Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Sun

Renee and Lee are back to those bad boy biking werewolves of Arizona. This time, we’re back with Titus and Sunny. We’ve seen them before. In fact, their kids are mated, so we’ve definitely seen them before.

Here’s how the story goes. Titus has been sent to New Mexico to find a friend of his who is a lone wolf. He’s hoping for more information about the labs where all the experimentation on the shifters has been going on. This friend of his lives way off grid and he might know about the goings on and if there are any labs in the area. So, he pulls into town and finds out that he’s in a little open air market kind of thing. And who should he see but Sunny. They had a thing for a couple of days a couple of years ago, but she left without telling him. Of course, she had her reasons. He’s kind of hung up on the fact that his ex was a bitch (literally, hahahahaha) and left him high and dry. So he doesn’t want a relationship, and Sunny senses that about him.

Sunny is a free spirit. She creates art, she teaches sunset yoga on top of a restaurant, she is just free and happy and shares of herself. She travels through the country selling her art, but she’s currently based in Taos. And it suits her well. She also sees auras, and she sees Titus’ inner wolf. Of course, she thinks it’s a spirit animal, and not, you know, a werewolf, but she still sees it. I personally think that she is psychic, so that works well. When she sees Titus, she’s more than happy to see him and maybe get some more hot lovin’ from him. Which, yeah, does happen. But he still has issues.

There are a lot of things I like about this book, but one of them is that we have an older couple. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading about hot 20-somethings getting their freak on, but as a 47 year old woman, it’s nice to see the heroine near my age. And not just a heroine near my age, but one that is having an epic and passionate love affair. That gave my heart a little happy.

Titus is a good man, but I think that he’s very stuck in the past. Yeah, his ex screwed him but good, but that was a long time ago and he needed to put his big werewolf panties on and deal with it. He also has a lot of issues with duty and what he thinks he should do vs what is the right thing to do.

I love Sunny. I think that she just has a wonderful sweet spirit that just flows out from the pages. I really would love to know her, because I’m pretty sure that she would bring a lot of love and light and laughter into anyone’s life, and I don’t know about you, but I could really use that, most days.

I had a lot of laughs in here, some anger, and more than a few tears, but it was a wonderful book and a series that have loved reading. I’m looking forward to seeing where these ladies are going to go next, because I’m pretty sure that it’s going to be awesome.

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I love how Sunny and Titus managed to scar their adult children for life. Because of course it was funny as hell.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check out the entire series, you won’t regret it. Happy reading!

Lee Savino & Stasia Black-Innocence, Awakening, and Queen of the Underworld

Innocence, Awakening, and Queen of the Underworld are a 3 book serial that is, among other things, a modern twist on the Hades and Persephone story. I thought about reading them as Lee and Stasia wrote them, but I decided that it would be much safer on my poor heart if I waited for Queen to come out and read them all at once, so that’s what I did. Since they are a serial, it will affect how I review them here. Mostly, I’ll give some info about the first book, and then highly gloss over the rest of the books. You know how I do.

So, a brief brushup on the Hades/Persephone thing. Demeter, the Greek goddess of the harvest has a daughter known as both Kora and Persephone. Hades, God of the Underworld wants a bride, and he spots Persephone. He manages to take her, gets her to eat 6 pomegranate seeds, and says he’s going to keep her. Demeter goes on strike and there are massive famines, droughts, all that. Zeus steps in and the agreement is struck that Persephone will reign in the Underworld for 6 months, and be above ground for 6 months. Zeus, by the way? Persephone’s daddy and uncle. Which also makes her husband Hades, her uncle. Those Greek gods, all kinds of incestuous.

Here’s how our story goes here. Cora is a sweet 19 year old girl who has run away from her tyrant of a mother, Demi. Her mother kept her completely isolated on a farm in the middle of nowhere. She would lock Cora in the cellar, yell at her, mistreat her, and be an all-around nasty bitch.  Cora wants nothing more than to get as far away from her mother as possible, and runs away to New Olympus.

