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.

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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!

Alien Alphas Part 1

Alien Alphas is an anthology with 23 authors. That means that I’m going to be reviewing a lot of them. If I blogged all of them in one blog, I would get bored and so would you. I endeavor to not bore myself, and I figure if I’m bored, you’re bored. See how that works? Anyway, I’m breaking it into 2 pieces. This first blog will have all the ARCs I got for this one. The second one will be all the other stories which made me go wow. Of all 23 authors in this book, I’ve read all but two of them, so I was really excited to get this one. I was practically drooling over the book when I got it. So, here we go.

Strangeways by Addison Cain 5*

Of all the things that I have to blame Addison Cain for, turning me onto some tentacle porn is one of the weirdest. Or maybe it’s a combo between Addison and Cari Silverwood, whichever, it doesn’t matter, this story was hot. I really enjoyed it and the twists are twisty. I’m hoping that Addison gives us some more out of this universe. Well, after Consumed, and Irdesi Empire, and Alpha’s Control and a surprise that she keeps teasing us about.

But yeah, the sex in this story? Completely out of the galaxy. What girl doesn’t want to get with a cock that can do all the things that Phi’s equipment can do? That bitch Emily is lucky. Well, maybe lucky, but she’s still getting the good dick. I love the whole basis of this story and think that it is an interesting way to do what Phi and his brethern are trying to do.

You may think that you may not have an interest in tentacles, but really, this story will change your mind and make a believer out of you.

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Finding Sitra by Jane Henry 4.5*

OK, first thing I have to say about this story? I love the title. It’s my kind of wordplay. It can be taken in so many, many, many different ways, and once you read it, you’ll see what I mean. (Seriously, go buy this book right now. It’s only 99 pennies, what can go wrong?)

What do you do when you are a big bad space soldier and you go to a brothel only to find out that your dead best friend’s baby sister is the prostitute that you just rented? Well, you tie her down and spank her, of course! What happens when that brothel gets the shit bombed out of it? You end up with Cy and Sitra’s story.

They get their HEA, which is wonderful, but it’s not an easy thing for either of them. They both have a lot of baggage that they have to deal with, which makes it even more satisfying when they get together. So, yay for them, and yay for Jane!

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Sold to the Enemies by Sara Fields 4*

Sara Fields brings us into a whole new scifi world for her offering and I will gladly follow Sara anywhere she wants to go, please and thank you. ūüôā

Aubrie was the leader of Earth’s space forces, right up until she went and attacked a much more technologically advanced force. She may have killed some of them, but her forces were devastated. The men were killed and the women were taken prisoner and dragged off by slavers. She was on the dais being sold when Edogan¬†sees her and decides to buy her himself. After all, as the commander of the forces she attacked, he’s well within his rights to take her and punish her.

One of the things that I like about Edogan is that he’s secure enough as an Alpha to let Aubrie be the strong person she is. he also takes the time to help her figure out what’s going on with her life.

And this is what my head Aubrie looks like, mostly because I think Starbuck is very cool. So, please, let me have this without harshing it, OK?

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Fated Possession by Cari Silverwood 5*

My Cari Silverwood collection is well up into double digits. I think it’s at nearly 20. I’d have to go look. But there’s a really good reason for that. If you’ve read anything of hers, and if you haven’t why not?, you’ll understand.

This story takes place in her Machinery of Desire series. You don’t have to read the series to understand what’s going on in the story, but it does help. It happens at roughly the same time that the last book in that series happens, but doesn’t connect up with that story.

Blue is one of the humans who has been abducted and dragged to Aerthe for one thing. Her blood. Human blood has something that the Mekkers need. When she escapes, she gets caught by Scavs. Sassik is passing by and sees her and sees what’s about to happen to her and decides that he’s going to buy her. Of course, his plan is to buy long enough to find a good owner for her.

This is one of those series that I want the next book as soon as I finish the last book, so having this story to tide me over and give me another look into this world is great.

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Drakeon Rescue by Lee Savino and Lili Zander 4*

Dragons are cool. I love dragons. You love dragons. Everyone loves dragons. Flying and breathing fire, I mean, what more do you really need? So, of course my love extends out to Draekons, Lee and Lili’s alien dragon shifters.

A few months ago, Zorhans landed on Earth and gave the humans some miraculous cures. They also took 10 women back with them. Now, on the worst. day. ever. Dor gets abducted by a spaceship and dragged away.

Tin is a Draekon who has spent a year trapped in hell by evil scientists. They are testing to try to find his mate. Cro is his best friend who isn’t about to give up on finding Tin and rescuing him. When Dor gets taken to the evil scientists’ lair, she’s placed with Tin, and Cro shows up with perfect timing.

