Review: “Heart Held Hostage” by Jo Tannah

TITLE: Heart Held Hostage
AUTHOR: Jo Tannah
SERIES: Chronicles of the Serai
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Sci-Fi; Mpreg
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 104 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 5, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $5.50 – paperback

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The Serai have won the galactic war. Tasked to take charge of the human assimilation into their herd, Prince Jytrerd never thought to find a mate among the human slaves. He learns that the human Captain Ian McCaskey is his potential breeder and saves his life. Because they are sterile, the Serai need the genetic materials their captives give to father their younglings. But Ian resists, and it doesn’t take long for Jytrerd to realize that for their relationship to flourish, the two of them must connect on a deeper level. It is now up to Jytrerd to make Ian understand that he is valued above all others.
Warning: this book contains m-preg.


Heart Held Hostage is the first book in the Chronicles of the Serai by Jo Tannah. I liked this book. I loved the cover of the book, and I will admit to wanting to read the book just because of the beautiful cover. What can I say, I like Centaurs, and after reading the blurb I decided to give it a try, and for the most part, I wasn’t disappointed.

There were a couple of things that the author needs to keep in mind when writing future books in the series. The size of the humans relative to the size of the Centaurs especially when the Centaurs are so much larger than the humans. How an equine body would move around a room, going upstairs, getting into and out of a bathtub, sitting down on furniture, stuff like that. A lot of the time, the author has the Centaurs moving around a room and doing basic things like taking a bath or sitting on a chair like a human would and that tended to pull me out of the story since I work with horses daily and know how they move and lie down so I know what situations would be feasible and what just wouldn’t work with their equine bodies.

I also wish that the story was told in a dual point of view. I think if we had Ian McCaskey’s POV that it would have made the book so much better and helped me feel the emotional connection between Prince Jytrerd and Ian.

I did like how Jo Tannah made the Centaurs her own and changed up where the male anatomy would be. Unlike a traditional Centaur where the male anatomy is the same as a male horse, these Centaurs have their male anatomy in a hidden pouch in the chest area of the horse where it ties in with the front legs. At least that’s what I got from the author’s description. I liked the idea that the Serai are sterile and that instead of killing off all of their enemies after a war that they test them to see if they would be useful as potential breeders or sex slaves. I wasn’t so keen on having the human woman with no weapon skills being the ones to dispatch the ones that aren’t chosen as breeders or slaves. I thought it was a little cruel. But it does fit with how the Centaurs are depicted at that point in the book, which is as a superior, arrogant, and cold race.

I did like how the story progresses and the relationship between Prince Jytrerd and his potential breeder Ian. It has its ups and downs, and Jytrerd will have to change the way he treats his mate and his other slaves if he is going to be truly happy.
I also loved Woll and Sebastian and Francis. I hope to see more of them in the next book in the series.

Overall, not a bad start to a new series and I liked it enough that I will read the next book when it comes out.

***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: “Orion’s Circle” by Victoria Sue

TITLE: Orion’s Circle
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
SERIES: Sirius Wolves series
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: –
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Mpreg
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 172 pages
RELEASE DATE: Nov 7, 2017
PRICE: $1.18 -e-book

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According to legend, when humankind is at its most desperate, the goddess Sirius will send three of the most powerful werewolf shifters ever created to save mankind. However, because they are so powerful, they will need a fourth to complete them, to calm them and help them reach their full potential.
Aden, a young were, has been his pack’s omega ever since, at the age of fifteen, he didn’t shift like everyone else. Caught, reviled, and tortured because of his empathic abilities, he knew on the night he was told to run as sport for the pack hunters that it would end in his death. What he didn’t know, however, was that on the same night he’d also meet the love of his life and a pathway to answers, because Aden is far more than just a pack omega.
What begins as a hunt soon becomes a new adventure as Aden discovers that he has not only one, but three destined mates, and his role as lover is far more than trivial. The fate of all humankind rests upon it.


Aden is a young omega who’s been mistreated and tortured by his pack for years. One night, his pack decides to hunt and probably kill him when three mysterious wolves came and rescued him.
Aden understood that he’s met his fated mate. The three of them.
Blaze, Darrick, and Connor, are the Orion’s circle, and they were created by the goddess Sirius herself to protect mankind. They’re mated, but didn’t expect to meet their fourth mate, the sweet and beautiful Aden.

Orion’s Circle is the first book of the Sirius Wolves series.

Aden is young, sweet, and beautiful with a great heart, he’s an omega and an empath. After years being tortured by his pack, he didn’t expect to be saved, and most of all, to be loved. I like Aden, even if he seems fragile and weak, he’s not. He’s stronger than a lot of people. He’s a survivor and still cares for his pack and people.