Cora, who pretty much has no clue how the world works, because she’s been isolated on a farm all her life, ends up being a live-in nanny. After one particularly bad day, she heads out to a club with some friends. But, she also ends up drugged and dragged out of the club. She manages to get away from the asshole who has her and runs through a door, where she meets Marcus.

Marcus is known as the Lord of the Underworld. He’s a very powerful man in New Olympus. He is taken with the beautiful young woman who is drugged and soaking wet from the rain and takes her home. He woos her, cherishes her, and whisks her off her feet.

But of course we wouldn’t have 3 books if it was as easy as all that, would it? There is a whole lot that happens in these books. Marcus isn’t what he seems. Cora isn’t what she seems. Secrets swirl around her, and they aren’t ones that she is holding. In fact, she is like Jon Snow, and starts out knowing nothing. That slowly but surely changes, and things that Cora never expected or even imagined could happen actually happen.

I hate Marcus sometimes. I mean, downright can’t freaking stand the man. Of course, as we learn more about him, we find out why he has made the choices that he has, not that I’m excusing him in any way, shape, or form. He’s a grownup, he’s reasonably intelligent, he could’ve chosen other options, but he didn’t. Other times, my heart truly aches for him. He does put himself into some nearly impossible situations, and I don’t know why he chooses to do that. I think he’s operating under faulty logic.

I like Cora, most of the time. I think that she needed to grow up a little faster than she did. She really did hide her head in the sand almost willfully sometimes. But, when she decided to make her stand, she really made her stand. You’ll see what I mean. I think that she will end up as a serious force to be reckoned with, and that she’s going to make people see her. If they try to ignore her, I’m pretty sure that she’s going to hurt them, big time.

We have some great secondary characters. Armand, Anna, Olive, Andrea Doria, and definitely Sharo. All of these people are related to other mythological figures, and they all play fairly heavily into the story. Then we have Waters and Sturm, who are very interesting characters.

Along with the main Hades and Persephone, we get a glimpse at Orpheus and Eurydice, and Ares and Venus. I love how those got wound into everything else and how Lee and Stasia made it all fit together.

For more information about how the various characters relate back to mythological characters, check out the end of book 3. Lee left a nice message for everyone.

There are going to be more books in this world, featuring more myths. I’m really looking forward to reading them.

 

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Ugh. Demi. What a bitch. I mean, burn in hell woman. A lot. In a big firey pit.

Poor Sharo. His story was just so sad.

AJ needed serious, serious, serious punishment.

OK, that’s all from me. Go check out these books. Happy reading!

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Blood

Every. fucking. time. Every fucking time these two come out with another book in the series, I swear it’s the best one evah. Then, they write the next one. And the cycle starts all over again. I’ll bet that Alpha’s Blood is going to be hard to beat though. Now watch them make me eat my words. Because you know that they will try.

Lucius is the King of Tucson, when it comes to vampires. The centuries old vampire is the one in control of the area and he keeps all the vamps to the rules that he makes, and if they start to screw up, then he will do what needs to be done. He has something that isn’t quite an alliance with the werewolves in the area, maybe it’s more that they exist in a perpetual state of detente. Both sides recognize the authority of the other and that they both need to exist, and they will even work together toward a common goal, but in general, they really, really don’t like each other.

Lucius’ biggest curse is his sired. They all turn against them at some point. And he knows that they are up to something now. That means that he’s going to have to figure out what it is so that he can thwart it and punish the ones doing it. And for thwart, read kill. So, when he gets a sudden invite to a shifter auction, he knows that something is definitely up. Then he sees her. Selene.

Selene is the lone survivor of the massacre of her pack. She was saved from the foster system by a vampire named Xavier, who spent all her formative teen years being trained to kill Lucius, because Xavier showed her proof that he was the one who killed her pack. Now, after all the years of pain and training that she’s gone through, it’s time for the ultimate payoff. She’s standing on the stage at the shifter auction waiting to be sold, and the plan is that Lucius will buy her, because she’s perfect for him. And of course, Lucius does. Because our story would be so short otherwise.

