Lydia Reviews: The Runaway and the Enforcer by Edward Kendrick

TITLE:  The Runaway and the Enforcer

Author: Edward Kendrick

Publisher: JMS Books

Pages: 135

Characters: Beau and Rick

POV: 3rd POV

Sub-Genre: Mystery

Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Beau, thirty-five, is a gangland enforcer who has gone into hiding rather than following the orders of his boss, Mercer, to harm a rival’s kid. Now, all Beau wants to do is eliminate Mercer before getting out of town.

When Rick, an eighteen-year-old denizen of the streets, witnesses Beau killing one of Mercer’s men who has found him, Beau takes Rick under his wing instead of killing him, as well. He offers Rick a place to stay while he figures out how to put his plan to take Mercer out into action — without ending up dead himself.

Befriending Rick is an act Beau may come to regret. Rick convinces Beau to take him along when he leaves town — thus working his way into Beau’s dangerous life on the run — and perhaps, into his heart, if Beau can come to grips with the fact that Rick is half his age.

Review:

The Runaway and The Enforcer is a recent release by author Edward Kendrick.  This is a May/December romance that edges on the gritty side.  Beau is an enforcer for the mob but he finds himself on the wrong side of the family when he refuses to follow through on his boss’s orders.  Now that he has a hit on his head, Beau needs to stay in the shadows.  Before he heads out of town he has one more thing to do, take care of his boss.

Rick is in his late teens and finds himself on the streets.  He does what he has to to stay alive, so when the guy he sees killing someone offers him a place to stay he takes it.  Staying together is beneficial for both of them but Rick is a little worried, even if he finds it interesting that someone in Beau’s line of work has a moral compass.  Soon the two find themselves working together in order to finish things with Mercer but things go a little crazy and the two soon hit the road.

Mr. Kendrick’s, The Runaway and The Enforcer, is an action packed story that will keep the readers attention from the start.  While this story may sound familiar it is very well done and sure to become a fan favorite.  I loved the characters.  Whether on their own or together they pulled me into their world.  I loved watching them interact and grow as a couple once Beau overcame his issues with their age difference.  Then there is the action part of this story.  The author really makes this part come alive.  From Beau and Rick’s first meeting, to Mercer being taken down, and later to the death of Whalen the author keeps things hopping.  The action in this story will have you turning the pages to see how things will turn out.  The little twists and turns were great and one really surprised me.  I loved how the author wraps things up at the end especially since it had me a little worried.

The Runaway and The Enforcer is a great new addition by this author.  Fans will love it, while those who have not yet tried anything be Edward Kendrick should really give it a try.

Reviewed By:  Lydia

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Lydia Reviews: Premonitions by Edward Kendrick


Title: Premonitions
Publisher: JMS Books
Author: Edward Kendrick
Pages: 110
Kisses: 4



Blurb:

Artist Daniel Chase moves into the house he inherited from his grandfather — with the proviso he must live there or lose it. Soon after, he begins to get premonitions that something isn’t right. Then he meets Griffin Pryce, a handsome man who lives off the grid. They become friends when Griffin agrees to become the subject for one of Daniel’s paintings.

Before that can happen, Daniel’s ex Ray arrives, wanting to partner with Daniel to turn the house into a fancy restaurant. When Daniel says no, Ray sends a man to threaten him if he doesn’t sign the contract Ray has drawn up. Daniel refuses and things go from bad to worse.

With Griffin’s help, can Daniel stop Ray’s machinations? As the attraction between Daniel and Griffin grows stronger, will it — and they — survive what Ray does next?

Review:

Mr. Kendrick has delivered another well done story with the publishing of Premonitions. Don’t let the title of this story fool you, while there is a bit of a paranormal air, it is slight and not the main focus of the story. Like other books by Mr. Kendrick, it is the characters in this story that will really pull you in.

Daniel is an artist who has recently had a tough break up. Thankfully he has an inheritance to keep him occupied. When his grandfather passed, he left Daniel the family home. But there are a few stipulations, which come into play later in the book. The place is in need of some major repairs, which leave Daniel at loose ends while the work is being done. It’s a good thing that he runs into Griffin.

Griffin lives off the grid and has no plans to change. Anything he needs he either grows or hunts for, he tries to head into town as little as possible. While hunting he comes across Daniel and although the two really have nothing in common they soon form a strong connection.

I loved the way these two are with each other. It seems from the start as if they have always known each other. The friendship between them forms easily and grows naturally. Griffin helps Daniel to understand his new surroundings, while Daniel shows Griffin it is possible to come out of the woods without becoming totally citified. I will admit that I wondered how this important difference would affect their relationship. I was glad to see the author choice a way that is believable and works for the men.

Premonitions
is not just about the men’s relationship however. There is a mystery here that will leave the reader wondering how things will play out, even though everyone knows who the bad guys are. I actually could not believe the extent that Ray, Daniel’s ex, went to to get what he wanted.

