Tempest: Playing the Fool, Book 3

TempestAuthor: Lisa Henry & JA Rock
Book Name: Tempest
Series: Playing the Fool
Order: #3
Genre: Romance/LGBT/Suspense
Rating:  Excellent
5+stars

 

Blurb:  Something wicked this way comes.

FBI Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness and con man Henry Page are on the run again. This time they’re headed back to where it all began: Altona, Indiana. Population: some goats. Henry’s not happy about lying low at the McGuinness family farm, but they’ve got nowhere else to go.

While Mac fights to clear his name and Henry struggles with whose side he’s really on, a ghost from the past threatens to destroy everything. And those aren’t the only storms on the radar. Cut off from both sides of the law, Mac and Henry must rely on their tenuous partnership to survive.

If Henry can convince himself to let Mac see the man behind the disguises, they’ll stand a chance of beating the forces that conspire against them. The course of true love never did run smooth, but for the two of them, it might be their only hope.

Review:  This was a great ending to this little series (at least I’m pretty sure it is the end based on how this book finished up).

I will be the first to get all critical when it comes to Scooby Doo endings and resolutions, but not here.  This is a first for me with this book because we do get some of that, with it spread a bit more than as a single dump in one scene to clear up all the mysterious bits of the story, but what we got was done in a way that totally mocked how that plot trick is so overused.  This is something that normally drives me nuts and I end up dropping a book rating when it is used because I dislike it so much.  But in this case?  I’m loving it because our guys are literally looking down the barrels of guns and Henry is doing this whole monologue in his head about how ridiculous the situation is, how much he always made fun of it in the past, how that would never happen in real life and here he is experiencing that ridiculousness right before he is most likely going to die.  It took this overused cliche of a plot trick and turned it completely around making it new and hilarious in a situation that should have been seriously tense and stressful, not funny.  It was awesome and kind of genius.

I’d have to say that both Mac and Henry are probably one of my favorite MM couples from all the books I’ve read from that genre.  They are perfectly genuine and fallible.  Plus, they have their own dose of seriously cute crazy that I can’t help but love.

 

 

The Merchant of Death: Playing the Fool, Book 2

The Merchant of DeathAuthor: Lisa Henry & JA Rock
Book Name: The Merchant of Death
Series: Playing the Fool
Order: #2
Genre: Romance/LGBT/Suspense
Rating:  Excellent
5+stars

 

Blurb:  All’s fair in love and war.

There’s something rotten in the state of Indiana. When con man Henry Page takes it upon himself to investigate the death of an elderly patient at a care facility, he does so in true Shakespearean tradition: dressed as a girl.

FBI Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness has more to worry about than Henry’s latest crazy idea. Someone is trying to send him a message—via a corpse with a couple of bullets in it. He needs to figure out who’s trying to set him up before he gets arrested, and he really doesn’t have time for Henry’s shenanigans. Then again, he’d probably be able to focus better if Henry didn’t look so damn distracting in a babydoll dress and a wig.

But when Mac discovers that Henry has been keeping a secret that connects the cases, he has to find a way to live on the right side of the law when he just might be in love with the wrong sort of man.

Review:  Still love Mac and Cheese… uh, Henry.  This second book in the series is just as entertaining and funny as the first one, though we got to go a little deeper emotionally while getting to know Henry’s history a little bit more.  He really is this great guy doing not so great things to try and do the right thing.

Mac is awesome.  Seriously!  That scene in the car with the Rocky song?  Cracked me the hell up.  The guy is absolutely losing it, talking to himself, making up these crazy rescue scenarios and singing (or rather mumbling) to the Rocky theme song at the top of his lungs and yelling at other drivers on the road while I’m laughing hysterically.

Like book one, we get an excellent blend of both actual, great story line and well executed romance, which outside of the amazing characters is one of the reasons I’m really loving these books.

 

The Two Gentlemen of Altona: Playing the Fool, Book 1

The Two Gentlemen of AltonaAuthor: Lisa Henry & JA Rock
Book Name: The Two Gentlemen of Altona
Series: Playing the Fool
Order: #1
Genre: Romance/LGBT/Suspense
Rating:  Really Good
4+stars

 

Blurb:  Mischief, thou art afoot.

Special Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness is having a rough week. Not only is he on a new diet, but he’s also been tasked with keeping Henry Page — the world’s most irritating witness — alive. Which is tough when Mac’s a breath away from killing the Shakespeare-quoting, ethically-challenged, egg-obsessed Henry himself. Unless killing isn’t really what Mac wants to do to him.

Con man Henry Page prefers to keep his distance from the law…though he wouldn’t mind getting a little closer to uptight, handsome Agent McGuinness. As the sole witness to a mob hit, Henry’s a valuable asset to the FBI. But he’s got his own agenda, and it doesn’t involve testifying.

When evidence surfaces of a mole in the FBI office, Mac and Henry are forced to go into hiding. Holed up in a fishing cabin, they’re surprised to discover that their feelings run more than skin deep. But as the mob closes in, Henry has to make his escape. And Mac has to decide how far he’s willing to go to keep Henry by his side.

Review:  This has a wonderful blend of story and characters, funny and serious with a little bit of dorky and cute and vulnerable.  I really fell in love with both Mac and Henry and am so glad that their stories aren’t done yet even if I was left hanging at the very end.

The different aspects of this story are pretty well balanced out.  The focus isn’t too heavy on just the suspense or the romance.  This was a bit of a surprise for me as that seems to be something of a rarity in this genre, at least as far as I’ve seen.  I’m definitely going to be grabbing the next one in this series.