Mini Reviews: M/M books #2

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Hii and welcome to another chunk of mini reviews! If you missed the first one, never fear – it’s here!

I was hoping I could deliver you all the reviews I own you, but oh well. The year ended on me. #what #pandalogic Soo, I’ll just make the mini reviews a deal for books I’ve read on my own and weren’t unforgettable =)

This idea is a combination of inspirations from Cait, of The Paper Fury, and from Lindsey, of @thepagemistress

As always, feedback is welcome and needed, but in this section especially, TELL ME WHAT AM I DOING, PLEASE?! I await your instructions on the comments section, haha!

In this post, you’ll find mini reviews for:

  • Amber Kell – Attracting Anthony (Moon Pack #1)
  • Cardeno C. – Jumping In (ALPHAS #6)
  • Liv Rider – Dragon Sun
  • Tavia Lark – Werewolf Happy Hour (The Raven Park Wolves #1)
  • Tavia Lark – A Game of Cat and Wolf (The Raven Park Wolves #2)
  • Tavia Lark – Never Been Bitten (Vampire Delivery Service #1)
  • Wolf Specter & Rosa Swann – The Baby Pact (The Baby Pact Trilogy #1)
  • Wolf Specter – Omega’s Touch (Anima Sanator #1)

*~.Attracting Anthony.~*

From Amber Kell

Moon Pack #1

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Rating: 4 stars

Reading period: Sep. 22th, 2016

Format: ebook

Source: freebie at Amazon

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Anthony Carrow never thinks to find the love of his life when he goes to a bar with his best friend Steven Dell. Getting over the death of his lover has been a hard task for Anthony. After two years he’s still broken-hearted and doesn’t have any intention of joining the dating scene. However, going with Steven to scope out a werewolf club to help his friend find a mate leads to unexpected consequences.

Silver, alpha leader of the Moon pack, has been searching for his mate for a long time. Unhappy with the men he meets he’s given up searching for the man of his dreams until Anthony walks into the bar.

Can a man who’s already suffered a loss once be persuaded to give love a second try or will fear hold them back from finding the love they both deserve.

PROS

A light and fast read, with a lot of steamy hot sex, funny dialogues and awesome supernatural creatures. Anthony actually was a real darling ❤

CONS

Instalove. SO HARD. SO INTENSE. SO ABSURD. I usually turn a blind eye for shifters romances with instalove, as there is the whole mating thing, but this one was too much. Seriously.

QUOTES

“All I wanted was a business meeting. Not a supernatural soap opera.” – Silver

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Alessandro: How new is your relationship?

Anthony: It started yesterday.

Alessandro: That is new.

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Silver: Would you mind if I wrapped you in bubble wrap and put you in a sealed room?

Anthony: Yeah. That might be a deal breaker.

Silver: Damn, I was afraid you’d say that.

RECOMMENDED FOR

Fans of M/M, shifters, instalove, soulmates and supernatural books

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*~.Jumping In.~*

From Cardeno C.

Alphas #6

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Rating: 4 stars

Reading period: Sep. 19th, 2016

Format: ebook

Source: won at an All Romance giveaway

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When love’s on the line, the brave jump in with both feet…

Small town cop Clint Rivera can’t catch a break. His ex of two weeks is suddenly getting married, his dogs tore up his furniture, he’s getting evicted, and he’s out of beer. When he decides to solve his alcohol shortage by going to his ex’s engagement party, Clint winds up too drunk to drive himself home.

Enter gorgeous deputy mayor Hawk Black, the man who constantly shows up unexpectedly and sends Clint’s body and mind into a tailspin with nothing but his whiskey voice and blue eyes. After months of patience, Hawk can finally seduce the man he’s been craving.

Clint’s day might not have started out well, but Hawk’s going to make sure it ends with a bang, preferably in bed. He’ll show Clint some rewards are worth the risk. With love on the line, Clint will need to decide if he can open his heart, tear down his shields, and jump in with both feet.

