Thursday, March 29, 2018

Review: Wheels and Heels (Stories from the Hen and Hog #1) by Jaime Samms

Wheels&Heels_500x750Title ~ Wheels and Heels

Author ~ Jaime Samms 

Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing

Published ~ 10th March 2018

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





As a teenager, Ira Bedford fled a troubled home life and people who didn’t understand his penchant for feminine things. In the city, he fell in with Cedric, who found him work as an underage stripper. It took him years to escape Cedric’s influence and try to build a life of his own.
Now, he just wants to be left alone to create his art. But Cedric’s on-going harassment means Ira had to drop out of art school, is squatting in a friend’s apartment, and is still relying on his allure as a sexy, skirt-wearing exotic dancer to pay his bills.
Then he meets Jed. Part-time bartender and the apartment building’s superintendent, Jed is just the right mix of strong, kind, and protective to pull Ira out of hiding. He also welcomes Ira into his chosen family at the Hen and Hog Pub. But Ira yearns for more. Still, he doesn’t dare to hope that Jed will want him and his questionable past, his skirts and high heels, his hang-ups, and the profession he seems unable to escape. But Jed will do anything to prove him wrong.


Cheryl’s Review

I came upon this book by accident while looking for another, and it was the cover that caught my attention. The blurb caught it even more, so I bought the book and started reading then and there. That was teatime. I finished at 2am. The author can take responsibility for how grumpy I was this morning.

This is not a particularly complex book and makes a deliciously light read, while still having enough tension to keep this angst junkie interested. It doesn’t hurt that I love cross-dressers passionately. Not that Ira is your usual cross-dresser. He has the figure for it but he’s one tough cookie and his alpha male isn’t far under the surface even with all his quirks and insecurities.

Ira is an erotic dancer by night (sometimes) and a sculptor by day who makes erotic figures of half (or fully) naked, male fairies. I love that he has reference drawings pinned up all over the place. I would love to visit his flat. He’s deliciously complex with some odd OCD tendencies that only make him more adorable. He’s running scared but still fights against any attempt to take care of him or help him out. He’s fiercely independent and that could so easily have been his undoing. I just adore everything about him. His feistiness the icing on the cake.

Jed on the other hand is a big cuddly bear with a beard you could home mice in. He’s got the fashion sense of a womble and his boots offend Ira’s sense of style to no end. He’s everyone’s hero, never happy unless he has someone tucked under his wing and is solving problems for all and sundry. The biggest problem is that Ira actively does not want to be under anyone’s wing and is desperate to solve his own problems. He’s been controlled once and he’s damned if anyone is ever going to do it again.

Independence personified meets nurturing mom with a bike and a beard. The result is funny, sad and infinitely entertaining. Poor Jed gets slapped down so many times it’s a wonder he can still balance on the bike.

This was such a cosy story revolving around a strong set of characters who close forces to help their own, even when they don’t want to be helped.This is the first of a series of books revolving around a rather unusual pub, The Hen and Hog, and I’m eager to read more. There are such interesting characters who not only work in the pub, but also frequent it. I’m eager to hear their stories. This is the first book of the series I’ve read but it sure won’t be the last.

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Meet Jaime Samms

Jaime has been writing for various publishers since the fall of 2008, although she’s been writing for herself far longer. Her Stories about men falling in love are the stories that she loves to read, so it seemed to make sense if she was going to write, they would also be the stories she wrote.

These days, you can find plenty of free reading on her website. She also writes for Various Publishers.

Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, is spent crocheting, drawing, gardening (weather permitting, of course, since she is Canadian!), or watching movies. She has a day job, as well, which she loves, and two kids, but thankfully, also a wonderful husband who shoulders more than his fair share of household and child-care responsibilities.

She graduated some time ago from college with a fine arts diploma, and a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies her to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. One always needs an official slip of paper to fall back on after all . . .



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