Reverse Harem Reads – July 21 2023

Happy Friday!

Ya’ll, this may be the most whiny post I’ve done. I have had a seriously tough time enjoying the books I’ve been picking up.  I’m starting to realize that…I’m the problem?

Seriously. There’s no way I’ve just randomly picked up book after book that needs quality control to take it to the next level. Right? I am not trying to critique authors; goodness knows I’d spectacularly fail if I tried to write anything. I just feel like every book I’ve picked up lately needs to go through some serious rounds with a tough editor. But the laws of probability dictate that the common denominator here is me. I may need to take a break from reading RH to get back into the swing of things. I don’t know. I’m just feeling pretty irritated with the books lately.

Anyway, sorry for the whiny intro and the nitpicky and petty thoughts you’ll see for the books below. Hopefully, by the time I post next week, I’ll have read some books I can gush over.

To end this post where it began, I think I just need to shake it off and try again with a new book next week.

Have a great weekend!

P.S. Usual spiel…. As an Amazon Associate, I earn commission from allaying purchases. 

Amazon Description

The apocalypse is nowhere near the end. If anything, it’s only ramping up. And the walking dead aren’t the only ones out for blood.

Separated from the guys, Winter was forced to navigate the apocalypse on her own – all over again. What fun is it to walk the earth that’s littered with walking corpses out for your flesh and blood?

That’s until she isn’t.

Reunification is bittersweet. But it’s nowhere near the end.

All for one and one for all.

Unless you’re in the damn zombie apocalypse. Survival is a must.

Paige's Perspective

Progress: Finished

Prospect: Will probably read book 3

General Thoughts: There is just too much happening.  There has got to be a twist where she's immune to the virus or something, and it causes the zombies to just follow her.  I don't know, there's just a TON of 'this is a safe place' and then one night there and BAM all of a sudden everyone is dead.  This series could slightly be redeemed if there is an actual reason Murphy's law runs our FMCs life.  Whose name I can't actually remember. 

She puts herself in bad situations, again and again.  It's so damn frustrating.

And don't get me started on the men.  I don't actually like any of them.

BUT... just note that for all my comparing, I did read both the first book and this one.  Somehow, I wanted to know what happen.  Why? Zombies.  They are my kryptonite.

And side note-burning your husband alive to ensure he doesn't turn into a zombie.  Wow.  That's the route they went? Not like, putting a bullet in his head? Nah, let's burn him alive. Makes absolutely no sense. That's totally not a spoiler, by the way.  That happened before book one, and it was brought up on the first page.  And at least every few chapters thereafter.

Amazon Description

Eight months ago, I lost my husband. The only man I thought I could love. He’d taken care of me, had always been there for me.

I’ve been on my own since. Until two stragglers catch my eye and turn my world upside down. I’ve got widow’s brain, mourning his death, and confusion topping it all off at these newcomers.

Oh, right, there are also zombies in every direction I look. So, I have to figure out how to survive at the same time.

Paige's Perspective

Progress: Finished

Prospect: Read book 2

Positives: Zombies.  It's takes a lot for me to pass up a RH zombie book. 

Problems: Quite a few.  If I wasn't as enamored as I am with zombies, I would have stopped reading.  As it is, I'm not really rooting for anyone.  Just her dead husband, sounds like the only put together character, shame he wasn't the main character in this book.  FMC is way too stupid to live, I have no idea how she's still alive.  The men are whiny idiots, again, not sure how they are alive. Overall, 10/10 do not do what they are doing during the end of the world.

Amazon Description

Do you know what’s better than being Queen of the Dead?
Having four sexy friends that aren’t romantically interested in you. I’m joking, it sucks.
Can I really blame them though? I mean sure, I’m a total bad*ss and babe. But why would two sexy vampires, a century-old demon, and wolf shifter be interested in little old me?
Now, I don’t want to discredit myself because let me be clear… I’m awesome.
The fun kick*ss leather-wearing type of awesome that hangs out with the dead because frankly, the living are pretty annoying. Well, most of them anyway.
Being Queen has always come easy to me. I mean who doesn’t like putting some jerk in his place? Lately, though, something has changed and I feel the trouble coming like a storm rolling in. Despite my boys not reciprocating my crush, I know they will always be by my side.
Though, I do wonder why they are acting so weird about the local demi-god of luck and VooDoo priest’s attention.

