Friday, June 23, 2017

Rushing Love by Meg Bawden

Title: Rushing Love
Series: States of Love
Author: Meg Bawden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 97
Reviewer: Redz
Buy Link: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/rushing-love-by-meg-bawden-8176-b












Publisher's Blurb
After a devastating breakup with the man he thought he’d spend his life with, Flynn Webb takes a vacation to a South Dakota dude ranch. It’s something completely different from anything he’s done before, and it helps that it’s as far away from his ex as possible. Trapped in his own depressive thoughts, Flynn is surprised to meet Grayson Harland. Not only is Grayson a sexy cowboy—one fifteen years younger—but he’s the most charming man Flynn has ever met.

Flynn doesn’t have much experience with being seduced, and he has even less with guys like Grayson taking an interest in him—and Grayson is definitely interested. What begins as a fling while visiting iconic South Dakota sights soon develops the potential for much more. But Flynn is afraid that falling in love again so soon—and with a man so much younger—will lead only to another catastrophic heartbreak. Luckily for them both, Grayson isn’t giving up without a fight.



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Review
Rushing Love by Meg Bawden is part of the States of Love series. Can be read as a stand alone and understood just fine.
In this story we have Flynn he has been dumped by his boyfriend of 19 years. To make matters worse the guy he got dumped for is 10 years younger than him. So he is now going to a dude ranch in South Dakota trying to forget his troubles. He is 36 years old and a software designer. He feels like he is much older, and just used up at this point.
Grayson is a forward kinda guy. He goes after what he wants with an all in attitude. Flynn likes the cheeky Grayson but he is not sure he is ready for him. Grayson on the other hand has no problems showing Flynn exactly what he wants from him.
Flynn is really hung up on the fact that Grayson is much younger than him. But Grayson is determined to show that age does not make a difference when love is involved.
Over all this is a good story. I felt the chemistry was okay only. I think that is because the story felt rushed to me. I think it needed to slow down and draw out some sexual tension, that would have made me the reader more connected to the story. But it is a good story. Cute about getting a second chance at love where you least expect it.

                                            Four Twinkling Stars


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Stardust Award: Haven City Series by Zoe Perdita

Title: Haven City Series
Series: Rogue Wolf, Alpha's Shadow, Beta's Thief
Author: Zoe Perdita
Publisher: Zoe Perdita
Genre: MM, Paranormal
Pages: 631
Reviewer: Redz



Publisher's Blurb
The first three super sexy books in the Haven City Series!

Rogue Wolf (Haven City Series # 1)

Conner, a rogue wolf and murder detective, isn't looking for a lover when he moves to Haven City. He wants to solve crimes and keep to himself - unable to trust anyone since his pack betrayed him six years before.

But Seth Alwen, his new partner, is different. He excites the wolf's animal instincts - waking up the passion Conner buried long ago. Seth's not only beautiful and alluring; he's also haunted by the death of his former partner. And despite his better judgment, Conner aches to relieve the man of his guilt.

As the two men solve a series of murders, their sizzling attraction overflows into the bedroom. Is the overwhelming passion just a fling or is it forever?

Alpha's Shadow (Haven City Series # 2)

Conner Sharp, a rogue wolf and murder detective, was supposed to be an alpha – until his pack betrayed him and left him for dead. Then he met Seth Alwen, his new partner, and things started looking up. The beautiful seer lusts after him – even if he keeps an infuriating number of secrets.

But something dangerous is stirring inside Conner. The urges of an alpha wolf he buried years ago are rising to the surface. Whenever Seth is near, the beast threatens to unleash itself on the man Conner cares for the most – the man who might be his long lost mate.

While the two men grapple with desire and trust in their relationship, a new murder threatens Haven City and all her shadow folk. A murder that brings Seth and Conner front and center to a dangerous necromancer and the one group of people the seer wants to avoid more than anything: his own family.

Beta’s Thief (Haven City Series # 3)
When Fisk, a cat shifter and thief, is sold into sex slavery, the most dangerous shifter gang in Haven City buys him: the Black Wolves. Ian Black, the gang's leader and alpha wolf, has plans for Fisk. It's up to Breaker, the beta, to follow the boss's orders. Breaker doesn't expect to fall for the alluring feline with the bad attitude. Only Fisk strikes Ian's fancy too, and a beta can't cross an alpha.

Fisk finds himself torn between two very different men - Ian, the sexy alpha and Breaker, the stoic enforcer. One of the wolves is his mate, but Fisk isn't sure how to handle it. Sex is one thing - love is something else.










