A Lucy Review: A Secret to Die For by Edward Kendrick

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Rating: 3 stars out of 5

 

 

Brian Newell is an average young man, working in a coffee shop. That is, until he learns he’s the sole heir to his grandfather Alistair’s fortune. A grandfather he didn’t even know he had. There is a proviso, however. He has to live in his grandfather’s house for one year, and take care of his macaw, before he can inherit anything.

Conley Finnegan was close friends with Alistair, cataloguing his book collection and tending to his yard. He’s less than happy when he meets Brian, or so it seems. But that isn’t quite the truth. Conley has a deep secret, and part of it requires Brian in his life — but only as a friend.

However, his wishes to the contrary, Conley falls in love with Brian, and vice versa. That small problem, as Conley thinks of it, will impact their lives in ways neither can imagine.

I have to say, I was way off on what the paranormal aspect of this was going to be.  I was so sure but I was wrong.  That  being said, I was conflicted on what to say about this book. There were some things I liked and some things that didn’t work for me at all.  So let’s discuss.

Brian’s parents sort of feel he is wasting his potential, working in a coffee shop and unsure what he wants to do.  They apparently don’t visit much.  When a lawyer lets Brian know that the name he has always known as his grandfather was not his biological grandfather, he is stunned to say the least.  But not only does Brian have to live in Alistair’s (biological grandfather) house for a year in order to inherit, but he has to take care of Sir Kenith, the macaw.  The worst thing for me was he is not allowed to tell his family about Alistair.  I couldn’t figure out how lying to your family was meant to be a good thing.

But that’s sort of a theme through here because Conley lies to Brian numerous times.  Sometimes to cover up who he really is, sometimes to cover up what he needs from Brian and sometimes for no reason at all. For example, he tells Brian that Alistair, his very good friend, never knew Conley was gay even though he did.  Why lie?  “Another lie in the string of them I”ve told him.  A small one, but still…”  Similarly, when Brian asks about Thanksgiving, Conley lies again for no reason.  “Another lie in my long list of them to him.”  I started to feel like it was a set up so Brian wouldn’t inherit, or something similar.  He also is rude to Brian for no reason at times. 

The actual reveal as to what Conley is and why Alistair offered Brian the house happens without Conley mentioning a thing beforehand, just Brian sees it and Conley takes off.  It was all glossed over with so little from Conley that I was confused for Brian.  Brian’s parents are conveniently away for a year?  He has to lie to them about this for a year? Forever? 

I thought this had potential to be really interesting, it was a novel concept that I haven’t read previously.  I adored Sir K and their interactions with him but I didn’t feel the connection between Conley and Brian and I definitely felt like pieces were missing from the plot. 

Cover art really fit the way I envisioned Brian and Conley, especially Conley with his red hair.  And of course, Sir K had to make an appearance, so I thought it was well done.

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Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 134 pages
Published September 22nd 2018 by JMS Books LLC
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An Ashlez Review: Murderous Twins by Edward Kendrick

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Rating – 4.5 out of 5

Blaine Ayers and Lloyd Thomas are identical twins — separated at birth, reunited by accident, and serial killers by choice. Two men, posing as one.

Steve Cooke is a private investigator married to Gary Drake-Cooke, an interior decorator.

The four men’s paths cross when Blaine and Lloyd move into a house across the street from Steve and Gary. What happens next has the potential to change their lives forever — for better or for worse.

Warning: This story contains scenes of graphic violence.

 
You know,  what, as short as this book is I think it was great – I think it had more potential if it were a bit longer and more in depth on the past of each of Blaine and Lloyd, I would have liked to see a bit more in that aspect.
 
It’s typical reasons serial killers exist – anyone who has seen criminal minds will understand.  I liked the neighbor detective and his want to find out what’s going on – I enjoyed reading about his husband.
 
If you want a hot and heavy romance this is definitely not the book for you – there’s none of that in this book and honestly I was OK with that – it fits more with the story than if it had a steamy romance.
 
Once you get to about halfway things really start to get interesting, and I really couldn’t put it down.  Not going to go into much detail due to the nature of the book – hello thriller – but I enjoyed it immensely it was exciting and kept me engaged.  I do think it reads like an episode of criminal minds which, of course, who would hate.Nature vs Nurture.
 
Cover Art:  Other than the cover being twins it really doesn’t lead to the story – not mad at it though, perhaps a bloody item would make it more dynamic!

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Book Details:
Kindle Edition, 112 pages
Published August 11th 2018 by JMS Books LLC
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Edition Language English

An Alisa Review: Snow Cat by Edward Kendrick

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Rating:  3.25 stars out of 5

Artist Wynn McGuire has a problem. An enemy wants him dead.

