Author: Kaje Harper
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Ren and Paul Henry Serres
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/08/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Drama, M/M Romance, Paranormal
What could an undercover cop and a drug lord’s pet psychic have in common?
Brian Kerr has spent years hiding behind a facade of mental slowness. His brother and sister got all three of them off the streets and into a cushy life, under the protection of a dangerous criminal. But to keep that safety, Brian has to use his Finding talent to track down the boss’s enemies. Although he pretends not to know what he’s really doing, each Find takes its toll, and he’s trapped in a life he hates, losing touch with his true self.
Nick Rugo’s job is to protect and serve the people of Minneapolis as an undercover cop. He isn’t closeted, but he isn’t out at work, and there’s a wild, angry side to him that he’s managed to keep hidden until now. When he’s assigned to bring Brian’s boss to justice, he intends to use anything and anyone it takes to do that.
Nick initially sees Brian as a pawn to be played in his case, but he keeps getting glimpses of a different man behind the slow, simpleminded mask. As the two men get to know each other, it becomes clear they share secrets, some of which might get them both killed.
Usually I finish a book, open my lap top and write a review. For Tracefinder, I needed to let things percolate for a bit. This is not your typical romance, nor your typical cop book. It is long but didn’t feel so. I was so caught up in what was happening that even when it ended I was ready for book two!
Brian is a tough character to analyze. To the majority of people he seems dimwitted and slow. Inside he knows he’s not dumb but it is easier to go along to stay safe. We get to see Brian from the inside and can tell there is more to him, although there is still something not quite right about him. Even though Brian reveals himself to Nick, as a reader it is hard to say how Nick truly sees Brian at times. As a child? As an adult? As someone in need of protection? And so it is hard to judge whether Nick’s feelings for Brian are entirely appropriate. And yet they are totally plausible. Brian is sweet and naïve. Nick is a protector. They have things in common and both are lonely. I loved seeing things develop. This is a slooow burn. Sexual encounters are few and laced with so much meaning and consequences. These are not casual encounters.
The nitty gritty of the story was deep and invested. I liked seeing Nick get involved undercover. I liked the tension of whether he was going to get caught or not. All the characters helped build the story. I really liked the paranormal aspect and what Brian could do with his Finder ability.
This ends in a tentative HFN, but the potential for more is there, which is why I need book two now. It’s not a cliff hanger, but it does leave things wide open and so many things unfinished. Yet I am happy with how things are.
If you are looking for something different, give this a try. Don’t let the page count daunt you!
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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