If you love something let it go...
Brett thought letting Ryder go was the best way to show how much he loved him. Ryder would be free to find an omega and start the family he’d always wanted. Ryder doesn’t want anyone but Brett, and he will do whatever necessary to convince him they belong together.
If it comes back to you…
Cam is on the run from his pack. He’s not looking for love, but when he’s rescued by Brett, his childhood crush, he realizes those feelings he had for his former packmate haven’t faded. Then fate steps in when Cam meets Ryder, Brett’s alpha mate, and a bond is formed. Cam tries to fight his attraction to both men, but the pull he feels toward them may prove too strong.
Ryder knows Cam is the omega he and Brett need to complete their dream of happily ever after. He’s their missing piece, and it will take them both to convince Brett the three of them belong together
Love times Three is an age gap, shifter mpreg romance with a loving beta, a feisty omega, and an alpha who longs to care for them both. This is the third book in the Trillium Creek series. Book 1 is Love at Lupine Bakery and Book 2 is Love at Long Last.
Cups: Five Million
This is my new favorite Trillium Creek book and my new favorite ménage book all rolled into one. Excuse me while I recover from the scorching heat of the sex scenes and come back down to earth to write this review.
I often struggle with ménage. It's tricky to juggle three points of view in romance and make sure each character is a full member of a trio. Silvia Violet accomplished this flawlessly. I shipped all of the characters together, and I understood how each of them fit emotionally in the relationship.
Wolf pack drama is usually a miss for me. But Trillium Creek has some original and wonderfully angsty moments that really drew me in. Personally, I loved how Cam's role providing childcare in the pack was focused on, and how Cam owned a traditional omega role in a way that felt feminist. The pack dynamics were so much more complex than who was out to kill who.
I don't want to spoil anything, but this is one kinky book. Silvia Violet went places with these sex scenes that I usually only see in fan fiction. And the way she juggles the complex physicality of all three characters in bed, in addition to the emotional impact of the sex on all of those characters, was masterful. This is the kind of ménage book that will ruin you for all other ménage books. It's that good.
For those of you who want to know, yes there is a birth scene, and yes, it was wonderfully sweet. I loved it. This MPreg book delivers in every way. I can't wait for the next installment in the Trillium Creek series.
It’s not crazy … it’s just love.
When James almost hits a homeless man on the side of the highway, drenching him in a spray of puddle water, he doesn’t know what to do so he just drives off. He feels guilty but figures the guy will be fine. Besides, he’ll never see him again.
Until the man shows up at the dining room table at the house where James is has been living after a bad breakup. James is embarrassed and annoyed, especially since his brother keeps comparing him to this guy who looks like a hobo.
Bobby has been on a year-long journey to find himself after he lost his mate. He’s walked across the country, relying on the kindness of others, in order to reinforce some sense of good in the universe.
When he is splashed and soaked by a man driving a Lexus he isn’t surprised. He’s never been much of a fan of rich people. But he starts to change his mind when he gets to know all the friendly and generous souls in Vale Valley. The only person in the town who doesn’t seem very friendly is James. The problem is, James is the only person Bobby can’t stop thinking about.
Can Cupid help these two men find the love they both deserve, or is he crazy for even trying?
Or maybe Cupid really does know something about who we belong with after all.
Cupid Must Be Crazy is the seventh book in the Vale Valley Valentine's series. If you're looking for a sweet and steamy small town open to everyone in need of love and a home, you've come to the right place. This book contains two hot men, a Valentine’s ball, and little help from Cupid—all leading to male pregnancy, a cuddly baby, and a very happy ever after ending.
I wasn't completely sold on the blurb of Cupid Must Be Crazy, and I never would have read this book if it hadn't been written by Xander Collins. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the emotional beats of this story worked, and how invested I became in both James and Bobby as the book progressed. Overall, this was an enjoyable read, although I think there were points where the back stories of both of the characters weren't honored in a way that felt realistic once they came together. This was especially true during the sex scenes.
There were a few unique things about the sex in this book. Collins had some interesting ways of describing knotting from the alpha's perspective that were hot. Technically, this was a dom/sub relationship, but it was pretty vanilla in that regard. In some ways this was fantastic because Collins focused on the emotional elements of their relationship instead of focusing on props or scenarios. This approach was very successful for me as a reader.
In regards to omegaverse kink, this books delivers it all. And not just in regards to sex. While there isn't a lengthy description of a pregnant man, the birth scene is sweet and complete. I adored the final sex scene and HEA.
Overall, I think MPreg readers will enjoy this addition to Vale Valley.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Silas had always expected to find his fated mate early in life, like most pack leaders do. But as he nears his fortieth birthday, still single, he begins to accept that maybe he’s not meant to have a mate after all. When he finds an intruder in his territory, a young cop who smells human but also like everything he’s longed for, Silas can’t help but feel a spark of hope. Could this man be part shifter? Could he be Silas’s mate?
