Lights! Camera! Cupid!: No Easy Way (Bluewater Bay #6.3) – S.E. Jakes

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He’d never wanted Dylan to see that he still mourned their old relationship, thought about him all the goddamned time.

 

In a word: Read the thing. This is novella-length so it was a fairly quick read, which was both good and bad, I suppose. Good because it was a fast read for the little space of time I had to read it in; bad because I felt like there could’ve been more to the whole story and some things felt a bit rushed. Cary and Dylan knew and loved each other as teenagers, but their romance was over before it quite began due to the toxic environment they were forced to live in (they both had horrible parents, and at the time Dylan was nineteen to Cary’s fifteen, which complicated things even further). Dylan enlisted in the army and Cary went off the rails a bit. Six years later they’re both in a more stable place in life and Dylan is ready and willing to give their love a second chance. Cary is a bit more reluctant. Dylan really hurt him when he left, and he still hasn’t quite gotten over it. Dylan had his reasons for leaving, but he does show up back in Bluewater Bay and acts as if Cary will welcome him back with open arms. That’s one of the things I didn’t really like about this story: Dylan’s attitude. Considering what was going on six years ago, Dylan leaving was probably for the best, although he definitely could’ve gone about the whole thing in a better way. The fact that he expected that Cary wouldn’t hold any of that against him was fairly annoying and didn’t really speak well to his character. The two of them do get there in the end, but with the speed it happened in it didn’t really sit right with me. Cary spends a lot of the story angry with Dylan, as well he should, but he’s also still in love with him and that makes it hard to stay angry. That whole situation with his current ‘boyfriend’ also made me side-eye him. Really I think the whole thing was a bit too short for everything that was happening. Dylan is trying to win Cary back in the present day, but for the most part it seems to be only with sex, and I don’t think we ever really get a complete picture of all that went down before Dylan joined the army. I really could’ve used a lot more establishing information, and a lot more groveling on Dylan’s part.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Cupid is visiting Bluewater Bay, and he’s leaving chaos in his wake.

Nothing’s been the same in this sleepy little logging town since Hollywood came to shoot the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing—especially Valentine’s Day.

In L.A. Witt’s Just Another Day, beloved actors Levi Pritchard and Carter Samuels have an announcement for their fans, while in Z.A. Maxfield’s I’ll Be There, actor Spencer Kepler and his boyfriend Nash Holly brave a blizzard and a fan convention to spend their first February the 14th together.

Of course, it’s not just TV stars celebrating the day. In Anne Tenino’s Helping Hand, an aspiring artist eager to escape Bluewater Bay decides he just might have a reason to stay: lust-inspiring logger Gabriel Savage. In S.E. Jakes’s No Easy Way, a local teacher reconnects with an old lover working security on the film set. And in Amy Lane’s Nascha, a Bluewater Bay elder recalls how his own unconventional family used to celebrate the holiday.

Real life may be nothing like TV, but when Cupid comes to town, there’s plenty of romance and drama to go around.

 

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Lights! Camera! Cupid!: Nascha (Bluewater Bay #6.2) – Amy Lane

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“It was his heart, his soul, bonded with two people who loved him as he loved them.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. Oh, this one hurt. This one basically came in, beat the shit out of my emotions, and then left. It’s probably good that this was so short because I’m not sure if I would’ve been able to get through it had it been a full-length novel (it’s only about 30 pages long). Lights! Camera! Cupid! is meant to be an anthology of Valentine’s Day stories, and this one doesn’t mention the holiday at all. Though it is about love, which is probably the main point. This story has quite a bit going on for being so short, and on top of that it takes place both in the present day and in flashbacks. The main character is Nascha, who we learn is elderly and suffers from Alzheimer’s. He’s currently living with his two great-nephews, and has been for years, but the situation is becoming desperate and something needs to change if everyone is to make it out in one piece. This all comes to a head on one particular day while Nascha is taking after his sick great-nephew Cal. The present story takes place over the course of a few hours while Nascha is watching over a sleeping Cal, but the main bulk of the story – and where all the actual feels are – are told through Nascha’s flashbacks. Nascha is alone now, but when he was younger he was in a relationship with Rawlins and Kitty, who were basically the loves of his life. Their love for each other was a beautiful thing, but things happened that got in the way of everything and eventually there was a spectacular breakdown. There’s a hopeful note for Nascha at the end, but the road to get there was full of both happiness and sadness and good and awful things. Nascha’s story is a very emotional one, and very much worth the read. We don’t find out how Nascha plans to save himself and his family at the end, but we might find out later because Cal is actually one of the leads of the eighth book in the series (The Deep of the Sound, by the same author) and that means that there’s a chance for both him and Nascha to get their happy endings.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Cupid is visiting Bluewater Bay, and he’s leaving chaos in his wake.

