July 5, 2013

Review: Cold by Brandon Shire

Title: Cold
Author: Brandon Shire
Series: Cold, #1
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Publisher: TPG Books
Release Date: May 20, 2013
Source: Provided by Author

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Overall Rating: 5 Bad Boys – Absolutely Loved It!
Reviewer: Kat

Author Summary

Book 1: Prison is a brutal, heartless, and demeaning environment. No one knows this better than a man sentenced to life in prison for murder. Lem Porter is a high-profile prisoner who had a solid career ahead of him in a field he loved until he killed his brother. He has spent almost eighteen years behind bars and doesn’t have much hope left.

Anderson Passero had it all. He built a career, a name, and a relationship with a man he thought he loved. Only after he very publicly landed in prison did he realize how ignorant he’d been. He has eight months left on his sentence and he is eager to go home and put prison life behind him. He doesn’t know it yet, but he will always carry these eight months with him, and they may just help him to understand what love really means.

My Thoughts

I seriously couldn’t tear myself away from this novel once I started. Cold is a very believable story of self-forgiveness and the hope that can be birthed through the discovery of new love.  

The author weaves a remarkable tale of love between two completely opposite men… both in physical appearance, background and lifestyle… and he does so brilliantly. Shire is an expert storyteller who’s writing kept me enthralled throughout.

The story has a nice build up to the fiery romance that perfectly suited the characters. Although the attraction was present at the start, it wasn’t insta-love (which is a bit of a pet peeve of mine). Neither one looking was for a prison relationship. Especially given the difference in time left on their sentences.

Cold is a bit different from other romance novels since the author doesn’t stick to the typical ‘rules of writing romance’. Bless his heart! I love it when I get to be surprised by the unexpected. I tell you this because all is not resolved and this is a very, very good thing. It means we are getting more. It’s a series my lovely readers, so stick with it. There are lots of places this story can go.  

This is a fairly new genre for me so I can’t speak to how it compares to other M/M Romance, but what I can say for a fact is that this romance novel was compelling, arousing, convincing, and evocative. Many emotions were felt, tears were shed, lots of wishing my man was around after reading those steamy scenes. *wink*

Can’t recommend this one high enough my lovelies and I’m absolutely, 100% positive I’ll be picking up Book #2 when it releases!  

One last thing, just wanted to mention that this author donates 10% of his book sales to two LGBT Youth Charities. Such a worthy cause and you get a great read at the same time. 

Happy Reading!!

5 Bad Boys – Absolutely Loved It!

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