Saturday, December 19, 2015

Book Blast ~ A Forced Silence by Cate Ashwood ~ (5 Star Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Book Blast ~ A Forced Silence by Cate Ashwood ~ (5 Star Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Author Name: Cate Ashwood
Book Name: A Forced Silence
Series: Zero Hour
Book: One
Release Date: December 11, 2015 


For paramedic Adam Carson, his world is lights and sirens and saving lives. Pressures at work keep him firmly in the closet, and life is too busy to contend with the complications that come with dating and relationships. When a familiar face from his past turns up where he least expects it, Adam starts to question whether or not there is room in his life for those complications.
The last person forensic pathologist Sam McKenna expects to see at pub night is Adam, the guy who made his life hell in high school. The attraction is instant, but Adam isn't gay and Sam has no interest in pursuing him. Still, the leftover animosity from their teenage years isn't enough to extinguish the lust growing between them. After both are called to the scene of a horrific murder, Adam admits he’s not as straight as he led Sam to believe and they seek comfort and distraction in each other's arms. One night becomes many as the murder investigation intensifies, but when Adam is faced with losing Sam, he is forced to make a choice: to break his silence, or to give up everything for the job he loves.

Pages or Words: 200 pages

Categories: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance


“Ah, here they are,” Ford said, turning his head toward two men who were making their way to the table.
“Adam, John, this is Sam. Sam, these are two of the city’s ugliest heroes, John and Adam.” Ford made the introductions as John slid into a chair across from him, lifting his head in greeting.
Sam swallowed hard, barely registering anything other than the man still standing in front of him. Adam Carson. He watched as recognition dawned in Adam’s eyes and a slow smirk appeared on his face. It was the same familiar cocky expression he wore when Sam knew him a billion years earlier.
“You sure have grown up, Dexter,” Adam said, exercising the nickname he had used for him all through school.
Sam lifted one eyebrow. “It seems you haven’t.”
“You two know each other?” Ford asked, eyebrows lifted in question.
“Oh, me and Dex go way back,” Adam supplied, never taking his eyes off Sam.
Sam rolled his eyes. Ford was his friend, but that didn’t mean he wanted to rehash the shit that happened back in high school. That name was one that haunted him right through the twelfth grade. When he moved, he tucked it safely away, but tonight, it seemed, it had followed him.
“Long story,” Adam said. “It’s good to see you. It’s been a long time.”

5 Stars

**eBook copy provided to bayou book junkie by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Adam and Sam went to high school together and had a mutual best friend, although the two of them were far from friends. Adam was mean to Sam, picking on him and even giving him the irritating nickname of Dexter that infuriates Sam. Adam and Sam/Dex haven't seen one another in about 13 years. Dex is now a Forensic Pathologist, Adam a Paramedic. After 13 years Sam and Adam run into one another at a bar. Both men working in and around the local hospital they have mutual friends. Can they put the past behind them and bury the hatchet?

I love a good enemies to lovers. This was an excellent one. I've read a few of Cate's books, and I've like a few and I've loved a few. This one, I LOVED. I adored Dex and Adam. I loved the plot and I enjoyed the mystery portion of the story as well. Adam and Dex were both lovable characters. Even as enemies you just had to root for them. They had an electric chemistry and the sex was unbelievably HOT, and plentiful. The story was well written and flowed well. It was a quick and easy read that pulled me in from the beginning and left me salivating for more in the end. This book had a twist I didn't see coming, and I'll be sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for book two. Cate, I really hope you are typing fast!!!

Highly recommended!!

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Meet the author:
Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.
Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, son, and two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.

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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Melody Pond

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