Cam and Gareth finally get their Forever!

38327905Bitten By The Alpha by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Best one yet! Full review to come tomorrow when I’m at the laptop.

Righty. So Cam and Gareth. I’ve been dying for this one (even more than Alec’s story) ever since Book One and I have to say Annabelle delivered it in spades!

Alpha Cam Harly hasn’t had life easy in the past 10 years, he lost his human wife in the Pack Wars, his Pack’s unwanted feud with the neighbouring Primrose Hill Pack has resulted in prison for their ex Alpha and the merging of the two packs, and he’s closed off his inner wolf to anything other than business.

But it’s never that simple.

One of the other great things about this world setting is the lack of drama over sexuality, the pack’s don’t really care who hooks up with who in most cases, but in this one, the prime driver of the secondary plot revolves around an old-fashioned Alpha who has issues over wasting the chance of offspring when his daughter falls for Rachel, daughter of the neighbouring pack’s Alpha and a Beta in her own right.

I really liked Rachel, who is sent off to the Regent’s Park Park to get her out of the way of the temptation of her potential bond with the unflexible Alpha’s daughter Sara (and I actually wouldn’t mind at all a book which gives her a HEA!)

Gareth’s been in love with Cam for years but, as one of his trusted Betas, he’s buried those feelings deep inside. Rachel’s arrival in the Pack, as he doesn’t know about her relationship with Sara, brings an involuntary reaction when his wolf identifies her as a potential threat as a mate for Cam and suddenly he can’t hide them any more and now his Alpha knows his secret.

I’ve always loved how Cam was willing to put himself above all else but he’s not a martyr to his cause, he truly believes that the Pack should be first in all things. He’s had love, and lost it, and he’s so scared of living with the pain again that he ignores his feelings for his steadfast Beta.

Wolf shifter behaviour in this series has always fascinated me as well, Annabelle’s shifters aren’t driven by their animal in quite the same way as in other books I’ve read. Their animals are inside them, a conscious awareness which influences but which they can usually control.

But when it comes to potential bonded mates – a fairly rare occurrence – all bets are off and Gareth’s wolf isn’t going to passively let the chance of forever slip by. The results are unintentional but when Gareth’s jealousy bursts out I have to say I was cheering inside! Then the MINE takes over and the heat ramps up!

There’s a lot of emotions in this Regents Park Pack series and it works perfectly. Their wolves are emotionally driven, whether that’s positive or negative, and there’s all sorts of delicious tension ramping up between the two men as they continue to deal with the fall of out of Alpha Newell of the P-Pack’s treacherous behaviour.

The bonding process isn’t smooth either and both Cam and Gareth are stuck in a kind of limbo until, inevitably, the emotions boil over and suddenly they’re sexing all over the place and I have to say, I don’t think there’s many shifter books I’ve read which are as good as Annabelle’s at laying down the intensity of a mating bonded pair going for it 😉

When Cam and Gareth finally give in to their wolves while out on a full moon run, let’s just say it burns up the pages and hits combustible levels. The mate bite scenes are erotic and powerfully emotional.

I really, really, really hope this isn’t the end of the Regents Park Pack shifter series. I’ve loved every single one of the books in this setting and there’s still potential for more. Luke, Jason, Will, Harry, Rachel…

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Release Blitz: Loving Kit by L.M. Brown

Loving Kit by L.M. Brown

Publisher: Fireborn Publishing

Cover Artist: Sheri McGathy

Genre/s: Romance, Sci-fi, MMM Menage, MPreg

Length: 87 500 words/235 pages

Blurb

Logan McRae never expected to see two aliens when he woke from cryogenic sleep. He has lost his ship and his people and he questions whether he has lost his mind. As he gets to know Halor and Kit he realises he might just lose his heart as well.

Logan expected to wake on the spacecraft Mercury, ready to pilot the ship down to New Earth. Instead he comes out of cryogenic stasis to find he is on another ship with two alien beings, neither of whom can understand anything he says. Unfortunately, they are all the help he has if he wants to find his people and resume his journey.

