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Reviewed by Heather C

SERIES: Agamemnon Frost Trilogy
AUTHOR: Kim Knox
BOOKS: 3
PUBLISHER: Carina Press

Agamemnon Frost and the House of Death (Book One, Agamemnon Frost Trilogy)

BLURB: Liverpool, 1891

Click image to view full coverDecorated artilleryman Edgar Mason was forced to find new work when the British Empire replaced its foot soldiers with monstrous machines. Now he waits on the Liverpool elite as a personal servant. He has just one rule: he won’t work for fashion-addled dandies.

Agamemnon Frost, however, is far from the foppish man-about-town he appears to be. He’s working to protect the Earth from an alien invasion being planned by a face-changing creature known as Pandarus. And on the night he plans to confront the aliens, he enlists Mason to assist him.

For a man to love a man is a serious crime in Victorian England. But when Mason meets Frost, his heart thunders and his blood catches fire. And when Pandarus drags the two men into the torture cellars beneath his house of death to brainwash them, Mason’s new passion may be all that stands between him and insanity.

REVIEW:

Okay, this was crazy!

The cover is what first drew my interest to this story, but when I originally read the blurb for this, I was immediately turned off by the Victorian England-slash-alien invasion concept.  Then, something kept pulling me back to it over and over, and when I finally realized it would be a trilogy, I decided to give it a try.

It’s Liverpool in 1891, and Edgar Mason, a former soldier, has been hired for the night to play manservant to Agamemnon Frost, a well-dressed gentleman *cough* and guest at Sir Randolph’s dinner party.  Mason soon realizes that ALL things aren’t what they seem and the two men soon find themselves on the run…from Martians!

I’m going to separate my review into parts: first half and second half…

For the first half, the entire first half, I was so lost and confused I almost gave up.  There was a lot of “alien speak” and I couldn’t figure out what the other characters were going on and on about.  Plus, all the Greek references were lost on me.  I couldn’t visualize any of the alien contraptions, nor could I picture what the bad guys were doing to the MC.  It was like all this was written for a higher level of intelligence and my measly, human brain could not comprehend the complexity of it.  Like I said, it was a real struggle for me to continue reading.

Then, for the second half, like right AT the 50% mark, something changed, and all of a sudden, it was making sense and I was really interested in what was going to happen.  The story was still crazy, but by then, it was a fun crazy in a creative and unique way.  I now believe that the beginning was meant to be confusing and hard to follow, since we are getting the story from Mason’s third person POV, and not necessarily a poor execution from the author.

My favorite part of this story was the sexual tension between Mason and Agamemnon.  There’s lots of heat there that I really hope will finally reach a climax in the next book. (Yes, I can’t wait to read it; I must find out what happens).  I am really, really intrigued by Agamemnon and want to know more of his secrets; and I want to know what’s really going on in Mason’s head.

I’m giving this one 3 stars for the fact that it failed to hold my interest for a large part of the story.

Don’t let the historical aspects scare you if that’s not usually your thing, because the feel of the story is more science fiction, alternate universe.

Heather rates it – 3-stars-out-of-5-300x70

BUY LINKS: Carina Press :: Amazon

Agamemnon Frost and the Hollow Ships (Book Two, Agamemnon Frost Trilogy)

Click image to view full coverBLURB: Edgar Mason is ready to embark upon his new life at Agamemnon Frost’s side. But all is not perfect. His Martian overlord, Pandarus, has implanted a dark voice in his mind, a voice that urges betrayal. And though Mason can keep close to Frost, there’s little room for romance under the watchful gaze of the engineers from Station X.

That changes when Mason and Frost reopen their investigation into their old enemy’s whereabouts. Posing as double agents and investigating cryptic rumors of “hollow ships,” they find him impersonating a London banker and worm their way into his confidence.

But their success brings them trouble in spades. Pandarus takes them into the belly of his ships, where he plans to transfigure them into mindless automata. And with Earth on the brink of invasion, Frost’s old flame Theodora reappearing and Pandarus’s brainwashing growing more effective, Mason and Frost will find their bond tested as never before.

REVIEW:

I’ve come to the conclusion that science fiction just might not be the genre for me.

