Twist of Fate: Syndicate Masters: Midwest

What do a disgraced journalist and the head of the New Orleans mob have in common? Nothing… except fate.

Good wrap to the series, lots of great stuff happening. However, it felt off to have a clan of Tigers in New Orleans and not make any mention of the wolf pack led by Jean-Michael Gautier. I really expected to see something happen between the two.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily

The Reluctant Retiree

After being fired as a reporter in New York City, Quinn took advantage of a bequest from a relative and moved to New Orleans, trying to figure out what to do next. When one of the local papers gives her a chance, she makes the best of it, quickly becoming the Gazette’s rising star. Working with an informant, she sets her sights on a notorious Cartel.

Bodie is the head of the syndicate that controls the Crescent City. He wants to stop the Cartel from using the Port of New Orleans to import its new, deadly designer drug and using the Mississippi River to disburse it to the rest of the country.

Once he realized she was his fated mate, nothing would stop him from claiming her. After a not-so-chance encounter during Mardi Gras, Quinn finds herself bonded to the notorious gangster.

Excerpt

“Turning to a more positive thought—any ideas about where you might find your fated mate?”

“She is within the boundaries of our territory; she will not escape me.”

“If you are correct—and you usually are—then she is not a tigress. I have had people searching high and low, offering a substantial reward for information leading to her, but so far, we’ve got nothing. How long have you known about her, and what do you know?”

“I have known since my first breath that she existed, but it is only recently I have known she was near.”

“So, we’re looking for someone new to New Orleans.”

“Not necessarily. She could have been here for years, maybe even been born here. The knowledge of who she is only comes when you are ready, but the knowledge that she exists is given from the moment we are sentient.”

The Reviews

Redrabbitt
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars STRENGTH AND HONOR
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2023
The story is the third and final story of a new Syndicate Masters--Midwest series which will bring Quinn Forrester, and Bodie Lambeau together. Quinn is an investigative reporter, originally from New York, who is now working for the New Orleans Gazette. It is Mardi Gras time in New Orleans and she is attending a party on a steamboat where she will have an encounter with Bodie Lambeau.

The story is like a Cinderella tale, where Quinn will be pampered and taken to the party, meet Bodie, and is seduced by him, they leave and return to his home for a night of passion. But Quinn only wanted a night—and Bodie knows she is his fated mate. Let the fireworks begin!

“I predict you will steal the heart and soul of a man at the party tonight. Take care that you cherish them. Now, let’s get you out of her so you can get home and have your hair and make-up done.”—Celeste

Quinn: This was a mistake.
Bodie: No chère, it was not.
Quinn: Look, Lambeau, I’m a crime reporter and you’re, well, you. You’re a gangster.
Bodie: I am who I am, and you are my perfect and fated mate.
Quinn: That’s BS. I mean the sex was great, but seriously this can’t happen again.
Bodie: It will happen again—two or three times a day minimum. There will even be days I keep you in our bed to enjoy you over and over again.
Quinn: That’s not happening. I am not becoming some kind of sex toy for El Tigre.
Bodie: Why ever not? I fully intend to be your sex toy as well. I mean for us to thoroughly enjoy each other. There will be very few times you initiate sex that I will turn you down.

Bodie: You are my mate, and you will be treated with respect and bask in my loving care.
Quinn: You are seriously delusional.
Bodie: I am not.
Quinn: Listen up, Lambeau, you can’t just walk into my life and steamroll me like this.
Bodie: As much as you aren’t going to like my answer. I just did.

“When we were on the steamboat, I knew my life was about to change irrevocably, but I couldn’t have imagined the enormity of that change.”

I really like Bodie and Quinn together. I like that he doesn’t dismiss her passion as an investigative reporter, but instead, takes her seriously, with the information she shares with him. But, as an alpha male, he is determined to keep his mate safe or let’s say, at least he tries to. The chemistry between them is explosive. I enjoyed the ingenuity of Quinn to do some of the things she does. Best of all, the epilogue gives closure, not only on them, but the previous two stories in this series.
JigsawGirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Was Quinn Set Up in NYC?
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2023
Bodie and Quinn's book can easily be read as a stand-alone. This story seemed to speed by for me. There were so many things I wish had been more detailed in the book, but I have always admitted to being a greedy reader.

The demise of Quinn's New York career didn't seem above board. It felt like there was more to it. I wanted someone to pay for what happened to her, lol.

I did enjoy the Cinderella aspect to the Mardi Grad ball. I wish there had been more detail or interaction in that scenario.

I wanted to know what happened to obnoxious Dave. It would have been great to see his reaction to Quinn's news.

Was Gutierrez ever made aware of what was going on? I enjoyed the book but I have to be honest. It did nothing to slake my need for vengeance, lol. I wanted Gutierrez to have ALL of the details and see his reaction.

Bodie's pursuit of Quinn took much less time than I anticipated. The attraction was fast. The romantic gesture surprising and sweet. The outcome intense and steamy. The relationship fiery and explosive. With all of that said, Bodie and Quinn did end up with their HEA.

I am sorry to see this series end. I would have loved to see more interaction between the syndicate masters together along with their fated mates.

I voluntarily read and reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

#BookReview Stroke of Fortune: Syndicate Masters: Midwest

The present and future are always in motion and you can’t hide from either of them.

