Friday, November 17, 2017

Review Tour: Alpha Chef by Sue Brown (Giveaway)

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 46,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

J.T's Bar Series

Book #1 - Alpha Barman - Amazon US | Amazon UK


When Greg Mitchelson’s home is torched and his employer killed, Greg fears it's retribution for his past testimony against a notorious drug gang. Alone, with no money and only the clothes on his back, Greg turns to Colm Riordan, the Deputy US Marshall who's protected Greg for the last 3 years. But Riordan doesn’t return Greg’s phone calls, and the local Marshal’s office refuses to help him.

In desperation, Greg goes on the run to Wyoming to find his brother, Mitch, whom he hasn’t seen in over a decade. As he reconnects with his brother, Riordan appears, searching for his missing witness. But Greg needs the answers to a lot of questions before he’ll trust Riordan again. Why didn’t he return Greg’s call? Is Riordan there to help Greg – or kill him?

4 Stars!

Greg has been in witness protection for 14 years and while it's not an ideal situation, he'd made the most of it, especially during the last three years in which he'd been able to enjoy certain stability. However, that all changes one night when he's walking toward his apartment only to find it in flames and when he returns to his workplace, a bomb explodes, killing his boss. When he tries to contact his handler, he gets no answer and when he contacts the local Marshal's office, he's cut by the person who responds. Not knowing who he can trust, he hitchhikes to Wyoming where his brother Mitch is living now. Mitch is happy to know Greg is alive, but saddened and angry when he learns of all Greg has had to go through since their father threw him away for being gay. As they reconnect, Greg's handler, Colm Riordan, reappears on the scene, but Greg is unsure if he can trust Riordan, no matter how drawn he is to the man.

I loved Greg and felt so bad for all he went through. His near-death experience on the heels of being thrown out of his house, having to go into witness protection and practically living with a target on his back for so many years. His reunion with Mitch was heartbreaking, but I was so glad both Mitch and Jake had his back. I wasn't too sure about Riordan at first. His actions were a bit shady, but it all was explained in a satisfying manner and I warmed up to him. While I'm not certain how ethical it is for a US Marshal to seduce a witness under his care, it was undeniable there was a lot of chemistry between them and once they finally gave in to it, they were really hot together. 

I loved Mitch and Jake and all the guys from Mitch's team, they were awesome and funny.

All in all, this was a great read, very fast-paced and action-packed. If I could've asked for something more, it'd be to have had a bit more of Riordan and Greg's backstory to see how it all began, because it felt a bit too forced at first. Other than that, this was a very good addition to the series. Very recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn't following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot, and has become an expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. She had an Aha moment and put pen to paper that same day. Sue may be late to the party, but she's made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.



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