Author: Toni Griffin, J. Scott Coatsworth, Angel Martinez, Freddy MacKay
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Cover Artist: Freddy MacKay
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/18/2015
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Bisexual, Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Humor/Comedy, M/M Romance, New Adult, Paranormal, Science Fiction
The Autumnal equinox—when the trees dress in their formal scarlet and gold and the crisp air whispers of chance and change, when bright days turn into sudden storms and the veil between reality and imagination thins. Join the Mischief Corner authors as they share stories evoking this often unpredictable time of year.
A Bear’s Bear by Toni Griffin
Matthew Warner’s been a Chicago Bears fan as far back as he can remember. What other team was a young bear shifter from the Smokey Mountains supposed to root for? When his college friend gets tickets to the next home game, Matthew jumps at the chance for a holiday. It’s his favorite time of year and Nic promises him pumpkin carving and a visit to the world’s largest corn maze, what more could he want?
What Matthew doesn’t expect is finding out the defensive tackle for the Bears is his mate. Between fainting at the realization, meeting family, and dealing with the media fallout of his mate’s coming out Matthew is in for a hell of a rocky Halloween.
The Autumn Lands by J. Scott Coatsworth
Jerrith is running. Kissed by an elf, he can’t remain in his hometown of Althos anymore. Not that he wanted to stay.
Caspian still hasn’t figured out why he kissed Jerrith, but he’s running too. Since he was exiled from the Autumn Lands, his past has been hazy, and his future uncertain. But when a stray memory brings things into focus, the two decide to run toward something together. What they uncover will change how they see the world, and themselves, forever.
Beside a Black Tarn by Angel Martinez
When Shax stumbles across rumors of an experimental house that responds to the occupant’s brain functions, creating scenarios to please and delight, naturally he wants to steal it. But with the return of a troubled and hunted Julian Parallax and an overabundance of Poe references, even Shax’s scheming may not be enough to get the Brimstone crew out alive this time.
Eternity in the Tides by Freddy MacKay
Autumn has always been Zak’s favorite season for hiking and camping. Not to mention breathing in all that crisp fall air and sitting around toasty bonfires. That all changed year and a half ago when a rich prick high on prescription pills sideswiped Zak while he was out biking.
Now his days are filled with pain and limited mobility. No more camping. No more trails. Zak’s life as he knew it is gone forever.
Back at his beloved stomping grounds, Zak is ready to say hello and goodbye one last time. But when a cry from the frigid Lake Superior waters throws him into the role of a rescuer, more than just his life hangs in the balance. Little did Zak know how much one person giving a damn mattered to him.
A Bear’s Bear by Toni Griffin 4*
Note: This can be read as a stand alone, but you will understand and enjoy it more if you read at least the first book in this series.
I enjoyed this fated mates story. The initial connection was fast, but because this was shifters it was done well and was believable. Matt and Hudson were so cute together, except for when they were HOT together, or when they were loving together. Their relationship worked well for me and I found myself alternately laughing and “awwwing” over these men together.
But what I liked most about this story was that it was about coming out as a professional athlete but it was mostly focused on what that meant for the partner and NOT the athlete himself. I liked seeing how invasive reporters could be, seeing what being in the spotlight could potentially do to someone’s self esteem, and seeing how these men overcame those issues.
A Bear’s Bear was a great addition to the Smokey Mountain Bears series and a great way to kick off this anthology.
The Autumn Lands by J. Scott Coatsworth 4*
This was such a cool story. The world was fantastic and the beings were so unique and creative. The visuals were amazing and I really connected to the characters. I loved the quest and how it was just action packed and mysterious enough to keep me needing more. I do think the ending was a bit abrupt and odd. It left me feeling like this story was both complete and unfinished all at the same time. I could have used an epilogue or something to show how things turned out.
I did not give this one 5 stars because I felt the romance portion of the story was a bit too all over the place. There were times the characters had sex and it felt like it came out of left field and was just inserted for effect. There were times I could feel the soulmate bond but then that was ripped away with all of Cas’s ex’s showing up and leaving Cas confused. Then the ending was completed as if Cas had always known what he wanted which was not the case at all. The romance portion needed a bit more fluidity and development.
Beside a Black Tarn (Brimstone #4) by Angel Martinez 3.75*
Ever read a highly anticipated story and something just doesn’t feel right to you? Well that is what happened here. Oh don’t get me wrong, the characters were great, the universe was spectacular as always, and the writing was well done and full of its usual snarky wit and charm. I loved the storyline because it was action packed and creative.
But Shax did not feel right to me this story. He felt partially out of character. Or maybe he was fully in character but this disappointing part of him has been hidden for the last three stories in the series. For me, I did not like Shax this time and I really did not like what he was willing to do as far as Julian was concerned. He took a huge step backwards in his worthiness for Ness and it was not resolved in a way that made me feel good about this story. The ending was quick and I never got what I needed as far as Ness and Shax were concerned.
I am just so glad for Heckle and Mac because they are what kept me reading. I loved learning about them and seeing them blossom. I loved their depth and realness. I loved the way Heckle got his confidence boost and didn’t even realize it! I also loved Leopoldo and Max. They were great.
Overall I am not sure how I feel about this story. I love this series and the crew but Shax broke my heart in this one. I hope there is another story in this series and Shax can redeem himself. I just don’t like the way I feel about him right now. And I feel bad about that because it was a good story and I know the author had reasons for why Shax behaved as he did but I just don’t feel good about how this one ended.
Eternity in the Tides by Freddy MacKay4*
Freddy MacKay’s stories intimidate me. They are always fabulously written and interesting but I never know what kind of ending I am going to get and this story was no exception. Eternity in the Tides was not even close to what I would have imagined and turned out to be an emotional roller coaster for me. It went from the opening scene that threatened to set a somber tone to snarky bitchiness and humor. From sexy times promising hope to a feeling of betrayal and worry that this ending would not make me happy.
But in the end, this story worked. It was full of science and love. It was full of healing and hope. It was full of wonder and a bit of emotional magic. I liked this one and was so thankful for the ending, though I would have LOVED the story that happened between the last chapter and the epilogue. I was really worried I would have to hate Ms. MacKay for leaving me broken hearted, but after it was all done, Ms. MacKay has left me with a story that impacted me and will stay with me for some time.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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