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TWO 5 Star Reviews for No Quarter (Bounty #1) by Christine d’Abo #MM #SciFi @Christine_dAbo

CoverTitle: No Quarter (Bounty #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Christine d’Abo (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: April 25, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

When bounty hunter Gar Stitt is given a simple locate-and-retrieve mission, he’s convinced it’s a waste of his skills. His success rate is legendary, after all, and Captain Faolan Wolf isn’t hard to find. He’s the most notorious pirate in the galaxy, and when he shows up planetside to take his pleasures, he’s far from subtle.

Faolan never expected a hot but tightly wound hunter to walk into his private party and try to apprehend him single-handedly. And when an unexpected betrayal forces them to work together, Faolan’s even more surprised to find himself drawn to Gar personally—especially since neither of them do personal.

Gar had intended to put Faolan in prison. Instead he finds his solitary existence shaken by his desire for the pirate. And when the bounty hunter becomes the hunted, he must put his faith in Faolan and his pirate crew, or run the risk of ending up dead.

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FiveStars

Christine d’Abo did such an amazing job in this book. I have never read anything by this particular author but I will be after reading this book. No Quarter Bounty was such an awesome read that I can not even find the right words to express the truth to just how much I enjoyed this book.

This is a book about bounty hunters (Gar), pirates (Faolan), missing sisters, crazy crew members, bosses that have a god complex, and traitors.

This book was so action packed that I never knew when an attack on ones ship was going to happen. There was so many twist and turns that I kept wondering who the traitor was and when we would find out what was the reason behind the hit put out on Gar.

As far as Gar and Faolan was concerned, these two are so opposite of the other that it is not even funny. Gar works in bringing criminals to justice and let’s face the facts, Faolan is the lord of criminals. But even with that between the two of them, they are so much alike in other ways. They both keep their feelings locked close to them. Neither man truly lets anyone in. But together they bring out all these emotions that neither wanted to feel and they give each other strength to live, to keep fighting, to keep lookin for answers, and most of all to love again. They are the perfect pair. They complete each other.

I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and I hope it is more on the two men or at leasts gives us a glimpse into what is happening with them.

Tosha

FiveStars

No Quarter is an intense and sexy space adventure! I hadn’t read anything by Christine d’Abo before, and this just blew me away.
Gar and Faolan are well-developed and intriguing characters. It’s fascinating watching as each tries to come to terms with the inner turmoil that this new relationship causes. And their banter and push-pull for control is entertaining and hot as hell.
The story is immediately engaging and the pacing is perfect as it twists and turns. It’s a great blend of excitement, drama, and steamy romance. Even though this is the first book in the series, it is also a complete story that can stand alone quite well. No Quarter focuses on introducing the characters and their relationships and shows us a piece of their world(s). There are still lots of things to explore in the rest of the series, and I’m excited to keep going with the next book.
I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a strong Sci-Fi story with erotic romance, especially if you’re looking to jump into a new exciting series.
Amanda

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5 Stars and 4.5 Stars for No Master (Bounty #3) by Christine d’Abo @Christine_dAbo #MM #Scifi #Romance @RiptidePublishing

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Title: No Master (Bounty #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Christine d’Abo (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 27th, 2016 – 223 Pages

Synopsis

No man in the galaxy inspires more fear than Korbin, the Admiral of the Black. His life as leader of the biggest pirate band in space leaves little room for trust, so when Korbin’s second-in-command disappears without a trace, he suspects the worst.

Zain Strand has left his life as a sex slave behind and risen within the pirate ranks. But he abandons it all to rescue an old friend from recapture by the slavers—even if that means a suicidal confrontation with his old master. He doesn’t expect Korbin’s arrival, doesn’t want Korbin’s help . . . but Korbin gives Zain no choice.

Posing as master and slave to infiltrate a slave auction, Korbin and Zain embark on a journey of lust that rapidly reveals their deeper feelings. When Zain’s old master discovers their ruse, Korbin must do everything in his power to save both their lives and their newfound love.

