This is book 2, but it takes place over the same time period as book 1, Edge of Desperation. While it could be read first, Review by The Blogger Girls.
This is book 2, but it takes place over the same time period as book 1, Edge of Desperation. While it could be read first, I think you get a better understanding of what is going on in this world if you start with book 1.
Because this story takes place during the same time period, we generally know what happens here. But, this is the story of August, the man who was undercover in the cult, so we get to see his side of things and how he ended up helping in the fight against the cult. We see how he meets Kyle and Reggie, a little more about what happened while Kyle was with the cult, etc. The story comes full circle with the raid and their escape, bringing us up to speed where the previous book left off.
I really enjoyed seeing August’s side of things and learning more about him. Each of these guys face a different struggle when it comes to using their powers. The cult’s purpose was to create more powerful men, as opposed to helping them be able to control their Taint and heal. The men were basically guinea pigs, and though some were voluntary, others, like August, were not, and the enhanced powers he gained through the forced injections are causing him some major problems.
This installment has made me even more eager for the next one where it feels like the story will really start to move forward. I can’t wait to see how the three guys make out from here. Will Reggie and Kyle give in to their feelings? Will Reggie be able to help them, and especially August now that he really needs some help? Will they be able to remain somewhat under the radar of the authorities, especially now that they were involved in the cult takedown? Will they end up in a relationship together? There hasn’t been much in the way of romance up to this point, but it feels as though that could change.
I like the writing style of this story. It gives you enough information to know and understand the world and what is going on, but not too much that you feel overloaded. While there are some gruesome aspects to it, again, nothing is too overly done. There is a lot going on here, but I am really excited to see what happens next and am really looking forward to book 3....more
I’m a little unsure about this story. The blurb pretty much tells you what it’s about, with the Wielders and the 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
I’m a little unsure about this story. The blurb pretty much tells you what it’s about, with the Wielders and their powers, etc. The main gist of this story is about how the male Wielders are unable to use their powers without repercussions in the form of Corruption, which grows on them like lizard skin, more and more as they use their powers. That is the part they cannot hide for very long. They are also prone to falling into Taint, which is a sort of madness.
Reggie is a Wielder who also has the power of easing the Taint in others and is able to help them ease it on their own. He is unable to do anything about the Corruption though. And, by using his powers to help others, his own Corruption grows.
There are cult-like groups that are trying to recruit other males to corral their powers, find ways to fix their Taint and Corruption issues, and go against the women and other law enforcement type agencies who would rather just put the men in institutions.
Reggie meets Kyle, a young man having trouble with his powers and tries to help him before the authorities get a hold of him. There is some attraction between them, but Reggie sticks to his guns of solely helping Kyle learn to ease his Taint and keep him from the growing Corruption. Although they are not very far apart in age, Kyle is a student at Reggie’s university, which Reggie believes is a good reason to not do anything.
Here is what I’m unsure about. The world building is definitely interesting, but I never really felt much of a connection with the characters. I didn’t really feel that we got to know much about Reggie aside from his powers and crusade to help others. Likewise, we don’t learn much about Kyle either, other than he’s somewhat of a bad boy who feels that if he has the powers he should be able to use them. It isn’t until the end, after they go through a pretty major ordeal involving the main cult, that these guys show more of themselves.
However, I was interested enough in the story to keep turning pages to the end and am looking forward to the next installment to see where things go from here. This book really feels like the set up to the rest of the story, and I was interested and intrigued enough to want more. ...more
This is the continuation of The Chimera, and you definitely need to read that before jumping into this one. Now, Leo is of Review by The Blogger Girls.
This is the continuation of The Chimera, and you definitely need to read that before jumping into this one. Now, Leo is off to retrieve the missing doxie, but he returns a bit worse for the wear. Having stopped taking the ambrosia, his healing abilities are majorly hampered. But, with the help of the ever persuasive Zen and his sidekick Cerberus, they convince Kaleb to help change that.
