A Stella Review: Daring the Wolf by Skylar M. Cates

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RATING 3,5 out of 5 stars

Daring the WolfCan a human ever dominate a werewolf?

Living in a strict world of paranormal dos and don’ts is exhausting for Gabe Ryan. After fleeing his home when he became a werewolf, Gabe attempts to forget his family and the young boyfriend he left behind. But he is still haunted by his memories—until a birthday wish leads him to an unexpected confrontation.
A busy emergency room doctor, Ethan Dunn has closed off his heart. He sure as hell does not trust Gabe Ryan, not after the way he abandoned Ethan. If Gabe wants a second chance, he better be ready to risk everything and break all the rules between humans and wolves.

I’m a huge fan of Skylar M Cates, when I say huge I mean enormous. I love her writing and I truly enjoyed what I read by her so far. Daring The Wolf  is not the usual Skylar book. Totally different from her previous works and this is the reason why I picked it. I was curious to see what else she could engage me with. For some ways it is what I was expecting. Still it missed that little more that made Skylar books unforgettable.

The story is a second chance at love which I adore. Gabe is back to the town he left when he was sixteen, now thirty he’s ready to forgot the pack rules and he’s back to see his parents, the ones he let believe their son was dead instead of telling them he is a werewolf. He’s back to see someone else too, his ex-boyfriend Ethan. Their meeting in the emergency room where Ethan works is not what Gabe was hoping in but he is determined to have him back, although it seems Ethan can’t trust him anymore.

I liked the chemistry between the MCs, it was clear from the start and from the various very hot sex scenes. There were some violences in the plot, which were unexpected but I didn’t dislike in this case. The second characters were so interesting I’m already begging the author for more about Sebastian, I’m sure he has too much to tell me.

There were a couple of elements that left me dubious. First of  all, after so many years the reconciliation between the MCs was too easy to be believable and took away space from the development of a new relationship which was non-existent, they basically meet and then are together. Then I was waiting for more from the mystery and action part, I hope the author will give me answers in a next book cause here I found almost nothing.

That said, Daring the Wolf was to me an okay read from a great author and I will surely read a sequel if she decides to write it.

The cover art by Dar Albert is not a winner to me cause it doesn’t fit the story at all.

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BOOK DETAILS

Kindle Edition, 161 pages
Published July 25th 2016 by Treading Water Productions
ASIN B01HVHARRK
Edition Language English

An Alisa Review: Keeping Karma by Tory Temple

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5

 

Keeping KarmaAlex Myers is keeping deeper secrets than just his pet ferret, Karma, who is illegal in California. Both Alex and his twin sister, Tabitha, can “hear” the thoughts of animals. It’s an ability he puts to good use working at an emergency animal clinic while studying to become a veterinarian.

One night, local animal-control officer Dylan Travers comes into the clinic with an injured fawn, and it doesn’t take the two men long to act on their mutual attraction. But the closer they become, the harder it is for Alex to keep Karma and the rest of his menagerie from Dylan. And then there’s the matter of his ability…. Will Dylan even believe him if he tries to explain?

Add to that debilitating migraines from especially “loud” animals and a scheming coworker threatening the clinic, and Alex needs Dylan’s support more than ever. Alex just wants to keep his job, his pets, his lover, and his sanity. But he can’t do it alone.

 

This was an enjoyable story.  Alex has learned to keep his ability a secret so others don’t think he’s crazy.  It is a benefit sometimes when helping injured animals.

 

This story is told from Alex’s point of view.  You can see how both characters feel about each other through his eyes and as their relationship develops.  When Dylan learns about him “hearing” animals Alex is sure that their relationship will be over.

 

This was not a very deep story, you could tell the characters’ feelings, but they didn’t do too much to delve into the feelings.  This story was nice, but my only thing is they didn’t really resolve their issue just glossed over it with everything been fine in the end.

 

Cover art by Anna Sikorska is cute and I wouldn’t do anything different.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 138 pages
Published: 2nd Edition, August 24, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781634777148
Edition Language: English

In the Spotlight: Julie Lynn Hayes ‘Civil War and Broken Hearts’, Rose & Thorne #2 (excerpt and giveaway)

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Civil War and Broken Hearts (Rose and Thorne #2) by Julie Lynn Hayes
Release Date: August 24, 2016

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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond

Blurb

Hollywood comes to Roanoke when a major film studio announces they’re shooting part of their Civil War film at a local plantation. Vinnie is dismayed to discover that the lead actress is none other than the beautiful and popular Caroline St. Clair. Ethan and Vinnie made her acquaintance in LA the previous Halloween, while undercover, and Vinnie still hates her for hitting on his man. Ethan reassures his partner that Roanoke is big enough for all of them to co-exist without running into one another.

