Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cupid's Time by Jess Buffett



Title:Cupid’s Time
Series:The Keepers, 1
Author:Jess Buffett
Publisher:JK Publishing, Inc.
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/M (oral and anal sex)
Page Count:59 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
Cupid’s job is to help find true love for others, but it's a hard job to do when he’s in love with a man who barely acknowledges his existence. Fighting his own desires, he is ready to give up all emotions just to avoid the pain of not having the respect of the one that holds his heart, let alone craving his love.
The Keepers can find their soul mates among each other, but Cupid is young compared to the one who is meant for him. However, when violence strikes close to home for the Keepers, Cupid is needed to help in the healing process, but only if the soul mates acknowledge their love will the healing begin.
Is Cupid in time or will time finally run out? Leaving the one who brings couples together, alone and emotionless for all of eternity.






Review
I really enjoyed the premise of Jess Buffett’s Cupid’s Time.  Who would expect Cupid, the Easter Bunny, or Mother Nature to be sexy hot men?  But Ms. Buffett’s new series The Keepers imagines just that.  And Cupid has the hots for Father Time, Thyme as he is known to other keepers.  But Thyme has little respect or regard for him, or does he?  I enjoyed Cupid.  He enjoyed his job.  And Ms. Buffett did a great job of mixing what we know about Cupid with her imagination.  I really enjoyed Thyme in this tale.  He is one of the oldest keepers and I could understand why he felt he was cradle robbing even though Cupid was a grown man of 5000.  He knew Cupid was his mate, but couldn’t figure out how to converse with Cupid in a way that wasn’t a bit condescending.  When he learned that Cupid felt disrespected, he tried to fix it but circumstances beyond his control contributed to their continued miscommunication.  I loved how Ms. Buffett resolved the issues between Thyme and Cupid.  Even though this was a quick read, it felt complete.  Both Thyme and Cupid were well developed characters.  The story was well written and I am looking forward to seeing more of Ms. Buffett’s Keepers find their happily every after.

                           Four Twinkling Stars



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Big, Bad Vampire by Olivia Black



Big, Bad Vampire (MM)Title:Big, Bad Vampire
Series:Silver Bullet, 2
Author:Olivia Black
Publisher:Siren-Bookstrand
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/M (oral and anal sex, light bondage, spanking)
Word Count:21,355
Reviewer Name: Luna
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http://www.bookstrand.com/big-bad-vampire






Publisher Blurb
Jayden Channing is a twenty-two-year-old college student. He’s also a virgin. After almost a full year of trying to sneak into the pack’s club, Silver Bullet, his older brother and Alpha gives in. Finally able to drink and dance, Jayden embarks on an exciting new world. Everything changes that first night though. He senses his mate, an ancient vampire who is heavily into BDSM.
Andrew Porter has been alive for almost two hundred years. He’s had his fill of wild nights. While at the club, Silver Bullet, he gets into an intense scene, completely focused on the other man. It’s nothing unusual for him, just another normal night. During the scene, he’s interrupted by a young shifter and yells at the young man.
Weeks later, hungry and weak, Andrew’s friends convince him that he’s met his True Match. Now, he needs to find the man and drink before it’s too late.


Review
I enjoyed Big, Bad Vampire by Olivia Black.  In the second installment of the Silver Bullet series we meet young Jayden.  And when I say young, I mean not only young but inexperienced and a bit na├»ve.  For Jayden the skies the limit and he is finally allowed to let his hair down, so to speak.  So who would expect him to find his mate his first night out with the “big boys?”  I think Ms. Black did a wonderful job with Jayden’s character.  He finds his mate and tries to understand what Andrew needs and what he finds scares him to death.  I could empathize with Jayden and understood his fears.  Ms. Black laid it out in such a way that I never once thought Jayden was being unreasonable or overly dramatic.  I have read plenty of books to know that is not an easy balance.  And then she gave us Andrew.  Andrew is ancient.  At first I thought it was an odd pairing, but as this story unfolded, I could see why they would fit.  Andrew’s needs were intense and once Jayden began to understand the bdsm dynamic you could see where his lack of knowledge blended well with Andrew’s desires.  Other than gleaning too much information from unreliable sources, Jayden’s innocence was a good foil for Andrew.  I loved how Ms. Black managed to move past Jayden’s fears and make Andrew a bit more likeable.  He was so stuck in his ways and used to not having to bend, that it was nice to see his willingness to put Jayden’s needs above his own. 
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to seeing more patrons of the Silver Bullet find their happily ever after.

                           Four Twinkling Stars 


Tiger's Choice by Olivia Black



TigerTitle:Tiger’s Choice
Series:Silver Bullet, 3
Author:Olivia Black
Publisher:Siren-Bookstrand
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/M (oral and anal sex, light bondage)
Word Count:20,722
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb
Sam McMillian is a tiger shifter living with a wolf pack. He was kicked out of his own family streak, not only for being gay, but for being a submissive bottom. He’s supposed to be a strong, fierce predator. Hiding who he really is from the wolf pack that welcomes him, Sam starts his life over. Not being able to deny what he really wants, Sam sneaks out once a month and meets with Charles Montgomery. The man is not only his Master, but is also Sam’s mate. 
Charles is an ancient vampire. He meets his True Match, a vampire’s perfect blood match, at the Silver Bullet. He hides the truth from his friends because Sam asks him to. After a year of meeting once a month in secret, Charles decides that things need to change. To get Sam’s attention, Charles gives him an ultimatum, pushing the other man over the edge and provoking his tiger to rise.







Review
I really liked Charles in Olivia Black’s Tiger’s Choice.  I thought he was getting a raw deal with Sam.  I mean he allowed himself to be hidden like a dirty little secret by his True Mate.  I could totally feel and understand his pain.  I loved that he took a stand and was willing to accept that he was worth more from his mate, especially as his mate was unwilling to tell him why.  I loved how Ms. Black handled Charles’ angst and determination. 
In spite of how Sam treated Charles, Ms. Blackstill managed to make Sam likeable.  We were already predisposed to like him from previous appearances in the Silver Bullet series.  I wanted to smack Sam upside the head for the way he was treating Charles, but Ms. Black did a great job of laying out the why.  We could see that his new pack wouldn’t care about his sexual desire and needs but it was also easy to understand why Sam was so afraid. 
I thought this story was well written and enjoyable.  The characters were fully developed and their journeys felt real and believable.  I continue to enjoy this series and look forward to seeing more patrons of the Silver Bullet get their happily every after.

                                     Four Twinkling Stars