Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Long Shadows by Kate Sherwood

LA cop Jericho Crewe got the hell out of Mosely, Montana, when he was seventeen. Fifteen years later, he’s back, and everything is just as messed up as when he left. He planned a quick visit to deal with his injured father, but of course things are never that simple. Family complications, police complications, social complications—and, as always, Wade Granger complications.

Jericho and Wade had been so close, once upon a time. First friends, then more than friends—and then, after Jericho’s escape, nothing. Wade’s magnetism hasn’t been lessened by a decade and a half apart; even when Jericho learns that Wade is the prime suspect in the death of Jericho’s father, the old connection still sparks.

When Jericho’s newly discovered half siblings are kidnapped, he needs to trust someone to help him find them. Wade’s a terrible choice, but Jericho’s never been known for his good judgment. Anyway, he’d rather make a bad decision with Wade than a good one with anybody else.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is an eerie small town suspense story with a cast of complicated characters, none of whom appear terribly trustworthy. When Jericho, an LA detective and former US Marine, returns to his hometown, he finds himself investigating his father’s death. The only people who can help him are murder suspects themselves or law enforcement officers suspected of corruption.

Jericho is an original character. Raised in an abusive home on the wrong side of the law, he made a complete break from his past when he joined the military. But when he is pulled back into his hometown, he is dragged into old habits and relationships as the boundaries between right and wrong start to blur.

This isn’t an m/m romance. Jericho is a gay man and he does have unfinished business with an old lover, but the story is more about his family and his complicated hometown. With her honest depiction of grinding rural poverty and her refusal to offer easy boundaries between good and evil, the author has crafted a compelling series.

This is the first book in a series and it needs to be read as a series. The first book sets up the relationships and dynamics in the border town of Mosely, Montana, but it asks more questions than it answers. I finished this book and immediately started the second one but that just let me with an even bigger plot twist, waiting for the next book. I’m hooked on the series but I would have liked a few more answers in each individual story.

Kate Sherwood started writing about the same time she got back on a horse after almost twenty years away from riding. She’d like to think she was too young for it to be a midlife crisis, but apparently she was ready for some changes!

Kate grew up near Toronto, Ontario, and went to school in Montreal, then Vancouver. But for the last decade or so she’s been a country girl. Sure, she misses some of the conveniences of the city, but living close to nature makes up for those lacks. She’s living in Ontario’s “cottage country”—other people save up their time and come to spend their vacations in her neighborhood, but she gets to live there all year round!

Since her first book was published in 2010, she’s kept herself busy with novels, novellas, and short stories in almost all the subgenres of m/m romance. Contemporary, suspense, sci-fi, or fantasy—the settings are just the backdrop for her characters to answer the important questions: How much can they share, and what do they need to keep? Can they bring themselves to trust someone, after being disappointed so many times? Are they brave enough to take a chance on love?

Kate’s books balance drama with humor, angst with optimism. They feature strong, damaged men who fight themselves harder than they fight anyone else. And, wherever possible, there are animals: horses, dogs, cats ferrets, squirrels... sometimes it’s easier to bond with a nonhuman, and most of Kate’s men need all the help they can get.

With her writing, Kate is still learning, still stretching herself, and still enjoying what she does. She’s looking forward to sharing a lot more stories in the future. (And check out her imaginary friend, Cate Cameron, who writes m/f romance and YA.)

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Long Shadows (Common Law #1) by Kate Sherwood to read and review.

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