Ava Sinclair-King’s Bride

Today we’re going back into Ava’s Drakoryan world. And how proud of myself do you think I am that I can remember how to spell Drakoryan? Also, my Grammarly no longer recognizes Drakoryan as a misspelled word. LOL. But, I digress. Again. Like that never, ever happens. But, that doesn’t get us to King’s Bride, does it? So let us talk dragons.

Zara was taken when her village of Branlock was destroyed by the Shadowfell. They managed to take all but her sister, Isla, who has already mated with her own dragon mates. When Zara was found wandering the woods, cold and starving, nothing was able to heal her, so Isla begged for her to be sent to the witchs. However, the evil dragons had pumped Zara full of dark magic like a Trojan Horse so that they could use her to break into the stronghold.

In the great battle to try to keep the ShadowFell out of the witchs’ mountain and away from the deep and wild magic, King Vukuris died. That means that Drakoryan are currently left without a king. The four princes, Bymir, Rargi, Yrgi, and Oneg decree that they will take Zara as bride and queen. But, naming the king isn’t as easy as picking the oldest or the one who was trueborn from Vukuris versus his brothers. No. They are going to have to battle. The princes will fight to see which has the right to the first night with Zara and to be King. To the winner goes both prizes.

Each of these books gets more and more interesting. There’s just so much more going on as we build up from where we started with Sacrifice to where we are now with King’s Bride. I love that each book gives us a new happy grouping, but that we are also getting an overarching storyline. And I totally love that we aren’t getting instant happy families. There is work that has to be done for each grouping to be happy. I can’t wait to see what the next one is going to bring with all the changes that showed up in this one.

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I’m loving that Layla had twins and that one is a girl. That’s going to make some seriously interesting changes. I really love that the witches are still able to get through and tell people what’s going on. I look forward to learning more about Sabine and what she is going to do.

Poor Oneg. I both do and don’t feel sorry for him. There’s the whole he wants to be his father’s son thing going on and then the whole they are all their fathers’ sons and blood doesn’t mean all that much. I love the line that Bymir says along the lines of yes, Father treated us all as his sons, and I will treat your sons as if they are all my sons, and you will be happy that I do. I also like that Bymir was able to realize when he needed to apologize. I think that if he hadn’t done that, then Oneg wouldn’t have been able to get past his stuff.

I loved this book, just as I have loved all the Drakoryan books, and I look forward to reading new ones. Happy reading!

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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!

Ava Sinclair-Rebel Bride

Ava is just rocking this RH gig hard. I think her Drakoryans are my fave RH heroes. Of course, that could just be because of their magic cocks. The storyline is pretty good too, so that’s could be the reason too.

Her latest book, Rebel Bride, brings us back to their world and makes things much more intense. The books aren’t really standalones, there is an overarching storyline that spans the books, although each of the books (after the first two) focus on one particular group. Each book builds on the one before, so if you are reading these, you really want to start at the first one and go through them all. You will enjoy the books a lot more if you do.

Anyway, this book features Thera the healer and the Lords of Kri’byl, Jareo, Gyrvig, Erdorin, Yrko, and Tyri. The last two boys are twins, that’s important. Thera was a woman from one of the villages who now lives in the valley that is surrounded by the mountains where all the Drakoryan lords and their brides live. The villagers were all brought there to keep them safe from the Shadowfell. The king of the Drakoryans decided that the Lords of Kri’byl should live in the village to help out the people and  keep them safe.

So, that brings us to now, roughly. Not all the villagers are happy about living where they are. Winter has come and it is cold. Since the Shadowfell burned the harvest, there just is barely enough for the people to eat. Even the Drakorayn in their castles are rationing. None of this leads to happy conditions in the village, especially as the villagers still haven’t seen the Shadowfell, so none of them quite believe that they exist. Then you get Thera, who is… angry. She is a widow. A few years before, during a winter like this, her husband and her father had gone out hunting because the Drakoryan punished their village and they had no extra food. While they were out hunting, they died. Thera blames the Drakoryan for that. I can’t blame her for that, I probably would too.