I’ve respected Lucius every time we’ve seen him in other books. He seems like he’s as benevolent a king as he can be. I don’t think that benevolent is quite the right word, but he’s not a complete tyrant or anything. He doesn’t necessarily rule by fear, and he does give his sired and the vampiric citizens of his kingdom free will and enough rope to hang themselves by, but he also isn’t going to let them run willy-nilly over him. He’s willing to work with other supernatural types, as necessary. He’s ruthless when he needs to be, and rather pragmatic, I think. I really enjoyed getting to know more about him and about his history. Overall, it made me respect him even more, and definitely like him a whole lot.

I like Selene. I think that she’s a fantastic character. I also think that she started out the book a little emotionally stunted, but that’s pretty natural, considering what happened to her and the fact that Xavier wasn’t there to make sure that she was emotionally mature. He just wanted a fighter and he wanted a fighter who believed in what he believed in, and that’s what he got. I like the journey and the growth that we get to see in her over the book. It’s not easy for her, and I don’t think it was ever going to be easy for her, but it was a fantastic journey to read.

I can’t wait to see what Renee and Lee come up with next. I think that Lucius and Selene, and how perfect is that name for a werewolf, are going to be really hard to beat.

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The whole electrical scene? I’m pretty sure that my Kindle melted down after that one for a little while.

Also, I think that Selene and Lucius are going to be so fucking great at their roles.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check them all out! Happy reading!

 

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Prey

When I sat down to write this blog, I was surprised to realize how many books in this series there are now. I think I saw that Alpha’s Prey was book 11. No wonder these books are so good, Renee and Lee have plenty of practice in this world, and all that practice goes into making books that just get better as the series goes on.

So, even though this series started out in Arizona with werewolves, this book doesn’t have any of those wolves in it, except very tangentially. Nope, we’re in the mountains of New Mexico with a growly, grumpy bear.

We met Caleb in the last book, when he was pulled in by the wolves to fight Grizz. We really don’t know much about him though. We basically only see him as the fighter. But now we really get to meet Caleb and appreciate him. He has been going through the last 3 years as almost a ghost and in near hibernation. He lets his bear rule him a bit more than he should, since he has spent a lot of time as a bear. He spent enough that the wolves had to come and force him out of bear shape into human shape. His mate and daughter were killed by something that seemed unnatural, and he just went… bear. Even now, he only deals with the world in the summer when he goes to get work and spends most of the winter in as close a state of hibernation as people can get. But this winter, he’s awake-ish, thanks to the wolves.

Miranda is an ecologist. She’s studying global warming and is tired of the men in her department. She’s had to work a whole lot harder than they to get to the same place, and she has a Ph.D., just like them. But that doesn’t stop them from talking to her tits instead of her face or treating her like a secretary. Now, she has to go up to a cabin in the mountains to get more research info, and she’s actually looking forward to it, because she loves the mountains and nature, even in the winter. On her way, at a tiny little town, she’s warned off by local people because there are 3 other women who have gone missing, and a crazy bear in the woods. Then Miranda meets the crazy bear, as he looks in her window to try to see what’s going on. She thinks he’s less crazy looking and more intelligent.

OK, first of all, I love the idea of the ecologist and the werebear mountain man. I mean, are there 2 more compatible people because they are both concerned with what’s going with the natural world, the climate in general, and the ecology of any particular area? I snerked about that, because I thought it was just too funny.

I like Caleb. He is just a downright good man. I think the only mean bone or bad bone in his body shows up when he is being protective, and even then, he’s only mean to the people who deserve it, not the innocent people around him. He’s just good, and even better, nice. We see examples of it through the book, other than the way he is with Miranda, because it’s easy to be good to the woman you are interested in but not so nice to other people.

I totally get Miranda. She’s so tired of being seen as her body instead of her brain, or instead of seeing that the brain and the body are part and parcel. Caleb sees that from the very beginning. I think that he’s probably the first person who has ever seen Miranda for Miranda, and it can be terrifying to have someone see you so intently. It can also be wonderful, to be the focus of someone like that.

