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TWO 4 Stars for Chrysalis Corporation (Chrysalis Corporation #1) by T.A. Venedicktov

1.5

Title: Chrysalis Corporation (Chrysalis Corporation #1)
Author Name & Publisher: T.A. Venedicktov (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 17, 2015 – 350 pgs

Synopsis

Together, they can change the rules of the galaxy and the definition of humanity.

When Damion Hawk is offered an opportunity to escape the destitute life of a miner on Mars and become an elite Alpha Fighter pilot, he jumps at the chance. Within the Chrysalis Corporation, Damion must learn to work with his Core—a man with computerized implants, no human emotions—and no rights. But unlike other Fighters, Damion can’t treat Core 47 as a tool. He sees 47 as more than a machine, and he’ll take deadly risks to help 47 find the humanity inside him.

Fighters and Cores are designed to work together and enhance each other’s strengths in defense of their employer. Damion and 47 will need each other’s support as suspicions about the all-powerful Chrysalis Corporation arise. Someone wants Damion and 47 gone, and they need to find out who and why while hiding 47’s growing emotions and the love forming between them. If they can succeed, they might save not only themselves, but all Cores enslaved by the Corporation.

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FourStars

I loved the world this author created in this book!

Damion a skilled pilot who was picked by a Core 47 that has been waiting for him for awhile. He only wants the best pilot and that is Damion. When you read this book it will explain how important a core is to a alpha fighter pilot.

Now there were parts of this book that did really drag for me but I am glad I kept going even though the ending… All I will say about the ending without giving away any spoilers is.. Why!!! No!! I need to know what happened!

Okay moving on lol. I really did like this story and these characters this author created. Yes even though there were parts that dragged I am so happy I kept going because by the end of this book I was hooked.

Now I can not wait to read the next book in this series to see what happens next with Damion and Core 47.

So all together I really liked this book!
I would recommend this book!

Kara

FourStars

Oh man, I was excited to read this book when I read the description. I love sci-fi, romance books. I don’t often find a lot that catches my interest though. This one did.
Damion longed to leave his native planet, MARS, because it was just a dead end mining town. So fortunately for him, he gets recruited and trains to be a pilot. A pretty great pilot. So great that he unknowingly attracts the interest of a CORE, a being who looks human, is human, but not really.
I adored Requiem, the rebel CORE who kept killing off his pilots, waiting for Damion to arrive. I know, killing? Well, Requiem had his reasons and the pilots weren’t exactly angels. Anyway, I really liked him and I thought he and Damion made a great team and lovers. The plot is typical, but it’s how the story is told that sets it apart from others with the same themes.
I liked how the author describe how Requiem was slowly starting to change. How he became more human-like and not so emotionless because of his connection with Damion. It was a long book so his “coming out” wasn’t rushed.
Damion was awesome and believable. He was told how dangerous Requiem was, but he decided to judge for himself, cautiously of course. He even gave Requiem his name. Requiem was known as CORE 47 before/ There was some moments when the book got a bit boring, but it’s a good 4 stars for me.
I’ll be looking forward to the 2nd book.
Cookie

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4 Stars for Cold to the Touch (The Dark Peak #2) by Cari Hunter #FF #Crime

1.5

Title: Cold to the Touch (The Dark Peak #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Cari Hunter (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: December 15, 2015 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

Winter in the Derbyshire Peaks: months of knee-deep snow, short days, and rocketing crime rates.

Detective Sanne Jensen is living in self-imposed isolation and quietly falling apart, while Dr. Meg Fielding–Sanne’s best friend and occasional lover–is struggling to cope with her violent brother, who is back in town and demanding money that she doesn’t have.

When the murder of a drug addict is dumped onto Sanne’s already unmanageable caseload, she suspects the death may be the start of something more sinister. But how can she investigate a crime when no one cares about the victim? And how can she stop a killer who has no identity, no motive, and no conscience?

