Reunited by AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly


Title: Reunited
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Author: A.J. Llewellyn and DJ Manly
Pages: 175
Kisses: 4.5






Blurb:

Once a US Marshal, always a US Marshal. When a beloved friend is abducted by a dangerous lunatic, Kieran Fox and Jubilee Mason don’t hesitate to dust off their badges and pack their weapons to kick some serious ass.

It’s been two years since we last saw the four couples from the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series. They are all still close, though Jubilee, Kieran, and their son are a long way from their US Marshal family with new lives and jobs in Vancouver, Canada.

An unexpected kidnapping of one of their own brings the two men to the US where they swear in once again as marshals to join forces with Nicholas, Sean, Sam, Marco, and Trace, in Indiana for a manhunt.
Teaming up with several other law enforcement agencies for a wild and treacherous rescue effort in a remote forest, the reunion of all the men fortifies the friendships, solidifying family ties of this unorthodox US Marshal family. One couple moves to Canada, another considers adoption. And through it all, the bonds between them strengthen and deepen… heralding a new kind of Orgasmic Texas Dawn… Being reunited never felt so good.

Review:

Reunited is the last book in the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series by authors DJ Manly and A.J. Llewellyn. Those who have read the other stories in this enjoyable series will want to make sure they remember to pick this new book up right away. Set two years after the end of book twelve, our couples have gone through many changes yet are still as close as ever. When tragedy strikes and all the Marshals come together to help it is easy to see the close family ties that run through the group.

This was one of the best series I have read in a long time and the fact that the authors chose to wrap it up with a final book gives the readers closure in a way that just throwing an epilog at the end of book twelve would not have. I loved being able to catch up with all the couples, and the fact that some were having a rough time made for a more believable story. As for the mystery that is woven throughout the book, this one is really intense. The personal aspect of the crime plays a toll on each of the couples, something that the authors do a great job showing.

Reunited was a well done follow up. This is a series that really must be read in order. Each book builds on the layers that make up the various characters making them and the situations they find themselves in more believable. These two authors have quit the following and once you read one of their books you will understand why.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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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Only You by AJ Llewellyn


Title: Only You
Author: A.J. Llewellyn
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 116
Characters: Ky, Isidoro
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 4.25


Blurb:

The psychic predicted Ky would meet his one and only. What in the world does he do with two guys who both match her description?

Ky Maxwell is desperate for work. When his cushy studio PR job disappears, his former boss takes pity on him, referring him to an independent movie company going into production with a huge sci-fi trilogy.

Ky’s excited until Lisa, his prospective employer, insists on doing an astrological chart of Ky as part of the interview, along with a psychic reading. His crazy, maybe-boss predicts a new man coming into Ky’s life. She goes into great detail. He’s a fire sign, probably a Leo, his first name starts with a T, he’s in his early 30s. And… he’s the one!

Ky couldn’t be less interested. He needs work. Love won’t pay the bills. He doesn’t get the job because Lisa believes their stars are out of alignment. Really? The reading is proving to be frighteningly accurate. Since he’s cut off from her, though, he has no idea which of the two wonderful new guys he’s met is his forever man. How can he choose? Or will they, too, soon vanish as fast as Ky’s last paycheck?

Review:

My initial impression was that the story took too much time to start and it felt boring, as there’s a lot of stuff happening not pertaining to the romance. But… the author’s manner of writing is humorous and engaging, and the insight into the weird world of Hollywood was fascinating. And Ky seems nice. Even though the rest of the people seem absolutely bonkers.

Ky’s having the worst day, losing his brand new job, getting his car towed, and having to take in an abandoned dog. His friends take him to TJ to unwind, and there he meets Isidoro. They hit it off, but their lives seem so different, in different countries no less. And then there’s the crazy prediction about Ky meeting his “the one” whose name starts with a T. Soon, in addition to Isidoro, there are two guys whose names begin with a T and who want Ky, leaving Ky confused, especially with Isidoro’s hot-and-cold act. Complications….

