Monday, June 11, 2018

SERIES REVIEW TOUR - Shoes & Ties, Lumber & Law, Forever & Always by Jena Wade

Book 1
Book Title: Shoes & Ties (Shoes and Ties #1)
Author: Jena Wade
Publisher: Self-Published
Cover Artist: Silver Heart Design
Genre/s: gay contemporary romance
Length:   33 000 words


Ashten Brody is a chef fresh out of college. He lands his dream job working as a personal chef to Trent Cole, local luxury hotel owner. As it turns out, Trent is also his dream man.
After working together, the two are unable to deny their attraction. One late night they can’t hold back any longer. Too bad Ashten rushes off soon after. 
In the weeks that follow, it appears to Ashten that he has landed his dream man and his dream job. He and Trent appear to be on the path to a serious relationship and life-long happiness. Life seems to be just too perfect…
BOOK 1 - Shoes & Ties
My Rating: 5 stars

This whole series revolves around Ashten and his twin brother, Jesse.

Shoes & Ties is a sweet, short romance that centers around Ashten and Trent.
When Ashten starts working for Trent, the sparks fly. Ashten has landed by dream job, working for Trent, and has found his perfect man, in Trent. Unfortunately, someone is after Ashten.

I really enjoy Ashten and Trent. They are romantic and sweet together.

There are some good secondary characters who add to the story, some of whom get their own love story in the next book!

The story is fast paced, with a good plot and writing style. It is definitely a cute romance.
Reading Shoes & Ties is a good way to spend some of your day.

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Ashten Brody smoothed his hands down the front of his suit one more time. He hadn’t expected Trent Cole’s security guards to frisk him at the door. The man ran a luxury hotel in North Carolina. It wasn’t like he was a celebrity. Though he had the appearance of one.
As flustered as he was now, Ashten was confident that he was the right person to be Trent’s new personal chef. He was not confident, however, that Mr. Cole would hire him. He’d only just finished his degree in culinary arts and hospitality management. He was young and green, but he wanted this job and would do anything to get it. Well, that was a slight exaggeration, but he would wear a bland, conservative suit complete with a tie and jacket if it helped him beat out the competition.
The elevator pinged, and he took a deep breath as he stepped out, still in awe that he had gotten an interview. The main office was located on the top floor of the ten-story hotel—convenient if Trent ever worked late and needed to crash at the office.
Finding the secretary easily, Ashten stood next to her desk and patiently waited for her to finish her phone call. The lobby area was comfortable, with decor that matched the rest of the hotel. Doors lined the walls, and a few windows revealed the insides of conference rooms and small offices. Ashten rested his hands on the mahogany horseshoe desk. It was large enough to fill his old apartment.
“May I help you?” Annette, as her nameplate said, asked as she hung up the phone.
“I have an interview scheduled with Mr. Cole. I’m a bit early. My name is Ashten Brody.” His voice sounded calmer than he felt. It was important to make a good impression on the secretary, though; they were the ones who ran the whole office.
The secretary raised her brow. She opened her mouth to speak, but the elevator at the opposite end of the room dinged, and Mr. Cole stepped onto the floor, a deep scowl etched on his handsome face. Ashten’s breath hitched in his throat. He bit his lip, pain stopping any reaction his cock might have had to the man capturing his attention. The pictures he’d found in his Internet search hadn’t done the man justice. Trent Cole oozed confidence. Ashten’s eyes followed him as he crossed the floor. A touch of afternoon stubble shaded his strong jaw, and his tailored suit outlined his broad shoulders perfectly. The open jacket revealed lean hips, which brought Ashten’s tongue out to wet his lips. Trent walked directly past the desk, not bothering to glance at Ashten or Annette. Everyone in the office moved faster and looked busier now that the boss was in the room.
“Annette, please send in the applicants as they arrive. The sooner I get these interviews over with, the sooner I can get back to real work. Thanks.” Without waiting for a reply, he stepped inside his office, leaving the door wide open.
Ashten’s face heated, and his heart pounded. He rolled his shoulders back to try to get ahold of himself.
“Go right in, dear. Good luck.” Annette gave him an encouraging grin.
Ashten flashed a broad smile. “Thank you, ma’am.” He turned and walked toward the open door.

Book 2
Book Title: Lumber & Law (Shoes and Ties #2)
Author: Jena Wade
Publisher: Self-Published
Cover Artist: Silver Heart Design
Genre/s: gay contemporary romance
Length:  29 000 words



A few months after his brother’s accident, Jesse Brody can’t stop thinking about Troy Evans, the police office that helped solve the case. Even though Troy almost had to arrest him, Jesse is sure he has a shot at a date.
The two meet by chance and share a nice dinner at Jesse’s apartment, which ends with Jesse all over Troy’s lap. Though he isn’t out at work, Troy agrees to give a relationship with Jesse a chance.


