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5 Star Review for Dirty Angel by Barbara Elsborg #MM #Paranormal @BarbaraElsborg

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Title: Dirty Angel
Author Name: Barbara Elsborg
Publication Date & Length: May 29, 2016 – 255 pgs

Synopsis

Dying Sucks

Particularly when you discover there really is a hell. Aden thinks there’s no way he can avoid going down, but when an angel and demon can’t agree over his fate, Aden is given one more month to gain redemption. He doubts he can find a way to become a better man in so short a time. But it’s worth a try, right?

Living sucks

Particularly when you can’t shake free of an obsessive ex. Brody might be managing to hold down his job as a vet, but his personal life is a mess. If he doesn’t pull himself together soon, he’s going to be sliding downhill too fast to stop.

One wet night, on a dark country lane, two worlds collide and destinies change forever.

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FiveStars

If I had to use one word to describe this book it would be “incredible”. This book is what I would describe as a book about heaven and hell, right and wrong, good and bad, the unlovable and lovable, and last but not least love or obsession.

What would you do if suddenly you are surrounded by a mist and told you are dead and about to be judged by two men. One from heaven and one from hell. And furthermore what would you do if both men said you belong where they are from and that until you proved one way or another they could not decide what to do and you have one month to help them make their decision? Well that is where Aden has found himself. He has one month to find love and return it for the first time in his life and he has to prove he is a good man to boot.

Aden in my opinion is lost. He lives his life for himself and does not think about anyone else. He lies, cheats, steals, and takes what he wants and never questions it or feels bad about it. When judgement day comes I honestly believe that it is definitely a blessing in disguise. I believe that because of the choices he has to make he finally finds that he can care about others and he finally open his heart to someone for the first time in his life. Aden by all means has not had an easy life and had went through so much but that does not mean he has to let that define him or his future and I think that is the point of everything he is about to endure.

Brody has been manipulated by the one person he should have been able to trust at th early age of 14, his chemistry teacher. Matt abuses and molds Matt from the age of 14 when he starts sleeping with and abusing his student. But that is not where it stops. Matt is obsessed with Brody and the real question is how far is Matt willing to go or has he gone in order to keep Brody under his thumb? What will happen when Brody starts to open up and fall for Aden and then Matt walks back into his life? Will Matt ever let Brody go or will he be the reason for everything ending between Brody and Aden permanently?

This book was such an incredible read that I did not want to put it down. It holds so many emotions throughout the whole book and you are able to feel everyone of those emotions. Barbara Elsborg has a definite winner in this book. I loved every moment of it.

Tosha

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5 Star and 4 Star Reviews for Jericho Junction (Mark of Lycos #3) by Marie Harte #Menage #Paranormal @PridePublishing @MHarte_Author

CoverTitle: Jericho Junction (Mark of Lycos #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Maire Harte (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 31, 2016 – 78 pgs

Synopsis

A cat, a demon and a bear. Oh my.

Jericho Dark Walker is a Bear, born to shift into both an animal’s and man’s form. He’s second in command to the mixed group of shifters living in the Great Forest. For years it had been his dream to see his clan reintroduced to the land of their ancestors. But now that he’s back he finds himself restless, unable to find joy in even the simplest back scratch or hive of honey. The female shifters offer little challenge, more than eager to bed the Great Clan’s beta, and with everyone getting along, there’s little more for him to do than break up the rare fight.

When an opportunity arrives to represent the clan and work with the athmae to oust an evil plaguing the outer edge of the Great Forest, he gratefully volunteers. The alpha’s brother has mated with an athmae—a demon—so Jericho thinks he knows what to expect. But his new partner is anything but typical. The athmae assigned to work with him is a male demon as large as Jericho, and just as deadly. No sex demon, but a hunter with the instincts of a true predator. So why is Jericho so taken with the male, when he has only ever felt desire for a female?

And why, when they rescue an annoying, sexy cat shifter from certain death, do his instincts scream at him to claim both the feline female and the demon as his own? Bears don’t mate outside their species, yet everything inside Jericho pushes him to do just that. A cat, a demon and a bear. Oh my.

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released by Pride Publishing. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of dubious consent, bondage, m/m intimacy, and m/m/f loving.

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FiveStars

I do not care what others opinions of this series is because it would not deter my opinion of the series, which is that I really love it. And his book in the series is no different. I loved it too.

