An Honorable Man by Edward Kendrick

Title: An Honorable Man

Author: Edward Kendrick

Genre: Contemporary, Crime, Drama

Length: Novella (145pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (16th June 2012)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Paxton, a forensic scientist whose wife has deserted him and their twin sons, is working on a serial killing while trying to cope with his feelings for Jordy, an ex-lover from his past who is now the boys’ teacher.

Paxton, a forensic scientist whose wife has deserted him and their twin sons, becomes embroiled in trying to catch a serial killer when the boys discover a human finger-bone while rock-hunting. As more bodies turn up, and his housekeeper takes temporary leave, Paxton turns to Jordon, the boys’ grade school teacher, to watch them after school.

There is only one problem, Paxton and Jordon were lovers before Paxton married. Now, with his wife gone for the past two years, Paxton finds he still has feelings for Jordon, feelings which may be reciprocated. For the sake of his sons, who hope their mother may someday return home, and his own belief that she might, he fights to be an honorable man.

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Review: When Paxton was given an ultimatum by his father, many years ago, he caved in and did what his father wanted. But, he had to give up Jordan. Now, years later, Jordan is back in his life as a friend and Paxton won’t let it go any further, because he still hopes that his wife will come back, even if it is for the sake of the children.

This is quite a good second chance romance. But, if I am perfectly honest, I got more caught up in the serial killer plot than the romance. *bows head in shame* Paxton gave up the love of his life to do what his father wanted. Now, after so many years and his wife’s disappearance solved, he can make a new start, hopefully with Jordan. Jordan is a teacher and has Paxton’s children in his class. They have a good friendship, but they don’t stray too far into unwanted remembrances that will bring forth recriminations.

Yes, Paxton is an honorable man now but he wasn’t very honorable when he allowed himself to be bought. He married a woman his father chose as part of a business deal and his father would continue to pay for his tuition and education. This hurt Jordan badly, as Paxton had always said he loved him, but now years later they are friends. Jordan is a lot more forgiving than me, but he still loves Paxton and now he and Paxton have a second chance.

Right. So, on to the part I really, really enjoyed. one of Paxton’s sons uncovers a finger bone while digging for a fossil. Paxton, a forensic scientist, calls in his brother-in-law, who is a detective and it is just the beginning as more graves are discovered. Identifying the skeletons is harder than they thought and finding a killer before they strike again is a challenge. Loved it, and the identity of some of the bodies is a surprise. The mystery is well written, and the way it ended has given me hope that there will be more in the future for this couple and the mystery will be fully solved.

So, I will recommend this to those who love second chances, forgiveness, realizing your mistakes, solving murders, intelligent kids and a happy ending.

 

Abstract Realism by Edward Kendrick

Title: Abstract Realism

Author: Edward Kendrick

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novella (82pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (31st March 2012)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Tonio, an artist, is in self-imposed hiding after an attacker scars him both physically and emotionally. When the attacker reappears, Tonio seeks help from the handsome bodyguard Jonam. It falls on Jonam’s shoulders to keep Tonio safe, and in the process teach him to live, and perhaps love, again.

Tonio, an artist, is in seclusion after being viciously attacked by the lover of a casual acquaintance in an act of jealousy which scarred Tonio inside and out.

Tonio’s only contact with the world is his sister Jessie, who implores him to shed his self-imposed exile. When his paintings go on display at a gallery, Jessie convinces Tonio to attend the opening night and a party to be held in his honor.

Jonam, the handsome owner of a close protection service, offers to come to Tonio’s aid when Tonio’s attacker begins to make new threats. The question then becomes, will Jonam be able to keep Tonio safe, and in the process teach him to accept he is not defined by the scars he carries but by who he is inside? Only if he can, will Tonio be able to live, and love, again.

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Review: Tonio is terrified that the man who attacked him before will come back to finish the job.  But, as time passes and he starts to feel relaxed enough to begin to live his life the phone calls start. Jonam has his own security firm and offers his help to Tonio to put a stop to the man’s torment.

A well written novella that I found to be quite enjoyable. Tonio is still recovering from the psychological effects after he was brutally attacked by a jealous boyfriend of a casual acquaintance and just when he has started to live his life in the simplest ways he starts to receive phone calls from a blocked number. Tonio is scared in more than one way not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well, Jonam starts to show him that some scares are only skin deep.

I liked this story for the slight suspense feel to it, Tonio getting caught up in a drama of another man’s relationship and that man’s boyfriend making Tonio a target instead of looking to himself as to why his boyfriend wants out. Jonam shows Tonio that he has begun healing from all his wounds. There is one sex scene between them is quite emotional and touching. I must admit that I didn’t feel a connection between the two men; I really couldn’t tell if there was an attraction between them when they first met or during the subsequent meetings until they were in Tonio’s apartment the last time.

There really wasn’t that much interaction between Jonam and Tonio, so we don’t get a good feel for Jonam. The epilogue was very sweet and I was glad to read a bit about their future and that Tonio seemed to have recovered fully from his attack.

I will recommend this to those who want some slight suspense, some hot sex, an emotionally scarred man, some angst and a happy ever after.

