Author: Alex Beecroft
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.50 of 5 Stars
Michael May is losing it. Long ago, he joined the Metropolitan Police to escape his father’s tyranny and protect people like himself. Now his father is dead, and he’s been fired for punching a suspect. Afraid of his own rage, he returns to Trowchester—and to his childhood home, with all its old fears and memories. When he meets a charming, bohemian bookshop owner who seems to like him, he clings tight.
Fintan Hulme is an honest man now. Five years ago, he retired from his work as a high class London fence and opened a bookshop. Then an old client brings him a stolen book too precious to turn away, and suddenly he’s dealing with arson and kidnapping, to say nothing of all the lies he has to tell his friends. Falling in love with an ex-cop with anger management issues is the last thing he should be doing.
Finn thinks Michael is incredibly sexy. Michael knows Finn is the only thing that still makes him smile. But in a relationship where cops and robbers are natural enemies, that might not be enough to save them.
My first thought after finishing this book was “wow, just wow.” For the writing, mostly, but also for the characters. Really, each and every one of them was unique, layered, a person in their own right. Beginning with the leads, Michael and Fintan, opposites in many regards who nevertheless completed each other. Michael, brooding and wounded yet with an innate goodness of heart that’s impossible not to like, and Fintan, apparently flimsy but with hidden depths. A former lawman who’s seen way too much and a reformed criminal who got away with a lot – until he didn’t. A newly out bisexual and a camp. Yes, they made for a tension filled couple. Their way to togetherness was an obstacle course full of internal and external stumbling stones – and really entertaining to watch.
The story in and of itself had a few lengths, particularly when a supposedly hot manhunt suddenly turned into some kind of manor tour. Some issues were solved just a little bit too convenient. Also, it took a lot of suspension of disbelief for me to buy that a magistrate would act this way and get away with it.
But, at least for me, the writing made up for it all. Subtly British, compelling and with just the right amount of humor, the writing hit my taste just right. For me, this story was a delight to read. Warmly recommended.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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