Category Archives: Siren Publishing

Clint by Lynn Hagen

Lynn Hagen - Clint CoverTitle: Clint

Series: Grizzly Ridge 01

Author: Lynn Hagen

Genre: Paranormal, shape-shifters, M/MPreg

Length: Novella (100pgs)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Inc.

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: The Rising men are pure myth, or so Dane thinks. Everyone in the town of Grizzly Ridge whispers about how either the Rising men can control the wild bears that roam the mountains, or that they are the wild bears themselves.

On his way home from work one night, a stranger nearly hits Dane on the backroad. When the guy gets out of his truck, Dane is kidnapped and taken high into the mountains.

Clint grew up in the mountains, his bear clan hidden from humans. Out on an errand one night, Clint decides to take a shortcut and nearly runs a man over. Pissed at the guy’s carelessness, he gets out and discovers the human is his mate. His bear takes over and Clint bites him, starting the process that will enable Dane to carry his child.

But Clint’s life is filled with dangers, and the biggest danger of all is his father.

ISBN: 9781640104006 

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/clint

Reviewer: Veronica

Review: Dane is living in a small town and hears all the tales about the occupants of the mountains, especially the Rising men, and he thinks that there’re just myths. One night after work, Dane is walking home and is nearly hit by a driver. When the person gets out of the truck and asks him if he’s ok, within a blink of the eye, the guy bites Dane and takes him up further into the mountains.

Clint is on his way home when he finds his mate on the side of the road. With one whiff of his scent, he bites him and takes him to his home. Clint is the eldest of his siblings and he’s ecstatic yet scared that he found his mate. Dane sees himself as imperfect, but all Clint sees is a handsome man. There are dangers in the mountains, and the biggest one is his father, when he decides that he wants Clint’s mate. Clint will go to any length to make sure that never happens, even if he has to kill his own father.

I love this author’s work and would recommend to anyone interested in reading about paranormals.

Kiss of Forever by Leah Blake

Leah Blake - Kiss of Forever CoverTitle: Kiss of Forever

Series:  Shadow Creek 03

Author: Leah Blake

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Length: Novel (224pgs)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (July 3, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Raul Carney, world-renowned alpha wolf and leader of Shadow Creek, suffered a mortal wound when human hunters attacked the sanctuary. Hit by a silver bullet laced with fae poisoning, he is in a desperate fight for his life as the threat of destruction hovers over the Creek. One person holds the key to his cure: Victor Cavanough, his forbidden mate.

Victor, elusive son of the vampire king, is intimate with heartache. He watches Raul from the shadows, shattering inside all because of a blood pact between his father and Raul two decades earlier. When Raul’s condition deteriorates, Victor casts aside the consequences of the pact in hopes of saving his mate.

Unfortunately, more than a pact stands between Victor and his hope to save Raul from death. Twenty years of deceit is about to unfold. Raul’s time runs short. Will Victor sacrifice everything to save his mate in one last hurtle to finally find eternal happiness?

ISBN: 978-1-64010-382-5

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/kiss-of-forever

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: This story absolutely crushed me at the lengths someone would go to make sure what they wanted or did not want happen came to pass. Raul and Victor are mates but due to a blood pact Raul signed twenty years before he can no claim Victor or risk killing him.

So much happens as secrets slowly are revealed. Victor is an anomaly with great powers for a vampire. I liked that he was different and powerful considering he is the mate of an alpha. My heart broke for Raul for all the suffering he endured to keep his mate safe from harm.

It did not shock me when the truth was revealed as I suspected what was going on in book two. I was disgusted with Victor’s father the vampire king. His continued disregard for anything he felt beneath him was tragic. 

Fantastic addition to the series. Highly recommended.

