Thursday, May 28, 2020

Worh the Wait by Maggie Decker

Title: Worth the Wait
Series: Hidden Pack, 2
Author: Maggie Decker
Publisher: Maggie Decker
Genre:  MM  Paranormal
Pages: 189
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Elkan’s had over 25 years to be angry about being abandoned by his mate. How long will forgiveness take?

Joey ran away with nothing more but the memories of what could’ve been. He needed to protect his sister, and he’d do it again. That doesn’t mean it was easy.

Now, by chance, they find each other again and have to decide if they can make it work this second time around. They need to figure it out pretty quickly too, because like always, life continues on and their help is needed.

People are being attacked and if they work together, with the help of their pack and their family, they just might be able to save lives.

In the end they might discover that this is how fate always meant it to be and that even through all the pain, it was worth the wait.

Worth the Wait is the second book in the Hidden Pack series by author Maggie Decker. I loved this story. Was perfect and made me fall in love with a new to me series. This story doesn’t have to be read in order to get this story at all.  There are time jumps in this story, but I found them necessary to the overall storyline.
Joseph or Joey: his parents drank, a lot. He loved the local doc as a kid cause the man gave him hugs.  He knew his parents didn’t love them. And he knew he had to protect his younger sister from the abuse. He moves away from the pack in order to protect her.  Years later the pack Alpha wants him to move back and help a young man who had gone through what he did as a kid.  He does.
Elkan he wants his mate. He has been searching for him. Now that he has found him he is going to do whatever it takes to keep him. He is Alpha by nature. And he is dominate.  He has a mission and he is not going to stop till he achieves his goals.
I loved these two together. They are kinda unlikely mates but they are the ying and yang to each other. They both need what the other can give them. I love that. I cannot wait for more from this series in the future.

                             Five Shooting Stars

Creature's Comfort by Maggie Decker

Title: Creature’s Comfort
Series: Hidden Pack, 3
Author: Maggie Decker
Publisher: Maggie Decker
Genre:  MM  Paranormal
Pages: 200
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Tom has been rejected from the only pack he had. His body and soul broken until only anger was left. Can he find the strength to trust again?

Sam has been looking for his mate for nearly a century. When he finally meets him he's greeted with only disdain and hostility. Is there any way to earn the trust of someone who hates you without reason?

He has no name. None that he can remember. His tormetned soul is trapped inside a body that has become a prison. Only vague memories of who he once was remind him he was ever more than this. Without hope he is ready to let go, but at the moment of capture he senses a seond chance to get back what once was lost.

Can these three work together to save each other before what could be becomes what never was?

The beast they captured opens the door to the answers Alpha has been looking for and opens the eyes of the Hidden Pack to another world they never knew existed.

Creature’s Comfort by Maggie Decker is the third book in the Hidden Pack series. I started with this book.  This story is not repeat is not a standalone read. The actual love story between Tom and Sam does not start till the middle of the book.  You must know other characters.  So, I mentioned I started with this story right, I was so lost. I think I got enough for this review. But I was lost so lost.
There are a ton of characters. They float in and out of the story. This made it even more confusing for me.
Sam is a Fairy well part Fairy. Been looking for his mate for a very long time.
Time main beta and driver to his pack. He has been rejected by them now. It is the only pack he has ever had.
Overall, these two are well suited for each other. I did like this story for the most part. But I highly suggest reading this series in order.

                       Three Red Stars

The Alpha's Warlock by Eliot Grayson

Title: The Alpha’s Warlock
Series: Mismatch Mates, 1
Author: Eliot Grayson
Publisher: Smoking Teacup Books
Genre:  MM  Paranormal
Pages: 172
Reviewer: Redz
Publisher’s Blurb
Cursed, mated, and in for the fight of their lives…

Warlock Nate Hawthorne just wants a cup of coffee. Is that too much to ask? Apparently. Because instead of precious caffeine, all he gets is cursed by a pack of werewolves who want to use him for his magic. Now the only way to fix the damage is a mate bond to a grumpy and oh-so-sexy alpha in the rival pack, who happens to hate him. This is so not how he wanted to start his day.

Ian Armitage never intended to take Nate as his mate. The Hawthorne family can’t be trusted. Ian knows that better than anyone. The fact that he’s lusted after the way-too-gorgeous man for years? Totally irrelevant. Ian’s just doing what is necessary to protect his pack. This whole mating arrangement has nothing to do with love and never will. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it.

Nate and Ian will have to work together if they have any hope of staving off the pack’s enemies and averting disaster. That’s assuming they can stop arguing (and keep their hands off each other) long enough to save the day…

The Alpha’s Warlock is an explicit M/M paranormal romance featuring a snarky warlock, a brooding alpha werewolf, knotting, enchanted socks (long story), and a guaranteed happily ever after.

