Gabe thinks he’ll never have a bond of his own. He’s bond-cut, which means his scent gland is so scarred, he can’t bond to anyone—not even his best friend, Marcus, who he’s been in love with for six years.
Gabe spends every waking moment with Marcus. They co-own a tattoo parlor and share an apartment. It was Gabe who gave Marcus the vibrant bird tattoos all over his body. But Gabe never plans to tell Marcus about his feelings. Marcus deserves a bond.
Marcus may be huge, even for an alpha, but everyone knows he’s a marshmallow at heart. He’s not going to pressure his bond-cut best friend into a romantic relationship he may not want. Until Gabe’s heat starts early, and a series of accidents lead to a dangerous pregnancy that exposes their true feelings for one another and rocks the foundation of their friendship.
In a world where bonds are everything, can love be enough on its own?
The Bond-Cut Omega is a 35,000-word best-friends-to-lovers romance with knotting, MPreg, manties, and hurt/comfort. It’s a companion book for the Nerds Who Knot Series, but it stands alone.
Rating: 5 cups
Amy offered me a chance at an ARC copy of this book and I jumped on it! I immediately got to reading.
Gabe is a broken from the unresolved issues of his past. He's desperately in love with Marcus and is determined to never tell him.
Marcus is desperately in love with Gabe but thinks because he's bond-cut that means Gabe wouldn't want him.
If only it was so scary to tell someone how you feel, right?
Gabe's heat exposes their feelings for each other and for a night everything is perfect. They're pregnant and together. Insecurities are a bitch though and they reek havoc on their relationship.
Amy brings on the angst. I've said it before, I am an angst wuss. Amy told me she was thinking of me while writing the angst (she knows I'm an angst wuss). I think she was worried it'd be too much for this wuss. Thankfully, I endured! I definitely admit to crying at least once in sadness. My heart was breaking along with Marcus's when Gabe broke up with him. It hurts to think of it now.
What I like is the angst is meaningful and doesn't last forever. I listened to In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish on Audible. It's a great book but it drowned me in angst. By the end, my heart was battered and it was too much for me. Amy keeps staying within my angst limit, kudos!
I loved how the story progressed. Neither was whole until they came together. They were living half a life but their love made them whole. I won't go into details, I don't want to give it away but the ending was very satisfying. I cried happy tears!
What are you waiting for, read and enjoy!
Just Ridley Book 1
I'm a genuinely happy person, regardless of the fact that both of my parents are dead, I'm a college dropout, I work at a diner as a cook in Purdy, Nebraska and I'm a tall, lanky virgin, gay man with more freckles than not, bright red hair, and a creepy obsession with a gorgeous god of a man who always catches me stealing glances of him and doing awkward things, such as nearly killing myself with a mop bucket or frying pan. When my car breaks down not far rom said gorgeous, god's house, I learn that Flynn is my best friend's alpha and there is more to my obsession than my ridiculous habit of accidental suicide attempts. We're connected.
I've been watching my mate for months and waiting for the perfect time to finally claim him. When he comes sputtering to a stop not far from the leap house where I'm the alpha of a large leap of leopards, I'm both excited to finally have him close and worried about how to explain our world. When I find out he already knows about shifters and his best friend is a member of my leap, I feel like this mating just got easier. But fighting both, members of my own kind, and my precious mate's insecurities, might be too much for even a chosen bond. I have to find a way to protect my mate from a crazed she-leopard and prove to him that he could never be, JUST Ridley.
Warning: Mpreg elements!
Also, my books have little to no angst, and lots and lots of fluff! They are better read in order, because I kind of write them like a continuation of a story, and I don't like to repeat explanations over and over if I can help it. No cheating, because that makes my heart hurt, and I try to avoid things that make me sad like I SHOULD be avoiding carbs. Sorry, I just don't want anyone being disappointed if they like the angst filled heart-rippers. These read more like a romantic comedy than a romantic drama.
Enjoy!! ::blowing you kisses::
Rating: Five cups
I loved this book! Ridley is hilarious! He is the most awkward, clumsy guy ever whenever Flynn is around and I couldn't help but laugh at the guy. He is utterly lovable. It's a miracle the poor guy didn't kill himself. Ridley captured my heart and he and the humor is mostly why I gave it a five. I liked Flynn a lot and he was great with Ridley. Mpreg elements in this book, no mpreg. I like the idea of the chosen as the explanation of mpreg.
