5 Stars, Alex Beecroft, Genre Romance, Reviewed By Carrie, Riptide Publishing

Review: Blue Steel Chain by Alex Beecroft

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Title: Blue Steel Chain

Author: Alex Beecroft

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 250 Pages

At a Glance: This book challenges you to reconsider how you feel about love and companionship, your needs versus your wants in a partner and soulmate.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: At sixteen, Aidan Swift was swept off his feet by a rich older man who promised to take care of him for the rest of his life. But eight years later, his sugar daddy has turned from a prince into a beast. Trapped and terrified, Aidan snatches an hour’s respite at the Trowchester Museum.

Local archaeologist James Summers is in a failing long distance relationship with a rock star, and Aidan—nervous, bruised, and clearly in need of a champion—brings out all his white knight tendencies. When everything falls apart for Aidan, James saves him from certain death . . . and discovers a skeleton of another boy who wasn’t so lucky.

As Aidan recovers, James falls desperately in love. But though Aidan acts like an adoring boyfriend, he doesn’t seem to feel any sexual attraction at all. Meanwhile there are two angry exes on the horizon, one coming after them with the press and the other with a butcher’s knife. To be together, Aidan and James must conquer death, sex, and everyone’s preconceptions about the right way to love—even their own.

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Review: Aidan is trapped. Taken from the streets at sixteen by a psychopath, fear is something he lives with; it is a tangible thing for him. Yet, there is a curious detachment with Aidan and how he views his abuse. Being hit he shrinks from, but the rape he constantly is subjected to doesn’t seem to touch him emotionally – it is just something that happens, not something that can affect him. Alex Beecroft has written a moving picture of a man coping with what life has dealt him, and you WANT Aidan to be saved.

James has appeared in the other books in the Trowchester Series, and he is a truly likable character. The consummate nerd, James is curator of the local museum. He is tall and lanky, pushes his hands through his hair, constantly smudging his face with smears from his fingers, and loses his glasses regularly. James is a true gentle man. When he and Aidan meet by chance in his museum, James has a profound effect on Aidan, and Aidan is drawn toward the goodness he finds in James.

Of course, it’s not that easy. Aidan has to escape a psychopath, and James has to escape an ex-boyfriend, but the solid foundation for a happy ever after for the two is definitely laid as they each learn to stand strong as individual men coming together to make a whole. James and Aidan have more to overcome, and Alex Beecroft challenges you to accept a new picture of love…AND DOES AN AMAZING JOB OF IT! How do you make it work when one man is homosexual and one is asexual? But make it work they do, and it is awesome. We each love in our own way – there is no right or wrong way to love – thank you to the author for reminding me.

I am a big fan of Alex Beecroft and have read all the books in this series. You do not need to read them in order, as they each stand-alone. Each is filled with incredibly well written characters and plots that make you not want to stop once you have started reading.

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Angel, SJD Peterson

Review: Splintered by SJD Peterson

Title: Splintered

Author:  SJD Peterson

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 220 Pages

At a Glance:  An excellent psycho-thriller mystery story, with a bit of romance thrown in.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: A string of murders targeting effeminate gay men has the GLBTQ community of Chicago on alert, but budget cuts have left many precincts understaffed and overworked. Not to mention, homophobia is alive and well within the law enforcement community and little has been done to solve the mystery. When the FBI calls in Special Agent Todd Hutchinson and his team, the locals are glad to hand the case off. But Hutch finds a bigger mystery than anyone originally realized—seventeen linked murders committed in several different jurisdictions. Hutch’s clues lead him to Noah Walker.

Working on his PhD in forensic psychology, Noah has been obsessed with serial murders since he was a child. But coming to Hutch’s attention as a suspect isn’t a good way to start a relationship. Noah finds himself hunted, striking him off Hutch’s suspect list, but not off his radar. To catch the killer before anyone else falls victim, they’ll have to work together, and quickly, to bring him to justice

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Review:  Just when I thought I was left to Nora Roberts’ Eve Dallas to provide me with a good and sexy mystery, especially after Josh Lanyon decided to end Mr. English’s career, I find SJD Peterson. And yes, I am ranking this new-to-me author right up there with two on my all time favorites list. I really enjoyed this mystery and hope the clues the author left indicate there will be more from this series, and soon.

