Just Out of Reach by N. Phillips

JustOutofReach400x600Title: Just Out Of Reach

Author: N. Phillips

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery

Length: Novella (156pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (30th March 2013)

Heat Level: Low

Heart Rating:   ♥♥♥♥3 – 3 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Owen McBride has had a terrible year. Reed Connor has had an equally bad time. But when the two reunite to help Reed’s brother, they find, if they play their cards right, their lives just might turn around. 

When defense lawyer Owen McBride receives a call from his former best friend Reed Conner saying his brother has been charged with a triple murder. Owen rushes home to help. Even though all the evidence points to the incarcerated man, Owen finds the murder very suspicious. Not to mention the man is strongly proclaiming his innocence. While he tries to untangle the confusing web he realizes he still loves Reed, to whom he’d broken a promise fifteen years before. And in the midst of everything else, he begins to wonder if Reed can give him a second chance.

Can Owen solve the murder and get the man he loves? Or will both remain just out of reach?

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Review: Defense lawyer Owen is starting to get his life back on track after a really bad year, when he receives a phone call from his childhood best friend, Reed, for help. Owen rushes to his hometown to defend Reed’s brother from a triple murder charge.  The evidence is overwhelming, but Owen will do everything he can for Reed. Reed starts to think it was a mistake to ask Owen for help, he has never gotten over Owen leaving him without a word fifteen years before.  But, denying his feelings is impossible and when the murder case is over will he be able to let Owen leave his life again?

This story is a mix of murder investigation and reuniting with first love, forgiving the past and starting anew. Owen and Reed parted ways when Owen left without a word when they were eighteen.  Reed might have been able to forgive him, if it hadn’t been for the promise that Owen made the night before his departure. Now, fifteen years later Reed needs Owen’s help, hoping that he can keep his lingering feelings hidden. Owen has always thought of Reed, he had to do what he did and now he will get to see Reed again, even if it is in the middle of a horrific triple murder.  Owen just prays that he can get through to Reed that he never stopped caring.

I really liked the mystery of the murder case and the investigation that Owen launched.  Trying to discover exactly who would frame Reed’s brother all the while trying to make things right with Reed. Reed and Owen’s relationship is very rocky and it has sharp ups and downs.  You can see the reasoning behind both men and the real awkwardness of the situation.  The tension is palpable between them and you just know it could explode into passion at any time. The story is well written and although the mystery is well done, I think the relationship lacks real depth.  Even though they clearly still love each other after all the time apart, the relationship was written more as an afterthought with little real effort on either men’s side other than their continued attraction.

I will recommend this to those that love first love stories, mystery, danger, reuniting love and a happy ending.


The Christmas Mix-Up by N. Phillips

16091125Title: The Christmas Mix-up

Series: The Emo and the Jock 02

Author: N. Phillips

Genre: Contemporary, Christmas

Length: Short (35pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing (14th December 2012)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Everyone loves opening presents at Christmas. Especially when they know they’re getting what they want. But what do you do when you open a present and find that it could change your life for better or worse?

Evan and Cole have been together and helplessly in love for three years and have spent the last couple Christmases in blissful joy. But when Evan finds a Christmas present in the closet and decides to open it unbeknownst to Cole, things start to get really confusing. Evan thinks what’s in the box is just a funny prank but Cole seems to think it’s much more. Cole suddenly rushes out of the house, leaving Evan scratching his head. Will this turn out to be the best Christmas of their lives? Or will it be one of the worst?

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Review: Evan and Cole are celebrating Christmas in relationship bliss. Everything is going great, until Evan finds a hidden present and opens it. When Evan admits what he has done and admitting he will never wear the present, Cole storms from the house and Evan is left in confusion as to what he has done. Can Evan and Cole clear up the mistake or will Kyle be able to help to smooth the way to the happiest Christmas of all?

We re-join Evan and Cole as they celebrate Christmas together in their new house and we see how a simple mix-up causes pain and then joy. This is a very sweet story with angst and heartache unwittingly caused, followed by pure joy and happiness as the truth come out. Evan and Cole are wonderful characters, who love each other completely. But, when a mix-up happens communication goes down the drain, until Kyle intervenes and Cole realizes his mistake.

This story is fun, light-hearted and angsty with some incredibly hot making up and loving. Crossed wires and forgotten gifts causes problems for our two favorite characters, but it isn’t long before they realize the mistake and make up for it in more ways than one. I really enjoyed this story and was very happy that the author got the timing just right and didn’t let the storyline drag on for too long. Just leaving us in confusion for long enough that we can guess what might have happen and why Cole reacted the way he did. This is a perfect Christmas romance with misunderstandings, but lots of happiness and joy and some smoking hot sex.

I will recommend this to those who love Christmas joy, a touch of angst, a misunderstanding, hot sex, lots of love and a very, very happy Christmas for an emo and a jock.

The Emo and the Jock by N. Phillips

Title:  The Emo and the Jock

Series:  N/A

Author:  N. Phillips

Genre:   Young Adult

Length:  Novel

Publisher:  Silver Publishing (June 23rd, 2012)

Heat Level:  Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts

Blurb:   Evan Harris and Cole Morgan couldn’t be more different. Evan is a lonely, abused Emo who longs for a better life, while Cole is the popular quarterback of his high school’s football team.

Unbeknownst to Evan, Cole is gay and has had crush on him for years. Evan wants nothing more than to graduate and leave his current life behind him. When he finds he is failing math, his teacher gives him a second chance in the form of a tutor, who just so happens to be Cole Morgan.

Cole and Evan quickly grow close, and before they know what hit them, they seem to be falling in love. Little do they know Charlie, Cole’s jealous ex-boyfriend, is spending his time scheming to break up the happy couple. Stalking and watching Cole’s every move, he wants nothing more than to have the jock become his again, whatever the price.

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Reviewer:   John

Review:  Everyone knows that I’m a sucker for these types of novels and that maybe the reason why I was expecting so much more from The Emo and the Jock. Yes, I loved the plot since in this case; the jock was the smart one while the emo needed the help to pass math. The love story instantly pulled me in and soon I found myself loving the characters and story line.

There are just two things that I didn’t like about this story. One was the fact that the writer referred to Evan and Cole as the emo and the jock so many times. I wondered why she chose to do that, since it did flow with the story well. Another thing I dislike was the fact that we never found out why Evan’s father abused him the way he did. Evan was the last reminiscence of his wife. He should have treated him like his most precious possession. Why the abuse?

Overall, it was an enjoyable read and I would totally recommend it since it does not follow the traditional nerd/jock love story which I happen to love. It is spanking new and fresh and very well written by N. Phillips