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review 2018-05-24 18:54
Wolf Hunger by Paige Tyler
Wolf Hunger - Paige Tyler

SWAT Officer Max Lowry, the youngest "pup" in the Pack meets Lana Mason at a police award ceremony and falls hard, fast, and furious. Luckily the girl is also a werewolf, so his nose tells him, so there shouldn't be any problems in getting with the program. Unfortunately, Lana has no idea she's a werewolf, she's the daughter of the deputy chief of the DPD tactical division...And a group of hunters is gunning for her, having followed her from Austin to Dallas.

What is a "wolf pup" to do?


Well, this is awkward. After six strong books, this seventh in the series left me rather cold. The action was still quite strong, though the suspense was lacking, there was the requisite sarcasm and snark whenever members of the Pack were in the picture...But the spark was gone.

To start with, I didn't really care much about the two protagonists. They sounded so very young (in fact, they were barely in their twenties), it bothered me a little. Their romance was also nothing to write home about, with the two seemingly merely going through the motion, without much feeling or emotion in the background.

The suspense and action could've saved it, but even these two elements lacked intensity and intrigue. Be it the DV case or the main hunters-related action, it felt lackluster and once more the characters didn't seem very involved. I didn't really feel the urgency and the approaching danger; even the final showdown was quite a let-down ending rather quickly and abruptly, the mysterious phone calls between the baddies merely whetting my appetite without delivering much.
I guess I'll have to wait for the next books (although if the hunters story arc is going to drag for nine more books, it will take quite an effort to keep my attention—it will most assuredly take more effort that this particular story managed).

What did "catch my attention" and what I am looking forward to that this book "started" is Zane's story. Keeping my fingers crossed for the poor Brit.

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review 2018-05-24 18:50
Wolf Hunt by Paige Tyler
Wolf Hunt - Paige Tyler

Remy Boudreaux had loved and lost before, and decided never to do it again. Life is much easier spent in pursuit of easy hookups. Then he returns to his hometown of New Orleans for a week of training with the NOPD SWAT, and follows a tantalizing scent through half the city, only to end up in a crowded club, face to face with his highschool best friend (and crush).
Triana Bellamy had a major crush on her friend Remy back in the day, and she doesn't think twice at experiencing what she's been missing in the years they've been apart.

When things start moving too quickly, Remy pulls away, and Triana is devastated. But she soon has another problem to keep her mind occupied. Someone is demanding her mother hand over a wolf-pendant necklace, and the PI she's hired might've stumbled on information that might solve her father's murder...


This book was much more romance-focused than the previous ones, or maybe it just struck me that way, but I didn't mind, since I happened to like this specific romance. Especially since it was the hero's turn to be a stubborn ass, refusing to let himself love his heroine in fear of her getting hurt (and in the end she got hurt even when they weren't together).
I loved both Remy and Triana, him with his scarred heart and fears of being cursed, and her with her inquisitive mind and pride that prevented her from begging for scraps from a man who supposedly didn't care.
It was a little heartbreaking reading about their struggles (Remy really was an idiot), yet reading about their connection was simply adorable. I loved them to bits.

Then there was the suspense. It might not have been as prominent as in the previous books in this series, but it still packed a punch, especially once it became clear that all the little dangling threads were connected. The villain's motive for getting the (apparently insignificant) necklace was a little out there, but the story was set in New Orleans, where things like werewolves and other beings that go bump in the night (not to mention naked men calmly strolling down the street) barely raise an eyebrow.
And the action, mostly that last scene of wolves chasing the car during a tropical storm, was gritty, intense, and vividly depicted.

The story also had the requisite heaping of secondary characters who either provided comic relief and sarcasm (Remy's pack mates—even Cooper made an appearance) or important information on the werewolf lore and werewolf hunters (Triana's mother and the villains).
That last "prediction" why the Pack is suddenly gaining members (either in the form of soul-mates or additional betas and omegas) was rather chilling, but I'm looking forward to the direction this series is taking.

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review 2018-05-23 10:00
Release Week Review! Stoking the Flames II: Tales of Legend, Lore & Everlasting Love Anthology!
Stoking the Flames II: Tales of Legend, Lore and Everlasting Love - Kelly Abell,Linda Boulanger,L.J. Garland,Kathi S. Barton,Solease M. Barner,Darlene Kuncytes,Isobelle Cate,Grace Augustine,J. C. McKenzie,Julia Mills,Dara Fraser

 

 

Stoking the Flames II: Tales of Legend, Lore and Everlasting Love

 

Find everlasting love in the clouds. Go back in time. Spring into the future. Soar on the wings of magic. 
Discover Legends of Fate, Destiny, True Mates, and Forever Love that’s written in the Stars. 

Take flight with fifteen amazingly talented bestselling authors as they bring these special Dragons to life. In each life-changing journey you will see that the heart gets what the heart wants, happily ever after is so much more than simple words at the end of a Fairy Tale, and Dragons prevail no matter the time, place, or obstacle. 

This is Stoking the Flames II – spread your wings and soar with our Dragons. Once you’ve touched the clouds, felt the wind in your hair, and held the power in your hands, you will forever fly high.

