Friday, October 3, 2014

Book Blast, eARC Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: Aiden's Shepherd by Beany Sparks

Beany lives in Western Australia. She first started reading romance novels in 2008, but it wasn't until January 2010 when her Kindle got delivered that the world of erotic romance opened its doors to her, and she hasn't looked back.
With suggestions and support from friends, her muse—“affectionately" known as PITA—was finally able to break free, and in January 2014 her first story was written. Since she can’t put PITA back in his box, Beany has decided to give in and team up with him. Together they’ve made plans to write both MF and MM stories.

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Book Name: Aiden’s Shepherd
Author Name: Beany Sparks
Publisher: eXtasy Books

A man who never knew magic and shifters existed gets a crash course when he saves an injured dog.  Aiden Grey is packed and ready to move and start a new phase of his life away from the family that kicked him out when he was eighteen. The night before he leaves he sees something fall out of the back of a van. Upon closer inspection, he is shocked to find that it’s not the bag he suspected, it’s a dog!  Deciding to take the dog with him, the two set off the next morning to Aiden’s new home. Everything is going well for Aiden and the German Shepherd he named Lex. That is, until said German Shepherd shifts into a man who claims Aiden is his mate.  Lex can’t believe he’s finally found his mate. But as happy as he is to have him, he still worries about his brother and pack, and where they have ended up. With the revelation that shifters exist, secrets about Aiden’s past come to light. Secrets he didn’t even know existed. Suddenly, Aiden has to deal with not only the reality of shifters, but also ghosts and magic.  But with Lex by his side he can handle anything—even his surprise guest. 

My Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

I love German Shepherds and I love shape-shifter stories that are romantic. Aiden's Shepherd is one of those that just ticks the right boxes for me. It is light, the pace is not so fast but fast enough to get the story to develop as it should, the mystery is deep on Aiden's side and the thrill of what comes next is just enough to keep the read going.

It all begins with a dog rescue that soon turns into something that Aiden Grey was totally unprepared for. He is twenty-eight but for some reason, he had never been romantically or sexually involved with anyone. He had stupidly announced his homosexuality to his homophobic and quite illogical thinking family and as expected, they kicked him out. It was only his grandmother who really stuck with him but as she was basically barely tolerated by all, it counted to him but not to them. Until she dies and leaves him the monies the family had craved but could never lay their hands on. The dog rescue was just part of his ruined day ten years later when the cases were finally dropped and he sells all to go to the secret cottage his grandmother had arranged. And that is when the story really begins and mysteriously diverts into a path unexpected. Especially when said dog turns out to be a man and his mate. 

The romance is expected, the shifting is too, as well as the mating. As this is a truly light read, it was quite a fast one for me. What I am fascinated about is the mystery that Aiden and his mate Lex discover. The tales he grew up with, tales his grandmother wrote for him was turning out to be the key to his past and future. What both men have to do now is to learn the mysteries they fell upon and to master them. In the meanwhile, they have to muddle their way through the unknown.

This is just the beginning of the book and the plot is just unfolding so I am left a little bereft for what other unknowns author Beany Sparks is withholding. Magic and shape shifting is nothing new but this story is and I am curious getting curiouser.

Now for waiting for that next story.


He stood near the table, breathing heavily, stopping himself from opening any of the curtains to peek outside to see if the van was still there. Aiden had no idea what he was thinking with this stunt, but something was telling him to protect the dog. He just had to figure out how to clean the canine up without getting attacked, bitten or turning the light on and revealing to anyone who might be outside that he was awake and moving around.
Aiden took a deep breath to try and calm down, then gathered his courage. He took a few steps toward the entrance of the kitchen to see if he could make out anything through the glass panels on the front door, trying to stay hidden from view. He couldn’t see anything at first, but as he kept looking he suddenly spotted the shadow of a man through the glass. He couldn’t turn around and put his back against the wall fast enough, breathing hard once again.
Fuck! I hope whoever that is didn’t see me!
“What the hell are you doing?” A male voice came from outside his door. The man tried to remain quiet, but he was just loud enough for Aiden to hear him.
“I’m looking for that mutt, what do you think I’m doing? Picking daisies?” replied a second male voice in the same hushed tone.
“What makes you think he made it all the way here? It’s not like there’s a blood trail leading to the front door!” the first man said, sounding angry.
“This is the closest house so I’m going to check,” the second man said, then tried to turn the handle of the door.
Aiden felt his breath catch in his throat. He knew he’d locked the door, but if they forced their way in and looked around, what would he do?
“Knock it off, you moron. That mutt was barely breathing when we put him in the van, and you think he not only got up and made his way to this house, but that he somehow got inside it, too? How stupid are you?” the first man said.
“I’m telling you, man. There’s something about the mutt that doesn’t sit right with me.”
“You’re just pissed because he managed to bite you. Now come on, let’s get out of here before someone notices us or the van. We’ll come back later in the morning and have a look around. If the mutt managed to find someone to feel sorry for him, they’ll probably take him to see a vet, then we’ll get our hands back on the beast.”
“Yeah, I guess. Alright, let’s go.”
Aiden listened to their steps as they walked off his porch and presumably made their way to their van. He breathed a sigh of relief when he realized they’d left.
There goes my plan to get the dog to a vet close by. Hopefully there’s nothing seriously wrong and he’ll be able to hold off until I can get us to the cabin in the morning. 

Tour Dates: 10/3/14

Rafflecopter Prize: e-book copy of ‘Aiden’s Shepherd’

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