Sea Dogs by Karly Maddison

Sea Dogs by Karly Maddison
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (32 pages)
Other: M/M, Very Light BDSM Play, Anal Sex
Rating: 2.5 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Seal shifter, Flash Jackfin, enjoys a night of revelry at the festive solstice party at Codfish Cove with his cousin and friends. He hopes to hook a date during the party but is constantly distracted by sand wolf, Crave More.

Seal Shifter, Flash Jackfin, enjoys a night of revelry at the festive solstice party at Codfish Cove with family and friends. He hopes to snag a date but is constantly distracted by the irritating sand wolf, Crave More, who taunts him about his name. Flash runs off, only to find Crave More struggling in a riptide some time later. He rushes to the rescue and is coaxed by the cheeky sand wolf into giving a little resuscitation. When a misunderstanding erupts, Flash is left wandering about until the next time he stumbles across Crave More rolling about in the sand with a gull shifter. His temper ignites and he’s forced to face his true feelings regarding the sand wolf.

Mix one sea dog and one land dog and you’ve got some white hot fun.

I like a good paranormal story. This one had lots of elements to draw a reader in. I was drawn in by the concept—a seal shifter and a wolf shifter. There are even gull shifters. Very cool and very new to me. The idea of the story was interesting. I won’t go into a ton of detail, but it’s a nice twist.

There were a couple of things that tripped me up in this story. The writing is good, but I have to admit, it took me most of the book to figure out if the characters fooled around. I read and reread to make sure I got everything. That might not bug some readers, but it did me. Another thing was the very light—and I mean light—addition of BDSM play. I didn’t see where it was needed in the story (and I do appreciate BDSM). The concept was good and this seemed to be a bit of an add-on where it wasn’t necessary. A bit more tightening of the story and this book would rock.

Still, this was a good, interesting read. If you want something short for the beach or while at waiting for someone, then this might be the book for you.

My Three Dads by Zane Silva

My Three Dads by Zane Silva
Publisher: Silver Stream Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (90 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

About to graduate from college, Carl tells the story of his childhood, a sort of informal testimonial to thank the men who raised him. To begin with, he was leery about having a gay couple for his foster parents, but living with Leonard Schafer and James MacPhalen, he found love, respect, and stability for the first time in his young life. Now that his biological father has reappeared and wants him back, everything may change again… and not for the better.

Sometimes laughter is the only remedy for sorrow.

I was expecting a heart-warming journey, but I never thought I’d laugh as much as I did while reading My Three Dads. Carl has a sharp tongue that finally meets its match with James. It is their sometimes off-color humor that veers the plot away from sentimentality. Fostering an older child who has experienced more disruptions than he can recall isn’t easy. It would have been disingenuous to portray Carl as anything other than the troubled, distrustful, angry preteen he was when he first moved in with James and Leonard, but giving these characters such well rounded senses of humour softens the difficult times they experience as a brand new family.

The first half of the story was so interesting I couldn’t stop reading. Carl has to unlearn many negative stereotypes and habits that he picked up in previous homes, and seeing him awkwardly react to people and places he had previously thought were bad was eye-opening. It’s difficult to face one’s one prejudices like that, and Carl’s willingness to change his mind when confronted with new information made me like his character even more than I had before.

This book is described as a contemporary romance, but it reads like a young adult novel. The type of love Carl hopes to find is paternal instead of romantic. His fathers are longterm partners when they begin fostering him, and the plot centers around Carl deciding if he’s ready to try to become part of an emotionally healthy family. He spent most of his childhood bouncing around from one neglectful or abusive home to the next and has long since forgotten what it’s like to loved or wanted when Leonard and James enter his life. This search for a permanent place to belong and Carl’s occasional struggles with other people’s reactions his non-traditional family would make this tale very appealing to middle and high school aged students.

I can’t in good conscience recommend it to teenagers, though, because of what happens in later on in the plot. The heat level for this story was described as “sweet”, but the scenes in which Carl spies on his dads quickly become much more sexually graphic than is typical for this category. In one scene his fathers engage in heavy petting in the living room late one night when they think their son is sleeping. In another they are quietly having sex in their bedroom when Carl sneaks up on them. Carl has never lived with a happy, peaceful, loving couple before and it takes a long time for him to adjust to his new circumstances. He is understandably curious about how his fathers express their emotions to one another when he isn’t around, but the level of detail about what he sees is just as inappropriate as Leonard’s extremely angry response when Carl’s presence is detected in the hallway outside his fathers’ bedroom.

