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Recent Release: The Bones Beneath my Skin by TJ Klune

 

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Blurb

Set in 1995, this supernatural action thriller will make you re-think everything you know about earth.
After the gruesome death of his parents Nate Cartwright has no family left, besides the older brother who wants nothing to do with him. Getting fired from his journalist job not long before, he sets out to his family’s cabin to try and find some new direction for his life. High and secluded in the Oregon mountains, he expects to be left alone in the quite, lakeside cabin to ruminate and maybe write.

But quite and alone are the last things he finds when he gets there, inside is a rough man named Alex and a girl named Art. Well, Artemis Darth Vader that is, who is the oddest, most charming, intriguing and bewildering girl Nate has ever met.

A girl he soon finds out is as far from ordinary as can be. And she is being chased by forces who only want to put her back in a cage, to control and study. Alex will not have it, and Nate finds out he will not let her be taken back either. He has to choose between the unchangeable past and the unfathomable future he might just be able to create for himself.

Review

Like any TJ book, this was an unexpected read, and as unique and fantastic as his other books. What I loved was that the writing style itself was very similar to his Wolfsong, the first book I read by him. In Wolfsong it is more pronounced, but Bones has that same episodial narrative that is just captivating, creating a depth to the world through little motions, actions and memories. He leads the reader in the twists and unexpected turns of the plot with a hypnotists touch and you keep falling into little pockets of plot and memory that re just pure literary magic.

Klune weaves a complex web of emotions between his three main characters: Nate Alex and Art. The bond they share is so very human and at times, painful to read as it exposes them to the bone in a brutal way. Only through this vulnerability can they start bonding and soon they become a kind of family to rival any biological one.
Alex is such a gentle man, in a big hard shell, and the softness Art brings out in him moved me to tears. Nate is a character I found especially interesting, mainly because his reactions were so much more human than you usually read/see in this genre. He was the one to give both Alex and Art a true sense of family.
Art is just the most charming thing, funny and eccentric, she is painfully young and old at the same time, human and un-human. Her logic and dialogues are funny and t times shockingly brutal. I can honestly say I was not expecting her, much like Nate was not expecting her, but I fell in love with her just like he did.

The supernatural elements were so interesting, and very well handled, in a genre that has been written prolifically Klune manages to breathe new life. I was also expecting it be more angsty, and was happy to discover that, to me at least, it was not as heart jerking as I initially thought.
This book is unlike anything you read before, I remember thinking TJ’s books remind me of Haruki Murakami’s writing, and I still think Wolfsong and Bones fit that comparison well. A story of family and true, deep love between people, that goes as deep as the bones beneath your skin.

Number of stars out of 5


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Review
Oh boy I love a good adventure and mystery and if it’s got a bit of an extra element to it so much the better. This story ticks all of my wish list boxes. I found it so gripping. Not to mention what a brilliant character Artemis Darth Vader is. Genius setting the story in 1995, just enough technology but not so much as today that the story wouldn’t work. So much action. It was like an action movie was playing out in my head as I read the book. The writing made everything so clear it was easy to picture it as it happens.
The mystery of who or what is Artemis is explained roughly halfway through, although there’s enough clues that you can guess before then. The main thrust is the slowly building trust and connection between Alex and Nate. Nate feels like he has no one and his life has gone downhill quickly. Alex is more of an enigma until later on in the book. We know he cares greatly for Artemis in the little things he does and in the same way can see him starting to do little things for Nate. Nate though is slow on the uptake. Artemis is the catalyst between them. There is so much to this book that I don’t think I can do it justice. The descriptive writing and pace of the story made the time I spent reading fly past. At the end I felt content, not wishing for more but feeling that I had enough of their story to keep me satisfied.

6 of stars out of 5


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Time to get Scared: Blood from a Stoner by LA Witt; narrated by Nick J Russo

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Blurb: Greg Dawson’s not sure which he regrets more – becoming a vampire or becoming a software engineer. Immortality? Not all it’s cracked up to be. The job?
Way more headache than it’s worth, especially on those increasingly frequent nights when he’s overworked and hangry.

With a deadline looming and his hunger growing, he’s nearing the end of his tether. Then relief comes from an unexpected source – Zane Webber, the hot programmer Greg’s been fantasizing about for two years.
Disregarding company policy, Zane lets him feed, but kind of forgets to mention he’s got some weed in his system. The next thing Greg knows, he’s high as a kite…and he likes it. He wants more.

