Whoever said blood was thicker than water never stood in a pool of it.
Retiring from stealing priceless treasures seemed like a surefire way for Rook Stevens to stay on the right side of the law. The only cop in his life should have been his probably-boyfriend, Los Angeles Detective Dante Montoya, but that’s not how life—his life—is turning out. Instead, Rook ends up not only standing in a puddle of his cousin Harold’s blood but also being accused of Harold’s murder…and sleeping with Harold’s wife.
For Dante, loving the former thief means his once-normal life is now a sea of chaos, especially since Rook seems incapable of staying out of trouble—or keeping trouble from following him home. When Rook is tagged as a murder suspect by a narrow-focused West L.A. detective, Dante steps in to pull his lover out of the quagmire Rook’s landed in.
When the complicated investigation twists around on them, the dead begin to stack up, forcing the lovers to work together. Time isn’t on their side, and if they don’t find the killer before another murder, Dante will be visiting Rook in his prison cell—or at his grave.
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This is a hard one for me to review because there are things that I really love about it and some things that just aren’t my particular taste – I won’t say “not good” because they are good – just not my thing.
Things that I love: I love the characters Rhys has given us and how they’ve grown in these books. Rook is a GREAT character and I absolutely love the juxtaposition of the thief with the cop. In the beginning when he’s describing his feelings as he breaks and enters the house – superb!
I love seeing the bits and pieces from Rhys’ other works scattered throughout the story. And I love the super sweet ending.
Things that I don’t “love” – I’m not a mystery fan so if it wasn’t for Rhys being the author I’d probably skip books like these where the mystery plays such a vital role.
I’m on the fence with this: the descriptions. On the one hand I’m always amazed at how beautiful Rhys’ writing is. She can literally describe something so well you can feel and smell it! But sometimes the descriptions get really bulky and slow down the pace of the story in places that might be better served to move at a quicker pace. I think this is very much personal opinion – but there you have it.
All in all this was a wonderful addition to the series and I really look forward to hearing this in audio format soon (I hope!)!
Highly recommended to fans of the author/series, fans of opposite attract romances, fans of mystery/crime romances and fans of romances with humor.
4.5 of 5 stars
I really enjoy Greg Tremblay and find his nuances as he narrates to be spectacular. I love the exasperation and tenderness that you hear in his voice every time Dante talks to Rook as well as the pattern of speech he chose for Rook – somewhat frenetic and fast paced. Highly recommended
5 of 5 stars
Overall 5 of 5 stars
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