Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Review – Seb’s Surrender & Hell Hath No Fury © Carol Lynne

 

Title:  Seb’s Surrender (Bodyguards in Love Bk2)

Author: Carol Lynne

Publisher: Total E-Bound 

Main Characters: Jared Grant & Sebastian James 

Book two in the Bodyguards in Love Series

After a lifetime of abuse, Jared Grant was rescued by Brier Blackstone and taken to one of the safest places he knew, the bodyguard dormitory of the Three Partners Protection Agency. For the first time, Jared is surrounded by men whose job it is to protect, not hurt him.
One of his protectors, Sebastian James, knows a little something about abuse. Once a victim of abuse before he and his brother were taken from an abusive household and put into separate foster homes, Seb learned to harden his heart as a way of survival. Now, the soft spoken and scared Jared threatens the shell Seb spent years fortifying.
When Jared’s tormentor threatens him from jail, it’s up to Seb and the rest of the bodyguards to keep Jared safe until he can testify at his abuser’s trial. However, the close contact might be more than Seb’s hard shell can withstand.

 

 

Jared Grant pulled his thin jacket tighter around him and walked into the cold, blowing wind of a cloud-covered Albuquerque evening. He was so intent on getting to work on time, he didn’t notice the car that pulled up beside him until a horn honked.

Jared jumped and spun around, ready to run. The driver of the shiny black El Camino SS rolled down his window.

“What’re you doing out here?” Sebastian James asked.

Jared took a tentative step towards the car, truck, whatever it was. “Going to work.”

Seb sighed and put the car in park. “Get in.”

Jared opened the door and a blast of heat warmed him within seconds. He buckled his seatbelt and waited for Seb to pull away from the kerb. “It’s just up here another six blocks.”

“Yeah, I know where it is. Mind telling me what the hell you’re doing walking to work in this weather?”

Confused by the man’s anger, Jared inched closer to the passenger door. “Um…going to work?”

“Are you asking me?”

“Huh?” Seb confused Jared more than anyone he’d ever been around.

“You do that a lot, you know.”

“Do what?”

“Make statements into questions. It’s the lilt up on the end of your sentences, like you’re not sure if you’re going to work or not.”

“Oh. Yes, I’m going to work.”

Seb shook his head and pulled back into traffic. “So why are you walking instead of catching a ride?”

Seb’s Surrender © Carol Lynne

 

My thoughts..

The second book in the Bodyguards in Love series and to be honest it was about what i expected. If you have not read Ms. Lynne’s work before they are very cute and you can get easily frustrated with both the plot and the characters if frivolities are not to your taste…

They are however mine and I in my rush to read all things Lynne snap this up. The main cast are Jared - the broken man who is just trying to get his life together and then there is Seb – Arrogant and denying a whole lot of things about himself, especially the fact that he is really attracted to Jared.

There is a story line and this is coming from about three or four books before and another series back so I am quite intrigued to see how Ms. Lynne brings the bad guys to justice. In SEB’S SURREENDER any how – Jared is being harassed by letter from prison and being the wilting flower that he is – he sinks his head in the sand, when the harassment come a calling, Seb steps in and fireworks on more than one front takes place.

This was a short romp from Ms. Lynne and really if you know what to expect it is really no hardship to just enjoy. There are one or two side stories in the background to keep my interest, brier ongoing progress in his recovery and the a little of what i am hoping will be the background to the next book.

Definately mood read and I liked it….  

 

 

 

 

 

Title:  Hell Hath No Fury

Author: Carol Lynne

Publisher: Resplendence Publishing

Main Characters: Lu & Dominic Ramos

Mortals call it Hell, Lucifer calls it The City. It’s a land of good and evil, and Lu is the mayor. He didn’t ask for the job, but someone with some sense needs to keep order, and after going against Archangel Law, Lu knows he must pay the price.

Though his crime may have cost him his Heavenly home, when trouble shows up in The City, his brothers send Lu reinforcement in the guise of a good-looking bodyguard named Dominic Ramos.

Used to having any man he wants, Lu isn’t happy when his charms don’t immediately have the desired effect on Dominic. He sets out to seduce the gorgeous man using every weapon in his arsenal. When a night of unbridled passion culminates in a public coupling, Lu’s feelings on random sex are forever changed.

Who says there aren’t Angels in Hell?

 

He’d spent several hundred years working to build a place to call home, and finally finished it. Most people referred to it as Hell, but Lu preferred to call it The City.

“You’re gonna get sunburned,” a deep voice declared.

Lu opened one eye and grinned at his best friend, Basileios Kostopoulos. “Hey, Baz.”

The black-haired Spartan reached down and stroked Lu’s erection for several moments before tossing a towel over Lu’s groin. “I’ve got too much going on to get distracted.”

Lu shrugged. It was normal for him and Baz to end up fucking at some point whenever they were together. Baz may claim to be too busy, but Lu knew all it would take was an invitation and his best friend would be all over him.

For some unknown reason, his father had made him irresistible to most humans. He didn’t blame Baz or anyone else in The City for wanting him. Lu knew humans were much weaker at abstaining from sex. It went with their nature.

“What’s up?” Lu asked.

“Besides you?” Baz joked. “Thinking about that brother of yours again?”

Lu tore off the towel and spread his legs. “Does it matter?”