Review
Haven City Series contains books 1-3 of the Haven City Series by author Zoe Perdita. I loved this volume. I think if you are going to read an entire series this is the way to read it. When you have them grouped in a series you do not have to wait for the next book you can just dive right in and read.
This volume contains the following titles:
Rogue Wolf : this is where Seth Alwen and Connor Sharp meet. I really loved the paranormals introduced in this story. Seth is a seer. I have not read too many stories with a seer in them. I loved how connected Seth feels to everything around him and his visions. He really is a character I feel for. I very much connected to his story and his plight. He is strong but not in a macho way. More like in an empathic way.
Connor is a wolf. He is a lone wolf who was thrown out of his pack. He has a lot of emotional scaring as well as physical. What really drew me to him is how much he is Alpha. I mean that in the way he is a born leader. He doesn't even know how he gives others confidence. He doesn't see what a great leader he is. He deserves a partner that can see the greatness in him. That is Seth all the way.
The next story is Alpha's Shadow. This is where of the story Connor and Seth continues. We see them grow together and how they work together to catch the bad guys.
The final story in this volume is Beta's Thief. Here we meet Fisk and Breaker. I loved this one. Fisk is a cat shifter. He is also a thief. A really good thief.
Breaker is the beta of his pack. He is a wolf. Part of one of the strongest packs in the city. Known for being tough and strong. He has to learn to communicate and tame a kitty who keeps slinking away from him to his alpha's bed.
This story contains some MMM scenes and very light bdsm. Made me want to know Fisk's twin, Seb. Please let his story be next!!
Over all if you love MM and shifters this is the series for you. There is mystery and action as well. All of the stories are well rounded and really great reads. This book is one for my keeper shelf for sure. 

                     Five Shooting Stars and Stardust Award
 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Awoken by the Sheikh by Doris O'Connor

Title: Awoken by the Sheikh
Series: Service to Sisterhood,1
Author: Doris O'Connor
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: MF, FF, Contemporary
Pages: 41
Reviewer: Redz







Publisher's Blurb
Loosen up and awake your inner Sex Goddess...call it services to sisterhood.

The mere thought of an all-expenses paid trip to a tropical island of sexual abandonment makes straight-laced school teacher Astrid break out in a heat rash. What fantasy is she supposed to live out, exactly? You kinda need to have them to re-enact them, right? However, she can’t really turn down a birthday present, even if her outrageous best friend would let her.

Everything changes when she wakes up in her very own Arabian Fantasy. Prince Rashid expects her complete obedience, and Astrid can’t help but respond to the demands of the enigmatic Sheikh. Maybe it’s just the ambiance of this place but Astrid finds new strength in her submission, and the sex is out of this world.

What happens, however, when reality beckons? Can she hold onto the fantasy?







Review
Awoken by the Sheikh is the first book in the Service to Sisterhood series by Doris O'Connor. I really enjoyed this fast paced story. Has great chemistry between the characters and a very hot storyline.
Astrid does not want to go on vacation and let her inner sex goddess out. Her friend though thought differently and arranged everything for her. Astrid thinks that everyone thinks she is a sex starved charity case. But when it is presented as a birthday present to her she cannot say no. So far though she felt to uptight to really enjoy it. That is until one of her fantasies come to life.
She awakens to find she is to pleasure Prince Rashid.
Rashid is a dream come true for Astrid, but can a fantasy be more than just a vacation? Can it turn into something more?
This story is hot and steamy. I loved how sensual it is. I also adored the ending of this one. When you want a short but well done love story this is one to pick up.

                                                           Five Shooting Stars


Gimme Shelter by Kate Steele

Title: Gimme Shelter
Series: Set in Stone, 7
Author: Kate Steele
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: MM, Futuristic Scifi
Pages: 118
Reviewer: Redz








Publisher's Blurb
Captive of a violent warrior race, deliberately injured and set adrift to die alone in space, Shanrem De Nebral is rescued by Zen Ahbramez and the crew of the starship Brizo.

For Shanrem, raised to be nothing more than property to be sold to the highest bidder, the freedom, friendship and love he finds aboard the Brizo is more than he ever dreamed of. But even the best of dreams end, and for Shanrem there's nothing but trouble ahead.

With the near perfection bred into him in ruins, his own people would rather see him dead than returned and the Dukati warrior who owned him wants him back. To keep Shanrem safe and sheltered within his loving embrace, Zen's strength and resolve will be tested to the limits.










