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

CoverTitle: Owned: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story (#4)
Author Name & Publisher: R. Phoenix (Phoenix Publications)
Publication Date & Length: April 29, 2016 – 124 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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 FourandHalfStars

This is by far my favorite part of this series. I felt like the story finally wrapped back around and brought the first book into a little bit more light and gave it a bit more foundation. Although the story between the two main men was confusing for a good portion of the story, I also understand that the author was trying to keep part of it a secret, I just didn’t really care for the way it was done exactly.
The writer has grown by leaps and bounds from the first story to this one so I have to say that is a huge improvement, not that she wasn’t good at first, but I found the story to be much more captivating and interesting than the previous ones.
I can’t wait to find out where this series goes next.
Renee

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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 Stars for A Dandelion for Tulip (Beings In Love #6) by R. Cooper #MM #Fantasy

CoverTitle: A Dandelion for Tulip (Being(s) In Love #6)
Author Name & Publisher: R. Cooper (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 24, 2016 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

David is in love with Tulip, a kind and unusually quiet fairy in his social circle. But everyone knows Tulip doesn’t date humans. David tells himself he is happy to be Tulip’s friend, because he doesn’t believe a fairy could love him and Tulip has never tried to “keep him”—as fairies refer to relationships with humans.

Fairies are drawn to David, describing his great “shine,” but David knows only too well how quickly fairies can forget humans, and thinks he’s destined to be alone. He can’t see his own brilliance or understand how desperately Tulip wants him, even if Tulip believes David can do better.

But exhausted and more than a little tipsy at a Christmas party, David makes his feelings too obvious for Tulip to deny any longer. Because of a past heartbreak involving a human, Tulip is convinced someone as shiny as David could never want a “silly, stupid fairy” in his life. Now, if he wants to keep David, he’ll have to be as brave as his shiny, careful human.

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ThreeStar

I like that this book feels like a sequel to something. It starts in the moment, the characters all knowing each other. There’s history and texture. It’s immediately immersive. I love fairy (fey) stories.
But the angst went on a little too long. David and his fairy, Tulip, are both obstructionist to their own desire to be together. Their friends, especially Flor, are supportive and amusing. But the angst goes on for months. Pages and pages. Insecurity is not my kink.
The payoff is quite lovely, at least. David and Tulip, even in wallowing, are likeable, attractive, kind characters. I would like to read more in this universe. Or any universe R. Cooper happens to offer.
C. E. Case

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4 stars for The Orchard of Flesh (Arcadia Trust #2) by Christian Baines #MM #Paranormal @XtianBaines

CoverTitle: The Orchard of Flesh (Arcadia Trust #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Christian Baines (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: August 16, 2016 – 264 pgs

Synopsis

Reylan’s last assignment for The Arcadia Trust brought a rebellious human servant under his roof, and a volatile werewolf lover named Jorgas into his bed, leaving the self-reliant Blood Shade–known to the outside world as vampires–in no hurry to risk his immortality for them again. But when a new terror starts disappearing humans from a bad part of town, Reylan must do everything in his power to keep Sydney’s supernatural factions from the brink of war. Having an ambitious, meddlesome human in the mix is only going to make things worse…especially when that human is Jorgas’s father. Reylan will need all his determination and cunning to keep the peace under his roof, between the night’s power brokers, and in his lover’s troubled heart.

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 FourStars

The Orchard of Flesh is an intriguing story with interesting characters and good suspense. I recommend this to anyone looking for a unique paranormal story.

This book has an interesting take on the vampire mythos. The world development is very good. The pacing is good, and it’s engaging. In general I would prefer a bit more character development to really flesh out the main characters.

There are a few little things that bother me about this book. I find some of the writing a bit awkward. It doesn’t happen often, but it can be confusing.

Also,  sometimes the patterns of speech for certain characters is inconsistent. It can be jarring when reading dialog, and it makes for odd character development.

There is some sexual content, but I wouldn’t recommend this for someone looking for a highly romantic or erotic book.

