Dragon Consultant (Supernatural Consultant #1) by Mell Eight

Dane, a supernatural consultant, is hired by the FAA to look into a series of reported dragon attacks on their planes. What Dane finds in the wooded area where the attacks took place is not quite the problem he expected: a group of dragon kits and their sick father hiding from the authorities.
When he learns the real reason the family was in the woods, his case grows more dangerous, and though Dane is experienced at both crime solving and watching his own back, taking care of baby dragons and their ill father makes everything else look easy.

Since there seems to be some confusion… yes, I did tag this book as a M/M Romance. No, it has no explicit content at all, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a romance. There’s no better way to categorize it than that though. I considered Dragon Consultant a sweet romance because two people found each other and fell in love. Sometimes less is more when it comes to the written word – the important part in Dragon Consultant is that love is love, it takes all forms and sometimes a found family is the very best kind. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…

Dragon Consultant was adorable. The dragon kits, from the youngest to the oldest, were witty, cute, smart and not easily won over. They had experienced a lot in their short lives and they didn’t trust easily. Dane was determined to find out what happened to them though and then he was willing to fight to make sure it never happened to them, or any other dragon, again. He was a pretty great hero.

It didn’t take long to figure out that Dane and Mercury were made for each other. They were cautious though and neither one of them had a lot of self confidence in the romance department. In some ways, they were as adorable as the kits.

Dragon Consultant wasn’t a long story, but it wasn’t lacking. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t want more and since it’s part of a series, I’m in luck. The re-release of Dragon Deception is coming soon!

Hearts of Magic (Chevalier #3) by Kay Doherty

A moment of quiet was all Theran was looking for. He was not looking to be nearly decimated when he stumbled across a sorcerer near the pack’s hunting grounds. He’s certainly not looking for his mate when the pack congregates at Elysium for a meeting, but that’s exactly what Theran finds when he runs into the sorcerer a second time.
Colby has been the bartender at Elysium for a year, and he’s been relatively happy. He hides his paranormal identity well, flirting for tips while using sarcasm to keep others away. When he first saw the wolf in the forest, he was stunned. Learning the wolf he’s been dreaming about is real is only compounded by learning the wolf is his mate.
With the Sorcerer’s Enclave now interested in the Chevalier Pack, Colby attempts to protect Theran by kidnapping him, which only results in a deeper involvement with the pack. Despite managing the Enclave, dealing with increasing threats from the McBane Pack, and forging new alliances, Theran and Colby are determined to find their happy ever after.

This is one of those series that I get more emotionally invested in with each book. It also seems like each fated mated pair gets just a little bit more complicated. There was absolutely no way that having Theran and Colby be destined made sense. Colby was on a mission to find out more about the Chevalier Pack, he had no idea that he would find out more about them than he bargained for.

Theran was more than ready to find his true mate, but even so, he was kind of shocked to find out who it was. Regardless, once they figured it out there was no denying it and no turning back. Because of the threat to the Chevalier Pack, Colby’s main concern was protecting Theran, which didn’t go over too well with the rest of the pack.

There are still a few pack members who need to find their mate, along with at least one mated pair that is complicated? I can’t wait to see how Kay Doherty finds a way to finally get them together. Danger, mystery and plenty of heat… everything I love in a shifter series.

Hearts of Blood (Chevalier #2) by Kay Doherty

Omega wolf shifter, Vance, and the rest of his small pack have finally found an Alpha willing to take them on and were still trying to regain their footing when the McBane Pack attacked them. When a vampire appears in front of him, Vance realizes he’s looking into the ice-blue eyes of his mate, and the fact that his mate is something other than wolf scares him.
Sakima knew the wolf shifter was his destined companion the moment he scented him at Elysium, but claiming the gorgeous young Omega wolf is a dangerous proposition. Vance and his unconventional pack have attracted the attention of the vampire coven. As the owner of Elysium, Sakima has been asked to use the club to gather information on the powerful interspecies pack and its Alpha.
Unfortunately for Vance and Sakima, the vampire coven and the continued attacks by the McBane Pack are only a portion of their problems. Amidst concerns over Alpha Tanner’s abilities growing with Sakima’s addition to the pack, a spurned ex targets Vance in an attempt to remove him from Sakima’s life, and Elysium becomes a hot bed for interspecies mingling where anyone could be an enemy.

