REVIEW: “DEVOUR” by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

TITLE: Devour
AUTHOR: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
SERIES: Unbreakable Bonds Series – book 4
PUBLISHER: CreateSpace
COVER ARTIST: Stephen Drake
GENRE: Contemporary
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 4.62 e-book on Amazon
LENGHT: 249 pages
RELEASE DATE: 28th April 2017

 

BLURB: Ian Pierce is the chef and part owner of the hottest restaurant in Cincinnati, his chosen family is full of happy relationships, and the scruffy, snarky cop who has been haunting his dreams is one step closer to being in his bed. But everything comes crashing down when the past he narrowly escaped nine years ago comes to a deadly head.

Hollis Banner was enamored of Ian at first sight. He’s kept his distance, knowing the gorgeous, self-confident man is out of his league. Yet there’s no standing aside when Boris Jagger escapes a raid. Jagger’s world has been nearly destroyed and this time, the crime boss is coming after Ian and his friends personally.

Hollis will do whatever it takes to keep Ian safe as they escape to a safe house with a couple of Ian’s overprotective friends. And Ian finds himself in a race to unlock painful memories—memories containing information that could take down the very last of Jagger’s illegal operations forever.

 

FedericaFirstly I want to say that this is a really wonderful Series and I have loved every book.  Each book was based on one of four friends – Lucas, Snow, Rowe and Ian.  This book is Ian’s story.
I’ll be honest and say that Ian has never been one of my favourites, he’s been too much in the shadows with his friends in the other books but my curiosity was roused and I was looking forward to finding out his story.
We already knew bits about him from the other books – how they all became friends and Ian’s tragic past (which had already shredded my heart to pieces) but despite everything that had happened, he was not only strong and positive but a wonderful character as well.
So as I have said, I was looking forward to finding out more about him and hopefully keeping my heart whole in the process as this time, I was prepared.
But I wasn’t……..
I don’t want to go down the spoiler route, because I feel that this is the type of book you need to go in blind and read the storyline unprepared, but I will say this……I lost count the number of times I almost had a heart attack, the twists and turns of the storyline continued until the very last page, I was on the edge of my seat.  Yes, it’s full of action but also it’s full of love as well, this book like all the others in the Series, is simply amazing.
The two authors are also amazing and very talented.  But I will say as well,  that they are also diabolical!!! they put us readers and their characters through so much, but I may forgive them in time because Ian and Hollis are just perfect together.
The thought that this is the last book in the Series is shattering, it’s going to be so hard to let go of these guys but we have Rowe and Noah’s and Ian and Hollis’s short stories to look forward to.


****I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book****

REVIEW: “WREN AND DEVEREL” by Elodie Parkes

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TITLE: Wren and Deverel
AUTHOR: Elodie Parkes
PUBLISHER: Encompass Ink
GENRE: Contemporary/ Suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 3.92 e-book on Amazon
LENGHT: 136  pages
RELEASE DATE: 10th December, 2016

 

BLURB: Lucian Wren and Beau Deverel have always been friends. They think they know everything about each other, but they both hide a secret desire. They’re devoted to each other, but they’ve never revealed the depth of their feelings.
When Lucian starts a private investigation service, and Beau joins him in the fledgling agency, little do they know what a delicious, close encounter on their first case will lead to.
This case is bizarre. Is there a hidden reason the client has chosen their newly formed agency for such an important job?
As Beau and Lucian dive headlong into the mystery, their relationship deepens, and their friendship changes forever.
Erotic, romantic—a friends to lovers, gay mystery, romance.

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I stepped on this friends to lovers love train and didn’t want to get off. Lucien and Beau got off – oh boy, did they (sorry, couldn’t resist getting that in) and I was there cheering them on all the way.  The author did a fantastic job with this one, for me it was her best book so far.

But it wasn’t just Lucien and Beau evolving love story that made it compulsive reading (that was the icing on the cake for me) but the intricate and clever storyline that Elodie Parkes delivered running parallel alongside our two MCs, it was first class. It was feasible, I could see the chain of events unfolding and it made compulsive reading and I LOVED that ending….

Can you love a baddie? Maybe baddie is a bit harsh, so let’s go with lovable rogue and he should have his own storyline – hint, hint author.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves, so let’s start from the beginning.

Lucien and Beau are the best of friends and have no secrets from each other, all except one and I don’t think I’m giving any spoilers away here by saying that you can guess what it is?

Lucien has set up his own PI Business and has asked Beau to join him. An office has been sourced, telephones installed, all they need now is Clients.  And like buses, they never turn up singularly but always in two’s.

One is very intriguing about a stolen Matisse painting – and though both new to the PI business, not green enough to realise right from the start that something is drastically wrong with this case and the second, a boring, run of the mill “Catch-them-at-it” case, the bread and butter of all PI’s work. But is it?

The author did herself proud. The scene when Lucien and Beau hiding in a cupboard, emotions running high, deciding how to get out without being caught and then finding themselves with something else to occupy their minds was not only sexy but I could see it happening that way.  Especially when the earth stopped moving for them, the art gallery was closed and they still had to get out.  So what would we all do in that situation?  Yep, we’d make a run for it and hope for the best!  and that’s exactly what our loved up love birds did, but after the escape and the adrenaline rush wearing off, comes that awkward moment when neither one of them knows how the other is feeling…..

Great reading from start to finish, ends were neatly tied up by the author, Lucien and Beau get their happy ending and the baddie/loveable rogue? I think he’s up to his old tricks again and I can’t wait to see my boys sorting that one out!

Five stars from me, I loved it.

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****I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book****

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Beau’s heart filled with hope as he gazed at his friend’s handsome face. “You know what I wish, Lucian? I wish this business became so successful for us that I could stop working for my dad.” He didn’t add how great it would be to spend more time with Lucian, to be alongside him as a partner.

Lucian gazed at Beau with eyes full of an emotion Beau daren’t identify. Lucian’s pupils widened and his eyes misted. Beau’s heart pounded. He flicked his gaze to Lucian’s mouth. Desperation to kiss Lucian flooded him. As usual when this happened to Beau, he pushed the desire away to the far reaches of his mind into a compartment labeled, ‘do not act upon.’ Beau looked into Lucian’s blue eyes as he fought to stop the impulse that rose through him.

He broke their locked gaze. “Hey, I do have time to grab a coffee, if there’s a café close. I bet you’ve not had lunch.”

