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review 2016-10-28 18:49
Felines of New York: A Glimpse Into the Lives of New York's Feline Inhabitants - Jim Tews
Felines of New York: A Glimpse Into the Lives of New York's Feline Inhabitants - Jim Tews

Lovely photos of cats in their homes, with often very amusing text, because I prefer to look at pretty pictures in book form. I would happily spend an hour every day looking at pictures of happy animals. oh, wait, I do. Thanks for the Internet!

 

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review 2016-09-21 00:00
It Takes Two to Tango (Fur, Fangs, and Felines Book 3)
It Takes Two to Tango (Fur, Fangs, and Felines Book 3) - M.A. Church Review originally posted at Sinfully.

This is another fun and sexy story in the Fur, Fangs and Felines series. It’s book three and all the main characters have been previously introduced, but M.A. Church does give a recap of any information you would need to know if you wanted read it as a standalone.

The storyline is similar to the ones in the two prior books, an outsider is being brought into the clowder of werecats (large house cat shifters) as a mate and a bit of trouble is following. While in the two prior books it was humans coming in, this time there is another paranormal coming in. Remi, is one of the clowder’s betas and has found his mate in Marshell, a Vetala. The Vetala aren’t shifters, but they are snakelike paranormals who drink human blood to survive (they do not kill when they feed). The bigger problem is that Marshell is more powerful than the clowder’s alpha and might be seen as a threat or cause the alpha to be perceived as weak. In addition to that, Marshell has a crazy werewolf stalker and is being targeted by Hunters.

A lot happens at the start of the story with some upheaval for the clowder, some action and a big scare for the new couple. Everything seems to be in turmoil except for the actual relationship between Marshell and his mate Remi. In the two prior books the humans in the matings proceeded with caution leading to a slower build to the relationship. Here there are two paranormals mating and they don’t fight the mating call on bit. Marshell and Remi accept and embrace it and don’t hesitate to go for what they want, which happens to be each other naked, fighting for dominance over the other as often as possible.

These two were so much fun to read together. Remi is level headed and sarcastic. Marshell is charming and pretty laid back unless you mess with those he considers family. They are also both tops and very dominant in bed. The sex is rough and tumble, the dirty talk and pet names included, but it still has a sweetness to it and since they didn’t fight their mating there is plenty of sex in the book. There is also some slightly kinky paranormal sex that really cements for them how much they trust and care for each other. I’ve said it before, but I absolutely love the way M.A. Church writes the werecats in their shifted form. Marshell gets plenty of time with Remi in his cat form in this one and for a large housecat, Remi is pretty badass.

All the drama in the story revolves around outsiders and their attitudes or grudges towards the couple. While the werewolf stalker story is wrapped up here, there are a couple of threads left open, as well as a few new ones that come up at the end of the book. Running through all of the books is an attempt to bring the clowder’s attitudes into the 21st century and try to quell the prejudices and dated thinking the clowder has grown up with. Janelle, Marshell’s sister and mate to one of the pack, is taking it upon herself to improve the treatment of the women in the clowder and has a plan that could wreak havoc with the elders. The pairing for the next story is also introduced in the end and if the clowder thought one of their own mating a Vetala was problematic, the next mating is going to rain down all kinds of trouble for them and have the potential to create plenty of angst and drama.

I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a pretty lighthearted paranormal series that includes action, humor, feisty housecats and plenty of sex and romance. With the clowder’s expanding tolerance and acceptance of new paranormals I’m looking forward to see what the series holds in the future.

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review 2016-09-19 01:28
ARC Review: It Takes Two To Tango by M.A. Church
It Takes Two to Tango (Fur, Fangs, and Felines Book 3) - M.A. Church

This is the 3rd book in the Fur, Fangs, and Felines series by this author, and we get to explore the new mating between Remi, our kitty-cat, and Marshell, a Vetala.

Vetalas are sort of snake-like non-shifting creatures that share some traits with vampires, primarily the one about living off blood.

I liked Remi a lot, including the hilariously snarky shirts he so adores and wears as often as possible. He's pretty straight-forward, and likes to snark just as much as his shirts. Marshell is a very likable guy too, but if you've read the last book, you already know that. Scary, sure, but definitely likable. He's got a lot of power but he uses it wisely. For the most part.

The characters from the previous books all make an appearance as well, including Marshell's sister Janelle who's mated to one of the male weres from Remi's clowder.

Marshell has a bit of a problem. Hunters are on his tail, and he's also dealing with a stalking werewolf. Add to that his recent meeting of his mate, Remi, who's just as dominant and toppy as Marshell, as well as some pushback against him joining the clowder from some of the elders, and it's a bit of a fuster cluck all around.

The only thing going well for Marshell is the actual mating. He and Remi set the sheets on fire, with lots and lots of dirty, dirty talk, and finish the mating. Learning about each other has never been so much fun or so very hawt!

I really enjoyed reading this. Remi and Marshell fit really well together, and there's little drama between the two men - no, the drama is all about outside forces trying to tear them apart. And at the very end, the author rather enticingly sets up the next book in this series, I believe, what with the deluded hunter and the werewolf... and the werewolf's Alpha, one Carter Lovelock, and Adraic, one of Dolf's betas... well, I'll let you read this for yourself. I'll foresee some fur flying in the next one, hahaha.

A nicely done and solid addition to the series. This shouldn't be read as a standalone, as each subsequent book builds on the previous ones, and you'd miss out on a lot of good stuff if you ignore books one and two.

As a side note, there was a mathematical error in my ARC regarding the age of the hunter and his age when the alleged murder occurred. 35 - 16 does not 21 make. I assume this is fixed in the published version. I also noticed after some googling that the Vetala mythology in this series appears to closely follow that of the Supernatural TV series.



** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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review 2016-05-26 10:30
My Estranged Lover (Middlemarch Shifters # 5) by Shelley Munro

 

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review 2016-05-18 22:54
My Estranged Lover (Middlemarch Shifters # 5) by Shelley Munro
My Estranged Lover (Middlemarch Shifters Book 5) - Shelley Munro

At the start of their marriage Marsh Rutherford made a mistake, now his marriage is in trouble and he must find a solution because losing her isn’t an option in this transfixing paranormal romance.

 

A new opportunity presents itself and a fresh start for his family seems to be in reach and the readers can’t help but become mesmerized by this second chance romance that is threatened by secrets. There’s no denying Marsh and Caroline’s love for each other or the chemistry that sizzles between them but secrets and the situation play havoc with their relationship causing some extreme emotional distress which grips readers by the heart and has them empathizing with these strong, bewitching characters and  their situation which is complicated by their children. This fast paced and smooth flowing plot draws readers in and refuses to let go and it’s full of suspense, excitement and romance.

 

Expectation grabs readers in its thrall from the get go as they wonder just what kind of solution Marsh will find and will he find it in time to salvage his marriage with additional suspense and excitement involving the secret Marsh has and some dangerous excitement spicing things up regarding cattle rustlers. The story holds readers captive with an expectant air and emotional turbulence that the readers can feel flowing from the pages and let me just say that it certainly had me holding my breath and wanting to step in and knock a few heads together and help Marsh out.

 

Another great story in the Middlemarch Shifters series, this one brings a whole new perspective introduces new characters and new scenery for readers to enjoy and the cute and precocious child in this story added quite a few surprises and a few chuckles to my delight…I can’t wait for my next visit.

 

 

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