Surrounded by Crimson (Sumeria’s Sons #4) by Lexi Ander (3 Stars)

Tristan’s life is becoming more dangerous, but love will carry him through the tough challenges he will face.

The author created a very rich, detailed world with an interesting history. The majority of the story seemed to be focused on building the world instead of further developing the characters or their relationship. I would have loved to have seen more time spent with Tristan and Ushna.

Tristan started to exert some of his power when he returned to his original home to face the prisoners that attacked his village. I loved watching him show his strength and abilities in order to protect those he loves. His pregnancy continues to trouble him leading to some of the lighter moments in the story. He had a knack for complaining in a humorous way. The plot revolving around Nikita/Brian from the last story continues and strengthens in this story. The saga seems to be headed in the direction of a menage relationship. The Gods and Goddesses continue to interfere and cause trouble, but they also keep things interesting. Ushna and Tristan continue to be on solid footing with their relationship. Their love for each other is shown repeatedly through their actions.

This series must be read in order due to the complexity of the world and relationships and the timeline the story follows. Although this wasn’t my favorite of the 4 books so far, it was still an interesting story and must be read if you’re following the series.

Tristan and Ushna continue their adventure as they build their bond, family, and community.


Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
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Tristan has agreed to bond with Ushna, but there is still much to do and returning to Tribe Enkidu puts everyone on edge. Tristan is being stalked like prey, all the while fighting depression as he mourns the loss of Nikita, and enduring a battle of wills with the Elder Council over his birthright. The pleading of his adoptive daughter only adds still more stress to the situation.

Stumbling onto a secret prison while searching for Ushna leads Tristan to risk everything to free a lost God. But breaking the tie to his Flame has more repercussions than Tristan knew and the assistance of a forgotten Goddess and a centuries old lover may not be enough to save him.

Dreams of the Forgotten (Sumeria’s Sons #3) by Lexi Ander (5 Stars)

Tristan’s life continues to get more challenging as the past clashes with his destiny.

Tristan and Ushna continue to develop their relationship. Although they have been friends since they were children, it seems that only now are they finally able to express their deep love for each other. Their protective instincts for each other and the way they treated each other with respect was beautiful. They also had to work through some minor, realistic issues in order to move forward. A portion of the story is devoted to the strange dreams Tristan is having involving two other men. Tristan is troubled by the dreams and concerned about their meanings. It will be interesting to see where this leads.

Tristan and Ushna continue to build their community, and it thrives under their leadership. I enjoyed the sense of a strong family the story created. Tristan’s best friends come to visit, and we begin to learn how deep the mystery and betrayal extends. Dark magic continues to wreak havoc on their lives. However, Tristan continues to strengthen his connection to the Earth which helps tremendously. Tristan is getting closer to giving birth, and I still found many of his comments pretty humorous. I must admit that I could listen to Tristan describe paint drying for 50 pages and find it fascinating.

There are also two free shorts on the author’s website which I highly recommend. They revolve around their friend, Gregori, and his love interest, Juan. Gregori is an extremely strong Magi, and it was interesting to get his perspective on some of the activities taking place. There was also a sweet romance taking place.

I always find it hard to start a series with a continuing arc not knowing if the strength of the writing and characters will hold up. Three books in and I’m still completely enamored with the characters, the plot, and the writing.


Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
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Songs of the Earth (Sumeria’s Sons #2) by Lexi Ander (5 Stars)

The action-packed saga of Tristan and Ushna continues in this captivating romance.

I really enjoy reading this series. It’s such a wonderful mix of sweet romance and interesting world-building. With Lycan shifters, gods, goddesses, and unknown creatures, there’s never a dull moment.

Tristan and Ushna love each other, and it shows in everything they say and do. It was nice to see them spend time talking and handling challenges together. I felt like I finally got to know Ushna better, and I enjoyed their conversations. Their unquestionable support for each other allowed them to work hard at creating a new place for their extended family, friends, and supporters to live.

Tristan learns more about his parents and heritage which leads to some significant life changes including the ability for him or Ushna to carry a child. Tristan volunteers and it made for some fun moments watching him deal with pregnancy with his wry sense of humor.

Tristan’s former Twin Flame, Theo, continues to cause trouble even after his death. The serial killer from the first story also returns to wreak havoc. Many of these scenes had me on the edge of my seat. The ending doesn’t bring closure to everything going on which is expected in this type of series. However, one thing that is never questioned, to my heart’s delight, is the love between Tristan and Ushna.

The author does a beautiful job telling an exciting story through the addictive voice of Tristan.

Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
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Stretching the Rules by B.A. Tortuga (4 Stars)

Pack politics has kept them apart so far, but when their lives are in danger, love will come out ahead.

Jonah loves belonging to the pack. It’s a huge part of who he is. He is the beta for his pack and his pack counts on him. Falling in love with a cougar and coyote means he can’t live with them, but it doesn’t mean he can’t love them. Olivia and Hank were together, but with Jonah in the mix, they finally feel like they are a complete package. Olivia is a stripper who knows how to drive the guys crazy, but she’s also very strong and likes to be in control. Hank is the perfect sub who likes to make sure everybody is taken care of. I was glad we got perspectives from each of them.

As the three of them build their lives together outside of the pack, Jonah must continue to keep it a secret. However, one horrible night changes everything when a roving pack of hybrids tries to kill Olivia and Hank. Jonah has no choice but to request help from the pack.

Although this was a short story, it certainly wasn’t lacking in the steam department. These three people love each other with all of their hearts and certainly enjoy playing in the bedroom. The majority of the beginning of the story was a series of non-stop sex scenes, which was enjoyable, but fortunately, the story itself picks up toward the second half. A steamy paranormal story of love and devotion with a bit of action.

Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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