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NEW 4 Star Review for Claimed by Love by Skye Jones – #Menage #Paranormal #Erotic

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Title: Claimed by Love (Wild Hunters #1)
Author Name: Skye Jones
Publication Date & Length: December 22, 2014 – 214 pgs

Synopsis

Kayley’s passion-filled dreams of two sexy men torment her nights … but meeting them in real life turns her world upside down! Passion brings them together, but a menace from one’s past threatens to destroy them. Now they’ll have to risk it all and fight for their love. Skye Jones presents Claimed By Love, Book 1 of her exciting new paranormal romance series Wild Hunters.

Kayley Edwards has spent the last four years closing herself off after a vicious attack by her lover left her scarred and terrified. After fleeing her native Alaska, she ran the length of the country and began a new life in Miami, far from family and friends.

When her cousin and his friends decide to vacation nearby, he invites her to join them because he has important news. Determined not to let fear rule her life, she agrees to meet with them, only to have her world turned upside down. His friends include the two gorgeous men who’ve haunted her dreams for months, kindling her desire and challenging her to take a chance on love.

Pack alpha, Luke Johnson, has dreamed of Kayley for years. He and his mate, Sean Wallace, know she is meant to be theirs. But how will she react when she finds the world they inhabit is one she never imagined existed?

As passions collide, Sean finds himself acting as a bridge between his strong-willed alpha and a skittish Kayley. Can they break through her defenses and convince her to join them?

Just as it seems the three may have a future together, a ghost from Sean’s past strikes at the heart of their happiness. They must fight for everything they hold dear to win their chance at love.

Content Notes: Hot, Anal Intercourse, Non-Sexual Violence, Paranormal, Shifters, Wolves, Suspense, Ménage, M/M, M/M/F

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FourStars

Skye Jones’ menage a trios werewolf novel is a pretty good read. Kayley finds herself dreaming of two men. She discovers the men, Sean and Luke, seemingly by chance, and after some tortured soul-searching, there’s a hot threesome. Very hot. Story as advertised, and I was pleased.
There’s a lot more to it, of course. Kayley’s recovering from sexual violence, as is Sean. There’s plot where more sexual violence, and graphic physical violence, occur. Be warned. Beasts lurk here.
And it is essential shifter worldbuilding–alpha males and strict gender roles and masculinity contrast (rather nicely) with the femininity Kayley brings. Which is what drew me (moth to flame) to the story in the first place. There’s no debate, no attempt to define or explain the obvious. Refreshingly bisexual, from a publisher that might be defining the genre. Claimed by Love delivers.
C.E. Case

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Spotlight: Oliver (Whitedell Pride Series #6) by Catherine Lievens #MM #Shifter #Paranormal @authorCLievens

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Title: Oliver (Whitedell Pride Series #6)
Author Name: Catherine Lievens
Publication Date: March 1, 2015

Synopsis

What matters is not what you are, but who you are.

Oliver is human, or at least he was until the Glass Research Company kidnapped him and experimented on him. Now he has a bear sharing his mind, but he’s not able to shift, and he’s confused. Is he a shifter, or a human? What’s worse, he’s getting sicker every day, and no one seems to know how to help him. He can’t even bond with his mate because he doesn’t want Sebastian to hurt if something happens to him.
Sebastian wants his mate to be cured, and the only way to do that is to go to New York and kidnap one of the company’s scientist. With the help of his pride brothers, he manages to do just that, but having Oliver cured doesn’t mean all their problems are over.
Oliver will have to deal with learning how to shift and trying to convince Sebastian that he’s fine and that he can be claimed, but once he manages to do that, other problems arise. Will the two lovers finally have the time to just be together, or will the pressure push them apart?

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Shit. Shit, shit, shit! Oliver didn’t know what had happened or how to solve this. Well, he knew what had happened. He had shifted for the very first time, but did he really have to do it while naked in bed with Sebastian? Even more so, did it really have to be like, seconds after they had just made love and claimed each other?

If Sebastian hadn’t been so quick to move away, Oliver would have shifted while…ugh, he didn’t even want to think about it!

“Uh, love? Careful with those claws, okay?”

