Genre: MM

PICKS & PUCKS by Teegan Loy

PICKS & PUCKS by Teegan Loy

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PICKS & PUCKS by Teegan LoyPicks & Pucks by Teegan Loy
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

No one would disagree that Justin Corrin has a gift with a hockey puck.  Justin also has incredible talent with a figure skating pick. His life should have been a dream.  Far from it.  His older hockey player brother is jealous and his father, a college hockey coach, has a fit when he learns that Justin is taking figure skating classes.  Adding to that his hockey player boyfriend insists on staying firmly in the closet.  His mother’s death in a car accident is the final blow in destroying Justin’s home life.  She was the glue that kept them together.  After the funeral he left his fractured family for training in California.

 

Just missing the podium at Nationals Justin agrees to come home with his demons to face the mess he left behind.  Confronting family members it seems that they are trying to make amends while Justin is the one who won’t let the past go.

 

New skating programs, developing family relations, and a new hockey boyfriend who’s not in the closet.  Justin is learning that he makes his own drama and his own demons.  It’s up to him to make a life worth cherishing.

 

Such sorrow and angst in the beginning.  The evolution of the main character’s growth in Picks and Pucks is gritty, realistic, and heartwarming.  Accepting Justin’s invisible demons may take a moment of adjustment, but they have a place in the skater’s maturity so bear with them.  The secondary characters are just as real and intrinsic to the plotline.  Picks and Pucks is the story of a family that’s unraveled by anger and death, however time and love is knitting them back together.   Cheer them on.  I Joyfully recommend Picks and Pucks. Tissue optional.

THE PROTECTOR by Cooper Cross

THE PROTECTOR by Cooper Cross

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THE PROTECTOR by Cooper CrossThe Protector by Cooper West
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: MM, Paranormal
Reviewed by Lisa

JoyfullyRecommendedFrom earliest recorded history there have been Guardsmen – a Handler and a Protector – one human and the other a weredog shifter.  They are bondmates for life and when one dies the other follows almost immediately.  At no time in their history has one out lived the other.  Until the day Handler Theo Taylor was gunned down and his Protector Alex Taylor survived.

 

Three years and Alex continues.  He lives and breathes.  He exists and little more.  And because Alex is still alive he’s expected to take regular checkup trips to the Institute where young Guardsmen are taught and trained for their future.

 

During one of Alex’s customary visits to the Institute he catches a scent that shouldn’t be possible, his bondmate.  The Protector zeroes in on a man he’s never met before, twenty-six year old unbonded Handler, Marcus Stephanek.  He too is an anomaly, a Handler long past the age of finding his counterpart.  Alex doesn’t want another bondmate, he wants Theo back.  As for Marcus, thrilled at finally meeting his Protector, his heart is literally crushed when Alex denies him.  Wounded souls barely coping with what fate hands them and there’s more to come.

 

An alternate reality that asks an emotional investment, The Protector is the perfect escape.  The groundwork begins slowly, builds layer upon layer as the pace quickens and the drama unfolds.  Characters from Alex and Marcus to the secondary cast come alive on the page for readers to identify with.  This other world in The Protectors leaves no emotional stone unturned.  I Joyfully recommend The Protectors.  As soon as you finish, you will want to start again.  Alex and Marcus and The Protectors won’t let go.

COWBOYS AND KILTS by Erin O’Quinn

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COWBOYS AND KILTS by Erin O’QuinnCowboys and Kilts by Erin O'Quinn
Published by Allure, Amber Quill Genres: Fantasy, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

Nicknamed ‘Cowboy’ for the boots and hat he favors Hugh MacPherson has worked at UNLV as an assistant track coach for the past five years. An itch that couldn’t be scratched has grabbed hold, so during a semester break in school Hugh books a tour to the land of his ancestors in Scotland.

 

A small time forgotten castle is home to Laird Graeme Guthrie.  The significance of his home are the Pictish standing stones within the castle grounds.  Periodically Graeme allows a group of tourist to invade his home and gaze at the stones as a way to keep the taxman at bay.

