Cam and Gareth finally get their Forever!

38327905Bitten By The Alpha by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Best one yet! Full review to come tomorrow when I’m at the laptop.

Righty. So Cam and Gareth. I’ve been dying for this one (even more than Alec’s story) ever since Book One and I have to say Annabelle delivered it in spades!

Alpha Cam Harly hasn’t had life easy in the past 10 years, he lost his human wife in the Pack Wars, his Pack’s unwanted feud with the neighbouring Primrose Hill Pack has resulted in prison for their ex Alpha and the merging of the two packs, and he’s closed off his inner wolf to anything other than business.

But it’s never that simple.

One of the other great things about this world setting is the lack of drama over sexuality, the pack’s don’t really care who hooks up with who in most cases, but in this one, the prime driver of the secondary plot revolves around an old-fashioned Alpha who has issues over wasting the chance of offspring when his daughter falls for Rachel, daughter of the neighbouring pack’s Alpha and a Beta in her own right.

I really liked Rachel, who is sent off to the Regent’s Park Park to get her out of the way of the temptation of her potential bond with the unflexible Alpha’s daughter Sara (and I actually wouldn’t mind at all a book which gives her a HEA!)

Gareth’s been in love with Cam for years but, as one of his trusted Betas, he’s buried those feelings deep inside. Rachel’s arrival in the Pack, as he doesn’t know about her relationship with Sara, brings an involuntary reaction when his wolf identifies her as a potential threat as a mate for Cam and suddenly he can’t hide them any more and now his Alpha knows his secret.

I’ve always loved how Cam was willing to put himself above all else but he’s not a martyr to his cause, he truly believes that the Pack should be first in all things. He’s had love, and lost it, and he’s so scared of living with the pain again that he ignores his feelings for his steadfast Beta.

Wolf shifter behaviour in this series has always fascinated me as well, Annabelle’s shifters aren’t driven by their animal in quite the same way as in other books I’ve read. Their animals are inside them, a conscious awareness which influences but which they can usually control.

But when it comes to potential bonded mates – a fairly rare occurrence – all bets are off and Gareth’s wolf isn’t going to passively let the chance of forever slip by. The results are unintentional but when Gareth’s jealousy bursts out I have to say I was cheering inside! Then the MINE takes over and the heat ramps up!

There’s a lot of emotions in this Regents Park Pack series and it works perfectly. Their wolves are emotionally driven, whether that’s positive or negative, and there’s all sorts of delicious tension ramping up between the two men as they continue to deal with the fall of out of Alpha Newell of the P-Pack’s treacherous behaviour.

The bonding process isn’t smooth either and both Cam and Gareth are stuck in a kind of limbo until, inevitably, the emotions boil over and suddenly they’re sexing all over the place and I have to say, I don’t think there’s many shifter books I’ve read which are as good as Annabelle’s at laying down the intensity of a mating bonded pair going for it 😉

When Cam and Gareth finally give in to their wolves while out on a full moon run, let’s just say it burns up the pages and hits combustible levels. The mate bite scenes are erotic and powerfully emotional.

I really, really, really hope this isn’t the end of the Regents Park Pack shifter series. I’ve loved every single one of the books in this setting and there’s still potential for more. Luke, Jason, Will, Harry, Rachel…

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Brilliant anthology focused on finding love in all the wrong places

1257101246Heart2Heart: A Charity Anthology by May Archer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s not often you get an anthology where you enjoy every story in it but this one might just take the title as the closest to perfection.

This is just a quick review via the Kindle, tomorrow I’m going to steal Dani and Reneè’s formula and comment on each story in turn but if you haven’t bought this one yet, rectify it immediately.

Not only is it for a great cause, but you get eleven opposites attract and fall madly in love stories to warm the heart.

I had an #ARC of this but I went out and bought my own copy because it’s totally worth the price.

Full review here now!

