Review: “Savage” by Kelex

TITLE: Savage
AUTHOR: Kelex
SERIES: Project Zeb
PUBLISHER: Twisted E-Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Covers by K Designs
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 236 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 30, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book/ $8.99 – paperback

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Six years of working for Project Zed showed MSgt Cutler Morrison all he thought he needed to know about the shifter world. He’d pledged his life to fight back the evil savagery of the wild creatures threatening to kill all humankind… until he realized that the heroes he was fighting with weren’t much in the way of heroes and the ones they were fighting against didn’t seem so hellbent on world domination, after all. Disillusioned, a fateful plane crash brought him down in the middle of shifter territory, and there he saw another side to the beasts he thought were evil.
On Cutler’s first mission with the shifters, they take down one of the weaponized creatures the project imprisoned and bring him to safety. He’s always had an odd connection to Subject Z-620. Cutler’s like a moth to the monster’s flame.
As more secrets about Project Zed come to light, they both have to come to terms with who they were, what they’ve done, and where the road leads…


I loved Savage by Kelex. This is the second book in the Project Zeb series which is a spinoff of the Bear Mountain series. You don’t have to read the Bear Mountain series to read the Project Zeb series. Project Zeb series is set in the Bear Mountain world but mostly focuses on the Indian land owned by Sebastian that is next to Bear Mountain.

We met Sebastian and his mate, Cal, from the first book in the series, Beast. We get to see more of their relationship in the second book also, with Cal having nightmares and finally giving into going and seeing a therapist. We are also introduced to a new character Dario, who is a fire elemental. He didn’t realize that he was anything but human until he was attacked and his new powers protected him. Since then he has been compelled to travel to Bear Mountain. He’s taken in by Sebastian who is going to help him with his powers since he’s an elemental also.

This book mostly focuses on Staff Sargent Culter Morrison and Subject Z-620, otherwise known as Cyprian. Culter was recruited by Colonel Lore to help with Project Zeb. While moving up through the various jobs that he was given over the six years he was there, he had always had a connection and fascination to Subject Z-620 and wanted to help free him. But it wasn’t until he went down in a plane crash over Bear Mountain that he realized that shifters weren’t the monsters he was lead to believe. As a result, he has joined the team of shifters who have made it their mission to bring down Project Zeb one beast at a time and help put them back together again.

During Cutler’s first mission with the shifters, they bring down one of the weaponized creatures the project had imprisoned and brought him to safety. Using a serum that their two shifter healers have perfected to help control and calm all of the shifter voices fighting for control, they are able to help Subject Z-620 reclaim his life and reunite him with Culter. Culter has always felt a connection to Cyprian (Z-620), but he doesn’t know why but with Deacon’s help, he’s able to unlock some of the memories that were hidden from him. Lots of twist with Culter that I didn’t see coming.

I really enjoyed the chemistry between Cyprian and Culter and Sebastian and Cal. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book in the series. The author has hinted that it might be about Dario and his mate Arnaud and I can’t wait to read it.

***The ARC was provided by Twisted E Publishing. My review is an honest opinion of the boo ***

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Review: “Dragon’s Heat” by Lisa Oliver

TITLE: Dragon’s Heat
AUTHOR: Lisa Oliver
SERIES: City Dragon
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Lisa Oliver/Model from Paul Henry Serres
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 158 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 17, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book / $13.50 -paperback

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Dragon’s Heat – City Dragon’s Book 1
Jon Erskine had made a good life for himself as one of the top Forensic Accounts and Systems Analysts in the country. He doesn’t mind working with paranormal clients – after all, he’s a shifter himself. However, he could do without all the slurs and derogatory comments. Not all shifters are wolves, bears and other predators. Still, his expertise and reputation is solid and Jon is more than capable of holding his own. That is until Dirk Hollingsworth runs from his office.
Dirk is running out of time. He has to find out who’s been stealing from his company before his father turns up for his wedding in three weeks’ time. Acting on the recommendation of a friend, Dirk turns to Jon, or at least thinks about it. That is, until he catches the man’s scent in the doorway of his office and does a runner. Not the proudest moment for one of the proudest of all shifters, but Dirk has a responsibility to his clan and catching the tantalizing scent of a dog isn’t going to change anything. Or so he thinks.
Family betrayals, a strong-willed dragon spirit; all things collide as Jon and Dirk struggle to find common ground. Calling off the wedding is easy; staying alive might be that much harder. M/M, graphic content. Suitable ages 18+
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Jon Erskine is a forensic accountant, the best in the country. Shifter dog himself, he works with other shifters and species, even if some have a prejudice against his kind, Jon doesn’t care.

