Anna Edwards-Hidden Pain

Hidden Pain is the 5th book in Anna’s Glacial Blood PNR series. These books aren’t really standalones, but they aren’t really serials either. Each book follows a new couple/thruple, but they are all in a larger story arc, and if you haven’t read the ones before, you aren’t going to really know what is going on, trust me on this.

This one has MMF going on in it, and OMFG, it’s hot. And it’s not just for the yummy sex, and I totally agree with Lily, but it’s hot for the realizations that come about for the characters because of their relationship.

So, Kingsley, a human, is in Kansas as the big wolf pack, where his sister, Isobel is marrying the love of her life, Zain, who is a bear shifter. They are going to go back to the Glacial Blood pack, but since they are gearing up for war, this time and place is the best place for the wedding, and for the families with tiny babies to stay. Hunter is the alpha of the pack, and he has invited Kingsley to stay, and he is keeping Lily, a bear, prisoner for Kas, until he decides what to do with her.

But here’s the thing, Hunter and Kingsley are drawn to each other, and they are both drawn to Lily. So, they decide that she’s going to go into the set of rooms in between Kingsley’s and Hunter’s.

All three of our main characters are dealing with some kind of trauma or stress. Lily has had horrible things happen to her at the hands of humans, and then even worse at the hands of Nuka, that motherfucker. She’s angry and hurt, and I totally think that she deserves to be. I would be too. And of course, Kingsley had to deal with his asshole father who, well, asshole is a really good description of him. But that’s OK, he croaked it. And Hunter. He’s dealing with having to be an alpha and leading his pack into the future and planning on fighting a war, and oh yeah, trying to figure out who is going to be his heir after he’s gone. He thinks that he has to shut down everything he wants so that he can do what he needs to do.

I love watching the three of them heal themselves and heal each other. We’re at a very tense part of the overall story, and I feel like that healing is a really integral part of the upcoming fight. Healing makes you stronger, and they had to make sure that their broken edges were sanded off.

I think, of the three of them, Lily had the most healing and growth, really. I’m not discounting anything that Hunter and Kingsley have dealt with or are dealing with, because they have their own journeys to handle, but really, I think Lily has the longest journey. Once we have her backstory, we can understand exactly how long that journey is and everything she had to deal with.

I cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out. Anna keeps me all dragged into the series.

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OMG, Lily’s backstory broke my heart. That poor woman, and then Nuka the fucka?

OK, that’s all for today. Go check out the entire series. Happy reading!

 

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!

Aria Adams-Her Raven Mates

Her Raven Mates appears in the box set Fated Mates. Full disclosure, this is the only one of the stories in the set that I’ve read so far, but since I now own the book, I’ll be getting to the rest of the stories at some point, I’m sure. There are a lot of them, and they will be a welcome change when I need something quick and easy to read.

Eileen is living under a curse. She has been cursed to be a swan 23.5 hours a day. And that 30 minutes when she gets to be human aren’t at the same time from day to day, so she can’t even plan to have any kind of life. Her mother tells her that this is the only way to keep her safe.

Vir, Bran, and Morwain are brothers. They are also raven shifters who are currently cursed. They are ravens by day and men by night. They are trying to track down the evil warlock who cast this curse on them so that they can get back to their normal lives of being private investigators. But it’s not easy, and their enemy keeps finding them.

I will have to admit that as soon as I found out that the heroine’s name was Eileen, I was hoping for just one Come On, Eileen moment. What can I say, I’m a child of the 80s, and I remember so much 80s music. And Aria didn’t disappoint me. There is a spot when one of the guys says it, and it made me happy.

The novella is pretty short and a nice quick read. Overall, I really enjoyed it. Because it’s short, you get a lot of insta-everything and not a lot of background, but that’s just fine, Aria makes it work really well.

I love that the guys all have Celtic-ish name and are ravens, mostly because there are raven stories in Celtic mythology. Frankly, I think ravens show up in most mythology somewhere, somehow. They are gorgeous birds and wicked smart. Why wouldn’t you put them in your mythology?

Anyway, go check out the entire set, especially if you are into fated mate romances. No spoilers today, it’s too short a story.

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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!

Raisa Greywood-The Jaguar Knight

Raisa has given us the last book in her Shifter’s Mates series, The Jaguar Knight. I am terribly sad that the series is over, and I’m really hoping that Raisa gives us some short stories in this another world or maybe another series in it. I can see all kinds of other stories in there. Hint, hint. I’ll be happy either way, because I can always reread the books.

This is the conclusion of Soledad and Markon’s story. It also wraps up some other things here and there. It works really well.

So, Markon has finally caught his wayward mate and has brought her home. They enjoy one wild night of passion, and when Markon wakes up, Soledad is gone. Again. He can’t figure out what he did this time, and his jaguar ain’t talking, other than to tell him that he’s a stupid alien. When Soledad’s sibs show up, he gets told what he did, but only after her sisters and brother pretty much threaten to show him his internal organs up close and personal. Turns out that there was a 6 foot tall picture of his dead mate hanging right over the bed. The bed that she died in. The bed that he spent his first night home in Soledad in. I would’ve cut and run too.

