Review of Eleventh Hour by Elin Gregory

Eleventh Hour by Elin Gregory

Borrowed from the Secret Intelligence Service cipher department to assist Briers Allerdale – a field agent returning to 1920s London with news of a dangerous anarchist plot – Miles Siward moves into a ‘couples only’ boarding house, posing as Allerdale’s ‘wife’. Miles relishes the opportunity to allow his alter ego, Millie, to spread her wings but if Miles wants the other agent’s respect he can never betray how much he enjoys being Millie nor how attractive he finds Allerdale.

Pursuing a ruthless enemy who wants to throw Europe back into the horrors of the Great War, Briers and Miles are helped and hindered by nosy landladies, water board officials, suave gentlemen representing foreign powers and their own increasing attraction to each other.

Will they catch their quarry? Will they find love? Could they hope for both?

The clock is ticking.

Review: A huge ***** from me.

I am new to Elin Gregory’s writing, but I heard great things about Eleventh Hour, and after a particularly fractious day, I treated myself to the book. I was not disappointed. I have a particular fondness for tales set in the first half of the twentieth century, and Elin’s expert touch drew me into the pre-war non-technological world. There is something much more exciting about an era where it was people rather than gadgets that did the legwork, and coded messages have to be left in unexpected places.

Briers and Miles are joy to read, particularly as they get to know each other. Elin handled Miles to Millie in a way I didn’t expect. I’m used to stories where the ‘wife’ stomps around unhappy at having to play a woman. This was different, and such a pleasure in the way Briers reacts to Miles’ night-time revelation, and then takes time to court him.

Much of the book is based in a boarding house, and I loved the way Elin describes the relationships between the couples, and especially Miles posing as a woman. There is a particularly delicate scene between Millie and one of the other wives under the guise of hemming a skirt.

I’m not going to give it away , but Eleventh Hour was a good old-fashioned romp of a plot. This book is a joy to read and if you like stories about spooks and old-fashioned thrillers in a London setting, with a large dose of romance, I highly recommend this book.

Highly recommended.

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A suggested similar book I’ve enjoyed.

London, the 1930s: With the cooperation of a top-ranking scientist and his son, Tom Langton and Robert Darnley are sent in as bait for a gang that uses blackmail to steal industrial secrets at a time when Hitler’s rise to power in Germany threatens Europe. The two men are friends, but they each have secrets of their own – and both are well aware that homosexuality is against the law. Living in close quarters, having to portray an illegal relationship, adds unexpected tensions to an already dangerous situation.

Audiobook: Review of Guarding Morgan by RJ Scott

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Guarding Morgan is the first book in the Sanctuary Series by R J Scott. I absolutely loved audio version of this book. Sean Crisden’s voice is perfect for the narration, bringing perfect angst and atmosphere to the reading.

The book drops the reading directly into the drama of Morgan, and innocent witness to a murder, fleeing for his life after his FBI safe house has been compromised (meaning there was a shoot out and more killing). Morgan follows the flight plan drilled into him by his FBI close protection officer, to run to his former partner who retired from the FBI after a life changing injury.

I cared for Morgan from the outset. His situation of being a normal guy caught in the wrong place at the right time is chillingly realistic. Nick, the growly giant of a former FBI agent who now works for Sanctuary – protecting people no other agency can keep safe – is planning some R&R after a tough case when he gets an anguished call from his former partner to rescue his client.

The tale is gripping, funny, romantic, hot and sweet. With a happy ever after for Morgan and Nick that leads beautifully into the next book in the series.

Do yourself a favour and fall into the exciting world of witness protection and hot men. What more could you need?

 

I was given a complimentary copy of the audio book in return for an honest review.

LISA’S REVIEW OF THE DATING GAME BY JAY NORTHCOTE (AUDIOBOOK)

Written by: Jay Northcote

Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies

Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins 

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date:13/03/2015

Publisher: Jaybird Press

Buy link: Audible.co.uk

Blurb: 

Five sex-free dates. How hard can it be?

When they were at uni, Owen always had a bit of a crush on Nathan. But Nathan was apparently straight, and Owen was too busy with other guys to take his crush seriously.

