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REVIEW: Last Call by Olivia Brynn

REVIEW: Last Call by Olivia Brynn

“Eric Layton is used to being awakened by the phone. Firefighters are always on call.
When his phone rings in the middle of the night, he's halfway to the door before he realizes that it isn't his chief calling him in for an out-of-control fire. The woman on the other end, however, is a little out of control, and in fact a lot drunk. Before he can explain that he's not her brother, her cell phone cuts out. His conscience won't let him leave the woman waiting, but is he prepared for the chemistry that flares once the stranger climbs into his truck?”

Dear Ms. Brynn,

Last Call Olivia BrinnAccording to Wikipedia, drunk dialing is a pop-culture term denoting an instance in which an intoxicated individual places phone calls that he or she would not likely place if sober. And boy does this call from Joanne to Eric fit the definition. She is lit up enough to power a small city’s street lights. But you’ve created a wonderful hero who resists taking advantage of her and actually hoses off her neighbor’s grill after she hurls on it. And he still thinks she’s cute even after she does that. Then! he makes sure she’s lucid, knows what she’s doing – I mean beyond the fact that sexually she really knows what she’s doing – and only then gets down to some hot sexing. What a guy.

Our first introduction to Joanne doesn’t allow us to see her at her best. Let’s face it, she’s almost falling down drunk. But once her reasons for getting toasted are revealed, who wouldn’t have gone out looking for oblivion even if just for one night. Even though I can see she’s at her lowest after the day that she’d had, her pushing for sex was pushing it right to the limit before Eric made sure she knew what she was doing. To the brink but then a step back. Whew! Then on to the above mentioned hot love.

When the morning after of reckoning arrives, I like that Eric wants to make right and start over in their relationship with something a little more conventional – like dinner and some conversation. And that Joanne realizes how dangerous her stunt could have been had she dialed someone other than Eric. It’s also nice that Joanne has a protective brother but at least he didn’t beat the crap out of poor Eric. Thank you for building in the 6 day cooling off period as a good break before these two soberly, or nearly soberly, take up with their future relationship.

This novella is a hot, smart, quick read but I can believe that these two would want to see each other again and take it from there. And good job inserting those cutesy “fireman” sexual terms. Amazing how many can be crammed into one conversation. B

~Jayne

Book Link | Kindle | Liquid Silver

REVIEW: Falling Star by Olivia Brynn

REVIEW: Falling Star by Olivia Brynn

Dear Ms. Brynn,

Falling Star coverWho is it who said that books about rock stars don’t sell? Well, in the case of this book, I hope that saying is wrong.

Adam Nash parties like a rock star – even if he’s a country and western rock star. And he’s got the headlines and tabloid stories to prove it. But after his latest “trash the hotel room” episode, he’s determined to clean up his act. He also needs to get something for his assistant’s birthday or she’ll make his life hell.

Spying a flower shop, he insists the car be stopped so he can duck in and make the purchase himself. Inside, he finds Jade Graham who just happens to be about the only woman in LA who doesn’t know who he is – courtesy of her past 6 years spent cataloging flora in Colombia. Curious to see how long he can remain anonymous, Adam flirts with her than later calls her for a date.

Things go well, due to the work of his assistant and bodyguard, and Adam finds himself falling for this unpretentious woman. Meanwhile, Jade is also falling hard for the mysterious Adam – kudos for having her realize that something is up – who wants her to get to know him for himself before she learns who he is. Because at that point, he knows all hell will break loose. Is there a future for this celebrity singer and his florist?

Since this is a short book, you’ve got to cram a lot of story into a little space. But I like that you only take us from initial meeting and flirting to a potential HEA. I also like that Adam is well aware that any relationship with him will change Jade’s life and perhaps cause her a lot of hurt in the process. Good for him that he makes sure she’s also aware of it. The details of Jade learning about Adam’s world – checking out the limousine and the crowds – seemed realistic to me even if she was so quickly forgiving of him for not initially revealing who he was.

The details about Adam’s career and lifestyle give me a sense of who he is without overwhelming the story. Since he lives in this extravagant world, I needed to see some of it as well as see it contrasted with Jade’s normal, ho-hum world. Adam must be selling music better than Garth Brooks at his best in order to fund his house, cars, bodyguard and boat!

The scenes in which Jade and her roommate Dean are salivating over the plants at Adam’s house make sense based on what the two of them do and add an additional touch of humor to the story.

I liked Dean and Jade’s relationship, their bantering and care for each other and the story’s easy acceptance of Dean’s homosexuality. It’s definitely a Gay friendly world. But I wish that Dean hadn’t also come across as such a stereotypical Gay Best Friend. At least the two of them weren’t squealing together like Julia Roberts and Rupert Everett.

As I said, I’m glad that the book ends with Adam and Jade only headed down the road to commitment instead of already happily planning their wedding – despite Adam checking out rings at Tiffany’s. I can believe the sexual heat between them and the beginnings of love but with the one and only conflict occurring so late in the story, I think they rightly need some more time before any wedding bells. Thanks for giving it to them. B-

~Jayne

This book can be purchased at Liquid Silver.