Publisher’s note: While books #1 and #2 in the Bounty series should be read in order, this book stands alone and can be read without the first two.

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FiveStars

This is the third book in Bounty series and I have found that with each book, I like the last eat even more then the last. With every book Christine d’Abo has been able to add more excitement, more intrigue, more action, and most of all more lust and love then the previous book.

This book was based around the Admiral in Black and his second in command Zain. Korbin (admiral in black) is a hard one to get a read on at first. It takes a little while in the book for me to get a real feel on him and why he does not let people in so easily. But once I did get a read on him it became real clear that he tries to not get close to anyone because he is scared of losing them. He is scared to care for anyone for fear of someone using them to gain any kind of power over him. I also think that he longs to be able to let go and allow someone to lend comfort to him when he needs it, someone to be able to give up some of that hard control that he always has to be in, someone to love him and love back, someone who he can share the real him with. He finally gives in to those desires with Zain and it scares him to death.

Zain in my opinion is looking for the same as Korbin. He wants all the things Korbin wants but he was a slave for so long that he is not sure he can give Korbin what he needs because it goes against everything he was trained to do. He has to fight those controls that was beat and trained to him to do. He finally breaks free and is able to feel his own desires and love for the first time because of Korbin.

This book is not only about these two coming together it is about finding and freeing everyone of the bad guy who bike and trained many slaves. It is an extremely dangerous situation with adventure, action, and danger.

Loved this book and cannot wait till the next book in the series.

Tosha

FourandHalfStars

No Master is a sexy and engaging Sci-Fi adventure. I highly recommend this book and the whole series to anyone looking for an erotic, kinky, and romantic Sci-Fi.

Korbin and Zain are great characters with history and depth. It’s intriguing to watch their internal struggles as they work through the external challenges as well as their growing feelings for each other.

The plot is fast-paced and emotionally charged. This is also a very erotic book with BDSM themes.

Even though this is the third book of the Bounty series, the interaction with other characters in the series is minimal. This book stands alone quite well.

Amanda

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5 Star and 3.5 Star Reviews for The Captain’s Calamity (Adrift #3) by T.J. Land #MM #Romance

CoverTitle: The Captain’s Calamity (Adrift #3)
Author Name & Publisher: T.J. Land (NineStar Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 20, 2016 – 62 pgs

Synopsis

The captain’s luck is finally changing. After four years of being lost in space, his starship, The Prayer, has found an inhabitable planet to land on. The whole crew—and his lovers Thomas, Rick, and Zachery in particular—are happy to set foot on terra firma again, not least because the planet comes with plenty of trees to hide behind for those…intimate occasions. But the fertile landscape hides a secret. When the captain finds himself abducted by an alien life form, he’s got limited time to get back to his crew before they succumb to infighting. Only the alien is so very attractive…

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FiveStars

I just have to be completely honest here and say that I live TJ Land’s series Adrift. With each book that I read, I find myself wanting more. Book three is no different from the other two books in the series. I loved it also.

I was so surprised that in this book that Echo found himself getting closer to someone on the ship. And I have to say that I am excited about reading thenext book in the series when it comes out to find out if Echo and this other person keep getting closer and if they will somehow end up together.

Even though Rux was not completely honest with the captain and crew about “his people”, I find that I really like him. There is just this innocence about him even though he is probably far from it.

Antoine is another one that is a mystery to me. I think in his own way that Antoine is attracted to Zachary. They would make a very odd couple but as we learned in this book, they have a lot more in common then most realize or know about and I think that is grounds for the start of some sort of relationship for them.

I really feel bad for Rick. He was hurt in this book but he is stronger then anyone gives him credit for because he is taking everything in stride. I also think that because of this incident that left him injured that it could lead to him and Zachary having a more open relationship with each other and bring them closer together.

I cannot wait till the next book comes out and see what this crew will get up to next. Another great book in this series.

Tosha

ThreeandHalfStars

The Captain‘s Calamity is a light and fun read, but I find it lacks depth.

