5 Stars, Holiday Romance, LC Chase, Reviewed by Jules, Riptide Publishing

Review: A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase

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Title: A Fortunate Blizzard

Author: L.C. Chase

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 179 Pages

At a Glance: Grab this book and curl up by the fire one weekend soon! You’ll be so glad you did!

Reviewed By: Jules

Blurb: There are worse things than being stranded in a blizzard….

Artist Trevor Morrison has always appreciated the little things in life, treating each day as a gift. And with good reason: he’s been on the transplant-recipient list for too long now. When he learns just how numbered his days truly are, he resolves not to take them for granted. But he won’t be unrealistic, either—which means romantic commitments are off the table.

Marcus Roberts seems to have it all. He’s handsome, financially sound, and on the fast track to partnership at a prestigious law firm. In reality, though, his drive for success has meant no time for friends or relationships. Add in the fact that his family discarded him long ago, and he’s facing yet another holiday season alone.

When the biggest snowstorm to hit Colorado in decades leaves Marc and Trevor stranded at the same hotel, a chance encounter and a night of passion leads to more than either of them expected. Finding comfort in each other is a welcome surprise, but time is not on their side. Either they find a way to beat the odds, or they lose each other forever. 

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Review: A Fortunate Blizzard by L.C. Chase was my first holiday read this year, and it was a fantastic way to kick the season off. I LOVED this story. As I was thinking about this book, and going back over my notes and highlights, I ended up reading the entire thing again, because it is just that yummy and swoony! As I was looking over my notes, though, I came across this highlighted quote:

“…the snow was beautiful to watch – peaceful in its silence, tranquil in its insistence that the world stop and take a breath, release its grief, cleanse its soul, and start anew.”

Not only is that exactly how I feel about snow, but it’s also a perfect summation of the story. Both Trevor and Marc are in need of ‘taking breaths, releasing grief, and starting anew.’ One of the central themes in the book definitely has to do with fresh starts – Marc letting go of his family angst and his drive to fulfill someone else’s dreams, and Trevor, obviously, quite literally needing a new lease on life –  this snow quote gave me feels and perfectly captured those elements in the book.

Trevor and Marc are fantastic together. And, sexy as hell. The immediate attraction between them – particularly Marc’s strong reaction to Trevor – is so well done. The tension in the beginning is perfect, and they are ridiculously hot together. The relationship happens quickly, but it completely works. The spark is there from the get-go, and they mesh so well with each other. I love how Trevor really sees Marc, and how he inspires him to seize life and rediscover his passion. Both characters are wonderful, but I found myself very drawn to Trevor. His story is extremely powerful, and the way he handles his dire situation – even his deciding to keep Marc at arm’s length – is so admirable. I completely adored him.

This story has all the components of a fabulous holiday read. It’s well-written, with a wonderfully easygoing style. It’s so romantic and swoony, but with the right amount of drama. The conflict is really well done – has you on edge but not wanting to throw your Kindle into the fireplace. And, there might be a few tears (I still can’t with Trevor’s letter to Marc!). Grab this book and curl up by the fire one weekend soon! You’ll be so glad you did!

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5 Stars, Genre Romance, LC Chase, Reviewed by Jackie, Riptide Publishing

Review: Pulling Leather by LC Chase

Title: Pulling Leather (Pickup Men #3)

Author: LC Chase

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 177 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: The toughest ride of his life is all in his head.

Bull rider Scott Gillard has a reputation for quick fists and harsh words. What no one knows is where that anger comes from. After a shocking incident sends him into a tailspin, he knows he needs help: he’s been fighting a battle he could never win. Now he’s trying to navigate a new life and embrace his true self, but some days are easier than others. Continue reading

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Spotlight and Giveaway: “Pulling Leather” by L.C. Chase

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G’day everyone! Welcome to my Pulling Leather blog tour and a peek into the world of rodeo cowboys. (The official schedule can be found here.) This wouldn’t be a proper tour without some prezzies, of course, so read on for giveaway details. Thank you for kicking off my new tour, and to all of you for hopping in the saddle to ride along!

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The Blurb: The toughest ride of his life is all in his head.

Bull rider Scott Gillard has a reputation for quick fists and harsh words. What no one knows is where that anger comes from. After a shocking incident sends him into a tailspin, he knows he needs help: he’s been fighting a battle he could never win. Now he’s trying to navigate a new life and embrace his true self, but some days are easier than others.

Pickup man Cory Ackerson has suffered his share of harassment, but his light still burns bright. He doesn’t let anything or anyone keep him down, so when he meets the rugged cowboy with a battered chip on his shoulder and regret in his dark eyes, all he wants to do is help.

As their unlikely friendship grows into something deeper, Scott must overcome his past to be the man Cory deserves, or lose his best chance at his own happily ever after. Continue reading

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Ashavan Doyon, Charley Descoteaux, Cover Reveal, Eileen Griffin, GayRomLit, Geoffrey Knight, Jack Byrne, K. Vale, Kol Anderson, LC Chase, M.J. O'Shea, Nikka Michaels, Sue Brown, Zathyn Priest, Zee Kensington

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, and welcome to another great week ahead.

