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Review: Hidden Shifter by Abraham Steele

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Title: Hidden Shifter (Fated Date Agency: Book Seven)

Author: Abraham Steele

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 249 Pages

At a Glance: Hidden Shifter is one of those books where I loved the premise but the follow-through suffered under a lack of backstory and knowledge of the -verse.

Reviewed By: Lisa

Blurb: “I’m sorry, Mr. Hillwell. Your fated mate is dead.”

Samuel Hillwell is in mourning for a man he’s never met. The handsome alpha waited too long to contact the Fated Date Agency. There was always a stock trade or a trip to Europe that seemed more important. His mate passed away just days before he reached out. As he goes into a downward spiral, questioning everything he’s based his life on, he can only wish he’d had one night with his deceased omega.

Caden Grey is on the run. After surgically altering his face and travelling across the country, the former kindergarten teacher still can’t stop looking over his shoulder for the people who want him dead. Now that he’s arrived in Clover Grove, he should finally be able to take a breath. But he’s just starting to get settled there when a dazzling man runs up to him. A man who knows Caden’s previous name.

Will Samuel figure out the truth about the tormented omega? And if he gets into Caden’s heart, will either of them be safe?

Hidden Shifter is Book 7 of the Fated Date Agency series. It also stands alone as a complete 200-page gay shifter romance novel with steamy content and male pregnancy.

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Review: Abraham Steele’s Hidden Shifter, book seven in the Fated Date Agency series, is billed as a standalone novel, and I accepted it to read/review under that assumption, so I’ll start by saying that even though this particular installment may feature a new couple in the series, I do feel like I must have missed out on some world-building by starting seven books in. Which, ultimately, was a real detriment to me as there were some things that just didn’t work because I didn’t have enough info going in.

The beginning of the story is great, filled with a lot of emotion and suspense, and I was completely invested in where the author was going with it—Samuel Hillwell finally carving out a niche of time in his otherwise work-aholic schedule to call the Fated Date Agency and find his true mate… Only to discover that the man who would have been his perfect other half had just died in a car crash. I empathized immediately with Samuel at being so close to opening a new chapter in his life, only to have it cruelly taken away, and I liked the emotional connection the author built there.

When we’re introduced to Caden Grey, a few things are obvious, not the least of which is that he’s not who we think he is, but that he’s also fleeing in terror from an unknown but credible threat. And I don’t think it’s revealing too much here, as the blurb does state that Caden Grey isn’t his real name, to say that fate is indeed playing a role in Caden’s life, as his cross-country exodus, with no fixed destination in mind, lands him practically on Samuel’s doorstep. And, even after plastic surgery, Caden can’t hide who he is from Samuel.

Unfortunately, this is also where the plot began to lose traction for me. The one true soul mate trope is a tried and true one, but sometimes it works for me, sometimes it doesn’t. Where it didn’t work for me here, overall, isn’t in the speed with which Sam and Caden came together (I actually was dying for them to meet and then liked that the author kept us in a little bit of suspense once they did), but in that once they did get together, there wasn’t any significant amount of word count spent on making their relationship solid enough for me to invest in. There were some sexy moment, some sweet domestic moments, but overall there was so much outside angst going on in Caden’s life that him giving in to his and Samuel’s connection didn’t happen until circumstances forced him to commit to the idea of Sam as a full-fledged mate. Reading a romance and then not being able to invest in the romance part of it is a bit of a buzzkill, to say the least.

But where I felt my experience with this book suffered most, as I said at the outset, is in the world-building. There’s no background story here, so we don’t know anything at all about these shifters, their origins, their mythology, or why the gay omega shifters are the only males who can get pregnant and give birth. I honestly was at a loss here, and will say this—on a personal level, a dripping, self-lubricating anus didn’t conjure up any sort of appealing mental images for me. Juicy wet underwear calls to mind an inherently female eroticism, and while this anatomical detail may or may not be canon in the mpreg lexicon, readers do deserve some foundation to make this aspect of the story even slightly more palatable.

