with slave universes, there are issues of non-consent and dubious consent. I want to say these touches felt quite mild to me, but as I have no issue with reading such, my opinion is likely skewed, thus those who do have a problem with reading issues of consent should use caution. (view spoiler)[For example, Zain is forced to give the retreat's alien host a blowjob because he is posing as Korbin's slave. Incidentally, Korbin wants to rip the alien's head off the entire time they're there, though doubly so in that moment. His thoughts are quite dark, which is one of the points of concern before he and Zain can work things out between them. (hide spoiler)]
Quite an enjoyable read. I'll likely go back and read the first books in the series as well. =)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This both is and isn't a reimagining of an old tale of a devil bargaining for a man's soul and providing him an hourglass to watch as his life drainsThis both is and isn't a reimagining of an old tale of a devil bargaining for a man's soul and providing him an hourglass to watch as his life drains away with the sands, but with a steampunk romance twist. You do not have to have read the earlier stories in the Dance with the Devil series, as each story can be read standalone.
I quite enjoyed the read. The steampunk aspects made for interesting tension between the leads and secondary characters. Thomas is a toymaker who lost his hand in a fire and is looking for a biomechanical replacement. Jethro is an engineer who sold his soul to the devil to make more advanced biomech and make his mark on the world. But biomech eyes, lungs, and extremities aren't enough: he wants to make a full automaton. And he's running out of time. There are only ten days left before the hourglass empties. He doesn't really have time to help Thomas, but Thomas proves himself fairly handy mechanically.
I worried at first at how it might end, but I shouldn't have worried. It works out well. It's a sweet story with just the right touch of angst....more
I haven't read the earlier stories in the series, but this one can more or less stand alone because the MC is a different character from the first twoI haven't read the earlier stories in the series, but this one can more or less stand alone because the MC is a different character from the first two books in the series. (Those guys are in this book, but mostly off to the side.)
Craig lives inside a force field and can't touch anything except the special straws which his sponsors give him to eat through. It's not a great life, but he gets to help people as "Freight Train," and that makes him happy.
The relationship that blossoms between Craig and Ari, a new scientist who seems to want to help him, is cautious at first. Then when mistakes occur and Craig ends up in same prison as all the Villains he's helped put away, it's up to Ari and friends to figure out a way to get him out before Craig's time is up.
Good story, fun universe, fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I may need to go back and read the first two in the series. =)...more
This falls under "not happening" because of mentioned grammar issues, not because of the subject matter. I have no issue with incest, but if you get lThis falls under "not happening" because of mentioned grammar issues, not because of the subject matter. I have no issue with incest, but if you get lay vs. lie and subject/verb agreement wrong, I tend to vomit. =)...more