Oliver realized that he had been digging into the mattress so he awkwardly tried to get his claws out of the fabric, but it seemed that every move he made, he managed to just rip it apart a little more. He was scared to move, but he could hear the bed creaking. It wasn’t exactly made to host a fully grown bear plus his mate, even if Sebastian was in human form.

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Catherine lives in Italy, country of good food and hot men. She used to write fantasy as a child, but it was reading her first gay erotic romance novel that made her realize that that was what she really wanted to write.

After graduating from college in English language and translation, she divides her day between writing, reading, taking care of her son and reading some more.

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3 Stars for A Very Holland Valentine by Toni Griffin #MM #Romance #Shifter #Paranormal @MischiefCorner

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Title: A Very Holland Valentine
Author Name: Toni Griffin
Publication Date: February 14, 2015

Synopsis

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and with it the completion of the renovations to their home. None could be happier about this then Zack who can’t wait to get away from Maryanne and all her fussing.

Plans are being finalised for all four couples for the happy day. However, sleezy tradies, an over protective mother- in-law and unexpected complications throw spanners in the works.

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ThreeStar

This was a sweet book.  After a long series, the brothers and their mates live together in a shared house with their growing families.  It is a glimpse into the characters’ HEA life.

Readers who have followed the whole series will enjoy catching up with favourite characters.  And that’s what this is, a catch-up.  All the men are blissfully mated.  There is no conflict, there are no problems, just sweet escapism as all eight men and their children live together in harmony.

Readers will need to have followed the series in order to enjoy this story.  There is no backstory offered at the start, so it really isn’t a stand alone read.  Without context and background information, it is nearly impossible for new readers to differentiate characters and mates.

Without having read the earlier books, I was a little taken aback by male pregnancies.  Perhaps it would be different if I knew the back stories.  I’m not a huge fan of m/m books where one partner takes on a ‘woman’ role and the other a ‘man’ role.  I know the whole shifter concept lends itself to this style of relationship, but this series, with pregnant men, takes the roles to a whole new level.

Personally, if I want to read about pregnancy and domestic bliss, I’ll read m/f.  I tend to read m/m to avoid saccharine domesticity and gender stereotypes, so this story wasn’t really for me.

I’m sure readers of the previous five books will enjoy this short story.

Sarah

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Toni Griffin lives in Darwin, the smallest of Australia’s capital cities. Born and raised in the state she’s a Territorian through and through. Growing up Toni hated english with a passion (as her editors can probably attest to) and found her strength lies with numbers.

Now, though, she loves escaping to the worlds she creates and hopes to continue to do so for many years to come. She’s a single mother of one and works full time. When she’s not writing you can just about guarantee that she will be reading one of the many MM authors she loves.

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New Release: A Very Holland Valentine by Toni Griffin #MM #Romance #Shifter #Paranormal @MischiefCorner

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Title: A Very Holland Valentine
Author Name: Toni Griffin
Publication Date: February 14, 2015

Synopsis

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and with it the completion of the renovations to their home. None could be happier about this then Zack who can’t wait to get away from Maryanne and all her fussing.

Plans are being finalised for all four couples for the happy day. However, sleezy tradies, an over protective mother- in-law and unexpected complications throw spanners in the works.

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Toni Griffin lives in Darwin, the smallest of Australia’s capital cities. Born and raised in the state she’s a Territorian through and through. Growing up Toni hated english with a passion (as her editors can probably attest to) and found her strength lies with numbers.

Now, though, she loves escaping to the worlds she creates and hopes to continue to do so for many years to come. She’s a single mother of one and works full time. When she’s not writing you can just about guarantee that she will be reading one of the many MM authors she loves.

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3.5 Stars for Vann’s Victory (Highgate Shifters #2) by Sydney Presley – #MM #Shifter @sydneypresley1 @Totally_Bound

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Title: Vann’s Victory (Highgate Shifters #2)
Author Name: Sydney Presley
Publication Date & Length: February 13, 2015 – 85pgs

Synopsis

Being a Dom in secret—being mated to another wolf in secret—is something Vann has always done, but now he has the chance to be open about his whole life.

Vann grew up under the rule of an alpha at Crossways Compound, who controlled every aspect of his pack members’ lives. Used to obeying without question, Vann suddenly finds himself in a position where he can make his own decisions outside his sexual relationship. In the past, his trysts with his subby lover, Kip, have been in secret, snatched moments away from security cameras or listening devices. Now they’ve been welcomed at Highgate, a safe haven, life should work out beautifully.

