Monday, 5 October 2009

Review – Night Shift & Dealing With Isabella © Jenna Byrnes

Title: Dealing With Isabella

Author: Jenna Byrnes

Publisher: Coming Together

Main Character: Isabella & Sabrina Kane and Jason Walden

Jason Walden is drawn to the mansion sitting high on a hill in West Seattle and even more drawn to the house's beautiful owner.

Sabrina Kane is gorgeous but uptight and straight-laced. Her twin sister, Isabella, is equally beautiful, but exactly the opposite: foot-loose and fancy-free.

The quiet twin captures Jason's interest, and as he paints their mansion on canvas, he imagines building a life with her. As details from her past emerge, he discovers that before he can move forward with Sabrina, he must first handle Dealing with Isabella.

His head snapped up. The woman who stood in
front of him was about his age, mid-twenties to thirty.
She wore a crisp, white blouse tucked into a straight,
black skirt, which fell just below her knees. The
clothes were plainly styled, but they couldn't disguise
her voluptuous figure. With wavy, thick, raven hair
settling around her shoulders, Jason thought she was
one of the most stunning women he'd ever seen. He
watched as she removed her black, plastic-framed
glasses and placed them on the table next to her.
"Hello, Mr. Walden. I'm Sabrina Kane."
His jaw flinched, and he forced it to remain closed.
"Sabrina Kane?" he repeated. "I thought you were—"
He knew better than to say the first words that came
to mind, old maid, but another word escaped his lips.
Sabrina smiled. "You've been talking to some of
the locals. That's correct, neither my sister nor myself
have ever been married."
"Yeah, but…" Jason took a step toward her, his
thoughts coming into focus. "You can't be more than
twenty-five! Hardly an old maid by anyone's
standards." Damn, I said it anyway! "My apologies."
She waved a hand in the air. "We've been called
worse, no worries."

Dealing With Isabella © Jenna Byrnes


I have had the most wonderful pleasure of reading this little gem of a book by Jenna Byrnes called DEALING WITH ISABELLA. The book opens up with us meeting Jason an artist who is trying to drum up some new creativity and it seems to be on the horizon in the form of the Kane Manor.

Kane Manor is not only a stunningly beautiful piece of architecture, but it is also the home of Sabrina and Isabella Kane – twins. Jason quickly sets plan in motion and soon has an invite to come view the house and of course he gets to meet one of the Ms’s Kane. Sabrina is like a breath of fresh air to Jason and although is inner thoughts are all carnal he keeps his meeting professional and  is soon doing what he does best – painting a beautiful scene.

Before long Jason makes his move and it seem to be reciprocated by Sabrina, however Isabella  is Sabrina opposite in every way and she is not shy about what she wants and her come hither signals are right out their for Jason to see. Jason has made his choice and he has every intention of moving full steam ahead with his attraction for Sabrina, but before he gets to the finer details he is faced with a rather rude awaking and he is not liking it at all.

DEALING WITH ISABELLA was an enjoyable read for me and as one of Ms. Byrnes earlier works it was a further pleasure to see where she was coming from in terms of writing style to the Jenna Byrnes I know now.

Jason is written as a very direct sort of guy in literally everything that he does – he has a addictive confidence about him and you can’t imagine him failing at anything that he does. So right from the start I like him and liked his ingenious way of getting what he wanted.

Sabrina was the lovely girl who made all the right move and said all the rights. The lovely thing about Sabrina was that I respect the space she gave Jason, despite knowing that she liked him she didn’t crowd him or did the silly flirty thing that so many women do. Where Sabrina shines was just by being herself and knowing when to say no, but she also has the pleasure of ‘a woman prerogative” to chance her mind and say yes on her terms.

Isabella was a woman who knew she was a woman and takes great pleasure in letting the opposite sex have a shot at appreciating this fact. She however was as volatile as the wind and despite living the life style she has always wanted – she has a secret she has never told and it’s feeling like it’s about time she air her thoughts.

These three were an accident waiting to happen and it was bound to happen, with little holding back the reigns of all the secrets and lies within  Kane Manor - past misdeeds are aired, eyes are opened and revelation so shocking it’s amazing it actually happened in the first place  are also made.

This is a short read so I wont go any further in revealing it all, but Ms Byrnes mix it up in this read and this was more than a romance, it was a mystery, a story of loyalty and love so pure on one hand and vile on the other it’s frightening at the evil it perpetrate and it was also a story of making things right despite all the odds against it.

Bottom line.

DEALING WITH ISABELLA  is a book that cross quite a few borders and boundaries and with characters that are not shy despite how they come across, I loved this early work of Ms. Byrnes and there are lots of glimpses of where she will be today. I am very pleased to have been able to review this book for the Coming Together – Neat line of books for charity.

Ms. Byrnes voice is not only strong in this book, but it is solid and she shows that writing is her first love and she has given her all to what she love best. Ms. Byrnes write both contemporary romance and m/M romances and she has definately gotten a handle on both genre and it is with pleasure that I look forward to everyone of her books.








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Title: Night Shift

Author: Jenna Byrnes

Publisher: Total E-Bound

Main Character: Cullen Ryder & Trevor Stone

Tracking a murderer on the streets of Chicago, two strong-willed detectives must work together on the case - as well as they get along in the bedroom.

Homicide Detective Cullen Ryder is worried. Someone is brazenly killing drug pushers on the grimy backstreets of Chicago. When the monthly murders jump to weekly and draw the focus of the chief of police, the Chicago P.D. starts jumping, too. The chief assigns a special task force to the case, much to Ryder's chagrin.

