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5 Stars for The Runaway Cat (Cloverleah Pack #2) by Lisa Oliver #MM #Shifter @wisecrone333

1.5

Title: The Runaway Cat (Cloverleah Pack #2)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: March 5, 2014 – 526 pgs

Synopsis

Griff Matthews knew he looked like trouble but for a wolf shifter mechanic he was fairly laid back most of the time. Pleased that his Alpha was finally settled with his new mate, Griff longs to meet the man of his dreams. Little did he know he would find it that same evening, when he was too drunk to realize that his good looking hook-up was actually his mate. Problem is when he woke up sober his bed was empty.

Derrick “Diablo” Franklin was just looking for a hook up with a like minded shifter. The sexy cat shifter was deep undercover for the FBI and although his case was coming to an end, he had hopes for his career that didn’t involve finding a mate. However after meeting Griff Diablo realized his plans might have to change.

But nothing is easy for the two men as they battle the FBI, a crime lord from Baton Rouge and a host of contenders looking to take Diablo away from Griff. And just who is Angel Bandures?

Please note this is book two of the CLoverleah Pack series. It can be read as a standalone, but you will learn more about the characters and story line if you read book one, The Reluctant Wolf as well.

Warning: Some people may find the content of this book objectionable. Includes m/m, graphic sexual situations, a few BDSM elements (not related to actual sexual scenes), strong language and a wolf and a cat that are looking for their own happily ever after.

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 FiveStarsLisa Oliver has once again blown me away. Book one in the Cloverleah Pack series was amazing but book two was off the charts. I love it when an author writes an amazing book and then is able to blow the top off of that book and create another book in the same series and make it just incredible. That is exactly what Lisa Oliver did with this book. Not only that but Lisa set it up for book three to be even more out of this world.

Griff in my opinion is just this big teddy bear once you get past the way he looks on the outside. His outside appearance makes him look like he would rip your head off with his big build, tattoos, and strong features but once you get to know him you know that he is lovable, would do whatever necessary to protect those he loves and his pack, and is a very loyal person….,a big teddy bear.

Diablo is a beautiful person appearance wise and many people to not see past that, which is a mistake. Diablo may be beautiful but he is also strong, capable of taking care of himself and those he cares about, and very loyal and intelligent. So in other words a lethal combination that most do not realize.

When Griff and Diablo meet they do not immediately realize they are mates but they know they are strongly attracted to one another. Once they realize they are fated mates they will do whatever possible to be together and to protect each other from all the harm that is quickly coming their way.

It is not easy for them because they have criminals out to get Diablo for being FBI and they have other members from other packs wanting to challenge them for Diablo. But these two men stand strong in their belief that they can conquer as long as they do it together.

This book is was left with a cliff hanger for book three and I cannot wait to read it because it is shaping up to be even better then the previous two books and if this book is any indication of what we readers have to look forward too, we will not be disappointed.

Tosha

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5 Stars for The Reluctant Wolf (Cloverleah Pack #1) by Lisa Oliver #MM #Shifter @wisecrone333

1.5

Title: The Reluctant Wolf (Cloverleah Pack #1)
Author Name: Lisa Oliver
Publication Date & Length: February 24, 2014 – 458 pgs

Synopsis

Kane Matthews, Alpha of his small wolf pack in Cloverleah has been raised to believe that mates are not possible for gay men and has lived his life accordingly. Kicked out of his home pack years before because of his sexual orientation Kane has built a solid and comfortable life for himself in the small town of Cloverleah.
Imagine his surprise when an unscheduled visit to the small town’s diner unleashes a flood of emotions in the man he didn’t think possible – not least of all, lust. But finding out it is possible for wolf shifters to have gay mates is just one of the things that Kane has to overcome if he is to have the forever future he has been hoping for.

Shawn Bailey never expected to find his mate. He is just too different – an “Other” who has the power to instill fear in any other shifter. After spending ten years on the run from his Alpha father he spends most days just trying to stay alive. When a
chance encounter brings him face to face with his mate Shawn has to decide if the man in front of him is worth staying for.

But with hunters, Alpha challenges, Kane’s parents and a smitten Alpha from another pack all interfering in Kane and Shawn’s budding romance, not to mention some surprising answers about Shawn’s own unique talents can these two true mates find the happily ever after they are looking for?

Warning: Some people may find the content of this book objectionable. Includes m/m, graphic sexual situations, a short BDSM scene, strong language and shifter/magic themes.

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FiveStars I am such a huge fan of shifter books. What made this book even better is that not only is one of the wolfs a shifter but he also has “other” in him.

Kane is an Alpha but what makes Kane so likable in my opinion is even though he is alpha he does not have a problem with letting his guard down and showing his insecurities. He is very protective of his pack but at the same time he is compassionate towards others and has no problem excepting them in his pack so long as everyone is ok with it.

Shawn is the one that stole my heart in this book though. In his own right he could have hated other wolves for the way he was treated the past ten years but he does not. Instead he has so much goodness in him and he will do whatever it takes to protect the ones that he loves. Which as it turns out is Kane and their pack.

