Oneyroi D'Naktmerié is a product of the Northern Installation, designed to be the stuff of nightmares. At fourteen his abilities proved deadly, and he shuts them away terrified of how uncontrollable his power is. He refuses to bond as that could unleash the dangerous abilities constantly roiling inside of him. Naktmerié's only pleasure now is spending the night with whatever willing woman catches his eye. Never spending more than one night with each.
Until he meets Shae, the Speyressa of Uanty. Naktmerié is the only one who can save her. Can he trust her enough to form the mental bond that will save her? Or will a forced bond drive her to madness?
Shadow and Ghost are together but forces threaten to tear them apart. Will their past or another man ruin their happy ending in this dangerous world?
So, that blurb is definitely a turn off. There’s just too much explanation, too much running on. I think a tease is better when reading a blurb just so I can get a hint of the story but not a synopsis of it. That said, the story is pretty good. It is jumpy with the scene breaks. There are also some slow moving scenes. I really liked Shadow and Ghosts chemistry. They feel like a great couple together and I am really routing for their happy ending. Their relationship takes a hit from another man looking to make Shadow his. That makes for a great conflict.
Overall this series shows a lot of promise and I look forward to the next book!
undetected--just for fun, of course--Lachlan stumbles across Thad--his mate. Unfortunately, the wild turkey shifter is standoffish and brusque. He doesn't trust Lachlan and makes no secret that he thinks the mate-pull is nothing but a trick of the pheromones--something he is determined to ignore. Lachlan loves a good puzzle and is undeterred. He admires Thad's loyalty and uses his extensive wiles to cultivate a little of that for himself. When Lachlan is injured wrapping up a case, will it be the catalyst his mate uses to reject Lachlan--his job could bring danger to his flock, after all--and send him on his way?
Finally spotting the manor between the trees, Lachlan paused. The lawn and bushes were well manicured, and the water from the fountains tinkled in the distance. Taking stock of the shadows created by the flowering trees dotting the area, he wondered if he could make it without being spotted.
Maybe if I shift and keep low to the ground…
“Take one more step toward my flock’s home, and it’ll be the last mistake you ever make.”
Lachlan couldn’t remember the last time someone had snuck up on him. Hiding his shock, he controlled his pulse and kept his composure. How the hell did a guard get the drop on me? Slowly, Lachlan turned…and just about swallowed his tongue.
The hottest guy he’d ever seen was standing less than ten feet behind him…and he was naked.
His mouth watering, Lachlan took in the stranger’s broad shoulders and thickset body. He sported a heavily muscled frame, and his light chest hair trickled down across a delectable set of abdominals to a dark-blond treasure trail. That bit of hair cradled a beautiful piece of man-meat.
Lachlan licked his lips before grinning widely at the dark-blond-haired stranger. “How about I take a step toward you then?” He couldn’t help the way his voice took on a husky rumble. Lachlan loved sex, and he hadn’t gotten a chance to fuck or be fucked in months. Giving the guard a hungry leer, he offered, “I don’t recall Councilman Goldstein’s guards going nude, but I gotta say…I like the change.”
Unable to hide his thoughts, Lachlan grinned broadly as he rubbed his palm down his own polo-shirt-covered chest. “Well?” He took that step he’d mentioned. “I really do need to see Councilman Goldstein, but I think I could spare time for a tussle.”
While Lachlan figured it was a bad idea—thinking with his dick—he couldn’t seem to resist. There was something about the glowering, dark-blond male. Something that--
With that one step, the stranger’s scent hit Lachlan’s senses. His instant attraction and his thickening cock made sense. Tipping his head to the side just a little, Lachlan grinned broadly at the man who still hadn’t responded.
He seemed to be too busy eyeing Lachlan warily.
And doesn’t that suck?
“You are my mate, handsome.” Lachlan decided to just throw it out there. Lifting a hand toward him, he took another step. “I’m Lachlan Addair. And who might you be?”
