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Guest Review: Her True Match by Paige Tyler

Posted March 6, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Her True Match by Paige TylerReviewer: Tracy
Her True Match by Paige Tyler
Series: X-Ops series #6
Also in this series: Her Perfect Mate, Her Wild Hero, Her Fierce Warrior
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: March 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Paranormal
Pages: 352
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four-stars

After a long game of cat-and-mouse

Feline shifter Dreya Clark picks the wrong penthouse to rob and ends up arrested by sexy detective Braden Hayes. But Braden isn’t the only one who’s been watching the cat burglar. Agents from the Department of Covert Operations swoop in to offer her a deal. If she wants to stay out of jail, she’ll have to work with them—and pair up with the hot cop. Great.

Danger throws this unlikely pair together

Braden isn’t thrilled about the DCO meddling in his investigation. He’s been chasing Dreya for years. Thrown together on a dangerous covert mission, fur flies and temperatures flare. But when danger closes in on them, their game of cat and mouse turns deadly-serious, and they’ll have to rely on each other to make it out alive.

Dreya is a cat burglar.  She has been for the past 10 years and loves every minute of it.  She doesn’t do it for the money – she does it so that her feline shifter side gets the rush it needs.  Of course she doesn’t know she’s a shifter – she just calls herself a freak.  She’d previously stole a huge diamond from an ex-senator and almost got herself killed.  She hid for a bit but then came back into DC and was back at thieving only this time Braden Hayes, burglary detective, was there waiting for her.

Braden is so excited that he finally has proof that Dreya is a thief.  He can’t believe what he’d seen when he was watching her on the monitors but as much as he’s amazed by her he can’t let her get away with stealing.  Unfortunately while he’s in the middle of interrogating her 2 federal agents show up and take Dreya away.  Braden, not one to give up easily, ends up following them.

Dreya is actually being recruited by the DCO and they end up recruiting Braden as well and making them partners.  Though she’d been avoiding him for years they trust each other and this makes all the difference when they have to watch each other’s backs.  While partners they find that they attraction they’ve had for each other turns to love.  They are happy they found each other but a villain of the worst kind may tear them apart.

This was a great addition to the X-Ops series.  I really liked both Dreya and Braden and thought they made a great team.  I loved how Braden didn’t hold Dreya’s past against her and just moved on with life.  That’s a good man right there.

Dreya and Braden’s story was just part of the book.  We also got to read about a facility in Maine where members of the DCO were infiltrating a possible lab that was making hybrid shifters.  That was incredibly interesting and exciting while keeping me on the edge of my seat. We also read about ex-Senator Thorn who is on the Committee that runs the DCO and his lackey, Dick Coleman.  Those two are a nasty pair and they really showed their evil colors in this story.

The book ended with a bang (literally) and it made me want to pick up book seven immediately.  Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long before we find out what happens next.

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars

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Guest Review: Elemental Ride by Mell Eight

Posted January 10, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Elemental Ride by Mell EightReviewer: Tracy
Elemental Ride by Mell Eight
Series: Roughhouse Raiders Collection
Published by Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: November 8th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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three-stars

Rawley isn't the type to crush hard and fast on anyone, but he's somehow helpless when it comes to the new mailman. Even his bikes and his job as enforcer for a local motorcycle gang, the center of his world, don't compare to his interest in Reign. Unfortunately, Reign doesn't seem to be as interested—but secrets and magic have a way of turning everything upside down.

Rawley has a thing for his new mailman, Reign, but he’s not quite sure what to make of him.  The first time he sees him his nametag says Reign and he had blue eyes.  The next day his nametag said Leif and he has green eyes.  Weird.  Rawley figures, after talking to the president of his MC that Reign probably has Sprite poisoning and that’s why his eyes turn color.

Rawley, unfortunately, can’t spend all of his time thinking about Reign/Leif.  His MC needs to find a new neighborhood to live in that they can all afford and still stay centrally located to each other.  The place they live currently is one step up from a shithole and they’re sick of it. On top of that one of his customers is dead and there’s a weird preppy dude walking around asking questions and something’s just not right. Luckily he has Reign/Leif to make him smile.

The world that Rawley lives in is a strange one.  The humans have sprites living in their bodies and these sprites give the humans powers.  The sprites can’t live on their own until they mature so they’re injected into those who purchase them and keep them for ten years.  It certainly was an interesting twist to an otherwise pretty normal world.  I would have liked to have gotten into that a little more but hopefully we’ll get more info in future books.

