Monday, October 16, 2017

Mate Hunt by J.S. Striker

Title: Mate Hunt
Series:  The Clan Legacy
Author: J.S. Striker
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: MF, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 168
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
A sexy panther shifter and an equally gorgeous wolf shifter are brought together in trying circumstances and can’t keep their paws off each other.

Life as the ultimate shifter leader has never been easy for Dylan Masters, but he is an expert when it comes to navigating the very fragile world of supernatural politics—and now, he is in the market for a wife, one who will strengthen his ties and be at his side at all times. That plan is halted when shocking news arrives, and suddenly the wolf shifter who is used to sitting on his throne must now embark on a mission that involves dealing with a potential enemy, journeying through uncharted territory and meeting a woman who is all sorts of wrong for him—but feels all sorts of right…

There’s a slavery business going on near her family’s lands, and that just wouldn’t do—especially not when Isabella Hart’s brother is a part of it. Like her clan, she doesn’t trust outsiders. But this time she has no choice, because she needs to do everything in her power to save her brother—including teaming up with a shifter leader who is too charming for his own good and may have more ulterior motives than he’s letting on. But what’s a woman to do when family depends on it? She needs to stomach it out—and not fall for the enemy in the process…

Adult content.

A HEA standalone HOT & SEXY shifter romance. 

Mate Hunt by J.S.  Striker is part of The Clan Legacy series.  I have never read anything by this author before and I was not lost starting with this book.  I found this story to be cute and well worth the read.
Isabella is following her younger brother to an enchanted island. Well, that might sound wonderful and romantic but the island is pretty creepy. She is wondering what on Earth is her brother doing there?
She finds shifter children being held captive, and somehow her brother is either trying to save them or a part of this horrible operation.
She goes back to have her older brother to try to have him help her figure this out.
There is a little confusion in the book. We are not clear about who the bad guys are.  Could be one or both brothers.   This story kept me guessing right until the end.
Dylan is a wolf shifter. He needs to strengthen his position as ultimate clan leader. He finds out about the island and finds out his brother is on the island.  He wants to rescue him.
Overall this romantic story has a lot of mystery and suspense. Some very clever teens, and two people who really are meant to be mates forever.  I really loved the pace of this story. I did not feel it was too fast or slow.  I also liked the simmering heat in this story.
 If you want to read a cleverly written romantic suspense this is the book to pick up.

                                 Five Shooting Stars 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Patrick's Savior by Nic Starr

Title: Patrick’s Savior
Series:  Heroes, 3
Author: Nic Starr
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 380
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
How do you find love when someone doesn’t want you to be happy?

Patrick Edwards is dealing with a double whammy. Unwanted attention from his housemate’s boyfriend is making him feel uncomfortable in his own home, and he’s facing uncertainty with his employment as an administrative assistant at the local elementary school. He finally breathes a sigh of relief when a friend puts him in contact with Simon, who has a vacant room.

Simon Dawson is a paramedic who doesn’t hesitate to help Patrick. After all, no one should live in a house where they don’t feel safe. Simon develops feelings for Patrick, but doesn’t act on them—Patrick’s moved from a bad situation and doesn’t need his new housemate hitting on him. However, a weekend away changes everything when Simon realizes Patrick returns his feelings.

But someone doesn’t want Patrick and Simon to be happy. A series of strange letters arrive at the house, and things will get a lot worse before the two men get their happily ever after.

Patrick's Savior is a novel of approximately 69k words. It is part of a series but can be read stand-alone. 

Patrick’s Savior is the third book in the Heroes series by author Nic Starr. This is my first time reading the series and I was not lost at all, I would consider this book to be standalone.
I loved this love story. It unfolds as friendship and progresses at a believable pace.  There is simmering attraction that keeps the heat as the relationship builds.  I really felt both men in this book were well developed and had good substance.
Patrick is dealing with sharing an apartment with a roommate from hell.  He needs out.  That is where his friends come in with a solution. 
Simon is a paramedic and has a spare room. He is more than willing to help Patrick.
Both men get along famously as friends.  Simon is strong, smart, and a really great friend. He is a decent person but Patrick feels like Simon walls off a part of himself. He wants Simon to let him in and let him become more than just a friend.
Patrick is happy to have a safe home, a job, and great friends. What he isn’t so happy about is the stalker leaving creepy messages for him. 
When he and Simon heat up the romance the stalker ups their game. Can they find out who it is before it is too late?
I never saw the ending of this one coming. I really liked this story a ton kept me guessing and had plenty of love to keep me turning the pages. I would like to go back and read the first two in this series and see what I have missed now. I am also looking forward to more. If you want a great suspense with a lot of heart and soul this is the one to pick up.

