~Release Day Review~Bitten By Desire (Regent’s Park Pack #3) by Annabelle Jacobs~

 

36376325Title: Bitten by Desire
Author: Annabelle Jacobs
Series: Regent’s Park Pack #3
Page Count: 311 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: October 12, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Two lovers from rival packs. Have they come together only to be forced apart? 

Alec Knight, a beta in the Regent’s Park pack, guards his heart carefully. Ghosts from his past keep him alone and angry, any hope of a relationship impossible while guilt from the pack wars still haunts him. With the anniversary drawing near, Alec needs a distraction. 
As a lowly member of the Primrose Hill pack, Mark Appleton isn’t used to having his alpha’s attention. Lately he’s had more than his fair share, and not for the right reasons. Despite growing suspicions that all is not well, Mark tries hard to do better, but constant criticism leaves him desperate for a stress outlet.
Sex is a good way for shifters to let off steam, and while their packs attack each other with accusations and lies, Alec and Mark work out their frustrations in bed. Pillow talk and shared secrets lead to a closeness neither was expecting, but when pack relations reach an all-time low, any future for them seems out of the question.
If they want to be together, they’ll have to go against their alphas’ wishes—except Alec won’t and Mark can’t.


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I am a big fan of the “Regent’s Pack” series, but this one so far is my favorite!

All books center around a different couple, but I would advice to start with book 1, “Bitten by Mistake”, since most of the world-building is explained in that one. It also has a continuing storyline in the background…In the previous books, we’ve had shifters pairing up with a human. This time, we get two shifters getting it on and let me tell you…

I am a fan!!

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~Review~Five Dares by Eli Easton~

 

35457416Title: Five Dares
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Page Count: 247 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Andy Tyler has been the class daredevil since middle school. Over the years, he’s convinced his best friend, Jake Masterson, to perform some dangerous-looking stunts with him. But the dare they attempt on the night of their college graduation goes sideways. The firecrackers explode too soon and both of them end up with badly burned palms.
But hey, nothing gets the “terrible two-o” down for long, and they recuperate in style at Andy’s family cottage in Cape Cod . As the weeks go by, both Andy and Jake grow frustrated over the inability to use their hands for all sorts of daily activities—including getting off. So Andy begins a new series of dares that don’t just cross the friendship line, they obliterate it.
But what might be mere sexual relief to Andy is serious business to Jake, who only recently got over years of secret pining for his straight best friend. Inevitably, the burns heal, summer ends, and hearts are broken. To fix things, Andy will have to face the greatest dare of all.


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I have read plenty of books by Eli Easton and I have loved every single one. This one was no exception. 😉

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Andy and Jake have been best friends for years. They are team Daredevil!!

They have both graduated from NYU and Andy feels like they need to do one more “Dare”, before they go their separate ways and start different lives.

Andy is going to Harvard Law, while Jake already has a job lined up in California, as a computer tech…Andy is having a hard time with the fact that they won’t be as close anymore, and he feels they should go out with a bang…which they do…but not in the right way. 😛

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~Review~Safe and Sound (Twist of Fate #2) by Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy~

 

36262701Title: Safe and Sound
Authors: Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy
Series: Twist of Fate #2
Page Count: 362 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

 ~Synopsis~ 
I’ve been drowning for a long time. I never thought I’d find someone who knows what that’s like…
Self-proclaimed playboy, Aiden Vale, has it all – good looks, successful career, plenty of cash in the bank and an endless supply of men who know the score… that one night is just that. So the last thing he wants, or needs, is to forge a connection that might mean revealing more of himself than he’s ready to. But when fate intervenes, putting Aiden in the path of someone who threatens to knock down his carefully constructed walls, he’s quick to realize the young man he’s become infatuated with is hiding a painful secret.
I finally have a shot at freedom. I’ll never let anyone take that from me ever again…
Ash Valentine is just looking for a way out, and the last thing he wants or needs is another man controlling every aspect of his life. Desperate for the cash that will help him flee his abusive boyfriend, Ash accepts what is supposed to be a temporary job at a local coffee shop. But nothing prepares him for the gorgeous and enigmatic Aiden Vale, and the small acts of kindness the charming coffee shop regular bestows on him or the new friends he begins to make along the way. 