By the time the final deus ex machina is pulled out of the pocket of miracles in an effort to save Caden’s life, I was so distracted by all my unanswered questions that I think any resolution to the story would have been less than satisfying to me. The Alphas didn’t act all that alpha-like, and Caden, the Omega, wasn’t as submissive as one would expect an omega to be. In the end, the motivation for Caden’s flight wasn’t thoroughly fleshed out—we’re told why he ran but get no supporting details about why his wolf misbehaved; we’re told that humans are a factor, but there’s technically only one significant human in the entire storyline; and when the danger does arrive at Samuel’s doorstep, the motivation was not only a bit flimsy but the antagonist doesn’t come off as dangerous as much as he does spoiled and juvenile.

Hidden Shifter is one of those books where I loved the premise but the follow-through suffered under a lack of backstory and knowledge of the -verse. Your mileage, of course, may vary if you’re already familiar with the series.

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Review: Broken Circle by Victoria Sue

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TitleBroken Circle (Sirius Wolves: Book Two)

Author:  Victoria Sue

Publisher: Dark Hollows Press

Pages/Word Count: 202 Pages

At a Glance: So, is this book good? Yeah. Any book that can make me care that much about characters and cry so hard is awesome.

Reviewed By: Jennifer

Blurb: Blaze, the most powerful werewolf on the planet has found his omega, Aden. Together with Conner and Darric they finally become true mates, fulfilling an ancient prophecy by the goddess Sirius and forming Orion’s Circle. The battle against the terrorist group, the Winter Circle, has begun.

Blaze, however, is fighting his own battle. Aden is due to birth a child, and despite Blaze’s six hundred years of being an Alpha, nothing has prepared him for his hardest challenge yet — how to become a father. His struggles are hurting the people he loves the most and threatening their bond.

The madman who kidnapped and tortured Aden still hasn’t been caught, and when the worst happens and their circle is broken, Blaze has to fight his biggest threat yet – his own inner weakness – an enemy against which his Alpha strength will be useless. Blaze has to learn that true strength is only found in forgiveness, and sometimes the most powerful weapon is love.

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Review: A few months ago I had the pleasure of reading the first book in this series, and I was absolutely delighted by the world Victoria Sue set up. The mythology, the characters, the storyline…all of it was so fresh in a shifter-saturated market. This second book continues the story started in the first, and follows Aden, Blaze, Conner, and Darric as they discover the joys of fatherhood and navigate an increasingly dangerous world.

Seven months have passed since the first book, and Aden is ready to give birth to a baby. Yes, he is male, for readers just tuning in, so this book does have mpreg. The logistics are explained in the first book, and I found it fascinating as Aden and his alphas dote on their child. But there’s a lot at stake. Orion’s Circle is getting more powerful, but Aden and Blaze have not finished their bonding ceremony, and there are new threats to contend with. The villain, Madden (from the first book has disappeared), and a terrorist group that seems to be made of wolves is threatening wolf/human relations.

I can’t say much without giving too much away, but I will say a few things. First, you absolutely must read the first book to get the full story. The author does a decent job of catching readers up, but not everything is explained. Second, this book is devastating. There is a major character death and I sobbed in bed, reading to the end through wet lashes. That’s how much I was affected. I honestly didn’t think it would bother me as much as it did, and I had to eventually take my glasses off because they were so blurred with tears.

So, is this book good? Yeah. Any book that can make me care that much about characters and cry so hard is awesome. That’s not to say there aren’t issues, however. Like the first book, there are some inconsistencies. The baby’s name is mentioned before Aden and Blaze decide on it, which is frustrating. There are also instances of repetition that could have been cut. I started skimming at one point because it got to be just too much, but in the end, the author’s character building really brought me in and kept me engrossed in the story. I just really wish more attention had been payed to the editing.

Now, there is a third book, and I currently hold it in my hands. I’m afraid to read it, though. Why? I don’t think my heart can handle another blow like it did with this one. And I’m all out of tissues. Any more tears and I might need to start using the towels in my bathroom to sop up the mess.

