Gabbi Reviews: Wooing the Lighthouse Keeper by Charlie Richards

Title: Tales of the Briny Nix, Book 1: Wooing the Lighthouse Keeper

Author: Charlie Richards

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Pages: 84

Characters: Wayne, Zarek

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Shifter, Mermen, Series

Kisses: 2

Blurb:

Beneath the Deep: From the sea, mysterious things can arise.

Wayne needs a place to hide when an angry ex-boyfriend sends questionable pictures to several board members at the school where he teaches. Substituting as a lighthouse keeper for his buddy’s father, he finds stark beauty in how the waves crash on the rocks and solace in their sound. His buddy, Easton, drops by with pizza and wine to buoy his spirits, and together they find a naked man on the beach. Bringing the injured man inside his temporary home, Wayne learns the stranger’s name is Zarek, and he doesn’t want to be taken to the hospital. Against his better judgment, maybe because the sexy, black-haired man kissed like a God, Wayne agrees…even though he knows the man’s story is bogus. When Wayne learns the truth, can he wrap his mind around everything and accept his new reality? Or will he wipe his hands of the sexy Zarek at his earliest opportunity?

Review:

When I was offered to read and review Wooing the Lighthouse Keeper by Charlie Richards, I admit I was super anxious to read it. I am a fangirl of Ms. Richards, and generally, I like and even love a lot of her books.

Unfortunately for me, Wooing the Lighthouse Keeper was a disappointment for me.

I haven’t read many Merman stories and maybe I held this book up to a higher standard than was met. In my opinion, the story itself was very rushed and not well-thought out at all.

There isn’t much world building at all. Every explanation about Zarek’s world is simplistic at most. There were so many unanswered questions that I almost quit reading this book several times. The only reason why I didn’t was because I usually like this author’s stories and I hoped somehow, she would be able to wrap all of my questions up in a neat bow.

It didn’t happen.

I also didn’t feel the emotional connection between the two men. Their relationship felt strained and this left me feeling disappointed. Everything was rushed. Between Zarek and Wayne’s non-connection and the watered over story itself, I’m sorry to say this book isn’t for me.

However, Ms. Richards is an excellent author. She has so many books that have fulfilled me and many readers with many hours of enjoyment. I love her Beneath Aquatica’s Waves series is one of my favs. Plus, she writes wolves and other shifters like no other. Her books are enjoyable and fast-paced, and I read them when I need a pick-me-up, so I’m not sure why this one is so discombobulated. I am going to read the next book in the series, Seashells, Surf and a Merman.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Diving with a Hammerhead by Charlie Richards

Title: World of Aquatica, Book 3: Diving with a Hammerhead

Author: Charlie Richards

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Pages: 78

Characters: Anthony Keller, Solomon Lynch

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Series, Shapeshifter, Romance

Kisses: 4

Blurb:  

World of Aquatica: A single choice to do the right thing sends one ex-soldier’s life spiraling out of control.

Solomon Lynch figured his decision to help his boss’s son escape from under his dominating thumb would cost him his job. Instead, it nearly costs him his life. He’s jumped and beaten in an alley, but Solomon has no delusions about who sent the men. He only lives because his ropes weren’t tied tight enough, and he manages to escape the cinderblock that was meant to send him swimming with the fishes.

He doesn’t remember much after that, but rousing in an unfamiliar place is a mixed blessing. Doctor Anthony Keller is hawt! Solomon realizes instantly that the doc returns his attraction, but his instincts tell him that Anthony is hiding something. Besides that, how can he drag the handsome man into his screwed-up life, a life that could be cut short any minute by a vindictive rich guy? 

Review: 

When I’m in the mood for a quick and sexy read, I find myself reaching for a book written by Charlie Richards. Ms. Richards has a way of writing sexy men with interesting lives that keep this reader anxious as to what will happen to them next.

The World of Aquatica has become a must-read series for me. I like that the shapeshifters are unique people and I love the fresh take Ms. Richards has on a shapeshifter romance.

As with many of this author’s books, there are twists and turns within the lives of Solomon and Anthony’s story. There is plenty of action and mystery in both of these men’s lives and I ended up reading this book in one sitting. What I really enjoyed about Solomon and Anthony’s story was the way they truly seemed to like and respect one another. I liked how Solomon was able to keep an open mind to Anthony’s unique life and how he ended up embracing it. I love a good story with men who genuinely care about one another, and I thought this fast-paced read was a highly satisfying one.

