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Reviews by Christy Duke

13 Ratings
Avg - 4.38

I wasn't so thrilled with the fact that this installment basically told three different stories. I mean, they interconnected, but I didn't get as much out of Lennox's mating as I wanted to. Everything worked out in the end, of course, but I was unhappy that Roman and Kendrick eloped, leaving the clan. I'm pretty sure I'll see them again, and certainly by doing this, Roman spared his clan any disgrace and allowed Aris to tell the wolf council that he banished them as punishment. Oy. Of course, I'm thrilled that Conner is pregnant, although just as concerned about his health, but I want a little hatchling!

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/30/2016)
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16 Ratings
Avg - 4.50

If the author keeps going in this vein, then 'Of Dragons and Wolves' is going to be a favorite series of mine. I loved how brave Oliver was, and how he risked himself to save Fraser. Theirs was (technically) the easiest of the matings, so far, in that they both knew, they got it done, they got rescued, they made it home alive. The author is weaving future storylines into each of these successive installments which is good, and bad, in my opinion. It's good because I know what's coming around the bend. It's bad, because in some ways it takes the focus off of the MC's for the current book. So, now I have the shape shifting doppelgänger to look out for....the one who wants Kendrick....but, Roman is in love with Kendrick, except Roman agreed to be mated to another of Connor's brothers.....and, I've got Connor wanting a child with Aris, but Aris is terrified that with his weak heart, a hatchling would kill him. Telenovela INDEED!

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/30/2016)
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17 Ratings
Avg - 4.53

A wonderful continuation of the series. Tom, the beta werewolf who was forced to work with the Templars (along with some other wolves), because the Templars were holding their pups and Tom's little brother hostage, in order to get the wolves to help them get dragons. Tom and Grant were so cute with their misunderstandings and miscommunications after they mated. Dragons have different mating rituals, so Grant didn't understand what was going on with Tom. Men *eye roll* Looking forward to the next book since there's now a shape-shifting dragon running around, and Grant's twin brother still hasn't been found from where the Templars took him, and Roman is in love with Kendrick who the shape-shifter seems to want. Ai. It's like a telenovela!

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/30/2016)
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28 Ratings
Avg - 4.43

An amazing beginning to a new series. There's dragons, werewolves, hunters, and Templars in a world set a few hundred years into the future. A future where humans accepted the shifters and vampires, but when the dragons decided to reveal themselves, all did not go well. The humans started a war with the dragons that ended up involving the werewolves, also. Now, the wolves and dragons have no love lost between them. I absolutely adored Conner. Seriously. He was smart, funny, brave, and could be a little snarky when he needed to be. Aris was the perfect high dragon with his dominating personality, but it was so sweet to see him fall for his mate. Now, I'm looking forward to the next book to see what more can happen between wolves, dragons, and the Templars.

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/30/2016)
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12 Ratings
Avg - 4.42

If only. If only werewolves and supernaturals existed, and the love of my life, like Scott is to Eric, could have been cured. I guess because of how close to home this book hit, I adored Scott and Eric the most out of all the couples I've seen so far. "The sound of Scott’s heartbeat. It wasn’t there anymore. Eric listened, waiting and waiting, his body tense and shaking with what he knew was happening. There was no gasping for breath, and his heart wouldn’t start up again, and no matter how much Eric focused his ears, he couldn’t hear it thumping beneath Scott’s chest, as though it had simply decided to turn down the volume. Eric’s eyes were wide, but he refused to acknowledge what that meant. Scott’s body was so still as Eric held him, and he squeezed the man tighter, refusing to let him go, as if ignoring what he knew had just happened would somehow make it go away." (Oh, Marcy, you have no idea how horrible this feeling is, believe me, I do.)

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/29/2016)
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12 Ratings
Avg - 4.50

It's been so long since I read one of these Luna Werewolves books, it took me a minute to remember what was going on. Never fear....it didn't take long to recall....these are my brain candy books and I adore them. Ross and Gideon were super hot together, but honestly, I'm more interested in the new human, Scott, who is dying of leukemia, and his mate, Eric, who were introduced. I guess I'll need to read their story next.