Terrified of once again becoming too reliant on someone else to take care of him, Ash refuses Aiden’s repeated offers of help in any form. But when it becomes clear that there’s something more behind Aiden’s need to save him, Ash begins to wonder if he’s found someone who needs saving just as badly.
I know he wants to save me, but what if he’s the one who needs saving…
As their tentative friendship turns into something more, long buried secrets begin to surface. When Aiden’s need to protect Ash clashes with the younger man’s desire for independence, memories of the one he couldn’t save begin to tear at the fragile cords of Aiden’s soul, and he’s forced to face a truth he’s been hiding from for a long time. 
Threatened with losing what they’ve only just found, will Aiden and Ash find a way to accept their pasts or will they let the pain drag them below the surface for good?No cliffhangers and can be read as a stand-alone.

*** TRIGGER WARNING – includes scenes of domestic violence. ***


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This is the second book in the “Twist of Fate” series, book 1 being “Lost and Found”.

I really enjoyed book 1, so I was very excited about this second installment. I had very mixed feelings about  Aiden in the previous book, and I was curious to see what the authors had in store for him.

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~Release Day Review~Gummy Bears & Grenades (A THIRDS Novella) by Charlie Cochet~

 

36123887Title: Gummy Bears & Grenades
Author: Charlie Cochet
Series: A THIRDS Novella
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 102 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Sci-Fi, Mystery/Suspense
Release Date: October 4, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley can’t wait to marry his fiancé, Team Leader Sloane Brodie, but first he’s looking forward to celebrating his bachelor party—which he intends to be a shenanigans-free evening of getting his groove on with family and friends.
Of course events don’t work out as planned, but for Dex that’s nothing new. One thing is for sure, dodging drug dealers and hired thugs amid booze, dancing—and even a bear costume—will guarantee it’s a night Dex will never forget. Now he just needs to survive all the fun.
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Enjoy this bonus story from the THIRDS universe. These events occur between Darkest Hour Before Dawn and Tried & True in the series timeline. While reading this story would enhance your experience of the THIRDS series, it is not necessary to read before Tried & True.


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I have read and loved every single book in THIRDS Series …

 And that includes all the novellas…Now, this may be another shorty, but just like the others, that doesn’t make it any less awesome. I for one laughed my ass off. 😛

Sloane and Dex are among my top favorite MM couples and think they always will be. 😉 They have come a long way since book 1 and things haven’t always been easy for them. They did it though and now that they are about to tie the knot…

It’s bachelor party time!!! 😀

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~Release Day Review~Rim Shot by Skylar M. Cates~

 

36120877Title: Rim Shot
Author: Skylar M. Cates
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 216 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 29, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Can college roommates go from friends to lovers?
Kyle: I’m confident that with hard work, my position as point guard can carry me from rural Indiana to the NBA. I also know I’m attracted to guys, but admitting it might disappoint my father, who is all I have in this world. I have big dreams, so I’ll stay in the closet. As long as my life remains scandal-free, I have a shot.
Micah: My large family can’t spare the money to help with my education, but that won’t stop me from studying medicine. I needed to get out of the house I was sharing with my ex before I went insane. Luckily, I heard about a guy looking for a roommate. Living with a straight jock won’t be easy, but it’s a chance I’m willing to take.


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The second I saw this book’s blurb I was sold. I am a sucker for sports books and you can throw me a geek and a jock storyline any day.

So I was very excited when I finally got my hands on it.This was my first book by this author so I really had no expectations going in…except for that awesome blurb that is.Unfortunately…I wasn’t blown away…

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Kyle is a point guard on the college basketball team. Now I had to look that up because I really don’t know anything about basketball, except for the fact that most of the players are huge and that the ball needs to go through the hoop. 😀

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~Pre-Release Review~The Half Wolf by Jay Northcote~

 

36227588Title: The Half Wolf
Author: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Page Count: 193 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Fantasy/Shifters
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Mate, family, pack, home… can Quinn and Kellan have it all?