Hearts of Blood was a great followup to Hearts of Fire.

All Tanner and his eclectic pack want is to be left alone in peace, but they are an unknown entity. A pack of interspecies mates has only happened once in paranormal history and that didn’t end well. No one knows what the fate has in store for Tanner’s pack and it seems like every group they run across wants to destroy them. Sakima has no intention of becoming a member of the controversial pack, but he’ll do everything in his power to protect Vance – even if that means protecting the rest of the pack as well.

I love the pack dynamic in this series as unconventional as it is. It’s a unique concept, at least in the books I’ve read so far. I love them all, but my favorite in the Chevalier series kind of took me by surprise. He may be a loose cannon and super annoying at times, but I just can’t help loving Ross and in turn Deacon for his adoration.

I picked up Hearts of Fire on a whim and I’m so glad I did. Readers are given a glimpse of what’s coming next in the Chevalier series and I can’t wait until the series continues.

Soul of the Sword (Shadow of the Fox #2) by Julie Kagawa

One thousand years ago, a wish was made to the Harbinger of Change and a sword of rage and lightning was forged. Kamigoroshi. The Godslayer. It had one task: to seal away the powerful demon Hakaimono.
Now he has broken free.

Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful scroll to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon who will grant one wish to whomever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. But she has a new enemy now. The demon Hakaimono, who for centuries was trapped in a cursed sword, has escaped and possessed the boy she thought would protect her, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan.
Hakaimono has done the unthinkable and joined forces with the Master of Demons in order to break the curse of the sword and set himself free. To overthrow the empire and cover the land in darkness, they need one thing: the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. As the paths of Yumeko and the possessed Tatsumi cross once again, the entire empire will be thrown into chaos.

The Shadow of the Fox ended with Yumeko and her companions in an unexpected and dangerous position. In other words, it ended with one heck of a cliff hanger. Soul of the Sword continued their journey to deliver the piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers that Yumeko had been entrusted with to the Steel Feather temple. That’s no longer their only mission though. Yumeko can’t bring herself to give up on Tatsumi. She wants to save him and his soul from possession.

Soul of the Sword was an amazing followup to Shadow of the Fox. The POV switched between Hakaimono and Yumeko and a couple of other “voices” throughout the story. Connections were made with some of the side characters that were slightly vague in Shadow of the Fox. Yumeko learned a lot about herself and what she was capable of as well Tatsumi’s past during her travels. There weren’t quite as many “light” moments in Soul of the Sword, but there were just enough to break through a little bit of the darkness – which there was plenty.

I loved the way Soul of the Sword continued to weave the past and present and give even more dimension to all the characters. There was even an unexpected bit of romance that made me smile. Things are far from over for Yumeko and her companions. Decisions and unlikely alliances were made that changed the course of their mission and left them in even more danger. Needless to say, I can’t wait until the next book in the Shadow of the Fox is released.

Owned by Fate (Dragon Soul #5) by Sean Michael

Dr. Mike Beteferoce turned his back on magic long ago. His heart broke and his desire for a soul mate disappeared. When he sees his family crest branded above Corryn’s heart, his first instinct is to flee. The last thing he wants now is a Fae interfering in his life—especially one who has already rejected him.
But fate has other plans.
Corryn knows Mike is his soul mate, has known since the sigil was branded on his skin centuries ago. Long before Mike came to him as a studly young dragon just entering his prime. It was far too early for them to be together then, but now their time has come.
But despite their draw to each other, Corryn doesn’t believe Mike can accept him for who—and what—he is. Mike must breathe life into their bond—loving Corryn as both soul mate and Fae—if they are to fulfill their destiny.

Mike & Corryn’s story was both sweet and heartbreaking, which I didn’t expect. Corryn had lived with the pain of knowing what he did to Mike for centuries. Because of his denial and rejection, Mike turned to another Fae who broke him in more ways than one. Corryn never stopped loving him though. He had very good reasons for turning Mike down all those years ago, but he also knew he could have handled it a lot better than he did. For that reason, he went to great lengths to try to make things right, but Fate had other plans.

