5 Stars, Draven St. James, Genre Romance, Loose Id, Reviewed by Karen

Review: Lost in the Fire by Draven St. James

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Title:  Lost in the Fire (Firehouse Six: Book Five)

Author:  Draven St. James

Publisher: Loose Id

Page/Word Count:  178 Pages

At a Glance: I’m greedy and love the series that much!

Reviewed By:  Karen

Blurb: Aaron Evans embodies every complication Wren Tucker knows he doesn’t need. The tempting go-go dancer refuses to leave him alone and his attempts to get into Wren’s bunker pants don’t stop at the club–even the walls of the Firehouse aren’t safe. Wren’s control is only so strong, and his desire for Aaron is turning into a clawing need that’s digging through the many reasons keeping Aaron at bay.

Aaron is two cold showers away from hypothermia if the hot fireman of his dreams won’t give in to the lust he sees blazing in Wren’s eyes. The only issue is, Wren is a forever man, and Aaron doesn’t have that in him to give, not with so many secrets locked behind the glitter and gold of his beautiful world.

As Wren begins to cave to Aaron’s delicious demands, he gets a deeper view of the tarnished landscape Aaron exists in. A murky pit of drug addiction that’s slowly dragging Aaron under, and Wren is going to have to fight like hell to save Aaron from it, to even have a chance at a new beginning with the man who brought him out of the shadows.

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Review: I held out on reading this series, wasn’t going to do it, but pretty much every time I went on Facebook, someone was commenting about it or recommending it, so I gave in and got the first book.   And then, later that night, I bought the second book…and then the third, so you get the picture.  I love this series.

I was so happy to get Wren and Aaron’s story, and it definitely took a different turn than I was expecting. They were so sweet together, but I think you get a little bit of everything with this book. It’s not only sweet but sexy, angsty, happy and sad—it pretty much took me across the board. I thought there were some situations in the book that maybe weren’t the most realistic scenarios, but honestly, unless it’s crazy-over-the-top (and even sometimes then), it is a book, and I am usually using it to escape reality.  So, as long as it flows with the story, I am alright with it, and in this case, until I saw other comments it didn’t really even cross my mind.

The only issue I really did have with any of the books in this series, including this one, is that I wish they were longer…not because the story isn’t complete but I just want more…so, not really an issue with the book. I’m greedy and love the series that much!

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4.5 Stars, Draven St. James, Genre Romance, Loose Id, Reviewed by Kim

Review: Driven by Fire by Draven St. James

Title: Driven by Fire (Firehouse Six: Book Four)

Author: Draven St. James

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 141 Pages

At a Glance: I can’t get enough of these sexy firemen!

Reviewed By: Kim

Blurb: Taber Delane is lucky to be alive, but his career as a firefighter ended the day a beam snapped, resulting in a crushing spinal injury. Most of his friends are willing to give him space, everyone except paramedic, Deacon Hall.

Deacon hasn’t met a challenge he couldn’t tackle and he knows Taber needs someone in his corner who isn’t afraid to stand up to the big bad fireman. The longer he’s around Taber, the more the sexy vulnerability of the man comes through. Deacon finds he doesn’t just want to be Taber’s live-in caregiver, he wants a chance at the passionate man beneath the stubborn shell.

A shell that is cracking, no matter how Taber tries to hold it together. Deacon being in his home starts to open him up–and open his eyes to the man Deacon hides from the rest of the world. Without seeing it coming, Taber soon craves more. A lot more.

Now if only Deacon can get Taber to see that it isn’t so bad having him there to assist. Even if and maybe especially when Taber is naked, dripping wet, and angry as hell.

