Review: Hot Blooded by Kendall Grey

Thriller/suspense  w/ erotic & supernatural elements



I might be a little bit of a Kendall Grey fangirl. I’m not going to lie about it. Ever since we reviewed Inhale a couple years ago, I’ve been on the bandwagon, and it’s been a crazy ride. Just when I thought she’d reached the pinnacle with her Hard Rock Harlots series, she goes and gives me Hot Blooded.

This is not a love story. Not even close. The main characters, Blake and Keahilani are good people who do very bad things for the people they love. Their family. ‘Ohana.

The importance of family is central to the story. The risks that both Blake and Keahilani take are solely to benefit the people they consider family, and though they start falling for each other—and have lots of dangerous, kinky, crazy, violent sex along the way—they both know that family comes first. When Kea’s fledgling drug empire is threatened by Blake’s boss, she manages to push her attraction to the paohe aside to deal with the bigger issues at hand. But Kea’s problems are bigger than someone encroaching on her territory, and they’re coming from a place she least expects.

Kendall adds an extra layer through journal entries written by Kea’s mother as a teenager, then later as an adult mother of three children. They’re about when she met the future father of her children, and the ups and serious, serious downs, and the layer of crazy they add to the entire mix is both vital and sometimes overwhelming. Though Kea and Blake take the spotlight most of the time, Kendall rounds out the entire family from both deceased parents to Kea’s brothers.

One of my favorite aspects of this book is how heavily Hawaiian culture permeates every single page. Between the Alana family’s love of surfing to the explosive (no pun intended) imagery of Pele and quite a bit of mythology, Kendall’s love of the culture is incredibly evident, and it makes the entire book that much richer.

And let me tell you, the twists and turns this book takes are pretty shocking. I couldn’t stop reading. I had to know what would happen next and how many more times I’d be wrong about what I expected to happen. Hot Blooded is a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat and sometimes dangles you off the edge of a cliff, but it’s an exhilaration you won’t want to end, even after you read the last page. I’m more than ready for book two of this series.

This Week’s Read: Hot Blooded by Kendall Grey

hot bloodedWhen an accident claims her mother’s life, Keahilani Alana must take charge of her family or risk losing what little they have. With an underage brother to care for and no education, she has few options. The door to a heavenly hellish opportunity opens when she stumbles upon a valuable secret her mother left behind on the slopes of an extinct volcano—a legacy that tempts the family with riches beyond their wildest dreams. But the secret is much bigger and more sinister than they realize. As reality unravels and exposes eerie truths about the siblings that should have remained deep under the mountain, Keahilani must either resist the call of her blood or risk being consumed by its darkness.

Blake Murphy is an assassin working to infiltrate a new Hawaiian cartel. His investigation reveals that Keahilani, the sexy surfing instructor he pegged as an informant, is much closer to the drug ring than he thought. Passion ignites between them in the bedroom, but their ironclad ties to opposing interests pit them against each other everywhere else.

When tensions reach the breaking point and her family is threatened, the only cure for Keahilani’s hot-blooded fury is a loaded clip with a body bag chaser.

* HOT-BLOODED is a suspense/thriller that contains drug use and graphic sex, language, and violence. The story is intended to entertain, not to condone or glorify illegal or immoral activities. This book is unsuitable for sensitive readers and those under the age of 18.


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About the Author:

Kendall Grey is the self-appointed past, present, and future president of the Authors Behaving Badly Club. A whale warrior and indie freedom fighter, she spends summers in the corner (usually with a dunce cap on her head) and winters hunched at the peak of Mt. Trouble, fiery pens of fury (complete with invisible ink) flying across the pages. She has a big set of cajones, and she’s not afraid to use them. In her spare time, Kendall speaks your mind so you don’t have to.

Kendall lives off a dirt road near Atlanta, Georgia, but don’t hold that against her.

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Review: Night Watch by Linda Hall

Genre: Mystery

Rating: Yay!