Premonitions is a great start for those who have not tried anything by Mr. Kendrick. He is an author that will easily make it to your must get list.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Patrick St. James Reviews: The Hitchhiker Murders by Edward Kendrick


Title: The Hitchhiker Murders
Author: Edward Kendrick
Publisher: JMS Books LLC
Length: 101 Pages
Characters: Brent and Quinn Collins,
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

When married private investigators Brent and Quinn Collins are hired to find Andrew, a young man who has disappeared after heading to Idaho Springs, little do they know they will become embroiled in murder. Two other young men have gone missing under similar circumstances and their bodies found buried in the mountains outside of Denver.

The Collins’ investigations soon bring to light another similarity between the murdered men: they were all slender, effeminate, and gay. After Andrew’s body is discovered, Brent and Quinn think they may know who is responsible for the hitchhiker killings.

But when Quinn goes undercover, he finds himself in much deeper waters than he expected. All they have to do is prove it … without ending up dead themselves.

Review:

This was an interesting read involving the murders of young gay men who hitchhiked their way into the mountains. The author managed to paint a pretty vivid picture of the surroundings and locations where the story takes place. The story is also depressingly real as murders like these targeting gay men in certain parts of the country do take place.

The intrepid private detectives, husbands, were hired by the mother of the missing boy, doggedly try to find the killers of the young man they’ve been hired to fine. Together with the uncle of one of the Collins’, Frank, a local police Detective, the villains are deduced and dealt with.

But the case doesn’t end there as the wife of one of the men seeks revenge. The story is well-thought out and the love between Brent and Quinn is well played. You can feel the love between them which is often missing in male/male romances.

Reviewed by Patrick St. James

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Never Let Go of Hope by Edward Kendrick


Title: Never Let Go of Hope
Author: Edward Kendrick
Publisher: JMS Books
Characters: Ellis Williams, Martin Lovell
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Well-known artist Ellis Williams is in a slump and feeling all his fifty-three years. He’s lost the joy which used to permeate his painting and despairs of ever regaining it. It doesn’t help when he runs into a young man who comes on to him to win a bet, thus destroying more of Ellis’s confidence.

Then, at a party, Ellis meets Martin Lovell, a man his age whose partner died soon after they adopted their son. Will these two middle-aged men learn they should never let go of hope? Or is it too late for men their age to open themselves to the possibility of love and being loved?

Review:

One of the great things about anything written by Edward Kendrick is his ability to really get into the heart and soul of his characters. I like that he can write a vast variety of characters…from the average Joe to a movie star, Mr. Kendrick breathes life into his men and I end up adoring each and every one of them.

Never Let Go of Hope
is a feel good, well-rounded story about two men who find each other when they are at the point in their lives where they’ve believed that it might be to late for them to discover love again. What I really liked about this book was the message that no matter your age or what you’ve been through in life, it is never too late for love. I truly loved this book and enjoyed watching these men really work at fitting one another into their lives. As a reader, I really appreciated how they really liked and respected each other. I thought their relationship was a special one and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this story.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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The City PI and the Country Cop by Edward Kendrick


Title: The City PI and the Country Cop
Author: Edward Kendrick
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 187
Kisses: 4





Blurb:

A murder in a small Colorado town closely resembles unsolved crimes committed by a serial killer almost thirty years ago. Private investigator Teague Donovan learns of the recent murder and is instantly drawn to the case, because one of the victims in the past was his best friend, and he is determined to bring the killer to justice.

Hoyt Newman, the detective in charge of the most recent case, is none too happy with Teague’s interfering. At least not until a second homeless boy is tortured and killed. As the two men work together, they begin to develop an interest in each other — one that seems fated not to come to fruition since Teague is city, through and through, and Hoyt is definitely country to the core.

Review:

The City PI and The Country Cop is another well done mystery by author Edward Kendrick. Those who have read this author before know that they will be introduced to two strong characters that can’t help but fall for each other. Teague and Hoyt are just another example of that. Readers also know that they will be pulled into a mystery that will hold their interest until the last page. The mystery that is woven throughout The City PI and The Country Cop is one full of little twists that will keep you guessing about what will happen next.

In this story, the two men are drawn together due to a series of murders. Teague is troubled by the death of his first lover, a young man who disappeared shortly after the two men came out when they were teenagers. When young men start to die somewhere else, and the murders look like they could be related, he sets off for Colorado hoping that the cop on the case will be able to help him solve the first series of murders.
There is a lot going on in this case that will keep you turning the pages. I have to admit that the bad guy was not who I thought it would turn out to be, yet at the same time I was not surprised by who it was, as this character had bad guy written all over him.

Of course the mystery is not the only thing that will hold the reader’s attention. The relationship between Hoyt and Teague moves just as fast as the mystery. The men however are worried about what will happen with them after the case is over that they each hesitates to make a move. The attraction between them is too strong to be denied however and once they come together keeping them apart will become a non-issue.
There are several wonderful secondary characters in The City PI and The Country Cop, yet there is one that really became a favorite. Keir is one of Teague’s PI’s and a young one at that. The relationship between him and Teague is close to that of father and son, which really comes through when Keir starts doing a little matchmaking.