Well, because she hates the Drakoryan, she does what she can to stir up trouble. She thinks they are all liars and that they are the enemy and they have just taken away the villagers’ free will. So, she stirs and stirs and stirs until the pot comes to a boil and boils over. The Witches decree that there is only one way to make things better. Thera is to mate with the Lords of Kri’byl.

Overall, I like Thera. But, there are a few times where I really don’t like her. She knew what she was doing. I’m not sure what good she thought she was going to do though. I get being angry and wanting revenge, and I think that in her place, I probably would want revenge on the people who I blamed for my husband’s death too, but there’s a difference between revenge and cutting off your nose to spite your face. I think the guys were probably a little more patient with her than I would’ve been at times. I can’t wait to see where the next one is going to take us. It’s going to be a doozy.

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I can’t wait to see how the issue with Zara and the king is going to change things. The Witches being gone is going to be interesting too.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Happy reading!

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s War

Hot shifters are back! Renee and Lee have decided that they are going to bring up back into their shifter world with their newest book. This is one isn’t just set in their world, but it’s also in a group of several other books all about Alpha Dads.

In Alpha’s War, we are finally getting Nash’s story. Now, Nash is a lion shifter. He was in the military and when Smyth came to him about learning how to control his lion, he jumped at the chance. What Nash didn’t know is that Smyth was trying to come up with “the master race” and wasn’t going to help him at all. In fact, for the next very long time, Nash is tortured. We don’t really know how long, but I don’t think Nash knows how long either.

Among other things, the bad guys would toss women in the cell with him for him to breed. They were trying to come up with the perfect shifter. One of the women that gets tossed into his cell is Denali, another lion shifter. The bad guys have killed her entire family and taken her. They figure that Denali and Nash will make nice little lion babies. On the one night that they have together, Nash mate marks Denali. A few weeks later, she manages to escape, but Nash gets left there longer.

Flash forward 3 years, Nash is struggling. He has to keep fighting or his lion will end up going nuts and killing everyone. However, he’s given Denali’s name and address. He wants to see his mate but he knows that he’s very broken, and likely dying at this point. He just wants to see her once more.

This story broke my heart more than once. There are some very sad places in it. But, those places were more than made up for. I loved seeing old favorites come by, and Nash’s friends are always great for comedy relief. It was nice to see everyone. I love Denali. She’s strong af and not afraid to do what she thought was right. She is a total lioness. Nash calls her his Queen, and she is definitely that.

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I love that Denali got to go on the rescue. Of course, she was going to go one way or the other, so I don’t think Nash could’ve stopped her, short of having multiple bears sitting on her. And even then, I don’t think that could’ve stopped her. You just don’t get in between a mother and her child, whatever species they may be. And you really don’t want to get in between a mother who can grow ginormous teeth and claws and her cub.

I love that Nash was able to get himself back together and was able to accept his role as Alpha. I want to see more of him and his pack.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. I love this world and this series. I want to always have more of them. I want to see their kids and grandkids.

Ava Sinclair-War Bride

We’re back in Ava Sinclair’s world of Drakoryans, those hot, hunky dragon shifters. The first two books of the series focused on Lyla and her mates, but now we’re looking at a new bride. We still have hot Alpha dragon shifters, but we have 3 of them now, but we are also in an active war situation, which is different to the last two books. Thus the name, War Bride. See how that works? LOL.

So, our heroine is Isla. In the last book, her village was destroyed by the ShadowFell and Lyla, her mates, and one of the Lords of Za’vol found her in the bottom of the well. She had jumped in there to escape the firey breath of the bad dragons, and hadn’t been able to get out, so if they hadn’t come along, she wouldn’t have lived.