The Draekon guys are awesome. They are uber-protective and they are also willing to let Dor do what she is good at without smothering her. While this story does take place during the rest of the Draekon books, it doesn’t connect up with them in any way, shape, or form.

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Under Contract by Jaye Peaches 4.5*

Remind me never to break a contract anywhere where Jaye can see me. Or maybe, remind me to do that, if she’ll arrange someone like Brax to come get me, because damn. This story gave me the screaming thigh sweats. I mean, dayum. This story is pretty heavy on the BDSM and sex aspects, so be aware of that, and prepare appropriately.

Brax is an extraction specialist. He gets a contract and goes in and extracts women from suboptimal situations, then takes them back to his facility and rehabilitates them. Kleo’s guardian has contacted Brax to go extract Kleo from another planet, rehabilitate her (read make her submissive again), and bring her back. Kleo ran away because she doesn’t like her “guardian’s” plans for her. I wouldn’t either. What no one told Brax is that she’s a human who has been trained with some very particular skills. Skills that affect her rehab.

Brax is a super intense alpha. And dayum, his junk? Yeah, he’s got some good junk going on. I love how cherished he makes Kleo feel and how he changes how she feels about herself.

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Her Zandian Masters by Renee Rose. 5*

Horny, purple, horned aliens. The don’t have one eye, they don’t fly unless they are in a flying ship, but they do eat women. (Snerk) I love the Zandian universe. A lot. Thank you, Renee Rose.

Eslyn is one of the few Zandian women left in the entire universe. We originally met her back in one of the full length Zandian stories. She and her “mates” were left on Zandia when it was attacked, and they spent 15 long years as the only Zandians that they knew of, along with their kids. When other Zandians came to where they were, her “mates” tried to kidnap the other woman and kill the man with her. Eslyn, those men, and her young were all brought back to the royal pod for Prince Zander to judge.

He decides that she should be rehabilitated and chooses the three men who have been guarding her to do it. Granit, Laake, and Damon have been best friends and brothers for the majority of their lives, and are almost like one organism with three bodies instead of three separate beings. It makes sense for them to share a mate.

Generally, Renee doesn’t write menage in this series, because it turns out big purple horned aliens also tend to be somewhat possessive. However, it really works in this case, and it is hot af. The guys are awesome and caring, and they go out of their way to show Eslyn how much she matters. Totally awesome.

I know this isn’t what the Zandians look like, but I love this picture anyway, so here you go.

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The Ghost in the Stars by Sophie Kisker 4.5*

This is an intro to a new universe by Sophie Kisker, and I can tell it’s going to be hot as fucking fuck. Because damn, this one was amazing. I can’t wait for more of this universe so that I can get to enjoy everything. By everything, I mean all the books and stories, of course.

Siridian is off flying in space by himself when he runs across a ship just floating around. While he waits to get permission to get in and go salvage it, he has the feeling he should just go in and do it, so he does. When he’s there, he finds a dead body and Keelie. Keelie is a human nectar slave who was abducted from a past Earth and dragged into the future to serve the men of Anteros and their addictions.

Siridian has experienced nectar slaves before and he wants nothing to do with this one. He feels guilty about things that weren’t under his control, and he wants to just get rid of her. However, he keeps having a nagging feeling in the back of his mind. Keelie keeps hearing voices and when she tries to tell Siridian about it, he just gets angry and ends up punishing her. Turns out, he should’ve listened to her.

The ideas behind this world are filthy and obscene, which are two of my favorite words when it comes to my reading material. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the ‘verse grows and expands.

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So, I had a migraine yesterday and got behind yesterday, and I’m in recovery mode today, which means I’m still a smidgeon behind. The second half of Alien Alphas will be up on Sunday, and the other blog that was supposed to get posted today will be up tomorrow. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Lee Savino-Berserkers

So, yeah, I may or may not have reviewed one or two of Lee’s books here. (Spoiler, definitely did, and more than 2). This time I’m looking at one of her series, or maybe it’s two series, or one total series with two branches. Enh, doesn’t really matter how it’s classified, it’s all about Berserkers anyway.

Way back when, the Vikings had berserker warriors. When these guys went into battle, they were in a kind of trance. They would go into battle without any kind of armor and no one was safe from them and their frenzied fury. There are stories in the various sagas of the berserkers turning into animals during the battle.

Lee has taken the stories and legends of the berserker warriors and turned it into a great set of paranormal romances.