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/29/2016)
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32 Ratings
Avg - 4.34
A Dragon's Dream (MM) by A.M. Halford (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.5
Categories: Paranormal, Shape-shifter, Alternative (M/M, Gay)

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

Way better than I thought it would be. Jason's dad, mom and sister are real pieces of work, especially the dad. His brother, Jared, started off that way, but I imagine his story will show him learning a few things. His younger brother, Jacob, was wonderful and I'm glad he and his mate moved to the lake. Michel and Jason are super hot together, but more than that, they're really good for each other. It was nice to see Jason work through some of his insecurities and issues.

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16 Ratings
Avg - 4.44
Warrior Wolf and His Little Lamb (MM) by Susan Laine (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$3.99
Categories: Paranormal, Shape-shifter, Alternative (M/M, Gay)

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

I liked this one better than the last one, and even better than the first. Heath stood up for himself, and I really loved that. Rhys was adorable and very patient with his mate. Yep, they're my faves so far.

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/25/2016)
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10 Ratings
Avg - 3.90
Whether You Like It or Not (MM) by Marcy Jacks (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Paranormal, Shape-shifter, Alternative (M/M, Gay)

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

3.5 Stars ~ Hyde is so sweet. For a giant, scarred, wolfhound who scares the crap out if most everyone, he could be very gentle with Neal. This story was very similar to Griffin and Emery's, for obvious reasons, but I still liked it. The author is having a grand time teasing me with Dean and Joey, and I'm looking forward to their book, even though I know it'll be tough to read. As it was, it was a little heartbreaking at how matter of fact Hyde is when he says he's ugly. I was glad that Neal was able to give him things to be proud of about himself.

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/24/2016)
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14 Ratings
Avg - 4.21
Trust in Me (MM) by Marcy Jacks (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Paranormal, Shape-shifter, Alternative (M/M, Gay)

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

A very fun addition to the series. Teddy, of course, tripped all of my protective instincts and I felt so bad for him and Scott, the only two omega wolfhounds in existence, as the scientists killed all of the others deeming them too weak and useless. And, regardless that Smith and Logan have no love lost between them, I liked and respected Logan for hiding and protecting the two omegas all of this time. Smith and Teddy were super adorable and very hot together. Although I was sad about what happened to Scott when they were all captured, I was happy that once they escaped, Smith was able to convince them to return to Max's pack. Yay! Looking forward to the next book.

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/24/2016)
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11 Ratings
Avg - 4.27
This Omega Makes Me Howl (MM) by Marcy Jacks (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Paranormal, Shape-shifter, Alternative (M/M, Gay)

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

Sam and Logan were wonderful together, and they reminded me of some of the earlier pairings in this series. Sam was adorable, with an unimaginable core of strength to have survived all of those months out in the freezing winter weather. Logan was great, but I've always been partial to him, so it was time for him to get his HEA. The saga of Dean and Joey continues, as Dean found his mate he thought was dead, but instead he's been changed into a werewolf, and they've brainwashed him into hating Dean and the whole pack. It's very sad, and I know the next installment is going to be tough.

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/24/2016)
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9 Ratings
Avg - 4.44
The Wolf's Traitor Mate (MM) by Marcy Jacks (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Paranormal, Vampires/Werewolves, Alternative (M/M, Gay)

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

I really enjoyed William and Leo's story, even though much of it was predictable. I hated the fact that Scott got injured when Jules's dad came for him, but I'm glad his dad is finally dead. Of course, Merek is still out there, somewhere, and I'll be curious to see if he shows up. I'm seriously hoping that William's banishment will be rescinded by Remy, but until then, he and Leo will have to survive alone, away from the pack.

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/24/2016)
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26 Ratings
Avg - 4.00
The Purring Billionaire's Plaything (MM) by Marcy Jacks (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Paranormal, Shape-shifter, Alternative (M/M, Gay)

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

I thoroughly enjoyed this beginning to a new series. It was fun to watch Leon and Will work through their issues.....mostly. *grins* I would have enjoyed it more if there had been more background detail from when they were kids, and some fleshing out of their lives as adults. Also, I would have given more than 3 stars had there not been so many editing errors. After a while that gets very frustrating and detracts from the story. At least, in my opinion.

