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5 Stars for Bound, Vol. 1 (Little Goddess #3 Vol. 1) by Amy Lane #M/M/F #Paranormal @amylane

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Title: Bound, Vol.1 (Little Goddess #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (DSP Publications)
Publication Date & Length: November 10th 2015- 300 pages

Synopsis

Humans have the option of separation, divorce, and heartbreak. For Corinne Carol-Anne Kirkpatrick, sorceress and queen of the vampires, the choices are limited to love or death. Now that she is back at Green’s Hill and assuming her duties as leader, her life is, at best, complicated. Bracken and Nicky are competing for her affections, Green is away taking care of his people, and a new supernatural enemy is threatening the sanctity of all she has come to love. Throw in a family reunion gone bad, a supernatural psychiatrist, and a killer physics class, and Cory’s life isn’t just complex, it’s psychotic.

Cory needs to get her act and her identity together, and soon, because the enemy she and her lovers are facing is a nightmare that doesn’t just kill people, it unmakes them. If she doesn’t figure out who she is and what her place is on Green’s Hill, it’s not just her life on the line. She knows from hard experience that the only thing worse than facing death is facing the death of someone she loves.

Loving people is easy-living with them is what takes the real work, and it’s even harder if you’re bound.

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FiveStars

Oooh.. the Hollow Man.. We really get to see in this story that Cory
is learning her place in Green’s world and learning how to use her
powers to protect her people and herself.

There is many things that go on in this story, just like the other
volumes, but this one is aimed mostly about the presence of the hollow
man who is causing issues and appears to be sucking the life out of
the fey.

Green is away so Cory get’s to know Bracken and Nicky a little better
and once Nicky leaves she gets to have some private time truly alone
with Bracken (and the others in the hill) but without any other of her
lovers around.  Then we get the sweet and wonderful reunion when Green
finally gets home and has his love in his arms.

I can’t wait to find out where Nicky is going to end up really fitting
in since he seems to sort of float lost between everyone else so far.

While the last two books brought Bracken into the mix, I really loved
him in this book and can’t wait to find out how he helps defeat the
new enemy…. and how Grace handles the surprise in her life… as
well as what is going on with Renny and her beau.. So much I need to
know!!!

Renee

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5 Stars for Wounded, Vol. 2 (Little Goddess #2 Vol. 2) by Amy Lane #M/M/F #Paranormal @amylane

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Title: Wounded Vol. 2 (Little Goddess #2 Vol.2)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (DSP Publications)
Publication Date & Length: August 4th 2015- 250 pages

Synopsis

Green and Bracken’s beloved survived their enemy’s worst—with help from unexpected vampiric help.

But survival is a long way from recovery, and even further from safety. Green’s people want badly to return to the Sierra Foothills, but they’re not going with their tails between their legs. Before they go home, they have to make sure they’re free from attack—and that they administer a healthy dose of revenge as well.

As Cory negotiates a fragile peace between her new and unexpected lovers, Green negotiates the unexpected power that comes from being a beloved leader of the paranormal population. Together, they might heal their own wounds and lead their people to an unprecedented place at the top of the supernatural food chain—a place that will allow them to return home a better, stronger whole.

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FiveStars

I absolutely loved this part of the story. I am glad that this volume
was broken into two parts since they would be quite long together.
Plus it gave me a minute to breathe before we got into the good stuff
in the second part here.

As expected I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what Cory and
Green were going to do with the big, bad, ugly guy. The story was so
great with how Cory manages to learn from her weaknesses and come out
on the other side a stronger woman and leader for her beloved’s people
and the people that she’d give everything to protect.

Although I was a bit sad by the addition of a new lover and the
exclusion of another since I wanted to see the one that was excluded
get into the mix and didn’t particularly bond with the one that will
be around now, but such is life.

Another excellent part of the story that I am just in love with.

Renee

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5 Stars for Wounded, Vol. 1 (Little Goddess #2 Vol. 1) by Amy Lane #M/M/F #Paranormal @amylane

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Title: Wounded Vol. 1 (Little Goddess #2 Vol.1)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (DSP Publications)
Publication Date & Length: June 23rd 2015- 200 pages

Synopsis

Cory fled the foothills to deal with the pain of losing Adrian, and Green watched her go. Separately, they could easily grieve themselves to death, but when an old enemy of Green’s brings them back together, they can no longer hide from their grief—or their love for each other.

