Assassin Shifter 5: Best Laid Plans by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Title : Best Laid Plans                     Word Count :46,199

Genre : Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb : The men of the super-secret Skull Blaster unit have put down their weapons long enough to find love – and even husbands – from Arizona to Alaska and the Olympic Peninsula. Now their new families and friends are hoping to find their own happily-ever-afters. Werewolf Sawyer Quinton’s brothers have finally found their mates in the Drake brothers, Dakota’s former packmates. Things get off to a rocky start but love conquers all. Or does it? Can the Drakes overcome the gay bashing they suffered at their father’s hands and be true to themselves and the men they love? Or are some lessons just too hard to unlearn?

My Review : The two Drake brothers are in hot water when they first meet their mates while in flagrante delicto. The brothers from the Queets pack are not amused. Xander catches his mate getting a lunch time blowjob from his girlfriend. Grayson catches his mate with a woman draped all over him coming from lunch. The boys are exceedingly dissapointed and hurt, seeing as how they’ve been dreaming about finding their mates for a long time.

Jagger and Taylor know that they have truly messed up and they need to fix things with Zander and Grayson. They take their mates out to dinner and shortly thereafter they go to Vegas for a business trip and a bit of pleasure. Oh what a pleasure it was 😊! These two sets of brothers were definitely hot with their respective partners. Jagger was overjoyed to find out that Zander was a virgin and he couldn’t keep his hands to himself. Grayson was hot to trot for Taylor, and they couldn’t seem to get enough of each other.

Things are settling in nicely for the couples when a can of worms open up. The Drake brothers come from a homophobic father who drilled into them how wrong it was to be gay. As much as they are happy to have their mates , they are still in the closet. This creates a minefield and a lot of hurt when Taylor denies that Grayson is his boyfriend at a business dinner. Same goes for Zander, when  Jagger refuses to come out and own their relationship.  The Quinton brothers leave in tears and they end up on a friend’s jet on their way to Arizona to visit with Riley and Mateo. 

Not wanting to lose their mates for good, Jagger and Taylor wrap up their business dealings and head out to get their mates back. They realize how much they miss  Zander and Grayson . They are welcomed with open arms and tears are shed by all. It all ends in a happily ever after for both couples.  We also get a chance to celebrate in the weddings of Sam & Dakota and Troy & Sawyer. This book was all about family and embracing the ones who love us unconditionally.  I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

 

Assassin Shifter 4: Half Moon Rising by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Title : Half Moon Rising           Word Count :39,974

Genre : Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb : They say you can never go home…

After more than a decade, Troy Bishop is going home to the family he left behind when his parents died. Little does Troy know, he’s about to get a lot more than he bargained for….

Sawyer Quinton has been waiting for his mate for as long as he can remember, and was beginning to think he’d never find him. Until Troy Bishop walked back onto the Reservation.

The attraction is immediate for both men, but one is hiding a secret and the other must finally open is heart.

Sometimes you can’t go back home….and sometimes when you do…you never leave.

This is the fourth book in the Assassin/Shifter stories. To fully appreciate the characters, I recommend you start with “A Marked Man” then “Alaska with Love” and finally “By the Light of the Moon”

My Review : Troy has been on mission after mission for a long time and he’s ready to head back to the reservation finally to catch up with his friends and makeshift family. His best friend Sam’s family became his second family after his family was murdered.

Sawyer has long held out hope of finding his mate and he has an idea who it might be. The day that Troy comes home, Sawyer is so excited he is unable to hold his human form. Troy is shocked to see a wolf at the meet and greet when he gets to the reservation.  He has no clue that he is actually looking at his mate. When he finally meets Sawyer the man, he sees a very strong willed, beautiful , abrasive young man who he ends up offending.

The attraction between the two is instant and soon they can’t keep their hands off each other. Shortly after making love, Sawyer shifts into his werewolf form by accident and this gets an unfavorable response from Troy. Sawyer feels as if his mate rejected him and it’s the worst kind of pain. Troy calms down after it is revealed that Sam, his best friend is also a werewolf. He apologizes to his mate and quickly gets into the swing of things finding himself falling hard for Sawyer. 