Mafia romances can be a bit tricky to write. Paranormal romance can also be a bit difficult to write. Delta has done a great job of combining the two tropes together. Bryony and Nolan are great together. The situation that they find themselves in is completely believable and enjoyable. Throw in a completely new set of shifters and you have a very different perspective!

The Reluctant Retiree

Bryony
Five years ago I drove away from my birthday party, my father, and his mafia organization. I’ve been living off the grid in Moab, Utah. When my father is brutally killed, I am suddenly a wanted woman by various entities, the Feds, the Cartel, my father’s odious second-in-command, and the head of the Gateway Syndicate, Nolan Hamilton, none of them good.

First, I decide to trade what I know to the Feds for protection. Until it turns out the agent in charge is on the Cartel’s payroll. Before he can deliver me to them, I get away and run to the only man powerful enough to keep me and my people safe… Nolan.

Nolan
The head of the Rust Belt Syndicate, has been murdered. His only heir is missing. Everyone, including myself, wants to find her. All of us want to take control of the once prosperous territory.

Then the sexy, curvy Bryony shows up on my doorstep asking for sanctuary. There are many reasons to force her to become my mate—her father’s organization, thwarting the Feds, taking on the Cartel, but the most compelling reason is she is my fated mate.

The Reviews

	Redrabbitt
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars I’LL MAKE HER AN OFFER SHE CAN’T REFUSE
Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2023
The story is the second story of a new Syndicate Masters series and will be a new beginning for Bryony and Nolan. Bryony Gates is an otter shifter that has left the Bevy, not pleased with her father, and rather than being a mafia princess, plans to make her own way in the world. Nolan Hamilton knows of Bryony and has even been looking out for her for years.

The Rust Belt Syndicate, run by Bryony’s father, Bryan, is weak compared to when his father ran it. With Jared Pettigrew as his Beta, things are even more unstable. Bryony will come home, but leaves and goes into hiding where she creates her own happiness until Pettigrew shows up with his thugs, informs her that her father was murdered, and drags her back to their bevy.

Nolan Hamilton is over the Gateway Syndicate and his pride. He is concerned about the Gutierrez cartel moving into the area with drugs and when Gates is murdered, he learns that Bryony has been taken by Pettigrew. Let the game of Lion and Otter begin.

I liked the characters, their interactions, and for Nolan to learn that his fated mate is none other than Bryony Gates. When she falls into the hands of Pettigrew, that also places her at a greater risk of being bartered to the cartel. I love how smart and clever Bryony is, and even Nolan is impressed with his future lioness. He is willing to follow her around the world, just as long as he can keep her safe.

Rolf: Sounds to me like she is more in tune with being a lioness than an otter-shifter.
Nolan: True. It would seem she has the heart and soul of the lioness, but still, we shouldn’t underestimate what we are asking her to give up.

“Bryony had proven herself to be elusive, clever, and fearless—not bad traits to have in a mate once she had been claimed. Until then, they could prove to be formidable. But that was fine with Nolan. He’d always loved a good challenge.”

Nolan: Is it those who run criminal organizations, lion-shifters, or me in particular that you don’t care for?
Bryony: All of the above.
Nolan: You belong to me, mate—now and forever.
Bryony: No
Nolan: Yes. Surrender to me. Let me make you mine and together we will rule a dynasty second to none. I believe we are fated mates and we were destined to be together and keep our people and out futures safe. I wish I could give you time enough to court you and persuade you to see that I am right.
Bryony: How much time do I have to decide if I want to do this?
Nolan: None. Search your heart, Bryony. Listen to your soul.
Bryony: I choose you. Live or die, rise or fall I choose you.

“I get it, I do. I know for you and the pride, I have a role to play. It’s just not a role I ever saw myself playing or even aspiring to. There’s a small part of me that resents that I was just living in Utah, minding my own business and this whole thing just blew up and suddenly I’m everybody’s pawn in a deadly game I never wanted any part of.”

I loved the angst, mystery, danger, action, and adventure that takes place as Bryony submits to Nolan and accepts his claim. She isn’t meek, but he doesn’t want that. She has the heart of a lioness and good or bad, they will work together for both her people and his. The story does not end on a cliffhanger, but as a segue to the next book, Twist of Fate.
	Desn2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable shifter, fated mates, and mafia read!!
Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2023
Enjoyable shifter, fated mates, and mafia read!!

This was a good read in an interesting world. This is the first read from this series that I have read and is a stand alone. I enjoyed the FMC, she was strong, independent, and bad a**. The way she was able to take care of herself and get put of tight situations was amazing. I enjoyed the MMC as well, he was the perfect counterpart. Thus read was full of action and steam. You could tell there was chemistry, even though I felt the love scenes fell a little short for my tastes. Good read and I would read more from this series!!

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
	Debbie A. Orazi
5.0 out of 5 stars Stroke of Fortune
Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2023
This was a fated mates mafia paranormal romance.

Loved this story and the strong female lead. Highly recommend!

Bryony Gates was raised as a mafia princess of the Rust Belt Syndicate until she found out what her father did for a living. She refused to have anything to do with his syndicate, went away to school and later lived halfway across the country. She agrees to come home for a few days for her birthday, but had no intention is staying or going along with her father's plan to marry her off. She is an otter shifter and works in graphic design.

