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  • The Mating (The original Law of the Lycans story) on Dec. 31, 2010

    A very enjoyable read. Different from other series that have been written in this genre. In my opinion this book is better than what I've seen from established and published authors. The story moved along nicely and I had a hard time putting it down. I felt that the 2 main characters, Kane and Elise, had great chemistry and the passion between them felt real and not forced. It was nicely written. Looking forward to reading The Keeping and other books in the series. Thanks for the great freebie Nicky Charles!
  • The Keeping on Jan. 02, 2011

    Wow!! Terrific book and continuation of the series. I loved The Mating, but The Keeping was even better. So different from anything I've read in the paranormal genre, and I have read a lot, YA and adult reads. The main characters in the first book, Elise and Kane, and Ryne and Melody in the second, have great chemistry. The secondary characters are not just in the background, they are significant to the story line, as is re-visiting the beloved characters from The Mating. Such vivid and well thought out descriptions of everything, their surroundings and lifestyle, draws you into their world. I had a hard time putting this book down. I finished both books in 3 days and would have been done in 2, but work and daily chores were calling. Some many questions were answered, yet so much is unresolved, which means that this series has got a lot of life left in it. We know that The Finding is in the works (so looking forward to it), but our other weres need their stories told too! So, Nicky Charles you have got yourself some serious fans, and we NEED you to continue this story. Thank you for offering your books for free, in my opinion you put some of these well paid authors and publishers to shame. I would give you more than 5 stars if I could. Thank you to Smashwords for a great site. It is easy to use and navigate. Love the Prude filter, nice option, even though I don't use it. I have spread the word about your site and look forward to using it in the future.
  • The Finding on Feb. 25, 2011

    Very good story and nicely told. As always Nicky Charles’ words flow effortlessly, and she is exceptionally descriptive. I missed the dialogue and passion that were so prominent in the first two books, but the story took a different direction, more suspense than romance. I always love it when you get to revisit with the main characters from previous books, and they were all present throughout the story. Her other books had more of a steam factor, and this one was lacking in that respect. Being this is a story about werewolves I guess I’ve come to expect it considering their primal nature. I would love to see her continue the series, not only do I think Sam has story, but Daniel and Tessa too! It was an enjoyable read. Keep writing Nicky Charles...you have a lot of fans.
  • Unforgiven Pleasure on June 21, 2011

    Very good, I only wish it was longer. I could see Draken and Lara's story as the start of a series...
  • Chosen on Aug. 14, 2011

    5 THIRLLING STARS! RIVETING! If you like looking into the mind of a psychotic, manipulating, lying, tormenting, knife-wielding villain…than this is the book for you. I damn near snapped my Kindle in half, because I wanted to kill Jack myself! He is evil personified behind a charming personality, a pretty face and he’s gunnin’ for Kate. That in itself is a mystery and when it is revealed it will have you gasping for a breath. It did me. Nathan is brought into the mix by association, when he goes looking for answers about his past. This book is so well written, that the author draws you into the minds of these characters. You feel Jack’s rejection and hate, Kate’s pain and strength, and Nathan’s hurt and confusion. When I didn’t think it could get any worse, it did. The circumstances and pasts of these characters are exposed little by little, and makes for some nail-biting moments. I wanted to hurry the story along, because I needed someone to come and be Kate’s savior. When Nathan does appear, he’s not quite sure what’s real and what isn’t, because Jack is the master manipulator. So, will Nathan save Kate, or will Kate save Nathan? You’ll find the answers in this suspenseful read. This read is brutal and not for the weak. It is not a romantic suspense, but more of a thriller with a smidge of romance, and I LOVED it!
  • I'll Be Your Drill, Soldier! on Aug. 01, 2012

    4 Stars!I loved the storyline, the ideas and world the author created, adored the men, these wonderful brothers in arms, and took all the lessons learned to heart. So, why only 4 stars? At times the writing was basic at best. It didn’t flow as well as it could have, the writing seemed a bit choppy. The constant use of the phrases, “smaller/larger man”, “older/younger” man, “other man”, made the scenes where they were used to describe the characters, feel very impersonal. I’m not one for flowery prose or overly descriptive writing, but had the author embellished a little more, stayed with the point at hand, injected some more mature dialogue, polished it up…ding, ding, ding…it would have been a winner! However, the underlying plot was sweet, the characters so endearing. We can only hope that someday sexual orientation is not used to judge someone’s character. I found myself having a hard time believing that everyone could be so accepting in the book, but then I read this and understood what the author was writing and I applaud her for allowing us to imagine what it could be like. ”Note to readers: Although this reads like our Army and our war, this is purely fiction. This is set in a world where everyone is treated the same regardless of sexual orientation-- like it should be.” The book is filled with some laugh out loud moments, unexpected relationships, smokin’ hot sex, anxious times, the unfortunate realities of war, and the most upstanding wonderful group of soldiers. They accept and support each other no matter their sexual preferences, which was a breath of fresh air. The story spans over years and rounds out nicely, comes back full circle to square one! It made me smile.