Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Escape by Annabelle Jacobs

Title: Escape
Series: Rebellion, 1
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Publisher: Annabelle Jacobs
Pages: 319
Genre: MM, Contemporary paranormal
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
This isn’t the life Cole dreamt of, but what choice does he have? 

With his twenty-third birthday behind him, Cole Moreton now faces the shifter compatibility test which will decide his future. Testing positive means joining a pack and eventually taking the bite. Unfortunately, with enviable skills in self-defence and hand-to-hand combat, the kind of packs interested in him aren’t any he’d want to join.

Logan has been a member of the McKillan pack for most of his life. Pack is family and loyalty is everything, but when the shifter government turns out to be no better than the oppressive humans before them, he questions everything.

Right from their first meeting, Logan knows that a life with the McKillan pack isn’t right for Cole, but with his alpha taking a keen interest in Cole’s skills, Logan’s hands are tied. Mutual attraction builds between them, but acting on it is futile—helping Cole will put their lives at risk and an end to any future they could’ve had.

Word count: approx 74000

Escape by author Annabelle Jacobs is the first book in the Rebellion series. I loved this modern take on shifters.  It is a fast-paced book with many surprises in it.
When things start out, shifters get the raw end of the deal. They are beaten by humans and treated as less than nothing. Well, now the tables have turned. The shifters are in power all must obey them or die.
Cole has to do the one thing he has been dreading. The shifter compatibility test.  He is a human and if this test is positive, he will join a shifter pack. He has no choice this is the law. He is praying he is not compatible. He knows with his skillset the fiercest pack is going to want him. He wants nothing to do with fighting he is a peaceful person at heart.
Logan, he meets Cole at the center when Cole is being tested. There is something that draws him to Cole from the start. He is a werewolf who had to take the bite from his Alpha.  He is part of the pack Cole wants nothing to do with.  Logan is not like his pack mates he is kind, thoughtful, and sympathetic.
I really liked these two. They each are so brave and strong. Fighters in their own rights. Logan is a protector through and through and Cole is just as protective. It is beautiful to see their relationship unfold.
I loved this story and cannot wait for more. I want to know if they can find some sort of peace and get back to what really matters in the world.

                         Five Shooting Stars 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Stardust Award: The Spirit Key by Parker Williams

Title: The Spirit Key
Series: Lock and Key, 1
Author: Parker Williams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 205
Genre: MM, Contemporary paranormal
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
When he was eight years old, Scott Fogel died. Paramedics revived him, but he came back changed. Ghosts and spirits tormented Scott for over a decade until, thinking he was going mad, he did the only thing he could.

He ran—leaving behind his best friend, Tim Jennesee.

Scott’s had five normal, ghost-free years in Chicago, when the spirit of Tim’s mother comes to him and begs him to go home because Tim’s in trouble and needs him.

He isn’t prepared for what he finds when he goes home—a taller and sexier Tim, but a Tim who hasn’t forgiven Scott for abandoning him… a Tim whose body is no longer his own. The ghost of a serial murderer has attached itself to Tim, and it’s whispering dark and evil things. It wants Tim to kill, and it’s becoming harder for Tim to resist. To free the man who has always meant so much to him, Scott must unravel the mystery of the destiny he shares with Tim. 

The Spirit Key by author Parker Williams is the first book in the Lock and Key series. I loved this story!! A little who dun it, a little romance, and whole lotta love.  This book kept me turning the pages wanting to know what happens next.
Scott, when he was eight, he died. When he came back, he had a new gift. He can see ghosts. He has run away from home so to speak and thinks he is going nuts.
He is a good person. His one flaw is he cannot see the love around him, but hey he has a good reason for the past ten years he has tried to hide a major part of himself and deny it. 
Tim is Scott’s best friend. He got left behind when Scott ran. When the spirit of Tim’s mom visits Scott and tells him to come home to save Tim he does it. But Tim has a hard time believing everything. 
Scott thought everyone was better off without him. Turns out Tim is the one who needed always the most.  Can their love save them both?
This story has many layers and as you peel them back you discover a unique love story that I personally loved.  I cannot wait for more books from this series I want to know what happens next.

                            Five Shooting Stars and Recommended Read 

Ten by Tia Fielding

Title: Ten
Series: A Love by Numbers Story
Author: Tia Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 211
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Can two broken men build one life?

Ten years.