Blaze, Darrick, and Connor are the most powerful wolves among all the wolves. They’ve known each other since they were born (literally), they grew up together, fought together, and love together. They’re fated mates, and after six centuries on earth, they know each other like no one else. But They’re also different from each other. Blaze is the protector, Connor the empath (most powerful empath) and Darrick is the reason.

I like this book. It the first one of the series, and it put the background, the universe, the characters and the plots into place for the series. There’re two plots, in my opinion. The main one with Aden, Blaze, Darrick, and Connor mating, the second one is more complicated and darker, with the introduction to werewolves to human and all the ramifications that it implies. It also introduces a lot of secondary characters, some are interesting and intriguing, while others are clearly despicable, and I loved hating them.
Beside the fact that it’s a M/M/M/M and Mpreg, it’s hot and sexy, and I enjoyed it a looooooooooot.

It’s a good start for the series.

3.5 OtpimuMMs for the Omega and his Alphas.

***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: “Slow Heat” by Leta Blake

TITLE: Slow Heat
AUTHOR: Leta Blake
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Dar Albert
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Mpreg
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 354 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
PRICE: $5.99 -e-book / $14.30 –paperback
  

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A lustful young alpha meets his match in an older omega with a past.

Professor Vale Aman has crafted a good life for himself. An unbonded omega in his mid-thirties, he’s long since given up hope that he’ll meet a compatible alpha, let alone his destined mate. He’s fulfilled by his career, his poetry, his cat, and his friends.

When Jason Sabel, a much younger alpha, imprints on Vale in a shocking and public way, longings are ignited that can’t be ignored. Fighting their strong sexual urges, Jason and Vale must agree to contract with each other before they can consummate their passion.

But for Vale, being with Jason means giving up his independence and placing his future in the hands of an untested alpha–as well as facing the scars of his own tumultuous past. He isn’t sure it’s worth it. But Jason isn’t giving up his destined mate without a fight.

This is a stand alone gay romance novel, 118,000 words, with a strong happy ending, as well as a well-crafted, non-shifter omegaverse, with alphas, betas, omegas, male pregnancy, heat, and knotting. Content warning for pregnancy loss and aftermath.


The one thing that stands out the most is the amazing world Leta Blake has created. It’s a dystopian-like society with very strict rules. What really impressed me was that the author took the time to think of the effects of male pregnancy. In fact, a lot of the storyline is in regards to the biology of humans with a wolf-like mentality. The reader is not left taking things as a fact but given the reasons.

Another interesting fact is that, at it’s core, Slow Heat is a May/December romance. Vale is an omega in his mid-thirties while Jason is a 19 year-old alpha. I love when authors go against the stereotypes. In fact, there are quite a few examples of it in the book. Not only is Vale older but he is also a professor while Jason is just a student. This to me is a prime example of how and where roles come to play in their relationship. Another pair who do not fit the typical mold is Jason’s parents. There is something special about an alpha male that cooks.

The book is appropriately named because the courtship of Vale and Jason is slow. They have to follow the rules of being bonded. I was starting to struggle with reading it because I feared the author had limited the possible outcomes. This was not the case. The omega rights and restrictions reminded me of battles we humans have had and are continuing to fight.

With all the groundwork and research Leta Blake did, I really think this should be a series. For one, I must find out what happens with Xan. He’s one of those characters that you love even when he makes you mad. I would like to see a change in omega rights. There is so much potential here for a beautiful series. Did I mention that I would really love a Happily Ever After for Xan?

***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: “The Alpha King” by Victoria Sue

TITLE: The Alpha King
AUTHOR: Victoria Sue
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Victoriasue.com
COVER ARTIST: Drawn 2 Design
GENRE: Paranormal; MPreg; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 215 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 26, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book / $9.99 –paperback
  

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The Kingdom of Askara has been torn apart by conflict for centuries, where humans exist as subservient beings to their werewolf masters. Legend says it will only be able to heal itself when an Alpha King and a pure omega are mated and crowned together, but a pure omega hasn’t been born in over a thousand years.

Luca is an Alpha-heir eagerly awaiting the choosing ceremony on his twenty-fifth birthday and the gifts granted by whichever omega he mates. His small pack is destitute due to the decisions of its ruling council, but being only an Alpha-heir, he has no authority to challenge them. Not until now—this moment he has waited a long time for.
Kit grew up as a street-rat, an unlicensed human who would never be more than a slave for whichever master owns him. Then one day he came across a young Alpha-heir, attacked and dying of poison, and found out their fates were suddenly entwined.

Luca needs to take over his pack and save his people. He cannot afford to be distracted. But when he meets Kit, he develops abilities indicating he is not just a pack Alpha, but the King his world has needed for a thousand years.