So, Mason is still trying to adapt to his “changes” and is working as Frost’s valet, but now they are stuck at Station X and really can’t explore any of that unresolved sexual tension that’s been building up between them.  Mason is also still struggling with the whispers in his mind that keep telling him that Frost is a traitor and urging him to report that to his master.  Nestor decides that Mason and Frost need to go check out the “hollow ships” and see if they can find Pandarus.  And that’s where things begin to fall apart…

I didn’t think it was possible, but this story was even more difficult for me to follow than the first one.  I couldn’t picture ANYTHING that was happening to the characters or the setting around them.  There were chambers, and spikes and ships made out of human skin…I think.  It was all over the place!  Mason kept thinking he was dying and then he would wake up and I would be even more lost. Then, I think there may have been some kind of time travel to an earth made of living skin…or was it dead skin?  I have no idea because then it was gone…I think.

The sexual tension/romance was much more lacking here than in the first book.  Previously, Frost was all ready to fuck Mason, and then when he finally has a chance, he turns him down!  But not before giving Mason a hand job that I couldn’t even see in my head. And Mason keeps going on and on about how Frost needs to be with his former fiancée, Theodora, even though Frost has told him over and over that he wants Mason and not her.

I struggled reading this from the first page to the last, but I’m still going to read the third book to see how this mess ends.

Heather rates it – 

BUY LINKS: Carina Press :: Amazon :: All Romance eBooks

PRE-RELEASE REVIEW: Agamemnon Frost and the Crown of Towers (Book Three, Agamemnon Frost Trilogy)

Click image to view full coverBLURB: Edgar Mason is losing Agamemnon Frost despite everything they’ve been through–the passion, the torture, the heat. Frost’s fiancée, Theodora, is back, and Mason can feel his lover gravitating toward her. Every day he sees them together, it tears at his heart.

Frost feels raw himself. His brother and sister-in-law are missing, and his guilt about failing to save Theodora from Pandarus eats at him. His feelings for Mason, whom he has put through hell twice already, just twist the screws tighter.

On top of that, Pandarus and the Martians are back to make their final push to Earth, and Frost and Mason are duty bound to fight them. People are vanishing. Bodies are turning up burned beyond recognition in the slums. The bleak, human-less future Frost and Mason saw in the hollow ships has nearly come to pass.

And in order to prevent it, each man will have to make a final choice: lose his lover or doom the world.

REVIEW:

Probably my most favorite book of the series and the most coherent…for the most part.

After rescuing Theodora, Mason and Frost are now protecting her at Frost’s home, Greenbank Hall, and trying to keep the darkness in her mind from taking over. Then, Frost’s brother, Menelaus, and his wife go missing and Frost decides he must take action against Pandarus and discover what the puzzle of The Crown of Towers really is, and choosing between Mason or Theodora’s safety.

For about the first 75% of this book, I was really liking it and was able to follow what was going on.  We get to see more of Frost’s vulnerabilities when it comes to the safety of Theodora; and Mason’s jealousy of Frost’s “engagement” to her.  We also get to see a resolution to all the sexual tension between Mason and Frost…and it’s totally HOT!!

For the last 25% of the book and the big climax where earth is saved from the invading Martians, well, this is where I got confused again and I’m still not sure I understand what really happened. Somehow Mason was the brain of Pandarus’s ship and then Frost’s cravat pin somehow becomes the key to saving the world. Huh?

In the end, Mason and Frost are free from Pandarus and Theodora and can now live happily ever after.

So probably, this kind of science fiction just isn’t for me.

Heather rates it – 3-stars-out-of-5-300x70

BUY LINKS: Carina Press :: Amazon :: All Romance eBooks

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Reviewer: Sid Love

This trilogy by Chris Quinton consists of three books – Fool’s Errand, Fool’s Oath and Fool’s Rush – and is based in an alternate universe and a future timeline. The setting is Barcelona and the year is 2042. The whole series focuses on the lives of Xavi Escudero and Andreas Rousakis – their relationship and dangerous situations they get themselves into.

I decided it was better to write a review for each book individually and give you the idea of what you can expect when you buy this book. And I’d say, I recommend this to all those readers out there who love supernatural creatures like vampire or even if you only love ACTION this book is definitely for you.

Ratings for this whole series: four-stars_0

Warning: This review may contain spoilers

BOOK #1: FOOL’S ERRAND

 41lm6+l9lKLSummary: When Xavi becomes an accidental witness to the murder of a wealthy woman he knows exactly what to do – get the hell out of there, fast! Xavi lives on the edge of the law; he and the police don’t exactly mix. Unfortunately the cop who is sent after him turns out to have some rather unusual abilities, so it isn’t long before their paths cross – which is roughly when Xavi begins to realise that getting caught may be the very least of his troubles.

