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review 2016-01-07 17:24
A 5 Star Shapeshifting Romance – Running Free by K Webster ( @KristiWebster )
Running Free (Woodland Creek) - Woodland Creek,K. Webster

I fell in love with the cover for Running Free by K Webster as soon as I saw it.

I love Doberman Pinschers and have had several of them for pets.

Now…to find a Dobie shifter…I am LOVING it!

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Cover:  Jennifer Munswami

Adult: Strong language and sexual situations.

MY REVIEW

I am a Dobie lover, so just seeing the cover for Running Free by K Webster made this a must read for me. I am so very glad she is the Dobie shifter. I love the supernatural and paranormal world, so let’s see what’s happening in Woodland Creek, Indiana.

Frankie is a 12 year old foster kid, a coming of age young girl who is driven to Run Free.

It’s ten years later and the only person she cares about is an owl shifter named Otis. At least that is what she tells herself. OtisHe is the dad she never had. She wears a collar with a “bitch” tag. Love it! It’s special touches like the tag that takes a novel to an extra level for me. Frankie has the power of intimidation and a very protective nature towards the “people” that matter to her.

Detective Gunnar Mason has come to investigate Acey’s disappearance. He is one of the “rescued” that Frankie was looking out for. She is a badass, but kids are her weakness. She goes out of her way to help them. She finds them in animal shelters, where she had spent some time herself. I couldn’t help but smile and chuckle about that. I wonder…if her and Gunnar were to get together, what would they have? Humans or puppies? LOL

There is so much about Running Free that I loved and would like to share, but I am afraid of giving too much away.

I love that Frankie thinks of her new “family” as the Brainless Horny Idiot Pace.  I love the witty and snarky dialogue that creates a tension felt through the written word. I love all the different types of shifters – we have owls, dogs, wolves, bears, tigers, swans, even a mouse. There is imprinting. Can you imprint on a mouse? I would love to tell you more about a couple of the shifters, but it is well worth your time to find out about them yourself.

I finished reading the book through teary eyes for the tragic/heartwarming end. A fabulous fantasy of shifters, love, sacrifice and a misplaced sense of revenge. The writing evoked a gamut of emotions, from anger and rage to sorrow and heartbreak to fun and laughter. And I LOVED every minute of it. LOL

My only complaint is…I WANT MORE and I want it now!

I received a copy of Running Free by K Webster in return for an honest review.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars

 

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review 2015-11-15 22:46
Solving puzzles can be DANGEROUS
Running Free (Woodland Creek) - Woodland Creek,K. Webster

I received an ARC of "Running Free" from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

WOW, this was my first ever book from K. Webster so I started not knowing what to expect, I was HOOKED right away. 'Running Free' is K. Webster's installment for the "Woodland Creek" collection, a collaboration of 30 authors all writing about 1 little town in Indiana USA, I was intrigued with the concept behind this collection.

I found myself unable to stop reading, from the moment Frankie found herself in her new form, I was sucked into her life. Everything from the backstories for Frankie & Gunner, the action, steamy scenes, strong leading characters, suspense, it was like a shifter murder mystery. I especially loved all the different shifters in this book, from dog breeds to bears, they're all in there.

I'm now a K. Webster fan! I fell in LOVE & can't wait to read what the others have written for the "Woodland Creek" collection.

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review 2015-11-11 14:59
Running Free by K. Webster
Running Free (Woodland Creek) - Woodland Creek,K. Webster

My copy is an ARC. The publication date is set for November 15, 2015.

 

This had so much potential to be a great book, but it felt rushed. I love the grittiness of the way it was written. I plowed through the first couple of chapters, then it started to feel uncompleted. I felt it was lacking. There was not enough character developement, the setting needed to be better described. The way some parts were worded left me having to reread what I had already read in order to understand what it was meant to say.

 

I have read unpolished stories before they were finished. That is what this felt like. I feel that if this did go through another rewrite that it has the potential to be a four star read for me. There were parts of this book that were amazing. I want to give those parts a better rating, but the parts that felt lacking were too frequent to ignore.

 

Summary of my thoughts:

 

Needs more, and I will check out more by this author only because of those glimpses of amazingness (I made that word up!). If the author ever publishes a newer version of this I will definitely read it. 

 

I really hated giving this 2 stars because I REALLY liked some parts of it.

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text 2015-11-09 21:39
Running Free (Woodland Creek) - Woodland Creek,K. Webster

I cast a glare spiked with venom in his direction. The coward shrinks back and shakes his head at me. He’s a Fox shifter who’s been after my ass for years. Problem is, I know he’s crawling with more than just fleas in his pants and I won’t touch his nasty-ass with a ten-foot pole.