Bite of Darkness by Leah Blake

Leah Blake - Bite of Darkness CoverTitle: Bite of Darkness

Series: Shadow Creek 02 

Author: Leah Blake

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal

Length: Novel (188pgs)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (June 19, 2017)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Ashly Marrouch is given an important task: deliver a box with a secret, lifesaving antidote to the alpha of Shadow Creek. For Ashly, this is another night’s work for the vampire king he serves. What should have been a simple drop-and-go is anything but when Vuk Remmington opens the door and Ashly finds himself face-to-face with his imposing, frighteningly handsome werewolf mate.

Vuk is one of Shadow Creek’s fiercest guards and his alpha’s second-in-command. Naturally, he is suspicious of Ashly and the antidote he delivers. Fighting his hunger for the small, gorgeous, witty vampire proves impossible, and Vuk finds himself desperate to repair the damages his initial attitude has caused between them.

When Vuk and Ashly are ambushed by human hunters, one thing becomes clear: Vuk can’t live without Ashly, and Ashly will sacrifice himself to save his wolf.

Vuk demands to know the origins of the antidote. But the antidote is the least of Vuk’s worries when Ashly becomes the prime target for the hunters.

ISBN: 978-1-64010-381-8

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/bite-of-darkness

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: This series gets better and better with every book. Ashly is a vampire given an important task. Deliver a box to Alpha Raul and guard it with your life. He meets Vuk, Raul’s second in command, and the meeting is tense. 

To be honest Vuk is an ass to Ashly because Ashly refuses to give him the box or tell him what it is in it. It leads to Vuk not trusting anyone. Now while I understood Vuk’s protectiveness over his Alpha that did not excuse his behavior with his mate.

The action picks up as things start turning dangerous. Suspense, mystery, secrets, and some sexy times are all throughout. Fantastic addition to the series.

Highly recommended.

Secrets In Shadows by Leah Blake

Leah Blake - Secrets In Shadows CoverTitle: Secrets in Shadows

Series:  Shadow Creek 01

Author: Leah Blake

Genre: Paranormal, Shape-shifter

Length: Novel (192pgs)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (June 5, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Wolf shifter Rex Vanderbilt has lived a life of luxury and privilege. That changes one fateful night following an attack by hunters that nearly kills him and his family. They seek refuge and protection at the private paranormal sanctuary, Shadow Creek. Rex discovers how little he understands his wolf’s blood after the strangest out-of-body experience in the presence of one particular shifter.

Devon Michaels is a great horned owl shifter and part of the Creek’s top circle of guards. He prefers solitude after a betrayal that nearly cost him his life. When Rex arrives on the manor’s doorstep, he instantly recognizes the rowdy wolf as his mate. He has no interest in the irresponsible, spoiled man, but Rex has other plans to win Devon’s affections.

When the Creek’s borders are breached by hunters and Rex is injured, Devon must make a decision. With the promise of another attack looming, time is running out. Can he let go of the past to protect his mate?

ISBN: 978-1-64010-379-5

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/secrets-in-shadows

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: So much tension between Rex and Devon you could cut it with a knife. Devon wants nothing to do with his mate. Yet Rex very much wants him. Cruel words are exchanged between the two and mistakes made until an attack brings them together. 

Shadow Creek is a safe place for paranormals who are on the run can go. It houses a wide variety of creatures. I really liked this place as a refuge for all who have been kicked or hunted by hunters.

I loved this book. There was action, danger, mystery, tension and drama. I really enjoyed the fact that even though these two were mates they did not fall into bed right off the bat as is the case with most paranormal books. They each had issues to work out before that was able to happen.

Loved it. Highly recommended.

Destiny’s Call by A.M. Halford

A.M. Halford - Destiny's Call CoverTitle: Destiny’s Call

Series: Mages of the Nether 01

Author: A.M. Halford

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novella (168 pages)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (May 4, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Aiden Dalrymple, the Medium for his generation, hates the fact he can’t practice the Craft normally. He tries again and again to use his family’s abilities in the traditional manner, always ending in failure. His parents swear he’s destined for greatness, something he highly doubts. What good could summoning creatures of the Nether do?

