Monday, August 31, 2020

Month in Review: August 2020

Summer vacation has ended and we're back in school. It's been a crazy month on the IRL front so the Weres have been quiet here on the blog but we did post a few things!

This is what the Weres were up to in August.
Sadly, we didn't get any reviews up this month.

We Love Lists

Blog Tour
Better Than People by Roan Parrish

Fangs by Sarah Andersen
Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews
Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne
Better Than People by Roan Parrish

Friday, August 28, 2020

The Big Book Haul Post: August 2020

We don't know about you but August flew by for the Weres. Some of us are back in school and it's been a weird time. Thank heavens for all the awesome books we've added to our collections this month!

Here's what we added to our TBR piles in August:
As always, keep in mind that books we got for free earlier in the month may not still be free, so look before you click.


Physical Book Haul

Added to My Kindle
The Bright and Breaking Sea (Captain Kit Brightling #1) by Chloe Neill
The Duke's Princess Bride by Amalie Howard
Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews

42091427Ice Cream Lover (Baldwin Village Book 2) by [Jackie Lau]
Blue Blooded (Lord & Lady Hetheridge Mystery Series Book 5) by [Emma Jameson]Blue Christmas: Lord & Lady Hetheridge Mystery Series #6 by [Emma Jameson]
The Enforcer Enigma (San Andreas Shifters #3) by G.L. Carriger
Ice Cream Lover (Baldwin Village #2) by Jackie Lau
Blue Blooded (Lord & Lady Hetheridge #5) by Emma Jameson
Blue Christmas (Lord & Lady Hetheridge #6) by Emma Jameson
Man Card (Man Hands Book 2) by [Sarina Bowen, Tanya Eby]
Man Card (Man Hands #2) by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby
Don't Hate the Player by Sarina Bowen, Vi Keeland, and K. Bromberg

Rose Red

Physical Book Haul

Added to My Kindle
Hunger Makes the Wolf (The Ghost Wolves #1) by Alex Wells
In An Absent Dream (Wayward Children #4) by Seanan McGuire
Heart2Heart: A Charity Anthology, Vol. 4 Edited by Leslie Copeland

The Chosen One Universe, Vol. 1 (Chosen One #0.5-2) by Macy Blake
The Chosen One Universe, Vol. 2 (Chosen One #2.5-3, Hellhound Champions #1-2) by Macy Blake
The Chosen One Universe, Vol. 3 (Chosen One #4-5, Hellhound Champions #3) by Macy Blake
All Kidding Aside (Magical Mates #1)
The Necromancer's Dance (Beacon Hill Sorcerer #1) by S.J. Himes
The Necromancer's Dilemma (Beacon Hill Sorcerer #2) by S.J. Himes

The Necromancer's Reckoning (Beacon Hill Sorcerer #3) by S.J. Himes
A History of Trouble (Beacon Hill Sorcerer #3.5) by S.J. Himes
Mastering the Flames (Beacon Hill Sorcerer #4) by S.J. Himes
Wolfsbane (Werewolves of Boston #1) by S.J. Himes
The Enforcer Enigma (San Andreas Shifters #3) by G.L. Carriger
The Miracles of the Namiya General Story by Keigo Higashino

Drowned Country (The Greenhollow Duology #2) by Emily Tesh
Asquidentally in Love (A Sucker for Love Mystery #1) by K.L. Hiers
The Sugared Game (The Will Darling Adventures #2) by KJ Charles

 How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters
Beloved by the Boss (Morelli Family #2)
Ice Cream Lover (Baldwin Village #2) by Jackie Lau

Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy #5) by Ilona Andrews
The Tyrant's Tomb (The Trials of Apollo #4) by Rick Riordan
Better Than People by Roan Parrish

Sweet Spot (Paranormal Sugar Daddy #1) by Macy Blake
The Trouble with Love (Nothing But Trouble #1) by Macy Blake
Santa Trouble (Nothing But Trouble #2) by Macy Blake

Double or Nothing (The Chosen One #2.5) by Macy Blake
Riot Baby by Tochi Onybuchi
The Capital (The Knight and the Necromancer #1) by A.H. Lee

What books did you all get this month?


Thursday, August 20, 2020

Blog Tour: Better Than People by Roan Parrish Excerpt

Today, we're really excited to have an excerpt from Roan Parrish's new book on the blog. Better than People comes out this next Tuesday August 25th and it's one you're going to want to add to your TBRs! Rose Red is currently reading the book and is loving it so much! It's definitely been a great escape as she prepares her classroom to welcome her students back to school in the craziness of Covid. She'll be posting a review when she gets it finished so watch the blog for her thoughts soon!

Let's get on to talking about the book so you can read the excerpt!

Better Than People
Roan Parrish
Release: August 25, 2020
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It’s not long before their pet-centric arrangement sparks a person-centric desire…

Simon Burke has always preferred animals to people. When the countdown to adopting his own dog is unexpectedly put on hold, Simon turns to the PetShare app to find the fluffy TLC he’s been missing. Meeting a grumpy children’s book illustrator who needs a dog walker isn’t easy for the man whose persistent anxiety has colored his whole life, but Jack Matheson’s menagerie is just what Simon needs.

