Nate's Deputy is the fifth book in Lavinia Lewis' Shifters' Haven series. It's a standalone story about two strong-willed gay werewolf shifters, NateNate's Deputy is the fifth book in Lavinia Lewis' Shifters' Haven series. It's a standalone story about two strong-willed gay werewolf shifters, Nate Stanford and Deputy Jared Ambrose. Nate's Deputy focuses on life in the small town of Wolf Creek and the activities of its denizens.
Jared is looking to find a home for him and his troubled younger brother, Tristan; while Nate's want to restore the home his deceased brother Rick lost. At the same time these two stubborn young men work to gain a home, they must deal with the shady activities going on in Wolf Creek involving the Supernatural Council. They also need to cope with an attraction so passionate it threatens to overcome all the other obstacles in their lives.
Lewis writes some steamy scenes between Jared and Nate, as well as other key characters in Nate's Deputy, including Aaron and Cary from other Shifters' Haven stories. Lewis has a strong voice and her characters are sympathetic and compelling. Jared's relationship with Tristan is tender and caring. Nate's grief over the death of his little brother is touching, as are the scenes with Cary and Aaron.
Nate's Deputy moves at a fast clip; the action almost never stops. On occasion, this shortchanges the depth of the story. There are also some minor technical and grammatical problems with Nate's Deputy that are not present in other installments of Shifters' Haven. Nevertheless, Nate's Deputy is a fun read worth 3.5 stars. Shifters' Haven is a nice series and with some interesting characters worth getting to know.
Gregory's Rebellion is part of Lavinia Lewis' Shifter Haven series about a group of shifters living on the Crazy Horse cattle ranch outside of Wolf CrGregory's Rebellion is part of Lavinia Lewis' Shifter Haven series about a group of shifters living on the Crazy Horse cattle ranch outside of Wolf Creek. Gregory, a member of the supernatural council, finds himself sent on a mission to Las Vegas to retrieve Hayden, a young panther shifter living in isolation from his family and the rest of the shifter community.
While you can read this romance alone, background from previous stories in the series supply useful details regarding several of the plot motivations. The story deals primarily with the relationship between Gregory and Hayden and solving the mystery of why Hayden doesn't recognize his connection to Gregory.
Both Gregory and Hayden are likable characters and their story is a good one. However, supernatural council in-fighting occasionally sidetracks the budding relationship between these two cat shifters. Gregory spends much of his time trying to figure out who's behind the supernatural council mate murders, while Hayden is trying to fit into to his new life in Wolf Creek. The two are in for a bumpy ride, which Lewis handles with an entertaining hand.
The writing in Gregory's Rebellion is spare and light; the book is an easy read. The sex scenes have heat and energy. There are some spicy exchanges between Gregory and Hayden, as well as some bedroom appearances by characters from other stories in the series.
Gregory's Rebellion gets 3.5 stars mainly because of a lack of detail regarding Wolf Creek and its citizenry. How did all of these shifters come to be living in the wilds of Wolf Creek? And what about the supernatural council? How do they seem to know what's going on in the entire shifter community, including a lone panther in Las Vegas? Despite these questions, I enjoyed Gregory's Rebellion.
Stars and Stripes by Abigail Roux is the sixth book in the successful Cut and Run series about Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett. Unlike previoStars and Stripes by Abigail Roux is the sixth book in the successful Cut and Run series about Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett. Unlike previous novels where the focus is on catching the bad guys, Stars and Stripes concentrates on the personal relationships of Ty and Zane, particularly, family relationships.
Roux puts both families under the microscope revealing the strengths and weaknesses of their ties to each other. In this book, Ty and Zane are dealing with exotic animal poachers on a Texas horse ranch, as well as the complications of being outed as gay. Ty and Zane both find out just who they can count on for support.
Stars and Stripes has some humorous moments involving Barnum, an overly friendly Bengal tiger, as well as some pretty harrowing encounters with two-legged wild-life. While Ty and Zane search for exotic animal poachers they are also trying to work out some of the fine points of their relationship.
