Published in 2016

Book Review: Hell’s Kitchen by Aiden Bates

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Hell’s Kitchen
Author: Aiden Bates
Series: City Wolves #1
Heroes: Danny & Mike
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 67 pages
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: January 21, 2016
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Blurb: Danny escaped his pack, and the traditional life of an omega, ten years ago. He loves his life in New York and wouldn’t trade it for the world. When the past comes walking into his favorite bar, in the form of the alpha his father ordered him to mate ten years ago, can Danny keep pushing his biology aside and keep his independence? Or will he submit to his desire for Mike?

*Disclaimer*: This book contains adult, sexually explicit content with an intense sex scene, male breeding and knotting and dominant alpha with his delicate rare omega. This should not be viewed for anyone under the age of 18.
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Book Review: Claiming Christian by Kiki Burrelli

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Claiming Christian
Author: Kiki Burrelli
Series: Wolf’s Mate #2
Heroes: Derrick & Christian
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 210 pages
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: October 19, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Derrick is an arrogant alpha billionaire poised to take control of his pack. Christian is a good guy who is always finishing last. When their worlds collide, will Derrick be able to protect them both?

Christian’s nice ways have finally landed him in the worst kind of trouble. After agreeing to help his friend, Finn, Christian becomes a target for a sadistic pack leader. He is saved from a beating by a sexy stranger.

Derrick has never been mistaken for a homeless person, but seeing how he met Christian after being passed out behind a dumpster, he can forgive the confusion. What he can’t forgive is how the sweet, sexy man attempts to ignore their connection. Someone has to save Christian from his nice ways.

When Christian agrees to return to his home, Derrick can breathe easily. That is until the pressures of his family and pack threaten to drive a wedge between them. Christian’s nice ways are his worst enemy, but Derrick has already decided Christian is his mate and will hold nothing back while claiming Christian.
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Audio Review: A Forced Silence by Cate Ashwood

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: A Forced Silence
Author: Cate Ashwood
Narrator: Scott R. Smith
Series: Zero Hour #1
Heroes: Adam Carson/Sam McKenna
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 5 Hours, 47 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 3, 2017
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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Blurb: For paramedic Adam Carson, his world is lights and sirens and saving lives. Pressures at work keep him firmly in the closet, and life is too busy to contend with the complications that come with dating and relationships. When a familiar face from his past turns up where he least expects it, Adam starts to question whether or not there is room in his life for those complications.

The last person forensic pathologist Sam McKenna expects to see at pub night is Adam, the guy who made his life hell in high school. The attraction is instant, but Adam isn’t gay and Sam has no interest in pursuing him. Still, the leftover animosity from their teenage years isn’t enough to extinguish the lust growing between them. After both are called to the scene of a horrific murder, Adam admits he’s not as straight as he led Sam to believe and they seek comfort and distraction in each other’s arms. One night becomes many as the murder investigation intensifies, but when Adam is faced with losing Sam, he is forced to make a choice: to break his silence, or to give up everything for the job he loves.
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Book Review: Protecting Braden by Luna David

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Protecting Braden
Author: Luna David
Series: Custos Securities #2
Heroes: Zavier “Cade” McCade, Braden Cross
Genre: M/M
Length: 328 Pages
Publisher: Self
Release Date: July 6, 2016
Available at: Amazon 
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Blurb: Zavier “Cade” McCade, former Army Special Forces and creator of Custos Securities, finds himself in a situation he never thought he’d be in—he’s fallen in love with Braden Cross, the gorgeous pastry chef he’s guarding. Cade has lived his life as a protector: of his country, his family and friends, his clients, and now, the man he’s in love with. He thrives in dangerous and stressful situations. But nothing could prepare him for Braden’s decision to put himself in danger.

After a vicious attack from his stalker leaves Braden fighting for his life, Cade will stop at nothing to see the man responsible punished. Time passes, but Braden’s attacker hasn’t given up and Cade’s afraid he never will. As Cade and the most trusted members of Custos Securities track Braden’s assailant, Braden struggles to rebuild his life and re-establish the fragile trust he and Cade had worked so hard to build. Braden knows if he’s going to survive the chaos surrounding him, he’s going to have to give Cade everything he has—mind, body, and soul.

More determined than ever to hunt down the man that nearly killed the love of his life, Cade will do everything in his power to ensure that he and Braden will be able to live the life of their dreams with nothing and no one standing in their way. Meanwhile, hidden just out of their reach, an increasingly deranged stalker watches…and waits.

Author’s Note: Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, it is highly recommended that you read book 1, Trusting Cade, first. For those of you that prefer warnings—trigger or otherwise—use the “Look Inside” feature to find them within the first several pages. For those of you that prefer to be surprised, avoid the front matter of the book. . . Happy reading!
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Book Review: Bitten by Mistake by Annabelle Jacobs

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Bitten by Mistake
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Series: Regent’s Park Pack #1
Heroes: Nathan Kohl/Jared Taylor
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 233 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 28, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: From animosity to searing passion in a lunar cycle… but can their bond survive?

Wolf shifter Nathan Kohl’s pack is his whole life. Arrogant and handsome, he avoids commitment to anything or anyone outside of his pack. He works hard, plays hard, and pursues humans as lovers because there’s little to no chance of him forming a permanent bond. However, when Jared Taylor comes into Nathan’s life, every rule is broken.

After a bad experience, Jared vowed to never get involved with another shifter, no matter how much they got under his skin. Despite being physically attracted to Nathan, who’s all kinds of hot, Jared only sees an arrogant, domineering bastard.

