Great intro collection for the works of TC Orton

Year One Collection: 2016Year One Collection: 2016 by T.C. Orton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

Great introduction to the work of TC Orton for those who might not have come across him before.

There’s a mix of excellent paranormal which focuses on various themes including the usual tropes of vampires, shifters, magic and the supernatural.

ETA 12/9/17: Half my review seems to have gone missing so here’s the rest!

Seeing Red: Scorched is the vampire one, featuring a shy, naive Isaac and a whole stack of sexy vampire men. It’s a little bit cheesy but it works perfectly for the setting. Once the guys head out to the coast, things really picked up. However, the 70% plot shift may piss off a lot of readers even if it is cleverly played out.

Omega Moon: Ahh, the shifters, the student/teacher one, the mPreg one. This isn’t quite as polished as the others but it’s still a compelling idea which perhaps just needed tightening up a bit. There’s a correlation between Alec being gay and discovering he’s also a werewolf which doesn’t quite work as well as it should. The mystery element of the story is plotted well though.

Warlock Academy: This is the “Harry Potter” which is perhaps an unfair comparison because it’s not really, other than it’s set in a school for people to learn magic. It switches PoV between the two main characters and each has a unique voice. There’s hot hot hot sex, a villainous bully, great bunch of secondary cast and intriguing world development.

The above three are all set in the same universe with elements of cross over. The final story in the collection is a contemporary College Climax. I believe this one was TC’s debut and you can tell. I didn’t find this one particularly compelling, Lucas is an arse, Sebastian is fairly pathetic, there’s sexual shenanigans which come out of the blue and it has a cliffhanger ending.

Still, taken as a collection, it’s a good way of sounding out the author.

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

The delay in reviewing occurred because BT are idiots and locked me out of my email address for almost a month so I couldn’t get into files or my blog site (I needed to reset the password).

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Loved this one – romantic and sensual

Grasp (Significant Brothers, #2)Grasp by E. Davies

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this one even more than the first in the series and that’s going some because I really liked Splinter which got me over a huge book slump when I finished Axios: A Spartan Tale from Jaclyn Osborn

Blane and Falcon were a perfect partnership, although both had enough fears to mean they took their sweet time to communicate how they were really feeling to each other. However, there’s relatively no angst in this one and – once they do decide to try for a casual thing – the build up in sexual tension as they move from heavy snogging to blow jobs to frotting and then a full on sex scene which oozes chemistry and emotions, is absolutely delicious.

As with book one, Ed has snuck in song lyrics from various different artists, my favourite in this one being his Spice Girls line about If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends which had me chuckling out loud.

We also get to meet Falcon’s best friend Oscar, who has an interesting encounter with Blane’s “Significant Brother” Roman and let me just say – hot pilot with dancer – sign me up now please!

I just like Ed’s style of writing, it’s casual without being sloppy, it’s emotional without being overly dramatic, it’s expressive without relying on plot bunnies and it’s seriously sexy without being a porn fest.

It’s just normal people living ordinary lives falling in love and it works for me.

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

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This is a great intro to Lucy’s new series

Facing West (Forever Wilde, #1)Facing West by Lucy Lennox

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is comforting and familiar, like a warm snuggly blanket in front of a roaring fire. It has all the elements I’d expect to find in a Lucy Lennox romance and it just made me go awww a lot while reading it.

I like the idea of another giant family where it’s not a big deal to be LGBTQ+ and there’s acres of support in a loving household killed with people who pass no judgement.

Doc and Grandpa were ace, as was the rest of West’s family and I loved that there’s still the link back to the Marian series through Nick’s friendship with Griffin.

The banter in this was good, there wasn’t much in the way of the sexual innuendo of the Made Marian books and instead the reader gets good natured ribbing from siblings as grandparents.

Nico was an enigma, desperately trying to find his place but pushing away any attempt to give him a new opportunity. I was glad West kept at him and wouldn’t give up.

There’s a low level of angst and the sexual connection between the two MCs is deliciously sensual and emotionally powerful as well as straight up explosive.

I’m looking forward to finding out more from this new family and location. Oh, and that cover has me drooling.

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Dream subject but lacking a tiny bit of depth

Treble Maker (Perfect Harmony, #1)Treble Maker by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Holds hand up and admits to being a Gleek and a huge fan of a capella so this was mostly a dream read for me.

It’s not a full five stars though because it just didn’t have the full depth I’ve come to expect from Annabeth Albert and at times the characters acted younger than they were supposed to be.

Still, it’s probably one of the dirtiest and sexiest outside of her Off Base series and I liked the contrast between Cody’s slightly older and more cynical character and Lucas’ religiously naive and idealistic one.

The struggles between Lucas’ wants and his fears was well done and I was glad this didn’t have an unrealistic outcome of them winning the contest against the odds.

Stunning cover too.

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Very pleasantly surprised by this one

Your Fallen Star (Under the Stars #1)Your Fallen Star by Raleigh Ruebins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book as I’ve bit read this author before but the premise interested me and the story itself turned out to be thoroughly enjoyable.

Any book that not only has a hot wall sex scene but which throws in sex of the hood of a car is certainly aiming to excite the reader and it worked to its advantage because it was pinned on top of two nicely defined characters who worked well together.

I loved sweet and excitable Jamie. He was perfect for breaking through the wall of malaise and self doubt that former boy band star Leo had erected.

The other thing I loved about this was that all the band mates were still friends, I liked that it didn’t follow the cliche of having the really successful solo career guy be an arse.

Loved the cover too which worked well to reflect the story within.

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Crazy antics in the latest addition to this series

Code BlueCode Blue by Max Walker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5* Once again I want to rate this higher but there’s just a few niggling little things which stop it hitting the top mark. This time round it’s typos and editing mix ups on top of another stalker plot.

I actually mostly liked the stalker plot, it worked better than the one in Code Silver, but it seems this hospital and the people connected with it have a great talent for attracting the crazy!

Crow is Red’s former PA from book two and Ethan is another of the Sierra View doctors. I thought their initial meeting and attraction was well done and there was quite a slow burn before they became intimate.

I also loved how there was no relationship drama, these two opened up and talked honestly to each other which helped reduce the insta love feeling.

I’d guessed who the stalker was going to be and the reveal worked, even if the situation as a whole needs a bit of suspended belief.

Overall I still think book two has worked the best but i look forward to the fourth and finding out more about Spencer. And again the lovely cover helps.

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Fabulous exercise in how to write a submission romance

The Master Will AppearThe Master Will Appear by L.A. Witt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

LA Witt is one of my favourite writers no matter which section of the MM genre she’s focussing on and this book is a stunning example of her BDSM work.

The BDSM in this book is light, it’s a Dom/sub pairing with some pain play but mostly it’s an exercise in how one man, taught his whole life that he’s worthless, can come to discover he’s the most precious thing in the world.

The fencing setting was also fabulous, as I actually have friends who fence for the British Olympic team and who train the British Paralympians, and it made a change from the normal mainstream sports setting.

I loved both Ryan and Misha, and their emotional and sexual connections were incredible, the Dom/sub scenes were sensual and the consensual ‘gang bang’ was blissfully erotic and never felt like porn.

This book also has a wonderful epilogue.

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