Gage’s Gift is the fifth novel in Jenna Byrnes’ Kansas City Heat series from totally bound. When I first read the series, I was unimpressed. For some reason, however, I decided to grab book 5 when it came out.
Author: Jenna Byrnes
Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
This is book five in the Kansas City Heat series.
A child is snatched from her home, the one place she should feel safe. Will the KCPD find her before something more sinister happens?
Detective DeMarcus Gage of the KCPD Missing Persons Unit knows that most child abductions are perpetrated by family members or persons known to the child. True ‘stranger’ abductions are rare—and taken very seriously by the police. When eight-year-old Leticia Braden disappears from her front yard the family are ruled out as suspects but actual leads are few.
Her traumatized parents need all the support they can get, and designate Leticia’s uncle Jack Braden to be their liaison with the detectives. When he meets Jack, Gage struggles to keep his mind on the case. The two men share an immediate case of lust, which they fight to keep under control for more reasons than one. Jack’s not out of the closet, and Gage isn’t keen on sneaking around. A relationship beckons, but finding Leticia is their first priority. And as every cop knows, time is not on their side.
I don’t remember Gage from the original series. Actually, I don’t remember much from the first four books. I also didn’t re-read those books. As such I can confidently say that this book can be read stand alone. I had much the same issues with the dialogue in this title that I had in the first four. It is porn dialogue. If that is what you are looking for in your books, this might be a good series for you. I also had issues with the pairing itself. Pairing the lead investigator with the member of the family during an active investigation? Yeah, no. Then there is the whole unsafe sex thing. I am not one for moralizing in my fiction. I am not one to bitch because they didn’t mention using a condom. I am not even one to bitch about a forgotten condom. What I didn’t like is that one partner consciously took the decision from the other partner in the heat of the moment. In context, it just didn’t set well with me. Maybe if I read it tomorrow, I would feel different. Probably not. As for the plot. Well, there was one. It mostly went on without the main characters, though. Don’t read this if you want a deep mystery or a realistic police procedural. It is neither. The mystery is just there as a means to get the main characters into each other’s pants. My final issue is that if you want a resolution to the love story, it is in the epilogue. The main story itself ends with the main characters apart. Overall I wasn’t asking for my hour or so of time back, but I am not completely sure why I read the book in the first place. There is an audience for this book. I am not said audience.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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