 

Mage of Silence by Edward Kendrick

Title: Mage of Silence

Author: Edward Kendrick

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure

Length: Novel (227pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (14th January 2011)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½ – 4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Castien, a mute elven mage, and Theirn, a young half-elf thief, join forces to rid their land of an evil Lord. Their feelings deepen as they travel across the seas to spy on a mage/prince who enslaves his subjects.

Castien, an elf mage who cannot speak except with the aid of a magical dagger, has been captured while on a mission. He is freed by his companion, the warrior elf Daeron, and returns with him to Daeron’s homeland. There they will join forces to rid the land of a Lord bent on the destruction of the elves.

Theirn, a young half-elf thief, attempts to rob Castien during his stay at an inn and is caught by the mage. Much against Theirn’s will he is enlisted into the group of rebel elves. But as Theirn’s infatuation with Castien grows, he becomes more eager to risk treachery, betrayal, and even death on dangerous missions just to be close to the man he is growing to love.

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Review: Castien was cursed to silence as a punishment.   He might be a powerful mage, but because of the curse he is limited to when he can do some spells. Theirn is a thief and gets caught by Castien, but with the information he reveals he is enlisted into the group and also comes in handy when they need access to a castle. Castien and Theirn start to become close, but Theirn has some fears…at first.

There are two parts to this book or more correctly two adventures in one book.  The first one is where Castien and Theirn meet and help to get rid of an evil Lord.   and the second one show’s how their relationship develops as they set out to spy on a mage/prince. I must admit that I did enjoy this story and the world it was set in.   The characters were interesting and their reaction to each other was well written. The entire story was well-written; in fact and I am not being bias just because it’s a fantasy, honest!!

The action was really good and although we don’t see any sex, we do see the lead up which is at first filled with a misunderstanding. The development of the story is good and we do find out about both Castien’s and Theirn’s background and the characters are really sweet together later in the book.  I will admit here that there was one bit that niggled for me and that was the curse that Castien has.  It just seemed too awkward to be effective but you can make your own mind up about that.

So in all honesty, I have to recommend this to those who love fantasy, action, adventure, magic, elves, love, spies and a cracking mage battle near the end.

The Beast Within by Edward Kendrick

Title:  The Beast Within

Author:   Edward Kendrick

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Length: Novel

Publisher: Silver Publishing

Heat Level: Mild/Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts

BlurbA serial killer targeting gay men results in four men’s lives intertwining–Devin and Gary, ex-lovers–Vanni, gay-club habitué–and Hollis, the case detective. Can they stop the killer, finding love in the process? Or will tragedy destroy their connection?

A cannibalistic serial killer targeting gay men is on the loose.

Devin, who has become increasingly erratic in the last two months, just split up with Gary, his lover of three years. Vanni, a habitué of the gay clubs, makes extra spending money on his knees in the club johns. Is one of these men the killer? Or will one of them instead become the killer’s next target?

Detective Hollis Robbins is in charge of the case. He intends to stop the killer, if he can.

When the killer strikes again, the four men’s lives intertwine as the search for the murderer intensifies. Will the attraction that two of them begin to feel for each other survive the hunt? Do they have the strength to continue on after tragedy strikes and teaches them that love can be bittersweet?

CONTENT ADVISORY: This title involves a “happily for now” conclusion.

Reviewer: Enigma

Review:  This was an absolutely fabulous read.  It starts by following three gay men who awaken after a night of clubbing not being able to remember details of their night befores.  Intermingled is a police investigation, where gay men are turning up dead.  It was very Agatha Christie and I loved it.  I HAD to move to the next chapter to see who might have gone missing next.

In my mind, this book could be divided into three parts.  Unfortunately, I can’t put labels on those parts or I’d have to give away the whole story.  Suffice it to say, Edward Kendrick has penned a tale that is equal parts romance and suspense.  There is grittiness in this book that I think he was going for in some of his other work but didn’t quite achieve.

I’d also like to note that I really appreciated the inclusion of an HIV positive character, albeit one of the secondary characters.  Don’t worry, the guy doesn’t die or anything, but it was nice to see an author addressing the issue without getting all angsty.

I will say this:  The Beast Within is not a quick paranormal read.  There are no sexy werewolves or shifters coming to save the day.  The Beast could dwell in anyone.

If you are up for a well-written tale of intrigue, broken men coming to terms with life and death and more than one beautiful love story…this is a definite must read.

Chat with Edward Kendrick

Edward and I had an opportunity to chat over the weekend.  Below is the cleaned up version.  Please leave a comment about The Beast Within or any of Edward’s books.  He’d love to hear from you and is giving away a free copy of The Beast Within to one lucky commenter…might as well be you. 😉

Portia de Moncur Anyway, (actually questioned omitted to not give away plot)? How could you do it?  Not the normal happenings for your stand MM romance novel.

Edward Kendrick Humm. Because it had to happen?
For the drama? Because it felt right for the story?  I’m a pantser when I write. It just…happened.