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Review: Eternal Circle by Victoria Sue

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TitleEternal Circle (Sirius Wolves: Book Three)

Author:  Victoria Sue

Publisher: Dark Hollows Press

Pages/Word Count: 143 Pages

At a GlanceThis book in the series is by far my favorite.

Reviewed By: Jennifer

Blurb: How can you repair something that should have been unbreakable? Darric, Blaze and Conner had been together for centuries, and their bond, like their love, should have been eternal. Blaze is trying not only to hold his family together, but stop himself falling apart.

The fragile relationship between the werewolves and the humans is at risk once more, and the goddess Sirius seems to have deserted them. Inexplicable changes are taking place to their little Omega, and while Aden’s powers are increasing, Conner seems to be losing his.

The terrorist group, The Winter Circle, is getting bolder and placing everyone in danger. Worse, there is a traitor among them, perhaps someone a lot closer than they want to admit. Just when Blaze thought the worst that could have happened is behind them, the traitor is revealed, and Blaze realizes that their circle is not only broken, but in danger of being irreparably torn apart.

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Review: I’ll admit it. I read this book the same night I finished the second one because I’m clearly a masochist and like being in pain. I just couldn’t leave the wounds alone and had to find out what happened next to Aden, Blaze, Conner, and Darric. I’m happy to say that after even more crying, I was happy with the ending I got.

 

This book in the series is by far my favorite. Characters reach new depths, more of the legend of the wolves is told, and an even more evil villain shows up. And it’s someone I never expected. I was completely blown away, and right before it was revealed, I literally proclaimed, “NO WAY!” and could hardly read fast enough.

Well played, Victoria Sue. Well played. I did NOT see that coming. Holy cow.

This third book follows the boys as everything gets more intense. Conner is losing his empathic abilities, and Aden is struggling with this second pregnancy following so soon on the heels of the first. Blaze struggles to keep it together and be strong for this mates, but there’s still a traitor to unearth, wolves making trouble, and revealing their presence to humans.

Kellan, a former pack member of Aden’s, is causing trouble, and Conner finally gets to the bottom of it, but his inability to accurately sense emotions could doom them all. Again, I was not expecting the resolution to this one, either. Wow.

Just as in the first two books there are inconsistencies and some discrepancies with the other books that could be fixed with stronger editing. However, either I’ve gotten used to it or they weren’t as prevalent in the other books, because I didn’t mind nearly as much, and it didn’t detract from my enjoyment.

This book cannot be read as a standalone. You absolutely must read the first two, because the events in this book directly follow what happens in the first two. Could you get away with it? Probably, because the author did a good job of getting the readers caught up to speed, but why would you want to? Go back to the first two books and enjoy the ride.

Now, can I please have the next book? I want to know more about Ricoh and his mate(s) and the young snow white shifter from the beginning of the book. Oh, and I’d like to see more of Kellan as well.

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Please join us in welcoming first time visitor Chris McHart to The Novel Approach. Will Parkinson put together a short Q&A with Chris, and just to keep things a little more interesting, Chris is also offering the chance for three lucky readers to win an e-copy of both books in the Unexpected series, Alex’s Surprise and Saving Alex.

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WP: Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Chris McHart, author of Alex’s Surprise and Saving Alex.

Hi Chris, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

WP: When did you write your first story/book? How old were you?

CM: Twenty-six, my daughter was just born and I had some time at my hands (she slept a lot)

WP: Are you a plotter or pantser?

CM: Plotter. Totally. The stories never take the way I plotted it out, but I need a plan, otherwise I get writer’s block.

WP: What do you think makes your book stand out from the crowd?

CM: I tackled a book about m-preg with some paranormal elements. I’ve been told the book has enough paranormal elements so it’s believable, but even non-paranormal readers enjoyed it, since the focus is not on the paranormal aspect.

WP: How do you find or make time to write?

CM: Fight for it. Two hours every day, most days more. I get up early, get to bed late. Write in my lunch break and whenever I can.

WP: What do you like to read in your free time?