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FourStars

Sanne Jensen, a Sheffield Police Detective, is investigating a series of baffling murders involving a homeless shelter. She’s also worried sick about her old friend and sometime lover, Meg, who is being targeted by her ex-con bully of a brother. Meg is an ER doctor, totally in control at work but hopeless dealing with her latest girlfriend, Emily. Privileged Mummy’s girl Emily does not have a clue what Meg is going through and would she be able to deal with it anyway?
I enjoyed the story, the pace and the setting. The mystery was well told and the gradual build up of tension was ideal. Inter-weaving it with Meg’s story was a brilliant touch. I felt scared for her and hoped Sanne would be able to help before it was too late.
The romantic side story was subtle but just right. The murder case took precedence as it should in a police procedural.
The Sheffield setting and descriptions of a Yorkshire winter and the inevitable closure of the Snake Pass was great. Having spent some time in this beautiful part of the country I could imagine it so well. The descriptive writing was spot-on.
A really good read.

Kitty Kat

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TWO 5 and 3 Stars for Brothers by Ralph Josiah Bardsley #MM#Family

1.5

Title: Brothers
Author Name & Publisher: Ralph Josiah Bardsley (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: December 14, 2015 – 254 pgs

Synopsis

At twenty-three, Jamus Cork’s plans are simple—graduate college, stay in New York City, and write. But those plans change when his parents are suddenly killed and he finds himself the guardian of his little brother, Nick. Jamus ends up back in the Boston neighborhood where he grew up, with a crying toddler on his knee and the challenge of building a new life for himself and the boy. Jamus somehow finds a way to navigate the ups and downs of single parenting, but over a decade of raising Nick, Jamus never truly overcomes his struggles with loneliness and the guilt he feels as the sole survivor of the crash that killed his parents. That changes when he meets bookishly handsome Sean Malloy. There’s a spark between the two men, but both must face down their own private demons to find love in the Irish enclave of South Boston.

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FiveStars

This book was amazing! It was so painful but yet beautiful at the same time too!

This was a story about loss.. About Jamus losing his parents and becoming a parent to his little brother. About learning to not blame yourself for something that was beyond your control.

There was a little bit of romance in this book but it was mostly about learning through things that happen in life and for Sean about admitting to himself and his family who is really his and how he really feels.

I loved the way this author wrote these characters and this story! You could really feel what these characters go through while reading this book and you can’t help rooting for them and hoping for these two MC’s to find happiness with themselves and each other.

All together I really loved this book!
I would recommend this book!
Kara
ThreeStar

This book was not what I expected. The book was too slow for me. They didn’t even have their first date until 61% into the book.

The plot line, though, was great as well as the characters. The characters became very real and you could really feel for them and their situations. Sean’s family is awesome. The family dynamic made you want to be part of that family.  Nick and Jamus’s relationship as brothers is very sweet and they’re very close which is great. I love that. Jamus’s sacrifices that he had to make raising Nick was very admirable.

If you don’t mind a slow beginning and you like the story of an author raising a child and finding love then this book is for you. Like I said, it’s a great book, but the first half is very slow.  If I could, I would rate it 3.5 stars because it was pretty good

Ariel
FiveStars

This is one of the best books I’ve read, and I’m so glad I picked it up. I chose it for the setting (I love Boston) and the theme of family. It exceeded my expectations.

Mr. Bardsley’s writing style is flawless and elegant. There is no fast-paced action in the story, yet it didn’t drag. I couldn’t put it down because I was so absorbed in the intricate relationships between these sets of brothers.

I loved the all the characters, even prickly teenage Nick (who is about as dead-on as any adolescent I’ve read in a novel aimed at adults). Kevin really surprised me, as did Sean’s would-be girlfriend, Grace. Some of Sean’s interactions with his family broke my heart, but there was also a seed of hope buried in their complicated relationship.

Although the story touched on a lot of heavy themes, it never felt bogged down or preachy. These were just people trying to navigate their messy life circumstances the best they knew how.

At it’s core, this is not really a romance, even though there is a growing relationship between Jamus and Sean. This is a love story between brothers and between friends. For me, this was absolutely perfect, and the way all the threads tied up at the end could not have been better.

What a wonderful and moving story, worth every minute.