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/24/2016)
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18 Ratings
Avg - 3.78
The Purring Billionaire's Pet (MM) by Marcy Jacks (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Paranormal, Shape-shifter, Alternative (M/M, Gay)

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

I liked this second book in the series a little more. Leon's ex and Will's parents were fairly predictable storylines, but since I expected it, it didn't bother me. To be honest, and I can't believe I'm saying this.....there was almost too much sex in this book for me. I would have preferred more character development. I was, however, happy to see the number of editing errors decrease, although they're still fairly prevalent.

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/24/2016)
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15 Ratings
Avg - 4.00
The Omega in Control (MM) by Marcy Jacks (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: Paranormal, Vampires/Werewolves, Alternative (M/M, Gay)

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

I really enjoyed Josh and Taylor's story. The whole concept of an alpha taking the submissive role was one I think the author did a pretty good job on. I'm definitely looking forward to more in this series!

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/24/2016)
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28 Ratings
Avg - 4.61

What a wonderful second book in the series. This is all about family and I loved it! Jordan is adorable and I fell in love with him immediately. Jake I could empathize with and I fell for him, too. The kids are freaking cute as heck and sucked me in. A really fun, loving novella!

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/24/2016)
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41 Ratings
Avg - 4.24

A very good novella that I enjoyed immensely. I liked the twist at the end, but mostly I liked the romance and love between Kai, Jace, and Ted. They're very sweet together, and oh so hot!

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/24/2016)
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33 Ratings
Avg - 4.48

This was such a fun story! I felt so bad for Tyler, how his family had treated him, so I could certainly empathize with him wanting to get far away from them. Tyler is adorable with his snark, and his loving nature. Eric is hot as alpha and Finn is just as yummy. A wonderful novella which I enjoyed greatly!

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/24/2016)
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39 Ratings
Avg - 4.28

3.5 Stars ~ I really liked the love story, the family element & the small amount of drama in this fourth book of the series. What kind of ruined it for me was the very poor editing, i.e. using the wrong name, a lot of misspelled/inaccurate words like manors instead of manners. It was frustrating and took away from my enjoyment.

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/24/2016)
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1 Ratings
Avg - 3.00
The Encounter (MM) by Jacey Holbrand (Published by: Evernight Publishing )
$3.99
Categories: Paranormal, Alternative (M/M, Gay), May-December

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

This was an impulse buy, and I have to admit I wasn't disappointed. Well, except that I would've liked it to be longer. *grins* It started out at a brisk pace, and I'm pretty appreciative of that. Zen is a forty year old, ex-Marine who is a highly regarded field agent at The Agency. This particular business investigates all things paranormal, and supernatural, i.e. UFO sightings, hauntings, shifters, etc. Basically, right up my alley and I'd totally work there. His latest assistant field agent turns out to be Seth, the nephew of an ex-boyfriend, and high up at The Agency. Uh. Oh. Seth has never gotten over his desire for Zen, but he took this job partially to deal with information his uncle gave him, and to get over his crush. Unbeknownst to Seth, Zen had not been immune to him all those years ago, but Seth had been a minor, and when Zen's relationship with the uncle ended, so did his time spent with Seth. But, when Seth discovered why Zen disappeared from his life, and the reason he started working at The Agency, a lot of things become clear. I enjoyed this short story, although Zen's memories of his alien abduction were just way too predictable for me. Because of its length I think the author missed out on some more character development, although the next book involves the same characters, so perhaps I'll get more.

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/24/2016)
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37 Ratings
Avg - 4.27
The Chosen Ones (LoveXtreme) by Stormy Glenn (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Menage a Trois/Quatre, Paranormal, Alternative (M/M, Gay)