Their idyllic bliss is soon interrupted when someone burns down Troy ‘ s parents house and tries to hurt Sawyer.  Troy goes into protective assassin mode and is ready to do what he does best, Kill! Troy is willing to kill, to protect Sawyer because he doesn’t want to lose his beautiful man before enjoying life with him. When the perpetrators are cornered and a fight ensues,  Troy takes a bullet that is meant for Sawyer.  His wounds are life threatening and Sawyer has no choice but to turn his mate in order to save him. Troy is happy to be turned werewolf but Sawyer feels a little guilty.  Sex with the two Werewolfs is even hotter than before.  Troy and Sawyer had great chemistry and the makings of an everlasting love. They are already planning a double wedding with Sam and Dakota. Can’t wait 😆. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Lonely by Scarlet Blackwell

Title : Lonely                       Word Count : 22,330

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : When the love of Austin Bale’s life—Rupert the German Shepherd—is critically injured in a car accident, he has to find seventeen hundred dollars and fast. Austin lives alone, works a minimum wage job and has no one he can turn to. The only thing he can offer vet Lynton Brooke, by way of payment, is himself.

Lynton takes him up on his offer and is soon smitten by the reclusive Austin. Both men recognise a kindred spirit, a lonely soul that needs a mate, but Austin is too aware of their different backgrounds. Can he ever hope that Lynton could be the one?

My Review : Austin is caught between a rock and a hard place. His  beloved dog has been run over and he can’t bear to lose his only friend in the world. He knows right off the bat that he wont be able to pay the vet’s bill. He is barely living from paycheck to paycheck.  Not knowing the young man’s situation, the sexy vet Lynton tells him something will work out.In an act of desperation,  he offers his body as payment for surgery for his beloved dog. As much as Lynton is interested,  he turns Austin down.

Austin leaves feeling dejected, worrying about what will happen to his dog. When he goes back to check on his dog the next day, Lynton tells him he’ll take him up on his offer. Austin is relieved that the dog will be taken care of, but deep down inside he feels dissapointed and a little bit cheap. On one hand he despises Lynton for taking what was so freely offered,  but he is  also secretly turned on. Lynton realizes that Austin’s perception of him has changed  for the worst, but it is hard for him to renege on their illicit bargain when he wants Austin almost desperately. They are off to a bad start, but luckily Rupert the dog keeps on bringing them together. It helps that they have great chemistry and they are very passionate when they are in bed together. Lynton realizes that he has fallen for Austin, he just hopes he can win him over. Austin is a little stubborn and extremely proud and it is hard for him to accept financial help from the richer , more stable Lynton. I say stop looking a gift horse in the mouth. I was finally happy that he got over his issues and moved in with Lynton who is more than capable of taking care of them.  This was short  and sweet with lots of hot sex. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Tucker Springs 3: Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan

Title : Dirty Laundry                    Word Count :71,400

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Entomology grad student Adam Ellery meets Denver Rogers, a muscle-bound hunk of sexy, when Denver effortlessly dispatches the drunken frat boys harassing Adam at the Tucker Springs laundromat. Thanking him turns into flirting, and then, much to Adam’s delight, hot sex over the laundry table.

Though Denver’s job as a bouncer at a gay bar means he gets his pick of geek-sexy college twinks, he can’t get Adam out of his head. Adam seems to need the same rough play Denver does, and it’s damn hard to say no to such a perfect fit.

Trouble is, Adam isn’t just shy: he has obsessive compulsive disorder and clinical anxiety, conditions which have ruined past relationships. And while Denver might be able to bench-press a pile of grad students, he comes from a history of abuse and is terrified of getting his GED. Neither Denver nor Adam want to face their dirty laundry, but to stay together, they’re going to have to come clean.

My Review : Denver and Adam’s relationship starts out hot and heavy from the beginning.  This is so weird and insanely hot, since they are strangers that meet for the first time in a laundromat. They are complete opposites and they complement each other perfectly.  Adam is a PhD student studying hawk moths, who has a severe case of OCD and panic attacks.  Denver is a gym junkie who is extremely ripped , works as a bouncer and has a learning disability.  One thing is for sure, Denver is the perfect Dom for Adams submissive nature.

Both these characters are very lovable and I can really feel the chemistry between them. This is the kind of dominant/submissive relationship I love to see. Their relationship shows the outside world and how it plays out, rather than being inundated  with aspects of the BDSM lifestyle that leaves me puzzled. Adam’s OCD plays a major role in who he is as a person and how he reacts to the environment and navigate relationships in his everyday life. His OCD  stems from spatial infringement, which causes him to have panic attacks if someone is in his private space or even public space for too long. It is hard for him to not categorize space according to where people belong. This made for a very interesting read as it led to the main characters having sex in some unusual and very public spaces which was highly entertaining and erotic.

Adam and Denver finds themselves in a relationship that they both need even though they hide their insecurities from each other. Adam is afraid to let Denver know about his OCD and Denver doesn’t  want to admit that his learning disabilities is holding him back. Adam gives Denver the freedom to be in charge through spankings and deep throat fucking which allows him to enter subspace and create a free zone from worries about pain  attacks and OCD. I really enjoyed watching Denver trying to cull Adam’s OCD with his dominant nature.

