A MelanieM Review: Something Wild by Anna Martin

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Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5

The South Pacific Archipelago is home to a tiny island community of around three hundred scientists… and twenty thousand dinosaurs. As a paleogeneticist, Kit Sterling leads a team studying the dinosaurs to unlock the unanswered questions of evolution.

But there is something more dangerous than dinosaurs on the islands.

Head ranger Logan Beck discovers evidence of poachers, while rumors of a black market for dinosaur leather swirl around the community. Kit and Logan haven’t always gotten along professionally, though that has nothing to do with their attraction to each other. So when they’re thrown together to save an injured infant dinosaur, their professional disdain turns into a clandestine romance.

With not just the injured dinosaur at risk, but all of the precious dinosaurs on the islands too, Kit and Logan have to figure out how to balance their budding romance without letting their careers go extinct.

I enjoy the writings of Anna Martin and looked forward to something a little different from her latest release, Something Wild.  It has just a smattering of Jurrassic Park about it, however, in this case, there is no genetic tampering but islands that had been discovered with dinosaurs living on them all long somewhere in the Pacific ocean.  Yes, a bit of a stretch but go with it.

A quick moving science fiction romance, it has elements of some action adventure (of course, there’s dinosaurs involved) and espionage, to go along with the romance.  For me the romance is one that you could call “instalove” given that the men themselves go from frenemies (loudly arguing over science papers etc) to lovers in a blink of an eye.  But the characters themselves are so engaging that the jump into bed and a full blown relationship that could get them fired gets an eye roll and then accepted.

I also liked the dinosaurs, Dizzy included, and would have loved to have had this element made more inclusive here.  We get some realistic science work and labs which is then promptly thrown out the window narratively speaking for the sake of the plot and some action adventure.  Neither of which made sense given the intensity of these men’s previous careers and their commitment to them and their jobs.  They start of as highly praised professionals in their fields and then start acting as interns flying about the island.  That sort of puzzled me to no end.

Same for other characters.  Loved the mothers, but the character of one lab assistant/roommate had a personality that first read older, then younger, then older.  No  real foundation to her, although she started out so strong.  A real shame.  That more of less happened throughout the story.  Certain elements or storylines started out of the narrative gate with real appeal or fullness but sort of petered out, leaving holes as the story trudged towards it’s ending.   And then there was that ending.  Oddly unsatisfying.  The epilogue trailed off, with no certain resolutions to specific problems.

Did I enjoy this?  Sure.  Will I remember it?  Hmmm, probably not.  It was fun, but the issues kept stopping me here and there just enough to make me question certain things and I need a steady read all the way through for a total enjoyment in my stories.  How do you all feel about that?  If cute dinosaurs and scientists in love are your thing, check out Something Wild by Anna Martin.

Cover Design: Alexandria Corza.  Come on.  The model looks like Kit so that works but why not at least give us a dinosaur instead of tracks.  Just ok cover.

 

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
ASINB07WN8VWVF

Length: 67,000 words

Review Tour and Giveaway for Something Wild by Anna Martin

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Length: 67,000 words
 
Cover Design: Alexandria Corza
 
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
 
Blurb



The South Pacific Archipelago is home to a tiny island community of around three hundred scientists… and twenty thousand dinosaurs. As a paleogeneticist, Kit Sterling leads a team studying the dinosaurs to unlock the unanswered questions of evolution.


But there is something more dangerous than dinosaurs on the islands.


Head ranger Logan Beck discovers evidence of poachers, while rumors of a black market for dinosaur leather swirl around the community. Kit and Logan haven’t always gotten along professionally, though that has nothing to do with their attraction to each other. So when they’re thrown together to save an injured infant dinosaur, their professional disdain turns into a clandestine romance.


With not just the injured dinosaur at risk, but all of the precious dinosaurs on the islands too, Kit and Logan have to figure out how to balance their budding romance without letting their careers go extinct.

 
Author Bio
 

Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the southwest of England and now lives in the Bristol, a city that embraces her love for the arts. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.


Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything thatís put under her nose.


Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, prereading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.


https://www.annamartin-fiction.com/
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http://instagram.com/missannamartin
http://www.twitter.com/missannamartin

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Review Tour and Giveaway for The Color Of Summer by Anna Martin

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Length: 71,000 words approx.
 
 
Cover Design: Reese Dante
 
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Tattoo artist Max Marshall rushes into his hometown of Sweetwater, West Virginia—and is promptly pulled over for speeding. Max’s luck isn’t all bad, though, because he recognizes the deputy, Tyler Reed, Max’s childhood best friend’s older brother.


Reconnecting with Tyler helps Max settle back in, and it also leads to attraction. But when he tries to explore that connection at the grand opening of his tattoo studio—by kissing Tyler—awkwardness ensues. Max wants more, but has he misread Tyler’s signals?


