Roxy Reviews: A Game of Skills- Book two in the Farmingdale Gentleman’s Series:

Book Title: A Game Of Skills-

Author: T.C. Blue

Publisher: Total E-Bound

Kisses: 3.5





A lot of things happen within the confines of a grey-ops organisation whose services are offered to the highest bidder. Sometimes even love, though that may well be easier said than done.

The last thing Simon is expecting when his latest Game goes thoroughly wrong is to be rescued by a man he doesn’t know and an oddly intelligent child, but that’s exactly what happens. He’s pulled from the proverbial fire by the strange duo. That would have been fine if he hadn’t developed some unexpected and unwelcome attraction to the man, Morgan.

Morgan’s been running for years, trying to keep his best friend, Rico’s, child from the clutches of what he’s sure is a group Rico wants no part of. Helping Simon is barely tolerable. Developing feelings for the secretive man is less so.

Between Simon’s organisation, the Farmingdale Gentleman’s Club, and whoever’s after Rico, Morgan’s pretty sure that he and Rico are screwed. When things come to a head, he has to make some hard choices, which might or might not involve Simon.


T2B’s Take:


Personally I thought this particular one was better than the first, but I’ve come to find that when we’re working with series instead of getting worse, they get better and I’m glad for that. A Game of Skills was how Simon, (Si, from the first book.) Met his future lover and child. The beginning was full of adventure and page after page I grew more and more interested in the story and the characters.

The way that Simon meets his future lover and child is quite unique if I do say so myself. WTG! To T.C. Blue, the author. Seeing as how Simon is a grey ops guy, he’s supposed to be the one doing the saving or what have you, but not in this instance. He was the one who needed saving and that’s done by Morgan, Simon’s next and last love.

Morgan is on the run from another organization who is trying to kidnap them so they can use Rico, Morgan’s best friend’s child, as a weapon of war so to speak. The child has unusual abilities and due to that small issue, her mother ended up killed in a game of chance. Morgan and Rico’s mom seemed to be on the run all the time, well sadly, Rico’s mom couldn’t avoid being killed while saving her only child.

Morgan promised his best friend he’d raise Rico and though Rico has unusual abilities, the kid is probably the smartest cutest most grown up under age teen I’ve ever ‘met.’ Rico is actually the one who can sense danger and she’s the one who is responsible for saving Simon’s life. It’s only fair that Simon does the same for Rico and throughout the story, T.C. Blue does a wonderful job showing us how interesting the guy’s lives are as well as Rico’s.

There are a few things I didn’t care for but that’s normal. I mean I can’t love everything, right? I will have issues of some sort with almost everything I come across.

So, in saying that, it seemed as if T.C. was running out of things to write about for this trio and ended up adding some filler and even a game, as they call them, towards the later part of the story. It should have been a lot more than it was, it seemed rushed and I can see why. A game should be at the front of the stories because there’s plenty of room to engage the readers and give us all the yummy details, besides which, I did get a bit bored right before the game happened. Not saying this is a bad story, it is my favorite so far, but that’s what I found wrong. There are a few other things I didn’t care for, but I’m not going to go into that much. I do think that the editor should have reined the author in a bit and cut down on using the same phrases and words over and over. It gets really annoying. I’m sure you understand.


I did find them believable and engaging. They were anything but cardboard cutouts. I was interested in their dilemma and enjoyed my time with the characters from the first story. I say to T.C., well done!

Recommend? Yes, go for it.

Reviewed by: Roxy


A Game of Chances by TC Blue

Title: The Farmingdale Gentleman’s Club series, Book 1: A Game of Chances
Author: T.C. Blue
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Kisses: 3
Reviewed by: Roxy


Book one in the Farmingdale Gentleman’s Club Series

Two men, too many secrets, and even more situations trying to keep them apart. Can love really conquer all?

A meeting brought on by seeming coincidence throws Marcus and Tanner together. After becoming friends, certain truths are revealed, leading to feelings of betrayal as well as a degree of danger.

Tanner has more secrets than one man ever should, not the least of which is that he’s an operative for a gray-ops organisation that’s something of a family business. Sharing even that much information could kill more than just his friendship with Marcus. When one misstep on Tanner’s part plants possible danger in Marcus’ lap, he does what he needs to do.

Marcus doesn’t know that Tanner is after the man Marcus used to date, but he for damned sure finds out, and that’s just the start of things. When a computer disc and men with guns come into play, Marcus has some decisions to make. Like whether he can forgive Tanner for making him love a lie… and how far Marcus is willing to go to secure his own happiness.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes involving weapons and violence, and some instances of drug/alcohol abuse. There are also references to paedophilia, non-consensual sex between an adult and a minor, prison gang-rape, and murder.