Daniel Bradford is a Mage, having studied the Craft since he was young. He returns home from college upon being called by his family. His mother, gifted with the Sight, has foreseen a great calamity within the Nether and he is to play a part in bringing balance. Him and one other.

Aiden and Daniel are sent to the Nether to prevent the foreseen disaster. While they’re there Daniel must find a way to bring balance to Aiden himself, and make him accept the fact he is the only one that can help them solve this mystery.

ISBN: 9781682951996

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/destinys-call

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Interesting story about two mages who have been interested in the other from a distance. Adrian is a medium and though everyone tells him he has a gift he thinks it’s a curse. Daniel is a prince who is summoned by his mother to help on a mission of great importance.

The journey they found themselves on was knowledgeable as Aiden found the answers he needed to help him understand who he is, what he can do and what his purpose is. It was fascinating to learn about the mediums and how they came about.

I am looking forward to reading more about the nether and the group who almost wiped out Aiden’s ancestors. I have to say I could not stand Daniel’s mother as she seemed to hate Aiden for some reason only she knows.  I really enjoyed how these two seemed to balance each other out. Adrian grew as a person under Daniel’s care and with the help of the nether. I was happy to see him for the man he could be.

Great read.

Desires of A Mage by A.M. Halford

A.M. Halford - Desires of a Mage CoverTitle: Desires of a Mage

Series:  Mages of the Nether # 2

Author: A.M. Halford

Genre: Fantasy

Length: Novella (178 pages)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (October 5, 2016)

Heat Level: Scorching

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Blurb: Marcus, bored with his new role as Daniel and Aiden’s bodyguard, agrees to go on a mission into the Nether. Seeing this as his chance to do something exciting, he tries his best to put up a good front for his assigned partner, Edmond Elena of the house of the rabbit, of which he shares a passionate yet sad past.

Edmond holds deep scars from his past with Marcus, scars he doesn’t want reopened. Still, the pieces of Marcus that he sees beneath his armor of strength and aloofness weakens his heart to him even as he realizes Marcus hasn’t changed in all these years.

Fighting off their growing desires and feelings for each other, the two must find the stolen tomes of the previous Mediums. Their search for the books brings them into contact with the mysterious group known as the Blood of Aeon, the group responsible for the death of the Dalrymple family forty years ago, and possible secrets that could destroy their world.

ISBN: 9781640101906

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/desires-of-a-mage

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: It’s best to read these books in order. Marcus and Edmond were together in college but due to a misunderstanding they broke up. Now years later the two are tasked with a mission to find missing tomes that are highly important to Aiden.

I really enjoy this series. I hope it continues. So much goes on in this book from dangerous situations to mysteries needing to be solved. I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know who was behind everything and why. 

Marcus and Edmond broke my heart at what had been done to these two and the wasted years they were forced to endure. A couple of times I wanted to smack Marcus upside the head for his stubbornness. 

I am looking forward to reading more in this series as the mystery continues. Great read.

Just Bob by Stormy Glenn

Stormy Glenn - Just Bob CoverTitle: Just Bob

Author: Stormy Glenn

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing (May 25, 2017)

Length: Novella (126 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: My name is Bob. It’s just Bob. Not even Robert or Roberto or anything as exciting as that. It’s just Bob. Bob Mills. It’s not a fancy name or a name that inspires great romantic tales. No one writes odes to Bob. No one screams Bob during great heights of passion. There are no great masterpieces with Bob as the main character. I can’t even think of any fictional characters named Bob.

To make matters worse, I’m an accountant and I wear glasses. I own a cat. I have a library card, and I actually use it. If the karmic universe could have crapped on someone, I was it. Exciting, right? Yeah, no. There is nothing exciting in my life. Ever.

