Henry Merrill escaped the abusive family from his childhood and has built a life as the kindhearted handyman for the small town of Ashford in the 1880’s. Henry has every intention of living his life alone, serving the town he considers home. But an angel named Cory-Elle has other plans for Henry. With a soul that needs to be brought to earth, Cory-Elle gives Henry the opportunity to raise the family he never imagined he would have.
Dr. Lawrence Turner has a bad reputation in Ashford for attending to poor patients who cannot pay him and for being the only physician the town has ever seen make house calls to the local brothel. So when a young man claiming an angel has made him pregnant arrives in his office, Dr. Turner is not surprised. Despite his disbelief, Lawrence has few things to lose in tending to Henry—though Lawrence never counted on his heart being one of those things.
With the help of the doctor’s assistant Ben Lockhart and a saloon woman named Lily Mae Pepperidge, Henry and Lawrence must challenge everything they thought they knew about faith and family.
Together they encounter pain, joy, sorrow, and pleasure. But among it all, they discover love.
Standalone. HEA. Mpreg (Male Pregnancy) is a primary theme.
Rating: 5 wonderfully satisfying cups
Historical romance, especially with mpreg, isn't my usual read. Adding the social judgments of the past isn't an easy thing to get around. Society and families/friends can be judgy enough in contemporary times. I wasn't certain how it would work but I was interested to find out.
Henry is a good, kind, hardworking man. He's had a hard life: abusive parents, and later his only two friends dropped out of his life. Henry is lonely and craving love and a family. An injury allows a meeting with an angel and with Henry's consent, he is pregnant.
Lawrence is an oddity in the small town. He's a doctor without judgment, treating the working girls at the saloon despite what others say about him for it. He is smart and caring, driven to help people with knowledgeable treatments instead of superstitions.
Lawrence becomes Henry's only hope to help him through the pregnancy but first, he has to get the doctor to believe him. With a nudge from Henry's angel, Lawrence comes to believe.
Finch does this historical story right. There are tidbits of the judginess from the time period. Being gay, openly at least, was not an option. The romance is slow burn. I think the first kiss came in chapter seventeen. Not my usual but Finch did slow burn right. It didn't feel like it was taking forever for them to get together. It felt like a natural progression. They both have a bit of uncertainty considering the times, being attracted to the same sex is not acceptable. Lawrence has to deal with being Henry's doctor and the guilt of having inappropriate feelings for him. Their first kiss has a lot of chemistry and feeling behind it. The romance is sweet, don't expect explicit sex.
This story is a wonderful, sweet story of how two men fall in love and form an unconventional family. They find two people, Ben and Lily Mae, to share their home, their lives, and their child with who they can be completely truthful with and who love and accept them. I wasn't sure how Finch was going to make this story work, considering the time period it is set in, but she found a way. It reads realistic and natural (despite the additional of an angel and mpreg). I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The story is different from what I usually read and like in a lot of ways but Finch hooked me. I loved the characters, Henry and Lawrence, Ben and Lily Mae. All were likable, believable in their characterization and unique. They felt like real people and that's the best compliment I can offer. I can imagine their lives in the future, their child growing up.
I 100% recommend taking a chance on this book. I loved it and I hope you do too.
I'm on Beau Brown's ARC team and receive a copy of his books prior to their release. This review will include my Amazon reviews from books 1-4. There is currently 6 books in the series, with the 7th available for preorder. All are available on Kindle Unlimited. All the books are quick reads and it's a great series.
Baby Doctor (Book 1):
Omega Peter Johnson can’t accept that he can’t have babies. Several doctors have told him he’s barren, but he refuses to believe that. After all, there are few things that would be worse news for an omega. He decides to seek the opinion of the premiere fertility specialist in Poppy Field, Dr. Rafe Hexton.
Alpha Rafe Hexton isn’t known for his charming bedside manner. But he’s the best at what he does. When he delivers devastating news to Peter in an uncaring and blunt manner, Peter sets him straight right before he storms out of his office.
When the two men meet at a club one night, Peter ends up in Rafe’s bed. While Peter may not necessarily like Rafe, he can’t deny how attracted he is to the alpha. Rafe is equally drawn to the younger omega, and finds Peter’s infertility a plus in his book. He’s not interested in having kids.
But just as the alpha and omega come to a mutually satisfying arrangement, fate steps in and changes the game.
This 38,000 word story is a contemporary non-shifter Mpreg romance with steamy scenes and lots of warm feels.
