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!

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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.

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Desire

Oh, how I love these ladies. And I adore the worlds that they create individually. The world that they created together is pretty damn awesome too. I’m always looking forward to reading whatever they have coming next. Today, it’s Alpha’s Desire.

So, Desire takes place in Tucson, like most of the other books in this series. Today, we have Jared, who is muscle for Garrett’s pack. He likes to fight and his wolf is pretty violent. He works as a bouncer at Eclipse, which is pretty perfect for him. He also likes to fuck. He’s taken many human women back in the storeroom and enjoyed some up close and personal time with them. But, he hasn’t done that for a while. That’s because he’s obsessed with one human right now, the lovely Angelina.

Angelina is a ballet student at the university in Tucson. Her parents have pushed and pushed her into dance. At this point, she’s not sure if she likes it because she likes it or because her mother made her like it. Her father thinks that she should become a teacher and not try to do anything else. Angelina feels like she’s getting pushed into her parents’ dreams at the expense of her own. The only thing that makes her happy right now is the gogo dancing she does with two of her friends every Saturday night at Eclipse. Angelina went and talked to Garrett and set it up and she choreographed a few routines for the three of them to do. She’s also crushing on one of the hunky bouncers, Jared. When a drunk harasses her one Saturday night, Jared comes to her rescue. She jumps on his shoulder and dances on her shoulder and gets real up and close to Jared, which makes him nuts. That night ends up being really good and then really bad. The good: Jared takes her back into the storeroom and gets her off. The bad: She hits Jared with her car when he’s on his motorcycle.

Jared takes her two friends home and then goes home with her. When she notices how quickly he’s healing, he knows that he’s going to have a problem. He calls Garrett to find out what to do, and he’s told to make sure Angelina gets her memory wiped, but when it comes down to it, Jared can’t do it. Garrett tells him that he has 2 weeks to either figure out is Angelina is his mate or to have her wiped, and he has to stick like Gorilla Glue to her side. The problem with Angelina maybe being his mate? She’s human, and everyone knows that werewolves can’t mate with humans.

OK, here we go. Unlike the other books that have external enemies, there really isn’t that much external pressure and drama in this one. We do have Agent Dune being introduced, and he’s going to be interesting. We also have Angelina’s parents, but they aren’t really the bad guys. I don’t know that I can really point to anyone in this and say bad guy. Instead, all of that pressure and drama comes from Jared and Angelina. It’s all internal as they are trying to figure out who they are and what they want, and how they can fit together. They both have some serious demons that they are trying to fight, and it’s hard to do that, especially when you are trying to fight for a relationship at the same time.

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So, the whole Agent Dune thing. That’s going to be an interesting storyline, I think. I think from Jared’s reaction he’s a shifter of some flavor, but I’m wondering if he was a born shifter and he didn’t know it, like Foxfire and Kylie or if something happened to him and he was turned into a shifter and he’s forgotten it. That’s going to be really interesting to find out.

I love where Jared figured out where to bite Angelina for the mating bite. It shows that he put a lot of thought into the whole situation. He wanted to make sure that she would be fine when it came to her dancing, so I thought that was pretty awesome.

So, that’s all for this one today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Lili Zander & Lee Savino-Draekon Destiny

Lili Zander and Lee Savino have taken us back to the Prison Planet with everyone’s favorite exiles. Today, we have a date with destiny with Draekon Destiny.

OK, hopefully by now we all remember the backstory for the Draekon books. A bunch of human women crash-landed on the planet where the Zorahn send the Draekon for exile. When two Draekon see the woman that they are fated to mate with in a triad, the guys turn into dragons. Once they have completed the mating, the guys can shift whenever.

The stories all feature one particular trio, but they are part of a larger story arc. You could read them as a standalone if you wanted to, but you won’t get as much out of them as you would if you were to read them in order.

So far, all the books we’ve read look at the run up to the mating and finding the HEA. Destiny is different. Instead of looking at a relationship building to an HEA, we find out what happens when the HEA isn’t forever and the relationship breaks.

Our poor Felicity. She’s had a very shitty time of it so far. Her mother died when she was young and her father couldn’t hack it as a parent. So he dumped her off with her aunt, uncle, and cousin. They only saw her as free labor and her cousin actively made Felicity’s life miserable. When she was chosen to go to a new planet, she thought that her life would be better. Then she crashed on the prison planet. That’s where Xan and Lud come into the story.¬†They courted her and wooed her and she thought she had her HEA. Then everything went pear-shaped.

The bad guys got ahold of the pieces they needed for the cloak ship, but they needed someone to pilot it. Because of the asteroid belt around the planet, they needed someone with Draekon reflexes, which means they needed someone mated. Those assholes knew that Lud had a secret and that he had been looking for a communicator. They blackmailed him into helping them and being their pilot so they could all get off the planet. They were fine with Xan going, but since they were assholes, they weren’t about to let Felicity go with. When Felicity finds out what’s going on, she discovers that her guys told the bad guys that they were going to leave with them, and leave her there.

