Of Dragons and Wolves 8: Indecision by Marcy Jacks

Title : Indecision                   Word Count : 35,536

Genre : Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb : After being kidnapped and supposedly murdered, Kendrick Ainsley has finally been reunited with the love of his life, warrior dragon Roman of the Firethorn Clan. Though months have passed, and they appear to be getting back on track with their relationship.

Or are they? While Roman was hunting the man who murdered his lover, Clatcher, another dragon warrior, kept him from going insane. Roman fell into dark times, and Clatcher prevented him from falling apart, and Roman is having a difficult time hiding how much he misses the warrior.

Kendrick understands. He really does. He was gone for many months, and Clatcher is everything he is not, a dragon who can watch Roman’s back in battle, handsome, and independent. Kendrick doesn’t want his mate to choose, so he will choose for them. He suspects that Roman mated with both Clatcher and Kendrick, and Kendrick wants to try a relationship between the three of them, before they break apart for good.

My Review :  Roman is caught between a rock and a hard place.  On one hand,  he is ecstatic and very grateful that his mate Kendrick  who he thought to  be dead , is now among the living again. There is only one small problem,  Clatcher the dragon who had been helping him to avenge his mate’s death is in love with him. Now that he is faced with both men, he realize that he has developed some tender feelings for Clatcher and just might be in love with both men. This leaves Roman feeling very disloyal to his mate, and he hates seeing the pain in Clatcher’s eyes. 

Kendrick doesn’t begrudge the comfort that Roman felt in Clatcher’s arms, but he can’t help but to  feel useless and unloved. He starts to question the bond that was so strong between him and Roman, a bond that defied even death. All of Kendrick’s insecurities are coming to the fore,  leaving him to think that maybe Clatcher would be a better fit for his mate since he has more to offer Roman .

When Roman  and a few other hunters are hurt by hunters, Kendrick is horrified that he might lose the man he loves. Clatcher stays by his side, feeling very guilty when he reveals that Roman was hurt while protecting him. Kendrick feels a twinge of  jealousy,  but he sets that aside and helps Clatcher with his wounds. When Clatcher undresses in the privacy of Kendrick’s and Roman’s room, Kendrick starts seeing Clatcher’s attributes  for the first time. Clatcher also sizes up Kendrick seeing him for the cute sexy little shifter that he is. 

Kendrick can no longer deny that  he sees something special between his mate and Clatcher.  He makes the decision that he would rather share Roman than lose him entirely.  Kendrick comes up with the plan to bring Clatcher into his relationship wholeheartedly.  At first, Roman is a little resistant to the idea ,believing that  Kendrick is forcing this relationship due to his fear of losing Roman. It soon becomes clear that  Kendrick is very much on board with the plan when he pulls Clatcher into a hot steamy liplock. They have a lot of fun figuring out the logistics of their threesome and it is apparent that there are deeper feelings amongst this trio.

The sex was exceptionally hot with these three sexy men.  I was  very connected to this trio and there are quite a few tender moments that got me teary-eyed.  I am very happy that they were all able to find something that was so unparalleled. This was the best of the series so far. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Of Dragons and Wolves 7: Hold On, We’re Going Home by Marcy Jacks

Title :  Hold On, We’re Going Home      Word Count : 39,447

Genre : Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb : Kyle Abbot is tired of being sexually harassed in his own pack. The man after him only wants him to try and become the pack alpha, and Kyle’s not about to let that happen. His only choice for escape without shaming his entire family would be to take a mate with one of the dragons on the mountain.

Aiken never wanted to be mated again. After watching his previous mate be tortured and killed right in front of him, he never wants to tie himself to another ever again.

When the high dragon comes to him and asks him this favor, he cannot refuse.

At the sight of his future mate being sexually harassed by another, however, Aiken’s protective instincts come roaring back to life. Kyle belongs to him and no one else. Aiken wants to prove that to the wolf in bed, if only he can overcome the feeling that he’s betraying his former lover.

