An Alisa Release Day Review: Just Like Cats and Dogs (Sanctuary #1) by B.A. Tortuga

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

just-like-cats-and-dogsCan cats and dogs ever get along, let alone fall in love?

 

Sam knows you can never go home again. As an orphaned feline shifter raised by wolves, being an outcast is nothing new to him. But the pack is still his family, and when one of them passes away, Sam returns to the New Mexico desert to say good-bye.

 

Gus is a loner who rarely returns to his pack, but as fate would have it, Sam is there when he chooses to visit. The history between Gus and Sam is tumultuous, to say the least, but when Gus gets an eyeful of the grown-up and gorgeous version of his childhood bully, he can’t control his reaction. And he isn’t alone.

 

The attraction is powerful, but so are their differences. And with trouble brewing in the pack and danger surrounding them, Sam and Gus might not have the opportunity to seek common ground.

 

This action-packed shifter novel is the ultimate opposites attract and enemies-to-lovers romance, and it includes a bonus novella, In the Dog House.

 

This was a great story.  Gus feels a connection to Sam when he sees him again and even stands up for him against the pack when he thinks it is necessary.  When they see each other a few months later it impossible to miss how strong a connection they have to each other.

 

Unfortunately Sam and Gus have always been loners and don’t know how to communicate well, which causes a few misunderstandings when they are first together.  Gus and Sam both want reassurance from the other, but aren’t comfortable saying it and end up saying or doing the wrong thing.  The love these two have for each other one they open up is a wonderful thing, both willing to give up everything for the other.

 

We get to see both of these character’s points of view which helps understand what they are thinking even if they aren’t quite following it with their actions.  The mate bond in this story is a bit different than the claiming bite during sex and it done.  Both characters have to work and focus on their relationship for the bond to fully form and grow, I loved how this worked for the characters.  The novella, In the Dog House, is great and gives us a look at Gus and Sam down the road.  It also brings in a new character that seems to be important to the next book in the series and I can’t wait to read more about this new pack.

 

Cover art by Alexandria Corza great and I love the visuals of Sam and Gus, both in human and animal form.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 206 pages

Published: 2nd Edition, January 25, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 9781635332988

Edition Language: English

Series: Sanctuary #1

An Alisa Review: Reckless by Caitlin Ricci

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

RecklessWhen his best friend, Lee, offered him his sub as part of a bet, Colton Prier never expected more than a clean condo from the boy. But Tate Nicholson is well-trained, eager, and he likes rope play as much as Colton enjoys tying him up. It should have ended after one night, but they begin meeting in secret, and Colton can’t stop thinking about Tate. It’s a betrayal of his friendship with Lee to fall in love with Tate, but Colton can’t help wanting the sub for himself.

 

He’s not alone in his feelings, either. Tate thought he was happy with Lee. Not completely fulfilled, but happy enough. But as he spends more time with Colton, he realizes Lee isn’t capable of giving him what he wants anyway. Lee demands his full submission, but Tate doesn’t want to be a lifestyle sub. Colton expects his obedience at times but gives him his freedom more often than not, which is more in line with what Tate wants.

 

When Tate really needs his Dom and Lee isn’t around to help him, he reaches the tipping point and needs to choose who he wants to give his submission to, and to accept the consequences of his choice when he does.

 

Caitlin Ricci did a great job with this story.  Colton wins Tate as part of a bet with his best friend.  They both enjoy their time together and end up meeting up by accident and then on purpose in secret.  When Tate decides that his loyalty should be to his dom Colton decides to walk away gracefully until he is called when Tate needs help and Lee isn’t around.

 

Throughout the story I could feel how confused Colton was when he first realized that Tate would be his perfect sub, but wasn’t one he could ever have.  When Colton had to break away from Tate to avoid being hurt anymore my heart was breaking with his.  Tate has an eye opening experience when Lee doesn’t come when he needs help and Colton is the one who comes he knows he has to make a decision.

 

You could see the internal conflict that Tate was having when he was with Colton, even through Colton’s eyes.  They both connected so well when they were together.  At the end of the story they are both looking towards their future together.

 

Cover art by Caitlin Ricci is nice picture and connects with the story.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 200 pages
Published: June 3, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781634770330
Edition Language: English

 

An Alisa Review: Planting His Dream by Andrew Grey

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

Planting His DreamFoster dreams of getting away, but after his father’s death, he has to take over the family dairy farm. It soon becomes clear his father hasn’t been doing the best job of running it, so not only does Foster need to take over the day-to-day operations, he also needs to find new ways of bringing in revenue.

 Javi has no time to dream. He and his family are migrant workers, and daily survival is a struggle, so they travel to anywhere they can get work. When they arrive in their old van, Foster arranges for Javi to help him on the farm.

 To Javi’s surprise, Foster listens to his ideas and actually puts them into action. Over days that turn into weeks, they grow to like and then care for each other, but they come from two very different worlds, and they both have responsibilities to their families that neither can walk away from. Is it possible for them to discover a dream they can share? Perhaps they can plant their own and nurture it together to see it grow, if their different backgrounds don’t separate them forever.

 I have enjoyed all the stories I have read by Andrew Grey and when I saw he had another story with a farm setting I definitely wanted to read it.  It really makes me want to go back and read more in the author’s other series that I haven’t gotten to yet.

 Foster is working hard to get his father to see him as an equal on their family farm and after his father passes away he is left to take the reins.  Javi worked the farm with his family the previous year and Foster was drawn to him then, but when they come back when Foster is by himself he gets more of an opportunity to get to know Javi one on one when he offers to help when they arrive early for the picking season.

 I quickly understood Foster and the fears he had in regards to keeping the farm afloat and making changes to make it his own.  The story is told from Foster’s point of view, but the author really helps you understand the struggle that Javi is going through wanting to have something for himself but feeling responsible for his family.  They both discover their love for the other during their short time together while it feels that most of the book is spent with them apart before and after relationship.

 I really enjoyed this story and it was very sweet and even the sex scenes were more on the sweet side than being “hot”.  I just wish that more time would have been spent on how their relationship grew after Javi came back, it was just a jump ahead in time where everything is going well, but other than Javi showing up on Foster’s doorstep you don’t really get much else.

Cover art by LC Chase really gives you a visual for the setting of the book and the items that are shown are reflected accurately in the book.

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 Book Details:

ebook, 200 pages
Published: April 11, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781634772174
Edition Language: English