Can a cheery reindeer omega help heal a snow leopard Grinch?
Max is a snow leopard alpha on the run from a painful childhood. He left his hometown at 19, settled in Vale Valley, and never looked back. He's happy living a solitary life. Or so he thinks.
Then, he meets Ren. The thought of relying on anyone emotionally sends Max into a tailspin, but he can't resist Ren's scent, nor his delightfully delicious crepes, so they decide on a casual relationship full of heat and passion. But when tragedy strikes, can Max take a chance on something real?
And will Ren show him the true meaning of Christmas?
Ren, a reindeer omega, is all about holiday cheer. Rejected by his reindeer herd as a child, he settled in Vale Valley and is now running his very own creperie, Sweet Bites.
He's been content to dabble in casual affairs, but when he gets a taste of Max, he begins to crave something more.
Misfortune brings them closer, but when Ren discovers he's carrying a Christmas bundle of joy, can he learn to trust again and let Max into his heart?
His Christmas Lullaby is the sixth book in a multi-author series about Vale Valley, a small town open to everyone in need of love and a home. It's a shifter mpreg and features a sassy omega, a brooding alpha, delicious crepes, and enough holiday spirit to last you all year! Grab your hot cocoa, snuggle up on the couch, and settle in for a knotty, heartwarming holiday read!
Rating: 4 and a half cups
Ren is one of those cheery, happy kind of people. He could be one of Santa's reindeer considering how into Christmas he is. Max, on the other hand, is nothing like Ren. He's a loner. He goes to work and that's about it. He hates Christmas and wants nothing to do with it. Might as well call him Mr. Grinch, right? Grinch and Santa's reindeer, could they be more opposite? Opposites attract, yum!
Their romance starts casually and as much as they try to pretend, deep down what they feel isn't casual. You naughty woman, Leyla, you know how to get me, don't you? Casual with feelings, gah! I cannot resist! It's just sex they lie to themselves as their hearts fill with love, awwww. I'm such a sap. No wonder I can't handle an unhappy ending.
Ren gives Max life; it's really sweet to see. Before Ren, Max was existing, not living. Ren takes his lonely, sad existence and gives him love and life and family. They even confront the pain of their pasts. A sweet, sexy story where the grumpy loner finds love and family. I really enjoyed it.
P.S. Leyla is absolutely part of the blame for my current obsession with grumpy men falling in love. I. CAN'T. STOP. READING. GRUMPY. MEN. FALLING. IN. LOVE. I am obsessed.
Like your favorite Hallmark Christmas movie...only way more gay.
An alpha dragon in denial...
Sebastian Wallace spread his wings (literally) and left Vale Valley for business school in the city the moment he was able. Ambitious and full of big ideas, he wanted to find his own place in the world. With an MBA under his belt and a startup business venture in New York, things are looking up. Until he gets the call that his mother has passed away and left him The Dozing Dragon, her bed and breakfast, in the will. Sebastian returns to his hometown, hoping to make it a quick trip. But when he reconnects with a sweet omega in the Valley, everything changes.
A haunted omega...
Will Sterling can see things no one should. In a town full of shifters and other paranormals, you'd think seeing ghosts would be no biggie. Afraid of his own power, Will does his best to live a "normal" life and keeps himself busy at the local garden shop. But things are starting to change in Vale Valley. The yearly Festival of Lights ended five years ago when faulty wiring sent the place up in flames. And now The Dozing Dragon's sudden closure fills Will with dread for what might come next. When the owner's son returns to town, dare he hope for a better future?
With Sebastian's help, can they save the Dozing Dragon and bring back the Festival of Lights in time for Christmas? And does Will's secret power hold the key to both?
Mated Under The Mistletoe is the first book in a multi-author series about Vale Valley, a small town open to everyone in need of love and a home. It contains way too many dirty jokes, plants with a mind of their own, mpreg, and more sweets than Willy Wonka's factory. Pull up a chair, grab your hot cocoa, and settle in for this heartwarming holiday read!
Cups: 4 and a half cups
Like my favorite Hallmark Christmas movie but way more gay? Count me IN! If Connor was looking for a way to hook me in, he found it. If they had gay Hallmark movies, I'd be ALL. OVER. THAT! All the sweet, fluffy gay kisses. Is it too much to ask for some sweet gay kisses? *Sigh* Am I the only one?
Sorry, got off topic but sweet gay kisses! Can you blame me?
Back to business!
Sebastian is cray cray. I mean, what kind of dragon wants to live as a basic human? Cray cray! You're a dragon! That's awesome! How boring to suppress your instincts and live as a stupid, boring human in a stuffy office. Boo for Sebastian. Let your dragon out, dude!
I found it kind of sad that even in Vale Valley with shifters and other paranormals, Will feels like a freak for seeing ghosts.
