Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Touch Wood by Jenika Snow

Title: Touch Wood
Series: The Ash Brothers, 3
Author: Jenika Snow
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 59
Genre: MF Contemporary
Reviewer Name: Redz






Publisher’s Blurb
The Ash brothers—they know how to handle their wood.

A new smoking-hot Ash Brothers novella from USA TODAY bestselling author Jenika Snow

I’ve been celibate for years, by choice. No woman has held my interest long enough to be worth sacrificing time spent at Ash Lumber, energy spent building the family business.

All that changed when a feisty redhead walked into our job-site trailer.

Andra.

Her skirts drive me crazy and her trying so hard to flat-out ignore me does the rest. Her flushed cheeks when we flirt are enough to send me to bed for a week.

Andra might be supervising this development deal, but there’s no way we’re going to be able to keep things professional around here. My celibate streak is over, and I owe it all to her.

This book is approximately 13,000 words





Review
 Touch Wood by Jenika Snow is the first time I have read her Ash Brothers Series. This is the third book in that series and I was not lost at all reading it first.
I am a huge Jenika Snow fangirl I was really looking forward to this book and it sure did not disappoint at all. I loved the flow of this book.  The characters were well done a little on the predictable side, but sometimes that happens in romances.  I did not take away from my experience at all.
I did feel like to truly not feel rushed this story needed some finessing.  Just needed to slow down a little.  But this is a fast-paced short so again those things happen in this type of romance story.

Liam and his woman Andra they have great chemistry. They are super likable.   Overall this story is a steady ride type of story. A very sweet ending to it. And a wonderful one time read. This is the final book in the Ash Brothers series but I was not lost starting here. I would go back and see what I missed. I really loved this one and cannot wait to read what Ms Snow writes next.

                            Four Twinkling Stars 

Born of Air by Sean Michael

Title: Born of Air
Series: The Dragon Soul Series, 4
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 246
Genre: Paranormal, MM
Reviewer Name: Redz





Publisher’s Blurb
Meet the Beteferoce brothers: five dragon shifters, each with a strong elemental power. And each with a fierce desire to find his soul mate… 

He said he was flying on a silver dragon. He called me “Markus-meine.” Who would know all that? Who? And how?

SWAT cop and dragon shifter Mark Beteferoce had—and lost—a soul mate. He’s finally at the point where he can get through the days without thinking about what used to be…until he tastes Quincy O’Brien’s doughnuts and takes him home to play.

Quincy O’Brien is a gifted baker, but at night he dreams of soaring through the sky on dragonback and being topped by the perfect Dom. Mark satisfies the kinky urges Quincy has only explored in his subconscious, pushing his limits and caring for him afterward.

From the start, their connection was more than sexual. It’s known; it’s familiar somehow. And it’s slowly driving Mark insane. What shouldn’t be possible most certainly is, and the bond between himself and Quincy runs deeper than either of them could ever have realized.

This book is approximately 72,000 words

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise : all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

Carina Press acknowledges the editorial services of Alissa Davis






Review
Born of Air is the fourth book in the Dragon Soul Series  by author Sean Michael. This book is not a standalone title.  There are people we have met before and the book assumes you have read the series before.
Mark is a swat cop and dragon shifter.
Quincy makes doughnuts and is a gifted baker.  He wants a dominate. Lucky for him Mark is a dom and more than willing to make his fantasies come true.

Fast paced story that has a ton of heart and soul in it. I really enjoyed this read and look forward to more in the series in the future. 

                               Five Shooting Stars 

In the Mood Fur Love by Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden and Kate Baxter

Title:  In the Mood Fur Love
Series: Anthology
Author: Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden, Kate Baxter
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 400
Genre: Paranormal, MF, Contemporary
Reviewer Name: Redz




Publisher’s Blurb
Three hot stories about sexy shifters from a trio of today's hottest paranormal romance authors, headlined by bestselling authors Eve Langlais and Milly Taiden!

Bearing His Touch by Eve Langlais
When Becka manages to escape her kidnapper, she finds herself asking help of the man with the nice brown eyes. Stavros can’t say no, not when he knows Becka is his mate, but he does have one dilemma when it comes to claiming her. He'll have to find a way for her to bear his touch.


Fake Mated to the Wolf by Milly Taiden
Looking for a mate to bring to a party? Wedding? Holiday gathering? Mates Fur Hire is right for you? But what happens when your fake mate ends up being your real one, from New York Times bestselling author Milly Taiden!


The Witch, The Werewolf and The Waitress by Kate Baxter
For centuries, Lowman, Idaho has been Ellie Curtis's prison. A vengeful witch cursed her with immortality and locked her within the confines of Lowman's borders, sealing Ellie off from most of civilization for eternity. She's learned to make the most of it. But when she meets a cocky werewolf who's part of the elite supernatural law enforcement group, all bets are off...

Colin instantly knew that Ellie was his mate, but when he discovers her secret, he's determined to help set her free. But in doing so, he might just lose the one thing he knows he can't live without..







