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Review: Phoenix Reborn by J.D. Tyler

Posted May 9, 2016 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Phoenix Reborn by J.D. TylerReviewer: Holly
Phoenix Reborn by J.D. Tyler
Series: Alpha Pack #7.5
Also in this series: Cole's Redemption
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: March 15th 2016
Pages: 103
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three-stars

From paranormal romance star J.D. Tyler comes a sensual tale of the Alpha Pack—a top secret team of Navy SEALs with supernatural abilities...   Wolf shifter and Firewalker Phoenix “Nix” Monroe has finally met his ultimate Bondmate—Alpha Pack nurse Noah Brooks. Unable to accept his own sexual identity, Nix rejects Noah despite the intense attraction he feels towards him.   By the time Nix realizes he has cast aside the love of his life, it may be too late to save Noah from a terrifying enemy...   Includes a preview of Chase the Darkness   Praise for the Alpha Pack Novels   “Shifter heroes whom readers will fall head over heels for.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Angela Knight   “Rapid-fire…red-hot.”—Publishers Weekly   “Amazing characters, wonderful drama...hot and to die for.”—Dark Faerie Tales

There’s a lot of angst packed into this short story. Nix and Noah are mates, but Nix has been avoiding Noah and pushing him away for some time, because he grew up with an uber religious father and he doesn’t want to accept he’s gay. He’s fine with being bi, but to come out as openly gay is hard for him.

Noah is convinced if he can just get Nix to spend some time with him, Nix will realize how good they are together. When Noah is attacked and wounded, Nix takes him home to care for him..and Noah’s dream comes true, they connect and Nix realizes how wonderful it is between them. But he still can’t accept Noah publicly, and that really begins to bother Noah.

Noah figures if he can just prove he’s good enough, Nix will finally mate-claim him. When an old enemy of the pack suddenly strikes again, Noah is caught in the crossfire..and Nix realizes he’s wasted precious time.

I’ve been reading these books intermittently and out of order. I feel like I’ve missed some major things by not reading all the books, but I wasn’t so lost I didn’t feel like I could keep going with the story. I liked both Nix and Noah separately, but together they needed a lot of work. Because of Nix’s upbringing, it was understandable why he had such a hard time accepting his mate was a man. That didn’t excuse his terrible behavior toward Noah, however, and I admit there were several times I wanted to smack him.

Noah was openly gay and more than willing to mate with Noah, but I wish he’d been a bit more confident in himself. That Nix made him feel like he had to prove himself – be better than he was – before he’d be a good enough mate really made me angry, at both of them. I wanted Noah to recognize his own worth and tell Nix to shove it. Instead he kept trying to prove himself.

In this case, I think the sex came at a detriment to the romance. When they were together they were having sex, and it felt like that was all there was between them. We saw flashes of the couple they should be, but there wasn’t enough focus on their emotional connection as there needed to be to make their One True Love believable.

Ultimately, I think it was the page count that really hurt this story. If they’d had a bit more time to develop their relationship, I think it would have been more believable.

For all that, this wasn’t a bad read. I easily fell into the story and, like I said, I liked both Noah and Nix. I just didn’t completely buy their romance.

3 out of 5

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Review: Cole’s Redemption by J.D. Tyler

Posted April 28, 2015 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

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Casee’s review of Cole’s Redemption (Alpha Pack #5) by J.D. Tyler.

Once, they were Navy SEALS. Now they are the Alpha Pack: a top secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers who take on the darkest dangers on Earth. But sometimes the greatest danger lies within their own hearts….

Healer and black wolf shifter Zander Cole has survived horrors that would have broken a weaker man. But when a battle leaves him deaf and his powers dimmed, Zan is devastated. Believing himself to be a burden to his team, he sees only one option: leave the Pack forever.

White wolf shifter Selene Westfall knows pain—she is certain her father was responsible for her mother’s death. And she lives to exact revenge. So when she is challenged by a savage black wolf, she puts up a vicious fight—only to become the black wolf’s Bondmate as a result of his bite.

Two damaged souls—one filled with hatred and one who’s lost his reason for living—are forced together as they come to terms with their unlikely, turbulent bond. A love neither expected may be all that stands between them and a killer trying desperately to keep the past dead and buried….

I haven’t read this series in some time. I’ve read all the books, but I was never in a hurry to read the next one. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy them, because I did. So one day last week, I couldn’t find anything I wanted to read so I went onto my Amazon Wish List (how I keep track of current and upcoming books I want) and saw Cole’s Redemption. I realized I hadn’t read the series in quite some time, so I bought it. I’m glad I did because it was just as good as the others I have read.

Zander Cole is a healer and wolf not just at heart. He is the healer of the Pack. He is a wolf. After an op gone bad, Zander can’t use his healing ability, something that makes the man and wolf question where he belongs. As if not having his healing power isn’t hard enough, he is also partially deaf. So while he isn’t exactly feeling sorry for himself, he’s definitely not feeling like himself.

