An Alisa Pre-Release Review: Grounded by Aidan Wayne

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

Between raising his daughter Camille, his work as a full-time pastry chef, and his hobby of capoeira, Baz’s life is pretty full. He may be a little lonely, but he’s too busy to think about it all that much.

 

When his cousin Alaina introduces him to Terry, another capoeira student, Baz is instantly drawn to him. Though quiet and withdrawn, Terry ends up being a fun, interesting person who Baz can’t help but fall for. And when Baz does things, he doesn’t do them halfway.

 

Terry is a successful voice actor and a talented martial artist. But the fact that he’s shy, on top of being a trans man, has kept him from really dating. He likes Baz, he does—he just doesn’t want to mess up their friendship by failing at romance. Still, Baz is nothing if not stubborn, and Terry is willing to give things a try.

 

This was a very sweet story.  Baz hasn’t dated since his daughter was born, allowing her and his job to take up his life.  When he meeting Terry he is intrigued and begins with starting a tentative friendship with the shy man.

 

Baz is willing to push Terry for them to move into a relationship but doesn’t want to scare him.  He is so understanding with Terry, almost unbelievably so, and the bumps along the way to build their relationship.

 

Terry has gone through so much with transitioning and how people have treated him throughout his life.  I could see how hard it was for him when people mistook him for a girl and to accept that Baz wanted him, I mean really wanted him.  I loved seeing both Baz and Terry get the relationship they both wanted and needed in the end and I was glad to see them slowly taking more steps to be together longer.

 

Cover art by Natasha Snow is a wonderful picture.

 

Sales Links: Nine Star Press | Amazon

 

Book Details:

ebook, 120 pages

Published: August 21, 2017 by Nine Star Press

ISBN: 978-1-947139-68-8

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: Promises Part 3 (Bounty Hunters #3) by A.E. Via

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

A bounty hunter’s partners to lovers’ story.
The hunt is on… and he’s the prey.

Bradford (Ford) King was sure he had the rest of his life mapped out. Though he was no longer a SEAL Lieutenant, his brother was home safe and he had a job that still allowed him to satisfy his hunger for hunting bad guys. Life was simple, no distractions or complications – at age forty-six – that’s all Ford wanted. What he didn’t want was his work partner, sniper/watchman, Dana, giving him s**t all the time.

Dana Cadby had grown up labeled a roughneck from the wrong side of the tracks. He’d fought, scrounged, and survived despite a father that constantly told him he couldn’t. Dana pulled himself up by his own boot straps and made a name for himself in the marksman community. He’d been Duke’s bounty watchman for five years. It was his job to ensure their safety, watch their backs. At thirty-three, he was trusted, well respected by his peers, his bosses, his friends… so why couldn’t he earn the same respect from his partner?

Dana knew he was bisexual before he graduated high school. He also knew he was attracted to the huge, 6’3”, SEAL from the moment he and his brother came to join their team. It wasn’t easy for him to tamp down his immediate reaction to Ford’s thick muscles, full beard, and dark eyes. Still, Dana exhibited nothing but professionalism towards him, not wanting to make his ‘straight’ partner uncomfortable. So why did Ford constantly give him hell?

After Dana took back his ex-girlfriend, he’d noticed an intensification in Ford’s bad attitude. One that turned aggressive and downright antagonistic, and Dana was damned if he’d just lay down and take it. He was gonna make that man respect him if it was the last thing he did.

When Duke sends Dana and Ford out to track down their most dangerous bounty yet, they both embrace the fact that they make one hell of a team… but they fight tooth and nail against the powerful intimacy brewing between them.

Beware: If Ford and Dana connect completely, god help the fugitive who’s in the sights of the hunter and his watchman.

 

I am a big AE Via fan and this book definitely didn’t disappoint.  We have seen Ford and Dana in the previous books in this series and it’s great to see them get their own story.  Ford is having trouble processing his feelings and reactions to Dana and ends up reacting in anger more often than not.  Dana is for the most part lonely and really only wants someone around that actually cares for him and this causes him to stay with his uppity girlfriend even when he is unhappy.

