3 Stars, Amber Allure, Christiane France, KC Kendricks, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Maryann

Review: The Ghost Makes Three by KC Kendricks and Christiane France

Title: The Ghost Makes Three (The Ghost at the B&B: Book Two

Author: KC Kendricks and Christiane France

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 61 Pages

At a Glance: I find this to be humorous and really light reading.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Michael Brooks’ life took an unexpected direction when he found the Taylor mansion, a two-story Colonial perfect for a Bed & Breakfast. An untenured college professor, he suddenly became a successful entrepreneur. And best of all, he met sexy deputy Colin Jefferson and they hit it off in a big way. He’s even made friends with a ghost.

Deputy Colin Jefferson is dedicated to his career and to making a life with Michael. Serving the community he loves, he’s well aware of the stories that tell of the Taylor mansion being haunted. Now he’s living there with Michael and Colin knows the stories are true. There’s a ghost with a penchant for wearing denim lurking in his bedroom.

How the ghost came to live in the B&B is a mystery Michael and Colin need to solve. It’s the only way for their resident spirit to find eternal rest. But until then, the ghost makes three…

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Review: Michael and Colin are still into each other, a lot, and live together at the B&B.

The Taylor Bed & Breakfast has been renovated and is taking in customers. When a couple by the name of Harrington arrive, Michael gets another clue to Robin’s death—but there is a little trouble in paradise. Colin gets a little jealous over Robin and Michael. He also admits to feeling that Robin could be a threat to him and Michael, and suggests he may leave to take a job with the FBI.

As Michael and Colin continue investigating Robin’s death, more and more pieces start falling into place. Michael seems to get into the investigating on his own, but not without Colin’s warning to be careful and to let him know what’s going on.

This is the second book in the Ghost at the B&B series, continuing the murder mystery from The Ghost Wore Denim. I find this to be humorous and really light reading. The plot to this series is not complicated, and there are more clues added in this installment, but the murder is still not solved.

As I don’t see these books as a standalones, I didn’t think the history of Lightfoot, Virginia needed to be repeated in this story, but the one thing that I am sort of curious to find out is, what will happen to Robin once the murder is solved?

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3 Stars, Amber Allure, Christiane France, KC Kendricks, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed by Maryann

Review: The Ghost Wore Denim by KC Kendricks and Christiane France

Title: The Ghost Wore Denim (Ghost B&B: Book One)

Author: KC Kendricks and Christiane France

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 54 Pages

At a Glance: Even though this is a short story, I felt there was enough information given, and that Michael, Colin, and Robin’s characters were well developed.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Michael Brooks has it all mapped out. The market is ripe for him to flip a few houses to supplement his income as an untenured professor at the local college. His plan takes a detour, however, when he finds a two-story Colonial perfect for a Bed & Breakfast—with a ghost who wears denim.

Deputy Colin Jefferson is a hometown boy who made good. As a member of the local police force, he serves the community he loves. He’s heard stories about the Taylor Mansion ghost all his life. Maybe he’s even seen it a time or two, he admits to himself, if he truly believed in that sort of thing.

But now Colin has to believe when the ghost pays a visit and Michael asks for his help. Will the men be able to solve the mansion’s ghost problem even as they’re driven into each other’s arms, not out of fear, but out of intense mutual desire?

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Review: A murder mystery, a ghost that “likes to watch,” and definitely a story that’s entertaining and not too complicated, The Ghost Wore Denim has humor and two very amorous MCs, Michael and Colin!

The story opens up with Michael Brooks at a gay club in Lightfoot, Virginia, where he has just moved. He meets Deputy Sheriff Colin Jefferson there, and they have a drink and a very short dance and make a connection, but then Colin is called to duty.

Michael and Colin do meet up again at Taylor Mansion, when Michael calls the police out to the mansion because of a man he saw inside. After Colin checks things out, he tells Michael the ghostly history of the mansion. Needless to say, after some serious flirting, Michael and Colin begin their heated relationship.

Michael again meets up with the kinky ghost, Robin Radcliffe, who died in October, 1975. It’s been forty years since his death, and Robin explains to Michael how it happened. He gives Michael some clues, but he can’t identify anyone that was involved. Michael shares the information with Colin, and they start to investigate, with little results, but Michael can’t let the mystery go.

I liked the plot to this story, but we are left with a few clues and a still unsolved mystery. The sequel is The Ghost Makes Three, so we will see where that takes us. Even though this is a short story, I felt there was enough information given, and that Michael, Colin, and Robin’s characters were well developed.

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4 Stars, Amber Allure, Genre Romance, KC Kendricks, Reviewed by Jackie

Review: Hot August Comes by KC Kendricks

Title: Hot August Comes

Author: KC Kendricks

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 24000 Words

At a Glance: One thing the author does well is give us a HFN ending that hinted at a HEA.

Reviewed By: Jackie

Blurb: Leo Corbin shook the dust of Westfall off his shoes to pursue opportunities among the bright city lights. When his mother suddenly dies, Leo returns home to settle her estate. His grief at her passing quickly turns to shock at what she left behind and rekindles old questions about the identity of his father.

Harrison Wade stuck by his father to help run the family farm. Life for a gay man in Westfall has limitations, but Harrison knows how to make the best of them. When Leo Corbin returns to town, Harrison’s quiet existence tilts. Leo is the guy who put an end to the high school bullying Harrison endured so many years ago. Harrison quickly discovers his old boyhood crush on Leo has matured into an adult attraction.

As the mercury rises, Harrison and Leo’s friendly buddy arrangement heats up. When hot August comes to Westfall, they discover home is more than where a man hangs his hat. It’s where he gives his heart.

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Review: I hadn’t read a KC Kendricks book in a while, so when I saw Hot August Comes up for review, I snatched it up. I have always loved this author’s characters, and I wasn’t let down this time.

The story begins with Leo Corbin returning to his hometown to bury his mother and settle her estate. Not only was her death sudden, but Leo realizes, too late, that he may not have been the most attentive son in her final years. When he left Westfall, he never planned to stay away forever. It just kind of seemed to happen.

On his first day in town, he sees that not much has changed since he left, except for the fact there is now a bar downtown that wasn’t there before. When he ventures in to have a cold one, he runs into Harrison Wade. He doesn’t remember Harrison, but the man sure does remember him.

Harrison Wade was picked on in school, and there wasn’t much he could do about it. He suffered through it until the day Leo saved his bacon at the bus stop. Leo had no idea he’d changed a guy’s life that day, but it was something Harrison would always remember.

When these two meet up again in Westfall, there is an instant spark of attraction, and they can’t do anything but act on it. With everything that is going on in both of their lives, it isn’t an easy road to love, though, that’s for sure. While Leo’s sorting through all his mother’s possessions, he comes across an item that could very well answer the question of who his father is. Add that to the surprise Leo got when going over his mother’s accounts, and the mystery just seems to get bigger and bigger.

Harrison has his very own demons to contend with. After his mother passed away, his father took to the bottle to take the pain away, and Harrison has taken over the parenting role in their relationship. He is working a job he doesn’t love, and feels like he will never get out of Westfall.

Over the course of the story, Leo and Harrison seem to take two steps back for every step forward, until they both come clean about the issues in their lives. This story was definitely a tale of overcoming your fears, facing your past, and living in the now.

I loved both of these characters and thought they fit together very well. One thing the author does well is give us a HFN ending that hinted at a HEA. The story was just too short to make the HEA believable, and I like that it wasn’t forced. Leo and Harrison are on their way to happiness, and I loved being there with them for the beginning of their journey. These guys are a wonderful couple, and I hope we get to see them continue their journey sometime soon.

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