Chasing Smoke by K. A. Mitchell.

ka mitchell chasing smokeAn old mystery brought them together. Solving it could tear them apart.

In the best of times, Daniel Gardner hates visiting his family. With his boyfriend pressuring him for a mortgage-serious commitment, Christmas in Easton, PA sounds, for once, like a welcome escape. His old house holds more than memories of a miserable adolescence, though. It has Trey Eriksson.

At seventeen, Trey was taken in by the wealthy Gardner family after his father was jailed for his mother’s murder. Until he left for the Army, he fought a double-edged battle—for proof of his father’s innocence and against his attraction to Daniel.

Fifteen years later, things haven’t changed. Trey is still looking for the real killer. And Daniel has never forgotten how Trey used to sneak into his room at night.

Now new clues to the murder are resurfacing—and so is Trey and Daniel’s sexual chemistry. Except this time, Trey has come to terms with his orientation.

But their connection may not be enough to overcome the mistakes of the past. Not while a murderer still walks free…
From
Samhain Publishing.

It is no secret I am a bit of a fan girl for K.A. Mitchell and this new book was a gem.

The novel had a great hook with a return home, first love and a tightly scripted mystery that in no way detracted from the central theme of two men falling in love again. The novel has a slow, sexy burn to it and the tension between Daniel and Trey made my toes curl. The flashes back to when they’re younger feels a little illicit as you read about their burgeoning love, but it’s sensual and beautifully written and makes their interactions as adults that much more bittersweet and sexy. And hot, holy shit. O-o

I think what I enjoy most about K.A. Mitchells writing is that she understands the rhythm of a good book. Her pacing is excellent and there are no lulls where I feel inclined to ferret off to check my twitter account, or other assorted internet wankyness. I’m reading till some ridiculous hour and am still desperate to know what happens next, despite my tiredness. This is what a good book should be all about. That and making me laugh out loud at lines like …Ghosts of Erections Past… Imagery? hehe. 🙂 Loved it!

Get it here at All Romance eBooks or Samhain Publishing.

Custom Ride by K.A. Mitchell.

custom-ride-ka-mitchellA stint in the military left Ryan with a bitter memory of life in the closet. Jeff, a mechanic, has too much to lose if his private life goes public. The heat of their attraction boils over on a stormy summer night, but satisfying that need only makes them both crave more.
From Samhain Publishing.

I am a confirmed K.A. Mitchell fangirl, so it was kinda cool to discover a book of hers I had not actually read. It is a part of an anthology called Temperature’s Rising, but you can purchase Custom Ride on its own. 

The book is seriously hot right from the get go, so not for those who don’t like it a little bit dirty. Fortunately, I do and that first scene warmed the cockles of my grubbly little pron heart. I liked the idea of a big, well muscled mechanic with tattoos all over this ex military boy in a bar. They’re both so overcome with lust and Ryan can’t help but give in to this brick wall of a guy. Noice! I think this is one thing that K.A. does particularly well, that immediate sex. No pissing about and waiting for chapter 4.

Once I moved on from the pron though, the story while ok, was perhaps not as meaty as I am used to. Yes, I can hear you now telling me it’s an anthology, it is supposed to be short and succinct, but it felt like it lacked the depth of character that I’ve come to expect from one of her books. They were still likable and the the story was good, but it lacked some of the polish her later books have. And, the end, what on earth? I had a bit of a moment at the end. I kept flicking back and forth through the pdf to see if I had skipped some pages, but no. That really was the end and it was rather abrupt. (I want my happily ever afterly please. Kthnxbye)

So, sexy read with abrupt ending. Get it here from the lovely Samhain Publishing or All Romance ebooks.

Simply must read series.

bengal-rabbit-tiger-bunny-closeupBecause I have not read a decent book in a day or so and don’t want to write a bitchy review of a book that was like pulling teeth to read, WHICH I ended up not finishing AND think was a bloody waste of bloody money  want some happy, fluffy bunnies to write about on my blog,  I thought I’d share a few of my favorite series.

I do like a good series and they always look nice sitting grouped on my shelf. Except when bastard publishers change the cover artist. It messes with the symmetry. Uber book geek much?

