Review: “The Foxling Soldati” by Charlie Cochet

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TITLE: The Foxling Soldati
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: Soldati Hearts
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Urban Fantasy; Shapeshifters
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 102 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 16, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Foxling Toka has served the Soldati king for centuries, and now he attends to the kingdom’s cherished Soldati prince. It’s a position of honor, and as Toka helps the once-human prince adapt to their magical realm, he finds joy in their friendship. He also grows bolder in his encounters with Rayner, Soldati warrior and the king’s second. But the laws are clear: servants and Soldati are not permitted to mate. It doesn’t matter that Toka lost his heart to the dashing cad long ago.

Rayner never imagined he would fall in love with a servant, but the clever and beautiful foxling has ensnared him, and he resents the regulations keeping them apart. When an arrogant and spiteful king visits from a neighboring realm, Rayner is in danger of losing everything. But Soldati warriors don’t surrender, and he intends to fight all the harder to keep Toka where he belongs—in Rayner’s arms.


This is book 2 of the series.

We know from the previous book from the same series that the Soldatis are tiger shifters who are fighting against demons to protect the human race and other beings.
In the Soldati’s realm is a monarchy with a well-established hierarchy that is respected for thousands and thousands of years. But then comes Riley (book 1) a human, the mate of the Soldati’s King and with him, come changes…

This second book is about the king’s enforcer, Rayner and Riley’s personal servant Toka. Toka is not a tiger he is a foxling. The foxlings always have been the servants of tigers. But Toka harbors feelings toward Rayner, and he knows that nothing is ever gonna happen between the two of them.
Rayner head over heels in love with Toka, but as he’s the right of the King, knows he will never have Toka because he is to marry someone as high ranking like he is.

Although the foxlings are respected in Soldati kingdom, we can’t say for other kingdoms in this realm.
When a neighbor King visits with his entourage, who has out for Rayner, things get a bit complicated to say at least. Time will come when Rayner, and not just him, must protect what he knows belongs to him.

This is a sweat fast read, and I can’t wait for the next in this series!

What I didn’t like? That it was damn short!

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

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Review: “Out of The Ashes” by Ari McKay

TITLE: Out of The Ashes
AUTHOR: Ari McKay
SERIES: Asheville Arcana
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Shapeshifter; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: Aug 1, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $9.99 –paperback
  

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Asheville Arcana

In their differences, they’ll find strength—and love.

Alpha werewolf Eli Hammond returns from a fishing trip to discover a nasty surprise—five members of his pack murdered and the rest missing. He needs help locating and rescuing his pack mates, but the supernatural council in Asheville, North Carolina, turns him away.

Except for one man.

As they work together, Eli is stunned—and not especially thrilled—to discover half-elf Arden Gilmarin is his destined mate. But as Arden and his friends struggle to help Eli in his quest, Eli surrenders to the demands of his body—and his heart. They’ll need to bond together, because the forces opposing them are stronger and more sinister than anyone predicted. The evil has its sights set on Arden, and if Eli wants to save his mate and the people he is entrusted with protecting, he’s in for the fight of his life


Eli Hammond is an Alpha wolf, after a trip, he comes back to his pack and finds 5 of his pack-mates dead and all the other members missing.
Arden Gilmarin is a Half-Elf, successful business man and a member of the Council of the Sup-Nat.

When Eli comes to Asheville asking for help rescuing his pack, he finds a closed door by the members of the council, except for Arden. His mate.
Eli knows from the beginning that Arden is his mate, but he refuses to claim him. First, he has his pack to rescue and as the Alpha, the pack comes first. Second, the fact that Arden isn’t from the same species, is something that bothers Eli. How can 2 different species be together and mate for life when they are so different?

Arden is adorable, smart, fun, with a big heart. He’s a caretaker, and helping people who need it, it’s second nature to him. So when Eli comes asking for help, he couldn’t refuse him. When he realized that they were mates, Arden tries to understand why Eli doesn’t want him and doesn’t do stupid things and I love that about him.

