L.A. Heat by P.A. Brown
LAPD Homicide Detective, David Laine has been investigating a string murder cases that follows the path of a serial killer, but it is about to get a lot more personal. David is still “in the closet” hiding his sexual preference from everyone, his co-workers, family, and even his partner, Martinez. When he begins following leads on this murder case, all fingers seem to point to Chris Bellamere, but David can not help being attracted to him, no matter how wrong it is if he’s a suspect, and it could be the undoing to the cover he’s tried so hard to keep.
The complete opposite of David, Chris Bellamere is clearly and openly gay. He goes from one night stand to the next with dark haired good looking men, and is not ready to commit to just one man. A recent turn of events makes him a suspect for murder, and he begins to get closer to the leading Detective; closer than either of them anticipates. And he finds himself getting closer to the real murderer…
L.A. Heat by P.A. Brown is a male/male suspense with a little, I wouldn’t call it romance but well, heat. I’m not usually a fan of m/m novels, but this one wasn’t too overly detailed for me. The story takes a while to really get into, and the capitalized first couple of words in each chapter are distracting, I can’t figure out why those words are in caps. Otherwise, I can tell Ms. Brown has really done her homework when it comes to the Detective work and background. Her characters are very life like and I could feel the emotion behind them, especially when David finally can be himself. 4 Hearts
Posted by Crystal Adkins at 11:16 AM
Secrets of a Christmas Box by Steven Hornby
Secrets of a Christmas Box by Steven Hornby is a cute little Christmas story starting with the ornaments that come to life, also known as the 'Tree Dwellers'. It's almost Christmas and all of the ornaments come to life to celebrate with their friends from years past, suck on pine needles, and await the arrival of Santa Claus.
This year will be different from all the others, Larry, a snowman can not find his brother Terrance, so along with his girlfriend Debbie, his pet Tinsel, and new friend, Splint, they're hatching a plan to leave the Christmas tree to search inside the Christmas box for him. Many trials lay ahead for the three small ornaments, and someone or somethings, will be watching their every move.
Secrets of a Christmas Box is a cute young adult story, maybe suitable for ages 10-13. I was very much enjoying the story and planning on reading it my son this year, but once I got to the cat attack, I thought it might be too violent for anyone under the age of 5. Detailed characters bring this story to life, there were a few tense problems and at times the story line was overly detailed, but besides that, it was a Christmas story with a twist that I actually liked. 4 Hearts
Posted by Crystal Adkins at 9:57 PM
Tall , Dark, & Fangsome by Michelle Rowen
Sarah Dearly is back and with a dark side screaming to be let out. Sarah Dearly the newly turned vamp and kind hearted as she can be, is fighting her nightwalker side for all it’s worth. She has been cursed to such an evil fate, but she’s also being blackmailed by Gideon Chase; the presumed dead vampire hunter. If she doesn’t turn Gideon into a vampire by midnight in 3 days, all her friends and family will die.
Gideon is burned and scarred from hellfire, and the hellfire is still strong within him. The pain is unbearable most days, but it’s Sarah’s blood that makes him feel differently, more alive. The sad thing is the nightwalker part of Sarah is extremely attracted to Gideon while her innocent side is madly in love with Thierry; they’re supposed to be broken up, but they are still secretly together.
A young albeit very powerful teenage wizard called The Darkness knows how to cure Sarah of the nightwalker curse, but he tells her that it will erase the last 6 months of her life. Not ready for that, she goes on to sire Gideon because there really is no other way out of this mess. But the young wizard comes into play again, his dark magic may actually be of some help… but who to?
Tall, Dark, & Fangsome by Michelle Rowan is the fifth book and final book in her Immortality Bites series. I am so sad about that because this is a series that I love and has rocked from the first book I’ve read. Ms. Rowan weaves a spell with such amazing characters, and it’s just all around magical. Truly an amazing ending to such a great series, but I’m still sad to see it end. 5 Hearts
Grand Central Publishing
Release: September 2009
Posted by Crystal Adkins at 9:49 PM