Anna Wineheart-Burning For My Prince

While I’ve talked about MM Omegaverse on here before, I don’t think that I’ve really featured one. Well, I figured that it was just about time to rectify that issue, and I’m starting with Anna Wineheart, Burning For My Prince, and the Men of Meadowfall. Anna is one of my top three MM Omegaverse authors. Piper Scott’s His Command books were the first MM O-verse books I read, then I got into Susi Hawke, who has shifter and non-shifter books. There are a whole lot of others that I like to read, but Anna, Piper, and Susi are my holy trinity, if you will.

So, Anna’s Men of Meadowfall books. The series is made up of a bunch of interconnected novels. They all take place in the same town, and you run into the same people over and over, but each story is a standalone, and if you haven’t read the ones before, you aren’t going to be lost. Anna guarantees an HEA. She doesn’t guarantee an easy journey to get there though. Her stories have a lot of love and passion, but there is also angst and sadness. But, all of that has a place in the story. She’s not just putting you through it to put you through it, you know? Her books cover a lot of the tropes, so whether you like step-brothers, second chances, age gaps, or teacher and student, you can find it in there.

Burning For My Prince takes place in Meadowfall, but it’s technically a spinoff from the Men of Meadowfall main series and the first book in the Meadowfall Firefighters series. So, yeah, there are going to be smexy firefighters.

Burning has a secret baby as well as a kinda second chance, and an age gap going on. It seems like that would be a whole lot, but it’s really not, and it all fits so well.

Perry has a beautiful 4 year old son named Caleb. His Alpha father knows nothing about him though, because Perry is several years older than him, and the one night that they were together, Perry wore a mask over his face, so the man he was with doesn’t even know who he was. All the Alpha knew was that they had been talking online for a long time, developed a relationship, and that Perry, known as FrogPrince, offered to share his heat. That was 5 long years ago, and Perry still wants York, the man who fathered his child, but doesn’t even know who Perry or their child are.

York has been nursing a broken heart for years. He loved FrogPrince, but after one magical night together, Prince disappeared from his life. They didn’t talk online anymore, nothing. In fact, at the end of each of his videos, York asked for FrogPrince to get in touch with him, until he did and he told York that he was fine and to just leave him alone. Since then, York has closed himself off to love, and he’s never going to have anything to do with any Omega ever again. But, of course, the best laid plans of mice and men…

In this case, the best laid plans were knocked awry by a fuckmachine called The Boyfriend and a falling bathtub. Perry created The Boyfriend and was testing it in the bathtub, when it fell into the apartment below him, which just happened to be the apartment where York just moved to. Yup. Knocked seriously fucking awry.

I love the way that York and Perry connect in this story. We know all the things, but neither York nor Perry do, so we get to see them discover those things. I love watching their relationship form and grow, and mature into what it ends up as.

There is a lot of humor in here, and I will never ever look at snakes and honey the same way again. EVER.

All of the Men of Meadowfall books are in KU, so you can go read them all pretty easily.

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Oh, the vibrator. Oh my stars and garters, the vibrator. I don’t know whether to be jealous or sorry for them, but damn, it’s so fucking hot.

OK, that’s all for this one. Happy reading!

Alice Winters-The Hitman’s Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love

Oh my ducklings, have I got the most wonderful treat for you today. It is the most ridiculously wonderful and wonderfully ridiculous book I have read in a while. I was initially attracted to it because of the title, I mean, The Hitman’s Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love, what’s not to like about that? But once I started reading, I just couldn’t put it down. I laughed until I cried more than once. My poor long-suffering husband gave me funny looks. I’m definitely going to have to read more Alice Winters if this is the way that all her books are.

Leland is known as the Sandman. He’s a notorious hitman, and he always leaves a little note with his kills. Right now, he’s staking out a house so that he can kill a scummy human trafficker. Then, he sees a guy jump over a fence, get his pants caught on the fence, and dangle, bare-assed, for the world to see. Leland pretty much decides he’s in utter love, right then and there. So, he does what any self-respecting assassin does, and leaves a love note on his car.

