A Lucy Release Day Review: Embracing Fate (A Series of Fates #2) by C.C. Dado

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Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

This is the second  installment of the Series of Fates books set in the town of Easter Valley, where you have to fill out an application and pass a background check and interview process to live there.  “We created Easter Valley so we could be part of the world without risking our people.”  The shifters mostly work in town and live in the commune, but Seth is one of the few town dwellers.  He moved there because his best friend, Max, had trouble in the commune and needed to get away and after Max found his mate (book one), he just stayed.  He owns and operates a baker, Sweets and Meats, with Max. 

I think I’ll need to go read the first book because Max is something else.   This book opens with Max moving out of Seth’s house in order to live with his mate, the Alpha Christian.  Max is having a hard time with it and Seth is pushing him to do what’s right.  “Oh my God,” Max gasped in outrage.  “You’re not doing this to be supportive of my relationship. You don’t want me to live here anymore, do you? And here I was worried about leaving you alone.”   They are besties, these two. “I am the most self-centered friend alive.”  That’s Max’s opinion of himself.  “You are not,” Seth assured him, even though sometimes he kind of was.”

Seth is conscious of his looks, with one bright blue and one brown eye.  He wears his bangs long and sometimes is convinced he won’t ever find his mate. When a new neighbor, the dog-trainer Jack, moves in Seth is smitten and knows finally, this is his mate.  The moment when he first hears Jack is hysterical and made me laugh out loud.

Seth is super shy, though, so his brilliant (snort) plan is to have Max take him over in wolf form for training and that way he can get to know Jack.  This of course can’t end well, whether it is from Christian finding out the plan; Max not only taking Seth to Jack’s on a leash but informing Jack his wolf’s name is Nancy; “…an 8×10 photo of Seth in a collar, running naked, covering his crotch with branches…” ; or worst of all, the way Jack finds out the truth about shifters.

We also get to see beta Zeus, a seven foot gentle giant who is lovely.  When he thinks Max is pregnant (due to a Seth lie), the foot rubs and care for Max were adorable.  I want him to find someone special and I hope his book is next.

This is a cute series and I will go back and read the first one to see how Max and Christian got together. 

Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 1st edition, 91 pages
Expected publication: October 26th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN13 9781640807303
Edition Language English

A MelanieM Release Day Review: Denying Fate (A Series of Fates #1) by C.C. Dado

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Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Fate is a funny thing. Some try to cut its threads, while others wrap themselves in it like a blanket.

Young wolf shifter Max is cocky and crass. Unlike others his age, he has yet to discover a talent that will serve his pack. Since childhood, he’s been convinced the pack alpha is his mate, but Alpha Christian cannot envision unfiltered and directionless Max taking the place of his elegant mother at the head of the pack. As Max begins to build a life with his best friend, he also begins to see that maybe what he thought was inevitable was all in his head, and it’s time to move on.

Or are they both denying fate?

I must admit I really enjoyed the way this story started out.  The potential for humor, the real exuberance the flashes through the character of Max that I had really seen before in a young were just captivated me.  A young shifter so sure he knew that the Alpha was his mate that he calls him nicknames in a car after being rescued!  Irrepressible!  A total but he’s my boyfriend…sort of thing when no one else believes him.  He’s young effervescent, and you get it.  Plus he has Seth his best friend as a support and listening block.

From the way it started out, I was sure  I was in for a real special story.  But unfortunately the author either just couldn’t  or wouldn’t sustain this or the other plot (not the one that had anything to do with the bonding) so overtook the character of Max that it dimmed what made him so original.  He become another sweet young were but without the sparkle that had me anticipating this story.  That was gone.

Instead the whole story took a quick turn into a narrative road tread by many where the Alpha recognized the bond etc. Another drama ensued, everything felt extremely rushed and, while I honestly liked the characters of Max and Seth still, I felt some real promise was lost here.

