Title ~ North on Drummond
Author ~ KC Burn
Publisher ~ Loose id
Published ~ 5th January 2015
Genre ~ Mystery, Suspense, Fantasy, Paranormal M/M Romance
Sandy Bottom Bay, Florida--Come for the Haunts, Stay for the Beaches!
Drew Drummond might call himself a psychic tarot reader, but he doesn’t believe in the supernatural. The business was left to him by his grandmother, and seemed the best way to rise above the chronic criminal behavior of the Drummond family. Despite his efforts, few of the townspeople consider him a good romantic match. Being gay only makes finding love more difficult.
When Cliff Garcia, Drew’s teenaged crush, moves back to town and joins the police force, Drew doesn’t think he has a chance. After all, the skeptical cop considers Drew’s profession on par with professional conmen, and Cliff had spent his entire school career feuding with Drew’s volatile brothers. Despite the obstacles, Drew and Cliff begin a fiery relationship.
Just when Drew starts to believe they might have a chance, he suffers a head injury and begins having visions of the future. If Drew tells Cliff the truth, he’ll lose the man he’s falling for, but keeping his new ability a secret is no longer an option. If he can’t convince Cliff he’s for real, a murderer will walk free.
Cliff Garcia, a jaded cop with an edgy personality, heads back home to Sandy Bottom Bay after spending eight years in L.A. Never expecting to find anything remotely interesting to keep him in the place, he is stunned when on his first day back he spots a tall, slim man with the most amazing shock of bright red hair. Determined to find out more about the delicious cutie, Cliff’s impression about his ex-home town drastically improves.
But Cliff’s mental vignettes were only making his cock more eager for relief, and he wasn’t about to spend his first few minutes as an SBB police officer jacking off in the station bathroom, fantasizing about some guy who could be straight or taken.
But Sandy Bottom Bay isn’t just a cute little town. It is famous for being the home of ghosts and hauntings and Cliff doesn’t believe in any of that rubbish. So when he finds out that his redheaded object of lust is a tarot card reader, he has a hard time swallowing the information. After all, everyone who claims to read the cards, or tell the future are just con-men, right? Things get worse after Drew has an accident and starts to have visions when he reads the cards.
Then again, if Drew’s visions were proof of psychic ability or merely the manifestation of insanity, Cliff wasn’t going to be sticking around anyway. No matter how sweet and caring Cliff had been, Drew had to face facts. The milk in his fridge would probably last longer than the relationship he’d dreamed of for years.
Drew is an absolutely lovely character. He is sweet, helpful and unlike his brothers and the rest of his family, he is determined to stay on the right side of the law. I thought it was really sweet that he’d had a crush on Cliff since high school, and that he was so embarrassed about it. His best friend, Kyle, was also a wonderful person. I do hope the author thinks to write another book where he can find his true love as well, because if anyone deserves it, it’s Kyle.
Brent, Cliff’s ex-lover and a celebrity in the paranormal world didn’t come across as a nice person at all. If I had any complaints about this excellent book at all, it was that I would have liked to see him really suffer for what he tried to do to Cliff and Drew, and the whole town for that matter. I would have also liked more details as to why he did what he did. Yes, the author did give reasons, but they didn’t quite sit right with me personally.
Did it spoil the book for me, though? Not at all. The characters were well written. The author gave a good sense of what it was like to live in the lovely little town, and while the true baddy of the piece was a real surprise, that was half the fun of the story. There is not huge angst in this book and as it is told from both POV you get a real insight into what both men are thinking as their relationship progresses. I cried once, just the once, but the subsequent chapters had me smiling broadly by the end of the book.