An Alisa Review: Finding Forgiveness (The Knights Club #5) by CJ Baty

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Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Xavier Knight lied and now his past was catching up to him. Sebastian Brady meant everything to him. Losing him wasn’t an option Xavier was ready to accept. Ghosts from his past threaten to open up a secret that needs to stay hidden. He wasn’t going to let Zach Brady or anyone else take his happiness away from him.

Zachary Brady had lived in the shadow of his father his entire life. He’d lost his family, his job—everything. What happened between him and Xavier Knight was long ago and best forgotten. He wasn’t going to allow it to sabotage his chance to be accepted by his brothers and sister as family again.

Neither man realizes that they don’t hold the key to their peace of mind. And when the truth is revealed, it will shake their worlds. Family isn’t always the one you are born into, sometimes it’s the one you create for yourself.

So, this series has been frustrating me and this one just jumped on that bandwagon too.  Zach and Xavier’s past doesn’t help this story and the fact that they had been keeping it a secret didn’t help matters and muddies the waters even more when Phillip begins to look for his mother.

We do get to learn some of what actually happened between Zach and Xavier and not just through Xavier’s stilted view.  I can’t help but feel that Zach was an ass in regards to his family and no wonder his kids haven’t spoken to him in years.  It was nice to see him begin to turn over a new leaf which mostly starts with his siblings.  So much is left open and with no conclusion it just was not satisfying as an ending to the series.

The cover art by Select-O-Grafix continues to follow the design of the rest of the series but just doesn’t do anything in regards to the story.

Sales Link: Amazon

Book Details:

Ebook, 85 pages

Published: February 6, 2019

Edition Language: English

Series: The Knights Club #5

An Alisa Review: Coming Out (The Knights Club #4) by CJ Baty

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

 

Phillip Hapner was smart and good looking. He just had one problem. He liked to gamble, trouble was he wasn’t very good at it. Now, he was trying to stay alive and convince the leader of the underground gambling syndicate, that he didn’t know who was in charge. Well, he did have one other problem, Malachi Brady. The cop who was protecting him. Phillip wanted him, even though he knew the man was straight.

 

Malachi Brady had accepted that his brother was gay. He believed everyone was intitled to love whom they wanted. He knew he wasn’t gay, but he was feeling things for Phillip Hapner he’d never felt before. When he was assigned to protect Phillip, the sexual tension between them exploded. Could he figure out what was going on in his head and his body and who was behind the gambling syndicate in Atlanta.

 

The people who work at the Knights Club are a family. And like any family, there are times when things just don’t go right.

 

I’m feeling bad, the more I get into this series the more frustrated I am getting with Seb and Xavier from the original book.  We are finally seeing what has been going on with Phillip, though it’s not that big of a surprise.  Malachi needs to come to terms with his feelings before it’s too late and he pushes Phillip away for good.

 

These men were actually the most sensible of about their relationship, though Malachi had some problems with getting everything trough his head, but what “straight” guy wouldn’t.  I liked that when he made a decision he jumped in with both feet.  I could connect with these guys to most, Phillip’s helplessness with his situation and Malakai’s coming to terms with his feelings but he drama near the end just came full circle to the end of the last books.

 

So, Seb has forgiven Xavier but gets in Malakai’s face even after offering to be a sounding board.  Phillips problems bring Zach Brady back into the brother’s lives and at the end of the book it’s Xavier with the problem, we saw some of this in the first book and I’m definitely reading the last book to figure out what is going on but I am not on board with all the secrets and lies going on.

 

The cover art by Select-O-Grafix is okay and follows the same style and set up as the rest of the series.

 

Sales Link: Amazon

 

Book Details:

Published: December 18, 2018

Edition Language: English

Series: The Knights Club #4

An Alisa Review Letting Go (The Knights Club Series#2) by CJ Baty

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Calypso knew he looked good. He loved bright colors, makeup, and most of all, high heels. The higher the better. The sassy mouth and self-assured man he presented to the outside world wasn’t how he felt on the inside. At the Knights Club he hide the self-doubt and depression. Until, Benedict Hart walked in bringing all his old demons back to life.

Benedict Hart was a high-priced gigolo. It’s not what he started out in life to do but it paid the bills. Meeting Calypso at the Knights Club turned his world upside down. The man was sexy, smart mouthed and completely sure of himself. He made Benedict want things he hadn’t thought about in years. Losing a dear friend spurs him into action, but will his past get in their way?

The Knights Club hosts a group of characters diverse in every way, but they are family. Xavier Knight watches over them as if they were his children. And, like most families, things don’t always run smoothly.

