Book Reviews

Wheels and Heels (A Story from the Hen and Hog) by Jaime Samms at Riptide Publishing

Genre Gay / Genderfluid / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 12-March-2018

Book Blurb

As a teenager, Ira Bedford fled a troubled home life and people who didn’t understand his penchant for feminine things. In the city, he fell in with Cedric, who found him work as an underage stripper. It took him years to escape Cedric’s influence and try to build a life of his own.


Now, he just wants to be left alone to create his art. But Cedric’s on-going harassment means Ira had to drop out of art school, is squatting in a friend’s apartment, and is still relying on his allure as a sexy, skirt-wearing exotic dancer to pay his bills.


Then he meets Jed. Part-time bartender and the apartment building’s superintendent, Jed is just the right mix of strong, kind, and protective to pull Ira out of hiding. He also welcomes Ira into his chosen family at the Hen and Hog Pub. But Ira yearns for more. Still, he doesn’t dare to hope that Jed will want him and his questionable past, his skirts and high heels, his hang-ups, and the profession he seems unable to escape. But Jed will do anything to prove him wrong.




Publisher's Warning: This title contains the following sensitive themes: explicit violence and sexual assault, plus mention of an eating disorder.


Book Review

I was on this new release from Jaime Samms like white on rice! Not only was the blurb deliciously tempting but I’m very familiar with this author and I couldn’t wait to see what she was going to get up to. I didn’t have too long to wait. The Hen and Hog is a fantastic name for a bar and the fact that it can’t be stereotyped made it even better. It’s not like any bar I’ve ever been to but if I found one like it I’m pretty sure I’d be there every night for the camaraderie and the warm, gentle atmosphere.

Jed is a nurturer. Ira has never been nurtured. Jed cares about people and isn’t afraid to let them into his life. Ira only has one close friend and he stays away from most other people. Jed is a big, manly bear with a motorcycle no less. Ira is tiny, almost fragile looking, loves shoes, and wears what he pleases no matter what anyone thinks. Jed works at The Hen and Hog and is the super at his apartment building. Ira is an artist struggling to make ends meet who sometimes has no choice but to perform on stage for money. Jed is easygoing and affable, but he can’t deny his own dominant traits, and he has a solid core of strength and goodness. Ira needs control in his life, has a few quirks, and has a spine of titanium even though he can be timid at times.

“Maybe I look like a hummingbird. But hummingbirds are pretty damn tough.”

Jed and Ira could have happily continued falling in love and learning about each other. Unfortunately, Cedric, Ira’s “manager” when he actually used to strip, can’t seem to leave Ira alone even though it has been a couple of years since Ira quit associating with him. Cedric has harassed Ira at every apartment he has found, harassed him at university, and seems to feel Ira owes him something. I had a really bad feeling that the resolution to Cedric wasn’t going to be quick or easy, and that Ira was probably going to suffer.

I adored this first novel set in and around The Hen and Hog. I got an introduction to a lot of secondary characters who I imagine might feature in their own stories. Jed and Ira were exceptionally easy to like and even though the drama portion was kind of stereotypical, it was their response to it that made it very well done. Thank you, Jaime!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 285 pages/71200 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-March-2018
Price $3.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $21.98 bundle
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