Sunday, February 11, 2018

Star Dust Award: What He Craves by E.M. Denning

Title: What He Craves
Series:  Desires, 2
Author: E.M. Denning
Genre: MM, BdSM, Contemporary
Pages: 229
Reviewer: Redz



Publisher’s Blurb
Matt Simpson is notorious for his bad decisions. From his rocky teenage years to his tumultuous early twenties, he's made a lot of mistakes. His latest, greatest, and perhaps stupidest of them all was his recent pursuit of his boss, the unattainable Steve Paulson. Desperate to make the man notice him, and knowing Steve would never get involved with an employee, Matt quits his job.

Unfortunately, Steve still won’t touch him. To make matters worse, his new job falls through and his older brother won’t hire him. Matt can’t bear to ask Steve for help, and soon he finds himself out of money and out of options. When Steve finds him living in his car and demands that he go home with him, Matt obeys, but living with the man he's wanted for two years proves to be frustrating as well as explosively hot. As Matt begins to explore his submissive side under Steve's firm guidance, his insecurities haunt him. What does a homeless, jobless kid with a string of failures behind him have to offer, even if Steve did want him for more than a brief fling?







Review
What He Craves is the second book in author E.M. Denning’s Desire series. This series really needs to be read in order we meet characters from the first book, and places, so it is important to read book one first.
Matt is a bartender… well was a bartender. He has quit when we meet him. He wants Steve the owner of the BDSM club. He knows Steve will never date an employee, so he puts it all on the line and makes a pass at him.  Well, it goes wrong. Matt ends up jobless and homeless as a result.
What I loved about Matt is his need to take care of others. He is a sub to the core. He tries like heck to please others regardless to the cost to himself.   He is braver than even he thinks.
Steve has been around the BDSM block a few times. He is guarding his heart this time. That is what makes him turn down Matt the first time. He didn’t know what turning down the man he always wanted would cause. Once he does find out though he moves heaven and Earth to find his wayward sub.
I think in this book both characters had some learning to do. Matt has to learn he is a good person. He is worth other people respecting and treating him right. Steve has to learn that letting other people in is not a weakness.
 I really super loved this book. I highly recommend it.  The BDSM is not over the top, it adds just the right layer to this book. The characters are well developed and memorable. I would love to read more from this series in the future.  Really well done and a must read. 

 Recommended Read and Five shooting Stars 





Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Loving Phoenix by Trinity Blacio

 Title:  Loving Phoenix
Series:  Magic, New Mexico
Author:  Trinity Blacio
Publisher:   Amazon
Genre and Pairing:  Paranormal and M/F
Page or Word Count:  87 pages  
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb 
Nava Torres’ life was one of turmoil and danger. Considered a freak of nature by her peers and hunted by the government, she never expected to find a place where she could feel safe—until she heard about a town called Magic. For the first time since her parents’ deaths, she felt awe, hope, and something even stranger—attraction to a man who could heat her blood with one look!
Special Ops Marine, Saxon Wehurst, had sworn off women—at least until he met a fiery redhead with black streaks that made him want to run his hands through the colorful tresses. There was nothing in the world that could fire up his protective instincts faster than a woman with trouble nipping at her heels and fire in her hair.
When outside forces threaten Nava and the town, Saxon and his men are more than ready to gear up to protect them both. For Saxon, it is personal—nothing stands between a Bull Dog and his mate—not even the government. Will Saxon and his men be able to protect the woman he loves and save the town, or will she be taken from him forever? Whatever happens, it is time to feel the burn...







Review
Nava is ready to stop running.  She has made it to Magic and she plans to stay.  But when her past catches up with her can Nava protect her new friends and family?

Loving Phoenix by Trinity Blacio is part of the Magic, New Mexico Kindle world.  This world is new to me but I didn’t feel lost.  I loved Nava.  She has tried to live life on the run and it cost her her parents and friends.  She is tired of running and ready to plant roots.  I love how welcoming Magic is.  They know it is dangerous but also that the fight is right.  And Saxon doesn’t care about the danger just protecting his mate.  I love Saxon and Nava together.  Ms. Blacio does a wonderful job of showing Nava’s determination even as she finds a new family.  The connections made seem effortless.  I loved meeting the residents of Magic and their willingness to fight.  I love that Saxon fights his nature to try to give Nava the closure she needs.  I love the quirky characters we meet as Nava makes a place in the hearts of Saxon and the town.  I thoroughly enjoyed the characters Ms. Blacio created as she added to this world and I hope she will return to Magic again.