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Review: Driven by Fire is the story of how Taber is managing his life after his career as a firefighter has ended with a crippling spinal injury, as well as the fact that he’s a closeted gay man. As the story begins, Taber has yet again chased away a caregiver, and Deacon has volunteered for the job. Someone has to help Taber with the cooking, cleaning, and making sure he doesn’t overdo it with the physical therapy, and Deacon seems to be the perfect man for the job since he’s currently between living arrangements. He’s broken up with his cheating boyfriend and doesn’t mind helping the sometimes-frustrated and cranky and very sexy Taber, and I thought it was rather cute how Stephen, Taber’s physical therapist, got him to agree to have Deacon come help out.

What I really enjoyed about Driven by Fire was that Taber didn’t let his injury destroy the person he was before his accident. In other words, there’s no major pity party going on in this story. But, Taber does have a problem with having too much time on his hands, and his thoughts about his future are not helping. I had a laugh out loud moment when Deacon was out doing something, and Taber decided to snoop through his bags. What he pulled out…well…let’s just say he deserved to be embarrassed.

Even though Taber hates the thought of needing a caregiver, he likes Deacon, and he was a positive distraction when Taber was in the hospital—something he came to appreciate while he was recuperating. I also liked Deacon and loved his brand of humor and how, when it looked like Taber might consider throwing himself into a pity party, he just wouldn’t let him. It’s kind of sweet how these two finally get together, when Taber reveals that he’s not into women.

Thank you, Draven St. James, for writing Taber’s story. I’m looking forward to reading more about Firehouse Six. I can’t get enough of these sexy firemen!

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4 Stars, Draven St. James, Loose Id, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Janet

Review: Wolf’s Sacrifice by Draven St. James

Title: Wolf’s Sacrifice (Pack of Light: Book Two)

Author: Draven St. James

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 154 Pages

At a Glance: Overall, I would say this was a fun book with some great characters.

Reviewed By: Janet

Blurb: Sean Maddox has one basic goal: to protect the Northwest Pack. That priority helps him stay grounded–until the day the pack rescues Liam. Suddenly Sean is finding any excuse to be around the sweet, blind shifter. But trying to focus his thoughts on keeping Liam safe and not exploring the whole laundry list of carnal fantasies he’s been having is anything but grounding. It doesn’t help that Sean’s wolf makes it damn clear it believes Liam belongs to him.

From the first deep breath of Sean Maddox’s intoxicating scent, all Liam wants to do is strip naked for the sexy beta and let the wolf claim him. Hiding away his desires seems like the best plan, given after a lifetime in captivity Liam is just learning what it means to be free. What does he know about being a mate? More to the point, would Sean even want him if he knew the truth?

As Sean and Liam struggle with their growing craving for each other an old enemy steps out of the shadows. With secrets lurking and fate twisting two worlds together a sacrifice must be made, but can the two mates live with the consequences?

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Review: This is the second book in a series about the Northwest Pack. They are shapeshifting wolves who, in the first book, were able to rescue a couple of shifters who had been held captive, and were tortured and being experimented on. A deranged Alpha shifter and his bunch of crazy scientists created these hybrid shifters by cross breeding regular shifters with enslaved females of the Pack of Light, an extraordinary and rare pack with extra senses and abilities.

Sean is the Beta for the Northwest Pack and as such, he is very concerned for the safety and wellbeing of the members of the pack, and for the pack as a whole. Liam is frail and blind from the abuse he suffered in captivity so at first, Sean believes he is drawn to him due to the weakness he perceives. Liam has no scent, so Sean is unaware that Liam is his mate, but Liam knows and tries to avoid him as he has a secret he doesn’t want Sean to know and, in fact, he doesn’t want a mate at all. Emma is the pack healer and is a member of the Pack of Light as well, although she hides this information from most of the pack, for their safety. She treats Liam and keeps his secret with her own for as long as she can.

The Alpha is still hunting Liam and his brother, though, so there are a lot of safety concerns to keep Sean and his enforcers busy, and allow Liam to make his sacrifice and do what he can to help the pack. St. James clearly has more stories to be told in this series, and this book drops hints to future stories while the action takes place. More shifters are rescued from another testing installation while rescuing Liam again, and we discover that there are many more types of shifters and others in this world as well.