Nolan Hamilton is the alpha of the Gateway Syndicate across the river from her father's territory. He is a lion shifter. He has always kept an eye on Bryony's whereabouts because he knew her father would use her as a pawn especially if anything happened to her father. When her father is unalived by the Cartel he moved to have her brought to his estate for her safety.

Bryony is kidnapped by her father's beta Jared. He plans to force her to marry him and bear him a son. She escaped and goes to the St. Louis airport, booking a flight to Germany she is kidnapped by members of the Cartel. She manages to escape, make her flight and travel to Paris. Nolan brings her to his estate and talks her into mating with him (he realized she is his fated mate when he saw her at the airport). After spending the night together where he gives her the claiming bite to transition her to a lion shifter, she runs away to get time to deal with her confusion. Jared finds her and takes her to the Cartel safe house. Between Bryony, Nolan and his men they take out all the bad guys. She realizes she loves him and they get their HEA.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

High Roller: Syndicate Masters: Eastern Seaboard #2


Axel gave Victoria an impossible choice, and she chose him.

Victoria
My brother is dead. He’s been dead for five years and no one seems inclined to bring those who killed him to justice. Well, no one except me.

Axel
I’m in negotiation with the Albanian mob. They think I’m going to stand with them against the others. They’re wrong. Atlantic City is my town… or at least it’s going to be. And then I see her across a crowded bar at one of the city’s best casinos.

When Axel saves me from a drunk at the Blue Eye, I let myself have a wonderful weekend of indulgence and pleasure. When Axel wants me for arm candy at a high stakes poker game I figure why not?

Only that poker game is about far more than I knew and now I’m caught up in it with no way out.

The Syndicate Masters are in the US! They were assigned as Guardians by the goddess over six centuries ago. Each generation brings new and different challenges. These ruthless and wild dons are the protectors, the Guardians of their territories.

On the Eastern Seaboard the Masters control horse racing, casinos and gambling among other things. Get ready for over the top, possessive mob bosses who will do what is needed to find and protect their fated mates

The Reviews

Irene Talbert
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS SERIES....
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 5, 2023
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This is the second book in the Syndicate Masters: Eastern Seaboard series. It's a fast-paced and standalone book that will keep you engaged from start to finish. There's action, adventure, drama, danger, suspense, twist/turns, enemies, survival, intrigue, humor, mystery/secrets, surprises, family, friends/friendships, anger, fear, pain, conflict, resolution, confusion, confidence, strength, courage, trust, truths, stubbornness, struggles, protection, kidnapping, tension, arrogance, doubts, turmoil (emotional), annoyance, complications, threats, confrontations, trauma, possession/possessiveness, compromise, treachery, conspiracies, acceptance, corruption, frustration, determination, patience, revenge/vengeance, betrayal, chaos, murder, grief, justice, mayhem, happiness, romance, passion/lust and love.
This is a story about a h who is looking for her brother's killer(s) and all she can think about is the revenge that she wants to deal out to said killer(s) and the H is the leader of the Scimitar Syndicate, a Scimitar cat shifter and in need of a mate.
Read to find out what happens. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and this review is my own opinion
Jen B.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mobster and a Greiving Sister
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 31, 2022
Axel leads his clan and he loves it. He wants to find his fated mate because he understands it's time and he's ready. He even has a good idea who she is so he's delighted when he sees her in a bar. Tori is grieving the murder of her brother and is determined to avenge his death. She gets swept away when she meets Axel in a bar. The two of them find themselves in danger and have to solve a mystery to find their happily ever after.

Axel is an alpha, a gangster, the head of his clan, and he is trying to modernize his people (but only a little bit because he's still an "alpha"). I like that he was willing to let Tori get used to his world before he forced her to become a shifter. Tori is smart and capable. I like that she taught herself how to avenge her brother's death. They are a good couple. They do fall in love immediately and both accept that they are fated mates. The author did give an explanation for how they fall in love so fast.

I enjoyed this book. I think you can read this without reading the other books in the series but I would suggest reading the prior book first since the events take place at the same time. This is a contemporary romance that takes place in New Jersey.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Redrabbitt
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU ARE NO LONGER ALONE
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 30, 2022
The story is the second in the Syndicate Masters—Eastern Seaboard series. While it will mention some of the people from the first book, this book will read well as a stand-alone. The story will mainly focus on the two main characters, Axel Crane and Victoria ‘Tori’ Houghton.

The story will have some back story of Tori and her late brother David. It is his death that sets Tori in motion for revenge, and she begins to execute her plans. Axel knows it is time to lay claim to his fated mate—something that will make his clan very happy to see happen. When Tori and Axel meet and decide to have a hookup, they sizzle. Axel knows who she is, and she knows him and his reputation—but not that he is about to claim her. The erotic chemistry between them sizzles off the pages. I liked them together, but I will say that one scene was shocking but eventually resolved.