NW eBOOK COVERI don’t think I’ve ever read a mystery on a boat, unless you count binge watching NCIS (I don’t). Which, when you think about it, is an awesome place to have a mystery – the whole suspects all in one place scenario. And this story is so good – both in how it’s written and in the story itself.

When Emily Ridge accepts her first captaincy for a deluxe boat, she never expects to find this much trouble abroad. The daughter of eccentric billionaire Roy Patterson goes overboard and is found dead, and from there, Emily’s life spirals down a path that’s a little too familiar for her, as her husband Jesse was killed a few years prior.

This mystery is great – it weaves the mysterious circumstances around Jesse’s death with the girl’s death, and we quickly find out there is a link between the two. I particularly like how much of the lifestyle shone through, as someone who is a complete boat idiot but enjoys a cruise down the river. Getting a peek into how and why someone would want to be a ‘boat bum’ as Emily calls it was awesome.

There’s quite a bit of intrigue in this story, from oddly suspicious people to overly friendly old acquaintances, and that tied with the on-going events unfolding means this is a great read. Each chapter builds the story further and faster, and I found myself resenting having to put down the story to do mundane, real life things. Who wants to cook dinner when there’s a murderer around?


The only thing that gave me a bit of a pause in the story was one particular character, who had a brief past with Emily and instantly raised my suspicious meters. There were one or two instances with this fellow where I felt like Emily, who normally seems pretty logical and smart, flip flops so suddenly it didn’t really feel realistic, which meant I felt like one of the reactions may have been shoehorned in to make the plot fit. It was odd enough that it stuck out to me in an otherwise quite well-written story.

Given the phenomenal rest of the story, I feel the tiny things can certainly be excused under the guise of human foibles. This book freaking rocked, and I really, REALLY want to read the rest of the series.

Night Watch can be found at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

This Week’s Read: Night Watch by Linda Hall

The first in a new series, Night Watch, is my read for the week!

NW eBOOK COVEREm is a boat captain. She’s not a huge container ship captain who takes goods and containers all over the world, nor does she helm ferries or tugboats (although she could – and maybe in a future book she will.). She’s not in the military or Coast Guard. She’s not a police force boat captain. What she does is deliver boats. She’s someone who gets hired by people to take their boats (usually luxury yachts) from Point A to Point B.

Normally, a fun job. You get to spend time on other people’s fancy boats! But in Em’s life, mystery, murder and mayhem always follow.

After the mysterious death of her husband, Em Ridge decides to go for her Coast Guard captains license. Night Watch is the story of her first captaining job. Having the billionaire’s daughter go overboard on this first job is not a good sign. The sailboat is new, state of the art, her crew on this trip include two close sail­ing friends. But an unknown fourth, who can’t even tie a bow­line, and the unruly owner’s daughter turn the idyllic trip into an adventure not wanted.

Award-winning author Linda Hall has written twenty mystery novels plus many short stories. She has written for MultnomahHall Picture night watch Publishing, WaterBrook Press, Random House, and Harlequin’s Love Inspired line.She’s now on her own as an author/publisher, and loves the freedom and control this brings. Most of her novels have something to do with the sea. When she’s not writing, Linda and her husband Rik enjoy sailing the coast of Maine aboard their 34′ sailboat aptly named – Mystery.
Night Watch can be found at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Review: Counterfeits by Kris Bock

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Rating: Yay!

It’s been a while since I jumped into a Romantic Suspense novel, and previously it’s been difficult for me to enjoy the genre. So, when this book hit the inbox I had to give it a chance.

I won’t rehash back cover blurb, but I will say I enjoyed the backdrop of New Mexico, the plethora of secondary characters that are fleshed out, and the villains. Bock does an excellent job of creating characters to root for and ones to despise.  Each person is unique and rich in history and details, as well as goals and motivations.

The hero is not a rich man, but he’s a good man, willing to do whatever he has to in order to protect those he loves. I’m impressed by the author taking risks with a hero who’s not a billionaire or traditional bad boy. Instead he’s the guy with a mysterious past, but who’s changed his life for the better over the years. The risks pay off and I really enjoyed Rob.

