Review: “Darkest Hour Before Dawn” by Charlie Cochet

TITLE: Darkest Hour Before Dawn
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: THIRDS
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Sci-Fi; Urban Fantasy; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 224 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 25, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 -paperback

  

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THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him.

As life and death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most for good this time.


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Since when were we waiting for Seb’s and Hudson’s story? It seems decades…but finally, it’s here…and I loved it! Every single word of it!

We know our sweet Hudson from quite the beginning of this series. He was always present, in the background, in almost every book, if not in all. We knew him as an English bloke, always calm, always with two feet on the ground. But we knew little about his background. Now, in this book, we will find out more…much more. Then with time, we learned that actually, Hudson is Sebastian Hobbs marked mate, but unfortunate events set them apart. Well, actually, Hudson set them apart, and we will learn why.

Even though Hudson decided to go separates ways, he can’t, he just can’t have anybody else in his life. He can’t move on, because…well…Seb is his mate!

The Doc’s relationship with Ninna is straggled too. She’s lying to him about her relationship with Seb’s brother Rafe the oldest of the Hobbs siblings, and it spoils his trust toward his best friend. Hudson is lonely…

Sebastian Hobbs, Team Leader for Theta Destructive, is tired of being apart from Hudson. He’s going out of his mind that he can’t be there 24/7 to protect his mate from the possible threats. Then when he gets called by Lieutenant Sonya Sparks, who offers him an interesting deal, Seb, very Therian like, told her to shove it. He doesn’t want to become a puppet of hers. But the threats are there, Hudson is in danger and the knowledge that his mate is stalked by Wolf, who tortured and almost killed Dex, doesn’t help either.

Events bring them together, events I know you wanna know but I’m not telling you…what?! Me?! mean?! Wow…I never expected from you to hear that…I’m offended!

No spoilers guys, but I promise you, you will not be disappointed. Although tissues needed! So go to your favorite shop and stock yourself with it…you’ll cry…a lot…the book is amazing. The story of these two is the most emotional of the series.

We learn about more characters too like Dom or Wolf. The Hobbs family…and the end…oh my, the end…tissues guys, tissues!

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

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Review: “A Flying Rescue” by Liza Kay

TITLE: A Flying Rescue
AUTHOR: Liza Kay
SERIES: Wildcat Hills Pride
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Latrisha Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 140 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 20, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book / $6.50 /paperback
  

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Bravery isn’t a matter of size, but one of the heart.

Math geek Asa Tibbs is no wilting flower, despite being a butterfly shifter with a reputation for fragility. When he learns his mate has been kidnapped, nothing will stop from rushing to his mate’s rescue. Least of all any objections by the Wildcat Hills Pride, whom he’s conveniently neglected to seek permission from.
Xander Powell, alpha of the Pride, is chagrined beyond belief. Not only has he been captured by a gang of deer shifters—an insult to his masculine pride alone—but he’s become the new main attraction of a rinky dink circus? And he can’t even shift to get out of his situation, not without alerting humankind to the existence of shifters among them. What’s a lion to do?
Help arrives on colorful wings when the big beautiful butterfly that is Asa tumbles into Xander’s cell. Together, the two men escape the circus. But their journey home is just the beginning of the honeymoon from hell…and what they discover along the way will shake the foundations of the paranormal world.


I liked A Flying Rescue by Liza Kay.

This is the first book in the series that I have read, and as such, I was a little lost until I got to know the characters and who had done what.

I think I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if I had read the other two in the series first. However, I did still greatly enjoy both Xander and Asa and all of their packmates and friends. The characters were nicely developed, and I liked how they interacted with each other. However, the books sound like they have a background plot that runs through the series even though the books are each about a separate couple. So I would recommend that you start at the beginning of the series before reading this book to get to know the characters and the circumstances that have made them the way they are. The ending of the book was left open for another book in the series, and I’m hoping that it will be about London and Donovan.

I loved how strong Asa is and how he doesn’t fit into the omega mold. I liked that he didn’t want to be thrust into being a permanent bottom just because he’s slim and smaller than Xander and I liked that Xander was secure enough in his alpha-ness that he would allow Asa to top also. I liked that Asa rescued his mate and that they had a rocky honeymoon while having to deal with corrupt council members and assassins trying to kill Xander and then later his pride.

I can’t wait to see what happens with the corrupt council as that seems to be the background plot that’s running through the series and since it wasn’t tied up in this book.

