Run So Far by Elizabeth Monvey


Run So Far by Elizabeth Monvey
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (78 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

When Kyle stumbles into a truck stop diner, he just wants a bit of time to try to remember the weekend that has changed his life. He meets trucker Delaney Vance and when the older man invites him to travel with him across the US, Kyle thinks it’s the perfect opportunity to relax and find his memories. As the two men start to get comfortable with each other, unexpected emotions start to develop on both sides.

Del is a man trying to forget the past and he’s done a pretty good job of it away from people, trucking for a living, and forgoing personal relationships. But all of that changes as Kyle worms his way into Del’s heart.

The past is about to catch up with both of them. With Kyle’s memories come a difficult and scary decision to make…ruin his family or hide the truth. Can Del help him navigate a future when he himself can’t shake the ghosts of his own past?

Kyle is running and ends up in a truck stop diner to try and decide if he really wants to go through with his half-baked idea to ruin his family. While there he meets Del and they both surprise each other by agreeing to continue along Del’s way and go together to his next trucking stop. Kyle had no idea he would run so far, nor what he’d find when he reached his destination.

I found this to be a well-plotted, interesting story. Kyle knows that he’s seen something terrible, something that can ruin his family, but the trauma has given him a sort of block to help protect him from the true depths of what he’s facing. Running seems like the only option available and so he takes it, albeit with no real planning or forethought. While it seemed incredibly convenient that he met Del at the diner (and that they were so strongly attracted to each other) they both quickly realize they can help each other. The sizzling sex doesn’t hurt, either.

I liked how we, the reader, only got to learn about the plot as Kyle remembered it in bits and pieces, but I couldn’t help and feel that this made the story seem a bit choppy. It also seemed slightly weird to me that while Kyle is recalling all these traumatic, emotional memories he’s having hot and sweaty sex with Del. I’m not sure how these two polar-opposite things could have been balanced better, but it made the whole story feel a little uneven for me, bouncing back and forth from erotic sex to intensely emotional recollections about a possible murder. It just felt quite uneven to me.

The drama was very well written and I felt incredibly connected to Kyle and his plight. I eagerly turned the pages, wanting to see what he’d recall next and how the pieces would fit together. In this respect I feel the author did an amazing job with the writing and this really made the story well worth reading to me. With interesting characters and a gripping plot I would happily try more stories by this author.

Cajun Thunder by Keely Jakes


Cajun Thunder by Keely Jakes
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (59 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Becker Baptiste is on the run and was sent to Paladin to ask for their help. Exhausted and battered, he is trying to keep his infant niece, Sabine, from being murdered. When he meets a naked man on the road into town, he worries that maybe this isn’t the place they should be hiding from Sabine’s mother.

Roane Jackson had given up on finding his mate, but when Becker arrives with a baby strapped to his chest, Roane realizes his life is about to change in more ways than he can count.

Will Becker accept that the naked man’s claims that they are mates? Will he be able to keep Sabine safe from her mother? Will Roane ever put on clothes?

Except for his team-mates whom Roane saw as family, he pretty much hated all other people. Normal people, those who had no idea the way life truly was, annoyed him no end. So when he catches scent of his mate while roaming around in his mountain lion form, Roane is surprised and quite curious. What he finds is a man with an enormous back-pack, two suitcases and a carry-all close to his chest. The fact his mate already had a baby in tow was enough to shock Roane more than he could believe. His world is instantly turned upside down.

Becker, Sabine and Roane are not your usual family dynamic, and personally I adored them all the more for being a little outside the box. The pace of the story felt a little too fast for me personally. Becker and Roane meet and although I can understand Roane wanting to move fast on his mate after waiting so long it really felt like they just jumped straight into bed, fell instantly in love and it all happened in the blink of an eye. I thought the plot itself (as to why Becker and Sabine had come to Team Paladin) was quite interesting and fresh, but with so much uncertainty and fear it made Becker falling so quickly in love even less realistic to me. How he could leave Sabine with the other Team members mere hours after meeting them—particularly considering the danger he and Sabine were in—just didn’t make sense to me. It seemed silly and risky and I really struggled to understand how Becker could place so much faith in virtual strangers.

