5 Stars for The Firebird and Other Stories (Beings in Love #5) by R. Cooper #MM #Fae

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Title: The Firebird and Other Stories (Beings in Love #5)
Author Name & Publisher: R. Cooper (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 18, 2015 – 350 pgs

Synopsis

Magical creatures known as beings emerged from hiding amid the destruction of the First World War. Since then they’ve lived on the margins of the human world as misunderstood objects of fear and desire. Some are beautiful, others fearsome and powerful. Yet for all their magic and strength, they are as vulnerable as anyone when it comes to matters of the heart.

A firebird in 1930s Paris is drawn to a writer with a haunted past. Upon returning from fighting in the Pacific, a jaguar shifter finds a third-gender human on his doorstep. Early rock ‘n’ roll DJ Hyacinth the fairy shocks his listeners with his admiration for his quiet assistant. During the AIDS crisis, a gruff, leather-wearing troll dreams of a settled life with a mixed-species elf across the bar. An imp, who remembers only too well how cruel the world can be, tells himself he’s content to stay behind the scenes—if only his chaotic, impish magic would stop getting in the way. And a shy human tending his poisonous and carnivorous plants is convinced no one will ever want him, certainly not the handsome werewolf grieving for a lost mate. Human or being, all must overcome fear to reach for love.

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FiveStars

My words are no match for the exquisite language of The Firebird and Other Stories. At 350 pages, it takes a long time to read. Every word must be poured over, examined, experienced. The stories themselves aren’t short, either. They rise and fall, starting with Human or Other and ending with Us.
Most of the stories are historical and sweep me into the past with intoxicating feelings. The fairies and imps and jaguars are out of Place, but in Time. There’s more sensuality than sex, and it isn’t missed. Cooper writes with great care.
Just one of these stories would be worth the price of admission. Cooper gives generously and days later the characters still live inside me.
C. E. Case

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5 Stars for Watching Out for Fangs (Cloverleah Pack #7) by Lisa Oliver (AUTHOR INTERVIEW) #MM #Paranormal @wisecrone333

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Title: Watching Out for Fangs (Cloverleah Pack #7)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: October 17, 2015 – 270 pgs

Synopsis

Josh moved from the huge San Antonio pack to join the men at Cloverleah looking for a bit more adventure, and the chance to meet his mate. He’s quick to adapt to the much smaller pack, and even his status as one of the few beta wolves in a group full of Alphas. A chance visit from the Atlanta coven has him meeting the man he was waiting for. It was just a damn shame he was unconscious at the time.

Vadim D’Arcy should be the Regent of the Atlanta coven, but he gave up his position years before when a personal tragedy had him hiding away in his huge mansion. Forced into a situation where he had to escort a cursed vampire to Cloverleah, he realizes pretty quickly that Josh is his true match. The only problem is, he doesn’t want one.

However threats on the pack, and two interfering Fae soon nudge the two men back together. Fighting other wolves, and even vampires is becoming commonplace for the Cloverleah pack. But a dark magic user just might have the last laugh. Can Vadim fight his personal demons long enough to keep his mate safe, and will Josh be there for him when he does? Or will a combined attack from the coven and the pack in Atlanta bring the entire Cloverleah pack to its knees?

Warnings: This is an m/m erotic romance featuring a sweet but staunch beta wolf, an old as sin vampire and all your other favorites from Cloverleah. HEA and no cliff hangers guaranteed.

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FiveStars

At this point in the series I can honestly say that I am not surprised that Lisa Oliver was able to create yet again another book in the series that was better then the last.

This book has everything in it from unlikely mates, to more danger, to almost losing a mate, and it even has a dead bonded mate that will not let go even in death. In other words, another incredible read!!!!

Josh and Vadim is probably the most unlikely true mates thus far in this series because Josh is a wolf shifter and Vadim is a vampire. The reason for them being the most unlikely mates is because normally a wolf and vampire do not have anything to do with each other. But when these two men come together the fireworks explode.

As far as Josh and Vadim goes I believe that their bond is really something special because they truly had the most obstacles to overcome to be able to be together including death.

I cannot wait to read book 8 because I KNOW it will be amazing

Tosha

Excerpt

“Everett was known as your favorite, yet you have set him free, compelled him to leave you and never return. You have met your true match, my son.” Not a question, but a statement of fact. Vadim opened his eyes, knowing he could never lie directly to his mother. He nodded instead, as his brain once again focused on Josh. What would the young wolf be feeling, knowing that Vadim had bonded with him without permission and then rejected him as a mate? Maybe some of the pain he was feeling was coming from his mate, even if they were separated by miles. That idea didn’t make him feel any better.

“The wolf you healed?” This time his persistent mother was asking a question so Vadim nodded again.