So, what we have here is the start of a series, the first of four, to date. It’s about people who belong to an organization funded by someone unknown, but they do work that the Feds, FBI, and the CIA won’t, don’t, or can’t. We’re looking at highly trained men and women who are assigned to play games. Games are also known as jobs.

In this particular story, we have two main characters, Marcus and Tanner. Marcus is the one we meet first and he’s on the mend from a relationship that went south. He meets Tanner, who oddly enough lives in the apartment which Marcus used to live in with his ex, Stephen, who ends up being the target in the Game that Tanner is playing.

Games- from what I can gather in the first story are dangerous sex missions. The organization uses sex as a ploy to get what they need or want. I don’t know much more than that, at this moment. So, we’ll move on to what the game is about.

Tanner is adorable. His description by Marcus, ‘Sex on a Stick.’ Lovely long silky hair, tall lean and has the full package. Marcus is more on the gruffy side, and the man Tanner really wants. However, as Tanner is on a job doing a game, and sets up house with Marcus’ ex, well, it’s a bit of a mess. Now, Marcus has no idea what Tanner is up to, all he knows is what he’s told, and he’s an out of work bartender when they meet. They meet over mail, develop a great friendship that ends up one with benefits, and then drama and action soon follow.

Stephen is the Asst. DA and is a sneaky little prick who needs to be taken down a few notches. Tanner dirties himself to attempt that but things got a little crazy.

On one side we’re working with the Mob, which ends up being Marcus’ side, (more on that in a moment as it was sorta just dropped on me as a last minute oh this looks like a GREAT idea lets write it in, type thing.) And then we have the other side that Tanner is on. So, Tanner is and has been working against the directors wishes, (his father is the director) to bring down a group of sick pigs who rape underage kids for a good time. YAY on Tanner. Sadly, Stephen was a part of that mix, but as things rarely work out for the good guys, Tanner really ends up doing all he did for nothing, as he was caught trying to be slick. He ends up running to Marcus, after a pretty bad night of sex, and blood, and threats.

One thing I wanted to point out here is that Tanner and Marcus do make a really cute couple. I truly adore them.

The story itself is a bit on the ah, okay, sorta boring, lots of info dumping, a bit of telling, needed more showing, like a lot more because it would have given more to the plot, but it is what it is.

Sadly, Tanner ends up in a psych ward, Marcus ends up without him, and the day is saved by Patrice, the only woman in the story and she’s Tanner’s sister and also the one who works right under the director, her father. She is referred to as a bitch oh too many times, and has the balls of steel. She’s actually the one who saves the day in this story in more ways than one. Though she’s a secondary character she’s well fleshed out, has her own personality, her own flaws, and I really like her.

I do not like that the other characters in the story kept going on about how bitchy she is. She has a huge responsibility with the organization and to get stubborn men to give what she’s saying any precedence. She’s damn good at what she does, or so we’re told.
Now, the action: The most action I read were the sex scenes. I don’t know really what these guys/gals do other than have sex. I did read about them being trained to shoot, and fight, but when one of the MC’s ended up kidnapped, there was no fighting going on. A team was called in to extract him, thanks to Patrice’s awesome skills, so twice she saved Tanner’s ass. I tell you, she wasn’t given near enough credit.

I was hoping to see some real hand on hand combat, or some really good special ops moves, but not in this story. There are three more to go, so here’s to hoping.

Onto what I discovered.

How did I feel about the plot? It needed more than just sex. Loved the main characters though Tanner seems to love adrenaline sex, and you’ll find out why. The characters? Were they relatable? Believable? I want to say yes and no. At times, if the author did not tell me who said what, I wouldn’t know who was responsible for an action or who said what. I could tell that the same person wrote both characters. And yes, that’s how it does go, but when a writer creates characters, they have to be different from each other in some ways. Looks alone won’t make them different. So, we hope to reply on how their speech varies, or their physical movements, or a flaw, or something that makes them feel different to the reader. To me, they could have been the same person. I loved them yes, but that’s because I didi enjoy who Tanner was at the start of the story, when he did seem to be different. As the story went on, the only thing he was responsible for being different on would be his usage of Honey. I needed more of a personality or something. But, again, as I say, this is my opinion. Take that for what it’s worth.

How was the pacing? Ah, I found myself bored with all the sex scenes. I wished there was more than just that and the telling of high adventure action. I’d rather be told at times that they had sex, and see some adventure. As far as moving things along for the movement of the story, the author did a good job.

Is the ending satisfying? Yes. The two main characters did get together, and teamed up as trainers. That was nice to see.