Lucian moved away from Beau as he answered. “There’s a funny little diner at the end of the block. Are you sure you have the time?”

Beau closed the window. “I have time. I’m guessing no one will scale the walls, but all the same I’ll close this.” He let Lucian lead him down to the street door and watched him lock up. “Email me the website address later. I’m dying to see it. This is so exciting, huh, Lucian?”

He walked beside Lucian with his hands safely tucked into his leather jacket pockets so that he didn’t accidently catch hold of Lucian’s hand as they walked.

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REVIEW: “HANGING THE STARS” by Rhys Ford

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TITLE: Hanging the Stars
AUTHOR: Rhys Ford
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Reece Notley
GENRE: Mystery
SERIES: Half Moon Bay – book 2
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
PRICE: $ 6,99 e-book on Dreamspinner
LENGHT: 206 pages
RELEASE DATE: 5th December 2016

 

BLURB: Angel Daniels grew up hard, one step ahead of the law and always looking over his shoulder. A grifter’s son, he’d learned every con and trick in the book but ached for a normal life. Once out on his own, Angel returns to Half Moon Bay where he once found…and then lost…love.
Now, Angel’s life is a frantic mess of schedules and chaos. Between running his bakery and raising his troubled eleven-year-old half-brother, Roman, Angel has a hectic but happy life. Then West Harris returns to Half Moon Bay and threatens to break Angel all over again by taking away the only home he and Rome ever had.
 When they were young, Angel taught West how to love and laugh but when Angel moved on, West locked his heart up and threw away the key. Older and hardened, West returns to Half Moon and finds himself face-to-face with the man he’d lost. Now, West is torn between killing Angel or holding him tight.
 But rekindling their passionate relationship is jeopardized as someone wants one or both of them dead, and as the terrifying danger mounts, neither man knows if the menace will bring them together or forever tear them apart.

 

leviDo you know how Heaven tastes? No …? Neither do I, but if we ask West, he will tell us that Heaven tastes like Angel’s kiss, the sweet touch of his lips, his arms around him … but let’s not rush it.

 This is the second book of the series. Here we will meet West Harris, the twin brother of Lang, from the previous book. West is nothing like Lang, he is coldhearted and his motto is “money is never enough”. He doesn’t fall in love, no, he does not because his heart is already given away to a summer fling, with this boy called Angel, whom he can’t forget. He tries, oh how he tries, but the boy is hunting him. One attempt of murder, and let me tell you West has a lot lately, sends him back to Half Moon Bay…

Angel just can’t take a break from life. Nope, not happening. Angel settled down in Half Moon bay after he had escaped from his con father, leaving behind his past. Two years ago daddy dearest (you can hear the sarcasm right?) drops his brother, Roman, at his doorstep, and since then he has to manage this eleven years old , hyperactive kid who runs an underground candy shop out of his locker, because kids needs their sugar even if the school is going all healthy and stuff. Above all this, one Harris Investment tries to take away his bakery and the motel he manages and lives in with his brother, the only home they have ever known. The shootings and attempt kidnaping are not helping either.

One evening when he delivers a pizza to a posh house fate seems to make the steps for him. The owner of the mansion is nobody else than our dear West.  One look, all it takes, one look and they can’t have enough of each other, like the ten years since they last saw each other never existed …

 As much as I liked the story, I must say it’s very similar to the previous one, the plot and the characters too. There is contrast between conversation and description, but I think it’s just the author’s style. It keeps you on the edge a bit, no angst, but your mind switches between harsh, sometimes vulgar conversation and the romantic description of the MC’s feelings and environment.

“…Dusk kissed the sky, blushing the clouds in pinks and purples…”

 

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REVIEW: “ENEMIES OF THE STATE” by Tal Bauer

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TITLE: Enemies of the State
AUTHOR: Tal Bauer
SERIES: The Executive Office  – book 1
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
COVER ART: Aria Tan
GENRE: Contemporary
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 6.99 e-book on Amazon
LENGHT: 336 pages
RELEASE DATE: 14th February 2016

 

BLURB: A rogue Black Ops unit with the president in their crosshairs.

A Secret Service agent who will break every rule.

A president falling for the one person he shouldn’t—a man.

Newly elected President Jack Spiers’s presidency is rocked from the very beginning, and he’s working furiously to keep the world from falling apart. Between terrorism attacks ripping apart Europe, Russia’s constant posturing and aggression, and the quagmire of the Middle East, Jack is struggling to keep his campaign promise—to work toward a better, safer world.

For Special Agent Ethan Reichenbach, Jack is just another president, the third in twelve years. With Jack’s election, he’s been promoted, and now he’s running the presidential detail, which puts him side by side with Jack daily. He’s expecting another stuffed suit and an arrogant DC politician, but Jack shocks him with his humor and humanity.

There are rules against a Secret Service agent and one of their protectees developing a friendship—big rules. Besides, Jack is straight as a ruler, and a widower, and Ethan has always avoided falling for straight men. Ethan keeps his distance, but Jack draws him in, like gas to a naked flame, and it’s a lure he isn’t strong enough to turn away from.

As the two men collide, rules are shattered and the world teeters on the verge of war, and a rogue Black Ops unit bent on destruction sets Jack in their deadly crosshairs. Ethan must put everything on the line in order to save the man he’s come to love, Jack’s presidency, and the world.

Enemies of the State contains adult content suitable for mature readers only.

 

Federica Politics and me do not mix. My knowledge of American politics is limited to say the least, but I rather like the fictional political movies about American President’s and as soon as I saw the blurb to this book, my curiosity was roused, I knew I had to read it.
And it was the right decision, it was everything I expected but also, so much more.

This is not just a political drama, it’s also the most wonderful of romances (which everyone knows is my favourite) in fact it had everything – suspense, tension, international intrigues and twists and turns at every corner.
This is my first Tal Bauer book and I loved it, a wonderful surprise. I was held spellbound from the very first page to the very last.
I’ll let you into my guilty secret, when the romance is twinned with a secondary plot, I have been known to skip some pages to get to the romance, but not with this one.  The plot was as riveting as was the romance, I adored the tension and suspense side of things, especially as nothing was guaranteed….
But the romance was guaranteed and this GFY storyline was perfect.
Jack Spears is the new President of the United States. He has been a widower for many years and very straight.
Ethan Reichnbach is the Chief of his Security Team. He’s gay but doesn’t have relationships. His whole life has been dedicated to his work and has certain “rules”, the main one being “never get involved with the person you have to protect”.
Up until now, it has never been a problem. But he knows that Jack Spears could be a big problem.  Not only is he a good man but he’s also very lonely.  Ethan cannot keep away, he can’t distance himself, breaking his own rules.
The suspense storyline was very fast paced unlike the romance, it was a slow burn, they took their time and that made the book for me – the icing on the cake.
Ethan struggles because he is full of doubts, he’s tried to deny his feelings but then finally realises that it’s just impossible. Jack however, though shocked after their first kiss, is  very willing to discuss every possibilities on offer.
It truly is a wonderful book.

