Thursday, March 09, 2017

Review: Embers (Common Law #2) by Kate Sherwood.

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Title: Embers (Common Law #2)

Author: Kate Sherwood

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Release: 6th February 2017

Genre: M/M (mystery / thriller)

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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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Mark’s Review

You know, I love it when you read the first book in a series and it’s enough to make you pick up the subsequent book. Even more so when the story starts to get better and more interesting. Well, this is definitely the case for Kate Sherwood’s Common Law series. After reading the first book I was already fascinated by the relationship the Jericho has going on with Wade. Both completely opposite ends of the scale, Jericho returning home as a cop and Wade still living in Mosley and involved in all sorts of things, well at least we think so but nothing conclusive for sure. Both were lovers when they were younger but now their paths, after Jericho leaving town, have taken completely different directions.

In this book the mystery deepens with Wade. What exactly the hell is he up to? This is one slippery eel to catch. Is he just playing Jericho or does he have deeper feelings for him? It is definitely a mind bending game the two of them have going on for sure. Almost a power play on who can use who but do the feelings run deeper than just using each other for information. Who is exactly using who here? Is the burning down of Wade’s bar deliberate and if so to what purpose?

Due to all this Jericho gets caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. The FBI in town sees a way to use him to get information to further their investigation but how far does Jericho’s loyalty stretch in either direction. Also being used as a pawn in the game between Kayla, his boss, and the FBI. A situation as precarious as it is dangerous for Jericho who has to walk a fine line between keeping on the official side of things but also having to play the maverick at times to find out what exactly is going on between the US / Canadian border and the smuggling. Wade seems to wheedling his way in with Nikki and her kids as a kind of surrogate father, although Jericho is the direct half-brother to the children as Nikki had the kids with his father who has disappeared or been killed. Is Nikki working for Wade? Is Wade just using Nikki too for his own purposes and cover? Again just questions upon questions which keeps me as a reader totally invested.

What I really love about these books so far is they are plot driven. It is first a foremost a really fascinating crime / thriller series which combined with the mind games that Wade and Jericho have going on adds to the sexual tension between both. You can feel the atmosphere sizzling when they are together in one room even if there are no sex scenes which I find enthralling in itself.  To be honest in this book there is only one sex scene right at the end of book between Jericho and Wade but when it takes place it is hot due to the build up we’ve had before. A real game of cat and mouse, not only on a crime investigation front but also on a personal and emotional level.

So yes, I’ll be reading the rest of series as I just HAVE TO KNOW how their relationship pans out. Can they really come together when both are apparently on totally opposite ends of the law? Can Jericho risk being used by Wade to get the information he needs? Is Wade flying too close to the flame with Jericho and in danger of being exposed of what he is involved in? Is Wade involved in anything at all? As you can see I have more questions than answers at the moment which means I will be picking up the next book immediately. I love such books that don’t necessarily concentrate on the sex and bedroom scenes but on the plot. I can highly recommend this book if you want to sink yourself into an intricate story of crime and investigation with a mind bending, psychological twist between two protagonists who have yet to find out where their games will lead them.

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Series Reading Order and Purchase Links

32790594

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.

::: MARK’S REVIEW :::

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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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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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