Friday, 15 May 2009

Review – Kindred Spirit – Ethan’s Choice –Bk1 – Jenna Byrnes, Jude Mason

 

 

 

 

 

The Blurb

When two insanely hot guys encounter a few distressed spirits in the beautiful Whiskers' Seaside Inn, love becomes entangled with a mystery that must be solved.


Whiskers' Seaside Inn doesn't sound like the most exotic location for a weekend getaway, but it's certainly intriguing. Ethan Roberts is smitten the moment he sees the weathered clapboard inn, and even more so when he meets the establishment's hunky handyman.


Cade Wyatt seems like a good man to have around. He's muscular, handsome and very protective of the inn and its occupants. He falls into lust, and then bed, with Ethan.


The inn has two paying guests, but Ethan discovers there's another cast of characters who come and go. Cade might be nonchalant about the ghosts, but Ethan's not sure he feels the same. He wants Cade more than anything, but Cade won't leave the inn. Somehow, Ethan must find a way to live with the spirits as well as the man he's come to love.

 

 

The Review

Characters

Cade Wyatt – Built, strong, sexy and as sweet as they come. A simple guy who doesn’t blow his own trumpet even when he knew he could. Comfortable in his skin he has a vulnerability to him that if you blink you just might miss it. 

Ethan Roberts – On a break away from work, but not opposed to a little fun or a whole lot of eye candy if that’s all he can get. While he is easy going, he is also confident and has a steady hand when it comes to business.

 

The Plot

Ethan has decided to take some time away from the city and the hustle and bustle of his hectic life, and his poison of choice is the Whiskers' Seaside Inn.

Arriving at the inn, he is immediately caught up in lust for the handyman and curiosity about the inn. However when an opportunity presents itself – Ethan has to think long and hard about his next move, as not only is he caught up in a passionate interlude with the luscious Cade but the inns longest staying guest make the choice a hard one to make.

 

Someone was walking towards the ocean—a man. He was too far away to tell a great deal more, except he had wide shoulders and seemed to be muscular. And he had long hair.

Could it be Cade?

Ethan stepped closer to the base of a tree and peered across the sand, trying to make out more detail. The figure reached the water and, with a sudden spurt of energy, raced ahead eight or ten paces and dived in.

Ethan watched and waited for the man to surface, certain it was Cade. It had to be. Who else would have that long, sexy hair and be on this beach at exactly the right time?

The moon hovered on the distant horizon, its curved brilliance sending a long trail across the ocean, reaching for the very beach he was observing. A cooling breeze wafted across his face, and he sighed with pleasure. The figure, Cade, surfaced and swam out for what seemed like a mile but couldn’t have been more than a few dozen metres. When he began the journey back to shore, Ethan wondered if he should leave the man alone. The voyeur in him decided to stay.

A few moments later, he was glad he had.

The man walked out of the water and headed straight for where Ethan stood. Luckily, Ethan was in shadows and close to the tree so he knew he wouldn’t be seen easily. He was sure he’d never be able to explain why he was lurking in the woods if he was noticed.

It was indeed Cade, and as he got even nearer, Ethan’s heart raced. The man was naked. His midsection was paler than the rest of his skin, but not much,”

Ethan’s Choice © Jamie Hill, Jude Mason

 

Surprise Element

When i started this book i didn’t expect the ladies to throw me for a loop. I expected my surprise to come in the form of some mundane thing about the book – style of writing, pace, or something just as similar. I am prejudice to these two they are brilliant together, so i expect nothing less than as close to perfection from them every time (Sorry ladies – but i am holding true to these standards for you)

Anyhow these two mixed it up on me in this book and it as a total surprise. I have read just about everything they have done together and i can almost pick out their individual style of the characters they introduces us to, with ETHAN’S CHOICE i really didn’t know who was holding the hand of which character.

In one of my earlier reviews i said about these two

“I love collaboration that works. Mason and Byrnes have a style all their own that works well. Mason bring the angst and Hill brings the humanity – a brilliant combo”

© Erotic Horizon

and it still hold true, Mason is that hold the torch under the sheet telling ghost story type and Byrnes is the grounded force that gels the party together. However they mixed it up on me in this one – i really didn’t know who was doing what character, the paranormal stuff definately Mason, Byrnes a whole lot of the smut – other than that, i jut held on for the ride.

 

Predictability

I like the fact that straight off in the blurb, the predictability was dealt with, so everything we get is fine print and these ladies have some sting with the details.

 

Smut/Ick Factor

You all know i love my smut, but Ethan and Cade from the moment they meet, there was a chemistry between them that is almost tangible and it didn’t take them long before they were at it.

However this is one of those books where the imagination and the spoken words did it for me – these two had some fantastic things that they wanted to do to each other and they were not shy about saying it and thinking it.

 

Positive

First thing that strike me was the loads of description the ladies uses in this book – everything had a smell, a taste, a feel and just a sense about it.  It cemented a whole lot of the book and made everything more pronounced and lends an air to the drama that was happening behind the front desk of the Inn.

I am not sure if  “Whiskers' Seaside Inn” is a real place but the description of the place is so clear and the little story that goes with it is so sweet.

The support characters they introduce us to are no fun – really they are moody, irritable and downright scary at times and i jumped a few time at some of the eeriness of the scenes – nicely done.

There was a nice mix of acceptance and paranoia to the entire happenings at the inn – which i thought was a good balance. It would have been too convenient if everyone accepted the spooky going on’s behind the scene.

The paranormal element was well written, lots of back story, the eventual sightings, the scary and the mystery that surround them was a nice touch – i actually ended up liking these ghost a lot.

