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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More fun with this mismatched pack

The Sumage Solution (San Andreas Shifters, #1)The Sumage Solution by G.L. Carriger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

These books are just plain fun, they’re an enjoyable romp through an alternative paranormal world where magical creatures live happily alongside humanity.

The first one in the series set up Biff’s brother founding the new pack and moving them to the West Coast where this tale now has them settling down and turning to find their way in their new home.

Biff bumps into ‘failed’ mage Max when he goes to register the new pack and all of a sudden it’s all systems go on him actually putting into practise his newly admitted status as a gay werewolf.

Biff is an absolute delight, he’s so sweet, gentle and caring even though he’s a piece of man muscle, as Max so eloquently describes him. Max has all sorts of hang ups and being able to trust someone isn’t even the hardest one.

Together they muddle through the triumphs and traumas of introducing a werewolf with brilliant self healing to the delights of gay sex (very hot), the acerbic wit of a man who might actually be the most powerful mage there’s been in an age and an overly protective pack.

In between they fight off baddies with an eye on the wreck of the house next door to Max’s where his father’s hidden secrets, a work colleague with relationship troubles and an overly harsh boss who might secretly be a bit of a softie really.

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Paranormal MF delight from Megan Erickson

Blood Guard (Mission #1)Blood Guard by Megan Erickson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First she does shifters, then she does vampires, there is nothing Megan Erickson can’t turn her hand to when it comes to creating great worlds.

I can’t think of the last time I deliberately picked up an MF romance, it was most likely a historical as that’s about the only type – outside of reviewing contemporary chick lit – where I’ll even consider it.

But I was right to trust in Megan to avoid all the tropes which have reduced traditional MF romances down to insipid pathetic heroines incapable of looking after themselves and arrogant alpha male arses for heroes.

Her Athan is an alpha male but he is a considerate, honourable, encouraging and loyal one and Tendra is no mild or meek woman, she’s strong and courageous.

The world building is good, there’s a nice cast of secondary characters and the plot narrative is interesting. The sex scenes were well crafted and I believed the chemistry between them.

This book ties up their individual story arc but leaves things open for book two, which I’m expecting to be Athan’s brother Idris and their enemy’s daughter.

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

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Quirky not quite paranormal romance

The FinderThe Finder by J.E. Lorin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a quirky mixture of a little bit not quite paranormal and a little bit of a detective thriller sandwiched around a lovely sweet and supportive romance.

While the identity of the baddie was a little bit telegraphed, it didn’t take away from the tension and I did like the sneaky little twist with one of the victims.

There was some clever world building and a nice set of secondary characters. An Epilogue would have been good just to clear up some minor loose ends as I’m not sure if this is a stand alone or not.

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Stunning paranormal romance opens this new series

Surrender the DarkSurrender the Dark by Tibby Armstrong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stunning, simply stunning. This book is a triumph, it takes a common trope – of vampires and vampire hunters, along with all associated paranormal species – and creates a unique exploration of their world in a strangely familiar, but still mysterious, modern Boston setting.

In both Benjamin and Tzadkiel, Tibby has crafted an enemies to lovers romance which is not only wholly believable, it is one which the reader wants to triumph. The UST in this book is delicious and when it finally bears fruit, the heat factor rockets through the roof.

The world building is brilliantly executed, there’s never an info dump of exposition, instead the setting is allowed to gently reveal itself as you read it. There’s enough mystery left to keep you reading and the touches of “real world” mythology were very clever.

I can’t wait for the second and third books on this series to come out. Gorgeous cover, gorgeous book and an interesting look at how being sightless doesn’t make you blind to life.

#ARC kindly provide by the publishers via NetGalley in return for an unbiased and honest review.

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Another good paranormal romance from Cameron

Omega StudiesOmega Studies by Casey Cameron

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like the paranormal world that Casey Cameron has created for her alpha/beta/omega romances. There’s no shifters here but a lot of the dynamics work in a similar fashion.

This is a romance but it has a nice side order of college politics running alongside it. I did think there were a few plot elements which didn’t get properly resolved like Andy’s fate for one, but overall it was an enjoyable read.

I found Matt a little too abrasive at first but he slowly grew on me. Derek I liked from the off as he seemed determined to try and not fulfil stereotypes and was willing to listen.
I liked the secondarily characters too and I liked that all the alphas weren’t jerks.

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