Mini Reviews: 6 Short Stories…

… AKA Catching up!  I noticed today that the gracious librarians in a community not far away has consented to lend me the next two books in my current series. So today I have decided to clear out some short stories on my e-readers.  I am going to be giving them mini-reviews in one post because it just seemed easier, and I’m lazy…  So here they are my day of rainy-day-waiting-on-the-next-library-book-reading.  All cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit the book’s page there.

A White Cougar Christmas

Southern Shifters 3.5

Owned on my Kindle

Rating: 3 Stars

Synopsis:

Restless and alone on Christmas Eve, Niki decides it’s time to scratch the itch and heads into a nearby town for some action. Once there, it isn’t sex she finds, but a fight instead, that is until tall, dark and handsome intervenes…

Dean recognizes the stunning but surly Cougar for what she is the minute she gets close. Now it’s up to him to show her just how far a night of passion can go

Review:

This was a very short read, downloaded free for my Kindle.  It wasn’t much more than a sex scene, well done, but not much about the world it is set in.  Alright as a stand alone being there wasn’t much going on besides these two hooking up.  End of book hints there is more to come for these two characters in future books. Still writing was good and I think I will need to check out the other books in the series.  Reminds me of Laura Wright and Alexandra Ivy’s writing style.

Ethan's Mate

Owned on my Kindle

 Rating: 3 Stars

(Abbreviated) Synopsis:

Ethan Hale is a vampire with a mission. Together with his three brothers and a few other unmated members, he fights with The Vampire Coalition to protect humans from fallen vampires. His life is fairly simple. If he has a problem…he solves it. If it’s an evil problem…he kills it. But his uncomplicated life is about to end when his mate unexpectedly calls him to her.

Brianna Cole is weak, her life force fading away. She thinks she is suffering from a rare form of leukemia. Little does she knows that her illness is much more complicated. She’s dying because she has not united with her vampire mate and given him his soul that she has been guarding since birth.

Review:

This was an interesting novella, reminded me a bit of Lara Adrian, Laura Wright and a couple of other better known series.  My biggest complaint is the cover,  but it is fairly typical for the genre.  I like the world and will look into the next titles in the series.  Full of insta-love, so if that annoys you might want to skip this one.  I liked the world building and hope to learn or about it in future books.  The love scenes were pretty graphic, probably on the edge of erotica, but I’ve read worse.  Over all I recommend it, especially since I was able to get it for free, not that I know if it still is…

The Wold who stole Christmas
Xmas Tales 1 – Legendary Lovers

 Rating: 2 Stars

Synopsis:

Once upon a Christmas time, Santa’s daughter Holly had to choose between two men—a love sick Jack Frost, or a tightly disciplined werewolf name Furio.

Sure, she could melt the powerful Elemental’s lonely heart but can she bring out the animal in a wolf afraid to love again?

Free Book. Paranormal romance, short story, Christmastime, North Pole Setting.

Review:

Not a bad story, kinda on the cheesy side.  Would be fun to read one snowy evening around the holidays when you want to steam things up a bit.  Was nice that there was an actual plot and not just gratuitous sex, not that that isn’t always a bad thing…  Like I said short, sweet and steamy.

Prey
Montana Wolves #1

Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis:

BBW erotic romance novella, and the first book in the Montana Wolves series

Photographer Amalie Baptista is appalled by the hunting of wolves in Montana. She hopes that photographing these savagely beautiful animals will call attention to their plight, but her mission ends abruptly when she’s attacked by one of the animals she’s sworn to protect. When a gorgeous stranger saves her from certain death, she can’t seem to fight the attraction…but giving in could be giving up life as she knows it.

Alpha male Liam Albrecht is breaking every rule for the curvy, captivating Amalie, risking his place within the pack and his own life to protect her. As discord among the clans reaches a fever pitch, he must find a way to save her from the monsters among them.

Review:

This was a nice novella and introduction to this world.  The story was well-rounded and complete.  The synopsis says it is an erotic story, but I didn’t think it was any more graphic than most of the other paranormal romance books out there.  The writing was good and the characters believable.  I look forward to seeing where this series goes,  I believe I will be adding the next one to my to-read list.

HowlSpirit Moon #1

Rating: 1 Star

Synopsis:

Jane is a recent college grad who has a strange gift- she sees things in her dreams. After she wakes up from a dream of her boyfriend cheating, she realizes she’s in need of a change. A man leaves a magazine on the counter of the cafe where she works, which helps to finally land her a job in her field. Who want’s to work in a cafe with a master’s degree?

Jane sets out from St. Louis to a ranch in Montana where she meets Nathanial Ellis, the enigmatic and distant father of the child she is hired to tutor. The little girl, Morgan, is haunted by the death of her mother. After a false start, Jane and Morgan realize they have a lot in common. If Jane can rationalize her sensual dreams about the beautiful young man, and help Morgan deal with the death of her mother, she might be able to stay on at Bear Creek Ranch. That is, of course, if the wolves don’t get her first.

Review:

Unfortunately this story didn’t work for me.   The story started off good, but lost me somewhere along the way.  The writing wasn’t bad, but the vocabulary felt off and at times, the formality of the words used and the tone of the writing wasn’t consistent.  It threw off my reading of the story at times.  I also didn’t care for how the author broke up the story.  I thought it could have gone on a little further and still have set up a cliffhanger for the next installment.  This one just felt unfinished.  Characters were alright, but felt off as well.  Will not be continuing.

TUR

Elsker Saga #.5

Rating: 3 Stars

Synopsis:

Inga Andersson is the envy of every girl in Asgard. On the surface she has it all — great friends, a job as Odin’s personal fight choreographer, and a happy ever after with her realm’s hottest assassin. But when evil invades Asgard, her perfect world comes crashing down. Someone is planning to kill off the gods, and Inga’s best friend Ull is first on their list. With the Norse apocalypse a nanosecond away, Inga has to decide how she’ll spend her final moments of freedom. Because from the moment this battle begins, Inga’s happily ever after will be nothing more than a memory.

Some things are worth fighting for.

Review:

This was kinda a different type of paranormal, or really supernatural story.  It is set in the world of Norse mythology.  Fans of the Thor movies might really like to give this one a try.  I thought it was well done, filled with humor and action.  There was great comradely among the characters and the lead female was an interesting mix of strength and more traditional feminine interests.  Might give the longer books in this series a go if I am ever in the mood to read something a little different but still comfortably within my typical reading tastes.

And now I am all caught up in my reading pledge, only a little bit of cheating…  My next books in the Chicagoland Vampires series arrived at work, so off to see what happens next in that series that has captured my imagination.

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