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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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3.5 stars for Storytime by K. Lynn @writerKlynn #MM #Contemporary @LT3Press

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Title: Storytime
Author Name & Publisher: K. Lynn (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: September 30th, 2015 — 34 pages

Synopsis

Since the death of his partner a year ago, sci-fi writer James Murphy has lived a quiet, secluded life. But at the urging of his agent, he finally makes an effort to rejoin society. His first step is volunteering for a weekly storytime at the local library. The decision seems like a good one when he meets the children’s librarian, David.

Bright and engaging, David somehow manages to make James feel like everything will be okay. But when mutual friendship leads to a budding romance, the move forward could be too much for James. Leaving his past love behind once and for all might be a step he’ll never be ready to take.

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ThreeandHalfStars

Storytime is a short, sweet story by K. Lynn. Middle-aged James Murphy is mourning his partner. He decides to get involved in the children’s program at the local library, just to get out of the house. There he meets David, the children’s librarian. The story’s setting is realistic as a library, which is refreshing. You wouldn’t think it would matter, but there’s some weird stuff out there. James and David are both enjoyable people. This is a May-December Romance that comes across as sweet and fun. I had to knock off some points for the brevity of the sex scene. But not too many, because what’s there is hot. I had a good time reading Storytime. I can only imagine K. Lynn’s fans will too.

C. E. Case

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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 Notch in Your Belt by Kayla Bain-Vrba #MM #Contemporary @KaylaBainVrba @LT3Press

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Title: Notch in Your Belt
Author Name & Publisher: Kayla Bain-Vrba (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: Aug 17, 2015 — 43 pages

Synopsis

Wyatt’s first album launched him into country music stardom, a shocking success of gay-country. But now he has to record his second album, and all efforts are coming up blank. His manager finally runs out of patience and sends him inspiration: Bryce, who played keys on Wyatt’s tour, and the man that Wyatt is secretly in love with.

Bryce has been in love with Wyatt for a long time, but everyone knows he’s a notorious player, there and gone again as soon as he’s gotten what he wants. Then Wyatt unexpectedly admits his feelings, and Bryce thinks maybe he’s been wrong this whole. But when he wakes up the next morning, Wyatt is gone.

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ThreeStar
This started out as a cute fast read then at 70% what Wyatt did was a jerk move.  After that there was just not enough time to redeem himself and I have to be honest when I say not a huge fan of everything being forgiven in books with out the person who did the wrong actually working for it.  So all I ended up feeling at the end of this novella is that Bryce could do better for himself.  I would like to say I loved this novella but there was a misunderstanding that made Wyatt look like a huge jerk and not enough time in this book for him to redeem himself.  So this novella was just not for me.
~Kara

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