- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 631 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Loose Id LLC (2 Dec. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QJEJ7VO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #492,276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Hitting Black Ice Kindle Edition
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I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.
This story contains mention of domestic violence and suicide. If these subjects bother you, just be aware.
I really LOVED this story. It was about hope, love and trusting in yourself and others to do what's right. Hunter and Shawn have a cute, albeit a distant relationship with each other. They have "dinner" together and I thought it was such a sweet thing. Their crush brought me back to my younger days when looks across the way were all I could muster. What Shawn and Hunter's relationship evolves in to is one of pure trust and love.
Despite the few hiccups in the beginning such as the crazy ER catastrophe and the evasiveness of Shawn, both men are able to see past their skittish exteriors deep in the soul of the other. Hunter's past is less than rosy as well, with Jerry a constant internal reminder - the tiny devil sitting on his shoulder telling him he's not good enough. I thought that having Jerry's voice in the story really made Hunter's past and struggle much more realistic. It was like having some of Jerry right in the story, despite him not really being a character.
As for the FBI and Hunter's family - they were all great additions to the story. Hunter's family, without question, coming to the defense of Hunter and what Hunter believed showed how true family stick together. That despite their reservations with Hunter's ability to choose a partner well (especially after Jerry), they stuck by him, because they loved him.
I would definitely read more Heloise West. I hope she writes another story so that I can learn more of what happens after this one concludes. I would love to see where Alex's life goes. The only little thing were the typos and missed spacing. I think one more read through with an editor and they will catch these things.
I found the pace of this story uneven and the character development awkward. And the editing! At one point, early in the book, a typo actually gives away a character’s second identity, causing immediate confusion and later let-down. The romance in this story worked at times, but it felt a little bit instalove, then hot and cold to keep the plot moving. I enjoyed Hunter at the start and I came to like Shawn/Alex at the end, but neither man was entirely memorable.
Moving between narrative voices and moving back and forth in time takes a certain amount of skill. I felt like this story just lurched awkwardly between perspectives. Shawn/Alex’s backstory left me feeling dizzy and confused, as did the FBI double agent story. Even by the end, I was trying to keep characters straight and figure out who the goodies and baddies were.
So, while this had some exciting parts and a little romance, it wasn’t a favourite. The m/m genre has come a long way with action and adventure stories and I’d recommend readers look to writers like Abigail Roux, Charlie Cochet, SE Jakes and Kindle Alexander for stories of action, adventure and romance before looking to this one.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Inked Rainbow Reads.
I don't want to give too much away - as the suspense is a large part of the story. However if you enjoy romantic suspense, I can highly reccommend this book. There's real soul to the story - and what really struck me was how realistic I found both Shawn and Hunter. Their characters jumped out of the page, and I felt as if I was reading about real people.
The action scenes are well handled - sometimes I get 'lost' in an action scene. I think I must be a fairly visual person, because I often pause in action scenes to have to try and imagine what is actually going on - and I sometimes struggle. I never did so here. The way the scenes play out, they unfolded from the page with a very cinematic quality.
The relationship between Shawn and Hunter is very touching, and you really root for them throughout the unfolding drama.
Finally - I absolutely loved Nick. He's a hottie!
Great read and highly recommended.
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3.5 stars...I would have given this 4 stars had we got a solid ending or at least had been told this is the first in a series. I'm just left feeling unfulfilled wondering what the future holds for these great characters.
Currently there are two books in the Heart and Haven series, and I strongly recommend reading both of them in the correct reading order. These two books have the same MC's and characters and storylines from Book 1 do continue into Book 2. Seriously, I know I always say it, but you really, really, really need read these in the correct order!
Hitting Black Ice - Heart and Haven Book 1 by Heloise West
A lot happened in this book. It begins as a typical book set in a hospital, but it doesn't take long to disabuse me of that notion. Hunter loves his job in the ER as a physician's assistant. He comes from a family of law enforcement, and just like them, thrives on the controlled chaos and constant change. Hunter has a difficult and crazy past with an ex-boyfriend, and doesn't do relationships now. He has a crush on another hospital employee, but repeated attempts to get Shawn to go out with him, haven't gotten him anywhere. For his part, Shawn keeps to himself and is secretive. He's attracted to and noticed Hunter, but his life does not allow him to get close to anyone else. When drug dealers with weapons end up in the hospital, Shawn and Hunter work together to stay alive which leads to a supply cabinet life affirmation "meeting" when they survive the ordeal. But, if you think this is the end of the crazy, you would be wrong. This is just the beginning.
Once it got started, this story was non-stop action.
I liked both MC's and felt bad for both of them with their history but didn't have a strong connection to either of them. Honestly, I'm a little surprised with their history that I didn't feel more about them. I think maybe there was just so much action, that I didn't really feel the connection between the men. I mean, Hunter walked away from a job that he loved, and put his life on the line for Shawn/Alex, but I just didn't understand how he went from no connections to this. I really liked that both men had such supportive families, and thought they were great characters in this story. At first, the pace of this story was slow, but the author hit warp speed and suddenly there was chases, guns, FBI agents, drug dealers, kidnapping, and love on a path to giving Shawn a future. Once you get past the slow start, this is a fast paced book filled with action, two likeable MC's, supportive families and a HFN ending.
Rating: 4 stars