Feral Dream by Talon ps

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Series: N/A

Author: Talon ps

Genre: MM / MMM / Paranormal / Erotic Romance

Length: Novel

Publisher: Self-published (January 29th, 2013)

Reviewer: Thommie

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts

Blurb: Ever since their chance encounter, Talon can’t seem to get Kelon off his mind or his libido. The need and allure to the potent and powerful alpha male has got him spun around, but when his grandfather calls to tell him about a dream, the attraction Talon has with this man just got complicated.

Kelon is the Alpha Guardian at the Underground Keep, a safe haven and gathering spot for the paranormal, in the heart of New Orleans. Kelon’s no stranger to the fondness of sex, but when a human man walks in and marks his soul, he not sure what to think about it. But his Rougaroux Beast and his Wolf side have already made up their minds to make Talon their mate, the Man in Kelon just needs to find a way to make it happen without killing him.

Little did either man know the solution to their mating and a long forgotten curse came in the body of an androgynous man named Mykin.

“That’d be the sexy Kelon Thorton above— just a couple of weeks ago he had a spur encounter with an Injun man named Talon {me} and damn was it hot— now he wants more— but they both come from different worlds— will the differences be too great a jump for them to come together or will the Feral Dream they touch within bring them together in a bond no animal spirit can deny?” ~ Talon ps

Product Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/278869

Review: It is one of the rare times that I find a book’s title fitting its contents so much. Feral Dream is exactly that, a feral, visceral dream.

While normally I would start with the points that I loved, this time I’ll do it differently. I’ll start with the things I disliked and annoyed the hell out of me, such as the poor editing and grammar errors. I found that this book was rushed and not properly taken care of before it went to the “shelves”. Paragraphs being repeated, errors in grammar that should’ve been obvious when proofreading and some loops and leaps that could be avoided in a simple revision had me shaking my head.

In addition to the above there was “role-playing” approach. Certainly I understand it, I’ve role-played quite enough myself, but I feel that this book would gain so much more if it was worked as a novel narrated by one all-knowing author. As it was, the frequent hopping from character to character caused me the mother of all headaches.

Now that being said, I absolutely loved and adored this book. It was so multidimensional and emotional and well… feral, that had me sticking to it despite the above mentioned problems.

The story starts in our time, seemingly contemporary, and without a prologue to clue us in. It worked and it manages to draw you right in the heart of the events, even if you don’t realize it at the moment. We jump head first into a raw, carnal relationship, or the beginning of one, between two unlikely characters.

Talon is a simple man, a human, who found himself wandering through the world aimlessly until he drops in New Orleans where some instinct tells him to settle. Though being a Native American his relationship with the spiritual world and Nature is fairly close, Talon discovers that more than that exist in the world, even more so that he just stepped into it the moment he stepped foot at the Underground Keep. There he met Kelon and the attraction between the two men was of such a deep level neither can understand. The need to be with each other, the constant pull they between them seem as old as the world itself. But Kelon has a secret, one he’s afraid not only will push Talon away from him, but will be dangerous for the mortal should they continue this madness.

Just as Talon comes to terms with Kelon being a wolf, Kelon withdraws and avoids him. In Kelon’s mind they cannot mate, as his inner beast is not in control and might unwillingly kill Talon in the process of the mating.

Up until this point I had no connection whatsoever with either character. What I read was a constant rutting and carnal sex between the two men, with Kelon keeping to his human form. The intensity of their lust was there and God it was palpable, but that was it. Just as I was thinking that I would have a hard time reading an entire book with only sex scenes there came Mykin, like a Fallen Angel, and changed the scenery in the most brilliant way.

It is at this point where I understood that this is an Epic Love Story, told in the most brutal, if you will, way. After all, a love between immortals is only logical to be followed by pain, violence and blood. A Love that began in a world when love didn’t even exist, when the world was a mere baby and the deities were all about carnal pleasure, such love was bound to be envied and cursed.

Through the millennia Mykin, Kelon and Talon have been searching for each other, pair often but never all three together, as was expected in order to end the curse. Now finally the day has come to end it once and for all, for the Heart, Body and Soul to finally be together and through eternity. If only they can manage to overcome the darkness that follows them in each lifetime…

A brilliant story indeed, a sad one I might add, a story that if you give it a chance will make or break your heart. For me it was a very rewarding read. Mind you, this is not the light read that you will gaily go through, this is not the shiny bubbles romance type, it’s more the painful side of love where you really need to work and literally fight to get to. In addition to all that this book had a take on the Were-wolf existence that I truly adore. You will not find pups, and wolves to neither pet here, nor will any of the wolf’s aspects be in pace with human logic. You will read pure, unadulterated animalistic performance, so beware. The paranormal take is incredible, carnal and even brutal.

In the end this is a story that for the fans of the genre is a must read. Overcome the poor edition and dare dive in the dark world of Feral Dream.


Choices & Changes by K.L. Belanger

ChoicesandChangesLGTitle:  Choices and Changes

Series:  N/A

Author:  K.L. Belanger

Genre:   Contemporary

Length:  Novel (258 pages)

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press (February 11th, 2013)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥3Hearts

Blurb:   On the cusp of his twenty-fifth birthday, Bo Sanford grows frustrated with his directionless life. Slaving away at his father’s construction company all week and partying every weekend leaves him little time for introspection, but he knows it’s time for a change. When his best friend, Mac, drags him to a college party, Bo catches sight of a girl. But not just any girl—the girl of his dreams: a delicate blonde-haired beauty with a pink scarf and a smile that promises warmth and humor. There’s just one problem: she isn’t a girl.

Even after Bo discovers the truth, he keeps seeing Erick, and the choice to follow his heart despite the obstacles has profound repercussions on not only his sense of self but his relationship with his family and even his job. Being with Erick makes him all the more determined to be his own man and claw his way out from under his father’s thumb.

But Erick faces choices of his own: the choice to get involved with someone redefining his sexuality, the choice to trust again, and even the choice to believe love can last beyond the temporary

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3566

Reviewer:   Tams

Review:   When Bo meets Erick at a party, mistaking him for a girl, he’s completely caught off guard by his charismatic charm, thousand watt smile and sparkling eyes.  He is straight after all, and Erick is a guy, a guy he shouldn’t be attracted too, and yet…he is.

Tampering down his initial instinct to run like hell, he takes a chance and the two go for coffee, and end up talking all night, developing a fast friendship.  Erick is completely honest from the start admitting his attraction to Bo, and his fear of “falling for the straight, unavailable guy”.   The last thing Bo wants to do is hurt Erick, but as their friendship grows along with the foreign feelings he has for Erick, he continually ignores his heart and listens to that tiny voice in his head repeating, don’t go there.

Their mutual attraction that grows stronger everyday coupled with the bonds of friendship they are forming is the least of their worries.  Bo is fearful of his family and friends reaction if they find out he’s dating a guy, not to mention the scars both men carry from troubling events in their pasts.  Bo and his best friend have a huge falling out when Mac learns the truth, but is it because he’s dating a guy, or because he’s been lying about it?  Erick is half way in and half way out of the relationship before it even starts, fearing it’s doomed from the beginning just like everything else in his life.

Belanger has written a wonderful tale of love, uncertainty, fear and coming to terms with who, and what you are, regardless of the past.  The love story between Bo and Erick is slowly built around friendship, honesty and trust.  Even if they don’t share everything about each other from the start, they don’t lie.  Erick teaches Bo how to love through friendship, and Bo teaches Erick that love is unconditional.  The question is, can they overcome their demons and be together, completely?  Or will they allow the shadows of the past to dominate their future?