Is Kit really the cause of Luca’s newfound power, the true mate he needs? How is it possible when the young man isn’t even a werewolf, and as merely a human, a mating is not only forbidden, but for Kit, a sentence of death? (WARNING -Contains MPreg)


jologooptimummI was entranced by this book. It gripped my imagination right from the start and didn’t let go until the end, it’s action all the way, and the emotions it evoked were strong and deep. The story is unique, stunning, intricate and based around discrimination and the plight of a downtrodden minority in the kingdom of Askara where werewolves rule and the humans are second class citizens. That sounds depressing but don’t let that put you off, it isn’t, it doesn’t diminish the awesome, fully developed characters and intriguing plot which, despite the trials the characters go through, is essentially uplifting.

Luca is the perfect alpha with just the right amount of flawed judgment to make him real and with loads of love and compassion to counteract it. Luca and his unerring desire to do what’s right is one of the drivers behind this book. Kit, what can I say about Kit? He’s strong yet fragile and perfectly adorable! His capacity to suffer for the welfare of others left me breathless at times. The supporting characters are also well developed, and I’d like to hear more from Luca’s sisters and his friend Sam.

The premise of an ancient legend about an Alpha King and a rare, pure omega, born human, is so original, as are many of the other intricacies of the story. The author has created a whole world, complete with its history, to be explored. The situation that has evolved between werewolves and humans is cleverly thought out and plotted and supports the story really well.

The plot revolves around the emergence of a new Alpha King, Luca, after hundreds of years without one and his finding and keeping of his pure omega, Kit. I loved their first meeting when Kit was a 13-year-old human slave, and Luca was dying from poison and the treachery of his twin brother. This early meeting is the prequel to their eventual mating, seven years later, which nearly doesn’t take place! A lot of the emotion and twists in the plot are based around the misunderstandings and miscommunication of the facts surrounding the newly emerged Alpha King and the pure omega. Facts such as the transference of powers, telepathy and the possibility of pregnancy! There is also the chaotic hierarchy and subsequent conflict that exists, in the realm, as a result of history and the truth being buried for so long.

The plot is quite obvious at times with no real twists that I didn’t see coming, but I actually liked that as I could just sit back, read and enjoy it without having to think too much. Perfect. I loved the ending, it tied up all the loose ends for Luca and Kit while cleverly leaving the story of the secondary characters open for further exploration…I hope.

***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: “Wild Instincts” by Ethan Stone

TITLE: Wild Instincts
AUTHOR: Ethan Stone
SERIES: Seaside Shifters Book
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Garrett Leigh
GENRE: Mpreg; Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 142 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 8, 2017
PRICE: $5.94 -e-book
  

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Police cadet and bear shifter Tyson Dakota looks forward to his on-the-job training in Seaside, Oregon, working alongside his cousin, Chief of Police John Dakota. Their goal is to investigate the growing meth epidemic and identify the kingpin bringing the drugs into their community. All signs point to someone inside law enforcement working with the drug traffickers, and Tyson must find out who before the body count gets any higher.

Along the way, Tyson meets Amante, a charismatic and attractive man in town for reasons he doesn’t want to share. Tyson is drawn to Amante despite his secretive ways and is sure there could be more between them than explosive passion, if he could just get Amante to make his stay in Seaside permanent. But when Tyson’s pursuit of justice puts him at odds with Amante, they could lose more than their fledgling relationship.

They could end up losing their lives.


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Meanwhile, the town of Seaside has a drug problem, and meth is becoming much more common. Tyson’s cousin, John Dakota, is the police chief so, when Tyson shows up for his first day on the job, he gets to see the problem first hand and learns it’s far worse for shifters because of their nature. The two of them become involved in investigating the issue.
Also, adding to the secrets in this story, John’s boyfriend is pregnant, and because seeing a man pregnant would raise a lot of questions, he’s confined to their home. It becomes clear that this is an important and integral part of this story as it unfolds.

The action and plot move fast when Tyson’s estranged father shows up. What’s his connection to Amante? What’s Amante’s connection to the drugs? Is he one of the bad guys or just being pulled along by events outside his control? What’s wrong with Tyson’s mother?
All these questions are answered, and the story is well finished off, including an epilogue which ties up some of the back story. I have to admit, although I loved Tyson, I didn’t really warm up to Amante at the start but, as the story unfolds and his position is explained, he becomes more ‘human’ and likable. The story is a good one and moves at a quick pace, but it’s not a long book.

I finished it in one sitting as I found I really need to know how everything turned out. This book is definitely worth a read, and I’m sorely tempted to dip into the rest of the series.

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

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