 

 

 

If as a reader, you love dragons, then I am here to tell you that the Stoking the Flames II anthology is one hot and exciting read and I haven’t even gotten to read all the stories yet. I have read most of them and the various authors did a great job of providing thrilling and passionate stories with strong characters that easily drew me into each and every story, of course I liked some stories more than others or some characters more than others but there is no comparison to the thrill of getting to read so many variations of dragon shifter romances than to be able to do so at once. There is just something about visiting different and unique worlds that each have their own fascinating elements that gives readers a wonderful experience or at least it does for me. I have always been fascinating by dragons and these authors brought them and all the other characters to vivid life in exciting stories that were fast paced and enthralling. And while and some points I was wishing that the individual stories were longer, I was conflicted because I didn’t want to put the book down because I wanted to get to the next story, so be prepared to want to stay up all night as you become lost in each of these fascinating worlds.

 

 

 

Stoking the Flames II: Tales of Legend, Lore and Everlasting Love is an anthology featuring the following stories:

 

Julia Mills – Dragon Guard Berserkers #3 – Raynor

J.C. McKenzie – Obsidian Flame #2 – Dangerous Liaisons

Kathi S Barton – Simeon – Dragon’s Savior #6

Solease M Barner – Tempting Destiny – The Reigning Sisters #2

Grace Augustine – Secrets of Dalgaard Castle

Kelly Abell – Child of Grace – Soul Fire #2

Linda Boulanger – On Wings of Fire – Lochlainn Guardians #2

Isobelle Cate – Dragonslayer

Dara Richards – Dragon of Her Dreams

L.J. Garland – Legend of a Dragon

Andi Lawrencovna – Dragon’s Storm

Kali Willows – Curse of the Dragon’s Lair

Victoria Zak – Hearts of Under Fire

Darlene Kuncytes – Wynter’s Kiss

 

 

Stoking the Flames II: Tales of Legend, Lore and Everlasting Love is available in ebook at:

Amazon   A-UK   A-AU   A-CA   B&N   iBooks   Kobo

 

 

 

 

can be found at:

 

J.C. McKenzie: Goodreads   Facebook

Julia Mills: Goodreads   Facebook

Kelly Abell: Goodreads  Facebook

Grace Augustine: Goodreads   Facebook

Kathi S Barton: Goodreads   Facebook

Solease M Barner: Goodreads   Facebook

Linda Boulanger: Goodreads  

Isobelle Cate: Goodreads   Facebook

Delphina Henley / Dara Fraser: Goodreads   Facebook

L.J. Garland: Goodreads   Facebook

Darlene Kuncytes: Goodreads   Facebook

Kate Richards / Ever Coming: Facebook

Kali Willows: Facebook

Victoria Zak: Facebook

Andi Lawrencovna: Facebook

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-05-22 21:20
Tiger Striped (Shifters Unbound #11.5) by Jennifer Ashley
Tiger Striped - Jennifer Ashley

Tiger Striped - Jennifer Ashley 

 

I love coming back to this world! Tiger and Carly had their own full-length novel in Tiger Magic and this is just a snippet of what life has been like for Tiger. When Tiger receives a distress call from heaven-knows-where, he and Carly (and the always fun Connor Morrisey) rush to help. 
In just a few pages we get to enjoy Carly and Tiger’s strong love bond at work, a high-speed chase, human-shifter interaction, and of course the promise of more to come. And that twist at the end was just perfect! I totally recommend it whether you’re new to the series or a long-time fan.

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review 2018-05-22 15:48
Wolf Unleashed by Paige Tyler
Wolf Unleashed (SWAT) - Paige Tyler

Alex Trevino has his hands full. First, he has to convince the sexy vet that doesn't give him the time of day to go out with him. Then, when he finally accomplishes that and figures out she's his One, she gets it into her head, she's something else than a vet, trying to figure out who's running a dogfighting ring, and almost gets herself killed, forcing Alex to go half-wolf on her to keep her safe, she freaks and breaks it off, only to come back asking him to help her track her missing sister.

All this, while trying to find out who's behind the latest drug craze sweeping the city. Alex is just one man...With a little extra wolf thrown into the mix.


Once again, it was the suspense that saved the day. Suspense and the SWAT team with their closeness and zingers.
The suspense was intriguing and gritty with three separate investigations, keeping everyone fully occupied, only to merge (a little of an easy solution, if you ask me) into one single case. But it kept everybody on their toes, it kept me guessing, and it kept me glued to the pages.
The action scenes were intense, and the full-on wolf chase sequence was just the perfect cherry on the cake.

The cast of characters (namely the SWAT squad) was once more at their peak, both as emotional support for the hero, much needed heroes of the city, and the in-house entertainment to provide some much needed levity to the subject matter of the suspense arc.
I couldn't say the same for the heroine. She was annoying to begin with (with her hang-ups and emotional baggage), but instead of growing on me as the story progressed, she became even worse, until I couldn't stand her. I don't care that she had a 180 in the end, she's the worst heroine in this series so far and I'm glad "her" story is over.

Yet another great suspense and action story with wonderful (secondary) characters, but the romance (thanks to the heroine) left me cold.

I'm looking forward to what comes next, especially with the dangerous possibility of werewolf hunters converging on Dallas...And I'm wondering what he ME might know.

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