A Paul B Review: Wolf (Demon Elite 2) by April Kelley

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Wolf Demon EliteLiam O’Reilly has not heard from his brother Finn for a week.  This is unusual because the brothers do not go more than two days without speaking.  Fearing something is wrong, he confronts his mother and step-father Richard.  Liam never liked his step-father and dislikes his mother for putting up with his abuse of the family.  While talking with his parents, Liam learns that Richard has sent Finn to a gay conversion camp.  After threatening to call the police, Liam receives a video saying to go to a meeting if he wants to see his brother again.  The crap hits the fan at this meeting and results with Liam being arrested with no hope of release from the crooked cops that took him in.

Spenser Ross, known to everyone as Wolf, is an elite assassin for the team.  He has developed a soft spot for Finn O’Reilly after his team rescued him from sex traffickers.  He assures Finn that they are doing what they can to find Liam, whom no one has heard from since his encounter with Crash a month ago.  Following up on a lead, he finds he is a moment too late to rescues Liam from jail, but follows those who have come to move him.  He arrives at a warehouse being used by the sex traffickers.  When he saves Liam from being turned over to the man who had originally paid for Finn, he finds that Liam is just as feisty as Finn had described him.  The Irish red headed firecracker (Liam insists it is strawberry blond) at first resists going with his would be rescuer.  After all, he’s been screwed over by authority figures for the past month.  Only after being convinced that he helped rescue Finn and that Finn is safe does Liam begin to trust his hero.  Now all they have to do is get back to company headquarters with a department full of crooked cops along with Wolf’s ex-boss on their tail.

I found this second book in the Demon Elite series enjoyable.  It starts during the events of the first book Crash and explains how Liam got tied up in all this mess in the first place.  As with the first book, the attraction between protector and protected is almost instant.  However, the most important thing I am finding in this series is the sense of family that the team has.   Having Liam and Wolf hook up reinforces this with their relationship to Finn.  Wolf also has a brotherly relationship with the team’s young tech geek Germ.  It is Clair, the fifteen year old girl rescued along with Finn that really brings this point home.  She becomes Wolf’s foster daughter and the team’s little sister/niece.  It will be interesting to see how much further this family grows. 

The cover art by Latrisha Waters depicts Wolf as I would figure him to be.  The cover shows a long haired Native American male in a white tee shirt with a leather jacket over it.  In the corner is the Demon Elite crest, which is tattooed on each member of the team.

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Book Details

ebook, 120 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by eXtasy Books
ISBN 1487406444 (ISBN13: 9781487406448)
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesDemon Elite #2

Series:  Demon Elite

  • Crash (Demon Elite #1)
  • Wolf (Demon Elite #2)
  • Cosmo (Demon Elite #3)
  • Tanner & Shade (Demon Elite #4)
  • Ashley (Demon Elite #5)

A Barb the Zany Old Lady Release Day Review: Stranger in Black by Devon Rhodes

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Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

Stranger in Black DSP CoverChristian wants to end his attraction to his cheating lover once and for all, so he enlists the help of his best friend, David, to carry off a charade at David’s firm’s masquerade ball. David’s coworker is Mira, the girl Carl is cheating with, and Chris is willing to dress like a Southern belle just so he can get a glimpse of the woman who stole his boyfriend’s heart.

He knows what Carl will be wearing. After all, he blew him while he was trying on his black costume, so he knows he won’t be hard to spot. When he does, he can’t resist one more unforgettable experience with Carl, so he drags him to an empty banquet room and kneels to give him a memorable blowjob. But the joke’s on him as he immediately realizes the gorgeous uncut cock before him doesn’t match Carl’s cut meat. Deciding to enjoy himself anyway, he lets the guy finish, and just as they are heading back to the lobby, he’s confronted by Mira.

He doesn’t know that Mira has overheard Carl talking to “Chris” on the phone and thinks he’s cheating on her. So when she makes a beeline for him and takes Chris to the Ladies Room, thinking he’s the woman Carl is cheating with, he’s shocked. But he’s even more shocked when he finds out Mira is Carl’s fiancé. Being a kind-hearted soul, he simply tells her that he’s already told Carl it’s over, but if Carl comes around again, he’ll reinforce it. He doesn’t tell her he’s a man.