My only hesitance is toward the heroine, Jenny. At times I felt her character waffled and appeared less intelligent in some parts of the book, only to appear super intelligent in other portions. These challenges made it hard for me to get behind Jenny or connect with her in the way I wanted to. Yet, she pulls through about halfway into the book and represents the type of person I believed her to be.

As for plot, Bock whips out a doozy. The twists and turns appear a little ruffled at the beginning, but everything comes together nicely and believable. Overall this first in a series is an enjoyable, fair-paced read. I look forward to more in this series. Heat level is closed bedroom door, but with plenty of first base action.

Buy Links: Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble ~ AllRomanceebooks ~ Smashwords ~ iTunes ~ Kobo

About Author: Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance involving outdoorAuthor Photo adventures and Southwestern landscapes. InCounterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico mountain town. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who stumbles on a murder victim in the woods. Whispers in the Dark involves archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins, and Rattled follows the hunt for a mythical treasure in the New Mexico desert.


This Week’s Read: Counterfeits by Kris Bock

Genre: Romantic Suspense


Painter Jenny Kinley has spent the last decade struggling in the New York art world. Her grandmother’s sudden death brings her home to New Mexico, but inheriting the children’s art camp her grandmother ran is more of a burden than a gift. How can she give up her lifelong dreams of showing her work in galleries and museums?

Rob Caruso, the camp cook and all-around handyman, would be happy to run the camp with Jenny. Dare he even dream of that, when his past holds dark secrets that he can never share? When Jenny’s father reappears after a decade-long absence, only Rob knows where he’s been and what danger he’s brought with him.

Jenny and Rob face midnight break-ins and make desperate escapes, but the biggest danger may come from the secrets that don’t want to stay buried. In the end, they must decide whether their dreams will bring them together or force them apart.

Buy Links: Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble ~ AllRomanceebooks ~ Smashwords ~ iTunes ~ Kobo

About Author: Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance involving outdoorAuthor Photo adventures and Southwestern landscapes. InCounterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico mountain town. What We Found is a mystery with strong romantic elements about a young woman who stumbles on a murder victim in the woods. Whispers in the Dark involves archaeology and intrigue among ancient Southwest ruins, and Rattled follows the hunt for a mythical treasure in the New Mexico desert.


Review: Beneath The Surface by Mike Martin

Rating: Maybe

Genre: Mystery

This is the third book in Martin’s, Winston Windflower mystery series. If you’re interested in what the Indies Gals had to say about the first book in this series the review is here.

The adventures of Windflower’s career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police continues with a murder and some questionable police activities. Our RCMP, has plenty of problems on his hands and finds himself not only wrapped up in a murder that becomes something much more, but assigned to a human trafficking task force. The mystery aspect snagged my attention real good, and I was anxious to figure out how everything tied together in the end. I have to say my detective skills are pretty good thanks to my healthy obsession with other mystery movies and books.

On the other side we get a continuation of Windflower’s love of food. I was treated to every dining experience the RCMP had during the course of the book and if anything this shows me the author has a similar love for cuisine and trying new things.

Finally props to Martin for giving us a Native American character who explores his roots. I found this part of the story fascinating as well and really enjoyed the diversity Windflower brings to the book. Not through descriptions of his skin, but through talking about his heritage and have an abiding love for it. If you’re a history fan, there’s plenty of Canadian/Native American discussion in this book, which makes me want to do some research of my own.

Now the part that makes this book a maybe. First, while I love the fact Windflower enjoys to experience the pleasures of eating, I tended to get jarred out of the story as Martin took me on a tour of every meal. I wanted the mystery, skip over the pleasant conversations and walks after dinner… give me intrigue and how Windflower is going to crack the case. Second, while Windflowers internal narrative is involved and I felt comfortable with him some of the secondary characters were a little wooden to me. Similar speaking habits, not a lot of diving into them outside of a love for food like our MC.

Overall, if you like mystery combined with a foodie adventure and a love for glorious settings then this would be the book for you.

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