~Amy

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5 Stars for Horsefeathers by Caitlin Ricci #Paranormal #MM

1.5

Title: Horsefeathers
Author Name & Publisher: Caitlin Ricci (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: January 13, 2015

Synopsis

Justin was sent to get a mare, and is helpless to explain to his unhappy boss why he came back with an untouchable gray stallion instead, but there’s just something about the horse that wouldn’t let him leave it behind.

Of course, because an angry boss and a horse they don’t need isn’t enough, the horse goes missing—leaving a strange man in his place, a man who speaks in riddles and seems more than a little crazy, but he’s also just as hard to refuse as the stallion…

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FiveStars

I thought this short story was so good and I really hope there will be more between these two MC’s!

I can’t go much into this story because it is short and I do not want to give any of it away.. Justin goes to a auction and ends up getting a stallion which makes his boos very mad. There are some decisions Justin must now make and things he learns about himself he never knew before.

I thought this author did a amazing job with this story and these characters! This was my first time reading about horse shifters and I have to say I loved it and now I want to read more after reading this Novella!

So all together I loved this Novella and I would recommend this book!

Kara

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5 Stars for Dangerous Territory by Cari Z. #MM #Shapeshifter @author_cariz

1.5

Title: Dangerous Territory
Author Name & Publisher: Cari Z. (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: January 13, 2016

Synopsis

With his father barely in the ground and his sister married to a scheming bastard, Carter is on the verge of losing the family ranch. His only chance at holding onto his inheritance is to get his cattle to market before his brother-in-law. That means braving Mason Canyon, which on top of being snake-infested and easily flooded, is also shifter territory. Most clans would just as soon shoot humans as look at them.

His only hope of making it is to trust the shifter who’s agreed to help him, and pray that Rani won’t double-cross him. If Carter doesn’t go he loses everything, and if he doesn’t make it there his family is as good as dead.

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FiveStars

So I do not know if this Novella was a start to a series but can I say I really hope it was!!

I loved the way this author wrote this story and these characters!

Carter’s father has passed and now his sisters husband is trying to take over his family ranch. So Carter get help from the local tribe of shifters and Rani comes to help him get through a dangerous pass with his cattle to sell. This pass has a lot of snakes and can I say with the shifter that Rani is which I have never read before and loved! I thought this story line was perfect and the way these men were with each other was so sweet.
So all together I really loved this Novella!
I would definitely recommend this book!

Kara

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5 and 4 Stars for Prickly By Nature (Portland Pack Chronicles #2) by Piper Vaughn and Kenzie Cade @thekenziecade @pipervaughn

1.5

Title: Prickly By Nature (Portland Pack Chronicles #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Piper Vaughn & Kenzie Cade (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 16, 2015 – 260 pgs

Synopsis

the four months since hedgehog shifter Avery Babineaux started investigating the disappearance of a young female werewolf from the Portland Pack, he’s discovered his life’s passion. Now he’s apprenticing under established PI Corbin Reid. Avery hopes his training with Reid will help him finally bring Lacey home, but detective work isn’t without its perils, and the potential dangers strain his relationship with his new mate, Dylan.

Dylan Green would be perfectly content with his mating and his motorcycle shop if it wasn’t for his constant worry about Avery’s safety and the fact that Avery’s never home. Proud as he might be of Avery’s determination to prove his worth and fulfill his promise to Lacey’s father, Dylan can’t stand the thought of Avery being hurt. Yet what right does he have to demand Avery give up his job when it’s clear Avery’s found his true purpose? Still, Dylan wishes he could, and the appearance of a new police detective who sets his sights on Avery only adds to the tension.

Something has to give, but stubbornness runs in both their veins, and it might take a catastrophe for them to find a compromise they can live with.

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FiveStars

This book was a awesome addition to this series!

With this book we get Avery still trying to find the missing girl whose father he is friends with. He now is also training with Reid to be a private investigator.

We get to see a lot more of Avery and Dylan together as they grow as mates which I loved! Plus there was so much action which had me on the edge of my seat and steam which was so hot between these two men!

I loved what these two authors did with this story and the characters they created in this shifter world!

So all together I really loved this book!
I would 100% recommend this book!

