Author: Kate Sherwood
Series: Common Law #2
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: 02-06-2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Military / Law Enforcement
Page Count: 197
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Small town—big problems. Jericho Crewe is back in Mosely, Montana, trying to deal with police corruption, interfering feds, his newly discovered family members, and, of course, Wade Granger.
He doesn’t really need a biker war on top of it all, but as the bodies start to pile up, it becomes pretty clear that’s what he’s got. Not only that, but Wade’s involved somehow, and as soon as Wade is a part of something, things that seemed clear become cloudy.
With the feds breathing down his neck, Jericho has to find his way through Wade’s maze of half truths and manipulations. It would all be so much easier if Jericho could think straight in the other man’s presence. So much easier if their passionate past could be forgotten, and if he could be sure he’s strong enough to resist the temptation of a passionate present.
Color me intrigued
Embers is the follow-up to Long Shadows, picking up about a month later. Using a similar construct as the first in the series, a singular case plays out within the novella while the more-involved plotlines continue to build. Embers started a little slower for me. I think this was partially due to the author organizing the pieces as the new details and players emerged. Once those were in order, the pacing became fast and furious and I was glued to my kindle.
My favorite aspect of this series is how clear the emotions come through, particularly the tense moments. Whether it be a strained familial relationship or during a crime investigation, the mood is palpable and I find myself pulled into the story as if I’m witnessing the scene firsthand. Embers featured more insight into all the characters, both primary and secondary. With so many secondary characters, I’d expect the plot to get muddled. However, they support the storyline perfectly. I especially liked how the feds were pulled into the story and added another layer to the conflict.
The relationship between Jericho and Wade also continued to play out in the background, with things heating up between the two men. The tension between Jericho and Wade radiates off the page, belying all the underlying feelings they have for one another. Although there’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the couple, the emotion is clear and the slow reveal exciting. I’m eager to see how things build in the next two novellas, as this book only served to get me more invested in their relationship. If you like law enforcement books or series with a lot of intertwined characters, this is definitely a series to pick up.