The romances are not the main thing here. Ky getting a handle on his life and loves is. This is his journey, told in first person. He likes Isidoro a lot, but he has doubts, and other guys are waiting, though they’re second best to the real thing. One can easily relate to having doubts about a relationship that changes so many aspects of one’s life. This makes the story realistic and characters flawed but likeable.

Overall, a good story about a guy who seems to lose everything but in the end discovers everything.

Reviewed By: Susan

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Family Connections by NJ Nielsen


Title: Family Connections
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Author: N. J. Nielsen
Pages: 450
Kisses: 5+




Blurb:

Thrown into circumstances beyond their imagining, Ray Connelly and Christopher ‘Viv’ Vivvens must step beyond their own lifestyles to survive the future. What started out with a small white lie and two men becomes more than either of them ever dreamed.

Ray and Viv learn that love isn’t always what they expect but in learning to deal with the road ahead, they realise change can be so worthwhile as they become a family in the greatest sense.

When an ex makes and appearance and tries to destroy their happily-ever-after, the guys need to find out if they have what it takes to beat the odds. With the help of family and friends, Ray and Viv fight their past demons to make their future even better than they ever thought possible.

Review:

Family Connections
by author N.J Nielsen is the first book in the Connelly Chronicles series. This is an excellently written story about love, forgiveness, and most importantly family. It is the type of story that will grab you with the first page and keep you reading until the end. Family Connections is a nice long novel, over 400 pages, and I found myself staying up late into the night just to see what would happen. Even know as I write this review I find myself wanting to start the book over again.

Ray and Viv’s relationship does not start out in the normal manor, but the connection between them is strong. Watching them, and those around them, adjust to their changing relationship was fun to watch. While the main characters, Ray and Viv pull you in with their story, the book is filled with many wonderful secondary characters, all of whom play an important role in the story. This is one of the things that make this story a little different from the norm, as few books have secondary characters that are just as important to the story’s plot as the main characters. In fact it is secondary characters, Jamie and Teddy that really grabbed me. I loved these two, more than once they had me close to tears. I cannot wait to see what the author has planned for them.

Family Connections is the first book by the author I have read, but it will not be the last. If you are looking for something to sink your teeth into then I would strongly recommend that you give this book a chance. It is the type of story that stays with you long after you have finished it, and I will let you in on a little secret. After reading this story I went to the author’s website and from what she has posted, the second book, which is due out sometime in 2014, is sure to be a hum dinger.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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At Heart by A.J. Llewellyn and D.J. Manly


Title: At Heart
Author: AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 190
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Sam Channing has enrolled at FLETC for the rigorous seventeen week training program for US Marshals. Though Marco visits him when he can, their snatched moments together are precious few. Sam begins to realize how much Marco means to him, especially when he learns that his lover is working on a crazy case with wacko, drugged out Canadian movie star, Ezra Winters.

Things turn violent when Ezra’s female co-star is taken hostage but Marco has plenty of backup. Sam gets to see his new Marshal family in action firsthand. In spite of everything, at heart, it’s all about love and the extraordinary lengths the men and women of law enforcement will go to in order to defend and protect it.


Review:

At Heart is the eleventh book in the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series by authors DJ Manly and AJ Llewellyn. Like the other books in this series, this newest book is a romantic mystery with Sam Channing and Marco Dellburn taking center stage. In this story readers find Sam in training to be a US Marshall. I will admit that, for me, this had a “jumping the shark” aspect to it because of Sam’s previous illegal history, but I since I love this series, this is something I choose to overlook. I did like the way the authors choose to make Sam’s experience at FLETC difficult, as it is easy to see why others would hold his past against him.

As for Marco, he once again finds himself involved in one crazy case after another. Some of the cases Marco, and the other US Marshall, have found themselves in during the course of this series are, at times, over the top and this time is no different. I could not help wondering just how the authors came up with these ideas. Through all of this the two men continue to move forward in their relationship, something that is not always easy.

As fans of this series have come to expect, previous characters show up to lend Sam and Marco a hand. This is one of the aspects of this series that I have really come to enjoy. The authors do a wonderful job bringing the family relationship shared by Sam, Marco, Kieran, Jubilee, Sean, Nicholas, Trace, Pauline, and of course the boys, across for the readers to see.