That’s what Makai lost for a crime he didn’t commit. He’s been exonerated, but the abuse he suffered in prison isn’t so easy to leave behind. He heads to the one place he remembers being happy: Acker, Wisconsin, where he spent summers with his grandpa. Unfortunately, not everyone wants Makai there.

Ten days.

That’s how long Emil, now twenty-one, was held prisoner as a teenager. The mental and physical injuries he suffered at the hands of a drug trafficking ring still haunt him.

Nightmares, anxiety, and PTSD challenge the connection forming between Makai and Emil, though together, they might find a way to move beyond their pain and into a future—and a relationship—that both had thought impossible.

Now they just have to convince Emil’s father, the town sheriff. It won’t be easy with danger closer than they know….

Ten by author Tia Feilding is the first book in the Love by Numbers series. This is a very heavy start to a series. I loved it, but I also wanted some relief from how serious this book is. I could not finish this one in one sitting. It is a kind of read where you need hearts and rainbows after.  It is emotion and heart-wrenching.
Makai did ten years for a crime he did not commit.
Emil was held prisoner for ten days.
Makai is going back to the only place he has known joy. He has been exonerated but still feels the stigma of being in prison. He is Native American and been subjected to racism.  He needs a break. He is a good person who has had a ton of bad luck in life.
Emil after five years of being free he has hurt hands to remember the experience by, along with PSTD. He is very kind and very aware of his own shortcomings.  Almost too aware. He is in desperate need of joy and love.
These two are really good together. They have what the other needs, and they make each other better people. Finally, maybe together they can also find peace. The peace that has eluded them both. 
This is a great story, again I could not finish it in one sitting due to its dark nature but I felt it was very well done and thought out.  I would love to read more from this author in the future and see where they go next.

                                  Five Shooting Stars 

Oil and Water by B.A. Tortuga

Title: Oil and Water
Series: The Wildcatters, 1
Author: B.A. Tortuga
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 144
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Oilman Max has just inherited a passel of trouble. His old boss has passed away and leaving him a house in England and and a heck of a lot of money. He’s thinking London is the worst place to be on earth until he meets Morgan.

Colorful, carefree, and a little crazy, Morgan is just what Max needs to shake up his life, and the two set out on an adventure of a lifetime, chasing pleasure wherever it takes them, learning that together they can make anything fun. And sexy.

Too bad reality has to set in sooner or later, and Morgan’s multimillionaire father has a lot to say about what reality looks like. Can Max and Morgan hold it together, or will their different worlds conspire to separate them just like oil and water?

Oil and Water by author B.A. Tortuga starts off The Wildcatters series.  This is a fast-paced romance that I loved reading.
Oilman Max inherits a house in England and a lot of money.  He is laid back and really nice person.
Morgan is carefree born rich. Free-spirited and full of mischief and laughter.
They each have what the other needs to be a whole. I liked that about them. I also liked how they were really good friends. The sex is steaming hot but their connection as friends really kept me reading this book.
I think this one is a great start to this series, and I cannot wait to read more. Max and Morgan might be opposites, but they are perfect for each other.

                                 Five Shooting Stars 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Reviewer's Choice Award: Fox and Wolf by Julia Talbot

Title: Fox and Wolf
Series: Apex Investigation, 1
Author: Julia Talbot
Publisher: Turtlehat Creatives
Pages: 138
Genre: MM,  Paranormal, Contemporary
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Werewolf PI Dylan Weems is a hired to solve the murder of a client’s customer. As an ex-cop, Dylan is the perfect man for the job, but he doesn’t expect the complication of alluring fox shifter Rey.

Ever since finding the dead body of one of his clients, Rey Mercier’s life is a mess, and he needs help desperately. He has no idea why he’s the target of some ruthless people or what he did to anger them. Hopefully Dylan and his motley crew of shifters at Apex Investigations can help him find out, but first Dylan and Rey have to deal with literal corporate tigers and dire crocodiles shifters… all while deciding what to do about the mate bond that’s becoming undeniable. And is that even possible between fox and wolf?

