Review – Serpent’s Kiss by Layla Dorine

After the release of Snake Snack, which you will recall involved my lovely snake shifter, Simon, I was asked by  Layla Dorine if I’d like to read her book which involved a whole bevy of snake shifters. As I adore MM shifter books I was happy to agree and below is my review.

Serpent’s Kiss – Layla Dorine

Blurb

While searching for their missing sibling, Zaiden and his sister Kaandhal, come across the last pureblooded psy-clairvoyant of their kind. Unfortunately for them, the psy-clairvoyant Darian has no idea who he truly is and isn’t interested in learning, much less helping Zaiden and Kaandhal locate their missing brother, Zxex.
A bounty hunter by trade, who’s been all but banished from his family due to his visions, Darian is a bit cynical about his ability to be of any assistance to them. Nevertheless, Zaiden brings him back to their home Rhumba, where Darian discovers that very little is what it seems.
With plots unfolding all around them and discoveries about his own heritage leaving Darian reeling, he is left with the choice of whether to embrace who and what he is, or spend every moment with them as a prisoner on the fringes of their society.
Add in a pesky little bond that only seems to grow the more time he and Zaiden spend together, and several factions looking to gain possession of him and Darian is left wondering if his visions just might be the least of his troubles.

Review

From the first page I was intrigued about Darrell who would later become Darian for reasons that will become clear through the book. He was a troubled, angry man living in the human world, hiding his constant pain with pain killers and booze. I was as surprised as he was when two snake like looking creatures broke into his apartment, talking about prophecy and visions – something neither the reader nor poor Darrell knew anything about.

Zaiden didn’t make things any easier for Darrell/Darian – forcing him from his home, dropping him into a world full of snakes Darrell didn’t understand, and as this point, as a reader, I didn’t understand it much either. But I kept reading and I am glad I did. As a reader I was drawn into a world full of intrigue and plots and while the “bad guy” as such was easy to spot from about half way through the book, the way the plot unfolded was interesting enough for me to read the book in one sitting.

I would be lying if I said this book was a romance. Darian and Zaiden are apparently bonded mates and meant to be together, but very little of that is covered in the book. Most of the time Darian is fighting their bond; the reasons for which coming clear throughout the story and even at the end, a HFN rather than an HEA is implied.  I took heart from Zaiden’s words at the end where he said “That…was only the beginning.” I would like to think there is a second book coming which would have a lot more romance and a lot less intrigue in it.  Layla has set up a complex world and left a number of threads unresolved at the conclusion of the story. I wanted to see Darian’s meeting with his ex-family and I am sure there is more to the desert dwellers than the author let on. I am looking forward to the next one.

“I was given a copy of this story in exchange for a fair review.”

You can buy Serpent’s Kiss from Amazon.

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Cam’s Promise – Excerpt and cover reveal

Hi everyone,

I have been juggling stories for the past couple of weeks, trying to catch up after moving house and that means you get a second new release this month.  You may remember, a while ago I wrote a shorter book under the pen name Lee Oliver – Ranger’s End Game, book one in the Northern States series. I promised at the end of that one, that Cam, Ranger’s trusted second, would get his story too.

In between writing Marius’s story from Cloverleah and a new dragon story that my mind just wouldn’t let go of, I managed to get this one finished.  It’s not a long story but I promise it will warm your heart. I have pasted the cover below.

The model on the cover is courtesy of Paul Henry Serres Cover Pictures – honestly, you need to make yourself a cup of coffee and head over there for a look if you want something to brighten your day. He has the most delicious models 🙂

Blurb

Cam has always known who his fated mate was. Unfortunately, not even his beta wolf status made life any easier, living with the knowledge his alpha mate rejected him. His work with Ranger kept him busy, but now Ranger was mated to the sweet Aiden, finding things to do so his wolf wouldn’t go hunting the man they both wanted was getting more difficult by the day.

Levi was an assassin. He made no apology for who he was or how he lived. Yes, he knew he had a mate. Yes, there were a lot of good reasons for claiming him. But the two reasons why he shouldn’t, kept Levi away. When Ranger gets in touch and lets him know that things are changing on the council, and he’s found the assassins a place to call home, Levi can’t resist answering the call.

Territory and power are everything to shifters and having all four assassins living in the Northern States pack brings problems from outside. In town, not all of the locals are as keen with their new Alpha either and yet, somehow, in the muddle, Levi and Cam must find a way to be together. Because sharing the same house, no matter how big it is, makes anything else unbearable.

Excerpt

“I spoke to Ranger.” Levi’s voice was like gravel, as though he hadn’t spoken for a while.

