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Guns & Hoses Paperback – June 16, 2014
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Brenda is unlike most authors since she only began writing a few years ago. Her first book Fates, an adult fantasy, was published in 2010. Her love for reading fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary erotic romance has caused her to discard her Bachelor’s degrees in management and marketing in order to write full time. She is an Amazon and ARe best-selling author. Brenda resides in Tampa, FL when not attending conventions and is a volunteer with the Tampa Bay Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. She is also an active member in organizing the Florida Leather n’ Fetish Pride weekend and an associate member of the Tampa Leather Club. Most recently, she has joined coordinating staff for RainbowCon 2015. She would love to hear from you! Visit her on the following: Website: www.bcothernbooks.com Facebook: Brenda Cothern Books Facebook Fan Page: Brenda Cothern Books, Inc. Goodreads: Brenda Cothern Smashwords: BCothernBooks Google+: Brenda Cothern Books Twitter: BCothernBooks For signed digital autograph, please send her a request through Authorgraph! A personalized autographed PDF for the book will be signed and sent to you! http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/BCothernBooks If you enjoy her books, please show your support by giving it stars and/or writing a review on the various online sites such as Amazon or Goodreads.
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This is the story of a firefighter (Flame, would you believe?) and a cop (Tig, short for Tigger), who have hated each other since they were about six years old and lived directly across the street from each other. They went to the same schools, in the same grades, and then both were the stars of their High School's football team. Therefore, they've had to deal with their hate on a fairly intimate level for most of their lives.
This is, of course, a Gay Romance (and a damned good one), so that hate has to, at some point, morph into love. It's absolutely delightful watching these two kicking their own butts because they just can't deal with even the idea of being attracted to each other, let alone in love. But we all know how that ends, right?
Were it not for my own personal experience, I would have scoffed at the entire premise of "Guns & Hoses". But, let me assure you, it does happen. It happened to me, in college, which taught me that there's but a fine line between hate and love. In both cases, you are exquisitely vulnerable to the other person, and they can destroy you. When it's love, they don't.
And that's exactly what this book is about.
By the way, I rarely comment on the sex scenes, as there are so few gay male Romance authors, and so many writers in this genre just get it wrong, or worse, get it "flat" - lots of verbiage without much heat. Ms. Cothern, on the other hand, writes some seriously realistic and hot sex scenes. I don't think I've ever written the words "hot sex scenes" in a review, before, so that's high praise from me.
The characters are richly drawn, including a wealth of interesting secondary characters, some of them only fleeting, but still vivid. The plot is simple and direct - how two hot men who hate each other fall in love, and deal with it. Which makes it something short of rocket science, but also a great deal of fun to read. And what's wrong with that? Most of the time, I'm not in the mood for rocket science, anyway.
I might have even given this book five stars, just because the book, and its writing, really grabbed me, which is all I ask of a good book. But there was one exception, and it's one that sticks in my craw, every time: the editing was unforgivable. I know, self-published works should not be compared to those from major publishing houses, I shouldn't ask for too much, right? Wrong. I paid my money, I expect a finished, polished product, not a first-draft rife with elementary school writing errors.
I don't know if Ms. Cothern has a problem with basic grammar, spelling and word use, or whether her editor (if she has one) screwed up a near-perfect manuscript, but, in either case, she (and the rest of them) just have to do better - or they won't have me (and many others) as readers for very long. I read fast but never skip a word. Every time I encounter another glaring error, the story shudders to a sudden halt. I'm distracted from the characters and/or plot I'm deeply invested in. Which means, the better the book, the more annoying the errors are.
And I'm not talking nits, here, either:
"not being self-conscience..." [self-conscious]
"Flame replied with panted breath" ["panted" is the past case of a verb, not an adjective - "bated breath?"]
"I'll meet you at you're place" [is there something in the water that causes Gay Romance authors not to know how and when to use apostrophes? Or is that "apostrophe's"?]
"...stepped to the side to move passed the a******..." ["past" the a******!]
"Tig forced himself to breath." [breathe, please!]
and my favorite, ever, misuse of an apostrophe:
"let's me help you".
OK, I'll get off my soapbox. I just want the author to know that I knocked a star off my review of "Guns & Hoses", because there were so many obvious errors that it actually interfered with my experience of the book.
Otherwise, this is a fun book that I heartily recommend.
Ok, this is my first book from this Author and it won't be my last.
This book had me glued from page one, we meet Firefighter (Flame) yes that's his name and Detective (Tig) both very Hot Alphas, who have hated each other since childhood way into their adult life.
With the both men constantly at each other's throats whenever they're both together which is in a mutual bar Guns and Hoses where the two departments go after work to hang out.
All through the story we witness constant jabbing and hatred between the two men until by a chance meeting in a place where each would not expect the other to be.
Fast forward and when Flame stumbles across the fact that his Rival is Gay all bets are off .
From here on in we witness the changes In these two men who ( by all means cannot keep their hands off each other ) can I say "Hot.,Explosive sparks "that's putting it mildly. Due to a misunderstanding which brought what these two men had found in each to a halt, an almost Life or Death situation brought these men to a place where we witness what they both were never expecting to happen between them. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series which focus's on Flame's partner John.
I'm also hoping that Brenda Cothern will give us more on the lives of Trig and Flame and how their relationship is working out and the outcome from both their co-Workers reactions .
I give this book Five stars and highly recommend it
Most recent customer reviews
I still like this one. Yes, they were angry hostile jerks who suddenly turned into horn balls for each other. I don't care.Read more