Highly, highly recommended.

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REVIEW: “BAIT” by Elizabeth Noble

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TITLE: Bait
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Noble
SERIES: Circles – book 5
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER DESIGN: TL Bland
GENRE: Mystery/ suspense
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 3,99 e-book on Dreamspinner Press
LENGHT: 94 pages
RELEASE DATE: 23rd November 2016

 

BLURB: Tyler McCall has made mistakes. He was a teacher—before he fell for a student in his school. That misstep cost him his job and everything he’d worked for. He moved to the Black Hills of Wyoming to start his life over, and he’s happy working at the Big Rock Inn near Devils Tower.

Linden Bourne, a no-nonsense FBI agent Tyler had met before, returns to Wyoming hot on the trail of a killer. The previously unexplored attraction between them grows—which is good considering they’ll be spending a lot of time together when a blizzard strands them at the inn. Cut off from the outside world, with no power, they’ll need to rely on their wits and each other to survive.

Especially when it becomes clear they’re not alone—and the danger they face comes from more than the elements.

 

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Though Bait is the fifth book in the Circle series by Elizabeth Noble, it can be read very successfully as a stand alone – which is great because I haven’t read the previous books.   The storyline of Bait is very cleverly constructed, so much so, you can easily pick up the thread even with the occasional reference to previous storylines.

Tyler McCall is still trying to get his life back together after something happened 10 years previously. Even after all this time, he still hasn’t fully recovered and is struggling.

Linden Bourne, is trying to solve a murder mystery, bringing him all the way to Wyoming.

When Linden meets up with Tyler, a snow storm is heading their way, threatening to cut them off from the rest of the world.

What follows is a breathtaking thriller, it will make you, the reader, freeze as well – in fright!

Elizabeth draws you straight in to the cold with an open window that was supposed to be open….isn’t it?

Once Tyler and Linden discover that the power cut is caused by a sabotaged generator, then this thriller really starts to heat up (no pun intended). Elizabeth Noble used the setting of a closed down hotel and a blizzard to maximum benefit.

How she melded the budding romance between Tyler and Linden together and entwining the story of a killer on the loose, is truly spectacular to say the very least, also the POV’s between Tyler and Linden was nicely done as well.

For me personally, I found it a tad disappointing that the love scenes between Tyler and Linden were kept to the minimum. I fully realise that this was purposely meant by the author to keep the focus on the thriller aspect of the book, but……..

 

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****The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press.  My review is an honest opinion of the book****

 

 

 

GARETH’S CORNER: “DEATH AND DESTRUCTION SERIES” by Patricia Logan

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TITLE: Death and Destruction
AUTHOR: Patricia Logan
SERIES: Death and Destruction – book 1
COVER DESIGN: AJ Corza
PUBLISHER: Westburg publishing
GENRE: Mystery / Suspense
E-BOOK: yes
PRICE: $ 4.99 on Amazon
LENGHT: 460 pages
RELEASE DATE: 26th May 2016

BLURB: Forced to go into witness protection, ATF Special Agent Thayne Wolfe, is less than thrilled. The State’s Attorney needs him to testify against one of the most ruthless and notorious arms dealers in the world. Expecting boredom and lots of daytime television, he instead ends up with a ridiculous new job, a stupid new name, and the world’s most annoying shadow. Jarrett Evans, is nevertheless tasked with keeping Wolfe alive long enough to put Mills Lang and his crew away for the rest of their miserable lives.

Jarrett Evans, former Marine, has always been a free spirit, doing the dirty work for Uncle Sam whenever and wherever he’s needed. One of the best snipers in the world, Evans is at peace with the man he’s become. That doesn’t mean he’s ever liked the cold-blooded killer who stares back at him from the mirror every day. The moment he meets pretty boy Thayne Wolfe, things start a slow change and redemption begins to sound possible.

Mills Lang, the world’s most ruthless arms dealer, is little more than a serial killer in his own right. Rotting away in prison with nothing but time on his hands, Lang is determined to destroy the man he allowed into his inner circle. Thayne Wolfe will die in the most painful way… along with anyone he loves.

*Please Note* Title includes an exciting excerpt from “Flash and Bang”

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TITLE: Flash and Bang
AUTHOR: Patricia Logan
SERIES: Death and Destruction – book 2
COVER DESIGN: AJ Corza
PUBLISHER: Westburg publishing
GENRE: Mystery / Suspense
E-BOOK: yes
PRICE: $ 4.99 on Amazon
LENGHT: 347 pages
RELEASE DATE: 31st August 2016

BLURB: If running from a hit man wasn’t scary enough, ATF agent Thayne Wolfe, has a new challenge in his life and this one may be even more dangerous than the last. He has to figure out how to work with his reckless new partner, a handsome former Marine who seems to have a death wish
Jarrett Evans never stays in one place very long and being chained to a desk doing paperwork is not his idea of entertainment. His lover and new partner at the ATF seems to find ways to throw a monkey wrench into all his fun, especially when Thayne wants to curtail his need to jump off ten story buildings.

When their boss sends them to San Diego to investigate a fireworks accident, he figures Jarrett can’t hurt anyone playing with sparkers, not even himself. The fact is, danger, intrigue and Jarrett’s dubious past seem to follow the men wherever they go.
From a Marine base at the Mexican border to an explosion in LA’s Chinatown, they aren’t prepared for a seriously pissed off militia, a smoking hot ex-lover, and more guys who want them dead.
The sparks will fly in and out of the bedroom in Flash and Bang.

(Flash and Bang contains an exciting excerpt from book 3, Slip and Slide)

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TITLE: Slip and Slide
AUTHOR: Patricia Logan
SERIES: Death and Destruction – book 3
COVER DESIGN: AJ Corza
PUBLISHER: Westburg publishing
GENRE: Mystery / Suspense
E-BOOK: yes
PRICE: $ 4.99 on Amazon
LENGHT: 352 pages
RELEASE DATE: 19th October 2016

BLURB: ATF special agents, Thayne Wolfe, and his partner, Jarrett Evans, have gotten into sticky situations in the past but nothing prepares them for the daunting task of being loaned out to a coal mine in West Virginia where Jarrett’s grown up. Investigating a deadly mining explosion may be the end of them yet.
In one of the most beautiful places on earth, Jarrett is familiar with the territory, growing up working in a nearby mine for a couple years before joining the Marine Corps just after high school. When he and his partner encounter a dubious mine CEO, two ATF agents who they’re tasked to investigate, and a good ‘ol boy who has a pickaxe to grind, all they can hope, is to solve this case before ending up dead and buried in that mine.
From the beaches of California, to the coal-rich mountains of Appalachia, Jarrett’s dubious past seems to rear its ugly head wherever they go. Join our heroes as they are forced to face danger, fear, and maybe the most frightening thing they’ve ever faced together… family.
Slip and Slide contains an exciting excerpt from Locked and Loaded (Death and Destruction Book 4)

 

14483774_10202179950336519_1469719546_nWelcome to this month’s Gareth’s Corner! It is my pleasure to feature a series review of Death and Destruction by Patricia Logan. Although this series is a departure from some of Patricia’s previous works, I found it one of the most riveting of all. I could sum up the entire series in one sentence: Death and Destruction is a testosterone-soaked rollercoaster ride from start to finish! However, it would be unfair not to point out that the series is yet another example of Patricia’s depth of imagination and range of subject matter.

Patricia Logan weaves humor throughout this tale of suspense and drama. Her characters are both believable and endearing. The story unfolds at an acceptable pace. Continuity is flawless. Although DEATH AND DESTRUCTION is not a dance among the daisies, there is definitely something for the romantics among us. However Thayne and Jarrett are two he-men on overload. So don’t expect roses or expensive chocolates …

The first book, entitled DEATH AND DESTRUCTION introduces us to Thayne Wolfe a government agent fresh from a two year under cover assignment. As the star witness in a federal prosecution case, Thayne’s life remains in jeopardy. He is assigned a bodyguard who is tasked with keeping him alive to testify. Enter Jarrett Evans, ex-marine and former mercenary with a very checkered past. These two alpha males seemingly have little in common … other than their sexuality. Death and Destruction is packed with sexual tension even after they succumb to the mutual sexual attraction for each other. After all, Wolfe is “just another assignment” for the muscle-bound Evans … or so he attempts to convince himself.

The two soon find themselves running for their lives from a tenacious hitman. The question is, “Who is the real target of the assassin’s bullet?”

FLASH AND BANG is Patricia’s second installment of this series. Thayne and Jarrett are settling into their new roles as partners with ATF. This book takes us into the complex world of fireworks following an incident that killed and injured several spectators. Jarrett finds himself confronting memories he assumed were long forgotten. Will Thayne and Jarrett’s love survive his personal struggle?

SLIP AND SLIDE centers around the coal mining industry in Jarret’s home state of West Virginia whose majestic mountains provide a backdrop for this third installment. Thayne and Jarrett are assigned to investigate allegations of potential bribery amongst mine officials. Although Georgia is my home, West Virginia is the state where I now reside. Having researched the mining industry from the ground to the bowels of the earth, I can confirm that Patricia was right on-target. Even down to the spotty safety measures used by coal conglomerates – Patti was spot on.

This is my favorite installment of the series (thus far). My favorite for the sole reason that despite the intrigue and near demise of one of the main characters, SLIP AND SLIDE was truly the first time we examined the dynamic of Thayne and Jarrett. We witness Jarrett interact with his estranged family. We see the mask of invulnerability slip from his proud brow. We feel the raw emotions of love and fear encompass the two while they fight for their very survival. Then we all heave a sigh of relief as they admit just how much they mean to each other.

My gratitude and congratulation to Patricia Logan for ensnaring me in this series. Remember the “testosterone-soaked roller coaster ride” I mentioned? Well, I’m thrilled that the ride isn’t over yet!

It is my pleasure to introduce Patricia Logan!

 

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Gareth:        Welcome, Patti! It is a pleasure to have you join us.

Patricia:       Well, thank you for inviting me. And thank you for such a wonderful review!

Gareth:        You earned it, Madam Author.

Patricia:        LOL!

Gareth:        What was your inspiration to write the Death and Destruction series?

Patricia:        I created the character of Jarrett Evans in my third Marine Bodyguards book when my main character (also a bodyguard) was fired. He needed a replacement so he called an old buddy from his Marine Corps unit, Jarrett Evans, to fill the position. As it turned out in that book, THE BRAT, Jarrett was a very complex guy with a very dubious background. You know the type. He was a Marine, mercenary for hire, and all around unsavory character. When I finished the book, I knew his story wasn’t over but rather than writing a fourth Marine Bodyguard book, I decided I liked his character so much that I would give him a series of his own.

Gareth:         Your main characters seem to exude this unbridled masculinity. At least it seems that way to me. And I don’t have a muscle-bound alpha-male fixation.

Patricia:        I like to write about macho guys. It’s not that I’ve never written twinks or drag queens, but there’s something special about the way two big guys with hard muscles can come together in bed and just manhandle the hell out of each other. I decided to give Jarrett a macho hero so Thayne Wolfe, a special agent with the ATF, became his lover. I chose to make Thayne the aggressor in bed because I love law enforcement types and have written several cops. Take Tyler Winston, a detective in my fictional town of Westburg, Texas, outside of Austin for instance. Cassidy Ryan is an LAPD detective who also appears in many of my books.

Gareth:        Interesting …

Patricia:        That’s what I like. I write guys who are living breathing fantasies taken from the pages of all those romance novels I read growing up. But, these guys are better because all they can see is each other. I love that dynamic. They inspire me.

Gareth:         The fourth installment of this series is titled LOCKED AND LOADED. It is scheduled for release in January of next year?

Patricia:        You got it!

Gareth:         I think Lorraine Lesar will be reviewing that one.

Patricia:        I adore Lorraine! She always treats me fairly in her reviews. What more can an author want?

Gareth:         Your main characters Thayne and Jarrett mirror society’s crumbling reliance on negative stereotypes of the GLBT community. However the premise of the series hinges upon two men forced together by unique yet potentially lethal circumstances. The complexity of your storylines makes me wonder just how vital research is to writing a book.

