Sunday, July 27, 2014

Reverence by Bailey Bradford

Title: Reverence
Series: Southwestern Shifters, 6
Author: Bailey Bradford
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/M (oral and anal sex)
Word Count: 60,521
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb 
Harley was thrust into the realm of the supernatural at the hands of a sadistic shifter, and his world will never be the same.

Harley's one-night stand turned into a nightmare when a vengeance-seeking shifter kidnapped him to use Harley as a pawn. Things didn't go so well for his abductor, or for Harley. He'd never have believed there were werewolves…shifters, rather, in the real world. After being freed, his mind is a mess and he doesn't know how to cope with the things he's experienced. Fear and anger are powerful emotions, and when they are out of control, the harm caused can scare one's soul.

Val Whitley only ever had one goal in life—to serve in Marcus Criswell's guard. Val had looked up to Alpha Anax Criswell for a long time and was honoured to serve him. When an accident alters Val's life, possibly forever, he fears he'll be of little or no use to his Alpha Anax. What good is a physically damaged shifter, especially one as messed up as he is?
When Val is sent out on an order from Alpha Anax Criswell, he thinks he's being pawned off since he's blind in one eye and is less than any other shifter. He doesn't expect to find a strength he never knew he had, or the love of a destined mate…

I read the blurb and was intrigue so I took a chance when I learned this was the sixth in Bailey Bradford’s Southwestern Shifters series.  Once I began reading two things happened: (1) I was hooked and (2) I was able to quickly figure out the players. (happy dance!)
Both Harley and Val took me on an emotional roller coaster and Ms. Bradford began the ride from page one, word one.  Harley’s fear was palpable.  I could almost taste his loathing for all things of the shifter persuasion.  Ms. Bradford painted with words Harley’s distrust and angst as he was held in his words “prisoner” in the compound.  But I also felt his struggle to move past his fear.  Harley’s determination was equally apparent.  He wanted to move on but couldn’t figure out how.  And Ms. Bradford did a wonderful job of showing us Harley’s mindset as he tried to put his capture and treatment behind him.
I was equally impressed with Val.  He was scarred in a world were shifters don’t scar.  He saw himself as flawed but in spite of his injuries he fought to come back.  I was nothing but impressed with his determination and lack of self-pity.  Even as he thought he was less than, he fought to overcome his limitations.
Together Val and Harley were something special.  Both scarred in different ways but willing to fight for each other and to be whole, even if they are slightly different than before.  And Ms. Bradford wrote a story that conveyed their determination, their fears and their love in a well written and compelling story that was full of Reverence.

                                        Four shooting Stars

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Made Whole by Lea Barrymire

Made Whole (MF)Title: Made Whole
Series: Willie Krenshaw, 2
Author: Lea Barrymire
Publisher: Siren –Bookstrand Publishing
Genre and Pairing: M/F, Paranormal, Erotic Romance, Contemporary
Word Count: 54,381
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb

Renae Gioli isn’t looking for adventure but it finds her in the form of an Italian speaking man named Alexandre DiMassone. The moment she hears his voice in a crappy dive bar she’s entranced. His strange behavior on the dance floor leaves her hot, wanting, and scared.
He’s captivated by her eyes and even as he fights it the vampire can’t help himself. Can he push aside his jaded attitude and embrace what Fate has given him before he loses her? His obsession spells trouble and lust for her. Kidnapping her was never in the cards, but he doesn’t have the willpower to let her walk away.
Rogue vampires, cougar shifters, and more intrude on their time. Can she forgive him for forcing his will on her and changing her entire life in a single bite? His arrogance knows no bounds but she catches a glimpse of the confusion beneath.


I will admit I was happy to see that the second story in the Willie Krenshaw series by Ms. Barrymire was Alex’s story. I thoroughly enjoyed my first meeting of Alex and learning more about him made me like him that much more.  I loved his old world charm and found even his arrogance adorable.  He was so totally clueless about women in general and Renae in particular.  I could empathize with his dissatisfaction with life in general, I mean he has seen and heard it all, probably several times over.  Who wouldn’t find day to day living a bit of a chore?  He has a skill set that allows humans few protections until he meets Ranae.  And when he meets her he can’t figure out what to do, which led to me chuckling as he struggled to understand what he was doing wrong.  His ability to delude himself about his growing feelings for Renae was laughable at times and endearing at others. 
Even though Alex had age on her, Ranae wasn’t going to let him get away with too much for too long.  I was impressed with the strength of character Ms. Barrymire gave us in Ranae.  Her ability to roll with the punches was admirable even as she struggled to accept her changing view of the world.  She wasn’t sure she believed Alex’s “delusions” but when she had no choice; she listened to her options, made a decision and then stuck with it.  I loved that she was willing to fight both her fears and Alex’s as well so that she could have her happily ever after. 
I thought Renae was a fitting mate for Alex.  She wouldn’t stand for too much of Alex’s arrogance and was more than willing to put him in his place when necessary.  I loved that Alex was no longer alone.  He was Made Whole as he stepped into a future with Ranae by his side.

                              Four Twinkling Stars!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Love Under Two Responders by Cara Covington

Love Under Two Responders (MFM)Title: Love Under Two Responders
Series: Lusty, Texas, 15
Author: Cara Covington
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre and Pairing: Contemporary,M/F/M (oral and anal sex, toys, light bondage)
Word Count:87,909
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
Carol Ashwood, esthetician, arrives in Lusty, Texas with no expectations but to earn her way and heal her heart from a major fight with her family. She’s led a sheltered life, but refuses to judge the way the people of Lusty live—and love. And that is probably a good thing, because she falls in love at first sight with Warren and Edward Jessop.
Warren and Edward have been the town’s paramedics for a long time. Respected and loved by all, they’re still considered to be nerdy and socially awkward. And they are, with two exceptions—when they’re on a call, and when they’re with Carol. Their courtship is complicated by Carol’s family issues and the fact that someone has taken shots at Edward. And while the state police say it was only a drunken hunter shooting astray, investigation soon proves otherwise.
Will they discover who has a grudge against one small town paramedic before that shooter tries again?

I am back to one of my favorite stomping grounds, Lusty, Texas.  And with Love Under Two Responders by Cara Covington, you see why I love coming back. 
Once again the geeks rule! Or are they really geeks?  I so enjoyed trying to figure out just how “socially awkward” Ed and Warren really were.  Had they been playing their family or just falling into the role expected of them?  Not that it really mattered because they were definitely not geeky when it came to Carol.  The dominant tendencies I don’t think even they knew about came out with their “one.”  I thoroughly enjoyed seeing both men come out of their shells in something other than a work environment.  Their willingness to fight for their woman was great to see and a bit humorous.  
Watching Ms. Covington maneuver the shy trio was worthy of a return to Lusty, Texas.And while Carol was every bit as shy as the men, she understood them.  She was determined to move outside her comfort zone and grab with both hands the men she is sure are hers.  She allowed her men not only into her body but also her heart which took courage.  I loved that she was able to look past their family identity to see and accept them as they truly were and love them all the more for it.
A relatively new habit of mine has been to read the Acknowledgments, I don’t do it every time but often enough and Ms. Covington’s let me know going into this book to expect something special.  And I must say, I think she delivered.  She gave us a story that laid bare her pain while at the same time giving us hope.  She allowed us to empathize and realize that compassion sometimes works better than vengeance.  I enjoyed the lesson as well as my return to Lusty, Texas.

                                             Four Twinkling Stars