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ONE 5 and TWO 4 stars for Dragon Consultant (Supernatural Consultant #1) by Mell Eight @LT3Press #MM #Shifter #Paranormal

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Title: Dragon Consultant (Supernatural Consultant #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Mell Eight (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 8, 2015 — 30,000 words

Synopsis

The FAA has been struggling with dragons attacking their planes, and hire Dane, a supernatural consultant, to look into the matter. What Dane finds in the woods is not quite the problem he expected: a group of dragon kits and their sick father.

When he learns the real reason the family was in the woods, his case only grows more dangerous, and while Dane is plenty experienced at watching his own back, taking care of baby dragons and their handsome, distracting father almost makes danger look easy.

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FourStars

This story was just too adorable. It’s just the first book of the new series, but I think it can become something really great.
So, the first installment of the Supernatural Consultant series is about Dane, the guy everyone comes to when they need help with anything supernatural. From getting rid of pixies to relocating Dragons. He has his own business for it. His newest assignment is to find out why there’s dragons disrupting planes. He finds a kit of young dragons in the forest with their sick father, Mercury.
Mercury’s rowdy kids just made me go “awwwwww”, too cute. They were young, oldest being 8 and the youngest being like 4, but they were very protective of their adoptive father. Dane was really patient with them and I liked how the author didn’t have Mercury and Dane getting it on as soon as Mercury got a little better.
The plot was interesting, I wanted to read more about it, but the book was short so I read it very fast. I took a star away because of that and because I wanted more interactions between Mercury and Dane, cause there really wasn’t enough. Mercury was sick through most of the story, though he did get in on the action towards the end. I hope the next book is about them again. I’m really curious about the hatched dragon egg no one thought was going to ever hatch. Apparently it’s suppose to be the most powerful dragon ever.
I’d looking forward to reading where the author will take this series.
~Cookie

FourStars

So I want to start of this review by saying I loved the Dragon shifter aspect of this book! Dragon shifters are one my top favorite shifter books to read which make this so hard for me to say….
While I liked aspects of this novella and where the author was going with this story I felt like most of this book was about the kits “the dragon children”. This book was just so much about them which don’t get me wrong I did like reading about them and how much Mercury cared about them. But by the time this novella got to Dane and Mercury their part was so small I did not see enough of them together to believe the attraction between these two. It was like one second Mercury was thinking how attracted to Dane he was then Bam they are together with no real build up at least to me that is what it felt like. So while I did like most of this book the relationship between Dane and Mercury left me scratching my head confused. So besides that part I did really like this book for the Dragon aspect also other supernatural beings that were in this book.  So this was such a short book I really do not want to give away any spoilers.
All together I did like this book I am just not sure what I feel about Mercury and Dean together!
~Kara

FiveStarsI loved this book! It pulled me in within the first chapter.

This book is so well written it’s like you’re  watching a movie.  You feel like you’re  there. I loved the kits. They’re so cute and adorable. I want one.

There is also plenty of suspense and mystery with a dash of action and drama and cuteness, provided by the kits, to keep you on the edge of your seat and not wanting to put this book down.

My favorite quote from the book:
“You’re back!” Chrome (a boy) yelled happily. “Why’d you bring back a girl?”
[Lol. So funny.]

This is book one of a series and I am sooo happy it’s a series. I can’t wait for book two to come out. Hope the author makes them longer.

If you love a m/m book about magic and dragons you will love, love, love this book. I highly recommend it.

~Ariel

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4 and 3 stars for Sharing a Pond by Alex Whitehall @alexwhitehall #MMM #MM #Romance #Shifter #Paranormal @LT3Press

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Title: Sharing a Pond
Author Name & Publisher: Alex Whitehall (Less than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: Nov 18th, 2015 — 51,000 words

Synopsis

Brent shows up on Corey and Shane’s doorstep in the dead of winter needing a place to stay—and hopeful his mates will provide it, and not mind he’s a frog shifter.

Being a shifter is nothing new to Corey and Shane, but neither is being mates. They’ve been together since before they first met Brent ten years ago—back when Brent was Brenda. Bringing a third into their relationships is more than a little complicated, but they’re willing to try.

But change is always easier said than done, and Brent wonders if he ever really stood a chance at being happy with the men he has always loved and admired.

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FourStars

I thought this book was cute! This was the first time I have read about frog shifters and I honestly really liked that aspect of this book!

