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~Release Day Review~A Destiny of Dragons (Tales From Verania #2) by TJ. Klune~ 

 

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Author:  TJ. Klune 
Series: Tales From Verania #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 400 pages
Release Date: June 30, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Fantasy
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Once upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice Sam of Wilds got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. His parents are happy, Gary and Tiggy still eat sass for breakfast, Randall is somehow alive despite being older than the gods, the King rules with a gentle hand, Kevin the dragon is as gross as ever, Morgan sighs a lot, Ryan continues to be dashing and immaculate, and Sam is close to convincing Prince Justin they will be best friends forever.
Life is good.
Until it’s not.

Because Vadoma, the leader of the Gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars: a man of shadows is rising and will consume the world unless Sam faces his destiny and gathers the five dragons of Verania at his side.
And she brings along her second-in-command, a man named Ruv.
Ruv, who Vadoma says is Sam’s true cornerstone.

The first book in the DESTINY FUCK YEAH! Trilogy (because sometimes, having a destiny is the stupidest thing ever).


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~Review~ Married for a Month by Cate Ashwood~

 

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Married for a Month by Cate Ashwood

****4 Stars****


I was a bit worried when I read the blurb.  Fake marriages are not really my thing, but once I started reading, I found myself completely sucked into this sweet “best friends to lovers” story.

It also helps that these men, don’t actually marry.

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Chase and Alec have been best friends for a very long time. Chase is known as being quite the player among his friends. Chase isn’t ready to settle down into some relationship. He thinks, that once people settle down or get married, everything will go to shit and life will be boring and sex will be non-excistent.

So he sticks to hook-ups.

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That is until his friends bet him that he couldn’t stay married for a month, even if he wanted to. According to them, marriage is hard work, and Chase is not cut out for this. Chase, of course, can’t resist proving them wrong. And who would be a better candidate in this “fake” marriage, than his best friend Alec.

So he “fake” proposes right then and there.

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Their friends have a little wedding ceremony for them.

The rules are: they have to live together for a month, sleep in the same bed, eat together and go on a date once a week. Sounds easy enough….what could possibly go wrong ??

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Both men are lusting for one another, and why not just give in right…it’s just sex…

Hot sex, but still just friends having sex….

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Until it’s not…..

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I really enjoyed this story. It was sweet, hot, funny at times and there wasn’t any angst….

Just two best friends falling in love with each other.

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You would think, that with me being such an angst junkie, I would be bored, but I wasn’t…not at all. It was exactly what I needed right now. I will

I will definitely look into more books by this author.  🙂

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~Review~Fast Connection by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

 

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Fast Connection (Cyberlove #2)

by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

*****5 Stars*****

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This book was amazing, I loved every freaking page!

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We’ve met Dominic in book 1, in which he was a bit of an ass. He’s a bit cocky, that’s for sure, but an asshole….no way !! I loved the guy. Dominic has discovered his bi side in the army and he’s all for exploring it more fully now that he’s out.

This brings him to Grindr.

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He makes himself a profile and starts looking for an easy lay…


Luke is a 39-year-old divorced father of two kids. He has always been bi and ever since his marriage ended, he’s been hooking up when the kids are with their mom. Because of a bad relationship in the past, he doesn’t do serious….only simple hook-ups, which he finds using Grindr. This is how he ends up fucking Dominic’s brains out…

Damn these two were hot together !!!

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Of course, he kicks Dominic out afterward, he doesn’t want his separate worlds mixing and he doesn’t do repeats.


But Dominic is not easy to forget. He’s hot and sweet and funny and he doesn’t take no for answer. He just keeps texting Luke on Grindr, where they start a sort of texting relationship and get to know each other better. I loved the texts. Dominic was hilarious and of course Luke can’t resist what Dominic is offering.

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Eventually Luke starts to appreciate who Dominic is like a person, instead of just some fuck and these two become closer and closer.

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But when they find out that they are more closely connected than they realized, shit turns very complicated. This is not good, especially for Luke, who really doesn’t like complications.