Nothing’s been the same in this sleepy little logging town since Hollywood came to shoot the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing—especially Valentine’s Day.

In L.A. Witt’s Just Another Day, beloved actors Levi Pritchard and Carter Samuels have an announcement for their fans, while in Z.A. Maxfield’s I’ll Be There, actor Spencer Kepler and his boyfriend Nash Holly brave a blizzard and a fan convention to spend their first February the 14th together.

Of course, it’s not just TV stars celebrating the day. In Anne Tenino’s Helping Hand, an aspiring artist eager to escape Bluewater Bay decides he just might have a reason to stay: lust-inspiring logger Gabriel Savage. In S.E. Jakes’s No Easy Way, a local teacher reconnects with an old lover working security on the film set. And in Amy Lane’s Nascha, a Bluewater Bay elder recalls how his own unconventional family used to celebrate the holiday.

Real life may be nothing like TV, but when Cupid comes to town, there’s plenty of romance and drama to go around.

 

[available for purchase at Riptide PublishingAmazon.caBook DepositoryChapters, and Barnes & Noble]

 

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Omega’s Future (Mated to the Alpha #8) – Wolf Specter & Rosa Swann

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“That first night made me fall in love with you like nothing ever had before.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. We’ve made it to the end of Mated to the Alpha with a fluffy little epilogue to tie everything up. It starts out a week after Levi’s birth with Ethan and Max bringing their baby boy home and dealing with the media. Then it jumps to three years later with a look at how everyone is continuing to be happy and in love. I was perfectly happy with this ending. I’m actually a bit sad that the story is over, but I think it ended in a good place. Ethan and Max are deeply in love and they seem to be doing well within their pack and the world at large. Toddler Levi is adorable and I wish we’d gotten to see more of that. There was a lot more dealings with Ethan’s family than I was expecting, but we got good closure with that so I can’t complain much. After having read the entire series I can say that, while some parts were a bit boring and the overall writing could’ve been better, I ultimately enjoyed the read. Max and Ethan are a great couple and their love was sweet even if their situation was a bit of a mess at times. I think I would’ve liked the series better if it had been written as one long novel, it might have flowed better that way. Omega’s Future was a good epilogue to the story and I’m really sad to see it end.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Ethan is finally allowed to leave the hospital, a week after Levi is born. Though it’s not as easy as just stepping outside, it seems. The media have surrounded the hotel to see the new fathers.

Jump to three years into the future and meet toddler Levi and Ethan and Max who are getting ready to add even more people to the family.

Omega’s Future is the eighth and last story in the Mated to the Alpha series. This series contains an innocent human, a sexy alpha, naughty scenes and Mpreg (male pregnancy).

 

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Omega’s Baby (Mated to the Alpha #7) – Wolf Specter & Rosa Swann

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“It’s only a soft sound at first, but then raises in volume. A baby’s first cry.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. Cute is a very good word to describe Part 7 of Mated to the Alpha. At long last it’s October and time for Ethan’s pregnancy to be over. We’ve skipped straight from the wedding in Part 6 to the day of the birth of Max and Ethan’s child. There has apparently been a few things happening since the wedding, mostly concerning Ethan’s family. He’s been getting to know his father and aunt better, and his cousin Elias (Evie’s son with her Alpha mate) now works for Max and seems to live with Max and Ethan. Max and Ethan are still in love with each other and are excited for their baby to be born. The whole focus of this part was the birth of the baby (which is not told in any sort of graphic detail, and probably not totally accurate) and his first day of life. Max and Ethan are both enamoured with their new son, and reading about them with him is very cute indeed. The writing still isn’t the greatest, which dampened my enthusiasm a bit, but the emotions were all there. So now Max and Ethan’s family is finally complete, and it’s adorable. Total no-angst new family fluff and I am all here for it.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) It’s the end of the summer, October has just started and Ethan is trying to make light of his heavy situation.

When he wakes up Max in the middle of the night… They will have to face their most stressful night of their lives.
But in the end, it is all worth it when they hold their beautiful baby.

Omega’s Baby is the seventh story in the Mated to the Alpha series. This series contains an innocent human, a sexy alpha, naughty scenes and Mpreg (male pregnancy).

 

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QR: Lights! Camera! Cupid!: Just Another Day (Bluewater Bay #6.1) – L. A. Witt

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“We have dinner and watch movies all the time. Why should this be weird just because it happens to be February fourteenth?”

 

In a word: Read the thing!

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Cupid is visiting Bluewater Bay, and he’s leaving chaos in his wake.

Nothing’s been the same in this sleepy little logging town since Hollywood came to shoot the hit TV show Wolf’s Landing—especially Valentine’s Day.

In L.A. Witt’s Just Another Day, beloved actors Levi Pritchard and Carter Samuels have an announcement for their fans, while in Z.A. Maxfield’s I’ll Be There, actor Spencer Kepler and his boyfriend Nash Holly brave a blizzard and a fan convention to spend their first February the 14th together.

Of course, it’s not just TV stars celebrating the day. In Anne Tenino’s Helping Hand, an aspiring artist eager to escape Bluewater Bay decides he just might have a reason to stay: lust-inspiring logger Gabriel Savage. In S.E. Jakes’s No Easy Way, a local teacher reconnects with an old lover working security on the film set. And in Amy Lane’s Nascha, a Bluewater Bay elder recalls how his own unconventional family used to celebrate the holiday.

Real life may be nothing like TV, but when Cupid comes to town, there’s plenty of romance and drama to go around.

 

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QR: Jackass! – Scarlet Beriko

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“Is there anything better than someone with nice legs wearing a pair of black stockings?”

 

In a word: Read the thing!

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) Keisuke’s incredibly handsome best friend Masayuki has always rubbed him just a little bit the wrong way. Maybe it’s because Masayuki is rich, carefree, and so stunningly handsome that he can, and does, have any girl he wants? But one day, when Keisuke accidentally wears his older sister’s panty hose to gym class, it’s suddenly his hot friend who’s doing the rubbing…on Keisuke’s panty hose-clad legs! Has he unwittingly unleashed a secret fetish that will change their relationship forever?

 

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Omega’s Wedding (Mated to the Alpha #6) – Wolf Specter & Rosa Swann

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“Just a few hours and everything will be different, at least on paper. I’ll be the new official Alpha of the Powell pack, the eighth one in line, all first-born, and I’ll be Ethan’s husband, the first and only one.”

 

In a word: Read the thing. As the title probably makes obvious, we’ve finally reached Max and Ethan’s wedding. It’s been about a month since Part 5 and Max and Ethan have apparently been in hiding from the media the whole time. I hope their time away was somewhat relaxing because the stress seems to start as soon as they return as the media are camped out at the airport when they land. We do get a bit more insight as to why Max is so popular with the media, but the behaviour of the media here is despicable. But I tend to hate pushy reporters anyway, so me not liking them here was practically a given. Max has a surprise for Ethan when they get back and everything about it was the best part of this installment for me. I was honestly expecting Ethan’s mother, but luckily she doesn’t show up at all. Dodged that bullet. Ethan’s friend Tim doesn’t show up either, which I thought was weird. Alexia does, though, which I found annoying. The wedding/passing-of-the-Alpha-torch ceremony was kinda boring, I don’t think the writing was good enough to make it interesting. This part had some really good emotional moments and I really like how in love Ethan and Max are with each other. There wasn’t any sort of relationship conflict at any point here, which makes me a bit apprehensive for the next part, but I’m also looking forward to what’s coming next. So glad the fuss about the wedding is over though.

 

The Summary: (from Goodreads) It’s almost the big day, Ethan and Max are getting married. But it wouldn’t be them if they didn’t have quite a couple of hurdles to jump through before they reach the special “I do” moment.

Because before they start, Max has a very special gift for Ethan. Something that will change their lives forever.

And maybe, just maybe, it will heal Ethan too, let him come to terms with his own past.

Omega’s Wedding is the sixth story in the Mated to the Alpha series. This series contains an innocent human, a sexy alpha, naughty scenes and Mpreg (male pregnancy).

 

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