But Cory’s grieving has cut her off from the emotional stability that’s the source of her power, and Green’s worry for her has left them both weak. Cory’s strength comes from love, and she finds that when she’s in the presence of Adrian’s best friend, Bracken, she feels stronger still.

But defeating their enemy is by no means a sure thing. As the attacks against Cory and her lovers keep coming, it becomes clear that their love might not be enough if they can’t heal each other—and themselves—from the wounds that almost killed them all.

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FiveStars

The farther I get into this story, the more I love Cory and the men
around her.. and the women too. In this part we get to see as Cory is
forced to grow up a bit and learn how to deal with the loss of her
love.

I absolutely love that every single person we meet in these books had
an important role and no one is just a fluff character. There is so
much that goes on in each book that it’s a constant on the edge of
your seat read.

I have such a hard time with this being the beginning of Amy Lane’s
work since I’ve loved so many of her more recent books, but this one
is SO good I feel like people will miss it because it isn’t a newer
book. Their loss completely. The characters are so complex and the
story is so intricately woven it’s simply amazing.

This is where I really started to fall in love with Bracken and all
that he is willing to do for Cory even though she didn’t see him
‘that’ way in the first book.

Renee

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Vulnerable (Little Goddess #1) by Amy Lane #MMF #Paranormal @amymaclane @dreamspinners

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Title: Vulnerable (Little Goddess #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (DSP Publications)
Publication Date & Length: March 3rd 2015- 280 pages

Synopsis

Little Goddess: Book One

Working graveyards in a gas station seems a small price for Cory to pay to get her degree and get the hell out of her tiny town. She’s terrified of disappearing into the aimless masses of the lost and the young who haunt her neck of the woods. Until the night she actually stops looking at her books and looks up. What awaits her is a world she has only read about—one filled with fantastical creatures that she’s sure she could never be.

And then Adrian walks in, bearing a wealth of pain, an agonizing secret, and a hundred and fifty years with a lover he’s afraid she won’t understand. In one breathless kiss, her entire understanding of her own worth and destiny is turned completely upside down. When her newfound world explodes into violence and Adrian’s lover—and prince—walks into the picture, she’s forced to explore feelings and abilities she’s never dreamed of. The first thing she discovers is that love doesn’t fit into nice neat little boxes. The second thing is that risking your life is nothing compared to facing who you really are—and who you’ll kill to protect.

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FiveStars

I picked this book up because it was an Amy Lane story… who I love. But upon opening it, I found it was her FIRST story, which excited me to be honest. I love reading an author’s first work and being able to see just how much they’ve grown.
Now, I will say that had I not read other stories of her, I might have knocked it down maybe half a star, but I have and that makes it easier for me to say that this was an excellent start from this author.
The story line rings very close to Laurell K. Hamilton’s Meri Gentry series, but it also has it’s own spin, which is fun. The farther into the story we get, the less it seems similar. While I say that, there are also things that are completely different, which was all Amy Lane.
This is completely a fantasy story with it’s own types of love and relationships that wouldn’t work in other genres or stories, but it worked in this story.
There is so many spins and twists and turns that I just loved. The characters are all awesome and endearing.
I have to say my heart broke a little at the end and I had to hope that it just wasn’t true or there was a way back from it… but as I’ve started the second book I have to say that’s not how it goes, which I am sort of thankful for at the same time as it’s not a bad decision that she later tried to rectify.
As usual Amy Lane writes amazing stories and has only gotten better over time. I can’t wait to see where this story will lead us.
~Renee

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3 Stars for Captain Kate (Galaxy Elite Fleet #1) by Sophie Angmering #Menage #Fantasy

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Title: Captain Kate (Galaxy Elite Fleet #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Sophie Angmering (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 4, 2011 – 66pgs

Synopsis

Captain Kate Thorn makes a habit of bending the rules to suit her purposes, but then she meets two men who simply break them to get what they want.

Captain Katherine Thorn has one of the toughest reputations in the Galaxy Elite Fleet. Her problems start when she mistakes two powerful diplomats for Rim pirates, and attempts to ensure their silence regarding their rescue by using sexual blackmail. But Kate has never come across anyone like these two men before, two men who are prepared to use every method at their disposal to ensure payback, and they want to get her back in their power and in their bed.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of M/M intimacy, spanking, and questionable consent.

Publisher’s Note: This story has been previously released as part of the Seeing Stars anthology by Total-E-Bound

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ThreeStar

This book would have been a higher rating except for one point. The publisher’s warning stated there was questionable consent; it is not questionable. There is no consent given in almost any of the scenes. Enjoying it does not mean consent, which is where I believe the publisher fell down in their categorization. I have no issue reading non-con. I have issue when it’s not clearly stated ahead of time.

