Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review: Kiss of Fate by Deborah Cooke

Kiss of Fate
Dragonfire #3
by: Deborah Cooke
ISBN#9780451226167
$7.99 mass market paperback
Signet Eclipse
Paranormal Romance
Released: February 2009





It has been prophesized that three firestorms of great importance to the Pyr will take place one after another, and if successfully completed, will change the tide of the war.  Two firestorms have been fulfilled, leaving only the firestorm of the King and Consort.  Even though the other Pyr are trying to convince Erik, leader of the Pyr, that the next firestorm will be his, he knows they're wrong.  He's already had his firestorm, and lives every day with regrets over his failed past. 

When an ancient item that can help them win their war against the Slayers surfaces, Erik flies to Europe to retrieve them.  The last thing he expects is to find them in the possession of a fiesty woman who looks almost identical to his long-buried first wife.  What surprises him even more is the firestorm that rages to life in her presence.  Now he must not only retrieve the artifact from her, but decide whether his heart can stand another firestorm.

Eileen has been plagued by dreams, dreams of water and dragons and fire, and doesn't know what to think.  A college professor who studies old fables, she's convinced the answers she seeks can be found in an old story she's become obsessed about, so she heads to Europe.  A frightening situation she finds herself in becomes even stranger when a sexy man turns into a dragon and swoops her to safety.  She feels an instant connection to him, and is startled to realize he's the man of her dreams...literally.  Now the two must work together to keep the artifact from the hands of the Slayers, while trying to figure out a past Eileen knows nothing about, and a future Erik's not sure will happen.



I was thrilled to see Erik get a second chance.  His past has haunted him for some time now, and it was great seeing him finally get the chance for some closure.  Eileen kind of had an idea what was going on between her and Erik, and it was fun to watch her put the pieces of the puzzle together.  This series is fun because it's got a plot that continues throughout the story, so you have to read the next book to see what happens in the great Pyr/Slayer war. The war really starts to heat up (no pun intended) in this book, and I'm anxious to read the next one to find out what happens.  Two more to go until the new release in May 2011.

Carla gives this book a





Review: Kiss of Fury by Deborah Cooke

Kiss of Fury
Dragonfire #2
by: Deborah Cooke
ISBN#9780451224767
$6.99 mass market paperback
Signet Eclipse
Paranormal Romance
Released: August 2008





Alexandra has spent years working on a project so revolutionary it will change the way we live.  She's almost done with it when her lab is ruined, her invention destroyed, and her partner tortured and killed in front of her. 

By dragons. 

While in the hospital recovering from burns, she's nearly put into the psych ward for her nightmares and ramblings about dragons, but is saved at the last second by a strange orderly, who whisks her out of the hospital and to safety.  Turns out his name is Donovan, and he's been assigned to protect her and keep her safe until she can rebuild her invention.  The catch: she's got less than a week to get it rebuilt before the meeting with the investor, and she now has a hoard of angry dragons trying to kill her before she can finish.

Donovan is a Pyr, a dragon shifter tasked with protecting the earth and everything on it, including humans.  When he's assigned to protect the beautiful scientist, he knows it's the right thing to do.  What he doesn't expect is his firestorm, a Pyr's call to mate.  He doesn't want a woman destiny picked for him, but he can't help but be drawn to not only her determination to see the project completed, but her ability to conquer her fears. 

Now he just needs to keep her alive long enough for her to rebuild her project.  Piece of cake.




I loved the idea of the Green Machine, because if we could invent that for real, it would truly change everyone's lives for the better and go a long way in saving the planet. 

Donovan is a Pyr who's unafraid to do what has to be done in regards to the Pyr, but he blanches when he realizes he's been suckered into protecting his destined mate.  The firestorm is the one part of being a Pyr he's always dreaded, because he doesn't think fate should tell him who to sleep with.  Alexandra is a scientist on a mission, and not even the destruction of her prototype and lab by a hoard of angry dragons will keep her from fulfilling it. 

This is the second book in the series.  While the love story between Donovan and Alexandra was beautiful, I also enjoyed the banter between the other Pyr.  All the characters are established now, and are really starting to find their voice.  Because of that, I wasn't confused over all the names, because it was fairly easy to tell them apart.  I really liked the Green Machine idea Deborah Cooke used, because it was something I've never seen done before, and I love new ideas in books. 

And now, I'm off to read Kiss of Fate, book 3 in the series.

