Publisher: Samhain Publishing

WOLF ON THE RUN by N. J. Walters

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WOLF ON THE RUN by N. J. WaltersWolf on the Run by N. J. Walters
Series: Salvation Pack #3
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

Cherise Michaels and her mother ran from their pack years ago when it was determined that Cherise could not shift into her wolf form. Now, several years later Cherise arrives at the apartment she shares with her mom to discover her murdered by wolves from their old pack. Now, Cherise is alone, scared to death, and on the run for her life when a dream changes her plans and her life.

 

Cole Blanchard knows he is one mean and strong wolf in his prime. Cole has never regretted leaving his old pack with his friends so they could create the Salvation pack in North Carolina.. To keep his pack and their mates’ safe, Cole will fight to the death, if called for. While on patrol, Cole realizes that there are strange wolves on their land and, even worse, they are hunting/stalking a woman. Not on his watch!

 

Cherise expects the same type of condemnation from Cole and his pack as she received from hers when she tells them why she was hunted. She never expected to be accepted and even protected by Cole and his pack, even with the threat of more wolves sent to kill her. Cole never expected to find his mate, but when he realizes the Cherise is his one and only, nothing will separate them, if he has anything to do with it.  The problem is, Cherise also feels that Cole is that special one for her, and she wants to protect him by the only way she knows—leaving once again.  When you have two determined wolves out to protect the other, who is going to get their way, or will they both win once the dust settles?

 

A human wolf scared and alone finds the alpha wolf she was always meant to be with in Wolf on the Run. Cherise and Cole begin their relationship under less than wonderful circumstances, and yet I never doubted that Cole would win the day.  My heart went out to Cherise on why she couldn’t shift and what happened to her family because of it. When Cole discovered Cherise and her situation, I knew she would be safe even before knowing about the mate thing.  Watching Cherise and Cole do their tug-of-war courtship had me laughing at times and shaking my head at times.  Mostly, I just loved watching them fall in love and prove once again that the Salvation pack’s way of living life is the correct one. Wolf on the Run is filled with suspense, fun-filled friendships, and best of all, passion that keeps you intrigued until the last page is turned.  I can’t wait to see which wolf is next to find their mate. I’m personally torn between two on which I want it to be.

BEAUTY BITES by Mary Hughes

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BEAUTY BITES by Mary HughesBeauty Bites by Mary Hughes
Series: Biting Love #6
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyShayna

Synnove Byornsson is a woman on a mission.  She’s a doctor who wants people to focus on her brain, not her looks, but she’s afraid she might have to use both in order to get Ric Holiday’s attention.  Synnove’s cousin, Twyla, insists that Ric is the only ad man up for the job of saving their town of Meiers Corners.  There’s just two problems: (1) Ric won’t help and (2) Synnove has some serious competition from a woman who wants to destroy everything Meiers Corners represents.

 

Vampire Ric Holiday wants nothing to do with any town near Chicago, the home of the vampire who turned him as a child.  But Synnove is a hard woman to turn down, particularly since she’s immune to his vampire capabilities.  It’s not long before the brainy beauty has him tied up in knots.  To be with Synnove, Ric will have to face his past, embrace the future, and join forces with Synnove to outwit a powerful vampire capable of destroying them both.

 

Beauty Bites has both style and substance.  Mary Hughes’s trademark zany humor combines wonderfully with a story about beauty that’s more than skin deep.

 

Synnove is a drop-dead gorgeous doctor whose looks are the bane of her existence.  People don’t take her seriously, even though she’s incredibly intelligent and has a deep desire to heal people.  I liked watching Synnove come into her own over the course of the book.  Ric, a vampire who deals in show and style, is one of the few people who sees the real Synnove.  I really enjoyed peeling back Ric’s layers as we saw through flashbacks how he became the man he is today.  He and Synnove make a good couple; their solid chemistry makes it easy to root for them to find happiness.

 

Beauty Bites is the sixth book in the Biting Love series, but it can be read as a standalone.  That being said, we do get to catch up with Bo and Elena (of Bite My Fire), which was a lot of fun.  Synnove’s cousin Twyla and her vampire lover Nikos (of The Bite of Silence) are also strong supporting characters, and I loved that Ms. Hughes showed us the progression in their relationship.  While familiar faces are sure to delight fans, new Biting Love character Aiden (Ric’s best friend) stole a lot of the scenes he was in and I can’t wait to read his story.

 

What separates Beauty Bites from a lot of the other Biting Love books is that it takes place outside Meiers Corners.  I admit, I missed the zany little town.  The quirkiness of Beauty Bites didn’t fit quite as well in Minneapolis, perhaps this is because the slapstick humor came mostly from the main characters rather than their surrounding environment.  Still, Beauty Bites is a solid installment to the Biting Love series and I finished it eager to read the next book, Downbeat.

EDGED BLADE by J. C. Walker

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EDGED BLADE by J. C. WalkerEdged Blade by J. C. Walker
Series: Colbana Files #4
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Urban Fantasy
ReviewedbyJo

Kit Colbana has been fighting her way back to the life she had before being kidnapped and brutally abused. She knows that she might never get all her abilities back, but Kit needs to regain as much as she can and that includes the Alpha shifter who stole his way into her heart—Damon Lee. When her friend and business partner, Justin Greaves, comes to her with a new case, Kit agrees to help him solve it, even when it means having to face and deal with a vampire, her worst type of boogie man these days.

