Review: “A Triad in Three Acts (The Complete Forester Trilogy)” by Blaine D. Arden

TITLE: A Triad in Three Acts (The Complete Forester Trilogy)
AUTHOR: Blaine D. Arden
SERIES: Tales of the Forest
PUBLISHER: Cayendi Press
COVER ARTIST: Simoné
GENRE: Fantasy; Mystery/Suspense; MMM;
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 340 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 15, 2016
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $12.99 – paperback

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There is always a way.”
Kelnaht, Taruif, and Ianys are meant to be together, but old promises and the decree of the elders prevent them from claiming each other openly at Solstice. Kelnaht can investigate murder and foul play, but he can’t see how he can keep both his lovers without breaking the rules. But if he believes in the guide’s words and trusts his faith in Ma’terra, they will find a way to clear the fog and puddles from their paths.
The Forester
Kelnaht, a cloud elf, is a truth seeker caught between love and faith, when a murder reveals an illicit affair between two tree elves he desires more than he can admit. Kelnaht’s former lover Ianys once betrayed him, and the shunned forester Taruif is not allowed to talk to anyone but the guide, their spiritual pathfinder.
Lost and Found
A stripling goes missing from the tribe, and heavy rainfall hides all traces of his whereabouts. With days creeping by without a lead, it’s hard to keep the tribe’s spirits up, more so when Kelnaht’s own future depends on the elders. Taruif has been shunned for almost twenty turns, but now that a possible forester’s apprentice is coming of age, the elders consider reducing his sentence. Taruif could be set free.
Full Circle
When several children fall ill with more than a summer bug, truth seeker Kelnaht is assigned to investigate. What he finds is deadly and threatens the life of every underage child in the tribe, including Ianys’ daughter Atèn. Then a wounded traveller is found in the forest, left to die after a vicious attack.
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I grew up reading fantasy books like Piers Anthony, Terry Brooks, and so many other wonderful fantasy authors and so I was thrilled when I got the opportunity to review a book that has two of my favorite genres combined—Fantasy and all male triads. This book was a joy to read, and since it is the complete series put together, I didn’t have to wait for the next book in the series to come out. And another plus in my book is that I didn’t have to wait until the book was half over to get to the first hot sex scene. I also loved the world that Blaine D. Arden has built for his elves. It sucked me in, and I found myself eagerly reading into the early morning to find out what was going to happen next. The characters were all loveable and unique, and yet they all fit together like puzzle pieces in an intricate puzzle. The author had me rooting for Kelnaht and his former lover, Ianys, and his current object of forbidden desire due to his being shunned, Taruif. Each of the stories has different tasks that the three main characters have to work through before they can get to their happily ever after at the end of the third book.

Kelnaht is a truth seeker and is kind of the private detective of their tribe. He’s also a cloud elf and has wings, so he can fly. One of his abilities as a truth seeker is being able to touch a person to find out what they are hiding and glean the truth. Which sounds cool but in reality, instead of watching what happened, Kalnaht actually experiences what happened as the person he is interrogating. He can also use his magical ability to track while communing with the earth. He also has an apprentice that he’s training to take over his position when he retires.

Ianys is a tree elf and a blacksmith. He was the childhood friend and lover of Kelnaht. However, Ianys wanted kids and so was seeing a female elf at the same time, and Kelnaht didn’t know about her until Ianys left to be her mate when she became pregnant, a stipulation from his baby’s momma since she didn’t want to share him or be in a triad. Kelnaht was heartbroken, but there wasn’t anything that he could do. Another of her stipulations was that Ianys had to promise that Kelnaht wouldn’t be able to raise her daughter if anything happened to her. So even when Ianys became available again later in life, they still couldn’t be together because of the promise. So Ianys found another tree elf to fall in love with although they had to keep their love hidden since the tree elf, Taruif is shunned and is serving a 40 moon sentence for killing his mate.

