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4 Star Review for Ravel: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story (#2) by R. Phoenix #MM #Paranormal @RaissaPhoenix

CoverTitle: Ravel: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story (#2)
Author Name & Publisher: R. Phoenix (Phoenix Publications)
Publication Date & Length: April 1, 2016 – 81 pgs

Synopsis

Revised & expanded edition as of 3/22/16. Please note that content, publisher, and other aspects of the work have changed.

For the past few years, Reese has hidden away in his home, refusing to venture out where he might have to face what reminds him of all that he’s lost. When Ashton, a human thief, breaks into his home one night, he doesn’t have a choice but to face the harsh truths of the world he’s turned his back on. He knows he supports the society monsters of myth and lore built upon the backs of humans through his silence, but the new leaders don’t tolerate sympathizers.

If a werewolf can’t act against the status quo without facing severe consequences, a human with Ashton’s cunning and experience circumventing supernatural predators certainly can’t risk drawing their attention. Their chance encounter leaves them both shaken and questioning whether they are living life as they were intended—or if surviving is really living at all.

Ravel is approximately 23,600 words (excluding front/back matter).

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The Ripples in the Status Quo works are set within a world where supernatural beings seized control from humans and relegated them to the bottom of the food chain. Used for food, entertainment, and worse, nothing protects them from the hands of those who claim them as slaves. But not everyone adheres to the status quo the world at large has accepted…

Please note that the RISQ world has little place for humanity–and the author’s idea of romance may not match yours. As such, there are no guarantees of happily ever afters, and content may be offensive to some readers.

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 FourStars

I have to say that I liked this novella better than the previous one, but I still didn’t quite get how they all connected except for that they were happening in the same world the author had made up. Again I felt like the story wasn’t complete, but it was more complete than the first one felt so I felt it was a step up, but I still felt like the whole story of Reese and his passed lover wasn’t fully told.
However, I have to say that I once again enjoyed the world that was built and the writers way of writing so I can’t wait to see how she grows with the rest of the series.
Renee

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3.5 Stars for Bought: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story (#1) by R. Phoenix #MM #Paranormal @RaissaPhoenix

CoverTitle: Bought: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story (#1)
Author Name & Publisher: R. Phoenix (Phoenix Publications)
Publication Date & Length: May 17, 2016 – 46 pgs

Synopsis

When he agreed to take the fall for his pack leader’s failed attempts to help the Rebellion, Jace knew he wouldn’t live long enough to regret it. However, instead of the noble end he envisioned for himself, the werewolf finds himself at the mercy of a witch and his depraved games. Though he clings to his conviction that he can withstand anything his new master can dish out, it isn’t long before he realizes pride has no place in his life as the pet of the controlling Elias Ivers.

Revised & expanded edition as of 3/22/16. Please note that content, publisher, and other aspects of the work have changed.

Bought is approximately 12,600 words.

(This dark erotica novella caters to those who cheer on the villains as they pursue their goals…no matter what it takes to get there. This includes Very Bad Things as well as Very Sexy Things.

Those with sensibilities will likely be offended and want to attack the author with flaming pitchforks. If this applies to you, save an author. Step away from the button.

Lightheartedness aside, this is dark erotica, and it does contain elements of depravity and cruelty that will be offensive to some readers and not dark enough for others. Please proceed with caution or skip this read.)

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Please note that the RISQ world has little place for humanity, and as a result, content in these works may be offensive to some readers. They can be read as stand-alones or as serials in a larger story.

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ThreeandHalfStars

This book was a bit of a war for me.
I loved the new world that has come about when supernaturals, werewolves and witches take control. It’s not all that hard to imagine to me and the way the author wrote it was great.
I will say that part of the storyline really just… I didn’t get it. Jace is paying for something his lover did. We see his lover and get to know a bit of the backstory, but it still just seemed like an incomplete story to me. Maybe we will get more closure in one of the other books in this series, but I was left feeling like there was just somethings that didn’t work.
However, I will say that I did fine the story interesting and I did look forward to seeing what the characters would do next. It’s definitely a dark read so be forewarned (forced sex even though it’s wanted is dark for me although not horridly dark)
I can’t wait to see where this series goes next.
Renee

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4 Stars for Lollipop (Candy Man #3) by Amy Lane {AUDIOBOOK} #MM #Romance @amymaclane

CoverTitle: Lollipop (Candy Man #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 25, 2016 – 250 pgs

Synopsis

Ezra Kellerman flew across country to see if he had another chance with the man he let slip through his fingers. He didn’t. Rico has moved on, but he doesn’t just leave his ex high and dry. Instead, Rico entrusts his family and friends with Ezra’s care. Ezra, confused, hurt, and lost, clings to Rico’s cousin and his boyfriend as the lifelines they are—but their friend Miguel is another story.

