Terror by Moonlight: Critter Catchers Book 1, Hank Edwards

Terror By Moonlight (Critter Catchers Book 1) by [Edwards, Hank]

This particular story sets the tone for the series and while I don't think every aspect was pulled off, it was kind of exciting to read when the action was happening, the MC's were becoming interesting, and the will-they-won't-they is at its most basic.

Cody is incredibly childish.  From the way he treats women, Demetrius, and his responsibilities to his childish antics and reactions it's clear that no one, including Demetrius has given him the kick in the pants he needs to grow up.  Not even a werewolf can get him to do it either.  While I don't necessarily like him, I do find myself curious to see when and how he gets his head out of a certain orifice and where it belongs.  I don't think it'll come at a point where it's actually too late, but I'm really hoping to see some serious character evolution with him.

Demetrius is another matter.  I think he's so mired in his own perception of things that he's going to nearly miss all the opportunities to have more with Cody sooner rather than later.  His enabling of his best friend's behavior is going to snap, I can feel it, and I'm hoping the snap comes from his desire to be less of an insecure doormat and not from the paranormal creatures that have a knack for finding and tormenting him and Cody.

The creature aspect was a bit predictable in terms of what we were looking for, but not in the who-is-it bit.  There were intimations a little later in the story, but only after the way-too-obvious-to-be-the-culprit person was brought in to throw us all off.  I was actually hoping the super-obviously-not-the-bad-guy was going to be the bad guy.  Part of me thinks that would have been a good twist because I'd be expecting it to be someone else since the "revelations" were coming on pretty thick.  Having a large group of people know what was actually happening and for the MC's to only discover that fact when things were going down bloody is a thread that may or may not continue throughout the series and I'm curious to see if that'll be brushed under the rug or not.

Overall this was an entertaining story that didn't have a lot of depth but does have potential.  It's an interesting start to say the least.  I'm pretty sure I'll be back for more.

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 Terror by Moonlight: Critter Catchers Book 1, Hank Edwards

Cody Bower and Demetrius Singleton have been friends for over twenty years even though they are polar opposites. Cody is tall, handsome, athletic, and straight, and Demetrius is average height, more of a thinker, and gay. They have started an animal control business together and have to figure out how to be business partners without letting it affect their friendship, but that’s the least of their problems. When one of their first clients ends up brutally murdered in what appears to be an animal attack, the two realize something big and dangerous is stalking their tiny town of Parson’s Hollow, and it’s up to them to catch it before it kills again.

The Snow Dragon's Mate: Lonely Dragons Club Book 2, Silvia Violet

The Snow Dragon's Mate (Lonely Dragons Club Book 2) by [Violet, Silvia]

The amount of steam in this short story is incredible.  Sometimes it pulled focus from the romantic build, but these kinds of stories generally follow the same romantic formula by starting with the lust and ending with the love.  It's not a bad or ineffective approach, it's just a bit predictable.

Holden is a sassy omega who has a heap of hurt to heal if he's really going to chase after his HEA.  Kymar is a dissatisfied playboy (play-dragon?) who wants a mate but isn't sure how to go about finding one of his own.  Together they are an incredibly sweet pairing with crazy amounts of chemistry.

I liked the simple evolution of the story and especially Kymar's guileless love of the snow and commitment to his mate.  Both of those traits sold me on him as an individual.  While Holden's emotional reaction to getting stuck in the snow is a little much for me, I do extremely appreciate his forthright honesty instead of a typical response of defensiveness.  I can't say I was captivated by the characters, but I did quite like them on a surface level.  I think they had massive potential on their own and together but were hampered by the length of the story.

The other dragons are quite interesting and I'd be interested to see more from the Lonely Dragons Club because the ones I met here are sweet, toppy, and so very eager to find the partner of their souls.  On its own, this story does stand, though I will probably say that for enjoyment of the club on the whole, reading the other books in the series sure wouldn't go amiss.

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 The Snow Dragon's Mate: Lonely Dragons Club Book 2, Silvia Violet

Best Christmas gift ever: Finding out dragons exist and one of them is your fated mate.
Weary from centuries spent searching for my mate, I hid away in a mountain cabin until an offer from a friend leads me to the most exquisite omega I have ever seen. From the moment our eyes meet, all I want is to make him mine. A well-timed storm leaves him stranded in my lair, but when the snow melts, he insists on returning to his human life. I’m convinced we’re fated for one another. Can I make this stubborn young man believe it too?

