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Title: A Worthy Man
Series: The Men of Halfway House #5
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Romance
Release: May 2, 2017
Photographer: Eric McKinney of 6:12 Photography

 
 
 
A story of two men and the boundless love that forever changed them. 


Vannguard Shaw has spent the last ten years serving a life sentence and adjusting to the ache of solitude. He accepts his fate, a sacrifice for the only man he ever loved and the one person who saw beyond his rough edges.

Drayton grew up with a trust fund and pre-planned future, but an unexpected encounter one night forces him to abandon everything and start from scratch. He is now a self-made man and developer of one of the most sought after electric exotic automobiles in the world with a fortune greater than that of his birthright. Yet, he’d surrender it all—again—for the only man who’s still ever-present in his heart.

After a decade and entirely too much distance between them, Vann is suddenly released back into a world that has been nothing but cruel. Drayton never lost hope they would once again reunite and pick up where they left off, but Vann’s stubborn nature and repeated encounters with a heartbreaking world prove to be a challenge.

Vann needs to tap into his fighting spirit’s reservoir of strength and hope life doesn’t punish him for taking a chance. Only then will he realize his own value and feel worthy enough to finally have Drayton’s heart. And their chance at forever.


* Although part of a series, this full-length novel can be read as a stand-alone. *Word count: 124K

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Vann grew silent again, rubbing his thumb along Drayton’s hand. “I’m tired of life kicking my ass all the time.”

“Then maybe it’s time you kicked back.”

“Um, I’m pretty sure that’s the kind of shit that would land me back in that hell.” He patted their clasped hands with his free one. “You’re supposed to be the smart one in this relationship.”

Drayton chuckled, thankful the teasing side of Vann was still present. “What I mean is…don’t let this shit hit its mark. You’re not this tough guy everyone thinks you are.”

“You’re supposed to tell me how badass I am and how you’ve been fantasizing about me every night.”

Drayton threw his head back and laughed.

“I missed hearing your laugh all those years,” Vann whispered.

He sighed as he tilted his head toward Vann. “I need you to listen to me. Okay?”

Vann nodded, staring at their clasped hands.

“You’ve got a good heart, and I’ve learned that’s both a strength and a weakness. It’s the reason you are the most caring man I know, but also the reason you feel this pain so much.”

“You’re getting better at this whole reading people thing.” Vann tilted his face toward him, his eyes pleading as if making an effort to absorb his message. “I’m not the same guy I used to be.”

“You’re still my Vann.” Drayton reached out, placing his palm against Vann’s chest. “In here.”

“I feel as if I take one step forward then get kicked ten steps backward.” Vann softly thumped the back of his head against the wall, another tic that seemed to linger after all these years.

“You’re a fighter.”

“That’s what Four Finger Fred said.”

“Who?”

“Never mind,” Vann mumbled.

“You’re not a quitter, so don’t you dare start now. You always find a way to make things work.” Drayton quieted, hoping to convey every ounce of love he felt for the man staring back at him. “That relentless fighter, he’s the guy I fell in love with when I was a kid and he’s the guy who had the strength to pull through the last ten years. And he’s the guy staring back at me right now. Who I love. Back then, now, and always.”

“You’re a romantic fucker,” he said with a weak chuckle. Vann ghosted his fingers along Drayton’s jaw, his focus following his fingers as they traveled down his neck. Drayton’s chest tightened when Vann looked up and gave him a lopsided grin—one that bore a hint of youthful innocence Drayton hadn’t seen in so long. “I’m supposed to be the strong one, standing guard while you change the world. Now…I just feel so fucking lost.”

Drayton leaned in and pressed a kiss to Vann’s lips. “You and me, we’re a team. Don’t ever forget that. I’ll stand guard for you until you find your footing again.”

Vann wrapped his arms around Drayton’s shoulders and held him close. “Thank you.”

He slid his arms around Vann and sighed. He stroked the back of Vann’s hair and hoped his message had been received, and that his words had enough power to cast out the evil demons trying to imprison Vann’s spirit.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Mine to Keep (Fraser Lake Pack #2) by Lynn Tyler

Blurb

Chris Towns is overworked and lonely. As the only beta wolf in the Fraser Lake Pack and co-owner of a fledgling business, he barely has time to sleep, let alone commit to a relationship. Until a simple trip to the airport changes everything.

