October 24th, 2011

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Brac Pack, Volume 2 by Lynn Hagen

Sunshine’s Savior (Brac Pack 3) by Lynn Hagen

In the tradition (this series is more or less at book 20) of Lynn Hagen’s style, the timber wolf of this book finds his mate as soon as the story starts, and most of the time is spent with the two of them trying to find a balance as a couple. The main difference with the first two books is that the human boy here is not exactly young and naïve like Cecil and Johnny were; I didn’t add innocent since Cecil was far from being it, even if he has innocence in attitude if not in body.

Blair unfortunately was forced to loose all his innocence first by an abusive father and then by a life on the streets as a hustler; that is the main issue when he meets his mate Kota, the feeling that he is too dirty for a knight in shining armour like Kota. Plus Blair has some kink, nothing major but still, that makes him not so comfortable to share a house full of men who are apparently looking at everything they are doing in the bedroom.

If the reader is questioning why suddenly all the timber wolf of the pack are finding their mates, when they spent hundreds of years waiting, the answer is simple: apparently their Alpha, the first to find the mate in book 1, is having special dreams, dreams that will send wolf after wolf towards the right direction, i.e. their mate.

In a way, maybe due to the less “pretty” Blair (don’t get me wrong Blair is pretty, but at least he is not so naïve like the other two), or maybe due to the sex that seems more balanced between Blair and Kota (at least Blair has some experience), this story had the feeling to be more “steady”, like it was built on more solid base. Maybe it was also that, at book 3, the reader has more info on the series, and even if the story is only a novella, it’s enough to involve you in the story, you don’t need much setting details to navigate in the series.

Good solid addition to an interesting evolving series.

http://www.bookstrand.com/sunshines-savior

Amazon Kindle: Sunshine's Savior [Brac Pack 3]
Siren Publishing (April 12, 2011)

Remi’s Pup (Brac Pack 4) by Lynn Hagen

Remi’s Pup is a nice addition to the Brac Pack series by Lynn Hagen; the main difference between this last chapter and the previous stories is that Remi is not a “full” Alpha male. Already in the previous books we had the chance to see that Remi is more “relaxed”; don’t get me wrong, he is strong, and bid, and bad as much as his fellow shapeshifter warriors, but he has a more laissez-faire attitude towards the world, something that will become clear when he will accept to bottom for his mate. To not completely letting him losing the “alpha” male role, the author decided to make Drew an half-breed wolf, so that, even if omega, he is still stronger than a normal human, and as such, he can, sometime, top Remi.

At the fourth book in the series, I’m coming to have the impression that the house where all the strong shapeshifters are living with their mates is like an after-school club; the four twinky mates haven’t nothing to do if not playing and misbehaving, while their Alpha mates (and their still unattached friends) do the house chores, protect them and, at night, ravish them plenty and satisfyingly.

Yes, if you are searching highly dramatic paranormal romances, well, Brac Pack is probably not your series. But if you want something simple and light, and sometime even comic, I suggest you to give it a try. There is only one point I didn’t like, but actually it’s not something I can take upon the author: when Remi and Drew go books shopping, there is again the highlighting of the fact that women do read gay romance, and the characters wonder why… if it was the first time I read that in a novel, I wouldn’t have noticed, but lately it’s almost a common occurrence, and it’s starting to irk me somehow.

http://www.bookstrand.com/remis-pup

Amazon Kindle: Remi's Pup [Brac Pack 4]
Publisher: Siren Publishing (April 12, 2011)

Amazon: Brac Pack, Volume 2
Paperback: 170 pages
Publisher: Siren Publishing, Inc. (June 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1610345274
ISBN-13: 978-1610345279

Series: Brac Pack
1-2) Maverick's Mate / Hawk's Pretty Baby: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1309593.html
3-4) Sunshine's Savior / Remi's Pup

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Anne Weale (June 20, 1930 - October 24, 2007)

Jay Blakeney (b. 20 June 1929 in England - d. 24 October 2007) was a British newspaper reporter, well-known as romance writer under the pseudonyms Anne Weale and Andrea Blake. She wrote over 88 for Mills & Boon from 1955 to 2002. She died on Wednesday 24 October 2007, at the time of her death she was writing her autobiography called "88 Heroes…1 Mr Right".

Anne Weale was a journalist and writer who resided mainly in Europe. She was best known for her romance novels of the 1980s. She published her first romance novel as Anne Weale in 1955 and her last novel in 2002.

Weale began her writing career while she was still at school, selling short stories to a women's magazine. Later she worked as a journalist to further her career and hone her writing. She worked as reporter for three different British papers until she decided to focus more exclusively on her novels.

Anne was a passionate traveler, which is reflected in her stories featuring many different exotic locations as the setting. When not traveling Anne and her husband, who had a son who leads adventure expeditions, spent winters in Spain and summers on the island of Guernsey.

Weale published numerous books, including numerous romance novels which have appeared in various series through the 1980s and 90’s. Anne considered her longer novels her greatest works. Unfortunately, these books were written in the 80’s and are now out of print. Nevertheless, readers all over the world continue to find her books in used bookstores and libraries. The majority of these titles focus on a fictional English country manor, Longwarden, and its inhabitants throughout time.