Their destiny brought all the Beteferoce brothers and their mates together in Owned by Fate. Since Corryn had finally found what he thought he had lost – at least in this lifetime, he wasn’t anxious for things to end quite so soon.

This series had its ups and downs and there was a LOT of sex, so if that’s not what you’re used to, prepare yourself. I admit that there were times that I skimmed through parts of all of these books, but I still loved the story and the world that Sean Michael built around these dragons and their mates.

A Wish Upon the Stars (Tales from Verania #4) by T.J. Klune

Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed.
The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne.
But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. If he has any hope of defeating the villains who have taken their home, Sam must face the consequences of his choices—and the friends he left behind.

I have a really, really, really hard time reviewing books by this author. Only because I want my reviews to convince everyone that they should be reading them and I know that I can’t come close to conveying their awesomeness… See, even I don’t believe me when I start spewing things like this. I’ve got to try though, so…

I’ve said this before, but it needs to be repeated. Just because this book centers around a young wizard hopelessly in love with a courageous knight, the prince he has sworn to serve and protect, a band of dragons and his best friends – a half giant and a gay unicorn – doesn’t mean that Tales from Verania is a series full of silliness and fluff. Although there is plenty of that, I mean, how couldn’t there be? The stories go way beyond that. The silliness is sweet relief from the danger and heartbreak – because there’s plenty of that too…

In true TJ Klune form, the chapters are laced with tears of laughter followed by tears of heartbreak. There are also tears of pure, unexpected joy. (He’s evil like that – hence the ongoing love/hate relationship.) Sam comes back from the Dark Woods sooner than the Great White wanted him to, but he’d been gone long enough. For those he left behind, he’d been gone too long. Alliances that Sam isn’t exactly comfortable with have been made and he has a lot of making up to do – even though he knows in his heart it was the right thing to do, maybe… There’s a lot that needs to be done and not much time to do it. As with every adventure and situation these characters have been through – they will work and fight together.

As with most series, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the Merry Band of Misfits. I have to say though, as series endings go, A Wish Upon the Stars was amazing. This is definitely going to be on my re-read list. Also, if I ever decide to try listening to audio books again, this series will be my first attempt. I’ve heard from more than one listener that Michael Lesley’s narration is not to be missed. 😉

Born of Air (Dragon Soul #4) by Sean Michael

He said he was flying on a silver dragon. He called me “Markus-meine.” Who would know all that? Who? And how?
SWAT cop and dragon shifter Mark Beteferoce had—and lost—a soul mate. He’s finally at the point where he can get through the days without thinking about what used to be…until he tastes Quincy O’Brien’s doughnuts and takes him home to play.
Quincy O’Brien is a gifted baker, but at night he dreams of soaring through the sky on dragonback and being topped by the perfect Dom. Mark satisfies the kinky urges Quincy has only explored in his subconscious, pushing his limits and caring for him afterward.
From the start, their connection was more than sexual. It’s known; it’s familiar somehow. And it’s slowly driving Mark insane. What shouldn’t be possible most certainly is, and the bond between himself and Quincy runs deeper than either of them could ever have realized.

First and foremost, if you’re not a fan of stories that are heavy on sex and light on story, Dragon Soul is not a series you should consider picking up. All of the books in the series have included BDSM, but Born of Air had even more. Just another friendly warning. I am most definitely not complaining. I’m a patient reader and if I’ve had enough, I just skip over the parts that I’ve had enough of… but I know it isn’t something every reader enjoys, so again, it was worth mentioning.

Born of Air was one book in this series that I wouldn’t have skipped regardless. Readers have known since the beginning of the Dragon Soul series how important and rare a dragon’s soul mate is. We’ve also known that there is only one soul destined for each dragon and Mark Beteferoce had lost his years ago. He had come to terms with the loss, but it just about broke him. He was definitely not ready to open himself up to that type of heartache again. Besides the fact that it was impossible for Quincy to be his soul mate… or so he thought.