When Eagle Elder Rylan Blake lands in Fraser Lake, he’s expecting to treat a sick, lone eagle. The last thing he expects to find is romance, especially since he’s never felt any type of attraction before.

Just as Chris and Rylan begin to realize their feelings, tragedy strikes, reminding them both why falling in love with each other had been such a bad idea.

Can love really conquer all?

Review

I really love Lynn Tyler books and I wish there were more! Here is where I reviewed book one in this series: http://kimichanexperience.com/accidentally-mated-fraser-lake-pack-book-1-by-lynn-tyler/ While each book is a standalone I do think that reading the books in order gives a LOT of information and realistically to really enjoy this – reading both series will add a even MORE information : https://www.goodreads.com/series/106699-pack-mates. For this story – Michael’s Heart and Michael’s Mate https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22075468-michael-s-heart – would give a great background on the Eagle shifter “thing” as well as the need for the orphanages mentioned in this story. So – I guess – maybe I DO think this needs to be read as part of the series… at least some of it! LOL

In any case, we know a bit about Chris from book 1 but we don’t really know much about Rylan other than what we know about his brother, Justin. We do know that Eagle shifters are NOT like wolves, they have a totally different set of priorities and expectations and they don’t generally live in packs or groups of people. This is important when you think you might have met your mate…

One thing that is not emphasized in the blurb is that Rylan is an adorable, clueless, workaholic who thinks he’s asexual. So when he starts having “feelings” for Chris it’s all new to him – this was super fun to read! The two of them are ADORABLE working out their “sex feelings” and it was sweet, tender, sexy and funny all at the same time.

The book is pretty short, so we move along quickly. I was glad that the final “hurdle” is breached rather quickly and our MCs get their HEAs with only a little angst.

If you’re a fan of the author, shifter series, “nerds in love” books – this is for you!

Highly Recommended! 4.5 of 5 stars

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How to Bang a Billionaire by Alexis Hall

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https://www.amazon.com/How-Bang-Billionaire-Arden-Ives-ebook/dp/B01K3WN7TU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1492619962&sr=1-1&keywords=how+to+bang+a+billionaire+by+alexis+hall

Blurb


Rules are made to be broken . . .

If England had yearbooks, I’d probably be “Arden St. Ives: Man Least Likely to Set the World on Fire.” So far, I haven’t. I’ve no idea what I’m doing at Oxford, no idea what I’m going to do next and, until a week ago, I had no idea who Caspian Hart was. Turns out, he’s brilliant, beautiful . . . oh yeah, and a billionaire.

It’s impossible not to be captivated by someone like that. But Caspian Hart makes his own rules. And he has a lot of them. About when I can be with him. What I can do with him. And when he’ll be through with me.

I’m good at doing what I’m told in the bedroom. The rest of the time, not so much. And now that Caspian’s shown me glimpses of the man behind the billionaire I know it’s him I want. Not his wealth, not his status. Him. Except that might be the one thing he doesn’t have the power to give me.

Review

This is Alexis Hall’s take on the Billionaire Dom trope and he does it so well.

I couldn’t help but love Arden St Ives, he is self depreciating and seeks reassurance in such a delightful way. There is a strength to Arden you don’t always see in the usual bildom stories. I do admire the way Alexis crafts his characters he gives them depth. Caspian Hart is an aloof, broody and commanding Billionaire but as the story progresses you glimpse an underlying fragility.

The story is told from Arden’s point of view. Arden is recruited to make calls seeking donations to St Sebastian’s collage and that’s where they first connect. Arden is smitten from the start. Caspian dominates the conversation and sets the tone for the rest of the story. I don’t want to go into details of the story because this is one to enjoy as it unfolds. The heat level is not high but it does seem to be setting it up for the next book. Be assured that the build up and negotiation do not lead to a cliffhanger they are left at HFN. I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait for the next one.

