I'm not sure I've read any m/m books about vikings, so this was a perfect first. I love the world Stormy Glenn has created in this series. Gods, berse...moreI'm not sure I've read any m/m books about vikings, so this was a perfect first. I love the world Stormy Glenn has created in this series. Gods, berserkrs and ghosts (which were just a smidge over the top) and everything else, made this a story which wasn't even remotely boring. I loved watching Radulfr fall, and boy did the big, bad viking leader fall hard! Ein was lovely. Sweet and strong, he was always willing to fight for what he believed in and stood up to whoever threatened the people he loved. Both MC complimented each other perfectly, their feelings were uncomplicated and they were exactly what I needed too when I started reading this book. (less)
I loved, loved, loved this second book in the series. I was a little disappointed in the previous one which made this one even sweeter. Devon was so v...moreI loved, loved, loved this second book in the series. I was a little disappointed in the previous one which made this one even sweeter. Devon was so vulnerable, yet strong. He’d been second best to Ethan for all of his life in the harem and he just wanted to find somebody to love him, who he could love back. Ironically, that was what Ethan had been looking for and what he had left their world for, causing the rift between the twins when it led to Devon being abandoned by his master and raped by his would be protector. Devon deserved happiness more than a lot of characters I read about so I was so glad to see him get it. The only thing I couldn’t figure out though, was that Ethan didn’t seem to be looking for Devon after he ran away at the end of the previous book. Did he actually abandon his twin who was in a new, scary world to wander the streets alone?(less)
Brandon is working as an orderly in a medical institution which has been getting weirder by the day. Rumours are flying around about odd experiments a...moreBrandon is working as an orderly in a medical institution which has been getting weirder by the day. Rumours are flying around about odd experiments and soldiers have taken over the place. When Brandon is offered a promotion and told he must first undergo a physical to make sure he is adequate for the job, his situation quickly turns into a nightmare and he finds out that the rumours aren’t quite as farfetched as he thought. Kavin is a royal elf who has been sent by his parents to the human world to investigate the disappearance of so many of his kind. To do so he infiltrates the institution that seems to be at the centre of it all and discovers his mate. However, before he can find a way to talk to him, Brandon is taken by Dr.Carson and he has to find a way to get him out of there and take him to his world to keep him safe.
I really enjoyed this new addition to the Dark Court series. How couldn’t I when it contained elves, parallel universes, drama in the elfin and human world, a mad scientist hoping to take over the world and, oh yes, mpreg? We got to reacquaint ourselves with old characters, were introduced to new ones and had a first row ticket to the developments going on between not only the humans and the elves but also the Seelie and Unseelie Courts.
The reason for why the humans the elves are taking as mates are compatible with them was interesting, even though I was still rather confused since I don’t think it was adequately explained and this happened a couple of times throughout the story. Such as when Brandon and Kavin were separated and the former didn't seem to be sure about his feelings or how Torin seemed so attracted to Brandon...
I’m also very curious about the two new mated couples; especially Torin, Kavin’s long lost brother, and his seemingly abused leannán Kenna and can't wait for the next book in the series. Hopefully some aspects of the story will be made clearer. (less)
The premise of this series is rather disturbing. I find it hard to believe that the idea of forcibly making the paranormal community mate by putting s...moreThe premise of this series is rather disturbing. I find it hard to believe that the idea of forcibly making the paranormal community mate by putting something in their drinks and giving them 24h to find a mate is the idea of a mature, intelligent Council of Elders. Maybe because it sounds too close to rape aided by the use of date rape drugs?
Beauregard is saved from this fate by Sebastian. Thinking the best solution is to just mate each other; they do so and make their way to Sebastian’s castle, where they end up really falling for the other. Sebastian isn’t the big, bad dragon he wants Beauregard to believe he is, at least not with his mate. He was gruff but loving and totally unready for being mated to a hyperactive white bunny shifter. For his part Bunny was lovely. Cute and bouncy, he was an adorable character who just wanted to be loved. I liked the rabbit shifters’ traditions and their mating rituals but never really understood why Beauregard was shunned by his own kind, which was a little frustrating.
Stormy Glenn relied on the usual massive misunderstanding to add tension towards the end. But it was fun reading about Sebastian grovelling when he pulled his head out of his ass :) And their babies were just so cute! I wish we could get a story on each of them when they grow up! (less)
This one was really sweet. Gabby was fun with his mile-a-minute talk and likeable due to his insecurities. His being half-vamp brought no real conflic...moreThis one was really sweet. Gabby was fun with his mile-a-minute talk and likeable due to his insecurities. His being half-vamp brought no real conflict to the story though, which was a bit of a let down. It would have made sense for it to not have been introduced as a set back at all when it simply wasn’t. I liked Montana too, he just took Gabby in stride. Once he got over the initial shock of his mate he was loving and just dealt with everything that came their way.