Diving with a Hammerhead is the third book in the series. I immediately was swept up into the lives of these two men. Both men are intelligent, a bit mysterious and sexy as hell. I liked how easily they related to one other and enjoyed the strong sexual and emotional chemistry they had together. I was, and I continue to be, intrigued by the lives of the shapeshifters who reside in the World of Aquatica. I think the author does a wonderful job at keeping her readers curious about her current and upcoming heroes enough to remain excited about what is yet to come.

Recommended! 

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Floating with a Sea Cow by Charlie Richards

Title: Beneath Aquatica’s Waves, Book 2: Floating with a Sea Cow

Author: Charlie Richards

Publisher: Extasy Books

Pages: 82

Characters:Tyrone, Braylon

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Shifter, Paranormal, Series

Kisses: 3.5 

Blurb:  

World of Aquatica: When a foolish dare goes horribly wrong, a human has more than one eye-opening experience.

Tyrone has walked—or swam—the Earth a lot of years. Most of that time he’s spent alone. Working with dozens of other marine shifters at World of Aquatica finally brings him close to others that are sort of his kind—they’re marine shifters, anyway. He works security, seeing as he can’t be in an exhibit because, technically, his kind are supposed to be extinct. When he spots a skinny human shoplifting, he catches him…and realizes the man—Braylon—is his mate. Tyrone convinces his boss and alpha not to call the police. Instead, they give Braylon several shifts of cleaning the park as a sort of community service. During that time, Tyrone has to go about doing something he hasn’t had to do in over four hundred years of life. Can he figure out how to woo a human so very different from himself? 

Review: 

Floating with a Sea Cow by Charlie Richards is the second book in the Beneath Aquatica’s Waves series. I confess I was super excited to read Floating with a Sea Cow because I LOVED the first book, Backstroking with a Tiger Shark so much. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as a fan of this book as I was the first story, but it was still a pretty good, solid read.

I think my main issue with the Tyrone and Braylon’s story is that I never really warmed up to Braylon at all. Sure, he’s a misunderstood man who is treated horribly by his rich and horrible father, but in my opinion, he was almost two characters in one. In the beginning of the story, Braylon is peer pressured into breaking the law *you’ll have to read it and see what he does, sorry no spoilers from me* and it’s a crime a fourteen year old would do not twenty-four. Braylon does it because he wants friends and seems to have fallen into the wrong crowd. I don’t know. I just didn’t buy it. I’m really not sure why. I think it’s because other than this idiotic crime, Braylon is shown to have an amazing head on his shoulders. Between his career choice and determination to get out from under his father’s tyranny, he seemed to be level-headed, so this didn’t make sense to me.

It could just be me though.

I liked Tyrone but there’s not a lot we learn about him. I was disappointed in this because his breed is extinct and he has lived a long time. I would have liked to have had more of a backstory about him because I thought he had great potential to be a very fascinating character. In the end, I liked him and it’s because of him, that I enjoyed the story as much as I did.

Floating with a Sea Cow is an interesting story. I think there were times I wished it wasn’t so generalized and some conversations between Tyrone and Braylon were swept over *like with the big reveal* but I did like them together. They do have a good chemistry together and I easily finished the  book in one sitting.

Charlie Richards writes addictively told stories that I can’t help but like. Her characters are unique and sexy and I know when I need a pick-me-up Ms. Richards is just what the doctor ordered. I am looking forward to the next book in this series because I am extremely fascinated with these characters and the stories they have to tell.

The Beneath Aquatica’s Waves series in book order are:

Backstroking with the Tiger Shark

Floating with a Sea Cow 

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Backstroking with a Tiger Shark by Charlie Richards


Title: Beneath Aquatica’s Waves, Book 1: Backstroking with a Tiger Shark
Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Pages: 84
Characters: Tortelion Muenster, Kane Cornshun
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Shapeshifter, Paranormal, Series
Kisses: 5

Blurb:

World of Aquatica: When a human takes a dunk in a shark tank, he discovers a world he never knew existed.

Tortelion, Tort to his friends, is a tiger shark shifter. He spends his workdays awing human audiences with a few aquatic parlor tricks. To him, it’s a pretty good gig. Plus, the people who come to World of Aquatica learn about his kind…well, tiger sharks of the non-shifter variety, anyway. A day that starts the same as any other suddenly takes a turn for the better when a mishap sends two humans tumbling into his tank. Blood in the water tells Tort that one of them is his mate. Joining those taken to the doc’s office as a witness, Tort learns his mate is Kane Cornshun, a busy human graphic designer only visiting the area to see his sister and her kids for a few days. Tort has very little time to woo his unsuspecting mate. Can he convince Kane to give up his life and join him at Aquatica?