BOOK 2 - Lumber & Law
My Ratings - 5 stars!

Lumber & Law centers around Jesse and Troy.

Jesse has been crushing on Troy from afar for a while. When he meets him, it is because Troy is with Jesse's brother's boyfriend, Trent. Jesse misunderstood the relationship between the two men and punched Trent. Not a good first impression. Ends up that doesn't matter though, as Troy has been crushing on Jesse also.

Jesse has been working non-stop, trying to cover up for his loneliness. He is pleasantly surprised when Troy starts flirting with him when they meet up again.

Let me just say that when they do get together, it is hot!

Things aren't going to be simple though, as this is Jesse's first time with a guy. But worse is the fact that Troy is not out at work, and has no plans to come out as he is terrified to do so. He is used to the homophobic slur and treatment that he was witnessed at work. Jesse agrees to Troy's terms, but it starts to become too much. And Troy is not willing to even be with Jesse again. He has to do some thinking about what he really wants and needs in his life.

I really like these men. They come from such different backgrounds. Jesse is from a big, loud family. Troy, meanwhile, grew up with a foster families after being abandoned as a baby. This is part of why Troy wants to stay in the closet. He doesn't want his co-workers to give him a tough time and force him to move on, yet again. He is happy to finally to be feeling stable somewhere. 

Lumber & Law is a great romance that I like a lot. I am so happy with Jena Wade's path for these characters. She does a great job, yet again, with the plot, characters and writing style.

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Jesse settled onto his usual park bench. The warm sun beat down on his back through his T-shirt as he leaned forward, elbows resting on his knees. Runners and walkers passed him without a glance. The happy chatter of Frisbee games and families sitting on outspread picnic blankets filled the air.
Taking a deep breath, he touched the tablet in his hand, pulling up today’s news. He checked the time and tapped his foot against the concrete of the running path. His reason for being here today and every Sunday for the past six months had yet to show.
Any minute now Troy Evans would jog by, his golden retriever following closely behind him.
Jesse ran his fingers though his hair and glanced around the park. Annoyance prickled at his skin. Until his twin brother, Ashten, had been attacked three months ago, he hadn’t even known Troy’s name. It was just by chance that Detective Evans had been on duty when the police were called to investigate Ashten’s hit-and-run assault. In the week that followed, Jesse and Troy had spoken over the phone and occasionally met at the precinct to discuss the case. Since the woman responsible for hitting Ashten had been arrested, Jesse hadn’t spoken with Troy.
A knot formed in Jesse’s gut as he remembered why he never tried to contact the man again. When he’d found Trent, Ashten’s boyfriend, and Troy together, he’d assumed the worst. Jealousy and anger had spurred violence in him he didn’t know he had. Anger because it appeared as if Trent could replace Ashten so easily, and jealousy because he’d replaced him with the one man Jesse wanted.
Jesse had punched Trent square in the jaw.
Shame filled him at the memory. He’d read the situation completely wrong, and he’d looked like a fool because of it. Had Troy not threatened to arrest him, he might’ve messed up their little sting operation further, and Ashten’s assailant wouldn’t have been arrested that day.
It had only been a few months earlier that Jesse had seen Troy jog by at the park. He’d been mesmerized by the man’s movement. Troy had worn blue basketball shorts and a tank top that stretched nicely across his chiseled chest and abs. Jesse hadn’t hidden his admiration for the man very well. His neck craned until he had to stand in order to continue watching his magnificent form.
The man never noticed him.

Book 3
Book Title: Forever & Always (Shoes and Ties #3)
Author: Jena Wade
Publisher: Self-Published
Cover Artist: Silver Heart Design
Genre/s: gay contemporary romance
Length: 8 000 words


Now that they're living in their Happily Ever After, Ashten, Trent, Troy, and Jesse are ready to take the next step.
But what happens when the twins choose the same wedding date? May the best couple win…


BOOK 3 - Forever & Always
My Rating - 5 stars!

After reading the first 2 books in the series, I find Forever & Always to be a perfect book. 

As both couples get engaged on the same day, trouble arrives when they realize that they also have picked the same date for their weddings.

One of the best moments in the story is when Pop announces that he is dating. It will leave you laughing and smiling!

Forever & Always feels like the cherry on top of the sundae. I was happy with how the first 2 books in the series ended, but this is the follow up I never knew that I needed!

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About the Author 

Jena began writing in January of 2013 as a New Year's Resolution--and so far she has stuck to it!
She lives in Michigan. By day she works as a web developer, and at night she writes. Born and raised on a farm, she spends most of her free time outdoors, playing in the garden, or riding her horses. She also helps run the family dairy farm.

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