Once they were able to admit to each other  their deepest insecurities , they were able to navigate their relationship with fluidity. They developed a bond so strong that stood the test of time and was able to hold up under the pressures of their personalities.  I totally loved this book and I embraced their happily ever after right along side them. Perfect couple, perfect sex,  it really hit the spot. Yeah, that spot 😉. I give this my ratings of 5 – bring out the vibrators. 

Favorite Quotes : 1. “That’s right.” The finger breaching Adam pushed deeper, and Adam moaned again. “This is all you have to do. Don’t worry about who’s watching. I’m watching. I’m watching my finger go into your ass, watching you spread open for me. You gonna take my cock next, sweet thing? You gonna moan all over my folded clothes while I fuck you?” The finger fucked Adam gently but insistently. “Right here on the table where everyone can see?” (There is nothing hotter than being commanded to do dirty things to your body while someone else has the pleasure of watching 😀.)

2. Denver laughed, a wicked sound. “Yeah. You like this. You like this more than you want to admit. Ass in the air in a laundromat, finger-fucked by a guy you just met. Humping my laundry.” Another slap, another groan from Adam. “There you go, boy. Make noise. I like to hear noise. I know you want my cock in your ass, right here on this table, but it ain’t happening until you make more noise.” This time the slap stung, going straight to Adam’s cock. “Come on. Let me hear it. ( Sex with a stranger, kinda hottt😈. )

3. Resting his weight on the soft, clean mat Denver had spread out, Adam reached around and dutifully played with his asshole for Denver’s enjoyment. He pulled his cheeks apart and flexed his hole. He held himself open to be filled with lube, and then he greased himself with it, first fucking himself and then fucking and spreading himself, encouraged by the appreciative noises and occasional slaps Denver gave his ass and thighs. They never hurt, but they jarred him, reminding him this was for Denver, that he was for Denver, that his ass and its spreading and fucking was all for Denver. Adam wanted to be like this for Denver forever, the world simplified and held away by the iron sides of the truck and Denver’s size, strength, and softness. Because he wasn’t hard, not right now. He was soft, relaxed, enjoying the porn show Adam gave him, commenting on how good he looked with his hole stretched and his three fingers fucking hard in and out. Adam whimpered and gave him more, gave him what he wanted, what he seemed to need, but mostly what he asked for. ( Too hot to handle. I love it.)

Assassin Shifter 3:By the Light of the Moon by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Title : By the Light of the Moon      Word Count :45,680

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Dakota Cadotte is on the run and alone. Forced out from his pack by the Alpha for being gay, Dakota fends for himself in the Denali wilderness. When he ventures too far away from his safe zone, he’s put right in the path of a truck on the highway and right into the arms of Sam Waters.

The two hit it off immediately as man and wolf, but Dakota fears Sam won’t be so understanding when he sees what he truly is. When Dakota shifts in front of Sam, the sparks fly, but Dakota’s past and pack threaten their new-found relationship.

Sneak peek of “Half Moon Rising” at the end.

This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, violence.

My Review : Well it turns out that Dakota the docile wolf from book 2 is actually a shape shifter. He is running for his life after being shot in the leg and collides into a moving car. Sam the driver of the car is alarmed that he has hit this poor animal. He is very wary approaching the animal, but he gets him in his truck and doctors him in his hotel room.  Sam really likes the company of the sweet little wolf and he takes care of it and feeds it steak. Dakota can’t believe how hot Sam is , but he is scared to show him his human side out of fear of being rejected.

When Sam goes out, Dakota follows him to a bar so he can meet him in his human form. Sam is instantly turned on by the sexy grey eyed young man  who he stops from being harassed by another guy. Sam is appalled that the young guy who calls himself ‘Darren’ seems not to have proper clothing or a place to stay.  Sam feels very protective towards the young man and offers him some money and rents a room for him to stay comfortably.  Dakota is so turned on  by Sam and he loves how sweet and considerate he is. 

Dakota invites Sam in and the night is magical and explosive for them both. It is very hard for Dakota to keep his wolf from coming to the fore.  Dakota only wished that he could show Sam his true self. Dakota leaves Sam in the early hours of the morning, so that he can go back and pretend to be just a wolf. He leaves a note for Sam , letting him know where they can meet up again.