“Not interested,” the broad-shouldered man responded gruffly. He crossed his arms over his chest and frowned at him, pointedly ignoring Lachlan’s hand. “Tell me why you’re sneaking in the back way, and I’ll tell the guards you cooperated.”
Hmm, not a guard then? And what does not interested mean?
Lowering his hand, Lachlan decided to play ball. This was his mate, after all. “I’m an investigator for the Shifter Council,” he told the stranger, hoping for some relaxation to his stance. “I came in the back way to gauge defenses…because it’s fun.” Lachlan shrugged, grinning broadly at his mate. “Consider it an exercise that has turned into an obsession. I love finding holes in defenses, and since my job requires me to infiltrate packs to spy on them, I’m extremely good at it.”
“Fine, and why are you here?”
“I’m here to give a report to Councilman Goldstein in person.” Lachlan suddenly realized how strange it was to find a shifter other than a guard wandering the grounds, especially since the man before him wasn’t a lion shifter. If Lachlan’s nose wasn’t mistaken, his mate was some kind of avian. “What about you, my mate?” Lachlan said, deciding to push. “What are you doing wandering the councilman’s grounds?”
“M’name’s Thad,” the avian shifter responded gruffly. “Use it, ’cause I ain’t yours. And I live here.”
Unable to let it go, Lachlan drew another step closer. He saw the tension in Thad’s frame, so kept his hands away from his sides, his palms out in placation. “You are my mate, however, so why are you refusing to acknowledge our connection?” Lachlan couldn’t help but glance down, admiring the way Thad’s thick dick had begun to fill, plumping and extending from his groin. Lifting his gaze to meet Thad’s hazel, narrow-eyed gaze, Lachlan added, “I am yours just as you are mine.”
Thad scoffed, his lip curling in a derisive sneer. “Mating is nothin’ but a trick of the pheromones, and I sure as hell ain’t gonna be run by such fickle instincts.” He pointed in the other direction. “Hands on your head and walk toward the fountain.”
Mentally reeling in shock upon hearing the vehemence in Thad’s tone, Lachlan did as his mate instructed. He lifted his hands, folding his fingers on top of his head, and started toward the nearest fountain.
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Wow! Just wow! What a book. Killian is excited to spend time with his mate Prudence on their next mission. Prudence believes the mission should take precedence above all else so she can be the next priestess. But Killian is an awfully strong temptation…
This is such a great story! I was so in the mood for some sexy story with a plot I could really sink into. Killian’s Hope is a perfect choice. Killian’s so into Prudence, they are, after all mates but her reluctance is a great tease. Then there’s the world building. This is such a complicated story with multiple moving plots and the author does a brilliant job of winding through that field. I had no problem following along and really enjoyed this story. There’s such a heavy subject about following your ‘career’ dreams or dive into true love. Their romance is beautifully laid out with a intense plot and I could not put down this book.
Killian’s Hope is a must read. ABSOLUTE. MUST. READ!
Arne is damn good at being a warrior and he refuses to be paired with a soft-hearted Dermot. When they’re attacked, they must work together to survive and maybe change each other for the better.
Arne is a smartass and I absolutely love that he met his match in Dermot. They have great chemistry together that really makes the story. Even Gillie is a great addition. There are fantasy elements such that create such a great backdrop for their romance story. I am a bit lost with some of the revelations but I haven’t read this series in a while so I think reading all the books in order would really work to a reader’s advantage. The ending closes Arne and Dermot’s story in a very satisfying and happy way. But there’s an unexpected twist that sets up for the next book. Personally, I can’t wait to read it!
Fatal Frost is anything but cold. This book will have you turning the pages into the early morning hours.
Nathaniel Stockton and Grover Silas Ranger are faced with the ultimate test to their relationship when the Project Mars Lottery comes to town. Nate wins a chance to have his dreams come true: to live and work on the red planet with his love. Yet his husband, Ranger, doesn't see the point of going from one bad place to another. But an evil organization called Sector has a completely different idea for the couple.
