Rule Breaker by Lily Morton

Audiobook Review

Narrated by Joel Leslie

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Four out of Five Stars

The Summary: Is it really wrong to want to murder your boss?

Dylan has worked for Gabe for two years. Two long years of sarcastic comments. Two long years of insults, and having to redo the coffee pot four times in the mornings to meet his exacting standards.

Not surprisingly he has devoted a lot of time to increasingly inventive ways to murder Gabe. From stabbing him with a cake fork, to garrotting him with his expensive tie, Dylan has thought of everything.

However, a chance encounter opens his eyes to the attraction that has always lain between them, concealed by the layers of antipathy. There are only two problems – Gabe is still a bastard, and he makes wedding planners look like hardened pessimists.

But what happens when Dylan starts to see the real Gabe? What happens when he starts to fall in love with the warm, wary man that he sees glimpses of as the days pass?

Because Gabe is still the same commitment shy, cold man that he’s always been, or is he? Has Dylan had the same effect on Gabe, and has his solid gold rule of no commitment finally been broken? With his heart taken Dylan desperately needs to know, but will he get hurt trying to find the answers?

The Review

Let’s talk about Joel Leslie and the vocal talent he has. I loved listening to his voice. For those curious to know it is a British accent. But what made Joel Leslie’s performance memorable was how he brought Dylan and his sass to life. Oh, that sass and the tones used to portray it was amazing. Then there was Gabe, who had a bit of a rasp that would sing down your spine at all the right moments. I could feel the laughter, the teasing between Dylan and Gabe, I could even hear the heartache that both of these men experienced. I’m definitely going to be looking into other narrations by Joel Leslie, because apparently there are a lot of them and some of my new favorite authors have books narrated by him.

On to the story.

Dylan has worked as Gabe’s assistant for the past two years. He’s dealt with all his annoying eccentricities, learned all the nuances to what makes Gabe happy and he’s been satisfied annoying the piss out of Gabe when the opportunity presents itself. But it only takes one chance moment in a club to transform the way Dylan sees Gabe.

Dylan gets to know the ‘real’ Gabe when he steps in to take care of Gabe while he’s extremely ill. He sets up camp in Gabe’s home to make sure he rests, eats and doesn’t overwork himself while he’s recovering. He gets to see Gabe at his most vulnerable moments and he likes being able to see the warmth inside of Gabe.

I love, love, love, love, love sequences like this in books. I’m a sucker for one fella taking care of a sick partner. There’s a tenderness that you get to see between them, and it was beyond sweet. We were able to see who Gabe is underneath all those designer suits. He’s just like the rest of us.

The chemistry between Gabe and Dylan were off the charts. At first meeting it’s obvious they’re both attracted to each other, but fighting it. Once that attraction is acknowledged it’s off the charts. They’re intense, in all the best ways, together.

Gabe and Dylan grow with each other throughout the book. Even when they face some pretty difficult circumstances, good lord it made my heart ache for the pair of them, they would eventually figure out how to handle the situation. I was glad for the changes that Dylan made in their rough patch and how that carried over to afterwards. It felt like REAL LIFE DECISIONS were being made and the consequences stuck.

This book made me laugh out loud, press a hand to my chest because I was upset, shake my phone because I was angry. I went through all the emotions and I loved every minute of it! I feel like I could go on forever, but I’ll stop. You should go read or listen to this. You’ll thank me for recommending this. I promise.

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Off the Ice by Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn

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Three out of Five Stars

The Summary: Tristan Holt is nothing if not pragmatic. Despite a flourishing career as a defenseman for the Atlanta Venom, Tristan knows he can’t play hockey forever. One day he’ll retire—if an injury doesn’t force him to hang up his skates first. His backup plan? Finishing his business degree. But he doesn’t count on a very inappropriate attraction to his standoffish sociology professor, Sebastian Cruz.

Sebastian is on the bottom rung of the Sociology Department at Georgia State. He has his sights set on tenure, and he can’t afford to be distracted, especially not by a sexy student with a body straight out of Sebastian’s dreams. No matter how much Tristan tempts him, that’s one line Sebastian won’t cross. At least not until summer classes end. After that, everything is fair game.

But Sebastian lives loud and proud, and Tristan is terrified of being the first out player in the NHL. Neither of them can afford to risk their hearts when they can’t imagine a happily ever after. The problem is, unlike hockey, when it comes to love, there are no rules.

