Gabbi Reviews: Human Instincts by April Kelley

Title: Roguefalls, Book 1: Human Instincts

Author: April Kelley

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Pages: 98

Characters: Dylan Kole, Rudy Malone

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Series, Fantasy

Kisses: 4.5

 

Blurb:  

If opposites attract, nothing is more opposite than a tough human soldier and an omega wolf shifter cook.

A human soldier and an omega wolf shifter find out they’re mates in a world where segregation between humans and paranormals is standard operating procedure.

Dylan Kole knows how to do one thing, and that’s to be a soldier in the human army. He doesn’t know how to fit in with a bunch of paranormal beings, and he certainly doesn’t know how to be a mate to Rudy Malone, the only omega wolf shifter on Roguefalls Island. One thing Dylan does have going for him is his ability to follow his instincts. 

Review: 

Human Instincts by April Kelley is the first book in the Roguefalls series. I’m pleased to say that Ms. Kelley started off the series with a bang. I immediately fell in love with these characters and I can’t wait to see what Ms. Kelley has in store for us next!

One of the strongest things about this book is the world-building Ms. Kelley created. I’ve read many, many shifter books, but Human Instincts had a freshness about it that I found myself quickly getting anxious as to what was going to happen next.

Humans and paranormals have been segregated for many years. Because of this, there is a lot of misunderstandings and things that both Dylan and Rudy must work through. I liked how each man was a strong person in his own right. I also appreciated the heated chemistry they shared between them and how much they genuinely seemed to like and appreciate one another.

The story itself is a quickly told one. It kept this reader’s attention from the first to last page and when I finished it, I couldn’t help but want more. Between the sexy heroes and the intriguing secondary characters, I have a feeling that the Roguefalls series will be one not to be missed.

Highly Recommended! 

Reviewed By: Gabbi

 

 

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: Yerad by Catherine Lievens

Title: Council Enforcers, Book 5: Yerad

Author: Catherine Lievens

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Pages: 122

Characters: Yerad, Lenny

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Shifter, Series, Romance

Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Sometimes fear keeps us away from happiness.

Yerad never expected his mate to run seconds after they’d met, but that’s what fate dealt him. Lenny insists on saying he doesn’t want Yerad. Yerad wants to push for answers, but he’s a liaison agent for the council, and his job is more important than a stubborn man who doesn’t want him.

Lenny never wanted to meet his mate. His parents, the people who should have shielded him from the world, kicked him out, and he doesn’t want to be hurt again. He knows that’s what will eventually happen if he agrees to give Yerad a chance, and that’s why he tells his mate to leave him alone.

Lenny’s resolve weakens as his friends try to convince him to give Yerad a chance. When he finds out Yerad is working with his birth tribe, he runs to the rescue, only to find out Yerad didn’t need him. Will Yerad forgive Lenny for pushing him away? Will Lenny manage to get over his fear of being hurt to give Yerad a chance? Or will fear have the upper hand and ruin their mating?

Review:

I was anxious to read Yerad by Catherine Lievens. As this series has progressed, I’ve found myself becoming more invested into these characters’ lives and I’ve enjoyed the story they’ve had to tell.

Since the first book of the Council Enforcers series, Lenny has been an unrepentant player. He had been very outspoken as to why he has no desire to have a fated mate. Lenny, himself, knows he’s an ‘asshole’ more often than not and he  offends others with his careless words and behavior.

To say that Lenny was horrified to meet his mate is an understatement.

Unfortunately for him, Lenny’s mouth overran his good sense, and because of it, he offended and hurt his fated mate, Yerad. As time goes by and he realizes that he was wrong about so many things, including being mated with Yerad, Lenny is forced to look at himself and he must decide if he wants to take a chance at a happy life, or if he wants to continue to push others away before they get too close to him.

I totally fell for Yerad. His intelligence and patience is something that I came to admire. Let’s face it, Lenny’s negative attitude would even drive a saint to sin, but Yerad somehow finds forgiveness and patience to put up with him.

Don’t get me wrong, because I did like Lenny. But there were times I wanted to strangle him myself. I was glad to see his attitude and outlook on life begin to change and in the end, I thought he and Yerad were good together. I do wish they had spent more time together than they did, but I did enjoy their chemistry when they were in scenes together.

