Review: The Whole Trying Thing by L.M. Langley

Lucas has always let things happen to him. Even meeting Issam, the gorgeous young man who just happens to be wealthy and totally into him, just kind of happens. But Lucas’s long-term crush on his best-friend, Nick, keeps him from fully committing to Issam.

Believing he’ll never have a chance with Nick, Lucas tells himself everything is fine. Except Nick starts dating Issam’s sister, and Lucas can’t quite hide his jealousy.

When a personal crisis causes Nick and Lucas to seek solace with each other, everything finally falls apart, and it’s up to Nick to pick up the pieces.

This is a work of literary/genre fiction.


Literary/genre fiction is perhaps one of the hardest categories to read and review for me. I think of all genres it is, in many ways, the one that is most widely open therefore the one that is most likely to be unpredictable with regards to how much I enjoy it. I also think it is maybe the most dividing genre, any given story is most likely to have a love or hate reaction rather than a more middling meh or enjoyable easy-read vibe. None of which explains why I gave it a 3 heart rating.

I think I wanted to enjoy this more than I actually did. The writing structure worked for me, we flipped between past and present and I liked this; I love drip fed info, learning the characters as we go and why they are the way they are. What I didn't like so much was the characters - particularly the MC, Lucas. Whilst literary fiction is perhaps a closer reflection of real life decisions and mirrors how actions and consequences are related (particularly that indecisive, selfish part of human nature that is not shown so much in other genres), I still need to understand, and be able to empathise with, even the most horrible characters. I didn't really manage this with Lucas. No understanding nor liking meant I really didn't give a damn what he did. I didn't care about him, negatively or positively - and if I can't have some sort of relationship with the MC then the book is kind of a bust for me.

Saying that, I did respect the fact that L.M. Langley was confident enough to write a character who was so real, with no particular likeable characteristics or enough traits to hate passionately. So disliking and respecting the same thing from the same book - well it makes rating it hard. I think, with all literary fiction, liking or not is more personal than any other genre, therefore reviews are perhaps of less help. Give it a go, it might be just the alternative take on romance you were looking for.
A copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review.
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Rain and Whiskey (Stormy Weather #1) by B.A. Tortuga

Stormy Weather: Book One

Galen Frost buys a house and a bait shop in a small Florida town to get away from his life as a semipro football player. When he meets good-time bartender Shane Barton, the heat between them is instant and intense—like the burn of good whiskey.

Galen and Shane don’t have much in common beyond their healthy libidos and their love of a good time, but the intoxicating heat brings them together like rain on the ocean, whipping up a frenzy of weather… good and bad. When trouble blows ashore, they will have to ride out the storm that breaks between them as Galen’s past rears its ugly head.


I’m a big B.A. Tortuga fan. She writes a lot of cowboy and country boy MC’s and I love them like no other. The MC’s in Rain and Whiskey fall into that category in a way and I was curious to get that MC in a different setting. That part of the story worked for me. Galen has a country boy background that translates well to the slower pace of small the town in Florida they live in. Shane is a good time cruiser who lives day to day, tending bar and being happy. The minute the see each other the eye fucking begins and once their dicks get together the full on fucking begins.

Which is great, good on you two, but unfortunately there isn’t much to the story beyond that. They pretty much boned non-stop for 260+ pages. I’m a huge fan of the boning, don’t get me wrong, but I did want more. I didn’t get any of these two that wasn’t fuck centric. And, since I am such a Tortuga fan, I know that’s a thing the author can deliver and I missed it.

There was the “misunderstanding” and quite frankly, Galen was a dick about it all. I didn’t feel like he gave the correct amount of groveling to put their relationship back in balance. I do know there are more books in the series though, so I gotta hope he makes that happen. Shane may be an extremely easy going guy, but I don’t want to see him be a pushover. I got the vibe that he was genuinely a nice person and I wanted more from him from Galen at that point.

Rain and Whiskey could have easily been significantly shorter and given me more fulfillment at the end of it. A little boning time turned into conversation instead would have been great and then ditching the phrases like “Oh, now, that was fine.” And “Oh, yeah. I want.” And “Oh, that was hot” And Oh, hot damn, he loved a challenge.” And, well, you get the idea. “Oh” was used 348 times in a 264 page book. That’s 1.3 Oh’s per page. That’s too many Oh’s. About 345 too many. It got distracting after too long for me.

