Author: Chris Quinton & RJ Scott
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/01/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay Romance
Book 2 in the Salisbury Series
With millions in diamonds at stake, can Jon make Greg see that some things are not worth dying for?
Footloose adventurer Greg Drakowski used to live for the moment but these days shadows of grief and guilt cling to him. Recklessly following one lead to the next, Greg crosses oceans at the very hint of treasure, and doesn’t care that he rushes into danger.
This time his quarry is a cache of diamonds, hidden away decades ago. When the clues bring him to the ancient city of Salisbury, he knows he’s close to success.
Renovations expert Jonathan Ellis is part of Ageless Wood Restorations – three generations of knowledge and trade. Focused and hard-working, Jon finds value in recreating the elegance of the past with his own hands, and it will take something – or someone – extraordinary to break into his enclosed world.
When Greg drops into Jon’s lap he finds it impossible to refuse him. Even when the bad guy appears and Jon isn’t sure whom he can trust, he knows he has to stand by Greg, if only to save the idiot from himself.
The second installment of the “Salisbury” Series features characters who meet due to events that occur during the first book, Heat. Reading the first story is not imperative in order to enjoy this one, but I think it will add to the experience, and help a reader to understand the setting and cast of characters more intimately.
This story starts off with a bang, literally. I kept thinking to myself, how is this going to become a love affair set in Salisbury? It was unexpected and kept me intrigued from the first chapter. This book is a romance where two characters are flung together by unusual circumstances and I found myself letting go of preconceived ideas, and going along for the trip into the world of antiquities, woodworking and subterfuge. At times I wondered how this love affair would be able to be more than a short fling. Both characters have some pretty big baggage, and Greg’s lifestyle provided major obstacles to overcome in order to achieve domestic bliss. Once their relationship went to the next level it was interesting to see how they would be able to forge a future together.
I loved how Greg was not the typical contemporary romance hero I seem to gravitate toward. He was a bit exotic with a slightly shady background. His circumstances seem like something from a James Bond movie, but that makes it all the more fun though really.
Unfortunately there were a few times I found myself a bit dubious about the way the two men went hot and cold while getting together. Their chemistry almost felt a bit forced, but overall I was so entertained by the creative plot that I was able to suspend reality from creeping in and taking away the magic of a budding romance. I really wanted these guys to be happy, and to find a way to make their unusual circumstances not destroy their chance to be together.
I hope there will be more additions to this series. The setting is lovely and the characters are enjoyable. There is plenty of drama, but there is also plenty of love, and that is why I read romance.
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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