Author: KC Burn Book: Tea or Consequences Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht Publication date: September 22, 2017 Length: 210 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Riley Parker: temp, twink, geek… sleuth?
Maybe Riley isn’t living up to his full potential, but being a temp executive assistant suits him. He’s never bored at work, he’s got friends who let him geek out, and he’s got a carefully crafted twink exterior… which might be getting constrictive now that he’s on the other side of thirty. Life isn’t perfect, but it’s comfortable.
It all unravels when he takes a job working for a tea-obsessed cosmetics queen, the owner of Gautier Cosmetics. During the launch party for a new product, Riley finds his boss dead under suspicious circumstances, and the homicide detective is none other than Tadeo Martin, Riley’s high school obsession who never knew he was alive.
Tad drafts Riley to get the scoop on the inner workings of Gautier, and for Riley, it’s like a drug. His natural inquisitiveness is rewarded with more and more Tad. Unfortunately, his snooping puts him in the running for two other roles: suspect and victim. The killer doesn’t care which.
When I read the synopsis for this I was so on board. It sounded majorly intriguing. Murder, mystery, and mayhem. What’s not to love?
This is told entirely in Riley’s POV. That was interesting. He’s a temp working as an executive assistant to Gabriella Gautier, boss lady extraordinaire. It’s no secret that she’s the murder victim in this. We read that in the blurb. I didn’t realize we’d actually get some page time with her. That was awesome.
I paid attention to everything she said and did in the short time she was here and I have to say, when it came to the discovery of the who, what, where, when, and how, she was pretty vital.
Riley, he’s wonderful. I wasn’t sure he’d be able to carry the whole book but he did. The detective on the case is his old high school crush. Riley looks a lot different than when he was in high school but Tadeo doesn't and he still does it for him.
So much of this story is the murder mystery. Yes there’s sweet romance but I didn’t feel like it was the main focus of this story. At one point I wasn’t sure Tad and Riley actually would get together in the end. The chemistry seemed to be there a little, but for a while I just was like, “If it happens it happens.” It just didn’t call to me as something that needed to be. It wasn’t until the last 20% of the book that these two starting clicking for me.
I loved Riley though. His friends, all the adventures he goes through while trying to find a killer and not be their next victim.
If you LOVE whodunits then I really do feel like this is an awesome book for you!
An Enemies to Lovers Shifter, Vampire True Mates story.
Justice Volkov is the youngest Alpha Zenith to ever lead the wolf shifters. Following in his father’s large paw prints was a responsibility he met head on. Now at age thirty-three, he is alpha of the alphas. As a direct descendant of the original Siberian pack, his wolf is bigger and stronger than Justice, himself is sometimes able to control.
His wolf howled long and hard but Justice kept it inside. It felt like a bass drum beating against his rib cage. The harsh breaths, angry snarls and the determined pacing inside him was overtaking him.
Justice takes his role of leadership and his legacy very seriously. He has little time for romance, not to mention a true mate. His packs are his priority. With a human government trying to regulate them, an uprising of rogue shifters, and a violent team of scientists trying to experiment on them, Justice has his hands way too full.
Chadwick ‘Wick’ Bentley is not enthusiastic when the captain of his escort tells him he has to leave his comfortable London home and go back to the States. As the Vampire King, he has no choice but to get his species back in line before they cause anymore chaos. At over one-hundred years old, Wick is no one to trifle with, but his smooth, charismatic manner makes him quite unique, despite the negative reputation vampires have. Wick has had nothing but time up to this point. He doesn’t feel the need to make issues pressing. Nothing is urgent in his life. Until he meets Justice. His beloved.
“Natural enemies can’t be mates.” Or so Justice thought. He knows his skepticism and rejection is hurting his mate, so while he fights their connection, Wick gets help from a source very close to Justice to help him win his beloved’s heart. Wick is a force all on his own, but when he’s blessed with a special gift from the Mother herself, not even Justice’s powerful wolf can prevent the prophesy from being fulfilled.
