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The Sumage Solution

(San Andreas Shifters #1)

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Everything you wanted from a sexy gay werewolf but were afraid to read.

Max fails at magic, relationships, and life. So he works as a sumage, cleaning up other mages’ messes. The job sucks and he’s in no mood to cope with redneck biker werewolves. Unfortunately, there’s something irresistible about the sexy muscled Beta visiting his office for processing.

Bryan is gay bu
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ebook, 317 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by GAIL CARRIGER LLC
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I am *THIS* fucking close to giving this book a 5-star rating!!! Like *THIS* close, BUT there were some issues with the worldbuilding, that still has me scratching my head, and that makes me leave it at 4 stars for now, but seriously I'm gonna say it:
This is almost Klune-like-humour (in TLSH), ALMOST. And that, for me, is a HUGE plus (not Tronald Dump 'juge' but monumentous huge!)

We have sass and snark galore, as well as inappropriate magical creatures (Kitsune), without it being a copy of the a
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* A Reader Obsessed *
3 Stars

Look. I absolutely adored the The 5th Gender, and this is a very good MM romance with very little fault to it. I think it will be liked by many people (and already has) because it’s got plenty of goodies. There’s different kinds of mages, shifters, and other creatures. There’s werewolf packs and a fated mates trope with lots of varied smexy, all of which was well put together.

However, and I mean this in the nicest way, the obstacles that present themselves as challenges for Max and Brian
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Jenni Lea
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: growl-and-howl, bmbr

So much better than I ever hoped it could be!

I have to admit that I was surprised by how well this turned out for me. I read the prequel, Marine Biology, and thought it was a cute little shifter-fluff story. It wasn't bad, a bit silly perhaps, but there wasn't really much to it. I thought I would be getting more of the same with this book.

I couldn't have been more wrong.

I was blown away by this story. I loved it so much! The banter between Max and Bryan was off the charts and I laughed out loud
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
4.25 Hearts

I find I'm having a bit of separation anxiety upon finishing this book. I keep thinking about it and that always counts for something with me.

What started as a seemingly run of the mill, opposites attract shifter romance turned into an obsession. I listened to the whole thing in one day. I know! Crazy, right?

Bryan, beta werewolf and Boston accented big un, is Cupcake book boyfriend material. If you know me, you know what tics my boxes and Bryan colored them in with permanent magic mar
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Diana
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars

This is a new to me author, and I am honestly struggling on how to rate it. I really enjoyed the main characters, Max and Bryan, and I also liked Bryan’s brother Alec and their wolf pack. The story had humor and some sweet moments. So what’s the problem? There was so much thrown at you regarding the magical world building, I was completely lost. I almost felt like I missed a book or the author assumed the reader knew about this world. Maybe because I am not a huge PNR reader, I don’t know
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☙ nemo ❧ (pagesandprozac)
i thought i was going to love this: it's gail carriger, it's m/m, it's steamy, and it's paranormal; and for the first fifth of the book i thought that i was right.

but then everything started to go downhill.

because i was so excited about this book and my hopes were dashed like waves on cliffs.

Things That Annoyed Me: (somewhat of a rant incoming)

- the worldbuilding and magic system. carriger kind of implies at it being the same universe as the parasol protectorate, with the similarities between
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Sarah
I usually love Gail Carriger's books so I really expected to enjoy this one but unfortunately it just isn't working for me. I hate to leave negative reviews but I had to force myself to get to 60% and I've been putting off reading any further for weeks now so there's no way I'm ever going to finish it.

The banter between the two main characters felt so over the top and where I'm sure it was meant to make me laugh it mainly had me rolling my eyes. There is a major case of Insta-love and the story
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Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
This was absolutely snarktastic! I'll admit to being a bit confused through part of it but I didn't give a shit, I was entertained. The banter was awesome.

