Unacceptable Risk by Kaje Harper

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Unacceptable Risk: by Kaje Harper
Series: Hidden Wolves, #1
Release Date:October 4, 2011
Pages: 330 • Format:eARC
Published By: MLR Press
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Simon Conley was born a werewolf, making him one of a tiny minority in a sea of vanilla humans. The safety of the pack lies in absolute secrecy, sometimes violently enforced. In a species where pack-members are born and not made, being gay is considered a perversion. So when Simon falls in love with a human man, he’s twice damned. Even his Alpha’s grudging tolerance may not be enough to shield him from the hatred of the other top wolves. Then his lover Paul stumbles across pack secrets Simon was sworn to keep, and if the pack finds out, they may both end up dead.

four-stars

I really enjoyed this take on shifters. It was more of a realistic aspect then most of the paranormal romances out there. I think Kaje did a great job on selling the story and making it seem more real. I enjoyed the feeling of this could really be happening, but it’s in Minnesota so thank God. LOL. It wasn’t the insta-love, and mate bond that I usually read and enjoy. I can have refine taste when it comes to my shifters.

It was a slow burner. I mean it’s not that much of a complaint really. I think the author was just taking her time and writing something that she was proud of. It was well thought out, and super believable. I enjoyed the pacing of the story. She took all the elements of my favorite shifters stories, and made it into something magical.

Simon & Paul were amazing. Through in the fact that Paul isn’t gay but seems to be attracted to this enigma named Simon, and it’s beautiful. I felt all the emotions that both guys were going through. When the action was there it was crazy good. I read this book in one setting. I really was amazed at the connection that I was feeling for these characters. I loved Simon and how he was unapologetic at all the things he had going on in his life. It was basically an outcast in the pack, but he stood his ground. He was unapologetic at Paul for falling for him. It was a shocker to Simon as much as it was to Paul. Poor Paul, his response is exactly how I would feel if I was him in this scenario. I would be shocked, and freaking scared as well. It was super fast for Paul. First being attracted to a man, then finding out about werewolves, then mating and meeting said werewolves. I would have grabbed my passport and dipped. I’m just being honest. They government ain’t locking my ass up unless it’s Derek Hale being my mate. I really enjoyed the building of their relationship. Yes, I feel like it wasn’t enough. At least because Paul had all these reservations. It was a lot to process.

It’s a lot of pack politics in this book. Simon is in the pack and only a few people talk to him. His alpha is having all these problems dealing with the pack and on top of that the pack’s #2 is trying hard to take over. It was a few times in the story that I felt like it was taking away from the potential time of Simon & Paul. It was a lot to deal with, and Karl was one scary mofo. Goodness, I just wanted someone to take him out at the first mention of him. I did enjoy the outcome of the plot a lot. I’m looking forward to more from this series. I can’t wait to read more with Simon & Paul as well.

About Kaje Harper

I live in Minnesota, where the two seasons are Snow-removal and Road-repair, the mosquito is the state bird, and where sometimes in winter it can be breathtakingly beautiful. Of course, the deepfreeze chill contributes to the breath-taking, but Minnesota’s a kindly, quiet place and it’s home to me now. I’ve been writing for far longer than I care to admit (*whispers – forty years*), mostly for my own entertainment, and currently am focused on M/M romance (with added mystery, fantasy, history, SciFi…) I also have a few Young Adult stories released under the pen name Kira Harp.

My first professionally published book, Life Lessons, came out from MLR Press in May 2011. My husband finally convinced me that after all that time writing, I really should submit something, somewhere. I was thrilled when it was accepted. I have a weakness for closeted cops with honest hearts, and teachers who speak their minds, and I had fun writing the four novels and three freebie short stories in the series. I’ve been just delighted by the reception Mac and Tony have received.

My first free book became the first story that I actually released – I put it up a month before Life Lessons just for the fun of getting it out there. Lies and Consequences began as a reaction to the November 2010 election. It looked like the repeal of DADT might be derailed by the political shift and I put the insanity of that law into the book. Then as I was finishing the first draft in mid-December the repeal passed. Which was great, but prompted a rewrite to a lighter and more action/romance book. This was a solo effort and I learned a lot from writing and releasing it and from the reviews. Check Smashwords for that one and many of my other freebies.

I now have a decent backlist in ebooks and print, both free and professionally published. A complete list with links can be found on my Books page. This writing thing is addictive. So read, comment, tell me what you like and what you don’t, and help me make the upcoming books even better. I have an author page on Goodreads where I do a lot of book reviews, and this blog is reposted there.

You can find me to chat on my author page on Goodreads most easily – I hang out on Goodreads a lot because I moderate the Goodreads YA LGBT Books group there. I also post free short YA stories on that group, more than 50 of them so far.

