Jerath is impatiently waiting for his fangs to drop, but he is also filled with dread. When his fangs drop it is a sign of his coming of age and he will have to perform the Choosing rite on the full moon if he wants to have his animal form, but the rite calls for sex with a female and Jerath only likes boys. But, Jerath also has a bigger worry when his village is raided and the males are taken, Jerath and his best friend Serim have to seek aid from the southern lands before time runs out for some young villagers and they lose their chance at the rite. Jerath discovers his mate on their journey but Meren, a young warrior, can't leave his own village and is unsure if he wants a permanent partner.
This is a great coming of age story that has a wonderful fantasy storyline. Jerath is the young man we follow in this story as he comes of age, finds his mate and seeks aid to rescue his village. We see the difficulty he faces as he both longs for and dreads his fangs dropping, he watches his village being raided, he undertakes the journey for aid and then the rescue of his fellow villagers. On top of that we see his relationship with his mate as it goes through the ups and downs that both young men face.
I did enjoy this story and was only disappointed with one aspect of the story which I will come to later. The world that is described comes to life as we delve deeper into the book, we see a fascinating culture as the villagers work and live together and their customs as the full moon approaches. We see the deep and loving friendship between Jerath and Serim and then the unsure new relationship between Jerath and Meren and the difficult decisions they have to make. There is some excitement and danger as they rescue Jerath's fellow villages, but there is also fear as a misunderstanding comes to light. Meren and Jerath are a wonderful couple and suit each other perfectly once they both decide they know what they want, they are really sweet and cute and as they experiment with each other and further their relationship they are hot.
The problem that I had with this story is the rite that Jerath had to undergo, he HAS to have sex with a female to become a shifter and seeing as he is very much gay he had to take a special berry that would help him out.... so he was drugged. I really had a hard time making sense of that part of the storyline especially seeing as his mate was male. The Goddess decided that the males can shift if they go through the Choosing ritual with a female but will lose the shift if they don't.... so why would any of the males be gay?.... or their mates male?, it sticks in my craw that these men are forced to have sex with a female to get their animal half and they have no choice.... they lose a part of themselves if they don't. And yes the mf sex is very much in evidence and although it was handled beautifully it still pissed me off.
I recommend this to those who love a fantasy world with shifters, young adults coming into their own, discovering something you have always longed for, finding love in trying times, danger and rescues and a wonderful happy ending. (less)
Bren is on the run with an angel, he is running for his life after being told he is part God and a homicidal God wants the powers he will develop. The only good to come out of his new found knowledge is his protector Dar, the hunky angel, who Bren has fallen in love with. Dar knows full well that Bren is holding enormous power that is just waiting to be tapped into, but being chased down isn't making it easy to train Bren. Calling in Gods to assist in protecting and training Bren is easier said than done, but protecting the demigod he has fallen in love with is his most challenging task yet.
This is a pretty good paranormal/fantasy story that entertains with its gods and goddess', power struggles and god fights. The first thing I will say about this story is it shouldn't have been titled 'Strange Angels' it should have been titled 'Strange Gods' because these Gods are strange. Bren lived his life as a simple human before being attacked and rescued by Dar, but now he is a demigod in waiting on an adventure that takes him through gods dimensions and meeting temperamental gods some who want to destroy him.
We don't really see much of Bren and Dar's relationship other than charge and protector, but we have brief moments where we discover how close they are either through words or actions. This story is all about Bren and his struggle to gain control of his powers while dodging the gods who want the power for themselves. We meet an interesting selection of strange gods and there are some humorous moments, there are also attacks and some power struggles and mini battles as the gods choose sides.
I recommend this to those who enjoy angels and gods, a love that is strong and fierce, some humor, interesting characters, a great storyline filled with danger and a touch of angst and a really sweet ending. (less)
A cataclysmic event causes the world Lucian knew to nearly cease to exist, with the earth churned up and building crumbling Lucian's small band of survivors seek others and shelter, but with the acid rain and the strange night time creatures they have a harsh journey ahead of them. Raide was a novice monk when the earthquake first struck and the acid rain fell, he watched as those around him disappeared and with another young novice sets out to discover what happened. Raide and Lucian meet, Raide overjoyed that his soul-mate still lives and their attraction flares, but the Dark Ones are out there seeking to spread their blackness and Raide and Lucian must fight for each other.
This is a great story of two nearly parallel worlds colliding, with few survivors and a daunting new world. Lucian survives the earthquake and the acid rain, he rushes to his best friend Emanuel and they discover nearly everyone else has disappeared. With one other survivor they set off to check on loved ones and join up with those who have survived, they face the desolation and set off for the city hoping there are more people. Raide and Julius are the only survivors at the monastery and they set off to find out what has happened and if anyone else has survived, but they fall into the hands of the Dark Ones before being rescued by Raide's soul-mate, Lucian, and they all embark on a journey of survival hoping to avoid the Dark Ones and the night creatures.
This is one of those stories that has quite a bit for us to grasp, somehow two parallel worlds have collided and the destruction is devastating, we have bands of survivors searching for others, but none of them can make sense of what has happened until people from the opposite worlds meet. Mysterious night creatures attack at night and there are bands of Dark Ones or evil people who roam during the day, then we have the various relationships of the survivors. We also discover that some people on Raide's world have soul-mates and some people can see auras, it adds that bit of extra intrigue to the story as well as the fact that Raide's world was three month's in-front with time.
This story holds your attention from the start but you do begin to question Lucian's relationship with Emanuel early on, but you begin to understand the dynamics of their friendship. Lucian's and Raide's relationship is pretty special their coming together is both sweet and powerful. The discoveries we make are good and the slight action we see is great. The band of survivors are an interesting selection and you become invested in their journey and wonder what they face. The world building is great, you get a wonderful sense of the desolation that surrounds them all on their journey with the burnt out cars and destroyed buildings, the piles of empty clothes and the nameless, faceless identification as though those that are gone never existed.
I recommend this to those who love strange post-apocalyptic events, bonds being made, relationships being forged, hot sweet loving, kidnappings and rescues and and ending that is also a beginning.(less)
This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Lochlann was the first through the Pattern, the guinea pig, and has been wandering Earth for over two thousand years, he lost his magic six hundred years ago during the Black Plague and now he has finally met his SoulShare. Garrett has had bad news, his HIV has mutated into full blown AIDS, when he meets Lochlann he is still reeling from the shock and tries to push the Fae away. Lochlann needs his magic back to heal Garrett, and to get his magic back he has to complete the SoulShare with Garrett, but Garrett is scared to put Lochlann in danger and neither know if Lochlann would survive after so many years. Janek and the Marfach are still desperate for the power and they will do anything to possess it.
This is a brilliant addition to the SoulShare series, we discover more about the Loremaster's and the creation of the Pattern and we see a new pairing of Fae and human and the difficulties they face. Lochlann has roamed Earth for over two thousand years and never seen another Fae, but the night he discovers his SoulShare Garrett he meets another Fae and discovers that his ex-friend Cuinn is still floating around and boy does Lochlann have a bone to pick with him. Garrett knows he will never have a real intimate relationship again and that his health is seriously depleted, but although he tries to push away the sexy Fae he can't help but have that touch of hope. But danger is heading their way as the Marfach is getting impatient for magic.
I loved this installment of the series and the new developments that was revealed. Lochlann and Garrett have a terrible journey ahead of them as they come together, their budding joining is nearly torn apart not only by the Marfach but also by death. We see the characters from previous stories Tiernan and Kevin (Hard As Stone) and Conall and Josh (Gale Force) and also Cuinn as Lochlann and Garrett face challenges to be together. Although there were some trying times in the previous books this story has the most harrowing as Janek and the Marfach take extreme measures to try to get what they want.
