4.5 Stars for Bad Alpha: Manlove Edition by Doris O’Cornnor, Nicola Cameron, Angelique Voisen, Gale Stanley, L.D. Blakeley, James Cox, Elizabeth Monvoy #MM #Shifter

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Title: Bad Alpha: Manlove Edition
Author Name & Publisher: Doris O’Connor, Nicola Cameron, Angelique Voisen, Gale Stanley, L.D. Blakeley, James Cox, Elizabeth Monvoy (Evernight Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 21, 2015 – 213 pgs

Synopsis

“Bully Boys” by Nicola Cameron

When Victorian solicitor Arthur Finter is forced to cut down dangerous London alley after work, he stumbles upon pit bull shifter Alpha Gunner Jones in the middle of a dogfight with a rival shifter pack. The hardnosed bully boy scents Arthur and recognizes him as his mate, but will events orchestrated by the other pack separate them before Gunner can lay final claim?

“The Alpha’s Assassin” by Doris O’Connor

Bear shifter Zayden Reid makes his living doing what he does best—killing people. The sought after assassin doesn’t have to think twice when he’s offered a lot of money to kill the Alpha of a wolf pack, until he scents his mate.

As the Alpha of his pack Quinton Thorn is used to giving orders. He may be gay, but that doesn’t mean he’s weak, and he’ll squash any challenge to his leadership with ruthless efficiency. When the threat comes from a source he trusts, however, can he afford to give into his feelings for his mate, knowing that he’ll endanger everyone under his protection?

The mating bond cannot be denied, no matter what the consequences, and they might well kill.

“Discarded Pup” by Angelique Voisen

Betrayed by his beta and abandoned by his pack, Cole Reyes wasted the last ten years of his life rotting behind bars. A cage is no place for a wolf, and wounds left open, fester. Cole has zero tolerance for mercy. The time Cole spent in prison didn’t just bleed out all the decency he once possessed. It broke him. Made him hard and unforgiving. Cole’s vengeance starts now, beginning with his beta’s new toy.

“Yellow Eyes” by Gale Stanley

The brutal war between shifters and humans is over, but each side still sees the other as a threat. The only thing they can agree on, is that they can’t agree. Humans live east of the bridge, shifters live west. Camden is a halfbreed, the product of a rape that happened during the war. Neither side wants him, but he lives with his human mother. The night she dies, Camden goes west looking for revenge. He knows he won’t find his father, and he’ll probably get himself killed, but he doesn’t care. As long as he takes a shifter with him, he’ll die happy.

Wyat is alpha of the pack living in the west. He’s a warrior who believes in separation of the races. Then on the night of the full moon, he discovers a half- breed hiding in the alley. The man’s scent makes him burn with lust, and against his better judgement, he takes him home—and discovers that sleeping with the enemy might just lead to a better future.

“Destined” by L.D. Blakeley

Caleb Stokes has had a shit night. Too bad catching his boyfriend in flagrante delicto with the club DJ isn’t the worst thing he’ll witness before the night is through. Marick Gevrees has no time for romance. He has even less time for a tipsy twink looking for a man to fill some Daddy fetish. But what the hell is he supposed to do when said twink wanders headlong into the middle of a bloody vendetta that could result in the exposure of his clan?

“Trouble” by James Cox

Tremarc is sleeping his way through the entire Bear Shifter Clan. He’s sent to the moon, under the colonized dome to stay out of trouble. When he meets sexy alpha Lyon and his mated human, Quinn his life takes a sharp turn that may just find him his happy ending or get him kicked out of yet another bear shifter clan.

“Outlaw Wolf” by Elizabeth Monvey

Dekker ran away from his pack in an order to protect his lover and Alpha, Grey, when he overheard two higher ranked wolves talk about killing him. When Grey finds him six months later, Dekker tries to convince the man he loves to go away. But Grey won’t take no and as the two talk it out, their mutual attraction overwhelms them.

In desperation, Dekker renounces Grey as his Alpha. But when another force tries to punish Dekker by silencing him forever, Grey must choose which stand he’ll take…being the alpha for all his pack, or being the man Dekker needs, even if it means breaking the rules.