Reign/Leif was an interesting character.  I’m not going to tell you about him too much because reading about him is half the fun of the book.  I really liked him, though, and was enjoying seeing him and Rawley starting on their first steps to a relationship.

The book was good but I just needed more.  Fifty-six pages was just not long enough for me.  I was just starting to really get into things and…it was over.  Hopefully Mell Eight will write more in this world and more about Rawley and Reign/Leif.  If she does I’ll cross my fingers that the next story will be longer. 🙂

Rating: 3 out of 5

three-stars

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Guest Review: Dragon Detective by Mell Eight

Posted October 19, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Dragon Detective by Mell EightReviewer: Tracy
Dragon Detective by Mell Eight
Series: Supernatural Consultant #4
Also in this series: Dragon Consultant, Dragon Deception, Dragon Dilemma, Dragon Soldier
Published by Less Than Three Press
Publication Date: October 19th 2016
Genres: Contemporary
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four-stars

Nickel might be a water elemental dragon, but even he has limits—and the sudden rain storms, hail, and snow in mid-summer are way over the line. Luckily, he works for Dane's Supernatural Consulting firm and can use those resources to figure out who keeps mucking with the weather and get them to stop.

It doesn't take long for Nickel to realize he isn't the only one searching for the weather worker: the enemy he has been hunting for ten years has finally reappeared, and it's a race to see which of them will reach the weather worker first. Nickel isn't certain he'll win, or even survive, the attempt, but he'll do whatever it takes to save the dragons.

This book takes place a significant distance in time from the last novella.  Nickel is now 18 and is working with Dane at his Supernatural Consulting firm.  He decides that he’s going to find out what’s with the freak storms that are happening in town – it snowed in July! – and it leads him to believe that it’s a man that’s been seen around town who is about Nickel’s age with long white hair.  Unfortunately Nickel doesn’t find the man he’s looking for.  Then Dane gets a call from the SuperFeds with a lead on the evil scientists that do experiments on dragons and Nickel gets sucked into that case as well.

Platinum is a dragon who has been kept in a cell most of his life.  When he wakes up one day from the experimentation table and no one’s around he escapes.  He spends weeks going from town to town trying to stay off the radar and finding odd jobs to feed himself.  He finally decides it’s time to move on – as he’s in the same territory as the Supernatural Consulting firm and they’ve been asking about him – but before he can the bad guys catch up to him.

I know I say this every time but this was another great addition to the story.  Unfortunately I felt that I was left hanging at the end of the book and I wanted more!

This is definitely not a romantic story but I feel one brewing.  Though we see Dane and Mercury from the previous books it’s really Nickel and Platinum’s story – though they don’t actually meet.  I can’t explain it without giving too much away so I guess you’ll have to read it to find out. 🙂

I have to say I love this dragon family.  Dane and Mercury as well as all of their adopted dragon kits are just such a wonderful family and I love how they look out for each other no matter what.  Their bonds are so strong even though they’re not of the same blood and I adore that about these stories.

Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for the next story because I really need to know what happens with Nickel and Platinum! 🙂

Rating: 4 out of 5

four-stars

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Guest Review: Turn of the Moon by L.P. Dover

Posted September 25, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Turn of the Moon by L.P. DoverReviewer: Tracy
Turn of the Moon by L.P. Dover
Series: Royal Shifters #1
Published by Self-Published
Publication Date: August 24, 2015
Genres: Paranormal
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three-half-stars

To escape the cruel, overbearing, Kade, the Yukon Pack alpha she’s been promised to, Bailey Whitehill flees her home in search of a new life, one of freedom where she can make her own choices. However, Kade will stop at nothing to make her his and begins the hunt.

As Bailey starts her new life, everything she’s known to be true, is not. Time is of the essence and choices have to be made or consequences suffered. Not only does Bailey fear Kade, but another danger lurks deep in the recesses of the forest. Unbeknownst to her, that danger is what she’s been searching for all along. At the turn of the moon, her fate hangs in the balance . . . and it’s up to her to make the right choice.

Tracy’s review of Turn of the Moon (Royal Shifters #1) by L.P. Dover

Bailey was raised in near solitude with her pack and family. They finally let her go to college and she had a great time. Now she’s back and her parents tell her they are forcing her to mate with a nearby pack alpha. She’s thinking…oh hell no! Kade is a complete asshole and she wants nothing to do with him. He’s cruel and vindictive and when he tries to rape her after her father hands her over she rips his throat and runs.

