Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Bane

The first rule of Fight Club is that you don’t talk about Fight Club. However, that’s a rule that Renee and Lee decided needed to be broken. Well, sorta. Alpha’s Bane has nothing to do with Chuck Palahniuk or Brad Pitt, but hey, there’s still a fight club involved, so it’s all good, right?

We’re once again back with the Tucson pack, headed by Garrett with his 3 friends, including Trey. As teenagers, they were all kicked out of the Phoenix pack by Garrett’s father. Because the guys were so popular, most of the younger wolves left Phoenix to move to Tucson with Garrett. Now, the Tucson pack is thriving and it’s starting to change from a frat pack to one with mated couples. Three of the 4 leading members of the pack have now mated, leaving Trey as the only one who hasn’t. But that’s OK with Trey, at least most of the time. He’s perfectly happy running his fight club and fighting once a week.

Trey’s fight club is in neutral territory, which allows any shifter to come in and fight. It’s a good place to handle any stress or conflict you might have with another shifter, and if you like to fight, well, there’s always someone there to fight with. It’s working reasonably well for Trey and for the Tucson pack at large. There’s one problem though, because it’s neutral, vamps are starting to come to the club too.

Sheridan is Garrett’s cousin, and high up in the Phoenix pack structure, as well as high up in the business that funds that pack. Her father and uncle, who is still the Alpha, have sent her to Tucson to shut down Trey’s fight club. There have been vampire related deaths, and people are starting to get curious. Then there’s the fact that there have been federal law enforcement agencies interested in the club. So, off goes Sheridan to shut it down. However, Trey and Sheridan have some history and it complicates things.

They were each other’s first everything, and then he betrayed her. She turned around and betrayed him right back. Because of what she did, most of the Tucson pack hates her, a lot. But she’s there to do a job, and she’s going to do it.

Poor Sheridan, I feel so sorry for her. I really do. She’s got her uncle and her father on one side of her, especially her father, who want her to be one way and jam her into that particular way to be. They expect her to be the perfect pack princess and do whatever they tell her. Then, there’s the other side of Sheridan. The one that she lets out on very rare occasions when she isn’t anywhere near her pack, and then shoves back into a little box and ties it up tightly so that it can’t escape when she’s at home, being Miss Prim and Proper and doing what she’s expected to do and being who she’s expected to be. Her father is a jackass of mammoth proportions and he needs his ass kicked so hard his butt cheeks act as earmuffs. And frankly, I want to know what right the Phoenix pack thinks they have that they can come down to Tucson and shut down anything that the Tucson pack is doing? Just because Garrett’s dad is the Alpha of Phoenix doesn’t make him the boss of Garrett.

Trey’s a good man, we’ve seen that in other books. But, even good men are blithering idiots sometimes, and Trey is so guilty of that. He thinks that he’s doing the right thing for everyone, but a lot of times, what you think is the right thing is the total wrong thing. And he’s been doing that for years, which just makes things worse. He needs to have his cranio-rectal inversion forcefully cured, and Sheridan is just the woman to do that.

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Yeah, I couldn’t resist, because damn, just look at how fiiiiine Brad Pitt is. He’s proper fit.

I loved it when Sheridan took Trey down, and then when she knocked over Grizz. It shocked the shit out of everyone when she did that, but it was fucking AWESOME! Lee and Renee write some kickass heroines, and that was just great.

I also love all of Sheridan’s outfits, especially the catsuit she wears to the vampire club. And what happens in the club.

I couldn’t believe that Trey did what he did. I mean, motherfucker. To do what you did and then just run? Sheridan should’ve had his cojones for earrings.

OK, go check out the whole series, there are all sorts of hot and steamy things going on in it. Happy reading!

FAA2018: Valarie Kinney-The Knowing Child

Well, Follow an Author 2018 is over, and I’ve loved being a part of it. I got to learn more about a new author and read new books. Don’t forget that I’m giving away the first book of the Windy Springs series on my FB page so take advantage of that.

So today, we’re talking about The Knowing Child, the last of the Windy Springs books. This one is 3 years after the last book. Evie is now 3 and just as sweet as can be. She also now has a little brother, named Fallon. Keisha and Rogan are still going strong, with a pretty good relationship, and are happily parenting their children. But not everything is happy and sunny in their world. Keisha is now Knowing, and she’s dealing with having horrible headaches and extreme anxiety. She’s always had problems with anxiety, which, considering her past, I would be more surprised if she wasn’t fighting anxiety, but it’s worse now, and when she hears voices because of the Knowing, it’s even harder. But, it’s not until she fractures her collarbone and Captain Dash comes to spend time with her while Rogan is at work, that things start to change.

We really learned a lot about Dash in this book, and it really explains why Captain Dash is the way that he is. I think his story really helped Keisha, and I hope that it helped people reading it too, since it was really important and incredibly moving. I like when we get to follow a couple and get to see what comes after the happily ever after, and that’s what we get to do here. It’s pretty awesome. I like seeing how Keisha and Rogan’s relationship has grown and matured and how the characters have grown and matured. And can I just say, I hate Evie’s pediatrician? My son had serious problems with ear infections when he was little, and his doc was more concerned about his health than Evie’s doc was and he didn’t see my son nearly as often. I hope we get to see more of this world.

