Single White Incubus (Supernatural Selection #1) by E.J. Russel

Does a bear shift in the woods?
Well, partially. That was what got grizzly shifter Ted Farnsworth into trouble. He wasn’t trying to break the Secrecy Pact. He just wants people to see the real him. So he signs up with the mate-matching service Supernatural Selection — which guarantees marriage to a perfect partner. Not only will Ted never be lonely again, but once his new beaver shifter husband arrives, they’ll build Ted’s dream wilderness retreat together. Win-win.
Quentin Bertrand-Harrington, scion of an incubus dynasty, has abstained from sex since nearly killing his last lover. When his family declares it’s time for him to marry, Quentin decides the only way not to murder his partner is to pick someone who’s already dead. Supernatural Selection finds him the ideal vampire, and Quentin signs the marriage agreement sight unseen.
But a mix-up at Supernatural Selection contracts Quentin with Ted. What’s Ted supposed to do with an art historian who knows more about salad forks than screwdrivers? And how can Quentin resist Ted’s mouthwatering life force? Yet as they work together to untangle their inconvenient union, they begin to wonder if their unexpected match might be perfect after all.

First, the Supernatural Selection is a spin-off series of E.J. Russel’s Fae Out of Water series. You don’t have to read one series before the other, but you’ll be missing out just a little bit if you don’t. Actually, the main characters in Cutie and the Beast, the first book in Fae Out of Water make a couple of appearances in Single White Incubus. To be honest, I may be just a little bit partial, but Cutie and the Beast was my favorite book in the Fae Out of Water series – mainly because of its lightness and Single White Incubus reminded me of that book… a lot.

So… Ted was adorable. I loved him from the moment he was introduced. He was honest, sweet, adorable and lonely. He wanted someone to share his life with, which is why he went to Supernatural Selection. He honestly thought it was his only chance at happiness. Then Quentin came into his life and threatened everything he hoped for – along with an apparent slip-up at Supernatural Selection.

As adorable as Ted was, Quentin was… well… prickly. He had his reasons though. He’d tried love once and it was disastrous. He came close to destroying someone he loved and he had no intention of taking a chance again. That’s why he decided to allow Supernatural Selection find him a perfect undead match.

Through a crazy set of circumstances, things got a tad bit mixed up at Supernatural Selection, but did they? Things definitely got interesting and I’m pretty sure that it’s going to get even crazier by the end. I can’t wait to see what E.J. Russel has in store for the rest of the couples who decide to use Supernatural Selection

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Too Hot! by Avery Giles

Eli Johnson is not a hero. He’s just a guy who’s doing his best. His mother was a hero, though, and when she died, he dropped out of college to become a firefighter—a vocation she would have been proud of. He might not be able to save everyone, but he can do what she taught him: put more good out than bad.
Charlie Kinnear is definitely not a hero. When he ran into a burning building to save a trapped child, he was acting on instinct. He’s not expecting a medal, or for a handsome firefighter with a stunning smile to give him his oxygen mask. Charlie’s light-headed, and not from smoke inhalation.
Right as their romance begins, a serial arsonist terrorizes the city. As if that weren’t bad enough, Charlie appears at the scene of every fire. Eli hates to think it, but if someone wanted to get a firefighter’s attention—say, a certain sexy someone who coincidentally wandered into Eli’s life—what better way than by starting fires? Sparks are flying all right, and things may get too hot for Eli and Charlie to handle.

Too Hot! is Avery Giles’ debut novel and it’s not a bad start at all.

I loved both Charlie and Eli, even though Charlie was a mystery throughout most of the story. I had a hard time buying that he was a “bad” guy though, even when Eli wasn’t so sure. I never doubted him though and I have to admit that I got kind of aggravated with Eli when he did. I just knew that there was a logical explanation.

The author did a great job of keeping readers in the dark… even though they got Charlie’s POV. I liked that added suspense.

