Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday's Series Spotlight: The Adrien English Mysteries by Josh Lanyon

Fatal Shadows (#1)
Someone's out to get Los Angeles bookseller Adrien English. His best friend has been viciously murdered, now he's getting weird phone calls and sinister gifts from a mysterious "admirer". The cops think he's trying to divert suspicion from himself—with the exception of sexy and homophobic homicide detective Jake Riordan.

Is Riordan really such a great detective—or does he have a few secrets of his own? Is his offer to help Adrien on the level or is he out to nail his favorite suspect—to the wall?

A Dangerous Thing (#2)
 Suffering from writer's block and frustrated with his tentative relationship with hot but closeted L.A.P.D. Homicide Detective Jake Riordan, gay bookseller and mystery writer Adrien English travels to northern California where he finds a body in his front drive. By the time the sheriffs arrive, the body has disappeared, and Adrien once again finds himself playing amateur sleuth. But when the game turns deadly, Adrien turns to Jake. Jake may be confused about some things, but keeping his lover alive is not one of them--no matter what the cost.

The Hell You Say (#3)
After bookstore clerk Angus flees following terrifying death threats, owner Adrien must contend with a mysterious Satanic cult, a hot and handsome university professor, and his on-again/off-again relationship with closeted LAPD Homicide Detective Jake Riordan.

Death of a Pirate King (#4)
Gay bookseller and reluctant amateur sleuth Adrien English's writing career is suddenly taking off. His first novel, Murder Will Out, has been optioned by notorious Hollywood actor Paul Kane. But when murder makes an appearance at a dinner party, who should be called in but Adrien's former lover, handsome closeted detective Jake Riordan, now a Lieutenant with LAPD -- which may just drive Adrien's new boyfriend, sexy UCLA professor Guy Snowden, to commit a murder of his own

The Dark Tide (#5)
As if recovering from heart surgery beneath the gaze of his over-protective family wasn’t exasperating enough, someone keeps trying to break into Adrien English’s bookstore. What is this determined midnight intruder searching for?

When a half-century old skeleton tumbles out of the wall in the midst of the renovation of Cloak and Dagger Bookstore renovation, Adrien turns to hot and handsome ex-lover Jake Riordan -- now out-of-the closet and working as a private detective.

Jake is only too happy to have reason to stay in close contact with Adrien, but there are more surprises in Adrien’s past than either one of them expects -- and one of them may prove hazardous to Jake’s own heart.

The mysteries that Adrien finds himself involved in are well written and compelling that had me not wanting to put it down till I reached the last page.  Jake certainly had me wanting to reach into the book and give him a good shake and talking to on more than one occasion.  Adrien definitely has his hands full with Jake, murder, his bookstore, and everything else that comes through his door.  If you like murder mysteries and M/M romance, then this is definitely a series to add to your TBR list.


Author Bio:
A distinct voice in gay fiction, multi-award-winning author JOSH LANYON has been writing gay mystery, adventure and romance for over a decade. In addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and novels, Josh is the author of the critically acclaimed Adrien English series, including The Hell You Say, winner of the 2006 USABookNews awards for GLBT Fiction. Josh is an Eppie Award winner and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist.

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Fatal Shadows (#1)

A Dangerous Thing (#2)

The Hell You Say (#3)

Death of a Pirate King (#4)

The Dark Tide (#5)

Too Much to Lose by Samantha Holt

TITLE – Too Much to Lose
SERIES – Dirty Little Secrets
AUTHOR – Samantha Holt
GENRE – Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION DATE – 5th September
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) - 75000

Have you ever been so desperate you made a decision that would haunt you forever?

Jess has.

She became a porn star.

Jess is on the run from her past. She has no friends, no life. She tries to forget everything that happened to her all those years ago. After changing her image, leaving her home and getting a new job, she’s determined it won’t happen again. If that means never being close to anyone ever again, then so be it.

If only Hunter O’Reilly didn’t make her wish things could be different.

Hunter needs this job. After being screwed over by his partner—make that ex-partner—his investigation business is on the line. Already in debt, he eagerly takes on the job of finding some stolen money at triple his going rate and all leads point in Jess’s direction. He expects problems at that price. But he doesn’t expect to fall for her.

However, no job is ever that simple. When he’s forced to spend more time with her, the lines between business and pleasure are blurred. And once Jess’s life comes under threat, they have to make a decision, can they both overcome Jess’s past?