Grumpy Old Bear: Book 2
Everyone thinks I'm just a young, thrill seeking sass mouth who accidentally stumbled upon my status in the command by being the alpha-mate's best friend. The truth is, I'm a lot more mature than people give me credit for. Including my mate. From the time I was young, while all the other little boys were dreaming of being warriors and fighting for their leap, all I ever dreamed about is meeting my mate and living happily ever after. But my first meeting with my mate didn't go to plan, and he rejected me. Now, living the life everyone else wanted and didn't think I deserved, I couldn't enjoy it or anything else, because I was walking around as only half a person.
I'm old and grumpy and a bit of a bastard. I'm worried about bringing such a young mate into my life of near seclusion and I react badly to finding out he is only twenty. I regret my behavior immediately, but I'm still not sure I have anything to offer a gorgeous, funny, full of life person like my mate. When I start stalking him like a complete creep, I have to admit to myself that I made a huge mistake. But am I going to be too late to repair the damage I've caused? Maybe using an ability that nobody knows about to track down his missing best friend will be my chance to redeem myself as more than just a grumpy old bear.
Rating: 4 cups
The meeting between Bennett and Thompsyn, OMG, so funny! My heart broke for him when Thompsyn rejected him. Sad moment. Bennett has quite the mouth on him! It was enjoyable just sitting back and waiting to see what he would say next. Thompsyn, lol. He's a stereotypical grumpy old bear! But he's perfect for spunky Bennett. I enjoyed their story a lot. Again, mpreg elements, no mpreg.
Sweet Sutton: Book 3
I've been watching my sexy neighbor lounge around his back yard in the nude for like three months now. Like a creepy weirdo, I do it with all the lights in my house off, so he won't know I'm there. When I think he is being attacked by wild animals, I run out to save him, shotgun in hand. And that is how I find out about shifters, mates and chosen. I can have babies?! WTF? Also, my gorgeous neighbor thinks I'm his mate. I've lived a life of people being forced to put up with me, when they didn't have a choice. Can I accept this mating, even to the most amazing man I've ever met, if the choice isn't even his?
Barron "Ronny" Franks
I'm a boring, serial-white-t-shirt-wearing, plain-looking grease monkey, who can't quite get over this curious obsession with my neighbor. Even though I'm sure I would have scented if he was my mate over three months ago when he moved in, my leopard and I are stuck on the man. When he tries to save me from my friends, and finds out about shifters, I finally get close enough to the sexy man to smell the truth. He really is my mate. And he's chosen. I couldn't be more happy with the gift I've been given, but his lack of understanding, the added comments of ignorant, bigoted leap members, and the continued investigation of cult activity among my people, might make it impossible for me to claim my sweet Sutton.
Rating: 4 cups
Ah, Sutton, spying on his naked neighbor and fantasizing about him. Can't blame him though. Ronny is endearing, insecure with his desirability because his previous lovers told him he was boring.
This is the first couple that has a human that isn't aware of shifters. Sutton may be friends with one but he had no idea what Foster was. Sutton does have Foster to sort of help ease things but mostly, it's Ronny. Having that link with his mate makes it easier to accept. I love that Sutton made Ronny feel like it was okay to be who he is. They're a cute couple. Another good one. More mpreg elements, no mpreg.
Call Me Baby: Book 4
I've been pretty sure Burke was my was my mate from the first time I saw him on the screen he and his brother were using to talk to each other from two different places. But as long as my leopard doesn't smell him, I can give us both the time we need to get our lives together. The key is not meeting him physically, until the time is right. The day I walk into my best friend's house and smell the most amazing scent on the air, I know that I've run out of time to get my crap figured out. In person, he's everything I've ever dreamed he'd be. And I'm all too happy to claim him. But he's been attacked by a shifter, and just found out he's chosen. I don't want to spring this on him too, and end up making him run back to Georgia, like he's always threatening. What I don't realize, is that my fear of scaring my mate, is actually breaking his heart. Can I make it right with Burke? And can I save him from a crazed, shifter stalker, who is convinced Burke is his?
I think I might be going crazy. Maybe it's all the work. Maybe it's my creepy, stalkerish lab partner. But only a mental break can explain said creepy lab partner's face going all scary, and him attacking and biting me. Right? When I go to Purdy, Nebraska to get away from it all and visit my adopted brother Sutton, it comes with a special surprise. My brother's best friend of five years. The one I've never actually met, but have been in constant battle with for almost as long. The man I've secretly had the biggest crush on, since the very first time he annoyed and then bossed me, while I was video chatting my brother. When I learn about shifters and mates, and what the mark on my rear-end is all about, I finally understand this draw I've always had to the annoying man. But if that is true, then why isn't Foster saying anything? Am I alone in this crazy pull? And is it too much to ask for him to drop that stupid nickname, and continue to call me baby?