“You’re not staying?” Cam didn’t know why his heart suddenly felt as though it’d been split in two. It wasn’t as though there was much left of his poor battered organ to start with. “Of course, I understand, but why?” Why hunt me down in my office? Why turn up if you were only going to leave again? Why fucking force me to watch you go out that door a second fucking time?

“I’m staying. I just had to clear a few things with Ranger first.”

“Okay, right.” Probably council business. Cam busied himself with the papers on his desk. “I’ll be sure to stay out of your way. Was that all you wanted to tell me?”

“Cam.” The use of his name forced him to look up. “I’m staying.”

Cam gulped and dropped his eyes again; his papers were easier to look at than the intensity of Levi’s eyes. “Yes, so you said and that’s fine…good…Ranger was worried about protection for Aiden. He’ll be glad you’re here. I’ll…I have to stay for a couple of days, I promised Ranger, but after that, I’ll be out of your hair.”

He had no idea where he was going to go. He’d been with Ranger his entire adult life. The far end of the Southern territory might be the best idea. Because seeing Levi, smelling him, having him close enough to touch; Cam’s defenses were crumbling faster than an ice cream on a hot plate. He clung to the underneath of his desk, hoping that would be enough to stop him flying over the desk and slamming his mate to the ground. Those full lips, those dark eyes…Cam jumped when he realized Levi was talking again.

“I’m clearly not very good at this. When I said I was staying, I meant I wanted to stay with you. I want us to be mates. I’ve cleared it with Ranger….”

“You told Ranger you claimed me?” Cam’s eyes roved over Levi’s body for a completely different reason this time. Apart from a narrow red mark on his neck, he seemed fine. “Are you trying to get yourself killed? He was the reason you didn’t want me in the first place.”

End excerpt – you can find out more in the book – Cam’s Promise release day August 26th.

Have an amazing day and don’t forget to hug the one you love 🙂

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Woo Hoo – the SuMMer Heat Anthology is Live

A while ago, I was asked if I wanted to participate in the SuMMer Heat Anthology – where readers get a total of nine stories from amazing MM authors like Maggie Walsh, Shea Balik, Cree Storm and Ariel Halford. I put my thinking cap on and came up with a new short Alpha and Omega story. When I say short, all of the stories in the book are over 20,000 words long so you are getting a really good bargain with this book.

To tempt your appetite, I have included a snippet from my story in the anthology. The buy links are below it. You can’t miss out on this one, it is a great value read and you may find yourself a few new authors to follow.

Blurb for the Anthology

9 stories from today’s hottest MM authors!
The sound of the water rushing onto the beach. The sunrises and sunsets that are reminiscent of a stunning postcard. As perfect as the idyllic setting is, there is still something missing that you can’t quite put your finger on.
Then across the beach, the bar, the pool, you catch sight of the man you let get away, or the first sight of your destiny, and your mind travels along a road that you don’t want to end.
But a summer love is just for the summer, isn’t it?
Join these NINE Best Selling MM authors as they take you on a journey of summer love at its best!
Twenty percent of all proceeds donated to The Trevor Project. Trevor provides valuable resources to LGBTQ youth who may not have anywhere else to turn.

Blurb for my Story – If You Can’t Stand the Heat

Stone, alpha wolf and tracker for the council, was on an unusual but easily completed job; pick up a runaway omega and return him to his home pack. Sounded simple enough but when Stone catches sight of Wyatt, living in a derelict cabin in the middle of nowhere, he knows his life is about to change.

Wyatt, omega wolf, has been on the run from a forced mating for three years; living hand to mouth, doing his best to raise his four-year-old sister, Maddie. Always watching over his shoulder, scared to answer his door, he has no idea how much his life will change when a stranger knocks on his door during a summer storm.

But Wyatt’s past isn’t about to letting him go and when the council gets involved Stone must do his best to protect the man who stole his heart and the sweet little girl who calls him Uncle. After all, if you can’t stand the heat….

M/M true mate romance. Heat level 4.

Excerpt from my story in the Anthology

Wyatt froze. Someone was trying to take his door off its hinges. He looked down at Maddie and put his finger over his lips. Her eyes widened and she scrunched down under the blankets. “Not a sound,” Wyatt warned as he got up, making sure the bedroom door was firmly closed before he took the two steps towards the front door.

“We don’t want any, thank you.” He called through the door, praying it was a lost salesman.

“My car broke down and my phone’s dead.” The rough voice didn’t sound reassuring. “I just wondered if I could use yours?”