A disastrous case of mistaken identity throws Nathan and Jared together until the next full moon. Forced to spend the next twenty-eight days in close proximity, they can no longer ignore the powerful attraction between them. Passion ignites, and their relationship takes a turn neither of them wanted.

But when the full moon comes, everything might change again.

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Book Review: Trusting Cade by Luna David

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Trusting Cade
Author: Luna David
Series: Custos Securities #1
Heroes: Zavier “Cade” McCade/Braden Cross
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 380 Pages
Publisher: Luna David
Release Date: February 13, 2016
Available at:  Amazon
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Blurb: At 38, Zavier “Cade” McCade has it all: a military career he can be proud of, a successful business, and a close knit group of family and friends. A former Army Special Forces Captain, Cade leaves the military to create Custos Securities, a burgeoning protection agency that provides unparalleled security for both civilians and corporations across the U.S.

After a string of disastrous relationships—and a narrow escape from an abusive partner—Braden Cross is finally putting his past to rest. Combining both his passion for baking and his knack for business, Braden owns the Sugar n’ Spice Café with his best friend who concocts exotic coffees and teas that pair perfectly with his decadent confections.

When a stalker sets his sights on Braden, the young pastry chef’s world is turned upside down. More frightened than he cares to admit, and not knowing where to turn, Braden is relieved when Cade steps in to offer his protection. Caught up in a maelstrom of threats, break-ins, and vandalism, the two draw closer together. Braden eventually realizes that he can trust Cade with his life, but he finds himself wondering… can he trust him with his heart?

Author’s Note: For those of you that prefer warnings (trigger or otherwise) for your books, please use the “Look Inside” feature to find the warnings within the first few pages. For those of you that hate warnings–don’t “Look Inside” . . . Happy reading!
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Book Review: Monster by Soren Summers

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Monster
Author: Soren Summers
Series: Vortex #1
Heroes: Jarod/Gabriel
Genre: MM Sci-Fi
Length: 326 Pages
Publisher: Soren Summers
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Bloodied corridors. Mangled bodies. Deranged test subjects. Just another day at Vertex, a corporation devoted to perfecting humanity by any means necessary. It’s up to Jarod Samuels to keep the hallways pristine and safe, but scrubbing bloodstains and bagging bodies is losing its luster.

Then someone new joins his department, this man with a huge ego and an even huger mouth. Gabriel Anderson is infuriating but intriguing, as brash as he is beautiful, and almost enough to keep Jarod preoccupied. Almost.

But between workplace hazards, psychic sociopaths, and a mysterious formula that alters the human body, Jarod’s doubts are surging. Should he stay with the corporation, or run like hell? This is Vertex, after all, where the walls watch with glass eyes, the laboratories groan with secrets – and employee termination ends more than just careers.

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Book Review: Double Cross by Lissa Ford

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Double Cross
Author: Lissa Ford
Series: Doubleback #3
Heroes: Jude/Rowan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 227 Pages
Publisher: Lissa Ford Books
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Available at:  Amazon
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Blurb: Happily ever after wasn’t supposed to be this complicated.

At last, Jude Anderson and his lover, homicide detective Rowan Muir, are settling into domestic bliss. Or so it seems. Rowan says all the right things, and the sex is still hotter than ever. But something isn’t quite right, and Jude can’t put his finger on what it is.

Then Jude’s sister drops a bombshell that she’s getting married—and guess who gets to throw the bachelor party.

It’s all puppies and rainbows and wedding plans until murder rears its ugly head. The case involves a close friend, old grievances, and conflicts that set Jude and Rowan on a collision course that could tear them apart.

Double Cross is a 66,000 word novel of mystery, romance, banter and sexytimes. It is intended for mature audiences.
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Book/Audio Review: The Dark Side by Laura Baumbach

Reviewed by JustJen and Susan65

 

Title: The Dark Side
Author: Laura Baumbach
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Series: Reese Holt #1
Heroes: Reese Holt/Alex Throne
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 240 Pages / 8 Hours, 20 Minutes
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: October 14, 2016 / May 15, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Kidnap victim Alex Throne literally drops into the arms of security specialist Reese Holt, pulling Holt into a battle against a ruthless drug cartel, personal betrayal, and a specter from Holt’s CIA past.

Holt agrees to put his team of specialists on the trail of Alex’s assailants while he takes on the personal job of protecting the life he inadvertently saved, motivated, in part, by a romantic attraction.

Keeping his mind on protecting Alex could prove difficult, especially when he can’t keep his mind off Alex’s body.
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Book Review: Bound Together by Aiden Bates

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Bound Together
Author: Aiden Bates
Heroes: Jesse/Max/Connor
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 172 Pages
Publisher: Aiden Bates
Release Date: May 22, 2016
Available at:  Amazon
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Blurb: Jesse is an unclaimed omega. He’s also been a member of an exceptionally nasty drug cartel in California who’s been wanting to go legit for a long time.

Connor was a mid-level drug runner who turned on his bosses when he found out they were involved with something he couldn’t accept. He’s also a single alpha.

U. S. Marshall Max Sandoval knows that Jesse and Connor’s enemies are all looking for single men. Pairing them up should throw people off their scent, and it saves the Marshalls on housing. Having Connor claim Jesse also ensures that Connor will always have a bodyguard on hand, because Jesse’s skills are valuable and their bond will force Jesse to stay by Connor’s side.

Unfortunately, neither the omega nor the alpha is initially enthusiastic. Neither of them has ever wanted to be part of a claimed pair, and Connor is terrified of forcing himself on an unwilling omega. Mutual reluctance and unfamiliarity leads to misunderstandings, caused by powerful attraction, high stakes and the constant threat of danger.
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