This is an interesting paranormal that is a bit on the darker/edgier side of the spectrum but also has a love and romance.
When this story begins, Maso This is an interesting paranormal that is a bit on the darker/edgier side of the spectrum but also has a love and romance.
When this story begins, Mason is a human who somewhat ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time. His brother, Jax, is mated to a wolf, so he is no stranger to the species. He currently lives in their pack though he has been thinking about branching out on his own.
Valerian is the head vampire whose sole purpose is to eradicate the wolves. Likewise, Finn is the Alpha Werewolf who is determined to extinguish the vampires (or nightwalkers, as they call them). It is in the midst of one of their fights that an injured Finn comes upon Mason and attacks him in his frenzied state. Before he can do anything further, he is run off by Valerian who then saves Mason and decides to make him his own.
Valerian uses his powers to make Mason forget everything he knew about his life and to also fall in love with him. But, when they are attacked by the wolves on a hunting expedition, Mason is recaptured by Finn, who then recognizes Mason as his mate. As Mason’s memories slowly return, he realizes Valerian’s betrayal and vows to kill him. He is also now falling in love with Finn as they spend more time together.
There is a lot more to this story than what it appears and more in-depth reasoning behind everything that happens. The end result is that Mason ends up being a hybrid species from the infection of both Valerian and Finn’s blood (among other things) and is thereby bound to both. Mason is submissive, but not weak. He stands up for himself as much as he can (this takes a different turn as things progress) and has an entertaining sassy/snarky mouth. He isn’t blind to the fact that both men somewhat forced him to love them through coercion on Valerian’s part and the mating bond/ritual stuff on Finn’s. But, he also realizes he loves them both, and after they realize that Finn and Valerian have also harbored an attraction, things take another turn. But, things are far from settled as they must regroup before they can reclaim what is theirs.
This was fast-paced and exciting. It was a bit dark and edgy but their was still love and a bit of romance, without any extra fluff. I loved the different take on the paranormal aspects and am really excited to see where things go from here. Mason and his powers are continuously evolving and growing, and it is easy to see that he is the one holding power over the two alphas and they are all but powerless (or willing) to stop it.
If you like your paranormal with some unique twists and not too much fluff, give this new writing duo a try. I’m already looking forward to the next installment and hope we don’t have to wait too long to get it!
4.5 stars - This is a wonderful paranormal series that continues with a change in direction this time. Sebastian, Remus and Victor are around, but thi 4.5 stars - This is a wonderful paranormal series that continues with a change in direction this time. Sebastian, Remus and Victor are around, but this installment focuses on Hunter, whom has been a strong player throughout this series. He has had a lot happen to him since we first met him and things don’t get any easier this time around.
While the previous books focused more on the vampires and wolves, here the main theme seems to be possessions. Clarence has been MIA but reappers again in another body. Hunter has joined Prentice (unwillingly at first) to find Arthur, but things don’t go nearly as they’d hoped for. Meanwhile, with Hunter now living without his mate (Clarence, long story you really need to read the previous books to understand), he is in danger of going feral.
There are so many things that happen in this story as it weaves and winds us toward answers and understanding of what has been going on. There are a lot of players aside from the main characters, such as various Gods, Goddesses, Demons and Angels, and they definitely seem to be playing one long petty game with the other creatures as pawns. Bonds are tested, relationships are changed, and I loved how everything played out.
This was a wonderful expansion on an already interesting series, and while it sort of veered off in a different direction, it definitely felt like it needed to be told to keep things in order. I’m already looking forward to the next installment and can’t wait to see what happens next as the players are all moved into another new position.
P.S. I love the cover! It is very fitting and exactly as I pictured Hunter as I read this story.
4.5 stars - This exciting and interesting series has not lost any speed and continues full steam ahead in this installment. Remus is still trying to c4.5 stars - This exciting and interesting series has not lost any speed and continues full steam ahead in this installment. Remus is still trying to come to a decision on who he wants as his mate (a decision he is being forced to make for the good of everyone). A lot hinges upon his decision, but there are a lot of secrets being kept by all three of them (or mostly Remus and Vincent) that send things in a whole new direction.