Kara

FourStars

I really liked this book. Avery is still sassy and spunky and Dylan is still the protective, hunky, motorcycle-loving mate of his. Opposites really do attract. Life is never dull for this couple.

In this second book of the series, this pair has turned domestic. In the first book, Avery was portrayed as a guy who loves shoes and has a huge collection as well as a very expensive wardrobe and is the “southern belle”. Dylan is the Macho Man. In this second book, Avery is now a detective-in-training and is out in dangerous situations coming home with black eyes while Dylan is home cooking dinner and waiting on Avery to get home. Life takes a turn after mating.

The plot line is really good. It moves at a good pace, not rushed. I appreciate that.

I love that the author brought some of the minor characters from the first book into this one.

I highly recommend this book. If you like a m/m book with mystery and suspense and inter-shifter relationships and a vacation trip to New Orleans then this book is for you. I highly recommend you read the first book in the series first though.

Ariel

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5 Stars for Silence Out Loud by Geonn Cannon @GeonnCannon @SupposedCrimes #FF #lesbian #Romance #ASL #deaf

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Title: Silence Out Loud
Author Name: Geonn Cannon
Publication Date & Length: March 1, 2013 – 228 pages

Synopsis

Cheryl Paxton grew up knowing the wonders of a good book, how to get lost in a brand-new world and stepping into the life of a stranger. But though she can live a thousand different lives in the pages of her books, she’s never known the sound of her own mother’s voice or heard raindrops falling on a roof. Cheryl was born deaf.

Born to a single mother in a small southern town, Cheryl eventually leaves home and travels across the country to college. On her own for the first time, Cheryl is confronted by new friends and, with them, a new myriad of reactions to her deafness. When she meets the woman who will become her first love and begins exploring feelings she’s only read about, she quickly learns all about the wonder and pain that can come from loving someone.

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 FiveStars

I should start by saying I don’t know a whole lot about what it’s like to be Deaf, so I’m not capable of making a statement on the accuracy of the details in the novel. There are people who are better qualified to analyze it than I am. Instead, I’m focusing on other aspects of the story.

This is not really a romance in the traditional sense, even though Cheryl experiences many loves throughout the course of the book. Neither is it a coming out story, despite the fact that Cheryl does that too. It’s more about Cheryl’s path to adulthood and maturity and the heartache she endures along the way.

This is my kind of novel. The emphasis is not on the romance aspect but on the relationships overall–between Cheryl and her mother, her friends, and her lovers. I was delighted by many of the people who crossed Cheryl’s path and enjoyed seeing them through her eyes. There were a number of situations in which I could relate to her thoughts and feelings, but I also found myself able to relate to the person on the other side of the relationship.

If what you’re looking for is a lot of action or “overcoming disability” or drama and tension, you won’t find a lot of those things in this book. But if you want a gentle slice-of-life tale with a refreshingly ordinary heroine, some beautiful sensuality, and a hopeful ending, this is a good one to pick up.

~Amy

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Geonn Cannon was born in a barn and raised to know better than that. He was born and raised in Oklahoma where he’s been enslaved by a series of cats, dogs, two birds and one unexpected turtle. He’s spent his entire life creating stories but only became serious about it when he realized it was a talent that could impress girls. Learning to write well was easier than learning to juggle, so a career was underway. His high school years were spent writing stories among a small group of friends and reading whatever books he could get his hands on.

Geonn was inspired to create the fictional Squire’s Isle after a 2004 trip to San Juan Island in Washington State. His first novel set on the island, On the Air, was written almost as a side project to another story he wanted to tell. Reception to the story was so strong that the original story was put on the back burner to deal with the world created in On the Air. His second novel set in the same universe, Gemini, was also very well received and went on to win the Golden Crown Literary Society Award for Best Novel, Dramatic/General Fiction. Geonn was the first male author to receive the honor.

While some of his novels haven’t focused as heavily on Squire’s Isle, the vast majority of Geonn’s works take place in the same universe and have connections back to the island and its cast of characters (the exception being the Riley Parra series). In addition to writing more novels based on the inhabitants of Squire’s Isle, Geonn hopes to one day move to the real-life equivalent to inspire further stories.

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