Part of our reasoning to do this is I belong to a virtual writing colony known as OpenSim, where we try to bring fiction to virtual life. Nara Malone, Shannan Albright, and I have always wanted to merge the two worlds, virtual users and real world readers. We also want to bring more attention to the Indie authors we love to read. With so many books out there now it's hard to figure out what is a good, well-written book...or not. Keep in mind, these are our opinions, things we like to read. The Nookettes of the Virtual writing colony of Nara's Nook have come up with this blog hop to share our favorites.
Today's offering is THE PINCH OF THE GAME by Charley Descoteaux. Here's the blurb:
Being a witch doesn’t mean one can beat the devil forever.
Jeffrey Overton, unemployed IT professional turned poker player, pushes his luck once too often and runs afoul of the host of an illegal card club. The man sent to escort Jeffrey to a “meeting” about his supernatural winning streak arrives at Jeffrey’s crappy North Portland apartment, lock-picking tools in hand and a charm to block Jeffrey’s magick.
Head muscle for said host, Mike Wells, is a Daisy from Daisyville. He isn’t a witch. What he lacks in magickal talent he makes up for in brawn, so he doesn’t expect the guy he’s after to overpower him. But once Mike renders Jeffrey helpless, he’d rather seduce him than bring him in.
Jeffrey and Michael ditch the “meeting” and end up hunting some of the same people they ran from, trying to get Jeffrey back into his own body. And that’s only part of the adventure. The pair travel halfway across the country on the quietest road trip in history and find missing people, empire-building witches, and maybe even the families they’d both thought lost to them.
I got to read snippets of this tale when Charley put it up on Snippet Sunday. I was intrigued by the smart aleck "kid" and the big, burly thug finding connection and figuring out a mystery along the way. This is a complex tale and some of the language is very 1930s noir, but I enjoyed the storyline that seemed in league with The Sting with Robert Redford and Paul Newman. You have to keep your eye on the ball to figure out what's going on. This is a M/M mystery romance so keep that in mind if you have issues with homosexuality. I enjoyed this tale a lot and highly recommend if you like noir mysteries and M/M romance.
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