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Hue, Tint and Shade by Jordan Castillo Price

Hue, Tint and Shade

by Jordan Castillo Price

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Petit Mort Series 1, Book 1 – Hue, Tint, and Shade by Jordan Castillo Price is the first book in an exciting new series of stand-alone novelettes written by Jordan Castillo Price and Josh Lanyon. These stories, which have a paranormal or a mystery theme, center upon the shared character of Chance, an alluring (and possibly supernatural) young man who roams the USA, showing up in various locations just long enough to open his candy shop as a front, or perhaps a lure, while he subtly rearranges people’s destinies. In this first series of five stand-alone stories, Jordan Castillo Price has written Books 1 (this one), 3, and 5; Josh Lanyon has written Books 2 and 4; and you can read the books in any order. However, Book 1 – Hue, Tint, and Shade is a great place to begin with its sly humor, quirky supernatural touches, and hot sexual tension between the two romantic leads.

The story begins in Chicago within the newly opened candy shop of the mysterious Chance who observes as a middle-aged psychic named Sister Norma — obviously a fake — misreads an attractive young man Tommy who suffers from shyness. Tommy is actually very successful in his career (which is an amusing mismatch for his personality type), but would like to be luckier in love. When Sister Norma collects her ill-gotten gains and departs, Chance directs Tommy to the office of a different sort of professional who turns out to be almost as useless as Sister Norma. However, Chance works in mysterious ways. It soon becomes apparent that Tommy doesn’t need help with his personality so much as to end up in the right place at the right time to meet a hot young man named Nathan who has a very dangerous job. From here, Tommy and Nathan find themselves on a highly unusual first date. This is a great introductory story in a series to savor.

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  AReCafe | May 23, 2014 |
When Jordan Castillo Price wants to be romantic, she masterly manages it, always preserving her little “creepy” core (and I’m using the word creepy with a positive connotation).

Since the first sentences you understand that Tommy is not your usual nerd guy, or at least, he is a bit of a nerd, but he is also horny enough not to let a good chance at love pass by. Tommy is desperately shy, and he would do anything to being cured of it, even contacting a faith healer. The first appointment is at Chance’s Sweets to the Sweet, a little patisserie on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago; Tommy more than in the faith healer is interested in Chance, and so the reader understand that Tommy’s shyness manifests when he is trying to hook up with boys. At the beginning Chance is so nice and sweet with Tommy, that I really hoped he was the one who would cure him, but he has someone else in mind.

The next scene introduces us to Nathan, the man at the opposite of Tommy: where Tommy is shy, Nathan is outrageously cheeky; where Tommy is a white collar worker (a car salesman), Nathan is a blue collar one (a window washer); where Tommy behaves and dresses to meld with the tapestry, Nathan is a punch in the eye, eyeliner and all; but there is something in Tommy’s shyness that draws Nathan’s protectiveness (and lust), and Tommy is like a deer caught in the headlights, he can possible refuse Nathan’s advances.

Even the main set of this brief romance, an old fashioned theatre, helps to give a strange atmosphere to the story, and the ending is both surprising than sweet: for the sake of his possible newfound true love, Tommy will find the courage to get free of his shyness, to finally take in hand his life, and to fight for something, even if that something, for now, is only a possible “sleepover”… but there are good chances that it will be not only that.

To the most romantic readers, don't worry, the creepy factor is only an exotic spice on a pure chocolate truffle, and this is basically a very sweet romance.

  elisa.rolle | Feb 27, 2010 |
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Victor Bayne, the psychic half of a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who's more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves. He hooks up with Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or "Stiff") from an adjacent precinct. Just as it seems like his dubious luck has improved, a serial killer with a gruesome M.O. surfaces ?and no one agrees what he looks like."… (more)

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