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!

Raisa Greywood-The Leopard Mage

Raisa Greywood has brought out the next book in her Shifter’s Mates series, The Leopard Mage. Then time around, we are getting a new shifter, Chen Daiyu, and a new mate, Dakar. Daiyu is almost as epic as Renata. Renata is scarier up close and personal, but Daiyu is a strategist and tactician. Renata will fuck you up immediately, Daiyu will fuck you, your friends, your family, and the people you knew in 1st grade up.

Daiyu is a snow leopard from high in the Himalayas. For the shifters, snow leopards are revered. They are the mystics, the priests, the wise people, the ones who are in contact with the spirits. Daiyu left her family and people in Tibet and traveled from Tibet all the way over to Canada and then down to Atlanta. It took her YEARS to do that. But, she was going to have to go to Ximera, meet her mate, and help the shifters adjust to their new home. And the migration off Earth has to happen soon, because it only has a couple of more years left when it comes to supporting life. Daiyu got her match, but, just like Renata, she was captured. Daiyu spends the time meditating and pretending to be unconscious. Then, when she gets the chance, she and her leopard escape.

Dakar has been matched to Chen Daiyu. However, he’s sworn to not take a mate because his brother helped with a genocide and is now stealing shifters. But when the First Councillor, his uncle and almost father, and War Mate Renata tell him that he has to go rescue Daiyu and help to head off Soledad, a piratical jaguar shifter who managed to free herself and is now taking her vengeance, he does his duty. He’s just going to do everything he can to make sure that he doesn’t bond in any way to Daiyu.

I like Daiyu. I think that she’s insanely emotionally and mentally strong. She’s been trained by everyone to be mindful and mystical and scholarly, but she’s also a wicked fighter. I mean, she uses two swords and kicks serious butt. And that’s not even what it’s like when she’s a leopard. Big kitties are scary. Dakar is kind of stupid sometimes. OK, more than sometimes. He needs a cluex4 big time. He’s an idiot. But, he’s an honorable idiot, if still an idiot. He made me mad, but Daiyu handled him so well. I have to say, I really love that Raisa has written her heroines to be the badasses in this series. I mean, their guys are no slouches, and they are pretty damn Alpha, but when it comes to Renata and Rakon or Daiyu and Dakar, the women are the BAMFs.

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I love that when the rescue comes, it’s Daiyu who is making the plan for them to do the rescue and that Dakar just lets her. I also love what his leopard tells him at that point. And I’m wondering if that’s going to be very important in the future. Oh hell, I’m not wondering, I’m pretty damn sure it’s going to be important.

I’m eager to find out the story of the last addition to the book. That’s going to be very interesting. I do love the Dalai Lama. He’s pretty cool. I’d love to see more of him in the next books, and I think that putting him and the First Councillor together would be AWESOME!

I’m so looking forward to Soledad. Raisa promises that she is even more BAMF-ier than Renata.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. You really should go check out the whole series. Happy reading!

 

Raisa Greywood-The Tiger King

Raisa is still a fairly new writer. This is her 5th book, unless I can’t count, which, it being Friday, is always a possibility. I’m sure if I’m wrong, she’ll tell me. 🙂 Anyway, she has a series called Shifter’s Mates, which is post-apocalyptic and dystopian, involves aliens, fated mates, abductions by hostile aliens, and shifters. That sounds like a wonderful mix, doesn’t it? I think so, I really do. Now Raisa’s given us the 2nd book in the series, The Tiger King. I reviewed The Tiger Queen back when I read it because it totally blew me away. And King kept up with that breeze.

So, to recap, Renata is a tiger shifter who is living on Earth. She’s slowly starving to death because the Earth is pretty damn destroyed. A jackal friend of hers told her to go get tested to see if she can find a Ximerian mate. Then she could go off to live on Ximera and have a new life. So, she does. When she gets ready to leave, she ends up being stolen. Her last thought before being put in stasis is don’t fuck with a tiger. I’m pretty sure the last thought in the heads of a lot of people when she woke up was oh fuck, a tiger. Eventually her mate, Rakon, finds her and “rescues” her.

And now to King. Rakon and Renata, who is seriously in my top 10 BAMF heroines, have done everything that they were supposed to do in order to seal their mating. Rakon realizes that maybe he shoulda oughta’ve listened to Renata. Because of course, he should’ve. She knows what she’s talking about, but you know how men are. But they are now mated, and she is well and truly War Mate Renata. And let me tell you, I think that the title is perfect for her. Maybe she should be the commander and Rakon should be the War Mate? Just a thought.

