Friday, November 28, 2014

HER BILLIONAIRE BETA by Michele Bardsley

Title:  Her Billionaire Beta
Series:  Moon Pack Rules
Author:  Michele Bardsley
Publish Date:   09.23.14
Publisher:  A Freeman Werewolf Romance Publication
Category /Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Short story
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Amazon purchase
Date completed: 11.26.14
Goodreads link: Her Billionaire Beta

Description from the publisher:
A Moon Pack Short Story
Part of The Pack Rules Werewolf Romance World

Moon Pack Beta Matthew Canton, who co-owns Techno Inc. with his best friend (and the recently mated Moon Pack alpha), receives a can't-miss opportunity: a chance to woo the beautifully curvaceous Kammie Desmond. All he has to do is be her assistant for a Caribbean research trip.

Kammie writes historical romance novels, including the Pirate Prince series. Though the rare female shifter still lives in Moon Pack territory, she spends a lot of time traveling. Kammie has been on Matt's radar since he hit puberty.

He knows Kammie is avoiding him, relationships, and men. But that doesn't mean he'll give up on the only woman he's ever truly wanted. And if he has to become a werewolf pirate and seduce his lady ...well, that's exactly what Matt will do. Ahoy, love!
This is a short-story companion in the Moon Pack Rules series.  I have not read any other books in this series, and found it to stand on its own just fine.

  Historical romance novelist, Kammie Desmond is a rarity
among her people – a female werewolf.  The Moon Pack’s Beta, Matthew Canton, has power, money, and his eye set on Kammie.  She has sworn to remain single, hiding her secrets to herself.  Matthew has his own determination and a little help from her brother.  As an author, Kammie is visiting a Caribbean island, researching her next romance novel of pirates.  Matthew signs them up for the Pirates Pursuit – a local role-playing event. Whose resolve will prevail?

It is no news flash for me to say that I love paranormal romance – fairies, witches, gods, angels, shifters are all among my favorites.  What you may not know is that my first romance reads, back when I was a teenager in the late 70s/early 80s, were the old bodice-rippers. Fabio graced most of the covers (YUM!) and there were a lot of pirates.  So, when asked if I would want to read about a werewolf pirate?  The only answer I could give was, “Yes, Please!”  I was not disappointed.  Now, I want to collect and read the rest of the series!

I have fallen in love with Matthew and was rooting for him the whole way through the book.  Of course, I was rooting for him.  He wasn’t the one fighting his own feelings.  Kammie is not a bitch.  She has a big secret that she is sure would end his feelings for her, but doesn’t want it to be public knowledge.  She thinks it will be easier to just deny him completely then to even allow that little bit of herself to be put on the line.  I loved his response when, in desperation to end his pursuit, she blurts the one thing that she believes will damn their relationship.  I could hear the hearts and flowers music in my head immediately.  That’s really all any woman wants – to be accepted exactly as she is … and he does!

More, more, more…. I’m heading to Facebook to find Michele Bardsley and see what may be new and coming soon.

Grammar/editing:  C – average writing, poorly edited

The Moon Pack Rules series:
  1. Her Billionaire Alpha
  2. Her Werewolf Bodyguard
  3. Her Billionaire Beta
For a full list of Books from Michele Bardsley:

Thursday, November 27, 2014

WHERE BEARS ROAM by Dakota Danes

Series:  N/A
Author:  Dakota Danes
Publish Date:   11.10.14
Publisher:  Dakota Danes & Katz O'Connor
Category /Genre:  Short-story, Paranormal Romance, BBW, Erotica
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Amazon purchase
Date completed: 11.25.14
Goodreads link: Where Bears Roam

Description from the publisher:
Suspense, shifters, and thrills: Brianna and the three bears!

BIG, BEAUTIFUL BRIANNA is lost and alone in the woods with a bloodthirsty predator.
WHEN A REAL-LIFE SHIFTER comes to rescue her, she discovers a whole new life of URGENT NEED and CONSUMING LUST!

But if she wants to join his pack of SEXY, STUNNING SHIFTERS, she'll have to SUCCUMB TO ALL THREE OF THEM – AT THE SAME TIME!

Can she handle their rough needs? Will the BBW AND THE THREE BEARS live happily ever after?
Lost in the woods and evening fast approaching, Brianna is being stalked by a mountain lion.  Just as the lion leaps to attack, a grizzly bear is on her other side charging….past her and battling the lion, before leaving her alone to finish her hike.  A little further down the trail she meets Derick, who offers a safe place for the night.  When she discovers what he is, he offers her a chance to join his pack, but she will have to be mate for him and both of his brothers.  These brothers love to share!