To be fair, I understood where both characters were coming from. Charlie had his reasons for keeping his secret and Eli had his reasons for suspecting him… They were both in a bad situation, but in the end they had each other. 😉

FYI – this author is now on my radar. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

Building Forever (This Time Forever #1) by Kelly Jensen

Charlie King is doing fine. Sure, he’s a widower raising a teenage daughter who just got her first boyfriend, his book series isn’t writing itself, and he has a crush on his new neighbor — the guy next door. But everything’s just fine.
Simon Lynley is doing better. He moved to Bethlehem to fall out of love and rebuild his career. An affair with his neighbor isn’t part of the plan, but the attraction between them is too hard to ignore.
But when Simon’s ex follows him to Pennsylvania seeking reconciliation, and Charlie’s life starts to feel like a video on repeat, everything comes apart. Charlie worries that he’s failing as a father, and Simon is a distraction he can’t afford. Meanwhile Simon doesn’t know if he could survive being left again, and he hasn’t come all this way to make the same mistakes. But despite their fears, it’s only together that they’ll find the strength to slay old foes and build the forever they’ve been waiting for.

I think that there are more than a few parents out there – single or married – that think that they’re failing somehow. No one’s perfect, but Charlie feels like he’s floundering more often than not. He misses his late wife. She was his best friend and a true partner in parenting their daughter. He really needed the balance she provided when it came to his daughter’s teenage years. And he definitely didn’t need the distraction of his new neighbor.

Simon had a lot on his plate. A new job, a new home, new goals… he didn’t need to be distracted either. Some things you can’t fight though and his attraction to Charlie was one of them.

I felt for both these men. They needed each other, but they were each too guarded to let the other in fully. I liked both Charlie and Simon and I could see where they were coming from… but I couldn’t wait until they both gave in…

This is also one of those books that is enhanced by the supporting characters. I loved Simon’s friends and Charlie’s family was great too… with a couple of exceptions. I’m sure that the rest of the series can be read as stand alones, but since the characters in the next two books were introduced in Building Forever, I going to enjoy getting to know them better. Renewing Forever is next in the This Time Forever series, but I personally can’t wait to see how Kelly Jensen redeems a certain character in Chasing Forever 😉

Write On Review-A-Thon (October 26-28, 2018)

And for this month’s Write on-Review-a-thon – a blast from the past… or at least one review left-over from September? *sigh* In my defense, the left-over is from a series that I’ve been going through and I didn’t want to review two books from the same series back-to-back. As excuses go, it’s pretty lame, but it’s the only one I’ve got. 😉

A little about the Review-a-thon:

Brought to you by Reading the Paranormal and the #boutofbooks-ers facebook group. This monthly review-a-thon is a chance to get caught up on outstanding reviews. Bring your to-be-reviewed list, block out some time, write reviews. It’s that simple.

This month’s review-a-thon will run from Friday, October 26th to Sunday, October 28th.

You can see Kelly’s post at Reading the Paranormal

So, what reviews do I have to write? Not nearly as many as I expected, so I must be keeping up better than I thought. Still not great though and since I’m almost finished at least two more books by the end of the weekend… stay tuned 😉

Single White Incubus Virtual Book Tour

About Single White Incubus

Does a bear shift in the woods?

Well, partially. That was what got grizzly shifter Ted Farnsworth into trouble. He wasn’t trying to break the Secrecy Pact. He just wants people to see the real him. So he signs up with the mate-matching service Supernatural Selection — which guarantees marriage to a perfect partner. Not only will Ted never be lonely again, but once his new beaver shifter husband arrives, they’ll build Ted’s dream wilderness retreat together. Win-win. 

Quentin Bertrand-Harrington, scion of an incubus dynasty, has abstained from sex since nearly killing his last lover. When his family declares it’s time for him to marry, Quentin decides the only way not to murder his partner is to pick someone who’s already dead. Supernatural Selection finds him the ideal vampire, and Quentin signs the marriage agreement sight unseen.

But a mix-up at Supernatural Selection contracts Quentin with Ted. What’s Ted supposed to do with an art historian who knows more about salad forks than screwdrivers? And how can Quentin resist Ted’s mouthwatering life force? Yet as they work together to untangle their inconvenient union, they begin to wonder if their unexpected match might be perfect after all.

