Review – Because of Jade by Lou Sylvre

One of the things that draws me to read a Lou Sylvre story is her writing style. I love the lyrical feel of it and the way in which the words flow so naturally. It makes it very easy to get caught up in the story, and with her characters.

Because of Jade was no different. I got sucked into this story very quickly, and I blame it for several late nights, just wanting to read a little more, because I had to find out what happened next. I’m already a fan of Luki and Sonny, and their family and friends. One of the reasons for this is how real they are, these are three dimensional characters—sorry, guys, pretend I didn’t use that word—who make mistakes, don’t always know what to do, and aren’t afraid to show their emotions. That’s part of the appeal, and IMO shows strength of character.

I loved seeing them with Jade, all three trying to adjust to the changes in their lives after the tragic deaths of her parents. There’s nothing like parenting to bring out self-doubt, and Lou Sylvre’s story shows this so well, and ensures their path is not always an easy one. Throw in some very real dangerous, not nice people, and I couldn’t put it down. I was on the edge of my seat, especially during those last few chapters, needing to know that the people I’d come to care about would be all right.

I must admit to not reading this series in order, but I find the books do stand on their own, although of course it’s a richer experience if they are read in the order they’re meant to be. Reading a series, to me, is like revisiting old friends, and these guys are friends I always enjoy spending time with.

Five out of five stars. Highly recommended.

A Vasquez and James Novel

Luki Vasquez receives the news he’s still cancer free after five years, and he wants to celebrate with his whole family. He and his husband, Sonny James, take a road trip south, intending to gather at the home of his nephew Josh, Josh’s wife Ruthie, and Jade—a little girl who was still in the womb when she and her mother helped Luki beat lung cancer.

Halfway to their destination, Luki learns Josh and Ruthie have met a tragic death. The horrible news lays Luki low, but he pulls himself together in time to be the family’s rock and see to the dreaded business of tying up loose ends. The most important business is Jade, and when Luki and Sonny head home, they take Jade with them.

Luki and Sonny must combat self-doubt and fear and help each other learn to parent an unexpected child—and they must also nourish the love that has kept them whole for the past ten years. A relative’s spurious claim to Jade threatens the new family, and even if they prevail in court, they could lose their little girl unless they can rescue Jade from evil hands and true peril.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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