60/100 The Painted Crown by Megan Derr

This is a gay romance, if that offends you do not read this book.
This novel of political intrigue, people trying to find their way, heartbreak, and newfound love is worth a second look. This author manages to balance her characters, giving them enough flaws to seem real without making them out to be horrible people. The prince, reviled by his own father, is to be held captive by their enemies for several years. They tell him they will treat him as an honored guest, but their resentments begin to get the better of them, they do better later on. While the prince is feeling lonely a friend stumbles upon him. This new person is having issues and, unknowingly, asks the prince for advice. This causes friendship, and later more, to bloom. If I tell any more I’ll give away the good parts, but suffice it to say the prince’s new friend has a couple of secrets of his own.
There is gay sex toward the end of this book, if that offends then don’t read or skip those parts.
Happy reading.



42/100 Vikings (Great Courses)

This was a fascinating course I obtained through Audible. I tend to listen to Great Courses while I am in the car and therefore probably do not pay enough attention, but what I did catch of Viking History was fascinating. This lector has a wonderful way of making history come to life. I had no idea how long the Viking Age spanned, nor was I aware of how much impact the vikings had on our history overall.
If you enjoy Norse Mythology, like watching shows about vikings, or love reading about vikings then this is a great course to help you winnow the facts from the fiction.
Happy Listening!

31/100 The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston

Okay so the end of the world is nigh, only the fire wielding Crow with a love of starting trouble can help save the world.  What is a Raven to do, but help her (and fall in love).  If you think this is a recipe for disaster, well then join the line, so does almost everyone else.  If you’re looking for a good, funny, read with a little too much graphic sex, then this is a good read for you.  I will admit, I HATE how this Ended! Right up until then it was a wonderful, action packed adventure.  If you have problems with graphic language or content then this is probably not the book for you!

18/100 The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston

As always Laurenston celebrates her version of female comradery with endearments like ‘bitches’ and ‘heifer’.  If this form of feminism offends, or is something you take seriously then don’t bother reading her laugh out loud books. I listened to this book in audible format and really enjoyed it, after I skipped the graphic sex.

Are you introspective?  Do you not consider yourself anti-social but find small talk to be not only boring but annoying?  If you do than you can relate to Jace, the main character found in this book.  She is an amazingly oblivious intellectual that lives life in her own way and at her own pace.  The hardships that she has suffered through would make a grown man cry but Jace just keeps on dealing with the hardships of her second life.  Didn’t I mention that she was murdered and brought back to life by a Norse Goddess?  Silly me, these details sometimes get away from me.

If you want to read about an introspective loner that lives in a huge house full of women, serves as a warrior for a Norse deity, finds kinship in a house full of intellectuals under service of another Norse deity and will literally jump out of a moving car to get away from small-talk, then this is the book for you.  The fast moving plot keeps your attention while the quirky characters keep you laughing out loud.  I cannot wait for the third book in this series to be released!

17/100 The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

As always Laurenston celebrates her version of female comradery with endearments like ‘bitches’ and ‘heifer’.  If this form of feminism offends, or is something you take seriously then don’t bother reading her laugh out loud books. I listened to this book in audible format and really enjoyed it, after I skipped the graphic sex.

This is a fascinating world that Laurenston created based on Norse mythologies that are not completely focused on Thor and Loki or Odin and Frigga, but on other Norse Deities.  Thor and Odin are both mentioned as they both have their warriors but they are not the central focus.  Really, the dieties are just the vehicle on which the plot is based.  If you have read any of the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon then some of the plot elements are familiar.  I do enjoy the world’s that Laurenston creates.  The Pride Shifters Series was amazing and I can see where they might eventually intersect with these Crows.  I know that Hunting Season (The Gathering Book 1) is considered a different series but like the Magnus Pack and Pride series I believe they are two sides of the same series.

This is a fast paced series with characters that you will love, hate, and love to hate.  The main female character is both wonderful and flawed at the same time.  She is retired marine with a pit bull and an inability to kill wantonly.  Normally the last thing would be good, but Crows are sent into situations when killing is needed.  The main male character was born and raised to be a Raven, but this hasn’t stopped him from falling for a Crow.  Watch how a retired marine and her pit bull come to terms with their new life and bring some special joy to the Crows and Ravens; causing havoc and meeting people along the way.

4/100 The Reluctant Alpha (Highland Wolf Clan #1) by A.K. Michaels

This was a pretty good book, with a decent plot and likable characters. There is a good bit of angst and most of the book takes place from the initial male’s point of view there is some depth added and a few subplots along the way. A young werewolf is brought up to take control of the pack, but his father pushes him too hard too early in life. The young werewolf runs away and becomes a very successful business man. This doesn’t change his basic nature which is that of a werewolf born to lead. His father calls him back home with two problems, he solves one easily with the application of his younger brother and goes off to solve the second, this is where the book really begins.
I will not give away the entire book, but it is a bit of a page turner. The plot snaps along with very little lag time, of course this means the romances just snap along as well. If you’re looking for a fast paced romance with a few interesting characters then this is a book to read. I got a bit spoiled by Shelly Laurenston so these shallow characters didn’t really do it for me, but it is a pretty good light romance.

2/100 Hunting Season (The Gathering 1) by Shelly Laurenston

This is a really good book. If you are reading her new Crow series and enjoying it then this book is right up your alley. While it takes place on the eastern side of the US and the new series is based in California most of the elements are the same. If you want to read a book about Kick Butt women and the men who can keep up, then this is the series for you. Fantasy and really out there but with a more human twist than some. These women are given a chance at a new life, but they are not immortal. They have new strengths and are expected to defeat evil but they still are allowed to have lives, of a sort.

In this fast paced, pretty steamy, novel the leaders of two different supernatural groups are firmly in ‘lust’ with each other but haven’t gotten together yet. Through sheer persistence a chance is taken and the steam begins. As another reviewer put it, if you are looking for an existential read, this isn’t it. If you want a fast paced, steamy novel full of kick butt women and some pretty awesome guys then check this, and almost anything Laurenston writes, out.