Monday, March 23, 2015

eARC Review Request, Excerpt & #Giveaway: He's Just Knot That Into You by Nico Jaye

Nico Jaye is a fan of all things HEA and has dragged her romance collection along for her moves from San Francisco to Los Angeles to Chicago to New York and back. She thinks reading is awesome and loves that she can hang out night after night with crinoline-wearing debutantes, brawny firemen in suspenders, and werewolf shifters with Scottish brogues. An overall feline enthusiast, Nico secretly (or not so secretly?) adores Hello Kitty, cat GIFs, spontaneous traveling, pretending to be crafty, emoticons, hot menfolk, and parenthetical statements (not necessarily in that order). After starting as the pitcher for Team Awesome (literally) and visiting places like South Africa, Oman, and Fiji, Nico discovered that letting the boys in her head tell her where they want to go could actually be the most exciting journey of all.

Title: He's Just Knot That Into You
Author: Nico Jaye
Genre: Paranormal M/M Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: March 18, 2015
Word Count: ~42,000 words (~127 pages)

When Tanner moves to Chicago for a new job, he experiences his First Shift, a revelation that signifies he’s met his mate since the last full moon. The only problem? He doesn't know who it is. To find his mate, he enlists his new assistant Jon to arrange a series of dates, but each one turns out more disastrous than the last. 
With the next full moon quickly approaching, Tanner finally determines the identity of his true mate. Unfortunately, Jon has since disappeared, and Tanner must now begin a new search. Is it really Jon’s family crisis pulling him away, or is Jon just not that into him?
Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

He's Just Knot That Into You is a very fun read, and quite fast and easy on the brain too, so for that alone, I loved reading this. For the plot, well, it's the regular shape-shifter with all the usual elements present and accounted for. The twist is that no shifter can shift until their mate is nearby and to add more twists, they have to find their mate. Not through sense of smell, or through taste, but they have to get to know all the possibilities and figure out, which one is the right fit. It's a bit confusing to be a shifter, in this story, and it is not all fate giving away all the secrets by the simple scent we are used to having.

Now, Jon and Tanner's story is really a story and it was very enjoyable to read how they fenced with each other. They gave each other clues without realizing it and maybe that is why they totally missed the whole picture busy as they were trying to look at each and every element of the possibility. 

There were a few things that made me tilt my head to wonder like Jon's vegetarianism which was thoroughly discussed at one point then completely ignored and never discussed again once he shifted. I wanted to find out how he was taking his new meat eating needs. Another is the suddenness of the ending. I really missed something that happened in between one point and the end.

I could honestly say, I really loved this story and I wish author, Nico Jaye, could have expanded on the story more and just gave me more to bite into. Otherwise, if you are looking for a fun and romantic read with the major elements of a shape-shifting romance, then this is definitely the one to pick up.


There will be a giveaway across blog visits. Two winners will be chosen, and each winner will receive (1) their choice of an ebook from my backlist (not including HJKTIY), (2) a pretty ring with the word "love" inscribed on it, and (3) a crescent moon necklace. There are no shipping restrictions, and this giveaway is open worldwide where permitted by law.

The raffle will end on April 1st.


PG rated (no explicit content):

A note from Nico: Some of you might be wondering what First Shift means to an alpha werewolf in this universe. Well…here's a little taste of the opening scene. Hope you like it!

He’d suspected nine days ago, but he hadn’t dared to hope.
This night, though, with the first full moon since he’d started at Dilarium, confirmed it.
Curled up on his side in the living room of his subleased townhome, Tanner gritted his teeth, his eyes squeezing shut as he felt the irrepressible movement of bones shifting beneath his skin. The silky carpet was cool and soft against his cheek, and he pressed his face into it, struggling with that over which he had absolutely no control. His body was on fire, his blood pumping through his veins at supersonic speed. An invisible spike pierced his fingertips, one by one, while his jaw rearranged itself on his face.
He couldn’t hold back the scream that ripped through him as he felt his spine stretch, then curve, turning him into that one elusive form he’d craved for all of these years: werewolf.
A First Shift was supposed to be the hardest.
The first time bone broke and mended in its transformation into that creature of the night. The first time claws extended, pointed tips puncturing nail beds to replace human fingers. The first time fangs punched out, the teeth of a hunter replacing those of a benign human.
A First Shift was shocking. It was thrilling. It was painful.
Above all, it was exhilarating.
A First Shift meant he had found his mate.

And now, for the R-rated (explicit content):

“I love making you gasp,” Jon said, the glint in his eyes holding a hint of mischief. He stroked Tanner’s cock with a strong grip, eliciting another sharp intake of breath. “Good?” Jon asked, his brows raised and those sensuous lips curled up in a wicked grin.
“Very,” Tanner growled, then kissed him deeply. His hand firm on Jon’s hip, he nudged him gently. “Now it’s my turn,” he whispered. “My turn to make you gasp until you’re begging.”
Jon’s eyes went wide, and a flare of desire lit in his gaze. “What—what should I do?”
Tanner slowly stroked the warm skin beneath his palm. “It would be easier if you turned over,” he said softly. “Then, after that, you don’t need to do anything except feel.”
The corner of his lip tilting up in a smile of anticipation, Jon followed the suggestion and turned, allowing a pillow to be positioned beneath his hips. With his back arched while lying on his stomach, Jon propped himself on his elbows and twisted around to glance at Tanner seated behind him.
Tanner knelt between Jon’s parted legs, the soft hairs on Jon’s limbs brushing against his own. He stared at Jon’s form: the perfect stretch of skin, the gentle slope of his shoulders, the musculature of his back, the rounded curve of his ass.
Jon was beautiful.

And Jon was his.


  1. My favorite animal is the tall and mighty giraffe! They just make me smile :) Congrats on the new release and thanks for the chance!