My Review :  This one was a little bit  weird for me.  I think maybe it was the anticipation of  Roman and Kendrick’s book which is next in the series. I just couldn’t connect with Kyle and Aiken, I couldn’t help but think that their story was just a placeholder. We hadn’t really been introduced to them before and in my opinion  their chemistry wasn’t genuine. The sex scenes were great, but it was like watching porn rather than a love story. 

Aiken  had a mate before who was murdered by Templars and he is very hesitant to be mated again . He mates Kyle out of duty to the dragons. Kyle is a beta wolf , one of Connor’s older brothers.  Kyle  is also doing his duty to his wolf pack by mating with the dragon. Here we have two strangers coming together who seem so very unsure throughout the whole book whether they wanted to be together . Aiken  doesn’t want to let go of his past and Kyle has no clue what his future holds.

To be honest , I was more invested in the tidbits of Roman and Clatcher. It is finally revealed that Kendrick is not dead and has somehow been reincarnated and is back in the body of a fox. It was a real tearjerker to watch Kendrick and Roman’s reunion.  I feel really bad for Clatcher who is left out in the cold, but he is oh so gracious about hiding his hurt feelings. I can’t wait to  read their story next. Look out for my next review. I give this my ratings of 3 – it was ok, give it a try.

Of Dragons and Wolves 6 : Falling in Love Again by Marcy Jacks

Title :  Falling in Love Again      Word Count : 35,801

Genre : Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb : Garret Abbot is an alpha wolf amongst a clan of dragons, and the gorgeous healer, Kristoff, has caught his eye. Now he can’t go back to his pack.

Garret is driving himself and his wolf insane by keeping away. He hasn’t been interested in more than a one night stand since the death of his mate and child, and now here is someone else he feels the mating call for.

Garret feels it so intensely that he comes on too strong during their first round of fabulous sex, and he bites Kristoff without his permission, sealing them together forever.

Kristoff was forced once before, and he never wants to be in that position again. If Garret doesn’t want to lose his new mate, he will do everything in his power to make up for his mistake, including giving his life to make sure hunters don’t harm the only man he’s come to love in years.

My Review : Conner’s  older brother Garett is very confused about his feelings after meeting the dragon doctor Kristoff.  He has only ever had one night stands after his female mate died in childbirth and he has never been attracted to a man before. On the other hand, Kristoff senses the attraction that the alpha wolf feels for him , but it scares him. 

After weeks of watching Kristoff with such intensity,  Garett decides to approach him. He goes to Kristoff’s room with the intention of speaking with him , but as soon as he sees the sleep rumpled healer his body gets other ideas. Before he knows what’s happening,  he is kissing and seducing Kristoff.  Garett has a very domineering personality that scares Kristoff,  but makes him oh so hot. Kristoff decides to accept the alpha’s dominance if only to prove to himself that he is not broken. Kristoff was attacked and raped by wolf alphas previously and this is where his fear stems from.

Garett is so carried away by his lust that he bites Kristoff and mates with him. Kristoff is furious that once again something is taken away from him against his will. When Aris the high dragon gets involved Garett sees the error of his ways. He decides to curtail his dominance and try to woo his mate instead. Kristoff is very impressed with his alpha, but before they can further their relationship Garett is shot while protecting his mate and some other dragons of the castle. Garett’s bravery goes a far way to solidifying the peace treaty between the wolves and the dragons.

Their relationship changes for the better when Kristoff realized how close he came to losing Garett. They had amazing chemistry and they were on the road to having a blissful life together.

We get glimpses of Roman who is still hunting for the shapeshifter who killed his mate Kendrick. Clatcher , another dragon warrior has been helping him. Clatcher makes it very clear that he is in love with Roman, but Roman tries to gently rebuff him as he is still pining over his dead mate. When Clatcher offers his body to be used in place of his true love, Roman can’t resist his physical need. My heart aches for both these men, because Roman’s feelings will always be held back because of the love he feels for another. Clatcher is so desperate to be loved by Roman that he will endure any emotional turmoil just to have a piece of Roman. Things are getting  really strange at the castle. Can’t wait to see what happens.  I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Of Dragons and Wolves 5: Mate of the High Dragon by Marcy Jacks

Title :  Mate of the High Dragon     Word Count : 36,045

Genre : Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb : Conner Abbot is about to have his first, and possibly his only, child with the love of his life, high dragon Aris Macleod. The problem is that Aris is a dragon and Conner is an omega werewolf who already has a bad heart. If he shifts into his wolf while pregnant, he could possibly die. He might even die just from carrying the hatchling at all, but it’s a risk he’s willing to take, and one that his mate is having a hard time accepting.

