A Solitary Man by Shira Anthony & Aisling Mancy ~ Book Review by Karen

solitary-manTitle: A Solitary Man

Author: Shira Anthony & Aisling Mancy

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/06/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Mystery

Blurb:

Sparks fly when Chance meets tall, sexy Xav at a Wilmington bar and they have the hottest one-nighter of their lives. But Chance doesn’t do repeats, Xav seems detached, and they go their separate ways without a word. Later, when closeted Assistant District Attorney C. Evan “Chance” Fairchild meets Dare’s Landing’s newest deputy sheriff, Xavier “Xav” Constantine, Evan isn’t only wary. He’s irritated as hell.

Xavier is a former FBI agent turned deputy sheriff who is hot on the trail of a South American child prostitution ring. Evan is fighting to put an end to rampant cocaine trafficking and chafing under the thumb of an election-hungry boss. When someone tries to kill the eleven-year-old witness who holds the key to both their investigations, they’re forced to work together as they put their lives on the line to protect him. As Chance and Xav collide in the heat of a sweltering North Carolina summer, dodging bullets and chasing bad guys isn’t the only action going on.

My View:

I have a huge weakness for USA TV crime dramas, actually pretty much any crime drama really, but part of my affection for the USA ones comes from having absolutely no idea if the procedural element is accurate. The same is true of anything police procedural described in A Solitary Man.

I would say that this is primarily a suspense/ mystery with a romantic sub plot and it is thoroughly enjoyable.

Xav, the deputy sheriff, is openly gay and is haunted by his past cases for the FBI, mainly dealing with child prostitution and abduction, moving to Dare’s Landing is the opportunity to start anew in a way. He is the epitome of the tall dark stranger, and is incredibly focused on getting the job done.

Chance/ Evan the Deputy DA is also focused, but is also, if not in the closet, is happiest hanging out very close to it. Superficially he is more open than Xav but inside, he is completely emotionally walled.

While Xav continues to work on the child prostitute case and Chance on the cocaine ring they start to realise that there are links between the two cases, and they should in fact combine resources. As they work together they become friends, and their respective barriers start to come down.  Then in protecting a vital witness both the cases, and their personal lives start to merge, and this is the heart of the book. And from about 30% in the book is great. The pacing is full throttle and the mystery and romance balance is really good and believable.

There is a point from 10-20% in where , for me, there was too much information dumping but this was totally rectified, and the ending …is fine.

 

 

Links

A Solitary Man on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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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