Love Times Three (Trillium Creek #3) by Silvia Violet

If you love something let it go…
Brett thought letting Ryder go was the best way to show how much he loved him. Ryder would be free to find an omega and start the family he’d always wanted. Ryder doesn’t want anyone but Brett, and he will do whatever necessary to convince him they belong together.
If it comes back to you…
Cam is on the run from his pack. He’s not looking for love, but when he’s rescued by Brett, his childhood crush, he realizes those feelings he had for his former packmate haven’t faded. Then fate steps in when Cam meets Ryder, Brett’s alpha mate, and a bond is formed. Cam tries to fight his attraction to both men, but the pull he feels toward them may prove too strong.
It’s yours…
Ryder knows Cam is the omega he and Brett need to complete their dream of happily ever after. He’s their missing piece, and it will take them both to convince Brett the three of them belong together.

I think I mentioned when I started the Trillium Creek series that although I love PNR (it’s one of my first reading loves) and you may have noticed my love of M/M, MPreg is not one of my go-to sub genres. I’m not saying that’s going to change, but I definitely am falling in love with this series so far. ❤

Readers have watched Brett and Ryder dance around each other through the first two books in the series. Brett came from a very different background. In his previous pack, the head Alpha was the ruler, not the leader. What he said went and it was drilled into him from a very early age that there were no fated mates, omegas had only one role and betas couldn’t mate with either. That meant that regardless of how he felt about Ryder, a relationship with him wasn’t meant to be. Ryder knew better and so did the rest of the pack… deep down, even Brett knew it, but he loved Ryder too much to stand in the way of him finding his true mate. Then came Cam…

Cam ran from the same pack that Brett left years ago. It was obvious they had a special connection. Once Cam finally agreed to let Brett bring Ryder to meet him in hiding, everything changed. The connection between Cam and Ryder was too strong to ignore, and Brett was crushed. Crushed enough that he walked away from both of them. It’s a good thing that Cam and Ryder were just as determined to get Brett back as Brett was to leave them to their destiny. Because their destiny included all three of them.

I love the dynamic of the Trillium Creek pack. Their alpha is caring, reasonable and a true leader. Members respect him and look to him for guidance. The pack runs on the strength of everyone’s individual talents while still working together to keep things running smooth – and when it doesn’t, they all pitch in to help. It’s a good place and it’s quickly becoming a sanctuary for those who didn’t have that growing up. There’s a subtle lesson there somewhere I think 😉

The series starts with Love at Lupine Bakery, followed by Love at Long Last. There’s more to come, so stay tuned!

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The Prince of Air and Darkness (The Darkest Court #1) by MA Grant

The only human student at Mather’s School of Magick, Phineas Smith has a target on his back. Born with the rare ability to tap into unlimited magick, he finds both Faerie Courts want his allegiance—and will do anything to get it.
They don’t realize he can’t levitate a feather, much less defend the Faerie Realm as it slips into civil war.
Unseelie Prince Roark Lyne, Phineas’s roommate—and self-proclaimed arch nemesis—is beautiful and brave and a pain in the ass. Phineas can’t begin to sort through their six years of sexual tension masquerading as mutual dislike. But Roark is also the only one able to help Finn tame his magick.
Trusting Roark’s mysterious motives may be foolish; not accepting his temporary protection would be deadly.
Caught in the middle of the impending war, Phineas and Roark forge a dangerous alliance. And as the walls between them crumble, Phineas realizes that Roark isn’t the monster he’d imagined. But their growing intimacy threatens to expose a secret that could either turn the tide of the war…or destroy them both.

This one… grew on me? I wasn’t sure at first and it took me a lot longer to get into than it normally takes me, but once it grabbed me, it wouldn’t let go… Like “staying up until 1 am so I could finish” not letting go…

I’m not sure why it took me so long to get into Prince of Air and Darkness, other than the fact that the story went in a lot of directions. I didn’t have a problem with the characters though, at least not Finn. I liked him from the beginning, Roark… not so much. Things weren’t exactly as they seemed though – for the record, those are my favorite kinds of stories.