Patricia:        It is incredibly important!

Gareth:         Share with us, Patricia.

Patricia:        If I open a book and begin to read about a place I know like Los Angeles, and the author gets it wrong, it pisses me off. My friend AJ Llewellyn and I have discussed this. She’s interviewed cops in Honolulu and US Marshals as well. They think it’s hilarious that Steve McGarrett can drive across the island of Oahu in fifteen minutes on Hawaii 5-0. Okay, that’s TV but you get the drift. If you cannot be accurate – don’t write it. Know something about what you’re researching. I spend allot of time researching locations, occupations, and in my case, weapons, since I write a lot of military and cop heroes.

I learned how important research was when I was writing my fifth novel, A VERY GOOD YEAR. It’s about a sommelier and the wine industry in Central Texas. Who knew Austin is second only to Napa Valley in California in the production of fine wines in the US? I had to do a hell of a lot of research for that book.

Gareth:         Are you serious? I would have never guessed central Texas! I would’ve thought Virginia or someplace. Not Texas.

Patricia:        Quite a surprise isn’t it?

Gareth:         You could say that. What is the most emotionally taxing bit of research you had to do?

Patricia:        Some things are easier to research than others. In my book THE THIEF, I wrote about artwork looted by the Nazis during WWII. That research was hard but rewarding. I had to learn about individual painters and in some cases, their individual works. It was fun but lengthy. I think I spent two weeks going over everything I could find on the Holocaust. Talk about exhaustive and painful.

Gareth:         I’m sure it was.

Patricia:        On the other hand some things you write about come from your own life. In the Death and Destruction series, one of Jarrett’s friends, Ambaris, is an Assyrian. My husband is Persian and I speak Farsi so the Farsi in the book is accurate. We have several Assyrian friends that have settled in Turlock, California so writing that part of the book was taken from real life.

However, in FLASH AND BANG I had to contact a fireworks expert. He was such a help that I put an acknowledgement in the front of the book to Mike. He was instrumental in helping me to keep the fireworks descriptions accurate. In SLIP AND SLIDE (the book about the coal mining industry), I did weeks of research on coal mining, the process, the machines used, etc. I spent an entire day reading about coal mining disasters. Can you say depressing? Damn. The disaster in the story is incredibly accurate because it actually happened. Many of the details were changed but the explosion of the seals caused by methane and the torch the miners were using to cut roof straps all happened in real life.

Gareth:         This happened before I moved to West Virginia. However, I have read about it. It is sad and rather accurate.

Patricia:        I do my best to be accurate. I think it’s an author’s duty to his or her readers to do so. I expect no less from the authors I read.

Gareth:         I remember when I wrote a critique of a speech given by one of the State Senators back in Georgia. The critique centered around a decision he made not to support a specific bill. On that basis, I assumed he had a certain stand on the issue. Unfortunately, my critique cited his history of voting a certain way on the issue in question. Well – it turns out that my failure to research led to an incorrect assertion. It may sound trivial but we ‘got letters’ as they say. Nearly cost me my job. Although I retracted and ate my share of crow, severe damage was done to my credibility. Took me a long time to weather that situation. Since we’re all friends here, give us an example of how lack of good research blew up in your face? I have total respect for your writing – or else you wouldn’t be sitting here now. One of the things I value about you is your commitment to thorough research – but tell us a mistake you made … what are you willing to admit in public?

Patricia:        I’d die of embarrassment if that happened to me, Gareth. I’m glad you weathered it. Fortunately, I’ve had really good editors who have caught things before they ever went to print. Several years ago, I wrote a book with Sue Brown and Lisa Worrall, both Brits. My book was set during the US Civil War and it mentioned that the King of England at the time was King Edward, I believe. I thought that I had thoroughly researched the king and when Sue read my story, she told me that it was actually during Queen Victoria’s rein. I argued with her until she told me that she was pretty sure the old battle axe was still on the throne at the time. LOL! I love Sue. When I opted to leave my version in the book, I got called out in reviews. OOPS. Yeah, when writing about a British Monarch, listen to the Brits, not Wikipedia.

Gareth:         Or you can ask a die-hard Anglophile like me. Lorraine is an Essex girl. However, I think I could outdo her on British history. Back to the book you were writing. Which King Edward were you speaking of?  The first King Edward was Edward the Confessor of the House of Wessex. He was deposed by William the Conqueror in 1066. Of course King Edwards I,II and III were of the House of Plantagenet. The years were 1272-1377 I think. Edward I … Edward Longshanks whose skeleton was found in a car park in Leicester a couple years ago. Then there was Edward IV of the House of York. The king who reigned twice? War of the Roses? Then his son Edward V. Reigned for two months. Scholars think he was murdered probably by his uncle Richard III in 1483.

Patricia:        Nobody likes a smartass, Gareth. LOL …..

Gareth:         True. But British history is a passion.

Patricia:        I can tell. Georgia. West Virginia and British history. In that order?

Gareth:         LOL … I know you always write a blurb about your next book and the conclusion of each previous book. However, I don’t read them. I like to be surprised. With that said, would you care to give us a bit of a teaser about book four?

Patricia:        In LOCKED AND LOADED Mills Lang, the arms dealer from Death and Destruction, is back with more weapons to sell and in this book, he has a chemical weapon which is literally up for sale to the highest bidder. Jarrett goes in undercover with Mossad agent Adael Dayan, a former lover of Jarrett’s whom you all met in Flash and Bang. Of course with Adael working with Jarrett once again, Thayne gets relegated to sit this case out and watch from the sidelines. He was undercover with Mills Lang’s crew early in Death and Destruction, so if he’s sent in, he’ll be recognized. Of course, the fact that he has to tolerate Adael being brought back into Jarrett’s life because he has an in with Lang, is really tough on Thayne and it will test their love and their relationship. This one is fun for a lot of reasons but darker than the other books as well. I have a special prologue for book 5 planned to put in the back of Locked and Loaded and it will lighten the mood, though.

Gareth:        How long have you been writing m/m fiction?

Patricia:        I wrote Leather Nights, my first m/m book, in 2008. It took forever to find a publisher for it. It was filled with stereotypical characters, over the top insta-love, and mushy talk in bed. I was a crap writer then but I have since rewritten and cleaned up a lot of that in the book; still, my writing is about as far from that stuff now as it can be. I am different, my readers are different, and I’ve grown as an author.

