Prism Book Alliance Reviews

Prism Book Alliance Reviews

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Review
4 Stars
A Volatile Range
A Volatile Range - Andrew  Grey
4.25 Stars ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Story:

Mario was left behind when his last lover left for pastures with his work and a new man. Ever since he has been pining for what was and what still might be. Everyone one around him believes it is time he moved on and got over David but there hasn’t been anyone to move on to.

Gordon left the marines after losing his two best friends and his memory of how it happened. Down on his luck and in need of the money he lets himself get involved with a group of animal activists who send him to free Wally and Dakota’s big cats. Mario catches Gordon in the act and after having his wounds doctored keeps him on the ranch for the night to talk to the Sheriff...


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3 Stars
Riley's Vampire Prince
Riley's Vampire Prince - Jess Buffett
3.5 Stars ~ Book Review by Ulysses

The first two books in the “Hunter’s Clan” series, these supernatural romances are set in the author’s native Australia. The modern-day plot is set against the backdrop of an ancient supernatural cult bent on destroying one of the supernatural races, out of fear and prejudice.

I really like this subgenre—the creation of a normal world in which supernatural beings live and work and love (R. Cooper, Some Kind of Magic, A Boy and His Dragon. I also like romances set in Australia, because it’s like a parallel universe, that sounds both British and American at the same time.

Jess Buffett’s books are classic romances in format. They are not about complex, thought-provoking plots or exquisite literary style. They are action-driven and devoted to steamy interactions between their main characters. The Hunter’s Clan series starts with the story of identical twin mages—a kind of supernatural being that seems to run small, pretty and gay, but, like the characters in the television animated series Avatar, attain the powers of different elements when they hit maturity...

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3 Stars
The Kayan's Mage
The Kayan's Mage - Jess Buffett
3.5 Stars ~ Book Review by Ulysses

The first two books in the “Hunter’s Clan” series, these supernatural romances are set in the author’s native Australia. The modern-day plot is set against the backdrop of an ancient supernatural cult bent on destroying one of the supernatural races, out of fear and prejudice.

I really like this subgenre—the creation of a normal world in which supernatural beings live and work and love (R. Cooper, Some Kind of Magic, A Boy and His Dragon. I also like romances set in Australia, because it’s like a parallel universe, that sounds both British and American at the same time.

Jess Buffett’s books are classic romances in format. They are not about complex, thought-provoking plots or exquisite literary style. They are action-driven and devoted to steamy interactions between their main characters. The Hunter’s Clan series starts with the story of identical twin mages—a kind of supernatural being that seems to run small, pretty and gay, but, like the characters in the television animated series Avatar, attain the powers of different elements when they hit maturity...

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4 Stars
Finding Home
Finding Home - Leighton Rose
4.25 ~ Book Review by Caroline

This is a very easy read. There is very little angst, lots of sweetness and the odd mis-communication. Dillon and Adam suited each other from the very start. The only criticism I had was that their conversation came across as very ‘adult’ for a 2 such young people.

Dillon had the most miserable childhood neglected by his 2 parents who were more interested in drinking and partying. Luckily for him he was resilient and able to keep himself together until the day he turned 18, then he jumped on a bus and got the hell out...

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4 Stars
Electrochemistry
Electrochemistry - Andrew  Grey
4.25 Stars ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

Electrochemistry is the third book in the Chemistry series by Andrew Grey. As with most of Grey’s series, you don’t actually have to read the series in order to enjoy each title. In this case the link is that at least one character has a love of chemistry, and they attend Dickinson college in Carlisle, PA. (Yes, the same Carlisle from the Of Love series… Actually, a few of those eateries show up in the Chemistry series, but again those are little Easter eggs for those who have read the Of Love series. It is not required to enjoy the Electrochemistry series.

This title has a much different feel for me than [b:Organic Chemistry|17698041|Organic Chemistry (Chemistry, #1)|Andrew Grey|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1364436567s/17698041.jpg|24740194] or [b:Biochemistry|18631111|Biochemistry (Chemistry, #2)|Andrew Grey|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1381076960s/18631111.jpg|26424168]. Part of that may be because I read instead of listened to it, but the tone is a lot lighter as well. It is a perfect beach read. There was no coming out. No “what will they think?” No “I am going to lose all my friends and family.” It is two guys from the same small college who travel thousands of miles only to hook up while on a cruise ship in the middle of the Caribbean. A little out of the realm of likelihood? Sure, but this is fiction. It makes for a fun time...