Rating: Four cups
I loved the beginning. The hate to love theme is something I enjoy. Rafe is absolutely a heartless jerk at their first meeting. Peter is trying to deal with the fact he's never going to have children, his greatest wish. He is at a place where he thinks he's going to be alone forever. Who wants a barren omega? Rafe, that's who. It starts with sex and sort of evolves from there. Rafe is a jerk more than once but the author always comes back with Rafe opening up and making him likable and endearing. Rafe is the kind of character that can go wrong and have readers hate him. I've read a book that gets it wrong but this one gets it right. Rafe reads like a love virgin, he's adorably confused by feelings and love. Sure, he shoots off his mouth and digs himself into a deep, deep hole but in the end, he is man enough to admit he's wrong and apologize.
I really enjoyed the book and the author's style of writing. I look forward to book two in the series.
Cowboy's Omega (Book 2):
Alpha Lex and omega Stewart shared an instant, passionate attraction to each other when Lex stood up for the omega when a bar patron was hassling him. After spending the night together, they make plans to meet up the next day. But when Lex cancels, and gives no real explanation other than he's leaving the country, Stewart has no choice but to put the promising romance behind him.
When Lex returns to Poppy Field eight months later, he wants to rekindle things with Stewart. But Stewart isn't ready to jump into anything with the secretive cowboy. He knows Lex is the kind of alpha he could settle down with, and that's exactly what Stewart is looking to do; settle down. But how can he trust his heart to Lex, when the cowboy might leave town again on a moment's notice? What is Lex hiding that makes it so hard for him to commit?
This 30,000 word story is Book 2 in Beau Brown's new Poppy Field Mpreg Series. Lots of fun, steamy, heart warming pages await you, and a HEA is always guaranteed.
Rating: Four cups
The first thing I can say is read book one first. I read several books in between book one and two and at first, it felt a bit like I was jumping into chapter three of a story I didn't remember reading. I had to stop and think about it to remember the characters' interactions in the first book. You'll get the most enjoyment by reading book one then immediately going to this one.
Trust is the issue between these two men, trust and communication. Lex started things by leaving without explanation. Stewart doesn't trust Lex to stay. Communicating more would have helped make things easier for them both but that's how relationships work. People let fear and doubt and suspicion build up instead of talking. I enjoyed when they actually talked, it was the moment I had been waiting for. Lex is a sweet alpha and he and Stewart are made for each other. I enjoyed this story and I think you will too
Baby Donor (Book 3):
Omega Ace Hamilton has a horrible case of baby fever. Working as a receptionist at a fertility clinic only makes things worse because he sees pregnant omegas day in and day out. It’s agony watching those happy couples glowing with excitement, when the odds of him ever having a baby are slim to none. He could never afford the artificial insemination procedure, and no alpha will ever get him pregnant the old fashioned way because his younger brother was born with a birth defect. Ace is considered damaged goods by default.
Alpha Wyatt Williams is a donor at the fertility clinic where Ace works. The sexy receptionist catches Wyatt’s eye, and when Ace shares his sad predicament, Wyatt offers to help him out by giving him a baby the natural way. Wyatt doesn’t admit it, but he’s thrilled at the idea of sleeping with the irresistible omega. However, Wyatt makes it clear he wants nothing to do with the pregnancy or the baby after the deed is done.
Ace really wants a baby and he really wants to sleep with the sexy alpha too. But he’s not sure whether he’ll be able to keep his feelings out of the equation. What he truly wants is a real family of his own, complete with an alpha and a baby too.
This is a sweet and sexy, contemporary, non-shifter love story with mpreg and a HEA ending. Though part of the Poppy Field Mpreg Series, this standalone story does not need to be read as part of the series.
Rating: Four cups
Although this is the third in the series, it isn't necessary to have read the first two to enjoy this story. Due to his brother's deformity, Ace hasn't found an alpha willing to mate and have children with him. He really wants a baby. Rich alpha Wyatt isn't looking a real relationship any time in the near future. However, donating is something he's willing to do. Fate has other plans, their attraction is immediate but everything isn't sunshine and rainbows for the pair. Wyatt is pretty clueless when it comes to love. This story was a quick, enjoyable read with steamy sex, a bit of angst, and sweetness.
Alpha's Secret Baby (Book 4):
Fireman Garrett Livingston could probably have any omega he wants. The problem is he isn’t out of the closet yet. Anyone he beds has to promise to keep his secret. That works out just fine so long as he just wants to sleep around and have fun. But nothing is ever that easy, right?
When Garrett meets Chip Sorenson, he falls hard and fast. The problem is, Chip isn’t going to waste his time on an alpha that doesn’t know what he wants. Chip is ready to settle down and have babies. But if Garrett can’t admit to his family and friends who he really is, they have no future.
As heartbreaking as it is, Chip breaks things off with Garrett. But just as he thinks maybe he’s ready to move on and start a life with another alpha, he discovers he’s pregnant with Garrett’s baby.