Kaleb is still in the midst of his training which gets even more intense in this segment. Leo uses his Master training skills with electro play, orgasm denial and a few other methods which are a bit cruel at times. But, Kaleb finds himself hating and loving what Leo does to him. His feelings are definitely growing for Leo and even The Chimera, enough so that he chooses them over having to be with anyone else. The strong bond that is growing between them is sure to cause a stir, especially as we learn more about Kaleb’s abilities and is shaping up to be much more important than what Alton had hoped for when he set out to create the perfect doxie who is able to produce enough pure ambrosia to feed them all. Unfortunately, it seems Leo has other ideas in keeping Kaleb all to himself
We meet some of the other players here, including the sweet Aaron. He escaped his run in with the creature, but how will the damage affect his life now and will he ever be able to live happily because of it? I’m looking forward to seeing more of that play out for sure. We also get so see more of Sonny, Kaleb’s younger trans brother. It seems there is much more to him than meets the eye as well, as is learned once he starts training with Zen. They are all moved to Sanctuary when the creature seems to be killing any doxie he can get his hands or mouth on, so it will be interesting to see more of them as well.
This was another fast-paced and interesting story that gave a bit of satisfaction by way of more details and answers to the many questions from book 1. There is still a lot at play though, and I can’t wait to see how it all pans out. I can’t wait for the next installment. ...more
There are so many things that I love about this series, and each time I start the next book, all of them come flooding bac Review by The Blogger Girls.
There are so many things that I love about this series, and each time I start the next book, all of them come flooding back to satisfy my cravings for more. I especially enjoy when characters have unique voices or quirks that each time hearing them again brings back memories from all the previous stories. Such is the case here with Black and even more so with Calyx.
I absolutely adore Calyx. He has so many layers, has seen so many things and been forced or chosen to do those things that shaped who he is. He’s flawed and vulnerable at times, yet strong and forceful at others. Now, he’s dealing with all of the events that have led up to this point, and having his newfound father under their roof is just a small kink in chain. Even though he’s adamant about not caring about Kard, there is still an inkling of something drawing him to learn more. There is still such a strong feeling of distrust smoldering, but it seems they are running out of options but to put some measure of trust in him.
Then there is the issue of Black and his lack of psypathic powers. He is still intent on leading his men and getting to the bottom of things, all while hoping to stop the impending war. Unfortunately, he needs Captain Dickless to make his plans work. There is such an extreme amount of tension where Captain Dick is concerned. Aside from what Black is hoping to accomplish, there is still the mystery surrounding the experiments, the mysterious healer, the creepy backers and other players who may be involved. And, let’s not forget about the other Genesis who is still lurking somewhere. But, through it all, Calyx is by his side, as promised, and it is always clear how much these two need each other in just about every way possible.
So, yes, there is still a lot going on here and a lot at play. The chess pieces have continued to move forward, albeit with many twists and turns, but this game still seems far from over, and for that, I’m very excited. I can never get enough of this crazy story, these complicated characters and this extremely interesting world Ms. Owens has created. I cannot wait for the next installment. ...more
This wonderful story continues from the previous book, with the focus being on Marcus and his mates. The foursome 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This wonderful story continues from the previous book, with the focus being on Marcus and his mates. The foursome has a lot of healing to do as they all, as well as the rest of the wolves, try to find ways to help Nate recover from his ordeal.
After the brainwashing Nate went through, it is easy to see why he is so afraid of his wolf. Unfortunately, this is causing big problems with his healing abilities, not to mention his mental state. But everyone is doing what they can and baby steps are being made.
In the middle of this, Marcus must also think about his new role and responsibilities as pack leader, which he still finds hard to believe is even the case. Marcus is a natural though, and it shows every time he must face a new challenge, no matter the size. Marcus is one of my favorite characters. He’s human, but has become such a huge part of the wolves’ lives, finding he has not one, but three mates, who are all wolves, now the leader of the entire pack, and that doesn’t even take into account his own physical and mental issues surrounding his disability. When an opportunity arises for him to get some relief from the pain his amputated leg causes him, his is eager and hopeful. But it means leaving the pack and his mates for 6 months, which is poor timing, to put it mildly. But, his mates and the wolves stand behind him wanting the best for him. There are some major twists where this is concerned, but needless to say, it brought forth a lot of feelings and emotions from all sides.