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

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Review: “From Ferret with Love” by Astrid Cooper

TITLE: From Ferret with Love
AUTHOR: Astrid Cooper
SERIES: Monsters InK
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Martine Jardin
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 94 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 20, 2017
PRICE: $ 3.99 -e-book /$5.25 paperback
  

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Love will find a way. Star-crossed mates, torn apart by enemies, find that the cost of love may be too high.

Fabian, a ferret-shifter with wolven blood, takes a walk on the wild side and is rescued by Ashley, a cop who would rather go home alone to his cat, than play nursemaid to a runaway. Soul-mate recognition intervenes. When Fabian’s alpha, together with the pack enforcer, arrive to drag Fabian home, a deadly battle ensues – one that leaves Fabian soul-wounded and Ashley destroyed.
Three years later, Fabian Ferret, private investigator for the blood-kin, is summoned to Monsters inK to work a cold case.
Left for dead by unknown assailants, Ashley has slowly recovered, but has no memory of the events leading up to his bashing. He has found a new life as a member of Monsters inK.
When Fabian and Ash are re-united, Ashley doesn’t remember his mate, and Fabian knows that to reveal the truth will set Ash free, but damn Fabian and their love forever. Ash decides that the little shifter is too much trouble, but Fabe has ingenious ways to ferret out the truth. So begins a teasing and dangerous game of seduction – one that may see them united or divided by love.


I loved From Ferret with Love by Astrid Cooper.

The way the author writes has a way of sucking you in and refusing to let you go.

I got invested in Fabian (a ferret shifter) and Ashley (a human cop) first when Ashley saved Fabian from a gay bashing in the park and later when Ashley helped Fabian heal, and Fabian revealed that Ashley was his One and they soul-mated and were perfectly happy for that one night. Only to be ripped apart when Fabian’s Alpha and his enforcer showed up to take him home the next morning.

I became even more invested in the couple when Fabian showed up three years later to help Sebastian (a member of Monsters inK) with a cold case only to find that the case involves his mate that he thought had died that night three years ago. Now it’s up to Fabian to help Ashley with his memory loss so that he can be whole again and so that he doesn’t have migraines anymore. But Ashley doesn’t want Fabian’s help, and so Fabian will have to use all of his Ferret abilities to ferret his way back into his mate’s heart.

From Ferret with Love has a developed storyline and lovable characters and sub characters. I will definitely be reading this book again. After reading this book, I can’t wait to buy the other eight books in the series to read about the other characters that I met in this book.

I can’t wait to see if their stories are 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: “Apprentice Saga” by Sadie Sins

TITLE: Apprentice Saga
AUTHOR: Sadie Sins
SERIES: Demon Bonded
PUBLISHER: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
COVER ARTIST: Sadie Sins
GENRE: Romance; Paranormal; BDSM
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 186 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2016
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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This volume contains episodes 5-9 of Demon Bonded, as well as the bonus episode ‘The Forging Of An Apprentice,’ written by Sadie Sins and previously published 2016. Apprentice Saga is the second saga in the mm erotic world of Demon Bonded. This serial is a fun play on monster collecting and male harems. Expect demon bonding, master/slave relationships of mild and abusive nature, multiple partners, magical powers, learning how to be a sorcerer, and conflict with crueler demon masters.

Ky’s recovery from the overseer Demencious is short lived. His parents have lost all trust in him, and Ky again has to wonder if he’s losing his mind. That is until he starts his first art class at his new college, and meets an actual sorcerer apprentice.

Liem Kane could have been a typical teenager, but there is something terribly wrong beneath his well-groomed exterior. His demon, Fido, is twisted and abused, the wolf Relic tormented daily by his young master.

In his quest to save Fido from certain death, Ky must face Liem’s master. A demon trainer of cruelty that far surpasses his young pupil, Tobias has no qualms in murdering those that disobey. Ky faces off against this monster among men. It’s kill or be killed, and Ky isn’t sure he can live with either option.

18+ This book contains explicit m/m sexual content, shifter demon anatomy that knots and ties, graphic language, violence, and themes of bondage. 68,000+ words


This book follows Demencious Saga with episodes #5-9. This is one of those series that builds quickly. We are back with Ky as he stumbles along trying to protect those who want to either control or destroy the relics. Each episode he learns more.

Episode five picks up right where the previous one ended. Here while the human bonds get colder, the demon bonds get stronger. Ky is beginning to see who he is and what’s important. The responsibility he feels for the demons in his care. He’s also finding out what he gained in the bonding process as well. This has all been new to him and he’s had to learn not only from Lovely and Feral but from each new experience is adding to it too. He’s also teaching the demons about him. How truly caring and concerned he is for them.

