Author: Kate Sherwood
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/02/2017
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Bisexual, Crime Fiction
LA cop Jericho Crewe got the hell out of Mosely, Montana, when he was seventeen. Fifteen years later, he’s back, and everything is just as messed up as when he left. He planned a quick visit to deal with his injured father, but of course things are never that simple. Family complications, police complications, social complications—and, as always, Wade Granger complications.
Jericho and Wade had been so close, once upon a time. First friends, then more than friends—and then, after Jericho’s escape, nothing. Wade’s magnetism hasn’t been lessened by a decade and a half apart; even when Jericho learns that Wade is the prime suspect in the death of Jericho’s father, the old connection still sparks.
When Jericho’s newly discovered half siblings are kidnapped, he needs to trust someone to help him find them. Wade’s a terrible choice, but Jericho’s never been known for his good judgment. Anyway, he’d rather make a bad decision with Wade than a good one with anybody else.
I had some expectations going into Long Shadows that were, unfortunately not met. I read the Dark Horse trilogy and loved it. I thought this would have a similar tone. While it is definitely in the darker mood category, I didn’t really feel the emotions as well. We also don’t get any sexy time – which with the content of the book, wouldn’t have worked even if it was there.
I don’t consider this a romance at all. It is a crime novel with a gay protagonist. I could see maybe a future encounter but really can’t see a romance between Jericho and Wade working out in the long run. Wade is definitely working for himself. I would call him chaotic neutral. He isn’t a bad guy per se but he does “bad” stuff. Jericho on the other hand is lawful good. He’s not a goody two shoes but would rather be within the law than against it and seems self-sacrificing.
The mystery was interesting but I’m not sure I buy the situation. It seemed odd for so many agencies to be there for a two-bit criminal’s death. Mosely didn’t seem big enough for there to be a federal office in it.
Despite all that, it was well written and I didn’t have a problem staying engaged. I would like to know more and I hope that will increase my enjoyment of the series.
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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