Kidnapped, experimented on, impregnated, and sent to Mars, Nate realizes too late he trusted the wrong people.
Ranger fights to find a way to Nate. Will he make it to his love before their dreams and lives are irrevocably broken by distance, a pregnancy, and the corrupt agency?
Be Warned: m/m sex, MPREG
The phone rang, dragging Nate from his thoughts.
“I’m gonna put it on screen,” Ranger called out from the kitchen.
The wall flashed to life, and a dark-haired man with dark eyes, appeared. The stranger reminded Nate of the doctor at the lottery exams—lab coat, stethoscope, well-groomed—but this man was older and seemed to have an edge to him.
“Hey,” Nate greeted. “What can I do for you?”
“Am I speaking with Nathaniel Curtis Stockton?”
“Yeah.” Nate took a swig of his drink.
“Wonderful.” The man smiled but the expression didn’t reach his eyes. “I am Doctor Rafael Trask. I am one of the lead scientists in a series of special clinical studies being performed. I understand you failed the medical section of the lottery exams?”
“Yeah.” The guy’s voice sounded cool … exact. Combined with the discord of his face, Nate sensed an air of danger surrounding the man. Creeped out, Nate was hesitant to say too much.
“Well, first off, let me say, we are not associated with the lottery. But should you participate in our studies you may have another chance at traveling to and settling on Mars. We also offer outstanding compensation. Despite whether you are or are not picked for travel, you will pretty much be set for life.”
Ranger strolled into the room and sat beside Nate, twirling the comm-wand between his fingers. “What are these studies?”
The man’s eyes narrowed. “Who are you?”
“His husband,” Ranger answered. “Whatever he’s to be involved in, wherever he’s going, I’ll be at his side. What’s all this about?”
Doctor Trask leaned back in his chair and steepled his fingers together. He looked down his nose at the camera on his comm device, appearing to contemplate what Ranger had said and giving Ranger a once-over. The doctor reminded Nate of a vulture.
“Okay,” Trask said. “Like I was about to mention to Mister Stockton, we are trying to find cures for people who did not pass the medical aspects of the lottery exams due to their diseases. We are also looking into the sterility epidemic and chromosomal changes in the female population.”
“Could you hold a moment?” Nate asked, grabbing the wand from Ranger and muting the call. He pointed the wand at the screen. “Do you think this is legit?”
“Yeah. It could be.”
“It might be the answer to our Mars problem.” Nate smiled, feeling a glimmer of warm hope spring up within him again.
“Perhaps. Should we see what’s what with it?”
Nate unmuted the call. “What if we say we’re interested?”
The doctor lifted a corner of his mouth. “I will digitize a package of information to you, and then we will be in touch with further instructions.”
“Well,” Ranger said, “count us interested.”
“Wonderful,” the doctor drawled.
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Sylvie the sylph saved a singer and finds herself pulled into his wild world. Xavi has issues to deal with but maybe Sylvie is just what he needs to find the right path…
This is a sexy band romance mixed with paranormal. The beginning is confusing. The reader is just kind of thrown into the world and I was left lost. It almost felt like this is the third or fourth in a series. It is also odd that Slyvie manages to save Xavi instead of his guards. However, Sylvie is extremely likeable. From the beginning I found her a great character. I also really liked the magical world the author created. It isn’t too heavy with paranormal but just enough to really intrigue me. The sex scenes are romantic and hot but their pace is a bit off. Some bits are rushed and others are dragging. Sylvie and Xavi make a great couple though. The ending is a very satisfying finish.
Vegas Lights is a fun paranormal romance!
Future Betrayed is a similar story to the first in the Project Mars series. Sector forces Dain to work on Mars while his partner Ben remains on a dying earth. But that doesn’t last. Sector has discovered a way to impregnate men and this couple must face their darkest hour to reunite.