From 1998 to 2004 Anne wrote a website review column, called Bookworm on the Net, for The Bookseller, the UK’s leading weekly book trade magazine read by 80,000 people in 96 countries. In May 2005 she began a book-blog of the same name, and at the time of her death she was working on an autobiography called 88 Heroes…1 Mr. Right.

Anne Weale's Books on Amazon: Anne Weale

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Weale

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Submerging Inferno (Men of Myth Series 1) by Brandon Witt

There are two main points coming to mind as soon as I finished this book: that it’s clear the book is written by a man and that this man is young. I don’t know, maybe is the writing style, maybe is the reference to the “male” prettiness of the main characters, or something else, but to me it was like a mark all over the book. I’m not saying the book is too “virile”, on the contrary, there is a lot of emphasis on the love word, something that usually I don’t find with male writers, it’s only that I felt the “masculinity” of the story.

Aside from that, the author has woven a complex urban fantasy tale, with a mix of fairy tale and paranormal elements. In the middle of this “magick” melting pot, there is the love story between Finn, an handsome and very young warlock, and Brett, a man without roots trying to understand if he is the villain or the hero of this story.

As strange as it sounds, it was almost funny reading their story because they are so young, both of them I think under 25 years old. While Brett is living alone since when he was kicked out by his grandparents, Finn is still living in the comfortable, and welcoming embrace, of his family, a family that is a collection of extraordinary characters. They were never alone, and among the paranormal events they are living, there are also way more “ordinary” events, like being caught while having sex. Actually their same story started in a very conservative way, Brett and Finn paired by Finn’s brother in law on the assumption, you are gay, he is gay, you are both single and under 25… you are perfect together! Even if usually the algorithm doesn’t work like that, in this case it was right, since Finn’s paranormal family will help Brett reconcile with his unknown past.

I’d like to add that the “comfortable” feeling of Brett and Finn’s story, their almost comedy-like relationship, is something that doesn’t extend outside them; any other relationship, sexual or not, Brett is having outside that bond is all other than comfortable, sometime even brutal and for sure scaring. That is probably one of the reasons why Brett clings to Finn, he is able to be “normal” only in the not-normal context of their story. It was quite disconcerting to have this contraposition, horror outside, romance inside, but the author presented it in a way that it worked.

I have to warn the reader, this is book 1 in a series, and so it doesn’t have a real happily ever after, actually it’s not even a happily for now, but I’m confident the author will give us something more in the following books.

Amazon: Submerging Inferno: Men of Myth (Volume 1)
Amazon Kindle: Submerging Inferno: Men of Myth (Volume 1)
Paperback: 398 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (January 25, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1456558927
ISBN-13: 978-1456558925

Reading List: http://www.librarything.com/catalog_bottom.php?tag=reading list&view=elisa.rolle
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Out of the Ashes by R.W. Day

This is not an easy sequel to like, above all if you loved the first book, and now I understand why, while many friends recommended me A Strong and Sudden Thaw, the release of Out of the Ashes went almost unnoticed. I understand the reason, and I hear all the complaints about cheating, about not being faithful to your lover when you know he is in danger, about the absolute taboo of falling in love with another man (sex is one thing, but love? Absolutely unacceptable!), but again I have to tell readers, take a step back and try to understand the reasons, of the characters and the author.

In the first book, R.W. Day broke a taboo, the main character, David, was “only” 16 years old and he fell in love with Callan, who was 23 years old. Truth be told, I didn’t feel at the time as that was an issue, considering the time and the setting, David was an adult, and Callan was of course still young, their age difference was almost non-existent, if not for the fact that Callan was sexually experienced and David instead wasn’t. To the same readers complaining that David falls in love with another man in this sequel, I’d like to remember that Callan himself had a relationship with another man in that first book. Truth it was not love, but still, it’s not like these two men never looked to another one as soon as they meet each other.

Anyway I highlighted again the age difference since, of the many complaints I heard about this second novel, not one highlighted the fact that Sterling, the “other man” is 63 years old! And David is only 18… so, do you really believe this love is possible? Sure, I’m not questioning David’s feelings for Sterling, but well, I think the author “used” Sterling as an expedient to prove that love is complex, and mostly doesn’t care about age, class and gender, but I have never thought that David and Callan were not destined together.

People complained it was not possible that David really loved Sterling, or that it was not possible that his love for Callan was real; someone saw as “convenient” as David and Sterling’s relationship evolved, since if not like that, there was no way for David to be able to go back to Callan. I simply think there were different love; David looked upon Sterling, and he really loved him, but their differences were clear and big, the love between them was almost reverence, a little like the Greek love were an older one teaches to a younger one the way of life. With Callan instead David has a more balanced relationship, and Callan’s disability (he lost an arm) makes them even more near, almost cancelling their different social status; even the highlighting of how Callan has great difficulty to write with his left hand is a way, to me, to level him to David’s illiteracy or bad accent.

So yes, I’m not sure I would recommend this novel to “all” readers, mostly since it’s a dark romance which doesn’t play according the rules. But if you are aware of that, than I think this one will test your willingness to try something different.

http://lethepressbooks.com/books.htm#day-out-of-the-ashes

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Amazon: Out of the Ashes
Amazon Kindle: Out of the Ashes
Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (September 25, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1590210646
ISBN-13: 978-1590210642

Series:
1) A Strong and Sudden Thaw: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1281982.html
2) Out of the Ashes

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