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After surviving a deadly attack by a psychopathic killer, homicide detective Rowan Muir is ready to take his relationship with ex-deputy sheriff and former ex-boyfriend Jude Anderson to the next level. Trouble is, Jude is happy with going slow. As in glacial. And, fair enough, their previous attempt as a couple wasn’t exactly smooth sailing. It took murder and the volcanic attraction between them for both men to put old grievances aside and try once more.
But the past rears its ugly head again when Rowan’s drug-addicted brother goes missing. Rowan is summoned home and is immediately mired in family dysfunction better seen in a rear-view mirror. When Jude agrees to help Rowan investigate his stepbrother’s disappearance, Rowan fears his fragile relationship with Jude won’t survive the stress.
Being back in his hometown dredges up old fears, a lot of baggage, and murder. Soon Rowan has to decide if he is going to double down on his relationship with Jude, or if it’s wiser to pick up his chips and split for good.
After a strong-start-but-couldn’t-quite-keep-up-the-momentum experience reading book one of this series, I wasn’t sure what to expect with the follow-up. I liked the coupling of Rowan & Jude, so I was hoping that where book 1 started to fall short, book 2 might be able to salvage it.
And it did.
In book 2, we get Rowan’s story (where book 1 was more about Jude). And Rowan, being a complex character (stick straight law man who holds his emotions so fiercely guarded), with a difficult family history, made for an entertaining setup to this book.
First off, the mystery-element to this book was surprisingly good. I was kinda wondering the who’s and what’s and how’s throughout and I liked that I was kept guessing. I honestly hadn’t expected that since I pretty much called whodunnit in book 1 early on.
Secondly, the relationship between Rowan and Jude, as it grew, as it struggled, as it strengthened…really drew me in. As I mentioned, I like these guys…I’m interested in their HEA. But I also want to strangle them at times (often times). And that’s a difficult balance as a reader. It worked out much better in this book.
Yes, they continued to have their misunderstandings and miscommunications. But because there was a level of commitment there, I went along with it. I don’t think their relationship will ever be easy…the two of them are too broken and too stubborn. But I like watching their walls slowly come down and the romantic bits between them felt like a treat.
So, as the relationship grows, so the series grows, so does my buy-in grows. Here’s hoping for a book 3.