I loved this book and I adored Dominic. He is one of my all-time favorite characters.

He was cocky and sweet and funny and I really wanted him to have the world. I never expected that, what with him being an ass in book 1. We also get some snippets of Garrett and Kai. Also, I really appreciated the fact that Luke’s ex-wife was not some raving bitch. I really hope there will be another book because these are the shit !!  😀

 So 5 stars, of course.

 

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~Review~Strong Signal by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

 

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Strong Signal (Cyberlove #1)

by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

*****4.5 Stars*****

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Wow, this book was awesome !!

Two guys meet and connect while being miles and miles apart.

Garret is a gay soldier, currently deployed in Afghanistan and waiting for his tour to end.
Kai is a reclusive “gaymer”, who suffers from social anxiety and panic attacks. He doesn’t leave his apartment anymore and his only “real life” friend is the 17 years old kid, next door. All his other friends are virtual followers of his Twitch stream.


Garret is a closet nerd, who loves to play games on his laptop, such as Fallen World Online, which is what he does, to get through his time in Afghanistan. He’s all excited about playing….until he meets Kai, who kills Garret’s character on the spot and does a little victory dance afterward… :))

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Garret is pissed and starts looking into Kai’s profile and looking him up on Google. This is how he stumbles onto Kai’s Twitch stream…..and other video’s of Kai 😉

The two connect and strike up an online friendship which turns into way more. Damn these two were hot on Skype, and Garrett has quite the dirty mouth on him !!

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Then the time comes for Garrett to finally come home and he can’t wait to meet Kai in real life. But Kai hasn’t told Garrett all about himself and his anxieties. So when Garrett shows up to surprise him…things don’t really go as planned.The question is…will these two be able to make it in real life and will Kai be able to overcome his problems.


I loved reading about the two of them. They were so cute together…and so so HOT !!

I have been struggling with anxiety myself for over 15 years, so I was so rooting for Kai…he deserved to be happy. He was truly an awesome character. Garrett had a heart of gold and never once judged Kai for being who and how he was.

I cant wait for the next book in this series...this was definitely a win for me !!

 

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~Review~ Distraction by Nicole Edwards

 

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Distraction (Club Destiny #8) by Nicole Edwards

****4 Stars****

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Everyone that knows me, also knows that I like doing shit ass backward. 🙃

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So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I started this series with the last book. 😁


I didn’t matter, though, because this book can be read as a stand alone without getting lost. I have read many of Nicole Edwards’s books and the one thing I am always sure of even before I start reading is that it’s gonna be HOT as hell !! This book was no exception. Dylan was quite the dirty talker !!

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That, however, is not all that this book is about. This book carries a more emotional undertone than most of her other books.


Dylan has been mourning the loss of his wife for many years. He has been struggling with depression and trying to find peace of mind at the bottom of a bottle. He has been surrounded by darkness for a long time. That is until one fierce woman from his past shines a little light on him.

Sarah is fighting her own demons. Her husband committed suicide, leaving Sarah heartbroken and angry. One encounter with a man from her past gives her back some hope. One hot encounter against the wall doesn’t heal their broken souls, though.


Sarah realizes that she can’t heal Dylan and take away his pain. He has to want and do this by himself. So Sarah decides to work on herself instead…she has had enough and she doesn’t want to be lost anymore.

Fast forward 3 years and these two get another chance to be with each other.

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This time they both had time to work on themselves and they are both a little less broken. They agree to fresh start, taking things day by day. This leads to some explosive hot scenes between the two of them and even a foursome !!


I really enjoyed this one, though I have to say that the MM and MMF books that Nicole Edwards has written are still my favorite. For those who want to know,..yes there is an MFMM scene, but there is no sexual interaction between men….

I was also very pleased with the fact that there is gonna be another spin-off, very curious to see where that’s gonna go.

