Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Review – Mason & Byrnes, Lynne, Kendricks


Alex's Appeal – Kindred Spirit Bk 3

Author: Jude Mason and Jenna Byrnes

Publisher: Total E-bound

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A bear of a lawyer in mourning, a handsome young chef who falls head over heels, and a mystery that threatens their happiness are just the beginning of the events at Whisker’s Seaside Inn.

Lawyer Alex Brookfield arrives at Whiskers’ Seaside Inn with a big decision weighing heavily on him. He’s been offered a judgeship, and while it’s an incredible promotion, it would mean leaving the house he shared with his late, long-time partner. Russ died of cancer eight months ago, and although Alex is ready to move on, he isn’t sure about such a big, permanent step.

Logan Emerson is the inn’s chef, and wouldn’t mind cooking up something special with the handsome attorney. He’s not concerned about their fourteen year age difference. He just knows what he likes and isn’t afraid to go after the hunky bear of a man.

Alex heard stories about the inn’s ghosts from its owner, his friend and former lover Ethan Roberts. But he’s totally unprepared for the spirit who shows up his first night there.

Between futile attempts to fend off the frisky young cook, and his offer to help inn co-owner Cade Wyatt come up with a romantic marriage proposal for Ethan, Alex finds his hands, and his bed, quite full.

My thoughts

ALEX APPEAL is the third in the Kindred spirit series and a book I have been awaiting for a while. Alex is a lawyer who has decided to chill out at his friends inn, Whiskers’ Seaside Inn but in alot of ways Alex heart isn’t into the visit, because Alex is of the mindset that he has buried his heart with his long time partner.

However with a new opportunity and possibly a new venture on the horizon for him if he accepts it at the forefront of his mind – he gets on with the check in and re-acquainting himself with Ethan and Cade the owners of the inn.

Before nightfall Alex meets Logan, the new chef and general busy body. Their first meeting does not go well but this is only temporary and before long they are bumping hips. They both have issues and the book is taken up with misunderstandings and unsaid words between the two.

I will admit I was not taken with either men and therefore I did not pay their relationship much mind. Because I have been following this series from book one I was thrilled to see Ethan and Cade again and the regulars of the inn. In alot of ways this book was more like a quick visit to check in with the guys and see what antics they and their ghostly occupants were getting up to.

There were a few events that must not be missed happening with the Inn so for readers following this series this is a must read, it was also good to see more people from the town being introduced into the story – it does give the feeling that Ethan is now becoming a part of the framework of the community.

I look forward to Mason and Byrnes next book in the series, I do hope it will be one of the ghost that takes centre stage though.


To Bed a King - Bodyguards in Love 6

Author: Carol Lynne

Publisher: Total E-bound

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Bodyguard, Raven Stone, has a reputation for trying to steal the husbands of the clients he’s hired to follow. When he’s sent on a special assignment to guard the Crown Prince of Jurru, Raven’s first instinct is to use his sex appeal to win over the future king. He’s told the Crown Prince is straight, but Raven has yet to meet a man he couldn’t lure into his bed.

For years, Crown Prince Ghazi Zahar, has managed to hide his sexuality from the hordes of paparazzi that continue to follow his every move. So why does his new chauffer make him yearn to take risks? When the newly crowned king of Jurru discovers Raven’s true identity, he asks him to return to his island home and help protect his young nephew. Living his life so close to temptation has Ghazi in a constant state of agitation. Would the people of his country accept a gay king?

Raven’s always fancied himself a bit of a queen, but he’s never considered the possibility that he actually might become one. Can he keep his king alive long enough to enjoy it?

My thoughts

Ms. Lynne’s work is really like a drug for me now -  I moan that some of the plot line should be tighter or better or her character are just too meh, but I CANNOT stop reading her stuff…

Her latest offering TO BED A KING was a real change from her usual fare for me. This is Raven’s story, a character Ms Lynne had tease me with earlier in the series and I have been looking forward to his story. Raven is a bodyguard who has no hang-ups about who he sleeps with – he has a reputation within the Three Brothers Security Company as a bit of a slut and he doesn’t try to explain or change his ways.

His latest mission is protecting royalty and not just any royalty but this is someone he is very much attracted to.    

Ghazi is the Prince in question who has always lived his life by the demands of his station and as the son of his father. With his country on the verge of change he has no time for school boy antic that will not only upset the schedule that his country is on but he is not sure he is ready to have his sexuality open to the worlds scrutiny.

With his sexy  bodyguard looking more appealing each and everyday he accepts the fact that now might be the time to step out of the shadows and this man looks like the one who just might be worth it. Raven however is clearly on a different wave length to the prince and this causes not only hurt feelings but also open up both men’s eyes to the fact that the attraction between them just might be worth going the distance for.

The cute romance is not the only thing causing waves in Jurru, something is not right within the system itself and that also is closer to Ghazi than he knows.

TO BED A KING was a great story, the book was not overrun with sex scenes or frivolous characters – Ms. Lynne gave me a story and a suitable mixed bunch of character to make it work. While I would have love to have a bit more detail on some things and certainly page time to see where alot of that would have gone, Ms Lynne write short stories and they only go so far and no further. I accept that.

