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.

Kay Elle Parker-Talk For Me

Somehow, and this is a total tragedy, I managed to miss putting this blog post out when Talk for Me came out. I suppose I need to visit Club Avalon and throw myself on the mercy, imagined or non-existant, of the Doms. Threaten a girl with a good time, right? But this is Connie’s book, and I am very happy with it.

Connie has been trying to keep everyone as sane as possible. The past couple of years have been really hard on her group of friends, and she’s trying to help out everyone and their sister. Domme Connie has fallen by the wayside, because she had to let her two boys go, since she couldn’t give them what they needed. She has Dommed anyone in far too long, and it’s itchy inside her. On top of that, she’s carrying a secret, which isn’t making things any easier.

The thing is, Atticus knows her secret. Then again, Atticus knows EVERYTHING. He knows what Connie needs, and right now what she needs is to have someone Top her. You see, she’s a switch, and she has been keeping her subby side under wraps. She has a very good reason for that, but there it is. Atticus is going to bring her into a room and make her let go. If she doesn’t then she isn’t going to really survive.

Thane is new to town and new to Avalon. On his first visit, he saw a woman who fascinated him. Now, on this visit, he sees her again. And maybe follows her and the Dom who takes her into the other room, just a little bit. He wants to know what is going on with her, and he’d like to spend some quality time with her. In this case, following her worked out to his benefit, because Atticus has a discussion with him. Then Atticus introduces him to Connie. They are perfect for each other. They are both switches, and they can help each other meet all their needs.

I highly approve of Thane. He is really sure of who he is and he has no problem with being a switch and submitting to Connie when she needs it or having her submit to him, when necessary. He also has no problem acting as her sub in public so that no one knows her secret, if she wants him to. I like that he really sees Connie, in a way that no one else has seemed to be able to do. Not just that, he is able to get into her head and break down her walls better than anyone else has been able to do, even those who have known her for decades. I think that part of that is that he has a fresh eye and doesn’t have that long relationship, so he can really dig in.

Connie is literally my favorite character in this series, so to see her deteriorate over the past books has hurt my heart. I cried several times reading this because of how much she has gone through and is going through. She is so strong. But that is part of her problem too. She has a hard time asking for help because she wants to be strong for everyone. Connie doesn’t want to let anyone see any weakness in her. She is acting as everyone’s rock, and a crack in the rock is a problem. If she were to break down, it would be spectacular. I am so glad that Thane found her and she found Thane.

I can’t wait for the next book.

Alison Aimes-Savage Prince

Alison has brought us an outer space alien omegaverse story with Savage Prince. This isn’t Alison’s first time here, but I think that the other book I have from her wasn’t omegaverse. This one isn’t the first book in the series, but the first one came out when I was taking a break, so I missed it. I need to go dig it up, because I want to get more of this world. I will say that I didn’t get totally lost by not reading the first book, but there are things that I had to work out as I went along, so I would definitely recommend reading them in order.

So, we start with Maxheim. He’s an Alpha Lord, the second in command in his family, and a member of the outlaw group, the Brotherhood. He and his 2 younger brothers are searching through an omega auction because they are looking for the man who stole their twin brother and sister when they were babies. Maxheim and his family thought that the twins were dead, but recently found out that they were stolen and still alive. So, off the boys go to find the asshole who stole them. As a bonus, they are also looking for the person who is responsible for killing many of the men of the various families of the Brotherhood. All of a sudden, there is a room that attracts Maxheim for some reason. He looks in the room and sees that it is covered in blood and bits of dead people. But there’s also an odd scent that calls to him.

Then we have Tess. She’s an omega and a slave. She has spent many years doing what her owner Aldar has told her to do. She does it because he has 4 young omega girls that he uses to leverage her obedience as long as her long time friend Rav. Tess has a power. She causes men to rage and kill. They touch her once, and then after that she lets loose her gift and causes all the alphas to rage, lust, and kill. They hurt themselves, they hurt others, and they don’t stop. Her owner uses her as bait. He gets members of the Brotherhood to come to bid on fucking her, lets them think that they have won a chance, and then the guards leave the room. After that happens, Tess lets loose with her power, and runs and hides in her cage while the alphas go crazy. This time, the second time she’s doing this tonight, something goes wrong, and things happen early. A massive riot starts in, and then a huge alpha comes in and rescues her. And Maxheim meets the woman who was seen in a vision about him.

I like how omegaverse books all play by the same basic rules, but how each of the authors who write them give their stories their own spin. In this world, Alison’s fated mates have bands that appear on their wrists and neck after their mating has been fulfilled.

