Gummy Bears & Grenades by Charlie Cochet

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Gummy Bears & Grenades: by Charlie Cochet
Series: THIRDS #9.5
Release Date: October 4th, 2017
Pages: 102 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley can’t wait to marry his fiancé, Team Leader Sloane Brodie, but first he’s looking forward to celebrating his bachelor party—which he intends to be a shenanigans-free evening of getting his groove on with family and friends.

Of course events don’t work out as planned, but for Dex that’s nothing new. One thing is for sure, dodging drug dealers and hired thugs amid booze, dancing—and even a bear costume—will guarantee it’s a night Dex will never forget. Now he just needs to survive all the fun.

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Enjoy this bonus story from the THIRDS universe. These events occur between Darkest Hour Before Dawn and Tried & True in the series timeline. While reading this story would enhance your experience of the THIRDS series, it is not necessary to read before Tried & True.

 

three-half-stars

I can’t believe I read another Sex & Dlonae story. Yeah, that’s how I refer to them. I keep saying I’m going to stay away because its so much stuff happening that I can’t keep up at times. Well obviously, I didn’t keep my word and read it right away. I liked it enough. It had its funny moments, it had its smexy time moments big time, and about time I saw Austen & Zachary!!! I’m waiting on their story. It doesn’t seem to be coming fast enough. Dex is his usual annoying self, and Sloane has managed to turn into a neutered jaguar, but hey Wolf was totally in this one. I can’t wait to read more on him.

Pre-gaming for a wedding is definitely a necessity. I enjoyed all those festivities in my own, and can acknowledge that Dex wanted his own. I was a little leery on Sloane not having the same, but once you read it then you totally get it. Ummm, I’m trying to figure out who the mole is. I mean, Dex isn’t a celebrity so for these events to happen then it’ll have to be someone close to him giving up all the deets. I’m trying to step away from this series, but its addictive & aggravating all in the same sentence. 

I do like seeing all the couples come together and celebrate this union. I know we are near the ending of this series, and I’d like to see a few couples spotlights and maybe see Tony & Sparks really come together publicly. Yeah, I want pops happy. Fans of the Thirds Series will really enjoy this. Don’t read this series out of order, you really won’t understand.

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About Charlie Cochet

Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.If you’d like to connect with Charlie, just drop her an email, or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Google Plus.

Wild Fate by Savannah Brooks

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Series:  2016 Daily Dose Delivery Package – A Walk on the Wild Side
Release Date: June 16,  2016
Pages: 55 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Caden Wells is finally on his way to the Alaskan wilderness, fulfilling a dream he’s had since he was a boy. He’s looking forward to solitary hikes and photographing wildlife. Upon arrival, he’s drawn to his guide’s brother, Drake Fisher, a man who resembles beast more than man. Drake’s unexpected interest surprises Caden, but when Drake claims fate has brought them together and that he’s a shapeshifter, Caden’s confusion turns to shock.

With the help of Drake’s brother, Dean, and Dean’s family, Caden realizes there must be some truth to Drake’s story. On his way to question Drake, the knowledge in his heart that something is wrong is confirmed by reports of poachers in the area. Caden sets out to save Drake, along with the life and love that have been waiting for him in Alaska all along.

four-stars

Gah this is another cute shifter story in the A Walk on the Wild Side Daily Delivery Dose. I am finding myself giddy with these short stories.

Short story = Short review

What do you do when all your dreams come true? For Caden, he gets to find out. You see, all his life he has loved bears, loved the wilderness and dreamed of going to Alaska. When he finally does, he meets the grumpily bear of a man who is the twin of his tour guide and well…a true bear of a man. *giggles*
This was really cute. I loved that Drake was known as Mr. Grumpy until Caden showed up. I am a sucker for fated mates and this has a great twist on the human and shifter component of a love story.
Drake was so sweet explaining what he is to Caden and what they are to one another and Caden’s reaction was understandable. When you can’t explain it with logic, go with your gut and what you feel. For Caden, that included a bit of cuddling with a cub that was just adorable. I loved that Caden was able to come to terms with not only what he was feeling but that basically, his life led him  to Drake and his new life among bears. *sigh* This was just too damn cute for me to review without gushing… I just loved the heck out of it and I got a kick out of Caden being so adept at saving the day.
The epilogue… man, my teeth hurt from it but I will endure the pain because that type of sweetness is what I crave.