That all changed when someone put a contract out on my life

ISBN: 978-1-64010-429-7

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/just-bob

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Bob is a junior accountant; he works and goes straight home, lives with a big ass cat and uses his library card.  No excitement in his life and he is ok with it.  All that changes when a sexy man lets him know that he is targeted to be killed and oh let’s not forget the big part, he is his mate.  Now can you imagine Bob’s expression!  

Shade is a panther shifter and an assassin.  He takes the job and gets the job done.  He has a perfect record, but all that ends when his target is his mate.  With shifters that is a powerful thing and they all want one.  Now all they need to find out is who wants Bob dead.

This sounds like it will lead into an amazing new series, but I guess we will have to wait and see.  I will admit that it came off like it was rushed a bit, but other than that it was as usual a great story.  I loved Bob and everything about him.  He thinks he is just plain as vanilla ice cream, but in truth he is one special little man.  He is quirky as hell though, and I cracked up with him. 

I had a lot of fun reading this and I do hope that there is going to be a second and third book following this. 

Happy Endings by Shea Balik

Shea Balik - Happy Endings Cover sTitle: Happy Endings 

Series: Cedar Falls #20

Author: Shea Balik

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing (June 6, 2017)

Length: Novella (145 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Welcome to Cedar Falls, a small North Carolina town nestled amongst the Smokey Mountains. Where the people are friendly and the men are hot.

Gabriel McCarthy came to Cedar Falls in an attempt to find his own way in this world. What he hadn’t expected was to find friends who would stand by each other no matter who tried to get in their way or a man he could easily see spending the rest of his life with.

Lakyn Voss had just had the rug pulled out from under him when the mayor of Cedar Falls made it his mission to destroy Lakyn’s business. Determined not to fall victim to the man’s manipulations, he finds solace in Gabriel’s arms.

ISBN: 978-1-64010-359-7

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/happy-endings

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  Each book in the Cedar Falls collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. 

I love the way this author can put together a book that not only fascinates you but draws you in. I had a blast reading this and look forward to reading more by this amazing author. This is one of those types that even after you have read the whole book you just want to go back and read it again.   

Gabriel has from the moment he was born, been raised to be someone of importance.  His mother hired nannies to teach him culture and language, just among a few of what he learned.  He graduated from Harvard but knew that he didn’t want to be what his mother wanted him to be.  So he decided to take charge of his life.  He was going to Cedar Falls and help our very own Jesse win the mayor’s race.

What he had not expected was to find Lakyn.  Lakyn was a massage therapist and damn good at his job.  That is until the mayor found out he was gay, and things just keep heating up.

I love how it has that serious tone to it but there is so much humor in it that your attention is captivated throughout it all. I loved the cover and that was what caught my attention first. Although to be honest any book that Shea writes is automatically bought by me. I just can’t seem to get enough of this series. There is something about the way that Shea more than likely have you laughing your ass off at parts of it. Especially Jesse, and now you are going to meet the mini-Jesse. The characters are beautifully written with big hearts, however if you cross them, they have no problem putting you down. They will protect their friends and family with their entire lives. I had a blast reading this story.

This story is perfect for when you are trying to take a break or when you just need the sun to shine for you. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. It also gave me everything I could want in a book. I can honestly tell you that this is going to be one of those types of series. One that I will have to read over and over. I love the way all the feelings they felt was involved in this story.

It was the perfect story for me and I loved it. I can’t wait to read the next story. 

The Dentist and His Fox by A.J. Jarrett

A.J. Jarrett - The Dentist and the Fox CoverTitle: The Dentist and His Fox

Series: Nehalem Pack #37

Author: A.J. Jarrett

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: Siren Publishing (May 8, 2017)

Length: Novella (162 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: It’s the start of a brand new life for Reed Ingram. He’s just graduated dental school and is opening his own practice. With the encouragement of his brother and the Nehalem pack, he’s making a home in Silver Creek. Little does he know, he’s about to find so much more than a place to set down roots.

