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11 Ratings
Avg - 4.09
Talia's Match (MMF) by Sarah Marsh (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$3.99
Categories: Menage a Trois/Quatre, Science Fiction

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

Good book. I am enjoying this series, and I like that previous characters were mentioned, but only in passing. You don't need to have read the first book as this one is a totally separate story. Even the characters here are of a different species than in book 1. I loved Grae and Ash and I appreciated the fact that Talia was cautious about getting into a relationship with the men. My biggest criticism would be the ending. It was very rushed and everything wrapped up too neatly and quickly IMO. In particular, I was really interested and intrigued by Dhover and Misha. To me, they could have been the basis for a great sequel. Unfortunately, they were used to help wrap up Ash, Grae and Talia's story.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 03/07/2015)
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9 Ratings
Avg - 4.56

1st time reading this author. I liked the concept and overall world building. There is a lot of promise there. The tone of the story though, confusing. The story started out very seriously, with Max and is warriors escaping his traitorous uncle, Max's kingdom destroyed and he and his knaves regrouping for revenge. It was all very dramatic and compelling and I was hooked early on. But then the story got way off track IMO. The urgency and drama disappeared once the men got temporary asylum. The tone did a 180 turn. There was a lot of joking around and comical moments. It felt very strange & out of place given the their circumstances. The sex was hot and I really liked the love the men showed for each other. However a lot of the sex scenes, while hot, were tinged with humor and anatomical jokes which....really? In such a serious situation? Eh, I was expecting more....life & death, lust & desperation I guess, instead I'd jokes. Another example of weird tone: Max saves the life of his friend's child, who is dying. In order to save the child, Max tells the mother she must use some of her own life force to save the child and it would mean she would'nt be able to have more children. She agrees: the child is saved. Pretty dramatic & emotional right? So why then, 2 pages later (in the same scene!) is the mother is joking and giggling, like nothing ever happened? I had to do a double take. Very inconsistent. Finally, and I have to say this b/c it keeps popping up in a lot of Siren books lately, the OVERUSE of exclamation marks. It's like the characters are always SHOUTING. The overuse started around the middle of the book and got progressively worse. I feel bad blaming the author since this should've been corrected in Editing. And since the problem was progressive, that, to me could be a sign of lazy editing. Anyway, I know it seems I had a lot of complaints, but I will say, despite the flaws, I did like many aspects of the story, definitely liked the characters, and I would try Book 2. I feel like there is a lot of potential here, and with some tightening of the story and tone (and less exclamations) this series could be very good series.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 03/02/2015)
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4 Ratings
Avg - 4.00
Aceline's Choice (MMF) by Angelique Voisen (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$3.5
Categories: Menage a Trois/Quatre, Science Fiction, Futuristic

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

Eh, I was excited to read this book after reading the excerpts. Unfortunately the excerpts were the best parts of the book. This is the only book I've read in the series and while there were clearly scenes that referred to previous books and characters, I wasn't too confused. I think the issue for me was the story was just kind of boring. Ethan, Griffin and Aceline, once the met, almost immediately fell into bed and into a relationship. Not necessarily love but at 1st sight, but there wasn't much drama WITHIN their relationship. They just sort of fell into it. Not much self examination by anyof the characters. I mean, the heroes were supposed to deliver Aceline to their families, but decided to keep her---going against their family and risking thei lives. OK, great, but we never got to see the evolution of WHY they made the decision. They fell in love, but the author never had the heroes examine their feelings and say to themselves, "Hey, I love this woman". Everyone's feelings, until just before the end, were very vague and unexpressed. Also, the heroes are a couple, but unless I missed it, they never had sex with each other, only as a threesome. I found that really annoying and not hot. The heroes had supposedly been a couple for years, fought to be together---but none of that passion was ever shown. It made the story unbelievable and disappointing. I feel like there was a ton of potential here, but it just wasn't realized.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 02/21/2015)
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16 Ratings
Avg - 4.19
Callie's Blood Mates (MFM) by Becca Van (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Paranormal, Vampires/Werewolves