CM: MM Romance, of course. And I recently bought my first lesbian novel. :)

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Alex's SurpriseAlex’s Surprise: Alex wanted a night of hot passion with Gerome, but he gets more than he ever bargained for. His life will be changed forever in a world where he’ll be thrown in jail— or worse— for being pregnant.

Alex’s best friend, Sam, has been acting strange ever since he met Alex’s one-night stand, but now Alex needs help in order to hide, and Sam is his only hope.

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Saving AlexSaving Alex: Not only is Alex pregnant, something punishable by jail time, but Gerome, the father of the baby, is a vampire prince. When strangers invade Alex’s home and kidnap him, he doesn’t know who is responsible, if he’ll ever see the man he loves again, or even get to see the child growing inside him.

Considering himself the father of his lover’s child, Sam has a hard time standing around and letting others plan Alex’s rescue. But when the Prince and his trackers find an important clue, the race to save his beloved is on. Now all he can do is cross his fingers that the scheme they’ve devised will work.

When Prince Gerome receives ransom demands, the instructions are clear: mate a complete stranger or he’ll never see Alex or the child he carries again. Will he be able to convince his newly intended to help, or will those seeking to dethrone his family win this evil game of blackmail?

Caution: Contains a kidnapping, unwanted matings, a scheming king, way too many people that follow their own plans and a highly pregnant Alex.

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Whenever Chris has a free minute, it’s spent writing on a laptop, a cup of coffee in hand, deeply lost in the worlds Chris’s muses have created. When coming up for some air, you’ll find Chris on a lot of social networks. Check out Chris’s website to see where you can find out more. Chris looks forward to hearing from you!

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Review: Two Hearts One Voice by Valentina Heart

Title: Two Hearts One Voice (Mending the Rift: Book Three)

Author: Valentina Heart

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 95 Pages

At a Glance: The long-awaited ending to a series that should satisfy fans of Merin and Rin.

Reviewed By: Sadonna

Blurb: They are at war, fearing for each other, both carrying the upbringing of their children and the survival of their country. They are kings.

With the future of the throne secured, Rin and Merin still have little time to rejoice for their children or the unity of their kingdoms. Stuck in the middle of a battlefield, their lives prove to be once again at risk, Rin heads out on a long journey home with his heirs, leaving Merin to lead their army.

Rin receives his rightful title of a king from the Kari council and for once feels as if he belongs on the throne without Merin there to guide him. Missing his husband, he raises their children the best he can, but there’s no end to the war in sight and, after months of futile conflicts, Rin sees Merin cut down in battle.

Distraught and with no patience for his council, Rin threatens the Riki, making even his own men fear him.

Can Rin cope alone and still win the war, or will his sorrow mark the end of his reign?

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Review: Note: This is the final book in the Mending the Rift series. It is definitely recommended that they be read in order.

Finally! I remember when I read the first book in this series – I was having a 7 hour test at Northwestern Hospital to determine if I would have to have surgery, and between the times I was strapped to a machine I had time to kill, so I started this series. I had totally missed the part where it was the first in a series, and was so mad at the ending! But then book two came along, and I was somewhat mollified. Then the long wait – but not the author’s fault. This series was left in limbo, thanks to the original publisher going under and leaving a huge mess in its wake. Luckily, Pride Publishing came to the rescue, and we finally have an ending to this saga.

Two Hearts One Voice takes place immediately after the end of Owner of My Heart, the second book in the trilogy. Rin has finally given birth to the new heirs, and they all seem to be thriving. While the birth takes a toll on Rin, he is recovering nicely and has help to care for the children. Rin has needed to stay close to Merin during the pregnancy and birth to recover his health and strength, but now there are too many dangers as they remain in the battlefield, and it’s time for Rin to take the children back home.

Once Rin and the children arrive home, Rin assumes his rightful place on the throne and truly serves as an admirable ruler. His daily communications with Merin, raising the children and dealing with the running of the kingdom at home, seem to agree with him, and he is more confident than ever. The children are adorable and a handful, but he does have competent help.