After that, I just disconnected my brain, sat back and enjoyed the ride. And to be honest I enjoyed the story an awful lot more once I stopped thinking about what was logical and realistic, and just rolled with it all. Once I’d put my brain in this gear I thoroughly enjoyed the fast, almost maniacally crazy pace and the sequence of events that unfolded. I loved catching up with a number of the other couples from previous stories and seeing how the town itself was going. I also enjoyed how both Roane and Becker’s characters were interesting and Becker in particular had multiple layers to him.

Readers looking for a logical, relatable story might not find this book gives them the sort of read they want. Readers, however, looking for a fast paced, interestingly plotted piece of escapism fiction should definitely give this a try. I enjoyed the plot, liked the characters and found myself at the end happily satisfied with the light read.

Winning His Man by Angelique Voisen


Winning His Man by Angelique Voisen
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (71 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Taking care of his younger brother had been werewolf Steve Doyle’s number one priority for most of his life. Now that his brother’s mated, Steve doesn’t know where he fits in the River West wolf pack. He’s average and mediocre. The last thing he expects is to catch the interest of Leon Mercer, the gorgeous pack beta. Steve doesn’t believe they have anything in common, that once Leon gets his fill of him, Leon will move on to someone else. After all, Steve knows he’s not mate material and when it comes to love, he’s always second choice.

Scarred by his mother’s suicide, Leon doesn’t believe in mates until he spots Steve in a wedding. One drunken kiss leads to a tumble in bed, then several. Leon wants to claim Steve for his own, even if convincing Steve means fighting off old demons from the past who threaten to destroy what they’d found.

Steve had always known exactly what his job was – to protect his little brother, Tommy. But with Tommy now happily mated and married Steve feels at a loss. How will he fit into their new pack? What would he do with himself? Leon, the pack’s Beta knows from the moment he meets Steve that the two of them are mates. Convincing Steve, however, might be more difficult than he’d planned on.

I enjoyed this story and found it a slightly different take on the usual “wolf meets wolf and they fall into insta-love” tale. Far from falling at Leon’s feet, Steve quite strongly resists the notion that the two are destined mates, and I really enjoyed the novelty in that. My only real disappointment was in how low Steve’s self-confidence was and some of the reasons behind it. I understand this was part of his character and experiences, but it was difficult for me to read just how little Steve thought of himself and how he doubted anything good could possibly happen to him. It took an awful lot of effort on Leon’s part to help bolster Steve even just a bit and while this was fantastic for the plot and character development, it really made my heart bleed for Steve. It made this otherwise fun and sexy story difficult for me to read.

The sex between Steve and Leon was hot and spicily written. Even though their connection and consummation happens quite quickly I liked the emotional bond the two men shared and how it deepened between them as they came to understand each other better. I thought some of the plot (Steve’s ex boyfriend) was a little clichéd, but it did add a fair bit of conflict and drama to the story. The various characters and the pack dynamics was really the highlight of this story for me. I feel the author did a great job of showing a number of different characters and giving them all life, making them individuals and not just cookie-cutter people. I was particularly invested in Steve and Leon, both together as a couple and as individuals.

An interesting and emotional story I found this to be a good paranormal romance.

Silver Fox by Julia Talbot


Silver Fox by Julia Talbot
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (44 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Spanking, Anal Sex
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Were-cougar Noah is bored out of his mind. He retired young after selling his start-up business, and now he has no idea what to do with himself. As a self-made man, he likes to be in control, but even his favorite pastimes have lost their luster these days.

Were-fox Toland meets Noah at Faster Bobcat, where his cousin works as a bartender. Experienced and dominant, Toland sets out to turn Noah’s world upside down, convince Noah he doesn’t always need to be the one on top. Can Noah be what Toland needs, or will he run from the one thing he can’t seem to turn down?

Noah could hardly believe it, but he was dead bored – even with all the delicious, scantily clad eye-candy surrounding him. Despite the fact there were plenty of men just his type around, Noah couldn’t raise any interest. Until his attention was captivated by Toland. Completely not his type, something about the tanned, silver haired man had Noah completely riveted. Could this be exactly what he needed?