Quinn grew up feeling out of place in the small town he calls home. Yearning for something he can’t name, he’s always felt different but never known why.
Kellan is part of a nomadic shifter pack. When they set up camp in the woods near Quinn’s town, the humans are unwelcoming and suspicious of the newcomers. The moment Kellan catches sight—and scent—of Quinn, he knows Quinn is special. But for the first time in his life, Kellan can’t trust his instincts. Quinn is human, and Kellan is a wolf shifter, so how can they ever be mates?
Their bond is instant and exhilarating. It breaks Quinn’s heart to know their relationship can only be temporary. Love isn’t enough when pack law forbids shifters to mate with humans. Tension explodes between pack and humans, and when Quinn discovers a shocking truth about himself that changes everything, he fears he’ll have to choose between the only life he’s ever known and the man he loves.


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I am a big sucker for everything shifters, mates, biting, and mine. 😛

So when I found out Jay Northcote was releasing a shifter story I was on it like white on rice. 😉

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~Pre-Release Review~Cover Up (Skin Deep Inc. #3) by L.A. Witt~

 

35828316Title: Cover Up
Author: L.A. Witt
Series: Skin Deep Inc. #3
Page Count: 306 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

After ten years of blissful marriage, Navy Pilot Nate Chandler is divorcing his cheating husband. Single for the first time in years, Nate is numb to all emotion and kisses any chance of another relationship goodbye.Not only is Nate struggling to get through this divorce, but his body is branded with a permanent reminder of his failed marriage: a matching tattoo with his ex.

Searching for a place to cover up his old tattoo, Nate finds himself at the Skin Deep, Inc., where he meets the young and charming cover-up tattoo apprentice, Lucas Brandt.From just flirty glances to steamy hot encounters, Nate and Lucas dive headfirst into a fling of hookups. But worried that he’ll forever be Nate’s “cover up” rebound relationship, Lucas fears that their love won’t be anything more than just skin deep. What was once just a casual attraction, Lucas now hopes to turn into a real relationship. But will he be able to convince the still tender-hearted Nate to fall in love again?

Third installment of L.A. Witt’s Skin Deep romance series, COVER UP is a story of passion, pleasure, and happily ever after.


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I have read the first book in this series, but I skipped the second. I will go back to read that one, If you are like me and don’t mind reading books out of order, no worries, cause this one can be read as a standalone. 😉

Nate’s marriage of 10 years has ended because his husband cheated on him. Now he wants the tattoo, that reminds him of his ex, to be covered.

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~Release Day Review~Prophesy (The King & Alpha #1) by A.E. Via~

 

35846816Title: Prophesy
Author: A.E. Via
Series: The King & Alpha #1
Publisher: Via Star Wings Books
Page Count: 294 pages
Genre(s): M/M Romance, Fantasy/Shapeshifters
Release Date: September 23, 2017
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

An Enemies to Lovers Shifter, Vampire True Mates story. 
Justice Volkov is the youngest Alpha Zenith to ever lead the wolf shifters. Following in his father’s large paw prints was a responsibility he met head on. Now at age thirty-three, he is alpha of the alphas. As a direct descendant of the original Siberian pack, his wolf is bigger and stronger than Justice, himself is sometimes able to control. 
“His wolf howled long and hard but Justice kept it inside. It felt like a bass drum beating against his rib cage. The harsh breaths, angry snarls and the determined pacing inside him was overtaking him. All the while… his mate kept calling.” 
Justice takes his role of leadership and his legacy very seriously. He has little time for romance, not to mention a true mate. His packs are his priority. With a human government trying to regulate them, an uprising of rogue shifters, and a violent team of scientists trying to experiment on them, Justice has his hands way too full. 
Chadwick ‘Wick’ Bentley is not enthusiastic when the captain of his escort tells him he has to leave his comfortable London home and go back to the States. As the Vampire King, he has no choice but to get his species back in line before they cause anymore chaos. At over two-hundred years old, Wick is no one to trifle with, but his smooth, charismatic manner makes him quite unique, despite the negative reputation vampires have. Wick has had nothing but time up to this point. He doesn’t feel the need to make issues pressing. Nothing is urgent in his life. Until he meets Justice. His beloved. 
“Natural enemies can’t be mates.” Or so Justice thought. He knows his skepticism and rejection is hurting his mate, so while he fights their connection, Wick gets help from a source very close to Justice to help him win his beloved’s heart. Wick is a force all on his own, but when he’s blessed with a special gift from the Mother herself, not even Justice’s powerful wolf can prevent the prophesy from being fulfilled. 
This story DOES NOT contain/mention MPREG. 
No multiple pairings. It does not end on a cliffhanger and has an HEA. 
Warning: This book is MM paranormal: If you DO NOT like hot, alpha men shifting into large wolves, or vampires feeding from their mates, this may not be your read. 


