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: “Two-Man Advantage” by Leigh Carman

TITLE: Two-Man Advantage
AUTHOR: Leigh Carman
SERIES: Players of LA
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Catt Ford
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 7, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 – e-book/ $14.99 – paperback
  

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A hockey star skating on the edge of a catastrophe.

A PR specialist so adept, he’s called “the Fixer.”

Working together will be the biggest challenge of both their careers.

The LA Vikings hockey team is fed up the violent outbursts of its huge, intimidating enforcer, Viktor Novak. Hounded by a homophobic and domineering father, Viktor takes out his frustrations by spilling blood—on and off the ice. Now he has one last chance to clean up his image, or his career is over.

That’s where Bowen Miller comes in.

Bo has taken on the hardest cases and succeeded—by micromanaging every aspect of a client’s life—at the expense of his own happiness. But in the stubborn, hot mess that is Viktor, Bo might have met his match—both in and out of the bedroom. One man is out of control, and one controls everything. But when sex and attraction come into play, those roles are open to negotiation.


Viktor Novak is a hockey player, violent on and off the ice. At 23 years old, he’s fed up that everyone controls his life, he can’t be who he wants to be, his father is an abusive man, who controls his life and belittles him. The fact that Viktor is gay, in the closet and can’t have a normal relationship without being outing, doesn’t help either.

Bowen Miller is hired by Viktor’s team, to clean up his image and make him respectable for the sponsor, press, and public. Bo controls every aspect of his life and refuses to let anyone take charge of him.
So, when he meets Viktor, he has to face a big challenge, tame the beast who attracts him like no one else.
I liked this book.
I loved Vik, he broke my heart, he suffers so much and so deeply, he made me cry.
Bo is perfect for him, they complement each other, Vik, needs to be in charge in the bedroom, it’s the only domain where he can be in charge. Bo didn’t know that he needs to be controlled by someone else until he met Vik. Each one comforts and appeases the other.

The sex is hot, super-hot, and I really enjoyed it.
But, I have to say that it’s not really BDSM, Vik needs to be in charge, yes, but, he isn’t a Dom either. He’s just authoritarian in bed.

The feelings between them aren’t properly developed in my opinion, It’s a game of power between them during all the book, who controls who, until the ultimate fight when they broke apart. And suddenly, they talk about love. It was a little weird, because except for the lust and the physical attraction, there’s no romance at first, not at all, even for us, the reader, we don’t read how Vik feels for Bo and vice versa.

So when they talk about love, I was a little surprised.

Anyway, it doesn’t spoil the reading at all, and Vik and Bob are so adorable that at the end we don’t care how their feelings are developed by the author.

It was a pleasant read with a beautiful happy ending, and I liked it.

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

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Review: ” Detour” by Sid Love

TITLE: Detour
AUTHOR: Sid Love
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Cool Dude Publishing
COVER ARTIST: Corneles Bronkhorst
GENRE: Contempory Romance, Thriller
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 333 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 13, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $12.99 -paperback
  

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Austin Reyes works as a bartender to support his ailing mother in a small town called Eaton. But his life takes a horrible turn when his boss’ son, Caleb, arrives in town and forces himself upon Austin. There is no end to Caleb’s lustful intentions. Austin leaves Eaton and flees to Denver to start a new life when his mother commits suicide after succumbing to depression. There, he meets Dylan Carver.

Dylan is out and proud. He’s also a well-known actor in the porn industry. When haters damage his car, Austin, now homeless and destitute, is injured and Dylan helps him. In the immediate aftermath, Dylan develops more than a passing interest for Austin, and, though they part ways, chance meetings never stop.

Austin lets Dylan in on the secret about his past, but soon realizes that the man who looked so happy on the outside, has his own baggage. Unbeknownst to them, someone is plotting to get Austin killed.

Even while surrounded by danger, Austin and Dylan’s relationship takes a detour that was always meant to be. Will this detour be Dylan’s undoing? Will Austin finally come to terms with his mother’s suicide and follow his own truth? Or will their lives implode?

Trigger Warning: Content includes a rape scene


Austin’s life is pure hell, he’s raped on a daily basis by his boss’ son, his mother is bipolar, and he needs his job to provide her medications. One night, when Caleb tries to rape him (again), his father saw them. Caleb lies, declaring Austin was the one who corrupted him and raped him. Austin tries to tell the truth, but it’s too late, he loses his job at the bar. When he comes back to his home, tired, hurt, beat, he finds his mother dead. She’s killed herself after she discovered what Austin had been through. Alone, traumatized, scared, and mourning his mom, Austin is attacked the next night after the funeral by Caleb. Caleb tries to rape him, and this time, Austin fights back and runs.