Cory’s conservative family believes shifters are evil, but when he meets Silas, he’s shocked by the pack leader’s gentleness and hit with feelings of desire beyond anything he’s ever experienced. All of Cory’s fantasies center around older men who take charge and take care of him, so when Silas asks if he needs a Daddy, all he can say is yes.
Torn between his family’s expectations and the pull he feels toward Silas, Cory knows he’ll have to give up his career if he follows his heart. Silas wants Cory, not fate, to decide if they should be together, so he fights his protective instincts. But an unexpected pregnancy forces their hands, and the two men have to figure out how to fit their lives together. And maybe have love at long last.
Love at Long Last is the first full story in the Trillium Creek series, but you can also enjoy the prequel short, Love at Lupine Bakery. This mm shifter mpreg story contain claws, fangs, knots, cuddling with cocoa and a definite HEA.
At its roots, Love at Long Last is a fated mates story with daddy kink and a significant age gap. This book is interesting because it manages to stay grounded enough in the real world to appeal to the nonshifter MPreg audience, while still offering the pack elements shifter readers expect. There’s a portrayal of a fully-pregnant man/birth scene, much like a lot of non-shifter books, but also a scene where the characters interact with one another as wolves. It’s an interesting mix.
Silas is a great character. His role as the pack’s alpha and his love for Cory felt genuine. But Cory’s character development was weaker. Part of this was due how soft the conflict between Cory and Silas felt in the beginning. Initially, Cory was worried about being with Silas because he wasn’t a full wolf. But eventually, it was revealed that he was worried about his role in the pack as the alpha’s mate. The second conflict made a lot more sense to me, and if it had been brought up earlier(or more fully explained), Cory’s decision to stay away from Silas would have felt more logical. But as it was, a lot of Cory’s reactions felt manufactured for the benefit of the plot until later on in the book.
As far as the sex goes, the MPreg/omegaverse kink was amazing. The way Silvia Violet writes knotting made my toes curl, and for that reason alone I’ll be reading the entire series. All of her sex scenes have a nice escalation and length. The heat sequence in this book was impressive. If you’re into cum kink or rimming, this is an excellent title to check out.
The first book in this series offered some incredible kitchen counter sex. So did this one. I’m hoping this means that there’s going to be counter sex in every book of the series? There’s also some semi-public sex that’s pretty hot.
The only problem with the sex was the daddy kink. It comes together in the end, but felt a little aimless at first. For MPreg daddy kink I’d recommend Daddy Wanted by Susi Hawke and Piper Scott or The Drummer’s Heartbeat by Giovanna Reeves. If you’re willing to venture outside of MPreg, Lynn Van Dorn’s Rule 47 is divine.
The HEA in the book was completely satisfying. Overall, I can’t wait for the next book!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Finn is focused on continuing the success of his family's bakery. Eventually, he'll settle down with an alpha and start a family, but for now, he's content to satisfy his needs with casual hook-ups. Then a gorgeous stranger walks into the bakery, and Finn's whole world shifts.
Levi's father was a wolf shifter, but he was raised by his human mother and—like most hybrids—has never shown any wolf characteristics. That all changes when he enters Lupine Bakery and every instinct tells him the omega behind the counter is his.
Both Finn and Levi try to ignore what their hearts and bodies are telling them, but an unexpected pregnancy may force them to face what fate has in store.
I loved this prequel to the Trillum Creek Series because it was exactly the right length for the kind of story it wanted to tell, and it was exploding with personality. It's the kind of romance that has both an erection and a bakery in the first paragraph. That's all you really need to know.
But I mostly write this blog because I can't go into the nitty gritty about the sex in my Amazon reviews without getting banned, so here we go. However, I must warn you. The review of the sex is chalk full of spoilers.
I always appreciate an unexpected heat. But this book also offers unexpected slick, unexpected knotting, and an unexpected pregnancy. Be still my heart.
The pacing of the sex and the use of kinks were both spot on. You can expect fated mates, a shy alpha who takes control in the bedroom, and a delightful kitchen scene where Finn (the omega) gets pounded into the countertop from behind. And it only took me about an hour to read. That's a lot of excitement for one hour of reading.
This short story gives a taste of some of the Trillum Creek love stories Violet will be releasing in 2019. I'm completely intrigued. Violet will be hitting a few of my favorite tropes: the beta who thinks he can't satisfy his alpha lover (but he's wrong, of course), and the older man who's lost hope on love (but is just about to meet his fated mate). I'm anxiously awaiting the next book!
One night equals a test of faith for Father Lance…
Trouble always finds Mateo and he’s succumbed to it several times with or without help. However, after running with the wrong kinds of people, he’s decided to turn a new leaf. His attention to detail lands him a job as a tattoo artist, making people’s dreams come true through body art. With this steady gig and his grandmother’s support, Mateo is convinced he can live mostly anxiety free.