Sebastian left Vale Valley and his mother years ago. His mother's death brings him back. Among dealing with his regrets of not coming back to see his mother before she died, he stumbles upon his mate in Will. Sebastian is forced to make to choice. Does he stay in Vale Valley with his mate and save The Dozing Dragon? Or does his drag his mate back to the city where he'd be miserable and save his company? He doesn't have the money to do both.
The underlying theme of this book is that leap you have to take to be who you truly are. To accept who and what you are. Both Sebastian and Will had parts of themselves they couldn't accept and spent good portions of their lives doing everything they could to hide and run from them. Together, they found love, acceptance, and happiness. It's a great fluffy story. A perfect Christmas read!
P.S. I am legit watching a Hallmark moving while writing this review, lol. If only it was a gay romance. *sigh*
Ambrose’s family tradition destroys his plan to be a forever bachelor.
Although Ambrose doesn’t wish to be with anyone long term, he must find a spouse immediately. According to the rules, no one inherits the throne unless they’re married. Additionally, his father wishes for Ambrose to seek a human. Despite not being elated with the decision, Ambrose figures doing the necessary requirement of mating and impregnating will be enough.
Max, who identifies as non-binary, is tired of being shamed and manhandled. They wish to make a living off their “hobby” but it’s not in the cards. Relationships aren’t even on their list of things to strive for, and they don’t want to change. Unless the person is a certain Hollywood star they have a crush on, Max isn’t interested.
When Ambrose meets Max at their place of employment, Max refuses to give the alien king-in-waiting the time of day.
Little does Max know Ambrose’s calm exterior is a cover up for the monster willing to go great lengths to claim them for a partner.
This title is a standalone dark romance with forced mating, dub-con, MPreg, and smartass aliens who hate to be wrong. On page violence, rough sex, and knotting are included.
First off, this will not be a book for everyone. It is a dark romance. It does involve a man being kidnapped and married to an alien. If that's not your wheelhouse, no worries.
I am not typically a dark romance person. However, I have been drawn in a few times by dark romances. It's all in the writing. If I'm thinking about how wrong it is, I'm definitely not enjoying. That was the last thing I was thinking about reading this story. For me, that is essential to being able to enjoy a dark romance.
Max identifies as nonbinary, which is the first such character I've read. Exposure to a new type of character is great, expand my horizons a bit. Nothing wrong with that. Max is incredible. Max is strong and confident and feisty and vulnerable and ugh, I love them so much!
Ambrose sees Max and knows in an instance, they are for him. It's true love at first sight and good intentions be damned of taking things slow, Ambrose's monster takes over and he kidnaps Max. He can't understand why they fight him. Kidnapping a mate may be normal to him but it sure isn't to Max. Ambrose does try to do everything he can to make Max fall for him, although he does reach his breaking point eventually.
Max and Ambrose's romance is by no means conventional but in this fictional world, it works. They work. It's a struggle, damn but it's a struggle. It's sad, like to the point that Max is begging for death over life with Ambrose. I feel bad for them.
They have had a hard life and I was rooting for them to find love with Ambrose despite the circumstances. I wanted them to find their happily ever after. Max fights, fights hard.
Few appreciate Max's feisty fight aside from Ambrose and Minerva, Ambrose's mother. Ambrose's father wants to kill Max and have him choose another mate. Again, the people on the planet see from their own perspective and not from Max's.
Then, Max starts to change, physically, mentally, and emotionally. He starts to fall for Ambrose and his body starts to change into the crocodile creature Ambrose is. I loved reading Max and Ambrose in love. Max comes into their own as they change into their croc creature and how they interact with Ambrose is hot!
I enjoyed it all. The struggle, the angst, the fight, the give, the fall, the love, the pregnancy, the HEA. I loved the characters, the world, and the romance. It was a great book. One I'll read again. I happen to have won the Mandrake's Protekt series, and I can't wait to get started on that next.
War's Mate, book 1 in the series was one of my earliest reviews but I got caught up in lovely world of KU. I finally swung back around to finish the series in one go.
Troy's Warlock - Book 2
Troy left his den in Alaska when his Alpha wouldn’t accept same-sex matings, even if they were fated. Tired of being alone, and knowing his mate wasn’t going to be a woman, he set out in search of not only his fated mate, but also a den and Alpha that were accepting of not only him and his bear, but also male-paired fated mates.
Elliot grew up in the coven his Papa was master of. Two of his brothers have found their One, and one a mate the fates destined for them. After a year of being drawn to Alaska, hoping to find his One, he’s called back to Amherst and then Honey Creek where his youngest brother has mated with the Den’s Alpha.
The last thing Troy ever expects is to scent his mate at a den celebration. When he realizes it’s the Alpha Mate’s older brother, will his Alpha accept him as a member of the family? Will the young warlock’s centuries-old terrifying parents be welcoming? Even polar bears know not to piss them off.
Witch problems are escalating; old hook-ups are showing up; babies are starting to crawl; more babies are on the way; mates are cranky; and warlocks are still “poofing” in and out at odd times. Will Troy and Elliot ever sleep again?
