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Sheri votes THUMBS DOWN on the cover of “Blueberry Muffins”. Let’s see how the book itself fared…
After years of patrolling some of the seediest city areas in Grimton City, police detective Joel has become quite cynical. Dylan is an elf with a shady past, but now he dedicates his life to his shelter that helps magical folks in need.
When a case involving stolen elfin coins leads Joel to Dylan, it’s the beginning of a relationship neither man ever dreamed possible, and a danger neither suspects.
Stop. Go back. Take a closer look.
Scary isn’t it? Typically I tip-toe or sugarcoat, but I just…can’t. It’s bad, so bad that I think it deserves an award. The title didn’t give me any extra reassurances either. I would gush with apologies, but honestly, did you SEE the traumatizing cover? I lingered, I stalled, and I did my best to avoid this book until the VERY last minute.
Huh, it wasn’t bad. Nope, it was pretty decent. Apparently you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover after all. In this case, I’m actually glad I did. I can promise you I would not have actively sought out this book if I wasn’t looking for an atrocious cover.
Grimton City is a magical city, a place stuffed with enchanted creatures mingling with humans. Dylan’s an elf, exiled from his people and he happens to run a shelter for rehabilitated criminals. Supernatural gifts are frequently abused and Dylan strives to give second (and sometimes even third) chances. When one of his employees slips back into his old ways, he is pulled into the drama as well. After he is cuffed and tossed around by a sexy cop, he’s not sure he wants to complain about his involvement.
Joel is an officer of the law in a unique situation. Patrolling the dark corners where demons actually do hide, he deals with the worst of the worst. He’s callused from the scum he faces on a daily basis and check this out…..he is a human lie detector and uses the ‘touch’ method to decipher the truth. Cool, right? I loved his interrogations!
It’s fairly short, so without giving too much away, they fall in love while solving a case. I was a tad lost at times (whoops, didn’t realize this was book two in a series) but it really didn’t hinder my pleasure. I enjoyed both Joel and his elf, Dylan. They fell into a relationship quickly, but I bought it. I found the mythical creatures charming and their world intriguing. The sex was pretty hot (besides an overuse of ‘sphincter’) and I felt engaged in the story until the very end.
Despite the title, it’s not all sweetness, a bit of angst and action wraps up the ending.
It’s a good thing that covers never impact my rating, but if a second edition is released I would highly encourage a replacement.