Release Day Review: The Alpha’s Claim by Holley Trent

The Alpha's Claim
The Alpha’s Claim by Holley Trent
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: May 15th 2017
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Blub:
Jim West, the New York Coyote pack alpha, has successfully defended his territory from external threats for almost fifteen years. Pack politics may be a pain in his ass, but his command has never been doubted, his authority never questioned.

Until Teddy, an argumentative pancake-house server, challenges more than his patience. The lithe, pretty human calls to Jim’s baser instincts. He knows instantly Teddy is his mate – but the timing couldn’t be worse. Tension within his pack is growing, and adding a human mate to the mix could spark an uprising, with Teddy as the target.

Teddy’s smart mouth may heat Jim’s blood, but with a full moon only days away, getting Teddy to let down his guard and accept him – the man and the beast – is his main priority.

There’s no fighting the pull of a mate, but learning his lover is a literal predator might make Teddy run right into the danger Jim’s desperate to control.

This book is approximately 45,000 words.

Buy Links: Carina Press

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Calling All Book Recommenders

Can someone help me out? Please! I need FF books!! I’ve got a shit ton of MM and MF books to read, and tend to cycle through them to keep from getting in a rut. I was cycling in FF books but slowed them down because none of them pulled me in.

About me:

I’m feeling disillusioned, waiting on that one amazing book that will lead to more amazing reads. Having progressed to my bliss point with MF and MM books, I’m looking to further my relationship with FF books. While I like light and fluffy stories, my true loves lean more to the dark side. Not really a mainstream kinda person. My favorite time to read is right before bed to wind down from the day.

Perfect Match:

A paranormal fiction, preferably with werewolves. If not paranormal, a nice dark/taboo fiction will do. Hope to read you soon!

Release Day Review: Half by Eli Lang

Half
Half by Eli Lang
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: February 13, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, M/M

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blub:
Living between worlds has never been comfortable, but it’s where I’ve always fit: between human and fey, illness and health, magic and reality.

I’ve spent the last six years looking for a cure for the nameless sickness eating me up. If I believed there was one out there, I would keep searching. But there isn’t, so I’ve come back home, where my past and present tangle. Come home to live . . . and to die.

But my father insists I meet Kin. He’s a healer, and determined to help, even though I’m not so hopeful anymore. But Kin isn’t what I expected, in any way. He sees me, not my illness. He reminds me of what it’s like to be alive. And I can’t help falling for him, even though I know it isn’t fair to either of us.

Kin thinks he has the cure I’ve been looking for, but it’s a cure that will change everything: me, my life, my heart. If I refuse, I could lose Kin. But if I take it, I might lose myself.

Buy Links: Riptide Publishing

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Release Day Review: Thick & Thin (THIRDS #8) by Charlie Cochet

Thick & Thin (THIRDS #8)
Thick & Thin (THIRDS #8) by Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 1, 2016
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, M/M

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blub:
Sequel to Smoke & Mirrors

In a matter of days, Dex has been kidnapped, tortured, killed, revived, become half Therian, offered the chance to become a spy, and accepted a proposal to marry his jaguar Therian boyfriend, Sloane Brodie. It’s been a lot to take in, and although Dex is still trying to wrap his head around everything that’s happened, he knows he has to move forward.

After the events of Smoke & Mirrors, Dex and Sloane find themselves in one of the most frightening situations of all: revealing the truth to their Destructive Delta family. When the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same, and it’s up to Dex to prove that in the face of change, the one thing that will always remain the same is family.

Buy Links: Dreamspinner Press

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Review: Blood of the Sphinx (Virgin Kings #1) by J. Johanis

Blood of the Sphinx
Blood of the Sphinx by J. Johanis
Publisher: Independent
Release Date: December 21, 2016
Genre: Paranormal, Dark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blub:
“The blood of the sphinx runs through my veins,” Sasha said as he inspected the warrior standing at attention before him. “It’s what makes my family line so potent—what gives us the power to make or break a man.”

Son of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar, Sasha is the king of kings. He’s the pharaoh, and he’s supposed to be the most powerful man in Egypt, but he’s convinced there’s something wrong with him. Maybe he’s in heat or maybe he’s just cursed, but no pharaoh should have such an insatiable need to be mated by another man. Even worse, the man he desires has never shown an inkling of interest in him.

When the young pharaoh finds himself the sole ruler of Egypt and under siege by the Romans, he has to find a way to deal with the desires consuming him or all will be lost.

*Historically inspired dark erotica. Contains graphic violence and non-con.

Editor: Jason Bradley
Cover: Indigo Forest Designs

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November 2016 Reading Recap

It’s the end of the year and I’ve slowed considerably on reading. I’ve read about half of what I did last year, but I’m ok with that. I’ve noticed that the more depressed I am, the more I try to keep my self ‘engaged’ by reading. So, I’m grateful that I spent more time this year up in spirits than down in the dumps.

Top picks:

1. THIRDS Beyond the Books Volume 2 by Charlie Cochet~ 5 stars
~ More hi-jinks from the Delta gang! Loved seeing the little stories and getting my fix.

2. Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian ~ 4 stars
~ Read because I was told it was a reverse harem. Not really completely a RH novel in my opinion, but still worth reading!

3. Finding My Pack (My Pack, #1) by Lane Whitt ~ 4 stars
~ Another RH novel. The only way having multiple love interests can get better is if they’re wolf shifters. If you haven’t noticed by now, I love wolves. 😀

THIRDS Beyond the Books Volume 2 by Charlie Cochet Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian Finding My Pack (My Pack, #1) by Lane Whitt

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September 2016 Reading Recap

Top picks:

1. (THIRDS, #3 – #6) by Charlie Cochet ~ 4.75 stars
~ The fact that I read these all in the span of a week should tell you what you need to know. Plus, I don’t want to spoil any of the juicy bits.

2. Fight the Tide (Kick at the Darkness, #2) by Keira Andrews ~ 5 stars
~ I didn’t know there was going to be a sequel to Kick at the Darkness, so when this sprang on me, I grabbed it up. I would have liked a little more wolf action, but I loved that there was a follow-up to the virus and how Parker and Adam were doing.

 

Rack & Ruin (THIRDS, #3) by Charlie CochetRise & Fall (THIRDS, #4) by Charlie CochetAgainst the Grain (THIRDS, #5) by Charlie CochetCatch a Tiger by the Tail (THIRDS, #6) by Charlie Cochet Fight the Tide (Kick at the Darkness, #2) by Keira Andrews

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Review: Dead Beautiful (Dead Beautiful #1) by Yvonne Woon

Dead Beautiful
Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Published Date: September 21, 2010
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Romance

My rating: 4 of 5 stars (3.5 stars)

Blub:
On the morning of her sixteenth birthday, Renée Winters was still an ordinary girl. She spent her summers at the beach, had the perfect best friend, and had just started dating the cutest guy at school. No one she’d ever known had died. But all that changes when she finds her parents dead in the Redwood Forest, in what appears to be a strange double murder.

After the funeral Renée’s wealthy grandfather sends her to Gottfried Academy, a remote and mysterious boarding school in Maine, where she finds herself studying subjects like Philosophy, Latin, and the “Crude Sciences.”

It’s there that she meets Dante Berlin, a handsome and elusive boy to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they grow closer, unexplainable things begin to happen, but Renée can’t stop herself from falling in love. It’s only when she discovers a dark tragedy in Gottfried’s past that she begins to wonder if the Academy is everything it seems.

Little does she know, Dante is the one hiding a dangerous secret, one that has him fearing for her life.

Dead Beautiful is both a compelling romance and thought-provoking read, bringing shocking new meaning to life, death, love, and the nature of the soul.

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August 2016 Reading Recap

Top picks:

1. For Never and Always by Ana J. Phoenix ~5  stars
~ I don’t read a lot of ghost/horror things, so this was different from anything I’ve read recently. And with lovable characters and emotional things happening, it came out on top.

2. Blood & Thunder (THIRDS, #2) by Charlie Cochet ~ 5 stars
~ We all know I have a problem finishing series, but damn why do I keep sleeping on the good ones. Still in love with Dex and Sloane!

3. Running With the Pack by A.M. Burns ~ 5 stars
~ Think this is a great one of young adults! Love the actual non-monogamous relationship without the love triangle drama. Love that the parents were actually supportive. Where is this in real life???

4. Do-Gooder by J. Leigh Bailey ~ 4 stars
~ Another good young adult book. Fast read with action throughout.

For Never and Always by Ana J. Phoenix Blood & Thunder (THIRDS, #2) by Charlie Cochet Running With the Pack by A.M. Burns Do-Gooder by J. Leigh Bailey

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Review: Bane (Strain, #2) by Amelia C. Gormley

Bane
Bane by Amelia C. Gormley
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 21, 2015
Genre: Military, Dystopia, Science Fiction

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blub:
The weapon that nearly destroyed humanity may be their only salvation.

Rhys Cooper’s unique immunity to all three strains of the virus that nearly annihilated humanity has brought him the unwanted attention of Clean Zone scientists. They’ve summoned him for testing—ostensibly in the hopes of finding a vaccine—but Rhys’s partner, Darius Murrell, has good reason not to trust any government. He and his comrades in Delta Company were unwitting test subjects for Project Juggernaut, the military experiment that gave them superhuman abilities and unleashed the pandemic. Doubting the government’s intentions, Delta Company refuses to let Rhys go alone.

Fear of infection has kept Zach Houtman and his lover Nico Fernández apart for a decade. They meet rarely, just long enough to coordinate their spying on the head of the government’s virus research division. Secretary Littlewood is a vicious predator, and they suspect he’s trying to acquire the strain of the virus that would make him superhuman. To stop him, they need the perfect bait: Rhys.

For Rhys, helping them might cost him his relationship with Darius—or his life. For Zach and Nico, even if their plan succeeds, they still face the ultimate question: can infected and uninfected people ever live together safely?

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