                                  Five Shooting Stars 


Love Under Two Accountants by Cara Covington

Title:  Love Under Two Accountants
Series:  Lusty, Texas, 28
Author:  Cara Covington
Publisher:   Siren-Bookstrand, Inc.
Genre and Pairing:  Contemporary and M/F/M, M/F
Page or Word Count:  179 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
[Siren Menage Everlasting: Erotic Contemporary Cowboy Menage a Trois Romantic Suspense, M/F/M, HEA]
Bailey James flees New York to Lusty, only to meet two men from home who touch her heart.   Chance and Logan Benedict never dreamt they could share a wife until they came to Lusty and discovered their family history. They’d had a special relationship in college with a woman who only wanted the experience for her bucket list. Now, learning ménage runs in their family fills Chance and Logan with hope.
When they meet Bailey, they know they’ve found the woman destined to be theirs. But there’s a catch. As forensic accountants, they’ve been assigned to an investigation, the target of which is Bailey’s late boss. Bailey comes with a catch of her own. Her boss was murdered and the killer believes she has something of his.
Chance and Logan know that before they can build a future with Bailey, they must do something about the killer on her trail.
Note: This book contains double penetration.






Review
When Bailey’s boss is murdered she is out of a job.  So with no more connections to the place she grew up in, Bailey decides to relocate.  She never expected problems to follow as she makes an effort to finally live instead of just existing.

In Love Under Two Accountants by Cara Covington, Chance and Logan are taking time to learn about their family history never expecting to find a world that understands their need to share.  I love how Ms. Covington continues to expand the family that finds themselves returning to Lusty, Texas.  Chance and Logan weren’t looking for forever but when it landed in their lap, they sure as heck was going to fight for it.  I loved how Bailey quickly managed to provide the piece neither realized was missing.  Ms. Covington gave us a woman, in Bailey, who could not see her value.  But Chance and Logan did and were determined to protect her heart and her body.  I loved returning to Lusty and this family Ms. Covington has created.  The respect and love leap off the pages.  I thoroughly enjoyed this addition to Ms. Covington’s Lusty, Texas series and can’t wait to see where Ms. Covington will take us next.

                                       Five Shooting Stars 





Shining Star Award: Leopard's Blood by Christine Feehan

Title:  Leopard’s Blood
Series:  Leopards Series, 10
Author:  Christine Feehan
Publisher:   Berkley Publishing
Genre and Pairing:  Paranormal and M/F
Page or Word Count:  416 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb 
#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan cuts straight to the heart of a man who stalks the shadows in an intoxicating Leopard novel.

Though he was born into a leopard’s lair in the bayou, Joshua Tregre’s fighting skills were honed in the rain forests of Borneo. Sleek and deadly, he’s the perfect man to take over a crime syndicate back home in Louisiana’s lush swamplands. His razor-sharp instincts give him an edge in the violent underworld he knows so well, but even the watchful leopard inside him isn’t prepared for the threat that comes from the girl next door...

She is a woman who can create beauty out of thin air—and out of the ruins of her own life. The games that dangerous men play have taken their toll on her, but she is bent, not broken. And it’s her fierce spirit that’s like a lure to Joshua, a temptation he can’t resist—even if it means bringing his true nature into the light...#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan cuts straight to the heart of a man who stalks the shadows in an intoxicating Leopard novel.

Though he was born into a leopard’s lair in the bayou, Joshua Tregre’s fighting skills were honed in the rain forests of Borneo. Sleek and deadly, he’s the perfect man to take over a crime syndicate back home in Louisiana’s lush swamplands. His razor-sharp instincts give him an edge in the violent underworld he knows so well, but even the watchful leopard inside him isn’t prepared for the threat that comes from the girl next door…

She is a woman who can create beauty out of thin air—and out of the ruins of her own life. The games that dangerous men play have taken their toll on her, but she is bent, not broken. And it’s her fierce spirit that’s like a lure to Joshua, a temptation he can’t resist—even if it means bringing his true nature into the light…





Review
Joshua never expected to find his mate.  He has searched the world only to find her right next door.  But he has made choices that bring danger to anyone he loves.  Can he convince Sonia that not only is she his but also that he will protect her always?

