But I've copied my review for part 1 below to save you the trouble of looking elsewhere:
Protecting Their Mate is a novel that was previously published as an eight part serial under the pen name Mia Thorne and is now being rereleased in just three parts under the name Moira Rogers (& now also in this single bind up edition). Just to be clear the story hasn't changed so if you read it in it's original format you don't need to buy this version. I've been a fan of the writing team behind the Moira Rogers for many years now but it's been a while since they had anything new under this name as they've been focused on their Kit Rocha stories for the last couple of years. If you've read any of their Beyond Series you'll know they excel at writing no-holds-barred but incredibly hot sex and thats exactly what you'll get from this serial. If you're looking for a hot quickie read then you definitely want to check this series out but if that's not your thing then it may be one to avoid.
Ashley is a werewolf but her parents chose to leave their pack when she was very young so she's been raised amongst humans. Her parents were determined to suppress their werewolf nature so Ashley has been taught to keep her wolf locked down tight but when she struggled to hide her mating urge her parents locked her in their basement hoping she would learn control. Instead it's just put her through months of torture as she struggles to deal with feelings that feel completely alien to her. Blake has been sent by his Alpha to track down Ashley, they know her parents chose to live as humans but have heard rumours that she's in danger and want to make sure she's okay. Blake is horrified by the conditions he finds her in, especially when he realises she's in heat, but he will do whatever it takes to give her the relief she needs and take her to safety.
I thought this was a great start to the serial, Blake and Ashley have wonderful chemistry and the authors waste no time getting down to the action so the heat ramps up very quickly! Female werewolves are in short supply and Blake's pack consists of five guys who are all looking to find a mate but they're more than willing to share in the meantime so I think Ashley is going to have a wonderful time while she decides which one of them is her best match. If you've read any of the Beyond series published under the name Kit Rocha then you'll have a very good idea of how hot this story will be (if you like this serial and haven't read the Beyond books - DO IT NOW!). I'm definitely looking forward to continuing the series and I can't wait to see which of the wolves Ashley ends up with!...more
Defending Their Mate was previously released as an eight part serial under the pen name Mia Thorne and is now being rereleased in 3 parts under the naDefending Their Mate was previously released as an eight part serial under the pen name Mia Thorne and is now being rereleased in 3 parts under the name Moira Rogers. As far as I'm aware there have been no changes to the original text (apart from reducing the number of instalments) so if you already read the previous version you don't need to purchase this one. This is the second book in the Last Pack series so if you've already read Protecting Their Mate you'll be familiar with the world and the characters in this story. I was actually really excited to find out that Connor and Mac's story was next because I loved them in the first book, Grace is going to be one lucky wolf to catch these two!
It's been three months since the pack saved Grace from the werewolves who were trying to sell her and she's still trying to come to terms with everything that has happened to her since. Her new pack couldn't be more different than the old one, she's no longer a prisoner and here she is treated with respect and welcomed like a member of the family. She has become friends with Ashley but she is still wary of the men, especially because she knows she's coming into heat again and she doesn't really understand what that means or what will be expected of her.
Connor has taken a particular shine to Grace and woos her with all kinds of gifts as he tries to make her feel welcome but he has the worst control of his wolf out of any of them and is terrified of hurting or scaring her. Mac is the one who is always in control of himself and Connor trusts him to keep them both in line, the two of them are incredibly close and have a bond that they don't share with the rest of the pack. Mac is also attracted to Grace but he's had his heart broken once already and he's not willing to take that risk again, especially given Grace's history. All bets are off when she comes into heat though, she desperately needs what only they can offer but all three of them are wary of taking the next step. Especially Connor and Mac who worry they'll lose each other if she picks one of them as her mate.
This is a fab start to the second book in the series, Grace is understandable traumatised from her previous experiences but she was never raped so it wasn't hard to believe that she would be able to give into her attraction to the wolves so quickly. This whole series is definitely erotic romance so the heat ramps up very quickly but I'm definitely not complaining about that and I'm already looking forward to reading the next instalment!...more
I haven't read the entire anthology (although I do plan to in the future) so I'm not marking this as read or giving it a rating yet but I'll review thI haven't read the entire anthology (although I do plan to in the future) so I'm not marking this as read or giving it a rating yet but I'll review the stories as I read them.