 

Dana needs to step up and get rid of his girlfriend before they can do anything while they are investigating and trying to locate two bountys.  Dana and Ford have to bump heads a few times and learn to trust even more before they can really begin to have a relationship.    Both of them have to accept what their relationship means while still being able to do their jobs at each other’s sides no matter the risk.

 

This book is told through both characters’ eyes so we get the chance to understand both of them well.  We also get the opportunity to see a bit through Ford’s brother’s, Brian’s, eyes which gives me hope that the next book will be his opportunity to find the partner he needs.  I could just feel how betrayed Dana felt by his girlfriend and then when Ford pushes him away at first.  Seeing Ford finally accept that he can have the relationship he wants to with Dana was wonderful.  These two build a strong relationship that will only get stronger as they are together and I can’t wait to read Brian’s story.

 

Cover art is great and follows the pattern for this series.

 

Sales Links: Amazon | B&N

 

Book Details:

ebook, 260 pages

Published: June 23, 2017
Edition Language: English

Series: Bounty Hunters #3

An Alisa Review: A New Way to Dance by Sean Michael

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Rating:  3.5 stars out of 5

 

Dancer Seth Avery has it all. He’s at the top of his game as a dancer and he’s in love with famous dance director Fayden DelMonaco, the man who is his sub. Seth’s whole world is turned upside down when Fayden dumps him in the nastiest and most public way possible. To compound matters, he’s in near fatal car crash shortly thereafter that leaves him severely injured.

 

Brook Turner is an ex-lawyer turned micro-brewer, baby-brother of Seth’s best friend Lizzie. The two met briefly before Seth’s accident, but it’s when they meet again six years later that they get a chance to act on the attraction they’d initially felt.

 

With Brook’s help, Seth begins to heal not only from his residual physical injuries, but also from the emotional ones inflicted by Fayden. Will it be enough to keep the two of them together?

Join Seth and Brooke as they find a new way to dance together.

 

This was a nice story.  Seth has had a real crap couple of weeks and it’s made even worse when his dreams are shattered in a car accident, he has continued his life but far away from his past.  Brook knows right away when he spots Seth again and can’t help but feel the pull to make him his.

 

Seth hasn’t even had another person touch him other than doctors in more than six years and he know there is now way he could be desirable to another person.  Brook shoots that right out of the water.  Now Seth will just have to believe that Brook is telling him the truth.  Their relationship builds up pretty fast but I didn’t see them jumping to anything willy nilly they worked it all out when needed.

 

This story is told from both characters’ points of view which helps to understand what both are thinking and how they feel.  It broke my heart to see Seth continue to struggle with feeling as if he was worthy of anything and how he felt that he needed to be the perfect weight in order for him be worth anything.  I loved watching Brook support and help Seth even when Seth felt he was too much for anyone.  They really begin to build their life together complete with dinosaur Christmas lights.

 

The cover art by Anne Squires is nice and shows Seth in his element.

 

Sales Links: Amazon | Evil Plot Bunny 

 

Book Details:

ebook, 262 pages

Published: June 20, 2017 by Sean Michael

ISBN: 9781988377650

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: Forest of Thorns and Claws by JT Hall

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

Donovan McGinnis, a veterinarian and conservationist at a research center in Sumatra, is fighting to save the rainforest from poachers and politicians alike. One day he discovers a tigress trapped by a snare, and while treating her injuries, she bites him. He becomes ill with strange symptoms that leave him feverish and dreaming of the jungle and blood.

 

Kersen and his family are part of the Siluman harimau, a clan of tiger shifters hidden away in a secret village near the rainforest. When Kersen’s sister is caught, he knows he must free her before she infects someone with their magic and reveals their secret.

 

But Donovan has already been turned, and only time will tell if he can control the tiger within. Kersen must help him, but will the fierce attraction between the pair bring ruin to them all? With the rainforest under threat from outside forces, they may be doomed anyway, unless Kersen and Donovan can find a way to defeat the danger from inside and out.

 

This was a great story that was based on many real facts about tigers in Sumatra.  This story has a lot of action but learning about the real situation that tigers live in gives the story a more serious undertone.