Review:

I’m always in the mood to read something different. I’ve read and reviewed many shapeshifter romances, so when I came across the blurb for Backstroking With A Tiger Shark by Charlie Richards, I KNEW I had to read it immediately.

The story itself fascinated me. Who would ever dream of mating with a tiger shark…or have a tiger shark want to mate for life with anyone? I admit that I quickly became so engrossed with this story that I read it without stopping from start to finish. Not only is it a fresh take on a well-loved genre, I totally fell for the unique and interesting heroes and secondary characters of this story.

The backstory behind Tort and the other shapeshifters is a unique one. He and other ocean shapeshifters take refuge and work at World of Aquatica. By day they entertain the clueless masses and by night they are able to live free as aquatic shapeshifters. For over a hundred years, Tort has lived a pretty interesting life but when he saves his mate from drowning, Tort knows his live will never be the same.

Kane is just in town to celebrate his nephew’s birthday and to spend some quality time with his sister. Being pushed into a tiger shark tank and surviving wasn’t in the cards of his to do list. But when he meets the handsome and very attentive Tort after the accident, there is something special and unique about Tort that Kane cannot figure out.

I loved this book. I loved that it’s a quick and satisfying read without taking itself too seriously. Sometimes we just need to read for sheer entertainment and this book is just what the doctor ordered. Backstroking with a Tiger Shark is truly an addictive read from beginning to end. Fun and sexy, Tort and Kane’s story is a deliciously captivating read and a fantastic start to the Beneath Aquatica series. I can’t wait to read the next installment to see what Ms. Richard’s has in store for us and her characters next!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Setting his Owl A-Twitter by Charlie Richards


Title: Wolves of Stone Ridge, Book 33: Setting his Owl A-Twitter
Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Pages: 106
Characters: Hector and Rocky
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Shifter Romance, Series
Kisses: 3

Blurb:

Out of the Cage: Lifting the spirits of another can lift your own spirits, too.

Hector is fresh out of a cage for the first time in his memory. Learning about the world is exciting and scary, and he looks forward to experiencing life. While out having fun with his flock-mates, Hector runs across a human, Rocky, who smells amazing and makes his Scops owl flutter wildly inside his mind. Except, the guy turns down his request to dance. He learns later that Rocky is a bouncer, so he’s at the bar working. Wanting to catch him either before or after his shift, Hector begins to regularly frequent the club. Unfortunately, that earns him the reputation of being a party-boy, which causes Rocky to keep his distance. The human claims he has responsibilities which a partier wouldn’t understand. How can Hector, so new to freedom, convince Rocky that he can handle responsibility when the human won’t even tell him what it is?

Review:

Setting His Owl A-Twitter by Charlie Richards is a sweet and sexy addition to the Wolves of Stoneridge series. Ms. Richards has a true knack of writing interesting characters with fast paced stories that are nothing short of being guilty pleasures.

One of the things I liked about this book was Hector. Hector is an owl shifter who has been abused most of his life. He’s innocent and sweet and as I learned more about him, his angelic sweetness really pulled at my heartstrings as a reader. When Hector meets Rocky, he’s immediately drawn to the handsome man because all of his instincts tell him that Rocky is Hector’s mate. Rocky is a good guy. He was an easy man to like and I understood why Hector was so enamored with him.

As sweet as this story was I guess I as I read it, I felt like I was missing something. Please don’t get me wrong, this is classic Charlie Richards and those who love her stories will definitely like this book, but I couldn’t help but wish there was something more between the two characters. I know shifter stories have a fast-love-conquers all storyline, but I really, really wish their relationship had moved at a slower pace and would have loved watching something richer develop between them. I thought the story was too washed over in places and although Hector was adorable, he wasn’t cute enough for me to truly love this story as I have so many of her others.

Setting His Owl A-Twitter
is a good story, it’s just not one of my favorites by her. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more by Ms. Richards and I can recommend this book to those who love this series and author as well.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Pint-Sized Protector by Charlie Richards


Title: Wolves of Stone Ridge, Book 30: Pint-Sized Protector
Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Pages: 104
Characters: Cayden Rochette, Ajax
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Romance
Kisses: 5




Blurb:

Out of the Cage: Learning from your past makes for a better future.