Now, remember, she’s been abandoned and used her entire life, so she’s devastated. These two aliens who have taken over her heart have just used her to become dragons and are now leaving.

We see a lot of this in flashback. Then we also have what’s happening currently. It’s an interesting way to do it, and we can see how each thing that happened affected each of our main characters. Writing different POVs can be hard and then writing those different POVs in present time and flashback must be even harder. Lili and Lee did a really good job of it. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the things we found out in this book are going to impact the things in the next books.

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I couldn’t take sides at all in this one. Everyone was hurting and they were all hurting each other without even meaning to. I think this book is going to be my favorite in the story. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved all of them, and I love building up to the HEA, but I also like finding out what happens after what the HEA was supposed to be and when things get broken.

I can’t wait to find out more about the big find and to see if they are going to find Rahit’vi. Looks like it’s going to be great.

OK, that’s all for today, go look at all the Draekon books and find out what’s going on. Happy reading!

I’ll be taking a break from reviewing tomorrow. I have a busy day coming up tomorrow, but I’ll be right back at it on Monday, and I have some reveal/boost/excerpt type posts coming up tomorrow, so you will still see something from me. Have a great weekend!

Lee Savino-Night of the Berserkers

Lee Savino writes a great menage series about Berserker werewolves. I’ve reviewed them here before. This book takes place in that world, but isn’t a strict part of the current timeline in the overall story, kinda. Lee and a bunch of other authors got together to write a set of books called Night of… They are all RH books, meaning 1 woman and at least 4 male partners. Night of the Berserkers is part of that set.

Now, you might remember back a couple of weeks ago, I posted something about my thoughts as to what made an RH vs. what made a menage. Part of my theory was that as soon as more tools than orifices came into play, it turned into an RH. Ava Sinclair pointed out that she thought of it as the way that the relationship breaks down. In a menage setting, gene, ally everyone’s having sex together, all the time. Not all the time and not always, and it depends on the relationship. But in RHs, generally you are getting a 1-1 encounter and the relationship dynamic is different. The men are all in a relationship with the same woman, but not necessarily in any kind of sexual relationship with each other (even if they aren’t actually doing each other, having sex with the same person at the same time counts as a sexual relationship, in my mind). I’m really interested in what other people think about it.

Anywho, back to the Berserkers. Anyone who has read the series is familiar with Yseult. She is a witch. In fact, she is the witch. She trains Sabine, she helps out the sisters in the original Saga, she helps the Berserkers. She’s sneaky and sometimes a little shady, but I’ve always kind of liked her, so I’m really glad that we get to see a story for her.

Yseult’s witchy sisters have gotten together to send her back to find out what spell was used to bind the Corpse King a thousand years ago so that they can try to bind him again. The only problem? When she gets there, she discovers that her witchy magic is gone. She still has her spaewife innate magic, but not her learned witchy magic. She has no clue how she’s going to figure out what’s going on now.

Meanwhile, back that the ranch… Ok, not a ranch, King Lycaon’s castle, one of his guards has woken from a dream where he sees a woman he doesn’t know but has known forever. Two of the Berserker guards go out on patrol and find Yseult where she is lying asleep in a field. Sadly, they have to take her back to the castle, where she has to be tested so that they can find out if she’s the type of woman that the king likes.

Oddly enough, the day after I finished reading this book, my husband and I were watching some documentary and they talked about King Lycaon. Sadly, I’ve slept since then and all I can remember is that he was king of Arcadia, somewhere in Greece and that he managed to piss off Zeus somewhat spectacularly.

Anyway, 4 of the Corpse King’s guards, Tristan, Ivar, Lars, and Magnus, are incredibly drawn to Yseult. This is especially true for Magnus after she manages to help him control himself. Together, they all decide that they are going to do everything they can to protect Yseult.

This is a great story and I like the way that it adds to the world. I love finding out more about Yseult at all and about her past. I’m not quite sure how it will fit in with the rest of the world and the storyline in general, but I do feel like it advanced it some and I’m eager to see what’s going to happen in the next Berserker books.

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I really don’t have too much to say down here because the book is really short enough that anything else I would say is going to spoil something. So, go pick it up and enjoy it for yourself. Happy reading!

Reverse Harem vs. Menage

In the next couple of months, I’m going to have some reverse harem books coming up, and since I didn’t have any books due today, I thought that I would talk about reverse harems and menages.

We all know what a harem is, right? One man has a lot of women. A reverse harem is, well the reverse. One woman with a lot of guys. One really good example of a reverse harem and a personal favorite of mine is Pearl’s Possession by Lee Savino. It’s part of the Red Petticoat series, which if you haven’t read it, then you totally should read at least Pearl, then the rest of the series. Trust me. Pearl has 5 husbands, and wooohooo, hang on for the ride.