 

Donovan spends his days trying to protect the rainforest in different ways while Kersen tries to keep their existence hidden to the world.  Donovan is drawn to Kersen from the first time they meet and doesn’t understand it.  When he ends up chasing Kersen and learning of the changes going on in his body he is astounded but wants to keep everyone safe just as he always has.  They fight a very real danger of losing their home if they can’t find a way to work together.

 

We get to see both of these characters’ thoughts and emotions throughout this story.  Donovan is frustrated with the government and gets even more so when he has more lives than just the wild tigers and other animals he has been trying to save to think of.  Kersen doesn’t understand his pull towards Donovan at first but even as he tells himself he won’t he jumps head first into their mating without even telling Donovan that is happening.  Their relationship is just what both of them have been longing for and they are able to bring more people together to work on fighting to save their home.

 

Cover art by LC Chase is great and gives nice visuals of the characters in both human and tiger form.

 

Sales Links: Riptide Publishing | Amazon | B&N

 

Book Details:

ebook, 247 pages

Published: May 15, 2017 by Riptide Publishing

ISBN: 9781626495869

Edition Language: English

 

An Alisa Review: Louder Than Words by Siryn Sueng

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

A local teacher takes silence as rejection from his coffee-shop crush, but then he learns that his crush is mute, and is determined to show that his love is deeper than any words can express.

 

Derrek is a local teacher in Clearwater, Florida. He frequents a nearby coffee shop before work every morning, where he finds himself enraptured with a young barista, Alex. But Alex never seems to notice him, even when he’s handing Derrek his morning coffee.

 

After weeks of hiding in his corner under the pretense of working, Derrek finally gains enough courage to ask Alex on a date. He’s crushed when all he gets for an answer is complete silence. He thinks it’s the end, until he finds out that Alex has a disability that has paralyzed his vocal cords.

 

Sign language is Alex’s way of communication, and it’s something that Derrek knows little to nothing about. With renewed determination, Derrek asks Alex to teach him sign language. Derrek wants to be able to talk to Alex, to tell him how he really feels, and find out if Alex feels the same.

 

But more than anything, he longs for a relationship that goes deeper than just words alone.

 

This was such and adorable and sweet story.  Derrek runs when Alex is silent after the he asks him on a date but with the encouragement of a friend he goes back later that day to set things right and learns that Alex is mute.  Derrek ends up with a weekly date disguised as learning sign language [even though it really happens] and gets to see Alex on his own away from the coffee shop.

 

Derrek is so awkward (and a little bit oblivious) it’s adorable and you can see that Alex just wants someone to love him for him.  We see their relationship progress slowly but it seems natural for them.  We see how Derrek will do anything to help and support Alex even when it drives him crazy.  I loved both of these characters and it was great to see them find what they had been longing for.

 

The cover art is wonderful and perfect for this story.

 

Sales Links: Deep Desires Press | Amazon | B&N

 

Book Details:

ebook, 67 pages

Published: April 11, 2017 by Deep Desires Press

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: Turn Up the Heat by Jane Davitt & Alexa Snow

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

First impressions fool recently dumped Rory into thinking Shannon’s a walk on the wild side and the perfect way to get over a failed relationship. Shannon’s not about to argue. Not when Rory coaxes him into some of the hottest, roughest sex of his life. But who is Rory falling in love with? A fantasy lover or the real man?

 

Fighting to keep Rory happy, longing for romance as well as the steamy sessions that leave them bruised and breathless, Shannon’s got a lot on his plate even before family and friends complicate matters further.

 

There’s only one solution. Turn up the heat, and hope it doesn’t burn their relationship to the ground.

 

I really enjoyed this story.  Rory goes out on a limb to have a one night stand with Shannon and take a walk on the wild side.  Shannon tries to keep up with Rory’s requests but it just seems to go farther and farther out of his comfort zone.

 

Rory makes an immediate assumption of Shannon’s life and just keeps pushing for more.  I can see how awkward both of these characters are in their first interaction and most of those following but neither of them seems to be able to tell that anything is off about the other.

 

Rory just wants the chance to actually have sex since he hasn’t in a long time but he doubts that anyone will want to have a relationship with him and the drama that his brother brings.  Shannon works hard but doesn’t realize how much he wants a real relationship until Rory peaks his interest.  We can see how each character feels during their encounters through their eyes but they both hide so much inside from each other.  These two are the kings of not talking to each other, they would talk in questions and around in circles, which hurt their ability to really know what the other was thinking.  That said the story was great and the sex scenes were hot.