I thought that they were perfect each other, because they both were drifting through life, not quite awake. Their meeting shook them up and woke them up and made them discover what they had been missing.

I can’t wait to see where Lee and Renee are going to go next.

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I both dislike and pity the bad guy. I mean, yeah, he’s fucking insane, but he’s also a victim. Of course, he took the bat shit crazy part a lot too far, and I would like to know if he was crazy before he went through what he did or if it happened because of his experiences. Interesting question, no?

OK, that’s all I have to say right now. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Lee Savino-Tamed by the Berserkers

It’s been a while since we have had the pleasure of a new Berserker book from Lee, and Tamed by the Berserkers was totally worth the wait.

Of all the Berserker books, even my all time favorite, Kidnapped by the Berserkers, none of the books have wrung me out the way that Tamed did. Seriously, Tamed totally destroyed each and every single one of my emotions and left me completely empty. Lee just absolutely killed it when it came to this book.

Sorrel is one of the spaewives who was rescued from the Abbey. She was supposed to be mated to Thorsteinn and Vik and even wore their mating marks, but they dropped her off with the unmated spaewives and then went out on a long patrol. After spending a long while there, she was found off the mountain with an empty sling and another spaewife who was unconscious and had a bloody head. Now, she’s about to go on trial for what she’s done, and she has no mates there to protect her since hers abandoned her. But, just in the very nick of time, up come Thorsteinn and Vik ready to save the day and their mate. The guys come up with a plot and life happens.

Of all the heroes in all the Berserker books, I have never outright and flat out disliked one. At least, not until Tamed. I really didn’t like Vik and Thorsteinn in the beginning, and frankly, it took me a long while to warm up to them. It did eventually happen, but it took them a lot to make me forgive them for everything they did. I think Sorrel forgave them before I did.

I really identified with Sorrel for so many reasons. One is that she never really felt like she fit in with the rest of the spaewives at the Abbey. She’d rather be out in a pair of breeches with her bow, hiking through the woods and hunting. She really feels like no one understands her and like no one is there for her. The majority of the other spaewives make fun of her, especially since her mates abandoned her, and her very few friends are either mated or just can’t be there with her all the time. I can totally relate to feeling like you don’t feel like you connect with anyone and that you don’t belong anywhere. I can also relate to feeling abandoned by the people who are supposed to love you, protect you, and keep you safe for the rest of forever. I mean, can you imagine how hard it is for Sorrel to see all of the other orphans mated off happily to their mates while hers have abandoned her? I can’t imagine how heartbreaking and gutwrenching that is. See why I don’t particularly like them at first?

I can’t wait for the next books in this series. I think the next one is Sister Juliet’s story, and that’s going to be a really interesting one to read.

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When Thorsteinn and Vik told the Alphas that Sorrel wasn’t their mate? Yeah, that right there is what made me really not like them. I was only annoyed when it turned out that they left her in the unmated spaewives house, but that? That moved annoyed to dislike. The fact that they took her out and let her blow up things made me start to like them more. I saw that they actually saw her, and they were trying really hard to tame her but not break her.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go check out all of the Berserker books. I love them so much. Happy reading!

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Secret

Renee Rose and Lee Savino, fresh off staring and whispering, have given us another book in their Alpha’s world. This time our focus isn’t on a wolf, we get a big ass grizzly bear and a fox in Alpha’s Secret.

Our main characters are Grizz and Jordy. We’ve met both of them before. Grizz used to work at Fight Club until the wolves found out that he was also working with the vampire King. Jordy we only met for a minute back when she was helping Foxfire and Tank. She’s paying for it now though.

So, Grizz is on a mission. And luckily the King is OK with it, at least for right now. Grizz also works as a bouncer at the vamp’s BDSM club, so he gets to see all the fun and games. He doesn’t quite understand it, but he sees those who like it really liking it. Then, he sees a beautiful little redhead submissive being beaten, and not in a fun way, but a vampire. When Grizz stops it, Benny the Leech gets all pissy about it. Later, Grizz rescues the tiny submissive from yet another evil vamp, Augustine, where he has her locked, naked and shivering, in a cage, going through sub drop. He just can’t leave her there, so he takes her back to his den.

