Review: “The Hated Finn” by Charlie Richards

TITLE: The Hated Finn
AUTHOR: Charlie Richards
SERIES: Wolves of Stone Ridge
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Angela Waters
GENRE: Paranormal; Shapeshifter; Vampire
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 20, 2017
PRICE: $ 6.99 -e-book / $ 11.2 -paperback
  

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Do you believe in love at first sight?

Out of the Cage: A cage of the mind can manifest in unusual ways.

Viktor Minsky spent months recovering after having been captured and tortured for information about his friend. While he still bears the scars, he’s proud that no matter how they’d beaten and starved him, he’d never caved. After Viktor joins a group of vampires and shifters to free captured shifters, he’s charged with tracking down several of the vendors that deliver supplies to the facility. When Viktor stops at the ostrich farm that supplied the meat to the scientists, he meets the owner, Finn O’Riley. Not only is Viktor shocked to discover the man is a shifter, but the scent of Finn’s blood causes his mouth to water. He suspects the shifter is his beloved, the other half of his soul, but Finn’s response to his appearance bluntly proves that he wants nothing to do with him. Can Viktor learn if Finn’s hostility is caused because he’s in league with the scientists, or is it caused by something else entirely?


I really liked The Hated Finn by Charlie Richards.

This is the 39th book in the Wolves of Stone Ridge series, but it’s the first book that I’ve read. Aside from being bombarded by a ton of names and their positions during the first chapter which was kind of overwhelming since I didn’t know any of them, the author did a great job of filling in all of the blanks, so I wasn’t lost for long.

This book’s about Finn who’s an Ostrich shifter and Viktor who’s a vampire who has joined a group of vampires and shifters that are planning to raid the Crystal Lake Pharmaceuticals because they were doing illegal testing on the paranormal community and they wanted to free all of the captive shifters. Afterward, Viktor’s charged with checking their suppliers to find out if they had been helping Crystal Lake Pharmaceuticals. While investigating one of the meat suppliers, Viktor stumbles across Finn who might be his beloved. However, Finn has a deep fear of vampires and wolves. I loved how persistent Viktor was in pursuing Finn when he realized that Finn might be his beloved.
I did like how Finn rationalized being an Ostrich shifter that likes to eat Ostrich meat and how it wasn’t cannibalization because he’s just a shifter whose animal to call is an Ostrich. It makes me chuckle just thinking about it.

The hated Finn was well written. It had a great plot and was nicely edited, and it had plenty of steamy hot scenes to go with it. Definitely my kind of story.

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

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Review: “Dead Camp 1” by Sean Kerr

TITLE: Dead Camp 1
AUTHOR: Sean Kerr
SERIES: Dead Camp Series
PUBLISHER: Extasy Books
COVER ARTIST: Latrisha Waters
GENRE: Vampire; Paranormal; Abuse
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 260 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 1, 2016
PRICE: $4.99 e-book
  

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li is an ancient vampire with an ego the size of a planet and a sex drive to match, but his tumultuous past left him broken, so he hides from humanity and cowers from love, left to endure the crushing guilt that haunts his every waking moment. Even his best friend, Malachi, a ghost who is hopelessly in love with Eli, remains unaware of all that transpired in London. Malachi can never know the truth.

When the Angel Daniyyel pays an unwelcome visit, Eli must face his secrets, secrets that he has tried so long to hide. To make matters worse, a chance encounter with the most beautiful man he has ever seen shatters his beloved isolation, pushing him into the world of the living once more. Something about this strange man seems so familiar, but Eli can’t even remember who he was before he became a vampire, never mind explain the unwanted emotions the enigmatic stranger ignites in his dead heart. So Eli has a choice – return to the world that ruined him, or continue his self-imposed exile with no hope of salvation.


Let me start by saying this author has a brilliant mind. His imagination took me on such a journey and had me captivated for the entire book. I can’t even begin to imagine the research he had to do for this first installment. The way this author engaged all my emotions is mind blowing. I could be laughing one minute and crying the next and then scared the very next.

This story is set in the WW2 era within Germany during Hitler and the Holocaust. There are many creatures in this story anywhere from good to evil. We have Eli the vampire that’s locked himself off from the real world in his castle. He lives with the funny and campy ghost, Malachi. These reminded me of an old married couple with their bickering but in a good funny way. Then the angel, Daniyyel shows up and changes things up.

Then there’s the gorgeous soldier, Ethan that Eli rescues and brings him back to the castle. It’s there that we learn of Isaiah’s books, Ethan’s father. I learned of Isaiah’s demise with demons and the loss of Eva, his wife. Eli feels a deep lust and connection with Ethan, and this drives Malachi crazy. Malachi has been in love with Eli for a very long time.

Eli is damaged and broken hearted. He uses sarcasm to keep from feeling real feelings and has an ego that gets him in trouble. Gideon was his true love and is the reason for his broken heart. Eli is lovable also with a high sex drive, but not many see this side of him.

There are so many characters, I can’t even tell you about them all. What I can tell you is that these characters are interconnected, and the flow this author has throughout this book is amazing. There are twist and turns, good vs. evil and jaw-dropping scenery.

This author has won me over as a fan for life. I found this story riveting, mouth-watering, terrifying and had my full attention from beginning to end.

I would recommend this to book to the not so weary. This book contains historical events, horror, gore, passion, rollercoaster of emotions and, of course, hot MM sex scenes and some MF sex scenes.

***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: “Broken” by Jex Lane

TITLE: Broken
AUTHOR: Jex Lane
SERIES: Beautiful Monsters
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE:Paranormal; Incubus; Vampire; Dark
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes, not at release.
LENGTH: 570 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 02, 2017
PRICE: $5.99 -e-book  

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Vampire. Incubus. Demigod. Weapon.

Matthew has many names, but none as distressing as pet. A slave to incubus High King Malarath, Matthew is tired. Tired of fighting. Tired of losing those he loves. Tired of the torture. And, in his despair, his body begins to decay around him.

The High King, angered that his pet is dying, brings in the one person who might be able to fix Matthew: High Lord General Tarrick.

While all trust Matthew had in the general is gone, maybe there is hope in the situation. All Matthew needs to do is start acting like an incubus and put on a show.

Author’s note: This book contains dark scenes. Reader discretion is advised.


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Where should I begin, where should I begin

So when Matthew awakes he finds himself…hahahaha, you know me already, I will not tell what’s going to happen! But I will tell you this:
Matthew is a slave again. He’s at the mercy of the High King and Prescott, the leader of Argonauts. But mercy is a word that those two don’t have in their vocabulary. Matthew is tortured, humiliated, starved…and we can witness all this in great detail. This book is darker than the previous ones, much more torture, and much more pain. You find yourself wondering many times, what you would do if you were in his situation? Well me, myself I would end myself in a heartbeat. And that thought crosses Matthews mind too. Its then when he starts to turn into a ghoul. Now you may ask what’s a ghoul? Let’s just say that when a vampire is depressed his body starts to die. He starts to rot alive. And that’s what’s happening to Matthew.

Although Samantha’s advice to not let the King break him, he finds himself broke inside. The only thing keeps him calm is that the household of the High King doesn’t know about Samantha…well, that will change…

Matthew misses Devak big time, but he’s pushing the feelings aside. Him, not mourning his love, adds to the process to become a ghoul. Well, High King Malarath can’t have that, after all, he “invested” so much in his pet (and by “invested” I mean tortured).
You can’t even imagine the torture, physical, psychical and emotional, Matthew suffers. But then something happens, something really, really bad that makes him start to fight back. Him being alone (another thing to go into the column of ’reasons become a ghoul’) and following Samantha’s advice, he most trust Tarrick with his secrets.

Well, f**k Tarrick! That guy still irritates me with his bullshit behavior. In my honest opinion, it’s all pretending, to be strong and gathered and confident. The asshole needs a wiping, a good one, that I hope I will see happening in the future…oops! I said future? Yeah…there will be a future with interesting happenings, turnabouts and I hope with Matthew becoming what he’s destined for… Oh my god, my fingers are itching to “tell” you more but I can’t…I’m so, so sorry…not.

This book reveals many secrets, many reasons why the war is still on. We will meet new characters, interesting characters, and old ones too. We will witness Tarrick doing something that no one would expect from him, why? Well not because he loves Matthew right? Right…

Although this book is long, I could keep reading it for another month or eleven.

Jex Lane, you did it again, so please hurry up with the next book!

***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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