Tori: I’m not sure what to do with you, Axel.
Axel: I have a whole list of items I’d like to do with and to you.
Tori: Do I want to know what they are?
Axel: Depends on how lucky I’m going to get with you tonight.
Tori: Just tonight.
Axel: Oh, yeah. I’m going to get plenty lucky with you.
Tori: You’re sure of that.
Axel: I am. The only question is when that’s going to happen because you and I are inevitable—some might even say fated.
Tori: Does that no strings attached drink transfer to a hot anonymous night with you?
Axel: It wouldn’t be anonymous, but it would be hot, righteous, and nasty sex. I’ll have you naked before I get you on the bed and I’ll be at you all night.
Tori: Yeah? I think I could do with a night like that, but come tomorrow morning, it’s neutral corners.
Axel: Neutral corners in the morning, but you agree to have dinner with me and come to a high-end poker game with me tomorrow night.

The story is a fast-paced tale with things from the past and present intertwining. The chemistry also has angst besides passion. Not everyone is what they seem, some will betray those they call friends. The story has the good, the bad, and the dangerous. Life and death issues, murder, revenge, and resolutions are all part of this tale. I found the story exciting and the characters likable

High Stakes: Syndicate Masters: Eastern Seaboard #1

A lone shot rings out, changing everything…

Killian O’ Neill controls the pulse of the vibrant horse racing world in the Finger Lakes region of New York. He also has ties to a powerful Syndicate in Ireland. Carlyn Murphy is the investigative reporter who took comfort in his arms for one night and then walked away.

On the trail of a story that could rock the thoroughbred racing industry and has far larger complications, a lone shot rings out. Instead of it hitting its intended target, Killian takes the bullet for Carlyn.

Saving his mate brings chaos, sizzling heat and enough chemistry to melt both your panties and your kindle.

The Syndicate Masters were assigned as Guardians by the goddess over six centuries ago. Each generation brings new and different challenges. These ruthless and wild dons are the protectors, the Guardians of their territories.

On the Eastern Seaboard the Masters control horse racing, casinos and gambling among other things. Get ready for over the top, possessive mob bosses who will do what is needed to find and protect their fated mates.

The Reviews

	Irene Talbert
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT START TO A NEW SERIES....
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 4, 2022
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This is the first book a new series called Syndicate Masters: Eastern Seaboard. It's a fast-paced and sequel to the book called The Pledge, that will keep you engaged from start to finish. There's action, adventure, drama, danger, suspense, twist/turns, enemies, survival, intrigue, humor, mystery/secrets, surprises, family, friends/friendships, anger, fear, pain, conflict, resolution, confusion, confidence, strength, courage, trust, truths, stubbornness, struggles, protection, kidnapping, tension, arrogance, doubts, turmoil (emotional), annoyance, complications, threats, confrontations, possession/possessiveness, compromise, trauma, conspiracies, treachery, corruption, acceptance, frustration, determination, patience, happiness, romance, passion/lust and love.
In this story, the h and H have a history between them and someone wants her dead. The H is the head of the Firean Syndicate in upstate NY, the alpha of his black leopard shifter clan and controls the pulse of the horse racing world. The h is an investigative reporter and trying to learn what is happening to horses competing in the races.
Read to find out what happens. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and this review is my own opinion
	AP
5.0 out of 5 stars Delta James Writes A Winner
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 10, 2022
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Syndicate Masters series is simply fantastic. Ms. James has written a shifter romance that makes the reader fall in love with the characters, drama, and hot steamy sex. I would like the author to write an update novella on the other couples. In addition, James's stories need expanded in certain areas--Let the hero gangsters show some claws so the heroines can be the light to their dark and add some life or death drama at the climax. After the claiming, the story wraps up without a big ending. A big ending is needed in future books. One area James does fabulous is creating characters that leap off the screen and writing stories that are irresistable
	Donna L
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT START TO THIS SERIES
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 22, 2022
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This story was refreshingly entertaining and was set between New York
and Ireland. I enjoyed the cat-and-mouse game between Killian and
Carlyn. It was obvious that they were fated mates; the air crackled and
sparked between them. Killian had more patience than most Alphas
allowing Carlyn to follow her career as a reporter seeking answers to
her father's death. Killian did not overwhelm her until he took a bullet
meant for her. He was then possessive, protective, and determined to
make her his. Carolyn initially struggled when confronted with Killian
in all his glory but faced each challenge with playful enthusiasm. Her
initial attempts at shifting were laughable.

The story spanned ten years, with intrigue and danger set amongst a
background of horse racing. I thoroughly enjoyed this story by Ms. James,
and if this is the standard, we can expect, than we are in for a treat.

Amato Sisters of La Cosa Nostra

An Art Thief, an Information Broker, and a Jewelry Designer each meet the Italian Mafia boss of their dreams. (Even if they wouldn’t agree with that assessment at the time!) This series is just what you wanted. Enjoy people!

The Reluctant Retiree

Ruthless Honor

Lucrezia Amato – Oldest of the three sisters. Trained in Art & Antiquities, “Zia” makes her money as an art thief under the pseudonym of “El Spirito”.

Roman Genovese – Poseidon’s Tiger, head of the Poseiden Syndicate.

Feral Oath

Rafaella Amato – What was once known as “black hat hacker”, now called an “Information Broker”. Under the pseudonym of “La Pantera”, she is hired by Nico to find the stunning submissive he played with at Dantes.

