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Friday, January 20, 2017

Review: Benevolent Master

Benevolent Master Benevolent Master by Dakota Trace
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

New to BDSM and want to learn a little about what the community can be like? This is the book for you. Granted, I may be a bit bias because I've always enjoyed Ms. Master's stories. The BDSM in her books are real to life both in action and in relationships. From a BDSM accuracy, Ms. Master's is one of the few authors I recommend to new to BDSM readers. The stories show how the lifestyle can be and it is in a positive light. Whilst the club may be a little bit of a stretch as far as how perfect it seems, the way the club is run is similar to what I have experienced in real life.

What I enjoyed about this story is the character building. Alyce O'Connell is a character I cannot identify with yet I could empathize with her. Her plight as far as working on her PhD is something I can understand with several family members going through their PhD program. What I cannot understand is how her family treats her. This is devastating and unfortunately all too common as I listen to more and more people share their family dysfunctions. Ms. Trace does an excellent job of showing how Alyce overcomes the negativity in her life. When the reader learns of the constant sabotage of her life from the female family members, it may make a reader see red. I know at one point, I wanted to hunt down the bullies and slaughter them. Keep in mind, this is merely a fictional story. This is how well Ms. Trace creates her characters and invoke strong emotions in her readers. This keeps me engaged and wanting to know what happens to Alyce.

This story is more than a woman fighting against her cruel family members. It is a story of a strong woman determined to make it on her own. It is also a story of sexual re-awakening after abuse. Usually, stories where those abused seeking BDSM as a way to heal themselves are not once I can endorse. Ms. Trace takes a different path which I like. Whilst BDSM is not used to heal, it is a path and method for potential healing. I found this difference to be well done and I applaud her sensitivity. It is a subtle nuance I think only those who have been in the lifestyle a while would catch. Lastly, I like how the characters in this story are closer to reality. It is surprising to me how many of my friends have children with autism. I am appreciative of how an autistic child is written into this story. The child isn't used as a sob story or a gaudy plot device. Instead, it is a thread which enhances the story and brings to light the life of a parent who has a child that functions on a different level than other children. I admire parents who are similar to how Ms. Trace portrays Alyce. This gateway to BDSM romance is recommended for those who are looking for a more profound romance with well created characters and a healing message.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Review: Bright Tail

Bright Tail @gnomesVG The right male can stave off an eternity of loneliness
Bright Tail by Zenina Masters
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Ennui and an immortal life watching loved ones passing away over the centuries is more than Seerya can bear. After watching the last of her familial descendants secured, it is time for a long rest. Seerya is looking forward to sleeping and perhaps waking up when the world is a new again. I like Seerya. Ms. Masters does an excellent job of showing how tired Seerya felt and the weight of taking care of so many becoming too heavy of a burden. Seerya earned her rest and whilst it may be without a happily ever after, it is a life filled with purpose and meaning. With one last task left, Seerya seeks the calm dark depths of sea for peace. Unfortunately for her, her last task is being rather difficult. This is not unexpected since Seerya has crossed paths with many stubborn males. This is a first for one she's sworn to protect. Lothan is the said stubborn male who is unwilling to part with a piece of magic which belongs to Seerya. This is because he wants an audience with the myth - The Destroyer.

This story could come across creepy December - May romance with a stalker younger male. Instead, it comes across as a sweet hero worship crush into a mating bond. Seerya may have millenniums of experience but this is one she's never encountered. It is just the required spark to renew her interest in life.

The romance in this story is sweet. It brings forth a joie de vivre which is missing in so many real life romances. The passion of desire for a mate as well as the determined love is admirable. The love tango here is amusing because it convinces a powerful woman to take a chance on a younger and less powerful male for her dance partner. The way Lothan woos Seerya is tastefully done and fun to watch. This romance is filled with hope regained and loneliness fiercely eradicated. Recommended to hopeless romantics who enjoy powerful females finding the right male to match them.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Review: The Sweetest Nectar

The Sweetest Nectar @aj_marcus sweet tooth hummingbird finds sugar "daddy" glider
The Sweetest Nectar by A.J. Marcus
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What could be a better match made in heaven for a hummingbird than a candy making sugar glider? This sweet story may seem a bit sappy or corny with a sweet tooth hummingbird shifter and a candy store owner sugar glider. It is more than just a sugar induced hyper male's dream come true. For Parker, the lone hummingbird shifter, finding his mate being chased by the scary group assassinating shifters is more than he expected. His previous boredom is starting to look good as Parker helps Roger Preston escape from men with guns.

What I like about this series is it expands into other animals. So many times the paranormal romances focuses on the predator animals or throws in a token prey animal like a deer. In this case, Mr. Marcus brings in two unlikely animals: hummingbird and sugar glider. He cleverly incorporates the strengths and weaknesses of these animals into their human counterpart. I liked it and thought it devilishly fun. This series may have a serious undertone of radical killers perpetrating genocide, but it is done in a way that still keep it light and lively. The tone of this story is smooth and fun. Some of Parker's antics may make a reader blink a few times and re-read a passage. Other times, Parker's bravery for such a tiny little shifter is heartwarming.