Taruif is a tree elf and forester. He takes care of the forest and keeps it healthy. He can also talk and feel what the plants are feeling. Because of his abilities, he is only shunned instead of banished when he kills his mate (it sounds like a horrible thing to do but it was what the mate wanted. You’ll just have to read it to understand what happened and why). He’s not allowed to talk to anybody but the guide, their spiritual pathfinder. He’s having a secret relationship with Ianys, but he’s also attracted to Kelnaht and has noticed Kelnaht’s attraction to him also.
When a sapling goes missing, Taruif and Ianys secret affair is brought to Kelnaht’s attention to prove that Taruif didn’t have anything to do with the saplings disappearance. And the three of them will be drawn together again to help find him. And as the guide keeps telling Kelnaht, “Your path is muddy, Kelnaht, but don’t think avoiding the puddles will make it easier to travel.” Kelnaht, Taruif, and Ianys are meant to be together, but old promises and elder elves are keeping them from openly claiming each other during the Solstice. But if he believes in the guide’s words and trusts his faith in Ma’terra, they will find a way to clear the fog and puddles from their paths.

I recommend this book to anybody that loves fantasy books about elves and triad relationships.

***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 ***

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Review: “Fountain of Beauty” by Meraki P. Lyhne

TITLE: Fountain of Beauty
AUTHOR: Meraki P. Lyhne
SERIES: The Cubi
PUBLISHER: Meraki Books
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: Paranormal; MMM; Incubus
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Coming soon
LENGTH: 262 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2017
PRICE: $ 4.99 -e-book

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Daniel’s Kingdom was born to the threat of war that he, Seldon, and Caledon don’t have the experience to deal with. But his Kingdom has an ally far more experienced, and with this ally comes hope of a brighter future.
In the meantime, Daniel has to stay hidden and leave the problems to the ones capable of handling them. He needs to focus on learning and growing along with his new Kingdom. However, responsibilities to his people prematurely force Daniel out of hiding and into the spotlight.
The only problem is, his enemy has counted on that.

 


The story of Daniel continuous…
After the attack on the Grand House, the Cubi must relocate into the human society. This change comes with a challenge for some of the old Cubi.

Daniel – the new prince of the Cubi throws himself into work. He wants to save his human father’s store. He’s working there hidden in the office. He must be protected by all means necessary. He has his own Royal Guard now, and he must learn a lot of Cubi history, politics, real-estate and so on. His feelings toward Seldon grows, and he must deal with his feelings toward Caledon too.

Seldon – we see a new face of Seldon in this sequel. Seldon’s vulnerability makes him more lovable than in the previous of the books where he acted so arrogant. His concern is only for Daniel, and he admits to himself that he’s fallen for this young man. He is the right hand of Daniel, which means that all internal problems of their Kingdom to come will be his responsibility. He doesn’t feel all confident about his abilities, but the support of Caledon and the blind trust of Daniel helps him a lot.

Caledon – he is in love with both Seldon and Daniel. After Daniel’s jealousy, he took a step back from the lovers, giving them space. He admits to himself that he wants to be loved by both men. He starts to be more open with the two, and he shows his insecurities. Caledon becomes the left hand of Daniel, which means all the foreign affairs fall in his hands.

In this book, we met with new characters like Nol-Elakdon the King of North who comes to Royally Empower Daniel aka Beaudon. With Elakdon comes his court and I must mention Laudin who is the left hand of Elakdon.

And we have Levidon – Lord Guard of Daniel. You must think that is a coincidence Levi – Levidon, but it’s not. Meraki created a character just for me (well probably for you too, but let’s just focus on me). He is a power top character. I loved him, and because I knew it was based after me, I had performance anxiety while I was reading the book.
I need to learn how to channel Levidon in my real life…

Congratulations Meraki, this sequel is my very favorite of all!

***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 ***

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Review: “Rabbit” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Rabbit
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Gillham Pack, Book 23
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Latrisha Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; MMM; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: NO
LENGTH: 120 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 9, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 e-book

  

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When life throws you a curve ball, you have to deal with it as well as you can.

When Rabbit arrived in Gillham, he was only trying to get away from his ex-boyfriend. He never expected to find a pack, a family, but he feels at home in Gillham. Finding his mate makes that feeling even stronger, at least until he realizes Elton isn’t only his mate, but also Samuel’s.

Elton’s in Gillham to visit his brother when he ends up in the middle of a spat for him. He might not know a lot about shifters and mates, but he does know that one human guy having two shifter mates isn’t normal.

Samuel is ready to fight for Elton, and really, it shouldn’t take much with how tiny Rabbit is. But Rabbit reveals himself to be stronger and more stubborn than Samuel had thought, and when Elton gives them an ultimatum, they have to learn to work together—or be without their mate.

