Review: “Natural Beauty” by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Natural Beauty
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
SERIES: Cubi Series
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: MMM; Paranormal; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 312 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 5, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 –e-book

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The Cubi people have lived a secluded and quiet existence since they arrived in America. A shipment of new breeders brought two changes with it: Their next King and a mutated breeder. Those two changes set off a chain of events that the Cubi are far from ready to deal with.
Daniel aspires and works hard to find his future place as the sovereign ruler of his people. Seldon fights to rise to his new station and level of responsibilities as the right-hand Lord to a King, but the fight is also with himself. The breeders, who were freed during the upheaval in the Great House of Dahlidin, return to the human society, but not everybody finds it easy to acclimatize.
Although forced into action, Daniel’s hands are tied. Tough decisions that will either end their war or step it up have to be made. The only question is whether a Kingdom that young is even ready for that.


This is the fifth installment of the Cubi series. Meraki world of Cubi’ sharing the nation with humans continues with Daniel growing into his role as King Beaudin, that comes with responsibilities he doesn’t think he’s capable all of the time.

After the attack on the Grand House, some of the breeders were set free. One of those is Alex. We met Alex in previous books. Being home again with his radical parents and having dreams that he’s back with the Cubi’s again, confuses him to no end. It seems he’s going through of a dose of withdrawal along with the sexual fantasy that he’s taken hard. Having a homophobic faternal conditioning that a man is the penetrator, he goes into a state of depression. That state pushes him to search for the Cubi that he feels are out there.

Seldon feels insecure. After being raped, the fever slowly leaves his body, but that doesn’t mean that his mind has healed. But he is not alone…he has Daniel and Caledon who take care of their dear lover.

The Kingdom of Daniel is expanding. The coronation is near, and there is a lot of empowering going on. Daniel must dose Marca, his Fountain several times a day. They are developing a very close friendship.
There is a lot going on. Cubi are coming in for the ceremony, new natural beauties are arriving and Daniel’s goal to change the Cubi point of view on breeders who now are called feeders.

I like how their society is changing. They become more open, and we start to see that feeders are more appreciated than we thought.

I specialy loved Alex’s POV. Almost half of the book is about him searching and finding his place after the attack. He’s experimenting with his desire without being dosed, and that creats pure energy.

I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Leather Head” by Matt Converse

TITLE: Leather Head
AUTHOR: Matt Converse
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Encompass Ink
COVER ARTIST: Rue Volley
GENRE: Erotica; Horror/Thriller
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 47 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 4, 2017
PRICE: $.99 -e-book

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Gable is just playing dress up for San Francisco’s leather S&M fair, but Leather Head isn’t playing. His friend Shawn warns him to be careful what he’s advertising for since the community has been rocked by four brutal murders. Gable still thinks it’s all in fun, but it isn’t. Desire can be deadly.


This was a pretty intense short story. I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting, but the author had me on edge for most of the story. The way this author described his characters, including the killer, had me immersed from the get-go.

Gable decides to dress up for the leather party even though it’s not his scene. He quickly decides he’s going to have fun with this. His best friend, Shawn, can’t believe how good he looks and warns him to be careful.

Leather Head is new in town and has already had a few of his victims at his mercy. Gable can’t get over how hot this man is and after a bathroom rendezvous, decides to go home with Leather Head.

This is a great chiller with some hot scenes. It will have you by the seat of your pants and gripping the sofa. I read it in one sitting and so will you. What will become of Gable? How will Shawn handle his missing best friend? It’s exciting to the end.

Enjoy

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “A Dom & His Artist” by Xenia Melzer

TITLE: A Dom & His Artist
AUTHOR: Xenia Melzer
SERIES: Club Whisper
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Erotic; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 10,2018
PRICE: $4.89 -e-book

BLURB:

A Club Whisper Novel


Sometimes the perfect man can be found in the most unexpected place….
Martin Carmichael owns a security firm and is part owner of Club Whisper. He’s a Dom in search of the right guy, and when his car breaks down on a lonely stretch of road, he thinks he might have found him.
Artist Collin Malloy is talented, easygoing, but somewhat insecure. Still, he has a big heart and is quick to offer help when he sees Martin in need. To thank him, Martin invites Collin to dinner, where the attraction between them becomes harder to resist.
But what will become of their budding relationship when Martin reveals that he likes his men bound, submissive, and in pain? Is it something Collin can accept… and possibly enjoy exploring? Even if he can, Collin has a secret of his own—a secret he doesn’t even realize he’s keeping.


