Zroya is a finely honed warrior. Trained from birth, she wasn't prepared to be slotted into her installation's breeding program. Draper has shared vivid dreams of Zroya his entire life. He's given a vision of a time and place to rescue Zroya. Instead of questioning it, he arms himself for a battle he hopes to win otherwise they're both doomed.
Will they overcome the obsession to discover their love is true? Or does their love only live within their dreams?
- SNEAK PEEK -
I surveyed the tiny island and a shudder shook me. Except for the trees full of cane spiders there wasn’t any place for me to change. I jerked my thumb at the warriors. “I don’t want to strip down in front of all of them.”
Uncle Saul turned to the five Coletti warriors who had been following our conversations with great interest. “Check the island for any signs of the Rodan.”
“As you command,” they said in unison, clamped their right arms against their chests and vanished.
I smacked Hothar’s hands as he tried to unbutton my shirt. “I don’t need your help to undress. If you’ll both turn around, I’ll get out of my fat suit.”
“As my lady wishes.” He obediently turned to face the ocean.
As soon as my uncle had his back to me, I kicked my boots off and stripped down. I tugged and tugged on the fat suit’s zipper. The friggin’ thing was glued shut. I yanked and yanked and yanked some more. Since Uncle Saul didn’t like me cussing, I went with, “Son of a monkey. Mothersmucker!”
Hothar asked casually. “Do you need help?”
“I do, but don’t you dare laugh at me.”
“We wouldn’t think of it,” Uncle Saul promised solemnly.
“Fine. Get me out of this.”
Both men turned around. There wasn’t a trace of emotion on their faces as they studied the fat suit.
“A very effective disguise.” Hothar glanced at my uncle. “Cut it off?”
Uncle Saul bobbed his head. “I agree.”
They pulled their knives and went to work.
I heard a muffled snicker and looked over my shoulder. Uncle Saul was grinning like a loon. “You promised.”
“Sorry sweetheart, but you gotta admit this is pretty damn funny,” Uncle Saul said. “You resemble the marshmallow man from that silly ghost movie.”
“How was I to know the suit ballooned up in salt water?” I expelled a long breath when the foam rubber concoction fell away. The ocean breeze was pure heaven. “Thank you.”
“You are truly beautiful,” Hothar stated.
The naked desire in Hothar’s eyes had me blushing. “And you win the grand prize for awesome dimples.”
“Knock it off you two.” Uncle Saul’s mouth tightened into a hard line. “Get dressed. The Overlord will be here shortly. He’s anxious to interrogate Jarok.”
My eyes widened in horror. “Do I still look like I have the plague?”
“The Overlord won’t even notice,” Uncle Saul promised, refusing to meet my gaze.
Seriously? My skin was the color of a boiled lobster with pieces of white foam still stuck to it. “What happened with the horrendous space battle?”
“The Overlord,” Hothar said and handed me my clothes.
“Right. The big scary came, saw, and blew them all to hell.”
Guttural screams rent the air.
I took one look at the horde of hairy spiders covering Jarok and scrambled up Hothar’s back like it was the Matterhorn. Once I was perched on his shoulder, I cried, “You said cane spiders were harmless.”
“Those are not cane spiders,” Hothar replied, endeavoring to loosen my death grip on his head.
“Language, young lady,” Uncle Saul warned as he reached up to pull me off Hothar’s shoulders.
Immense power rippled the air around us as the Overlord teleported in.
We all froze.
Zarek’s cold amber gaze examined us and the pieces of my fat suit. He cocked a dark brow. “I cannot wait to hear your explanation.”
“Spiders frighten my mate,” Hothar clarified.
I smacked the top of Hothar’s head. “Am not.”
Letting out a sigh, my uncle pointed at Jarok. “Spiders.”
As if on cue, Jarok uttered a bone-chilling shriek.
Zarek took it all in and tapped his warrior’s bracelet. Ten seconds later, the spiders scurried back into the monstrous web.
“You don’t think they ate the other warriors, do you?”
“They did not. I had them teleport back to the ship.” Zarek replied.
“Oh, that’s good.” I released my death grip on Hothar’s head and smoothed his hair down. “Sorry.”
Uncle Saul plucked me off Hothar’s shoulders. “You should be.”
“Before you return Casey to the ship, make sure she is dressed. My crew knows she is your daughter General, and Jones females are highly sought after.”
“Casey is mine,” Hothar growled, a hand on his sword.
An aura of sheer menace radiated from Zarek. “Are you challenging me?”
Wazzock’s piss! I jumped in front of Hothar. “No! He’s not. He’s annoyed that Waewae got away. We all are. Annoyed. That is.” There was no way in hell I wanted the two of them fighting. It would get messy. Really messy and for some darn reason I couldn’t let Zarek hurt or kill Hothar. What was up with that?
All the Overlord’s terrifying power was suddenly wrapped around me and I flinched when he started mucking about in my head. How had he gotten through my shields? Using every trick Quinn had taught me I tried to evict him, but nothing worked.