I recommend this to those that love Fae, danger, a long reaching plot, hope, great characters, more maneuvering of the Loremasters, an interesting storyline and a great ending. (less)
This book is part of a series and must be read in order. Lance and Andrew are happily mated, well they would be if people didn’t want Lance dead, but Andrew is still tied to Stephon and Lance is far from happy about that fact. As Lance begins to learn of the political mechanics he has to wade through, Andrew and his family seek to support and protect Lance as those who don’t want change, seek to put an end to the pureblood.
A Royal Bind is a great continuation from The Pauper Prince. Lance and Andrew have many political manoeuvres to endure as they decide what must be done to protect Lance from the assassins; Lance also wants Andrew free from Stephon and just wants to be with his mate. They have many decisions to make because as a pureblood, the only pureblood to be known to live, he is a danger to the vampires rule over the shifters and that is not something that most vampires want and some shifters. They have to be careful of who they trust because enemies may not be enemies and allies might not be allies.
I really enjoyed this second instalment of the Changing Moon series, the characters Lance and Andrew still adore and love each other, but now as more people learn of Lance’s bloodlines they begin to learn that there are even more people that they might not be able to trust. Lance is a great character who may not want anything but his mate, but will try to do what is best for everyone, he also shows his backbone more in this one and I was thrilled at his and Andrew’s developing skills. Andrew is an absolute sweetheart and I really love his entire family (well except Uncle Dave).
This isn’t a story where the lines between allies and enemies are clear, you just can’t tell who is really out for Lance and some characters will surprise you, and I have a strong feeling that by the end of the series we will be left reeling as to who the enemy really is. You will love some of the new characters that we finally meet face to face (so to speak) and you begin to have doubts about others but as I said there are no clear lines so you are left guessing. Lance and Andrew’s love is plain to see on every page, as is Lance’s inexperience of the shifter and vampire world and you can only hope that he is being guided by the right people.
I will recommend this to those who love shifters, vampires, paranormal, strong love, hot sex, developing characters, a great story and being left with a desperate hope that the next book will be published soon. (less)
Lance has grown up in the foster system being passed from foster home to foster home and State to State, when a foster father is killed, Lance goes on the run and begins to discover the secrets of his past. When Andrew discovers a young man in the barn he gives chase, when he finally catches up with him he is delighted at what he finds.
This is a wonderful story that had me enthralled with its craftsmanship. Sui Lynn has created a world that is complex but easy to follow, she explains well the world of her shifters and although we don’t get all the answers in this book… it is only the start of a great new world. When Lance is caught by Andrew it starts a slow building relationship between the two men, it is a relationship where trust has to be earned and where love develops slowly.
Lance has been badly abused in the past and although he grows to love Andrew he doesn’t think that the relationship will ever progress to sex. Andrew adores Lance and will do anything for him, when he realises the extent of Lance’s abuse he knows he has to hold back and hope that Lance will overcome his past because they have already declared each other as mates and they have to consummate their mating… or it will get violent as their animals take over.
This is a wonderfully written story where secrets come out and Lance finds out about his parents, he starts to learn about the shifter world and the circumstances that the shifters species find themselves in. The characters in this book are wonderful from the two MC’s to all the supporting characters; the emotional depth to the book is startling and well rounded out. The background of the shifters is well developed and I loved the fact that the shifters and animals choose each other instead of just being born a certain type of shifter.
Although this story doesn’t answer all our questions, it is a fantastic start to a series that promises answer’s in future books (the next one is called A Royal Bind). It has introduced us to a world of shifters and vampires that I found fascinating, it is also a book that is based on building trust and overcoming ghosts from the past and looking towards the problems of the future. A really incredible story that I adored.
I have to recommend this book to anyone who loves shifters, mystery, a bit of action, some danger, a slow love story, some hot love making and a happy ending.(less)
Justin has settled into the city where he hopes his stalker won’t find him. As he works on the old church, that he will call home, he talks to the gargoyles that guard his sanctuary. When he is attacked, he dreams that his favorite gargoyle comes to him to offer comfort and support. Cullen has spent much time listening to the human talk to him, now he finds that his human needs protection and he and his fellow gargoyles will ensure his protection.
Justin is an artist who is opening his own gallery. As he works on the old church, he awakens the gargoyles and they will protect him from those who would do harm. But, the gargoyles are helpless during the day, so Justin calls in an old friend. This is an interesting gargoyle story that I found wonderful for the simple fact that although they came alive at night they still turned to stone during the day and not even Justin’s love changes that, it really was refreshing.
Justin might have thought that he had fled his stalker, but the man just won’t give up. Cullen is really sweet in his need to protect Justin, but even he knows that he has limitations. Now, even though this story is focused on Justin and Cullen there are other things that are going on in the background that are just as interesting that involve Justin’s sister, her son and her high school sweetheart, you also have the other gargoyles Bob, Draco and Snout who make for interesting reading.
I really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to Sui Lynn’s future gargoyle stories. With this one, I will recommend it to those who love gargoyles, hot sex, an interesting story, a slightly more realistic gargoyle story (do not go there, I know it isn’t real so *raspberry*) and a happy ending for everyone involved. (Except Bob because his angel really is just stone.)(less)
Zander has led a sheltered life in the paranormal world, even though he is a warlock he has been brought up in the human world and knows very little about other paranormals. Zander is about to change that by meeting up with his on-line friend Giovanni and going to a supernatural night club, but his night of escape comes to a screeching halt when the club is attacked and he finds himself dragged into an adventure to discover who was behind the attack. Zander also discovers that his mother has been hiding a secret, he meets his mate Tau and isn't sure he wants to settle down.
This is a great paranormal story that is filled with action and secrets. Zander wants to know more about the world he belongs to but has been kept sheltered by his parents. On the one night that he throws off the shackles of responsibility it ends with him meeting his mate and being in the middle of a violent bloody attack by enemies unknown, and he takes it on himself to rescue the kidnapped paranormals when he discovers his grandmother is among those who are missing. Tau is a shifter prince, discovering his mate fills him with joy but it isn't a easy mating and he has his own challenges to face in the coming weeks. Giovanni is a warlock who threw his own chains off long ago he has no problem supporting Zander in his rescue mission, Giovanni also meets a vampire, Hung, who he isn't sure he wants to leave.
Zander is a pretty confused young man by the time this story ends, he discovers secrets that rip his family apart, discovers a mate he isn't sure he wants yet and finds himself in the middle of rescue and sets himself a mission to discover who attacked the paranormals. Zander's relationship with Tau is very rocky, and if he had know the truth about shifters it would have been a lot smoother but still tense. Giovanni proves to be a great friend for Zander and adds some zing to the story. The progression of the story is very quick but doesn't get confusing, the characters are brilliant and come together brilliantly to make an interesting cast and the storyline is action packed and exciting.
I will recommend this story to those that love paranomal story's that have a journey ahead of them, developing love that has hurdles, secrets that can destroy but make you stronger, rescues that rock, difficult choices to make and an ending that makes you want the next eleven installments now! (less)
Liam was unwillingly brought to 'The Colony' with his now best friend Riley eight years ago. Now stuck underground his only hope of a way out is if Riley wakes up from his five year coma, but although he clings to his hopes of returning to the 'Outside' he has the opportunity to improve his lot by joining the Elete soldiers. Can he give up his dreams of returning home or should he throw the security away on the small hope that there really is a way out?
