Friday, May 30, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Excerpt: Hooked Up by Parker James

Title: Hooked Up
Author: Parker James
Genre: Adult, M/M Erotica
Publish Date: May 25, 2014
Review Source: eARC provided for review

A body-builder working for a cable company, Shay Masterson, gets sent out on a trouble call to discover who’s pirating the company’s signal. He not-too-gently meets Jagger.

Jagger Holmes, a muscled, bad boy bounty hunter, comes home to manage his elderly father’s recovery after an accident. He discovers someone trespassing in his dad’s back yard and jumps the man. The contact results in sexual heat that’s a game changer.

Two major conflicts brew—how to catch the con man bilking the elderly by selling stolen cable and, more importantly, how two tough guys come to terms with the need to dominate.

Submission will be a deal breaker or a revelation. The men are forced to discover which—or lose their budding love.

Lets start by saying that this was a Novella but it was one hell of a Novella! Hooked Up did something in 85 pages that most books don’t do in 300+ pages. It was erotic, hot as hell and also managed to make you feel for the characters.

Hooked Up starts with Shay who is a cable installer. He’s been sent to investigate the possibility of someone stealing cable. Just another day on the job until he comes face to face with the hunky biker who may be the perpetrator of the stolen cable. Jagger is a Bounty Hunter. He has returned home to help take care of his father who fell off a ladder trying to paint his house. He’s perplexed by what he sees around him, the home of a man who always seemed to have it all together but this is the picture of anything but. He is determined to get things in order to take care of his old man whether he comes home from the nursing facility or not. But when he catches the handsome muscle man lurking around behind his father’s house his whole world comes to a halt.

When Jagger and Shay come together there is a battle of wills. These two men are both Alphas, Dominants, they both top. They are both determined to be the one that gets the other man to submit so you can bet that there are fireworks when they are around one another. You can feel the heat coming off the pages. The nostrils flaring, wild eyes, heat pouring off two hot, muscled males kind of heat that will leave you panting and begging Parker James for more.

Like I said, I felt for both characters. You didn’t need a lot of character development but what Parker did put together was enough to invest me in Shay and Jagger’s story and had me craving them. I think I devoured this story in a couple hours and wanted to immediately re-read. This is a definite 5 to me even though it was short. I’d read 10 more stories about Shay and Jagger if Parker wrote them. I’m sure anything we see from her in the future will be well worth the read.

He didn't know why, but it suddenly mattered a great deal to him the man understood what had happened. They each seemed to be victims of a mix-up, with a dash of bad timing thrown in, and Shay didn't want his meeting with Jagger to end badly with him being tossed out the front door, especially after his intense reaction to the hunky bad-boy.
Much to Shay's surprise, Jagger broke the stare and looked down at the sofa cushion next to him, worrying a thread that had come undone. Shay hadn't noticed the furniture showed a little threadbare and worse for wear. The house certainly didn't look like a showplace and neither did Jagger's dad look to be well off.
After a minute or so, Jagger broke the silence. "I'm not lying to you, Shay. I don't know anything about the damn cable service, but my dad's just not that kind of guy—at least he never has been. Over the last few weeks since I've been here after the call about the accident, I'm noticing he doesn't seem to be doing so well financially. His pension must barely be making it. But even then, I can't imagine…" Jagger's voice died off.
He obviously didn't know what else to say. A piece of Shay's heart broke when he heard the pain, the fear, and the uncertainty in the strong man's voice.

Shay didn't think—he just reacted. In one motion he slid over next to Jagger and put his arms around him. The big man jolted slightly, as if the contact and the tenderness represented a strange and unfamiliar happening—but he didn't pull away. Rather, he rested his head on Shay's shoulder—being there, just breathing and being there, Shay decided. And that would be enough…

Parker James is a unique, multi-variant personality who loves everything that has to do with love. Parker lives in Florida surrounded by wonderful friends, a home she remodeled herself—well, okay, paid someone to do what she wanted—and a rescued feral cat. While a published author in other areas, this is one of Parker's first forays into M/M romantic erotica, but there are many, many more to come! Email:


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