There is never too much focus on any one area, but just enough to keep you sated. There is a lot going on, with the mates, with the new pack and with the original four Sirius wolves, and the outside interferences that have plagued them from the beginning. They are still dealing with the aftermath of the events from previous stories, but there are some new dangers as well.
I love this series. It always manages to stay fresh with new aspects while maintaining the old ones that work and that I’ve come to love and enjoy the most. There still seems to be much more to tell in this world, and I’m as excited as ever to see where it all goes. ...more
Interesting start to a new series. Heed the warnings on this one though, it’s definitely on the darker side.
Leo is a Chimera, a God with a little something extra inside. He has finally reached the point where he has earned the right to stop taking Ambrosia which the Gods take to maintain their immortality. He will now age and die like a human. Before that happens though, he agrees to take on the job of training one more doxie for a one-year period.
Doxie’s are young men who are basically trained as sex slaves for the Gods. They all have something special about them, but it seems they are acquired through contracts and unpaid debts, such as is the case with Kaleb. Unfortunately, Kaleb (18 years old) has no previous knowledge about his potential or role as a doxie. None whatsoever. So, when Leo takes him as payment for his father’s unpaid debt, he is a bit unsure. Fearing what will happen to his family and his youngest sister who wants to transition, he accepts the contract of 10 years to pay off his father’s debt.
Leo gives him a few chances to change his mind, but Kaleb chooses to stay. Leo explains some things to Kaleb, but he is so inexperienced, he’s almost completely pure. Leo quickly starts training by actions and doing things to reinforce how Kaleb no longer has any choices but to submit to the whims of his Master, and eventually, whoever he ends up with. This got a bit frustrating for me at times. I so badly wanted Leo to just explain more about what everything meant. He was sure to explain how he had to break him down before rebuilding him, but he seemed to be extra cryptic at times when more information would have gotten him a lot further.
There is a bit of worldbuilding taking place here, but there are still a lot of unknowns. We get glimpses of some interesting side characters I’m hoping to see more of, such as the other God, Zen, who seems to be a bit of a naughty bugger. Then, there’s Alton, the God boss, who seems to set up all the events, including the doxies, etc. He appears to know something more about Kaleb, seems to have actually been relying on that something to lure Leo into forgetting his plan to leave, and just has a bit of mystery surrounding him.
This is definitely on the darker side, with the non-con and training for sexual slavery, but it is very well written and definitely interesting. This is the start of a serial, and I’m excited the next one is already out and ready to go, because I’m really looking forward to seeing where things are headed. ...more
If you are looking for an intense paranormal that’s a little more on the darker side with a smidgen of kinky, you need to Review by The Blogger Girls.
If you are looking for an intense paranormal that’s a little more on the darker side with a smidgen of kinky, you need to pick up this series. From the start, it has been exciting and different, and I’ve been enjoying it immensely every step of the way.
In this installment, Black is yet again forced to make decisions he isn’t happy about. Of course, Captain Dick is front and center and doesn’t go about it without exacting a bit of revenge on what he perceives as outright betrayal on Black’s part. But, just when you think things are heading in one direction, they take a major turn and the game board changes in front of our eyes. We, and the characters, still don’t know who to trust, but it is evident that war is on the horizon between the Normals and the Psypaths. Black and the other cast of characters (his original team, Echo and the girls, etc.) are all trying to get to the bottom of things, all the while rumors are flying and events are taking place that test everyone’s loyalties. Each side is trying very hard to secure their leader in the fight, hoping to gain the advantage of having the most powerful Psypath on their team, and things get pretty interesting on that front.
There are still a number of things at play here, and even though we get a few more answers, there are still so many left untold. At the center of it all are Calyx and Black, who, no matter what, and no matter who, they are forced to do things with, stay true to their promises of staying together. Not only that, but when certain things happen, Calyx kicks it up a kinky notch and steps in to reinforce his position in Black’s life.