I would have also like to see more attention paid to all of the legal trouble that Carl’s biological father stirs up when he discovers his son is about to be adopted. The idea that any parent could abandon his child to for well over a decade and then show up and disrupt his child’s last chance to have a stable life is illogical to me.

Biological parents have rights, of course, but I was flabbergasted at how seriously this man’s objections were taken and wish this section of the story had been explained more carefully. The legal and moral implications of the case are troubling and fascinating and had this section been given more time to develop the book would have earned a much higher rating.

My Three Dads shows a lot of promise. The premise caught my attention immediately, and the narrator’s description of his chaotic childhood and slow, halting adjustment to his final family was as realistic as it was touching. The emotional bond that develops between Carl and his dads brought tears to my eyes and gave me glimpses of the story it could have been.

Take a Gamble by N. Wood

Take a Gamble by N. Wood
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (180 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal sex
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Cactus

Working the bar at Blackjack’s has its advantages for Isaac Anderson; free music, decent tips and all the ogling of customers his eyes can devour. When his sights land on a regular Friday night patron, Isaac likes what he sees, but there’s just something not quite right about the mysterious Caleb Miller. If he wants to discover what that is, Isaac must take a gamble, but will it pay off?

Sometimes the seemingly worst bet is actually the winner. Isaac “Neo” Anderson enjoys his bartender job, especially when he gets to watch his mysterious crush every Friday night for months. When Isaac finally gets the nerve to go talk to him, the man runs out in a flash. Isaac soon finds out that Caleb has a secret. Although Isaac is determined not to let anything get in the way of his wooing Caleb, both men must open their hearts and take a chance.

Take a Gamble is a very sweet, quick novella. It stars Caleb and Isaac as they attempt to navigate a new relationship. There’s no external drama and the only real issue is Caleb’s epilepsy. He thinks that due to his medical condition no one would want to date him. Isaac isn’t worried and even goes so far as to learn what to do during a seizure. The two men are sweet together, although I never really felt their connection or chemistry so couldn’t really buy into them as a couple. Caleb is reluctant and non-committal, even after the epilepsy reveal, and Isaac is determined to make the relationship happen at all costs.

Part of this is that I felt that the men never came out of their pre-designed molds. They felt too artificial and flat versus fully developed and articulated characters. That could be due to the shorter length as well. Although the couple never quite connected with me, I did like the various secondary characters. Isaac’s pushy female best friend is funny and not overbearing while Caleb’s supportive brother has a brief but warm appearance. I also liked that the two men went on real dates, not just food and sex. The English countryside makes a nice backdrop. Although I’ve never been there, I could picture it quite clearly from the writing and thought it was lovely.

As a novella, the story is easy and quick to read. In fact I always seem to fly through the pages whenever I picked it up. I found it more of a lighter, beachy read than something engrossing and memorable. It’s decent and may suit those readers looking for something slightly different and lighter fare.

No Man’s Land by GS Wiley

No Man’s Land by GS Wiley
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (50 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal sex
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Cactus

London solicitor, Henry Naismith, went through hell in the trenches of World War One with his friend, Jack Harrison, as his only solace. Years later, Henry is back home, the widowed father of a young daughter. Safe in England for the last eight years, he’s never truly left the war behind, and it haunts him day and night.

When Henry meets Jack again by chance, he hopes to rekindle their friendship, and perhaps develop something more. But Jack has wartime nightmares of his own, and they both have a long road to travel before they can begin to recover and get on with their lives–together.

Love under the threat of death can prove to be the most lasting. Caught in a war with no chance to survive, Henry and Jack turn to each other. Although they can’t be open about their feelings, many men have turned to each other for companionship and comfort during the war. However what Henry and Jack share is something deeper and more meaningful. With Jack seemingly dead, Henry is sent home on a medical discharge. Years later, a chance encounter leaves Henry reeling and those old feelings of love shooting to the surface.

No Man’s Land is set in France 1916 and England 1924, this historical short story is a keeper. The two men are wonderfully drawn, although the shorter story definitely limits how three-dimensional they come across. The writing mostly makes up for any flaws though. Henry is the narrator and the best developed. He’s still struggling with his feelings regarding the war and transitioning into his new resumed life as a lawyer. He has a daughter but his wife, who was aware of his preferences and love for Jack, died in childbirth. This leaves the two men available for resuming some semblance of a relationship.