Available from Riptide Publishing.

About Supernatural Selection

Are you a shifter who’s lost faith in fated mates? A vampire seeking a Second Life companion? Or perhaps you’re a demon yearning to claim a soul (mate)?

Congratulations! Your search is over!

Welcome to Supernatural Selection, where our foolproof spells guarantee your perfect match.

Until they don’t.

Check out Supernatural Selection today.

About E.J. Russell

E.J. Russell holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business-intelligence consultant. After her twin sons left for college and she no longer spent half her waking hours ferrying them to dance class, she returned to her childhood love of writing fiction. Now she wonders why she ever thought an empty nest meant leisure.

E.J. lives in rural Oregon with her curmudgeonly husband, the only man on the planet who cares less about sports than she does. She enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.

Connect with E.J.:

Website: ejrussell.com

Blog: ejrussell.com/bloggery/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/E.J.Russell.author

Twitter: twitter.com/ej_russell

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/ejrussell/

Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Building Forever one lucky person will win a $25 Riptide Publishing gift card and an ecopy of Cutie and the Beast, the first title in the Fae Out of Water series! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 27, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following along, and don’t forget to leave your contact info! 

The Bones Beneath My Skin by T.J. Klune

In the spring of 1995, Nate Cartwright has lost everything: his parents are dead, his older brother wants nothing to do with him, and he’s been fired from his job as a journalist in Washington DC. With nothing left to lose, he returns to his family’s summer cabin outside the small mountain town of Roseland, Oregon to try and find some sense of direction.
The cabin should be empty.
It’s not.
Inside is a man named Alex. And with him is an extraordinary little girl who calls herself Artemis Darth Vader.
Artemis, who isn’t exactly as she appears.
Soon it becomes clear that Nate must make a choice: let himself drown in the memories of his past, or fight for a future he never thought possible.
Because the girl is special. And forces are descending upon them who want nothing more than to control her.

At one point while reading The Bones Beneath My Skin, I posted “I think my favorite part of any TJ Klune book has to be his characters’ inner dialogue. It just makes them that much more “real” – and Nate is no exception.” That was less than half way through the book and my opinion never changed – not that I thought it would.

That being said, one of my least favorite parts about reading ANY TJ Klune book is this part. The review writing part… the part where I not only can’t, but don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, while at the same time trying desperately to let EVERYONE know that they need to read this book. Happens. Every. Single. Time. (Kind of ironic I know, since I requested to review this one…) So prepare yourself for rambling vagueness…

Nate spent the first few chapters of The Bones Beneath My Skin worrying about his sanity or hoping he’d wake up from the craziest dream ever. He came to his inherited cabin to find some direction and try to sort out the mess he had made of his life. Instead, things became exceedingly more complicated from the moment he found Alex and Artemis squatting in his cabin.

Now’s where the vagueness comes in… There was a lot more to Alex and Artemis than Nate could even come close to guessing… and he had a LOT of theories. The one thing that he did know – even after knowing her for a very short time – was that Artemis was special and she needed protecting, he just had no idea what from or why.

The Bones Beneath My Skin had pretty much everything that I’ve come to expect from a T.J. Klune novel. Witty characters, suspense, humor, and a strong sense of family – proving once again that a “found” family can sometimes be a lot better than the one you’re born into.

In The Bones Beneath My Skin, there was also action, twists, turns and more than a few surprises. Then there was the emotion. I was pretty proud of myself for making it through a T.J. Klune book tear-free – not that this book wasn’t full of feels – it definitely was. That’s not something new for this author either. What threw me was that I thought I was home free. I made it all the way to 95%. I was so close… and then? Well, you’re just going to have to read The Bones Beneath My Skin to discover for yourself all of Alex, Artemis and even Nick’s secrets.

