Mens Rea by Brooke Edwards ~ Book Review by Queue with Giveaway

MensReaLGTitle: Mens Rea

Author: Brooke Edwards

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Catt Ford

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/01/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction


James Carter is forty-five and has been a police officer most of his life. He married young, lost her young, and his life revolved around his work and his son. Young is a recurring theme in his life, he thinks, when he meets the considerably younger AUSA Derek Moore on a case and finds himself ruled by the whims of his heart.

The road to love between a hotshot lawyer and a veteran cop was never going to be smooth, not in the real world, but there are criminals, misunderstandings, and a lack of communication standing in their way too. Both are so stubborn and convinced their interest is one-sided that it takes a murder case, exhaustion, and an adjournment for them to get their act together. They move fast after that, but they both know there’s no guarantee for tomorrow.

My View:

I had a hard time following this story, mainly because it is written in present tense.

James is a veteran cop crushing on attorney Derek from a far. The story has large time jumps and reads more like a story being retold by someone else. I never felt invested in the characters or was drawn into the story.

It was definitely a case of telling not showing here.

“Derek’s face clears a little, relief obvious, and James’s stomach sinks even further…”

I think the author could’ve gone deeper into James’s emotions here, more than just stating his stomach sank. Show me how he’s feeling, don’t just tell me.

I learned more about James reading the blurb than I did in the story. I admit to doing a lot of skimming just because I wasn’t pulled into the fictional world.

2.5 stars


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3 thoughts on “Mens Rea by Brooke Edwards ~ Book Review by Queue with Giveaway

  1. Great review! I agree with you, novels written in first person narrative are difficult to read because the character must be really insightful to be able to draw you in the story. The blurb sounds good, though. Thank you for the post and giveaway

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