While there is never a ton of actual sex in these stories (especially between the actual couples), what we do get is unbelievably hot and intense. If you haven’t read the rest of this series, I highly recommend you run out and get started. But, be prepared to go for a ride, because you won’t want to get off until you reach the end. I couldn’t get there fast enough, but am now disappointed I have to wait for more.
We are finally getting to the bottom of some things, yet there is so much still to learn. Through it all, Calyx and Black remain strong, and everythin We are finally getting to the bottom of some things, yet there is so much still to learn. Through it all, Calyx and Black remain strong, and everything that comes to light only seems to feed fire to their relationship. I'm sad that I'm getting to the end of what is published so far, and as much as I want to see the grand finale, I really don't want this ride to be over....more
I can't believe it's possible, but things heat up even more as this story progresses. We are given enough information and answers to keep from being c I can't believe it's possible, but things heat up even more as this story progresses. We are given enough information and answers to keep from being completely crazy with impatience, and enough of everything else with regards to the various relationships at play to keep turning the pages. This is a pretty intricate world with secrets, instability and intrigue. I can't get started on the next one fast enough....more
The plot thickens as more details are revealed about the past, present and future, as Black and the team continue to get to the bottom of things. This The plot thickens as more details are revealed about the past, present and future, as Black and the team continue to get to the bottom of things. This series continues to be exciting, with each book just as, if not more interesting than the last. I cannot turn the pages fast enough to get the answers and see who comes out on top....more
This wasn't quite what I was expecting, but I was quite entertained. It gets a little harsh at times, and although I had an idea of what was happening This wasn't quite what I was expecting, but I was quite entertained. It gets a little harsh at times, and although I had an idea of what was happening from early on, I enjoyed that aha moment when it was all told. This is a great set up for a series, and this one left me looking forward to seeing where it goes from here. The beginning is pretty rough, with dragon sex getting a little gruesome at times, but it is definitely different, and now that the "initiation" is out of the way, I'm excited to get to the meat of this story....more
This is one of those guilty pleasure kind of stories. One of those you can't quite believe you're enjoying as much as you are and are half afraid at h This is one of those guilty pleasure kind of stories. One of those you can't quite believe you're enjoying as much as you are and are half afraid at how it is making you feel. But, this story grabs a hold and keeps you on the edge until the end.
Gideon has not yet forgiven Drago for his role in Gideon's training, but they must now work together on a special mission. Things take a turn for the worse, backs are stabbed and dragons are on the rampage. Unfortunately, it is Drago who bares the brunt of it this time.
This is not for the faint of heart, as things get pretty rough at times, including dragon gang rape. But, it being paranormal, it is somehow easier to handle, and the rest of the story pulls you ahead. I'm hooked on this crazy series and can't wait for the next one to see where things go for these two unlikely partners....more
This series really gets better and better. I loved this installment – there is a lot going on, not sure who is go 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This series really gets better and better. I loved this installment – there is a lot going on, not sure who is going to be actual mates, etc. You really need to read the previous stories to understand what everyone has been through to get to this point, what/who they are fighting and what they are trying to accomplish.
This story sort of centers around Marcus in various forms. I’ve loved Marcus from the start. He is now the Lupine Liaison and trusted by the Supreme Alphas and well respected by the pack. He still struggles with his disability and feelings of inadequacy and it takes a while for him to realize the wolves don’t see him the same way. Blaze has appointed Kellan as Marcus’ aide, and the two get along great, are perfect for each other and just what each other needs.
Then there is the Ricoh mess. Poor guy knew he was mates with Nate, who ran away (long story you need to read the previous books to fully understand) and was then kidnapped by the Winter Circle. Not only are they trying to rid Nate of his wolf but also his homosexuality through torture, deprivation, etc. After all he has been through, it is hard not to feel terrible for him. But, Ricoh also believes his alpha, Hunter, is his mate, though Hunter has not acknowledged that up to this point. Ricoh is also having feelings for Marcus, so you can see how confused this poor wolf is.
