Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Todays Button

This is the button for when people try to tell you who and what you are to be.

Just trying to keep in line with my last post :)


I am just starting a new book by Kim Dare, Thrown to the Lions 03 - Ellery’s Duty. I don't normally read the dedications on books and the pages before the first chapter starts, I know I should but I just always seem to skip them except for this time for some reason I can't explain. But I have to say that I'm glad I did. This is what it said:

"To everyone who knows that who you really are, is far more important than who you are supposed to be."

It seems much more poinent than the usual 'Always be yourself' or when someone tells you what you are isn't want they want you to be or do.
It just struck me as a really good phrase that everyone should read/hear.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Moon Pack Series by Amber Kell

Attracting Anthony
Anthony is recovering from the death of his lover. What is he to do when the pack alpha wants to mark him as his own? 
Rating: 3 Stars

Baiting Ben
Ben joined Silver's club to meet a mate. As a lone wolf he needs to join a pack to survive. But just when he thinks he found his mate in the elegant Thomas, Dillon a man from his old pack, comes into town to claim Anthony for himself. What is a wolf to do? 
Rating: 3 Stars 

Courting Calvin
Calvin was attracted to the vampire Alesandro. But could he get involved with the gorgeous creature of the night when he knew he would be sacrificing Anthony to get his sister back?
Rating: 3 Stars 

Denying Dare
Weretiger Dare longs for the attention of Steven. But the werewolf is searching for a mate among his own kind. Until Anthony douses his friend in a batch of catnip and the big kitty pounces. 
Rating: 3 Stars 

Enticing Elliot
Elliott comes to the Moon pack bar to meet with Anthony. Little does he know that Anthony's plans include handing him off to Parker, the pack security officer. Parker takes one look at the slim accountant and knows he's found the submissive mate of his dreams.
Rating: 3 Stars 

Finding Farro
When mutants kidnap Farro's son and take him to Dark Fae territory he has to rely on Anthony to get him back. With problems of his own will the alpha mate be able to cope with all the changes in his life and still handle his pack duties?
Rating: 3 Stars 

Silver Publishing 

Twisted Rose by Amber Kell

Sex club owner Daniel Rose has never seen anyone hotter than Detective Ian Stiller. When Ian comes to rescue a friend at his club Daniel makes his interest known but it takes a killer to finally bring the two together.

Rating: 3 Stars
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Bonding with Graven by Amber Kell

When Steerl takes his sister to the vampire prince's mating ceremony his plans to marry her off hit a snag when the prince prefers the escort to the escorted.

Rating: 3 Stars
All Romance Ebooks

My Maven, My Everything (Sons of Thanatus #1) by Joyee Flynn

Madden "Mad" Forrest is a Son of Thanatus, a secret order rumored to be descended from gods. The members possess the ability to hear the souls of the dead, and they travel the country speaking for those without a voice, helping to lay them to rest. After a particularly stressful job, Mad heads to New Orleans and picks up a hot twink in the hotel bar.

Josh McGreggor is out for a night of pleasure before heading off to a new job. The perfect man who invites him over to his table is the answer to his desires. What neither expects is the strength of their feelings after one night's passion or that, come the light of day, they can't bear to part.

Can these two men navigate through the minefield that arises from their roles to find love, or will they be destined to continue their lives all alone?

Rating: 3 Stars

Love Sexy (True Blood Mate #3) by Stormy Glenn

Logan Stone lives a lonely existence as the beta of his wolf clan. It's his job to protect his people and follow out the orders of his alpha. That doesn't leave much time to find a mate or fill the empty hole in his heart. When he spots a set of sexy eyes staring at him during the moon festival, Logan knows he has met his mate.

Finding Love Star is not as easy as keeping him. Love may be fascinated by all things wolf but when Logan goes feral during their mating, Love runs for his life. Logan has to call for help to find Love, only discover his mate is hiding right under his nose at the Stone Clan compound.

Instead of convincing Love of the merits of being mated to a wolf, Logan has to depend on Love to protect himself even as he tries to shield the man from the dangerous world he has just entered. If they survive the interference of well meaning friends and a coyote shifter bent on killing Love, they just might have a chance of finding out what fate has planned for them.

Rating: 3 Stars

Forever Broken by Evangeline Anderson

As second wolf in the Lunas Locas pack, Paul Kraskowski has power and prestige. He also has a dark secret, one he hides and won't admit even to himself-until the night he meets Laurent.

Born to one of the oldest families of his kind, Laurent Montcrieve is vampire royalty. He stands to inherit massive wealth and the title Viscount of the Blood. But he would give it all up to find the one man who can complete him-his Coeur de Sang, or Heart's Blood.

Two worlds collide when Laurent and Paul meet and form an accidental blood bond. But the instant spark between them ignites a raging bonfire of conflict. Their people are enemies who would rather see them dead than together and Paul refuses to admit his attraction to another man. Now the clock is ticking as they agree to explore what lies between them. Their search may end in true love or death. But they must be careful . . . for if they sever the tie that binds them, the bond they share will be forever broken.

Rating: 4 Stars
Jasmine Jade

I Heard Him Exclaim by Z.A. Maxfield

Who Likes a Skinny Santa?
Steve Adams's heart hasn't been in the Christmas spirit ever since doctors put a stent in it and ordered him to clean up his act. No longer filling out his Santa suit or allowed to make merry, he's forgoing the holidays this year and heading to Vegas to indulge in the few vices left to him: gambling and anonymous sex.
His road trip takes a detour when he encounters Chandler Tracey, who's just inherited guardianship of his five-year-old niece. Overwhelmed, Chandler's on his way to deliver Poppy to his parents. But fate has other plans and, after car trouble, Chandler and Poppy accept a ride home with Steve. Though the heat between the two men is obvious, they put it on simmer while they band together to make Poppy's Christmas as perfect as possible.
Steve soon comes to believe that while Chandler is the right person to look after Poppy, someone needs to look after Chandler. Fortunately, Steve knows just the man for the job.

Rating: 3 Stars
(Part of His For The Holidays Anthology)

What Child Is This? (Crossing Borders #2) by Z.A. Maxfield

Michael and Tristan are finally taking that much needed weekend away for Christmas. They’ve been working so hard at their respective careers there hasn’t been time for a breather, much less a chance to reconnect and see if they’ve been working toward what they both want.
Like always, Michael’s well-laid plan is derailed by a phone call from Apple House. Three of their charges have gone missing and while Michael is worried, it’s not unusual for the young adults who stay at the shelter for homeless LGBT teens to come and go.

But when one them calls Michael and asks if – hypothetically speaking – it’s considered kidnapping to keep a baby who’s been abandoned, Michael and Tristan head home with all speed to sort things out.
Two couples need answers in a heartwarming holiday tale of taking stock, reaffirming commitments, and catching the perfect wave in What Child Is This? A Crossing Borders Christmas Story.

Rating: 3 Stars

With Abandon (With or Without #4) by J.L. Langley

Love was never part of his plan…until it pounced.
As heir to an old and proud heritage, Aubrey Reynolds works and lives for his family, his employees and his pack. Agreeing to watch after a visiting werewolf is no big deal—until he discovers the newcomer is his mate. His very male mate…which is a very big deal, indeed. Revealing his sexuality was never part of Aubrey’s well-ordered life plan.

Much as he loved caring for his eight younger brothers, Matt Mahihkan knows it’s time to grab the opportunity to attend college in Atlanta. Realizing Aubrey is his mate should have been a delightful experience…except Aubrey treats him more like a dirty little secret than a lover. Yet Matt is a patient man. Aubrey can’t stay in the closet forever. Can he?

In time, they settle into a comfortable, if complicated, routine. Until a rogue werewolf with an axe to grind forces Aubrey to add to the wedge of secrets driving him and Matt apart, leaving Matt exposed to danger…and Aubrey forced to choose between love and duty. 

Rating: 4 Stars
Samhain Publishing

Dragon’s Egg Series by Lena Austin

Book 1 - Dragon's Egg
A therapist’s dream patient… In his nightmare, Jack’s the kid from a children’s song. But then dreams turn erotic as he makes love with the Dragon when it takes human form. When his therapist suggests he go back to Wales to find the cavern from his dreams, Jack resists. Then one last erotic dream proves the Dragon is real, and he’s dying. Now it’s a race to save the Magic Dragon — and uncover Jack’s missing past.

Rating: 3 Stars

Book 2 - Dragon's Stone
 Jack has more problems than you can shake a wand at. He’s the son of the usurper to the throne, an untrained wizard with a powerful gift,a gay dragon rider, and a cryptozoologist in a world full of mythical creatures. Now he’s going to school where one of his teachers is a biker turned dragonrider. Men are treated as second-class citizens in Honalee, so this is his one chance to be something other than a stud wizard for the local sorceresses. If that wasn’t bad enough, some mythical object called the Dragon’s Stone has been stolen. How much do they expect of a reluctant heir to the throne, anyway?

Rating: 3 Stars

Book 3 - Dragon's Quest
 The elf Remo and the spy Quenton are former lovers on opposing missions. Remo must protect the new prince, and Quenton is there to assassinate any human who bonds with the Dragon’s Stone as Prince Jack has done. In politics all is deception, and when ugly truths are revealed, who will end up quick-fried to a crackly crunch?

Rating: 3 Stars

These books are available as part of a Collection

Altered Heart by Kate Steele

As a werewolf and an enforcer for the Committee for Supernatural Behavioral Enforcement, Mick Matranga has seen his share of lowlifes, but Kevin Sutter, pack alpha, is one of the lowest. He has forcibly turned and taken prisoner a young human. Mick has been assigned to affect a rescue and bring Sutter to justice.
Dispatching the bad guy turns out to be the easy part of his assignment. Sutter's prisoner, Rio Hardin, turns out to be a smart-mouthed, sassy brat with the face of an angel who takes Mick's heart by storm. He's also a runaway turned hustler who has suffered numerous abuses in the course of his tumultuous life.
Bound by his code of honor and determined that Rio be protected at all costs, Mick makes it his personal duty to see to it that no one hurts Rio again. If that includes ignoring the instinctual knowledge that Rio is his mate and Rio's own desire to be with him, so be it.
There's only one flaw in his plan. Rio is about to go through his first shift, a very painful process which can only be made tolerable by applying a certain amount of distraction--sexual distraction. Mick has two choices. He can leave Rio in the hands of his very capable brother or he can give in to the mutual heat and need between them and indoctrinate his young charge into the ways of the werewolf.

Rating: 4 Stars

Hoosier Werewolf Series by Kate Steele

Book 1 - Midnight Howl
Rrr, rrr, rrr. Not something you want to hear from your car after midnight on a cold night in December. Ethan Parks takes it in stride and decides to walk home. What could happen? Being followed by what appears to be a wolf? Being harassed by some punks in the local mini-mart? Being rescued by the hunk he’s had a crush on since high school? Oh yeah.
Crewe Jackson’s been waiting patiently to claim his mate. Nine years ago both he and Ethan were too young, but now they’re all grown up. It’s time to give his sweet little nerd some lessons in love. 

Rating: 4 Stars

Book 2 - Who Let The Wolf Out
“Drug dealer? Me?” Dustin is flabbergasted when he’s hauled away by the police, accused of dealing ecstasy. Fortunately his brother’s cute friend is a lawyer but Dustin wanted to get to know Chad man to man not criminal to lawyer. How humiliating.
Chad Sutter has his hands full. Not only has his mate been accused of dealing drugs, he’s been hurt by someone he trusted. It’s up to Chad to straighten out the mess and prove to Dustin that it’ll take more than a little trouble to put out the growing flame between them. 

Rating: 4 Stars

Book 3 - Things That Go Grr
Never show weakness. For two men, human Nick Parks and werewolf Lucas Devereau, it’s the creed they live by. Trouble is, just because something is hidden doesn’t mean it’s not there. With a little trust they may just discover in each other a mate who truly understands the heart and soul of an alpha.
In the final installment of this series, Nick and his brothers, Ethan and Dustin are on the verge of discovering a world few humans see. Secrets are about to be revealed and an unforeseen danger faced. The Parks brothers will need every ounce of family loyalty and love they possess to see them through the gathering storm. 

Rating: 4 Stars

These books are not available as stand alones and must be purchased together in the Howl & Prowl Collection.

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Tail of Two Brothers (Horsfall #1) by Jade Buchanan

What started out as just another day for Oliver Philip quickly turned stranger than any fiction he’d ever read. Arriving at Horsfall Ranch to conduct an audit on their safety program, Oliver can’t keep his eyes off owner Bayard Stoddard. A long cool drink of water if he’s ever seen one. Just when it seems Bayard might be returning his attraction -- as unprofessional as it might be right now -- the tall, powerful man receives the news his twin, Marshall, is missing.
Imagine Oliver’s surprise when the abused Shire horse he finds chained up on a neighboring ranch shapeshifts into a man that looks surprisingly familiar… it seems he’s found Bayard’s missing twin.

Rating: 4 Stars

Animal Attraction Series by Michelle Houston

Book 1 - Taming the Wolf
Gay werewolves just didn’t happen naturally. Ben had accepted that he would quite possibly live the rest of his life alone. Then one day Nathan, another rogue-made werewolf, turns up on his doorstep. Ben finds that maybe there is a mate for him after all, if he can teach the younger man how to tame his inner wolf.

Rating: 2 Stars

 Book 2 -Embracing the Leopard
 Born of leopard shifter parents, Erik had always known his feelings for other men weren’t natural for his kind. Caught between two worlds, his desires for another man and his animal within, he has chosen to be alone rather than surround himself with what he cannot have.

Then Brandon comes into his life, and he discovers a whole new way of looking at things, and of embracing both halves of his nature.

Rating: 2 Stars
Book 3 - Unleashing the Jaguar
 Trapped in his jaguar form as the newest inhabitant at a zoo,Michael has to figure out how to get free, without anyone finding out about his people's existence, and without getting caught.
When his ex shows up, Michael isn't certain allowing Danny to ride to the rescue is such a good idea, especially given how things between them ended.But if he wants to have a life beyond one trapped in his animal form, he has to take the chance of his feelings rekindling.

Rating: 2 Stars

Marine Love: Weekend Leave by Bobby Michaels

It would be easy for shy Robby to lose his virginity and his heart to the handsome Marine who had arrived at his doorstep for the weekend. But once Rick was gone again, where would that leave Robby?

Rating: 3 Stars

Blood Signs Blood Signs by Amber Kell

Randall is a poor medical student looking for a job. When his roommate Darren tells him all about an easy position with the company he works for, little does he know that he's about to become the favorite blood giver of the toughest vampire in town.

Rating: 3 Stars
Silver Publishing 

Shane's Fury (Lost Shifters #10) by Stephani Hecht

Shane never expected to do what no other Leopard shifter had done before: fall in love. There was no denying it, though, because from the first touch of a certain Panther named Trevor, Shane lost his heart to the other man. Then just as Shane found his mate and true happiness, Trevor was brutally torn from him when a Cobra shifter, bent on revenge, captures the Panther. Now Shane finds himself helpless as he scrambles to find his lover before the Cobra enacts his final act of vengeance and kills Trevor.

Ever since his captivity, Trevor has known pain. He's known degradation. He's known terror. However, he also knows that Shane will be coming for him. And gods help the Cobra when Shane finally does arrive because hell hath no equal to a Leopard's fury. Trevor only hopes that Shane finds him in time, or else all hope will be lost.