In case you missed it yesterday, be sure to pop on over to RJ Scott’s Blog for a little teaser of some great giveaways I have in store for you as we continue the countdown to GayRomLit 2014. And, your comment on my blog post at RJ’s place will put you in the running for one of TWO $25 Amazon Gift Cards, so be sure to check it out.

In the meantime, here’s what’s coming up for you to enjoy right here at The Novel Approach

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Monday – To kick things off, today we’re pleased to be hosting the Authors Gone Wild Anthology Cover Reveal

A bit later in the day, we’ve got author L.C. Chase with us on the Pulling Leather Blog Tour

Kol Anderson will be here as well with a giveaway of the latest book in his Prisoner series, The Devil You Know

TuesdayEileen Griffin and Nikka Michaels lead off our day with an exclusive cover reveal for their collaboration In the Fire

We also have author Zee Kensington with us on the Finally Home Blog Tour and Giveaway

Geoffrey Knight also drops by with an interview to tell us about a special new series set in the heart of Wilde City and begins with Buck Baxter: Love Detective

WednesdayM.J. O’Shea is our guest today on the Coconut Cove Blog Tour

ThursdayKimber Vale starts out our day on the Hard Act to Follow Blog Tour and Giveaway

Charley Descoteaux also joins us on the First Time for Everything Blog Tour

Friday – Our special guest today is author and artist Zathyn Priest, as he shares a bit about his creative process and joins in the Countdown to GayRomLit Blog Tour Celebration

Saturday – Author Jack Byrne joins us to talk about his new book Walkabout, the sequel to Billabong and there’s a giveaway

Sue Brown also joins us on The Last Wolf Blog Tour and Giveaway

Sunday – Finally, to close out the week, Ashavan Doyon will be here on the Stephen’s Heart Blog Tour, with a giveaway

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And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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3.5 Stars, LC Chase, Reviewed by Tina, Riptide Publishing

Love Heats Up The Rodeo In L.C. Chase’s “Let It Ride”


“Life had its own plan; folks just had to learn how to ride it or get bucked off.” — L.C. Chase


Title: Let It Ride (Pickup Men #2)

Author: L.C. Chase

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 195 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: Pickup man Bridge Sullivan is the kind of cowboy everyone wants—as a brother, a friend, a lover. People think he’s straight, but Bridge isn’t one for labels, and when a sexy male paramedic jumpstarts his heart, he charges in with all guns blazing.
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A.J. Corza’s Got You Covered – This Week’s Review – SE Jakes’ “Daylight Again”, Cover Art By L.C. Chase


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Today I have come to the momentous decision that I am selling my soul. Yup, me… soul free baby, just call ol’ Scratch on up and we’ll hammer out a deal. I’m ready and willing to bargain!
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You’ll Want To Pick Up A Copy Of LC Chase’s Pickup Men

Shoot, every time you get on an animal, you take your life in your hands. – Chris LeDoux

The job of the pickup man in a rodeo is to manage the horses and bulls and rescue bronc and bareback riders from their horses after they make a ride. They are the men trusted to get the riders to safety after the ride and to escort the horse, bull or bronc out of the ring. Sometimes a pickup man has to put himself between a 2,000 pound animal and the rider trying to get over the fence. It is a dangerous job and the cowboys appreciate their pickup men and make sure to tell them that every day. Sometimes pickup men get injured. Badly.

In Pickup Men LC Chase brings the rodeo to life. You can practically smell the dust and hear the grunts and thuds as the men and animals collide. She introduced us to Tripp Colby, a championship bull rider. He is gay and deeply closeted. He fears, no he is terrified, to come out due to some things that he did and were done to him as a teenager.

LC Chase has also created Martin Fairbanks. Marty is Tripp’s pickup man. He is also his lover. Marty is out and proud. He wants nothing more than for Tripp to publicly acknowledge their love.

When Marty is seriously injured while saving Tripp’s life after a ride, the only thing he wants to see is Tripp’s face above his asking how he is doing, showing that he cares. Any other rider would have the courtesy to check on his pickup man, not even thinking about what others thought, but not Tripp. He walks away with his homophobic friend instead.

While in the hospital, Marty waits for Tripp to visit. He finally sneaks in after visiting hours are long over. Marty tells Tripp that they are done. If Tripp can’t even acknowledge Marty as a friend after his being injured while protecting Tripp, there is no hope he will ever come out of the closet as Marty’s lover.

A series of events set up wonderfully by LC Chase, eventually leads to many truths coming out. Tripp is beaten terribly and hospitalized for a week with no identification. When Marty eventually finds Tripp, he won’t leave his side. Men being men and love being love, Pickup Men takes some twists and turns that I won’t spoil for you. This is a romance novel, after all.

In Pickup Men, LC Chase has created an entire little world inhabited by cowboys, pickup men, ranchers and their families. She makes the reader feel drawn in to become a part of this world. The characters are realistic, flaws and all. The friends are loyal to a fault. They are the kind of friends we all wish we had. There are two in particular that have the potential for a sequel, should muse decide to take that path. And I sincerely hope she does. Highly recommended for lovers of hot cowboys!

Reviewed by: Tina

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