Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sam’s Reviews

Title: Sam’s Reviews
Author: Jan Irving
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-900-3
Genre: {M/M}, BDSM, Mystery
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Sam’s life became a living hell after returning from Afghanistan. The only thing that kept him going was the romance novel he was determined to write. When his second book is rejected, Sam spirals back into hell. When his family needs him however, Sam is able to pull himself back together. During the process he meets Tall, the man should be his enemy but instead, becomes his everything.

Fans of author Jan Irving come to expect strong characters as well as strong story lines. Readers will be glad to know that they get just that with her latest release, Sam’s Reviews. The characters are amazing. Sam is an injured war veteran, who has not always adjusted well with his limitations. The way the author portrays Sam, his struggles with overcoming his injuries, substance abuse and caring for his family ring true. Sam is also all top. Tall, however, is an easy-going bottom who happens to be the architect for the new high rise going up in Sam’s downtrodden neighborhood. These two are drawn together from the beginning; you can see the pages heating up with every meeting.

There is also a bit of mystery woven into the story, as someone is out to run Sam and his neighbors from their homes. There are a lot of secondary characters who could fit the bill of bad guy and I must admit that it was the last person I expected.

All in all, this was a good story, both on the romance front and as a mystery. Sam’s Reviews is sure to get Jan Irving many new fans.

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