Troy’s Warlock is book two in the Honey Creek Den Series. Each book contains a fated mate pair, Mpreg, lots and lots of knotting during growly sexy times and babies, lots of babies. These bears will do anything their mates ask, just read and see. The Honey Creek Den Series is meant to be read in order even though each book focuses on a different couple. This book is intended for adults only as these shifters tend to get growly and don’t watch their language.
Troy and Elliot's story is 40,000 words.
Rating: 4 cups
Troy and Elliot fit well together. Troy is the kind of attentive alpha I find hard to resist. He lives to care for his mate and will do anything for him. He's really a marshmallow with him. Elliot is a strong warlock who loves Troy with all his heart. He's pretty feisty, he's not nicknamed firecracker for nothing. His pregnancy is hard at times and he takes it out on Troy but who can blame him? Not me.
I liked seeing the characters from the previous book. Although the resolution with the villain from the first book (in this one) was anticlimactic.
I'd love to live in this world. Poofing places, snapping in food. It'd be awesome. Although it does make me think. How is it they are hiding from humans? I mean, they are living very, very long lives? And they don't seem to be moving all that much. Wouldn't humans be noticing families that don't appear to age normally? Maybe Rylan has an explanation. The unanswered question doesn't affect my enjoyment of the story though.
This is a story who love soul mate, insta-love type stories. It's full of hot, knotty sex, family bonding, and love. If you are looking for an angst-free, sexy, love story about soul mates, this is it.
Ryker's Enchantment - Book 3
Ryker loves his job as a Park Ranger. It allows his bear the time he demands outside, even if it’s not always in bear form. When he gets offered the position of head ranger in Flathead National Forest, he’s hesitant at first, but his bear all but demands he go. He learned long ago to always listen to the cranky beast, so he agrees. Never did he expect that his Kodiak was telling him he’d find his fated mate there, but the cute little warlock smells like theirs.
Arin is the only unmated member of his family. Something he’s completely happy with. The last thing he wants is a mate or One, as warlocks call them. He has enough problems trying to master his magical powers that he’s been given and no matter how hard he tries, he can’t quite get it. Besides, warlocks almost never find their One until they’re around a century old. He’s only just turned twenty-nine so he has plenty of time, right?
When Ryker scents Arin, he and his bear know immediately that he’s their fated mate. But trying to get the stubborn warlock to agree is another battle altogether. What’s holding him back? Doesn’t he feel the pull as well? That’s how it’s supposed to work.
Twins are crawling, triplets are still adorable, omegas are getting pissed, old Alpha’s are showing up and causing problems, warlocks are still “poofing” in and out at odd times, and Ryker’s behind may never recover from Arin’s teleporting. Will these two ever get mated?
Ryker’s Enchantment is book three in the Honey Creek Den Series. Each book contains a fated mate pair, Mpreg, lots and lots of knotting during growly sexy times and babies, lots of babies. These bears will do anything their mates ask, just read and see. The Honey Creek Den Series is meant to be read in order even though each book focuses on a different couple. This book is intended for adults only as these shifters tend to get growly and don’t watch their language.
Story is approximately 42,500 words
Rating: 4 cups
Arin is very insecure. His self-worth is extremely low. Years living in his family as the one having difficulty controlling his magic has taken its toll. Arin doesn't believe he is worthy of a mate. He flees the moment he hears Ryker's growl.
Ryker is devastated when Arin poofs away. He is set to leave the area after being rejected by his beautiful mate. Ryker is quite understanding when Arin comes back to say he wasn't rejected him, only scared and insecure. What I loved most about Ryker is he never sees Arin as flawed or less than. His less than perfect control over his power never bothers Ryker. Improving Arin's self-worth is important to Ryker and I loved that.
Poor Arin gets very sick during his pregnancy, can't help but feel bad for the guy!
A new nemesis is introduced, foreshadowing for the next book. Nothing really happens in this one.
Another good soul mate book. More hot, knotty sex, family bonding, and love. This one had a bit more angst than the previous but it works out in the end. It's a good love story about soul mates.
Grayson's Enlightenment - Book 4
Since Grayson was a young cub in Alaska, he’s always wanted to be a park ranger. But when a rogue Alpha attacks their small den unexpectedly, Grayson’s alpha father manages to get some of his family as well as two other families out of their village unnoticed. They flee for their lives, and head in the direction of Honey Creek in hopes of finding a welcoming den.
Park Ranger Jai wasn’t happy about getting relocated to Flathead Lake Park in Montana but he had to go where the Park Service sent him. Once there, his bear felt happy and content. Jai had hoped to find his mate there, but alas, nothing. Still, his panda grumbled any time Jai even thought about asking for a transfer, so he made the most of it and made Honey Creek his home.
When Grayson scents his mate on his first day as Flathead Lake’s newest park ranger, he’s not ready. He’s what most people would call a “baby alpha” as he’s just turned twenty-one. He’s not prepared for a mate yet. His family is still recovering from losing everything and he hasn’t had time to establish himself in his position. But fate has other plans.