But Fate has it in for Vinnie and Ethan, and they find themselves assigned to a new case involving the actress. Apparently she requested Ethan specifically, to Vinnie’s dismay. But he doesn’t have a choice, he has to play nice. It’s small consolation to Vinnie that his new undercover identity involves Hollywood heartthrob Troy McGarrett, who is very handsome and openly gay. Troy isn’t shy about letting Vinnie know he finds him attractive.

Jealousy abounds in the second book of the Rose and Thorne series, and time is not on Vinnie and Ethan’s side. If they don’t solve the case before the film shoot is done, there’s a good chance they’ll be separated for the first time since they were partnered. Assuming Vinnie doesn’t kill Caroline St. Clair himself.

The author is donating 10% of the royalties from this book to No Kid Hungry. Visit nokidhungry.org for more information about this organization.

 

Pages or Words: 50,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor

 

Excerpt

“Hey, Vin, did you see who’s in town?”

I was slumped at the kitchen table, my head cradled on top of my arms. I was grumpy and sleepy—and maybe a few of the other Seven Dwarves—and I needed my first cup of morning coffee before I could even consider being slightly civil.

We’d spent most of last night sitting in our car, in the goddamn middle of nowhere, staring at nothing, assigned to a fruitless surveillance in a small town about an hour from Roanoke. As it turned out, all the real action was in a different small town in the complete opposite direction from where we waited, because our so-called informant couldn’t spell the name of the place correctly. What a difference one letter makes. So we’d ended up completely wasting our time, got lost trying to find the rest of the task force at the end of the night, almost got hit by a deer that came out of nowhere and took a sudden shine to our car, and then suffered the indignity on our return of being asked where the hell we’d been all night—and we still needed to do the paperwork. And now Ethan wanted to play Twenty Questions?

“Don’t know and don’t care,” I mumbled.

I heard him slap something down on the table. I forced one eye open, just in time to see him sashay toward the coffeemaker. Okay, for that ass, I’d open the other one too. I watched as he poured the blessed elixir into two mugs, added the appropriate amount of creamer and sugar to each, then returned to where I still watched him and set one in front of me.

Right next to the morning paper. Real subtle, Ethan.

 

 

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Julie Lynn Hayes first began publishing short stories and poetry in the 1990’s, when it was a different ballgame altogether, and Ebooks hadn’t been dreamed of yet. That changed in 2010 with the acceptance of her first romance novel. She’s come a long way since that first book appeared, and is finding the journey a very educational one.

She lives in St. Louis with her daughter Sarah and her cat Ramesses. She often writes of two men finding true love and happiness in one another’s arms, and is a great believer in the happily ever after. She likes to write in different genres, to stretch herself in order to see what is possible. Her great challenge is to be told something can’t be done—she feels compelled to do it.

When she isn’t writing, she enjoys crafts, such as crocheting and cross stitch, needlepoint and knitting, and she loves to cook, spending time watching the Food Network. Her favorite chef is Geoffrey Zakarian. Her family thinks she’s a bit off, but she doesn’t mind. Marching to the beat of one’s own drummer is a good thing, after all. Her published works can be found at Dreamspinner Press, eXtasy Books, and Wayward Ink Press.

 

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NEW COVERS for Hands On & Best Chance (More Than Friends Series #5 & #6) by Aria Grace (Teasers and Giveaways)

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Patton is new to town and hasn’t met a lot of people outside of the salon he works at as a masseur. He wants a relationship but he’s quick to fall in love and even quicker to scare away most men he’s interested in. When he meets an outgoing bartender named Caleb, he is immediately attracted but isn’t sure he can date someone that has to flirt for tips all night long. Unfortunately, that’s not the worst thing Caleb does to make a living.

 

 

 

Vinnie is happy as a bartender at Ray’s and not looking for anything serious to complicate things. He has great friends and a simple life. When Chance comes into his bar, he brings more than just the possibility of a fun fling.
Vinnie isn’t sure he’s ready to commit, especially when there is a toddler in the mix.
Born and raised in beautiful California, Aria enjoys the year round sunshine and laid back environment of the west coast. Her career started out in tech writing and web development and has evolved into all things marketing with fingers in everything related to book publishing. 
She lives with her husband and two children and more pets than she can keep track of. Despite her crazy schedule, she loves the time she carves out to read and write. Whether it’s on the beach or on the couch at 2am, she is a woman obsessed!

 

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