Title: Heart to Hart (Gaslight Mysteries, #1)
Author: Erin O’Quinn
Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Release: 1st May 2013
Genre: M/M (Historical Murder / Mystery)
Michael McCree is one with a mysterious past, who ends up as a newspaper man, thereby meeting the strikingly handsome Simon Hart, who comes to his shop to turn in an obituary notice.
Simon’s flat-mate and former business partner has been killed, and Simon, a private investigator, needs to track down the murderer. Michael, immediately smitten with the sulky and sexy man, lays a plan to first become his new roomer, then his business partner.But Simon, stricken by his recent loss, is having none of Michael’s undisguised interest.
Not a man to be deterred easily from a goal, Michael sets about winning Simon’s affection. That particular battle is almost as difficult as tracking down the murderer of his predecessor, a nosy detective who was getting too close to the crimes of an evil person.
Simon spends more time ducking Michael’s advances than actually finding clues and solving the mystery. Inquiring minds want to know—how hard is Simon really trying to avoid Michael? And Michael isn’t hiding his forthright urges, but what secret is he hiding?
If you like a good historical whodunnit then I think you’re really going to enjoy this first story in the Gaslight Mystery series from Erin O’Quinn. Set in Ireland at the end of WWI a great murder/mystery with an historical backdrop.
Simon is a private investigator and has just lost his former partner Sargent. Was he murdered or was it a case of suicide? This is the thing that needs to be found out. When Michael McCree wheedles his way into his life then nothing is the same again. I loved Michael, your typical crafty Irishman that could charm the hind legs off a donkey . lol! He certainly charmed his way into Simon’s life for sure. However, there is more to Michael than meets the eye and he certainly good for a revelation or two. Not mention that I did find him quite sexy – HAHA. However, Simon proves to be quite reticent of Michael’s advances and proves a hard nut to crack.
I really liked this cat and mouse game between Simon and Michael. A sexual power play of who is willing to succumb to who and who is going to make the advances. At first Michael does most of the chasing, not in a desperate way but more teasing and which was fun to read. He eventually breaks Simon’s defences down, I mean who couldn’t resist the little Irish charmer, and then Simon starts to feel more than the physical but starts to become invested emotionally as does Michael. Great character dynamics that was super fun to read.
There were a few things though that for me took their time to sit right. Despite the historical backdrop the language used for the sex / erotic scenes is modern which at first I had to adjust to a little. However, once I had a sort of modern style BBC production like Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch for example going on in my mind then it settled down just fine. Simon wears a jock strap which is always a turn on for Michael but I felt it was mentioned just a little too much and too often, after a while it became a little monotonous. These were only a few points that I niggled me just a little but really nothing that would have dampened the enjoyment of the book as a whole.
The murder/mystery however was well thought out and loved the idea of Michael and Simon using street urchins as spies. Children that could blend into the background a lot easier than any adult and possibly quite realistic for the time. This added an aspect to their investigative methods that I actually enjoyed a lot. As for the person “whoodunnit” well again not your atypical baddy which was nice to read.
All in all an extremely enjoyable read that kept me thoroughly entertained for a few hours and a good start to a series. Would I read the rest of the series? Yes, quite possibly if given the time.
Meet Erin O’Quinn
Erin O’Quinn earned a BA (English) and MA (Comparative Literature) from the University of Southern California. The life of this novelist has been a pastiche of fascinating vocations—newspaper marketing manager, university teacher, car salesperson, landscape gardener. These days the vocation is writing from the Hill Country landscape of central Texas.
Erin has written nine M/M novels and three M/M short stories, all but a few of them for Amber Allure. The Gaslight Mysteries, set in the Roaring Twenties of Ireland, are Heart to Hart, Sparring with Shadows, To the Bone, and Thin as Smoke. The historicals are set in the Ireland of St. Patrick, in a day of badass clansmen, cattle drovers, druids, Saxon mercenaries and more.
Erin’s Noble Dimensions series include Noble, Nevada, The Chase, and the short story “A Hard Place”—all of them set in a new age of the modern West, but still peopled with tight families, cattle drovers and unscrupulous bad guys. Times change. People don’t.
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