Kit doesn’t know what sort of creature he has accidentally purchased, but it is definitely male and isn’t so very different from him and his lover, Halor. The language barrier might be a problem, but Kit knows the language of love doesn’t always need words.

Prince Halor of the Hawk Clan has always been reluctant to expand his nest beyond himself and Kit, but it is obvious from the start that his feline lover is attracted to their unexpected guest. Halor will do anything to give Kit the happiness he deserves, even invite another man into their bed.

Logan has no idea that Kit isn’t quite like other men until their passion results in unexpected consequences. Now he must choose between his mission and the two men who have given him everything he ever wanted, as well as things he never dreamed of.

Excerpt

When Logan stepped out of the cubicle, the cat-man was waiting for him with a clean kilt, similar to the ones worn by them. Logan had never worn such a garment in his life, but it was clear this was the only alternative clothing available if he wanted his flight suit cleaned.

His decision made, his covered himself quickly, though not quickly enough to avoid the frank appraisal of his feline host, whose green eyes lingered just a little too long on his groin.

Logan had taken his share of lovers before leaving Earth, but he couldn’t recall ever being looked at quite like that. The feline licked his lips and made no effort to hide his stares.

During his time on the ship, Logan had watched the two lovers touch and kiss almost constantly whenever they were together in a room. He had seen the feline drop to his knees and suck the cock of the bird-man at least once a day. Late at night, when they had disappeared down the hatch, the sounds of their sexual activities echoed throughout the ship. Even if they hadn’t given him a show right there on the flight deck, Logan would have to have been blind and deaf not to have figured out their relationship was far more than that of shipmates.

Since he had been seeing far more than was decent, Logan had also noticed that their feline and bird-like features were combined with those of men. Fur and feathers may have replaced hair, their eyes may be those of birds and cats, but there was enough about the two of them to make it clear they were very much men, not so different from himself.

They were actually quite pleasant to look upon. The feline was adorably cute, with a mischievous grin that never failed to bring a smile to Logan’s lips. As for the bird, Logan not only admired his elegant beauty, he was in awe of his incredible strength.

Logan shivered at the want he saw in the eyes of the cat-man. He might not understand a word he said or even know his name, but the blatant sexual need in his gaze needed no translation.

The squawk of the bird-man alerted them to his presence. Logan jumped, feeling guilty, despite having done nothing to encourage the cat to stray.

The feline grinned and licked his lips again. He meowed and gestured to Logan’s dirty clothing. Logan hoped he was going to get them cleaned, not have them thrown away.

Logan stepped aside so the cat-man could pass him, only for him to run his clawed finger lightly along his chest, sending another wave of shivers down his spine.

As the cat-man passed his lover, the bird-man tapped his arse playfully, causing the feline to swipe at him with his tail. Logan could tell they were merely playing and relaxed a little. As long as the bird-man didn’t think he was trying to steal away his lover, things should be okay.

The feline vanished from sight and Logan stepped towards the door. That was when he realised the cat-man wasn’t the only one who apparently admired his human body. The bird-man halted his progress with a hand on his chest, which turned into a soft caress, running over his abdomen and down to the front of his kilt.

Logan couldn’t have stopped his body reacting if his life had depended on it.

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L.M. Brown is an English writer of gay romances. She believes that there is nothing hotter or sweeter than two men in love with each other… unless it is three.

When L.M. Brown isn’t bribing her fur babies for control of the laptop, she can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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Review Tour Blitz: Wolf and the Holly by Sam Burns

 Universal Buy Link: books2read.com/WolfAndTheHolly
 Length: 199 pages

Cover Design: Melanie Harlow @ Clause & Effect

 The Rowan Harbor Series
Book #1 – Blackbird In The Reeds – books2read.com/BlackbirdInTheReeds
 Blurb
 

Five years ago, Jesse dropped out of college and came home to Rowan Harbor to find safety with his pack. A broken man, he’s been living as though the world is ending—allergic to responsibility and spending most of his nights at the local bar.

