Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mr. Red Riding Hoode by Dana Marie Bell



Title:Mr. Red Riding Hoode
Series:  Poconos Pack, 2
Author:Dana Marie Bell
Publisher:Samhain Publishing
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/F
PageCount:98 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb


The better to make you mine, my dear…

Poconos Pack, Book 2

When it came down to saving his best friend Ben’s relationship, Steven Hoode didn’t hesitate to trade his Florida timeshare for a month at Red Wolf Lodge. Cold weather isn’t his favorite thing, but hot snow bunnies are, so he plans to make the most of his vacation.

Good karma kicks in when he sees a pretty brunette chatting with the lodge owner. All thoughts of nuptials and nookie take a back seat to the heat that flares between them.

When Graciela “Chela” Mendoza catches sight of the gorgeous man shivering in a red-hooded parka, she realizes why he makes her heart beat faster. He’s her mate. The problem? Steven has no idea his friends are Wolves.

Chela plans to break it to him gently, but when he accidently witnesses the whole Pack shifting, things get a bit…hairy. He bolts, locking himself in his cabin and refusing to listen, even to Ben.

Unless she can get him to see that Wolves are people, too, Chela will lose her mate faster than she can say woof.

Warning: This book contains explicit sex, graphic language, a man packing some nice goodies and a she-Wolf all ready to gobble them up.






Review
 I have yet to be disappointed by anything that I have read by Dana Marie Bell and Mr. Red Riding Hoode will not be the first.  I laughed throughout this story and I am sure that you will too.  I adored Steve when we first met him.  He was a great friend to Ben and it was obvious that while he was unaware of Ben’s true nature, their connection was bone deep.  So when Steve braves the cold to be a part of his best friend’s wedding, you knew it would be good times.  And then for Steve to find the mate he didn’t know he was looking for, even better.  And his reaction to said mate and learning that his best friend is a shifter, priceless.  Ms. Bell let the good times roll, at least after Steve has a moment or three to collect himself and convince himself he isn’t crazy!  But you gotta love the way Chela convinces her man that shifters aren’t a bad thing.  I found myself laughing hysterically as I read her texts to Steve.  Her mate found out that humans weren’t alone and he is surrounded and Chela found a way to ease him into their mating in such a way you couldn’t help but laugh then sigh at the heat between the two.  I love that Steve found the humor in his mating even as he was stressed by the knowledge.  Ms. Bell found a way to connect two people that were not looking for love in a way that showed their characters in a wonderful light.  Their friends became family and were willing to protect and nurture them.  This story was well written and full of love and laughter.  I am such a fan of Ms. Bell’s writings and this story is no exception!


                               Five Shooting Stars

The Vampire's Assistant by Stormy Glenn



The VampireTitle:The  Vampire’s Assistant
Author:Stormy Glenn
Publisher:Siren-Bookstrand
Genre and Pairing:Paranormal and M/M
PageCount:30,870
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb


Jon Brighten had a brand new college degree, a student loan dogging him, and a spot to sleep on his sister's couch. He knew needed to find a job and move out, especially when he heard that his sister and her husband were expecting a baby. It was time to find his own place, but first he needed a job.

Applying for the personal assistant position to the reclusive Nikolas Vaile, CEO of Vaile Industries, one of the largest pharmaceutical and research companies in the world, seemed a little too high seeking, but what did Jon have to lose?

His blood?

Note: This book was previously at 17,000 words published with another publisher. This version has been extensively revised and expanded to over 30,000 words.







Review


I really enjoyed Stormy Glenn’s The Vampire’s Assistant and a large part of the reason was Jon. He was your everyday man struggling to make it. He was a young new college graduate with tons of debt and living on his sister’s couch. I loved that in spite of the misery of his current life, he still saw the good. He showed common courtesy to others and guess what? It paid off in ways that were unexpected. I love that he stood up for himself even as he found himself in a world far removed from his life. I loved that he tried to do the right thing even if it wasn’t the easiest. And once I got past Nikolas’s attitude I even liked him. He was so used to being alone and people asking how high they should jump that he failed to take into consideration that not everyone would. Jon gave him a run for his money even as he continued to get half-assed explanations to this scary new world he had inadvertently entered. I loved that Nikolas had to learn that in spite of what Jon meant for him that he was an individual and deserved to be seen as more than his mate. Jon didn’t allow Nikolas to half step and demanded he be an equal partner in their budding relationship. Ms. Glenn did a wonderful job of showing the growing pains as these two strong characters learned to bend and compromise. It was well written and full of emotional depth and growth. I am a huge fan of Ms. Glenn and this story just shows why.