The relationship is nicely drawn and the writing is really excellent. I was drawn in immediately and couldn’t put the story down. At under 50 pages, I was sorry to see it end but felt satisfied with the story. I like the couple together and there was even a sex scene, more graphic than I expected given the historical setting and author. I really enjoyed that given the limited space of the story, the author chose to include a mention of the trauma both men clearly suffered during the war and a possible road to recovery.

I find very little to criticize about the story, save perhaps the ending. It’s a happy for now and expected, again given the nature of the men and the time frame. However, I would have liked something a little more. Especially since the story is a Father’s Day Collection and the cover had me thinking they ended up as one happy family. This is a very minor complaint and I would easily recommend this story to romance fans. It’s extremely romantic with lovely men and an adorable little girl.

The Maid of Trelanton by Simon Peel

The Maid of Trelanton by Simon Peel
Publisher: Silver Stream Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (51 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Successful scientist Jonathan Moore thought he knew how the world worked – until the day he discovered a mermaid on a Cornish beach. As his outlook on life is changed forever by the beautiful maid, Jonathan is torn between his family and the lure of freedom beneath the sea – for which there is a terrible price to pay…

Did you know that scientists know more about the topography of Mars than the floors of our deepest oceans here on Earth? Imagine what secrets might await us in those dark, unexplored places.

Jonathan and Anne have finally had their greatest wish come true, but the stress of caring for a fussy newborn while Jonathan is on the cusp of making an extraordinary breakthrough at work is exposing the frayed edges of their marriage. As sad as it was to see them struggling so much, I was mesmerized by the detailed pictures Mr. Peel painted in my mind about their personalities. It felt as if Anne and Jonathan were old, dear friends instead of characters in a story, and my impression of them is so strong I feel like I’d instantly recognize them if we magically met in person.

I couldn’t understand why Jonathan stopped communicating with Anne when she first pushed him away. Every marriage has its rough patches, but both spouses in this story respond to the overwhelming changes in their lives by doing everything other than asking for what they really need. Had Mr. Peel included at least one conversation between Anne and Jonathan in which they were honest about what they wanted I would have given this book a higher rating. Not everyone is emotionally healthy enough to listen to their spouse in this sort of situation, of course, but I never understood why neither person in this marriage was willing to take that first step and at least attempt to fix the situation for the sake of their son.

Kerra’s hauntingly beautiful descriptions of life as a mermaid made me wish her scenes would never end. I would be quite interested in reading a sequel from her point of view if it explored the deepest mystery in mermaid civilization.

The Maid of Trelanton is the sort of tale I’d recommend without hesitation to a friend who is completely unfamiliar with the fantasy genre. It is a solid introduction to magical realism that should not be missed, and I hope to hear more from these characters soon.

Sasha by Janelle Lee

Sasha by Janelle Lee
Publisher: Silver Stream Press
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Length: Full Length (268 Pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

The destruction of Sasha runs deep: hurt, betrayed and unloved. Sasha is in the ultimate fight for survival.

Sasha Phillips knows she is unfortunate because everyone tells her so. She is a misfit who has been lied to for her entire young life. Fearing the government more than her drunken mother, she keeps silent. After her mother inadvertently lets the secret out, Sasha plies her with more alcohol and the whole truth is revealed. Her mother isn’t her mother.

Sasha goes in search of a mother she never knew. Her search has her confronting her real father who wants nothing to do with her. He has a new family, complete with new daughter. Struggling with her growing anger and hate for him, she is determined to see him pay.

“Sasha was always on the outside looking in. Just once she wanted to be the person people looked at and envied.” Many readers could identify with this feeling and it isn’t uncommon, especially among those who are different for whatever reason, to want to belong. But hopefully there aren’t many who have been brutalized the way Sasha was. She has had to fend for herself and survive any way she could, living in absolute terror.

Janelle Lee has written an incredible story of abuse and neglect. Imagine being sold to a man at age eight so your mother could have a bottle of scotch. This is a harsh tale, which is why I rated it for ages 14+, but it is also a beautiful tale, a tale of what it means to be family, a tale of loss and then being found. It is not sugar-coated, and the ending promises hope without any platitudes that everything will be perfect. I thought that was very realistic and powerful.

The characters in the novel are drawn in depth. I really cared about Sasha from the very beginning. I wanted to fight for her, to denounce her teachers and principals who couldn’t see what was going on. I also cared about her father, and as things progressed, her step-mother and her half-sister. I feel that Lee creates a number of characters, even minor ones, that are believable and that the reader empathizes with. The pacing of the plot is excellent and I found that I was so caught up in Sasha’s story that I had to keep reading, finishing the book in one sitting.