All in all, I enjoyed this story quite a lot, and I’ll be looking for more books from this author.

Amanda

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4 Stars for Lab Rat by Nephy Hart #MM #Futuristic #SciFi #Thriller

LabRat_600x956Title: Lab Rat
Author Name & Publisher: Nephy Hart (Wayward Ink Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: May 4, 2016 – 280 pgs

Synopsis

At thirteen, Gabriel was subjected to experimentation designed to awaken latent psychic abilities.

He’s been locked in a downward spiral of self-destruction ever since.

Then one night he meets Laurie, who is the antithesis of everything Gabriel’s become: cheerful, optimistic, and comfortable in his own skin.

Laurie pursues Gabriel. But Gabriel no longer believes in love. With a dark past and a history of disastrous relationships, he’s promised himself ‘no more’. Laurie, however, won’t let go, no matter how many obstacles Gabriel places in his way.

When Gabriel starts hearing voices in his head, he realizes they belong to the scientists who experimented on him. Worse, they’re trying to track him down.

With the past nipping at his heels, Gabriel and Laurie flee together.

Can they outrun the enemy? Can they save Gabriel before either his life or his sanity are forfeit?

And is Gabriel as helpless as he, or Laurie, thinks he is?

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 FourStars
Lab Rat is a disturbing and intriguing story. I recommend this to anyone looking for a dark sci-fi drama with some romance.
This is an interesting story, frightening and depressing for much of it, but at times also hopeful and romantic. Nephy Hart has done a great job portraying Gabriel’s mental and emotional instability. And the turmoil between Gabriel and Laurie takes the notion of romantic angst to a whole other level.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. I found it engaging but a bit drawn out. I feel it could have been condensed into a shorter book, and that might have captured my interest more completely.
This is not a sexually explicit book. I wouldn’t recommend it to someone looking for a highly romantic or erotic book.
Amanda

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TWO 5 Star Reviews for Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters (Offbeat Crimes #1) by Angel Martinez #MM #Paranormal @AngelMartinezrr

limegelatinandothermonsters_800Title: Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters (Offbeat Crimes #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Angel Martinez (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date: August 16, 2016

Synopsis

Kyle Monroe’s encounter with a strange gelatinous creature in an alley leaves him scarred and forever changed, revealing odd abilities he wishes he didn’t have and earning him reassignment to a precinct where all the cops have defective paranormal abilities.

Just as he’s starting to adjust to his fellow misfit squad mates, Kyle’s new partner arrives. Tall, physically perfect, reserved, and claiming he has no broken psychic talents, Vikash Soren irritates Kyle in every way. But as much as he’d like to hate Vikash, Kyle finds himself oddly drawn to him, their non-abilities meshing in unexpected ways. If they can learn to work together, they might be able to stop the mysterious killer who has been leaving mutilated bodies along the banks of the Schuylkill.

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FiveStars

Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters is a quirky and imaginative romance. I highly recommend it for someone looking for a light and funny paranormal romance.
Angel Martinez has managed to fit a lot into a relatively short book. She introduces a number of unique characters, solves a mystery, starts a steamy romance, and makes us laugh along the way. The story is immediately engaging and kept me hooked until the end.
Kyle and Vikash are great characters with depth and personality. They have a highly entertaining relationship – both in the bedroom and as partners on the job. The sex scenes are explicit and hot, and the budding romance is low-angst and sweet.
This is a great introduction to the Offbeat Crimes series. This book has a good conclusion, but I wouldn’t recommend it as a standalone story. I’m excited to move on to the next one!
Amanda
FiveStars
I have read a lot of paranormal books and yes they all have weird unexplainable things in them, that is what makes them so good…. But I have say that this book was beyond the unexplainable things. With that said I have to say that this book was so dang good. It was everything you look for in a good read. There was mystery, there was action, there was cops, there was inter office romance, there was freaky monsters, and there was extreme chemistry between the two main characters. You throw in the tension between other fellow officers and how quirky the main characters are and you have a winner on your hands with this read.