I’ll admit that I prefer this installment of the Adrift  series over the second book,The Captain‘s Encounter. There is action and intrigue and some character growth. There isn’t as much sex in this book as the others. That is not a complaint, as I preferred the shift in focus. But it’s worth pointing out.

I do appreciate the diversity of the characters in this story. It adds an interesting element to the relationships.

In general, I find this story is broken into too many small parts for my taste. I would prefer if it was all in one book, or possibly two, depending on how much more is planned for this series.

I’m still looking forward to see what happens next. I recommend this series to someone looking for an over-the-top, erotic Sci-Fi.

~Amanda

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3.5 stars for Midsummer Court (Bad Fairies #3) by T.J. Land #MM #Romance #Fantasy #BDSM

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Title: Midsummer Court (Bad Fairies #3)
Author Name & Publisher: T. J. Land (NineStar)
Publication Date & Length: May 23, 2016 —  55 pages

Synopsis

Newly arrived at Oberon’s court, Puck has already made a name for himself through his wit, his wiliness, and his very nice legs. But he’s not interested in the envy of his peers; what he’s really after is the attention of the Lord of All Fairies himself. Seducing the monarch will surely win him power and prestige, provided he can withstand Oberon’s famously bad temper.

Soon, though, Puck realizes that Oberon’s belligerent façade is just that, and his schemes of strategic seduction are submerged beneath budding infatuation. Now, Puck will have to muster all his tricks, from sonnets to the lash, to win the fairy king’s heart – a task which becomes substantially more difficult when Oberon discovers that Puck has been consorting with mortals…

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ThreeandHalfStars

Midsummer Court is a light and fun read, but as the series progresses I feel like the stories are becoming less interesting.

This is an entertaining book but not overly engaging. Puck and Oberon are fun characters, and their banter and antics are amusing. Some of the sex scenes are delightfully kinky.

The plot isn’t overly exciting, but I am looking forward to continuing the series if there is another book planned.

I recommend this series for anyone looking for a fun and sexy fantasy, as long as they don’t expect much depth.

~Amanda

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TWO 5 Star Reviews for Dark Blood (Dark Blood Saga #1) by Caleb James #Paranormal #MM

CoverTitle: Dark Blood (Dark Blood Saga #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Caleb James (DSP Publications)
Publication Date & Length: June 28, 2016 – 294 pgs

Synopsis

Handsome, brilliant, and surrounded by good friends, twenty-three-year-old medical student Miles Fox has a secret—and it’s not that he’s gay. Though he harbors a crush on his straight best friend, Luke. Miles, like his grandmother, Anna, possesses the healing gift, an ability she’s made him swear never to use or divulge, lest horrible things befall those he loves. It happened to her when Nazis butchered her family.

But it all goes to hell when Miles heals a terminally ill man on a New Orleans cancer ward and wakes locked in the psych unit. Worse, news of the healing miracle spreads. For millennia, its carriers have been hunted by those who would steal it. Dr. Gerald Stangl and his teenage son, Calvin, know what Miles possesses. They, like their predecessors, will stop at nothing to take it, including kidnapping, torture, and murder. As the Stangls’ noose tightens, Miles and Luke are trapped in a death match with stakes higher than they could ever imagine.

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FiveStars

Dark Blood is an exciting, intriguing and magical story.
This book is immediately engaging. The plot is interesting and exciting as it twists and turns. The pacing is perfect, and it’s really hard to put down. This is an urban fantasy story, with elements of romance and suspense-thriller. The genres cross-over really well, making it difficult to guess what will happen next. Miles is a wonderful character – snarky, intelligent, and compassionate. The main characters all have great history and depth.
I really love this book. Even though this is the first part of a series, it also stands alone quite well. I’m looking forward to exploring more of these characters and this world.
Since this book is not sexually explicit, I wouldn’t recommend this to someone looking for an erotic romance. But I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a strong genre story with some romance.
Amanda
FiveStars
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this book. It is very interesting and different and.. fun. There were many things I didn’t see coming, but a few I did, however it all described so well by the author, I couldn’t put it down.
While there is a bit of a romance going on, I don’t think I would classify this as a romantic story per se. It is more of a paranormal mystery with a relationship that’s pretty much already formed on the side. I wouldn’t have minded getting a bit more from these two characters before things went south though. I think it would help a bit with connection for some readers, but I personally liked Miles and what he was going through more than the romantic side of things.
I have to admit that I didn’t particularly care for the cover of the book, but the synopsis is what made me pick it up and I’m so glad that I did. I will also note that there was one word that just stood out to me in the whole book and I didn’t care for it…. eyegrounds.. I have no idea if this was a typo or what, but it totally threw me off.. enough so that I remember it even after I’ve finished the book. Also, wouldn’t have minded a little more information about what the heck ipecac is/was and why it was used when it was in the story.
However, all in all, I really did enjoy the story and it’s uniqueness to the characters and the plot.
Renee

