Buck Baxter, Love Detective by Geoffrey Knight

BuckBaxter_LoveD_100dpi_cvr-210x330Welcome to Wilde City, 1924—a crane on top of every skyscraper, a party in every club, a romance on every dance floor, a shooting every night, a broken heart on every street corner and a dirty secret behind every window with the curtain drawn. It’s the kinda town that keeps Buck Baxter, private detective, in business.

For despite his fondness for a cold gin and a pipe stuffed with cannabis, Buck is the best gumshoe in Wilde City. Why? Because he has rules: never make friends, never make enemies, and never ever fall in love. That is until the day playboy nightclub owner Holden Hart swings into town. He’s suave, he’s charming, he’s chivalrous… and he’s exactly the kinda man that Buck will break all the rules for.

From the romance of the Rainbow Palace atop the Wilde City Tower, to the dazzling debauchery of the gentlemen’s parlor The Velvet Viper—from the history surrounding the sinister convent on the hill better known Hell’s Bells, to the lantern-lit opium barge, The Peking Empress, run by the mystical Madame Chang—could Buck be about to unravel the greatest mystery of them all…

The mystery of love?

BUY LINK: Wilde City Press

REVIEWER: Lynn, 5 Continue reading

No Boundaries (Phoenix, Inc #1) by SE Jakes

22405113Phoenix Inc, Book 1

When your past closes in, running isn’t always an option

The jobs Marcus Lowry works for at Phoenix, Inc. Investigations are quick and easy, and they don’t give him the nightmares his days as a CIA operative did. That is, until he gets involved in a case that grabs him by the throat and won’t let go.

Cole Jacobs left behind his old life on the streets to make a name for himself rebuilding high-end and vintage cars and bikes. But when a stalker threatens to kill him—and to hurt anyone who stands in his way—his past closes in on him, and he’s not sure where to turn.

The last thing Marcus wants to do is take on a charity case, and to say that he and Cole don’t see eye to eye at first is putting things mildly. But when the first attempt on Cole’s life nearly kills them both, Marcus realizes that Cole is in real danger, and Cole is forced to reveal everything. Almost everything. Because Cole’s deepest secrets could destroy them both.

BUY LINK: Samhain Publishing (hot link updated when available)

REVIEWER: Lynn, 5 Continue reading

The Last Thing He Needs by J H Knight

LastThingHeNeeds[The]Tommy O’Shea is raising his seven younger brothers and sisters without any help from his drug abusing father and stepmother. Since he was fifteen years old, he’s managed to keep the children fed and out of foster care. It takes up every ounce of his energy and the last thing he needs is romance complicating his life further.

Rookie cop Bobby McAlister doesn’t belong in Tommy’s harsh world, but Tommy can’t push him out. As their unlikely friendship turns into a tentative relationship, they weather the daily storm of Tommy’s life with a lot of laughs and more than a few arguments.

Tommy isn’t used to trusting outsiders, and he’s never asked for help in his life. But when a tragedy strikes the O’Shea family and threatens everything he’s fought for, he’ll have to learn to do both to recover from the brutal hit.

BUY LINK: Dreamspinner Press

REVIEWER: Dolorianne, 5 Continue reading

Enigma by Lloyd A Meeker

Enigma_100dpi_cvr-210x330Who’s blackmailing the high-profile televangelist whose son was famously cured of his homosexuality fifteen years ago? Now in 2009, that ought to be ancient history.

It seems there’s no secret to protect, no crime, not even a clear demand for money—just four threatening letters using old Enigma songs from the 90′s. But they’ve got Reverend Howard Richardson spooked.

Proudly fifty and unhappily single, gay PI Russ Morgan has made peace with being a psychic empath, and he’s managed to build a decent life since getting sober. As he uncovers obscene secrets shrouded in seeming righteousness he might have to make peace with a sword of justice that cuts the innocent as deeply as the guilty.

Buy link: Wilde City Press

Review: Lynn, 5

I was excited to about this book after reading the blurb. I love a good mystery, I wasn’t disappointed.

The story is told by Russ Morgan, he’s a private investigator who’s also an empath who can read auras. He can sense lies, truths and the persons feelings, very helpful in his line of work. He has a real no nonsense attitude and doesn’t take crap from people. I really enjoyed him.

The bulk of this story centers around the mystery. We follow Russ when finding clues and sit in on the interviews he has with people involved in the case. The writing style of the author comes in to play as the story was very fast paced but doesn’t feel rushed. He puts the reader right in the middle of the investigation with Russ, and I enjoyed being privy to the clues right along with him. The mystery itself wasn’t hard to figure out, but what made it so interesting were the characters involved. They were definitely a colorful bunch, but they were no match for our Russ.

I really loved Russ being fifty. Most of the characters we read about in this genre are much younger, it was a nice change of pace to have an older MC. I also loved how Russ was a bit mysterious himself. We know he’s been sober for fifteen years and he lost the love of his life to the bottle, but that’s it. I’m sure we’ll find out more about him as this series continues, so I’m definitely okay with knowing what we know about Russ thus far.

Let me just say, the one character that really stood out to me was Colin. He’s an assistant to the man who hired Russ, and we know his inner thoughts about this young man too. It wasn’t all PG rated! He’s also trying to figure out through the entire story if this guy is flirting with him or just clueless. It was quite funny. I’m hoping we see more of Colin as the series goes on.

There was a line in this story that really jumped out at me, I found it to be very poignant, “It’s sad, in a way, how the body can remember the pain of darkness long after the soul has found the light switch.”

Highly recommend this book to everyone.