Hitting Black Ice by Heloise West (2nd Edition)

Heloise West - Hitting Black Ice Cover s rht638Title: Hitting Black Ice

Series: Heart and Haven 01

Author: Heloise West

Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Thriller

Length: Novel (263pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-951057-14-5

Publisher: NineStar Press (19th August 2019)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 4 ½ Hearts

Blurb: Shawn is on the run from the law and love, to protect himself and anyone else involved. Until he meets Hunter, and he no longer wants to run.

ER physician’s assistant Hunter guards his heart carefully, but that doesn’t stop him from falling for the temp front desk clerk. He keeps his distance from relationships for a good reason but just can’t help himself when it comes to Shawn.

Forced into a hostage situation, buried passions explode in the aftermath, and sex in the supply closet brings both their hearts back to life. But as they explore their relationship, the past catches up with Shawn.

FBI agent Nick Truman has finally found his man, and when Shawn escapes, he focuses his attention on Hunter. Will Shawn sacrifice himself to save Hunter from the man who framed him for murder?.

Purchase Link: NineStar | Amazon US | Amazon UK

Reviewer: Pixie

Review: Hunter is a physician’s assistant at a hospital in the rough part of the city, he has avoided entanglement with men for the past several months for a very good reason but the front desk clerk, Shawn, has managed to crack Hunter’s shell and draw his interest. Shawn is on the run, he’s hiding from the law to protect himself and those he loves he can’t get involved with anyone but Hunter appeals to him in a way no one has before. Their attraction to each other explodes after a tense hostage situation, and no longer able to deny his passion Shawn can no longer rebuff Hunter. Just as things are looking up Shawn’s past explodes into the present, and Shawn has a choice to make: continue to run or protect his lover from the man who framed him for murder.

Hmmm this is a great suspense/thriller with a good dose of passion and a dash of romance. Hunter has had a hard year, his last relationship ended in violence and his guilty feelings are eating away at him. He’s avoided having his heart engaged by sticking to one night stands and booty calls but it hasn’t stopped him from becoming enthralled with the front desk clerk at the hospital where he works.

Shawn has avoided getting close to anyone while he has been on the run, getting involved with Hunter is not an option but the fear and adrenalin after being held hostage has the passion between them exploding. One encounter is not enough and Shawn keeps going back for more until his past catches up with him and the eyes of a killer are drawn to Hunter.

I have to admit that as I started reading this story that I wasn’t sure what to expect, we are initially led to believe that Shawn is already in a relationship so I was wary of continuing but I am glad that I stuck with it as what we initially learn is later disabused with the truth. Hunter is a great character whose caring heart has him wanting to help even when things look dour, Shawn is a great man who has fallen foul of some unscrupulous men, he’s running for his life and he may be under the radar but he sticks to legit means to do it.

Their passion is explosive and even as Shawn tries to back away he just can’t. Their relationship is very quick to start after a lot of dancing around each other, and you can tell that they both want more than just a series of one night stands. Their relationship is only just beginning even as the story ends so we just might get another story out of this great couple.

The actual storyline is pretty gripping as we are very slowly fed Shawn’s story with tidbits of information, and we discover it all in the shape of a letter written to Hunter explaining everything. As you can guess the story is from Hunter’s view point but you can fully imagine by Shawn’s actions the pure fear and hopelessness of his situation. There’s plenty of action littered throughout the book and I’m not even gonna comment on the bad guys except to say that a fiery pit in hell is too good for them. This really is a great suspense/thriller, it’s well written and while there’s a romance it isn’t a sweet building one, it’s one that is built during fraught times so don’t expect it to follow normal guidelines of relationships, it starts with sex and secrets and we have no clue which way it will go as we are led down a well-crafted story.  

I have to recommend this to those who love thrillers and suspense, who love relationships being embarked on during difficult times, who love action and danger, who love gripping stories of men done wrong and love man who will do anything for the men they are coming to love.