Except how much of that high is secondhand weed, and how much is the electric and undeniable chemistry between him and Zane? That chemistry draws them back to each other again and again, and suddenly their downtime is full of sex, smoke, feeding…and emotions.
The only problem is Zane’s a mortal. If they’re in this for the long haul, then Greg has to either turn Zane or accept a future of watching him wither and die. Greg doesn’t want to lose Zane, but he also can’t stomach condemning him to this “life.” And if they can’t find some middle ground, they’ll have no choice but to let their love go up in smoke.

Review: This short story has a lot of deadpan (pun intended) humour, good world-building, a lot of heat and heart. And it’s low angst … my kind of story. Greg and Zane are fun, well fleshed out characters. I was really happy with the story and the realistic way it progressed and ended. The relationship between the 2 MCs is a different take vamp/non vamp dynamic – there was no apex predator vibe at all, for a start. It’s a well written story perfectly accompanied by narration.

OMG! Nick J Russo nailed the bored tone of Greg and the stoner tone for Zane (and Greg, the one time he was under the influence)! The voices were just right, not over or under done for either man. Sometimes it’s hard for a narrator to convey subtle nuances of dialogue or non-dialogue, especially if the character is internally monologuing – (blame TJ Klune for that last word …) – but Nick J Russo does it well here. I could tell when Greg was using his inner voice just by a slight change in inflection.
Best 3 hours spent, I loved it!

5 stars out of 5

 

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adult - 18+ Book Gay Mild level angst Mild/low level heat

Release Day Review: Nova Praetorian by N.R. Walker

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42271990-nova-praetorian?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb

Quintus Furius Varus is one of the best lanistas in Rome. Tall and strong in build, fearsome in manner, and sharp of wit, he trains the best gladiators bound for the arenas of Rome. When Senator Servius Augendus seeks personal guards, he attends the Ludus Varus for purchase of the very best. He puts to Quintus an offer he cannot refuse, and Quintus finds himself in Neapolis, contracted as a trainer of guards instead of gladiators.

Kaeso Agorix was taken from his homelands of Iberia and delivered to Rome as a slave. Bought by a senator to be trained as a guard, his fate is handed to the man who would train him. Absent free will, Kaeso knows his life is no longer his own, though he soon realises the gods have favoured him when he learns his new master has a kind heart.

Quintus and Kaeso forge a bond that far exceeds the collar at Kaeso’s neck, and together they discover the senator’s move for promotion has an ulterior motive. Thrown into a world of politics and conspiracy, of keeping enemies close, they move against time to save Rome before traitors and the gods themselves see to their end.

And in doing so, see the dawn of the nova praetorian—the new guard—rise.

Review

Wow!!! What a read!!! I have always been drawn to ancient times, add in romance and its absolutely perfect. The language is the most difficult part of this book but luckily N.R. has a glossary at the beginning of the story that really helps.

Quintus is a kind yet stern man who ends up getting sort of blackmailed by Senator Severius into becoming his personal guard against an unnamed threat. Kaeso is a newly captured slave who has trouble accepting his new circumstances. The Senator gives Kaeso to Quintus to train and keep under control. Quintus is a man who prides himself on his control yet with Kaeso he struggles to reign in that control. Kaeso can tell that while a hard task master, Quintus is also a kind man who treats the slaves like people.

The attraction between the two men grow strong but Quintus refuses to make any unwanted advances toward Kaeso, due to his circumstances of being a slave. Eventually the two men figure out that the attraction they feel towards each other is mutual.

This book really kept me wondering what the Senator was up to. Is he up to no good?? Or is he really just that much of a jerk. I loved how the story all came together in the end. I believe that Nova Praetorian is one of those books that each time you reread it you will pick up on something you missed the first time. This isn’t an easy read by any means, the language is pretty confusing but stick with it because it is an amazing story!!!

5 Stars

 


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Review by Neta

 
I really enjoyed this epic action packed new book by N.R Walker, if you liked watching Gladiator and Spartacus you will LOVE Nova Praetorian. This book has everything a history romance lover will enjoy, with well researched and well-rounded world building, writing style fitting the time period and a thrilling story of lovers facing impossible odds. Kaeso is owned by the slippery senator Servius, a man that Quintus despises and knows better than trust. Placing him temporarily in Quintuse’s care as his slave while he guards the senator is a move meant to weaken him, and he must stay alert if he wants a future with Kaeso by his side.