Things don’t go so smoothly and Grayson almost ruins his chances with his mate. When the same alpha shows up in Honey Creek, set on wiping out all male omegas, Alpha War and his den gear up for a fight for their lives.
Twins are wreaking havoc, triplets are starting to crawl, omegas are going into heat, old Alpha’s are showing up and causing problems, warlocks are still “poofing” in and out at odd times, and Grayson is head over heels in love with his little mate.
Grayson’s Enlightenment is book four in the Honey Creek Den Series. Each book contains a fated mate pair, Mpreg, lots of knotting during growly sexy times and babies. Did I mention babies? These alphas will do anything for their mates, just read and see. The Honey Creek Den Series is meant to be read in order, and not necessarily as standalones, even though each book focuses on a different couple. This book is intended for adults only as these shifters tend to get growly and don’t watch their language.
Rating: 4 and a half cups
The glimpses of Jai from the series have intrigued me. Something about him draws me in. He's a sweetheart. And a panda shifter! I need more panda shifter in my life! So adorable and floofy!
Grayson's parents are not a good example of true mates. His dad is distant and kind of cold. Grayson lets fear overshadow the joy of finding Jai. A little bit like Arin, he thinks he isn't enough for Jai. Enough of an alpha.
This is the most angsty of all the series thus far. I enjoyed seeing the emotional growth of their relationship. Grayson learns how to be a good alpha and accept his youth.
The crazy alpha and his pack show up and battle is made. It's more developed than the other books in this review but does not feel vital to the story.
The angst at the start of their relationship helped give this story a bit more oomph and got me a bit more invested in their story. Plus, I connected with adorable panda Jai! I just picture so many little panda cubs.
Gage's Serenity - Book 5
Not everything in life turns out how you expect it to. Sheriff’s Deputy Gage has always felt as if he didn’t quite belong where he was in life. After he lost his parents several years ago, he felt completely alone and often didn’t involve himself with the rest of his den beyond what was absolutely needed. He did what he could to try to fit in, but it never seemed to work, and he constantly messed things up.
Linus fled the only home he ever knew and traveled thousands of miles with his parents trying to escape the evil clutches of Alpha Hank, who was out to end all male omegas. On what should have been the worse day of Linus’ life, he scents something truly wonderful. His mate. Only Gage has been seriously injured in the confrontation with Hank. Would fate be so cruel to give Linus his mate, only to immediately take him away?
When everyone thinks Linus is too young and distraught to mate, Gage reluctantly agrees that he’s not what Linus needs just then, even if his mate is going into heat after having spent a night in bed with him. Things go haywire and consequences are unlike any the den has experienced before. Through it all, Gage and Linus discover each other, and that they are a stronger couple than either of them could have ever imagined. They’ll have to be to get through what fate has thrown at them.
Gage’s Serenity is book five in the Honey Creek Den Series. Each book contains a fated mate pair, Mpreg, lots of knotting during growly sexy times, and babies. Did I mention babies and pregnant omegas? So many pregnant omegas! These alphas will do anything for their mates, just read and see. The Honey Creek Den Series is meant to be read in order, and these books aren’t necessarily considered standalones, even though each book focuses on a different couple. This book is intended for adults only as these shifters tend to get growly and don’t watch their language.
Cups: 4 cups
Another angsty start to a mating. Like Arin, Gage is very insecure. His clumsiness and absentmindedness has completely depleted his self-worth. He doesn't believe he deserves a mate or that any mate would want or choose him.
Linus is 18 and just lost his parents. Finding his mate, Gage, is the one thing keeping him from total despair. He isn't alone because he has his mate. But Gage doesn't want to claim him, refuses to fight for him when War tells Gage Linus is too young. In heat, Linus is miserable and in pain. He cries for his mate but Gage is nowhere to be found.
Gage does come back and they finally mate. Linus builds Gage's confidence and doesn't let him continue to believe Linus doesn't want him.
Something else goes wrong though. Linus isn't pregnant. He isn't pregnant during his next heat either. Gage isn't worried, saying it will happen when it meant, but Linus isn't comforted. Guilt and sorrow eats at Linus when he fails to give Gage a child.
The reason why is discovered and Linus does get his wish of a baby.
I liked how they switched roles, going from supporter to the one needing support and back. It wasn't all one-sided.
I was sad to see this series end. I enjoyed it. Rylan has flawed characters. They aren't perfect and that's okay. In fact, their mates seem to think they are perfect just the way they are and I like that. Who doesn't want to have a partner that loved them as they are?
The sex is hot, the men are sexy, the babies are plentiful and adorable. It's a good series to read. (I could have used more Jai but who wouldn't want more adorable panda????)
No alpha wants Scar.