“And you didn’t think to stay and protect him?”

Letting out a deep breath in an effort to calm himself, Vadim said slowly, “I came here to protect him, from this coven and the Atlanta pack.”

“That didn’t work out too well for you now, did it?” Eloise had a small smile on her face as though a lot happier now she knew the reason behind the loss of Vadim’s fabled control. “What are you going to do?”

Vadim would have shrugged but that was a little hard to do with his arms strung up, so he was forced to speak instead. “Wait out my punishment. If I am released in time I will go home and sort out my affairs. Either way I anticipate it will all be over for me in six weeks as I haven’t fed for a while.”

In a strong flowing movement Eloise stood up, gliding over to where Vadim was chained, her gown settling around her feet in a soft mist. The finery of the pale blue looked incongruous against the dirty concrete floor.

“You would die rather than accept your true match? Why would you do such a cruel thing to your wolf? Is he that disfigured from the attack on him that you cannot look past it?” Vadim realized his mother was not only shocked, she was hurt as well, and damn it all, Vadim didn’t like it when the lovely woman was upset. So he answered as honestly as he knew how.

“Josh is beautiful, mother,” Vadim assured her softly, remembering all too well the lovely features of his mate’s face. They would be scorched in his brain until he took his last breath. “He is a loyal fighter, a beta wolf, with tanned skin and light hair that glows like a halo in the sun. There is nothing wrong with him at all.”

“Then why?” Easily asked, harder to answer.

“Because I made a promise, mother, surely you can understand.” Vadim’s voice hardened. “My true match, my mate, he’s a wolf and he deserves to be loved with an open heart. To be held and cared for, to be protected and cherished in the way of a wolf, not bonded forever to a vampire with no heart.”

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5 Stars for Fae For All (Cloverleah Pack #6) by Lisa Oliver #MM #Shifter @wisecrone333

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Title: Fae For All (Cloverleah Pack #6 – Standalone)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: May 10, 2015 – 582 pgs

Synopsis

Jax Cooper never planned to meet his mates. A strong wolf shifter, who keeps his Fae heritage hidden, all Jax wants to do is keep his pack safe and his secrets tucked away. But when men turn up from another pack, all intent on stealing the two men Jax knows to be his, then Jax’s wolf has a hard time controlling himself.

Aelfric and Fafnir have been together for three hundred years. Not that unusual for two Sidhe Fae princes. Having known since puberty that their third destined mate was a wolf shifter, they are overjoyed when Dean, the sweet Omega from the Cloverleah pack gets in touch with them to let them know some possible mates have been found. Hurrying to the Cloverleah Pack, the two men not only find their mate, but also find out that the Cloverleah pack is in trouble – and it’s coming from all sides.

Trying to keep his head, and his mates, Jax has to rely on his friends from the pack to keep things safe. Between two other packs, vampires, the Shifter Council and the Fae Council all trying to intervene in what should be a simple mating process Jax has to wonder if keeping the two beautiful men, destined to be his, is worth losing his life over.

Warning: This is an m/m/m story – it contains strong language, some violence, and acts of male on male sex. This work of fiction includes a beautiful blond Fae with a tendency to have tantrums, a strong wolf shifter who would never describe himself as a nice person and a dark haired Fae who is desperately trying to hold them all together.

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FiveStars The surprises just keep coming and so does the danger to the pack and all the members. But along with all that comes new mates with new powers that are meant to protect them all. It is just a matter of each mate wanting to participate in the pack and except their fate. And sometimes that is easier said then done. Especially with all these men.

In this book Jax meets his mates. Yes you heard me right mates, as in two of them. Along with meeting his mates, more of Jax’s past comes to light along with his secrets. Jax is a natural born protector and fighter. It is his way. He is also an Alpha at heart. Being a protector it is his instinct in human form to not claim his mates because he knows how his mates will view him for also being a wolf shifter.

But like most everything in these books, fate has a plan for these men and nothing they can do will change it. Either Jax, Aelfric, and Fafnir can except they they are fated mates and meant for each other or they can turn their backs on one or all of the triad and never be truly happy again.

Once the three except one another, that is when the real danger comes to light. It will take each one of the Cloverleah pack to put to use their own special talents to save them from the danger that keeps coming. And it is not over yet!!!!

I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and see just what Lisa Oliver comes up with next because I know it will be amazing as usual.

Tosha

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5 Stars for Getting Close to the Omega (Cloverleah Pack #5) by Lisa Oliver #MM #Shifter @wisecrone333

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Title: Getting Close to the Omega (Cloverleah Pack #5 – Standalone)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: December 6, 2014 – 548 pgs

Synopsis

Dean Weir has finally found happiness in his position as Omega wolf of the Cloverleah pack. He has his friends, his work and his art and he has never looked for anything else. Badly abused by his ex-home pack and Alpha, Dean keeps his head down and stays out of trouble. That is, until his mate joins the pack.

