Genre: Paranormal

RETROGRADE by Bailey Bradford

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RETROGRADE by Bailey BradfordRetrograde by Bailey Bradford
Series: Southwestern Shifters #11
Published by Pride Publishing Genres: MM, Paranormal

Alpha Anax Marcus Criswell and his mate Nathan Grant are taking a momentary breather after recently defending their New Mexico pack yet again.  Threats may have quieted down but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a lot going on within their pack.  The decision to become fathers had been weighed up and with the pack doctor Shania offering her help the countdown has begun.  Before long they will be holding their children for the first time.

 

Since the births are a ways off and the annual gathering of every Alpha Anax on the planet won’t be for a few weeks Marcus and Nathan decide to take a mini vacation.  Though there are objections from their guards the two stand firm and quietly leave for the Grand Canyon on their own.

 

Not more than a handful of days pass on their trip before trouble finds the true mates in the form of Asher, a starving teen wolf who desperately needs help, yet is hesitant to ask for it.  The young wolf has some big surprises in store for the Alpha and his mate.  And that’s only the beginning because the other Alpha Anaxs are beginning to arrive.

 

Book eleven in the Southwestern Shifters series offers another exciting adventure in Retrograde.  Mates Marcus and Nathan use their brains rather than brawn with excellent results.  When they aren’t being smart, they are exploring each other in great detail.  This storyline twists and turns with major plot points.  One thing is certain, the Southwestern Shifters series is never, ever dull.  Retrograde bounces and dips.  Hold on for all the action.  A fan wouldn’t hurt either.

NEEDING TO BREATHE by B. A. Tortuga

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NEEDING TO BREATHE by B. A. TortugaNeeding to Breathe by B. A. Tortuga
Series: Two is Never Enough #1
Published by All Romance eBooks Genres: Gay, Menage, Paranormal

Jock and Gus, young wolf shifters, sense their time is almost up. Luckily, they saw the signs and were able to grab some of their stuff when their pack banished them.

 

Barely surviving, Gus and Jock are trying to figure out their next move in the Rocky Mountains.  All that truly matters is that they are together.  Searching for food they come across the body of a she wolf who died in a vicious trap and then discover her hidden cubs.  Adopting the orphans means even less food for them, yet they can’t leave the cubs to die.

 

When forest ranger Archer Tyson is making his rounds he comes across the pair.  At last the lone Alpha has found his own pack.  Convincing Gus and Jock that they and the cubs belong to him may take a bit of wrangling.  Then again, any Alpha worth his salt should be able to make his little pack work.  Archer can prove they belong together if Gus and Jock will just give him a chance.

 

Bonds of love and unity prove to be a powerful incentive in Needing to Breathe.  Naïve young mates and a lonely Alpha are brought together in this touching tale.  There might not be any big surprises here, but Needing to Breathe comes across as a tender, charming romance.  A definite feel good story for readers to enjoy.

DON’T DRINK THE HOLY WATER by Bailey Bradford

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DON’T DRINK THE HOLY WATER by Bailey BradfordDon't Drink the Holy Water by Bailey Bradford
Series: The Vamp for Me #4
Published by Pride Publishing Genres: MM, Paranormal

After losing his parents to a stupid, tragic accident West is a 24 year old young man responsible for a bevy of younger siblings.  On a rare night out West goes to a club and ends up being attacked in the back alley.  Waking up after suffering incredible agony West is faced with a new reality – he’s a vampire.  Coven leader Claude explains it was either complete the change or let him die, which would have left the children orphans.  Once he’s come to grips with his new life West and the children are relocated to a much larger coven in Portland where everyone chips in and there are other children in this coven.

 

Though sand boarding isn’t recognized as a major sport Roger ‘Axel’ Majors is managing to eke out a living as one of the highest ranked in this budding sport.  If not for the constant trouble from his ex-boyfriend and fellow competitor, Jukie, his life would be pretty darn good.

 

Practicing outside of Portland before a competition Jukie yet again gives Axel grief and takes off at sunset leaving the sand boarder on his own to get back to the city. Axel can’t believe his bad luck when the ATV won’t start.  He begins walking and can’t comprehend what he’s seeing, it can’t really be zombies. Can it?  Then a stranger suddenly shows up who helps him get out of the desert safely.

 

Maybe it’s the fear of more zombies or a massive hallucination, but when Axel bumps into West again they actually hit it off.  West would really like to get to know Axel better, yet who in their right mind would get involved with a vampire.  Complications, maybe a few.  At least he’s not a zombie, right?

 

Don’t Drink the Holy Water sets the stage for an intriguing blend of edgy drama and comical situations.  It’s a new world for West and Axel with vampires, zombies, and teenage siblings, yikes.  Charming characters manage to pull off the over the top plotline.  Balancing out the fun is a subplot with a painful dose of reality.  All in all book four in The Vamp for Me series shines with Don’t Drink the Holy Water.  Hold on tight.