Jackson is a very by-the-books PI. He was in the military and now he has his own PI agency. Right now, he’s trying to find the guy who is a terrible human trafficker. The father of one of the girls that want missing hired him. Jackson also works with the police, when he can, and the local police chief is his friend, in fact he sees him as a father figure. So, when he goes down to his car and sees a note from the Sandman, the first thing he does is talk to Henry. He tells him that he thinks he might have a lead on the scuzzball, and then shows him the note. Henry warns him about the Sandman and says he might be a target. Well, he totally is a target, but Leland doesn’t want to shoot him with his gun, if’n you know what I mean.

Leland and Jackson are so funny together. Jackson works so hard to ignore Leland no matter what. Leland just flirts heavily with Jackson. Of course, his way of flirting involves doing things like shooting a soda can sitting next to Jackson when they are both on a stakeout or breaking into the backseat of Jackson’s car, surprising him and sticking his finger in Jackson’s ear. Leland is really like that 10 year old kid who likes you, but he isn’t quite sure how to let you know, so he’s just terribly awkward and over the top. But funnier. Much funnier. So much funnier.

Of course, this book isn’t all fun and games. There are serious bits. People get hurt. Things happen. There’s a bad guy who has to be stopped. There’s a relationship to build and vacuum cleaners to kill.

I just loved this book so much, and I’m really hoping that there are going to be more in the series, because it really was a perfect mix of humor, love, action, suspense, ridiculousness, and wonderfulness. Just a great book. I’m going to have to check into more Alice Winters books to see if this is her typical touch, because if it is, I’m going to enjoy myself a lot.

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OMG, the family reunion is just soooooo funny. Jackson’s mom really got what she deserved there. I never liked her, the bitch.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check it out. I guarantee that you will laugh. Happy reading!

Lucy Lennox-King Me

I honestly don’t know why I haven’t featured Lucy Lennox on here before. I totally should’ve, I love her books. King Me is the 7th, I think, book in her Forever Wilde series. I first met the Wildes when I won a copy of Hudson’s Luck¬†from May Archer. Now I own most of the Forever Wilde books and all but one of them in audio. They are totally awesome. Full of all kinds of love and family and all that good stuff.

Here’s the basics of the series. In a little town called Hobie TX, there is a family called the Wildes. There’s Grandpa and Doc, Weston and Liam, respectively. They had four children. Their son Bill, had 10, yes 10, kids, 6 of whom are male. And at the beginning of this book, 4 of whom are all in happy relationships with the men of their dreams. If you want to read the most amazingly beautiful love story I have ever read, I recommend that you go read Wilde Love. It’s Grandpa and Doc’s story, and it made my Grinchy heart grow two sizes.

Anyway, out of those 10 kids that Bill and his wife had, we have King. He’s the middle child, and left Hobie to go to Paris and the Sorbonne. Since then, he rarely goes home. His siblings are all pretty sure that he’s some kind of super-spy, Texas’s version of 007. And that’s what I thought too. Then, I read this book. Instead of being a super-spy, King is one of the best art thieves in the world. While he was at the Sorbonne, he fell with a very bad man, who took advantage of the wonderful person that King was, and then started a relationship with him and trained him to be the thief that he turned out to be. Then, that asshole fucked King over, and left him at a job to take the fall.

That’s where we meet Dirk Falcon, who is not a ’70’s porn star, no matter what his name sounds like. He is an FBI agent who works with Interpol as part of their art theft squad. He gets to the place where King has been left tied up, and he sees King as a victim, because King was working really hard to make himself appear to be so.

Two years later, King is still breaking and entering and snatching art. But, he’s also leaving said stolen goods at the places he just broke into, along with detailed notes about how he did it and suggestions about how to beef up security. Falcon is now chasing him, because he knows that King is the thief, but he can’t pin anything on King.

This book turned into a huge heist story. I love heist stories. I mean, I watch all the Oceans movies over and over because I love how all the plans work. The Italian Job? Yes, please, and for more reasons than the fact that Jason Statham is in it, but that doesn’t hurt. The perfect heist story is a thing of beauty and a joy forever. Let me tell you, this is definitely a thing of beauty and I will find joy in it forever. I love how the pieces come together to turn into this whole big thing, and how you don’t see all the little pieces and tricks until after the heist has been accomplished and they show you everything.

I really like the interplay with King and Falcon. I kind of think of them as a dual star solar system. They are attracted to each other because of the gravity each exerts, and that gravity keeps them together. They orbit each other and finish each other. OK, maybe my metaphor fell apart a little bit, but I think that you get the idea.

