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review 2015-04-29 14:50
Enticed by J.A. Belfield
Enticed: A Holloway Pack Mini - J.A. Belfield

This was a fun sexy short novella. The characters have a romance going on that carries over from other parts of the series, and it's Ethan's birthday. I think every man out there would want to have his surprise present! And Shelly definitely enjoys giving it to him, I really loved the little notes and clues.

You can really see some of the tension in their lives come out a few times, and it was kind of fun to see the play back and forth between them. Definitely a nice quick read at bedtime.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Source: www.bittenbyromance.com/2015/04/review-enticed-holloway-pack-47-by-ja.html
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text 2014-07-14 08:00
#HollowayPack News + Cover Reveal

So, if any of you have ever visited my website and had a mosey around there, then you've probably come across the POV-Switch Scenes I have up on there (from Sean's POV), and the free shorts I had (<

Well, it's bugged me for a little while now that I've only ever had my free shorts available to my readers that way, so I've been thinking over how I can make them more accessible and in easy to read formats. After chatting to my editor with my plans and figuring everything out, I've decided what to do and I'm pleased to announce those plans.

I've always liked the idea of free short stories for readers of the Holloway Pack, and in order to gain them a wider audience, as well as make them available in the best way possible, I've decided to venture into a little bit of self-publishing.

So I've currently removed the free sample reads from my website because A) I plan to either edit/rewrite/modify each short and hopefully add to the collection over time, and B) as a result, each free short will be allocated a new spot to showcase it on my website (probably even their own page(s)). Below is a list of what I'm planning to modify and self-publish (for now, at least).

 

Hereditary

 

What: A short story telling the history of Gabe Lewis (Resonance/Caged/Unnatural) and Shelley Lewis (Resonance/Caged/Unnatural), told from Shelley's POV--this story is pre-Holloway Pack, but will be listed (for Goodreads purposes) as Holloway Pack #2.7 (to fall between Resonance and Caged).

When: I have set a release date of August 2014 (more details on this below)

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22130612-hereditary

 

Halloween Hunting

 

What: A short story dating back to circa Ethan and Kyle's 'coming-of-age', which also highlights the very beginning of when Ethan began to get his rep. This is told from Ethan's POV, and shows how very little his and Kyle's relationship has altered over the years, as well as Kyle's flirtatious personality in his younger self. Series placement number: #3.2 (tentatively).

When: I hope to begin modifying this tale by September for (fingers crossed) a December 2014 release.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22438225-halloween-hunting

 

Spontaneous Combustion

 

What: Well, the heading above is fairly self-explanatory ... right? Okay, I'll elucidate: it's about Kyle and Brooke. To be more specific, it will highlight their very first 'date' (or secret meet-up) after Caged's ending, and describe their very rapid relationship evolution from casual to heated. This will be told from Kyle's POV. I'm looking forward to exploring it in more detail. I'm also looking forward to the chance to give my readers a fun scene they missed out on due to the starting point of Unnatural. This is NOT a short already written that I plan to modify, but one I will be beginning from scratch. Chronologically, this will fall between Caged and Unnatural, and so I've decided to place this one (for Goodreads purposes) as Holloway Pack #3.7

When: I've LOVE to have this one ready for Valentine's Day--however, that is currently a tentative date (depending on my progress with Cornered)--so: TBD

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22438233-spontaneous-combustion

 

But wait ... there's more.

 

Yup, as Hereditary is all set to release NEXT MONTH, I have ALL the lovely details of that one for you below.

Behold ... HEREDITARY:

Hereditary

 

The trouble with one-night stands: you never know who—or what—you’re sleeping with.

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Being a parent isn’t an easy ride. Even more so for single mum Shelley Lewis.

When her thirteen year old son’s hormones kick in, she’s faced with his immense growth, insane sweat, and ridiculous hairiness, not to mention all the normal teenage issues.

Discovering her only son isn’t human on top of those is the shock of a lifetime, and Shelley knows she’s the only one to blame.