Dirk Hollingsworth is a multi-billionaire dragon shifter. He runs a multi-national, and he’s the chief of his clan here in the USA. When he realizes someone is stealing his company, he hires the best accountant to track the money. But When Dirk catches Jon’s scent he refuses to meet the man and runs away.
What’s supposed to be simple and natural when 2 fated mate meet, becomes a life-threatening menace.

It was a sweet pleasurable book.

Dirk is, at first, a real asshole with Jon. First, he refuses to mate with a dog. Second, he refuses to be with a man since he considers himself straight. And third, he insults his dragon. Yep, a real asshole, but he can’t fight against fate, and when he admits that he needs Jon more than anything, he’s ready to move a mountain and fight anyone for his mate. I love it.
Jon is smart, calm and funny. He is confident in his capacity even if he doubts of Dirk intentions at first. After being rejected, he can’t easily believe that Dirk has changed his mind.
The story and the plot are good and simple. Not really original but well written, so it works for me.

What I really love about this book, is the dragons. As Dragon Shifters, they have the ability to walk dream with their other half, and talk with them.

Their dragon part isn’t silenced, but really present, and he’s a character by itself, and it’s the thing that pleases me the most and makes this book different from another shifter books.
3.5 OptimuMM’s for the dragon and his most precious jewel.

***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: “Fangs and Catnip” by Julia Talbot

TITLE: Fangs and Catnip
AUTHOR: Julia Talbot
SERIES: Dead and Breakfast
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book/ $9.99 – paperback

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A romance worth fighting for—tooth and claw.
Solitary vampire Fallon Underwood gets all the social interaction he needs being the silent partner at the Dead and Breakfast B and B high in the Colorado mountains. Change is hard for Fallon, so when his business partner, Tanner, suggests hiring a new manager for the inn, he’s adamant that they don’t need help, especially not in the form of bouncy werecat Carter Hughes.
Carter is a happy-go-lucky kitty, and he loves the hospitality industry, so the D and B ought to be a great place for him. He falls for Fallon as soon as he picks up one of Fallon’s novels and begins to woo the vamp with gifts. When Fallon finally succumbs to Carter’s feline charms, the results are unexpected, to say the least. Their mating will have irreversible consequences—for their bodies and their hearts.


Fangs and Catnip by Julia Talbot is the first book in the Dead and Breakfast series and the ninth book in the Dreamspun Beyond series. I have to say I am greatly enjoying the books in the Dreamspun Beyond series. I love the paranormal aspect of them and how they have a slightly darker and more explicit storyline than the Dreamspun Desire series, both of which are exclusive to Dreamspinner Press.

I greatly enjoyed reading Fangs and Catnip. I found the story to be original with a storyline that hasn’t been overdone. The story had great flow and was easy to read and had been nicely edited. The characters were developed and had characteristics and mannerism that fit with their paranormal selves.
I had no problem figuring out and believing that Tanner’s a bear shifter who would rather be hibernating for the winter instead of being the day manager. He has a snarky, gruff personality, but he’s also very protective of his friends and those he considers family. Sometimes his protective instincts get in the way and do more harm than good, but it’s always with the best of intentions.

Fallon’s also true to form with how he’s described in the blurb. He’s the perfect description of a solitary introvert focused on writing his books to the exclusion of anything else. He’s a silent partner in the Dead and Breakfast Inn and lives in the attic. If it weren’t for Tanner bringing him his meals and keeping him up to date on what’s happening at the D and B Inn, he probably wouldn’t have any interactions with anybody.

Fallon has a very hard time with change, and Tanner has the devil’s own time getting Fallon to agree that they need more help and to allow Tanner to hire a day manager for the winter season. But Fallon finally caves so long as Tanner does all of the interviews and nothing changes for Fallon.
Tanner ends up hiring a bouncy, happy-go-lucky mountain lion shifter named Carter. Carter loves the hospitality industry and is ecstatic about getting a coveted job at the exclusive Dead and Breakfast Inn. Carter loves the diverse clientele that the inn gets and enjoys working with his new boss Tanner.

My favorite client was Tom the bitten werewolf that’s having a hard time controlling his shifting. I liked how Carter and Tom bond as friends and play in their shifted forms out in the snow.
Carter, however, didn’t expect to find his mate in the silent partner of the inn, or that Fallon would be a vampire. But Carter has his work cut out for him with Fallon, who doesn’t feel the pull of the mate bond the same way that Carter does and doesn’t want anything to do with Carter. After having been rejected by his mate, Cater begins to woo his mate with gifts to try and win him over.
And it works, but their bonding will not be a walk in the park, and unless they can figure out what’s going wrong it may just kill them.