There were a lot of twists and turns and secrets… One of the major twists came at the very end – which I’m still a little confused about because… well, for a lot of reasons. Even though The Marked Prince, the next book in The Darkest Court series centers around another couple, I’m hoping that readers haven’t seen the last of Finn and Roark… for well, reasons. 😉

Love at Long Last (Trillium Creek #1) by Silvia Violet

Silas had always expected to find his fated mate early in life, like most pack leaders do. But as he nears his fortieth birthday, still single, he begins to accept that maybe he’s not meant to have a mate after all. When he finds an intruder in his territory, a young cop who smells human but also like everything he’s longed for, Silas can’t help but feel a spark of hope. Could this man be part shifter? Could he be Silas’s mate?
Cory’s conservative family believes shifters are evil, but when he meets Silas, he’s shocked by the pack leader’s gentleness and hit with feelings of desire beyond anything he’s ever experienced. All of Cory’s fantasies center around older men who take charge and take care of him, so when Silas asks if he needs a Daddy, all he can say is yes.
Torn between his family’s expectations and the pull he feels toward Silas, Cory knows he’ll have to give up his career if he follows his heart. Silas wants Cory, not fate, to decide if they should be together, so he fights his protective instincts. But an unexpected pregnancy forces their hands, and the two men have to figure out how to fit their lives together. And maybe have love at long last.

Readers were introduced to Silas (and a couple of other key characters) in Love at Lupine Bakery. That was the novella that started Silvia Violet’s Trillium Creek MPreg series. That taste was just enough to make me want to get to know them all better, especially Silas. It was obvious that he was an alpha who deserved to find his true mate. I’m so glad that Love at Long Last was the first official book in the Trillium Creek series.

Cory was adorable and his his family… not so much. In his world, humans knew all about shifters. Not all of them were prejudice, but the members of Cory’s family had a very narrow view when it came to them and found every reason they could to cause them trouble. Rather ironic considering what Cory discovered about his heritage.

Silas earned my respect in Love at Lupine Bakery, but it grew with Love at Long Last. He was a great leader and compassionate enough to put his own needs second, even when it wasn’t what was necessarily best. Which, his pack wasn’t afraid to call him out on. 😉

MPreg isn’t my “go-to” genre, but I’m kinda falling in love with the members of the Trillium Creek pack. The next “couple” is going to be interesting. I can’t wait to see how Silvia Violet makes things finally work out for a very special pair in Love Times Three. 😉

Escaping Mortality (Escape Trilogy #3) by Sara Dobie Bauer (Bout-of-Books Review)

Their ocean journey was successful, and Andrew and Edmund found an Elder just in time. As they wished, Edmund is now a vampire like Andrew. They have eternity together, but first, they must visit Edmund’s ailing mother in the English countryside with their flock of immortals, including the Elder, who has taken an ominous liking to his new creation.
When they arrive at Edmund’s family estate, his sick mother and her loathsome best friend await them. While ducking religious curses, Edmund struggles to harness an unexpected power gifted him by the Elder. Andrew fears for his beloved as Edmund becomes more and more monstrous—but vampires have always been monsters, haven’t they?
A battle is coming, for Edmund’s heart and his soul, and Andrew will lose neither. He escaped island exile and a near tragedy at sea to be with Edmund, the beautiful young sailor he loves. Andrew will do anything to keep Edmund by his side, but his most dangerous adversary may be Edmund himself.

I’ve loved this trilogy made up of novellas. Escaping Mortality was about 127 pages, but it wasn’t lacking at all. Although these short stories could have been contained in one volume, each one adds another layer to their relationship. Escaping Exile is the beginning for Andrew and Edmund. Escaping Solitude is their journey together toward an uncertain future and Escaping Mortality is the perfect ending (or continuation) of that journey. Each one, except for Escaping Mortality, ends in a bit of a cliff hanger, which adds to the suspense.

