Howling on Hold by EJ Russell blog tour

About Howling on Hold
Sometimes it’s harder to teach a young dog new tricks.
That’s why werewolves embark on a Howling: a three-year rite of passage in which they’re sent to a group residence to wrestle with their wolfy instincts and assimilate into the Wider World. But Tanner Araya’s Howling is almost over, and he could be called back to his remote pack at any moment. His twenty-first birthday might be his last chance to act on his strongest instinct and finally kiss Chase Denney.
Chase is RA at the Howling residence affectionately dubbed “the Doghouse,” and he takes his job seriously. So seriously that when he realized he was developing feelings for a resident, he forced himself to keep Tanner at a distance. But now that Tanner’s twenty-one, he’s not Chase’s charge any longer. They could be friends or—if Chase is lucky—something more. At least until they both return to their home packs for good, as tradition demands.
It would take a miracle for them to get together—especially when the o…

Review: Some Kind of Hero

Some Kind of Heroby Suzanne Brockmann
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

How did I forget about the talented Ms. Brockmann? She's one of the mainstream romance writers back in the day who wrote M/M romance. I remember thinking, wow, it's nice to see this written and there are so few of them. Plus, I was starting to get more into the romantic suspense genre. I recently came across her again because of the disaster going on in RWA. Whilst the issues of exclusivity in RWA have exploded and people are screaming at each other, some of the writers who have left RWA or felt marginalized have shared their story. Ms. Brockmann did not share hers. Someone else mentioned how she was discouraged from writing M/M. That she should tone it down. I'm glad she didn't. For me, some good has come out of the RWA meltdown because I've found some new authors to read and I am reunited with ones I enjoyed.

In this suspense tale, it is built on multiple layers as it first comes across as an angry tee…

Review: Why I Loathe Sterling Lane

Why I Loathe Sterling Laneby Ingrid Paulson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a hard book to write a review for because I felt at times revolted and other times angry when I read the book. Full disclosure, this was a free book I won at Shameless 2018. This is also a YA book which is not a genre I read anymore. Not because I'm older, but because most times, characters are designed to be drama llamas. This seems to be less in high fantasy, which is the only YA I look forward to read. I digress.

Harper Campbell is a much reviled snotty know it all. Most of her classmates dislike her at her boarding school. It comes across as if Harper is on the spectrum of autism. Her need for order and her rules to help guide her give this feel. Harper is a loner and isolated because of her social ineptitude. And quite frankly, she doesn't give a damn. She has a plan and it is going to get her through school and protect her beloved twin brother. Her come crashing down when a new kid transfers int…

Review: The Last Emperor

The Last Emperor by Kari Gregg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*Waves fist in the air and rails as Ms. Gregg

This book sat on my virtual shelf for a long while. A hidden precious gemstone almost forgotten in my overwhelming TBR pile, I accidentally stumbled across it during my frantic New Year's Resolution in cleaning my Kindle. (And to get caught up in my reviews.) I love Ms. Gregg's books since the very first time I read her book. I also loathe her books. Why? Because they are so well written and the speak to me. In addition, she writes it in a way that it can be expanded into follow up books. At this point in life, I'd even be grateful for just a sequel. But to paraphrase the talented Neil Gaiman, Kari Greg is not my bitch. I can't make her write a sequel. I can bat my eyes and promise my first born child if I could have children and I would still get nothing. There are reasons for that and even if there weren't, it's still okay. I savour her books and read them agai…

Review: The California Dashwoods

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The California Dashwoodsby Lisa Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Will this book be a series? If so, I want to read the entire series - NOW. I am a little confused by this story. Not the story itself, but who wrote this story. For me, Ms. Henry is known for her dark, gritty sometimes depraved tales. Sometimes it is alien craziness that keeps hinting at kinky sex yet fades to black when it could get interesting. In California Dashwoods, I kept expecting a terribly traumatic sexual violation scene. Maybe there is kinky shenanigans. Half way through the story, I realize I've been snookered. There are no sexual deviants or violations here. Should I continue on with this book? Because New Adult or Young Adult is not my thing. Still, I'm intrigued with where this story is going.

Elliot is the main character and he's a dutiful sweet boy. His father is a loving if na├»ve and a bit selfish artist type. The story starts on a sad note …

Review: Eyes Wide Open

Eyes Wide Open by Lucy Felthouse
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Sweet coming of age story, Fiona is trying to figure out what to do with her life. She's wanted to work in the "big city" London. She's just getting by with her bar job. Already stuck in a rut with a degree that appears to be useless, will she end up just another wanna be? Fortunately, Fiona's drive and hunger to do more has not been stamped out yet. She gives it a go and applies for a job that she probably is not qualified for, but is something she wants to do.

This job is quite fantastic. Working as basically a marketing/events coordinator for a prestigious hotel is a dream job for someone as young and inexperienced as Fiona. Her determination to do well and give it her best shines through. Watching Fiona grow and her excitement with all that is new is heartwarming. Even better? Her job comes with a small hotel room. She does not even have to find a place to live! For a young 20-something single female,…

Review: A Madness of Sunshine

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Exciting new direction as Ms. Singh explores a new genre - contemporary romantic suspense. From the first few pages, I'm drawn into the story. I'm pulled into this tale because Anahera is a tragically damaged woman looking to find her way home. The start of the story reminds me of one of the movies I loved by Kryzsztof Kieslowski, Bleu. Anahera is a woman betrayed by a husband who was her entire world. To find that he had another life shatters her. The manner in which she finds out is a horrible stab into her heart. With Anahera as the lead character, I believed she was the Sunshine referenced in the title. She is yet she is not. I enjoyed what Ms. Singh did here with plot twists and characters different than they original appeared.

In her Psy-Changling series, Ms. Singh already started to delve into the suspense, murder and thriller elements. Transitioning into a contemporary romance is a natural progression. I ca…