You can also email me : kajeharper ~at~ yahoo ~dot~ com or find me on Facebook –

The Buckland-in-the-Vale and Sandstone Tor Gay Book Club (Inaugural Meeting) by John Wiltshire

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The Buckland-in-the-Vale and Sandstone Tor Gay Book Club: by John Wiltshire
Release Date: August 14, 2016
Pages: 253 • Format: eARC
Published By: MLR Press
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Rory McGrath suffers from a debilitating condition—he caught it from reading too many books. Rory believes in true love. He’s saving himself until he finds it, preferably with Mr Darcy, but definitely not with the arrogant, unpleasant ape Adam Sandstone. Adam isn’t impressed with Rory either. Both Rory and Adam have yet to learn, however, that you cannot always judge a book by its cover. The nine other members of the new club could have told them this, had they been consulted. The founders of the Buckland-in-the-Vale and Sandstone Tor Gay Book Club know only too well that not all truths are written in books. Truth, like life, is what you make of it.

three-stars

 

**Groans**

I’m not sure what more can John Wiltshire do. I’ve been dreading this review for a few days. Before this book was written, I was super desperate to see if Wiltshire can write a pure contemporary romance without any of the exceeding reality situation from the More than Heat the Sun Series. He did write a humorous, contemporary romance. Why the head bang? Because I wasn’t satisfied. I like how in my mind he’s writing for me. I’m not happy, and he’s probably thinking like what more do they want? He did enough, but it just wasn’t enough for me. Clearly, I have some sort of complex, and I promise you I don’t but I had huge expectations for this book. The only thing that saved me from DNF this book was Rory!!! I loved Rory. I liked the old lady gang in the beginning, but them heifers had to much page space for me. Adam is


That’s exactly how I felt. He was such a douche-face! ARGH!!! It was super teeth pulling for me to like him. He was an asshole, the biggest prat ever, and super self-absorbed. I literally kept picturing myself kicking in him the nads over and over. It was slim pickings for Rory, so the only available gay guy had to be this dude. I swear, if it wasn’t for his good looks then I’d want Rory to be a monk forever. Just let it go, or move away. I won’t give the plot away. I love the initial meeting in what both guys thought this was a gay hookup instead of an actual book club. I loved the premise of it as well. Definitely a feel good story, and I can see people fawning over it. Wiltshire humor and writing is super spot on. I found myself intrigued with the story right off the back. It was a bit of angst, but I definitely appreciated it. It leaves off with a HFN with the strong possibility of a HEA. It could go two ways, but we’ll see if a sequel is written.

About John Wiltshire

John is an ex-army officer who currently lives in South Island New Zealand. He’s been writing for many years and has a number of novels published.

Much of his fiction is based in England, particularly Devon, where he grew up. He usually manages to bring an ex-army character into his books. And a dog. Both are fun to write.

When John isn’t writing, he can usually be found at the beach, surfing.

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What Once Was Lost by A.M. Leibowitz

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OnceWasLost copyWhat Once Was Lost by A.M. Leibowitz
Release Date: March 11, 2016
Pages: 74 • Format: eARC
Published By: MLR Press, LLC
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Following a volatile break-up with his partner, Casey has been raising his son, Ryan, mostly on his own. While Ryan is on a camping trip in the Adirondacks, Casey and Brook make another attempt to work through their differences, with disastrous results. But when Ryan and his friend disappear in the mountains, Casey and Brook travel together to find him. The tension leads to an opportunity to listen to each other, reconcile their history, and recover the love they once shared.

two-stars

This blurb had me written all over it. I love reading stories with kids involved and this had so much potential. Sadly the execution didn’t work for me. I do think the length played a factor in it, as well when it came down to Ryan being the most important thing that mattered both Casey and Brook dropped the ball. Reading the story for me was interesting, it felt like the author wanted us to focus on Casey & Brook’s relationship or lack of one. I feel like the book was split into two sections that was cohesive as a whole. Sure I would have liked to see Casey & Brook work on everything that was wrong, but to me if this book was about your missing kid it’s the only thing that was important. It’s a scene where they just find out about Ryan missing, and as soon as they are on the road talking Brook immediately goes into what was wrong with them together. I’m sorry this isn’t the time or the place for this. It seemed forced at that, them thinking of reconnecting. It didn’t feel genuine and maybe it’s the cynic in me, but why get together now after 2 years apart? I know objectively he could have been trying to get Casey’s mind off Ryan missing but it threw me because it seemed way to insensitive. Especially with all the traits that he had shown previously to this situation. Also I feel like it was not long enough. I think if the thought process was them to be a happy family then we should have seen it, or atleast some growth on the couple. I did like the author’s writing style and the trope was my thing, but it just fell flat.

About A.M. Leibowitz

A. M. Leibowitz is a queer spouse, parent, feminist, and book-lover falling somewhere on the Geek-Nerd Spectrum. Ze keeps warm through the long, cold western New York winters by writing about life, relationships, hope, and happy-for-now endings. In between noveling and editing, ze blogs coffee-fueled, quirky commentary on faith, culture, writing, books, and hir family.