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 





Sunday, January 14, 2018

Omega's Stepbrother by Anna Wineheart


Title: Omega’s Stepbrother
Series:  Men of Meadowfall, 3
Author: Anna Wineheart
Publisher: Anna Wineheart
Genre:  MM, alpha/ omega story, contains trigger warnings: past domestic emotional abuse, violence, kidnapping, self-harm, panic attacks
Pages: 421
Reviewer: Redz


Publisher’s Blurb
Beaten and lied to by his previous alpha, Wyatt Fleming has been recovering from his past: by running his own restaurant, and being the best dad to his daughter, Hazel. No one knows his deepest secret: Nine years ago, he kissed his alpha stepbrother in the family's piano room.

Raph has never forgotten that kiss. Not when Wyatt had looked at him, wide-eyed and beautiful. Nine years ago, their grandmother caught him kissing Wyatt. Wyatt had fled, entangled himself in an abusive relationship. By not rescuing him, Raph had helped ruin his brother's life.

Saddled with guilt, Raph wishes he had fewer regrets: he should've stood up to Grandma, should've gotten himself out of debt, and stayed with the one omega he could never let go.

When their father throws a party, Raph finds Wyatt in heat. Their simmering embers kindle into a roaring flame; after a steamy night together, Wyatt discovers that he's pregnant. Raph refuses to fail his omega again. Wyatt refuses to abandon his innocent child. As their relationship intensifies, both men face the very real danger... of their family and pasts coming to pull them apart.

Omega's Step Brother is a 97,000-word alpha/omega nonshifter MPreg romance, with a hilariously adorable 9-year-old, some angst, lots of food, and an alpha who has loved his omega for the longest time. 









Review
Omega’s Stepbrother by Anna Wineheart is the third book in the Men of Meadowfall series. I have read the series in order, but I feel you could read this story without having read the previous in the series, you would understand the story just fine.
Wyatt stepbrother is Ralf.  He tries to avoid Ralf. He had a crush on him for the longest time.  Their parents married when Wyatt was seven.  Even after a decade, he cannot get over his feelings for Ralf so he just avoids him.
Presented an Omega, he was in an abusive relationship. Places a ton of blame on himself cause he tried to seduce Ralf. He has a daughter now and she means the world to him.
He doesn’t think any Alpha would want him. That he is damaged goods.
Ralf has always been looking for a glimpse of Wyatt. He listens to all the news about him. He wants to find a way to get back into his life.  Let the other man know he feels the same and he is willing to do what it takes for them to be together.
This story is emotional and full of angst.  Has a tinge of darkness to it too.  The chemistry kept me turning the pages. I loved both characters they are well written and well-rounded men.  I cannot wait for more from this series in the future.  This story is intense and one I never wanted to end.

                                 Five Shooting Stars 




The Officer's Siren by Brent Archer

 
Title: The Officer’s Siren
Series:  The Rain City Tales, 1
Author: Brent Archer
Publisher Story Ink LLC
Genre:  MM, contemporary
Pages: 310
Reviewer: Redz


Publisher’s Blurb
Mike Bryant meets the man of his dreams, but Officer Jason Lynch, the handsome cop who responded to his call, is in a dangerous line of work. The two men must navigate Jason’s grief over the death of his former lover, and the craziness of Mike’s estranged family.
When Mike Bryant’s truck goes missing, Seattle Police Officer Jason Lynch responds to the call. Mutual interest builds steadily into a strong relationship until Jason is nearly killed in the line of duty. The two men grapple with the memory of Jason’s former lover and Mike’s imminent entry into college.
Jason is forced to confront his feelings, and Mike’s disapproving cousin, when he saves his unconscious boyfriend from an attack by two drug addicts in a parking garage stairwell. As they try to regain their relationship’s footing, secrets from Mike’s past surface, threatening to tear them apart for good.







