Katie Douglas-Mated to the Highlanders

Katie Douglas is back with her Scottish Highlands based RH, and this time, we’re moving out from just a little paranormal and into full-on paranormal, because we have shifters. And such might shifters. So, let’s talk about Mated to the Highlanders.

It’s time for the dance again so that the people of Gleanash can find their spouses. Remember, in this wee village, it’s the tradition that women have 2 husbands, because life is hard and cheap, and men die. With 2 husbands, a woman is still going to have a protector for her and her children if something happens to one of them. Well, the spirits have been busy and our last book had 3 husbands. This one goes even further and everyone involved is confused. At least no bagpipes were involved in our main group.

Tabitha lives with her grandmother, and is generally relatively happy. She is pretty sure that she’s never going to get married because she’s hiding a secret. For 3 days every month, she turns into a Scottish wildcat. OK, I had to look up Scottish wildcats, since I thought of them as big, until I read the book. Scottish wildcats are the only wild feline left in Britain, but they may not be all that wild. They are about the same size as your house cat, so they interbreed with house cats, which means that there probably aren’t any truly wild wildcats anymore. Anyway, back to Tabby who turns into a cat 3 days a month. She can’t control it and she does everything she can to make sure that no one knows that she turns in to a cat, but when she’s a cat, she’s fearless and wild and bold.

Even though Tabitha doesn’t want to go to the dance because she knows she’s not getting married, her grandmother drags her along. As she’s walking over to talk to Frazer, her crush, she feels the pain of turning into a wildcat, so she rushes into the woods. However, at some point after turning, she ends up in the circle with Frazer and his friends, Campbell, Kivan, and Innis. And, as they are all dancing together, these 4 men and a cat, they are all bound together by the spirit world and married, and now they have 3 days to either consummate or get over it.

Frazer, Campbell, Kivan, and Innis are all quite surprised when they realize that there is a wildcat in the dancing circle that they have formed. They are even more surprised by the fact that they are dancing at all, because they hadn’t planned on it, and there’s no woman there dancing with them, just this cat. Which is really funny since they are wolves. The spirit world has obviously lost its damn mind to bind a cat to a pack of wolves. But the next morning, when they discover a naked Tabitha, it isn’t quite as funny, especially once the boys discover that she’s the cat and they are well and truly married, but she’s not entirely sure she’s going to keep them. After all, what woman has 4 husbands? At least there are no bagpipes.

As they are trying to work it out, another wolf shows up, so some of the guys go to hunt for it. While they are out, they run into William, from the village, who hates wolves for a reason. He is hunting down the wolf too. The problem is that he gets bitten. Whoops. Still  no bagpipes.

Katie Douglas tends to add a lot of humor in with her books, and even though this one has some darker tendencies than her normal Katie books, it is still pretty light and still has plenty of humor (and bagpipes). And we finally get to meet Scotland’s most famous resident. There is lots of sex, both one on one and more on one, as well as spanking and feisty wildcats being feisty. I love that Tabitha calls the boys dogs, as in the spirits must’ve been crazy to match dogs and a cat together. But when they try to call her a cat, she rightly points out that she is a wildcat, thank you very much. I think Tabitha is my favorite of all the heroines of this series so far. I can’t wait to see where the series goes next.

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I love the whiskers on this kitty. And doesn’t she just look seriously pissed off that we are even looking at her? This isn’t a random housecat, this is a Scottish wildcat, so see, not very big at all, and definitely of the right size to interbreed with house cats.

You want to know the deal with the bagpipes? I’m not going to tell you. You will just have to go read the book and find out. Mwahahahahaha.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go read it. No really, go read it. Happy reading!

 

Anna Edwards-Shattered Fears

Shattered Fears is the latest in Anna’s Glacial Blood books. They follow the Glacial Blood pack, which is an anamoly in their world because it is a mixed species pack. It’s led by a polar bear, and has wolves, wild dogs, lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my!

Isobel and Zane grew up together, and fell madly in love as they grew older. They were each other’s first everything. Shortly after they lost their virginity to each other, Zane left. Isobel is certain that he left because of her and that she just wasn’t enough for him, and has spent the years since in kind of a half-life. However, that’s not the real reason that Zane left. He had perfectly good reasons to do so. You see, Isobel’s father hates shifters, and Zane is a bear shifter.

