Friday, July 1, 2016

Promotional Post: Heart and Haven Series by Heloise West #Review #Giveaway

Book: Hitting Black Ice
Series: Heart and Haven (Book 1)
Publisher: Loose id
Publication date: December 2, 2014
Length: 240 pages

Reviewed by Morningstar


ER physician's assistant Hunter guards his heart carefully, but that doesn't stop him from falling for Shawn, the front desk clerk.  He keeps his distance from relationships for a reason, but just can't help himself when it comes to Shawn.
Shawn is on the run from the law and love to protect himself and anyone else involved. One man is dead because of him, and his life now is simple and easily thrown into a bag at any hint of danger. Until he meets Hunter, and he no longer wants to run.
Forced into a hostage situation, buried passion explodes in the aftermath, and sex in the supply closet brings their hearts back to life. Tentatively, step by step, they begin to explore a relationship together until the past catches up with Shawn.
FBI agent Nick Truman has finally found his man, but when Shawn escapes, he focuses his attention on Hunter. Shawn returns, even though it means sacrificing himself to save Hunter from the man who framed him for murder.

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Hitting Black Ice

Two damaged men. One with a secret and one with a past he can’t seem to escape. Love isn't always easy but for these two the world is working against them in more ways than one. Do they just walk away of what could have been or do they fight for each other and the future they could have?

Hunter works as a physician's assistant at the ER a place that gives him purpose and helps him work through his demons by helping others. He is a work in progress trying to overcome a past that won’t go away when he gets a major crush on the front desk clerk Shawn. When he gets rejected by Shawn he think that's the end but of course life has ways of taking fate out of our hands.

Shawn has a secret that he is desperate to keep hidden because exposing it could mean his death. But after a hostage situation and one moment of passion makes it hard for him to walk away from Hunter even though he knows it not only puts himself at risk but Hunter as well. When push comes to shove he knows he has to give up on the love if he wants to save the one he loves. Shawn disappears and HUnter learns the truth...or does he?

This was a really awesome story full of action and hot sexy scenes that just grabbed you along for the ride. I really loved the development of Hunter along the way with him being able to confront the past to be able to move forward plus watching him choose love over the job that feeds his soul was truly a great step for him. Both are very well developed characters that were both damaged by someone else’s actions but in turn save each other from the path they thought their lives were on. I felt the beginning was a little slow at times but overall it had great pacing. The secondary characters didn’t feel like secondary characters to me since so many played a major role in the ongoing story of Hunter and Alex, aka Shawn, for the whole book. Which I can say is something I love that not a lot of authors or stories achieve.

Overall a great read and I cannot wait to start book 2 Send Lawyers, Guns, and Roses!!

Book: Send Lawyers, Gins, and Roses
Series: Heart and Haven (book 2)
Publisher: Loose id
Publication date: April 18, 2016
Length: 258 pages

Reviewed by Morningstar


When Hunter and Alex (formally Shawn) are given the vacation of a lifetime, it’s a chance for them to pay attention to romance and get out of the path of danger. The tiny Caribbean island of Saba is gorgeous, the first to have marriage equality, and the Sabans are the nicest people on earth.

There’s lots of rum poolside for relaxing and a room with a mirror on the ceiling for passion. Hot karaoke nights, cold beer, and new friends. 

Their new friends Orfeo and Max, and Max’s sister Talisha, share a troubling secret. Alex and Hunter want to help. As a hurricane bears down on them, a dead body surfaces, and a purple backpack loaded with stolen jewels leads a pair of dangerous men to the island.

Alex would rather poke his own eyes out with a pointy stick than call on his old enemy Nick Truman for help; he’d also do anything to keep Hunter out of danger. But even his nemesis can’t reach them now.

Once again, they only have each other to depend on as their paradise is about to become hell on earth.

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In Hitting Black Ice we get to meet two damaged men Hunter and Alex, aka Shawn, that we are able to help each other get over their past and overcome the danger hounding them. This book is about their continued struggle to stay together despite everyone telling them it won’t work and the new obstacles coming their way.

Alex and Hunter have come a long way in a short amount of time. But they are strong and as long as they keep communicating they can stay that way. Alex had to find a new him after being on the run for so long because he is no longer the man that wanted to educate children, he has changed way too much for that. But he has found a new purpose, becoming an FBI agent. Hunter isn’t happy with this because he feels it will put Alex in danger and take him away from Hunter way more than he likes. The past and its dangers always seem to be there taking focus away from each other so given the opportunity from Alex’s mom's to get away for three weeks, they take it. What could go wrong?

I thought Hitting Black Ice was action packed, this one takes the cake! The action scenes were better and kept me on the edge of my seat. The mystery of Orfeo, Max, and Talisha are keeping hidden is driving Alex and Hunter crazy. Through asking questions of the trio they become friends and when all is finally revealed they decide that they NEED to help. Again these guys find themselves in a dangerous place that could take them from each other but their love and faith carry them through despite hurricanes, Russian mob, and jewel thieves!

Hunter was so broken last book that he dead ex kept creeping into his head at the worst of times making him doubt himself, I was happy to see that he has come a long way when in this book that didn’t happen. DO not get me wrong he still has panic attacks but the author has shown us that he is improving. Alex also has grown up so much since book one, he still has his doubts that Hunter really wants to stay with him but overall this character has proven he can change and grow.

Truly a great action packed book with danger, the beach, and of course smoking hot love! I hope that we can see a book 3 because Hunter and Alex make a great team, in and out of the bed ;)

Author Bio

About Heloise West:
Heloise West, when not hunched over the keyboard plotting love and mayhem, dreams about moving to a villa in Tuscany. She loves history, mysteries, and romance of all flavors. She travels and gardens with her partner of 10 years, and their home overflows with books, cats, art, and red wine.
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  1. Thank you so much, Morning Star and Diverse Reader :D

  2. Thank you for the reviews and giveaway. I love finding new authors.

  3. hi heloise and cant wait to read these

  4. Thank you for the giveaway chance and review! It looks like an awesome read =)