Love doesn’t exist, and Dane Forum wants no part of it. He was raised by an absentee father and a mother who thought love was controlling everything and everyone. Dane isn’t sure he believes that there is a mate out there for him…that is until he walks into Dr. Ingram’s office. His life it flipped upside down and in a tailspin because now Dane is feeling so many emotions and dare he say it, love?

Life is short, and love doesn’t come along often. Now, it’s up to Reed to prove to Dane that love is real and worth fighting for.    

ISBN: 978-1-64010-326-9

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/the-dentist-and-his-fox

Reviewer: Lisa

Review: Each book in the Nehalem Pack collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. 

I got a kick out of the title for this story, but the cover was a bit boring.  Let’s just say that if I wasn’t a fan of quirky titles, and just went by what the cover looked like, I would have probably dismissed it.  Although the fox on the front was adorable.  Now that that is out of the way, let’s get to the story itself.

I haven’t read to many stories where dentist and dentistry are used.  It cracks me up each time and the characters are usually quirky.  However it also sounded to familiar to me.  However it did not take away from this story at all.  Reed is a human who has a shifter for a brother.  He is used to pack life and the way things move around.  In fact his big brother talked him into moving to Silver Creek right after graduating from dental school.  He just doesn’t expect a sexy little fox shifter.

Dane is a very good dental assistant, who just wants to get away from his family.  His dad was never around and his mother is a first class bitch.  Everything is about look and prestige whereas Dane is about normal living and peace.  He also does not believe in love, so when he finds his mate, well let’s just say sparks will fly.  

It is a fun filled and very quirky story that has its ups and downs.  I would have kicked his mother out a very long time ago.  I got a kick out of the guys and let’s just say there doesn’t really seem to be an alpha bone among them.  I liked the over protective big brother part.  Sometimes their way of life seems to be a lot calmer then the way real life is these days.  It would definitely be a world I would love to live in. 

I had fun with this story and I think you will too.

His Omega to Keep by Jane Perky

Jane Perky - His Omega to Keep CoverTitle: His Omega to Keep

Series: Wolves of Emerald Valley #2

Author: Jane Perky

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: Siren Publishing (May 11, 2017)

Length: Novella (84 Pages)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Blurb: Joe’s a defective Omega who’s finally found the courage to leave his cheating lover. He leaves his pack of ten years and intends to make it on his own. But when his car breaks down, Joe has no choice but to call for a mechanic.

He’s shocked when he discovers the mechanic is Atlas, one of the five lone Alphas who recently moved back to Emerald Valley—and who pose a threat to his former pack. Is the attraction between them real, or will Atlas break his heart, too?

Alpha werewolf Atlas can’t explain his strange attraction to Joe, given that the man Atlas believes was his mate died a year ago. Atlas’s wolf tells him Joe is his mate, but his wolf has made a mistake before.

When the inferno between them grows too strong to ignore, Atlas knows it’s too late for second-guessing. Joe is his mate, and he intends to show his Omega that running away isn’t an option.   

ISBN: 978-1-64010-320-7

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/his-omega-to-keep

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  Each book in the Wolves of Emerald Valley collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order.    

First off, the cover rocked.  It was very unique and effective in catching my attention.  However the title of the story, was just like every other title when Omega’s are involved.  Now if I picked a story based on those two things, then I would have passed up the book.  I haven’t read too many books by this author, but I do remember the first book of this series.  With the first book I was not impressed, but left my mind open that the books would improve and strengthen.  However it is still focused on the alpha and omega such as all the other stories you read. 

Now we know that alpha’s are the strong and omega’s are the peace keepers of a pack.  However in this particular story they pretty much treat their omega’s like crap.  Well the pack did, not the main alpha.  Also Alpha Blake would have been taken down and replaced by a stronger wolf, and so far no go.  So the author did do a different tune when it came to him.  But with the main characters, she has followed every other story line you read about.  There was no spark, no heat, and no excitement.  No connection at all was felt.  Which was kind of sad as a reader.

