The Ex Factor by RJ Scott

91NA6OTtVDL._SL1500_Title: The Ex Factor

Series: Bodyguards Inc, 02

Author: R.J. Scott

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: Novel (202pgs)

ISBN: 9781311342478, B00LCA8612, LLBEx01

Publisher: Love Lane Books (27th June 2014)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3½ – 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: When Bodyguard, Ben Collins, finds Daniel Lincoln in a room, hiding, and hurt, he doesn’t immediately think Daniel is the victim of abuse. Daniel is good at pretending and being a finalist in a TV singing competition he seems like he has it made.

But something about Daniel calls to Ben’s need to protect and he hands Daniel a card to contact him if ever Daniel needed help. Abruptly, after one frightened phone call from Daniel, Ben is racing to Daniel’s aid and what he finds is a horror he can’t imagine.

Daniel is trapped in a relationship where anger and controlling hate are the only emotions he is given. When his boyfriend crosses the line and leaves Daniel vulnerable and broken there is only one man that he wants to call.

The sexy bodyguard who promised he could help him.

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Review: This story is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. Ben hates being a bodyguard at a TV singing competition but he does what he has to do, when he comes across one of the contestants hurt he jumps to his own conclusions. Daniel just needs to place third but being injured could jeopardize his singing, dosing himself with over the counter pain pills is becoming a habit. Daniel needs someone to keep him safe, Ben is the one he eventually turns to and the truth finally comes out, Daniel’s ‘loving’ boyfriend, Cam, has finally gone too far and Daniel needs all the protection he can get.

This is a great story that shows the vulnerability of an abused man, the secret hope, and desperation of an abuse victim and the courage it takes to finally say ‘no more’. Ben comes to Daniel’s rescue when Daniel needs a knight in shining amour the most, his ex-boyfriend, Cam, won’t take no for an answer and Daniel has to confess the truth of his relationship. Ben has a soft spot for the young rock singer, he has to try to put his feelings aside while he guards the young man but rescuing Daniel and getting to know him has him wanting to be more than just a bodyguard.

I have to say that this is a pretty powerful story of abuse and addiction, the mind-set that people can fall into when in a terrible relationship and the huge amount of bravery it takes to start to get your life back on track. Daniel had already started on his journey when he needed the extra support of Ben; Cam had refused to just let his cash cow disappear and resorted to manipulation. Ben and Daniel’s budding relationship isn’t ignored and we can see the growth between the two men as Ben supports and encourages Daniel to take steps to stop Cam for good. Their romance is fraught with doubts and danger, but it is also filled with reassurance and support as they turn to each other and begin to build a solid base for them to start from.

I really liked how this story was put across. It doesn’t make light of the pain pill abuse or the domestic violence. It has a victim who knows he needs help, but also knows he needs to help himself first. And we have the rescuer who doesn’t take over, but encourages and guides. We then also have the abuser losing control, as he loses control of his victim. Mixed in with all of that we have Daniel’s supportive parents and the record label doing what they can to protect their investment so nothing is ignored or left at the wayside. This is a wonderful story that has a romance blossoming from the ruins left by abuse and two men who couldn’t have deserved love more.

I recommend this to those who love knights in shining armor, victims who fight back, justice being served and love blossoming into something strong and protective.

A Better Man by R.J. Scott and Jaime Reese

13632055Title: A Better Man

Series: The Men of Halfway House 01

Author: R.J. Scott and Jaime Reese

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Length: Novel

Publisher: Silver Publishing (July 21st, 2012)

Reviewer: Thommie

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb: Matthew Doner, ex-con, needs a second chance and his aunt’s inheritance will finance his dream. Julian Capeletti is a contractor in need of a job. Will renovating a house together let them become better men in the process?

Matthew Doner has been given a second chance. After a five-year prison term, he receives a bequest from an aunt on the condition that he uses the money to make things right. His challenge–create a safe place for people like him to find purpose and start a new life.

Julian Capeletti likes challenges. He is confident, brash, and just what Matthew needs. Working as the contractor to renovate the crumbling house is the right job at the absolutely perfect time.

What neither man realizes is just how dangerous it is to keep secrets, nor how hard it can be to open your heart. Is one year enough time to renovate the house and become better men in the process?