As the blurb says, Hutch and his team are out to find a killer. And it was one I didn’t even expect. The clues to the killer were almost nonexistent, which was a change. Normally I get some inkling about the bad guy but when he was revealed, I was like, oh… wow, okay, and I went with it.

The details of both the mystery and the police work felt real to me, down to the homophobia of the police departments working the murders, and the fear of the gay community. Hutch is jaded and intense, and I love how he saw into the mind of the killer, though he never actually saw him. Noah was just too cute for words, and intelligent to boot. I love that his past is what pushed him into his chosen field. His backstory makes me wonder if the mystery will be solved, and I hope for further sequels in this series.

Granite and Byte round out the team of investigators, and I would also enjoy more from them and their stories in the future. All the characters worked well together and once I began reading, it was hard to put the book down. I finished Splintered in just one night.

SJD Peterson focuses on the mystery here, and the romance between the protagonists is secondary. I liked that, and creepily, the reasons behind it made sense in context despite there being few clues to the mystery and murders. I also enjoyed the chemistry Hutch and Noah had. There isn’t much shown about their relationship, though, other than a one-night stand before Hutch’s guilt forces him to refocus on the case.

I found out, after reading, there are some outtakes from the book, and I would love to read them as well. Definitely looking forward to more of this series, and I will be on the lookout for more of the author’s works.

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Excerpt and Giveaway: The IM Blog Tour With Rick R. Reed

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The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome Dreamspinner and DSP Publications author Rick R. Reed today on the IM blog tour. Enjoy the excerpt from the book and then be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for the chance to win an e-copy of his DSPP novel Third Eye.

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IM-400x600Blurb – IM: The Internet is the new meat market for gay men. Now a killer is turning the meat market into a meat wagon.

One by one, he’s killing them. Lurking in the digital underworld of Men4HookUpNow.com, he lures, seduces, and charms, reaching out through instant messages to the unwary. When the first body surfaces, openly gay Chicago Police Department detective Ed Comparetto is called in to investigate. At the scene, the young man who discovered the body tells him the story of how he found his friend. But did this witness play a bigger role in the murder than he’s letting on?

For Comparetto, this encounter is the beginning of a nightmare—because this witness did more than just show up at the scene of the crime; he set the scene.

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Excerpt: Lake Shore Drive at night has its own excitement, especially when one is hurtling toward a rendezvous with an unknown destiny. On one side of my car, Lake Michigan bears silent witness to the streams of traffic heading north and south, headlights like glowing insect eyes piercing the night. The other side of the highway is crowded with high-rises, their glass, chrome, and concrete rising into the sky, hives of activity within, quiet sentinels without.

I have a cold bottle of Samuel Adams between my legs, a Marlboro burning in the ashtray. Normally, beer and cigarettes are not my vices. I care about my health, you see. But these are props, the same as the deeper-pitched voice I use, same as my word choices, which are much less sophisticated than someone with an MA in English from the University of Chicago. The beer and cigarettes are part of my costume. Tonight I wear faded, ragged Levi’s 501s, the crotch faded, the buttons moving in an inverted question mark, emphasizing the bulge in my crotch.
When did gay men turn into no-charge prostitutes? Has it always been this way?
Whatever. I’m also wearing a Bulls T-shirt, the sleeves cut off raggedly, the neck cut low.
I take a swig of the beer, letting its cold bitterness snake down my throat, and turn up the tape player. Ironic. Leonard Cohen is singing, “Ain’t No Cure for Love.”

I press down on the gas; ahead is my exit: Irving Park Road.

When I arrive, I see the apartment is a red brick six flat, identical to others all over the city. I ring the buzzer, and the guy doesn’t even bother to ask who it is. No difference. We never exchanged names anyway.

Trudging up the stairs, waiting for the shotgun-cocking sound of a lock being turned, a chain sliding back into place. Someone waits to admit me. Someone I don’t even know.

What a friendly world this is.