The Council Enforcer series continues to get better with each book. If you enjoy a solidly told shifter series, then this is definitely a good choice for you. Also, these books aren’t very erotically told, so if you’re not into a lot of very descriptive sex scenes this is also one to consider. I know I’m looking forward to the next book and anxious to see what Ms. Lievens has in store for us next.

Highly Recommended!

Yerad by Catherine Lievens is the fifth book in the Council Enforcers series. Although it could be read as a stand-alone book in the series, I do not recommend it. In my opinion, to fully understand the dynamics and the backstories of these characters, it would be best to read this series in book order.

The Council Enforcers series in book order are:

Daniel

Anthony

Kin

Cerris

Yerad

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Cerris by Catherine Lievens

Title: Council Enforcers, Book 4: Cerris

Author: Catherine Lievens

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Pages: 122

Characters: Jackson, Cerris

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Shifters, Series, Romance

Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Things always happen for a reason, even the things you don’t want to happen.

Cerris is an orphan who’s been told he’s a monster all his life, and he’s come to believe it. He did his best to keep his werewolf half under control, but when he killed a hunter, Dominic asked the enforcers for help. Cerris is sent to work with their only werewolf, but as soon as he sees the man, he realizes they’re mates, and he runs.

Jackson doesn’t understand why Cerris runs, but he intends to find out. When he finally locates Cerris, Cerris’ friends intervene and explain what happened to him and why he doesn’t want to see Jackson—Jackson is a werewolf, and all werewolves are monsters.

Jackson knows he’ll have to work hard to convince Cerris of the contrary, and he hopes finding Cerris’ long-lost father will help. He also has to teach Cerris to control his wolf before something happens.

Will Cerris learn control, or will he become the monster he always thought he was?

Review:

Cerris is the fourth book in the Council Enforcers series and it’s my favorite book in the series so far. As this series continues, I find it more and more easy to get wrapped up in these characters’ lives.

What makes Cerris different than the other three books before it is the unique backstory Cerris has compared to others in these books. Since Cerris is a half-breed who has been abused by his tribe and made to be ashamed of his werewolf side, he is truly a wounded man. He lives with a lot of shame and guilt, and it’s because of this, that this reader felt a lot of compassion for him.

When Cerris meets Jackson and realizes that he is Cerris’ mate, he is horrified because Jackson is a werewolf shifter. Through Cerris’ abuse and teachings from his birth tribe, he believes that all werewolves are monsters and pure evil, so it takes a lot of time and patience for Jackson to show Cerris that everything he’s learned about wolf-shifters is wrong.

What I really liked about this book was the way Jackson shows Cerris what it’s really like to be a werewolf and his sheer determination and diligence to have him for a mate. Seeing Cerris evolve from a scared and ashamed young man to a more confident one was a lovely sight to see.

After reading this story, I am definitely anxious to read the next installment in this series. The Council Enforcers series is one not to be missed if you like shifter stories with unique and sexy heroes.

Highly Recommended!

Although Cerris could probably be read as a stand-alone story, I do not recommend it. In my opinion, the dynamic interplay between the characters and their backstories are best understood by reading this series in order.

The Council Enforcers books in series order are:

Daniel

Anthony

Kin

Cerris

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Kin by Catherine Lievens

Title:  Counsel Enforcers, Book 3: Kin

Author: Catherine Lievens

Publisher: eXtasy Books

Pages: 120

Characters: Saul, Kin

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Shifters, Series, Romance

Kisses: 4.25

Blurb:

Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone to find happiness.

Kin always knew his job as an enforcer wouldn’t last forever. His mother is planning his marriage, to a woman she’ll choose to help advance their family name and fortune. The only way he has out of it is finding his mate, but there’s no quick or easy way to do that.

Saul has thought himself crazy for most of the past ten years. He sees half-transparent animal faces layered on some people’s human faces, and he voluntarily walked into a psychiatric hospital when he was twenty-three. Now he’s thirty-four, and he feels like he missed out on life. When his sister pushes him into leaving the hospital, he hesitates, but she won’t take no for an answer, no matter how much their parents pay Saul’s doctor to keep him there.