So, while the execution of this one didn’t really work for me, it’s still a deliciously decadent escape and if you are down for a country boy fuckfest and some sweet tea, then by all means, do it, you won’t be disappointed.

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Giveaway + Blog Tour: Clickbait by E.J. Russell


E.J. Russell is here today talking Clickbait and there's a $25 Riptide credit up for grabs!




Hi everyone, this is E.J. Russell! Thank you so much for joining me as I celebrate the release of Clickbait, my first contemporary novel with Riptide Publishing! 

About Clickbait

After the disastrous ending of his first serious relationship, Gideon Wallace cultivated a protective—but fabulously shiny—outer shell to shield himself from Heartbreak 2.0. Besides, romance is so not a priority for him right now. All his web design prospects have inexplicably evaporated, and to save his fledgling business, he’s been compelled to take a hands-on hardware project—as in, his hands on screwdrivers, soldering irons, and needle-nosed pliers. God. Failure could actually be an option.

Journeyman electrician Alex Henning is ready to leave Gideon twisting in the wind after their run-ins both on and off the construction site. Except, like a fool, he takes pity on the guy and offers to help. Never mind that between coping with his dad’s dementia and clocking all the overtime he can finagle, he has zero room in his life for more complications.

Apparently, an office build-out can lay the foundation for a new relationship. Who knew? But before Alex can trust Gideon with the truth about his fragile family, he has to believe that Gideon’s capable of caring about more than appearances. And Gideon must learn that when it comes to the heart, it’s content—not presentation—that matters.

Now available from Riptide Publishing. http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/clickbait

About E.J. Russell

E.J. Russell holds a BA and an MFA in theater, so naturally she’s spent the last three decades as a financial manager, database designer, and business-intelligence consultant. After her twin sons left for college and she no longer spent half her waking hours ferrying them to dance class, she returned to her childhood love of writing fiction. Now she wonders why she ever thought an empty nest meant leisure.

E.J. lives in rural Oregon with her curmudgeonly husband, the only man on the planet who cares less about sports than she does. She enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.

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Review: Freckles by Amy Lane

Carter Embree has always hoped to be rescued from his productive, tragically boring, and (slightly) ethically compromised life. But when an urchin at a grocery store shoves a bundle of fluff into his hands, Carter goes from rescuee to rescuer—and he needs a little help.

Sandy Corrigan, the vet tech who helps ease Carter into the world of dog ownership, first assumes that Carter is a crazy-pants client who just needs to relax. But as Sandy gets a glimpse into the funny, kind, sexy man under Carter’s mild-mannered exterior, he sees that with a little care and feeding, Carter might be Super-Pet Owner—and decent boyfriend material to boot.

But Carter needs to see himself as a hero first. As he says good-bye to his pristine house and hello to carpet treatments and dog walkers, he finds that there really is more to himself than a researching drudge without a backbone. A Carter Embree can rate a Sandy Corrigan. He can be supportive, he can be a hero, he can be a man who stands up for his principles!

He can be the owner of a small dog.


Carter Embree’s career as a workaholic and somewhat unethical lawyer has made relationships difficult. Carter doesn’t even like what he does, but he can’t seem to find a way out. When he accidentally becomes the owner of a small puppy, Carter decides to give dog ownership a shot, partly as atonement, but mostly because he’s so lonely. It’s not easy, but he falls in love with the little guy.


Carter turns to Sandy Corrigan, a vet tech, for help. Sandy is amused at first as Carter bumbles his way through owning a dog, and slowly the two become friends. It doesn’t take long for Sandy to want more, which Carter reciprocates. But Carter doesn’t think he’s worthy of a dog, let alone a loving relationship. Sandy sets out to prove Carter wrong and show him how good they can be together.


This is a book written by a dog lover for dog lovers. ‘Freckles’ is the name of Carter’s new dog, a tiny bundle of joy that excels at leaving poop bombs around the house. I’m not a dog owner myself, but I do go gaga whenever I get the chance to pet a pup.


So while I zoned out during the puppy training 101, which takes up a good chunk of the book, I could still appreciate the cute antics of Freckles.