I really enjoyed the comedy of errors that resulted from this switch and liked the way the author later allowed for a romance to develop with Jarrod, who was actually the one dressed as the stranger in black that night. There’s even a new romance ready for Mira once she eventually discovers the truth about Carl for herself. And there are further misunderstandings in store for both Christian and Jarrod, but there are also heartwarming romantic moments and the promise of a happy future. 

This story was short, but packed with fun, romance, deception, redemption, and most importantly, it left me feeling happy. Considering the length of the story, I felt as if it was much longer because I found each of the five characters featured in the story to be believable and well-developed. I especially loved Christian, and I thought Jarrod was simply sex on legs! Speaking of… The sex scenes were just enough to whet the appetite for more. I’m going to miss this couple and that’s pretty unusual for a short book. Obviously, I recommend this to my fellow MM romance lovers, and I’m going to be seeking more from Devon Rhodes in the future. 

The cover on this new edition by Anna Sikorska features a handsome, smiling man in black about to put on his mask—perfect for the story.

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ebook, 2nd Edition, 69 pages
Expected publication: August 10th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press (first published May 21st 2011)
ISBN 1634775724 (ISBN13: 9781634775724)
Edition LanguageEnglish

An Alisa Release Day Review: One Step Forward by Tia Fielding

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5

 

One Step ForwardSam Becker, a horse whisperer, agrees to take one last job before retiring to his Texas ranch. It’s clear as soon as he meets the Taylor family in Kentucky that he’s in for a challenge. What he doesn’t expect is the way his own wounds reopen. He’s never really dealt with the suicide of his mentally ill wife, and he won’t be able to ignore that hurt forever.

Joshua Taylor and his horse, Calla, were a force to be reckoned with on the eventing circuit until an accident ended their careers. Most of the pain is on the inside, however, and Sam knows those injuries are the slowest to mend. Sam’s unique methods help Calla and, surprisingly, Josh, but he’s still lost without riding. Their feelings for each other come hard and fast, and Josh starts his first steps of recovery, but Sam needs to return to Texas eventually. Even if Josh is able to move past the accident, they’ll still have a long and difficult journey to make before they can be together.

 

This was a nice story.  Sam knows he is in for a challenge when he meets Calla and Josh.  They are both lost without the other, so in order to help one he must work with both.

 

Sam and Josh are both pulled to each other when they meet, but hold themselves apart until an injured dog causes them to live together.  As they grow closer to each other they discover they both have more healing to do before they can move forward together.  Their time apart will tell if they are meant to be.

 

This story is told from both Sam and Josh’s point of view, which helps to know what they characters are feeling.  This story is well written, but I had a hard time connecting with the characters.  Most of this story Sam and Josh were apart from each other and had the belief that if it is meant to be it will happen.  That is a mindset I have a hard time to connect to, but it seems to work with these characters.  I still enjoyed the story and ending, it’s just not what I usually go for.

 

Cover art by AngstyG is nice and works well for this story.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 236 pages
Published: August 8, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN-13: 9781634776011
Edition Language: English

Watch Out for the Release Day for Poison Tongue (Afflicted Souls #1) by Nash Summers (giveaway)

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Poison Tongue (Afflicted Souls #1) by Nash Summers
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Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Release Date:  August 10, 2016

Blurb:

Levi Bell can see a person’s soul just by looking into their eyes. In Monroe Poirier’s eyes, he sees the devil himself.

When Monroe moves back to the small Southern town of Malcome, Levi is repelled by the darkness of the stranger’s soul. But Levi is cursed to love things dark and wicked, and he’s seduced each time he looks into Monroe’s eyes—and drawn to the swamp behind the old Poirier house.

As strange occurrences begin to happen when shadows and visions visit him in the night, Levi sees a flicker of something good in Monroe’s soul. But the need to submerge himself in the swamp’s murky waters grows stronger as Levi’s desire for Monroe becomes unbearable.

In his struggles to help Monroe save his soul, Levi will have to decide if it’s worth losing his own.

Genres Ghosts/Spirits / Other Paranormal / Urban Fantasy

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Nash Summers rarely has any idea what she’s doing. But when she likes to pretend, she pretends by writing stories at the pace of drying paint. As if that wasn’t exhilarating enough, Nash also enjoys absolute silence, general politeness, and waiting her turn in line.

Needless to say, she’s a bona fide hell raiser.

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