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Audiobook: 5 Star Review for Betrayed (Cursed #2) by Rhianne Aile #MM #Paranormal @dreamspinners

CoverTitle: Betrayed (Cursed #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhianne Aile (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 22, 2010 – 277 pgs

Synopsis

Will Northland’s brother, Tristan, went to America to break a centuries-old curse and found love in the most unexpected of places: within the heart of a werewolf. When Will goes to visit, he meets not only Tristan’s mate, Benjamin, but their friend Raul, who receives a plea for help from his old werepack: his twin brother, Richard, has gone missing and is possibly under the influence of a witch. Raul leaves to find his brother, and Will goes with him, offering to use his magic to both locate Richard and protect them all from the threat of dark magic. But when they find him, a totally unexpected passion explodes between Richard and Will, stunning them both. Suddenly, discovering who betrayed Raul and Richard isn’t the only challenge. It’s now a struggle to solve the mystery so Will can claim Richard’s heart just as the wolf has claimed Will as his mate. Don’t miss Cursed, the story of Will Northland’s twin brother, Tristan, and his struggle to free Benjamin Sterling from a centuries-old curse.

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FiveStars

This review is for the audiobook version, narrated by John Lamberti. The reading of this book is better than in the first book of the series. It’s not fantastic, but it’s good, and it doesn’t take anything away from the story.
Betrayed is a wild ride – a sexy and engaging continuation of the world and characters we were introduced to in Cursed. The characters are well developed, and the large community of characters adds a richness to the story. The story is unique and intriguing. The plot twists wonderfully, and the pacing is perfect. It’s very engaging from beginning to end.
This is a very erotic book, with many hot sex scenes. I love the way the metaphysical elements of werewolves and magic are woven into the physical and emotional intimacy.
Even though I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, Betrayed took things to another level for me. I’ll be looking for more from this author for sure!
I don’t recommend this as a stand alone, but I highly recommend this series for anyone looking for a highly erotic paranormal romance story.
Amanda

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Audiobook: 4 Star Review for Cursed (Cursed #1) by Rhianne Aile #MM #Paranormal @dreamspinners

CoverTitle: Cursed (Cursed #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Rhianne Aile (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 15, 2007 – 232 pgs

Synopsis

Upon their grandmother’s death, Tristan Northland and his twin, Will, come into possession of her Book of Shadows and the knowledge that their family is responsible for a centuries old curse. Determined to right the ancient wrong, Tristan sets off across the ocean to reverse the dark magic that affects the Sterling family to this day. Benjamin Sterling might not be happy with his life, but it is predictable – at least until Tristan Northland shows up in his office, unannounced and with nowhere to stay. He has plenty of reason to distrust witches and Northlands, but instead of caution, he experiences two unexpected emotions: hope and love. Read a full chapter excerpt at www.dreamspinnerpress.com.

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FourStars

This review is for the audiobook version, narrated by John Lamberti. The reading is ok, but I feel it could have been better. At times it was a bit choppy/disjointed, maybe because of issues with the audio editing. There are also rapid perspective changes in this book, and I feel that the narrator could have used better pacing to reflect that and avoid confusion. Also if he’d used different voices for the characters it would have made dialog more easy to follow. I would have given the text version of this book 4.5 stars instead of 4.