5 of 5 stars

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An Unseen Attraction (Sins of the Cities) by K.J. Charles

Amazon Link

https://www.amazon.com/Unseen-Attraction-Sins-Cities-ebook/dp/B01G0GD0E0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492019668&sr=8-1&keywords=an+unseen+attraction
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Lodging-house keeper Clem Talleyfer prefers a quiet life. He’s happy with his hobbies, his work—and especially with his lodger Rowley Green, who becomes a friend over their long fireside evenings together. If only neat, precise, irresistible Mr. Green were interested in more than friendship. . . .

Rowley just wants to be left alone—at least until he meets Clem, with his odd, charming ways and his glorious eyes. Two quiet men, lodging in the same house, coming to an understanding . . . it could be perfect. Then the brutally murdered corpse of another lodger is dumped on their doorstep and their peaceful life is shattered.

Now Clem and Rowley find themselves caught up in a mystery, threatened on all sides by violent men, with a deadly London fog closing in on them. If they’re to see their way through, the pair must learn to share their secrets—and their hearts.
Review

This is my first K.J. Charles book and I’m kicking myself for waiting this long to read this author’s work!
The story held my interest from the beginning. I loved how the relationship between Clem and Rowley (love his name) blossomed – slow, a little unsure at first, but more confident and affectionate as they got to know each other better. The murder/mystery background was very well woven into the romance.
I’m a great fan of historical stories and loved the authentic feel of the time (no jarring modernisms as far as I could tell). Highly recommend this.
Now I have to go get the Magpie series!

4 of 5 stars

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During the recession at the beginning of the 21st century, many gays and lesbians moved from the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento to the Sierra Foothills. FLAG (Foothills Lesbians and Gays) was formed. This series was written for them.
Frank at Heart is #6 in the Foothills Pride contemporary gay romance series set in the fictional town of Stone Acres, California. Like all the books in the series, this book can be read as a standalone, so readers who aren’t familiar with the rest of the books will be able to follow the story easily.
In Frank at Heart, we get a glimpse into the life of the man the citizens of Stone Acres, California, think of as a confirmed bachelor and the romance that rocks his world. Who Frank is and what he does to find romance may surprise readers. It did me.

Title: Frank at Heart
Series: Foothills Pride #6
Author: Pat Henshaw
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: May 31, 2017
Cover design: AngstyG
Twitter: @AngstyG
Facebook: /AngstyG
Website: www.angstyg.com
Pages: 86

Buy links:
Dreamspinner: :: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/frank-at-heart-by-pat-henshaw-8521-b

Blurb:
Everything about thirty-five-year-old Stone Acres hardware store owner Frank McCord is old-fashioned—from his bow tie and overalls to the way he happily makes house calls to his dreams of lasting romance, true love, and marriage. Frank’s predecessors have run the store and been mainstays in the small California town for over a century. While genial Frank upholds tradition and earns the respect of friends and neighbors, he fears he’s too dull and old to attract a husband.
Into his life comes handsome thirty-six-year-old electronic games designer Christopher Darling and his fifteen-year-old son, Henry. Christopher has everything Frank could want in a potential partner: charm, kindness, and compatibility. Also, he’s a terrific father to Henry. When their Stone Acres home turns out to be uninhabitable, Frank offers the Darlings temporary lodging in his ancestral farmhouse, where he and his tenant Emil reside. Since Emil thinks Frank is his, sparks fly. Suddenly, Frank’s monotonous life promises to explode with love and threatens to change him forever.

Author bio:
Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, has spent her life surrounded by words: Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.
Pat was born and raised in Nebraska where she promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California. Pat enjoys travel, having visited Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and Europe, including a cruise down the Danube.
Her triumphs are raising two incredible daughters who daily amaze her with their power and compassion. Fortunately, her incredibly supportive husband keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away while writing fiction.

Author media links:
Website: http://patbooked.blogspot.com
Website: www.pathenshaw.com (under construction)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pat.henshaw.10
Twitter: https://twitter.com/phenshaw
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Pat-Henshaw/e/B00BPDEDEA/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1436131610&sr=8-1
Email: patoisca@yahoo.com

Excerpt:
[Henry Darling has come into Frank’s hardware store to apply for a parttime summer job with his father Christopher. Frank has been eyeing Christopher for weeks as he idly wanders the store aisles. Frank is the viewpoint character.]