Kyle has not always been a paranormal officer. Until recently he was just like everyone else and lives a normal life as a regular police officer with a regular partner on his old squad. Hat all changed the night him and his old partner encountered the lime jello monster and Kyle stepped in to help his previous partner from being ate. Instead of doing the same to Kyle, Kyle was able to absorb the lime jello monsters powers and save his partner. Which in turn sent him to the 77th precinct with the other paranormal officers. Once there his powers really kicked in and he was not able to work with or get close to anyone else from fear of what he would absorb of their powers. Well that is until Vikash came to the precinct and was partnered with Kyle.

Things were different with Kash b cause instead of absorbing his power of destruction when Kash is angry, together they make the powers stronger and work hand in hand together. Not something either of them are used to but they make it work for their benefit.

With the case they are working on and the mystery as to what exactly the killer is exactly (whether human or a paranormal killer), Kash and Kyles unique powers could be the difference between there being another murder or not and Kash and Kyle being alive to tell the tell of what the murder is.

Add to the fact they are still feeling each other out at work and behind closed doors and you have a very good read.

Kash and Kyle in my opinion are very good together not only at work but at home also. They both have similar tastes in movies, music, and food but they also have this amazing chemistry together. I cannot wait for the next book in the series to come out to find out what these band of misfit cops get up too and into. Great read.

Tosha

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Kyle sat up straighter, shifting to see between the heads in front of him. Soren looked like a poster boy for the model police officer, tall and straight, uniform crisp and sharp. He stood at parade rest beside the lieutenant impassively surveying his new colleagues. A little knot of resentment lodged in Kyle’s stomach. At his own introduction to the Seventy-seventh, he’d been nervous and fidgety, freaked out by the collection of…freaks. How can he be so calm?

“Officer Soren transferred from the Harrisburg PD—”

“Don’t they have enough freaky shit of their own up there?” Wolf called out in his rasping growl.

“—since Harrisburg is in our jurisdiction,” she continued with a quelling glance.

“He’ll start out partnered with Monroe.”

“What does he do, ma’am? That it’s safe to put him with Kirby, er, Kyle?” Shira Lourdes asked as she flicked nervous glances across the room at Kyle. An empty chair slid away from her and fell over. Her partner, Greg Santos, shook his head and righted the unfortunate piece of furniture.

“Officer Soren’s abilities are his business, which he may or may not choose to share if you ask. And don’t bully him about it either, any of you.” Lieutenant Dunfee swept the room again, pinning each of her officers with her needle-laser gaze like captive butterflies. “Monroe, my office after briefing. Info on your current case.”

She dismissed them, stalking from the room with thunderclouds in her eyes. Kyle found himself approaching the new guy and trying his best not to be awkward. Did he offer to shake hands? Was it safe? Would the guy flinch like so many people did at the sight of Kyle’s scarred hands? Soren was even taller up close, six-foot- three of lean inscrutability, his blue eyes startlingly bright against smoky bronze skin.

“Um, hi, I’m Kyle Monroe.” Kyle fidgeted when Soren didn’t offer his hand either. “You’re with me, I guess. I’ll show you our spot in the squad room.”

Soren followed him silently and Kyle was starting to wonder if he was like Krisk in the not-speaking department until he finally spoke in a smooth, soft baritone, making Kyle startle and miss a step. “Why do they call you Kirby?”

“You’d hear it sooner or later, I guess.” Kyle shrugged. “It’s this thing I do, absorbing other people’s talents temporarily. If they’re close to me. Or touch me. Like Kirby, the little pink dude in the video game.”

“Ah.”

Just that? Soren didn’t edge away, or change expression at all. Was he made of stone? “It’s a thing. Everyone here has a thing.”

After a few more steps, Soren asked, “Always?”

“What…oh, was I always like this? Who knows? I mean, maybe I’ve picked up stray thoughts or something, but no. It’s pretty recent. Knowing that I do this.”

