Author: Nora Roth
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/01/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Crime Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
When cynical forty-three-year-old police officer Evan Andrews finds his home broken into, he quickly learns there’s more to Beau Toliver than meets the eye. Injured and afraid, Beau mistrusts Evan and the police every bit as much as Evan mistrusts Beau. As affection slowly grows between them, Evan discovers the real threat might come from the colleagues he’s considered friends for over two decades. When the truth comes out, Evan races to save Beau’s life at the risk of his own. His actions could mean the end of his career, but he might finally realize there are more important things in life.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2015 Daily Dose package “Never Too Late.”
OK so I liked this story. It was interesting and kept me on my toes. I enjoyed the mystery surrounding Beau which kept me wanting more because I needed to know what he was hiding and why he couldn’t just tell Evan what was going on. I also liked that this short novella didn’t spend time on unnecessary sex scenes because there was already so much happening that needed page time to be fully understood.
However, I felt like this story tried to do too much and the romance aspect suffered. There was great plot and mystery, but there was really no character history or growth or even any time spent on relationship development. The men ended up together as Beau needed Evan’s help, and there was apparently attraction between them, but it was never explored or shown on the page. Then there was an epilogue that showed their HEA. The ending was very happy and satisfying and cute, but I never understood how they got there. It was never shown on page. Things went from mystery to discovering the criminals to HEA with no explanation at all on why the men were more than acquaintances.
For me this story would have worked better as a beginning of Beau and Evan’s relationship. Then a sequel could have happened to show the men getting to know each other and overcoming their histories, preconceived notions, age differences, etc. The sequel would have explained the jump from the end of this story to the Epilogue. But as it stands, I felt cheated in the romance department.
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