The character of Christian, the Alpha, comes across as little better than a stand in which is a shame because Max deserves the best.  Trust me you’ll agree with me on this one.

There is a whole sweet element about a bakery shop. Nice but could have been used for more time developing the relationship between Christian and Max which was  basically nonexistent.  The best relationship here is between Max and his best friend Seth, that’s deep, believable, and real.  That’s what the bakery element contains…its all Max and Seth. Go figure.

So I gave this story a 3 rating because I liked the characters of Max and Seth.  There is really little development to the relationship between the romantic leads and zero sex.  There is tons of bromance between friends.  If I think about the plot, I will reduce the rating because of all the holes I will have to mention.  But the bromance?  Totally sweet.  I only wish that the original sighting of Max had lasted until the end.  Boy, was he special.

Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht.  It’s a beautiful cover but again.  It doesn’t really fit this story in anyway other than throwing that paw print in there.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 1st edition, 83 pages
Expected publication: August 31st 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN139781640807297
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesA Series of Fates #1

A MelanieM Review: Imposter in Zebra-striped Briefs (The Seattle Chronicles) by C.C. Dado

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

ImposterinZebraStripedBriefsFS (1)When recent college graduate Nathan Harris makes a life-changing move out from under his mother’s thumb and into his own place, he is determined to take some risks. He is tired of not being good enough, tired of allowing his fears to control him.

What he thought would be an exciting adventure ends up being one jaw-dropping mishap of embarrassment after another, leaving him with a life he doesn’t even recognize anymore.

His once boring, lonely existence has been replaced by a brownstone filled with colorful friends, a rough around the edges, tattooed bad boy best friend, and a stripper for a boyfriend who’s not even sure he’s gay.

I’m going to say right off the bat that I adored this story.  There is something about the characters, plot and writing style of C.C.  Dado that just resonated with me.  Its quirky, endearing, and the dialog is so appealing that you will find yourself smiling before you have finished reading the end of the sentence.  And its all wrapped up by page 73!

Imposter in Zebra-striped Briefs by C.C. Dado is a first story for me by this author.  But my fondness for this universe and endearing cast of characters is sending me on a quest for the first book in Dado’s The Seattle Chronicle series.  But back to this story. David, the “imposter stripper” is not only not  gay but ungainly as a dancer as well.  Only the need to help out a younger brother, the real stripper,  sends this man into the night in the afore mentioned zebra-striped briefs and a dancing gig at a bachelor party.  A gay bachelor party.

Brandon and Josh are getting married which has set off a slew of life-changing events, including their own.  Josh’s old apartment gets a new resident, and  Josh gets a new, socially inept best friend in Nathan Harris.  Oh, Nathan.  I loved this character,  Yes he has many of the same quirks you read in other nerdy and socially backward gay men, but in Nathan, somehow it all feels so fresh and adorable.  Nathan also comes with one awful family he is fleeing and a yearning for someone to love.  Little does he know that his future is uncomfortably wearing tight briefs and trying to “shake his booty” on the crowded party deck.

It all zipped by so quickly but I still remember the warm feelings and laugh out loud moments it left behind.  Could you call this a “gay for you” story?  Probably. HFN? That too.  But whatever the trope, this sweet, layered romance is a delight you will want to revisit. I hope that Dado brings these characters back so we can see where their future takes them…and all their friends as well.

I loved Imposter in Zebra-striped Briefs by C.C. Dado and definitely recommend it to all lovers of romance and M/M contemporary fiction.  Now I’m off to discover what the first book in the series has in store for me.

Cover art by Alexandria Corza.  Honestly, not sure whether I like this cover art or not.  Definitely eye catching, got the briefs but something about it is a little too harsh for the loving and endearing characters within.