Pick up the book and find out for yourself just how they work out their problems and misunderstandings. I really enjoyed it and you probably will too.

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

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Review: “Cursed” by Kris Sawyer

TITLE: Cursed
AUTHOR: Kris Sawyer
SERIES: Alpha’s Warlock
PUBLISHER: Creative Minds
COVER ARTIST: Sidney Lowell
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 80 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2017
PRICE: $3.57 – e-book
  

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Clyde Barrington is a werewolf with a curse on his head. Every night, he shifts from human to wolf and lives the life of a lonely predator, never fully accepted by his pack. When he saves a handsome stranger from a fire, everything changes.

In a world divided by the ancient feud between werewolves and warlocks, Clyde and Terry must learn to trust each other. When wolves start to disappear, their bond is tested by the fear of a pack now balanced on the edge of destruction.

Amidst a web of lies, deceits and betrayals, Clyde must decide where his loyalties lie, and choose between a forbidden love and the ties that bind him to his brothers. Is Terry an enemy to the pack, or the saviour that will lead them out of the darkness?


Terry is a young man and a Warlock. After his house burned and his life was saved by a strange wolf, Terry meets Clyde.

Clyde is a cursed wolf. Every day, when the sun goes down, he’s forced to shift into his wolf form for the rest of his life.But when Terry comes into his life, things change for him, good or bad, it’s up to them.

It was a short read. I liked this book, Clyde and Terry are adorable together, but it was too short for me to get attached.

The plot is interesting, Werewolves, Vampires and Shape-shifters were at war with Witches and Warlocks. After years of a bloody cruel war, a truce between them was settled. I liked the idea, but I was frustrated. Since it’s a short story, I think the author tried to put a lot of information in order for the reader to understand the story, universe and plot. I totally get it, and it’s not a simple exercise to do. But here, it was too fast, too superficial. Everything is on the surface, from the meeting between Clyde and Terry to the mysterious disappearing and the denouement.

It’s book 1 of this series, and the end promises us another book coming soon where we’ll learn more about them, I just hope the author will dig a little more into the characters and plot.

It’s a 3 stars for me, and I’m going to read the next one coming soon.

***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: “Tried & True” by Charlie Cochet

TITLE: Tried & True
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: THIRDS
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Mystery/Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 254 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 24, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $16.99 -paperback

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When THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley met Team Leader Sloane Brodie, he couldn’t have imagined how slamming into his new partner—literally—would shake both their worlds. Now four years later, they’ve faced dangers, fought battles both personal and professional… and fallen deeply in love. Now their big moment is finally in sight, and they’re ready to stand up together and make it official. Unfortunately, as the countdown to their big day begins, an enemy declares war on the THIRDS….
With their family in danger, Dex and Sloane are put to the test on how far into darkness they’ll walk to save those they love. As secrets are unearthed, a deadly betrayal is revealed, and Dex and Sloane must call on their Destructive Delta family for one last hurrah to put an end to the secret organization responsible for so much devastation.
Dex and Sloane will have plenty of bullets to dodge on the way to the altar, but with happiness within their grasp, they are determined to get there come hell or high water…


We are saying good bye to Dex and Sloan’s interesting journey…
This is the last book of the THIRDS series where Dex and Sloan finally have their happy ending.

The first part of the book is a slow read, very romantic, very mundane letting us into Dex and Sloan’s “everyday”. They are on vacation, preparing for their wedding with rehearsals, flower picking and cake tasting. Sloan let’s Dex to choose as he wishes because for Sloan it’s more important to be with Dex than anything else.
Dex is busy with everything, but he finds time for him and Sloan to relax. The secret he keeps from his father, that they joined TIN eats his at his conscious, but he only does it to protect Tony.

Honestly, I’m not used to this “slow burn” from our guys, so for me it was a bit difficult the first part of the book, but then things changed…

The second part of the book is filled with action as we are so familiar. I can’t really say what’s happening because I would spoil it for you guys but “it” hits the fan pretty bad.
There is danger lurking in the shadows, as always, but now it hits to close to home. The extremist group of Therians wants their revenge and there is nothing those villains wouldn’t do to achieve that. The Destructive Delta need to reach out and find allies to save their family, allies like Wolf, Hudson’s brother and they must also involve TIN agents. To trust them, Dex and Sloan are out of their comfort zone, mostly Sloane when he has to face Wolf.

There is blood, revenge, anger and fury, physical and emotional hurt. Well, the emotional hurt reaches us, readers too, leaving a bad taste in our mouth when we have to say good bye to Dex and Sloan.

I would like to congratulate and thank Charlie for this amazing journey!

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

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