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 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?

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.

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

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?

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.

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.


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 


Back Home by RJ Scott

Title: Back Home
Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Pages: 195
Reviewer: Redz
Buy Link:

Publisher's Blurb
Falling for his brother's boyfriend broke his heart. Now he's back home and falling in love all over again.

One birthday kiss, given on a dare, and Kieran realizes he is in danger of falling for his brother’s boyfriend, Jordan. Leaving for college, then moving to another country is the only way to ease the ache in his heart.

But, when his father becomes ill, and his sister begs him to come home, Kieran returns for good. He finds the family business nearly bankrupt and Jordan, the man he ran from, beaten down by despair and guilt.

Friendship is what they promise each other as they work to repair the business, but it could never be enough for Kieran. When secrets spill, and there are vital decisions to be made, Kieran realizes two things; he’s back home, and he wants to stay with Jordan for good.

Now he just needs to convince Jordan

Back Home is a stand alone novel by author RJ Scott. We have two men who have gone through a lot to be together in this story. There is a huge amount of angst, pain, and love inside this story. I particularly liked the last chapters. I felt the pace there was the best. The rest kinda dragged a little for me. However the ending was worth it.
Jordan works with wood. He is really a workaholic. He was with Kieran's brother. Now that he has died, he find himself adrift. Working is his life. He is hyper focused on it. He cannot see he is not taking care of himself. He gets an injury that puts him in the hospital.
Over all Jordan is cautious and really sweet. He has been terribly hurt before and does not want more of it.
Kieran has basically run away from love. He really loves Jordan. He knows that love was not a good thing considering Jordan was with his brother. So he takes himself out of the picture and goes to London to start over. He is a workaholic. He wants to get to a place where he can do what he wants which is building design. He has no intentions of going back to Vermont. That is till his sister calls him and begs him to come home.
Kieran tries very hard to stop his feelings for Jordan. He is a responsible person who puts others first. When he finally gives in that is when we see the playful, sweet, and caring Kieran shine.
This story is sweet and a powerful read. I found myself in love with the characters. I really want this to be a series I want to know what happens with Kieran's best friend. I feel he deserves a happy ending too. There are unforgettable characters in this story and I want more! 

                                Five Shooting Stars 


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Double Dare by Jeanne St. Jamess

Title: Double Dare
Series: Dare Ménage, 1
Author: Jeanne St. James
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre and Pairing: Contemporary and M/M, M/M/F, M/F, M/F/M
Page Count: 240 pages
Reviewer Name: Luna
Publisher Buy Link:

Publisher Blurb
What could be better than waking up next to a hot guy? Waking up sandwiched between two of them.
Quinn Preston, a financial analyst, is not happy when her friends dare her to pick up a handsome stranger at a wedding reception. What better reason to give up men when her previous long-term relationship had not only been lackluster in the bedroom but he had cheated?
Logan Reed, a successful business owner, can’t believe that he’s attracted to the woman in the ugly, Pepto-Bismol pink bridesmaid dress. And to boot, she’s more than tipsy. After turning down her invitation for a one-night stand, he finds her in the parking lot too impaired to drive. He rescues her and takes her home. His home.
The next morning Quinn’s conservative life turns on its ear when Logan introduces her to pleasures she never even considered before. And to make things more complicated, Logan already has a lover.
Tyson White, ex-pro football player, is completely in love with Logan. He has mixed emotions when Logan brings home Quinn. But the dares keep coming...
Note:This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme & content, male/male sexual practices, ménage (m/m/f).

Quinn decides her life needs a bit a spice and what better way than to accept a dare. So when her friends dare her to have a night of debauchery, she lets the alcohol talk her into believing its hype. Will the night she doesn’t remember lead her to the best men in her life?
Double Dare by Jeanne St. James is first in the Dare Ménage series. I enjoyed Logan and Ty. They have a solid relationship but they think they want a third. But will adding Quinn to their relationship dynamic hurt? Quinn isn’t looking for a permanent place within their relationship but she is more than willing to expand her horizons. Quinn was a struggle for me in this story. She came off as immature one time too many for me. Her desires were selfish at times and her inability to look at how her actions affected others was painful to see. I did however enjoy the heat Ms. St. James brought to these characters. I loved that the sexy times were not limited to Quinn and the men but also between the men themselves. I mean at times Quinn was a third wheel which I must say I enjoyed. I loved that Ms. St. James did not shy away from the love Logan and Ty had for each other even as they struggled to find a place they were both comfortable with as Quinn was added to their world. Overall, I enjoyed this story and look forward to seeing more of this world Ms. St. James is building.

                      Five Shooting Stars