Review – Shifter of Consequence Series by Mazzy J. March

Rating – 4 out of 5

Genre – Paranormal Romance

Blurb – They say there’s nothing wrong with me, but I can’t walk.

At least not more than a couple of feet at a time. Like from bed to my wheelchair.
I crawled out of the wreckage of our family car seconds before it burst into flame at the base of the cliff, killing my parents. I screamed my lungs raw for help, even though I knew they couldn’t be saved, but nobody came for nearly twenty-four hours. It rained, and I shivered in the chill, the scent of burned upholstery and other things filling my nose.

My aunt cared for me for a short while, but when she also died in an accident—a house fire that nearly took me out as well—I was placed in the care of a hired nurse who made sure I took my meds and waited on me hand and foot. Over time I lost what little strength I had, until I never left my room, almost bedridden, my only contact with the outside world online classes.

But when I turned eighteen, I had to make a change or I’d end up dying here, old and alone and without any hope. So now I have my small apartment in a new town, living on my own for the first time and attending classes at the local community college. My parents’ insurance is running out, but I have a job in the school library, and as long as I take my pills every day, I seem to do all right.

It’s not much of a life, but so much more than I ever had.

When Brandon Graves knocked on my door, the look of shock on his face was priceless. Apparently, he’d never seen a shifter in a wheelchair before.

He said I was on pack lands and therefore had to meet with the Alpha, his brother.

So much for staying under the radar.

Rating – 4 out of 5

Genre – Paranormal Romance

Blurb – They claim there’s magic in my hands.

Too bad I can’t figure out which guy is my mate. In moving close to the Midnight Alder pack, something happened. I’m about to become an official member of the pack now, and they say I have a gift. A gift that’s been prophesied for centuries.

They need to get a grip.

I’m nothing special. I’m just a girl, trying to get stronger and figure out which one of these men I want. Because if you asked me to choose, I’d probably pass out trying. I just hope the other pack with their stalker ways doesn’t get to me first.

Rating – 4 out of 5

Genre – Paranormal Romance

Blurb – The Rattlecreek pack just won’t take no for answer.

They claim it’s because I’m an eligible female, but I think they know about my gift. The alpha has found out information about my past, but more than anything, I’m afraid to find out. What if my mates don’t want me anymore? And they hand me over to Rattlecreek.

Or what if whoever haunted my childhood is still following me? My parents are dead, my aunt is dead… And there’s been another fire. It might be time to leave before they hurt anyone else I love. My mates are everything to me, but I can’t live if they are harmed or killed.

Review – I decided to review this series as one just because they are fairly short reads – around about 100 pages each – and I managed to read all three in just one day. Plus they all follow the same story arc and read as one continuous story.

I had never heard of this author before but I was scrolling through Amazon a couple of days ago in the mood to read some paranormal romance, and I happened to stumble across this series. I’m shallow, and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t instantly drawn to these books because of the gorgeously eye-catching colourful book covers. But I was also drawn to the fact that there is a female shifter in a wheelchair as the main character. I wanted to see how that would play out in the story and I am so glad that I decided to go with this series.

Despite only being short, these books are so filled with action and romance that I very quickly became hooked – hence the reading marathon that ensued once I had started reading book one. There is the mystery surrounding Wendi’s past, including the accidents that seem to plague her family and the fact that she can’t walk despite doctors being unable to find anything physically wrong with her. There is also the danger of a nearby pack who seem intent to get their hands on Wendi due to a shortage of female shifters – and they don’t care who they have to hurt in order to get to her.

Also, there is a lot of romance involved, as when Wendi first meets her new pack, she becomes close with four of them and it becomes clear that they are all her fated mates. Obviously this comes as a shock for Wendi who, because of her disability, has led a very sheltered life up until this point and has never even been on a date or kissed a guy. These books are not very graphic in terms of the more steamy moments – these tend to be brushed over quite quickly and are there to develop the story as opposed to allowing the reader to enjoy the salacious parts – but that is not really a complaint as it just doesn’t seem to be the style of these particular books. The emphasis is very heavily on the emotional aspects of their relationship as opposed to the sexual aspects and I enjoyed reading about how Wendi’s relationships developed and evolved as the series progressed. I think that my only complaint about the romance elements would be that the four guys all seemed a little TOO perfect. In a new relationship with five people involved, all of which have never been in relationships before because they were all waiting for their fated mate, I would have expected there to be some teething problems as everyone got used to the situation. But there wasn’t, and I guess I found that a little weird. There were a few times where Wendi struggled a bit with their relationship, but the guys all took it in their stride with no jealousy or possessiveness to be seen.

