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About Meg Bawden

Meg Bawden was born and raised in North Queensland, Australia. She’s loved stories since before she can remember and has always enjoyed creating characters of her own, even if it did begin with drawing faces on toilet rolls and giving them names. Wiring has always been a passion of hers and she’s loved the M/M genre since 2004, the first book she read being Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez.

Writing M/M since 2007, Meg has never had the confidence to attempt publishing her own stories, but in 2015, she decided that it was all about to change thanks to the amazing friends she’s made in the M/M genre and their support and encouragement. So watch out world, Meg Bawden is coming out to have some fun!

Deadly Desire (Riley Jenson Guardian #7) by Keri Arthur

Deadly Desire (Riley Jenson Guardian #7) by Keri ArthurSeries: Riley Jensen Guardian #7
on 2009
Pages: 352
Seduction that kills. Pleasure to die for. She just can’t resist . . . Guardian Riley Jenson always seems to face the worst villains. And this time’s no different. For it’s no ordinary sorceress who can raise the dead to do her killing. But that’s exactly what Riley expects to find at the end of a trail of female corpses used—and discarded—in a bizarre ritual of evil. With pressure mounting to catch one fiend, another series of brutal slayings shocks the vampire world of her lover, Quinn. So the last thing Riley needs is the heat of the upcoming full moon bringing her werewolf hormones to a boil—or the reappearance of a sexy bounty hunter, the rogue wolf Kye Murphy. Riley has threatened Murphy with arrest if he doesn’t back off the investigation, but it’s Riley who feels handcuffed by Kye’s lupine charm. Torn between her vamp and wolf natures, between her love for Quinn and her hots for Kye, Riley knows she’s courting danger and indulging the deadliest desires. For her hunt through the supernatural underworld will bring her face-to-face with what lurks in a darkness where even monsters fear to tread.
I both liked and disliked this one. Finally Riley and Quinn have come together after a couple of books on the outs. It’s seems like they are finally on the path of happy and bam (punch to the gut), Kye Murphy comes to town.

We first saw him in book 5, Embraced by Darkness, as enforcer to the Pack Alpha that Riley and Rhoan don’t acknowledge. He is here as a bounty hunty and they are hunting witches who are raising up zombies to murder teenage girls.

Typical Riley, being around anything with a pulse gets her panties all wet. So when she boinks Kye, that puts a monkey wrench in her relationship with Quinn. Old School Vampires like Quinn are monogamous and very old fashioned, so he isn’t willing to share Riley. The problem is there is something strong there between Kye and Riley, so now we have another triangle.
I just want Riley and Quinn to be together! That’s all I freaking want, Damn it!

Beyond the Night, Envy Chronicles Book 1 by Colleen Gleason, Joss Ware

Beyond the Night, Envy Chronicles Book 1 by Colleen Gleason, Joss WareSeries: Envy Chronicles #1
on January 12, 2010
Pages: 398
AmazonNarrator: Sebastian Fields
A man with no future . . .

When Dr. Elliott Drake wakes from a mysterious fifty-year sleep, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are now desolate, and civilization is controlled by deadly immortals. Stranger still is Elliott's extraordinary new "gift"—he has the power to heal, but it comes with fatal consequences.

A woman with a past . . .

Jade barely escaped the immortals and is now hell-bent on revenge. She trusts no one . . . until Elliott. His piercing gaze and tempting touch shatter her defenses, but the handsome doctor seems to have dangerous secrets of his own. Is it safe to trust him with her heart?

If they are to survive in this dark new world, Jade and Elliott must work together to fight the forces that take them beyond danger.

Beyond desire.

Dystopian novels are tough ones for me. Their subject matter lends them more towards the horror trope in my opinion, so it’s usually the romance that keeps me interested. The romance was there but I didn’t connect with the main characters Elliott Drake and Jade Redfern.

I will say the narrator Sebastian Fields did a good job, but I found the plot to be a tad dry. Elliott and a group of guys survived 50 years in a cave when an apocalyptic event occurred. Various survivors now exhibit a supernatural power and Elliott, who was a doctor prior to his hibernation, inherited a healing power. Jade had been hiding after being a prison by some creatures but she has joined the resistance to fight off the alien creatures who have set up camp on earth.

Elliott and Jade kind of had insta-love but I found it okay as the world had changed and everyone needed comfort and the peace that comes from having a partner. But they had a constant tug of war as they were establishing their power dynamic and they were both pretty stubborn. I found the book to be slow but I realize the author was engaged in world and character building. So I expect book 2 to be faster paced. All in all, it was a good beginning to the series.


Demon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark, #10) by Kresley Cole

Demon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark, #10) by Kresley ColeSeries: Immortals After Dark, #10
on August 24th 2010
Pages: 430 pages
AmazonNarrator: Robert Petkoff
Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he's pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.

Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.

In order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When Malkom becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?

This series has become a Top 5 series for me. WOW. I would have never believed it as i could barely finish the first couple of books in this series.

Thank you Robert Petkoff for nailing the narration and keeping me listening even when I have other things to do.

In this series, we meet demon Malkom Slaine who has been dealt a pretty crappy hand by life. He doesn’t know his father and his mother was whore who sold to to be a blood whore to vampires when he was a little boy. He has been used and abused all his life until he met his best friend Kallen, the King. Kallen gave Malkom a sense of belonging and a mission until they were betrayed and taken by vampires. Malkolm swore revenge on all those who held him captive and those betrayed him.

Carrow Graie, a witch, was sent to retrieve Malkolm by the human Order that kidnapped her, in exchange for his adoptee Ruby. Carrow has also had a crappy family life as she never really mattered to her parents. they treated her like she was invisible so now she has been living a life starved for love. When these two came in contact, Malkolm’s heart started beating–she was his mate. Carrow knew Malkolm would help her, but could she betray him and return him into captivity? Would Malkolm forgive her betrayal?

this was like a beauty and the beast story because Malkolm started off as a beast…a sweet, but angry and protective beast. I find the stories where Kresley Cole gives us lykae and demons are just the best. They are sweet, funny, sad, high in action and just weaved together well.

Malkolm has been added to my list of favorite Heroes and has Carrow. They made a really sweet pair. I can’t wait to read the next one in this series

Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles, Book 2 ) by Gena Showalter

Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles, Book 2 ) by Gena ShowalterSeries: White Rabbit Chronicles #2
on January 1st, 2013)
Pages: 480 pages
Narrator: Natalie Gold
Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all

This one was a little disappointing.
Allie is recovering from the injuries from book 1. She lives with the professor Ankh and she is still going strong with Cole.

When new zombie attacks begin, Allie decides she need to get back to training and helping the other slayers. But Cole is against her rejoining the battle. Then of course, Cole’s ex girlfriend shows up and it seems like they are growing apart.
It doesn’t help with Allie begins having dreams of a sexual nature with a boy (Gavin) that is NOT Cole…especially since due to their bond, Cole can see Allie’s dreams. Imagine the horror of having your boyfriend privy to such a thought.

On top of the teenage angst, the zombies are acting more sophiscated than before. The zombies are more organized or something. What’s behind the change?

this one turned into a YA soap opera with Cole/Ali, Kat/rusty etc. It took away from the story and it got annoying because the miscommunication was truly immature. It made me think twice about continuing this series