An Ali Review: Windward (Mirror #2) by Kirby Crow

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Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Grant’s new-found happiness with his submissive Matty is shaken when he learns that Jaeger Koning, fugitive assassin and Matty’s ex-Dominant, has returned to America. Over Grant’s objections, Matty accepts the FBI’s request to assist in the capture, but Jaeger is always one step ahead of them, and Grant discovers too late that Jaeger’s true goal is to reclaim Matty.
This book was a fast paced follow up to the first book in this series.  In this one Jaeger is a back and he’s decided he wants Matty back.  Matty begins working with the FBI again to try to catch Jaeger and Grant isn’t happy and their relationship hits some difficult times.
Much of this story is more like a suspense/thriller type story.  The relationship dynamics and romance is present but they are only a part of the story.  I think contributed to my enjoying this book more than the first one.  I thought the suspense part was fast paced and entertaining and I truly enjoyed Jaeger as the villain.
The romance was a little more believable in this one but still there’s something about these two together that just doesn’t work for me.  I liked Matty better in this book than I did in book one but I’m still a much bigger fan of Grant’s.  We saw many of the side characters from book one in this (I still can’t stand Grant’s sister).
Overall I enjoyed this one more than the first book in the series.  This is definitely not a book that should be read as a standalone.  You need to read book one first to understand what is going on in this.  I think that if you enjoyed book one you will definitely like this follow up.
Cover:  I like the cover and think it is nicely done.  Neither model fits how I see them two MC’s though.  I would have pictured Grant older.
Sales Links:  Amazon
Book Details:
ebook, 280 pages
Published May 29th 2017 by Bonecamp
ASINB0711STCZH
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesMirror #2

An Ali Review: Meridian (Mirror #1) by Kirby Crow

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Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Grant Baines runs a specialty-tour company with his sister, Andie. The tour part is ushering frat boys around the Gulf of Mexico in his charter yacht. The specialty is that he’s an ex-military psychologist who does favors for the government. When Grant is asked to spend a week evaluating traumatized FBI advisor Matty Sawyer, he agrees, thinking it will be just another babysitting assignment.

Grant is more relaxed in a bondage playroom than he is going on a date, so he’s amazed at how strongly he’s attracted to the damaged but brilliant man who arrives in his town. Grant’s job is to assess Matty’s stability to return to the FBI after Jaeger Koning— Matty’s former lover— is charged with multiple assassinations.

Knowing Matty’s past poses a danger to his family, Grant is determined to keep his distance, until Matty reveals a submissive side that Grant finds impossible to resist.
I was really excited to read this as I’m a big fan of this author’s fantasy works.  Unfortunately this contemporary romance did not work for me.  I loved the concept of the plot but the execution didn’t make a lot of sense to me.  I found myself having to suspend a lot of reality to buy the way things went.  The two men were drawn to each other in a way that I found hard to believe.  Matty had just come out of a horrific relationship and Grant was in the mental health profession.  His behavior was beyond inappropriate.  I maybe could have bought in to it if they had known each other even a month but it’s just a few days before they’re sleeping together and expressing all these emotions and feelings. 
I also wish the author wouldn’t have brought bdsm into the plot.  It just mucked up some already cloudy waters in my opinion.  Matty got involved with it only because his ex (the murderer) made him.  Now he says he craves it.  Maybe he does.  But with all his emotional instability who knows what he really wants and it bordered too closely to the “bdsm will cure your demons” trope and I really dislike that. 
I liked Grant (despite his mega unprofessionalism) but I never got a feel for Matty.  He was supposed to be this great profiler but I couldn’t see it.  He felt very fragile and naïve to me.  I just couldn’t see him in that profession.  There were a host of side characters and some I liked (Grant’s grandfather) and some I couldn’t stand (Grant’s sister).  Matty’s ex, Jaeger was probably the most interesting of them all. 
Unfortunately this just didn’t work for me.  I went into it expecting an in-depth emotionally gritty book and what I got was serious issues glossed over and an insta-love relationship.  The technicality of the writing was good but the plot just wasn’t for me.
Cover:  I like this cover.  It’s a hot, naked guy so what’s not to like?  (I’m shallow like that).
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Book Details:
ebook, 227 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Bonecamp
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesMirror #1

In the Spotlight: Hammer and Bone by Kirby Crow

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Hammer and Bone by Kirby Crow
Published by Riptide Publishing
Cover by: Kirby Crow
Roberto Quintero

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 If that amazing cover isn’t enough to draw you in, check out the synopsis below!  

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About Hammer and Bone

The purest evil lives in the hearts of men.

Carnival mystics. Zombie tribes. Bad magic in the Bayou. Mage-princes, alien cities, and soul-stealing priests. The grim monsters in the worlds of these dark, speculative tales are true horrors, but it’s the people you should fear the most.

People like Michel, a boy pining for his best friend, Ray. But a presence in the swamp calls Michel to avenge another lost love, and he must decide which summons to answer. Or Angelo, a prescient cop who denies his visions until they endanger the man he loves. Or Bellew, an overseer in a shantytown of criminals sheltering a revenant and feeding it from their ranks.

From ruined lands of steam and iron, to haunted Southern forests, to brutal city streets where hope and damnation flow from the same spring, only a few stubborn souls possess the heart to challenge evil on its own terms. Some wield magic, some turn to rage or even love, but the ones left standing will survive only if they find the courage to carve their own paths to freedom.

Even if it means carving through flesh.

STRW Author Bio and Contacts

About the Author

Kirby Crow is an American writer born and raised in the Deep South. She is a winner of the EPIC Award and the Rainbow Award, and is the author of the bestselling “Scarlet and the White Wolf” series of fantasy novels. Kirby and her husband and their son share an old, lopsided house in the Blue Ridge with a cat. Always a cat.

Her published novels are:

Prisoner of the Raven (historical romance)
Scarlet and the White Wolf: The Pedlar and the Bandit King (New Adult fantasy, m/m, Torquere Press)
Scarlet and the White Wolf: Mariner’s Luck (New Adult fantasy, m/m, Torquere Press)
Scarlet and the White Wolf: The Land of Night (New Adult fantasy, m/m, Torquere Press)
Angels of the Deep
 (paranormal/horror)

Circuit Theory (novella, scifi, Riptide)
Coming Soon:


Malachite (speculative m/m, New Adult, 2015)
Poison Apples (collection, dark fantasy, m/m, 2015)
Scarlet and the White Wolf 4 
(New Adult fantasy, m/m, 2015)

For upcoming news of her future novels, visit her website at http://KirbyCrow.com

Book Details:

ebook, 250 pages
Published March 2nd 2015 by Riptide Publishing (first published February 28th 2015)
ISBN139781626492042
edition languageEnglish
Sales Link:  Riptide Publishing