“The school year ends soon.” Henry, unlike many high school kids, was looking me straight in the eye and wasn’t relying on his father to fill in any blanks or prompt him. I was impressed. “I can take the test today, tomorrow, or after school next week.”
I read down his application. I don’t use a standard form, because the ones I’d found online didn’t tell me anything I wanted to know about my applicants. My form has the usual name, address, and contact information, but it also asks about extracurricular activities, interests, and passions. A lot of kids stopped at the word “passions,” and some even asked what I meant.
Henry had had no problem answering the questions. He wrote that he was a game player, both electronic and nonelectronic. He was a serious reader, listing The Silmarillion as the last book he’d truly enjoyed. Some boys can’t remember a book they’ve read, much less the last one they really got into. Also unlike most of the boys who applied, Henry hadn’t listed any sports, either as a participant or a fan.
“You don’t like sports?” I tried not to ask it too gruffly, but both Darlings’ faces scrunched up.
“Is that a problem?” Christopher evidently wasn’t worried about being too gruff.
“No. I follow a few teams. So I try to make sure rivalries and loyalties won’t become a point of contention here in the store.” Some people have remarked that mildness could be my middle name. I’ve worked hard at keeping my cool, so I don’t usually flare up. I try to surround myself with people who don’t either. The world around me got really ugly when I was angry.
“Dad. I’m the one applying, so let me answer.”
Christopher appeared properly chastised and a little amused as he nodded for his son to take over. He winked at me as if to ask “Isn’t my kid great?”
I smiled back. Another tiny secret moment shared. It was broken by Henry squaring his shoulders and answering me.
“It’s not that I’m against sports. But see, I’m not built like an athlete. Most of the time, what I like to do is make things or read more than do physical activity. So sports aren’t high on my interest list. But I would like to know who your favorite teams and players are, uh, Frank.”
This time Christopher and I smiled at the same time. The boy’s ability to act like an adult tickled both of us. I admired Henry for wanting to handle this interview by himself. Sure, I could feel him relying on his dad’s presence. Christopher oozed strength and support, and his rock-solid backing assured Henry he was there whenever the teen needed him. It also said Christopher would fight to hold back unless he felt he absolutely needed to jump in.
I took out my pocket watch. I thought I had another unassembled test in the back room. If Henry passed—and I thought he would with flying colors—I could get him squared away with all the official paperwork and hired to start working a few hours next weekend while I interviewed a couple of the other candidates.
I don’t know why I was pushing Henry through the hoops, except that I was eager to find out more about him and work with him. I got the feeling the hours he was in the store would pass more quickly than they did now. Just as they flew by when his dad roamed the aisles.
“Are you free this afternoon at two?” As I asked, Henry’s eyes lit up and he turned to his dad.
I could feel their excitement as it rolled off of them and hit me in the chest. I smiled as I absorbed their shared joy.
When Christopher looked at me, a weird jolt of recognition hit me, like spying a loved one in a crowded room. I felt like I had reached out and found a matching half. I dropped my eyes, feeling a sudden weight of longing. Before it could consume me, I reminded myself that I don’t believe in magic or miracles or soul mates.
When I blinked, he was back to being newcomer Christopher Darling, here with his son who was applying for a job. No woo-woo, no aura, no pulsating lights. Both he and Henry were staring like I’d suddenly started yodeling Madonna songs. I gave a mental shake of my head and righted myself on the tracks of life.
With the point of a pencil I plucked from the soup can, I ran down my daybook and stopped at two o’clock. Then I looked up at Henry, who hadn’t answered my question.
“Yes, I’m free at two. Is there anything I need to bring with me?” The boy’s response helped shelve the odd moment.
I wrote his name in my book, then explained about social security and parental permission. I took out the form for the latter and had his dad complete it.
“I’ll see you at two.” I stuck my hand out, and an exuberant Henry shook it.

 

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Author Spotlight: Cardeno C! Walk With Me Audiobook narrated by Alexander Collins Dual Review Anna and Morgan!