This second book in the series is a continuation of the first and sets up the next book in the series nicely. The characters in this story are tenacious. The romance is sweet and a bit innocent. This quick read is recommended to m/m paranormal readers who enjoy a little shifter difference.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: A New Alpha in Town

A New Alpha in Town @aj_marcus Hardwood Shifters is more than sexy m/m paranormal romance
A New Alpha in Town by A.J. Marcus
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Tanner is the catalyst to start a much needed group to defend shifters who only want to be left alone. After reading the third book in this series, Breaking the Ice, I had to come back and read the first two books in the series. This series is a one pleasure packed story after another. Each story can be read as a standalone. It is better to read them in the order to see the full picture in the order the Mr. Marcus designed.

Why do I like this story? I enjoy the characters. Mr. Marcus creates characters who are relate-able even if they can go furry. He clearly depicts a group of people who are being singled out for genocide. How is this acceptable? Through the characters Tanner and Van, the reader sees how much shifters have in common with humans. Although, this little valley the shifters take refuge in seems more like an Amish community than today's twenty-first century.

This first book does a good job of setting up the plot and building the world. The reader is treated to a taste of fear, hope, determination and love. Because what paranormal romance doesn't have some sexy shenanigans? Tanner's werewolf seems like an unlikely pairing with Van's bear. Tanner is what Van needs and has been looking for in a mate. I like how this story develops on several levels. There is the issue with shifter-killers, shifter isolation which lowers the ability for more mates and the need to come together as a community larger than a little village. Mr. Marcus weaves a magical tale. Hardwood Shifter series is recommended for m/m romance readers who enjoy a bit of paranormal and suspense.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

NOT IN HER WILDEST DREAMS by Dani Collins

From USA Today Bestselling Author
Dani Collins

Small town secrets. Big time heartache.

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NOT IN HER WILDEST DREAMS
Dani Collins

Series: Secret Dreams, Book One
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 1, 2017


Paige Fogarty never believed Liebe Falls’ golden boy, Sterling Roy, could want a No Good Fogarty, but one magical night, they kissed—ruining her already murky reputation. Fifteen years later, she’s still shunned, now as a professional accountant auditing Roy Furnishings. It’s a daunting task even before she’s forced to work with him.

Sterling made a fool of himself over Paige once. Never again. He only returns to the factory his mother calls his ‘legacy’ to ensure Paige doesn’t pull a fast one. When their chemistry blazes hotter than ever, he wonders if he misjudged her, but secrets come to light, including an embezzler she tries to protect, proving she’s still the wrong girl. So why does holding onto her feel so right?


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Only In His Sweetest Dreams
Secret Dreams, Book 2

When Mercedes takes in her confused niece and nephew, jeopardizing the job she loves at a retirement community, she turns to the new handyman for advice. L.C. can fix anything and he’d love to be part of this misfit family, but he has a secret back home that Mercedes will never forgive.

Available on February 1,2017.

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USA Today Bestseller Dani Collins is the author of thirty romances for Harlequin Presents, Montana Born and herself. Dani lives in Canada with her high school sweetheart. Join Dani's newsletter and receive Cruel Summer, a short ebook romance, as a welcome gift: http://danicollins.com/free-book/

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

LORDS OF LOVE AND LEGENDS by Brenda Jernigan

From USA Today Bestselling and National Award-winning Authors
Allie Mackay, Brenda Jernigan and Sue-Ellen Welfonder

Four magical tales of timeless desire
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LORDS OF LOVE AND LEGENDS

Allie Mackay, Brenda Jernigan, Sue-Ellen Welfonder

Genre: Historical Romance, Scottish Romance, Regency Romance
Series: Legends Series, Book 2
Publisher: Scott Publishing
Publication Date: January 9, 2017


Lords of Love and Legends introduces you to lords and ladies who live and love in a world of magic and enchantment. The long ago days we dream about is their reality. In this collection, our heroes and heroines will take you there. Along the way, you’ll see them meet and fall in love, and you’ll share their happy-ever-after ending.

We’d like to thank you for joining them. We’ll leave the page here so they can whisk you away.

USA Today Bestselling and National Award-winning Authors Sue-Ellen Welfonder (aka Allie Mackay) and Brenda Jernigan sweep you into a long ago world of breathtaking passion and adventure where myth and legend was real, danger abounded, and lords and ladies risked everything for love!



Winter Fire by Sue-Ellen Welfonder... When a Highland lass meets a dashing stranger in an enchanted place, she gladly gives her heart – and her passion – to the lover she only knows as the Lord of Winter.