Carla gives this book a





Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Interview with author Jon F. Merz

Today we have with us Jon F. Merz, author of the Lawson Vampire novels. Jon, welcome to RomFan Reviews. You just had a book released on January 18th called The Kensei, the fifth book the Lawson Vampire series. Can you tell us a little bit about it?



Lawson is a member of a race of living vampires that have evolved alongside humanity for millennia. He's a Fixer - an elite spy/commando charged with protecting the Balance: the secret existence of his race. To do that, he goes after rogues and criminals that would expose the vampire world. In THE KENSEI, Lawson is battle weary. He heads to Japan for some much-needed rest and advanced ninja training. But he no sooner gets off the plane than finds himself in the midst of a Yakuza turf war; worse, his human lover (and ex-KGB assassin) Talya shows up with an agenda of her own: finding a shadowy figure known only as the Kensei, who is trafficking in human body parts. Somehow, Lawson's got to handle all of this and more and save himself in the process. Not exactly the vacation he thought he'd be having, that's for sure!

As I read The Kensei, I was impressed with the depth of authenticity you portrayed in not only the world, but the characters as well. How long did you spend on research?

The Kensei is the result of several decades of martial arts study - including 20 years of my own study of ninjutsu - and there's an awful lot of myself in the experiences that Lawson has. Ninjutsu is a fascinating martial arts system and what Lawson goes through in the book mirrors what I went through during a trip to Japan in February 2003. That's one of the things that makes this book so special to me - there's a lot of myself in it. I hope that comes through when folks read it.

I see there's going to be a TV show based on Lawson's character coming soon. (http://jonfmerz.net/producer/new-ronin-entertainment/the-fixer/) Can you tell us anything about that yet, or do we have to wait?



I can tell you that we are moving ahead full speed on the production. We expect to shoot the pilot in the first quarter of 2011 and I'm very excited about it. This is an independent television series, meaning we're producing this outside of the normal Hollywood system. That gives me greater control and ability to do the story arcs as I want them done so they mesh with the books. I don't what them to be separate, per se. If you read the books, you can watch the show and the worlds will blend perfectly. That's very important to me as the creator. Also, we will be unveiling the brand new website http://www.thefixer.tv/ within the first few months of 2011 and also the trailer for the show, which hasn't been seen by anyone but our investors at this point. Needless to say, I can't wait to start production - we've got a fantastically talented cast & crew. Awesome people. Just great.

What inspired you to begin writing?

I grew up with a passion for reading, so I suppose it was only natural that I started thinking about my own stories. And eventually, I saw them so much as movies in my mind, that I got tired of not putting them down on paper. After my time in the Air Force, I was working in private sector security doing executive protection and related work. I had time. I finally decided to see if I could actually write something and make it work. My father had passed away only the year before and I was acutely aware of the number of dreams he'd left unfulfilled. I was determined not to leave my own unfulfilled.

I know this question might be a bit redundant, but it's always fun to see what the answers are. What is your favorite thing about writing? Your least favorite?

My favorite thing about writing is getting into the dialogue between characters. I love it when a conversation just goes. There's a back-and-forth repartee that I really groove on. How is the conflict building within the speech? Who's going to have the witty barb this time? I love that. I also love the thrill I get out of writing a good fight scene. So much of my life has been devoted to studying fighting and combat, that when I'm able to convey it in such a way as to make it accessible to every reader - even those who may never have been in harm's way - then there's something really special in doing that.


My least favorite? Probably writing proposals and synopses. I hate that. I don't like outlining and it's something I've very rarely done. I like to write from the hip and see where it goes and how it develops. Outlining, for me, robs me of that surprise.

If we were able to look at your bookshelves, what kinds of books would we find?

A lot of history, a lot of martial arts books, and a lot of cartoon books like Bloom County and Calvin & Hobbes. I also have a ton of young adult series, which I think are some of the best reads out there right now.

What would we catch you doing in your free time?

Playing with my two sons, studying martial arts, reading, listening to music, and creating an unstoppable entertainment juggernaut. I love going out to dinner with my wife and enjoying a good drink.

Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books?

Please visit my website at http://www.jonfmerz.net/ and beside to sign up for my free newsletter, Boston Nocturne, which offers free fiction and exclusive content every month. I have a ton of ebooks available on Amazon.com as well.

Jon, thank you so much for chatting with us today. We wish you the best of luck with your books, and I for one will be looking forward to the TV show when it comes out.

Thanks so much!