I loved this book. Eli and Arden are perfect together.

I’ve read a lot of paranormal books, I love this kind, and Out of the Ashes, is a really good book.

The author wrote an interesting story with a good plot, the MC’s a couple that I loved from the beginning, both of them (I was surprised too), the secondary characters were good too, and I wanted to know more about them.
The fact that the book wasn’t all about the mate pair, pleased me. The author wrote two stories in one.

The first story, we have the investigations about Eli’s pack and all the ramifications of it. The second story, Eli and Arden’s love story and mate’s bond.
I also loved that the author didn’t use the mate thing for ugly useless sex scenes (yes, it’s me Ivy, and no I’m not sick). Actually, he took the time to build the bond between them, of course it’s a magical bond, and of course after 4 days they were together for good (and I was doing a little dance), but that doesn’t mean they didn’t talk together or didn’t share their fears and worries.

Besides, like I said, the plot about the missing pack was super good.

For me, it was like reading a paranormal gay’s version of the TV Show Supernatural. Replace the brothers Sam and Dean Winchester by an Alpha Gay Wolf mated to a bossy bottom Half-elf, then add a broody Vampire as expert ès-demon, a wizard as the best friend who is also sex-buddy (I love this book!) and other supernatural creatures like Dryads, Witches and demon hunter.
Shake well, and you have Out of the Ashes.

I will definitely follow this series, and hope that book 2 will come soon.

4 OptimuMM’s for those adorable supernatural misfits

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

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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: “Neriah” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Neriah
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Gillham Pack series, Book 22
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Latrisha Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK:  Yes
LENGTH: 123 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 12.2017
PRICE: $4.99 – e-book / $6.00 -paperback

  

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Sometimes you realize what you have only when you’re on the brink of losing it.

Neriah arrived in Gillham after spending two months as his tribe leader’s fake hostage. Now he works part-time in a flower shop, plays big brother to the street kids flocking to Gillham, and thinks of ways to stop his tribe leader from ruining his life. He thinks his life can’t get any more exciting—until he meets his mate.

Connor is human, and the only reason he’s in Gillham is to write about the pack for the Daily Beacon. He’s lucky enough to get an exclusive interview with Alpha Rhett, but things get weird when a small blond man with pointed ears tells him they’re mates right in the middle of the interview.

Connor is wary of the mate bond and insists he doesn’t believe in soul mates. Neriah is focused on changing Connor’s mind at all cost—and that includes by dating him. But Gillham isn’t the sleepy little town it used to be anymore, and the humans set against the pack are starting to create problems again. Connor risks losing Neriah forever when he’s kidnapped, and that makes him realize how much he cares for his mate.

Will that realization come too late?


Neriah by Catherine Lievens is the twenty-second book in the Gillham Pack series. I didn’t like it as much as I liked Geoffrey (the 21st book in the series). Neriah acted too juvenile for my tastes. He had just found his soul mate and needed to woo his mate who’s human, but instead, he’s checking out other pack member’s behinds and doesn’t see anything wrong with it. The story also didn’t flow as well as the previous one, and I didn’t like the storyline as much. I did like getting to see Neriah’s brother Nuallan and his mate Ethan and some of the other pack mates. The book was well written and nicely edited.

Neriah’s a Nix, and he currently lives with the Gillham Pack after being his Tribe leader’s fake captive for two months. He lives in a house with his brother Nuallan and his mate Ethan. He’s an extrovert and very talkative. He’s bold and can be brash at times. He can also be juvenile at times and sometimes doesn’t think about his actions before doing something. He’s loyal to his friends and family, which I liked. I would have liked to have seen him focus more on his human mate Connor and help him overcome his wariness of the mate bond.

