A PaulB Review: The Vampire’s Geek (Wolves of Stone Ridge #26) by Charlie Richards

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

The Vampire's Geek coverTullion Kuznetsov has been on the run for the past couple of months, accused of a crime he did not commit. A chance meeting in a supermarket unites him with his beloved in Stone Ridge, Tullion must now return to Europe to clear his name to be with the man fate has decided for him.

On the run after being accused of killing his coven’s leader, Tullion Kuznetsov travels from Europe and finds himself in the small town of Stone Ridge, Colorado. After securing himself some temporary housing, he heads off to the local supermarket to get some food. While there, he believes he has encountered his beloved, what vampires call their fated mate.

Toby Dallow, a lab assistant who came to Stone Ridge when his friend and boss moved there to be with his werewolf mate, finds the tall blond in the supermarket attractive. But he never thinks he has a chance with this stud since he considers himself to be an overweight geek who wears glasses. When the stranger approaches Toby, he thinks the man must be playing some kind of game as someone that good looking would never go for him.

They head to Toby’s home where they have a night of passion. Later that night, several of Toby’s friends from the local pack show up because he never shows up for the scheduled poker game that night. Tullion is thrilled that Toby knows of paranormals and vampires. Tullion then recounts to those assembled the circumstances of his coven leader’s murder as he knows them. The pack members tell Tullion that if the bond is complete with Toby, they can offer some protection and would be willing to seek the assistance of their vampire friends on the American council to help him. After the meeting breaks up, Tullion tells Toby to get dressed and then Tullion slips away. Having found his beloved, his must return to Europe to clear his name.

This is the twenty sixth novel in the Wolves of Stone Ridge series. While it can be read as a standalone, having read the previous books would help understand the characters better.
I love how Tullion builds up the self confidence of Toby. Toby considers himself unwanted by most men, especially one as good looking as Tullion. Tullion tell Toby time and again that he is exactly the type of man that he finds attractive.

There were a couple of things that I had problems with the book. First, Toby has been around paranormals for a while but did not connect Tullion’s biting his neck with him being a paranormal of some kind. Second, Tullion ran away after being offered help from Toby’s friends in clearing his name. If his beloved trusted these men, I would think that Tullion would have given them the benefit of the doubt to help him out.

The cover art by Angela Waters depict Toby and Tullion as I would expect them. The bow tie and glasses bring out the geek in Toby.

Sales Link:  eXtasy Books         Amazon         Buy It Here

Book Details
Ebook, 120 pages
Published: December 1, 2014 by Extasy Books
Edition: English
Series: The Wolves of Stone Ridge
Werewolf at the Zoo (Wolves of Stone Ridge #1)
Alpha’s Prerogative (Wolves of Stone Ridge #2)
Accepting His Animal (Wolves of Stone Ridge #3)
Accepting His Human (Wolves of Stone Ridge #4)
Finding Balance (Wolves of Stone Ridge #5)
Goading the Enforcer (Wolves of Stone Ridge #6)
Through Dagus’s Eyes (Wolves of Stone Ridge #7)
Loving the Enemy (Wolves of Stone Ridge #8)
Casey’s Love Bite (Wolves of Stone Ridge #9)
Wolf Biker’s Mate (Wolves of Stone Ridge #10)
Kyle’s Valiant Hunt (Wolves of Stone Ridge #11)
A Cajun in Colorado (Wolves of Stone Ridge #12)
Catching a Bit of Irish (Wolves of Stone Ridge #13)
Gustuv’s Gargoyle Adventure (Wolves of Stone Ridge #14)
Choosing His Christmas Miracle (Wolves of Stone Ridge #15)
The Vampire’s Special Lover (Wolves of Stone Ridge #16)
Freeing Demitri’s Wolf (Wolves of Stone Ridge #17)
Soldier of Fortune’s Downfall (Wolves of Stone Ridge #18)
Just Lion Around (Wolves of Stone Ridge #19)
The Mountain Man’s Mate (Wolves of Stone Ridge #20)
Crashing the Comicon (Wolves of Stone Ridge #21)
The Wolf’s Healing Touch (Wolves of Stone Ridge #22)
Rehabilitating the Ding (Wolves of Stone Ridge #23)
Trusting His Rat (Wolves of Stone Ridge #24)
Drawing Out His Wolf (Wolves of Stone Ridge #25)
The Vampire’s Geek (Wolves of Stone Ridge #26)
Happy Furry New Year (Wolves of Stone Ridge #27)

A MelanieM Review: Chance To Be King by Sue Brown

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Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5

Chance to be KingAction adventure actor actor Eric Pawlowski has gone from movie set to move set for two years without a break and its beginning to take its tole. Erie desperately needs a break from his movie career and the crippling migraines and stress that come with it.   Eric and his two beloved labs head out to a rural retreat, complete with woods and a cottage by the lake. But mishaps ensue almost immediately when Eric’s dogs manage to tumble his only neighbor into the sand during a raucous walk.

Fortunately Thomas is quick to forgive, and soon he, Eric, and Eric’s two dogs are palling around like they’ve known each other for years. But an intense encounter with a stranger on the beach makes Eric question exactly who Thomas is.  With the towns people starting to interfere with their budding relationship and secrets that are starting to come out, Eric has to decide what’s important, his career or his love for Thomas.

When his rented cabin catches fire in the middle of the night and the firemen call it arson, it confirms Eric’s suspicions that Thomas is hiding something.  To keep Eric with him, it’s up to Thomas to come clean about who he is… and his involvement in a decade-old web of tragedy and revenge into which Eric has unwittingly walked.

Chance To Be King by Sue Brown was a bit of a mixed bag.  I adore this author and gobble up her stories as quick as they are released.  Chance to Be King has many of the wonderful qualities I expect to encounter in a Sue Brown novel but really none of the depth or follow through.  One example would be Thomas and Eric’s relationship.  Sue Brown loves for her characters to feel an instant attraction that turns deep and loving very quickly.  While not a fan of that trope, Brown always lays a realistic and compelling foundation for her characters feelings, a foundation so well built that you believe in her characters and their relationship completely.  That didn’t really happen for me here.

Neither Thomas or Eric came across as layered, charismatic individuals.  Who did?   Eric’s dogs.  I loved them.  But their owner as a movie star?  Or Thomas because of what he turned out to be?  No, they seemed to flat to be viable human beings we should care about.  In fact the other townspeople felt more alive than the main characters did.

What else felt like a marvelous Sue Brown element?  The setting and her descriptions of the location that brought it vividly to life.   The lake and its shores, the small town and old lanes….perfect and authentically conveyed.  This story has wonderful bones, all it needs is to be fleshed out and made whole.

I enjoyed it but knowing it was a Sue Brown story, my expectations were higher than the story reached.  For others, you might find your enjoyment not hindered by such thoughts and anticipation.  I will leave that up to you.  As for me, I am eagerly awaiting the next book to arrive.

Cover Design: DWS Photography.  Just ok, very generic, says nothing about the story.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press    All Romance (ARe)   Amazon  Buy It here

Book Details:

ebook, Second Edition
Published December 17th 2014 by Dreamspinner Press (first published September 4th 2010)
ISBN 1632163942 (ISBN13: 9781632163943)
edition languageEnglish

A Stella Review: Neon White E1 (A Tooth Claw and Horns Chronicle #1) by Wulf Francu Godgluck

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 Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Neon White 1 coverIt’s been a weird day for Detective Raven White, which is really saying something, as he is the only detective dealing with Paranormal and supernatural cases in Quebec. First there was the stranger in the coffee shop who sucked Raven’s finger and then licked him. Then there was the missing person’s report.
 Which is how Raven finds himself paying a visit to Freshán Chetlér, with no clue as to what awaits him…
Raven’s life is about to undertake a monumental shift.

I discovered this author reading Of Gods and Monsters: Menoetius ( a free, over 200 pages story, here’s the download link if anyone is interested.

The A Tooth Claw and Horns Chronicle series is really different from what I’m used to read but I liked it so much.

Episode 1 is just 22 pages, 22 amazing pages. It’s not like all these fluffy paranormal stories I like. It’s dark, mysterious and it kept me on the edge till the end (a super hot end!). I honestly have no idea how Wulf could put so much in so few pages. He created a world so interesting I’m hungry for more.

I can’t tell you much about the plot, being so short I would inadvertently add in some spoilers.

What I can talk about is the writing. I found it perfect, as if every word was weighted and put in that spot to give it the right importance and worth. The writing flows on the pages beautifully.

I liked the characters so much. They are very detailed, Raven with his sneezes and Bla’Gar with his possessiveness and all his fears. The chemistry between them is strong and really hot.

I can suggest you to buy Episode 1 and 2 together cause after reading the first one, you’ll need the second so badly you can’t wait to push the one-click button !

COVER ARTIST by Wulf Francu Godluck. Yep he can draw too! The covers of the three episodes are pretty much the same with just some little details that fit that episode completely. You’ll understand and realize it if you’ll decide to read the series. Well done Wulf!