Nico Falconeri – jaguar, Predator of Palermo, Rapace Syndicate

Defiant Vow

Serena Amato – youngest of the three siblings, jewelry designer

Aries Borgia – Lion of Atlantis, Lionheart Syndicate

Defiant Vow: Syndicate Masters: La Cosa Nostra #3

She had long ago given up on finding her hero. He would make her believe in happy ever-after again.

Serena

There was a time, a very long time ago when I believed in fairytales and happily-ever-afters. Those dreams died a painful death he night my parents were murdered. I need to get close to Aries Borgia in order to get information about my parents’ murderer. What started as a sizzling affair on Aries yacht tuns dangerous when we are attacked.

Aries
I am the head of the Lionheart Syndicate and she is my fated mate. I know she is seeking information but I will do what is needed to claim her. I will teach her to believe in dreams again.

Can they find their happy-ever-after before the murderers strike again?

The Reviews

VMG 💯dle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Delta James DIDN'T Disappoint 🙅💯, period !.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 14, 2022
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THIS !?, Alliance Series was fresh, creative, individual, well developed, flowed in story symmetry.
(👉 the connections from Serena's other sisters & bringing the end of their Parents murder / Their own Foster Care nightmares; FULL CIRCLE 💯💯)

Well Done & Very Plausible.

The AMATO SISTERS as well as each MFC ( FATED MATE) are TOP TIER !!😎👏.

Smart, Kick Ass, Intelligent, Talented, Skilled, Professional, "Got My Own" & Beautiful, in their own rights. Alphas as well.

Each MMC ( ALPHA SYNDICATE LEADER ) comes to know their mate's WORTH 💯.

And vice versa.💯 The ALPHAS👑 don't DISAPPOINT either.

The loyalties & unities come through as well.

The Author has managed to "sprinkle" extra sassy, sarcastic yet humorous moments in each read, without sacrificing the HEAT 🔥🔥🔥, SMEXY 😜😜, & SWAG 😎💯.

Those "sprinkles" ??, actually get "🤭 giggles". The backstory ( explaining more about Estella 😲) was good.

DO NOT 🙅 SIDE STEP MS. JAMES' TRIGGER WARNINGS, "potential readers & purchasers👏👏💯💯.

Everyone has "levels, boundaries, tastes, & limits"
💯💯💯. Knowing yours, you know how to proceed ???, or not🙅.

Obey/ Play isn't the BOOK👈.

However, this is the Author's "Genre". 💯

The entire Series is Good 👍👍.
Irene Talbert
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS SERIES....
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 15, 2022
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This is the third and final book in the Syndicate Masters: La Cosa Nostra series. It's a fast-paced and standalone book that will keep you engaged from start to finish. There's action, adventure, drama, danger, suspense, twist/turns, enemies, survival, intrigue, humor, mystery/secrets, surprises, family, friends/friendships, anger, fear, pain, conflict, resolution, confusion, confidence, strength, courage, trust, truths, stubbornness, struggles, protection, kidnapping, tension, arrogance, doubts, turmoil (emotional), annoyance, complications, threats, mistakes, honor, loyalty, defiance, acceptance, possession/possessiveness, revelations, hope/hopelessness, forgiveness, assumptions, mistreatment, denial, greed, consequences, blackmail, respect, frustration, determination, patience, betrayal, heartache, murder, justice, attitudes, obsession, confrontations, lies, rivalry/rivals, misunderstandings, alliance, miscommunication, happiness, romance, passion/lust and love.
OMG! What a fitting ending to this series. All of the secrets are revealed about the death of the three sisters parents.
In this story: the h is the youngest sister, a jewelry designer and has been claimed by the last of the Syndicate Masters. The H is head of the Lion heart Syndicate of Atlantis and a notorious gangster/arms dealer. They met at a photo shot on his yacht. Mates!
Read to find out what happens. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and this review is my own opinion.
Jen B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally A Conclusion To The Story Of The Amato Sisters
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 17, 2022
Don't read this if you haven't read the prior 2 books. This wraps up a bunch of stuff and it completely overlaps the prior 2 stories.

Serena isn't looking for a man. She wants to exact revenge on the people that destroyed her family and killed her parents years ago. In order to fund her revenge, she runs a jewelry business that is just starting to gain some recognition and success. Aries is the head of the Lionheart Syndicate. He is stunned to discover that he has finally found is fated mate and she's human!

Right off the bat, you have to embrace with your whole self the idea that Serena is submissive and will just accept Aries as a dominant. Period. You have to just accept that they go from not knowing each other at all to love and devotion in an instant. Period. If you can't do that, don't read this.

Serena is the youngest Amato sister and often feels like her sisters treat her like a baby. During the course of the author doesn't really give Serena room to grow because the suggestion is that she is already strong. Aries is more of a sketch than an entire character. I was glad that his time in the military was included in his character development. The reader doesn't really see him interact with his people so there is no sense of how he leads other than he's not his father or uncle.

I felt like the author rushed one of the big conclusions of the story of the Amato sisters. Yay that they finally know who done them wrong all those years ago and everyone has paid for their crimes but it almost felt like an afterthought. I wanted the women to have their big BAM moment but instead, it was more of a reveal, reveal, reveal, and done moment. Another issue I had was that one of Aries' lieutenants really didn't like Serena at first. I wanted a moment of reckoning like her sisters got in their stories but all Serena got was the mention that the individual now likes her. Huh. Kind of lame in my opinion.