About Savannah Brooks

Savannah Brooks is the pen name of a thirty-something-year-old who writes romance of all kinds, from sweet to steamy to erotic, and all things in between. Her current focus is gay romance and stories range from short reads that get your heart pumping on lunch breaks to full-length novels that will hopefully keep you turning pages until the very end.

There is something beautiful about romance and love in all its forms and Savannah longs to show this through her writing. No lines are drawn here. It’s all about love, no matter who you are or where you’re from, love touches everyone.

“We don’t choose who we fall in love with.” – Savannah

Wicked Burn (Realm Enforcers #3) by Rebecca Zanetti @KensingtonBooks @RebeccaZanetti

Wicked Burn (Realm Enforcers #3) by Rebecca Zanetti @KensingtonBooks @RebeccaZanettiSeries: Realm Enforcers #3
on June 8, 2016
Pages: 366
AmazonNarrator: Brock Thompson
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Simone Brightston knows she can beat the rap her enemies are pinning on her. An Irish witch is nobody's fool, and she didn't get to her position on the high council without serious power. But her cousins want her to hide out--and they somehow convinced her arch nemesis to play getaway driver.

Of all the men she's known, Nikolaj Veis is the hardest to intimidate. With his demon-dark eyes and his inscrutable beauty, he's as desirable as he is dangerous. And he knows better than to underestimate Simone. So when he pulls up on a roaring bike and tells her to climb on or fight it out, she grabs a handful of jacket and holds on tight. Running from the law may not be the smartest plan. But when it comes to Nick, hot pursuit and a blazing fast ride are exactly what Simone's looking for . . .

Includes the brand new Dark Protectors novella, ‘Talen’!
five-stars

I truly savored this book. Nikolaj Veis and Simone Brighton’s book had it all, suspense, mystery, romance, and all kinds of supernatural creatures. It was definitely the best in the series. I’ve been waiting for Simone Brighton’s reckoning, though I had an inkling she was being set up to take the fall as a bad guy. What I didn’t count on was the redemption of Nikolaj. Between his staunch defense of her integrity, his persistence in regaining her love, Nikolaj showed why he was worthy of Simone. I loved everything about this book. I found the novel passionate and the words just moved me. The narrator Brock Thompson was PERFECT for this story. His voice was smooth like butter and it flowed so well with the story.
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These two characters are not new if you have read the Dark Protector series. They appear as far back as book 3, Hunted, but this the first time we get the background story as well as their mission as it pertains to the survival of their race. Simone, a witch, was being groomed to take her mother’s seat as one of the Coven Council’s Nine. Nikolaj is the demon advisor who we later learned protected Zane and now we learned why he played both sides of the fence.

Someone has gone through a lot of trouble to frame Simone as the distributor of the mineral planekite, a drug destroying the supernaturals. Now that she is up on charges of treason, Nick is tasked with protecting her until her trial. Old feelings resurface and Nick has an opportunity to regain the love he gave up in order to fulfill his duty to the Zane and the demon realm.

What I loved about this book is that it felt more like a Dark Protector novel than this new Wicked Realm series. I honestly haven’t warmed to these pretentious witches but I loved the vampire and demon interactions. The action was non-stop; the chemistry between Simone and Nikolaj was intense.

“I mated you because I’ve loved you from the first moment I laid eyes upon you a century ago…many soldiers in war wonder if they have a heart…I’ve never wondered …because you are in it and always have been. My heart is yours and always will be. Everything I have done in this life from the good to the truly terrible has been to make the world a better place for you and for any children we may have. Everything I am and will ever be belongs solely to you. No woman has ever been more loved than you are right now Simone.”

That declaration of love was just everything I had been expecting and more. I felt it in my heart. The feeling those words invoke is exactly why I read romance novels. Fervent adoration and love is so sexy and Nikolaj was very sexy. This second chance romance was so enjoyable because you get to see the growth in the characters from their first go-around with love. Both Simone and Nick have honed their abilities, made a mark with their respective group of people and now it’s time to deal with what broke them up. They are adults now and are clear on what they want. Nikolaj goes right in and took no prisoners.

The secondary characters added meat to this novel, specifically Bear. I can’t wait for more stories about him. This story ended with many things unresolved like the true identity of the antagonist, the distributor of deadly drug and Simone’s status with Coven unresolved. I can’t wait to continue the journey with the Realm Enforcers.

*Special thanks to Kensington via Netgalley for the e-arc.

