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Kentucky 98 Proof

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med_Kentucky98ProofTitle: Kentucky 98 Proof
Author: K.C. Kendricks
Publisher: Amber Allure
Buy Links: PublisherAmazon
Genre: Contemporary m/m romance
Length: Extended Novella (34 k words)
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 rating stars

A Guest Review by Feliz

Summary Review: A nice, unassuming boy-meets-boy story, set in wintry rural Kentucky.

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River Walk

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Title: River Walk
Author: K. C. Kendricks
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Buy Link:River Walk
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance / Paranormal / Mystery
Length: 41,000 words
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 rating stars

A Guest Review by Raine

Summary Review: Worrying times for Fallon and Sundown as a reality check intrudes on their wonderful and intriguing relationship.

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Double Deuce (An Amethyst Cove mystery)

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Title: Double Deuce (An Amethyst Cove mystery)
Author: KC Kendricks
Cover artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Publisher: Amber Allure
Amazon Buy Link: N/A
Genre: Gay Mystery
Length: Novella/27k words
Rating: 4 starts out of 5

A guest review by Sirius

Summary: An interesting start of a new series about the life of another cop turned private investigator, but one with which I had some issues.

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Between the Moon and the Deep Blue Sea

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Title: Between the Moon and the Deep Blue Sea
Author: K. C. Kendricks
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Buy Link: n/a
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
Length: Novella- 26k
Rating: 4 out of 5 rating stars

A Guest Review by Raine

Summary Review: A change of lifestyle and growing maturity provides hedonist toy boy with chance for a real relationship.

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Beneath Dark Stars

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Title: Beneath Dark Stars
Author: K. C. Kendricks
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Buy Link: Beneath Dark Stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Paranormal/Shifter/Mystery
Length: Novella (29k words)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

A guest review by Raine

Summary Review: An unexpectedly real and romantic exploration of a developing relationship between two unlikely lovers, set against the urban backdrop of a cold case murder mystery.

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The Back Stairs by K.C. Kendricks

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Title: The Back Stairs
Author: KC Kendricks
Publisher: Amber Allure
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance/Paranormal/Shifter
Length: Novella (102 pages)

Ratings: 3.5 stars out of 5

A guest review by Lily

Review Summary:

A policeman who’s feeling disillusioned with life meets a young man who will open up his eyes to a whole new world.

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A Hard Habit to Break

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Title and Link: A Hard Habit to Break
Author: K.C. Kendricks
Publisher URL: Amber Allure
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: Extended Novella (32K Words)
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

Summary Review: Two men who love each other have to decide if that love is worth all the heartache of starting over 13 years later. Both are scared but in the end these wonderful conflicted, scared characters understand the true meaning of trust and love. I liked it and I think you will too.

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Seducing Light

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Title: Seducing Light
Author: KC Kendricks
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
Genre: Contemporary GLBT (M/M)
Length: Novel/ 250 pages
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5

A guest review by Kassa

THE BLURB:

Asher Myles struggled to put his life back together after an identity thief striped him of everything but his talent for capturing light and shadow with a camera lens. With a new job and a new start, Asher’s on his way to Montana—and a meeting with the man he’s fantasized about since he first saw him on the silver screen.

Nick Light, actor, director, and Hollywood royalty, doesn’t like paparazzi. When he agrees to have his Montana ranch photographed for a style magazine, the unexpected happens—he falls for the man with the camera. Nick’s secret comes out when he realizes Asher is also gay.
If there’s one thing Nick can’t resist, it’s a man with a talent for seducing light…

THE REVIEW:

This is a very sweet romance that has a lot of elements incorporated within the story, yet the author manages to skim over most and focus on the emotion between the men and slow emergence of a committed relationship. A solid story for the most part where readers and fans of the author will likely ignore any inherent problems, focusing instead on the satisfying romance and resolution at the end. There is some anxiety and miscommunication involved as well as problems relating to the differences between the men but for the most part there are few real problems. Be sure to save this one for those times when you just want something appealing, satisfying, and light with a touch of angst and drama to round out the book.

The plot is a tried and true story about closeted movie stars and the men they eventually come out for. This particular offering doesn’t offer anything inventive or refreshing on the well known theme but nonetheless has delivered a comfortable, absorbing read that is likely to satisfy romance lovers. The writing helps with a lyrical quality to the prose, allowing a fluid read to the point that I barely realized I’d read the whole book. This style of writing was especially evident during the sex scenes where the author conveyed the romance and emotion much more heavily than explicit language and action. The point of view is first person from Asher’s perspective and he is a strong enough character to pull it off for the most part. His telling draws you in at an even pace and carries the story along rather well going from sex scenes to angst to the brief dramatic argument. This does leave the story rather predictable though and relying heavily on coincidences, which I found somewhat annoying after a while, so you’ll need to get by this to want to continue with the book.