As a single father raising a six-year-old daughter, Tyler doesn’t have much time to date. He’s ignored his attraction to men for years, but he can’t stop thinking about the kiss he shared with Max. If he can handle the complications of dating in a small town and the possible consequences to his career, this romance could blossom with all the colors of summer.

 

 
About The Author
 

Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the southwest of England and now lives in the Bristol, a city that embraces her love for the arts. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.


Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything thatís put under her nose.


Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, prereading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.


https://www.annamartin-fiction.com/
http://www.facebook.com/annamartinfiction
http://www.pinterest.com/annamartinficti/
http://instagram.com/missannamartin
http://www.twitter.com/missannamartin

 
 

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An Alisa Release Day Review: The Color of Summer by Anna Martin

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5

 

Tattoo artist Max Marshall races into his hometown of Sweetwater, West Virginia—and is promptly pulled over for speeding. Max’s luck isn’t all bad, though, because he recognizes the deputy, Tyler Reed, Max’s childhood best friend’s older brother.

 

Reconnecting with Tyler helps Max settle back in, and it also leads to attraction. But when he tries to explore that connection at the grand opening of his tattoo studio—by kissing Tyler—awkwardness ensues. Max wants more, but has he misread Tyler’s signals?

 

As a single father raising a six-year-old daughter, Tyler doesn’t have much time to date. He’s ignored his attraction to men for years, but he can’t stop thinking about the kiss he shared with Max. If he can handle the complications of dating in a small town and the possible consequences to his career, this romance could blossom with all the colors of summer.

 

This was an enjoyable story, however, if you are looking at it to be a best friend’s brother story, it isn’t.  We only see Tyler’s brother for a short bit and one scene about their relationship.  I felt these two took the time to build a pretty good relationship though I got the feeling there were parts of the story that I was missing.

 

Max moves back to his hometown to be closer to his mother who recently had a stroke and though he had been there for a few weeks following said stroke everyone acted like he hadn’t been to town for years which I thought a bit strange.  Tyler has basically dedicated his life to his daughter but never really thought about finding another romantic relationship.

 

This story felt almost too smooth.  Yes there was the one night Max kissed Tyler and Tyler rebuffed him but there wasn’t even 24 hours of worry before that was fixed.  The only other conflict was when Max was going to move in with Tyler and his mom basically talked him out of it and made him doubt his feelings, which I still can’t believe happened, but the following weekend he is suddenly sure.  Those and some time jumps and inconsistencies were the main things that had me at 3 stars instead of 5.

 

I love the cover art by Reese Dante and the visual it gives of Max.

 

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | B&N

 

Book Details:

ebook, 223 pages

Published: May 28, 2019 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 978-1-64405-140-5

Edition Language: English

Release Blitz and Giveaway for The Color Of Summer by Anna Martin

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Length: 71,000 words approx.
 
 
Cover Design: Reese Dante
 
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Tattoo artist Max Marshall rushes into his hometown of Sweetwater, West Virginia—and is promptly pulled over for speeding. Max’s luck isn’t all bad, though, because he recognizes the deputy, Tyler Reed, Max’s childhood best friend’s older brother.


Reconnecting with Tyler helps Max settle back in, and it also leads to attraction. But when he tries to explore that connection at the grand opening of his tattoo studio—by kissing Tyler—awkwardness ensues. Max wants more, but has he misread Tyler’s signals?


As a single father raising a six-year-old daughter, Tyler doesn’t have much time to date. He’s ignored his attraction to men for years, but he can’t stop thinking about the kiss he shared with Max. If he can handle the complications of dating in a small town and the possible consequences to his career, this romance could blossom with all the colors of summer.

 
About The Author
 

Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the southwest of England and now lives in the Bristol, a city that embraces her love for the arts. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.


Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything thatís put under her nose.


Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, prereading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.


https://www.annamartin-fiction.com/
http://www.facebook.com/annamartinfiction
http://www.pinterest.com/annamartinficti/
http://instagram.com/missannamartin
http://www.twitter.com/missannamartin

 

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Review Tour and Giveaway for Helix by Anna Martin

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Length: 61,000 words approx.
 
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
 
 
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When high school student James has trouble with his truck, Dylan, who is studying to be a mechanic, comes to the rescue. James thinks he hides his immediate attraction well, but is happy to be wrong when Dylan asks for his number. Since James is new to romance, they take things slowly, and because Dylan is in college, James keeps the budding relationship secret from his overprotective dad.


Across town, Mark, a teacher and single father to James and his sister, Frankie, meets Steve at a bar for what both believe will be a quick hookup. Mark doesn’t see any reason to tell his kids about Steve or press Steve for details about Steve’s adopted son…. It’s just sex between them. Isn’t it?