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5 Stars
The Art of the Heart
The Art of the Heart - Dan Skinner
~ Book Review by Beverley

The Art of the Heart is a gorgeous, luscious short story about a lonely boy who despairs of ever finding love. He lives in the heartland of America, Sweetwater, which is a tiny farming community. He has isolated himself from the other residents and students at school by being quiet and hiding behind his hair never making eye contact. Some think his is slow and he has heard them talking about him increasing his isolation even more. The reality is somewhat different.

This story is full of tender, heart wrenching, teenage awkwardness and loneliness; the pain of being different for whatever reason and seeing no way out, no end. This piece is so sensitively written that a situation, happening for the first time to a thirteen year old boy, which should be excruciatingly embarrassing, is sweet and amazing, full of meaning. It also highlights the aloneness of this boy in a way that almost made me sob...

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3 Stars
Zero at the Bone
Zero at the Bone - Alan Smith, Jane Seville
3.5 Stars ~ Audiobook Review by Caroline
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Story:

I first read this book back in 2012 and loved it. As a re-read I still really enjoyed it but sadly felt the narrator fell flat and let the story down.

Dr Jack Francisco leads a very ordinary life until he is witness to a murder when leaving work. Feeling obligated to give evidence at the trial of the men responsible he is removed from his life and placed in protective custody. A contract on his life only further complicates matters.

D is a hitman with morals. He is picky about what jobs he takes and killing a man under Police protection whose only crime was witnessing a murder is not something he is willing to do. When he is blackmailed into taking the job to protect his handler he finds his conscience will still not allow it and he ends up protecting the man he was supposed to kill...

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Review
3 Stars
Eddie
Eddie - Skylar Jaye
3.25 Stars ~ Book Review by Teresa

Superheroes are always a fun genre! This one ran a little to the dark side with villains who, despite their ridiculous names, seemed quite evil. We also see that grey line between good and evil and delve into where that line may lie.

While I enjoyed the story overall, I found myself waiting throughout the first half for the other shoe to drop only to have the slow burn continue, what felt, endlessly. Once the action happened, things snowballed and happened quickly until the end when everything was resolved with a bow. The pacing just felt unbalanced...

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Review
4 Stars
Pride and Modern Prejudice
Pride and Modern Prejudice - AJ Michaels
~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

Pride and Modern Prejudice is a contemporary twist on Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice. AJ Michaels spins the original m/f tale into a m/m romance while still holding true to the social conventions presented by Ms. Austin. It is amazing that there are so many of the same ideals present today as there were in Ms. Austin’s time.

I really loved the AJ Michaels incorporated the original character names, locations, plot themes, social commentaries, and even twisted some of the exact dialogue used in the original. Pride and Modern Prejudice was witty and entertaining. The author captured character personalities well and maintained the story’s innocence with a kiss being the only representation of the sexual relationship between the novel’s characters...

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4 Stars
Ethan che amava Carter
Ethan che amava Carter - Ryan Loveless, Claudia Milani
4.5 Stars ~ Audiobook Review by Leisa
Story Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars

The first time I read Ethan Who Loved Carter was shortly after its publication in 2012. At the time, I read all of the heartfelt and glowing reviews, and was then surprised after reading it to find that I was left with a different impression of the story. When given the opportunity to listen to the audiobook, I looked forward to revisiting Ethan and Carter’s story to determine if my first impression was off base.

Few books have left me as conflicted as Ethan Who Loved Carter. I am a true advocate for the differently-abled, and have people in my own close family who daily face difficult challenges. I want for Ethan and Carter the same thing I want for my family members – a chance to be accepted for the wonderful person they are, and to be happy and loved...

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Review
5 Stars
Strength of the Mate
Strength of the Mate - Kendall McKenna
~ Book Review by Caroline

When you have loved a series as much as I have loved the first two books in The Tameness of the Wolf series it is with both excitement and trepidation that you wait for the next one. Book 3 had so much to live up to for me as the first book in this series is one of my all time favourite books MM books. Well, kudos to Kendall McKenna as this is the next perfect addition to the series.

