Review: If I Ever by SE Jakes

Reviewed by Jen

What the hell did I just read? I honestly don’t know.

I wanted to enjoy this book. I really did. In fact, I finally got around to reading book 3 recently just so I could be ready to see how Tom and Prophet’s story finally ended. I’m sad to say, it culminated in a convoluted violent and sexually aggressive mess.

These books have always been heavy in the sex department. Tom and Prophet always connected best when they did it physically — and usually with a little bit of kink. But I felt like all this book was, was action and sex.

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Review: Not Fade Away by SE Jakes

Reviewed by Jen

SE Jakes takes the best of what the Hell or Highwater series has to offer and gives it to readers in one undiluted dose in this little slice-of-life novella. This is set after the events of book three, but it doesn’t get into any of the complicated series arc or backstory, and it doesn’t feature the enormous cast of characters. Just Tom and Prophet, loving, fighting, fu—well, you get the idea.

The story begins with the couple reminiscing about a sex-tacular game of truth or dare they played after the events of book two. But as usual, Tommy is looking for new nuggets about the hidden truths of Prophet’s life. In particular, he wants to know the favors Prophet does for Mal. If you’ve read Mal’s book, you know all about his penchant for BDSM clubs. Apparently, Prophet takes him there sometimes. It’s not sexual for Prophet—he just wants to make sure his friend doesn’t go too far down the rabbit hole.

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Review: Daylight Again by SE Jakes

Reviewed by Jen

It’s been years since the last time I read a book in this series…so long, in fact, I couldn’t remember why I stopped. I went back and read my old reviews for the first two installments. I talked about how they reminded me of the Cut and Run series, and that I liked them. I’d forgotten about the Mal and Cillian spinoff that disappointed me so much.

Anyway, what I got here—after jumping back in—was something of a mixed bag. Some things are done very, very well. Other things, distanced me from the romance and the bigger picture story.

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Review: Free Falling by SE Jakes

free fallingReviewed Jen

It seems I am just not cut out for novellas from this author. As much as I enjoyed the two books in the Hell or High Water series, I just don’t feel like SE Jakes can convincingly sell a romance in a shorter form story. The sex is there, but love is another story.

Blue is a thief. He loves what he does and the rush that it brings. A while ago, he worked a job where Mick was handling the security. They were attracted to each other right off the bat. In fact, they were supposed to have a night together, but Mick never showed and Blue hasn’t seen him since. Until now, of course. [Read more…]

Spotlight & Giveaway: SE Jakes

I recently read both installments in SE Jakes’ Hell or High Water series and really enjoyed them!  Now, she’s re-releasing Free Falling, a story set in the same world.  Please welcome her to the blog!

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Thanks so much for having me here today, so I can shout about the fact that Free Falling’s getting a re-release with Riptide!  I’m so excited about this, you have no idea. For me, this is the book that started the Hell or High Water series (see below for more on that).

Free Falling originally came out in December of 2012—it was the first book I self-published, and I worked with Sarah Frantz as my editor (and she’s now my Riptide editor as well) and the entire experience was simply awesome.

This would also be the second book Prophet inserted himself into (the first was Bound For Keeps).  It was then I realized that the man needed his own series or else he would show up in every single book I wrote.  But for Free Falling, it certainly cemented the bond between Blue and Prophet.  I’ve brought Blue and Mick back in Long Time Gone (Hell or High Water 2) and yes, I’m totally planning a Free Falling sequel, which would happen sometime post Dirty Love (Dirty Deeds 3).  Because I can’t get enough of Blue, my favorite thief, and Mick, the man who’ll chase him every single time.

The great thing about moving this book to Riptide is that now all my EE, Ltd. books are in one place AND Free Falling will now be available everywhere in eFormat AND in print!!! The cover looks gorgeous in person.

Contest:
Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing to win one of three SIGNED copies of Hell or High Water series: Catch a Ghost and Long Time Gone. Entries close at midnight, Eastern Time, on March 24th, and winners will be announced on March 25th.  Contest is valid worldwide.

free fallingSometimes falling in love is the most dangerous thing of all.

Blue is a thief who lives for adrenaline and danger. And when he meets Mick, a mercenary, he’s hit with a buzz of attraction like the rush of a high-rise job without a safety rope. But after making plans to get together, Mick leaves him hanging, and Blue vows never again.

A year later, Mick watches helplessly as Blue stumbles into the middle of one of Mick’s jobs. Risking his cover and their lives, Mick saves Blue and cares for him as he recuperates, but neither man has any idea how to handle the intimacy this forces them into.

Once Blue is safe, Mick redoubles his efforts to take down the drug lord responsible—and disappears. Blue goes after him, determined to return the favor and rescue the man he loves, no matter the cost.

Thanks to SE Jakes for visiting the blog today! Be sure to comment to enter the giveaway.

Review: Dirty Deeds by SE Jakes

dirty deedsReviewed by Jen

I wanted to love this. I really did. It seemed like a slam dunk. I really enjoyed both books in the Hell or High Water series, from which this story sprang.  I loved the fact that one of the heroes couldn’t speak and that he would likely be some intoxicating blend of powerful and tortured.  And as an added bonus, we would finally get Cillian away from Prophet. It’s like the perfect storm… that wasn’t. [Read more…]

Review: Long Time Gone

long time goneReviewed by Jen

I think if I would have had to wait any length of time between the end of Catch a Ghost and the beginning of this book, I would have been a very frustrated reader.  It was such a gnarly ending, with our heroes deciding to each go their own way. But as this installment begins, Tom is already regretting the decision.  He is desperate to find Prophet… to let him know that he still cares, that he made a mistake. But Prophet is nowhere to be found. What only the reader knows, is that he has thrown himself into his work, taking dangerous missions, and is nearing the point of no return.

Until he finally decides to read Tom’s emails.  Dozens and dozens of them, that talk about his life, his regrets, and his concern over his aunt who is refusing to evacuate her New Orleans home during an impending hurricane.  [Read more…]

Review: Catch a Ghost

catch a ghostReviewed by Jen

I am a huge fan of Abi Roux’s Cut & Run series and it’s impossible to read this book and not make a comparison.  It’s not that Tom and Prophet are exactly like Ty and Zane, but they are more similar than you can ignore.  Instead of a pair of unlikely FBI partners, our heroes are unlikely mercenary partners.  Like Ty, Prophet is the younger, sexy, nearly unhinged former soldier who is equal parts charming and infuriating.  Like Zane, Tom is the straight man who seems to have himself together, until we learn there’s disquiet beneath his still waters. [Read more…]