Kaeso and Quintus banter and quip at each other, they are a great couple and fun to read even if danger lurks at every turn. Quintus also has a group of 20 men and women trained at his Ludus, and they are almost like family. Their connection is lovely to read and some of them are so well rounded as they take center roles in the story I enjoyed reading about them immensely. As the plot twists in unexpected ways, it is both thrilling and intriguing, and keeps you at the edge of your seat as it SLOWLY unfolds and reveals its depths.

If I have to say anything I would change in this story is a slight dragging in the halfway mark, the days seem endless and similar, and considering the amount of times Quintus and Kaeso have sex (nothing wrong with that on its own) I felt like maybe that part of the story could have moved faster. Yes, there is A LOT of sex in this book as passion burns and scorch these men to the bone! Again, no issue with it on its own, but at some point it was slightly repetitive, and I applaud their stamina and ability to train a full day after each night, but maybe we could have gotten to the excitement at the end a bit sooner.

Once you get to the ending though, you are not going to put it down! The odds are against Quintus and his men (and women) yet they manage to save the day with honor and skill. The ending was very satisfying, providing the epicness you crave and a HEA that will leave you smiling.

Number of stars out of 5
4.5


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Time to Get Scared: On Your Knees Prospect (Kings of Hell MC #3) by KA Merikan

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34536214-on-your-knees-prospect?from_search=tru

Blurb
Jake. Kings of Hell MC Prospect. Obedient. Desperate for approval.
Vars. Dominant. Stern. Undead.

Jake is itching to become a patched member of the Kings of Hell MC.
For two years he’s toiled as the only prospect. So when a new guy swans in and thinks he’ll get a patch in no time just because he’s got friends in high places, Jake is there to stand in his way.
Only that the guy is older, more experienced, drives a Harley, and has the kind of boots Jake craves to lick.
But he won’t.
Because he only fucks patches.

Vars is ready to find a new home in the Kings of Hell MC after a messy relationship led him straight to hell. In comparison, the pretty, blue-eyed prospect could be just the pleasant rebound he needs.
The boy is a brat, but that could be amended with a firm hand and a gag.
If only Jake was ready to admit to his submissive needs, Vars would gladly take him under his wing.
That is, until he finds out something inhuman resides inside of Jake.
Vars didn’t cheat death only to call out to it again.

But stuck together in one room, keeping each other’s secrets, they might just have to become allies, no matter how unwilling. Because if there is something Vars can’t resist, it’s a boy with pleading eyes

Review
There is the theme running through the Kings of Hell series of Baal the Demon who has a hold over them. Jake is no different although for him it didn’t come as part of a bargain but by accident. Jake is the prospect for the Kings of Hell and he is dedicated to serving them in any way he can. Vars is a new member, brought in for a specific purpose. Jake doesn’t know this and tries to resent Vars for any special treatment he gets. Vars immediately recognises Jake’s submissiveness and is not happy with the way the patches treat Jake. He recognises Jake’s need to be needed and praised. The two threads of this story work extremely well together. The supernatural side with Jake panicking about the changes going on within him after encountering a strange being in the cellar. Vars has his own supernatural secrets, namely he was brought back from the dead. Add to this the power struggle between the very dominant Vars and submissive Jake and well I found it one exciting book. This book has much more of a BDSM theme than the previous two. But don’t let that put you off, there is a romance side to it as well. The chemistry between them sizzles. The pace felt slow at the beginning when the ground was being set but quickened up from about halfway through.
This is my favourite book so far. Jake is such a cute boy out of his depth and Vars seems so much older than his years. I’m looking forward to see what happens in book 4, Greys shadow.

4 of stars out of 5

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3.5 stars adult - 18+ Book Contemporary Dreamspinner Fated Mates Gay Gay m/m Mid level angst Mid level steam/heat Morgan Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Paranormal Part of a Series Shifter

Release Day Review: Embracing Fate (A Series of Fates #2) by C.C. Dado

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/embracing-fate-by-cc-dado-9927-b

Blurb

A Series of Fates: Book Two

Sometimes you just have to embrace your fate.