Two very different love stories grow side by side, each hidden from the other. But all of that changes at a family barbecue, when Mark decides it’s time for his kids to meet Steve and for him to meet James’s boyfriend, who none of them realize is Steve’s son, Dylan. The inevitable explosion means the two couples have some explaining to do to soothe the hurt feelings of their families—and lovers.

 

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Author Bio

 

Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the southwest of England and now lives in the Bristol, a city that embraces her love for the arts. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.


Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything thatís put under her nose.


Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, prereading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.


https://www.annamartin-fiction.com/
http://www.facebook.com/annamartinfiction
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http://instagram.com/missannamartin
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A Caryn Review :Helix by Anna Martin

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

How weird would it feel to find out the new man you were dating was the father of the man your son was dating?  Alternately, how would it feel to find out that your father was hooking up with your boyfriend’s dad?

Mark was the single father of twin 18-year-old highschool seniors.  He had been devoted to raising them since his wife left when they were toddlers, and he pretty much put his own life on hold to be the best father that he could be.  His kids were peripherally aware of his bisexuality, but he pretty much limited himself to hookups in order to keep his focus on his kids.  He was also aware that his kids were adults and ready to move on with their own independent lives, and he started wondering if it was time for him to take that next step to finding a partner.  Steve was at a similar point in his life – his adopted son Dylan was 21, and although he still lived at home, he had a good job as an apprentice mechanic, and was essentially independent.  Mark and Steve hooked up at a bar, but exchanged phone numbers and started a tentative “friends with benefits but maybe we could be something more” relationship.

At the same time that Mark and Steve were getting to know each other, Dylan and James met and started dating.  Their relationship was a bit more traditional – dating and getting to know each other before they jumped into sex.  Dylan was older, definitely more mature, but despite that their relationship was surprisingly balanced.  I loved the gentle way Dylan introduced James, a virgin, to sex.  For all that he was a big, tough mechanic, there was a soft and nurturing side to Dylan, and I will admit he was my favorite character.

Mark and James, despite their close father/son relationship, did not open up easily about dating, so it was a few months before they decided to arrange a time to meet, and both couples were fairly established.  In one of those “it seemed like a good idea at the time” situations, they decided to have a family barbecue and let everyone meet – and it was disastrous.  The unexpected revelation shocked all four men, and they all reacted in the worst possible ways.  I think it could have been a farce, but it was actually very sensitively and realistically written, and the fallout of that meeting strained all of the relationships.  There was a definite sense of betrayal on all sides, and working past that moment was a great character study.

One of the best things about this book is that you truly could identify with either couple.  I personally preferred the romance between the sons more than that between the fathers, but I am sure other readers will pick different favorites.  It plays out more as a family drama than a romance, and the ending was a little unexpected, but ultimately very satisfying.  I thought about rating this book higher, but though I really enjoyed the interplay of the relationships and the overall believability of it, the tone of the entire book was a little detached, a little clinical, and it just lacked that extra spark that made me not only like the characters, but fall in love with them.  There is absolutely no melodrama here, but maybe the pendulum swung a little too far away from the intensity and fervor that make a book really memorable to me.

Cover art by Garrett Leigh missed the mark for me – I couldn’t connect this one young man to the four intertwined relationships that are perfectly summed up in the title.

Book Details:
ebook, 1st edition, 200 pages
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 139781640808904
Edition Language English

Love Contemporary Romance? Check Out Helix by Anna Martin (giveaway)

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Length: 61,000 words approx.
 
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
 
 
Blurb
 

When high school student James has trouble with his truck, Dylan, who is studying to be a mechanic, comes to the rescue. James thinks he hides his immediate attraction well, but is happy to be wrong when Dylan asks for his number. Since James is new to romance, they take things slowly, and because Dylan is in college, James keeps the budding relationship secret from his overprotective dad.


Across town, Mark, a teacher and single father to James and his sister, Frankie, meets Steve at a bar for what both believe will be a quick hookup. Mark doesn’t see any reason to tell his kids about Steve or press Steve for details about Steve’s adopted son…. It’s just sex between them. Isn’t it?


Two very different love stories grow side by side, each hidden from the other. But all of that changes at a family barbecue, when Mark decides it’s time for his kids to meet Steve and for him to meet James’s boyfriend, who none of them realize is Steve’s son, Dylan. The inevitable explosion means the two couples have some explaining to do to soothe the hurt feelings of their families—and lovers.

 

 

Author Bio

 

Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the southwest of England and now lives in the Bristol, a city that embraces her love for the arts. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.


Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything thatís put under her nose.


Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, prereading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.


https://www.annamartin-fiction.com/
http://www.facebook.com/annamartinfiction
http://www.pinterest.com/annamartinficti/
http://instagram.com/missannamartin
http://www.twitter.com/missannamartin

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A VVivacious Release Day Review: Helix by Anna Martin

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Rating: 4 Stars out of 5
This is a very interesting novel. Also, I think I might have rated this one less than it deserved.