 

shifter STDs that is new. The main character is dog of some sort. That is also a new one for me. I got an email reminding me tjat i recoeved an arc of this. I didnt remember that, but the beeok was in my files.

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text 2015-09-22 17:21
Magical Horses in Romance Novels
Protector of the Flight - Robin D. Owens
Unicorn Valley - Lena Austin
Lord's Fall - Thea Harrison
Lethal Rider - Larissa Ione
Light My Fire (Dragon Kin) - G.A. Aiken
Apparition - C.L. Scholey
Lord of Legends - Susan Krinard
The Soft Edge of Midnight - Stella Price,Audra Price
A Brush of Darkness Publisher: Pocket; Original edition - Allison Pang
Running Free - Jorrie Spencer

I spent some of my grow up life on a small farm. I had the required evil Shetland pony, a lovely Welsh pony, a fun Appolossa named JR, and a couple other horses now and then. I had to share them with my siblings, of course, but in my mind they were MINE. I was little. 

 

I like horses despite the Shetland who plotted my murder. I like magical horses even better. 

 

Here are some wonderful Romances with Magical Horses-- Talking Horses, Unicorns, Peguses, Demon Horses, Horse Shifters, Kelpie (water horse), Hippocampus, The Nuckelavee, Winged Unicorn, Wind Horse, Wihwin, Uchchaihshravas, Horse Familar, Horse from a Tattoo. You know, the usual...

 

My lists are never in any particular order. Enjoy! 

 

1. Protector Of The Flight by Robin D. Owens 

 

If horses could fly...

Then Calli Torcher might ride again. But a devastating accident left her in such pain, she thought the chimes and chanting in her ears were a hallucination... until she found herself transported to another world, meeting the Lladranans who had Summoned her.

Lladrana was a parallel, magical earth filled with exotic creatures, noble humans and magic all threatened by an encroaching evil.

And when the mighty volarans stopped obeying the Chevaliers, the flying horses' unexpected rebellion had thrown Lladrana into an uproar. In desperation, the sorcerers had sought help from afar and gotten Calli. If she could fulfill this mission, perhaps she would also finally find all she had longed for a mate, a home, a family. But against this great darkness, she had no battle experience, no strategy plans. She had only a bond with horses

 

2. Unicorn Valley (Box Set) by Lena Austin

 

Lionel, one of the last Unicorn Valley Gryphons, is forced to choose his mate from among other shifters. What he doesn’t count on is falling in love with the Werebitch Teema, who has a few needs and demands of her own. Lionel’s foster brother Brolly falls for a shape -- and gender -- shifting Immortal, and Shadow, the future Unicorn Herd Stallion, loves an Elf. As if things couldn’t get any stranger, their mercenary Unicorn uncle Jamir is falling in love with both Moontyger and the Dragon Li Chin -- at the same time. 

Not everyone loves everybody in Unicorn Valley, but they try.

 

3. Lord's Fall by Thea Harrison

 

Before she met Dragos, half-human/half-Wyr Pia Giovanni was alone and on the run. Now she’s mated, pregnant and heading south to repair the Wyrs’ frayed relationship with the Elves. Being separated from Dragos is painful, but for the good of the Wyr demesne they need to figure out how to be partners—in more places than just the bedroom.

 

In New York to preside over the Sentinel Games, Dragos is worried about his mate, but knows that finding two replacement sentinels is essential to show the rest of the Elder Races just how strong and brutal the Wyr demesne can be. But as the Games heat up, Pia’s negotiations with the Elves take a turn for the dangerous, straining her bond with Dragos and threatening everything they hold dear…

 

4. Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione

 

Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, ReganCooper, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse-he's about to become a father.

Demon-slayer Regan Cooper never imagined herself the maternal type, but with the fate of the world hanging in the balance she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos and bear his child. Now, as the final battle draws closer and his rage at being betrayed is overshadowed by an undeniable passion for the mother of his child, Thanatos has a life-shattering realization: To save the world, he must sacrifice the only thing he's ever wanted-a family.

 

5. Light My Fire by G.A. Aiken

 

The trouble with humans is that they're far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months--and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I'm trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight. . .gods! That endless name! 

But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female. 

Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I'm sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming? 