 

Cover art by Valerie Tibbs is great and gives nice visuals of the main characters.

 

Sales Links: Loose Id | Amazon | B&N

 

Book Details:

ebook, 232 pages

Published: April 10, 2017 by Loose Id

ISBN: 9781682523223

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: My Best Man by Linn Edwards

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

After a painful outing experience that was a defining moment for Ian, he left school early, earned his GED, and eventually moved on. But he never really lives in the open, as an out-and-proud gay man.

 

The morning after his sister’s wedding, Ian wakes up next to the best man at his sister’s wedding — Andrew. Though his new in-laws are “slightly homophobic,” Andrew is able and more than willing to keep Ian company … and more.

 

What surprises Ian even more is that Andrew is interested in more than just a one-night stand. Much more. Can a wedding night romance end up in a wedding of its own?

 

This was an adorable story.  Ian always puts others before his happiness and has spent years caring for others as a nurse practitioner.  Neither Ian nor Andrew have ever found someone that would be worth more than one night, but hope this could be their chance.

 

This story is told from both character’s points of view, so we can see the struggles they go through and how they are processing everything.  Andrew doesn’t want to push his sexuality on his best friend and his friend’s father, but doesn’t want to give up this chance at something more.  Ian struggles with the views and attitude he has received from his in-laws, but will do anything to help someone and make his sister happy.  These characters feel and instant connection, but are willing to put in the work to see if they can work in the long run.

 

The cover art by Written Ink Designs is nice and follows the story theme.

 

Sales Links: JMS Books | Amazon | B&N

 

Book Details:

ebook, 80 pages

Published: March 4, 2017 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781634863353

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: Code Name Jack Rabbit (The Vampire Guard #1) by Elizabeth Noble

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Rating:  4 stars out of 5

 

Code Name- Jack RabbitMeet the newest members of the Vampire Guard, where legend and myth meet science and technology.

 

Jonas Forge, vampire. Once a spy and soldier, now a cop, Forge enjoys the life he’s built with his friends in Flint, Ohio.

 

Blair Turner, PhD. Blair, a vampire and computer hacker with exceptional skills, shares a powerful empathic bond with Forge, his soul mate.

 

Declan, vampire, ex-pirate, ex-fur trapper, thief, and con man. Declan is Forge’s former lover and soul mate to Lucas Coate.

 

Lucas Coate, MD, Flint’s medical examiner. A werewolf living among vampires, Lucas is also one of Forge’s best friends.

 

Their lives become complicated when an impending Presidential visit throws them headlong into a world of high-tech vampire spies and espionage. Recruited into the Vampire Guard by the secret society of the Akhkharu Nasaru, they uncover a werewolf terrorist organization known as the Qiguan.

 

Together they must thwart a murder attempt on the open waters of Lake Superior while tracking a previously unknown biological weapon controlled by the Qiquan—a weapon which may very well mean death for one of them.

 

This was the first book by Elizabeth Noble that I have read and it was very enjoyable.  The book had a bit of a different look at vampires than I have read before.  They weren’t affected by sunlight and they ate regular meals most of the time.

 

Jonas, Lucas and Declan have been connected to each other for years, Blair is a newer addition to their “family” but no less important than the others.  They all care deeply for each other and even with their complicated pasts will do anything for the others.  The soul mates are the perfect complement to the other but sometimes they just need one of their friends to pull them back from the edge.

 

I loved reading about them all working together to solve the mystery, each using their own strengths.  However, many times through the book there were a lot of references to things that have happened before the book and I would have loved to learn more about those experiences.  At the end of the book there is a preview for the next book in the series and I can’t wait to read it and see more of these characters.

 

Cover art is nice and gives a visual for the mysterious creature they find.

 

Sales Links: DSP Publications | Amazon | OmniLit

 

Book Details:

ebook, 200 pages

Published: July 12, 2016 by DSP Publications

ISBN-13: 9781634768948

Edition Language: English

Series: The Vampire Guard #1