A door opens above.

What waits upstairs?

I round the bend and I see him. Nothing like his description, but who expected different? I am nothing like what I told him. No matter. As long as you’re male and reasonably young and acceptable, you’re in.

The guy has a good body, and his lips curl into a grin as I head toward him, dragging on my Marlboro. He’s wearing a pair of black bikini briefs. His moment of glory, this is what he’s worked for all those long hours at the gym. Finally someone to appreciate the shaved and defined pecs, the smooth washboard belly, the bulging biceps I just know he will somehow maneuver to flex for me.

But he’s much older than what I had expected. Midforties probably. His reddish-brown hair is thinning, and the blue eyes are framed by crow’s feet. A bottle of “eye-revitalizing” cream is in his medicine cabinet, I bet. The goatee, a desperate ploy to make himself look younger and hip, is embarrassingly ineffective. A cougar tattoo snakes down one of his arms.

“How you doin’?” I exhale a cloud of smoke and pass him as he opens the door wider to admit me.

“Great. Now that you’re here.”

The apartment is small, crowded with “contemporary” furniture: a black leather grouping in the living room, chrome and glass tables, spare jagged-looking twig and dried flower arrangements. On the walls, Herb Ritts posters of absurdly pumped-up young men in various settings: a garage, on the seashore.

The guy leads me into the bedroom. Platform bed, comforter thrown back, striped sheets. The nightstand holds the tools of his true trade: a plastic cup full of condoms he probably never uses, a couple of little brown bottles filled with butyl nitrite, a leather cock ring, a metal cock ring, and a large pump bottle of Wet. On the lower shelf, a stack of neatly folded but ragged white towels.
A dresser faces the bed, and atop it, a color TV and DVD combination. On the screen, a wildly muscled dark-haired guy tries to sit on one of those orange traffic cones. Amazingly, he’s beginning to succeed.

I grin.

The guy drops the black briefs and sits on the bed. Hoarsely, “Why don’t you get undressed, man?”

“Why don’t you do it for me?”

Instantly supplicant, he’s on his knees before me, working the buttons on my jeans. I’m sure his eyes are glistening. Already his breath is coming faster.

I push his hand away. “Hold on.” I lift the goateed face up to my own and look in his blue eyes, where nothing but desire and trust mingle. “I want you to lie down on the bed. Lie on your stomach.”

He gets up and does as he’s told. The half moons of his ass practically glow in the darkness. A thin whiter line disappears in his crack, where his thong was. The definition in his arms shows up perfectly as he raises them above his head to clutch the pillow.

His legs are parted, waiting.

“I just need to do something real quick. You stay right there.” I look back at him as I exit the room. “You’re a good boy, right? Do what you’re told?”

“Yes, sir.”

In the kitchen, I go quickly through the drawers until I find the one with the knives. For the first time, I get hard, and I think of the blood pumping, filling the spongy cavities.

The blood. Essence of life.

I strip down, leaving my clothes in a pile on the kitchen floor. I hope I don’t bring any cockroaches home.

I hold the butcher knife I chose to my side, concealing it with my arm, and head back to the bedroom.

He still lies there, waiting and trustful, thinking he’s about to be penetrated.

And he is.

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Rick R. ReedAuthor Bio: Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). Raining Men and Caregiver have both won the Rainbow Award for gay fiction.  Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”

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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Trowchester Blues Blog Tour With Alex Beecroft

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The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome author Alex Beecroft on Riptide Publishing’s Trowchester Blues blog tour. Enjoy Alex’s guest post, then be sure to leave a comment below.

Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for an e-book from Alex Beecroft’s backlist (*excepting Trowchester Blues*). Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on February 15, 2015 (*Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries*).

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I’m still best known for my historicals. If people approach me for a foreword or a review, it tends to be for historicals. Given that my first book, Captain’s Surrender, was a historical, my ‘big break’ book, False Colors, was a historical, and my last book, The Reluctant Berserker was a historical, I shouldn’t be too shocked about this. I find history fascinating, and one of my favourite things is to visit a distant historical era and rejoice in how weird everything looks there.