Highly recommended to my fellow banter whores!
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Eugenia
I had a tough time with this one. I’m not sure why, but I wasn’t hooked by the writing nor the convoluted unveiling of this universe which I still don’t get.

I found the banter to be a bit much, and much of it not that great.

Maybe it’s a “it’s me, not the book,” but I have an inkling that the book was partly to blame for this ho-hum rating.
Elena
2.5 stars

I really liked the world building, even if it was confusing at first, and this unusual pack. The romance was pretty average, the MCs didn’t really jump out of the page enough to make it more than that and the only real obstacles and conflict were a little contrived, (view spoiler)
The ‘plot’ was barely there and most of it I could already guess from the start.
I’m still rounding up b
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Lost in a Book
4 Stars

I’m really glad I FINALLY got this off my TBR. It’s been carrying one of the top spots since it came out last year. Hopefully, prior to cracking this open, you have realized there's a prequel. I didn’t pay too much attention to that little tidbit when I dove in and was thoroughly confused. Especially because I was listening to the audio and all these names were dropping like I should know them. So, I *highly* recommend you read the prequel first (it provided a lot of clarity once I read i
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Kaje Harper
This is the beginning to a very good shifter series. This first book drops us headfirst into a magic system and worldbuilding that is a bit complex. It does not infodump (which I approve) but as a consequence it took me about three chapters to feel secure enough in my understanding of the worldbuilding elements to focus more deeply on the characters. Once that happened, I was hooked.

Biff, or Bryan as he secretly prefers, is a Beta werewolf in a small pack. Betas are the wolves whose role and fun
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Sharon
Fun, cute, humorous, low-angst.

Here are some of my thoughts in no particular order:
• I would have liked more of a plot about the magic and supernatural world. We get some background about this world that is interesting, yes, but unlike The Parasol Protectorate series which is both plot-driven and character-driven, this book is mainly character-driven. However, there is something amusing and intriguing about seeing “just an ordinary life” of these supernatural creatures.
• Biff is such a sweethear
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BWT


Dual POV from sumage Max and werewolf Bryan, this is a paranormal romance with a lot of humor, banter, and sex.

Even though this is marketed as a standalone I felt the world building really lacked focus and explanation. I felt dropped inside a paranormal world with little to no explanation of how or why things worked. There are a lot of different types of shifters, magicians and humans, and a thing called quintessence that magical folk can manipulate, but I have to be honest that after ten hours
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Sarah
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Set in San Francisco, this is a carry on from the novella Marine Biology which was written in 2010. When I read this first book, I was totally smitten. I loved the Parasol Protectorate series from this author and her clever banter between characters and smart female leads. Marine Biology was just as good, but there’s been no continuation of the series for these characters until now.

This new novel picks up pretty seamlessly from Marine Biology. And while it is not completely necessary to read thi
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⚣Michaelle⚣
4 Stars

I think I should have read the prequel before picking this one to listen to because for a good portion of the beginning it was taking me too long to understand the vocab, the classifications, the magic.

That said, I still really like it...especially the parts about not living up to what others expect of you, of trying to forge your own path and in doing that so defensively that maybe you miss (or ignore) what you were meant to do or be. Not as in succumbing to fate, but to recognizing what
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La*La
DNF at 20%.

I just couldn't take a minute more of the totally over-the-top, not funny in the least bit, actually cringe-worthy banter. Incessant chatting, full of sexual innuendos, never a serious moment - this book just made my head hurt.
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Claire
4.5 stars rounded up.

Pff ... is this author skilled with the way to express complex things with beautiful words ? ... Oh yes !

Is she good with wit and characters' banter ? ... definitely .