I think that King and Falcon are both good men, who each have their own moral codes. Of course, those codes don’t necessarily intersect all that much, but you know, it works. I think that they are really good for each other, and I hope they have a lovely long life together.

I do have to say that I was totally shocked when I found out that King wasn’t a super-spy but was an art thief. All I could think was what would Doc and Grandpa say? I mean, the Wildes are all so law abiding and all. It was a total, utter, and absolute shock. But, you know it really worked well. Knowing Doc and Grandpa though, I think they may know a little more than we think that they know. They are almost psychic. And I think that King should be really happy his favorite sister is a lawyer.

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Ugh. Falcon’s boss is literally the very, very worst. I mean, ugh. She can just go sit on a tack. A really big, really sharp, super pointy tack.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out. Happy reading!

Hank Edwards & Deanna Wadsworth-Murder Most Lovely

Murder Most Lovely by Hank Edwards and Deanna Wadsworth is what happens when you replace Jessica Fletcher with a gay mortician/coroner, move from Maine to Michigan, and introduce a cat named Mr. Pickles Furryton. And we can’t forget Michael’s grandfather, the aging womanizing former mortician and coroner who loves him some manhattans while trying to peek at murder scenes.

I have to say, right off, that I definitely enjoyed this more than I ever loved any Murder, She Wrote episode. Jessica Fletcher was always a little too wholesome for me. OTOH, there is much less wholesomeness in this story, but a whole lot more wacky ridiculousness.

Michael loves mysteries. He has a favorite author, Russell Withingham, who writes the Brock Hammer books. And it’s just Michael’s luck that the literary festival in his little town just happened to be able to get him in for a signing. So, on the rainy morning that was the first day of the festival, Michael grabs his umbrella and the first 10 books in the series, and stands in line to get them signed. While he’s waiting, he nearly pokes the eye out of the gorgeous man behind him, who then offers to hold the umbrella for him.

Gorgeous man’s name is Jazz Dilworth, which Michael thinks sounds like a name straight out of a Brock Hammer book, and he’s a stylist at the local beauty parlor. And oh yeah, he’s Russell’s ex-husband, and it wasn’t a pretty divorce, as evidenced by the huge fight that Jazz and Russell get into.

Russell really is a douchebag of douchebaggian proportions. I think that Jazz is well shut of him. I mean, seriously. He had a habit of sticking his dick into just about any hole he could, as often as he could, whether or not he was married. It’s just obvious as the story goes on how pathetic he is.

I love the chemistry between Jazz and Michael from the very second that they start talking to each other. They are so sweet and wonderful together. It’s a medium burn story, which works really well for these two. We really get to watch them build their relationship and friendship up, and we definitely get to see how much Jazz cares for Michael, and how he’s willing to take care of him when necessary.

Russell’s PR man Norbert was an asshat and just a creepy mccreeperson from the very start. I never liked him, and then I ended up liking him less, if that’s at all possible. Well, it must be, because that’s what happened.

I really enjoyed this one, if you can’t tell. Mysteries are one of my fallbacks, so this one was perfect. I’m really hoping that this is the first in an ongoing series starring Jazz and Michael. The book says that it’s Case One, so I’m really hoping that they stay the main focus of each book, along with their friends, who are all fun.

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The drug dealer angle seemed a little weird to me. It seemed almost like a tacked on aspect. I mean, I liked how the way that the overall mystery worked, but I think that the chapter that was from the POV of the dealers was just totally random.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go read it and enjoy yourself. Happy reading!

Claire Marta & Summer Stanton-Bane

Claire Marta and Summer Stanton got together and wrote a lovely, intense book that is full of all the feelz and not more than a little bit of angst. Bane is the first book in a new PNR series (NOT PBR like I wrote first, lol). The series looks like it’s going to involve a fairly hefty dose of BDSM of all shapes and flavors. I’m not sure if the next book is going to be Mm, but this one is. There are several existing relationships, Mm, Ffm, and Fm, so I don’t know where it’s going to go, but I’m excited for the ride. There is only one single person who shows up in the book, so maybe he’ll be next?