The Review

There were things I really enjoyed about this book, and then there were things that had me skimming through some of the scenes just to get past it. First I’ll say that there are elements in the books that if I would have known about them, I would have probably not given this a read. But I did and it might be your thing.

Tristan meet Sebastien while he’s taking a summer course at the local college. Sebastien is his sociology teacher and sparks fly between the two of them throughout the semester. They did wait until after the class was over to pursue anything. It was also pretty amusing that Sebastien had no clue who he was teaching until a colleague pointed it out to him.

I feel like there was not enough time between Tristan and Sebastien getting to know each other. This felt like it was all about the sex between the two men. And that’s fine as long as it balances out and I feel like it didn’t. The pair communicated about their wants and needs in concerns to sex, but the rest of their communication was do what Sebastien wants or there is no more relationship. It was frustrating to me, especially seeing that this was an age-gap romance as well.

Now spoiler, there are BDSM elements, humiliation and consensual spanking/hitting. That’s just not my cup of tea.

What I did like, was despite all of that there were moments that had me all heart eyes. Like Tristan bringing Sebastien to meet his family. I loved seeing Sebastien at the game, having hockey nerves that every fan experiences, and learning more about Tristan’s work. For someone who didn’t like sports, he tried to learn and be supportive of Tristan.

So I have mixed feelings about this book. Will I read the next in the series? Probably. I typically like this author duo. This one was just a miss.

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Laurent and the Beast by K.A. Merikan

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Four out of Five Stars

The Summary: Nothing can stop true love. Not time. Not even the devil himself.

1805. Laurent: Indentured servant. Desperate to escape a life that is falling apart.
2017. Beast: Kings of Hell Motorcycle Club vice president. His fists do the talking.

Beast has been disfigured in a fire, but he’s covered his skin with tattoos to make sure no one mistakes his scars for weakness. The accident not only hurt his body, but damaged his soul and self-esteem, so he’s wrapped himself in a tight cocoon of violence and mayhem where no one can reach him.

Until one night, when he finds a young man covered in blood in their clubhouse.

Sweet, innocent, and as beautiful as an angel fallen from heaven, Laurent pulls on all of Beast’s heartstrings. Laurent is so lost in the world around him, and is such a tangled mystery, that Beast can’t help but let the man claw his way into the stone that is Beast’s heart.

In 1805, Laurent has no family, no means, and his eyesight is failing. To escape a life of poverty, he uses his beauty, but that only backfires and leads him to a catastrophe that changes his life forever. He takes one step into the abyss and is transported to the future, ready to fight for a life worth living.

What he doesn’t expect in his way is a brutal, gruff wall of tattooed muscle with a tender side that only Laurent is allowed to touch. And yet, if Laurent ever wants to earn his freedom, he might have to tear out the heart of the very man who took care of him when it mattered most.

The Review

A deal with the devil sets everything in motion.

Laurent is thrust into a time that has him confused and unsure of himself. He has a task he has to complete otherwise he goes back to the life he left behind, indentured servitude and a murderer. He’s found by Beast, the VP of the Kings of Hell Motorcycle Club, a man who is scarred and tattooed to the point that people fear him. Beast is drawn into taking care of Laurent, no matter how frustrating the task may get, he comes back to making sure Laurent is taken care of and not taken advantage of.

This is not your typical MC book. By which I mean, it’s not overly crude, overflowing with gaudy sex scenes, or violent. There’s an actual storyline, praise be I liked this one a lot. There’s time travel, presented in a fresh manner. This is this first, deal with the devil, time travel story that I’ve read and I wasn’t let down. At all.

Laurent had to figure out modern technology and the social norms quickly. There were moments that I got second hand embarrassment for him and other times he was absolutely adorable. Beast, there were a few times were I wanted to shake sense into him, but he was definitely a decent fella who faced some pretty serious hardships in his life.

Knight, a secondary character, a genealogy buff surprised me. You don’t expect a guy in a MC to be into genealogy but it was excellent. Beast and the rest of the guys just accepted that part of him, and eventually came to request his assistance to figure out what happened in Laurent’s time.

I liked that we didn’t get a complete explanation until the end what the deals made actually were and how they affected Beast. Like it was kind of diabolical and I was surprised that a father would make the deal he had made. This was thrilling, sweet, entertaining, and everything you need in a book to make it good.

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A Temporary Situation by H.L. Day

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Four out of Five Stars

The Summary: Personal assistant Dominic is a consummate professional. Funny then, that he harbors such unprofessional feelings toward Tristan Maxwell, the CEO of the company. No, not in that way. The man may be the walking epitome of gorgeousness dressed up in a designer suit. But, Dominic’s immune. Unlike most of the workforce, he can see through the pretty facade to the arrogant, self-entitled asshole below. It’s lucky then, that the man’s easy enough to avoid.