This book is about how you survive and heal when your life is hell.

This story was beautiful. We follow Austin and how he tries to stand up for himself.
How he tries to heal from his past. Heal with his friends, heal with loves, and heal with confidence.

The author did a great job, it wasn’t a “whining” book on how poor Austin is hurt. Not at all, yes, it’s a love story, but it’s also a thriller, and I enjoyed it.
The MC’s aren’t perfect, any of them. And I liked it a lot, I’m tired of the MC’s where one is Mr Perfection and the other Mr. Neurotic.

Austin does incomprehensible things sometimes, and Dylan is far away from being the perfect knight in shining Armor. And yes, I confess, I wanted to slap them, you know, like when you’re watching a movie and the MC does stupid things and you yell “Why did you do that !!!” but 5 minutes later, he does something adorable, and you forget his previous stupidity. Well, it was the same here, even if they annoyed me, it was never too long, and together they are perfect. They spend the book healing each other from their past, their mistakes, their wounds.

The writing is dynamic, the plot interesting. I was hooked on the story at the beginning and couldn’t stop until I finished the book.

That’s why it deserves 4 beautiful OptimuMM’s.
Enjoy
Ivy

***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: “Santa’s Naughty Helper” by Ari McKay

TITLE: Santa’s Naughty Helper
AUTHOR: Ari McKay
SERIES: Lawyers in Love
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Bree Archer
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 52 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 5, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 -e-book
  

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2nd Edition

Lawyers In Love

Shy lawyer Kevin Anderson is presented with an unexpected opportunity when he draws hunky litigator Erik Wilson’s name for their office’s secret holiday gift exchange. Kevin has pined for his friend for a long time, but he fears ruining their working relationship if Erik doesn’t return his feelings.
The anonymity of the exchange gives him the chance to let Erik know someone is interested, so Kevin turns the gift into a game: twelve days of presents, each more suggestive, culminating with a Christmas Eve meeting—if Kevin finds the courage to see it through!

Erik is intrigued by his secret Santa, who has given him something to look forward to during the holidays for the first time in years. But as Christmas approaches, he realizes he doesn’t want a mystery man; he wants his best friend, Kevin. When his attempts to instigate something with Kevin fail, Erik accepts the dinner invitation of his secret admirer. Little does he suspect that Santa’s naughty little helper might be just the man to make all his Christmas dreams come true in a holiday friends-to-lovers romance that progresses from sweet to spicy for two sexy lawyers.

First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2012.


Santa’s Naughty Helper’s a cute short story. It’s well written and nicely edited. There isn’t much depth, but that’s okay. When I read a book that is only 52 pages, I’m not really looking for much depth, but more of just a cute story to distract me from life for a little while and this book accomplished that.

Santa’s Naughty Helper’s about two lawyers, Kevin and Eric, which work together at a large law firm. Kevin and Eric are complete opposites. Kevin’s an introvert which makes him a great researcher but not the best litigator. He’s been in court often over the years, but he wasn’t the lead attorney. He also doesn’t care for the spotlight, the television interviews, or the notoriety that comes with the some of the high profile cases. Where Kevin’s shy, Eric’s friendly, and while Kevin disliked having to stand up and speak in court, Eric thrived on it. Eric’s an extrovert which makes him a great litigator, but he has too much energy to be the best researcher. They work well together because their expertise and skills sets mesh well and this makes Eric and Kevin, the firm’s best litigation team. Kevin gets to do the background work and research, and Eric gets to be the lead lawyer and all that that in tales.

However, in addition to being a great team, they are also close friends. They hang out at each other’s places and watch movies and eat pizza and also work out at the gym together. They know each other’s likes and dislikes and Kevin has been in love with Eric for quite some time but he doesn’t want to jeopardize their friendship or their working relationship either, so he hasn’t said anything to Eric.

Each year the law firm does a secret gift exchange as their way of getting the firm’s employees to get to know one another on a personal level. Moreover, this year Kevin draws Eric. He sees this as his opportunity to finally tell Eric how he feels about him without having to do it directly and possibly face rejection. So he comes up with doing a gift every day for 12 days just like the holiday song. Moreover, each day’s gift will be more suggestive, with the big reveal on the 12th day.

I loved seeing how Eric reacted to each day’s gift. You could tell that Kevin really knows Eric well. I loved the end of the book, and I would love to see more of Eric and Kevin and their relationship.

I recommend this book for anybody looking for a cute relaxing read.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. 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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