But he can’t avoid growing up forever. On the night of his thirtieth birthday party, he finds his childhood friend Isla unconscious, attacked in the middle of their peaceful hometown. The wolf inside him wants to protect its people from the slick-haired, smooth-talking vampire who’s brought trouble to town, and Jesse can’t run from his instincts any longer.

Now that his inner wolf is out of its cage, it’s picked the most inconvenient moment to find its mate. Sean Anderson—recently back from college and much changed from the skinny preteen Jesse once knew—is just what he never knew he needed.

Trigger Warning: discussion of past abuse.

This novel is intended for adult audiences, and contains swearing and sex.

This is the second of nine books in The Rowan Harbor Cycle, not a standalone. It continues where the first book left off. Jesse and Sean will return in book five to continue their story, so this book contains a HFN, not their HEA.

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Sam wrote her first fantasy epic with her best friend when she was ten. Like almost any epic fiction written by a ten year old, it was awful. She likes to think she’s improved since then, if only because she has better handwriting now.

If she’s not writing, she’s almost certainly either reading or lost down a wikipedia rabbit hole while pretending to research for a novel.

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Book Blitz: Demons & Wolves Series by Katze Snow

 Demons & Wolves Series – Available to borrow on KU

Book #1 – Broken In Silence – books2read.com/BrokenInSilence

Book #2 -Within These Depths – books2read.com/WithinTheseDepths

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Broken In Silence 



Tannerian Wulfric is a leader—a strong alpha who bows to no-one, especially those who try to undermine his authority.

When an opportunity arises, he grabs it with both hands and lets nothing get in his way. Trouble is, his brother has been caught in the crossfire of glorious retribution, and Tanner is in need of assistance.

For many years, Alex Jonas has lived his life in peace. But when fate lands him in the hands of his ex-lover and alpha, he finds himself in the centre of a feud he never knew existed, and must immerse himself in ways he had never imagined. One chance encounter, one night, and everything comes crashing down around him. Alex must fight for his life while Tanner fights for one thing and one thing only—vengeance, which has never tasted sweeter.

Can Tanner avenge his family’s death without spilling more blood? Or will his inner demon tear apart everything he has worked for, and lose the man who owns his heart?

Within These Depths

Tanner is so close to his revenge that he can almost taste it. With an unusual brand of negotiation skills under his belt, he has everything he needs. Now all that stands between him and destroying Elijah Ravenhill is a dangerous mission into the depths of Hell. Accompanied by his guides, he will enter where loyalties and souls are tested, and few ever return.

Newly mated Alex just wants to keep his loved ones safe. In the sprawling grandeur of Wulfric Manor, he finally has his family under one roof, even if it may only be temporary, and his dreams of having something normal seem to be within reach. Yet what’s normal for the wolf is torture for the prey, and chaos descends on Alex with one mysterious phone call.

Can Alex have all he ever dreamed of without sacrificing his life? Will Tanner put an end to Elijah once and for all, or will his revenge go up in smoke within the fires of hell itself?

Warning: Within These Depths is the highly anticipated sequel to Broken in Silence: Demons and Wolves Series, and things are really heating up. This story is NOT a typical romance and it’s not intended for those who seek a HEA. It cannot be read as a standalone.

 
Excerpt – In his own unique way, Tanner tells Alex he loves him

“You,” Tanner seized Alex’s chin and lifted it upwards, “are mine. I won’t let you out of my sight again. A minute, a day, a decade—I want every second of them. Is that understood?”

“You promise?” Alex joked, though his heartbeat spiked with confusion at what Tanner was announcing. He loved him? The alpha had never told him that. He’d never even hinted towards him being anything more than an eyesore he’d taken in off the streets. Although Tanner wasn’t exactly serenading him, the meaning was there, all right––a faint glow between the cracks of darkness. And Tanner had claimed him.