This story has a very dystopian feel to it, leaving you feeling like we are reading about an all new world or about survival after an apocalypse, but it isn't, it is a secret land that is whispered about in legends... Atlantis, Shangri la or Avalon but it is far from the paradise that we dream about. Liam and Riley were dragged to 'The Colony' against their will, they were forgot about then left to fend for themselves, now several years later Liam looks after Riley as best he can, but Liam's habit of gambling against the odds always backfires. When Riley wakes up from his five years coma unable to remember much of anything, Liam's hopes of a way out begins to fade and he becomes desperate.
This is a great story that is very involved and has many mystery connections, there are many interesting aspects that we discover the longer we read and the characters are interesting and varied. Liam is a dreamer, he dreams of returning to New York and his life and refuses to accept the life he now has, he has the opportunity of a lifetime but his dreams are too much to let go of. Riley is messed up he can't remember much and Liam is nothing like the Liam he remembers, as time progresses he himself begins to change and there is a huge mystery surrounding him.
Although this is a great story, I did wish there was some explanation to explain 'The Colony' rather than the clues that were dropped through out the book. I found myself struggling with the setting until I figured out they were on Earth but in a secret underground world, with very rare people. This is a brilliant storyline that you will leave you both frustrated and desperate for more, you will love and hate the characters as we follow them through the difficulties they face and the difficulties they bring on themselves. We see many story threads that are just at the beginning but we do get a sweet though awkward relationship between Liam and Riley.
I recommend this story if you love science fiction and legends merging, fighting for your freedom against the odds, finally accepting your place in the world, a honest sweet love and an twisty ending that raises the eyebrows in surprise. (less)
Severin is a prince in his own country of Arcathia, he is traveling in Oscia, who they are recently at peace with after a three year war, and comes across a slave market. Arcathia doesn't have slaves and Severin wishes he could but them all, but buy's one of them to set free once he reaches Arcaitha. Havyn has always been a slave, the kindness of his new master astounds him and to be offered an apprenticeship with a wizard! Severin must marry a princess to continue his line but he would much prefer Havyn under him, Havyn must stay chaste to keep his magic pure and fights the temptation the prince offers. With two kingdoms in the balance, murder and betrayal Severin must decide if duty is more important than love.
This is a great fantasy story that has intrigue, mystery and secrets buried. Severin doesn't want to marry but knows he has to do his duty, when he gets to know Havyn he can't help but dream for a different outcome. Havyn discovers that he is much more than just a slave when he meets Prince Severin and the wizard Ildar, and he has difficultly keeping chaste when Severin tempts him so much. Setting off to meet his future bride a terrible tragedy occurs and Severin faces more difficulties to come.
I quite enjoyed this fantasy story and the developing relationship between Havyn and Severin. I liked the storyline and the mystery that is hovering just on our peripheral vision, you know there is a secret that will be revealed you just don't know when or by who. There are a couple of things that happen that make this story interesting but I won't ruin the surprise. The relationship between Havyn and Severin is rocky but they find their way with some sweet loving and gentle reassurances. The journey that Severin, Havyn and Ildar undertake is a decent adventure and it never bores and it does lead to the solution to Severin's marriage problem.
I recommend this to those who love fantasy, interesting storylines, twists, murder, betrayal, hopeless love, sweet lovemaking and a great ending that wraps everything up nicely. (less)
Etan is a young man who is tossed out of his home after his fathers death, travelling to the Kered city is his only hope of survival. But things don't go his way and he soon finds himself signing himself into servitude to survive, he is brought to the attention of Roberb Tallisk a master tattooist and jumps at the chance to become one of the Adorned. The Blooded are the only ones to ever see an Adorned's tattoo's, living art brought to life by enchanted ink, but they also want the body the ink is gracing. With the Blooded, living the high life is intoxicating but Etan begins to be drawn into a harsh reality with mumbling's of revolution and the secret yearning he has for his master tattooist.
This is an amazing story that draws you into the life of a poor country boy as he makes his way in a world that has been war torn and is trying to heal. Etan doesn't really have much of a choice after he is kicked out of the only home he has ever had, even when he gets to the city his luck is abysmal when in a short amount of time he is beaten and robbed. Things begin to look up though when he is offered a helping hand and he makes the choice of selling himself into servitude for 5 years, he might work hard but he will be fed and have a bed. Luck falls his way again when he is offered the chance to become one of the Adorned, few are chosen but they live a life most would beg for. Being with Tallisk has him yearning for something more but his first duty is to his master's patron.
You know, I could go on for ages describing this story and I still wouldn't do it justice, so let me just say that we follow Etan's life as he grows and discovers what he wants, we follow as he is settles in his own skin and finds what he really wants to do. We see as he falls in love and his devastation as revolution comes to the city. There are some amazing descriptions in this story of the tattoo's and what makes them living art. We are drawn into a world of indulgence as the masses starve but the Blooded rule and non can gainsay them. The characters are all well rounded and fully fleshed out, adding to this story and making it so much more intriguing. The harrowing scenes as the revolution takes hold and it isn't just the Blooded who are punished. The love and joy that Etan finds with Tallisk is nearly cut short but miracles happen when you least expect it.
This is a very in-depth book showing us the journey of Etan as he develops from a naive young man to one who discovers his true path in life. Etan's relationship with Tallisk doesn't really show itself until near the end of the book, we know there is a connection between the two but it isn't acted upon until near the end. The situation that Etan finds himself in between two factions, Blooded and human, trying to please both while keeping himself neutral, is a difficult one and not easily negotiated. While Etan and Tallisk do get their happily ever after it isn't an easy or painless journey.
I recommend this to those who love harsh fantasy, doing what has to be done, finding your own true worth, discovering love and fighting to the very end for happiness. (less)
Taren has always longed for the sea, but when he is handed over to pay his masters debts he doesn't believe that he will ever get to sail the seas. When Taren is snatched by a pirate captain and offered the choice of serving him in every way for three years and then gaining his freedom, Taren jumps at the offer. Two years later Taren dives overboard during a storm to save another sailor and is lost at sea, he awakens to find himself the prisoner of Ian, a rival ship captain, and Taren slowly discovers secrets about himself. Ian has a duty to do and where Taren was discovered is a violation of the council, even his attraction and belief in the young man can't save him from the council.
This is quite a good fantasy building up a world where the mermen council rule their community with an iron fist and fear. Taren we slowly discover is not who he thinks he is, led to believe that he was sold as a baby he has lived the life of a slave. When he is kidnapped by a pirate captain he discovers freedom to sail the seas and sexual exploration with the captain and his lover, but when he is rescued he discovers a culture ruled by fear and torture. Ian is bound by the council, arguing with the council would end in imprisonment but Taren reaches into a part of Ian and makes him act.
This is one of those stories that by the end of the book you are only just beginning to learn the plot, there is no doubt in my mind that this story has a long way to go before the conclusion. We learn a bit about Taren and his affinity to the sea and his strange feelings when a storm is approaching, we also discover that he seems to be a very sexual being when he feels attraction to a man. Ian is a merman who has had to prove himself to his own people, they don't trust anyone who haven't always lived on the island, seeing spy's at every turn and turning on those that don't agree with them. Ian is caught between doing his duty and following his heart and it isn't an easy choice.
While we follow the story we discover why the mermen council is so harsh, but we also discover that there is something deeper going on which is indicated by Taren's dreams. This is a really well written story, the characters come to life and the descriptions are vivid. The sexual scenes are incredible hot and we get some extremely sensual merman sex. There are some scenes of torture that are pretty nasty, but it shows you just what the council is really like. Now, while I liked the characters I never quite connected to them, I just found it difficult to relate to either of them and their choices.