Joe is a defective omega who cannot produce strong babies.  Well how does that make him defective if he is gay?  He focused on that and quite frankly it got old real fast.  There was no defective gene about the kid.  Unless this book was going to be a m/m pregnancy book, which it is not, then it wouldn’t matter if he produced weak babies.  Anyhow, he leaves his cheating looser and runs away with twenty dollars in his pocket.  Breaks down and low and behold it is one of the alpha’s who killed their beta.  

Now I could have saved myself the time of reading the book, because it felt like I already knew what the book was about just from reading the blurb.  Now don’t get me wrong, it is still an interesting tale, but did not keep my attention like it really should have.  Also the amount of sex in this book over whelms the rest of the story.  It did not come off as believable nor would I see two men jump each other right off the bat.  No heat nor any spark between them was seen, then all of a sudden bam.  Sorry but it was not seen by me.  I just felt like the whole story missed some major points in it.  For me, the potential was there but it was not delivered. 

However I will still hold out on book three, to see if there is any change in this author’s work.

Falling For Tripp by Jo Penn

Jo Penn - Falling for Tripp CoverTitle: Falling For Tripp

Series:  Milson Valley 07

Author: Jo Penn

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Shape-shifter

Length: Novella (138 pages)

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (May 3, 2017)

Heat Level: Scorching

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: After a reasonably bad first meeting where his mate literally shudders in dislike, Tripp Croggen actually finds himself liking the slightly bad-tempered human fate chose as his. While Eddie Nelson might have a few issues regarding paranormals, he agrees to give Tripp time to show him that creatures are not so different from humans when it comes to the fundamentals in life, that they both just want love, respect, and happiness.

The more he learns about Eddie, the more Tripp sees beneath the slight bitterness to who the human really is: smart, passionate, and caring. Eddie has a dry sense of humor and goals he works toward, and he keeps Tripp fascinated. In fact, Tripp couldn’t ask for more in a mate.

Now, he just has to convince Eddie that they are perfect for each other…before the person they didn’t even know was after them attacks.

ISBN: 978-1-64010-283-5

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/falling-for-tripp

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Tripp is at a loss about his mate’s hostility towards paranormals. Edward has been through a lot in his life and just wants to be left alone. When he finds out Tripp is his mate he freaks out. But there are worse dangers out there.

I enjoyed reading Tripp and Edwards’s story. I liked how Tripp took his time with Edward rather than claiming him right off. The added mystery as to who was after them was a bonus. 

Great read.

Lyle’s Lynx by A.M. Halford

A.M. Halford - Lyle's Lynx CoverTitle: Lyle’s Lynx

Series: Itayu Lake  #6

Author: A.M. Halford

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: Siren Publishing (April 26, 2017)

Length: Novella (104 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: Lyle Du’Val came to Itáyu Lake following his ex, Adriano. Instead of getting him back, he found his destined mate, Kai Kramer. Kai isn’t too pleased with Lyle still chasing after his ex-boyfriend, but he is willing to be patient.

When Lyle finally decides to move on and accepts Kai, he learns things about his mate that he never suspected, such as Kai having a daughter. With this new mating comes a daughter that just wants a family, and she wants Lyle to be her mommy. Kai is stunned as he watches Lyle easily fall into the role of a parent for his daughter, Zarinna, and he quickly finds himself falling for his mate.

Just as the three of them are starting to settle into their new lives together, Kai’s ex and Zarinna’s mother starts making demands. Kai and Lyle find themselves having to protect the young cub from her own mother. At the same time, they try to nurture their new mating bond.   

ISBN: 978-1-64010-297-2

Product Link:  http://www.bookstrand.com/book/lyles-lynx

Reviewer:  Lisa

Review:  Each book in the Itayu Lake collection features a different romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. 

Lyle comes to Itayu Lake because he wanted his ex back with him.  What he had not expected was to find his mate.  Kai is not pleased but he is very pleasant when his little mate hides from him.  However it would seem Kai has his own little secret, a very sweet little girl.  A sweet little girl, whose mother is a danger to herself, and to her daughter.  Time to be protective parents.

Now I can see why the kid calls Lyle mom, but really it made the whole thing sound off.  I am sorry but Lyle is still a man.  It was the one reason I almost put the dang book down.  A four year old knows the difference between a man and a woman, a mother and a father.  Yet to hear her call him mother is a bit disturbing to me.

Other than that issue, the book was pretty entertaining.  I did have fun reading it, but I had to go back and read the other books to remember the characters for this book.  The guys were pretty hot, but they just seemed to be off, just a bit.  I couldn’t really connect with them like I should have, but it was still fun to read. 

I look forward to the next story.

Jaden’s Price by Lynn Hagen

Lynn Hagen - Jaden's Price CoverTitle: Jaden’s Price

Series: Demon Warriors #9

Author: Lynn Hagen

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (April 24, 2017)

Length: Novella (100 Pages)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Hilton works as a male nurse in Brac Village. He feels a presence following him wherever he goes. His mother and grandmother went insane, and Hilton fears he is heading down that slippery path. That is, until Jaden reveals himself and claims to be Hilton’s guardian angel. Hilton isn’t convinced and runs from Jaden, terrified of the wicked man.

Jaden is Death. The master grim reaper. He has known nothing but loneliness and despair since the Primal Source breathed him into existence. He is feared by all, even if this is not the life he would have chosen for himself. But a chance meeting in a small town presents an opportunity his enemies can’t resist. He must keep Hilton safe from those out to hurt his mate, because if the bunny shifter is harmed in any way, Jaden will rip apart the universe and unleash his deadly wrath.

ISBN: 978-1-64010-198-2  

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/jadens-price

Reviewer:  Lisa

Review:  Each book in the Demon Warriors collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. There is nothing better than a good paranormal romance with two gorgeous men involved. This series is actually a branch off from many other series.  The very first book you should start to read is a Brac Pack series book.  Then it branches off to Brac Village, Zeus’s Pack, Christian’s Coven, Brac Pack Next Generation and a few others.

When it comes to books like these I always look forward to starting my reading all over again, until I get to the new book.  The characters are fascinating and a blast to get to know.  I have my favorites I can tell you that.  This story caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end like I knew it would.

Jaden is the grim reaper or better known as Death.  Pan is his brother and is known as life.  The two cannot void each other out, or life as all knows it is over.  Neither know what the other does or can realize just how important each other truly is.  All of that changes when Jaden finds his mate.  He has never been loved and doesn’t know if he can love, but damn the little rabbit might just show him some new things.  The problem is Hilton is ill.  To know what happens, you must read this book.

There are quite a bit of twists and turns that makes this story even more entertaining.  I have always loved how they have a serious tone to them, but humor always kicks its ass.  Lynn was in fact my first actual favorite author and she continues to write some pretty quirky stories to keep my attention.  I can’t wait to see what other stories she comes up with.  I loved it and would definitely recommend it.

Chiseled Wood by Shea Balik

Shea Balik - Chiseled Wood CoverTitle: Chiseled Wood   

Series: Cedar Falls #19   

Author: Shea Balik

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand, Inc. (May 4, 2017)

Length: Novella (148pgs)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Blurb: Welcome to Cedar Falls, a small North Carolina town nestled amongst the Smokey Mountains. Where the people are friendly and the men are hot.

Kyler Prince is determined to find his place in this world. But with only the sheltered commune he grew up in as experience, his hope of finding somewhere he could fit in seems impossible. That is, until he ended up in Cedar Falls.