Lee has tackled a difficult topic with grace and empathy. She draws her readers in so that we are able to understand not only Sasha’s plight but the plight of those around her. I highly recommend this book.

A Pre-Date Encounter by Ellen Heights

A Pre-Date Encounter by Ellen Heights
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (40 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Amy needs confidence if she’s to seduce Andrew, the older man she has been waiting for. When they meet unexpectedly before their scheduled date, Amy has to decide whether to leave or give Andrew a taste of what’s to come.

Amy is into older guys, but the long hours at work makes it hard to meet the strong, reliable men she’s after. When she connects with theatre director Andrew on a dating website, she can’t wait to meet him for their first date.

Best friend Roxanne provides the perfect outfit at her boutique in London, happy Amy is being adventurous, but Amy isn’t so sure. Dating a guy she really wants is uncharted territory.

Wearing her new dress, Amy is ready to face her date when she unexpectedly bumps into Andrew outside the changing room. Fearing the date is ruined, Amy has to make a decision. Will she shy away or embrace this opportunity to show Andrew what she is made of?

Amy is a twenty two year old working in her first “real” job. With everything else in her life moving along well, she’s decided to stop the causal hit-and-miss style of dating and be honest with herself. Online dating gives her something more traditional methods can’t – easy access to older men’s profiles. For a while now she’s been deeply attracted to men approximately twice her age, and now she’s ready to try it instead of just being dissatisfied with guys her own age. Eager and nervous about her first date with an older man, she goes to a friend’s store to get a good outfit. While trying on a flattering dress, she bumps into the very man she’s dressing for – Andrew.

I found this to be a fast paced, sexy hot read. Not for the faint of heart it’s full of chemistry and sexual indulgences. While there was the legitimate threat of them being caught out at any moment, I found the interactions between Amy and Andrew vivid, hot and really well written.

I was a bit surprised and distracted with how negative Amy could be sometimes, particularly about herself. Reading about a heroine who puts herself down cooled off some of my enjoyment of the book – despite the fact it’s something all too common for most women. Like when Andrew is a few minutes later than her to their pre-arranged lunch date – I was a bit shocked when Amy automatically assumes he’s had enough and isn’t meeting with her. While I can totally understand her nerves, and her lack of self-confidence, it was a bit jarring to me how she frequently thought the worst of herself and everyone’s reactions. I also was a little disappointed at the place the author ended the story. On the one hand I understand the logic behind leaving the story right on the cusp of Amy and Andrew starting out and allowing the reader’s imagination to take over. But on the flip side, personally, I think it would have been lovely to at least go as far as the end of that particular scene. So while this detracted a little for me – I know many readers will be just as happy to let the scene unfold in their own minds, rather than read further.

This is a short story, and overall I thought was well paced and very well written. Amy is a well-rounded character I enjoyed and could easily relate to. Andrew is a little less clear– but the story is from Amy’s point of view and the two are just getting to know each other – so that’s to be expected. For the most part I thought this was a sexy, fun and hot read about two people hooking up and finding some sizzling chemistry together. The erotic encounters were fast paced and really drew me in. I enjoyed seeing the start of Amy and Andrew’s blossoming relationship and thought it was an exciting, sensual story.

Silver Presents: Love is Love by Various Authors

Silver Presents: Love is Love by Various Authors
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (616 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Fetish, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Hydrangea

Love comes in all shapes and sizes. Love does not conform to any one narrow definition. Love between two men is as poignant and true as love between a man and a woman. Love is love.

Never too Late by Chris Quinton
I liked this book because it reminded me to live every day and to love every day. Stuart lost his love, and thought that he was going to die. He was physically ill and heartbroken. Tom loves Stuart, but after Stuart’s second chance at love he is still not ready for a second chance at love. Age difference also plays a part in Stuart’s decision.

Chosen by Pelaam This is a nice dark Gothic tale. I actually wanted the Vampire Dragomir to get his love. When his love is not ready to embrace the life a vampire, he gets used as a pawn to destroy Dragomir. I really liked the Vampire world that Pelaam created, and I want to go back. Alexandru is innocent and young, which is the case for many vampire victims. However the attraction and love that Alexandru feels proves that he is not a victim at all. I liked the dark and frightening aspect of this story! I cannot wait for sequels, or a longer look into Pelaam’s imagination.