While shifters aren’t public knowledge, Isobel’s father, who is a senator, is just positive that they are out there. He’s constantly decrying the existance of shifters and telling everyone how horrible they are and how animalistic they are. He’s trying to drum up fear, and he’s not as good at it as he might otherwise be. Most people laugh at him because it sounds utterly ridiculous. But Isobel knows better. She once saw Zane shift and she knows that shifters are real. She’s not telling her father though. He doesn’t need to know.

For 5 long years, Zane has been suffering away from his mate and miserable. He watches over Isobel from afar, and is friends with her brother, so he at least knows some of what’s going on in her life. Her brother, who has stayed in contact with Zane, tells Zane he needs to tell Isobel that he’s moved on and that she needs to move on. The problem is, Isobel knows him way too well and tells him that he’s full of all kinds of shit.

While each of these books is a standalone in that each couple has their own story and it is complete at the end of the book, each book is part of a larger story arc that develops more and more as the books go on. That larger storyline involves Nuka, the twin brother of Kas, the Alpha of the Glacial Blood pack, wanting to destroy his brother’s pack and rule the world. You know, your basic evil plan. And he’s willing to do just about anything he can to make it happen. He will lie, steal, manipulate, and be an overall asshole to get what he wants.

I love Isobel. I love that she’s willing and able to call Zane on his bullshit. He took her choices away and she has no problem with telling him that. She’s also willing to stand up for what she believes and to do what she thinks is the right thing. Is it always the right thing? Well, no, but no one is perfect, and the important part is that she tries to do what she thinks is right. Zane is very protective and very strong, personality-wise. However, that protectiveness is what led to 5 years of misery and honey-addiction. But to be fair, he was really young when he made his decision, and it’s really easy to make the not-greatest decisions ever when you are still a teenager. I know that I made some really shitty choices back them. I like the two of them together. I think that they take each other’s weaknesses and patch them up and make each other better. I think that they are definitely a couple to watch.

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OMG, Isobel’s dad wants to talk about shifters not being human? You can’t tell me that he’s human. He may be a people, but he’s not a human. Who does that to their own child? There is no way that I could ever do that to my child. You have to be well and truly sick in the head to do that.

Nuka is an evil, evil, evil person. Twisting that poor young woman around the way that he does. Ugh. I mean, yeah, he’s the bad guy, so he’s evil, but ugh.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one, except to say that I think that Isobel’s brother may be involved in the next book. Go hit up the Zon for this. Happy reading!

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Mission

Renee Rose and Lee Savino have done it again. Once again they have brought us into their shifter world and rocked our world. Today we have Alpha’s Mission, which combines a fun little espionage story along with a paranormal romance. All the good stuff. And oh yeah, there may be some really hot sex along the way.

We have met Charlie Dune before. He’s a superspy who tried to shove himself into an investigation, and then ended up helping Nash, who he knew from before. But while he was helping out Nash and the Tucson pack, he learned something about himself he never knew before. He’s a werewolf. Now, a month later, he’s trying to figure out his life. When he misses a meet with his handler Annabel Gray, he has to go meet her elsewhere, and he realizes that she smells soooooo goooooood, and he can’t control his raging trouser python around her. She sends him out on a job but he gets made and the next agent ends up dead.

Annabel Gray has been handling Charlie for a long time. That’s why when he needed help, she worked her mighty cyber skills and helped him out. Now that she’s investigating something she shouldn’t be into and it starts to come back on her, she knows that Charlie is the place to go. Not just because he owes her, but because he’s the kind of person you take on Naked and Afraid with you. He’s incredibly competent and he makes her feel safe. Plus, he’s mighty damn hot.

OK, I like Charlie, but sometimes he’s a stupid, stubborn man. He is just bound and determined to figure out things on his own and doesn’t want to ask for help. Help that would’ve made a lot of things much easier, and made things easier in his life. Of course, that would’ve caused the book to be shorter, so I guess I can forgive him so that I was able to read the book. When he isn’t being stupid and stubborn, he’s a good man. He’s fiercely loyal and protective. He’s willing to do anything it takes to make sure that Annabel is safe and happy. Anything. I like Annabel too. She’s very smart and is really good at what she does. She’s dedicated and she cares so much for her family and for Charlie. The sex is fucking hot, which goes without saying, as it’s a Renee/Lee book. The adventure part winds really well with the romance, which is always nice.

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I was surprised that it took as long as it did for Annabel to know that Charlie was a werewolf. I was surprised that she didn’t put it together when the same wolf appeared way far away from Charlie’s cabin where she originally saw him. There was only one thing that both those places have one thing in common, and that was the fact that Charlie was there. But, I suppose that if you are stressed and being chased by the CIA, not always figuring things out immediately can be forgiven.