Apart from this issue, the story was interesting. There were quite a bit of politics woven throughout it that at times were confusing but for the most part interesting. It’s what kept the story going even when it didn’t have to. Kate’s personality changed quite dramatically somewhere toward the middle of the story. She went from strong badass to crying and lonely, someone who used to stomp away all emotion to someone who was overwhelmed with it. While I think it’s realistic for her to be overwhelmed I don’t think it was realistic in the way it was expressed.

The resolution also seemed unrealistic for me. The Kate from the start of the story was completely gone and replaced by one who had a whole new personality. In other words, she gave up to easily for someone who “is bent on bending rules” as the blurb stated. I loved the world that was built here. It was created vividly and carried throughout the piece. I liked that it was all in one perspective (the opening excluded) and would have actually preferred it to all be in one perspective, especially for a short story.

Overall a quick read, but it wasn’t what I was led to expect from it.

~AJ

 

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4 Stars for Gatekeepers and Dreamweavers by Helena Maeve #MMF #Supernatural @LT3Press

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Title: Gatekeepers and Dreamweavers
Author Name & Publisher: Helena Maeve (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date: November 11, 2015

Synopsis

Condemned for witchcraft and about to swing for the abduction of half a dozen children, Irene is bewildered when her noose breaks. Her only hope lies in the forests that have protected the women of her family for generations. But when a young man fleeing abuse ventures into her safe haven, Irene’s plans are suddenly thrown into disarray.

Too pretty for his own good, Simon Bonnay has been on the receiving end of unwanted attention for years. And though she may be a witch, Simon would sooner earn his keep with Irene than any of the men in town.

As a night of passion gives way to brutal morning, leaving a man dead and a witch hunter wounded on their doorstep, Irene’s secluded home soon becomes a pressure cooker of volatile emotions and sweltering passion. Old enemies may have no choice but to work together to prevent a greater evil – or die trying.

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FourStars

I really liked this book!

You get everything with this action and angst plus so much steam between Irene, Simon and Lucas.
This starts with Irene on trial for witchcraft due to missing children. You see how unfair the witch trails back in the day really were with this book. She escapes and one thing leads to another and Simon shows up. The connection between Irene and Simon starts with Lucas who is a witch hunter later on being added after everything happens in this book. They search for the children that are missing eventually Irene goes off on her own where she is in danger. They eventually find out who is behind the abductions and why.

I cant go to much more into it without giving away a lot of this book. It was a super fast read but I really liked it and hope there will be more of Simon, Irene and Lucas.

So I will leave this review with I really liked this novella and I would definitely recommend it!

Kara

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4 Stars for A Winter in Rome by Francis Gideon #MMF #Romance @LT3Press

1.5

Title: A Winter in Rome
Author Name & Publisher: Francis Gideon (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 1, 2015 – 192 pgs

Synopsis

Craig is a man adrift, never quite feeling like he belongs or like he’s as successful and settled as those around him-especially his lovers, Alan, an art professor he met while in college, and Sybil, who tutored him throughout his Italian class. When Alan goes to Rome life becomes even shakier and the only grounding point becomes the corkboard of memories Craig creates for the three of them. By the time Alan returns, Craig isn’t certain how his relationships will change-especially when Alan starts to fall for Sybil, bringing two pieces of his world completely together and leaving Craig worried it will create a world that has no place for him.

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FourStars

This is what fandom calls an OT3, bloggers call a F/M/M (more on that), and traditionalists call a menage a trois. So immediately my mind went to sex. There’s a small amount of sex in this book. But it’s really more of a treatise on existentialism, art, and gender. Which I LOVE. Action-packed, it is not.
We see three characters through Craig’s eyes. We see Craig himself, affable, recently-graduated college student, with no purpose to his life. We see Alan, part typical professor/part infectious artist. And we see Sybil, Craig’s lover, Alan’s paramor. The third leg of the stool? Or the wedge between Alan and Craig?
What’s refreshing about this book (besides its sedate eloquence) is that Craig, Alan, and Sybil are all good people. They want to do right by the world and right by each other. That means also figuring out what’s right for themselves. It’s something to aspire to, rather than something to indulge in.
Yes, it’s rather privileged and bourgeois, but it’s also about how to love. Something many of us could benefit from learning.
C.E. Case

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