 

Someone is taking “others” from their homes and lives and, if they are found at all, it’s either dead or so messed up they might has well be dead.  The more clues and answers that Kit and Justin find, the worse it gets. But when a break happens and Kit, Justin, and others are able to rescue some of those being held, Kit’s life becomes even more interesting. It appears that someone or several someone(s) high up in the Assembly is behind the disappearances. Those same people are not about to let either Kit or Justin find the out the truth if they can help it. Like that isn’t enough for Kit to have to deal with, one of the people she saved is one of Damon’s ex’s, and she has decided she can just come back to her old life.  Hmm, has hell frozen over yet? The last answers arrive in this mystery, yet it just gives more questions which will have Kit and everything wading in even deeper as their story goes on.

 

Power corrupts absolutely they say, and it appears that it has absolutely corrupted at least one person with power over the “others” in Edged Blade. Kit ends up helping Justin solve the disappearances that have several “others” going missing, and either turning up dead, or wishing they were. Along the way, Kit strives forward in her relationship with Damon and in overcoming the new fears that are trying to tear her apart. There were so many times I just wanted to hug both Kit and Damon. I had even other times where I wanted to smack Justin and a few others I won’t name here. I loved seeing how much Kit grew while she was chasing after those behind the disappearances.  And I really loved how Damon was moving all obstacles that might get in the way of his and Kit’s relationship and her healing. I really do love this couple. I was absolutely amazed on just who came into the picture just as it went lights out for this chapter of Kit’s life. Now I really can’t wait until my next glimpse into this amazing world.  Edged Blade has the best in suspense and passion, both of which surround Kit most of the time, while sprinkled with just touches of humor and danger. What a great combo.

DAVID’S SELFIE by Daisy Harris

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DAVID’S SELFIE by Daisy HarrisDavid's Selfie by Daisy Harris
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

After the tragic death of his wife a little over a year ago Dr. David Letterer is left to raise their three year old, Maia, alone.  Sex has become a long ago memory for the admitted bisexual.  Desperate for some adult time David takes the plunge and agrees to meet a blind date at Pony, a well known gay bar in Seattle.  But when he catches a glimpse of his supposed date he hides in the men’s room until he can sneak out, accidentally leaving his phone behind with a rather explicit picture on the unprotected device.  In truth the one who really got his body hot was the sexy, muscular dancer performing on the bar at Pony.

 

As luck would have it someone does find David’s phone and is kind enough to call as well as willing to meet and return his treasure.  David, with Maia in tow, makes a stop at a coffee shop to retrieve his phone and unexpectedly hits it off right away with Craig Harding.  The doctor and his phone rescuer are doing great until David makes a crack about the hot dancer at Pony and before he knows it Craig is making excuses to leave.  David didn’t recognize Craig and the dancer is embarrassed.

 

Growing up in foster care Craig’s life has never been easy.  Hard work, long hours and persistence are finally paying off for the orphan whose dreams of earning multiple degrees before opening his own exercise studio is happening at last.  Regular expenses plus school takes several jobs including the dancing gig just to keep afloat.

 

David isn’t willing to give up on Craig even though he obviously said something wrong.  It takes a lot of patience on the doctors’ part, yet once they do begin seeing each other there’s no doubt in either mind they’ve got something special.  One has the responsibility of a young child, the other degrees to finish and a clingy roommate so finding time and a place to spend together is almost impossible.  For David and Craig romance is proving to be somewhat…difficult.

 

Author Daisy Harris sets up an amusing premise for her characters and lets the sparks fly.  They couldn’t be more different in life lessons, experiences growing up, etc…yet the old saying opposites attract holds true in David’s Selfie for David and Craig.  The couple feels genuine; their problems feel real and their struggles worthwhile.  David’s Selfie has a cute ‘hook’ for a first meeting and then navigates real life to find happiness together.

WOLF AT THE DOOR by N. J. Walters

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WOLF AT THE DOOR by N. J. WaltersWolf at the Door by N. J. Walters
Series: Salvation Pack #1
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by Jo

Gwendolyn Jones grabbed at the chance to follow her dream and write full time when she inherited a cabin in Tennessee.  Gwen’s dream of writing isn’t what most people would call the great American novel, but her interest in the paranormal or just plain “other” is her subject matter and proving it doesn’t exist.  A chance call and meeting in a cemetery gives Gwen data she never expected and an up close and personal entry into the world of werewolves, it turns of to be  nothing like she ever dreamed of.

 

Jacque LaForge is the alpha of the small pack of wolves. They broke out of his father’s pack – mainly because they didn’t want to live with pack rules any longer.  However, Jacque and the others know that if that information that was given to Gwen ever gets out – his father’s pack will strike first and not bother with the questions. He pays Gwen a visit that same night to retrieve the data, but a funny thing happens when he realizes that Gwen is his mate. Now he has two missions – to protect his small breakaway pack and to protect Gwen from everyone.

 

Gwen’s first impulse is to escape Jacque, but when she is injured, he and his pack not only take care and heal her but show her that werewolves also have the everyday worries and concerns like everyone else.  Jacque will do anything to keep Gwen safe, to prove to her that the feelings that are between them are the lasting type and that she is his mate – forever. The fight is on and mating is the goal if they can defeat those sent to destroy them all.

 

A writer wanting to expose the paranormal in the world is surprised when she meets and falls for an alpha werewolf in Wolf at the Door. I’m honestly not sure who was more surprised – Gwen or Jacque when they discovered their instantaneous passion between them.  Their path to mating might not have been smooth, but once Jacque and Gwen accepted the truth, nothing, not even a hostile and murderous pack will keep them apart.  I really enjoyed watching as both Gwen and Jacque journey from an argument to passion to a forever mating filled with love.  I also enjoyed seeing how the others who broke away with Jacque begin to believe that love might be in their futures as well.  I know that life will not be easy any time soon for Gwen or Jacque while the threat of his father’s pack is out there. I also know that handling it as a team will be much richer than alone.  Wolf at the Door is full of suspense, passion, death and humor all mixed together and rolled into a great story of unexpected love and the paranormal.

 

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