K Webster-Shift of Morals

There is a collection called the Kingdom of Wolves. They are all about shifters, and they are all standalones. They are not all MM, but some are. Shift of Morals is one of those books. It exists in the same world as K’s Brigg’s Ferry Bay books, and we get to see some of the characters from those books. But, keep in mind, those books are contemporary, and this one is a PNR.

So, we have Cyrus. He is a park ranger at a small park outside of Brigg’s Ferry Bay. He’s also the alpha of a small shifter pack. When I say small, I mean very small. There are only a handful of them. One of the members of his pack is Remy, who has just turned 18. Remy is constantly butting heads with almost everyone in the pack, but most especially Cyrus.

Years ago, Cyrus and his pack found a young boy who was bloodied and torn laying next to his dead and mutilated mother and sister. Remy survived, mostly, but he can’t speak because of throat damage. And a total fuck ton of anger issues. Right now, he wants to have some freedom. He hasn’t gone to school, he doesn’t have a lot of contact with the outside world. Cyrus and the rest of the pack has kept him safe and away from everyone, especially since they don’t know who attacked him. But, that protection makes Remy really angry. He knows why they want to keep him safe, but he wants them to give him some freedom, and I don’t blame him, at 18, you want that.

Some new people move in down the road, and things start to change, including the fact that Cyrus and Remy now are drawn together, strongly.

To be honest, this isn’t my favorite K book. I like the story, I like the premise, and I liked the characters. But, there are a few places that I felt like there were some shortcuts taken that didn’t quite work. I actually have no problem with shortcuts, and there have been plenty of times in which the same kind of shortcuts have worked really well for me, but in this one, I felt like they didn’t work well and they kind of left me blah.

Will I reread this one? Probably. I enjoyed the read and I can understand why K went the route that she did, I think, and as the author that is totally her right. I will never tell an author how they should or shouldn’t write their books. Their books are their art, and I wouldn’t want someone to tell me how to write if I were in their place. All I can do is talk about how I feel about any particular book, and try to do it in a way that doesn’t spoil the book for anyone else.

Anyway, that said…

I like Cyrus, he really is very protective of his entire pack. I like the fact that the pack has this psychic link that keeps them all in touch with each other, because we get to see how connected and caring they all are towards each other, even Remy.

I did want to smack Remy a couple of times, but he’s 18, angry, and kind of stupid. We’re all kind of stupid at 18. Remy does know how bad the world is, but even knowing that he wants to explore his boundaries, and I think that Cyrus should’ve let him do that.

That’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Misty Walker-Adler’s Hart

We’re back in Brig’s Ferry Bay, the lovely Maine town that Misty and K Webster created. Well, we’re back in that world, at least. Adler’s Hart takes its time to get there, but it’s worth it to get there, so buckle up and get ready.

We start with Adler. He’s in Ketchikan, Alaska, and has just finished his season of fishing. It’s been a long season, winter is coming, and he’s suposed to leave the following day. That means that it’s time for him to go to the hook up app that he uses and find a one night stand. He only allows himself to hook up with someone the night before he leaves, and then he moves on. He’s very much one and done. So this night, he pulls up the app, and finds the perfect man just waiting there. He’s younger, he’s pretty, and he’s just perfect.

Hart is home from college for break. Home to Alaska from LA, talk about your changes. Among other things, he’s helping his parents, because his dad hurt his back, so when he gets a notification from a hook up app, he’s more than a little shocked. When he looks at the information about the other guy, he’s all for it, and arranges a meet for later that night. When he tells his parents that he’s going on, they warn him that a big snowstorm is coming in. And, whe nhe gets out to the vehicles to grab a car, his dad’s truck won’t start.

Of course, being the smart people that I know you are, you can see all the foreshadowing happening here. Of course Adler and Hart end up snowed in together, in a crappy hotel room, for many, many, many hours. There’s all the happy sexy funn times that you might possibly want, but there’s more than that too. They spend time talking to each other and learning more about each other. Eventually, as it does, time passes, and they are able to get home. Hart goes back home to his parents and Adler gets in his truck and heads south.