Smoke Break by Allison Cassatta What would you do if you saw an attractive man enjoying himself? I know what I would do! That is what Daryl does when he sees Charlie after their brief encounter. This is a hot, steamy, short and arousing story! You’ll need a cold shower after this one.

Watching for Love by Sara York
This is a sexy look into Mac, a man who cannot stop watching the man he loves: Ryan. He is afraid to talk to him, so he uses voyeurism as his only release. Ryan is not afraid and finally decides to call Mac on his behavior. Ryan uses dominance to teach Mac a lesson, and the lesson he learns is that he loves Ryan even more than he thought. If you fantasize about voyeurism, and brief dominance, then you will love this story.

Far from Home by Serena Yates
I think that two men who want to be left alone make the perfect match! When Luca gets rejected from his family for being gay he has no choice but to live alone. On his adventure he finds a wounded dog. The dog’s owner finds him just in time to accuse him of hurting the dog. After a trip to the Vet, and after Jonathan realizes that he was wrong in his assumption there is an apology. Along with Jonathan apologizing he offers Luca to spend the night. Luca falls for Jonathan’s plan, and a night turns into a lifetime of true love.

Lord Godiva’s Pony Training by S.A. Garcia
Would you help your lover live out his fantasy? Matt’s lover does when he comes home early to catch Matt engaging in Pony Play. This older couple definitely loves each other enough to live out each other’s fantasies. Matt made a great story teller and was indeed funny. There were a few times I found myself laughing and smiling. I learned something, love a good fantasy and laughed all at the same time!

A Return to Normalcy by Anel Viz
This is a story about a man that cares about everyone else but himself. He still eats dinner with his wife once a week while having a bipolar lover. This only confuses the family members more, especially his son. It is only after Patrick learns to take care of himself that the people in his life do as well. This leads to a happy coexistence for all of them. I liked the story and would not mind hearing more about the other characters.

Solitude Disrupted by Andy Slayde and Ali Wilde I didn’t know what to expect with 2 different authors. What I found was the touching story of how Heath opens up Quinn’s heart. Quinn is a shut in, and does not want to deal with anybody, especially not Heath. However as Heath uses his determination on Quinn a bond is made. They decide to let each other be and to live with each other. Before that truce can happen there is a lot of arguing and power plays, in and out of the bed. If I was stuck in Paradise with a hot man, I would find reasons to argue and make up too!

Leap of Faith by Lexi Ander
A bachelor party gone wrong changes everything for Ben. It is only after he finds himself that he can let Dawson love him, like he thought his previous fiancé did.

Clean Monday by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly
When you are at the end of your rope, and no one cares about you, what do you do? Aleczander decides there is nothing left for him. So he jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge. Only he survives, and discovers that people do care. Especially about him. He realizes that there are support groups. Then he finds Tommy. I believe in life. Death is never the answer and this book proves that point beautifully.

My Unintended by Faith Ashlin
The grass is not always greener on the other side. This book to me was about sibling rivalry. Noah is living with Greg.  However, when his parents change their will to leave their house to his sister with kids, he starts to think that he is missing something. It is only after he realizes that he is giving up more by leaving Greg does he learn what he truly wants.

Roadside Rescue by Nicole Dennis
I would love to be rescued by a strange sexy man who invited me back to his house! Especially if he is a Deputy! He must have handcuffs! This story was fun to read and the ending of this one alone was worth buying this whole book!

Unmasked by Patricia Logan
This story had everything, sexy men, BDSM, love and trust. Byron becomes Anthony’s slave, and he likes it. This story was written in a very steamy way! If you like reading about sex, than you will love this story.

Checkmate! By SammyJo Hunt
I liked this story because I liked the idea of using chess as a sex game. I also enjoyed thinking about a hot lifeguard and how willing I would be to trap my king for my opponent. Chess is a mental game, and when the author mixed it with great sex scenes I was hooked.

Overall I am giving this book a 4 because I didn’t like that very few people accepted their gay loved ones. I thought that this would be a better book if a few of the stories started with happy beginnings, too.

Midnight Silence by D. McEntire


Midnight Silence by D. McEntire
The Watchers, Book 7
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (267 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Peppermint

Her parents and sister murdered, LeeAnn, who was born deaf, finds herself under the guardianship of her thieving step-uncle, William. Jacob was too late to save LeeAnn’s family from rogue vampires, but can he save her from William… and himself?

Following the death of her parents and younger sister at the hands of a group of fanged, red-eyed monsters, LeeAnn was forced to live with her step-uncle, William, and his not-so-friendly mother.