Can she create a world that is both ours and different ?... spot on

Can she get messages across while telling you about some weird magic beings ? ... certainly

I WANT THE NEXT BOOK IN THIS SERIES ... LIKE RIGHT NOW.
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Price drop to $0.99 at Amazon US, 7/5/20
Rachel
7/5/20 Currently on sale for 99c via most US retailers: https://gailcarriger.com/books/sas/

*Sale ends Tuesday July 7
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Matthew Galloway
This was an incredibly enjoyable read. It is certainly more on the romance side than the paranormal, so the plot is really mostly focused on the character development, romance, and steamy scenes, rather than action or mystery or anything like that. There is a list subplot and plenty of foreshadowing, but I wouldn't be surprised if that part of the world slowly emerges over several novels as the rest of the Pack attaches up. I guess we'll see! I sure hope we do get more in this series!

So, I've re
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Chris, the Dalek King
Max has been, and always would have been, a disappointment to his family–his father, in particular. Being gay was one thing, but being gay and turning out to be failure at all things magic, well that was clearly so far over the line that he probably should be drowning in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. But Max can’t change the latter, and has desire to change the former, so he’s learned to accept that he will never live up to his father’s demanding–and at times, painful–expectations. Which ...more
Sanaa
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
[3 Stars] I've gotten a decent amount of urban fantasy books under my belt now, but I've been more cautious about jumping into the paranormal romance scene. I like romance, but what I love more than anything is fun, tongue-in-cheek romance. It's why I love the comedy/fantasy of manners genre so much.

This book felt overwhelming. Too much banter, too much cheese, too much sex, just too much. I like the idea of this book so much, but I wish it had been given a little more time and care. Adding more
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Mara
Jun 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was pretty disappointed in this book. Yes, it has her usual witty touch, but witticism isn't a book, it's just a tone of voice. It can't cover for a lack of plot and world building. It's boring after a while.

There is no connection with the characters who are barely sketches, highly stereotyped. The only plot that's there is a thin cover for the sex. But sex scenes are boring without a connection to characters. So it's a never ending loop of failure.

So at the end I found this is porn more than
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Jo * Smut-Dickted *
In the end I quite enjoyed it but the beginning 20% was painful to me. I had a hard time getting into the story and I didn't really love Max a ton as he seemed snarky. I don't do snark too well. Bif was so lovable he broke my heart. I already started the third book in the series and I so hope it continues to be as solid as this one turned out to be ...more
Stephanie   GooglyEyes
Wow, I was NOT expecting a funny story, at all. Max is something else, if not entirely ridiculous. I mean that in a good way, though he wears his sarcasm as a coat of armor. I can't fault him in that.

Bryan is a Beta, packaged in a beefy frame. He's silent by nature letting his actions be his words. He's a rock for his Alpha and for his mate and I absolutely adore him.

If you haven't read this and love shifter books, BUMP THIS UP!
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Mehsi
A mage with an attitude, a biker werewolf, sparks fly, what could possibly go wrong? :P

So first up, this is one of my first true M/M adult books. I have read the prequel story for this one (about Bigg and Bryan). I also read a ton of Yaoi/shounen-ai. Though nothing could have prepared me for this one. :P I am still a bit, well, unsure about reading sex scenes, especially graphic ones. Not because I am prude (well, OK, a bit), but mostly because I feel uncomfortable, like I am reading something p
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Ali
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I can't tell you how saddened I am to have not enjoyed The Sumage Solution. Well, that's not exactly true. I can tell you. I will tell you. But, I'm not happy about it.

I love Gail Carriger. I love shifters. I love male/male romance. So...of course, this sounded like the perfect book to grab, yeah? For some of you who also love those three things, it will be the perfect book for you to grab. Though, it did not work for me.

Okay, quick breakdown. An East coast, newly formed, pack moves out to the B
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Theresa
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.49 stars. If the sex was not grayed out, this would have been 5 stars.

Fairly new MM author and brand new author for me. My reading area is MM romance so my review comes from that point of reference.

The overall writing was intelligent, witty, sophisticated, and utterly charming. Sadly, the erotic portions were very disappointing. When the sexual acts became more physical, the writing became less descriptive.

The cast of characters was hilarious, wacky, and lovable. The world building was fant
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