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Nocturne by Irene Preston and Liv Rancourt

Nocturne

Nocturne by Irene Preston & Liv Rancourt

Series: Hours of the Night, Book 2
Published by:
 Prescourt Books on October 12, 2017
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

When a prominent society lady (and, as it turns out, essentially the head of a powerful coven) mysteriously dies at her own party, the only thing anyone knows for certain is that foul play is more than suspected. So it’s also no surprise that Thaddeus and Sarasija find themselves working to track down the murderer. And if it’s not enough to be on the trail of someone (or something) nefarious, they still need to track down the missing grimoire (a.k.a. guide to demon summoning) while Thaddeus is struggling to keep himself in control and Sara is having strange dreams that he is keeping to himself. Recipe for disaster? Probably. But these two just might be up to the challenge.

I was excited to see another installment in this series. There was something about Thaddeus and Sara that drew me in when I read Vespers, and that something is definitely still here. These two have experiences that are so different–they’re even from different eras, really–and through those differences they have managed to find something that works for them. Now, sometimes it doesn’t work as well as others, but I think it’s safe to say that is true of nearly any relationship. There are some unexpected twists to rush down in reading this story, and–I’ll just put it out there now–there are some unanswered questions that remain at the end. But that’s what book three is for, right?

[Disclaimer: This review is based on an advance reading copy provided by the authors.]

Vespers by Irene Preston & Liv Rancourt

Vespers

Vespers by Irene Preston & Liv Rancourt

Series: Hours of the Night, Book 1
Published by: Prescourt Books on September 13, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

Sarasija Mishra knows there’s reason to be concerned about his new job. But he’s not going to admit that to his mother. After being hired without so much as a real interview, Sara drives from Seattle to New Orleans to become the new assistant for the mysterious Thaddeus Dupont. Sara couldn’t even find anything about the man on the internet. But he’s been offered $80,000 a year for part-time work–and his family needs the money.

Of course when Sara arrives and it seems he wasn’t expected, things seem even stranger. And when his new boss sends him away, he resolves to fight–he has a contract after all. But the desire to fight takes on a new meaning when the pair are suddenly attacked in the night, sending them off on an adventure that both excites and terrifies Sara. Until Sara learns what his contract meant about providing his new boss with meals that cater to his special diet…

Thaddeus isn’t sure what to do with his new assistant. He’s specifically always had women assistants, and for good reason. He needs to feed to stay alive, and the act of feeding always ends up a bit more physical than one might think. And the White Monks, the Catholic order that is supporting Thaddeus, have given him a set of rules. Among them: he cannot engage in what they deem to be sinful relations. And they are the last line of defense for his soul.

But proximity and adrenaline seem to increase temptation. And eventually the two of them will need to make a decision about not just the contract, but what they really want out of life. Can Thaddeus provide the sense of meaning Sara’s been looking for in his life? And can it be Sara–not the White Monks–who holds the real power to save Thaddeus’s soul?

Well, my friends, all I have to say is this was an unexpected gem for me. I mean, I read the blurb and figured I would enjoy it. But I was pleasantly surprised at the sense of adventure that carried through the entire story. The pacing here is wonderful, consistent, and sustained. And that’s partly how I read this in a single day, finding it difficult to put it down.

There are some characters I didn’t care for, but I think that’s more just a function of who they are (ugh, the White Monks are not my friends). And Sara is a dynamic character who seems to find himself in a lot of ways during the story. Although the timeline of the book is relatively short, none of the character development seems overwrought or contrived.

Definitely give this one a recommendation. And I’m personally looking forward to the next book in the series.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.]

 

Tall Order by Irene Preston

Tall Order

Tall Order by Irene Preston

Published by: Self-Published on February 16, 2016 (re-release)
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)

Dylan Trevino is back in Texas, though he never expected that to happen. He left for New York to pursue his dreams, even though it meant leaving Aston Winkler behind. Dylan’s new position with one of the worst caterers in town is beneath him. But when you’ve burned bridges and you need to start over, you have to take what you can get. With a gig like a major party at SXSW, Dylan hopes he might be able to wow and surprise his way to something new. But Dylan’s in for the real surprise when Aston (“Win”) shows up to the event. While much has happened in Dylan’s life while he was in New York, Win’s life has changed just as much–if not more. Win’s career as an artist is in full swing. Dylan would love to pick things up where he left off with Win, but he knows he can’t do that. He messed things up, and he’s in no place to contribute to a relationship. And Win can be just as stubborn. Can these two guys look far enough past themselves to make something work?

This was a fun read, with some unexpected twists and turns. These two guys made me smile, laugh, and want to reach in and shake them more than once. That, to me, often serves as the hallmark of a great story and good writing. The ease with which a reader can get invested in the world of the story is a big deal to me. And in this book, it’s easy to lock in and lose yourself in these pages. I give a strong recommendation to readers looking for a quick, fun, and endearing story.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.]

Tall Order at the author’s website

You Can Leave Your Boots On by Irene Preston

You Can Leave Your Boots On

Book Info

Title: You Can Leave Your Boots On
Author: Irene Preston
Published: November 10, 2015
Pages: 92
Publisher: Irene Preston
Author’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★

Review

Travis Boyd keeps his sexuality under wraps. It’s not because he doesn’t want to be out–in fact, he’s made a commitment that he won’t date someone who’s in the closet. It’s just that he’s not sure that his conservative clients in the heart of Texas would be too thrilled with him being overly open about it. And it doesn’t impact his work at all anyway. But when an anonymous dating app sets him up on a blind date with one of the last people he might expect, he finds himself forced to reexamine all of his rules and behaviors for a chance at something different and new.

I found the setup here to be intriguing and it wasn’t difficult to get into the story, to want to know more about where this was headed. And the conflict presents itself very early on. Travis has his rules; Bo has his. Travis isn’t willing to bend; Bo thinks maybe he should, just a bit. But there are certainly implications for them both that aren’t easy to ignore.

If you’re looking for something with unexpected twists, this is definitely it.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.]