While Merin continues to lead his men in battle, things are never stable at the front, and when Rin sees Merin wounded during their daily communication, he cannot get through and has no idea if Merin is dead or alive. This drives Rin into action, and he vows to either broker a peace or engage in a scorched earth policy. He demands a meeting with the Riki king, and won’t take no for an answer. His power and his magic seem to surge with his fury over Merin’s attack, and he simply refuses to accept defeat. However, he’s unprepared for the price of the potential peace, and he’s not sure he can make the required sacrifice for his husband, his family, or his kingdom. I don’t want to spoil the story, so I will leave the synopsis here, because it’s an interesting dilemma that is best not revealed too soon.

I really liked seeing more of Rin on his own, with his children, and running the kingdom at home. He’s been through so much, and with the love and confidence gained through his true marriage to Merin, he finally is comfortable with the mantle of power that he has rightfully earned. Merin is, as usual, pragmatic and thoughtful and still deeply in love and full of admiration for the strength and beauty of Rin. He dotes on his children and never forgets his duty to his kingdom. He is in awe of the steely determination he sees in Rin. They are a perfect combination and deserve every happiness together.

I’m a little sad that the series is over because I’d really love to see what happens with the next generation. Maybe we’ll get a new series starring those characters sometime in the future.

 

 

 

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The Prince's ConsortBlurb: The Prince’s Consort
Release Date: April 21, 2015

In a world where humans are genetically designed, altered and sold for sexual pleasure and breeding, a young prince of the powerful Cassian Dynasty decides to take a mate and sire heirs. Not wishing to saddle himself with royal and meddlesome in-laws, and a wife he would have no desire to bed, Prince Edward goes to Heritage Breeders, and finds far more than just a warm body to sate his lust and carry on his lineage.

Percy is the result of a master DNA architect designing himself his own personal sex slave and breeder. Yet when his creator and Master dies, leaving Percy alone at the mercy of the callous stable masters and the new owner of Heritage, he fears his future. Afraid he’ll be bought by a wretched old man or a deviant monster, Percy is terrified when he is dragged from his cell and presented to the most prestigious client Heritage has ever welcomed…a Cassian Royal.

Prince Edward is immediately infatuated with the shy, nervous and enchantingly beautiful Percy, and claims him for his own. Yet not everyone is pleased by a royal purchasing a breeder, especially one like Percy, and tensions rise both in Heritage and in the palace.

Torn between desire, duty, a king’s command and the innermost desires of their hearts, Edward and Percy are set on path that is anything but easy. Can Percy trust Edward with his heart as he does his body? Can Edward keep an angry king and unseen enemies away from the young slave who is steadily stealing his heart?

And what happens when Nature takes its course, and sex leads to more than just pleasure?

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Excerpt: “I would prefer a male, smaller than me, handsome, with a degree of intelligence and personality. I’m not interested in having sex with someone who’s no more than an attractive machine that bends over on command, so please take intelligence into account. Although, I do prefer some obedience, as I will be breeding my prospective mate often, so having to seduce or force holds little appeal. I have no need for my mate to have fertile sperm, as I will not be the one carrying the offspring, of course. And I don’t feel like explaining to my staff why my breeder is mounting the maids when I’m not around.”

Edward listed off his requirements, watching as Mr. Wimble slowly stopped typing, and began to stare at him in some consternation. Edward wasn’t going to apologize for that last statement, either. He’d seen the results of an unruly and fully fertile male breeder decimate the staff at one of the estates neighboring his out in the country, knocking up several of the maids and female upper staff that had contact with him. His neighbors eventually had him removed after it was discovered what was going on, and Edward never found out exactly what was done to the breeder, but he could guess he wasn’t at some farm working the fields. Castration and slavery, or death. That type of breeder was one of the very rare, non-child-bearing male breeders, called ‘sires’, who were hyped up with testosterone and temperamental, usually used by the breeding houses to continue the in-house stock lines. Edward wondered at the time how the breeder ended up out in the country at a noble’s family estate, but the current Court was full of fools, so he really shouldn’t be surprised.

He had strict needs he wanted met. Any potential mate would be the parent of his future children, so slacking on the finer details wasn’t an option. Not for a royal, and not for him.