One thing I love about the wolves in this series is their sheer power you feel from them both on and off the page. The first two books dealt with Alphas, this book deals with an Omega. The powers may be a little different but the dynamics between the characters are still intense and consuming...

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4 Stars
Summoner of Storms (SPECTR Book 6)
Summoner of Storms (SPECTR Book 6) - Jordan L. Hawk
4.5 Stars ~ Book Review by Beverley

I’m convinced this series is getting better and better. These aren’t ordinary stand alone reads, although there is a story with a beginning, middle and end within each instalment, which could be enjoyed separately. There is also, a defined series arc, which makes each separate book so enjoyable as the arc is furthered and more elements revealed.

Caleb is now permanently ‘possessed’ by Gray the drakul and quite happy with that situation. Both Gray and Caleb love the SPECTR agent John and he them. Jordan L Hawke writes my favourite fantasy where the fantastic merges with the normal, and both are treated with equal seriousness...

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4 Stars
In Your Eyes
In Your Eyes - Cardeno C.
4.25 Stars ~ Book Review by Caroline

Two neighbouring wolf packs.

Two very different alphas grooming their sons for the future.

Two very different alpha sons, that will discover they have each other in common.

Samuel Goodwin has spent his life studying. He pores over the old writings of the wolf packs to ensure when the time comes he will be the best alpha he possibly can. His parents, his father in particular, has encouraged him and has always been proud but has also tried to instil the need for compassion and feeling. Samuel knows he is unlike the rest of the pack, he shies away from touch and comfort, he finds it increasingly difficult to talk to people, his answer is to study even harder...

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3 Stars
Love is a Stranger
Love is a Stranger - John  Wiltshire
3.5 Stars ~ Book Review by Lirtle

By the time I arrived at the beginning of chapter 8, I felt like I was having trouble understanding both Ben and Nikolas. We’re told that Ben has been working directly for Nikolas for some time and they’re having sex from basically the beginning. Now, Ben apparently thinks he loves Nik and can help this man rediscover the “man behind the ghost” and feel the same kind of love. This is technically not insta-love but it feels like it. We’re told some things that are supposed to represent a history between these two but the feeling behind the facts didn’t quite translate. Often there is a mismatch between words and actions. Ben sometimes reads as a 20 year old kid and yet sometimes as a hardened veteran at least a decade older, if not more. The story is basically told from his point of view so it’s important that his voice be a clear one and that isn’t always the case here...

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4 Stars
Outlast the Night
Outlast the Night - Ariel Tachna
3.75 Stars ~ Audiobook Review by Christine
Story Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Story:

When Sam Embry loses his job and his wife, he has no one to turn to except for his brother, Neil, who takes him in and helps him land a job as the accountant at the Australian sheep station, Lang Downs. Jeremy Taylor also needs to rebuild and relocate after taking all he can stand from his bigoted brother. These two newcomers form a quick friendship they both need while struggling with a mutual attraction neither is ready to act upon. They both need to overcome their personal obstacles in order to focus on a future together.

I enjoyed this sweet story, the third in the Lang Downs series. Not having read the previous two titles, I was a bit concerned that I might have difficulty following at this point. I did struggle at the very beginning with some of the character names, but I quickly caught on. The author does a good job of providing just enough backstory to fill in necessary plot and character information, and I felt this allowed Outlast the Night to function well as a standalone. Always a fan of settings in Australia, I found the Lang Downs station and its jackaroos charming and likable. It was a bit like spending a week on vacation, getting to observe a small slice of life in a faraway land...

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5 Stars
Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas (Baal's Heart, #1)
Caged: Love and Treachery on the High Seas (Baal's Heart, #1) - Bey Deckard
~ Book Review by Optimist ♰King’s Wench♰

I admit it. I’m a sucker for this trope-the downtrodden who finds a home and family, one not borne of blood, and blossoms like a flower in spring. I love it. It gets me every time. Every. Single. Time. AND they’re kinky too? Kinky pirates, no less. Shut the front door! I mean… it doesn’t get much better than that.

Jon and Baltsaros’s romance is non-traditional to be certain, but no less arresting. However, a great romance is a great romance is a great romance. What sets Caged apart are these characters and all their layers, this world he’s built and this story arc. Caged is Book 1 of a trilogy, but the ending isn’t too cliff-y, though it definitely has a “to be continued…” feel...

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