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Brukr (Dragons of Preor, #8) by Celia Kyle and Erin Tate Review

2.5 Stars

He’s willing to lose his honor to claim her, but first he must save her.

The Preor emperor bestowed honors on warrior Brukr sen Zak’lu centuries ago—honors he does not deserve. Since then, he has fought to prove himself worthy of the emperor’s support. He works to protect and care for the females within Preor Tower no matter how difficult they make his task. One female constantly disregards orders and makes his duty nearly impossible. Hannah—with her flowing hair, teasing smiles, and generous curves—torments him with what he cannot have. He aches for her like no other, his dragon rages when he leaves her side, but without the Knowing stretching between them he cannot claim her. Or can he?

Genetic modifications have changed Hannah’s appearance, but they can’t change her past. To atone, she steps into the spotlight as a spokesperson for Cole-Daven and moves into Preor Tower. Every day she struggles to convince other humans to accept Cole-Daven’s treatment for Pol Mutation. She also fights her attraction to one specific alien Preor. They’re not mates, but everything in her craves the large, muscular, deliciously tempting dragon shifting warrior.

With her exposure to the public, Hannah now has humans after her. Some want to possess her, others want to torture her, and many want to kill her. That is unacceptable to Brukr and he will tell them so… with his war blades.

Review

There is everything to like about this hero. He is steadfast, respectful and protective.

The cause of his self esteem issues could have been revealed much earlier in the look so that we could see the hero work through them. As it is, they are just annoying angst.

I like the heroine as well until I find out her secret and reasoning for a set of things and then I am just annoyed as all get out. It would have been a much more intersting read if she just trusted the people she had every reason to trust and then the story could have been about dealing with her stuff.

There is a plot twist that is interesting but not enough to save the book for me.

There is just too much energy in the wrong places.

Experienced (A Real Man, #4) by Jenika Snow Review

2 Stars

He’ll show her how a real man treats a woman…

SABINE

I’d never known how good it could feel to be taken care of by a man who knew what he was doing.

Until I was with Hugo…

HUGO

I was older than she was.

She was innocent, hadn’t experienced all that life had to offer.

I could give her that experience.

Sabine consumed my thoughts, made me desire nothing else but her. No other woman compared to her, and because of that, I hadn’t been with a woman for four years, which was also the last time I saw Sabine.

But I was done feeling guilty for what I desired. I wanted Sabine in my life, by my side, and I was about to make that a reality.

I didn’t know if she’d ever been treated the way a female should … but I was going to show her how a real man takes care of a woman.

Review

Despite the lovely cover, this addition to Snow’s contemporary erotic short stories with Happily Ever Afters didn’t work for me.

The much older hero is fine with me and in a larger space with room to explore that conflict it would have worked. It just seemed an add on here.

Snow is a great writer and the love story is sweet and hot but these books are a lot about a quick look into a fantasy with the love mixed in and the really rich guy isn’t my thing–though the Russian was nice.

Big Bear Daddy (Sweetwater Father Bears, #1) by Anya Nowlan Review

2.5 Stars

Colt Hennessy is a werebear on a mission. The small town sheriff finds himself caring for a baby left at his doorstep and no sooner than it happens does he discover that this little bundle of joy was exactly what he’d been missing. With danger swirling around him and dark forces out to harm the child, he does the only thing he can – goes to search for a safer place. It’s there where his, and baby Lana’s life changes forever.

Jessy Sarli has lost what little she had left – her sister. Desperately searching for her, the fearless woman left everything else behind, only to be led around on a string of confusion. When she finally finds her niece in the protective care of a man who takes her breath away, she’s not sure what to make of it. But she does know what her heart is telling her. That this man is the only one who can help her, and Lana.

When the cause for Jessy’s sister’s disappearance comes out, she will need all the help she can get. And not only her and the baby, but her heart as well…

Review

This is a sweet romance about an sister who won’t give up and a good guy bear shifter. I like the fact that shifters are known.

This is a nice read.

Markon’s Claim (The Last Alphas of Thracos #2) by Marina Maddix Review .

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Markon's Claim: A SciFi Alien Shifter Romance (The Last Alphas of Thracos Book 2) - Marina Maddix

She wants to do her job. He just wants her.

Ever since being taken in by the Wargs of the Valley, my sole focus has been on curing their fertility problem. I don’t care that everyone seems to think I should accept the bite that would transform me into a wolf-like shifter. I have more important things to think about.

Then I meet him — the dead-sexy new alpha of the Hill Wargs who can’t seem to get enough of my curves. Markon stirs something in me that I’ve never felt before, and that kind of distraction is the last thing I need. Unfortunately, it’s all I can think about.

And now he’s pressuring me to become a Warg, too. Something about finding out if I’m his fated mate. Nonsense! Fated mates don’t actually exist.

Do they?

Review

The genius heroine makes this wolf shifter romance set on another planet a lot of fun. The romance is really nice up until the moment it happens and then it goes super fast.

 

The series story develops more. The bad guys are cartoony but the research quest is intersting.

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Freaking Purrfect (Ridgeville, #11) by Celia Kyle Review

2 Stars!

Maya has always wanted a hedgehog shifter in the Ridgeville pride. She almost stole one once, but she sorta went into labor before Operation Quill Catcher took off. Now, she wonders if having a werehedgie is all it’s cracked up to be. After “borrowing” (kidnapping and/or saving… depending on who’s asked) a werehedgehog her daughter has to run for her life, her mate has to take a life, and one of her sons thinks hedgehog is on the menu. 
And as for the hedgehog… she’s freaking purrfect.

