Saturday, 4 December 2010

Review – Kindred Spirits Bk1: Quinn's Blessing © Jude Mason Jenna Byrnes

Quinn's Blessing

Kindred Spirits: Bk 4

Author: Jude Mason Jenna Byrnes

Publisher: Total E-Bound

Genre: GLBT

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Book four in the Kindred Spirits Series
Jack Donner arrives at Whiskers' just in time for a wedding, but so has someone else, whose motives aren’t quite so pure.

There’s a cook’s position open at Whiskers' Seaside Inn and Jack Donner thinks he’s just the man for the job. Resumé and references in hand, he applies to fill the spot and lands himself a gig that will pay his bills, not to mention give him a room with a killer view. He’s doesn’t expect to meet the sexiest hunk imaginable, but that turns out to be another perk of the job.

Quinn Stevens is the handsome minister preparing to unite the inn owners, Ethan Roberts and Cade Wyatt, in marriage. When he arrives to discuss the ceremony, he’s bowled over by the new cook and sexual sparks fly between them.

Jack’s intrigued by the bride ghost who visits him in the night, until her actions take a sinister turn. It seems the view’s not the only thing ‘killer’ at the inn. With his great new job in jeopardy, Jack struggles to save it, and the fragile relationship he’s forged with the reverend. He and Quinn soon discover if there’s going to be a wedding, they have work to do. Can they solve the mystery of Catherine’s 1898 nuptials so Ethan and Cade—and everyone else at Whiskers’—can live happily ever after?

 

 

“Howdy,” Jack said to the younger man who’d turned and opened the door just as he got there.

“Hi there, welcome to Whiskers’.”

“Thanks.” Jack walked into the lobby and stopped for a moment to get his bearings.

“Can I help you?”

Jack turned and smiled. “Jack Donner. I’m here to apply for the chef job.”

The blond man smiled and offered his hand. “Then you’re in luck, Mr. Donner. I’m Logan Emerson, the chef you’d be replacing.”

The two shook hands, and Jack returned the man’s smile. “Call me Jack, please. Can I ask why you’re leaving, or is that too personal a question?”

Logan nodded. “It’s personal, but a fair question. What the hell.” He turned and headed deeper into the inn, saying over his shoulder, “Come on, we’ll get coffee and talk.”

Jack followed the handsome cook, eyeing the way his ass moved inside his cut-off jeans. They went through a nice-sized dining room, the tables empty for the moment, but already set for the evening meal. The fireplace drew his attention and he wondered how often they used it. He had visions of cold winter nights, a storm raging and the firelight flickering off a masculine face. Jack shuddered and dragged his attention back to the present. “This is a really great place.”

“Yeah,” Logan agreed. “You could probably never tell there was a fire here a few weeks ago.”

“A fire?” Jack looked around again, surprised.

“Caused by a lightning strike. Not a whole lot of damage, mostly smoke and water. We had to close for a while, though. Thankfully, we’re up and running again.”

“That’s good.” Jack shuddered again. Fire was not his favourite element. 

  

My Thoughts

I am in a mood to catch up on some of the series that I have fallen off the bandwagon of for awhile now and I started with QUINN’S BLESSING, the fourth in Jenna Byrnes and Jude Mason Kindred Spirits series.

Firstly this book cannot be read on it’s own, so don't even try. With this visit to the Whisker’s Inn where the bulk of this story take place I find that the boys, Ethan and Cade are getting married and the date has been set, now all that’s left in the works is getting the planning sorted – that’s if they don’t stop adding stuff to the list.

Added into this mix is Jack Donner, a  guy who needs to makes the bills and as such is now chasing up a job at the inn, it seems the resident cook has found himself a boyfriend and is moving on. Jack is an easy going guy and makes an instant impression on not only Cade and Ethan but on Quinn the local reverend who just happens to also be the person officiating the wedding.

Whisker’s Inn is most renown for it’s ghostly’/spiritual guests and although Jack is aware of this, his first night at the inn does not pass without incident and he meets a new ghost, this one is unlike all the other otherworldly guest that roams the hall of the inn. Catherine is her name and she is not happy, she wants her man back and if she cant have him it seems the nearest groom will have to do.

Despite this new turn of event in Jack’s life, the job is every thing that he hoped it would be and his fledging relationship with Quinn is even more than he ever hoped for. Quinn is a practical guy with his feet firmly set in reality and knows to takes things as they come but he also knows a good thing when he feels it and what he is feeling for Jack is definately a new feeling for him.

Things goes from bad to worse in this idyllic setting however and Jack is now not sure of anything, not his job, not the next step and especially not where he goes with Quinn from here.

QUINN’S BLESSING is a book of mixed blessing for me. I loved where I have found Cade and Ethan and although I didn’t meet any of my favourite ghostly friends I was pleased a few new faces made an appearance in this book.

The characters themselves were likable and the same feel good vibes is there as in all the Kindred Spirit books. I was glad for that as these books are really light hearted fun with a little bit of mystery and I though that held true even in this fourth book.

Where I had niggles with the book was more with stereotypical stuff, like the speed of the relationship between Jack and Quinn. They did click but everything happened too fast and so I missed out on all the small things that make a relationship all the more solid. Jack easy acceptance of Catherine didn’t really sit well with me either, but once I got over the lack of surprise on Jacks part and went with the flow of it, I ended up liking that storyline alot.

I also though Logan was like a new character, more adult and definitely showing mature colours. Logan is the main character from the previous book and this was like meeting a new person.  

If you are followers of this series I think you will enjoy QUINN’S BLESSING alot. Mason and Byrnes brought the whole cast from the series together and even toss in a good old fashion fisticuff into play which was not fun while it lasted…

All in all a good read and I am super pleased Cade and Ethan got to enjoy their special day surrounded by friends and loved one..

8 Speak To Me:

Chris on 4 December 2010 at 17:57 said...

It's on my maybe list. :) So many books...

Erotic Horizon on 4 December 2010 at 18:46 said...

I know what you mean about those books hon.. too many..

But I always love a trip down to Whispers Inn

:)

Jenna Byrnes on 4 December 2010 at 20:28 said...

Thanks for the review EH. We try to make the stories stand alone, but as we get more characters, maybe that's too tough.

Anyway, we're glad you enjoy our little inn!

Jenna

Lily on 5 December 2010 at 04:21 said...

I've got the first book in the series but haven't read it yet. One day I'm sure I'll get to them all. Maybe?

*sigh* So many books, so little time! :)

Blodeuedd on 5 December 2010 at 09:48 said...

Nice review.
More a meh to me I think, not a big fan of speedy relationships either

Erotic Horizon on 6 December 2010 at 15:56 said...

@Jenna..

I did think of how the books stack up as a stand alone, but there are just too much intriguing characters here for anyone not to be curious..

Better to read from the start...

Congrats on the release to you both..

:)

Erotic Horizon on 6 December 2010 at 15:57 said...

@Lily..

Totally agree - I am still weeding through my back list and not making any headway..

Happy reading hon..

:)

Erotic Horizon on 6 December 2010 at 15:58 said...

@Bloduedd..

Not fan either hon, but so much other things worked for me here..

:)