The Duke’s Lady by Brenda Jernigan… If you yearn for classic romance with noblemen, ladies, and intrigue, complete with a magnificent Cornish setting, this is your tale…

Some Like It Kilted by Allie Mackay… A legendary Highland chieftain and a modern American woman aren’t prepared for the passion that flares between them, or the ancient secrets that would tear them apart.

The Wicked Lady by Brenda Jernigan… If you like humor and a fun-filled read…this one is for you… When Trevor Claremont is blind-sided by a pickpocket, he isn't prepared for the feisty redhead who he finds is one wicked lady.

Treat yourself to hours of reading enjoyment with this beautiful collection of unforgettable romance!

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Allie Mackay

"Mackay is a master at penning magical tales of love across the ages."

~ Fresh Fiction



Allie Mackay is the pseudonym for USA Today bestselling author Sue-Ellen Welfonder who won Romantic Times Best Historical Romance Award for her debut title, Devil in a Kilt. Many of her books have been RT Award nominees, and most have received RT Top Picks and K.I.S.S. Hero Awards. She is thrilled to be an Amazon All-Star Author, and a winner of InD'Tale's RONE Award. Her favorite reader compliment is that her stories transport them to medieval Scotland, the setting of most of her books. She has three grand passions: Scotland, the paranormal, and animals. All can be found in her fun and sexy, light-hearted paranormal romances.

Brenda Jernigan



“Brenda Jernigan writes Romance, Adventure and Magic.”

~ Publisher’s Weekly



Brenda Jernigan is a Bestselling Author. Her books have been nominated for many awards – Book Seller’s Best Award, The Maggie Award, and The Holt Medallion Award. 
She grew up living the life of a tomboy – climbing trees, playing ball, and excluding starry-eyed romance from her daily repertoire.
Brenda discovered the love for books while taking her son to Story Hour at the local library – she was hooked. 
She figured having the same birthday as Ernest Hemingway couldn’t hurt.
Sue-Ellen Welfonder

“Sue-Ellen Welfonder brings legends and love to life.”
~ Fresh Fiction

USA Today bestselling author Sue-Ellen Welfonder won Romantic Times Best Historical Romance Award for her debut title, Devil in a Kilt.  Many of her books have been RT Award nominees, and have received RT Top Picks and K.I.S.S. Hero Awards. She is thrilled to be an Amazon All-Star Author, and a winner of InD'Tale's RONE Award. Her favorite reader compliment is that her stories transport them to medieval Scotland, the setting of most of her books.  She is also known for her strong heroines, Alpha heroes, and weaving Highland magic and humor into her tales.

Sue-Ellen also writes as Allie Mackay, penning contemporary paranormals, mostly set in the Scottish Highlands

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Allie Mackay: http://www.alliemackay.com
Brenda Jernigan: http://www.brendajbooks.com
Sue-Ellen Welfonder: http://www.welfonder.com/

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

EDGE OF YESTERDAY by Sue-Ellen Welfonder and Tarah Scott.


From USA Today & Internationally Bestselling Authors
Sue-Ellen Welfonder and Tarah Scott

In a place beyond rules,
daring is power,
and love is the greatest threat of all...

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EDGE OF YESTERDAY

Sue-Ellen Welfonder and Tarah Scott

Genre: Historical Romance, Time Travel
Series: Edge Series, Book 1
Publisher: Broken Arm Publishing
Publication Date: December 27, 2016
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Two of Scottish romance’s most loved authors have joined pens to write a thrilling new time travel series filled with passion, danger, and intrigue. These never-before-published novels will sweep you to Scotland’s Highland Heatheredge, where magic is real, time is relevant, and there is no escape from desire…

Men are disappearing in the Highland crofting village of Heatheredge. The authorities suspect foul play, but without signs of violence—or bodies—they can’t prove a thing.

World champion swordsman Cailean Ross is living the fantasy of a lifetime as the victor of Heatheredge’s medieval reenactment Gathering. But when the fantasy turns into reality, swordplay becomes a fight to the death and he finds himself among the ‘missing’ statistics.

Julianna Mackay flees a man she fears is an evil wizard and literally runs into handsome Cailean Ross. Cailean defends Lady Julianna from her attackers. Together, they set out in search of the key to a six-hundred-year-old curse that can only be broken in medieval Scotland.

When the veil of time is lifted, Cailean and Julianna find that love may not be enough to save them or those they hold dear.


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USA Today and Internationally bestselling authors Sue-Ellen Welfonder and Tarah Scott have more in common than friendship. For many years, they’ve both enjoyed spending their working hours in a world of romance and adventure, bringing handsome Highlanders and their ladies to life. Now they’ve joined pens, deciding that when it comes to happily-ever-afters, two writers can stir up even more danger and desire for the characters they love. The EDGE series, Scottish time travel romances, is their first co-authored project, and launches Dec. 27th with EDGE OF YESTERDAY.

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