This is a bit too similar to the first story but I enjoyed it. The author does a fantastic job writing likeable, realistic characters. Both Dain and Ben really make a great couple. I can feel the bond between them and very quickly I was routing for them to have their happy ending. The story does feel rushed. Several plot points are solved too quickly. Then we come to the pregnancy which is not something I enjoy or normally read about. The scifi aspect of this series has been interesting so far. I hope the author continues the series but perhaps more diverse plots for future stories. I really like the idea of an evil corporation that’s trying awful ways to help the human population and a resistance trying to stop them.
Future Betrayed is an interesting addition to this scifi series.
A swashbuckling adventure set in outer space. Pasha is a slave and a male whore. He can’t remember his past only total allegiance to his owner. All this changes when a one-eyed pirate wins him for a day playing cards. When they’re alone, instead of fucking, the pirate kneels before him and calls him ‘your highness.’ Pasha, the slave, is really Lio, Helios Dayspring a king of a defeated people. This is only the beginning…
An Uncommon Whore takes you on a whirlwind ride across the universe. The one-eyed pirate is really Captain Griffin Hawker, and they were once lovers. They escape, but Lio has a slave chip in his head. To keep Lio from going mad, Griffin is forced to imprint him aka have sex, to lock in his authority as his new owner. The story sweeps you along…they meet and recruit Carlotta, who turns out to be Lio’s sister-in-law…and on it goes...sword fights...blasters, and more. Lio regains his memory. The story ends when Griffin, Carlotta, and Lio return to their new home planet. Who can they trust? That question will be addressed in book two of the series. I like that the story uses subheadings to let you know the perspective as the story is written in the first person. The man on man sex between Griffin and Lio is very graphic. The author doesn’t leave anything to the imagination. Some of the later sex scenes are just too much. Less is more here. A couple of the scenes, I felt are contrived and don't move the story along. The plot hints at conspiracies and betrayals but doesn’t resolve them. Book two of the series…maybe?
The story lives up to its title…an uncommon whore. An enjoyable, science fiction, adventure romp.
Lovely Digits. This is a historical romance suspense novel by Jeanine Englert. Spinster Lucy is the layer of the dead (mortician). The new constable John isn’t exactly new to the town. As they start a romance a killer strikes. Now they must find the murderer before more bodies appear.
This story takes place in 1849, Clun England. I found the details of that time period very vivid and fresh. I could really see the picture that the author was trying to paint with her words. John uses Lucy’s knowledge to help find the killer. I really like that aspect of John. Women arent exactly given much credit back in those times and he treated her as his equal. They have a sweet romance. I enjoyed their dance coupled with the suspense. I’m a huge fan of romantic suspense. This is a great addition to the genre. I did find that some scenes are a bit slow moving. The killer is … Oh, you thought I was going to tell you? Never! Insert evil laugh. You have to read the book to find out who’s murdering people in Clun England. There are also a few twists that caught me by surprise. This is an enjoyable read that I’d recommend if you like historical books.
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only made him want him more. By the time he caught up to Cullen, Ulf knew, without a doubt, the druid was destined to be his. Now he just needed to convince Cullen of that.
As Cullen and Ulf join their friends to fight the monsters from the realm of the Fae, they find there is a new threat waiting to get through the Veil. A threat they might not be able to defeat. Will Ulf & Cullen get their chance at happily ever after, or will the Fae finally succeed in their quest to destroy the veil?
It was becoming a contest of who had more. For Cullen, it was bullets. For the Fae, it was monsters. He still wasn’t sure the Veil had been sealed. Based on the fact that no matter how many of these things he mowed down, they kept coming, told him there was a good chance it hadn’t. That, or they’d sent hundreds to ensure this time they didn’t fail.
It was obvious who was losing, and it wasn’t the Unseelie. His only hope was, when he died, Ky would open up the fifty calibers and mow the motherfuckers down.
He dove for another automatic weapon when the one he had been using jammed. But he was surrounded, with little chance of killing them all before at least one of them got to him.
“Get down,” a deep voice rumbled over the roar of the fire and the shrieks of the dying Unseelie.