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Audible Link

http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/Walk-With-Me-Audiobook/B014JYSDYC/ref=a_search_c4_1_2_srTtl?qid=1492126504&sr=1-2

Blurb

When Eli Block steps into his parents’ living room and sees his childhood crush sitting on the couch, he starts a shameless campaign to seduce the young rabbi. Unfortunately, Seth Cohen barely remembers Eli and he resolutely shuts down all his advances. As a tenuous and then binding friendship forms between the two men, Eli must find a way to move past his unrequited love while still keeping his best friend in his life. Not an easy feat when the same person occupies both roles.

Professional, proper Seth is shocked by Eli’s brashness, overt sexuality, and easy defiance of societal norms. But he’s also drawn to the happy, funny, light-filled man. As their friendship deepens over the years, Seth watches Eli mature into a man he admires and respects. When Seth finds himself longing for what Eli had so easily offered, he has to decide whether he’s willing to veer from his safe life-plan to build a future with Eli.

Review by Anna

(Previously reviewed on this site by Morgan here: https://openskyebookreviews.com/walk-with-me-audiobook-by-cardeno-c-narrated-by-alexander-collins/)
When you pick up a book in the Home series you know what you’ll get: Love at first sight from one partner, whilst the other one will take a little longer to get with the programme, some scorching hot sex scenes and tender love, interspersed with a conflict and topped with a deeply satisfying happy ending.

And in many regards this book does not disappoint. Except on one count: there was no conflict! Eli falls in love with Seth as a pre-teen, it takes Seth many years to acknowledge that he feels the same, but when he does come around, at around 60% into the book, nothing else happens. They are just happy! Which is great for them, I guess, but doesn’t make for a riveting last 40% of the story.
The fact that we had to wait so very long for our MCs to get together also meant, that the intimate scenes were quite few – for a Cardeno C book, at least. And horror of horrors: the author cheated us out of the first time the two did anal, which is just not ok! Seth was a ‘gay virgin’ and Eli had had issues with anal sex in the past, which meant he really didn’t enjoy bottoming much – how can you not give me that sex scene? I actually had to jump back, to make sure I hadn’t missed a chapter, when the narrator suddenly said: “3 years later”.

We follow the two for 13 years, through Eli’s crush, him trying to move on, Seth trying to come to terms with his bisexuality and their ongoing friendship. Which is great, but at 50% I was begging for some action, any type of action really, just something!

Even if I am normally not a fan of the ‘love at first sight’ thing and prefer my MCs to be friends first or at least get to know each other before they spout the magic words, this just went on for too long, with too many mundane details. And too bloody many disastrous weddings for Seth to officiate. The slapstick comedy of the weddings was cute at the beginning, but by the 3rd it was getting tiresome and by the 7th I was kind of really really over it!

However, this is still Cardeno C, so the writing flows nicely, the story is engaging enough, despite the lack of action and the happy ending is very very sweet.

The narrator, Alexander Collins, has a bit of an odd way of narrating, which needs to grow on me every time I hear it. I always start out not liking it, but by the end of the book I am really enjoying him. And I did enjoy the special effects, like ‘phone calls’ and ‘talking from another room’.

3 of 5 stars

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Review by Morgan

Eli fell in love with Seth when he was just a teenager attending a Jewish summer camp where Seth was a counselor.
Years later, Seth is now an associate Rabbi at Eli’s father’s synagogue. Eli is now 18 and shameless in his devotion to the new Rabbi.
Seth, who is several years older, doesn’t feel comfortable accepting Eli’s feelings and in fact doesn’t really seem all that attracted to Eli at first.
Over the next few years, Eli both torments Seth with his constant come-ons and frustrates him with is seemingly poor decision making skills regarding sex and love. Eventually, Eli gives up on Seth as a love interest, keeps him as a dear friend, and tries to move on.
Now that Eli has graduated from college and he has moved home to work on his Master’s. He’s spending a lot of time with Seth as a friend and as part of their “wedding team”. (Seth performs the ceremonies and Eli does the music.) Now it’s Seth’s turn to finally see Eli as more than the boy who pestered him for so many years.
Once the blinders come off, it’s a brief trip to convince Eli to give their relationship a try and then a very, very satisfying HEA.
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This was one of my favorite of the series. I ADORED Eli. He was precocious and snarky, hilarious and blunt, funny and sweet – all rolled into one. Seth kinda bugged me at first. He seemed to either just be oblivious to how hard he was making things for Eli or didn’t care.
But – when Seth finally figures things out – YOWZA – the man did surprise me! He turns out to be quite the experimental and daring lover and I loved their interactions in the bedroom.
I also loved the funny wedding stories and thought it was so clever how each chapter started with an invitation and ended with… well – you’ll see!
Again I really appreciated the glimpse into Jewish culture and loved learning more about it.
Audio