Aris loves his mate and wants everything for him, but seeing him sick and in bed all the time hurts him. He’s terrified to touch his mate, despite the sexual desires still pounding through him. He doesn’t want to do anything that will harm Conner or his child.

But Conner won’t have that. He’s determined to show Aris that just because he’s pregnant, doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy each other in every way possible.

My Review :  Sweet little Conner and his High dragon Aris are back. Only their wedded bliss is not so blissful anymore. Aris just found out that his sweet little wolf is pregnant with his dragon egg. Aris is horrified and filled with panic,  Conner is the first wolf to be impregnated by a dragon and they are just not sure of the outcome. Conner is very sick and it seems that the egg is causing complications already and making him weaker. Aris fears for his mate’s life and this causes a lot of strife and tension in their relationship.

Aris has stopped having sex with Conner out of fear of hurting him. Conner tries to tempt his mate back to his bed because he misses him and because his wolf needs to play. This is the only exercise that his wolf is getting  since  he can’t shift due to his pregnancy. Conner is also feeling the pregnancy blues, wondering if his mate still finds him attractive . When Aris finds his mate crying , he realizes that by trying to protect his mate , he is actually causing him emotional turmoil. Aris makes an effort to do better and reassure Conner as best as he can. This goes a long way in building up Conner’s self esteem and repairing some of the torn threads in the fabric of their lives. They have a lot of sexy fun. Finally , when things start getting back on track , tragedy comes to their doorstep.

There is  a true shapeshifter who has been creating havoc in their castle for sometime. He is intent on having Aris’ old flame and Conner’s friend Kendrick for his own. Ailiwen, one of the servants turns out to be the shapeshifter. He kidnaps Kendrick and Conner. Aris is furious and very worried,  so is Roman, Kendrick ‘ s mate. When Aris and Roman finds where Aliwen is holed up, they are successful in retrieving Conner , but Ailiwen throws Kendrick over a cliff before Roman can save him. These secondary characters are so strong and Kendrick’s death was devastating  and truly heart-rending. 

Life goes on and the day finally comes when Conner is induced and has a cesarean section to have his hatchling. Conner and Aris has a beautiful baby boy , but it is a bittersweet time for them, because Aris is not able to share it with Roman his best friend who has gone hunting for his mate’s killer. There are some things that are unexplained and keep us guessing. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Broken – Nail Diva by Stormy Glenn

Title : Broken – Nail  Diva            Word Count : 35,151

Genre : Paranormal Gay Romance

Blurb : Harper Brooks refuses to be anybody except who he is, and who he is shocks most people. When he meets a gorgeous man at a sidewalk café, he has no problem telling him exactly what he wants—in vivid detail. When Memphis rejects him, Harper hides his hurt behind flippant words and a flash of indignation, but forgetting the man might prove impossible.

Memphis doesn’t know what to think when he’s propositioned by an imp with dreamy blue eyes and an ass to die for. He doesn’t do relationships—ever—and one night spent in the gorgeous man’s bed isn’t enough. Memphis wants more. He just knows he can’t have it. Nights of passion could lead to the sexy little diva dying at the hands of Memphis’s beast.

When Harper gets kidnapped by a madman, Memphis runs to the rescue, and in doing so reveals his darkest secret. But there is a lot more going on than either of them know, especially when the bond between them creates more than either of them expected.

