Monday, November 6, 2017

Review & Giveaway: ALPHA CHEF by Sue Brown (J.T's Bar #2)

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Length: 46,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design

J.T's Bar Series

Book #1 - Alpha Barman - Amazon US | Amazon UK


When Greg Mitchelson's home is torched and his employer killed, Greg fears it's retribution for his past testimony against a notorious drug gang. Alone, with no money and only the clothes on his back, Greg turns to Colm Riordan, the Deputy US Marshall who's protected Greg for the last 3 years. But Riordan doesn't return Greg's phone calls, and the local Marshal's office refuses to help him.

In desperation, Greg goes on the run to Wyoming to find his brother, Mitch, whom he hasn't seen in over a decade. As he reconnects with his brother, Riordan appears, searching for his missing witness. But Greg needs the answers to a lot of questions before he'll trust Riordan again. Why didn't he return Greg's call? Is Riordan there to help Greg - or kill him?

Carra's Review

Alpha Chef is the second book of the J.T’s Bar series, and I found myself liking this story more than the first one.  For me, the drama was more gripping and I was more invested in Greg and Colm’s relationship in this story.  I’m not sure though that the title is the right fit for the story, as the main plot of the story doesn’t really lend itself toward a title fixed on one particular aspect of Greg’s life, especially since that aspect is only mentioned a couple of times mostly in passing.  I actually found Colm to be the more alpha of the two.  Regardless of that fact, I found the story itself enjoyable though like with the first book of the series, the main climax of the suspense portion of the story seemed to come earlier than expected so that the last third of the book was mostly tying up loose ends and solidifying the relationship.

I mentioned that I thought Colm was the more alpha character, I found him to have the strong, protective personality that I associate with alpha males—particularly in his role as a US Marshal.  Greg is also a strong character, but his is more of an inner strength that keeps him going and persevering even after all that he’s been through.  I wish we could have seen some of the relationship development between the two men before the events of this book started to see where those seeds of their developing emotions were planted, just to get more insight into how their attraction began.

I really liked the portions of the story dealing with Greg and his brother Cole (Mitch) reconnecting.  This added some good depth to the story and we get to see Cole doing his alpha protective thing again, this time with his brother now that he has him back.  I was also happy to see the other returning characters from the first book, in particular Si and Howie—my interest is piqued with them and the potential conflict that may be arising between them (Howie is such a sweet guy!).

Alpha Chef skims close enough to 4 stars for me to round it there as my final rating, and I think those readers who read Alpha Barman will like Alpha Chef even more.  This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content (mmm…Greg and Colm sure do have some hot chemistry going on!).

About the Author

Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn't following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot, and has become an expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. She had an Aha moment and put pen to paper that same day. Sue may be late to the party, but she's made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.


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