Here’s the basic story. Many years ago, a Viking king wanted to have the best warriors possible. To do that, he had a witch cast a spell over some of his men. The spell that she cast over them turned them into wolves. They also ended up with a 3rd form, the beast. The beast is the berserker form of the Berserkers. When they are in that form, they will rage and kill everyone and everything that is in their view. As they get older, it’s easier for them to fall into being the beast. In order to fight the beast as much as possible, the Berserkers have formed warrior bonds to each other as pairs, inside the larger bonds of the pack. As a pack, they are all connected to each other and they can talk to each other inside their heads. Warriors who have bonded as brothers have a deeper bond and can talk to each other in their heads.

The Berserkers were given information by a witch that if they found a mate, they would be able to control the beast. They were also told what women to look for. The women are called spaewives.

For grins and giggles, I looked up the word spaewives as I was writing this. I wondered if Lee made up the word or not. The word is real, it comes from Scotland and primarily means a prophetess, witch, or fortune teller. Lee also describes them as hedge witches, so that works out well. Makes sense that it comes from Scotland since the stories take place in Alba, which is ancient Scotland.

At the beginning of the Berserker Saga, there are 2 packs. Each pack is ruled by bonded pair of warriors, who are the Alphas. One of the pair is more Alpha than the other. One pack is lead by Samuel and Daegan and the other is ruled by Ragnvald and Maddox. Protip: Hit that link and read the whole saga all at once because there are also bonus extras in it.

The spaewives in the first 5 books are a set of sisters. Brenna, Sabine, Muriel, and Fleur. The sisters have their books in that order. Brenna was attacked by a wolf years before and cannot really speak. Sabine has some skill as a healer.  Muriel and Fleur are twin sisters.

Alright, each sister gets their mate, but that leaves a whole lot of Berserkers without any mates. Because their Alphas are under control, the rest of the pack are more under control, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need their own mates. Luckily, or maybe not quite so luckily, in Fleur’s story, a convent full of spaewives is found, and all the Berserkers go raid it to get their own mates, which leads to the Berserker Brides series.

In Fleur’s story, we get to find out about that convent because she is chased by the grey men who are minions of the Corpse King, the uber-bad guy. He has been taking the spaewives as necessary to power him up.

The Berserker Bride storyline is all about the various Berserkers getting their brides and fighting for them. Each story has its own HEA, but they are all connected together in a broader sense. I, personally, wouldn’t read any of these books as a stand-alone, and especially not the newest one, Berserker Babies, which is a small look into the lives of the sisters and where they are standing as the fight against the big bad progresses.

I would suggest that you go read them, starting with the box set and go through the Berserker Brides. They are all pretty quick, easy reads, with some seriously hot wolf shifters. The women are all very strong characters in their own right, and nothing causes that to change. They are still strong women even when they are submitting to their mates. The majority of the books are menages, with Fleur’s book having 3 guys, and the first Berserker Bride book only having 1. I reread them fairly often when I’m looking for something that is hot, quick, and dirty. So, go check them out!

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Lee Savino & Lili Zander- Draekon Abduction

Do you like dragon shifters? I like dragon shifters. Today, we have a lot of dragon shifters. Thank you, Lee and Lili.

So, we’re back on the prison planet. Draekon Abduction starts right after the crash. Unlike the previous 3 books, we’re dealing with a different group of human women and Draekons. In the first book, Viola, Harper, Sophia, and Ryanna were rescued by the group of Draekons¬†led by Arax and Nyx. When the guys first saw Viola, they knew that she was their mate. They turned into dragons, and then took her away. Harper, Sophia, and Ryanna were out trying to find food and water and were rescued by Viola and her mates. When they went back to the ship to get the other women, they were gone, taken by another group of Draekon.

This book starts the batch of stories about Olivia, Paige, Felicity, May,¬†and Bryce. These women were rescued by another pair of Draekons, Liorax¬†and Zunix. The second they see Olivia they shift into dragons, so they know that she’s their mate. While they are still in their dragon form, they fly the women as close to their camp as possible. Before they get to the camp, they land, shift back into humanoid form, and tell the women that they are going to be a very precious commodity. When they get to the camp, a whole bunch of dragons all of a sudden appear. Everybody has a mate, except for Bryce. But that’s OK, Olivia makes up for it, another pair turn into dragons and say that they are her mates. They are hereafter known as Fox and Hare. Mostly because I think it’s hilarious. That’s what Olivia kept calling them in conversation. Fox and Hare are douchelords and up to no good.

