Review: Fair Game (All’s Fair #1) by Josh Lanyon

fairgame.jpg

Author: Josh Lanyon
Publication Date: August 1, 2010
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 270 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Amazon | Barnes and NobleGoodreads | Kobo

SYNOPSIS

A crippling knee injury forced Elliot Mills to trade in his FBI badge for dusty chalkboards and bored college students. Now a history professor at Puget Sound university, the former agent has put his old life behind him—but it seems his old life isn’t finished with him.

A young man has gone missing from campus—and as a favor to a family friend, Elliot agrees to do a little sniffing around. His investigations bring him face-to-face with his former lover, Tucker Lance, the special agent handling the case.

Things ended badly with Tucker, and neither man is ready to back down on the fight that drove them apart. But they have to figure out a way to move beyond their past and work together as more men go missing and Elliot becomes the target in a killer’s obsessive game…

I am super into romance mysteries right now, so of course I had to start on another Josh Lanyon series after reading The Adrien English Mysteries. I feel like I enjoyed this book a lot, simply because the story was much more tighter from beginning-to-end. The main characters were introduced quite early on, and their characterizations were well-developed. The mystery aspect of this story had me on my toes and kept me guessing until the end.

This is the start of a trilogy starring an ex-FBI agent, Elliot Mills. He was injured on the job, and rather than take a desk job at the FBI, he is now a college professor where his father used to teach.This book is told just from Elliot’s POV. He lives in a cabin out on a island he has to travel by ferry to each day to and from work. He still has aches and pains in his leg that’ll never truly go away. When a student goes missing on campus, his father calls Elliot in to help a family friend find their son. The FBI is already on the case, but with Elliot’s experience, his father thought Elliot can help keep them in the loop better than the FBI can. This is how Elliot then finds himself working alongside his former lover, Tucker Lance, as they hunt down suspects to the boy’s disappearance.

Elliot and Tucker were lovers when Elliot was still in the FBI, but they were never really quite boyfriends. When Elliot left the FBI, that was the end of their relationship, and it becomes evident very quickly that they left things on a bitter note.

What I really love about Lanyon’s mysteries is that there are so many secondary characters introduced into the story that it’s difficult to tell who the killer is. Everyone starts looking like a suspect at one time or another. Then, there’s the fact that there’s two student disappearances, and when there’s absolutely nothing to tie the two together, the case gets even more complex. The story is intricate, and there’s even some harrowing moments for Elliot when his investigation into the missing students starts angering the wrong person.

I especially love that while there’s a mystery going on, the reader is also left wondering about Elliot and Tucker’s relationship. Their relationship feels natural, and while the two characters knew each other before this story began, I don’t think we’re really left out on any missing storylines between the two from before. Elliot and Tucker just never really had a close, emotional relationship before their separation and everything that builds up between them happens in this book. I really liked reading about Elliot and Tucker and their newfound growing attraction for each other.

Overall, I really liked this story and feels like it’s a fantastic start to a series!

Advertisements

ARC Review: Tequila Sunrise (Agents Irish and Whiskey #4) by Layla Reyne

tequilasunrise.jpg

Author: Layla Reyne
Publication Date: November 13, 2017
Format: ARC
Page Length: 120 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Amazon | Goodreads

SYNOPSIS

Former FBI agent Melissa “Mel” Cruz spent years skirting the line between life and death, knowing the next assignment might be her last. Back from overseas and eager to enjoy life outside the Bureau, she’s ready to give Danny Talley a Christmas Eve he’ll never forget.

A proven asset in high stakes missions, Danny’s known for having the skill and brains to get the job done. When the Talley Flag Ship is hijacked during the company holiday party, he’ll do anything to save his family, his love, and everything they’ve all worked so hard to build. But their enemies have a secondary protocol—leave no survivors—and that plan is already in play.

Navigating through a tangled web of lies and betrayal, Mel and Danny race against the clock to retake the ship before their future goes up in flames. As the seconds tick down, they’re forced to face their greatest fear—losing each other.

Don’t be fooled that just because this is a novella that this isn’t going to be a high stakes story. Because things HAPPEN. And you’ll be on the edge of your seat reading this. I did like that there’s flashbacks throughout this story (I think I’m a huge fan of flashbacks at the moment) and you can see the moments where Mel and Danny slowly start falling in love.