Review: Xavi Escudero is a gigolo by profession. He is highly attracted to older women, especially the ones with lots of gold and money and being a guy with great looks, he doesn’t find it hard to have his way with any of them – committed or not! Currently involved in such a relationship with a famous politician’s wife – Sofia Matas, Xavi suddenly finds himself being an eye-witness of her ruthless murder. The killer doesn’t see him but from where Xavi hides, he has seen the cruel man who had just killed the person he had liked a lot. Though when he realizes, he might have to deal with the cops, he makes a run from the crime scene.

Andreas Rousakis, a Warden of Renaissance community and temporarily liaising with the Barcelona P.D., is a vampire by nature and over a century old by age. He is mentioned to be a foreigner – an American – formerly working with the American security agencies. Partnered with detective Rico Aquilar, he is assigned the case to investigate the Matas murder.

Fighting with his own conscience, Xavi decides to give the PD a call and tell them what he had seen and the name – Raoul, as Sofia called him right before he put four bullets in her body. With his supernatural abilities, Andreas manages to track Xavi down and takes him under his safe custody. And things start to sizzle between the duo soon after …

Chris Quinton builds an entirely new universe for this trilogy and I must say, everything is well-thought of. Renaissance – where Andreas acts as a Warden keeping everything under lawful control – is a place where all the vampires are settled, quite away from the human population. They do not feed on human blood, nor are they much affected by the sun really (and please, they do NOT sparkle, either!). They survive on substitutes that are invented by a commited group of vampire scientists who work on it. Humans know of them ever since UN officially declared their existence, however are wary of them given the prejudices ingrained into their minds. According to this story, the vampires can be made by the traditional, some can even reproduce (rare possibility) but an intriguing concept used by Quinton here was that human can get infected by vampire blood and the transition can get triggered due to blood transfusion. A rather ugly process, as is seen, in my opinion but very smart thesis!

Quinton’s characters are adorable – yes I’d call the stiff, dominant Andreas adorable too. He is, in fact, the most favorite character of mine in this series. Although he remains so tough on the outside, you could see in his thoughts how tender on the inside he really is. Andreas is the one who believes strongly that Xavi is the man he has been looking for for so long! He is romantic and the times when he is jealous, I just felt like pinching his cheeks and saying ‘oh you silly lovesick man!’ or vampire, whatever…

Xavi is rather cocky and gave me quite a few laughs in between the scenes. But he disappointed me a lot with his immature actions. For one thing, he is a runner. When things got too much for him to handle, he would just take off rather facing it. The murder isn’t the only time he does that, by the way. But I must give the author kudos for keeping consistent with the character flaws. Also, Xavi might be a gigolo, but he cares for his ladies. He takes care of them but a simple question coming from Andreas more than once forces him to a thoughtful silence everytime …

Who takes care of Xavier Peres Escudero?”

Okay that might be a very simple sentence, but everytime Andreas asks him that question, I went “awww”.

The murder mystery – very exciting and keeps your interest up throughout the book. I wouldn’t say it was a mystery really, but still the thrill is there. The action scene is amazing and of course, the sex is hot! But it is what I said it is – the sex. The feelings of the two men are tender but you can’t say they are in love.

It is written well but this one isn’t the best of the series. Weighing with the writing of the third book, this one seems a bit off. Quinton indulges in a lot of detailed descriptions at times, which had me skimming through a lot of parts. But I guess, since it was the first book in the series, it was unavoidable.

Sid’s Rating: four-stars_0

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BOOK #2: FOOL’S OATH

416Tl+13DYLSummary: A rush of over-confidence on Xavi’s part and his friend dies bloodily. Xavi is forced to face the reality of his own nature and the depth of his relationship with Andreas. And then there’s the gold hidden in the walled-up crypt of the church …

Review: Let me tell you, Xavi is a fool… seriously! And never to believe a fool’s oath ever, Andreas should have known that before trusting his promise of staying out of trouble. When promises something like that, he is sure to break it. Being sent for by the American authorities, Andreas is required to go leaving Xavi alone at their home (oh yes, they have started living together now!)

