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10 Ratings
Avg - 4.00
Pleasing More Than One Billionaire (MFMM) by Kalissa Alexander (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.5
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

First let me say, I love that this author writes wonderfully HOT stories. Unfortunately sometimes the stories themselves can be a bit lacking. I liked that Sam was confident in her sexuality---or at least, her willingness to be adventurous and have what could have been a one night stand. The men were hot but not very defined. They were interchangeable. My biggest issue was that everythjng happened so fast. There was no conflict at all in the relationship. The men fell for Sam instantly and that was that. I wanted more. More drama, a little internal conflict. The heroes were billionaires and powerful. Men like that don't get to be were they are by seeming.....almost hesitant and naive about sexual relationships but that's how it came off sometimes. Why weren't they wary of getting too close or involved considering their wealth and status. Sam wasn't after their money, but wouldn't the heroes be just a little wary anyway? It all seemed so unrealistic. Even the ending, with the simple, easy and pat resolution to all the family secrets/dynamics was like WTF? Suddenly everyone was getting along?? Talk about out of nowhere. So, I like this author and will continue to read her books, but I wish she would add more depth to the characters and story. There were so many angles that could have been explored more that just weren't.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 02/07/2016)
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23 Ratings
Avg - 4.52
Town of Chance: Sweet Caroline (MFMMM) by Dixie Lynn Dwyer (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre

This reviewer's rating: 5 - Outstanding

Great book. This book was full of emotion. I loved Caroline's relationship with her sister Shelby, the slow, sweet buildup between Caroline, Hunter, York and CJ, and the way everyone in town was so caring and protective. I must admit, the Dare series has been very hit or miss for me, but this book definitely hit the right mark. It had all the emotion and heart that I've come to love when this author is on her game. The story was sweet without being over the top, and just what Caroline needed in her life. I enjoyed the heroes as well but I do wish we'd gotten a little more insight into the. Particularly York, as he seemed to get the least story time. Also, there were a few grammar and editing errors. But overall, this was a lovely, heartwarming book. I am really looking forward to Shelby's story!

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 02/06/2016)
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18 Ratings
Avg - 4.33
Auctioned to the Protective Dom (MF) by Doris O'Connor (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: BDSM, Contemporary

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

I so wish I could have given this more stars. Unfortunately, as mentioned in another review, there were a TON of editing mistakes. The worst was the dog, Brutus, incorrectly being called Rufus throughout the book. It was crazy. It'd be one thing if this had happened only a couple of times but 50% of the time??? There is no way anyone edited this book which makes me wonder what is going on. As for the story itself, I was intrigued at first, but didn't feel like we ever got to know Rissa. At all. She barely spoke for most of the book except to say she was sorry or stutter a couple of words. I never got a sense of who she was or her motivation--what attracted her to Daddy Doms in the 1st place? Jonas was hot and loving but because Rissa was such a vague character it all fell a bit flat for me.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 02/01/2016)
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191 Ratings
Avg - 4.41

Good book. It took me a little while to warm up to Sam because sometimes she was too stubborn and it annoyed me. But she also had realistic reactions to the mysteries and machinations going on in her life which I appreciated. I also liked that she was strong, independent, and was no scared virgin. She loved someone else before her mates which was an interesting twist. The plot, and the mystery of her family was pretty good, but a bit convoluted; there were too many characters I think. Still, overall I enjoyed the book.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/31/2016)
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11 Ratings
Avg - 3.91
Joining Their Pack (MFMM) by Jane Jamison (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Menage a Trois/Quatre, Paranormal, Vampires/Werewolves

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

LOVED the ending of this book. It had great emotion and heart. If only the 1st 75% of the book had the same heart. The authors used a strange device where she had this story happening at the exact same time as Raven's story (Book 1 of the series). Since I'd already read Book 1, it was weird to read parts of it AGAIN here. Literally, there were identical scenes/passages/conversations in both books. The only difference was, this time it was from Heather's POV. For example, both books had the same scenes of their friend's clothing store grand opening and later the same bar fight. As a reader, I was annoyed at this. I don't want ro read the same things over again. It felt lazy on the author's part. So, overall this book was a flat 3 until the ending, which was so good that I'd bump it to a 3.5 if I could. Lots of repetition and no action until the last 25% of the story.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/28/2016)
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39 Ratings
Avg - 4.51

