Monday, 14 December 2009

Review – Ticket To Ride © Shawn Lane

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Title:Ticket To Ride

Author: Shawn Lane

Publisher: Amber Allure

Main Characters: Lieutenant Jack Reeves & Chad Storm's

Chad Storm's long time on-again, off-again boyfriend has a ticket to ride on a plane to Maryland and out of Chad's life for good. But someone decides on a more permanent end to their relationship. Former lead singer of the rock band, Lightning, Chad is working on his comeback album when he finds the body of his murdered ex-lover floating in his swimming pool.

Lieutenant Jack Reeves, from the homicide division, has never heard of Lightning, but now he has a gruesome murder to solve. The more he learns of Chad, the more intrigued he becomes, and his protective instincts kick in when Chad begins to receive strange phone calls—from the dead man.

Jack doesn't believe in ghosts and knows someone is trying to mess with Chad, leading him to think someone close to the singer could have murderous intentions. But his attraction to Chad takes him off the investigation.

Drawn to each other, Chad and Jack begin a steamy affair, and that brings the ruthless killer out of hiding..

 

..Jack’s face was so close to Chad’s he could feel his breath when he spoke. “You fainted.”

Chad’s mouth made an O and Jack’s gaze fell to the lush plump lips. As though he willed it or maybe God just wanted to torture him, Chad’s tongue darted out to run along his bottom lip. Jack’s cock sure appreciated it, rising and pressed against his briefs. He stifled a groan with effort.

“Sorry,” Chad said, very softly. “I have a tendency to have sort of panic attacks. I’ve hyperventilated before.” He smiled then, just a slight curving of the lips. “Not in a while though.”

“No doubt the stress.” Jack continued to stare, fascinated by those lips. Wanting to taste them as though they were a raspberry on a fruit tart. He swallowed, trying desperately to get the lust back under control. But damn it was hard with this man on a bed and Jack’s hands all over him.

Chad nodded. “Yeah, you have no idea.”

Jack lowered his lips until they were only one, maybe two inches from Chad’s. It still seemed too far. He could smell spearmint as though Chad had recently chewed a stick of gum. It turned him on more for some unfathomable reason.

The man’s lids lowered, and his lips puckered just a bit. An invitation if ever Jack saw one. He’d been a cop long enough to know that it was the baddest of bad ideas. His gut told him Chad hadn’t killed Mark Walters, but any involvement with even a potential suspect was taboo.

Still he grazed his lips over Chad’s in a light touch, a mere tease. A whisper of flesh against flesh. Definitely not enough. The second kiss lasted longer, but he didn’t apply much more pressure. It was like he was testing the waters. He couldn’t decide if he was drowning or dying of thirst.

Chad’s eyes opened, revealing the crystal blue. “Jack?”

His mouth slid over Chad’s. The man’s lips were soft, warm, moist. Incredible. His hand cupped Chad’s jaw, bringing their lips together firmly. A moan escaped Jack’s lips and he slipped his tongue inside Chad’s mouth. Somehow, and Jack was pretty sure it was his fault, his body ended up draped over Chad’s, crushing the slighter man into the mattress. He also knew the hard object pressing into Chad was not Jack’s gun and Jack was indeed glad to see him.

Chad barely allowed the intrusion of Jack’s tongue, and he decided to take more. His thumb feathered along the man’s lower lip before going in to force Chad’s mouth open wider. Success! He sucked Chad’s elusive tongue into his own mouth. If anyone’s tongue had ever tasted so good, Jack hadn’t found them. He could easily become addicted.

The man he crushed into the bed whimpered and for just a breathless second Jack thought Chad would push at him to dislodge Jack from his body. Of course he would acquiesce. He was not a mindless brute, after all. Well, most of the time.

But to Jack’s happy delight, Chad’s long, pale fingers slid under Jack’s button-down shirt to caress the bare skin of his abdomen. His cock jumped so intensely Jack was surprised he hadn’t come right then.

Holy shit.

He shrugged out of his sport coat, aiming it at the floor of the foot of the bed. Chad’s fingers now worked on undoing Jack’s shirt buttons. Seriously, he should put an end to this. It was so fucking stupid.

Instead he helped Chad unbutton his shirt and he disposed of his shirt, too. Now he pressed his bare torso against the blond man, his lips moving over Chad’s again and again, almost bruising, definitely desperate. His body thrummed with animalistic lust. Had it really been this long since he’d bedded a man?

Jack tugged off Chad’s shirt and couldn’t even remember what he did with it. They were now skin to skin, flesh to flesh. But their damn pants were still in the way of what Jack really wanted...

Ticket To Ride © Shawn Lane

 

Review

The scene of a crime is hardly the place to learn that your partner is a fan of rock music and actually knows the inner working of the rock band The Lightening. With a dead body to worry about there was no way Lieutenant Jack Reeves, from the homicide division was going to let his over excitable partner interview Chad Storm the ex-partner of the deceased.

