Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Series Review Tour: Accidental Roots by Elle Keaton #Review #Giveaway

Storm Season (Accidental Roots #1): Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 308 Pages


They say you can’t go home again, Adam Klay doesn’t intend to until the death of his father, a famous artist, forces his return to Skagit, Washington. Cleaning up his father’s chaotic life was never on Adam’s bucket list. Worse, Adam finds himself inexplicably drawn to the elusive, terminally-clumsy, gorgeous, Micah Ryan. No way is he getting involved with someone from his hometown, he’s always insisted the best view of Skagit was in his rearview mirror.

Micah Ryan has been coasting on auto-pilot since his family was killed in a car accident a decade earlier. He runs a web business and has an irritable cat. He hardly leaves his house, unless it is for his afternoon espresso. His world tips upside down when Adam Klay rolls into town. For the first time in years, he feels alive. Unfortunately, Micah’s return to the living has been noticed and is not appreciated.

Someone has a secret. Someone is exploiting the vulnerable youth population in Skagit. Teenagers are disappearing, young women turning up dead, the dirty secrets of Skagit are surfacing.

No Pressure (Accidental Roots #2): Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 224 Pages


Home is where the heart is, right? Except when it's not. Not when you're afraid for your life.

Joey James has given up on finding his 'Prince Charming'. There is no such thing, he needs to be realistic about his chances of a lasting relationship. A chance encounter with a former school mate at the local grocery store changes everything-maybe. Before Joey can decide what to do about it, he is swept into a terrifying scheme. Forced into helping a dangerous stranger in exchange for his family's safety, Joey begins a perilous journey into the criminal underbelly of Skagit. He will do whatever is needed to protect his family.

Buck Swanfeldt had a secret crush on Joey James in high school. Social anxiety and a two-year age difference made it impossible for him to approach Joey then. Life since high school has been challenging. And lonely. Eight years later, fate brings them together and Buck decides to act. He utterly fails. He would have left it at that, except fate seems to be intent on pushing Joey in his direction, and clearly Joey needs someone at his back.

Dark, sordid secrets hiding in Skagit are bubbling to the surface, danger lurks in unexpected places. Buck has never been anyone's hero but something about Joey has him throwing caution to the wind. Together the two men take on a dangerous force greater than themselves. But sometimes our worst enemy is ourselves.



This was a great mystery romance! A mystery is tricky and I'm generally a hard sell when it comes to them because I hold it to a different standard. In the end, it has to be amazing. I have to understand the who, how, why's. On the whole, I was impressed!

Adam is a piece of work. He's a great detective but his line of work has made him into a bit of a grump... or so I assumed at first. When we learn about his childhood things make more sense. His mom left him and his dad, that's changes a person. He pretty much was the grown up of the two. But it's his dad and his dad was an artist and he wasn't a bad man at all. When Adam is forced to return home due to his father's passing you truly feel for him.

The secondary characters were awesome and colorful. I love when an author writes great secondaries. They are the meat of the story and often forgotten or underused. Not here though. Well done there.

In the Booking Room - a coffee shop in town- is where we meet Micah. He's a man with a heartbreaking past and I very much wanted to put him in my pocket. He's somewhat a recluse due to the life he's led and only ventures to the coffee shop. So, he does get out just not a lot.

Of course, there's a murder while Adam's there, has to be or there wouldn't be a story. This is also how Micha and Adam's romance grows. I love, love. love them together! Great chemistry with these two, wonderful and intriguing mystery, and I loved Elle Keaton's writing style. A win!


No Pressure is book 2 in Elle Keaton's Accidental Roots series. I recommend reading book one, Storm Season, first because there is some carryover and closure from there.

This book is the story of Joey and Buck. Buck rocks! He is everything. A fumbling sweetheart. When he's around Joey I just wanted to squish him. The attraction with these two is instant and watching Buck interact tugged at my heart.

This author really nails the chemistry with her characters and adds a believable depth to each one. I can't begin to explain how vital that is and Elle Keaton has mastered that.

Through all the drama and suspense this story had the pacing was on point with the plot and the romance. It flowed really well. Sometimes I feel rushed when there's action and love involved but not here.

The ending had me a slobbering mess so grab tissues. It's not a bad cry don't panic! I'm really enjoying this series and this author!

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Author Bio

Author, photographer, rare Pacific Northwest Native, Elle grew up in Seattle, WA., with the Cascade Mountain range to the east and Olympics to the west. Less than two hours northwest lie the majestic San Juan Islands. To the northeast is the Methow Valley and the scrub deserts of Eastern Washington. Geography ripe with material.

A graduate of Western Washington University, Elle has a BS in biology which taught her to be tenacious. The closest she has come to biology since then is having two kids. Like an experiment or something. She’s lived in four states (none of which were gaseous), London England, and Hong Kong; always knows what time it is, and has no problem finding parking even in the most difficult places. Cannot balance a checking account.

Elle's series Accidental Roots, mostly set in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington, will make its debut spring of 2017. Storm Season is tender, sometimes irreverent, full of nosy neighbors and help when the hero didn’t think he needed it. Writing has always been a passion but not something she was able to take seriously until recently. Now her head is full of ideas and not enough time in each day.

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