Review
In the Mood Fur Love has stories by the following authors  Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden, and Kate Baxter.  They are MF and paranormal in nature. I liked that cohesiveness. I like rhyme and reason to anthologies. These all fit very well.
Bearing His Touch by Eve Langlais  is my favorite of all the stories. They are all great stories and I kept the review of each short as to not give too much away by reviewing each story.
Bekka and Stavros are in Bearing his touch. They have a chemistry that is heartfelt and really jumps off the page. They do not have any serious obstacles but I loved the true love I could feel from their story.
Fake Mated to the Wolf by Milly Taiden, this story had something missing. I did not feel this was a complete story more like an episode in the lives of the characters.
The Witch the Were Wolf and the Waitress by Kate Baxter has Ellie cursed by a witch, Colin is the werewolf who has to help save her and the entire town. I love the humor in this story.
Overall In the Mood Fur Love is a great read. I loved each story in its own way. I also love how each author is able to blend with the next. Though totally different stories they all fit together beautifully.



                                 Five Shooting Stars 







Nothing Special: His Hart's Command by A.E. Via

Title: Nothing Special: His Hart’s Command
Series: S.W.A.T. , and Nothing Special, 6
Author: A.E. Via
Publisher: A.E. Via
Pages: 250
Genre: MM,  Contemporary
Reviewer Name: Redz




Publisher’s Blurb
Lennox Freeman (Free) is one of the best hackers in the world which has caused him to spend most of his life on the run. Never able to put down roots, he couldn’t trust anyone not to take advantage of him, even his own family. If it wasn’t for his best friend, Tech, shielding him, Free’s father would’ve sold him and his skills to the highest bidding crime family when he was still a student at MIT. Free owed Tech his life; so when his friend called for him to come to Atlanta to work with him, he couldn’t say no. However, he wasn’t expecting the overprotective group of detectives that made up Atlanta PD’s most notorious task force. And he certainly wasn’t prepared for the large-and-in-charge SWAT Captain that was responsible for their safety.

Ivan Hart has lived and bled one creed all of his life: To Serve and Protect. His intense focus and determination in law enforcement has led him to finally commanding his own team. He’d worked hard to put together a squad of badasses capable of backing up a very dangerous team of detectives. Being God and Day’s last line of defense came with a lot of responsibility that he took very seriously.

After his divorce was final Hart turned right around and remarried his job. He had his good friends there in the office with him every day, so it was easier to ignore the few quiet hours he spent at home alone each night. He’d settled well into his new routine and was comfortable with it. Then God decided to disrupt everything by hiring another tech specialist for his department. A man whose brains, trendy looks, and voice would leave Hart tongue-tied and captivated at their first introduction.
Free quickly awakens a passion in Hart that he long thought was dead. An attraction he didn’t know existed. He couldn’t fathom that the sexy cyber genius could be interested in an over-sized, big-bearded brute that served criminals the bottom line for a living. No matter what his best friend, God said.

A future with Hart could be potentially dangerous and often times full of terrifyingly close calls; but little did he know that so could falling for the most hunted hacker in the world. All Lennox Freeman wants in life is security, love and protection… Hart had all that to give and more.

This novel is a part of a series and contains previously mentioned characters, but CAN BE read as a standalone. No cliffhangers. 








Review
Nothing Special: His Hart’s Command is the 6th book in the Nothing Special series and part of the S.W.A.T series by author AE Via.  I love this series. The men are always fun to revisit.  This one has two favorites who find love. This series should be read in order, you would get the most enjoyment out of it that way.
I loved the details in this book.  The pictures, the names of the chapters, they all bring this book to another level. 
There are really fun personalities in this book, we really get to see old people we know and introducing something new too. Free is kind and smart.  A computer geek at heart.  He has easy smiles and an easy nature to pair with that.
Hart is good at making others feel safe.  Very protective nature. He thinks he is hiding his growing obsession with Free but everyone can see it well except free.
I really enjoyed this book, and cannot wait for more. I really think fans of this series will enjoy this a lot and a great introduction to the S.W.A.T series.



                                    Five Shooting Stars 




Trouble Comes in Threes by M.A. Church

Title: Trouble Comes in Threes
Series: Fur, Fangs, and Felines, 1
Author: M.A. Church
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 234
Genre: MM,  paranormal, menage 
Reviewer Name: Redz


Publisher’s Blurb
A snowstorm in the South—on New Year’s Eve—is a perfect recipe for a catastrophe. After two soul-crushing bad breaks, Kirk’s waiting for disaster number three to strike when, naturally, two stray cats arrive on his doorstep during the storm and decide to make themselves at home. Tenderhearted Kirk lets them stay even though there’s something decidedly odd about his overly friendly felines.

Out of the punishing weather and full of tuna, Dolf and Tal are happy to be snug in Kirk’s house. But then their human goes outside for firewood and suffers a nasty fall that leaves him unconscious. Now the two cats have no choice but to reveal themselves.