One thing that will never change is his instinct to protect his Commander. When a white wolf attacks his Commander, Zan immediately engages and bites down on the white wolf’s neck to keep her in check. When he does that, all sorts of things change. Now Zan is protecting the white she-wolf from the rest of his pack when a moment ago she was trying to kill Nick and Zan was trying to kill her. In just one bite, Zan had found is Bondmate. He also found out that their Commander has a daughter that hates him and wants to kill him. Joyful family reason? I think not.

Selene has been waiting for this moment since her father killed her mother then abandoned her. She is sure she knows what happened when her mother died and Nick Westfall deserves to pay for depriving her of her childhood. Everything was going according to her plan until Zan ruined it. Not only did he stop her from killing Nick, he mated her.

Both Selene and Zan are quite surprised by the turn of events. Zan is torn between protecting his mate, which is wolf demands him to do and protecting his commander, which is where the human side comes in. Zan can tell that Nick loves his daughter and he knows that he would never hurt his mate, let alone kill her. Nor would he abandon his only child. Until everything gets worked out, Nick agrees to let Selene stay with Zan as long has she doesn’t cause any trouble within their unit.

A couple days later while they’re out on a mission, two people are hurt. One of them is Nick. Though he promised he wouldn’t use his healing ability, Zan couldn’t let his friends die. After healing them, he instantly passes out. They quickly return home. As Zan’s Bondmate, Selene is almost more worried than the rest of the unit. When Zan wakes up, he doesn’t get good news. With Selene by his side, it is almost bearable.

I’ve always enjoyed this series because of the camaraderie in the unit. They would all put their lives on the line for each other. They are a big family. Selene begins to see that he father isn’t the man that she grew up believing was the monster she always thought he was.

I would give this book a read if you’re into a good paranormal series.

3.5 out of 5.

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This book is published by Signet. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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Review: Cole’s Redemption by J.D. Tyler

Posted March 24, 2014 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Cole’s Redemption by J.D. TylerCole's Redemption by J.D. Tyler
Series: Alpha Pack #5
Also in this series: Phoenix Reborn
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: March 4th 2014
Pages: 352
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three-half-stars

Once, they were Navy SEALS. Now they are the Alpha Pack: a top secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers who take on the darkest dangers on Earth. But sometimes the greatest danger lies within their own hearts....
Healer and black wolf shifter Zander Cole has survived horrors that would have broken a weaker man. But when a battle leaves him deaf and his powers dimmed, Zan is devastated. Believing himself to be a burden to his team, he sees only one option: leave the Pack forever.

White wolf shifter Selene Westfall knows pain—she is certain her father was responsible for her mother’s death. And she lives to exact revenge. So when she is challenged by a savage black wolf, she puts up a vicious fight—only to become the black wolf’s Bondmate as a result of his bite.

Two damaged souls—one filled with hatred and one who’s lost his reason for living—are forced together as they come to terms with their unlikely, turbulent bond. A love neither expected may be all that stands between them and a killer trying desperately to keep the past dead and buried....
From the Paperback edition.

This is the first book by J.D. Tyler I’ve read.

Selene Westfall has one goal – to find her father and make him pay for killing her mother and abandoning him. The last thing she expects is to be attacked by a black wolf while she’s stalking her father through the words. Strike that, the last thing she expected was to find herself mated to him. But all is not as it seems and there’s more to the story of her father than she thought. There’s also more to the beautiful black wolf she finds herself mated to.

Zander Cole was severely injured while trying to help his pack. Now he’s weakened and can’t use his healing gift the way he needs to, which makes him – at least in his eyes – a liability to his pack. While he’s struggling with whether or not to walk away, the last thing he ever expected to find was a mate. Especially the angry, long-lost daughter of his alpha. Even though he’s struggling with his place in the pack, he can’t deny he’s pleased to have found his mate; someone to love and to be loved by in return.

But a deadly killer is on the loose, and the whole team is needed to uncover the truth, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for get-to-know-yous. Plus, there’s the small problem of Selene wanting to kill his alpha…

I really liked the world Cole has built. The Alpha Pack is interesting and I enjoyed learning about the different members. I think not reading the previous books in the series hindered me a bit. I felt a bit lost at times, especially about key plot points. I’d recommend reading the books in order.

The suspense plot was engaging and kept the story moving forward. I’m generally not a fan of romantic suspense, but I thought this one was well done.

Something about the romance bothered me. I can’t quite put my finger on what. Maybe it was how fast they fell into each other without seeming to have much of a connection? Or maybe it was the fated-mates thing? I’m not entirely sure. I just had a hard time connecting with that part of the story.

I look forward to reading the other books in the series. I’m also looking forward to where Tyler goes next.

4 out of 5

This book is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review: Black Moon by J. D. Tyler.

Posted December 5, 2012 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 0 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance

Judith’s review of Black Moon by J. D. Tyler.

