Monday, August 22, 2016

Protected by the Alpha by Marcy Jacks



Publisher: Siren Publishing
Date published: March 2016
ISBN: 9781682951057
Paranormal, M/M
Ebook

Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/protected-by-the-alpha
Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts


While running in the dark woods from his abusive alpha Dylan never expected to find a safe haven. Yet that is just what he finds in Galen. Dylan cannot let this chance slip away. If this new alpha wants him only for his ears and tail and what they can bring he may be able to live with that. Maybe Galen won’t be mean and nasty like the man he is fleeing from now. Can Dylan trust his own emotions when he is with this man or is he being tricked all over again? Dylan can only hope that Galen is different.

I enjoyed meeting Dylan and Galen. I was quickly pulled into their story. Dylan is a sweet young man and Galen is a good alpha and together they make a nice couple. I loved watching their relationship and bond form. Dylan is treated so differently in Galen’s pack than he was in Leeroy’s. As the two men figure out just how they fit together they must also deal with Leeroy trying to take Dylan back. The interaction between Dylan and Galen was sweet. It was nice to see just how much Galen cared for not only Dylan but also for the rest of the members in his pack. Their story is not only a hot one but it also has a nice romantic side to it.  Mates are destined to find one another in this world as these two men find out. The author weaves a beautiful tale that takes the reader on an adventure in this book that has you loving the characters and wanting to return again.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book



Sunday, August 21, 2016

Heaven by Belinda McBride



Publisher: Pride Publishing
Date published: September 2015
ISBN: 978-1-78430-830-8
Angels and Demons, Erotic Romance, Paranormal, gay, menage
Ebook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/heaven
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 4 Hearts


Just when the mysteries and secrets begin to unravel for Noemi, Rion and Rex something goes wrong and they men cannot find Noemi. As the two men try to find out just what happened to their woman they find that friends may have become enemies and their trust may have been misplaced. The three must rely on the strength of their love to carry them through the tough times until they can be together once again. The demons are close and they are led by someone they all once trusted. Love and jealousy play a big role in their adventure.  Will their love be enough to see them through or will the evil win once and for all?

This latest chapter in Rex, Noemi and Rion’s story is not the end but a beautiful and new beginning. If the three can find one another again and survive what lay ahead of them they can let the past go and begin their future. I enjoyed seeing the three discover not only the strength in themselves but in their love as well. Pain has found its way into their lives and now it is time for love and peace. I enjoyed watching the bond deepen and grow between all of them. Noemi is a strong woman and fights hard for those that she loves. Rex and Rion are full of love and happy to share that with Noemi. Together the three are strong and with new allies they may be able to withstand the evil. Their love is strong and knows no bounds.

Their story moves at a good pace and is full of characters with deep emotions. I really liked Azrael and hope that he gets his story told one day. The author does a good job of pulling the reader into the magical world and keeping you entertained all the way to the end.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.
 


Friday, August 19, 2016

COLLARS 'N' CUFFS AND OTHER NAUGHTY STUFFS by Layla Dorine, Aimee Brissay, Lily Velden, Alina Popescu,Kassandra Lea, Carol Pedroso, Eddy LeFey, Asta Idonea

 

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Date published: June 23, 2016
ISBN:
978-1-925222-93-7
BDSM / EROTIC / CONTEMPORARY / ROMANCE / SUPERNATURAL / FETISH-KINK
Ebook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)

Obtained via publisher
Rating: 3.5 Hearts





This collection of stories give the reader a look at the hotter side of sex. You will be treated to strong characters and hot sex with some added kink. A good collection of short stories to tantalize and titillate readers. Each story is an engaging read with characters full of emotion and even love intertwines itself into some of these stories.  These men all looking for something to fulfill their needs and wants. These stories are about men finding others that are just the right fit with them. Are you ready to join the fun and come along for the ride?