Kirk wakes up to find the two kitties are actually Dolf and Tal. They’re cat shifters—and his destined mates. Being part of a feline threesome is enough for Kirk to grapple with, but soon he learns they come from a clowder that doesn’t believe humans and shifters should mix. Kirk knew those two cats would be trouble. Little does he know the real trouble lies ahead.





Review
 Trouble Comes in Three by M.A. Church is the first book in the Fur Fangs, and Felines series.  I really loved this story it is fun, and cute.
I cannot wait to read more in this really fun series.
Dolf and Tal are an established couple. They are a feline shifter. Like house cats.  Tal is more submissive and bratty.  Dolf is more serious and dominate.  When they find they have a third mate. This mate is human that is where this story gets complicated.
Kirk is a sweet guy. But he has no experience with paranormals.  But he does get some cute little house pets who are way more than they seem at first.
I also like the political part of this book. How does this affect the whole group of cats? And the preconceived notions about humans and how they react to paranormals.   Really brings this story to another level.
I loved this story and cannot wait for more. There is heart and soul in this story and it really comes through when you read it.

                             Five Shooting Stars 






Gideon by Lee Quail

Title: Gideon
Author: Lee Quail
Publisher: Smashwords
Pages: 317
Genre: MM, Action adventure non romance sorta futuristic sci fi
Reviewer Name: Redz


Publisher’s Blurb

It's the year 2400. Toba has erupted and plunges the earth into a cold, dark volcanic winter. The world is divided into two factions, Denizens who opted to go underground, and the Solarians who remain on the surface. But there is something more than sinister in the air; children have developed kinetic powers, which, used in the wrong hands, could decimate all of humanity. Governments all around the world want them.

But Commander Gideon Kinsman won't have any of that. He's prepared to do anything to stop them in their tracks and risk losing friends and colleagues. More than this, he must be prepared to face the ultimate choice; choose the children, or lose the man he loves more than anything in the world.




Review
Gideon by Lee Quail this book was really hard to review. There are things I really loved about this story and somethings I felt the author needed to slow down and expand more.  The bones of this story so to speak, they are good. Mr. Quail is a gifted writer and it shows in this story.
This story has a very long-winded prologue, if you are not big on them, well this is not the book for you, you really do need to read it and not skip it.
What I found dislikable about this story is where we are and when we are is not established right away.  When you do a futuristic or sci fi themed story I should never have to guess where I. am,  I like stories that are straight forward and clear.  That is a personal preference of mine.  This story lacks that.
We just jump into a ton of action, which is fine had this been a screenplay and we were watching this on TV. However, the translation into the written word means some of this is lost on me.
I think when the author finesses this story more though, that is when it will really shine.  Needs to slow down and really paint the picture for the story to work.
Nonromance for me. There are hints but it does not have the connection a true romance has. It does have a great storyline. But the story cannot find the genre it really wants to be in, scifi or futuristic.   Or a combination?  So, I loved the base of the story, the execution needs some work and finessing, but I would pick up this author again, I would love to see where they go next.


                                   Four Twinkling Stars 
   



Monday, January 14, 2019

Havoc by Kindle Alexander

Title: Havoc
Series: Tatoos and Ties, 1
Author: Kindle Alexander
Publisher: Kindle Alexander
Pages: 254
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Reviewer Name: Redz



Publisher’s Blurb

Keyes Dixon’s life is challenging enough as a full patch member of the Disciples of Havoc Motorcycle Club but being a gay biker leaves him traveling down one tough road. With an abusive past and his vow to the club cementing his future, he doesn’t believe in love and steers clear of commitment. But a midnight ride leads to a chance meeting with a sexy distraction that has him going down quicker than a Harley on ice.

Cocky Assistant District Attorney Alec Pierce lives in the shadow of his politically connected family. A life of privilege doesn’t equal a life of love, a fact made obvious at every family gathering. Driven yet lonely, Alec yields to his family’s demands for his career path, hoping for the acceptance he craves. Until he meets a gorgeous biker who tips the scales in the favor of truth and he can no longer live a lie.

Can two men from completely different worlds…and sides of the law…find common ground, or will all their desires only wreak Havoc?

While Havoc is a stand-alone with no cliffhanger, the story continues early 2019.





Review

Havoc by Kindle Alexander is the first book in the Tattoos and Ties series. I think this series is off to a spectacular start.  There is great character connection which for me is key to any romance novel. There is a tough grittiness to this book, and lots of emotions.   I could not put this one down.
Keyes a strong biker used to working and playing hard.
Alex from a politically connected family.  Assistant D.A.  but he is lonely and doesn’t feel like he can be himself with his family.
I like the opposites attract part of this romance. They are different economically but emotionally I found them to have the same need for love and acceptance for the way they are, without someone trying to change them.
I loved the fast pace to this book. There are drama and love that kept me turning the pages. When you want a great read with depth and connection this is the one to pick up. 


                               Five Shooting Stars