Saturday, March 9, 2013

Holland Brothers Series by Toni Griffin

I stumbled across the Holland Brothers Series on Amazon while purchasing another series of books.   The blurbs sounded interesting so I bought the first book, Unexpected Mate.  The books are more the size of novellas so I read it quickly and HAD to buy the rest of the series.  Here are the blurbs and covers.

After being rejected by his parents and kicked out of his pack for being gay, Brian gets in his truck and drives. Breaking down outside small town, Leyburn, Brian never thought he'd meet his mate, let alone have his mate reject him as well because he's straight.

Marcus is shocked by the unexpected appearance of a cute man claiming to be his mate. Marcus can't be gay. He's the sheriff of a small town, and those two things don't go well together. Let alone the fact that all his brothers are gay. Someone needs to get married, settle down and have a family to continue the Holland name.

Can Marcus come to terms with the fact his mate is a man or will he risk loosing Brian forever. However, not everyone in the pack is entirely happy with this mating

Jason Matthews had been through hell. After being drugged and attacked, being disowned by his parents was just the icing on the cake. All Jason wanted, was to see his best friend again and a place where he could heal. What he didn't expect to find was a tall, tattooed, muscle bound god who claimed to be his mate.

Alex Holland, Alpha of the Leyburn shifter pack, couldn't believe his luck. The sexy little sprite standing at his door is his mate. It soon becomes apparent though that not everything is as it should be.

Alex must learn to curb his Alpha instincts to immediately claim the man as his own. Alex must take things slowly or risk losing his mate forever.

Can Jason learn to trust and love his mate or will the past catch up with them and ruin any chance they have at a future together?

Within the space of two years Zack lost nearly everyone that had ever meant anything to him. After his parents are killed in a car accident and his best friend succumbs to cancer, Zack is left alone in the world with only his eighteen month old daughter.

The ultra religious and homophobic grandparents, however, will do anything they can to try and take his daughter away from him. To stop this Zack packs up and moves to a small town in northern Victoria.

Simon has known he was gay since he was fifteen. With this fact firmly entrenched in his mind he had resigned himself to never being a father. Walking into his house one afternoon he is shocked to find not only his mate, but a two year old calling his mate Daddy.

Is Simon ready to be a father? Can Zack open his heart after so much hurt and risk loving someone else?
Rick Holland has watched as his brothers settled into mated bliss, quietly dying inside knowing he will never have the same. Rick has lived for the last ten years with the knowledge that his mate doesn’t want him. When his brother and Alpha asks him to take a trip will Rick have the courage to forget his hurt and move on with his life?

Jake Richmond has watched from the sidelines as his mate grew from a surprisingly sexy sixteen year old into a stunningly handsome man. He’s done everything within his power to keep that man safe—aware that his mate believes he’s not wanted but unable to reveal the truth of the situation. Can Jake finally let go of the man he loves or will everything come crashing down when the pair are thrust together in their search for much needed answers?

Christmas is a time for family and friends. Catch up with the Holland Brothers and their mates as they race to get everything ready for their second Christmas together.
This series features novella length books that still manage to pack plenty of romance and drama into each one.  I really loved that you could get a real understanding of each of the characters because they are so real that they just grab you and draw you into their stories.  It was also nice to see that gender roles were mixed up a bit for the characters.  Each pair did not have one "husband" and one "wife."  Everyone just is who they are and they use their talents and skills to keep the family, household and pack running smoothly.  Love it.  I think Patrick's story was the most emotional to read.  He and Jake were just so raw and tortured by being kept apart.  These stories are not just sex for the sake of sex either, there are interesting stories in each book and they all work together into a whole series.  I really enjoyed these.  I love a good quick novella in between longer books.  It keeps me going so that I don't succumb to a reading rut.  I have actually read these more than once through since buying them.  Highly recommended.

Toni Griffin can be found on her website, her blog and on Facebook.  You can click here to find the Holland Brothers on Goodreads.  I give the books of this series 4 Fairies for romantic reads that bring plenty of heat to the paranormal romance genre.

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