So why did I give this 4 stars if I wasn't really moved? Simply stated, I wanted the solution to the mystery of the Amato sisters and the readers get that. Period. This story takes place in Italy and the Carpathian mountains. It includes mention of and cameos by characters from prior books/other series but it's all related. I will read move from this author in the future because I have thoroughly enjoyed other books even if this one fell a little flat in my opinion.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Redrabbitt
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 18, 2022
The story is part of the Syndicate Masters: La Cosa Nostra series. The story will mainly focus on Serena Amato and Aries Borgia--the head of the Lionheart Syndicate. The story will include cameo appearances by other couples from previous stories in this series, and behind the scene appearances of those from the previous series.

The story has what we all come to know, love, and even expect within Ms. Delta James series, strong, dominant men and equally feisty females. You'll have power exchange, dominance, submission, control, and surrender. Secrets, mystery, suspense, good and evil, and shifters. I love the cat-and-mouse game between Aries and Serena--she thinks she can evade him, but she is definitely wrong.

Serena: I think it would be best if I joined my friends.
Aries: Unacceptable. This is better, I would prefer we have our disagreements in private, but be warned, if you misbehave in public, I will ensure your discipline is delivered the same way.
Serena: You can't speak to me that way.
Aries: I can and will when you're being unruly or are misbehaving.
Serena: I don't know who you think you are.
Aries: I am Aries Borgia, the Lion of Atlantis, your fated mate and the man who was born to tame you.
Serena: You can't just unilaterally decide we're in a relationship.
Aries: You'll find I can pretty much do whatever I like. The next time you raise a fist or a foot to me in anger, you won't sit down comfortably for a few days. In my lap or at my feet between my legs. Submit, Serena. You aren't to worry, Serena. Everything will be as it should be. No one will ever harm you again.

There will be secrets and surprises with the mystery and unveiling of this story. Good and evil fight for power and control. Dominant men, who love their women, aren't afraid to allow those women a say, and even listen to their input. One thing they never will allow is for them to be in danger. Yes, more comes out about the murder and mystery of the death of the Amato sister's parents.

Serena: You have things to do.
Aries: Nothing is more important to me than my fated mate. Nothing.
Serena: It's all so fast.
Aries: It is, but that is usually the way of fated mates. It will be fine, Serena. You just need to trust that. It will be fine, cara.
Serena: Because you want it to be?
Aries: Because I will it to be.

No fear, Delta keeps the pages turning, unraveling relationships, and mystery, while still allowing the characters to engage in power exchange while taking the reader on an erotic journey of shifters and their fated mates.

The Women of the Pack

I almost didn’t read this duo. But then I noticed the fact that Delta James mentioned that she used the same world as these are set in for her Wayward Mates series. The rest, as they say, is history.

  • Name: Dani Dixon
  • Species: Wolf, Female Alpha
  • Appearance: her own hair was a deep, dark red that complimented her dark brown eyes though her skin tone never tanned much beyond pale.
  • Mate: Mason Daniels, Alpha

Story: Marked by the Alpha (Available on Amazon and Audible)

  • Name: Alisha Knight
  • Species: Wolf, Turned Human
  • Appearance: Alisha was tiny. Her friend was dark-skinned, with rich brown hair and hazel-green eyes,
  • Mate: Phil McKenna, Beta

Story: Rules of the Pack

Shifted Existence: Looking Glass Multiverse Book 2

One moment in time was all it took…

You have two options. You surrender or you run.

Bailey
The world as we knew it unraveled three years ago. Our government enjoyed the perks that came to them when they agreed to opening the portals to the multiverse. Unfortunately, it was a trojan horse and the females on earth became the spoils of war. The shifters that came through the portals need mates. They have given us two options… You surrender or you run. Those that run are declared feral. I chose to run.

Talon
I am alpha to the Storm Rift Pack. When our universe realized we were sowing the seeds of our own destruction, we united with another realm and invaded Earth. They had the one thing we wanted: female breeding stock. I had never thought to return to Earth, but the mirror has shown me my fated mate. She is one of the ferals.

Redrabbitt
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars CHOICE IS SOMETHING OF AN ILLUSION FOR ALL OF US
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 22, 2022
As an avid fan of Ms. Delta James and her paranormal and shifter series, I was surprised by the uniqueness of this new series. Shifted Existence is a cross between her series that crossed the Void and her shifter series—and it was fascinating. I loved the characters, the unexpected, and the passion within the story. Each book will read as a stand-alone and can be read in any order. Book two, while having the Void and fated mates, it is a new realm and characters.

Earth and its leader’s arrogance cost them a high price when they are invaded and must now capitulate to wolf shifters who hold all the power. Now, it is known as the Conquered Realm. One of the costs, all females of age able to bear children must be available. If a woman refuses to enter their organized training camp, she will be deemed ‘feral’ and placed in an area without any means of food, clothing, shelter, or protection. She will be on her own, and anyone found helping a feral will face punishment. Twice a year, a portal will open where wolf shifters can come hunt and claim a female.