Cursed is a magical and sexy romance. The characters have good depth and personality. The story caught my interest from the start and is engaging throughout. The story is unique and interesting, and the pacing is great. The smut-to-plot ratio is a little heavier on the smut side than what I would prefer for this story. But that said, the sex scenes are well written and hot.

Even though this is the first of a series, it is also great as a stand-alone book.
I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a highly erotic paranormal romance.
Amanda

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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for No Remedy (Bounty #2) by Christine d’Abo #MM #ScienceFiction

CoverTitle: No Remedy (Bounty #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Christine d’Abo (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 30, 2016 – 245 pgs

Synopsis

For months, Mace Simms has been seeking an antidote for the poison killing her mentor. Her only hope is Alec Roiten, a brilliant scientist hiding on a backwater planet. Posing as a research assistant, Mace offers the elusive genius all the help she can, ignoring the explosive chemistry between them. Soon they’re close to a cure.

But then Alec’s former love Byron shows up, attempting to claim a bounty on Alec’s head, and all that careful research gets left behind when they’re forced to flee. And when Byron realizes the tip-off about Alec was a ruse by his rivals to lure him out into the open to kill him, the bounty hunt turns into a three-person scramble for survival.

Byron wants his old lover back, Alec is consumed by a haunting secret about the poison he’s desperate to defeat, and Mace is caught between them. But she’s beginning to think that’s exactly where she belongs as the three are drawn together in their race against death.

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FiveStars

Two is good but three is best or at least in this case. This book picks up a couple years after book 1. Faolan has taken a turn for the worst and even though him and Gar are now married and happy, he has basically given up on finding a cure for the poison that is coursing through his body and just wants to live out what little time he has left.

Mace will not except this and goes and looks for the one person who may be able to help her find a cure, Alec. But with Alec comes more trouble and one of those TROUBLES include a bounty hunter and head of the guild Byron. The trouble with Byron includes his past with Alec. They were lovers until Alec ran. Finding one another again is where the problems started to come and come in full force.

These people (Mace, Alec,and Byron) are so completely opposite of one another. Mace is part of the Pirates ship that Faolan is captain of. Alec is a scientist. And Byron is a bounty hunter. Can these three with different past all come together or are the three of them just two different?

I loved book 1 and I can say with all honesty that I Loved book 2 also. There is so much adventure, mystery, suspense, anguish, lost love, new love, lust, and heartache all within this book. There is not a dull moment in this book. Your are literally on the edge of your seat while reading what is going to happen next. Wondering who is the good guys and who is the bad. Wondering if they will be able to find the cure they are working so hard to find in time. And also wondering what is really going on that someone would want to kill them all. It’s is almost as if every page you turn in this book something new is happening but it is not so overwhelming that you lose sight of what is going on in the book. That is hard to accomplish with so many different things happening and seeming to happen all at once. That is what makes Christine d’Abo an amazing author and this such an incredible book.

Tosha

FourStars

No Remedy is a sexy and suspense-filled space adventure.

This book continues the story from the first book while introducing us to great new characters. Alec, Byron, and Mace make a great triad. Their bedroom power dynamic play adds an interesting element both in terms of their relationship and the steamy sex scenes. As with the first book, the characters are well-developed and intriguing.

I have one complaint about this book. In the first book, there is a plot device that throws Gar and Faolan abruptly into the start of their sexual relationship. I found the situation believable, and it flowed well with the story. In this book something similar was done to bring the three together the first time. To me, instead of flowing with the story it seemed somewhat forced. It didn’t feel like it really fit with the story.

I enjoyed this book but it didn’t thrill me the way the first book did. I still found it very engaging, and I’m looking forward to the next book.

I don’t recommend this as a stand-alone book. But I do highly recommend this series to anyone looking for an erotic, kinky, and romantic Sci-Fi.

Trigger warning: Multiple sexual scenes with BDSM.