This is a nice collection of short stories. Each author brings a new world to enjoy. The characters are well rounded and I was quickly immersed in each story. Some stand out more than others for me but as a whole this collection is a good read. It was nice to get a look at each of the authors writing style and I will be sure to look for more from some of them. Emotions are strong in these stories and they have you excited at the prospect of deeper feelings for the characters. Hoping that they get their happy everafters. Each of these stories is a hot read and never leaves you bored or wanting. You are treated to an assortment of individuals from angels to demons and those in between.  There are new relationships being built and old ones becoming stronger.  Attraction and love come as a surprise for some. I think these were my favorite stories to read. Opposites and strangers find a way to connect while other couples find reconnection.  This is a hot collection that will grab your attention and take you on a nice ride.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Lucky in Red: Dos Lunas by Belinda McBride



Publisher: Loose Id
Date published: September 2015
ISBN: 9781623009922
BDSM; Femdom; Paranormal; Shape-shifterEbook
Reviewed by Gabrielle (meingee@yahoo.com)
Weblink: http://www.loose-id.com/lucky-in-red-dos-lunas.html?___SID=U
Obtained via publisher

Rating: 4 Hearts


Diego has always felt insecure and has hidden his true nature away. Always feeling less than his brothers but that all changes in an instant. The instant that Victoria saunters into his dry cleaning business. Victoria knows just what Diego needs but should she get close to a man that could be the key to Victoria getting her job and reputation back?   Will trusting Victoria be the best thing or the worst thing Diego can do?  Can Victoria listen to her heart or will she be the one to bring down the Lobos brothers?

I really enjoyed this story.  Diego quickly endeared himself to this reader. He is so much more than what he shows the world. Victoria is the only one to see this but will she act on it or let Diego slip out of her life?  It was nice to watch the relationship grow between Victoria and Diego. Sparks fly right from the start and continue to grow into something deeper. There are a few twists in their adventure that took me by surprise.  Victoria is a good woman and watching her figure out just what she wants to do makes for a nice read. The love that she and Diego share shines through brightly and makes for a beautiful read. The two make a wonderful couple each one giving the other just what they need. As we watch Diego and Victoria’s story unfold we get to meet many other strong characters. I have to say I got a big kick out of Rosa  and would love to see more from her in future stories. She is a great supporting character that adds a lot to the scenes that she was in.  Victoria and Diego’s adventure  is one that should not be missed. It is a filled with emotions, adventure and a touch of fun.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.
 


Monday, August 15, 2016

WILLOW SPRINGS by Toni Blake




Publisher:     Avon       
Published:     June 26, 2012
ISBN:        978-0062024619
Genre:       Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com

TWO HEARTS
 

Amy Bright has long been the go-to girl of Destiny when someone needs a smile, a hug or just to feel good about life.  She’s stood by her friends, held their hands when they were sad, laughed when they were happy and done a fair share of match making about town.  Her cozy book store, Under the Covers houses more than books—lately quite a few stray cats have turned up and Amy has found them homes.  On the brink of becoming the spinster cat lady of Destiny, for the most part, Amy is okay with her life.  That is until one night she shares a toe curling kiss with her life-long friend, Logan Whittaker.

Logan’s always been there for his friends.  A fire fighter he has rescued them in more ways than one, including being the guy who has helped Amy rescue her kitty, Knightley from his forays up a tree.  But the one time he is unable to bring about a rescue, he is devastated and falls into a depression that even has Amy worried about him.  On the heels of that rescue gone wrong, his good friend Mike’s long lost sister, Anna returns to town.  Was that toe curling kiss with Amy true love?  Or is Anna the one for him.

I’ve enjoyed pretty much all of Toni Blake’s Destiny series books.  They follow a pattern of starting out with a fairly innocuous situation, such as Amy’s cat Knightley being in the tree, go into a kind of “fluff” phase and then deal with a difficult, life altering situation.  In those situations Blake takes her readers into the character’s experience—which is true to life in terms of the subject matter.  In past books she’s dealt with a kidnapping and the suffering a family goes through, a character struggling with Crones disease and in WILLOW SPRINGS, PTSD.  She paints a realistic picture of the struggle and takes the character to a healing place with compassion.  Unfortunately for me, in WILLOW SPRINGS, much of that compassion was buried under the “mean girl” love triangle created by Anna’s return.  Until the very end I didn’t feel very much compassion for Anna—and in part that was because of how Logan was developed.  There were words about him being a player, but I didn’t see it. 

And Anna’s own conflict – finding her family after twenty years—just didn’t ring true.  She shows up in town, gets the hots for Logan and makes a play for him—but except for a few words on her part, nothing of her struggle to accept her real family was raised.  The parents pop into town for a couple of days and go on their way?  No counselling? No big welcome home party?  No news media coverage that a kidnapped child was returned? Granted, this is fiction, but a little reality would not have been amiss.

Like all of the books in this series the women seem a little pre-occupied about sex—and yes, it IS a romance.  However rather than thirty-something women they seem more like high school girls.  For the most part the stories, and particularly WILLOW SPRINGS is more of a young adult than a contemporary romance.


This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.