Hitting Black Ice by Heloise West Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have Heloise West stopping by today with her new re-release Hitting Black Ice, we have a great excerpt and a brilliant $10 NineStar GC giveaway so check out the post and enter the giveaway! ❤️ ~Pixie~

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Hitting Black Ice

(Heart and Haven 01)
by

Heloise West

Shawn is on the run from the law and love, to protect himself and anyone else involved. Until he meets Hunter, and he no longer wants to run.

ER physician’s assistant Hunter guards his heart carefully, but that doesn’t stop him from falling for the temp front desk clerk. He keeps his distance from relationships for a good reason but just can’t help himself when it comes to Shawn.

Forced into a hostage situation, buried passions explode in the aftermath, and sex in the supply closet brings both their hearts back to life. But as they explore their relationship, the past catches up with Shawn.

FBI agent Nick Truman has finally found his man, and when Shawn escapes, he focuses his attention on Hunter. Will Shawn sacrifice himself to save Hunter from the man who framed him for murder?

.•.•.**❣️ NineStar | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Smashwords | B&N | Kobo ❣️**.•.•.

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Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses by Heloise West

Title: Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses

Series: Heart & Haven 02

Author: Heloise West

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Suspense

Length: Novel (282pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-68252-112-0

Publisher: Loose Id (19th April 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: When Hunter and Alex (formally Shawn) are given the vacation of a lifetime, it’s a chance for them to pay attention to romance and get out of the path of danger. The tiny Caribbean island of Saba is gorgeous, the first to have marriage equality, and the Sabans are the nicest people on earth. There’s lots of rum poolside for relaxing and a room with a mirror on the ceiling for passion. Hot karaoke nights, cold beer, and new friends.

Their new friends Orfeo and Max, and Max’s sister Talisha, confide a troubling secret, and, of course, Alex and Hunter want to help. As a hurricane bears down on them, a dead body surfaces, and then a purple backpack loaded with stolen jewels. The jewel thief Derek Boyd wants his boyfriend and his stolen jewels back at any cost and a Russian mobster wants his wife’s jewels returned…

Alex and Hunter’s vacation paradise just turned into hell on earth.

Purchase Link: http://www.loose-id.com/send-lawyers-guns-and-roses.html

Review: This book is part of a series and must be read in order.

We first met Hunter and Alex (was Shawn) in Hitting Black Ice and now we re-join them in  another action packed adventure when all they are trying to do is enjoy a holiday. Even though the guys thought the past was behind them it becomes apparent that not everything was tied off neatly when a surprising twist is revealed. Hunter handles the news badly and after Alex has a brush with a couple of dangerous bar customers they really need a holiday.

Their holiday gets off to a great start, relaxing and just being together while Alex catches up with childhood friends, but a couple of their new friends are acting suspiciously. The truth comes out and with a hurricane bearing down on them trouble heads their way, and Hunter and Alex take it into their own hands to protect their friends from the jewel thief who wants his boyfriend and his jewels back… and the Russian mobster who is determined to get his wife’s jewels back at any cost.  

This is a fantastic story that has action and danger raining down on Hunter and Alex, try as they might they just can’t avoid it but they face the danger head on. Their relationship grows stronger and their love deeper as they face the trials that life throws them, it’s a bit of a bumpy ride but they come out stronger the other side with more hope for a future.

Heloise West has written a story that you are never quite sure what will happen next, it surprises at turns and has you eagerly turning pages as Nick and Alex’s adventures unfold… and yes it is an adventure because that’s the only way that I could describe their life together. I loved reading this book and losing myself in the story, it held my attention from the first page and while the ending is great I was still sad to have come to the end of the story.

I recommend this to those readers who love everyday guys stumbling across danger, who love a couple whose relationship grows at every turn, who love twists and surprises and the bad guys getting what’s coming to them and an ending that makes you smile.  

His Dark Reflection by Heloise West Release Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have Heloise West visiting today with her new release His Dark Reflection, we have a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway so check out the post and enter the giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~ 

His Dark Reflection

(Heart & Haven 03)
by

Heloise West

Disgraced FBI agent Nick Truman has failed to save his sister, held hostage by a drug cartel until he could give them Alex Crow, who eluded him. His epic downfall lands him in Witness Protection, where he plays by the rules and keeps to himself. But the murder of his neighbor brings danger to his door. He unexpectedly finds himself the champion of innocents and helplessly attracted to the homicide detective in charge of the case.

