Series: Out for You

Guest Review: All Bite, No Growl by Jenika Snow

Posted July 15, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: All Bite, No Growl by Jenika SnowReviewer: Tracy
All Bite, No Growl by Jenika Snow
Series: Out for You
Also in this series: The Changing Years
Published by All Romance eBooks
Publication Date: June 1, 2015
Genres: Erotic, m/f/m, m/m, Paranormal
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two-half-stars

Forget the foreplay. For the truly committed, it’s all bite.

Willow has loved Devon and Case for as long as she can remember, but as lion shifters they will eventually find their mates. When she allows herself to be with her two lions after a drunken party, she fears she’s ruined a lifelong friendship and flees before morning.

Devon and Case have been inseparable since they could walk, but they can’t tell anyone that they are mates. The pride of shifters they belong to won’t accept a same-sex mating. There’s no way they’ll accept their love for Willow?

When a shocking revelation brings Willow’s world crashing down, she has no choice but to tell Devon and Case how she feels. Will they be able to accept what fate has thrown at them? Do they want to?

Tracy’s review of All Bite, No Growl (Out for You series) by Jenika Snow

Case, Devon and Willow have all been best friends since they were five years old. Now they’re 18 and life is changing. They are all lion shifters and can recognize their mate as early as age 16. With Case and Devon they found out really early but never told anyone. They act like best friends in public but never share their real feelings for each other.

One night after Willow had had too much alcohol at a party she spends the night at Case’s house (his parents are out of town) and wakes up in the middle of the night to get a drink. When she hears grunts and groans she investigates and finds Case and Devon making love. She knows it’s an invasion of their privacy but she’s so turned on by the two men she can’t pull herself away. The men, of course, know she’s there and soon invite her to join them. She’s been in love with the two men for years and as much as she wants to be in bed with them she knows it will change their friendship. She finally agrees and much sexin ensues. Case and Devon love her and want to be with her as well but after that night Willow feels like she’s intruding.

Willow’s family issues and Case and Devon’s decision to come out to their lion council take them away from each other. When they reunite they find that not only do they want to be together, fate wants them together as well.

This was a cute story but one that unfortunately I did have some issues with. The story itself was interesting and showed a lovely bond between the three main characters. Unfortunately, as the story was so short, we didn’t get to learn too much about any of them. With Case and Devon it was all about their being together (before Willow came into the picture) and coming out. With Willow we got to know her family a little bit but not much else. I wish we could have gotten just a touch more info on all of them.

There were also quite a few editing problems in this one and it threw me out of the story every time – especially when Case was, at one point, referred to as Sam. Crazy.

Overall a cute yet sexy short story.

Rating: 2.5/3 out of 5

This title is available from ARe. You can buy it here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

two-half-stars

Guest Review: The Changing Years by Amber Kell

Posted July 10, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: The Changing Years by Amber KellReviewer: Tracy
The Changing Years by Amber Kell
Series: Out for You
Also in this series: All Bite, No Growl
Published by All Romance eBooks
Publication Date: June 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, m/m, Paranormal
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four-stars

The most important show of strength is to embrace one’s true nature.

The death of his ex-wife grants Shaun McKellan custody of his only child, and the chance to know his son after years of separation. Now a full-time father, Shaun thinks his life is finally complete…then he meets the Alpha running the town where his son attends school.

Grant Thornlin has always resisted the temptation of other men. As the Alpha, he must be strong and give his pack the impression he has invincible power. Falling for a blond, blue-eyed artist with a half-shifter son has bad idea written all over it.

How can Shaun show Grant that loving another man doesn’t have to affect his position as Alpha?

Tracy’s review of The Changing Years (Out for You) by Amber Kell

Shaun McKellan was once married to a shifter but while his wife was pregnant with their son she met her mate. According to shifter law mate trumps marriage so they divorced and his ex-wife and her new husband raised their son, Kerry. Shaun longed for his son every day but his ex-wife didn’t want him to imprint on the child so he stayed away, receiving emails and picture updates of Kerry on a regular basis. Now Kerry is 15 and going to be living with Shaun for the first time. His mother died in a car accident and the step-father can’t handle the boys half shifter aggression.

Shaun and Kerry are so happy to be with one another. They get along perfectly and Shaun is extremely happy. He goes to the local shifter high school to try to get him enrolled and meets Grant, the local Alpha. Shaun, who is bi-sexual, is immediately attracted to the man but tries to focus on Kerry during the meeting.

Grant is not gay. At least that’s what he keeps telling himself because his inner wolf is trying to get out to attack Shaun and make him his. Grant and Shaun finally act on their attraction but Grant isn’t willing to put his place as Alpha in jeopardy by coming out to his pack and Shaun isn’t willing to go back in the closet for anyone, even Grant.