They all took her back to Lyla’s castle so that Isla could be ministered to. While there, news is given that the Drakoryans will now be able to take War Brides, instead of the way that they had been doing it. The Lords of Fa’vol are the first to be given a war bride, Isla.

So, Turin, Zyvis, and Jayx are the Lords of Za’vol and they are pretty jazzed about being able to have a bride. I mean, who doesn’t want to have a mate and who doesn’t want to have a chance to have their bloodline go on? At least in these books. The boys are trying to get Isla to warm up to them because it’s time for them to seal their mating. But first, they must have their big fight so that the order in which they are with Isla for the first time.

There are a lot of really interesting things that go on in the book. One of them is we get to see more into the ways that Drakoryan families can interact, both positively and negatively. I found that to be really interesting because we don’t always see the bad side of heroes and their families, so getting to see the ugly and how it affects a lot of things was refreshing. There are lots of things that have really whetted my appetite for the next books, and hopefully, Ava won’t make us wait for very long.

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Yeah, this may look like it’s a weird thing to go with a story about dragon shifters, but trust me, when you read it, you will get it.

It’s going to be a huge change for the villagers and for the Drakoryans to have the villagers right there.

I think I know who our new grouping is going to be. If I’m right, it’s going to be explosive and I can’t wait for the fireworks to start.

OK, that’s it for this one. Go read the whole series, you won’t be sorry.

Alta Hensley & Zoe Blake-Red & the Wolves

Alta and Zoe have released Red and the Wolves, the second book of their 3 RH dark romance fairy tales. These are not fairy tales to read to your children. In fact, you might not even want to read them around your children. The steam rising off your Kindle might cause them some concern.

So, are you can probably guess, Red is the reimaging of Little Red Riding Hood. Only when the Big Bad Wolf wants to eat Red, he’s not thinking about dinner. And it’s more like Big Bad Wolves, 5 of them, and they all have designs on Red.

The village where Red is born and grows up is surrounded by a tall wall and thick forest. In that forest, there are 5 magical wolves. Back in the day, 500 years ago, the village elders used magic to create the wolves from some of the villagers. They were needed so that they could fight the darkness that threatened everyone. Every so often, the Blood Moon rises, and when the Blood Moon rises, the village sacrifices a villager to the wolves.

Red’s grandmother is a village elder. Too bad it had never been any kind of bonus for her. Her grandmother, the evil old hag, hated Red’s father and since her mother died at birth, it fell on the hag to raise Red. She made sure that not only did Red know how worthless to everyone she is, she also made sure that the village made her an outcast. It doesn’t help that Red stands out because of her very red hair either.

When the Blood Moon rises, the elders say that it’s time for a sacrifice. All the other sacrifices have been chosen from the oldest unmarried males in each household. This time, the hag manages to push through a change, it’s the oldest unmarried person from each household. In this case, Red would be in the group and is the only woman there. And we can guess what’s going to happen, otherwise, this would’ve been a really short book.

Red gets turned out of the village and is left to the tender mercies of the wolves, named Canis, Beo, Grimm, Rood, and Helm. Or, are they men?

OK, it’s time. I love, love, love the names of the guys. I picked up some of the references with the names, but I don’t know if all of them have some kind of significance. I love the books that do that. I love the books that don’t. I love the books. I just think it adds in an extra layer of fun to have various names of characters referring back to other things. Red is a very strong character and is willing to stand up for what she believes in, in my opinion. She doesn’t always listen well, but that’s part of the fun, isn’t it? The guys are very strict and very intense. There is some heavy dubcon going on here, IMO, at least at first. The book is swelteringly hot, with all the good stuff going on. Each of the guys has a distinct personality, and it’s interesting to get to know them. We also get a peek at Snow White and her guys.

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I love that Red wants to let the people of her village know the truth. The guys deserve to have the truth known. After all, theirs was the true sacrifice.

I wonder if they were to have babies, would they be able to shift back and forth from human to wolf? That would be such an awesome start to a werewolf legend.

OK, go check this one out. 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!