They know a three-way mating is possible, but it doesn’t make it easy. Rabbit, Elton, and Samuel all have their own insecurities and problems. Will they manage to work around them and be happy together, or will the stress of having to share a mate make their relationship implode?


I absolutely loved Rabbit by Catherine Lievens. Rabbit’s the twenty-third book in the Gillham Pack series. The book’s well written and nicely edited. I have been eagerly waiting to read this book since being teased by the last page of the book Neriah, 22nd in the series. Who wouldn’t be excited to read about a human that goes to visit his recently mated brother and ends up getting told that he’s the mate of not one but two shifters? And to make matters even more complicated. The two shifters aren’t each other’s mates…they are only the human’s mate. Well, that’s what Elton has to deal with when he goes to visit his brother Connor and his new mate Neriah at the Gillham Pack and is claimed by Cat shifter Rabbit and Wolf shifter Samuel. And like the stereotype that cats and dogs don’t get along, they instantly hate each other and aren’t willing to give up or share Elton. Elton refuses to choose between the two. For him, it’s all or nothing. With the help of the mating bond and Rabbit and Samuel’s desire not to hurt their human mate’s feelings, Rabbit and Samuel will try to get along and become a proper throuple.

However, Rabbit really enjoys pushing all of Samuel’s buttons and getting him all riled up. He can’t seem to help himself although he’s promised Elton that he would try, and really it probably wouldn’t be so bad since Samuel has a hot body. But Rabbit’s only been with the Pack for six months, and he ran away from his clowder for reasons that will be revealed in this book. So he has issues of his own that he’s working on.
Samuel, on the other hand, is an enforcer for the Gillham Pack and although he can’t stand Rabbit, he’s very protective of both Elton and Rabbit. He also has a more serious brooding personality and has a problem with talking about his feelings and communicating.

Elton is a hopeless romantic and believes wholeheartedly in soul mates and couldn’t be happier with his two mates. He moves into the Gillham Pack to be close to his mates and forces everybody to live in the same house together. He’s by far the tallest of the three, but he doesn’t have the muscles that Samuel has. He does know what he wants, and he refuses to settle for less. And unlike his brother, Connor, he isn’t afraid of being mated. He’s looking forward to it.

This book’s hot and steamy, and I couldn’t put it down. I loved all of the sexual chemistry between the three and they have some Kindle melting scenes. Definitely my favorite so far out of the three books in the series that I have read. My only complaint’s that the book while ending in an HEA does end rather abruptly without the introduction to who’s going to be in the next book. I have to say that I kind of missed it. But it’s only a small complaint considering how much I loved the rest of the book.

I can’t wait until the next book comes out so that I can see what happens next.

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

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Review: “It Could Happen” by Mia Kerick

TITLE: It Could Happen
AUTHOR: Mia Kerick
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; MMM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 5, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

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Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.

Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?

In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.


It Could Happen was a surprisingly sweet and emotional coming of age story about three 18-year-old high school best friends—Brody, Henry and Danny—who decide to take a chance to see if they can build a three-way relationship from the very close friendship that they have.

Brody’s the blonde-haired All-American boy. He’s the youngest of seven boys, and his conception was not planned. His parents are older and tend to live their own lives and leave Brody to get on with his. He gets anything he could want from them without question, except the love and attention he craves. Brody is a risk taker and loves nothing more than getting his adrenaline pumping by pulling some crazy and often dangerous stunts.

Henry’s one the very few African-American kids in the school. He’s 6′ 3″ of muscle and looks like the typical jock. He takes part in almost every sport in the school, but his specialty is cross country. His parents are fanatically religious and extremely strict. Henry has to obey their every rule, and is rarely allowed to think for himself or make his own decisions. But he has a very kind and sweet heart which makes him want to please everyone, even if it means denying himself of something.

Danny’s the only out gay kid in the whole school. He’s also the stereotypical emo-goth. With his long black hair, black clothes, love of art and brooding but fiery personality, he often gets picked on by his not-so-pleasant classmates. His mother is an alcoholic who usually puts her latest boyfriend before him, so when he meets a guy who seems interested in him, he clings to the relationship because he just wants to feel that there’s someone who wants him and who will care about him.