Jordy’s family of fox shifters is paranoid, inbred, and assholes. When she helped outsiders, her family decided that she was a safety risk, so they sold her and Augustine ended up as her “Master”. He mistreated her, neglected her, and allowed her to be harmed. Then, Grizz saves her, and she, for the first time in her life, feels safe, even if he is a big, scary, growly grizzly bear who is growling and grumbling, when he isn’t purring for her.

I’ve always liked Grizz, even when it looked like he was up to something bad. Well, he was up to something and he was keeping secrets, but there was a point to it. But this book made me like him more. He is, however, a huge lying liar who lies through his lying mouth. Now, granted, he’s only really lying to himself, but he’s still a huge fucking liar. That’s ok, as Mulder always said, the truth is out there. And Jordy, AKA Kit, is more than happy to drop some gospel truth on his ass.

A lot of people would look at the submissive personality that is Kit and think that she is weak. In fact, I think that she felt that about herself for a while, but, she is a lot stronger than anyone thinks she is. Submissive doesn’t mean weak. I do think that she’s a great character and I really liked watching her journey through the book and the choices that she decides to make are really interesting and I understood where she was coming from with them.

We do get to see the Tucson pack, at least for a minute or two, and we get to spend a lot of time with the Terrific Trio, Parker, Laurie, and Declan. I really like those guys and I so want to see them get some kind of HEA. They are pretty tightly bonded, so I’m not sure how it would work, but Lee and Rose could come up with something.

I’m really interested to see what’s coming up in the series. I feel like there is more to come with Grizz and Jordy and that their story wasn’t completely told. Not like the book was unfinished, but that there was just more to come, if that makes sense.

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I really like how Grizz figures out that he’s not quite as vanilla as he thought he was and he discovered that he likes a little slap and tickle. Or ropes and spanking, you know, whatever.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check out the entire series. Many of them are in audio as well, so you can listen to them if you want. Happy reading!

Lee Savino & Lili Zander-Draekcon Holiday

Warning, this is not a standalone. It’s basically a slice of life, just a quick check in on everyone on the Prison Planet and how they are doing. If you haven’t read Draekon Rogue yet, go out and read it, and then come back and read Draekon Holiday.

Now that everything has shaken out with the Zorahn, the human women and their Draekon mates are trying to figure out what’s going on. With the beings in the hidden city being so technologically advanced, no one is trapped on the planet anymore. They have figured out ways to get in and out past the asteroid belt, so the women could go back to earth or they could all go out and explore. Or, they could stay on the Prison Planet and raise their families and be happy.

There are all kinds of choices, depending on which triad you are talking to. Each one has their reasons for making the choice that they do, and they all make sense for that particular group.

Before anything happens though, the ladies are going to get together for one last happy hour, and to celebrate Christmas. Well, a day that they have designated as Christmas. I laughed my ass off at the ladies trying to explain Santa Claus to their mates, and how overly protective their mates were. I’m pretty sure that Santa is going to want to avoid that planet as much as he possibly can. He might not make it off the planet to deliver to all the good girls and boys. I wonder if it’s going to be possible to come up with a Draekon friendly version of Santa for the hybrid kids.

This was a lovely little Christmas story, even if it wasn’t exactly Christmas. My one worry is that it seems like it could be the end of the series, but I really hope it isn’t. There are still stories that we haven’t heard from the Prison Planet yet, and there are going to be so many more now that they can get out and start exploring. I hope Lili and Lee aren’t done with the series, even if they aren’t all on the Prison Planet.

No spoilers, because, well, because. It’s a super quick and easy read, so go check it out yourself.

Speaking of Christmas, I will have a post on Christmas Eve. I’ll be reviewing a series from Claire Thompson. I won’t be posting anything for Christmas. I’m going to be spending that day reading, visiting my mom, and playing cards. And probably sleeping.

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