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Dash and Diana. Wow, isn’t that just… something? Diana is nasty and I hate her. And she’s rotten to Layla too, which is even worse. Layla is so awesome and so sweet.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this. Go check them out. Happy reading!

Ava Sinclair-Scary Daddy

Happy Halloween! OK, OK, it’s 4 days early, but I won’t tell if you don’t tell. And hopefully, the Daddies in Scary Daddy won’t be too upset about it either. Because we all know that would be so, so bad, right?

So, we open on Lindy and Rowan, 2 besties who are sharing a house in a neighborhood with a strict HOA. That means that the head of the HOA, Clay, has already told them that they can’t have their Halloween Hello Kitty up in their yard, because it’s against the rules, which they would’ve known if they had read the manual, which they didn’t. That is making it hard for them to get into the Halloween spirit, which really sucks, as it’s their favorite holiday. But they really, really want to put Hello Kitty up just for Halloween night and the trick-or-treaters. So, they turn off their favorite movie, Hocus Pocus, and might I just add one of my favorite Halloween movies, and go to talk to Clay.

When they get to the house, Clay’s partner Jon opens the door and seems attracted to Lindy, who swears she feels him grab her ass, even though he’s way out of arm reach. Clay turns the ladies down, which means Rowan and Lindy, at Rowan’s instigation, are going to do something about it. Something that may involve Halloween night, rotten duck eggs, and toilet paper.

However, Clay and Jon are onto the ladies and they know that Rowan and Lindy are going to do something about it, which means it’s going to be Clay’s great pleasure to deal with Rowan and Jon’s to deal with Lindy. Of course, our naughty little girls might not be happy with what their Daddy and Papa have planned, but nobody asked them, did they?

This is short read and a very cute Halloween story. Ava does Daddy stories so well, and she showed the different kinds of Daddies that Jon and Clay are from each other without having to really shove it in our face or anything, she just had them going about their business. I would so love to read more about Jon and Lindy and Clay and Rowan, even if it’s just about one of the couples.

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OK, I kind of feel sorry for Clay and Jon. It can’t be all that easy being them.

That’s all I have to say today. It’s short and sweet, but that’s because this book was. Go check it out, as well as all of Ava’s other books. Happy reading!

Jennifer Bene-Deviant Attraction

Jennifer Bene has a new release out. While it may look like a brand new book, and it sort of is, Deviant Attraction is actually a box set of 3 of Jennifer’s shorts, The Rite, Reunited, and The Invitation. There are also shorts or extended endings that go with each of the stories, so you are getting a whole lot packed into one book. Plus, have you looked at the awesome cover? I am loving it.

I read all 3 of these stories back when I first discovered Jennifer Bene, and I loved them all so very, very much. And I’m really happy to see them out in a new release so that they can get a little bit of love. I’m just going to write a little bit about each one, because they are shorter, and you know how I hate to spoil anything for anyone. I try really hard not to. I mean, if you want spoilers, feel free to message me anywhere, and I will give you all the spoilers you want, but I won’t on here. (Spoiler, Han shot first.) So, in the order in which the stories appear, let’s talk about Jennifer’s stories.

The Invitation

Cara’s roommate Meredith has always had pretty things sent to their house, so when Meredith asks Cara if she wants to make some big money that night, Cara says yes, and then goes to a party with her, to stand around, look pretty, and flirt. Only, Cara meets Saif and Grant and her party turns into something different. And so do invitations that she gets later.

This was a super hot story, and I loved everything that happened in it. Who doesn’t want to get an invitation to their fantasies? Sign me up, please. You don’t even have to give me $1500, not that I would complain.

Reunited

Megan is back to go to her 10 year high school reunion, after trying to put her life together after a disastrous marriage. But her sister, who was pushy and knew how to push Megan’s buttons, pretty much dared her to go. Then she sees Eric, who she dated in high school. They played fun games together too. Then Colby shows up, who was a player. And they decide that they need to play games together.

I need to be honest here. I have never been to any of my high school reunions. I don’t ever see myself going to any of my high school reunions, but if I had gone to high school with Colby and Eric, I would definitely have considered going. Especially if it would have included visiting the shop room to play some grown-up games. I’m all about grown-up games.

The Rite

Heather is a member of a bitchy witchy family. She hasn’t come into her powers yet. In order to do that, she has to perform a special rite with a man. Her cousin talks her into speed dating so that she can find the perfect guy for the ritual. But first, she has to stop and visit her friend, Rick. At speed dating, she meets Neil, and things seem to be on track.

Of all the stories in this set, this is the darkest. But, for a Jennifer Bene story, it’s really not all that dark. But, it is the perfect amount of dark for this story. And I loved it. I didn’t see where things were going on this one, but I adored how it went.

If you haven’t read any Jennifer Bene yet, and if not, why haven’t you, then this is a good way for you to get started. You will get a pretty good look at what she writes and what her stories are like. There are no spoilers, but here’s a picture of a pretty flogger. Go check this one out. Happy reading!

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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!