Charlie was really stupid to not take advantage of all of his resources when he was trying to figure out the whole werewolf thing. Why would you not talk to people who are already dealing with what you are? See, stupid male.

OK, go check out the book and give it a good read. Happy reading!

Raisa Greywood-The Tiger Queen

Raisa Greywood has done it again. She wrote a book that blew me away. This book was awesome and the heroine was so fucking badass, I can’t even describe how badass she was. Better yet, The Tiger Queen is the first book in a new series, and I hear that the other heroines are going to be even more kickass. Whoohoo!

One hundred years ago, the Earth underwent some solar storms that basically destroyed everything. There’s very little food, few animals, few people. Almost everything has been destroyed. The people left on Earth are starving and slowly dying. Renata is the last of the Andreyev tigers, the royalty of tigers. She can’t find enough to eat and is slowly dying. Her friend Sendra is a very old jackal who has been telling and reading Renata stories for years. But now, she has something that she wants Renata to do. She wants her to go to the Exodus Authority and get tested so that she can get a mate. If Renata has a mate, she can leave Earth, go to Ximera, have cubs, and live. When Renata doesn’t want to do it, Sendra forces her hand.

Rakon is a Ximeran warlord and is Renata’s genetic match. He’s on his way to pick her up from Earth when he gets diverted by one of the council. The council member promises that his mate will be safe on Ximera when he gets back. What they don’t know is that Renata was kidnapped and has been taken away. She was put in stasis, and her last memory was that someone was going to pay when she got out of stasis.

When I say that Renata is a total badass, I may be underestimating how much of a badass she is. You know all the old Chuck Norris jokes about how tough he was? Well, Renata could kick Chuck Norris’ ass with one arm tied behind her back. Rakon is a strong male, which is good, because he needs to be. She needs to have someone strong to stand with her and be her partner. She would completely run over anyone else. She doesn’t really need anyone to protect her and stand in front of her. She can fight her own battles, and she certainly isn’t afraid to do it. Renata needs to have someone who will have her back and not be afraid to let her do her thing. I think that Rakon is going to be that person. Of course, he will need to have his ass kicked a couple of times, but seriously, what male doesn’t need that every now and again?

And because I love all of you, I’m going to link you to the Literotica story that got Raisa the sick puppy award. It is erotic horror. There isn’t an HEA. But it’s omfg awesome.

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OK, you don’t want to fuck with a tiger. You just don’t. They are the largest of the large cats. And when they are pissed? Yeah. Just trust me on this one. People shouldn’t have taken Renata and put her in stasis. That was definitely a wrong move on their part.

The holo suite deal was pretty cool. I would love to be able to go to somewhere like that.

I love how much Rakon’s crew accept Renata, well, the tiger may scare them a little bit at first, but they give her respect for what she did. And the High Counselor was pretty awesome and he really liked Renata a lot. I love when he had Rakon put in a cell because he made Renata cry and he was being stupid.

I can’t wait to see more of these books. Hopefully, Raisa doesn’t make us wait for long. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Lee Savino-Owned by the Berserkers

Lee’s back with her Berserkers. They are a bunch of Viking and ancient Celtic warriors who were changed into wolves by magic. They have three forms, the man, the wolf, and the monster. The Berserkers walk a fine line between being sane and crazed. The monster can eat away at their sanity. Because of that, most of the Berserkers have paired up in brother bonds, to help keep their sanity intact. It wasn’t until the Alphas found their woman and found out that she was something called a spaewife that they learned that spaewives can mate with them and can control the beasts. There were originally four sisters, but then the Berserkers found out about an abbey filled with orphans who are spaewives. So, they raided the abbey and took all the orphans with them.

In Owned by the Berserkers (Berserker is a fun word to type), we get the story of another one of the orphans, Fern, and her mates, Svein and Dagg. This book flashes back and forth between the present and the past. We get to see what happened at the raid and what’s currently happening.

At the raid, Svein and Dagg discovered Fern and carried her away. They knew that she was her mate and they decided that they were going to be very careful with her and woo her before they told her. All Fern knew is that she felt safe with them and that being with them held off her visions of the skeletal monster who wanted to have her. She got to spend just a few blissful days with them before that monster, the Corpse King, decided to attack. He managed to make Svein and Dagg crazy and cause them to do things they never would otherwise.