But there’s something Vann has to do first. He has to return to his childhood compound to right the wrongs that were done there. Along with Kip and members of the Highgate security team, Vann has to play the biggest role of his life so far in order to bring down the alpha at Crossways and rescue some cross-bred cubs. It isn’t going to be easy, going against someone he’s been conditioned to obey, but for the sake of his pack and the safety of the cubs, he’ll do whatever it takes.

Kip is determined to be with Vann every step of the way. Usually, Kip is submissive in all aspects of their life, preferring to bow his head and only speak when he’s given permission. But their return to Crossways changes all that. The danger there is too great for Kip to wait for Vann’s instructions on everything he does. Kip knows that to keep Vann safe, he must become more dominant—or die trying.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of exhibitionism and voyeurism.

Publisher’s Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a series.

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ThreeandHalfStars

This book does suggest at an abusive home life and BDSM (heavier on the SM). If these bother you, do not read.

This story, while detailed and intriguing just didn’t hit it with me. The sex was hot, but the story fell kind of flat for me. I think it might have been better had the story been more about Kip and Vann’s relationship and less about how they lived and had to always hide their relationship.

I am intrigued to see if the next book will be about the relative that who is mentioned. Maybe I would have enjoyed the story more had I read the first of the series – who knows.

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Sydney has always enjoyed writing. “There’s something about losing yourself in another world, where the real one ceases to exist and all your dreams and wishes can be placed on the page—dreams for a better planet where love isn’t questioned but accepted by all.”
When Sydney isn’t writing, there’s plenty of reading to be done. “I can’t imagine not reading every day. It would be weird not to have a book to hand because I’ve always had one nearby. Life without reading isn’t something I’d like to contemplate. The thought brings me out in hives.”
Sydney lives in a peaceful area where the hustle and bustle of the city doesn’t figure. “I left city life years ago. Too stressful for me. I prefer listening to the swish of leaves on the trees instead of tyres on tarmac. The twittering of birds instead of the chatter of people. Alone time to reflect and ponder is a must. A small portion of every day spent by myself is vital to my sanity and soul.”

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4 and 5 Stars for Claimed by Love by Skye Jones – #Menage #Paranormal #Erotic

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Title: Claimed by Love (Wild Hunters #1)
Author Name: Skye Jones
Publication Date & Length: December 22, 2014 – 214 pgs

Synopsis

Kayley’s passion-filled dreams of two sexy men torment her nights … but meeting them in real life turns her world upside down! Passion brings them together, but a menace from one’s past threatens to destroy them. Now they’ll have to risk it all and fight for their love. Skye Jones presents Claimed By Love, Book 1 of her exciting new paranormal romance series Wild Hunters.

Kayley Edwards has spent the last four years closing herself off after a vicious attack by her lover left her scarred and terrified. After fleeing her native Alaska, she ran the length of the country and began a new life in Miami, far from family and friends.

When her cousin and his friends decide to vacation nearby, he invites her to join them because he has important news. Determined not to let fear rule her life, she agrees to meet with them, only to have her world turned upside down. His friends include the two gorgeous men who’ve haunted her dreams for months, kindling her desire and challenging her to take a chance on love.

Pack alpha, Luke Johnson, has dreamed of Kayley for years. He and his mate, Sean Wallace, know she is meant to be theirs. But how will she react when she finds the world they inhabit is one she never imagined existed?

As passions collide, Sean finds himself acting as a bridge between his strong-willed alpha and a skittish Kayley. Can they break through her defenses and convince her to join them?

Just as it seems the three may have a future together, a ghost from Sean’s past strikes at the heart of their happiness. They must fight for everything they hold dear to win their chance at love.

Content Notes: Hot, Anal Intercourse, Non-Sexual Violence, Paranormal, Shifters, Wolves, Suspense, Ménage, M/M, M/M/F

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I loved every minute of this book. This was a beautifully written love story, filled with so many emotions among the characters, that were captured beautifully.  I was drawn to Kayley, with her struggle of what choice to make.  The author didn’t rush her decision and the whole story wasn’t just about her.  Luke and Sean were main characters that added so much to her journey. I loved how Luke was so controlling, yet Sean evened out the whole relationship. There were so many parts of the book I liked but my favorite was when Luke and Sean met Kayley for the first time.