I wanted to like Brianna.  She is described as a BBW and I can usually relate to those characters.  Unfortunately she is a self-hating BBW.  Derick seems like a sweetie at first, but then he just becomes another man looking for sex.  I never felt a love connection between the two of them (or the four of them).

This book is listed as BDSM.  It is not.  Just because there is mention of being tied to a chair, doesn’t make it BDSM.  Repeating the word “submission” (as in “he f***ed me into submission”) doesn’t make it D/s.  That is a turn of phrase; that is not literal.

Most of the story is written in first person, but there was a paragraph that suddenly switched to third person. 

Briana’s sexual history is related as having been three men previously and every one of them was a two-pump chump.  So where did her sexual prowess, including anal, come from?

The final gross-out turning point for me was when one of the brothers went from anal to vaginal sex without cleaning up.  That is not just gross, it will cause a woman to get sick/dead.  This is not something that you can cry “literary license” and move on.  Just NO!

It could have been a good story.  Let’s face it, I love to read and I rarely call a book a stinker, but this one is.  The good news is that it is short, so if you’re just looking for an Amazon freebie to fill the time while you wait at the dentist, this will make the drill the lesser of two evils!

Grammar/editing:  B – a few small errors

Other Books from Dakota Danes:
  • Woman As Beauty

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FIRST MOON by Michelle Fox

Series:  First Moon Wolves #1
Author:  Michelle Fox
Publish Date:   2.15.14
Publisher:  MM Publications
Category /Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, BBW
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content and werewolf-y violence
Received from:  Michelle Fox (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 02.16.14
Goodreads link: FIRST MOON

Description from the publisher:
Audrey Levine thinks being bitten by a wolf is just another day on the job. She couldn’t be more wrong.

A wildlife rehabilitation specialist, Audrey usually does all the rescuing, but now she's the one who needs help. In ten days, she’ll be covered in fur and howling at the moon while the wolf who bit her is out there, waiting to claim her as his own…whether she wants to be his or not.
The biggest problem? The curvy beauty doesn’t know any of this.

Werewolf Tao Black is the strong, silent type, which is an asset in his role as pack enforcer. Hot on the trail of a wolf gone bad, he runs into trouble and is saved by Audrey. Realizing her situation, he vows to protect Audrey from the wolf who bit her, no matter what it takes.
But that means going against his alpha’s orders…which might get them both killed.
This is the first in a new series by this best-selling author.  I am so thankful for “meeting” Michelle on Facebook.  She invited me to read and I said yes… actually what I said was, “you had me at paranormal romance.”  We all know how much I love werewolves in love.  Add in that our female lead is a BBW like me and it was easy to fall in love
with Audrey.  The blurb tells you that Tao is the strong, silent type.  Yea, that’s code for “OMG hot and alpha!”

This book was a page turner.  I could not put it down.  In fact, when I fell asleep at midnight last night it was in my hand and my brain wouldn’t turn off.  I woke up at 3am to read another chapter or two before passing out again.  I refused to get out of bed this morning until I had finished this story. 

This book completely stands on its own with no cliffhanger, but there will be more in the series as the pack members find their HEAs and they all deserve the best guys and girls out there!  I have permission from Michelle to let ya’all know that book two will be Sheriff Martin’s with a bit of fun stuff from Kai.  This may have been the first book I read from this author, but it definitely won’t be the last.

Grammar/editing:  B – a few small errors (I have spoken to the author to have corrections made)

Other Books from Michelle Fox:
At the King’s Pleasure
Dance for Me
Double Take
His Royal Cougar
The King’s Will
Princess at His Pleasure
Slap and Tickle
Spanked to the Limit
Taming Her Beast
Tango Undone
Under His Hands
Dirty Preacher’s Daughter (coming soon)
To Spank a Thief (coming soon) 
Dominance Submission BDSM Erotica
  1. Burning for Him
  2. Punished for Pleasure
Bring Her Wolf Series:
       1.          Make Her Howl
       2.          The Alpha’s Mate
Vampire Erotica Series:
       1.          Blood Rush
       2.          Blood Bound
       3.          Blood Struck
Burlesque! Series:
       1.          Operation: Burlesque
       2.          Magic in Morocco
       3.          Love’s Sahara
Fifty Shades of Erotica Series:
       1.         Anything He Requires
       2.         Ghosts of Desire
First Moon Series:
       1.          First Moon
Maidens Series:
       1.          Kiss the Dragon