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

Eh. I just couldn't get into this book. Like Book 1 in the series, this (Book 2) felt very rough and very simplistic. I love Becca Van books. This one though, felt like it was an older book that was reissued and not revised. I could be wrong. But the Blood Exchange series doesn't have the same tight narrative, emotional writing and character development that is in other series from Ms. Van (Passion Victoria, Club Dominance, Elite Dragoons, etc.). Although the Passions series (some at least) were published previously but they work well, so who knows. As for the characters, Callie was OK, but I didn't connect to her emotionally. She accepted the fact they were vampires fairly easily and consented to move in with them almost instantly as well. It felt too easy and simplistic. The heroes were just OK as well. Their backstory was interesting but personalities interchangeable. Not much drama eitherexcept for some dreamwalking. Overall, the story and emotions just weren't very deep unfortunately. Like I said, I've loved her other books and series....maybe vampires are not her best subject?

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 02/11/2015)
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11 Ratings
Avg - 3.82
Sin Wore a Stetson (MFMMM) by Zoey Marcel (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: Menage a Trois/Quatre, Shape-shifter, Western/Cowboys

This reviewer's rating: 2 - Fair

I have read Zoey Marcek's books before so I'm always prepared for a very kinky, non con conformist story. Also, that her books usually start off slowly (which a can be frustrating) and then get better as the story or series goes along. However, this series, so far at least, moves TOO fast. Jade and Kellan have sex within the 1st chapter or so. She started off the book with amnesia and a dead body, clearly had sex right before getting amnesia, and thought she could have been raped but was still eager to give a blowjob a few pages later. Possible sexual assault is serious, even if one can't remember and the way it was treated here.....was off putting. Also, there were TOO many characters. It's a problem I've found in all the books I've read by Ms. Marcel. I'm all for multiple partners, but IMO she always has 1 or 2 men too many. This book is no exception. I liked Bane, but he didn't seem necessary. What also seemed unnecessary was the supernatural element. It just seemed to muddy the story since, at least for now, there was no focus on it. Although I can easily guess how it will become important later. There's no world building to explain the supernatural part of the book. Apparently, werewolves are aren't a big thing?? It's not ever explained. I mean, the cowboys never knew werewolves existed, so when Bane tells them he and Jade are wolves, they are mad, but quickly move on like its not a big deal. Huh?? Doesn't this mean Kellan could turn into a wolf?? Does anyone care? Apparently not as it's never addressed. Then there's Ivy and her backstory and apparent crazed stalker... It's just TOO much. Too many stories all over the place. It's my main issue with this author. She is SO GOOD when she focuses on a few themes---the relationsh btwn Jade and the brothers, the relationship btwn the brothers themselves, the relationship between Doc and Stellan, the mystery of Jade's amnesia. That's a lot of juicy stuff right there! So why add werewolves and best friends with stalkers and a missing father (who you just know will be linked to the cowboys RME)? It's as if the goal is to throw in everything and the kitchen sink. Sigh... I like Zoey Marcel and I bought the series, so we'll see where goes. Already, this installment started to get better toward the end----consistent with her other series. So I feel confident book 2 will be better and book 3 will potentially be great. I just wish her series could be consistently good throughout. B/c this? Book 1? Not very good IMO.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 02/08/2015)
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29 Ratings
Avg - 4.28
Shelby's Saviors (MFM) by Becca Van (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Western/Cowboys

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

Great book. I loved how patient and caring the brothers were with Shelby. Normally I would get a little annoyed at a heroine who kept trying to conceal her feeling etc. but it made total sense here. I actually really liked that Shelby was cautious with her emotions held back. It felt realistic after all she'd been thru. Great job by the author.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/31/2015)
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26 Ratings
Avg - 4.23
Bethany (MFMM) by Ashley Malkin (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.5
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Paranormal, Shape-shifter, Older H/h

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

Yay! So, I've liked this series, but I could never rate it more than Average in the past because I felt like the stories lacked conflict, that everything was too easy and instantly happily ever after. I wanted more drama and I'm SO happy to say I finally got it! I liked that the heroine was a potential shifter, that Jason didn't accept her initially (with dire consequences) and that there was a real villain (or 2) who posed a threat that wasn't easily neutralized. This is the best in the series so for IMO. There was more nuance and emotional turmoil which made the ending more satisfying. Kudos to the author who I think has steadily gotten better with each book.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/31/2015)
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12 Ratings
Avg - 4.50
Let's Get It On (MFM) by Doris O'Connor (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: BDSM, Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

