Wolf Run by B.A. Tortuga

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Grade: C
Hotness Level: Inferno
Kink Level: No Kink
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter, Triad, m/m/m
Published: 6/4/14
Reviewed by Anne
106 pages
 
Mick is a alpha wolf shifter who left his pack to travel alone.  He’s looking to set up new roots though, hoping start his own pack.  One day he comes across Scotty, a wolf shifter caged in a small yard running around like crazy.  When he offers to free Scotty, Scotty declines, explaining that he promised his mate Danny that he’d stay put while Danny was at work, since Scotty gets lost easily.  Mick is attracted to Scotty and has a strong urge to take care of him and keep him safe.  He wonders if Scotty and Danny might be the start of his new pack.
 
This was an impulse buy for me.  I was very interested in the set up and enjoyed the excerpt I read.  It started out as a good read, too.  I liked the way that the men’s wolf nature showed up in their human forms, too.  Scotty’s puppy-like hyperness was especially charming… until it hit me that puppies are babies or kids… and then I started having a hard time with it.  I want to be clear, Scotty is an adult in the story.  It’s just that his behaviors are so child like.  It just bothered me.  
 
Also, I enjoy reading about committed triads.  It did catch me off guard that there was sex between Mick and Scotty before Danny had even met or heard about Mick.  That struck me as pretty odd, though it may have just been a part of the world building?  Maybe this wolf society is a lot more open with sex?  
 
Speaking of sex, there were many sex scenes and they were hot and well written.  It did start to tip to the point of a little too much sex vs. plot, and the sex got a little repetitious.  As the book went on it started to drag for me, and I had to make myself finish the last quarter of the book.  There just wasn’t that much conflict or much left to be resolved.
 
So, it was an ok read for me.  I’d recommend it for people who like m/m shifters and a lot of sex.  I haven’t read a lot of m/m shifters, and I enjoyed that aspect of this book – please leave me a recommendation in the comments if you have one you like!
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To the Very Last Inch by Heidi Belleau and Amelia C. Gormley

To the Very Last Inch (The Professor's Rule, #5)

Grade: A
Hotness Level: Inferno
Kink Level: High Kink
Genre: m/m, menage, m/m/m, BDSM
Series: The Professor’s Rule #5
Published: 3/03/14
Reviewed by Kate
56 pages

This is the conclusion to the Professor’s Rule series, and it is everything that I wanted it to be!  We finally get some of Carson’s perspective and everyone finally starts actually talking to each other and…well, it’s rather obvious that I’m still really excited about this one (even a week after reading it).  Oh wait, I forgot…the ending.  It left me happy, but wanting more of Carson, James, and Satish.


If you liked the first ones in the series, you’ll love this one as well.  If you haven’t read the first ones and you like m/m with BDSM mixed in, I highly recommend this series.  They really need to be read in order though.  You could read the second one followed by #1, but the rest really need to be read in order.  I can’t wait to go back and re-read them back-to-back rather than having to wait until the next one is released.


I hope that this pair of authors teams up again.  I’m excited to see what they can come up with next!

Beyond Jealousy by Kit Rocha

Beyond Jealousy (Beyond, #4)
Grade: B
Hotness Level: Inferno
Kink Level: Moderate Kink
Genre: Dystopian, Menage
Series: Beyond #4
Published: 3/16/14
Reviewed by Anne
262 ebook pages

Note: These Beyond books really need to be read in order.  I think you’d be pretty lost trying to jump in at this point, but don’t worry, they’re worth your reading time!

Rachel has had a thing for Ace since she first met him, but when he kept pushing her away, she fell for Cruz.  When she and Cruz broke up, she found herself with feelings for both Ace and Cruz.  To top it off, she watches Ace and Cruz circling their attraction for each other.  So it seems inevitable that they’ll see what happens when the three of them come together.

This was a very hot book.  It was also very intense.  It also turned out to be the kind of story that felt one way when I was reading it, and a different way.  When I was reading it I was totally absorbed and enjoyed it.  When I was done and thought back on it, I had some issues.

So here goes.  I loved the heat and intensity between the three of them.  I loved that it’s a menage that goes every which way – the guys have a thing for each other as well as for Rachel.  The way their relationship develops and their individual issues all seemed very believable to me.  The O’Kanes just accepted their triad relationship with no qualms, and that was very cool.  I really enjoyed their story!

But then after I finished and thought back on it… there were things that bothered me some.  Probably the biggest one is that their triad relationship is the first one ever mentioned in the series.  They were the first, but no one blinked an eye.  It seemed like there would have been some blowback about it.  I mean, these are the O’Kanes, so obviously they’re down with pretty much anything.  It would have made more sense to me to either mention that this had been done before or to have to do a little more groundbreaking work.  I also felt like the ending was a little rushed.  I would have liked a HFN rather than a HEA in this situation, because they all had a lot of issues to work through and not much time together.

However, I think all of this is colored by where the series is going.  It’s become a bit more complicated and political.  This absolutely make sense, and it’s clearly where the series was headed from the beginning, but I liked the simpler days of the first few books better.  This is definitely a personal issue for me.  I love a good series, but I generally enjoy the first books better because they are simpler.  Because the politics and details are getting more complicated as the series goes on – which they need to do, from a world building perspective – the books now have more of a suspense aspect to them.  There’s danger.  The characters’ safety is not a for sure thing.  I know that’s always been the case, but I saw that more in this book.  In fact, it’s getting unrealistic that no one gets killed.  And there’s my dilemma.  It’s part of why i don’t read romantic suspense.  I want things to feel realistic, and when a world is built and I have to worry about everyone’s safety, it’s not as fun a read for me any more.

All of that is a personal issue for me, and it reflects how I read the book and how I felt about it.  Still, I can say it was a good read and I’ll keep reading the series.  There are some teaser chapters building up to future books that leave me wanting to know more!  In fact, I hate cliff hangers, so I’m just pretending like I didn’t read the last chapter altogether!  (No worries, the last chapter isn’t about Rachel, Cruz, and Ace, it’s a cliffie about other characters in the series.)

A final word about what I like.  I will keep reading this series, despite the increased suspense, because I love the strong female characters and the O’Kane society that accepts each person for who they are.  The O’Kanes remind me of an MC (Motorcycle Club) except that their women are valued members of the gang.  I love that!

And now a final, final word… Kit Rocha does self-publishing right!  The book is really well formatted.  The ARC I received was darn near perfect and easily readable on my Bluefire reader app.  They’ve laid out a pricing plan that benefits the reader who buys in the first month.  So you can buy the book and not worry that next week it will be 99c.  I always know I’m getting a quality product with Kit Rocha!