Occasionally, I do wonder if authors get a maggot on the brain and should just stop when they’re ahead and not flog the last inch of life out of their characters and worlds have drifted into a nauseating sameness. I feel compelled to keep reading in the often vein hope that the original quintessence returns. Or maybe it’s to make sure she/he has not killed off my favorite characters! At this point I usually email my tame librarian and ask if they’ll get it in. Self confessed book geek AND quite budget conscious!

stephanie-plum-rexThere are those special ones though that keep you hanging on each year till the next one comes out. The ones you buy in hardcover even though it might mean eating carrots for the next week and have characters in them that become old, and dear friends. These friends are good to pull out when one is feeling particularly low, or desperate for good writing. Or, maybe one might just be perusing back through the really good grubby bits. 

Here are a few books that I have enjoyed and often re-read in no particular order. 

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First up is the lovely bishie goodness that is the Heaven Sent series by Jet Mykles. Boy band slash and smexy goodness. Spent far too much time watching MGMT and Placebo videos after reading these. And Fanservice? O-o The Child’s Prey books by Anne Cain & Barbara Sheridan, also cool, are totally yaoi and have pretty covers.

stolen-kelley-armstrongThe Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. She has smart heroines that kick ass, one of which is Elena from Bitten and Stolen. She rocks! I currently have Personal Demon waiting to be read.

 

landlord-charlaine-harrisCharlaine Harris continues to be a standout for me. I adore her Sookie Stackhouse series and those wicked covers! But, my favorite heroine has to be Lily Bard, who is a dark, damaged and complex character, which I re read at least once a year. The Harper Connelly Mysteries are also very readable… aw, just go buy everything she’s ever written! (and, Eric, merow). 

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Josh Lanyon and his  Adrien English mystery novels. Much thought provoking goodness. And Jake. More merow. Now I want them all in paperback, yesssss my precious.


jll_withcautionThe With or Without series by JL Langley. Yes, I admit it, the scene that has Jake telling Remi – Be still, pup, and don’t come is WELL thumbed. Hanging out for the next one.


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Kresley Cole’s series the Immortals After Dark are great reading. Tight writing and each one is consistantly good and does not have me grinding my teeth! (like some authors who should have let her boys just be together instead of inventing stupid ghost characters and insipid milquetoast vamp females. grrrr) Not to mention the covers of the first three books are so pretty. stephanie-plum-5

I think after about seven or eight books this one gets a little annoying, but Janet Evanovich and her Stephanie Plum series is a fun read despite that. The only author other than Katie MacAlister that I have been banned from reading in bed. Laughed and giggled so much I kept waking the other occupant.

mooncalled300Patricia Briggs got picked up initially because I liked the covers and once read I totally fell for Mercy Thompson. She is gutsy and the books are just that little bit different from normal paranormal dross.
 

 
collision-course-ka-mitchellKA Mitchell has not written a series as such but does have reoccurring characters. LOVe her books.
 
 

 

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Really, you cannot go past Laurell K. Hamilton. She has rabid detractors, which is unfortunate, but I do like her Meredith Gentry and Anita Blake series a great deal. Unfortunately, because we get books from the UK and the US there is no way I’d keep all the covers the same unless I was totally anal and ordered all of them from one source. What I am is impatient, so I usually just grab what is there.  

Hope you’re all having a wonderful start to the new year and are getting some lovely reading done. 😉 Feel free to share your good reads also, as I am in dire need!

Collision Course by K.A. Mitchell

ka-mitchell-collision-course-largeI read Collision Course at the end of a seriously crappy week and it was truly a pleasure to just loose myself in this book. The characters were compelling and the writing was tight and flowed beautifully. I can honestly say that there were no points where I drifted off to surf the net (which I often do when I am reading. Attention span=gnat) and I was throughly entertained with Joey and Aaron’s story.

This is a drama and a lengthy one at that. I am always impressed with K.A. Mitchell’s ability to write such meaty books that don’t drag. The writing always has a point and never seems to descend into mindless page filling fluff. Yay! The premise was cool and her characters were complex and likeable. I think Joey and Aaron might have to be one of my favorite pairings in recent memory! K.A. has also slipped in some seriously cool music, so I had a ready made sound track in my head. heh. Goldfrapp ?? Woot! I wondered at the end, was the theme in Joey’s head Strict Machine? 

You might also want to read this with a fan handy as the sexual tension is off the chart. The instant and compelling attraction the boys have, that makes getting to a bed impossible, was so hot and absolutely worthy of much praise, like the Jake and Remi getting on knees scene. It wasn’t over the top, but sexy, varied and delectable.

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It was so nice to see characters from one of her previous books, Diving in Deep, which I also enjoyed. I had a few sniggers at Joey and Noah and there endless navel gazing and am now jonesing for Doctor Jae Sun Kim’s story. Please!!!!