                                 Five Shooting Stars 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Silver Dragon's Slave by Genna Donaghy

Title: The Silver Dragon’s Slave
Series:  The Dragons of Yosemite Valley,1
Author: Genna Donaghy
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: MM, paranormal
Pages: 120
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
When a bank robbery goes wrong, Kai becomes a hostage on the run. Worse, his captors are dragon shifters with a taste for gold and smart-ass river guides. Taken to the secret dragon sanctuary hidden within the Yosemite Valley, Kai is allowed to live under one condition: Become a servant to Sebastian, a sexy silver dragon who has been too long without a human companion of his own.

Sebastian's dangerous, dominant, and his human form is hotter than dragon fire. With his life on the line, Kai wants to hate him. But when antagonism turns to understanding and simmering attraction, he's not sure he can.

Will fiercely independent Kai learn to let go and become the Silver Dragon’s slave? Or can he and Sebastian work together toward something deeper?

**This 32k short novel is part one in a two part series**

The Silver Dragon’s Slave by Genna Donaghy is the first book in The Dragons of Yosemite Valley series.  I both liked this series and had some problems with this series.
What I liked is the start. I loved the bank robbery and how Kai meets Seb. Then the story gets strange and complicated.  The ending was not to my liking because nothing is resolved.   Almost made me not want to read the series anymore. Too much in one story but no real explanations. 
Seb is a Silver Dragon. He is a leader of a group of dragons. He likes shiny things and he likes wearing leather. 
Kai is a human who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He gets taken by the dragons and thrust into a world he does not understand. (It is okay though Kai me as the reader didn’t get it either.)
There are great ideas in this story. That is part of the problem the story keeps moving with new ideas while the old ideas are just not explored.  Even tiny things like why does the food taste so bad?  Are not answered.  It is like they are glanced at but brushed over quickly.
I would like to see a meatier story, one I can sink into and really understand. I feel in this story I got more of the highlights. Now I want the in-depth version. 
So would I recommend this one?  Not sure, I am on the fence. It does have good ideas but it is very frustrating to read and ends with nothing resolved.

                             Three Red Stars 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Kidnapped by Her Husbands by Rebecca Royce

Title: Kidnapped by Her Husbands
Series: Wings of Artemis, 1
Author: Rebecca Royce
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Genre: Menage MMMMM/f , Futuristic Scifi
Pages: 135
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Alone in prison.
No recollection of the past.
A baby grows inside her.

In a futuristic world where women are scarce and only the wealthy can afford a wife, Melissa Alexander is trapped in a prison rehabilitation center with no memory of who she is. The unborn child growing inside her is all that keeps them from making her pay for the sins she's committed--sins she cannot recall. But when five sexy strangers, claiming to be her husbands, kidnap her and bring her to safety, Melissa fears she can't trust them. All she can remember is what she was taught under the prison's watchful, vengeful eye: to hate them. But how can she hate--or love--what she can't remember?

Wings of Artemis series starts out with Kidnapped by Her Husbands. Author Rebecca Royce has a very hot scifi series start with this story.  I will say I was curious to see how five husbands and one wife was going to work out, and it works out quite nicely. My only complaint of sorts is this ends on a cliffhanger a major one at that. I prefer books that are more wrapped up than this one but this story is well worth the read.
Melissa has no memory. She has five husbands to get to know all over again. She is pregnant to boot.  I liked her spunk and drive. She is a character you will not forget.
CJ, The Doctor, Nolan, Wes, and Geoff are all in here but not as developed as characters. I think we will see that come as this series progresses. I do think this is a great start to this series, I am interested and want to know more, which is what a first book should do. 
Nothing though is completely resolved so be prepared for that. If you like a scifi that is fast-paced, and full of action, adventure, and a romance to remember this is the book to pick up.

                              Four Twinkling Stars 

Love Beyond Oceans by Rebecca Royce

Title: Love Beyond Oceans
Series: The Outsiders, 6
Author: Rebecca Royce
Publisher: Fireborn Publishing
Genre: MF, contemporary
Pages: 146
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Marina awakes with no memories of her life to discover she's a prisoner of the Outsiders. Her captors think she's one of them and she should be helping them with an eternal war, waged over lifetimes and dimensions. She wants her freedom, yet she also needs to know why Drew gazes at her with such heat in his eyes.

Drew runs from his destiny and Marina for as long as he can. She won't believe him, but he does it to protect her from the evil inside of him, a connection to a demon who wants to destroy the Outsiders. Now, he has no choice but to embrace his destiny with Marina. War has come to their doorstep. The signs have signaled. And battle waits for no one

Love Beyond Oceans is the sixth book in The Outsiders series by author Rebecca Royce. This series really needs to be read in order, the books build on each other and have people we know and love from previous books in each story.
This story is Marina and Drew’s love story. I have been waiting a while to see Drew finally have his love and I was excited to see him paired up with Marina.
This book has a lot of suspense and action in it. The story plays off things we already know as well as introducing new aspects to this world.  I liked that a lot.   Really great pacing to this story it does not feel rushed or brushed over.
Marina is dealing with not having a memory. I like Marina a lot. She is strong in her own right, but still soft and likable.  She is the kind of person you would want to have as your friend.
Drew is strong without being overbearingly so. I liked his tamed strength. He is really a great match for Marina.

