An Alisa Review: The Paramedic Who Hated Jazz by Stephani Hecht

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Rating:  2.5 stars out of 5

Bill wants to lead Chauncey down the path of happiness and love, but a tragic even from the past keeps blocking the way.

 

For six months, Bill has been admiring his new fellow paramedic, Chauncey. Yet, no matter how many times Bill asks Chauncey out, he is refused. Bill doesn’t let that stop him, though. He sees something he wants and he’s determined to get it. There is something about the other man that calls to Bill. Plus, Bill can tell there is something haunting Chauncey. Something that could very well destroy the younger man from the inside out. Bill wants to help Chauncey, but he doesn’t know how.

After a horrible incident in his home town of Flint, Chauncey moves to New Orleans for a fresh start. But, he can’t forget one horrible night where his entire world collapsed. He yearns to move on, but can’t. Then he finds himself drawn to Bill. It doesn’t matter to Chauncey that Bill is nearly ten years older. Chauncey wants the other man and decides to take a leap of faith.

When Chauncey’s past continues to block his way to happiness, he realizes he’s still mentally damaged. Will he be able to overcome everything in order to have happiness? Or will he forever be alone?

This story was about overcoming your fear or past to move forward and while that is a great concept the end result wasn’t as great as I had hoped.  Chauncey doesn’t think that he will ever get past what happened to him but after a while he decides Bill is worth a try.  Bill only shows his determination and confidence towards Chauncey but underneath he knows he is risking his heart.

I really liked the premise of this story but felt that Chauncey pushed himself too hard and it was hard to believe that he would get over his trauma as quickly as he did.  I did like how patient Bill was even when Chauncey wanted to go faster.  The one thing that knocked the rating a bit more was how badly this story needed a different editor, there were so many places that the wrong words were in place or where sentences didn’t make sense.

The cover art by Winterheart Design is nice and gives some good visuals for the background of the story.

Sales Links: MLR Press | Amazon | B&N

Book Details:

ebook, 87 pages

Published: February 8, 2018 by MLR Press

ISBN: 978-1-641-22-1047

Edition Language: English

An Alisa Review: Darien’s Omega (Dire Pack Reborn #4) by Stephani Hecht

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Rating:  2.75 stars out of 5

 

Blaze’s dreams just may come true when the top Beta, Darien, finally notices him.

 

For years Blaze had a crush on Darien. Yet, the Beta never looked twice at the shy, small Omega. Why would he? After all, Blaze is the packs’ art teacher. He was never anything special and Darien was way out of his league.

 

Darien spots Blaze in the cafeteria and instantly drawn to the Omega. At first Darien thinks he’s blown things when he’d forgotten that he had known the Omega when they were both young. Luckily, Blaze forgives him. But, just as they are getting close, a danger looms, threatening the entire pack. Has Darien found love only to lose it? Or will they overcome the evil is out to get them?

 

This story did not really click for me.  Darien notices Blaze when he is bullied in the cafeteria and wants to take care of him.  Blaze has been the “useless” omega for so long he can’t believe that anyone would really want him especially his long time crush.  Darien does everything he can to show that his intentions are real.

 

We get to see both of the characters’ thoughts and feelings throughout the story so we know how they were reacting to everything that was happening around them.  Darien is so lost in how to actually date someone it’s pretty bad and not adorable like it usually comes off in books, it takes him basically getting told what to do in order for him to actually ask for a date.  Blaze has to see how true Darien is before he can fully commit himself.  There were so many references to the couples from the previous books but the couples were mixed up within the first few pages of the book and I had to keep looking back at previous book descriptions to make sure I remembered who the characters were.

 

The cover is nice and gives a great visual for the Beta.

 

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Book Details:

ebook, 107 pages

Published: May 12, 2017 by MLR Press

Edition Language: English

Series: Dire Pack Reborn #4

An Ali Review: Stallions and Ice by Stephani Hecht

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

stallions-and-iceSometimes you have to climb a mountain to see the future.