Rating: 3 Stars
Extasy Books 

Shifters Series by Joely Skye

Book 1 - Marked
Marked as prey, Alec refuses to fall for a werewolf. Until he's forced to turn to Liam for protection. Alec Ryerson carries a scar over his heart and scars on his psyche, ugly reminders of a nightmare that still doesn't seem quite real. Even a year later, he stays inside on full-moon nights and avoids most peopleuntil he meets the strange and beautiful Liam. Liam feels an undeniable pull toward Alec. However Liam is a werewolf; Alec is a human who clearly has trepidations about a relationship. Then Liam discovers he is not the first werewolf Alec has encountered. Alec has been marked for death by the murderous "quad," a group of twisted werewolves who prey on humans. Now the quad's sights are set on recruiting Liam's eight-year-old brother into their murderous pack. Liam will do everything in his power to protect both his brother and Alec from the wolves, even if it means calling in favors and killing those with whom he once ran. Because Alec, like it or not, is Liam's chosen mate.

 Rating: 3 Stars
samhain publishing  

Book 2 - Feral

Seduction is his only chance for freedom-and love is a death sentence.
Even among shifters, Ethan is a rare breed. So rare, he's spent the last eight years in hiding from the werewolves who once captured and tortured him. Now a tranq dart has cut short his feral existence. Waking in human form in a locked room is more than a living nightmare-it's reliving his worst one.
Yet in the troubled eyes of one of his captors, he senses a weak link. One he can use to escape-by seducing his jailer.
Bram's life as pack omega isn't easy. As long as he obeys his alpha he is protected. However, there are some things he just can't bring himself to do. Keeping a precious cougar shifter prisoner is one of them, especially one who has somehow managed to capture his heart.
Setting Ethan free could be a death sentence for both of them, for Bram's pack doesn't take betrayal lightly. And the alpha is set on revenge.

Rating: No Yet Rated 

 Book 3 - Lynx
The only way to break free is to let go.In order to protect his shifter kin, FBI agent Trey Walters hides his ability from his employers. For him, a vacation means a whole midwinter month in the Canadian wilderness, free to live in his wolf skin.When he happens upon a rare lynx shifter, he's fascinated. And his protective instincts kick into overdrive. The young man needs to be shielded from werewolves and humans alike, whether he likes it or not. Jonah can hardly wrap his head around the fact that other shifters exist, much less endure the presence of a stranger in his lonely sanctuary. Blaming himself for his brother's death, he lives in self-imposed isolation. Trust? Forget it. Yet Trey's patience penetrates Jonah's fear, and it doesn't take long for him to fall like a rock for the wolf. Trey hadn't planned to embark on an intense, passionate affair, but he finds himself vowing to return after his next undercover mission is over. As months stretch into years, however, Jonah fears that Trey has broken faith with him-or is dead. Therer's only one way to find out. Leave the safety of his lair and venture into a dangerous, deadly world.

Rating: 3 Stars
Samhain Publishing 

 Book 4 - Wolf Town
Poised to run. Aching to stay. What lies between is sweet torture.
For nine years, Scott Lund has been erasing himself. Making sure his own kind-those who can control people's minds-can't track him down. It has been a lonely existence. So lonely, that when he makes a real connection with a stranger, he breaks his own cardinal rule and falls asleep in the man's arms.
Rory McIntyre has been sent by his pack alpha to keep a protective eye on Scott. Seduction wasn't part of the plan, but once he lays eyes on the Minder, Rory isn't satisfied to keep his distance.
The moment Scott opens his eyes, he panics and flees-straight into a Minder trap. The handsome stranger from the night before turns out to be his rescuer, who whisks him away to a safe place. Wolf Town.
Overwhelmed by Rory's family, Scott knows only two things for sure. His attraction to Rory is growing by the minute. And to keep his lover safe, he must put as much distance between them as possible . . .

Rating: 3 Stars
Samhain Publishing