If you'd like to read the review we've done for The Kensei, then click here.






There's also an ongoing tour contest which features the following prize - the replica sword used to film the book trailer for The Kensei, as used by Brandon Stumpf who will be starring in the television series THE FIXER (based on the Lawson novels). The sword has the following features.


Overall Length: 41 in.
Blade Length: 28 in.
Handle Length: 10 3/4 in.
Tsuba Material: Copper.
Blade Material: High Carbon Steel.
Handle Material: Hardwood with Nylon cord wrap, flat black matte.
Includes black cotton sword storage/carry bag.


For legal purposes, this is an unsharpened blade, but it's a very nice piece, with great feel and weight. Winner will also get a certificate of authenticity, verifying that this is the sword used in the trailer shoot.


In order to be entered into the sword drawing, readers must buy a copy of The Kensei and then forward their proof-of-purchase to Jon F. Merz at jonfmerz@verizon.net. For physical bookstore purchases, please scan your receipt and for online purchases, simply forward the email receipt. If you buy more than one copy, then each copy purchased counts as an entry - in other words, if you buy three copies, you'll be entered three times.


One winner will be chosen at the end of the tour, in late Spring 2011.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Guest Blog with auhor Franny Armstrong

TIME...What really makes the clock tick?
 
Franny has been very busy lately with writing, preparing for RT 2011 and a new business that when I asked her to throw a blog together she was happy to do it for us.  Check out her new company PNG-StockPics as well as pick up her latest book FIRE'S WITNESS Book 3 in her Extrasensory Elements Series, review coming soon since I just finished it.


~Annette~


Lately I’ve found that the faster I want time to move forward, the slower it goes. It only stands to reason that the reverse is true also. You’ve heard people say, ‘I haven’t got enough time.’ ‘There are never enough hours in the day.’ ‘Where does the time go?’ and so on, haven’t you?

We only get the 24 hours per day that everyone else gets, so why do we all seem to have different scales when it comes to watching the clock? Time management!


Yes, that’s the key. I’ve yet to learn to do this to perfection, in fact, I’m far from it, but it’s something that I strive for. Having a home, family, being an author, running a business, errands, the gym, and so on all take time, valuable time.


How do I learn to manage it more wisely? Sure I could write a to-do-list each day, set goals by day, week, month, even years, but what if I lose it. I usually do the second I place it in my ‘to be filed’ pile that I never have time to sort. Well, that’s not working for me, so what’s next?


I have multiple calendars: on the wall, an erasable marker one on the side of my fridge, a number of them on my computer, and so on. Oh, I suppose you must LOOK at them to get the picture and take the time to update them and cross off the things I’ve accomplished? Well, there goes that theory.


I could hire a Virtual Assistant to keep me on the ball, but that costs money. Hmmm, running out of ideas? NEVER! Time management courses, seminars, ideas on the world wide web and a ton more things come to mind but for now, I take each moment at a time and strive...for perfection. Hmmm, what exactly is perfection anyway? Next blog I guess.


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Friday, March 25, 2011

Review: Kiss of Fire by Deborah Cooke

Kiss of Fire
Dragonfire #1
by: Deborah Cooke
ISBN#9780451223272
$6.99 mass market paperback
Signet Eclipse
Paranormal Romance
Released: February 2008





Sara has never believed in the paranormal, even after she takes over the New Age bookstore when her aunt dies.  But all that changes one night when she's attacked in an alley by an attacker intent on killing her.  Luckily she's saved by a...dragon?  But no, when she opens her eyes, there's a man in front of her, one whose piercing blue gaze makes her think of sweaty nights between silken bedsheets.  Thinking she's crazy, she thanks the man for his help and goes home.  She doesn't expect to run into him the next day, nor does she expect the sudden and potent desire she feels for this stranger who saved her life. 

And thus begins a potent love story, one filled with destiny, redemption, insurmountable odds, and a foretold passion that blooms into a love so powerful it defies fate and heals old wounds. 

Quinn is the Smith, a Pyr with the ability to manipulate and shape metals.  When he feels his firestorm, he's determined to avoid it at all costs.  But the call is too powerful, so he gives in and goes to find his mate, never dreaming he'd find her getting strangled in any ally by a Slayer, a dragon whose heart has turned to evil.  The spark between them is explosive, and Quinn knows he must protect his destined mate at all costs.  The Slayers would like nothing more than to see Quinn's firestorm thwarted, but Quinn will do anything to ensure that doesn't happen, even if it drives Sara away in the end.



