His Choice - Carrie Ann Ryan: 2.5 stars
This story suffered from chronic telling and not showing, which made it hard to really get into the character's minds. The conflict felt contrived and I ended up simply not really feeling it at all.
Beasts of Burden - Marie Harte: 3 stars
Sometimes I feel like Marie Harte's stories have a bit of a grab-bag feel. When it's good, it's very, very good and when it's not...
I didn't feel like Eira or her mates were adequately fleshed out. All I really saw was Eira snubbing them and being a brat and them at first being long-suffering and then sex and then the story ended. I would have loved to have seen a little more character development and interaction and possibly just a little more world-building. The heated spicy bits weren't even as well-done as they usually are -- the sex felt rushed and perfunctory, which was frustrating.
Alpha Rising - Rebecca Royce: 3.5
I enjoyed this. It was short, sweet and to the point. There was excitement, danger and character banter and sarcasm. It also did a good job of making me want to learn more about the world and the characters by hinting at the larger plot.
A Rebel's Heart - Lia Davis: 3 stars
This was also sweet, but there wasn't quite as much to sink my teeth into. Mostly the conflict felt contained within the story, which was unfortunate because it didn't lead me to seek out the other books. Also, Sarah and Damian were nice enough, but I didn't really click with them as I didn't really feel like I got a good handle on them other than "good, nice people". Pleasant enough read, but fairly forgettable.
Destined for Eden - Leia Shaw: 4.0
This was the best out of the lot. I really liked Eden's sass and Dalton was sweet and protective. The world was interesting and I liked how Eden could hold her own without resorting to the usual alpha-female strong-arm tactics. I would be interested in seeing more in this world and hopefully with more Eden and Dalton.
From five bestselling authors comes five brand new novellas sure to heat up the night.
From Carrie Ann Ryan's Dante's Circle series, a demon from the fiery depths of hell must make his choice to follow in the footsteps of his father or love the submissive wolf who lays claim to his heart in His Choice.
From Marie Harte's Beasts of Burden, Eira, a fierce valkyrie, has spent fifty years trying to get a rise out of her goddess's guardians. But when the battle-cat shifters give her what she wants, can she handle the heat--and the danger--that comes from loving them?
From Rebecca Royce's brand new series, the Alphas of each werewolf Pack are on the brink of war. Travis Michaels will use all in his power to keep innocent Lilliana out of danger and into his arms...away from rival Alpha Cyrus Fennell.
From Lia Davis's Ashwood Falls series, buried pain, old lies, and dangerous secrets aren't enough to keep the sparks from flying as Sarah Mathews and rebel leader, Damian Palmer, try to survive a new threat against their race.
From Leia Shaw's Shadows of Destiny series, a war is brewing in the supernatural world. Rebel shifter Dalton's only passion is protecting the colony, and flirtatious misfit, Eden, is a distraction he can't afford. But as danger approaches, he learns that underestimating the sexy little wolf is a big mistake.
Carrie Ann Ryan's Dante's Circle Reading Order:
Dust of My Wings
Her Warriors' Three Wishes
An Unlucky Moon
Tangled Innocence (Coming April 2014)