We get to see the original foursome again, doing what they do best. Blaze showing his power is always exciting, and the others as well. Aden is recovering from his last birth, and the four are just generally enjoying being together again after Darric’s return.
There is definitely a lot going on in this installment, but it is a real page turner. There is plenty of action, some nice smexy time, including Kellan’s first time which was a really touching scene for both guys. While we never get to see a full-out scene with the new foursome, there is no doubt they make a great family that once everyone is fully healed and will be as strong as ever. I’m a bit greedy in that I really would have liked to have seen more of Nate’s recovery, but perhaps that will be shown in the next installment. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the new dynamics play out now that their (or Marcus’) roles have changed.
I definitely recommend this series and can’t wait for the next one! ...more
Boy, does it feel good to be back with this crew. I’ve loved this series, and while the last few books haven’t wowed me co Review by The Blogger Girls.
Boy, does it feel good to be back with this crew. I’ve loved this series, and while the last few books haven’t wowed me completely, this one feels more like the earlier ones I fell in love with. It’s been a while since the last book, but it doesn’t take long at all to get re-familiarized with this world.
Mercy and Adam are pretty much settled in together, but that doesn’t last too long before they are called to help handle a major problem – an out of control Troll. They and the pack tackle this working together which was really nice to see. While attempting to take care of the Troll issue, it is learned there is a bigger issue at hand, one involving the fae, of course. More specifically, the issues all seem to do with the new boy, Aden, who is Fire Touched and apparently on the run from the fae. In an attempt to cover for an injured Adam, Mercy steps up and makes a declaration in the name of the pack, thereby making a deal with Aden wherein the pack will give him shelter and protect him during his time with them. Mercy’s actions cause quite a stir among the pack who have still not quite accepted her as Adam’s mate. Thankfully, Adam finally stands up for Mercy and lays down the law to the pack. This becomes especially important after a declaration is made by the Marrok where Mercy and Adam are concerned.
Aden was quite an interesting addition with a lot of fae history. It takes a while for us to learn enough about him to know whether he is bad news or not. He hasn’t had the easiest life up to this point, so much of his behavior is understandable.
I love seeing some of the other characters again, and was even happy to see the Walking Stick making itself more predictable and useful. There is so much to love about this series and this world in general. Above all, the voice of Mercy remains true and leaves you feeling like you only just put the previous book down. I definitely recommend this as one of the better paranormal series out there that solidly delivers time and time again....more
What a delightful little visit with Ori and Reynard! Everything I loved about these two is brought right back to life in A review by The Blogger Girls.
What a delightful little visit with Ori and Reynard! Everything I loved about these two is brought right back to life in this short glimpse into life in the nest as Ori adjusts to his new status. He is just as sweet and eager to please though he harbors many doubts about Reynard actually wanting a swan.
Raynard steps up to the plate making Oli’s birthday a special event and quashing any doubts he may have now or in the future. He’s ever protective and dominant over Ori whether in human or avian form and I loved seeing them in both.
This was a really short but super sweet little update on how these guys are making out since Duck! I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next book in this series to see where things go from here. ...more
This story had a lot of potential, but I found I was confused and conflicted throughout most of it. It contains g 2.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This story had a lot of potential, but I found I was confused and conflicted throughout most of it. It contains graphic violence, beatings and rape.
It is about Mitchell, who is able to manipulate metal, the extent of which, he keeps a closely guarded secret. Through the use of his special skills, he became a very successful (undefeated) street racer, but that put him in the path of an evil organized crime leader who he is now indebted. He is forced to race for the man, as well as be his executioner any time it is “requested.” These scenes are quite graphic and disturbing and caused some conflicted feelings for me as to Mitchell’s character. It is understood that Mitchell doesn’t have any choice in the matter and even wants out, but when performing his duties, it is a bit difficult to see.
