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In Search of a Story by Andrew Grey

In Search of a StoryIn Search of a Story by Andrew Grey
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Novel:  60,852 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  3
 

He’s searching for a story but finds so much more.

Brad Torrence is next on the chopping block at the newspaper where he works. Hungry for any source he can find, he runs across an ad in the classifieds: For Sale: Nursery Items, Never Used. It’s the lead he’s been looking for. Thinking a piece about the loss of a child will give him the edge he needs to keep his job, Brad follows up. He doesn’t expect a single man to answer.

Rather than being offended, Cory Wolfe finds sharing the story of his grief and pain liberating. He’s even surprised by the spark that strikes, and one story leads to another.

Brad digs into his stories and Cory’s life, eager to know everything about the man who’s caught his attention. But when a lead points him to the hospital where Cory works, he unearths a mystery that might have been safer left buried. Brad’s search for a story could prove deadly….

Excerpt

He’s searching for a story but finds so much more.

Brad Torrence is next on the chopping block at the newspaper where he works. Hungry for any source he can find, he runs across an ad in the classifieds: For Sale: Nursery Items, Never Used. It’s the lead he’s been looking for. Thinking a piece about the loss of a child will give him the edge he needs to keep his job, Brad follows up. He doesn’t expect a single man to answer.

Rather than being offended, Cory Wolfe finds sharing the story of his grief and pain liberating. He’s even surprised by the spark that strikes, and one story leads to another.

Brad digs into his stories and Cory’s life, eager to know everything about the man who’s caught his attention. But when a lead points him to the hospital where Cory works, he unearths a mystery that might have been safer left buried. Brad’s search for a story could prove deadly….

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The Best Revenge by Andrew Grey

The Best RevengeThe Best Revenge by Andrew Grey
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Novel:  69,281 Words
Purchase at Amazon
Roses:  3
 

Tyler O’Connor, a successful antiques dealer, meets aspiring artist Mark Burke when Mark’s mother decides to sell some of her antiques collection. Tyler is enchanted by the quiet, reserved artist and works up the courage to ask Mark to dinner. Despite the date’s success and their mutual attraction, Mark’s happiness takes a blow when his mother learns that he is gay and throws him out of the house. Unsure of where to go, Mark shows up on Tyler’s doorstep and finds shelter.

Tyler’s encouragement and support help kick-start Mark’s career, especially when Mark finds that Tyler inspires him in the bedroom as well as the studio. But they’re daunted when bad memories of the past, struggles in the present, and fear for the future strain Mark and Tyler’s budding relationship. As the old saying goes, the best revenge is living well—and in this case—loving well, and with that in mind, Mark and Tyler go in search of happily ever after.

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This book was a bit bland.  Now the writing was good and the plot interesting but it was too….perfect.  The characters have neither had much experience in real relationships.  Tyler hasn’t dated in years and Mark was in the closet to his family.  When they got together it happened so fast and without the hiccups that would follow with something developing this quickly.

The sex scenes weren’t all that interesting.  A pet peeve of mine is over using a sexual related word.  I read butt a lot.  I don’t think this word is particularly sexy but can read through a scene with it but the repeat in the sex scenes throughout the book really put me off.

The characters are great romantic ones and make you wish there were people like this all over but they were just a little too sappy.  Now this isn’t saying some couple couldn’t be this way but they barely fought and when it did happen it was not well explained and on top of that everything seemed to be handed to them pretty easily and a bit, in my opinion, unrealistically.  There was some tragedy but it was fairly easily recovered from and everything fell into place after that.  It all is just a little too perfect.

I normally LOVE this author’s work and this won’t put me off the rest of the series or deter me from reading more of his work.  This one just didn’t work for ME.

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The Good Fight by Andrew Grey

The Good FightThe Good Fight by Andrew Grey
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Novel:  62,536 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  3
 

Jerry Lincoln has a problem: his Sioux Falls IT consulting business has more work than one man can handle. Luckily, that means he can hire some help. Jerry just hopes his new employee, John Black Raven, ends up being more helpful than distracting—but John’s deep eyes and long hair are very distracting.

John came to town for an education and a chance at a life he couldn’t have on the reservation, but what’s important to him now is getting a job and keeping it. Six months ago, his sister died, and now her children are in foster care. Despite having the law on his side, John can’t get custody—can’t even see his niece and nephew.

As Jerry and John grow closer, John discovers he doesn’t have to struggle alone. Jerry helps him win visitation rights and provides much-needed support. Yet their victories aren’t without setbacks. Child Services is tangled up with money, politics, and red tape, and Native American children are their bread and butter. But John and Jerry are determined to fight the good fight and to win—in more ways than one.

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Jerry is a self-employed man whose business is growing faster than he can handle.  He decides he needs help.  One of the men he hires is an American Indian, John Black Raven.  John has been struggling to get his sister’s children back from the foster care system since they were taken after his sister’s death.  Due to the way the system works John is fought at every step.  Jerry starts to fall for John right away and the two begin a relationship and struggle to get John’s nephew and niece back to him.

I loved the concept of the story.  The information put out there about American Indians and the struggle they sometimes face today.  I lived near a reservation as a child and I can tell you it is so sad and depressing.  I know some of those kids thought life would give them no options.  The story itself though fell flat.  Yes, there were tough times getting the kids back but really it wasn’t very angst producing.  You knew those kids would end up where they belonged so it was hard to get into the thought of John actually losing them.

John should have been a much stronger character.  He has been fighting for months and should have already done many of the things that Jerry suggests.  It makes no sense with the character that he wouldn’t have done many of these obvious suggestions.  Jerry also I have issues with.  I thought for a man that has such ready access to a lawyer he would at least asked one for advice.  Not necessarily hired one, John’s pride and all that, but to at least mention the trouble to his own lawyer would make sense.  The characters have a split personality with conflicting aspects of their personalities.

The romantic relationship was easy.  So easy for them there was no real conflict.  I think there would have been lots more conflict between the two men.  The story loses something by making it so easy on the two men to create a relationship.

All of that said it is a nice little read when you don’t want so much drama in your read.  The book projects a “happy” atmosphere overall.  It is simple and uncomplicated to read.  I would say a comfort book but it doesn’t quite reach that level for me.  This is one of the few reads I wish for a half but half of a rose doesn’t really make sense;)

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