Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Review: Accidental Roots Series by Elle Keaton

Accidental Roots Series
by Elle Keaton
Genre: M/M Romance, Suspense

Storm Season

They say you can’t go home again, Adam Klay doesn’t intend to until the death of his father, a famous artist, forces his return to Skagit, Washington. Cleaning up his father’s chaotic life was never on Adam’s bucket list. Worse, Adam finds himself inexplicably drawn to the elusive, terminally-clumsy, gorgeous, Micah Ryan. No way is he getting involved with someone from his hometown; he’s always insisted the best view of Skagit was in his rearview mirror.

Micah Ryan has been coasting on auto-pilot since his family was killed in a car accident a decade earlier. He runs a web business and has an irritable cat. He hardly leaves his house, unless it is for his afternoon espresso. His world tips upside down when Adam Klay rolls into town. For the first time in years, he feels alive. Unfortunately, Micah’s return to the living has been noticed and is not appreciated.

Someone has a secret. Someone is exploiting the vulnerable youth population in Skagit. Teenagers are disappearing, young women turning up dead, the dirty secrets of Skagit are surfacing.

No Pressure

Joey James has given up on his ‘Prince Charming’. There is no such thing, he needs to be realistic about his chances of finding a lasting relationship. A chance encounter with a former school mate at the local grocery store changes everything-maybe.
Before Joey can decide what to do about it, he is swept into a terrifying scheme. Forced into helping a dangerous stranger in exchange for his family’s safety, Joey begins a perilous journey into the criminal underbelly of Skagit. He will do whatever is needed to protect his family.

Buck Swanfeldt had a secret crush on Joey James in high school. Buck’s social anxiety and two-year age difference made it impossible for him to approach Joey then. Life since high school has been challenging, and lonely. Eight years later, fate brings them together and Buck decides to act. He utterly fails. He would have left it at that, except fate seems to be intent on pushing Joey in his direction, and clearly, Joey needs someone at his back.

Dark, sordid secrets hiding in Skagit are bubbling to the surface, danger lurks in unexpected places. Buck has never been anyone’s hero but something about Joey has him throwing caution to the wind. Together the two men take on a dangerous force greater than themselves. But sometimes our worst enemy is ourselves.

Storm Season (Accidental Roots #1)

No Pressure (Accidental Roots #2)

Storm Season

This story seems to be heavy on the suspense and light on romance. Right from the start, the story have a sort of melancholy feel to it. Adam is a FBI agent going back to his hometown Skagit to deal with his father's estate. The hometown is not a place with fond memory for Adam, but when a series of incident happened at the town, Adam is drawn into the intricate works of the local mob.

Micah is a loner and a total klutz. He had totally no control of his limbs and tend to embarrassed himself. There isn't much for me to say about the romance development between Adam and Micah because there isn't much heat. They met and have some casual conversation, next they start sleeping with each other without much fanfare.

The suspense part of the story seems to be more development compare to the relationship. I find myself second guessing every little new revelation and seeing as there are still loose ends, I might just wanna pop over to the next one.

No Pressure

The second book of Accidental Roots seems like a step up from its predecessor. I like the new couple Buck and Joey more and their relationship seems to flow better. Joey is a male nurse in trouble because the mobster recruited him as their own private nursemaid. Buck is the local grease monkey who own a car repair shop.

Buck is so socially awkward that I find his cluelessness in pursuing a relationship refreshing. But I think his effort deserve an A plus. Joey is in too much trouble and anxiety over his predicament to enjoy Buck's flirtation, but when Joey's secret task got blown up in his face, Buck is there to hold him close for comfort. 

Overall, I find myself seems to enjoy this second book much more. Everything seems to flow more smoothly and the romance development at a better pace and the supporting character, especially Miguel had a piece of my heart. 

Author, photographer, rare Pacific Northwest Native, Elle grew up in Seattle, WA., with the Cascade Mountain range to the east and Olympics to the west. Less than two hours northwest lie the majestic San Juan Islands. To the northeast is the Methow Valley and the scrub deserts of Eastern Washington. Geography ripe with material.

A graduate of Western Washington University, Elle has a BS in biology which taught her to be tenacious. The closest she has come to biology since then is having two kids. Like an experiment or something. She’s lived in four states (none of which were gaseous), London England, and Hong Kong; always knows what time it is, and has no problem finding parking even in the most difficult places. Cannot balance a checking account.

Elle's series Accidental Roots, mostly set in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington, will make its debut spring of 2017. Storm Season is tender, sometimes irreverent, full of nosy neighbors and help when the hero didn’t think he needed it. Writing has always been a passion but not something she was able to take seriously until recently. Now her head is full of ideas and not enough time in each day.

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