Deborah Cooke has created a vivid world of dragons called the Pyr, guardians of the earth and everything on it, including humans.  The firestorm signals the possible mating between a Pyr and a human, but what Quinn doesn't know is this firestorm has been fated to change the course of the ongoing war between Pyr and Slayer if it's completed.  Deborah has written a beautiful story about two people who come together under the most unlikely circumstances, and must overcome devastating odds if they want to be together. 

Sara and Quinn's story has made me believe in the power of love again, and that's no small feat.  I read this series a few years ago, but picked it up to re-read so I'll be caught up when her new book, Darkfire Kiss, comes out this May.  I'm glad I did, because I'd forgotten why I fell in love with this series in the first place.

Dragons, fighting, suspense, intrigue, and love.  Read it for yourself and see what I mean.

Carla gives this book a





Review: Street Magic by Caitlin Kittredge

Street Magic
Black London #1
by: Caitlin Kittredge
ISBN#9780312943615
$6.99 mass market paperback
St. Martin's Press
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: June 2009





When Pete first met Jack, she was only a teenager, and didn't understand the dangers of dabbling in the dark magick Jack was proficient in.  When Jack was killed in front of her, though, she was exposed to a dark and terrifying world few ever see, a world of demons, dark fey and even darker magick. 

Years later, Pete is working as a detective for the London police.  While working a child kidnapping case, she's given the address for an informant who supposedly knows where to find the missing girl.  When she gets there, the last person she expects to see is Jack, back from the dead, his life consumed by his heroin addiction.  The animosity Jack shows her is unexpected, since Pete has done nothing to him, and has spent the last ten years having nightmares of the night Jack died.  But Jack knows how to find the missing girl, so the two form a tentative truce, both knowing it will last only until the case is solved.

What Pete doesn't expect is to find out the kidnappers come from the fey underworld, a place where few mortals enter and live to tell the tale.  She'll have to rely on Jack if she's to survive-assuming he keeps himself clean long enough to get them both in and out safely and in one piece.



I love Caitlin Kittredge's Nocture City series, so I thought I'd give her Black London series a try.  This series is about a dark magickal undercurrent that runs through London, one where demons, fey and other creatures of myth and legend reside.  It's a place that will eat you up and spit out the bones when it's done unless you have not only the smarts, but the magickal ability to defend yourself.  Jack had been a part of that world for years, and knew there was something special about Pete, which was why he'd invited her to do a demon summoning with him.  What he didn't anticipate was the strength or determination of the demon.  And when Pete thought Jack was dead, she panicked and ran, not knowing Jack had miraculously survived.  When she finds him ten years later strung out on heroin, she forces him to detox, knowing that he's the only one who can use his magick to find the missing girl. 

The interaction between Pete and Jack is raw, gritty and compelling.  There's an undertone between the two, one that's akin to a time bomb getting ready to go off.  There's an unresolved history between the two, not sexual, but there's definitely something there that needs to be addressed if the two plan on working together.  The book was good enough that I read the second one, and the third is on my to-be-read pile right now.  The second book draws us darker into their world, and answers any questions we might have from the first.

Carla gives this book a





Sunday, March 20, 2011

Review: Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep

Spider's Bite
Elemental Assassin #1
by: Jennifer Estep
ISBN#9781439147979
$7.99 mass market paperback
Pocket Books
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: January 2010





Gin works part-time at the best barbeque restaurant in the area.  The rest of the time she's an assassin known only as The Spider.  Taken off the street as a teenager and trained in the art of killing, she's very, very good at her job.  She's also an Elemental, one gifted with the ability to control not one, but two elements-Stone and Ice.  She won't use her powers unless there's no other choice, preferring to kill using her hands or a knife.  But even though she doesn't lose sleep over the people she kills, she's got a set of morals that won't let her hurt those who are innocent. 

When one of her assassination jobs goes south, she quickly realizes she's being set up.  After fleeing the scene, she realizes her handler, the man who taught her how to kill, was murdered.  Now she must evade not only the ones who want to see her dead, but also a very stubborn and very handsome police detective who's convinced she needs to die for killing his partner.  Good thing she's not afraid to get her hands dirty.