While Brandon loves to go and watch his friend, Nichole, at The American Royal every year, there is no way that he is ever going to climb on a horse. His feet belong on the ground or the ice. As one the of the players of the local minor league team, the Wichita Thunder, all he dreams about is someday moving up to the major leagues. That is, until he meets Nichole’s brother, Brandon.

Brandon grew up in a family that has always been in the rodeo circuit. There was no question that he was ever going to be anything else…until he’s sidelined by seizures and can no longer ride. Then he meets Ethan and he begins to wonder, that maybe, just maybe, his life isn’t over.

Will decades of traditions tear the men apart? Or can they can overcome all their obstacles and be together?

I’m a giant hockey fan and I’ll read pretty much anything if it has a hockey player in it.  I picked this up because of that fact.  I had never read this author before so I didn’t really know what to expect.  This is a short story that was published before in an anthology.  I liked the overall plot and I liked the two main characters.  My biggest issue was that it was too short.  There was a lot going on here.  The reader is given a plot that has complicated backgrounds that incorporates dating pasts, familial relationships, careers, and health issues.  I was interested in these things but the short page count left me feeling like nothing was complete and I had a million questions still at the end of the book.  I would have preferred the author to either make this a longer, more detailed book, or have cut out a lot of the background detail.  There is only so much that can be done in a short story in my opinion.  

Overall this was an average read.  I didn’t dislike it but I didn’t love it either.  It was my first time reading this author and I did enjoy it enough to try her again.

Cover:  I love this cover.  I think it is beautifully done and it perfectly captures the spirit of the story.

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Book Details:

ebook
Published January 17th 2017 by Pride Publishing (first published December 20th 2016)
ISBN139781786515063
Edition LanguageEnglish

A Paul B Review: Flint’s Fury (EMS Heat # 19) by Stephani Hecht

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Flint's Fury coverThe only thing holding Flint together is Victoria Smith.  An activist for the city, she represents what could be in the once proud city.  When she is killed, the string that is holding the volatile city together snaps.  The EMTs and local hospitals must deal with the aftermath of the ensuing riot that breaks out because of this woman’s death.

When Matt hears small stones pinging against the side of his ambulance, he wonders what has gotten into twelve year old Keyto.  When Keyto tells him that there has been a shooting, Matt brushes it aside as an everyday occurrence.  When he learns that it is Miss Victoria Smith who has died a violent death, he knows the city is going to erupt.  No sooner than he finishes thinking that, a volley of gunfire erupts around him.  Matt gets Keyto and himself to the safety of the ambulance but his new partner is dead in the drivers seat.  Realizing that he has been hit too, he calls for backup.

As Matt arrives at the hospital, his boyfriend Lucas, a RN at St. Michael’s is already attending to the riot victims.  Wanting to help his boyfriend, he is told to stay out of it as he is too emotionally involved to help Matt.  Lucas reluctantly helps other patients.

Things begin to settle down after the governor calls out the National Guard.  When the reason for Miss Smith’s death is found out, the pointlessness of both the death and the rioting come out.  However, for the people of Flint’s EMS crew and St. Michael’s, they learn that life must be lived to the fullest.

This is the nineteenth book in the EMS Heat series.  While I have read a couple of the books previously in the series since I live so close to Flint and know a lot of the locations mentioned by the author, this is not a series I have kept up on.  So I guess that is why I was not as emotionally invested in all the characters as I probably should have been.  While there is some romance in the book, it is basically a story of the character’s reactions to the riot and the immediate effect it has on them.  While I found it to be a decent read, it would have been better if I had read all the previous books.

The cover art by Angela Waters depicts two shirtless EMT or firefighters on the top half while firefighters are working to put on some burning buildings in the lower half of the cover.  While the bottom half does depict what is happening in the book, the shirtless EMTs seems to be out of place given the book’s subject.

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Book Details:

ebook, 64 pages
Published October 2015 by Extasy Books
ISBN139781487405489
edition languageEnglish
other editions (1)
Flint’s Fury (EMS Heat Book 19)

Series:  EMS Heat

https://www.goodreads.com/series/48061-ems-heat