This can’t end well.

Homicide Detective Hank Axelrod is good at digging out secrets, maybe because he hides a big one of his own. He also suspects his husband has one foot out of the door of their marriage and the specter of single life looms unpleasantly on the horizon.

A murder resembling another brings Nick into his world, a man who claims to be a mystery writer looking for a real life resource. Hank’s instincts say he’s more than that, and he’s rarely wrong.

Torn between the errant soon-to-be-ex husband and the distracting, sexy stranger, Hank needs to focus all his attention on his murder case before he becomes the next victim.

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Heart & Haven Series by Heloise West Recap Blitz, Reviews & Giveaway!

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Hi guys! We have Heloise West visiting today with her Heart and Haven series, we have my reviews and a fantastic giveaway so check out the post and enter the giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~ 

Hitting Black Ice

(Heart & Haven 01)
by

Heloise West

ER physician’s assistant Hunter guards his heart carefully, but that doesn’t stop him from falling for Shawn, the front desk clerk. He keeps his distance from relationships for a reason, but just can’t help himself when it comes to Shawn.

Shawn is on the run from the law and love to protect himself and anyone else involved. One man is dead because of him, and his life now is simple and easily thrown into a bag at any hint of danger. Until he meets Hunter, and he no longer wants to run.

Forced into a hostage situation, buried passion explodes in the aftermath, and sex in the supply closet brings their hearts back to life. Tentatively, step by step they begin to explore a relationship together until the past catches up with Shawn.

FBI agent Nick Truman has finally found his man, but when Shawn escapes, he focuses his attention on Hunter. Shawn returns, even though it means sacrificing himself to save Hunter from the man who framed him for murder.

LooseIdAmazon US | Amazon UK | B&NKobo

Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses

(Heart & Haven 02)

When Hunter and Alex (formally Shawn) are given the vacation of a lifetime, it’s a chance for them to pay attention to romance and get out of the path of danger. The tiny Caribbean island of Saba is gorgeous, the first to have marriage equality, and the Sabans are the nicest people on earth.

There’s lots of rum poolside for relaxing and a room with a mirror on the ceiling for passion. Hot karaoke nights, cold beer, and new friends.

Their new friends Orfeo and Max, and Max’s sister Talisha, share a troubling secret. Alex and Hunter want to help. As a hurricane bears down on them, a dead body surfaces, and a purple backpack loaded with stolen jewels leads a gang of dangerous men to the island.

Alex would rather poke his own eyes out with a pointy stick than call on his old enemy Nick Truman for help; he’d also do anything to keep Hunter out of danger. But even his old nemesis can’t reach them now.

Once again, they only have each other to depend on as their paradise is about to become hell on earth.

LooseIdAmazon US | Amazon UK | B&NKobo

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Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses by Heloise West Blog Tour, Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Heloise West visiting today with her new release Bring Lawyers, Guns, and Roses, Heloise answers a couple of questions for us, we have a great excerpt and a brilliant giveaway so enjoy the post and click that giveaway link <3 ~Pixie~

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Bring Lawyers, Guns and Roses

(Heart and Haven 02)
by

Heloise West

When Hunter and Alex are given the vacation of a lifetime, it’s a chance for them to pay attention to romance and get out of the path of danger. The tiny Caribbean island of Saba is gorgeous, the first to have marriage equality, and the Sabans are the nicest people on earth.

There’s lots of rum poolside for relaxing and a room with a mirror on the ceiling for passion. Hot karaoke nights, cold beer, and new friends. 

But their new friends Orfeo and Max, and Max’s sister Talisha, share a troubling secret. Alex and Hunter want to help. As a hurricane bears down on them, a dead body surfaces, and a purple backpack loaded with stolen jewels leads a pair of dangerous men to the island.

