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Ask Again by B.A. Tortuga askagaincover

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Blurb:

Hearing that his ex-best friend is getting married might be the only thing that can lead Andy back to his wolf pack deep in the Colorado mountains. He’s a city wolf now, leaving behind the awkward, skinny teenage geek he was once upon a time. All he wants to do is see Levi one last time, and maybe lament what might have been between them if Levi had been brave enough to leave the pack with Andy all those years ago.

Levi has been a good soldier in his Alpha’s army, the second-in-command for several years. Seeing Andy again reminds Levi how he’s toed the line, and how all he’s gotten for it is a lonely life. He’s not sure why Andy came back, and at first he’s not even happy about it. Their need for each other runs deep and strong, though, and Levi has to wonder what he would do for Andy if the man would just ask him one more time.

Review:

This was a first for me from B.A. Tortuga and I liked it better than I thought I would. Short books have a hard time in getting to the story quickly and at the same time keeping the story interesting. Ms Tortuga did a great job at finding what worked.

Two males destined to be mates they were close when they were younger, then feeling like outsiders with no hope of fitting in. One mate packed up and left and stayed gone, up until a little birdie told him his mate was getting married.

Leaving barely a man, coming home more than a man, all hard bodied with an attitude to match. No longer is he ok with just any old thing. Seeing his old mate stirred up old feelings and not just from his former mate but from some people in town who would much rather he leave and go back where he came from.

This was a quick hot read with just enough detail to make it a great read as well. I enjoyed this story and liked B.A. Tortuga’s style of writing. Enjoy.

Reviewed by Daria

Happy Endings by BA Tortuga happyendings

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

This collection of short stories is a quick read. Each story pulls you in to another world and characters.  I enjoyed these stories but did not fall in love with the characters.

The first story Cooking Up Trouble is my favorite. I found Charlie and Grant pulling me in to their story. Grant is adorable and watching the relationship begin between these two made for a good read.

Getting Out More was a cute read. I loved that the two young boys wanted to see their father happy and decided to do something to make that happen. Darren and Rowdy find that their friendship can be so much more.

Tanned is an interesting story about a young man coming back to work on his grandfather’s farm. Danny is a good man and prevails against the prejudices of others.  It was nice to see him stand up for himself and find help in the last place he would ever look.

Hell Bent For Leather gives us Dominic and Garrett’s story. The two are a good match. Dominic finds more than just a drink at the local bar. Garrett realizes that sometimes it pays in more ways than one to work at a bar. Garrett takes a chance and enjoys his night.

Beginnings and friendships is what lays in wait for readers to enjoy in this collection. Each story is a sweet read about taking a chance and seeing just where it might lead. While the couples in this collection may not be favorites of mine I did enjoy the writer’s style and will be sure to look for more from them in the future.

Reviewed by Gabrielle

Boo by B A Tortunga boo185

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

This book contains seven stories about things that go bump in the night and it seems that even those things that haunt the night long for company and maybe even love. Each one of these stories brings readers an intriguing story about finding ones other half.

Levels of Hunger is a story of two beings who love each other and we are given a glimpse at their private time. Blood and sex go together quite well in this story.

Free Blow Jobs has a young man finding more than he bargained for at a Halloween party.  Just how far is Scott willing to take things?

In Interest Paid Paul finds more than he bargained for in an out of the way pawn shop. What will Paul give up for his heart?

His to Save  has Jasper fighting for his soul and with the help of Tanner he hopes to keep it. Two cowboys ready to fight the world for each other but will that be enough?

Finders Keepers is a wonderful story of finding and keeping love and comes with a twist that I did not see coming. Rene finds his love when he lasts expects it yet others are hunting him and he must decide where his heart belongs.

Come Back Home brings two men together with life altering events. Life will never be the same for either of them. It takes a life threatening event for Cyn to show Luke how much he cares but is it too late now?

Fuck Forgiveness brings readers into the world of werewolves. Two mates torn apart until fate steps in and brings them back together but will they be able to forget and forgive the past?  When Danny comes back to see Declan one last time he doesn’t know what to expect and certainly not Declan ready to fight for him.