This is a sweet and sexy, contemporary, non-shifter love story with mpreg and a HEA ending. Though part of the Poppy Field Mpreg Series, this standalone story does not need to be read as part of the series.
Rating: Five cups
I was prepared not to like this story. The basis is angsty, Chip being Garrett's little secret for over a year while hoping for more and being let down again and again. I'm not someone that seeks out angsty books but still, I couldn't stop reading this story. I almost finished it in one sitting but the last part had to wait until I was done with work. While Garrett did win me over, I didn't like him at the start. I had sympathy for his situation but not for the way he kept stringing Chip along. The more I saw him struggle, the more my heart went out to him.
I was drawn into Chip and Garrett's story in a way I didn't expect but I can't complain. This is another great story in the series and I definitely recommend it!
Will two men, as different as can be, find love?
Jaesun Park isn’t a spy, not until the Protectors of the Pure, an organization bent on eradicating shifters from the world, blackmail and coerce him into using his job at The National Press to uncover and publish anti-shifter propaganda. He unwillingly travels north undercover, posing as one of the many campers taking advantage of the new shifter-run campground. The moment he arrives, he’s sure everyone is onto him, but he’s got to do his best to ignore his anxieties. His family needs him.
Wilder is a hybrid shifter content to watch those around him act like fools while they find their mates. If he ever (big if) found his mate, he wouldn’t overreact nearly as much as the other alphas with all their growling and possessiveness. That’s what he thinks until he literally runs into the man meant for him. It takes seconds for Wilder to realize that Jaesun is his and just as much time to realize Jaesun is hiding something that is putting him in danger. And anything that puts his mate in danger is unacceptable.
Except, those he would normally turn to won’t understand what Jaesun has had to do. They’ll lock him up before Wilder has a chance to tell them Jaesun is his mate. He can see that Jaesun is in way over his head, and Wilder is the only one who can dive in and save him. His kind, gentle mate quickly brings out the alpha in Wilder. No one, not his pack or the Protectors will lock up his mate. Before long, Wilder will realize why those other alphas acted so possessive and out of control.
Under His Cover is the fourth book in the Hybrid Heat series. It can be read as a standalone or as part of the series for maximum enjoyment. It features a delightful number of references to Korean dramas and kimchi while still containing those steamy moments that will make your toes curl!
Rating: 5 cups
Jaesun is in tough spot, blackmailed into helping the Protectors of the Pure. His situation is not helping his anxiety issues. He is adorable in how out of his element he is. He's utterly lovable.
Wilder used to laugh at the other shifters who found their true mates. He's not laughing anymore. He finally understand why they act the way they do. It takes him a bit but he does figure out why he can't stay away from Jaesun. My favorite thing about Wilder is his acceptance of who Jaesun is. He doesn't love Jaesun in spite of his quirks and anxieties because he sees nothing wrong with them or with Jaesun. He's such a sweetheart with Jaesun, I love it.
I loved that Jaesun is Korean, the addition of a different cultural perspective was an enjoyable aspect of the story. And Wilder meeting his mom was great. Hey mom, here's my mountain man, definitely not a nice Korean boy, boyfriend. Oh, yeah, he's also a shifter. That went over well!
The Protectors of the Pure definitely make things interesting. Those bastards need to be stopped!! I can't wait for the next book!
Turn up the heat!
Alpha, Preston is alone. His character has been assassinated by a vicious rumor and he’s been cast out of Austin, forced to work as a farmhand for the last eight years. He’ll never find a mate—he’s accepted it. But one night, on a routine delivery downtown, Preston encounters a scent that turns everything he knows upside down.
Kenneth is also alone. Orphaned. Both parents both dead, he’s packed up everything and is moving to Boston to start fresh. But before he does—he heads to the bar for a quick drink to get his mind off things. One quick drink couldn’t hurt…right?
Preston is floored when he catches the scent of his fated-mate. But the sweet omega is in trouble. He’s been drugged by the very same disgusting alpha who ruined Preston’s life eight years ago. Jasper Vanderton.
Fueled by rage, revenge and the scent of his fated-mate, Preston saves Kenneth from a terrible, life changing experience and rushes him back to the farm. It’s not long before the two realize they’re meant for each other. Preston is determined to put a cub in his belly and bind them together forever, but there’s just one problem--
Jasper has found them. His family is rich and powerful, and they’re going to buy the farm and force them off the land—or worse. Preston has no choice but to act, but how can he, one alpha, go up against the most powerful family in Austin?
…But Preston’s been blessed by a miracle. He’s found his fated-mate and he will do anything to make sure they’re never apart.