Wolf omega Scar abandoned his old name along with the traumas of his past fifteen years ago. The pain rendered him bitter and tough - to protect the gentle soul he keeps secret from the world. Now the owner of the Drunken Dragon bar in Cinderhollow tribe, his life is safe but unfulfilling. Scar desperately wants a child of his own. But with every stare on the street and cruel words spoken under breath, Scar knows his disfigured body isn't what anyone wants to see - especially not an alpha seeking a mate.
Scar is running out of time. He's not the young omega he used to be, and if an alpha can't see him for who he is inside soon, he might not ever have a family - or a reason to live again.
No omega wants Ryu.
It's hard being an alpha dragon who can't even get a date, especially when all of Ryu's friends have mates and children already. Business at Ryu's magic school is slow, but the loneliness is even worse. All Ryu wants is an omega - and maybe a baby - to hold dear. Ryu knows there must be someone out there who can love him, and his serpentine Eastern dragon form, for what he is.
But when Ryu finally begins dating a young omega he met at a bar, he doesn't feel as happy as he should. Instead, he can't stop thinking about the bar's mysterious owner, an omega named Scar. But Scar is cold and bitter, and he only pushes Ryu away. So why does that make Ryu want him even more?
No one wants baby Angel.
Scar's life turns upside down when an abandoned baby turns up on The Drunken Dragon’s doorstep one night. Confused and afraid, Scar seeks the help of the kindest alpha he knows - Ryu. Baby Angel is helpless, and the two wildly different men must cooperate to save her. But will an unexpected baby pull them together, or push them apart - forever?
The Dragon’s Doorstep Baby is a full-length novel with steamy scenes and a HEA. It is the third book in the Dragons of Cinderhollow series.
Rating: 5 overflowing cups
I immediately connected with Scar from his first POV chapter. He burrowed his traumatized self deep in my heart and never let go. I just wanted to squish him until his grumpy facade disappeared. I was crazy excited when I realized Scar would have his own story! Scar is the epitome of scorned outsider. His visible injuries are viewed with distaste and judgment, as if somehow his injuries were contagious. Facing that sort of rude (at best) and downright cruel (at worst) day after day, alone too, is more than most people could bear. Most would have given up long ago.
Ryu is pretty darn lovable. A good man, caring and sweet. What I love most about him is he lacks the judgment gene. He can't comprehend why people look at Scar and turn away in disgust. He looks at Scar and sees Scar, not his missing limbs or the scars covering him.
Scar is understandably scared to have feelings for Ryu and Ryu, well... He's oblivious. To what he's feeling and what Scar is. I wanted to shake my head, pat him and say "At least you're pretty."
Angel, the freaking adorable baby left on Scar's bar steps helps bring them together. She is incredible and I love her. I hope there are many books to come so I can watch her grow up!
I LOVED this book. If I had been able to, I would have stayed up all night to read it in one go. I was hooked and didn't want to stop. I finished it the next morning though! You know that feeling you get when you finish a book you love? Skittering excitement and joy over your body. It's awesome and exhilarating and I finished it hours ago! I 100% recommend this book. I loved it and hope you do!
I am intrigued about the next book. It should be interesting!
This book is about a handsome man named Sean (who just so happens to be a porn star). He finds himself abducted and dropped into an auction on an alien planet. Deemed unworthy of going through the sale due to the scar on his lip, he is unceremoniously dumped outside of the auction house to die in a dust storm. He is rescued by one of the residents of the planet. Da'Ceer is a slave who worked his way up to being a token security guard in the marketplace. He had brought his little brother with him to work on the worst possible day. When he stumbled over Sean who had already become buried in a sand drift he picked him up carried him to a shelter within the city for the slaves. Due to the poor maintenance within the shelter, it proves to be a death trap for the cold-blooded residents of the planet. Sean, being warm-blooded, kept the alien and his younger brother alive and warm enough that they were able to survive the fridged shelter. They survived the first storm, but the battle to survive had only just begun. Sean and his new alien friend become a bit more than just friends. The new turn in their lives is difficult for both of them to accept, but when they are forced to flee along with Da'Ceer's family
There are plenty of plot twists in this book and I hope that people will be drawn in for the usual MC's because I found them a pleasure to write about. This is the first book, but there will be more!.
This book is a m/m romance, alien abduction romance, AND an mpreg.
Rating: 4 cups
I haven't explored the sci-fi genre of MM romance much yet. Maybe my fifth book, three of which I didn't finish. This one I did finish! Quite quickly, in fact. If you are weirded out by the idea of a human and lizard-like alien mating, this isn't for you.
Sean is just a regular guy. Desperation leads him to become a porn star. He's about to have his big break in the porn world when he's abducted. Not cool aliens! Turns out he's abducted only to be thrown away for being 'defective.' Moronic slavers, you'd think they'd be smart enough not to waste time and money (and lives) abducting people that have visible scars. Frozen, defrosted, and quickly thrown away on some desert planet. Talk about a shitty day. Could things get worse? Oh hell yeah they can. A humongous deadly sandstorm is coming.