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~Review~ Thick & Thin by Charlie Cochet

 

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Thick & Thin (THIRDS #8) by Charlie Cochet

Sequel to Smoke & Mirrors

****3.5 Stars****

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This novella starts right after the ending of book 7,”Smoke and Mirrors”. To me, it kind of felt like an epilogue of the last book. All the things that were left wide open, get wrapped up in this little installment.

We get to know more about the changes that Dex went through and what gonna happen now that Dex and Sloane have decided to join TIN. It also shows us how the team responds to all of these changes and to the news that Sloane and Dex are about to be married.

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This novella was informative and very sweet, to the point of even being a bit cheesy. Now there is nothing wrong with some cheesiness every now and then, but I have always enjoyed Sloane being a badass and he came off as a love-struck puppy in this book. I’m mostly ok with this because it’s an in-between novella, but I do hope we will get more of his old bad-assed self in the next books.

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I’m also not sure about how I feel about Dex not being fully human anymore. I liked his character just fine the way he was…We will just have to see where this development will go.What I missed most though were the action and the fun. There wasn’t anything in this novella that made me laugh. Dex just wasn´t his funny self…

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As an in-between novella, this was a nice read. I enjoyed it, just not as much as all the other books. I do hope we will get some more action and laughs and maybe Dekatria in the next books. I´m  very curious about Seb and Hudson´s relationship. I have always loved Hudson, so I can´t wait for their story !!

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~Review~ Infini by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

 

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Infini (Aerial Ethereal #2) by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie

*****5 Stars*****


Wow…it seems that everything these authors write turns into gold !! I have loved every single book that I have read by these awesome ladies !!


Once I started this book, I could not put it down, so I read it in one sitting. I was sucked right into the story and the amazing characters. Just like all the other books I have read by these authors (Addicted / Calloway series) this book isn’t just about two people finding romance. It’s about family and all members of this amazing circus family play a very important part.

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This book took me on an amazing emotional rollercoaster and I got to experience so many emotions. I went from laughing to cursing to crying to swooning and I loved every single second of it.

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Luka is part of the Kotova’s. A Russian/American family, that performs in various circus shows. Luka has been part of the circus since he was a little boy. He has a lot of personal issues he struggles with. When he is 14 years old he forms a very close bond with Baylee, who is also a teenage performer in the circus. She has her very own struggles, but together, they deal. Their bond is so incredibly strong, but it also leads them to their destruction.

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I have decided not to go into the plot much further than this. I think this book should be read without any major spoilers.


Luka was such an amazing man. I adored him right from the start. He had a very sweet, loving and caring personality. I think everyone deserves a Luka in their life. I also loved the bond between him and his siblings. Nik may have been their rock, but Luka was the glue holding them all together.Baylee was also an awesome heroine. I really think these two were absolutely perfect for one another.

They were real soulmates.

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“I have lived partially. Halfly. Incompletely. To be whole, I did not know until my bones thundered and bellowed for more.”


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I for one hope there will be many more books in this series!

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~Review~ The Alpha King by Victoria Sue

 

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The Alpha King by Victoria Sue

****4 Stars****


I love shifter books, but I don’t read a lot of mpreg. This is because most of the ones I did read (or started), were a big disappointment to me.  This book, however, I really enjoyed. The world-building and character development were very nicely done. I also really liked this author writing style. And even though I like my smut, this book wasn’t one big sex fest, it had content and a great storyline. It did have knotting , though….just so you know.

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Luca is the Alpha-heir and he has reached the age (25) to choose his Omega. During the Choosing ceremony, he has to choose one of the Omega’s that are presented, to mate with. This will give him Alpha status and his powers. Problem is, that none of the Omega’s presented interest him. Like all werewolves, Luca is bi-sexual, but he prefers men. There are only two male Omega’s and they will probably be picked by the other Alpha’s. Doesn’t really matter anyway, because even the male Omega’s don’t hold his attention.

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Luca knows he has to pick one because if he doesn’t he won’t reach his Alpha status and he won’t be able to make the changes he desperately wants to make. Everything changes, though, when he catches the eyes of a human servant, who is about to be beaten. His whole world stops and he has only one thing on his mind….