I recommend this to those who love mermen, an interesting in-depth storyline, fantasy, hot sex, great characters and an ending that has you compelled to read more. (less)
Aden is the dragon of Blackwater Falls and is astounded when a puny human challenges him to a game of Chess, he wants the games to be over so he can enslave the human and teach him a lesson. Tjaden has been all over the world in his adventures but has never met a dragon, discovering from his uncle the location of one has him climbing a mountain to meet him and he lays down a challenge. With the game over both of them have expectations and both have a night of pure debauchery to get through, and they learn never to underestimate your opponent.
This is a great smoking hot short story that certainly teases and delights. Aden is a typical arrogant dragon so when he is challenged by a human he expects to squash the humans hopes and then punish him, but he never expect to be drawn to the intriguing human who unexpectedly ties him in knots. Tjaden was cursed many years ago and was told that to break the curse he had to visit the dragon of Blackwater Falls, now he has finally decided to break the curse but the dragon is much more than he hoped for, and he can't resist requesting a change to the terms of the bet. At a dragons mercy, he is unprepared for the debauchery he demanded and now they are both entwined in a sexually charged game.
Oh hell, holy cow, I never expected it to get that hot so quickly. We are given a delightful case of cat and mouse as these two characters match wits and try to out do the other, but they both get a surprise when at the end of the night they both want more than expected. Both characters are great, each suited perfectly for the others personality and oh my god the sexually spark between them is hotter than dragon fire. The sexual scenes are smoking hot and slightly kinky, burning you from the inside out. This is a great combination of fantasy and kinky sex that will have you swallowing hard.
I recommend this if you love dragons, magic, challenging characters, hot sensual sex, an interesting ending and a brilliant short story which is great for a hot sex fix. (less)
David is a sorcerer who is skilled at creating blessings, he has very little other magical abilities, but for David it isn't something he worries over. David has had to live with an unbreakable curse for twenty years ever since his brother, in a fit of childhood jealousy, cursed him, now as an adult no one can stand to be within ten feet of him before the fear drives them away. Vaughn works for the magical enforcers making sure sorcerers stay within the law and breaking curses, when his best friend offers him the opportunity to meet The Impossible Kid he jumps at the chance to take a look at the curse that has baffled everyone. Vaughn takes a more personal interest in David when he meets him but David put's distance between them, will David ever give Vaughn the chance to prove he is more than just a curse.
This is a great magic story that isn't magical cures but does have a magical love. David has lived his life knowing no one can get close to him, so when an enforcer who specializes in breaking curses shows an interest in him he can't believe it is for himself and not his curse. Vaughn is instantly attracted to David and because of his own birth blessing he can get close to David, but trying to convince David that he really wants him is hard. As the two become close Vaughn keeps looking into a solution to David's curse but his work is getting stressful and hunting for a thief might get dangerous.
This is a great story and although it is about magical people it isn't too fanciful, both men are wonderful and their relationship is taken slowly as David gets used to being close to someone. Although the story focus' on David and Vaughn's relationship and it's progress and ups and downs, it also gives us an insight into Arcana (where Vaughn works) but we only really get to see one case. I would have enjoyed seeing even more about the work the Arcana enforcers do but I enjoyed this little taster. I also really liked David and couldn't help feel sorry for him and his complete loneliness, but the happiness he discovers with Vaughn is really special. Vaughn's love for David becomes very clear to us when he finds a solution to David's curse, that was real love.
I recommend this to those that love great characters, magic, finding a love that you will do anything for, a great storyline and a wonderful ending. (less)
This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Hogarth and Rook are super-duo Checkmate who are still determined to get into the Power Alliance, even with the pathetic excuses the Alliance keeps coming up with to ignore them. When Hogarth inadvertently blurts out a marriage proposal, Garth begins to realize that Rook might not be be in the same place but he can't dwell on his disappointment and insecurities because duty calls. Female contestants of Single and Super, a romantic reality show for those with superpowers, are being found in deliriously happy comas and Checkmate need to get to the bottom of it. Rook goes undercover as the bachelor looking for love and Hogarth sneaks onset as a cameraman, with emotion running high between them they discover the well laid trap they have walked into, and one of them will have to suffer a broken heart if they ever want to see reality again.
This is a great adventure in the Checkmate series where battle commences and Rook and Hogarth's relationship is tested. We start off this adventure several months after the end of Pawn Takes Rook and rejoin Hogarth and Rook as they battle crime. Hogarth hasn't changed, he is still the ever hopeful insecure man and Rook is still the strong snarly type, their relationship is still going strong although Rook is still cagey with his feelings and Hogarth is still full on with his emotions. Their new investigation into nefarious deeds takes them to the set of a reality TV show and it will test Hogarth's nerves to see women throwing themselves at Rook, but when he discovers the truth of the show he has to make hard choices.
I thought this story was brilliant, both Hogarth's and Rook's reactions are brilliant all the way through. Hogarth is so funny with his descriptions and retelling of events and he is just sooo angsty at times it is wonderful. Rook is very stoic, nothing really gets any reaction out of him but boy does Hogarth drive him to the edge. The storyline is really good with Hogarth and Rook having to take on an alternative reality, beating the bad guy and rescue all the victims but it comes at a high price. Hogarth is really put through the emotional mill as he tries to puzzle his relationship with Rook out, even his blissed out moments are tinged with angst because trying to figure out how Rook really feels will take an impossible superpower.
I recommend this to those who love strange superheroes, difficult choices, angsty moments, communication problems between lovers, spectacular rescues, some hot moments and a great ending. (less)
This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Aloysius is a powerful witch’s familiar but when he saves Blaine and Killian from a witch’s attack he loses everything - his power, his memory and his cat form – he wakes up human surround by cats and dogs with a vague memory of his name, Alain, and not much else. Luckily for Alain he is in the hands of attractive vet Luke who helps him out with clothes, a place to stay and a job. Luke is shocked when he comes across a naked man in his vet clinic but the innocence in the man’s eyes has him helping him out, but Luke is hiding from his past which could bring down all he has built and Alain nearly gets dragged into danger. Killian’s power is greatly depleted with the loss of Aloysius, with evil witches determined to take over the coven Killian needs Aloysius now more than ever but with Aloysius stuck in human form the prospects look dire.
Ah damn what a twisted tale this series has become, with the European covens determined to rule and a nasty man from Luke’s past, we are also treated to a dilemma when Aloysius/Alain regains his memories. Luke is a great character who hides from his shady past, it took him years to get where he is as a vet and he has no intentions of ever revisiting his past. When Luke meets Alain he is bewitched by his beauty but he resists the pull of attraction for as long as he can, especially as Alain has no real memories of his own. Alain is drawn to Luke and can be quite persuasive and although he is enjoying his new life to the fullest, he knows that he has forgotten something important. Bring in Killian, Blaine, Sammy and Ryder as they try to protect their coven and discover how they can get Aloysius back but then a dilemma happens when Alain falls in love with Luke, how can they ask him to give up his love to give them back their power?
I loved this story as the threads were drawn together, weaving a tale that pulls us in different directions as we want Alain and Luke to get their happily ever after, but we also want Killian and the coven to win against the attacks. Luke is unaware of magic so his part in the story is of a very human aspect that Alain also gets dragged into, their relationship is pretty incredible and Aloysius as human is both sweet and funny and they make a delightful couple. We then have the magical aspect with Killian and Sammy being affected by the loss of Aloysius and being attacked by witch’s wanting power for themselves. This was beautifully done and you get pulled in from the very first page, we see their plight as Aloysius/Alain is torn in different directions and Luke’s heartbreak and devastation upon learning the truth. There are some very amusing scenes as Alain still has some very cat like traits.