Okay this is were I go into how I am so picky when it comes to Ménages because for them to work for me it has to feel equal. Well I am not sure I got that feeling with this book and I will explain why. So some of this might be spoilers and I am not sure how to explain without telling why I felt a certain way over certain parts of this book.

Brent began his life as Brenda but when he went through his first shift he turned into a frog and a man. Which makes since because some species of frogs can change sex. Well he has always known that Shane and Corey were his mates who also happen to be frog shifters like him but a different kind then him. So the call of his mates drives him back to them and from the start a lot of discussion about Brent being a part of their couple which Shane and Corey were already mated before Brent joins them happen without Brent which I found odd. You would think it would evolve all three of them so I felt like in that aspect Brent was being left out. Also there was a rule were only Shane and Corey could have sex alone but Brent was not aloud to have sex with either man alone. That part really bugged me yes I know they need to grow as a ménage before they felt comfortable with that aspect of their relationship but then Shane and Corey should not have been able to do that without Brent either and I say this also because it seemed to happen a lot in this book were Shane and Cory would have sex without Brent. So yes that bugged me and made it harder for me to see them as a ménage and it working between the three of them. Other than that I did like the shifter parts of this book and the way they were together other than the parts that bugged me. So with this book you do get steam and some angst which the steam in this book was hot!

So all together I did like this book but there were parts that bugged me and left me unsure of how I felt about all three of them together.

~Kara

ThreeStar

Hmm. I have mixed feelings about this one. I didn’t dislike it, but I also didn’t love it.
First off, hats off to the author for surprising me. Reading a lot of books, I’m not surprised often. The surprise was how Brent, the main character of this story, used to be a Brenda. I assumed it was a sex change…and it was. But not of the surgical kind. Brent was a girl in the beginning of his life but when he shifted for the first time during puberty(into a frog) “she” became a “he.” Confused? So was I, but I went with it. lol
It was a cool twist, but honestly, it was never brought up again after the first couple of chapters. If you’re gonna turn a girl into a boy, at least add more plot to it. But no, the only excuse they could come up with was that Brent’s mates are gay men, so he turned into a man to fit in.
Nothing really happened in the book. It was just them getting it on, creating drama that could be easily solved. Plus Randy, someone who abused Brent kept being mentioned, but he never showed up to cause any trouble. I kept expecting him to, but NOPE. I feel like this book had so much potential, but somewhere along the way…it was lost.
I did like the moments when they were frogs. It was cute. And Corey and Shane were really sweet and patient with Brent. I think this book would have been better if Corey and Shane’s POV had been told, not just Brent’s. I couldn’t connect well with them. There should be a part 2. I’m willing to read it just so I can get some closure with this threesome.
There wasn’t even any “I love you’s.” ;(
P.S: The cover is freakin’ cute though. ^_^
~Cookie

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4 stars for A Boy Called Cin by Cecil Wilde @queerlyobscure #Trans #Genderqueer #MM @LT3Press

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Title: A Boy Called Cin
Author Name & Publisher: Cecil Wilde (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 8th, 2015 – 169 pages

Synopsis

On the search for a cup of coffee before the guest lecture he’s giving, Tom spies a tired, half-frozen young man who looks even more need of coffee than him. On impulse, he buys the man a cup—but an attempt to strike up conversation ends in the young man walking off, seemingly put off by Tom Walford—the tabloids’ favourite billionaire—buying him coffee. But when he reappears in Tom’s lecture, all Tom knows is that he doesn’t want the man slipping away a second time.

Agreeing to dinner with a man he only knows from internet gossip columns isn’t the wisest decision Cin’s ever made, but he wants to like the infamous Tom Walford and he can’t do that if he doesn’t give the man a fair chance to be likeable. Which he is, almost frustratingly so, to the point Cin wishes maybe he hadn’t been so fair because he never had any intention of getting attached to Tom, who seems to come from a world far too different from his own for anything between them to last. Little does Cin know, they’ve got a lot more in common than he imagines—including their shared discomfort with their assigned genders, and all the complications that go with it.

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FourStars

I’m really glad I picked this one up. It’s very well-written. This is less a romance than a slice-of-life building of a relationship, which I really enjoyed. It’s also a pretty good Trans 101 primer for anyone unfamiliar with the process of self-discovery and medical/surgical transition.