Something else I loved about this series was watching Wendi become stronger and more empowered as the story progressed. At the start of book one, she is just moving into her own place for the first time, after spending most of her life being looked after by people who have not allowed her to do anything for herself. But, with the encouragement of her mates, she pushes herself more and more to be able to find independence. She manages to strengthen herself physically so that she is able to walk for longer distances. She manages to reconnect with her wolf, who has been missing since the accident that left her in a wheelchair as a little girl. And she also manages to connect with healing powers that she had never known she had, so that she is able to help others in the pack. Wendi develops so much throughout the series and I was cheering her on every step of the way.

There were occasional issues with the writing, such as some spelling and grammatical errors, but I found it pretty easy to overlook them as I was drawn into the story completely. I absolutely loved this series and I can’t wait for book four to come out next month so that I can find out what happens next!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted over at Book Date. It is a place to share what we have read, what we are currently reading, and what is up next on our TBR pile.

What I Read Last Week:

Stay by Ash Knight

Perchance to Dream Book Three by B.J. Frazier

Survivor by Mazzy J. March (A Shifter of Consequence #1)

Legacy by Mazzy J. March (A Shifter of Consequence #2)

Triumph by Mazzy J. March (A Shifter of Consequence #3)

What I Am Reading Now:

Deliverance by Lila Mina (Temper #3)

Up Next:

Throw Hips by Travis Beaudoin (Bryce Can Play #4)

Review – Perchance to Dream Book Three by B.J. Frazier

Series – Perchance to Dream #3

Rating – 4 out of 5

Genre – Erotica

Blurb – B.J. Frazier’s dominant female doctor’s insatiable need for control rises to even greater heights as the story unfolds at Frankie’s clinic.

With action in both the dungeon and the exam rooms, the patients and staff get a mental and sexual workout from the deviously dominant and bisexual Dr. Frankie.

This instalment is fast-paced and sexually charged.

Review – I am enjoying this series more and more, the deeper we are drawn into Frankie’s diabolical little world. The third instalment in the Perchance to Dream series is a very quick read – I’m not sure if it is shorter than the previous books in the series, but I felt as if I read it in record time! – but it is jam-packed with salacious action.

During the course of this part of the story, there are four patients staying overnight in the clinic for tests, giving Dr. Frankie plenty of opportunity to perform her deliciously wicked tests. Three of the patients have been attending the clinic since the first book, and it has been fun to watch their stories and their tests becoming more interwoven with one another. The fourth patient was introduced in the second book. He is a highly religious married man who has very strong bisexual tendencies, but he does everything that he can to hide his desire for men as he considers it to be a sin. While I’m not sure that I feel much about him either way as a character yet, I do think that adding him in with the other patients adds a lot more potential fun for Dr Frankie to explore and I am very excited to see what she will continue to do with all her patients and her slaves as the series progresses!

The characters are all growing on me more as we learn more about each of them, including Dr. Frankie herself. But the one exception to that is Christopher. We first meet him in the first book of the series and, if you’ve read my reviews for books one and two, then you will know that I took an instant dislike to him. In this book, he is maybe slightly less obnoxious than he has been in the rest of the series, but he also hasn’t done anything to actually make me like him either. But he is not a character to like – he comes across as a bit of a caricature of toxic masculinity.

The actual “tests” that Frankie performs on her patients are all very hot and growing in intensity as the series progresses. The author is incredibly talented at writing steamy scenes that will leave the reader feeling a little breathless in all the right ways. It is a lot of fun to watch Frankie as she takes complete control of every situation that she finds herself in, especially when she is able to completely dominate Christopher, who believes himself to be superior to everyone around him.