This reviewer's rating: 5 - Outstanding

4.5 Stars ~ I will have you know that I snagged this book to review right out from under a fellow reviewer’s hands *cough cough Serena*, and I don't feel one ounce of shame over it. No, sir! This is Stormy Glenn, people, and she writes magnificent paranormal gay erotic romance. So, you can understand my lack of regret at getting to 'The Chosen Ones' first. Also, since this is book one in her brand new 'Myths and Legends' series…I get ALL of them!! *maniacal laughter* "I do need all of you,” Spencer whispered as a single tear escaped and slid slowly down his pale cheek. “I would die without you.” He knew it in his soul." First there was Garrett, then Hayden, then Joe, and then Phillip. Spencer has found four of his coven and there's only one more for him to discover. Unfortunately, the one he finds is an alpha werewolf who isn't about to share his mate with four other men. If Marcus can't or won't accept Spencer, then the emotional blast rockets through the whole coven. The problem, though, is that it has to be this way according to the legends. So much about incubi is held as myth, and Spencer only knows what he learned in his birth coven and that may not be totally accurate. Not to mention that the way their coven works is very, very different from others. It's bad enough when Spencer first meets Marcus. His body goes into heat, which normally only occurs once a month, and he changes from sweet, gentle, absentminded artist into a monster of lore, and it takes all four of the men to control what happens next. Spencer doesn't understand how these men can love both parts of him, he doesn't see that they get the best of both worlds. The majority of the time, Spencer is submissive, loving, and allows them all to care for him. Once a month, or when he's found someone new he can bond with, he goes into heat and becomes a dominant incubus. Definitely the best of both worlds. I really wanted to dislike Marcus. I really did. He's an alpha to over three hundred wolves, he's arrogant, and used to getting his own way. Okay, yes, normally I would love that about a man. But Spencer already had me wrapped around his finger from the first page, so I wasn't feeling very generous. Spencer is beyond adorable, and exactly like his four consorts, I wasn't about to see him sad or upset. So, I was happy when Marcus mated him. Not so happy when Marcus refused to believe he's an incubus, claiming they were the stuff of myth and legend, and barred the other four from his estate. Oh. Boy. "I’ll do whatever I have to do to make Spencer happy and healthy again.” “Then you’d better find some lube.” I absolutely adored this latest from Stormy Glenn. She is certainly heading in a new direction and I'm personally thrilled about it. Spencer is to die for, and I'm halfway in love with him already. The rest of his consorts, even Marcus, are all wonderful, sexy, men who I greatly enjoyed getting to know. My only question for the author is ~ will book two follow these same characters or will you be introducing all new ones? Inquiring minds want to know. *grins*

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/24/2016)
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60 Ratings
Avg - 4.52
The Bear Essentials (MM) by Stormy Glenn (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Contemporary, Paranormal, Shape-shifter, Alternative (M/M, Gay)

This reviewer's rating: 5 - Outstanding

4.5 Stars Stormy Glenn had better make this a series or else! I was captivated from the first page. Casey broke my heart with everything he's been through and Rob is so stinking adorable as this giant bear with a soft, squishy heart just for his mate. There was some drama which was done really well, and sex which was done great! Really hoping to see more of these bears!

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/24/2016)
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15 Ratings
Avg - 4.20
The Alpha Takes What He Wants (MM) by Marcy Jacks (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Paranormal, Shape-shifter, Alternative (M/M, Gay)

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

As excited as I was to read the first book that focused on a wolfhound and human mating, I was kind of disappointed with George and Jason's story. I mean, George is the doctor, and with the crazy fevers and sicknesses that are going on with Dean and Joey, I would've expected George to have come to the conclusion that they are going through a mating. Instead, he seems to be as clueless as everyone else. I liked the characters, although the misunderstandings went on way too long, in my opinion. Overall, it's an okay addition to the series.

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12 Ratings
Avg - 4.08
The Alpha and the Enemy (MM) by Marcy Jacks (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Paranormal, Shape-shifter, Alternative (M/M, Gay)

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

I liked Griffin and Emery together, but I felt that the resolution of Emery's issues, i.e. his reasons for being in the organization that hunts and kills werewolves and creates wolfhounds, was over way too soon. I'm still enjoying the series, and the next book is about this mated pair, again, so perhaps I'll enjoy it more.

Reviewed by: Christy Duke (Date: 03/24/2016)
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13 Ratings
Avg - 4.00
Spoiled Brat Wants Man to Love Him (MM) by Cara Adams (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.5
Categories: Contemporary, Alternative (M/M, Gay)

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

I enjoyed watching Ross grow up and figure out what he wanted to do with his life, and I liked him and Perry together. However, from the very first book, and each successive one, I grow more and more confused about what this house they all live in really looks like. Good thing I'm not an architect, huh. There was some more drama with Tom, because that kid hasn't got the sense of a bird.

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