The boys have made a plan to all attend Prospect University together. Brody knows his parents won’t care which college he picks, while Henry knows his parents won’t approve because it’s not one that they have chosen for him, and Danny doesn’t believe he’s got enough talent to get the scholarship he needs to be able to attend in the first place. But they send the applications anyway because they know that they want to do it together. When Henry suggests what they have is more than just a friendship and he thinks they should try being in a relationship together, at first he’s met with some scepticism from Brody and Danny because it’s not something that’s normally done. Especially amongst people of their age, but after a discussion they decide what they have is worth taking the chance on to see if they can find love and happiness with each other. It’s not all plain sailing though. They have to deal with a violent ex of Danny’s who seems to still have a hold over him, Brody trying to keep them together even though he has a few moments of uncertainty himself and Henry’s parents being their overbearing and controlling selves.

I enjoyed this story a lot. I liked that we got the points of view of the three characters, but just wish that there was more from Danny’s point of view than just his poetry. I would have liked more of an insight of what he was thinking and feeling, and I felt that the poetry just didn’t get this across a lot of the time unlike Brody and Henry’s parts. This was the first time I had read a NA book involving—as Brody would say—a threelationship and I’m pleased to say that I hope it won’t be my last. It was beautifully written, and I really felt a connection to the characters and their emotions, especially Brody. NA isn’t normally a sub-genre that would be my first choice, but I think that this book has shown me that it’s worth taking the risk, even when you have doubts. And I don’t mean just with choosing a book.

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

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Review: “Secured and Free” by Z. Allora

TITLE: Secured and Free
AUTHOR: Z. Allora
SERIES: Entwined Dreams
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Paul Richmond
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, MMM; Abuse; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 226 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 26, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback
  

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An abusive Dom robbed Orion Gordon of his love of BDSM, destroying his confidence and leaving him unsure he’ll ever find peace through submission to another. Still, deep inside, his longing continues.

Marcus Sadir loves Hunter Dixon, yet can’t be the one thing Hunter truly desires: a sub to control. And Hunter can’t find satisfaction in the sadistic aspects of the BDSM lifestyle, while Marcus thrives on inflicting and sharing pain. When Marcus convinces Hunter they should find a third on a permanent basis, they discover Orion might be the key to bridging their differences and joining them on a deeper level.

But they must help Orion move past his trauma enough for him to enjoy new facets of BDSM and kink again. Their journey toward becoming whole—together—won’t be without challenges. Can Orion trust enough to try again?


Secured and Free is the second book in the Entwined Dreams series by Z. Allora. I really enjoyed reading Secured and Free. It was well written and nicely edited. The characters had depth, and I loved all of Orion’s personal growth. I loved getting to see cameos by Andrew and Zach from the first book. Along with some of the old cast that we met from Entwined and some new supporting characters also, like Sophia who is Henry’s paramedic partner and fellow member of Entwined. I have read the first book in the series but the books are very much standalone, and you don’t have to read the first book to understand what’s happening in the second book. There wasn’t as much inner monolog in Secured and Free as there was in Lock and Key which I’m sure made a lot of people who didn’t like it in the first book happy. I actually liked the inner monolog, so I kind of missed it.

Orion’s never had to worry about having a safeword until he found himself in a situation where consensual turned into abuse. He used to enjoy being a pain slut and submissive, but now he can’t even stand to have his hands bound in a scene without using his new safeword. He’s frustrated that he can’t enjoy what he used to love and he’s feeling lost.

Henry’s in an open relationship with Marcus. They love each other, but both have needs that the other can’t fulfill, hence the open relationship. Marcus thinks that they need to find a permanent third partner to bridge their differences. Henry needs a submissive to help grow and push his boundaries, and Marcus needs somebody that likes pain and edging.

Henry and Marcus come into Orion’s life just after he has decided to give up on BDSM. However with Orion’s new difficulties after being abused and his past as a pain slut, he’s potentially perfect for both Henry and Marcus. Henry can’t help but want to help Orion overcome his past and make him happy and whole again. And with Marcus’ ability to distract Orion, Henry might just be able to make that happen.

Making a regular relationship between two people work is hard enough, but Marcus hasn’t had any luck with a triad relationship yet. Henry also has some reservations about adding a third person to their relationship and poor Orion has never been in a relationship at all.

Will they be able to overcome their fears and make everything work out? You will just have to read the book. If you enjoyed Lock and Key, then you will love Secured and Free. I know I did. I can’t wait to read more books by Z. Allora.

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

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