There wasn’t a lot of gratuitous sex in this book, it was hot and sweet as befitting the virginal status of Liam, and it grew even hotter at the end of the book as Liam heals and claims his mate. This book was an easy read as the author juggled all of the plotlines very well, never dropping them, and holding a few on standby for possible future stories. Overall, I would say this was a fun book with some great characters, and I will look forward to the next installment in the series. It can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading Scent of a Wolf first, for added enjoyment of the characters and their interactions.






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4.5 Stars, Draven St. James, Loose Id, Reviewed by Kim

Love And Tension Heat Up In Draven St. James’s “Fused by Fire”


“When you want something this badly, you don’t just give up. You fight and fight until you absolutely can’t fight anymore.” ― Gail McHugh


Title: Fused by Fire (Firehouse Six #3

Author: Draven St. James

Publisher: Loose Id

Pages/Word Count: 116 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Michael prides himself on being the man that everyone can depend on until one of his firefighters is severely wounded on the job. Will he be allowed to process the situation alone? Not when a loud and persistent Simon Winters shows up on his doorstep. The man hasn’t met a boundary he didn’t skip across.
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It’s A Draven St. James Book Blast And Giveaway Kind Of Day



BLURB: Aspen Starr is in a bind and not in a good way. His father is trying to use him to sweeten a business deal and being a bought boy toy holds no appeal. Just when he thinks he has no options left Sundae’s Custom Easter Baskets knocks at his door. Soon he finds himself blindly following a trail right into the path of a sexy new boss and a whole new mess of carnal complications.



Garren Thomas has rules and one of those is to never get involved with an employee. Easy to say, harder to enforce when Aspen is hired on. With each passing day Garren’s control slips until all he wants to do is spend his days with Aspen in his bed.

When faced with giving into his desires, Garren sees his simple life being torn apart. Can he get Aspen out of his system without losing his heart? Aspen isn’t much better off. He is drawn to Garren, but he can’t help the fear that the secrets from his past will destroy it all. As Aspen’s begins to lose himself within the confusion of sex and love one question plagues him: who sent the basket?

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EXCERPT: Garren pushed away from the wall and into the light of the lobby. “Looks like I missed out on a lot.”

Aspen ducked his head and went to his desk to dig around in a drawer. The first time Taylor had sent him shopping for office supplies, Aspen had bought random sheets of kids’ stickers. On the rare occasion Taylor performed child evaluations, a little bribery to bring out good behavior never hurt. Aspen came away with two sheets of fairy stickers.

“Not too much. We’re working on crowns and a new kingdom.” Aspen swerved around Garren, his eyes twinkling. “Do you want a crown?”

Garren narrowed his eyes on Aspen. He put his hands on Aspen’s shoulders to stop him and leaned in to whisper, “That was low. There’s no way I can refuse those pixies. I’m going to end up with a glittery, construction-paper crown glued to my head, aren’t I?”

Aspen looked over his shoulder. “Don’t worry there won’t be glitter on yours. I’ll be the queen,” he murmured with a grin. “So you’ll need to fill the role as king.”
Garren shook his head. “You’re trouble.”

Aspen shimmied to dislodge Garren’s hands. “You just figured that out?”
With a resigned sigh Garren followed him.

“Girls, I found someone else who needs a crown,” Aspen declared, gesturing at Garren.

The tykes jumped up and down. Garren fought the urge to reach out and hug Aspen for giving them this moment of levity even at Garren’s expense.

Aspen held out the stickers, and the enthusiasm magnified until the girls were dancing around the room. “Thank you, thank you, thank you,” the girls chanted in a singsong fashion.

A softly murmured, “Oh my,” came from behind Garren.

Garren turned to yet again see the shimmer of tears in Mrs. Burgett’s eyes, but a smile accompanied the moisture.