Handsome, dark-skinned Trevor Stone has testosterone and attitude to spare. As the head of the task force, he marches in giving orders right and left. Ryder doesn't like being bossed around, but he does like Stone. Maybe a little too much. When he discovers the feelings are mutual and the men fall into bed, neither is sure where the relationship is headed. Both know one thing - there's a murderer on the loose whom they need to catch, before he catches up with them

Cullen Ryder stared at the TV in the homicide detective bullpen at his station house. Bernard Houtz, media spokesman for the chief of the Chicago Police Department, was giving a press conference outside city hall.

“We don’t have any suspects at this time, but I can’t go into further detail.”

The small group of officers surrounding the set murmured various comments, while their captain folded his arms across his uniformed chest. “We’ve called you down here to tell you we have nothing to tell you.” He looked at Ryder with a wry smile. “He could have put out a press release, but no.”

Ryder nodded and glanced back at the TV. Houtz was fielding questions in his own, inimitable style.

A well made-up blonde with a large microphone addressed the spokesman. “This makes ten murders. Are you saying the police don’t have any leads on the identity of the South Side Cleaner?”

The media crowd snickered, and Houtz raised his hands to quiet them. “The Chief does not think labelling this person the ‘South Side Cleaner’ is a good idea. To clarify, the Chicago Police Department is giving full attention to this matter. Effective immediately, the Chief has assigned top agents from an elite Special Task Force to the case.”

“Excuse me?” Ryder looked at his captain. “What ‘Special Task Force’?”

Captain Grainger took Ryder by the arm and motioned towards his office at the end of the large room. “Let’s talk.”

“Fuck me.” Ryder ran a hand through his shaggy mop of brown hair.

“Calm down.” Grainger guided him into the office. He closed the door and pointed to a chair.

Ryder sat. “This is my case. I’ve made some headway. My team is interviewing local business owners as we speak.”

“I was going to tell you about the task force. I’m not taking you off the case. You’ll be working with them.”

“With them or for them?” Ryder glanced through the large office window overlooking the bullpen and spotted three men in suits entering the station. The last two he’d never seen, but even though they’d never actually met, he recognised the large, black man in front. Trevor Stone. “No. Please don’t tell me that’s the task force.”

Grainger followed his gaze. “Trevor Stone, the one in front, is the only guy I know. The other two he brought with him.”

“Fuck me twice,” Ryder muttered.

Night Shift © Jenna Byrnes


People are getting murdered on the streets of Chicago, the police are running out of leads and despite their best intention the media are onto it and they are not making it easy for the police to carry on with the investigation.

In the spirit of moving the investigation along a Special Task Force is put in place and is set to go ASAP. The only problem with that is that Homicide Detective Cullen Ryder lead investigator on the original case had no idea the powers that be had formed a task force and secondly after doing all the grunt work he is pissed about someone else coming in and taking over and using all his resources.

Cullen is on the job for more than the glory and he knows when to swallow his pride and play ball. Meeting the lead on the task force - Trevor Stone will take using every power of tact that he has to play nice and think only of the people of Chicago.

Soon these two comes to blow and in more ways than one, despite the fact they both want the same thing they have different ideas of how to go about it. Cullen is passionate about what he does and he cares about the people whose life are twined around the cases he is involved in. Trevor on the other hand has his eyes on the prize that is city hall and the chief chair if he has anything to say about it. 

When a break comes in the case Trevor jumps at this shot, Cullen is a bit more conservative in his reaction and his first thought is where will this leave is source.

If that was not enough heat in the office, Trevor goes after Cullen like a whirlwind, and while Cullen is attracted to Trevor he also has clear ideas about what he wants from the guy he hits the sack with and Trevor might just be in for a surprise both in the office and in the bedroom.

NIGHT SHIFT is another book in Total E-Bounds Lust Bites series and I fell in love in these guys and this cute story. Firstly let me say the the cover is just horrid but jumping past that I was reminded of why I like this authors style so much. Ms. Byrnes really does short story well, with Trevor and Cullen right at each others throat right from the opening moment it was a joy to see character that did not take crap and was willing to stick up for what they want.

The romance actually took a back seat to the other side story in the book and this was the plus of the book, because the secondary characters are fun, edgy and fearless in a city where everyone id scared to be on the street at night. There are bit your nail moments and some laugh out loud moments that easily cut the tension of the book and makes it all that more realistic and a perfect late evening read.

Ms. Byrnes wraps up the mystery with great aplomb and the romance suitably sorted itself out with some direct words and firm stance that will most certainly have me doing a reread in the very near future.


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Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the reviews! Coming Together is a great charity and I'm proud to be a small part of their lines.

I'm so glad you like both stories. I agree that the Lust Bites cover is not my favorite (the guy on the left has a funky shoulder...) but in general I love TEB and their covers so I'm not too worried about it!

Thanks a bunch EH!

~ Jenna

Smokinhotbooks on 6 October 2009 at 03:52 said...

I love your reviews. I downloaded the Rena Marks Shared by Wolves. Oh.My.God. I had to keep fanning myself b/c it was so hot. Great story, sometimes with erotic romance books you can accidently download a really bad one and since the books tend to be a bit pricey, can be frustrating. Great Review!

Blodeuedd on 6 October 2009 at 09:20 said...

Some interesting reviews you have for us today :)
Hot yes

Erotic Horizon on 6 October 2009 at 10:10 said...

DEALING WITH ISABELLA was a surprise- I am totally impressed this was one of your earlier work...

I do hope TEB get rid of that cover soon, I know you and Jude have had your turn with it now... but it's getting old now.

As always a pleasure reading your work...


Erotic Horizon on 6 October 2009 at 10:11 said...

@ Smokinhotbooks

Shared by Wolves is smoking hot and those love scenes are blushworthy...

Glad you got the chance to read it..

Thanks for stopping by hon..


Erotic Horizon on 6 October 2009 at 10:12 said...


Yup a mix bag from one of my favourite author today...