Matthew Charmichael is over a hundred years old and has been a lone wolf for longer than he can remember. Joining the Cloverleah pack after he heard they were having trouble with another wolf shifter, Matthew is overjoyed to find his mate is the cute little Omega of the small pack. But Dean’s past, and the constant attacks on the pack from the mysterious Kylan, could mean that Matthew and Dean won’t get their HEA after all. Can Dean overcome his past, and embrace the powers that a claimed Omega is purported to have, or will his ex-pack kill him before he and Matthew have a chance?

Warning: This is a love story between two male wolf shifters. It includes graphic depictions of sex between men as well as some violence and coarse language. Historical abuse themes are referred to, but not described.

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I have to say that Lisa Oliver surprises me more and more with each book in the Cloverleah series. I read a book in the series and I think to my self “it is going to be hard for any other book to beat this one”, then Lisa does just that and blows me away with the next book in the series and how each book is so different then the last.

In this book I completely fell in love with both Dean and Matthew.

Dean being an omega has always been perceived as weak because of his status and the fact that he is smaller then everyone else in a normal pack. He started getting stronger when he met his Alpha Kane and then consequently the pack members but he has never really came into his own. Well that is until he meets his mate Matthew that is.

Matthew is an alpha but he does not want the responsibility of being an alpha of his own pack so after being w loner wolf for so long he joins the Cloverleah pack and meets his mate.

Matthew in my opinion is the perfect mate for Dean because he does not see anything about him as being weak and he will not allow Dean to view himself that way either.

Once mated everything falls into place for both Dean and Matthew but that does not come without a whole new set of trouble that the pack will now have to face together. If they do not then they may just lose their Omega and Matthew may lose the love of his life.

Lisa Oliver just truly blows me away with how much better this series keeps getting and I cannot wait to start the next book in this series.

Tosha

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5 Stars for Calming the Enforcer (Cloverleah Pack #4) by Lisa Oliver #MM #Shifter @wisecrone333

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Title: Calming the Enforcer (Cloverleah Pack #4 – Standalone)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: October 12, 2014 – 250 pgs

Synopsis

Troy Peterson has been waiting three long months for his true mate to return from his deployment in the US Army. But when Anton doesn’t turn up as planned, Troy starts to second guess everything he knows about his mate – and that’s before he has even met him.

Anton Sage fully intended on meeting Troy, the moment his ninety days service was up. But the Army had different ideas and now Anton is sitting in his wolf form, in a cage, wondering if he will ever get the chance to meet the man Fate intended for him.

Even after they meet, things do not go well. Between the Army, the mysterious Kylan, another wolf with the hots for Troy, an overbearing friend, and some old fashioned misunderstandings, Troy and Anton might never have the happily ever after they had dreamed of. Sometimes the mating gift can prove to be a curse.

Warning: This book is about two male wolf shifters. It includes fated mates, graphic gay sex, and references to BDSM, PTSD and cutting. Some foul language and violence.

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FiveStars This has to be the most controversial book in the series so far for these pack of men. This book has a little bit of everything from military generals turning on their men to new pack member not being who he claims to be and endangering everyone in the pack.

This book is about Troy and Anton. After months of waiting to meet formally, they think that their time has finally come. But fate has different plans for these two men and if they are not careful they may never get to meet each other in person. There are more than one source trying to keep these men apart. They both have to have faith in each other, which is not easy to since they have never met.

I believe that this mating is probably the hardest to accomplish and once they do, both men have to figure out if they do trust the other or would it be better to walk away. I really enjoyed this book. It had so much mystery mixed into it along with the fact that these two men just could not seem to get it together. They are both insecure and have things they need to work out within themselves before they are able to commit fully to each other. And as always Lisa left this book ending with a cliff hanger and left me waiting for more.

Great read!!!

Tosha

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5 Stars for When No Doesn’t Cut It (Cloverleah Pack #3) by Lisa Oliver #MM #Shifter @wisecrone333

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Title: When No Doesn’t Cut It (Cloverleah Pack #3)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: May 9, 2014 – 287 pgs

Synopsis

Scott Peterson, beta wolf in the Cloverleah Pack, has a good life. He loves his cars, riding his Harley, and going out with pack members and friends. But when an attack on his pack by a bear shifter, brings his mate into his world, from Texas of all places, Scott realizes he could lose everything he ever held dear.

Damien, Alpha wolf of the San Antonio Pack, didn’t want to go to Cloverleah and definitely didn’t want to be chasing a rogue bear shifter that was threatening the Alpha of the Cloverleah Pack. But he was in for a pleasant surprise when he finds his mate. Now, if he could just find the time to enjoy him.