The book wasn’t just about the romance, there was a bit of struggle with one of the other characters dealing with his shifting.  There was also some suspense with Sean.  The whole team fit so well in this story.

Since this was book 1, I’m hoping book 2 will be about Taylor or Will’s story.  I can’t wait for book 2 to read more about this team.

Sherry

FourStars

Yummy wolf shifters….. and a girl!!
Book 1 of an exciting new paranormal romance series Wild Hunters.
Pack Alpha Luke has dreamed of Kayley for years, and in turn his mate Sean has felt the dreams as well. Sean suffered brutality in his previous relationship but he is pretty much recovered. Ever since Kayley was a small child she has been drawn to wolves, and they have been the focus of her art work. She has also experienced erotic dreams about 2 sexy men that she has never met. Kayley suffered a very traumatic event in her last relationship and moved across the country and pretty much kept to herself. She works as a tattoo artist.
The journey with this trio contained all the elements I love in a story. A vulnerable female, and two sexy males that turn in to wolves!!! And, they are all mates, Kayley just doesn’t know it yet. The author pulled me in from page 1. I felt sympathetic for the heroine. And the testosterone
coming through the pages when we were introduced to the Hero’s… was palpable. I was seriously holding my breathing and panting the next. The lead male Luke, is so sexy and has this alpha quality that is not annoying in the least. His mate Sean is sexy, vulnerable and strong when he needs to be. I found their intimate moments very sexy!!!! The descriptions during sexy time were delicious, seriously made me wish I WAS in those pages! There is some drama and I am glad that it was handled in a timely manner. There was some very sweet moments that made me smile through tears.
I really enjoyed this journey and would definitely read more in the series!!
Kimberley

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4.5 Stars for Broken Bridges by Cheyenne Meadows – #MM #Shifters @Totally_Bound

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Title: Broken Bridges
Author Name: Cheyenne Meadows
Publication Date: January 2, 2015

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Alpha wolf shifter Detective Dax Steel is hip deep in homicide cases, all bear shifters who seemingly died in of natural causes in their prime. To make matters worse, the murders throw him back in contact with his ex-lover, Adin.

Adin shares the same genetics as the victims and a healthy appetite for the sexy and addictive Dax. A two week blazing hot affair between them fell apart almost as quickly as it started, leaving Adin longing but hesitant to risk his heart once more.

Can Dax track down the killer before Adin lands in his crosshairs? Will they come together as a team and find love is lasting after all?

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FourandHalfStars

Dax and Adin have a history that was full of fire – but a fire that dwindled quickly. Despite their past, when Adin’s life is in danger, Dax can’t help but try to protect him, even if that means pushing Adin away again. Both have killer instincts and a need to take care of themselves.

When Adin and Dax come together, the sex is intense, animalistic and incredible. Their connection is so strong, but their individual needs are still what they were before – Dax’s need to protect, Adin’s need to ensure that he doesn’t lose himself.

Frustrated with the murder case, Dax is slowly teasing out who is responsible. I liked how his extra abilities allowed him to see the truth in some and the lies in others. Also, I liked how the author was able to write a very well planned out murder mystery in such a short amount of time.
I was a little disappointed that the villain was resolved as quickly as it was, because I would have liked to know more about the history in that story.Overall this was a great mystery, one that kept the reader on their toes. I would definitely read this author again.

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Growing up in the Midwest, I began reading romance novels in high school, immediately falling in love with the genre, to the point where I decided to write professionally for a career. However, that dream splattered against a brick wall and resulting quick death in my first writing class in college when my professor told me bluntly that I wasn’t any good at it.

I shifted gears quickly, and left my writing dreams behind, eventually settling on being a nurse. A few years back, I stumbled across a fan-fiction writing site on a favorite author’s webpage. I began to read stories others wrote, not only making some wonderful close friends from the experience, but also, really learning to write for the very first time. Here I was able to share short stories, practice my writing skills, and truly develop into a writer. More than that, the experience allowed me to revitalize my dream, as I rediscovered joy in writing.

When I’m not working or writing, I enjoy working in the garden, canning, and seeing my backyard as a living canvas for my whimsical landscaping, and, of course, reading romance novels.

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