Bad Judgment by Sidney Bell

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Bad Judgment: by Sidney Bell
Release Date: September 19, 2016
Pages: 322 • Format:eARC
Published By:Carina Pres
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Embry Ford was a quiet, ordinary guy—until tragedy ripped his life apart. Now he’s living under the radar, desperate to hide his identity and determined to learn the truth behind what happened. Even if that means working for—and bedding—a man he loathes.

As a bodyguard to a shadowy arms dealer, Brogan Smith knows distractions can kill as easily as a bullet. But when he sets his eyes on his client’s sexy assistant, he can’t get him out of his mind. Even more unnerving: the closer he gets to Embry, the more Brogan starts to suspect he might be protecting the wrong man.

Embry was sure nothing but vengeance would satisfy him—until Brogan offers him something far more tempting. Now Embry must choose: punish the people who nearly destroyed him or fight for a future with the man who has become his entire world.

These were my initial thoughts up until 38%

I have so many thoughts swirling around in my head regarding this story. For a new author, and for her first book this was really well written. The ANGST!!! Jeez lady, tone it down a notch! I am not one for angst to this degree, but I do love mystery/thrillers. I’m not use to romantic suspense, and I might look into a few because I enjoyed this.

Brogan, Brogan, Brogan. He’s that one friend who is amazingly sweet, and super freaking dense when it comes to his own love life. He’s the guy that will literally move mountains for the guy he’s in love with. It was so many times, I just wanted him to say eff this and I’m out. Gosh, it shouldn’t be this hard to love someone. I am with Mario. I wanted Brogan to find some good dude who’s stable, and not cray cray, and nice. But the heart wants what the little head does. LOL. Brogan is definitely a good guy. I loved his charisma, and just his need to protect. I really enjoyed him as a character. But good Lord, the man is dumb. There ain’t enough Ghirardelli brownies in the world for me to be chasing around somebody as ornery as Embry. Brogan is maybe fated in life to be the smart ass in the relationship. He knows how to push buttons, and for sure knows how to get what he wants. I was super surprised when my emotions started getting the best of me while reading this.

Embry reminds me alot like Moriarty from the BBC version of Sherlock. I mean, you never know what you are going to get with him. He’s basically a grumpy bear. I won’t go into the plot, but it was good. Embry is that guy who is afraid to love, and be loved. He had a hard time grasping the little nuisances that Brogan tried to give him. Embry did grown on me, and I guess I had no choice because Brogan liked him.

I did find myself stalled out in the middle of the story. It took me a few days to pick it back up. It was a lot of filler information in my opinion. Once you get passed 50% the book picks up. From their we get to see the events that lead up to the story. We get Embry’s pov which I found delightful. This was a really good suspense book, and boy did these boys bring the heat with the story. I love that their love was super passionate and explosive. I do feel like I wanted more of the epilogue, because the book was so long I would have preferred to have just a little more of them together. I’m uncertain on their future. To me it ends at a HFN. I guess I’m okay with that. I am looking forward to the next book by this author, I was super intrigued by the beginning chapters of her unknown book. I do recommend this book.

About Sidney Bell

Sidney Bell lives in the drizzly Pacific Northwest with her amazingly supportive husband. She received her MFA degree in Creative Writing in 2010, considered aiming for the Great American Novel, and then promptly started writing fanfiction instead. Eventually more realistic grown-ups convinced her to try writing something more fiscally responsible, which is how we ended up here.

When she’s not writing, she’s playing violent video games, yelling at the television during hockey games, or supporting her local library by turning books in late.

Alex’s Law by Jayce Ellis

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alexs-lawAlex’s Law by Jayce Ellis
Series:  Christmas in July
Release Date: July 23, 2016
Pages: 53 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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Alex Corrigan is in love with his boss, Judge Lawson Daniels, and thinks those feelings are returned. That assumption is sorely tested two days before the court holiday party they’re organizing together, when the venue calls and cancels, followed by a snafu with the caterer. Alex could handle that, but after an intimate dinner followed by a decidedly unromantic e-mail, he’s left wondering about the future of his employment as well as his relationship with the debonair older man.

Law can’t wait to see his clerk again. But Alex is cold and distant in the light of day, and Law doesn’t understand. The party looms in the background, but Law’s excitement is turning to dread. On top of that, someone is sabotaging them, trying to get Alex fired and drive Law off the bench. If there’s any chance for a happy holiday for Alex and Law, they’ll have to find out who.


This was my first read by this author and I liked it. It was a nice age-gap, employer-employee love story. Alex is in love with his boss. They work well together. Law is a mild tempered man, and he doesn’t outwardly show that he’s interested in Alex because he doesn’t want to cross the line. I do like how possessive Alex gets at time regarding Law. It was a slight OTT mystery aspect of the story. It was super obvious, so I think the author could have left it out and let the guys come together naturally. I still enjoyed it. Because of that slight miscommunication hiccup they were mad at each other. Ugh this does not make me happy. I cannot stand that miscommunication trope. Not when these are two people who work side by side all the time and know each other. I would have been suspicions if I was Alex and I would have asked. I’m sure they have the certain type of relationship where questions are warranted. All in all I did like the holiday aspect in my story. I’m loving these mini Christmas in July novellas. I look forward to more from this author.

About Jayce Ellis

I’m a lawyer, and a writer. That’s all.

Wait, what? You want more? Are you sure… I’ll give you a few minutes to think about that.

Still want to know more about me? Well fine, if you insist. I’m originally from the glorious, lovely state of California. Sunshine and balmy weather. I wanted to be two things when I was little: an author, and a lawyer. Amazing how that works, isn’t it?

So I did the law thing first, traveling clear across the country to our nation’s capitol, where I reside today with my boyfriend and two turtles (I swear, the turtles are infinitely more fascinating that I am). I still practice, and I enjoy what I do. I don’t enjoy the business part of it, but I love helping people and I like to think that I help people through difficult individual situations.

I thought I couldn’t practice and write, but a friend of mine did it. She’s doing amazingly well, writing what she loves. If she could do it, so could I. So here I am, now trying to balance a writing life with practicing law with not losing my sanity.

Why romance? Because it’s in my heart. I love romances, all of them. Just about every sub-genre has something for everyone, even if they’re not all my cup of tea. I love watching people walk through their lives and find the person they’re meant to be with. It soothes something in me. So I write what I love, and I hope you enjoy what I write.