I felt so sorry for Adler. No one has ever loved him and given him the time and attention that he needed. His parents hated him and tossed him out, people have hurt him, and then his friends and business partners either died or left. OK, the last one isn’t as bad as the others, but he already had this whole unlovable feeling going on, so that just added on to it. The thing is, he’s just a really nice guy though. He’s really got a good heart and he just wants things to be good.

Hart is super sweet too. He doesn’t like being in a small town, and living in a small town, I can get that, but he loves his parents and he wants to do what he can to help them. OK, he doesn’t want to be stuck in the small town he grew up in, which is different. I like Hart, and I like that he spends the time with Adler and that he really sees Adler in a way that no one else does.

These guys have their issues, but they are a good couple, and I enjoyed their book a lot.

Nothing under the pic today. Go check this out! Happy reading!

Susi Hawke-The Devoted Alpha

We very recently had a Susan Hawke book on the blog, and today we’re back to Susi, her mpreg MM omegaverse name. The Devoted Alpha is the 3rd book in Susi’s West Coast Wolves series. These are best read in order, because they really do build on each other, so you’ll miss stuff if you don’t read them all. But that’s OK, they are good books, and they are all in KU, so you can read them that way.

As a quick brief on this world, it’s a shifter omegaverse with mpreg. Wolf packs are divided into alphas, who lead, and then betas, deltas, gammas, etc. And omegas, of course. When a ruling alpha has more than one alpha child, they have all the heir they need, so they kick all the following alpha children out at 18. The theory is that it’s impossible for more than 2 alphas to get along. But Nick and his friends proved that wrong. The 4 of them, all alphas, got together in a motorcycle club and all was good. Then Matty got called back to his birth pack, and became the alpha of the pack, and they found out that there were omegas that had been stolen from families. So, that’s the basic plot of the first two books. So, let’s talk about Nick and Tom.

Tom was stolen as a baby and his family were told he was stillborn. He was raised with his “brothers”, all omegas in the same state. When he was rescused, he stayed with the pack that saved him, since his brother mated the alpha. On an incredibly dramatic day, Tom helps out at the tasting room of the winery the pack owns, when he meets Nick.

Nick was given a pack when his friend Matty had one pack too many. He’s been trying to help out his pack, but there are all kinds of things going on that he has to maneuver around. Luckily, the territorial alpha has been helping out, and approves of Nick’s plans. So, after he manages to make things happen, he meets with the territorial dude in order to make sure everything is ready to go, but then they find out that the need to go to the winery where one of Nick’s brother alphas has become alpha. When he gets there, he senses Tom and fireworks.

I really like Tom. I like how he doesn’t have problems saying what he thinks about certain things. He doesn’t want to be that omega that anyone one walks over, he’s had too many years of everyone telling him what to do, thing, be, and he’s not going to do that anymore. I think that he’s really strong. He has such a sweet and loving heart too.

Nick. Nick is twisty af. He thinks about 13 steps ahead of everyone else. He thinks about everything that someone else could do and he makes a plan to counter that and to make the other person do what he wants. He knows all the laws and rules and regulations, even the really obscure ones, and he has no problem using them to get what he wants. I wouldn’t want to cross him. I love how patient he is with Tom and how he has no problem letting Tom take the lead.

These two are going to be a massive power couple. I can’t wait to see where the world is going to go.

Top 10 MM Books of 2020 pt. 1

I am persnickety on some things when I’m reading, but whether it’s MM or MF isn’t one of them. I will read MM, MF, FF, and everything in between, in whatever combinations and numbers possible. For me, it isn’t just about what parts go into which places, although that is nice, it’s also about the connection between the characters, and that connection doesn’t matter if you are male, female, trans, non-binary, or gender fluid. And technically, this should be classified as LGBT instead of MM, because one of the books has an NB character. But, the books on this particular list focus on the more male side, so I’m going to go with MM. So, in no particular order, let’s get to the first part of my list.

Susan Hawke-How to Forgive

How to Forgive (my post) is the 6th book in Susan Hawke’s Lovestrong series. This is Susi Hawke’s contemporary pen name, under Susi, she writes omegaverse. I would really put this book as a campanion book to How to Heal, which is book 5, more than just the next book in the series. It involves Grayson, who is non-binary, who has come home after college and is trying to build their life back up in their hometown. Gray finds their ideal job, but their bossis Clark, their old bully. I loved this because we really get to see Gray’s journey and what they have gone through. We’ve seen Clark’s and how he tried to change, so I loved seeing the other side, and how Gray works to build their relationship with the big bad biker. I love Susi’s books, no matter what name she’s writing under.

Piper Scott-Single Dad Sundays

Piper writes omegaverse, and one of her series is called the Single Dad Support Group. It’s a bunch of guys who were single dads who got together in an online forum and gave each other a lot of help. There are chats throughout each of the books, and on her page every Sunday, Piper would have a question that a reader asked, and the dads would all reply to it. Well, Piper pulled all those Sunday chats and turned them into this book. It’s funny as hell, and I will never see the word placenta in the same way again.

Kai Butler-The Earl and the Executive

This is a Regency romance. But it takes place in the future. In space. Yeah. You wouldn’t think that those 3 things fit together, but Kai made it work, and made it work well. You get an impoverished Earl who is looking for a wealthy spouse to marry. It’s a lot of fun, and you get to see spaceships set against the ton.

AJ Sherwood-How to Shield an Assassin

AJ writes some funny books while still keeping up some intense action, and that’s what she did here. This is the first book in a series, all focusing on different guys in this friend group. You see them all show up in each book, so you really have to read the books. This one is about Ari, who is an assassin, who is out doing his job when a little girl asks him to help her out with her step-dad. He takes care of the dude and then adopts Remi, as one does, you know.

Make sure to read the content warnings on this, because they are funny af.

Alice Winters-How to Vex a Vampire

Alice is another writer like AJ. (my post) Her stuff is funny as hell, she writes outrageous characters, and you still get these intense stories that drag you in. This book is the first one in a series, and you have to read them in order. Each book is about a new couple, but you see everyone in every book. This series is an urban fantasy, and has vampires, both born and created, and focuses on a vampire police squad. I honestly want to just take Finn home and keep him.

This is another one where you should read the content warnings.

OK, that’s the first part of my Top Ten MM books from last year. Check back tomorrow for more. 🙂

Misty Walker-Kian’s Focus

Misty’s book, Kian’s Focus, is the second book in the Brigs Ferry Bay books. I’m really hoping for more books in this world, but I haven’t seen anything about them yet, so I’ll be keeping my eyes out. Anyway, the first book was about Jax, who was pining over his high school love, Kian, and today we get Kian’s story.

So, Kian is very out, and has been for years. He makes no apologies for who he is, and he’s mostly happy with his life. He has Blur and Focus, one which is primarily a wine bar, the other which is a gay dance club, and they are his babies. He still has hurt feelings over the way that Jax didn’t come ut when they graduated and now that Jax is with Dante, Kian is dealing with some angst and bitterness. He’s hired a new bartender, named Sara, and things seem to be going well enough there, at least mostly. And her hunky brother has just moved to town.

Archer was a crab fisherman in Alaska until his partner tragically died at sea. Then he sold his share in the boat and the business and hid away. When his sister Sara, who he more or less raised, called for help because her scummy husband just abandoned her and their kids, he rushes to Maine to help her out. It’s hard on him, because he never really planned on having kids, and now he’s dealing with two young children, plus he’s still dealing with his feelings about losing his partner, and now he’s worried about Sara too. Things with her seemed to start out OK, but she doesn’t seem to be sleeping or eating and just doesn’t seem like herself.

Then Kian and Archer meet, and there is chemistry. Kian tells Archer that he’s willing to just be friends, and that works for a while, but all of a sudden, just being friends becomes much harder, on both of them.

I like Kian. I don’t think that he’s still up in his feelings about Jax as much as he is in love with the idea of him and Jax. As we get older, we tend to look back at our first loves with some fondness and idealize them. Even though Kian and Jax had that hard ending, Kian still had some unresolved feelings about him, and never really did anything to resolve it. Seeing Jax come out for Dante would’ve just really stirred all that up for Kian, so I can totally understand his bitter feelings. Luckily, he has some friends who smack him around a bit and tell him what’s what.