Trevor brings his car to Mitchell’s garage and is intrigued. Even through Mitchell tries to keep his distance, Trevor’s persistence pays off and Mitchell gives in. Trevor is in complete contrast to Mitchell. He is good, where Mitchell has all these dark secrets. It was hard to see how these two would ever work out given their differences. By the time the secrets are all out, Trevor is too in love with Mitchell to look the other way. I really would have liked to have seen more involving Mitchell’s metal skills, even though they are what saved everyone in the end.
There is a gender queer character, Kay, who didn’t so much confuse me as just kept pulling me out of the story. Any reference is made to them, they or themselves which constantly threw me off. Kay didn’t play a very big role, but enough so that I remembered to comment about it.
Mitchell’s original dialect, mostly during the times when he visits his mum, was a little difficult to follow. I had to read a few times to understand what was being said. I usually like hearing different aspects of people’s origins, but this one was hard to follow. Perhaps that’s just the way it is there, but as a reader, I had some trouble with it.
Even though this one didn’t completely work for me, I was definitely intrigued enough by other aspects of Mr. Kinsley’s writing that I am definitely interested in reading more of his work. ...more
This is the story about a centuries old powerful vampire who believes in a legend (Iunctiō Cōpula) that finding his true A review by The Blogger Girls.
This is the story about a centuries old powerful vampire who believes in a legend (Iunctiō Cōpula) that finding his true mate will bring him to life, so to speak; that his heart will beat again, he will feel warmth, taste, etc. He believes his mate is Cisco, but keeps his distance watching over Cisco until he is of age.
Cisco remembers seeing Max all those years ago, knows there is a powerful pull to him and waits until he is old enough before seeking him out at Max’s club, Wicked Grounds. He has no clue what he is getting into, just that he knows he needs to be with Max and will do anything to make that happen.
I had a difficult time with this story. I think the hardest for me was believing such an old and experienced vampire would have anything in common with a naïve teenager. This was apparent to me throughout the story and made Cisco appear as nothing more than Max’s pet. Cisco tries so hard to be the perfect sub, but he has little to no guidance and is thrown into things very quickly. I loved poor Cisco, but wish he had some stronger more positive adult influence in his life.
Max, on the other hand, drove me nuts. He was so concerned with the legend and his need to find out more before taking action in case he did something wrong or out of order that he refused to even so much as feed from Cisco, thus leaving him basically unclaimed and more open to attack.
There are some really great side characters here, and I’d love to see more of them in the future. Angelo was very intriguing, and I think a story with him and possibly Cisco’s bestie, Benny could be quite interesting. This is definitely an interesting world that Ms. Peterson has created with many possibilities. While this one didn’t wow me, I am still looking forward to the next one to see where things go from here. ...more
Eternal Circle picks up right where the last book left off. The guys are doing well, though still mourning the loss of DA review by The Blogger Girls.
Eternal Circle picks up right where the last book left off. The guys are doing well, though still mourning the loss of Darric. Blaze is busy trying to be everything to all, trying to pick up the pieces and move forward with his family. Conner is having some trouble with his power and connections to the other guys, and his emphatic abilities seem to be a little bit unpredictable. Aden is doing well with Darric’s wolf and getting more comfortable with that connection. He’s now pregnant with their second child but is having some issues with appetite, etc. that have the men worried.
Meanwhile, relations with the humans are still strained. The groups are moving forward with implementing the integration of the wolves with the human military, but the Winter Circle is still causing problems. In addition, the traitor has still not been discovered, though there are a few suspects.
It all comes to a head eventually, the traitor is revealed and many questions are answered. The guys have to go through quite an ordeal before they get their happy ending, but it is well worth it. Those who were unhappy with the ending in the last book (and who wouldn’t be?), will be thrilled with how it all plays out here. Ms. Sue did a wonderful job bringing everything full circle and wrapping up things in an interesting and exciting way.
This has been a very interesting and fun series. Each book delivers just as much as the ones before it, and with the overall issues still remaining with the humans and the whole reason for the existence of the Sirius Wolves, there is plenty of room for the continuation of this world. I’m looking forward to seeing the continued happiness of these guys, as well as how the rest of the story goes as their hard work and plans are put into action. ...more