Review
Gimme Shelter is the 7th book in the Set in Stone series. This book is by author Kate Steele. I have never read this series before, and I was not lost reading this story. I loved the over all arc of the story. Ms. Steele does a great job of making me feel very connected to her characters and invested in them. I know I want to go back now and read the stories I might have missed. Cause there is really some great ideas in this story, and memorable characters I want to see have happy endings in the future too.
This story is about Zen the captain of the starship Brizo and Shanrem a slave who needs the shelter Zen can provide.
Zen is a good fair captain. He can joke with his crew but also take charge when he needs too. He can also make the hard calls if he has too.
Shanrem has been beaten, sexually abused, and is terrified. He can barely say his own name when we meet him. His trained him to be sold one day, but not to slavers to a high standing person. He was to be the sex slave of that person. Now he is used up and terrified. He needs someone to help heal his mind as well as his body. Lucky for him Zen is more than up for that challenge.
I felt so very much for Shanrem. He goes through a lot in this story. But the ending makes all of it worth it. Warning there is talk about abuse in this book. It makes sense to this story but could be a trigger for a very sensitive reader. I felt it added to the story and was necessary for Shanrem's story to be told. Over all a great read any one who loves to fall in love should read. 


                                       Five Shooting Stars 

 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Matching Mates by Bronwyn Heeley


Title: Matching Mates
Series: Matching Mates 1-6
Author: Bronwyn Heeley
Publisher: Bonny Dee Press
Genre: MM, Paranormal
Pages: 151
Reviewer: Redz









Publisher's Blurb
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The rules of the game are simple. When the matchmaker matches you, you have twenty-four hours of heat, where only your mate will soothe you. What you choose to do is up to you, but the pain of not consummating those desires with your mate will most likely end in death. You are free to walk away at the end of your time together, but no one said it would be simple to head off home and forget what happened.

Wrong Place, Right Time

Matty was put into a waiter uniform and given a tray. The problem was he didn’t know what it was he was heading into, and what contract he signed for just being there.

A wolf and the night of his life will change Matty forever, as long as he’s brave enough to take what’s on offer and run.

Catching His Witch

Josef has wanted Jesse from the moment he met the little witch, but something from his past had him running scared. A chance in a vampire den’s matching party gives Josef the opportunity to have Jesse just where he wants him, and hopefully find a way to keep the little witch forever.

Timid as a Mouse

Loner crocodile shifter, Harry, meets his match with a sweet little mouse that thinks Harry’s everything he could ever want in a mate. But will Harry’s nerves and inexperience lose him the chance with someone who isn’t scared of him?

The Tiger’s Release

Henry watches the tiger shifter pass by as they wait for the matchmaker to do his thing, but it isn’t until the tiger starts watching him back that the night truly gets interesting.

Mate’s Freedom

Robin was locked in the vampire master’s dungeon for trying to spend the night with the wrong man. However, the right one is willing to give him his freedom, but at what price?

Happy Ever Mate

Cameron’s life hasn’t been easy, but he’s willing to put up with being a slave to a master vampire, in order to make the man he loves happy. However, Wayne, his lover, doesn’t care where he sleeps, as long as they’re together. Can he convince Cameron to run away, or will they be spending a lifetime in a place neither of them want to be, just to make the other happy?











Review
Matching Mates has books 1-6 included. They are all by Bronwyn Heeley. I liked these as starts of a book. I feel they could really be expanded and made longer. They are excellent!! Super great connections with the characters and great heat. I would love to know more about them. Maybe visit them later on? Over all though great shorts.
You get :
Wrong Place, Right Time
Catching His Wolf
Timid As A Mouse
Tiger's Release
Mate's Freedom
Happy Ever Mate
Because these are really shorts I am going to concentrate mostly on a over all review of these, and give you a couple I really loved. Wrong Place, Right Time. I loved this one because we are introduced to this world and why these paranormals come together. How they get mated, and what they can or cannot do about it at the end.
Matty has to make a chose in this book. Be a blood whore for a vampire or have a wolf mate. He is a really sweet guy. And really needs Gavin.
Gavin is one possessive wolf. I liked him from the start. He is not afraid to fight for what he wants.
This is mostly a start for these two. I would love to see where they go from here.
I liked this next short because I liked the idea of a crocodile shifter. I do not hear a whole lot about those. Harry is one. In the story Timid as a Mouse. He gets the cute sassy mouse shifter Luke. I loved Luke he is not afraid of a croc. He is more than willing to flirt with danger.
I felt this story was very well rounded too. More so than some others.
Matching Mates is a must read if you love shifters. You might even meet some you have never heard of before. I loved the love in this book it just jumps off the pages. When magic and mates mix great things happen.