Kian is definitely a fixer, and maybe a people pleaser too, but I’m not too sure on that one. But he really does want to make everything and everyone better, and I think that it comes at his own expense sometimes. I think that Kian would willingly keep slicing himself into smaller and smaller layers if he thought that it would fix or help someone. I think that he needs to work a lot more on self-care and stepping back some. You can’t help others if you don’t have the resources inside your self first.

Then we have Archer, who really, truly has nothing left in his resource well, but he’s trying so hard. He loves his sister so much, and he feels so responsible for her. He just wants to make everything better for her. And I think that is slightly dangerous for Sara. Not that he is trying to make it that way, but he’s so determined that he is all the help she needs and that she will be fine that it makes it easy for her to not get the help that she may need. I think that his determination also makes it harder for her to let him all the way in. And, to be honest, Archer isn’t dealing with all his own feelings all that well.

All that being said, it is obvious how much he loves his sister and her kids. He wants to make sure that they are proteccted and cared for. He is willing to sacrifice a whole lot to make it happen. I think that he’s also willing to ask people to do things that might not be the best thing in order to make that happen too.

OK, as to Sara’s actions, I kind of guessed that was going to happen. It makes me sad that I was right, but I think that it fit into what her character arc was.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

K Webster-Sheriff’s Secret

This is the year’s last K Webster book. Sheriff’s Secret is the first in a new world, and the next book that comes out in this series is from Misty Walker, next week. It’s an MM series and it takes place in a little town in Maine. I live in a little town in Maine, and I have to say my little town isn’t nearly this exciting.

We have Jax. He’s the sheriff, a second generation sheriff, of Brigs Ferry Bay. His father, who was sheriff before him, is now the mayor and expects great things from Jax, and puts Jax under a lot of stress and pressure. He never really approves of his son, and Jax just works harder. He goes out with the women his mother sets him up with, and he tries to keep the order. Jax has his best friend, Cato, who runs a pet grooming business on the second floor of the building the sheriff’s office is in. And he has the ex he keeps obsessing over. The problem is that is ex isn’t an ex-girlfriend, he’s an ex-boyfriend, and they had to keep their relationship secret. When Kian came out, that ended their relationship. But that doesn’t keep Jax from wanting him, even though he’s so far into the closet that he has pulled the closet door in behind him and is in another closet. Jax may hate having to hide himself, but he feels like that’s the only thing he can do.

On this particular day, he and Cato are headed to the Chamber of Commerce meeting where Dante, who is from NYC and trying to put up a B&B, is supposed to show up. Jax is pretty positive that Dante is the devil, and he doesn’t want Dante around, because that means that all the tourists will invade and that will change little Brigs Ferry Bay in bad ways.

Dante, along with his sister and younger brother, have come to Maine to open a B&B after their father died. They want to get away from all the memories of home, and Maine seems like the place to do it. But, they’ve not had a whole lot of luck in getting anyone to actually, you know, like them. Obstacles and roadblocks keep getting thrown up in their way. On the night of the Chamber of Commerce meeting, he lays his eyes on the hot sheriff, and realizes that the guy is closested, and oh, it’s going to be so fun to fuck with him. And, oh, maybe fuck him too.

OK, as a person from away who moved to Maine, I have some things to say. One is that Mainers are delightful and friendly people. Second is that if you were born away, you are always from away. We moved up here when my son was 7, he’s more a Mainer than anything else, but he’s still from away. That’s the way it is in a lot of places, so that’s not just Maine. Also, small towns are small towns are small towns, and people are always going to be all up in your business.

With that said, let’s move on. I like, hate, and feel sorry for Jax. I can’t imagine being so worried about hiding who you are and having to keep all that hidden. I understand his reasons for it, and they make me mad. I’m not going to blame him for those at all. Coming out is a very personal journey, and you do it in your own time and in your own pace, and if you aren’t in a safe physical or mental space, then you do what you have to do. I like how devoted he is to making sure that he is doing the best he can for his town, and how he is when he’s with Cato. I kind of hate him for the way that he acts about Kian. But, again, that’s a really complex area.