Dakota can feel his body changing but he is not sure what is happening. Spending the night with Sam has unlocked some deep seated power within him that alludes to him being an alpha.  The bond between these two get stronger and if makes them both protective of each other. The truth about Dakota’s origins and his true nature is revealed to them when they meet up again and go home to Sam’s reservation. Sam’s parents and the reservation alpha welcome Dakota with open arms. This is almost overwhelming for him since he was kicked out by his own parents and pack for being gay. The alpha explains that Sam is Dakota’s mate and this makes sense given the strength of their bond and how much they have started relying on each other.  It is clear to see that they are each other’s strength. The sex between these two is almost primal and extremely hot.

As their domestic bliss continues,  trouble is on  the horizon about to rain down on their doorstep in the form of Dakota’s old pack. Dakota’s old alpha desperately wants to eliminate him by underhanded tactics , because Dakota is just too strong and poses a threat to his rule. Carson the alpha is not above beating his sons or anyone in his pack into submission and to help with his foolhardy plan. Carson kidnaps Dakota knowing that his present pack will come after him. A fight ensues and Sam even though human tries to protect his mate at the detriment to himself. Carson tears Sam’s stomach with his sharp claws and Dakota has no other choice than to save his mate by turning him into a werewolf.  Dakota hates the circumstances but he can’t stand the thought of living a life without Sam. The change is hard on Sam and it takes him awhile to be comfortable with his wolf.  The measures that Dakota uses to help Sam shift is quite pleasurable . Sex cures all ailments and problems😉. 

 Many of Dakota’s pack become allies , because it is clear that quite a few of them have smelt their mates within Dakota’s new pack the Queets. I can’t wait to read about these pairings. I am really enjoying this series so far and this book has been my favorite so far.Well detailed  and very interesting.  I’m enjoying seeing these assassins pair up with the shifters. I give this my ratings of 5 – bring out the vibrators. You’ll definitely need it. 

Favorite Quotes : 1. Dakota was jacking himself off and the smell of semen was strong on the night air as his mate took him. Sam leaned over Dakota and kissed his neck, then sunk his teeth into Dakota’s shoulder tasting blood as he rammed into him relentlessly. Dakota cried out and hot spunk escaped his cock into the white snow, as his body jerked with the force of his orgasm. Sam’s nose twitched at the smell of semen in the air and he exploded in Dakota’s ass, holding his hips. His body jerked and bucked into Dakota as his balls emptied into his mate.( Hot damnnn, I can almost feel it. They are so hot together.)

2.Sweat rolled down his biceps as the smell of Dakota’s spunk filled his senses; he grabbed Dakota’s legs under his arms and threw them over his shoulders, hanging onto his lover by his ass. Spreading his ass cheeks wider, Sam slammed into Dakota; feeling his orgasm rising, his cock hardened and his balls reared up, almost disappearing inside him. Sam let loose with a hoarse cry, shooting hot cum up Dakota’s chute. His hips still bucking and jerking, Sam fought for control as his eyes shifted and his teeth elongated. He was going to be fucking his mate as a werewolf. ( Their sex gets very primal at times. I love it.)

Assassin Shifter 2- Alaska, With Love by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Title : Alaska, With Love                      Word Count : 271 pgs

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Josh Montgomery is a red-blooded American male that loves his job and loves women even more. Part of an elite team run by General Derek Jacobs, Josh and his fellow assassins take pride in their jobs. When one Assassin gig turns into a rescue mission on the side, Josh’s life is turned upside down by the man he rescues. Now, he has to take a good long look at who he really is.

With the help from his friends Mateo, Riley and Troy, Josh tries to understand what he’s feeling.

Mark Patterson joined Doctor’s without Borders to do good in a foreign country. Little did he know a maniacal drug lord would kidnap him and use him to deal drugs, among other things…. Without any hope of rescue, Mark resigns himself to his prison. Until early one morning when he’s rescued by a blonde God. Josh Montgomery is tall, light and beautiful….and straight.

Being in close quarters only makes things harder on both men, will Mark get his man? Will Josh take a chance…. In the wilds of Denali Forest the two men come together, but is it for good? Or will Mark’s past drive them apart?

My Review : From the very first moment we met Josh in book 1, we could see that he was an easygoing fun loving character even though he is an assassin.  He is one of the sexy men from the Skull Blasters squad,  who are assassins for hire. They get rid of pedophiles,  drug kingpins and flesh peddlers. It’s on one of his assignments to take down a drug kingpin, where he first sees Mark, a kidnapped doctor being brutally raped by the druglord. Josh vows to get the sexy doctor out safely. He calls for back up from his team who does the extraction  and kills the druglord without any harm to their team. Josh stays by Mark’s side and takes him to their safe house. 