Now, Fern lives with all the other unmated spaewives and orphans. They live in a lodge on the mountain, isolated from all the Berserkers so that they don’t cause any problems. When each of the women goes through the heat that each spaewife goes through, she is mated to the Berserkers who are their mates. The women get to see some of the already mated women from the orphanage, but other than that, they are kept under close guard.

Fern has problems though. One is that her visions of the Corpse King are coming back and they are coming back stronger. All she knows is that she was safe with Svein and Dagg. And there are wolves that are howling around the edge of the mountain. She’s been feeding them on the sly, but she finds out that they are to be driven away after a blizzard. That’s when Fern knows that she has to do something.

Fern, Dagg, and Svein are going to be my second favorite trio, after Sage, Rolf, and Thorbjornn. Fern is an incredibly strong character. She knows that she has to do something and she goes out and does it, even after she’s been warned that the wolves howling at the mountain are monsters with nothing left of their humanity and that there’s a horrible blizzard on its way. She goes out and does it anyway and nearly dies from the weather, but succeeds at her overall goal. I was sad about some things in this story, because, well, they are sad things. I was also worried about some things. But, overall, I was hopeful and knew that Fern would be successful in her goals. She was too determined to win for her to manage to fail. If you haven’t read any of the Berserker books, you could read each as a standalone, I guess, since each is a story in and of itself, but they are all part of a larger story, and you will like them more if you have read the ones before it.

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I’m looking forward to seeing how Fern’s new power is going to fit in with the rest of the story. I do love that the women are powerful and that they are actually powers in their own right, not just because they are mated to a Berserker pair. I think that’s pretty awesome.

I’m looking forward to seeing Juliet’s story. I know that Jarl has something to do with it, so it’s going to be interesting to see. She may be the first Berserker bride without a flower name. Maybe she needs to have a name change.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check out both the Berserker Saga, for how the story began, and the Berserker Brides for how the story is continuing. You won’t be sorry! Happy reading!

Maggie Ryan & Shanna Handel-The Wolf’s Demand

A few months ago, I wrote a review of a book called Princess of the Pack by Haven Handel, which is a nom de plume for Shanna Handel. It was a good book that I enjoyed. It featured wolf shifters, evil spirits, and domestic discipline. It was low on the steam scale, but it was a sweet, lovely read. Well, Shanna decided to pull the book and partner with Maggie Ryan to do some reworking on it. It’s still the same basic story, but has a definite steam factor added in, and has been fleshed out.

So, let’s get into The Wolf’s Demand. Here’s our story. Cassandra and Deo Ambrosia are married. They’ve been going through a difficult stage of their marriage, and it’s been very hard and cold at their house. They are either arguing or ignoring each other. Right up until the night that Cassandra comes home and tells Deo that she’s leaving. There are all kinds of reasons that this isn’t a good thing. Deo basically says the hell you are, and takes her into his office and spanks her. She didn’t really want to leave, she just wanted to get his attention, and that was the only way she could do it. Turns out, she really, really likes him spanking her and it worked out well for them.

The next day, she walks into her law practice late, on purpose, so that she didn’t have to sit down at the partner’s meeting, after all, her ass was still tender. Her friend Cynthia asked her about it, and Cassandra told her about it. Then Cassandra goes out to lunch with Andrew, another lawyer at the practice. He has a thing for Cassandra, it’s pretty obvious. When Deo shows up where they are having lunch, Andrew tries to get all alpha male with him, but the problem is, Deo is the Alpha, and it’s hard to out-alpha the alpha. When Cassandra gets back to work, there is a strange man there who tells her that Deo sent him and that she should come with him.

Deo and his family are Greek. Their names all have special meanings, and when you meet them, they are more than happy to tell you the meanings. Deo means godlike. Balthazar, AKA Baal, means protector of the king. Draco means dragon, but also means guardian, and he’s there to protect Cassandra. Alekos, who is Deo’s little brother, means protector of mankind. And Xander means protector. Yeah, it’s important to know all those things.

So, the Ambrosia family is hiding a secret. Hundreds of years ago, back in Greece, an ancestor was cursed. They have to fight against evil and they shift into wolves. Most of the time, the evil spirits they have to fight against stay away. But, every now and again, when an Ambrosia breaks a solemn vow, like oh, telling her husband that she’s leaving, the evil spirits are able to break through. That’s what has happened here, and that’s why Deo sent Baal to pick up Cassandra from her office. Deo has Baal take Cassandra to a castle in upstate New York, where the Ambrosia family has gathered. Deo also tells Cassandra that their marriage is going to change. He knew that she was begging for him to control her and he’s going to do that know.