Continue reading

Blog Tour ARC Review: Ruin You (The Debt #3) by Molly O’Keefe

ruinyou

Author: Molly O’Keefe
Publication Date: November 9, 2017
Format: ARC
Page Length: 289 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Goodreads | iBooks

SYNOPSIS

Simon

The only thing that stands in the way of my revenge is her.

The lying scheming daughter of the man who killed my parents. She has the secrets I need to bring down her father.

And I’ll do anything to get them. I will lie to her. Steal from her. Use her.
Ruin her.

It helps that our chemistry is explosive.

What I’m not expecting is for her to be so sweet. And so strong.

So…irresistible.

Penny

After so many years of lying and hiding, I finally have a place to call home. With people I can call a family. The Paintbrush Inn is my life now, and I won’t let anyone ruin it.

When sexy and world-weary Simon checks in to the Inn, I never expect him to glance my way. I’ve spent my whole life blending into the background. Being overlooked and ignored. It’s been helpful, even though it’s lonely. And he’s way out of my league.

But our attraction is powerful. Undeniable.

Dangerous.

Because I can’t let anyone close. If the secrets I keep were to be revealed, my whole life would be destroyed. But something about Simon makes me break all my own rules. I’m letting him in to my home, my body, my life, never expecting he has his own secrets.

His own lies.

When the truth comes out, we’ll both be ruined.

This book is wonderful. It slays me. This book does technically work as a standalone because a lot of the relevant information is recapped at the beginning, but I would still highly recommend checking out Lost Without You and Where I Belong to read Tommy and Beth’s story. This series (and the beginning of Ruin You) starts off with these kids in a foster home. There’s Tommy, Beth, Simon, Rosa, and Carissa and they’re all teenagers at the time. Their foster parents were abusive and it winds up with Simon killing foster “dad” only known as The Pastor.

Tommy, Simon, and Carissa wind up making a deal with a man named Bates (also seen in another series called Bad Boy Romance, and more specifically in book two, Baby, Come Back). Bates somehow clears them of all charges and they get away with only the threat that one day Bates will come to ask them to do a job for him. Legal or illegal, they’re expected to do it because Bates has the influence to put them back in jail for a crime worse then killing The Pastor. We already saw Tommy and Beth’s story, and now this is Simon’s.

Continue reading

ARC Review: Citywide (Five Boroughs #6) by Santino Hassell

citywide.jpeg

Author: Santino Hassell
Publication Date: November 13, 2017
Format: ARC
Page Length: 370 pages
My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Goodreads | Kobo | Publisher

SYNOPSIS

Anthology can be read as a standalone

A record-breaking heatwave engulfs the Five Boroughs, and emotions run as hot as the temperatures.

In Rerouted, Chris Mendez is trying to live a drama-free life. That doesn’t include another threesome with Jace and Aiden Fairbairn. But then a citywide blackout leaves them trapped together, and Chris is forced to re-examine everything he thought he knew about relationships and his own heart.

In Gridlocked, former Marine Tonya Maldonado is keeping real estate heiress Meredith Stone on permanent ignore. Mere isn’t Tonya’s type. Not even close. Who cares if she kisses like a dream and has the filthiest mouth this side of the East River? But then a security detail at a summer party ends with her saving Mere’s life and discovering they have more chemistry than she’d ever imagined.

In Derailed, Stephanie Quinones escapes the heat and her complicated love life by going on a company retreat. Trouble is, it’s a couples’ retreat, and she lied about having a boyfriend. Unfortunately, the only person willing to play pretend is her on-again/off-again fling, Angel León. They’re currently “off again,” but after a week in the woods, Stephanie realizes she wouldn’t mind them being permanently on.

So, this anthology can be read as a standalone, but I would highly recommend checking out the rest of the Five Boroughs series. This gives a lovely HEA to secondary characters who have grown in the series that have now gotten their own storylines. AND I LOVE THAT WE HAVE THIS BOOK. Here’s your reminder that Third Rail is a collection of short stories that is available for FREE about Chris/Aiden/Jace that leads into their story in this book.

