An Alisa Review: Wrenching by Deirdre O’Dare

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Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Mal has not had an easy life. He’s struggled to overcome a lot of roadblocks and hardships as he built himself a life as a mechanic, despite a serious handicap. He’s admired rancher Dan from afar but never dreamed events would play out to land him in the amazing spot of being able to do a real service for his secret hero. Can he maintain his cool and a safe distance when they’re sharing a house and working to resolve a dangerous mystery?

Dan says he does not have employees but friends who help him run the ranch he inherited from his father. Challenged by his younger step-brother and facing dangerous sabotage to his truck, he enlists a young mechanic to help solve the puzzle. He’d always wanted a real brother or a partner he could trust but his step-brother is not the right guy to fill that role. How about Mal, who brings some fine but rare qualities to the Flying W?

A lot of this story didn’t really make any sense to me and even with that I mostly enjoyed the story.  I’ve never understood the loving someone from afar when you barely know them as Mal did Dan. And Dan turns to someone he barely knows to help him.

The mystery wasn’t much of a mystery to me but it gave Dan and Mal a reason to be together for a period of time.  I didn’t really see this relationship building at all except for their own random thoughts but they never did anything or really got to know each other for Dan’s ideas at the end of story make any sense.

The cover art by Written Ink Designs is a nice understated design.

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Book Details:

ebook, 65 pages

Published: May 12, 2018 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781634865838

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: Special Delivery by Deirdre O’Dare

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5

Monte’s sporting goods store is teetering on the edge of collapse due to the economic problems. The small conservative eastern California town he chose for his dream project is not welcoming, even though he keeps his gay lifestyle quiet. Then big trouble and a gorgeous package delivery driver fall into his world at the same time. Are they somehow connected?

Jeff, a special agent for Homeland Security, is working undercover to help bust a contraband and drug operation. Tracks lead to the small town of Cameron Creek, California. Who is the crime ring’s contact at this end? As a delivery driver, Jeff is scoping things out. When he meets Monte, he is smitten at once, but evidence begins to link this new friend to the case. Jeff has every reason not to pursue a relationship, but can he stop himself?

I can’t say this was a good or bad story but I couldn’t connect with it either way.  Monte’s dream store hasn’t been doing nearly as well as he had hoped.  Jeff hopes befriending Monte will help his case but doesn’t expect anything to come of it.

Monte seemed very trusting and was accepting of his fate in regards to his store and even second guesses everything between him and Jeff.  Jeff is undercover when he meets Monte but doesn’t seem able to stop himself from getting to know the man.  I’m not sure if it’s Jeff’s instant distrust and dislike when he sees something that may incriminate Monte or what but these guys seemed to involved for the very little time they spent together.

The cover art by Written Ink Designs is cute and was the first thing that caught my eye.

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Book Details:

ebook, 47 pages

Published: September 12, 2018 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781634864923

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: Smoke and Spots By Deirdre O’Dare

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5

 

smoke-and-spotsWhen firefighter Grady Ashcroft adopts his deceased sister’s son, he knows life will change. He never expected to be a dad, but he’ll give young Jamie his best, even if it means a celibate life in a new home. He does not expect to find the man of his dreams in the Colorado village where he takes a new job, either.

Sullivan Parker wanted to be chief of the Valle Vista fire department when the former chief was forced to leave. Instead, the town council hires a stranger from far away. Despite his resentment, Sully finds himself drawn to the newcomer. He also discovers a need to take Jamie and the spotted pup the former chief left behind under his wing.

Can the brotherhood of battling dangerous blazes morph into stronger feelings for the two men, or will conflict prevail?

 

This was a nice short story.  Grady and Sully meet when Grady relocates with his son to Sully’s town as the new fire chief.  Grady spends most of the book adjusting to life in a small town and settling down into a new routine with little wrenches thrown in by Sully.

 

This story is told from both characters’ points of view which gives you a chance to see both of their personalities better.  They both feel drawn to one another, but don’t know how to interpret the feeling.  Grady is determined to make life good for his son and has resigned himself to a life as a single father because he assumes since he’s in a small town there won’t be anyone available.  This story has a HFN ending that gives you the chance to imagine a future for them.

 

The cover art is nice and connects to the story.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 46 pages

Published: September 3, 2016 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781634862103

Edition Language: English