When Nathan moves back to Bristol after a year away, Owen hears that Nathan has come out of the closet, and he propositions him. Nathan doesn’t want to be just another notch on Owen’s bedpost, though, so he challenges Owen to prove he can be serious: five dates before they have sex.

Owen doesn’t think that sounds too difficult. He’s expecting Nathan to find his charms irresistible anyway. But as they grow closer, Owen begins to care more about proving himself to Nathan than he does about getting him into bed.

Lisa’s Review:

I loved this story so when I was offered the chance to review the audiobook version, I jumped at it. I love Jay’s writing and the ease with which she draws you into Nathan and Owen’s world, but hearing that world brought to life by Matthew Lloyd Davies was something else entirely.

I have to admit, at first, I wasn’t sure I liked his voice. Not that it’s not a beautiful voice, it is. A very proper English gentleman’s voice like Colin Firth’s that I would be more than happy to listen to all day – but I was a bit concerned as to whether he would pull off some of the more… shall we say… intimate scenes? And, having already read the book, I knew there was more than one.

I was, however, completely wrong about the intimate bits and found myself drawn in by his characterisation of Nathan and Owen, and the secondary characters, Simon, Jack and Kirsty. He brought them to life before my very ears and I listened to the whole thing in one go! His narration was gorgeous with the right amount of inflection, the subtle change in tone for each character and the right amount of emotion.

I loved it and can’t wait to hear the sequel in that silky smooth voice.

The Dating Game (Audiobook) gets a well deserved 5 Stars!

 

Review: A Case of Possession by KJ Charles

                                                 

  A Case of Possession by KJ Charles

Magic in the blood. Danger in the streets.

A Charm of Magpies, Book 2

Lord Crane has never had a lover quite as elusive as Stephen Day. True, Stephen’s job as justiciar requires secrecy, but the magician’s disappearing act bothers Crane more than it should. When a blackmailer threatens to expose their illicit relationship, Crane knows a smart man would hop the first ship bound for China. But something unexpectedly stops him. His heart.

Stephen has problems of his own. As he investigates a plague of giant rats sweeping London, his sudden increase in power, boosted by his blood-and-sex bond with Crane, is rousing suspicion that he’s turned warlock. With all eyes watching him, the threat of exposure grows. Stephen could lose his friends, his job and his liberty over his relationship with Crane. He’s not sure if he can take that risk much longer. And Crane isn’t sure if he can ask him to.

The rats are closing in, and something has to give…

Review by Aurore Rose

A Case of Possession is book two in the A Charm of Magpies Series. It can be read on it’s own but you will not get the full effect of the characters or the relationships the characters have with one another. It is my suggestion that you read The Magpie Lord first.

I had not read The Magpie Lord when I was asked to review A Case of Possession. I read the first two chapters and stopped. I could not do a review on a second book in a series when I haven’t even read the first one. So that is what I did. I read The Magpie Lord through without putting it down, it was that good. By this time I was excited to see what awaited me in the second book, A Case of Possession, the one I am to review. It was the same as the first, so good I couldn’t put it down.

The book read like a four hundred page novel, in that it was full of adventure, mystery, other wordly factors and off course relationships. It did not drone on like a dry wordy story. The story is fast paced and when you are finished reading it in one sitting, because you’ll want to do that, you’ll want the story to continue.

Being the mystery buff that I am, this had me guessing all the way to the end. It’s that well written.

Lord Crane is a hard man to describe. He’s judged harshly just because of his father and brother’s reputation, a judgement he doesn’t deserve. He has done scrupulous things but he’s not a hateful man or a monster.

When it comes to Stephen Day, there is more there than what is initially  seen. He’s afraid to come out of the closet because it may mean he loses his friends and his occupation. I like how he was written, strong on the outside not needing anyone but on the inside he’s terrified of his heart.

My favorite character is Merrick, he’s in a class of his own.

Want to know more, I highly suggest reading this series. I cannot wait for the third one to come out.

I give this book five stars.

 

Review: Personal Changes by K.C. Wells

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Review K.C Wells – Personal Changes  5 out of 5 stars

An absolute MUST READ!! Personal Changes is the brilliant sequel to K.C Wells’ Making it Personal. This book made me smile, tear up, despair and rejoice. I loved every moment of it!