Roux continues to write Ty and Zane's story with passion and care. These two strong men have all of the baggage and foibles of real men, but they remain engaging and entertaining. This is not a series I'm ready to see end. The love scenes between Ty and Zane are both tender and on occasion frenetic. Whatever situations these two find themselves in they are always honest. Stars and Stripes gets five stars for not diluting the power of such a fine series. It's also one of the best stories in the series. Can't wait for the next episode.
Andrew Grey's Artistic Pursuits is a gay romance between FBI Detective Frank Jennings and Interpol Agent Leslie Carlton. The two men come together inAndrew Grey's Artistic Pursuits is a gay romance between FBI Detective Frank Jennings and Interpol Agent Leslie Carlton. The two men come together in the aftermath of a high stakes art theft of three fabulous Tiffany windows. Their attraction is powerful and immediate. While their chasing down leads and rounding up suspects, Frank and Les find themselves dealing with strong and unprofessional feelings for each other.
Grey weaves a taught tale; managing to keep the heist front and center of Artistic Pursuits while never losing focus on the budding relationship between Frank and Les. He deals with the mechanics of working on high-profile crimes, as well as the politics involved with much skill. The pacing in Artistic Pursuits is fast, but smooth.
Armed and Dangerous is book five in the Cut and Run series by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban. Roux goes it alone in this chapter of the Ty Grady andArmed and Dangerous is book five in the Cut and Run series by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban. Roux goes it alone in this chapter of the Ty Grady and Zane Garrett gay mystery romance. In Armed and Dangerous Ty and Zane are again on an unusual case; this time they are escorting an ex-CIA wet works operative, Julian Cross and his lover, Cameron Jacobs to Washington DC.
The writing is just as taught and gritty in this episode, but there seems to be more humor than in previous books. Roux has a light touch and occasionally she slips into slapstick with some of the dialogue, particularly between Ty and Julian. Armed and Dangerous moves rapidly, as Ty and Zane take their prisoners from Chicago to DC.
This novel wraps up Julian and Cameron's story, which began with Warrior's Cross, as well as includes familiar characters from the Baltimore FBI office and Ty's brother Deuce and his vet friend, Nick. Roux also provides some important character background on Ty through an interaction between Zane and Nick.
As the four main characters make their danger-fraught way from Chicago to Washington DC they deal with CIA kill teams, blizzards and sabotaged cars to name but a few obstacles. Armed and Dangerous is not all action though; there are some steamy scenes between both couples. Ty and Zane reunite after Ty's dramatic departure in the previous book. While Julian and Cameron come together passionately after some harrowing moments escaping capture.
The Cut and Run continues to be a great series. Ty and Zane are an exciting and compelling couple with adventures that never fail to entertain. This is going to be a series that I read again from start to finish. I can hardly wait for the next installment, Stars and Stripes.
For the Bite of It by Viki Lyn and Vina Grey is a departure from the usual vampire fare. One of the main characters, Vincent Esposito is a vampire andFor the Bite of It by Viki Lyn and Vina Grey is a departure from the usual vampire fare. One of the main characters, Vincent Esposito is a vampire and a baker who runs around in the daytime. Vincent is not only hiding the fact that he's a vampire; he's keeping some serious family secrets. Meanwhile, the other main character, John Reeder is a detective hunting up a killer and hiding firmly in the closet.
Lyn and Grey work well together as a team in this opening episode of Vampire in Exile. The scenes between Vincent and John are fraught with sexual tension as they try to solve the mystery surrounding the death of Vincent's landlord.
The story moves back and forth between Vincent's life as a vampire and baker, and John's life as young detective trying to resolve a puzzling mystery. For the Bite of It successfully combines a murder mystery with a romance and a paranormal tale of vampires.
The Vampire Council and the world of vampires weaves cleverly into the murder mystery, as does the romance between Vincent and John. Some entertaining secondary characters, Detective Free Norman and Angelo DeLuca also spice up the story.
For the Bite of It is a refreshing read with some interesting plot twists. There are some weaknesses in the story, particularly, the ending, which feels somewhat rushed. Still, the next episode promises to answer some of the questions left unresolved in For the Bite of It. This romance is definitely worth 3.5 stars.