Product Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/a-better-man-ebook-p-1163.html

Review: Mr. Boner is in need of a handyman…

Yes, this is how this story begins. It’s a hilarious start that promises good times. And you get them eventually. But, you need to overcome the storm and the barriers in order to get there.

Matthew Doner is a character lost in emotions such as guilt, anger and fear. He feels guilty for not being the perfect son, anger that he’s required to be perfect at all times and fear that he will not manage to be the man he wants to be. A better man.

When he gets out of prison he has a goal and is determined to reach it. He needs to create a place for people like him. People that come out in the world and have nowhere to go, no one to help them, no hope for a better future. But the road he has to travel is a hard one and every turn has another demon that scares him to his core. The only thing anchoring him and gives him some peace is the handyman he hired to help him with his project. Julian is a determined man. He has his own demons kept close to his heart and walled up from everyone. But, when the man puts something into his head, he delivers. He is the rock that steadies Matt when things threaten to overwhelm him.

This story is a romance in its core, heavy and intense with emotions. While I disliked the fact that the protagonists laid the “I love you” line even before they hit the sheets, it didn’t ruin the plot for me. There are all the stereotypes involved here; there is the cold mother, the uncaring father, the irresponsible brother, the old money and expectations that come with it and the victim of a protagonist. And on the other side there is the abusive father, the mother that endures it all, the lost big brother and the child who is forced and determined to be a better man despite his past. Yes, quite cliché yet I loved it, the text and story and the entire development was lovely to read.

The characters were so very enjoyable, their constant battle with their walls and secrets, the effort they both put to open up to each other, the way they made a big deal out of things that seemed so easy to overcome. All that had me loving these characters even more. The chemistry between them was exquisite as well. I loved them together. I loved it when they kissed and made love to each other. I loved how they bonded. Again, despite the fact that that line was thrown early on, it didn’t affect my view or how I perceived this couple.

In the end though, the most lovable thing of all was Matt’s dad. He surprised me and I couldn’t have wanted it any other way. It is obvious this story has a happy ending and it is obvious that this is a journey that each of the character primary or secondary take to become better men through each other’s strength and support. That much you know from the start. What you want to know is if the journey and the read are worth it. It is and I think anyone who loves a good romance will simply adore this one.

The Case of the Wicked Wolf by Amber Kell and R.J. Scott

thecaseofthewickedwolf_800Title: The Case of the Wicked Wolf

Series: End Street Detective Agency 02

Author: Amber Kell & R.J. Scott

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novella (101pgs)

Publisher: Total E-Bound (29th April 2013) This title is available up to 4 weeks early (1st April 2013) with TEB VIP club.

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Naiads, humans, sirens and a challenge for Alpha make up the intricate story in the race to rescue the missing children.

Sam and Bob have more than just the case of one lost child to handle. Not only is Shelby Hartman missing, but other paranormal children have disappeared. The race to rescue the children is hampered by naiads, humans, sirens and a challenge for Alpha.

Hartman Hunter is desperate to find his daughter. He turns to the demon Danjal Naamah for help. The problem is that Danjal is the only person Hartman has ever loved—the man he let go for the sake of the pack…

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Review: This story is part of a series and must be read in order. When Sam and Bob go to the aid of Trawl, the troll, they discover that it isn’t only Shelby (Hart’s daughter) that has been taken.  they discover that many other paranormal children have been taken. Hart is desperate and turns to the demon, Dan, for help. It isn’t easy getting the demon on side though, because Hart broke his heart. But, the children have to come first, before Hart can make thinks right with his demon.

Whoop.  Well, I am just loving this series from Amber Kell and R.J. Scott. A human (?) PI getting dragged further into the paranormal world, no matter what he really wants and falling in love with a vampire named Bob.  I just love it! In this new addition to the series, we have not only Bob and Sam and their new shenanigans, but we also get more of Hart and we are introduced to his love interest, Danjal.  We also find out more about the missing paranormal child case and find out the truth about her disappearance.

Sam and Bob’s relationship seems to be moving forwards in leaps and bounds.  Even if Sam still does find Bob annoying.  Sam discovers he has more new powers, even if he tries to deny them and Sam also seems to have made a scary enemy. Hart gave up his love to do his duty by his pack.  But, now he turns to Dan in his hour of need.  Dan was hurt by Hart’s actions and words, but sets it aside to find Hart’s daughter.  They discover the backstabbing of some in the wolf pack and Hart has to face down an Alpha challenge.