Seth has a secret: he has a crush on the human next door. His brilliant plan to meet Jack, the man of his dreams who happens to be an animal trainer? Take wolf form and ask his best friend, Max, to take him next door for training. Seth is the only one surprised when things go horribly awry.

Still, can this shy wolf and a human meet their fate as mates?

Review

This book felt a lot more authentic to me than book one, which is unusual – usually the sequel in any series is the lesser – but not this time!

I thought it was hysterical – really funny at times – and pretty smexy as well. There is a lot of unresolved sexual tension and then some resolved chemistry as well!

The “misunderstanding” is resolved fairly quickly and all in all I really thought this fixed a lot of the “errors” I saw in book 1.

Recommended!

3.5 stars


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Review
I have to say, I enjoyed this second book in the series more than the first. Whether we’ve settled in more with the characters or just with a slightly more cutesy story line, I found it easier to connect with the MC’s and fall into their tale.
Seth’s social anxiety leads him to think it’s a good idea to have some interaction with his human mate whilst in wolf form so he can become more at ease. But of course, with a best friend like Max, from book 1, hilarity ensues.
The attraction between Seth and Jack is clear from the outset and both men are really sweet and adorable, you can’t help but want it all to work out for them.
I loved getting to hear from Max and Christian, our MC’s of book 1, as well as Zeus, the pack’s beta. Hopefully he’ll be getting his HEA soon.
Something else this book had in its favour was the settings of some of the scenes, especially down at the lake. Both on a busy, sunny day and a quiet starlit night, it sounds like a wonderful place to be.
This series has gotten better for me and I’m looking forward to book 3. This book can be read as a stand-alone but for full enjoyment I’d recommend reading the series in order. It gives more insight into past events and relationships that are talked about.

Number of stars out of 5
4


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Recent Release: Lazy Sundays by K-Lee Kline

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41998052-lazy-sundays

 

Blurb

Scott Weston’s car is sensible, his suits are bland, and his job is stable but boring. Mundane routine helps keep his anxiety and obsessive tendencies under control. Socializing—especially dating—isn’t on his list of strong skills either, and, made worse with the echoes of his disapproving mother. So he’s content to stay at home with his lists and cleaning and wildlife documentaries, until a one-night stand goes unexpectedly right.

History has taught Devon DuCaine that dating can be uncomfortable, but there’s just something about Scott. He may be the opposite of Devon’s own long-haired, tattooed, free-wheeling spirit but he brings out the nurturer in Devon. Maybe it’s Scott’s surprising fascination with Devon’s motorcycle, or his shy surprise in moments of affection, but there’s more under those sensible suits than meets the eye. The most important person in Devon’s life, his mom, taught him love and compassion and that’s all he wants to share that with Scott.

Their one-night stand turns into a regular thing, but Scott doesn’t trust it to last. He’s pretty sure Devon is hiding something. He’s even more sure that once Devon gets to know him, the attraction will fade. And then there’s his mother. However, many sparks fly between them, Devon will have his work cut out to convince Scott they can have their happily ever after.

Review

On the whole I did enjoy this book, although in some ways it didn’t quite work for me.

Devon is a rock star and a nice guy, I just wasn’t convinced with his rock star status. It all seemed far too convenient and not totally realistic.

Scott is an accountant with anxiety issues. Again, I liked this character, but having read other books with similar themes, it felt the author had skimmed the surface rather than truly commit to the issues. Even the storyline with his parents was not totally explained and I still felt the situation with his mother was unresolved at the end of the book.

The banter between the two main characters was fun, and the relationship very sweet. I did find myself caring about both Devon and Scott, but I just feel that everything could have of had a little more depth to it.

Number of stars out of 3.5

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Review by Karen

Originally this book consisted of two short stories, but the author re-wrote them into one book and added a lot of content. I never read the short stories, but as far as I can tell the added content serves mostly to make the story longer but not better, per se. Some scenes just felt too drawn out to me (how long can a Valentine’s day date drag on?) and the author also repeats certain points so much that it got on my nerves. I understand that Devon had a really good mother and that they were very close, however, I didn’t need to read it quite that many times. And yes, Scott has very low self-esteem, but Devon was constantly there to give him all the validation he could want, so when he continued putting himself down and doubting their relationship I felt he short-changed Devon with his negative attitude.

