Freya Press Inaugural Release (reviews)
New digital romance publisher Freya Press released their first batch of digital releases in August 2012, Harvest Moon by Tara Olson and Sylvan God by Katherine Spencer.
Harvest Moon, Tara Olson
River is happy with her life, she has established her own bakery and owns her own home. She was not looking for love nor did she expect it when Joe, newly located to her small New England town is pulled into her bakery by a delightful smell. Joe a shifter has found his mate and knows she will be his. Their romance is fraught with shifter attacks and interference from his former organized crime pack. Joe is a alpha who no one believes wants to live in peace and River a newly turned alpha mate must find a way to establish their dominance against those who would try to kill Joe because of his past and alpha status while maintain their growing relationship.
Bookswagger Marcia: Three Crowns, swagger jacked, decent read. Harvest Moon had a very slow start but the story did pick up which is why I rated it three crowns instead of two, once I got into the book the action was nonstop. The romance between the two was very easy. Not much of a complex courtship, Joe and River met talked as friends fell in love and then had to fight the local shifter community, as well as Joes organized crime family to stay alive and a couple. The secondary characters were pleasant and we were introduced to a slew of alphas, I do see future books in their future since this is book 1.
Sylvan God, Katherine Spencer
Neena Addams moves to a small town in Maine to escape the pressure of London. She just wants peace and quiet, instead she finds the love of her life in her hot neighbor Jake Archer. Jake is sort of the town outcast and has lived his life avoiding contact with those who want nothing to do with him. The new girl and the outcast find love in each other.
Bookswagger Danielle: Three Crowns, swagger jacked, decent read. Lately I’ve been reading what I would call dark romances so this was a refreshing change of pace. This story did not have a lot of drama and it was a foregone conclusion the hero Jake and heroine Newt would be together. Within days of meeting each other they were in love. I’m a skeptic at heart so that scenario is never going to be believable to me and the fact they were in love but Jake couldn’t answer simple questions about her didn’t help. I’m not sure what the appropriate time frame for falling in love is but I’d at least like a week. However it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story due to the author doing a great job showcasing the characters chemistry, no closed door sex scenes here. I found Jake to be charming and his insecurities were believable. Newt endeared herself to me when she threatened to pull her money from the bank due to Judy’s nasty attitude.
If you’re looking for a light romance with steamy chemistry this could be the book for you.