 

6. Apparition by C. L. Scholey

 

Half Castian and half Tonan, Doss is considered nothing more than a Tonian hybrid. A being to be feared with the power to kill by penetrating what is supposed to be impenetrable. Loathed by many feared by more, Doss has spent the last seven hundred years alone, shunned by the Tonans on his planet. He preferred it that way until a nude female rider on a huge black stallion fleeing for her life catches his eye. If left alone both beast and human would be killed by their pursuant, an enraged Tonan warrior. When the scent of the female invades his nostrils Doss is captivated. He must have the female human and will go to great lengths to secure her safety.


Zoe hates both Castians and Tonans. The promise of salvation from dying Earth, on planet Ulsy, had been nothing more than a lie. Human males were slaughtered and human women were captured to lure secrets of the Castian planets, Bagron and co-planet Dargon, from enslaved warriors with the promise of sex. When met with the six foot six hybrid warrior who moved like an apparition in battle to save her and her beloved stallion, Caveat, Zoe is unsure what to do. She has no idea of his intentions, but from the shiver that runs down her spine she is certain she’s about to find out.

 

7. Lord of Legends by Susan Krinard

 

He is Arion, King of the Unicorns. Powerful, seductive, he could possess any female he desired--until now. He is condemned to live as a man, and it is only the enchanting Lady Mariah Donnington's innocence that can release him from his curse.

Abandoned on her wedding night, frightened of her hidden, otherworldly heritage, Mariah is instinctively drawn to the mysterious stranger she discovers imprisoned on her husband's estate. But as the secret of Arion's magical identity unfolds, their friendship burns into a passion that cannot, must not, be consummated. For to do so would destroy them both....

 

8. The Soft Edge of Midnight by Stella Price

 

Karsten Morris is different. As a member of The Agency he’s one of their 
most successful operatives, always claming its luck that brings him through. 
It’s true enough, as a stallion unicorn in full control of his powers, luck is 
the least of what he’s got going for himself. An old race from The Glimmer, 
he’s been cut off from his realm and has lost all hope of ever going home, 
or finding a mate, an elusive and possibly extinct mare unicorn. 

Illori Swain is starting a new life. After a horrific ordeal in Africa, being the 
personal good luck charm for a rogue Fallen Angel, she’s determined to 
put the past behind her and start over, even forget about her own nature 
if needed. As the last female unicorn left in the worlds, shes resigned 
herself to the fate her sisters choose. Until one fateful day in Glasgow. 

Karsten recognizes the mate he thought he’d never find and Illori hopes 
for a future with foals and love. But nothing is ever cut and dry. 

Sammael, a Fallen Angel and hunter for Lucifer, is charged with finding 
and dispensing with the Mare unicorn. Lucifer isn’t so forgiving these days, 
and Sammael is already on thin ice, but when the hunter finds out there’s 
some competition coming from the bowels of hell, his plans have to 
change. 

Nybras, Devil of the Maze and Keeper of the Pleasures of Hell is 
unsatisfied with his role in the mess of things below. When he hears 
of the new mission Sam is charged with, he takes action. 

When Nybras gets his hands on Illori, Karsten and Sammael have to 
create an uneasy partnership in order to save the girl and neutralize the 
threat to their respective ways of life. It won’t be easy, but when is 
anything ever worth it easy?

 

9. A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang

 

Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn’t at all prepared for Brystion, the dark, mysterious, and sexy-as- sin incubus searching for his sister, convinced Abby has the key to the succubus’s whereabouts. Abby has enough problems without having this seductive shape-shifter literally invade her dreams to get information. But when her Faery boss and some of her friends vanish, as well, Abby and Brystion must form an uneasy alliance. As she is sucked deeper and deeper into this perilous world of faeries, angels, and daemons, Abby realizes her life is in as much danger as her heart—and there’s no one she can trust to save her.

 

10. Running Free by Jorrie Spencer

 

A year and a half ago, if someone had told Zach that he’d be guardian to the creature he distrusts most—a wolf shifter—he’d have laughed. A half-broken horse shifter as father figure? No way. 

 

Now, he’d kill to protect the pup he found lost in the woods—and he has. Which, unfortunately, has attracted the attention of Wolf Town’s alpha. 

Sally prefers to keep a low profile among her fellow shifters in Wolf Town. Yet when she’s asked to investigate a pup living outside the safety of the pack, she can’t bring herself to refuse. 

 

From the moment Zach meets the new piano teacher, his world tilts. Her scent gets under his skin. Her touch retrieves missing pieces of his memory. But even as their blazing attraction flares out of control, trust is the hardest to give, and the one thing they both need if they’re to save the boy from another attack.

 

I would love more! Let me know if you have any.  Vote on my Goodreads list: Magical Horses in Romance Novels

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