Friday, May 8, 2015

Get Off My Case by Lisa Oliver: #GuestPost #Review #Giveaway @wisecrone333

Cover Artist: Lisa Oliver
Get Off My Case
(Stockton Wolves, Book 1)
by Lisa Oliver

Length: 96,777 words
Genres: Gay (M/M) Paranormal, Erotica, Romance, Mystery, Suspense
Shane West was used to being the only wolf shifter at the Stockton Police Department. His enhanced senses helped him do his job efficiently and he prided himself on keeping control of his animal instincts. Gay from the first day he'd shifted, he also expected to live his long life alone, and provided it meant that he didn't have to come into contact with any of his ex-pack, he told himself he was happy. And he was. Until Dimitri Polst was assigned as his new partner.

Confirmed ladies man, Dimitri Polst knew Shane from before he'd ever shifted into his wolf form. Two years older and from the same pack, Dimitri had made it his teenage mission to bring as much pain and humiliation to pretty-boy Shane as possible. But years later, he searched for that pretty boy, now all grown up, with a completely different mission in mind.

Being fated mates was hard enough, but when one man is straight and the other one has no reason to trust, then sparks are bound to fly. Add in a serial killer who is making inroads into the gay population and a possible shifter involvement, and Shane and Dimitri have a lot of thing to overcome before they get their HEA.

Author's Note: The first 20,000 words of this story were published as a free read for the Goodreads MMRomance Group Love's Landscapes Project. 49,000 words have been added to make this into the book my characters wanted it to be.
When Opposites Attract

Anyone who has read my books knows that I love Alpha men and the only thing hotter for me is two Alpha men in the same relationship. But, in the books that I read there a lot of instances where opposites are attracted and my Alpha and Omega series came from ideas I had reading other authors. You would think that it would be fairly easy to write about a big hunky Alpha, and then a pretty little twink, but honestly there are more challenges than you might think. 

1. Size differential: - Yep, it may sound weird, but have you ever thought about the mechanics involved during sex when one man is six foot six and the other one is only five foot six? All of my stories involve a double claiming – i.e. no one is exclusively a top or a bottom. When it’s the smaller guy’s turn to top, and you want to involve a claiming bite? Think about the logistics behind it and you will see why that sort of scene can be difficult.

2. Perceived strength: - Most of my shifters are big and strong – that’s a given in most predator shifter stories at least. But I don’t write about wimps. All of my men have strength of some kind, whether it be physically, in the power of their love for their mates, or their loyalty to their convictions. While it is easy to write about physical power, showing an Omega’s strength, like Marly for example, takes a lot more work and needs to come across through actions and dialogue. Marly standing up to Trent was a good example of that. 

3. Have they really connected? - The mating trope means that both men are going to be instantly attracted to each other and that is fairly easy to write about. But I have always wanted more from my menfolk and a common theme in my books is that being Fated Mates doesn’t mean the two men will fall in love with each – and that is my goal in every single book. In the case of Marly and Trent, the two men had nothing in common except their love of dick. It wasn’t enough for me to have these two men fall into bed with each other and come out claiming that they loved each other. They had to find common ground, and when you have opposites that proves to be a challenge all in itself. For example – Trent didn’t like Marly’s clothing and color choices when they met, so how could he (eventually) fall in love with a guy who was different from him in every way. The challenge was showing Trent’s growth over time to the point where he could accept his mate exactly as he was – and Trent didn’t make that easy.

I absolutely adore my men, but when they are opposites, not just physically but in the way they live their lives as well, the challenges involved can make for some interesting writing sessions. It doesn’t help when the characters themselves have their own idea on how they want their mating to work. 

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today. It’s been fun.

By the time Dimitri had got to the back door of the club he knew his wolf was close to the surface. He could feel his eyes changing and the hair on his arms start to tingle. It was only through sheer force of will that he stopped the change completely. Must not shift in front of humans, he tried to remind himself as he searched the dark alley, sniffing for his mate’s unique scent. There, deep in the shadows. The young blond was wrapped around Shane’s waist and neck like he belonged there.

Growling loudly Dimitri strode over to where the two men were hidden, his hands changing into claws as he itched to grab the little interloper and tear his body to inch sized bloody pieces. He couldn’t and wouldn’t hurt his mate, but he could and definitely would shred the little blond until he wasn’t a threat to Dimitri’s mating again.