When Kin and his team are sent to make sure Saul gets out without any problems, Kin expects the mission to be routine. Instead, he knows Saul is his mate as soon as they meet. Will Saul finally manage to walk out of the hospital? And is Saul really crazy, or is there an explanation for what he can see?

Review:

To my knowledge, I haven’t read a book about a crocodile shifter. So, when I read the blurb and noticed that Kin is about a crocodile shifter, I was anxious to read it.

I was immediately swept up into the storyline of Kin. Between Kin being an unique shifter and Saul having his own special abilities, I found this book to have more of a fresh take on a well-loves shifter story. Kin and Saul are a good couple. I liked the way they support the other and strive to bring each other up, even when the other man feels down on himself in some way.

I wish there had been more page time with Kin and Saul together…I really liked them that much, but the time we do get to spend with this couple was a memorable one for me.

The backstory in this series is becoming more solid as the stories continue. I am really enjoying the build-up and world building Ms. Lievens has created and I am truly beginning to look forward to reading the next book in the series.

One of the great things about this couple and this series is the sheer respect and camaraderie these characters share between them. These characters all bring something special to each of the stories and the Council Enforcer books have quickly become an addictive series for me to read.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Gabbi Reviews: Anthony by Catherine Lievens

Title:  Council Enforcers, Book 2: Anthony

Author:  Catherine Lievens

Publisher:  eXtasy Books

Pages: 119

Characters:   Anthony, Rob

POV:  3rd

Sub-Genre:  Shifter, Series, Romance

Kisses:   4.25

Blurb:

Sometimes being in the wrong place at the wrong time isn’t that bad after all.

Anthony is so clumsy he might as well have invented clumsiness. He has daily encounters with the ground and walls, but he manages to stay mostly healthy—at least until he literally falls on his face into a meeting organized to plan Kameron’s death.

Rob just came back from a three-week mission in the jungle, and the only thing he wants to do is sleep. Of course, that means Kameron calls him of all people to protect Anthony. He hadn’t expected Anthony to be his mate, and it makes up for the lost sleep.

Rob has his work cut for him defending Anthony from walls and the men plotting against Kameron, but it’s not his only problem. Anthony is reluctant to believe Rob is here to stay, and Rob isn’t sure he’ll ever be able to convince him. Will Anthony finally see the truth in Rob’s words, or will problems find him before he can?

Review:

Anthony by Catherine Lievens is the second book in the Council Enforcers series and I have to admit has been my favorite so far. As the series continues, I am enjoying the continued world-building Ms. Lievens’ has created, as well as, the banter and camaraderie these characters share between them.

Anthony’s story basically begins pretty quickly after Daniel’s story ended. Anthony expects to move in with Daniel and Bran as soon as their house is completed. Though he is excited by finally moving out of his parents’ house, Anthony is troubled by both possibly being the fifth wheel in his best friend’s newfound relationship and just being an all-around burden to others.

If they gave out awards for clumsiness, Anthony would receive an Oscar. Between tripping over his own feet and stumbling into walls and trees, Anthony has earned the reputation for being a klutz. Though Anthony knows this to be true, this still hurts him. He doesn’t believe he is worthy of love and he has a negative outlook on his own future. I admit, I immediately liked Anthony and found myself truly rallying behind him. I wanted him to see the warm and loving person he was and enjoyed watching him come to the realization that with Rob’s patience and love, he truly was worthy of many good things in life.

Like Anthony, Rob is an easy man to like. I enjoyed watching his feelings for Anthony grown and liked how he truly looked out for Anthony without taking away Anthony’s dignity in any way. It was nice to see Rob work through Anthony’s worries and mistrust of achieving anything good in his life. I liked these two men together and truly enjoyed the story they had to tell.

Anthony is a fast-paced book with plenty of sweet and sexy moments that will give you warm and fuzzy feelings for this couple as you read their story.  I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series and definitely interested in what Ms. Lievens has in store for us next.

The Council Enforcers series in book order are:

Daniel

Anthony

Even though Anthony could probably be read as a stand-alone book, I recommend reading the first book in the series, Daniel first. The dynamics between Daniel, Anthony and the men they fall for is definitely one not to be missed.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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