The hunters are still a problem but Arthur is back on the scene seeking asylum with the wolves. He is still fighting to prevent his becoming a hunter, and after going through quite an ordeal at the hands of Prentice, is looking to help take down the hunters once and for all.
This is a long story, but one that sucks you into its world of good v. evil, vampires against werewolves (who make up the Kingdom of Night) and a few others in between. It is pretty intricately woven with many twists and turns as we find out details of characters’ pasts, why things are happening now, and what can possibly be done to secure a future. The various gods seem to be playing petty games with each other using their creations (the wolves, vamps and hunters) as puppets.
Not everyone is who they seem and many clearly have more important roles to play. While we do lose a few in this installment, there is closure for them and it all feels as though everything is happening for a reason. There are still many unanswered questions about what is to become as players take on new roles and the game appears to have definitely changed. So, this installment closes a chapter but also sets a new one in motion. I highly recommend this series to paranormal lovers and urge you to read them in order to fully understand what all is going on and why. I can’t wait to dive into the next one to see where this story is going and how our trio is making out in their new life.
4.5 stars - This picks up right where Pendulum left off. Much is happening in this world, and it all seems to hinge upon Remus and his awakening as th 4.5 stars - This picks up right where Pendulum left off. Much is happening in this world, and it all seems to hinge upon Remus and his awakening as the true Hybrid. Unfortunately, that cannot happen until he actually chooses his mate, and being marked by both Vincent and Sebastian has made that rather difficult. There is also the issue of Ulric appointing his successor, but he can’t do that either until Remus chooses his mate, because that will also determine who becomes the successor.
So, needless to say, Remus is in kind of a rough spot. He still believes he truly loves and chooses Vincent, but Vincent isn’t convinced. He believes that while Remus still has Sebastian’s mark, it is possible that Remus will choose Sebastian, as it comes down to more than what the heart wants. But, there is a lot more at play here. What we thought we knew about Victor is put to the test in more ways than one. He uses his powers to sort of reset Remus’ memories thinking to do so will give Remus a fair chance at making the right decision as both he and Sebastian court him.
All while this is going on, the plan of the Hunters is brought into focus and the gang must figure out a way to unite with the vampires (including Remus’s mother) in order to be strong enough to stand a chance against them. Remus also learns more about Prentice and Arthur and that all isn’t what it seemed. His list of people he can trust is growing short, that’s for sure.
This is a fantastic paranormal series that focuses on the paranormal aspects, although there isn’t much actual focus on the shifting at the moment. I am thinking this will change a bit more when it comes time for Remus to awaken, unless the Hunters prevent that from happening. The romance and relationship is important, but it sort of takes a backseat for now, more so than the previous book. There are so many things at play here that kept me on the edge of my seat, and I was getting just as frustrated as Remus in trying to figure it all out.
With the exception of some misused names and typo errors, this is an extremely well written and engaging story with interesting characters and dilemmas that had me turning pages quickly, paying no mind to how long this was. I was not ready for it to end and am eagerly jumping into the next installment. Definitely recommended for lovers of creative paranormal and alternate worlds.
This was recommended to me by a fellow reviewer and friend, and boy am I glad I listened! It wasn’t anything like what I was expecting, but I ended up This was recommended to me by a fellow reviewer and friend, and boy am I glad I listened! It wasn’t anything like what I was expecting, but I ended up enthralled just the same. All is definitely not as it seems from pretty much every direction and it made for quite an interesting story.
There is actually very little BDSM in this story. The wolves run a club and are doms, and Remus is tricked into participating in one of the club’s rituals, but that’s pretty much the extent of it. The story quickly moves past that to the paranormal aspects.