Portia de Moncur I neared to have a heart attack and almost threw my Kindle. I think I’ve read all but one of your books. Is it me, or did you lean more towards suspense with this one? I have to admit the first third of the book had me on pins and needles.

Edward Kendrick I like writing suspense/mysteries. *smile* and no throwing Kindles. It tends to damage them *G*

Portia de Moncur Did you mean to have so little sex? I seem to remember you being pretty good with a love scene.

Edward Kendrick For me this was more about the relationships than the sex per se. And about the suspense too…

Portia de Moncur I loved the whole book and gave it a top review (to be published later this afternoon.) I liked the fact that the romance just kinda evolved along with the mystery. Which character popped into your head first?

Edward Kendrick Thank you….Now that’s a good question as to who was first. In my head it began as a mystery and evolved into being Vanni’s story somewhere along the line.  The three club men were the beginning, as in ‘who done it or who might be a victim’. Then there had to be the cop of course. But the more I wrote of Vanni, the more I saw him as the central character because he was ‘angsty’ for lack of a better word.

Portia de Moncur My only complaint would be that you didn’t really address Vanni’s tricking. It’s not like he needed the money.

Edward Kendrick And good point about why he tricked.

Portia de Moncur I think I liked Beast because it was different. Do you find MM romance churning out lots of sameness…or is it just me?

Edward Kendrick What I find is there seems to be an emphasis on ‘it’s not good if it doesn’t have lots of sex’ in the minds of some people. So I think, and it could be just me, that sex is thrown in so a book will sell.  Which makes for ‘sameness’.  And honestly at this point I don’t read too many, primarily because I don’t want to be influenced by them.  If that makes sense?

Portia de Moncur That makes a lot of sense. I write erotica and love steamy romance, but I also like stories that have more of a build up to the “good stuff”. I particularly take offense to the books that make all gay men seem like bed hoppers.

Edward Kendrick Boy so do I.

Portia de Moncur So what’s next?

Edward Kendrick I have one coming out in January from Silver. It’s my first stab at fantasy. It’s M/M too, titled ‘Mage of Silence’; Action, adventure, etc, etc.

Portia de Moncur Man you are really churning them out. And I for one love watching you grow as an artist.

Edward Kendrick Thank you. I really hope I am growing.

Portia de Moncur Last question. What is the Beast Within?

Edward Kendrick Oh boy. Good question. The inability to understand the other person and where they’re coming from. The inability to say what you’re really feeling. The inability to be honest with yourself and others. And of course the craziness in the killer.

Portia de Moncur Nice…

Portia de Moncur Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with me today. I’m not just blowing smoke when I say I really enjoy your work. As an aspiring writer, I take courage in the fact that publishing houses will take a chance of writers who push the boundaries of the known literary universe.

Edward Kendrick Thank you very much for having me, and for the compliment. As for publishing houses, I was very lucky to find Silver because I think they’re excellent at doing that.

Portia de Moncur Thanks again and now go get your coffee. 😉

Edward Kendrick LMAO. I will. And you do a very good interview. Not the usual ‘how did you get started’ kind. I like.  Again, thank you so much. It was fun.

Portia de Moncur Ditto…

Edward Kendrick And now………coffeeeeeee.  Laters

 

Hitman's Creed by Edward Kendrick

Title:  Hitman’s Creed

Author:  Edward Kendrick

Genre: GLBT Action/Adventure

Publisher:  Silver Publishing

Length:  Novel

Heat Level: Mild

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts

BlurbCan two men, one, Joey Fairburn, a twenty-one year old Criminal Justice student, the other, Glenn Tanner, a thirty-four year old hitman attempting to start a new life, reach a common bond to stop a murderer and find love despite their disparate ages and occupations?

Two men:
Glenn Tanner, a thirty-four year old hitman who wants to disappear and start a new life.
Joey Fairburn, a twenty-one year old Criminal Justice student studying to become a police officer.

One problem in common:
Joey’s father, an escaped killer, has come to the small town where Joey and his mother live and where Glenn has finally settled down. Glenn meets Joey, discovers what is happening and becomes involved in trying to stop the killer before the man can murder Joey’s mother.

Will these two men, Glenn and Joey, with such disparate ages and backgrounds, be able to find a common bond that will unite them in love? Only time will tell.

Reviewer:  Portia

Review:  This was so not what I was expecting from Edward Kendrick.  There is a lot of sexual tension but not a lot of sex.  Which really surprised me, as his last book that I read, Everyone’s Man was dripping with sexual innuendos and steamy bedroom scenes.

Instead, this is a very well written story.  For Joey, it is love at first sight. And as much as Glenn would like to take Joey up on his subtle invitations, he is more concerned with keeping Joey safe.  There are guns and bad guys and two very horny men fighting their attraction for one another.  It was a bit of a stretch when Glen brought Joey into his lair and Joey barely blinked, but everyone is not a nosy control freak like me.

I loved the ending…kinda. Might have been interesting for Nate to fight a bit harder…but, since it really wasn’t his story…

This was a very enjoyable read.  Would make an excellent movie.  Tall, dark hitman willing to risk everything for the sweet tender criminal justice major…I’d pay $8 bucks to see them come to life on film.