Recommend? If you like a lot of sex, and a bit of repetition (as shown below) then give it a shot.,

Okay, this is where I am going to show you some of the things I noticed while reading book one.

Overused words:
God- was used 120 times within 170 pages.
Jesus- was used 252 times
JFC- was used eight times
Fuck- (fucking) was used 252 times
Honey (as used by Tanner) was said sixty times.
Yeah: was said sixty-three times
Sentences which were incomplete and or ended with periods such as … a staggering 406 times. (This here kept pulling me out of the story. The characters would say or think something, or start to, and it would end with … and a new thought. I get it a few times but using it that much leads me to believe these specially trained individuals could not manage a complete thought.)
Em-dashes: – used a whopping 387 times
The word JUST was used an amazing 383 times.

Not trying to be hateful or disrespectful to the author, but I’m sure the editor could have helped to build the words a bit, and to suggest many replacements.
And finally, this: God. Just God. Help him. Help. Him. God. God,

Reviewed by: Roxy


Berry Blue: Lessons Learned by TC Blue

Title: Berry Blue: Lessons Learned
Author: TC Blue
Publisher: Torquere Books
Pages: 283
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: May/December Romance
Kissses: 4.5


Peter Jamison has spent half his life believing he betrayed his first love, so when Dex is suddenly back in his life, he’s thrilled. Sure, they have their problems. They’re not the same young men they were before. They’ve grown and changed, been molded by their lives and circumstances into completely different people, but there’s still the echo of their previous relationship. It might not be enough for some people to build a relationship on, but they’re happy.
Leonard Dumfries is a lot of things. School teacher. Martial arts student. Father. He’s also thirty-nine and still single. When he finds out that the super-hot hunk he met at his own birthday party is not only involved with someone but is also his friend Riley’s uncle, Leonard is disappointed but still willing to be just friends with the man.
Life is pretty good for everyone, right up until it’s not. When Peter’s world starts to crumble around his ears, it’s up to Leonard — with a little help from friends and family — to step in with a more-than-friendly shoulder and maybe, possibly, find his own happiness while trying to ensure Peter’s, too.


I enjoyed Berry Blue: Lessons Learned from the first page. The characters are entertaining, and I loved that the author brought Riley and Kelly back as secondary characters. It was easy to like both Leonard and Peter and I wondered how the author was going to handle the situation with Dex. I am sure that like me other readers will want to smack Dex when they learn more about the man and will be glad to see the last of him. I found the fact that the author had Leonard’s and Peter’s relationship start out as friends, even though Leonard was feeling something more, lent a realistic air to the story. It also made the transition from friends to lovers more believable as their relationship already had such a strong chemistry.

The men have a few speed bumps they have to overcome but the author made sure to throw a lot of hot times in there as well. The multitude of secondary characters, many the readers have met before, keep the story moving along nicely. Like many of TC Blue’s stories, Berry Blue: Lessons Learned has found its place on my keeper shelve.

Reviewed By: Lydia


Someone Special by TC Blue

Title: Someone Special
Author: TC Blue
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 209
Characters: Gracen Michaels and Jesse Munro
POV: 3rd Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Kisses: 5


Gracen loves Christmas. It’s his favorite time of the year. So much so that he works as a mall photographer for the season, taking pictures of children with Santa. There’s something about seeing all those happy families that he finds satisfying, which may be slightly odd since he’s so very alone, himself.

Working three jobs is never fun, but when Jesse takes a part time position as a greeter elf at Santa’s Workshop in the mall, he meets Gracen and realizes that maybe job number three isn’t that bad, after all. The handsome photographer appeals to him, even with all Jesse’s family issues.

Two lonely men, one Santa’s Workshop, elf costumes, curl-toed shoes and a camera. They aren’t exactly a recipe for finding that someone special… except maybe they are.


Someone Special by TC Blue is a wonderful holiday story. The main characters, Jesse and Gracen, are so engaging that they will have pulled you into their story before you know it. When the two meet as Santa’s elves at the local mall, the attraction between them is instantaneous. Even as both men worry about long term relationships the lust they feel for each other begins to become something more. While the reason for Gracen’s uncertainty is easy to understand, the author keeps Jesse’s reasons a secret for sometime. Once the reader learns why Jesse fears anything long term, his feelings become very understandable. I loved that Gracen, although a little leery after learning about Jesse’s past, has no problems stepping up to the plate.

The secondary characters are just as well written as the primary ones and more than once Jazz or Alonso will have you laughing out loud. When the characters start searching into Jesse’s and Jazz’s past expect some surprising twists. Someone Special is one story that I will be reading again, and would strongly recommend to anyone who has not yet tried one of this author’s books.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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