Sales Links:   Dreamspinner Press  |  All Romance (ARe)  |  Amazon  |  Buy It Here

Book Details:

ebook, 72 pages
Published July 1st 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
original titleImposter in Zebra-striped Briefs
ISBN139781634761352
edition languageEnglish
urlhttp://www.dreamspinnerpress.com
seriesThe Seattle Chronicles

Love a Quirky Happy Romance? It’s the Imposter in Zebra-striped Briefs by C.C. Dado (author interview and giveaway)

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Imposter in Zebra-stripes Briefs (The Seattle Chronicles #2) by C C. Dado
Release Date: July 1, 2015

 

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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Dreamspinner Press

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My Mini Interview with C.C. Dado

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing C.C. Dado author of Imposter in Zebra-striped Briefs…
Hi, C.C, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

I am a native of the Pacific Northwest. I’m a bit of a hypochondriac sundae, with claustrophobic sprinkles, and a big cherry of anxiety on top, so I don’t travel much. I read and write to relax my mind. I tend to write painfully awkward, usually embarrassing, romance because long confident gazes followed by sexy dancing never happens to me.

Imposter in Zebra-striped Briefs is about taking chances, making friends and falling for someone that you never thought you could have.

What book do you wish you could have written?

Shel Silverstein “Where the sidewalk ends” it oozes creativity on every page.

How important are names to you (in your books)? Do you choose names based on liking the way it sounds or meaning? How do you choose your names?

Names are very important, it’s like the wrapping on a gift, but there is no reasoning so far for me in picking one. I have three books currently published or in the publishing process and I picked the names after the book was complete, I wanted the whole story to tell me what the name should be, but that’s not how it always works. I had a brainstorm the other day on a new story and I have one page of notes on the new story and the title was obvious to me.

Were you already a great writer? Have you always enjoyed writing? How long have you been writing?

I have always said literacy is my kryptonite, and to a certain extent it still is. So no, I have not always been a writer. I would consider myself a story teller not a writer.

Which character, from any of your books, do you consider your greatest work?

I would say “Elliot” from Meet-Cute is my favorite, only because he is a self-deprecating version of me so it was easy to flow through the scenes. The friendship between Nathan and Josh in Imposter in Zebra-striped Briefs is a close second though.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

Painting/Sketching,

  • Thank you, C.C., for the great answers and for stopping by today.

RC

Blurb:

When recent college graduate Nathan Harris makes a life-changing move out from under his mother’s thumb and into his own place, he is determined to take some risks. He is tired of not being good enough, tired of allowing his fears to control him.

What he thought would be an exciting adventure ends up being one jaw-dropping mishap of embarrassment after another, leaving him with a life he doesn’t even recognize anymore.

His once boring, lonely existence has been replaced by a brownstone filled with colorful friends, a rough around the edges, tattooed bad boy best friend, and a stripper for a boyfriend who’s not even sure he’s gay.

Pages or Words: 22,810 words

Categories: Contemporary, Humor, M/M Romance, New Adult

Excerpt:

Ding…. He heard his phone go off again as he was grabbing an orange from the fridge. Nathan set the orange on the counter and pulled his phone out of his pocket.

Maybe I’m jumping the gun here. What are you into?

Nathan wasn’t quite sure how to answer that. He leaned back against the kitchen counter and stared at the keypad for a second before responding. Guys?

Ding…. I’m literally shaking my head at you right now….

Ding…. Josh instantly followed up his last text. I meant what turns you on about a guy. Eyes? A nice ass? I need to know what I’m working with here.

Nathan felt like the entire world could see his words as he typed his response. I think men’s feet are sexy.

Ding…  Josh responded, apparently not fazed at all by Nathan’s answer. All right then, let’s start at the toes and work our way up.

About the author:

I write painfully awkward, usually embarrassing, romance because long confident gazes followed by sexy dancing never happens to me.
I am a native of the Pacific Northwest, and will probably never leave since I’m a hypochondriac sundae, with claustrophobic sprinkles, and a cherry of anxiety on top. I read and write to relax my mind and I love getting lost in someone else’s story, even if it is only for a little while.

Where to find the author:

Twitter: @C_C_Dado

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