Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Garrett Leigh
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 10/31/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Gay Fiction, Historical, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
For the last six months, Detective James Ralston has worked the nightshift as security for the Pacific Blue Hotel, and every night at 2 a.m. his rounds lead him to the radio room where the handsome and mysterious Franklin Fairchild sits listening to waltzes as old as the hotel itself. James is drawn to Franklin, but Franklin is a man at the end of his rope, and James has no intention of getting caught up in whatever trouble Franklin is in. A heated encounter late one night sends James down a disturbing path and has him questioning everything around him, including his very sanity.
Warning: This review contains spoilers.
This novella had me hooked from the minute I started and I was unable to put it down until I finished it. Thank goodness it wasn’t very long.
James Ralston is a security guard at the Pacific Blue and runs into the same guy every morning at two a.m. He’s attracted to Franklin Fairchild but its obvious the man is involved in something James doesn’t want to get wrapped up in. Despite his gut telling him to avoid Franklin, James is unable to do so.
James ends up in Franklin’s room demanding to know what he’s hiding from. Franklin refuses to talk about it, but does practically beg James to spend just one night with him.
“Please, James. All I want is one night. One memory of those blue eyes of yours to remind me I’m worth something.”
James is unable to tell him no, especially since he really didn’t want to. Their connection was extremely strong thanks to the author’s skills. It was hot sex, but their bond was so easy to see even beyond their physical connection.
Franklin, or Frankie as James calls him, admits that he’s hiding from a mobster who he was instrumental in putting in prison. James wants Frankie to run, but he refuses and before long Stavros, the mobster, shows up at Frankie’s room.
James get knocked out and when he wakes up Stavros and Frankie are gone. He enquires about Stavros at the front desk and that’s when he learns what I’d already figured out.
“Marcus Stavros has been dead for eighty-five years.”
Even though I’d pretty much figured out that Frankie was from the past, the story behind it all was interesting.
James is freaked out by the truth but that doesn’t mean he gives up. He still goes to Franklin’s room determined to find the truth. What he learns was a shocker to me. I truly hadn’t seen it coming and I’m not going to ruin that part of the story.
This story was amazing. I’ve only read one of Charlie Cochet’s books, the first in her THIRDS series, and while it was well-written I didn’t read the rest of the series because I don’t usually read shifter stories. This novella truly shows off Cochet’s strong skills.
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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