“I have several candidates that may fit your needs, Your Highness. Are you interested in viewing today? I can have them pulled from the stables within the next hour for your inspection if you care to wait. Shall I summon a maid for luncheon?”

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The King's CommandBlurb: The King’s Command
Release date: August 15, 2015

Percy is pregnant. He is overjoyed, and Prince Edward, his master and owner, is just as happy. Both men are content, and are enjoying the simple life at Hartgrove, Prince Edward’s country estate. There they stay in pre-baby bliss, until the christening of the Cassian Dynasty’s newest princeling approaches. Prince Edward decides to risk King Henry’s wrath, and brings Percy back to the capital to attend his nephew’s christening, putting his and Percy’s unconventional relationship front and center in the media and the court. Greed and betrayal combine to place Percy and their unborn child in danger, and the capital, once a place of power and strength for Prince Edward, becomes a prison. Percy is confronted by the reality of his social status and what exactly it means to be the collared consort of a Cassian blood prince–and how dangerous that place of honor can be.

Caught between the orders of King Henry and the dangers to be found in Court and city, Percy and Edward strive to protect themselves, their love, and their unborn child.

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Excerpt: He pulled the sheet up to Percy’s chin, and smoothed it down over his chest and stomach. He rested his hand on Percy’s abdomen, amazed as he always was when he thought about it, that his child grew inside his mate. A child, his and Percy’s.

Percy was a breeder, and Edward mourned for a brief second that his mate’s ice-blue eyes or sweet smile would never be gifted to a child of theirs, his consort’s DNA only minimally transferrable to any offspring he may have. The vision of a little girl, with Edward’s dark hair and Percy’s bright eyes flashed for a moment in his mind, but he pushed it away. Percy would gift their child only enough DNA to be viable and grow, and his smile or entrancing eyes would never be handed down to a new generation.

Yet it was enough that there would be children; Percy had a tender heart, and a need to love. Edward wanted sons and daughters, the more, the merrier, and he knew Percy would want and love each child with everything in his small frame. This first child of theirs would not be the last. Hartgrove Court was a huge estate, a working farm and manor, and large enough to support a big family and plenty of staff. It had been gifted to Edward through his late mother’s dowry upon her death, property given to all her children not in the direct line of succession. Edward was thankful his mother knew him well, since the manor and farm went to him and not his more urban-centered siblings. Edward felt a pang of grief, faint now after all these years that his mother, the late Queen of Cassia, would never know her future grandchildren.

Edward made himself leave Percy’s side, the doctor’s words to him about how Percy’s pregnancy may come with complications worrying him. Since Percy was a first-generation design, crafted by the late Master Cartwright of Heritage Breeders, there was no blueprint of sorts in place for how Percy would handle pregnancy. Cartwright had made Percy for himself, though Edward was selfishly glad that Cartwright died before Percy was mature enough for breeding. Percy was his now, forever, and the only touch he would know would be Edward’s.

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Author BioAbout the Author: Revella Hawthorne is an erotica author and fanfiction addict who enjoys putting the naughty visions in her head down on paper, and then giggling feverishly while watching people read them for the first time. (The initial reaction NEVER gets old!) Thank goodness for her betas, otherwise she’d have no barometer for just how delicious her stories actually are.

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5 Stars, Amber Allure, JC Wallace, Reviewed by Sammy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Review: Jerricho’s Freedom by JC Wallace

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Title: Jerricho’s Freedom

Author: JC Wallace

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 360 Pages

At a Glance: Jerricho’s Freedom is a taut, psychological thriller that leaves you breathless by story’s end.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: Jerricho never expected to fall in love with Rex, the sexy, construction foreman, but he did. Too bad tradition forbids Jerry from marrying for love. Prince of the clandestine Anzuni demon clan, a Baelso (bearer of children), and a virgin at twenty-four, tradition dictates that Jerry marry a man chosen for him. Despite his soul-deep love for Rex, Jerry has no choice but to follow through with his obligation as prince and marry someone he doesn’t love.

