Thursday, April 06, 2017

Review: Home Fires (Common Law #4) by Kate Sherwood

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Title: Home Fires (Common Law #4)

Author: Kate Sherwood

Release: 3rd April 2017

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Genre: M/M (mystery / Thriller)

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Synopsis

Trouble comes to Mosely, Montana, from the outside world. When the residents of Mosely are left on their own, they can make things work. Sure, there’s always been a militia operating up in the hills, but they were small-scale—just survivalists doing their thing—until organizers came in from out of state. Now Jericho Crewe and the rest of the sheriff’s department are facing down a heavily armed band of fanatics, and the feds are busy elsewhere.

The odds are hopeless, but Jericho swore an oath to serve and protect the citizens of Mosely. He won’t walk away from that, even if Wade Granger’s begging him to run away somewhere and finally be together the way they always should have been.

But this time, it’s Jericho who refuses to leave Mosely, even if staying kills him.

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Mark’s Review

It’s action all the way in this final showdown in Mosely last book in the series. So you could say Jericho and Wade go out with a bang in all senses of the word. Jericho can still not bring himself to leave town or the force his attachment to Wade is just too strong now after all they have been through.

I loved the way this relationship developed through the series. Although former teenage lovers at school after Jericho left Mosely their lives took on very different paths and you could say turned them into very different adults. However, the attraction has never died and they just had to fond a way back to each other that would work for both seeing they began anew on opposite sides of the law. Wade for me was never really an evil, bad guy. He always had his redeeming points but you just never knew whether to trust him completely or not. So I could totally understand Jericho’s dilemma, better to approach things with a good portion of caution rather than rushing in where angels fear to tread. However, this can put an unimaginable strain on any relationship. We see how they gradually grow together but in so doing how their attitudes and outlook on events and their lives change too. Both having a strong influence on the other just like in any relationship the longer you are together the more it forms your character.

In this final instalment there is still trouble in the hills which leads Mosely to being the scene of a final shoot out, almost battle if you will between the residents and militia. Half the state forces including the DEA and FBI have been called in they all have to find a way to work together and put aside their petty rivalries if they are going to end the border trafficking for once and for all. Kayla of course is key in having to do a mammoth task of straddling both sides of the opposing views and forces and does a sterling job. What a woman. Yes, I would have her as a boss any day! She displays a strength of character which is inspirational, always tough but fair even though she is coping with her own personal dramas with her father? Reconciliation is still needed here and it does come in the most unexpected way. It’s amazing when a town folk are threatened by outside forces it seems to bring the whole community together. It’s just sad that it has to take such an event as this to pull the community together but I guess this has always been the way of things.

I never thought living near a border town could be such a den of crime but I guess if you have people smuggling whatever between countries then it would seem a flourishing business for such a town, Again I was left with the question in just how far Wade is involved in this operation. we know he is but not to truly to what extent and then the remaining question is on what side will he come down on when having to choose one or the other. Well, needless to say these questions were answered and thank goodness Wade makes the right decision in my opinion. So where does Wade and Jericho go from here? Well, the both make the only decision that is really open to them if they are going to make a go of having a steady relationship. How do they do this? Well, you will have to read the series but I found it a very suitable way for these two guys and think they have a chance of now making a go of a future together.

Kate Sherwood has delivered a wonderful series which more gets a solid four stars all the way. Each book is intriguing on the plot and mysteries to be solved whilst we observe how Jericho and Wade lead a merry dance around each other but closing the gap between them in each consecutive book. Also Jericho’s problem with his newly discovered siblings and his step mum seems to find at least for now some form closure and resolution. All four books are plot driven and very light on the erotic but this is what I loved about the series. When the sex happens it’s HAWT! But it is used sparingly to add to the story, peppered throughout at the right moments. All in all for fans of strong plots and mystery / thrillers I can recommend this series with no qualms.

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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.

::: 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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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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Home Fires (Common Law #4)

Synopsis

Trouble comes to Mosely, Montana, from the outside world. When the residents of Mosely are left on their own, they can make things work. Sure, there’s always been a militia operating up in the hills, but they were small-scale—just survivalists doing their thing—until organizers came in from out of state. Now Jericho Crewe and the rest of the sheriff’s department are facing down a heavily armed band of fanatics, and the feds are busy elsewhere.

The odds are hopeless, but Jericho swore an oath to serve and protect the citizens of Mosely. He won’t walk away from that, even if Wade Granger’s begging him to run away somewhere and finally be together the way they always should have been.

But this time, it’s Jericho who refuses to leave Mosely, even if staying kills him.

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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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