This is one of those stories that make you just want to reach into the book and bang the main character's heads together and yell at them "Talk to each other!"  Lack of communication about each of their pasts has the potential to really blow everything to hell, you just keep expecting the ball to drop at nearly every turn of the page.  Of course, it wouldn't be much of a story if everything was out in the open, but it doesn't stop the reader from wanting to pound some sense into Jess and Hunter.  Sometimes I'm asked about angst levels, which is hard for me to determine because what most people classify as angst I call drama.  I think there's a double layer of suspense here.  First, you have the job that Hunter is hired to do but you also have the "will this be the page that their secrets come back to bite them in the ass?" suspenseful anticipation shadowing their every moment together.


     “I won’t apologize for behaving like a gentleman,” I snap.
     Both brows rise and she crosses her arms across her chest. “Is that what that was? Behaving like a gentleman? Because it looked to me like you were acting like… like…”
     “Say it.”
     “Like a fucking jilted lover.”
     Godammit. Now I’ve got visions of all the things I would do to her if I really were her lover. I can just imagine peeling off that tight t-shirt, taking down those little shorts. Tearing into her tights. Feeling that warm skin against mine. Tasting it. I hold back a groan and focus on her blazing eyes. And not on the way the street lights highlight her slightly golden skin, or brings out tiny blonde streaks in her hair.
     “You know what, it’s too much. Just back off, please.”
     I stiffen. What the hell?
     “Just because I’m handling your account and you come to the bar a lot doesn’t mean we’re friends. And just because I—”
     “Hit me in the head with a door?”
     “I said I was sorry! Look, I think you should find somewhere else to drink from now on. The regulars won’t welcome you back.”
     Christ, if I’d been thinking with my head instead of my cock, I would have played this whole thing better. I am better than this. Problem is, if I’m not following her or spending time with her, she’s all I think about. I have been acting crazy. And I’m just about to screw up the best paying case of my life. I need to salvage this. Fast.
     “I’m not going anywhere.” I take a step forward and see the flutter of panic in her eyes. “I like you.
     “Hunter—” Her hands land on my chest as I come closer. If I glance down will I see smoke rising? As it feels as though her palms must be singeing a hole in my shirt. I don’t even want to think about how hot and hard my cock is.
     “I don’t know why, Jess, but I can’t stop thinking about you…”
     At some point I’ve stopped lying. Shit, what is it about this woman that makes me lose control of my mouth?
     “Well, I don’t like you,” Jess declares.
     "Sure about that?” I murmur as I lower my head.
     She looks up at me, the whole deer caught in the headlights expression on her face, and I feel gratified she’s as lost as I am. If I don’t get to taste those lips, I’m going to go insane. I need to know.
     “Just one taste,” I whisper against her lips.
     She nods. I think. Well, she doesn’t move. Jess seems to be frozen but her fingers dig into my chest and I take that as the go ahead. I skim my lips over hers and dart my tongue out to sample the seam of her lips. She tastes so good. My body is on fire with need. Hands landing on her hips, I hold her close and pin her forcefully against me. She gasps, giving me the opportunity to take her mouth in a deep, desperate kiss. Her tongue meets mine and I close my eyes so I can concentrate on the sensation.
     Jess bunches my shirt in her hands. I think I hear a button snap. But it’s not enough. If I’m going to do this once, I’m going to do it properly. I bring my hands up to her face and cup both cheeks, bending her back marginally. She’s vulnerable and open to me, her breasts are crushed against my chest and her heart thuds wildly against my skin.
     Rocking my hips into her, I press deeper still, holding her face vehemently. The tiniest moan echoes between us and I answer it with a groan.
     “So good.” I break away briefly to drag my lips across her cheek to her ear. “You taste so good.”

Please tells us a little bit about the main characters of your book:
Hunter O’Reilly
Originally from Ireland, Hunter came over to the UK as a boy when his mother left his alcoholic father. Determined and intelligent, he will do all he can to prove he’s nothing like that man who abandoned them. After being screwed over by his business partner, his private investigation company is sinking and he’s about to lose everything. Which is where Jessica Callahan comes in…

Jessica Callahan
Jess has just scored a decent job working in a bank after two years of studying hard and working for crappy tips in a London Irish bar. No one has figured out who she is since moving to London and she hopes to keep it that way. Finally her life is coming together. After running away for an abusive home and falling into the world of porn, she never wants to go back to that life and she will do all she can to keep it hidden—to the point of keeping anyone and everyone out of her life. Even the gorgeous Hunter O’Reilly can’t be allowed into her life, no matter how hard it is to deny him.

Author Bio:
Samantha lives in a small village in England with her gorgeous twin girls and husband who is a trained bodyguard and ex-soldier. She traditionally writes historical romances involving chivalrous knights and hot highlanders, but occasionally dabbles in contemporary romance.

Author Links:

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2 x ecopies of Not Another Soldier

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