The Setup/The Fallout – 3.5* how it all starts and a very clever way of introducing the whole premise of the anthology. Bailey is surprised by his window washer asking him on a date. So surprised he forgets to run his final check on the algorithms for Heart2Heart.
Really sweet wrap up as well as all the couples come together a few years later to continue to celebrate how the mixed-up algorithm actually found their perfect matches.

The Magician and the Mortician by A.E. Wasp – 4* and a simply brilliant opener. I adored this second chance (after loss) love at first sight romance between the older Alberto & younger Mikey. I would love to read more of these two, the ending is ridiculously sweet!

The Professional Gamer and the Paranormal Photographer by Alison Hendricks – 2.5* This was a good set up, the pacing was working well, the uniqueness of their respective professions was a good contrast and then it just ended. Without any kind of a conclusion or even a vague impression their relationship would continue.

The Assassin and the Dog Walker by Charlie Cochet – 3* This would have been better as a novella of around 35k words, lots of plotting but a bit of an abrupt ending and also a side plot which was thrown in about the assassin’s ex-boyfriend and his brother!

The Criminal and the Sommelier by Chris Owen – 2.5* Different, a bit snobby (deliberately I suspect), amusing as the beginning of a full length story but not really complete enough. Also absolutely zilch steam.

The Superhero and the NSA Agent by Hailey Turner – 3.5* It’s no secret I’m a Hailey Turner fangirl so I was looking forward to this one and it was cute. I liked the twist on the “superhero” aspect and it’s quite a different tone than her Metahumans Series.

The Tattoo Artist and the Writer by Lily Morton – 5* Okay as a Yorkshire girl this friends to lovers set in York with a flyby visit to the hidden gem that is Staithes was my absolute favourite! Full of witty banter as expected from this author.

The Baker and the SEAL by May Archer – 4* Loved this one with the ex Navy SEAL and his insane family wedding drama, funny meet/cute and misunderstanding turned into a really sweet romance with a brilliant ending.

The Uber Driver and the Sex Phone Operator by Lucy Lennox – 4.5* Smoking hot and brilliantly done and very definitely the sexiest of all the short stories. Travis and Azrael might have burned up the sheets, but there was also lots of emotional chemistry and this was (for me) the most complete of all the couples’ stories.

The Event Planner and the Electrician by Poppy Dennison – 3* Another age gap romance, this was also a lovely opposites attract and it had me smiling a lot. Although Theo’s boss Danielle was a tad cliched, I loved Harvey’s unassuming way and how everyone in the small town was somehow connected to each other!

The Lawyer and the Lobsterman by Ruthie Luhnow – 3.5* Okay this was shaping up to be the absolute best with biting wit, a stuffy lawyer slowly unbending and an unashamedly out there sports mascot – and then it just ended! Without anything. No indication of a HFN or where they were going next, more like the start of a story than a complete short.

The Florist and the Lawyer by Sloane Kennedy – 4.5* lovely, no angst, a lawyer I just wanted to hug because of all his hurts/idiosyncrasies and a florist who was loud and proud but quietly searching for the lifetime commitment. Also hot, as to be expected from Sloane Kennedy!

All the proceeds from the sale of this M/M romance anthology will benefit the following LGBTQ+ charities: The Trevor Project, Bisexual Resource Centre, and one-n-ten.

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Loved the way Adam’s blindness was approached

Blind PassionBlind Passion by Penny Brandon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

I liked a lot about this book but I had a couple of niggles, which may not bother anyone else, which meant I’ve rounded down to 3.5 rather than 4.

My biggest niggle was that Luke ‘read’ a lot older than his 22 years and the timeframe for all that had happened to him didn’t quite appear to add up.

Now, as this is set in Australia, it may be that school age/college/apprenticeships are slightly different to here in the UK so I’m just going with the flow. I think if he’d just been a couple of years older it would have felt more believable.

My other niggle is a bit of a spoiler which I don’t want to tag as it would give away a big plot element but, for me, while beautifully written, it felt out of place in a contemporary romance.