Poor Remus is just trying to lay low and start over after escaping the clutches of his abusive ex. He is drawn into a whole other world when his roommate talks him into accompanying him to a secret club where he is quickly recognized by twin wolves, Sebastian and Victor. Remus ends up being thrust into the contest for the Alpha’s Pet, and not surprisingly, he wins. It takes quite a while for him to realize it isn’t all games and that the wolves are actually real, but after Sebastian recognizes Remus as his soulmate, things get even more complicated for Remus, as Sebastian has accidentally marked him which causes all sorts of problems that play out throughout the rest of the story.
In the midst of this is Victor, who also believes Remus is his soulmate, though he concedes he has been marked by Sebastian and somewhat steps aside. That is, until circumstances force otherwise. There is a lot of back and forth with Victor about whether he is good or evil, though I was with Remus most of the time wanting to trust him. There is a lot going on in this story, with a lot more to Remus’ background and issues that slowly become more clear. Suffice to say there are a lot of complications in the way of Remus and his finding happiness.
I’m still not sure where this story is headed. Will Remus and Sebastian work out or will the events that occurred have caused irreparable harm? Will sweet Victor, who has spent most of his life trying to ease things for Sebastian, finally get his own piece of happiness? Will they end up in some sort of triad? It definitely feels as though the three are intertwined and all need each other, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed for all of them.
While this is a long story, I was turning pages so fast that I never noticed and was definitely not ready for it to be over. It has been quite a while since I was this engrossed in a story that I was left with little desire to start something different. I can’t wait to jump into the next installment and hope it is as fulfilling as this one turned out to be!
I’m a fan of Kelex, so I’m not sure why I have yet to read the Bear Mountain series at this point. But, since this could b Review by The Blogger Girls.
I’m a fan of Kelex, so I’m not sure why I have yet to read the Bear Mountain series at this point. But, since this could be read as a stand alone, I figured I’d give it a try. Though not totally necessary, it is highly recommended that you read the Bear Mountain series first, and I have to agree. There are a lot of established characters/couples/throuples that took some time to get straight that would have otherwise been known to me. And, I already would have had the lay of the land where this world is concerned.
That said, it didn’t take me long to catch up to things, and when I did, I was reminded of why I enjoy reading Kelex’ work so much. A whole world is created and easily shown somehow without bogging the story down with too many details about it. Before you know it, you are smack dab in the middle of the story and excitement.
Here, a few of the men of Bear Mountain have been, for various reasons, trying to track down and destroy Project Zed, an operation that has been taking shifters, mutating and experimenting on them, turning essentially them into monsters that they are able to control through implanted transmitters to kill and destroy. Cal Miller is one of those soldiers who was taken at an early age, his family destroyed. He has struggled for many years with the things he is made to do, and everything is slowly driving him crazy. When his last mission goes bad and their plane crashes, they are captured by the Bear Mountain team.
In addition to wanting to destroy Project Zed, the Bear Mountain crew has also been working on ways to help rehabilitate the victims of Project Zed. They have created a serum that helps calm the beasts in a way that will allow them to finally have freedom. Cal is one tough cookie to crack though, as it takes much more to get past what has been done to him. It is with the help of Samuel, a sort of Shaman, that he is finally able to do so. The two share a connection and realize they are mates. But, there are a few things getting in the way, not the least of which is vengeance and revenge against Project Zed and the man who runs it. And while everyone comes together in time to see the big picture, the story is far from over.
This was a very interesting and exciting story. I loved learning the little details of how things work on Bear Mountain, with the mates, the pregnancies, etc. And the actions of going after and taking down the evil Project Zed had me wanting to fight right alongside them. This was everything I have come to expect from Kelex, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for these guys next. I definitely want to go back and read the rest of the Bear Mountain series, and I expect you will too. For those who have already done so, I think you will love this spinoff that appears to be more of an expansion of that world....more
This was a really cute enjoyable vampire story. Liam has been on the streets from a young age. He has taken a young man, Mal, under his wings and supp This was a really cute enjoyable vampire story. Liam has been on the streets from a young age. He has taken a young man, Mal, under his wings and supports them both by thieving, pick pocketing, etc. Unfortunately, circumstances led them to be under the control Curt, a sort of pimp, though Liam manages to keep sex out of the equation thus far. In exchange for a place to live, Liam must bring in enough cash for the both of them. Mal has been sick as well, requiring more from Liam to cover the costs.