Zunix, Liorax, and Olivia are all keeping secrets. For all that Olivia acts like a big boobed ditz, she’s actually a very, very smart woman and a member of the CIA. She’s there to go to Zoraht and spy on the Zorahns. Zunix was an assistant spymaster, so pretty much the same kind of thing that Olivia is. Secrets are their lives, and they don’t even let their right hand consider knowing what their left had is doing. Liorax isn’t a spymaster, but he doesn’t want a mate. He had a bond mate once and she betrayed him. However, he wants to keep Olivia away from Hare, so he agrees to court her. There are all kinds of motivations going on between the 3 of them. It’s lovely. I love all the levels of secrecy.

On top of those secret, Dariux, who wants to think that he’s the leader of the village, is also a spymaster and he is up to something. Fox and Hare are up to something too, something completely different. Then other strange things start to happen.

So, here we go. Each Draekon book becomes my favorite, just as soon as I read it. It doesn’t matter how much I liked the one before it, I like the new one best. The series is getting better and better, which is a yay. There’s a lot of intrigue and conspiracy in this book. That makes it a little more complex than the other books are, I think. However, I have a feeling that they are going to stay a little more on the complex side. If hot sex, menage, hot guys, and intrigue work for you, go check this one out.

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OK, we pretty much always knew who Raiht’vi was, but the reveal of who may be looking for her? Oh, holy fuck. That’s a major game changer. I don’t know what that’s going to mean for the next book, but I can’t wait for it to come out. I just know it’s going to take too long to come, especially since Lee is a very busy lady and she is in the midst of a personal expansion project.

On the end, I’m wondering how certain things are going to work out now. I kind of expect Olivia and her mates to end up as part of leadership now, since they are very tricksy and very smart. Arax is pretty smart and he’s going to use everything at his disposal right now, especially with all the latest bombs.

OK, that’s all for today. Tomorrow we have some twisted fairy tales coming up, so stay tuned! Meanwhile, happy reading!

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Challenge

So, two of my favorite authors and frequent fliers are back. In fact, Renee Rose is such a frequent flier, this is her second appearance on my humble little blog this week. But today¬†is all about their fourth entry in their Bad Boy Alphas shifter series. Although, since Tank is a beta could it still be part of the Alpha series? Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. Onwards and upwards.

So, Alpha’s Challenge. This story, timeline-wise, overlaps the previous 2 stories. While the action is taking place in Mexico, Tank is home in Tucson, dealing with potential loose ends. This potential loose end is named Foxfire. Great name, right?

So, Foxfire is Amber’s best friend. If we remember, Amber is Garrett’s mate, is psychic, and gets taken to Mexico with him to find his sister. But first, they have a seiously shitty first day, which Foxfire has to go save Amber from. At one point, Foxfire yells at Garrett that she doesn’t care about his Werewold gang, he had just better not hurt her best friend or else. Since she’s walking out of Amber’s house at the time and Amber knows that Garrett and his friends are actually shifters and she isn’t supposed to tell anyone, Garrett thinks that Amber told Foxfire. That means wen he has to go to Mexico, he sends Tank to talk to Foxfire.

I think that Foxfire might be my favorite heroine in this series, thus far. She walks to the beat of her own drummer. She has rainbow colored hair. She’s fiesty, and fierce, and protective. She’s also just out of a really shitty relationship. When Tank shows up, she gets all hot and bothered over him, because why not? He’s hot and the sex was crap with Benny boy. Tank talks to her and finds out that she thinks that Werewolves is the name of their motorcycle club, not that she knows they are shifters. But, just when his job could be over, he finds he can’t leave her. There’s just something about her that makes him want to stay. However, Foxfire isn’t down for that plan. She’s going to do what she can to get away. One of my favorite paragraphs in the book deals with one of her plans to get away.

“I chuckle at my own joke while Tank looks longingly at the door. Poor guy, stuck with me. I didn’t go to college, but I’ve mastered the art of annoying people.” Go ahead, tell me that’s not just a fucking awesome paragraph. Kudoes to whichever talented lady came up with that.

Anyway, this is where we are going to go our separate ways. You can read this one as a stand-alone, if you would like. You will be more enjoyment of it if you read the whole series in order though, because you will understand the background better. Each story is its own complete story, but there is an overarching story arc that each story builds on. The sex is hot, the chemistry between the two is even hotter. And I love Sunny. So, go check this one out.

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OK, there is one twist that I thought wouldn’t it be interesting if…, and then it turned out that yes, it was, and it really was interesting. Sorry, that’s all the more hint you are getting as to this particular spoiler, because I don’t want to ruin it. You will be happier if you go read it yourelf and see if you can figure it out.

Sunny is a hoot and a half, and just totally what you think of when you think hippy. And her plain talk about Tank and Foxfire’s sex life is just to die for. I wouldn’t really want to do yoga with her though.