I mean, I have to date eventually, right? Right?! Apparently, not if my friends have anything to say about it.
This is why I stick to the dead and not the living. They are so complicated.

*PNR UF RH* This is a light-hearted, semi-satirical, and fairly fast-paced reverse harem. You can bet that our characters will be swearing up a storm in New Orleans and expect elements of horror such as gore, violence, and an array of other topics dealing with death. Sexual themes are suitable for mature audiences. +18

*cliff hanger warning*

Paige's Perspective

Progress: Finished

Prospect: Eh

Positives: Clever plot, I'm loving the queen of the damned thing.  Just wish the characters were older.  And we could see our FMC fall in love with her harem, instead of it starting after feelings have been established. 

Problems: FMC is just too young for me, definitely more new adult than an adult RH, although there is sexy times. I just feel weird, like these old dudes were waiting for the FMC to turn 18.  If you don't think about it too much, it works.  Would be so much easier to swallow if  they had met when she was college aged or something. 

Amazon Description

My mom was a witch, dad was a wolf shifter. That must make me powerful, right?

I’m Coral, the down-and-out witch who has been discarded by the magical world just for being me. Wolf shifters are the outsiders, unwelcome in our world, and even a hint of wolf (not that mine ever surfaced), is enough to make you worthless. Destined for nothing more than a life of servitude to the elite witches and warlocks that rule these parts. And hybrids like me get even less – we are actively shunned.

For years now, I’ve had to fend for myself, a lone witch, against the evil warlocks who try to break me for sport and of course, there are the occasional wolf shifters who hunt me for my magic.

After being chased down and barely escaping with my life, I end up at the mercy of four mysterious strangers who offer me something no one ever has – protection. And their rebel hearts seem to be the very refuge that mine has been seeking.

All of them are wild wolf shifters and like me, each is fleeing from his own dark past.

But mine is perhaps the most dangerous and less of a past than a doomed future. In fact, it’s a ticking time bomb and when it catches up with me, it might tear their world apart too.

***Author Note***
Witch Hunt is the first book in the Dark Wolves of Raven Oak series, a paranormal, reverse harem romance featuring untameable wolf shifters, a heroine who’s got her own magic tricks up her sleeve, and sizzling slow burn romance packed to the brim with raw attraction and growing heat levels as the series progresses.

Paige's Perspective

Progress: Finished

Prospect: Potential, will read the next book

Positives: Interesting storyline with our FMC being a hybrid, and the undertones of a society with clear classes. 

Problems: This could do with a round of edits, with a well established editor.  This series has a ton of potential, just needs polish and some tightening up of plots/characters. 

2 thoughts on “Reverse Harem Reads – July 21 2023”

  1. “I just feel like every book I’ve picked up lately needs to go through some serious rounds with a tough editor.”
    Dude, you said it. I am SO EXCITED about the more recent movement for self-published authors who are able to advertise and produce their own work exactly as they want it, but the dark side to that is the lack of editing sometimes. Especially upsetting when the story/characters/etc are phenomenal but the lack of editing makes it all hard to enjoy. (Still, more good than bad out there. Maybe freelance editors will get a better chance than they’ve been getting.)

    Thanks as always for the new listing! 🙂

    1. I agree about the freelance editors! I wish that they were used more. I have no idea how the payout works for kindle unlimited authors, but I’ve gotta assume it isn’t great. It seems like RH authors have gotten into a bit of a catch-22 situation, where we almost expect the book to be on KU, but then we also expect it to be the same quality as a fully paid for book.

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