Baz let out a loud grunt and threw himself down in another of the poolside chairs. “Stop it. I’ve got something important to talk to you about.”

Baz was always on alert. A warrior in life, he carried over the same mentality in death. They both knew Baz shouldn’t even be in The City, but Baz had actually asked to be assigned there, unlike most of the residents. According to his friend, Heaven was a tad too sedate for his taste. He needed the action The City provided.

“What’s up?”

“I’m worried about you. I’ve been hearing a lot of shit lately about a guy wanting you dead,” Baz explained.

Lu closed his eyes and resumed his attention to the sun. “I wish him luck. Do you have any idea how many fools have tried to kill me?”

“This is different. One of my friends just informed me the guy claims to have the Dagger of the Beast.”

Lu blinked several times before staring numbly at the sky. He was glad his dark sunglasses hid the emotion he knew was clearly on display within their black depths. His heart began to hammer in his chest at the mere mention of the long lost dagger. Only one person could wield the dagger successfully, its creator, Ambrosios. “Do you think it’s true?”

“I don’t know, but do you really want to take the chance?” Baz asked.

The Dagger of the Beast was the only way to kill an Archangel. Although he’d fallen out of favor, Lu was still, technically, one of them. “Has anyone contacted Michael or Gabriel?”

Hell Hath No Fury © Carol Lynne

 

I am not sure what to make of this book. Straight off if you have issues reading books about heaven and hell and the context of how Lucifer ended up where he did – give this book a pass (you have been warned).

Ms. Lynne let loose her imagination on this one. I met Lucifer who is not only gay but actually prefer to be called Lu and he ain’t the stuff that dreams are made of – he is more. Lu’s home is “The City” as this is how he prefer to refer to his home  and he has very few laws there but there is certainly a code of practice that it’s occupant live by and to be honest it is a slice of heaven in hell.

When news reaches Lu that a long time enemy is lose and on the hunt for him, his brothers helps out in their own way by sending in a team of men to protect him until the culprit can be found.

Dominic is the head of this team and he is not filled with happiness and sunshine to be babysitting guarding the devil – but it’s a job and if it’s one thing Dominic is good at it’s is job. “The City” is nothing like he was told it was or even imagined it was like but the biggest surprise for him is that Lu is certainly not the fire breathing dragon that he has been made out to be.

Sooner or later the little innuendos and the harsh words were going to come to a head and Lu and Dominic seal the deal in a night of unbelievable passion for Lu and for Dominic a moment in time that he never thought he would experience and never thought he would be doing it in such an open way.

I am still smiling from reading this book – because if there is one thing I do raise my hat to Ms. Lynne for is her imagination – it’s freaking brilliant. The book is written to have a feel of a happening Urban city with the good, the bad and the outrageous – the unexpected can be found there as well and there is such a sense of style to the characters that I could not help but like them.

There is obviously Lynne’s trademark sweet plotline and cute support cast but I didn’t care – the entire world of the The City worked for me and even Lu’s visit with his brothers (The Archangels) didn’t  rock the boat for me. I thought the book flowed really well in light of the fact that not only theologically and mythology background was use but a nice play on words were used all the way through the book.

The were a few niggles for me in this book, like the ease as which Dominic let go of a lot of his life long principles, there was a level of dishonesty in this book that irked me because it was not from the players that I would had put money on. The fact that Lu was also constantly sunning himself did nothing for me either – other than justify why the men on the cover are so dark.  

HELL HATH NO FURY is another addition to Carol Lynne’s stable of books – it is certainly different from what I am used to from her but I do like an author that stretches them self and give it a go… 

 

10 Speak To Me:

Chris on 9 February 2010 at 14:52 said...

I've only read one of her books, but I do have the Poker Night series on the reader for when I'm in the mood for something not too strenuous. :)

Blodeuedd on 9 February 2010 at 16:12 said...

At least that cover of hell has sure got stuck in my brain, very nice ;)

Erotic Horizon on 9 February 2010 at 16:21 said...

@Chris...

Lynne is guilty pleasure for me - I can't resist...

You said it right - mood read....

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 9 February 2010 at 16:21 said...

@Blodeuedd

I know what you mean - that cover is horrid...

Think good thoughts - that helps...

E.H>

Lily on 9 February 2010 at 18:55 said...

Carol Lynne is a guilty pleasure read for me, much like Stormy Glenn.

I have read these but they both sound good. Thanks!

Lea on 9 February 2010 at 23:39 said...

Nice reviews EH;

You always showcase authors I am unfamiliar with. These both sound like interesting reads, not too sure about "Hell Hath no Fury" but the cover art is certainly intriguing.

I love your new banner!

Thanks for sharing.

L

Sassy Brit on 10 February 2010 at 12:03 said...

Love the cover!

Glad you liked it. Bad boys get what they deserve in the end then? :)

Sassy
:)

Erotic Horizon on 13 February 2010 at 12:32 said...

@Lily..

You know all the good mood authors...

I need to pick up Stormy Glenn latest...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 13 February 2010 at 12:33 said...

@Lea..

Thanks hon... I do try..

That cover was horrible - but the books was as expected... I liked it...

As usual I am fiddling with my banner...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 13 February 2010 at 12:35 said...

@Sassy..

I love that phrase - you would think he hot his just deserve...

But in reality he got the hot hunky guy...

Some guys have all the luck..

E.H>