Out of a disastrous inability to settle to any one thing, I’ve also written fantasy and contemporaries over the years. My fantasy includes The Wages of Sin, which is set in the 18th Century, and the Under the Hill books, which have a strong injection of World War II flying aces. I’m also currently writing something of an epic in which some pseudo-Etruscans are marooned on an island with some pseudo-Kushites. So it’s fair to say that there’s a strong undercurrent of history through the majority of my fantasy too.

My one previous contemporary, Shining in the Sun, was an exception to this rule. I had told myself that I wanted to see if I could write a contemporary, and I had decided that what I fancied was to capture a Cornish summer holiday in print. I thought it would be easy to write, because I knew the area, and I knew what it was like being a contemporary person, but dear God, it was nothing of the sort. I think it was the hardest book I’ve ever written to motivate myself to work on. I remember that I got to the end of it and thought I’ve thrown everything into this book. There’s nothing left. I’ll never be able to write a contemporary ever again. 

I’m fairly sure that I even said so on my blog.

I should have known better, of course. My muse (if I only have one of them. I don’t know. They live in a grey fog and I never see where the words come from) heard that sentence and took it for a challenge.

But what if you could write contemporaries? It said. How could we go about making a modern day setting appealing to you? And the answer turned out to be, in part, add more history.

After all, I’m English, and I’ve grown up steeped in history. The town where I do my shopping has a cathedral that was founded in 673ad. I go in quite often and feel very aware of being part of a church community that has worshipped in that place for over a thousand years. It doesn’t feel natural to me not to have history interwoven with everything.

Not to mention the fact that a lot of my readers expect history from me, and I bet they would also feel a bit cut off, a bit beached on a thirsty and barren place, to be set down in modernity with no anchor to anything before it.

So there was my solution. I was going to write contemporaries and allow my characters to have a similar relationship to history as my own. I know what it’s like to be thrilled by and tender of antiquarian books the way Finn is in Trowchester Blues. One of the wonders of my university life was Manchester University’s John Ryland’s library where medieval manuscripts rub shoulders with papyri including the St John Fragment, believed to be the oldest extant New Testament text. Part of being a modern person for me is appreciating a good manuscript, and I gave that love to Finn wholesale.

In the same way, a lot of British villages have their traditions and even their legal idiosyncracies that go way back into the past. It used to be that the Lord of the Manor might house his workers in cottages on the estate known as tied cottages – the right to live in them was tied to the worker’s job serving the Lord, and they could be kicked out if they didn’t do as they were told. This is not a common practice any more, but it’s not completely eradicated either. Hence Lady Mary Harcombe of Harcombe house gets away with running her own private army.

History is everywhere in British towns. Glastonbury owes its prosperity almost entirely to the Tor and the Abbey where King Arthur is buried. These things draw in tourists. Trowchester has a Bronze Age barrow and a holy well, and a Roman wall which hasn’t yet been explored but I’m sure I’ll get round to it. I think it’s those things that made me feel I could be at home there.

I hope if you’ve liked my historicals you’ll take a risk on the Trowchester books because I’ve brought my own love of history to them. And I hope if you like contemporaries, you won’t object to a contemporary that wears its history like a femme fatale wears her mysterious past. Both, I hope, make the present substantially more interesting.

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TrowchesterBlues_400x600Blurb: Michael May is losing it. Long ago, he joined the Metropolitan Police to escape his father’s tyranny and protect people like himself. Now his father is dead, and he’s been fired for punching a suspect. Afraid of his own rage, he returns to Trowchester—and to his childhood home, with all its old fears and memories. When he meets a charming, bohemian bookshop owner who seems to like him, he clings tight.

Fintan Hulme is an honest man now. Five years ago, he retired from his work as a high class London fence and opened a bookshop. Then an old client brings him a stolen book too precious to turn away, and suddenly he’s dealing with arson and kidnapping, to say nothing of all the lies he has to tell his friends. Falling in love with an ex-cop with anger management issues is the last thing he should be doing.

Finn thinks Michael is incredibly sexy. Michael knows Finn is the only thing that still makes him smile. But in a relationship where cops and robbers are natural enemies, that might not be enough to save them.