Kyle took a wide arc around Vance as he entered the squad room, pointing to the double desk in the far corner, well removed from everyone else. “That’s ours. Coffee’s over there, but you might not want that coffee. Let me grab my file and we’ll go see the lieutenant.”

“So what’s your story, Soren?” Vance called across the squad room. “What flies your freak flag?”

“Yeah, what do you do?” Jeff Gatling stopped ’porting his banana from one corner of his desk to the other.

“I don’t really do anything,” Soren answered as he hefted the empty coffee pot.

“Guess I’ll make fresh since I’m the new guy.”

He opened the top to remove the filter and every human voice in the squad room yelled out, “No!”

Most people would have startled, maybe dropped the carafe. Soren just blinked at the roomful of people gesturing wildly. He took the filter out and emptied it over the trashcan. “Why not?”

“You don’t want to do that.” Kyle stayed by his desk, a nice safe distance from the coffee station. “That’s Larry’s job.”

“Larry’s not keeping up then.”

The container of sweetener packets began to rattle. It shivered across the counter and leaped to a messy end, ceramic shards skittering across the floor. The desk that Krisk and Wolf shared rose from the floor several inches and slammed back down. Wolf fled with a squeaking yelp just before the desk flipped on its side.

Soren glanced toward Kyle. “Larry’s not a cop, is he?”

“He is…he was! A dead cop. Larry’s a ghost. He gets ticked if anyone else makes the coffee. Put the stuff back, please!”

“Larry?” Soren raised his voice but to all appearances remained completely unruffled. “I’m new here. I’m very sorry I invaded your jurisdiction. See? I’m putting the carafe back. Closing the top. Are we good, Larry?”

A breeze ruffled through a stack of papers, but no further mayhem ensued. The carafe slid from its pad on the coffeemaker and floated to the water cooler where Larry, who never manifested in a visible form, whistled tunelessly while he filled the carafe.

From his dim corner of the room, Carrington said in his dry, genteel way, “Welcome to the Island of Misfit Freaks.”

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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.

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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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THREE 5 Star and ONE 4 Star Reviews for Bitten By Mistake by Annabelle Jacobs #MM #Paranormal @AJacobs_fiction

CoverTitle: Bitten By Mistake
Author Name: Annabelle Jacobs
Publication Date: July 28, 2016

Synopsis

From animosity to searing passion in a lunar cycle… but can their bond survive?

Wolf shifter Nathan Kohl’s pack is his whole life. Arrogant and handsome, he avoids commitment to anything or anyone outside of his pack. He works hard, plays hard, and pursues humans as lovers because there’s little to no chance of him forming a permanent bond. However, when Jared Taylor comes into Nathan’s life, every rule is broken.

After a bad experience, Jared vowed to never get involved with another shifter, no matter how much they got under his skin. Despite being physically attracted to Nathan, who’s all kinds of hot, Jared only sees an arrogant, domineering bastard.

A disastrous case of mistaken identity throws Nathan and Jared together until the next full moon. Forced to spend the next twenty-eight days in close proximity, they can no longer ignore the powerful attraction between them. Passion ignites, and their relationship takes a turn neither of them wanted.

But when the full moon comes, everything might change again.

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FiveStars Omg!!! This book was sooooo good. I could not put it down. I love reading shifter books and this has now climbed too one of my top favorites.

For Jared to be so adverse to shifters, he was attracted to Nathan at first sight even though he tried denying the fact. When an accidental biting takes the choice of whether Jared would want to get to know Nathan better or not out of his hands, it truly was fate.

The circumstances surrounding Jared being bitten was out of both Jared and Nathan’s control. Regardless of Jerods feelings for shifters he knows there is something different about Nathan and he gives him the chance to find out if they could have more.

With the threats all around them and the rogue shifter group trying to take over, Jerod and Nathan have a lot on their plates. But the fact that their bond keeps getting stronger and stronger has both of them realizing that is exactly what they want and they both hope they do not lose it after the full moon. But only time will tell and they still have to worry about the other dangers also.