Alexander did another amazing job – talking on the phone, around corners, acting as a jewish mom and dad – LOL. He was funny and sweet at all the right moments. Highly enjoyable!

5 of 5 stars

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Lost Mate by Dirk Grayson

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/lost-mate-by-dirk-greyson-8427-b

Blurb

Wolf shifter Falco Gladstone Knew Carter McCloud was his mate when they were in seventh grade, but school and foster care system tore them apart. Years later, Falco is second in command of his Michigan pack, serving under an uncle who cares more about his own power then the welfare of their people. The alpha orders Falco to marry and produce offspring—but Falco’s already found his mate, and mates are forever.
Carter’s lonely life is turned upside down when he detects a familiar scent on the wind. The mates might have found each other, but their happily ever after is far from guaranteed. Falco’s commitment to Carter puts him at odds with his uncles plans, and and when on of the alpha’s enforcers starts shadowing the couple, something must be done—something that will either cement their relationship or destroy it once and for all.

Review

I was really looking forward to this book. I loved the premise of finding your mate as a teenager and then losing him for 12 years. And this story did follow along those lines. It was sweet with a little conflict thrown in. But there was so much more that was touched on but not expanded on. The ex boyfriend, who was a brute, an alpha that was a virgin waiting for his mate, the enforcer who was stalking the couple and the uncle who was power hungry. I would have liked to see the Carter’s personality expanded.
For a short, quick read than this was cute and easy going.
3 of 5 stars

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Cask Strength (Agents Irish and Whiskey Book 2) by Layla Reyne

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Carina Press Presents

http://www.carinapress.com/shop/books/9781488024399_cask-strength.html

Blurb

 Professionally, the FBI team of Aidan “Irish” Talley and Jameson “Whiskey” Walker is as good as it gets, closing cases faster than any team at the Bureau. Personally, it’s a different story. Aidan’s feelings for Jamie scare the hell out of him: he won’t risk losing another love no matter how heart-tripping the intimacy between them. And loss is a grim reality with the terrorist Renaud still on their trail, leaving a pile of bodies in his wake.
Going undercover on a new case gets them out of town and off the killer’s radar. They’re assigned to investigate an identity theft ring involving a college basketball team in Jamie’s home state, where Jamie’s past makes him perfect for the role of coach. But returning to the courts brings more than old memories. As secrets and shocking betrayals abound, none may be more dangerous than the one Jamie’s been keeping: a secret about the death of Aidan’s husband that could blow his partner’s world apart and destroy forever the fragile bonds of trust and love building between them.
Review

Cask Strength is a continuation of Single Malt and the heat and excitement ratchets up! Like the previous book, the story was engages one from the start. Both Jamie and Aidan are still navigating their personal relationship – their working relationship is just fine, (except for the secret Jamie is keeping from Aidan).
There are situations that occur along the way- Aidan ‘dating’ other people in order to keep Jamie at arm’s length, Jamie trying to keep his cool in the face of this and both still trying to get a lead on the investigation involving the terrorist (Renaud). The latter taking another deadly turn.
Now both agents have a target on their back, so they’re sent undercover to work on a case that is close to Jamie’s heart – basketball.
The story is well written, interesting. Again, I had to suspend by belief at some of the things that happened, (but this is fiction, so anything goes). All in all it is a really good follow up and I’m looking forward to the next installment.
This book is not a standalone and it ends on a slight cliffhanger, but if you’ve come this far, you’re in it to the end ☺

4 of 5 stars

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