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Guest Review: The Secret of Othello by Sam Cameron

Posted September 25, 2012 by Ames in Reviews | 2 Comments

Ames’ review of The Secret of Othello by Sam Cameron.

Main Character: Denny and Steven Anderson
Love Interest:
Series: Fisher Key #2
Author: Website|Goodreads

A shooting star streaks across Fisher Key’s skies. Natural phenomenon or secret military satellite? For Steven Anderson, any mystery is a welcome distraction. He’s vowed to avoid all the island’s pretty girls until the SEALs approve his waiver request. Unfortunately his libido—and the girls—have other ideas. Meanwhile, Denny Anderson is busy wooing the boy of his dreams. If he plans things right, he won’t be the only virgin entering the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Too bad every romantic rendezvous is ruined by misunderstandings, interruptions, and pesky tourists. As the days get hotter, the twins are drawn into an underwater race against time, tide, and treason. Suddenly, true love is the least of their problems. Under the waves, no one can hear you scream…

The Secret of Othello picks up where Mystery of the Tempest left off. Denny has come out to his family and he and Brian are now seeing each other. Denny has only a few weeks left until he leaves for the Coast Guard Academy. Steven has also come clean about his failing the vision test to get into the training to become a SEAL. He did submit a waiver, so he’s on pins and needles waiting to hear back about that. In the meantime, he’s going to stay away from girls, since they’re nothing but Trouble. And Brian…because of the events of Mystery of the Tempest, his going to MIT is not exactly a sure thing anymore. So with the last few weeks of summer, all the guys have something going on. The last thing they need is to start snooping around after some spy satellite weather ballooon…whatever the government is saying that thing was that was shooting through the sky.

I was looking forward to read more about Denny and Steven because I wanted to know how things would turn out for them. But things start off a bit rocky. One night, during a storm, a tree falls through the roof in their bedroom, resulting in them living on a friend’s boat while their parents take over the suite above their mom’s bookstore. Brian and his mom are living in a hotel room and Brian wants to be there for his mother, so him and Denny aren’t connecting as often as they’d like. Also, Denny and Steven’s aunt has come to town and she’s not exactly accepting Denny’s orientation…something Brian wants him to step up about. And Steven, trying to stay away from girls results in three of them ganging up on him! LOL

I like how the mystery builds up throughout the story. Everyone sees something shooting across the sky and it’s alluded to a few times…and it’s always on the back burner but not really taking center stage. But as the story unfolds, so to does the mystery. And then boom, everything comes together at once and all the odd things that are happening start to make sense and then someone is in danger. I liked it, thought it was well balanced because I don’t like when the mystery overtakes the story.

However, I did not like how things ended between Brian and Denny. I liked the tension that was there between them, the restaurant scene and Denny’s reaction to what he saw and Brian’s reaction to Denny’s reaction. *sigh* I love that stuff. But the book ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, emotionally. If that makes sense.

Overall, I’m giving the Secret of Othello a B-. I enjoyed it, but that ending…I don’t want to wait for resolution!

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Guest Review: Mystery of the Tempest by Sam Cameron

Posted September 18, 2012 by Ames in Reviews | 2 Comments

Ames’ review of Mystery of the Tempest by Sam Cameron.

Main Character: Denny and Steven Anderson
Love Interest:
Series: Fisher Key #1
Author: Website|Goodreads

Twin brothers Denny and Steven Anderson love helping people and fighting crime alongside their sheriff dad on sun-drenched Fisher Key, Florida. Steven likes chasing girls. Denny longs to lose his virginity, but doesn’t dare tell anyone he’s gay. Steven has a secret of his own. He lied to everyone, including his own brother, about being accepted into SEAL training for the U.S. Navy.

On the day they graduate high school, the twins meet the handsome new guy in town, a military veteran with a chiseled body and mysterious past. Meanwhile Brian Vandermark, a gay transfer student from Boston, finds himself falling for closeted Denny but hampered by his shyness. When an antique yacht explodes in Fishey Key harbor, all three boys are caught up in a summer of betrayal, romance, and danger. It’s the Mystery of the Tempest — and it just might kill them all.

This book came to my attention via Hilcia, who enjoyed it. I did too. 😛

I think the blurb does a good job of setting up the book. Denny and Steven are twins. Steven is a little bit of a player, the way good looking teen boys can be. He’s been dating his girlfriend for a while and he’s looking forward to deflowering her after grad. His brother Denny is worried about remaining a virgin forever. He’s gay but not out. He’s never even had a kiss and he doesn’t want things to stay like that forever. Just until he’s finished the Coast Guard Academy. Steven also is living a lie, letting everyone believe he got into BUD/s training for the SEALs. Brian Vandermark is a classmate of theirs. He’s recently moved down to Florida from Boston and he’s kept mostly to himself. For grad, he’s decided to fly an old boyfriend (but still a friend) down.

The day of their grad, Denny and Steven notice a beautiful antique yacht sail into the harbor, called the Tempest. That night, while everyone is heading to a grad party, the boat is blown up – with Denny and Brian Vandermark right there to see it go up in flames. Brian was catching a ride across the water with Denny to said party, where Christopher, the old boyfriend he flew in for his grad, already was. Denny, worried about someone possibly being on the yacht, starts swimming towards in. He’s close enough to get knocked out when the boat blows up – but he’s rescued by a handsome stranger. Was this stranger just in the right place at the right time or was he involved somehow in the explosion?

As Denny and Steven try to figure out who the handsome stranger is and where he came from, they realize that the whole mystery around that boat is a lot more dangerous than anyone expected.

I am not the biggest fan of mysteries but I really enjoyed this one. I liked Denny and Steven’s characters and the Florida setting made for an interesting read.

Denny and Steven’s father is the local Sheriff. Their mom owns a bookstore. Now that school is finished, Denny works at the bookstore and Steven bodyguards at the local pool. They have lots of free time to put towards this mystery they’ve found themselves in the middle of. And work on their love lives. Steven gets himself into trouble with his girlfriend and her best friend and Denny and Brian are getting to know each other, with Denny denying the fact that he’s gay to Brian, who’s out. Brian, even though he’s hanging out with his ex, is developing feelings for Denny. Denny reciprocates, but under a very heavy cloud of denial. LOL

I thought the author did an excellent job of combining the mystery with the juicy stuff. And I enjoyed the fact that our main protagonists were guys. Switches things up a bit. Steven, even though he likes to get around, is full of charm so his character doesn’t come off as a jerk even though some of his actions can be less than stellar. And Denny is more introspective and willing to let his brother stay in the limelight. I thought the relationship between the twins was interesting. Overall, I really enjoyed Mystery of the Tempest. Solid B.

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