Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review: Darkness (Common Law #3) by Kate Sherwood

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Title: Darkness (Common Law #3)

Author: Kate Sherwood

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Release: 6th March 2017

Genre: M/M (murder / mystery)

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Synopsis

A murdered prostitute. An obvious suspect. Clear evidence. For once, Jericho Crewe has a straightforward crime to investigate, and Wade Granger isn’t involved.

It all seems so simple, but Jericho’s instincts won’t let him rest. As he investigates, he finds troubling suggestions that the murder is a part of something larger and more sinister. But working within the boundaries of the law may keep him from finding the truth. If Jericho doesn’t break the rules, an innocent man may rot in jail while a killer remains free to strike again.

Inevitably, it all comes back to Wade. Because who else knows as much about breaking rules? And who else knows Jericho the way Wade does—not wisely, but far, far too well?

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Mark’s Review

Once again Jericho’s nose for something that doesn’t seem to appear quite right leads him down a path of investigation that turns out to be more complicated and not as cut and dry as everyone is led to believe. I enjoyed this book immensely purely for the murder / mystery aspect. Jericho’s relationship with Wade becomes more complicated at least there seem to be more questions about him than answers. Still playing his mind games with Jericho but in this book it seems that Jericho is more likely to accept this.

In this book we get to meet Wade’s mother briefly and this puts a lot of things into perspective as to explaining how Wade is the way he is. I always say if you want to get into the head of person and know how they tick then you have to meet the parents. We are all a product of our upbringing and meeting Wade’s mum explains a lot about Wade. However, there has been a murder and town and once again the shadow over Wade raises its ugly head once more. Is he involved? If yes, to what extent? As in the previous books the questions just keep on coming. But that’s OK as it drives the reader on. Will we get the answers we need about Wade in the last book or will we be still left guessing? Wade is obviously involved in the criminal network in town but is he prepared to give that up to be with Jericho?

In this book Wade’s and Jericho’s relationship seems to move forward in as far as Jericho can’t deny himself anymore that Wade is who he wants. Paradox is that Wade stands against everything that Jericho represents in law enforcement. Two guys on opposite ends of the scale but they know each other inside out.I love the way Wade explains things that you can never define things as being black or white, right or wrong, it’s something all in between and never cut and dry “It’s just broken” in his own words. Jericho can see this but it doesn’t make his life easier as a police officer who is bound by living by the rules or law. But what happens when the laws are wrong leading to the wrong person being arrested? This we learn through the investigation when Jericho’s instinct tells him something different to what is going down.

Once again there are no full on sex scenes or erotica but we see the relationship between Wade and Jericho coming closer together and maybe, just maybe, in the final book we might get some kind of closure on this relationship that isn’t a relationship. At least Jericho now has a pretty good idea of what happened to his father but as his father was an extremely abusive man then maybe it was only ever what he deserved anyway. Nothing can be proved or confirmed and after Wade teaches us that nothing is black and white then Jericho accepts this too. We can see in this book the influence that Wade has over Jericho but also vice versa.

I’m really enjoying these books for the plot and story line. They are well written and have me invested which means they have  kept my interest all the way. So I’m looking forward to the last and final book to see if we get closer to seeing their relationship taking on some form of normality rather than the cat and mouse game it currently is which has been a fascinating dynamic between two characters to read.

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Series Reading Order and Purchase Links

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Long Shadows (Common Law #1)

Synopsis

LA cop Jericho Crewe got the hell out of Mosely, Montana, when he was seventeen. Fifteen years later, he's back, and everything is just as messed up as when he left. He planned a quick visit to deal with his injured father, but of course things are never that simple. Family complications, police complications, social complications -- and, as always, Wade Granger complications.

Jericho and Wade had been so close, once upon a time. First friends, then more than friends -- and then, after Jericho's escape, nothing. Wade's magnetism hasn't been lessened by a decade and a half apart; even when Jericho learns that Wade is the prime suspect in the death of Jericho's father, the old connection still sparks.

When Jericho's newly discovered half siblings are kidnapped, he needs to trust someone to help him find them. Wade's a terrible choice, but Jericho's never been known for his good judgment. Anyway, he'd rather make a bad decision with Wade than a good one with anybody else.

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Embers (Common Law #2)

Synopsis

Small town—big problems. Jericho Crewe is back in Mosely, Montana, trying to deal with police corruption, interfering feds, his newly discovered family members, and, of course, Wade Granger.

He doesn’t really need a biker war on top of it all, but as the bodies start to pile up, it becomes pretty clear that’s what he’s got. Not only that, but Wade’s involved somehow, and as soon as Wade is a part of something, things that seemed clear become cloudy.

With the feds breathing down his neck, Jericho has to find his way through Wade’s maze of half truths and manipulations. It would all be so much easier if Jericho could think straight in the other man’s presence. So much easier if their passionate past could be forgotten, and if he could be sure he’s strong enough to resist the temptation of a passionate present.

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Synopsis

Small town—big problems. Jericho Crewe is back in Mosely, Montana, trying to deal with police corruption, interfering feds, his newly discovered family members, and, of course, Wade Granger.

He doesn’t really need a biker war on top of it all, but as the bodies start to pile up, it becomes pretty clear that’s what he’s got. Not only that, but Wade’s involved somehow, and as soon as Wade is a part of something, things that seemed clear become cloudy.

With the feds breathing down his neck, Jericho has to find his way through Wade’s maze of half truths and manipulations. It would all be so much easier if Jericho could think straight in the other man’s presence. So much easier if their passionate past could be forgotten, and if he could be sure he’s strong enough to resist the temptation of a passionate present.

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Meet Kate Sherwood

Kate Sherwood started writing about the same time she got back on a horse after almost twenty years away from riding. She’d like to think she was too young for it to be a midlife crisis, but apparently she was ready for some changes!

Kate grew up near Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and went to school in Montreal, then Vancouver. But for the last decade or so she’s been a country girl. Sure, she misses some of the conveniences of the city, but living close to nature makes up for those lacks. She’s living in Ontario’s “cottage country”–other people save up their time and come to spend their vacations in her neighborhood, but she gets to live there all year round!

Since her first book was published in 2010, she’s kept herself busy with novels, novellas, and short stories in almost all the sub-genres of m/m romance. Contemporary, suspense, scifi or fantasy–the settings are just the backdrop for her characters to answer the important questions. How much can they share, and what do they need to keep? Can they bring themselves to trust someone, after being disappointed so many times? Are they brave enough to take a chance on love?

Kate’s books balance drama with humor, angst with optimism. They feature strong, damaged men who fight themselves harder than they fight anyone else. And, wherever possible, there are animals: horses, dogs, cats ferrets, squirrels… sometimes it’s easier to bond with a non-human, and most of Kate’s men need all the help they can get.

After five years of writing, Kate is still learning, still stretching herself, and still enjoying what she does. She’s looking forward to sharing a lot more stories in the future.

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2 comments:

  1. I just finished Darkness, and I totally share your point of view!
    This series is beautifully written, and the building of the renewed relationship between Jericho and Wade is absolutely gripping.
    Already pre-ordered the last one. I hope they'll have a HEA. Jericho deserves one!

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  2. I've read other series by Kate but not this one! Can't wait to start it!

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