Gabbi Reviews: From a Jack to a King by Scotty Cade

Title: From a Jack to a King

Author: Scotty Cade

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages: 200

Characters: Bay Whitman, King Slater

POV: 3rd

Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance

Kisses: 5+

Blurb:

New York Times best-selling mystery writer Bay Whitman leads the life of a celebrity—at least on the surface. In public he’s self-assured and in control. Women hang on his every word, while men envy his confidence and swagger. But in reality, Bay is a loner. He’s shy and introverted, and his life consists of sitting in a dimly lit room writing his famous Jack Robbins mystery novels. His one vice—gambling. Winning an escort in a poker game will change Bay’s life in ways he never imagined.

Matthew “King” Slater is one of the hottest tickets in gay porn. He spends his days in front of the camera and his nights as a highly paid escort to the rich and famous. Deep down, he craves romance and a real connection, but his past makes it hard to separate the needs of his body from those of his heart. For now, it’s easier to think of sex as just a job. But while doing a shoot in Vegas, King is hired for a tryst at a famous hotel and casino, and his handsome client might blur the line between work and play.

Review:

I just finished reading From a Jack to a King and all I can say is, Whew! Scotty Cade can write romance! There is something special about the way his heroes connect with each other that really make his stories a well-written, beautifully told romance.

King is an unapologetic gigolo and porn star. He’s good at what he does and he enjoys it, too. At first, King seems to be very arrogant and his confidence about himself that borderlines a superiority within his field that can almost be off-putting. At first, I honestly didn’t know if I was going to like him.

Here’s the thing about King. He is a very complex character. As more about him is revealed, I began to really care for him. I liked how Mr. Cade did not sugarcoat his character or some of his behaviors at all. Why? Because watching King’s personal growth and how hard he falls for the sweet, intelligent and sexy Bay was a heartwarming thing to experience.

I understood why King fell so hard for Bay. Bay is a genuinely nice guy. He has a knack for poker, he’s a very successful writer and is an all-around likable guy. But, Bay is a very introverted man who is afraid to open up and allow people to see who he is on the inside. When he meets King, Bay is challenged to take a hard look at himself, as well as, allow himself to be opened to new possibilities.

I loved this book. Yes, there were times I wanted to strangle King, but those moments were few and far between. As a reader, I appreciated the way these two men learn to communicate and open their hearts and minds to one another.

I also loved the difference between King going through the motions at his job vs making love with Bay. Yes, there was a significant difference between it, and I was swept up in how each touch King and Bay shared between them was a loving, beautiful one.

I love romantic tales that sweep me up into the lives of complex, sexy, intelligent men who clearly are made for one another. Mr. Cade is a master storyteller and I adored every moment I spent reading this book.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed by: Gabbi

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Forever for Now by Scotty Cade


Title: Forever for Now
Author: Scotty Cade
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 79
Characters: Leeland, Harrison
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 3






Blurb:

Leeland Jeffers is a contented single man with a thriving career in Atlanta. He’s had a few unsuccessful relationships over the years, but no one has even come close to his first love, Harrison Rhinehart. They met in college when a mutual friend, Suzie Garrison, introduced Harry into their close-knit group. When the supposedly “straight” Harry made a move on Lee, the two men entered into a tumultuous secret love affair. In their senior year, the relationship finally ended when Harry informed Lee he was marrying Suzie.

Since graduation, the college friends have drifted apart. However, an unexpected invitation to a destination wedding seems set to reunite them all. Lee’s speculation on whether Harry and Suzie will make an appearance threatens to derail his attendance. But Lee decides the hell with it and makes plans to go, Harry Rhinehart or no Harry Rhinehart.

Review:

When I noticed Forever for Now by Scotty Cade was up to be reviewed, I immediately knew I had to read it. Mr. Cade is one of my go-to authors. I LOVE his books An Unconventional Courtship and An Unconventional Union. When it comes to writing love and romance, Mr. Cade is a master at what he does.