Alpha’s Destiny is the first book in Texas Heat, a brand new series from Aspen Grey featuring all the great stuff you’ve come to expect from her: fated love, no cheating, thrilling romance and enough heat you’ll need a fan to cool you down. Read at your own risk… ;)
Rating: 3.5 cups
Preston was the victim of rich asshole, Jasper. Drugged after refusing to spread his legs for Jasper, Preston soon found himself being falsely accused and vilified for attempted rape of Jasper. He is abandoned by everyone and moved away to work on an isolated farm.
Kenneth is an orphan about to move away. For a last hurrah, he decides to go to a bar and perhaps get rid of his pesky virginity. Unfortunately, he runs into, you guessed it, Jasper. When Kenneth rebuffs Jasper's attentions, Jasper predictably goes to his favorite tactics: drugs. Kenneth is pretty helpless after being drugged and Jasper and his wonderful (can you hear the sarcasm?) friends are happy to take advantage of him.
Jasper is one of those guys. The rich assholes who get away with everything and leave traumatized people in his wake without a care. He's a selfish jerk that reminds me of all those rich assholes who get away with raping women. To say I hated him is an understatement.
Lucky for Kenneth, Preston comes to save him. And BOOM fated mates. Who loves fated mates? I do!
I had to get over the names when I started the book. I dislike the name Preston (sorry) and I have a close relative named Kenneth. Other than the names, I like Preston and Kenneth as a couple. Preston is a good alpha, an honorable one but that doesn't mean he can't get a little kinky, hehe. Spanking, why is it so delicious to read about?
Jasper, of course, tries to ruin Preston and Kenneth's mating. Unless Preston figures out how to protect his mate and his job, they're going to be homeless soon. They need allies and a plan.
I liked this novella but I didn't love it. I liked the characters and hated the villain. The relationship was steamy and tempered with sweetness. It was a quick, enjoyable read. The plot could have been improved and be more memorable with a bit more elements of originality. This novella is a perfect way to end a long, difficult day. A mix of angst, fluff, kink, and love, it's a nice read for when you don't want to think too much.
Logan McRae expected to wake on the spacecraft Mercury, ready to pilot the ship to New Earth. Instead, he finds himself facing two aliens whose help he'll need if he wants to find his people.
Kit doesn't know what sort of creature he has accidentally purchased, but it's definitely male and not completely different from him and his lover, Halor. The language barrier might be a problem, but Kit knows the language of love doesn't always need words.
Halor has been reluctant to expand his nest, but he'll do anything to give Kit the happiness he deserves, even invite another man into their bed.
Logan has no idea that Kit isn't quite like other men until their passion results in unexpected consequences. Now he must choose between his mission and the two men who have given him everything he has ever wanted, as well as things he never dreamed of.
NOTE: There is an error on some of the sale pages that state this title is BDSM. It is not. Please be aware. We are working with Amazon to correct this error.
Rating: 4.5 cups
This book has been on my to-read list for a long while. It's not on Kindle Unlimited, which means I had to buy it. I'd been hoping to win an Amazon gift card during the last Mpreg author giveaways party but my luck proved to be awful. (I won nothing...unsurprising considering my history of unluckiness) I decided to just take the plunge and buy it. I was done waiting. FYI, I do not like buying books I haven't read before unless it's on sale.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I've tried to read an alien mpreg story before but the one I chose wasn't for me. I was hoping this one was better and it definitely was.
Logan deals with his strange circumstances better than most probably would. Instead of waking up with his fellow crew, he's awaken to find two strange animal-like aliens.
Kit is everything. I love him. Adorable and sassy. He evolved from cats and has feline features like ears, tail, and some fur. He's open, giving, and let's face it, loves sex.
Halor is more reserved. He evolved from birds and has some bird-like features. He's more suspicious of Logan and is focused on protecting Kit from the strange being they accidentally bought.
Kit brings the three of them together. At first, it's Logan and Kit, and Kit and Halor. Kit is hard to deny and harder not to love. Neither Logan nor Halor can resist him. The relationship between Halor and Logan develops more slowly.
The pregnancy gives opportunity for adorable moodiness (Kit) and loving care/pampering (Halor and Logan). It also causes some problems, which force the men to actual talk.
I quite enjoyed the world Brown created. Reminiscent of our own but with tweaks. It is definitely a sci-fi type world. I found it easy to immerse myself in it and imagine the 'aliens' in my mind.
The story is primarily focused on the triad relationship. Like all relationships, they have to contend with unhappy in-laws (Halor's parents), misunderstandings, and judging friends (Logan's crew mates). It isn't easy but love gets them through it.
If Brown wanted, this world could be turned into a series without too much effort. While some humans were rescued from captivity, there are more still out there. There could be another story or two in there. I'd enjoy seeing more of this universe.
This story is a good sci-fi love story. If you enjoy sci-fi and triad relationships, you should give this one a try. It was worth having to buy it. I look forward to more from this author.