Bane is a werewolf with one huge issue. Actually, the dude has subscriptions, but right now only one of those issues is the big problem. He can’t shift. He can’t even feel his wolf. Six months ago, he went through a horrific trauma, and by horrific, I mean HORRIFIC, and since then, he’s been left unable to shift at all. His pack and his Alpha, Liam, have tried everything they can to help him, but it’s only getting worse. So, they decide to send him to Mistress Mystic and her club for some therapy. Her club is the paranormal world’s best BDSM club, and they do some therapy, or they have in the past, and Liam has decided that this is going to be the best therapy for Bane. I am not entirely sure why Liam thinks this, Bane is pretty damn vanilla at the beginning, but one does not doubt Alphas, right? Pfft.

Adam is a vampire who doesn’t have a permanent sub. He is the club manager, demos, and DMs as necessary. Mystic has tapped him to be Bane’s temporary Dom, to help Bane heal so that he can get his wolf back and be himself again. Adam isn’t all that happy with the job, but he owes Mystic and they are pretty much BFFs. So, he does it. Of course, he has no clue what he’s getting himself in for.

Bane and Adam are like oil and water at the beginning. Bane, being an Alpha werewolf has a hard time with the idea of submitting. He’s a jerk and he kink-shames people, not necessarily to their faces, except to Adam, but definitely does that. He doesn’t understand BDSM, he’s not overly happy to be there, and he’s really unhappy with the particular activity that Mystic and Adam think would work for him.

I get why Bane is being a jerk, at least part of it. Submitting isn’t easy, especially when you are at the top of the heap. He’s also terribly and tragically broken, and he blames himself for it all. He holds himself responsible for the world, which isn’t easy, and he doesn’t particularly like himself. You put all that together and you get someone who is hurting so badly that he just can’t even focus. And because he hurts so badly, he’s angry. It’s easier to be angry than it is to hurt. It’s also easier to want to make other people hurt because you feel like if you can make them hurt, then you are going to hurt a little less. Of course, it never really works that way, but it feels good in the moment. When it comes to the kink-shaming thing, it’s really easy to dismiss or make fun of something that you aren’t familiar with or don’t understand, and that’s what Bane does. Of course, Adam, being his Dom, isn’t going to let him get away with that.

Adam, him I like from the very beginning. He’s a good man. He’s a patient man. He may be an exacting and stern Dom, but he is not harsh. He doesn’t want to truly break Bane. You know, break him in a never going to be fixed totally harmed kind of way, not break him in a good way and make him cry and put him back together kind of way. There is a difference. He may want to hurt Bane, but he doesn’t want to harm him. And he only wants to hurt Bane in a way that will bring both of them a lot of pleasure. Adam has his own issues too, and he’s done what he can to make his life happy and contented. I, personally, think that he’s not dealt with a lot of the issues, but that’s just my personal opinion on the matter. He’s still a good man who wants to watch out for people around him and has created a family that he loves and who love him.

One of those family members is Elias, and Adam calls him Imp, which I’m pretty sure suits him perfectly. I can’t wait to see more of him, because he’s just so damn cute. Smart too.

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I can’t stand Liam. How you gonna send someone to a BDSM club for therapy and not tell them all the truth? Liam needs to die by burning in a pit of hellfire and lava. I’d be more than happy to arrange it. And you just know that he didn’t do a damn thing to try to help Bane at all. Just the way that he acted when he showed up proved that. And that was really fucking rude too.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check this out! Happy reading!

Claire Thompson-Castaways

You remember how I said that I would be featuring more Claire Thompson? Well, here you go. Castaways isn’t out for Kindle yet, but it is in paperback and the Kindle version is on pre-order and it will show up on your Kindle 2/3. This is different from the other stuff I’ve blogged about from Claire, because this one is vanilla-ish. Yes, she does write vanilla. I qualify it with the -ish because there is some fairly mild power exchange stuff going on, but that could just be because of the nature of the relationship between the guys.

So, here’s the story. Sam is an up and coming artist from NYC. He’s been working really hard to get ready for a big show, and his last one was wildly successful. His friend, Tim, who is also the gallery owner has given him a ticket for a Caribbean cruise. Sam has been spending a lot of time looking at the ocean and taking pictures so that he can remember the light.