Episode six is where most of the groundwork for the rest of the book is laid. This is where the chain of events start to connect Ky’s magical life at home to those that are around him. We meet Lien, who’s instrumental in getting Ky to have a further purpose and concern. Seeing how he’s different from other sorcerers. What he sees as his weaknesses and where he lacks knowledge.

When you get to episode seven, then you see the changes that Ky starts to go through. Because of his trusting nature, just how vulnerable those he cares for are. He’s chosen his true family and fights not only for their physical safety but their mental well-being as well. He sees that he needs to learn more for their protection. He takes the demons’ pain to heart and hurts for them. Never thinking of himself but instead how he can save and protect the relics. While those he holds dearest think of his safety and mental well-being.

Everything comes together in episodes eight and nine. Showdowns not only with outside forces but at home as well. A lot of things are learned, and the stage for the next saga is set. By the time I got to the end, I was eager for more. Sadie Sins has created a world of magic and morals, love and sacrifice. A place where the worst monsters are human and the demons more like knights.

***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: “Dinner at the Blue Moon Cafe” by Rick R. Reed

TITLE: Dinner at the Blue Moon Cafe
AUTHOR: Rick R. Reed
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Aaron Anderson
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 206 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 13, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book
  

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2nd Edition

A monster moves through the night, hidden by the darkness, taking men, one by one, from Seattle’s gay gathering areas.

Amid an atmosphere of crippling fear, Thad Matthews finds his first true love working in an Italian restaurant called the Blue Moon Café. Sam Lupino is everything Thad has ever hoped for in a man: virile, sexy as hell, kind, and… he can cook!

As their romance heats up, the questions pile up. Who is the killer preying on Seattle’s gay men? What secrets is Sam’s Sicilian family hiding? And more importantly, why do Sam’s unexplained disappearances always coincide with the full moon?

The strength of Thad and Sam’s love will face the ultimate test when horrific revelations come to light beneath the full moon.


jologooptimummThis book surprised me, pleasantly, as I was expecting something in the normal werewolf, romance spectrum and this was different enough to appeal to me. It’s well written with good character development, both good and bad, and I loved the main characters. Thad is at a loose end, he has no job and no boyfriend. His days are spent with his Chihuahua Edith, and his nights, when he can afford it, hooking up with men in the gay bars of Seattle. Thad decides to break the boredom by going out to a new local Italian restaurant and that’s when his life changes completely. He catches the eye of the owner, Sam, and he’s just Thad’s type, dark-skinned, bearded and ‘furry’ and he’s also an awesome chef! The attraction is immediate but after one night of passion Thad awakes to a note from Sam saying that he can’t afford to get involved right now, it’s complicated. Thad’s devastated. He takes a volunteer job to pass the time, and that’s where he meets Jared who’s definitely interested in Thad, but Thad can’t quite get past the memory of Sam. Jared and Thad strike up an easy friendship, but fate intervenes to bring Sam and Thad back together. They agree to see where things go and that includes Thad meeting Sam’s family. He finds out that Sam has a son, but Sam and his family also have a huge secret. The course of true love definitely doesn’t run smooth.

Meanwhile, Seattle has a big problem. Gay men are being attacked and eaten! I really liked reading the killers POV, it made it real somehow. Jared witnesses an attack which shocks him to his core and word gets out that it could be a werewolf! Thad realises that the attacks take place at the full moon which happens to coincide with when Sam and his family are always ‘out of town’. Thad has his doubts and suspicions, but he just can’t make the leap required to believe what’s really going on. Then Jared is targeted by the killer and only just survives, but his attacker dies setting in motion a series of events that lead to Thad having to accept the truth.

Sam and Thad are perfect for each other, the red-headed, natural ‘bottom’ and the dark, swarthy Italian ‘top’. If only Sam could be open and Thad could suspend belief and be receptive to the truth then maybe they would stand a chance. This book has an original take on the werewolf theme which I liked a lot and the intricacy of the plot, and Sam and Thad’s relationship, kept me hooked to the end. The ending, incidentally, could have gone either way and I didn’t know how it would turn out until the last chapter which is refreshing. I would definitely recommend this book

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***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. 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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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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Review: “Kin” Catherine Lievens

TITLE: Kin
AUTHOR: Catherine Lievens
SERIES: Council Enforcers
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Valerie Tibbs
GENRE: Paranormal,Shapeshifter, Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 120 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 27, 2017
PRICE: $4.99 -e-book
  

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Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone to find happiness.