This story is really well written and switches between the couples as they hunt for the children.  There’s danger, excitement, some great characters and just a touch of hot loving.  There’s betrayal and there’s forgiveness and then there is the mystery that is Sam. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series.  Could there be a love interest for Mikhail?  Ohhh. Maybe for Teddy the ghost??!! I also hope we get to see Trawl again, because he seems like a lovable big lug.

I will recommend this to those who love paranormal PIs, vampires, hot demons and wolves, betrayal, danger and a great storyline with a happily ever after for a wolf and his mate.

 

 

The Teacher and the Soldier by R.J. Scott

teacherTitle: The Teacher and the Soldier

Series: Ellery Mountain 02

Author: R.J. Scott

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (87pgs)

Publisher: Total E-Bound (22nd April 2013) This title is available up to 4 weeks early (25th March 2013) with TEB VIP club.

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Ex-soldier, Daniel Skylar, falls hard and heavy for school teacher Luke Fitzgerald. How can he make him stay in Ellery?

Luke Fitzgerald left Ellery Mountain for college and vowed never to come back. When his father is murdered he has no choice but to return. Luke only goes home to sell off his share of the Ellery Mountain Cabins, but everything changes when he meets the son of the other owner. Daniel Skylar is an ex-soldier who lives every day to the limit and sees a future in Luke.

It doesn’t matter what Daniel says, or how much he needs Luke; Luke isn’t staying once everything is sold off. Surely Daniel can understand that?

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Review: This story is part of a series and is best read in order. Luke left Ellery Mountain ten years ago and vowed never to return. But, when his father is murdered and leaves Luke his half of the cabins, Luke feels it’s time to face the past before he continues his life.  But, meeting Daniel, the son of the other owner of the cabins, throws him for a loop.  But, there is no way he will be able to stay in Ellery with the ghosts that haunt him, can he? Daniel is frustrated to be unable to get hold of Luke to find out what the man plans to do with his share of the cabins.  Meeting the man and getting to know him makes him want more, but even he can see that the past haunts Luke.  Is what they have enough to chase away the ghosts?

Ahhh. Sexy Daniel’s story. hmmm *drool*. Luke returns to a place he hates.  He swore never to return, but he believes that he can settle his father’s will and get out of town without losing it.  But, he never counted on crossing paths with Daniel. Daniel has plans to help other soldiers like himself who return home needing help.  But, first he has to sort out what is happening with the cabins.  Meeting Luke he recognizes a wounded soul and they begin a hot affair.  But, when it’s time for Luke to leave, Daniel doesn’t want him to go. Will love win or are Luke’s fears driving him too hard?

This is an excellent story that delves into the long standing repercussions of childhood abuse. Luke is an excellent character.  Although, he has had therapy, the abuse he suffered while the town seemed to turn a blind eye affected him deeply. He is a strong man, but facing Ellery Mountain again shakes him to the core.  Finding love there scares him and he has to work through his feelings, before he loses love. Daniel is a wonderful man.  He wants to do something good for those affected by war and he also wants to keep a tight hold of the love he has found in the man who is perfect for him.  But, he knows that he can’t force Luke to stay.

This story is really well written and it does tug at your heartstrings for what Luke had to face alone and also the effect it is still having on him.  Daniel and Luke are an excellent pairing and are very hot together. They have a strong connection that goes further than a physical attraction and they make a great couple. The storyline is very good and I liked how Luke seemed to overcome his obstacles to accept the love he is offered and I liked how Daniel didn’t pressure Luke to recount his past. We see Max and Finn (from The Fireman and the Cop) again and Kieran and Liam and I can honestly say that I am looking forward to both their stories (The Carpenter and the Actor, and The Doctor and the Bad Boy).

I will recommend this to those who love facing the past stories, fighting for love, hot sex, great characters, a good storyline and a happy ending.