Miguel Rodriguez had great plans and ambition—but a hearty dose of real life crushed those flat. When Miguel finds himself partially in charge of the befuddled, dreamy, healing Ezra, he’s pretty resentful at first. But Ezra’s placid nature and sincere wonder at the simple life Miguel has taken for granted begin to soften Miguel’s hardened shell. Miguel starts to notice that Ezra isn’t just amazingly sweet—he’s achingly beautiful as well. Suddenly Miguel is fending off every single man on the planet to give Ezra room to get over Rico—while fighting a burning suspicion that the best thing to help Ezra get over his broken heart is Miguel.

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 FourStars

**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
I have to say that I love this series for some odd reason. I don’t normally like sappy and sweet romances, but Amy Lane just writes phenomenal stories that I can’t get enough of.
There were certain parts of this story that I loved and others that I didn’t.
I absolutely hated that Miguel felt so unloved by his family. It hurt my heart a bit, but I can see how he would feel that way in such a large family since sadly, that does happen. I hated Ezra’s family. They upset me so much, but again, there are really people out there like that. But what I guess what really made this book not a favorite was how long it took for our two men to actually get together and start helping each other heal.
I will say I was left really interested to see where Darrin’s interest in Ezra’s dreams goes in the future.
The narrator did a good job with the book even with as many male characters as there were and trying to keep them sounding different from each other.
Renee

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4.5 Stars for Cherish the Land (Land Downs #5) by Ariel Tachna #MM #Cowboy @dreamspinners

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Title: Cherish the Land (Land Downs #5)
Author Name & Publisher: Ariel Tachna
Publication Date & Length: June 8, 2015 – 220 pgs

Synopsis

Seth Simms never wanted to be a cowboy, although to listen to his best friend, Jason Thompson, tell it, he isn’t one. He just happens to have lucked out in coming to live on Lang Downs with his brother ten years ago. He found enough stability to finish high school and go off to university, but he never really believed Lang Downs would be the same haven for him that it had become for so many others. He’s too messed up in the head. No one would accept someone with his issues.

All his life, Jason has had one goal: to come home to Lang Downs as resident veterinarian when they need his skills and jackaroo when they don’t. And it means he gets to spend time with Seth during his occasional visits, even though his dream of going from friends to lovers is hopeless since Seth is straight.

When Seth unexpectedly comes home to stay, Jason takes it as the boon it is. But juggling a relationship with another jackaroo and his friendship with Seth isn’t easy, and that’s before Jason realizes how deep Seth’s issues run and how dangerously Seth chooses to cope with them.

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 FourandHalfStars

**AUDIOBOOK REVIEW**
I have to say that while I really enjoyed the two men and the way their story came together, I didn’t particularly like how much of the Taylor’s story we got. I understand that it was necessary, but sometimes I just couldn’t wait for their part of the story to be over so we could get to our boys.. well, the men they’d grown into.
I loved that we’d seen these boys together in the previous books and as they grew up and then we got to follow along as they got their happy ending. This was a nice conclusion to the series as we got to see everything all wrapped up with a pretty bow and everyone was happy.
I can say that I am a fan of Ariel Tachna after reading this series. She has such a wonderful way of writing romance that also has a hefty dose of reality and work thrown in. The characters are all different and have their own issues to deal with and they do so in their own unique way.
The narrator did an EXCELLENT job with the book and I know I will be looking for more books narrated by William James in the future.
Renee

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Audiobook Review: 5 Stars for Conquer the Flames (Lang Downs #4) by Ariel Tachna #MM #Romance @dreamspinners

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Title: Conquer the Flames (Lang Downs #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Ariel Tachna (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 27, 2013 – 254  pgs

Synopsis

Thorne Lachlan knows a thing or two about getting himself safely out of a blaze. For years he fought in the world’s hot spots, a Commando with the Australian Army. Now, retired, he fights flames for the Royal Fire Service. When a grassfire brings him to Lang Downs, the next sheep station in danger, Thorne meets Ian Duncan and sparks fly that neither man can put out. But both men have ghosts from the past that stand in the way of moving beyond mutual attraction.

While Thorne longs for the home he could share with Ian at Lang Downs, he fears his own instability might make him a danger to others. And Ian’s always believed that the foster care nightmare he escaped before coming to Lang Downs would make any relationship impossible. Trust doesn’t come easily to Thorne or Ian until the fire’s aftermath forces them to see past the scars keeping them both from healing.