I will admit I didn’t like this book as much as some of the other books Mr. Cade has published. Now, please don’t get me wrong, Forever for Now is a good story. It has two interesting heroes and a solid storyline. I liked it, but I didn’t fall in love with it as I have with some of Mr. Cade’s books in the past.

After I finished reading the story, I’ve really thought and asked myself why I didn’t like this one as much as the others. I think the main reason was the pacing of the story itself. Lee and Harry have basically been in love since college. Harry is afraid of his love and attraction to Lee and dumps him; only to marry a woman the next day. Lee is devastated, but determined to go on with life. He has many one night stands and can never give his heart to another. When they are supposed to meet with their group of friends in Mexico for a wedding, both men are forced to face their past, forgive and face the future together.

I liked both heroes. Lee is intelligent, flirty and can be pretty vampy at times. He’s sexy and his self-confidence made him a tantalizing character. Although he’s had a lot of men in his life, he can’t forget his one true love, Harry. Now, I understood why Lee liked Harry. Through a few flashbacks, we understand why Harry became endearing to Lee. In fact, Lee loves Harry so much, he forgives Harry over and over again, only to get his heart broken in the end.

On the other hand, when Harry dumps Lee to marry his girlfriend, I really wanted to shake some sense into him. Yes, I kinda understood where Harry was coming from, but I still didn’t like it. Harry has worked hard to be successful, but when it comes to his personal life, Harry is a failure. It’s hard to live a lie and be happy. When his wife leaves him the night before their departure for the wedding, Harry becomes determined to win both Lee’s love and forgiveness.

This is where I had a slight niggle with the story. I thought the reunion between the two men was too rushed. I thought Lee’s forgiveness was too quick and would have liked to have seen Harry eat a little crow for hurting him so much. Instead, they almost immediately fall into bed and vow to start their relationship over. In a way, it was romantic, so I think I understand Mr. Cade’s reasoning behind it, but as a reader I wanted more. I wanted more romance. I wanted more groveling. (On Harry’s part…why? Lee deserved it.) I wanted to see how these two men really work at making this relationship a successful one. I wanted Harry to prove himself to Lee. In the end, I guess I just wanted more.

In the end, I still liked this book. I love Mr. Cade’s work and recommend it. The chemistry between Lee and Harry is definitely undeniable. I adored Lee’s personality, and his friends were people that I’d love to hang around. Mr. Cade also has a descriptive storytelling ability that I really enjoy. You’ll feel like you are there with his characters. Whether it’s feeling their pain or enjoying their lives, Mr. Cade knows how to write amazing, romantic stories that can take your breath away. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a favorite of mine, but I might be biased because of my great love for his Unconventional series. I still recommend Forever for Now. It would be a good choice if you are looking for a quick, sexy read. You’ll enjoy the heroes’ chemistry and it has an ending that will leave a smile on your face.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Chasing the Horizon by Scotty Cade


Title: Chasing the Horizon
Author: Scotty Cade
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 198
Characters: Garner Hold and Hawken Bristol
Sub-Genre: Romance
Kisses: 4



Blurb:

Needing a lifestyle change, Garner Holt, an uptight workaholic psychologist, buys a sailboat and trades in his prestigious job in New York City for a life on the water. After engine failure and six weeks in Savannah, Georgia for repair, he arrives in Key West, Florida early one morning and encounters a half-dressed hooligan walking along the docks of the marina. Garner immediately thinks this barefoot and shirtless man with a shaved head, multiple tattoos, and piercings in every orifice is going to rob him. He prepares for the worst. Instead, the stranger passes Garner by and climbs on a boat two slips down. With the threat of danger gone, Garner is surprisingly intrigued.

Hawken Bristol is used to being on the receiving end of stereotypes. He sees the fear on the stranger’s face, recognizes the rigidity in his stance, but is too tired from his wild night of partying to engage the frightened stranger. A few cat and mouse encounters around town lead to an uncanny attraction. However, after Garner helps Hawken dock his boat in a windstorm, sparks start to fly. But this new liaison brings up old baggage that threatens to derail everything they have going.