Zarek’s deadly voice sounded in my mind. “You wouldn’t let me harm Hothar?”
“How did you plan on stopping me?”
“I’d keep dumping you in the ocean until you cooled down.”
Zarek leaned down and whispered in my ear. “It wouldn’t have worked.”
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Maya believes in a prophecy to free her, to find her one true love. Too bad that man happens to be Quincy, who believes love is for fools and everything has a price. Magic, Crowns and the chance for a happy ending…
Maya is a very likeable character if a little too hopeful. She pins her future on her mate who as it turns out doesn’t believe in love. That makes for a good character conflict. Quincy has had a hard life and I just wanted to hug him! He’s been through so much and it has darkened him. Their romance is overly sweet in some places but also very hot. I like how the author blended the action with magic and sex. It made for a page turning read.
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When a man wants to claim his mate, there is no denying the alpha. This is a five story anthology all about sexy men finding sexy mates and how they go through hell to find their happy ending.
Tortured Heat by L.J. Longo: I’m totally in love with Tortured Heat by LJ Longo. That’s probably my favorite of the bunch. We’re instantly in the middle of it but the author does a fantastic job of explain what’s going on so the reader isn’t lost. There are lovers betraying, twists, torture, shifters, magic, yummy sex and a really interesting plot. I would have totally given this story 5 stars by itself. (5/5)
If You Can’t Stand the Heat by Pelaam: This story was okay. It was very jumpy. I honestly found the story a little boring and predictable. The sex also felt very rushed. There was some action at the end. (3/5)
Five Dollar Mate by Angelique Voisen: Cal just went through a really bad breakup and he’s selling everything in his apartment for…five dollars. Everything. Diesel is the shifter that won’t leave until Cal agrees to a date. Cal is way too trusting of this complete stranger and not only do they go on a date, but they have sex in the park before the night is over. I just couldn’t get behind Cal and Diesel. Their actions made me cringe. Then they’re talking about not breaking each others hearts and it happens way too fast. Things did get some action when Pierce (Cal’s ex) returns. (3/5)
At the Edge by Nell Rockhill: This is actually a confusing story at first. Did he choose to be wolf or was he stuck like that? It is very muddled. The drug Allum is confusing as well. I wish that would have been explained better. I didn’t feel any heat between Sorrel and Ari. When Sorrel is naked Ari barely notices and yet they’re mad for each other? I did like the way the author dealt with the Allum addiction and how that played out. (3/5)
Hunted by His Alpha by Marie Medina: I loved the world building in this story but the romance happened way too quickly! Two pages in, after just meeting, they’re talking about sleeping with each other. The mating hunt is a fun idea though. (3/5)
This anthology has a range of interesting stories. If you love erotic tales with fated mates then you’ll probably enjoy Denying the Alpha: Manlove edition
Marriage for the sake of title is not what Emily Whitehorn had in mind for her future, but with few romantic prospects after caring for her ailing mother for years, can her cousin Sarah, the former Lady Northenly, help her check off her list of suitable gentlemen to approach? This is another interesting installment to the Soliciting a Lady series, that further elaborates on the complexities of society in a time gone by. Again we have a curious murder mystery, a heroine who is a tad eccentric, and an unintended hero with his own eccentricities garnered from the bedroom and the battlefield. When the top contender for Emily's hand, the current Earl of Northenly, is found poisoned, both Emily and the new object of her affections, the Earl's half brother Christopher, become immediate suspects.
Thus begins the unwinding of the mystery, and while equally intriguing as the previous series, the action happens extremely fast and with little buildup or explanation. This makes the story not only confusing but leaves the reader feeling that they've missed out on some juicy details. What remains juicy however is Emily and Christopher's bedroom activity, which occurs not just in the bedroom but in other, less conventional, settings. I think we can look forward to even more eyebrow-raising escapades as this quirky period-piece series continues!
This one’s a romantic detective story—with detective as the dominant. Jo Rayburn is a tough female cop who often speaks first and regrets later. Sullivan Krane is her male partner. They’re assigned a new case,…the gravedigger.…A serial weirdo who digs up recent bodies and then returns them a week later. There are a few zombie jokes thrown in and in a strange twist, Jo has to work with her half-sister, Karma and male partner, Maker Schumaker.
In my opinion, too much emphasis is put on the conflict between the sisters and spoils the detecting flow. If you’re wondering what happened to the romance angle, it's introduced relatively early, but not much happens in the first one-hundred pages. Rhys Harrison is the assistant coroner. There are a couple of blush worthy sessions in the latter half, including a hot phone sex scene. The story’s detective climax is exciting, with twists and fights as the serial gravedigger is cornered in the cemetery. In the end, Jo lands her man for a happy-for-now romantic ending.
Step brothers are having a hard time dealing with their romantic feelings toward each other. Will this taboo situation really have a happy ending?