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Author BioAbout the Author: Alex Beecroft is an English author best known for historical fiction, notably Age of Sail, featuring gay characters and romantic storylines. Her novels and shorter works include paranormal, fantasy, and contemporary fiction.

Beecroft won Linden Bay Romance’s (now Samhain Publishing) Starlight Writing Competition in 2007 with her first novel, Captain’s Surrender, making it her first published book. On the subject of writing gay romance, Beecroft has appeared in the Charleston City Paper, LA Weekly, the New Haven Advocate, the Baltimore City Paper, and The Other Paper. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association of the UK and an occasional reviewer for the blog Speak Its Name, which highlights historical gay fiction.

Alex was born in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and grew up in the wild countryside of the English Peak District. She lives with her husband and two children in a little village near Cambridge and tries to avoid being mistaken for a tourist.

Alex is only intermittently present in the real world. She has led a Saxon shield wall into battle, toiled as a Georgian kitchen maid, and recently taken up an 800-year-old form of English folk dance, but she still hasn’t learned to operate a mobile phone.

She is represented by Louise Fury of the L. Perkins Literary Agency.

Connect with Alex:WebsiteBlogFacebookTwitter: @Alex_BeecroftGoodreads

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4.5 Stars, Genre Romance, Lisa Worrall, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Tina, White Stiletto Press

Review and Giveaway: Laurel Heights 2 by Lisa Worrall

Title: Laurel Heights 2

Author: Lisa Worrall

Publisher: White Stiletto Press

Pages/Word Count: 143 Pages

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Will and Scott are now out and proud and living together in Scott’s tiny house. So everything is perfect, right? Wrong…

Scott has a new partner, a new male partner, and Will is not happy about that at all.

A sadistic serial killer is at large, torturing his way through the gay community, but Will and Scott have no leads.

And one of the residents of Laurel Heights has been arrested for murder. Continue reading

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4 Stars, Boroughs Publishing Group, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Tina, Susan Mac Nicol

Review: Love and Punishment by Susan Mac Nicol

Title: Love and Punishment

Author: Susan Mac Nicol

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Pages/Word Count: 245 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: FROM DARKNESS AND LIGHT

Someone is leaving a trail of bodies throughout London, and Detective Anthony Parglietto is determined to end the violence. Then he’ll return to the man he loves.

Tough, street-savvy, and used to dealing with lowlifes, Flynn Parker is the last person Anthony thinks he has to protect. Then the Bow-Tie Killer strikes close to home and the world turns upside down. Right is wrong, black is white, and a policeman might become a monster. But in the name of love, justice must be served. In the name of love, pain can be endured. In the name of love, a man can taste the very essence that defines him. Continue reading

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4 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Erotica, Genre Romance, Heidi Belleau, Horror, Lisa Henry, Mystery/Suspense/Action Thriller, Reviewed by Tina, Riptide Publishing, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau’s “Bliss” Is Too Good To Be True

“If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.” — Every Parent Ever


Title: Bliss

Author: Lisa Henry and Heidi Belleau

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 230 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: They’re always happy.

Rory James has worked hard all his life to become a citizen of the idyllic city-state of Beulah. Like every other kid born in the neighboring country of Tophet, he’s heard the stories: No crime or pollution. A house and food for everyone. It’s perfect, and Rory is finally getting a piece of it. Continue reading

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5 Stars, Barbara Elsborg, Reviewed by Lana, Samhain Publishing

Barbara Elsborg’s “Every Move He Makes” Is A Story of Passion, Denial, And Danger


“Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have?” – Joss Whedon


Title: Every Move He Makes

Author: Barbara Elsborg

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 324 Pages

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: Keeping an eye on his charge isn’t easy. Keeping his hands off? Impossible…

It took attending his own funeral to force Logan to accept a new life as an undercover MI6 agent. That doesn’t make his latest assignment any less aggravating. Babysitting a Russian pop star with delusions that someone’s trying to kill him.
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N.R. Walker Delivers A Relationship To The “Breaking Point”