Warning: Mpreg elements!
Also, my books have little to no angst, and lots and lots of fluff! They are better read in order, because I kind of write them like a continuation of a story, and I don't like to repeat explanations over and over if I can help it. No cheating, because that makes my heart hurt. Sorry, I just don't want anyone being disappointed if they like the angst filled heart-rippers. These read more like a romantic comedy than a romantic drama.
Enjoy!! ::blowing you kisses::
Rating: 4 cups
Wow, Burke. He's another with a mouth on him. Mostly curses, lol! His meeting with Foster is pretty funny. Foster didn't need to meet Burke in person to know or at least suspect he was his mate. Burke feels it too and doesn't understand why he obsessed with the guy that teases him all the time. Smell must have something to do with the 'activation' of the mating bond. The bit of angst in this story happens when Foster tries to give Burke time to like him for him without forcing him into mating. Too bad Burke takes it as a rejection. Humor, bit of angst, sexy times, and some drama. More mpreg elements.
Pretty Angel: Book 5
When I was six, monsters attacked and killed my mom while we were unloading groceries. I thought I'd been rescued by the nice man we'd met the day before at the pool, but throughout the twelve years I spent in his basement, I started to realize things. He was one of the monsters, and my basement bedroom was my cage. Now, on the run from the people who wanted to sell me to the highest bidder, I want desperately to make a new life for myself, but my face tells the horrors of my past in the badly scarred claw mark running down the left side. When I find Purdy, I feel safe. And when I find Green, I feel something else. I want something someone like me can't have. Hope is dangerous, and I can't let myself be pulled in by it. Even if all my dreams truly are wrapped up in this one man, and everything he's offering seems perfect. And then I learn about the monsters, about shifters and about Green, and my connection to them all.
The moment I see my delicate, but strong mate, I feel elated. Followed very quickly by cold fury when I see the suffering written all over his scarred, but still beautiful face. When I follow him one day after his shift at Bunny's diner, I also find out he's homeless, and still suffering. Convincing Rory that I want him is a bit of a struggle, but I know it will be worth it once I have him living under my roof, where he belongs. The plan to get him there didn't originally involve the wolves that kidnapped him as a child showing up, but I'll take what I can get. Getting him to stay once he finds out about my kind and their correlation with the monsters that killed his mother might be tough, but I'm hoping I give him more reasons to stay than to go. Unfortunately, a bad decision involving communication that leads to Rory thinking I'm only in it for the money I can get for him might make it impossible. Until I can make him mine, I'll just have to continue to be the guardian of my pretty angel.
Rating: 4 cups
Rory, poor Rory. He had a hard childhood to say the least. His scarred face and traumatic past reminded me a little of Scar in The Dragon's Doorstep Baby by Hawke Oakley (which I want to reread it now). Green (am I the only one that think that's an odd name?) sees Rory as a pretty angel and his scar does nothing to detract from his beauty. Rory thinks Green is making fun of him when he calls him pretty angel. It was wonderful to see Rory get such an adoring mate.
I'm pretty sure this is where the actual mpreg makes its first appearance. I'll let who it is be a surprise. It's one of the previous couples.
Hot Stuff: Book 6
I'm a bit on the chubby side, and I tend to somehow walk around with at least one foot hanging out of my mouth at all times. It's amazing how spectacularly I can vomit out a run-on sentence with every phrase being more offensive than the last. When my father sends me to Purdy, Nebraska to talk my favorite author into signing on with his publishing company, I know he doesn't know what kind of author the man is, and that the whole venture is a lost cause. One, an author of gay romance wouldn't touch Sanders' Publishing with their worst enemies…pen. And two, has there actually ever been someone with less social skills than me? But he's the overly controlling parent that I can't seem to get out from under the thumb of. And I'd really like to meet one of my favorite authors in person. And then I do. And he's truly the most gorgeous, delicious man I've ever met in my life, and me fantasizing about all the things I want to do to him is pointless. Right? Except, all the things he writes about in his books are real, and my birthmark makes me something I've never been in my entire life. Important.