It may be too late to save her son from her mistakes, but she can still try to save Gabe from himself.

~~~

For fans of J.A. Belfield’s Holloway Pack series, Hereditary is a look back at the origins for characters met in Resonance.

 

Release Date: August 13th 2014

Hopefully, these will tide you guys over whilst you patiently (or not so) await Dan.

Cheers for sticking with me. ♥

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review 2014-04-29 14:06
A review for Darkness & Light (A Holloway Pack Story, #1) by J.A. Belfield
Darkness & Light (A Holloway Pack Story, #1) - J.A. Belfield

Darkness & Light introduces us to the Holloway Pack and as the series title suggests….we’ve got us some werewolves. In the beginning, we met Jem – a 30something housewife to Peter – and to me she is definitely a ‘stepford wife’ - dinner done on time, nice little housework routine going on, lets her husband choose her clothes…. Basically happy to do her husbands’ bidding – boring! But when she starts having dreams involving werewolves, runs through the forest & feeling the change from human to animal…. Things start to become interesting, particularly when the name ‘Sean’ keeps being uttered by her dream self and starts affecting her waking life too. So, at her sisters urging, she starts a dream journal to try and work this puzzle out. She doesn’t however bank on the appearance of said man because when Sean enters her life claiming to know her, know everything about her and the fact that she is his….. her world is about to change, in more ways than one as destiny takes it upon herself to bring the lovebirds back together for one more go.

Darkness & Light has been on my ‘to read’ list for what seems like forever (ok, it’s a year) but I never got around to reading it until I won a copy at the release party for book 4 and decided I would make time for it – and I’m so glad I did because I loved everything about it! I’ve been having problems connecting to characters lately and I find werewolves are good for that certain type of ‘loving feeling’ and loyalty so it will come as no surprise that I connected to Jem and Sean straight away. I think it was very easy with Jem, he situation isn’t good, she was basically a zombie and whilst that was all that was offered, it was normal, she was happy in her stability and her ‘stepford wife’ persona and probably would have stayed that way until her dreams invaded her live and showed her something new, a different life, a vibrant life – which unfortunately needed a catalyst for change and showed us just how vulnerable Jem was. It’s through that however, that the real Jem begins to emerge, building herself up, becoming more assertive, accepting of her true self and being who she was meant to be all along and it just so happens that Sean is there to help the process, not in a co-dependent way but in a partnership way. It has to be said that Sean is a sweetie, I loved him and he had all of my favourite attributes of my favourite wolfmen – loyalty, alpha personality, growly (but not too much), stubborn, physically hot & capable of defending his pack and the main one … the ability to love & adore his woman above all else – you can swoon now ;) I really enjoyed the initial meetings of them both, he was so enamoured and knew way more about her than she did about him but that was fun too, he was so easy going aswell and it broke my heart a little to see him devastated about her being married… so not hard to feel for these two at all and when you become invested in the characters, the storyline is just a plus.

As for the storyline, well it was really good, so easy to read and the story just flowed. Obviously it’s about the pack, meeting all of them, finding out about how they live and getting a little of all of their personalities –I would say that Ethan, Nathan & Josh have definitely made an impact & piqued my interest. Then we have Jem and Sean’s relationship to get to grips with, it goes beyond boy meets girl and I love these type of connections, I’m a sucker for soul mates plus as I mentioned earlier…werewolves have the loyalty, mates for life thing going on which always adds to my enjoyment. I liked the way they came together in this, the anticipation was great, keeping you on your toes for when they would meet and when they did waiting & wondering what fate has in store for them, I also enjoyed their shared history and the way it was shown throughout the book – hopefully we will get more from this too. I liked the threats that brought danger to the story, a rival pack and a vengeful ex are very fitting to the story and I loved the fact that they underestimated Jem which you will discover, is a big mistake! I’m already eager for book 2, I don’t think things are totally closed on the ex husband so maybe he will reappear, I would also love to meet Jess (Jem’s sister) but what I’m really hoping for is getting to know the pack a little more because the Holloway Pack have made an impact in a huge way! 

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/604319919?book_show_action=false
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review 2014-04-07 12:11
Release Day Review: Unnatural by J.A. Belfield
Unnatural - J.A. Belfield

Unnatural
Series: Holloway Pack #4
Author: J.A. Belfield
Publisher: J.Taylor Publishing
Published on: April 7th 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
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Unnatural. One word to sum up werewolf Kyle Larsen—his mood swings, abnormal body, and choice of female.

The first two, he blames on the vampire venom.

The third, though? No, feline shifter Brook Nicholls was all his doing—a female of whom the pack will never approve.

As part of the Coalition, an organisation with even stricter rules than the pack and a rigidly warped sense of responsibility, Brook comes with a whole lot of opposition of her own.

No wonder the two of them keep their relationship secret for as long as they can.

Now, distanced from his family by his own indiscretions, Kyle’s left to fight battles he’s unsure how to win—some of them even against his own pack.

Is one woman really so important that he’s willing to defy his Alpha for her?

If his heart has any say in the matter, the answer will be yes.

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It seems as though this series alternates between Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance with each new installment. CAGED’s plot was very action-y while as UNNATURAL’s focused more on love; there’s still plenty high octave moments in this novel, but ultimately the entire story revolves around Kyle and Brook’s relationship. I finished book 3 thinking “hey, these cat shifters aren’t half bad”, then I met the rest of Nicholls’ family. As much as I enjoyed learning about the inner workings of the Coalition, there were times when their views on women made my blood boil, and I kind of wish the main couple’s HEA had included the Pack slaughtering all of the kitties. J.A. Belfield definitely succeeds in creating antagonists that you’ll love to hate.