There's no safe word for love...
“6’2”, 200 pounds of muscle. Can you handle the beast? Omegas: call me daddy.”
-Leo’s Grindr Profile
Hayden Williams is looking for a better life. After a tragic accident takes his father away from him, his family starts to spiral out of control. Hayden never felt comfortable in his own skin. He is a closeted bisexual, and most of the people around him can't seem to let that go. He's tried everything to find someone he can relate to, but he's starting to believe that fluid people like himself don't deserve to be loved.
When Hayden sends a few pictures to a mysterious daddy alpha online, he realizes he’s found who he’s been looking for: someone dangerous. Now, he can no longer hold back. He's coming out of the closet, no holds barred.
"Leather, leashes, handcuffs, and chains... Give me them all."
Leo Kennedy used to be the king of the leather scene. Now, he’s a f*cking legend. Love was never his thing, but when Hayden messages him with a set of provocative pictures, he crushes hard.
It was supposed to be one date, but Leo wants more. There is only one safeword, but multiple levels of pleasure are available to them. If Hayden can't play by the rules of his dark game, will he get another chance at love?
Safe Word is a full-length first time gay romance novel with a dash of mpreg. It is a 50,000 word omegaverse book. This novel contains hot and sexy leather action & some BDSM scenes, passionate angst & desire, and a HEA - beautiful baby to keep you smiling for days. This mpreg romance is meant for 18+ readers.
Rating: 3.5 cups
Hayden has been hiding a large part of himself for a long time. He's an omega and is attracted to both men and women. His mother fell apart after his father died and Hayden had to try to keep things together. He was always the perfect son but finally, he's finding the courage to live for himself. What he wants most to be controlled and he's hoping Leo is the man to do it.
Leo is mentally broken. His last relationship still affects his every waking moment; it isn't helping that he's basically being stalked by his ex. Leo is not in a good headspace. He hasn't dealt with his past.
Hayden and Leo both feel a spark when they meet. Hayden is afraid to be his true self and Leo is terrified to trust Hayden. This is an angsty story. Leo was definitely put through the wringer and is scarred mentally by his past. Major trust issues and fear of putting his heart on the line with Hayden. Hayden has his own share of mental struggles. I didn't quite understand why it was such a big deal he's an omega. Maybe in his world, male omegas are looked down upon? I'm not sure. It's a lot of angst, really good angst but a little too much for my personal preference. If you love angst, this is a great story for you! I'm an angst wuss, I can fully admit it. I need fluff to get me through the angst. Too much angst without fluff to balance it out for me.
The BDSM was good and I definitely enjoyed the Daddy kink and age gap. Yum!
The ending was fluffy mcflufferson. Sweet and loving and cute. It was great. I loved how they became a family in the end.
Overall, this wasn't a book for me. This is a good book, I'm not denying that. It was nicely written and a good story but not my kind of story. My rating is based mostly upon being an angst wimp (which I'm okay with). All the other stuff? Hit my buttons but angst me no likey.
Love angst? This is the story for you!
It's lonely at the top of Olympus
Hot-headed Zeus used to be King of the Gods. He did what he wanted, when he wanted, and no one, not even his wife, Hera, could keep him under control. His passions were legendary, and no mortal could resist his advances. He and his brothers ran wild on Earth. Bedding and breeding countless mortals until the jealous goddess’ rebelled and cursed their wayward husbands.
After centuries of anger, the brothers have finally deciphered the promise of an ancient oracle that will change their lonely existence forever, and usher in an age of New Olympians.
Cameron was a theatre student, sure, he’s been around the block before, but no one had ever caught his eye like Zachary. The muscles, the beard, the tattoos… he was everything that Cameron should have known to run far away from, but there was an electricity between them, something he couldn’t explain… what he doesn’t know is that Zachary isn’t everything he says he is, and there’s more at stake than just some Friday night hookup. Cameron’s demand for truth and honesty in a relationship could spell the end of his dreams, or carry the promise of something beyond anything he could ever have imagined.
Lightning Strikes is book 1 in the New Olympians series. This novella is 32,000 words, with an HEA featuring an independent omega with big dreams and an alpha-god to claim him. This book features themes of male pregnancy/MPREG and is suitable for readers over the age of 18 only.
I was excited to read this book. I love Greek mythology; all those Gods and Goddesses (Athena: strong, beautiful, smart, badass? Talk about a woman to look up to!). Such a complex and dramatic world, it's interesting! Vincent takes Greek mythology and tweaks it to create a new universe. The Gods of Olympus are cursed by the Goddesses. They are no longer allowed to have sex with mortals; it would kill the mortal. The idea of the Goddesses cursing the Gods seems 100% accurate. The Gods were dogs, not that the Goddesses were angels either! They definitely felt the extent of the Goddesses' wrath. Pretty sad though as the Gods are all alone. All their demi-god children have died. They are without family except for the other Gods. Pretty lonely.