Connor’s a human journalist for the Daily Beacon. He’s used to researching and writing articles instead of going to the places and interviewing people in person to write his article. While interviewing the pack about the Wendigo attack in town, he meets Neriah who insists that Connor’s his mate. Connor doesn’t believe in mates though, and he has the worst luck in love, so he has a hard time believing that there’s a perfect someone out there for him. And as Neriah explains more about the benefits of being mates, like an extended longevity, he becomes even more apprehensive. Which I can understand, I’m not sure I would want to outlive all of my friends and family either.

But slowly Connor starts to come around as he talks to his friends and family and spends time with the pack and Neriah. But when Neriah’s kidnapped, Connor admits to himself that he has fallen in love with Neriah and wanted to bond with him. But that will only be able to happen if they can rescue Neriah.

I absolutely loved the end of the book though as the author introduced the characters for the next book. Which made me want to read it since it looks like it is going to be about a human who has two mates.

Yep, I can’t wait to read Rabbit, the next book in the series.

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

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Review: “The Truth is even Stanger” by Charlie Richards

TITLE: The Truth is even Stranger
AUTHOR: Charlie Richards
SERIES: A Paranormal’s Love
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Carmen Waters
GENRE: Paranormal, Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 111 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 31, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 e-book
  

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Officer Tian Chavez goes undercover at a college in Durango, Colorado as Tian Whithern, a gangster. It’s not the first time he’s taken such an assignment, since he looks years younger than he actually is. Finding out who’s offering strength-enhancing drugs to students and other townspeople takes a jaunt around the crazy maypole when he discovers the truth. It’s not drugs that give the ability, it’s completing a mate-bond with a paranormal creature. To his shock, he learns that gargoyles, shifters, and even vampires are real. Now, he needs to come up with a viable cover story.

To make matters even stranger, Tian runs across Chef Roman, a gargoyle who seems to think they’re mates. While he finds the huge male attractive, Roman isn’t an exceptionally personable individual. Tian isn’t certain what to make of him or his gruff, bumbling attempts at seduction. When he realizes accepting a life with Roman would mean the end of his work…plus other drastic changes to his life, can he decide on what’s the right path?


I was so excited when I read the blurb for this book and realized that it was about a gargoyle that finds his mate. I fell in love with gargoyles back when they had the Gargoyles cartoon on TV, and I fell in love with Goliath. He was gorgeous. Tall, purple, broad chest, square jaw, and super protective of humans especially his detective friend who knew about the gargoyles and had a crush on Goliath. The Truth is even Stranger storyline reminds me a lot of this cartoon but has enough differences to make it unique. For one, the detective’s a male in this story instead of a female like in the cartoon, and the gargoyles in the story shed their gargoyle skins and take on a human form after they’ve mated which they didn’t do in the cartoon. So if you didn’t like the Gargoyles cartoon, then you probably will not like this book. I, however, loved the cartoon and so loved that it has been adapted and turned into a gay series.

The Truth is even Stranger’s the nineteenth book in the A Paranormal’s Love series by Charlie Richards, but it’s the first book that I have read in the series. And given my love of gargoyles, I can’t wait to read the other 18 books in the series while I wait for the next one to come out.

Chef Roman reminds me a lot of Goliath, same build and personality and wanting to protect his mate. He’s fairly new to the Durango Clutch having come from New York after having been betrayed and injured there. So he isn’t the greatest at communicating or showing affection to his mate. However, he can’t deny the mate bond’s pull.

Officer Tian Chavez goes undercover as a gangster at a college in Durango to uncover a new drug that they have been tipped off to. Tian doesn’t know anything about the paranormal world until he starts poking around and becomes friends with some college guys that he thinks might be part of it. He fakes an injury to get in to see their personal healer so that he can snoop around the mansion. All is going well until he’s caught snooping around by non-other than his mate. Now he has a whole new world to learn about and mate bond that he has to learn to navigate. And choices to make about his future and his job.

I loved the chemistry between Roman and Tian and how they slowly felt each other out with the help of the mate bond and learned how to trust each other. I can’t wait to go back and read the other books in the series and learn about the other mates in the Durango Clutch.