One of my issues with the first book in this series was the level of deception in Branded by Flames. That wasn’t a problem in Born of Air. Mark didn’t keep his secret from Quincy any longer than he absolutely had to and because of his dreams, it didn’t take much to convince Quincy. The biggest problem for Quincy was he didn’t want to be a substitute. He was his own person and he wanted to be loved for who he was, not the memory of who Mark had lost.

There were a couple of other stumbling blocks in the way of a HEA for Mark and Quincy, but Sean Michael from some creative ways to get around them. Owned by Fate is next and I can’t wait to see where this series goes from here.

A Destiny of Dragons (Tales of Verania #2) by T.J. Klune

Once upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice Sam of Wilds got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. His parents are happy, Gary and Tiggy still eat sass for breakfast, Randall is somehow alive despite being older than the gods, the King rules with a gentle hand, Kevin the dragon is as gross as ever, Morgan sighs a lot, Ryan continues to be dashing and immaculate, and Sam is close to convincing Prince Justin they will be best friends forever.
Life is good.
Until it’s not.
Because Vadoma, the leader of the Gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars: a man of shadows is rising and will consume the world unless Sam faces his destiny and gathers the five dragons of Verania at his side.
And she brings along her second-in-command, a man named Ruv.
Ruv, who Vadoma says is Sam’s true cornerstone.
The first book in the DESTINY FUCK YEAH! Trilogy (because sometimes, having a destiny is the stupidest thing ever).

First, if you haven’t read a book by T.J. Klune yet, you are truly missing out. Emotions run rampant in pretty much every book. Tears of laughter, tears of heartbreak, tears of joy – I don’t think I’ve read one of his books without shedding one or all of the above. And no, I’m not a gluten for punishment or a masochist. I just love books that make me feel and T.J. Klune is a pro at all the feels. ALL OF THEM! So, where does The Tales of Verania fall in that spectrum? Well, the “Merry Band of Misfits” are comprised of a gay hornless (sassy) unicorn; a dragon who is WAY too full of himself; a magician’s apprentice who has a knack for getting himself in crazy, mostly dangerous, sometimes deadly situations; a sometimes overly gallant, sword wielding  knight who would follow said magician’s assistant anywhere to attempt to keep him out of trouble; a sweet, lovable half giant who BEGS to punch anyone who poses a threat to his friends and family; and sometimes even a “jilted by the knight,” somewhat reluctant, grumbling prince. If you assumed that A Destiny of Dragons is on the silly side, you’d be half right. The thing about T.J. Klune is that even his silliest books have a depth that inevitably takes readers by surprise. Just one of the many things I love about his books, ❤

A Destiny of Dragons changes things for everyone. Secrets are revealed, connections are discovered that are a bit unsettling and some trust is torn to shreds. Sam has to come to terms with way more than he’s prepared for and spends a lot of time in denial. He avoids dealing with his “Destiny” in hopes that it will go away, but of course, that can’t happen. The only thing he does know is that he’ll do ANYTHING to keep those he loves safe but he’s afraid that isn’t possible. At least not in any way that keeps his heart intact. Then there’s the added bonus of strange alliances are made and more enemies are added to the mix. Saying that A Destiny of Dragons is a hard one to put down is an understatement.

It’s obvious from the list of characters that there is no blood involved in this make shift family, but there bond is stronger than any biological family could ever be. Even those among them who seem not to care, always come through when it counts. (Even the least likely among them.) I think that’s what I love most about this series so far – the sense of family. I have a feeling as the series continues that they’re going to need each other more than ever.

The Consumption of Magic is next, followed by the last book in The Tales of Verania, A Wish Upon the Stars. I have them both and as soon as I get up the nerve to pull on my “big girl pants” I’ll pick them up. Rumor has it that there will be more than a few tears shed. *sigh*

The Lightning-Struck Heart (Tales From Verania #1) by T.J. Klune

Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.
Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam’s pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King’s Wizard, Morgan of Shadows.
When Sam is fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds.
At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle. Sir Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.
Naturally, it all goes to hell through the years when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can’t control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan’s boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have.
Or so he thinks.