Overall, I am really enjoying this series so far and I can’t wait to continue reading and find out what other tricks Dr Frankie is hiding up her sleeve. This is a series that must be read in order as it is all a continuation of one story with the same characters – so if you haven’t started reading this series yet, and femdom stories are your thing, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of book one as soon as possible.

Review – Stay by Ash Knight

Rating – 4 out of 5

Genre – Romance

Blurb – A quiet coffee shop gives two men who have lost too much a chance at love.

Joe Calloway has been on the run since he was sixteen, homeless and alone. He never lets anyone close. Between his traumatic past and his autism, he isn’t used to people taking the time to understand him.

Even so, when a stranger offers him a way to build a better life for himself, Joe finds the strength to go for it.

Madden Fields is fully devoted to his older sister, her autistic son, and his job as a nurse, but when he meets Joe, his carefully ordered life begins to pick up speed.

As their connection deepens, Madden realizes he’s going to have to hold on tight if he wants to be an anchor strong enough for Joe to stay.

Review – I have seen this book being mentioned on Twitter many times over the last few months and have been wanting to read it for a while. This may be one of the sweetest and most heart-wrenching romances that I have ever read.

It is the story of Joe, a homeless man with autism who has suffered a lifetime of abuse at the hands of the people who were supposed to love and protect him. His story is truly heart-breaking and it was absolutely impossible not to fall in love with him. At the start of the story, he stumbles into a café just as it is closing and, after helping to clean up the place in exchange for a drink and something to eat, he is offered a job there. This is the start of his life changing so much for the better.

While working at the restaurant, Joe meets Madden, a nurse who works at the hospital just a stone’s throw from the café. A connection forms between the two men almost instantly and everything about the two of them together is so sweet and perfect. Joe has always been alone, and has never known safety or security, but Madden instantly wants to take care of him. With Madden, Joe finally manages to find the safety that has always been missing from his life.

There were so many touching moments between these two men that almost brought a tear to my eye. Moments where Madden would do whatever he could to comfort Joe, despite the fact that Joe’s autism and the years of trauma he suffered often meant that it was hard for Madden to work out what he needed. But while the connection between them is instantaneous, the romance is slow to build, with Madden taking his time to ensure that Joe is ready for the relationship to go further.

I think the only thing that affected my enjoyment a bit was that some things did start to become quite repetitive, with them having very similar conversations throughout the course of the book. I could understand why those conversations were there, with it being hard for Joe to process his emotions and to understand how intimate relationships work, so it wasn’t a huge issue as it felt true to the characters, but there were just a few moments where it became a little too noticeable.

But overall, I really loved this book. The characters are all so lovable and the romance is sweet and hot. It was really beautiful to watch Joe open up once Madden had given him a safe place to do so, and to see him begin to heal from all his trauma. There is also a very heart-warming twist at the end that made me happy-sob for a few minutes. If sweet romances are your thing, you really can’t go wrong with this book!

Review – Taken by Selena Kitt

Rating – 2 out of 5

Genre – Erotica

Blurb – Lizzy’s friendship with her older boss, Sarah, turns into something deeper and much more exciting one rainy day after work, and Lizzy finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed. Sarah has a dominant streak, and as she leads Lizzy into the role of a submissive, the two women become closer than they ever thought possible. But while Sarah, hurt too many times, wears a ring, and tells guys she’s “taken,” Lizzy knows she secretly longs for a man.

Determined to find one for them both to share, Lizzy is just about to give up when a dark, handsome, virile answer shows up right under her nose. Lizzy may think she and Sarah are going to seduce David–but she underestimates their handsome co-worker, and David turns the tables on them both. But will he be able to tame the untameable Sarah?

Review – This was a free read that I picked up from Amazon a long time ago and I have to admit that I wasn’t as impressed as I’d hoped to be after reading the blurb. I felt as though it was a story that held a lot of potential, but it just didn’t seem to deliver. This is a short erotic novella and there seemed to be a big focus on the sex scenes during this story, which isn’t a bad thing really as the author has a talent at writing the erotic scenes in a way that leaves you a little breathless and wanting more. But, for me, the sex took up so much of the story that there seemed to be little time devoted to much else – such as the relationship between the characters and any kind of real emotion between them. This left the story feeling a little lacking and one-dimensional to me.