In actuality this rates more like a 3.5. I liked the heroes and Ava. I liked that the author switched things up with the story---no crazy danger or criminals, stalkers or murderers. Just Ava, facing a health crisis and Colton and Evan dealing with their absentee father. Loved the concept, but the execution was a bit lacking. After a good start, the cancer scare started to feel.....glossed over. There wasn't a consistent sense of tension or drama throughout Ava's story. Also, I though the true story behind the heroes' relationship with their dad was contrived. I didn't buy it or their reunion. So, overall, I applaud the author for doing something different and hope she tries it again. I just wish the story was tighter.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/24/2016)
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43 Ratings
Avg - 4.53

Just OK and more like a 3.5. The story wasn't very compelling to me nor were the characters all that deep or interesting, unfortunately. It took me a lot longer than usual to finish this book. I liked Elise's kick ass personality from the previous books, but we didn't see much of that at all in this story. Disappointing.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/22/2016)
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41 Ratings
Avg - 4.07

Could barely finish the book and pretty much skilled after reading the 1st 1/3. Sadie was just not very likable to me. She came off as a bit of a user in the way she used her sexuality. and the heroes not the sharpest tools in the shed. It was hard for me too root for her because she didn't seem sincere.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/19/2016)
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39 Ratings
Avg - 4.49

Good book. The villains were a little implausible but the overall love story made up for that. So far, this is one of the best in the series.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/17/2016)
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38 Ratings
Avg - 4.50

Just OK. I couldn't really get into the story for some reason. I felt like I never got a good sense of just who Juliet was. She was Carl and Richie's girlfriend but who was she apart from that? All we knew of her personality was that she was shy. That's it. Nothing about what she wanted out of life, her goals, etc. So, because I didn't know her, I couldn't invest in her or the danger she was in. Even the villains seemed a bit murky and not well defined. This book was not a favorite.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/16/2016)
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36 Ratings
Avg - 4.50

Good, but the ending was rushed and a bit abrupt.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/13/2016)
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40 Ratings
Avg - 4.33

Good book. I loved the uber alpha heroes, although I must admit there there were moments I didn't care for Tyler, as he could be TOO controlling and arrogant sometimes. But overall, I'm a sucker for protective alpha heroes. My only other critique--the ending was way too rushed, which is unfortunately typical for this author.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/12/2016)
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7 Ratings
Avg - 3.71
Saving Master Rafael (MMF) by Clair de Lune (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.5
Categories: BDSM, Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre

This reviewer's rating: 2 - Fair

This book moved at light speed; feelings and emotion were totally glossed over. The story could have been so good it there had been any depth. Rafael came across as cold yet uncertain, Heather as needy and se,fish.p, and Jess as beleaguered. The trio spent ONE NIGHT together at an auction, which by definition is no strings attached---yet Heather and Jess immediately were affronted and devastated that Rafael didn't say goodbye in the morning, didn't pursue a relationship, etc. They were so devastated they practically went into deep depression! Huh??? It made no sense! Frankly, the way the author portrayed the sex from that one night, it didn't seem THAT mind blowing to warrant all the drama. This book tried to be deep but it just wasn't. Instead it was superficial, and totally unbelievable.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/11/2016)
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23 Ratings
Avg - 4.57