Aaron Garnett has dark desires. After he meets Kyler, he fears the innocent man would run if Aaron ever showed him what he truly wanted in a lover. But Aaron’s just not sure he has the strength to stay away from Kyler.

Can Kyler convince Aaron that his desires run just as dark, or will Aaron feel the risk is too high to give him a chance?    

ISBN: 978-1-64010-302-3

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/chiseled-wood

Reviewer: Lisa

Review:  Each book in the Cedar Falls collection features a new romantic couple. To enjoy the overall story arc and crossover characters, I would recommend reading the series in sequential order. 

I love the way this author can put together a book that not only fascinates you but draws you in. I had a blast reading this and look forward to reading more by this amazing author. This is one of those types that even after you have read the whole book you just want to go back and read it again.  

Kyler was raised in a commune his entire life.  There are many things he doesn’t understand out in the wild and crazy world.  When you add Jesse and his friends, well you can see how this poor guy can get lost.  He spent everything he had to get to Cedar Falls just praying he got a job.   This is one guy that needs as many friends as he can get, and to top it all off he is living out of his car.  Then he meets the sexy Aaron.

Aaron is a Dom and one look at Kyler tells him that this man is a true innocent.  Trying to stay away from him might just back fire on him.  He sees the beauty in the man’s smile that just draws him in even more.  Take that chance and jump, now if you want to know the down and juicy well you’re just going to have to pick up this book.

I love how it has that serious tone to it but there is so much humor in it that your attention is captivated throughout it all. I loved the cover and that was what caught my attention first. Although to be honest any book that Shea writes is automatically bought by me. I just can’t seem to get enough of this series. There is something about the way that Shea more than likely have you laughing your ass off at parts of it. Especially Jesse, and now you are going to meet the mini-Jesse. The characters are beautifully written with big hearts, however if you cross them, they have no problem putting you down. They will protect their friends and family with their entire lives. I had a blast reading this story.

This story is perfect for when you are trying to take a break or when you just need the sun to shine for you. It caught my attention from the moment I started reading and kept it all the way to the end. It also gave me everything I could want in a book. I can honestly tell you that this is going to be one of those types of series. One that I will have to read over and over. I love the way all the feelings they felt was involved in this story. It was the perfect story for me and I loved it. I can’t wait to read the next story. 

A Cook In King Arthur’s Court by T.K. Benjamin

T.K. Benjamin - A Cook In King Arthur's Court CoverTitle: A Cook in King Arthur’s Court

Author: T. K. Benjamin

Genre: Fantasy, Historical

Length: Novella (84 pages)

Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.(March 1, 2017)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.75 Hearts

Blurb: The wizard Merlin saw rot in his beloved Camelot. He asked aid from his Gods. They answered and, after a fashion, along with a bit of complicated magic, he got Alex. 

Alexander Foster, a modern-day chef, fell into bed exhausted and alone. After a Technicolor kaleidoscope of a dream, he wakes up. He’s under a tree, in the great outdoors, and there’s a beautiful man wearing armor watching him.  

Alex learns the beautiful man is Mordred, and apparently Merlin is waiting for him. So, off to Merlin and Camelot they go. On the way, he hears Mordred’s tale and the man’s loneliness breaks his heart.   

He also finds he can’t keep his hands to himself.   

Then, they reach Camelot and Alex meets King Arthur and Merlin and learns why he’s there. So now Alex has a choice to make: sit back and do nothing…or meddle.   

Meddling sounds good. 

ISBN: 9781640100176

Product Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/book/a-cook-in-king-arthurs-court

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: Merlin pulls Alex from his world to help Camelot. Upon waking, Alex is confronted by Mordred, a beautiful man newly a knight. Mordred is King Arthur’s son and a prince yet he is snubbed by others and treated poorly.

Alex sets about making changes to strengthen Camelot and cut out the wrongness that has been going on. The changes are for the good of Camelot and the future. I liked the things he changed as they made perfect sense.

Though I liked the story I was honestly expecting something else.