Another thing that I wasn’t fond of is that it was written in first person from Lizzy’s perspective. This is just a personal preference of mine as I find that I always enjoy a story more when it is written in third person. But if this is not something that bothers you then you may enjoy this story more than I did. I always just feel that a story written in first person only gives one side of the story and therefore ends up feeling a bit flat. I much prefer it written in third person, preferably with a bit from each person’s perspective to add some depth. But, as I said, this is just a personal peeve of mine.

Overall, this story was ok. I didn’t feel much towards it either way as I just didn’t really connect with any of the characters at all. But, if you are looking for a quick and steamy read to fill a lazy afternoon, then this might be a good one for you, as the only thing that this story really seems to be about is the sex.

Review – Perchance to Dream Book Two by B.J. Frazier

Series – Perchance To Dream #2

Rating – 4 out of 5

Genre – Erotica

Blurb – Frankie, the female doctor with control issues, continues to utilize her sleep facility for her own dominant cravings.

Ignorant of the goings-on at the sleep clinic, other doctors provide her with a steady stream of subs to satisfy her hunger to control and rule.

Men being men, there will always be those who fall and, when they do, Dr. Frankie will ensure they NEVER rise again.

And it’s not only men she enjoys controlling…

Review – Book two continues the story of Frankie, the diabolical sleep doctor, and her assistant and slave, Sayo. In the first book, we are introduced to three patients, but only told about the “tests” performed on one of them. But now, we get to see what happened that night to the other two characters. If you have already seen my review for book one (if you haven’t, you can find it here) you’ll know that the fact that these characters were introduced but not fully explored was my main complaint about the story. But I feel much more satisfied now that their stories have been covered too.

This is a series that is full of very interesting characters, although, in my opinion, most of them are there to serve a purpose within the plot rather than to actually allow the reader to connect with them in any kind of way. The only character that I actually feel anything for at the moment is Sayo. Her devotion to her Mistress is beyond anything I have seen before in any BDSM story, and there were a few things that happened in this book that made my heart break a little for her. But, even so, her devotion to Frankie never wavers. It speaks volumes about Frankie that she is able to inspire that kind of devotion in her slaves even though, so far in this series, we have only seen her acting harshly after a mistake that Sayo made in book one.

I have to admit to being intrigued by Frankie even if I don’t particularly like her at this point. She is obviously a very experienced Domme who is able to inspire obedience from her slaves and who is able to stay in control of her patients and their tests no matter what comes up. But this control comes in the form of manipulation, which makes her come across as a bit of a bitch for much of the time. It is only in some moments alone with Sayo, and with another of her slaves that we are introduced to in book two, Lorenzo, where the reader actually sees that she does feel something behind the controlling and manipulative exterior. I am definitely looking forward to seeing how her character develops as the series progresses.

The two patients whose stories are covered in book two, Christopher and Stephanie, are both victims of Frankie’s manipulative behaviour. Stephanie I felt a little sorry for as, even though we don’t know much about her, she seems innocent and kind enough. Christopher, on the other hand, is a rather horrible character and I have to admit to enjoying the way he was manipulated. I knew I wouldn’t like him from the moment we were first introduced to him (but then he is not a character that is written to be liked) and so, for me, there was a satisfying sense of him getting what he deserved.

Overall, I am really enjoying this series so far and I am looking forward to seeing what Frankie does next to this cast of interesting characters. I can’t wait to read book three!

It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted over at Book Date. It is a place to share what we have read, what we are currently reading, and what is up next on our TBR pile.

What I Read Last Week:

Dread by Lila Mina (Temper #2)

Perchance to Dream Book One by B.J. Frazier

Wild Life by Gem Frost (Wild and Wilder #1)

What I Am Reading Now:

Perchance to Dream Book Two by B.J. Frazier

Up Next:

Stay by Ash Knight

Review – Wild Life by Gem Frost

Series – Wild and Wilder #1

Rating – 5 out of 5

Genre – Contemporary Romance

Blurb – Brann and I grew up together on Wilder Island, a small town in coastal Virginia. We were friends for so long that I don’t even remember meeting him. He was just always there by my side, as predictable and steady as the ocean waves. The two of us were inseparable all the way through high school, but when I decided to go to a distant college, things changed. We began drifting apart, and I haven’t spoken to him in three years.

