Author: Garrett Leigh
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: GD Leigh
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
A Heated Beat Story
As a diehard music fan, a dirty, smoky gig is Vice Squad Detective Danny Jones’s idea of heaven. While watching one of the most popular bands in Northern England, the sight of gorgeous rock star Finn McGovern changes his life forever.
Beneath the tattoos and leather jacket, Finn is kind and sweet, but when he confesses a dark secret to Danny, it tests their fledgling bond. Danny digs deep to accept Finn, but before long, a terrifying trail of death threatens to tear them apart before they’ve even got started.
A monster is killing prostitutes on Danny’s patch, and when a dead girl turns up too close to home, Danny discovers a heartbreaking link between the girl and his bright new life with Finn, a life he’ll do anything to protect.
Lucky Man is the second novella in Garret Leigh’s Heated Beat universe. Even if you read My Mate Jack you do not, yet, know these two main characters. Lucky Man takes place about five years after the events of My Mate Jack, and while you do see a fair bit of Will and Jack, they are not integral to the story. Therefore, if you have not read My Mate Jack, you can still enjoy Lucky Man.
Lucky Man is labeled as a Mystery/Suspense by the publisher. That is what drew me to the story. However, the mystery alluded to by the blurb/classification all takes place off page. It is a secondary storyline at best. Yes, Danny is a Vice Cop, and yes he is investigating a string of murders, but it is only peripherally involved in the story line. If you are looking for a who done it? This is not the story for you.
That is not to say that I didn’t enjoy this story for what it was. It is a sweet love story between two people who should not work, but do. As I stated before, Danny is a vice cop. His love interest, Finn, is a musician. He is also flatmate to Jack (of My Mate Jack fame). Finn is dealing with ghosts that have ruined every relationship and hookup he has tried to have. Ghosts he is sure will drive away the first man he has wanted for quite a while.
I love Danny for how he treats Finn. He is scared. He is reticent. He takes that fear and turns to research. He doesn’t let it stop him from pursuing the man with whom he is falling in love. He isn’t perfect in the way he handles Finn’s issues. He makes mistakes. But he keeps coming back and trying to make it right. When it comes down to it, he is there for Finn. I couldn’t love him anymore for that if I tried.
As for Finn’s ghosts. They aren’t easy ones. I would love to have seen a little more focus on them, actually. We are told of a bad episode in the epilogue, but I would love to have seen it.
This story had two subplots and seemed to lack focus at times. Danny and Finn both had their demons with which to deal. Instead of taking one or both head on, the author relegated most of the direct interaction with said demons to off-page activities and brief on page summaries. While I loved the love story itself, there wasn’t quite enough conflict to push this story into the coveted five-star range for me.
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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