 

Coming to Scotland, exploring his roots Hugh is looking for something he isn’t sure of.  As for Graeme he has a long standing responsibility to his home and a legend taught down the ages to each laird of the Guthrie stones.  Fate brings them together at the winter solstice to fulfill a destiny kept waiting long enough.

 

Kindred spirits are joined in mystery.  An American greenhorn lends a hand to a Scottish laird in need in Cowboys and Kilts.  A dangerous puzzle unfolds for the fated lovers to explore and ultimately find answers.  Each piece of the mystery slowly comes to light, but unfortunately the answer is somewhat anti-climatic.  Cowboys and Kilts features engaging characters, smoldering passions, and a mystery that isn’t as great as Hugh and Graeme’s romance.

EDUCATING THE PLAYTPUS by Charlie Richards

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EDUCATING THE PLAYTPUS by Charlie RichardsEducating the Playtpus by Charlie Richards
Series: Kontra's Menagerie #17
Published by eXtasy Books Genres: MM, Paranormal
Reviewed by Lisa

College student Kai Sudderson and his friends are enjoying the summer before school starts up again.  A large pond system nearby is the perfect place for Kai to relax and swim in his platypus shifter form.  His human friends have known for years that he can transform into a platypus, his aunt and uncle who raised him are unaware of what their nephew can do.  It was hard enough for them to accept that he was gay, never mind tell them he’s a shifter.

 

Taking a dip in the pond Kai becomes snagged in a beaver trap.  He’s all alone and unable to shift without causing further damage and tiring quickly.  Just when Kai becomes desperate for help he is saved by a small penguin shifter.

 

After the rescue he’s excited to meet a whole group of shifters.  Kai has never met anyone like him before and even though his human friends are the best it’s great to find other shifters.  One in particular fascinates the college senior, Dorian Yaris.  Kai doesn’t understand the significance of mates, yet he feels a strong pull towards the older shifter.

Life is about experiencing new things, Kai and Dorian have only begun.

 

Leave it to author Charlie Richards to come up with another enjoyable Kontra’s Menagerie storyline filled with interesting, flawed characters.  Kai is an unusual shifter type yet he’s got human friends who love him and a brand new life with his mate Dorian.  His human family offers additional tension and issues to work through.  Educating the Platypus features intriguing challenges and a great deal of fun.

FULL MOON HELLHOUND by Jackie Nacht

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FULL MOON HELLHOUND by Jackie NachtFull Moon Hellhound by Jackie Nacht
Series: Moon Compound #4
Published by eXtasy Books Genres: MM, Paranormal
Reviewed by Lisa

He should have died during the fight with the Horde.  The hellhound should have torn him apart, but he didn’t.  Oren survived, never expecting that his fight with the hellhound Daegal would change them both in ways no one saw coming.

 

Maybe their exchange was meant to be.  If not for Daegal’s assistance Oren’s friends wouldn’t have been able to escape captivity after being kidnapped.  Only with the hellhound’s aid did they survive and get home, bringing their savior with them.

 

What do they do now with a hellhound at the compound?  Their sworn enemy in their midst?  Oren hates the bond they share from biting each other.  Daegal hates feeling emotions for the first time in his life.  He doesn’t know how to deal with them.  Both in pain, neither giving ground.  Their suffering cannot continue.  Taking the first step to forgiveness is up to Oren.  One step at a time.

 

Tense, gut wrenching emotion is a constant in the high octane tale Full Moon Hellhound.  Deep sorrow and angst flavor this edgy drama from start to finish.  The mental battle between Oren and Daegal is all encompassing, only when the sometimes insurmountable issues are resolved does their sexual battle begin.  Full Moon Hellhound concentrates on two damaged souls who shouldn’t stand a chance.

INTOXICATED BY THE KING COBRA by Jackie Nacht

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CATASTROPHE by Deirdre O’Dare

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COAXING HIS SKITTISH LYNX by Charlie Richards

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LOVE ON AN OWL’S WINGS by Charlie Richards

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LOVED BY A WEREWOLF by Bronwyn Heeley

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