Review
The Officer’s Siren is the first book in the Rain City tales by author Brent Archer. I liked this emotion-filled and action-packed book a lot. I would want more from this series in the future. There are some very well-developed characters in this book that I just could not get enough of.
Mike is an overnight security guard. His truck turns up missing and calls the cops.  That is how he meets Officer Jason Lynch. They both have an instant attraction that sizzles when they meet.
Mike when he came out to his parents he parents evicted him. He is now living with a cousin and his husband. Going to college in the fall. Has a brother who tried to kill him many times in childhood. Mother has always taken the brother’s side.  He has very little contact with her now.
Jason has his share of baggage too.  He loves younger men. Mike is right up his alley. He lost his partner three and half years ago to cancer.  He is a good person who is careful with his heart.
I liked these two together. They are the ying and yang to each other.  Jason is very generous to Mike but Mike does not take advantage of Jason I liked that very much showed what a great person Mike really is. Over all this story is one I could not stop reading. It is really action packed and full of love. I true must read for the romantic who loves to fall in love.

                              Five Shooting Stars 



Stay by C.L. Mustafic


Title: Stay
Author: CL Mustafic
Publisher CL Mustafic
Genre:  MM, contemporary
Pages: 78
Reviewer: Redz















Publisher’s Blurb
When Lex’s gaze met a pair of intense green eyes across a steamy shower room, he never would have guessed the man attached to them would end up in his bed watching movies later that night. Things take an unexpected turn when Gage replaces one of the DVDs with a disk from Lex’s private porn stash. After their heated encounter, Lex wakes up alone wondering if he's just had a one night stand.

Gage wasn't proud of how he'd run out on Lex, but having an early morning obligation across campus left him little choice. Seeing Lex flirting with someone else at a party later that evening, unleashes feelings Gage doesn't know what to do with. All Gage knows is that if Lex gives him another chance, this time he'll stay. 






Review
Stay by C.L. Mustafic felt to me like a coming of age story. Where both characters were finding themselves and their sexuality.
Lex is a basketball player.  He is  third string so doesn’t see much action he is in college to learn and get a good job when he is out. He is bisexual, but no one really knows he likes guys too. He tries to keep that to himself.
Gage is also on the team.  We really don’t get to be in his head very much. But to me he seemed okay with being gay, he just is not sure where Lex stands on things. And to be fair Lex is not even sure where he stands on his own sexuality.
This book is one where both characters are learning it is okay to be themselves.  It does end kinda abruptly for me.  But it is a beautiful ending for this kind of storyline. Overall a sweet story with a great message. 

                                Five Shooting Stars 





Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Going Dark by Monica McCarty

Title:  Going Dark
Series:   The Lost Platoon, 1
Author:  Monica McCarty
Publisher:   Berkley Publishing
Genre and Pairing:  Contemporary and M/F
Page or Word Count:  351 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb 
The members of a top secret SEAL Team can’t keep their passion under wraps in this thrilling contemporary romantic suspense series from New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty.

Like Rome’s Lost Legion, a SEAL platoon goes on a mission and vanishes without a trace.

After walking into a trap on a covert op in Russia, the men from top secret SEAL Team Nine are presumed dead. Not knowing whom they can trust, and with war hanging in the balance, the survivors must go dark and scatter around the globe.

Marine ecologist Annie Henderson joins her new boyfriend on a trip to the Western Isles of Scotland to protest a hazardous offshore drilling venture. When she realizes that she may be swept up in something far more dangerous than she’d intended, there is only one man she can turn to. . . .

She and the mysterious but sexy dive boat captain haven’t exactly gotten off to the best start, but something about his quiet confidence makes her think that he’s the kind of man she can depend on. Because he’s gruff and guarded, she can tell Dan Warren has secrets. But she could never imagine how high the stakes are for him to keep his cover, even as he risks everything to protect her. . . .ABOUT GOING DARK
“A sexy and intense thrill ride.”–Entertainment Weekly

The members of a top secret SEAL Team can’t keep their passion under wraps in this thrilling contemporary romantic suspense series from New York Timesbestselling author Monica McCarty.


Like Rome’s Lost Legion, a SEAL platoon goes on a mission and vanishes without a trace.


After walking into a trap on a covert op in Russia, the men from top secret SEAL Team Nine are presumed dead. Not knowing whom they can trust, and with war hanging in the balance, the survivors must go dark and scatter around the globe.

Marine ecologist Annie Henderson joins her new boyfriend on a trip to the Western Isles of Scotland to protest a hazardous offshore drilling venture. When she realizes that she may be swept up in something far more dangerous than she’d intended, there is only one man she can turn to. . . .