Under the Sun by R.J. Scott and Meredith Russell

UTS-600x900Title: Under the Sun

Series: Stories from Sapphire Cay 02

Author: R.J. Scott &Meredith Russell

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (147pgs)

Publisher: Love Lane Books (23rd March 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Edward McAllister, wedding planner extraordinaire arrives at Sapphire Cay for a wedding. He has four days to go until the big day and his plans are smashed when he spots the stage he was setting is destroyed. Doesn’t matter that the guy pulling down the old gazebo and digging trenches is hot – he is messing with Edward’s OCD and Edward isn’t afraid to let the other man know exactly how he feels.

Jamie Durand is an ex-marine and son of the former owners of Sapphire Cay. He is on the island to get his head around his new life after leaving the forces due to injury. When Edward arrives in his space he is bemused at the instant dislike the uptight man is showing towards him.

Not an auspicious start. But just you wait when Edward relaxes and Jamie opens up. Fireworks.

Purchase Link: https://www.lovelanebooks.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=31

Review: This story is part of a series and is best read in order. Jamie is returning to the place where he grew up for some rest and relaxation and to decide what he wants to do with his life next.  After serving in the marines and coming home due to injury he has a lot to decide. Helping the new owners around Sapphire Cay is a good start and when he meets Edward, the uptight wedding planner, sparks fly. Edward is a fabulous wedding planner; he has an eye for detail and may have a touch of OCD.  When he arrives at Sapphire Cay and discovers the gazebo in pieces and a trench dug in the earth he nearly has a meltdown.  Never mind the hot, sexy and dirty guy promises it will be done in time. Spending time with Jamie shows Edward that Jamie is much more than a hot marine.  But, Edward lives in Miami and Jamie isn’t sure what he is doing next. Still, the sparks fly between them. Can they work something out or will they only have their time on Sapphire Cay?

Hot, sexy marine meets fastidious, cool wedding planner what’s not to love? Jamie has to figure out what he wants to do next.  Yes. He might still have nightmares and his injury plays up every now and then, but at least he is still alive.  Meeting Edward has him looking towards the future and discovering all the quirks that the sexy wedding planner has. Edward might like having his life planned down to the last detail, but when he meets Jamie it’s shaken up with the attraction he feels for the tough looking man.  Getting to know the man under the image awakens longings he didn’t know he really yearned for and discovering the sweet and cuddly side to Jamie makes him long for more.

Ah, such a romantic setting, shame about the sand, eh, Edward. Okay, I’ll hold my hands up and admit I found Edwards quirks amusing and that’s mainly because although he was high-strung he wasn’t over the top or mega bitchy.  He was also compassionate and sweet and seemed just perfect for Jamie. Jamie was a brilliant character; he came across as having a tough outer shell, but having a soft and squishy center.  He made a perfect foil to Edward and although they seemed to be very different they connected really well. The sexually connection between them was very hot, sparks fly and the shower scene *wow, fans face* is not to be missed. This story is well written and pulls two characters together that normally you would think would clash.  But, it’s what’s beneath the surface that draws them to each other.

I have to recommend this to those who love opposites attract, hot marines, sexy wedding planners, finding love, romantic settings and a great ending.

The Case of the Cupid Curse by Amber Kell and R.J. Scott

thecaseofthecupidcurse_800Title: The Case of the Cupid Curse

Series: End Street Detective Agency 01

Author: Amber Kell & R.J. Scott

Genre: Paranormal

Length: Novella (107pgs)

Publisher: Total E-Bound (25th March 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: The very thought of paranormals is enough to drive Private Investigator Sam Enderson mad, but add in his attraction to a vampire, and his world is turned upside down.

Sam Enderson is a human detective who finds himself working for paranormal creatures, despite his resolve to stick with humans only.

Bob is a vampire and turns up on Sam’s doorstep to rent a room. Sparks fly, and Sam is attracted to the vampire in spite of himself.

Soon after Sam is cursed by a witch, two cases land on his desk. Dealing with werewolves, annoying ghosts and a grumpy gargoyle is bad enough. But somehow, in amongst all of this chaos, he has to find a lost fae and a missing shifter child.

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Review: Sam has just inherited a detective agency from his recently deceased uncle. Sam has a five-year plan all laid out and there is no room in that plan for supernaturals’. Until a witch walks through his doors and a vampire wants to rent a room, and a fae triad (minus one) needs their third finding and a little werewolf girl is lost. Tossed in over his head he accepts (begrudgingly) the help of Bob, the vampire, Teddy, the ghost and Mikhail, the vampire/siren.