About Rebecca Zanetti

Rebecca Zanetti wrote her first story when she was six – a romance between a princess and neighboring prince. The princess fell out of her castle and the prince rescued her. A happily ever after was had by all.

This theme of romance has been carried through Rebecca’s works until present time. While today’s heroine may have a medical degree, black belt in Karate and her own 401K, she’s still after that happy ending. And today’s prince may have fangs and wear a black hat, but hey, a modern princess likes a guy who bites.

Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides there with her husband, children and extended family who inspire her every day.

Loaded for Bear by Cheyenne Meadows

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Series: Shifter Hardball – Book Two
Release Date: May 11, 2016
Pages: 192 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Polar bear shifter Graham Tundra can’t believe his bad luck. Not only is he traded to another baseball team midseason, but he’s also teamed up with Trigger Mallow: widely considered the best player in the game—but with the worst attitude.

Trigger is on the fence about Graham. As a grizzly bear shifter, he’s relieved to have another ursine on the team, even if they are different species. The problem is Trigger is in the middle of his natural mating season, and Graham looks too damn good to pass up.

What begins as friends with benefits shows potential to grow into a deeper connection. If only they can put aside their differences, learn to trust, listen to their feelings, and realize it’s more than just a bear thing.

four-stars

 

I am in love with this series. LOVE. I tell you.

When I met Trigger Mallow in Friends with Benefits I knew he was a grumpy bear with on hell of an ass. When I realized he was getting a book I was so excited I did a dance in my chair. You see. I have a thing for redeemable assholes and I was ready for Trigger.

I say I was ready but I really wasn’t. Trigger was so much more than I planned for and when you throw one ice cold Polar Bear to the mix in the form of Graham Tundra (I love the last names btw!) and literally put these two in a room together… *whistles* things get hot.

I love how we get to see the team again and even bits of Wiley and Ram and just be back in the land of this shifter baseball team. Speaking of baseball, let me get this out real quick. This story has more baseball in it than the first book, and while I am not a sporty kinda girl, I dug all the time we got on the field and was even holding my breath at the end waiting for the game to end.

Now all that being said… Trigger, you my dear are so prickly but that fine ass of yours has the softest and gooiest center I never would have imagined. I loved that once you decided Graham was worth your time, even as a friend, you began to settle and let nature take its course.  Though the nature you were going through, aka mating season, was a bit hard to juggle being around someone as gorgeous as your polar bear teammate/pitcher/roommate, you were awesome.

Graham, how could I not love you? Knowing what you went through with your other team to where you are now makes you shine. Knowing how you feel about Trigger before you let him in on those feelings was swoon worthy and seeing you have your catcher’s back no matter what made you own my heart. You not only tamed the beast that is known as Trigger but you came into your own in such a beautiful way.

Bears! Oh my am I love with bears. What really makes me giddy in shifter books is when the boys shift into their animal form and have fun. Graham and Trigger were so freaking cute running around, pulling tails and wrestling that I couldn’t help but have a cheesy grin on my face. I just adored the hell out of it.

But the romance between these ball players was a pure joy to read. I love how they built a friendship and moved on to a physical relationship that you knew early on would be so much more. The emotions between Graham and Trigger just melted me into a big puddle of goo and that end, the whole thing from the sex to the biting (*growl*) to… just everything was so romantic and exactly what I needed.

Loaded for Bear is a fun and sexy story about two men from not only different ursine DNA but from different backgrounds who complement one another on the baseball diamond, in bed and in life. It’s a romance with an Icy bear being the one to melt the grizzly’s resolve and win his heart.

About Cheyenne Meadows

Growing up in the Midwest, I began reading romance novels in high school, immediately falling in love with the genre, to the point where I decided to write professionally for a career. However, that dream splattered against a brick wall, resulting in a quick death in my first writing class in college when my professor told me bluntly that I wasn’t any good at it.

I shifted gears quickly, and left my writing dreams behind, eventually settling on becoming a nurse.

A few years back, I stumbled across a fan-fiction writing site on a favorite author’s webpage. I began to read stories others wrote, not only making some wonderful close friends from the experience, but also, really learning to write for the very first time. Here I was able to share short stories, practice my writing skills, and truly develop into a writer. More than that, the experience allowed me to revitalize my dream, as I rediscovered joy in writing.

Now, I spend my days off with my alpha male characters, quick witted heroines, and see how much trouble everyone can get into. When I’m not working or writing, I enjoy working in the garden, canning, and seeing my backyard as a living canvas for my whimsical landscaping, and, of course, reading romance novels.