Liam agrees to take on one final job for Curt before he and Mal leave on their own. Unfortunately, he bites off a bit more than he can chew when he manages to break into the home of Vincent de Saint-Bonnet, a man with a very dark reputation.
I was pulled into this story right away. Liam, aka the Acrobat, is easy to like with his sassy mouth and quick wit. Likewise, Vincent is interesting and charming and a bit taken with his little thief. Unfortunately, there are a few things getting in the way, even though Vince believes Liam might be his coer du sang, or soul mate. Liam was after a special dagger, which happened to be one of the only weapons that can kill Vincent. All Liam knows is that he must retrieve it in order to save Mal and for them to be able to leave Curt. So, there is a bit of miscommunication along the way as well.
But, in the meantime, we have some great chemistry and banter as they each get to know one another and get to the bottom of things at the same time. It takes a while for the trust to happen, but it shines through in the end. I really enjoyed this story and read it in one sitting. I never would have guessed this was translated from another language and thought the translation was very well done. This is a new-to-me author, but I am definitely looking forward to reading more, especially book 2 of this new series.
The action and excitement picks up right where it left off as Gage flees his family home. Though he is returning without Adrienne, he has gained the fThe action and excitement picks up right where it left off as Gage flees his family home. Though he is returning without Adrienne, he has gained the first seal consisting of a necklace and charm. He also has with him the papers and items from his father’s basement which he hopes Joey can make some sense of. He now knows a tiny bit more about the rest of the seals, and so the search is on to find the rest before the demons beat them to it.
Gage and Joey don’t have too much time to mourn the loss of Adrienne before they make their way to New York in order to confront the Journeymen council and try to seek their help. With the team down to the two men, even though Joey seemed okay with Gage and Adrienne, he still held out hope for himself. But, again, there isn’t much time for romance while there are battles to wage and seals to be found.
This installment is full of twists and interesting characters. Mr. Czermac is a fabulous world builder – extremely creative with vivid and well thought out scenes. Things are getting a bit more intricate as the journey continues to not only figure out what the other seals are but to obtain them as well. At least the counsel now seems to be on board, though there are some betrayals at work.
I won’t give anything away about the relationships, but suffice to say there is some development and closure where our main characters are concerned. I do love Gage, but Joey quickly worked his way into my heart, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for him. If you love paranormal stories with a side of romance, be sure to pick this series up. I can’t wait to read the next installment to see what happens next!
There is a reason this series is one of the very few on my m/f paranormal reading list – it delivers every single time wit Review by The Blogger Girls.
There is a reason this series is one of the very few on my m/f paranormal reading list – it delivers every single time with no signs of slowing down any time soon. From the very first pages, I was flooded with memories of this wonderful series, smiling at the humor and fun the characters I know and love are having as they play a role playing pirate game as this story begins.
There is never a dull moment in Mercy’s life, whether she is out getting into trouble of her own, or at home in the midst of her now very large family. It doesn’t take long before things get a bit more serious and Mercy is kidnapped, by vamps! I’ve been waiting a long time for more vamp exposure in this series. Stefan is back in the fold, as he, through his tie to Mercy, helps Adam in her recovery.
I absolutely love Ms. Briggs’ style. Right from the beginning, she tells us we need to pay attention to Mercy’s notes because things happen in kind of a wonky order. Mercy keeps us posted though, and it was not difficult to follow along at all. Now, normally, I tend to not enjoy a story where the characters spend more time separated than together. But I didn’t mind it all all here. The time spent with Adam and his crew was exciting and wonderful, just as much as the time spent with Mercy trying to get out of her situation on her own. And, truthfully, through their bond, they never really felt that far apart, even though they were.