Dante is a really interesting character. He loves his family. He’s the guardian of his younger brother, since he’s only 15, and he’s trying to do his best, but there have been all kinds of changes, and no one can handle all those changes. I think that Dante is doing really well. I do think that there are times when he kind of loses sight of the new culture he’s moved into and tries to do everything the NYC way and not work within the BFB way. Of course, I think that the people of BFB could definitely have worked harder to make people feel welcome.

I can’t wait for the next books in the series. I have some thoughts as to who is going to end up with whom.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

May Archer & Lucy Lennox- Liars

May is the one who introduced me to Lucy, and am I ever glad! Liars is the second book in a co-written series by these ladies called Licking Thicket. And yes, there is every single double entendre that you can possibly think of. And more. I highly recommend reading the first one, Fakers, even though the books don’t have to be read in order. But it’s just funny as fuck, especially since it concerns a festival with Lickin’ in the name.

Parrish has decided that he’s going to run his uncle’s new restaurant in Licking Thicket. He needs to get out of Memphis, and Licking Thicket is just what the doctor ordered. He is predictable, steady, dependable, and you can set your watch by him. Parrish always goes to work, and he works very hard. Even if he doesn’t necessarily need to be there. He’ss very dedicated. One day, he’s in the court house when he runs into a gorgeous man who is struggling with a young baby girl, who then pukes all over the guy. Parrish helps him out, and kinda tells him off in the bathroom too, and then finds out that the guy is there for a custody battle.

Diesel is at a loss. His sister died and left him as the guardian of her beautiful baby girl. He knows less than nothing about babies, but he knows that he loves this precious baby girl. He has to go to court because the rich family who adopted his sister are trying to take custody, and he isn’t going to let that happen. But, he’s not rich. He owns a salvage yard, and he found his attorney on the back of a bathroom door. So far, though, the judge appears to be on his side. But Diesel’s attorney tells him that there are a lot of things that would help him win his case, including being in a steady relationship. Up comes Parrish with an apology casserole and Diesel introduces him as his fiance.

This is really ridiculously funny. There are all kinds of jokes, double entendres, funny situations, and even a really bad first date with lots of talk about fishing. There are also fake fiances, apology baby baskets, and well-meaning friends. And chickens. Lots and lots of chickens.

Both of these guys have hard spots in their history that make it hard for them to want to help or trust someone, but they aren’t broken by those things, just a little bent around the edges. They are both truly loving, caring men who want to help others and to make sure that a beautiful little girl stays with the people who love her most and who are going to be able to care for her the best.

I really liked watching Diesel and Parrish’s relationship grow and watching them grow beyond their damage and into new people together. Their relationship turns them into someone who is better. Not that they were ever bad to begin with.

And I adore all the people of Licking Thicket and how they are all up in everyone’s business. The whole town really is a family, I think. A huge, very dysfunctional family.

Miss Sarabeth is about the most awesome person ever, and I’m pretty sure she’s a tricksy hobbitses too.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Susan Hawke-How to Forgive

Susi Hawke is one of my favorite MM omegaverse writers, but she also writes contemporary MM, and that’s what How to Forgive is. This is the 6th book in her Lovestrong series. They are all standalone, but they are all connected. I highly recommend reading them all from the very start. There’s a lot of fun, tears, love, and learning in them. There are several years in between the first one and this one, and we first meet Grayson in that book. Gray comes as non-binary in the first book, but in this book, which is theirs, they consider themself to be genderqueer. Their pronouns are obviously they/them/theirs. As part of their expression of their gender identity, they wear clothes that are both traditionally female and male. Their sexual identity is gay.

