The Moon's Dirty Light (Werewolves of Baltimore #1)
Author: H.L. Holston & Eleanor Bruce
Length : 120 pgs.
Genres: M/M romance, paranormal romance
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 4 Stars – Recommended Read.
Heat: 5 - Orgasmic
Logan Robinson and Dylan Reed are best friends, partners on the Baltimore police force, and now, suddenly, lovers. However, making the transition from friends to lovers is complicated by all the secrets Logan has been keeping from Dylan. Logan is a werewolf, and now that he has bitten Dylan,
his possible mate, Dylan is about to be one too. Dylan does not take well to finding out all that Logan has hidden from him, and to make matters worse, the serial killer they are chasing is part of the paranormal world.
I found this book to be an enjoyable read and a good start to a new shifter series. The snark and pop culture references from Dylan (boy, is he a sci-fi geek!) were a great way to lighten an otherwise dark storyline, and I liked the way that although they were involved in the trial, the villain was taken down by allies rather than the main characters. That was a switch from the typical way these stories seem to be written. Logan seemed unused to being out of control and out of his depth when dealing with his mating instincts which seemed to soften his Alpha male character somewhat. I liked the way forgiveness
had to be worked for and that Dylan was not a pushover, instead insisting on finding some way to be equals in their relationship. I will definitely look for future tales in this series.
Ridin' Red (Once Upon a Dream #3)
by Nikki Prince
Genre: erotic paranormal menage
Length: novella (55 pgs.)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read.
Heat: 5 - Orgasmic.
Anastasia Trumane, one of Cinda's evil stepsisters, is a submissive missing her Dom, Lucien Wolf. Working for the first time in her life, living in one room with her sister, Dru, and trying to get over the heartbreak from Luc dumping her unexpectedly, she seems to be growing up finally. When a stranger brings her a note from the club where Luc works, though, she finds out things are even stranger than she knew. Luc and Bruno are werewolves needing their mate desperately. Luc drove her away because she was human, not realizing that he had started a mating process that needed to be completed for all their sakes. They enlist their boss, Doc Fairee, to help them bring Ana to them.
The series concept seems to be a BDSM club where fairy tale type fantasies occur, which appealed to me. However, I found the book heavy on sex (which was fine), but light on plot and needing another edit. I thought Ana making up with Cinda and standing up to her sister great, but falling in love with Bruno immediately was too far-fetched. I could buy her and Luc because they had a previous relationship (although she forgave him too fast) but Bruno was a total stranger. Lust I could see but not love yet. I found some of the "what big eyes you have" lines quite cute as they played off the Red Riding Hood story that was the base for the fantasy.
Wolf Night by Tracey Sinclair
Genre: Vampires, Shifters, Witches, Romance, Paranormal
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
Rating: 4 stars - A recommended read.
Heat: 3 handcuffs - Blush Worthy.
Oh, Cassandra, how do you managed to get in the middle of so much chaos? This is the second novel in the Cassandra Bick Chronicles by Tracey Sinclair. The first book, Dark Dates, was a favorite of mine and the sequel Wolf Night was just as fabulous. Cassandra is in the middle of two sexy men, evil two timing witches and hungry Shifters, oh my!
Sinclair’s characters are so vivid. They work so well, I feel like I’m watching a movie or television show. I love the triangle going on between Cassandra, the fallen angel Cain and the sexy vampire Laclos. There’s a long list of reasons to pick each one and I’m so excited to see whom Cassandra picks. Oh, and can I have the man she doesn’t pick? Both Cain and Laclos are super sexy with beautifully flawed personalities. There was a great sex scene that was more sensual, it was tastefully written and a blowjob
scene that had me all sorts of hot. Add in moments where I literally laughed aloud, Cass has some awesome one-liners. This book did however need another, heavy edit. There were many issues with that. The action really was fantastic too! There were some parts where my mouth hung open at certain twists and no I won’t say a peep. You must read the book to find out. I suggest reading Dark Dates before this and you will fall in love with these characters as I have!
I really enjoyed this book! The plot to Wolf Night was perfection and I cannot wait to see what trouble Cassandra gets into next!
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Dark Dates by Tracey Sinclair
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
Rating: 5 Stars – A Must Read!
