Afternoon Delight: Secrets and Ink by Lou Harper

Afternoon Delight: Secrets and Ink by Lou HarperSecrets and Ink by Lou Harper

Genres: M/M Romance
Published by Samhain Publishing on 10 December 2013
Pages: 128
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars      four-flames

When Karma writes you a ticket, pay up or else...

If life was like the movies, Jem Mitchell's wouldn't be such a mess. In LA's glittering world of dreams, he works an unglamorous job at a gourmet grocery store. His past is so deep and dark, the details are lost even to him. All he knows is he was once cursed by a meter maid, and ever since, his love life has sucked.

When Detective Nick Davies becomes a regular at the store, Jem dares to hope he's un-hexed at last. He should have known that sex with a remarkably normal guy, devoid of weird fetishes and fatal personality flaws, was too good to be true.

During a post-encounter cuddle, Nick recognizes the tattoo on Jem's back—and remembers him as a young hustler he arrested nine years past.

As Jem's memories come crashing back, he flees from Nick, but fate contrives to keep pushing them back together. And when Jem's old partner in crime is found murdered, the stakes are raised for life, for love, and a dangerous drama with no guarantee of a Hollywood ending.

The Delight

Hollywood scandals, a curse, a murder, a bumbling impulsive yet lovable guy and a hard detective provided an entertaining read from start to finish.

Review

Jem Mitchell was a character that had me smiling and laughing from the first line.  He’s this guy who is impulsive, gutsy, witty, and stuff just happens to him.  He screwed up his life as a teen, had a near death scare him straight, and now living the clean and wholesome live is going to kill him.  I thought hottie Detective Nick Davies was a great foil for Jem.  They are opposites, but the chemistry was there and they played up well in their fun and flirty and sometimes acrimonious exchanges.

The murder mystery was the big element that got things rolling and brought Jem and Nick closer together and it was not obvious to get the solution, but it was a fun part of the story, too.

This was my first time reading a book by the author and this was a first in a series.  Sadly, its published by the now defunct Samhain so I’m not sure when or if the author will put this book/series up with another seller.  I do recommend it for those who enjoy m/m romantic comedy suspense.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #125 LGBT
Mt. TBR #61
Books N Tunes #20 Pink’s Trouble

Recommendations

Review Acrobat by Mary Calmes Review Shock & Awe by Abigail Roux 

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Romantic comedy suspense? Now that perked my attention. Great review Sophia Rose 🙂

    • Quite the combo of genres, right Vanessa? I had a good time with it. Thanks!

  • Great review. Hopefully, the author will either find another publisher or will self-publisher.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Yeah, I hope she gets a chance to go with someone else or self-pub, too. This was a fun one and there are three other books in the series.

  • Oh he sounds like a fun person for sure. Bummer on it being with Samhain.

    • Jem was very fun and his friends are right up there as great characters too. Yeah, bummer I won’t be able to get all their stories until the books can get a new publisher or she can publish them indie.

      • Have you tried Booklending.com? Not sure if they’d be up there but if someone owned them and they were lendable you might be able to borrow them that way still.

        • I didn’t know about that one. I’ll have to check. Thanks, Anna!