There’s a price to pay for Edmund’s immortality and although that’s kind of expected, it turns out to be much more than they bargained for. Neither Edmund or Andrew are angels by any stretch of the imagination, but their love for each other has kept most of their demons at bay. Since Edmund was turned, there’s a force that’s bringing out the worst in both of them and the Elder seems to know more than he’s willing to share. Unfortunately, the mysterious Elder isn’t the only danger the vampires and those they love have to worry about once they reach Edmund’s home. Needless to say, there was more than enough to keep the pages turning.

It’s always sad to say goodbye to characters that you’ve grown to like so much when a series ends, but the epilogue in Escaping Mortality more than made up for it. Enjoy!

 

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.

Escaping Solitude (Escape Trilogy #2) by Sara Dobie Bauer

Ancient vampire Andrew escaped his tropical island exile with his beloved human sailor, Edmund. They’ve now returned to Andrew’s home in nineteenth-century New Orleans and must navigate not only their developing relationship—and equally haunted pasts—but also a hungry coven of vampires Andrew used to call friends.
Desperate to stay by Andrew’s side forever, Edmund examines the impressive coven library in search of an Elder, the only creature capable of turning Edmund. Although missing for centuries, Andrew believes an Elder must still survive somewhere; they just have to find him.
The search is put on hold when Edmund receives word that his mother is ill in London, and the lovers set off on an oceanic journey surrounded by new friends and old enemies. When things go terribly wrong, Edmund’s fragile human life hangs in the balance, and an Elder must be found or Andrew will be alone forever.

Escaping Solitude starts pretty much where Escaping Exile left off. Escaping Solitude is also just a little bit longer, but not by much. Regardless of it’s length, the story isn’t lacking… The jury’s still out though on whether or not I’d rather just have one long book than these fairly short stories though… can you say cliff hanger?!?

The setting was a lot different in Escaping Solitude, which should mean that Edmund is safe, but Andrew still considers him vulnerable – and will until he’s turned. Having Edmund spend time with other vampires isn’t ideal, but the coven holds important resources that they need to find an Elder.

Readers learn more about Andrew and his “family” in Escaping Solitude. We also learn about Edmund’s family and even though Andrew doesn’t understand Edmund’s loyalty to his mother, he finds a way to get him to his mother when she falls ill.

The book description pretty much covers the rest… Did I mention that this book ends in a cliff hanger? Trust me, it’s worth mentioning again. I should probably suggest that you just wait until all three books are released before starting the Escape Trilogy, but if you’re like me and just can’t wait… consider yourself warned…

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

The Wolf at Bay (Big Bad Wolf #2) by Charlie Adhara

Going home digs up bad memories, so it’s something Bureau of Special Investigations agent Cooper Dayton tries to avoid. When he’s guilted into a visit, Cooper brings along Oliver Park, his hot new werewolf partner, in the hopes the trip will help clarify their status as a couple…or not.
When Park’s keen shifter nose uncovers a body in the yard and Cooper’s father is the prime suspect, Cooper knows they’re on their own. Familial involvement means no sanctioned investigation. They’ll need to go rogue and solve the mystery quietly or risk seeing Cooper’s dad put behind bars.
The case may be cold, but Park and Cooper’s relationship heats up as they work. And yet if Cooper can’t figure out what’s going on between them outside of the bedroom, he’ll lose someone he… Well, he can’t quite put into words how he feels about Park. He knows one thing for sure: he’s not ready to say goodbye, though with the real killer inching ever closer…he may not have a choice.

The Wolf at the Door was a great start to Charlie Adhara’s Big Bad Wolf series and The Wolf at Bay was an even better continuation. Even though readers still only had Cooper’s POV, we still got to know Park a lot better in The Wolf at Bay. I’m a huge fan of multiple POVs in a book or series, but not being in Park’s head really works in Big Bad Wolf – mainly because it keeps him just a little bit more mysterious.

There was a lot more going on in The Wolf at Bay than the heat between Park and Cooper. Family drama, crazy revelations, a decades old murder mystery and more. Lots of action to keep the pages turning.