Zeus is an emotional god. Full of anger and loss and loneliness. He truly craves a family; he's lost without one. Hades (I'm 98% sure) reminds him of the prophecy of how to break the curse, which is basically they need to find a descendant of one of the Goddesses (since they aren't cursed and have mated with humans to create children). He needs to find his 'spark' and only then he'll be able to have a family again. Zeus, aka Zachary, is a hottie. Picture Zeus as a hipster, bearded and covered in tattoos. Yum! He's sexy as hell; I can see why humans just jumped into his bed! God, he would make such a good Daddy.
Cameron is passionate but poor. Going to school, he goes hungry too much. He's happy though because he is working toward his goal of being on stage. The other thing he loves besides the stage is his sister and her two children. Cameron is exactly the kind of guy I love. He's a little awkward, a little socially clueless, and absolutely adorable. Cameron lusts after Zeus pretty hard; Zeus is his dream guy.
This is a novella, so the relationship build up is fast but believable. They are hot together! I love the heat and spark they feel when they touch. If this story had novel length to it, the rating probably would have been higher. The story isn't lacking. More length means more immersion for me as a reader though and man, I wanted to be in the universe longer. This series seems to me like one I'd jump into and read until I was finished. I'm guessing all will be novellas, so it would be easy to do. I'd get all the immersion I am craving!
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It's a quick read, which at times is what I'm looking for. I wasn't craving a novella when I read this story, my rating might have been different had I been in that mood. It's a good start to the series. I am excited to read the rest of the series. I wish Hades was next because I want to read his story most. He's fascinating and I can't wait to see him fall like a ton of bricks for someone! Poseidon is next up and it seems he has met someone already. I wonder who it is!
UNDER HIS CONTROL: HYBRID HEAT BOOK TWO
A jaded older shifter trying to be the alpha he isn’t collides with a cocky, young Dom…
Garth isn’t a well-liked member of his bear shifter pack. He’s got a sharp tongue and a deep-seated hatred of humans spawning from a traumatic experience years ago. Garth believes that a man his age should have his life figured out. He should be an alpha, he should find a mate to start a family with. Except, all of Garth’s nasty quips, shoves, and snarls are him trying to pretend to be that thing he is not. If he isn’t an alpha, what is he? Cassius, the youngest hybrid shifter to join the pack, is cocky, arrogant and all alpha. He also won’t stop getting under Garth’s skin, making him long for things he can’t have.
Cassius knows he doesn’t have the years or seniority in his pack but that’s fine, he doesn’t want to control a group of people. He longs for control over one man in particular. Cass isn’t sure how he is the only one to see how amazing Garth is, but he’s glad he is the only one to notice how talks of submission and spanking affect the shifter in a way that Cassius will do anything to explore. He’s obsessed with Garth—his mate—and knows that if he would simply give into his true nature as a submissive, Garth wouldn’t feel like he has to keep everyone away from him with his rudeness.
But attempting to get Garth to see past the difference in their years and understand he would be happiest under Cassius’s control will mean nothing if Cassius and the other hybrid bikers don’t discover who has been targeting shifters. All over the area, entire packs are being harmed by a strange new drug that has everyone on edge. Cassius and the rest of the hybrid bikers must find the people responsible for poisoning entire packs of shifters before they are the next ones targeted.
Under His Control is a 60k word Mpreg romance that contains an age gap relationship as well as some light to medium BDSM elements. It is the second book in the Hybrid Heat series and can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.
Rating: 5 cups
I loved this story. It was unique. Inside Garth isn't the typical alpha; his instincts aren't to protect or dominate but to submit. His inner struggle between who he believes he should be and who he actually is inside is the reason why he can't connect with others. Pretending means putting up a front, one that does not endear him to others. Chuey, from the first book, is about his only real friend.
Cassius is comfortable with who he is and what he wants. He knows Garth is his. He knows Garth desires to submit to him. Cassius tries to ease Garth into things but he's not any more perfect than Garth. He makes mistakes and a mistake is more than enough reason for Garth to balk and try to retreat back into his false persona.
Garth's continued struggle created problems for them both. I enjoyed the struggle, the battle between fear and desire. Happiness could only come with the courage to be who he truly is. Overcoming fear of rejection isn't easy and it wasn't easy for Garth either. But when he finally has the courage to accept and be who he is, it was beautiful. The happiness and freedom he felt were beautiful. It's what we all wish, isn't it? To be free to be who we are without having to hide for fear of rejection.