This book was full of suspense. I enjoyed how there was something different at each twist and turn. It was always an adventure and trouble just seemed to find these two men like the plague. But the one thing that never changed was they always stood by each other and their pack no matter what the situation was.

This was such an amazing read and I cannot wait to read book two.

Tosha

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3.5 Stars for The Beast That Never Was by Caren J. Werlinger #FF #FairyTales

CoverTitle: The Beast That Never Was
Author Name & Publisher: Caren J. Werlinger (Corgyn Publishing LLC)
Publication Date & Length: June 1, 2016 – 211 pgs

Synopsis

What if Beauty was the Beast?

Lise’s father is dead, and the life of plenty and freedom that she has known as the daughter of the King’s Huntsman is gone. She must now live a life of duty to her mother and sisters, helping them to cope in their altered circumstances. But where her mother would have her wed a childhood friend to secure their future, Lise knows that is not what she longs for.

When she meets a mysterious woman in the forest, Lise feels the stirrings of emotions she cannot give voice to, but with this woman, she doesn’t have to say anything—Senna knows.

Cursed, hunted, and feared, Senna has been forced to wander from place to place for more years than she cares to remember. She gave up hope long ago that there could ever be an end to her isolation.

Odd sightings in the forest—monsters of legend come to life, old enemies back from the past, fearsome beasts on the prowl—begin to frighten the people of Lise’s village. Somehow, all of these things are connected to Senna. As the villagers’ fear grows, so does their hatred.

Senna prepares to flee, accepting what has become her fate, but Lise isn’t ready to give up her one chance for happiness. Soon, only Lise stands between the villagers and the woman she has grown to love.

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 ThreeandHalfStars

I hate to review books like this. Werlinger has put together a wonderfully written story, with an interesting and engaging concept, that I didn’t really like. My problem with the book is most likely about pacing. I felt it started really slowly, which agrees with others I’ve discussed the book with. Others told me that it gets better, so I decided to keep with it. And yes, while the pace did pick up, things still moved rather slowly for me. It’s almost as though the details, especially of the day-to-day life of Lise and her village, bog the story down too much. At the end of the book, I understand why others liked the story. I love the idea of this interpretation of the fairy tale, but as much as I was looking forward to reading this, it just wasn’t for me. The problem with my rating is that I totally respect the way Werlinger crafted her story; her writing skills are great, and I like her characters. Her style just didn’t click with me.

AmyP

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5 Star Review for Rise of the Rain Queen by Fiona Zedde #FF #Romance #Paranormal #ParanormalRomance

CoverTitle: Rise of the Rain Queen
Author Name & Publisher: Fiona Zedde (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: July 12, 2016 – 387 pgs

Synopsis

Nyandoro was born the favorite. As the only girl of her parents’ six children, she gets everything she wants without even asking for it. When the latest thing she desires is the wife of a village elder, she faces consequences she never had to before.

These consequences come with the dawn of a passion she didn’t know existed, a carnal feast of flesh she can’t get enough of. But on the night she gains the ultimate satisfaction from the woman she’d always wanted, she also loses every good thing she ever had. This loss takes Ny from the shelter of her family and home to the unknown wilds of a new world flush with ancient power, and into the arms of an old lover who has always been by her side.

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 FiveStars
This book is the gem amongst river rocks. There is a great depth of characterization, and the setting is rich with culture and community. The author makes us live in the village with Nyandoro and Duni, and all of Ny’s family. We hunt with her and her brothers, we work with her father and mother, we feel the heat on our skin and taste the dust on our tongues. In the beginning we vicariously share the laughter and joy of a young woman on the cusp of becoming an adult. We join Ny’s pursuit of Duni, even as we know there will be a price to pay. We see Duni pay that price, and Ny realize the changes that must occur now that consequences have come to pass. Ny has a price to pay as well, for the deal that her mother has made. Paying that price results in heartache for Ny, and the loss of her innocence. Now as she accepts the changes in her life, she must come to terms with all her loss, and find out if the loss of her innocence also means the loss of her love and happiness. This was an awesome read, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
AmyP

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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 Deception by V.K. Powell #Mystery #FF #Suspense

CoverTitle: Deception
Author Name & Publisher: V.K. Powell (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: August 16, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

DEA Agent Colby Vincent is working an undercover assignment in which homeless veterans are being used to deal drugs. She’s forced to work without the support of fellow agents or friends and is challenged by her attraction to a woman she suspects is involved in the case.
Adena Weber is trying to maintain her late father’s law firm and legacy, part of which is the homeless resource center Colby is investigating. She’s always followed the rules and adhered to her boundaries until a new homeless woman wanders into the center.
Colby and Adena choose to keep secrets that complicate their jobs and ultimately jeopardize the possibility of a life together.