The story starts when the relationship has been going on for a couple of months, although they haven’t truly put a label or expectations on it yet. There’s something mysterious about Devon who is obviously hiding something, but Scott is slow to catch on. Once that particular cat is out of the bag, though, everyone they meet seems to know about Devon, so it’s a bit odd that Scott was oblivious for so long.

The best part of the book, for me, was when everything seemed to go to pieces because of the “big reveal”. Those scenes are, thankfully, very intense. Up until that time I didn’t feel very emotionally invested in this couple, maybe because everything was going almost too smoothly…uneventfully.

The scenes that deal with Scott’s anxiety and his panic attacks are well-written and feel very real. There is also a lot of playful banter between Scott and Devon, as well as good times with family and friends, which was fun to read.
As far as their relationship goes very little actually happens. I didn’t understand what they saw in each other. Not that they both weren’t likable characters, because they were, I just didn’t feel the magic between them.

So this was definitely not my cup of tea, but it might just be the perfect book for readers who like their romance easy-going, mellow and sweet. An easy read for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Number of stars out of 5: 3


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5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Bi-Sexual Bullying Closeted Contemporary Established Couple Established Couple/Sequel Gay Gay Hidden Lovers Homophobia Hopelessly Crying Hurt/Abuse m/m Mid level steam/heat Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Part of a Series Pilot Politics PTSD Purchased Sorel Time to get scared

Time to get scared: Ascendent by Tal Bauer

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41452339-ascendent?from_search=true

Blurb

Sasha Andreyev grew up on the wrong side of nowhere, dreaming of starlight as he strangled a secret. He fled, enlisting in the Russian Army, and worked his way up the ranks. Years later, after surviving a beating and being left for dead, he found a new life in Moscow, working with President Sergey Puchkov.

And then, he fell in love.

Desperate to avoid his runaway heart, crippled with a shame that infected his soul, and ravaged by demons haunting his memories, Sasha ran.

But he could never escape Sergey, or the gravitational pull of their love.

Nightmares trail behind his every step and weary ghosts live in the hollow chambers of his soul. He’s spent a lifetime brutally eviscerating the parts of himself he despises, and he’s an empty, shattered shell, struggling to be the man worthy of Sergey’s love.

The pieces of his soul he cut out are the very ones he needs in order to become the man he yearns to be. He’ll need to face himself, and his past, on a journey into the frozen heart of Russia, and into the midnight depths of the dead lands.

Only then can he ascend from the darkness, and be the man Sergey needs at his side.

Review

I will admit that Tal Bauer is my favourite author out there writing at this time. His books have the research and attention to detail that, in my opinion, put them above most other offerings. It is standard practice for me to have my Kindle in one hand and Google fired up and ready in the other, so I can look for myself at the places he describes.

With Ascendent, it was no different. Following straight on from where we left them at the end of Enemies Within, this story follows Sasha and Sergey and how they start to build a life together in Russia.

We spend most of our time in this book with Sasha as he battles his ingrown demons and self-loathing at being gay and how this feeling is slowly killing him. But we also get spend time with Sergey as he fights for his country as well as his love. With a horror twist that had me peering at the words from between my fingers, this is once again a superb offering by Tal Bauer.

These were the characters I took the least amount of interest in during the Executive Office series, so I was unsure how I would take to this book, but I needn’t have worried. Tal, once again with his clever, descriptive use of language drew me into the story and back into the Executive world. Possibly even out doing even himself with his beautiful phrasing and painful emotion.

I would not recommend this as a stand-alone book, as it references events in the Executive Office series more than once, but it is a wonderful look into the world of Sasha and Sergey and a fabulous gateway to what I am sure are more nail biting adventures to come.

Number of stars out of 5: 5


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Hurt/Abuse Monthly Theme Time to comfort the hurts

Introduction to November’s Theme: Time to Comfort the Hurts!

