Friday, July 31, 2015

Mate Bond by Jennifer Ashley - #Review @BerkleyRomance

Together but unbound, they must learn what it means to love completely, in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Wild Wolf.

To cement the leadership of his North Carolina Shiftertown, Bowman O’Donnell agreed to a “mating of convenience.” Two powerful wolf shifters, he and Kenzie keep the pack in order and are adored by all. Bowman would do anything to protect Kenzie, for in each other’s arms they’ve found far more than friendship. But as strong as their attachment is, they still haven’t formed the elusive mate bond—the almost magical joining of true mates.

Now with a monster ravaging the countryside and threatening the Shiftertown community, some in the pack fear that a pair without a true mate bond isn’t strong enough to lead. Bowman and Kenzie will have to rely on their instinctive trust in one another to save their Shifters—and the ensuing battle will either destroy them or give them the chance to seize the love they’ve always craved.

This was a strong addition to the series. I liked that while Bowman and Kenzie love each other, they weren’t insta mates. I liked that it was years of love, though I did feel for them for the uncertainty they have felt over the years.

There was some crazy action and some surprising twists. I also felt like I learned a bit more about the world that I’ve come to love. I enjoyed all the other characters and spending time in a new Shiftertown.

I definitely want to continue reading this series, and I hope all of the next books keep up the strong characters. I recommend this series. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Brain by @CandaceBlevins #Review #5stars #MCRomance

Book two of the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club...

Someone has hacked past Brain’s firewalls and sold the MC’s information. Brain and Bash are on a mission to catch the hacker, find out who hired him, and then make him pay.

Until Brain discovers the hacker is a woman, and just as smart as him. She’s so clever, he chases her a full week before he finally catches her.

She’s the enemy, and yet his wolf wants to protect her from Bash. Worse, his wolf is beginning to decide he wants to claim her.

This isn’t going to be pretty.

Warning: Fights with full-on violence and lots of blood, as well as descriptions of horrendous tortures to a captured female.

This book makes me want to use profanity to explain just how good it was. Ms. Blevins comes at this story with the full force of her storytelling skills, and at one point makes me hate a previous character I adored before. That kind of emotion will always have me unable to put a book down. This was no exception, I could not put it down, and even read it as the same time as a friend, and we kept, did that just happen?

Brain is a genius, and so is Ice. Ice has been through some pretty bad torture in the past. It’s formed her into this hard shell, yet she is still pretty vulnerable. This is seen especially with how some of Brain’s fellow MC brothers treat her, and I admit that the way they treat her and eventually Brain are the reason I was so annoyed at them.

Brain for his part, is on a mission, but finds himself close to abandoning that mission so he can have Ice. That allowed for a lot of leeway for how I feel about him, it helps that Ice while vulnerable, is a tough as nails heroine who can and will take care of herself.

The sex between these two is both sweet and dirty with a heavy dose of sweet. If you’ve read Ms. Blevins, you know she can construct a well-structured sex scene, I like that she took into account Ice’s previous abuse, and Brain’s wolf side’s need to dominate, and attack the problem head on. It made their relationship more believable in my mind.

I definitely enjoyed every second of this book, even when it raised my blood pressure a few times. It’s not a typical romance, Brain isn’t a typical hero and isn’t necessarily always a good guy. He’s a man who will do anything for those he holds dear, and sometimes that means doing things that others might find offensive. I look forward to seeing Ms. Blevins work with some of the more hardcore and criminal MCs and having her get them to a point where I love them even if I don’t want to.

Definitely pick up Duke, the first book in this series, and join me on the wild ride ahead!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Johnnie by Cardeno C. #Audible #audiobook

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Johnnie: Siphon, Book 1

Johnnie: Siphon, Book 1 | [Cardeno C.]

A Premier lion shifter, Hugh Landry dedicates his life to leading the Berk pride with strength and confidence. Hundreds of people depend on Hugh for safety, success, and happiness. And at over a century old, with more power than can be contained in one body, Hugh relies on a Siphon lion shifter to carry his excess force.
When the Siphon endangers himself and therefore the pride, Hugh must pay attention to the man who has been his silent shadow for a decade. What he learns surprises him, but what he feels astounds him even more.
Two lions, each born to serve, rely on one another to survive. After years by each other’s side, they’ll finally realize the depth of their potential, the joy in their passion, and a connection their kind has never known.



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Cardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.
Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Pride Publishing Launches! @PridePublishing


Pride Publishing, a new house from the Totally Entwined Group, best known for its flagship erotic romance publishing house, Totally Bound Publishing has launched today – 7th July 2015.

This expansion and launch of Pride Publishing has been designed and implemented to give our GLBTQI authors and readers the platform and community they deserve to express themselves.
Pride Publishing will deliver publishing excellence with a passionate and personal approach, offering the best stimulation for the imagination.

The launch of Pride marks the division of all GLBTQI titles from Totally Bound’s backlist, allowing Totally Bound Publishing to focus more on and develop MF and MFM stories. Pride Publishing will kick off with a considerable backlist from authors you know and love including, Amber Kell, Carol Lynne, Bailey Bradford and NR Walker.

Celebrate with Pride!

To celebrate the launch of Pride there is 25% off a selection of eBooks for this week only and lots of other promotions over at the website. Visit the website here
Moving forward Pride Publishing will also accept submissions that are not only romance focused. We are actively seeking submissions, so as long as your stories involve characters who identify as GLBTQI, we’d like to see them. Please send your submissions to

For more information please contact Holly Gunner or Heidi Blakey at Totally Entwined /

About Totally Entwined Group
The Totally Entwined Group is a leading eBook publisher in the UK and US and was founded in 2007 by Claire and Marek Siemaszkiewicz. It comprises of four publishing houses – Totally Bound Publishing (Erotic Romance), Finch Books (Young Adult), Pride Publishing (GLBTQI Fiction) and Evidence Press (Crime / Thriller). It employs 12 members of staff and publishes over 350 authors across UK and Europe, USA, Canada and Australia. Its flagship erotic romance publishing house Totally Bound Publishing, was winner of the “Best New Publisher Award” at the All Romance eBooks’ Best of 2007 Awards and was shortlisted for online retailer of the year at The Bookseller Industry Awards 2014. The Totally Entwined Group was recently acquired by Bonnier Publishing.

About Bonnier Publishing Fiction
Bonnier Publishing Fiction is a division of Bonnier Publishing which encompasses the children’s imprints Hot Key Books and Piccadilly Press and adult fiction imprints Zaffre and Twenty7. Bonnier Publishing Fiction combines brand new voices with established storytellers to bring a broad spectrum of high quality and innovative fiction to all ages.