I found this to be a super hot, really lovely short story. I’ve enjoyed some of the previous Faster Bobcat books in this series but strongly believe this can be read as a stand-alone book. Noah and Toland are front-and-centre of the entire book and aside from a mention of previous characters in the epilogue there’s no back-story or feeling that readers need to catch up on anything. I feel this can definitely be read without any previous experience in the series. I love the author’s style of writing and found myself almost immediately drawn in by Noah’s voice and I was eagerly turning the pages to find out what happened next. I loved how Noah was used to being in control and had never really wanted to bottom but how he felt the desire to explore new things with Toland. This was a slightly different outlook on the “reluctant submissive” style of story I’ve read before and it felt fresh, real and interesting to me.

The only very slight criticism I could put forward was that I didn’t get to see much inside Toland’s head. While I enjoyed his character and definitely felt a connection with Toland, the story is told mostly from Noah’s perspective (third person, which I greatly enjoyed) but this had me feeling like while I understood where Noah was coming from Toland was a little bit more of a mystery to me. The sex was deliciously hot and I thoroughly enjoyed how both men clearly felt a connection with each other from the start. This wasn’t just sex for the sake of it – or fucking added in to make the story steamy – this was two sensual, grown men starting a lovely relationship together and the sex deepened the connection and acted out on the attraction they each felt. There were light elements of BDSM in here – nothing that I found too harsh or envelope pushing, but readers should certainly take note if they like less spice in their romance stories.

A delightfully written and sensual M/M with a hint of BDSM spice that I greatly enjoyed. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

His by Choice by Angelique Voisen


His by Choice by Angelique Voisen
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (73 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Werewolves mate for life, and although Omega wolf Walker Fuller had been in an arranged marriage, his wolf still feels incomplete after his husband’s death. Walker has his fill of dominant male shifters so he moves into a new town, wanting a fresh start. There’s just one hitch in his plan. His infuriating, sexy-as-hell next door neighbor happens to be the Alpha of the West River pack. Walker can’t stop thinking about Butch, but would anyone want second-hand goods?

Alpha werewolf Butch has a problem—a gorgeous and tempting golden-haired, blue-eyed Omega named Walker. Butch never thought there was a submissive wolf capable of tying him down, but Walker proves him wrong on all accounts. An Alpha’s not willing to take no for an answer and Butch is not backing down. Walker will be his mate and it’s time he show the Omega happily-ever-after is in the cards for both of them.

Walker has lived his life at the whims of his pack. Never able to do as he wanted or even to find love. He counted himself lucky that the man he was married to was understanding and modern enough to let him have a little bit of a life but when his husband dies all Walker can think of is getting away. He is nothing to his pack now and being a failure has been drilled into his head. Somehow, He finds the courage to leave and stretch his wings which brings him to a new town and a new alpha. Butch is ready to catch up on some much-needed rest, but it seems that his new neighbor has other ideas. As soon as Butch lays eyes on Walker he knows that he will do anything for this man. A twist of fate has brought him his mate and he will stop at nothing to secure their happiness.

Walker and Butch make a great pair. I loved watching the two find their way. Walker is stronger than he believes and without even knowing it he shows his strength. Standing up to the new alpha and his enforcers is not something to be taken lightly yet Walker does not see his worth and strength in what he does. I enjoyed seeing Walker find his own way and grow with the encouragement of Butch. This new pack is nothing like what Walker grew up with. Butch is strong, but he is also fair and loving. He is a good man that had to work hard to take care of his pack and is more than willing to fight for those that he cares for which now includes Walker. The banter between Butch and Walker is nice to see. The two work hard to make their relationship work. It was nice to see Walker begin to be able to stand on his own in a well-adjusted pack. As we watched Butch and Walker’s story unfold we also got to see the comradery of the wolves in the West River Pack. It was nice to see the friendship and loyalty between everyone. Butch and Walker’s story has just begun, and I cannot wait to see what more is in store for them.

Grizzly Affair by Dulce Dennison


Grizzly Affair by Dulce Dennison
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short (50 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Ménage, M/M/M, Toys
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

With a rogue shifter on the loose leaving a trail of bodies, it isn’t the best time for bear shifter, Roarke Hilliard to have his heat cycle. Especially since he’s the lead Special Agent on the case. But nature must take its course. When his partner, agent Spencer Malloy, places himself in Roarke’s path during his greatest time of need, the bear is worried he might break the human. But Spencer wants Roarke badly… bad enough to call in a paranormal escort.

