Author: Thom Collins
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Cover Artist: Posh Gosh
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/21/2017
Length: Short Story (<15K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance
United in passion. Driven by vengeance.
Owen Hazard, a young farmer is dead. Murdered while he tried to prevent a robbery on his land. His older brother, Captain Mark Hazard, returns home for the funeral. Owen’s best friend, Riley runs the local pub. He has information about the night Owen was killed – he knows who was responsible. The police are doing nothing. Vengeance is their only option.
United in their passion for each other and a thirst for revenge, Riley and Mark must take the law into their own hands if there’s to be any justice for Owen.
The blurb for this story sounded engaging but I think length of the story worked against it.
First of all it’s really hard to write a short story that makes the reader fall in love with the couple. It works better when the romance is the main focus but that isn’t the case here.
Following the death of Owen Hazard his brother, Mark, and his best friend, Riley, agree that something has to be done about it. Riley has information about the murder but the police aren’t doing anything about it.
Mark takes the law into his own hands several times. I suppose your view on it depends on your view on law enforcement. As a strong law enforcement proponent I found it hard to root for vigilante justice. The idea of small town cops being on the take isn’t a new one so that being the case here wasn’t exactly original.
The romance wasn’t exactly strong here either. I never bought their connection as anything other than superficial. The sex was mostly fade to black so I didn’t even see their chemistry in bed either.
The writing was solid though so I’m sure plenty of readers will enjoy the story more than I did.
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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