I'm a quiet man, usually. Not because I'm shy, or even antisocial, but because I like to sit back and watch. I'm an observer. And sometimes, I'm lonely. I was starting to worry that our leap was going to meet its quota of soulmates before I found mine. I mean can we even fit any more gay men into our micro-town? I feel like there is a law somewhere about it. When the old, bigoted geezer from Sanders' Publishing shows up at my not-job to offer a contract I've turned down multiple times already, I'm ready to throw him out on his wrinkly rear-end. Only, the delicious little chubby I find waiting for me is definitely NOT Alder Sanders. But he IS my mate, and he's flipping perfect. His body was made for tying to the bed and devouring. If we can somehow make it past Alder Sanders, my mate's insecurities and the creepy cult's terrifying new chemical weapon, maybe it will actually work out. One could hope, right? Because I'd really like to get Davis back to my room and do ALL the hot stuff.
Rating: 5 cups
I had planned on doing books 1-5 but then I started book 6 and god, I couldn't stop reading! Davis is hilarious! He has a serious word vomit problem and I love it and I love him. He's fluffy and adorable and everyone loves him! Ward thinks he's perfect and I love that. Who doesn't want to be perfect as they are? It's rather nice to read about an atypical character who is a regular guy instead of the muscle bound ideal.
I waited until I was in a novella mood to start this series and I'm glad I did. I read the six books right in a row. The series has a nice connecting theme with the cult, which is causing problems for the leap and other shifter groups as well. Nice steamy sex scenes. Insta-love of fated mates, which I love. One thing that might put off some readers is the endearments. Sometimes, I forgot what the character's real name was other than Hot Stuff or Pretty Angel. Yeah, it's at the start of the chapter but I don't look at that. I know they switch off. I am loving this series and how each story bleeds into the next. These books are like chips or cookies or your favorite treat, you can't stop devouring them. I definitely recommend!
Brooke always said that his one true love was the sea... but he never guessed that it was true.
Wild as the seas he ruled, Poseidon was never one to listen when he was told to curb his wild ways. Passionate and untameable, Poseidon’s rages were as terrifying as the storms he whipped across the oceans of the world, but when he calmed, there was nothing to match his beauty. When the goddess’ rebellion divided the pantheon, Poseidon took refuge in the sea, and spent most of his time away from Olympus so he would not have to face the cruelty of the goddess’ betrayal.
After centuries of loneliness, Poseidon is once again absent from Olympus and unable to hear his brother’s call that the oracle’s promise had been fulfilled. But Poseidon has other things on his mind, a Californian surfer named Brooke Hart… and he can’t seem to get the memory of the shy blond’s eyes out of his head.
Brooke is a quintessential California surfer. Blond, tanned, and toned… but he’s also incredibly shy and avoids the limelight whenever possible. When one of the brashest, loudest, and cockiest surfers on the beach shows him some attention, it’s easier just to run away and take solace in the ocean until one day, his desire to be alone puts him in more danger than he could ever imagine, and his rescuer is none other than the Surf God he’d tried so hard to avoid. What he doesn’t know, is that Patrick is an actual god, and he must make a choice between his lonely life, or an option that seems too incredible to believe.
Rip Tide is book 2 in the New Olympians series. 32,000 words, with a HEA featuring a shy, loveable omega an alpha-god to claim him.
Rating: 3 and a half cups
FYI: I took a break in the middle of this book to read an ARC book for another author, which made the story feel a little disconnected but that's on me, not the author.
Brooke was meant for Poseidon. He lives for the water and just wants to surf, despite a secret fear of the ocean. I felt bad for him because he was a shy guy, socially awkward. His only friend was a jerk who was taking advantage of him. Sure, he may have said he was helping but who was he really helping?
Patrick/Poseidon is a lot less fiery than Zeus but let's face it, he still has the arrogance of a god. If I could control the waters, I'd probably be a bit arrogant too. He seems less concerned with revenge on the goddesses than Zeus but he wasn't married to Hera either.
The goddesses aren't about to let the gods find the keys to break their curse without a fight. Hera is vindictive, kind of like Zeus if you think about it (if he was the bad guy). The battle between them is heating up. They don't give a shit who they hurt in the process, innocence means nothing to them.
I have to say Hades is a real bastard in this book. The vindictive part of me hopes his mate makes him suffer some in/ his book. I was super excited for his book before this one but I'm kind of pissed at him now. He was really cold. Maybe he had his reasons but still. I am allowed to be pissed.
I didn't connect as much as I'd like to this couple. It could be Brooke was more of a pushover than I like; he needed a keeper for sure. I do love sassy and strong-willed bottoms. I liked Brooke well enough but I think I was missing that inner strength. Personal preference and all that. The story had some good elements to advance the series and I'm interested to see where it goes from here.
Hi. My name is Jordan K Prince. I live and breathe MM fiction. I am particularly fond of mpreg; I can never get enough. I'm in the process of writing my first MM novel, mpreg, of course.