There is a lot of emotional scenes packed into this 6th book and I also got the chance to revisit some old friends and old faces as well.

I look forward to my next venture with these bodyguard who seem to be all falling in love..


Open Roads

Author: K.C. Kendricks

Publisher: Amber Quill

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Tyler Phillips enjoys his small-town life. He’ll never get rich working the family business, but he knows there’s more to a man than the size of his bank account. Easing into mid-life, Tyler’s restless for something he can’t find in the little borough of Easton—male companionship.

Noel Springs got caught up in the economic downturn. With his job gone, and retirement many years in the future, Noel decides to take a long drive and see some of the country before dedicating himself to finding new employment. The open road is just what he needs.

But when Noel's car overheats outside the little town of Easton, he discovers the local mechanic is far hotter than his radiator, and just as eager to blow off some steam...

My thoughts

I picked this book up on a recommendation from Val (Obsidian Bookshelf) but what really sealed the deal for me was the main plotline was one I knew and love and from Val’s thoughts it seems as if Kendricks somehow took a well used product and breath new life into it – I had to see for myself.

Warnings – the books does not veer far from the blurb, as I mention before  I know this plotline, I know where the romance was going to go but more than just those two things the fine print was stellar.

When  Noel turned off into a small town to have his car looked at, it was just meant to be that a quick stop on his way to finding a new adventure, a new job or whatever life brings him so to speak.

What he got was Tyler, a young man who just seem so out of place in small town no-where. Good at his job and has an easy groove to him – Noel was suitable impress.

As I said before a little predictable, where I thought the author excelled is in how much info was packed into this short story. I like the interaction between the men – not just sexual but they talked they seem to click somehow and a easy sort of comfort develop between them.

The few characters that were introduced although they just popped into the scenes they made a massive impact. They didn’t bring any jealously or angst what they brought with them was solid friendship, moral support and the feeling that “simply" does it’ is really the order of the day.

There was also a good pace to this book – very small town if that is not being too stereotypical, but it really was. At the end the pace picked up a bit with the introduction of new characters, new adventure, new worries and probably that would be where my only niggle would be – with new interest at this late stage I wanted to know more about these new players.

Unlike most short story OPEN ROADS hits the spot, it wasn’t over the top, there was no drama, there was no elaborate sex scenes it dealt with that point in life where it’s just nice to have options, nice to have a choice knowing that there really is open roads ahead of you. 

13 Speak To Me:

Leontine on 21 September 2010 at 18:56 said...

Wow, three reviews in one post EH, that was a surprise :) So I guess with book one, Alex's Appeal, I would need to start with book one for this book to work for me?

To Bed A King sounds like a satisfying read from start to finish and bodyguards, me likes the theme!

With Open Roads I could barely, but then really barely, make it past the cover. The chain is a bit much but the hot bod in jeans...a very fine example of the male gender of our specie *cheeky grin*

Tam on 21 September 2010 at 19:05 said...

I'm not familiar with the first series so I'll pass for now and I'm afraid Carol Lynne just doesn't work for me often. Insta-love is a hallmark for the author and I have issues. :-)

The last one sounds interesting though. To be honest I haven't read any of those with the cover, for some reason them all having the same cover annoys me. :-) But a few have had good reviews so I'll have to check some of them out.

Mem on 21 September 2010 at 19:24 said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed Open Roads. :)

Blodeuedd on 21 September 2010 at 20:52 said...

Surprised me too, but it was a good one.
To bed a king, oh I certainly like the title of that one

Chris on 21 September 2010 at 23:28 said...

I need to get reading that series by Jenna & Jude!

Erotic Horizon on 22 September 2010 at 00:02 said...


I have a whole bunch of book that I read - that I really wanted to highlight... so a few more double up post will be coming...

I am going through that Amber Quill set of books - so far a good start.. Loving the cover as well..


Erotic Horizon on 22 September 2010 at 00:06 said...


Lynne is defiantely not for everyone - I know you have mentino it before..

I also get you on the cover thing - however I am loving this cover..

Over the years I have been turned off from book by covers from Torquere and Total E-bound, sometimes they just dont work for me - this one however really is a good reflection of the stories I have read dso far..


Erotic Horizon on 22 September 2010 at 00:06 said...


Thanks much for the rec - hon.. I have update the link to your place...


Erotic Horizon on 22 September 2010 at 00:09 said...


yup some were definately a surprise - but a good one..

So to speak

Erotic Horizon on 22 September 2010 at 00:10 said...


Yup you certainly do..


Lily on 22 September 2010 at 04:49 said...

I haven't read any of these although I've got the first book in Jude and Jenna's series.

Wonderful reviews! :)

KC Kendricks on 22 September 2010 at 22:56 said...

Thank you so much for your kind words about OPEN ROADS. I'm glad you enjoyed the story, and I very much appreciate you taking the time to read and review it.

KC Kendricks

Chris on 23 September 2010 at 01:57 said...

Congrats, EH!