Heat: 2 handcuffs - Flirty.
So, I now have to try to explain how amazing this book was. The story was unique. Cassandra
runs a dating service for vampires. The older ones that haven’t gotten into the technology groove. She’s sleeping with a man that saved her life but only shows up every few years. He kills these ‘monsters’ and hides some serious secrets. Things go crazy, she’s being attacked at every turn, add in some funny one-liners and utterly likeable characters.
This is book is perfect.
Cain who slays monsters and keeps her bed warm sounds delicious. The author never quite passes that line into real sexy but stays in the ‘safe’ zone. Still the story more than makes up for the lack of heat! There was a perfect balance of story and romance. The action was intense and several times I found myself leaning forward, engrossed in the fabulous story unfolding. The side characters were very intricate and a well written heavy presence. Medea and Katie are the witch and the werewolf – sorry Wiccan and Shapeshifter (You’ll get it when you read the book.) They were PERFECTLY written. I know I keep using that word but seriously. This book is fantastic. It should be a bestseller with an upcoming movie.
Dark Dates is unique and if you’re reading one book this year (which is a stupid saying but still...) read this!!
The Last Keeper by Michelle Birbeck
Genre: paranormal romance/urban fantasy
Length: Novel (294 pgs.)
+Giveaway: 1 ebook
Serenity Cardea is almost the last of her kind - an immortal, whose mission in life is the keep the peace between the various races and humans, which mainly comes down to keeping the vampires in check. The witches and weres keep to themselves, so keeping the vampires from taking over the world is her main focus. However, somehow the vampires have discovered the weakness of the Keepers, their mates and have killed off nearly all of Serenity's family, and the younger generations are not coming into their powers. After 3000+ years of life, Serenity finally meets her destined mate and time is ticking for the Keeper race.
This story had many twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat and moments that brought me nearly to tears, both sad and happy ones. As the various prophecies that were woven into Serenity's life were fulfilled and as all the events played out, I was continually as surprised as the characters. The Last Keeper is a great story with a unique take on the paranormal worlds we love and villains you love to hate.
Ervin's Dilemma (Wayne County Wolves 1) by Stephani Hecht
Genre: paranormal M/M romance (shifters - werewolves)
Length: novella (75 pgs.)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
The new spin-off of Stephani Hecht's Lost Shifters series focuses on the Wayne County Wolves (Chris and Cassie's pack). In the same way as in the Lost Shifters, this story focuses on a member of the pack as he finds his mate. Ervin used to be part of Russell's criminal pack, but when Chris's pack took them in and forgave them for all their bad ways, Ervin was left feeling a little lost. He missed being a badass, even if they were only the "Diet Coke of evil". When he meets Miles, the barista at a crappy coffee shop, he suddenly finds something more important than the adrenaline rush of crime.
Within a short framework, a great story and quick read evolves. I enjoyed the snark between the characters in the story and how taking care of Miles and his family made Ervin finally appreciate what he has. Although there is plenty of explanation so that anyone could read this story alone, if you have read the Lost Shifters series first, many characters are mentioned or appear whose stories were told before, allowing a fuller picture of the world in which this story is set.
Eternal (Holloway Pack 0.5) by J.A. Belfield
Genre: historical paranormal romance (werewolves)
Length: novella (84 pgs.)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Jem Stonehouse leads an unusual life: the only female werewolf known to exist, her protective mate cannot keep her safe from the small-minded gossips of her village that only see the unmarried woman living with seven strange men. When werewolves repeatedly enter their territory, Sean decides on a more unusual step to keep Jem safe, aided and abetted by her mother and sister, both practicing witches.
While realizing afterwards that the story of Jem and Sean's first meeting and how she became a werewolf was contained in another prequel to this series, I still was able to follow along with their story just fine. I enjoyed the mixture of paranormal with historical in this particular novel, and really enjoyed the side characters. Jem's mother and sister were wonderful as they pushed for the wedding to be both human and mystical and the unusually strong female characters for the time period were enjoyable. Sean's over-protectiveness
seemed to chafe on Jem at times, but with all the outside wolves coming into their territory it was understandable and made his character more real. They also felt like a legitimately good match and I look forward to read more about their intriguing story; the premise was fairly unique.