This might be one of my favorites of this series. I loved how the different factions came together to help Adam (and Mercy) when they were needed. Even Elizavetta, who is not a Mercy fan, stepped up to the plate! And I loved the twists and how everything came together. If you are a fan of shifter stories and have not picked this series up yet, I cannot recommend you do so highly enough. Each story is just as good as the previous one but with new elements or events that never feel over the top – this series just works, and it works well. It has unique and interesting characters, and a family of relationships that exist beyond the pack dynamics. Mercy is strong, loyal and even though oftentimes falls into trouble, making it through on her tenacity and connections (and even a bit of luck), I have to agree, she is definitely one of the most powerful elements in the Tri-Cities and beyond....more
This is an exciting, gritty paranormal story about Nate, a young guy who has psychic abilities but has always bee4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This is an exciting, gritty paranormal story about Nate, a young guy who has psychic abilities but has always been told by his family to keep them secret. He has never learned how to manage them which has made him a socially awkward introvert. After news of his estranged twin’s death, he gets a vision that leads him to believe his death was not a suicide. He sets off to New York to get some answers.
A few chance encounters puts Nate in contact with Trent, with whom he hitches a ride, and their friendship begins to grow. Nate is a void, or someone without any psychic powers. He is the first person Nate has been able to be around who gives him a sense of peace and warmth, as opposed to the myriad of other feelings and emotions he gets from everyone else. He also becomes the first person Nate can trust.
When the guys arrive in NY, Nate stumbles upon something much bigger than he imagined in his quest to find answers about his brother. There is a whole Community of psychics, many more than he ever thought possible. But while the Community holds itself out as all good and helpful, there are a lot of creepy cult-like qualities to it that add to the unease. Things heat up as Nate gathers random clues and tries to solve the mystery of his brother’s murder while not knowing who he can and cannot trust.
There is a gaggle of interesting characters involved here and everyone is not what they seem. Through it all, Nate and Trent’s relationship grows stronger, especially once Nate gets over the fear that he may be using his powers to influence Trent. They were exactly what each other needed, had great banter (even considering how socially awkward Nate was) and explosive chemistry.
Thank goodness Mr. Hassell decided to mold, manipulate and finish this story! I was pulled and sucked in right away and was on the edge of my seat until the end. Mr. Hassell does a fabulous job creating a world full of varying degrees of psychics with underlying tones of creepiness and mystery. I can’t wait to see how this story plays out and really look forward to seeing more of Holden in the next installment....more
3.5 stars - Liam is a psychic who is contacted by spirits who were murdered. After almost nine months, he is still grieving the death of his partner/l 3.5 stars - Liam is a psychic who is contacted by spirits who were murdered. After almost nine months, he is still grieving the death of his partner/lover, William. William and Thompson were detective partners, and while Thompson still mourns the loss, he is ready to move on. He has been enlisting the help of Liam, both as a means to help Liam move on, as well as to help solve the recent murders of an apparent serial killer. The victims contact Liam, or he is able to contact them at the scenes, but it is a small window of opportunity and understanding their messages and figuring out clues is a bit tricky.
This story is about the murders of the young gay men and Liam’s psychic abilities, but it is also about Thompson trying to get Liam to move on. Thompson has harbored feelings for Liam for quite some time, even back from when Liam was with William, but he eventually gives up hope where Liam is concerned and decides to move on. This is finally the spark that Liam needs to start living again and opens his eyes to the connection they have.
I took to Liam right away. We got to see glimpses of the man he was before William died, and it was clear to see his life was turned upside down by his passing. I don’t recall ever finding out what actually happened to William and while I guess it isn’t important, I kept thinking we would find out. But life goes on, and there was plenty of other stuff to grab my attention. Trying to figure out the mystery of the killer and what the clues meant was interesting, but again, I don’t recall if we ever found out the point of the pink feathers.
