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Inside Out by Andrew Grey

Inside OutInside Out by Andrew Grey

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Former mercenary Bull Krebbs now heads up security at his nightclub in Harrisburg, PA. Working the door night after night, he’s seen it all. Though tough on the outside, he’s a little hurt that people find him unapproachable. Then he pulls a cute twink out of line to perform a random search, and he’s surprised when the guy giggles and squirms.

Zach Spencer, graphic artist, twink, and seriously ticklish, isn’t intimidated by Bull. He’s in awe, and when Bull saves Zach from being trampled on the dance floor, Zach finds his inspiration for the superhero in his graphic novel.

Soon Zach wants more and makes his move by asking Bull on a date. Though small, he has a backbone of steel. He’ll need it—their happily ever after is thwarted at every turn, including by Bull’s interloping mother showing up unannounced and enemies from Bull’s past threatening to pull him to the other side of the world.

So What Did I Think?

I really enjoyed this story which had an interesting plot and great characters. I was actually the characters which made it a stand-out.

Bull, he may be growly but he really is such a good guy. Big, strong and a bouncer at a club, his inside is very different to his outward appearance. “He’s like, hard as rock on the outside, but like melty chocolate on the inside.” Bull has had his heart broken and has a hidden past.

Zach, he is young but goes for what he wants and he isn’t afraid of Bull’s intimidating exterior. Zach brings out the best in Bull with his passionate outlook on life. “I love how you throw yourself into whatever you like. Whether it’s dancing, your drawings, your food, you immerse yourself in what you do. That’s attractive.” Zach is also dealing with the pain of losing his parents and being rejected from his community for being gay.

I loved the relationship development between the two men and seeing Bull fall for Zach but found some of the other elements of the story slightly distracting. Dare I say, but maybe some of the plot complexities weren’t really needed. There was enough drama with Zach’s uncle coming back. I found Bull’s past life as a mercenary, coming back to haunt him, and the broken relationship with the Sheik’s son, a bit over the top. However I love the opportunity this gave Zach to play hero so it’s still a winner in my book!

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Make sure to visit Andrew Grey’s website to see an interview with Jesse Jackman where he talks about being the cover model. Click here for the post.

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To find out more about Andrew Grey and his books visit his website.

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The Colorado Heart series by Sara York

The Colorado Heart Series

  • Colorado Wild (book #1)
  • Colorado Fire (book #2)

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Colorado Wild (Colorado Heart, #1)Colorado Wild by Sara York

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

The blurb…

When love sneaks up on you, shoot for the heart.

Billy Bradford has a secret, and it’s bigger than the fact that he’s an assassin. When Tucker Hayes, Billy’s straight best friend, is injured on a mission, Billy acts in haste, kissing Tucker. Shocked by the act, Tucker runs. But desire is stronger than convictions, leading Tucker to hunt down Billy.

The other guys on the ranch are oblivious to Tucker and Billy’s actions as they investigate a new target. Grant Stovall is hung up on his ex, but Roger Burk, their new operative, catches his attention and one small touch isn’t enough.

Meet the cowboys of Wild Bluff Ranch in the first book of the Colorado Heart Series, Colorado Wild.

So what did I think?

Wild Bluff Ranch is full of strong, tough and gorgeous military types, handpicked to form part of an elite and secret organisation. They take on missions to rid the world of the bad guys, missions that bypass ordinarily rules and go under the radar of the usual government organisations.

I loved the action and the multiple characters with a couple of relationships simmering at the same time. Billy and Tucker had a nice story – nothing like a near-death experience to bring people together! – but it is Grant’s story that forms a focus.

Grant has been deserted by the man he loved, with no hint as to what went wrong but he is temped by newcomer Roger. There is a bit of cliffhanger ending and you need to read the second book to find out the end of Grant’s story.

You need to suspend the disbelief that a high proportion of these elite military men are gay or bi, and just accept that Wild Bluff Ranch is a totally hot place to be!

Note: After the ending, the second book is introduced as Colorado Heat but it is actually Colorado Fire.

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Colorado Fire (Colorado Heart, #2)Colorado Fire by Sara York

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

Marshal has it bad, but can he figure it out before he ruins his relationship with his best friend, or will he mess up the one good thing in his life.

Zander doesn’t know if he’s coming or going. Life at Wild Bluff has been easy up until now. His head is spinning and his heart is aching. Can he figure out Marshal’s mess before it puts them both in hot water?

Grant Stovall is in too deep. Should he turn to or away from Roger Burk? If only the answers were easy, and he could be sure. Craig is back in town, ready to serve a burn notice, destroying everything the men of Wild Bluff hold dear.

So what did I think?

In this follow up to Colorado Wild, Roger and Grant get their HFN ending and a Zander and Marshal become a focus.

There is lots of action with Roger on a mission and Craig  (Grant’s ex) out to get them all at Wild Bluff Ranch. There are shootings, bashings, bombs and fires!

I am hoping there will be more books in the series – maybe Duff’s son (there were hints he may have some secrets) or the local firefighter/paramedic who stumbled on some of the ranch secrets? Please?

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I can’t believe this book was only $0.99 at ARe and is still only $0.89 at Amazon.

To find out more about Sara York and her books visit her website.

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