My Review :  Harper has a serious crisis, he has broken a nail and he can’t find his damn nail file  in his man  purse. He has his sights set on the little cafe table when a gorgeous mountain of a man sits down. Harper decides to ignore the man and file his nail to perfection anyways . Once his crisis is averted, he checks out the eye candy. Memphis is shocked by the flamboyant man’s brazen attitude, when Harper tells him in great detail what he could do if he had a man like him in his bed. Memphis shuts down the little human, because he knows he can’t get attached. However, this doesn’t stop him from thinking about the sexy little diva. Little does he know that Harper has the same problem forgetting him. Memphis becomes the main attraction in Harper’s fantasies once he gets home.

Memphis can’t get the sexy little man out of his thoughts and follows Harper’s  scent to an apartment  building. He sneaks into the room after running over in wolf form. Harper’s fantasies become a reality when Memphis makes passionate love to Harper and bites him. Harper wakes up believing he has dreamt about his wild night with Memphis. He starts noticing changes in his body and starts having wild wacky food cravings. Unbeknownst to them   Memphis being a werewolf has impregnated Harper. 

It takes Harper being kidnapped by one of Memphis’ stalker for them to be reunited. They are very happy to see each other and their bond developed  very quickly.  Memphis realizes that he has to protect  his sexy little diva from all harm.

There is much to learn about this werewolf business and Memphis is shocked to learn that he can get another male pregnant. He learns a lot about himself with the help of Harper’s  knowledge of research methods. Harper becomes an asset to Memphis and his werewolf brothers,  not only as a pregnant mate , but also as a source of information on being werewolves. This was a lighthearted fun read.  Can’t wait to see if this will be a series.I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

Favorite Quotes : 1. Memphis leaned forward again and licked the drop of pre-cum gathering on the head of Harper’s cock. He groaned at just how sweet the taste really was. He suckled at the head and savored the man’s flavor before he took the cock all the way down. Harper shouted and writhed as Memphis gripped the man’s hips to still him. His lover thrashed his head back and forth as Memphis lavished Harper’s cock with his tongue.

He could hear Harper above him crying out every time he swallowed the man down his throat. It spurred him on to do more. Memphis moved his hand between Harper’s legs. He pushed against the man’s knee with his shoulder, encouraging Harper to spread his legs wider. It worked. Harper spread his legs enough for Memphis to reach between them and find his hole.

He sucked Harper’s cock into his mouth then let it slide from his mouth as he began kissing his way down to the sweet puckered hole waiting for him. He pushed his finger into Harper’s tight ass. Harper cried out above him. Memphis began a slow rhythm of moving his finger in and out of Harper at the same time he stuck his tongue out and lavished the tight ring of muscles. His saliva would act as a lube, easing his way.  ( The best sex scenes are the ones where you feel you are right there with them. I was right there with them , every lick and every touch, ooh la la.)

Signs by Anna Martin

Title : Signs                      Word Count : 65, 398

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : After spending most of his life in special schools, Caleb Stone now faces public high school in his senior year, a prospect that both excites him and threatens to overwhelm his social anxiety. As a deaf teenager, he’s closed himself off to the world. He speaks a shorthand with his parents and even finds it hard to use American Sign Language with people in his local deaf community. But Caleb finds comfort in his love of photography. Everything he can’t express in real life, he posts on his Tumblr.

Struggling to reconcile his resentment for his father’s cruelty with the grief of losing a parent, Luc Le Bautillier scrolls through Tumblr searching for someone who might understand his goth look and effeminate nature. When Luc reblogs a photo by Caleb, sparking a conversation, they both find it easier to make friends online than in person.

Luc and Caleb confront their fears about the opinions of the outside world to meet in New York City. Despite Caleb’s increasing confidence, his parents worry he’s not ready for the trials ahead. But communication comes in many forms—when you learn the signs.

My Review :  Caleb feels like there is  a veil between the world and himself because of his disability. Being deaf has made him an outcast and limited him in so many ways. While other teenagers his age are thinking about college, he is fearful of how he will navigate his life now that he will be considered an adult. Caleb has been rather insulated and sheltered by his parents. His horizons are broadening now that he has set up a Tumblr account and started displaying his craft of photography.  Right away he meets a friend in a fellow blogger Luc. Their correspondence soon turns into something deeper, they have frequent video chats which lead to them meeting in person.