Sales LInks:   All Romance eBooks (ARe)         Amazon   Buy It Here

BOOK DETAILS
Published August 21st 2014 by Smashwords
ebook, 22 pages
ISBN13 9781310312298
Edition language English

Books in the A Tooth Claw and Horns Chronicle series

Neon White E1
Neon White E2 All Romance (ARe) Amazon Buy It Here
Neon White E3 All Romance (ARe) Amazon Buy It Here

 

On Tour with A.M Arthur’s The Truth As He Knows It (book tour and contest)

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Book Name: The Truth As He Knows It
Author Name: A.M. Arthur
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Goodreads Link

Author Bio:

A.M. Arthur was born and raised in the same kind of small town that she likes to write about, a stone’s throw from both beach resorts and generational farmland. She’s been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long, in a losing battle to make the fictional voices stop. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance hadn’t been coined yet back then) with her later discovery of and subsequent love affair with m/m romance stories.

When not exorcising the voices in her head, she toils away in a retail job that tests her patience and gives her lots of story fodder. She can also be found in her kitchen, pretending she’s an amateur chef and trying to not poison herself or others with her cuisine experiments.

Where to find A.M. Arthur:

Contact her at am_arthur@yahoo.com with your cooking tips (or book comments). You can also find her online (http://amarthur.blogspot.com/), as well as on Twitter (http://twitter.com/am_arthur), Tumblr (http://www.tumblr.com/blog/am-arthur), and Facebook (A.m. Arthur). A.M. Arthur’s work is available from Samhain Publishing, Carina Press, Dreamspinner Press, and Musa Publishing.

Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Cover Artist: Lyn Taylor

Sales Links:  Samhain   Amazon

Blurb:

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Officer Noel Carlson isn’t out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, only to distant friends and family, so a relationship is out of the question. That doesn’t stop him from wanting one, though.

When a night-shift call brings him face to thonged butt with a hired stripper whose girl-party gig went terribly wrong, Noel takes pity on the guy and lets him go. But he can’t get the encounter out of his mind.

Shane has big-time debts to repay, especially to the brother who sacrificed nearly everything for him. His two jobs, in a deli and as a stripper, leave him no time for a social life. But a non-date of hot sex and takeout food with Noel? He can squeeze that in.

The bond they form is stronger than either expected or wanted. Especially since the step Shane’s about to take to put his brother—and his soul—back in the black isn’t quite legal. And he never calculated just how much his determination to make things right will cost him in the end.
Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Excerpt:

“I want to see you again,” Shane said.

Noel grinned, flashing those dimples. “I’d like that too. My work schedule is pretty weird, though. I’m first shift, which is eleven at night to seven in the morning, five days, starting tomorrow.”

Shane worked that one around. It gave them daytime hours, and evenings on Wednesday and Thursday. He worked at the deli tomorrow, and Saturday was off the table. Probably Sunday too, for good measure. “When do you sleep?”

“Usually when I first get home, from about eight to two or three. Sometimes longer, depending on the night.”

“So you’re usually free dinnertime until like ten?”

“Pretty much.” Noel cracked an unexpected yawn. “Sorry, my schedule is a little off after spending the day with Tristan. I try to keep similar sleep times on my days off so I don’t get too screwed up.”

Shane stood, surprised. “How long have you been awake?”

“About thirty hours.”

“Shit, why didn’t you tell me that?”

“Because I wanted to do this tonight. I’ve been thinking about you all week, and I’m glad I saw you at Mineo’s today. Really glad.”

“Me too.” Shane draped his arms around Noel’s waist. “And since this has been a fantastic night, I’m going to go before you pass out from exhaustion.”

“Do you want to get together tomorrow?”

He considered it for about two seconds. “My weekend’s pretty booked with work and stuff. Monday? We could maybe go out for real this time?”

“Sounds good. I’ll call you when I get up Monday and we can hammer out the details.”

“Okay.”

Shane collected his clothes and dressed, taking his time because Noel was watching. The opposite of a striptease, and Shane kind of loved the novelty of it. He meant his good-night kiss to be soft, quick, but Noel held him tight and devoured his mouth until Shane was breathless and half-hard. God, he could kiss Noel for hours and not get tired of it. But he saw the fatigue in Noel’s eyes, and it was time to leave.

“See you soon,” Shane said. “And thanks for dinner.”

“You’re welcome, cowboy.”

Shane strolled back to his car with a bounce in his step, positive he’d never be able to hear the word “cowboy” again without thinking of Noel Carlson.


Pages or Words: 83,000 words, 255 pages
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