But Jerry isn’t prepared for his dominant, aggressive fiancé who is interested in marrying him only for the future title of king. Facing the reality that he will lose his virginity to the cold man, Jerry flees to Rex for one night of passion. When Jerry finds himself pregnant with Rex’s baby, however, the actions of his enraged fiancé release Jerry from his marriage obligation.

But just when Jerry believes he will marry for love, he and Rex are ripped away from life as they know it. Betrayals, kidnappings, cruel experiments, pregnant men, and the reappearance of the Anzuni’s greatest enemy force Jerry and Rex to fight for their lives, their love, and their unborn child…

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Review: Well, let’s all take a deep breath, shall we? I mean, political intrigue, betrayal, kidnapping, dubious consent, slave trafficking, pregnant males, new races of paranormals with horns and tails, and a group of characters that I personally wanted to save…again…and again…and again. Yes, a big gulp of air is needed for sure when discussing author JC Wallace’s new novel Jerricho’s Freedom.

Where-oh-where to begin? A synopsis is nigh on impossible, for there are so many layers to this novel, numerous horrible and outrageous acts, and so much betrayal by trusted advisors that I hardly know what to cover first. So, instead I am going to tell you why you should read this incredible tome—and make no mistake about it, clocking in at 360 pages does not make this a book for the faint of heart. But, dear reader, if you decide to take a chance on this one, well, I can tell you that your heart will be in your throat most of the time and that you will simply shake your head in disbelief at what our main character, Jerricho, can withstand in order to free himself and those he loves.

  1. A demon falls in love with a human. Yes, Jerry is a demon complete with horns and tail and the ability to freeze time. Admittedly his power is faulty and unreliable at best, but he can do it…sorta. His love interest, Rex, is the foreman of the construction company. Rex is everything you want in a hero: big, handsome, caring, smart and loyal to a fault. Most importantly he loves Jerry back, and that is going to be the key to bringing these men back from the brink of death on more than one occasion. They have one night together and while protection is used, the author invokes that fatalistic warning—a condom can break—and sure enough, somehow Jerry becomes pregnant. Here is the first occasion the author takes to establish a sweetly romantic vein into the story. This plot point will serve to keep you, the reader, sane when all is falling apart around you. Never mushy, but hot and sensual, their relationship allows for hope when all else seems so very hopeless in this long novel.
  1. A friend and a dad to delight in. Keith is the much-needed comic relief in this story. Jerry’s best friend and also a demon, Keith keeps it real throughout this novel. He grounds Jerry when he needs it, and gives good advice. This is a guy who is solidly in Jerry’s court and will, in the end, be with Jerry when all the chips are down. Jerry’s father is perhaps the most accepting and loving of parental figures I have ever seen in an m/m novel. Admittedly it helps that this alien race they are part of accepts m/m relationships, but Jerry is a rebellious and seemingly ungrateful son, and the way in which his dad continually wraps him up in love and support is really wonderful.
  1. The bad guys. I hated them. Do I need to say more? They tortured, raped, abused and nearly destroyed every person they stole. They used their own alien race to begin growing an army by feeding them growth hormones and using Jerry’s blood to change their loving partners into ravenous rapists. They fed those they created more drugs to make them submissive slaves whose only thought was to satisfy a raging sexual need they had no control over. The bad guys were despicable, numerous, disgusting and diabolical. Time and again they captured and recaptured Jerry and Rex and degraded them, knowingly and with glee. Be forewarned, there is most assuredly non-consensual and dubious consent going in this story, and while most of it is off the page, there are moments when you just want to scream at the horrors inflicted on these men.

Jerricho’s Freedom is a taut, psychological thriller that leaves you breathless by story’s end. It is a story of triumph and of love. I sincerely hope we will see more of this new race of paranormals. I highly recommend this novel to you!