I recommend this to those that love magical dilemma’s, falling in love, danger from both human and magical attacks, a great story and a brilliant surprising ending. (less)
Lucas has many things on his plate with worrying about his tenants, the harvest, his sisters’ prospects and money, but he has one thing that makes him truly happy he loves spending time with his boyfriend Alex. What he doesn’t need is anything else to crop up and certainly not his sister’s suitor disappearing or a nutter who thinks he is a Daimin. Lucas is drawn into an adventure when he attempts to discover just where the suitor has disappeared to, along with the appearance of the strange man and then his cousin, the Prince, vanishing and being drawn into a mystery that is over a hundred years old.
Oh this story is absolutely incredible, it’s humorous and great fun to read. Within the first couple of pages I fell head over heels for Lucas, he is a brilliant character and is great fun (even when he doesn’t mean to be), his boyfriend Alex is wonderful and he adores Lucas. The storyline is great with confusion and fun every step of the way, we meet some fantastic characters in Prince Laurie, Declan Slade and the Prince Consort and we have a great adventure of hyperventilating, sheer embarrassment and near hysterics as Lucas and Alex discover just what is going on in Orchard Downs.
This story starts out a fun light read and it continues in the same vein throughout, it will have you laughing and giggling as you follow along in an adventure that leads to an old secret. I must say that I didn’t want this story to end, I couldn’t get enough of the brilliance of these fun characters. The storyline starts off with a simple missing suitor and becomes so much more as confusion begins to lead the way, leading Lucas and Alex to a secret that has been hidden from everyone from many long years, and reopens diplomacy to a race that they have long been wary of.
I have no choice to but recommend this to everyone if they want a fun light read that has brilliant characters, a great storyline, fantastic animals, and a neurotic librarian, we have guys obsessed with thinking about sex, a slight magical battle that has Lucas spitting feathers and a brilliant ending that has us hoping for more adventures in the future. (less)
This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Kherin, the second prince of Llarien, is left behind in Gravlorn to continue his duty as a Defender against the threat of the Northerners when Derek, the Royal Trader, sets off for the port town Dennor to discover more about the Akhael and the Northerners. Kherin is left alone to face dissent in the ranks of Defenders, the malicious rumors of cowardice and treason and anger from his own brother, while facing increasing attacks from across the river. Derek discovers the truth about the Akhael and the Northerners and brings Dar, the scholar, back to Gravlorn with him but growing tensions, jealousy and visions of revenge makes the border a dangerous place.
This is a great conclusion to the Akhael magical threat and Kherin and Derek’s relationship dilemma. Kherin finds himself wading through trouble caused by jealousy and self-preservation after Derek leaves, he still isn’t sure what will happen with Derek in the future but he clings to their brief moments together and Derek’s words of wisdom to see him through the trouble. Derek realises that what he has with Kherin is worth fighting for, but first they have to put an end to the Northern threat and his time in Dennor makes him realise the threat is greater than any of them thought. The revolutionary stirrings in Dennor are trying to pick up speed and Tristan, ex-royal stable lad, has revenge on his mind.
I loved this story not only because of the Akhael storyline but also because Kherin has to look his past in the face and accept his faults and actions, and learning how to appropriate blame to those who deserve it. The world building to this story was laid down in And So It Begins, but the storyline is built upon with us finding out the horrifying truth about the Akhael. Derek and Kherin resolve their feelings for each other, Kherin knowing what he has always wanted and determined to get and Derek knowing that now he has had a taste of bliss no one will keep him from his happiness, not even the Kings disapproval. We see the Defender’s splitting into factions as Kherin puts his foot down, and we see the bitterness as certain people cause trouble and dissent.
We see this story from both Kherin and Derek’s perspective, it is split between them as they are separated doing their duty. We surprisingly see growth in Kherin as he begins to accept that his actions don’t just affect him and we see his maturity develop with his interaction with others. The bond between Kherin and Adrien is still very strong even as they become at odds, their brotherly love is exceptional and there are scenes between them that take your breath away. The relationship between Derek and Kherin is where Kherin gathers most of his strength, Derek has managed to temper Kherin without even really trying. Their love for each other is strong and they are magnificent together and not just in bed.
I recommend this story to those who love fantasy, danger, discovering the truth, deep love, accepting ones actions, jealousy, revenge, some hot sex and an ending that is both wonderful and well deserved. (less)
This story is part of a series and must be read in order. Tristan, Machidiel (Mac) and Alastor might love each other but the repercussions from Tristan becoming an incubus is much more far reaching than any of them thought. Trying to find a way out of Tristan’s bargain isn’t going well and when Tristan needs help during his training he pulls an innocent into his problems and leads him to danger. With a dream demon playing games with their dreams and an innocent suffering because of Tristan’s choices, Tristan, Mac and Alastor have to face their past to move forward, but it just might tear them apart.
God damn you L.M. Brown, you should be devising torture in Hell, those were my first thoughts when I finished this book, and they were also my second and third thoughts as well…. My fourth thought was ‘where does she live’ because I want that third book now! Tristan, Mac and Alastor are moving into a new home but their happiness is tinged with the awareness of Tristan’s deal with Lawrence. Tristan’s first training session doesn’t go well and the repercussions are far reaching with their repeated combined lives in the past being revealed and the truth of Alastor’s past being revealed.
This is a great story that will pull you every which way as you follow the angel, demon and incubus as they try to sort out their problems. Tristan’s actions are what resound throughout this story, everything he does seems to have devastating consequences. Mac has problems of his own as Raphael tries to convince him Alastor isn’t worthy of his time. Alastor has his past shown to him after being plagued by nightmares and the truth of his long forgotten actions affect his relationship. This is definitely a rollercoaster ride as you cheer for their love and then doubt their actions, at one point you want to smack the crap out of Tristan as he walks away from the mess he makes and you pity Alastor as he still doubts his place in the relationship. We are given insight into others actions and we are given a very surprising twist, we are also left with the big question of just what Tristan, Alastor and Mac are going to do now.
I have to recommend this to those who love angels, demons and incubus getting it on, if you adore conflict and arguments, if you love surprising twists at the last minute and you love cliffhanger endings that leave you panting for more. (less)
Vorgell the barbarian finds himself locked up in a cell with a thief/witch after unwittingly using a unicorn horn to pleasure himself, now he is horny as hell and thinks that the little thief can give him a helping hand. Madd has been enslaved by a baron and wants nothing more than to escape, when the huge barbarian is tossed in his cell he takes advantage of his innocent confession and snatches a kiss that helps them escape. Now on the run but with their own problems, Vorgell wants sex and Madd wants the enchanted collar off, they join together to re-enter the castle they just escaped to steal a basilisk egg. Together they find themselves dealing with witches, wizards, thieves and trouble.
This is a great fantasy story that has a horny as hell barbarian and a disgruntled witch. Vorgell gets himself into a huge jam when he mistakenly kills a unicorn, eats the berries made from its blood, becomes horny and pleasures himself with the unicorn’s horn. Unknown to Vorgell a unicorn isn’t just magical it is also a potent aphrodisiac and now he wants constant sex…. there’s doubts if even a tree knot would be safe. Madd has fallen foul of a local baron and he wears an enchanted collar that makes him want the loathsome man, escaping with a barbarian who is full of magic is his only chance of freedom. But, to be free forever he needs the basilisk’s egg used to create the enchanted collar. Madd and Vorgell come to an agreement Vorgell will help Madd get into the castle with his magical fluids and Madd will sexually please Vorgell when he needs magic.