She ends up in Wyoming and manages to meet her true mate. Of course she was raised in such solitude her parents never told her about magic or true mates. She likes Ryker and is shocked when she finds out that he knew her as a child and that they were friends. She remembers none of that. In fact when her friend and fellow pack member Sebastian shows up and tells her some other truths about her life she’s even more surprised at what she hears. She’s not who she thought she was at all and she can’t understand why the secrets were kept. As Ryker and Bailey get to know each other they start to fall in love and plan on bonding during the full moon but Kade isn’t about to give up on Bailey as she was promised to him. He’ll stop at nothing to make her his.

This was a good start to a new series. I liked the characters in the story and the story itself. There were a lot of secrets that were discovered in this book – not only about Bailey but about Ryker as well. It was interesting to peel off the layers and find out what was underneath.

While I like stories about fated mates it’s hard for me to sometimes liked the fact that the love happens so quickly. Even if it’s not insta-love it’s fast enough that I have to wonder at it. This is a paranormal story though so I took it at face value. 🙂

Overall the love story was good, the unfolding of the story done well and the battle scenes pretty great. I look forward to reading what happens next in this world.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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

three-half-stars

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Guest Review: In Your Eyes by Cardeno C.

Posted August 27, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: In Your Eyes by Cardeno C.Reviewer: Tracy
In Your Eyes by Cardeno C.
Series: Mates Series #3
Published by The Romance Authors
Publication Date: July 15, 2015
Genres: m/m, Paranormal
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four-stars

Raised to become Alpha of the Yafenack pack, Samuel Goodwin dedicates his life to studying shifter laws, strengthening his body, and learning from his father. But despite his best efforts, Samuel can’t relate to people, including those he's supposed to lead.

When Samuel meets Korban Keller, the son of a neighboring pack's Alpha, he reacts with emotion instead of intellect for the first time in his life. Resenting the other shifter for throwing him off-balance, Samuel first tries to intimidate Korban and then desperately avoids him. What he can't do is forget Korban's warm eyes, easy smile, and happy personality.

When a battle between their fathers ends tragically, Samuel struggles to lead his pack while Korban works to break through Samuel’s emotional barriers. Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past their society’s rules to realize they are destined for one another.

Tracy’s review of In Your Eyes (Mates #3) by Cardeno C.

Samuel is going to be the best Alpha he could possibly be. From the time he’s small he was following his father around and learning from him – his current alpha. Everyone loved his father and he tried to teach Samuel to lead with strength, power, and decisiveness along with empathy, compassion, and flexibility. Samuel had the first three but he certainly didn’t have the last three. He was more a book smarts kind of guy and didn’t get along well with people. He meets Korban at a meeting of Alpha’s and there’s something about Korban that makes Samuel’s skin itch. He’s not sure what it is but Korban is nice and kind and they end up playing together (Samuel is just 8 years old). They don’t see each other again until Samuel is 15 and he still has the same itch under his skin. It’s not until Samuel is twenty-three that he meets Korban again and it’s not under good circumstances.

Korban’s father, Dirk, the alpha of the Miancarem pack, challenges Samuel’s father and things get into a weird area with Samuel seeking retribution from the Miancarem pack, etc. When that retribution comes in the form of Korban’s life, and Samuel is expected to kill him, he can’t do it as he finally figures out that Korban is his true mate.

This was another good book in the Mates series. This story showed us more about Samuel, his growing up and his emotional issues, or lack of them I should say, during the first part of the book. Samuel just wasn’t an emotional person and as much as his father tried to get him to understand the emotional part of being an alpha and having empathy toward his people, Samuel just couldn’t understand.

The first half of the book barely had Korban involved in it at all which was a little disappointing. That being said I thought the story brought Korban and Samuel together in an interesting fashion as Korban was brought to Samuel to kill. The true mate bond was set up in the first book and makes the mates two halves of a whole. In Samuel and Korban’s case that was well written and they played off each other really well. With Samuel being able to practically get into Korban’s head he could see and finally feel the emotion that he could never figure out and learned how to be more empathetic, flexible, and compassionate.

I do wish that we had gotten more of Korban in the book as the parts he was in I really liked. He seemed like a nice guy and I wanted more. I also couldn’t agree with exactly why he never came out and told Samuel that they were true mates. Yes, a reason was given in the book but it just didn’t seem plausible that Korban could stay away from Samuel all those years and be ok with it. IDK, it just didn’t fit everything I’d read about in books 1 & 2.

Despite a few issues with the story I found it quite good. If you like m/m paranormal/shifter books then this series would be a good one to check out.

Rating: 4 out of 5

This title is available from The Romance Authors. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

four-stars

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