Talon, Alpha of the Storm Rift Pack in the Eclipse Province, has watched many of his warriors use the Void, going to the Conquered Realm and claiming a mate. He has never felt the need to go—but that will change. A voice will call to Talon and show him his fated mate. With the Hunt of the Wolf Moon, which opens tomorrow on the Conquered Realm, this time, Talon will be joining his single warriors.

Voice: She awaits you on the other side. I am no trick, Talon of the Eclipse Province. I have seen her and your fated mate waits for you on the other side of the Void. I do not wish to fight with you, Alpha, merely to help. She is there, and she needs you.
Talon: Mine.
Voice: I thought you might think that. She is called Bailey Pierce and she is located most often in a harsh and heated place known as Pictured Rocks in the northern province by the great lakes known as Michigan.
Talon: You have done me a service. What favor do you ask in return?
Voice: Only that you find true happiness for the rest of your days and beyond with your fated mate.

Voice: He is coming.
Bailey: Who is he?
Voice: He is your fated mate.
Bailey: Not if I have anything to say about it.

The story’s plot is unique and a page-turner. I love the characters, the angst, with a touch of mystery and suspense. Read and learn what happened that set this invasion and claiming in motion. The wolves are dominant males disciplining their naughty mates, but they also pleasure them. Talon had decided he would not take a mate, but after the Voice from the Void shows him his mate, his plans change, and he is ready to claim her. Bailey knows the Hunt of the Wolf Moon is ready to happen again, and she does what she can to prepare and stay hidden. The Voice in the Void lets her know her mate is on the way. Let the games begin—of cat and mouse—hunter and hunted. No matter what, in the end, they both win.

“Enjoy your run, my mate, for I will enjoy running you to ground.”

“Let the past and the Conquered Realm go, Bailey. There is a whole wonderful future stretching out before us.” --Dani

The story has the good, the bad, and the evil. I love how, while Talon is a dominant and controlling Alpha, he still respects Bailey and her abilities—at least when they are not trying to avoid him and his capture. He trusts her abilities enough when danger is present for her friends and the other ‘ferals’ to allow her some control. In the end, it is a positive for all those in the Eclipse Province. Bailey is well received and an asset to all
	Rhonda Hicks
VINE VOICE
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read to say the least
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 29, 2022
'Shifted Existence" is Delta James' second book in her unique series, "Looking Glass Multiverse".

"If all he’d ever given her was flattery, he wouldn’t be where he was—lost in the darkness and separated from the light, with only occasional glimpses into the lives and souls of those outside the Void… outside of time and space. But it is here in the inky blackness that he belongs, for he helped her with more things than just flattery. Many believe the tales of Snow White are fantastical and untrue. They are wrong."
James, Delta. Shifted Existence: A Multiverse Fated Mate Romance (Looking Glass Multiverse Book 2) (p. 6). Kindle Edition

For every action, there is a reaction and that reaction brings forth some type of consequences. The mirror is facing him and that's where Talon and Bailey, our Hero and heroine, come in. As alpha of the Storm Rift Pack he is expected to take a make in order to have an heir but Talon has made up his mind to forgo having a mate and name the son of his second in command as his heir. That is until a disembodied face in the river tells him his fated mate is waiting on the other side of the void and she's in danger. The Moon Hunt is coming and there are only two sections for the lottery winners to get a mate on Earth. Either the soft, weak ones being trained on how to submit or the women who have refused to submit and are running wild with no discipline at all. The defiant, wild ones are known as ferals and Talon's fated mate is among that group. Bailey has learned through the last three years not to get attached to any of the other women running for their lives. It's hard to make a friend, get attached, and then watch them be captured and forcibly removed from Earth. When the disembodied face comes to her body of water to let her know her fated mate is coming for her Bailey decides she'd rather die than be captured by a mutant and taken to another world. This is a unique world with a completely new set of circumstances which makes this storyline fascinating. And to have the magic mirror working for good in order to pay penance makes it all the more surreal. A great read to say the least.
Dorothy
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 24, 2022
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This was pretty good. I am not going to lie this wasn’t as good as the first one but still enjoyable. Bailey was told that wolf-shifters abused their women and use them as breeders and throw them away when they have no use for them. Talon didn’t want to take a puny human for a mate, until the mirror showed him his fated mate. I love the ending when they kicked that evils wolf butt. Good read

The Women of Wayward Mates

While I was creating these images, I had the great pleasure of once again visiting each couple. I found things that I’d missed before. So, take a minute and revisit some old friends!