Also, there’s another bomb-shell. At the end of the first book and during the action scene, both Xavi and Andreas are injured, but Andreas more. In trying to help him, Xavi gets infected and guess what? Well, you can guess …

Anyways, like the summary says he is getting used to his true nature now. Though the hard part only hits him later. While Andreas is away, Xavi is lured by his friend into helping him sell out a chunk of gold he has found hidden mysteriously beneath the grounds of a church. However, as they are taking it out, they are jumped by a few men and that ends up with his friend turned in a bloody corpse. The rush for blood is extreme and it takes a lot out of Xavi not to turn into those blood rogue of vampires. Because he knows well, Andreas would cull him!

I had a very difficult time getting through this book. The series would have been finished a lot earlier had it not been for this specific book. It was more than once that I kept this book away out of boredom, because to be honest, apart from the chapters where the gold, the friend and the above mentioned scene comes into picture, everything else is just plain. Of course, we come to know more about both the characters but this book basically was a bridge between what happens between the first and the third book. Also, there’s development in the two men’s relationship which is worth reading about. Without this one, third book won’t make much sense. So, like it or not, you would have to get through this one.

I mean, it isn’t that bad, but it is not that good either. The author, I believe, could have handled it in different, some interesting ways, but she didn’t and that is a disappointment.

Sid’s Rating: 535px-3-5_stars-svg

 

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BOOK #3: FOOL’S RUSH

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Yes, THIS is a damn good book! Right from the first word, I just knew I was going to LOVE this one. Unlike Book #2, Fool’s Rush was read by me in one go! I just couldn’t put it down, it was that enthralling kind that just makes you feel like if you even blink now, you are going to miss out on it! And oh boy! this book is NOT to be missed!

1150296Summary: Father Esteve hires Xavi to trace the true owners of the gold found in the crypt of San Pedro-by-the-Wall, but it’s an old and tangled web. Someone has an undisclosed agenda, and a rising tide of anti-vampire reaction sweeps through Barcelona. It’s focused on Xavi and Andreas, which causes additional problems with the vampires of Renaissance. Then Xavi meets a handsome young man who isn’t all he seems, and that’s when things begin to get even more complicated…

Review: I wouldn’t summarise the story with this one, because I am sure my rant for specific book is going to be long enough. Also, the summary above is quite clear on the facts of this story.

Chris Quinton is a fantastic mystery writer! And she builds the plot of this book with her skill and most of all, her experience. When I read this book, I could see an image of a mature, professional novelist in every word that Quinton uses. She has smartly handled every element of this story and different layers to her admirable characters.

I feel the need to slap myself for even thinking of not continuing with this series after the second book, because after one reads Rush, he comes to know that reading the second book wasn’t really a waste of time. I dare not say that at all! I apologize for having doubted the author’s talents because she has a strategy here that plays well.

When I finished reading this book, I knew the real reasons why Book 2 had to be written. It makes sense to have that bridge and anyways, life can’t be always action-packed, even for the fictional characters – that brings a dimension of reality to them.

Xavi is a fool, I repeat that again, but a fool always learns his lessons at the right time. Xavi does too, and by the time the series comes to an end, he seems to have changed so much that I almost couldn’t tell he was the same selfish, desperate, greedy, arrogant bastard that I was introduced to in the first chapter. Of course, some things never change and thank God for that. I love Xavi for some of his flaws too.

Change isn’t only for Xavi, by the way. Circumstances change Andreas too. To state the facts, it is Xavi’s love that changes him and it is very beautiful when they finally engage in the act to be committed.

The secondary characters are worth-noting of course. Of them all, I simply loved Rico. He is a fun guy, who is also a great friend to Andreas. I missed him in Book #2, although he did make a short appearance there and just stole the show! Then there’s a new character in Book #3, pardon me for forgetting his name, but he is the new Warden of Renaissance as Andreas gives it up to solely concentrate on his Barcelona PD job. Oh God! He is just hawt! Well, at least Xavi thinks so, but well his looks and the way he behaves – even if it isn’t very pleasant – I can see why Xavi is turned on by him. I really wished to read more about him, but sadly he is not much on the forefront.

Simply put, this  entire series is a perfect blend of intelligent plot, skillful writing and lovable characters!

Buy Links: BOOK #1: Fool’s Errand   ||   BOOK #2: Fool’s Oath   ||   BOOK #3: Fool’s Rush

This week, I bring you three new books, and an upcoming release.

