Review: Siren Reborn by Sophie Oak

siren rebornReviewed by Shelly

This is the 8th installment in Sophie Oak Texas Sirens series. From my last count, this is the 3rd m/m/f ménage. The others have been either m/f/m or m/f with very alpha males and their submissive female.

Kitten, Mason and Cole’s story felt a bit like Julian, Finn and Danielle’s story (Siren Enslaved – Texas Sirens #3) in that there’s a switch who happens to be male. The only comparison that Julian and Cole have is that they’re both Doms, but I still think that Julian is the big bad wolf of the group. As he’s my favorite character in the series, I would luv a sequel to Julian’s story. I do enjoy reading about him in the series, but I want another story with him, Finn and Danielle. That’s the end of my shameless plea. Now on to the review for Kitten’s HEA. There are going to be some things about this review that might suggest that I’m not a fan of this author’s work, which I am, but I still like a good, sound, believable story regardless of who writes it. [Read more…]

Review: Sirens in Bliss

sirens in blissReviewed by Shelly

After reading Back in Bliss, which I didn’t think was all that great I was a little skeptical about this one but I shouldn’t have been because this one is a definite winner. Sirens in Bliss gives us the EA in HEA for some of Oak’s Nights in Bliss and Texas Siren characters. I like Oak’s writing. I like it a lot. She makes me laugh (out loud sometimes), yell, cry and believe in her characters. I can’t really ask for more than that. [Read more…]

Review: Back in Bliss

back in blissReviewed by Shelly

It was nice to come back to Bliss to get the long awaited Logan, Seth and Georgia’s story.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t as impressed with this story as a I have been with other installments in the series. For the length, 110K+ words, this does give a beginning, middle, and end, but I just didn’t feel the connection and passion that have been conveyed in other stories by Oak. If you’ve not read any of the stories in this series, this might be a good time to pick those up; I wouldn’t recommend that you read this as a stand alone – there’s a lot of overlapping characters and continuing story lines. If you have read any of the Oak’s Siren series, there are overlapping characters from that series also. [Read more…]

Review: Siren Unleashed

Reviewed by Shelly

I had this in my TBR for far too long and I’m a little ticked at myself that I didn’t read it sooner. What a fun and sexy story! Sophie Oak has penned another winner in the Texans Sirens series.

If you’ve read and liked the others in the series, you’ll like this one too. There were a couple parts that I found myself reading more than once because it didn’t flow well, but they were minimal and didn’t take away from the overall storyline.

The twins, Ben and Chase Dawson, finally have their own story. They’ve been sent by Julian Lodge to one of his resorts where a murder has taken place. Their job is to get to the bottom of what happened and, oh by the way, keep an eye on Natalie Buchanan, the submissive who’s been accused of the murder.

Ben and Chase had me laughing from the get go, these two are the ying to the other’s yang. I really enjoyed their chemistry and their conversations. Their introduction to Natalie is Oak classic, it just doesn’t a lot better than a little identity confusion for setting the tone for the whole – ‘she likes you better than me’ – conversation that Ben and Chase have. Those were some of the best scenes between these two.

My new hero heroine is pink-haired Natalie, she’s tough when she needs to be and I really liked that she didn’t allow that developed hardness to invade every aspect of her life. She was just a nice girl who was put in a very very bad position and the way she fought her way out was admirable. I thought her development from being alone in a group of people to eventually appreciating those same people was well done. And her relationship with Ben and Chase, I could definite feel their chemistry in and out of the bedroom (or dungeon.)

I’ll start with Chase because he’s such a big bad hardass. I couldn’t get over how cute and needy he really was under all that gruff and bravado. I really liked that he finally revealed some of his insecurities concerning his and Ben’s relationship. Again their twin chemistry was just awesome and made added a lot to the story. Ben the more extroverted of the twins was absolutely rocking my world, talk about smoking HOT. I can’t even express how much these two guys made me laugh and yeah, cry a little bit too.

Overall, I enjoyed Ben, Chase and Natalie’s story and it’s always nice to get an update on the other characters from other installments – this one is full of them.

I still enjoy Oak and the work she’s produced.  She’s not taken the series in a direction that I’m not able to follow and I’m so grateful for that.

Happy Reading folks!

Rating: B

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Siren Unleashed
by Sophie Oak
Release Date: October 26, 2012
Publisher: Siren

Review: Beauty

Reviewed by Shelly

I can’t tell you how many times I put off reading this book for the simple reason that I didn’t want the series to end. But alas, I grew some you- know-what and took the plunge. Oh my, my, it was totally worth it.

