5 Stars, Aisling Mancy, Drama, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Maryann, Shira Anthony

Review: A Solitary Man by Shira Anthony and Aisling Mancy

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Title: A Solitary Man

Authors: Shira Anthony and Aisling Mancy

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 304 Pages

At a Glance: Solitary Man is action packed, suspenseful, has lots of dangerous moments, and it deals with important subject matter as well.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Sparks fly when Chance meets tall, sexy Xav at a Wilmington bar and they have the hottest one-nighter of their lives. But Chance doesn’t do repeats, Xav seems detached, and they go their separate ways without a word. Later, when closeted Assistant District Attorney C. Evan “Chance” Fairchild meets Dare’s Landing’s newest deputy sheriff, Xavier “Xav” Constantine, Evan isn’t only wary. He’s irritated as hell.

Xavier is a former FBI agent turned deputy sheriff who is hot on the trail of a South American child prostitution ring. Evan is fighting to put an end to rampant cocaine trafficking and chafing under the thumb of an election-hungry boss. When someone tries to kill the eleven-year-old witness who holds the key to both their investigations, they’re forced to work together as they put their lives on the line to protect him. As Chance and Xav collide in the heat of a sweltering North Carolina summer, dodging bullets and chasing bad guys isn’t the only action going on.

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Review: After the DEA causes the death of two young boys, Xavier Constantine makes a career change, from FBI agent to Deputy Sheriff.  He heads up the Crimes Against Children Task Force in Dare’s Landing. While dealing with the loss, he finds himself educating his team about child sex rings and drug trafficking.

Chance Evan Fairchild, Assistant District Attorney, is still dealing with dark issues from his youth. He’s a loner and doesn’t let anyone get close to him, and is more than satisfied being closeted. He doesn’t like that drug trafficking has come to his corner of the world, and he vows to get to the bottom of it.  He’s not real happy about Xavier, the new deputy sheriff, though. But after a heartbreaking end to a stakeout, Chance’s eyes are opened, and he finds himself teaming up with Xavier to protect a young boy and help to put an end to trafficking.

I think Xavier is a great character. Even though he’s out, he still has to face some intolerance, but he wasn’t portrayed as the “tough guy” character. He’s just a man standing up for what he believes in. I liked the banter with his mother and siblings, even though it was brief. He also shows patience and understanding with Chance, and never put pressure on him to reveal his issues. Sadly, I didn’t get the feeling that this is the beginning of a series, so I would have liked this story to end a little differently.

A Solitary Man has a solid group of characters, including John Carson, Twyla Faye, Sheriff Winston, Ridley, and Billy, who become a top notch team. The story is action packed, suspenseful, has lots of dangerous moments, and it deals with important subject matter as well: child and drug trafficking, and psychological damage that is caused by confinement. Greed plays a big part of this story too, and what sick and perverted people will do for money. Anthony and Mancy did an exceptional job of bringing these issues to the forefront.

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3.5 Stars, A.J. Llewellyn, DJ Manly, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Kim

Review: Mirrors by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly

Title: Mirrors

Author: A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 210 Pages

At a Glance: There are some parts of Mirrors that will reflect kindly in my memories.

Reviewed By: Kim

Blurb: Troy and Aaron Mayer, identical twins separated at the age of two, lived wildly different lives. Aaron struggled to take care of their alcoholic, gambling-addicted mother, while Troy, raised by their father, experienced a life of luxury. After years of silence, Troy asks to see Aaron. When Aaron arrives at his brother’s boat, he finds his twin dead by suicide. In his farewell note, Troy offers Aaron his car, his money, and his life of riches.

On the run from loan sharks, Aaron slips easily into this mirrored life. But everywhere he turns he discovers somebody Troy devastated, including his handsome husband, Dave Alvarez. Pulled into his brother’s life of crime, Aaron is set up for a fall, but he’s too strong to shatter.

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Review: I’m not too sure how I feel about A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly’s Mirrors, so I’ll start with what I did like about this book:

The writing was smooth—not choppy or overly dramatic—and the plot was interesting enough that I felt compelled to continue reading to see what would happen next. Aaron was likable and I really felt for him, growing up with an alcoholic mother. This woman was a real sleaze when it came to parenting—stealing your kid’s identity is a real low.

I liked Dave too, but the guy was a glutton for punishment. How many times did he catch Troy cheating on him? And still stuck around because he loved the guy! I must say that Aaron was a vast improvement over Troy, although it must have been devastating for Dave to find out he wasn’t sleeping with his husband, that he’d unintentionally cheated too. It’s that moment where one perfectly understands the why someone is soooo POd!

As for the things I didn’t like about Mirrors:

Troy! Yes, the guy gave new meaning to sludge-bottom thinking and actions. What happened to him was karma hitting back. Still, I kind of wished that there had been more interaction between the twins, Troy and Aaron. It’s a shame the parents kept them apart growing up, something that would leave Troy thinking, “Things could have been different,” rather than what eventually did happen. Way to go, Daddy! He wasn’t much better than the mother when it came to nurturing his children.

I also felt the storyline was a bit rushed when Aaron and Dave reunited, and I wish there’d been more written about that, but all in all, there are some parts of Mirrors that will reflect kindly in my memories when I come across it again in my vast library.

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Title: In the Presence of Mine Enemy

Author: Helena Maeve

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 89 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: A game of spy against spy leaves little room for second chances.

Freshly retired from Section ranks, Hailey is glad to be out of the tangle of spy games that cost him both family and friends. All he wants is a quiet holiday on the French coast, his first in many years. He doesn’t expect to look up one day and find a former agent looking back—much less a man who should be rotting in prison. Continue reading

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Title: Scrap Metal

Author: Harper Fox

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 258 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Is there room for love in a heart full of secrets?

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