There are several other books and RH series that I’ve read and enjoyed. Laura Jo Phillips has a whole reverse harem series called The Soul-Linked Saga. The first book is The Dracons’ Woman. They are a scifi/PNR/shifter kind of thing. I enjoy the series. Laurell K. Hamilton also writes some paranormal series that have reverse harems in them. Her Anita Blake series has reverse harem in about the last half of the series. Some people got upset with the AB books because they started out one way, but then it turned into soft-core porn and lost the core of the characters. But her Merry Gentry started out with a reverse harem and lots of sex and even more sex. LKH wove a great story into the Merry Gentry series as well as loads of men and loads of sex. I think it may be time for me to reread the series. I haven’t in a long while.

Anyway, what’s the difference between a reverse harem and a menage? Well, menages are typically 2 men and 1 woman (or 1 man and 2 women, depending). A lot of people classify 3+ men as a reverse harem. You’ll see one of those tomorrow, by Felicity Brandon. However, my personal theory is that a woman has three orifices, so once there are more men then orifices, then you start getting into reverse harem, so I debate whether or not 3 is a reverse harem. That’s just my personal view.

I can see the point of people think that 3 is a reverse harem, and maybe my viewpoint will change as I continue to read all the lovely reverse harem books that I’ll be reading over the next few weeks and months. I’m really looking forward to reading them to see if they can change my mind.

So, those are my thoughts on menage and reverse harems. I’ve reviewed a lot of menages on this blog. I’m going to be reviewing a lot of reverse harems. I’m going to worry less about classifying them and more about reading and enjoying them because let me tell you, I’m enjoying the hell out of the ones I’m reading.

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Obsession

Two of my favorite PNR writers have gotten back together and written a new book for their Bad Boy Alphas series. This time, we get Sam’s story in Alpha’s Obsession.

If you can send your mind all the way back to the first book, Alpha’s Temptation, you might remember Sam. He is Jackson’s sidekick and the other member of Jackson’s two-member pack. Sam is just more than slightly crazed, but he spent a lot of years tortured and a lot of time in his wolf, which makes him lose his humanity just a little bit. Now, he’s on a mission of revenge. He wants to help take down the harvesters and everyone behind them. He’s already helped destroy one lab, and now he’s going to destroy another.

Layne is an absent-minded genius scientist. She spends all her time in her lab. She forgets to sleep, to eat, to do just about everything but work on her research. She’s driven because she wants to find a cure for various genetic diseases. The day after she figures out something fascinating about the super-cells that she’s working with, cells that regenerate, replicate, and heal at amazing rates, her boss shows up with a creepy, creepy Latino man. She doesn’t like the way that they are looking at her nor does she like the way that they treat her. Smart, smart woman. Soon after that, a young man who she thinks is a security guard shows up at her lab. She notices him messing around with a computer, and says something to him because no one should be in her lab except for her. He tries to tell her to leave, but he’s stealing her data, and she isn’t about to let that happen, so he takes her with him.

Obviously, that security guard was Sam. He is stealing all that data for reasons and he plans on destroying this lab too. But, all that changes the second that he sees Layne. There’s just something about her that draws him to her.

Alright, you know the drill. I love Layne. She’s one stubborn lady. She keeps trying to escape from Sam in the beginning and is bound and determined to recover her research from him. There are reasons why she is so driven to do the research, but that doesn’t negate the fact that she loves what she’s doing, and she’s going to do everything she can to protect her research. She’s tricksy, and I like tricksy. Sam has always been a favorite of mine. He’s so broken, and that made me really like him. You just know that deep inside him is a place where he wants to be not broken and a place where he wants to just stop fighting and seeking revenge and find a life he can live instead. When he and Layne manage to start figuring stuff out, it’s beautiful. The chemistry between the two of them is amazing, and since this is Renee and Lee, you know that there is spanking and you know that there is seriously hot sex. You probably didn’t expect duct tape though. Duct tape is really handy.

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We get to meet some new shifters and run into a mostly new one again. I’m pretty sure that he is going to be the focus of the next book, which ought to be interesting. It will be the first non-wolf hero we’ve had in this series so far. I hope we get to see more of the other guys. I really liked them, and I would love to see them get their HEAs. After everything they have been through, they really deserve to have their HEAs.

There are some real shockers that happen in this one. Some seriously amazing secrets that I didn’t see coming at all and their revelation made my jaw drop. I mean, whoa! That wasn’t what I was expecting at all, and it was pretty wild.

And Layne? Yeah, that’s going to be interesting, isn’t it? I like the way that it worked out. And now, this is a real spoiler, so watch yourself here. I wonder if her being Alpha is because Sam needs an Alpha sometimes, to help him with his control. Of course, it could just be that she’s a strong person and it translated over and it was a happy accident. There are only two people who know for sure, and they probably aren’t going to tell us because they are mean like that.

Anyway, that’s all for this one. There are always interesting and exciting books to come, so look for those. Meanwhile, happy reading!