Since this is a T.J. Klune book, I feel the need to begin this review with a disclaimer. The likely hood of rambling is quite high. I apologize in advance, but that’s just the affect that a few of my favorite authors have on my ability to write a coherent review. My intentions are always good, but I make no promises… consider yourselves warned.

I’m also a tad bit guilt ridden. Why, you may ask? I’ve been seeing for quite a while how much readers love this book. I’ve watched readers wax poetic about Gary, Sam, Justin, Kevin and Tiggy. Why did I wait so long to pick this book up? I have absolutely no idea. I already have Destiny of Dragons, the second book in the Tales from Verania waiting for me on my Kindle. Hopefully that will make up for my tardiness to the Sam of Wilds party. 😉

On the surface, the premise of this book may be a little silly. Okay, so a story centered around a wizard’s apprentice who has a knack for getting himself into crazy, sometimes life threatening situations and whose best friends are a half giant and a hornless unicorn can’t really be totally serious. But honestly, what fun would that be? And really, even in the most serious of T.J.Klune’s books, there’s always a touch of humor. Likewise, even the most comedic of his books can have you shedding tears of laughter as well as tears of heartbreak – sometimes in the same chapter. His #evilauthor status and my love/hate relationship with him is well earned.

There was so much to love about this book. The sense of family, love, magic, humor – there is just so much… I can’t wait to continue this series. I can’t wait until I get to spend more time with this merry band of craziness. I’d love to tell you more, but I don’t want to take a chance on giving away even any minor details. Trust me when I say that The Lightning-Struck Heart is something you have to experience on your own. Speaking of which, there’s something else that I need to experience – the audio version of The Lightning-Struck Heart. I haven’t had a lot of luck with audio books so far, but so many listeners have told me that Michael Lesley’s narration will turn my luck around in a big way, it is destined to be the next book I try. Stay tuned… there’s much more to come from Verania 😉

Seduced by the Tide (Dragon Soul #2) by Sean Michael

Deke has yet to meet a man who gives him a rush. Coast Guard rescue has kept the dragon shifter busy, but there’s no harder work than finding a mate. Then comes Bryan. Bearded and inked, the personal trainer turned mechanic smells of grease, sweat and red meat. How irresistibly human can you get? And when it comes to hot, slamming sex, they’re the perfect fit. Now all Deke has to do is to tell Bryan what he really is, and what he has planned for them.
Bryan has never met anyone like Deke, a consuming lover with a body so arousing it damn near hurts. And he knows how to use every inch of it. Yet he can’t shake the feeling that Deke is hiding something. Just not this—the stud he’s falling for is a centuries-old dragon who has marked him as a mate.
Bryan has to admit that something inside him is changing. For the first time ever, he’s satisfied, body and soul. If Deke really is telling the truth, this could be his destiny—if he’s ready to face it.

I wasn’t as frustrated with Seduced by the Tide as I was with Branded by Flames, the first book in the Dragon Soul series. I honestly think that the my whole problem with this series is the secrecy – which is unfortunately unavoidable. I mean really, how would the average person feel if someone you were falling in love with told you they were a dragon? Maybe it’s the way that the brothers are going about it? I’m not sure I can put my finger on it, but there’s also something about this series that won’t let me let go. I want to know more about the magic and the other mythology that surrounds these shifters. So I guess, you’ll have to bear with me while I figure it out…

Deke and Bryan were actually a pretty great together, but they tried to walk away from each other. Deke had his job with the Coast Guard to go back to and Bryan had to let him go. Easier said than done, especially when things were moving faster than either one of them expected – both emotionally and physically.

Jake and Shae were back and it was nice to see them again. It was also great for Bryan and Deke because it made things a little easier. The big brother and the best friend had been exactly where they were and Bryan definitely needed that grounding, especially since he was wondering about his sanity. His shaky history in that regard didn’t help, but his prior experiences became a lot clearer as he learned to accept that magic actually did exist.

There are 3 more brothers in the Beteferoce family destined to find their soul mates. I’m still in for the long haul, so stay tuned. 😉