A lot goes on in the books considering their length but it's a shame that when something really interesting is introduced it ends with the corresponding couple's book and isn't revisited later on. I would have loved to have read about Heaven’s pregnancy and his twins. What does it say on their birth certificates? How have Heaven and Murdock dealt with it all? Johnny’s improved so much since book 2 too; maybe we could have gotten a little something about what’s been going on with him? I don’t really want to read about another of the mates' escapades.
It’s great to see that the paranormal world is growing in the series too, so that now there are not only wolves and vampires but also fairies and bears and *whispers* demons. This series is light and goofy and the books are meant as an uncomplicated read and always leave a smile on my face. (less)
Though I feel like anything would have been better than the previous book in the series Heart Mate, I was glad that this one went back to the basics,...moreThough I feel like anything would have been better than the previous book in the series Heart Mate, I was glad that this one went back to the basics, mainly characters who don't belong in mental institutions and an enjoyable plot. Nari and Semyon's story was very sweet and I hope to see more of them in future books. (less)
What to say about this book? Well, for starters I have to say I wasn't at all excited about reading it. And normally I do look forward to the followin...moreWhat to say about this book? Well, for starters I have to say I wasn't at all excited about reading it. And normally I do look forward to the following book in the series coming out every Friday. However, explicit sex scenes between one of the MC and 2 faceless twinks in a club are not my cup of tea. It wasn't even the fact that Murdock did it, after all, most of the wolves and the mates had sex with other people before each other. It was the fact that I had to read about it in detail and how much of an ass Murdock had been about “enjoying life with no mate to tie him down” in a previous book that put me off.
That said, the story wasn't at all what I was expecting. Heaven walking in on Murdock having sex with another guy and being distraught about it lasted for only so long before everything was forgiven and forgotten, and the crisis – aka Maverick having to terminate Murdock – was averted.
And actually, Murdoch wasn’t half the ass he made himself out to be, I actually rather liked him once he stopped being the pack slut. He was very loving towards his mate and very protective too. Heaven was really sweet. Only 50, which is young in wolf terms, he was cute and slightly immature, until he got a really big wake up call. And what a wake up call it was! (view spoiler)[For some reason I always pictured Lynn Hagen introducing mpreg to her stories, but I didn’t actually believe it was going to happen. I do love mpreg though, so I didn’t mind at all that a tornado hunters took Heaven to Oz a medical facility, gave him a womb implant and he got pregnant! (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This story has so many of the elements that would have normally made me love this book: an interracial couple, an adorable little boy, plus the fact t...moreThis story has so many of the elements that would have normally made me love this book: an interracial couple, an adorable little boy, plus the fact that it’s set on another world. Unfortunately, the execution let it down. Too much happened at once, which just made the story feel rushed. The emotion felt forced, there were one too many kidnappings and there was nowhere near enough interaction with their long lost son. (less)
I have to wonder what Stormy Glenn was trying to accomplish with this book. It was terrible. The way Hassan treated Rayne was absolutely atrocious. Sh...moreI have to wonder what Stormy Glenn was trying to accomplish with this book. It was terrible. The way Hassan treated Rayne was absolutely atrocious. She did something similar in Pretty Baby. She turned previous characters, namely Bogden, into someone who was cruel and hurtful with very weak reasons. Though I read this book well over a year ago I still can't wrap my mind around it. (less)
**spoiler alert** I’ve read too many of this type of hypocritical relationships lately to let this one pass me by. Other reviews have pointed out this...more**spoiler alert** I’ve read too many of this type of hypocritical relationships lately to let this one pass me by. Other reviews have pointed out this book’s apparent merits, but I wish I hadn’t read it in the first place.
When Rohyr and Lassen begin their relationship, Rohyr imprints on Lassen which doesn’t allow him to have sex with another. However, it’s ok for Rohyr to marry somebody else, have sex with him and try and get an heir?
Yes, from the beginning we are told that Lassen is nothing more than a paramour, but their seemingly impossible relationship was so easily settled at the end of the novel that it all felt pointless to me. If all of their suffering could have been prevented from the very beginning, why did I have to read through 171 pages when just one word from Rohyr as King could have avoided it all?
Then, to find out that Rohyr and Lassen were actually soul mates and that Rohyr had known from the first time he set eyes on Lassen that he was the man that he had loved in a previous life and had lost. If I am to believe that when he lost Lassen the first time this had destroyed Rohyr, how can I reconcile this with the fact that after lifetimes of waiting and searching for Lassen when he finally finds him he willingly marries another, and tells Lassen he would have loved his new husband if he’d only been nicer?
Summarised into one sentence, what I’m trying to say is: how come love can overcome death as proven by the soul-bound but it can’t overcome duty? Why do I keep reading about the more dominant partner in a relationship being able to have sex with others under some excuse or another while the other has to put up with it? (less)