Da'Ceer is a lizard-like alien. I can't remember if his species is given a name. He's a slave on the desert planet (if the name was given, I've forgotten it). He is the first slave to become a security guard, although he doesn't have any real power or respect among the non-slaves. Da'Ceer takes his little brother with him to work. He soon spots the sandstorm coming and runs with his brother to one of the slaver's shelters. On his way, he stumbles upon Sean's semi-conscious body and decides to take him along. That one decision saves all three of their lives.
Upon going home, Da'Ceer and Sean find out they are true mates. Da'Ceer goes into heat and becomes pregnant. He's not too happy about being the pregnant one. It's a death sentence on the planet. He, Sean, and his entire family have to escape before that happens. Da'Ceer's father, a very smart man, has been planning escape for many years.
During their escape, they meet and save the only living royal. This interaction begins a revolution for the planet. The events that followed were interesting; I won't spoil anything though.
I liked this sci-fi story. I enjoyed the characters and the romance. I read it fast and it kept me interested. I hope to find more sci-fi books as equally enjoyable as this one. I look forward to seeing what happens in the next book. A lot of change has begun, I want to see where it goes.
The Hybrid Alpha's Baby
Mate or die.
Gabriel is out of time. As the last unmated omega wolf in his superstitious pack, he faces an ultimatum: mate with an alpha, or be banished to the vicious outside world. Gabriel knows he won’t survive out there, but he doesn’t have much of a choice. It’s stay and mate, or leave and die.
But Gabriel wants to make his own choice. Despite the dangers, he leaves the pack. When violent humans threaten him with death or worse, Gabriel accepts his fate - until a gorgeous alpha dragon appears and saves him from a certain demise.
Fight for love.
Dante hadn't intended to find a mate. As an alpha shifter with the hybrid powers of dragon and wolf, he’s gifted with immortality and power. He’d rather be at home with his books than escorting a scout over the lands and searching for new omegas to bring back to their tribe.
But when Dante sees an omega wolf fall into the hands of cruel raiders outside the pack's walls, he feels the spark. Gabriel is his fated mate. Dante refuses to find his mate and lose him in the same night. Dante will fight tooth and talon to protect Gabriel, and doesn't care what stands in his way.
The Hybrid Alpha’s Baby is a 50k novel with steamy scenes, a HEA, and no cliffhangers. It is the first book in the Dragons of Cinderhollow series.
Rating: 4 cups
Gabriel is trapped. An unmated omega in his village, he has a choice: choose a mate or be banish and face sure death outside the walls of the village. Neither choice is ideal. Gabriel's village is isolated and very superstitious. Wolf shifters, they hide behind the walls of the village. It may keep them safe but the walls are a prison to Gabriel and he chooses almost certain death over an unwanted mate. Gabriel doesn't get far from the walls before he's attacked by a group of humans.
Dante is a carefree dragon. He's not looking to be tied down but that changes in a second. Scouting for omegas, Dante comes upon a wolf being attacked by a group of humans. The wolf is his fated mate and he'll do anything to save him.
Once saved, Gabriel is given a choice to go to Cinderhollow and he takes it. Gabriel is fascinated by the dragon city. His village hadn't even had cell phones; exposure to Cinderhollow opens Gabriel's eyes and horizons. Fated mates wasn't something his village believed in. Magic wasn't real there. But in Cinderhollow they both exist. Gabriel learns magic taught by another dragon, Ryu.
Gabriel finds happiness with Dante but his village and the backwards way they were living. Dante, wanting to keep Gabriel and their baby safe, refuses to take him back. Gabriel is too stubborn, especially knowing his magic is stronger while he's pregnant. He goes without Dante, although Dante's brother goes with to help. I'll let you read to find out what happens next!
Gabriel and Dante are a great couple. I loved reading Gabriel's world expand with knowledge and experiences.
There's a lot to love about the world Hawke created. Dragons and magic and true mates and Cinderhollow. Cinderhollow is quite the fascinating place. I want to live there with a dragon mate of my own. *Sigh* Only in my dreams I suppose.
The Panther's Pretend Mate
Omega seeks Marriage of Convenience.
Adventurous and flirty Raja longs for freedom. But since Raja is both an exotic black panther and a rare omega, his traditional clan worries that he’ll fall victim to poaching - or worse. The clan chief issues a decree. If Raja wants to leave the village, he must marry an alpha - one that will protect him.
Frustrated, Raja turns to a shifter dating site. A fake marriage is his ticket to freedom. All he needs is an alpha who will lie for him - one who will pretend to be his mate.
Alpha seeks Happily Ever After.
Alpha dragon Lorenzo didn’t expect much when he put up an online dating profile. He believes love happens naturally and can’t be rushed. But when his younger brother takes a mate before him, Lorenzo begins to doubt if he’ll ever find an omega of his own.
After turning down countless omegas on the site, Lorenzo’s uncertainty deepens. It’s only when an unusual black panther shifter begs him for a fake marriage that Lorenzo first feels a spark of something more.
