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A cop and a recovering addict – no chance for romance there.
Yet Vince, a street-hardened narcotics officer, is having to reassess his life. Six months ago, he hit rock-bottom. A bullet brought him down, and his beloved partner Jack betrayed him. Badly disabled and in constant pain, Vince is flying a desk these days, and it doesn’t suit him at all. His world is looking grim when he meets Rowan Clyde, sole surviving witness to a vicious drugs-related killing.
Rowan doesn’t want to talk. He’s vulnerable, trying to hold his own life together in the wake of a crippling addiction. Vince should have no time for him, and Rowan certainly shouldn’t trust a cop with an agenda to get him onto the witness stand at any cost.
Yet despite their differences, there’s an instant pull of attraction between these two damaged men. Their new bond is put to the ultimate test on the tough streets of Newcastle during a dark northern winter, as each turns out to hold the keys to the other’s survival – and to his destruction.
When you’re researching Half Moon Chambers and trying decide if it’s the next book for you, the one thing you’ll see over and over (and over) is folks talking about how beautifully written and generally lovely the book is.
Well, yes, this is Harper Fox we’re talking about…and I most definitely did get swept away by the beautiful and lovely story (and its characters/setting).
Vince and Rowan are a classically mismatched pair. Vince is a hard-as-nails cop who’s injured (stake out gone wrong) and jaded (abandoned by his ex) and has a zero tolerance policy for criminals, especially drugs/drug users.
I didn’t want to like Rowan, an artist, a recovering addict and more importantly, a reluctant witness-to-a-heinous-crime, but he clawed his way into my heart with his vulnerability. Yep, without ever realizing when and how it happened, all of a sudden, I needed Vince to protect and help Rowan, I needed Vince to feel Rowan’s pain and anguish, I needed Vince to make Rowan whole again, and in the process make himself whole again.
Half Moon Chambers is told from Vince’s POV. It’s a slow and winding read—no fast-paced drama here—but there were some really special parts to this story, including when Vince got to see himself through Rowan’s eyes via Rowan’s artwork. It felt ironic to me that a book that really is rather bleak and depressing came alive through Rowan’s art and the way Vince viewed Rowan’s work.
When Vince and Rowan were together—together, together—all the noise disappeared. These two were simply gorgeous as a couple. Beyond that, more than that, the book includes a pretty darned exciting criminal mystery—on more levels than one. As I was reading, I felt anxious, thinking there was just no way things were going to work out and Vince and Rowan would be able to be together peacefully. Oh, I knew they both deserved it alright, but…could it happen?
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