In November we honor those heart-warming stories that often bring tears to our eyes followed by smiles to our hearts. The stories that wring that extra emotional twist out of us, stories of overcoming adversity, disability, past pains and current struggles. Look for some of these titles and more:

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Time to Get Scared: Spirit Sanguine by Lou Harper

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17279839-spirit-sanguine?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb: Is that a wooden stake in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?
After putting his innate vampire hunting skills into good use in eastern Europe, Gabe is back in his hometown Chicago, feeling adrift. At least, until he has a run-in with a sexy, young vampire who seems more interested in getting into his pants than biting into his neck.
Harvey Feng is half-Chinese, all vampire, and has a tongue as sharp as his fangs. He warns Gabe to stay out of the Windy City, yet he isn’t surprised when the slayer lands back on his doorstep.
Against their better judgment, slayer and vampire succumb to their mutual attraction, but their affair attracts unexpected attention.

When Chicago’s Vampire Boss makes Gabe an offer he can’t refuse, the unlikely lovers are thrust into peril and mystery in the dark heart of the city. Together they hunt for kidnappers, a killer preying on young humans, and vicious vampire junkies.
However, dealing with murderous humans and vampires alike is easy compared to figuring out if there’s more to their relationship than hot, kinky sex.

Warning: Fangalicious man-on-man action, a troublesome twink, cross-dressing, and role-playing involving a fedora.

Review:

This is not your usual vampire story. For one, Harvey is a vegetarian vampire!
Gabe comes from a family of vampire hunters, so it stands to reason that he and Harvey
will not get along. Well, Harvey didn’t get that memo ☺, instead he tries to make friends
with Gabe and succeeds in starting a relationship with him.
The story is fun, there is banter and snark and good chemistry between the 2 MCs.
There’s also a bit of a murder/mystery which helps their developing relationship.
There is something for everyone in this book – fun, banter, heart, sex and suspense.
I really enjoyed it!

4 stars out of 5

 
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Audiobook: No Tears for Darcy by Vicki Reese Narrated by Brock Hatton

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/no-tears-for-darcy-by-vicki-reese-9489-b

Blurb
Letting love pass them by would be a crime.
Former forensic accountant Cameron has lost nearly everyone he’s ever loved, and now his vintage clothing shop has been broken into and trashed. When town Police Chief Will Carson asks an out-of-town cop friend of his for help, Cam takes one look at the dark-haired, blue-eyed detective and knows he’s in real trouble – and it has nothing to do with vandalism or murder.
Pete Minchelli is on leave from his job in Philadelphia due to a gunshot wound, but he figures he can help an academy buddy with some light police work. Plus, he’ll have a chance to experience small-town life. He’s tired of the big city and all its corruption. But he quickly discovers that not all the bad stuff happens in cities. What he doesn’t expect to find is death, treachery – or love.

Review

What a great story from Vicki Reese. This is my first experience of her and I’ll be going back to look for others.
I really enjoyed the story line and the mystery that was included. I was constantly going over it to try and work out who the assailant was, going back and forth because of how well it was written, details were leaked very slowly, just keeping you engaged and needing more all throughout the book.
The characters were great to read, relationships were built up over time. Our MC’s, Cameron and Pete, are given the chance to show themselves as real people with vulnerabilities and pain but also the hope for the future. I really felt for everything that Cam goes through along the story, especially with how hard the past year has been for him but then Pete comes into his life and without knowing it, the two draw closer sharing the experiences whilst trying to solve the case of who is actually committing all of these crimes.
Vicki has done an amazing job at building the world in which the story is set. The locations that we visit are all well described, easily imaginable and full of tension with everything going on.
My only question is the name of the book……Darcy is a character but a secondary one and it doesn’t make that much sense to me as being the title. She is important to the story but not necessarily title worthy…..
I definitely recommend this story and author. It’s a contemporary mystery romance with a wounded/healing cop looking to keep our vintage clothing shop owner safe.
The narration from Brock Hatton is really enjoyable! He really grabs your attention and keeps you enthralled with the story. Emotion is conveyed well and all of the characters are engaging. The only thing that I thought could have been improved was the variation of each characters voices. As we hear from Pete’s, Cameron’s and the bad guy’s POV, it would have been helpful if there was even a different tone or inflection perhaps as sometimes we switch mid paragraph.
Brock brought the story to life and I needed to keep listening to find out what was going to happen next! I recommend him as a narrator and look forward to listening to more of his work in the future.
Over, this is a great book. Both the writing and the narration worked really well together! I was constantly trying to guess who the cops were searching for and cheering on Cameron and Pete’s blossoming relationship. I think this is a book a lot of people would enjoy and I recommend it to them.

Number of stars out of 5
4 for the story
4 for the narration
4 overall


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