4.5 Stars, Edward Kendrick, Genre Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Taz, Totally Bound

Review: The Hit Man Cometh by Edward Kendrick

Title: The Hit Man Cometh

Author: Edward Kendrick

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 178 Pages

At a Glance: All in all, a fun and exciting read. Well worth the experience.

Reviewed By: Taz

Blurb: Mick is a hit man sent after Gavin. Can Gavin, an ex-conman and a shifter, convince Mick they should join forces before Mick kills him?

Mick Whalen is a hit man hired to kill Gavin Wilde. However, when he tracks Gavin to a remote mountain cabin, he discovers that killing the coyote shifter is not in the cards. Especially when Gavin offers sex as an incentive to spare his life—an offer Mick does not refuse.

At Gavin’s insistence, they find out who hired Mick before someone else is sent to finish the job. The most probable person is a vampire with an ax to grind because of something Gavin did to him in the past. With the help of Gavin’s bear shifter friend Torben, and Torben’s vampire friend Brynja, they set out to stop the vampire—perhaps permanently.

Mick and Gavin decide to join forces since, as Gavin points out, he can teleport Mick away after a hit. The contracts come, and their rough bouts of sex heat up in the process.

However, they’re almost killed on a job—a job no one knew about except Mick’s friend and handler Johnny. When Johnny is murdered, they team up with the two other hit men who also once worked for Johnny, to find and eliminate his killer as well.

With death and destruction now both men’s way of life, will it draw them closer together—or destroy what has become more than just a friendship?

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Review: It’s been a while since I read a book by Edward Kendrick, and I won’t wait too long to read another. This book started out with an exciting hook: talented hit man meets even more talented shifter. Have your gun swiped from your hands before you can pull the trigger and…have incredibly hot sex? Yeah, good start to a book that kept me on my toes for the duration.

This story had a strong plotline to begin with. Gavin, the intended target, partners with Mick to figure out who had ordered the hit. Together they uncover that mystery only to find themselves lodged in a second, and equally intriguing, one. You, that’s right, you basically get two intense stories for the price of one.

There were some elements to the story which forced me to suspend my disbelief beyond the normal paranormal stuff. The main one was the plot twist once the first mystery was solved. I found it hard to imagine that Gavin would make the choice he made and had to say to myself, “The story is awesome so I’m just not going to over analyze that little twist.”

By far, the action and pacing of the story was its greatest strength. I found myself rushing to the next chapter just to find out what would happen. There was ample sex and it was written with a hint of BDSM, although I wouldn’t classify this story in that sub-genre.

What I loved about The Hit Man Cometh was how masculine both men were. There were no overly sentimental moments. One man wasn’t more manly than the other. And both had the same guarded typically guy trait of questioning their own feelings, wary of using the “L” word.

All in all, a fun and exciting read. Well worth the experience.

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4.5 Stars, Audio Book, Drama, DSP Publications, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Narration Rating - 3 Stars, Reviewed by Maryann, Rick R. Reed

Audio Review: Third Eye by Rick R. Reed – Narrated by Chad Tindale

Title: Third Eye

Author: Rick R. Reed

Narrator:: Chad Tindale

Publisher: DSP Publications

Run Time: 8 Hours and 57 Minutes

At a Glance: A multifaceted story that could have benefitted from more emotion in the narration.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Who knew that a summer thunderstorm and a lost little boy would conspire to change single dad Cayce D’Amico’s life in an instant? With Luke missing, Cayce ventures into the woods near their house to find his son, only to have lightning strike a tree near him, sending a branch down on his head. When he awakens the next day in the hospital, he discovers he has been blessed or cursed – he isn’t sure which – with psychic ability. Along with unfathomable glimpses into the lives of those around him, he’s getting visions of a missing teenage girl.

When a second girl disappears soon after the first, Cayce realizes his visions are leading him to their grisly fates. Cayce wants to help, but no one believes him. The police are suspicious. The press wants to exploit him. And the girls’ parents have mixed feelings about the young man with the “third eye”.

Cayce turns to local reporter Dave Newton and, while searching for clues to the string of disappearances and possible murders, a spark ignites between the two. Little do they know that nearby, another couple – dark and murderous – are plotting more crimes and wondering how to silence the man who knows too much about them.

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Review: “Fawcettville Pennsylvania a town where nothing ever happens”.

Cayce D’Amico is a single dad to his seven year old son Luke. He’s just an ordinary guy, doesn’t make a lot of money, works at the Elite Diner, lives in an old house, but he gives his all to provide for and love Luke. Cayce was no stranger to abandonment; his ex-wife Joyce had decided, four years earlier, that she no longer wanted the burden of Luke and Cayce, and left them both. Marc, Cayce’s ex, also abandon him and their dog Oreo. And on top of all that, Cayce’s mother doesn’t think her son is responsible enough to take care of Luke.

While Luke is playing in the backyard, Cayce is inside, cooking and trying to keep an eye out for Luke. Then Cayce starts to get strange feelings and realizes a storm is coming. He takes Oreo with him to bring Luke inside, but quickly realizes the boy is no longer in the backyard. When Cayce’s search turns to panic, a neighbor points him in the direction of the dead-end at the woods. As the storm worsens, Oreo spooks and runs for home, leaving Cayce to head into the woods by himself, at which point a tree branch is hit by lightning and hits him on the head.

Luke makes it home and finds his father is not there. Worried, he calls his grandparents. When his grandmother answers the call, her first thoughts are how irresponsible her son is. Luke’s grandfather runs to check on his grandson, sensing something is terribly wrong. He tries to encourage Luke, and they head out into the storm in search of Cayce.