“Promises are for the weak. You are mine, and I intend to keep it that way even if I must hunt you to the ends of the abyss.” His lips assaulted Alex’s, crashing against his mouth with wild abandon…

Author Bio

Katze Snow never learned when to shut up. Food and coffee are what encourage Katze to function in a semi-normal, sort of socially acceptable way. Doses of sarcasm and sass are what she lives for, and her wolf, Kiba, who is Katze’s little furbaby. She’s been writing since she was a child, but finally published her debut novel, Alpha’s Bane, in Autumn 2016.

While Katze also writes MF, MM is where her heart truly lies. Her writing is dark, gritty, and takes satire to a whole new level. Come and join her! But be warned: Katze likes her men dark, twisted and all kinds of messed up, and she hopes you do too.

When Katze’s not writing, she’s working for a top secret, underground organisation, or taming wolves. (Check out her furbaby, Kiba!)

“Why ever would I want to go to heaven, when hell is so much more fun?” ~ Broken in Silence (Demons and Wolves #1)

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This urban fantasy series just gets better and better!

WatHcover (1)Wolf and the Holly by Sam Burns

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another superb addition to this urban fantasy series sees us finally finding out about Jesse and why he seems determined to ignore the path his alpha wolf status brings him.

There’s some more great world building, a bit more exploration of how magic works in Rowan Harbour and a lot of new plot elements laid down which will be picked up later in this series.

And, speaking of series, it was good to hear there will be more of Jesse and Sean as well as Devon and Wade, and that Fletcher will be the third subject of the author’s focus in book three.

It’s difficult to review this excellent series without giving too much away, but the same other worldly, ethereal and magical atmosphere runs through this one as it did in book one.

This has a HFN but one which will clearly become a HEA later in the series. I can’t wait to find out more now about Fletcher and discover who is going to be his mate!

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

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Well written and plotted fantasy story with a quiet romance achoring it

Magic Runs DeepMagic Runs Deep by Alex Whitehall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I seriously had no idea what I was going to get from this book, never having read the author before, so it was a real delight to get a well written and plotted fantasy story with a quiet romance at its heart.

There’s a real lack, imho, of people writing in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres in the LGBTQ+ space (when considered against the pure romance field that is) and while there was a bear shifter in this, the focus was on relationships in a fantasy setting with a flavour of the Medieval mixed in with some druidic and and shamanic influences.

Every thing is gentle, even though there is some violence, and the real focus is between two characters learning to trust the other and to open up to finding something more.

I loved the world building, it’s familiar – stone castles, guards and invaders overthrowing a cruel ruler – but there’s elements which take it beyond that and into a new narrative where a Hunan mage and an Ursini shifter can find common ground and a solid love.

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

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This polyamorous romance was a pleasant suprise

love-times-five-customdesign-JayAheer2017eBook-complete3.5*

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. The idea of an MMMMM! romance on paper is always one which sounds hotter than Vesuvius but doesn’t always deliver the emotional connection too.

Well in this one, Lily G Blunt comes out on top with both aspects of the story narrative. There are some amazingly hot scenes with first Zach, Shaun and Colin, and then later with Wes and Dane as well, but they’re also fully immersed in believable relationship development.

The setting is Northern England but (speaking as a girl who lives in Northern England!) I can’t say I felt a particularly strong sense of location or place. Yes there’s lots of wild regions (on my doorstep in fact) where I could quite easily believe this paranormal activity could take place, but the general language and descriptive elements didn’t really emphasise the location.

I loved all five men. Each had a unique personality, their interactions were a little hesitant at first and the dialogue at times was a bit basic, but I did honestly believe in the attraction to each other.

The side plot didn’t work as well for me though, it seemed to come a bit out of nowhere and then petered off with a tiny bit of drama but I thought the paranormal aspect of the men finding out about vampires and werewolf shifters was dealt with in a smooth way.

I’d like to read more of these five, they were all very vividly depicted for me and I absolutely love the cover from Jay Aheer.

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