Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/13/2017
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Small but mighty—that could be Detective Nevin Ng’s motto. Now a dedicated member of the Portland Police Bureau, he didn’t let a tough start in life stop him from protecting those in need. He doesn’t take crap from anyone, and he doesn’t do relationships. Until he responds to the severe beating of a senior citizen and meets the victim’s wealthy, bow-tied landlord.
Property manager and developer Colin Westwood grew up with all the things Nevin never had, like plenty of money and a supportive, loving family. Too supportive, perhaps, since his childhood illness has left his parents unwilling to admit he’s a strong, grown man. Colin does do relationships, but they never work out. Now he’s thinking maybe he won’t just go with the flow. Maybe it’s time to try something more exciting. But being a witness to a terrible crime—or two—was more than he bargained for.
Despite their differences, Colin and Nevin discover that the sparks fly when they’re together. But sparks are short-lived, dampened by the advent of brutal crimes, and Colin and Nevin have seemingly little in common. The question is whether they have the heart to build something lasting.
Detective/ suspense novels are my first book love, and romance was my second, and to find the perfect balance of both is one of my happiest things. So I had high hopes for this book as I love Kim Fielding’s writing, specially her damaged heroes with hope, and in the main I wasn’t disappointed.
For me this was a book with three main elements: the suspense (who is killing senior citizens), the romance (an opposites attract one) and two characters coming to terms with their issues. The last two being interlinked.
The romance and self discovery works extremely well, Kim Fielding writes with a gentle touch and a great deal of affection for her characters. While both MC’s are attractive and interesting Nevin, with his foul mouth is a wonderful contradiction of selfish and selfless. He is totally open about what he wants, or he thinks that he is. No strings attached sex , doesn’t really have many friends and doesn’t want a lover. Colin, gentle and caring could not be any more different. They meet as one of Colin’s tenants is killed, and embark on what is initially a sexual relationship. At this juncture it could easily have become and angst fest, but thankfully it doesn’t. Nevin is really already on the way to questioning his emotional life, and Colin speeds up that process. Colin is tired of playing it safe, and starts to take more risks. They get to the same place pretty much at the same time, and while there is some wrangling it’s well observed and very well written.
The mystery/ suspense is integrated well initially, but it didn’t hold my attention particularly well. I liked how the older queer characters added depth to the story but as the book progressed the suspense fizzled out, so that the denouement, when it arrived felt flat.
Still a good read with a couple of memorable protagonists.
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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