Sheriff Mick Greene also has problems. Helping Wynn survive and finding the elusive “Snow Cat” that is prowling outside his small mountain town.

Wynn and Mick have another problem as well, their growing interest in each other. When Wynn disappears Mick is certain he’s either dead or has gone back to his old life. Then he discovers the truth about Wynn, just days before Wynn comes back into his life. Will this truth, plus Mick’s ex-lover and another man seeking to kill Wynn force them apart, or can they surmount the obstacles and learn that love indeed conquers all.

This was a nice story but nothing that will blow your socks off.  Wynn is trying to stay alive and get rid of the man after him.  Mick is just trying to keep his town safe but can’t help but want to help Wynn along the way.

I felt as though I was just along for the ride with these characters, I was told what was going on but didn’t feel a great connection to them.  They mystery of Wynn’s enemy was different and didn’t really seem that hard to resolve but I didn’t think the brother coming for revenge did anything to help the plot along other than add some more pages to the book.  Mick stands strong to his values and I liked his caring nature for those around him.

The cover art by Written Ink Designs is nice and like the visuals of Wynn.

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Book Details:

ebook, 143 pages

Published: January 11, 2018 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781634866002

Edition Language: English

A Lila Review: The Man on the Balcony by Edward Kendrick

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Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Mark is a man on the horns of a dilemma. He’s in the midst of a five-year affair with a married man and he wants out … but isn’t sure he can give up his lover.

Austin, who lives in the apartment building across the street from Mark, has his own problems. Two years earlier, the man he loved died in a horrible auto accident. Austin is still trying to come to terms with seeing it happen, and dealing with the aftermath.

After watching Mark from his balcony, making up stories about what he sees, Austin decides to meet him. Will the meeting help the two come to grips with their problems? And if it does, can they move on to something more than possible friendship?

The Man on the Balcony is a cute romance between two lonely men that became friends before they got a new lease on love. I really enjoyed the way they got to meet each other and how it was a bit creepy and a little funny.

One thing that didn’t work for me was the characters’ the internal monologues. They were complete paragraphs and appeared often. Perhaps, a first-person POV may have worked better for the story.

Overall, this is an interesting story with good characters. As any short story, it moved faster than I would like, but it has a strong start to a relationship.

The cover by Written Ink Design shows Mark and Austin, but nothing else. A bit generic, but nice enough.

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ebook, 82 pages
Published: January 19, 2018, by JMS Books
ISBN: 9781634865173
Edition Language: English

 

An Alisa Review: His Secret Admirer by Edward Kendrick

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5

 

When the first note shows up at the restaurant where he works — when he isn’t designing costumes for a local theater — Jim Foster laughs it off. When the notes keep coming, he doesn’t find the fact that he might have a secret admirer quite so amusing.

 

Alan North, a lonely, bookish customer at the restaurant, is too shy to even think of talking to Jim — as much as he wants to.

 

Then the killings begin. Two of Jim’s friends are murdered in what appear to be muggings. However, the detective in charge of the cases believes they’re more than that, and that Jim is either the killer … or being stalked by one.

 

When Jim and Alan finally connect, can they help find and stop the stalker, or will Alan end up dead before their budding relationship can become more than friendship?

 

This was an interesting story.  Jim is lonely and isn’t sure what he thinks about having an admirer and fears that it could be a woman.  Alan is sure that Jim will never notice him but they connect by coincidence.

 

This story is told from both MCs points of view so it gives us the opportunity to see what both of these characters are thinking.  Jim doesn’t have the time or much inclination to find a partner between his two jobs.  He is flattered by the notes but isn’t sure what to think.  Alan is terribly shy and knows he isn’t a catch so he decides to stay in the shadows but once they actually talk and get to know each other he opens up pretty quickly.  The mystery of the stalker was interesting but while important didn’t add much to the story and it seemed that even though they went “slow” their relationship built pretty quickly.

 

The cover art by Written Ink Designs is nice and gives great visuals of the characters.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 151 pages

Published: August 5, 2017 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781634864497

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: Protecting Max by Edward Kendrick

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Rating:  3.5 stars out of 5

 

Twelve years ago, Max Harman survived a vicious attack by his ex-lover Tony. It severed their relationship and landed Tony in prison.

 

When Tony’s released from jail, Max’s nephew Jack fears the man may seek revenge on his uncle. Wanting to buy a gun for protection, he visits Deacon Young’s shop. Deacon convinces him to bring Max by to do the same. Despite his misgivings, Max gets a gun for security, too.