Fans of this author will love this new story, and I would highly recommend it for those thinking about trying this author for the first time.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Hell, Look at Me by Edward Kendrick


Title: Hell, Look at Me
Author: Edward Kendrick
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 110
Characters: Charlie, Ricky, Jace and Liam
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 4




Blurb:

Scene designer Charlie Cox is in a clandestine relationship with the theater’s lead actor, Ricky Moore. Charlie knows it will never be more than that because Ricky is too egotistical to want to be seen in public with a man who has deep burn scars on one arm. Not that Charlie blames him, since he’s certain he’s a freak in almost everyone’s eyes.

Jace Parish, the scene shop boss, is in love with Charlie but will never let him know. Jace thinks he’s uninteresting because he’s thirty and starting to bald, which makes him look middle-aged. He also has never admitted to anyone he works with that he’s gay.

Liam Dolan owns the gym where Jace comes to work out his anger and frustration. Liam has been drawn to Jace from the beginning but believes Jace is straight, so has never revealed his feelings to Jace.

Ricky Moore knows he is using Charlie for his own selfish ends. What Ricky can’t figure out is why, when he can and does have anyone he wants in his bed, he keeps coming back to Charlie.

These four men have preconceived ideas about themselves and each other. What will it take for them to realize love is possible, if they will only give it a chance?

Review:

I’ve read several books by Edward Kendrick and I’ve enjoyed them all. Mr. Kendrick has a real knack of getting to the heart and soul of his characters and showing real personal growth with each one of them.

The blurb does an excellent job at describing the story, so I won’t rehash much of it. Instead, I thought I’d talk about what I liked this book and why I’d recommend it for those who like an interesting, thought-provoking romance.

The story generates around four characters. Charlie and Jace are the heart of the story and the two other men are their love interests. Both Charlie and Jace have personal demons they fight with every day. Neither man believes they are worthy of love because of their physicial appearance. The thing is, both men are very attractive…both inside and out, but because society deems those who are perfectly gorgeous on the outside is the desirable thing, these two men low self-esteem when it comes to love and romance.

Charlie has been in love with Ricky for some time. Ricky is an up and coming actor who treats Charlie more like a booty call than anything serious. On the other hand, Jace has been infacuated with Charlie, but knows his heart is with Ricky. When he cries on the shoulder of his handsome personal trainer, Liam, he soon discovers a love filled promise of compassion, friendship and acceptance.

I really liked all of these men. I admit, Ricky was and in some way still is a harder sell for me. I’m not totally convinced he will be able to look past his own wants and needs to truly have a long-term happy ending with Charlie, but only time will tell. I did end up liking them as a couple, but wasn’t as sold on their HEA as much as Jace and Liam.

Hell, Look at Me is a fast-paced romance that immediately sweeps you up into the lives of these well-written characters. If you enjoy reading heroes who truly achieve personal growth and self-worth as they form solid relationships with their boyfriends, then this is definitely a good choice for you. Mr. Kendrick is definitely an author that continues to write satisfying and sexy romances that many readers will enjoy and always come back for more.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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The Exile and the Detective by Edward Kendrick


Title: The Exile and the Detective
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Author: Edward Kendrick
Pages: 317
Kisses: 4.5







Blurb:

Doran, exiled from his homeland, still must deal with its allies and enemies in his new home. Detective Nick Groves’ life intersects with Doran’s and the problems surrounding him. Nick has a decision to make about the handsome exile. Will it be the right one?

Exiled from his homeland, Doran Taggart now runs a bookstore in his new home town. His only companion is his cat, Inwe. His only duties, despite his exile, are to protect the allies of his king and kill the king’s enemies, should they appear where he now lives.

Detective Nick Groves is searching for leads in the disappearance of two men and a woman. In the process, he meets Doran and is instantly captivated by the violet-eyed young man. Soon afterward, things take a strange turn with his case. Is Doran the cause, and if not, does he know why strange things are happening?

Nick must find answers to all this and more, while dealing with his growing feelings for Doran–feelings that are reciprocated; even though Doran knows nothing can come of them. The men are, after all, from two different worlds. If Nick learns the truth about him, Doran is certain it will the end of any chance for the two of them to be together.

Review:

While The Exile and the Detective is listed as a contemporary mystery, it also has a science fiction aspect to it, which was a bit of a surprise. Both the characters and plot are well thought out, with a mystery that keeps you guessing with little twists and turns, some of which you don’t see coming. As a romance genre fan one of the things I love is when there is a believable chemistry between the main characters. As easy as that may seem, I have read books where that connection failed. Yet, in The Exile and the Detective, the author lets you see the strong connection that forms, almost from the beginning, between Nick and Doran. Of course with Nick investigating some unusual crimes, and Doran in the middle of the investigation, you know there will be more than the usual fireworks.

I loved the whole science fiction aspect of this story. It gave The Exile and the Detective a fresh appeal and I could not wait to see how the story ended. I would also love to see more of these two and hope the author has plans to revisit them in the future.

I have read several stories by Mr. Kendrick and have enjoyed each one. I would have no problem recommending his books to readers of this genre and think that his books are a great place to start for those thinking of trying this genre for the first time.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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