Disaster strikes when Dominic finds himself having to work in close proximity as Tristan’s P.A. The man is infuriatingly unflappable, infuriatingly good-humored, and infuriatingly unorthodox. In short, just infuriating. A late-night rescue leading to a drunken pass only complicates matters further, especially with the discovery that Tristan is both straight and engaged.

Hatred turns to tolerance, tolerance to friendship, and friendship to mutual passion. One thing’s for sure, if Tristan sets his sights on Dominic, there’s no way Dominic has the necessary armor or willpower to keep a force of nature like Tristan at bay for long, no matter how unprofessional a relationship with the boss might be. He may just have to revise everything he previously thought and believed in for a chance at love.

The Review

Dominic is the most professional, professional while at work, unless it concerns the CEO Tristian Maxwell. Dominic doesn’t understand why the rest of his co-workers can’t see under all of Tristian’s playfulness is a cold hearted CEO who doesn’t think well of his employees. Dominic is thankful he doesn’t have work directly with Tristian. Until he does. No matter how hard Dominic tries to keep Tristian at arms-length at all times, but Tristian won’t let him.

It’s hard not to like Tristian though. He is obsessed with food, has a sense of humor and is often times in his own little world. It’s hard to ignore Mr. Fucking Perfect. Oh my, I loved that nickname from the first time Dominic uttered it internally.

These two, they had a fair share of outlandish mishaps that had me laughing out loud. There was a botched flower order, an allergic reaction, and series of communication errors. Dominic did his very best not to fall in love with Tristian. He was his boss, a fairly unconventional boss, but still that was line that he didn’t want to cross. I liked that this wasn’t an immediate fall into the boss’s arms and let him pay for everything situation. Dominic has his own standards and he isn’t going to lower them for anyone.

I loved the text messages and scenes with the two of them together. I had to know what was going to happen next, how everything was going to turn out. It was nice seeing that Tristian didn’t give up on Dominic. Everything happened quickly and intensely, but he found a way to show Dominic that he was sincere. Even when Dominic made it near impossible.

Their chemistry together was excellent. When they ended up in the same areas together, I was waiting for that moment they would acknowledge all the flirtation that had been going on. Tristian did a lot of the chasing and convincing and I wish Dominic would have just given in, just a little, before he finally did. But other than that, I loved Tristian and Dom. They were adorable and I’m glad to see there is a Christmas Novella being released as well, A Christmas Situation. That review will be next up! I’m excited to read it.

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In the Ruins by Hailey Turner

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Audiobook Review

Four out of Five Stars

The Summary: Truth and lies.

Captain Jamie Callahan knows the Metahuman Defense Force frowns on fraternization. For once in his life, he’s breaking all the rules. Having Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan on his team and in his bed is worth the risk of being found out. When a mission comes down requiring Alpha Team to go undercover in order to infiltrate a criminal alliance, Jamie knows it won’t be easy. Putting his family’s name on the line is nothing compared to the role the MDF wants him to play—that of a billionaire’s son, discharged from the military, with a lover on his arm, looking to make his own shady business deals.

Dirty little secret.

Kyle knows the only way to be with Jamie is to hide their relationship from their superiors. Waking up to Jamie at home is more important than being together in public, or so Kyle thought, until he comes face to face with what he’s been missing. Pretending to be a couple on paper for the sake of the mission thrusts Kyle into a world of incredible wealth and a social status he’s not sure he belongs in, but he’ll do anything to stay by Jamie’s side.

Play the game to win.

Surrounded by the enemy, Jamie and Kyle need to trust each other now more than ever. Their covers—and the life they’re trying to build together—depend on it.

The Review

First, let me talk about the greatness of Greg Boudreaux as a narrator. He’s got one of those voices that just hit the spot (with everyone but Annabelle, but that’s just nitpicking about southern accents). I could probably listen to him speak with an English or a Scottish accent for days. Oh and the Russian accents *shiver*. I loved hearing Alexei’s speaking parts. Boudreaux had a way with differentiating between different characters with his voice. I didn’t get lost in conversation sections. I knew who was talking and how they were feeling in that moment. He made it very easy to get lost in this world and I highly recommend listening to his work. I already have his other three works in my to listen list.

Now on to the story!