I took an immediate liking to Brook in CAGED, and have been looking forward to reading her story ever since. Little did I know that she’s actually the complete opposite of her entire race, so with the exception of Nicholls, I won’t be adding these shifters to my list of favourites anytime soon. I enjoyed learning about their world, and thought the author did a good job of incorporating feline traits into her characters, but at the end of the day that doesn’t change the fact that at their core, cats are selfish cruel animals. Brook’s sole purpose within the Coalition is to bring kittens into the world which is appalling enough in itself without adding ridiculous chauvinistic rules into the mix.

Nicholls is expected to Chose a mate by her 25th birthday, get knocked up, give birth, and then repeat the cycle all over again with a different Tom. She’s basically a glorified broodmare. And, that’s not even the worst of it! When her parents find out that she’s been sleeping with a dog in an attempt to escape her fate; they beat her, lock her in a cellar, and play sick mind games. Turns out her own family are even bigger monsters than the vamps that kidnapped her in the previous installment—out of the frying pan and into the fire. Her first glimpse of freedom actually comes in the form of a harlots ball, or as the Coalition likes to call it, a “Seasonal Party”. Needless to say, this book made me angrier and angrier with each new chapter I read.

Kyle just didn’t do it for me the way the Holloway boys do, so it’s probably a good thing that this novel focused more on Brook’s story than on his. I liked the Ethan and Sean moments, and was a little surprised to see Gabe already mated. I’m guessing that happens in one of the novellas that I have yet to read—or at least I’m hoping that it does, because I really love his character. Belfield is relentless with the cat/dog clichés and humour which I adored! And, by the end of this book there wasn’t a doubt left in my mind as to why I prefer werewolves over panthers; give me loyalty and family instead malice and insolence any day. The only exception other than Brook was Clive, and I’m still not 100% sure what his motivations were.

UNNATURAL casts touchy subjects like prejudice and sexism in a paranormal light, and demonstrates that HEA’s are possible, even between cats and dogs.


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review 2014-03-21 12:48
Review: Caged by J.A. Belfield
Caged (A Holloway Pack Story) - J.A. Belfield

Caged
Series: Holloway Pack #3
Author: J.A. Belfield
Publisher: J.Taylor Publishing
Published on: July 30, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Format: 355 pages, eBook
Provided by: Purchased
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If the meek can become deadly, the strongest can be weak.

For Ethan Holloway, his mission to find a missing werewolf should be simple. Crack a few heads, bust a few chops and the solution always reveals itself. Always.

Not this time.

Ethan's reputation precedes him, and because it does, someone is ready. Waiting. Unbeknownst to Ethan, he's about to go down. Hard. Against a foe he never suspected and in a world he never imagined could be real.

What awaits Ethan is a fight not only for his reputation, but also his pack, his female, and his life. If he survives, damage control will become priority number one.

If he survives.

Because even Ethan's not sure he's strong enough to take on an entire race all by himself.

Especially one hell bent on exposing who and what he is in the name of sport.

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I love it when a series gets better with each new installment and J.A. Belfield’s HOLLOWAY PACK is a prime example of that. I’m glad that I stuck with it after having given book one and two, 3 and 4 stars respectively, because following the evolution of this author’s werewolves made me better able to appreciate CAGED for what it is—grade A alpha meat! Ethan’s story is as riveting as his back is gorgeous, and Belfield’s mythology surprised me with its uniqueness which is saying something considering I devour novels in this genre en masse. This series continues to be shelved as Paranormal Romance but its very action-y, to the point that I’d even go so far as to call it Urban Fantasy. Tomato, tomahto—call it whatever you want, CAGED was awesome!

I really enjoyed the author’s twists on werewolves; she takes an unconventional approach to many of this genre’s go-to elements which helped to set this title apart from the countless others on my to-be-read pile. For one, I liked that Ethan’s protectiveness extended to everyone he cares about instead of the common mate-specific trait. It made his character’s alpha-ness all the more believable by playing on pack dynamics rather than on the over utilized insta-love. I also liked how Belfield didn’t just showcase the positive aspects of mate bonds. Jem’s pregnant in this installment and Sean gets to be the first man to experience the joys of childbirth. The woman in me couldn’t help but grin at that!

It was a real pleasure getting to view this book from Ethan’s POV; he’s very… surly, and likes to punch first and ask questions later. Watching him become the target of another supernatural race, and have to rely on more than just his brute strength to free himself and his pack mates was a great testimony to this author’s skill with character development. However, don’t go thinking that Holloway talks his captors to death because he doesn’t; there’s still plenty of werewolf action to satisfy his beast’s thirst for violence. I was taken aback by how little of a role the romance actually plays in this installment. Other than a quick horizontal dance in the earlier chapters, Belfield makes readers wait until the very last page for Ethan and Shelley’s HEA. Towards the end, I was beginning to seriously doubt whether it was going to happen at all!

The overall plot of CAGED is fairly straightforward, kind of a FIGHT CLUB meets Noah’s Arc type thing. Some interesting new secondary characters are introduced, and the author sets things up nicely for Brook and Kyle’s story in UNNATURAL. Being a werewolf fanatic, I tend to shy away from novels that feature cat shifters but after meeting Nicholls, there’s not a doubt left in my mind that I’ll enjoy reading book 4. I’m quite curious about Lauren as well, there’s a lot of mystery surrounding her character, and I’m hoping that we’ll see her again in a later installment. And, then there’s Gabe! I was so worried about him, but fortunately he seems to have survived his ordeal relatively intact. He was trained by Ethan himself, so I have high hopes for him too!

CAGED is more than just a pretty cover—this book tastes as good as it looks!


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