Grigore Gabor may be a male escort, but he’s never slept with any of his clients… until now. The moment the wolf shifter gets a whiff of the bear who hired him, and his human companion, he knows he’s found his mates. But getting the surly ursa to agree is another matter.

With a killer on the loose, now isn’t the time for finding true love. With Roarke handicapped by his heat cycle, there’s only so much the agents can do against the rogue shifter. They can only hope to bring the man to justice before another body is found.

Roarke Hilliard worked for the Bureau of Paranormal Affairs. Chasing down a crazed killer, who was murdering male prostitutes, Roarke is determined to finish this hunt, even if he is going into heat and his bear wants to break free. Roarke’s Bureau partner, Spencer, has made no secret of the fact he wants Roarke, badly. And much as Roarke returns his partner’s regard, Roarke knows they’ll need help to deal with his heat. Can they ride out the shifter-bear’s heat and still catch the killer?

I found this to be an interesting and short paranormal story. Set slightly in the future (after 2023 some time) this felt to me much like a normal contemporary/paranormal story. Aside from shifters being “out” there was not much really to differentiate this from a regular, contemporary setting to my mind. I was interested in some of the dynamics and world-building that the author added in – like a shifter escort company designed to help shifters get through their heat phases – and overall found the plotting and pacing to be really good.

I liked Roarke, Spencer and Grigore’s characters. I was pleased that they all seemed to work well together though a part of me wished the author had let us see a bit more of their personal side, not just their working side. For example, did the men have any hobbies? Did they like to cook, or play a sport, did they have hopes or plans for the future? I liked knowing what Spencer and Roarke in particular were like at work (dedicated and intelligent) but I really felt like there was a lot more to their characters that we didn’t have time to explore. The sex was steamy hot and I loved every moment of it. While they all jumped into bed very quickly I can’t fault the author for that considering the short length to the story. I also was impressed that the balance between plot and sex was kept very even and I felt neither part of the story suffered – both sides being well treated. Some readers mightn’t like that part of the plot was left deliberately hanging and not tied up neatly in a bow, but the romance and threesome was absolutely settled happily and this story was clearly marked as the first in a series, so I wasn’t too upset at the plot not being fully rounded out.

For a sexy paranormal story with a good plot and a fast pace, this is a great story. While I might have preferred a bit more depth to the three characters I felt this was an excellent first book in the series and I’d happily read more by this author.

Dragon’s Breath by Stephani Hecht


Dragon’s Breath by Stephani Hecht
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (70 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Sometimes, to save another, you have to look at your own weaknesses first.

Ever since Nicholas saw the small Dragon in chains in the scrying bowl, he knew that he had to save him. For some reason Nicholas is drawn to the other man and he won’t rest until he knows he’s safe.

Tommy has been a captive from the day he was born. When he is rescued by Nicholas he feels an instant connection to him. But Tommy is afraid to let his guard down and let anybody get close to him.

Can Tommy overcome his abusive past? Or will it doom him and Nicholas from finding love?

Dragons and magic, a hero who saves the day and it is all wrapped up with love. There is not much more you could want from this story. Nicholas is on a mission to save the dragon that he has seen while scrying. Tommy has lived his life as a slave and knows nothing about living free let alone mating. When Nicholas and his brothers come to save Tommy, he does not know what to expect. He longs for a life full of happiness and love, but he has no idea what he can do or expect. Can he learn to trust when he never had a reason to do so before?

Nicholas and Tommy’s story grabs your attention right from the start. I loved seeing the camaraderie between the men and how they work together. The men tease and support one another treating each other as equals and are ready to accept Tommy into the fold. Nicholas tries hard to let Tommy grow and go at his own pace but they both know that their attraction will soon bring them closer to love.

Tommy has lived a hard life and tries to be all that he can when he gets the chance. Showing his independence and growth while learning to deal with his emotions and attraction to Nicholas. It was nice to watch these two men find a way to work together towards their happy ever after. Their emotions shine through in everything that they do, and we can see the bond that they share growing deeper the more that they are together.