Beauty picks up right after we left Dante and Kaja from Beast. This story is about Bronwyn (how cool is that name, huh?) and her Dark Ones, Lachlan and Shim. Bronwyn, the sister of Beck and Cian (from Bound) is alive and living the life of the working class while her bonded mates are searching for her from one plane to the next.

For Sophie Oak fans, she offers a lot of characters from other series in a non-distracting way, but I think that if you’re a new reader to her work and read this as a stand-alone you can still enjoy the storyline because it’s just that good.

I found myself reading this story and thinking, WOW, I can’t believe Oak was able to pull that off! One of the wonderful things that I’m really coming to appreciate from this writer is that she’s able to blend unlikely genres/categories and make them very believable. Who knew BDSM was so popular, even with Unseelie Fae (or is it Faeries?)

Even as new characters were introduced, we really got a chance to get to know some of the characters from previous stories a little more, like vampire mercenary Simon Roan and Dante’s father, Alexander Dellacourt. I’m kinda hoping we see more of Roan, Harry and Gillian later on in a spin-off (*fingers crossed*).

Lachlan was my favorite hero in this story; he was the epitome of the tortured hero, both physically and mentally. He was by no means perfect and that’s what made him ideal for the other half of his symbiotic twin and such a great foil for Bronwyn’s ‘pureness’. As a necromancer, it’s by accepting his ‘gift’ that he finds his true purpose and his amazing strength.

Shim, the pyromancer, and the more affectionate of the twins, was wonderful as a Bronwyn’s number two. He clearly was such a likeable hero who was totally in-love with his wife that it was hard for me to see any wrong in him. Whatever he had to do to protect her, even the not so nice things, he would do. We get to see him going from being weak because of his love to a very strong and driven King –and let me tell you it was a wonderful journey to take.

The sex between these three was WOW! The boys definitely made drawing ‘first blood’ seem like every girl’s unlikely fantasy come true.

Of course, I have to mention something about Dante because that bad boy always make me laugh… His wife Kaja had some of the funniest lines – after Bronwyn tells her she doesn’t have to come along (and get in trouble) Kaja responds with all seriousness – “I do. I cannot break the sacred code of chicks before dicks…”

Overall, I completely enjoyed this ride and I’m hoping that there will be more about these families because they sure were a pleasure to read about.

Rating:  A

Beauty
by Sophie Oak
Release Date: June 15, 2012
Publisher: Siren

Review: Beast – A Faery Story 2

Reviewed by Shelly

Dante’s story picks up a few years after Bound, so expect the return of some old friends, and some unexpected ones too. If you’ve not read the first Faery Book, it’s not too late but this story still flows very well all on it’s own.

Blurb: Fresh from his latest scandal, vampire playboy Dante Dellacourt has been given an ultimatum – take a consort and settle down or be disowned.
Exiled by her pack, the werewolf Kaja is stolen from her frozen plane and awakens in a foreign world. Frightened and alone, she savagely fights for her freedom.
When Dante and his Fae cousins are called to defend the gnomes of the marketplace from their feral prize, he discovers that Kaja glows like no other consort he has ever seen. Exotic and wild, her body calls to him in ways he had not dreamed possible.
In order to claim his werewolf, he must first tame this ferocious beauty. But to earn her submission, will Dante be forced to unleash his inner beast?

Review: I really enjoyed Dante’s character from Bound and I was super excited to read his story (my curiosity was piqued, I wanted to see how kinky he could get as there were some glimpses, and oh boy does he ever). However, what I really enjoyed about Dante in this story was that we read why and how he grows up to be a Beast. We know his reasons for growing up and his actions that support his growth. He went from being his Dad’s ‘boy’ to a man of worth.

I had Kaja’s back the entire way; there was such a wonderful evolution of her character. From being exiled from her pack to her eventual acceptance to being a person of worth. There’s a lot she has to go through, and we learn of her past life mostly in flashbacks making it all the more harsh. These flashbacks explain how she became indifferent to her wellbeing and self-worth; what’s even more wonderful is that we see the rise of her self-worth and self-acceptance through flashbacks.

Now on to the good stuff, the chemistry between Dante and Kaja is off-the-chain, super-duper HOT! The sex scenes between them is even better after Dante comes into a trait that these vampires seem to thrive on – possessiveness over their consorts. That hunk of man meat is seriously kinky and he ain’t afraid of using toys on his woman either. I’m not kidding folks, I had to have a glass of water handy when I was reading some of those scenes.

I can’t wait for next one in the series. According to the author’s site, Beauty – A Faery Story 3 is coming June 15, 2012.

Happy reading folks!

Rating: A

Click to purchase: Amazon
Beast
by Sophie Oak
Release Date: September 23, 2011
Publisher: Siren