Amanda

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4.5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Bear, Otter, and the Kid by T. J. Klune #MM #Romance #Family @Dreamspinners

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Title: Bear, Otter, & The Kid (Bear, Otter, & the Kid #1)
Author Name & Publisher: T. J. Klune (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 12, 2011 — 350 Pages

Synopsis

Three years ago, Bear McKenna’s mother took off for parts unknown with her new boyfriend, leaving Bear to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson, aka the Kid. Somehow they’ve muddled through, but since he’s totally devoted to the Kid, Bear isn’t actually doing much living—with a few exceptions, he’s retreated from the world, and he’s mostly okay with that. Until Otter comes home.

Otter is Bear’s best friend’s older brother, and as they’ve done for their whole lives, Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expect. This time, though, there’s nowhere to run from the depth of emotion between them. Bear still believes his place is as the Kid’s guardian, but he can’t help thinking there could be something more for him in the world… something or someone.

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FourandHalfStars

This review is for the audiobook version of this book.

Bear, Otter and the Kid is a charming, funny, and romantic book. It’s narrated beautifully by Sean Crisden. He really brings the story to life, improving on an already great book through his performance.

This is such a heartwarming story about family, love, and learning to trust. The characters are wonderful. The intimate and familiar way Bear tells his story is engaging and amusing. I feel like there’s a special art in creating funny and dramatic book, and TJ Klune does a great job with it.

My one complaint about this book is that sometimes the pace seems unnecessarily slow. The inner monologs and daydreams are fun and revealing devices, but I feel like they are used a bit too much.

Even though this is the first part of a series I feel it can also stand alone quite well. But that said, I’m looking forward to moving on to the next one.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking to laugh and cry and swoon.

Amanda

FourStars

This book was a real Rollercoaster ride! So many roadblocks, starts and stops. Bear has struggled a whole lot since his mother took off leaving him with his little brother Kid (Tyson). Both of them have real issues with abandonment and self worth. But Bear does have some great support even if he doesn’t fully acknowledge what it is. The Kid is the comedy relief in this story when it gets really heavy. This story tackles some serious subjects but the characters really make it for me. Otter is the real heart of this story and you pull for him so much. I just wanted to grab him and hug him so badly. Bear is faced with even more trials and yeah I wanted to slap him a few times but I understood his motivations.

This story really will touch your heart and make you pull for the characters. Even with some terrible poetry sometimes. You don’t really settle into this story because everything is moving up and down so quickly and in such a short amount of time. I finished this story in one sitting I just couldn’t put it down. It made me cry, made me yell and giggle at the silly kid. Since all of the characters are on the younger side I understood some of the issues they brought on themselves even when I wanted to hit them upside the head. Just breath and roll with it. You won’t be disappointed. Looking to pick up the following books just to spend a little more time with Bear, Otter and the Kid and see how all of their stories unfold. This story does have a HEA so you won’t be left hanging.

Jessica

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THREE 5 Star and ONE 4.5 Star Reviews for Against the Grain (THIRDS #5) by Charlie Cochet #MM #Paranormal @Dreamspinners

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Title: Against the Grain (THIRDS #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Charlie Cochet (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: August 3, 2015 – 220 pgs

Synopsis

As the fiercest Defense Agent at the THIRDS, Destructive Delta’s Ash Keeler is foul-mouthed and foul-tempered. But his hard-lined approach always yields results, evident by his recent infiltration of the Coalition. Thanks to Ash’s skills and the help of his team, they finally put an end to the murdering extremist group for good, though not before Ash takes a bullet to save teammate Cael Maddock. As a result, Ash’s secrets start to surface, and he can no longer ignore what’s in his heart.

Cael Maddock is no stranger to heartache. As a Recon Agent for Destructive Delta, he has successfully maneuvered through the urban jungle that is New York City, picking up his own scars along the way. Yet nothing he’s ever faced has been more of a challenge than the heart of Ash Keeler, his supposedly straight teammate. Being in love isn’t the only danger he and Ash face as wounds reopen and new secrets emerge, forcing them to question old loyalties.

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FiveStars
Wow…..what more can I say. Thirds just keeps getting better and better.