Donovan is two years out of law school. He’s an associate at a high powered law firm. His father is a lawyer who helped him get this place, and he’s always pushed Donovan to do better, be better, yadda, yadda, yadda. He’s getting ready for his first big case, but he’s decided that he needs a vacation before his big case because he’s fighting burnout. One night, he bumps into Sam on deck as Sam is looking at the sea.

That chance meeting doesn’t seem like it would be anything, and it probably woudn’t be, if the ship they were on didn’t catch fire and sink that night. Donovan gets swept overboard by a huge wave and the current catches him and sweeps him away from everyone else. Sam gets knocked down and ends up a little out of it and all the lifeboats leave without him. Luckily he finds one last life raft, but he goes the same way as Donovan and fortuitously picks him up, where they find themselves floating further and further away from everyone else and on to their very own deserted island.

Now, this could be considered a first time gay novel, but I think to classify it that way would be a disservice to the book. There is so much more to it than just one guy finding out that he’s attracted to another guy and trying to deal with it. For one thing, Sam doesn’t identify as gay. He doesn’t identify with any label, really. There is a really beautiful passage where he talks about liking men and women and what attracts him to either. He says that he’s attracted to people, but that he emotionally connects with men. I love that whole section because it shows how much time and thought that Sam has put into who he is. It’s not easy to figure all that stuff out at the best of times and being alive is a continuity and you aren’t going to be the same person today as you are a year from now or you were a year ago, so putting a lot of time and energy into figuring yourself out is totally awesome. I love that Claire gives Sam the space to be that person. You don’t see a lot of characters like that, and I really would like to. Donovan is really interesting. He is really confused about what’s going on and his feelings. Sam is right there with him though.

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I know no one wants to think that a disaster like a shipwreck could be good for someone, but I think that I could argue a case that it was almost a good thing for Donovan. He’d never had time to just be or to just connect with anyone, and the month spent on a deserted island with someone like Sam would give him the time to just be and to figure out who he is. Sam is a total superstar throughout the thing, and really sort of guides Donovan through the whole process, but not by taking his hand and leading him, more by just being there. Like I said, totally awesome.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one today. When it releases on 2/3 go check it out or put it on preorder now. Happy reading!

Leah Sharelle-His Man

Leah Sharelle and her Wounded Souls guys were new to me, but they are definitely going to go in my MC rotation, and yes, there are times when I go on MC kicks, so I have collections set up on my Kindle so that I can read them when I want. It is a serial, but the books focus on different couples. The books are part of an overall storyline. His Man is a novella in the series, written because people wanted to know more about Ford, and really, I totally understand why, because Ford is freaking AWESOME.

Before I talk about Ford and Lucky, I need to talk about the real star of the book, Shiloh. She’s the Wounded Souls’ princess, and is 4 going on 21. She’s just a delight, and I really loved every interaction with her. I can’t wait to see her all grown up and to see her in her book.

Anyway, the majority of the Wounded Souls, or at least the base group, were in the same unit in the Australian armed forces, and they went through some shit, and it ended up with friends dead. While they were in the Sandbox, Ford and Bryce, AKA Lucky, had a secret relationship. Well, maybe not relationship so much as a series of encounters. Ford has always been out, and most of Bryce’s brothers in the MC know that he’s gay, but he’s closeted. And now that they’re both back and both in the same MC, there’s a lot of tension. You see, Lucky is engaged to a woman and is playing straight for his family, which is killing him and is hurting Ford so bad.

Like I said, I think that Ford is pretty awesome. He’s really comfortable with who he is. He is also the cool uncle to all the kids of the Wounded Souls, and they all love Fordy, because who wouldn’t? I’m back and forth on Lucky during this book. I think that most of my problem with him is the fact that he’s not comfortable with himself and he’s walking with a foot on each side of the line and it’s tearing him apart as well as a lot of other people. I don’t have problems with him for trying to figure out who he is and where he belongs, I have problems with the way that he is hurting people, I think. I don’t dislike him. I just don’t always like him, if you know what I mean. But Ford? Yeah, love him.

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I hated Ava and I loved it when Bryce finally told her off. She totally deserved it, and she might have deserved even more than what he said.

I loved the idea of Darth watching out for everyone from above. It’s really awesome, and he really wouldn’t want to leave Shiloh alone.

OK, that’s all for this one today. Go check out the whole series, it’s in KU, and find out why I love Shiloh and why I think Ford is teh awesome. Happy reading!