I have become such a fan of this series. This is the second book and, as it can be read as a stand-alone, I suggest reading A Dom and His Writer. It will give you the background of the characters and the Club Whisper. This author has really captured what it’s like to be a Dom that falls in love. A good Dom in love doesn’t have to be a hardnose but can get all squishy and loving. A Dom in the bedroom is one thing, but a Sub that has captured his heart out of the bedroom is a whole other aspect.

Martin is a successful business owner of a security firm and part owner of the BDSM club known as Club Whisper. Dean, the other owner and best friend, has found his perfect soulmate. Martin wants the same but doesn’t think he will ever find his. His brand-new car breaks down on him, and no one will stop to help him. When he is about to give up, a man in a beat up old pickup truck stops to help him.

Collin sees this mafia looking man broke down on the side of the road and pulled over to help him. He sees right through the mafia persona and tells the man exactly what he sees. Collin has this ability of talking so fast and about so many things in a single breath, it’s hard to grasp everything he’s saying. He gives Martin a ride, and Martin promises to call for dinner to pay Collin back for stopping. When he doesn’t call, Collin gets insecure and knows he won’t. The next morning, Martin calls and sparks fly from their first dinner.

It’s soon learned that Collin is an amazing artist and his best friend from childhood, Jude, helps sell his work. Jude took Collin in when his parents kicked him out, of course for being gay, but Jude has protected Collin from the world and how successful of an artist he really is.

I really enjoyed watching Martin go from Dom that loved inflicting pain to a squishy man that loved cuddling with his Sub. But Martin doesn’t mess around when you mess with the love of his life. This book has a little bit of everything. I fell in love with Collin and his innocence. He’s just so adorable, and the speed of his brain was something to be in awe of. I can’t wait for the next book.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Asher” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Asher
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Wyoming Shifters
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: –
GENRE: Paranormal; Erotic
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 119 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 10, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book

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Asher has known Terry was his mate for years. They grew up together, and he kept his secret for fear of losing both his best friend and the only family he had after his aunt died. Besides, Terry is straight, and he has a girlfriend.
When Terry’s girlfriend dumps him, he goes home to his father—and Asher. He knows they’ll both take care of him, even though he’s not hurting as much as he should be. How can he when he’s been in love with Asher for more than ten years?
Asher is tasked to take a drunken Terry back home, and he makes the mistake of telling him they’re mates, thinking he’s sleeping and won’t even hear it. But Terry does, and he confronts Asher the next morning, angry and hurt.
Will Terry be able to get over those feelings and finally have Asher in his life as his mate?
Wyoming Shifters: 12 years later series is set in the same universe as Whitedell, Gillham , and the Council enforcers and follows the stories of the children of the original characters.


Asher is the first book in a new spin-off series called Wyoming Shifters: Twelve years later by Catherine Lievens. I was bummed when I found out that the Gillham Pack series had ended and so I was so excited by this new series. It’s also set in the Gillham pack but it takes place twelve years later, and we now get to watch the former kids of the Gillham pack find their mates. Fans of the Gillham Pack series will love this new series. I know that I do.

This book is Asher and Terry. Terry’s dad is Shawn, and he’s mated to Jarah who’s a nix. Terry had a hard time getting over his dad marrying Jarah and moving them to the Gillham Pack. He didn’t know that his dad was bisexual and so that came as a big shock for him. His one light in the dark was his friendship with Asher. They were so close that Asher was like another son to Shawn and Jarah. Terry’s feelings for Asher changed as he got older but he was afraid of trying for a relationship because he didn’t want to be hurt when Asher found his mate and dumped him. Trying to protect his heart, he kept his feelings to himself and only dated women. He never told anybody that he was bisexual like his dad.

Asher knew that Terry was his mate from when they first met at the age of twelve but seeing how angry Terry was about his dad and Jarah and the whole fated mate’s thing, Asher decided to keep that fact to himself. He would have told Terry after they turned eighteen, but by then Terry had started to date girls and Asher thought he was straight and he didn’t want to force him into a relationship that would make him unhappy.

