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REVIEW: Steal Away by Amber Green

REVIEW: Steal Away by Amber Green

Dear Ms. Green,

Steal Away by Amber Green cover imageIn a way “Steal Away” is a major departure from the previous books of yours I’ve read. Yet in others, it’s very similar. Here there’s no paranormal element, at least not that I noticed. But you reprise the use of two men and one woman as the main characters around whom the drama unfolds. As well, there is an immediacy to the story that makes me feel that I’m there, right there, with the characters.

During Prohibition, Twilight Amery has dreams that she refuses to let die. She’s going to escape rural Alabama and get to Harlem where a young woman with a voice can sing at the Cotton Club. But even after years of scraping by, she doesn’t have enough money for a train ticket. So, dodging Pinkerton men, she hops a northbound train and encounters two very different men. Courtly Hector with his deep, booming voice and Daniel Stone, who is initially as hard as his name, are unlike any men she’s ever met with a relationship unlike any she’s seen. Together they’ll backtrack across the South then end up in an Atlanta whorehouse where they pick up a deadly foe before finally reaching Harlem. But once there, will Twi achieve her dream, will the three of them work out their relationship and can they escape a deadly enemy determined to track them down?

The sex is hawt but it doesn’t overpower the story nor is it included in inappropriate places. I don’t usually care for or read menage books but you’re one of the few authors who can entice me to do just that. Yet this one has a twist from your usual m/m/f books in that there is a bisexual character, Hector, who has relationships with both a man, Stone, and a woman, Twi and often in the same bed while the other character watches. Okay, so add voyeurism onto the list of things I don’t generally read but which I will from you. And doesn’t that sentence sound strange?

When I read your novels – I’m there. I feel surrounded by the atmosphere you create and immersed in the action. This is something I look forward to in your novels and you don’t disappoint. I can feel the tension as Twi waits to jump a train, the heat in the upstairs room of Miss Beu’s house, the tenderness with which Hector removes Twi’s face paint, the nonstop action on the streets of Harlem. The period detail is wonderful and I never once thought I was reading 21st century characters in Prohibition era clothing.

At Loose-Id this is listed as a novel length story but it’s shorter than the usual Harlequin category novel by my ereader page count. So I wasn’t too surprised when the final conflict was resolved mostly off page. I was bummed that some of what happened isn’t explained at all – how did the injuries occur? how was the rescue carried out? how was the escape made? will there ever be a resolution or will these three really have to watch their backs from here on? But, on the other hand, I like the open ending of the relationship of Stone, Hector and Twi.

An unusual setting, coupled with three dimensional characters, mixed with hot sex makes me happy you offered me the chance to read this novel. Since you took such care with the action throughout most of the book, I was sorry that the ending seemed slightly truncated but overall it’s still a B read for me.

~Jayne

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REVIEW: The Huntsmen 2: Backtrack by Amber Green

REVIEW: The Huntsmen 2: Backtrack by Amber Green

Dear Ms. Green,

Holy batshit, Batman, here we go again. It’s back to the alternate reality world you’ve created with the Hunstmen – hot men who roam in twin brother pairs looking for a good woman who likes it like that. Trying to keep sane via the emotional energy they can unleash from her following some hella good sex. Trying to survive in a world that doesn’t know about them – in fact can’t know about them – because when they lose it – well bad, bad things happen.

Readers starting with this book will be totally lost. I’m sorry but there it is. This is a complex world with lots of rules which makes sense to those of us who’ve read the first two books but newbies will be floundering and pitifully calling for help. Those just beginning these stories should check your website for a little background info.

I love that these men mind their manners around the matriarch. I guess it’s the only way she could live with fourteen males in one household. “Yes, ma’am. No ma’am. You’re right. We’ll do whatever you want.” Wiping their feet before entering the house. And that’s not just to get some nookie, either.

Poor Joe isn’t in this book much but he makes such an impact when he is. It’s so obvious he loves his mother and longs to be with her yet recognizes the danger she’s in from the drug lord. I almost cried when he tells Sugar, “I won’t be a problem, Mom. You can rely on me. Always.” He’s too young – along with so many children in the world – to need to know about this kind of danger. If Fort and Cassio set up a separate household, I can more easily understand why Joe doesn’t know as much as I would have thought come “Bareback” times.

I appreciated the commitment that Fort makes to Sugar to take care of Joe. As you say, not “we’ll do it” but “I’ll do it.” That seems to go a long way in Sugar’s book towards soothing her worries about these two and the lifestyle they’re offering to her.

And what danger. The scenes of Sugar dealing with Digger and his goons were horrifying but so well written that I could feel her terror at being in the hands of this madman again. I also think you did a good job explaining how she manages to keep one step ahead of him for so long. Constantly moving, staying ahead, situational awareness, putting some thought into the names she picks and jobs she takes, restricting her contact with her son, all were smart moves.

I loved the early 80s references. The music, the primitive computers, Compuserve, big hair! Ah, I remember it well. But were there mobile phones then? I honestly don’t remember those. And you needed some shoulder pad references.

This is a nice backstory addition to the Hunstmen world but it ain’t one for people to start with. B

~Jayne

This book can be purchased in e format from Loose ID.