Something A Little Different: Fan Participation Novellas

September 25, 2016 Book Review 0 ★★★½

Something A Little Different: Fan Participation Novellas three-half-stars
by Carson Mackenzie, Harley McRide, Rayne O'Gara
Published by Self-published Genres: Contemporary Romance

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

By SpiceAuthors Carson Mackenzie, Harley McRide, and Rayne O’Gara got the idea to write fan participation novellas. Their fans threw things out there for them like titles, dates the characters had to go on, even pets. The topic chosen was MMA menage. Each book came out different, even with having to cover some of the same things. They had fun with it and enjoyed watching the fans participate.

One of them asked if I’d like to take a look at them. I’m always up for something interesting and different so I of course jumped at the offer. At first, I was worried I’d get bored since they had some of the same elements to them, but that was not the case. They were definitely unique with each author going a completely different direction in how they handled the MMA Menage topic.


Her Way or No Way by Carson Mackenzie

Cute and quick was the first two words of my final note. I don’t read a lot of MMA books and I’m not well versed in it, but enough information was given that I didn’t feel lost at all.

Max and Nico were hilarious together and complemented each other nicely as a pair. I’m not sure how Max survived growing up with his mouth, but he had me laughing. Nico came off as the tamer of the pair and somewhat kept his cousin out of trouble. Max and Nico’s willingness to go at her pace, no matter how hard it was had me smiling, or even laughing at times when they groused at each other about it. I loved that Teagan made them work for it, not instantly agreeing to go out with them.

Teagan was impressive in her own right. Her resolve to make it in a male oriented field was admirable. The fact that she could not only train the men, but also hold her own in the ring, pretty much started my girl crush. The care she had for her Dad cemented it.

Even though there were three of them, things went smoothly relationship wise. Once the relationship started, things kind of fast forwarded which is unfortunate. Some things felt unresolved like Teagan’s worries about how people would think of her being with two men. It was brought up, then there never was a resolution or even a serious conversation about it.

I struggled a bit with the time gaps. The whole Milton incident felt thrown in. I also felt like there wasn’t really closure with Christoph making the ending feel rushed. The rich supporting characters like Teagan’s Dad, and the boy’s family, and just the sweet romance made up for these things.

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Rating: 3.5 Stars

Saving Savanah by Rayne O’Gara

I think this one was my favorite of the bunch. How could I resist two rough tough MMA fighters who are mushy and gushy at their core? Add in an exhausted single mother doing her best to keep afloat financially while her child lays in a hospital bed battling a deadly disease and the world’s cutest yet toughest little girl and I was a goner.

Ioanna had more problems than most and had decided desperate measures were needed to make sure her daughter got the treatments she needed to survive. It didn’t turn out at all how she needed it to, but she did get saved by a Russian fighter and his somewhat older, wiser counterpart. Next thing she knew they were everywhere helping her out even when she didn’t ask for it.

As for Mikhael and Tameron, I really liked both of them. I know they fell for Ioanna first, but when they saw how she was with her little girl, Savanah, is when they smoothly fell in love with both of them. Mikhael was surprisingly romantic, especially when you looked at his outer appearance. Tameron was jaded and doubtful, not even believing someone like Ioanna could exist. I enjoyed “watching” him find out it did.

I loved the storyline, and I also appreciated that even though it was insta-love, they didn’t fall into bed immediately. Mostly, though, little Savanah stole my heart. She was freaking adorable, and I wanted to reach into the pages and hug her.

This does not mean the book was without problems. It had some errors but it flowed well. The ending was really rushed with all the issues just falling together which was a bit of a letdown. I also think a little more research could have gone a long way in improving the book. I was so engaged with the storyline, I let all that go. I’m now off to do a little research into this new to me author.

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Rating: 4 Stars

Fight For Them by Harley McRide

Fight For Them didn’t really work for me which surprised me since I usually enjoy Ms. McRide’s books, even if they can be a bit OTT.

Hadley was just way too clueless for me to deal with and even though West and Tate were sweet as all get out, they didn’t seem to be the sharpest tools in the shed. The romance aspect of the story was kind of sweet, once Hadley pulled her head out of her ass and finally figured out what was going on, and the dogs were adorable but that just wasn’t enough to save it for me.

There were some huge editing errors both in content and the spelling/grammar, way more than I could get past even if the book had knocked my socks off–which it didn’t. This doesn’t mean I’m giving up on reading Harley McRide’s books, though. She has delivered some guilty pleasure offerings with lots of grit that I enjoyed despite their editing issues. You can’t love them all 

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2 Stars


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