A Stella Review: Hot Potato (Seacroft #3) by Allison Temple


RATING 4,25 out of 5 stars

As Seacroft’s resident weirdo, Avery proudly flies a lot of freak flags. It’s a constant battle to be taken seriously when everything, from his red hair to his sexuality, makes him stand out in this small town.

Small towns are also a terrible place to keep secrets, and Lincoln has a bunch of them. But his demons aren’t going to hold him back from his dream job at the Seacroft Fire Department. His life is finally coming together, until the red-haired twink with the big smile and fast mouth calls in an emergency.

Pining or the hot firefighter is Avery’s newest flag, even if he agrees to be “just friends.” For Linc, every minute with Avery is a temptation. He needs to let go of his fear and admit the truth. Linc doesn’t want to be Avery’s friend; he wants to be his everything. But just as Linc is ready to risk it all, Avery gets an unexpected offer to spread his colorful wings and fly away.

Hot Potato is an 80k slow burn friends-to-lovers contemporary MM romance. It features a fast-talking accountant who’s cooler than he thinks, the closeted firefighter who loves him more than he should, and a great big happy-sigh HEA.

The Seacroft series by Allison Temple continues with another great installment, I have to say I was so waiting for this new release, cause I met Avery in the previous title and I fell for him deeply. When I met Lincoln too, I saw how perfect they were going to be together. I was over the moon to know Avery was going to have his own HEA. From what I learnt about him, I have to say I wasn’t expecting his personal story to be so sad and heavy.  Avery was always so full of enthusiasm, it was impossible to imagine how bad his past could have been. Sure, then I met his uncle and aunt and felt the love the three of them shared and I forget what his own parents did to him.  Lincoln too carried on his shoulders a bulky baggage, he travelled so much, maybe he’s now ready to put roots in Seacroft.

I feel to recommend this new release and the whole series, Allison Temple is a great author, I found her writing style always so well done and easy to follow, the plots are never shallow. Most of all I loved the characters she created so far, all of them interesting and full of emotions  I felt each of them. Don’t miss Hot Potato!

The cover art by Cate Ashwood is perfect, I adore everything she designs, always fitting and eye catching.

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Kindle Edition, 300 pages

Published September 16th 2019 by Allison Temple Books


Edition Language English

A MelanieM Review: Slay Ride by Josh Lanyon


Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

A wild and dangerous ride takes two lonely men into uncharted territory…

1943 Montana. Returning home to Montana after being wounded in the Pacific, Police Chief Robert Garrett was hoping for a little much needed Peace on Earth and Goodwill Toward Man. Instead, he finds himself chasing after a cold-blooded killer on Christmas Day aided—whether he likes it or not—by eager young reporter Jamie Jameson.

Jamie has idolized Police Chief Garrett most of his life. Despite a stolen birthday kiss three years earlier, he knows his feelings are unreturned. Even if Rob felt the same, there’s no room in their world for such feelings between men. But while Jamie can accept Robert not sharing his feelings, he won’t put up with being treated like a troublesome kid brother. He too has a job to do and he intends on traveling this bloody and twisted road with Robert Garrett—no matter where it leads.

Slay Ride by Josh Lanyon is a thrilling murderous little ride back into a United States still deep in WWII with all the means to that era.  There’s a small town in Montana swamped with it’s losses of men to the war, deep in grief and winter cold.  There is the references to the enemy, ones we find so offensive now but so common then, the food rationing and the men at home, 4F, or the wounded or other reasons.  Lanyon easily recreates this historical period of depression, loss, anxiety, and uncertainty with accuracy to the times and location.

We are slid next to Police Chief Robert Garrett, getting a feel for the man who suffers physically and emotionally from the war he’s returned from but has never really left behind.  He’s having dinner with a widow of a friend of his, trying to fill a hole at the holidays to big to fill for a family in pain.  And we get that.  He’s saved by a phone call that will jump start the proceedings  for the rest of the story.

There is a crime scene and a reporter, Jamie Jameson.  A young man who has had a crush on Robert for years, definitely not a safe idea in this time and age.

Homosexuality is a crime in this era.  You hide it, dare not have a relationship, so laying the framework for one here is interesting.  And that’s all Lanyon is doing.  This is mosts definitely a very beginning of “something”.  A very fragile HFN story.  How that happens, all the elements that lead up to it really can’t be discussed because they all contain spoilers for this story which is concise in nature.

Once that narrative “spark” happens that sets everything in motion, all characters and the plot are propelled rapidly towards an suspenseful ending, that includes the development of a relationship between Robert and Jamie.  At all happens at “breakneck” speed.

I thought the characters were well developed, Robert a tad more so than Jamie, with his background in the war, and frankly his years on experience as well. Jamie needs more history or page time or something to be Robert’s equal here.

The plot and the killer is not only plausible but chilling.  You truly felt that everyone here was in danger.  My only problem was in how the resolution was reported.  Lanyon showed an newspaper article which contained all the facts of the “showdown”.  The  newspaper was small and gray, with black print.  On my Kindle I couldn’t enlarge the print so I had no idea what it said so I missed out  on that whole “resolution” business.  As will everyone else with eyesight issues.

There was an Epilogue so I gleaned what facts I could about what happened towards the end from that but I still felt as though I had missed so much.  I would imagine this is one case where getting the audio version would eliminate that factor and make this a far better story.

Slay Ride by Josh Lanyon kept with entertained and on my seat.  With the exception of the use of that newspaper article to wrap things up, I thought this was a terrific historic little murder mystery, just the type Lanyon does so well.

Cover art is definitely telling you that this is a murder mystery with that cover.  I approve!

Sales Links:  Amazon

Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 127 pages
Published April 29th 2019 by JustJoshin Publishing, Inc.