Monday, June 15, 2015

Excerpt Only Tour: 24 Karat Conspiracy by EM Linley (Excerpt, Giveaway + ARC Review)

Author Name: EM Lynley

Book Name: 24-Karat Conspiracy
Series: Precious Gems
Book: Four
Series is recommended to be read in order

Release Date: June 12, 2015

Love is the only gold

Former Ranger turned FBI agent Reed Acton faces his biggest challenge yet: a Christmas visit from partner Trent Copeland’s parents. He’s less equipped to handle hugs and holidays than the Taliban or international art thieves. When he’s assigned to track down a set of gold Babylonian artifacts looted from the Iraqi National Museum after the fall of Baghdad, things start to look up.

This time, Trent’s part of the mission, which takes them to exotic Istanbul. The crowded streets and labyrinthine markets fascinate Trent, but soon murder is on their trail. The investigation continues as Reed goes undercover at a US Army base, with Trent masquerading as his spouse. Surprisingly, fastidious and ever-fashionable Trent fits into base life right away and soon takes one of the suspects’ wives under his wing when domestic abuse rears its head.

Their faux marriage leads Reed to appreciate Trent in ways he never expected, strengthening their bond—until Reed has to confront the worst demons from his past: his relationship with his estranged family.

Pages or Words: 240 pages, 72k words

Categories: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance

“Oh, I see you have some new art here,” Trent’s mom said from the living room. “Rob, come take a look.”
“Crap, I forgot to take down those X-rated woodblock prints I got in Japan.” Trent slapped his forehead after his dad left the kitchen to join his mom in the living room. Trent went back to measuring coffee into the french press. “Shit, I lost count. How many tablespoons did I put in there?”
“I don’t know.” Reed sat at the kitchen table and tried not to laugh at Trent’s nervousness. “Sorry about the pictures. I didn’t even think of it.”
“They’ll survive. Can you go out there and entertain them so they don’t start digging around in any drawers?”
One drawer in particular. The toy drawer. “I locked it. But I’ll go chat with them. Start again with the coffee after I’m gone.” Reed strode out into the living room where Rob was perusing the bookshelf.
“I see Trent’s books are all here. You like reading them, Reed?”
“They’re not my favorite genre, to be honest, but I have read every one of them. At least all the ones he’s written since we met. Sometimes he asks me to read when he’s writing, when he’s stuck on something.” Reed liked when Trent asked his opinion. What a change, he thought, from the first time he’d read one of Trent’s books, back in that hut in Thailand. Later on, when Reed had been held hostage by the Thai mobsters, he’d found reading Trent’s stories comforting somehow. Of course he’d never tell this to the Copelands.

Mari’s Review:

I realized this story was part of a series when I started reading it; still, while I imagine reading the books in order might enhance the experience, I didn't feel lost for even a moment, given that the author gave enough background information so that wouldn't happen, so if you want to read it as a standalone, even if it's not intended at one, go ahead, you'll love it all the same. I will go and read the others as soon as I can, for sure, because I loved both Reed and Trent, but I didn't think you need to read them beforehand, at least with this particular book.

This was a fantastic read! Full of mystery and suspense and exotic locations! I hope I can visit Turkey some day because EM Lynley transported me there with her words and she painted quite the lovely picture.

I loved Reed and Trent, although I think Reed is my favorite of the two. Loved all the realizations he came to throughout the book, and how much growth he showed. So much so, that even Trent, who has been living with him for three years, asked who this man was. They were great together, their love really transcended the pages.

I adored how Reed, even if he was reticent at first, opened up to Trent's parents, and that in the end, allowed him to be more open with his own parents when the time for that came around.

The mystery in itself was amazing, and I loved every second of the investigation and Trent and Reed going undercover as they did, both in Turkey and San Antonio. I didn't see some things coming and I loved being surprised by them.

All in all, an awesome book, that just left me wanting more! I really hope there will be a continuation to this series, I would love to read more about Trent and Reed and whatever adventure they find themselves in.

Rating: 5 Gold Stars!!!

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About the author:
EM Lynley writes sizzling gay romance with a hint of mystery. She loves books where the hero gets the guy and the loving is 11 on a scale of 10. A Rainbow Award winner and EPIC finalist, EM has worked in high finance, high tech, and in the wine industry, though she'd rather be writing hot, romantic man-on-man action. She spent 10 years as an economist and financial analyst, including a year as a White House Staff Economist, but only because all the intern positions were filled. Tired of boring herself and others with dry business reports and articles, her creative muse is back and naughtier than ever. She has lived and worked in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C., but the San Francisco Bay Area is home for now.

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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain

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