Monday, January 25, 2016

Vegas Sin by Jambrea Jo Jones


Title: Vegas Sin
Author: Jambrea Jo Jones
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: {M/M} Romantic Suspense 














Hi there, Jambrea Jo Jones here! Today I’m going to give you a small introduction to one of my characters from Vegas Sin. In this little bit I am interviewing my character, Harrison, about a good birthday memory.

 “Hello, Harrison. Thanks for chatting with me.”

Harrison looks around as if trying to find an escape route.

“Um, Yeah. Okay.” Harrison tugged at his collar.

“I’m not going to bite. Just relax. We’re here celebrating birthdays so I figured I’d ask you about one of your memories.” I pat Harrison’s knee.

“I can do that.” He looks back and I see Owen standing in the door giving him silent encouragement.

“Okay.”

“You mean, now?”

“Yeah, go ahead. Tell us about a memorable birthday.”

“All right. Um… it was a few years ago. Is that okay?”

“It sure is.” I lean forward ready to hear about his best memory.

“I had been in the military for a few years and there was a group of MPs I was good friends with. Ethan, my best friend and his boyfriend Mac.”

“Boyfriend?”

“Well, yeah, but it wasn’t widely known. DADT was still in place at the time. Anyway, we’d been out in the desert.” Harrison held out a hand, “Before you ask, yes, overseas.

The sandbox. Whatever you want to call it, we were there. Had been for months. I didn’t really have the best home life. I was happy to be out of there and on my own.”

“Wait—and this is you best memory?”

“Am I telling this or are you?”

“Sorry. Sorry. Okay, I’m listening.”

“Usually I don’t do much for my birthday. It really is just another day. Up until this point no one had ever made a big deal out of it.

I came in from a patrol. Ethan was with me and Mac wasn’t on rotation this time. We walk into the mess hall they have set up and the whole platoon of MPs start singing happy birthday to me. 

See, Mac and Ethan rounded them all up and got them to donate goodies they’d received in care packages so I could have a good birthday. I smiled for days after that. It was the nicest thing anyone had ever done for me. 

Well—until I met Owen.” Harrison got a special smile on his face that I’m sure was reserved for Owen.

“Wow. Thank you for sharing that and thank you for serving our country.” I got up and hugged him.

Vegas Sin blurb:
Sex, weddings and gambling hold a back seat to kidnapping and murder in the city of sin…
Owen Carpenter sets aside one night each month to relax at the Totally Five Star, but a case has just landed on his desk that has those nights disappearing for the foreseeable future. 

Someone is kidnapping women in Las Vegas and Owen needs to stop them before the women end up dead.

Harrison Boone is head of security at the Totally Five Star. He notices a man who comes in once a month and he wants to know more about him. When Owen introduces himself, there’s an instant attraction between Harrison and Owen, but they are interrupted by a kidnapping—at his hotel. 

After Harrison leaves the military, the hotel becomes his life, so Harrison will do anything to keep the hotel out of the news and protect its reputation.

Can Owen and Harrison find love in Sin City, or will the case of the disappearing women

Excerpt from Vegas Sin:
Owen Carpenter strolled through the precinct like he hadn’t a care in the world. He whistled some song that was on the radio before he shut the car off. Now it would be stuck in his head all day. He might as well share it with others. What could he say, he was a giver.

It helped the fa├žade he put on for others and it drove his partner nuts when he did it, which was a plus. He always had the outward appearance of being calm and that everything was right in the world. He had to or he’d go batshit crazy and he couldn’t have that. He was armed, after all, and it could be dangerous for a cop to go all mental. He needed to be focused, and if pushing his issues back helped, he’d do it all day.

Owen tried to keep his private and work lives separate. That didn’t always happen, because his partner liked to give him a hard time, which was why Owen did his best to drive Jeff crazy. Of course they were more like brothers than partners. Most days that was a good thing, especially when Jeff’s wife sent in muffins for him. 

The best was when Sally came in and personally handed him some goody to make sure Owen got some. Jeff hated that and tried to steal his goodies, but Sally made sure Owen was taken care of.

