3.5 stars - Shane is the bad guy from book 1, the guy who left Troy high and dry when he up and took off to Florida leaving Troy to struggle with open 3.5 stars - Shane is the bad guy from book 1, the guy who left Troy high and dry when he up and took off to Florida leaving Troy to struggle with opening their tattoo shop. He also tried to come between Troy and Xander in the beginning of their relationship. So, needless to say, he has not been a good egg from the start and he had a lot of making up to do this time around.
Chris is one of Troy’s employees who happens to meet and hook up with Shane one night, only to run into him again when he helps out another tattoo shop. They hit it off, but Shane wouldn’t so much as exchange numbers, so Chris was left trying to interpret mixed signals, which pretty much carried on for a good portion of the story.
Despite the warnings from both Shane and Troy/Xander, Chris saw something in Shane. The man in the story didn’t appear to be the same man Chris had just met, so he decided to make his own opinions. Turns out there is more to Shane than he lets on, though not more to the story of his past actions. Shane has returned to Ireland to take care of his dying sister’s son, something which has forced him to be a different person than the self-serving bastard that he was.
The story about the death of Shane’s sister was sad, but it turned a bit sweeter when Shane came around and owned up to what he had done, apologized and was able to move on. While it did seem as though there should have been more of a blow up with Troy/Xander and Shane, they did eventually confront the elephant in the room and agreed to a truce.
This was a smooth reading story that, even given the circumstances, felt light on the angst scale. My biggest issue here was that I never really felt the connection between Chris and Shane. Chris wanted a family, and Shane needed help and support, so it seemed like a natural relationship, but I never felt like they were truly in love. Either way, it was a nice addition to the series. If I had read this one first, I may have felt differently without knowing Shane’s past, but I still believe these are best read in order.
For some crazy reason, I missed this series. As this one stated it was a stand alone, I figured I would jump in. 4.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
For some crazy reason, I missed this series. As this one stated it was a stand alone, I figured I would jump in. I had no trouble following along with who was who or the makeup of this group. Dana and Ford are Bounty Hunter partners who work for men whose stories are told in the previous two books, which I am definitely going to go back and read!
Anyhoo, Dana and Ford are interested in each other, or were interested, but never let it be known. So, since Dana felt he never had a chance, and not wanting to be alone, he engaged in an on-again/off-again relationship with a woman who ended up not being very good for him. She thought she was better than him (and most people) and was always trying to make him better, though she loved the bad boy image in the bedroom. But, of course, it was all about her.
Meanwhile, seeing Dana with her only gets Ford riled up to where he is actually finally confronting his own feelings about Dana. When things heat up at work, they are forced to confront the elephant in the room. It takes some time before they get on the same page, but you can definitely feel the explosive chemistry between these two.
Before they get much of a chance to move forward with any type of relationship, the job really takes over as they hunt down some pretty big bail jumpers. Things get a bit of a chance to progress during the surveillance stage, but when they are in the midst of all the danger, they realize how much they actually mean to each other.
This was a well written story that had a lot of action and kept me turning pages quickly to get to the end. Ford and Dana were smokin hot together, and I really enjoyed watching them find with one another what they were missing in their lives.
This had some great side characters as well, and two of my favorites where Brian, Ford’s younger brother, who is also a bounty hunter but suffers from selective mutism due to something that happened while in the military; and Sway, Dana’s bff, who has been keeping to himself while caring for his mother. These guys end up meeting and the finding each other again, making me extremely eager to jump into their book. They seem perfect for each other, and I can’t wait to see their relationship unfold....more
“Say my fucking name.” With just a line, I was sucked in, knowing I was in store for some classic Jack Pyke that would not Review by The Blogger Girls.
“Say my fucking name.” With just a line, I was sucked in, knowing I was in store for some classic Jack Pyke that would not disappoint. This story is a bit shorter and less involved than her others, but it still manages to contain all of the elements I have come to expect and love from her stories.
Here, we have a somewhat unique relationship with Alex and Ross. Ross’ father, Chris, has dementia and often doesn’t remember who Ross is which is starting to take its toll on Ross. Alex has been Chris’ caretaker/nurse for the past ten years and in a relationship with Ross for the last five. Due to the client/patient aspect with Alex and Chris, he and Ross have kept their relationship to themselves to keep Alex’ job and career safe. They appear to have a typical relationship, that is, until they are safely home.