Leopard’s Blood is the latest story in Christine Feehan’s Leopards Series.  I love this series and the men working to make the world better.  They are good men doing a dirty job and Joshua fits in perfectly.  I love Joshua.  He knows that Sonia is his, he knows that she is fighting and he knows he will ultimately win.  Sonia doesn’t understand half of what it means to be not only leopard but also mated.  However, Joshua is determined to give her the best he can, especially since his world is so dangerous.  And I really liked Sonia.  She is battered but not broken.  Ms. Feehan gave us a woman who found a strength she never knew she had.  Losing her parents and the family she thought was hers forced Sonia to learn to be self-sufficient.  She tried to be an island but that didn’t fit her personality.  And Ms. Feehan gave her a man in Joshua who would accept nothing less than her heart and soul.  This story is well written and the characters thoughtfully presented.  I thoroughly enjoyed returning to this world with Ms. Feehan and can’t wait to see where she will take us next.


           Five Shooting Stars and Shining Star Award 


A Halloween To Remember by Trinity Blacio

 Title:  A Halloween to Remember
Series:  Running in Fear, 9
Author:  Trinity Blacio
Publisher:   Riverdale Avenue Books
Genre and Pairing:  Paranormal and M/F/M/M/M; M/F
Page or Word Count:  177 pages  
Reviewer Name: Luna
Publisher Buy Link:  
http://riverdaleavebooks.com/books/5353/a-halloween-to-remember-book-nine-of-the-running-in-fear-series




Publisher Blurb 
In A Halloween to Remember, Book Nine in #1 best-selling Amazon Romance writer Trinity Blacio’s futuristic Running in Fear series, Halloween was supposed to be about monsters, treats and fun, but Shelly Glassgo has had enough of monsters to last her a lifetime. You would think that the threat of war around the corner would bring people together, but that was not the case. How could a big cat love a small wolf?

Bo was tired, with the move, settling his people—and the new ones that were joining their den—it had all kept him to busy. He didn't see his Little Wolf's need and for that he would never forgive himself. But Bo was bound and determined to make sure her Halloween was filled with treats—three big ones—Argo, Buck and White Eagle.

All Hallows’ Eve came early for them: their marriage and mating would be one to remember, but it would seem the monsters have been awakened and were getting ready for the attack.






Review
Shelly is struggling as the Alpha female.  She is a wolf surrounded by cats and feels alone.  Bo has so much on his plate he is missing the signs, or is he?
A Halloween to Remember by Trinity Blacio is ninth in her Running in Fear series.  It definitely needs to be read in chronological order.  It also should be noted that this is a re-release with a slight title change from Christmas to Halloween.  There is also a bit more content.
I love Shelly.  She has been a presence throughout this series.  I love that Ms. Blacio showed that matings do not always go smoothly after the happily ever after.  Bo and Shelly seemed to fit but Ms. Blacio showed us why in this story.  We see Shelly’s struggles for not only acceptance but also within herself.  She fights to see the best in herself constantly and Ms. Blacio showed her real struggle.  And when Bo realized his mate was floundering he took steps to correct her and their relationship.  I enjoyed seeing Shelly come into her own.  She blossomed under the care of Bo, White Eagle, Buck and Argo.  She provided something different to each male and likewise they completed needs she never knew she had.  I loved the way Ms. Blacio blended the changing relationship with the addition of Shelly’s men.  The unexpectedness was articulated well and added layers to the female character we were getting to understand better.  I can’t wait to see where Ms. Blacio will take us next in this world.