A fun fact about this novel is that we get the perspective told from the Queens Crew for each of their stories. So, that means Chris, Tonya, Stephanie, and Angel are the POVs and while we’ve read stories from Chris’ perspective (and a very little bit from the others if you’re on Patreon), this is the first time we get entire chapters told from their perspective. It does mean that I’m kinda missing Aiden and Jace’s POVs in Rerouted, but Chris is more than enough to carry the story. ❤

Continue reading

Review: Hell & High Water (THIRDS #1) by Charlie Cochet

hellandhighwater.jpg

Author: Charlie Cochet
Publication Date: July 7, 2014
Format: E-Book
Page Length: 296 pages
My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book DepositoryGoodreads | Kobo

SYNOPSIS

When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.

Well, I know people love this series, but this book didn’t really impress me. It definitely has potential as a larger story, and yet I’m not sure if I want to continue on with the series. The characters, being touted as the best and the top of their agency, make really dumb mistakes and all act like rookies on the job. I don’t know. I’m not really feeling this book. I love books on shifters, but the first half was a huge info dump and the ~mystery was way too predictable for a team of highly qualified agents.

Continue reading

ARC Review: A Bolt of Blue (Angel’s #1) by Nicky Spencer

aboltofblue

Author: Nicky Spencer
Publication Date: November 10, 2017
Format: ARC
Page Length: 247 pages
My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Amazon | Goodreads

SYNOPSIS

Ian Golinski has been in love with his best friend since he was fourteen years old. When he finally decides to confess his feelings, he finds that his perpetually single friend isn’t so single anymore. What’s a boy to do when he has to share the love of his life with someone else? Especially someone so damn hot?

Dusty Smith has finally found The One. The only problem is The One clearly has feelings for someone else, even if he doesn’t realize it. Dusty has to convince his lover that they’re meant to be. But how does he do that when the other man turns out to be perfect for them both?

Mitch Becker likes things nice and simple. But as his relationship with his boyfriend heats up, he starts developing feelings for his best friend. Suddenly his life is one big complication. How can he choose between two soul mates?

Find out what happens when three men ask the question: What if we don’t have to choose?

A Bolt of Blue is an m/m/m contemporary romance with a happy ending and no cliff-hanger. It is approximately 90,000 words and is a stand-alone. Coming November 10,
2017.

I kind of decided to read this on a whim. I think this is a solid debut novel. The story was interesting and engaging, and I found it easy to like the characters. Trigger warning for sexual assault.

The story starts off with Ian. He’s been in love with his best friend Micah for years. Ian’s a bit shy, but he’s decided that tonight, he’s going to confess his feelings and then he and Mitch will be in love and everything will be great. Unfortunately for Ian, this is a dinner where Mitch decides to tell Ian that he has a boyfriend, Dusty. Meanwhile, Dusty can’t deny that there’s something between Mitch and Ian. Dusty and Mitch are good together, but there’s a history between Ian and Mitch that Dusty just doesn’t have with Mitch.

Continue reading

Release Day Blitz + Excerpt: A Bolt of Blue (Angel’s #1) by Nicky Spencer

Bolt of Blue Blitz Banner.jpg

Author: Nicky Spencer
Publication Date: November 10, 2017
Publisher: Self-published
Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male Menage
Length: 90,000 words
Genre: Romance

Amazon | Goodreads

Read on for an excerpt and a giveaway for a $20 Amazon gift card at the end of this post!

aboltofblue.jpg

SYNOPSIS

Ian Golinski has been in love with his best friend since he was fourteen years old. When he finally decides to confess his feelings, he finds that his perpetually single friend isn’t so single anymore. What’s a boy to do when he has to share the love of his life with someone else? Especially someone so damn hot?

Dusty Smith has finally found The One. The only problem is The One clearly has feelings for someone else, even if he doesn’t realize it. Dusty has to convince his lover that they’re meant to be. But how does he do that when the other man turns out to be perfect for them both?

Mitch Becker likes things nice and simple. But as his relationship with his boyfriend heats up, he starts developing feelings for his best friend. Suddenly his life is one big complication. How can he choose between two soul mates?

Find out what happens when three men ask the question: What if we don’t have to choose?

A Bolt of Blue is an m/m/m contemporary romance with a happy ending and no cliff-hanger. It is approximately 90,000 words and is a stand-alone.

Continue reading