Fox and Wolf by author Julia Talbot is the first book in the Apex Investigation series.  I loved how many new and interesting paranormals she introduces in this book. I also liked the mystery who dun it vibe.  This is a well thought out story and I loved the characters.  I want more!
We get a good lay of the land so to speak in this book. I liked that it did not feel like an info dump it was a natural part of the book.  That can be hard to do sometimes, and I appreciate how seamless it happens in this book.
Rey is a fox shifter. He is the person who hires Apex Investigations.  He found a dead body of one his own clients. Now he is being hunted. He has no clue why. He is living out of his car, and very scared.  Also, he sleeps totally adorably just had to say that.
He is an information broker; I think that is a fitting job for a fox.
Dylan, he is a werewolf. He works for Apex Investigations.  He is really good at his job. I liked he is easy going, not overly alpha. He has a protective nature.  He is kind and strong, along with very smart.
Overall this is a great introduction to this world and those living in it.  I really loved the pace and overall feel of this book.  Made me want more. I cannot wait for the next book in this series. I wanna see who falls in love next and what cases they take on.

                          Reviewer's choice and Five shooting Stars

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tank by Zoe Dawson

Title: Tank
Series: Seal Team Alpha, 4
Author: Zoe Dawson
Publisher: Zoe Dawson
Pages: 242
Genre: MF, Contemporary
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb

US Navy SEAL Thorn "Tank" Hunt has been there done that, but when he loses his best friend and military working dog Echo, he’s heartbroken, but he has to pick up the pieces and get another partner. He met tough as nails and way too confident for her britches, Army Reserve veterinarian, Dr. Alyssa St. James through his baby brother and her fundraising efforts on behalf of MWDs. The undeniably beautiful, but contrary woman takes on the mission to teach Tank some new tricks and in the process, discover that maybe every once and a while he could roll over and let someone else take the lead.

Doc, as Alyssa is affectionately known at her practice, has had to deal with plenty of macho assholes in her years as a reservist, but although Tank looks like one of them guys, he’s anything but. A big man with a big heart tears down her walls and barriers, except, getting involved with a military man like her jerky ex-husband seems counter-intuitive. The distance and the separation devastated their marriage. Determined to stay in control, she's compelled to help him when he is introduced to Bronte, a beautiful Belgian Malinois to replace the one lost in battle. Just as much a warrior as the man she is finding irresistible. But as their relationship progresses and Tank works himself deeper into her heart, can they take the hardships of serving their country in stride and make it work? 

Tank by Zoe Dawson is the fourth book in the Seal team Alpha series. I have not read the books in order and I was not lost at all.  I really liked the blend of intense heat, action, and romance in this  story it kept me turning the pages and wanting more.
Tank, he is a man who does not like to be told what to do. He is protective of his family and those he considers to be his.  Navy Seal from the tough streets of East LA. He demands control and doesn’t want any women on his mind slowing him down.
Dr.  Alyssa St.James she outranks Tank. She runs a charity for Military Working Dogs and is a powerhouse in her own right. I liked that she is soft but strong enough to hold her own in any fight.
The chemistry these two have is off the charts.  They really work well together and are the other half of the other person.
Overall this is a great fast-paced read. I also want more of the Navy Seals in the future. I really need Blue’s story. I have to know what happens to him.

                                 Five Shooting Stars 

Baz by KB Winters

Title: Baz
Series: Coas MC, 5  
Author: KB Winters
Publisher: Bookboyfriends Publishing LLC
Pages: 144
Genre: MF, Contemporary
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
When Trina left ten years ago, it just about killed me.
And damn! She just walked back into my life with a kid in tow.

I bet he’s mine. Looks a lot like me. But I don’t know how to be a father.
I’m an outlaw, a party animal and a player.
Favorite game? Wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am with all the chicks in Brently.
But there’s only one girl I truly want. And she’ll realize that once I get her crazy ex-convict boyfriend off her back.
I’ll kill the bastard if I have to.
'Cause this time, she’s mine and no one is getting in my way.

If you love dirty-talking heroes who love their MC as much as their women, one-click this insta love novella now.
Baz is a standalone MC Romance. The last book in the CAOS MC Series. No cliffhangers, just kindle-melting happily ever afters!

Baz by KB Winters is the fifth book in the COAS MC series. I have not read the previous books in this series and I was not lost at all. This is a rough gritty story of love and trust. I really enjoyed it a lot.
Trina she is tough.  She loves hard, but she wants to be an equal in her lover’s life.  She is not clingy, she is strong.  She has a son now to think of too. She is a no-nonsense kind of mom.  I liked she can stand on her own two feet.
Baz he is headstrong. Tough, but soft too I liked that about him. He is the kind of guy you want as a friend and would dread as your enemy.
There are many emotional upheavals that both characters go through, they also have a lot of growing up to do in this book. I loved these two. I would love to read more about the COAS MC’s and those who are strong enough to love them.

                                 Five Shooting Stars