So, Gray has come home. Home isn’t necessarily the best place for them, not because they hate their family or anything, but because their hometown is also the hometown of the man who bullied them as a teenager. (Check out the first book, How Not to Blend for the story). Clark, the bully, has grown and changed, quite a bit, and it turns out that he was nearly as much a victim as Gray was. (Clark’s story is one of my favorite books, and so intense, How to Heal) As part of Clark’s growth and recovery, he started a foundation that would help LGBTQIA at-risk youth. Gray has the training and the schooling to work at the foundation, and they really want to, but on the day of their interview, they remember that Clark will be there.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, or at least the MC compound, we have Wolf, who is, interestingly enough Clark’s husband’s brother. He is the president of the local MC. They aren’t outlaws though, strictly on the up and up, because Wolf’s mama would smack him around if they were. What the club does, though, is help out with security when people need help. In the situation where someone is being abused, Wolf and his boys will show up and provide the victim some safety. Anyway, Wolf is a pan playboy. He likes everyone, and he’s out to prove it. One morning, as he rolls out of the bed of one man, he decides to stop and get some coffee. When he does, he sees the most perfect marvelous unicorn of a person. When Wolf tries to be all cute and stuff to the person, it turns out it’s Gray, and Gray knocks him back, mentioning, among other things, that Wolf is wearing a come encrusted t-shirt.

OK, I have to go back to Clark a little bit here. He’s a fantastic character, and he has done a lot of work on himself to get over and beyond what he did as a teenager. As part of that, he apologised to Gray. Now, just because you apologise to someone doesn’t mean that they have to accept it. Clark apologised to them as part of his own growth and journey. He accepted that it was was Gray’s right to forgive or not to forgive and accepted that. For Clark, at that point, getting Gray’s forgiveness was not the important thing. The important thing was the making of amends, and that’s what Clark did. Clark is still one of my favorite characters. I have his book in every format I can.

So, back to Gray and Wolf. Grayson has become a very good person. They are very happy within themself, and they are not ashamed of who they are. They also want to do everything they can to help out kids who were in the same place as them. Gray does a very good job at it, and obviously makes a difference in many lives. They are also more than willing to go out and have fun, which is what happens with Wolf. I love how confident Gray is, and it’s not easy to be a unicorn in a world where people want you to be a horse, especially if you live in a small town. I admire that confidence and that courage. Living your truth is hard, so hard. And many people aren’t able to find that truth and to live it at such a young age.

Wolf is just a hoot. I mean, he’s funny AF. Gray and Wolf’s meet cute isn’t necessarily the cutest one out there, but it is definitely one of the funniest. Wolf is also a very good man. He really wants to make the world a better place too. He wants to help out, and he does in a way that others aren’t able to. I think that he is perfect for Gray. He won’t hold Gray back in any way, and will give them all the support that they need when they are out fighting the demons of the world.

Again, I honestly cannot recommend this entire series highly enough. It has drag queens, motorcycle clubs, alternative healers, pastors, and just about anyone else you might want to meet. The relationships aren’t always easy, and bad things do happen, but there’s always a happy ending.

OMG, Clark. Poor, sweet, good-hearted Clark. And good for Gray.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Lesley Clark & Jennifer Bene-Black Light: Unbound

The 18th book in the Black Light series brings us a couple of new things. One is that we get Lesley Clark. The other thing that Unbound gives us is a full-length MM story. We’ve seen some MM action with Jaxon and Chase, but they also have Emma, so we get bi action instead of straight up gay action, and yes, I totally realize how funny it is to say straight when describing gay sex. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with MFM, MMF, MM, FF, and any other number or configuration, I’m just pointing out the difference between Jaxon, Chase, and Emma and Jamie and Dom’s story.

Jamie has just come back from tour with his best friend, Jazz. When they get home, her man and Dominant is waiting for her, which leaves Jamie kinda sad. He wants what Jazz has. So, the next day, Jamie decides that he’s going to go out to a BDSM club and get his play on. First, though, he’s going to go to the gym in their building, when he meets one very, very hot Italian stallion. That night, Jamie goes out, and meets up with a terrible fate. A couple of men grab him and beat him down because he’s gay.

Fast forward 8 months, and Jamie is dealing with a huge fucking dose of PTSD and depression. He can only manage to make it to the gym in his building, where he will leave, unless the Italian stallion is there.

Over the past few months, Dom has been trying to make an effort to connect with the pretty boy who lives in his building. Then, when a friend asks for help, he gets a connection to his pretty boy handed right to him.