When Terry gets dumped by his girlfriend of a year, he flees back home to the comfort of his family and best friend, Asher. He ends up getting drunk, and Asher is tasked with taking him home. After putting Terry to bed and thinking that he’s asleep, Asher makes the mistake of telling him that they’re mates before heading home. But Terry wasn’t asleep and hears what Asher said. Terry’s angry that Asher would keep such a secret from him for so long but as his dad points out to him, Terry isn’t blameless since he never told Asher that he was in love with him either. Both men were only trying to protect their hearts but will they have the courage to be mates now that they know how the other feels? Or will Terry go back to his ex-girlfriend when she comes crawling back? You’ll just have to read the book to see how they fumble through being more than best friends.

I loved the pet a shifter benefit for the animal shelter, and it was one of my favorite parts of the book. I also loved Menace and Doggy. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

***The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review: “Out of the Cage” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Out of the Cage
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Free Shifters, book 1
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Erin Dameron-Hill
GENRE: Paranormal; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 141 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 14, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book

BLURB:

The only thing Emmett has known his entire life is the zoo. He was born in captivity, taken away from his mother when he was twelve, and has lived alone in his cage for the past twelve years.
Levin is a free shifter. He was born free, and he’s made saving shifters under human control one of his missions in life. The lucky ones are locked in zoos for human entertainment. The unlucky ones are in labs, being tortured and killed.
Emmett and his best friend are rescued from the Colorado Zoological Park just before the park plans to get rid of Emmett for not being able to breed. Emmett has trouble adapting to life outside the cage, but Levin is there for him, helping him every step of the way. It’s confusing and scary, but Emmett has never felt so safe—yet so out of place.
Levin and Emmett must find a way to fit together as they deal with a jealous ex and Emmett tries to become a true pack member. When one of the kids runs away, not even Levin listens to Emmett when he says he can help. Will Levin manage to rescue the pup before it’s too late? What will happen when Emmett decides to disobey Levin’s order to stay put and gets hurt in the process?


Out of the Cage is the first book in the Free Shifters series by Catherine Lievens. This is a great new series. I liked both of the main characters Emmett and Levine. I also liked Emmett’s best friend and fellow zoo captive Keating, who’s a rare white tiger shifter. Emmett and Levine have great chemistry and complement each other. There is some nice world building in this book, and it’s a slow burn romance. Not a lot of angst but Emmett will have his work cut out for him to try and get the free pack to treat him as anything other than an outsider and pampered zoo animal.

Emmett is naive and innocent about the world since he’s only seen and observed the world through the bars of his cage at the zoo and he has only ever interacted with his zookeepers and the other zoo employees. He was taken away from his mother at the age of twelve and has lived alone for the last twelve years. His keepers keep trying to get him to breed with other females from different zoos, but Emmett refuses to breed.

Emmett has two reasons that he won’t breed. First is that he doesn’t want his kids to be sentenced to living their whole lives as zoo animals never knowing freedom and a life of loneliness and the second reason is he’s gay and has no desire to breed a female. However, Emmett is a common wolf shifter, and if he won’t breed then he’s not earning his keep, and he learns that he’s about to be “retired.” Emmett and Keating are rescued the day before he’s supposed to be retired. Emmett has never known freedom or love. His only friend is the white tiger shifter, Keating, who has lived next to him for the last decade.

Levine, on the other hand, is one of three alphas that are responsible for their pack of free shifters. He’s no stranger to responsibilities and constantly having pack members asking him for things. Their pack lives off the land in a network of caves inside of a mountain. And although they are free, they do have enemies and dangers that they have to watch out for like human hunters that will capture them and sell them to zoos or as research animals or simply for their pelts to make clothes out of them. The free world is a dangerous place, and as a result, they have to stay close to the caves and in hiding, so freedom is a relative term.

When Emmett is rescued, he will find out just how dangerous the free world is. Is he really free or did he just exchange one cage for a bigger one?
This book is the beginning of a new series, and as such, it does end in a happy for now ending for Emmett and Levine. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, and I hope that it answers some of the questions that were left unanswered at the end of this book. If you liked Catherine Lieven’s other series, I would give this series a try.

***The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis