Headstrong Ruben Harper has yet to meet an obstacle he can’t convert into a speed bump. He’s used to getting what he wants from girls, but when he develops a fascination for a man, his wooing skills require an upgrade. Shy, cautious Henry, Ruben’s former high school history teacher, suspects he needs a wake-up call, and Ruben appears to be his siren. But when Ruben bolts, Henry is left struggling to find closure. Inspired by his conversations with Ruben, Henry begins to write articles about the memories stored in everyday objects. As Henry’s snowballing fame takes him out of town and further out of touch, Ruben stretches to close the gaps that separate them.
What a fun, quick read this is! A zombie, a vampire and a shifter walk into a party… Reads like the beginning of a joke, doesn’t it? But that is really what happens in a nutshell. Claire (zombie) needs to get out of the house so her two best friends, Rachel (vampire) and Carmen (kitty shifter) do their best to arrange that by taking her to an art show. Not just any art show however and Claire and the artist discover they have somethings in common.
That is the basic story but there is SO much more to the story than that! The author has managed to pack each sentence full of information relating to the story. Also, the characters have such great wit and sarcasm between them, delivered as only truly good friends would do and it makes the story. There are BDSM elements but they are short. Remember this is part of Evernight’s Romance to Go line; Short novella’s that are perfect for when you are commuting, during the lunch hour, or in the Dr's office. As this is the beginning of a series, we may see more of these characters or just similar scenes but whatever the case, this story is terrific.
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A Bear’s Baby is a standalone book in the Kalispell Shifters saga. This is Brady and Jenna’s story. Brady Walsh is a hardworking, good-looking, extremely well off bear shifter of marriageable age. Due to a possible soil contamination, he has been ordered to stop construction pending investigation. Jenna Paxton is his new attorney, retained to assist him with keeping the delay to a minimum. Having never met before when they do, they are drawn to one another, like moths to a flame and the hot shifter/human sex is on. This continues even though they both have misgivings – Brady that she’s not a shifter and he doesn’t want a relationship and Jenna that he’s a client and you just don’t sleep with your clients, no matter how gorgeous they are. This goes on and on, back and forth, all the while he is introducing her to more of the Shifter community. Of course she has a secret that she hasn’t told him and he hasn’t quite gotten around to telling her that he’s a shifter… even when he discovers he’s falling for her. Will they work it out in the end?
t is a Romance after all but it sure is a mountainous trek along the way. This is the second book I have read from this series and I am really enjoying it. I want to know what is going on in the background. This is a refreshing twist, a new point of view from the typical male shifter and I liked it. And the storyline is certainly exciting! So much going on that you could not possibly be bored but yet I knew exactly what is going on too. And the sex. Hot and Steamy!!! Whoo! Cold showers (or naked runs through the snowy forest) will be needed, so be prepared! Editing was rough, so I took off a point for that but otherwise thoroughly enjoyable and recommended to Shifter lovers!
This is Dick’s book. Dick is a real biker – he takes what he wants when he wants it and really couldn’t care less about what anyone else thinks. He was going through his days via his addiction, existing, not living. Then he entered Rehab and things changed. He met Martha. Martha is a quiet woman, doing her best to get her sister through Rehab, one day at a time. Martha meets Dick while she’s visiting the Rehab center. She’s not there to see him but she ends up visiting him whenever she goes there. After getting out of Rehab, Dick decides he needs a break from the club and goes to see Martha. He awakens a part of her that is long dead and she calms his need to use. Of course, as they get more and more involved, there is always trouble lurking around the corner or behind the next cloud for Chaos Bleeds. Do you think Martha is up to it? Will she think Dick is worth it? To find out more about Dick and Martha, you need to read the book.
I will tell you that the book had me laughing and feeling sad at times. There were other characters that showed up as well, making their appearances and leaving tidbits for perhaps the next book? Most of all, I wanted more and to me that is always the sign of a good story.
Broken Hearts is a standalone book however; it is the 7th book in a popular series whose fans just luuurve it. I get the distinct feeling that I would certainly have benefited had I read the rest of the series first. That being said, Sam is a pretty darn good writer to be able to have me come in at Book 7 and still know what was what, enjoy the book and be sad when it was over. I really have to give her kudos for that. And these are not easy or simple characters she writes either. Dick was about as complex a character as it gets – first he was just getting by, existing not living. Then he had to go through the pain that comes from withdrawal. Then the changes that come when you are trying to get to know someone and you want to open up to someone who matters to you and finally as a changed man who has to fit back into his old society. See? Complex and she did a great job! Martha was no easy peasy either. Above all, Sam still kept the aura of danger hovering over their collective heads with this ‘Master’. Great way to ramp up the fear factor! Decidedly 5 Stars!
Title: Fighting For Honor (Okanogan Valley Pride, 1)
Author: Kacey Hammell
Length: Novella; 38 pages
Genres: Paranormal, Erotic, Shifter
TBR Reviewer: Liberty Ann
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read
Heat: 3/5 – Blush Worthy
Loving a good shifter story like I do, I was very excited to start reading Fighting for Honor. Little did I know that not only would there be fighting for honor in the traditional use of the phrase but also for Honor, the female White Tiger shifter as well.
Dominic returns home to claim the Alpha leadership role that is rightfully his from his Cousin Kenneth who has been ruling in his stead since Dom’s father died. Dom left to deal with the grief constructively without really realizing the depth of poor leadership he is leaving the Pack with. Upon learning, however, he is fully prepared to do whatever it takes to oust Kenneth and return the Pack to its natural safety and honor. This includes Honor as well. She belongs at Dom’s side, not Kenneth’s. So he gathers some evidence and goes before the Council of Elders to see what they decide. I shall stop there to avoid spoilers.
As the first in a shifter series, I felt like we came in mid-story and while several things are explained, I still felt some things were missed. This is one of Evernight’s fun Romance On The GO novella’s , at only 38 pages it is perfect for anytime you want a quick read – waiting in the car line at school, waiting at an appointment, or even during lunch. I enjoyed the story and look forward to the next book in the series, with the hope that it will be longer. *grin* All in all, a good book that’s a fast read.
My favorite line from the book is, “What was worse than wanting a man that you can’t have? Wanting his best friend as well, that’s what. Double the torture, double the sexual frustration…”. That basically sums up how this novella starts out. Ellie is a top chef working alongside her friends Jack and Nate, the owners of L’Etoile and the soon to open restaurant La Luna. Not only are they great chefs themselves but they are two yummy men. Ellie thinks her feelings for them are mutual but knows that work relationships, especially with your boss, are a really bad idea. If they don’t work out, you’re the one who has to leave and she loves her job way too much for that. Little does she know that Jack and Nick have indeed mutual feelings. In fact, as they have participated in a ménage previously, that is what they desire to have with her but worry about how she might receive such an invitation. When they finally ask her, she agrees and ooh baby! That restaurant has never served it up so spicy! The question is, can it last?
I loved reading this. Ms. Black did a great job describing things in short order whether it was Jack’s body, the threesome’s friendship or their hot, kinky sex. She gave Ellie, Jack and Nate a distinct personality and they were all people I would like. I loved Ellie’s connections to food and her Grandmother. Jack’s just the right amount of rough around the edges and bossy for me. Nate was the organized, more cerebral one with hair to run my fingers through. I also appreciated that the heroine didn’t just decide automatically that becoming a threesome would be okay. She used her brain and not just her body even though that’s what her body wanted. I found this to be really well written and would recommend it easily.
Emily and Cotton. There were not two more opposite characters possible in one book that could be attracted to one another but somehow they managed it. Emily, the Goth, tattooed and pierced, Master's Degreed City girl in Austin. Cotton, the down home, barely made it through two years at Tarlton, constantly wears blue jeans and cowboy boots, a Country boy who rides bulls for a living. Maybe their differences are part of the draw. Maybe their differences will tear then apart. Only time will tell.
LOVE the cover. Covers are often my first impression of a book and this one was an excellent first impression. As I began reading, thinking I would slowly begin getting to know both Emily and Cotton, I had a rather hasty up close and personal opportunity to get acquainted with them instead. Nothing wrong with it I suppose, just out of the ordinary. They have a fun, quirky and sexual relationship right off the bat and I found I could relate to Em in many ways. I remember feeling like the 'old maid' or that I weighed too much when all of my friends were 'Skinny Minnies' and it sucked. She handles it better than I did but to have someone handle it like Cotton and think that it is sexy to be Rubenesque, what I would have given for that! Another character I fell totally in love with was Cotton's momma Caroline. She was my kind of person, calling a spade a spade. I'll bet Ms. Tortuga had such fun writing her character.
The only thing that I really didn't completely like about the book was that practically the entire story related to Cotton and Emily having sex in some way or another - kissing, thinking about kissing, having just kissed and so on . Normally books of that variety make me really hot but this one didn't. When I really thought about the reason why, I decided it must go back to the fact that I can relate to Emily, so any of the problems Cotton and Em have are often tied to her weight, at least in her mind... and mine. I loved the way it got wrapped up though and I was so happy with the ending of the book.
Would I recommend this book? Sure, but not for everyone. First, you really should be over 18. Next, surprisingly, I'm not going to say that you have to like cowboys, just romance, especially when opposites attract.
Good Manors is not only a play on words but an interesting place itself. India Grace is an interesting journalist for the magazine Good Manors circa 2003 in the UK. When she was much younger, she had a strange and haunting event take place that has colored who she is as an adult and how she behaves today. So when her next assignment sends her to Mallard Hall, where the haunting event occurred, she does everything she possibly can to get out of going, to no avail. Once she arrives at Mallard Hall, she quickly discovers that a new family is in residence and they are not the least bit concerned about any previous experiences she may have had. Xander Patrick wants nothing to do with the Mallard name, only making the estate a success to honor his mother. He's too busy to entertain a journalist from a magazine but when he meets India all of that changes.
This is an absorbing book. The storyline was very intriguing and all of the sub-plots kept my mind just a whirring. The sex scenes are off-the-charts kind of HAWT and if you like BDSM like I do, then you'll be able to really enjoy this. You will need a box of Kleenex though because I doubt you'll make it all the way through without some tears.
CLAIMED BY THE BRUIN is part of the Romance On the Go line by Evernight Publishing. Intended as stories to be read in as few as thirty minutes, they are perfect for lunch breaks, commutes or just about any time you have a few minutes to wait. This book is a Bear Shifter novella - my favorite kind of Shifters. Here, a previously exiled family in the Green Mountain Shifter clan has returned to stir up trouble. Lee and his son are trying to force the Alpha and his Enforcer to hand over the Enforcer's daughter Mara for marriage and mating, something they have no intention of doing. Instead, she is being forced to marry the Alpha-to-be, Ramsey, son of the Clan Alpha and Mara's childhood friend. Obviously the troublemakers were turned down in no uncertain terms and Mara and Ramsey were immediately married then left for the privacy of Ramsey's cabin. Ram was very thoughtful and considerate of Mara and her needs considering they had only a few days for their relationship to become one of full-blown intimacy, both in word and deed and bear magic is a powerful thing. *grin*
All in all, I thought this was a well done novella. When you only have 33 pages you are working within, you can only tell so much of a story with so much detail. Ms. Bishop chose to focus almost exclusively on Mara and Ramsey (or Ram as Mara likes to call him) and the progression of their relationship physically and emotionally. Ram was so cautious and attentive, worrying that Mara not feel any more pressured and forced than necessary. This gave Ram some real depth as a character instead of as 'the guy who was just being used for his position in the Clan and for his body', you know? I figured Mara would be slow to warm to the whole idea of marriage and intimacy but authors always like to surprise us and Ms. Bishop did a fantastic job in that arena as well. No worries though because they were all happy surprises.
Now, if you are unfamiliar with basic bear shifter lore, this may not be the best choice of books for you to start with as there will be leaps in logic that you might not understand. Bear sex is hot and this is exceptionally so. It is also very explicit, leaving it not the best choice for kids or the workplace. But anyone needing a little escape will find their engines revved and ready to rumble after holding on tight to CLAIMED BY THE BRUIN.
Upon inheriting her Grandmother's home, Danielle realizes that in three months she has to get this beat-down house put together and ready to live. It's more than she can handle alone. She is going to need some strong muscles, preferably some experience and a little bit of luck on her side to pull it off. Enter all three in the form of her bestie's brother, Ryan. He is a carpenter, his longtime girlfriend just dumped him (how's that for luck?) and he is *psssssssst* sizzling hot! Who in the heck cares if he is eight years younger than her? Certainly not the two of them. Before you know it they are rebuilding the house by day and testing out all of the different counter tops, bath tubs, sleeping areas and more for rigorous strength and stamina, ahem, if you know what I mean. *snicker*
This story was not at all what I expected based solely on the cover. I thought it would be your basic Contemporary Romance. Ha! There is so much more to this story than anything average! Snark and fabulous wit abound. The various and sundry characters are too fun in this book. They each seem to have a complete story themselves just begging to be told so I'm praying for a series. I can see Chubbs with his cat and of course Maeve then there'd have to be one on Niall. Oh and don't forget Ms.Rancourt. I can see it now. I'd be laughing so hard I'd need Kleenex. And while this was a majorly hot and steamy book, somehow the snark tempered it just enough that it was perfect for me. I hope those that read it enjoy it as much or more than I did!
Enjoying the freedom that could only truly come on the back of his motorcycle, Tanner almost literally ran into Beth on a dark road one windy, rainy night. On the run from the only so called home she had known, a cult run by a domineering religious fanatic trying to make her his next child bride. Tanner felt immediately drawn to Beth in every way possible - protective, physically and downright sexually. Just six months out of prison and trying to keep his nose clean, his MC president is none too thrilled to have Tanner dragging a 'problem child' into the Club but Tanner cannot leave her. Tempers flare, passions rise but how will it all play out?
I was in love with Tanner faster than you can say spit. His way with Beth and being the crusty marshmallow from h*ll that he was, I found completely endearing. The fact that he made it totally clear that he would protect her with all that he had before he even really knew anything about her gave me a huge insight into his make-up. I was pleasantly surprised by how the MC in general responded to the dirtbags who kept coming after Beth. Amber reminded me that once again, you really can't judge a book by it's cover. As for Beth, I was afraid, quite frankly, that she would be a wuss. I mean she had every reason to be, right? But she wasn't. And she and Tanner were so good together. Their sexual chemistry was off the charts hot. Their first kiss about sent me through the roof and when Tanner offers to take care of her needs right there on the step, well, let's just say it was cold shower time when he was through. And as for what happened with the bad guys, Ha! I'm not gonna tell you what happens in the end, silly!
This is a rough and gritty book. The author crafted the language and actions to match. The sex is fabulously erotic. Lovers of hard riding, soft hearted heroes will gobble down Tanner's War in no time!