This is a fast-paced quick read that grabs your attention right from the start and keeps you turning the pages all the way to the end and even then, it has you wondering what will happen next in this world.

And One Makes Four by Sean Michael


And One Makes Four by Sean Michael
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (44 pgs)
Other: Multiple Partners, M/M/M/M, Menage, Anal Play
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Now that zoo shifters Stripe, Xeno and Shen have been rescued, Pirou finds an expert to help them learn how to live their own lives.

Levi is good at his job, professional and passionate about helping. After all, he was a rescue once himself. He always provides whatever help he can, and he never takes advantage of his charges.

These three are different, though, and when Shen makes overtures, Levi finds himself unable to resist the sweet kit. Stripe, Xeno and Shen come as a package, though.

Is there a way for three to become four?

Levi was an experienced professional – excellent with rescued cat shifters and knowing how to help the adjust – something he had sorely missed when he, himself, had been a rescue shifter. Levi could see that Stripe, Xeno and Shen had already formed a bond and that gave him hope they would make a full recovery, something Levi wants more and more as time passes and the threesome becomes four.

This is a super short but very satisfying read. I was pleased that it picked up pretty much exactly where the previous story left off and continued with the three rescued shifters’ story. While I do feel this can be picked up as a stand alone I must admit the reader will likely get far more from the story if they’ve read the book directly previous to this in this series. I feel it’s important to note only the most immediate past book *has* to be read – the others don’t appear to have any direct link to this one so a reader wouldn’t need to go back to the very start of the series.

Having read the previous story I was really glad that the three shifters became attached to Levi and welcomed him quite promptly. In such a short length story it could have been far too easy for the plot of the three rescued shifters and their wariness to have taken over the majority of the story, leaving little room for the romance and sex. While I can understand to some readers this might feel as if it’s a case of insta-lust and the foursome jumped in too early, I knew there’d been quite a build up in the previous story and so this didn’t feel so “sudden” to me. Indeed, I was glad to see the group sex scene and read of the attraction Shen and Levi in particular had. This story really does only cover a few hours’ worth of time and so is incredibly brief and I’m not sure it will be to all readers’ tastes.

A short, quick and easy read with some steamy sex and lots of emotion I enjoyed this story and feel it rounds out the previous book perfectly.

Addicted To Her by Sam Crescent


Addicted To Her by Sam Crescent
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (85 pages)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

From the moment Alfie Brown saw Sophia Cross, he knew without a shadow of a doubt that she was meant for him. She is perfect, beautiful, and he wants to own, to possess every single one of her curves. All he has to do is make sure they meet, and then he can get her to fall in love with him. Simple enough, and he is a man who always gets what he wants.

Sophia just can’t make a decision that could affect the rest of her life. All people want her to do is pick a subject, pick a career, and then live with it for the next fifty years—but the next fifty years is a long time.

Still, when her friend begs her to go for an interview at Brown Enterprise, Sophia can’t say no. Though it is the worst interview of her life, she gets the job, much to her surprise. And her boss, Alfie, is unlike any man she has ever known. His skills draw her out, and she comes alive. She can’t say no to him. He surrounds her, makes her feel things that she really didn’t think she could.

But how will she feel when she discovers the truth of how he planned everything, from their meeting to her job?

Alfie is unapologetic in his possessiveness of Sophia. While they might not be dating – indeed, she isn’t even aware that he’s addicted to watching her – Alfie knows beyond a doubt this woman belongs body and soul to him. He just needs to show that to her. After a year of protecting her from afar Alfie is finally ready to make his move. Can he convince Sophia that he’s everything she needs?

I had to laugh in a number of places throughout this story. The warning about Alfie being slightly stalkerish is a truthful one – he’s put his nose into her medical records, hacked her home computer, made a deal with her boss to get her a better raise, Alfie is absolutely an all-or-nothing kind of guy. But I have to be honest, while he’s definitely “overbearing alpha hero” in abundance, I personally found the manner with which his character was written was light-hearted and almost tongue-in-cheek. Would I want a guy in my life doing almost any of these things? Hell no. Do I think someone who truly is a stalker or this much of a control-freak is a good thing? Definitely not. I can see for many people this wouldn’t be a joke – and readers should absolutely keep this in mind before purchasing the book. But I personally felt it was written really well – light and not in a controlling/abusive or horrible way – and the author made it abundantly clear beneath this veneer Alfie truly did love Sophie and want only the best for her. This is what shone through for me and along with the lighthearted – almost humorous – method of portraying it, made it quite palatable for me.