 

When Jack’s fears prove to be correct and Tony starts to stalk Max, Deacon steps in to try to protect him. Can Max’s growing interest in Deacon — and vice versa — survive Tony’s escalating reign of terror?

 

This was a nice story.  Max has been his nephew, Jack’s, guardian since he was six and Jack doesn’t want a repeat of twelve years ago when he found his uncle bleeding on the floor.  After some convincing (not as much as you would think for someone who hates guns) he gets Max to get a gun for protection.

 

We see this story mostly from Max’s point of view so it is easy to understand his thoughts and feelings.  We also get to see a little from Jack which really shows how worried he is about his uncle.  Max and Tony take their relationship slowly and don’t even really begin to work at it until after the danger is gone.  They both don’t want to get emotional with all of the stuff going on and have it hurt them in the future.  Tony quickly becomes an important person in their life even if he could possibly only be a friend in the future, he wants to help keep Max safe along with Jack.  The story of these two was really part of the background until Tony is caught which I think worked out well.

 

The cover art by Written Ink Designs is very nice and works well for this story.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 140 pages

Published: July 29, 2017 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781634864268

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: Nothing in Common, Except … by Edward Kendrick

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Rating:  3 stars out of 5

 

Braxton “Brax” O’Hara is a shifter, a PI … and an art thief. He has no problem with being all three. As a matter of fact, he likes his less than legal job.

 

Kyle Grayson is a member of an all-shifter art crimes team. He does everything within his power to catch the thieves he’s after, and believes he’s found his next quarry — Brax O’Hara.

 

Things take a turn for the worse when Russo, Brax’s partner in crime, wants him to retrieve some blackmail pictures instead of a piece of art. At the same time, Kyle comes into the picture. When the two men meet, they discover they both know the blackmailer — and they both hate him, too, for different reasons.

 

Can they stop Russo, a powerful Alpha shifter? More to the point, can they deal with their attraction to each other when they have nothing in common except Russo?

 

This was a pretty action packed story.  I do want to note one thing that isn’t correct in the book description is that Russo if not Brax’s partner in crime, but is actually Caleb.  Brax and Kyle have much more in common than they think at their first meeting and in the assumptions they made about each other.

 

This story is told from both of the MCs points of view so we get the chance to see how both of these characters feel.  Brax knows that Kyle could never really want him, especially if he thinks let alone knows that he is the thief he is looking for.  Kyle thinks he needs to put their connection behind him but finds that isn’t as easy as he thought it would be.  While this story had a lot going on I just had trouble connecting with the characters and really understanding them, it didn’t help that there were a few grammar mistakes that just glared at me throughout the book.

 

The cover art by Written Ink Designs is nice and gives great visuals of the characters in both forms.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 152 pages

Published: July 1, 2017 by JMS Books

ISBN: 9781634864091

Edition Language: English

A Barb, A Zany Old Lady Review: Let Go of Loneliness by Edward Kendrick

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Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

This is a fairly short, very sweet romance between two older men, perfect for fans of older men falling in love.

Let Go of Loneliness coverFifty-plus-year-old Byron Randall has relocated to take a job as archivist for the local museum, and as he’s moving in to his new condo he’s observed by Jonah Hyland, fifty-five-year-old high end real estate agent, who also lives in the building. One thing leads to another as the two bump into each other a number of times, and they become friends when they find they have so much in common.

After workouts in the gym, a shared dinner at a restaurant, and finally a delicious meal prepared by Byron, they find that their relationship can be more than just friends. Byron hasn’t had anyone in his life in a long time, and Jonah broke up with his money-grabbing boyfriend six months before, so both men are free to date. Though Jonah’s former boyfriend makes an appearance in the story, his meeting with Jonah is more of an apology than an attempt to come between him and Byron.

This story, as I said, is fairly short and definitely sweet. The only thing that bothered me is that after just a few short weeks, the men ended up declaring their love for each other. I think it would have been more palatable had they simply decided to see where their relationship might go. The insta-love didn’t seem to fit with their personalities or their life circumstances.

But nevertheless, I would recommend the story to those who enjoy a sweet romance between older men. The story has no explicit sex scenes and would be perfect for curling up to read on a rainy afternoon.

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Cover art by Written Ink Designs depicts headshots of two older men in the upper panel, the title in script across the center, and a cityscape in the lower panel. It’s so attractive, it’s what made me decide I needed to read this book.

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Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 54 pages
Published September 13th 2015 by JMS Books LLC
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edition languageEnglish