Aspen grinned back at her. “I hope you don’t mind. The girls have been fantastic. We’ve managed to make crowns and bracelets.”

“Even for you, Mommy,” one of the twins piped up and ran over to Mrs. Burgett to carefully hand her the items as though they were made of glass.

Mrs. Baker cradled them. “Thank you, Maryann.”

“Becca and Mr. Aspen helped,” Maryann replied.

“And we ate apples and cheese crackers,” Becca added.

Garren looked briefly at Aspen. He’d seen Aspen eating the same things earlier in the week.

“That was very nice of Mr. Aspen,” Mrs. Burgett said with a hitch in her voice. “But we have to go now, girls.”

“Oh,” the girls replied with exaggerated pouts on both their faces.

“Say thank-you to Mr. Aspen,” Mrs. Burgett directed.

Both girls ran over to Aspen and threw their arms around his waist. “Sorry we didn’t get a chance to make your crown,” Becca said.

“That’s fine, sweetheart. I’ll be sure to make a matching one when you leave,” Aspen assured her.

“You need to make two,” Maryann interjected. “One for the big king behind you. That way we’ll know you’re helping rule the kingdom even if we can’t see you.”
Garren wanted to pick the girl up and hug her. Tell her that everything would work itself out and she’d never be hurt again. While it was a possibility if Mrs. Burgett went through with the charges, he wouldn’t make promises he couldn’t keep.

“Thank you, Mr. Aspen,” Mrs. Burgett said. “You don’t know how much I appreciate you taking care of my girls.”

“You’re welcome,” Aspen responded.

Maryann and Becca skipped over to their mom, and grabbed hold of her hands as they exited the office.

Garren stared after their retreating backs. He grimaced at the tattered clothes and worn shoes. His jaw clenched, and he pivoted and stalked back to his office. The lump in his throat threatened to shatter his control of his emotions. He made it through the door, placed his hands on his desk, and breathed deeply. Mrs. Burgett reminded him of his mother.

Aspen lightly touched his back, and Garren jerked around to gaze at him.
“I know you’ll do all you can,” Aspen confided.

“And you?” Garren cracked and cupped Aspen’s face with one hand. “You gave those little girls your lunch and made them laugh. You took away their stress and let them be kids.”

Aspen glanced away. “I did what anyone else would do. They deserve to have as much joy as every other child.”

“You’re wrong. Not everyone would do what you did. I think most would have set them in the lobby and spent the time telling them to be quiet.” Garren had seen that reality time and time again.

Aspen shrugged.

Garren caved and leaned in until his lips were mere inches from Aspen’s. “You are so beautiful.”

Aspen didn’t back away. His breath came faster, and his eyes flashed with that same glow Garren had seen in the past.

“Garren,” Aspen whispered with a thread of uncertainty.

Garren brushed his thumb over Aspen’s full lower lip, and desire zinged through his body when Aspen’s tongue peeked out to trace the path. Garren’s brain screamed what a huge mistake kissing Aspen would be, but at that point he wasn’t being ruled by his head.

AUTHOR BIO: I’m a born and raised Oregonian. I’ve traveled extensively in search of mischief and mayhem to fill my books. My ventures have been quite successful in inspiring a wealth of stories both sexy and humorous. It gives me a great excuse to do some crazy stuff in the name of research. Of course at the end of the day, coffee within reach, laptop at the ready is where I find my peace.

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week


Happy Sunday, everyone, I hope you’ve had a great weekend! We’re closing out the week here at The Novel Approach riding high on the news that we’ve been selected as a Featured Blogger at GayRomLit 2014, and along with that, we have the privilege of participating in a multi-blog celebration to countdown the months and weeks and days until October 16, 2014.

We’re still finalizing schedules, but let me assure you our roster of visiting authors is nothing less than impressive, and the fun starts this coming week with none other than Rhys Ford, so don’t miss it.

Not only that, but we’ve also got more RainbowCon Countdown celebrating to do too. It promises to be a great week.