Love Dixie's books, but this one was meh. The story was slow and there wasn't much of a plot. The side story of Bethany's brother Angelo stealing money and her ex boyfriend's (Curran) cousin Cristano, who was an investor in her boss's business was clunky and a little convoluted in that it didn't really go anywhere. I didn't see any point to Cristano at all. The theft angle would have made more sense if it had just been about Angelo and the people he stole from. As for the romance, none of the characters felt well defined although the heroes were better defined than Bethany. Bethany was...blah. I liked that she had some spunk but for all her supposed fear about prior abuse and trust, she didn't seem hard to convince re: a relationship. I just didn't feel connected to any of the characters the way I'm used to when reading a DLD book. This book felt like a rush job.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/10/2016)
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12 Ratings
Avg - 4.42
Howling for Their Mate (MFMM) by Jane Jamison (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Menage a Trois/Quatre, Paranormal, Vampires/Werewolves

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

Very hot story, but I can't give it more than 3stars because the story took so long to develop. It was very slow....there was no action or drama until the end, when suddenly everything rushed to conclusion. The men didn't make a move on Raven for most of the book, while she fantasized about them all day long but still resisted them. It was frustrating as they wall danced around each other, never going anywhere. One thing I loved though, was the relationship between the brothers. They each had distinct personalities and the way they talked to each other was so realistic, it was wonderful. So in the end, great heroes, an OK heroine but s too slow story.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/09/2016)
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12 Ratings
Avg - 4.17
Until the End of Time (MMF) by Keyonna Davis (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Paranormal, Shape-shifter

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

I was a bit disappointed in this book. It was OK but based on the blurb, I expected the story to be more emotional and dramatic. As much as I felt for Talia, I didn't feel like the author really explored her struggle to accept 2 new mates in any deep or compelling way. I think I needed to see more interaction between the trio. There was a lot of time spent on other characters who lived in the house with them and lots of comic relief with a mangy cat, but not enough time at all of Talis, Ken and Ryan building a relationship. There was some resistance in the beginning, then a lull thru the middle of the book where nothing happened, then suddenly full acceptance. I didn't really feel their journey. Also, the ending with the villain was totally anticlimactic. Totally. That was extremely disappointing. Overall, I loved the story concept, not so much the was the story played out.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/05/2016)
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41 Ratings
Avg - 4.02
Suddenly Bear (MFMM) by Abby Blake (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Shape-shifter

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

Just OK. No real plot--just the foursome slowly coming together, with Violet not knowing their shifter nature. It was a pleasant, easy book; worth it mainly because of the 99 cent sale price. Had this cost more, it would have been a disappointment.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/01/2016)
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11 Ratings
Avg - 4.00
Running from Angel (MFM) by Tonya Ramagos (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Menage a Trois/Quatre, Western/Cowboys

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

Good, but felt like the trio's story started in a previous book (which I hadn't read). The story started with Angel's car breaking down and Jacob coming to her rescue (he and Mitch had apparently rescued her months before from and abusive boyfriend). Angel is the pursuer throughout the story, while the men (mainly Mitch) try to hold back. I liked the characters but its weird when you feel like you're walking into the middle of the story. I didn't get a sense of who any of the characters were. The trio kept mentioning Angel's past abuse but who was she before and how has that made her who she is now? Other than her deciding to go after the men, we really didn't know. The men were just was fuzzy. Mitch was the most controlling and resistant but that's about it. I wish the author had written a whole story about the trio, starting from the very beginning---Angel's abuse and rescue, then SEEING how she got her life together, seeing the relationship with the men develop. Instead we got just a moment in time with the three.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 12/20/2015)
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4 Ratings
Avg - 3.75
Dark Moon Dance (MMF) by Nicole Dennis (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.99
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Paranormal, Shape-shifter

This reviewer's rating: 2 - Fair

This is the 1st book I've read in the series and I was excited to read it based on the excerpt. Unfortunately I was disappointed. The story started out great and intriguing. But about 1/4 of the way thru it lost all momentum. It became very meandering, only broken up occasionally for a quick shooting or random argument. Speaking of shooting, Etienne was always getting hurt which was annoying. Also, half the premise of the book was Kate searching for her sister. Except she never did!! She happened upon her sister's scent ONCE--by accident. Kate never lifted a finger to help and barely mentioned her sister once she, Isaac and Etienne acknowledged they were mates. Ugh. Based on the opening chapter, I thought I was going to read a suspenseful, dramatic book. But the story was more humorous than suspenseful and it was bit long and chaotic. I don't think I'll read any more of the series.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 12/17/2015)
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36 Ratings
Avg - 4.06