But now it’s senior year, and the two of us will finally be back together on the same campus. We’re even going to be roommates. Things are weird and awkward between us, but I’m determined to rebuild our friendship. Somehow or other, we’ll put the past three years of silence behind us. Somehow, we’ll work it out and go back to being friends.

The only problem is, I’m starting to discover that just being friends with Brann isn’t quite enough…

Review – I came across this author on Twitter last month when I tweeted about looking for LGBTQ books to review for pride month. And I couldn’t be happier that this author responded because I absolutely loved this book! And I have no doubt that I will be devouring everything else that she has written too.

This is the story of Augustus and Brannigan. They have been best friends for so long that they can’t even remember how they met. They were inseparable until Augustus moved away for a few years for college. But now he is back and they are roommates, and they each start having to work out what to do about the feelings that are developing between them.

It was so beautifully written that I had trouble putting it down. It’s written in first person which, if you’ve read many of my reviews, you’ll know that I generally don’t like that much. But in this book, it is so well done that it really started to change my opinion on stories written in this point of view. Plus, there are sections written by each of the two main characters so that it is possible to get a look at the hearts and minds of them both. And one of the author’s strengths is writing in-depth characters whose thoughts and emotions come across as so real that it’s as if they are stood right in front of you.

I absolutely fell in love with both Augustus and Brannigan. They both had very different voices within the story which made it feel even more authentic. Brannigan, in particular, is a character that I was really able to relate to. He is socially awkward and bad with words and he struggles with sensory overload whenever he is around too many people, which is basically me. Augustus is a lot more extroverted and he has the kind of sunny disposition that means people are naturally drawn to him. I think that what I liked most about them is that they are both really good guys and, even though they each have their own insecurities and fears, they are just trying their best to find their way in a situation that is very new to them. Things are even harder for Augustus as he also has to deal with homophobic behaviour from his parents, who sent him away to a distant college in the first place because they didn’t approve of his feelings for Brannigan.

This is a very slow-burn romance, and they do spend a lot of time struggling with, and even denying to themselves, the feelings that they each hold for the other. But once they do manage to find the courage to admit their feelings, they come together in a way that is the perfect balance of tenderness, heat and sensuality. Everything about the way they come together is beautiful, and even brought a tear to my eye once or twice. In fact, everything about this book is beautiful and it’s really hard to write this review because every time I think about this book, I just get lost in its beauty all over again. I really can’t wait to read book two so that I can lose myself in Augustus and Brannigan once more and I am so excited to have come across this author. I seriously can’t recommend this book enough!

Review – Perchance to Dream Book One by B.J. Frazier

Series – Perchance to Dream #1

Rating – 4 out of 5

Genre – Erotica

Blurb – What could go wrong when a wife, whose rest is disturbed, sends her husband to a clinic to be treated for a sleep disorder?

A lot, actually.

Especially when the clinic is staffed by an exotic Asian assistant and a sultry, bisexual doctor, who has disorders of her own.

Disorders that the hapless husband is about to experience in an upfront and personal way…

Review – The first book in the Perchance to Dream series is the story of Braden, who goes for treatment at a sleep clinic after his wife kicks him out of their bedroom for snoring too much. However, the sleep clinic he goes to is run by kinky dominant Francesca and her Asian submissive, Sayo, and it soon becomes obvious (to the reader, at least) that what they are actually testing is sexual proclivities.

While there are heavy BDSM themes in this book, it was really quite different from any book that I have read before – perhaps because I haven’t read any doctor/patient themed erotica before. But I did really enjoy the first instalment of Perchance to Dream. Dr Francesca is deliciously wicked, to both her submissive and to her clients, and if doctor/patient stories are your kink then you will love this book. Even I found some excitement in reading about what the doctor and her assistant did to the clients and it’s not even my kink, so I think that is a testament to the author’s ability to craft exceedingly steamy scenes.

