Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Blog Tour, eARC Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway: Hitting Black Ice by 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.

Book Name: Hitting Black Ice
Author Name: Heloise West
Publisher: Loose ID
Published: December 2nd 2014
Cover Artist: Syneca Featherstone
Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, M/M Romance, Mystery, Romance

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.

It was nine o'clock. They'd long lost the reservation. Hunter turned away from the warm lights of the restaurant, heart heavy. Shawn was too good to be true. For all he knew, he had a problem like Jerry's, who'd often left him waiting, wondering, and ultimately fearing as dinner sat cold on the table. He gave in and took a step toward home.
He whipped around.

Shawn rushed toward him. He slipped on the snowy sidewalk, nearly going down, but Hunter ran at him, and they crashed together so hard his teeth clicked. Shawn's arms went around him and his around Shawn, and they managed to hold each other up.
"I'm sorry," were the first words out of Shawn's mouth.
"All you deserve is pizza crusts," Hunter mock-growled and kissed him, unconsciously trying to taste booze on his breath. Like Jerry and too many broken promises. Relieved it was only peppermint mouthwash, he didn't stop kissing him.
When Hunter let him speak, Shawn said, "I'm starving, I'll take it." He pushed Hunter a little away from him. "Jesus. You're freezing."
"And starving. There's a Greek pizza place down this way, come on—"
"I'll make it up to you," he said, taking Hunter's hand.

Review by multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Hitting Black Ice. That title alone sent shivers down my spine as I personally have hit black ice and I got lost in the whirl, twirl and chaos of losing control. Thinking back, that was some scary thing happening and what made it worse was that there was no way to gain back the control unless I actually took control. That is a confusing thing to say but that is what I felt, what I thought, what I did and I gained it back. This is what Heloise West wrote about. When losing control meant taking the bull by its horns and just gain said control back by hook or by crook. It takes courage, it takes logical thinking, but the end result is: survival.

Hunter and Shawn fell in love amidst the chaos of a hostage takeover. That kind of love is never reliable for it develops at the heat of the moment and can fizzle out unexpectedly. The true surprise was that their love, instead of losing steam, gained more heat. The more dangerous the situation, the stronger the feelings became. 

Unfortunately, Shawn had secrets and they were dangerous ones that would mean getting Hunter in the middle of something he knew nothing about and it can have fatal repercussions. He did not want that so sought to break off whatever it was they were going through but the buts came in a tidal wave of feelings and he could not swim against the current. He knew he was lost. So he stuck it out. But the past comes knocking on the door and it meant he had to go disappear to protect Hunter.

Hunter has had a traumatic past, no thanks to a mentally unstable boyfriend. He lost control and was trying to gain it back. Then Shawn was there and it was like the fates had it in for both men and just shoved them into each other. It was hard to resist and he refused to resist. When Shawn disappears, Hunter knew he had to either let go or continue to search and maybe offer the help his lover needed.

This was a very fast read for such a heavy plot with a whole lot of things going on that involved the FBI among other things and characters. Complicated this story may be but it really worked for me. The pace was fast and never lost its heat, especially when the erotic scenes between the two male characters got in the middle of the tense situation and actually lightened up the read... but in a HOT! way.

Great story. Highly recommended for those who like intrigue, mystery, thrillers, suspense and HOT! man on man action. Romantic? Not really. Just a great love story and I loved it.

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