Mexican Heat
By Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon

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MEXICAN HEAT is available in ebook from Samhain Publishing and in print from MLR Press. This is the first novel in Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon's CRIMINALS AND COCKTAILS series. There are many things I liked about this book. Gabriel and Miguel are sizzling with passion and chemistry. Their feelings for one another are very intense and their emotional connection felt very real to me.


The plot is electrifying. There are moments in the story that genuinely surprised me. The more I read the more invested I became. Throughout the novel, I was on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next, wondering how the heroes would overcome the obstacles in their way. I greatly enjoyed Miguel and Gabriel's adventures. This novel is a fun read and I can't wait for the next book in the series.

The reviewers at Romance Junkies have been invited to submit their book recommendations for the year so far. They have chosen MEXICAN HEAT as one of their favorites.



Reviewed by Christina





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The book is steeped in great atmosphere and character descriptions. Yes, they might appear as stereotypes but stereotypes are just that for a reason and you both make these characters come alive rather than just stand in the background like cardboard. The scenes of the lavish engagement party, the grandeur of Sanchez's ginormous SF mansion, the intimacy of the cantina in Mexico, the rough blankets and painful IV lines of the hospital - are all told sparsely but fully. Give me a few specific descriptors and there's no need to over do things.

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If this is what readers get to look forward to with your new crime series, I'll be checking them out as they're released. This is m/m written from a romance stand point. Yes, there are explicit scenes but they didn't hit my raunch button. Yes, these two eventually fall in love and appear to be headed towards a HEA. Yes, I enjoyed the book and give it a B.

Reviewed by Jayne





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Mexican Heat's heart-pounding action becomes heart-warming emotion by the end. Its two parts blend perfectly to make one outstanding story. Gabriel is very guarded and yet Ortega sees right through him.

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Mexican Heat is action-packed, thrilling, and full of twists and turns. It has very hot sex, intense emotion, and an angst-filled romance. Josh Lanyon and Laura Baumbach have penned a story that is impossible to put down until its dramatic ending. Once done, it's impossible to stop thinking about. I'm looking forward to more from this dynamic duo.

Reviewed by Nannette





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Rating: 5 Angels

Gabriel Sandalini is an undercover SFPD Detective who has finally infiltrated the group of the West Coast crime boss, Ricco. One night, while he is at a gay club looking for one of his snitches, he catches the eye of one of the club goers. Gabriel doesn't think much of it, even though the stranger is quite the looker. Gabriel has other things on his mind such as helping take down Sanchez, the boss of the Mexican Mafia. As Gabriel makes his way around the club, he finds an empty office, and is soon caught. Gabriel proceeds to have some hot and sweaty sex with the stranger, whose kisses make Gabriel hunger for more.

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Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon are quite the writing duo, and it definitely shows here with Mexican Heat. Not only is this an excellent and suspenseful action packed story, but a romance that singes the pages with its heat. The attraction both Gabriel and Ortega have for one another is smoking hot, and one of the best romances I have read this year.

Reviewed by Katie





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Rating: 5 Lips

Tough, street-smart SFPD Detective Gabriel Sandalini is willing to do whatever it takes to bring down West Coast crime boss Ricco Botelli -- including a dangerous, deep undercover gig as one of Botelli's hired guns by the name of Giovanni Contadino. This mission has places him between the bad guys and a lover when he meets Miguel Ortega when Botelli wants to merge his operations with a more profitable boss. Gabriel meets Miguel and the sparks fly, but when it turns out that both Gabriel and Miguel are more than they seem to be and falling for each other, love becomes a matter of survival for them both.

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I love how Ms. Baumbach and Mr. Lanyon bring these characters together with hot spicy sex and dangerous bad guys with guns. I cannot wait to see what is next in Crimes & Cocktails Mystery Series. I know, I for one can't wait! Bring on the Mexican Heat you will love it!

Reviewed by Tina





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Final Grade: A-

Ever since I read Dark Horse earlier this year, I have become a big fan of Josh Lanyon's writing. He is as author who writes incredible and realistic stories, with a romance thrown in between two strong men who seem to live on the edges of society. So is the case with his latest, Mexican Heat. Josh co-wrote Mexican heat with author Laura Baumbach, owner of the on-line publisher Man Love Romance Press. These two are a great writing duo and I can't wait to see what else they have in store. If their future books are anything like Mexican Heat, I will be there to read it.

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Mexican Heat is an excellent and suspenseful action pack story, as well as a romance that singes the pages with its heat. The attraction both Gabriel and Ortega have for one another is smoking hot, and one of the best romances I have read this year. Mexican Heat is definitely going in my top 10 for 2008. (MLR Press)


Reviewed by Katiebabs a.k.a KB





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Rating: 5 Nymphs

Mexican Heat is the first book in the Crimes & Cocktails Mystery Series. Gabriel is an intelligent, dedicated cop with good instincts. Since he has no family and friends, he focuses all of his energies into his work. Gabriel has learned to not show his emotions and to hide his fears with a cocky attitude. Caught between Botelli who does not trust him, Sanchez who does not like his pretty face and his secret desires for the opposing team's handsome lieutenant, Gabriel can see things are not looking too bright for a healthy future. The extraordinary talent of Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon has produced an exciting action-packed thriller that will keep you hanging on the edge of your chair. The plot is well paced and intense; the action is heart stopping and the love scenes are tantalizing. This is a brilliant story that is almost impossible to stop reading until the end. I recommend Mexican Heat to anyone who enjoys this genre.


Reviewed by Chocolate Minx





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Rating: 5 Stars

Gabriel Sandalini had been waiting in Club Madrone for his snitch to show up when he saw him -- tall, polished, very handsome -- trouble personified, the kind of man Gabriel had always avoided because of what he represented; he was not into relationships, and this man could make him rethink his personal philosophy. Later that evening Gabriel is caught in a private area of the club by Miguel Ortega, the same man he had been staring at earlier. However, Miguel wasn't going to kill him, he had a different goal in mind which became crystal clear as he overpowered Gabriel, made love to him and dissolved his mind AND his body.

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This book has everything - excitement from the first page which grabs you by the throat and never lets up, outstanding characterizations, action sequences that would satisfy any aficionado of the crime and action-adventure genre, enormous conflict and tension, emotional trauma and some of the best sex scenes I have read in a while. The sex was exceptional; it did not overpower the story but without a doubt this book had some of the longest, most erotic, sensuous and hottest lovemaking sequences that I ever had the pleasure of reading. If you don't buy another book this year, Mexican Heat must be on your "to buy" list - you will kick yourself if you don't get it. It's an amazing and thrilling ride with an ending that blew me away.


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Reviewed by DIK





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