Archive | December 3, 2013

Review ~ Comanche Fever by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Comanche FeverComanche Fever
by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Blurb:
As one of the last free Comanche warriors, Pea’hocso surrendered with Quanah Parker at Fort Sill in 1875. As if that wasn’t enough of a tragedy, an encounter the same night with a woman bent on revenge against his people turned him into a vampire, a blood-drinking creature of the night. Now it’s the 21st century and Pea’hocso goes by the name of Ned Big Eagle. He deals cards at an Oklahoma casino and lives a solitary life on the edge of the Wichita Mountains. His undead existence is anything but enjoyable but Ned endures –what else can he do–until he meets history professor Anne Delahanty.

Anne evokes emotions and desires he hasn’t known since he was still human but Ned tries to resist the temptation. He can’t bring the woman he realizes he loves into his vampire life. Or can he? The question gnaws at what’s left of his soul as he wonders if revealing the truth will cause him to lose Anne forever. When she rejects his efforts to tell her, Ned figures reality will crash down on them both when they least expect it. If they survive the tragedy, there may be a future after all.

Diana’s Review:
Lee Ann has trusted me to read for free and review, also for free her book Comanche Fever.
After a rough start, I really got into the story of the book and find I love it. The writing starts of
ind-of stiff and difficult to understand or get into the flow of the story as told by Pea’hocso, a
Comanche warrior back in the late 1800’s. Moving forward into today’s time period, in Lawton,
Oklahoma, the flow of the story becomes easier and I imagine it is because the warrior is getting better
at translating his thoughts into the white man’s world. He was so proud and full of anger towards
those who would coral his people and restrict their movements. Even more outrageous, a white
woman he doesn’t know bites him and turns him into Vampire as a curse against the Comanche
who destroyed all she loved.

Upon meeting Anne Delahanty, Pea’hocso who is now Ned Big Eagle, finds an attraction he never expected.
Anne is part Comanche from way back in her ancestry and fascinated with the history of the Comanche as well
as other Indian tribes. She teaches Indian History at a college in Lawton and she finds Ned Big Eagle to
be fascinating. As their attraction for each other grows into something more, Ned seems to become
alive or more interested in more than just existing.

I liked the infusion of Comanche history into this story. The story itself follow a predictable pattern, but with
the inclusion of Indian history and the writing style which gets must more grammatically correct and easier to read
I find that the beginning of the book with it’s stilted writing, short and sometimes confusing sentences moving into
the easier flowing writing and more complete and articulate sentences, adds to the feel of the book.

I have to say I liked it quite a bit.

hearts 4Flames 4

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Saving Sam ~ Megan Slayer

MS_Saving%20Sam_MDSaving Sam
(5 flames)
GLBT, Gay, Contemporary, Erotic Romance

Give up his dream or go for exactly what he wants?

Sam Grau never planned on seeing his former best friend again. One-night stands worked well enough to ease his heartache and loneliness…except he wanted more. He’s got a choice—chase his dreams or the man he loves. He can’t have both.

Josh Thomas never gave up on finding the one man who understood him down to the cellular level. He walked away once, but not a second time. He’s willing to sacrifice his heart and pride to show his quirky friends the men they’ve both become, all in the name of saving Sam.

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~Excerpt~

Josh plopped down on the bar stool and studied his old friend. The man modeled efficiency. In ten minutes’ time, he cleared the tables, soaked glasses in water, and shut neon lights off. He still embodied the free spirit Josh had been in school. The red tips brought out the hazel in Sam’s eyes, and the guyliner accentuated the planes of his angular face. He even kind of liked the piercing below Sam’s bottom lip. What would it feel like if they kissed?

Heaven, more than likely. He’d wanted to tackle his former best friend for a quickie so many times, but never had. Somehow the line “we’re better as friends,” didn’t wash now, any more than it had back then. And who was this Ziggy? He didn’t remember his friend calling his junk by a name, but what did he know? Things changed with time. Maybe now he did and maybe he’d finally gone after his calling. A couple months earlier, he’d posted on Facebook about the club he still wanted to start for the LGBT youth in the area. Had he started the club yet? God knew he could use his past to help others.

“I need to wipe the tables down, then sweep.” Sam grabbed the broom and headed for the far side of the room. The chains on his pants swung in time with his steps. In the garish light, the red in his hair stood out even more but didn’t detract from the light in his eyes. Hell, he preferred him with the unusual hair color.

He mused on their collective past. Sam had worked the thin-and-nerdy look in college, but he’d grown gaunt. Dark scruff decorated his thin cheeks and sprinkled down his neck. His shoulders slumped more, and he didn’t make eye contact as much.

Looks didn’t matter. He’d always had a crush on his friend. In school, he’d sworn he wouldn’t act on the feelings because they got along too well. They’d ruin the friendship with sex. Too bad his heart had never forgotten his former roommate.

Sam stopped running and wiped the sweat glistening on his brow. “I forgot how much work there is when Jen and Clay aren’t here.”

“Then let me do some.” Josh grabbed his hand. “Come here.”

Author Bio:
When she’s not writing the stories in her head, Megan Slayer can be found luxuriating in her hot tub with her two vampire Cabana boys, Luke and Jeremy. She has the tendency to run a tad too far with her muse, so she has to hide in the head of her alter ego, but the boys don’t seem to mind.
When she’s not obsessing over her whip collection, she can be found picking up her kidlet from school. She enjoys writing in all genres, but writing about men in love suits her fancy best. The cabana boys are willing to serve, unless she needs them. She always needs them. So be nice to Javier or he will bite–on command.
She also masquerades under the name Wendi Zwaduk.

 

For more information, please visit this author’s webpage.