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The romance plays second fiddle for the first half of the book. Carter and Sandy like each other from the moment they meet, but both have a lot going on in their lives. Sandy is juggling a job and vet school, while Carter is married to his soul-sucking job.


When they do eventually give in to the feelings growing between them, it’s exactly the sweet yet heartfelt romance I’d expect for a holiday story from Amy Lane. There’s no unnecessary drama or contrived angst here. Sandy and Carter like each other, and they’re willing to give it an honest try.


The two go on cute dinner dates that end in sweet kisses, and bond over Freckles. It’s not the steamiest romance, but it’ll satisfy your sweet tooth.


The angst comes in the form of Carter’s serious lack of self-esteem. It’s the result of a childhood burdened with expectations and crappy job. I really liked seeing how being with Sandy convinced Carter to re-evaluate his life and explore solutions that could work.


The ending felt a bit tentative, but I’d still say that it’s a HEA. Sandy and Carter certainly have what it takes to make it work long-term.


Overall, this was a sweet holiday romance with a very cute puppy! Bonus points for the guest appearances by the boys from the Johnnies series, which I was absolutely giddy over.

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Review: Break My Shell by K.A. Merikan

--- He was supposed to never leave prison. And then he was in my bedroom. ---


Dayton
is always on time to work, always organized, always ready to do overtime. The perfect receptionist-waiter-cleaner. Employee of the month. But Dayton has a secret side to him. A kinky, filthy side full of dark and dangerous fantasies that should never see the light of day.

He explores his taste for submission in one way only. For three years, he’s been writing letters about it to Max. Convicted to life in prison for the murder of three men and unlikely to ever be free, Max is the safest outlet for Dayton’s frustrated fantasies.

Only that he does leave prison. He finds Dayton. And he won’t settle for anything less than what he was promised in the letters. Too bad Dayton is nowhere near ready to indulge Max. Or himself for that matter.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Themes: ex-con, sexual fantasy, role-play, bondage, dirty talk, bullying, hotel setting

Genre: M/M contemporary erotic romance

Length: ~60,000 words (standalone novel)

WARNING: Adult content that might be considered taboo. Explicit content, strong language. Reader discretion advised.


WHAT?!?! A book all about role-playing!!! and not just any role-playing, but non-con/power imbalance role-playing!!!



And he couldn’t lie to himself about it— he loved force. His dirty fantasies had men coercing him into sexual submission, even if it was ultimately for Dayton’s pleasure. A security officer after catching him shoplifting, a guy getting him drunk and having his way with him at a party, a TSA agent performing a search much more thorough than he should.


And by KA Merikan, so you know it's going to be kinky! I’m in heaven!!!


So we have Max, who was just released from prison after having his charges dropped.



He’s been corresponding with Dayton via letters and a few phone calls since the beginning of his sentence 3 years ago. When he is released he obviously goes straight to Dayton, well because Dayton is the love of his life. However Dayton doesn’t see it that way….




Dayton started writing to Max because he admired his courage and bravery in defending himself against a hate-crime. Over time one thing led to another and Dayton started telling Max about all his dirty fantasies. He never expected to meet Max and doesn’t know what to do when suddenly confronted with the two versions of himself.



The Dayton from the letters was a daring, carefree person, someone the real Dayton didn’t necessarily want to be, but definitely someone happier than him.


Honestly Dayton annoyed me quite a bit with his flip-flopping on whether he wanted to be with Max or not, and Max was such a lovesick sweetheart that I felt frustrated for him as well. But the slut me was sooo ridiculously happy with all the smut that this still got a high rating.



“That’s it, slutboy, arch that ass against me, ‘cause you’ll be riding my cock soon.”


Every side character in this story are absolute dicks and I guarantee they will all push you to your limits of not throwing your reader across the room. Most of them get a good comeuppance but I did want to see what happened to some of them in the long-run, you know, to make sure they all died in a hole or something.


This probably would’ve been a 3.5/4 heart rating because of Dayton’s flip-flopping, but role-playing is my weakness and the ending of this book was sweet, dirty and utter perfection!


Highly recommended!

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Giveaway + Blog Tour: Five Minutes Longer by Victoria Sue



Victoria Sue is here today to promote her latest, 'Five Minutes Longer'! See our review here! She also stopped by with Exclusive Excerpt and a Giveaway!