This book was so good. It has mystery, it has intrigue, it has hot scenes, it has bonding, betrayal, and it also has love. It is an all around good book and I think many more will agree.

Tosha
FiveStars

A mistaken identity changes things for one innocent man. When Jared is bitten by mistake by Nathan his life is changed, well, at least until the full moon. Jared hates shifters, even the hot one, Nathan that tried to hit on him at the bar earlier in the night. When Nathan realizes what he does he knows things could go bad, real bad. This book was really good, I even shed a tear at the end. I wanted the 30 days to hurry up and get done but then again I wanted the 30 days to last forever because I thought Nathan and Jared together were so cute. I liked the little twist at the end. It was a good paranormal book, not too over the top.

Angie

FiveStars

Nathan is our werewolf and Jared is our human. These two men together…totally awesome! The angst, the drama, the bickering, the laughter all came together for a completely fabulous story.

Nathan accidently bites Jared, thinking he’s the werewolf he’s been chasing from a rogue pack who’s been causing troubles around the city. It’s against the law for a shifter to bite a human without consent, and Nathan isn’t sure what Jared’s reaction will be when he recovers from the bite. Nathan takes Jared back to his place to hide him until they know what the effects of the bite will be.

Jared’s past relationship with a shifter has left him wary of ever getting involved with another one. So, when he wakes up in the apartment of the shifter who he met in a club and doesn’t remember how he got there, he’s immediately on the defensive.

As they’re waiting out the 26 days for the next full moon, things rapidly change in their relationship. With situations changing, some good and some bad, a neighboring pack becomes suspicious of the relationship between Nathan and Jared, and begin to cause trouble for the pair.

I would have liked a bit more info about the rogue pack. Their demise was just a bit too neat and tidy. I can’t wait to find out if there’s a sequel to this story featuring the good doctor and Jared’s friend Seb.

Kris

FourStars

I’ve not one to read many new paranormal books as I seem to be very picky about how they are written, but I gave it a chance. This was my first book by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This author wrote a very entertaining read. It was a very fast paced book and I couldn’t read fast enough. I had an immediate connection with both of the MC’s, Nathan and Jared. That connection with the characters is very important to me especially with a new author. This book had everything in it from intimidating and antagonistic relationship to eventually love. It also had some very HOT love scenes that were very passionate. I would definitely try more of this author’s works and hope that I love them as much as this one.

Lynn

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4 Star Review for Breathing Betrayal (Elemental Evidence #1) by Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham (Author Interview) #MM #Crime @BelloraQ @SadieBermingham

  breathing betrayal coverTitle: Breathing Betrayal (Elemental Evidence #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Bellora Quinn and Sadie Rose Bermingham (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: June 7, 2016 – 96,902 Words

Synopsis

Jake Chivis is the descendant of Fire Elementals with a gift for psychometry, the ability to see memories from touching objects. After a bad breakup and trouble at work, Jake gave up his career as a detective in Detroit and moved to England to join a research program studying Elemental gifts at University College London. It seemed like the perfect way to escape his past and start over, and this time he’s vowed not to fall into the trap of dating a coworker. At least that’s the plan, until he meets Doctor Ilmarinen Gale.

Mari Gale is blond, sexy, relentlessly academic and comfortable in his own skin in a way Jake envies. After a handful of embarrassing encounters, Jake is ready to resign himself to staying under the radar, but when a colleague’s brother goes missing, he and Mari must work together to find him. As they dig into the inexplicable disappearance, Jake is impressed with Mari’s competence and unique skills, and even more impressed by his ability to wrap Jake around his finger. Together the unlikely pair discover murder, betrayal, secrets and just how high Mari can fan Jake’s flames.