Luc is  a sexy goth and he is very much into Caleb. He makes it a point of interest to learn American sign language. He is very invested in his relationship with Caleb. It is obvious that they have something very real and their relationship blossoms regardless of the limitations of Caleb’s disability. Luc treats Caleb like he is whole and shows him that he is not defined by his deafness. Luc makes Caleb want to partake in the trials for a special hearing device that will enhance his quality of life.

When Caleb is denied, he is devastated. Luc plays a big role in helping Caleb with his speech. He entreats the company on Caleb’s  behalf to be given another shot at the trial. This was young love in all its glory, but there was a solid foundation and a depth to their love that doesn’t always come easy. Luc stuck it through with Caleb while he went through the surgery and got the hearing implants. It was the most beautiful sound when Caleb was able to hear Luc’s voice. This was a very sweet romance. I give this my ratings of 3- it was ok, give it a try. 

Favorite Quotes : 1. Caleb pressed his hand back into the bed, and his biceps flexed as he used the momentum to thrust harder, give Luc more of what he so clearly wanted. Their movements together became increasingly frantic, giving and taking in equal measure. Caleb came first, his hips snapping once, twice, then thrusting into his deepest point and holding there as his body trembled and shook and gasps of pleasure fluttered over Luc’s skin. Luc sped up the movement of his hand over his own cock and came too, spilling between them and catching Caleb’s lips in tiny kisses, over and over again. ( The sweetest lovemaking can be the most erotic.)

Love in Laguna 1: Knight of Ocean Avenue by Tara Lain

Title : Knight of Ocean Avenue        Word Count : 87,263

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : How can you be twenty-five and not know you’re gay? Billy Ballew runs from that question. A high school dropout, barely able to read until he taught himself, Billy’s life is driven by his need to help support his parents as a construction worker, put his sisters through college, coach his Little League team, and not think about being a three-time loser in the engagement department. Being terrified of taking tests keeps Billy from getting the contractor’s license he so desires, and fear of his mother’s judgment blinds Billy to what could make him truly happy.

Then, in preparation for his sister’s big wedding, Billy meets Shaz—Chase Phillips—a rising-star celebrity stylist who defines the word gay. To Shaz, Billy embodies everything he’s ever wanted—stalwart, honest, brave—but even if Billy turns out to be gay, he could never endure the censure he’d get for being with a queen like Shaz. How can two men with so little in common find a way to be together? Can the Stylist of the Year end up with the Knight of Ocean Avenue?

My Review : Shaz is the fabulously flamboyant stylist hired  for Billy’s sister Rhonda’s wedding. After being dumped by his girlfriend,  Billy’s family decides that he needs a style makeover if he is ever going to progress in his relationships. Billy is a big guy with a tender heart, very handsome and has no clue about  his self worth.  He is plagued by insecurities after constantly being told that he is stupid. Billy is at a point in his life where he is reevaluating everything,  wondering if he is just not good enough. Shaz is the sweetest , most kindhearted  person ever and he is uber twinky. He sees something in Billy that draws him closer. Even though they seem to be opposites, they complement each other really well. Shaz might seem flighty to others , but he grounds Billy and they form an unlikely friendship of sorts.

Billy feels a pull towards Shaz that he does not understand and this leads him to question the very foundation that his sexuality is built on. There is just one problem, his mother. His mother is very meddlesome and believes that she has earned the right to interfere in his love life. For the very first time in  his life, Billy decides to get something in his life just for him. He realizes that he really likes Shaz and they get closer and spend more time together with each passing day.

I really loved these two, they had such an easy uncomplicated relationship.  They both encouraged each other to attain their aspirations.With very unorthodox  study methods including lots of lube and dildos, Shaz is able to help his sexy construction worker to realize his dreams. On the other hand  Billy was able to guide Shaz into making sound business decisions,  so he would not be indebted to anyone.

Billy soon finds out the adversity faced by people who are gay. He makes the decision to stand up for himself and for others. He fights for the right to  own his destiny regardless of whatever fallout will come from it. Billy and Shaz were a match made in heaven. They had a beautiful sexual chemistry. This was a lighthearted  fun read, not too angsty. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.