Oh, this is a delightful paranormal story of an everyday human *snort* being tossed into the supernatural world with a bang. Sam inherits a building that housed his beloved uncles’ detective agency; he decides to follow in his uncles footsteps and becomes a private investigator. But, his first prospective client isn’t happy with his work ethic and he discovers that his uncle had dodgy dealings. When Bob walks through his door asking to rent a room it throws Sam in a tailspin as he fights his attraction to the supernatural. But, he has cases to work which drag him further into the supernatural world and his plan of only dealing with humans goes out the window.

I really enjoyed this first story in the End Street Detective Agency and I am looking forward to more. We are introduced to an interesting array of characters and some very interesting cases that we delve into.  We see as Sam struggles with his attraction to Bob and as they come together, with Sam still not really understanding the depth of Bob’s feelings. The storyline is cool, the cupid curse was very interestingly carried out and the various paranormal we come across are great.  Sirens, Vampires, Werewolves, Gargoyles, Ghosts, Fae, Witches and a cat familiar, they all add that little spark of magic that makes this a great story.

I highly recommend this story to those that love supernatural and paranormal stories, hot vampires, a confused human in denial, great characters, a great case solved; hot sex and an ending that is left wide open and has you biting your lip against the urge to scream in frustration.

The Fireman and the Cop by RJ Scott

the-fireman-and-the-copTitle: The Fireman and the Cop

Series: Ellery Mountain 01

Author: R.J. Scott

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Short (78pgs)

Publisher: Total E-bound (11th February 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥3½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Rescuing cop Finn Ryan from a burning precinct was easy; it’s keeping him alive after that which fireman Max Harrison finds difficult.

Ellery is a quiet town in the Smoky Mountains, at the base of Ellery Peak, and nothing ever happens. Max is escaping from his firefighting job in the city to take up a role as assistant to the Mayor whilst also holding the position of a volunteer fire fighter.

Finn Ryan is one of only three cops in the small town and it soon seems to Max that someone is out to hurt the sexy cop. Rescuing Finn from a burning precinct was the easy part; it’s keeping him alive after that which fireman Max Harrison finds difficult.

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Review: Max is starting over in a new town.  He’s working at the Mayor’s office and as a volunteer firefighter. Running into a burning police station leads to him meeting Finn, a cop who always seems to be in danger. Finn is delighted to meet firefighter Max.  Of course, it would have been better if he wasn’t half unconscious at the time, but he gets the chance to know the sexy man better as Max investigates the fire.

This is a cute book that starts off a great new series. Max first meets Finn while rescuing him from a burning building.  Finn catches Max’s attention when in his confused state he talks about firemen’s ‘hoses’. They have an instant attraction between them that sparks, but they have misunderstandings about how they are treating each other, and it isn’t helped by the fact that all the evidence points to Finn being in danger from an unknown foe.

I really liked Max and Finn they were both great characters.  Although, they had a slight communication problem they seemed well suited and certainly sparks fly in the attraction department. The plot is fast-paced and you never know what will happen next, although you get a slight idea as to who the baddie is by a throwaway comment made by Finn. The supporting characters are great and it will be interesting to see Daniel’s and Kieran’s stories. The storyline wasn’t as tight as what I am used to from R.J., it wasn’t as well developed in just one area. I mean we get thrown straight into the danger and from then on it was fast-paced in the danger and mystery stakes, but lacked depth in the relationship department. I think I learned more about Daniel’s (Finn’s friend) past than Max’s. Don’t get me wrong this is a good story; it just missed the mark with Max and Finn’s relationship development.

I recommend this book to those who love cops and firefighters, fast-paced danger and mystery, a good storyline, some hot sex and a happy ending.

 

The Vampire Contract by RJ Scott

16173258Title: The Vampire Contract

Series: Supernatural Bounty Hunters #1

Author: R.J. Scott

Genre: MM / Paranormal

Length: Novella (131 pages)

Publisher: Extasy Books (February 1st, 2013)

Reviewer: Thommie

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Blurb:    A vampire guilty of murder on the run from justice to prove his innocence. A werewolf sent to retrieve him with one thought – that only the guilty run.

Vampire Micah Jamieson is found guilty of killing his human husband. He runs from the execution he is facing to get home. He just has to pray he’ll reach home before supernatural law enforcement, in the shape of a Glitnir Court Retriever close in on him.

