Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Review – Men in Love & Refuge Shifters Series








Back Of The Book

Your favourite families from the Men in Love series are back.

For over ten years, Gabe Whitlock's ex-SEAL buddies have searched for the woman who abandoned him as a small child. When Jake Sommers receives a phone call from a woman claiming to be Gabe's long-lost sister, he calls the team together once more.

As the past unfolds, and mysteries are uncovered, the gang converges on the Triple Spur to rally around their friend.


Pacing back and forth in his small office, Jake Sommers picked up the phone and called Cree, one of his partners.

“Sheriff Sommers.”

“It’s me. I need you to come home if you can.”

“Something wrong?”

“I’m not sure, but I want to tell you and the rest of the family when we’re all together.” Jake looked through the one-way glass at Remy, his other partner in the five-some. He knew his partner’s class was almost over and hopefully the women wouldn’t mind having the rest of the afternoon off.

“I’ll be there in thirty minutes. Can you at least give me a hint?”

Jake grinned. Cree hated secrets, always had. “It’s about Gabe and the mother we’ve been trying to find for the past eleven years.”

“News?” Cree questioned further.

Rolling his eyes, Jake zeroed in on Remy’s ass. Even after all these years, he still got a hard-on every time he gazed at those sweet cheeks. “You’re not getting any more information until you get here.”


“I’m hanging up now.”

Cree must’ve heard something in Jake’s voice, because his next words were right on target. “You’re staring at Remy again, aren’t you?”

“Uh huh,” Jake grunted.

“I take it he has on those light blue shorts?”

“Uh huh.”

Reunion © Carol Lynne


Jake Sommers has just gotten a call from a woman claiming to be the sister of his buddy Gabe. Jake being the man he is knows he has to rally the troops and quickly to get to the bottom of what is turning out to be quite a mystery.

While that is going on at the forefront – The entire gang makes an appearance they all get sucked into the drama that is Gabe past – while a few fires are burning in the back ground.

This is the much awaited seventh book in the MEN IN LOVE series. From past experience with this series, you either love it or hate it and I love this series. This book starts off about a decade after we left the men and they all seem to be in good spirit and in health. A phone call puts lie to that theory when Gabe’s sister makes contact and a whole hornets nest is stirred up and the entire team rally around Gabe to get him through this trying time.

Along with that  intense and emotional ride with Gabe, a few other issues are bubbling under the surface and  I am hoping these are future storylines that Ms. Lynne will follow through on.

REUNION would not be in the  Men In Love series if there was not an overabundance of smut. It was coming from left, right and centre and it was hot. The pace was fast and my hats off to Ms. Lynne to tie almost twelve people into a scenario and not make it feel cluttered and over the top. There was a natural flow to the story telling and she tosses in enough there to keep us on the edge of our seat for the next book to come.

My only niggle with this book is the rushed feel of the plot – it was literally over before it began. As everything was done in hindsight and from sketchy bits of memory, there was nothing to love or hate about the angst – it was gone in a flash.

With all the above said, I really enjoyed this REUNION book that has certainly given me a wonderful insight into the going ons of the men for the past decade.







Back Of The Book


Professor of Environmental Science/Wildlife studies at UNLV, Jack McBain has spent his adult life trying to track a legend overheard during his youth. Born and raised in the Canadian Province of Newfoundland, Jack remembers his grandparents telling stories of a race of people eradicated by European settlers in 1829. According to the legend, the Beothuk people didn't die out as first thought, but were transformed into wolf shifters. When Newfoundland wolves began to appear in great numbers, the European settlers began killing them under the guise of population control. In 1910, the last of the Newfoundland wolves was shot, making them one of the few extinct species of wolves in the world. Following spotty leads, Jack begins to track what he believes are Beothuk/Newfoundland shifter wolves. His search leads him to the Lake Mead National Recreational Area outside of Las Vegas. There, on Spirit Mountain, he finally comes face to face with not only the shifter he's been looking for, but the man of his dreams he didn't know he needed.


The following morning, Jack groaned as he opened his eyes. His throat felt like sandpaper after hours of talking. He sat up and almost jumped out of his skin when he spotted a dead rabbit not two feet away. "Is this a gift or a warning?" he asked. He crawled out of the sleeping bag and reached around the rabbit to his canteen.