I love Doris O'Connor's books. She just has a wat of writing...the characters are always well developed and she always goes beyond the surface, to explore deeper emotions. In this story, I loved the brothers' relationship. They acted like REAL brothers. They gave each other crap, there was a bit of jealousy, etc. It was really nice and refreshing. I enjoyed Lily too, but it was Sloan and particularly Cyrus that made the book for me. Good story, with a mystery throw in and a dark overtones. I'd recommend it.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/26/2015)
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18 Ratings
Avg - 4.67
The Dom, the Switch, and the Sub (MMF) by Diane Leyne (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: BDSM, Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

I liked this book a lot. Loved all the characters, particularly Luke and Zack who seemed the most fleshed out and complex of the trio. I do wish though, that the story had been longer and more.....dramatic, if that makes sense. The pacing was a little off for me. The first half, or maybe 2/3 of the book focused on Luke wooing Serena and Zack and their finally being together. Immediately after that (the final 1/3) there was a "sort of " profession of love and then a "misunderstanding" that was wrapped up quickly and then HEA. It happened too fast IMO. I wanted to see more of the threesome's relationship AFTER sex but BEFORE the misunderstanding to understand why/how they could fall in love. I wanted to watch their development. Instead, it felt like they had sex once, fell in love instantly, had a misunderstanding that lasted a week, then decided to commit forever. Don't get me wrong, I lovec the characters, I just waned MORE. Needed more fleshing out of feelings and motivations in the last 1/3 of the story. Still though, I enjoyed the book, just wished it had been longer to explore everything.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/25/2015)
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40 Ratings
Avg - 4.48
Slave Gold (MFMM) by Becca Van (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: Menage a Trois/Quatre, Science Fiction, Futuristic

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

This book was OK. The premise was intriguing but the execution was a little off. It was a little too simple. All of the things that you'd expect would be difficult for the heroine due to being transported to another world were fairly glossed over. I liked all the characters, but didn't feel like I got to know their personalities, except for on the surface. Particularly the men, who, despite being described as having slightly different personalities, seemed mostly interchangeable. This was not a bad book by any means. As I said, it was OK. But this author can be so good sometimes, that this one felt a little superficial compared to some of her other.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/23/2015)
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8 Ratings
Avg - 4.25
Finding Holland (MMF) by Grace Ryles (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: BDSM, Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

Loved the heroes (Adrian and Oliver). They were HOT, warm, loving, and totally devoted to each other and Holland. Unfortunately, Holland was awful. I was OK with her in the beginning. She'd lost her parents, she apparently felt betrayed by the men for falling in love behind her back, etc. But once the trio faced beach other again, it became clear to EVERYONE (even her friends) except Holland that the guys were madly in love with her and she with them. But instead of listening to the for one second, she just keeps having sex with them and then runs away. UGH. Her reasons? I have no idea. The whole thing was just strange and contrived, and most importantly, really, really MEAN to the heroes. So much so, that I wanted the guys to just walk away already. She really didn't deserve all their chasing and patience. Maybe the author should have created a better reason for Holland running the 1ts time--something with more drama b/c all she did was validate what the heroes 1st thought. That she was too young. And apparently 6yrs later still is/was b/c she's just as dumb now. Finally, did I miss the reason Adrian was sometimes called "Ian"?? At 1st I thought it was a typo but it kept happening throughout, and a one pt. it was implied it was a "nickname"?? Confusing. Overall I'm disappointed but I'll give this author another try b/c I loved everything about the book except Holland.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/11/2015)
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19 Ratings
Avg - 4.26
Sarah's Crew (LoveXtreme) by Sarah Marsh (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$3.99
Categories: Menage a Trois/Quatre, Science Fiction, Futuristic

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

So, I really liked this book. Something about the author's writing style is kind of breezy and pleasant. I liked all the characters, despite the fact that they weren't very fleshed out. Overall, I think the story concept is good, but there needed to be much more world building. Who are these aliens from Zorn, what is their culture, why is Sarah so easily accepting of her situation and the reality that aliens actually exist? A lot of things that could have been used to add drama were inexplicably eliminated. For example, Sarah seemlessly adjusted to her new life b/c the men "downloaded" info about themselves into her consciousness. So, it was pretty much HEA from day one. There was a bit of drama toward the end, not much. Also, little details like....um.......just exactly how can Sarah go from partner to partner and the author only had only one reference to her showering. Not exactly something I wanted to think about but if I'M thinking it, that means the author probably should have too. Anyway, I know I'm listing a lot of issues, but I truly did enjoy the book. I bring up these things up b/c I do like the author's voice and style and think she can be really good if she addresses them in her next book. And I am hoping to read more from her.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 01/08/2015)
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12 Ratings
Avg - 3.92
Brazen Temptation (MMFM) by Zoey Marcel (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.99
Categories: BDSM, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Paranormal

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

I couldn't really connect to the characters. Dakari was the most fleshed out of the characters, while Joaquin was the most interesting. Nex was just...there. Claire was OK but hard to connect to. She was haunted and yet still came across as kind of whiny. I think the author threw I in too many things--there was a haunting, possession, exorcism, something with skeletons, a centuries old curse, bloodlust, shape shifters, etc. etc. Way too many things going on and none of them very compelling--probably because there was no time to focus on 1 or 2 things and do so well. I think what I missed the most was the the emotion that the author usually has in her stories. There were Couple emotionally deep scenes but they felt very fleeting. I wasn't convinced by the end of the book of their HEA. Oh, I believed they all loved each other, but as a reader I didn't feel it.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 12/11/2014)
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6 Ratings
Avg - 4.00
Anya: The Beginning (MMF) by Mya Larose (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.5
Categories: Historical, Menage a Trois/Quatre

This reviewer's rating: 1 - Poor

I really wanted to like this book b/c the stoy seemed like it would be different and interesting. Unfortunately I could barely get thru it. First of all, the EXCLAMATIONS!!!! To say it was overused would be an understatement. Every few sentences had wildly misplaced exclamation marks. I felt like all the characters were constantly shouting. I seriously had to put the book down a few times, it got so annoying and distracting. Other issues: 2). The book is labeled as the 1st in the Kismet series, but it appears some of the characters (Suleman and Lara) had their own book in a different series (which I've not read). It made me wonder if the main charcters in this book (Anya, Salim, Drake) were introduced in that other series. I wonder because by the 2nd chapter, Salim proposes and marries Anya. Um, nice way to kill all romantic suspense. It seemed ridiculously rushed. Maybe the author thought we were familiar with them already? 3) The inclusion of 20th and 21st century phrases in what is supposed to be a historical book. Very jarring. 4). The fact that Salim and Drake kept talking about the need to keep their relationship a secret but EVERYONE in the house basically they knew they were lovers. Well all except the villains (RME). That was pretty unbelievable. I feel like I could go on, but you get the gist. But I also have to call out whomever edited this book. The exclamations, the grammar and use of current terms in a historical make me think no one edited this at all. I mean, the overuse of exclamations started within the first 3 pages. How did NO editor see this? I feel badly for the author that she apparently got zero help or guidance from the editor. Very disappointing. Unfortunately I cannot recommend this book at all.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 12/07/2014)
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50 Ratings
Avg - 4.56
Armored Hearts (LoveXtreme) by Dixie Lynn Dwyer (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

Good, because of the author's usual, capable writing. However, there wasn't much of a plot or any drama aside from the initial kidnapping at the beginning of the book. The story was basically about the heroine recovering from her injuries and falling in love. I'm used to more dramatic, emotional stories from this author. I'd give the plot a 3 (there really wasn't much of one) but the overall writing (flow, language, descriptive emotion, etc) a 4.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 12/06/2014)
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9 Ratings
Avg - 4.11
Saving Greyson (LoveXtreme) by Zoey Marcel (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$6.5
Categories: BDSM, Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Western/Cowboys