Game Changer (Game Changers #1) by Rachel Reid

Pro hockey star Scott Hunter knows a good thing when he sees it. So, when a smoothie made by juice bar barista Kip Grady precedes Scott breaking his on-ice slump, he’s desperate to recreate the magic…and to get to know the sexy, funny guy behind the counter.
Kip knew there was more to Scott’s frequent visits than blended fruit, but he never let himself imagine being invited back to Scott’s penthouse. Or kissed with reckless abandon, never mind touched everywhere all at once. When it happens it’s red-hot, incredible and frequent, but also only on Scott’s terms and always behind his closed apartment doors.
Scott needs Kip in his life, but with playoff season approaching, the spotlight on him is suddenly brighter than ever. He can’t afford to do anything that might derail his career…like introducing the world to his boyfriend. Kip is ready to go all-in with Scott—but how much longer will he have to remain a secret?

These two guys were easy to fall for. Kip was adorable and so was his crush on Scott. He didn’t know who Scott was when he came into the shop to get his first smoothie. It didn’t take him long to figure it out though and once he did, he became Scott’s biggest fan.

Kip didn’t want to be Scott’s secret boyfriend, but he was in too deep emotionally to confront him and risk the chance of losing him. He also wasn’t sure that Scott felt the same way.

I really felt for Scott. He was in a bad position with not just his team, but the whole league. Coming out was one thing, but risking everything to do it was a huge leap. He knew he had to do something though, because he wasn’t willing to lose what he and Kip had either.

The support that these guys had was great. Scott was on his own, except for his team, but a lot of them were like family. Kip had friends and family who were amazingly supportive. That made keeping his relationship a secret even more frustrating for Kip, but I loved that they were there for him no matter what.

The next book in this series is Heated Rivalry and it promises to be interesting. Stay tuned, because I can guarantee that I’ll be picking that one up as soon as it’s available. 😉

Running Blind (Havoc #2) by S.E. Jakes

It’s impossible for a one-percenter motorcycle club member to simply walk away—and no one knows that better than undercover agent Bram, who’s almost killed for trying. His cover isn’t blown—yet—but it’s only a matter of time. The Heathens won’t be satisfied until he’s dead, so he decides to lay low and heal.
But when his younger brother’s disappearance throws a wrench into his plan, Bram ends up in Shades Run, a town ruled by the notorious Havoc MC. In less than twenty-four hours, Bram finds himself at the mercy of Sweet, Havoc’s president, as he throws himself into the undercover role of a lifetime: himself. A man who’s never belonged anywhere, and who will do anything to protect his younger brother.
When finding Linc seems impossible, Bram is torn between Sweet, Linc, and revealing his true identities . . . and there appears to be no way out. Once again, he risks it all trying to save it all. Only this time he’s got no backup to save him if he falls.

It’s been a while since I read and reviewed Running Wild, the first book in the Havoc series. I probably should have re-read Running Wild before I started Running Blind (and I probably will), but it didn’t take me long to catch up.

Bram was in a tough spot… he was working undercover and there were few people he could trust. Given his recent history, he most definitely shouldn’t be trusting anyone in a MC, but he needed to find his brother. Since Linc’s closest last known connections were to Havoc, he didn’t have much choice. He didn’t count on Sweet… and Sweet most definitely didn’t count on Bram.

The connection between Bram and Sweet was too strong for either one of them to ignore, but it was also dangerous. Bram didn’t trust Sweet enough to tell him the truth and Sweet wanted to trust Bram, but knew that there was something that he was keeping to himself.

There were times in Running Blind when I couldn’t see a way for things to work out for any of the characters. There were some interesting twists and turns and there was also a lot more going on than just the relationship between Bram and Sweet. Needless to say, I can’t wait until the Havoc series continues.

Building Forever Virtual Book Tour

Building Forever is the first in a series of standalone novels focused on older characters who think love has passed them by. I loved writing these second chance romances, and I hope you enjoy reading about the books—especially this one because Charlie and Simon will forever be the characters who started me on this journey.

About Building Forever

A new town, a new neighbor, and a new chance to build a forever.