                                       Five Shooting Stars 



Thursday, January 18, 2018

Alpha's Solace by Hawke Oakley


Title:  Alpha’s Solace
Series:   Indigo Mountain Pack, 2
Author:   Hawke Oakley
Publisher:  Self Published
Genre:  MM,  Mpreg,
Pages:  129
Reviewer: Redz



Publisher’s Blurb
Omega Mason doesn’t trust alphas. Any of them. Not after the abuse he’s suffered at Scarlet Ridge pack. When he’s given the chance to escape, he takes it - only to find himself in stuck in an animal trap set by an alpha named Jericho from Indigo Mountain pack. After Jericho frees him and takes him home, Mason is irritated and just wants to run. But with a baby growing in his belly, Mason figures his best bet is to milk Jericho for all he’s worth before leaving Indigo Mountain - and alphas - once and for all.

The problem? Mason’s hit by a rare double heat, making him fertile even while pregnant. And it’s only during this time that he realizes Jericho carries the magical scent of his fated mate.

Alpha’s Solace is a 30k word story with steamy scenes, a HEA, and no cliffhangers. It is the second book in the Indigo Mountain pack series and is best enjoyed in series order






Review
Alpha’s Solace by author Hawke Oakley is the second book in the Indigo Mountain Pack series. 
There are some descriptions in this book that left me scratching my head.  But once I got past that there is a great romantic paranormal here.  This book is written in dual POV.
Mason, he is pregnant artificially inseminated at a clinic.  He hates Alphas and is very glad he did not have to have sex with one to have a baby.   The pack he is in just gives the bare minimum to the pack.  He has a role he must play in the pack.  He must produce a baby.  He knows that his child will be destined to be part of his Alpha’s pack army.
He gets offered an out, unsure whether or not taking it is good, he does because his child will at least have a chance somewhere else.
Jericho part of Indigo Mountain pack. Very nice ordinary guy. When he treats Mason with respect and love Mason has a hard time adjusting to it. Jericho is everything Mason never knew an Alpha could be, patient, kind, and giving.

I liked this story very much. Mason came from some horrible abuse and Jericho is the perfect Alpha to show him that not all Alphas are cruel and pushy.  These two have what the other needs.  I like that very much.  This is a great addition to this series, which should be read in order. We do meet people we know and love in the first book, and this also builds on the pack politics.  I enjoyed this world a lot and will be looking for more in the series in the future. 

                               Four Twinkling Stars 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Secret Omega by Kellan Larkin


Title: Secret Omega
Series:   Mount Liberty Pack, 2
Author:  Kellan Larkin
Publisher:  Self Published
Genre:  MM,  Paranormal
Pages: 202
Reviewer: Redz






Publisher’s Blurb

 Mount Liberty is the only safe haven for omegas against the threat of invading alphas, but when Peregwin finds one battered and injured, he knows everyone deserves a second chance... even if it means risking exile if he's found helping the alpha.

Stone was raised to see omegas as little more than slaves for an alpha’s pleasure, but Peregwin is challenging everything he knew about the world—and himself. He wants to prove that alphas can be loving protectors, but the longer he's sheltered by Peregwin, the more dangerous it becomes for both of them... especially since neither can ignore the attraction burning between them.

Everything is at stake if Stone is discovered by the pack, but the secret becomes even more impossible to keep when Peregwin finds out he'll soon have to explain his growing belly.

Secret Omega is an action filled 36k gay shifter mpreg novel with steamy scenes between two men, no cliffhangers, and no cheating. It follows characters introduced in Auctioned Omega, but can be read as a stand alone book.






Review
Secret Omega by Kellan Larkin is the second book in the Mount Liberty Pack.  This book is written in dual pov.
Stone has been exiled. He is tired hungry, and barely alive.  His fighting spirit is what has kept him going so far. He is on the edge of giving up for good. He is an Alpha with no pack or home.
Peregwin is on Omega living in a pack of Omega’s.  His trust of Alpha’s is nil.  He prepares food for the pack. When the pack decides to throw Stone back out to the wilds alone, hurt, and half-starved Peregwin can’t do it.  So, he secretly hides the Alpha in his hut.
This book is a lot of learning for both the Omega pack and Peregwin himself. They are about to learn no all Alpha’s are cut from the same cloth.
I loved how feisty Peregwin is. He can more than hold his own. I also loved that Stone could show him how reasonable an Alpha can be. How abuse is not the only thing that an Alpha can bring.
I loved this story and cannot wait for more from this series in the future.


                       Five Shooting Stars