Abigail Roux is running a wonderful contest over at her website called Save The Kitty Contest. As I had mentioned in my review of Armed and Dangerous, Abigail does extensive research into subjects covered in her books and the new Cut and Run book #6, Stars and Stripes, is no different. Ms. Roux flew to Texas and visited the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyds to learn about the plight of captive big cats and their increasingly threatened status in the wild.
It made a huge impact on her as she states in her blog, Shop To Save The Kitties. Here she is offering a contest (and what an amazing contest it is) with all eBook copies of the entire Cut and Run series, including those not yet written – at least 9 total. Then on top of that you get Ty’s Compass Rose pendant, a Team Zane or Team Ty t-shirt. Unbelievable. But you have to visit the blog above and get the instructions on how to enter. Abigail Roux has already donated the proceeds of her research trip to the Sanctuary while she was there and she is donating 10 percent of her royalties from Stars and Stripes, the next Cut and Run book. You can also purchase Ty’s pendant, seen to the right, by itself. Sigh! Or get one of their Team Zane or Team Ty t-shirts. Treat yourself, help an animal!
So let’s recap shall we? Go read all the Cut and Run books, you will love them if you don’t already. They are listed in order at the end of my review for the outstanding Armed and Dangerous novel. Visit Abigail Roux’s blog, read in her words the impact the Sanctuary had on her and enter the contest. You will be helping a tremendous cause that can use every dollar that is donated. Visit Abigail’s website now.
Here is the link for the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyds, Texas.
Rating: 4 stars
Tonio, a renown painter of abstract realism, made the mistake of accepting an invitation for a movie date from a man he just met at a gallery opening. The man’s jealous lover made sure Tonio never made that mistake again by savagely attacking him with a knife. Now scarred and traumatized, Tonio rarely leaves his studio. His only contact with the outside world consists of his sister, Jessie who is also his agent. With a gallery opening a new show of his paintings, his sister finally talks him into attending the opening and go to the gallery party afterwards.
Jonam is also attending the gallery show. He owns a close protection agency and had met Tonio by accident in a nearby park. Tonio had been sketching people in the part and rejected Jonan’s efforts to talk to him. When Jonam attends the gallery show, Tonio does his best to avoid him. But Tonio’s attacker calls and threatens him just before the party. When her brother doesn’t show up for the party, Jessie and Jonam show up at Tonio’s apartment and the find the man cowering in fear. Jonam offers to protect Tonio and find out whose behind the threats. Can Jonam find the attacker and free Tonio from the threats and fears?
The author packs a lot into 86 pages. There is contemporary romance, mystery, the art world, a scarred artist, and lethal stalker. Edward Kendricks did a great job with Tonio. Tonio is a believable character, traumatized by a brutal attack on him by unseen thugs. The scars left behind are both physical and emotional. I can believe that this character retreats into a shell and that his art changes direction with the brutality inflicted upon him. That the attack was unexpected and undeserved only deepened the trauma left behind. I did find it unrealistic that the police were not brought into this case especially given he was a well-known artist but PTS can make victims act illogically. Jonam was a tad less defined as a character. Jonam was tall, good looking and efficient at his job. It wasn’t until the end of the story that I found out he was Swedish and that accounted for his name. More of a backstory on Jonam early on would have helped. It was hard to get a feel for a connection between the two men when I could only get a handle on one of them. The story seemed rushed at the end and the denouement resolved far too quickly for the buildup that preceded it.
Still Abstract Realism is a neat little short story that I enjoyed reading. I look forward to more from Edward. Kendricks.
Cover: Cover Artist Reese Dante. Cover is gorgeous. Both models work for the characters inside the story. Fonts are great. Good job.