This was a nice story.  Calypso won’t let anyone tell him what he is supposed to be but deep down he doesn’t trust that anyone will actually want him.  Benedict changed the path of his life in college and is now getting the chance to leave that behind, being able to be what Calypso needs the most.

Calypso has learned to run at the first sign of trouble and that’s just what he does when it comes knocking at his and Benedict’s happiness.  Benedict goes to great lengths and shows everyone that he means well and loves Calypso.  There were a lot of time gaps in the story which made some things hard to line up but allowed the story to take place over a longer time period.  This story followed the same short premise of the first book, so I had a good idea of what to expect and look forward to continuing the series.

The cover art by Select-O-Grafix is similar to the first in the series, giving some visuals for the characters just not great composition.

Sales Link: Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 93 pages

Published: October 18, 2018

Edition Language: English

Series: The Knights Club #2

Release Tour – Drifting Sands (The Warfield Mysteries #1) by CJ Baty

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 Amazon US | Amazon UK
Available for the first time in Kindle Unlimited

 
Length: 211 Pages
 
Blurb
 

As he approaches his fortieth birthday, Justin Warfield feels alone, drifting like the sand that blows along the beach near his family’s hotel. He has done exactly as his father wanted. Married the right girl and carried on the family tradition of running the Warfield Hotel. On paper things seem perfect, but happiness hasn’t been a part of his life for a very long time.


Marcus Drummond once spent a summer with his best friend Peter at the Warfield Hotel and fell hard for Peter’s much older brother. Five years later he’s back, and this time he hopes that Justin will see him as more than his kid brother’s friend.


Sparks fly when the two meet again, but there are a few things standing in their way. The closet that Justin has himself buried in and someone on a killing spree, dumping bodies on the Warfield beach . . . victims that indicate Justin may be involved in some way.


Author Bio


C. J. Baty lives in southwest Ohio. Her heart, however, lives in the mountains of Tennessee where she hopes to retire some day. The mountains have always provided her with inspiration and a soothing balm to the stresses of everyday life.


The dream of writing her own stories started in high school but was left on the back burner of life until her son introduced her to fan fiction and encouraged her to give it a try. She found that her passion for telling a story was still there and writing them down to share with others was much more thrilling than she had ever expected.


She has a loving and supportive family who don’t mind fixing their own meals when she is in the middle of a story, and a network of friends who have encouraged and cheered her on in her quest of being an author.


One thing she has learned from life and she is often heard to say is: “You are never too old to follow your dream!”


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RELEASE BLITZ: Roaring Waters (The Warfield Hotel Mysteries #3) by CJ Baty

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Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
Length: 194 pages
 
The Warfield Hotel Mysteries Series
 
Drifting Sands (Book #1) – Amazon US | Amazon UK
Crashing Waves (Book #2) – Amazon US | Amazon UK
 
Blurb
 

Damien Fitzgerald has lived through hell and is determined to never let anyone get close to him again. A fervent reporter, he throws his life into his work and doesn’t care whose toes he steps on. But someone else does. He’s got a stalker, and the messages are growing increasingly threatening. He turns to his best friend, Justin Warfield and his lover, Private Investigator Marcus Drummond. Seems like a good idea until Robert Wyler becomes part of the package.


Robert Wyler, the manager of the bar at the Warfield Inn, has always been misunderstood. Sure he takes care of his body, wears his hair long and likes tatts, but that doesn’t mean he’s domineering. A cold exterior hides the more passionate man inside. Men like Damien Fitzgerald get on his nerves. Too good looking. Too arrogant. But when Justin and Marcus needed his help to guard the man from a stalker, Robert couldn’t say no.


Damien and Robert have a history. Whenever they are near each other sparks fly. Can Damien and Robert get past their prejudices to find the real men hiding underneath. Will they find love before the stalker gets to Damien and their chance at happiness is destroyed forever…

Author Bio

C. J. Baty lives in southwest Ohio. Her heart, however, lives in the mountains of Tennessee where she hopes to retire some day. The mountains have always provided her with inspiration and a soothing balm to the stresses of everyday life.


The dream of writing her own stories started in high school but was left on the back burner of life until her son introduced her to fan fiction and encouraged her to give it a try. She found that her passion for telling a story was still there and writing them down to share with others was much more thrilling than she had ever expected.

She has a loving and supportive family who don’t mind fixing their own meals when she is in the middle of a story, and a network of friends who have encouraged and cheered her on in her quest of being an author.


One thing she has learned from life and she is often heard to say is: “You are never too old to follow your dream!”

 

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