Jacob watched over LeeAnn since finding her the night of her family’s murder by rogue vampires. He’d failed his job as Watcher and hadn’t been able to save her family.

The discovery of her step-uncle’s theft of her inheritance sends LeeAnn into flight to a world where the fanged creatures aren’t the only monsters she needs to fear.

Jacob breaks his vow to keep LeeAnn out of his world hunting bloodthirsty Rogues when he rescues her from William, but can he uphold his vow to keep her safe?

With complex, riveting characters and a dynamic plotline this story was mesmerizing. LeeAnna’s background story especially made the story intriguing. She has had to cope without her sense of hearing as well as dealing with the murder of her family at such a young age. Her sweet, innocent demeanor after this grave loss left her vulnerable to others, including other family.

Jacob had been protecting LeeAnn for longer than she realized. He spent most of his life protecting humans from the vampires that prey on them in the night, so protecting one more didn’t seem like a big deal. It shows how strong Jacob’s sense of honor and compassion is for people who don’t even know he exists. It was clear to me that Jacob held his honor above everything including himself. Even the way he interacted with the other watchers enforced this belief. It definitely warmed my heart to see the way he took LeeAnn under his wing when it was clear so had no one else to turn too. I was happy to see that they found one another because they both seemed to fill a void the other had without even realizing it themselves.

Williams, LeeAnn’s uncle really knows how to bite off more than he can chew.  Like many other misguided individuals, only his wants and needs matter. This is particularly displayed not only in the way he treats LeeAnn, but also his own mother. I was hoping he would get exactly what he deserves by the end of the story, but I have a feeling I have not seen the last of him.

I have been a long time fan of the Watcher Series. I have to say that this is one of my two favorite stories within the series. I think the author really found a way to strengthen the characters and heighten the tension in the plot by adding some really exciting reveals and twists. I would highly recommend this story to anyone who is looking for a great paranormal story to read, whether they are familiar with the series or not, but cause anyone can enjoy the incomparable story.

Poppy’s Pleasure by Stormy Glenn


Poppy’s Pleasure by Stormy Glenn
Assassin’s Pride, Book 2
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (262 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Poppy lives in hell. His only bright spot is his friend Marcus. If he saves Marcus, Poppy knows he will have done one good thing in his life–then he has to go back to hell.

Dean Stone is an assassin without remorse. He’s also damn sure he has stepped into a crazy world. His friend is mated to a shape-shifting cat, his other friends are missing, and the agency he works for is a mess.

When Dean goes to get Marcus, he finds Poppy–sweet, innocent, and sexy. He clings to Dean like a second skin. Dean doesn’t have the heart to deny him, even when taking care of Poppy turns into a full time, and dangerous, job.

Author Stormy Glenn somehow made a house cat into the most feared creature around. Yes, these kind, sweet shifters will have the fur flying and the claws out in a instance if you challenge their mates; and whether Dean likes it or not he is Poppy’s mate.

With a captivating plot line and inspiring characters this story seems to end far too quickly. Of all the characters in the story, Poppy stole my heart. Dean found him a broken man having suffered years of abuse. While someone else would have fallen apart to the point of no return, Poppy seemed to pull the pieces together to not only help himself, but those around him. His naiveness also made him entertaining. Poppy made me reflect on the simple things in life and try to appreciate them as if they were new experiences. He is a character that will stick with me for a long time, and brings a smile to my face at just the thought of him. While Poppy found a way to get past the way he was mistreated, it became a driving force in creating who he is. It created a completely submissive and subservient individual. Readers may find some parts of his past a bit disturbing because, while Dean has no wish to be Poppy’s master, his former masters have not always been kind to him.

Dean’s smart mouth may annoy everyone around him, but for me it just entertained. I have met some humorous characters in the past, but none of them can hold a candle to Dean. His quick wit just seems to come so naturally to his character that I could only appreciate his antics. While he may like to poke fun at others one thing he does not take lightly however is his duty to protect others and do what is right. I came to appreciate his smart mouth because I knew that it probably helped him cope with his job as an assassin. I would think that trying to lighten things up when off duty helps him to be able to handle what needs to be done while on duty.

The conflict in this story is a driving force. It throws the characters together as well as gives them something to start to develop a relationship around. It also plays a role in who they are as individuals as well as together. It also allowed me to meet a plethora of supporting characters who each had their own attributes whether good or bad. I was so enthralled with the story that I had not realized how long it had been, and was not ready for it to end. I cannot wait to read the next installment of the Assassin’s Pride Series.