The mystery aspect wasn't anything surprising. I knew the culprit right away, whether it was because it was obvious or I've just read and watched too many mysteries, I'm not sure. It didn't diminish the story at all for me. I wasn't reading this story for the mystery.
It's been a while since I read this and when I read it, I didn't know what was next for the series. The third hadn't been released yet but I was excited to find out!
Since I've already read all three books, I can tell you this one is my favorite in the series!
UNDER HIS COMMAND: BOOK THREE
A bond that surpasses blood.
Thorne has found a home as second-in-command among the hybrid bikers, and while he considers his pack mates brothers, he never forgets the stepbrother he was coerced into leaving behind. From first sight, Thorne knew he was meant to protect his stepbrother, Sage and he never stopped, until his parents pushed Thorne out of his home by threatening Sage’s safety. His parents thought their bond was unnatural and while it broke Thorne’s heart to leave, he believed it was what was best for Sage. The pack would protect Sage better than an eighteen-year-old lone hybrid shifter.
When the world tells them no.
Twelve years Sage has spent getting over losing his protector, his bodyguard, and his only friend. Thorne had been his entire world, until he suddenly wasn’t. Gone without a trace, at thirteen, Sage couldn’t believe the boy who held his heart would leave him. He spent months running away from the compound he lived in with his parents and lion pride. He’d been sure that Thorne was out there, needing his help. But, after several cruel punishments and years without more than an envelope of money sent through the mail from his former savior, Sage had to realize, his soul mate was gone. Gone, but never forgotten. With only a return address, Sage sends a letter hoping it will bring Thorne home while also dreading that it will.
They say yes.
Thorne worries that returning to his hometown of Dry Creek, Texas will cause more harm than help, but he received Sage’s letter and Thorne has never been able to refuse Sage anything. Except, when he gets there, he finds his hometown in disrepair. Relations between the humans and shifters are at an all-time low, and the sweet, innocent little stepbrother Thorne left in the safety of the pack his now foul-mouthed, sharp-witted and knocked up. Thorne knows the father of Sage’s unborn isn’t his mate. Thorne is Sage’s mate, and he’s spent too long trying to ignore that fact.
Thorne has to pick up the pieces of his broken relationship with Sage and put them back together before he loses Sage for good. Or, before the Protectors of the Pure, an anti-shifter group, unveil their latest plan to wipe shifters off the face of the earth.
Under His Command is a full-length, stepbrother mpreg romance with sugar, spice and a guaranteed HEA.
Trigger Warnings include: mentions of abuse, mentions of drug addiction and alcoholism, and death of a parent.
Rating: 4.5 cups
I was ULTRA excited when I found out during the mpreg party from Kiki that book three was out! I absolutely made room for it immediately on my kindle. Once I read the summary, I admit I was a little less excited. My own personal reading preferences do not lean toward heavy angst. The trigger warnings seemed to shout: ANGST CITY! I know some people love it (angst sadists!) but not me. I can and do read angsty stories but I have a weird relationship with them. An almost love/hate kind of thing. I have to try to convince myself to read them...or ease myself into reading them. It's weird. This is why I started this book and then started another book. I needed to convince myself to read it. I'm a big angst baby, sue me. Anyways, maybe I should quit jabbering about my oddies and get to the actual review...
Both Thorne and Sage know they are mates, have for years. Problem is Sage's dad is a fucking bastard and believes it's an abomination. Since the moment they met, Thorne has tried to protect Sage and that's the reason he leaves in the first place. The problem is it doesn't work, which Thorne finds out when he returns after his mother dies. Sage is no longer the sweet omega Thorne knew. Sage goes through a ton of shit and believes Thorne abandoned him. He's been hardened by life and it's hard to see.
The pack Sage lives in is run by his dad (you know, the bastard). I can't remember his name (names are hard for me to remember, even MCs!) so I'm gonna go with Bastard from now on. Bastard is an absolute mess, drunk and abusive and cruel. The pack reflects that; it's cruel and hard and full of problems. My hate for him should be pretty damn obvious. He's a terrible alpha and terrible man.
Sage made me sad. He's been dealt a terrible hand and the one person he thought would be on his side suddenly abandons him without an explanation or any contact since. His pack sees him as a trophy, not a person, not someone to protect and love. He is a tool to them. Sage is faced with making choices to try to survive and the choices are great. He's endured too much to just expect Thorne's arrival is going to solve everything for him. He has a baby on the way and his own life to protect.
Thorne is pretty thrown by the Sage he meets and to see how far the pack has fallen. All he believed was a lie and the guilt of leaving burns in his belly. He wants to take Sage and run but the pack is a mess and Sage won't leave the few good people behind.
The mystery was better in this book than book two. The in-fighting/mutiny within the pack and the baffling (and suspicious) behavior of the townspeople was beautifully dramatic.
