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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Another great addition to this series

Legally Mated (Mercy Hills Pack Book 5)Legally Mated by Ann-Katrin Byrde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this one as the Mercy Hills lawyer shifter Garrick and his human counterpart Laine saw their relationship move into something more.

There’s a lot more going on here too, tensions in the pack over their omegas, an out of the blue discovery about long lost shifter history and a secret which comes to the forefront as the pack works with the White House.

The romance between Garrick and Laine is super sweet but complicated due to their different species but Laine proves he’s just as loyal as the pack and this has a very strong HFN with an indication of a real HEA following.

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This is my favourite one so far

The Omega's Alpha (Mercy Hills Pack, #4)The Omega’s Alpha by Ann-Katrin Byrde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s some absolutely wonderful world building in this book as the Mercy Hills Pack’s alpha is claimed by a totally unsuitable omega.

I loved Holland, the things he’d been through and the pressure he put in himself were immense but Quin saw through it all to the beautiful and brilliant shifter underneath.

There’s lots of background happenings in this book as the shifters start to question why they have to live behind walls, why they’re shunned and feared and a dawning hope that things can be changed.

There’s been an awful lot of work gone into creating the cultures and customs of the shifters and they remind me very much of the Native American tribes.

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They keep getting better

Duke's Baby Deal  (Mercy Hills Pack #3)Duke’s Baby Deal by Ann-Katrin Byrde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As with book two, this is a fully fleshed out story with more details and world building.

Bram came across as a bit of a spoiled youngster in the first two books but here he really comes into his own as a strong and independent young man finding his way through a difficult situation.

Duke’s always come across as a stable and calming influence in the Mercy Hills Pack and here he was super sweet and dedicated to making sure Bram’s life wasn’t ruined by a single mistake.

The drama is mostly through circumstances in this one and, again, there is excellent communication once the pair are together, even if they could have done with their heads knocking together earlier.

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Much more rounded story than book one

Abel's Omega (Mercy Hills Pack #2)Abel’s Omega by Ann-Katrin Byrde

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This story was much more detailed and rounded out in comparison to the first one in the series. There was also a better paced narrative and more fleshing out of the world.

Bax and Abel made for a really sweet pairing, I felt their attraction to each other was given time to properly mature and there was a lot of good communication.
Most of the drama came from outside sources as Abel continued to change and challenge traditional things with his leadership of the Mercy Hills Pack.

I do like that these books don’t gloss over the mPreg element of the stories, the reader is given a ‘realistic’ alternative for birthing a shifter baby.

The more I read in this series, the more I like the setting.

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This feels like something’s missing

Mating the Omega (Mercy Hills Pack #1)Mating the Omega by Ann-Katrin Byrde

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m not sure what happened with this story but it feels like there’s a bit missing after the court case when Jason runs off.

There’s no further details on what happens to the alpha from his old pack who tried to ram them off the road and there’s nothing about what exactly makes him a True Omega as opposed to a plain old normal one.

Still, it’s not a bad story, even if there’s nothing out of the ordinary happens and it has the bonus of actually having an explanation for how mPreg occurs and for not going off page or blacking out when Jason gives birth.

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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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