The Alpha’s Warlock by Eliot Grayson is the first book in the Mismatch Mate series.  I was on the fence if it liked this story. There are some great things about this story and not so great.
Powerful Warlock cursed needs an Alpha to save him. That is how this story starts.
The only alpha who can save Nate the powerful warlock is Ian. The one person who hates Nate the most. He is second in command to the pack.  They get married but their tempers make their bonding so turbulent. This is where I had a problem. Most of this book is these two quibbling back and forth. Truthfully, that got a little tiresome. 
What I did like is the politics going around them. There is a ton going on.  I loved that.  The actual love story did not hold my interest but the story around them did. I cannot wait for the next book, I wanna see who falls in love next and how the pack recovers from what has happened in this book.

                          Four Twinkling Stars

hybrid Mate by Jenny Tia and Liam Kingsley

Title: Hybrid Mate
Series: Everglow Pack, 3
Author: Jenny Tia and Liam Kingsley
Publisher: Jenny Tia and Liam Kingsley
Genre:  MM  Paranormal
Pages: 222
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
All shifters are evil … so how can I crave one?
Shifter blood may run through my veins, but I’ve done everything I can to keep my human half in control. As a member of the human resistance I need to fight the evil inside me … and to stamp it out of the world. But when Mikel crosses my path he makes my senses go haywire and has me questioning everything I’ve ever known.

He’s the enemy, but I yearn for him. And with every deft touch and soft kiss I need to remind myself that shifters are master manipulators who will do anything to get their way. He calls me his mate, but I can’t give in.

Not when he kisses me. Not when he holds me. Not when he protects me from harm.

How can I trust a shifter alpha when I’ve spent my whole life fighting them? And how can I resist when I realize I want nothing more in the world than Mikel?

Hybrid Mate is the third book in the Everglow Pack series by authors Jenny Tia and Liam Kingsley.  This story is written in dual POV and fast paced.  I would read this series in order, helps to know who is who.
Eli in a prison being held captive by wolves. He is pissed off. He has been brain washed to believe all shifters are beasts that should die. Mikel had told him that they were mates, but he wants nothing to do with it.
Mikel does all he can to care for his mate and brings him burgers. He also calms him when need be. He is upset his mate doesn’t trust him.
Both men need to trust each other and become the mates they were meant to be. There is an evil coming and if they cannot become a bonded pair, they might not survive it.
I loved this addition to the series. I felt gave us a great mindset into the bad guys as well as the good ones. I cannot wait for more from this series in the future.

                                    Five Shooting Stars 

Alpha in Heat by Anna Wineheart

Title: Alpha In Heat
Series: Meadowfall firefighters, 4
Author: Anna Wineheart
Publisher: Anna Wineheart
Genre:  MM  contemporary
Trigger warnings from author:  on page torture, past torture, past human experimentation, past organ transplant/ additions, past lover suicide, self-harm ideation, consensual dubcon play, some violence, some gore.
Pages: 387
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Alpha-preg. Enemies-to-lovers. Boss/Subordinate. May/Dec.
Jesse Sinclair has secrets. A mountain of them. At twenty, newly-rescued from a human trafficking ring, he's eager for a new beginning. That means not looking at his case files, and not knowing what his captors have done to him. It's all in the past. It doesn't matter anymore.

Except it does, when his PTSD gets him off on the wrong foot with his fire station deputy, Dom. Dom is alpha-as-hell, twice his age, and it's clear he doesn't want Jesse on the team. Jesse joins the station family anyway, and everyone welcomes him with open arms. That is, everyone but Dom, who challenges him to drinking matches.

Dom, who subdues him during his panic attacks.

Dom, who kisses him and pretends it didn't happen.

But the biggest secret is the one even Jesse doesn't know—back in the Facility, his body was altered. Something Jesse should've discovered before following Dom home one night.

The simmering heat between them explodes. Jesse ends up conceiving a child. He's not prepared for this at all.

Alpha in Heat is a 84k-word standalone slow-burn non-shifter MPreg romance, with two very aggressive alphas, secret donut gifts, an accidental pregnancy, and a station family who loves them both despite their quirks.

Alpha in Heat by Anna Wineheart this story deals with many troubling themes, I loved how Ms Wineheart handles the with grace and believability. The blend makes this story completely unique and memorable.
There are trigger warnings the author has put in before you read the story.  I will tell them here, on page torture, past torture, past human experimentation, past organ transplant/ additions, past lover suicide, self-harm ideation, consensual dubcon play, some violence, some gore.
This is also and enemies to lovers’ story and has mpreg in it.  Though not what you would expect.
Jesse suffers from PTSD.  He is 20 years old and has lived through hell. The things Jesse has suffered is horrific.  The fact he is a decent human after all that makes him a hero I love.  He has a strength of spirit and deep loving nature.  Such a strong character. Loved him a lot. 
Dom he is alpha and the fire station deputy. At first, I could not stand this character. He was judgmental, and over all mean to Jesse.  When you peel back the layers and see why he is the way he is, you begin to like him more and more.  When you find his heart of gold you are cheering for him and Jesse to be together.
This story is a slow burn, has a few time jumps as well. Overall a great read.  You do not have to read this series in order to get this storyline. 
If you want a deeply emotional read that you will never forget I highly recommend picking this one up.