Josh is very confused by his growing feelings for the lovely doctor. For the first time in his life , he is attracted to a man and he is not exactly sure what to do about it. Although Mark is traumatized,  he is very attracted to Josh, but he is almost sure that a stud like that is straight. One good thing to come out of all of this is that Mark finds his long lost foster brother Mateo. Mark is all alone in the world since his parents disowned him for being gay. He is glad to have Mateo in his life again and he is truly happy to see him so in love with his husband Riley. 

Being in the safe house all alone, brings forth a connection between Mark and Josh that wouldn’t otherwise be present around others. Josh is going out of his mind with the erections that keep popping up whenever he is close to Mark. He reevaluates the notion that he is straight.   He feels like an ingrate for having these feelings for someone who has been so thoroughly abused. He gives in to his attraction and kisses Mark with all the pent up passion he has inside. Then he leaves Mark hanging, with Mark wondering if he is being rejected because he has been tainted by his abusers.

 Josh runs away to his cottage in Alaska where he is helping a friend to preserve the wolf wildlife and rescue them from hunters. In the meantime,  Mark resumes his job as a doctor and goes to therapy sessions to deal with his trauma. After a few weeks,  he comes up with a plan to go and get back his man. He goes all the way to Alaska alone. When Josh sees him , he is ecstatic and worried at the  half frozen state that Mark is in. Josh nurses him back to health and they make up for lost time by indulging in conversations and a whole lot of sex. This is a new experience for Josh and he is definitely open to all possibilities.  Their sex life is super hot and it solidifies in their mind how much they need each other. Their relationship continues to grow exponentially and passionately. Mark becomes very comfortable with how their lives are  entwined.  He even gets close to the wildlife and gets comfortable with a wolf called Dakota. 

Mark  and Josh’s happiness almost comes to a screeching halt when they find out that Mark’s ex boyfriend was behind his kidnapping and is still out to get him. Josh goes into assassin mode and eliminates all threats to his future husband. Josh finds his perfect hero in his sexy assassin.  I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Assassin Shifter 1: A Marked Man by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

Title : A Marked Man                  Word Count :225 pgs

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Mateo Esposito loves his job. Hired assassin for the U.S. Government, he takes lives and he kicks ass with no mercy.When a job lands in his lap that’s just not quite right, Mateo finds himself questioning orders for the first time in his career. Who would have known he’d be undone by a purple hippo…

Riley Flynn is CEO of Flynn Electronics. Deep in his closet, Riley wonders what it would feel like to be with a man. When his path crosses with Mateo’s, their lives will never be the same.

Because, Riley is Mateo’s next target…

This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, violence.

My Review : Mateo Esposito is a sexy ass marksman for the A- team. He always acquires his target and he shoots to kill. He is on a special team with his friends hired by the government to take out lowlifes like rapists , pedophiles,  sex traffickers and all manner of evil. Mateo doesn’t have a steady home or boyfriend,  he prefers to take his comfort in whatever hookups he finds for the night. Mateo is very detailed and he always does his homework on his targets before killing them. He also follows his spider senses, that has saved his life a time or two.

When he gets the dossier on Riley Flynn,  the  young attractive CEO of an electronics company,  their is nothing outright that he can see that proclaims him as scum. Mateo follows Riley around and plants listening devices in his home and office and still can’t see anything wrong. He follows Riley to the back room of a gay bar and determines  that is one of his secrets. He loses sight of Riley in the back room when he gets sidetracked by the best blowjob ever from an unknown man. He goes home and fantasizes about the best mouth ever, wishing that he could have a repeat performance.

On the day that he decides to take down Riley,  someone else starts shooting at his target. He saves Riley’s life and takes him to their safe house. Riley is definitely uncomfortable with Mateo knowing that he was originally sent to kill him. On the other hand , he is extremely attracted to Mateo and feels really safe in his presence.  Riley and Mateo are evenly matched and they realize that they have a great connection with each other.  Their attraction really comes to the fore when Riley realized that  Mateo was the hot guy he sucked off in the back room and been dreaming of ever since. 

Riley brings out Mateo’s sweet side and he wants to protect  Riley with all that he’s got. Mateo shows Riley the freedom of being loved by a man. Although they are on the run for their lives, they found a special love with each other that they never imagined ever having with anyone.Their newfound love is tested when their enemies kidnap and torture Riley. Mateo and his team does everything to get Riley back safe and sound.  Mateo and Riley make plans for their future and they both yearn to have a big family, something that neither of them had in the past. Their connection was undeniably strong and their lovemaking was incredibly passionate and sexy. I loved every minute of it. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.