The book starts right in the middle of their first kiss. I don’t like that start at all. I have no idea who these characters are, what makes them the way they are and what their personalities are. The kiss just felt out of left field. Why start there when we don’t care about the characters yet? After this awkward start, we do learn more about Colton and Asher. They have had feelings for each other for a while but neither of them was willing to act on it. Until now. The resulting cat and mouse game is really entertaining. They are both attracted but Colton is unsure while Asher knows exactly what he wants. There’s a side drama of bi-polar that I found interesting and Colton’s dad who’s a jerk. The ending is extremely satisfying and really sweet. I really enjoyed Step in Love and I look forward to reading more from this author!
Luca has a bad history and he was just given guardianship of his friends kid. Only the kid in question is a curvy eighteen-year-old that is testing his willpower. Mavis’s parents died and as it turned out, she wasn’t close to them, at all. She is however interested in her new guardian…
Mavis hated her parents, she feels like Luca wouldn’t be attracted because she’s not model thin, and a virgin. Okay so there are some clichés and jumping to conclusions here. I still liked Mavis. She reveals more about her life and how not perfect her parents were. Luca is screwed, or he’d like to be screwed. The more time he spends with Mavis the more he finds himself drawn to her. And then he spanks her? Really? That came across as so random and odd. Up until that point I was really getting into the story. Then she catches him watching porn which is much more understandable and works well to get back into the story. Then Luca takes her virginity and leaves her because he feels so guilty which makes Mavis feel used. There is so much potential here I just wish the author didn’t make it so clichéd. Once Luca does accept that there’s something important between them the heat factor kicks up to like a thousand. Very sexy! The ending is sweet and a happily ever after.
This children’s anthology is 5 short stories for bedtime:
The Wicked Witch and The Squirrels
The Treasure Fairy
The Wicked Witch, The Hacker
The Wicked Witch and The Switch
The Wicked Witch in Black and White
They include cute drawings that I find adorable and appropriate for a child to view. The stories themselves, while interesting are just too sophisticated for younger children and too juvenile for older children. With my children, I would have had to stop the story frequently to explain what a word meant and my older kids would lose interest. You know damn well the teenager would roll her eyes but what do they not roll their eyes about, lol. Anyway, each tale is interesting and I think these stories can appeal to certain children. I’d suggest you read a sample of this anthology to see if your children will enjoy it. My favorite story is The Wicked Witch and the Squirrels. It was really cute about the wicked witch stealing baby squirrel’s tales. Poor things! I like the plot, the characters and the overall vibe.
Young Scotsman Jamie MacDonald has little to leave behind after losing his father and brothers at the infamous Battle of Culloden, but booking passage to the New World proves even more uncertain when he is captured and forced into service aboard a pirate ship bound for different shores entirely--and finds himself exploring the uncharted waters of a love affair with it's handsome captain.
Wow. Not usually a fan of gay romance, this Outlander-style story lured me in with its period intrigue and did not disappoint! Our hero Jamie is just old enough to begin carving out his own destiny, but young enough to be influenced by new and unusual experiences along the way. All of his ingrained beliefs are literally blown out of the water as he eventually takes up the cause of his captors aboard ship and succumbs to the irresistible charisma and sex appeal of Captain Antonio Rodriguez.
While we feel sorrow and trepidation for Jamie, Rodriguez himself is an endearing character, His firm but fair treatment of Jamie, followed by compassion and genuine love for him are a testament to his admirable character. Their attraction goes beyond the physical and is borne out of a similarly tortured past. Amid a shipful of crewmates, their intimate moments are understandably brief but torrid and emotional, creating an intense relationship between the two men and a sensation-packed experience for the reader.
In a time when life is short, you learn to take the good things when and where you can. With well-written dialogue and a delightfully surprising voyage to one of my favorite places on the globe, I recommend this journey to all historical romance travelers! Complete with a tantalizing teaser of the next installment in the series, this story will leave you yearning for what else is on the horizon and shouting 'full speed ahead'!
This story grabs you on page one and doesn’t let go for two hundred plus pages. A great five star read. Cain is a PI in Los Angeles, and the character's straight out of the old black and white detective comics, with one slight difference, he’s gay. Cain’s hired to find her husband by a beautiful lady, Camille, and a missing wooden carving. But, in this story nothing can be taken at face value.
There are multiple twists and turns as Cain digs into the case, Camille turns out to be a cross-dressing female impersonator, Ryan. There are very descriptive sections highlighting Hollywood, over-the-top mansions, hotels and a burlesque club. Against all rules, Ryan and Cain have explosive sex. Is it love or simple lust? You will have to read to the end to find out. Add plenty of gruesome murders and fight scenes for a sexy, bumpy ride as you’re led down one blind alley after another.
The man on man sex is…I can only think of one word…HOT, but it doesn’t overshadow the story. I can definitely recommend this story—a great read.