Review: Get it On (Man of the Month #5) by J Kenner

Title: Get It On
Author: J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Martini & Olive 3/10/18
Length:   167 Pages
Series:  Man of the Month #5

Overview

Skillful hands. A talented tongue.
Meet Mr. May.

Fate’s been messing with veteran Tyree Johnson. It took his buddies in combat and his wife in a fatal car accident. But he’ll be damned if he’ll let Fate take his beloved bar, The Fix on Sixth.

For years, he’s avoided being Fate’s whipping boy through sheer force of will, and now every bit of his focus is centered on saving his business. Until, that is, the first woman who ever touched his heart walks back into his life-along with a daughter he never knew.

After years of loneliness, Tyree’s not prepared for the way Eva’s sensual curves and sharp wit still capture his heart and rekindle his senses. All he knows is that for the first time in forever, he’s found a passion other than his bar. But one final twist arrives when Fate pits the bar he can’t bear to lose against the woman who’s stolen his heart.

He’s a master at red-hot ecstasy.

My Thoughts

The series continues and even though these are all standalone stories, they are all intertwined.  We finally get to see what makes Tyree tick and it’s a sweet story of what it was like when he was younger, and then now still when he wants to honor his wife who passed, set a good example for his teenage son and to still live his life.

Eva is the woman who got away 20 years ago.  They had an all consuming romance, however coming from different worlds, and Tyree being in the military, well things were bound to fall apart.  Interestingly enough, her father is the one who made things more complicated – leading Eva to believe that Tyree was killed on duty and therefore raising a surprise child alone (or rather with a man that her father approved of and chose).

So fast forward about 23 years., and we get to see Elena, Eva and Tyree’s daughter set out on the path to find her father, get to know him, and potentially get her mom and dad back together.

In true J Kenner style, we have a story that’s complicated because there are so many ghosts in the past, a lot of distrust and geography that keeps things from being as simple and easy as they should be.  They are pulled apart but always brought back together because of chemistry that was strong 20 years ago and is still there under the surface now.  When they finally allow it to bubble up, well we get the types of scenes that we come to adore from our author – so hot and steamy that you know that there’s something great if they just let it happen.

The supporting characters of the children make this story a bit more real and deep than other stories in the series.  Elena has her own personality and motivation for doing things and she’s a great kid. (young adult).  What i keep getting confused about here though is what she’s doing in Austin, but i guess it doesn’t really matter.  Then there’s Eli, Tyree’s son and he’s beyond his years.  He’s in high school, working in an internship in the hospital and trying to make something amazing of himself.  He’s also really mature for his age, being a bit of the voice of reason to his father about how they should/could live their lives better given that Tyree is living in the past.

Of course, this story like all the others surrounds the Man of the Month contest at The Fix – the attempt of trying to save the bar, and we see that it’s doing wonders for the crowd and revenue.  Tyree has a sense of positive trajectory here, although there’s the underlying fact that his biggest competitor, a bar called Bodacious is stealing not just his customers, but his menu and now his staff.  So things start to get dirty here a bit as well and i wonder if we’ll get to see how that plays out in anyone else’s story.

All in all a good continuation of the series.  There were times though that i noticed that Eva and Elena were mixed up in names and dialogue throughout the story – but that’s just me being critical.  Anyhow – enjoy and onto the next installment that i believe comes out on Tuesday.

Review: Combust (Everyday Heroes #2) by K Bromberg

Title: Combust
Author: K Bromberg
Publisher/Year:  JKB Publishing 1/20/18
Length:   267 Pages
Series:  Everyday Heroes #2

Overview

Songwriter Dylan McCoy has been burned.

By her boyfriend she found in her bed . . . with someone else.

By the contract she signed that obligates her to work with him until the songs for his new album are complete.

By her agent when she asked Dylan to keep their breakup on the down-low.

When she finds herself in Sunnyville, she refuses to let her new roommate burn her too. Still . . . a rebound has never looked so good.

That’s her first thought when she sees firefighter Grady Malone.
Sexy. Charismatic. Unapologetic. He’s a man who carries his own scars-the ones on his back, the survivor’s guilt on his soul, and the fear in his heart.

When an unexpected visitor puts their roommate status to the test, will their undeniable attraction burn out, or will they both take a chance and play with fire?

My Thoughts

Well i had forgotten the gist of the series to be honest, couldn’t pinpiont what the first book was around, but hearing all the hints about cops, and Emerson being a sky diving instructor, and well i have figured it all out.

so what we have here in book 2 is a sweet story about Grady – brother #2 in the family who is a firefighter, fighting the demons of the loss of his partner 2 years ago during a fire.  Definitely a tough situation for everyone and he blames himself because he wasn’t able to save Drew.  mind you, Grady also had some dire injuries himself so it’s not like he could be blamed.

