Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Review Tour: Burning Fall (Hot Seasons One) by EJ Smyth (Giveaway)

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31,443 words.

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Opposites attract, but can they ever work together?

Damien is an ambitious young lawyer. After moving to Germany, he doesn’t expect to feel quite so out of his element. Apart from hating his job, a rumor spreads that he is a homophobe.

To redeem himself, he is put in charge of the firm’s signature event Burning Fall. He has no choice but to hire Yannik, a gorgeous yet unconventional event manager.

But from their first disastrous meeting, everything possible goes wrong.

Can the two men find a way to work together, or will Damien’s career, Yannik’s future, and the most important client event of the year go down in flames?

Find out in this steamy and fun short novel, the first book in Frankfurt Hot Seasons.

3.75 Stars

While Burning Fall wasn't exactly my favorite book ever, it was still enjoyable. I really liked the author's depictions of Frankfurt, which were nice and really added up to the story, especially while the MCs were looking for locations for the event.

I liked Yannik a lot, he seemed like a nice guy all-around. Charming, hardworking and easygoing. It took me longer to warm up to Damien, who was really socially inept and awkward to boot. The way he treated Yannik the first time they met, even if the situation kind of merited it, really put me off. However, I will admit that the way his secretary treated Damien afterward and how everyone started blackballing him was too over the top. Yes, Damien was a haughty jerk, but Yannik was late to the meeting and didn't come up as too professional.

Anyway, for this being is Ms. Smyth's first novella, it was pretty good. The chemistry between the characters was there, the story was entertaining and I'm looking forward to more from this author.

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

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Author Bio

Hi there! My name is EJ Smyth, I live in Frankfurt, Germany and I’m passionate about romance. Not luffy-duffy romance, but stories with other elements mixed in. Paranormal romance, romantic thrillers, gay romance, if it’s got two difficult characters finding each other, I’m on board!

I write at my living room table, usually covered with folded laundry because I couldn’t be bothered to tidy before sitting down. And my kids are teenagers, so not much help there either <eye roll>. I do love having them around and I’ve gotten used to writing with a background noise of Grand Theft Auto and teenage histrionics. Maybe that’s why I prefer writing action scenes over descriptive settings! Except for the 18+ scenes which I have to write in a separate room, because, well, embarrassing…

I’m currently working on a series of short stories Keith is Awesome about a young man exploring his sexuality. Not something I’ve ever written before but the research alone was quite a bit of fun Check out my Pinterest account to see my inspiration. I love to talk to my readers, online and offline, so please feel free to drop me a line!

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