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FourStars

There are so many amazing things about this book that I hardly know where to start. Normally in a romance, I’m all about the relationship and the characters, and the plot is secondary. But in Breathing Betrayal, I was equally as invested in the plot as I was the characters. It’s like CSI meets the paranormal. Jake and Mari must work together, using their special abilities, to try and figure out what happened to a colleague’s brother. The crime aspect of it was really cool, and seeing how they both use their abilities made it even better.
I also really loved Jake and Mari’s relationship. Both are men who have been hurt in the past, leaving them vulnerable and skittish when it comes to relationships. Seeing them work through their pain together was really sweet. And the sex scenes were so incredibly steamy! I’d read it again just for those! I do wish there had been a scene where they really laid bare everything that happened to them. They tell each other bits and pieces, like their experience with their exes, but I feel like they could have gone more in dept with the conversation.
Overall, this is a fantastic read for anyone who loves crime and M/M. While I hate the phrase “unputdownable,” I read this book in a single sitting, which tells you just how unputdownable it is! Definitely worth reading if you get the chance.
Alyson

Excerpt

Rain pink-pink- pinked against the window pane and drip-drip- dripped into the pot that Jake had placed under the leak in the hallway. Murky gray morning light greeted him when he opened his eyes. Another drizzly day. He had thought that was just some persistent stereotype, a comic exaggeration—about how rainy it was in London—but so far, this month, it was turning out to be true.

Jake was steadily getting used to the weather. It really wasn’t all that different from his native Michigan. He had been told by his colleagues this was an unusually wet November and that when winter finally kicked off, it wouldn’t be as severe as he was accustomed to. That was something to be glad about, at least.

The weather was not the only thing he’d had to get used to after moving a little over three and a half thousand miles away from the only place he’d known. London was worlds away from Detroit. It was still alive for one thing, not a dying husk. It was cleaner too, even with more than ten times the population. London had its crime and its dangerous places just like any large city, but even the urban degeneration here had a certain vibrancy to it that was unlike the desperation and decay of Detroit.

Enough of that.

Thinking about home was a guaranteed way to put him in a bad mood. At least he didn’t hate his new abode.

The apartment was small and leaky but it was clean and bug free and he didn’t have a lot of stuff anyway. Four rooms—kitchen, bathroom, small living room and a closet-sized bedroom that was barely big enough to hold a double bed and the armoire. The kitchen was equally tiny. A small fridge, sink and an ancient two-burner stove. There was just enough counter space to plug in his coffeepot. He was not complaining. The small space made it easy to keep warm and clean and discouraged clutter. It was also paid for, which was another big plus.

He hadn’t liked that idea at first. He thought the university should just pay him outright and let him figure out how to deal with the rent and utilities, but he had to admit that having them take care of the bills took some of the worry off his mind. Unfortunately he still had plenty of other things to worry about.

No, he told himself firmly. He was not going to start off the day thinking about home and everything he’d deliberately left behind when he got on the plane. That was over.

Jake dragged himself out of bed and across the living room to the bathroom. After a quick slash, he washed his face, finger-combed his hair with wet hands then threw on some sweats and he was ready for his morning run. There would be time for a shower and food later. Back in Detroit, he would have started his day by driving to the track or the gym to work out before heading to the station house. Here he could walk or use public transportation to get just about anywhere he needed to go. At first the idea of not having a car, of not being able to just hop in and drive wherever he had to go, any time he wanted, had given him more of a panicky, trapped feeling than being an ocean away from everyone he knew and everything familiar. A car was the very first thing he’d asked about, after moving his meager belongings into the apartment. The research assistant who’d been assigned to ensuring he got settled in and had what he needed had told him to give it a week or two and, if he still wanted to purchase a car, the university would arrange it.

At the time, Jake had thought there was no possible way he could survive for so long without a vehicle at his disposal, but by the end of his first week he had explored the Tube, the cabs and the buses, got himself an Oyster card and found he could get around remarkably well without having to fight through traffic behind the wheel. He hadn’t brought up the need for a car again.

