Friday Reads | Mate Wanted for Christmas

It’s time to start the holiday reads, is it not? I think it is, half of November has gone and before we now it Santa is stuck in the chimney. My first holiday read of the year is Mate Wanted for Christmas by Angelique Voisen. I saw someone list free M/M Christmas stories somewhere and this was one of them. Since I was in the mood for a paranormal read I snuggled up in bed and started reading.

Mate Wanted for Christmas is a short cute story about second chances and about moving on. Pat is a bear shifter with an aversion to alarm clocks. He lost his mate in a car crash ten years ago and every year he’s putting out an ad looking for a date with someone acting as his husband. No one ever responds until, all of a sudden, someone does. Former soldier Jacob has no job and nowhere to go so why not go on a date with a crazy bear shifter?

This is a story you read in one go. It’s written in present tense which threw me a little in the beginning but I got used to it. I wouldn’t have minded seeing a little more of Pat’s shifter side, though.

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For the last decade, bear shifter Pat Singer posted a specific want ad in the December newspaper. Each year, Pat gets the same response—zero. Except this year’s different. Finally, someone agrees to role-play Pat’s dead mate.

Spending Christmas Eve with a rich psycho shifter might seem unreasonable to some. To survive the harsh winter, former soldier Jacob Reynolds has no choice but to turn to desperate measures…except Pat Singer isn’t the crazy bastard Jacob imagines him to be.

The sexy, but reluctant werebear pushes all of Jacob’s right buttons, and if Jacob doesn’t guard his heart, he might end up getting burned.


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Friday Reads | Dynamics (Army Boys #1)

Yesterday evening I realised I hadn’t read anything since last my Friday Reads post. It’s been a hectic week, lots of things going on, and I was tired. So, I needed something quick and easy. As so many times before I hopped over to Amazon’s 15 minutes reads list, I’ve read just about everything there is (which isn’t much) on the free tab but I hadn’t read Dynamics (Army Boys #1) by Maria Santicelli.

Dynamics is the first in a series and since it’s such a short story I figured it would be an introduction to the main character, and it is, sort of. Trouble is there were so many characters I had no idea of knowing who was who or what the relationship between them was like.

It’s listed as LGBT but the MC, Ty Black, likes women ‘thank you very much’ though he ‘knew sex with women could be a luxury, something that was a reward for surviving a mission.’

The last lines hint at the possibility of Ty and his teammate becoming more than friends in the future, I won’t continue reading to find out, though. I’m not saying it’s a bad story but something about it rubbed me the wrong way. I get that it takes place during DADT and that it complicates things, but I’ll leave it up someone else to follow these men into battle.

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– Short Story –

Army ranger Ty Black muses about the group dynamics of his camp in general and his all male team in particular. It’s not easy living the army life, especially in close quarters.

“Dynamics” is the first part of a series that centers around the life and relationships of army ranger Ty Black and his team mates. Nothing runs ever smoothly for any of them, and when inappropriate, unwanted feelings make their existence known, they find it hard to deal with the consequences. Escalation seems inevitable and all they can do is grappling for personal happiness the best way they can.

Other installments in the series / suggested reading order:

(Dynamics)
Perplexity
Keepsakes
Rupture
Diremption


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Friday Reads | Babyvamp

It’s Friday in NaNo times, my MIL is on the incoming, and I really need to vacuum before she gets here. In other words, I’ll keep it short today.  I’m about halfway through Lyssa Dering‘s Babyvamp, my first ever Lyssa Dering story.

I’m enjoying it so far. Max is on his way from having fed when he comes across a newborn, a newly turned vampire, who is in a hunger haze. He takes in the new vamp and even though he should go to the vampire police he doesn’t. When he finds out the new vamp’s maker is his own things get complicated.

I like that even though Max is a very nice individual who cares for everyone around him, this is a rather bloody little tale. It’s also nice that the vampires are a part of the society—there is a police department for vampires, rules about how vampires should create new vampires, blood escort services etc. It makes a well thought through story.

If you like vampires, you should check it out!

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Cover Babyvamp by Lyssa DeringForty-four-year-old vampire Max lives a mostly solitary existence in an attempt to avoid “vampire drama,” but when he spots abandoned babyvamp Kieran on his way to the club one night, his pesky conscience demands that he rescue him and confront the vampire who turned him. Problem is, Kieran’s creator is Max’s ex-lover James, an emotionally abusive, older vampire whose very presence throws Max into a heart-beating panic. James isn’t happy that Kieran tattled on him, and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep Max from divulging his offense to the vampire police, including risking Kieran’s life to make Max his rightful guardian. But Max never wanted to be anyone’s guardian. And if Kieran gets his way, he’ll have more than Max’s constant care and attention. He’ll have his sexual submission, too.


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