 

Review

This is a fun let’s visit a past couple romance. What it isn’t is a hedgehog shifter romance. This made me sad. Very sad.
I am sure she will get a book someday soon.

Hero (Galactic Gladiators #3) by Anna Hackett Review

3 Stars!

One moment, Rory Fraser was an engineer on a space station circling Jupiter and the next, she is abducted by evil alien slavers. After suffering at the hands of the Thraxians, she is rescued by her friends–with the help of the tough gladiators of the House of Galen. Rory finds herself outrageously attracted to straight-laced Kace. He is a skilled fighter, ultra-disciplined, and a hero at heart–but she knows passion beats within him, if only he’ll let it loose.

Rory is obsessed with finding another fellow abducted female from Earth, but as she asks questions, she finds herself ducking bullets and explosions. Someone wants Rory dead. Kace steps in as her protector, and together, they embark on a dangerous mission that will take them deep into the bowels of the arena, and deep into a scorching desire…both of which could lead them to lose not only their guarded hearts, but their lives as well.

Review

I have really enjoyed this series so far. The heroine is a very cool engineer on a quest to find the other abducted human women and the hero is a gladiator on the planet to improve his fighting skills.

The series plot arc advances nicely and the world building is good but the romance needs to be more in balance with the action to make me completely happy.

Rayzor’s One (Alien Bounty Hunters Book 1) by Michele Mills Review

3 Stars!

Rayzor of Twelve, a lonely Bounty Hunter banished from his home world, is determined to follow his mission parameters: He must extract his target from a primitive planet called Earth with zero human casualties.
His plan unfolds with precision, until a human female gets in the way.

Rebecca doesn’t understand what the hell is happening. One moment she’s scared and alone in the spooky forest. Then a seven foot tall alien warrior is gazing at her with dark passion, his clawed hands touching her reverently. He’s kissing her, claiming her and saying, his voice hoarse with emotion—that she is his Bride.

His Bride? Wtf?

This stranger is swoon-worthy, but…She doesn’t know his name, or what species he is and he’s kidnapped her, thrown her on his goddamn spaceship and now she’s speeding away from Earth to parts unknown. And he expects her to fall into his arms?

Oh hell, no.

 

Review

With a fast moving plot and quick clear world building, we go on a fun ride with this fated mate science fiction romance.

Wait for It by Mariana Zapata Review

 

4.5 Stars!

If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn’t been one long enough.

Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing half the time. How she’s made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard.

With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for.

Except for a boyfriend.

Or a husband.

But who needs either one of those?

Review

I am officially a Zapata fangirl with this book.

I don’t think anyone does slow burn romances better than her. The power of the slow burn is that there is always a good reason the couple doesn’t go all the way to sexy town right away and that reason is sane. Thus, our hero and heroine become friends, fall in love, and all the time we get grand sexual tension and love that we can believe in.

Zapata launches us back into the contemporary interconnected world she is building. You don’t have to had read all of her books but there are easter eggs if you have.

Our heroine is raising her brother’s kids. She is working class and the hero is working class. Thank you. The hero is also not a man whore (thank you again) and is going through a divorce with a marriage that has been done (and separated) for a long time.

They are neighbors and become friends. He is her nephew’s baseball coach.

He is a defensive jerk at first She has a bad temper. Everyone is funny.

The heroine is a bit dense about what the hero is up to when he starts falling in love with her but we’re not and that makes it a pleasure to read.

The kids are great and there is fun little league sports politics and great cast of characters. The hero and heroine have full lives outside each other and best friends.

The whole book is a great with just a few wishes for more of this and less of that overall. I have already reread it and reread all her books.

Good stuff!

Barbarian’s Choice (Ice Planet Barbarians, #11) by Ruby Dixon Review

3 Stars!

I might be the only unmated female in my tribe, but it doesn’t mean I’ve given my heart. I’m waiting. I want resonance, and I won’t settle for anything less.

But when an alien ship lands and a handsome stranger steps out, I know he’s the one. His name’s Mardok and he’s fascinatingly different – and distractingly appealing. But Mardok can’t stay on the ice planet, and he says he can take me with him.

Now, I must make a choice. Do I stay and lose my mate forever? Or do I follow him to the stars and leave behind everything I know?

Review

This is a pretty sweet romance where Farali gets her own story.

She, as always, steals the show with her joy and resourcefulness.

The hero is a tortured soul. I enjoyed the culture clashes and see the cast of characters from the series.

Devlin (Hell Squad, #11) by Anna Hackett Review

3 Stars!

A covert mission gone horribly wrong. Cool, composed spy, Devlin Gray is used to bad situations, but locked in the bowels of an alien facility with tough, sexy soldier Taylor and told to mate is bad. Very bad. During his career, he’s had to lie and kill, he’s been betrayed, and he knows he works best on his own. Now he is forced to depend on Taylor, and together they have to find a way to escape before it’s too late…

Taylor Cates has already been to hell once before. She lives to fight for others, just like her mother once fought for her, and Taylor vows to do whatever it takes to escape the aliens. As she works with the sexy, suave Devlin, she starts to see glimpses of the man beneath the cool exterior. An exterior she soon finds she wants to melt.

In the worst of circumstances, a passion is born. But on the run for their lives, Devlin and Taylor soon discover far worse things in the alien facility: human prisoners and a weapon that could be the very downfall of the human race. A weapon that will threaten their friends, their home, and everything they hold dear.

Review

I like this series and I like this world. I like the couple as well. Devlin is super sexy with a hot British accent and the heroine is a badass.

However, I am tiring of the I am not good enough hero resists trope in these books.

There becomes a sameness that isn’t fun even as the series plot arc moves nicely forward.