Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review & Tour: Zoe's Mates by Izzy Szyn

Title: Zoe's Mates
Author: Izzy Szyn
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Erotica
Series: None
Publisher: Smexy Publishing
Format: ebook via Reviews by Crystal
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisPreviously released under the title Sexual Healing in the Coming In Hot Boxed Set. 

Zoe's Mates has been edited with some new material. 

Paramedic Zoe Whitaker is set to become engaged to Saratoga Falls Hospital's Chief of Staff Derek Barnes. But when his twin brother Liam returns with his lover Brent Taylor, Zoe begins to think she's with the wrong twin. 

Liam and Brent came back from Ravana for one reason only, to claim Zoe Whitaker. 

NOTE: Adult Content Ahead

“What are you doing to me?” she asked them. “Making you ours,” Brent brushed the hair from her face. “You’re our mate, we’ve waited too long to take what is ours.

What has always been ours.” Lifting her by the waist, Brent laid her across the padded bench in front of the couch. Kneeling between her thighs, Brent opened her lower lips, before sinking his tongue inside her. “BRENT,” she cried out. Damn, that felt good, she thought, opening her thighs wider, her hands going to Brent’s head, pressing him closer.

Suddenly Zoe was glad that Derek wasn’t willing to do this for her. It seemed right that Brent and Liam were the first ones to give her the experience she’d always craved. “I love this table, it gives us the right angle to do certain things,” Liam said.

Zoe’s head lowered, Liam’s cock near her lips. Mentally licking her lips in anticipation. She just hoped she did it right, “Liam, I’ve never,” she started to admit.

You’ve never sucked cock before?” asked Liam, “Derek is even dumber than I thought. I’ve been waiting for the day that I can see your sexy lips wrapped around my cock. Sliding in and out of your mouth, down your throat.

”“OH FUCK ,” she yelled. Her body stretched, never in a million years did she think it would ever feel this good.

New York Times Bestselling Author Izzy Szyn was born in May of 2014 when a friend dared her to write. Born and raised in Detroit, Mi. Izzy now lives in Oklahoma City with her furchild Misty, the friendliest Chihuahua/Terrier you will ever meet. Currently works in a call center, where she writes in between phone calls.

Izzy loves to keep in touch with her readers. Email her at


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With some cleaning up, it would be a better story.

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Zoe isn't sure she should marry her long-time boyfriend, Derek. He isn't exactly what she wants in a husband and if she's being honest, she's still in love with his twin brother. So when the twin in question comes back into town with his lover and their eyes set on Zoe, she thinks this might be the sign she's been looking for. But Liam and Brent have some secrets up their sleeve that Zoe would never have guessed. And Derek? Well, he won't give Zoe up that easily either...

There were things I liked about this novella and things I didn't. Keep in mind that I have not read the original version of the story which was included in the anthology. My problems were mostly with the way the book was written/edited versus the actual story being told. So while I am critical in some regards, I didn't regret reading the book once I was finished.

I'm always lenient on grammar mistakes and typos with self-published works. On the other hand, when there is an editor listed or the book has a publisher, I am not so forgiving about errors because most of them obviously should have been caught. And unfortunately, this novella was full of them. There are punctuation blunders, wrong words used several times, and missing quotes among other things. 

But the biggest problem was, by far, a name mix-up at the very beginning. It says that Brent and Liam shared a womb, when it is supposed to be Derek and Liam. I checked and this error is also in the Kindle Unlimited version too. Definitely not a good place to mix up the names since we don't want to give anyone the impression that our lovers are brothers. *wide eyes*

Putting aside the errors and typos, I did find one other problem with the book. The main character, Zoe, is a pretty likable woman who seems to have a good idea of what her future with Derek would be like. She isn't one of these gals with the wool pulled over her eyes, so I was a little surprised when she takes the entire paranormal confession a little too easily. I mean, it's a pretty big secret and she was barely fazed. Even in a novella-length book, I wish it had been more realistic in that regard.

The two men who Zoe finds herself falling for are pretty good characters too. I was glad to see that they each had their own voice, which doesn't always happen with multiple male characters. They were a little high-handed with Zoe at the beginning, but some relationships are like that so it didn't bother me all that much.

What really saved the story for me was probably the love scenes. There is a lot of naughty time here and since there are three characters, there is quite a bit of variety in the scenes too. Once they began, I enjoyed them enough to overlook some of the other parts I liked a little less. The scene with Cassidy was a surprise, but I didn't mind it.

In closing... 
I think if this had been a full-length novel with more time for character and relationship development, it would be a more enjoyable story. Either way, it definitely could benefit from another pass with a good editor. Three suns!

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