Drawing by Heart by Joey James Hook

c871cf501662076e54bf12a359798e7b.image.300x450Title: Drawing by Heart

Series:  Xander, Book#3

Author: Joey James Hook

Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary

Length: Novel (306 pages)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (November 23rd 3013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb: For Kay Xander-Doyle, college is amazing, but his boyfriend Johnny Collins is pulling away. When the unexpected happens and Kay has to make a life-or-death choice, he’ll have to decide how to best protect the ones he loves.

Kay Xander-Doyle thinks college will be the best years of his life, and they are. The biggest problem with spreading his wings is feeling like his boyfriend, Johnny Collins, is pulling away the more Kay gets out into the world. Through the friends he’s been making, Kay meets Drew Robinson, a sweet, charismatic guy with an eye for elegant detail. Drew pulls Kay in, leaving him at a loss for how to move forward with Johnny. When the unexpected happens and Kay has to make a life-or-death choice between the past and the present, he’ll have to decide how to best protect the ones he loves.

Purchase Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/drawing-by-heart-ebook-p-60423.html

Review: This is book three in the Xander series. This one can standalone since it mainly follows Kay and Johnny, after Kay goes off to college.

This book has more sex in it than the other two. But, it is hot and sexy and adds to the story very well. There isn’t as much angst as the first book or the second, but it does deal with deep emotions. 

Kay is in his second year at the institute and he and Johnny have been together for three years. They have a very deep loving relationship, but Johnny is Kay’s first love and Kay can’t help but feel that there is more out there. Also, Johnny keeps Kay as a bottom and keeps control of their relationship and that bugs Kay. Since, Kay actually likes girls also and would like to top some. He feels that Johnny doesn’t have enough trust in him.

I really, really like Kay. He is a very unique individual.  I even liked Johnny and all the new characters introduced. The one thing like so much about these stories is that the other characters all play an important role, fit in so well, and make you want to know them more. I would love to see every single one of their stories.   There was also a little mystery slipped in that added intrigue and excitement.  There is quite a bit of partying and drugs and drinking involved but it didn’t really bother me much since it is reality.

This book is different from the first. One, Two, Three Shatter covered the main character from youth to adult, whereas this one focuses on a shorter time frame.

If you like a good story of new adults finding themselves, don’t mind drugs and alcohol, like a loving romance, lots of emotion, some unique characters and some pretty hot, sensual mansex; this is for you. I can’t wait for the next one.

One Two Three, Salvation by Joey James Hook

9a3311725de2d1d8b8b62099b766a405.image.300x450Title: One Two Three, Salvation

Series: Xander Book, 02

Author: Joey James Hook

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (269 pages)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (September 7th, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Cat

Blurb:Kay Doyle feels plain and unworthy until he meets Van Nuys transfer, Johnny Collins who introduces Kay to his wild side. When fun turns dangerous, Kay wants Johnny to find salvation from the dark little world he’s made for himself.

Kay Doyle spends a lot of time feeling plain and unworthy. Due to his father’s debilitating illness, Kay lives with his mom’s best friend, Kaleb Xander, who raises Kay as his own. Unfortunately, Kaleb can’t keep Kay from feeling unwanted by his family. In senior year, Kay meets Johnny Collins, an enigmatic rebel. Johnny yanks Kay out of his shell and he discovers his wild side. When Johnny pulls Kay into a dark, little world of sex and hardcore drugs, Kay has to find a way out. More importantly, he wants to help Johnny find salvation from the harsh reality he lives in.

CONTENT ADVISORY: As part of a series, this title contains a HFN ending.

Purchase Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/one-two-three-salvation-ebook-p-59063.html

Review: This is the second book of this Series. This one stands alone as it is about a different character. I do love that we got to see more of Kaleb and Trent’s relationship and how Kaleb is faring now. This book is about Kay, one of Sid and Sam’s twins.  Kaleb raised Kay as his own son after Sam fell ill and they could not afford to raise both twins.

When the book begins, Kay is 13ish and dealing with his feelings about living with Kaleb and his relationship with his real mother and father and twin sister. As the book progresses it deals more with his personal relationships.

This book isn’t near as dark as the first one. I still really liked it. The author deals with emotions beautifully. The book deals with growing up, finding your sexuality, dealing with challenging relationships, and love.

It is absolutely beautifully written. It spans fewer years than the first but the flow is amazingly smooth as we go from day-to-day or year to year.

I highly recommend this if you like deeply involved relationships, strong ties with family, extended family, dealing with drug addiction, artists, coming of age and beautiful sensual man-sex.


One Two Three, Shatter by Joey James Hook

Title:  One, Two, Three Shatter

Series:  The Xander Series 

Author: Joey James Hook

Genre: Contemporary M/F and M/M romance

Length: Novel (426 pages)

Publisher: Silver publishing  (August 4th, 2012)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3.5Hearts


All it takes is one, two, three. This is the story of one man’s battle through abuse, addiction, and heartbreak toward unknown happiness. It’ll take a miracle, and he’s banking on someone to be that for him before he gives up.

Life was harsh and cruel to Kaleb Xander from very early on, and he was never given a moment’s rest to breathe and recover from the misery. Once freed from years in a cage of wrath and perverted lust, he found the real world to be a mere step up from what he was used to. Abuse was simply coming in different guises and through new avenues now.

All it should take is one person to reach out their hand and save this lost soul–but Kaleb is more complicated than that. It’ll take a miracle, and he’s banking on someone to be just that for him before he gives it all up.

CONTENT ADVISORY: This title contains scenes of rape or near rape and severe abuse. This book contains scenes of MF and MM intimacy.

Review:  First of all, I want to say, Wow! What a cover. I keep going back and looking at it over and over. To me the more I read the more I even loved the cover. It was as if I could see into Kaleb.

This book is not for the faint at heart. I will warn you it has some very vivid and harsh scenes. That is one thing I really liked about it, the raw truthfulness. Life isn’t all roses and gushy love-at-first sight and happy-ever-after. The reality is that abuse exists, Physical, sexual and emotional. Sometimes it’s not always from others. Sometimes we abuse ourselves.

In this case, Kaleb Xander was a victim of sexual abuse, physical abuse and emotional abuse from the time I he was four and his mother left him. What he went through was unimaginable hell.  This may be a fictional story, but sad to say there are probably more Kalebs out there than we know. This story is how he dealt with the abuse inflicted by both his father and brother. Sadly, he found release in drugs, alcohol and self-mutilation. I warned you. This is not for the faint at heart.

Kaleb goes through a lot physically and emotionally. Does he rise from the drugs and abuse? Does he find true love? Can he ever open up and trust anyone?

This is a very long story. I don’t mind long stories. I actually like them. I found it a bit skippy at times. The first half to two-thirds of the book tended to span a lot of years.  Starting when Kaleb was only four ’til the time he is almost thirty. Some chapters went from a day to a month to two years at a time. Character also appeared and disappeared. There was a lot descriptive detail that could be left out and more of some of the characters added. But all in all this was a very good poignant story. A great change of pace from the run of the mill sugary romance. I suggest you grit your teeth and give it a go.

I recommend this book to anyone that is looking for something different, not sugar-coated lovey-dovey fairytale romance.  Also, anyone that likes gritty down and dirty rugged life.

WARNING! This story does contain violence, rape and abuse. Also drugs and alcohol.