Ever since he saved Dr. Mackenzie Grant’s life, panther shifter and sorcerer Kalen Black has had trouble keeping the beautiful doctor out of his thoughts, and his heart. The brush with death awakened an intense passion between them-one that for the first time had the notorious loner letting down his guard. With the Alpha Pack battling an evil Fae who is slowly gaining control over Kalen’s mind, Kalen can no longer trust his own actions, and he breaks off his affair with Mackenzie in order to keep her safe. But when Mackenzie learns that she is carrying Kalen’s child, no amount of danger will keep her away from the man she loves. To be with his mate and unborn child, Kalen will have to unleash the full fury of his power, and risk destroying them all.

This is the first book by this author that I have read recently and is book three in the Alpha Pack series.  This is indeed a stand alone novel and I had no trouble keep track of all that was going on, but I think I would have gained much enjoyment and greater appreciation of the story line had I read the first two books in this series.  That being said, I was impressed with the way the author skillfully brought in just enough information for someone like me who had not any “history” with these characters, especially with the dynamics of the Pack and its warriors and attendant personnel.

This story features an individual who is really a “square peg in a round hole.”  He has always known he was different as his father was quick to complain about and punish him for.  When his maternal grandmother took him aside and revealed more of his magical legacy to him at age 13, he became even more aware of all that lay as undiscovered potential within him.  However, the Kalen the reader meets for the bulk of the book is a man who has lived a troubled life, one whose dad threw him out at age 14, who never finished high school, who had to live and eat and survive on the streets by any means he could, much of it destructive and humiliating.  His flashback to the times he sold himself for a bit of food or a safe place to sleep still haunted him.  His anger over being robbed of love, caring, education, and a sense of worth continue to keep his emotions in turmoil, even now when he is discovering more and more about his magical powers.  His grandmother foretold that he would be the most powerful sorcerer that had ever lived, so it stands to reason that the Unseelie king, a paranormal being who lived to rob the world of good, would seek him out and woo him to the dark side.  It was only because of the kindness of the Pack and his almost hopeless love for Dr. Mackenzie that Kalen held on to what good still lived in him.

This novel veres back and forth between the sense of the hopeless and the hopeful, the inevitability of his succumbing to the darkness of evil and the hopefulness that he would discover his inner strength and goodness.  He wavered between appreciating the friendship of the Pack and feeling left out when he observed close friendship that had existed for a long time, remembering how friendless his youth was.  He went back and forth between needing the love of Dr Mackenzie and pushing her away as he feared that she would be hurt by the darkness that seemed to be gaining strength within him.  So, to put it bluntly, Kalen was a mess.  Yet there is friendship and loyalty which surrounds him even when he chooses to ignore or discount it.  When the Pack Alpha wanted to kill him when it appeared he had gone completely rogue, it was the warriors of the Pack and Dr. Mackenzie who saved his life.  Even when some vastly disturbing facts about his background were revealed to him, he was still sufficiently in possession of a sense of right and wrong to rebound positively, at least for a time.

I must admit, though, that authors seem to use personal situations to create crisis in stories.  I know that when I found out I was pregnant the first time, I couldn’t wait to tell my hubby.  Even in those days our marriage was a bit rocky, and perhaps I can empathize with women who want their lovers to love them for themselves and not for their babies, but you know, I was just flat out excited and wanted to share this with my man.  There are always going to be rough times in relationships, but I get annoyed when heroines are always looking for the “right time” to tell their lovers about a pregnancy.  Now don’t get me wrong:  I know there are situations where a pregnancy is the worst possible bit of news.  And I understand that fully.  But in the case of a guy like Kalen who needs an emotional anchor more than most and when the mother is a psychologist who surely knew that about him,  I wonder at the reluctance of the good doctor to tell Kalen about his upcoming fatherhood.  I also wonder if that wouldn’t have been an even strong tie to the Pack and to the good they represented in there life.

This wasn’t always an easy book to read.  It is very, very emotional, and watching Kalen go through his struggles against the Unseelie king and his struggles against that evil take-over were, at times, truly painful.  I had to put the book down from time to time because I got so emotionally involved with the story that I felt really exhausted a couple of times.  I guess that is story well told.  It is a very well-written book, one that keeps to the story line and whose characters are well-defined and in many instances, very edgy.  But underneath all the hurt and questioning, the wondering how Kalen was going to get through all this, was a sense that he was always a part of something good, a valued member of the Pack warriors and one that was needed and respected, even when he screws up.  I found the book to be a good read.  I can’t really use the word “enjoy” because it wasn’t a happy kind of novel.  But I can say that it was a very satisfying one and a book that was worth reading.  There are some surprises and twists in the story so that I was taken aback from time to time.  Most of the time I was mentally on the edge of my seat.  That’s a good read and one I am glad to have experienced.  I liked it well enough that I am thinking of going back and reading the first two books in the series and then re-reading this one again.  I think I’ll like it even better.

I give it a rating of 4 out of 5.

You can read more from Judith at Dr J’s Book Place.

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


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