Infected: Life After Death by Andrea Speed

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2nd Edition

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds. But when your heart is gone, it’s easy to fall into a black hole and never crawl out.

Roan has been lost and alone for more than a year, and his best friends think a new case might be just the motivation he needs. Roan forces himself back into the game and discovers a dead man who might not be all that dead, a street hustler that wants to hustle him, and a dominatrix who is well prepared to take Roan’s orders.

As Roan claws his way out of the darkness by diving back into his work, he finds himself in a race against time in the adrenaline-pumping realization that nothing helps a person want to live like helping someone else survive.

1st Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, May 2011.

four-stars

Which was why it couldn’t last, as things like that never did. You got a moment in the sun, but that was all–a moment. Good things never seemed to last beyond that.

Awe man, I am reeling with the ending of the book, dealing with the fact that Roan is in a semi relationship, dealing with the lost of Paris myself, and loving the addition of Fiona & Holden. Seriously, my emotions are in a pinball machine and I don’t know how to deal. I must say Andrea Speed did a wonderful job with the edition of this story. Roan’s still in mourning, and I think it’ll be a while Just reading it at times, and those spontaneous moments where he thinks of Paris how me in tears. I don’t really have the words on how I felt reading it at the time. I knew I was missing Paris, but loved seeing Roan get back to a semi version of his self. Seeing Roan lose himself in this book was more heartbreak for me. It was so many times, that if he could fly away he would have. That conversation he had with Dr. Rosenberg had me crying as well. Seeing all the people who cared about him and cared for him for the last year was really nice. Oh Matt, I like Matt alot, and this boy is just yearning for someone to love him. I hope he can get someone to love him right and for him to stay safe. For being a smart man, Roan just seemed dumb to this.

But again, life wasn’t fair, was it? Sometimes people got things they shouldn’t have, and sometimes people survived who shouldn’t have.

I have such mixed feelings on Dylan. I mean he’s dealing with his own grief and while he’s so patient I worry about if he is forgetting himself in the long run. I enjoyed learning about his past, and definitely would like to see more of him in the future. I have fallen in love with Kevin!!! I can’t wait until he gets his someone, but Kevin was a little judgy much in this one, it could be that thinking Holden & Cowboy together did something to him internally. I hate that he’s so far in the closet, but I don’t know who it would take to get him out. I will admit this case left me a little perturbed one of the alleged suspects I still don’t know how he factored in. I’m still unsure, it was so many aliases I’m not sure who the killer was and when did everything take place. I dealt with that because while it bothered me, it wasn’t enough to deter me from Roan and his journey.

Humanity was awful; humanity made you hurt. Humanity was a weakness that would kill everyone, one way or another.

About Andrea Speed

Andrea Speed was born looking for trouble in some hot month without an R in it. While succeeding in finding Trouble, she has also been found by its twin brother, Clean Up, and is now on the run, wanted for the murder of a mop and a really cute, innocent bucket that was only one day away from retirement. (I was framed, I tell you – framed!)
In her spare time, she arms lemurs in preparation for the upcoming war against the Mole Men. Viva la revolution!

Spencer Cohen, Book 1 (The Spencer Cohen Series #1) by N.R. Walker

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28436109Spencer Cohen by N.R. Walker
Series: The Spencer Cohen Series
Release Date: February 18, 2016
Pages: • Format: eARC
Published By: Blueheart Press
Purchase Link: Amazon

Spencer Cohen is the guy who gets answers to relationship questions. Playing the role of the new lover, his job is to make his client’s ex realise one of two things: he doesn’t want to break up or he really does. Either way, his client gets answers.

The ex would either apologize and beg, or turn and walk. But in the end, Spencer’s client won. If he wanted his ex back and got him, it was great. If the guy walked away, then as hard it was for the client, he knew it was over. Regardless of the outcome, Spencer’s work was done.

Andrew Landon’s ex left him without so much as an explanation. But his sister can’t stand to see him miserable, so, much to Andrew’s dismay, they hire Spencer to be Andrew’s new boyfriend to get the ex back.

For Spencer, it is never personal. Merely a business transaction. No emotions, no strings, no complications.

Yeah right.

Even a blind man could see how this would end.

five-stars

This is me gushing over this story. I loved this so much. It was the perfect romance story with a cliffhanger. It just felt right to me. I literally was sputtering afterwards(Thank you T.J. Klune for creating Gus). I just wanted more of it. Like 400 pages of Spencer and Andrew. They were so adorable, and my first mindset was to be a little peeved that it wasn’t any sexy time in the story, but I had to remember the words of the resident Ginger stating the difference between Romance & Erotica to me. After reading it you realize that the physical really didn’t matter, because mentally & emotionally they were falling for each other little by little. I don’t want people to get deterred because there isn’t any sex in the book, because the writing, and them coming together was all I needed.

N.R. Walker, you totally spoiled “How To Train A Dragon 2” for me. I didn’t see it, and that part where Spencer cries did me in. I was crying as well. You rocked this book, and cover. I wish I could give you all the stars because I really loved these characters. The supporting cast was great, Andrew was a good guy. The stand out star with the beard, and the man capris, and the amazing Aussie accent was downright great. Spencer comes on the screen and everything gets brighter. He had the best aura about himself. Super down to earth, and his music choices rock. I loved the difference in each guy, but I really liked how their similarities seemed to bring each guy out further then what they let out. Seeing them bond together kept the biggest smile on my face. I loved the concept of the story. It’s definitely like Hitch the movie, and book two needs to hurry up we need to find out if Spencer forgot he had another appointment.

Initially I don’t know what I felt for Andrew, but he grew on me. He took himself way to serious for me, but after a while you can see where his personality shines through. I think he kinda hid himself in his past relationship or maybe in life. He comes off uppity, anti-social, and quiet. When he is around Spencer though, he opens up and it’s really beautiful the way their relationship develops throughout the story. Spencer basically hides his past, but sooner or later it catches up with him, and him not wanting to fall in love just didn’t work out how he wanted. I read this book in one sitting, and just smiled and thought about them for the rest of the night. I am impatiently waiting book 2. Please give it to me. Such a good story, and great writing.

About N.R. Walker

N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since…