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HOLIDAY REVIEW: “You Belong to Me” by Edward Kendrick

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ABOUT:

Corey Byrne loves his family—as long as he only has to see them once a year. Since he’s not out to them, it makes things… tense. Returning to his job at a homeless shelter after Christmas, he finds someone has left him a very expensive present. Soon, he begins to get messages from the anonymous gift giver. Then Corey’s friend Brad is murdered in Corey’s apartment and undercover detective Scott Reed is assigned to protect Corey. As they work together to find the killer, they realize they’re starting to care about each other. However Scott is unwilling to act on his feelings unless Corey comes out to his family and coworkers. As the threats from the stalker intensify, Corey is forced to admit that love is too precious to hide from. Perhaps now is the time to be honest about who he is and accept the possibility of love in return—before it’s too late.

REVIEW:

It’s not a big secret; I’m the blog scaredy cat. I absolutely cannot read horror and struggle with scary stories.

This was far from horror but it held a slightly creepy chill that kept my heart racing.

You never know when and where you’ll meet…the one. Usually it comes out of nowhere, when you are least expecting it. Corey and Scott are brought together under grim circumstances; yeah, I would have to say a dead body is pretty grim. Neither of them are thinking about romance when they meet, yet they can’t deny the spark. Scott might be the protector that Corey needs, except Corey is in the closet and Scott refuses to hide or lie. Sometimes meeting in the middle is not an option.

Stalkers are disturbing (am I right?) and Corey has himself a bona fide freak on his tail. He works at a shelter and just before the holidays he receives a Secret Santa gift at work. However, his jolly elf has some issues. His expensive present comes attached with unwanted strings. Seriously, no one would want these strings.

He thought he was safely in the closet but it appears he’s not as stealthy as his admirer. Things escalade and a harmless date night turns into a deadly slaughter. Homicide detective Scott Reed takes the case and finds himself inexplicitly drawn to Corey. An unlikely attraction blossoms but they have more than a few obstacles to hurdle.

Can they catch the killer in time? Will this chance at love become the final push to help Corey out of the closet? Or are they just too different to make things work?

The characters were fine, but I didn’t necessarily click with either one.

Their relationship was swift, yet believable.

The investigation was fairly far-fetched, but it was the resolution that was disappointing.

The writing was good…the story kept me on the edge of my seat….yet left me with a sour face.

All in all it wasn’t unsatisfactory, but it wasn’t spectacular.

RATING: 3 STARS

BOOK INFO:

23547287Title: You Belong to Me
Author: Edward Kendrick
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 118
Release Date: November 26, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner, Amazon

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