Poor Jamie. While we don’t get to know him all that well before his attack, you can tell that he was a sweet, loving, friendly, and fun person. Then he was put through hell. I mean, it’s no wonder that he’s dealing with all kinds of mental health issues. And of course, he’s going to push everyone away. It’s just kinda what happens. It’s not like he’s trying to hurt anyone or that he wants to hurt anyone, it’s just that he hurts so much that he just can’t really do anything else. He tries to be fine, but it just hurts those who love him. I think part of the reason that Jazz hurts so much about Jamie’s situation is that she does loves him so much, and she just wants him to be better and she wants to make the situation better. Which, I can understand that feeling too. I really had a lot of sympathy and empathy for Jamie. I was cheering for him the whole time.

Dominic the Dominant is a good guy. He takes care of Jamie quite well. I think that his version of tough love is the only thing that could’ve gotten through to Jamie. But no matter how tough he was on Jamie, Dom was very careful with him too. He made sure that he spent the time to think about what to do, and to think about what might help Jamie the most. Sure, Dom was getting his rocks off, I mean, who wouldn’t in that situation, but that wasn’t his main goal. His main goal was to help Jamie, and to build him up and make him stronger. He doesn’t stand in front of Jamie and shield him, unless absolutely necessary, but he does stand beside Jamie and give him support.

All in all, this was a fantastic book, and Jamie and Dom are one of my new top fave Black Light couples.

I love the scene in Black Light. It wasss seriously hot as fuck.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Susi Hawke-The Reluctant Alpha

Susi is one of my favorite MM omegaverse authors. She writes shifter and non-shifter books, her Hollydale books are fucking hilarious, especially anything with Tom, and under Susan Hawke, writes some great contemporary MM fiction. Today, we have The Reluctant Alpha, which is the first book in a new shifter omegaverse series, and I really can’t wait for the rest of the series.

So, we get straight down to business here. Matthias and his friends are in a bar when Matt gets a phone call. It’s his old friend Jared, and Jared has a proposition for him. He tells Matt that he needs to come back to his family pack, take over, and oh yeah, save an omega from sure and certain death. Jared is an alpha wolf, and his besties are 4 other alpha wolves, who have all left their home pack for one reason or another. In this world, no one thinks that a pack can have more than an alpha and an heir, but these guys have proved that’s not true. The 5 of them have created a motorcycle club called West Coast Wolves, and among other things, they try to help out those in need. Which means that when Jared calls and says that his family pack is now leaderless and that the old alpha’s pregnant omega mate is now dying, Matt has to do something. So, off he goes to the town he left behind 10 years ago, to try to pull his pack together.

Elisha is an omega who was stolen away from his old pack by an alpha named Horace. He forced a bond on Elisha, and was basically a complete asshole. Then, after 6 months of trying to negotiate with Horace, Elisha’s father came and challenged him. Horace is now dead, and Elisha’s father left him for dead, because Elisha no longer fits into his father’s plans, so who cares if he is going to spend 3 months dying in pain. Matthias walks into Elisha’s room and discovers that not only is Elisha about to become his mate, but that they are true mates, which works out really well.

Susi says that this one is a little darker than some of her others, but I don’t think it is all that dark. I mean, I don’t think it is all that dark by anyone’s standards, let alone my “I read pitch black” standards. There are a couple of moments that are intense, and more intense than you might see in most of Susi’s books, but overall, it is very Susi. Which is a good thing. You get strong characters, both alphas and omegas, a lot of love, and some humor. And those things are very much alive in this book.

Elisha is really just a sweet and loving guy. He’s also ruthlessly practical, I think. He has no problem with seeing what needs to be done and doing it. He has his fingers on what’s going on in the pack, and he loves the pack. He does everything he can to make the pack better. I think that Matt will really depend on Elisha and his good ideas.

Matt is a good guy. He has some ideas that are contrary to the way current society runs, but they make his path to work better. Like, he won’t keep Elisha or other omegas as second class citisens, but tells everyone that Elisha is his partner and equal. Not only tells them, but actually treats him accordingly.

Jared was a nice little addition, as were the other 4 alphas, who we’ll be seeing more of in upcoming books.

No spoilers today. It’s a quick, easy read, and one that I really enjoyed. So, go check it out! If you’ve wanted to try out MM shifter omegaverse, I’d definitely sugget this, and if you want to try MM omegaverse, check out Susi’s Men of Hollydale books. Happy reading!