Gareth:         Tell us about your journey to the m/m genre.

Patricia:        I lost my career (real estate mortgage) in 2008 when the market crashed. At 47, I tried to find some type of job and went on interview after interview but when you’re overqualified for even the most menial job, no one will hire you. I sat home and sulked and began to read through my huge library of romance novels, buying more and more. I made a transition in my reading from MF romance to MFM to MMF and finally MM. Once I got there, that was it for me. I stopped and sat down to write my own book because believe it or not, there wasn’t much good… really good… MM stuff on the market back then and only a handful of MM authors. I never looked back and rarely read anything else these days… when I have the time to read that is.

Gareth:         You have precious little time by the look of things! Writer, grandmother, cookie-baker? You have almost as many hats as you do inspirations of creativity. Do you find it taxing to juggle a full workday with your family and personal obligations?

Patricia:        Not anymore. I used to. My kids are all grown now, with the exception of Sasha who’s in high school. She’s my baby. My grandkids have moved out with their mom so now, it’s quieter here. I still cook and clean and keep house but it’s easier to remain a full time writer than it used to be.

Gareth:         Last month Rain Carrington was quite emphatic that you have been her mentor from the get-go. Do you find it rewarding to help guide new authors along their own creative journey? If so, I would love to introduce you to someone who could benefit from your experience and your marketing savvy.

Patricia:        I adore that girl. I find it incredibly rewarding to help and guide new authors if asked. Rain was humble and took criticism very well and that impressed me. If you can’t take criticism, you won’t go far in this business. Trust me when I say that you will get some pretty vile reviews, especially in your earlier works. She was driven and that is incredibly important. I am too. I feel that I am a born leader and have owned two companies, which were successful. Before that, I was a manager in every job I ever worked. I demand excellence of people and I am an honest critic. I like to help people who are new. It’s really my wheelhouse.

My mentor was GA Hauser. My relationship with Amanda began the same way my relationship with Rain began. I was a huge fan, had read everything she’d ever written, and contacted her. We began a friendship that has lasted many years and I am so grateful to her for everything.

Gareth:        Any words of advice or encouragement for aspiring writers and authors?

Patricia:        Keep writing. Never stop. Write day and night if you can. Keep publishing new books. It’s the best way for you to get noticed and stay noticed. There are some one hit wonders out there but if you want this as a career, keep churning out new books.

For all that is holy, write what you know about or what you’ve researched thoroughly. If I read a gay sex scene from someone who has no idea of the mechanics, I will never pick up another one of that author’s books so please know what the hell you’re talking about.

Gareth:         I think I am better than that than I am at British history. Actually, that brings up an interesting point. As a gay man I can write a romantic scene with one hand and my brain tied behind my back. But I almost freeze up when it comes to writing a sex scene.

Patricia:        You are not the first person to tell me that very same thing. I guess a romantic scene is almost poetic. And a sex scene is much more limited.

Gareth:         Whew! Thought that I was an odd duck for a moment. Anymore advice?

Patricia:        Don’t be thin skinned. You will get criticism. Some of my early manuscripts came back from the editor with so many changes and red highlights, it looked like my editor bled all over it. I was a horrible writer but the stories were good. I just had to learn how to write. That comes over time and I can tell you, after writing and publishing nearly 50 books now, I am 1000 times better now than I was back then.

For the love of god, don’t get on FB and be a drunken idiot. LOL. I’ve seen it happen. I know that sounds basic but you as an author are your brand and when you are a jerk, you will lose your career before you start. Always always always treat your readers like gold. If they get on FB or email and tell you that you are Satan himself, thank them for their view and walk away. Don’t fight with readers and don’t respond to bad reviews. Always be kind and considerate of your readers. They pay your mortgage and put food in your family’s mouth… even if they criticize. Not everyone is going to love and adore your great words. They’re just not.

If you’re self-publishing, build a team. I have a great cover artist, editor, and formatter, and beta reader. Over the years we have created such a fantastic work flow that I couldn’t be more pleased. I’m so lucky to have these folks in my life.

Gareth:        Have you always been an Indie author?

Patricia:        No. I began my career with Torquere Publishing when they published my first book and then had two other defunct publishers. Once I had written 10 or 12 books, my dear friend and mentor, GA Hauser, encouraged me to self-publish. I took her advice and have been happily self-publishing for over four years now.

Gareth:        Are there any sub-genres where you feel less comfortable writing?

Patricia:        Not really, though I am slightly tired of writing BDSM because of the sheer magnitude of sex scenes that genre requires. I love to focus on plot and mystery and I don’t have that with BDSM with the exception of Silver Ties and Silver Linings which are murder mysteries. Writing sex is secondary to my newer books whereas, my earlier books are loaded with it. I try to limit sex to 3-4 scenes in a long novel at most. It’s formulaic but it works for me.

Gareth:         What most energizes Patricia Logan?

Patricia:        My writing. I get up every day and get my writing done early in the day. Next, my family. I love them all and getting to spend time with them is very important to me.

Gareth:         It has been almost a week since the election. The global community remains full of raw emotion and dread for the future. Without getting all political, what are your thoughts about things?

Patricia:        I’m really glad it’s over. It was a long and nasty election and regardless of who my readers supported, I’m pretty certain their feelings echo mine. It was as negative as any election I’ve ever seen and I’ve been voting in presidential elections since I first could in 1980. I hope the next one will be more civil. I know that I will continue to support the causes I believe in and as a MM author and mother to a gay man, I will support the cause of marriage equality as I always have. I thought we’d passed that hurdle but if something happens to put equality of any kind in jeopardy, the powers that be will hear my voice.

What do you want to see happen over the next four years, Gareth?

Gareth:         I want to see America heal. I feel this entire election cycle has been the most divisive event in our society in a long, long time. Gerald Ford took allot of flack for pardoning Richard Nixon after the Watergate Scandal of the early 70s. He said he did that so the country could begin to heal. Although it can be argued that it cost him the election in 1976, he put the welfare of our nation ahead of his political career. Perhaps, Donald Trump is echoing a similar sentiment. Are you familiar with his recent press conference?

Patricia:        No, I’m not. Please continue.