Exclusive (NSFW) excerpt.


Finn rounded the corner of the stairs and stopped in shock. Talon sat on the floor, his back propped up against Finn’s apartment door, with Finn’s bag from the plane resting beside him. Talon’s head was lowered, and he hadn’t looked up when Finn turned down the corridor, but somehow Finn knew Talon was very well aware he was there. So why wouldn’t he acknowledge him?
“Oh cool, thanks.” He took a step closer and fished for his key.
Talon opened his eyes and looked straight at Finn, and Finn came to a sudden halt. Desperation. Sadness. Futility. All those and more in the blue eyes that stared nearly unseeing into Finn’s. Something had happened.
Finn swallowed and took another step. “Want a coffee?” he asked casually, and Talon heaved himself upright. He didn’t reply, but he followed Finn inside. Finn walked straight into the kitchen and waved at the stool. “Take a seat.”
He opened two of the wrong cupboards before he found the coffee. Talon still hadn’t said a word, but Finn was never one to talk when he was nervous. Talon sat and didn’t seem like he was in a hurry to leave. Finn could wait. He got two mugs and the cream and sugar out, and then stood awkwardly silent while it brewed. Finn turned to confirm Talon wanted it black as he had in the diner, but the words dried in his throat. Talon had silently slid off the stool and stood so close, Finn took a step back when he turned around.
“What happened?” he asked, his fingers itching to touch Talon’s bent head.
Talon sighed and took the coffee from the counter. “We were too late.”
Finn sipped his own, but when there didn’t seem to be any more info coming, he said, “Drew said it was at a school.”
“I’ve never known a kid not to wake up with it, ever. It always happens overnight. But this one, he was playing ball and got into it with some other kid because he cheated. There was a fight, and he pushed him.”
“Who? The enhanced did?” Finn asked.
Talon rubbed a hand over his eyes. “Yeah. Except the kid he pushed flew back straight into a brick wall and demolished it. He’s currently in Tampa General with severe head injuries. They’re not sure he’s gonna make it.”
“What happened to the other kid?”
“The cops arrived at the same time as the kid’s parents. Apparently they live close, and the dad works nights, so he was home. By this time the kid was nearly hysterical. The teacher was trying to calm him down, and she told us the mark just grew before her eyes as the kid was crying. He wouldn’t let anyone near him, just kept screaming for his mom.” Talon looked up again, and Finn’s heart seemed to tighten at the hollowness in Talon’s eyes.
“And his mom and dad came?”
Talon nodded. “The kid was distraught. He was crying and shaking, and the mom and dad arrived. His mom called his name and started to go near, and then he looked up when he heard her. She just screamed, and the kid cried and ran toward her. The dad….” Talon stopped, his throat working. “He pushed him away,” he whispered. “Told him not to come anywhere near his wife. Said he had to stay back. We arrived at the same time as the cops, and they took him out without giving us a chance to talk to him.”
“Took…. You mean they sedated him, don’t you?” Fuck, it sounded like they shot the kid.
Talon nodded. “But he wasn’t completely out straight away. Crying desperately for his mom, and his dad just turned to the cops and told them to take him away. That he was no son of theirs. That they had to take him because he was never coming in their house ever again.
“There was nothing I could do,” Talon said. “I thought Gael was gonna kill the dad. I had to get the team back.”
“What will happen?” Finn asked in horror.
“State takes them. The ones who no one wants. The ones who are thrown away.”
Finn felt his own eyes burning, and he blinked.
Talon shook his head as if in complete disbelief. “That’s why this unit has to work. We have to show we’re not monsters. We have to show we don’t need locking up. We could start all sorts of outreach programs—go to schools, even.”
Finn closed the gap between them. He had no thought except comfort, except showing this man who hurt so badly that not everyone condemned them. He put his hand out to touch Talon’s shoulder without thinking, and Talon raised his face. Finn stopped. Something changed. He couldn’t swallow in his closed throat. The blue in Talon’s eyes deepened and seemed to draw him in. His warm breath ghosted over Finn’s lips, and Finn’s heart seemed to slow.
Talon moved. Not so much moved as launched himself at Finn. It was only Talon planting his arms around Finn’s back that kept Finn upright against the onslaught as Talon’s mouth savaged his.
Finn was stunned, reeling. He froze for a second, and then as he felt Talon react to his immobility, just as Talon stiffened and Finn knew he was about to step away, Finn’s lips seemed to remember what to do, how to respond. He couldn’t help the grunt as he latched onto Talon and feverishly hung on in case Talon thought he wasn’t interested.
Talon responded just as desperately, and Finn felt his feet almost clear the floor as Talon dragged Finn’s body against his. Finn arched as Talon threaded his fingers through Finn’s hair and bent his head. Kissing didn’t come close to the way Talon possessed Finn’s mouth. He bit and pulled at Finn’s lower lip with his teeth, and the groan that reverberated in Talon’s throat traveled to Finn’s cock.
Finn held on and tugged at Talon’s hair, desperate for him not to move. Desperate for more. Never in his wildest fantasies had anything like this happened.
Then Talon moved his hand to the front of Finn’s jeans, and Finn whined an urgent warning. His cock throbbed and pulsed, and he was desperate to feel Talon’s fingers. Finn arched against Talon, blood pounding in his ears, blood pounding in his groin. He just needed…. Talon slid his hand down the front of Finn’s jeans and cupped his cock through his boxers. Finn tried to pull away, tried to break the kiss, or he would come in his jeans. Talon just growled, and the sound went straight to Finn’s balls.
“No.” Talon nearly shouted the word and pushed Finn away.
Finn’s knees gave out, and he staggered before collapsing on the floor. He blinked, completely dazed.
“I can’t. I’m sorry.” Talon dragged a hand through his hair, gave Finn one desperate look, and strode to the door. He banged it shut behind him.
Finn raised a shaky hand to his swollen lips. What the fuck?
He got to his feet and winced. He needed a shower. He didn’t even know where to begin sorting all that out in his head, but in his limited experience with hand jobs, he’d just had the best sex of his life, and he never even removed his clothes.
What the hell did that mean for work tomorrow?