Alex would rather poke his own eyes out with a pointy stick than call on his old enemy Nick Truman for help; he’d also do anything to keep Hunter out of danger. But even his nemesis can’t reach them now.

Once again, they only have each other to depend on as their paradise is about to become hell on earth.

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If I Were Fire by Heloise West

IfIWereFireLGTitle: If I Were Fire
Series: N/A
Author: Heloise West
Genre: Historical
Length: Novella (59 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (16 Sept 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5 Hearts
Blurb: In 18th century Siena, Count Salvesto Masello returns home to find the family villa and his father’s estate deeply in debt. In order to save it, he sells valuable heirlooms, but he is running out of silverware. Somewhere in the villa, his deceased father has hidden the art treasures that will pay the debt—but Salvesto can’t find them anywhere.

Amadeo Neruccio has been on the run from the vicious pimp, thief, and pawnbroker Guelfetto, whose toughs finally catch him and bring him to the cellar where Count Masello is selling off his silver. When the count learns what fate Guelfetto has in store for Amadeo, he intervenes, and trades the last of his mother’s dowry for the young man’s freedom.

Salvesto left home over ten years ago to live the life of adventure he craved and leave his broken heart behind. When he rescues Amadeo, he does not expect to find love again—or the start of his next adventure.

ISBN: 9781634765664

Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=6854

Reviewer: Prime

Review: This is a rather enjoyable historical fiction about a Count, Salvesto, with heavy debts and the young man, Amadeo, he finds along the way. This is the type of book that I would normally love, but I feel that the rather awkward writing style. Sometimes I felt a bit muddled when, to use a phrase, five words were used when only one would do. Other than that, this is a real enjoyable adventure, somewhere between swashbuckling heroes, scandal in the Court and summer in the country.

Salvesto arrives home to find the family estate in debt and in dire straits. He’s desperate to pay off the debts and though he is guilty about selling the family heirlooms he knows he will feel even worse if he loses the estate. The crook/thief/loan shark that he is selling off his heirlooms to also happens to be after another man for his debts, Amadeo.

It’s rather complicated but Amadeo ends up with Salvestro. The story is really about these guys getting along and Amadeo be rehabilitated from his wicked ways. There isn’t a particularly large amount of romance in the story but what there is reflects a wonderful tension between the two with a bit of “will he or won’t he?” going back and forth. Salvestro and Amadeo are both likable characters, I would have just liked to see more complexity come out of them.

I don’t normally comment on covers but this one I have to because I feel that this one is a bit misleading. The historical looking building and the rather smouldering looking gents on the front is not my issue, I think that’s great.

I just feel that the horses on the cover are rather misleading because I thought, “hey, maybe the guy likes horses”. No such luck, though one MC does own a horse. Then again, I suppose you aren’t meant to judge a book by its cover.

Most people who enjoy historical fiction will enjoy this one, especially since it’s in a rather picturesque area of Europe – then it was called Siena, now it is part of Spain.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

Hitting Black Ice by Heloise West Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi guys, today we have Heloise West popping in on her blog tour for her first novel Hitting Black Ice, Heloise brings along an excerpt and a giveaway and I’ve added my review so you can see what I think of this suspense/thriller. So I will leave you to the post and don’t forget to click that Rafflecopter link <3 ~Pixie~ 

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 Hitting Black Ice

 by

Heloise West

ER physician’s assistant Hunter guards his heart carefully, but that doesn’t stop him from falling for Shawn, the front desk clerk.  He keeps his distance from relationships for a reason, but just can’t help himself when it comes to Shawn.

Shawn is on the run from the law and love to protect himself and anyone else involved. One man is dead because of him, and his life now is simple and easily thrown into a bag at any hint of danger. Until he meets Hunter, and he no longer wants to run.

Forced into a hostage situation, buried passion explodes in the aftermath, and sex in the supply closet brings their hearts back to life. Tentatively, step by step, they begin to explore a relationship together until the past catches up with Shawn.

FBI agent Nick Truman has finally found his man, but when Shawn escapes, he focuses his attention on Hunter. Shawn returns, even though it means sacrificing himself to save Hunter from the man who framed him for murder.

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