Kin always knew his job as an enforcer wouldn’t last forever. His mother is planning his marriage, to a woman she’ll choose to help advance their family name and fortune. The only way he has out of it is finding his mate, but there’s no quick or easy way to do that.
Saul has thought himself crazy for most of the past ten years. He sees half-transparent animal faces layered on some people’s human faces, and he voluntarily walked into a psychiatric hospital when he was twenty-three. Now he’s thirty-four, and he feels like he missed out on life. When his sister pushes him into leaving the hospital, he hesitates, but she won’t take no for an answer, no matter how much their parents pay Saul’s doctor to keep him there.
When Kin and his team are sent to make sure Saul gets out without any problems, Kin expects the mission to be routine. Instead, he knows Saul is his mate as soon as they meet. Will Saul finally manage to walk out of the hospital? And is Saul really crazy, or is there an explanation for what he can see?


Kin is a crocodile shifter that works as an enforcer for the Shifter Council. Kin loves what he
does and how he’s helped many other shifters. Kin lives with fellow teammates on the Gillham pack’s property. Kin’s mother has been trying to arrange his marriage to a woman to produce
grandchildren.
Even though Kin has been with both men and women, he knows he’s gay and
wants to find his mate. Finding his mate is his only hope out of a prearranged marriage. Saul is a human that believed he was going crazy and put himself in a mental hospital 10 years before. He sees animal faces mixed with human faces on some people. Well, while he was in that place, his sister has been begging him to get out, but Saul is too afraid. When a video is released, his sister gets the enforcers to get him out. Saul’s parents hate this and try to send him back.
Kin’s team is sent to get Saul out, and Kin knows immediately that he has found his mate. Saul is so confused when they leave the hospital and asks many questions. Kin answers them all but doesn’t tell him they are mates.
I really enjoyed Kin and Saul’s characters. I really would have loved more chemistry building between them. Kin knew right away that Saul was his mate but Saul didn’t understand the whole mate thing. And when Saul asked questions, he wasn’t answered but pushed to ask Kin. feel their struggle was very real especially since Saul had been in the mental hospital for 10 years. He was not sure how the real world was anymore.
I love Kameron and Zack also. I think they make great mates and have lots of knowledge to help all these different shifters. And the love they share is heartwarming. Penny, Saul’s sister, is amazing also. Would have loved to have read about Saul meeting his niece.
This is a fun read. I enjoyed it very much.

This is the third book of the second Spin-off from the Whitedell Pride series and running alongside the Gillham Pack Series. There are 25.5 in the Whitedell Series and so far 19 published in the Gillham Series with this being number 3 in the Council Enforcers Series.

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

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Review: “Thick & Thin” by Charlie Cochet

TITLE: Thick & Thin
AUTHOR: Charlie Cochet
SERIES: THIRDS
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: L.C. Chase
GENRE: Mystery/Suspense; Sci-Fi; Urban Fantasy; Shapeshifter
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 95 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2017
PRICE: $3.82 -e-book

  

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In a matter of days, Dex has been kidnapped, tortured, killed, revived, become half Therian, offered the chance to become a spy, and accepted a proposal to marry his jaguar Therian boyfriend, Sloane Brodie. It’s been a lot to take in, and although Dex is still trying to wrap his head around everything that’s happened, he knows he has to move forward.

After the events of Smoke & Mirrors, Dex and Sloane find themselves in one of the most frightening situations of all: revealing the truth to their Destructive Delta family. When the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same, and it’s up to Dex to prove that in the face of change, the one thing that will always remain the same is family.


levilogooptimummWell…well…well… sigh THIRDS! I said it all, right?! There are no more words needed but if this is the first time hearing about this awsomeness of series called THIRDS lemme give you some introduction.
The storyline is placed in a world, where Therians, are common knowledge. Therians are shifters. They are very strong. But the shifting back let them be vulnerable and weak. Therian-Human Intelligence, Recon, Defense, Squadron -or- the aka THIRDS. And this series is about them…

Thick & Thin is book 8 of the series, the sequel to Smoke and Mirrors.

Dex was kidnaped, died and came back as half Therian. Tony, his father, got shot in his chest but he’s recovering. Dex fears every moment of telling his family that he and Sloan are going to join TIN, the Therian secret intelligence. He wasn’t wrong, Cael wants to kill Sloan after he finds out that his brother, Dex died and now, Cael is going to lose him. Tony is outraged, he doesn’t want to hear a word about it. Seems that the mention of Dex and Sloan getting married eases the tension, just a bit.

While Dex talks to his family, Sloan does the same with his family, Ash. Well, he wanted to tell all, but Ash just opens up to him about his feelings, scary feelings, toward Cael. Even though they are together, the love Ash feels toward the cheetah Therian makes him feel vulnerable. Sloan let the other man talk, but he accidentally let it slip out about his and Dex’s engagement. I’m not going to tell you about Ash’s reaction! No Sir…but oh man!!! Well, I see Ash differently now wink, wink.

Dex plans to tell everything to the team, but things, as always with Dex, don’t happen smoothly. They get called for an emergency situation, where Dex is forced to show his fangs and claws, literally. The team is shocked, and more shocked when they find out that they join Tin and they are more shocked that Dex and Sloan are getting married. Hobbs, the sweet Therian tiger, reacts as Dex feared.

Through finding out the name of Letty’s Dimple’s, facing his family and team, they got a message, quite an original one, from Wolf, to keep Hudson alive.

I can’t wait for the next of the series, Darkest Hour Before Dawn, where, finally, we’ll get Seb and Hudson’s story. At the end of Thick & Thin, we get to read the first chapter of the next book.

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

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Review: “Wolfmanny” by Julia Talbot

TITLE: Wolfmanny
AUTHOR: Julia Talbot
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Christine Griffin
GENRE: MMM; Paranormal; Shapeshifter;
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 216 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 6, 2017
PRICE: $ 6.99 -e-book/ $ 4.89 -e-book/$10.49 -paperback Dreamspinner Press

  

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Three hot werewolves, sexual tension thick enough to cut with a knife, an impending Colorado winter, and a rambunctious pack of werewolf pups. Stand back and watch the fur fly.

When Kenneth Marcon loses his nanny to a bite from one of his inherited kids, he knows he needs someone strong to contain five werewolf children. What he finds isn’t a stalwart nanny, but a werewolf manny named Jack. Kenneth and his assistant, Miles, aren’t sure if Jack is what they need, but he’s what they have to work with.

Jack’s got what it takes to keep the kids busy—and attract both Miles’s and Kenneth’s attention. The two old friends have been circling each other for years, but with Jack as the final piece to the puzzle, it’s time to finally act on those urges. When Kenneth is forced to travel instead of solidifying the bond with his new mates, Jack and Miles take desperate measures to get him back, even as they save the kids from one disaster after another. Amidst the chaos, they have to learn how to become not just a pack, but a family.


From the very first page, Wolfmanny by Julia Talbot made me laugh, and I knew this was going to be an awesome book, and it didn’t disappoint.
The storyline was original, and the characters were nicely developed, and I loved all of their different personalities and how the author was able to portray them.
Kenneth is the Alpha of the pack and has a tech company that takes a lot of his time. He had inherited his sister’s kids when she died, and her husband was too heartbroken to take care of them. Kenneth has been raising the five kids for a couple of years now, and he considers them his, but they are still a very wild and rambunctious bunch. To the oldest kids, he is Uncle Ken, and to the youngest he is Dadykey. Simone is a 15-year-old girl, and as if being a teenager isn’t hard enough she is also starting to shapeshift and is having a hard time with it. Ginny is a nine-year-old. Thomas is twelve, and he and Ginny are thick as thieves and go everywhere together. Trouble seems to find them. The twins are three years old and have just shifted into human babies. Jim and Joe are adorable and super needy at that age. With five kids Kenneth has been having a hard time keeping a tutor and has gone through all of the available tutors from the one agency when the last one recommends Nose to Tail.

Kenneth is friends with Richard, the owner of Nose to Tail. Richard sends over Jay, an expert in general education and antiterrorism. He is going to be their manny. And he is definitely up for the task. Jay is attracted to Miles, who is Kenneth’s second in command. Miles has always wanted Kenneth, but nothing has ever come of it until Jay started working for them. Now Kenneth is ready to claim them both as his mates. And yes there are some pretty hot three-way scenes in this book, although my favorite was between Jay and Kenneth and the only scene with penetrative sex. I would have liked a similar scene between Miles and Kenneth. This book has some twists and turns to it but mostly focuses on pack and family. Jay, Miles and Kenneth’s relationship is secondary. As anybody that has kids and is trying to date knows, everything revolves around the kids.

The book was well written and edited. I can’t wait to read more books by Julia Talbot.

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

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