I really like Tess. I feel really sorry for her too. She has been handed a really shitty hand. I mean, she has spent the last many years of her life a slave, and her life wasn’t all that great before tht either. She’s been abused, tortured, used, and had her mind fucked over for years. She doesn’t think that she deserves anything, and she’s pretty sure that all the nice things that Maxheim wants to do for her are just lies to trick her. And I’m not surprised about that because no one has ever tried to give it to her straight. It’s always been a trick or a lie.

Maxheim took a minute for me to warm up to. He’s very controlled at the beginning. it’s like he’s in a block of ice, and I think that he likes it that way. That control and that numbness lets him stay focused on his family and finding his twin siblings. I think that all the control and discipline that he has is not a bad thing. I mean, no one wants an out of control alpha flying around, but that control also causes problems. He likes to micromanage, and that causes problems.

I loved this book, and I’m looking forward to seeing what haoppens next, because I think it’s going to be quite interesting.

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

Skye Warren-Strict Confidence

Strict Confidence is the 2nd book in Skye’s Rochester trilogy. This is a modern day retelling of Jane Eyre, with suspense, twists, and a whole lot more sex. Plus a cute Kitten. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classic novels, so I was really excited to get into this series. And at the end of book two, I’m still really excited.

Warning, there will likely be spoilers from the first book in this review. The first book was a cliffhanger, so we’re picking up right where we were left. If you haven’t read the first one, and you want to avoid spoilers, this is the time to jump.

So, the house has burned down, Jane and Paige is in the hospital, and Beau is grumpy. Well, grumpier. He’s upset about the fire. He’s upset that Jane was hurt. He’s upset that Paige is hurt. Basically he’s just upset. It doesn’t help that the cop in charge of investigating the fire was a bully to Beau when he was a kid. And, oh, he’s also Paige’s uncle, and he fought Beau for custody of Paige. I mean, obviously he lost, but Joe isn’t a nice guy.

Joe sneaks in and tries to interview Jane, and he says some horrible things. He only stops when Beau walks in and chases him out. Turns out that he had tried to sneak in to question Paige too, but Beau’s friend Mateo was there protecting her. Beau decides that they are all leaving the hospital and takes them to the inn that he has rented. Beau is going to do everything he can to keep them safe.

I think that Beau is really hurting. I mean, he’s been hurt by pretty much everyone close to him in his whole life. His brother bullied him and competed with him, and even stole the woman he was in love with. The woman that Beau loved left him without saying anything. Now, he’s hurting, he’s positive that he’s poison, and he does what he can to protect himself by being this gruff, grumpy asshole. He tells Jane that his love is dangerous, and I can see where he thinks that’s true. I don’t necessarily think that, but I can understand why he does.

I think that Jane is really smart, incredibly compassionate, and very wise. She’s done wonders with Paige, who really needs someone who can take care of her and help her break through her trauma. I think that Jane can do that because of her experiences and just from her innate compassion. I really like Jane. I do wish that she protected her heart a little more, but I think part of that is just because she’s young.

I really can’t wait to see what happens next, because the end of this one? Oh yeah.

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

Grace Goodwin-Starfighter Command

So, it’s been awhile since we had Grace around here, which makes me really happy to bring Starfighter Command here today. Now, this isn’t one of her IBP books. It’s the second one in a new series, Starfighter Training Academy.

OK, the way that this series works is that there is a planet called Velerion. They are under attack by an evil queen and the Dark Fleet. Prior to book 1, a traitor told the queen where the Starfighter base is, and she attacked it, and the majority of the Starfighter pair bonds were destroyed. So, the PTBs on Velerion came up with an idea. They sent out a “game” called Starfighter Training Academy out to many planets, including Earth. The goal is for people to finish the game, and then the Velerions will come get them and tell the winners it’s real, and then take them back to Velerion to become one of the Starfighters. There are 3 classes of Starfighters, pilots, command specialists, and heavies. Today, we’re looking at one of the command specialists.

Mina was playing with her friends Jamie, who has gone missing, and Lily. Jamie played the pilot, and when Mina and Lily helped her win, they saw her Velerion partner ask her to be his bond and she accepted right before her screen went blank, and that was the last they heard from her. Now, it’s Mina’s turn. She’s just about to beat the final mission, and she’s really excited. Her only worry is that she’s going to lose Kassius, the game avatar that she created and who has been her partner this whole time. She has a huge crush on him, and he’s just a collection of pixels. So, Mina wins and accepts her bond with Kass, and then her screen goes blank.

Mina makes it to work the next day, she’s a secret agent/LEO kind of person. She’s good at hacking and she has connections all over the place. She’s been trying to track down Jaime with all her expertise, and nothing is working. All of a sudden, she gets a call that Kassius is at the front desk wanting to see her. She has him escorted to a conference room, where she finds out that everything is real, and she can go to Velerion to make a real difference.