When Cayce awakens in the hospital, after suffering a series of nightmares about his son, he starts having thoughts about different people and can’t figure out why, but still, his main concern is Luke. Dr. Carlos Soto comes to attend Cayce and tells him his parents had brought Luke in the night before. Cayce tells Dr. Soto that he doesn’t remember anything about the accident, but the doctor assures him he will recover just fine. Cayce asks to see his son, and also wants to see the newspaper since he’s heard he’s become somewhat of a celebrity. To Cayce’s surprise the paper isn’t delivered by hospital staff but by Dave Newton, the journalist who wrote the article about Cayce’s accident. As Cayce checks out the article, he notices another about a missing girl, Lucy Plant. Then the nightmares really start!

When Cayce begins experiencing images of some gruesome and frightening things, he has to make a decision about whom to tell. His choices aren’t that great, and he could be facing serious trouble no matter who he chooses, so he settles on Dave, but when he doesn’t hear back from the reporter, he takes matters into his own hands. When Dave does meet up with Cayce again, it’s under less than ideal circumstances, but a special bond forms that night between the two men, and Dave has to make a choice between being a friend or reporter. While Cayce is still haunted by images and feelings, he suffers the worst fright of all when Luke is kidnapped.

Rick R. Reed’s Third Eye is a novel layered with deceit, naïveté, abuse, rape, and murder, and may not be for everyone, but the plot flows well and moves along at a good pace. Reed has created a story that shows how vulnerable young people can be if there is neglect involved, which is sad, because situations like this do exist in society today. It is scary in the fact that fiction can become a reality.

Chad Tindale does a passable reading of Third Eye. It was a somber performance, but I don’t know if this type of story could have been read any differently. He did a good job of distinguishing characters’ voices, but I felt there could have been more emotion reflected in parts of the reading.

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4 Stars, Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, Reviewed by Tina, Riptide Publishing

“Hostile Ground” Is Another Successful Collaboration For L.A. Witt And Aleksandr Voinov – Reviewed by Tina


“If he’d expected to be pampered and coddled through his undercover assignments, he would have gone to work for the CIA.” ― Julie James


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Author: L.A. Witt & Aleksandr Voinov

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 362 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Enemy territory is a dangerous place to fall in love.

After the deaths of three undercover cops investigating a drug ring in a seedy strip club in Seattle, Detective Mahir Hussain has been sent to finish the job. He joins the club’s security team in the hopes of finding enough evidence to bust the operation before the men in charge find a reason to put him in a shallow grave.
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Jennifer Brooks’ “End Game” Is Murder With A Side Of Romance – Reviewed by Jackie


There is always more mystery.” ― Anaïs Nin


Title: End Game

Author: Jennifer Brooks

Publisher: Musa Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 171 Pages

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Blurb: After his cousin is murdered, journalist Jessie Canning reunites with his estranged lover to investigate it.

Jessie was on the phone when his cousin, Ben, was attacked. Fifteen minutes later, when Jessie arrived at Ben’s condo, his cousin was dead. With life and death as close as a minute away, Jessie must work with his estranged lover, Mathew, to learn why anyone would’ve wanted to kill Ben.
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The Chimera Affair by Keira Andrews Is An Affair To Remember

Love is the most difficult and dangerous form of courage. – Delmore Schwartz

So, I found this lovely little short story called The Argentine Seduction that I glommed onto when Loose ID was offering it for free as promo for their Spring Fling collection, which is also when I snatched up Anna Zabo’s Slow Waltz. At the time, I had no idea that these tasty little morsels were snippets set within the worlds of their full length novels, something I learned very quickly after I read “Waltz”, so—and here’s what a quick learner yours truly is—unlike I did with Slow Waltz, I picked up The Chimera Affair and read it before I read The Argentine Seduction. Pretty smart, right?

And I also finished “Chimera”, all three-hundred and four pages of it, in roughly…hours. Think I maybe liked it just a little bit? Well, really, what’s not to love about an action packed story filled with danger, espionage, international intrigue, and seduction?

Kyle Grant is the spy in this passion play; Sebastian Brambani is the mark whose father is not only the criminal element in Kyle’s latest mission, but Sebastian’s also the young man who’s about to turn the coolly detached operative’s world upside down. The elder Brambani has something Kyle needs to get his hands on, something that, in the wrong hands, could prove fatal for a lot of innocent people. The something Kyle ends up getting his hands on, though, is Sebastian, and Arrigo Brambani would rather see his son dead than in the arms of a man.

It’s a shoot-to-thrill, play-to-kill game of outwit the bad guys, and Sebastian is the pawn that Kyle’s willing to manipulate to get what he wants, which means keeping him alive at all costs. But what begins as a cold and calculated maneuver to get hold of the Chimera becomes a genuine game of hearts in which the two men gamble on love, an ante that may be too rich a promise to keep in this line of work.

Keira Andrews pulls this one off in a big way, with cover-to-cover action, exciting locales, and two characters I can’t wait to read about again and again. Kyle was the perfect blend of sophisticated agent for whom the mission is everything, and the lonely man for whom life is a lot less empty now that he’s found The One.

Sebastian is a little bit innocent, a little bit hopeful, a whole lot intelligent and is no one’s shrinking violet, doing what needs to be done when it needs doing, whether he believes in all his strengths or not, and whether he believes he can trust Kyle or not.

The next mission has been assigned and danger is guaranteed to await these two men. I have no doubt that whatever is waiting for them on their next mission, I’ll be there to be sure they make it through.

You can buy The Chimera Affair HERE and The Argentine Seduction HERE

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