Overall this is a must-read for anyone who loves this series. I cannot wait for more in The Outsiders series in the future.  

                                         Five Shooting Stars 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Bone to Pick by T.A. Moore

Title: Bone to Pick
Author: T.A. Moore
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 247
Genre/Pairing: MM, Mystery, Romance
Reviewer: Vela

Publisher’s Blurb
Cloister Witte is a man with a dark past and a cute dog. He’s happy to talk about the dog all day, but after growing up in the shadow of a missing brother, a deadbeat dad, and a criminal stepfather, he’d rather leave the past back in Montana. These days he’s a K-9 officer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and pays a tithe to his ghosts by doing what no one was able to do for his brother—find the missing and bring them home.
He’s good at solving difficult mysteries. The dog is even better. 
This time the missing person is a ten-year-old boy who walked into the woods in the middle of the night and didn’t come back. With the antagonistic help of distractingly handsome FBI agent Javi Merlo, it quickly becomes clear that Drew Hartley didn’t run away. He was taken, and the evidence implies he’s not the kidnapper’s first victim. As the search intensifies, old grudges and tragedies are pulled into the light of day. But with each clue they uncover, it looks less and less likely that Drew will be found alive.

In Bone to Pick by T.A. Moore, Cloister Witte is a man with a dark foreboding past and would rather be around his dog than to be around humans. He loves solving crimes with the help of his K-9 but when a little boy is discovered missing, he’s recruited along with his dog and works alongside FBI agent Javi Merlo. He doesn’t need the distraction of the handsome agent to stop him from finding the little boy.
This book was a definite page turner and caught my attention from start to finish. T. A. Moore did a great job luring the reader along by dangling clues and hints along the way, trying to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of a boy. This book can be read as a standalone since it’s not in a series.
I especially loved how the author did a great job with the character’s different personalities and keeping good cliffhangers at the end of most chapters. However, at the beginning, I was confused about who was talking until I got farther into the book but that might’ve just been me. Overall this was a great read.

                                    Five Shooting Stars 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

You've Got to be Kidding Me by Lisa Oliver

Title:  You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me
Series:   The Gods Made Me Do It, 2
Author:  Lisa Oliver
Publisher:   Lisa Oliver
Genre and Pairing:  Paranormal and M/M
Page Count:  155 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
Publisher Buy Link:  

Publisher Blurb 
Poseidon, ancient Greek God of the Sea, ruler of earthquakes and once worshiped by thousands as a fertility god, was bored and that could be a dangerous thing for people around him. Deciding to visit his son, Nereus and friends at the Cloverleah pack; Poseidon causes his own brand of trouble, resulting in a night out at a club. All he wanted was a bed partner for a few hours. What he got was so much more.
Alpha Claude wanted nothing more than to rule his pack, care for his pack members and accept the offer of a warm body when his urges got too strong. When Kane, Alpha of Cloverleah calls and says he wants to bring a special visitor, he was intrigued. But when a silver-haired god walks into his club, he knows his life is going to change. He just didn’t realize how much.
Gods dropping in, visits from family and pesky secrets have a way of making things difficult. Fighting outside foes is easy; the problems that flare between two very different men might be enough to scupper their mating before it has a chance to settle. Will they ever find their HEA or are the differences between a land creature and a god of the sea too great to overcome?
This is an M/M true mates book and as such comes with the obligatory warnings. While this is book two in the series and can be read as a standalone, readers will have a better understanding of secondary characters and off page references if they have read book one and the Cloverleah series, in particular, On the Brink.

Poseidon is bored.  And a bored God means nothing but trouble.  Claude doesn’t care that Poseidon is a God.  His only concern is Poseidon is his mate.  But will he be enough to capture and keep the attention of the God of the Sea?

You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me is second in Lisa Oliver’s The Gods Made Me Do It series.  Poseidon doesn’t trust in love or mates for that matter.  So when he finds himself inexplicably mated to Claude he isn’t sure what to expect or how to act.  I mean he is a GOD.  I love that Ms. Oliver made Poseidon so relatable. He may be a god but he still wants to belong and be loved.  Claude never expected to be granted a mate but now that he has one he will fight to keep him even if he must fight his own pack.  I love that Claude sees the man, not the God.  That’s not to say he doesn’t have issues to work through, they just center more on his expectations.  This is my first time reading Ms. Oliver’s work and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  This story is funny and loving which is a great combination.

                                Five Shooting Stars