While they get their HEA, there are some things that are really upsetting and made me a little mad and a little sad. However, Tank pulled his head out of his arse, so it’s OK and it worked out, over all. So, yay.

OK, go read the book, you’ll love it, especially if you love hot sex and hotter Alphas. We’re going to have a post on Isabella Starling’s latest story later this evening, and I have one waiting for Livia Grant’s book to go live, hopefully soon. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Prize

Renee and Lee are at it again. Once again they have pulled us into their world of hot Alpha shifters and the women who are their mates. This time, we are getting the story of Carlos and Sedona. A good chunk of Alpha’s Prize takes place at the same time as Alpha’s Danger does. If you can cast your mind back to that story, you’ll remember that it’s about Garrett and his mate Amber, who also happens to be psychic. When Garrett’s sister Sedona goes missing, he takes Amber to Mexico to try to find her.

Still casting your mind back, remember that Sedona was kidnapped by a shifter on the Mexican beach. She was then sold to another group who dragged her to their home. That group was the Monte Lobo pack. Fun fact, Monte Lobo means Wolf Mountain in Spanish, which you may or may not already have known, so maybe less of a fun fact, but whatevs.

Those pendejos were el consejo¬†of the Monte Lobo pack. They are a council of elders and have been ruling the pack while Carlos has been in the US going to school. Those fuckwads are led by Don Santiago, who is also a relative of Carlos. They are very not nice guys and have been running the pack for their own glory and benefit. When Carlos comes home from college after graduation, they use him as a puppet Alpha. He wants to make changes, but el consejo¬†keeps putting him off. Fun fact #2, in the FB groups, the question was asked whether or not it was bad to want Carlos to kill the council. The overwhelming answer to that question was that it wasn’t bad to want that to happen.

The council has locked Sedona in a cell. Not only is she naked, she’s chained to a bed. The council brings Carlos down to see the wonderful prize they secured for him. Then they locked him in the cell with her. So, here we have a hot Alpha male and a hot Alpha female who just happens to be fertile, and it’s the full moon when shifters tend to be really randy anyway. The pendejos want for Carlos to impregnate Sedona at the very least. The Monte Lobo pack is severely inbred, and they need the new blood. If Carlos doesn’t make Sedona his mate, then the council wants her to be a broodmare for everyone. Brood wolf? If Carlos does claim Sedona, that’s almost as good, the council thinks he can just keep her pregnant.

So, we know that Garrett and his dad rushed to rescue Sedona. What we didn’t know until this book is that Carlos sent Juanito to set her free so that she could go to her family. He felt bad what the council did to her, even if he doesn’t feel bad about mating her. So, he lets her go. I think he was also doing it for the good of his pack since Garrett and her dad’s packs would’ve ripped the Monte Lobo pack to bits and pieces and then pissed on the bits and pieces.

OK, so this is where we separate if you want to stay spoiler-free. I love this series, and each one is better than the last. Renee and Lee write some spectacular scenes apart, but when you put the two of them together, they must egg each other on, because the scenes are even hotter. This book has one of the sexiest sex scenes I’ve read and considering that you guys know what I read, that’s saying something. This one is a bit darker than the other books, in my opinion, mostly because of the fact that it deals with the capture of Sedona. There is some very hot spanking and punishment. In fact, I wonder if I could borrow Carlos for a few hours, because hot. I’m looking forward to the next book, which involves Amber’s friend and a member of Garrett’s pack. Promises to be good, and with a heroine named Foxfire, I’m betting colorful too.

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When you read the book, you’ll get the reference to mangos. I don’t even like mangos all that much, and that particular scene made me want to get to know mangos better, because dayum. I may or may not have¬†gone back to reread it. Hell, who are we kidding, we all know what that means. You’ll probably want to go back and reread it too. Pro tip: highlight it which will make it much easier to find.

I suspected Santiago of being the dickhole that he was, but I didn’t think he was as big a dickhole as he was until he turned out to be. OK, strange sentence, but you get the point. I expect he’ll be back through in books to come. I mean, he has to be, right?

I love that Carlos worked hard to not just jump on Sedona and make her decisions for her when he found her in Europe. Of course, he had to follow her there, but still. He did let her go out and make her decisions and live her life, which she’s never been able to do. Even when they are together in Europe, he works hard on wooing versus going all cave-Alpha on her. But, he does use the fire he gets from her to clean house, which is yay.

OK, that’s all I have for today. Everyone go out and buy some mangos, just in case you feel inspired after you read this one. Tomorrow, we have a Jaye Peaches book, To Hold You. Meanwhile, happy reading!