I sat down for a cup of tea this morning and decided I would read for 15 minutes. Several hours later someone knocked on my front door destroying my short reading break. It was the best way to spend a day. The story hooked me and I was carried through Rick’s journey. I didn’t want it to end.

I loved the story line of this book. We get a glimpse into Rick Wentworth’s life before his epiphany about one night stands. And then we get to see his personal growth. What made this book so easy to love was Rick’s failed relationship. It had a sense of realism, because while many of us would like to decide to settle down and then find the perfect mate, it doesn’t always happen that way.

My favourite thing was Blake and Will, but mostly Blake. His understated encouragement and support of Rick made me smile many times. Blake is the type of friend and boss everyone dreams of. Will was brilliant too! His character charmed me in Making It Personnel and this book made me love him more. I really enjoy when a sequel that focuses on different characters still allows you to see so much of the original characters that made the book/series great. This was so well done by K.C.

Angelo was yummy!!! He was a wonderful character full of depth and feeling. Angelo and Rick together, was HOT! The pair were sweet and funny and charismatic. You really feel their joy, hope, pain and love. Their families where different and yet that dynamic only increased the pleasure of reading this book. Rick’s sister is a highlight. I love her! I think I might want to be her! As soon as you read Personal Changes you will know why.

Angelo’s sister was involved in one of my favourite moments of this book. Angelo’s decision and her support of him was wonderful.

I could probably write pages of things I loved, but, what it all boils down to for me was that this book was a great read. It had well developed characters, great plot and true feelings and emotions. K.C Wells has the knack for making the reader feel what the characters are feeling. She is a truly talented author and this was another excellent book. I could happily sit down and read it again right now.

Blurb

The sequel to Making it Personal…

Rick Wentworth has had enough of one night stands and quickies in clubs. It takes a night of uncharacteristic hedonism to make Rick admit what he really wants – someone to love him. But for that to happen, he needs to make some changes. Rick can do that. After all, what’s the alternative? And when he meets a guy who ticks all his boxes, he can’t believe his luck. His boss Blake Davis, and Blake’s fiancé Will Parkinson, however, aren’t convinced. They want to know more about Mr. Perfect, and their instincts are keener than Rick’s. Both men want to protect him. As it turns out, they needn’t have worried. Rick has a guardian angel…

When Angelo Tarallo sees Rick for the first time, it’s a match made in Heaven, as far as he’s concerned. And when he rescues Rick from danger, it gives him the opportunity to get to know the man who has captivated him. Before long, it’s plain to both men that this could lead somewhere. But when Angelo’s traditional Sicilian family finally discover what he’s been hiding from them for so long, an ultimatum spells heartache for the lovers – and worse.

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Review: Bodyguard to a Sex God by RJ Scott

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Review by Aurore Rose

Adam gets stuck with convention detail when he is forced on an assignment to be the bodyguard to a ‘pretty boy’, otherwise known as actor Logan Brady. Logan has received threats and was involved in a near miss ‘hit and run’ it’s Adam’s responsibility to ensure Logan’s safety on U.K. soil, but Adam has to fight his attraction for the closeted TV star.

Logan is freaking out not only from the threats to his life but to the secrets he has held for years to be able to stay on top in the television business. He has a lot of decisions to make that doesn’t impact just him, but his best friends and fellow actors as well. Everything comes to a breaking point in the U.K. and he can’t fight his attraction to Adam. However, his stalker is still lurking and their personal relationship may just stand in the way of their professional one.

Body Guard to a Sex God by Rj. Scott is crazy good. Not only are the main characters strongly written, so are the sub characters. The writing makes it very easy for the readers to feel what the characters are feeling.  This is a fun whodunit lite read that will keep you guessing until the very end. Just when you figure it out, the game changes.

The story technically takes place in only a few days. Rj Scott has written it to feel like it takes longer for things to run its course. It didn’t feel rushed even though the timeline was much shorter than the reader was made to feel.

This story gets a five star rating. If you are a fan of Rj Scott, this is a must read. If you have never read anything by Rj Scott this is a good place to start.

Rating: 5 stars