In the Ruins picks up a few months after In the Wreckage ends. We see the MDF going undercover to continue their fight against a group of criminal organizations who are working together, instead of fighting each other, for power.

They utilize Jamie’s family wealth as the background for the teams covers. There are a lot of challenges that come with this. Jamie has to become a person he used to be and never wanted to be again; selfish, overbearing, unkind. Kyle experiences what Jamie’s life was like before the Marines and just how wealthy Jamie’s family is.

Also, Jamie and Kyle can publicly be together due to Kyle’s cover as Jamie’s arm candy. They can hold hands, they can kiss, they can sleep in the same bed without having to sneak out of the room early in the morning. These two men have chemistry that is out of this world. It’s obvious that that their relationship has continued to grow. The scenes with only two pair of them together, oh boy. Just turn the AC down and grab a fan, cause things just got hot. They are beyond intense.

Their mission was always at the forefront of their minds. Even if I lost track of what the mission actually was at some points. I liked that the action balanced out with the romance parts. This universe that Turner has created is amazing. I could see what Jamie’s apartment looked like. Then I could see 2285 London, the underground, the museum where the gala took place. The way she described the characters and the settings, it was opulent. That’s the only word that would do this world justice.

There were a few parts that dragged on for me and got a bit slow. I think it may be because I got so attached to Alexei. Will I continue this series? Most likely. I really enjoy the detail Turner puts into her novels and her characters. Should you read this? If you like sci-fi, military, steamy romances, yes. One hundred percent yes.

 

Hearts in Ireland by J.C. Long

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Four out of Five Stars

The Summary: When the future is shrouded and it’s hard to find direction, maybe it’s time to let the heart lead the way….

Ronan Walker stands at a crossroads, unsure how to pursue his education… unsure if he even wants to. Now that his mother is gone, all he has left are the wonderful stories of her youth in Ireland, and he’s drawn to the land of his ancestors. There, he seeks out his mother’s family and meets Fergal Walsh, who works at Ronan’s aunt’s bookstore. A love of literature facilitates a fast friendship between the two men, and even though Ronan cannot deny the potential—and his desire—for more, he cannot see a future for the two of them when he leaves Ireland. Fergal must persuade Ronan to give school in Dublin a chance—and convince Ronan that his heart has already found its home.

The Review

 

Ronan has lost his mother and is finding it hard to move forward with his life without her by his side. His mother was born and raised in Ireland before marrying Ronan’s father and moving to Atlanta, Georgia. She’s always dazzled him with stories of Ireland and the life she lived while there. He goes to see what his mother loved and perhaps to be close to what he has left of his mother’s memories.

His family in Ireland were welcoming, caring and supportive. They encourage him to explore Ireland, to see the places and people that were important to his mother. At his Aunt’s bookshop, Ronan meets Fergal. He and Fergal end up seeing a lot of each other and they find companionship with each other.

Fergal shows him the heart of Ireland and I loved being able to go on that journey with Ronan. Their attraction was slow, sweet and had me wondering, will they? It wasn’t all roses for Ronan and Fergal. Ronan doesn’t know how long he’ll be in Ireland and because of that he pushes Fergal away. I loved the resolution of this. When I finished listening to this, it was like a happy little sigh. It made me want to save up to go to Ireland and find my own romance that might keep me there.

This is a fade to black romance. Which for this story, it was perfect. I didn’t need anything erotic because it wasn’t needed here. This was Ronan finding himself, happiness and his family once again. Sometimes that’s exactly what you need and it was the perfect escape while I sat at a standstill on the interstate trying to get home.

I’ve listened to a couple of books narrated by John Steinkamp and he’s got a voice that you may have to get used to. At first it distracted me but after the first few chapters, his voice fit the story. It was clear, concise and helped the story along.

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The Life Siphon – Kathryn Sommerlot

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Four out of Five Stars

The Summary: The kingdom of Runon has created the impossible: a magical energy source that siphons life from the nearby lands and feeds it back into Runon itself. On the edge of the forest lives a quiet ranger named Tatsu who is watching the drain grow closer to his home country of Chayd.

Arrested for crimes against the crown, Tatsu is taken to the capital’s prison, where the queen offers him a deal. If he sneaks into Runon and steals the magical source that powers the drain, she will return his freedom. Caught in the unimaginable aftermath, Tatsu knows that the only hope is to stop the siphon before it swallows the world.

More and more he finds himself at the mercy of the destruction the siphon leaves behind – and everything he has ever known will fall apart in the revelation of its horrifying truth.