Ross is Alex’ dom, but these guys are anything but typical. They engage in a bit of pain play, with bondage and tattooing of certain parts. Here, we are shown a scene that is anticipation of their anniversary which gives deeper meaning to the title “Shaded Chains.” That is also a big part of what these guys focus on when things take a turn for the worst.
Ross has a habit of running away a bit when things get to be too much. Although having Alex in his life has enabled him to cope better, he still runs when he reaches a breaking point with his father. One thing leads to another (i.e. missed phone calls, lack of communication, etc.) and Alex ends up getting hurt. He does not easily forgive though, and Ross is forced to take some drastic measures in order for Alex to hear him out.
Throughout this story, you can feel the intensity of their relationship and feelings. I found it a bit confusing in the beginning trying to keep the characters straight when Chris was in the mix, but once I got that figured out, I was drawn into their lives. They partake in play a bit on the edgier side, but nothing too drastic, and I always felt Ross took care to not take things too far or put Alex in any real danger. I loved Ross’ sexy accent and was rooting for Alex to get his wish of Ross in a kilt. This was another fabulous story from Ms. Pyke that was just a bit dark and edgy and just a bit sweet, which made for a perfect afternoon treat. ...more
4.5 stars - This story grabbed me right away. It had a certain feel to it, almost like the movie, Sin City, which is based on a graphic novel. It is g 4.5 stars - This story grabbed me right away. It had a certain feel to it, almost like the movie, Sin City, which is based on a graphic novel. It is gritty and dark, and the way it is written, makes you feel like you are watching the story as it is being told to you. I would not normally be a fan of this type of storytelling, but it fit this story so well that it ended up being one of the things I loved about it.
The story begins with Miles in a bad situation getting beat up by mafia thugs who believed he was a mole. Nicholas Pierce was one of those thugs, but he saw something in Miles that didn’t sit well with him, so he managed to diffuse the situation and basically saved his life. The more time he spent with Miles, the more it became clear that he was caught up in a mess he shouldn’t be in, all in the hopes of saving his brother who was involved with a rival gang.
Miles and Pierce grow closer together, but Pierce is stuck in a trap of being the enforcer to the head of the crime family. Unfortunately, there are other players looking to take over, and Pierce is caught with trying to carry out his orders keeping both the father and the son happy, though it quickly becomes apparent that those coincide and not in a good way.
Pierce wants out and has been trying to figure out a way to make that happen. Especially now that he has Miles, someone to protect and love, he thinks he can get them away if he just hangs on long enough. But that power struggle in the gang/mafia gets in the way and things get very precarious. Luckily, Miles doesn’t give up and makes things happen in a big way when it counts.
This was a super intense, high energy story that kept me on the edge of my seat. I wanted Pierce and Miles to make it so badly but was also having trouble figuring out how it could be accomplished. I was so glad to know this was the first book of the series, because I was definitely not ready to be finished with this world or these characters and can’t wait for the next installment.
This was a sweet little mystery thriller about a cop and a DJ finding love in the midst of a gay bashing/killing 3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.
This was a sweet little mystery thriller about a cop and a DJ finding love in the midst of a gay bashing/killing spree. James is the cop who has decided he wants to investigate his feelings about men. While at the only gay club in town, he meets Evan, the DJ, who also happens to be his neighbor. They start off with a hookup that quickly turns into a relationship, though neither have much experience with having one. But, they decide to give it a try.
In the meantime, there are random killings/attacks on young gay men on the Strip where the club that Evan works is located. James is trying to figure out who is behind it all while keeping Evan and his friends safe at the same time. There are quite a few shady characters to keep you guessing as to the mystery part and once that came to a head, things happened pretty quickly. There were also a few others to like as well, such as Evan’s mechanic friends, or James’ family, who were awesome.
I really enjoyed the seeing the guys expand their relationship, from their first kiss, their first actual date, to James coming out to his family. They were sweet together with lots of funny banter and sexiness. They really seemed to be a good match for each other. There were some aspects, however, that I wish were a bit more detailed. For example, what happened in Evan’s past that led him to his no-relationship rule. There were also a few loose ends that sort of just drifted off, such as Trey and his involvement with O’Brien and Rick, etc. Perhaps we will learn more in the next installment. I’m not sure if it will be a continuation of James and Evan’s relationship, or the beginning of a new one. Either way, I enjoyed this and look forward to reading the next one....more