Book Review: Halestorm by Mathew Ortiz

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: Halestorm
Author: Mathew Ortiz
Series: Love and Salvage #3
Heroes:  Hale/Bumper
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 139 pages
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: March 1, 2014
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Cursed, he must be cursed. Everything about Bumper Gaither drew Hale like a moth to a flame. When Bumper walked into the room, time stood still for Hale, and it took all he had not to scale Mount Bumper. Every fiber of Hale’s being wanted to throw himself into the big bear’s arms. There was one problem. Well not a problem, exactly. How was Hale gonna tell Bumper, that he was a witc…

… ch way was UP! Bumper’s head spun, his chest grew tight, all at the sight of the spitfire named Hale McAvoy. Their blistering kiss at his Aunt and Uncle’s barbeque left him wanting more, a lot more. However, despite his best efforts, Hale steadfastly refused to go out with him, despite the obvious attraction. That only made Bumper more determined. Like a bulldog with a bone, Bumper was not letting go. So why was Hale so hesitant to go out with him?

*This book is a prequel to the Oswald Witches coming out in the coming months.


When we last saw Hale and Bumper, they were sharing their first steamy kiss.  They’ve been dancing around each other for over a year now.  Hale has a secret though, and it is this very secret that is keeping him from getting involved with Bumper.  He is a witch, albeit an unpracticing one.  But, even though he has tried to distance himself from his family and witchcraft, the walls seem to be closing in on him.  He struggles so much with accepting his witchy status and the individual powers associated with it.

Bumper persists and finally wears Hale down to accepting a date.  Of course, things go fabulously, and they continue seeing each other.  These guys are so sweet.  Bumper is this big teddy bear, and Hale is a really cute but powerful little guy.  Together, they are perfect together, hot and smexy.  Unfortunately, things don’t always go easy for them, as magic and Supernatures invade their space wreaking some havoc.

We are given some details about Hale’s powers and family early on, but it is about halfway through that this story really takes off in the paranormal direction.  Witches, wolves, shadows and so much more, starting to play bigger parts.  There seems to be a storm brewing, and Hale and his family are front and center in the middle of it.  Mr. Ortiz is creating a very interesting world here, drawing you in a little at a time and easing you into it.  It still contains what I loved about the previous book, which is down-to-earth, genuine characters, funny, sweet and sexy moments, all wrapped up around a really easy and enjoyable story.  We get to see some of the other guys that we’ve already fallen in love with as well, which is always nice.

Mr. Ortiz writes in a way that you can actually picture the characters telling the story, and I found that very refreshing and easy to connect with.  It makes you want to be there with them as a part of their family and friends.  I am very excited about the paranormal aspects he is introducing.  This book is a prequel to a new series about the Oswald Witches, and things really seem to be setting up nicely for that to be very interesting.  I know I’m really looking forward to learning more about the Oswald family.

Overall Impression: I loved it

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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