DON’T STAKE MY LIFE ON IT by Bailey Bradford

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DON’T STAKE MY LIFE ON IT by Bailey BradfordDon't Stake My Life On It by Bailey Bradford
Series: The Vamp for Me #2
Published by Pride Publishing Genres: MM, Paranormal

When Scotsman Radney Darrow was turned long ago his Sire was not a good role model.  In truth all the vampires in the coven were brutally tortured by their leader.  Centuries later Radney is still unable to bite a human for nourishment.  Unfortunately, he’s been known to lose control when he’s starving.  His current coven leader, Claude has been very patient with Radney’s problems, but enough is enough.

 

Radney decides to prove to Claude that he’s dealing with his biting issues by picking a random name off a website claiming to match vampires with humans.  The site was supposed to be a joke, yet it’s caused nothing but problems.  Claude isn’t laughing either.

 

Intrigued with his human choice Radney fumbles through an introduction to Andrew Meyers who plans to use the website for his college thesis.  There’s a definite spark between the ancient vampire and the nerdy human, but Radney isn’t knowledgeable enough about human life.  He gets caught in his lies and screws up big time.  Claude is forced to step in, though it doesn’t stop Radney from thinking about Andrew.  As for the human, his memory was erased or was it?

 

Humor and fumbling attraction go hand in hand for Radney and Andrew in the second offering from The Vamp for Me series.  Don’t Stake My Life On It veers towards the preposterous and zips to the improbable in this zany plotline.  The ancient vampire has issues galore.  Thank God he’s found a well grounded special human in Andrew.  Hold on for the wild ride.

THE UNDOING by Shelly Laurenston

THE UNDOING by Shelly Laurenston

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THE UNDOING by Shelly LaurenstonThe Undoing by Shelly Laurenston
Series: Call of Crows #2
Published by Kensington Publishing Corp. Genres: Paranormal
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Jace Berisha would rather be in a cupboard or under a house reading a book than dealing with anyone alive.  Okay, pets are not in this statement—those she loves.  Well, she does love her sister Crows, but a little of them can go one hell of a long way.  Like all Crows, Jace was killed and given a little something extra and in Jace’s case, she was given strength in rage.  Can you spell berserker?  Unlike many of the Crows, when Jace woke up in her second life, she wasn’t faced with a totally new experience, because some of Jace’s personal family are a bit more than you would expect.

 

Ski Eriksen is one of the peace-loving Protectors.  Yes, this could be an oxymoron when you consider he, like all the other of the people who serve the Norse Gods, find there is always violence involved to get the job done.  Yet, Ski loves the mornings when he can just sleep in and take it easy.  Ski never expected to find a peaceful Crow, especially Jace whom he has seen beat strong men into a pulp.  But when circumstances have him offering a job in his house cataloging the Protector’s library, he is amazed at how perfectly she fits in—well, once she actually accepts the job.

 

Jace believed she had left her first life behind her when she was killed and had achieved her vengeance.  However, it seems that this might not be the case, as people from her past keep just showing up and making her mad—not rage mad, but mad.  On the Norse god side, as the Crows, Protectors and the other groups do their daily jobs, so it becomes pretty clear that an enemy was not destroyed and sent back to hell as previously believed.  Jace finds herself as part of a fighting front trying to get rid of nasty people from two angles just as she also finds herself overwhelmed with feelings for Ski.  Can a Crow find love with a Protector?  A lasting love?  First, Jace and Ski will have to make it through a fierce battle when the winner will take all on Earth.

 

A rage-filled Crow and a peace-loving Protector come face to face with a love like no other in The Undoing.  First off I have to say I fell in love with both Jace and Ski, even before I saw how they would fall in love.  I found it so fun to watch as they fell for each other when the odds would have said they were leaps and bounds apart.  I really loved where their strengths seemed to fill a weakness in the other or helped them get over a hard place they were going through.  I also have to say that I fell in love with Jace’s grandmother.  Talk about a kick.  Ski understand just what Jace needed in order to be happy, just as I found Jace seemed to know when to be slightly outrageous to bring Ski what he needed.  This unusual love story had me so engrossed that the pages seemed to turn on their own.

The Undoing has all the things that I love about Ms. Laurenston’s books: moments of outrageous fun, kinky passion, loving snark, and passion that brings two people you would not expect together.  Jace and Ski’s story does exactly all of the above, plus some.  I absolutely loved Jace and Ski’s book and had to make it a Joyfully Recommended read.  I can’t wait to see which Crow is going to find her unusual love next.

 

STARS IN YOUR EYES by Lynn Kurland

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EVOLUTION by Lissa Kasey

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ROMANCING THE GUARDIAN by Ali Atwood

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PREDATOR AND PREY by M. D. Grimm

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FIRST OMEGA by Rebecca James

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BLOOD TIED by Jacob Z. Flores

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BELIEVING IN THE TRAITOR by Charlie Richards

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THE DARK VAMPIRE by Kate Baxter

THE DARK VAMPIRE by Kate Baxter

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ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR by Nalini Singh

ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR by Nalini Singh

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DRAGON STORM by Katie MacAlister

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LONE WOLF AND HIS COOL CAT by Susan Laine

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WOLFE AND HIS BUNNY by Susan Laine

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WHISKERS OF A CHANCE by Tempeste O’Riley

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SCARRED MATE by A. C. Katt

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PROTECTING HIS ASSET by S. A. Welsh

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