Maybe Riley isn’t living up to his full potential, but being a temp executive assistant suits him. He’s never bored at work, he’s got friends who let him geek out, and he’s got a carefully crafted twink exterior… which might be getting constrictive now that he’s on the other side of thirty. Life isn’t perfect, but it’s comfortable.
It all unravels when he takes a job working for a tea-obsessed cosmetics queen, the owner of Gautier Cosmetics. During the launch party for a new product, Riley finds his boss dead under suspicious circumstances, and the homicide detective is none other than Tadeo Martin, Riley’s high school obsession who never knew he was alive.
Tad drafts Riley to get the scoop on the inner workings of Gautier, and for Riley, it’s like a drug. His natural inquisitiveness is rewarded with more and more Tad. Unfortunately, his snooping puts him in the running for two other roles: suspect and victim. The killer doesn’t care which
In my opinion this is a murder mystery with a touch of romance. The story is told from Riley’s point of view and we get an idea of his mild dissatisfaction with his life. Not with his work but in that he would like a partner. The mystery is fairly good. I never guessed who the culprit was or how the deed was actually done. So in that respect I absolutely enjoyed the story. The romance between Riley and Tad was a little more frustrating. It felt like Tad was using Riley. Not only for his information about Gautier but for a bit of relief. Although the way Tad romanced Riley was sweet. Meeting for breakfast or dinner and conversation. There is plenty of kissing and a bit of heat. Riley’s dream come true after crushing on Tad during high school.There was a side story of Riley’s relationship with his brother which I found distracting. I wanted more from it but it didn’t really have any bearing on either the murder mystery or the romance. This is a nice low angst story with a good mystery aspect.
I’ve not listened to anything narrated by Darcy Star before. He has a good smooth voice and I liked his characterisation of Riley and the slightly more gruff sounding Tad. I also liked the way he portrayed Riley’s friend Alisha and Madam Gautier. He gave the book the right atmosphere. Overall I enjoyed this audiobook and the way it was narrated by Darcy Star.
4 of stars out of 5