Despite my reluctance to dive into this angsty story, I really did enjoy (see...love/hate...or maybe hate/love?). It's very good and I'm glad I could convince myself to read it. I definitely recommend the series! It's been added to my series to buy and I'll be back for a re-read.
Aiden was an Omega who needed a job doing what he loved. He never imagined he’d meet his fated mate during the interview. He was ready to bond right away, but something stopped his Alpha from claiming him. Aiden’s patience held strong, but being near his mate every day without bonding threatened to drive him insane.
Brandon owned a successful company, and he wanted to share that success with his mate and their child. But the continued thefts troubled him and the last thing he wanted to do was drag his new mate into any danger.
Danger found them anyway.
This is a 28K non-shifter mpreg novella featuring a sweet romance, a HEA, and no cliffhanger
Rating: 4.5 cups
Aiden is the kind of character I can't help but love. Awkward and shy/nervous in social situations. He's also a genius with coding. Awkward genius...hmm...sounds familiar. He is pretty goddamn adorable.
FYI: Spencer Reid is my ideal guy. I love him and want him to be real. Sexy nerd *drool*
Brandon left less of an impression on me, mostly because I was ultra focused on Aiden. He's sexy and confident. While Aiden is a tech wiz, Brandon is clueless. It's kind of adorable how clueless he is. He just accepts that Aiden knows what he's talking about, which is probably for the best.
Aiden and Brandon have good chemistry and I enjoyed their romance. Moments of sweetness, sexiness, teasing, fun, and love. Good flow to the writing and it kept my interest. The thefts at Brandon's company are fairly minimal in terms of importance to the story. It doesn't have much depth. The thief's motive is money? I think. Or maybe hates Brandon for some reason? I'm not sure; it wasn't explained, at least not that I read. However, it is a novella; I can forgive a lack of depth.
If you are looking for a quick read with a sweet romance, this is great choice. I'll definitely be reading book two of the series! I'm always happy to add another author to my reading list!
He knows best…
For nineteen years all Chuey needed to worry about was survival. Now that he’s safe, rescued from the jungles by his adoptive father, Logan, he can start discovering who he is and what he wants. What he wants is Ryder, the leader of an allied pack of wolf hybrid shifters. But Logan wants Chuey to have nothing to do with the older biker. He does all he can to keep them apart, including threatening the fragile friendship between the packs.
Ryder has made his fair share of enemies while leading his ragtag group of shifters. He’s made some allies too. That’s why when he senses that the son of one of his allies is his mate, he isn’t jumping for joy. The opposite. Chuey is new to the bear shifters and new to civilization in general. He doesn’t need an older man like Ryder handing him more problems. Especially a man who doesn’t only want Chuey to be his mate, but to be his boy as well.
Meanwhile, Ryder’s fiercest enemy of the moment, Marcos, is revving up an old feud. The world may be big, but their area of the world is small and Marcos doesn’t like Ryder’s pack encroaching on their territory. He uses the only tool he knows, violence, and when that violence reaches the feet of Ryder’s boy, Ryder decides it is time to end this feud for good.
Under His Care is the first book in the Hybrid Heat series. It features a May/Dec relationship, themes of dominance, light age play and a whole lot of steamy moments!
Rating: Four and a half cups
Chuey raised himself in the woods until his papa found and rescued him. The backstory of why he was shunned is something that wasn't clear to me. Maybe I missed it or maybe it wasn't detailed in the story. I'm not entirely sure. At first, I was a little put off by the way Chuey spoke. I wasn't sure about Chuey at first. His manner of speaking confused me. I wasn't certain if it was deliberate or not. Once I knew why he was speaking the way he was, I got used to it and stop noticing it.
Ryder is absolutely the dominant caretaker type. If you know me, you'll know I'm a sucker for those kind of guys! Just calling Chuey his boy is enough to get me hooked.
Ryder knows Chuey is his mate but to protect him, he tries to keep his distance. Chuey reads this as disinterest. His papa's inability to see Chuey as an adult only makes things more confusing and frustrating for him. But Chuey isn't like everyone else; his understanding of social interactions is limited. All he knows is Ryder makes him feel safe and he wants him.
I enjoyed the relationship between Ryder and Chuey. Not only an age gap but tastes of dominance and daddy/boy too. Chuey is innocent yet fierce. He survived on his own for a reason. Wanting to be taken care of doesn't mean he's weak and I love that. Strong bottoms make me cheer inside!
Another great book. Sexy with a bit of angst and sexy, sexy dominance and a lasting love. I am ultra excited to read book two!! I have a bunch in front of it but I have a feeling book two is going to cut its way to the front of the line. The summary sounds soooo good.
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.