Kassius knows that he would be great in the Starighter program, but his commanding officer hates him and refuses to promote him. Of course, that guy is a huge fucking douche, but whatever. That’s OK, Kass has plans. He’s going to go and hack his way into the system and add himself into the program. He hacks in with his boss’ creditionals, and does everything he can to get himself into the system, and he knows that he’s been sucessful when he gets matched with Mina. And he spends the next several months training with Mina and hiding it from his boss. Then there’s the day that he gets the call that Mina has wone the game, and he needs to go get her.

As a person born in the 70s, my first thought when I read the blurb from these books was the movie, The Last Starfighter, because it seems really similar. There are some differences, and there are some similiarities. I don’t think that this series is a ripoff of the movie, and I do think that the book works well.

I like Mina. I think that she is very clever and frighteningly compentent. She knows exactly what she’s doing, and she does it very well. I wouldn’t want to mess with her at all. I thnk that she makes logical jumps that work really well. Honestly, I wouldn’t want to try and cross this woman.

Kassius is a lot of fun. He’s irreverent, rebellious, and strong. He’s also incredibly protective. I think that he is the perfect match for Mina.

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

Jane Henry-Tate

We’re back with Jane and our Scottish Mafia. Tate is the last of the brothers, and he’s about to find some shit out.

So, when we last left our family, they were trying to figure out who was writing the romance novels that were just too close to the truth. There were facts in the book that no one would’ve been able to just guess. And it’s not necessarily the big facts, there are just a lot of little things that just show that the writer knows who they are and what they do. The family found out that there was a maid who was keeping notes, and they put her in a room to ask her questions, but she disappeared overnight. So, Tate has now been tasked to track down the author, find out how they are getting their info, and take care of them.

Fran is the best friend of the Cowen girls. She’s been in and out of the house for years. It’s almost like her own house. She’s crushed on all of the brothers at one point or another, but Tate was the one who lived in her heart right now. Her worry is that when he finds out that she’s the one who is writing the stories, he’ll be mad at her. She does everything she can to keep the secret, but sadly, even the best hidden secrets have a way of getting out, and well, Instagram isn’t Fran’s friend.

When the secret of the author comes out, Tate ends up having to take Fran to Ireland because the latest book is causing all kinds of problems, and they have to go try and figure everything out.

I get where Fran is coming from. She saw these amazing love stories around her and she wanted to share them, because they were her way of escaping the world, and, well, inspiration right? She never meant to cause trouble, but I don’t think that Fran ever really thought through everything as well as she could’ve. I can see where she would add things in so that the story would have more oomph, but that fact would end up being a huge problem. Writing her stories is good, basing them on real people is less good. I do like how clever Fran is though. She puts things together quickly and is able to go correctly from point A to point G without having info points B,D, and F. She is just able to put things together.

Tate isn’t stupid, by any means, but I think that he isn’t necessarily as agile as Fran is, and that’s not a bad thing, one way or the other. When she shows him her train of thought, he’s like OK, I get it, yeah, that makes sense. He does trust her, but it isn’t necessarily an easily won trust.

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

Meraki P. Lyhne-Slumbering Ember

Brace yourself ducklings, I’m fixing to give you something on this blog that has never been seen here before. I’m about to give you a YA kind of book. I know that you are all clutching your pearls right now. But trust me, Slumbering Ember is definitely worth it. So, let’s dig into it, shall we?

We start with Matt. He’s 16.5 years old, and American. He’s been raised by his single mother. She met his father when she was an exchange student in Denmark as a teenager. They got it on, she got sent him, and Laurits, Matt’s dad, told her that he would do everything he could to get to her. When Matt was 6, his dad died in a motorcycle accident, so Matt will never get to meet him.

Now that Matt is old enough, he’s on his way to Denmark as an exchange student. He’s staying with his mother’s friend and her husband. They also knew his father. There’s a huge connection going on there, and Matt and they are really familiar with each other and love each other like family.

Matt is doing all the student exchange kind of things, including going to school. One of the things that he needs to do for school is a report on fracking. It turns out that there is a protest against fracking, so Matt goes down there to see it and see if he can interview some of the protestors. And that’s when things began to get weird for him.

So, the Vargr, which the series is named after, are a form of shifter. They have really long lives, and they are tasked as the protectors of nature. The Vargr children get bitten by their parents on their 15th birthday to help prepare them for their lives as a Vargr. At a later date, they get the bite from the Alpha which turns them into their full Vargr self.

Now, as a YA story, there isn’t a whole lot of sex. In fact, the most we get is Matt making out with his boyfriend. And that is actually perfect for this story. The worldbuilding and establishing the characters and the mythology are so much more important. This isn’t really a romance, and yes, I do read more than romance. It’s definitely a coming of age story and one where the main character goes on an epic journey to this self discovery.

The worldbuilding in this is tiptop. It’s really one of the best books I’ve read with the worldbuilding, I think. The world and the mythology have stuck in my head, and I had to remember that the next couple of books I read didn’t take place in the same world. That’s how good it was.

I’m really looking forward to the next book/s in this series to see what is going to happen, because I fully expect it to be wonderful.

Lee Savino & Renee Rose-Alpha’s Vow

So, we’re back in Lee and Renee’s world of hot wolves and the women who love them. Alpha’s Vow is the second book in the Shifter’s Op series, which takes place in Taos. These books are about a pack of shifters who were in Special Forces, but who have now all left the service and have a security company. It’s a small pack and they are all very tight.

Lance is one of the wolves in the pack. He’s pretty mellow and just kind of goes along with whatever the alpha tells him to do. In fact, the Alpha is his older brother and he raised Lance after their parents died. He still is protective of Lance, and he, and all their pack, kind of see Lance as not as responsible and they don’t always seem to expect him to do the right thing. He’s also a bit of a lady’s man, a hit ’em and quit ’em kinda dude. He doesn’t have any huge lifeplan.

Then, we have Charlie. She is part of a group of 4 friends, one of whom recently got together with a security ops type. She has a lifeplan, a very strict lifeplan. Charlie wants to have a nice, stable life, with a nice, stable husband, and 2.5 nice, stable children. She’s not going to let anything mess that up for her. She knows exactly what she wants.

On her birthday, Charlie decides that she’s going to go to her favorite hot spring and just have a wonderful early morning soak for the first day of her newest year. She’s quite happy, right up until a naked man jumps in the spring. Whoops. She wasn’t expecting him, and he certainly wasn’t expecting her. He immediately starts flirting and the tension gets really high. Charlie isn’t all that interested because he doesn’t fit her plan. She gets out and leaves him behind her, she thinks.

She goes out with her friends for her birthday, and her friends talk her into having one wild and crazy night. It wasn’t originally her plan, but Charlie and Lance get together, and she tells him it’s only ever going to be one night.

Lance has taken to doing long run and long swims in his wolven form. One morning, after a swim in a cold river, he flings himself into a hot spring, while he was still in his wolf form. Luckily, he saw the lovely woman in the water before she saw him and he could change. There’s just something about her that he likes. So he flirts with her hard. What he doesn’t realize right then, and not before Charlie left, was that she is his true mate. He discovers it at an interesting time, and kinda blows any chance of a good relationship straight out of the water.

I like how strong Charlie is. She’s been through a lot, and she doesn’t want to have to deal with it again. Frankly, I don ‘t blame her for a lot of her choices. I also understand why she is so focused on her plan. It totally makes sense. But, she’s also kinda rigid sometimes and doesn’t adapt as well as she might otherwise do. I really like how she interacts with her friends and does what she can to help them out. She also makes Lance see himself differently.

I think that Lance was happy to let himself go as the playboy who is a little irresponsible. I think that it was easier for his brother if he just went along, did what he was told, and fucked anything that moved. But, that’s really not all there is to him. I think everyone does him a disservice by treating the way that they do.

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

Sara Fields-Reckoning

Yay! We have a new book from Sara. This time we are getting a dirty, dirty, dirty Daddy book. Did I mention it’s dirty? So, let’s talk about Reckoning.

We open to the lovely wedding of Sophia and Dean. He’s a gazabillionaire, and she’s the beautiful woman who he fell in love with. More than that, she’s also the woman who is getting married for more than a dozenth time. You see, she’s a con artist for the Family, and she specializes in the matrimony con. She gets rich men to marry them, she takes them for all they got, and then she disappears. And that’s what she does to Dean. She just up and disappears on him, on their wedding night, after cleaning out every single account she can.

Fast forward a year, and Sophia, whose real name is Willow, has now moved on to another target. The Father tells her who to go after, helps her with all the background work, and then she goes and does what she’s supposed to do. This time, she’s trying to get a rich rancher to fall in love with her. Sadly, that’s not what happens. Dean, Daddy, has discovered her, and he’s got plans for a naughty little girl like Willow.

I have to admit, it took me a minute to warm up to Willow. Mostly because, you know, con artist. I mean, I know that she was regretful over what she did, but she still did it. I did, however, warm up to her, and I eventually like her a lot. I think that she has a stubborn streak, which may or may not be the best thing for her ass.

Dean. Well, we really only get to see him through Willow’s eyes, so we don’t really know much about him. I like him though. He’s tricksy.

This is a really dirty book, did I already mention that? LOL. I enjoyed it, and it was a pretty quick read, so it was all good.

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