This morning was one for the books, that was for sure. One of those days he wished he could do over. His sister and niece had been kicked out of their latest apartment the night before, so they were shacked up with him for the duration. He had to haul all their stuff to his place, and it was a mess. At least he had a garage to hold some of the stuff. Not that his sister was kicked out of her home every day, but Susan wasn’t the best with her money on a good day. He tried to help the best he could, but she didn’t always appreciate her big brother butting his nose into her business. At least Susan hadn’t gone back to the booze. 

That would add a whole other set of issues he really didn’t want to deal with. He’d helped get her dry once and hoped like hell it stuck because he didn’t know if he could go through that again.

His niece, Gabbi, was a sweetheart, and he’d do anything for her. She was only nine and cute as a button with her long blonde hair and big blue eyes. Yeah, he might be wrapped around her little finger, but he didn’t know if he’d ever do kids, so she might be all he ever had. He planned to spoil her as much as possible. When the time came, he’d make sure she was treated right by whoever she wanted to date. If he let her date. She was an old soul who acted more like Susan’s mom on most occasions, which made him want to pamper Gabbi even more.

His own mom had trouble dealing with two new people in her space—when she remembered it was her space. The Alzheimer’s was getting worse. It was hard enough most days when she didn’t remember him, but now she kept asking who the two hussies were and why they were in her house. Gabbi didn’t fully understand why her grandma couldn’t remember her and called her names.

His mom was in the process of being moved to a new home this week because taking care of her was just too much. He hated the fact that she had to go, but it was past time. A nurse came by to sit with her while he worked. The only problem with that was that they didn’t always send the same person and it got confusing for his mom. 

If she was in a home, she could get used to the same people. It would give her a bit of the stability she’d lost the last few years. At least with his sister at the house, he could get some help with their mom—not that Mother would remember either of them—but Susan needed to help out.

 Breakfast had been a disaster with his mom dumping her food on the floor and stomping out of the room like a cranky two year old. Poor Gabbi had had to do some clean up, because Susan had decided to sleep in, and he’d been running late for work. He made a note to take Gabbi to a movie or shopping for the weekend. If she really wanted to go, he’d take her, even if he hated going to the mall.
About Jambrea Jo Jones:
Jambrea wanted to be the youngest romance author published, but life impeded the dreams. She put her writing aside and went to college briefly, then enlisted in the Air Force. After serving in the military, she returned home to Indiana to start her family.

A few years later, she discovered yahoo groups and book reviews. There was no turning back. She was bit by the writing bug.

She enjoys spending time with her son when not writing and loves to receive reader feedback. She's addicted to the internet so feel free to email her anytime.

Website: jambrea.com/







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Review
Title: Vegas Sin
Author: Jambrea Jo Jones
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publisher URL: www.pride-publishing.com
ISBN: 978-1-78430-952-7
Genre: {M/M} Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Harrison Boone, head of security at the Totally Five Star Hotel is the perfect stress relief for Detective Owen Carpenter. Unfortunately, before Harrison and Owen could do more than exchange names, a woman was reported missing from a wedding shower in progress there at the hotel.

 Vegas Sin is Part of the Totally Five Star imprint. The plot is a well paced thriller featuring a budding romance between Harrison and Owen. The secondary characters add a touch of humor to the story.  But the main character is the psychotic kidnapper who is realistically terrifying.

Character Profiles
Owen is a compassionate man dedicated to taking care of his ailing mother, his sister and his sister’s young daughter. Having a career in law enforcement is a family tradition for Owen.

Harrison is an honorable man formerly in the armed forces; he does his job with highly efficient accuracy. Since Harrison has no family living in Vegas, he thinks of the employees’ as part of his extended family. Harrison takes personal pride in the superbly prepared sociable elegance the hotel offers their guest.

The person responsible for the kidnappings is the worst kind of person imaginable. He is the very definition of a functioning sociopath, a meticulous planner; who lacks empathy or remorse, he is a predator aroused by the thrill of killing. The Perpetrator is so withdrawn from reality that he believes himself invincible. The driving force of his psychosis is his delusions of grandeur.

Jambrea Jo Jones has created an exceptionally impressive as well as enjoyable suspense saga. Suspense is the main theme of this story; however there are a few sizzling intimacy scenes illustrated as Owen and Harrison’s association cultivates into a relationship.





  





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