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review 2018-02-08 20:47
Short paranormal shifter book
Wolf's Sweet Chipmunk: A Gay MPREG Shift... Wolf's Sweet Chipmunk: A Gay MPREG Shifter Romance - Tara Harris

Wolf's Sweet Chipmunk by Tara Harris is a short paranormal book, a good choice for shifter fans with limited reading time.  Ms. Harris has provided us with an amusing story.  James is an alpha wolf shifter and meets Earnest, an omega chipmunk while working at the library.  Their story has drama, humor, lots of M/M sex and a little action.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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photo 2018-02-08 11:00
The Prince's Consort (Chronicles of Tournai #1) by Antonia Aquilante

Legends tell of large cats defending the principality of Tournai, but such creatures have been lost to time.
Or have they?
Prince Philip inherited the throne at a young age, and since then, his life has centered around ruling his country and resisting those pressuring him to take a wife and conceive an heir—forcing him to hide his attraction to men. When kind-hearted Amory is offered to the prince in exchange for more time for Amory’s father to complete a commission, both Philip and Amory are horrified. But Philip agrees to keep Amory at the palace, where they gradually become friends, then lovers. For the first time in his life, Philip is free to share not only his heart, but the magical shape-shifting ability that runs in the royal bloodline.

Neither Amory nor Philip imagined falling in love, and they certainly don’t expect the lengths those who oppose their relationship will go to keep them apart—maybe even resorting to murder.

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review 2018-02-06 19:27
Russian dragon royalty + hot historian Cinderella-style shifter romance
Grigori: A Royal Dragon Romance (Brothers of Ash and Fire) - Monique Patterson,Lauren Smith

I picked up a copy of this by mistake as part of a newsletter chain/giveaway/review group and I don't usually read adult romances, but I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of writing. There's an underlying story that holds up quite well even without the racy bits, character motivations are clearly expressed and somewhat believable (I mean, aside from all the paranormal/shifter stuff), the writing style is strong and engaging, and the world-building is convincing.


I don't particularly care for dragons or shifters in general as a trope or topic, but I do like paranormal or fantasy stories and romance subplots, so it wasn't too much of a stretch for me. Cinderella-style romances with a rich guy are generally a good time, and there are other pretty classic storytelling threads that are combined competently enough to be entertaining, if predictable. It seemed pretty short, but there was a reasonable story arc and some character development, so it just very clearly leads into a series for the larger story. I would have continued on if it were less explicit, but that's totally a matter of personal taste, and I think this would do very well with romance fans. In my opinion, the writing and storytelling, as well as the quality of production, are a cut above typical indie fare.

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review 2018-01-26 20:38
Awakening by Julie C. Gilbert
Awakening: Redeemer Chronicles, Book 1 - Julie C. Gilbert,Julie C. Gilbert,Caitlin Jacques

This tale had many of the elements that I really enjoy in a story and yet I didn’t fall in love with it. First, we have a Chosen One and while I have read and enjoyed many tales that have this element, it didn’t grab me here. Vic isn’t convinced she is a chosen one but she does think she’s a bit different from those around her. She pretty much grew up in this isolated cabin and sometimes her dad would go off for days leaving her to take care of everything. So she’s got some skills and yet I didn’t feel they were employed much.

The shape shifting element initially intrigued me. I like how Vic and her friends have multiple animals they can shift into. However, there were times when there was some info dumping about how this or that magic worked, including the shapeshifting snake and that bit about the berries.

Katrina was initially a worthy character being determined once she decided on something. She was the serious one of the three. Her character got a bit muddled as the story went on and sometimes I had trouble distinguishing her from Vic. Meanwhile, Tellen was the goof ball. He more than once pretended to be poisoned or such and considering that us and the main characters know that Vic is on someone’s hitlist, it didn’t come off as funny. Tellen didn’t make me laugh once.

So there’s a little political intrigue and that was pretty straight forward. It pretty much was just used to set us up for a big fight scene at the end. Now I really did like those last few scenes. The tension was there, the action, the drama. It was a good mix and I really did want Vic and her friends to make it through OK.

So while there’s all the elements I enjoy in a fantasy tale, it was still just meh for me. Oh, and there’s zombies but I didn’t feel their full potential was used in this story. 3.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Caitlin Jacques was OK for this story. She does have a good voice for Vic, however I felt that sometimes her character voices were a bit muddled. Her male character voices were sometimes masculine and sometimes not. She did do Tellen really well. The sound quality is not the best. The volume varies a bit and sometimes it sounds like it was recorded in a cavern. Jacques didn’t always put emotions into the narrations even during desperate moments. So this narration could have used some polishing. 3.5/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Julie C. Gilbert. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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review 2018-01-10 22:07
Quick Paranormal
Fur-Bidden: Bbw Paranormal Shape Shifter Romance - Milly Taiden

Fur-Bidden by Milly Taiden is a short paranormal romance.  This is a perfect choice for shifter fans with limited reading time.  Ms. Taiden has given us a well-written book.  Penny and Ethan's story is loaded with fantastic characters, drama, humor and steamy sex.  I enjoyed reading Fur-Bidden and look forward to my next book by Milly Taiden.  Fur-Bidden is book 1 of the Fur-Ocious Lust Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.


I read a print copy of this book.

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