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I really loved Luca and Kit together, though I have to say, that Luca made some dumbass mistakes. I forgave him (after he groveled), because well….It’s not every day that you become an Alpha King. Thankfully we also have Kit and he was really an amazing character. He was so strong and so loving.


The mpreg part was done very nicely, it was weird….but in a good way. 😛


A lot of things happen in this story and I could say so much more….but I won’t. I think that if you enjoy a good shifter story and you don’t mind the mpreg, then you should just give it a go yourself. I myself would love another book about Sam and Asher, who were awesome side characters in this book !!

Also a big”thank you” to Susan, who always recs the best books to me.

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~Review~ The Last Thing He Needs by J.H. Knight

 

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The Last Thing He Needs, by J.H. Knight

****4 Stars****


I was a bit nervous about reading this book because the reviews were so mixed. But my good friend Karlijn said she really liked it and advised me to just give it a go, and since I always listen to my friends…that’s what I did. I’m really glad I listened because I loved it!

Tommy O’Shea is 22 years old and his life is so freaking hard. His father and step-mom are selfish druggies/addicts, who don’t give a shit about their kids. They disappear for long periods of time and when they do come back, they turn everything to shit.

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So basically Tommy is raising his 7 siblings, who range from 0 to 17 old, by himself. He is trying his hardest to take care of his family and to provide for their needs so the kids won’t end up in the foster care system. The last time that happened was a disaster and Tommy has promised them he won’t let it happen again. He works his ass off trying to make ends meet, but it isn’t easy, even when the other kids try to help out where they can. Every day is a struggle.

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Then there is Bobby. Bobby is a rookie cop who has been to the O’Shea house many times on disturbance calls. They know each other from high school, though they weren’t friends back then. Bobby is looking to change this however and he comes over to the house more and more. Slowly they start building a friendship, which eventually leads to so much more.

But Tommy doesn’t let people in very easily. He has some trust issues and he thinks of himself as less worthy. Thankfully, Bobby is not one to just give up and he has no problems fighting for Tommy and the kids.

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I also want to give some extra credit to  Bobby’s mom. She was a wonderful character !!

“The bitch,” Bobby said sarcastically. “The nerve of the woman. Going in and bringing cake—there was cake, right?” When Tommy nodded, Bobby went on. “That is some messed-up devil-woman shit. Thinking she can slide in under your radar like that! That’s right out of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Maybe she’ll try to cook them next!”

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~Review~ The Mutt: An Order Short Story by Kasia Bacon

 

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The Mutt: An Order Short Story by Kasia Bacon

****4 Stars****


This sexy short story introduces us to the world of elves….and let’s be honest, who doesn’t like elves ?? This little gem is an introduction to new series this author is writing. “The Elven Vice” will be the first novel about Evryn and Lochan.

The books open in some kind of training facility for elves. It is entirely written in the voice of Evryn, the only fair-haired Dark Elf in the Highlands. He is also an archer, so guess who he made me think of 😉

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A new elf has just arrived at the training facility..and not just any kind of elf. Lochan is a half-breed, part human and part elvish. In other words…a Mutt.


Evryn is smitten right from the start and he has only one thing on his mind….making Lochan his.

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Evryn tries his very best to get Lochan’s attention….I liked Evryn’s character, he was very bold 😛


Lochan didn’t stand a chance at rejecting him 😉

I really liked the writing style of this author and as far as introductions go, this was pretty good. I was actually very surprised by the steam level and the humor in this book….and hey…there is even some Elvish !!!!

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Have you just told him to go wank his uncle’s donkey ?

I’m very curious to see where this story is gonna go, it definitely captured my attention. It was very short though and it felt unfinished (which I guess it is because it’s an introduction).So as far character- and worldbuilding, there wasn’t much. Hopefully, this will be different with the full novel.

I love elves, so I will surely give the upcoming novel a try.

 

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