Cayden Rochette works as a negotiator for the Stone Ridge wolf pack. For decades he has worked behind the scenes with his alpha to secure peace for the pack’s future, which often leads to long stretches away from home. After one such assignment, he discovers a cat shifter staying in his house as his brothers’ guest. One sniff is all it takes to realize the small feline is his mate. Still, the Andean mountain cat is a shy shifter recently rescued from years of torture at the hands of scientists. The cat hasn’t even shifted, yet, even after staying with the wolves for weeks. With a little help from the mate-pull, Cayden earns the cat’s curiosity—if not his trust—enough for him to shift, anyway. That opens up a whole new world of questions. Ajax grew up away from shifters and knows little of their ways. Can Cayden convince the solitary shifter of the benefits of staying with him?

Review:

Pint-Sized Protector by Charlie Richards is one of my favorites in the series. I really loved how these two characters really seemed to be drawn to one another and the chemistry between them was smokin’ hot!

Is it possible that as this series continues each book is just getting better and better? I think it is. I love the fast-paced storyline this book has and I totally fell in love with her characters in this story. Ajax in particular, is such an innocent but fierce shifter. There is definitely more to him that meets the eye and I really enjoyed watching him come into a more solid, stronger man because of the guidance of his mate, Cayden.

Cayden on the other hand is so patient with Ajax. I though the sweet, sexy and tender moments between them was very lovely and I enjoyed every scene they had together. These two men were really made for each other and I loved watching them fall in love and come together as a strong mated couple.

If you like paranormal romances with fast paced storyline and interesting, sexy characters this book and the other Wolves of Stone Ridge books are definitely for you!

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Sharing a Demon’s Bond by Charlie Richards


Title: A Loving Nip, Book 5: Sharing a Demon’s Bond
Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Pages: 93
Characters: Peter, Balthazar
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal Romance
Kisses: 4.5






Blurb:

Just a little love bite: When the monster comes out of the dark…sometimes he eats you up in every way you love.

Peter has lived with vampires for almost two decades, ever since his own parents were killed in a house fire, and he considers himself pretty knowledgeable about paranormals. Stopping for a cup of coffee in a diner, Peter finds himself turned on by the steady stare of a big Italian. When he makes a pit-stop at the diner’s bathroom, he doesn’t expect a hook-up. That’s exactly what Peter gets…and he also learns he doesn’t know as much about paranormals as he thinks he does. His new lover, Balthazar, is a demon who is coming up on his one thousandth birthday. He kidnaps Peter, claiming him as his amina, his soul, a reward from the Gods for doing his job well for a thousand years. Except, Balthazar’s job is sucking out the souls of the living and delivering them to Death. If Peter can get past the stigma of being bonded with a soulless demon, can Balthazar keep him safe from whoever is sending minions hell-bent on keeping them apart—not to mention Peter’s meddling vampire friends—long enough for their bond to seal?

Review:

As a reader, one of the things I really appreciate about Ms. Richard’s stories are her creative storylines and ability to write interesting characters that I easily become invested with. There was also a real unique spin on demons and the role they play when it comes to humans, paranormal beings and even death. I quickly found myself becoming fascinated by these characters, their love and how they would intertwine their lives together.

Peter is a human who has lived among vampires. Because of this, he has a unique perspective on paranormal beings and life in general. When he meets Balthazar he is immediately intrigued by him and even when Balthazar reveals that he is a demon, Peter is a little fearful, but cannot help the strong attraction he has for him.

The moment Balthazar spot Peter, he immediately knows that he is a gift. After a thousand years of humble service, demons are granted the gift of finding their amina who will be their soul mate. Their amina must willing give them half of their soul to make their bond complete. Lucky for Balthazar, Peter too feels the deep connection between them and wants to explore the emotional depths they begin to form between them.

But things aren’t always as they seem and don’t go as smoothly as they wish. There are forces that would like them to not fully bond, and both Balthazar and Peter’s life together is threatened because of it. Together, they must trust the budding feelings they share between them if they want to share an eternity together.

I do wish the book had been longer. I would have liked for the two men to really have some quality time together, but since this is a series, I hope we will be able to revisit this couple again. I would really love to see how well they adapt to their lives together.

There honestly hasn’t been a book written by Charlie Richards that I haven’t enjoyed. Between the fast-paced storyline and intriguing, sexy heroes her books always deliver a satisfying romantic read.

Sharing a Demon’s Bond is the fifth book in the Loving Nip series. Although the book could be read as a stand-alone in the series, I do recommend reading these books in series order. This way you’ll really be able to fully experience the interesting world building and sexy characters Ms. Richards’ creates.

The Loving Nip books in series order are:

A Nip of Good Cheer
A Rose for Paul’s Protector
An Unforgettable Bite
More than Patient
Sharing a Demon’s Bond

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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