This has got to be one of the maddest books I have ever read, inadvertently infusing yourself with a potent aphrodisiac and being constantly horny…. Poor Vorgell. Vorgell is a wonderful barbarian who develops feelings for the ornery Madd, Madd is a male witch who has been mistreated in the past but it only takes one horny barbarian to crack his shell. Together they face danger and horrors as they try to free Madd from his collar, because the baron has powerful allies in the Wizards Guild. They also have to keep secret about Vorgell’s hidden magic or he will find himself in his own plight as he would become a delicacy for the Wizards to eat, and then there are the witches who would use him for their own needs as well.
Both the characters and storyline are brilliant, the world building is wonderful and makes us see everything that Madd has been through because of circumstance, Vorgell’s personal story is interesting as well and I think they are perfect together. Madd still has a long way to go before he will admit any tender feelings for the barbarian and Vorgell quickly develops feelings for the witch, it isn’t easy for them though and you would more likely say they have a partnership rather than a real relationship. The storyline pulls you in well and leads you into a world that fascinates. Witches, wizards, fiends and a culture where male witches are looked down on are just some of the things that I adored, but nothing could tear me away from the development of both Madd and Vorgell as they progressed through the book, the way that they both seemed to grow the longer we knew them and how they both trusted in the other because of their actions. I really hope we haven’t seen the last of this world because Vorgell and Madd are characters I would love to see again.
I recommend this to those that love fantasy, who want an adventure, who wants to explore magic, who isn’t afraid of danger, hot sex and a horny barbarian, great characters and a happy ending. (less)
Jeremy has gone against family approval by turning his back on elemental magic for the more mundane runic studies, navigating his way through college while hiding his family connections and trying to decide what he wants is all that matters, but his plans are shaken when he meets Marcus. Marcus is the colleges’ fire mage prodigy and everyone seems to want him because of his power, but Jeremy isn’t impressed and sparks strike between them. When mysterious fires are set around campus all the clues lead to Marcus, but Jeremy refuses to believe his love would endanger anyone and sets out to find out the truth.
This is quite a good college setting with magik, disapproving families, proving yourself and discovering love. Jeremy has always been labelled the failure because his core is wind and not fire, to make matters worse he turned his back on his wind core and is studying runes instead, one of the most looked down on magical abilities. Marcus is a fire core prodigal, his parents didn’t have any magic but he is expected to outshine all others of his generation. Jeremy and Marcus don’t expect anything from the other except to be themselves, they develop a great relationship but they both have their own insecurities.
Both the main characters have their own personal demons, Marcus is feeling the pressure of so many expectations and Jeremy the sting of constant disappointment. The story is from Jeremy’s perspective so we get to know him quite well, how he feels about his family and his views on magic. We do get to know a bit about Marcus and he is a genuinely nice guy, his potential hasn’t gone to his head and he just wants someone to want him and not his potential. The danger and trouble that both Jeremy and Marcus find themselves in is interesting and makes from a nice twist, but their relationship is what really pulls this story together.
I want to be able to rave about this story because it’s about magic and hot men but there was just something missing, a spark for me to grab hold of which would woo me into adoring this book. The thing was that Jeremy just didn’t quite have it, I think it would have been much more interesting from Marcus’ perspective. The storyline was interesting with its typical ‘famous family looking down on the relative who is different until he does something that astounds’ and the jealous college mates who turn it dangerous, but the relationship was what kept me reading.
I recommend this if you like magic, college romances, dangerous situations, raving mad jealously and a happy ending. (less)
This novella can be read as a sequel to Bound to the Beast, a prequel to Bound for the Forest, or an introduction to the Greenwood series. Herne the Hunter is returning to the Greenwood with his demispirit lover, Tam, after an absence of a hundred years and discovers that the magic of The Greenwood is fading and the oaks are being felled to build warships. Their passionate lovemaking is thrown off rhythm as disquiet threads through both of them. Herne and Tam clash horns as Herne is tempted to call The Wild Hunt and Tam wants to reinstate a spring ritual to save Greenwood and the fairies. When Tam misjudges in his plan, Herne will have to resist the call to hunt and listen to his love to reclaim his demispirit.
Ahhh Herne and Tam return to us in a fantastic addition to The Greenwood series, Herne that big sexy brute and Tam the sexy lithe temptation crossing horns as they both react to the destruction of the oaks and the fading fairies. Herne doesn’t want to embrace the present or the future like Tam does, he prefers the long distant past. All Herne sees in this time are the land grabbing people who are destroying the forests and he is finding it hard to resist the pull of the Wild Hunt. Tam embraces each passing age and he welcomes the changes, he can see why the forests are being sacrificed and thinks there might be another reason why the fairy folk are fading. Tam is hurt and shocked that Herne is even thinking about calling the hunt and challenges Herne, Tam might like to be dominated by Herne but he wants no part of a brute who would call the Wild Hunt.
I really did enjoy this story with the history being woven with myth once again. There is a threat from the French and good oak is required to build the warships. The fairy folk are fading because people no longer believe in the old ways. Herne and Tam return to the devastation of the Greenwood and they both have different ways they want to fix it, Herne wants to go in and wreak havoc on the shipbuilders and Tam wants to remind the villagers of the old celebrations. As they both have different ideas on a solution they clash and Tam endangers himself and Herne has to rethink his temptation of the hunt to save Tam.
The conflict between Tam and Herne radiates from the pages, they adore each other but the state of the Greenwood has them conflicted. These two characters are incredibly passionate and it reflects in how they react to the threat of the Greenwood and the fairies, they are explosive together especially when they play with a ribbon *fans self*.
I have to recommend this if you love slight kink and D/s, myths and legends, sexy brutes, a hot lithe beauty, a gruesome Wild Hunt, fairies, explosive sex and a happy ending. (less)
This book is a stand alone and might be part of a series in the future
Aric might be the Crown Prince of Astria but he is firmly under the thumb of his father as is his twin sister Georgia. After a forbidden visit to his aunts Aric meets a dragon and he begins to realise that not everything he was taught was true, the dragon tells him to find a magical sword which will save his kingdom and his sister. Heading off on his quest in a disguise he meets Denys who begrudgingly offers to act as his guide to Sherwin Forest, as they progress Aric discovers he isn’t the only one with a secret.
This is a brilliant fantasy story that I hope we will see much more of in the future. Aric is butting heads with his father the older he gets, now twenty-four he feels that his father is losing his grip and putting the kingdom in danger by ignoring the information Aric discovered. When a dragon tells Aric of a way to protect his kingdom he sets out on a quest. Denys is a loner who lives at the edge of a forest when he comes across a traveller who has a magical cloak, he offers to escort the man to his destination if no one else will and finds himself returning to Sherwin Forest. The two men become close on their journey but their tentative relationship is nearly destroyed when Georgia turns up and blurts out the truth about Aric. Continuing on the journey their joy at finding love is cut short when Aric loses his memory, they still have a quest to fulfil and they discover enemy’s from within the kingdom.
I did really enjoy this story and liked the way that it was developed, the flow of the story was pretty smooth and was very easy to read. The characters were great and we get a really good feel for both Aric and Denys, at times Aric would let his mind wander and Denys would seem a bit standoffish but they were characters you could connect to. There was some pretty good background to the story which we discovered more of as we progressed through the story, and secrets were uncovered which added nicely to the story. The story is quite interesting and at times you can understand why things are the way they are in the kingdom, but you can also see where the over-reaction has taken place and the ill effects it has wrought.
There were many things to enjoy with this book but there was also things that annoyed, like why Georgia joined Aric on his quest, I couldn’t see the point other than she was a brilliant archer, she didn’t really add much to the story other than stopping Aric and Denys from getting intimate at times. She does come in handy later in the book though. The ending had me gritting my teeth in frustration because nothing has been resolved, the very reason why Aric went on the quest still lingers and because of the circumstances you don’t see how it ever really will be either, and this is where we fall on our knee’s and pray that Anne Barwell will continue with this as a series.