There was a small park only one street over from where he lived, and several right around the university, but they were little more than decorative green space—compact garden squares hemmed in by the tall, dark façades of houses and office buildings—nice for a picnic maybe, but not big enough for a run. Fortunately Regent’s Park was fairly close to where he lived and the paths and trails there were perfect. The park was never truly empty but this early in the morning, especially on such a wet, gray day, only the dedicated were out. They all had little earbuds or headphones on and their eyes were fixed forward, everyone in their own private bubbles. No one stopped to say good morning. No one drew him to one side to ask if he could touch their grandmother’s wedding ring and tell them if she’d hidden cash somewhere in the attic. It was great. It was almost perfect, except for one thing.

There was one other person from the university that liked to run the same route he did and while Jake didn’t see him every morning, it happened often enough that he’d started looking for the guy while he ran. That annoyed him. Running was his time to clear his head. It was meditative.

He could tune out and think of nothing. Or at least he could until he started paying more attention to the people he passed than he did the simple rhythm of putting one foot down in front of the other. Now during his morning runs, he was distracted by looking around to see if he’d catch sight of a particular slender figure whose long legs ate up the distance like the wind.

Jake told himself that he was only looking so that he could avoid him, and thereby avoid having to make polite conversation. It definitely wasn’t because of the way the ridiculously tight Lycra leggings he wore outlined every muscle in his lean thighs or the way his perfect ass looked so tasty in them. No, not at all.

Jake never had been very good at lying to himself. Even so, admiring that sexy little derrière from a distance was all he would do. He had learned his lesson about getting involved with coworkers. Anyway, it was unlikely he’d see him today, given the dismal weather. He could stop looking around and just concentrate on pushing himself.

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5 Star Review for My Zombie Fiance (The Undead Canadian #2) by T. Strange #MM #Paranormal @TqStrange

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Title: My Zombie Fiance (The Undead Canadian #2)
Author Name: T. Strange
Publication Date: July 13, 2016

Synopsis

Edward Grey is no stranger to the undead; since raising his cat as a zombie when he was a child, he and his mentor Mariel have explored and developed his power as a necromancer. Despite everything he’s learned, as a necromancer and a medical student, he’s never encountered a ghost.

While Mariel is unreachable in Haiti on mysterious business, a ghost wakes Edward in the middle of the night, claiming to be his grandfather. When the ghost offers to teach him about this different form of undeath, Edward has little choice but to trust the spirit.

After receiving a phone call from a young girl claiming her father is possessed, Edward and his Undead Canadian fiancé, Kit, must travel to an acreage in Kingston…Ontario.

The haunting proves far more complicated than Edward could ever have guessed, and he finds himself pitted against an ancient evil determined to engulf everyone on the farm.

Edward’s love and connection to Kit will be tested, and his necromancy stretched to his limits as he has to find—and destroy—a twisted spirit more powerful than anything he’s ever encountered.

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This is a terrific follow-up to My Zombie Boyfriend. It has all the delightfully weird elements of the first book without being simply more of the same.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked it up. Total honesty: I didn’t even read the blurb. I just wanted more of Edward and Kit (and maybe Bone). I got my wish as well as a great story that had me hooked from the start and kept my interest all the way to the end.

What I liked: This is brand-new territory for Edward the Necromancer. He’s used to zombies, and now he has to deal with ghosts. I enjoyed the twists, and I liked how it isn’t the same old tired ghost story. Sure, there’s an unhappy ghost, a love connection with the long-deceased, and a couple of exorcisms, but they’re all different parts of the story. They felt fresh, and it was exciting to see Edward’s abilities expanding and being tested.

What I loved: Besides Edward and Kit, I still adore creepy Bone, and I really enjoyed his parts in the story. My only complaint is that there is not enough Boo in this one! I also loved how there’s plenty of shiver-inducing ghost-and-zombie action, but there’s also a lot of oh-my-gosh-I’m-glad-I-wasn’t-drinking-anything humor throughout. And of course, above it all is Edward and Kit’s charming and weird relationship.

Anyone looking for a steamy romance won’t find it here. The lovey stuff happened in the last book, so this one is more about Edward discovering his new talents. However, anyone needing a quirky paranormal tale that can be read in an afternoon should definitely pick this one up.

5 stars

~AmyM

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