The Review

Tatsu has been spent his life in the forest and on the outskirts of Chayd. As an outsider, it’s where he has become most comfortable. It all starts when his childhood friend Alesh winds up on his doorstep, bloodied and exhausted from an illegal venture to earn money. It doesn’t take long before the crown finds her at Tatsu’s house and they both end up imprisoned. The queen offers them a deal in order to retain their freedom: steal the siphon that’s killing the environment and bring it back to Chayd.

They never expected the siphon to turn out to be what it was.

As you track their journey to Runon to acquire the siphon then getting back to the queen, you learn more and more about the kingdoms, characters and the magic of the realm.

One of the things I enjoyed was the fact that I could see their progress in my mind like a movie as I read. The settings and character reactions are extremely vivid from page one. I would love to be able to visit a place as rich as Chayd and Runon are. And the settings were just there in the background. Each setting was a character as well. What I will never forget is how menacing and horrifying the dead forest to be. It still gives me the creeps.

The pacing of this book was a little slow in parts but I found that it didn’t bother me. In fact I was thankful for all the little details I picked up when the rush of an ending hit. Do your self a favor and have The Mage Heir ready. Because that ending, WOW! I stayed up late to finish reading and when I was? It took a bit to calm down enough to fall asleep.

Tatsu was a character that I could really relate to. He is an outsider and isn’t exactly what the rest of his community of Chayd was. He was different and there was so much more to him then what you could see upon first glance. I think that was probably true for all of the characters but I understood Tatsu in a why I didn’t expect to.

Alesh and Ral, a sibling relationship that goes to show you how far you would go to take care of your family. Alesh, she was stubborn to the core but when it came to Ral, she’d do whatever in order to make sure her sister was happy and safe. Ral was enchanting. I knew from the moment we were introduced to her, there was something special about her. I couldn’t wait to figure out who she truly would end up being.

Now, for those of you looking for the M/M romance. It doesn’t appear in The Life Siphon buuuuut there’s book two, The Mage Heir. All that tension has to lead to something, right? If you like fantasy, a journey with a heavy task guiding it, then grab this book. There’s something about the writing that drew me in and made me want to be next to Tatsu, Alesh and Ral.

 

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Freedom With You by Alice Winters

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Three Stars out of Five

Summary: Life isn’t easy being a Native American in the 1800s.

Ashkii has lived most of his life alone. He is a Native American living a world that doesn’t accept his beliefs, his culture, or his ideas. In order to blend in, he has been forced to give up everything that made him who he is. Still, he struggles to find a place in this world. When an opportunity arises for him to prove himself as a horse trainer, Ashkii realizes that this might be the only place left for him, especially when he is accepted by the man that owns the ranch.

Life is perfect for Ryland. His ranch excels with the constant flow of cattle and horses. His days are spent herding cattle and caring for his land. But Ryland has a secret that could ruin his life. In such a suppressing time, Ryland’s beliefs are not accepted. Together, Ryland and Ashkii begin to search for what truly matters in life, even when it is against everyone else’s beliefs. Together, they can begin to understand what truly makes each of them unique.

 

The Review

Freedom with You by Alice Winters was okay. If you’re looking for something historically accurate, this is not the book for you. As a history buff there were a lot of things that bothered me as I read. BUT if you’re looking for a quick read and don’t care about any of that. Go for it.

The premise was great, but when it was executed it wasn’t so great. The relationship between Ashkii and Ryland started out a little predatory and felt nonconsensual through about half of the book. Ashii had to sleep with Ryland to keep his job because as said so many times throughout the book, who would believe an Indian over a white man?  Yes, I know this is true of the time but the line became extremely repetitive. There were no flirty looks, no words exchanged, it was just Ashii went to sleep in the barn and sex.

There was also a shift from language patterns from the 1800’s and then modern day use of sarcasm with a non-native English speaking character. He would have picked up on it but not as quickly as he did. You could sneak in a few one liners here and there but it didn’t feel realistic. That bothered me a bit.

There were a lot of little story lines going on and some of them didn’t get resolution or were fixed too cleanly to be real. There were a few times I got lost in who all the ‘he’s were. At times I would think Ashkii was speaking and it would be Ryland. I had to go back and read sections several times to get the flow of dialogue.

I think with a few more books under Winters’ belt there will be excellent stories to read from her. Would I recommend this one? No.

A Different Light by Morningstar Ashley

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Five out of Five Stars

Book one in the Begin Again Series

Summary: Bennett Cole had lived next door to Mitchell “Mac” Campbell, III for eighteen years of his life, in the small town of White Acre. They’d never gotten along, never seen eye to eye, and never understood one another…not that they’d ever cared to try.

