Felicity Brandon-Doctored

This is the 3rd book in Felicity’s Men of Honor series. The series, or at least the ones with Alice, have a very heavy Alice in Wonderland vibe. Doctored is an Alice book, and her partner is Dr. Oscar Hatton, who has a hat habit, and is also known as the Mad Hatter.

Here is a quick history of the story. The Men of Honor aren’t actually all that honorable. They are a huge crime network. Oscar is the doctor of the bunch, and he makes sure that everyone is as healthy as possible. Alice is an MI5 agent who was sent in to shut him down. Only Oscar and his buddy, the head of his group knew who she was when she came in, and they took her. And she became Oscar’s.

So, this one starts off some time after the first book, in which Alice was captured. She’s been the Mad Hatter’s captive, and he has kept her tied up, bound, gagged, and done all kinds of deliciously dirty things to her. She likes it, but she tries really hard not to, because she’s supposed to fight to get free of him, and she’s still trying to keep her eyes open for ways to escape, because as an MI5 agent, that’s what she’s supposed to do.

Oscar leaves her tied up, but she manages to get out, and is waiting for him when he comes back. She kicks the fuck out of him, and escapes his room, stark ass naked, whereupon the Cheshire cat helps her escape and she makes it back to MI5.

I like Alice. I do think that she has a real stubborn streak, and I think that is a good thing, at least part of the time. It has served her well in the past, and helped her get to where she is in MI5. But, I think that there are times that she isn’t helped much by the stubborn streak, but it is hard to turn that off. I do think that she also has a bit of a blind spot, at least when it comes to MI5. I want to say that she’s naïve, but I’m really not sure that naïve is the right word for it. But the flavor is there, at least.

Oscar doesn’t have the same issue, but I think that he has some blindness of his own. Or maybe some obliviousness. I think that it is going to be interesting to see what happens with him and Alice. I think there are going to be some really interesting things happening.

OK, that’s all for this one. Happy reading!

Anna Edwards-Banishing Regrets

Ok, first, yeah, I still live. Life is still interesting in my section of Maine. I don’t think that will ever change. What can I say?

Anyway, let’s talk about Anna’s newest book, Banishing Regrets. This is the last book in the Glacial Blood series, and I’m so sad to see it go. I’ve fallen in love with all the characters and was intrigued by the story. Anna saved the best for last, and gave us Kas and Jane’s story. We’ve seen bits and pieces of the story over the series, but now we get the whole thing.

We open up in the past, with a younger Jane and Kas. We get to see bits of Kas training with his grandfather, who, as we know, is not a very nice guy. Evil grandfather doesn’t have the pack’s best interests at heart. When Kas is done with his grandfather, he walks out and meets Jane. He realizes that she’s his life mate, which would be all well and good, if she wasn’t already in a relationship with his best friend. Kas decides that he’s going to just never be with anyone if he can’t be with this woman that he’s supposed to be with.

Fast forward to the present time, Jane’s husband died years ago, saving their son. Kas killed his grandfather, also years ago. And Kas’ insane twin brother Nuka is working really hard to kill all the humans in the world.

Jane and Kas have decided that it’s finally their time, and they aren’t going to avoid being with each other anymore. Yes, their world may be ending, and terrible things might be happening, but they love each other, and they have waited for so long, and they’re done waiting.

While that’s happening, Nuka and Team Evil are doing all kinds of evil things, including leaving shifter bodies where they can be found. One body gets autopsied on TV, and the governments of the world have decided that they are going to isolate all the shifters to a place in Africa. I can really see a polar bear like Kas working well in Africa.

I have always liked Kas. He is a good man, and one who has done everything he can to take care of his people and to protect them. He’s been put into a place where he has to save not just his pack, but all the supernaturals in the world. He has so much pressure on his shoulders, and until now, he’s been doing it all on his own. He’s had to make some really hard decisions, and he has even more coming up.

Jane hasn’t had a bad life. She’s had her son, and Kas has always been there to help her, but she lost her husband, who was a good man. She’s seen her son be happy, and seen him be really stressed out. Their pack is as strong as it can be, even though there is so much stress and terrible stuff going on outside. She does what she can to make sure that the pack, especially her son, his wife, and Kas stay as strong as possible. I think that she’s a really strong character, and she is really a necessary part of the Glacial Blood pack, even if she isn’t a shifter or supernatural.

We get to see little glimpses into the lives of some of the other characters that we’ve come to know and love during the series. We get to see how they are handling the stress and what they think they should do. Those are pretty short chapters, and I think that they worked really well in the flow of the story.

Overall, I thought this was a great way to end this series, and I really am sad to see it go.

Sara Fields-Wild

A while back, Sara released the newest book of her Alpha’s Brotherhood series, Wild. So, let’s get into the book and see what’s happening in her omegaverse, shall we?

We have Revna. She’s an omega with beautiful purple eyes. She’s been living in the woods for years, hunting and just wanting to be left alone. Revna has to hide there, because every time something goes wrong in a town she’s living in, she gets blamed because people think that she’s a witch because of her eyes. It doesn’t help that her house burned down when she was a child. So, she lives in the woods, away from all the people she can, happy in her peace. Right up until the Recruiter shows up. He captures her using a trap, ties her up, tosses her over his saddle, and takes her to a walled city that no one knows about. He has plans for her, and he’s pretty sure that she’s the chosen one that the city is looking for.

Then we have Ivar. He’s one of the Alpha Brotherhood. He has been sent to follow the Recruiter by his boss, The Ghost, who, BTW, is 5998790 steps ahead of everyone else. Ivar sees the Recruiter trap the omega and keep her. There’s something about her that he is really drawn to. He knows that he has to follow the Recruiter and that he can’t rescue her, but it’s killing him a little bit to leave her in the hands of the evil Recruiter. He needs to find out what is going on so that he can report back to his boss. They need to stop the bad guys, and they aren’t going to be able to do that without knowing what’s happening. So, Ivar dresses up in various costumes and works his way up to the fortress. Then he finds Revna, and boom.

I like Revna. I think that she is really fierce, smart, and strong. She is a fighter in her own right. She tries to fight Ivar, which might not be the smartest thing that she’s ever done, but she does it. She does it because she doesn’t feel like she has any other choice. She doesn’t want an alpha, so she fights him. That spirit will do her good in the future, I think.

Ivar is a very good man. He may have to do some bad things, but that doesn’t make him bad. He wants to help save the world, and saving Revna lets him do that, in so many ways. I mean, it’s not like he saves her because it will help him save everyone. He saves her because he wants her and has all the feelz for her, the fact that she can stand by his side is just an added bonus. I think that they are a wonderful couple, and I really look forward to seeing what happens with the rest of the series.