PROS

I really fall hard for gay books with all male protagonists that fall in love with each other, oops! It was the case with Jumping In – Clint an Hawk are both Alphas and their chemistry rocked hard! Also, Clint was almost a ranger, so more points for the book!

CONS

Hawk’s love for Clint was totally weird – seriously, the guy is a psychotic stalker and too quick to trust Clint’s words. He went bareback on Clint even before he got confirmation that Clint was clean – AND I ASK YOU WHO DOES THAT ON THE 21TH CENTURY?! Seriously, it was a huge turn off for me – judge me, call me a prude, but if the book is a contemporary romance, I’m always worried about STDs and pregnancy (when it applies).

QUOTES

“Logic, like the budget for this party, was apparently irrelevant.” – Clint

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“I’m still in the wooing-you stage. I figure that means I ought to do you in a bed a few times before I attack you in the front seat of the truck.” – Hawk

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Clint: We have a name for that, you know?

Hawk: Falling in love?

Clint: The technical term is stalking.

Hawk: Tomato, tomato.

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Clint: You’re insane.

Hawk: I prefer to think of myself as a romantic.

Clint: Fine. You’re an insane romantic.

Hawk: Insanely romantic. I like it.

Clint: That’s not what I said.

RECOMMENDED FOR

M/M, Erotic and Contemporary Romance fans!

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*~.Dragon Sun.~*

From Liv Rider

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Rating: 4 stars

Reading period: Dec. 25th to 27th, 2016

Format: ebook

Source: bought at Amazon

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Can a dragon shifter hunt down a killer and get a second chance at love?

Dragon shifter Griffith Rees has closed himself off to love ever since his partner’s death. When he saves college student Noah Tine from the man responsible, the last thing Griffith expects is to find someone who kindles both his heart and his dragon’s mating instinct.

Noah’s never heard of shifters until Griffith nearly turns into a dragon in his living room. When Griffith is forced to take drastic action to save Noah’s life, they find themselves connected by a bond Noah never knew existed—and Noah discovers he might not be so human after all.

Together they have to stop a dangerous predator from striking again, while navigating their growing desire and bond. But is Griffith ready to open his heart again to love? And does catching the man who killed his partner mean sacrificing Noah?

PROS

The writing style was great – it was wonderful to see how much story Liv can deliver in so few pages! Also, she develops her characters very well, I’m impressed ❤ The plot was nicely executed and I loved the dragon shifters ❤

CONS

I felt like there were several holes in the end and I’m sad that we got so few information on the Sun Dragon! This had so much potential that, even liking what I read, I was left wanting more and Liv made it clear that the book is a standalone – aka. no chances whatsoever of ever finding out more from her. At least, not soon and with those amazing characters =(

QUOTES

“The lines around his [Griffith’s] mouth said he used to laugh a lot, and the removed look in his eyes said he hadn’t in a while.” – Noah’s thoughts

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I’m seeing someone. Is that what you called it when you found someone you couldn’t get through life without?” – Noah’s thoughts

RECOMMENDED FOR

M/M Paranormal Shifters and Dragons fans!

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*~.Werewolf Happy Hour.~*

From Tavia Lark

The Raven Park Wolves #1

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Rating: 4 stars

Reading period: Jun. 29th to Jul. 03rd, 2016

Format: ebook

Source: freebie at Amazon

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Avery’s looking for a good time after ending a bad relationship. He heads to his favorite bar for a night of distractions, dancing, and—if he’s lucky—a chance to flirt with the cute bartender he’s been crushing on for months. Now that he’s single, he can finally make a move.

Jack’s not just the bartender at the Blue Moon–he’s also second in command of the local werewolf pack. Both jobs keep him busy, but recently he’s felt something was missing from his life. Especially after that cute redhead started visiting the Blue Moon earlier that year.

When Avery and Jack finally hit the dance floor, sparks fly—and Jack realizes Avery is his mate. But is Avery ready for his rebound to turn into his happily ever after?