Wolf shifter and Retriever, Connor Strand easily captures Micah and he’s fully prepared to take the runaway in. But his wolf has other ideas. Something about Micah challenges Connor and his long-held beliefs.

What if Micah is actually innocent? Will Connor put to one side his own prejudices, and then risk both his life and career to keep Micah safe?

Product Link: http://www.extasybooks.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=3892

Review: Oh. I loved this book, and what a nice start it was for a series.

RJ Scott created a beautiful background for this adventure through species. Werewolves, Vampires, Fae (although the latter didn’t made an appearance in this first book), a world trapped in old traditions and royal clans along with pure-blooded arrogance. It all painted scenery that promises action and war impending, strong love fated to struggle through fights that are not easy won, and love lost leaving back pain and hurt.

The Vampire Contract focuses on Micah and Connor. Micah is a Vampire accused for the murder of his own husband by the Glintir Court, the one responsible for applying justice and law on all the paranormal species. When Micah runs away Glintir Court Retriever Connor Strand, a Werewolf, is tasked to bring him back. Connor is one of the best, however he is in for a surprise when it appears that this little Vampire is not that easy a job and to top it all his wolf gets in the way when he recognizes Micah as his mate.

Connor faces the difficulty of struggling with his emotions, with the truth that is slowly unveiled and with a whole new amount of knowledge that threatens everything he ever believed in to be true and just. The most important thing of all though is that his love for Micah is undeniable and he’s going to face that his one true mate is faced with death.

A lovely, lovely story that had many treats that truly fascinate me. Werewolves being nearly feral, instincts that were demanding but placed in a logic frame, Vampires that were charming and seductive and enticing and sexy as Hell, magic thrown in there for good measure. A chase that went wrong, a love lost never to be found, a new love rising in the middle of ashes. The relationship between Micah and Connor was almost funny, it started in the middle of them trying to kill each other and right when you think one of them is going to end up dead, heat goes up and all things go South with base instincts taking over. It was also tinged with a dramatic layer when realization hit the pair that one or both of them are facing death straight in the eye.

In the end, after a very entertaining read, this book leaves you with the distinct feeling that not only it didn’t end, but this whole adventure just begun, and honestly I can’t wait for the next installment to come out. Anticipation is a very annoying thing when you have no patience at all. So in any case I strongly recommend this for all the lovers of the paranormal genre and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

 

 

The Christmas Throwaway by R.J. Scott

9615767Title: Christmas Throwaway

Series: N/A

Author: R.J. Scott

Genre: m/m, holidays

Length: Novella

Publisher: Love Lane Books (November 24th, 2012) (first published December 1st, 2012)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

Blurb: Christmas is a time for giving – what do you do when no one gives a damn?

For Zachary Weston Christmas means sleeping on a churchyard bench in the freezing snow with nothing better in his future. Thrown out of his home for being gay, he is left without money or, it seems, anywhere to go.

Until a stranger shows him that some people do give a lot more than a damn.

Ben Hamilton is a rookie cop in his small home town. He finds a young throwaway, fresh from the city, sleeping on a bench in the churchyard on a snowy Christmas Eve. Can he be the one to give Zachary his own Christmas miracle?

Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Christmas-Throwaway-ebook/dp/B004EYUES6

Reviewer: Thommie

Review: I think this is one of the best Christmas stories I’ve read. Everything about this book screams PERFECT and it really made my day even if the start of the story was horribly sad.

R.J. Scott introduces us with a unique way to Zach. A 17-year-old boy who is found sleeping and nearly frozen to death by Ben on a bench on Christmas Eve. Zach’s story is gruesome. He has lived a nightmare of a life at the hands of an abusive, homophobic father and a weak, fading to the background with no voice at all mother. Zach’s entire life has been planned by his father, an ex-special forces sergeant, whose idea of raising a child was beating his wants and beliefs into his son. This got worse when he found out that Zach was gay; taking him out from school and literally forcing him to home imprisonment. However, two-week short of being 18 years old Zach stands up to his father and declares that he is not only not going to enlist in the army, but that he wishes to live his life the way he wants to. That earns him a sound beating (again) and he gets thrown out of the house, in the middle of the winter, with nothing more than the clothes he has on.