The characters are engaging and likeable, but still somewhat contradictory. Both are older men (40s versus the rampant 20s in romance books), having their share of success and setback and are at a point in their lives to seek commitment and stability over casual sex. Asher especially, for all this tragic past and drama, is almost untouched and unfazed by setbacks of his past. He seems to drift along with an integrity and strength that is at odds with his easy going personality. He claims to refuse to sell tabloid shots when he was losing his livelihood, his house, his car, and his very identity supposedly demonstrating an iron integrity that can’t be questioned. I found this aspect odd as the photographs in question were taken when Asher was in a pack of other photographers so none of these were stalker pictures or especially unique. So if selling a generic photograph of a star you admire would help you save your house, who turns that down? Additionally, Asher’s reaction to a fight with Nick, who he knew for about a week or so was much more dramatic and intense than his reaction to even his parents and twin sister’s death. The author offers pat explanations for this, but it felt weak and contradictory to the character presented.

Even with these problems and there were a few others, Asher is interesting enough to capture your attention and Nick is a classic character. Very much a strong, silent type that is a slave to his wealth and fame within Hollywood, he has no intentions of coming out even to appease his unhappy life. His attraction to Asher is immediate and he seemingly can’t help himself, taking risks that are out of character. Nick’s reactions to Asher also make little sense and little is explained about Nick other than a wealthy family he loved who never accepted him. Nick is a deeply unhappy man, which makes his final choices at the end even more surprising. However, for all this the focus is on the romance between the men and less about their actual character development and the outside forces.

There are a lot of elements presented within the pages from Nick’s closeted sexuality to the threat of scandal and exposure and none are handled very well, if at all. The ending is very romantic with a love conquers all type theme where no resolution is offered. An epilogue is added, jumping forward almost two years to wrap everything in a neat bow without offering any real explanation to the resolution of problems—merely that everything is wonderful. This, in combination to the other problems with the characters and plot, had this sliding into an entertainment read that I didn’t connect much with but was very sweet to read regardless. Some of the prose and scenes were straddling that line of too sappy, but on the whole it worked for the tone and effect the author was striving for.

This is the type of story that is perfect for curling up with on a rainy afternoon when you want something very romantic with a minor touch of angst.

Give Me One Night

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Title and Link: Give Me One Night
Author: K.C. Kendricks
Publisher URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure
Genre: Contemporary GLBT (M/M)
Length: Novella
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

THE BLURB

When passion changes the rules, one more night can alter the future……On St. Patrick’s Day, Brody O’Connor joins the revelry of the yearly pub crawl, hunting a like-minded man for a night of fun and frolic with no strings attached. When a mystery man in an emerald green shirt engages Brody’s interest, it doesn’t take long for the hunter to become the prey. Well-matched with his mystery man, Brody regrets his “no strings” approach to a night of shared passion that leaves him hungry for more. The morning after, Evan is gone, as agreed.

Brody knows it was a mistake to let him go, and vows to find him. Evan also never expected to meet someone like Brody. Now Brody wants to change the rules, and Evan decides he’ll give Brody one more night to convince him to stay.

THE REVIEW

Brody O’Connor wanted to have a night out with his friends. It had been a while – since he broke up with his ex who had cheated on him – so when his good friend dragged him to the annual St. Patty’s Day pub crawl he was determined to enjoy himself. The first person he sets his sights on is a man who kept eluding him playfully all night as they went to different bars along the route, until Brody eventually caught him. They spent the night together after agreeing that it would just be fun and games, but it seemed that they had a lot in common, in addition to playing and a mutual attraction. The sex and the burgeoning feelings between them pointed to more than having a good time ~ they had something special ~ so Brody and Evan decide to explore this further. For both men it was a dream come true to find a lover with whom they were so in tune. The next morning when Brody awoke Evan was gone and Brody had no way of contacting him, but Fate was kind and he found the man of his dreams again later that day.

As they got to know each other better and shared their secrets it was evident that they had a lot in common, including feelings of abandonment, for different reasons. Evan left on Sunday for a family dinner with promises to return so that they could spend the remainder of the weekend together, but it was not to be as he did not come back. Turns out he was involved in a serious accident, which changed their plans and the course of their lives.

Up to this point I really loved this story. However, there was a fly in the ointment. The rest of the book dealt with some pretty serious family matters on Evan’s side, starting with his father whose anger and hatred of Brody seemed a bit forced and overdone to me; the rest of the family didn’t appear to be any more accepting of Evan’s sexual orientation but thankfully, they were not as vocal. The serious problems dealt with, not the least of which was Evan’s recovery, were jammed into 50 pages which appeared to have too much complexity, “coming out,” trust, and ‘family’ issues on both sides in this short story. But Brody’s and Evan’s love mitigated this somewhat, and in the end I enjoyed the book.

K.C. Kendricks’ writing in Give Me One Night overall was excellent and enjoyable as always. My only concern was the number of topics dealt with in the remaining third of the book, however I think readers will enjoy Give Me One Night and I definitely recommend it.