I will recommend this to those who love fantasy, dragons, magic, a quest, betrayal, finding love and a happy for now ending. (less)
Ingram is seen by his father, the king Roderick, as a weakling because he can’t wield a sword and the sight of blood makes his queasy and faint. Not even Ingram’s brilliant strategists mind can make up for those failings and his father has little time for him, until Lord Mallory walks into the banquet hall. Roderick laid down a challenge and Lord Mallory met it, Ingram has to pay the price by marrying Mallory, but his father makes his plans clear and Ingram will have a choice to make, either make his father proud and betray his new husband or forever be a failure in his father’s eyes.
This story is a about a prince who just wants his father to be proud of him, but he becomes torn when he discovers what a good man his new husband really is. Both Ingram and Mallory are good characters and we get a very good feel for both of them, because of the circumstances it takes them time to really get to know each other, so it is a very slow progressing relationship. They both go into the marriage with an ulterior motive, and they both soon discover the truth of character about the other and while Mallory’s acceptance of Ingram is easier, Ingram’s causes him trouble by an ultimatum laid down by his father.
The fantasy storyline is intriguing as it unfolds, with dragons and magic and long buried secrets coming out. We get some general background and world building which gives us enough to grasp the unfolding story, and we discover manipulations and plans for a coup. Ingram comes into his own when he is with Mallory, he finally accepts his own worth and stands up for what he wants. Mallory has to reveal all his secrets to Ingram, but he has come to realise that Ingram will protect them with his life. Ingram’s brother and sister also play a good part and are vital in stopping the destruction of the kingdom, we meet many other characters who you can see will play major parts in future books and the book is definitely just the beginning of something much bigger.
I will recommend this to those who want a great fantasy, intrigue, secrets, dragons, manipulation, magic, a homicidal dragon bent on revenge, magic users who want power, shifters and a happy for now ending. (less)
Hinego is an Imalt-Wor (Reds) he roams the land with his fellow warriors keeping the kings laws upheld, he is as strict in his personal life as he is with his job and he has no time for wastrels like the Blade he has been teamed up with for a mission. Asdelar is a Banam-Hin (Blade) an elite swordsman who is protection for the royals and the city, he lives life to the fullest, snatching enjoyment wherever he can and he wishes he could get the Reds to loosen up a bit. Forced to work together on a mission for the king, bothh men have to learn to accept the other and discover just what has happened to the king’s niece.
The Gravemen is a great fantasy of opposites attracting once two men get to spend time together and get under each other’s skin. We come into this story after Hinego and Asdelar are already paired up and they are on their journey, immediately you can feel the tension and frustration from Hinego because Asdelar seems to be treating their mission like a holiday. You actually agree with him as well, Hinego is experienced with the country and towns whereas Asdelar has lived his work life mainly in the palace and hasn’t a clue how to act among the masses, he cause trouble through his carelessness and refusal to listen. Asdelar also can’t open his mouth without flirting and puts poor Hinego on edge constantly… but when Asdelar turns to a new traveling companion for company Hinego can’t understand why it annoys him.
The mission part is interesting as both men are stumped as to where the kings niece has disappeared to, it doesn’t help them that she had a habit of running off, so they both have to discover if she has just run off again or if this time she has been kidnapped. Following the limited non-clues leads them to danger and they both have to work together and apart to recover the kings’ niece. Their relationship is very rocky and they just begin to warm up to each other when they are joined by another traveller who monopolises Asdelar time and drives a further wedge between Hinego and Asdelar. And it isn’t until they are both in danger that they really realise what the other has become to them. There’s some great action scenes and we also get scenes where they open up a bit to the other (large quantities of alcohol are involved) and the ending scene gives us hope for the two men.
I recommend this to those who love fantasy, an awkward warrior and a flirtatious swordsman, an interesting journey, an awkward relationship being built and a happy for now ending. (less)
Daniel’s a sorcerer, Liam’s a Hunter both fighting for the same side against the hell spawn and Idonahites. Daniel despises Liam for his callus attitude and his bed hopping and bragging and Liam hates Daniel for his cold snobbish behaviour, but when they fall for a trap Daniel has to take drastic action. Liam and Daniel end up in the land of the Gods to get back home they have to face gods, monsters and their own truths before finally arriving home just in time to help in the final battle.
This is a pretty good fantasy story where two men hate each other, but when they are searching for a way home they begin to understand what drives the other. Daniel has great power and he has a special power that makes him invaluable to the fight against the hell spawn, he can hear their thoughts, but it is a power that comes at great cost. Liam is a hunter and it is what he is good at, well that and seducing any man he sees, he was a street rat and the hunters saved him from a life on the street or prison. Liam lives each day to the fullest and grasps any hint of happiness in both hands. Daniel protects his heart from hurt and keeps everyone at arm’s length.
Both Liam and Daniel are well written characters, the story switches between their perspectives so you get a very clear picture of what each of them think of the other. Liam gets on your nerves a bit with his sluttish attitude and bragging skills and the way he callously treated Daniel when they first met, but as you get to know him he sort of grows on you as you begin to figure out that his attitude is its own shell to protect Liam. Daniel is the one that you get close to straight away because his damage is all there for us to see as soon as we get in his head, his botched romance, and the debilitating pain he suffers from because of his powers and his wish that he had someone just to talk to.
The storyline is quite good with the twist of going to the Gods lands and having to cross the lands to get back to the human realm, with the monsters and mind games that is thrust upon them. I liked the way that both men first started out as tentative friends but then turned to adversaries when Daniel discovered Liam’s plan to seduce him then brag about it. The way that on the journey they began to understand why the other ticked and came to a sexual understanding and then love, only to have it implode just before they got home and then after the final battle they both put aside their pride to maybe start something meaningful.
I recommend this if you love fantasy, hellish creatures, magic, dealing with the Gods, finding love that is rocky and a happy for now ending that could well be a happily ever after. (less)
Ikarus is hiding from the living dead, he finds an abandoned B&B and seeks shelter and runs into Mikhail who is also hiding out. Their reaction to each other is explosive but they have bigger problems to face than their attraction to each other, like the woman (Ruthe) who mysteriously appeared in an upstairs bedroom, like the zombie hordes gathering outside the B&B and the fact that Ikarus can’t remember anything before three months ago. As Ikarus, Mikhail and Ruthe run for their lives they pick up two more survivors Rapphael Higgins and a young girl, Sati. All of them are connected but none of them know how, and when they are betrayed they discover someone has been pulling their strings and needs them for their own purposes, the five of them have to work together to stop their destruction and to stop a madman from completely destroying the world.
This is one of those stories that begins with great potential but then gets too complicated and fanciful. The story starts with a series of news items explaining that there was a chemical spill and the results of it, we then meet Ikarus as he hides from the Zombies. The story progresses quite quickly and sometimes it feels too quick, we are left with little information and mysterious characters who confuse us and leave us clueless. Other things come into play and you shake your head as the story becomes even more confusing. The one thing that results from reading this story is that you understand that a madman listened to some voices in his head and created a chemical that resulted in the world inhabitants becoming Zombies, the rest just leaves you banging your head.
I love a good post-apocalypse Zombie outbreak as much as the next person but this one fell short by trying too hard, the storyline became too complicated with the five survivors being the impossible, and the madman apparently ‘making’ them what they are. I couldn’t wrap my head around the coincidences as they suddenly all appeared in just the right place at the right time, half of them not remembering anything from before they were found, the only ones who remembered anything was Mikhail and Higgins but we still didn’t get that much background from them. What really annoyed me was how the women seemed to know things no one else did and they also refused to share most of what they knew, it was like the blind leading the blind while being mysterious about it.