She and the mysterious but sexy dive boat captain haven’t exactly gotten off to the best start, but something about his quiet confidence makes her think that he’s the kind of man she can depend on. Because he’s gruff and guarded, she can tell Dan Warren has secrets. But she could never imagine how high the stakes are for him to keep his cover, even as he risks everything to protect her. . . .
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ABOUT GOING DARK
“A sexy and intense thrill ride.”–Entertainment Weekly

The members of a top secret SEAL Team can’t keep their passion under wraps in this thrilling contemporary romantic suspense series from New York Timesbestselling author Monica McCarty.


Like Rome’s Lost Legion, a SEAL platoon goes on a mission and vanishes without a trace.


After walking into a trap on a covert op in Russia, the men from top secret SEAL Team Nine are presumed dead. Not knowing whom they can trust, and with war hanging in the balance, the survivors must go dark and scatter around the globe.

Marine ecologist Annie Henderson joins her new boyfriend on a trip to the Western Isles of Scotland to protest a hazardous offshore drilling venture. When she realizes that she may be swept up in something far more dangerous than she’d intended, there is only one man she can turn to. . . .

She and the mysterious but sexy dive boat captain haven’t exactly gotten off to the best start, but something about his quiet confidence makes her think that he’s the kind of man she can depend on. Because he’s gruff and guarded, she can tell Dan Warren has secrets. But she could never imagine how high the stakes are for him to keep his cover, even as he risks everything to protect her. . . .
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ABOUT GOING DARK
“A sexy and intense thrill ride.”–Entertainment Weekly

The members of a top secret SEAL Team can’t keep their passion under wraps in this thrilling contemporary romantic suspense series from New York Timesbestselling author Monica McCarty.


Like Rome’s Lost Legion, a SEAL platoon goes on a mission and vanishes without a trace.


After walking into a trap on a covert op in Russia, the men from top secret SEAL Team Nine are presumed dead. Not knowing whom they can trust, and with war hanging in the balance, the survivors must go dark and scatter around the globe.

Marine ecologist Annie Henderson joins her new boyfriend on a trip to the Western Isles of Scotland to protest a hazardous offshore drilling venture. When she realizes that she may be swept up in something far more dangerous than she’d intended, there is only one man she can turn to. . . .

She and the mysterious but sexy dive boat captain haven’t exactly gotten off to the best start, but something about his quiet confidence makes her think that he’s the kind of man she can depend on. Because he’s gruff and guarded, she can tell Dan Warren has secrets. But she could never imagine how high the stakes are for him to keep his cover, even as he risks everything to protect her. . . .
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Review
Annie’s idealism has put her in a bad spot. She is surrounded by secrets and lies.  Meeting Dan is the best thing that has happened to her but will it be the last for Annie?

Going Dark by Monica McCarty is the first in The Lost Platoon series.  This story started a little too slow for me.  I also struggled a bit with Annie’s idealism with Dan’s realism making it possible for a believable long-term connection but those are my issues.  Having said that, I really liked Dan.  He was hiding somewhat in plain sight but still true to his honor.  He was strong in ways that I appreciated.  I liked seeing him as he navigated this new world he found himself in.  While I didn’t necessarily like him with Annie, I could appreciate what Ms. McCarty was trying to convey.  I thought she wrote a well thought out story.  I enjoyed the unexpected twists and will probably give this series another try.


                                        Four Twinkling Stars 






Saved by Angel Payne

Title:  Saved
Series:  Honor Bound
Author:  Angel Payne
Publisher:   Waterhouse Press
Genre and Pairing:  Contemporary and M/F
Page Count:  275 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb 
He saved her life…she saved his soul.

Garrett Hawkins is the most valuable asset to his Special Forces unit, because, frankly, the guy doesn’t care if he lives or dies anymore. Since the love of his life, Sage Weston, was kidnapped and killed with her medical unit a year ago, Garrett has turned the shell of his soul into the armor of a finely tuned fighting machine. Being the first tapped for the unit’s craziest missions is just fine by him. The less time for memories and the agony they carve into his soul, the better.