This book did not let me down as in following the others in the series with having so much action, steamy comings together, one or more mate fighting against their destiny because they think they no better, and last but not least,,,,, love.

Jericho is bored with all the peace that has happened since the previous matings of his clan. He misses the adventures, fighting, and heart pounding thrill but one has to be careful what they wish for because sometimes those wishes can come true by ten fold and then all he\\ will break lose.

Jericho never expected to find his mates while searching for a killer and he definitely did not expect it to be a man and he definitely did not expect to have a second mate that was a woman also. Best of both worlds for him in my opinion.

But more is at play then there mating and they have to trust one another to defeat the evil that is out for them and their clans.

This book is packed full of adventure while they all search for the evil that plagues them. It is so much fun to see what Jericho, Seino, and Anya get up too. It is also nice being able to get glimpses of all the previous people from the books before this one. I really believe that Marie Harte has a knack for putting together a great book full of supernatural paranormal people with adventures that rival the best of love stories. I can not wait to see what Marie Harte comes up with next.

Tosha

FourStars

This book was great and I loved how the author put a cat, demon and bear together that was absolutely amazing. I love most shifter books and the author was able to put this one in my favorite column. I mean when you can have a group of shifters that share everything (and I mean everything) and an author that really knows just what to write, what more can you want. This book was clearly a mix of super-hot shifters and demons. I loved how the author was able to build a domain of exciting characters and they definitely have a lot of really hot sex. This was a fun and exciting read and I hope to see more of this series.

Lynn

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4 Star and 3 Star Reviews for Goblet’s Edge by Lore Graham #MM #Fantasy @LT3Press @Grahamlore

CoverTitle: Goblet’s Edge
Author Name & Publisher: Lore Graham (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 25, 2016 – 68 pgs

Synopsis

August and Laurence have been lovers for years, and it’s a love August has never had any cause to doubt, even if Laurence is also his employer—until they arrive in Umbra and meet Queen Maeve, the woman Laurence is to marry.

It’s immediately clear to August that Maeve is more than a little interested in Laurence, and as the gap between him and lover widens, Laurence growing increasingly reserved and distant, August fears the moment he’s always dreaded is near to hand.

And the end of their relationship might be easier to accept if he could hate Maeve, but asking him to hate the beautiful, intriguing Maeve would be like asking him to stop loving the Lord he’s served and adored so long. Which just makes August more miserable than ever, and waiting for the moment when he’s finally cast out.

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FourStars

Lore Graham’s worlds are complex and interesting, and I love the way the world-building is threaded into the plot seamlessly. I enjoyed discovering August’s culture and surroundings as the story unfolded.

For the most part, I enjoyed this story. The characters and setting are interesting. Although I wanted to know more about their society, there was enough detail to keep my attention, and I didn’t feel as though it were lacking. It’s more that I want to see other stories set in this realm.

I liked August very much, but I’m not entirely sure how I feel about his relationship with Laurence or with Maeve for that matter. I am still on the fence about the power imbalance. I don’t really think August is being used, exactly, but he certainly isn’t on the same level with the others. It particularly bothered me that August seemed more like he was servicing Laurence than that Laurence actually cared about him as a person, and that bothered me a bit. I was left with the impression of “we trust you and we will occasionally have you in our bed, but you’re basically still a servant and should know your rightful place.” It may just be a case of it not really being my thing.

Other than that, though, it was very well written. There were some nicely steamy moments, and I definitely appreciated the skill regarding the creation of this world. I hope to see more about it in the future.

~Amy

ThreeStar

Although I did enjoy this quick read, I was left feeling as if there could have been much more to this story.

August in my opinion really does get the short end of the stick in this book. He works for Laurence basically as his personal assistant to whatever he needs and he is his secret lover also but I feel as if he is being used and nothing more. Then you throw Mauve (Laurence’s soon to be new wife) into the mix and I feel as if both Laurence and Mauve are both getting their cake and eating it too.

I believe that August is in love with Laurence and would never deny him any of his wishes but what I did not like about the story is Laurence never really said how he felt about August one way or the other and also Laurence is rather gold to August for the most part throughout the book.

What I did enjoy about the book is the fact that Mauve was a very bright woman and treated August with respect even though she really did not have too. I think that she actually has feelings for both men. The fact that she wants to include instead of exclude August in their wedding night was more then August could have ever asked for. Not to mention she did not want him to leave when they were done.