I rode on a dragon’s back. A real, live dragon. In his human form, Kymar is so gorgeous I can hardly breathe around him. I’m drawn to him by a force too strong to ignore, but, magical creature or not, I can’t get involved with him. Happiness never lasts. I’ve learned that lesson again and again. After I walk away, my longing to return grows worse every day until I start to wonder if I can find to courage to believe what my heart and my dragon say is true—Kymar and I are meant to be together.

Power Play: Kennedy L. Mitchell

A new series from
Kennedy L. Mitchell!
One woman who refuses to be their pawn,
and the only man who can protect her.
January 20th, 2020...

 Power Play: Power Play Book 1, Kennedy L. Mitchell
 Book One – POWER PLAY
Release Date: January 20, 2020

There's no turning back. I can't go home a failure--again. Everyone wants to use me, make me their pawn, but I have other plans. I will win this election or die trying.

Randi Sawyer 
It started with a shady business proposal I should've turned down. Now here I am pretending to be someone I'm not, and bonus, I'm at the mercy of a man whose joy comes from my failures. The deeper I sink into DC's seedy political scene the more I realize I can't trust anyone if I'm going to make it out alive. Until him. Secret Service agent Trey Benson is bitter, jaded, and oh so hot with his mischievous smirk and cocky attitude. He hates me, just like everyone else, but he might just be who I need to survive this mess I've landed myself in.

Trey Benson 
Forced onto her protection detail, I'm certain she's just another Political Barbie in this city. I should know--I've dated most of them. Except she's not. Funny, foulmouthed and crazy as hell, not to mention drop-dead gorgeous, Randi Sawyer just might be the one person who can make a difference in DC--and in me. Too bad the boss says she's off-limits, that it's too risky for her career and mine. Good thing I've never been great at sticking to orders.

Power Play is the first book in the five-book Power Play series. Each book CANNOT be read as a standalone. All five books follow one main couple's relationship as it grows through a five-year time period. It's suspenseful, steamy, and oh so unputdownable.

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 Power Play: Power Play Book 1, Kennedy L. Mitchell

 Power Play: Power Play Book 1, Kennedy L. Mitchell

About Kennedy
Kennedy L. Mitchell

Kennedy lives in Dallas with her husband, son, and 80lb Goldendoodle who still believes he’s a lap dog. A bookworm at heart, Kennedy loves to snuggle up in bed or by the campfire with an unputdownable book. She began writing two years ago with Falling for the Chance and has no plans of stopping. Her novels are witty, action-packed, and offer enough steam for a great facial. If you like strong heroines and sexy, tattooed men who can’t keep their hands off them, then this author is the one for you.

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Soul Magic: The Triad of Magic Book 3, Macy Blake

Soul Magic (The Triad of Magic Book 3) by [Blake, Macy, Dennison, Poppy]

Everyone is reeling from the vicious attack and no one more than Cormac.  The seemingly ageless vampire is struggling with something beyond his own control and while I'm not necessarily happy that he's suffering, I do like that there's something dynamic about him.  More than his vampiric nature coming out to protect Simon, he's far more than the staid, compassionate being we've met prior to now.

His struggles don't go unseen however, and it's Liam that offers more than just support, he offers his blood.  Their connection is immediate and intense but while the drama surges all around them they decide keeping that on the low is for the best.  Usually that tactic bothers me to no end, but here it allows them to build something based on depth rather than just lust and blood.  Liam's attention to detail as well as his insight combines well with Cormac's vast knowledge and desire to protect Simon as Liam protects Gray.  Together they make a really great pair and when feelings are finally shared they're intimate, soft, and very sweet.

It's not until the epilogue that you see how they end up though, so if you're looking for a start-to-finish romance between Cormac and Liam, it's there, but their complete evolution isn't spelled out like it is with Simon and Gray.

Simon was how we started the series and Simon is how we "end".  The confrontation is immense, colorful (quite literally), and ran the gamut of emotions from devastating to elation.  It wasn't an easy moment to read but the triumph was extremely hard-won and miraculous.  I really enjoyed reading the process.  It was thought out and detailed in its description so you could follow along and see how all the pieces of the journey up to this point play a part and fit together.  Without the slower pace and minute details described I'd have gotten quite lost.  Anything less would have seemed like a let-down for all the build-up we've had over the course of nearly three books.

The epilogue was perfection to see how every couple has their place, how the young boys turned out in the end, and how vast the love of the entire pack is.  Of all the men, women, and couples we've met, it's Simon and his boys that captivated me the most.  I kind of wish we'd had more of an in-between, but that's merely because I just didn't really want to let the series go.  I'm glad we get another chance to visit some of the characters with Wild Magic, at least I hope we do, because I'm not ready to say goodbye just yet.