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Review

FourandHalfStars

Bully Boys by Nicola Cameron – 3.5 stars
I felt but line I was thrown into the middle of a story with this one. While we got to know a bit about one main character, we didn’t really know much about the history of the shifters. It took me a good bit to realize that the story was indeed in the past, not present.
While the plot was actually good, I wish we’d gotten to know more about the pack. Then there was the whole being gay side of things. Had the characters been with other people or had they been gay before each other?
At the end of the story I felt like a lot was left unanswered and it could’ve been expanded out to a much longer story that was much more captivating as we got to learn about such a protective and amazing alpha.
The Alpha’s Assassin by Doris O’Connor – 4.5 Stars
I really enjoyed this story. It was a bit scary at times, but super sexy and amazingly written at the same time. I couldn’t get through it fast enough. I wanted to know what was going to happen with Quinton since he was supposed to be the one who took him out.
Discarded Pup by Angelique Voisen – 5 Stars
I think this was my favorite of the anthology or at least one of them. I loved the danger Cole radiated and the fear we felt from River as we waited to find out what Cole was going to do with him. It was hot, fast and I read it as quick as I could wanting to know how things turned out!
Yellow Eyes by Gale Stanley – 4 Stars
This was in a different time than the others and there were times where I didn’t understand what had happened or that the shifters lived in a different part of the town than the others. However, I did like the beginning as we learned about this big strong man, however, as the book moved on, he turned into more of a weakling. However, other than that it was a good story.
Destined by L.D. Blakeley – 5 Stars
I found this story to have some funny bits (hello bar scene), but it was all so well written and had me wishing I could have a car to hide under (and yes, I was thinking it was Marick that had done the killing.
Great story that I wished was longer!
Trouble by James Cox – 5 Stars
Oh yes, yes, yes… A male threesome! And some humor thrown in too. I loved the opening scene even if our main character is a bit of a slut (or a lot of one), but I liked the way the other two men wrangled him in and came together as a hot as sin threesome. Very well written that it didn’t even seem odd to be off planet.
Outlaw Wolf by Elizabeth Monvey – 5 Stars
This was probably one of the more painful stories to read for me. It was sad to see that these two men had loved each other but couldn’t be together due to prejudice. There was hate and anger that they had to deal with but in the end it was an excellent story that I LOVED the ending of.
Renee

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AuthorBio

Doris O’Connor

Glutton for punishment would be a good description for Doris… at least that’s what she hears on an almost daily basis when people find out that she has a brood of nine children, ranging from adult to toddler and lives happily in a far too small house, cluttered with children, pets, dust bunnies, and one very understanding and supportive husband. Domestic goddess she is not.

There is always something better to do after all, like working on the latest manuscript and trying not to scare the locals even more than usual by talking out loud to the voices in her head. Her characters tend to be pretty insistent to get their stories told, and you will find Doris burning the midnight oil on a regular basis. Only time to get any peace and quiet and besides, sleep is for wimps.

She likes to spin sensual, sassy, and sexy tales involving alpha heroes to die for, and heroines who give as good as they get. From contemporary to paranormal, BDSM to F/F, and Ménage, haunting love stories are guaranteed.

Nicola Cameron

Nicola Cameron has had a healthy interest in sex since puberty, but it wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to write about it. Turns out that the skills picked up during her SF writing career transferred rather nicely to erotic romance and erotica — who knew?

Her paranormal erotic romance novelette “A Boon by Moonlight” (http://nicolacameronwrites.com/booksh…) and fantasy erotic romance novel Storm Season (http://nicolacameronwrites.com/booksh…) are available from Evernight Publishing and other ebook retailers, and she is currently finishing a historical erotic romance set in 1923 Berlin.

When not writing, she’s usually making Stuff(TM), kissing her husband, or entertaining her cats.

Angelique Voisen

Angelique Voisen writes LGBTQ erotic romances and likes experimenting with different sub-genres. Her stories are often set in exotic settings and may include blades, fangs, kinky magic systems and happily-ever-afters.

Gale Stanley

Gale Stanley was born and raised in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. She writes romantic stories because she believes the world needs more love and happy endings. It’s the best job in the world—and she doesn’t mind living vicariously through the smokin’ hot alphas she loves to write about.

L.D. Blakeley

A pragmatist with a romantic soul & a dirty mind, L.D. is a fan of horror movies, hot sex, and Happily Ever Afters. Easily distracted by shiny things, she’s a slightly neurotic, highly ambitious dreamer who enjoys dabbling in photography & pretending she can carry a tune.

In another life, L.D. was a newspaper reporter, an entertainment & music writer, travel writer, website content editor, and a marketing shill. Now she prefers to spend her time writing hot, steamy fiction (with a healthy dose of romance) about intriguing, sexy men. Of course, whether these pretty boys end up between the sheets with other gorgeous lads or up against a wall with a spicy and spirited heroine, all depends on which direction her imagination takes her on any given day.

Although she dreams of living some place isolated with an endless supply of wine and an infinite number of titles on her eReader, she currently lives in down-town Toronto with her husband and their rock star cat.

James Cox

James is rather hard to define. He’s obviously into men, but also finds women alluring. To him reading gay fiction is so stimulating he’s taken up a pen (keyboard) and started writing. The stories in his head are edgy, hot enough to embarrass him at work and meant to entertain.

James’ day job is a means to get the green. He lusts after his straight boss and always longed to paint nude men.

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3 Responses to 4.5 Stars for Bad Alpha: Manlove Edition by Doris O’Cornnor, Nicola Cameron, Angelique Voisen, Gale Stanley, L.D. Blakeley, James Cox, Elizabeth Monvoy #MM #Shifter

  1. Thanks for having us on today!

  2. Thank you for the lovely review and kind words! Glad you enjoyed the anthology… and I’m pleased I was able to scare the bejesus out of you 😉

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