Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Jumping In
Author: Cardeno C.
Series: ALPHAS #6 (but can be read as a standalone)
Heroes: Clint & Hawk
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 55 pages
Publisher: ARe Books
Release Date: February 6, 2015
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When love’s on the line, the brave jump in with both feet…
Small town cop Clint Rivera can’t catch a break. His ex of two weeks is suddenly getting married, his dogs tore up his furniture, he’s getting evicted, and he’s out of beer. When he decides to solve his alcohol shortage by going to his ex’s engagement party, Clint winds up too drunk to drive himself home.
Enter gorgeous deputy mayor Hawk Black, the man who constantly shows up unexpectedly and sends Clint’s body and mind into a tailspin with nothing but his whiskey voice and blue eyes. After months of patience, Hawk can finally seduce the man he’s been craving.
Clint’s day might not have started out well, but Hawk’s going to make sure it ends with a bang, preferably in bed. He’ll show Clint some rewards are worth the risk. With love on the line, Clint will need to decide if he can open his heart, tear down his shields, and jump in with both feet.
Okay, I’ll be completely honest here. I said yes to reviewing this not because of the blurb but because of the author. I saw it was by Cardeno and just blindly went into it. But with the series title, I fully expected it to be about shifters. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a contemporary story! LOL
But I was actually pleasantly surprised by it because it had all the makings a sweet, funny story. Clint is just returning from a two week vacation when he learns that the ex he broke up with before he left is getting married. Not only that but he’s been invited to the engagement party, his dogs have torn up his furniture, he’s being evicted and the deputy mayor, Hawk, just won’t leave him alone. Clint’s bad days are about to look up, though, when Hawk swoops in at just the right time and shows Clint what love is really like.
As I said, this was such a sweet story. I absolutely adored Clint and how awful his days were. His dogs were such sweeties! But then they left his house in ruins when he went to work, which was absolutely hysterical especially when other things in his house started falling apart. Add to that, I really loved Hawk. He was so persistent and dream-worthy. I loved that he’s been secretly stalking Clint for months and Clint just thought he was being a pest. I found them together to be so cute and I loved that Clint took to Hawk so quickly. My only hangup was that I wanted MORE of them! I wanted to see how they were after they got together, weeks or months down the road. and after the town finds out the Sheriff and deputy mayor are shacking up.
With that said, I still enjoyed this one a lot. I went into it expecting a shifter story and ended up with a contemporary but it was a lovely one to read. I loved the characters and I loved how the story played out. The only thing that could have made this one better is if it were longer! I hope there’s more to come of Clint and Hawk because I really want to see more of them!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*