Between murderous bears, deceptive wolves, two packs and a BDSM club, the road to HEA is anything but smooth for Scott and Damien. And then there’s a fire, and an Alpha Challenge, and let’s not forget Diablo and Griff’s wedding. About the only thing Scott and Damien haven’t got is time to be together, and it is that lack of time that could pull them apart.

Warning. This book is about gay wolf shifters. It contains m/m anal and oral sex, rimming and a spanking scene. There is also some violence, fighting wolves and a couple of deaths of minor characters. Child Sexual Abuse is also referred to. Please do not buy this book if these aspects offend you in any way.

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FiveStars I have to say that this book in my opinion has a lot more drama and sadness in it versus the other precious two books. To say that there was parts that truly broke my heart would be an accurate statement. But regardless it was still an amazing read and at this point my favorite in the series.

Damien is the Alpha of the San Antonio pack that is friends with the Cloverleah pack. Damien thought at one point that even though Shawn was not his true mate that he loved him. Turns out that it was not reciprocated but they remained friends. When trouble heads towards the Cloverleah pack, Damien and some of his enforcers are there to back them up.

Once there Damien finds his missing link on the form of Scott. To say Scott is not thrilled about his true mate is an understatement. Damien is the opposite of what Scott pictured. Damien is a leader that keeps his emotions locked away. He does not believe that he is capable of loving anyone and does not believe that he can truly give Scott what he wants.

Regardless they try to make it work between them and then is when the true trouble comes calling. Damien may realize to late his feelings for Scott.

This book has many things about it that broke my heart but it was such a great read. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series to see what happens with Scott’s twin brother and what awaits him and his true mate because I am positive that Lisa Oliver has an incredible book for him.

Tosha

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5 Stars for The Runaway Cat (Cloverleah Pack #2) by Lisa Oliver #MM #Shifter @wisecrone333

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Title: The Runaway Cat (Cloverleah Pack #2)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: March 5, 2014 – 526 pgs

Synopsis

Griff Matthews knew he looked like trouble but for a wolf shifter mechanic he was fairly laid back most of the time. Pleased that his Alpha was finally settled with his new mate, Griff longs to meet the man of his dreams. Little did he know he would find it that same evening, when he was too drunk to realize that his good looking hook-up was actually his mate. Problem is when he woke up sober his bed was empty.

Derrick “Diablo” Franklin was just looking for a hook up with a like minded shifter. The sexy cat shifter was deep undercover for the FBI and although his case was coming to an end, he had hopes for his career that didn’t involve finding a mate. However after meeting Griff Diablo realized his plans might have to change.

But nothing is easy for the two men as they battle the FBI, a crime lord from Baton Rouge and a host of contenders looking to take Diablo away from Griff. And just who is Angel Bandures?

Please note this is book two of the CLoverleah Pack series. It can be read as a standalone, but you will learn more about the characters and story line if you read book one, The Reluctant Wolf as well.

Warning: Some people may find the content of this book objectionable. Includes m/m, graphic sexual situations, a few BDSM elements (not related to actual sexual scenes), strong language and a wolf and a cat that are looking for their own happily ever after.

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 FiveStarsLisa Oliver has once again blown me away. Book one in the Cloverleah Pack series was amazing but book two was off the charts. I love it when an author writes an amazing book and then is able to blow the top off of that book and create another book in the same series and make it just incredible. That is exactly what Lisa Oliver did with this book. Not only that but Lisa set it up for book three to be even more out of this world.

Griff in my opinion is just this big teddy bear once you get past the way he looks on the outside. His outside appearance makes him look like he would rip your head off with his big build, tattoos, and strong features but once you get to know him you know that he is lovable, would do whatever necessary to protect those he loves and his pack, and is a very loyal person….,a big teddy bear.

Diablo is a beautiful person appearance wise and many people to not see past that, which is a mistake. Diablo may be beautiful but he is also strong, capable of taking care of himself and those he cares about, and very loyal and intelligent. So in other words a lethal combination that most do not realize.

When Griff and Diablo meet they do not immediately realize they are mates but they know they are strongly attracted to one another. Once they realize they are fated mates they will do whatever possible to be together and to protect each other from all the harm that is quickly coming their way.

It is not easy for them because they have criminals out to get Diablo for being FBI and they have other members from other packs wanting to challenge them for Diablo. But these two men stand strong in their belief that they can conquer as long as they do it together.

This book is was left with a cliff hanger for book three and I cannot wait to read it because it is shaping up to be even better then the previous two books and if this book is any indication of what we readers have to look forward too, we will not be disappointed.

Tosha

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