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYT.A. Webb

Let's Hear it for the Boy-Medium Summary: Auntie Social is the biggest, baddest drag queen in Atlanta—she knows what she wants and she gets it. She’s tough, merciless, and top dog. That’s what Paul Stewart, reporter for the Journal, had heard, and all he expects when he’s assigned to interview the legend.. But nobody really knows the person behind the make-up.

What if…what if the person behind the sarcasm and music was more than just a man in a dress? What happened in his life that, thirty years later, made him a successful CEO, a philanthropist, and a legend in the gay community? Thirty years and almost a million dollars raised for people living with HIV/AIDs, yet still no one knows the real story.

Until one night, one man breaks through the shell, and Matthew Trammell—Auntie Social—opens the door he closed many years ago and lets his secrets spill out.

Pain is like rain, it covers your skin and soaks in bone-deep, but it eventually recedes and allows fresh things to grow.

Links to buy: Amazon

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THE PARK AT SUNRISELee Brazil

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Summary: First they were three, now there are two. Can Jason and Morgan make a relationship work without Paul?

For years the three of them had been inseparable, first as friends, then lovers. It’s been ten years since they parted for what was supposed to be a year apart to pursue their dreams. This isn’t the reunion they planned then. It’s nine years too late for one thing, and they are one man short for another.

In the years since Paul’s death, Morgan hasn’t exactly been waiting for Jason to reach out to him. He’s been too busy trying to forget, to move on. Until Jason sends the right message. Is the painting just an excuse to see his ex again?

MINI EXCERPT: “Damn it, Jason, I don’t want to go there. We can’t recapture the past! You are not my mother. You are not Paul.” I narrowed my eyes and gave him the look that intimidated school board members and recalcitrant football players alike. “Why did you send it if you won’t sell me the painting?”

“Were you here? May twenty-sixth, two thousand one? Because I was.”

I stared at him. My anger was fading, heart rate returning to normal. The heat from earlier was replaced by a chill that had nothing to do with the low temperature. Surely he was kidding. “Why? Why did you bother? Paul was dead by then. You had to know I wouldn’t come.”

“No, I didn’t. See, somehow, I never thought it was all about you and Paul. Somehow, I thought it was all about you, me, and Paul. I guess I naively believed that without Paul, you and I would need each other even more.”

Links to buy: Amazon

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FOOL’S ERRAND (Book #1 – Fool’s Odyssey Trilogy)Chris Quinton

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Summary: Xavi is a sometime hooker, sometime gigolo, working the rich pickings of wealthy tourists and bored socialites of Barcelona in 2042. His current meal ticket is Sophia Matas, the wife of a prominent politician. Then Sophia is assassinated and he’s the only witness. Within hours, Xavi finds himself in protective custody and in a safe house. His guardian is Andreas, a vampire liaising with the Barcelona police.

Andreas needs to exert control – of himself, his abilities, and his relationships. Now he must keep Xavi safe. If he can keep Xavi in one place long enough. They embark on an affair that will define who and what they are, played out in an deadly dance of kill-or-be-killed danger.

Links to buy: Amazon

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And finally, the pre-release announcement from Dreamspinner Press! The author who wrote successful books like “Luck of the Irish” and “Cowboy Way”, brings you a new book. It doesn’t release until 10th of April, 2013, but Dreamspinner has already announced pre-sale for the book.

HUNT AND PRAYCindy Tuff Sutherland

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Summary: Reporter Drew Edwards got too close to his story and now finds himself a hunted man. After being kidnapped and then released in Colorado Springs Forest, he has six hours’ headstart on a madman trying to teach his son a lesson.

Chance Collins gets one warning from his bigoted, abusive father: “Kill him or be killed.” Horrified, Chance sees only one real option—run with Drew. When he takes it, there’s no turning back. If Drew and Chance can work together, they might make it out of the mountains alive to the promise of a brighter future.

Click to read the excerpt and/or Pre-order: Dreamspinner Press

Excited much? I, for one, am!

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P.S.: All authors can submit a request for promotion of their newly released books on my blog. It will be presented under this section on Sundays. All you need to do is reach me through the “Contact Me” page of this website, mentioning your book name, the summary you want to display, the links of websites where the books are available for the readers to buy and any other information you’d want me to put in.