This reviewer's rating: 5 - Outstanding

Sigh.... This. Book. I can't even..... I LOVED IT. So dark, and yet so compelling. Seeing Greyson finally find salvation due to Melanie's and Diego's love was so beautiful. My only teeny tiny quibble was the whole town "curse" thing. It didn't bother me, I just think the series didn't need it. There was so much emotion and turmoil and love in the series that felt so real and present, that the supernatural element felt slightly out of place. Overall, though, this was was a completely satisfying and wonderful ending. And to think, I was iffy on the series in the beginning but the author sort of revealed more and more layers as the books progressed, each one getting better and better. That's a pretty tough and rare feat IMO. In my experience, 90% of the time, the 1st book in a series tends to be the best, and then it sort of goes slowly downhill from there. This series is the complete opposite. Kudos to Zoey Marcel for bucking the trend LOL and delivering a FANTASTIC book and series---or I should say, this portion of the series. I can't wait for future books with the Huntingtons and other members of McKenna Downs!

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10 Ratings
Avg - 4.30
Mellie's Submission (LoveXtreme) by Zoey Marcel (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: BDSM, Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Western/Cowboys

This reviewer's rating: 5 - Outstanding

Loving this series! Books 1-2 started off slow for me--they were OK, but I wasn't sure I was going to really, really like it. Then the series too a darker turn starting with Book 3, and drama cranked up a few notches. Now with this book...wow, love it! The interaction between Greyson and Diego is off the charts HOT. It's positively electric. I can't wait to see Mellie finally get thu to Greyson in the next installment. And I love the twist with the stalker, which ups the drama even more. I'm so glad I continued with the series after books 1-2 b/c I MUCH prefer the increasingly darker tone of 3-5. Pretty slick move by the author to slowly build the suspense in that regard. Or crazy, cuz some people could've stopped after book 1-2 LOL. Either way, I'm glad I didn't!

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 12/05/2014)
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12 Ratings
Avg - 4.58
Believing in Mellie (LoveXtreme) by Zoey Marcel (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Western/Cowboys

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

Wow. This book was incredibly HOT! Truthfully, I'd rate the storytelling a 3, because, as in the previous books, the writing can be choppy at times and sometimes disjointed. But the heat level is off the charts and there are some really compelling aspects to the story that I was really drawn to, so overall, I gave it a 4. Emmett, Diego, and most importantly Greyson are AWESOME. So complex and dark. A warning to those that don't like dark characters or storylines---this book is not for you. Frankly the darkness of Greyson and to a lesser extent Emmett and Diego is what made this book for me. I LOVED their scenes and was kind of shocked in a few places. The other brothers--Hunter and Jake were fine, but so different. There is no darkness in them. That's OK and I appreciate that the author balances the light and the dark aspects in the book. I'm more intrigued by the dark side, which is why this is the 1st time I've given a book in this series a 4 rating. I can't wait to read the next installment!

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 12/03/2014)
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10 Ratings
Avg - 4.10
Mellie's Angel (LoveXtreme) by Zoey Marcel (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.99
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Western/Cowboys

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

Not bad, but there were quite a few scenes that felt very disjointed. Like the reason for Hunter's vow and how that is just accepted in their town. Also the sudden attacking on Amelie's sister. Those moments were very WTF in that they came out of nowhere. I was intrigued by Greyson though. I'm really looking forward to his story as well as Emmett and Diego's. Hunter and Jake's stories were sweet but I felt the writing could have been tighter.

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21 Ratings
Avg - 3.95
Cowboy Rescue (MFMM) by Jane Jamison (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Western/Cowboys

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

This book was super hot, but at the end of the day, just OK. The men are sent by their boss Gabriel, who owns a security compant specializing in helping/protecting women. The set up was good, with Maria being harassed by an anonymous stalker. The night they meet, 1 of the men sleepers with her, with the other 2 soon to follow. I thought that was a little too quick--Maria didn't enen know these guys. And yet pretty instantly, the men fall in love. That was especially far fetched to me. I did appreciate that Maria was a bit more hesitant to utter the L-word b/c it added some realism. I did really like their boss Gabriel and am intrigued by his backstory (dead wife, Dom, etc) I'm looking forward to his book. Overall I liked all the characters, but wanted a little better story. I would definitely try another book in the series.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 11/28/2014)
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7 Ratings
Avg - 3.43
Protecting Bethany (MFM) by Honor James (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Western/Cowboys