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4.5 Stars, M.A. Church, Reviewed by Jennifer, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, Self-Published

Review: The Harvest: Journey’s End by M.A. Church

Title: The Harvest: Journey’s End

Author: M.A. Church

Publisher: Self-Published

Pages/Word Count: 277 pages

At a Glance: Thrilling sequel that cannot be read as a standalone 

Reviewed By: Jennifer

Blurb: Adapting is a word Dale Michaels has become familiar with. As he settles into his new life with the Tah’Narian starship captain Keyno, Dale has adapted to life with an alien, space travel, and having his body mutated so he can carry a young. He’s closed the chapter on his old life.
Living on Tah’Nar, Dale has a loving mate and good friends. He’s helped cement peace with the Onfre. Sure, being double-dosed during his harvest led to some serious drama, but that’s over. Dale’s happy.

But life is never that simple.

Even though Dale loves Keyno, he still struggles with the way the Tah’Narians harvest young males as mates. Dale finds himself hijacked by his own body, courtesy of his extra dose of Tah’Narian DNA. Then there’s the devastating secret his mate, Keyno, has hid all this time. And if all that isn’t enough, outside forces threaten to rip Dale’s hard-won peace apart as well.

Join Dale for a non-stop adventure and a love that crosses several worlds and transcends space.

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Review: In order to read this book, you really need to read the first one. Though many books in a series can work as a standalone, this one cannot. When I received this book to review, I had not read the first one (though another reviewer on this site did). Since the story seemed interesting to me, I did go out and purchase the first one to read in order to better understand this book.

I regret nothing.

I absolutely loved the first book. So much so, in fact, that I stayed up until six AM, after what had been a long few days, and then crashed with my Kindle on my face. I then woke up and continued, finished the first, and then immediately dove into this book.

Book two picks up literally seconds after the first book ends. In fact, I think the two books would be best packaged together as one epic novel. For those who haven’t read the first book, there is a TEENY bit of information, but it really doesn’t do the whole story justice. I mean, the entire world building of the first book is necessary in order to understand how Dale came to be where he is, and what happens to him at the start of the book.

So, like I said, book two starts where book one left off. Keyno, Dale, and the others are returning to Tah’Nar from Onfre because Jolak is going into labor. And once they’re on the ship, Dale’s estrus hits out of nowhere. I felt for both Dale and Keyno, I really did. But it was funny. So many times during this book I laughed out loud. Usually whenever Keyno yelled/screamed/sighed/muttered “Dammit, Dale!” I also had a huge grin on my face the entire time. Like when Keyno tells his uncle, after Dale’s estrus, that he gave it his best shot. Died laughing. And then when Gibor says the he also gave it his best shot, and Doc chimes in with the same.

The characters in this book are great. While Dale is the narrator and his relationship with Keyno does drive the story, it’s far more than that. There’s the friendly banter between Dale and Chad, the mutual respect between Dale and Cielo, the adorable John, and later, Kia. The characters clearly develop between the two books, and it was fascinating to see them all deal with the changes in their lives.

And then there’s the BABIES! Or rather, should I say young? I’ve only ever read one other book with mpreg before, and that was way back when I was in high school, and it has remained my favorite science fiction book since then. But while Aristoi, by Walter Jon Williams, has a male pregnancy in it, it is not the central focus of the novel. Dale’s pregnancy is a major focus of this novel and drives much of the character actions. I felt that it was done in a logical manner. And you better believe I had a huge grin on my face while the boys bemoaned throwing up in the morning and no longer fitting into their clothes. But hey, they get off easy. Three month pregnancy? Nice.

I do wish there had been more to the story, however. There are some scenes in the beginning that are ripe with conflict but end too quickly, and then there are scenes in the latter half of the book that drag on when they don’t need to, and some of the daily routines could have been cut.

Overall, though, I adored this book. I want more but at the same time I’m afraid of it. I mean, the first two books were just so good, how do you top it? Perhaps a book with everyone adjusting to life on Aploi? Going on a space mission and meeting some new race that starts another war with the Tah’Narians? Exploring how the new VOLUNTARY mates get on in Tah’Nar? Doc and John’s story? Malk and Kia’s story? What about more with Ti and Cielo? Or heck, even the young? I’m not really ready to let this world go. I might just have to go back and start again with Book One.

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