The Half Wolf from Jay Northcote: Out September 26th

Mate, family, pack, home… can Quinn and Kellan have it all?


Title: The Half Wolf

Author: Jay Northcote

Publisher: Jaybird Press

Length: 65,000 words approx

Genre: Paranormal, contemporary/AU, m/m romance, wolf shifters.

Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh

Quinn grew up feeling out of place in the small town he calls home. Yearning for something he can’t name, he’s always felt different but never known why.

Kellan is part of a nomadic shifter pack. When they set up camp in the woods near Quinn’s town, the humans are unwelcoming and suspicious of the newcomers. The moment Kellan catches sight—and scent—of Quinn, he knows Quinn is special. But for the first time in his life, Kellan can’t trust his instincts. Quinn is human, and Kellan is a wolf shifter, so how can they ever be mates?

Their bond is instant and exhilarating. It breaks Quinn’s heart to know their relationship can only be temporary. Love isn’t enough when pack law forbids shifters to mate with humans. Tension explodes between pack and humans, and when Quinn discovers a shocking truth about himself that changes everything, he fears he’ll have to choose between the only life he’s ever known and the man he loves.

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Extremely polished sports romance

The Rainbow ClauseThe Rainbow Clause by Beth Bolden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve a feeling I was supposed to read something before this one but I rarely read M/F these days so I haven’t but I don’t think it really had a negative effect on my enjoyment of this one.

There’s nothing new here, it’s a typical ‘coming out’ sports romance between a bisexual football quarterback and a reporter but it’s done really well.

There’s a lot of polish to this one, which I note is a re-release, so I’m guessing it was cleaned up then.

I loved both Colin and Nick and I loved watching them fall in love, especially as Colin was a gay sex virgin and not hugely experience with any other sex either. He was sweet and eager to learn and incredibly passionate about everything Nick could teach him.

And cynical Nick, finding out his crush was bisexual and attracted to him was a delight as he fumbled his way through feelings and dilemmas about ethics and integrity while he fell in love with his interview subject.

The support characters helped to nicely round out this enjoyable read.

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Loved this light and fluffy heartfelt romance

Splinter (Significant Brothers, #1)Splinter by E. Davies

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When an author sneaks a Pink Floyd reference into the first chapter of a book then I know it’s going to be my kind of story.

This delightful romance from Ed was just what I needed to get myself out of the book slump I’d been in since finishing the epic Spartan romance Axios: A Spartan Tale by Jaclyn Osborn

Nico and Deen were an awesome pairing, I loved how they connected and how little drama there was in both their relationship and in the book itself as the bad boy rock star found his lodestone in the arms of a former astronaut turned park ranger.

The setting of the book, in and around the Smokey Mountains, also brought a lovely light touch, all fresh air and bright sunlight to shine on their growing romance. And the sneaky Toni Basil Hey Mickey quote just made me smile more.

Can’t wait to find out more about Nico’s bunch of friends either on the rest of this series. The gorgeous cover only adds to the pleasure.

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Really conflicted with this one

Anything But RealAnything But Real by Alex West

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There were elements of this debut romance from Alex West which I absolutely adored there were also times that reading it felt exhausting.

The intriguing way in which it’s written I think perhaps sounded better as an idea than it did in practice as having three different narrative styles in one chapter made it feel jumbled at times.

Still, the romance itself was a sweet one, both friends to lovers and second chance all in one and I liked both Ben and Reid as characters.

Ben was occasionally hard work to read though, we only get his first person thoughts and at times the incessant worrying became too much. Reid we only see through Ben’s eyes and through a third person narration so we only get his motivations in passing, not a constant stream of doubts.

The setting and fake fiance trope, however, worked really well and Ben’s family brought a fair bit of light relief to help ease away the tensions.

There is no smexy times at all in this book, other than a couple of kisses, everything happens off page or in fade to black, which is a little disappointing but not out of keeping with the higher focus on romantic love.

The epilogue is super sweet though and includes a nice time jump showing the two MCs still living their HEA.

Oh, there’s no need for an apostrophe in lots though and there were a couple of other odd grammatical errors which most people probably won’t care about but my journalist/sub-editor head doesn’t skip over.

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Hot, hot, hot! Scorching relationship-led BDSM tale

His MasterHis Master by Bink Cummings

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jeeeeze where’s a bucket of ice when you need one?! This is just my sort of BDSM kink, light on the SM elements and an emotions led Dom/sub relationship which is beautifully depicted in all its glory.

There are a couple of moments which are harsh but once Michael agrees to leave the commune and become his Master’s only, things kick off at a pace which is both scorching hot but also powerfully emotional.

It may be a little unrealistic, given how fast Judge/Master ditches his old life but I truly believed he was that in love and had found his soul mate.

I’ve not read any of Bink’s motorcycle club books but I never felt lost with the characters who also crossed over into this one.

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Sweet romance with two likeable characters

Heart Trouble (Ashe Sentinel Connections, #6)Heart Trouble by D.J. Jamison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one was originally part of the Ashe Sentinel series but it now being used by the author to kick off her new medical set series.

It’s a sweet romance with low level angst and not much drama added in just for the sake of plot, instead we are given a nice relationship hiccup which felt believable given the two MCs backgrounds.

There’s a lovely epilogue to bring things forward a few months and give the reader the happy ever after this story deserves.

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Definitely steamy and a little bit kinky

Steam (Collected Stories Book 1)Steam by Kay Simone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve read a couple of these already but it was a delight to get two brand new stories as well from the very talented pen of Kay Simone.

I think my favourite was definitely the daddy kink alternative meeting for The Aftermath’s delightful couple Daniel and Will. Second favourite was the escort hook up, with its edging and extreme sexual tension.

Overall though each of the stories brings something interesting to the table in a light, but decidedly sexy, fashion.

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