I am a big fan of both these authors, and besides this series, have read several of their previous stories. I would strongly recommend At Heart to anyone who has not yet tried it, but remember this is a series that must be read in order.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Touche by AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly


Title: Touché
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Author: AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly
Pages: 190
Kisses: 4





Blurb:

US Marshal Marco Dellburn faces new and difficult challenges in this tenth exciting installment of the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series. His relationship with motorbike gang Born Evil leader, Sam Channing, undergoes huge changes as Marco grapples with a secret, and potentially fatal, prescription drug addiction. Unable to cope with his increasing dependence on pain medication stemming from the attempt on his life, Marco fears losing his job. Worse, he worries that Sam, who suspects Marco’s addiction, will leave him. Nothing seems to work on the intense pain from his lingering injury and Marco curses what he believes to be his own weakness.

Add to that, Sam agrees to go undercover for the US Marshals in a drug sting operation in Colombia, South America that may finally take down the Carter Family cartel once and for all…

Review:

Touché is the tenth addition to the Orgasmic Texas Dawn series by co-authors, AJ Llewellyn and DJ Manly. This story continues the saga of Marco and Sam, two former bad guys who are trying hard to turn over a new leaf.

Marco is now a US Marshal, while Sam continues to waiver in his role as leader of the Born Evil biker gang. The relationship between Marco and Sam continues to grow stronger, and while in the beginning I would have liked to have seen Marco with someone else, now I cannot imagine him with anyone other than Sam. I was still curious to see how the authors would bring these two together in a way that is believable, given the fact that Sam is in serious trouble with the law and Marco is a newly made US Marshal. Besides the relationship aspect of this story, there is also the issues each of the men are facing in their private lives. The authors seem to enjoy throwing the heroes into one mess after the other and this time is no different. I found myself holding my breath more than once as issue after issue was thrown at the two men.

One of my favorite things about this series is the connections between all the main characters of this series. I love seeing all the previous characters show up to lend Sam and Marco a hand. The snappy re-marks between them helps show the close family like relationship that exists between all the men.

Touché is a story that fans of the authors should not miss, but remember this is part of a series that should be read in order. If you have not yet read anything by either author then this is a great series to start with.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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Snow Cat by Edward Kendrick


Title: Snow Cat
Author: Edward Kendrick
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Pages: 218
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb:

Artist Wynn McGuire has a problem. An enemy wants him dead.

Sheriff Mick Greene also has problems. Helping Wynn survive and finding the elusive ‘Snow Cat’ that is prowling outside his small mountain town.

Wynn and Mick have another problem as well–their growing interest in each other. When Wynn disappears, Mick is certain he’s either dead or has gone back to where he’d come from. Then he discovers the truth about Wynn, just days before Wynn comes back into his life. Will this truth, plus Mick’s ex-lover and another man seeking to kill Wynn, force them apart? Or can they surmount the obstacles and learn that love, indeed, conquers all.

Review:

Snow Cat by author Edward Kendrick is a shape-shifting novel with more than a bit of mystery thrown in. The story centers on main characters, Mick Greene and Wynn McGuire. Mick is the sheriff in a small community; he is also a human with no knowledge of the paranormal world that also exists. Wynn is an artist who also happens to be a snow cat shifter. He’s also hoping to stay one step ahead of his stalker. This story differs from some of the other shifter stories out there in that while there is a strong connection between the men, and Wynn see’s Mick as his mate, the strong mating pull that plays so heavily throughout other stories is absent in Snow Cat.

While the chemistry between the men is intense, Mr. Kendrick relies on other means to hold the reader’s attention. The author has woven several suspenseful moments throughout the story, at least one the reader will not see coming. I will admit that more than once I found myself thinking “holy cow”.

I have read several stories by Mr. Kendrick and have enjoyed all of them. Snow Cat is no exception. Between the relationships developing between Mick and Wynn, and the twists and turns the author has thrown in, the readers will find a lot to hold their attention. Not only would I recommend this book but any of the author’s other stories as well.

Reviewed by: Lydia

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