If you’re still not rushing off with credit card at the ready, perhaps the prequels over at K.A. Mitchell’s blog might convince you that this is must read material, or you can get the goodness at the Samhain site. Gorgeous summer night reading and I cannot wait for the next one.

Check out the warning below that the book comes with…
Warning: This love story may overheat readers or the devices used to read it. Explicit male/male sex scenes involving extra penetration, toys, and spanking. 

Merow.

Diving In Deep by K. A. Mitchell.

From Samhain Publishing.

You never forget your first time. 
Cameron Lewis loves his job as an instructor/trainer for a water safety firm that inspects water parks. He gets to travel from March through September, always moving on to something different. When a strange emptiness starts plaguing him, he chalks it up to turning thirty.
He manages to shake off the feeling—until he walks into a classroom and discovers that the eye candy in the front row is actually a very grown up version of his best-friend’s kid brother. 
Noah Winthrop never forgot his first time. Scary, painful and then absolutely amazing—and with Cameron, the guy he’d always wanted. He’s had a crush on his brother’s best friend since puberty and now nothing will keep him from finally getting Cameron Lewis to notice him. 
Even though Cameron once rejected him, Noah is determined to get it right this time.

The first time, everyone remembers. There can only be one and I think this was what initially drew me into the story. The first time for Noah and Cam is so hot and real. And, it was not all candies, hearts and flowers. You could understand where Noah was at. That whole scary out of control feeling he has that comes with having sex and being that close to another person. He wants it so badly but he is nervous and does not want to give that away and scare Cam off. OH. So. Good!

Noah has always had a crush on Cam who is his older brothers best friend. He finally gets his wish during a family wedding. But Cam leaves the next day and it is not until years later that they meet again. The chemistry is still there and Noah is determined this time not to immediately fall to his knees in front of Cam in the first hour. He is kinda successful!! 🙂 I loved how Noah still seems to retain this core of determination, he just loves Cam and always has. It appealed to my inner romantic geek. Not to say that he is a pushover because Cam totally needed a boot in the ass at times. But as a character he was very appealing. 

The road to happiness does not always run smoothly for the boys though. There are the complications of family, friendships, distance and Cam’s fear of vulnerability. Cam was not always likable, due to his obtuseness but you felt for him. Maybe he needed soup?

This is the 2nd book of K. A. Michell’s that I’ve read and I liked it. A lot! It’s a hot, sexy read and well worth checking out. And, there’s swimming, you know…  mens+swimsuits=merow. How could you not want to read it?

Get the goodness here at Samhain Publishing.
Check out K. A. Mitchell’s site.

Short bits.

I have been reading a few shorter nomable books recently. Small bites of crunchy goodness! My pile of books is breeding I think, like rabbits!!! Lucky me, time off is within sight. 

Matthew Haldeman-Time has a free ebook here called Guys’s in College. Out of all of them my favorite bite is about Jason and Trent, who first appear in Incredible. Jason is a goth who likes to draw Trent, who is in the swim team. Merow. It is hot and cute… and free. Did not quite make it through In This Land which is a part of his online series. The only story I did not really care for was the 2nd to last one because I thought Bruce was a serious, stalker freak. Some funny, cute reading and much smexin. Did I mention free? 

Hot Ticket by K. A. Mitchell was sweet. Cade is doing community service for trashing his ex’s car. Elliot is also doing service, when they meet over the trash heap. I can hear you sigh from here, romantic huh? Cade is pretty feisty and out there but Elliot is his opposite, pretty uptight and inexperienced. There is some freakin hot sex in the car (I think I am fixated and it is all your fault Mr James Buchanan) and I did find it a super enjoyable read. At 97 pgs in pdf it was an afternoon bite.

Sleeping with the Past by Cassidy Ryan was ok. Nathaniel is a cop, in the closet and not looking to leave it anytime soon. When his daughter asks him to help her professor, who is being stalked, his single life is in serious jeopardy. When Nathaniel meets Professor Asher, he feels an instant attraction, but man, there is not much acting on it. The pay off was good, mystery ok but for me it just did not work all that well. While I am a big fan of the tension… sometimes there is nothing better than just getting it on. On the bed, on the floor, on a towel by the door, in the tub, in the car, up against the mini-bar… I am a total perve, yes I know. heh.

I have a pile of books next to the bed and on the laptop. Cannot wait as my break is coming soon and will have a few uninterrupted days of reading and slothfulness. Woot!