With each book more and more comes to light. The people you think are good are really bad and the people you think are bad are really good. You never really know who to trust until the very end.

This book is primarily based around Cael and Ash. These are two people you would think would make an unlikely pair. They are so opposite that it is not even funny.

Ash is this brash, out spoken, no non sense, hard a&&. Where Cael is sweet, trusting, open hearted person. These two actually balance each other nicely and make the perfect couple. But even with the perfect couple they still have hardships, trust issues, and past heart ache they have to overcome to find their balance.

Of Dex and Sloane are in this book and constantly becoming a stronger, more solid couple that are always going to be my favorites. I love seeing their relationship bloom.

As always the thirds agents are out to protect and serve and face all the troubles head own as a united team. This book is no exception.

Another win for Charlie and I have a feeling the best is still to come.

Tosha

FiveStars

The THIRDS saga is still going strong with this one told mostly from the perspectives of Ash and Cael.

It’s a refreshing change to see things from the new perspectives. And it’s nice to get to get caught up in a new romance even while in the midst of a longer series.

In the previous stories I was able to predict the outcome of the mysteries fairly early on (to some degree at least). This is the first one that really had me guessing, and I loved not being able to guess at what was coming.

I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys not only a great M/M Romance story but also a strong genre plot (Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifters, Mystery and Crime).

Amanda

FiveStars

Awe, I am so happy these two FINALLY got their stuff together!!!! I just love this series and can’t get enough of it! Ash has good reasons for being scared but he knows that if he keeps his crap up that he will lose the best thing ever, Cael. Dex and Sloane weren’t the main characters this time and I found that refreshing, we still see them and the rest of the team but it was nice to get to have the full focus on Ash and Cael. I also love how Ash and Dex seem to sort of get a long now….I mean they do but they don’t, Ash will still give Dex grief but he is there when Dex needs him and that just makes you fall more in love with Ash once you find out all the back story. I can’t wait to read the next book to see what happens, I am addicted!

Angie

FourandHalfStars

Well this was a whole different type of read than the previous 4. That may be expected as it is with a different couple and that means different personalities. Not everyone can be Dex and Sloane. Even with that said, this was only maybe a 4.5 read. We have always been in Dex and Sloane’s pocket so we never knew how Ash and Cael spent their own time together and now we do. Be prepared to go visit the dentist afterwards though. This one was more of a sweet romance with a few action scenes sprinkled throughout verse being balanced or heavy on the action side or smexy side.
This one starts off where the prior stopped and that was Tony pulling Ash and Sloane in to have the “dad talk” with his Old Betsy. I loved how Tony was daddy protective of Cael, but he had respect for Ash. I think Tony was able to see Ash’s caring side toward Cael from day one and we know Ash is protective of Cael. I think Tony just needed to nudge Ash in the right direction to start seeing it himself.
I loved the holiday scenes. We get to see all sorts of sides from the Maddox/Daley family. I enjoyed getting to know Tony more. He is such a strong, supportive, loving and funny man. I wish I could have had a father like him. It was good to see a different side of Ash. The big bad lion can never always be the tough guy. He does have a heart and we get to see it. It was just painful to see him wrestle with his heart and realize the multiple uses for it. Cael was amazing in how he is so patient waiting for Ash, knowing Ash is the man for him. But, Cael is his own man too, and he needs to do things for himself.
It was a fun field trip to get to see other characters through new POVs. I think this will help balance the book so it’s not always Dex and Sloane. I love all the characters and expect to have different feels while reading their own stories. I must say, Sparks, she is one tough cookie and definitely do not want to run into her in a dark ally. Austen has sunk his claws in my heart and I am hoping we get a story for him.
It always amazes me how authors can write a character that you are not a fan of in the beginning (Ash) but then find yourself rooting for them. I am hoping with Hobbs story next, Rafe will be able to thaw the frozen shield of emotions for him. I have a feeling something big is/has brewing/brewed with him which is why he is the way he is. But for now, I must toughen my shield around my heart for Calvin and Hobbs, I have a feeling tissues are going to be needed for Hobbs’ story.
Keri

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