Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Statements

I, Omega by Kari Gregg 4*
BLURB: After one mind-shattering night with a stranger at a local leather bar leaves him forever changed, Gabriel lives on the streets as a vagrant to elude the master who hunts him, but the were-shifter is a fierce, stubborn predator who reclaims him soon enough. Gabriel is carried away to the pack’s home territory where his instruction on what it means to be the pet of an alpha begins. Gabriel isn’t just any pet, though. He is the rarest among their kind: a human omega.
Treasured? Or cursed?
As Gabriel’s father, the Distinguished Gentleman from Pennsylvania and stalwart of the conservative party, pushes the considerable resources at his disposal to locate his missing son, Gabriel explores who and what he is under his master’s careful protection. Gabriel falls for the shifter who is lover and destroyer, owner and...friend?

My Review: This book is not for everyone - the beginning is quite brutal in a way and I almost gave up on it. However the character of Gabriel got me hooked and I couldn't wait to find out what was going on and how he was going to deal with the strangeness all around him. I also started feeling in sympathy with Gabriel's Master (who's name we do eventually learn) and his character added a whole new dimension to the story for me. Without giving anything away about the story I can only say it gets better than it's rather hardcore start and is worth reading if you like m/m and shifters.

Damaged (Planet Alpha #6) by Erin M. Leaf 4*
BLURB: Cori knows her Xyran captivity has damaged her ability to trust, but when she meets Reiyn, desire flares despite her fear. He’s clearly hiding something, but when a distress call sends them into space together, passion takes over.
Cori enflames Reiyn like no other female ever has. She threatens his control over his hidden Xyran heritage, but he can’t fight his instincts. When his true nature is exposed during the daring rescue of a dying Xyran captain, will Cori forgive him, or will he continue his life’s work alone?
Captain Kyuk welcomes death when his ship is destroyed. He doesn’t expect to survive, but when Cori and Reiyn find him, instinct pushes him to live. He’s spent years smuggling slaves to freedom—can he now give up his own liberty to bond with Cori and Reiyn? Or is he too damaged to build that kind of emotional connection?

My Review: Luckily for me these can all be read as standalones as I am not reading them in order. This one was as good as the previous ones I've read with a short but intense story about a woman meeting her alien mates.

I took a small break from the Love's Landscape stories and only read these two:

Kiss of Truth by Ash Jay 3*

Triskellion by Jana Denardo 5*

And because I have done a lot of crocheting (See Here for more info on that) I also listened to these audiobooks:

Audiobook: The Pack or the Panther (Tales of the Harker Pack, #1) by Tara Lain Narrated by: Max Lehnen Narration: 4 Story: 5

Audiobook: A Wolf In Gucci Loafers (Tales of the Harker Pack, #2) by Tara Lain Narrated by: Max Lehnen Narration: 4 Story: 5

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Feeling like T-1000 at the end of Terminator 2!!

I am melting... it has been so hot lately (currently 28 degrees Celsius) that I haven't felt like doing much of anything. I have made a bit of bunting (two lengths of 5m each), a dancing fairy and two doughnuts (one with lemon icing and sprinkles and one with chocolate icing) for the yarnbombing next month. I have also read a lot of Love's Landscape stories:

Cataclysmic Evolution by Alicia Nordwell 5*

Clicking by Alex Gale 4*

Mating Balance by Gina A. Rogers 4*

A Thoreau Affair by Hunter Frost 3*

Foxes Over Flowers by J. Colby 3*

Spring, Bax & Butterflies by Riina Y.T. 2*

The Book & the Rose by Douglas Glen 4*

Under Pretenses by Jessa Ryan 4*

The Court of Lightning by Amy Rae Durreson 4*

Trying Not to Love You by N.J. Nielsen 4*

A Sonnet for His Vaquero by N.D. Wylders 3*

Sugar and Sawdust by Debbie McGowan 3*

Achievement: Tentacle Lust by NK Layne 3*

Plus I listened to:

Audiobook: Inside Out by Andrew Grey Narrated by John Solo Narration 5* Story 5*

Audiobook: Gust Front: Legacy Of The Aldanata, Book 2 by John Ringo Narrated by Marc Vietor Narration 5* Story 5*

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday Morning update

It's amazing how much reading (and crocheting) one can get done when getting up at 5am :D

Rehabilitating his Dingo (Wolves of Stone Ridge #23) by Charlie Richards 3*
BLURB: Out of the Cage: Sometimes, when something seems too good to be true, it isn’t.
When wolf shifter Yates Cruner helps save several humans from a dingo shifter pack using them as slaves, he doesn’t expect to find his mate among them. Oh, not one of the humans, but one of the surviving dingo shifters who has been beaten and abused just as much as the humans. It seems the dingo pack had one rule...I’m more dominant than you, I can do whatever I want to you. Yates realizes his little mate has a long road of healing ahead, and most of it isn’t for physical wounds.
Aryen Fowles learned his place early in life, keep his head down, kneel at the other shifter’s feet, and do whatever they ask. If he did that, he could avoid being punished. When a group of strange shifters take over the pack, the rules change. Aryen struggles to understand what’s expected of him. When one of the wolves offers him pleasures he’d never experienced before, he wonders if he could accept his offer at face value or was it too good to be true?
Content Warning: This story includes scenes of near rape and talk of dubious consent.(

My Review: I think a lot of people will have a negative reaction to one or other parts of this story. My own negative reaction was the speed in which one of the main characters 'recovered' from a life time of abuse. That aside the story was both entertaining and interesting given that I have not read any of the previous books in the series. This didn't seem to matter as it gave plenty of background information without detracting from the main storyline.

Love's Landscapes Stories
What Family Is For by T.T. Kove 4*

Gravitational Pull by Jill Prand 3*

The Scent of Hope by Summer Devon 4*

Because of You by Penny Brandon 3*