He took several sips before filling the small coffee pot. His gaze kept going back to the dead animal. Jack knew to ignore the gift would be an insult to the wolf, so he picked it up by its hind legs. Although he hadn't skinned many rabbits in his day, he knew the process. Pulling the hunting knife from the sheath in his pack, he carried the animal to the edge of the campsite.

"I haven't eaten rabbit in a good while, thanks."

Jack made quick work of cleaning the rabbit, using as much water as he dared to wash it thoroughly. When he was finished, Jack took the small folding frying pan from his pack and set it on the gas cooker. "There are some remnants over there if you're interested."

Although he'd yet to see the wolf, he knew he was still around. "Of course, I'd much rather you shift and come talk to me. I think I've carried enough of the conversation so far."

Once his breakfast was done, Jack held up a piece of the meat on his fork. "There's more than enough for two," he offered.

Jack dug into his breakfast, surprised at how hungry he was. It was then that he realized he hadn't eaten the previous evening. Well no wonder. A man finally catches up with his dream, it's only natural everything else would take a backseat. Of course I still managed time to whack off in front of that dream.

After breakfast, he wiped out the pan and stowed it along with the cooker in his pack before rising to tear down the unused tent. "I'm not planning to go anywhere yet, but no sense in not packing up camp. It'll take me a good three hours to get back down the mountain to my car."

Jack settled his gear against a large rock and climbed to sit on top. "You've got a pretty view, that's for sure. Although I'd be enjoying myself a hell of a lot more if you'd come down and talk to me."

Extinction © Carol Lynne



Jack McBain, Professor of Environmental Science/Wildlife studies at UNLV has spent the better part of his adult life looking for a legend. On a less than spectacular weekend and quite by chance he gets his first break, after all these years.

Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, he pushes himself up the mountain and meets the most spectacular wolf – for him the search was all worth it, For the wolf it sets a chain of events in motion that might just cause him his life.

Another series for the very versatile Carol Lynne. I am liking the premise behind the blurb and Ms. Lynne’s voice is no easy thing to over look  either – she has some style. However while the characters are endearing enough, there is a convenient feel to the book. There are angsty moments but there is also a “at the right place at the right time” feel as well – that took some of the pleasure of the book away.

As is Ms Lynne’s way, she write in such a way that she builds up her next book and make sure the reader is left on a anticipatory high and this is no different in EXTINCTION. While I am not loving this first book – I cannot wait for the next book in this series to hit the shelves.

For lovers of Ms. Lynne work this is a not to be missed first book in a new and looking to be different series, for new comer's probably not the book you want to start with, however Ms Lynne style does ring out in this one – so you wont regret starting with this either. 


12 Speak To Me:

Lea on 29 July 2009 at 12:41 said...

Hey EH:

Nice reviews, thank you so much for sharing.

I see from the label, these are m/m romances. I like shifter and seal themes too.


Hope all is well.

Mandi on 29 July 2009 at 13:14 said...

I have never read the Men In Love series!! I need it!! Off to look for book one! Thx!

Blodeuedd on 29 July 2009 at 14:41 said...

Hi EH,
2 smokin hot books. They sound good, i could do with a little heat.

Erotic Horizon on 29 July 2009 at 15:44 said...


This is definately a shifter book and M/M - This author is a must buy for me..

Loving her work...


Erotic Horizon on 29 July 2009 at 15:44 said...

Hey Mandi...

Men in love is right up there with Lynne's Cattle Valley series..

Hope you love it..


Erotic Horizon on 29 July 2009 at 15:45 said...


I couldn't say it better -Smokin hot is so right..


Lily on 29 July 2009 at 18:06 said...

Great reviews EH

I love Carol Lynne's writing. I have Reunion on my buy list but I'll wait for more books to come out before getting into the new series. I hate waiting between books :)

Anonymous said...

Great reviews and drool worthy book covers.



Erotic Horizon on 29 July 2009 at 22:07 said...


There are six more books before Reunion - have you read those...

As Reunion was a long time coming, but so worth the wait..


Erotic Horizon on 29 July 2009 at 22:08 said...

Ms. M..
I could not agree with you more - Those abs are to die for...


Lily on 29 July 2009 at 22:20 said...


I do have all of the previous books but I haven't yet read them all. I'm looking forward to reading all of them in order once I get this one.

Erotic Horizon on 29 July 2009 at 22:26 said...


OK I understand - but you won't be missing anything... Reunion is like a catch up book becasue of the amount of time between books...

You are going to love them - think daytime soaps. Addictive...