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

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Review: “His Father’s Omega” by Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus

TITLE: His Father’s Omega
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus
SERIES: Pack Rules
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Paranormal, Shapeshifer
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 84 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 12, 2017
PRICE: $ 4.99 -e-book
  

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Jacob wants nothing to do with his father, but he’s not fitting in with his birth pack anymore. When his father sends for him, Jacob’s pack urges him to go, giving him little choice in the matter. Colorado is a far cry from Boston, and he just wants to find somewhere he fits in, wherever that may be.

Miles is finally settling into life with a good alpha at the helm. He’s learning what it means to be an omega and that he has a definite place in the pack. Jacob is a complication in ways he doesn’t understand. He wants to be close to Jacob, but he’s also afraid of what that means.


His Father’s Omega by Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus is the second book in the Pack Rules series. This book is so much better than the first book. The pacing’s great and the story never felt rushed like the first book. The storyline was believable, and so were the characters. His Father’s Omega’s about Alpha Harlow’s son Jacob and the pack’s omega Miles. I liked getting to see how the “haram” is adjusting under the new Alpha. They still have issues that they’re working on, and I was glad that the authors didn’t rush Miles into any situations that he wouldn’t have been capable of handling after the trauma that he’s been through. They didn’t have him miraculously get better just because he found his mate which made the book believable. I liked how Jacob has to take things slow and works to win Mile’s trust and respect.

Jacob’s on his way to the Glenwood Springs pack, his father’s pack, in Colorado after basically being kicked out of his mother’s pack in Boston. They made him leave after Shamus, the pack beta, died in a fishing accident and they didn’t want to put up with him moping and fighting anymore. Jacob looked up to Shamus as a father figure after his father abandoned him and his mother when he was an infant. He isn’t sure how to feel about living with his father and has a chip on his shoulder because of it. I loved that Shamus taught Jacob how to scrimshaw. Jacob and Nathan (his father’s mate) have a lot of hostility between them, and it doesn’t help that Nathan treats Jacob like a child that can’t be trusted. I did like that Jacob’s from a healthy tribe and can help with describing what an omega’s duties are to the pack.

Miles’ excited but apprehensive about all of the new people that have been joining the pack. He’s still trying to figure out what it means to be an omega and have a position in the pack. He knows that he can calm the pack members through touch, but he figures that there has to be more to his job. When Jacob shows up to join the pack, he’s drawn to him and wants to help take away his sadness and pain. But at the same time, he isn’t sure that he can trust him to respect his boundaries.

I liked getting to see Jacob and Miles find their way together and take things slow. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book in the series. I’m hoping that it will be just as good as this one was.

**** The ARC was provided by eXtasy Books. 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: “Rediscovering Himself” by Charlie Richards

TITLE: Rediscovering Himself
AUTHOR: Charlie Richards
SERIES: Wolves of Stone Ridge
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Paranormal, Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 108 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 21, 2017
PRICE: $ 4.99 e-book
  

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Out of the Cage: Freedom takes all forms, including how to learn to live with yourself…and your limitations.

Drako Rundin had a rude awakening to the paranormal world—holy crap, vampires and shifters are real! Still, he thinks it’s pretty cool. After so much time thinking he’s weird for being a gay, video-game-loving geek, he finds he’s not the only oddball. Accepting his new friends’ offer to go to Denver, helping the pair move an ostrich farm in the process, he meets so many more people who are different.
Kwanza doesn’t know how long he’s been in captivity. He just knows he’s grateful to the group of friendly paranormals who rescued him. While he remembers shifting to human form—decades ago—he struggles to actually do it. The other shifters are patient and accommodating, giving him wide open spaces in which to live.
When Kwanza meets Drako, he recognizes the plump, cute human as his mate. While he succeeds in shifting, he can’t seem to hold it for long. With Drako’s help, can he relearn how to be human all over again?