It’s a plan that works, until Garrett’s world is upended one night in the jungles of Thailand. Memories become reality when the unit is called to rescue a group of kidnapped aid workers, and they discover Sage and her teammate among the retrieved women. Now that Sage is back in his arms, Garrett doesn’t know what to do. He has changed in dramatic ways, especially in the darker tastes of his passion. If he touches Sage again, he’ll want to claim her, restrain her...dominate her.

Is Sage’s love strong enough to let Garrett back in, not only as her fiancĂ© but her Dominant? Can she trust that visiting the new shadows of his life will lead her to ecstasy and not ruin? Or can Garrett’s discipline be exactly what her soul needs to find its way back to life—and love—again?






Review
Garrett has lost the love of his life and he is struggling in every area of his life.  That is until his latest mission brings back more than just memories.  Can he accept the changes in him enough to grab at a second chance?

Saved by Angel Payne is first in her Honor Bound series.  However, this is a re-release of Saved by His Submissive.  I enjoyed Garrett.  He was struggling first with the loss of Sage and second with his need to dominate sexually.  Ms. Payne does a wonderful job of showing Garrett in the depths of despair as he uses work to work through his grief.  I love that even though Sage “rises” from the dead, her relationship with Garrett doesn’t pick-up as if nothing happened.  Both her and Garrett have changed and while their sexual needs are in sync, outside of the bedroom needs work.  I like that Sage pokes the bear so to speak and forces Garrett to really look at not only himself for also their relationship.  This story is well written and an enjoyable read.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to Ms. Payne bringing us more.


                                   Five Shooting Stars 

Angel in Black Leather Pants by Lisa Oliver

Title:  Angel in Black Leather Pants
Series:   The CloverLeah Pack, 9
Author:  Lisa Oliver
Publisher:   Lisa Oliver
Genre and Pairing:  Paranormal and M/M
Page Count:  255 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
Publisher Buy Link:  





Publisher Blurb 
Adair was tired of waiting. He knew he had a mate, although they’d never met, and his waiting wasn’t made any easier watching Tobias snuggling close with his two mates. He’d thought a lot of the smaller wolf at one time. All he had was the company of his two brothers, and endless patrols trying to keep the Cloverleah pack lands safe. A trip to Claude’s with his brothers one night has some unexpected, but pleasant consequences, and after an initial misunderstanding, Adair is suddenly thrust into the world of magic, and the demands of a relationship.
Vassago’s never had a chance to be proud of who he was. As the second son of the king of the djinn, and being a lot smaller than his father or brother, Vassago spent a lot of time on the human realm, avoiding his family and those who had nothing better to do than bully him. After spending a horrible nine months trapped in Jake Poindexter’s body, he knew he had to find his potestatem before he could claim his mate. Unfortunately, that was easier said than done. When help is offered, he’s hesitant to take it, but the lure of finally being in his mate’s arms was too strong to ignore.
The troubles hitting Cloverleah are falling thick and fast. Insane plans of wiping out all paranormal life isn’t confined to a few errant humans. It’ll take the steadfast nature of a wolf shifter, who still has a habit of saying the wrong thing, and the magic of a djinn who’s struggling to believe in himself, before these two will find their HEA.




Review
Adair’s mate has found him but unfortunately Adair has yet to meet him.  However, he will stay true to him no matter how long it takes him to return.  So when Vassago returns only to be summoned, Adair will do whatever it takes to bring him home.
Angel in Black Leather Pants by Lisa Oliver is ninth in The Cloverleah Pack series.  This book is definitely best read in chronological order.  I enjoyed Vassago.  He was an unexpected but kind-hearted male full of power.  He brought a different element to the pack which I enjoyed seeing.  I loved him and Adair together.  Adair is used to protecting so is struggling a bit with having a powerful mate, one who doesn’t really need his protection.  I love that Ms. Oliver showed Adair that he could offer more than brute strength to his mating.  I also loved that his mating was not smooth sailing.  Adair and Vassago are both used to doing and saying what they want, so learning tact and compromise are necessary skills for both men to learn.  I loved meeting the men of Cloverleah pack.  I am sure I missed some nuances as this was my first time visiting this world but overall I enjoyed the feeling of respect and community.  I look forward to seeing where Ms. Oliver will take us as well as starting from the beginning to see how we came to be at this point.

                                    Five Shooting Stars