Lorenzo and Raja both know a real relationship is off the table. But how long can Lorenzo hide his true feelings? And how long can Raja deny what his heart honestly wants?
The Panther’s Pretend Mate is a full-length novel with steamy scenes, a HEA, and no cliffhangers. It is the second book in the Dragons of Cinderhollow series.
Rating: 4 cups
Raja is the rarest of the rare: a black panther omega. He's a prime target for poachers, who would make a pretty penny off him, even dead. To keep him safe, the chief (who's also Raja's father) forbids him from leaving the safety of their village. Raja craves freedom, to be able to hunt and explore like everyone else can. Desperate, he sneaks out to go hunting. Unfortunately, it's a trap. He almost ends up as a poacher's meal ticket. Raja's parents are understandably upset but offer a solution: marry a strong alpha, someone who would be there to protect him. Raja decides a fake marriage is his way out.
Lorenzo is ready for a family. Babysitting his nephew and watching Dante and Gabriel's in love makes him want to find love too. Gabriel and Dante push him to sign up on an online dating site. Raja and Lorenzo start communicating. Raja quickly asks him to come to village and fake marry him. Drawn to Raja, Lorenzo decides to agree.
Lorenzo's arrival in Raja's village is met with great celebration. Raja's parents are thrilled to see the silver dragon of the chief's prophetic dream.
Unlike the first book, Lorenzo and Raja don't instantly fall in love and know they are fated mates. It takes a bit of time and their falling in love leads to uncertainty. Admitting feelings is the hardest thing to do, it takes courage to take that leap and Lorenzo struggles with taking the leap.
I happen to love the fake relationship trope. Fake it until you make it, lol. Fake intimacy can lead to real intimacy. What's not to like about that?
Raja is immature at the beginning. He acts foolishly and it almost gets him enslaved at best and dead at worst. His parents may have been stifling in their protection but their concerns were warranted. Pregnancy and his relationship with Lorenzo help him mature.
The minor characters of this story were great. Raja's parents and cousin were likable and funny. Ryu is great too.
I like seeing glimpses of Gabriel and Dante's lives in this story as well.
I enjoyed this story and read it quickly. I love the world created for the series and the characters as well. I can't wait for more.
Guarding His Omega: An MM Shifter MPREG Romance (Thornhill Alphas Book 1)
An Omega in danger. A fiercely protective Alpha. An ancient enemy out for blood.
Adam Nelson, a handsome rabbit Omega, is nursing a broken heart. Hoping to heal someplace quiet and peaceful, he stays with his grandmother. He plans on spending his days gardening and helping around the house. One day, when Adam and his grandmother are out for a leisurely coffee, they're threatened by Zoltan McMurtry, a dangerous vampire who's still hung up on an ancient family feud. Sure enough, one of his thug vampire associates tries to make good on the threat, and though he's thwarted, Zoltan vows to settle the feud once and for all.
How will Adam protect them both from this mortal enemy?
Wolf shifter and Alpha, Garrett Owens, is the most eligible bachelor in town. His father, the patriarch and head of the family business, has already picked out a mate for him based on business connections. However, when Garrett meets Adam there's an undeniable attraction and it becomes clear they're fated mates. He knows he's going to have to disappoint his father and follow his heart. Garrett also knows Adam, and Adam's grandmother, are in danger. He vows to protect them at all costs.
Can Garrett save them and get the happily ever after he so longs for?
This 43,000 word story is full of steamy, knotty love, fated mates, action, and babies galore! It features a fierce, alpha wolf and an adorable rabbit omega in need of protection and rescue. First book in a new series! Although part of a series, it most definitely can be read alone!
Rating: 3.5 cups
I was intrigued by the idea of a predator/prey romance. I don't recall reading one before. Rabbit Adam has some prey type personality traits, some fear and anxiety when around predator shifters. Yet, he can overcome his fears and act bravely when his grandma is in danger.
Garrett is a rich alpha who is used to living for himself. I liked how Garrett wasn't the perfect, fearless alpha. Like everyone, he has his fears and it takes him time to hit them head-on. Defying his father isn't easy for him, even if he's found his fated mate in Adam. Adam's a sweetheart and utterly lovable. I loved how protective Garrett is, especially with pregnant Adam.
For my first prey/predator pairing, I was pretty happy. Their relationship wasn't dictated by their shifter type. Adam didn't have anxiety because of Garrett being a wolf, neither did Garrett see Adam in terms of prey to be dominated.
This was a good start to the series. A good, quick read.
Crowning His Omega: An MM Shifter MPREG Romance (Thornhill Alphas Book 2)
An alpha fox prince running from the crown. A vampire omega who's given up on love.
Axel Lindquist is an alpha fox prince running from his past as the Swedish crown prince and the fatal mistake he made in his homeland.
He and his brother find Thornhill, a shifter-friendly town where they could live their lives under the radar.