“I don’t have one, sorry. If you go about five miles down the road, the store will have one.” Wyatt leaned closer to the door. The man’s voice sent tingles down his spine and his wolf wanted to jump out and meet him.

“It’s pissing down. Can I at least come in and get dry? I’d love a cup of coffee if you had one spare.”

What’s he think this is, a coffee house? But the visitor was right; the rain had been pounding his old tin roof for more than an hour which was why he was late getting Maddie to bed. Wyatt’s hand hesitated over the door latch. There’s no chance someone could find me here. It’s just a stranded traveler. Geeze, where’s your sense of compassion? Besides, he could hold his own with most humans…it was only other shifters he had problems with.

“Hang on,” Wyatt said as he wrestled with the door. The frame was warped and the damp weather caused it to stick. “I’ve just got to…oh.” Wyatt fell back as the door was shoved open. “You…you…no, I won’t go back!”

Scuttling backwards on the floor, Wyatt tried to get his lungs under control. The alpha sauntered in like he owned the place, a half grin visible through his dark goatee, droplets of water sliding down his bare arms and hitting the floor. “I don’t know who you are,” Wyatt struggled to his feet. “But you’ve got no right barging in here. I want you to leave.” He pointed at the door praying his arm wouldn’t tremble.

“I think we’ve got a lot to talk about, omega.”

Buy links are below – have a wonderful day 🙂

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071GJ4WZ8/

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/732967

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/summer-heat-anthology

 

 

 

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Moving House isn’t easy…

Hi everyone,

It has been a hectic few months and as I am between books (barely) I thought now was the perfect time to update you on what’s going on with me lately.

I moved house about six weeks ago. Gosh, you might think, surely she’s had time to settle down by now, but this move was a huge deal for me personally as well as from a logical standpoint. Getting the boxes unpacked was the easy part. Finding that equilibrium so the words flow in my stories was another matter entirely.

I didn’t just move house, I moved four hours drive away from my comfort zone. I left my kids and grandkids behind and while I love my little house, I don’t know anyone in this new town. I’d never even visited the town before I bought my house. It’s the biggest decision I have made since my marriage broke up almost three years ago and I’ve had some scary moments lol.

Of course stress doesn’t help with your health and mine suffered a bit since I moved. But overall, it’s been a positive experience. I haven’t owned a house since I was in my twenties (and yes, that was a long time ago), and now, okay the bank owns this one, but I am slowly coming up with plans to renovate my tiny house and my huge bare backyard.  Poor Scruffy is missing his trees and the possums and his stress doesn’t help mine, but I am on the lookout for a new four footed companion for him – someone who will help him guard my yard 🙂

Snake Snack was the first book I have published since I moved house and I have another one coming out this week, Cam’s Promise from the Northern States pack series (Under Lee Oliver). I know you are all waiting for the next Cloverleah and I can finally tell you it is in the pipeline. But I am sure you understand with all that has been going on lately, that delving into the complexity that Marius’s story will bring, wasn’t something I could bring myself to do when I was still trying to find where my lovely daughter stashed all my belongings lol.

I guess the point of this rambling message is that I didn’t want you to think I had forgotten you. I am on social media every day, as best I can be, but I know many of you on here prefer not to use FB or Twitter and I totally understand. But I do appreciate the emails, pictures and lovely messages of support I have been receiving. Thank you all so much. As I said in the dedication on Snake Snack, my life would be bleak without you.

Have a wonderful day 🙂

 

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Snake Snack now available!

New Release!

Snake Snack, Arrowtown Book 2

Simon liked the idea of having a Fated Mate; after all, Ra and Seth certainly seem happy enough. A random encounter in Jackson changes his thinking though, making him wonder if he should have thought that mate thing through more thoroughly. As a snake shifter, he was used to being alone. Who cared if he upset anyone or not? But his old behavior wasn’t going to win him any hearts, including his mate’s.

Darwin works three jobs to survive. On his own for more years than he can count, he stays away from shifters and shifter towns. Trusting no one, he works and sleeps and while his life is dull, it’s safe and that’s all Darwin cares about. When he comes across a snake in his apartment, his first instinct is to hit it with his trusty bat. But the mate pull works both ways and Darwin’s forced to consider some changes in his life.

Two stalkers, two kidnappings, life is rarely dull in Arrowtown. With Ra running for mayor and Liam’s and Lucien’s life threatened by their past, Simon and Darwin have their work cut out for them. Being mates is one thing; love is a totally different matter.

Usual warnings associated with stories about men falling in love with other men. If it’s not your cup of tea please don’t buy this. NOTE: This is an MPREG story and includes a scene with a flying mouse, a very clever Fae child and a grumpy snake.

 

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