Gareth:         He said that after considerable soul-searching he has decided not to pursue any further investigation into Hillary Clinton. He said he doesn’t wish to hurt them further. He acknowledges that this was a very ugly time in American politics. However, now is the time for healing. Patti, he was definitely not my choice for President. However, one of the marvelous things about our government is our system of choosing a president. Some make the argument that the Electoral College is an antiquated system and that the popular vote should be the only vote that matters. After all, every other election from prom queen to state governor relies solely on the popular vote. But the fact remains that the law gives precedence to the Electoral College. That may change. However, that is not the way it is now. For better or worse Donald Trump is our President-Elect. I am a realist. As such I must believe that things will work out. It’s either that or live with a feeling of doom eating away at my soul. However, I feel that every person with a voice is duty-bound to hold our government accountable for a stronger commitment to Civil Rights, to acknowledge our role and responsibility to the global community and to endeavor to create a society united in our diversity. I guess for a realist I wear some rose-colored glasses.

Patricia:        I I wish we all had a pair of your glasses, Gareth. I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed my time in Gareth’s Corner.

Gareth:         The pleasure was all mine, Patti. I just hope you will consider visiting again.

Patricia:        I thought that you wanted to have Rain and me as guests one month. Sort of like ‘dueling authors’?

Gareth:         Oh, indeed I do. However it was a surprise.

Patricia:        Oh. Sorry …

Gareth:         Who cares? I can’t wait till you come again!

Patricia:        You just tell us when and we’ll be here ….

Gareth:         You’ve got yourself a deal, Ms. Logan!

Patricia:        Oh, my, it’s getting late! Will Scott make dinner for you?

Gareth:         Sugar, ever since I taught my husband how to operate a skillet – there’s been no slowing him down!

Patricia:        So, we’ll talk soon?

Gareth:         You betcha darlin’! On behalf of our guest Patricia Logan – I will see you next time on Gareth’s Corner!

 

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REVIEW: “FIRE FLOW” by Max Walker

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TITLE: Fire Flow
AUTHOR: Max Walker
PUBLISHER: Walker Press
GENRE: Romance
SERIES: The Guardian Series book 4
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 2.99 e-book on Amazon
LENGHT: 198 pages
RELEASE DATE: 18th October 2016

 

BLURB: Sexy firefighter, Colton Drake, has everything going for him. From a prize-winning smile to a washboard set of abs, all mixed together with a playful sense of humor. He wasn’t the type to have one-night stands, but he knew he wouldn’t have trouble finding them. So why was he having such a terrible time finding someone to spend his life with?

Well, until he meets the man that changes everything.

Mason Bleu, a fire investigator, is moving back to Los Angeles after getting a job offer he couldn’t refuse. Even though the city held some terribly painful memories, Mason thinks everything will be fine. It felt like a second shot.

Then, his entire world is rocked the moment his eyes land on Colton’s. Their connection is immediate and that terrifies Mason. To top things off, he’s thrown into a case involving a serial arsonist terrorizing the community.

Colton and Mason are on a path that could end either in paradise or in a nightmare. Things only heat up further when the arsonist sets their sights on one of them.

Can they make it through the fire or will they be turned to ashes?

 

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Well, well, well, Max Walker certainly created a chain of exciting and riveting events in his latest offering of The Guardian Series, accumulating in a backdraft of an explosion when Colton met Mason and they finally got together – their fire consumed and engulfed them both.

Though this is Colton’s story, son of Sean and Connor from book 2, don’t worry if that cover has caught your eye (I think it’s going to catch every fireman’s fan out there), it can be read very successfully as a stand alone.

We first meet Colton Drake as he is battling against a raging inferno, trying to save a young boy’s life and I have to say that it was one of the most riveting introductions that I have read in a long time < excellent writing author>.

Mason Bleu is a cocky new Fire Investigator, bought in to help capture a serial arsonist who is wrecking havoc and deaths in the City. He has a certain arrogance about him and a problem remembering people’s names (that may be contributed to the number of one-night stands he has tucked under his belt) but he immediately remembers Colton’s name on introduction.  He comes across as so cocksure, but is he?  Hmm…..

Colton is looking for permanency (he wants what his two dads have between them), Mason isn’t – loving someone brings back too many hurtful memories.

As Max Walker developed his storyline, we also discover the real Colton and the real Mason. How their pasts dictates who, why and what they are now.  But the arsonist is still on the loose, still starting fires and still killing people in the process, is it someone from Mason’s past?  And if so, why?

I really enjoyed it, from the intensity of the serial arsonist to the relaxed but subtle sexual overtones between Colton and Mason.

If firefighters ring your bell, then you’ve found the perfect book for you, a good solid read.

So why 4.5*? As I said, the chemistry between Colton and Mason was scorchingly hot but for me, not enough love scenes between them, which is unusual for this writer but when you write that kind of explosive insta-love, as a romance reader, I just wanted more.

 

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****I would like to thank the author for the opportunity and privilege of reviewing this ARC. My opinions of this book, were entirely my own.****

REVIEW: “TORCH” by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

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TITLE: Torch
AUTHOR: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
SERIES: Unbreakable Bonds Series – book 3
PUBLISHER: CreateSpace
COVER ARTIST: Stephen Drake
GENRE: Contemporary
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 4.99 e-book on Amazon
LENGHT: 287 pages
RELEASE DATE: 25th October 2016

 

BLURB:  Nine months ago, Rowan Ward thought he had it all. Now he’s fighting to pull his shredded life together, buried in work and battling the kind of grief that destroys a man’s soul. When fires spring up around Cincinnati threatening Rowe’s friends and clients, he’s thrilled to find his old Army buddy, Noah Keegan in town. They were a hell of a team when they served together, so in-sync, it was rumored they could read each other’s minds.

Noah thought devoting his life to the Army would be enough. Then he realized he had no family and only one friend he cared about. When his enlistment was up, he found himself standing on Rowe’s doorstep, looking only for friendship but secretly hoping for more. He needs to know if their one unbelievable night together years ago wasn’t a mistake.

Caught in a dangerous game of fire and bullets, neither expects the inferno of emotion that ignites between them. One Rowe isn’t prepared to accept. One that could break Noah.

 

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This is one of those reviews that I’ve had to really think about. There’s so much I want to tell you but, at the same time, I also do not want to spoil the delight of what is awaiting you………….

I was so excited when I received this ARC, deep down I knew that Rowe and Noah’s story would be unforgettable, even though Noah is unknown to us till now. But I was nervous as well, my expectations were set so high, as I absolutely adore this Series and kept thinking “what if it doesn’t reach that high pedestal I’ve set? What if it fails to enthral me?”