I have mixed feelings on this one.  On the one hand, I loved it, couldn't put it down, and ended up staying up till 4am just to finish it.  The characters were compelling, the back and forth between them was believable, the plot was solid, and I had no idea who the bad guys were until the end.  On the other hand, I wish she would have used her powers of Stone and Ice a bit more, since they were made to sound so prominent to the story in the blurb.  It's nothing I caught while I was reading the book, but rather when I went back and thought about it. 

Other than that, this book was a very creative and fresh take on the Elemental story line.  I love books with assassins in them, and a story about an Elemental assassin who cooks barbeque in her spare time is awesome.  Anyone who's a fan of urban fantasy should give her a try.

Carla gives this book a





Friday, March 18, 2011

Review: Deadtown by Nancy Holzner

Deadtown
Deadtown #1
by: Nancy Holzner
ISBN#9780441018130
$7.99 mass market paperback
Ace Books
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: December 2009





Vicky has a one of a kind job-going into people's infested dreams and slaying the demons she finds there.  Literally.  It's a great gig and it pays the bills.  Sure, it doesn't leave much time for a social life, but that's why she works out so well with her boyfriend, a workaholic defense attorney.  He's also a werewolf who lobbies for the rights of paranormals everywhere.  There's the werewolves, the vampires, and the recently created zombies.  Right now all paranormals are required to live and stay within the borders of a section of the city, nicknamed "Deadtown".  The zombies used to be ordinary people, until a freak mutant virus killed everyone in the area, then brought them back to life three days later. 

Vicky went to a client's house for a job, but what she found there was worse than anything her nightmares could conjure up.  Turns out the demon that killed her father years ago wasn't banished like she thought.  Now he's back and on the hunt for Vicky, and he'll stop at nothing to see her dead.  But there are darker forces at work, and the demon is just the pawn in a deadly game, one that will see the city in ruin before it's done.




The freak virus that turned a few thousand people into zombies was a neat way of introducing them to the story.  Reading about Vicky's boyfriend as he tries to win legal rights for not only the zombies but the other paranormals as well was written so that you don't think of it as "why should vamps and weres have rights," but rather "why should people with no choice in their fate be punished, and looked upon as nothing more than possessions?"  It's essentially a civil rights case, and I think it was brilliantly done.  As for the demons, the fact that demons infest people's dreams instead of their waking hours somehow seems more believable.  The fact that Vicky can enter their dreams and slay them is just awesome, plus she gets a flaming sword to do it. 

This was a fun read, and anyone who's looking for a different kind of zombie story should give this book a try.

Carla gives this book a


 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Review: Black Wings by Christina Henry

Black Wings
Black Wings #1
by: Christina Henry
ISBN#9780441019632
$7.99 mass market paperback
Ace Books
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: November2010



Maddy is an agent of death, a position she inherited when her mom died.  It's something she can't get out of, but it wouldn't be bad if she actually got a paycheck from it.  To help make ends meet, she rents out an apartment in her building to a tall, dark and mysterious stranger, one who seems to have demons following him.  It has to be, because an influx of demons don't magically appear out of thin air on a whim, right? 

Wrong.  Turns out the demons are after her, mostly in part to a heritage Maddy wasn't aware of, one that involves somewhat holy powers.  Now she has to work with her new tenant Gabriel, who is more than he seems, because there are forces at work that will stop at nothing to get what they want, and that includes Maddy's life.



This was a fun read about a woman who escorts souls to the door after they die.  She gets wings and invisibility to do her job, but it's a lonely life.  When Gabriel rents the apartment downstairs, she's drawn to him but doesn't know why.  She only knows that no good can come of it.  When demons start coming after her with the intent to swallow her soul, she realizes she's in way over her head.  I loved the portrayal as the office of Death being nothing more than a bureaucracy, with all the drama and paperwork to go with it.  She's got to meet her quota of souls or her boss yells at her.  On the side, she makes recipes.  She also has a gargoyle who keeps watch over her and the building she lives in, and doesn't hesitate to tell her when she does something stupid.

It's a great first book by a new author, and I can't wait to read the next one when it comes out.

Carla gives this book a


 

Review: Dying Bites by D.D. Barant

Dying Bites
Bloodhound Files #1
by: D.D. Barant
ISBN#9780312942588
$6.99 mass market paperback
St. Martin's Press
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: June 2009





Jace's day started out like any other-go to her job as a profiler for the FBI, finish her shift and go home.  But once she falls asleep, she has the weirdest dream of following a man in a dark suit through a doorway, and finding herself in an office.  Once there, she's told she's in an alternate universe, one where only one percent of the world population is human.  The rest are vampires, lycanthropes and golems.  The man in the dark suit tells her he needs her help finding an insane human, and if he's not stopped he could destroy the world.  Thinking it's a dream, Jace laughs it off...that is, until she realizes it's not a dream, and she has been sucked into an alternate universe. 