But when Bennett’s so-called buddies ditched him at a party in the woods where he was assaulted and left for dead, Bennett pulled through. The emotional scars rendered him too terrified to go back to school and face his “friends” or his attackers. With little choice, his family packed up and left town.

Ten years later—at the request of his mother—Bennett returned to the place he’d grown up and the home he’d once felt safe, to oversee the repairs before his childhood house was sold. The contractor? None other than Mac, the once annoying boy next door, who still lives there in the home his parents gifted him.

Being in such close proximity—working together every day, to repair the Coles’ family home—Bennett and Mac’s contentious relationship goes from bad to worse as their personalities continue to clash. But their heated exchanges may not be as antagonistic as they seem. And when new information is revealed, can the men begin to see each other in a different light?

The Review

Bennett returns to White Acre at the request of his mother, when he would rather be anywhere else. In high school his friends left him for dead, his next door neighbor got on his very last nerve. There was no reason for him to come back to White Acre. He doesn’t expect that the boy next door, Mac, has turned into one hell of a man. He’s attractive, smart and is doing the remodel on Bennett’s parents house while Bennett is in town.

The attraction between the two was immediate. Even when they were bickering with each other, you could feel the tension that was shifting from annoyance into sexual attraction.  It takes one moment to change everything between them. Once it does, wow. They were explosive together, in the best possible way.

I loved how they challenged each other. Mac didn’t let Bennett out of doing new things, like camping. And Bennett pushed Mac to realize he was a successful man and perfect doing what he loved. You don’t need a fancy degree to be happy with your job. If your parents can’t see that, honey, let me take care of that for you.

During the entire novel, I could see everything playing like a movie in my head. Morningstar was rich in her descriptions and put you in the house with Bennett and Mac. I don’t often imagine character voices, unless the book is amazing, but I could hear their voices. Not what I hear in my head reading everything else. These two stuck out and worked together with each other to find their happy.

Would I recommend this book? Hell yes. Go buy it now. I’m getting her other release as soon as I post this. Just saying.

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Half Wolf by Jay Northcote

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Four out of Five Stars

Summary: Mate, family, pack, home… can Quinn and Kellan have it all?

Quinn grew up feeling out of place in the small town he calls home. Yearning for something he can’t name, he’s always felt different but never known why.

Kellan is part of a nomadic shifter pack. When they set up camp in the woods near Quinn’s town, the humans are unwelcoming and suspicious of the newcomers. The moment Kellan catches sight—and scent—of Quinn, he knows Quinn is special. But for the first time in his life, Kellan can’t trust his instincts. Quinn is human, and Kellan is a wolf shifter, so how can they ever be mates?

Their bond is instant and exhilarating. It breaks Quinn’s heart to know their relationship can only be temporary. Love isn’t enough when pack law forbids shifters to mate with humans. Tension explodes between pack and humans, and when Quinn discovers a shocking truth about himself that changes everything, he fears he’ll have to choose between the only life he’s ever known and the man he loves.

The Review

First off, you have to know I love anything to do with shifters, werewolves, lycans, and every other term you can associate with werewolves and their kin. Jay Northcote doesn’t let me down. He takes a bit more of a traditional take on the shifters in Half Wolf. Think of all the muscles shifting under the skin, bones elongating, fur sprouting out only to turn into beautiful wolves. Topped with the concept of mates. Sign me up.

Quinn grew up as the only ‘different’ one in a small town. He’s not really different. He’s gay, takes medication for epilepsy and does his thing. Kellan is a shifter. He pack has blown into town and knows immediately something is different with Quinn as soon as he meets him.

Once they start to get to know each other, Quinn and Kellan are explosive together. They have white-hot chemistry and aren’t afraid to explore it. Even with Quinn being a virgin, it doesn’t bother Kellan to help Quinn learn what he like. It’s an equal relationship from the beginning. I think that’s what made them so appealing to me.

The added mystery of who is actually killing the livestock in the town adds to the tension. Is it the shifters? Is it someone just trying to make it seem like the shifters are killing the livestock to get them out of town.

There were a few predictable moments, especially concerning Quinn, but it didn’t bother me. I had a feeling since the beginning. I won’t go further into it because I’m not going to ruin it for you. I didn’t figure out the killer though.

I thoroughly enjoyed this and look forward to reading more by Jay Northcote. You should too!

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