This reviewer's rating: 2 - Fair

OK I have to be honest. This book completely read like a Young Adult novel, just with a few sex scenes. I mean.....it was really, really sweet. Like toothache territory. Which, I guess isn't a bad thing per se, but doesn't make for a very interesting read either. There's a side story about Bethany's evil dad and (sort of) husband stealing her grandfather's ranch and abusing her so I thought there would be some intrigue or danger to spice things up. Nope. That was all wrapped up at the end and I'm not sure we even heard 2 words from the "husband" the entire book. Even the writing was kind of childish and amateurish. Example: Bethany was abused and needed an ex-military team to rescue her (it was backstory---I guess the author covered it in Book 1?) where she hides in plain sight (WTF) as a cook on her BFF's family ranch by donning a wig (another WTF). When she is outed by the heroes' dad who has know her for years, he convinces her to drop the disguise and live her life. So she's like "OK!!" and then serves up dinner where ALL the ranch hands including Connor notice that Bethany looks COMPLETELY diffferent (RME) and they don't say ANYTHING. They just eat dinner. I mean, really??? Does this make any sense??! And if Bethany was. so much danger from her "husband" why didn't he ever come after her when she stopped using a disguise? This is what I mean by amateurish. All these random loose ends that were never explained or followed up on. The rest of the book is the 3 characters blissfully happy. Seriously. No conflict or drama. Just....HEA after about 30 pages. Except that the book went on for another 100 pages or so. Truly, this book was baffling.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 11/24/2014)
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11 Ratings
Avg - 4.27
Mackenzie's Surrender (MMMF) by Jorja Kish (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: Multiple Partners, Science Fiction, Futuristic

This reviewer's rating: 4 - Good

Hmmm. Interesting book. I'm intrigued by the universe the author has created. I'm still a little unclear on the facts and customs going on. For example, there is no language barrier despite the fact that the heroine, heroes and other characters seem to be of many different species. The world building is good, but could be tightened up in a few places. I'm looking forward to finding out about Shayane and of the Alpha Dendrik and his mates. I wonder if the are connected? Overall, a heed book and I'm looking forward to the next book.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 10/13/2014)
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22 Ratings
Avg - 4.32
Peata (MFMM) by Ashley Malkin (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$4.5
Categories: Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre, Paranormal, Shape-shifter

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

This book is fine. Having read the first book in the series (Melanie's story) I was prepared for the overarching theme of "these men are my mates, I accept this immediately, let's live happily ever after!" Which is OK but.....it basically eliminates all the romantic suspense from the story. I'm not questioning the HEA (we all know 99% of books will end that way) just HOW it gets there. The author makes an interesting choice in this series to basically forgo the usual push/pull between the characters b/c they all accept their fate/bond instantly. In a way, it's kind of brave---why bother writing in doubts or romantic conflict when we all know how that will end up? On the other hand, as a reader, part of me wants to watch how the characters' emotions and feelings evolve. So, as with Book 1, I think I prefer to read books with more emotional conflict. But I will say, I wouldn't be opposed to reading more of this series. If you accept it for what it is, and not look for anything more, it's a perfectly simple, acceptable book.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 10/11/2014)
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64 Ratings
Avg - 4.53

Good but a little too overloaded with stalkers. The heroine essentially had 3 which... eh, was a bit of overkill IMO. I liked the book, but didn't feel as connected to Gia as I have with heroines that appear in later installments of the series (I did not read the series in order). She was fine, but I was more drawn to the heroes, especially Mac.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 10/03/2014)
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50 Ratings
Avg - 4.44
Aurora's Doms (MFM) by Becca Van (Published by: Siren-BookStrand, Inc. )
$5.5
Categories: BDSM, Contemporary, Menage a Trois/Quatre

This reviewer's rating: 3 - Average

This story was OK. It started off really well but sort of faded a bit once the trio got together. I felt like the "mystery" part of the story was just thrown in to meet a "threat" quota. And I'm generally OK with that but this threat was not very interesting. Also, the heroes' aversion to "smal" women and the reason why was roll your eyes worthy. Because of all that, I didn't fully connect with the characters.

Reviewed by: SoCalReader (Date: 10/01/2014)
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