James’ truck breaks down and the guy who comes to tow his truck is Dylan. They are both attracted to each other and it is the perfect meet-cute if you ask me. Steve hooks up with Mark and they try to give it a go. Unknowingly, Steve is Dylan’s adopted father and Mark is James’ father and when the truth comes out it, everything comes to a head and with so many feelings mixed in they are going to be quite a few hurts to soothe when the dust settles.

This book is told from the alternating perspectives of James and Steve.

James and Dylan definitely stole the show from me. I feel like they were much more open regarding their relationship even if they didn’t go into specifics. Though Dylan did play it close to the chest for a while, I feel like that given his upbringing that was more because he wanted to protect himself than anything else.

I never did get where Steve and Mark are going with there relationship. Since we never do get Mark’s perspective it is hard to say where things are with regards to him but with Steve, you can tell that he has fallen hard but he is playing it coy in front of his friends and his son.

I really like the parent-child relationships in this one. Especially Steve and Dylan who are like the coolest father-son duo ever. I don’t care what Steve claims in the book he is a cool dad. I especially loved the fact that for Steve Dylan’s security and stability came over all else.

This book was one in which I really got to compare romances. A romance with younger protagonists who are still having their first experiences with love and another with older guys with responsibilities. There is just something about young love, about the innocence at the age that can’t be recaptured again. And personally, the fact that Mark and Steve are so prominently fathers and the fact we do get James’ perspective just made Mark and Steve very real parents. I realise I have read books where the MCs have kids but the fact that we never get the kids perspective in such a way that makes the MC a parental figure makes me ignore that label. Because truthfully I couldn’t ignore that label for these two. These two are super kinky but something about the fact that they are father-figures really made me cringe. I must confess that I am way closer to James and Dylan’s age than Steve and Mark’s and also I am not a parent so I can’t look at things the way Steve and Mark do. I can’t reconcile with Mark and Steve the parents with these kinky individuals. I truly understand James’ desire to ignore the fact his father might have sex at all. I never want to think about that either.

I realise that people who are parents would truly gain more from this book because they can identify with both sides of the fence but unfortunately I can truly only identify with one.

Also, there also remains the fact that the first thing that Mark focuses on when he realises Dylan is Steve’s son is his issues. I haven’t forgiven him for that. I know he did apologize but the fact that we don’t see it play out given our two narrators means there is something in me that needs closure regarding this issue. And since I can’t in all capacity forgive Mark I wonder how Steve can which just makes their relationship that much more complicated for me.

The fact that they are parents automatically puts them on a pedestal for me and I expect more but Mark and Steve truly have nothing figured out with regards to their relationship.

I would have definitely wanted more Frances but I get that the choice of narrators prevented that to an extent.

James and Dylan are the stars of this story for me. They are so cute. I love them so much. There are the snuggliest, cuddliest and squidgiest couple ever. I so totally want another epilogue like that epilogue.

This story blew my mind, it made me realise new things about me. I feel like people who can see themselves as kids under parental authority and who can see themselves as parental authority would gain much more from this story. Despite all that this story is still pretty amazing.

Cover Art by Garrett Leigh. I love the cover. It has a really fresh look and all that blue just reminds me of beaches and a cover that reminds me of beaches and water can never be bad.

Book Details:
ebook, 1st edition, 200 pages
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 139781640808904
Edition Language English

New Release Blitz and Giveaway for Helix by Anna Martin

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Length: 61,000 words approx.
 
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
 
 
Blurb
 

When high school student James has trouble with his truck, Dylan, who is studying to be a mechanic, comes to the rescue. James thinks he hides his immediate attraction well, but is happy to be wrong when Dylan asks for his number. Since James is new to romance, they take things slowly, and because Dylan is in college, James keeps the budding relationship secret from his overprotective dad.


Across town, Mark, a teacher and single father to James and his sister, Frankie, meets Steve at a bar for what both believe will be a quick hookup. Mark doesn’t see any reason to tell his kids about Steve or press Steve for details about Steve’s adopted son…. It’s just sex between them. Isn’t it?


Two very different love stories grow side by side, each hidden from the other. But all of that changes at a family barbecue, when Mark decides it’s time for his kids to meet Steve and for him to meet James’s boyfriend, who none of them realize is Steve’s son, Dylan. The inevitable explosion means the two couples have some explaining to do to soothe the hurt feelings of their families—and lovers.

 

Author Bio

 

Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the southwest of England and now lives in the Bristol, a city that embraces her love for the arts. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.


Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything thatís put under her nose.


Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, prereading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.


https://www.annamartin-fiction.com/
http://www.facebook.com/annamartinfiction
http://www.pinterest.com/annamartinficti/
http://instagram.com/missannamartin
http://www.twitter.com/missannamartin

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