The relationship between Mikhail and Ikarus was impossible to believe, the instant attraction you can understand but saying the ‘L’ word after just a few hours was just wrong, them taking Higgins to bed after just meeting him was over the top, especially seeing as Mikhail and Ikarus hadn’t even had sex yet. Some things I did like though, like the descriptions of the Zombies and their movements, how the fresher they are the faster they move, so yeah I really liked the Zombies and how the world got infected it just got complicated when it went off into fantasyland.
I would only recommend this to those who love fanciful zombie stories, absurd happenings, mmm, and an ending that leaves you wondering. (less)
Garrett takes his job with the EarthQuest Foundation seriously, as a biologist and environmentalist it’s his job to discover secrets of the wild lands to help to save them from destruction. Looking for anything to save a temperate rainforest in Washington brings him to a startling discovery, a Kermode spirit bear making its home in the forest and that is just the beginning of the discoveries. Bryson is a witch and the Gatekeeper between the two worlds of Terra and Earth, he is part of both worlds and as such is torn between the two, rescuing a man from the bottom of a ravine begins to give Bryson hope that he has met a man who could understand him.
This is a wonderful fantasy that brings two worlds together while keeping them strictly separate. Garrett is thrown into a world he never knew of when he is rescued from the bottom of a ravine, discovering a fantasy world with Dragon’s, Brownies, and Unicorn’s and so much more but the most important thing he discovers is love. Bryson has been torn between two worlds for several years, he loves Earth but he also loves Terra and the destruction of the forest on Earth would destroy the Gate. Bryson and Garrett are attracted to each other and it’s an attraction neither man can ignore, working together they come up with a plan to save the Gate but someone from Terra wants the Gate for themselves and while Garrett is on Earth trying to save the forest Bryson has a fight of his own on his hands.
I absolutely loved this story and the way it was written, the descriptions of Terra were wonderful and I loved that it was a medieval setting with mythical and mystical creatures. Earth is just portrayed as Earth with the typical political money grabbers and the environmentalists trying to thwart them. Although the Earth side has an important part to play, the Terra side is where nearly everything plays out and we are introduced to some very interesting Terra characters and their animal friends. I loved how even the animals were something special, I mean a dragon who loved to read romance books and loves Oreo cookies, how can you not fall in love with them?
The relationship between Garrett and Bryson is stretched out over the course of the book and they both realise quickly that they want to be together, they just have to decide the details and make the commitment and admit it to each other. Although the saving of the forest on Earth is interesting, it was what was going on in Terra that really held my attention: a duke who has his eyes on power and immortality and a dark witch who just wants immortality and the lengths both of them will go to get it. There’s excitement and danger, a wild ride on a unicorn, tiny dragons spewing fire, magic and a grouchy brownie, this is an absolutely brilliant story.
I have to recommend this to those who love fantasy, parallel worlds, brilliant characters, finding love in amazing places, evil intentions, facing death for love and a wonderful ending… oh and some very hot sex. (less)
Hades (Aiden) doesn’t know what to do, his wife has just served him with divorce papers and kicked him out of the palace, his nephews and his friend Charon (Karl) rally round to help pull him out of his misery. Tiberius (Ti) has fallen on hard times and lives on the streets, drink and depression plaguing him. Ti just wants a place to sleep undisturbed when a shambling figure disturbs him and Death finds him, who would have thought that the God of the Dead would save a life?
This is a great story of new beginnings and discovering love, mystery and a new twist with the Greek Gods. Hades has to begin a new life in the human realm when his wife wants a divorce, with the help of his ever faithful ferryman, Charon, he is encouraged to take up a new profession as a Private Investigator. His first case catches his eye when he realises that a string of murders must be connected and he begins to investigate, coming across a young homeless man who witnesses the murder of another homeless man. Ti is just trying to keep out of the cold, he doesn’t know for sure what he saw but he wakes up in a warm room with a man who says he wants to help him. Ti doesn’t know what to make of the gorgeous strange man and his scary looking friend, but he finally decides to stick around to help discover who is murdering homeless men and why.
I really loved this book with Hades as a wonderful character with a great love of dogs, Charon as a great friend and with Ti as the victim of circumstance who catches the eye of a lonely God. Hades and Ti’s relationship is a slowly progressing one, they offer each other comfort and friendship and then they take it to the next level with Hades willing to give it all up just to have Ti back. The mystery is interesting and leads to danger for Ti and has Hades calling his family for help.
It was really interesting to see how this story was woven, with Hades having to look back on his relationship with Persephone and seeing the truth of their relationship, it was really telling how Hades was more affected by the loss of Cerberus. How Hades has an instant protective instinct over the waif he finds in an alley and how he begins to open up towards the young man. Ti inadvertently seeing something he shouldn’t and now in grave danger and not even knowing it. The developing love between the two and the risks that are taken. All the characters are brilliantly written and wonderfully described, this is a great story for an afternoon of relaxation and enjoyment.
I have to recommend this to those who love updated Greek Gods, paranormal, mystery, finding love unexpectedly, new beginnings and a great ending. (less)
Although there are brothers in the relationship there is no ‘twincest’. Ian is looking forward to an entire summer at the family beach cottage, he hasn’t been in many years and it is just the place where he can relax and concentrate on his writing. Seeing two young men playing in the waves at the cove he decides to join them, but he could never have imagined who they really were or what they wanted from him. Bythos and Aphros are demigods and have waited many years for Ian and now he is within their grasp, convincing Ian that he is their consort isn’t hard but Ian’s heart is still held by his dead wife Diana.
So this is a paranormal/fantasy that also has a little bit of mystery and save the world from the mistakes of humans’ storyline, brilliant! Ian finds himself in the middle of an ecology nightmare when the Gulf oil spill does more damage than anyone could have ever imagined. Bythos and Aphros have the task of trying to clean up after the humans, Bythos is creating a new coral that will devour the oil and clean the water fast, but something has awoken and has been poisoned and driven insane. Aphros is given the task of destroying the twisted creatures that are being created before more humans and paranormal beings are killed. And, Ian, Ian is thrown into a world that he has no idea about and it changes him far more than any of them, but Gaia, could have known.
The relationship between Bythos, Ian and Aphros isn’t easy as they try to mesh three personalities into one relationship, they have many ups and downs as the demigods are forbidden to tell anyone some secrets and Ian wants to know everything, where protection given in secret is discovered and where lingering old love causes problems and truths are thrown out into the open. While I really liked Bythos and Aphros and the way they both were, Ian was harder to like just because of his attitude, talk about ‘I have to know everything’. Hold on Ian they are demigods who have important jobs to do whereas you are a writer, a human, so wind your neck in, sheesh talk about creating angst.
The actually storyline I loved, the Gulf oil spill being woven into a paranormal story where a resting deity is poisoned and driven insane, now that deity wants revenge on the ones who caused the poisoning. Demigods creating a new way for the planet to heal itself, trying to fix what the humans created and destroy what the deity has poisoned. A human, the consort to twin demigods who is drawn into the paranormal world and investigates for himself when he doesn’t get the answers he wants. The parts that the others gods play is great and the absolutely fantastic showdown near the end, spectacular. There are plenty of incredible sex scenes and the relationship between the three is good.
I will recommend this to those who love paranormal, fantasy, save the world, three sexy men, dangers, shattered beliefs, incredible sex and a happy for now ending. (less)