Here’s what we have on tap!

MondayKindle Alexander arrives today on the Always blog Tour, and there’s a giveaway to go along with the visit

We’re also participating today in the cover reveal for Elizabeth Noble’s newest novel Run for the Roses

TuesdayRhys Ford is here today to kickoff the GRL Countdown Celebration. In case you haven’t heard, Dirty Deeds (Cole McGinnis #4) is being released March 28th, and Rhys is here with an interview and giveaway

And speaking of releases, perhaps you’ve heard of a little book called Grand Adventure, coming from Dreamspinner Press on March 31st? Well, we’re doing our own little pre-release celebration and giveaway, so stay tuned

WednesdayVJ Summers is our guest today, when she stops by on the RainbowCon Countdown Celebration

Tia Fielding also drops by today on her Mirage blog tour, with an interview, excerpt, and an exclusive look at the Mirage playlist

A.J. Corza has also Got You Covered today with another great cover art review

ThursdayCassandra Carr is coming by today to talk a little bit about her Safe Harbor series

Draven St. James also drops by today on her Book Blast blog tour, and there’s a giveaway

FridayS.A. McAuley is our guest today on her Powerless (The Borders War #3) Blog Tour

Cornelia Grey also stops by with a guest post about the release of her novella Benjamin Pepperwhistle and the Fantabulous Circus of Wonders, a truly fantabulous story that first appeared in the anthology Weight of a Gun II

SaturdayCasey K. Cox is our guest today on her promotional tour of The Rise of Alec Caldwell blog tour. Alec’s journey is nothing less than an erotic tour de force, and there’s not only a giveaway but some very NSFW exclusive excerpts as well

Sunday – And finally, to close out the week, Taylor V. Donovan drops by on her Hearsay blog tour

And that does it for this week, folks! Stay tuned for more fun to come, and until next week, happy reading!

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“Grey’s Hidden Fire” Isn’t So Hidden Anymore

“Is it possible not to ever know your type—not to even know you have a type—until quite suddenly you do?” ― Jennifer E. Smith “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight”



Greyson Hayes and Mica Cruz are the hot and hunky firefighters who star in Draven St. James’ Grey’s Hidden Fire, a sweet and sexy and lightly angsty story about a couple of men learning what it means to be brothers-in-arms and insanely in lust with each other at the same time.

Mica is the new guy in the firehouse, but the rumors of his sexuality had already preceded him, spurred on by the station’s resident homophobe and all-around git. Mica doesn’t look gay, Mica doesn’t act gay, but he’s been labeled regardless, though it appears Jeffries, the git in question, is the only one of the guys who really cares. The moment Mica and Grey meet, their attraction to each other is a bit like gas thrown on an open flame. The feelings are combustible, mutual, and entirely confusing to the very straight Grey, who may not be so very straight after all.

One clumsy and catastrophic experiment when he was a teenager ended Grey’s belief he could be attracted to guys, and he’s dated women only ever since. It’s been pretty simple for him, all things considered, since he’s never been sexually attracted to another man. Until, that is, Mica shows up and Grey discovers that Mica will cause him to break all the rules and change who he’s always believed himself to be.

The term Gay-For-You is apparently rather fifteen minutes ago. Are we calling it Out-For-You now? Whatever name we’re giving it these days, Grey’s Hidden Fire is that. It’s the story of a man who didn’t know he could fall in love with another man until the perfect guy came along and made him face that truth.

There’s only a wee bit of angst in this one, and a side story involving a hate crime that was perpetrated and solved fairly quickly. This is a novella best read with the right expectations going into it: a bit of insta-love, a couple of loveable MCs, some unconditionally accepting friends, and even a few who may know a little more about Grey and Mica’s feelings for each other—from firsthand experience.

If you’re looking for a quick and steamy late-summer read, this one might be just what you’re looking for.

Reviewed by: Lisa

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