                           Five Shooting Stars 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Feral Dawn by Lee Colgin

Title: Feral Dawn
Author: Lee Colgin
Publisher: Lee Colgin
Genre:  MM paranormal
Pages: 101
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
A vampire, guilty of killing his own sire, is left for dead in the territory of a lone wolf. When Hugo stumbles upon Ivan, he’s faced with an impossible choice: leave the injured vampire to perish in the sun’s rays, or take him to the home he’s lived in alone for the last decade.

Ivan, bleeding and helpless, must trust this mysterious werewolf to protect him and nurse him back to health. He learns Hugo is on his own, cast out from his pack and cut off from his family.

Hugo saves his life, and Ivan will do anything to return the favor—even take on the rogue alpha terrorizing Hugo’s childhood pack.

Can an outcast werewolf and a disgraced vampire find love, or will an old enemy tear them apart?

Feral Dawn is a 26K MM paranormal romance featuring a vampire who will do anything to protect those he loves, a shy werewolf willing to take a risk, hurt/comfort, and a touch of violence for readers who love a good fight scene. 

Feral Dawn by author Lee Colgin, I liked this paranormal story. I found it gave me a new perspective on vampire and wolf relations that I had not seen before.  This story is written in dual POV and is a fast-paced action-packed read.
Ivan is found starved and almost dead by Hugo.  Ivan had killed his sire, granted it was to save his sister but killing a sire resulted in death that was the vampire council’s rules.  He has only been a vampire for four weeks.
Hugo is a wolf banished from his pack.  He usually is in wolf form.  Helping Ivan is the closest thing he has had to human interaction in years.  He even shifts to his human form for Ivan.
Both men have tragic pasts to get over. And both men need each other more than they even know.  I loved this story. I hope it becomes part of a series. I see where this could go in the future and I would love to know more about the politics and side characters that are introduced.

                          Five Shooting Stars 

Monday, May 25, 2020

Daddy Ink by Ali Lyda

Title: Daddy Ink
Series: Get Ink’d, 1
Author: Ali Lyda
Publisher: Adi Lyda
Genre:  MM Contemporary
Pages: 272
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
He’s raising a baby, not looking for love …

I don’t want a serious relationship, and certainly not with the single dad next door. But one look at Gordo? I’m smitten. Even though I might be a tough looking tattoo artist, I know that the ink does a lot to hide my own insecurities. It doesn’t matter how much Gordo seems to like me - I can’t bring myself to make a move.

Talking has never come easy to me - and I mean that literally. But Gordo doesn’t seem fazed by my speech problems or the mess in my head, and soon we’re forming a deep connection. But I learned a long time ago that nothing lasts forever … and when a blast from Gordo’s past shows up, it proves that everything was too good to be true.

At least, that’s what the old me would say. This time, I know that Gordo and his little baby are worth fighting for. I’m willing to walk through fire to get what I want. But can a tattoo artist with a checkered past really be any guy’s happily ever after?

Daddy Ink is the first of the Get Ink’d m/m romance series. The Get Ink’d crew are misfits from all walks of life who come together to create amazing art. They’re a family born of love, loss, and ink. In this first in series, ambitious single dad Gordo has met his match in heavily inked Javi, and sparks are ready to fly. 

Daddy Ink by Ali Lyda is the first book in the Get Ink’d series. I loved this introduction to the misfits coming together.   This story is told in dual POV this allows me into both character’s mind set.
Gordo has an infant daughter that he takes care of. His ex-husband had planned on raising the baby together but six years of invitro drove them apart.  He is a graphic artist.  He has had little to no sleep, so the noise next door really bothered him. He and his little one need sleep.
Javi liked people in his house. The more people the better. He hated being alone with his thoughts.  He wanted to forget.  He stutters and is embarrassed by it.  He also signs when he needs to just makes his life easier.  He works as a tattoo artist.  He has been very self-destructive in the past and works at the local youth center.
Both men need what the other person can bring into their life. Gordo needs someone to care for and someone to be there for him.  Javi needs to care for someone and have a family.  This story is paced very well. I loved how these two came together. But they are friends as well.
Overall, this is a great read, and I am looking forward to more from this series in the future.

                             Five Shooting Stars