This is a short story and so I didn’t feel as if I got to know Francesca, Sayo or Braden as much as I would have liked to. That being said, I definitely enjoyed what I did come to see of them. Francesca is obviously very intelligent and good at what she does, which shines through in her interactions with her clients in the way that she is able to read them so well and predict how they will react during certain scenarios. However, she is very wicked and can be a bit if a bitch, to say the least. I have no doubt that any submissive men reading this series would absolutely love her! Sayo is sweet and obedient but she is strong enough to handle all that is thrown at her from both her demanding Mistress and the clients. And Braden seems submissive to the core and he definitely enjoyed his night of submitting to the doctor.

My only complaint would be that, when Brayden arrives for his overnight sleep tests he arrives at the same time as two other people who are also there for testing. However, once they had been checked into the clinic and set up ready for the night of tests, they just disappeared and from then on the story focused only on Brayden’s testing. I felt as though I was being teased with some very pleasant possibilities that seemed to be introduced with the addition of the other characters, only for them to be snatched away again. I find myself hoping that the other characters might appear again in book two so that the exciting possibilities might still have a chance to be explored. But I will have to wait and see on that score.

Overall, I think that book one has been a great start to the series and it has definitely whet my appetite for more. I can’t wait to get started on book two to find out what other diabolical schemes Francesca has in store for her clients.

Review – Dread by Lila Mina

Series – Temper #2

Rating – 4 out of 5

Genre – Erotic Romance

Blurb – An unexpected discovery leads Lana, Honda and Yuki to rethink their relationship. Meanwhile, shapeless and mortal danger looms on the horizon, forcing Honda to finally confess to Lana why he chose her.

To her horror, their boundless thirst has cursed roots, and they have no choice: only together will they stand a chance to defeat the heinous monsters stalking them and put an end to the spiraling madness engulfing them.

Desperate to protect her most precious treasure against timeless forces bent on destroying them, Lana takes a radical decision in relation to Yuki and attempts to let go of her traumatic past.

As a terrible storm gathers above their heads, the time for secret is over. The trio must come out clean with the powerful heads of their families if they want a chance at a real future together.

Review – I absolutely loved the first book in this series and, if anything, I enjoyed book two even more! Dread continues the story of Lana and her complicated relationship with married couple, Honda and Yuki. But things get a whole lot more complicated in this book, with Lana becoming pregnant despite being told years ago that this would not be physically possible for her. Plus, the threesome face judgement from others as people become more aware of their unusual relationship, and the judgement is harsh considering the important roles of tradition and honour within the Japanese culture.

On top of all of this, there also seems to be supernatural forces that are against the trio. There were hints of this in the previous book, but it is a lot more prevalent in Dread. Honda is able to give Lana some answers about certain weird things that have happened to her (and to him) but there are a lot more unanswered questions than there are answers at the moment. The unseen threat to them makes it impossible for the reader to know just how things might turn out in book three of the series.

I really felt for all the characters in this book. There just seems to be one problem after another for them to deal with and I found myself really hoping that they could find a break from all the drama for just five minutes. But the trio deal with each challenge as it presents itself, and nothing comes close to breaking the bond between the three of them.

While I loved all the characters, Yuki would have to be my favourite. She proved herself to have such a big heart in the first book when she happily invited another woman into their lives to satisfy her husband’s needs. But, in this book, the love that she feels for both Honda and Lana seems never-ending, especially when she so lovingly accepts the fact that Lana is carrying her husband’s baby. Her unconditional love for the two people in her life is really quite inspirational and incredibly special. Honda and Lana are both temperamental and stubborn, so despite the bond they share they do often clash, but Yuki is the loving balm that actually allows the trio to work so well together.

I really can’t wait to read the third book in the series and I hope that all the mystery surrounding the supernatural forces will be cleared up, and I really hope that the three of them will be able to find their peace and their happy ending. This is a series that manages to seamlessly mix scorching hot BDSM scenes with mystery and emotional angst; keeping the reader gripped from start to finish and leaving us wanting more. These books are a must-read!