However, that aside, I thought the way the author approached Adam’s blindness and how he developed feelings for Luke was brilliantly done and I adored the relationship between them and the emotionally driven way they began to trust and rely on each other.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Nate & Dylan’s bromance surprises no-one in this sweet novella

38318498Bromantically Yours by K.C. Wells

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a short and sweet follow up to Out of the Shadows which focuses in on Nate and Dylan, best friends and perhaps something a little bit more.

When I read OotS one of the things which jumped out was the connection between Dylan and Nate so it was great to hear they were getting their own story.

And it’s a super sweet one, as they fumble their way through experimenting first with hands and mouths and later with more. They’re a great pairing whose friendship journey into sexual attraction felt organic.

This is low angst, moderate steam and a whole load of perfect sweetness.

#ARC kindly received from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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All the kink you didn’t know you wanted ’til you read it


38082826Under His Stiletto
by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

/me fans herself – gawd this book is just all ends up deliciously wicked and I loved every bit of it.

Personally, for me, I don’t think anyone writes this type of slightly twisted, just a little bit ‘wrong’ but absolutely perfectly kinky story quite like Kat and Agnes.

This one pushes boundaries but in a totally respectful, but seriously erotic, fashion as Mike discovers all he wants to be is Momma’s good boy.

There’s only a couple of sex scenes but they’re worth every bit of the build up and the connection between the two grows rapidly after their chance encounter.

I would have loved this to be even longer and to see a bit more of Momma’s discipline for her naughty boy.

#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Book Blitz: The Wrong Kind of Compatible by Kadie Scott

The Wrong Kind of Compatible
Kadie Scott
(Love Undercover #1)
Published by: Entangled: Lovestruck
Publication date: June 12th 2017
Genres: Comedy, New Adult, Romance

Data analyst Cassie Howard may be brilliant (and, okay, a little awkward), but she’s worked hard to get where she is. She definitely doesn’t need some sexy new analyst coming in and taking credit for her work. Or the inappropriate thoughts that keep popping out of her mouth she’d rather he not hear.

For undercover FBI agent Drew Kerrigan, computers have always made more sense than people, but he’d better develop some slick social skills in a hurry if he’s going to win over the too-tantalizing-for-his-sanity Cassie. Hacking their systems was easy. Now he’s just got to hack the one person in the company most likely to see through his ruse…

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No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

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Another “marvelous” addition to the Sassy Boyz line-up

Mad & Marvelous (Sassy Boyz, #4)Mad & Marvelous by Elizabeth Varlet

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don’t know how Elizabeth Varlet does it with this series but, in Mad & Marvellous she has, once again, brought a new approach to one of her Sassy Boyz.

Hopkins, aka Hop, is one of the new boys, brought in after the disastrous ending to the boys’ time at Vibe and he is a mess. Not deliberately though, as he tries his absolute hardest to keep his life together but it’s not easy.

He craves something but isn’t sure what and it’s not until he once again bumps into a man he considers to be his enemy, the one who replaced him in his father’s life and took the role that was denied to him as a forgotten bastard that he begins to understand.

Rafe’s also drowning but he knows the cause, he’s desperate to get out of a deal which he regrets and Hop’s Sassy Boyz dance troupe might just be his ticket – if it wasn’t for the feelings that the younger man evokes.

These two together, when they just allowed themselves to feel and did away with all the history and the bull, were powerful. There is so much hurt and emotions that these two just can’t communicate to each other, but when each lets go of the resentment, it was beautiful and so well done.
Never, at any point, did I feel this wasn’t a true and believable relationship with all its complications.

The rest of the Boyz are their amazing and awesome selves and we get to see that the three previous couples are still happily together, which was great.

So now, we’re just left with Jae and, if she goes back, to Lirim, who is still in rehab in this one, where the boyz continue to visit. I do hope Elizabeth finishes off this series with another two books as I’ve loved every one of these boundary pushing brilliant men.

I can’t wait to see what the cover for this one is like! I’m going for a teal or pink theme!

#ARC received from NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

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