                           Five Shooting stars 

Neutral by Viola Grace



Title:Neutral
Series:  Terran Times Second Wave, 18
Author:Viola Grace
Publisher:eXtasy Books
Genre and Pairing:Sci-fi and M/F
PageCount:69 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Ariadne loves calligraphy, the pen and ink meeting paper and the strange rituals that go with it. It gives her a focus and a reason to move forward, day by day. The rituals move her along, and it is her skill with the pen that gets her into the Volunteer Program.

Training as a scribe brings her to the empire of Hredu as the means to slow the flow of requests to the emperor. She has no idea that she was summoned there for more than her penmanship.

Usorn has led his people for years, but he needs an heir and a woman who is genetically neutral is his only option. If she can double as a scribe, it is a win-win situation.




Review
Viola Grace is one of my go to authors when I have a few moments and want a quick read.  She is a master at providing a complete story with very few words.  I always feel like I have gotten my monies worth and Neutral was no exception.Ms. Grace always gives us a unique take on something that seems so normal and Ariadne was no exception.  I mean we have a woman that loves to put pen to paper, what’s so special about that?  Well Ms. Grace has shown us a need that Ariadne can fill doing something she loves.  She not only gets to do something fulfilling with her passion, she gets to learn more and provide a needed skill that has far reaching consequences.  I love that Ms. Grace makes something so simple and elevates it to special.  And then she combines that with love in such a way it feels natural.  Usorn has ulterior motives for bringing Ariadne to him.  She fulfills a need for both his world and him.  I love that in spite of her importance he still takes the time to court her.  She has very little choice once she reaches him but he allows her the illusion which I very much adored.  He took the time to learn about and understand who Ariadne was and what was important to her.  Even as he allowed her to see the man and not the title.  I thoroughly enjoyed this story and can’t wait to see where Ms. Grace will take us next.

                            Five Shooting Stars


Here Comes Trouble by Natalie Acres



Here Comes Trouble (MFMMM)Title:Here Comes Trouble
Series:  Trouble, Tennessee  Prequel
Author:Natalie Acres
Publisher:Siren-Bookstrand
Genre and Pairing:Contemporary and M/F, M/F/M/M
Word Count:23,738
Reviewer Name: Luna
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Publisher Blurb


Ellie Hunter wasn’t looking for a protector, but she definitely wanted a place to lay low and hide. Divorced from her abusive husband for over six months, Ellie goes to Trouble’s gates as a last resort after her ex pays her a "final" visit.

Allister McCall, Ryan Thomas, Derek Swinney, and Bradley Powers have known Ellie for the better part of their lives and the memory of sharing her is stamped in their minds. When Ellie arrives in small town Trouble, the men jump to all sorts of illicit assumptions.

Once Ellie reconnects with Allister, Ryan, Derek, and Bradley, Ellie’s life is seemingly complete, assuming her ex-husband will let her live in peace. With Navy SEALs training behind them, Ellie’s men are confident Ellie’s ex will finally let her go but if he refuses there will be hell to pay. One way or another, four men will ensure Ellie is protected, loved, cherished, honored, and adored.

Note: This book contains double vaginal penetration.






Review
Here Comes Trouble by Natalie Acres is the prequel to her Trouble, Tennessee series.  And I can say I really love the world she has built in this little community.  A gated community that protects woman and children from abusers.  Men who will stand tall and provide that something extra the law can’t.  Ms. Acres does a great job of setting up this world but I struggled with the relationship she built between Ellie and her men.  Ellie has been abused and she has come to Trouble for protection.  She has a history with the leaders that pre-dates her need of their protection.  I liked that about her and the men especially as Ms. Acres had her quickly falling into a sexual relationship practically from the moment she stepped foot on the grounds.  I loved that Ellie thought enough of herself that she knew she needed help the law couldn’t provide.  I had moments when I just shook my head when she wanted to blame Allister for her poor decisions, but since he was willing to accept the blame what could I say?  But here is where I struggled, Ms. Acres seemed to articulate an emotional relationship between Allister and Ellie.  The other men were just sexual partners that provided a sexual need for Ellie and not an emotional one.  I adore ménage stories and tend to read more than my fair share but they need to be more than sexual and that wasn’t the feeling I got from Ellie or the men.  The sex was off the charts hot but other than her closeness with Allister, this story was lacking an emotional connection.  But if you are looking for a story that will rev your engines with plenty of sexy time, this story is for you.


                                    Four Twinkling Stars