Charlie King is doing fine. Sure, he’s a widower raising a teenage daughter who just got her first boyfriend, his book series isn’t writing itself, and he has a crush on his new neighbor — the guy next door. But everything’s just fine.

Simon Lynley is doing better. He moved to Bethlehem to fall out of love and rebuild his career. An affair with his neighbor isn’t part of the plan, but the attraction between them is too hard to ignore.

But when Simon’s ex follows him to Pennsylvania seeking reconciliation, and Charlie’s life starts to feel like a video on repeat, everything comes apart. Charlie worries that he’s failing as a father, and Simon is a distraction he can’t afford. Meanwhile Simon doesn’t know if he could survive being left again, and he hasn’t come all this way to make the same mistakes. But despite their fears, it’s only together that they’ll find the strength to slay old foes and build the forever they’ve been waiting for.

Now available from Riptide Publishing!

About the This Time Forever Series

Small towns and second chances.

Simon, Frank, and Brian think love has passed them by. Each is facing down his fiftieth birthday—Simon in a few years, Frank next year, and Brian soon enough. Each has loved and lost. But for these men, everything old really is new again, and it’s only when they return to their roots that they’ll find their second chances and the happily ever after they’ve been waiting their whole lives for.

This time it’s forever.

This series includes:

  1. Building Forever — releasing October 15, available now!
  2. Renewing Forever — releasing November 12, available for preorder!
  3. Chasing Forever — releasing December 10, available soon!

About Kelly Jensen

If aliens ever do land on Earth, Kelly will not be prepared, despite having read over a hundred stories about the apocalypse. Still, she will pack her precious books into a box and carry them with her as she strives to survive. It’s what bibliophiles do.

Kelly is the author of a number of novels, novellas, and short stories, including the Chaos Station series, cowritten with Jenn Burke. Some of what she writes is speculative in nature, but mostly it’s just about a guy losing his socks and/or burning dinner. Because life isn’t all conquering aliens and mountain peaks. Sometimes finding a happy ever after is all the adventure we need.

Connect with Kelly:

Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Building Forever one lucky person will win a $25 Riptide Publishing gift card and a swag pack of stickers, art cards, and bookmarks! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 20, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following along, and don’t forget to leave your contact info! 

Hell Bent for Demons (The Devil’s Daughter #2) by G.A. Chase

After ridding the swamp of a serial-killing demon, badass Sere Mal-Laurette has moved to New Orleans to put some distance between the interdimensional beacon of her soul and the hellmouth. Hell, however, has other plans for her when a new horde of beasts is unleashed.Sere will have to knock the rust off her fighting skills if she hopes to save herself and humanity from a fate worse than death. But she soon learns she can’t do it alone, and she’s going to need more than the help of a bartending former Navy SEAL who makes her weak in the knees. The bikers and gator hunters she’s been using for sport during her bar brawls are going to take some serious convincing to join her cause—even if they are the ones most at risk. By relying on those closest to her to repair her doppelgänger body, hunt down the demons that are out to get her, and protect her soul from the loas of the dead, Sere just might learn something about what it means to be human.

I love it when the second book in a series lives up to the first, which is exactly how Hell Bent for Demons stacked up to Hell in a Head Gasket. In some ways, I liked the sequel even more.

Sere doesn’t “play” well with others, so when she realizes she needs help, she has no idea how to go about asking. It doesn’t help that she’s made quite an impression on most of those people – and definitely not the positive kind.

Sere does have allies though – some very good ones. She hesitates to allow most of them to help though because she wants to keep them safe. A trait in a bad-a** heroine that always wins me over. Another thing I like about some of my favorite bad-a** characters is their tendency to have interesting side-kicks. Lefty and Sere’s constant saddlebag companions definitely fall into that category. 😉

I liked the interesting twists and turns in Hell Bent for Demons, especially when they caught Sere off guard. I really like getting to know Sere’s “family” better. She’s still not sure what to make of Bart, but I love the tension and playful banter between them. There are also a few other characters that Sere’s getting closer to. I’m guessing that things are about to get even more interesting as the series continues and I personally can’t wait. 😉