Blog Tour ~ Night Watch by AG Meiers (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

Night Watch - AG Meiers

AG Meiers has a new MM contemporary suspenseful romance out: Night Watch. And there’s a giveaway!

A romance at midnight, but happily ever after at dawn? Complicated…

Hunter Jones is stalling. One day, he’ll be a lawyer in his family’s prestigious firm, but just not yet. Instead he is working the nightshift at the Burlington Inn. It’s the perfect place to hide from everything that’s wrong with his life. Once—just once—he did something reckless and it has haunted him ever since. Romance is the last thing he needs. But then a tall, dark, and sexy stranger checks into the hotel…

Detective Cole Sawyer’s life is a complete clusterfuck of his own making. His lies have ruined his chances at a fresh start, and his anger and insomnia constantly get the better of him. Cole has no business getting involved with the honey-sweet night auditor. But with every late night encounter staying away gets more and more difficult.

When a dangerous stalker targets Hunter, Cole realizes just how far he’s willing to go to protect the man he never should’ve been with in the first place—and Hunter starts to wonder what it’ll take to rescue Cole from himself.

Night Watch, the first book in The Burlington Inn series, is a contemporary hurt/comfort romance.

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Giveaway

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Excerpt

Night Watch Meme

I stole another glance at the man across the front desk in the dimmed light of the entrance hall. I didn’t get many check-ins during the night shift. The Burlington Inn focused on extended stay business travelers. Most of our rooms and small apartments were rented monthly to companies along the Route 128 corridor. Of course, sometimes we had late arrivals, but a guest walking in after midnight was unusual.

The guy’s skin tone was ashen. He looked like he hadn’t shaved for two, maybe three days. Dark shadows hid under his bloodshot eyes and deep lines etched into his face. There was a faint bruise on his left cheek. He’d barely looked at me since he came in. His gaze seemed to focus on a spot on the counter, and his hand kept pushing through his dark hair as if it was the only way to keep his eyes open. I knew the feeling too well, but six hours of sleep earlier today had helped a lot to restore my usual balance. And then, work was my happy place right now, so all was good again.

If I had an overactive imagination, my mind would jump straight to one of those vampire movies Skyler had been so crazy about for a while. They always started with a pale, hunky-looking stranger, all dressed in black. I verified with a quick glance. Oh my God. Dark, washed-out jeans and a black t-shirt stretched tight over his broad chest and shoulders. He was tall, too, at least six feet. If Skyler were here, he would probably be freaking out right now. The guy was total sexy vampire material.

Just that my pale stranger didn’t show up mysteriously and unexpected in the middle of the night—Cole Sawyer had a reservation. Impatiently he tapped his ID on the counter. I tried to shut down my runaway imagination and focused on my job.

“Did you ask for a room on the ground floor, sir?” I asked.

He looked up for the first time. “Huh?”

“Do you have a preference regarding the floor—for your room?”

“No.” His voice was low and all gravelly. “I don’t care which floor, but I prefer windows that can open.”

“All our windows open. That’s not a problem.” I checked the reservation again. Tilda had preselected a room during her shift to expedite the late check-in: Room 124—right next to the elevator. The whole place was more or less empty, but she picked one of the smallest rooms. Tilda was real cheap sometimes. Well, Sawyer was my check-in.

“Tell you what. I’ll give you one of the Executive Suites on the second floor. It’s a small apartment, two rooms, kitchenette, and a balcony with a large screen door. All guestrooms in the back are away from the main road, so it’s nice and quiet. This one faces west and can get a little warm in the afternoon, but there’s a tree in front, so it doesn’t heat up too badly, and you can always open the balcony door. Does that sound okay?” I always babble a little when I’m trying to impress somebody, just until now, I hadn’t realized I was trying to impress him.

“Okay, sure.” He nodded like a man who really didn’t care much.

“It has a King-size bed. More space for—”

Cole Sawyer looked up. His eyes shimmered icy gray.

Shit. I wasn’t even sure myself where I’d been going with that sentence. “You’re tall and…” I was about to say build but caught myself in the last second and ended lamely, “…there’s more space for legs.”

Mission accomplished—I had his full attention now. He slowly raised an eyebrow, and I could practically see him trying to decide if I was drunk or was just missing a few marbles. But then, he grinned, and my heart skipped a beat. Not only did my tall, dark stranger have a sense of humor, he also looked gorgeous with his slightly crooked smile.