Deadlines and Dryads - Rebecca Chastain Read September 2017, 5 Stars
Deadlines and Dryads is the first story in a new series set in the same world as Rebecca Chastain's Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles. You don't have to read the original series first (although I'd highly recommend it because it's one of my favourites!) but if you are familiar with the previous stories then you'll recognise a few of the characters in this spin off. Reporter Kylie was one of my favourite side characters in the other books so I was really excited when I found out she was getting her own series, she's such a fun character and this story really gives her a chance to shine.
A once in a lifetime event is about to happen and the Terra Haven newspaper has given all of it's reporters 48 hours to come up with the most impressive story they can find. The winner will be sent on the trip of a lifetime and given the chance to report exclusively on an event that occurs only once every few hundred years. Kylie may be a junior reporter but she is absolutely determined to win, she even has her eye on what could be the perfect scoop. Well it was until her sneaky coworker started following her around so he could write the prize winning story on the back of her hard work. The only chance Kylie has is to make sure she gets her story written faster than Nathan can but she's going to need all the help she can get to achieve that goal.
I love how determined Kylie is and the way she is able to keep fighting for what she wants no matter how many knocks she gets along the way. Nathan is despicable but I think pretty much all of us will have come across someone like him at some point in time, the kind of person who isn't willing to put the effort in but will cut any corner he can to make sure it looks like he did. It would have been so easy for Kylie to give up and let Nathan get the better of her but she's stronger than that and I couldn't have been more happy every time she outmanoeuvred him!
Luckily Kylie has a few allies in her corner to help, starting with adorable gargoyle and reporter in training Quinn. You might remember Quinn as one of the gargoyles rescued my Mika in the original series but he's become rather attached to Kylie and the two of them make a great team. He is ridiculously cute but also a steadfast and powerful companion and I loved seeing how curious he was about everything Kylie was doing. Her less reluctant ally is Grant, member of the FPD (Federal Pentagon Defence) who also appeared in the previous books. Grant is the leader of his FPD unit but he's investigating his current job alone while the rest of his team are tied up with another case. He would rather keep Kylie out of harm's way and well away from the action but once he realises how determined she is to see things through he realises they might as well work together and ends up accepting her help.
This is a brilliant start to Kylie's series, the story is fun and fast paced and I found it an incredibly quick read. It's also full of interesting supernatural creatures that you don't come across very often in young adult urban fantasy. While the story works as a complete stand alone you get a few hints about where the series is going and I'm definitely very interested to see what happens on Kylie's next assignment.
Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest review...more
Kelsey and Deacon are both former army Sergeants who served together in Iraq, they had an intense secret relationship during their deployment but thinKelsey and Deacon are both former army Sergeants who served together in Iraq, they had an intense secret relationship during their deployment but things fell apart when they returned home before Deacon deployed again. Now they've both left the army and they're struggling to find their feet in a civilian life, both studying to complete their degrees they meet again when they become colleagues at The Pint. The sexual chemistry is definitely still there but Kelsey is terrified of getting hurt again and returning to the dark place she was in at the end of their last relationship, Deacon wants more but knows pushing too hard will only make Kelsey run so he's working on winning her around slowly. They're both fighting demons though and need to learn to deal with the emotional and physical scars left by everything they experienced in the army before they can find a way back together.
I always love Jessica Scott's writing and Catch My Fall is another perfect example of why I enjoy her books so much. Her military romances are always so incredibly heartwarming but they also highlight the difficulties faced by soldiers returning home from deployment and the way they can struggle to adjust to civilian life. It's not just the emotional turmoil though but also the way it can be so hard for them to get the medical help needed, this would obviously be slightly different for soldiers in the UK who have access to the NHS, but I was absolutely horrified by the way Kelsey was treated by the VA and I can only assume that this is something that happens to vets all the time in the US. As a serving soldier herself and with a husband who is also in the army you can tell that Jessica Scott writes from real life experience, her stories have so much genuine emotion in them that not all military romances manage to capture.
In spite of showing how hard life can be for army vets this series is above all a romance and Catch My Fall is about finding yourself again after emotional trauma and finding a way to move forward. It's not about love fixing all your problems but it does show that the right support can make the world of difference, be that support of a partner or from family, friends and colleagues. The staff at The Pint are all ex military and they've built a great network where they all watch out for each other. It was nice to catch up with some of the previous couples and we also get to know Caleb a bit better so I'm really looking forward to his story. I absolutely loved Kelsey and Deacon's story, they were such a brilliant couple and I'm glad they finally found their way back to each other....more