Review:

Garner Holt has done everything in his power to be a successful psychologist. Being the youngest ever to become the head of his department it is not without its downside. His has no personal life and has taken no time off. After years of this, he becomes burnt out and exhausted. Taking an early retirement and deciding to travel the coast on his sail boat, he sets off to new adventures.

Hawken is a walking contradiction. He is tattooed from head to toe and is covered with piercings. Because of his appearance, no one expects much of him. They don’t care how smart he is or how his friend is his center.

When the two men meet (not on great circumstances) the spark is lit. With both men not wanting a relationship they decide to have fun until one or both moves on.

Chasing Horizons by Scotty Cade is a solid, very enjoyable read.
The characters were strong and very well rounded and the plot was great! Scotty Cade did a wonderful job bringing you into their world and letting you be a part of it!

Reviewed By: Jerry

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An Unconventional Union by Scotty Cade


Title: An Unconventional Union
Author: Scotty Cade
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 208
Characters: Webber Kincaid, Tristan Moreau
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

Sequel to An Unconventional Courtship

Kincaid International Corporation’s CEO, Webber Kincaid, and his executive assistant, Tristan Moreau, have just returned from a Caribbean business trip gone horribly right. After years of hiding their love for each other, they finally came clean—and discovered KIC’s chief financial officer has been up to some shady business transactions. Now that they’re back, Tristan and Webber must expose the CFO’s indiscretions—and save Webber’s reputation, since he’s ultimately responsible for his CFO’s actions. With Tristan by his side, Webber faces KIC’s board of directors and a looming investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice.

With all the uncertainty surrounding them, Webber and Tristan rely on the strength of their connection. Together, they plan an intimate wedding on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. But despite their love for one another, Webber and Tristan quickly realize they have some hurdles to cross before they can start their unexpected new life.

Review:

It’s no secret that I absolutely loved the first book in this series. I admit, I couldn’t wait to read the sequel and I’m pleased to say that I loved it almost as much as the first book!

An Unconventional Union begins almost immediately where the last book left off. Tristan and Webber are elbow deep in an investigation by the Department of Justice. Although they are faced with some hard times ahead, both men know that facing these trials together, they can probably overcome anything that is thrown their way. I loved how these men keep communicating as well as they depend on each other for emotional support. There is an obvious love, respect and friendship between them that really stands out as their story progresses. What’s even better is that these two men truly love one another. Not once, did I doubt their loyalty and affection they have for one another.

There’s more to the story than the ongoing investigation they face, but I don’t want to spoil a lot of the book, so forgive me if I’m a little evasive with some of the things I write about this book. There are several twists and surprising turns as the story unfolds that left me both with a huge smile on my face AND it also gave me several moments of grief and sadness. So, I feel compelled to warn readers to make sure you have plenty of tissues handy, because you’re going to need them. I loved every moment I spent reading this book and although there is a bittersweet quality to the story, it still left me with a smile on my face.

Beautifully written with characters that live and breathe off of the written page, An Unconventional Union is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. Mr. Cade has one again gave this reader several hours of pure reading enjoyment and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us! Although An Unconventional Union could probably be read as a stand alone book, I HIGHLY recommend reading the first book, An Unconventional Romance first. This way you’ll truly understand why these two amazing men have such a deep connection between them as well as getting to enjoy their romance from the beginning. Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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An Unconventional Courtship by Scotty Cade

Title: An Unconventional Courtship
Author: Scotty Cade
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 230
Characters: Tristan Moreau, Webber Kincaid
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5



Blurb:

Tristan Moreau loves his job as chief administrative officer and personal assistant to Webber Kincaid, President, Chairman, and CEO of Kincaid International. It would be the perfect job… if only he hadn’t fallen in love with his boss as well as the work. After two years, he’s still doing everything in his power to keep his feelings hidden—mostly because he wants to protect the reputation of his famous boss but also because he wants to keep his job.

