Review: Unconventional in San Diego by Carol Lynne, Amber Kell, TA Chase, Jambrea Jo Jones, Devon Rhodes

August 11, 2015 Review 1

Review: Unconventional in San Diego by Carol Lynne, Amber Kell, TA Chase, Jambrea Jo Jones, Devon Rhodes

‘Fate’s Bridge’ by Carol Lynne

Is it possible for a soul to be reborn inside another?

What would you do if you discovered someone harboring a soul you recognized as one from a deceased loved one? For vampire Roman Gschwind, the scenario becomes a reality when he meets Bodi Rain.
Unfortunately, it soon becomes clear that Roman must share Bodi with another vampire if he has any chance of rekindling the love that he’d lost so long ago.

‘Coming in Third’ by Amber Kell

Love sometimes comes in threes.

With his mother plotting to have him wed, Niall decides to sneak out of the fae palace and fulfill one of his greatest fantasies. At the Unconventional bar, he finds a pair of lion shifters looking to spice up their love life. Unable to resist the strong attraction between them, Niall lets the persuasive pair take him home.

Jovan and Luka have been searching for their third for years. When Niall stumbles into the bar, their shifter instincts tell them the innocent fae could be their long sought mate. After a sensual night together, they’re certain the beautiful man was fated to be theirs.
His guards fetch him from the shifters’ bed and Niall is taken away from the pair. Upset about Niall’s return to the palace and a possible arranged marriage, the lion shifters battle to decide their future—should they go and fetch their mate or let it only be the one-night stand Niall promised them?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of M/M/M ménage.

‘The Unicorn Said Yes’ by T.A. Chase

When an innocent human virgin meets the king of the unicorn herd, it’s not just legends that come true.

Ivan Brusilov goes to Unconventional to get a drink and let off some steam. Little does he realize he’ll be meeting his destiny when he walks in.

Carney Ferguson goes to the paranormal bar to celebrate his twenty-fifth birthday. Maybe he’s looking for some fun as well, considering he’s still a virgin. He doesn’t like admitting it, but when he meets Ivan, he discovers that being a virgin can bring opportunities that being experienced might not.

As the unicorn king and the virgin begin to fall in love, there are darker forces working behind the scenes to take advantage of the unicorn legends for their own evil purpose. Neither Ivan nor Carney are safe alone, but together, they just might be strong enough to keep Ivan alive.

‘Blood on the Moon’ by Jambrea Jo Jones

Be careful what you wish for, especially when you’re a witch.

Montague Ramey wanted something to happen in his life. He thought when he found out he was a witch that his life would become more exciting, but it was the same thing every day. His coven was nice and boring, as was his job with the television station anchoring the news. The only excitement he got was going to the local bar, but there weren’t very many men who wanted to play. That was, until the moon turned red and his life changed.

After Kishar Nichelson’s motorcycle stalled on the highway with no traffic in sight, he stumbled into a small town around midnight, the red moon guiding his way. On the run and weak, Kishar needed to figure out where he was and who was after him before lack of sex killed him.
Can a witch and an incubus solve the mystery before one of them dies? The blood on the moon wasn’t the only thing they had to worry about. Meddling family, close calls with death and a missing witch are enough to keep anyone busy, but can Kishar and Montague still find time for love?

‘A Sliver of Sunset’ by Devon Rhodes

From one-night stand to nurse and patient—is it crazy to expect more?

Angelo has somehow developed leukemia—the only paranormal ever known to do so—and the doctors are mystified as to the cause. The cure requires him to repress his shifter side with a chemical inhibitor and be entirely human while he goes through chemotherapy, which contributes to some interesting situations he never would have foreseen—things like ‘misplacing’ his favorite bar, Unconventional, and getting picked up by a human without realizing it’s his mate.

Dominic can’t believe his luck when bravely striking up a conversation with the hottest guy he’s ever seen leads to the best sex he’s ever had. When he wakes up—no surprise—Angelo is gone. A week later, he’s shocked when he walks in to meet a new oncology patient to find Angelo fighting for his life and dependent upon his care.

Will their timing ever improve, or will Angelo’s time run out before they get a chance?

Title: Unconventional in San Diego
Author: Amber Kell, Carol Lynne, Devon Rhodes, Jambrea Jo Jones, TA Chase
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Prince Claimed, Politician Won, Unconventional In Atlanta , Bonded Broken, Ghosts of Alcatraz, Alrick, Alrik, Bonfire Heart, Remarkable Restraint, A Sliver of Sunset, Love Don't Die
Published by Pride
Source: Publisher
Published: July 11, 2015
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance, M/M Erotica
Pages: 198
See the title at Goodreads
Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: four-flames
Totally Bound

When I saw this list of authors with “Unconventional” in the title I remembered a collection of books I read last year call Unconventional in Chicago. I loved that series of stories so automatically put this on my list.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered I was not reading a story in an alternate universe, but I was reading about a bar called Unconventional that catered to paranormal beings.  Don’t get me wrong, this was a pleasant surprise.  It just reinforces that these authors are rather “unconventional” in their writing and one should never expect the same type of story.

The bar called Unconventional was an interesting place.  It gave this entertaining anthology common ground.  Some of the characters knew each other from story to story, but that is really as far as they interacted.  Otherwise, this was a fun collection of short stories that made rather nice bedtime reading.  And yes, at 40 – 50 pages per story and with my current hectic schedule, that is how I read them.  One a night, before bed.

Fate’s Bridge by Carol Lynne 4 stars – Reincarnation is such a fascinating subject to begin with.  Add vampires to the mix and it makes for a most interesting story.  I thoroughly enjoyed how these characters came together and found love.

Coming in Third by Amber Kell 4 stars – A run away Fea looking for some fun before being forced to marry.  What a hot night he had!  *fanning self*  There was a bit of nail biting going on before these characters found their happy ending.

The Unicorn Said Yes by T.A. Chase 4 stars – This was rather a surprising story.  Not just the unicorn part, but the guy, well the guys family really, he hooked up with.  Some interesting twists made this a rather exciting story.  One of the more complete stories in the book.

Blood on the Moon by Jambrea Jo Jones 3 stars – This was a rather fun story with a witch and an incubus.  Again some interesting twists, but I felt they were a bit rushed to fit the word count.  Mostly a satisfying story, but I would have liked to see it developed more.

A Sliver of Sunset by Devon Rhodes 3 stars – A shifter who gets sick?  Raises some interesting questions.  I would have liked to see them addressed, but they were left dangling.  The romance was sweet though.

Overall this was a nice read.  I did enjoy each story for its own merit, even the ones that I thought were only teases for more story.  Next time I see this list of authors with “Unconventional” in the title, I will still grab it without reading the blurb.  They are well worth the read no matter what they write.

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One Response to “Review: Unconventional in San Diego by Carol Lynne, Amber Kell, TA Chase, Jambrea Jo Jones, Devon Rhodes”

  1. Elizabeth Gray

    I have loved the first three Unconventional books by these ladies. This one, and however many more there are in the future, are definitely an autobuy for me.