This is proof for me that disliking a character’s personality–even a main romantic lead–does not prevent enjoyment of the story. I didn’t like Cin pretty much at all, other than his patience with helping Tom learn new things about himself. Cin was pretty much just not a particularly nice or likable person. However, I could see what Tom appreciated, and that’s why my personal feelings mattered less in this case. Their relationship was loving and sweet.

I adored Tom. I found him especially relatable for personal reasons, and I loved getting to know him both via his own thoughts and through Cin’s eyes. Tom expressed some things really well about his gender that I believe others might be able to appreciate and understand.

There are two reasons this doesn’t get 5 stars from me even though it was good. First, I really don’t need a trans primer myself. It felt at times like info-dump and training on “how to have sex with a trans person,” which is really not universal. I’d rather read a story where being trans is only one part of the story, not the entire thing. Second, I got really, really tired of hearing about Tom’s age and how “old” he was. This is not actually how 40-year-old people think of themselves or how we behave, and we are not all one heart attack away from death after vigorous sex, so it was incredibly off-putting. I would not tolerate a lover or partner who kept negatively referencing my age, and I had no idea why Tom was willing to do so. I’m a bit weary of the “young kid schools much older person” trope.

Other than that, this was a very sweet story and an enjoyable read. It’s certainly one I recommend for anyone who feels they want to learn more about some aspects of being trans.
~AmyM

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3 stars for Coffee Date by K. Lynn #Trans #MF #Contemporary @LT3Press @WriterKLynn

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Title: Coffee Date
Author Name & Publisher: K. Lynn (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 1, 2015 — 44 pages

Synopsis

Alice is finally happy with her body and her life—except for the part where revealing she’s trans winds up leaving her hurt and abandoned over and over again. She’s decided she’s done making herself miserable by looking for love.

Love finds her anyway, in the form of Hank, the new guy at her local coffee shop. He’s sweet, friendly, charming… and will probably turn out like all the rest. Determined not to shatter the fantasy and lose him before she has to, Alice holds fast to her secrets.

But if the truth doesn’t ruin everything, the lies will, and it seems no matter which choice she makes Alice is set for just one more heartache.

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ThreeStar

This is a quick read with some fun moments and some parts that made me think. I like the author’s writing style, but I have to admit, I have really mixed feelings about the story.

What I loved was the friendship and easy banter between Mary and Alice. I would have enjoyed seeing more of their friendship, including some resolution to the whole class reunion thing. I also enjoyed the way at first, Alice’s relationship with Hank slowly blossomed. But those things were a bit overshadowed by some of the other issues with the story.

First of all, in the blurb, it says Alice is happy with her body and her life. However, almost right away, it becomes clear she isn’t–she’s disappointed with her love life and she still wants gender confirmation surgery. That’s fine; trans people have all different feelings about those things, and representing one perspective is all right. However, it’s not what the blurb says, so for some readers, that could be distressing.

Second, the plot (trans woman doesn’t reveal she hasn’t had bottom surgery) is really tired. Hank’s reaction was predictable, but what really annoyed me was how fast Alice took him back and how he kept saying that being angry made him say things he didn’t mean. His reason for being upset was also a little iffy. It was all a bit too tidy.

Third, I was very confused about her figuring out she was trans because she liked straight guys. That conflates gender and sexuality. Trans people have all different orientations, and there is so much more to figuring out one’s gender identity than who one develops crushes on. It also plays heavily into gender and sexuality stereotypes.

I was expecting that the conflict between Alice and Hank might be something other than her identity or her body or that the story might stick to the light, sweet tone it had at first.

This is the second gender-themed story I’ve read by this author, and I really do feel she has potential to explore these things better and more deeply. I think she’s doing a good thing and simply needs to focus on developing more skill with writing trans characters. Despite my reservations about this story, I’m looking forward to seeing her take her trans characters to the next level.

~Amy

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3 stars for Fight For You by Kayla Bain-Vrba #FF #Fantasy #Romance @KaylaBainVrba @LT3Press

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Title: Fight For You
Author Name & Publisher: Kayla Bain-Vrba — Less Than Three Press
Publication Date & Length: April 17, 2012 — 69 pages

Synopsis

Sold off to pay her father’s debts, Cherry spends her nights dancing and her days longing for freedom. Determined to break free of her life, she transfers from the dancehalls to the stadiums where all the real money is made.

The only problem with her plan is that she does not know how to fight. In order to learn, Cherry approaches Berlin, one of the best fighters in the stadium. Berlin, however, wants nothing to do with her, and Cherry realizes the hardest fights do not take places in the arena.

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ThreeStar

So this book is hard for me to write a review about. I liked it, and I didn’t like it at the same time; I’ll try to explain as best I can. I was intrigued by the concept and the plot. The plot moved quickly, which kept my interest. I was definitely wanting to find out what happened to these two women.

 

However, I didn’t find any real connection between them or to me. I can’t tell if it’s because it wasn’t there or if it was because of the writing. There was a lot of telling in this story, rather than showing and a few very odd and abrupt point of view shifts. Each woman seemed very similar to the other, so it was hard to tell who was thinking/feeling what.

 

That aside, the over all plot and story line was very interesting and unique. It was somewhat predictable and not at the same time. There wasn’t much lead in or foreshadowing to the unpredictable parts, and the beginning seemed more focused on the action and the end on the romance.

 

This could have definitely been a novel, and it might have served the plot better if it was. It would have allowed for expansion of the feelings and personalities that I felt were so lacking in the story itself. As a short story, it was complete with beginning, middle, and end.

 

~AJ

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3 stars for Anastasia by Emma Taylor @LT3Press #FF #Fantasy #Fairytales

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Title: Anastasia
Author Name & Publisher: Emma Taylor — Less Than Three Press
Publication Date & Length: October 15, 2014 — 108 pages

Synopsis

When the farm where she lives begins to die, Anastasia’s father casts out her mother and sister in order to save it. In revenge, her mother takes Anastasia as well. The three of them move to a strange town where the streets never stay still, and only the rats know way.

They are saved from a squalid life when her mother unexpectedly remarries, but Anastasia does not know quite what to make of her new stepsister, and before she can truly settle into yet another life her mother begins to act strangely and her sister grows deathly ill

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ThreeStar

Anastasia is a fairy tale. It’s written in fairy tale style, a story that is told rather than shown, with lots of mystery. Too much mystery, at times, for me to figure out. People are cursed, villains are confusing, there are magic potions. But Anastasia is a competent, admirable heroine. She takes care of her adorably wicked little sister. She tries to bond with her new stepsister.
The interaction between the three young members of the family is compelling. I read this story fast, not wanting to put it down. There’s a lesbian aspect, however it’s more chaste than seductive. It’s enough of a love story to feel satisfying without being a love story. In fact, it’s what I usually want from more “mainstream”/non-romance books. “Okay, just like that, but more gay.” So here’s a fairy tale with a little bit of gay, but much more fairy tale. If this is your genre, you’ll be happy adding this to your collection.
~C. E. Case

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Emma Taylor’s goal in life is to fill every surface of her apartment with books. Amazon.com is enabling this prospect to a much greater extent than she could ever have imagined. She lives with one cat (read: overlord), who is very firmly an only cat, which means she has to cheat on the side with other people’s kittens. Her favorite season is autumn, due partially to the rise in pumpkin-flavored products. She tries to enjoy fall as much as possible, which leads to a vague sense of guilt each day that she does not buy a pumpkin spice latte. It’s an on-going, annual struggle.

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4 stars for Circus Escape by Lilliana Rose @LillianaRose2 @LT3Press #FF #Steampunk #Robots

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Title: Circus Escape
Author Name & Publisher: Lilliana Rose — Less Than Three Press
Publication Date & Length: April 2, 2014 — 60 pages

Synopsis

Nessie dreams of escaping her sheltered life to become a mechanical engineer with mechas. But wanting and doing are two very different things, and outer confidence hides inner fears—until she meets Joy.

Joy is tough and self-reliant, used to be looking out for no one but herself. As her job keeps her always on the move, keeping to herself is the best way to survive. The very last person she expects to break her solitude is the prim and proper Nessie.

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FourStars

This is the second short story of Lilliana Rose’s that I’ve read, and I could definitely tell this one was written prior to the last, which is a great thing. It means her writing is vastly improving. This story would have been four and half star rating had the writing been a lot smoother and less choppy.

 

That said, the plot of this fantastic little short was highly entertaining. The damsel in distress was not so damsely, which I love. On top of that, a woman in overalls with grease is about as sexy as they get! I loved the innovation with the mechas and how each was different, the fighting and how it was “improper” for a woman yet each Operator was a woman.

 

It’s a contrast within a contrast. The two worlds colliding in one where equality seems to be just out of grasp until the end. Overall a very innovative story, where the hero wins out in a great steampunk world.

 

~AJ

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