                                                  Five Shooting Stars

Forbidden Blood by Anna Wineheart

Title: Forbidden Blood
Series: Ironwrought, 1
Author: Anna Wineheart
Publisher: Anna Wineheart
Genre: MM, Paranormal
Pages: 160
Reviewer: Redz










Publisher's Blurb
Since he killed a vampire eight months ago, Oriel has been on the run. The coven wants him dead, and the feds want his blood to eradicate the vampires. Exhausted, he sneaks into an obscure mansion, rummaging for food. What he doesn't know: a vampire lives there.

Three centuries ago, a human lover betrayed Seb, selling him to the hunters for some quick gold. When his chef quits, Seb is left hanging... until he finds the thief in his garage. He captures Oriel, only to discover that Oriel needs protection. And the one thing Seb wants? A purpose to his life again.

Oriel sets one condition when Seb hires him: Seb cannot drink his blood. Except Oriel's blood tempts him from a distance, tempts him in bed. If he tastes it, he'll be addicted, completely dependent on Oriel. And the hotter Oriel kindles his desire, the harder it is for Seb to stay away.








Review
Forbidden Blood is the first book in the Ironwrought series by author Anna Wineheart. I loved this story. It is told in alternating POV. There is action, adventure, and steamy chemistry. It kept me turning the pages and wanting more.
Oriel he is being hunted. His blood will make a vampire addicted to him. The vampires want to kill him. The humans want to use him. He just wants to be alive and safe. Oh and a burning hunger to eat food sometime soon.
He finds his way into a rich person's garage. He access to food and shelter. Finally after forever he can rest and eat.
He is a good person his life has just gotten out of control. He is smart and crafty that has kept his alive so far.
Seb has been a vampire for a long time. When the council contacts him about some problem with a human he really doesn't jump to do what they want. When he finds a sexy squatter in his garage though things change. But how long can he resist the lure of Oriel's blood?
This is a great paced book. I loved the over all story arc, and it is very well written. I am looking forward to reading more in this series too. I would love to see where we go from here and who falls in love next. 



                                     Five Shooting Stars
 

Dancing Around the Cop by Lisa Oliver

Title: Dancing Around the Cop
Series: Alpha and Omega Stand Alone , 2
Author: Lisa Oliver
Publisher: Lisa Oliver
Genre: MM, Paranormal
Pages: 374
Reviewer: Redz









Publisher's Blurb
Terry Martin has an awesome life – good friends, loving parents and a job he loves designing all of the bright and wonderful costumes for the drag queens at Club Blue. Sure, no one but his parents know he’s an Omega wolf, but he’s okay with that. Unfortunately being a twink often means getting picked on and after a night out with friends, Terry has the misfortune to meet an Alpha wolf, Detective Zander Samuels – his true mate.

Zander can’t have a mate, especially a pretty, sweet little man like Terry. His friend of more than ten years, and partner on the force hates gay men with a passion and Zander won’t risk the only true friend he has, not even for a mate. So even though he’s scented Terry, Zander is determined to stay away from the Omega. Unfortunately the Fates are just as determined that the two men should be together and when Zander finds himself hit with the mating curse in more ways than one, he comes up with a plan to have Terry without upsetting his friend.

A nasty boss, a homophobic partner, some really jerky behaviour by Zander and another Alpha wolf keen on claiming Terry for his own, all conspire to stop any chance these two have of finding true love. But did I mention that the Fates are really persistent?

Warning: This book is about male wolf shifters, it includes coarse language, mm sex scenes, a gorgeously cute Omega who will melt your heart and an Alpha wolf you will just want to slap around the head.











Review

Dancing Around the Cop by Lisa Oliver is the second book in the Alpha and Omega series. This could be read as a stand alone novel just fine. I love this particular series a lot. I am a sucker for MM and werewolves and this series delivers. There is a great connection between Terry and Zander. I liked the pace over all to this story as well.
Terry is an Omega. He is a clothing designer for drag queens. I loved the personalities he designs for they need stories too if you ask me. But Terry is a sweet character, he is kind, and just over all a good person. He is being harassed by his boss. He is a colorful personality and dresser.
Zander has a homophobic partner on the force. He is good at his job. He likes his best friend and partner. He doesn't want to lose his friendship, but he knows he will if he ever finds out that Zander is gay.
So when Zander finds his mate he wants to just have a booty call. He doesn't want commitments. Well Terry is not that kind of guy. He shows the mighty Alpha that Omegas can play to win.
I like that Zander comes full circle in this book. He learns what he really is like inside. And he grows, learns, and connects to his inner wolf.
Over all a great love story with passion and heat. There are memorable secondary characters that I would love to know more about in the future as well. 

                                   Five Shooting Stars