Rediscovering Himself is the fortieth book in the Wolves of Stone Ridge series by Charlie Richards. It was well written and nicely edited. I love how the books are written and fleshed out. The characters have depth to them, and it just made me want to read more and more. These books are nice light hearted quick reads. This is the second book that I’ve read in this series. I also read The Hated Finn book thirty-nine in the series also.

The Hated Finn’s where we meet Drako Rudin for the first time. His sister ropes Vicktor into giving him self-defense lessons after being beaten up by some of his schoolmates. Vicktor is the one who stopped the beating and got him to the hospital. Drako becomes friends with Vicktor and his mate Finn, and Drako learns that the paranormal world’s real. He also agrees to help move Finn’s ostriches to their new farm. So Rediscovering Himself starts from this point for Drako. I liked Drako’s character. He’s pudgy and sweet and is a hopeless romantic, but he has never been in a relationship, so he doesn’t have a lot of experience, and so he has that shy innocence to him also. You just want to hold him and protect him. He’s quite lovable. He does have some issues with how his body looks, and it constantly has him blushing as his mate admires him.

Victor and Finn have to stop and check in with the local alpha after unloading the ostriches at their new ranch, and it’s here at the alphas property that Drako meets Kwanza for the first time in his Bongo form. He’s instantly attracted to the unique animal that he’s never seen before. He finds him fascinating and beautiful, and that’s before he finds out that he’s a shifter and his mate.

Kwanza’s one of the shifters that was rescued by the pack from the scientists’ laboratory. He’s been stuck in his Bongo form for 67 years and has forgotten how to shift to his human form. He’s living at Alpha Declan’s property and is with him when he smells his mate for the first time which triggers a shift to human form. However, Kwanza doesn’t have control of his shifts yet, but Drako’s definitely the key to helping Kwanza become whole again. I absolutely loved Kwanza and Drako together. They complement each other perfectly and have wonderful chemistry.

I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out so that I can read it. Until then, I will start working my way through the 38 other books in the series that I haven’t read yet.

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

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Review: “Geoffrey” by Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Geoffrey
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Gillham Pack
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Latrisha Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter;
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 119 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2017
PRICE: $ 4.99 -e-book / $ 6.00 -paperback
  

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Sometimes you have to accept what life gives you without questions.

Geoffrey’s life is normal—or it would be, if most of his friends weren’t members of the Gillham pack. He loves the pack, though, and when he finds an injured woman and three babies, he agrees right away to take care of the oldest one, Mingan. It’s the least he can do, and maybe it’ll help him get closer to William, his mate.

William thought he’d never trust another man, not after what his best friend and lover did to him seven years before. He tries to resist the bond that pulls him close to Geoffrey, but Geoffrey is stubborn, and he doesn’t take no for an answer.

William has no doubt Geoffrey will eventually wriggle his way into his life, but will he be able to get past the wall William built between himself and the rest of the world? What will Mingan’s presence mean for them and for their future? And what will happen when Mingan’s father tries to get him back?


I had the pleasure of reading Geoffrey by Catherine Lievens. It’s the first book that I have read of the Gillham Pack series, so I decided to start with the 21st book in the series, cause why not?

It had a beautiful cover and an intriguing blurb, and I’m glad that I gave it a chance. The authors writing style is easy to read, and she did a great job of explaining who everybody is without having to read all of the other books in the series first. I also love that the main character’s name is the title of the book so that I can easily go back and read about the other characters that intrigued me. The book was also nicely edited which always makes me happy.

Geoffrey was a loveable character. He’s human, but he has a lot of friends in the Gillham pack and works in town at a flower shop with his friend Ethan from the Gillham pack. He has recently learned that he’s also the mate of William and will now become part of the pack himself.

William has a lot of issues that he hasn’t dealt with. He was betrayed by his best friend and lover seven years ago, and it’s left him with major trust issues. This has led him to be withdrawn from the pack and stay in his room playing video games and doing his job. He runs the phone hotline that shifter kids can call if they are in danger or being abused. He then sends out the needed resources to make sure the kid gets to where they need to be. But he’s very much a loner. He’s also painfully shy and blushes over everything. Which I think is adorable.

I loved that Geoffrey found the woman and the three kids and that they were able to help them and that the oldest child Mingan bonded with Geoffrey and William. I loved how it help bring them together and brought William out of his shell and forced him to interact with his mate. I also loved that Geoffrey never got mad at William or tried to force him to do something that he wasn’t ready for.

I wasn’t 100% sure on the dynamic of the relationship between Geoffrey and William on who’s supposed to be the alpha and who’s the omega. It wasn’t clearly defined. Geoffrey’s smaller than William and likes to bottom so I would assume omega but Geoffrey’s also headstrong and doesn’t let William push him around or lock him out. Which makes me think alpha. And with how shy William is and how inexperienced he is with topping. I would almost say that William is the omega. But like I said it isn’t clearly defined. But either way, I enjoyed both of them and their alpha/omega characteristics. It worked for them and the story.

I absolutely loved the ending and how it gave us a hint of who the next book is going to be about. And I already have it on my TBR to be read. I can’t wait to start reading it.

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

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Review: “Sealed with Beauty” by Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus

TITLE: Sealed with Beauty
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci and A.J. Marcus
SERIES: Signed, Sealed, Delivered
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 44 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 3, 2017
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book
  

BLURB:

Can beauty tame this wild beast?

To his family, Elan is something precious and beautiful to be secreted away and protected at all costs. He’s never allowed to be alone and his only hope of freedom is when his parents decide to mate him off. He’s felt like a prisoner for years, and he’s sick of it. He’s a hawk, and he just wants to fly away.

Raja was badly burned in a magical fire, and his scars have left him feeling like a monster. He lives a life of isolation, only interrupted by his father’s insistence that he get out and explore the world and stop letting his physical appearance limit him. At his wit’s end, his father decides to mate him to Elan, a man Raja could never hope to attract the attention of on his own.

Elan wants his freedom, and Raja only wants to be left alone. It should be a simple arrangement where they both get exactly what they want, only falling in love is never so easy, especially when it comes to a beauty and a beast.


Sealed with Beauty’s a cute Beauty and the Beast adaptation. There’s just something special about reading a book where a character with a heart of gold ends up helping a tormented and troubled soul find his way back to the light and happiness that just gives me warm and fuzzy feelings and this book gave me those feelings. My only complaint was that I didn’t want it to end. It’s unfortunately only a short story.

Raja, a bear shifter, has become reclusive after being burned by magic fire and sustaining scars over a lot of his body. He can’t stand for anybody to see how monstrous he’s become and so he covers as much of his body as he can if he’s going to be around anybody including his family.

Elan, a hawk shifter, has a huge overly protective family that will do anything to keep his purity intact before he is mated. Elan’s tired of constantly being watched and told what he can and can’t do. Elan’s tired of being stifled and can’t wait to be mated so he can have some freedom.

Not wanting his son to be lonely anymore, Raja’s father arranges a mating for him so that when he dies his son will have somebody to share his life with. However, Raja has other ideas for after he’s married and has no intentions of interacting with his new mate and wants a marriage in name only after the marriage is consummated. Elan has just as many ideas for his new mated life, and it includes having a partner, lover and best friend.
I loved the interactions between Raja and Elan when they first meet and after they are mated. I loved when Elan nicknamed Raja “Grumpy butt” and how he stood up for himself and refused to be bullied and refused to have a mate that wouldn’t interact and do things with him.

The storyline and plot were great, and so was the editing, but I would have liked the story to be longer. I wanted to read more about Raja and Elan after they were mated, like when they went out for the first time as a couple without Raja being completely covered up and stuff like that. I wanted to see how they developed as a couple and see how Raja blossomed into a confident guy again with Elan’s help.

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

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