A VVivacious Review: Hijacked Love by Ethan Stone

Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5
Special Agent Zachary Pomeroy starts his first day at the Portland FBI Office with a bang. It’s the day of the plane hijacking by a man nicknamed by the media as D. B. Cooper. As Cooper pulls off the perfect crime, Zachary can’t help but pick up clues that might look like nothing to an uninclined eye. But as evidence starts pointing in a new direction, Zachary finds himself exposed in a whole new way. Will Zachary ever be able to answer the question of the century or will the answer continue to elude him?
This was a fantastic read. I have never heard about the plane hijacking by Dan aka D. B. Cooper but after reading the story I read up on the legend and I have got to say this story is interesting both ways, but I loved how the author come up with a possible solution for the problem. It was really amazing. This book makes for a very enjoyable read.
I loved how the story is written, the author manages to merge a lot different strands of content into this story and the story was richer for it. The author manages to work in the prejudice against gays, a love story, the D. B. Cooper case as well as a perfectly plausible explanation for how it went down (though it might not be consistent with the facts of the case). I loved how the author spun out the story, how there were little details incorporated all over the story making it work and making it such an interesting read.
I really liked Zachary and his story, especially how he solves the case. I was a little disappointed by the love story, it felt a little contrived like how Zachary comes off as especially happy about being in an open relationship and then the next second he turns to Phillip, his lover and confesses his wish to be exclusive. The sentiment didn’t ring true especially if you take the former statement to be sacrosanct. That was a bit of a glitch.
Otherwise I loved the story. It makes for an excellent read. It is a very good mystery and the story is very well told.
I also liked how the author was able to merge the prejudice homosexuals faced at that time into the story line in such an effortless manner. I loved how her explanation seemed so in sync with the attitudes of that time but more than anything the clues leading up to the big reveal were amazing.
This book is was so worth my time. I really want to check out more books by this author given how much I loved this one.
Cover Art:. The cover seems perfect for the storyline.
Sales Links:  GoodReads ~ Amazon
Book Details:
ebook, 54 pages
Published April 15th 2017 by Stone Publishing
Original TitleHijacked Love
Edition Language English

A BJ Review: Natural Instincts by M Raiya

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

(3.5 stars rounded up to 4)

Natural Instincts coverDespite being gifted with perfect recall and amazing financial acumen, Kyle’s abusive past has left him lonely and in need of stability and order since stress can cause him devastating physical symptoms. When he takes his therapist’s advice and ventures on a camping trip at a location chosen from pictures online, he finds much more than the peaceful escape he’d sought. Arriving in the middle of the night during a rainstorm and taken on the proverbial road less traveled route by his GPS, Kyle’s entrance into the park brings him immediately into contact with intrigue when he’s faced with a mysterious naked man standing on a picnic table glaring at Kyle with arms lifted to the sky.

I enjoyed this new-to-me author’s writing style from page one, and the story drew me in just as fast. Often shorter stories fail to make me care about the characters. That wasn’t the case here! This author did an excellent job of making me feel connected to Kyle almost instantly. His sense of humor comes shining through despite the angst of both a bad day and a troubled past.

Then there’s Hal and Jon and the mysterious loon. Intriguing characters in their own right. And woven all around them is a stunning setting, because the outdoors and camping are right up my alley.

In fact, this story has many of the elements I look for in a book: humor, angst, past trauma, the supernatural, light BDSM, and hot m/m action. So much potential! The first three-quarters had me enthralled, then rather abruptly the pace sped up, skimming over so much and leaving me with many questions. Leaving me wanting more. I enjoyed this story very much, but its short length didn’t allow it to adequately explore its potential.
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht – The cover captures the many nuances of this short novella. Glowing sun through the trees brings me right into the nature setting, the mysterious and intense gaze of the loon floating near the bottom and the troubled eyes of the handsome man draw me right in.

Sales Links:   Dreamspinner Press         All Romance (ARe)        Amazon           Buy it here

Book Details:

ebook, 54 pages
Published January 7th 2015 by Dreamspinner Press LLC


A Mika Review: Him for The Holidays by Jaxx Steele

Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Him for the Holidays coverDon meets Trevor when he goes home for the holidays. Could a long distance romance be his holiday wish come true?

Donald Bradley is home for the holidays. While running an errand for his mother, he meets Trevor Oxford, who is everything Don could ask for in a man. However, Don does not intend to have any type of relationship with him. Trevor lives and works in the small town and Don lives two hundred miles away in the city. Trevor is confident and aggressive in his pursuit of Don, who is confused by Trevor’s attentiveness. Don wants to run away from Trevor and run to him at the same time.
Could a long distance romance be just what Don needs to start the New Year? Will Don accept what Trevor has to offer, giving him what he really wants this holiday season?

This was a first for me by the author. It was cute while not all the way smart. By smart I mean taking unnecessary precautions during sexual intercourse. I’m a big safe sex person during my reads unless they’re discussed between the two characters. Obviously here wasn’t. I don’t know if I liked Donald or not, I feel like I didn’t get enough of back history for him to make any kind of judgment about his personality. I knew next to nothing of Trevor as well. Apart of me feels like I started reading this in the middle, there wasn’t a beginning for any buildup to happen between the two guys. It went from one meeting, to instant gratification. Some people might appreciate that, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

I wanted to know more of Trevor, he was this guy who came back to town to help run his uncle’s store, and he was also an R.N. Like I said previously I didn’t connect with either character. I wouldn’t recommend this based as it felt incomplete. It ended… that’s it. No grand gestures, no empty promises. I don’t even know if Donald knows Trevor last name.

Cover Art by Posh Gosh. Since we never discussed the guys ages, I’m guessing these two could be seen as Donald & Trevor. They both seem kind of older than the two in the book, though and it really doesn’t invite me in.

Sales Links:    Totally Bound        Others to come:     All Romance (ARe)      amazon            buy it here

Book Details:

eBook, 42 pages.
December 2014 by Totally Bound
Edition Language: English