This return to Mad Creek is a delight

How to Save a Life (Howl at the Moon, #4)How to Save a Life by Eli Easton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

When I heard Eli Easton was returning to her Howl at the Moon series I was delighted, they were some of the first shifter books I read.

There’s lots of good stuff goes on in this one but there’s also elements I found a bit odd or grating – Rav’s use of bae made me cringe, it felt wholly out of keeping with his character (plus it’s a truly irritating affectation).

Sammy also came across as way more innocent and childlike than even Milo did in book three, he really was like a puppy in human form. It made the relationship between him and Rav a little bit lopsided for a while.

But there were also lots of lovely bits, Sammy being so new as a quickened meant his whole outlook on life was beautifully joyful and positive. Catching up with the pairs from the previous books was great too, Roman and Matt are still my favourite couple.

I know other reviewers have expressed dislike for Lily but I actually like her, she’s definitely a “head bitch” in the actual dog sense, wanting to be responsible for the happiness of the pack like the ultimate mother on steroids.

It did feel like a conclusion to the series too, with long term plans in place to keep the secret and provide employment and future development for the town although I would have loved to read Simon or Rex’s stories.

So I’ll bid farewell to the quickened, theirs has been a unique take on shifters that I’ve mostly enjoyed.

View all my reviews

Advertisements

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.

View all my reviews

Gorgeous new series starter from Brooke Blaine is a second chances delight

A Little Bit Like Love (South Haven, #1)A Little Bit Like Love by Brooke Blaine

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved, absolutely loved this tale of second chances, of finding your place, of going back and making something right, of getting the boy you never forgot and throwing out the damaging things which have made you unhappy.

Brooke Blaine is supremely good at this type of romance, she builds up the tensions but never throws in “plot for plot’s sake” dramady (as I like to call it). The drama in this book comes wholly from within the narrative and follows the natural progression of two men – who were each tricked into thinking the other had dismissed them as unimportant after a single night of passionate commitment – when they find out the truth nearly a decade later.

I loved Lucas and Jackson, I loved the way they eased back into their teenage experiences but with a hint of holding back just in case. Then, when everything came out in the open, how they fully embraced the fact they’d never stopped holding a torch for the other.

It made perfect sense for Lucas to react as he did, the pain he’d kept inside him for eight years had been lanced and then he saw something which he felt was taking him back to the night his heart had been broken. And Jackson, he needed to have the confrontation with his past so that he could finally make the break from a life he’d been neatly slotted into without ever having a choice.

And the setting, this is the beginning of a new series with a whole host of beautifully drawn secondary characters who will be getting their stories too and I can’t wait to find out more about Shaw and Bash and I hope we still hear from Syd as it’s such a pleasant change to have “the female rival” not be an utter witch.

This romance is sexy, it’s spicy, it’s hot and passionate but it’s also about finding and reconnecting, it’s about emotions and love and it’s about making the choice to trust even though you’ve been hurt by the person to whom you’re handing over your heart.

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

View all my reviews

As beautifully sexy as the material of the title

Satin (A Material World Book 2)Satin by K.C. Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I adore K C Wells’ romantic novellas with a little bit of a twist. They’re sensuous, sexy but full of emotions and just the teensy bit of a hint of spice.

I also love books with a British setting and this one based in England’s capital with a Metropolitan Police detective constable and an aspiring dancer and nightclub singer who performs as a female impersonator is a delight.

There’s always a lightness of touch when K C writes this style, the emotions are heart felt and the angst is low but the situations still feel real.

We’re lucky here in the UK that our police forces are, in the main, supportive of their LGBT members and so Joel’s journey to admitting he was bisexual, which came with the odd ignorant and insensitive comment, had an element of realism grounded in truth.

It’s a lovely read and I adored Ross, his joy at life, his willingness to risk his heart even though he’d been burned in the past and his talent and love for his dancing.

It’s only not a 5* review because of the length, I wanted more and more of these two, they were a delight to read and I loved how Joel’s acceptance of his bisexuality was dealt with carefully and with honesty. He took some time but once he realised this was what love should feel like, he went all in.

View all my reviews

Sweet romance with lots of cute dogs

Rescued (Rescued Hearts, #1)Rescued by Felice Stevens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5* I believe this was Felice’s first published MM romance and it has all the bones of what has subsequently made her one of my favourite authors.

There’s some really sweet moments in this one but the plotting is also occasionally a bit shaky as time jumps take place without clear indication that it’s a while later. These are smoothed out as the plot develops though.

Both Ryder and Jason felt like they had their own unique voices, together their relationship felt real and believable.

But there were also a couple of cliche elements too, Ryder’s mother was a bit stereotyped, Liam came round pretty quickly from his initial homophobia and it felt a bit off that a powerful lawyer as Ryder’s dad was portrayed would fall for his wife’s manipulation so easily.

Still, they’re all minor points and didn’t stop me enjoying the romance.

View all my reviews