Blurb

Talon Valdez knew that when he transformed into an enhanced human, his life and his dreams were finished. Reviled, mistrusted, and often locked away, the enhanced are viewed as monsters, despised by the public, and never trusted to serve in the military or any law enforcement agency.
Years later he gets a chance to set up a task force of enhanced to serve in the FBI, but with one proviso: each enhanced must partner with a regular human.
Finn Mayer dreamed of joining the FBI since he was fourteen and made every possible sacrifice to make it happen, including living with his selfish mother and bullying homophobic brother and never having a boyfriend. But his undiagnosed dyslexia stopped his aspirations dead in their tracks. His last chance is to partner with Talon, an enhanced with fatal abilities who doesn’t trust regular humans with their secrets and wants Finn to fail.
Four weeks to prove himself to the team. Four weeks for the team to prove itself to the public. And when another group threatens their success—and their lives are at stake—four weeks for them to survive.

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Review: You Belong With Me by J.R. Loveless

Scott has been in love with his best friend Craig for years, but watching Craig with his manipulative boyfriend has worn Scott down, and he knows he needs a break from the pain and maybe a change of scenery and perspective. His twin sister, Karen, convinces him to spend a summer in Paris.

Karen is sick and tired of seeing Scott suffer, and she’s not going to stand for it anymore. She confronts Craig and tells him what he’s been missing by spurning Scott’s affection in favor of a jerk who mistreats him.

When Craig unknowingly breaks Scott’s heart, Craig opens his eyes—and his own heart—to the possibility of a future with Scott. He plans to use the time while Scott’s abroad to orchestrate a romantic surprise that will show Scott they belong together. But when he sees Scott with another man at the airport, Craig fears he’s too late.


Scott and Craig have been best friends for over 10 years. They have done everything together including coming out but after they did and Scott realized he had feelings for his best friend, things began to change. Scott has never had the confidence to tell Craig how he truly feels and instead settles on being his BFF and watching Craig go through a crappy relationship with Derek, who totally doesn’t deserve him.

But Scott is done watching and not being the one Craig cares about romantically. When his meddlesome twin sister Karen goes behind his back to their parents and gets Scott the internship to study and analyze political coverage in France the night of their birthday party, he jumps at the chance. After the scene Scott walks in on with Craig and Derek I can’t blame him for running away from his problems.