PROS

The characters were delightful, the scenery and atmosphere were very well built and Tavia’s writing is wonderful. A quick and sassy read with loads of steamy hot sex!

CONS

The end was a bit forced – I mean, who wouldn’t freak out to know that they just had sex with a werewolf? Never mind the point where you’d freak out to learn that werewolves exist. But I can drop the issue, as it was too sweet for my boring self to ruin the book ❤

QUOTES

“Hoping very much that go sit down meant go make out in a corner, Avery nodded.”

~*~

“Shifter Mating 101 can wait until morning.” – Avery

RECOMMENDED FOR

M/M Paranormal Shifters Romance and, of course, Werewolf fans!

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*~.A Game of Cat and Wolf.~*

From Tavia Lark

The Raven Park Wolves #2

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Rating: 4 stars

Reading period: Jul. 03rd to 04th, 2016

Format: ebook

Source: freebie at Amazon

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Aloof cat shifter Cameron Liu isn’t looking for love. He’d rather not deal with most people, to be honest. He’s happily independent—until a chance nightclub encounter turns his world upside down.

Wesley has everything an alpha werewolf could want—a steadily growing pack, a chance to keep the peace in the local shifter community, and a roaring business owning the Blue Moon bar. Everything except the one thing he’s always dreamed of.

Wesley knows he’ll find true love someday—he just never expected to find his mate sitting drunk and cranky on the sidewalk. And, overwhelmed by his instinctive attraction, will Cameron run from his unfamiliar desires? Or will he be able to let someone in for the first time ever?

PROS

I love the mix between a really difficult character with an easy going one in a romance and it was the case with Cameron and Wesley ❤ You see, Wesley is a big bad wolf, but he will go down on his knees and do pretty much anything Cameron wishes him to. THIS IS TOO CUTE, OMG!

CONS

This plot was too good to be trapped into a short story =( But all the rest is PERFECTION!

QUOTES

“So phone calls are a no, but stalking’s okay?” – Wesley

RECOMMENDED FOR

M/M Paranormal Shifters Romance and, of course, Werewolf fans!

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*~.Never Been Bitten.~*

From Tavia Lark

Vampire Delivery Service #1

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Rating: 4 stars

Reading period: Sep. 09th, 2016

Format: ebook

Source: freebie at Amazon

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Selling blood to vampires is dangerous, but 21-year-old Alec could use some extra cash. The agency promises everything will be safe and simple: a vampire orders for delivery, and the agency sends a willing human to sate the vampire’s thirst. When Alec arrives at the vampire’s estate on his first call, he expects to be nervous. What he doesn’t expect is his immediate, overwhelming attraction to Leander Garrison.

Tall, powerful, and breathtakingly handsome Leander wants to help Alec get comfortable before they begin. But as Alec’s nervousness fades, the Leander’s predatory gaze arouses an entirely different reaction. The seductive, dominant vampire wants more than Alec’s blood—and Alec is more than happy to submit!

PROS

The intensity of their love making is too much. I found myself breaking a sweat on the bus as I read this book, as I couldn’t openly drool at my ebook, haha!

CONS

The book is too short, even for a short story, there is TONS of instalove and the book ends out of nowhere =(

QUOTES

“Next he’ll say he can smell the English Major on me.” – Alec’s thoughts

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Leander: What happened to undressing?

Alec: Oh, now you are on schedule.

RECOMMENDED FOR

M/M Paranormal Romance, Vampires and Instalove fans!

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*~.The Baby Pact.~*

From Wolf Specter & Rosa Swann

The Baby Pact Trilogy #1

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Rating: 4 stars

Reading period: Sep. 17th, 2016

Format: ebook

Source: freebie at Amazon

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Gail, an Omega, has been hiding from other shifters for over half a decade, determined to choose his own path in life, even if that means working two jobs. During the day he works at a bookstore and in the evenings he is an exotic dancer.