So begins a tale of danger and intrigue in a world just like ours, yet so very different.  A world where humans are an endangered species, where lycanthropes party once a month, and where golems are used in place of guns.  And because vampires, lycanthropes and golems are immune to psychological diseases, none of them are equipped to hunt down an insane human, which makes Jace an invaluable resource to them.



To sum it up, this book rocked.  I love the idea of a parallel universe, where humans are a minority.  The author has done an amazing job creating the world, as well as the people who inhabit it.  There's David, Jace's vampire boss who looks like he's eighteen, but is actually centuries old.  Her reluctant partner is a golem who doesn't know what to make of her humor, but learns to take it in stride. 

It's an edge of your seat thriller ride, one where you're never sure what's around the other bend.

Carla gives this book a




 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Review: Grave Witch by Kalayna Price

Grave Witch
Alex Craft #1
by: Kalayna Price
ISBN#9780451463807
$6.99 mass market paperback
Roc Books
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: October 2010





Alex Craft is a full-time private investigator and a part-time consultant with the police.  Life is good until a high-profile murder comes across her desk.  What seems like a simple open and shut case quickly spirals out of control when a shade Alex is trying to raise goes crazy and tries to kill her.  Shades aren't supposed to be able to attack humans, or so she thought.  To make matters worse, a botched attempt on her life has the one and only Death swooping in to the rescue.  Guess knowing Death personally comes in handy now and then. 

Now her only hope of solving the case before time runs out is to work with Falin, a detective with the police.  They're after a killer, one who has no conscience and no mercy, and who wants to see Alex dead...and her soul consumed.



Carla says:
This was a fresh new take on a classic.  Raising shades, or spirits, has been done in books before, but Kalayna Price has managed to put her own twist on it and make it feel like it was a new idea.  I loved the fact that she and Death were on speaking terms, and he kept an eye out for her, even though it went against his job description.  Falin took a while to grow on me, but he eventually got me to like him.  The characters were well-written and down to earth, and the plot kept me guessing until the end.  Overall, this was an excellent first book, and I anxiously await the next release in this series.

Carla gives this book a



Annette says:
It has been a while since I read a book cover to cover in one day.  The storyline was a nice change from any other story about witches, ghosts and shades it leaves you guessing what will happen next all the way to the end.  The characters were to so easy to fall in love with even Death who shows a vulnerable side when his protectiveness for Alex comes into play.  Alex will be put to the test trying to solve the case before it is too late.  Falin has his own secrets which makes him mysterious and very sexy.  I cannot wait for book two in the series GRAVE DANCE in July.  Job well done Ms. Price!!

Annette gives this book a 





Friday, March 11, 2011

Review: October Sun by Christopher Craven

October Sun
by: Christopher Craven
ISBN#9780983151630
$5.99 ebook
Rebel Ink Press
Contemporary Romance / GLBT
Released: January 2011





Miles has everything he could ask for-a great job as a defense attorney, his own house, and his wonderful husband, Landon.  He's even got a new high-profile case that will net him a small fortune, if he can get the annoying playboy to cooperate.  Not even the news of Landon's upcoming family reunion can put a damper on things.  Yup, things are perfect.

Then his doctor calls.

Now Miles is struggling to come to terms with his diagnosis, while trying to deal with his job and his less than tolerant father-in-law.  Not only that, but he fears for Landon, and what the next few months will do to their relationship.  Will their love be strong enough to get them through, or will it all come crashing down around their ears?



This is a story of how one moment in time can change the course of our lives.  It shows us how one couple is determined not to let something terrible get between them, no matter how difficult it will get.  There's also a bad guy lurking in the shadows, waiting for just the right moment to strike.

This book gave you a true to life glimpse of a gay married couple and the lives they lead.  However, I did have a couple issues with the book.  One, almost everyone in the book threw an object at one point or another.  Second, the author took the story in a surprising direction (sorry, can't tell you anything) and I was left gaping at the page going, "What, no, is that allowed?" 

Other than that, it was a solid story, and I was able to relate to the characters' emotions.  It was a nice contemporary story, and it didn't take me too long to get through it.

Carla gives this book a