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FourStars
This seems like a solid story;  well-plotted, good characterization, well-written. Right up until the end when things seem to go slightly awry. I will say that I enjoyed the book thoroughly up to that point. The chemistry between Adena and Colby is tense and hot, both because they want each other, and because there are very good reasons why they can’t have each other. Adena doesn’t want to cross that professional and ethical line and date one of the people who has come to her for help, and Colby hesitates not only because Adena may be a suspect in her case, but also because she’s lying to Adena and knows that may be a deal-breaker. Both of them are walking a line, and there are many chances for them to cross the line. I think Powell does a pretty good job of showing how demeaning and isolating it is to be homeless, and showing how compassion and respect can have an impact. The case itself was interesting. It doesn’t seem like these veterans are doing much, but at the same time what they’re doing has a ripple effect on the streets. My problem with the end is that things seem to get really rushed. Although the resolution of the case is swift, that isn’t the part that bothers me. One piece of information can crack a case wide open. It’s the last few scenes between Colby and Adena that bother me. The sex scene, after all the build-up, seems rushed and almost awkward, and although they’re saying the right things, it gets pushed to the side because Adena already has dinner plans. And the fact that she just leaves Colby standing in her house as she leaves was a bit jaw-dropping for me. I waited the whole book for this to happen and it was almost a wham-bam-thank you, ma’am sort of thing. And I wasn’t left with the warm fuzzies of something special just having started. At the end of the book, I enjoyed it, although I was slightly less than satisfied. But perhaps others won’t have the same reaction I did.
AmyP

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4.5 Stars for Dyre: A Knight of Spirit and Shadows (Dyre #2) by Rachel E. Bailey #FF #SciFi @Rachel_E_Bailey

CoverTitle: Dyre: A Knight of Spirit and Shadows (Dyre #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Rachel E. Bailey (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: August 16, 2016 – 192 pgs

Synopsis

Jennifer “Des” Desiderio is a werewolf on a mission…a mission to retrieve her queen, Ruby, who was abducted on Des’s watch.

But it’s not as simple as following her nose, fighting the good fight, and saving the day. Des must first team up with her rival for Ruby’s affections, Thierry LaFours, to track the kidnappers to and through Paris. With the help of a tarot card-reading werewolf named Nicolae, and Des’s new found ability to go dream-walking, they manage to close in on the kidnappers. But to save her queen, Des must once more play the champion and battle not only for her and Ruby’s lives, but for all the North American Packs and their entire way of life.

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FourandHalfStarsThere may be a few spoilers in here so read at your own risk.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from book two in this series, but I can honestly say I’m glad I picked it up. I remember most of the plot from book one, and what I didn’t remember this book jarred out of the steel trap, so reading it felt much like a continuation of the first one regardless of the time between. I don’t, however, quite remember the pacing of the first book. This book starts fast, and keeps that pace throughout. This is a good thing – things are happening that are time-sensitive and the pace keeps the story moving and the reader turning pages. A couple of things kept this from being a full 5-star read for me. I know the pace was fast, but some things seemed rushed that I wish Bailey had spent a little more time on. I feel a little cheated by the final battle; I didn’t expect a Dyre to run like a coward, so that seemed a little out of character. Although the cheating was definitely in character. I felt like Ruby needed some sort of resolution for her nightmares. If this is PTSD, the solution doesn’t have to magically clear anything up, but I felt like we were waiting for the other shoe to drop, and that isn’t a good way to end a book. Also, Thierry’s death felt a bit like a cop out, like instead of having to deal with him in the future, he was killed in order to make things easier for Ruby and Des to be together. None of these things kept me from thoroughly enjoying the book. If you’ve read the first one, you’ll definitely like this one. If you haven’t read the first one… why not? Go read it first!

AmyP

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4 Stars for Capturing Forever by Erin Dutton #FF #Romance

CoverTitle: Capturing Forever
Author Name & Publisher: Erin Dutton (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: August 16, 2016 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

Jacqueline Knight is driven and ambitious, always focused on getting to the top. But when her father’s failing health demands her attention, she must consider putting her career on hold. Though she struggles with her new responsibilities, she won’t admit she can’t do it alone. And the last person she wants to accept help from is her ex, Casey.

Since their breakup eight years before, Casey Meadow s has concentrated on co-parenting their son and making a new life for herself. While she’s happy to offer her help, spending time with Jacqueline threatens to open the box in which she’s locked away their past relationship.

Will the lessons learned in eight years apart be enough to mend the mistakes of the past?

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 FourStarsI’m not sure I can say much about this book. Dutton again has a well-written, tightly plotted, character driven romance, so in that way I can definitely say this is a good book. However, I was reluctant to keep reading once I started. Most of us have that first love who, in the sublime discovery of passion, sex, and deep emotion, we’ve given all of ourselves to. And again, most of us have parted ways, for one reason or another, from that first love. We leave those relationships missing a piece of ourselves, a piece that changes us forever. It changes the way we love, and how much we put into the next relationship. And to read about these two people, who each still had pieces of the other, made me a bit melancholy. To read about how they each hurt the other, each hurt for the other, and still after all this time cared so much about each other, it makes the heart sore for all the time together that they missed out on. So this book took me a lot longer than usual to finish. Because Jacq and Casey both needed the time apart to grow into people who could change enough to fit back together. And while the results were everything you could wish for, it was still hard to watch them go through it.
AmyP

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