Axel is content running his restaurant, The Fix, and brushes aside thoughts of love, but everything changes when he meets Victor, an enigmatic and handsome omega vampire, and discovers they're fated mates.
Can he capture the omega's heart, or will his secret tear them apart?
Victor McMurtry has almost given up on love. Unfortunately, no one wants to give a vampire omega a chance. After being ditched time and time again, he feels like an outcast, so he's devoted himself to his career as an anthropology professor.
When June rolls around, he decides to spend it in Thornhill for a quiet summer of research, and to hopefully get some work done on a pesky academic article, but his serene peace is broken when a former student shows up on his doorstep, on the run from an abusive ex.
To his surprise, a mysterious and handsome fox-shifter he meets gives chase, but Victor has a hard time believing that anyone could truly love him, even if they are fated mates.
When he gives in, he finds himself pregnant, but can he learn to let Axel into his heart?
This 42K word book is full of steamy, knotty love, action, and all the feels! It features a fierce, alpha fox and a sensitive, loving vampire omega. Although it's part of a series, it can be read alone.
Rating: 4 cups
This series seems to be a bunch of firsts for me. I have never read a book with a vampire omega before. I'm glad this could be my first. Victor is great. Smart and sweet and loving. He's adorable and I happen to love adorable omegas. Love hasn't been in the cards for him; alphas find out he's a vampire and want nothing to do with him. Victor doesn't drink from humans; he starves himself as long as he can until he's forced to feed from animals. He never kills; he has a gentle soul for a vampire.
Axel is a sexy Swede alpha. Yum! If you aren't tempted by his looks, you're sure to be tempted by his cooking. Who doesn't want a man who cooks? He's a fox shifter, which reveals his heritage as a Swedish prince. Axel is extremely focused on hiding his true identity. He wants to live as who he is; he has no desire to go back to Sweden. Axel does not want to inherit the crown. His obsession with hiding the past does cause problems, no surprise there.
Axel and Victor are sweet together. Perfect for each other really.
I did have a little issue with how Axel's parents reacted to finding him. I didn't find it terribly believable but maybe I'm wrong. Maybe royals are more open-minded and care about family more than the royal line. Might be my cynical side coming out.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. Great characters. Interesting story. I look forward to the next in the series. Another first perhaps?
“Nicholas Williams is perfect.
And he’s perfectly unattainable, too.
Maybe that’s why I like the Alpha so much, because I know there’s not a chance in hell of someone like him ever going out with someone like me...”
Liam Davis is an Omega, and currently the Executive Assistant to the CEO at StockLow & Co. It’s a job he never intended on having, but after his ex-Alpha left him high and dry, he needed to find a way to support himself. Although, the hardest part of Liam’s job isn’t the expense reports clogging up his email. It’s the secret, unrequited crush that he’s developed on his boss.
Nicholas Williams is an Alpha, and the CEO of StockLow & Co. It’s a job he’s earned through years of hard work and devoting himself entirely to the company. However, ever since Liam Davis was hired on as his Executive Assistant, Nicholas is finding it hard to concentrate on anything besides the gorgeous Omega...
One day, while in a rush to work, Liam forgets to take his heat suppressants. To avoid a company-wide scandal, Liam ends up asking Nicholas for a huge favor:
He needs Nicholas to sleep with him, right now, to help get him through his heat.
This sets off a series of sudden twists and turns that neither Liam or Nicholas ever saw coming...
But could this unexpected situation lead them right into each other's hearts?
This book is 35K and contains: A HEA, M/PREG, Sexual Situations, Violence and Adult Language
Liam has a massive crush on his boss and considers Nicholas completely unattainable, which makes him safe to fantasize about. Liam works his ass off for the very demanding Nicholas, wanting to prove omegas belong in the workforce. The problems start when he forgets his suppressants. Good thing Nicholas is there to help.
Nicholas lives for his job. As much of a workaholic and hardass he is, he does have some good qualities. He is a rare unbiased alpha, who believes omegas are as capable as any other in the workforce and wants to do what he can to support them. A couple of things throw him for a loop though. Liam's heat and the warning of a senior board member.
Suddenly, Liam finds himself in a fake relationship with his crush. Too bad he doesn't know Nicholas is hiding his own feelings. But he's the boss and doesn't want to reveal his feelings and make Liam feel obligated to feel the same. Liam believes his feelings are completely one-sided.
Liam and Nicholas fit. They are adorable together. Liam is sassy and I like it. As happens, problems ensue when they don't communicate (whhaatt? Not communicating causes problems? Who woulda thought!). One chooses to hide and ignore, the other decides that shit ain't happening.
This is an enjoyable read. It held my attention from start to finish. I liked the characters and the story. If you're looking for secret crushes turning into full-blown love while in a pretend relationship? This is for you. It was for me! I happen to love fake relationships turning into love. Ah, I love them so much. I could read a million of them! I'm excited to see what Lyons writes next.
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.
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.