In the end, Liam and Thompson made a good team, and I liked them together. I loved learning about Liam’s abilities, how he was able to see or hear things differently at different times, flashes of things that happened that he only got one shot at seeing before they vanished, etc. This was a fairly quick read that kept my attention to the end. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of this series and am interested to see what case needs solving next.
Ms. Sue sure knows how to create interesting shifter worlds, and she has done it again here. If you are fans of h 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
Ms. Sue sure knows how to create interesting shifter worlds, and she has done it again here. If you are fans of her Sirius Wolves series, you will no doubt enjoy this one as well.
Legend has it that when an alpha mates with a true omega, an Alpha King will result, but many believe such things are not possible, as no one has heard of or seen a true omega since the beginning of wolf lore.
Luca is an alpha-heir who is saved by a young blue eyed boy after being betrayed and left for dead by his twin brother when they were 18. Luca has survived and has been biding his time until he is paired with an omega who will help bring on his alpha powers that will enable him to make some much needed changes to the way things are done. When he is unable to keep quiet long enough for that to happen, he stands up for a young human who is about to be beaten yet again. Luca quickly realizes that young man is the same who saved him all those years ago and also recognizes him as his mate. Things happen quickly from here on out as Kit is not only Luca’s mate, but a true omega, who not only brings great power to Luca but awakens the Alpha King.
As I said, things happen fast and a lot happens in a very short amount of time. There are all kinds of things being thrown at these two, from the king’s duties, including producing an heir, to family issues and betrayals and lots in between. It isn’t much of a mystery that Kit will be able to become pregnant given the mpreg tag, but unfortunately, the characters don’t have that luxury of knowledge until it is almost too late.
Kit and Luca don’t have much time to bask in their budding relationship, as there is much to be done to right the many wrongs that have taken place up to this point by the various unworthy alphas. The relationship between wolves and humans is strained to say the least, and things don’t all go as smoothly as hoped as Luca takes charge.
Through these adventures, there are some fantastic characters by Luca’s (and Kit’s) side. From Luca’s wonderful sisters, to his close friends and advisors, there were many here to enjoy. This appears to be a stand alone story, and while Luca and Kit’s story is resolved in a nice happy ending, there are quite a few others who could easily have stories to tell as well. Surely there is more in store for Sam and Asher!
All in all, this was another wonderful fantasy world Ms. Sue has created. Her stories are my guilty pleasure in the shifter category and one of the few authors who don’t make me shy away from anything mpreg. They are interesting and well written, fast-paced and full of love, emotion, danger and just about everything else wrapped up in a neat little package, and I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next....more
Fever has been one of the few m/f series I have followed completely from beginning to end, and it remains at the top of that list today. It contains sFever has been one of the few m/f series I have followed completely from beginning to end, and it remains at the top of that list today. It contains some of the most unique and complex characters, and the world itself is extremely creative. If you have followed along this far, you are as connected and committed to seeing it play out as I was, and Ms. Moning did a wonderful job of wrapping things up in this final installment.
This book contains many pages of inner dialog of various characters, from the Book (both as Mac and on its own), to the original Unseelie Queen and a few others in between. I admit I was forced to skim a bit during these parts, as they felt wordy and too complicated for me. I needed more character interaction and dialog, needed to see the characters I love and how they fared during everything that happened to each of them and their world as a whole. While there were many details given in those pages, I needed the story to move forward a bit faster. When that happened, it just took over and brought back everything I've loved about it.
Even though the characters are all evolving, I always had a sense they were exactly as I remembered. From Barrons and his awesomeness to Ryo, Lor and the rest of the elusive nine. We were finally given more information about them and their existence and capabilities, as was the case with some of the others as well, such as Christian, Cruce, Dancer, and especially Dani.
So many things happened in this installment, and I was happy and sad to see it all come to an end. There are still a few unanswered questions and I was left with the feeling that we might some day see some of these characters again. I sure hope that's the case, as I don't think I'll every really be ready to let them go for good....more