“The quick pain of the truth can pass away, but the slow, eating agony of a lie is never lost. That’s a running sore.” ― John Steinbeck


Title: Breaking Point (Turning Point #2)

Author: N.R. Walker

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 238

Rating: 5 Stars

Blurb: A fight for what’s right becomes a fight for his life.
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Abigail Roux, Riptide Publishing

A Little Touch & Geaux Goes A Long Way

What’s past is prologue. — William Shakespeare

I went into this book with great expectations for our boys Ty & Zane. After reading Stars & Stripes, I figured we were all good and the boys were on the right track, ya know? So as I sit down and start reading, I found myself in this warm little bubble of joy. The first chapter has a sexy photo shoot, some great flirting, unfortunately for the boys a poorly timed phone call, and a 20th anniversary surprise party for Zane. Sounds great right? Well that is how it starts, but not how it continues. For all of us that have read this series we know that Ty CANNOT go to New Orleans right? Well, guess where he and Zane end up? You guessed it: NOLA!

Trouble does seem to follow these two men everywhere they go. While they join with the Sidewinder team to celebrate Sanchez’s birthday, a murdered woman is found in the bathroom of the bar they are in. Along with this, a not so chance meeting between Zane and Liam Bell starts a domino effect of epic proportions. Ty & Zane have always known there were secrets; recently they had cleared the air and put all their cards on the table, right? Well…not so much. Ty ends up having to come clean with Zane about one situation that isn’t so terrible, but when Zane keeps digging, he forces Ty to bare all. All I can say is, be careful what you wish for, Zane. Once Ty reveals all, it leaves Zane questioning the entire two years they have spent together, both professionally and personally.

It seems Ty’s past has come back to haunt him in more ways than one. Liam Bell turns out to be a huge thorn in their side, and he brings about some confessions that just may level Ty & Zane for good, and he also brings back Zane’s past in a huge way. When a threat to Ty is revealed, Zane and the Sidewinder boys instantly go on the offensive. While looking for a place to lay low, they end up with Ava. You remember her, right? The cleaver wound to Ty’s ribs? I have to say when it rains on Ty, it just seems to pour. Zane is not handling Ty’s confessions well; if you thought the alley fight in Cut & Run was good, it has nothing on the brawl between them in Ava’s bar. Ty truly broke Zane’s trust, and it doesn’t seem that it is going to heal anytime soon.

There is as much action as you can handle in this book. Between the crooked NOLA cops, the Columbian drug lords, an assassin and the Sidewinder boys, all I can say is WOW. Abi Roux wrote some of the best action scenes of the entire series. A shootout in a cemetary, a footchase that ends with a voodoo powder to the face, an OMG so cool motorcycle rescue, and a standoff in an amusement park kept me on the edge of my seat.

Not everyone makes it out in this installment, but I think the ones that do, come out stronger in the end. I will tell you this was not an easy read. Ty & Zane do some major soul searching, and I believe they both come out stronger for it. Now, we may not like the angst caused by Ty’s confessions, but I personally believe these two needed to put it all on the table so to say. All the issues between them lead to major soul-searching for both of them. Zane finally gets to know the true Ty and at the same time, he also finds the true Zane. It is an arduous journey but a necessary one.

Now, don’t fret. There are some light moments too. One of my favorites is this one: “Zane.” Ty’s voice was harsh in his ear. “Don’t speak geek to me when you’re naked. It shatters the illusion.”

There was also a gift given to Zane by Ty, no words needed; he gave him an orchid, ya know, in case he wants to cut and run. One thing I don’t think I ever doubted in this book was their mutual love. That message came through clearly. This quote from the book defines it for me: “He trusted Ty with his body. He always had. He trusted Ty with his heart. It was his very soul that Ty had the power to break.” Don’t we always say you always hurt the ones you love? Of course, Ms. Abi Roux couldn’t leave us without the cliffy right? The final sentence in this book is a killer!!!

I look at this book as a pivotal point for our boys. What will happen in the future only Abi Roux knows, but I know I will be there to read it, I have already pre-ordered the next book. I hope you all enjoy this book as much as I did.

Reviewed by: Jackie

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