This book felt very rushed to me. The relationship between the heroes and heroine just went from zero to sixty in no time. They basically went out on 2 dates and by the second they were pretty much in love. I liked the villian/s who were to really crazy and sadistic. I mean, if you're going to be psycho, might as well go all out. So, that part didn't bother me. I also liked that the author finally had the heroine have LASTING effects from her ordeal. The fact that Sonya wasn't jumping into bed right after being hurt was realistic and a welcome change from DLD's usual books. It's just too bad the love story--the 1st 2/3 of the book--was so...stilted and rushed. Also, there were a lot of typos, so the editing could've been better.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 12/15/2015)
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32 Ratings
Avg - 4.03
Re-awaken Me (MFMM) by Becca Van (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

Wish I liked this more but was put off by Pippa's attitude toward the heroes. I'm all for strong, independent heroines, but Pip was annoying, the way she would have sex with the men, then immediately run away, claiming she had no feelings for them and would not be told by them how to think or feel. Then author didn't really delve into WHY Pip felt and behaved this way, until near the end of the book. So, as a reader I was frustrated and had a hard time connecting with her. As for the heroes, they were OK but one thing that bugged me was the men supposedly loved Pip forever. But Pip's parents were killed when she was 12 amd the men hadn't seen her since. They were older, so when exactly did they fall in love with her? Seems creepy to fall in love with a 12 yr old...I don't know. Finally, the final conflict with the villain was great, as was the aftermath the same night. Unfortunately, it was ruined in a scene the very next day, when everythjng was wrapped up in a nice, tidy bow of sunshine and happiness that was a total 180 and didn't ring true IMO. By the way, what kind of Sheriff and his 2 Deputies don't care about evidence (e.g. making Pip shower when she'd just been attacked by the villain and hadn't even been questioned)? So, overall, good concept, but weak execution.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 12/13/2015)
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15 Ratings
Avg - 4.53
The Trail Back (MFMM) by Ashley Malkin (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Menage a Trois/Quatre, Paranormal, Vampires/Werewolves

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

This is the first book I've read from the Pine Falls series though I've read all of the Eminence books. Eh, the book was just OK. I liked Abbie, Shane, Josh, and Brayden but the story seemed slow to me and for some reason, I didn't feel deeply about characters. Strange, since the heroes had compelling back stories (the murder of their parents) and Abbie had been thru a huge trauma. The individual pieces of the story were good, but they never fully came together for me.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 12/12/2015)
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26 Ratings
Avg - 4.62

Good book. Like others have said, I like that the author mixed up Brigid and the men's first meetings. The fact that it started off with a one night stand was actually really refreshing and different. I liked all the heroes but especially Tobin. I didn't love the arson/insurance fraud p/crazy killer storyline quite as much though because it didn't make a ton of sense IMO. I mean, I got it, but it felt random and far fetched. Unlike in the last few books/series the ending/epilogue had a bit more detail which I appreciated. I like that Brigid still had a couple of issues related to her ordeal which was realistic. Overall, a pretty good book.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 12/07/2015)
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20 Ratings
Avg - 4.40
Triple M Ranch (MFMM) by Becca Van (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Western/Cowboys

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

Not bad. I liked all the characters but felt like the story was missing something. The relationship between the heroine and heroes didn't seem like it moved all that much throughout the book. The story felt stagnant. Cashmere had a rough past and I wish that had been explored more WITH the men.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 12/03/2015)
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55 Ratings
Avg - 4.55

Great book. Very good mystery/suspense and the relationship between Grace, Sandman, Jay and Duke was hot--but most importantly very emotional amd intense. I especially loved how Grace fought to stay/keep her independence, even if it was sometimes to her detriment. Overall, a great story with strong characters.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 11/29/2015)
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