Father Lance has always suppressed his needs to care for others. The older alpha is Vale’s most handsome and available bachelor, but Lance has no interest in hooking up. Instead, he puts all his energies into his church. Although loneliness is a constant partner, Lance refuses to let it stand in the way of his goal.
One wintery night, Lance spots a man in need of assistance and immediately calls for help. Despite Lance’s instincts crying out to the victim, he ignores those desires.
As he's being rushed to the emergency room, Mateo feels his destined mate near. Once he recovers, he’s determined to find his forever partner to build the relationship that will stabilize the young omega’s life.
Warning: On page violence and a near death experience.
Breakable Faith is the eighth book in a multi-author series about Vale Valley, a small town open to everyone in need of love and a home. Each installment can be read as a standalone
This story features a tattooed omega that has the hots for the priest. Naughtiness and general unholy thoughts are the running themes in this book. Be prepared to clutch your rosary and have a fan nearby.
Breakable Faith begins with a request for the reader to suspend their disbelief. This made me nervous. But I was pleased to discover that he was simply asking the reader to imagine a world where Catholic priests are allowed to marry, and gay people are allowed to be themselves without any guilt. In Breakable Faith, this premise feels not only plausible, but like a warm hug.
There are many reasons why I loved this book. Mandrake has a flair for dialogue that makes his characters jump off the page. I not only felt invested in Lance and Mateo, but their friends and family. I sincerely hope Mandrake will consider writing a sequel.
The chemistry between Lance and Mateo worked on so many levels. There was a glorious sense of the forbidden as Lance and Mateo's physical relationship developed that felt perfect in a MPreg book featuring religion. The slow burn truly paid off, and when the sex finally happened it crackled with electricity.
If you're hoping for a sex scene in a church, complete with all the priest kink bells and whistles, Breakable Faith won't disappoint. There's a fabulous frotting scene that's honestly the best I've read in the genre. The quality was similar to what I'd expect from gay erotica, but with all the heart of a good M/M romance.
From an omegaverse standpoint, this is an interesting book. Mateo slicks, but Lance doesn't knot. I haven't seen that before. Often it's the other way around. Knotting is one of the reasons I read MPreg, but the sex was hot enough that this wasn't a problem for me.
There is some violence and a near death experience in Breakable Faith. I didn't mind this, but it definitely made the book feel different than other stories in the Vale Valley series. Paired with Mateo's street persona, it created an urban fantasy vibe that really worked for me.
Overall, this was a great read.
Chris and Jason thought they’d lost their way home, but wound up finding the exact place … and person … they’d been looking for.
A young couple--Chris, a beta, and Jason, an omega--come upon a small, snowy town that seems too magical to be true. Is it just the snow and the Christmas season that makes them feel like anything is possible? Or does that feeling really come from the knowledge that nothing is holding them back from a relationship they never could have imagined in their wildest dreams?
Rafe Montgomery has been single for over five years. He lives with his daughter, Grace, and some staff in his enormous mansion in the woods. As much as he tries to give everything to Grace, he still can't give her the comfort and security that comes with having both an alpha daddy and an omega daddy. But he's sworn off love after losing his cherished mate in an accident. When he sees Chris and Jason he's struck by something he doesn't understand, but soon realizes that the three of them fit together in a beautiful relationship he'd never even considered.
Five Gold Rings is the fifth book in a multi-author series about Vale Valley, a small town open to everyone in need of love and a home.
It is a non-shifter omegaverse story about a relationship between an older, tall, dark, handsome, and wealthy, alpha dom, a young beta sub, and a young omega sub. You will find incredibly hot sex, and insta-love, between three men. As well as male pregnancy, loads of holiday decorations and snow, and a very sweet, cuddly HEA in front of a roaring fire.
Five Gold Rings is the fifth title in the Vale Valley Winter Romance series, and a great read. The three alternating points of view were clear and easy to follow, and I enjoyed the BDSM elements (but I am not a reader who deliberately seeks out BDSM, so a small amount of domination and pain play works for me).
For those of you who read omegaverse for the cute baby at the end, there's only a promise of one in this book. But Rafe has a daughter named Grace, and there are plenty of adorable dad moments with her.
The sex in this book was well written and delivers in regards to omegaverse kinks. Rafe knots, Jason slicks, and there's that uncontrollable sexual tension that comes with a heat. The ménage elements are successful as well, with a great three-way oral moment, and a domination scene that manages to incorporate the beta in the menage very effectively.
As a warning, Chris comes off as 100% pure asshole in the first chapter. He's not. Once you get to the second chapter his actions make more sense, and he becomes a lot more endearing.
Overall, I enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading more from Xander Collins.
Amy is a librarian and an author of MPreg romance. She reads MPreg primarily for the kink, so her reviews focus on the naughty bits. When she isn't writing or librarianing