When they finally meet, Alfie knows he needs to move slowly. I enjoyed watching Alfie and Sophie’s characters interact and follow along as things moved both according to Alfie’s plan – and not according to his plans too. I felt the best part was the slow burn building between them. Particularly since Sophie had no idea just how thoroughly Alfie already knew her, I would have found it too unrealistic had she simply taken one look into his eyes and dropped her pants – Sophie just isn’t that sort of character. But watching them get closer – watching Alfie having to wait and maneuver delicately – was fun and helped show me just how well these two could finally work together as a romantic couple.

The fact it was a slow-burn and not a crazy, red-hot insta-love really helped sell the relationship – and thus the whole story – to me. I really liked this and feel it was exceptionally well handled by the author. The sex was hot and steamy and sure to appeal to readers who like their sex explicit and just a very little bit dirty. Alfie has lusted after Sophie for so long when they finally manage to consummate their relationship he can’t hold himself back any longer.

Readers should pay strong attention to the stalkerish/controlling hero warning but I’m personally pleased I gave this story a shot. I found it to be a fun, loving and interesting story that because of the characters read as quite fresh and different to me. I enjoyed Alfie and Sophia’s characters and was thrilled to see Alfie finally get his woman.

Just The Way You Are by Angelique Voisen


Just The Way You Are by Angelique Voisen
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (64 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Spanking (light), Restraints (light)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Werewolf Abel King is an accountant by day, average, slightly overweight and has zero ambitions of climbing the pack ladder. All that changes when his boyfriend breaks up with him. Deciding to man up, Abel enlists in a gym membership only to end up saving an Omega who recently moved in town. When Abel’s wolf tells him Tommy is his mate, he doesn’t know how to react.

Tommy is tired of moving from place to place. He and his brother have been hoping to find a permanent home in a new pack, except trouble comes in form of two wolves who think he’s fresh meat. Abel comes to his rescue and his wolf tells him Abel’s the one, but will Abel accept a deficient Omega as his mate?

While most of the others in the pack saw Abel as mediocre, Abel hadn’t been too phased by that. Recently dumped though, Abel can’t help but wonder where the hell his life is going. Tommy and his brother are looking to join the local pack, but as a barren Omega Tommy knew he didn’t have any real value to offer the pack, so he isn’t hoping for much. When Abel rescues Tommy from unwanted advances, the two men realize they can both offer each other things they need. Can they work things out?

I found this to be an interesting story. I enjoyed some of the paranormal world-building – as the first in a new series I was glad the author peppered through the story bits and pieces of the werewolf lore and rules which are often difficult to catch in later stories. I also really enjoyed how Abel and Tommy didn’t just glance at each other and fall instantly into bed. Both slightly prickly and with their own problems, the two men spent a bit of time warming up to each other and I loved coming along for that ride.

The sex in this story is hot and intense. There is a very little bit of kinky play (a very light spanking scene and an almost lighter restraints scene). Unless a reader really doesn’t like even the tiniest hint of spice in their sex scenes I feel these scenes won’t be too hard or go too far for pretty much anyone. The elements are very very light (almost too light in my personal opinion) and a part of me wonders if the scenes might have been stronger or hotter without the small hints of kink in them. The emotional intensity between Abel and Tommy was fiercely strong – as was Abel’s dominating wolf – and lightening the tone with a “play” at the kinkier side to their sex actually lessened that intensity in my eyes. I’d have preferred no kink and have that heat and strength of emotional and paranormal intensity kept ratcheted up high. This is just my opinion though and other readers might thoroughly enjoy the naughty edge the spanking gives to the sex.

I found some of the pack politics and scheming quite interesting. I was pleased we were introduced to a number of secondary characters within the pack and saw a few of the different layers. There is clearly – again to my opinion – a number of problems within the pack and I hope to read more about these in the future installments.

With an interesting new paranormal world, strong and interesting characters and a lot of steamy hot sex I feel this is a great start to a new series. I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for future stories.