It may not have been clear to Cooper how Park felt about him, but he had a lot going on so I can forgive him for missing the obvious. There’s still a lot for readers to learn about the shifter world that Charlie Adhara’s created in Big Bad Wolf, but I like what we’ve discovered so far.

As for the mystery? I have to say, I was surprised at both the who and the why… mainly because there were a lot of possible suspects that would have been just as believable. Then there was the family drama… let’s just say, I wasn’t a fan, although Cooper’s brother and future sister-in-law kind of grew on me. Like I mentioned… Cooper went through a lot in The Wolf at Bay, but through it all, Park was there for him – whether Cooper knew it or not. Thrown to the Wolves is next and I can’t wait to see how the series continues.

 

Ravensong (Green Creek #2) by TJ Klune

Gordo Livingstone never forgot the lessons carved into his skin. Hardened by the betrayal of a pack who left him behind, he sought solace in the garage in his tiny mountain town, vowing never again to involve himself in the affairs of wolves.
It should have been enough.
And it was, until the wolves came back, and with them, Mark Bennett. In the end, they faced the beast together as a pack… and won.
Now, a year later, Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them.
But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it’s crawling from within.
Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.

Ravensong didn’t affect me nearly as much as Wolfsong, but it was still powerful in its own way. Going in, readers that paid attention were warned by the author that this was Gordo’s story and being in his head wasn’t going to be anything like it was with Ox. I paid attention and I knew that, but I still wasn’t prepared for Gordo’s darkness. That’s not a bad thing because Gordo had been through so much, it would have been weird if he didn’t have a harder edge.

Mark and Gordo were broken and in a lot of ways they had broken each other. They still loved each other though and the kind of bond they had wasn’t an easy one to break. Gordo thought he had though. He thought that he could keep Mark at a distance and ignore his feelings. He thought he hid them well, but it’s hard to hide things from a pack, especially when one of them is destined to be your mate.

So much happened in Ravensong. There was a lot of overlap with events that took place in Wolfsong, but they were seen from Gordo’s POV, so it wasn’t redundant. It actually added to both stories.

Richard Collins may be dead, but what he started is far from over. I don’t want to spoil anything, but TJ Klune’s concept of an Omega wolf plays a very big role in Ravensong. I can’t say much more except that I spent a lot of time in this book holding my breath. Mainly because I had no idea exactly how much of his #EvilAuthor side was going to come into play. Yeah, that love/hate relationship is still going strong.

Regardless of the tension – there was so much to love about Ravensong… The sense of family (pack!pack!pack!) continued to be strong. The characters were amazing. The twists and turns and craziness kept the pages turning and I loved every single minute of it.

 

The Consumption of Magic (Tales from Verania #3) by T.J. Klune

Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse.
It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be.
Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania.
With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits—the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin—must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future.
A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.

So, what was my first response when I finished reading The Consumption of Magic? …and the love/hate relationship with TJ Klune continues…. Yep, that about covers it.

Okay, so I’m not really mad at TJ Klune. Readers knew going in that there would be loss, it was all part of the prophecy after all. That doesn’t mean that it still wasn’t heart breaking, even though it was expected, I just never expected… Just in case you’re wondering – there were tears… pretty much a chapter and a half worth. You’ve been warned…

I’m not sure what I can say about this book that I haven’t already said in my previous reviews of The Lightning Struck Heart and A Destiny of Dragons. These books are so much more than stories of a young wizard and his Merry Band of Misfits would suggest. They’re about love, loyalty, trust, challenge, fear, heartbreak and choice… there’s always a choice.

There’s just enough lightheartedness woven within the pages of The Tales from Verania to balance every thing these characters endure while battling forces of both good and evil. Just one of the many things I love about this series.

At the time of writing this review I had just finished the last book in the series, A Wish Upon the Stars. I don’t usually do that, but when I finished The Consumption of Magic, I had to know how things turned out. Stay tuned… 😉