I must admit this whole story broke my heart because, even if this one is fiction, there are children out there being thrown out of their family for being who they are. It’s sad, it’s horrible and it’s a fact. I loved the way the author addresses this issue. I loved the way she writes about it without shying away and facing it as it is. I loved the way her characters reacted. She clearly has done her research on behavior patterns and psychological damage.  It was all written with perfect clarity and elegance at the same time.

And while all Zach’s life is the horrible part of the story, this being the Christmas book that it is it would be naïve of us not to expect a miracle. How lovely that the miracle came in the form of Ben, the cop that finds Zach nearly frozen.  And in an impulse, takes Zach home with him, offering him a meal and a bed for Christmas. And while Ben is feeling very good about his deed, thinking that’s why he became a cop for, he, his mother and his entire family fall for the innocent, obviously abused child and try their outmost to help him.

And again, while usually this kind of intervention is written somehow cheesy and sappy, I did not find any such treats here. It was excellent; I loved how it all played. I loved all the characters involved, and most of all I loved the Zach’s and Ben’s chemistry from the beginning till the end. They were brilliant and the time frame put for their “getting to know each other” was the best touch.

I must say that for me this book had it all a meaning, a purpose, awesome plot, fantastic characters, gripping even and all down to earth lovemaking, a fact that made it even hotter. For me this is a must read book and I’m definitely going to re-read it next Christmas and the next and the next and…. Yeah! Totally worth it.

 

New York Christmas by RJ Scott

15979878Title:  New York Christmas

Author: RJ Scott

Genre:  Contemporary

Length:    Novella (112 pages)

Publisher: Love Lane Books (December 1st, 2012)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts ~ liked it

Blurb: Christmas, and the man of his fantasies is back in Chris’s life.

It’s been far too long since Christian Matthews has seen Daniel Bailey. In fact the last time they met Chris was a senior in college and he was the TA tasked with helping Daniel who was a way too confident freshman.

Some years down the road, Chris is licking his wounds after being asked to leave the private school where he was teaching. He has no job, no money, and has to rely on his friend Amelia for the job and a room to live in. He needs a freaking Christmas miracle to make this Season anything other than a total loss.

Then Daniel comes back into his life and suddenly everything seems possible. Not only is Daniel still the man Christian wants more than anything, but this time Chris may well actually tell Daniel how he feels

Product Link: https://www.lovelanebooks.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=21:77efb23a90bf630795cfff356beaffd1

Reviewer:  Showme

Review: This was my first Christmas read of the season and it’s a good one! It’s a sweet holiday story with just a little angst. RJ, of course, gave us a HEA wrapped in this lovely cover to enjoy this holiday season.

Chris is a little lost. He’s quietly let go from his prestigious teaching position at a private school. The threat of a scandal scares Chris into running, but the only thing he did wrong was trust a lover who betrayed him and now he’s paying the price. Ashamed and scared of what his future holds he hides out at his best friend Ame’s coffee shop. She needs the help and he needs to decide what to do with his mess of a life.  Chris seems to be at an all time low and what a time for the man he’s been holding a torch for since his senior year of college to walk back into his life.

Daniel is finally at a place in his life where he’s happy. He bucked his job at his father’s company and has a great partner in the NYPD, who has no problem with him being gay. Now, he needs to find Chris, the guy he’s wanted since freshman year, but knew he wasn’t a good enough man for at the time,  Daniel is a little shocked to find him  working behind a counter of a coffee shop, but he’s so happy to finally see him it doesn’t matter. The first meeting doesn’t go as well as he’d wanted, but he won’t give up. He can’t let go of his hope that he’ll finally get his chance with the one he let get away. Nobody has ever made him feel the way he did about Chris. His persistence pays off and the guys start seeing each other and lucky us that we get to read all about it.

This really was a sweet little read. The pace was nice. The guys didn’t fight their attraction, but took things slow at first, so it has a nice sexy build to their reunion. I guess if I had a complaint it was Chris’s lack of confidence at times. Although understandable considering his situation, but if a guy like Daniel keeps telling you how wonderful you are and it’s everything you’ve ever wanted to hear from him, don’t question it so much! Barely worth mentioning because this story left me smiling and happy with a little holiday cheer. New York Christmas is another great Christmas story from RJ Scott.