I enjoyed this story but I really wish that Laurence’s character would have been more forth coming with his feelings and I wish that he would have made it clear what he really wanted from both Mauve and August.

Tosha

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4 Stars for Dreamsnare by Althea Claire Duffy #Bisexual #Fantasy @LT3Press

CoverTitle: Dreamsnare
Author Name & Publisher: Althea Claire Duffy (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 21, 2016

Synopsis

Once Kereda was a successful shoemaker, but she lost everything: her career, her marriage, her home. When her new roommate tells her a curse might have been haunting her all these years, she seeks out Serin the dreamworker to have it undone.

But the curse isn’t what Kereda expects—and she and Serin end up trapped in a twisted dreamworld, forced to confront their painful pasts together if they hope to uncover the plot against them.

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 FourStars
This was an interesting, engaging short that makes me want not only more in this universe, but also to see Kereda and Serin again. The two come together as a result of the machinations of Gilya, but her evils aren’t the only ones plaguing Kereda. As Kereda and Serin try to unweave the snare they’re in, they find things they have in common, things that bring them closer together. The end seems to come too quickly; I’d like to know more about their budding relationship. The end is slightly bittersweet; friendships of long ago have been destroyed while something new and promising has begun. Definitely a good story.
AmyP

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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 3 Star Review for Triad Blood by Nathan Burgoine #MM #Paranormal @NathanBurgoine

CoverTitle: Triad Blood
Author Name & Publisher: Nathan Burgoine (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: May 1, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

The law of three is unbroken: three vampires form a coterie, three demons make a pack, and three wizards are a coven. That is how it has always been, and how it was always to be.

But Luc, Anders, and Curtis—vampire, demon, and wizard—have cheated tradition. Their bond is not coterie, pack, or coven, but something else. Thrust into the supernatural politics ruling Ottawa from behind the shadows, they face Renard, a powerful vampire who harbors deadly secrets of his own and wishes to end their threat. The enemy they know conjures fire and death at every turn. The enemies they don’t know are worse.

Blood, soul, and magic gave them freedom. Now they need to survive it.

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FiveStars

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this book. I was expecting it to be one thing and it turned out to be another. But regardless of what I thought it would be about, the book itself turned out to be so much better.

Curtis in my opinion is the one that holds the triad together. He is the one that caused their bond and I think it is him that keeps them all together. He is the glue to their triad and I believe that he is in love with both Ander’s and Luc. Even though he has not and will most likely never tell them. I also believe that Curtis is so strong. I believe that most others would have given in under the pressure of rules, but not Curtis. He takes being able to do magic in stride and takes every opportunity he can to learn as much as he possibly can but at the same time he believes that magic should be used only for good.

Luc is the level headed one of the bunch in my opinion. He is the one that talks since into the othe two in the triad and keeps them out of trouble. Luc acts as though he is completely unaffected by the other two but again I believe he is in love with both men but will never admit or tell them. Luc is the vampire in their group but he respects Curtis and Curtis’s want to only do good so Luc does not do any unnecessary killing.

Ander’s is the Demon in their group but I think that Ander is more about having a good time then using his powers for evil. He too is in love with both the men in his group but he would definitely never admit it because he lives sex to much with whoever he can get it from to risk losing that. But Ander would do whatever it took to keep these two men safe and protected.

The three of these men have unusual relationship but it works for them.

This was an extremely great read and I truly enjoyed it. I hope others do too.

Tosha

ThreeStar

It was tricky rating this so I stuck with 3 stars cause while I liked the characters, I wish there was…more.
We have a great trio. Vampire Luc, Lust Demon Anders and Curtis, the witch. Luc was cool and a bit reserved, but hanging out with the other two is certainly making him be more open. Anders is that sarcastic guy that you end up adoring. Curtis was cute and literally the glue that held all three of them together.
When I started reading, I was a bit thrown off cause they were already a Triad. So I browsed and found out there’s a short story with them called Three. I read it then came to this one. I really liked the trio. Sadly, they weren’t really a threesome. Yeah, they formed a Triad so they’d have a coven for protection, but it wasn’t a true menage. I was so looking forward to that and was bummed when I didn’t get it. If there’s another book coming, I really want these three to be involved romantically and not just “friends with benefits”. I felt sort of detached to the story because of that.
Cookie

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