- Evernight Publishing
- Release Date
- March 2015
- Book 1 of Bad Oak Boys
Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Paranormal Romance
Ryan Oakley, lead singer of Bad Oak and heartthrob extraordinaire, isn't looking for a girlfriend. He's definitely not looking for a boyfriend, but after the explosive encounter he has with a guy he meets backstage, he realizes he's more flexisexual than he'd thought. Of course, suddenly being able to shift into a wolf is an unexpected side effect he didn't expect and can barely control.
Bardulf Forst is Alpha-Heir to his pack, but he can't resist his little sister when she begs him to meet Ryan Oakley. When he realizes the sexy singer is his mate, he can't deny instinct. He claims the famous rock star even though he knows his father won't approve: heirs are supposed to have children and two males can't reproduce.
Little do they know that they're about to experience an ancient shifter biological imperative: when two male Alphas mate, unexpected miracles sometimes happen.
May 11, 2015 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
188 people found the following review helpful
A kiss is just a kiss, right? Not if you are Bardulf Forst and your sister is sending you in her place to claim the Win a Kiss prize.
That prize just happens to be delivered by rock star Ryan Oakley.
Author Erin M. Leaf has written a fun paranormal tale in ROCK STAR BABY. Interestingly enough, Ryan had never been drawn to a man before, although Bardulf clearly prefers men. The catch, though, is that Bardulf is a shifter.
What follows is a love story told in traditional Erin M. Leaf format. There's plenty of spice, but it's perfect for the storyline. Add some extra twists courtesy of the paranormal aspect, and the reader has a front row seat to some intense m/m action.
It's not only a story of a wolf finding his mate, but it's also the story of accepting family tradition. For a paranormal story, this was rich in shifter details, complete with intrigue among the pack community.
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Jun 12, 2015 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
169 people found the following review helpful
Rock stars revel in their sexuality and hedonistic joys. Most male rock stars will play the field with groupies constantly being thrown their way. Heterosexual Ryan Oakley is a lead singer to a popular rock band and no stranger to meaningless sex. Girls love him and want to win a kiss with him through the marketing gimmick of "kiss the band member". Each band member takes a turn kissing winners. Ryan's turn to kiss the winner and to his surprise, the winner sends a proxy
Bardulf Forst is losing his mind. Between his father's increasingly disturbing behaviour, being the alpha-heir apparent and his desire for men, the last thing he needs is his sister acting up. When his sister forces Bardulf to claim her kiss from Ryan Oakley, it kicks off a series of explosive events.
World building wise, this book is average. Ms. Leaf leverages many of the common mythos surrounding werewolves. Mating for life, alphas, pack politics, etc are all pretty common. With the number of m/m romance now, there are also quite a few m/m werewolves. What makes this one interesting? The mpreg part to it. Yes, I can be bribed by weird scenarios. Ms. Leaf does a nice job with this plot device. She did think it out and created an interesting way for the mpreg to work. In addition, she adds a bit of humour, making the bizarre tale more enjoyable. This plot device alone is what made the book a 4 star instead of a 3 star for me.
From a character perspective, it's fine. Both Ryan and Bardulf are sweethearts. What's not to like about them? They are nice guys and it's good to see the nice guys finishing first for once. Their chemistry together is fine. It's romantic and a bit tame at times for alpha werewolves. The conflicts in this story are well done, keeping the story cohesive and moving forward. The ending leaves the story hanging a bit and makes me want to read the next book in the series. Overall, this is a quick read with a lot going on in a short amount of time. Recommended for m/m paranormal romance lovers who enjoy humour and the unexpected.
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