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 Soul Magic: Triad of Magic Book 3, Macy Blake

Blood runs soul-deep, but found families are forever.

Cormac hasn’t been the same since the night the High Moon Pack was attacked. With his magic weakened, he’s consumed by a bloodlust he hasn’t felt since he first became a vampire. His need to replenish his power makes him a danger to his last remaining family member, and his hunger makes him careless. Feeding from pack beta Liam Benson was supposed to slake his appetite, not leave him craving more.

Liam is drawn to Cormac in ways he can’t explain and as the fight to protect the pack he loves reaches a critical point, his connection to Cormac deepens in a way neither wolf nor vampire anticipated. Will Cormac’s role in the final showdown against the dark forces threatening the pack sever the bond Liam and Cormac have started to weave?

Simon, Gray, and Cormac must fight a being history says shouldn’t exist—one with all three types of magic. The pack must use all their resources to combat the mysterious triad, even turning to the mysterious Conclave of Mages for help. As they learn more about this terrifying dark threat, protecting the pack proves to be riddled with challenges and sacrifices. While Gray attempts to hold his traumatized pack together, Cormac struggles to reconcile his past failures with his current desires, and Simon must attempt the impossible: an alliance between mind, body, and soul.

A Pebble for Lewis: Alaskan Pebble Gifters Book 1, Amy Bellows

A Pebble for Lewis (Alaskan Pebble Gifters Book 1) by [Bellows, Amy]

The story started off strong with magic, shifters, and a sweet attraction that could turn into more.  What followed was a not-so-typical friends-to-lovers story that had a fantastically sweet ending.  I wish I weren't so bothered by the bits before they become lovers, and even a couple moments during their transition, because otherwise I would have really, really liked this story.  There was a ton to make up for it, I think it's just my own personal preferences for omitting any other partners or mentions of them while the MC's are building a romance of their own.

Now before you think there's any cheating, there totally isn't.  It's just when you think things are going to move forward there's someone else in the picture and while it isn't exactly what it looks like, it kind of is and causes me a whole bunch of not-so-happy feelings.  That other person goes on to become someone extremely close to the couple and their family though, so it kind of really works out for the best.

That being said, before the friends become lovers and as they begin their courtship things are a bit rocky because there's an intensely huge gap between the different shifter cultures.  I had some personal issues with the polar bear culture.  Beyond that though, when Todd goes all in, he really dives head first with no thoughts to anything but his penguin.  That went a long way to winning me over.

Lewis was less interesting as an individual and I'm not sure I can put my finger on exactly why.  His vulnerability is the kind I usually don't mind, his love and devotion for Todd is endearing, his friendship with certain polar bears works in his favor...but beyond all of that, as an individual I'm just not drawn to him.

Their chemistry is incredibly steamy once they get on the same page and while parts of it aren't really believable, I have no problem skimming over what I don't really like when they're getting it on.  What completely sells me on the story is the way Todd becomes the alpha father both Lewis and their offspring need.  The egg laying is strange and invasive, the nesting is actually pretty cute, and the bonding is wonderful.  But while it could be strange being told from Todd's POV, I find it just right.  It gives an insight into a process that's odd and consuming for the birthing parent and makes it all a bit more palatable.  It also gives an incredible look into just how much and how deeply Todd feels about his life with his omega.

So overall there were some frustrating parts, some icky parts, and some annoying bits, but there were also some amazingly tender moments, moments of connection and love that were wonderfully written.  I may not have loved the book overall, but I absolutely enjoyed quite a few parts and would love to come back to this world to read more.

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 A Pebble for Lewis: Alaskan Pebble Gifters Book 1, Amy Bellows

Lewis has never been kissed.

Omega penguin shifters aren’t allowed any physical contact with an alpha until their Pebble Gifting Season, when alphas present a pebble to their desired mate. Lewis has always followed the rules.

Until he meets Todd. A polar bear shifter.

Everyone knows that polar bear shifters are unreliable players who don’t mate for life. But Todd is breathtakingly beautiful, with a body as big as a mountain and a head of thick, white hair. Lewis can’t manage to look away.

In Anchorage Alaska where penguin shifters and polar bear shifters have been at odds for over a century, even a friendship between Todd and Lewis is forbidden. But as Lewis’s Pebble Gifting Season draws closer, their forbidden friendship turns into a passion neither of them can ignore.