Reluctant Retiree

Brought to Heel

  • Name: Skylar Owens
  • Species: Wolf, Alpha female
  • Appearance: A rare woman—a tall redhead with an independent and fierce spirit. Her long hair was a mass of waves and half-formed curls. She had catlike green eyes, framed by long lashes set in a strong, but very feminine face.
  • Mate: Dylan Grainger, Alpha of Calon Gwyllt

Marked and Mated

  • Name: Darby Callan
  • Species: Wolf
  • Appearance: She was beautiful. Of medium height, she had beautiful pale blonde hair, blue eyes, and a decidedly feminine figure. Her breasts were a bit larger than average with enticing areolas and nipples. She had a lovely, rounded, firm bottom, a small waist, and long, lean legs.
  • Mate: Jean-Michel Gautier, Alpha of New Orleans

Mastering His Mate

  • Name: Rosalyn Kincanon
  • Species: Wolf, Turned Human
  • Appearance: Tall, dark haired.
  • Mate: Oliver Halsey, Alpha of Hamptons

Taking His Mate

  • Name: Madeline Stone
  • Species: Wolf, Turned Human
  • Appearance: The dark-haired woman was taller than Darby, but she had the same kind of lush figure. Her face was lovely with a smooth, pale ivory complexion and eyes the color of dark caramel. Her hourglass shape sat atop long, shapely legs. She had a casually elegant look with minimal makeup and her hair pulled back in a loose ponytail
  • Mate: Griffin Owen, Alpha of Bae Diogel

Claimed and Mated

  • Name: Catherine Livingston
  • Species: Wolf, Turned Human
  • Appearance: She was beautiful—tall, blonde-haired, with piercing blue eyes. She had beautiful large breasts and a well-defined waist that curved outward to form hips made for bearing his children. And her ass was a thing of perfection.
  • Mate: Marco DeMedici, Alpha of Tuscany

Claimed and Mastered

  • Name: Ava Rhys
  • Species: Wolf, Female Alpha
  • Appearance: The woman was stunningly beautiful—not overly tall, raven haired with a strong, athletic body with just the right amount of curves.
  • Mate: Declan Collins, Turned Human, Alpha of Wolf Storm

Hunted and Claimed

  • Name: (Colleen) Riley Gentry (Byrnes)
  • Species: Wolf, Female Alpha
  • Appearance: “That, my Galway Girl with the red hair and green eyes, is the true gift of the fated mate.”
  • Mate: Cameron Nicole, Alpha of Wolf Meadows

Captured and Claimed

  • Name: Shannon Livingston
  • Species: Wolf, Turned Human, Female Alpha
  • Appearance: Not described, probably similar to her sister, Catherine.
  • Mate: James Norris, Alpha of Ravenscar

Rules of the Pack

Alisha Knight is a down-to-earth woman who just so happens to have her sights set on the beta of a large werewolf pack. But despite the way her body reacts to his powerful presence, bitter experience has shown her that a wolf pack is no place for a human girl.

As his alpha’s trusted second-in-command, Phil McKenna takes his responsibilities seriously, even when that means taking disobedient females over his knee for an attitude adjustment. Though he is smitten with Alisha, the feisty little human friend of his alpha’s mate, humans and wolves don’t usually mix well and her presence could easily put both her and the pack in danger.

Yet try as he might, Phil can’t keep his hands off Alisha. His fearsome urge to mark her, claim her, and dominate her completely is only increased when her defiant attitude earns her a hard, bare-bottom spanking. But when the pack is attacked by a cunning, vicious enemy and Alisha’s life is put in grave peril, Phil must decide if he is ready to cast aside caution and take her as his mate.

Meredith O'Reilly
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Story!
Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2015
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Phil is the beta enforcer of a werewolf pack. He takes his job very seriously, handing out punishments when someone shows him or another ranking member disrespect or puts themselves or the pack in danger. Alisha is a human, but grew up knowing about werewolves her entire life. When she meets Phil, she knows that he's the man for her. The only problem is, Phil's not convinced that she would be a good mate for him because how do you have a human woman as a mate in a werewolf pack that is surrounded by danger?

This was a really great story. As I was reading, I thought I knew what was going to happen next and then a twist would happen, changing up the entire story.

I loved the tension between Phil and Alisha. They both clearly liked each other, but due to their pasts they both tried to fight their attraction for one another. Phil wanted to keep Alisha safe and Alisha also knew that being a human in a werewolf pack maybe wasn't the smartest idea. As the old saying going, 'the heart wants what it wants'. These two hearts wanted each other and when they finally got together, it was explosive.

Very well done Ms. Raine. I can't see what couple you write next for this series...maybe Cal and Portia...please. 🙂
	Laurel
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Pack Romance by Adaline Raine
Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2015
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Reading this second book of the gifted author, Adaline Raine, was a wonderful treat. It was like seeing old friends and catching up since Marked By The Alpha and more about the pack. It again had romance, suspense, danger, violence, erotic sex and spanking. I would love to see a third book, hint, hint.
Pizzalover
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Supernatural Story
Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2015
Phil is the enforcer in the pack, he makes sure that everyone follows the rules and is respectful to one another. If they aren’t, he’ll give them a firm spanking. When he meets Alisha, a human, he can’t help but be attracted to her. Alisha is also attracted to Phil, but after a few bad experiences, she tries to fight her growing feelings.

This was the first story that I’ve ever read of Ms. Raine’s. I have to say, I found it quite enjoyable. This story flowed very well, even though it was a sequel, I didn’t feel lost while reading it. The sex and spanking scenes were hot! Especially the build up to Alisha and Phil finally mating!

I really liked all of the characters. They all seemed cool. I wish that we could have gotten to known Portia better. She seems like she’s hiding something. Maybe that was something in the first book I missed. If not, then I hope that there is a third book to explain what Miss. Portia is hiding.

Overall, this was a great story and I look forward to going back and reading the first in the series.
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