Then there’s Dylan, a songwriter from LA who has just had her heart broken by her boyfriend Jett – a guy who’s a major music star and sensation.  Jett cheated on Dylan and for who knows how long.  So the challenge that Dylan now faces is that her record label won’t let her out of their deal so she has to write the songs for Jett’s album as much as she doesn’t want to, and so she finds the opportunity to get out of LA to do it, and ends up moving into Grady’s house – out of the help of her brother who’s friends with Grady.

The story we have from there is one of two very damaged people, who of course find themselves attracted to one another but neither is in a place to even be half human to the other so it’s an uphill battle for sure.  We don’t really know how long it’s going to take for each to realize that there’s something there between them, and then the next amount of time to act.  What we do see though is the pushing of parents, friends, brothers, basically everyone else around them to get them to see what is in front of their face.

It’s honestly not until Jett appears out of no where to come and try to win Dylan back that progress is made and the story from there starts to pick up pace.  We see how interesting the chemistry is between Grady and dylan, even with all their insecurities and ghosts.  Their chemistry though is off the charts, it’s hot and steamy and written in true fashion of our author – you can’t quite get enough.

The journey continues, and there are so many ups and downs that you know it’s not going to be easy.  Dylan of course has to go back to LA once her songs are all written and Grady has his life in Sunnyville so it’s going to be tough, and i don’t know what or who will have to come in their way again to make them realize that maybe it’s worth the fight.  All the reason to read on i suppose.  Enjoy!

Review: Start Me Up (Man of the Month #4) by J Kenner

Title: Start Me Up
Author: J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Martini & Olive 2/24/18
Length:   165 Pages
Series:  Man of the Month #4

Overview

Wicked days. Sinful nights.
Meet Mr. April.

A high school drop-out with only his twisted sense of humor and panty-melting good looks going for him, Nolan Wood has turned a small radio gig into a thriving career.

Now a local celebrity, Nolan never wants for female companionship. But he never gets too close. And he damn sure never lets them see the man-or the pain-behind the jokes.

Then a one-night stand changes everything.

Career-focused, goal-oriented, and buttoned-down accountant Shelby Drake isn’t the kind of woman who’d usually catch Nolan’s attention, but her soft mouth, hidden curves, and deep sensuality blow his mind. And after only one taste, he wants more.

But Shelby wants nothing more to do with him. And now the radio playboy is on a sensual mission to convince her that opposites really do attract.

Her pleasure is his passion.

My Thoughts

Well i’m a fan of this series and of how we continue to meet new characters that keep things exciting and dynamic.  Again what i’ve said before and will continue to say, Ms Kenner gives us really good story lines that differ enough to make it interesting and keep things moving while also making sure that we have the foundation of what made the story important to begin with and why we need to have the monthly contest.

So in this story, we are brought the tale of Nolan, the radio DJ that we’ve met before and who is a player of sorts, but often because of the nature of his radio show ‘Mornings with Wood’.  Everyone has an expectation of him, and well, he’s never wanting for female attention because of it.  So of course when he meets his Paradox – a girl who needs to be chased because she’s not at all the kind of girl that he’s gone for before, we get to see a different side of him.

Then there’s Shelby – a CPA that’s linked to Brooke so that’s our grounding factor there – and she’s so prim and proper – doing what’s expected all the time that having a wild night at a bachelorette party seems to be exactly what she needed to not only loosen up, but to meet Nolan.

So their story is a fun one, where the wild guy becomes a bit more tame, and the tame girl learns a bit more about herself and gets wild.  Of course that, paired with some intense chemistry from the moment they link eyes, and well you know that we’re going to get some great romance and passion that only our author can write.

Now of course the expectation is that something will tear them apart, and i guess there are a lot of things that could do that.  One is Shelby’s boyfriend of 4 months – the perfect guy who is parent approved and is exactly the kind of guy that she should end up with.  Then there’s Nolan’s radio show which would ruin Shelby’s reputation at her conservative accounting firm.  Then there’s also Lauren – Nolan’s bitchy ex-wife who likes to point out his shortfalls all the time.  so you can imagine and see the ticking time bomb and i think that it’s important to guess at when and how things will combust and what it will take to get it put back together.

The interesting thing about this 4th installment though is the Epilogue.  We usually get a glimpse into the next match that’s being made, but we’re given a bit of a twist and surprise when we see who walks into the bar this time.  I can’t wait to see how it all plays out because it’s going to be interesting for sure.  Enjoy!