Webber Kincaid has stayed in the closet, using his best friend and confidante as his beard. Everything in his life was working out just fine until he met Tristan Moreau. Within months, Tristan stole his heart and became his lifeline. But Webber knows the rules of the workplace better than anyone, so he’s kept his distance.

But two years is too long to wonder “what if?”—especially when business takes them to a private Caribbean island. When Tristan and Webber succumb to the tropical heat, their professionalism starts to backslide. It’s a seemingly impossible relationship, making a go at it under the paparazzi’s microscope. It may be the best—or the worst—business decision they ever made.

Review:

It’s been a long time since I’ve read such a romantic novel. An Unconventional Courtship is filled with enough love and romance to satisfy even the pickiest of readers. This is the first book I’ve read by Scotty Cade and it definitely won’t be my last. I loved Scotty’s descriptive writing as well as the author’s way of making me literally feel like I was swept up into the romance between Webber and Tristan as much as they were.

Since the blurb does an outstanding job of describing the story, I won’t rehash it. I will say that I loved both of the heroes and thought they were both well-written and likeable men. Both men are strong, intelligent and sexy. I liked how well they worked together, both as a team at work and as two lovers. Their friendship, respect and love for each other really made me totally fall for this couple and I loved every minute I spent reading their story.

Even though this is one of the sweetest, romantic books I’ve read in a long time, it also has some angst and a pretty fast-paced storyline. There is a villain that threatens the couple as well as their reputation and livelihood and honestly the story ended very happily, but it still left me with some unanswered questions about what was exactly going to happen to Webber’s business and so forth, so it in my opinion practically screams for a sequel. I honestly hope there is one because I loved these two men and since I adored reading about them, I’d love to read more about their relationship in the future. If you are looking for something fresh, romantic and just an all-around beautiful love story, then An Unconventional Courtship is definitely the book for you! Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

Treasure of Love by Scotty Cade


Title: Treasure of Love
Author: Scotty Cade
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 214
Characters: Jackson Cameron and Daxston Powers
POV: 3rd POV
Setting: Skagway, Alaska
Genre: Contemporary
Cover Rating: 4
Kisses: 4.5



Blurb:

Hunky Alaskan dive master and charter boat captain Jackson Cameron is absolutely sure he’s straight until openly gay treasure hunter Dax Powers calls him and offers him the adventure of a lifetime: Dax and his sister Donatella have found the Anna Wyoming, a ship that went down during the 1889 gold rush on return from Skagway Island—very possibly carrying a fortune in gold.

But real treasure is never free, and this one comes with some heavily armed strings attached. Jack and Dax struggle to keep their small crew safe from a powerful threat while they fight against the attraction they feel for each other. Between the danger of the hunt, the risks in the dive, and the thrill of being lost in passion, Dax and Jack are going to have a hard time holding on to their treasure… and to each other!

Review:

I have only read one other book by Mr. Cade, but after reading Treasure of Love I am sure more of his books will show up on my TBR list. Readers should know that Treasure of Love is a sequel and although Jackson was only a secondary character in the first book, you will have a clearer understanding of the boat captain if you read Wings of Love first.

The characters are very engaging. Jackson’s sometimes gruff personality makes him the perfect partner for Daxston , who comes across a little too full of himself. Daxston is a treasure hunter whose last salvage expedition blew up in his face. Now he needs Jackson and his boat to get back on top again.

In many ways Treasure of Love is a gay for you story. While Daxston is openly gay, Jackson is actually straight. Watching these two clash will leave you wondering how the author plans to even bring them together. The presence of Jackson’s brother-in-law Mac, and his partner Brad don’t help the men in their struggle either. While it does take some time, Jackson and Daxston finally find their way together in a way that the readers are sure to enjoy. While the author drops a few hints that there is more to the treasure the men are searching for, the real secret in the end is sure to surprise everyone.

I can’t wait to see what Mr. Cade will bring out for the readers next.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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