This story DOES NOT contain/mention MPREG. No multiple pairings. No cliffhangers. It ends with a very HFN.
Warning: This book is MM paranormal: If you DO NOT like hot, alpha men shifting into large wolves, or vampires feeding from their mates, this may not be your read.
Justice barely held back his wolf’s howl from answering his mate. He was on the private deck in his quarters, looking out at the dark forest at four-thirty in the morning, reliving every moment from the time the Vampire King entered the conference room to the moment he ran from him.
Justice couldn’t stop the painful yell that escaped him and likely filtered to the ends of the pack lands. He dropped down on both knees, trying to breathe through the fight he was having with his wolf. He wouldn’t go to the vampire, he wouldn’t answer his mate’s call and his wolf was tearing him apart inside because of it. It wanted out. Its mate needed comforting and Justice was preventing it.
He wasn’t ready to make the commitment. He had responsibilities. He needed time, but his wolf was making it his top priority, making Justice feel like he wouldn’t survive another day without the vampire. The mate pull shouldn’t be that strong so quickly. It made no sense. They also shouldn’t be able to communicate telepathically without having actually mated. He didn’t know what was going on.
“Justice!” Justice couldn’t answer his beta. Alek was banging on the door, in seconds he’d kick it down if Justice didn’t say something besides grunts and groans.
“Alpha.” Another voice called out with Alek. “My pack is concerned.”
Oh no. Now the Humboldt’s Alpha, Mikel, was at his door, too. Everyone could probably hear and feel Justice’s struggle, sense his anguish. Justice couldn’t focus on trying to shield his scent when he was using every bit of his strength to keep his wolf inside.
Justice heard it again – that gut churning plea, in the sexiest accent ever – and this time he had to grit his pain through clenched teeth as he fought against his instincts. His wolf howled long and hard but Justice kept it contained. It felt like a bass drum beating against his ribcage. The harsh breaths, angry snarls and the determined pacing taking place within him was overtaking him. All the while, his mate kept calling to him and Justice wouldn’t answer. He tried to quiet the link but he couldn’t. All it did was give him a brain-splitting headache, something he’d never felt before and never wanted to feel again. He could still feel the King in his head. Talking to him and his wolf. Every now and then his animal would settle, but never for long. Wick’s pain was palpable, so were his anxiety and fear. Not only was Justice’s wolf hurting immensely, but he was too. Chadwick Bentley was the other half of him, but how? That wasn’t even possible. Or so he thought. Justice had never heard of a shifter/vampire mating. Just like no one heard of a shark and a lion mating. Where would they live? They were completely different species without a single thing in common. All Justice wanted was a couple days to pray to the Mother for guidance, consult his brothers. He wouldn’t take what he desired, what was easy. There was more at stake than his own selfish wants.
The loud crash of the door hitting the wall and splintering – into way too many pieces to repair – was the next sound he heard after he fell to his hands and knees. Don't shift. Don't shift. Fight it. Justice chanted in his mind.
A.E. Via has been a best-selling author in the beautiful gay romance genre for four years now, but she’s no stranger to MM. She’s been an avid reader of gay lit for over fifteen years before she picked up her laptop to place her own kiss on this genre. She’s also the founder and owner of Via Star Wings Books, having published a couple great new up and coming MM authors.
A.E. has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Virginia Wesleyan College that she used to start her own paralegal firm after she graduated in 2008. She spent five years preparing and filing bankruptcy petitions for struggling blue collar workers who couldn’t afford to file with a lawyer. It was a rewarding and satisfying career… but another path called to me. Writing.
A.E.’s writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to adventure, to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
Now that she’s gotten over her 10 books published hump, she’s kind of known now for her hardcore, play rough and love hard, bad boy, alphas. However, I do like to push myself to step out of my comfort zone, exploring with different tropes, but I won’t push myself into a whole other genre. I’m head over heels for gay romance and I have tons of more hot stories to tell.
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