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Slam! by J.L. Merrow (5 Stars)

Witty sarcasm coupled with a sweet romance made for a story that’s hard to put down!

Jude Biggerstaff is a recent college graduate who hasn’t quite started to work on his career. After a bad breakup, he decides to live with his Mom, work on his violin and poetry skills, and hang out with his best friend Keisha. After David saves Jude from being mugged, they begin a lovely romance. Since David isn’t completely out, and Jude’s Mom is dating David’s coworker, there are some interesting antics taking place.

Phenomenal character development with Jude, his best friend Keisha, his Mom, and David. The story is told from Jude’s POV, and he is one of the most sarcastic and funny characters I have ever read with Keisha as a close second. Their relationship was truly the key to this wonderful story. I could have read about them all day and never got tired of their conversations.

Jude’s love interest, David, was a nice guy who was still partially hiding the fact he was gay from the rest of the world. They had a very sweet relationship developing with David trying to get to know Jude through several dates before engaging in a physical relationship. Considering Jude could turn almost any comment into a sexual innuendo, this wasn’t easy for David. For the bulk of the story, you’re basically following Jude around in his daily life, including some fun poetry slams, looking at things from his very interesting perspective. I’m really looking forward to reading this book again!


Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
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Tempest (Playing the Fool #3) by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock (5 Stars)

The action and intrigue continue in the lives of Henry and Mac.

Henry and Mac’s ongoing escapades from the first two stories are brought full circle, and the investigation of Mac kicks it up a notch. The evidence is piling up against Mac, forcing him to hide out at his parents along with Henry and another guest.

This story definitely had a more somber tone than the first two. I always struggle when one person is afraid of falling in love because they don’t want to take a chance on getting hurt. However, I was definitely sold on this reason for Henry. We were living in his head while he went through the painful reasons behind his feelings. The upside to understanding his battle so deeply is that the win is so much more enjoyable.

All of the loose ends around the murders and the investigation into Mac are wrapped up in an exciting and satisfying ending. I really liked Mac’s family, and the time spent at their home helped with some of the character development. We also got some very steamy scenes.

The only thing that didn’t work for me was getting inside the head of a third character. I didn’t like the character’s voice, found it to be distracting, and felt it took time away from Henry and Mac.

The two authors worked seamlessly together in this entire series. Although there was a solid happy ending for the couple, the end of the story left an opening for future adventures with Henry and Mac.

The perfect conclusion to this amazing series with Henry and Mac finally accepting their love for each other.

Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
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The Merchant of Death (Playing the Fool #2) by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock (5 Stars)

Henry and Mac become entangled in mystery and murder, but that’s not as dangerous as their romance.

This is the second story in the series, and the first one, The Two Gentlemen of Altona, definitely needs to be read first. Henry and Mac pick the action right back up from the first story, and we get to learn so much more about both of them. Henry had a traumatic childhood with his drug-addicted mother. The tragedy that befell his sister is what drives him to keep conning. Mac finds himself under investigation by the Office of Professional Responsibility. We learn more about his real friends and his family life. Henry and Mac clicked on such a base level, and I truly believed that they were meant to be together. I enjoyed watching them spend more time together.

The plot focused on sinister activities taking place at a local care home. Henry infiltrates the home dressed as a woman and finds himself in the middle of the nightmare and in desperate need of Mac’s help. Seeing Henry dressed as a woman worked for both Mac and Henry and certainly lead to some interesting sex scenes.

Although Henry and Mac make some progress on their relationship, we aren’t anywhere close to seeing a happy ending. However, there’s definitely a light at the end of the tunnel.

An exciting continuation of the adventures of Henry and Mac.

Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
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The Two Gentlemen of Altona (Playing the Fool #1) by Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock (5 Stars)

With plenty of brilliant and enjoyable dialogue, the beginning of this series was a fast-paced, suspenseful romance.

Con man Henry Page just witnessed a murder. He reports the crime, but then quickly leaves the scene as opposed to becoming the next body in the bag. Unfortunately for Henry, Special Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness really needs his testimony and makes it his mission to bring Henry in. As these two play cat and mouse games, they slowly start to get to know each other better. Can their relationship survive the fact that they operate on opposite ends of the legal spectrum?

Henry’s non-stop chattering was fascinating. Although he likes to quote Shakespeare, Henry’s own thoughts and behaviors were much more charming and interesting. He has a mysterious background which we don’t get to learn too much about in this story. Mac was a strong cop who doesn’t always do everything by the book. He lacks friends, mostly due to his standoffish nature, but he’s a good cop who wants to protect the innocent.

Henry and Mac develop a smoldering connection while trying to keep Henry alive and finding a mole at the FBI. Although there wasn’t any kind of resolution to this budding romance, I was left with a feeling of hope that they would figure it out in the next book.

I really enjoyed this first story in the series, and having been fortunate enough to read all 3 books back-to-back, I can say that the excitement continued.


Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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