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review 2017-08-21 15:20
Review: Bear to Love (Kodiak Den #3) by Amy Lamont
Bear to Love: Kodiak Den #3 (Alaskan Den Men Book 8) - Amy Lamont

Review originally featured on Angel's Guilty Pleasures 


Bear to Love

Kodiak Den #3
Amy Lamont
Erotica Paranormal Romance - Menage
January 18th 2017


Softhearted and rebellious bear shifter Macy Black can’t stand to see any creature, man or beast, in pain. So when her big brother’s two best friends return home from deployment with battle scars that go way beyond skin deep, she makes it her mission to help them heal. But when her desire to help turns to flat out desire, she starts to question everything she thought she knew about love.


Former Special Forces soldiers Nash Dixon and Gage Stone barely made it out of their last mission alive. The only way the two werebears are able to deal with the aftermath is by sticking close together. They both fear the bond they forged in battle may be the one thing that keeps them from finding their true mates. But when their best friend’s little sister forces her way between them, they might find that's exactly where she belongs.


Warning: This story contains possessive, alpha bear shifters and a big helping of heart melting romance. Just like Nash, Gage, and Macy, the Kodiak Den stories are better together, but each one can be read as a standalone.






Bear to Love was a quick, sexy, and emotional read. It can be read as a standalone.


Gage and Nash both bear shifters survived hell. They are toured with PTSD and a need to be near each other all the time.


Macy is an animal rescuer and bear shifter. She grew up with Gage and Nash and never expected her inner bear to come roaring out when she tries to help her brother’s best friends.


I really liked the slow burn, the issues they all have to go through and how it all worked out. The author had me crying at several scenes and fanning myself at others. Even with it being an insta-attraction and recognition of mates, the three of them first develop a relationship.


I had a delightful time reading this sexy shifter book. It was interesting and the characters are great. I will be checking out more in the series.


Rated: 4 Stars


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Challenge(s): Pick Your Genre (PNR) | New To Me (Author/Series) | New Release (2017)





I’m a 35 outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review 2017-08-17 20:51
Men Are From Mars by soulmatecest
Men Are From Mars - soulmatecest

A sweet little ficlet. Jared is friendless until Jensen joins his class.

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/4900456
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review 2017-08-15 04:07
Review: Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

Ok, I think I’m traumatized now! Believe it or not, I read this book for the first time without knowing much about the story or anything about how it ended.  There was enough foreshadowing that I felt pretty sure something horrible would happen by the end, but it ended up being a bit beyond what I had expected. 


I really enjoyed reading it, though. This is probably one of the more accessible classics I’ve read, and not just because it’s so short.  The story quickly captured and held my interest, and I could sympathize with the characters.  Steinbeck did a great job of making the characters’ motivations clear without spelling everything out in excruciating detail.  I felt like I understood exactly how and why everything happened the way it did.


This could easily be read in a single sitting, although I read it in three. I started it late last night, and then I read a little more while I was eating breakfast in the hotel lobby.  (Yes, I’m on yet another business trip.)  Thank goodness I didn’t finish this while I was eating breakfast.  I’ve never tried it before, but I suspect bursting into tears over one’s oatmeal would draw strange looks.  I finished it later in the evening, safely tucked away in my hotel room.  This book is not safe for reading in public places.


This was my first Steinbeck read. It may take me a while to cycle back to him, but I’d definitely like to try some of his other work in the future. 


Next Book

The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolf.

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review 2017-08-13 01:32
Timely book but didn't go deep enough.
Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era - Michael S. Kimmel

I've had this book in my to read list for years but never got around to it until I realized it was available at the library. Sadly it remains a timely, relevant read and so it seemed like now would be a good time as any to give it a go and see what it has to tell the reader.


The title is basically what it contains. Author Kimmel looks at white men in the United States and looks at why they are angry. They range from mass shooters at schools to Men's Rights Activists to disenfranchised men who have been unable to advance in their careers due to changes in the economy, technology, wage stagnation, etc. With women entering the work force, the election (and re-election) of the first black President of the Unite States, general demographic changes and shifts, etc. Kimmel looks at the how and why of the anger.


It was an interesting book but I agree with a lot of the negative reviews. The author can be quite repetitive. In some ways the book really doesn't go far enough. He seemed to focus on men who hold conservative political views but really could have done more with liberal/left/progressive/Democratic men. President Obama is mentioned periodically but the book flap specifically mentions his 2012 re-election victory and this book was first published in 2013--it would have been nice to have seen more about the rise of the Tea Party and an expansion on his point about people voting for Obama as a "sign" racism was over. Domestic/romantic violence is mentioned but there doesn't seem to be any regarding the LGBTQ community.


That said, I did learn bits and pieces, such as stuff on MRAs. I found his discussion of why people kept moving west as a sign of "failure" (staying back east meant one was successful but moving further out west and eventually to California and Alaska was a way to start over in the hopes that success would come) quite interesting. This point could have been expanded, especially when thinking about the travel abroad/expat experiences--some deliberately travel to particular countries/areas abroad that are poorer or more willing to cater to a male US expat, etc.  


It's not a bad book (and I understand a second edition has been released as of this review) but I felt I already knew much of this from other sources. I had been curious to know what a white man would have to say all about this but he doesn't add much then hasn't already been covered in recent journalism or books like Carol Anderson's 'White Rage'.


I'd definitely borrow this from the library. The version I have is the first edition so perhaps the more recently updated one might be more informative for the reader.


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text 2017-08-12 21:04
Another Secret Empire Tie-In
Uncanny Avengers (2015-) #25 - Jim Zub,Kim Jacinto,RB Silva,Jahnoy Lindsay,Juanan Ramirez

As Marvel leads the charge in using beloved heroes as nazis.    Or as guys who don't mind working to nazis, at the very least, and who used to be nazis and who were led by one of Hitler's inner circle who wanted to bring about the fourth reich but Marvel really wants you to believe they aren't nazis. 


And things aren't read into a vacuum.   This bullshit colors how I read these, and I do not like.

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