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Review: A Little Night Murder by J.S. Cook

A Little Night Murder by J.S. Cook
Title: A Little Night Murder
Author: J.S. Cook
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Monika
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Historical
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★☆☆

Blurb:

In 1942, Pearl Harbor has been bombed and the war is very much in evidence, but it would seem to have little to do with Frank Boyle, a respected Bronx born insurance investigator. He’s a man who can keep secrets, and no one suspects that his boyhood friend—local mob boss Nicky Brooks—is his lover. When Brooks accidentally kills Frank’s younger brother in a shootout, Frank must choose between his affair with Nicky and revenge for his brother’s life.

After Frank betrays Nicky, police detective Sam Lipinski, a Bronx native who has long carried a torch for Frank, makes a move against the mob and lands squarely in the way of Nicky’s plans. Sam smuggles Frank out of New York to keep him safe, and sets him up him in a small northeastern city. But there, a messy insurance investigation involving the Roarkes, who may or may not have killed their own mother for the insurance payout, places him in danger again. Dodging bullets, shady characters, and fallout from the war, Sam and Frank will need far more than luck on their side if they’re ever to see a loving future.

Review:

A Little Night Murder is a good story and I enjoyed reading it but something was missing for me and I don’t know what that something was. It starts out great, the story works, I liked the MC’s and all the secondary characters but unfortunately I never found myself connected to any of them.

It’s a historical about the mob and what happens when you get involved with them. It spans a couple of decades but the early years are told in flashbacks. Frankie Boyle is in hiding, he testified against his boss and lover Nicky Brooks after a shooting sanctioned by Nicky kills Frankie’s little brother. Frankie ends up in Newfoundland where he finds a pretty good life working as an insurance investigator until Nicky gets out and comes looking for Frankie.

When Nicky heads to Newfoundland to find Frankie, Frankie’s long time friend and sometimes lover Sam comes to Newfoundland to watch out for him….or so he’s led to believe. Sam is Frankie’s love interest but at a time where being gay can get you killed and Sam is somewhat unsure about how he feels and what to do about their relationship. Theirs isn’t an easy one but they do want to be together.

This story is full of mystery, intrigue and most of all revenge, there are twist and turns with a lot of ‘who done it’.  It’s well written and it moves at a good pace. The romance part is secondary but it works. Everything falls into place with this book and that makes it confusing to me as to why I didn’t fall in love with it. I did learn part way into the story that it’s part of a series and I wonder if reading the other two before this one would have made a difference.

It is a good read and I do recommend it for those that love to read historicals with a mysteries.

Review: No Angel by Daniel A. Kaine

No Angel by Daniel A. Kaine
Title: No Angel
Author: Daniel A. Kaine
Cover Artist: Maria Fanning
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Reviewer: Monika
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨
Rating★★★★¾

Blurb:

Born with a birth defect called Devil Syndrome, it is impossible for Josh Harper to hide the two small stumps of hornlike bone atop his head. If people also knew about his ability to create force fields with his mind, they’d lock him up for sure. Left to fend for himself on his eighteenth birthday, Josh tries to make it on the streets. When he’s attacked, he’s rescued by Sam Mitchell, who has an equally strange power—and a set of pure white wings.

Sam ran away from home a year ago, and the new life he’s built for himself includes living in an abandoned house and looking after three younger kids, all with Devil Syndrome. Then along comes Josh. After a rough start their relationship grows and the two young men find a haven in each other’s arms. But when tragedy strikes their newfound family, Sam’s hatred of regular humans spirals out of control, and Josh will have to make Sam see sense before everything he’s worked so hard to build is destroyed.

Review:

This is a story that broke my heart and brought me to tears at just about every turn for a number of reasons. The beginning was difficult to read, I wanted so badly to reach out and take these kids in and protect them. I hated what they had to endure and to some degree I saw how it mirrored real life. Take away the kids special abilities and they are the kids I see in the streets, all needing help but most of all needing love and acceptance. Yeah, I cried at lot for them. No Angel is a beautifully written story even with all the prejudice and hate but there is love and acceptance too and that helps even things out.

The MC’s Sam and Josh are 18 year olds that have more responsibility than any 18 year olds should have.  They are attracted to each other but are both unsure how to handle it with this being the first relationship either has ever had. I really felt the chemistry between Sam and Josh and when a devastating event happens that threatens to tear them apart Josh fights to keep them together.  With no examples of healthy relationships they have a hard time figuring out how to move ahead with their new found feelings so they try to take it day by day while they look after the youngsters in their ‘family’.  This story is a great example of blood doesn’t necessarily make you family, sometimes those special people you friend can be more family than the family you were born into.

No Angel is full of angst with bullying, violence and revenge being a large part of the story but love shines through and that kept me glued to it. With most of the story ripping my heart out I am surprised how much I loved it. There was so much that was hard to read but every word and every tear I shed made this story so worth it.

The boys finding an HEA with each other, their little family, a parent reuniting with his son and helping all of them in any way he can couldn’t have made a more perfect ending. I think some will see similarities with the kids in X Men, I did but I think in some ways it made me love it more.

Review: Ghosts of Alcatraz by Carol Lynne

Ghosts of Alcatraz by Carol Lynne
Title: Ghosts of Alcatraz
Author: Carol Lynne
Cover Artist: Wilde City Press
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Reviewer: Sean
Buy Links: Publisher | Amazon | ARe
Genre: Horror
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novella
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨
Rating★★★★★

Blurb:

Love is a powerful force. Unparalleled, unpredictable and often unforeseen. Yet it can surface in the most dangerous of situations. Suffocation, mutilation and dismemberment aren’t the normal outside influences that bring two people together, but inside the newly refurbished Alcatraz Prison, anything can happen.

As inmates begin dying in shocking and sometimes gruesome ways, the deaths prompt Warden Jensen Black to bring in sexy parapsychologist, Brian Phipps. With the help of Brian, Jensen hopes to get to the bottom of what is killing the men he is responsible for. But what he didn’t count on is falling—and falling hard—for the smaller man with the heart of a lion. The question is: will their love survive against the ghosts of Alcatraz?

Review:

Just the first few pages, I was hooked! The mystery behind the deaths of inmates were crazy. I didn’t even gotten a chance to figure out why it had been happening until it was revealed. I enjoyed getting a chance to get to know the characters before author got to the main point of the story. It didn’t feel rush either. Everything about the book was at a good pace, which mean I didn’t get lost or re-read a couple times to understand what the author was trying to describe. I could picture myself being there and watch all the ghosts and men solving the mystery.

It had a good revenge story and imagining how that person suffered at the beginning could be a huge doom for the cybercrime inmates. It was scary to actually live what the person had suffered and survived. More than anything, I was amazed at how gruesome the kills the author had described. I didn’t even know how I would react if I was either an inmate or a guard at the prison when it happened right in front of my eyes.

At the beginning, I actually debated with myself if the book did have a romance to it, but to be honest, I didn’t think it was. Yes, the ending showed what love would have done to people if they were to do something that would saved someone even if it could have cost someone’s life. In the end, the romance was there and it showed a promising that there would be more stories for them.

I highly recommend to horror/mystery fan! The writing style was fantastic and readable. Nothing was too complicated.