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Pup by S.J.D. Peterson

This is the first book in the Guards of Folsom series.

  • Pup (book #1)
  • Tag Team (book #2 – release date TBD)

Pup (Guards of Folsom, #1)Pup by S.J.D. Peterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Micah “Pup” Slayde knows he wants Tackett Austin the moment he lays eyes on him in the Guards of Folsom. Micah wants to have purpose, to be taken care of, and to take care of his Dom—wants to trust him completely, live for him, belong to him. To become his everything. Micah is sure Tackett is the one. The problem is, in order to be the perfect sub, he needs to stay focused, and that’s not easy for Micah, who suffers from what he refers to as a “broken brain.” Focus and adult attention deficit disorder rarely coexist.

Ever since Ty Callahan and Blake Henderson’s collaring ceremony, Tackett’s been thinking too much about his own loneliness. Even though Ty introduces Micah and urges Tackett to give him a try, Tackett isn’t so easily convinced. He’s spent his life pursuing a successful business career, and the subs he dominates almost never enjoy the kiss of his leather twice. Twenty years Micah’s senior, Tackett has no interest in taking on and taming such a young and naughty sub—but it’s difficult to resist such an adorable pup when he begs.

So what did I think?

This was a really well written and thoroughly enjoyable journey into the lives of Micah and Tackett.

Micah is so easily likable, a young man searching for something/someone to ground him. “Having people around me keeps me from going, ‘Oh look, sparkly’ and walking into traffic.” and he finds that grounding in Tackett.

Tackett, who is a lot older, has not had a permanent relationship and isn’t sure he is looking for one but Micah’s persistence leads to him taking a chance – a 2 week trial that leads to more.

Micah’s feelings for Tackett are obvious. “Tackett was everything he could ever ask for or want. He desired to be a better man when he was with him. there was comfort and peace in love, and Tackett owned his mind, body, heart, and very soul, and he was ready to prove to the man they were worth keeping.” and it was nice to see him get his wish to belong to Tackett. However, it was more special to see Tackett find what was missing from his life, ending his loneliness.

4 Stars

Below is the cover (from S.J.D Peterson’s blog)  for the next book Tag Team but the release date is still to be determined.

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Racing for the Sun by Amy Lane

Racing for the SunRacing for the Sun by Amy Lane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

“I’ll do anything.”

Staff Sergeant Jasper “Ace” Atchison takes one look at Private Sonny Daye and knows that every word on paper about him is pure, unadulterated bullshit. But Sonny is desperate, and although Ace isn’t going to take him up on his offer of “anything,” that doesn’t mean he isn’t tempted.

Instead, Ace takes Sonny under his wing, protecting him when they’re in the service and making plans with him when they get out. Together, they’re going to own a garage and build race cars and make their fortune hurtling faster than light across the desert. Together, they’re going to rewrite the past, make Sonny Daye a whole and happy person, and put the ghosts in Ace’s heart to rest.

But not even Sonny can build a car fast enough to escape the ghosts of the past. When Sonny’s ghosts drive them down and run their plans off the road, Ace finds out exactly what he’s made of. Maybe Sonny was the one to promise Ace anything, but there is nothing under the sun Ace won’t do to keep Sonny safe from harm.

What did I think?

“I am a murderer and a thief, but if Sonny still wants me, I will call myself a good man.” From the first paragraph, you know this book will be a little bit different.

Sonny and Ace meet in the military. Sonny triggers a hugely protective urge in Ace and Ace looks after Sonny, protecting him from less honourable officers. Then a certain event creates a secret that binds them. When Ace is discharged his one focus is to make Sonny’s dream come true.

Although the men obviously have deep feelings for each other, the acknowledgement between them and the development into something more than friendship is slow to build. There is no rush into a physical relationship.

There was a sense of impending doom throughout this book, lending a certain tenseness as I was waiting for something bad to happen. I think it is wonderful for a book to elicit emotions but for some reason I found it difficult to really relax into enjoying this book as a 5 star read, thus a slightly lower rating.

This is a powerful story about overcoming dark pasts. It is about protectiveness, family, love and dreams.

4 Stars

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The Atherton Pack Series by Toni Griffin

The Atherton Pack series 

I don’t read a lot of paranormal/shifter romances but felt like a change so picked The Atherton Pack series. My choice was also impacted by my interest in the Australian setting.

  • Liam (book #1)
  • Ben (book #2)

Liam (The Atherton Pack, #1)Liam by Toni Griffin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Being the Beta to the Panneath Alpha of Australia has never been an easy job. Liam Anderson has used his position and constant travel to search for his mate though. Unfortunately he’s yet to meet the one person fated to be his.

After witnessing something he shouldn’t have seen, Declan Morgan has no choice but to run. Exhausted, naked and starving he ends up at a house in the small town of Atherton.

Liam is overjoyed to have found his mate at long last, but will the reason Declan was forced to run find them before they can live out their happily ever after?

Being the Beta to the Panneath Alpha of Australia has never been an easy job. Liam Anderson has used his position and constant travel to search for his mate though. Unfortunately he’s yet to meet the one person fated to be his.

After witnessing something he shouldn’t have seen, Declan Morgan has no choice but to run. Exhausted, naked and starving he ends up at a house in the small town of Atherton.

Liam is overjoyed to have found his mate at long last, but will the reason Declan was forced to run find them before they can live out their happily ever after?

So what did I think?

I enjoyed the story which was about Declan running from trouble after witnessing a murder. Declan is running for his life but also fearful as he has left his younger brother behind and is afraid of repercussions.

As fate would have it, Declan turns up on the doorstep of his mate. He is destined to be with Liam, beta in another pack.

Interestingly, I didn’t pay much attention to the Australian setting. Apart from recognising names such as Cairns and the Atherton tablelands, and thinking that wolves didn’t fit into that environment (which the author acknowledged at one point), the setting was largely irrelevant to the story.

The story is slightly predictable but enjoyable, the characters are great and this book provides a nice lead in to the next book…..

3 Stars

Ben (The Atherton Pack #2)Ben by Toni Griffin

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Still suffering from nightmares due to the abuse he endured at the hands of his previous Alpha, Tommy Morgan is trying to come to terms with life and a newly found mate.

The last thing Benjamin Taylor, Panneath Alpha of Australia, expected to find was his other half, bloody and broken at the hands of another Alpha. Now months later Ben is more than happy just to sit at his mate’s side while he gets his life together again and begins to accept their mating.

Threatening e-mails though, set to put a hold on their happiness as someone wants revenge for the death of Alpha Kegan Wallis.

So what did I think?

This story picks up where Liam left off. Tommy had been badly beaten by his Alpha but rescued by his brother Declan, Declan’s mate Liam and Ben, the Alpha of the Atherton Pack. Ben had been working to remove the rogue Alpha but it was a little too late for Tommy.

When Ben and Tommy meet for the first time, while Tommy is unconscious from his injuries, it is clear that the two are fated to be mates. However Ben needs to fight his instant urge to look after Tommy and allow him to go home into the care of his brother.

The story shows how their romance develops slowly while Tommy recovers from the physical and emotional impacts of his assault.

I quite enjoyed this shifter story and liked the fact that most time is spent in human form. The only part I find a bit strange is the male pregnancy part. Whenever I read of this, I find it hard to just accept it as part of the story – I know I should be suspending reality given it is a book about shifters but mpreg always seems so odd to me.

3 Stars

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