“Thanks. I appreciate it,” he said.

Appreciate what? The upgrade. The compliment. My face on fire.

Luckily, I inherited my mom’s Italian complexion. I moved to the other side of the counter to program the keycard for the room. That gave me a minute to recover.

“One or two keys, sir?” I asked.

“One is fine.”

“Okay, this is your keycard. I can really recommend Katie’s Café next door. It’s a nice place. They’ve got a great selection of sweet and savory breakfast pastries. Two coupons for free coffee are included with your stay.” I handed everything over and after quick directions to his room, Sawyer strode down the hall. I checked out his broad shoulders and nice ass when he waited in front of the elevator. Why not? This was probably the last I would ever see of him. I worked at the hotel from eleven to five thirty in the morning, not really a good time to socialize with any of the guests.


~ * ~ Jos Review ~ * ~

5 Stars

I’m a delighted lady. Don’t you love reading an author you’ve never read before and discover a great book? This was definitely the case here.

This story is an opposites attract, hurt/comfort story. It includes a dual pov tale about two guys who don’t have everything together. Hunter is avoiding his future and working the night shift in the Burlington Hotel. He’s also recovering from being attacked, although he’s worried that his attacker might still be after him. Cole, a cop, stays in the hotel to be close to his partner, who has been shot. He’s also suspended after beating the shooter up. The attraction is there from the start, but Cole is in the closet and thinks Hunter deserves more.

The strength of the book is the characters and how well they are developed and interact. It’s not just Hunter and Cole that draws you in; the supporting cast is just as good. There’s a real family feel about them all. These two bring the best out of each other; both have things to deal with, and I loved how being a couple allows them to do that. They may not seem too well matched, but they are actually perfect together.

The story is paced perfectly and kept me gripped to the end. The balance of romance and intrigue with the stalker is just right.

A definite recommendation from me. I can’t wait to read more in the series.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.*** 

 

~ * ~ Annies Review ~ * ~

4 Stars

Night Watch is the first book of a new series set in a New England inn and comes with a variety of characters. Though this is my first experience with this author’s work, I intend to follow the series. The cover of Night Watch is attractive, but I think it gives more of a relaxed tone than is pervasive in the story. The story of Night Watch seems simple enough at first. Still, the reader quickly is drawn into a complex story with a few subplots, all with different conflicts and varying degrees of angst. I found the story, characters, and writing style overall enjoyable.

Hunter and Cole are interesting heroes with a bit of an opposites attract vibe. I’d say they aren’t who I’d expect to work as a couple. That said, they were charming together. Both men were battling a few issues in their lives, and I liked how they eased into one another’s hearts while supporting each other as they worked through their struggles. Some aspects of the romance and story felt overly simplified and convenient. I generally found Hunter and Cole’s romance to have a believable rhythm with some expected bouts of uncertainty mixed in. That said, the suspenseful aspect of the storyline in Night Watch commanded the bulk of my attention.

I enjoy a bit of mystery or suspense in my books, and the author did an excellent job at weaving this aspect into Cole and Hunter’s story. The pace of investigation and discovery was even-keeled and kept me invested throughout the book, maintaining a good balance of action, build-up, and resolution.

I also really liked the roles the secondary characters played in Night Watch. Each character felt developed to enhance the story and made me excited to return to Burlington Inn. If you enjoy some suspense and a good cast of players in your stories, I recommend Night Watch.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***


Author Bio

AG Meiers - Night Watch

Eighteen years ago, AG Meiers came to the US for adventure and stayed for love. Currently, she lives in New England with her husband and two awesome kids—balancing work, friends and family, and writing.

When she has some free time, her favorite thing to do is travel and visit new places. Her past trips have already brought her to a variety of countries on four continents. She never passes up an opportunity to experience different cultures, diverse people and amazing locations.

Even though she has been dreaming up stories all her life, she has only recently started to write them down and share them with the world. As a writer she loves to put her characters through a lot of challenges, conflict and heartbreak, before she allows them to find their happy-ever-after.

Author Website: https://www.agmeiers.com

Author Facebook (Personal): https://www.facebook.com/ag.meiers.1

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