“Dimitri, stop damn it!” Shane called out in a low voice as he carefully wound the young blond’s arms from his neck. “This is not what you think.”

Dimitri stopped himself, just, and watched as Shane spoke in a low voice in CJ’s ear and then gave him some money. CJ looked up at Dimitri and scowled at him and then took off back into the club. Shane flung out his arm and grabbed Dimitri by his belt loops and smashed him into the same wall he had been leaning on while he was entangled in his blond. But Shane’s eyes weren’t full of passion, Dimitri noticed. His mate was pissed off with him, big time.

“You just cost me some valuable information, fuck wit. Now what the hell did you think you were doing?” Shane snarled at him in a low voice.

“Is that how you get all of your information, detective,” Dimitri snarled right back. “By giving sexual favors to your tipsters?” Fuck, with Shane so close Dimitri could barely breathe. His cock was so hard in his jeans that it hurt and he couldn’t break his stare with his mate. Man, this guy was awesome when he was angry.

Shane tipped his head to the side and then took in a deep breath, obviously smelling Dimitri’s arousal. For a moment he looked confused, but that expression was gone in an instant and Shane’s angry gaze was back again. He leaned in flush against Dimitri’s body and growled softly in his ear, “CJ is an informant of mine. He’s been beaten before for talking to the wrong people and I don’t want to see my friend in hospital. We act like a hookup so he will be safe, asshole. So don’t go judging what you don’t understand.”

“But you’ve fucked him, right?” Dimitri regretted the words the instant they came out of his mouth as he watched a flash of pure murderous intent race across his mate’s hard face.

“Not that it’s any of your business, fuckwit, but I have never done anything sexually with CJ or any of my informants. Unlike you, I have standards.” Dimitri knew Shane was referring to the fact that when Dimitri was still in school he used to fuck anything in a skirt regardless of who it was. With his jock reputation and good looks he never lacked for girls willing to lift those skirts and give him what he wanted.

But right now Dimitri didn’t care that Shane was angry with him, or that he might have fucked up an investigation. Shane was leaning on him, chest to chest, but had kept his groin area away from Dimitri. And Dimitri was so turned on he couldn’t think. He needed friction on his cock and he needed it now. He reached out and grabbed Shane by his hips and pulled the man’s groin into his. Both men groaned as their dual erections nudged each other and Dimitri rocked into Shane looking for more.

“What the fuck do you think you are doing?” Shane snarled. Dimitri could see Shane’s eyes were blown with lust and the man was panting softly. Against his cock, Shane’s sizable erection nudged his and for the first time in his life Dimitri wanted to see another man’s cock. But not just any cock - Shane’s.

“I haven’t got a clue,” Dimitri said honestly, his own deep voice raspy with lust, “But I know I like it.”
My review: 4 of 5 stars

I didn't read the original publication so my review is based entirely upon the extended version. There were some things that I really loved about GET OFF MY CASE. Shane is absolutely adorable; I love his determined personality, vulnerable side, and willingness to let go of his past hurts and give love a chance. Dimitri is harder to appreciate, throughout the majority of the book he is selfishly focused on his own insecurities instead of making his relationship with his mate work.  Their sexual chemistry is off the charts, but Dimitri's behavior hurts his mate time and time again. That Shane continues to give him chance after chance is amazing.

In my opinion, the best part about this story is the secondary characters. They are entertaining, have well developed personalities, and balance out the drama of Shane and Dimitir's relationship. In addition to the angsty romance, Lisa has added a secondary plot that includes murder, mystery and suspense. This portion is very well developed and I loved following along as case unfurled.

Overall, I enjoyed GET OFF MY CASE and would recommend it to readers who are looking for a good murder/mystery, don't mind a healthy dose of angst, and love to hate the characters they read.  
Lisa Oliver had been writing non-fiction books for years when visions of half dressed, buff men started invading her dreams. Unable to resist the lure of her stories, Lisa decided to switch to fiction books, and now stories about her men clamor to get out from under her fingertips.

When Lisa is not writing, she is usually reading with a cup of tea always at hand. Her grown children and grandchildren sometimes try and pry her away from the computer and have found that the best way to do it, is to promise her chocolate. Lisa will do anything for chocolate.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers and other writers. You can friend her on Facebook, or email her directly at yoursintuitively@gmail.com.

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2 comments:

  1. Hello Lisa Oliver!! I really enjoyed your photo inspirations on pinterest. When I have more time, I will be copying quite a few to my own board.

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