I was  impressed with the fact that every time i think i have a handle on the plot – something new crops up. (The permanent guest, and ghost and Spirit revelation).

The ladies left us on a high and at a point that i had so many scenarios going through to my mind, but all in all i like the HEA for all involved.

 

Negative

Nothing to nit pick about, the book had a clear path to where it was going. The protags wrapped themselves up into the life of the inn and the people of the inn.

(Not a negative – more a comment) The main protags were not as developed as i would have liked, however as this is the first book in what is to be a series i am looking forward to more of the background to the guys  as the series develops.

 

Cover

Nekkid guy and no facial features, what more could i ask for, i liked. The thing of note on the cover is the picture of the inn at the bottom. While i liked it i didn’t love the overall picture. I however really really like the bottom bit, i am a storm and rain sort of person, so the overcast – eerie feel did it for me.

 

 

16 Speak To Me:

Lea on 15 May 2009 at 16:31 said...

Good Mid Morning EH!

Wonderful review!!

"The support characters they introduce us are no fun – really they are moody, irritable and downright scary at times and i jumped a few time at some of the eeriness of the scenes – nicely done."

Fabulous comment - that sold me right there! My TBR is groaning from all your recommendations EH!! lol

The avalanches are out of control!!

I too love the cover art.

Thanks again for sharing your thoughts...

L

Erotic Horizon on 15 May 2009 at 18:16 said...

Hey Lea - Morning hon..

I really enjoyed this read.. the characters were that all of the above - scary and spooky as hell...

You'll like it, it has a little of everything... hot smut as well.

Preaching to the crowd about the TBR pile - mine is growling at
me...

E.H>

Blodeuedd on 15 May 2009 at 18:24 said...

Mm my eye got caught on that nipple ;)

You even jumped, I got interested by that. I seldom move at all

Mandi on 15 May 2009 at 18:36 said...

Hi EH :)

My wish list is growing because of you too:)

This one might be moved up in my tbr pile:) It sounds like just my kind of book!

Erotic Horizon on 15 May 2009 at 18:41 said...

Hey Blodeuedd..

Those guys do have some sexy torso - (drooling here)

The characters are good - I do hope you get the chance to read it.

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 15 May 2009 at 18:43 said...

Mandi -

This one is definately up your street - you would most certainly appreciate where these two ladies are taking this book...

Don't even mention the TBR list - I just add and close my eyes...

E.H>

Lily on 15 May 2009 at 23:35 said...

This sounds really good. I've read books by Jamie Hill but haven't read Jude Mason yet. I'll be adding this one to my buy list.

Great review!!

VampFanGirl on 15 May 2009 at 23:38 said...

"You all know i love my smut" Oh ME TOO!! lol!

Great Review E.H.!

I'm starting to develope the assumption that m/m novels are your fave. *wink*

Hmmm...I just don't know if this subgenre will work for me. I really like m/m/f and I think I need the female character in order to relate to the book/plot... I don't know. I'm just still really hesitant about picking one up.

Have a great weekend!

:) VFG

Erotic Horizon on 16 May 2009 at 00:00 said...

Hey Lily..

I got to know Jude Mason through Jamie Hill, but I made every effort to get up to speed with their work..

She's great with a fantastic imagination...Jamie is just brilliant..

These list are getting ridiculous now...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 16 May 2009 at 00:04 said...

Hey VFG..
I do read a whole bunch of every thing - even non fiction when I am between books..

But I have to admit I do love M/M - especially women writing M/M. It's their description of the male form - I am very much attracted to clean lines and nothing says that more than a male body..

I get what you mean about needing that third (mmf) - but what ever works for you,that's cool - I'll get you lot reading m/m fiction soon..

E.H>

Jude Mason on 16 May 2009 at 00:31 said...

E.H.,

Thank you so much for your kind words, E.H.. I'm thrilled you like the books Jamie and I create and hope you'll enjoy the next one in the series when it comes out in August.

Hugs

Jamie Hill on 16 May 2009 at 03:43 said...

Ah, shoot. I think EH is hinting for me to send her some chocolate, or new shoes, two of her fav things, by calling me brilliant...LOL

Thanks for the wonderful review. As Jude said, Book 2, Hunter's Light, comes out Aug. 31. We've got a few things up our sleeves before then, I'll keep you posted!

Thanks again,

Jamie

Erotic Horizon on 16 May 2009 at 06:32 said...

Jude...

I really enjoyed this book and its a fantastic start to the series...

Already looking forward to August..
I hope it's the smelly fisherman story...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 16 May 2009 at 06:34 said...

Jamie,

You know me so well.. Choco and Shoes..

I have to stop buying shoes though and I am now only restricted to M&M's..

I stand by me word - Simply Brilliant... no two ways about it..

August where are you - at least i have a whole slew of books to look forward to from both of you in the interim..

Have a great weekend.

E.H>

Jamie Hill on 16 May 2009 at 13:43 said...

OH, I forgot to tell you, Jude's husband took the picture of the inn at the bottom of the cover. The cover artist added the eerie glow...

I like to say the pictures on the top half of the cover were taken at my house...hee hee hee

Jamie

Erotic Horizon on 16 May 2009 at 15:31 said...

Thanks Jamie..

For the back story on the photo. I keep looking at it, its is a beautiful scene...

Now the top half... lets just say you absolutely finish me - with a phrase Like that..."I like to say the pictures on the top half of the cover were taken at my house"

I would love stuff like that to be happening at my house.. I only have tight abs and tighter buns.. I am looking at him now actually -oohh the pain of it all..

E.H>