Monday, May 19, 2014

Belligerent Beta by Poppy Dennison

Belligerent Beta
Author: Poppy Dennison
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Release Date: May 14, 2014

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When a human is chosen to lead the pack instead of him, Beta Dan Keller struggles to find his footing in a rapidly changing environment. Committed to his pack and not one to turn away from a challenge, Dan follows his Alpha’s request and works with Nathan Ross, the new pack Omega. Though he is initially concerned that Nathan’s weakness will harm the pack, Dan learns there is more to the shy wolf than meets the eye.
As Dan struggles to balance his growing feelings for the young wolf with his responsibilities to his pack, new threats emerge and Nathan’s loyalty is questioned. Not understanding the basics of being a wolf leaves Nathan vulnerable and the pack at risk. Can Dan embrace the true role of a beta so he can protect the man he has grown to love and save his pack?

Lex didn't have a lot of height over Spencer and Nathan, but his muscled shoulders stretched as wide as Dan's. Spencer's dark hair flopped over his forehead in nearly the same way Nathan's blond hair did. Even though Nathan stood a little taller than Spencer, the alpha's mate clearly had a larger presence. Spencer didn’t slouch, didn’t duck his head and hide his face. Nathan needed to take a few lessons in confidence from him.
Dan stood to the side and continued to watch. Everyone babied Nathan. Dan didn't get it. He needed to toughen up, especially since he'd been accepted by the alpha. Nathan responded to Lex, listened and calmed in his presence. He should be getting stronger. Nothing about Nathan went the way things normally worked though. Hell, nothing about Lex did either.
After a few moments of hovering, the three men separated from their huddle.
“I really need to get some work done,” Spencer groaned.
“Go on.” Lex planted a smacking kiss on his mate's forehead and shooed him out of the room.
Nathan chuckled and watched him go.
“Nathan, you mind going over to Spencer's and getting some meat for tonight out of his freezer? I forgot before we left for my appointment earlier.”
“No problem.”
Nathan hurried out the front door.
Lex leaned against the cabinet and turned his attention to Dan.
“He called you.”
“That's huge.” Lex ran his hand over his buzzed hair. “I know you don't get it, but it is.”
“No, I get it. It's big, but at the same time, why did he need help? It was a fender bender, Lex. He’s what? Twenty-three? Twenty-four? He panicked over nothing, like he was sixteen and facing his first speeding ticket. What happens when it's something serious? You've got to get him to toughen up.”
Lex growled and pushed himself away from the counter. “Get off your high horse, or I'll throw you off. You don't know him, and you sure as hell don't know what he needs.”
“That's bullshit, Lex, and you know it. He's got to get stronger. He can't stay the omega forever. His status weakens us all.”
Lex shook his head and sighed. “I know, Dan. And we're working on him. I want you to think about something though. What weakens us more than an omega in our pack is a beta who doesn't see his pack as individuals as well as a whole group. Nathan is a puzzle. Figure him out.”
Having Lex become alpha had been a tough pill for Dan to swallow. Times like this, when his alpha stared at him with disappointment, helped Dan realize he'd not been ready for the job. He had way too many loner tendencies for his own good. He liked his pack, but they weren’t the family he’d had with his old one. “I'll work on it.” 

Accidental Alpha Review:

Author: Poppy Dennison
Publisher: Wilde City Press
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ISBN: 978-1-925031-48-5
Genre: {M/M} Werewolf Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

Job skills never die but sometimes, a career can change directions. Former cop Lex Tompkins was trained to protect and serve the city. Now Lex must learn to protect and serve as Alpha to a werewolf pack. On the other hand, Lex’s new job comes with some unexpected perks, like discovering his neighbor Spencer Robinson is a werewolf, as well as Lex’s new love interest.

Accidental Alpha is the first book in the Pack Partners series. The characters are creditable. Lex is a naturally kindhearted person instilled with good judgment, although he had turned into a gloomy hermit because of slow-to-heal injuries incurred during a crime investigation. After Lex was bitten by the least likely suspect, Lex’s life has purpose again. He has formed a connection with every member in the pack and he has the pack’s respect for the reason that Lex rules with impartiality. For months Spencer tried to get Lex to notice him but the attraction did not become mutual until Lex was turned. Now Spencer is undecided by the possibilities of becoming the alpha’s mate. 

Poppy Dennison has created a splendid heartwarming romantic comedy that I enjoyed immensely. I look forward to the next series installment.

About the author
A sassy southern lady, Poppy Dennison developed an obsession with things that go bump in the night in her early years after a barn door flew off its hinges and nearly squashed her. Convinced it was a ghost trying to get her attention, she started looking for other strange and mysterious happenings around her. Not satisfied with what she found, Poppy has traveled to Greece, Malaysia and England to find inspiration for the burly bears and silver foxes that melt her butter. Her love of paranormal continues to flourish nearly thirty years later, and she writes steamy love stories about the very things that used to keep her up all night. If her childhood ghost is lucky, maybe one day she’ll give him his own happily ever after.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Dinner at Home by Rick R. Reed

Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 9, 2014

It only takes a few days for Ollie D'Angelo to lose his boyfriend, his job, and his home. Instead of mourning what he doesn’t have, Ollie celebrates what he does: the freedom to pursue his real passion—cooking. He begins Dinner at Home, a home-catering business, and it takes off. 

Late one night, Ollie catches Hank Mellinger, a streetwise hood down on his luck, about to rob his car. Ollie soon discovers that appearances aren’t necessarily what they seem. Hank isn’t a criminal caught red-handed, but a hungry young man trying to make a life for himself and the four-year-old niece he’s trying desperately to take care of. 

Instead of calling the cops, Ollie offers Hank a job and a way to pull himself up by his bootstraps. Together, they discover they can really cook... and that their shared passion for food just might lead to a passion for each other.

Rick R. Reed Biography
Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a two-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). Lambda Literary Review has called him, "a writer that doesn't disappoint." Rick lives in Seattle with his partner and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever "at work on another novel." 

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