OK, here we go. Like I said, the basic story is the same from the original book. Or, at least the bones are. There are some changes, outside of the added sexy times scenes. There was a cheating storyline which is now gone, which I like. The storyline wasn’t as fleshed out as it could’ve been, so getting rid of it made the story better, IMO. The ending is also different, and I like the ending a lot better. I liked the original, I like the rework better.

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One of the changes I like a lot is the fact that we’re going to have a menage situation. I thought that there was a point in the original book where we were headed for a reverse harem, which would’ve been an interesting setup, but it didn’t go there, so I’m very pleased to see the menage set up in this book. We really didn’t see much of it in this book, just the setting up of it, and Cassandra agreeing to it, but the next book looks like we’ll have the full thing going on then.

So, that’s it for this one. Go hit up King Zon for it. Happy reading!

Golden Angel-Chasing His Puma

I find it highly appropriate that we are talking about Golden Angel’s new Big Bad Bunny book on Easter. I wouldn’t recommend anyone trying to give one of the Bunsons as an Easter gift, though. That would probably turn out poorly. LOL. On the other hand, the Big Bad Bunnies work out well for some people, which we find out in Chasing His Puma.

So, here’s the story behind this world. The 5 Bunson siblings were kidnapped by a mad scientist. The scientist was trying to find a way to cure some illnesses that affect small shifters. He had lost his wife and son to one of them. Trying to find a cure sounds all well and good, right? The problem is that he was unethical, crazy, and probably sociopathic. He did it by kidnapping these siblings, killing their parents, and spending 7 years doing terrible experiments on them. By the time they were rescued, the siblings had been changed from the humans they were to bunny shifters, with just a little extra. Most of them are bear-sized bunnies. And, oh yeah, they have turtle shells under their fur. Big and bad, indeed. The one sibling that’s bunny sized is called the Beast of Caerbannog. I’m pretty sure that even the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch won’t help against her, no matter what number you count to. If you aren’t familiar with that, then you need to go watch some Monty Python. So, that’s the quick background on the BBB world. Now let’s get down to business with bunnies and pumas.

Brock is one of the 3 Bunson brothers. He and his brothers have joined up with the shifter soldiers so that they can help protect the shifters in general and fight the people who turned them into what they are. On their last mission, Brock was shot in the shoulder. It was bad enough that being a shifter wouldn’t heal it enough, so Doc had to do surgery on it. After the surgery, he had to do physical therapy on it, but ended up messing it up again. Which meant that he had to go back to physical therapy, and he went with Doc. He was taciturn and Doc, Doc really isn’t. She talks a lot and believes in happily ever after.

Doc is a puma shifter. She loves all things Disney. She hates her first name and barely tolerates her middle name, so she tells everyone to call her Doc. She knows that the Bunson siblings have had troubles with her because she’s a doctor and they’ve had such terrible experiences with doctors. Most of them are fine with her, but Brock still has issues being around her. He kind of antagonizes her, but he kind of does that because he likes to poke at her too. At the mating ceremony of his brother Brady and his mate Jesse, Brock goes too far, and chases Doc off. Of course, that’s not the end of it, or this would be a super-short book, and it’s not.

When the call comes from a group of skunk shifters who are ill, Doc has to go and give them a treatment. When his sister’s fated mate, Steele, asks for volunteers to go with her, Brock says he will, which surprises everyone. That’s when things turn really interesting.

I love the Big Bad Bunnies. Golden Angel has a very quirky and snarky sense of humor. You get to see it a lot in this series. She also sticks in all kinds of easter eggs in all of the books, so when you are reading this, make sure that you are keeping your eyes open for them. The books are pretty light and sweet. I wouldn’t recommend reading them as a standalone. I mean, you could if you really wanted to, but… There are a lot of things I like about these books, but one of them is that it doesn’t place importance on fated mates. Yes, they do exist, but they are extremely rare. And, if you find someone you love and have already mated, then the fated mate bond is broken. In fact, most people aren’t really waiting for their fated mates, they are just going about meeting the person that they love and want to mate. That turns the shifter trope on its head, and I think that’s awesome.

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I can’t wait to find out what’s going on with Bailey and Kasim. I know that something is. Pretty sure they aren’t fated mates because we would’ve known already, it’s a biological imperative to seal that mating bond as soon as possible. But, there’s something. Golden will probably make us wait and wait and wait until we find out.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one, so go over and check it out. You won’t be sorry you did. Happy reading!