I have to say the POV of Karen was pointless to me. It took me so far out of the story and every POV she had could have been dealt with from either Craig or Scott’s POV and flowed with the story. I get that she has her own romance with Stanley and Stanley has issues but it made zero sense to have it in this short story.

But back to the boys and to Craig… he is a bit of a douche but he truly loves his BFF but not in that way, or does he? I like that we got Craig’s POV so we knew what he was thinking and that he did question his feelings for Scott before the big birthday blowout. He always considered Scott’s feelings as a friend and after the one and only time he didn’t he felt awful that he hurt Scott so the fact that Craig has a change of heart, wasn’t that hard to buy. And at least he got a morsel of his own medicine.

You Belong with Me was a cute friends to lover’s story with my favorite, unrequited love. I still think Karen’s POV was unnecessary and after the second time it showed up I skimmed the rest, but Scott and Craig were a mess of hormones and feelings that finally found their way to one another.


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Review: Unsafe Exposure (Hidden Wolves #4) by Kaje Harper

Stepping out of the closet as a gay man may be a walk in the park, compared to coming out as a werewolf.

From the moment artist Dylan Shore arrives in Chicago, his life gets twisted like a kaleidoscope. Why does a street gang he's never met before want him dead? Why is a hot but odd mathematician stalking him? And how can half the things Alex Corwin says possibly be true, no matter how honest he seems?

Alex has a frightening dilemma. Dylan is attractive, appealing, out and proud. He's also completely unaware that he's a werewolf. It shouldn't be Alex's job to tell him, and warn him that gay wolves usually end up dead. But someone has to, before he finds out in blood and violence.

Chicago's not Alex's home town, but somehow he needs to protect Dylan from the local packs, protect the Packs from being outed by Dylan, and keep his cool around the first man to touch his own deeply-closeted heart.





Unsafe Exposure is the highly anticipated fourth book in Kaje Harper’s Hidden Wolves series.  We finally get to see the werewolves’ ‘coming out’ and what effects it has on them in the aftermath.  I have to say, I loved this story.  There was so much going on that it kept me glued to the pages the whole time.  

Dylan is in town helping his little sister get settled into her new life as a college student when he runs afoul of a street gang at the local zoo.  He doesn’t understand a) why they would be at the zoo of all places and b) what the heck he did to piss them off and make them chase after him.  He’s rescued when a car pulls up alongside of him and the driver yells at him to get in.  Alex is in town for a few months for his job as a statistician.  He sees some guy being chased down the street by a few hoodlums from the local pack and just couldn’t stop himself from helping.


“I stopped for you because I had to.  You looked at me, and you were scared.  Whatever was going on, I couldn’t let them catch you.”


So begins a journey filled with adventure, politics, revelations, courage, self-realization and trust.  And love, can’t forget about that.  Because that’s what makes it all worth it in the end.

I cannot tell you enough how much I love Kaje’s writing.  Such fabulous character building!  And her secondary and tertiary are fully fleshed as well.  Her attention to detail is astounding.  You can tell that she has done extensive research and put a lot of time and thought into building this world.  Her obvious joy in writing shines through and makes it that much more enjoyable for me to read her works.  What I love most about her books is all the realism.  

Have you ever been standing in a long line or maybe stuck in a waiting room and to pass the time you people watch and think, “what’s their story”?  Maybe you see a guy with a cast on his arm and create this elaborate story in your head where he’s a fireman who broke his arm while saving a kitten from a burning building or there’s a woman standing there with bags under her eyes, rumpled clothing and a couple of screeching rugrats circling her and you think that she’s so tired because she just got off shift at the hospital where she single handedly saved the lives of 5 people by performing cutting edge brain surgery all the while battling the Powers That Be for more funding for her research.   I imagine Kaje does something like this, because her books are filled with real people.  They’re not gorgeous, perfectly built men whom everyone lusts over.  They’re just ordinary, everyday people living their lives the best way they know how.  People I would run into on the street or maybe at the grocery store.  It’s so refreshing to read about people I can relate to yet still have a fantastical story about mythical creatures.  If there ever was a person who could convince me that werewolves are real, it’s Kaje Harper.

Copy provided by the author for an honest review

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