When Markon finds Soledad again, she’s on a jungle planet and they have a talk. And you know, reconcile. Sadly, that’s not going to last for long. They are attacked, Markon is seriously, seriously, seriously hurt and Soledad is gone.

Markon has the worst luck with keeping a hold on Soledad. Of course, it’s not his fault this time, but still, he doesn’t have his mate or know where she is at. He’s damned well going to find her though. And of course, the Athena and all of Soledad’s sibs are going to get in on the search too, because that’s what is going to happen. Soledad inspires loyalty, which is why the Athena will be there, and love, which is why her sibs will be there. Of course, since she is still that fucking pirate, she also inspires a lot of fear and hate, but hey, not everyone is perfect, right?

There are some very, very, very unpleasant things that happen here, and some things that make me really happy that I’m not subject to shifter justice, because, well, it sure as fuck isn’t pretty.

Markon is strong, if somewhat stupid sometimes, and I like him a lot. I like him more in this book than I did in the last one, mostly because he got his stupid head out of his stupid ass, which is what he needed. I think that all the chasing he had to do really made him get his priorities in place and get everything straight. The last time chasing her had to be the hardest one ever. I couldn’t imagine trying to find my mate after she had been ripped away from me that way. That would be pretty damn horrible.

It’s a good thing that Soledad is as strong as she is. Stubborn AF too. I think that she’s a little bit blind in this one. She jumped to a conclusion and it ends up bitting her in the ass. But, the fact that she’s so damn stubborn and strong really helped her out here.

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Can we just talk about Mikhail and Ardix for just a second? Because that was just brutal. Not saying it’s not deserved, and I don’t blame him for his actions at all, but fucking brutal, man.

I love Renata’s round-up at the end. It’s perfect.

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

Golden Angel-Chasing His Polar Bear

I love the Big Bad Bunnies series. I mean, you mix a little Harry Potter, a lot of Monty Python, and some Disney together and put all that in a series about kickass bunny shifters, and what could go wrong? In fact, this series is just so awesomely right. And Chasing His Polar Bear is the perfect addition to this series.

Did you know that polar bears are the largest land predators? Even bigger than Kodiaks. A full grown polar bear can weigh upwards of 1300 lbs. Also, did you know that the offspring of a polar bear/grizzly mix is either called a pizzly or a grolar, depending on which parent is the polar bear? And what exactly does that have to do with anything? Well, we’re talking about polar bears today, so why not toss in some random facts. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.

Anyway, Eli is a polar bear shifter, and is probably the biggest, baddest, Alpha-iest of all the shifters out there. That’s why he’s the boss. And he’s trying to fight against his twin brother, Aiden, who is leading all the bad guys. Aiden likes to think that he’s so super smart and smarter than everyone, which may or may not be true. One day, Eli walks in to find Sheila with a gun pointed at him.

Sheila and Eli have a few things in common. One, they are both polar bears. Two, they grew up in the same pack. And three, they both want to ruin Aiden’s plans. That’s not all that’s there though. Eli and Sheila were betrothed. When she was finally old enough to marry him, he broke off the engagement and left the pack. That left Sheila and her family in disgrace. But, Sheila was able to pick herself up, dust herself off, and become a total badass.

I love Sheila so hard. I’m not joking when I say that she’s a total badass. She is very in control of herself, and she’s not about to let anyone fuck with her. She knows what she wants, and she’s going to go out and get it, no matter what. She wants a man? Fine, she’ll find one. She wants to destroy Aiden? Fine, she’ll do what she can to destroy Aiden, singlehandedly, if possible. She’d like to enlist Eli and his bunch, because she knows that they can help her, but she’s spent a lot of time working on Aiden and she’ll do what she needs to with or without Eli’s help. She knows what’s at stake and she’ll be damned if it will happen on her watch.

I think that Sheila is very smart. I think she has to be to be a step ahead of Aiden. And she’s very tricksy. You could almost say manipulative, but she’s not really that. I tend to think of manipulative people as people who are trying to get something for themselves, and that’s not what Sheila is doing. And really, what she is doing is for the greater good, so is it manipulative? I think this is one that you are going to have to decide yourself.

Eli has a very strong sense of duty and responsibility. He is a good man, even if he has to sometimes make some really, really shitty decisions and do some bad things. But, I think when it comes to Sheila, he is so far over his head that he can’t even see the surface. He’s working with old data, and that never helps.

I love this series, and when I need something fun with some drama in it, I turn to the Big Bad Bunnies. They are funny, even in the middle of the fights. I’m really looking forward to the next book to see what happens.

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I love that Eli didn’t think that Sheila would just stay off in the sidelines and not do anything, but that she was right there in the middle of things when she needed to be. I also love that Aiden was a totally clueless fucking idiot.

OK, that’s all for this one. If you love shifters, you should totally be reading all of the Big Bad Bunny books. Happy reading!

PS, Golden Angel says that her baby totally said you should buy this one.