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I love A.E. Via’s books.

Especially her “Nothing Special” series. The reason I love this author so much is because when I open one of her books, I know I am guaranteed a hot Alpha and some very nice steam. 😛 When I found out she was gonna publish a new PNR book… I squealed a bit !! This book has not one, but two of my weaknesses…

A shifter and a vampire!!! I feel so blessed!!!

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~Series Reviews~Temptation by Ella Frank~

 

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Temptation Series

Check out this fantastic Series, read Wendy’s reviews and start reading today.
You do not want to miss this series! 😀

Reviews: Try (Temptation, #1), Take (Temptation, #2), Trust (Temptation, #3).

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34846729Title: Try
Author: Ella Frank
Series: Temptation #1
Page Count: 370 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance
Release Date: November 9, 2013
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Try – verb: to make an attempt or effort to do something or in this case…someone.

Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it, and ever since he realized his raw sexual appeal at a young age, he has had no problem using it to his advantage. Men and women alike fall into his bed—after all, Logan is not one to discriminate. He lives by one motto—if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try?
And he wants to try Tate Morrison.
Just coming out of a four-year marriage with an ex-wife from hell, a relationship is the last thing on Tate’s mind. He’s starting fresh and trying to get back on his feet with a new job at an upscale bar in downtown Chicago.
The only problem is, Tate has caught the unwavering and unwelcome attention of Mr. Logan Mitchell – a regular at the bar and a man who always gets what he wants.
Night after night Tate fends off the persistent advances of the undeniably charismatic man, but after an explosive moment in the bar, all bets are off as he finds his body stirring with a different desire than his mind.
As arrogance, stubbornness and sexual tension sizzles between the two, it threatens to change the very course of their lives.
Logan doesn’t do relationships. Tate doesn’t do men. But what would happen if they both just gave in and…tried?


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We all have that one MM book that “popped” our “M/M reading cherry”…This one is mine. 😀

I loved every single page and I can honestly say that this book changed my reading preferences, so it will always hold a special place in my heart since it paved the way for so many awesome M/M books I have read ever since!!

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~Series Reviews~Enhanced by Victoria Sue~

 

Enhanced Series

Check out this fantastic Series

and read Wendy’s and Simone’s Reviews.

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32856461Title: Five Minutes Longer
Author: Victoria Sue
Series: Enhanced #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Page Count: 216 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction
Release Date: December 2, 2016
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

Talon Valdez knew when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away, the enhanced were viewed as monsters, despised by the public, and never trusted to serve in the military or any law enforcement agency.
Years later he gets a chance to set up a task force of enhanced to serve in the FBI, but with one proviso: each enhanced must partner with a regular human.
Finn Mayer dreamed of joining the FBI from the time he was fourteen and made every possible sacrifice to make it happen, including living with his selfish mother and bullying, homophobic brother and never having a boyfriend. But his undiagnosed dyslexia stopped his aspirations dead in their tracks. His last chance is to partner with Talon, an enhanced with deadly abilities who doesn’t trust regular humans with their secrets and wants Finn to fail.
Four weeks to prove himself to the team. Four weeks for the team to prove itself to the public. And when another group threatens their success—and their lives are at stake—four weeks for them to survive.


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This book really took me by surprise. I absolutely loved it!!!

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Guess I am a huge sucker for badass men with superpowers!!This book kind of reminded me of the “Thirds” series, though it was completely different. For one…it’s not about shifters…It’s about “Enhanced Humans”.

What are “Enhanced Humans”, you say??

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Well, they are boys, who have yet to hit puberty, who wake up one day,  with a special ability (think X-men) and a mark on their face. There aren’t very many enhanced around, and the reason why and how this genetic condition manifests in some children is still unknown. What isn’t unknown, is that the enhanced are treated very poorly by the rest of the human population. As is often the case…people fear and hate what they don’t know…

Parents literally kick their kids out when they suddenly bare a mark. These kids are sent to “homes” and some with very special/dangerous powers are even send to “kiddie prison”.

The thought alone made me sick!!!

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