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FiveStars

**Audiobook by William James**
I have to say that this was by far my favorite installation of this series. I absolutely fell in love with and felt for both Thorne and Ian. They both had hard things in their past to get over, but together they managed to realize they could no longer simply ignore those issues if they wanted to be together.
There is a lot of love that is shown in this book, not just between our main characters, but brotherly love and family love that comes from the other people we’ve gotten to know from previous books in the series.
I would say this is a standalone book, however, to really understand the way Lang Downs works, you’ll have to start at the beginning.
I can’t wait to read more from Ariel Tachna.
I will make one note about the narrator besides saying that I like the way he gives each character their own vocal tone so you know who is who and he reads them so well there aren’t any parts that leaves you wondering what just happened because it might’ve been read with the wrong feelings. The narrator does leave very audible swallowing noises in the audio, which I found quite distracting at times. Other than that, well done.
Renee

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Audiobook Review: 5 Stars for Outlast the Night (Lang Downs #3) by Ariel Tachna #MM #Romance @dreamspinners

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Title: Outlast the Night (Lang Downs #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Ariel Tachna (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 20, 2013 – 210 pgs

Synopsis

Office manager Sam Emery is unemployed and out of luck. When his emotionally abusive wife demands a divorce, he contacts the one person he has left, his brother, Neil. He doesn’t expect Neil to reject him, but he also doesn’t expect the news of his divorce—and of his sexuality—to be met with such acceptance.

Neil takes Sam to Lang Downs, the sheep station Neil calls home. There, Sam learns that life as a gay man isn’t impossible. Caine and Macklin, the station owners, certainly seem to be making it work. When Caine offers Sam a job, it’s a dream come true.

Jeremy Taylor leaves the only home he’s ever known when his brother’s homophobia becomes more than he can bear. He goes to the one place he knows he will be accepted: Lang Downs. He clicks with Sam instantly—but the animosity between Lang Downs and Jeremy’s home station runs deep, and the jackaroos won’t accept Jeremy without a fight. Between Sam’s insecurity and Jeremy’s precarious position, their road will be a hard one—and that’s without having to wait for Sam’s divorce to be final before starting a new life together.

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FiveStars

**Audiobook by William James**

I have to say I was a bit wary with how this story was going to go knowing that Jeremy is a Taylor and that Sam is the brother of Neil, who didn’t start out so nice toward Caine because he was gay.
However, I have to admit that I’m glad that I picked up this part of the series because I did end up loving the story and the men, as usual. I just don’t think it’s possible for Ariel Tachna to write an unloveable main character.
I have to say that I really this this series is getting better and better as it continues on. We are getting men from off Lang Downs coming to find a place that will help them heal emotionally and even find love, although neither is usually the intent when they land there.
I love that we get little views of previous couples from the first two books, but not so much that it takes away from the developing story.
The more I read into this series, the more I love it.
The narrator did a great job with the voices of so many men and keeping them all from sounding the same.
Renee

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4.5 Stars for The Silvers by J. A. Rock @JARockAuthor #MM #SciFi #ScienceFiction @RiptidePublishing

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Title: The Silvers
Author Name & Publisher: J. A. Rock (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 11, 2016 – 312 Pages

Synopsis

What humans want from the Silver Planet is water. What they find is a race of humanoids who are sentient, but as emotionless and serene as the plants and placid lakes they tend. B, captain of the mission, doesn’t believe that the “Silvers” are intelligent, and lets his crew experiment on them. But then he bonds with Imms, who seems different from the others-interested in learning, intrigued by human feelings. And B realizes that capturing, studying, and killing this planet’s natives has done incalculable damage.

When a fire aboard B’s ship kills most of the crew and endangers Imms, B decides to take him back to Earth. But the simplicity of the Silver Planet doesn’t follow them. Imms learns the full spectrum of human emotions, including a love B is frightened to return, and a mistrust of the bureaucracy that wants to treat Imms like a test subject, even if they have to eliminate B to do it.

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FourandHalfStars

This was a very fascinating read. The world the author created was simple to understand, yet it was unique.
B is the captain of a ship that landed on Planet Silver to study the planet. They didn’t know until they landed on the planet that it was actually inhabited. They meet the “Silvers”, humanoid like beings with clear, silvery skin and you can see their heart, which can travel all over their body. I found that very interesting. And so did the crew, enough to actually start teaching them human basics…then turn around and start chopping them up and basically torturing them in the name of “science”. Oh man, I was upset about that, but it was believable because…human. When we don’t understand something, we start tearing it apart.
B meets Imms, an impulsive Silver who wants to learn about how it is to be human. The love story between them was odd. I’m not sure if I even liked B. He was too hot and cold for me and Imm’s suffering was intolerable to me. I was all for Imms though and adored his quirks. All in all, I liked this book a lot. It questions human morals. The ending kind of left me hanging. Part 2? 🙂
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