Of the Out For You books that I’ve read so far this is definitely my favorite. It had a wonderful flow to it and kept me turning pages.

Shaun was a great guy and a great father. I felt so bad that he hadn’t been able to be with his son for his whole life and wanted to slap his ex-wife (but, ya know, she was already dead so…) for keeping them apart. I guess I understood the imprinting thing when he was little but as he grew that was just an excuse. I loved how he was with Kerry and frankly wanted a bit more page time between the two of them but of course it’s a romance so I got why that didn’t happen.

Kerry was a good kid. He was smart and seemed to have a good sense of humor. I couldn’t tell from the story if he was aware of his dad’s sexuality before he moved in or not but he didn’t have a problem with it at all and that was a point in his favor.

Grant was a interesting character. I was a little peeved that he knew that Shaun was his true mate after they had slept together but didn’t bother to tell Shaun. Instead he avoided him even though he wanted nothing more than to be with him. I was happy that he finally decided to come out and that his pack would either accept the coupling or not and if not they could leave town.

In the end a really good story that I enjoyed reading. I have no idea if the author will give us more from these guys/family in the future but if she does I’d love to read about them.

Rating: 3.75/4 out of 5

This title is available from ARe. You can buy it here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

four-stars

Guest Review: Far From Hollywood by Daisy Harris

Posted July 3, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Far From Hollywood by Daisy HarrisReviewer: Tracy
Far From Hollywood by Daisy Harris
Series: Out for you
Also in this series: The Changing Years, All Bite, No Growl
Published by All Romance eBooks
Publication Date: June 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, m/m
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three-stars

Pretending to be someone else is easy. The hard part is keeping it real.

Sheriff Jack Francis finds the last thing he would expect in the small town of Pookataw Valley, Idaho—a gorgeous yet troubled movie star on a bender. Though Jack is intrigued, he can’t afford to draw attention to his sexuality and risk a scandal.

Former teen idol Blake Tyler thinks hiding in Pookataw Valley is perfect—it’s isolated, beautiful, and comes with a sexy sheriff eager to share Blake’s bed. When Hollywood arrives in Pookataw Valley to film a reality show, Blake embraces the chance for a comeback, but Jack struggles to know what is real and what is faked for the camera.

If Jack wants to date America’s Sweetheart, he’ll have to make his private life public. Is he ready to share the spotlight?

Tracy’s review of Far From Hollywood (Out for you) by Daisy Harris

 

Teen Idol Blake Tyler isn’t a teen any longer. He is thirty years old but still under contract with a franchise and with that he’s under a morality clause. When he finds himself at a party where the invitation said “dress like a porn star” he took it literally. Now he’s out on a balcony standing in the cold with nothing on but a sequined G-string and nipple tassels on trying to get away from a prominent blogger. He takes it upon himself to get away permanently and ends up crawling down a trellis – much to the delight of the public that are taking pictures of his bare ass hanging off the trellis.

Blake was let go from his contract and he is now hiding out in Pookataw Valley. He’s throwing himself a pity party with very loud music that ends up bringing the Sheriff to his door because of a noise complaint. Jack Francis is a gay man who isn’t out in his hometown. His sister and niece who live with him know but other than that no one does. When Blake mentions in his drunken stupor that he’s gay, Jack shares that he’s gay too.

Blake and Jack start seeing each other but no one knows about them. Blake reluctantly agrees to direct a musical theatre group for teens and Blake’s agent hires a publicist for him. The publicist is all about showing Blake at his best and getting his career back in order. She wants to show that Blake has a romantic interest but that means that Jack has to come out of the closet. Jack’s sister, who has lived in fear of her abusive ex-husband is loudly against Jack coming out. Jack is confused about what to do but when it looks like the publicist will be hiring a stand-in boyfriend for Blake, Jack has to decide whether to let it happen or come out of the closet.

Far From Hollywood was a cute story. I really liked Jack a lot. I liked his openness with Blake, his relationship with his niece and his protectiveness of his sister. He was a good guy and I was sad for him that he’d chosen to stay in the closet his whole life.

Blake, unfortunately, I never really warmed up to. I understood his desire to get his career back on track but it seemed to take precedence of just about everything. I never really felt his attachment to Jack though I certainly felt it on Jack’s side. There was just something about him that felt stand-offish throughout the story. Even though I did know he was trying it never felt like he was truly all in.

While I did have my issues with Blake I did like the story. I love a good coming out story and this one fit the bill.

Rating: 3 out of 5

This title is available from ARe. You can buy it here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

three-stars