It turns out that there is someone playing silly buggers on Ximera and Rakon and Renata are accused of kidnapping Fengar, the First Councillor. He just rolls his eyes at that, and together with a friend of Rakon’s, they all come up with a plan to deal with who is causing these problems. That leads to an empty spot on the council, and Fengar, who is very fond of Renata, wants her to be the person to fill it, to watch out for the shifters and humans who will be coming to or are already on Ximera.

As a quick note on Fengar, he is probably my favorite side character in this series. He is tricksy and wily. He’s kind of like a chess grandmaster with a twisted sense of humor. He knows what moves you are going to make before you make them, but he’s going to have fun watching you figure them out and probably point and laugh at you along the way. But not necessarily in a mean way. And for some reason, he and Renata really like each other. I think maybe she sees him as a father figure, but I’m not 100% sure.

Meanwhile, Renata isn’t all that sure she wants to be a councilor. It will mean that she has to stay in the capital, around a lot of people. Twitching tigers don’t do well around a lot of people. All she really wants to do is to go to her mate’s home, swim in the ocean, catch giant denizens of the deep, and make cubs.

I am once again impressed with Renata. I mean, she isn’t a damsel in distress, pretty much ever. She is the damsel who causes distress. I mean, even without her tiger self, she is pretty much just totally badass, but add in that tiger, and get the fuck out of the way, and don’t piss her off. Don’t fuck with anything that she considers her, and really? Probably laying down and covering yourself in steak sauce would be your best idea. I dunno, do tigers like steak sauce? Maybe just some au jus or a nice horseradish. I like Rakon. He can be an idiot sometimes, but really, who can’t? However, he pretty much recognizes who and what his mate is and is pretty much willing to let her be her without trying to hem her into anything. Of course, she would probably knock his block off if he tried to, but he doesn’t stand in between her and danger or make her live in a padded room.

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I love the bear and the tiger swimming in the ocean and catching the big old fish. I mean, how much fun was that? Neither of these ladies have been able to just let go and be themselves and have fun on a sunny beach near the ocean ever in their whole lives. They’ve always been subsisting and had to hide, so getting to just be out there in the open has to feel amazing.

I was fascinated by the history we got on shifters, and I’m looking forward to seeing how that info helps with the search for more shifters, both out in space and on Earth. I’m hoping we can see more about her family’s history as well as the history of other shifters.

So, that’s all I have to say about this one. You really, really need to read this series. The next books will be coming out in the next couple of months. 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!

Lili Zander and Lee Savino-Draekon Fever

After an eventful spring filled with lawsuits and new babies, Lili Zander and Lee Savino have been able to get back to the prison planet and bring us a new story to love with Draekon Fever.

So, our major players are Ferix, Rorix, and Sofia. The guys were two of the guys in the drop with Arax, and rescued Sofia and Harper, among others. What Sofia doesn’t know is that right after they saw her, Ferix and Rorix had to run away and turn into dragons. She was their fated mate. However, they didn’t want to completely overwhelm her, so they decided that they would wait a few days and let her settle in. Except there was another problem. The male who caused the crash that stranded the humans on the prison planet is distantly related to them. By law, that makes them as culpable as he is and they can’t benefit from his crime. That means that they can’t claim Sofia as their mate, no matter what their inner dragons and their hearts want. So they end up with a mating fever.

Sofia is a doctor. She worked really hard to get where she is. She’s attracted to and flirted with Ferix and Rorix, but suddenly they turned cold on her. She’s a virgin and she figures that she’s just going to be a virgin forever, because she can’t even give it away on the prison planet. When she finds out they are sick, Sofia knows that she has to go and try to make Ferix and Rorix better. It’s not just because she’s a healer, it’s because she’s still obsessed with them.

When Ferix and Rorix discover how far into their mating fever they are, they know that they are going to have to leave before they completely lose control of their dragons, and grab Sofia and drag her away, so they run. Only once it’s been discovered that they ran, right as the Zorahn invade their prison planet, does Sofia find out that they are her mates, and she’s damned if she’s going to just let them die.

I love the fact that the virgin isn’t the sacrifice to the dragons like you often see in fairy tales, instead, she’s the hero of the story. She’s strong, smart, fiesty, and will take no shit from anyone, no matter who they are. She believes what she’s doing and she believes in her mates. Dariux is really interesting in this book. He’s really interesting and very, very tricksy. It’s like he knows things because he put them in place. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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I love how the commander at the hidden city got what he wanted and didn’t have to outright defy any orders. That was smart and tricky. I have a feeling that we are going to need to have that quality coming up.

Bryce’s story looks to be really interesting, after everything that has happened in this one. I can’t wait to see what Rahit’vi is going to do right now. I think everything hinges on her and her actions.

So, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check out all the books! Happy reading!