Lucien and Cyrus, an Alpha and a Beta, love each other, a relationship condemned by shifter society, and have never felt the need to find an Omega. They sometimes pick up humans to spice things up, but never more. Until one night they end up in a bar, where they see a dancer they can’t keep their eyes off. They want him, even if only for one night.

But their families have other plans. In a desperate attempt to keep control over their lives, they will need to make the hardest decision yet:

Are they ready to be parents?

PROS

Hot sex all over the place with a beautiful cover? I’m honest, guys! Hahaha! Also, I admit that this book was good enough to make me pin for the sequel =)

CONS

Honestly, I’m not a fan of threesomes outside the bedroom in books. Although it works great for this book and spices things up, I felt restless reading some passages, as I don’t quite understand the instalove that goes on between Gail, Lucien and Cyrus. I’m getting used to it, I guess?

QUOTES

“Rules are all good until they get in your way of achieving happiness.” – Gail’s thoughts

~*~

“People have been doing things I’m not expecting a lot these last couple of weeks.” – Lucien’s thoughts

RECOMMENDED FOR

M/M Paranormal Romance, Shifters, Werewolves and MPREG fans!

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*~.Omega’s Touch.~*

From Wolf Specter & Rosa Swann

Anima Sanator #1

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Rating: 3 stars

Reading period: Sep. 17th, 2016

Format: ebook

Source: freebie at Amazon

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An Omega who can kill with a Touch. An Alpha determined to save his son. Will they clash- or will they accept their bond?

Brilliant, indolent Dilyn spent years hiding his power as an Omega. He doesn’t want to bond to an Alpha, doesn’t want to lose control of his life, or his gift. But when called upon by his Alpha to do something useful, Dilyn reluctantly travels to a strange pack in order to Heal a dangerously injured new wolf.

Gwyr promises he won’t try and bond the Omega to him. But resolve flees when he sees the snarky young wolf for the first time. His wolf knows they were meant to be together- but Gwyr can’t break his word. And Healing his son, Tanner, is more important than convincing a skittish Omega that he is worth the risk.

Dilyn struggles to Heal, struggles to retain his independence in the face of unexpected temptation… should he trust that Gwyr isn’t a tyrant, but is an Alpha willing to allow Dilyn his freedom? Is a mate bond worth risking freedom?

PROS

I really liked the concept of a hidden power for an Omega wolf, it freshed up the genre! Also, angry sex – I LOVE ME SOME ANGRY and consented SEX! Oh, And Dilyn is such a nerd, I loved his geek references ❤ ALSO: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE REFERENCES ALL OVER THE PLACE!

CONS

Okay, here we go. The writing could use some improvement, there was a huge instalove even on Dilyn’s part that got on my nerves and there were some random inserted elements along the book that made the story bizarre and didn’t add to the plot.

And a serious problem: this book claims it has MPREG and I can assure you all IT DOESN’T HAPPEN AT ALL. Okay, so it is the first in a series and it may happen later, but why saying it will happen now?? I feel fooled.

QUOTES

“Hello actions, meet consefuckinquences.” – Dilyn’s thoughts

~*~

Dilyn: Kiss me again. This time for real.

Gwyr: Are you sure?

Dilyn: I’m tired, not incoherent.

~*~

Dilyn: Well, I need you. Are you happy? I fucking need you. I’m here because being away from you, even for an hour, was the shittiest time of my life. I don’t know what happened, I don’t know how it’s even possible – but I’m falling in love with you. I don’t want to. It’s against everything I ever thought I wanted.

Gwyr: You’re going a little Darcy on me.

RECOMMENDED FOR

M/M Paranormal Romance, Shifters and Werewolves fans!

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AND WE ARE DONE! Another huge post filled with self-satisfaction at my own productiveness! I OFFICIALLY AM DONE WITH ALL MY 2016 GAY ROMANCE REVIEWS, OMG! #I’mgoingtocry #thispandaisawesome #what

Thank you for reading and visiting the blog and don’t forget to tell me what you think of this new section of the blog in the comments section =)

With love and Happy New Year!

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