Four dogs, three cats and counting. Jack’s pack of rescue pets is the only company he needs. But when a bad fall leaves him with a broken leg, Jack is forced to admit he needs help. That the help comes in the form of the most beautiful man he’s ever seen is a complicated, glorious surprise.

Being with Jack—talking, waking, making out—is a game changer for Simon. And Simon’s company certainly…eases the pain of recovery for Jack. But making a real relationship work once Jack’s cast comes off will mean compromise, understanding and lots of love.

Carina Adores is home to highly romantic contemporary love stories where LGBTQ+ characters find their happily-ever-afters.


A few days later, a storm blew in while Simon was out walking the pack. It started as a shower that sent Mayonnaise and Pickles scampering inside, but within twenty minutes was a gusting squall that darkened the sky and drove rain sideways against the windows.

Jack paced. Well. Jack swung himself back and forth in front of the living room window on his crutches until he had to stop because it was too tiring. It hadn’t had the same effect, anyway.

After another ten minutes, he lowered himself to the floor gingerly and built up a fire, wanting the animals to be able to warm up when they got home.

Yeah, the animals. It’s definitely them that you want to warm up.

After another ten, he brought armloads of towels from the bathroom to the couch so he could dry the pack off when they got home.

After another ten, he was able to admit he was worried. Puddles hated the rain. Rat was so small, and…and… He huffed out a breath.

Simon. He was worried about Simon.

Simon felt like part of the pack.

As if conjured by the thought, Simon burst through the door, a sodden, dripping mess. Pirate, seeming unperturbed, made a beeline for the fire and began to clean herself, and Rat followed, shaking off her skinny legs as she went; Dandelion ran right to the kitchen in hopes of a snack.

If Jack had been in fighting form, he would’ve had the towels on Bernard faster, but as it was, just as he turned to grab them, the huge dog shook himself, and Jack watched as if in slow motion as Simon got sprayed with another round of rain.

“Oh Jesus,” Jack said, as Simon slumped resignedly, but he couldn’t help but chuckle at the picture it made. Bernard, satisfied he’d wrung himself out, flopped in front of the fire to toast, which left only Puddles and Simon, lean­ing against each other, soaked and miserable.

“Aw, buddy,” Jack said. He was talking to Puddles, whom he approached with the towels he hadn’t been quick enough with for Bernard, but he included Simon in his sentiment, if only to himself.

He rubbed Puddles as dry as he could and then the dog slunk off to the bedroom, no doubt to soak a dog-shaped damp spot into his blanket and sheets. Making a mental note to change them later—fine, to ask Charlie to change them—Jack turned to Simon.

“Simon,” he said, and the man’s eyes met his. “Come inside, man, let me get you some dry clothes.”

Simon eyed his soaked boots, jeans, and sweater currently dripping onto the doormat. Jack wanted to tell him he’d already have to clean everything to get rid of the wet dog smell so a little more rain wasn’t a big deal. But for some reason, instead, he picked up the remaining towel from the couch and swung over to stand in front of Simon.

“Here,” he said, and he wrapped the towel around Simon’s shoulders and drew him close enough to rub his arms through it.

He heard Simon’s intake of breath and had the brief wild wonder if Simon’s mouth would taste of rain if he kissed him.

Then Simon let the breath out and leaned ever so slightly into Jack.

“Get your boots off and you can take a hot shower, okay? I’ll get you some clothes.”

Simon blinked up at him.


Simon nodded and gave a ghost of a smile.

Since the first time they’d really talked the week before, they’d lingered over pickups and drop-offs, sometimes talk­ing; sometimes Jack talking and Simon texting. Jack still couldn’t tell what made the difference in the times when Simon could speak and when he couldn’t. He appreciated the gift of Simon’s words when he managed them. But Simon via text was smart and honest and a little bit snarky, and he liked that too.

Now, standing so close, he felt like he should be able to tell whether words were forthcoming or not, as if the fanfare that announced their appearance would stir the very air between them.

But, no. He still couldn’t tell. What he could tell was that Simon was shaking with cold and his wool sweater was so sodden that it might as well have been dumping water down his back.

“C’mere, let me take this,” Jack said, tugging at the sweater. Simon’s eyelashes, spiked with rain, fluttered and he lifted his arms to help take the sweater off. It was plastered to his shirt beneath, so when the sweater came off so did it.

Jack couldn’t help but notice that Simon was lovely beneath his clothes. Angular and smoothly put together, though he was shivering. Jack dropped the sweater to the floor with a thlump and slung the towel back around Simon’s shoulders.

“Come on,” he said softly, and led the way to the bathroom.

He left Simon to his shower and fetched sweats for him to wear from his bedroom, where he did, indeed, find a sheepish Puddles on the bed.

He stroked Puddles’ damp nose and Puddles licked his hand. Worried Puddles might be chilly, Jack slung the blanket over him and gave him a rub.

“You like Simon?” he whispered. Puddles yipped. “Yeah. Yeah, me too.”


About the Author

Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia, where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre.

When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.

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