I enjoyed each of these stories. Each one was an intense read that pulled me in to a new world. I do not have a favorite but I can say that the last three stories grabbed my attention more than the others.  The author does a good job of fleshing the characters out and building their worlds. Trust and love shines through brightly in all of the stories in this collection and many made me want to revisit their worlds to see more from these characters.

Reviewed by Gabrielle

Cereus : Opening by Sean Michael, Julia Talbot, and BS Tortuga

http://www.amazon.com/Cereus-Opening-ebook/dp/B009DMLR7Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360680830&sr=1-1&keywords=cereus+opening

ASIN B009DMLR7Q

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Review:

If, like me, you haven’t read the first collection of stories in this series, it seems to boil down to this: A dragon, a vampire and a werewolf walk into a bar… or whatever, and decide to open a resort for all the things that go bump in the night; sort of a Club Med for the fanged and furry. The first book contained stories covering the building of Cereus, and now this collection recounts three tales from the opening. Each of the short stories focuses on a different set of characters, although there are also common players that appear in all the tales.

In the first story, “Pack Rules” by BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot, werewolf security chief “Van” Donovan has to come to terms with his former lover Mik, a vampire. The two fell out some years ago over Van’s need to serve his pack, but the two have never really gotten over each other, and now they’re forced to work together. Van is determined not to let his ‘mate’ get away from him again, just as Mik is trying to avoid getting hurt by what he saw as a betrayal. He tries to keep away from Van, but the wolf enjoys a chase, just as he enjoys domination. And while vampires may be known as tops, in truth Mik likes being dominated, and even needs a little discipline from time to time.

This is a rather interesting little story. The underlying plot is a mystery involving the security cameras, which ties things together. There are several spicy sex scenes between Van and Mik, and while they’re hot, the kink doesn’t go beyond a spanking, aside from the sometimes forceful domination by Van. However, the chemistry between these two never quite gelled for me. While the reason they parted ways is made clear, the rest of their history isn’t really discussed. While there’s obviously a powerful sexual attraction between the two, it’s not clear what, if anything, they have in common that would have held them together in the first place.

The next story, “Downward Dog”, also by Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga, picks up more or less where the first story left off. Rian, the resort’s young yoga instructor, finds himself faced with a suitor, one of the original residents of the ancient forest where Cereus has been built. Gilead is an old fashioned lone wolf, but he’s set his sights on Rian to be his mate. His courtship methods don’t go down too well at first, but once he and the young wolf are finally thrown together, Rian is drawn to the older man-wolf, despite all his reservations.

This is a sweet little love story without any kink to it, aside from a little biting. Like the first story, there’s a bit of made-for-each-other inevitability to it all, but since the two characters don’t have any history together, it’s a little easier to simply suspend disbelief and go with the romance.

The last story, “The Bear Facts” by Sean Michael, is certainly the kinkiest, as well as being saccharin sweet. In it, polar werebear Nuk checks into the resort for a month of fun with one of the resort’s staff submissives. Every few years he leaves his isolated home in the Arctic to find sexual release among other people. However, Nuk gets lost on the way to his cabin and stumbles across IT guy Alain. The young man isn’t a shifter or a vampire, he’s just a regular human, although he has different colored eyes and can do magic. It’s lust at first sight for the old bear and he quickly decides that the chatty geek is going to be his.

This is a story of polar opposites (if you’ll pardon the expression) who somehow find a completeness in each other. Nuk is definitely the strong silent type. He has lived alone for many years so he’s not used to talking, while Alain can’t seem to shut up at first. The younger man’s chattiness seems to hide some insecurity, about his heterochromia, among other things. But, despite his misgivings, as in all these stories, love finds a way, although there is a surprise or two along the way.

There is a lot of sex in this story, although the kink is more thought about than actually depicted. The private dungeon in Nuk’s suite isn’t mentioned again after it’s discussed in the opening chapter. What actually gets described is some light bondage and knife-play. It’s hot, but not very edgy.

While none of the stories in “Cereus: Opening” are particularly kinky, they are all enjoyable enough to be entertaining reading. The tales are a little overly sweet and predictable at times, but the writers are talented enough to make you forget that for the most part.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph