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Does everyone have a certain “type” they end up with…whether they want to or not? If Ray Carlucci’s ex is anything to go by, Ray likes his men gorgeous, rebellious, and chock-full of issues. But now that Ray is single again, he has a shot at a fresh start—a very fresh start, since his tattoo shop was gutted by repo men and he can fit all his belongings in the trunk of a taxi.
Ray’s shiny new chauffeur’s license lands him a job as a driver for an elderly couple on Red Wing Island. It’s a cold fall, and since the Michigan island is the summer home to snowbirds who fly south for the winter, it’s practically deserted—save for Ray’s new household and a sculptor named Anton Kopec, who works day and night twisting brambles and twine into the distorted shapes of macabre creatures. Compelling, bizarre, and somewhat disturbing…not just the sculptures, but the artist, too. Ray has a feeling Anton is just his “type.”
Despite their scorching chemistry, when a dead body is unearthed by some workers and a freak ice storm traps them all on the island, Ray can’t say for certain that his new flame isn’t capable of murder.
This was a short enjoyable read. It was supposed to be a thriller and I guess that it has all the right elements, and the plot is interesting/mysterious enough to actually call it that, but since it was too short, it made me feel rushed. I was left wishing it had been longer so I could actually soak myself into the story.
If you’ve read JCP you know her characters have depth. There is not a single dull MC in her books, and you always feel like you got to know them, and also you are left wanting more. You’ll find other things that are characteristic of JCP: great prose, gorgeous descriptions, a well outlined story, extremely hot sex, incredible characters that are far from being perfect, and in my particular case, given that English is not my first language – an increasing need to Google up words! Haha.
Ray is a tattoo artist who recently lost everything he had to a bad relationship. Now he’s been hired to work with the White family. This is a brand new start for him, and he’s nervous, and a bit excited about it. One night while in the land of the Whites he meets Anton. Anton is this strange, kind of eccentric (?) artist. He lives behind the White’s house in his sister’s home. An important thing to say about Anton is that he is bipolar, though we don’t really see him through his depressive rides as much as we see his maniac side.
I liked how the MC’s fit together. Still, I would have liked to see a bit more of them. I think after the last chapter it all wrapped up to quickly. We were suddenly sent to an epilogue and are told that the MC’s have been together for 6 months. I would have loved to read about that in more detail. Their chemistry was great, and one could feel the curiosity that Ray felt for Anton, and though the story is all told from Ray’s POV, Anton’s curiosity for Ray managed to sneak in in a nice, subtle way.
The White’s story plays a part in the book. It’s sad, and a bit unfortunate. Mr. White is dealing with Alzheimer, and that isn’t easy. The people who work for the Whites have a good roll in the story, and it’s strong and their presence in it is important, which is great.
This is an easy read. It’s exciting. I read t practically in one go because I wanted to know what happened next. It also gave me the chance to explore the possibilities of who could the killer be, and all that. Of course, I was utterly wrong in my guessing, but that’s besides the point. I do feel, though, that there were things that felt a bit like loose ends and never really wrapped up. There may be minor things, but they are still there. There were also other important things to the plot, like Anton’s bipolar disorder, that I would have loved to see worked in more depth, but that’s mainly my personal taste when it comes to that kind of stuff. The story does well with the way it’s presented, I just happen to think that it would have been better if we’d been shown the ups and downs that a bipolar person goes through.