Jack might not be familiar with either the inter workings of a rock band or its front man – but he knows his job and he has good instincts. Something about the main suspect utter look of defeat call to him and as an officer of the law he has to follow his gut feeling.

Chad Storm is devastated by the loss of his friend and irrespective of the circumstances and the history that has gone on before – the loss of a life is no less easy to take. Meeting Officer Reeves does nothing for him other than bring home the fact that he is more alone than ever before.

While the investigation progresses and new and incriminating information is laid on the table, Chad is facing is facing his own demons while Jack finds himself at a cross road between his job and the man that he no longer is able to ignore.

I have been waiting on TICKET TO RIDE and it was so worth the wait. Shawn Lane is an author that I have had a fantastic year with, both with the characters she introduces me to and the emotional levels that she brings to every tale.

TICKET TO RIDE is no different and from the moment I met Jack and Chad it was like missing pieces finding their other half. It doesn’t come about at the drop of a hat and Ms Lane does a fantastic job of amping up the anticipatory feel to levels where I was literally pushing these two together and giving them pointers

Jack is ordinary if truth be told, but he is confident, has a quiet grace about him and relies a lot on his instincts. A much older guy that works in a job that is not really condusive to the lifestyle – but he has survived and he is holding his own – I liked him. Jack also has a wicked sense of humour about him that really had me grinning half the time.

“Chad Storm,” Al said.

A soap opera name if ever he’d heard one. He shrugged.

“Actor?”

Al groaned. “No, lieutenant. Chad Storm.”

Like saying it again would clue him in. He shrugged again.

“The lead singer of Lightning.”

“Oh.” Jack nodded and closed his spiral notebook. “Rock

music, right?”

Al tsked. “Yes.”

“I’m not really into that sort of thing.”

Al rolled his eyes. “Fifteen years ago Lightning was the hottest

group out there.”

“Hmm. What about now?”

“Well, they broke up a few years ago, actually,” Al admitted.

He turned to watch the body of the victim being lifted out of the

bloody swimming pool. Then he turned back to Jack. “Can I

question him?”

“No way. You’re too much of a fan boy. I’ll talk to Mr. Storm.

You go talk to the maid.”

Al grimaced. “All right.”

Jack patted Al’s shoulder

Ticket To Ride © Shawn Lane

Chad is like the stuff that dreams are made of, too pretty for his own use, disgustingly sexy and just two sweet for words. And in spite of that he is fearless when it comes to taking a chance and going after what he wants.

With the murder plot running along side the budding relationship between Jack and Chad – Ms Lane gave me a pretty decent run with these guys. The murder plot was a non factor for me with this book – it had a nice build up and the fine detail aided in moving the book along, but where this book shines is the interaction of the main protags and the anticipatory feel of the book with it’s wanting it to end, but please don’t let it end scenes.

The smut was hot – I’ll label it as impulse sex – it’s the sort of smut you never expect but within five minutes all bets are off as well as Jacks trousers and the slick stuff is just within reach.

The other positives of this book are how Ms Lane played the characters strengths and weaknesses against each other. They were just flawed enough to be loveable and just stubborn enough to have me rooting for them. The support casts are no less than I would expect from this author – nice and nasty intertwined and somewhere in the middle there is one that stands out and totally made the books a great read.

There is one area that was a new approach for this author and I liked it – this is a short read just with a hundred pages and with novella there is always a condensed element at work. I like the fact that even with the spicy scenes Ms. Lane restrained Jack and Chad enough to allow them to have something left to work towards without me and every other reader breathing down their neck…

Did I like – yes, Should you try it – definitely, did it do it for me – and then some.

 

10 Speak To Me:

Shawn Lane on 14 December 2009 at 15:12 said...

I'm glad you liked it, EH. :)

Leontine on 14 December 2009 at 17:41 said...

I'm reading your review and what does it for me, the last sentence LOL And I just love the sounds of Chad. Wonderful review EH.

Chris on 14 December 2009 at 17:48 said...

Yup. It was a decent read. :)

Erotic Horizon on 14 December 2009 at 18:21 said...

@ Shawn...

Another winner on your hands my dear - Congrats on the release..

Chad is so sweet, so sweet...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 14 December 2009 at 18:22 said...

@Leontine..What can I say - the smut was good ..

It was really good... LOL

Glad the review worked for you..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 14 December 2009 at 18:24 said...

@Chris...

Another early reader - I have to go back onto that site - I think I might have left one or two books over there.

E.H>

Barbara on 14 December 2009 at 22:14 said...

Great review EH!! I'm looking forward to reading this one.

Andi on 15 December 2009 at 04:13 said...

Great review as always, EH:) I really loved this one, too!

Erotic Horizon on 15 December 2009 at 11:46 said...

@Thanks Barbara..

You are going to love Chad... and Jacks dad was so cool..

E.h>

Erotic Horizon on 15 December 2009 at 11:47 said...

@Andi.

Shawn does the best characters - I knew right from the outset that they would be trying to push Kevin off the top spot in my fangirl heart...

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