Well let’s answer that one immediately and get it out of the way.

TORCH IS AMAZING.  I REPEAT.  TORCH IS AMAZING!!!!!!!

The two authors, Rinda Elliott and Jocelynn Drake did an amazing job, magnificent job is maybe a better word, I just loved it.

Not only was Rowe and Noah’s storyline perfect – full of tension, very sexy with lots of feelings involved – but the whole book was too. The suspense had you hanging onto every word right from the start to the very end.

Have you ever felt when reading that the actual plot line gets in the way of the love story and is almost annoying? Well I have, but in this book, it’s as important as the love story itself, they run hand in hand together, both compelling reading.

The tension was maintained throughout, we were given twists and turns galore, you couldn’t afford to put the book down in case you missed something, compulsive reading doesn’t even begin to describe it.

I freely admit that I fell for the spell Rowe and Noah cast, but that’s not all, Lucas (this guy will never leave us in peace – you will see what I mean) features, as well as Andrej, Snow and Jude. And we also get a little bit more on Ian….

So looking forward to reading the last book in this most amazing Series but for now whilst we wait, enjoy this one. You won’t be disappointed.

 

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****I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book****

REVIEW: “DRAWN IN” by Barbara Elsborg

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TITLE: Drawn In
AUTHOR: Barbara Elsborg
PUBLISHER: Barbara Elsborg
COVER DESIGN: Jo Raven
GENRE: Contemporary
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 3,91 e-book on Amazon Store
LENGHT: 336 pages
RELEASE DATE: 15th October 2016

 

BLURB: Undercover police officer Kell has crossed the line. He’s become trapped in an abusive relationship with his violent thug of a boss and sees no way back without wrecking months of work. The hope of ever being involved with someone who respects him seems a distant dream.
Private investigator Gethin is depressed that the bulk of his work involves following unfaithful partners. He knows just what it’s like to be cheated on. Even worse, his relationship with his ex is complicated and Gethin can see no way of breaking free of a guy who so desperately needs him.
A chance encounter brings Kell and Gethin together, entwining their lives with secrets and danger. They both have reasons to keep things casual. But there are consequences to zipless fucks. Not only do they have to survive people trying to kill them, they need to trust each other and keep their wits about them, while ensuring their hearts stay intact.

 

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Drawn In is my first book by this author and I was excited as always when I read someone new. What I got was a gripping, exciting, sometimes brutal, often sizzling hot crime story with a well-paced love plotline woven into it for good measure.

At first I was a bit confused. I felt a bit disconnected and couldn’t really get into the story. There were too many things going on, but when they finally came together and the whole picture made sense an ok story became a great one. I was truly drawn in.

The writer created two unique and strong characters who do their own thing, follow their own hearts, struggling with their own baggage. but as we know how small our world is, they get to cross each other’s paths in more than one way. The story is starting out pretty slow and I didn’t feel any kind of connection with the MCs but when their lives intervened I got sucked into their exciting and action packed story and I just couldn’t stop reading.

Drawn in is a very well built and wonderfully constructed crime story with an unlikely love storyline. All characters are complex and well-written, and the side plotlines (criminals, family, past baggage) add an extra layer of depth to the story. There’s plenty of very satisfying sexy-time, even a position I’ve never seen or read before and I really need to Google it to see for myself.

When you think things are settled and you can lay back and enjoy some peaceful happy ending, you are punched in the gut with some unexpected surprises, a near heart attack and the most amazingly moving scene in the whole story.

If you enjoy cop stories with two hot, both physically and mentally strong characters, an entertaining and exciting criminal case, carnal desire, and love in its different forms, this is a great book for you. Enjoy!

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****I would like to thank the Author for the opportunity and privilege of reading this ARC. My review was an honest opinion of the book****

REVIEW: “SHATTER” by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott

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TITLE: Shatter
AUTHOR: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
SERIES: Unbreakable Bonds Series – book 2
PUBLISHER: CreateSpace
COVER ARTIST: Stephen Drake
GENRE: Contemporary
E-BOOK: Yes
PRICE: $ 4.99 e-book on Amazon
LENGHT: 312 pages
RELEASE DATE: 26th April 2016

 

BLURB:  Maverick trauma surgeon Ashton “Snow” Frost keeps the world at a distance, relying only on his three closest friends to keep him connected. But when a ghost from their past returns to Cincinnati, Snow stands to lose everyone he loves. Framed for murder and reeling from attacks on his friends, Snow is pushed to his breaking point.

Jude Torres won’t let the doc shatter. The paramedic has been attracted to the doctor since he first laid eyes on him at the hospital, even if the arrogant, solitary man doesn’t fit into any of his plans. One hot, reckless kiss shows that Snow isn’t who he appears to be. And one night together will never be enough. Jude will fight for the doc.

Fight to keep him whole. Fight to keep him safe. Fight to simply keep him.

 

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I loved it when I’m right. I knew when reading “Shiver”, that Snow would be everything I expected, wanted and so much more and I was right.

As in the first book, the four main MCs are again featured, but I will tell you now that Rowe is MIA for most of the book and no, I won’t tell you why! This story is truly breathtaking for so many reasons and again I’m not going to tell you, you need to discover this for yourself.  But I will let you on one little thing……..Snow is in for a big surprise.
In the first book, Snow was the tough one. Very dominant and doesn’t have relationships, just causal encounters.   He’s like an onion, I know that may not be the most flattering of comparisons, but he has so many layers and every time he sheds one, you fall more in love with him.  And Jude?  Jude is just perfect for him.
Jude is a paramedic working in the same hospital as Snow (he’s a surgeon) and at first, this was a problem. Snow never ever mixes business with pleasure, especially with a co-worker.  However, Jude doesn’t give up easily, he wants Snow and is determined to get him.  You have to admire his tenacity, because there were a lot of twists and turns to navigate and he knows what Snow needs….him!

If you like your guys complicated, then this is the book for you.
But it’s not all about Snow and Jude, we get to see how Lucas and Andrei’s relationship is getting on, more on Ian’s past and we are still suffering with Rowe.
If you like complicated guys this is the book for you.
The only word that is fitting to describe this series is spectacular, I absolutely love it and can’t wait for the next two books.

The third is going to be released on the 24th October, so mark your calendars ready and if you haven’t read book 1, you still have plenty of time to read and fall in love.

 

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