Cullen didn’t hesitate. He dropped to the ground, wrapping his hands over his head as he prayed whoever had come knew what the hell he had walked into. If not, he would be one more casualty Cullen would take to his grave. At least the guilt of this one wouldn’t haunt him since he’d be just as dead.
Gunfire opened up above him. The deafening roar was similar to what he’d already experienced when he’d been the one shooting. When it stopped, Cullen opened his eyes to find dozens of mutilated bodies surrounding him.
Then a hand appeared, a human one, as if offering him help up. Cullen turned his head to look up and blinked. Then blinked again. He’d seen a lot of crazy shit the past six weeks, things that he still had trouble wrapping his brain around.
He’d thought the monsters that were intent on killing his family. Horrible, disfigured creatures that resembled pieces and bits of animals from earth, yet in combinations that had stunned Cullen the night of the Winter Solstice. It had been what gave the beasts the advantage, for his whole family had been frozen in terror as the first creature had just appeared out of thin air.
A mix of scales, fur, and slime had covered its body. Long razor sharp teeth extended from its mouth, giving it a fearsome grimace. It had giant hooves on its extremities with three four inch claws extending from them. Nothing about it had been anything like they’d seen before.
For Cullen, this moment was similar. All he could say, was the man was definitely human. But nothing else about the moment seemed real. Because the man stood there in tight fitting pants that showed off his muscled thighs and ass to perfection. He didn’t wear a shirt, allowing Cullen to get his fill of thick arms that looked like they could break Cullen in half. He had a broad chest with just enough hair to make Cullen’s fingers itch to feel.
His gaze went to the man’s waist. He counted the eight-pack abs twice, just to be sure he wasn’t imagining the delicious sight of all that chiseled muscle that shouldn’t be possible.
“Like what you see?” the stranger asked.
Cullen hadn’t meant to lick his lips, but then again who could blame him? The man was pure sex with just enough wickedness to make Cullen want to worship every damn inch.
But it was his longer hair that reached almost his shoulders that really stunned him. It was wild and unkempt, just like the man if Cullen had to guess. Even better, probably an indication of how the man fucked. If Cullen was sure he wasn’t going crazy, he would swear the man looked like a medieval warrior.
“Who the hell are you?” Cullen finally asked, sure his mind had to playing tricks. Maybe he’d died and this was his reward for fighting to save his family.
“Fuck,” Cullen swore as he remembered the others. Pushing to his feet, he took off across the yard to the barn.
As he entered, he made sure not to set off any of the booby traps that were set the moment the others had entered the safe room. “Ky,” he yelled, knowing she’d be able to hear him through the speakers he’d had installed. “Are there more?”
Before she could answer, a gun when off right behind him. Cullen spun on his heel.
The stranger stared at him, his dark eyes wide with surprise even as his hand went to the hole that was in his chest. “You shot me,” he accused.
Remorse slammed through Cullen. There was no way the guy could survive that. It was a near perfect shot to the man’s heart. When the guy stumbled to the ground, Cullen went to him and tried to put pressure over the wound, but he knew it was too late.
The guy may have looked like a medieval warrior, but a hole in the heart would kill even him.
“Sorry,” he whispered. “I didn’t mean for you to die.”
When the man laughed, causing him to cough violently, spitting up some blood, Cullen hadn’t expected him to say, “Good thing it will take more than a gun to kill me, trouble.”
Huh? Dude had to be out of his damn mind. Oh, wait. He was dying. Clearly he was in denial. Since it was technically Cullen’s fault, he really should try and be nice. But he didn’t have time.
“’K, but I need to get my family to safety. So…” Damn, he really sucked at this whole being nice thing. “Good luck,” he finally said.
Then he stood up to find his cousin and sister doing their best to shield Bryce from the bloody man. “Come on,” he told them. “We gotta get moving.”
He hated leaving the man who saved his life like that, but he was going to die no matter what Cullen did. It would just be another sin Cullen would need to
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